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Cómplices Al Rescate (English title: Accomplices to the Rescue) is a Mexican children's-teen telenovela produced by Rosy Ocampo for Televisa. It premiered on January 7, 2002 and ended on July 12, 2002.

This is the story of the twins Mariana Cantú and Silvana del Valle Ontiveros. Silvana is kidnapped as a newborn by Regina, who lies that the girl is her daughter and the result of her relationship with Rolando, a rich man. Silvana becomes a spoiled girl, while Mariana, who is raised by her biological mother, becomes a humble girl.

After 12 years, the twins finally meet by sheer chance. After the initial scare, Silvana asks Mariana to switch places with her for a day so that she can audition as Silvana and get a part in a famous upcoming children's band called "Cómplices al Rescate". The two sisters also try to investigate why they grew up apart, and they also deal with the fact that they like the same boy.


This telenovela is best known for the fact that its leading actress Belinda left the production after chapter 92, being replaced by Daniela Luján.

The soap opera also got a Brazilian Remake adapted by Iris Abravanel, it premiered in August 3, 2015 and ended in December 13, 2016. The Remake was broadcasted on the Brazilian television network known as SBT.

This telenovela has the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Regina is a very bad mother to Silvana and is completely against the idea of her becoming a singer. She and her brother were responsible for taking Silvana from her biological mother and sister when she was a baby.
    • Averted with most parents in the soap opera as they’re usually shown to be very supportive of their children, particularly Rocio.
  • Adult Fear: This happened to Rocio when Mariana was kidnapped.
  • Always Identical Twins: Silvana and Mariana look so much the same to the point their different hairstyles and clothes are the only things that are able to tell them apart.
  • Anti-Hero: Silvana is not exactly a villain, she’s just a very bitter girl due to her loneliness.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Joaquim often shows this towards his younger siblings Julia and Felipe.
    • Female example. Despite being sometimes harsh towards Mariana, Silvana still loves her sister dearly and defended her from Regina in one scene.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Both Silvana and Priscila fit this trope, especially the former after Daniela Lujan starts to play the character.
  • The Bully: Omar Contreras, mostly towards Ramón.
    • Downplayed with Priscila Ricco, but played straight in earlier episodes.
  • Character Exaggeration: Mariana’s kindhearted personality and Silvana’s bossy attitude became way more emphasized after Daniela Lujan started playing them.
  • Damsel in Distress: Mariana becomes one after she’s kidnapped by Regina and Gerardo’s henchmen, Silvana also counts due to her being hold captive in the attic through half of the story.
  • Drama Queen: Both Silvana and Mariana are often shown to be dramatic and emotional, especially the latter, this is more obvious when they were played by Belinda.
  • Dreadful Musician: In stark contrast to her twin, Silvana initially cannot sing well but she still sings a few times in earlier episodes such as the song "Contigo Siempre".
  • Extreme Doormat: Mariana is often shown to be this, especially towards Silvana.

The Brazilian Remake of Cómplices Al Rescate has the following tropes:

  • Always Identical Twins: Even more so than the Original Mexican version as Isabela and Manuela both have the exact same hairstyles.

  • Adaptational Badass: while Silvana was always the more outspoken twin in the Original Mexican version, she was overall a scared child who often relied on others to help her despite her efforts to escape, Isabela(who is Silvana in the Brazilian Remake) is a lot braver and more proactive than Silvana herself and easily outsmart Geraldo and Regina’s henchmen several times.
    • Although Julia is slightly less tomboyish than she was in the Mexican original version, she’s a lot bossier and more courageous than her previous incarnation to the point of fitting the "leader" role better than Joaquim on occasion.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The Original Mexican Version had Mariana constantly experience Twin Telepathy whenever Silvana was sad or upset and was a major plot point early on, this Twin Telepathy between the two is almost completely absent from the Brazilian Remake to the point that there’s at least one scene when this is only slightly referenced.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Original Mexican Version, the twins were blond haired when played by Belinda and they become brunette girls after they start to be played by Daniela Lujan but the Brazilian Remake turns them into brunettes from the beginning to the end.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Isabela(Silvana) and Julia are shown to be smarter than their previous incarnations.
  • Adaptation Expansion: There’s a lot more subplots added to the story in the Brazilian Remake such as the drama between the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church, a romance between the Priest’s niece and the Pastor and the fact that Isabela stayed in the Vaz siblings’ apartment for more time.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Lots of characters had their names changed but most notably the main characters Silvana and Mariana who are now named Isabela and Manuela.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Some characters behave differently than their 2002 version counterparts:
    • Isabela is a lot tougher and meaner than Silvana herself, she also often dresses in black and has more of a rock style rather than being strictly a Valley Girl like Silvana was.
    • Manuela is less dramatic and a lot calmer than Mariana, she’s also a bit more timid and is more seen as The Cutie rather than a good-hearted yet flawed girl, their cloth styles are also different as Manuela’s clothes are colorful and cheerful while Mariana’s clothes resemble more a country girl.
    • Sebastián(Pedro in the Brazilian Remake) is a bit colder and more serious in contrast to his 2002 version counterpart, who was usually more open and outgoing.


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