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Control Z is a Netflix Original Teen Drama series set in a Mexican high school, National School, whose students get into all sorts of trouble (along with some staff members).

Season One starts with an outpouring of many people's secrets that a mysterious hacker reveals, creating chaos. Sofia Herrera, one of the students, sets out to track down the culprit so further harm is prevented.

In Season Two, a hidden "avenger" begins attacking the people who had their secrets disclosed (and their loved ones, sometimes) as revenge on them for "wrongs" the person believes that they're guilty of.



  • Abhorrent Admirer: Lulu becomes this to Pablo after his secret is leaked, particularly the fact that he has a large penis. She even gives Pablo a flirtatious stare as he enters Quintanilla's office and has somehow gotten his number.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Rosita wears a dress which displays this for the last episode's party, as do other girls.
  • Abusive Parents: Gerry's father abuses his son emotionally and is shown to be completely homophobic when he makes an off-handed comment about the drawing Luis made of him. Raúl's father is a corrupt politician and blamed his son, to the point of punching him in the face, for the exposure of his shady dealings.
  • Accidental Murder:
    • Gerry accidentally kills Luis, who dies after he lingers in a coma from striking his head when knocked down by a punch.
    • Javier accidentally murders a teammate of his, who falls off a balcony and hits the floor, which kills him instantly.
  • Accomplice by Inaction:
    • Raúl, aka the hacker, in the murder of Luis as he had set up the fight between him and Gerry in the first place but did not do anything to intervene when it quickly escalated, aside from only desperately pleading with Gerry to stop, to no avail.
    • Quintanilla as well, even lampshaded by Luis's mother. When Quintanilla found out about the fight, he locked Gerry up, only for him to be released by Alex on the hacker's orders, so Quintanilla handled the situation very poorly.
    • The students themselves who witnessed the fight also didn't do anything to prevent Gerry's violent rampage from going any further, even some of their pleads for Gerry to cool down didn't help at all.
    • Gerry became The Bully at the school (even towards Luis) as a result of his father's emotional abuse, especially after Gerry showed him a drawing Luis made of him, which led to his father making a homophobic comment about it. Gerry's mother, on the other hand, is more calm, understanding and possibly open-minded than her husband, yet she was unable to prevent the abuse from going any further.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Sofía and Javier after the latter deliberately crashes his car through a wall to buy Luis enough time to escape from the wrath of Gerry, Darío and Ernesto. Initially concerned because the car got seriously damaged, albeit partially, they later burst out laughing awkwardly as the trio could've been run over. Even if that happened, it would've served them right for being a bunch of jerkasses.
  • Adults Are Useless: Quintanilla, the school principal, doesn't do almost anything useful to track down the hacker, although he keeps on telling Sofía to back out when she offers to assist. The same applies for Susana who becomes this authority figure by the second season when it comes to the avenger, although she does implement a lot of controversial measures.
  • Advertised Extra: Valeria and Regina are featured in the final credits alongside the other main characters, but serve more as extras rather than pivotal characters whatsoever.
  • Affably Evil: Darío and Ernesto, the most prominent members of the popular clique and Gerry's friends, who are more inoffensive and less prone to murder than Gerry. Lampshaded by both of them in 1.04.
    Darío: Well, ever since Luis, people start looking at us weird.
    Ernesto: We're not that bad, dude.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Sofia mostly keeps to herself, viewed as a freak or "psycho" because of her mental health issues by most students. However, it doesn't seem to affect her much, and she still cares about the students' welfare (even those who are cruel to her). Some of those who previously put her down realize they were wrong to as a result. The rest however appear unmoved.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Sofia is a very pale-skinned brunette who's also reserved and shows little emotion at first. However, she's of average height and doesn't really care about her appearance.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Isabela was considered as "the queen of the school" as Alex said. However she lost this status once she'd been revealed as transgender.
    • Downplayed with Natalia, she acts like this even more than Isabela but being one of her best friends and hanging out with the popular clique to stay popular makes her more of a Beta Bitch. Though after her secret was revealed, she lost her popularity like Isabela.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Natalia's questionable methods to get what she wants come back to bite her hard after the hacker exposes her money theft to the school.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Pablo passionately tells Isabela he really does love her in the last episode. She rejects him though, given his past actions.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite being the Big Bad of the second season, Alex isn't truly evil per se, but Luis' murder committed by Gerry is what pushes her to become the avenger in the first place and use his violent fantasies as bloody ways to get back at those people who have supposedly wronged him. Most fans were disappointed about this reveal since Alex's profile did not actually match that of the mysterious perpetrator and even her scared face clearly says it all. No wonder why Alex made Gerry jump off the school's roof and Sofía told her that she wasn't capable of killing anyone.
  • Arc Words: Echoing the themes of each season.
    • Season 1. "It'd be much easier if everyone told the truth. If we didn't have any secrets".
    • Season 2. "You can't bury the past".
  • Armored Closet Gay: Gerry is vocally homophobic, but it turns out he likes to watch gay porn. This naturally gets him called gay himself, though he insists that he's not. Season 2 reveals that he's lying, even to himself-he really does like men.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Natalia and María had a rocky relationship in the first season, particularly due to the former's rude behavior towards her, to the point of María giving her a taste of her own medicine. Subverted in the second season when Natalia shows support after learning about María's pregnancy and abortion. María also teams up with her to collect the money she owes to the drug dealers who threaten to kill her, even becoming concerned for Natalia's safety after they kidnap her for failing to fulfill their deadline that she was willing to ransom her by attempting to steal back Raúl's money, which was previously stolen by the Avenger.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Nearly all of the people within the popular clique backstabbed Isabela in different ways before and/or after she was outed as transgender.
  • Bad Liar: When Quintanilla questions Natalia over her classmates' complaints regarding her money theft, she elaborates a very cheap excuse to defend her actions: that she had transferred the money to another account for better interests to provide for the Mazahuas. However, Quintanilla isn't easily fooled by this and nevertheless removes her as head of the student committee.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Isabela occasionally wore belly shirts.
  • Betty and Veronica: Helpful Javier is the Betty to troubled Raul's Veronica for Sofia's Archie.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Martha. DON'T bully or speak ill about her son if you know what's good for you. She won't even hesitate to criticize the principal's incompetence in dealing with the students's cynical behavior.
    • Isabela. After being outed as trans by the hacker, she loses her popularity and most of the students ostracize her. Isabela gets offended very easily if they make inappropiate comments about her transition or being called a "boy". Furthermore, you DON'T tell a transgender person that you understand their pain, unless you have gone through the same experience as her, which is evidently lampshaded by Isabela herself while calling Quintanilla out on this.
    • Pablo. In season 2, whenever he sees Raúl, Pablo does nothing more than violently beating him up for ruining his life and doesn't mind if the fights take place in public places such as the school, Rosita's house and a nightclub.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lampshaded in 1.06 about Javier's dark past.
    Gibrán: Look, Javier plays the good guy and everybody buys it. But deep down he's a bully.
  • Big Bad:
    • The Hacker in Season 1. Raúl.
    • The Avenger in Season 2. Alex.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Alex, a.k.a. the Avenger, and Pablo are the two main antagonists of the second season. The former poses a threat to the entire student body, particularly Gerry, by torturing them in such bloody ways in order to seek justice for Luis. In the latter's case, he is actively seen trying to get revenge on Raúl, whose previous actions as the hacker had brought out his darker side, thus gaining a lot of screen time and making him less sympathetic and more evil and dangerous than Alex is.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In 1.03, Javier when he buys Luis enough time to escape from Gerry, Darío and Ernesto by deliberately crashing his car through a wall.
    • In 1.08, María when she saves Isabela from Pablo's wrath before he spitefully reveals to Isabela that they have slept together behind her back, causing Isabela to end her friendship with María.
    • In 2.07, Pablo beats Raúl up at his house while demanding the whereabouts of Gerry, who suddenly shows up and hits Pablo in the head with an Xbox to defend him.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Raúl and Quintanilla give one out as Gerry punches Luis and he falls unconscious.
    • Martha yells one out after her son Luis flatlines at the hospital, with Gerry feeling guilty and silently apologizing to her as he walks out.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Javier in 2.08 as he threatens Raúl into giving up his money to save Natalia from the drug dealers by holding him at gunpoint.
  • Bilingual Bonus: For those who know English, even if you're watching a Spanish Mexican series, you'll find that Isabela is very fluent speaking the language, and even more so when her actress Zión Moreno is American of Mexican descent. However, for the English dubbing, Moreno is the only one out of the original actors of the main cast to dub her in said language. Even her iconic lines in English stay the same.
  • Blackmail: The hacker blackmails people to do things with the threat of exposing their secrets, though later they're exposed anyway.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Gerry is aggressive and this is reflected in his hits.
  • Brainy Brunette: Sofia is bookish, analytical and very intelligent, while also being black-haired.
  • Bungled Suicide: Sofia tried to kill herself over the stress of her father turning out to be alive, but failed.
  • The Bully: Gerry and his buddies never leave Luis be, picking on him brutally every day.
  • Buried Alive: Ernesto and Dario are buried in a coffin together by the avenger in Season 2. They manage to get located and rescued in time before their air runs out.
  • Butch Lesbian: Alex is a mild example, with short hair and fairly masculine clothing a lot of the time. She's not averse to wearing more feminine clothes though, and is otherwise not stereotypically butch.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Sofia calls her mom "Nora" half the time. Her mom doesn't seem to care.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In 2.04, Sofía and Javier try to warn each other about Raúl and Natalia. She is still attracted to Raúl after his previous actions while Javier was completely blind to realizing that he was being used as an escape from Natalia's money issues, although her devastated reaction implies that she did truly love him and this move was out desperation from being to spare her from the drug dealers. Sofía also severed ties with Raúl after finding out about Quintanilla and Susana's affair and that he had kept it a secret as to not be expelled from the school. Lampshaded by both of them in 2.08.
    Javier: Hey, you were right about Natalia.
    Sofía: And you were right about Raúl.
    • In 2.07, Rosita ignores Sofía's concerns for her safety when she tells her that the Avenger intends on targeting her. She defies Sofía by leaving the school premises to hang out with Darío and Ernesto at a restaurant. It isn't until the Avenger tampers with Sofía's pills that Rosita lampshades this in 2.08 after the former is hospitalized, although it is later revealed that Sofía actually didn't take the pills and she had staged her accident.
    Rosita: Your pills were switched. The avenger did this. Sofi, I had no idea.
    Sofía: It's fine. It's not your fault.
    Rosita: No, but...I know it's not my fault, but...I didn't believe you. You said I was in danger after the party and I didn't believe you, and now...we're all screwed.
    Sofía: Really, it's fine.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Bruno, the hacker's accomplice, who did not return for the second season.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Javier in Season 2 becomes kind of hysterical every time Sofia is around Raul.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sofia lost her father to a fire in her childhood. It caused her severe trauma, and she's still dealing with it. She doesn't like to talk about it, and cuts herself to cope.
  • Death by Falling Over:
    • Luis is knocked out by Gerry after hitting his head on the edge of a sidewalk during a fight, and is knocked unconscious, later dying of his injury.
    • Susana is killed by being pushed off the roof accidentally while in a struggle over a bagful of money in the Season 2 finale.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Luis falsely admitted to being the hacker in a futile attempt to stop Gerry, Darío and Ernesto from bullying him ever again. However, he never considered that Gerry, assuming this lie to be true, would go after him to misguidedly exact revenge and even the hacker worsening the whole ordeal by arranging a public fight between them.
    • Raúl's actions as the hacker came from a comment Sofía made to him about everything being easier if everyone just told the truth to each other and stopped pretending to live fake lives. However, in doing so, Raúl had never imagined that all of this would result in fights, broken friendships and Gerry's murderous rampage that resulted in Luis's death, which was also the catalyst of events that incited the Avenger to come about in the first place. In season 2, his argument with Sofía after allowing Gerry to escape clearly says it all.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sofia's father died when she was fairly young. It later turns out he'd just faked his death and only came back into her life years later secretly.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Raúl revealed everyone's secrets claiming they deserved this. Their "crimes" range from being bullies, to mildly rude and just keeping secrets period. Meanwhile the hackings cause even worse harm, all this including one person's death.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Pablo betrayed her and realizing that Raúl, Gerry and Natalia were to blame for her secret being leaked, she turns on them by accepting the hacker's request to leak their secrets as revenge. In later episodes, María has had enough of Natalia's unfair mistreatment towards her and gives her a taste of her own medicine.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Like most transgender people, Isabela hates to be called by her birth name (or dead name, in trans parlance), which people do often when she's outed.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Isabela rebuffs Alex, a lesbian student, who intervened to defend her from some female bullies, who inappropriately tell her to change restrooms, about her gender identity. Subverted when Isabela later on apologizes to Alex for being so harsh on her and ends up befriending her, although Alex asserts that Isabela was right because at some point she had to stand up for herself. Guess what? She did.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Invoked by Javier twice. He saved Luis from Gerry, Darío and Ernesto by deliberately crashing his car through a wall and made an improvised drift while passing by a construction area while he and Sofía rushed to the school to stop the avenger from forcing Gerry to kill himself.
  • Emotionless Girl: Sofia acts very emotionless initially, though it's really hiding her deep-seated trauma.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Sofia tricks the hacker into confessing, while this is being recorded, and then plays it for everyone.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite initially not wanting to have anything to do with him, Sofía is forced to team up with Raúl to locate Gerry (and the avenger as well), with even Sofía pointing out to the distrustful Javier that he might be useful in the investigation. In addition, she is still attracted to Raúl post-hacker. Subverted in 2.07, after finding out that Raúl had kept a secret the affair between Quintanilla and Susana so that he wouldn't get expelled from the school, leading Sofía to team up again with Javier to carry on with the investigation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In 1.03, Pablo was forced by Gerry, Darío and Ernesto to drive them over to Luis's house and get revenge on him after he had falsely admitted to being the hacker in a bid to free himself from their extreme bullying. He seemed to be completely reluctant to follow suit and asked Gerry not to do anything stupid. After Luis got hospitalized by Gerry, Pablo was quick to blame Darío and Ernesto for their friend's actions, despite them suggesting otherwise that the hard blow did not happen until the end. He even stops Gerry from picking a fight at Raúl's party after he calmly told him to leave since nobody wanted to see or talk to him after what he did to Luis. Downplayed in season 2 after Raúl was publicly exposed as the hacker.
    • In 1.06, Isabela tells María that she suspects Natalia to be the Honey Bunny after being given a hint and also because Natalia had earlier sold Isabela out to hacker. María, who actually is the Honey Bunny, relays the accusation to Natalia, who outright denies it, stating that she isn't a 'slut'.
    • In 2.02, when Raúl admits to having followed Sofía to the graveyard where Darío and Ernesto were buried alive and he violently attacked Javier before escaping (basically the first if not only brutal crime he commits, although out of personal gain), he truthfully denies being the Avenger. Sofía is quick to accept this as the truth, saying that while he is still a stalker, he isn't a murderer.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Lampshaded by Isabela in 1.02 when she confronted Natalia for being an accomplice to the hacker in the leaking of her secret by stealing her cellphone, which led to the video of her as a boy being uploaded. Despite Isabela being an Alpha Bitch to everyone at school and being just as self-absorbed as her friends, she would've never done such things to save her own skin. Even if Natalia didn't give in to the hacker's orders, it wouldn't have mattered, as everyone's secrets were leaked after their identity was exposed.
    Natalia: Isabela, what would you have done if it were your secret?
    Isabela: I would never do that to my best friend.
    • Despite initially defending Gerry, Darío and Ernesto come to realize how wrong his actions were when he beat Luis and had him hospitalized, even pointing out that some of the students are starting to give them the cold shoulder due to their closeness to Gerry. While they're still jerkasses at some degree, they aren't murderers unlike Gerry, whose mistake would later come back to bite him hard in the second season.
    • Sofía does whatever it takes to unmask the hacker. However, in 1.06, she becomes disgusted at Gerry after he swore to kill the hacker himself, rethorically asking him if he hadn't owned up to his previous actions.
    • Even though she is angered and devastated over Luis's death, Marta can't help but feel sorry for the students who are being attacked by the Avenger, knowing that her son would've never wanted these incidents to happen.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Appereance speaking, Natalia seems to be and act innocent but this opinion quickly changed when people learn she secretly stole a lot of money in the high school.
  • Faking the Dead: Sofia's father faked his death, and was alive for all these years.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • Raúl is quite a good liar hiding his anonymous identity as the hacker...until Sofía figured it out.
    • Pablo also falls for this trope, as he progressively starts losing his cool after being exposed as both a complete jerk and an unfaithful boyfriend to Isabela, causing him to become more violent, vengeful and less sympathetic by the second season, wishing for nothing more than getting revenge on Raúl for his actions as the hacker that brought out his darker side.
  • Forced Out of the Closet: Isabela is outed as transgender in the first episode. Gerry is outed for watching gay porn (but he insists he's not gay). Later two more guys are outed as gay, along with Gaby. All this is done by the hacker.
  • Frame-Up: Raúl frames Javier for the hackings, throwing off suspicion from himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gerry being emotionally abused by his father is the main reason why he's The Bully at the school.
Pablo: Look, my mom went through the same as well. She got pregnant when she was young. My grandma wanted her to have an abortion because it would screw her life.
María: Yeah, I know, Pablo. Your mom is your heroine. She was lucky to have you. You haven't even asked what I want.
Pablo: But I know what you need. I promise I'll be the best dad ever.
  • Gendered Insult: Isabela is called a guy by most people after it's revealed she's transgender. Gerry's called gay since he watched some gay porn. Both are incensed.
  • Girl Posse: The girl trio of the popular clique: Isabela is the Alpha Bitch, Natalia is a kind of Beta Bitch acting like an alpha one and Maria subverts the Brainless Beauty trope, being more an Innocent Beta Bitch.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Pablo asks María not to have an abortion, saying he would care for her and it's also his baby. She insists on her right to though, and ultimately does so, which isn't treated as bad by the narrative.
    Pablo: Hey, did you get my message?
    Maria: I did.
    Pablo: So?
    Maria: It's not your decision.
    Pablo: It's my child too, Maria.
    Maria: That changed after you bailed on me.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Because of the hacker, Gerry fought off and punched Luis very hard. Not only he did he get him hospitalized, but the severity of the injuries would later result in Luis's death, all because of a wrong choice Luis made to free himself from the school's extreme bullying.
    • Raúl, unmasked as the hacker, succeeds in leaking the students' secrets, wanting to give Sofía a world without secrets and lies. However, his actions resulted in massive fights, broken friendships and Luis's death.
  • Gossipy Hens: The school's popular clique, particularly Rosita, the most gossipy of the students.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Raul's interest towards Sofia is obvious, while his passive insults against Javier reflect his jealousy towards their relationship.
    • Sofia in the second season. It's clear that she doesn't take it very well that Javier is romantically involved with Natalia as she seems upset and even jealous as well over the latter's good looks.
    • Pablo in the second season when it came to María being close friends with Claudia, who supported her through her abortion process after Isabela ended her friendship with her.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Bruno, the head of the school's I.T. department, who had indirectly motivated Raúl into becoming the hacker after the former previously blackmailed him through some photos implying his father's corruption as a wealthy politician.
    • Gerry's father, to some extent, as the emotional abuse towards his son is what made him become The Bully in the first place.
  • Groin Attack: Claudia does this to Pablo when he tries to grab her.
  • Guile Heroine: Having Hyper-Awareness, Sofia is pretty deductive, allowing her to outsmart bullies such as Gerry or even discover the hacker's identity and reveal it to the other students.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo:
    • Subverted between the twin sisters. Natalia the blonde one is actually edgier than Maria the brunette one who is nicer.
    • To a lesser extent, subverted as well with Natalia and Rosita who are rivals. Rosita (brunette) is more approachable and easy-going while Natalia is sneaky and hostile.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Natalia, someone who basically "hates everyone" as stated by Sofía, is very capricious and prone to anger even by the minimal efforts her sister María does to help her.
  • The Hedonist: Rosita doesn't seem to catch a break with partying and drinking a lot, which leaves her little to no time to regard other people's feelings, although her friends of the popular clique don't mind about this.
  • HA HA HA—No: When Gerry shows up at Raúl's party, Pablo calmly asks him to leave because nobody wants to see him after what he did to Luis. His other two friends, Darío and Ernesto, sort-of take Pablo's side. Gerry laughs sarcastically and asks if they are kidding, but the three can only respond with silence before Gerry becomes angry and nearly picks a fight with them, which Pablo stops and Gerry leaves stating how "disappointed" he is that they don't trust him anymore.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gerry slowly goes through one when he genuinely regrets his mistreatment of Luis and comes to terms with his guilt in having murdered him, at which point he decided that the best course of action is to turn himself in as a way to pay his debt.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sofía undergoes two big ones. First, she finds out that her father had faked his own death and uses self-harm as a way of coping. The other is when she witnesses her house being repossessed now that the secret about her father has finally come out.
  • History Repeats: The first two seasons ended with a confrontation after the identities of the hacker and the avenger were exposed/revealed and with a victim who got in the middle of the fight. After that, we get an aerial shot of those endings before the screen cuts to black and the credits start rolling.
    • Season 1. After Raúl succeeds in leaking all of the students' secrets at the NONA party, Gerry confronts him at gunpoint upon finding out he's the hacker, blaming him for what happened to Luis, who was unable to make it out alive, and demands an explanation over his actions, with Sofía and Javier unsuccessfully trying to calm him down. Raúl reveals to Gerry that Luis had feelings for him. Furious, Gerry tries to shoot him as revenge, but Javier is accidentally shot trying to intervene. The noise attracts the students' attention as they witness Javier's accident and Sofía yells at them to call an ambulance. By the beginning of the second season, Javier is later revealed to have survived the gunshot and Luis' death has been confirmed.
    • Season 2. After Sofía manages to talk Alex out of continuing her revenge plans to seek justice for Luis, Javier picks up a gun that Raúl had brought earlier and Alex snatched from him to threaten Gerry. Javier aims it at Raúl, demanding that he give him his money to save Natalia, who got kidnapped by the drug dealers who intend to kill her if their owed debt isn't payed by tonight. Raúl goes insane and defiantly refuses him the money because it was stolen from him. Coincidentally, María and Claudia (who found out about Natalia's kidnapping beforehand and were tipped off by Javier) arrive at the school to steal back the money from Luis' locker but are caught by Susana. The situation is further worsened when the trio, alongside Sofía, Javier and Raúl fight over the money bag, while Gerry and Alex watch in horror. This ends with Susana accidentally falling hundreds of feet off the roof to her death. Pablo, who was waiting outside for María and Claudia, witnesses this. Wailing in sadness, he looks up the roof to see Sofía, Raúl and María staring emotionlessly. After María nods her head, Pablo snatches the money and drives off to rescue Natalia, leaving Susana to bleed out in the sidewalk.
  • Honey Trap: Sofia uses the hacker's feelings for her in the end to provoke a confession.
  • How We Got Here: Episode seven shows the events which led up to the mass hack.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Sofia has this, picking up many clues just due to keen observation of people and her surroundings.
  • Hypocrite: Well, many of them actually in their actions, but for a few examples:
    • Sofia said to Raul that life would be easier without lies as she said Raul and his friends' lives are fake, but she's a Consummate Liar herself especially with her mother, particularly hiding from her the fact that her father is still alive.
    • Gerry told Sofía to behave herself unless she didn't want to get in trouble, and look who's talking: the one who actually does not behave with his extreme bullying towards Luis and others who think they deserve. This is also lampshaded by Sofía, who points out that he'll statistically do worse than her due to his poor grades and large amount of absences at the school.
    • Maria somewhat blames Pablo and Natalia for their actions against Isabela but she was sleeping with Pablo behind her back before and after Isabela's secret revealed.
    • Natalia playing the victim after Quintanilla removes her as president of the student committee and her classmates keep on calling her a thief for stealing the money collected for the NONA party.
    • Sofia said to Javier that she would never forget what Raul did to the school, yet she is still hanging out with him, even having the nerve to admit for the first time that she likes him.
    • Nora is upset at Sofia for lying about her father's death. However, that didn't stop her from not only having him secretly arrested after requesting to meet at a restaurant and even keeping this information from Sofia, only claiming that her father had "wound up in jail" when Sofia questions her on his whereabouts. After finding an arrest warrant, Sofia deduces that the arrest was Nora's doing and accuses her of lying back to her out of spite.
    • Pablo repeatedly attempts to make amends with María for not supporting her when she got pregnant but she is always rejecting him for said valid reasons.
    • Raul promised Sofia not to lie to her anymore. However, it does not change the fact that he had chosen to keep the affair between Quintanilla and Susana a secret from Sofia, despite being fully aware that he was dating her mom, using the information against both of them so that he wouldn't get expelled. Sofia is, of course, understandably upset that Raul had broken his promise.
    • Alex threatens both Gerry and Raul after she is revealed as the avenger. When Raul tells her that getting justice for Luis is not up to her, she angrily snaps at him for trying to give her a "moral lecture", having not forgotten his crime against the school.
  • I Have Your Wife: María is informed by one of the drug dealers that her sister Natalia has been kidnapped and demands that the owed money be paid by tonight, threatening to kill her should Maria say a word to the authorities.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Gerry is clearly contemplating shooting himself when he's interrupted by a text telling him the hacker's identity.
  • Innocent Beta Bitch: Maria is the nicest of her clique especially in comparison with her sister Natalia and her Alpha Bitch friend Isabella (pre-secret revealed). Also she's very popular and liked by other students as Rosita said.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Quintanilla's secretary, Lulú, compliments whoever did Isabela's sex reassignment surgery, remarking "you can't even tell" and then proceeding to misgender her.
  • Ironic Echo: Sofía questions Quintanilla for allowing Raúl back into the school, but he blatantly refuses to answer saying that this doesn't concern her. Sofía then throws those words back to his face when Quintanilla asks her about where she's heading upon noticing her angry over some family stuff that her mother intends to get rid of, also adding that he isn't her father.
  • Irony:
    • In 1.03, Natalia punched Raul unintentionally instead of Luis, who everybody thinks is the hacker after his fake confession. A few episodes later, we learn she punched the real hacker.
    • In 2.01., a funeral and ceremony at the school for Luis are attended by the students, the very same ones who never even paid any attention to him. Even Alex points out that he would've never liked this at all. A few episodes later, we learn that Alex is the Avenger, wanting them to feel the same guilt over his death.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Natalia has a twisted philosophy in achieving her goals, which is proved when her sister María questions her about the stolen money collected for the school's NONA party, which she had spent buying expensive bags for herself. Ironically, Natalia herself isn't wealthy like her popular friends because, according to Sofía, she is only with them because they give her "status".
    Natalia: If I want people to think I'm a winner, I need to look like one. You think our parents would've supported me?
    María: No, Nati, because we've always been told by our parents that things must be earned.
    • In 2.02, María calls Pablo out on this when he continually insists that she keep the baby and firmly makes it clear that it is her body and that, despite Pablo being the father, it doesn't mean that the decision is up to him.
    María: You don't get it. It's not about you. It's my body, I won't have it. Just leave me alone, please.
    • This is brought up again by María in 2.08, still assuming that Pablo is giving the same excuses, when he actually came to properly own up to his actions following Raúl's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him.
  • Jerkass: Pablo is very sexist, controlling and unsympathetic and he only gets worse as the series progresses.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Raúl had every right to refuse to give up his money, even if someone (Natalia) was kidnapped, to people who aren't even his friends, let alone when it was stolen from him. His points are valid because a) his parents were arrested due to their corruption and b) without that money, he would've been unable to fend for himself.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Gerry evidently progresses at this by the second season, coming to genuinely regret his mistreatment and murder of Luis, even visiting his tomb and leaving in it his dog tags as a way to apologize for hurting him, even refusing to help Raúl locate the avenger if he brings a gun, as he doesn't want more people to get hurt because of him. Try and imagine the Gerry from season 1 rejecting such suggestion.
  • Karma Houdini: Bruno never gets any punishment for his involvement with Raúl as the hacker since he escaped from his lair, never to be seen again.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Natalia verbally abusing her sister María.
    • Raúl, Gerry and Natalia participating with the hacker in leaking Isabela's secret to keep their own safe.
  • Kid Detective: Sofia is basically a female, teen Sherlock Holmes. After a hacker discloses many people's secrets in her school, causing them great harm, she sets out to track them down.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Anyone different or vulnerable will be mocked, insulted and bullied ruthlessly by other kids.
  • Kill It with Fire: The avenger attempts to murder Luis's mother using a fire bomb (Molotov cocktail) in Season 2.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: To Natalia, Gerry, Raúl's father and the hacker.
    • In 1.02, after Natalia is revealed to be stealing the money collected for the school's annual party (NONA), most of her classmates condemn her actions, demanding that she give the money back, and is consequently removed as the student committee's president.
    • In 1.04, Gerry is expelled from the school after his violent attack on Luis in which he ended up getting hospitalized. In the beginning of Season 2, after Luis's death is confirmed, police issue an official warrant for his arrest, which the school also relays to the students who might give any information on Gerry's whereabouts.
    • In 1.08, Raúl's father is arrested by the police for his corruption after his own son had ratted him out beforehand. Then, during the NONA party, Raúl is unmasked as the hacker, resulting in most of the students verbally and physically attacking him at the beginning of Season 2 when he returns to the school like if nothing happened.
  • LGBT Awakening: Gerry slowly realizes that he finds men attractive along with women, first indicated given that he's fascinated by gay porn. In Season 2 he admits his feelings, and starts to date a man he meets.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Gaby is long-haired and wears feminine clothing, while secretly into women.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Things become more complicated in Season 2. While Sofia and Javier show some feelings to each other, Sofia is still attracted by Raul, though she denies it. Consequently Javier starts a relationship with Natalia, making Sofia as jealous as Javier is about her relationship with Raul. In addition to this love square, probably Played for Laughs, Natalia gives a fake kiss to Raul in front of Sofia to hide the presence of Gerry and then blackmail him for her own interests.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Both Javier and Raul are attracted by Sofia and she returns this to each of them.
    • Also Pablo, Isabela and Maria before the beginning because Pablo cheated on Isabela frequently with Maria. He somewhat pursues the two girls at the same time during the first season.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places:
    • Pablo and María get busy in the school janitor's closet.
    • Susana and Miguel had sex in a chair inside an empty classroom and are briefly seen by Raul.
  • Mama Bear: Martha and Nora. They genuinely care for and are very protective of their respective children, who would be Luis and Sofía, both of whom have been going through tough situations inside and outside of their school: Luis getting bullied on a daily basis and Sofía coping with her father's faked death through self-harm. Those circumstances affect their mothers emotionally as Martha keeps complaining to the principal about Luis's mistreatment and Nora meddles in Sofía's life and decisions.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Alex has a slightly masculine look. Her girlfriend is more feminine.
  • Meaningful Name: Social outcast Sofía Herrera has observant and deduction skills that she uses to solve the mysteries regarding the hacker and the avenger, joined by new kid Javier Williams who assists her. Note:The initials of their first and last names are an allusion to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The "avenger" targets various people in horrific ways as payback for Luis' death, yet the only two people who can truly be blamed for his death are Gerry (who delivered the final blow during their fight), and the hacker (who set up the fight in the first place). Despite this, almost all of the avenger's victims are innocent in regards to Luis' death, and one of them is the deceased's own mother.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Zig-zagged. Natalia was making out with Javier's father, her first sugar daddy date, in order for him to give her and María the money in a last futile attempt to pay off the impatient drug dealers. However, after Javier caught them together, he misinterpreted the whole situation and then proceeded to beat his father up and break up with the devastated Natalia.
  • My Beloved Smother: Nora is quite protective of Sofia, probably due to losing her husband/Sofia's father. She's often shown asking Sofia many questions regarding people her daughter hangs out with. For her part Sofia is quite annoyed by this and implores her mom to back off.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Natalia is seen crying in the toilet because she knows that she had betrayed her best friend Isabela by being an accomplice to the hacker's bidding.
    • Gerry is horrified when his punch puts Luis into a coma, and even more after Luis' death.
    • Alex is horrified that one innocuous act she did led to Luis's death inadvertently. That's what motivates her to pursue revenge on his behalf, acting out Luis's violent fantasies.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Natalia is vilified by her classmates after she is exposed by the hacker for stealing the collected money for the NONA and is often taking out her frustrations on her sister María who does her best in pleasing her. However, even after being scolded by her own parents, Natalia keeps on defending her actions as necessary because, in her own words, she wants to be taken seriously as a winner. In addition, when María finally snaps at her sister over her shallow attitude and that she as well is having a bad time through her actions, Natalia dismisses this as an "exaggeration" and claims that María is nothing without her.
    • Gerry completely ignores the fact that none of the other students want to have anything to do with him after leaving Luis seriously injured, having the nerve to show up at Raúl's party even after he is expelled from the school. After he is asked to leave by Pablo (as well as Darío and Ernesto), Gerry believes they are bluffing, but becomes violent after seeing that they were actually serious and states how disappointed he is at them for not trusting him anymore.
    • Gerry's father also doesn't feel any remorse for Luis' accident and defends his son by arguing that it was Luis who started the fight, even remarking that Gerry "reacted like any other man would". As Gerry's backstory is revealed in season 2, it becomes evident that his father doesn't take ownership for his ways of educating Gerry.
    • Rosita threw a birthday party at her house, despite Sofía insisting that it should be called off because that's where the Avenger would attack next. However, María collapsed overdosing after she drank from a bottle poisoned by the perpetrator, yet Rosita, the one who came up with the idea of the party, doesn't even apologize to her and still acts like nothing happened. What kind of friend does that? Not to mention that only Claudia and Natalia are technically the only ones who check in on María after her accident.
    • Pablo's violent rampages and controlling attitude towards María were a product of Raúl, a.k.a the hacker, as he had leaked Isabela and the latter's secrets, resulting in him losing both girls; Isabela, whose secret was leaked and he publicly broke up with her, and María, who broke the news about her pregnancy but Pablo reacted indifferently. By the second season, Pablo is taking his frustrations out on Raúl to the point of viewer exhaustion, completely refusing to recognize that he had brought this miseries on himself as he had been secretly seeing María while he was dating Isabela. Furthermore, it is obvious that Pablo is trying to be in a serious relationship with María to fill the void of Isabela's departure and jealously views Claudia as a threat. All of this is lampshaded by Raúl during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Pablo.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the second season trailer, there is a hooded figure that is supposedly the avenger, who attacks Javier and pays a visit to Gerry. We can also see Alex gagged and tied inside a classroom, making her a victim of the avenger. Ironically, the figure turns out to be Raúl, who isn't actually the perpetrator. His attack to Javier was to make sure that Sofía was fine and the reason behind visiting Gerry was to convince him to hide from the police. At least for the time being. In addition, Alex is the actual avenger as she had orchestrated her own kidnapping to avoid suspicion.
  • Nice Girl: Sofia is pretty aloof starting out due to her trauma issues, but also genuinely kind and concerned with other people's welfare, while almost alone in the student body for showing compassion toward the outcasts whom most pick on. Of course, as she's a bit of an outcast herself to start with, it's not surprising.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In 2.07, Quintanilla tries to tell Nora about his affair with Susana, but is interrupted by Guero, Susana's husband, who had somehow found out and punched him because of it, resulting in Nora storming out. It is later revealed in 2.08 that it was Susana who had told him, explaining to Quintanilla that she couldn't allow Raúl to keep on blackmailing her, but it doesn't change the fact that Quintanilla is upset at her for ruining his engagement to Nora. At the same time, Alex was supposed to abandon her plans to be with Gabriela. However, after Gabriela announced she was leaving for Spain without her, the hearbroken Alex changed her mind and still pushed through her ultimate revenge plan against Gerry. In addition, Javier catches both his father and Natalia making out, becoming enraged to the point of beating him up and breaking up with the devastated Natalia at the beginning of 2.08. As a result, she was left with no more means to collect the money for the drug dealers, let alone on her very last day, eventually leading to her kidnapping and Susana's death.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • In 1.08, Sofia had deduced that Raúl has been the hacker all along due to some leads she had found during their time together: her stolen necklace, the same words said by the hacker while she was kidnapped, the mask under Raúl's bed and the password to his computer being the name of a dog Raúl owned.
    • In 2.06, Pablo broke the news about Raúl and, allegedly, Sofía's parts in harboring Gerry from the police, which had caused most of the students to accuse the latter of being a "traitor. However, with the incriminating evidence being out of context and Pablo's suspension from the school for beating Raúl up, they are no longer trash-talking Sofía by the next episode, thus leaving Pablo unable to fully explain his supposed side of the story. He did not even consider the fact of Raúl hiding Gerry at his house. Because of this, he had unwittingly cleared Sofía's name, supported by Raúl's absence from the school and Rosita telling everyone about Sofía's "accident".
    • In 2.08, thanks to a mistake the avenger made "out of love", as echoed previously by her father, Sofia learns that Alex is the perpetrator since she had stolen Raúl's money so she could start a new life with Gaby and initially considered abandoning her revenge plans. Most of the victims were inspired through Luis's drawings of violent fantasies, save for Gerry and Raúl. However, after Gaby left for Spain without her, Alex was heartbroken to the point of still going through with the act.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Maria, Natalia and Isabela fit this. Maria (nice) is sympathetic with other students, Natalia (mean) is prone to insult and Isabela (in-between) is snobbish but has a friendly side.
  • No Bisexuals: Lots of people call Gerry gay once it's revealed he's viewed gay porn, despite him otherwise being aggressively heterosexual and having a girlfriend. The idea he might be bisexual isn't raised. However, from what Gerry later says of himself (that he likes girls, but men having sex also interests him) it seems likely he's bisexual.
  • Not Me This Time: Raúl truthfully denies being the avenger to Sofía and Javier. While Sofía herself is quick to accept this as the truth, Javier, on the other hand, is still suspicious of him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Natalia uses a sugar daddy app as a mean to collect the money for the drug dealers, she is matched with an older guy who arranges a reservation for them at a restaurant. However, she is shocked to realize that it is Javier's wealthy father. In response, Natalia sheepishly rushes out of the place and the situation is worsened when Javier catches them together.
    • Raúl also has one when Pablo shows up at his house to beat the crap out of him. Again.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Gerry's full name is Gerardo, though he's only called it a couple times.
  • Only Sane Man: Mostly Sofía and Javier when it comes to protecting their classmates from both the hacker and the avenger. Isabela, María (who belong in the popular clique), Alex and Claudia also fall in this trope to some extent. Isabela shows a softer side once she's outed as trans, María is very sympathetic to almost all of her classmates and is shown to disapprove of Natalia's controversial actions, Alex completely resents the school's toxic small-minded environment (just as she lampshaded to Isabela in 1.06, with it being the main reason why she doesn't interact with anyone her own age) and Claudia supports María after Pablo rejected her.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: After she's outed as transgender, Isabela gets bullied, insulted and ostracized (including losing most of her friends).
  • Overly Long Gag: Apart from vandalizing his house with some classmates, Pablo beating Raúl up whenever and wherever after his return to the school in season 2.
  • The Quiet One: Sofia is very comfortable with long silences, and when she talks it's never of the more petty stuff that other kids chat about. It's always serious or thoughtful.
  • Pet the Dog: Natalia starts gradually having this with María by the second season.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: The Alexander twin sisters are very different, as Sofia lampshaded in the first episode. Maria is nice, selfless and more supportive, while Natalia is derisive, self-centered and more independent.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Pablo mistakenly assumes that Sofía is an accomplice to Raúl's scheme in harboring Gerry from the police after seeing the three together at a nightclub, then leading him to show the out-of-context evidence to the student body, who are quick to outright accuse Sofía of being a "traitor". Susana doesn't even let Sofía explain her side of the story, stating how disappointed she is that Sofía "changed". Sofía says the same about Susana, given that she now knows about her affair with Quintanilla. However, Susana is left clueless at the hint.
  • The Pollyanna: Rosita, the most cheerful and actively extroverted student of the popular clique.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Due to her actress having already committed to another series, Isabela didn't return in Season 2, although she is briefly mentioned during Raúl's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Pablo. In-Universe, her absence is justified by María saying that Isabela, following the exposure of the hacker, had left Colegio Nacional on such short notice.
    • Gabriela leaves for Spain after accepting a job offer there since she was fired from the school after her relationship with Alex comes out, thus pointing out to the latter that, without a job, she was unable to fend for the two of them. Alex wanted to come with her, but Gabriela ended up going by herself. "Alex, you're a kid. This wasn't going to work in Spain", Gabriela sadly replies as she is about to board her flight.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Sofia has this look, with pale skin and black hair. Two different guys fall for her (she's quite pretty).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After being stung by bees as another cruel act from the Avenger and therefore released, all of the students start laughing at and recording Quintanilla. Having had enough, Quintanilla, the school's former principal, gives this to the students by recounting the sacrifices he has made to keep the school afloat and how all of them refuse to acknowledge this due to their egotistical attitudes and laughter, citing that they deserve everything that's been happening lately.
    Quintanilla: You think you're so funny? I gave my everything to this school, hmm? And I made a lot of sacrifices for you, for you, for you, for you, for all of you, huh?
    Darío: Relax, bro.
    Quintanilla: No, don't "bro" me or tell me to relax. I locked Gerry up! I never meant for anything to happen to Luis or any of you. But with these attitudes, with your idiotic little laughters, sometimes...I think you deserve what's been happening.
    Susana: Look, tensions are running high. Please, everyone go home.
    Quintanilla: Yeah, go home or go to hell. I don't care.
    Susana: Please, you're a teacher.
    Quintanilla: No, I'm not anymore. I'm nothing, Principal.
    • Raúl gives one to Pablo, who has been constantly beating him up ever since his return to the school over his role as the hacker, knowing that he is bitter over Isabela, whom Pablo still truly loves despite their previous breakup, being the reason why he keeps going over and over after María, who has become distant from him after acting indifferent over her pregnancy. Thus, Raúl calls Pablo out for not having the guts to face the truth.
    Raúl: Listen, dude. Why are you always trying to beat me up? Does it make you feel better or something?
    Pablo: All my problems are your fault. You exposed Isabela's secret and f—ked us up.
    Raúl: Yet when the stuff about her came out—
    Pablo: Cut it out.
    Raúl: Dude, let me finish. You knew she was trans, don't play dumb. You turned your back on her when she needed you the most. You know what the worst part is? That you actually loved her. That's why you feel so miserable. That's why you keep hassling María over and over again. You don't have the balls to face the truth.
  • Red Herring: Potential suspects behind the hacker and the avenger.
    • Season 1. Sofía suspected Javier to be the hacker after learning that he was responsible for the death of a football teammate. Rosita was also a suspect because of her gossipy habits. However, Raúl is the real hacker and had planted false evidence to frame Javier and turn Sofía against him.
    • Also, and to a lesser extent, the Honey Bunny, the nickname of a girl whom Pablo has been secretly sleeping with behind Isabela's back. Isabela suspected Natalia to be the Honey Bunny because she had earlier sold her out to the hacker who texted Isabela "The Honey Bunny is really close to you". Subverted in both 1.04 and 1.06. We find out that María is the Honey Bunny and Natalia denies Isabela's accusation, stating that she isn't a 'slut'. María can't bring herself to tell Isabela beforehand.
    • Season 2. The audience, even Raúl himself, suspected Pablo to be the avenger because of his violent outbursts and finding out that Raúl has been harboring Gerry from the police for Luis's murder, although Pablo was technically seeking justice for himself. Alex turns out to be the avenger as she had stolen Raúl's money to start a new life with Gaby. Foreshadowed in 2.07 when Pablo denied committing said theft and Gaby left for Spain without Alex. Surprisingly enough, none of the other main characters, including Sofía, ever suspected Pablo to be the avenger despite witnessing his fights with Raúl and being one of the few students who wasn't a victim of the anonymous perpetrator.
  • The Reveal:
    • Bruno and Raúl are behind the hackings.
    • Alex is the avenger in Season 2. She even tied herself up to look like a victim.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Marta, Luis's mother, somewhat blames Quintanilla for his mishandling the fight between Gerry and Luis, in which the latter was seriously injured. She also criticizes his incompetence as a principal in giving a good example for the students who often forget that the school is a place to learn, not to show off popularities or gossip about personal issues. While her points are valid, she is wrong in the fact that it isn't Quintanilla's fault that the students behave the way they do.
  • Secret Relationship:
    • Miguel and Susana were in one due to her having a husband.
    • Alex and Gabi kept their relationship a secret due to the fact the latter is a teacher.
  • Self-Harm: Sofia cut herself regularly in the past. Her arms are literally crisscrossed with old scars.
  • Sex Montage: In "New Pleasures", we see seven characters having sex interspersed. Sofia and Raúl have sex a second time. Alex is shown having sex with Gabi. Gerry has his first time with a man, Pipe. Rosita is shown during her threeway with Ernesto and Dario (while in the latter case he can't actually perform).
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Some of the characters can be seen having a Fatal Flaw which fits into these:
    • Raul (Envy) has an obsessive desire for Sofia, wanting her only for him as his jealousy and resentment towards Javier proves that. That leads to almost all of the dramas in the high school being the hacker and even in his family. His interest towards Sofia is behind all of his evil plans.
    • Natalia (Greed) wants to be popular and stay popular. For this, she stole the money of the school from their account in order to buy herself expensive items. Her greedy and selfish nature leads to losing her best friend Isabela and arguing with her twin sister who stay with her despite her secret being revealed. This and her need of money leads to her dealing drugs, a dangerous and criminal activity.
    • Pablo (Lust) is very sexually active and even sex-obsessed despite having a girlfriend. Consequently, he cheats on her with Maria but continues their relationship. Later he sends naked photos of himself to Maria and refers to her as "Bunny". It's clear he considers her as a sexual object by the way he treated her having discovered he got her pregnant a few minutes before trying to get back with Isabela again in despair.
    • Less emphasized but Isabela (Pride) was seen by all students as the queen of school. Being the Alpha Bitch made her arrogant, snobbish and look down upon the unpopular students as Sofia. Once her secret is revealed however she lost her status.
    • Maria (Sloth) is generally quiet about her sister's attitude, playing more her sidekick. Also with Pablo her best friend's boyfriend, she didn't really try to stop their affair. She lacks the will to stand up more against Natalia and Pablo, who are more dominant reflecting her codependency. She's also reluctant/lazy to say the truth to Isabela about Pablo. This leads to her pregnancy because she slept continuously with a guy who doesn't want to put on a condom.
    • Gerry (Wrath) is very Ax-Crazy mostly due to his Gayngst. His outbursts of rage lead to tragic consequences, like Luis' coma and Javier's dramatic injury in the season 1 finale.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Javier is expelled from his former high school as he was responsible for the death of one of his football teammates who fell off a balcony to his death during a rite of passage. However, his wealthy father pulled some strings to cover up his son's crime by bribing the others out of denouncing him to the police. Thus, this is the reason why Javier enrolled late at Colegio Nacional in the first place.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Sofía, with her observant skills, is willing to investigate and unmask the hacker and save her fellow students, even though Quintanilla keeps on telling her to stay out of trouble.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quintanilla resigns from National School out of anger and humiliation while giving the students his "The Reason You Suck" Speech after his farewell party gone awry due to the Avenger locking him up in a restroom to be stung by bees.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Sofia is beautiful, but mostly doesn't comb her hair or dress in flattering clothes. When she does both for a party, her look really shines.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sofia is clearly suffering trauma due to her father dying and then turning up alive. In the past, she attempted suicide, while also cutting herself as a means of coping.
  • Sherlock Scan: Sofia does several of these to detect clues other people would miss.
  • The Stoic: Sofia has little emotional expression most of the time, ignoring people's insults toward her and largely unfazed even by the danger facing them. However, it doesn't mean she's uncaring-she works hard to bring down the hacker tormenting them. It's all just a hard outer shell that she puts up-inside, she's tormented by her past, and cuts herself as a coping mechanism. As she grows closer to people, we see more emotion from her as Sofia opens up.
  • Straw Misogynist: Pablo is heavily implied to be this towards Isabela and María once the hacker exposes his secret, something that displayed many of his worst traits in season 2.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Alex is desperate to keep her lover's identity secret. This turns out to be because her lover's a teacher.
  • Their First Time: Sofia impulsively throws herself at Raúl after becoming close with him, and they have sex. It's possibly her first time overall.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Darío and Ernesto, the two less prominent members of the popular clique, seem to always be together.
    • Valeria and Regina, the only girls who aren't part of the clique per se, but are popular themselves.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Rosita invites Ernesto and Dario for one in Season 2, though the latter is unable to perform.
  • Time Skip: The second season takes place two months after the events of the previous one.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Pablo when he is seeking revenge against Raúl and Susana after becoming principal at National School.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Isabela after her secret is revealed and her popularity drops shows a friendlier side with social outcasts like Alex and Sofia whom she ignored before.
    • Natalia as well in the second season when she starts repairing her relationship with María and genuinely develops feelings for Javier.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The first and second seasons' trailers.
    • The first season trailer foreshadows the secrets of Isabela, Natalia, Gerry and Pablo, Luis's fate at the hands of Gerry, Pablo cheating on Isabela with another girl and denying that he knew about her secret and the students fighting each other after the hacker succeeds in leaking all of their secrets.
    • The second season trailer also reveals that Gerry is wanted by the police for Luis's murder, Raúl's unfair return to the school through blackmailing means, Luis' drawings being the source of torture the avenger takes advantage of to hurt the students whom they believe are at fault for his death and the money stolen from Raúl inside Luis' locker, which would later unwittingly seal Susana's doom.
  • Trauma Button: Alex telling Sofía to jump from the roof to the pool is related to Javier accidentally murdering a former football teammate, who died in the same way, something that Javier found very disturbing because it reminded him of his dark past. Despite insisting Sofía it isn't worth the shot, she jumps anyway and Javier angrily leaves the party.
  • Trans Equals Gay: After Isabela is outed as transgender, her boyfriend's friends ask whether this means that he's gay.
  • Trans Relationship Troubles: Isabela is dumped immediately by Pablo once she's outed. He tries to get back together with her later, but she angrily refuses over his past behavior.
  • Trans Tribulations: After she's outed, Isabela's boyfriend dumps her and many of her friends disown her. She gets insulted, bullied, asked very inappropriate questions about her anatomy and called by male pronouns, a guy or her birth name. Isabela also mentions her family moved to a different city after she transitioned, and she'd lost all her old friends for doing this. No wonder she didn't come out before.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • In 1.06, Javier's father accuses his son of being this after his previous anger issues on football manifest during a friendly match at Colegio Nacional, reminding him that he's always the one who has to constantly clear up his name.
    Damián: Okay, moron. Don't forget who gets you out of all the f—king trouble you get into.
    • Most of the students whose secrets were leaked by the hacker, including Pablo in season 2 and Rosita, who misinterpreted Sofía's warnings of the Avenger as excuses of wanting to ruin her birthday party. Sofía calls Darío and Ernesto this when they start cursing her for supposedly being Raúl's accomplice in Gerry's harboring, reminding them that she had saved their lives. In addition, Quintanilla calls them out for not acknowledging his hard work for the school and believes that they deserve what's been happening.
    Sofía [to Darío and Ernesto]: Have you forgotten who saved your lives? Ungrateful jerks.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Sofia rarely seems to comb her hair nor otherwise care about her appearance. Nonetheless, she's very beautiful.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Most of the school, including her boyfriend, are appalled when Isabela's revealed to be transgender. He dumps her, most of the girls shun Isabela, she's labeled male, questioned about her genitals and generally mocked or bullied. However, they are shown to be clearly in the wrong, and it's why Isabela wasn't open about her identity with them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It turns out that Sofia actually gave the hacker the idea for exposing everyone's secrets with a comment she'd made. In addition, Luis gave the avenger the idea for torturing the students through his drawings. Gerry is also responsible because his irreparable actions led the avenger to start their quest.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Pablo when he finds out that Raúl has been harboring Gerry from the police for murdering Luis and starts violently beating him up in retaliation.
    • Raúl when he demands his money back and wrestles over the bag alongside Sofía, Javier, María, Claudia and Susana.
  • Villainous BSoD: Alex undergoes one in the second season finale when Sofía finds out that she is the avenger, convincing her to abandon her plans because none of the things she did would bring Luis back. Alex starts sobbing remorsefully and apologizes to Sofía.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: María graphically vomits up a brownie that she just ate into the toilet. It's among the signs that she's pregnant.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Isabela holds this attitude towards Natalia and María after learning that both of them betrayed her; Natalia for selling her out to the hacker in a bid to keep her own secret safe and María because she had been sleeping with her boyfriend Pablo behind her back, although the latter mostly feels genuine guilt for it.
    • Pablo to Raúl also, although he coped with it through violent outbursts. After Raúl was exposed as the hacker, Pablo did nothing more than constantly beating the crap out of him since Raúl's previous actions had brought out the worst in him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never revealed what Rosita's secret is and many fans have been theorizing whether or not she had arranged the NONA party all by herself or was aided by someone else. Also, it isn't revealed what exactly happened to Bruno after Raúl was unmasked as the hacker.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Pablo spreads the news about Raúl and allegedly Sofía's roles in harboring Gerry from the police, the majority of the students are quick to turn on her, including Alex who calls Sofía out, not only for this, but also because of her closeness to Raúl who has had a bad reputation due to his previous actions as the hacker. Quintanilla even questions Sofía about this when she temporarily crashes with him, asking her if she has forgotten what he did before.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Gerry visits two gay bars in Season 2 as part of embracing his attraction to men.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Sofía is afraid of fire. Her father supposedly died in a fire, but had actually faked his own death, an incident that has traumatized and marked Sofía ever since. Later in season 2, Sofía and Javier investigate Luis' house and the avenger coincidentally sets the house on fire through a molotov cocktail to try and kill his mother. As the fire expands, Sofía is forced to relive that fateful day before she snaps back to reality, having to confront her fears in order for her and Javier to escape safe and sound.
    • Zig-zagged with Javier. In 1.04, when Alex tells Sofía to jump into the pool from the roof (so that her secret won't be leaked), Javier becomes increasingly tense and supposedly finds this to be pointless, although Sofía jumps anyway. Later in 1.06, when the truth of Javier's dark past comes out, it turns out that his deceased former teammate's fate mirrored what Sofía did previously, so his objective reaction towards her was entirely justified because that accident has traumatized Javier and did not want the same to happen to Sofía, who actually managed to land into the pool.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Sofia and Javier as the story progresses. They start as friends, but it's obvious there is a mutual attraction between them. However with Raul coming in the mix and the past of Javier revealed, things become more complicated. Even more in Season 2 as Sofia is still attracted by Raul post-secret identity reveal and Javier sickened by this, developing feelings for Natalia. Despite them reconciling at the end of the season, it's hard to say if they will become a couple or not.
  • Yandere: Raul grows into this. It's clear his interest towards Sofia became obsessive and he feels jealousy towards Javier for her.
  • You Are Grounded!: Because Sofía was occupied trying to investigate the hacker alongside Javier and Raúl, she was unable to show up at the cemetery with her mother to mourn her father as they did very often, leading the angered Nora to tell her that things would be changing from then on, starting with ordering Sofía to come home straight after school regularly.
  • You Have to Believe Me!:
    • Part of Javier's defense in 1.06 when he tries to explain to Sofía that he isn't the hacker after the truth about his dark past comes out, but Sofía solemnly replies that she doesn't recognize him anymore.
    • In 2.01 and 2.06, Sofía invokes this twice. When Nora scolds Sofia for lying about her father's death and Susana accuses her of being an accomplice to Raul's scheme in harboring Gerry from the police for Luis's murder, she truthfully assures that she has no idea where they are, and that she had nothing to do with the latter. However, both of them outright refuse to believe her. Alex also doesn't believe Sofia about the Gerry situation, believing that she had taken advantage of her guilt. Subverted for Alex in 2.07 as she seems to quickly forget about it as if it never happened.
    • In 2.08, Natalia anguishedly tries to explain to Javier that her unusual encounter with his father is not what he thought, as she was desperate in getting the money to pay off the dealers who had threatened her, but Javier breaks up with her anyway.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
    • During Raúl's party, Javier is openly against the hacker's demand that Sofía jump off the roof so that Alex's secret won't be leaked. Sofía ends up obliging, but Javier angrily storms out of the party.
    • Most of the students' furious response when Raúl returns for the first time since his exposure as the hacker.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Lampshaded in 1.01. Isabela and Natalia think that the new kid, Javier Williams, is way out of Sofía's league due to her being a "freak" when they sit together for an assembly. María, however, takes pity on her, suggesting that it'd be something for her to flirt with someone as she is always alone, only for her friends to dismiss this opinion as "nonsense". Later on, Sofía does get laid, not once but twice, although with Raúl instead of Javier himself.