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A Netflix Original Teen Drama series set in a Mexican high school, National School, Control Z revolves around 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.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Rosa wears a dress which displays this for the last episode's party, as do other girls.
  • Accidental Murder: Gerry accidentally kills Luis, who dies after he lingers in a coma from striking his head when knocked down by a punch.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Gerry says he really does like women, but also finds gay porn fascinating. He may be bisexual, or just curious.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Nearly all of the people within the popular clique backstabbed Isabela in different ways after she was outed as transgender.
  • Betty and Veronica: Helpful Javier is the Betty to troubled Raul's Veronica for Sofia's Archie.
  • 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 and analytical, while also being quite pretty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Faking the Dead: Sofia's father faked his death, and was alive for all these years.
  • 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.
  • 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 of an Innocent Beta Bitch.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Raul's interest towards Sofia is obvious, while his passive insults against Javier reflect his jealousy towards their relationship.
  • 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.
  • Honey Trap: Sofia uses the hacker's feelings for her in the end to provoke a confession.
  • How We Got Here: Episode five 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Gaby is long-haired and wears feminine clothing, while secretly into women.
  • 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.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Pablo and María get busy in the school janitor's closet.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Alex has a slightly masculine look. Her girlfriend is more feminine.
  • 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?: Gerry is horrified when his punch puts Luis into a coma, and even more after Luis' death.
  • 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, Mean, and In-Between: Maria, Natalia and Isabela fit this. Maria is kind, Natalia is mean and Isabela 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Reveal: Bruno and Raúl are behind the hackings.
  • Self-Harm: Sofia cut herself regularly in the past. Her arms are literally crisscrossed with old scars.
  • 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 and discovers he got her pregnant a few minutes before trying to get 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's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Dario and Ernesto, the two less prominent members of the popular clique, seem to always be together.
  • 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.
  • Trans Equals Gay: After Isabela is outed as transgender, her boyfriend's friends ask whether this means that he's gay.
  • Transgender: Isabela is a young trans woman, who'd been keeping this a secret due to fear of other people's reaction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: Raul grows into this. It's clear his interest towards Sofia became obsessive and he feels jealousy towards Javier for her.

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