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Elite is a Spanish thriller teen drama, created by Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero. The show was released world-wide by Netflix in 2018.

The show has format in which it switches back and forth between a murder investigation where several characters are questioned by the police on the murder of one of them and the past, where the story of three students from a humble, recently destroyed school get to go to a famous private school, Las Encinas, where their coming causes great disturbance in the social order of the school. Samuel, a well meaning guy falls for the rebellious daughter of a rich family, Marina; Nadia, the youngest daughter of a humble Muslim family faces prejudice on school while Marina's older brother, Guzman, and his girlfriend, Lucrecia, try to find a way to bring her down from her pedestal; Christian, a fun loving guy finds himself in an odd new relationship when a longtime couple, Carla and Polo, bring him in the middle of them physically and emotionally.


The show was renewed for a second season set to be released in September 2019.

Not to be confused with the video game Elite.

Due to the nature of the show, all spoilers will be unmarked


  • Alpha Bitch: Lucrecia, for the most part, as she looks down on all the new students.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Christian. He entered Polo and Carla's complicated threesome in an attempt to get with her, and actually mildly annoyed that Polo is in the package. He learns to accept Polo's presence with Carla and eventually even start reluctantly experimenting with Polo by kissing him and once having sex with him, but it's clear he is experimenting more than enjoying and it's not clear whether he likes men.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Marina (Archie) zig-zags between older, troubled Nano (Veronica) and her sweet, supportive classmate Samuel (Betty)
    • Played with when it comes to Guzman (Archie), Lucrecia (Veronica) and Nadia (Betty). Lucrecia would - under ordinary circumstances - be considered the Veronica: rich, edgy, sexy. Nadia would usually be the Betty; a working-class girl of modest means, pretty but relatively conservative. However, Lucrecia has been a part of Guzman's life far longer than Nadia has, and their dynamic takes on a different role as a result, with Lucrecia arguably the Betty to Nadia's Veronica.
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    • The Carla/Polo/Christian relationship has this in different dynamics, depending on who is the Archie. With Carla as the Archie, Christian is the Veronica to Polo’s Betty. With Christian as the Archie, Carla is the Veronica to Polo’s Betty. With Polo as the Archie, Christian is the Veronica to Carla’s Betty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Carla was by far the nicest member of the rich kids at the start of the show, but as Marina threatened her own family as well as Carla's, she takes a much more sombre approach to issues. She eventually takes over as the Big Bad of the show, becoming manipulative and controlling Christian and Polo to make sure that Nano gets arrested.
    • Arguably, Marina is this trope. She's initially sweet and kind in the first episode, but as her life spirals more and more out of control, she resorts to blackmailing Martin, organising a theft with Nano, etc.
  • Bi the Way: Polo. While he’s been in a relationship with Carla since they were twelve, he finds himself attracted to Christian when he and Carla start a polyamorous relationship with him, to the point of eventually isolating Christian to have sex with him.
  • Big Bad: By the final episode of season one, Carla takes this post. While she wasn't the one who killed Marina, she is the reason why she is dead, and goes to lengths to make sure that Polo is not punished and keeps Christian under her thumb at all times.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Nadia speaks in Arabic.
  • Blackmail: Lu gets to become the teacher's favorite again by bribing him with a proposal of getting him the adopted child he wants, at the cost of her getting to the top of the class over Nadia. When Marina overhears this, she forces the teacher to keep quiet about her drugs by telling him that she'll tell on him.
  • Brainy Brunette: Lucrecia and Nadia qualify, as the top 2 competitors for the trophy. Subverted when they get disqualified and redheaded Marina wins.
  • Coming-Out Story: Ander is given one throughout the show.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Guzman and Marina's father, who's involved in a corporate fraud.
  • Driving Question: Who killed Marina?
  • Drugs Are Good vs. Drugs Are Bad: Played with. There's a lot of alcohol, pot and pills in this series. Heck, Omar is a drug dealer. However, Guzman's biological parents died of drug addiction, and he is almost militant about people using drugs (see: his intervention with Ander, and his confrontation with Marina). When Nadia accidentally gets high, she propositions Guzman... who recognises that she isn't herself.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: As the show goes on, it's clear that Marina was getting under everyone's skin and screwed a lot of people over. In the last two episodes, to varying degrees, every main character had a reason to want her dead.
  • Ensemble Cast: It's hard to point out who is the main character of the show, seeing as there are a variety of plot lines that get about the same amount of screen time. Though it's easy to put Samuel as the main character, Marina arguably was it, but even then, there was a number of plots in which she wasn't involved and all major characters would get a lot of screentime anyway.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
    • Guzman is the responsible sibling, being much more dedicated to his family than the rebellious Marina, who always finds ways to rage against her family.
    • Nadia is the responsible sibling for both Omar and her missing sister. Nadia is a girl dedicated to her grades and studies that never gets in trouble, while Omar is know for getting into trouble and their parents eventually find out he's been dealing drugs, their missing sister was a Hard-Drinking Party Girl that was a disappointment to her family. Eventually downplayed as Nadia also starts lying to her father, though to a much lesser degree than any of the others.
    • Samuel is far more responsible (and, arguably, intelligent) than his brother Nano, who can't seem to catch a break even when he's out of jail.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Christian says that he didn't like the "meat" of his, Polo and Carla's dinner together, which is an euphemism for Polo to be in their sex lives. Carla argues that he didn't even try the meat. Later in that episode, Christian kisses Polo. A few episodes later, they have sex.
    • Carla kisses Polo when he is being called in for questioning, whispering in his ear that the police suspect Guzman to be the killer. The final episode reveals that she was in on the murder that Polo committed, and was trying to warn him about it.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: By the end of the first Season, Marina. Best shown when she goes on stage to accept her award and nobody in the main cast claps for her, apart from Samuel.
  • Gayngst: Omar is terrified of coming out to his conservative father, and in an attempt to live free, he starts gathering money by selling drugs to leave and live by himself someday. He says that he lives in a prison already so he doesn't fear being arrested. The angry and hurt reaction of his father when he hears rumors about Omar being gay is enough to justify this.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Nadia points Marina to an underground clinic where Muslim girls go, where she can get a safe abortion, not agreeing with it, but at least wanting Marina to be safe. Nano accompanies her, last minute, though, she backs out from getting the abortion and wants to keep the baby, running away with Nano to start a new life.
  • Happily Adopted: Guzman... Or so it seems.
  • Hypocrite: Carla calls her mom out when Christian says he wants to be famous but has no idea of what to do to get there and she says that it's a foolish mindset, pointing out that she did nothing to get the title of marquise.
  • Ice Queen: Omar actually calls Nadia this, when she tells him to just suck up and pretend to not be gay for at least a few more years, saying that he can't shut off his emotions like her.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • The plot reveals to many characters that Marina is HIV positive little by little to several characters
    • The fact that Andre and Omar are gay is revealed to Samuel, Nadia and Guzman after the benefit party of Carla's mom.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Guzman, despite his snobby and douchey ways, genuinely cares for his sister and his friends. Over time, he also goes through Character Development, notably since he's dating Nadia, whom he initially dated to embarass her for catching him and Lucrecia making out in the school's restroom.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Each episode contains one very big piece of information that reveals what happened to Marina bit by bit.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Polo and Carla might have been a little mean, but they were overall on the nice aspect of the rich kids. In the final two episodes of the show, Polo becomes essentially insane when Carla breaks up with him and kills Marina in an attempt to get together with her, while Carla herself resorts to all kinds of manipulations to get Marina to return the clock and when she dies, controls Christian and Polo to get Nano to be arrested for it.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Guzman is this towards Marina, to the point of beating her boyfriend almost to death after he (unwittingly) infected Marina with HIV.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Played with in regards to the polyamorous relationship between Carla, Christian and Polo. Polo eventually starts getting jealous of the fact that it seems that Christian is only interested in Carla in their relationship.
    • Guzman is in a relationship with Lu, but has to seduce Nadia in an attempt to make her keep quiet about them having sex in school. During the plot, however, he ends up falling for Nadia and realizing Lu is a bad influence, though she keeps chasing him while he chases Nadia.
    • Another one arises between Samuel, his brother Nano and Marina, as both brothers fall for her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Carla becomes this once she steps up as the Big Bad, being able to manipulate Christian into being silent.
  • Meaningful Name: Quite a few examples.
    • It can't be any coincidence that Lucrecia's name sounds very much like Lucrezia Borgia, famous beauty and scion of the infamous Borgias. The name Lucrezia also means “profit and wealth,” which fits Rich Bitch Lucrecia like a glove.
    • Carla is the feminine form of the name Carl, which means “free man.” Very befitting the hedonistic Carla.
    • Nadia means “hope,” which fits the very ambitious and driven Nadia.
    • Marina means “of the sea,” which is eerie when one considers that the trophy used to murder her is currently at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Open-Minded Parent: Ander's mom. Not only she accepts her son for being gay, but also supports his relationship with Omar, despite knowing about his drug dealing business that involves one of her students, considering her position as the principal of Las Encinas.
  • Parents as People: Nadia and Omar's father loves his children very much, but suffers on the culture shock of being out of Middle East. His controlling nature basically scares away his children, but it also comes from a place of genuine fear as their older sister lacked any kind of self-control and ended up leaving the family.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Lucrecia, who seems to be always against Nadia's Muslim background, from criticizing her for wearing a hijab to calling her a "Taliban girl".
  • Polyamory: Carla and Polo have a dying relationship and decide to experiment with Christian to try to resuscitate it. They end up involving Christian in their relationship, leading to Carla dating both of them while Polo and Christian experiment with each other.
  • The Reveal: Polo killed Marina, in an attempt to get the watch back and with that get Carla back.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Rich diplomat's daughter Lucrecia and working-class Nadia for Guzman.
  • Scholarship Student: Samuel, Nadia, and Christian are given scholarships by their old school's construction company (owned by Marina and Guzman's father) to attend the prestigious Las Encinas.
  • Sibling Triangle: Samuel is infatuated with Marina, who starts a relationship with him despite sleeping with and feeling a mutual yearning for his older brother Nano.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Marina and Ander. Carla is one at first.
  • Straight Gay: Both Omar and Ander.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Marina is revealed to be pregnant, with Nano's child, nonetheless.
  • Uptown Girl: Marina, for both Samuel and Nano.
    • Gender flipped with her brother, Guzman, for Nadia.
    • Ander is the male version, for Omar.
  • Wham Shot:
    • In the very first episode, Samuel looking into the body bag to see who was the murder victim: Marina.
    • The very last shot of season one has the location of the murder weapon. The trophy is at the bottom of the lake.
  • Will They or Won't They?:
    • Omar and Ander: They do.
    • Nadia and Guzman: They don't.


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