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Series / Herederos De Una Venganza

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Herederos de una Venganza (English: Heirs to a Vendetta) was a 2011 Argentine telenovela.

Antonio Puentes is engaged to Angie and takes a trip to her home city of Vidisterra (a small fictional village of wineries) for the wedding. Once there, Angie is murdered by a secret lodge, who use her as a human sacrifice. Antonio stays in the village, trying to discover who murdered Angie. Soon, he falls in love with Mercedes Leiva. The lodge believes that Antonio and Mercedes are "the foreigner" and "the chosen one", of their book of prophecies. The villain Benicio Echague has come from Chile and joined the lodge, and has always thought himself "the foreigner" and sought the love of Mercedes. To separate Antonia and Mercedes, he arranges things so that it appears Antonio has Mercedes' cousin. Antonio is jailed, and the car taking him to trial explodes.

Antonio survives the explosion, and stays in the shadows, until he is released as innocent. There are further complications but there is a happy end.

Herederos de una venganza contains examples of:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: The secret lodge has ruled the village from the shadows since it was established decades ago.
  • Anyone Can Die: Angie, Regina, Octavio, Vicente, Martín, Benicio, Gretel and a surprising amount of minor/supporting characters.
  • Angrish: Octavio Capogreco
  • Alliterative Name: Lucas Leiva, Cosme Capogrecco, Miguel Morán.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Lola has a crush on Lucas, who doesn't return her feelings.
    • Estrella, the maid who works for the Piaves, is into Pedro, a married man.
  • Argentina Is Nazi-Land: The members of the lodge are the heirs of fugitive nazis that have changed their names
  • Arranged Marriage: Octavio sets one up between his closeted homosexual son Cosme and the local nurse Frida.
  • Asshole Victim: Luis, Mercedes' husband, was verbally and physically abusive towards her. He is murdered by Octavio, who turns out to be his father, but pinned the crime on Mercedes to save himself. However, given how a vile man he was while married to Mercedes, is really hard to have any sympathy for him.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Nice Girl Mercedes is Betty and Manipulative Bitch Julia is Veronica to Antonio's Archie.
    • Antonio is the Betty to Martín, and later Benicio, as the respective Veronicas for Mercedes' Archie.
    • Emilia serves as the Archie to Lucas' Betty and Rafael's Veronica.
    • Lucas is the Archie to Emilia's Betty and Lola's Veronica.
  • Big Book of War: The book of the lodge
  • Catchphrase: "Carajo!"
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mercedes and Emilia become kind of hysterical when they see Antonio and Lucas with Julia and Lola respectively.
  • Dirty Cop: Vicente.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Martín until he is killed off.
  • Erotic Dream: Cosme has one with Miguel.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Rafael, whose sister Angie (and Antonio's short-lived wife) was taken away from him by the lodge.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Lucas and Rafael are both attracted to Emilia.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Julia to Mercedes for Antonio/Rafael to Lucas for Emilia.
  • Hate Sink: Because it's a telenovela, almost all of the villains earn this spotlight, including Octavio, Rafael, Gretel and Julia.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Mercedes is loathed by most of the village for supposedly murdering her husband, but it turns out that Octavio was the true culprit and that Mercedes had spent years in prison for a crime she didn't even commit.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Since he was popular at the village, many of the people who admired Luis were completely blind to realizing how much of an abusive husband he was to Mercedes.
  • Karma Houdini: Paula, Benicio's right-hand woman and lover, is revealed to be still at large with an international hunt set on her.
  • Lonely Together: Antonio and Mercedes/Lucas and Emilia.
  • Love Triangle: Both Lucas and Rafael are attracted to Emilia, while Antonio, Martín and later Benicio are attracted to Mercedes.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • The real mother of Antonio is Regina Piave.
    • The real father of Mercedes is Vicente Roca.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Rafael, Martín, Benicio and Julia make Emilia, Mercedes and Antonio believe they are on their side and are quite good liars when the people trying to expose them are unfairly proven wrong.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Vidisterra is similar to the cities in the west side of Argentina, but it is fictional.
  • Not Quite Dead: The car moving Antonio blow up, and everybody thought him dead... but he was taken out of it before the explosion.
  • Parental Substitute: While enduring a lot of abuse from Octavio, Gretel always acts a motherly figure to Cosme.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Angie, Rafael's sister and Antonio's wife is murdered by the lodge, which sets off the plot.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: Rafael and Cosme, the lodge's sole survivors, are arrested in the finale for their crimes against humanity.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Rafael is the rich suitor and Lucas the poor suitor for Emilia.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Played with during the wedding of Mercedes and Benicio, when everybody thought that he was dead. Of course he was not, and he was actually lurking in the shadows, watching the wedding.
  • The Chosen One: Antonio and Mercedes, with their specific titles. Other characters claimed those titles too.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The secret lodge
  • Undying Loyalty: Gretel and Rafael to Octavio.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: A recurring "prophecy". And only The Chosen One may save them.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Octavio Capogreco and Luis, Mercedes' deceased husband. However, after the truth of Octavio's crimes comes out, he is legally and posthumously condemned with the Damnatio memoriae.