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La CQ is a Mexican/Venezuelan television series created by Pedro Ortíz de Pinedo, son of Jorge Ortiz De Pinedo. It was recorded at RCTV Studios in Caracas as a co-production between Televisa and Cartoon Network Latin America.

La CQ provides the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Despite Jenny's good looks, it is her personality that Ángel finds abhorrent.
    • Also the nerdy girl with glasses who chases Beto around and smothers him.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Monche unknowingly enables the principal's microphone when fighting with Ángel over telling the truth about him being the infamous "toilet snooper" and the confession over their actions is heard all over the school.
  • Barbaric Bully: Roque Villalón. He picks on smaller children(by giving them wedgies) or Monche and Beto. This is subverted when he is around the Del Rio siblings.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: This is lampshaded by Clara about Adri supposedly changing from a bully hater to becoming one herself. However, this was subverted at the end of the episode when Adri explains that, to teach him a lesson, she wanted Roque to feel what it's really like being bullied on a daily basis.
  • Beta Couple: Beto and Danny, Adri and Roque.
  • Betty and Veronica: Clara (Betty) and Jenny (Veronica) with Ángel as the Archie.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Played for Laughs with Monche when he's partnered with his bully Roque for a science project.
    • Beto angrily yells one out to Monche for ruining his circunference assignment.
    • Ángel, Clara, Beto, Adri, Roque, Jenny and Danny when they hear Monche talking about the ghost from the #13 locker, as they have earlier promised not to tell a soul in exchange for him to leave them alone.
  • Book Dumb:
    • Monche is an exaggerated example of this. He is the most dim-witted student in the entire school.
    • Danny isn't very bright, either. When Jenny commented Clara is more simple than the table of 1, Danny replied that she struggled to learn to multiply by one.
  • Brick Joke: During the episode where the group (sans Clara) swap bodies, Danny (in Beto's body) continually complains that she has to pee. In the final scene, where the entire sequence turns out to have been a dream and the others leave the lab, Beto says to himself that he's forgot something important: He has to pee and immediately rushes to the restroom before the episode ends.
  • Broken Aesop: A meta example with the actors of the series participating in the "Basta de Bullying" campaign for Cartoon Network, when a big deal of the series' gags revel on school bullying, especially when delivered by Roque Villalón.
    • It's even more noteworthy that in the very first episode of the series, we see Roque showing up while giving a random first-grader kid a wedgie as the Del Río siblings walk by him. Adri (rightly) calls it out, only for her brother Ángel to rebuff her and say (what Roque is doing) isn't abusive, but a tradition.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ángel, of all people, invokes this on himself after falsely confessing to being the "toilet snooper" to protect Monche as the principal had earlier threatened to expel him if he turned out to be the culprit (which he is). Because of this, almost all of the students (including even Clara, Jenny and Danny) turn on him under the belief that he's a phony and a gossipmonger. This is subverted after Monche ends up spilling the beans about the whole misunderstanding due to him and Ángel fighting over the microphone that is unknowingly activated just as Monche was about to come clean to the principal.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: In the episode where the group accidentally swaps bodies with each other, Jenny (in Adri's body) attempts to win over Ángel, not knowing that he is Monche in his body, tecnically implying an incestous relationship. When the actual Ángel (in Monche's body) hears about this, he is immediately grossed out. Then, Ángel and Adri (in Monche and Jenny's bodies) drag Monche (in Ángel's body) out of the scene.
  • Chick Magnet: Of course, ask any girl and they'll tell you that Ángel is the most charming boy at the school. Even helped by his famous "super charming look".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: An episode actually focuses on this trope concerning Clara, who thinks Ángel is secretly dating another girl behind her back, further fueled due to Jenny's manipulations and Poor Communication Kills with Danny, all because she saw him talking to a picture affectionately. It turns out that Ángel was actually remembering Matilda, his deceased pet dog. When Ángel shows it to Clara, she doesn't initially believe him but eventually apologizes after the others, Adri included, second his statement.
  • Dream Intro: The plot of "Chavo CQ" starts when Monche gets knocked out by falling down a flight of stairs.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Roque was disgusted to learn that Ángel (allegedly) was the "toilet snooper" and called him a gossip just like the rest of the students.
  • The Faceless: Whenever the Principal of the school makes an appearance in person, he is always depicted from behind or holding something to hide his face.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: An episode has Beto doing a failed experiment that results in the entire group, except for Clara who showed up late, swapping bodies with each other: Ángel with Monche, Beto with Danny and Adri with Jenny. However, as they change back to their proper bodies, Beto is revealed to have fallen asleep during the experiment.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Danny. This is a subversion, as this is a nickname and her real name is Daniela.
  • Informed Attribute: Jenny and her cousin Danny are supposed to be the popular girls, but it's shown the other students don't care about them.
  • Lovable Jock: Ángel del Río. He is the most friendly of the jocks in the school.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Due to his stupidity, Monche accidentally sells Beto out to Roque over the ear device he made to help Monche pass his exam. The enraged Roque starts chasing Beto. Of course, Monche himself is clueless at how Roque found out. Ángel, Clara and Adri lampshade this to Monche with angry stares, only for him to ask in confusion "What?"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Monche, whose real name is Ramón Barragán. Only the principal calls him by his full name whenever he summons him to his office.
    • Adri's real name is Adriana del Río. Ángel and Clara, in two episodes, call her by her full name both when he catches her playing video games and when she and Clara's friendship is on the rocks due to a misunderstanding about Ángel and start getting at each other's throats through pranks.
    • Jenny and Danny's full names are María Juana and Daniela Pinto.
  • Parody Episode: Episode 4 of the fifth season, "Chavo CQ", is a parody to El Chavo del ocho.
  • Phrase Catcher: Whenever Danny she says something stupid, Jenny always says "Focus", with Danny imitating her "Focus" gesture. Interestingly, Danny's speech bubble with the phrase is written with backwards "F" and "S" unlike Jenny's.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: The Principal of the school is a bumbling fool, you wonder how he is not fired.
  • Product Placement: The clothes and accesories used by the characters are themed around Cartoon Network shows that were big at the time this series aired, especially Ben 10: Omniverse.
  • Randomly Reversed Letters: Danny's "Focus" speech bubble has the "F" and "S" reversed to show she's not bright.
  • Running Gag: Jenny and Danny's peculiar clever way to make fun of their classmates, although in some occasions Adri managed to outsmart them in this.
    Jenny: Hi, lo.
    X character: Hi, lo?
    Jenny and Danny: Hi, loser! [both laugh]
  • Sadist Teacher: Miss Elba, the substitute teacher who temporarily replaces Miss Mago, is revealed to be this. She starts off as nice, charismatic and sympathetic, but later on shows her true face to the group when they start questioning her teaching methods.
  • The Scapegoat:
    • Due to his Accidental Aiming Skills, the obese coach hits Danny with a football, twice. When Jenny demands to know who did this, he frames one of Ángel's teammates to save himself by making him run ten laps as punishment.
    • Ángel falsely takes credit of being the infamous "toilet snooper" to protect Monche, the true culprit who spies on the girls' restroom, when the principal (outright) threatens to expel him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Jenny, refusing to take responsibility for the whole incident, unsuccessfully attempts to get herself (and Danny) out of punishment, after the group fails to turn in a complicated equation they were supposed to do and attacks Beto over his private diary in the cafeteria, by using her father's influence as the school principal to get the teacher fired when he rightfully calls them out for their immaturity and irresponsibility on the matter and threatens to fail them.
    Jenny: But if it was all Adri's fault!
    Adri: Why me?
    Jenny: Because you were the one who jumped like Spider-Man and then started the fight. We didn't do anything wrong, teacher! Besides, I'm the principal's daughter and, you wouldn't risk your own job, would you?
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Ángel and Clara. They are so in love with each other, Adri commented that they "spill more honey than a beehive."
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Beto and Monche, respectively.
  • Toilet Humor: Almost always brought by Beto farting.
  • Tomboy: Adri del Río is a textbook example of this trope. She always wears a backward cap, is not fond of skirts and dresses, preferring to wear shirts, jackets and pants, and has a skateboard.
  • The Rival: Jenny is this to Clara, since they fight over Ángel.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: In season 4, Jenny (under the influence of a potion from Beto) falls madly in love with Monche, who runs away in fright. After it wears off, Jenny doesn't remember any of it and reacts disgusted when Danny tells her. Later in the finale, it is now Monche who has a crush on Jenny and she rejects him.
  • Written Sound Effect: The series makes use of these for comedic effect.