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Rebelde (English: "Rebel") is a Mexican soap opera produced by Televisa and created by Cris Morena. It is a remake of the Argentine telenovela Rebelde Way, adapted for the Mexican audience, leading to differences in characters' backgrounds. The series aired on Canal de las Estrellas from October 4, 2004, to June 2, 2006.

The series is set at the Elite Way School, a prestigious private boarding high school in Mexico City with a major plot line revolving around a group of students forming a pop band. Additional subplots involve the school's faculty and the students' parents.

A notable aspect of the series is that the actors playing the bandmembers are themselves in an actual band named RBD, and perform most of the music used on the show. They have been extremely successful in their own right, becoming one of the most popular acts in Latin America and touring internationally.


This series provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Celina to some characters.
    • She falls in love with Miguel, but contrary to what one might expect, he is kind to her, even though the feeling is not reciprocal.
    • When Celina believes Leo is in love with her, the first thing she does is arrange an appointment in a room where "no one ever goes." Leo (who is not in love with her) sincerely asks what is the reason for the meeting. She says she loves him, and without giving him time to respond, she kisses him so hard that they both fall to the ground, with Celina on top of Leo and continuing to kiss him for a long time.
  • Academy of Adventure: Downplayed compared to other series, considering it did deal a lot with real issues most teenagers go through, but it did allow from time and time again more fantastical storylines, like a mystical cult called allowed to patrol around the school and scare the becados/scholarship students.
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  • Berserk Button: Insulting Celina for her weight, and getting between her and any possible boyfriend she may have.
  • Betty and Veronica: Max is Archie, Celina is Betty and Sol is Veronica.
  • Big Eater: Celina eats often, especially when she is sad or angry.
  • Butt-Monkey: Celina is apparently the only fat girl in high school, considers herself ugly, is humiliated by her mother and most of the boys she falls in love with consider her ugly and unbearable. And when she finally has a boyfriend, Max, Sol, one of her best friends finally shows who she really is, and tries to steal Max from her. Oh, and she gets pregnant from Max.
  • Chubby Chaser: Max, the only boy who really falls in love with Celina.
  • Forceful Kiss: Celina does this to Leo when she thinks he is in love with her. The two even fall to the ground, with her on top of him and continuing to kiss him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Celina becomes this when she suspects some girl is flirting with the boy she's in love with.
      • She threatens Lupita for suspecting she is interested in Miguel.
      • She beats Mia when she suspects she is having an affair with Miguel.
      • She torments Sol after she tries to steal Max from her.
    • Also Sol when she finds out that Max is in love with Celina.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Mia may be a bit shallow and judgmental, but she does have a good heart underneath it all. Specially for her best friends Vick and Celina.
  • Love Triangle: Max initially falls in love with Sol, but when he realizes that she clearly wants nothing to do with him other than a mere casual relationship, he falls in love with Celina, who in turn can hardly believe that this handsome guy is interested in her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's a mexican telenovela, after all. All the female characters wear some very short miniskirts for a school.
  • New Year Same Class: Come season 2 and 3, new year of school, and most of the original cast is still around.
  • Parents as People: The show showcased a great variety of parents. While there was a long list of genuinely abusive parents (Celina's mom), there were also very doting and caring parents who never the less had their flaws.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Mia is initially a little superficial, and her father does pamper her a little too much, but she's shown to have a good heart underneath it all. She shows it the most with her best friends Vick and Celina.
  • Stout Strength: Celina is fat and quite strong, as her physical fights with Mia, Vico and Sol prove.
  • Teen Pregnancy:Celina ends up pregnant by the end of the series.
  • Those Two Girls: Celina and Vico, but not as prominent compared to other examples. The two mainly stand/follow this trope when they have to play up as Mia's sidekicks.
  • Weight Woe: Celina has a lot of self-doubts concerning her weight, constantly comparing herself to the skinnier girls of the school and feeling ugly. It doesn't help that she gets bullied for it by everyone.

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