Rebelde Way was an Argetinian soap opera aimed at pre-teens and teens that told the adventures and misadventures of a bunch of teenagers boarding at the fictional Elite Way School in Argentina. It began airing in the 2002 and told typical issues such as love triangles, teen bands, and more. It turned into a massive hit in Argentina and the rest of South America, even finding small success in Spain, Romania, Portugal, some parts of Eastern Europe, and Israel.
The series told the stories of Mia, Marizza, Manuel and Pablo, four different teenagers who often didn't get along with each other, but they miraculously bonded with each other due to their shared loved of music. They formed a band, Erreway (which later turned into a real life band, the members being the same actors that played the four teens in the series, and had quite a success in real life). Along the way they had to deal with school, strict parents, turbolous romances and much more.
The series became so popular that different countries began airing their own spinoff versions of the series, like Mexico did with "Rebelde".
This series provides examples of:
- 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 "La Logia" allowed to patrol around the school and scare the becados/scholarship students, or the time the kids adopted a puppy in secret.
- Badass Teacher: Santiago Mancilla is this for the school. He brings justice and dignity to a school that was losing any sense of humanity after years of corruption from the rich elite.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Blas dies around the time Feli knows of her pregnancy. While not the typical example, it still fits well enough, for Blas' long character arc ends and Felicitas' final arc just begins.
- Boarding School: The Elite Way School is one, allowing only the children of the most wealthy folks in Argentina. Students who enter the school via scholarships are allowed too, but it seems to be a recent novelty and still treated as a taboo subject. The rich kids make fun of them and the Logia targets them with attacks.
- Bound and Gagged: Happens often, surprisingly. During the first season it occurred often in incidents related to the Logia, with Pablo, Manuel, Marcos, Marizza and Nico being victims to it due to the Logia kidnapping them. During the second season, while the Logia was gone, these incidents kept occurring, with Manuel being kidnapped, Pablo locking Marizza in his house so she wouldn't ruin his plans, and then later Sergio doing it to Tomás and Pablo to pull the latter into one of his new schemes.
- Dance of Romance: Pablo and Marizza do this back in the beginning of season 1, before she left for Italy. It's one of the first hints that show that there may be something between them.
- Elaborate University High: The setting of the Elite Way School feels a little cluttered and often doesn't add up (supposedly, sometimes it suggests the bedrooms are in the same floor as the classrooms).
- Latin Land: Averted. There is a Mexican character, but the series clearly shows specific Argentinian culture over making a mish-mash of all hispanic cultures like american/european media tends to do. Even more, they show how current Argentina lives instead of portraying themselves as some backwards country who don't even have television and Catholicism rules their lives (as they would be portrayed in American media)
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Mia may be a bit shallow and judgmental, but she does have a good heart underneath it all.
- New Year Same Class: Come season 2, 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 (Sergio, Feli's mom, Marcos' mom), there were also very doting and caring parents who never the less had their flaws. Sonia, Franco and Dunoff were ultimately good people who tried to do the best for their children, but they didn't realize that some actions of theirs could affect their children in a negative manner (Pilar grew up mostly without much friends, while Mia and Marizza are a little too spoiled at times).
- Product Placement: The series doesn't miss a chance to promote some snack food or another, like Shoco Bolas (chocolate coated balls). Amusing because it puts the characters momentarily way out of character, and because it's nearly impossible for someone who doesn't live in Argentina to determine what's the fuss about.
- Rule of Three: Occurs in the premiere of the second season, the running gag being Pablo casually throwing Belén into the pool to get to Francisco.
- Running Gag: In season 2, for a few episodes, it's Francisco stealing kisses from Laura. She had accused him of falsely harassing her, so he took his "revenge" by giving her these kisses.
- School of No Studying: Subverted. While the relationships and adventures are featured, drama amidst the classes and teachers is also showcased.
- Skipping School: Happens so much it's pretty much a requisite of the show. You just know the moment Gloria, Blas or Dunoff appears it's not gonna be good news for the kids.
- Spicy Latina: Refreshingly averted. Sure, all of the female characters are latinas, some are fiesty, some have their tempers, and some are flirts; but it's never shown in a fetishistic way like typical spicy latinas tend to be (or that's pretty much the extent of their character).
- Spoiled Sweet: Mia may be 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 and with Manuel.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: There's quite a few of these pairs:
- Mia and Marizza, one more interested in high fashion, the other one caring more about causing chaos.
- Sweet, caring Luna and sporty, blunt Luján.
- Studious Laura and her flirty sister Dolores.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Almost everyone seems to like croissants for breakfast (called "medialunas" (half-moons) in Argentina). And, while the food of the Product Placement seems questionable to include, it's safe to say the students at least also had a soft spot for Pepsi Light, Shoco Bolas and Bubbaloo (Truth in Television: Bubbaloo is a very popular candy in all of South America; a piece of fruit-flavored bubblegum with a gooey juice of the same flavor inside).
- Tsundere: Both Mia (Sweet) and Marizza (Harsh) are. Luján has similar traits, but while she's harsh with most people, she's pretty warm with her actual boyfriend.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The entire character of Javier Alanis was built to be a Xanatos Speed Chess match where his only move was this gambit. Whenever things went rough for him, he instantly brought out the tears to get Marizza's (or somebody else's) sympathy.