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From left to right: Ludmila, León, Violetta, Tomás and Francesca.

"Cantar es lo que soy."

Violetta is a Disney Channel teen soap opera that first aired on May 14th, 2012 in Latin America. After a run of 240 episodes across three seasons, it ended on February 6th, 2015.

Violetta (Martina Stoessel) is a teenage Argentine girl who has just moved back to her hometown, Buenos Aires, from Spain. There, she will find love and discover her talent for music. However, her father, Germán (Diego Ramos), forbids her to pursue her talent because her mother died in an accident during a concert tour he wanted her to take. From time to time, she escapes to an art academy for teens called Studio 21, where she meets new friends, finds love, and works on her music.

From season 2 onwards, Violetta and friends deal with their fame from being featured on the YouMix website in the second half of season one, whose partnership with the studio also causes it to be rebranded as Studio On Beat. Germán struggles with giving Violetta her freedom but tries his best to support her through her journey. While she continues to deal with love triangles, Violetta will also face new challenges and changes in her life.


Being co-produced with Pol-Ka Productions, this is Disney Channel's first original telenovela. Thanks to its success, it wouldn't be the last; with Soy Luna, Disney XD's O11CE (known in English as 11), and BIA releasing afterwards. Violetta was mostly shot in Argentina, but has a multinational cast and has been aired in at least 140 countries. It received a rare (at the time) live-action English dub that first aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 22nd, 2013. In the United States, the first season originally aired in Spanish on Azteca from September 1st, 2014. Eventually, on July 10th, 2015, Netflix put the first two seasons on their streaming service dubbed and subbed, with the last season following on December 31st of that year. As of mid-2020, the first two seasons can be seen on Disney+ either dubbed or with dubtitles.


After the series ended, a movie, titled Tini: El gran cambio de Violetta (Tini: The New Life of Violetta in English) was first released in France on May 4th, 2016, with the rest of Europe and Latin America getting theatrical releases soon after. Some time after the series finale, Violetta returns from an exhausting world tour and is shaken by rumors surrounding her love life. Germán gives his daughter an invitation to spend some time with a mysterious family friend named Isabella at her house for young artists in Italy. There, she will try and find her true self and inspiration... and also find herself in another love triangle. The film ties in with Stoessel's start of her solo career, and is inspired by her transitioning to a post-Violetta life. It is available on Netflix in the US and Canada, and on Disney+ elsewhere.

This work provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Played straight with Ludmila,
  • Abusive Parents: Ludmila's mother Priscila abuses her daughter emotionally, threatens her, and forces her to do things she doesn’t want to do. She also pushes Violetta, the daughter of her then-partner Germán, down a flight of stairs on the street.
  • Back for the Finale: Officer Parodi and Matias are shown to have made up at the wedding at the end. Marotti is present too despite not being relevant to the plot after Ludmila quits YouMix.
  • Big Bad: Ludmila, Gregório, and to a certain extent, Jade and Matias and later Ludmilla‘s mother Priscilla.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: In season 1, one of the running gags is Francesca getting sayings wrong and when someone corrects her, not understanding what they're trying to say. The first part of the gag is justified, as she is Italian and not completely fluent in Spanish yet. The second part is always Played for Laughs.
  • Book-Ends:
    • All three seasons begin with Violetta at an airport, narrating her life up to that point, and end with her winking to the audience after the final musical number, except after the monologue in season three, it turns out that she's actually in the middle of a live performance.
    • The ending of The Stinger has a close up of Violetta closing her diary, with an old animation of the show's logo following, as the music-box version of the theme song play in the background, mirroring a teaser from before the show started.
  • The Bus Came Back: Federico comes back to Buenos Aires in the second half of season 2, and Angie makes a couple of apperances in season 3 before moving back to Buenos Aires.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Poor Braco ends up speaking in Russian or whatever language whenever he tries to talk to a girl he likes.
  • Catchphrase: "Ludmila se va."
    • "En mi pais hay una palabra para eso."
  • Celebrity Star: Bridgit Mendler's appearance in season 2, R5's appearance in season 3, and, to a lesser extent, College 11's appearance in season 1.
  • Character Title
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Luca, Braco, and Napo are no where to be seen in Season 2. No one has really acknowledged either characters' absence, aside from a brief mention of Luca as Francesca gets ready to move back to Italy. Lara also falls under this in season 3.
  • Cliffhanger: Being a telenovela, it's to be expected that most, if not all, episodes end with at least a minor one to be resolved easily the following day. However, unlike other programs in the format, the show would take months long breaks during first run airings. The following examples occurred before such breaks in its original Latin American run.
    • Season 1, Episode 40: Gregorio ruins the show being run by Studio 21. Angie and German make it in time to see the destruction, but we don't know if German saw Violetta on stage.
    • Season 2, Episode 40: Violetta appears to have officially lost her voice after a large performance. Jade announces she'll tell "the truth" to German in front of Esmeralda after she discovers Matias has run away. Francesca tells Marco that she is returning to Italy. Angie overhears Naty figuring out Ludmila's plan with Diego and Violetta.
    • Season 3, Episode 20: Before a performance in Spain, Pablo gets a call that has him wanting to cancel the show. The screen fades to black before he is able to tell the students what it was. It turns out to be Antonio's death.
    • Season 3, Episode 40: The studio is in danger of closing, again, and León discovers Violetta was Roxy this whole time after a kiss.
    • Season 3, Episode 60: Jade is in the process of closing the studio after she discovers that German still has feelings for Angie, despite his relationship with Priscila. León and Violetta, after over half a season of fighting, share a kiss during a music video shooting.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jade and her brother, Matias.
  • Comic Role Play: In season 2, the teachers at the On Beat studio do a group therapy exercise where each has to imitate another, with hilarious results.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Martin Saban makes an appearance at the end as a guest at German and Angie's wedding.
  • Crossover: Rock Bones of the Disney XD series Peter Punk have guest starred on the show in season 1 and had a minor role in the last two seasons. Also, the contest winner who appears early on in the second season, DJ, is from Cuando toca la campana, the Latin American version of As the Bell Rings.
  • Crowd Song: Everyone at Angie's wedding dances and sings to Crecimos Juntos at the end of the original cut of the series finale.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The show attempts this with Ludmila multiple times. Once at the last episode of season one, another as a result of Ludmila falling in love with Federico during season two, and the last being a major plot throughout season three.
  • Diary: Violetta has one that she often writes in. Drawings from it serve as transition between day/ night scenes. It has been defictionalized as part of The Merch.
    • Her mother Maria also had one, which Violetta loves to read as a way to feel closer to her. It becomes more important to the plot in season 2 when Esmeralda uses it to learn how to act like Maria.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ludmila's divorced father is revealed to be living in Africa during Season 3.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: En mi mundo, preformed by Martina Stoessel. She also sings the Italian and English intros.
    • The English dub uses a different version of En mi mundo sung by Violetta's dub voice Cristina Vee for a few episodes in season 2.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Jade is horrified when she learns that Priscilla pushed Violetta down the stairs, stating that she never would have done something like that.
  • Foreign Language Theme: In some countries that don't have Spanish as an official language, the theme song is changed to a dubbed one. However, the songs sung in-universe are kept in Spanish.
    • In the English-dubbed version, the songs are translated into English as well. Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Nordic dubs use these songs.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ludmilla being Emotionally Abused by her Mother is one of the main reasons why she’s the Alpha Bitch
  • Gold Digger: Matias and Jade. Matias actually pushes Jade into a marriage with Germán so they can share his income, and then does it again in season 3 with Nicolas.
  • Gratuitous English: Used a lot in the show. A few songs are performed in English in seasons 2 and 3 as well.
    Ludmila: English is mine.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Angie.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Violetta mentions that she's had a tutor through out her time in Europe. Angie is later hired for the job.
  • Inconsistent Dub: The English localization tends to change the lyrics to the songs every now and then.
    • There are actually two different translations to En mi mundo that were used. One is sung by Martina Stoessel for the theme song and the other is sung in-universe by someone else, whose lyrics change occasionally.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Results in Violetta attending a party in an angel costume.
  • Keep It Foreign: In season 2, the students are given an assignment to make an English cover of a song. The English dub changes this so that they make a French cover instead.
  • Killed Off for Real: Antonio during season 3. While the series doesn't spend much time grieving over him, it does focus on what happens to professional relations between the studio and investors as a result of his death.
  • Large Ham: Jade and Matthias as part of their Cloud Cuckoolander trait. Also, Gregorio, especially in season 1.
  • Living a Double Life:
    • At the start of season one, Angie tries to separate her jobs as an instructor at Studio 21 and as Violetta's private tutor as much as she can.
    • In season three, Clement attends Studio On Beat under the name "Alex" in an attempt to hide from his dad, who does not want him to become a musician.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Oh boy...
    • León went out with Ludmila before she fell in love with Tomás and he fell in love with Violetta. Violetta is in love with both León and Tomás. Francesca loves Tomás, but he likes her only as a friend. Along with Camila, she also had a crush on Broduey for some time, though. In Season 2, we have Lara, who likes León too, and Diego, who will fight for Violetta after Tomás is Put on a Bus. Season 3 brings us Clement, who likes Violetta after she helps him get in the studio, and Gery, who falls in love with León after he helps her land a job at Gregorio's new dance studio, Art Rebel. Somewhere along the way, Violetta accidentally catches the interest of León while masquerading as Roxy.
    • And for the adults, Jade is engaged to Germán so she and Matias can steal his money, but he can't stop thinking of Angie, who Pablo and Rafa Palmer are also interested in during season 1. Eventually in season 2, Pablo gets over his feelings for Angie when he meets Jackie, whom Beto also has feelings for, while Germán falls in love with Esmeralda, an actress paid by Jade and Mati in a complicated scheme, leaving Angie alone... And when season 3 comes around, Jade is still hung up on Germán, who has fallen for Priscila, but catches the attention of Nicolas.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Marco's ex-girlfriend from Mexico, Ana, tries to tear his relationship with Francesca apart so she can get him back... it didn't work.
    • During season 2, Oscar Cardozo falls in love with Olga, to Ramallo's dismay. Later in season 3, Olga and Beto fall in love after she has a fall out with Ramallo over commitment issues, but Olga's love for Beto fades after a while.
  • Missing Mom: The aforementioned mom of Violetta.
  • Multinational Team: Tomás, Diego, and Naty are Spanish. León, Marco, and Gery are Mexican. Francesca, her brother Luca, and Federico are Italian. Broduey is Brazilian. Clement/Alex is French. Braco is from a country that he never really gets the chance to say. All the other main characters are Argentinian.
    • Plus, Violetta grew up in Spain.
    • In season 2, Libi, a contest winner from Israel, joins the gang for a few episodes. Matylda from Poland has a similar situation in season 3.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Luca is very defensive when it comes to someone wanting to date Francesca. Same goes for Andrés when it comes to his sister.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Characters in the English dub pronounce Ramallo's name with an "l" sound, not with a "sh" or "y" sound.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tomás, to Francesca.
    • Ramallo, to Olga.
    • Violetta, to Braco.
    • León, to Gery.
    • Violetta, to Alex.
  • Parent with New Paramour: German has a new love interest every season: Jade in season 1, Esmeralda in season 2, and Priscila (Ludmila's mother) in season 3. He eventually marries Angie.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Federico, originally a competitor on Talentos 21, had a bigger role in the second half of season 2. Eventually, he goes on to appear in the intro at the start of season 3.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Tomas returns to Spain when an opportunity to pursue his music closer to home pops up at the end of season one.
    • Marco is given the chance to go to London to attend a different school. He accepts, and is last seen wishing the gang good luck before a performance in Spain.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • Along with each season getting a new mix of the theme song, an assignment during Season 2 had the students do this along with filming a music video for it.
    • Along with many Dub Name Changes, the Dutch dub rearranges and translates the song to "The World is Mine" with Dutch and English lyrics. Eventually, they reverted it back to the original.
  • Same Language Dub:
    • Rock Bones's performance with Violetta in Season 1. While the boys' singing was left untouched, Martina Stoessel's singing was dubbed in by her English singing VO. Italian singing was dubbed during Season 1 too.
    • The English songs from season 2 onward were dubbed by the European singing voices, despite lacking consistancy with any of the other voices.
  • Second Episode Introduction:
    • Despite being featured in the opening sequence, Ludmila's cousin, Napo, isn't introduced until around episode 10. Broduey, also in the intro, doesn't make his first appearance until after the halfway point of season 1.
    • Marco made his first appearance in the second episode of season 2.
    • Although she had a role in promos filmed for the season, Gery doesn't start appearing until a couple of weeks into season 3.
  • Series Fauxnale: While the end of each season was filmed without the knowledge of a renewal, Season 3 was announced as the final season, with some plots that started in season 1, namely the Will They or Won't They? plot between Angie and German, wrapping up in the finale. That being said, The Movie that takes place after it makes it this.
  • Servile Snarker: Both Olga and Ramallo have their moments.
  • The Stinger: There were two for the Grand Finale:
    • For the Latin American airings, a special interstitial played with Violetta reflecting back on moments throughout the series while writing in her diary for the last time.
    • An extended version of the episode added an extra scene after the final number where the students of Studio On Beat reflect on the past and say their farewells to the academy. This aired internationally as a separate special.
  • Talent Show: The school partners up with a web company called YouMix for one called "Talentos XXL".
  • Tell Me About My Mother: Violetta sometimes asks her father this, but he rarely talks about her dead mother. Angie, on the other hand, readily tells her niece stories about Maria's youth.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The English dub usually averts this, but College 11's performance was kept unchanged, since it was in English.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: It's common for the end credits to have the next episode's cliffhanger play during the montage, or spoil the outcome for some minor plots.
    • Averted whenever the show goes on a break, which happened halfway through the season for Seasons 1 and 2, and every twenty episodes for Season 3. Instead, a music video from the episode plays in the preview section of the credits (exceptions being the last two breaks of the series, which used clips from the following week).
  • Two-Teacher School: For a school with a reputation for having successful alumni, it's hard to believe that the the most teachers that were employed at a time is five. (Gregorio, Angie, Pablo, Jackie, and Beto)
  • Villain Song: Downplayed with Destinada a Brillar. While it is Ludmila's Leitmotif, other students do sing it from time to time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We never find out what happens to Esmeralda after Jade frames her for stealing German's money.
    • We also never find out with what happens to the boy band project sponsored by the studio that León and his friends were going to participate in near the end of the season.
  • What Song Was This Again?: The English dub and the translations used in the original were victims of this. Some songs got closer to the spirit of the original (Destinada a brillar to Destined to Shine), but others ended up changing lyrics completely (Voy por ti to More Tears).
  • World of Ham: It's an Argentine soap opera after all.

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