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  • Acting for Two: Chespirito in the Crossover; Carlos Villagrán in a flashback with Quico's father and baby Quico; María Antonieta De Las Nieves as both La Chilindrina and her "Bizcabuela" great-grandmother; Edgar Vivar as Sr. Barriga and Ñoño (sometimes even Talking to Himself); Florinda Meza as Doña Florinda and look-alike niece La Popis.
  • Cast Incest: Carlos Villagrán and Florinda Meza did have a Romance on the Set and a Love Triangle with Chespirito, as confirmed in an interview by Villagrán.
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  • Creative Differences: The main reason for Carlos Villagrán and Ramon Valdez left the show. The former for disagreements with Bolaños and the latter for two reasons: to support Villagrán's decision and to show his discontentment with Florinda Meza's interference in the show.
  • The Danza: Chespirito liked to do this, because he felt the actors would be more connected to their characters this way. The same went for many of them when they played extras in El Chapulín Colorado, which used the same cast.
    • "...Florinda Meza as Doña Florinda; Ramón Valdés as Don Ramón..."
    • In later episodes, Maria Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina) as Doña Nieves.
  • Dawson Casting: All the kids were played by adults.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Maria Antonieta de las Nieves has the rights of La Chilindrina and an unresolved legal dispute between Chespirito and her over the rights of the character forced the writers to adapt her out of the animated series despite being a fan-favorite. It's unknown if de las Nieves is debated on allowing La Chilindrina in the animated series following Chespirito's passing or if she's now feuding with Chespirito's widow Florinda Meza.
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  • Fake Nationality: In the animated series, Prof. Jirafales is voiced by Juan Carlos Tinoco, who is Colombian, albeit his accent is not noticeable since he speaks in a neutral accent at all times.
  • Franchise Zombie: After the departure of Quico and Don Ramón the show substantially dropped in quality, but it still went on for approximately fourteen more years. The reason for this was that back in the 80's, the channel where the program aired enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the Mexican TV airwaves, making it possible to air whatever it wanted without risking much ratings.
  • Hostility on the Set: Bolaños and Villagrán started to have differences in the latter seasons of Villagrán's tenure. In Bolaños' point of view, Villagrán tried to "steal the show" exaggerating his performances to get more attention from the public. On other hand, Villagrán considered that Bolaños was becoming "jealous" about the Quico character being one of the most popular and tried to hold him back. As result of this conflict, Villagrán left after the 1978 season.
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  • Missing Episode: Some episodes are missing worldwide, especially those from the 1973 season. And depending on what country you're in, many episodes can be missing from syndication. In Brazil, some episodes from older seasons which weren't lost had just one or two runs in the 80s and in the beginning of the 90s, without any rerun. Many years later, thanks to the Internet, many fans discovered them. As a result, they started to pressure SBT (the channel that owned the show's broadcasting rights in Brazil) to air the "missing episodes".note  The channel responded by saying most of these episodes are very dated and with some errors but since 2012 they started to air these "missing episodes" from the older seasons.
  • Moral Guardians:
    • Despite the success of El Chavo, the series had its detractors, mainly for their slapstick scenes that some considered as "violent" and harmful to children.
    • Ecuador takes this trope Up to Eleven. Ironically, Ecuador being the first country where the program was successful outside of Mexico, is the same country where the strongest criticism appears. Some of the comments against the program come from Ecuador and studies on the incidence of violence on TV (where they include El Chavo as an example) are from that same country.
    • Even after the creator's death, criticism of the program is still appearing. The vice president of the Constituent Assembly of Ecuador (as usual), Rosana Alvarado, criticized the program the same day of the death of Roberto Gomez Bolaños, unleashing the fury of Twitter users, leading into a counterattack.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Angelines Fernández as Doña Clotilde is the only actress that averts (and even barely inverts) this trope. Doña Clotilde claims to not be more than 45 years old, while Angelines was 5 years older than that by the time she first appeared in the series.
    • Doña Florinda was often mocked by the children due to her age. Florinda Meza was 22 years old when the series started.
    • Two cases were more extreme than Florinda's: Janet Arceo and María Antonieta de las Nieves portrayed characters (Doña Eduviges and Doña Nieves, respectively) that are supposed to be noticeably older than Doña Florinda, but they are younger than even Florinda Meza.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • The last batch of Chavo episodes were classroom sketches. This was in 1992, at which point Chespirito was over sixty, and not as able to do his slapstick routines as he once was. The classroom scenes could be done with everyone sitting at desks.
    • The Acapulco Beach Episodes were made as a publicity stunt for the hotel the characters went to. Said hotel was owned by the then-owner of Televisa, which broadcasted the series, and friend of Chespirito.
  • Recycled Script: Some scripts were done as much as four times. Sometimes, with the very same characters in the very same roles.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite airing El Chavo since 1984 in Brazil, the relationship of Brazilian TV network SBT with the fans and with the voice actors isn't nice. During the 2000s, the network started to frequently change the time slot of the show (with Saturday 6am as the worst example), replacing it with Mexican soap operas and other stuff in order to increase the audience (which increased the rumors about SBT putting an end to El Chavo). This still happening during the The New '10s, but less frequently, since the network failed to find a good substitute to the show and still fears a boycott from the fans. Also, SBT had some troubles with former voice actors due to financial disputes. As a result, two voice actors refused to dub the characters again (ironically, the voice actors of Quico and Don Ramón).
  • Talking to Himself: In the later seasons, (after the departure of Ramón and Quico) most of the cast actually played two characters. And they were needed to interact each other using split image. In the Crossover with El Chapulín Colorado, even the titular character needed to do it.
  • Throw It In!: Many bloopers made it to the final edit. Sometimes this was because they were funny or the cast used them to their advantage, or because of schedule deadlines rather than for being funny since Chespirito was known to seriously detest improvisation.
    • In one episode, after a typical confrontation with Doña Florinda, Don Ramón angrily throws his hat, and it accidentally goes through Doña Florinda's door just as it closes. Don Ramón continues his snit fit but briefly pauses to knock on the door until one of the other actors lets him in to retrieve it. (See it here.) No one breaks character, which makes the scene funnier than if it had gone as planned.
    • Other times, production problems that should have caused a stopdown didn't. There is one early show where a loud thunderstorm is obviously going on outside the studio, and yet no one mentions the frequent thunderclaps that can be heard over the dialogue.
    • In one of the versions of "Que Bonita Vecindad", Ramon Valdez clearly messes up a dance move, but it was left in the final version.
  • Too Soon: The Internet's reaction after Ecuadoran congresswoman Rosana Alvarado's tweeted negatively about Chespirito on the day he passed away.
  • You Look Familiar: Godínez was technically a recurring character, but still unimportant enough that actor Horacio Gómeznote  appeared as other characters once or twice, such as in the Acapulco special where he appeared as a waiter in the hotel the cast was staying, as Godinez hadn't gone on vacation with them. In one case, Horacio Gómez even appeared as both Godinez and a restaurant manager in the same episode, with no mention of them being related.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In 2008, Chespirito revealed that there was to be a series finale where Chavo saves the life of a child about to be hit by a car, but at the cost of his own life. His daughter, who worked as a psychologist, talked him out of it because she felt that doing this kind of series finale would cause the audience to be HORRIBLY traumatized.
    • Also, famous soccer player Pelé once phoned in Chespirito to ask him to make a movie of the show and even offered himself to appear in it, but Chespirito declined as he didn't support the idea of having movies of shows you can watch for free on TV.


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