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Carmen Got Expelled! is a pilot by Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua of El Tigre fame. It was pitched to Disney but they declined the show.

The pilot stars Carmen, a teenage girl who has gotten expelled several times in her life. After being expelled from another school Carmen gets transferred to a private academy. This is Carmen's one last chance at schooling. She just has to stay out of trouble until she finishes school.


This show provides examples of:

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Evone is implied to be this on account of being class president. The fact that she’s also Headmistress Gnarly’s niece adds to it.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Carmen is on the receiving end of these from the Baron.
  • After-School Cleaning Duty: Carmen gets this as punishment for her unflattering mural of Headmistress Gnarly.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Hamlet, the schools warthog mascot, acts like a dog by licking Carmen’s face and going after Evone and Headmistress Gnarly like a guard dog would.
  • Amusing Injuries: Ozzie. Also Carmen by the end of the pilot.
  • Artistic Age: The characters are high schoolers but they're drawn like middle schoolers, or even elementary schoolers.
  • Beauty Mark: Headmistress Gnarly has one.
  • Big Man on Campus: Johnny thinks he has to compete with Carmen for this, but it's implied she's more of a Blithe Spirit
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  • Black Bead Eyes: Most of the characters have black eyes except for Evone, who has visible green eyes.
  • Bully Hunter: Implied with Carmen in the intro as she stands up to a Gang of Bullies.
  • The Cameo: Manny from El Tigre appears at the start of the pilot during a blink-and-you-miss-it shot.
  • Color Motif: The pilot makes good use of the color red.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Not so much the punishment itself, but the way Carmen repaints the lockers and cleans the bathroom in record time counts as this.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Baron flies a jet pack and gets fashion advice from a warthog.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Headmistress Gnarly is voiced by a man.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The pilot is about a teenaged girl named Carmen who gets expelled a lot.
  • Expelled from Every Other School: Carmen is given one last chance at finishing school after being accepted into a private academy. But for that to happen, Carmen has to make sure she doesn't get expelled again.
  • Expressive Hair: Carmen has this when she’s startled. It also has Hammerspace.
  • Expy:
    • Johnny looks like a older version of Manny Rivera from El Tigre.
    • Evonne looks like a older, meaner version of Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Carmen is this for Hamlet the Warthog.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Carmen is on the receiving end of one of these from Headmistress Gnarly. Her full name is revealed to be Carmen Delacruz.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: This being a Jorge R. Gutierrez production, there’s some Spanish here and there.
  • Hartman Hips: Headmistress Gnarly has these accentuated with a pencil skirt.
  • Intellectual Animal: The Baron's family has relied on their domesticated warthogs for generations. Hamlet even chose the Baron's tie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Johnny is shown to be abrasive but seems to be kinder than he lets on.
  • Limited Animation: Likely because it's a test pilot, the animation is more "moving pictures" than actually animation. The characters mouths don't even move.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": The school mascot is a warthog named "Hamlet".
  • Malicious Misnaming: Evone always refers to Carmen as “New Girl.”
  • The Mentor: The Baron seems to be this for Carmen.
  • The Napoleon: Evone is the shortest and meanest character on screen.
  • Nice Hat: Bing always wears a green army hat with her uniform.
  • Nice Shoes: Carmen rocks a killer pair of red boots no matter what she’s wearing.
  • No Name Given:
    • It’s unclear if Bing is a given name, surname, or nickname.
    • Headmistress Gnarly isn’t given a first name. Evone even calls her “Aunt Gnarly”
    • The Baron is only ever called “The Baron”
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone’s reaction at the jump of doom.
  • Only Sane Man: Bing is the only one to suggest that Carmen do her punishment for a change and begrudgingly goes along with her shenanigans.
  • Plucky Girl: Carmen to a tee.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Evone is this to Headmistress Gnarly.
  • Quirky Curls: Carmen has huge, curly hair to go with her quirky personality.
  • Reality Ensues: While Carmen succeeds in rescuing Hamlet and evading expulsion, she winds up in the hospital wing thanks to the injuries she receives along the way.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Baron acts as this at school.
  • Repetitive Name: Carmen’s school: St. Mary Maria High School counts-despite being a place and not a person.
  • Running Gag:
    • Carmen trying not to get expelled.
    • Headmistress Gnarly trying to get Carmen expelled.
    • Ozzy getting injured.
    • Johnny’s motorcycle exploding offscreen save for a bouncing, flaming tire.
  • Sadist Teacher: Headmistress Gnarly is this for everyone, but mostly Carmen.
  • Scholarship Student: Carmen is implied to be this.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Carmen and her friends are dressed in their school uniforms for the whole pilot.
  • Shared Universe: Going by the uniforms, it’s implied that Carmen goes to the same school as the detention kids from The Book of Life.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Played with. We get to see inside the school and campus, but we never see Carmen and her friends in class.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of Evone’s name is unclear. It’s “Evone” according to the wiki and IMDB page, but on some concept art her name is spelled “Yvonne”.
  • Shipper on Deck: Evone’s henchmen are this for Johnny and Carmen.
  • Ship Tease: Johnny and Carmen have ‘’something’’ going on, to the point where Carmen is a Type A Tsundere towards him.
  • Spicy Latina: Carmen, but she’s more passionate than hot tempered.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Carmen accidentally does this to Ozzy when she goes on a tangent on getting expelled.
  • Two-Teacher School: There are no teachers shown at all.
  • Use Your Head: Bing and Ozzy use Carmen as a battering ram to break down a locked door.
  • Villainous Crush: Evone for Johnny. She's driven to insure that Carmen gets expelled so she can have him all to herself.

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