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Bienvenida, Princess Elena.
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Elena of Avalor is a 2016 rendered 3D animated spinoff of Sofia the First.

In the faraway kingdom of Avalor, Princess Elena was the firstborn daughter of King Raul and Queen Lucia. One day, everything changed when an evil witch named Shuriki invaded Avalor and took the lives of her parents in a coup to claim the throne for herself. To protect the remaining members of the royal family, the Royal Sorcerer, Alacazar, magically sealed away Elena's grandparents and younger sister, Isabel, into a painting. To buy time for his spell, Elena confronted Shuriki, ready to give up her life for her family... only to be protected by the magical amulet her mother gave her for her sixteenth birthday, but at the cost of Elena being imprisoned in the amulet. Alacazar fled Avalor with the amulet in search of a way to free Elena, Avalor's last hope of freedom.

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All seemed lost... until the amulet fell into the ownership of Princess Sofia of Enchancia, who would at last free the missing Princess of Avalor after forty-one years of imprisonment. With the kingdom restored to the rightful heirs, all seemed well. Though eager to take the throne herself, she's still young enough that she needs some guidance from her royal council: her grandparents, Francisco and Luisa, her cousin, Chancellor Esteban, and her new friend, Naomi, along with the help of her new friends, Alacazar's grandson and successor, Mateo, and a new member of the Royal Guard, Gabe, as well as the native jaquins.

The show was renewed for a second season a few weeks after its premiere and has been renewed for a third season despite the second not being slated to premiere until Fall 2017.


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Elena of Avalor contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Most of the females qualify, but special note goes to Elena and Naomi. For instance, Elena defeated the sorceress who killed her parents and took over her kingdom, despite being physically 16 years old.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • The setting is based off of Latin America, so you got names like Elena, Isabel, Esteban, Gabe (Gabriel), Mateo, Victor, Carla, Valentina, and so forth. Some are justifiable as being from elsewhere, such as Naomi (who is from Norberg, which is based off of the Scandinavian region) and Higgins, and then there's Shuriki, who is a sorceress from the Northern Islands — which is not known to be based off of a real-life location.
    • "Avalor" is non-descript. The real-life reason is that at the time the name was conceived, Elena of Avalor was not conceived at the time and it was just supposed to be a reference to Avalon, though the in-universe reason could be that it got its name from a non-Spanish language, like Aragon (believed to have been derived from the Basque language, which is a language isolate despite its close proximity to Spain).
    • The Jaquins. You have names like Zoom and Zephyr, or realistic names like Estrella, Nico, and Luna, or action-sounding names like Avion, to Latin words or Latin-sounding words like Dulce, Ciela and Verago, or non-descript names like Migs and Mingo. And then there's names that clearly don't sound Latin-based, like Skylar (Dutch origin) or Vestia (Greco-Roman origin).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Elena calls her sister "Isa", with a strong Spanish accent. Also, their parents called Elena their Elenita.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Played With. Mateo does make a distinction between alchemy and magic, but he believes that the former is a basic skill every wizard must master before going into real magic.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: No surprise considering its parent series, which is also on Disney Junior, is also animated this way.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In "Song of the Sirenas", Elena fires a Blaze spell at Shuriki, and all is left of her is the Jewel of Night. It's not clear if Shuriki was disintegrated (like she did to Elena's parents) or was trapped in the Jewel of Night (like she unintentionally did to Elena), but according to Word of God, the authorial intent is that she's dead.
  • Apologetic Attacker: The Yacilli might be bound by honor to attack the palace since the buhitos are in danger, but he's still deeply apologetic for all the property damage he must cause along the way and is extra careful not to hurt anyone.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Armando isn't taken seriously about Orizaba being real in spite of the characters' experiences with magic. In a later episode, nobody other than Private Higgins takes him seriously about the chonopos. The latter are never proven to be either real or a myth but the skeptics never justify their disbelief.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Even though he's grown up a bit since his first appearance, Prince Alonso is still a jerk to Elena and the other ambassadors. Being transformed into a bird-man straightens him out and allows him to come to terms with the worst part of himself, as it did with the others.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Comes up a couple of times. An archaeologist is transformed into giant gecko after taking a treasure, the main four are transformed into little wooden dolls by a cursed fire opal for hurting Isabel's feelings, and three ambassadors are transformed into Petting Zoo People by accident when Doña Paloma gives them enchanted masks.
  • Black and White Morality: Enforced in the case of magic, as it goes hand-in-hand with the user's character, both realigning with and enhancing their true qualities. Those like Shuriki or Fiero are both malicious and power obsessed. But, as we've learned about Fiero, the more a wizard is plagued by feelings of resentment and envy, the darker their magic becomes, and their fall is complete when they turn into a malvago, or a dark wizard.
  • Blackmail: In "King of The Carnaval" Victor Delgado, son of Avalor's former royal treasurer, blackmails Esteban into accessing the royal treasury to give him royal jewelry and Queen Lucia's Carnaval Tiara by threatening to tell the entire kingdom that Esteban struck a secret deal with Shuriki and allowed her to invade Avalor.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Cristobal deems "betrayed" a nasty word but can't come up with a better one for the moment.
  • Call-Back: When Elena asks Gabe to help her to practice for a fencing tournament, she says he owes it to her for her help with Olaball practice. That was from "Olaball."
  • Cast as a Mask: In "The Gecko's Tale", Antonio Angama's human form was voiced by Danny Trejo. For his lizard form that takes up most of the episode, Dee Bradley Baker provided the vocal effects.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The Scepter of Light's magic is powered by its user's energy, and overuse of it can seriously hurt the wielder. It's downplayed in Elena's case, because she has both her internal energy and the magic she absorbed from her time in the Amulet of Avalor to rely on. However, in defeating Orizaba, Elena exhausted herself to the point where she passed out for two days.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series hit this point by Season 2, dealing with Shuriki's return, with a nice switch between dark and light.
  • Christmas Carolers: Started by Gabe and Elena but ends with the entire city in one big carol.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The sword of El Guapo always returns to its wielder's hand no matter how they try to get rid of it, unless they remove the curse.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Armundo composes a written invitation to Naomi, Gabe and Mateo to go sailing with Elena on her newly purchased sailboat, he includes the word "best friend" and forgets to use the plural, resulting in this scene:
    Mateo: I'm Elena's best friend!
    Gabe: I'm Elena's best friend!
    Naomi: There's a new royal sailboat!
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Fiero, the villain who got turned into stone at the end of "Spellbound" is briefly seen as still being a statue in "The Princess Knight". He later gets revived and joins Shuriki, Carla and Victor.
    • The episode "Class Act" features a cameo by Gwen and one of the inventions she presented in her Sofia the First debut. There's also the scale model bridge from "Prince Too Charming" and Isabel's invention from "Science Unfair".
  • Culture Chop Suey: Avalor (and for that matter, its neighboring kingdoms, Cordoba and Paraiso), isn't based on one Latin American culture and instead takes from multiple Latin American cultures. For starters, the Avalorans celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which is celebrated in Mexico, as well as Carnaval, which is celebrated in Brazil. The noblins are also based off of the peuchens of Chilean mythology, as well.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Carla Delgado, who gleefully helps her father Victor in his evil schemes.
  • Darker and Edgier: Especially Season 2 has gotten darker, as not only does it deal with Shuriki's return, but the ramifications of the day Elena lost her parents are dealt with more realistically, to the point where she even suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There is still a good deal of lightheartedness to balance it out.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • "A Day To Remember" centers around Día de los Muertos, the festival for the dead, and true to real life it's a joyful occasion for living and dead relatives to reconnect and celebrate. Even the main song is an upbeat number called "Festival of Love", which Silvia Olivas wrote to dispel misconceptions about the holiday. It also ends with Elena reminding Isabel that their parents are always with them.
    • The Scepter of Night is the mirror opposite to Elena's own Scepter of Light and channels dark magic, but Mateo notes that it's not evil, merely powerful and dangerous in the wrong hands, and that the same could be said for the Scepter of Light. It becomes a straight example when Shuriki gets her hands on it, but that's due to who's wielding it, not an innate property of the Scepter itself.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Spellbound" for Mateo.
    • "Crystal In The Rough" and "Three Jaquins and a Princess" for Isabel.
    • "Flight Of The Jaquins" for Skylar (not that one).
    • "Captain Turner Returns" and "Finders Leapers" and "My Fair Naomi" for Naomi.
    • "Olaball" and "The Curse of El Guapo" for Gabe.
    • "King of the Carnaval" for Esteban.
  • Death Glare: Elena gives one to Gabe in "All Heated Up", when he tells the Grand Council that Charoka attacked her.
  • Description Cut: At the end of "Realm of the Jaquins", Quita Moz warns Elena of a darkness she has to overcome or else she won't become queen. Cue the Sudden Downer Ending where Victor and Carla use Marimonda's jewel to restore Shuriki to her youth.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Elena manages to defeat Shuriki, but Quito Moz looks into the flames once again and sees that the great darkness is still coming.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: Part of Season 2 involves the Scepter of Night, which Alacazar split into three components realizing it was too dangerous if found. Realizing her wand was no match for the Scepter of Light, Shuriki seeks the Scepter of Night so that she can finally destroy Elena and rule Avalor again.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • While it may seem appropriate, given the host channel, but this is actually subverted. Shuriki falls off the palace walls (seemingly intentionally) into a waterfall as an old wandless woman, but she is seen emerging from the waters later, leading to a Sequel Hook.
    • In "Song of the Sirenas", Elena shoots a Blaze spell at Shuriki. The way it is framed makes it ambiguous as to whether or not Shuriki was merely trapped in the Jewel of Night or was eradicated, but Word of God states that for all intents and purposes, she really is dead this time.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Shuriki, a white-skinned foreigner, invading another country of a different race and usurps the leadership by killing them in their own palace, while having their associates also be assassinated, forced into hiding, or forced to yield to her, then puts her own values in place while oppressing the population. Also, Esteban and Victor, who have connections to high places, helped her take over their homeland despite their close relation to the leadership in exchange for political power.
    • Shuriki has a mandatory gathering of the town to welcome Sofia and her family to Avalor, with Esteban saying that he's upped the amount of guards to "encourage" the crowd to cheer and applaud like they mean it.
    • At the welcoming, Shuriki quietly orders Esteban to have the guards deal with a subversive — a little boy — who is playing the flute, blissfully unaware of the law banning music. While Sofia's family isn't looking, the guards confront the boy and destroy his flute.
    • The ban on music in general is likely a metaphor for the suppression of freedom of expression.
  • Dude In Distress: Although he's supposed to be protecting the princesses, Gabe gets defeated quite easily in the first episode.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: "My Time", which is part of the show's prequel "Elena and the Secret of Avalor", was launched as a single to promote the show way before it aired. Scenes from said episode are also used in the first episode's Cold Open. In both instances, Sofia was never seen nor mentioned.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Marimonda can be seen as one, as she hates all buildings and wants to tear them all down with her vines.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Elena was a capable before she was trapped in the Amulet, and after 41 years inside it, she's absorbed part of its power and gained magic of her own (but not enough to be a wizard). This magic allows her to see spirits, and to utilize the powers of the Sceptre of Light.
  • Episode Title Card: As with its predecessor, the title of each episode is said aloud (except unlike Princess Sofia, the speaker isn't always Crown Princess Elena).
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Rather than becoming queen, Elena is appointed Crown Princess until she comes of age.
  • Evil Chancellor: Esteban initially appears to be acting in Elena's best interests, but the second episode shows he believes Elena does not have what it takes to be queen. That being said, he's more ambitious than evil, and his doubt of Elena makes sense when considering Elena's impulsive nature and Esteban's years of keeping Avalor as intact as possible under Shuriki's tyranny (not that he enjoyed serving her either). He zigzags this trope, as in the origin story, he helped Shuriki take over the kingdom all those years ago, but also helped defeat her in the end, and becomes clearer as the show goes on that while he may be ambitious, he is trying to do what's in everyone's best interests — he just thinks he does the best job of it, even though he knows he can't fill Elena's or his dead aunt and uncle's shoes.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In "Rise of the Sorceress", Fiero makes one fall as a distraction so he, Shuriki, Victor and Carla can escape.
  • Fantastic Foxes: Zuzo, a spirit fox and occasional adviser to Elena. A bit mischievous, but gives very good advice.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Avalor is a Cultural Chopsuey between Mexico, the Caribbean islands, and numerous other Latin American countries including Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
      • Avalor's architecture is heavily based on Caribbean, Mexican, and Spanish Colonial styles.
      • While we don't have a lot of details, Maru, the ancient civilization that predated Avalor, seems to be one for the Mayans. It vanished for unknown reasons (similar to the Incas) and the artifacts left behind have a distinctly Mayan style.
    • Satu gives off a Far East vibe, but mostly has elements of Imperial Japan.
    • One of the royals at the retreat looks like he's straight from India.
    • Cordoba seems to be one for Argentina. Alonso's clothing is based on traditional Argentinian clothing and the Cordoban royal guards' color scheme matches the colors of the Argentinian flag.
    • Paraiso seems to be one for Brazil:
      • Valentina brags that while Avalor may have silver platters, Paraiso has gold platters. Brazil was home to plenty of gold mines while the rest of Latin America had silver.
      • Manuel mentions that Paraiso has won the last five olaball tournaments. Brazil has won five titles in the FIFA World Cup, making it the most successful team in the tournament.
      • Valentina brags that in Paraiso, the grass is more greener than in Avalor. In the Brazilian National Anthem, there's a lyric that goes "Do que a terra mais garrida, teus risonhos, lindos campos têm mais flores: 'Nossos bosques têm mais vida.'"Translation , which basically means that any other land that isn't in Brazil is dull in comparison, essentially similar to what Valentina is saying.
      • Likewise, Valentina also states that the sun shines more brightly in Paraiso than in Avalor. In the Brazilian National Anthem, there's a lyric that goes "E o sol da Liberdade em raios fúlgidos, brilhou no céu da Pátria nesse instante."Translation .
  • Feud Episode: Gabe and Mateo feud over which one of them is Elena's "best friend" when Armando sends them a poorly-worded letter inviting them to go sail with her. (Naomi got the same letter but was too distracted by the sailboat to notice).
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Elena has been trapped in the amulet for 41 years, and she also learns much has changed in Avalor during that time.
  • Fountain of Youth: The namesake appears on a magical island in one episode, and Esteban tries to use it to make himself younger. Because the water didn't fix him immediately, he drank too much and started becoming too young. To ensure Status Quo Is God, there was also a flower whose petals age you if eat it.
  • Friend or Idol Decision:
    • After jumping over a crevasse, Esteban has to choose between helping Elena or retrieving the last of the Fountain of Youth water from his canteen. Naturally, he chooses Elena.
    • An interesting subversion in "Jewel of Maru". Instead of having to rescue a friend or an item, the dilemma is rescue the falling idol (the titular Jewel of Maru) or catch the bad guys. Elena decides to go for the idol, to seal it away so it's not used for villainous means.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Much like Jenna Ortega's other role on Disney, Isabel.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "All Heated Up", Luna says she won't go with the others to meet the rock monster. The next scene features her going there anyway.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Implied to be the case for the 41 years Shuriki ruled Avalor.
  • Good Hurts Evil: As Shuriki finds out, the Scepter of Light can overpower any evil magic she has (including her new wand), and as such, has the means to permanently destroy her too.
  • Graceful Loser: At the end "Party of a Lifetime", Elena, Naomi, Gabe and Mateo escape being forced into joining Captain Chiloya's crew. He and his crew just decide to keep having their eternal party without them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Charoka the Rock Monster in "All Heated Up." He is easily angered. And when he gets angry, his body turns fiery. His temper can even affect the volcano he lives below; when pushed too far, he inadvertently causes an eruption.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: In "Island of Youth", Esteban's birthday is celebrated and a birthday song is played. It's not the famous one.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Chancellor Esteban has this dynamic with Naomi, as he often doubts her qualifications. In "Finders Leapers", they spent much of the episode going at each others' throats in dealing with the Duendes. Subverted in My Fair Naomi when they actually start to get along, but Esteban rubbed off of Naomi in the wrong way.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Charoka pulls one at the climax of "All Heated Up", but it actually doesn't end up taking his life.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Spellbound," Mateo manages to deflect the evil sorcerer Fiero's Taken for Granite spell right back at him, turning the villain to stone.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Downplayed in "Song of the Sirenas" when Marisa uses a siren song to hypnotize and lure Elena to her so they can talk in private.
  • Hypocrite: Gabe doesn't think Mateo can be a royal sorcerer because of his age, even though he's a member of the royal guard despite being around the same age. Elena calls him out on this.
  • In Medias Res: The series starts long after the whole events surrounding Elena regaining the kingdom with a very extensive recap to get us up to speed. Eventually a one hour special, Secret of Avalor, shows what happened in detail.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Elena has good intentions with everything she does, but there are a good amount of times she's accidentally made things worse (whether due to impulse, overconfidence, or naivety).
  • Invisible to Normals: Spirit animals like Zuzo are supposed to be invisible unless summoned by a wizard. Elena gains the power to see him after being trapped in the amulet and defeating Shuriki, as she absorbed some magic from the amulet due to traces of magic running in her family.
  • I See Dead People: Elena has the power to see ghosts only on Dia de Los Muertos.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Prince Alonso might be doing it for his own selfish reasons, but he is right in telling Elena that she needs to take a break every once in a while for her own good. She takes it to heart and once she finishes her work, she decides to take the some time off to tour the kingdom. This further drives home the fact that Elena may be Crown Princess, but she's still a teenager.
    • Doña Paloma has a point in "Masks of Magic" - not only is Elena's method of handling foreign ambassadors - treating them like family and making their visit just a big party - incredibly naivenote , but it is Paloma's job to manage these events and she has worked hard at it for years, and Elena's protests make her come off as not thinking of the bigger picture. Thankfully, Elena ends up recognizing Paloma's point by the end, and they manage to find a compromise between their two styles, which was the point of the episode anyway.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Song of the Sirenas", Shuriki meets her end by a Blaze spell fired by Elena. It's not clear if she was disintegrated by the spell like her vadisima did to Elena's parents or if the Jewel of Night "saved" her from the blast like the Amulet of Avalor did when Shuriki fired a vadisima spell on Elena.
  • Latino Is Brown: Averted. Avalor is modeled on Latin cultures and is very diverse, with the average crowd shot showing skin tones ranging from very light to very dark (some being designed after their voice actors).
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Elena herself is frequently guilty of this:
      • Going to confront Shuriki with her wand immediately upon being freed from the amulet, despite not having any experience with magic, which resulted in the Jaquins having to save her.
      • When Elena, Sofia, and co. lead a march to the castle, the guards shut the gates. Elena suggests that they break the gates down, only for Sofia to suggest that they just fly over the gates with the jaquins and open the gate from inside. Elena concedes.
      • Going after the Noblins who stole ships from Avalor and just demand them back, which resulted in getting Zerg Rushed by them and almost getting thrown overboard.
      • Going after Orizaba with the Scepter of Light, despite not knowing how to use it properly at the time, which resulted in accidentally helping Orizaba find the artifact she needed to bring about the eternal night.
      • In "Shapeshifters", she insists on hunting down Shuriki herself and goes against the Council's orders telling her not to for her own safety. As a result, nothing of worth comes from her attempt in this episode and instead almost got her arrested by jaquins that didn't recognize her. Justified, because she believes she's the only purpose capable of taking down Shuriki (which turns out to be true) and she is acting on her PTSD.
      • In "Not Without My Magic", Skylar calls her out on it when she attempts to use the crystal tamborita to try to stop Anchimon, as Quita Moz told her not to until she received proper magic training from Mateo. Naturally, since she didn't heed his advice, this results in the situation getting worse. Elena confesses that the reason for her behavior in this episode is because she feels that she's become reliant on using magic to solve her problems (like defeating Shuriki) and doesn't feel confident in doing it without magic.
    • Gabe also has his moments. Such as running after Fiero, an Evil Sorcerer, whom he perfectly knows could turn him into a statue in "Spellbound" or going to Elena's "rescue" in the "Scepter of Light", effectively screwing up her plan to defeat Orizaba.
  • Legion of Doom: Season 2 features a party of dangerous and/or powerful antagonists Elena has defeated, consisting of Victor and Carla Delgado, Troyo, Cruz (with his sister Vestia), and finally Fiero, all under Shuriki's leadership.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: In "Party of a Lifetime", it's revealed that Captain Chiloya and his crew saved a sorceress' life 400 years ago and she rewarded them by making them immortal' and they can give that gift to anyone they wish. They still enjoy it. The main cast wouldn't mind it at all, but there is a catch—if they receive it from Chiloya, they will get bound to the ship and never leave, so it wasn't worth the price.
  • Lost Superweapon: The Maruvians left a lot of powerful magical artifacts behind when they vanished, among them the Scepter of Light and the Jewel of Maru.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: Orizaba is a "moth fairy" who wants to bring about eternal darkness.
  • Magic Map: Mateo found one in "Island of Youth" that shows a magnified image if touched. It also shows Santalos when it suddenly appears off the coast of Avalor.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: When Carla is enchanted with a disguise potion to sneak back into the palace, mirrors still reflect her true image. She tries her best to avoid mirrors until she can complete her mission.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "Snow Place Like Home", Cruz and Vestia become so tired of being called "beasts" by Victor they abandon him and his daughter.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Charoka. The people of the village below his mountain home believe him to be vicious and hostile, but he is only angry at the children for constantly taking the gemstones he's placed outside his cave (and sees as his friends). With Elena's help, Charoka manages to prove he's not a monster by saving the village from lava, and is finally accepted by them.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Jaquins are a mix of jaguars and macaws that are capable of speech.
    • All creatures in the land of Vallestrella seem to be mix and match critters, from a frog-butterfly (a butterfrog) to flamingo-giraffes (flaringos).
  • Myth Arc: The epilogue of "Realm of the Jaquins" begins one for Elena to overcome a darkness somewhere in Avalor; if she fails, she won't become queen. The darkness, unknown to her at the time, is the rise of her old enemy Shuriki, and Carla and Victor are working for her.
  • My Parents Are Dead: It's implied, later confirmed, that the former king and queen of Avalor were killed during Shuriki's initial invasion.
  • Nerdy Bully: Javier, a one-shot character who is introduced when Isabel joins the Science Academy, is an example. He is arrogant and pretentious, and when he realizes that Isabel might surpass him he begins bullying her and sabotaging her work in order to get her kicked out.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Elena only mentions that Shuriki attacked her parents, but it's pretty clear that Shuriki killed them.
    • Averted with "A Day To Remember", since it's about the Day of the Dead. Though it's still somewhat downplayed since they still go out of their way not to say it in English. 'Ghosts' seems to be on the no-list, too.
      • Word of God aka Craig has it that the word kill(ed) shouldn’t be used if a synonym can be used in its’ place.
    • In the "Jewel of Maru", also about the Day of the Dead, it's said that the Maruvians were all sent to the spirit world after the Jewel was unleashed. Granted, this might not have killed them, but the only Maruvians left are ghosts so it's pretty hard to draw another conclusion.
    • Averted in "Song Of The Sirenas", where Elena explicitly says to Marisa that Shuriki killed her parents. This is notably the only aversion so far.
    • In "Snow Place Like Home", Esteban says that he lost his parents in a storm.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Scepter of Light is seemingly affected by this, as she slowly learns what it can do. Thankfully, Elena has to be taught them rather than just randomly knowing them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In "The Scepter of Light", Elena is on the verge of defeating Orizaba with the titular Scepter, but Gabe arrives, moving a carriage right in front of Orizaba in an attempt to protect Elena. This blocks the light from the Scepter long enough for Orizaba to regain her strength.
    • Earlier in that episode, Orizaba was having trouble finding the midnight orb. Rather than staying hidden, Elena sends a wild blast that destroys a pillar that was hiding the orb.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Doña Paloma is relentlessly mocking Esteban for his continual failure to teach Naomi how to act regal, then points out you can't teach anything to a girl who was raised on a ship at sea. Which inspires Esteban to change his teaching approach to use seafaring principles and this works.
  • The Night That Never Ends: This is Orizaba's goal: to plunge the world into eternal darkness. She attempts to use an artifact known as "The Eye of Midnight" to freeze a solar eclipse in place in order to achieve this goal.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Craig Gerber said that the answer to any and all romantic relationships involving Elena is "no". He wants to focus on enhancing the characters' relationships without romantic undertones. From that, one can reasonably conclude Elena is Married to the Job, although she has received Ship Tease with some of the other characters.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Elena saw Shuriki plummet to the bottom of a waterfall, but she quietly had her doubts. Turns out she was right, Shuriki did survive.
  • No-Sell: Mateo's magic is useless against enchantments (such as the one granted Captain Chiloya immortality) or curses. Otherwise, Mateo would be a Story-Breaker Power.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In "All Heated Up", Charoca of the monfuego is neither actually a monster nor evil. He just has serious anger management issues that are set off both by being called a monster and by people always taking his stuff. He's working to control them, though, through both deep breathing and meditation, among other things.
  • Not So Different: While they don't interact too much, Gabe and Doña Paloma both sing in "Captain of the Guard" and "Best For Our Guest" that orked really hard to get to their positions.
  • Older Than They Look/Really 700 Years Old: Elena, Isabel, and her grandparents were all ageless for 41 years. Although physically 16, Elena is technically 57. Chancellor Estaban was not given the same luxury, sadly.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In "Model Sister", Gabe tries to fix Princess Isabel's invention by punching it. It starts working again but still has the kinks she was worried about before the invention stopped working.
  • Previously On: In "Science Unfair", it serves as a reminder that Carla is still in disguise as Rita in the castle, despite it getting explained later in the episode.
  • Prince Charming: Both Mateo and Gabe exhibit charming like qualities, such as saving princesses (Mateo and Gabe did it at least once) and good with swords and horseback riding (Gabe).
  • Prince Charmless: Prince Alonso might think he's Prince Charming, but in reality he's a lazy, entitled coward who uses his position as prince to dodge work, creates a disaster and then tries to pin it on Elena. His father is well aware of his behavior and invited Elena to be a good influence on him, and near the end he's assigned to build the bridge with his bare hands so he can learn about responsibility.
  • Promoted to Parent: In "Flight of the Jaquins", Skylar is chosen to be the trainer of the next set of jaquin cubs brought to Avalor. Not only is this a case of him having to grow up and be responsible for his charges, one of them turns out to be his little brother Nico, so that he's literally promoted to a parent with him. At first it doesn't go well, since their past history of playtime and pranks—and Nico's belief they can take right back up where they left off as "cool bros"—makes Skylar break his word to the Elders, which ends up putting the cubs in a great deal of danger. But once he realizes his error (and so does Nico), he learns how to be more like Migs (but still be himself) to save the day and earn everyone's respect.
  • Prophecy Twist: Quito Moz's prophecy about a great darkness coming to Avalor mentions that Elena she does not defeat it, she will never become queen. Elena takes this to mean that she will die before that time, and thus considers the job done when she defeats Shuriki. It's only once Quito Moz sees that the darkness is still coming that he realizes that the prophecy meant that defeating the darkness will be what makes her queen.
  • Protagonist Title: Like its predecessor.
  • Princesses Rule: The first episode explains that the title character can't become queen until she comes of age according to the laws of their nation. As such, she is crown princess with a council to help her rule until then.
  • Red Shirt: The royal guards.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Marimonda, perhaps because of her sprite nature.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even adult jaquins look fairly cuddly, so it comes as no surprise to discover that baby jaquins are all kinds of adorable.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Elena considers it her duty to serve the people, and as shown in every episode, she means it. She's even invited by a neighboring king to teach his son how to be a proper royal.
    Elena This is exactly how a royal behaves. We serve our people.
  • Rule of Three: This is more or less the main theme of Finders Leapers. Three duendes have been imprisoned in separate chambers, thus all three of them need to be released for them to open the portal. Additionally, it's the same number of times Esteban gets impatient and slams Naomi every time a Duende succeeds, with the third time being Elena's breaking point to sum up to him all the three things he did wrong.
  • Running Gag: Nose boops, affectionately and/or condescendingly.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Marimonda was trapped in a cave by a bejeweled wall in the jaquin kingdom. Even the jaquins needed help to trap her again.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of "King of The Carnaval", Victor and Carla comment on how much they need that crown for their plans and give the impression they'll be back. This starts a new arc that will build up to Shuriki's return.
  • Shared Universe: With Sofia the First as shown in Secret of Avalor. Heck, Sofia was essential in freeing Elena from her amulet.
  • Ship Tease: And how with all of her friends: Mateo, Naomi, and Gabe. With Shipping Goggles you can see it in almost every episode.
    • Although Gabe is the only one to have a crush on her via Wordof God on his Twitter account and the essential guide.
  • Shout-Out: In "Two Left Fins", when Marzel describes wanting to fit in with the land kingdoms, he's described as being part of their world.
  • Shown Their Work: A lot of the cultural material, especially the Mexican culture, is very accurate to how it is with the real-life counterparts. Any creative changes can be excused as just part of the show's nature. note  Probably helps that the co-executive producer, Silvia Olivas, is Hispanic herself, and multiple credible Latin groups serve as cultural advisors for the show.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Royal Rivalry", Carla is upset at the Wanted Posters featuring her and Victor because her face appears smaller than his. It becomes a Brick Joke when she sees new posters at the end of the episode and is glad her face has the same size as his on them.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "Rise of the Sorceress" has the cheerful family song set against Shuriki regaining her power, with surprisingly appropriate lyrics about the dawn of a new day.
  • Spexico: Avalor, but it combines other cultures from many other Hispanic countries.
  • Spoiler Opening: Downplayed. Mateo doesn't get the clothes he wears in the opening until the fifth episode.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Victor tells Elena Esteban was willingly involved with Shuriki's invasion, she assumes Victor is lying. Just as he was about to confess, Esteban plays along with Elena's assumption, because the statement that he wouldn't do anything to hurt his family is technically still true.
  • Taken for Granite: This is Fiero's favorite tactic. He turns almost everyone in the castle to stone with it.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Occurs in "Spellbound":
    Elena: It's about something much more powerful. So listen up, 'cause I'm only gonna sing this once. (Begins singing "The Magic Within You")
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In "All Heated Up," Charoca of the monfuego is treated as a monster, but Elena tries to put a stop to it. However, when the royal forces attack anyway, he declares, "If they want a monster, I'll give them a monster." Fortunately, it doesn't stick, as he soon has a My God, What Have I Done? moment where he recognizes that all he did was worsen the situation, and that the prejudice he faced doesn't warrant or excuse actions that only validates that prejudice.
  • There Is No Try: The premise of "Spirit Monkey Business". The episode begins with Elena having trouble mastering Blaze with the Scepter of Light, and worrying she will fail every time. After helping a down-on-his-luck chanul get his second wind, Elena understood that if she doesn't believe she can accomplish something, she can't succeed. Taking this to heart, she was able to catch the rogue spirit Bobo.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: This is the main plot of "The Princess Knight". Elena wanted to prove how capable she is by entering the Swordsman's Cup. She learns the hard way that having experience, but no actual training would not suffice her. As such, she needed Gabe to level-grind her to tournament level.
  • Token White: Elena's best friend Naomi Turner, a pale blond-haired, blue-eyed girl with an English name in the Spanish-style Kingdom of Avalor; almost everyone else is dark-haired and tan.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Subverted in "Spellbound", Gabe treats Mateo with derision and scorn, doubting that he can cut it as a royal sorcerer, let alone defeat Fiero. Though he does finally admit he was wrong when Mateo saves the day and gives him all the credit.
  • Training Montage: One occurs in "The Princess Knight", when Gabe is preparing Elena to the fencing tournament.
  • Traveling Landmass: The island of Santalos from "Island of Youth" magically transports each day at sunset.
  • Triumphant Reprise: The song from "My Fair Naomi" has "Bright Lights Of The Ball". The first version chronicles Naomi's ego getting more inflated to the point of acting stuck up to her friends. The second version is more uplifting since she realized her mistakes.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: In "Royal Rivalry", let's just say Princess Valentina of Paraíso has a long list of titles.
  • Two-Timer Date: "Model Sister" focuses on Elena trying to focus on holding royal visit for King Toshi while also helping her sister Isa at an invention fair. Isa eventually becomes annoyed because she feels that Elena doesn't have time for her, even though she said she would always make time for her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Armando inadvertently sets off the conflict of "Party of a Lifetime" when he opts to send the same letter to all of Elena's friends describing them as "her best friend".
  • Vocal Tag Team: Elena and Gabe start singing in the episode "Navidad". Elena started first, Gabe joined in second, then the rest of the city in the caroling.
  • Villain Has a Point: Esteban wants to undermine Elena's authority, attempting to manipulate matters so that most of the real power (such as conducting trade agreements) ends up in his hands. Then again, Elena is overly casual and hyperactive towards visitors, and Esteban has had forty-one years of serving as her Regent under Shuriki. Wars have been fought over less.
  • Villainous Legacy: The first episode dealt with the aftermath of one of Shuriki's schemes; A group of noblins, whom she had captured and forced to turn objects to gold for her, were freed once Elena destroyed Shuriki's wand, and took to hijacking boats in an attempt to return home.
  • The Voiceless: Elena's parents have never spoken in their appearances. Subverted in the climax of "The Jewel Of Maru", where their spirits briefly return to give Elena advice on how to save Avalor.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Victor and Carla are featured in those in "Royal Rivalry".
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Gabe felt it was necessary for Elena to undergo rigorous training exercises before wielding a sword. It involved exercises in endurance (running up and down a pyramid), speed (having fruit thrown at you) and balance (standing on a canoe) in "The Princess Knight", as it was how he was trained.
  • Weakened by the Light: Orizaba. Any kind of light weakens her, and enough exposure forces her to return to the spirit world.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: What Orizaba at least thinks she's being in attempting to bring "the gift" of eternal night to Avalor, as she explains in her Villain Song.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Realm of the Jaquins" ends with Quita Moz issuing Elena a test: there's a darkness rising somewhere, and if she doesn't conquer such, she will never be queen of Avalor. Also, the Delgados' release of Marimonda was actually a diversion so they can get a jewel to Shuriki, who is restored to her youth for such.
    • "Rise of the Sorceress" has Elena witness Shuriki, alive and well.
    • "Race for the Realm" has Shuriki and the Delgados assemble the Scepter of Night, and the Delgados become malvagos.
    • "Not Without My Magic" reveals Shuriki's return wasn't the darkness to be conquered as part of Elena's test.
  • Wham Line: "Snow Place Like Home" has Carla's line when she and Victor recognize the owner of the place they broke into.
    Carla: Mami?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The guards who served Shuriki in Elena and the Secret of Avalor were last seen fleeing from the assembled citizens of Avalor. In the series proper, they have all been replaced by new guards (with new uniforms, even), with no mention of their fates.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elena gives such a speech to Esteban in "Finders Leapers," when all three Duende brothers have been freed by his blundering, especially since Esteban repeatedly chose to blame Naomi for his own screw-ups and stated it was a mistake to put her in charge of the expedition:
    Elena: You haven't been following her, Esteban! You were the one who let the first Duende out, you ignored Naomi at the park, and you sprung the trap too early. ... The problem hasn't been Naomi; it's been you!
  • Wrench Wench: Isabel is given a journal to record her various inventions.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "Spellbound", Elena tells this to Mateo (who is doubting his magical skill) in musical form, as the song "The Magic Within You."
  • Young and in Charge: Elena, Mateo, Gabe, and Naomi are all teenagers taking jobs usually meant for adults, presumably because Shuriki didn't have a Royal Wizard (she was already a sorceress, so she didn't need one), captain of the guards, or a council to answer to so all those positions are open when Elena takes back her kingdom.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Averted since the characters looked a bit different in "Elena And The Secret Of Avalor", such has having larger eyes and a darker color scheme (this was done to match the style of ''Sofia the First), they still look like themselves. From "My Fair Naomi" and onward, Naomi's design changes slightly to match her 2-D design.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Subverted; Christmas is celebrated in Avalor, but is referred to as "Navidad" (Spanish for Christmas). During the first song in the eponymous episode, Naomi even says the word "Christmas" in how she celebrates the holiday. Naomi isn't from Avalor, so it makes sense that she'd refer to the holiday as "Christmas".
  • You Owe Me: In "The Princess Knight", Elena tells Gabe that he owes her the favor of mentoring her in return for her teaching him how to play Olaball.

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