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Lola and Virginia (2006-2007) is an animated series created in Spain by Imira Entertainment. It has since been dubbed into English and was shown in America on the obscure and now-defunct network Animania HD and in recent years has aired on Primo TV. Episodes were also hosted on Porchlight Entertainment's KidMango website until its shutdown in 2013. The show was also broadcast on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon in both its home country of Spain and worldwide.

Lola's life is not easy. She comes from a mildly poor family and routinely has to look after her two baby brothers. But she doesn't care, she has two good friends by her side and that's all she needs. Then comes Virginia, a rich, spoiled brat who always gets her way.

From the moment these two girls meet, they rub each other the wrong way. They're always trying to outdo and each get in each other's way. Lola does the best she can to stop Virginia from ruining other people's fun, but she isn't so innocent herself.

The main characters are:

  • Lola: Lola prides herself on trying to help people out. She's bold and adventurous and always looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. She is constantly irritated by Virginia's selfish ways, but has been known to act a bit selfish herself.
  • Virginia: Formerly a private school diva, this spoiled rich brat was transferred to public school at the suggestion of her therapist. On the surface, she's a polite girl who routinely gets good grades. But it's just a ruse to hide the selfish, mean-spirited girl underneath. Virginia is ruthless and will do whatever it takes to get her way. On top of that, she considers tormenting Lola to be a personal sport.
  • Haide: Haide is Lola's best friend. She's into magic charms, horoscopes and mysticism.
  • Poppy: Poppy is Lola's second best friend. A hard-rocking punk tomboy, who's one of the best atheletes in school.
  • Beatrice: The school's resident gossip. A consistently sour girl, Beatrice is Virginia's lackey and possibly her only real friend.
  • Charlie: A boy who's into skateboarding. Lola and Virginia both have major crushes on him, but he seems uninterested in their affections.

This series contains examples of:

  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: Lola held this policy during her brief career as a sushi delivery girl. Virginia once tried to stop Lola from making a delivery to her (Virginia's) Dad out of fear he'd compel her to get a part time job.
  • Aerith and Bob: The twins, Agi and Yukio. Only Yukio bears a proper Japanese given name while Agi does not exist as a name in Japan (at least for people who aren't using it as a pen name), though it could be a corruption of the name Aki.
  • Alpha Bitch: Virginia, the most popular girl in school, and acts like she's above everyone else.
  • Arch-Enemy: The titular characters. It's the show's main plot.
  • Attention Whore: Virginia. One episode has her wearing a long dress to school to impress everyone, but only to have her snubbed by her classmates for Lola's hypnotizing T-shirt, and Virginia tries so hard to get their attention by mocking Lola for her T-shirt, but only Beatrice goes along, while the rest are actually still marveled by it.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Poppy has one, seemingly to add to her tomboyish nature.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Virginia. A polite, good, sweet girl to her parents, teacher, school principal, and her classmates, and a mean, ruthless, insanely spoiled, self-centered girl to Lola and her friends.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Lola is clearly portrayed as the good girl, while Virginia is the bad girl. But Lola is hardly an angel: She routinely gives as good as she gets when it comes to Virginia's schemes. And in one episode, Lola got hold of a bracelet that Charlie was using to cheat at math, there was a chart written on the inside. Does she give it back and tell him to stop using it or give it to the teacher? No, she uses it to blackmail Charlie into kissing her live on a webcam.
  • Butt-Monkey: Beatrice, Viriginia's lackey. When she isn't suffering the fallout of Virginia's schemes, she's the series resident Chew Toy.
  • Clothing Damage: In one episode, Lola's dress gets caught in a car door. It gets ripped off, leaving Lola in only her underwear, in public.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lola is shown to live with a mother and two younger brothers, but a father is nowhere to be seen, nor is he ever mentioned.
  • Dub Name Change: Characters have different names in English (as well as international dubs) compared to the original Spanish.
    • Pincho, the tomboy of Lola's friend group, is renamed to Poppy.
    • Carlos/Carlitos, Lola and Virginia's crush, is renamed to Charlie.
    • Beatriz, Virginia's gossipy flunky, is renamed to Beatrice.
    • Merceditas, a student who is more childish than her peers, is renamed to Susie.
  • Fiction 500: There are hints that Virginia comes from not a just a rich family, but a very wealthy family, like how she has the money to turn her public school into an elite private school and to buy the entire five thousand tickets of a brand new amusement park in less than half an hour, just to upset Lola.
  • For the Evulz: Some of Virginia and Beatrice's schemes for Lola are actually just done out of pettiness. Like when they try to destroy Lola and Haide's friendship, simply because Virginia bets she can do it within a week and when they expose Lola and her best friends' secrets to the entire school, for the reason as quoted by Lola below:
    Lola: Poor things, their lives are so boring that the only way they can have fun is by messing things up for everybody else.
  • Glass Slipper: In one story, a celebrity is interested in Lola and has no clue to her identity other than the glasses she lost. Virginia tries to pass herself as the glasses' owner but Lola points out Virginia doesn't need glasses. Virginia then tries to walk around with the glasses but can barely walk two steps without hitting something.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Virginia wears her sunglasses on top of her head, except for rare instances, like in "Magic Garden", where she actually does wear them over her eyes.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Lola has them, but they don't appear on her shoulders. Instead they're shown in a fantasy sequence and are completely silent, except for the bad angel chuckling. In the episode "Frozen Hearts", Lola goes to one of Poppy's karate classes and suggests that they arrange a demonstration for Virginia, who has the cheating bracelet. Poppy flatly refuses, stating that karate students don't go around beating people up. Lola says that's not what she had in mind at all. She puts on an innocent smile, but actually changes into the bad angel for a moment.
    • And in the episode "Roller Coaster" Virginia gets her own version. Though again it's a subversion. Instead of Virginia being undecided about something, the Angel and Devil are used to represent her giving away tickets to opening day at a theme park to get attention.
  • Gossipy Hens: Beatrice usually relays some information to Virginia that will be later used against Lola in a given episode.
  • Idol Singer: Marco Amore, who is loved by everyone in the cartoon's universe, including Lola and Virginia.
  • Informed Ability: Despite being one of the shortest characters in the show, Lola is the captain of the school's girl's basketball team.
  • It's All About Me: Virginia. In fact, it's not just part of her personality, she's suffering from it (a strange syndrome called delirium narcissismus, that causes her to think she's the center of the universe), which leads her to transferring to a public school, as a cure.
  • Jerkass:
    • Virginia and Beatrice, when they're tormenting Lola and her friends. Lola can come off as this too if getting equal revenge for Virginia's schemes counts.
    • Lola once housed a foreign exchange student who played mean pranks on everyone to the point that Lola and Virginia joined forces just to get back at her. The exchange student then proceeds to say she didn't find their joke funny before leaving for good.
  • Rich Bitch: Virginia, who comes from a very wealthy family, and is also a very stuck-up girl.
  • Same Language Dub: A different Spanish dub exists for Latin American viewers.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Virginia seems to think her money allows her to do anything.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Lola and Virginia's classmates. They always believe Virginia, despite having a tendency to be a backstabber, and don't listen to Lola when she tells them otherwise. And they end up believing Lola once Virginia has finally succeeded in her plan.
  • Swallow the Key: Virginia pulls this in the episode "Uniforms" to keep her self-centered syndrome a secret.
  • Tantrum Throwing: When she doesn't get her way, Virginia will sometimes resort to breaking valuable items around her house. She's also done this in private at school, with Beatrice being the lookout, by slamming the cafeteria's fine plates onto the floor when she's feeling particularly incensed at Lola, though in those cases, it's to let off some steam.
  • Token Minority: Haide and Chuck are the only prominent black students in the cast, being female and male, respectively. The twins, Agi and Yukio, also serve as the show's token Asians (presumably Japanese).
  • Token Rich Student: Virginia, as she's the only one at her current school who comes from money.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lola's friends; Poppy, who likes sports, especially skateboarding, and Haide, who likes boy bands and horoscopes.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: San Lorenzo, the city where the characters live, its location is unspecified and it's also unknown whether it's in Spain (where the cartoon is originated) or USA, as some episodes use the currency in dollars, some episodes use euros.