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There I'm Mia, here I'm me

I am Mia.

A live-action / CGI-animated television series created by Gerhard Hahn and fully owned by the German media company "Made 4 Entertainment" (M4E).

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Mia Marconi, a young girl very talented with languages whose parents have recently passed away in an unspecified accident. Her aunt brings her to Florence, Italy, where she is enrolled to a private boarding school, and gives her a last gift from her parents: a book her father used to read her daily when she was younger, and a bracelet. The book is about the magical world of Centopia, a fantasy island inhabited by fairy-like creatures called elves as well as unicorns. Soon the bracelet starts to glow and asks her for a "password", which happens to be her name. As the still-puzzled young girl utters it, she is transported into the world her childhood bedtime tales were set in, and finds herself transformed into a Centopian elf, with wings and pointy ears.

Though Centopia isn't the land she used to know, but rather a land plagued by drought and besieged by the dark elven queen Panthea and her minions, who roam the land in search of unicorns to kidnap. Mia, who's the only one able to understand the language of unicorns, befriends the elven prince Mo and his best friend Yuko and helps them fighting Panthea.

In each episode, Mia travels from our world to Centopia and back, living different parallel adventures with her human schoolmates and her new elven friends.

A second series was produced, set during the summer break which Mia spends at her grandfather's farm somewhere in Tuscany. Some extra info on the characters are provided, such as Mia's last name and that of her human arch-nemesis Violetta, as well as a little background on the latter's family (explaining why she's such an Alpha bitch), and we learn what had happened to Centopia prior to Mia's arrival.

For the third series, Mia was recast with a new actress (Margot Nuccetelli) after Rosabell Sellers started attending college. A fourth series began production in late 2019. A movie titled Mia and me: Hero of Centopia was released on the 26th of May 2022.

Mia and me provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Early in the second season, Onchao feels like he doesn't fit in with the other unicorns his age because he's the only one with wings.
  • Alpha Bitch: Violetta.
  • Art Evolution: The second season's Centopia segments have a slightly different animation style than season one's did.
  • Art Imitates Art: The entire art style is a reference to Gustav Klimt, as you can see from his most famous work, '"The Kiss (Klimt)'', as well as "The Embrace."
  • Art Shift: Scenes in the real world are live action, but when Mia travels to Centopia it changes to CGI animation.
  • Boarding School: Where set the Live-Action parts of the first season.
  • Bungling Inventor: Phuddle, whose inventions usually don't work the way he intended, either not working at all or doing something completely different than what it was supposed to. On a few occasions, some of these inventions manage to be pretty useful.
  • But Now I Must Go: Mia's bracelet flashes near the end of every episode signalling it's time to go back to the real world.
  • Classical Elements Ensemble: Among the many unicorns Mia encounters, there are the four Element Unicorns, the Water Unicorn, the Wind Unicorn, the Earth Unicorn, and the Fire Unicorn.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While they get along most of the time, Yuko occasionally has this attitude when Mo and Mia interact in certain ways.
  • Co-Dragons: Gargona with Rixel (season 2) and Dax (season 3) for Lord Drakon.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: When Mia discovers that Varia is actually Violetta, Violetta leaves her stuck in sticky grass and flies off with her ring so she can't alert Yuko and Mo to her location out of fear that Mia would expose her lies to them. After meeting up with them and claiming she couldn't find Mia, she soon changes her mind and starts flying back to find them, and ends up helping save Mia from Rixxel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gargona to Rixxel, in the second season.
  • The Dragon: General Gargona to Panthea, in the first season.
  • Foreshadowing: The passwords provided by the book that enable Mia to travel to Centopia (except the first time) will predict something that will happen during Mia's trip to Centopia in the episode, which Mia quickly catches on to. She also worries whenever a particularly ominous prediction pops up in the book, such as the prediction relating to the destruction of the trumptus in episode 4, or in episode 6, when the password only consisted of the word "sacrifice".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mia, especially pronounced during the second season, when staying at her grandfather's farm and she is the only one who is able to get along with Sapphire, a horse that originally belonged to Violetta.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The main characters' main objective in season one is to find all the pieces of the trumptus and put it back together, after Panthea destroys it and scatters the pieces across Centopia in episode 4.
  • Green Thumb: Onchao is capable of making plants grow, even in areas that had been left barren by the villains' actions.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Paula, Mia's roommate and a member of Violetta's Girl Posse, eventually warms up to Mia and turns against Violetta after Mia decides to get to know her better.
    • Violetta herself becomes a better person in the second half of Season 2, after spending time in Centopia.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Episode 6 has Lyria the unicorn allowing herself to be captured by Gargona in order to keep Mia and Onchao safe.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Episode 13 of Season 1 centers around a ceremony that young unicorns go through in order to be accepted into the herd, in which they have to jump through a ring of fire created by the fire unicorn.
  • Immortality Immorality: The Big Bad of Season 1, Panthea try to turn herself young by taking Unicorn horns.
  • Loud of War: The most powerful weapon for dealing with the villains in Season One is the "trumptus" Phuddle invented, an instrument that makes a very loud and annoying sound. Unfortunately for the heroes, Panthea is able to take it from them in episode 4, break it apart and have her minions hide the pieces all over Centopia.
  • Magic Skirt: Most of the female elves.
  • Magical Accessory: Mia's bracelet, which lets her travel between Centopia and Earth. About halfway through the second season, the gem in it breaks, but luckily fixes itself shortly after. However, she missed one shard of it, which turns into another gem that Violetta picks up and puts on a necklace. The necklace activates and sends Violetta to Centopia whenever Mia travels there.
  • Man-Eating Plant: These appear in various parts of Centopia, and occasionally serve as obstacles for both heroes and villains.
  • The Mole: Rixxel tries to use Violetta's/Varia's jealously towards Mia to manipulate her into acting as a spy for him. However, she isn't actually all that interested in working for him, and only really provides him with information either to get him to leave her alone or out of fear.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In the beginning of Season One, while Mia is familiar with Centopia through the stories her father used to read to her, she is completely unaware of Panthea's threat to Centopia when she first arrives, since they weren't part of those stories.
  • Narnia Time: While Mia seems to spend several hours in Centopia, she is only away for five minutes in the real world.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Elves are more akin to fairies, although neither seems to be able to use any kind of magic.
  • Our Hippocamps Are Different: Among the four Element Unicorns, the Unicorn of Water is a hippocamp. It's the guardian of the Birth Grotto of the unicorns, where it watches over and aids with the birth of the foals.
  • Powers in the First Episode: The first episode shows Mia arriving at boarding school and receiving the Centopia book and the bracelet that transports her there.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Panthea has a pet cat called Ziggo in the first season. Episode 8 has the cat accidentally getting brought along when Gargona goes to search for Onchao, and knowing Panthea would be angry if something were to happen to him, Gargona actually agrees to return Onchao to the heroes in exchange for Ziggo after he ends up crawling into the picnic basket belonging to Mo's mother. During season 2, he is seen wandering Panthea's castle and the areas outside it both times the heroes revisit the area in search of something needed to continue their quest. During the second time, he unwittingly ends up leading them to what they need.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Mia when in her elf form.
  • The Runaway: Late in the second season, Violetta decides she's had enough of the way her mother treats her and decides that she'd rather stay in Centopia with her new friends. She throws away her necklace before it can send her home.
  • Running Gag: Mia crash-landing upon entering Centopia for most of season one due to not being a very good flyer. Even when she does become a better flyer in later episodes, she still occasionally has trouble with the landing.
    • This is also the case for Violetta, when she obtains a shard from Mia's bracelet and thus transported to Centopia whenever Mia goes there.
    • In Season 3, Sara also has trouble with the landing when she travels to Centopia for the first time.
  • Saving the Orphanage: Saving Renzo's (Mia's grandfather) farm is the plot for the live-action part of Season 2.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • Vincent, one of Mia's classmates in season one learns about Mia's secret early on. Towards the end of season one, Paula also learns it, when Mia has to hurry to Centopia while Paula is still in the same room as her and Vincent.
    • Towards the end of season two, Mia decides to tell Mario about her secret.
    • Season 3 has Mia try to tell Sara her secret early on, but since Sara is blind and can't see when Mia magically disappears when travelling to Centopia, it takes a while for Mia to figure out how to prove to her that Centopia is real.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mia seems to ship Yuko with Mo, even though Mia herself also has a bit of a crush on him in Season One.
  • So Last Season: Since neither Rixxel nor his dragon is a dark elf, the trumptus and the water bubbles used against the previous season's villains are not much more than an annoyance to them. Thanks to Phuddle, they are able to find an alternative way to use the water shooters. They run into a similar problem with Dax and his bug men in Season 3, and once again Phuddle ends up accidentally providing a solution.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Mia is the only elf that can communicate with unicorns.
  • Swiss-Army Tears: Unicorn tears have healing properties.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mia has one every time when transporting herself to Centopia.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Mia, Yuko, and Mo.
  • Villain Decay: Gargona. In the first season she is The Dragon of the Big Bad and can be quite the challenge to the heroes, surely more than her minions. She only got hit in combat by a water based weapon once in all of season one, while in season two she is hit by the heroes' weapons almost every time. She can hardly enter combat, accomplishes nearly nothing and mostly acts as a Deadpan Snarker to the another bad guy.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Simo, a character introduced in season 2.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mo is afraid of frogs.
  • Wild Card: Polytheus, the travelling merchant, who tends to assist either the heroes or the villains depending on who can get him something he wants at the time.
  • Winged Unicorn: Onchao starts out as the only known unicorn with wings. Season 2 reveals that Onchao's missing father, Ono the Unicorn King is also a winged unicorn, explaining why Onchao has wings. Finding out what happened to him and later finding him and bringing him back to Centopia make up part of the plot of that season. Season 3 introduces a third one with the birth of Onchao's little sister, Kyara.