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Clockwise: Grandma Chata, Valentino, Victor, and Achi.

Mexican half-brothers Victor and Valentino are sent to live with their grandmother in the strange and quirky town of Monte Macabre for the Summer, finding mystical and crazy things at every turn.

Originally slated for mid-to-late 2018, it was pushed back to 2019 for unknown reasons, before finally premiering on March 30th, 2019.

The original pilot for the show can be viewed here.

Victor and Valentino contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The Boy Who Cried Lechuza", Victor wants to be pampered so he pretends to have a broken leg. Later he is taken away by the Lechuza, who turns out to be an exaggeratedly maternal creature that won't let her "children" leave their nest and do anything for themselves. Victor realizes he doesn't want to live that way forever, especially when the Lechuza tries to feed him by regurgitation.
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  • Bedsheet Ghost: Pineapple dresses up like one in "The Lonely Haunts Club".
  • Briar Patching: Victor intentionally misspells the phrase "¡Estás atrapado!" so HueHue will say it. HueHue corrects it and utters it a third time, trapping him back inside the alebrije.
  • Canon Discontinuity: In "Welcome to the Underworld" it's demonstrated that the events of the pilot are non-canon as Victor, Valentino, Mic, and Hun don't recognize each other. It's not known how the duo know Achi, however, as their first meeting also took place during the pilot.
  • Captain Ersatz: The voice and face of Itzel, the kind girl who wears a headdress that resembles an eagle at the Hidden Skate Park, look and sound similar to Vanellope von Schweetz.
  • The Cat Came Back: No matter how much Victor and Valentino try to escape Xochi in "The Babysitter", she's always one step ahead.
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  • Childish Tooth Gap: Victor and Charlene both have a gap in the middle of their teeth. Victor's highlights his immaturity and rowdiness, while Charlene's is actually wider, accenting her Creepy Child demeanor.
  • Chupacabra: Valentino goes out looking for one to photograph in "The Dark Room", using Victor disguised as a goat as bait. The Chupacabra appears and takes Victor to his lair, where Valentino discovers that it's actually a vegetarian that loves animals; the sucked out remains people find are actually his sculptures of them.
  • Crack Ow My Back: Don Jalapeño in "Know It All".
    Don Jalapeño: Ay, my espalda!
  • Cross-Popping Veins: In "A New Don", the boys prank Don Jalapeño to see if they can make him so mad the veins on his forehead pop out. He finally does after seeing the mess they made in the store after fighting the star creature possessing him, especially when Valentino moved his bookmark.
  • Crying Wolf: In "The Boy Who Cried Lechuza", Victor fakes an injury to get out of doing chores. Don Jalapeño warns him that if he cries too loudly, the Lechuza, an owl monster attracted to the sound of crying children, will whisk him away. Eventually, Victor's ruse is revealed, and when he actually gets injured when the taco cart runs over his leg, everyone ignores his cries for help... except the Lechuza.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Mic and Hun might be the lords of the Underworld, but they're generally cheerful and upbeat.
  • Do Wrong, Right: HueHue corrects Victor's bad spelling of "Esdas Etripado" to "¡Estás atrapado!" that sends him back to his alebrije, and then when he boasts and says it properly, he gets trapped inside the alebrije.
  • Fat and Skinny: Valentino is heavyset while Victor is skinny.
  • Fisher King: During the Summer Solstice Chata's mood affects the waters of Monte Macabre. Laughing makes waves, annoyance makes spouts and complete distress creates a turbulent storm.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Victor's the foolish, always looking for shortcuts and prone to goofing off; Valentino's the responsible, always doing his chores and being cautious, sometimes to a fault.
  • Genius Loci: "Cleaning Day" reveals that Chata's house has a life of its own, making a hellish droning noise whenever the brothers refuse to clean their messes, eventually trapping them within a series of frequently changing catacombs (going lower into the catacombs when they don't obey the objective), and releases them when they get the job done.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In "Lonely Haunts Club", El Pintor's ghost mentions that he doesn't like to spend each Día de los Amantes by himself, and just wants some company.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The theme song doesn't have any lyrics.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Victor in "Know It All", where he keeps claiming "I know!" to everything. He ends up releasing a flock of demonic bats because of this, and he confesses that he always claims to know everything because he's afraid people will think he's dumb.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In "It Grows" after Vic's moustache grows out of control and begins to attack people, Val panics and says that he is just a kid and can't keep dealing with stuff like that every week.
  • Letterbox: "Fistful of Balloons" makes heavy use of this in order to give the episode a more cinematic feel.
  • Lazy Bum: The Lechuza's "children" Hoot, Caw and Talon. They are perfectly content being fed predigested food and wearing diapers that are regularly changed if it means not having to work. He may have been willing to fake an injury to get out of working, but Victor isn't OK with living that way
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Victor has a bad habit of leaping before he looks, more often causing more trouble for the two. In the pilot, for instance, he just barely manages to get Valentino and him out of the Land of the Dead by flinging the tacos Valentino made at the guardians, who take a liking to them and decide to let the two go in exchange for the recipe.
  • The Lost Lenore: "Lonely Haunts Club" involves Victor, Valentino, Charlene, and Pineapple exploring a haunted mansion of an artist who supposedly died of a broken heart when his beloved walked out on him on his wedding day.
  • Louis Cypher: In "Suerte", one of the Suerte characters is El Colorado, a devil that traps the townspeople in the game. After Victor is trapped inside the game, he manages to break El Colorado's curse by telling the truth and confessing that he cheated at Suerte, a 4 x 4 bingo-like game with picture cards.
  • Man-Eating Plant: The plants on the left side of Don Jalapeño's hidden plant dimension could destroy the town, as seen with the two headed monstrosity fueled by Victor and Valentino's squabbling.
  • Never My Fault: Victor, almost constantly. In "Suerte" he gets captured into the card game for attempting to cheat, and isn't freed until he admits it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: El Pintor's fianceé Hiamante strongly resembles renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. El Pintor himself is based on Kahlo's husband, famed muralist Diego Rivera.
  • People Puppets: In "A New Don", Don Jalapeño talks about creatures from the stars who come to Earth to make people do strange things against their will. He ends up possessed by one who is after his scrapbook of paranormal phenomena for some reason.
  • Picked Last: The conflict of "Dead Ringer" stems from Valentino getting picked last in a game of soccer.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Victor is the impulsive Red Oni to Valentino's cautious Blue Oni.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: "Folk Art Foes" shows Victor being bad at spelling, something HueHue is annoyed by and corrects. Victor uses this so HueHue will correct him and say "¡Estás atrapado!" for a third time, allowing Victor to trap him back into the alebrije.
  • Scare 'em Straight: Chata's house tries to teach the boys to clean up their room, by putting them in a series of cleaning, gradually going up to more dangerous, ironic punishments (such as a monster made out of the trash they've accumulated). When they do get done, the house drones at Victor for even leaving his shoes on the floor, and he's quick to put them in the closet.
  • Ship Tease: In "The Lonely Haunts Club", Charlene and Pineapple dare Victor and Valentino to explore a haunted mansion with them Charlene urges Vic to pick a bouquet of flowers to put in her hair, so she can supposedly resemble his Amante. She then urges Vic to read some love poems out loud to summon El Pintor's ghost. Meanwhile, Valentino discovers that Pineapple has a checklist written by Charlene which ends with her getting a kiss from on Día de los Amantes. When Vic and Charlene see a table set up, they decide to dine together and summon the ghost. Just when Charlene is about to trick Vic into sharing some of her "ghost shield potion" on his lips by kissing her, Val comes in and tells her that the whole experience has been a trick to get Vic to go on a date with Charlene. As soon as Vic realizes that everything on Día de los Amantes resembled a date, the ghost of El Pintor appears, telling them that he was just lonely from spending each Día de los Amantes all by himself, and just wanted some company. Afterwards, Vic admits the Día de los Amantes isn't such a bad holiday, and when Charlene tells Vic she didn't think he was good boyfriend material, Vic says that he could be if he wanted to which makes her smile as she walks away.
    • In "The Babysitter", Xochi babysits the duo. Later, when they sneak out of the house, they discover that Xochi is taking dancing lessons, and deserting her babysitting duties. Xochi, Vic, and Val race to get back home before Grandma Chata and Don Jalapeño do, and Xochi asks Valentino to hold on tight and put his arms around her while on her bicycle. Later on, when Xochi takes the brothers up to the rooftop to see the fireworks and admits to them she was taking dance lessons to impress a certain someone, Valentino dances with Xochi.
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  • Slippery Swimsuit: In "Hurricane Chata", Valentino loses his swimsuit trying to save one last Coco Frio; the swimsuit serves as a Dead Guy Hat Shot. Later, he's seen covering himself up with a duck floatie.
  • Something Completely Different: "The Babysitter", "Legend of the Hidden Skate Park", “Boss for a Day”, "Churro Kings", and "Fistful of Balloons" are the only episodes so far with no supernatural elements.
  • Start My Own: In "The Dark Room", Valentino tries to get into the titular photography club, but its demanding leader finds his pictures too insipid and rejects him. In the end, Valentino starts his own photo club, the Bubblegum Club, where everyone's invited and encouraged to take pictures of whatever they like.


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