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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • There were football commentators and referees, which were the target of the odd Take That!. Like in one episode where El Chavo and Quico are playing soccer, El Chavo allows Chilindrina to play with them as long as she plays the commentator. When Quico argues that Chilindrina knows nothing about soccer, Chavo simply replies with "Exactly!"
    • Gómez Bolaños never gave a pass to any of his cast members' physical traits. Some of the jokes he wrote would be considered mean-spirited in places like America, but still there are tons of references about Aguirre and Valdés's lanky frames, Fernández's old age, Meza's lack of curves, Padilla and Villagrán's droopy faces, de las Nieves' short height and Vivar's overweight. In all fairness, Gómez Bolaños would also make fun of his own short height and thinness.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Don Ramón is a unlucky man which is struggling in a unfair world or he is just a lazy jerk which is lucky to have a house to live (thanks for Señor Barriga) and has no job due his own errors? Maybe both?
    • Why does Quico never tell his mom what really happened and lets her punish Don Ramón for things that are rarely his fault? Is he just too dumb to realise what's going on? Does he truly dislike Don Ramón and enjoys seeing him beaten? Is it that he sees how his mother dislikes him and gives her reasons to hit him? Maybe he simply doesn't care? Or perhaps it's plain simple rule of funnny.
    • In one episode, La Chilindrina finds a fake letter meant for El Chavo, where it states his wealthy father will arrive soon to give what he needs. The characters that read the letter suddenly stop treating El Chavo badly and start treating him very well. Did they do that out of greed, or was it because El Chavo would leave them if he learned about this? Their reaction upon learning Jaimito wrote the letter as a prank does not clear things up.
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    • When Sr. Calvillo stated he wanted to demolish the neighborhood, was that his plan all along, or he decided it after seeing all its inhabitants against him?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In a 1973 episode involving Don Ramón working as a barber, the plot suddenly comes to a halt near the end and, literally out of nowhere (seriously. The scene at the time, taking place in the barber shop, quickly fades away in a very out-of-place, psychodelic way that looks like it was taken straight off a Windows Media Player visualization), changes to the whole cast sound and well in the neighborhood, talking about Mexico and the world's then current affairs. The scene soon changes back to the previous scene as the credits start rolling in the same colorful and spiral manner.
  • Broken Base: The animated series is a very divisive topic between the fans. Some feel it's just a bad cartoon made to revive the franchise and driven it to merchandise while others says it's a good cartoon, but not in the same league of classic series.
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  • Designated Monkey: Don Ramón is always punished unfairly, with extremely rare exceptions, for doing the right thing. The level of abuse he goes through on the show is almost sadistic.
  • Designated Villain: Señor Barriga in the episodes which he tries to evict Don Ramón. Everyone, including Doña Florinda treats him with disdain, even though it's Don Ramón's own fault that he doesn't want to work and didn't pay over 14 months of rent.
  • Ear Worm: "Qué bonita vecindad... Qué bonita vecindad..."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Godínez (Gordon) from the school episodes, considering he was the regular character who appeared on the least episodes.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some fans, any episode after the departure of Quico and Don Ramón. For some others, any episode starting from the 1980 season, where Seasonal Rot hits the show hard.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Carlos Villagrán and Florinda Meza did have a Romance on the Set and a Love Triangle with Chespirito, as confirmed in an interview by Villagrán. Go watch their characters' scenes as mother and son. Either get Brain Bleach as fast as you can or laugh until you cry.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • El Chavo was extremely popular over all of Latin America, but it's brutal in Brazil. To start off, the show has been airing everyday on the same channel non-stop for more than 30 years after the original run. Then, the times the said channel network tried to remove it, it was met with angry mobs asking for it to be put back, and not even after a day, it was back. Finally, when the same channel network tried to produce a remake for its 30 years of reruns, they were very cautious to not change anything, this is notorious considering the same channel network remade quite a few cult-classic soap operas right after and changed almost everything to In Name Only levels.
    • Also worth noting that is by now much more popular in the rest of Latin American countries than Mexico.
    • Don Ramón (Seu Madruga) is legendary amongst Latin Americans as the funniest character on the show, to the point of Memetic Badass status. Popular items include T-shirts with his face superimposed on Ernesto "Che" Guevara's! His disappearance of the series caused a major drop in the series quality, despite his replacement, Jaimito (Manny the mailman), also being well liked.
  • Growing the Beard: The 1974 season is the one where Characterization Marches On is completed for the cast, with the main characters getting their definite personalities. Most Running Gags were also introduced (Such as Señor Barriga being hit by El Chavo when he comes to the vecindad, or Profesor Jirafales making a mistake in his Catchphrase when he meets with Doña Florinda), and not all episodes are set in the vecindad, some of them being set in the streets or in the school.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Los Tronadores", El Chavo shouts: "I would rather be dead than to lose my life!"note  The irony comes from the fact that in some of the Latin-American gaming communities, Mario's 1-ups are called "lives".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Some characters conflicts become real with the actors. Notable examples are La Chilindrina vs Doña Florinda (María Antonieta de las Nieves vs Florinda Meza) and for a long time El Chavo vs Quico (Chespirito vs Carlos Villagrán).
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: A major complaint about the cartoon adaptation is that it tried to adapt one-hour long stories or even entire arcs into episodes that last just under 30 minutes. As a result, entire plots are slashed off or left hanging, with the more infamous examples being the Churros episode, where Ramon doesn't even get to sell Florinda's treats like he proposed in the beginning of the episode, or the Acapulco arc, which had most of its jokes excised in favour of making an original, extended Dream Sequence.
  • Memetic Badass: As of lately, Latin-based * chan imageboards have taken Ron Damón (not Don Ramón, Ron Damón - based on how Chavo pronounces his name) as some sort of avatar for Mexican badassery. Just go to any * chan, write "hora de ñ" and see the Ron Damón macros cascade in.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "And the next time, go [do this action] to your grandma". Explanation 
    • "Qué bruto, pónganle cero" (What a fool, grade him/her zero) Explanation 
  • Moment of Awesome: Any time Don Ramón manages to dodge Doña Florinda is this, because she ends up hitting Quico or Professor Jirafales instead.
  • Narm:
    • Creator Chespirito had tendencies towards schmaltzy sentimentality and taking himself and his work way too seriously, that, although kept in check most of the time, would pop up every so often in the show's handful of rather melodramatic episodes.
    • That being said, the episode where the entire Vecindad accuses El Chavo of being a thief is still regarded as one of the saddest moments of the series. Not so much when the cartoon adapted it, though, as the exaggerated faces the characters make ruin any drama the scenes would have. It's one thing to have El Chavo, a kid, sobbing with huge Puppy-Dog Eyes and a pouting lip, but when the same expression is used to display the adult thief's regret it just crosses over into utterly and irredeemably ridiculous.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In one episode, both Chavo and Don Ramón believe the latter is going to die, due to the words they were hearing from all others (they were actually talking about his upcoming birthday). At one point, Don Ramón feels so depressed about the misunderstanding that, when he looks himself in a mirror, the reflection shows an eerie, demonic-looking white skull with a black background.
    • The children's day episode has a few Uncanny Valley features during the song, such as the characters' head on top of small puppet-like bodies, Paty wearing a creepy duck mask and Jirafales' bizzare legs at the start of the song.
    • Near the end of one episode, Chavo takes a needle and pinches Ñoño with it, causing the latter to pop like a balloon, literally. Thanks God for Negative Continuity, 'cause otherwise Ñoño would've been dead altogether.
    • At the end of an episode, Señor Barriga got angry at Don Ramón pinching him and squashed him like in a cartoon. The fact that Don Ramón didn't move while he was squashed made him seem dead (the very last scene of said episode has La Chilindrina crying over him, which only makes it worse).
  • Older Than They Think: Children that are not introduced to classic Disney shorts may be surprised to find out that Don Ramón's leitmotif actually comes from "Minnie's Yoo Hoo!".
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Malicha for La Chilindrina. Being a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for La Chilindrina when she left the show in 1974, fan reactions to Malicha were so bad, she was removed from the show after three episodes.
    • Doña Nieves and Jaimito, and La Pópis and Ñoño for Don Ramón and Quico, respectively. The latter two were so essential to the show that when the producers decided to remake earlier episodes using the former characters, it led to a series of rewritten personalities and jokes that lost their meaning. It's one of the reasons why fans consider the 1979 season the start of the show's Seasonal Rot.
  • Seasonal Rot: Often stated to happen either in 1979 (With the departures of Fan-Favorites Quico and Don Ramón) or 1980 (When the show stops existing independently, becomes part of Chespirito and the amount of Recycled Script episodes goes Up to Eleven). Although there is a consensus about Quico and Don Ramón leaving the vecindad had a huge impact in the quality of the show. First, this made characters like Doña Clotilde and Doña Florinda to become almost useless, especially the latter (who gained much more focus and entire episodes centered around her). Despite the addition of new characters like Jaimito and Doña Nieves, which become very popular with the fandom, many feel the 1972-1978 seasons are way better.
  • Special Effects Failure: Near the end of one episode, Don Ramón gives El Chavo a lot of balloons, only for the latter to be pulled upwards by them with Don Ramón failing to catch him. The failure here is that, when Don Ramón is about to give the balloons, a rope can be clearly seen between them.
  • The Scrappy: Doña Florinda (Mrs. Worthmore) for many fans. This is the result of her being a Jerkass to everyone (except Quico and Jirafales) in the neighborhood, specially to Don Ramón, whom she usually slaps for "supposedly" abusing her son (without even giving him a chance to explain himself). And by proxy, Professor Jirafales every time he decides to join her.
  • Values Dissonance: Almost de rigueur, considering how old the show is and the fact it was set and videotaped in the Mexico from The '70s. Mexico is a very conservative society, even by Latin-American standards and it was even more back then.
    • Don Ramón's hitting El Chavo and pinching Quico as part of the running gag and being heavily implied many times that he spanked Chilindrina. And El Chavo using hard hitting stuff to hit Quico, like brooms and bricks.
    • Certain episodes have everyone getting extremely disgusted when a confusion leads them to think that Don Ramón and Jirafales were in love with each other.
    • Don Ramón killing Doña Florinda's cat just for thinking it was eating his fishes (and La Chilindrina tried the same in the remake) and El Chavo accidentally killing Quico's cat just to avoid to crash into Professor in the streets (and showing no remorse or sadness for that). Considering the modern times pets (especially cats and dogs) became Unacceptable Targets (although in both of cases their actions are viewed as wrong during these episodes).
    • Professor Jirafales smoking in the classroom is another issue considering this is prohibited in many countries.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • The famous football players referenced by the kids change as the show progresses. For most of the 1972-1977 run, El Chavo always wanted to play as Enrique Borja, while he was changed to Leonardo Cuéllar and Hugo Sánchez in the 1978 season. Similarly, in the animated adaptation, El Chavo and Quico wanted to play as Kikín Fonseca and Cuauhtémoc Blanco, among others.
    • If an episode that includes a then-recent cultural reference got remade, said references were changed to more recent ones. For example, in the 1974 version of the second episode of the Gloria and Patty arc, Don Ramón invites Gloria to watch Earthquake, while in the 1978 version, he invites her to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Despite knowing the El Chavo's lack of intelligence, Don Ramón keep asking him to do something which he could easily do but refuse due his laziness. As result, El Chavo misinterpret his words, do the completely opposite thing and Don Ramón gets slapped by Doña Florinda. All this could have been avoided if he did it by himself instead of asking El Chavo to do it.
    • El Chavo sometimes for his excessive blindness towards lies. A prime example is when Quico promises paying him one million Pesos in compensation for breaking one of the Soda Bottle which he was collecting to exchange for money. He truly believed Quico was going to pay him to the point of saying to Don Ramón he was going to pay his rent and buying better clothes to him. No wonder Quico burst in laughs and Don Ramon called him out for believing in this lie.
    • After being slapped a million times for the exact same situation (something he's aware of happening), one would expect Don Ramón to run off the moment Doña Florinda arrives after he saves Quico from El Chavo. Actually, he does in a few episodes, but those are very few occasions.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chavo is this sometimes, mainly in the episode where him is mis-blamed for theft, ostracized by everyone and leaves temporarily. It traumatised several generations: seeing everyone calling him a thief at his face is pretty hard to watch.
    • Don Ramón. His wife died while giving birth to Chilindrina, leaving him alone to take care of her, and while lazy, every time he gets a new job the kid's antics and his unusual bad luck end up getting in the way, leaving him unsuccessful and with even more debts. And the times Doña Florinda hits him unfairly or even gets him so badly hurt he needs to go to the hospital are plentiful.
  • Woolseyism: The reason why El Chavo is so popular in Brazil is partially due to the amazing job done by the dubbing company, who many agree has improved over the original script. This is coupled with the fact that many Mexican productions back in the day used to be imported with a dubbing that was either mediocre or just plain bad.


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