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  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • For being stuck in stasis for forty years and her parents having been killed, Elena seems pretty chipper. She's not even a Fish out of Temporal Water despite the time gap. Subverted in "A Day to Remember", which deals with Elena and Isabel mourning their parents. Elena sees living her life according to their principles as upholding their legacy and pours her heart into the celebrations, while Isabel misses them and has trouble going to the graveyard until Elena comforts her. Averted as the show goes on, as it becomes clear with Shuriki's return that Elena still has issues resulting from witnessing her parents' murder, particularly PTSD and being very hateful towards the subject of Shuriki.
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    • Queen Camila warmly jokes to her husband about how he sunk her ship and saved her, even though this probably got at least some of the crew and other passengers killed and deprived her of her family for almost twenty years, not to mention that this nearly killed her too.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After learning of the demand for a Latina princess in Disney when he had to debunk claims that Sofia was one (as her mother is Hispanic and from the Ever Realm's equivalent of Spain, but her father is Scandinavian), Craig Gerber decided to create Elena to make up for it.
    • Many fans complained about Gabe's seeming uselessness in situations and him losing a lot of battles. "The Princess Knight" established him as a master strategist and tactician and ended up being an effective mentor to Elena, even spilling strategies that could help her win individual battles. Also, after Elena helps him develop his own moves instead of badly mimicking his father's, he becomes quite the awesome "Olaball" player.
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    • Like Elsa and Sofia before her, Elena has no love interest and the show greatly emphasizes the aspect of family. This is likewise shared with the rest of the cast barring older couples that would reasonably be parents. Perhaps the only romantic aspect in the show is that Gabe is said to have a Bodyguard Crush on her according to All There in the Manual, but it isn't a primary focus of his character either.
  • Awesome Art: The promotional posters.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme song.
    • "My Time" from the pilot movie, doubling as its Signature Song.
    • "Make Them Proud" from "A Day To Remember", in which Elena visits her parents' ofrendas and looks back on fond memories she shared with her parents (accompanied by beautiful warm visuals in the flashbacks) as she sings about how she hopes she made them proud as a ruler and a daughter.
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    • Esteban's "Something I Would Never Do" from "King of the Carnaval", singing of his guilt over betraying his family and not having the heart to hurt them, all while he dances through a trap-laden room without even breaking a sweat or getting a scratch.
    • The certainly Hamilton-influenced "For a Palace" and "It's the Right Thing to Do" from Season 2.
    • Marisa telling the story of how a love between a sirena and a human have led to changed ways in "A New Tale".
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Apparently, a sizable number of Elena of Avalor viewers are having trouble watching She-Ra and the Princesses of Power without imagining Elena in place of Adora/She-Ra.
  • Catharsis Factor: After ruining her life along with that of her family and friends', along with all her other atrocities she had committed for the past forty-two years in-universe, Shuriki finally getting what she deserved in "Song Of The Sirenas" was a long time coming.
  • Crossover Ship: Isabel and James from Sofia the First seems to be gaining popularity.
  • Ear Worm: As with Sofia the First, all the music is very catchy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Elena herself seems to be one among Disney Princesses, and any other princess released by Disney for her status as a Latina princess, as well as being an Action Girl even if she (like Sofia) is not part of the lineup due to not starting with a theatrical movie. Having a show means lots of time for Character Development, of course, so that helps too. When Ralph Breaks the Internet featured a scene involving the then-current line-up for Disney Princesses, one of the most clamored characters that should have been in it was Elena.
    • Marimonda, for sharing her voice with fellow Ensemble Dark Horse Lord Dominator, whose show had ended right before Marimonda's debut episode and she gets to sing too.
    • Esteban seems to be one among older viewers, who enjoy the complexity of his character.
    • Princess Caterina and her family for representing African viewers.
    • Carla's alternate persona Rita, whom many fans found more cute than Carla to the point that they wish she were a separate character. Although Carla herself also seems to be one for being cute and hilarious yet cunning and evil as well as having a compelling Freudian Excuse.
    • Princess Marisa, aka "Hispanic Ariel", was immediately popular after "Song of the Sirenas" aired.
    • Olivia for being Mateo's moe and nice girl apprentice.
    • Tomiko from the episode "Class Act" has also gotten popular due to her chemistry with Isabel and for being an extremely Adorkable Genki Girl. Helps that she's voiced by Kimiko Glenn.
  • Estrogen Brigade: There seems to be a bit of one for Esteban, apparently.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Orizaba.
    • Marimonda from the "Realm Of The Jaquins" special also qualifies. She's essentially the Lord Dominator of the episode, even sharing the same actress and a similar design.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Although Gabe is shown to be attracted to Elena and that Elena and Mateo have been stated to just be good friends, Elena/Mateo is a more popular ship than Elena/Gabe. This is likely because out of the four of them, they've known and supported each other the longest.
    • Elena/Naomi, and to a lesser extent, Elena/Mariza, seem to have quite a following as well.
    • Chancellor Esteban/Dona Paloma, possibly because they were Co-Dragons under Shuriki and that their rivalry could be seen as Belligerent Sexual Tension, even though the two can't stand each other in canon to the point that Esteban essentially schemed to get her fired (although he did feel bad about it afterwards).
    • Naomi/Esteban is one, though usually by shipping them in an Alternate Universe where Esteban was trapped in the painting and thus didn't age so to avoid the questionable Age-Gap Romance issue. Despite the fact that they're Headbutting Heroes for the most part, this seems to be liked due to the two also bickering with each other yet having some rather close moments with each other, like in "My Fair Naomi" and "Royal Rivalry".
    • One which fans would find more plausible is Mateo/Carla, due to how Mateo had some sort of crush on Carla as Rita after she flirted with him, and believe that hopefully, Carla could have a Heel–Face Turn to make it possible, though her actions in "Naomi Knows Best" make it unlikely.
    • Alternatively, Gabe/Carla is also considered for being an Opposites Attract ship.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Who does the title of Disney's first Latina princess belong to? Elena or a princess that has yet to exist? For fans of Elena, she counts because her show is entertaining and quality enough, she's been billed as Disney's first Latina princess and has even gotten an introduction at Disney World like the other Disney Princesses, and it feels disrespectful to the creators of Elena of Avalor to ignore their work. For others, Elena doesn't count because her show is obscure and mainly aimed towards young children as opposed to a general audience, and she's not often seen in the Disney Princess lineup, nor does she fit the criteria needed to be considered an official Disney Princess (i.e. a theatrical animated movie). Made even worse with the news announcement that Lin-Manuel Miranda would be involved in making the "first" Latina Disney princess, as it would mean at least her story would high quality, but she would overshadow Elena.
    • The announcement that the show would debut Disney's first Jewish Disney Princess prompted some naysayers to counter that Sarah Silverman had already claimed that this title belongs to Vanellope. On the other hand, people are just glad to have a Jewish character's faith to be actively practiced onscreen instead of just told or in the background.
  • Foe Yay:
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Much of the fanbase for this series is carried over from Sofia the First.
    • With The Book of Life and Coco for their representation of Mexican culture (and other Latin cultures, in the case of Elena of Avalor) in children's media.
    • There are also many people who are also fans of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the other show where Aimee Carrero voices the lead character who is an Action Girl and a princess.
    • With Tangled: The Series, for both shows being about a heroic Disney princess and her friends trying to protect their kingdom while she learns how to be a proper royal at the same time. Even more so during the airings of both of their third seasons, where they aired in the same block on Disney Channel.
    • For whatever reason, Elena and Moana are often associated with each other in the merch side of the fandom, presumably because the two are both princesses of color that are willing to go on quests to help their people and aren't involved in a love story.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Like its parent series, the show averts this by appealing to a large crowd while still not forgetting young girls.
  • Growing the Beard: Just like Sofia the First, the show already started out pretty good, but it's with the later episodes that the show takes a much bolder turn in storytelling and character development, while still keeping sight of the target demographic.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Both this show and Coco are Disney tales about Latin American cultures, with an emphasis on music and family over multiple generations. And in both, one of the heroes, partially by Toxic Friend Influence, is convinced to do something selfish that negatively affects their family and results in him losing his family. He come to regret it, but is forced to live with their guilt and impact of their actions for the next several decades (to the point that he is close to dying of old age/being forgotten) while being held in less value than the Big Bad with Good Publicity. But the main character's arrival thanks to supernatural/magical causes ends up saving him and sealing old wounds. Are we talking about Esteban or Hector?
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Would you believe that this is Aimee Carrero's first voice role? Well, judging by how much range Elena can show, she does a good job.
    • Christian Lanz can also apply, his role as Esteban arguably being his most major role yet. With Esteban's complex character arc, Lanz clearly does a great job of emoting his character's conflict.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In The Book of Life, Grandma Sanchez was voiced by Grey DeLisle while young Manolo had Emil Bastien Bouffard as his voice actor. Cut to the episode "Wizard In Training" for this series, which also has Spanish influence, where Olivia's older brother is voiced by Emil while Grey voices their mother. In essence, it's a similar dynamic aged slightly down.
    • There's been a good amount of fanfiction that depicts Belle as a captain. Cut to the episode "Captain Turner Returns", in which Julie Nathanson, Belle's current voice actress, voices Naomi's mother, Captain Scarlett Turner.
    • Eden Espinosa, the voice of Orizaba, was the actress of Elphaba, who had been compared to Idina Menzel's role of Elsa due to Eden being Idina's The Other Darrin as well as the similarities between Elphaba and Elsa. Eden later gets to play Cassandra, a character in Frozen's "sister" movie.
    • In "The Island of Youth", Elena says to Esteban that he's her favorite cousin, to which he points out that he's her only cousin. Later in "Song of the Sirenas", we meet Cristobal, Elena's cousin from the other side of the family, but with what happens in the episode, Esteban might as well be her only cousin.
    • In "A Spy In The Palace", Carla sings about wanting a palace. Well, much later, Myrna Velasco's character lives in a palace... or, well... high tower, which is close enough.
    • Sofia the First is popular in Spain, where it just so happens that they have a queen named Sofia. Her eldest daughter's name? Elena. And part of Elena's extended name is Isabel.
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda being in the talks for a Disney animated movie about a Latin American princess became this with how often Elena seems to be associated with Moana among the Disney Princess merchandise fandom.
    • Considering at least two songs in the show are inspired by Hamilton as well as having a Hamilton alumni as a guest star, this is also hilarious in hindsight for Lin-Manuel Miranda being in the talks of creating a Latina Disney Princess movie.
    • Gina Rodriguez voices Princess Marisa, whose mother is voiced by Rita Moreno, the original Carmen Sandiego. Guess where Gina Rodriguez ended up? For an added bonus, Gina Rodriguez was a fan of Rita Moreno and the original series growing up, so Rita portraying Gina's mother in this series makes it all the more awesome for being a dream come true and hilarious.
    • Aulii Cravalho playing a character in the show, considering how often Elena and Moana are grouped together in marketing and the fandom, as well as Moana being the only Disney Princess who wasn't brought up at all during the run of Sofia the First.
    • Complaints that Elena wasn't included in the Disney Princess scenes in Ralph Breaks the Internet soon turned the tables when Wreck-It Ralph fans were quick to jump at Elena of Avalor's claim of having the first Jewish Disney Princess, an honor that technically belonged to Vanellope first.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • "Masks Of Magic" does this for Doña Paloma. The reason she acts so strict, greedy, and overly driven by ambition is how she grew up on a humble farm, and lost pretty much everything during a flood.
    • Victor and Carla Delgado could qualify due to the Motive Rant they have in their Villain Song, but their sheer stupidity in blindly trusting Shuriki undercuts any real sympathy...not to mention the fact that said song is a freestyle rap. Though Carla's line "If only mama could see us now!" when she becomes a malvago can earn her some legitimate sympathy points.
    • Esteban, of course. The man betrayed his family to Shuriki for power, but he ended up losing more than he bargained for: his aunt and uncle (who might as well have been his parents, as his own died in his youth) are killed, Elena goes missing because she was sealed away, and Isabel and his grandparents are turned into paintings to keep them safe until Elena can return. Thinking he had lost all his loved ones, he spends the next forty years as a loyal servant to Shuriki merely to survive and nothing else left to live for, and when his family does come back and defeats Shuriki, now he fears that his family will leave him if they ever knew the truth about what he did.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Aimee Carrero singing due to her other more famed role as Adora/She-Ra from the popular She-Ra and the Princesses of Power show.
    • The casting announcement for Season 3 definitely gained the attention of various fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the revelation that Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero would be guest stars.
    • Likewise, Roman Reigns of WWE fame also being announced as a guest star also garnered attention.
    • The attached announcement that there would also be a Jewish Latino princess starring in a Hanukkah-centric episode — which would make this Disney's first instance of a Jewish Disney Princess — has certainly also gained wide media attention.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Just like Sofia before her, it's not uncommon for Elena to be shipped with her friends due to the well-developed chemistry they all have with each other. This list includes Mateo, Gabe, Naomi, Alonso, Valentina, Marisa, Marzel, and apparently, even Esteban.
    • Likewise, Carla has been shipped with Gabe, Mateo, and Alonso, the only three boys in the show that are her age.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Victor and Carla Delgado follow Shuriki due to her promising to make them into malvagos if they help her. Given how treacherous Shuriki is, most viewers were certain that she wasn't going to uphold her end of the bargain. Word of God even stated that she was just leading them on. Surprisingly subverted in "Race for the Realm" when Shuriki does in fact fulfill her end of the bargain (albeit reluctantly) and turns them into malvagos, and she never gets the chance to betray them.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • During the reprise of "Bright Light Of The Ball" at the end of "My Fair Naomi", she accidentally makes a silly face while dancing. It's gotten quite a bit of attention.
    • "Where's Elena?", in light of the official Disney Princess line-up having a scene in Ralph Breaks the Internet, except for Elena, who despite being advertised as an official Disney Princess, isn't actually considered one by Disney. And this also goes with every other work that has the Disney Princesses except for Elena, like Palace Pets or Tsum Tsum.
    • Esteban is the Besteban.
    • Esteban being Elena's "only cousin", which turned out to be a lie (a handwaveed retcon as Esteban being an Unreliable Narrator) with the introduction of Cristobal... only for Esteban to might as well be her "only cousin" anyway after Cristobal turned out to be evil, resulting in Elena disowning him.
  • Minority Show Ghetto: The show features a large cast of Latino characters who are all awesome in their own way, and features a heavy Latin-inspired influence, thus breaking out of this.
  • No Yay: For those into shipping, the idea of Shuriki and Esteban being an item, especially since it'd probably be one-sided and an Unequal Pairing.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Shuriki crossed it at the start of Secret of Avalor by obliterating both of Elena's parents, the former king and queen of Avalor, with a Avada Kadavra-esque spell, on-screen.
    • Ash and Carla Delgado cross it in "Naomi Knows Best", in which they outright attempt to kill Elena and absorb her life force into the Scepter of Night's jewel.
  • Narm Charm: Victor and Carla's Villain Song is a freestyle rap (which is out of place in show about a fairy tale kingdom) about their upbringings and how they're gonna prove the world wrong when Shuriki turns them into malvagos. Apparently, quite a number of YouTube comments find it cringy, but given that they're supposed to be Laughably Evil, it makes sense why it would be so silly.
  • Periphery Demographic: Like with Sofia, this is another Disney Junior show that people will shamelessly admit they like to watch. The fact it starts out with a more serialized narrative (Sofia the First developed one later on) is a big factor to this.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Eleteo (or to a lesser extent, Matena) for Elena/Mateo.
    • Elenaomi for Elena/Naomi.
    • Gabelena for Elena/Gabe.
    • Gabteo for Gabe/Mateo.
    • Esteaomi for Naomi/Esteban.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Elena's willingness to kill Shuriki and succeeding without any sort of Thou Shalt Not Kill lesson being taught (such as If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him, Not Worth Killing, Talking the Monster to Death, or Revenge Before Reason). Shuriki is a Moral Event Horizon crosser who has already killed two people herself minimum (those two being Elena's parents) and has caused the suffering of an entire kingdom for several decades. If she isn't stopped, then she could easily do these atrocities all over again. Sometimes, Violence Really Is the Answer.
  • Star-Making Role: Carla for Myrna Velasco, who would later gain roles as Torra Doza and Jessica Cruz.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "The Right Thing to Do" wouldn't sound out of place on the Hamilton soundtrack. Word of God says that they were inspired by Hamilton when they were writing the song.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In the Secret of Avalor movie, Elena recalling the last time she saw her little sister before Shuriki attacked and she was sucked into the amulet.
    • In "A Day to Remember", after discovering she can now see ghosts as well as spirits like Zuzo thanks to her time in the amulet, and after spending the whole episode helping another family and their deceased grandmother, Elena finally gets to go to the graveyard celebration... and sees the ghosts of her parents, smiling at her with such pride and love.
    • When you see Doña Paloma's description under Jerkass Woobie, you'll definitely feel bad for her.
    • Naomi's breakdown in "A Spy In The Palace" is quite hard to watch, especially in lieu of "Finders Leapers".
  • Unexpected Character: The song from "Class Act" has a non-speaking cameo from inventor Gwen of all people.
  • Unfortunate Implications: This article points out that while a "Jewish Disney Princess" sounds great for representation, the phrase "Jewish Princess" is actually a derogatory term and stereotype regarding daughters of well-off Semitic families. Using this phrase is likely by people who are unaware that it is an already used term with negative connotations.
  • Values Dissonance: In "Movin' On Up", Mateo wants to move out from his mother, who refuses to let him live independently a distance away from home. In some cultures including Latin American ones, it's not uncommon for young people to continue living with their parents/guardians even past their youth (while obviously still taking care of themselves and not having their parents/guardians continue to do everything for them).
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: In "Class Act", it can be very easy to mistake Javier for a girl given his soft facial structure, pronounced lips, and rather effeminate voice.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The character models, rendering and special effects are incredibly polished, especially for a CG series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Much like The Lion Guard, the show is definitely darker than the usual Disney Junior fare. It does have plenty of light moments and each episode has a relatively happy ending as expected from Disney Junior shows, but among the many things that sets it apart is it's realistic take on trauma, the fact that the main antagonist murdered Elena's parents, and its tighter focus on serialized storytelling. Taken to a new extreme with "Song of the Sirenas", where the titular Sirenas are confirmed to have killed humans by sinking their ships in the past (with Elena's uncle being a victim of this), both Queen Camila and Elena nearly drown, and Elena seemingly kills Shuriki in a pretty violent way.
    • Word of God even says that the scene in "Song of the Sirenas" where a Shuriki-masked Fiero approaches Elena from the shadows has to be edited to be farther away to keep it kid-friendly.

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