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  • Acceptable Political Targets: Donald Trump unexpectedly becoming president in Real Life during the filming of Season 3 resulted in a few jabs at his presidency in the subsequent seasons.
  • Acclaimed Flop: Critics love the show, and Gina Rodriguez and the show won Golden Globe Awards, but it's one of the lowest rated shows on the CW.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Michael a selfish and reckless Dirty Cop like Rafael sees him, or a sweet and dependable Nice Guy like Jane sees him? The show takes something of a middle ground — while he does try to manipulate events in his favor in the beginning (like blackmailing Petra with her affair so they'd keep the baby, etc), he is loyal to and prioritizes Jane, and later admits his mistakes that led to their breakup. He is fully the latter by late season 2.
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    • Is Rafael a fundamentally decent person who makes questionable decisions as a result of the increasing dysfunction surrounding him, or a selfish, sleazy manipulator? Building on that, are his feelings for Jane grounded in reality, or just him projecting his desire for a stable family unit towards her and Mateo? Jane herself acknowledges that Rafael goes to dark places when things get bad and realizes that Rafael is projecting. They spend all of Season Three being Amicable Exes; by the time they try to rekindle their relationship in Season Four, they seem more aware of the potential consequences should they screw up.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Consciously averted with Michael's death. The crew was very aware that there was no way in hell they could believably go back to the show's typical light and fluffy tone for years after pulling the trigger on that one, so they went so far as to do a three year Time Skip so everyone's feelings had enough time to process and get back to something approaching normal.
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    • Before that, both Petra and Rafael were both showing the effects of the terrible things that had happened to them over the last few years, like Petra's forced paralysis resulting in her being paranoid and unable to connect with her daughters, and Rafael's Big, Screwed-Up Family leaving him exhausted with trying to fix it.
    • Although aside from some initial shakes Petra never seems to show any trauma from being kidnapped by Roman, forced to have sex with him, getting chased through the woods and then accidentally killing him with a harpoon.
  • Anvilicious: This show has addressed the subject of illegal immigration in a one-sided manner, but it is especially obvious in Chapter 61, which dedicates another Alba subplot to the issue, finally culminating in Mateo asking "why some people don't want peace" in America.
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  • Ass Pull: Michael’s return. The show mostly does a decent job playing fair with how it could be possible with everything we saw before, but there’s still one major unexplained hole with who or what they actually buried.
  • Awesome Ego: Rogelio de la Vega. The guy's so damn earnest about how great he is that you can't help but love him.
    • And contrasted nicely with his rival actor Esteban Santiago, who has just as big an ego but is much more of a jerk about it ("I'd like to thank God—for making me in His image…").
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Anezka. Some people find her funny, others find her annoying.
    • Luisa in Season 3. Some fans hated her claiming that she doesn't care about Rose killing Michael and would rather lie to her brother than risk her relationship with the sociopath who killed her father. She's still fairly popular among queer fans. They tend to either commend Luisa's Undying Loyalty to everyone in her life (not just Rose) or notice that season 2 and 3 were a huge Trauma Conga Line for her and that her relationship with Rose and reactions are not framed as normal and romantic, but as a dynamic of abuse affecting a vulnerable traumatized woman. After all, Rose had to kidnap her to force her to join at the start of season 3, and she was unaware of Michael being shot for long as a result of being trapped on a submarine.
    • Jane herself, of all people, in season 5. While most understand that she'd be thrown off by Michael's amnesiac return from the dead, she's still getting a lot of flack from Rafael fans for slipping back into the same uncertainty from the beginning of the show and from Michael fans for not taking the fact that he was tortured into consideration when she deals with his new personality.
  • Broken Base: Michael's death midway through Season 3 and the 3 year timejump that followed it. Some thought it was an effective move that was well foreshadowed and led to fresh new plots. Others thought it was a cheap ploy to pull at the audience heartstrings and was just pulled so Jane could end up with Rafael.
    • Michael's return is causing just as much controversy. Specifically, the seemingly-pointless resurrection of the love triangle that has resulted from it, and how well or not-well Jane and Rafael are conducting themselves within the situation.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jane Ramos, a Straight Gay Femme Fatale of uncertain morality played by recent nerd favorite Rosario Dawson, who also brings out unexpected bisexual leanings in Petra that the fans are completely on board for.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Both Petra and Rose. Especially Rose, what with her being Sin Rostro and all.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With One Day at a Time (2017), another liberal female-centric show about a Latino Multigenerational Household. Jane guest actors Justina Machado (Darci) and Rita Moreno (Liliana) have main roles, and Ivonne Coll (Alba) and Judy Reyes (Dina) have also appeared on that show.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Rafael's concern about Michael's dangerous work is mostly jealousy...until you rewatch after he gets shot in the line of duty. Even worse after Michael dies from complications after that shooting.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Xiomara and Rogelio have a pregnancy scare in the middle of Season 1 which becomes this when Rogelio's desire for more children and Xiomara's decision to not have more kids leads to their breakup
    • In "Chapter Thirty Six", the parody "Murder Hotel" Marbella commercial says "our Honeymoon suites are to DIE for", then in the season 2 finale, Michael gets shot in the Honeymoon suite, and later dies of the wound.
    • The romance novel Happily Ever After that Jane imagines for her and Michael after he is shot. Several episodes later after Michael has died, the imaginary future of him and Jane growing old together becomes hard to watch.
    • The entirety of Chapter Fifty-Four Michael constantly complains of discomfort in the stomach and chest, blaming it on nerves for his test and the same bug that Mateo had. The morning before his LSAT, Jane suggest taking him to the doctor if the problem persists after his test. While taking his test Michael collapses and dies. If it hadn't been for all these factors, Michael's troubles with his Heart could have been caught and possibly repaired.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Rogelio's personalized alarm that begins "Another beautiful day to be Rogelio" at first seems like just another joke about his ego. Then it turns out it's how his mother used to wake him up.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sin Rostro turns out to be Rose, whose actress was also playing an evil character pretending to be an innocuous dimbulb on Agent Carter at the exact same time.
    • The two sitcom-antagonistic guys are named Rafael and Michael.
    • Young Jane actually appeared in Iron Man 3 as the child of the vice president—and her current father plays a president on TV!
    • Recurring actors Justina Machado and Rita Moreno became the co-leads on One Day at a Time (2017) at the same time that Machado started appearing.
  • Ho Yay: Rogelio revels in his self-described "bromance" with Michael. When Jane gets back together with him, Ro goes hog wild inside his head.
  • Jerkass Woobie: A lot of them.
    • Luisa Alver, light on the jerkass (more irresponsible than anything) but heavy on the woobie.
    • Petra Solano, who strikes a perfect balance between sympathetic, entertaining and loathsome.
    • Subverted Trope with Sin Rostro, whose sympathy points decrease whenever the backstory and motivation surrounding the crimes are revealed and with Petra's mother, Magda, who fakes the woobiness.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Not many fans were that concerned for Michael after the Season 2 finale, since his death would put a permanent cloud over the show that would make it impossible to regain its light, peppy tone. Unfortunately they did in Chapter 54.That crashing sound you heard was your heart dropping through the floor
  • Narm Charm: This show lives and breathes it, being an Affectionate Parody of Spanish soaps (telenovelas).
  • One-Scene Wonder: Gabriela, the bystander who helps Jane get to the hospital when she goes into labor.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Jafael: Jane/Rafael.
    • Villadero: Jane/Michael, with their last names.
    • Jetra: Jane/Petra.
    • Petramos: Petra/Jane "JR" Ramos.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Rafael come season 3. With his revelation that his feelings for Jane are gone, Rafe returns to the flawed but ultimately good-hearted person from season 1, and no longer the jealous manipulative Jerkass he was being driven too during season 2.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Anezka, Petra's long-lost twin sister. Many fans aren't impressed with Yael Grobglas' dual performance, saying it pales in comparison to her work as Petra, her having No Social Skills often makes it hard to tell just how sympathetic we're supposed to be to her, and it's uncomfortable how her accent and difficulties with English are constantly played for laughs. Ultimately, she receives the ultimate Take That, Scrappy! when she receives a Disney Villain Death.
    • Some fans turned on Luisa with a vengeance in Season 3, claiming that she apparently doesn't care at all that Rose murdered Michael, and is still perfectly happy to be in a relationship with her while duping everyone about her identity. However, reactions in the rest of the fandom vary. See her entry on Base-Breaking Character.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The wars between Michael/Jane and Rafael/Jane... holy shit...
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • When it seems like the comatose Alba will be deported, the subtitles inform us that stuff like this really does happen, and urges us to Tweet #immigrationreform.
    • Anvils about female bodily autonomy are frequently dropped. Xo has an abortion because it's her body and her choice, and insists that Rogelio follow Darci's demands for the birth because it's her body as well.
    • How Jane moves past being defined by her sexual activity (or lack thereof), after all "a woman is more than her body".
    • Catalina calls Jane out for suspecting her, saying that she was going to help their desperately poor family in Venezuela. The chyrons point out that the situation there is very bad.
  • Squick:
    • The deaths on this show tend to be more gory than you'd expect for such a show—when Zaz is killed on the marlin ice-statue, for example, and when Disgusting Bob gets a corkscrew in the neck.
    • Jane and Xo are extremely open with each other about their sex lives, often excitedly informing each other exactly when and where it's planned to happen. It's understandable given that Xo's young age when Jane was born caused them to essentially both be raised by Alba like sisters, but to anyone not as open with their parents or kids about this, it can get pretty uncomfortable.
    • Luisa banging Rose, her stepmom. No matter how attractive both ladies are, it's way too close to Parental Incest for comfort. Very much an Intended Audience Reaction.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After the reveal of Sin Rostro's identity, the show milks a ton of tension from her getting plastic surgery, so she could be any new female character. And then it turns out she didn't get it. And then she dies.
    • Ultimately somewhat subverted in that while Rose herself doesn't get plastic surgery, she has someone else get it to look like her so she can continue pretending to be Michael's partner Susanna and get back together with Luisa while ruining the police investigation of her
    • An interesting inversion/case of having your cake and eat it too, in regards to Michael's shooting. Initial plans were to kill off Michael in the season 3 premiere, before the writers decided to keep him alive. The show then dove into Michael's recovery and his first few months of marriage before killing him off again. By delaying his death, the writers got to enjoy multiple plots with Michael while they could.
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