Monsters are real.
Minimonsters is a comic book series created by the Spanish author David Ramirez. It was published monthly in the Spanish magazine ¡Dibus! between years 2000-2015.
The following series include:
- El Veneno de Porcelana (2003)
- El Perfeccionator (2006)
- Historias Para no Dormir (2007)
- El Gran Partido de Calabacesto (2012)
- Cazador de Monstruos (2018)
- Fábulas Extrañas y Extras Fabulosos (2018)
All of them have been collected in one album, "Todo Minimonsters", released in 2018.
The plot takes in a small town called Villa Susto, where they live monsters who want to be far from humans. Victor Von Piro (A high-class vampire and main protagonist) moves to Villa Susto, much to his changrin. There he meets his new friends, the Frank’s Gang: Frank Einstein Jr. (The genius Frankenstein leader), Lupo (A narcoleptic werewolf), Momses (A sports-obsessed mummy), Gus (A cute, but fearful ghost) and Piruja (A very amorous witch). Together, they will live a lot of misadventures involving them and the rest of the people in Villa Susto.
To search more works from David Ramirez, see his other comic series, Dinokid.
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- A Day in the Limelight: "El Perfeccionator" is focused on Frank.
- "Historias para no Dormir" (Sleepless Stories) is composed of several stories focusing on different characters.
- "Cazador de Monstruos" focuses on Lupo, with newcomer Nieve as the deuteragonist.
- A House Divided: The principal reason why Morty's Gang are a failure is because the members don't get along with each other, only being together to try to humiliate Frank's Gang, which they don't succeed due to disputes. This is clearly intended to serve as a Foil to the Frank's Gang's True Companions unit.
- Adorkable: Gus has everything about this trope: He's cute, sweet, innocent, cries very easily, has geek tendencies, a stutterer, and is one of the youngest characters in the comic.
- Adults Are Useless: Holy shit, yes. The only one who tries to act reasonably is Mr. Abra, and is an Inept Mage who is quickly overruled by his students.
- Affably Evil: Rattus Sapiens is polite even with his enemies.
- Mienai is a fairly nice guy when Morty isn't around.
- All-Ghouls School: Villa Susto’s local school. It’s a monster town, so…
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Piruja and Guillotine. Piruja has a deep crush on Victor, who doesn't give a crap about her and considers her an Abhorrent Admirer. Meanwhile, Guillotine is currently dating the sociopathic zombie Morty Vivente (Granted, she's not exactly innocent and Morty treats her well, but still...). By contrast, Henrietta completely averts this, following the Single Woman Seeks Good Man trope by falling for the endearingly nice Frank.
- All Just a Dream: The "Una Noche de Pesadilla" (A Nightmare Story) story turns out to be this.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Billy and Quasim, though they have very good reasons to be in this trope.
- All for Nothing:
- In the second album, it becomes evidently clear Miss Hit never had any chance to truly erase Henrietta and fulfill her plans even when she technically succeeded. The subsequent Villainous BSOD afterwards is not surprising at all.
- A karmic example happens with Victor in the fourth album. He betrays Frank's Gang and suffers numerous indignities at the hands of Morty's Gang to get tickets to come back to Miedópolis, only for Morty to reveal he had no intention of giving them to him and was using him as a means to hurt Frank.
- All There in the Manual: There's several information about the characters and setting that isn't present in the comics.
- Alpha Bitch: Although he is a male character and isn't really popular, Morty definitely fits this trope to insane levels. His girlfriend Guillotine is more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: If there's something Victor and Frank have in common, is that their families are embarrassing as hell. In the third album's longest story, the Von Piros and the Einsteins meet and, needless to say, it doesn't end well.
- An Ice Person: Nieve, as fitting for a yeti.
- Anchored Ship: Frank and Henrietta. They're the Official Couple by Word of God, but several setbacks like Henrietta's personality issues and both characters' insecurities prevent them from fully hooking up.
- Anti-Villain: Guillotine is a Type I: She's very rude and mean to others, but shows her softest side with Piruja, being like an older sister to her. She will do anything to make her happy, such as hooking her with Victor, no matter how mean and sadistic are her ways. Mienai and Skin are a Type IV, with Mienai being also a Type II.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In "El Perfeccionator", Frank has just recovered from his previous Heroic BSOD and is ready to fulfill his duties once again. Victor tries to stop him by telling him he's a much better leader, only for Frank to absolutely disarm him when he asks him why.
- Ass Shove: A Running Gag in the fourth album regarding Morty.
- The Bad Guy Wins: An epic (if heartbreaking) subversion. Miss Hit seemingly succeeded in using the Perfeccionator and "killing" Henrietta. Then she looks at the truth mirror to see Henrietta is her true, superior self, making all her plans All for Nothing.
- Badass Crew: Frank’s gang can be this when it’s convenient.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In one story, Frank wanted a pet like his friends Victor and Piruja. He got it, of course... a Living Poo. Ugh... Yay?
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why Henrietta fell for Frank is because he helped her when she needed it most. Namely, stopping her Super Powered Evil Side from causing more harm to the town. His general Nice Guy attitude just drives this home further.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Piruja thinks Lupo and Nieve's bickering is this. While they deny it, they're clearly blushing. This dies down after their adventure, though.
- Beta Couple: Morty and Guillotine, weirdly enough. They may be huge jackasses, but are definitely more stable than Victor/Piruja and Frank/Henrietta. Later on, there's Lupo/Nieve thrown into the mix.
- Betty and Veronica: Piruja used to have a crush on Frank (Betty) before moving on with Victor (Veronica). In a subversion, none of the two are remotely interested in her, with Victor demeaning her as an Abhorrent Admirer.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Frank’s gang are good most of the time, but mess with them and they will kick your ass, or at least try to do so.
- Big Bad/Arc Villain:
- Big Brother Instinct: Frank has this with his gang, especially Gus.
- Lupo towards his younger siblings.
- Birds of a Feather:
- Frank and Henrietta: Both are nice people who genuinely want to help others, yet their methods (his inventions for Frank, her pills for Henrietta) of helping end up usually backfiring. They also struggle with self-loathing due to complexes regarding their bodies (Frank with his body image, Henrietta with her Split Personality). Fittingly enough, they're both Twice Shy about their crushes on one another.
- Lupo and Nieve both come from humble backgrounds, tend to screw people over, and can be quite sarcastic; yet they're genuinely good people who will do anything for their friends.
- Bitch Alert: When Miss Hit appears for the first time, it's clear she's bad news. Very. bad. news.
- Black Comedy
- Break the Cutie: Frank gets put through hell in "El Perfeccionator". He recovers, though.
- Break the Haughty: Orchestrated by Frank in the first album when concerning Victor joining the gang, putting him through tests to take his ego down and integrate himself in the town. It didn't work, but Victor joins Frank's Gang anyway.
- Brick Joke: In the third album's longest story, Frank makes a joke at his sister Francesca's expense by telling her Victor's dog Chopped is someone suited for her. Four pages later, we see her playing with said dog, and looking happy about it.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Lupo is slow due to his constant sleepiness, but he is very far from being stupid.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Happens to Frank twice, with the second one leading to the birth of his pet Caca ("Poo") Einstein.
- The Bully: Quasim is the fearsome bully of Villa Susto, being a dumb brute with Super Strength who picks on little kids (particularly poor Gus). The only one who has been able to knock him out is Henrietta's evil Split Personality Miss Hit.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Frank and Henrietta definitely have feelings for each other, but they can't tell their feelings because of shyness. Also, Miss Hit does not help at all. Unsurprisingly, all people think they're a couple, and Frank constantly denies it.
- Characterization Marches On: A lot of the characters in the comic had shown progress and depths starting with the second album.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: The fourth album has a straight example. While the Muerte Chunga Team does manage to score by cheating, not only they get caught and punished for it, but one of the cheating objects is used by the Fresita Team to score the winning goal.
- Chekhov's Gun: This is used a lot in the album's plot arcs.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Again, also used in the story-driven albums.
- Close-Knit Community: Being a Quirky Town, to put it mildly, Villa Susto fits this despite its dysfunction.
- Comically Missing the Point
- Comedic Sociopathy
- Cool Big Sis: Guillotine is this to Piruja, being one of her redeeming qualities.
- Cool Loser: While the members of Frank's gang have some stereotypical "loser" traits, Momses is only considered a "loser" only by associating himself with them. His only "loser" trait is that he's very clumsy, and even then, he's still a cool guy compared to the others.
- Crap Saccharine World: Villa Susto. Cute and rosy (somewhat) on the outside, but there's a lot of weird shit underneath.
- Darker and Edgier: Downplayed in "El Perfeccionator". While the story remains comical, things like split personalities and Frank's Character Development makes the story slightly darker compared to the other ones. Not to mention the character of Miss Hit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone in the comic has acted like this at least once. Lupo is pretty much the king of this trope.
- Deconstruction: Features quite a bit of this.
- Both Victor and Morty deconstruct the Alpha Bitch trope, despite being male. Victor's attitude leads him to be ostracized by others, to the point even his friends can't stand him. Morty meanwhile is an Ax Crazy sociopath whose insanity and cruelty makes him a terrible leader and thus unintentionally sabotages himself and his gang.
- Frank deconstructs Insufferable Genius, as his obsession with his intellect is a coping mechanism for his poor self-esteem brought by his physical appearance.
- Super-Powered Evil Side is deconstructed with Miss Hit, more specifically the "evil side is the inferior/expendable one" plot. Miss Hit is sick of dealing with Henrietta's Ill Girl status, and her evil plan is a way to reassert her superiority after a lifetime of feeling weak. When she's faced with the truth that the "weak" personality she hated so much is her real self, whether she likes it or not, she completely shuts down in a way that makes her pitiable despite her previous acts.
- The Muerte Chunga team (Morty's Gang) deconstruct Opposing Sports Team in the fourth album. Not only do their dirty tactics bite them in the ass many times, their collective assholery and stupidity means they spend most of the match fighting each other rather than focusing on their rivals, only managing to score due to occassional clever thinking and sheer dumb luck. Their dysfunction is precisely the reason why they end up losing the match in the end, just like what would happen in Real Life.
- Did You Actually Believe?: In the fourth album. When Victor asks for the deal Morty and him made (joining his gang in exchange for tickets to Miedópolis), they smugly state they never intended to keep the bargain, and only used him to piss off Frank and get his brains. Douches.
- Double Standard: Abuse; Female on Male: Subverted. Miss Hit decking Frank is Played for Laughs, but at no point this is seen as admirable or justifiable, and Miss Hit is clearly portrayed as a psychopath. The fact the series applies Slapstick Knows No Gender only furthers the subversion.
- Down to the Last Play: How the fourth album's pumpkinball match ends. Being an Affectionate Parody of sports movies, what did you expect?
- Dressing as the Enemy: Played with hilariously in the first album, when Victor dresses himself as a beetle in order to trick Rattus Sapiens.
Victor: Stop complaining and kneel... AT THE BEETLE GOD!
- Dude, Not Funny: Henrietta's reaction to Mienai poking fun at split personalities in "Una Noche de Pesadilla".
- Dysfunction Junction
- Early Installment Weirdness: Besides the Art Evolution that happens progressively throughout the comic, Frank's Gang were shown to be more jerkish than they're shown in future albums. Characterization Marches On, indeed.
- Extreme Omnivore: Lupo and Skin, especially the former.
- Everyone Has Standards: Piruja may be clingy and easily-infatuated, but she definitely can't stand her mom's Extreme Omnisexual behavior.
- In one small story, she gets angry at Victor for constantly drinking her potions for a class project, showing even her crush on him has some limits.
- Piruja's mom herself may be an Extreme Omnisexual who hits on married men and even giant spiders, but if said suitor tries to hurt her daughter, she WILL turn on them without second thoughts.
- The Faceless: The adults, with the exception of Victor’s grandmother.
- Face Palm: Many characters do that, but Frank does this more than anyone. Being the Only Sane Man has its consequences...
Frank: *After Momses accidentally breaks his invention* Thanks for finding it, Momses... *facepalm*
- And in the same story:
Gus: Frank, you're a g-genius!
- And then there's Mr. Abra.
- Fictional Sport: Calabacesto (Pumpkinball). It’s the main theme of the fourth album.
- Five Second Foreshadowing:
- In the second album, after Miss Hit's Villainous Breakdown, Frank briefly looks at Victor's truth mirror and mutters he didn't really lose Henrietta after all. He then baits Miss Hit into looking at the mirror, revealing Henrietta to still be the dominant personality.
- In the fourth album, Gus makes a rock model to serve as the Fresita team's fifth member, turning it into a girl due to Momses' protests. Not long after, Piruja arrives to serve as the team's missing fifth member.
- Flanderization: Frank being a (sort of) Gadgeteer Genius was merely alluded in the first album. From the second album onwards, this has become Frank's main character trait. And that is a good thing, actually. Same with Lupo's constant sleepiness, among others.
- Foil: Many examples.
- While Victor has potential ones in Frank and Lupo, the one who fits it best is Billy. Victor is a well-groomed Jerkass Perpetual Frowner, while Billy is a perpetually dirty and cheerful Nice Guy. This is driven home in the fourth album: Victor has been in the two gangs, but is a complete prick to both of them, causing the others to wave between barely tolerating him and outright hating his guts. Billy doesn't (and doesn't want to) belong to neither of the two gangs, yet he's friendly to both, which makes him more well-liked (Frank's Gang even consider him The Reliable One due to this). The only thing they have in common is their All of the Other Reindeer status, and even that is played in different ways.
- Frank's Gang and Morty's Gang. The former may seem like a dysfunctional Ragtag Bunch of Misfits (and they are), but they're also a close-knit group of friends who have a strong sense of teamwork when things are tough. The latter may seem like a cool Gang of Bullies in the surface, but deep down are a complete mess, with its members only united over their dislike of the Frank's Gang, and utterly failing at working together. This is best shown in the fourth album with their respective Pumpkinball teams.
- Their respective leaders, Frank and Morty, also contrast with each other, and it shows their influence makes their teams what they are. Their contrasting natures are better shown through Victor in the fourth album: Frank acts like a tough Big Brother Mentor towards him and they constantly exchange insults, yet Frank ultimately cares for him, even allowing him back to his gang after his betrayal. Morty acts friendly towards Victor at first, even having a conversation over their mutual dislike for Frank, but it's clear Morty doesn't give a rat's ass about him, and is only manipulating him to get Frank's brains.
- Piruja and Guillotine. They're the only girls in their respective gangs, and their personalities are wildly different, with Piruja being an Adorkable Nice Girl and Guillotine a Jerkass Alpha Bitch. In an ironic twist, the two are the best of friends in spite of their differences.
- Justified Trope with Henrietta and Miss Hit, as they're two sides of the same coin.
- Foreshadowing: In the second album, there are subtle and not-so-subtle hints that Henrietta and Miss Hit are the same person. In particular, there's Miss Hit telling Frank she and Henrietta are "inseparable", and more importantly, their handwriting is exactly the same. The last one is what makes Frank discover The Reveal.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Victor is this to the Frank's gang (Except Piruja), only admitted because of pity. Frank even tells him this to his face.
- Piruja was portrayed as this in the first album, with the others only hanging out with her due to her clingy behavior. By the second album onwards, though, she's shown to be a cherished friend to them.
- Fridge Brilliance on the above: It could be possible the gang became much more accepting of her because, unlike Victor, she's a Nice Girl despite her clinginess, making her a way more tolerable member by comparison. The fact she's now only clingy to Victor also helps.
- Mienai is this to the Morty's Gang. Since Mienai is portrayed as the least awful member, this only highlights the other members as being huge jerks.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Frank is considered this, but he’s more of a Bungling Inventor because his inventions totally lack common sense and have a tendency to fail.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Dear God.
- Gross-Out Show: Downplayed, but there's quite the Toilet Humor.
- Hair of Gold: Frank is blonde, and he’s a very nice person. Most of the time.
- And then there's Billy.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Victor's main trait besides his narcissism.
- Hate Sink: Quasim. Since the true antagonists (and recurring jerks) have some kind of quality that prevents them from becoming truly hated, he very much serves to take the reader's wrath. He does have Pet the Dog moments, though.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite seeming otherwise, it turns out Frank's opinion of himself is total crap.
- How much? We have this exchange in the second album:
Frank: A girl? Why is she crying?
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Frank and Gus are described by Word of God as "inseparable", and it shows. Lupo and Momses also have a very close relationship.
- Piruja and Guillotine are a weird case. They belong to rival gangs, which would make them enemies. This doesn't stop them for being best friends, with Piruja asking Guillotine for love advice, and Guillotine gleefully helping her.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Victor is implied to have one deep, deep, DEEP down his spoiled jerkassery, if his Pet the Dog moments are to be believed.
- Guillotine has one too, only showing her loving side with her best friend Piruja, and sometimes Henrietta.
- Hollywood Homely: Ruthlessly parodied with Piruja. She's seen as ugly and undesirable by everyone... because she has a wart in her face. She could be very well the minimonster version of Meg Griffin (only less of a Butt Monkey).
- Frank's physical appearance is so awful it breaks mirrors, creating a serious inferiority complex on him. Except, apart from several scars, he doesn't look so much different from other minimonsters. Like with Piruja, this seems to be deliberate.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Piruja's mom thinks it's a good idea to have a giant, monster-eating spider as a boyfriend. She took the hint after he tried to eat her daughter.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Taken Up to Eleven. In this comic, humans are the "monsters", and the monsters "humans".
- Humans Are Bastards: The monsters definitely view them this way.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes: The series takes from the monsters' perspective, and their vision of humanity is very negative, to say the least.
- Hypocritical Humor: A staple of the comic. A concrete example would be in " El Perfeccionator", when Gus doesn't join the Gang in their confrontation against Miss Hit:
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Frank, Miss Hit and Flan Hellsing all show this trope to varying degrees. This is also implied with Victor.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Momses talks in mummy, and only his closest friends and family can understand him. Lupo and Frank usually translate what he says to the other people.
- Ironic Name: Piruja’s black cat, “Buena Suerte”, which means “good luck” in Spanish. Riiiight.
- Jerkass: This comic is filled by jerks, with some ones showing better traits under that exterior and others... well... don't. Morty and Quasim are definitely the worst.
- Karma Houdini: Quasim, due to his intimidating nature, doesn't get much comeuppance for his awful actions, especially in the first album. The second album, however, gives him some well-deserved punishment.
- In the second album, Guillotine mentions her boyfriend Morty skips school constantly, getting away with it due to him being the son of the school's principal.
- Downplayed with Morty in the fourth album. On one hand, he got away with hiring Arrmando el Arraña and making an entire family sick, even joining the dinner at the end of the fourth album. On the other hand, he lost the match (thus the opportunity of getting Frank's brains), and got a vicious Humiliation Conga as a result of his own actions.
- Kick the Dog: Victor does this frequently, and always pays for it.
- More seriously, Miss Hit rejecting Frank cruelly via letter, pretending to be her good self Henrietta, sending him into an Heroic BSOD.
- Quasim's bullying of Gus and Lupo's siblings definitely qualifies.
- As does Nieve stealing Lupo's younger sister Lupe's doll. This is more noticeable when it's shown Lupo and his family are very poor. No wonder Lupo got mad at her.
- Morty does this constantly in the fourth album.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Lupo constantly trolls, mocks and snarks at Victor. Since Victor is a spoiled jerk, this comes across as hilarious and well-deserved (especially if Victor insulted him first). Heck, Victor in general is a frequent target of this.
- In the second album, Miss Hit punching Quasim and knocking him out twice. Sure, she's evil, but he was an unlikable bastard who had it a long time coming (especially considering he was a Karma Houdini in the first album).
- Quasim himself has a moment in the first album when he punches Rattus Sapiens down the sewers, bringing him back to a normal rat.
- In the fourth, Robert Louis punishing Morty's Gang for cheating in an over-the-top way.
- In the fifth album, Frank explains to Momses he's repairing an invention to save Victor from his disastrous new invention. Once hearing this, Momses happily breaks it, clearly wanting Victor to suffer. While Frank doesn't deserve that, Victor definitely does, especially considering his betrayal in the previous album (which explains why Frank didn't get angry at Momses from doing so).
- Kick Them While They Are Down: In the second album, Frank has an emotional breakdown over Henrietta's perceived rejection of him. Cue Morty's Gang laughing and mocking him for this. Thank God Lupo and Momses were there to defend and comfort him.
- The Klutz: Momses. He doesn't have Buena Suerte’s "luck", but he’s extremely clumsy due to his physical strength.
Victor: *after Momses destroys Frank’s invention* AAAAH! WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS GUY?!
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the fourth album, Morty’s dirty tricks to win the match take a toll on him and his band. They got beaten by Henrietta’s father; their rivals won the match, Morty lost his tickets to Miedópolis and he ends up with a thermometer in his ass. All of this is well-deserved, at least for Morty.
- Victor is an epic target of this trope.
- In later chapters, this ends up happening to Lupo, of all people. He has spent most of the series trolling Victor in a classic Kick the Son of a Bitch scenario. Once he encounters Nieve, he gets a taste of this with Nieve screwing him over with her Sticky Fingers.
- Nieve herself gets her karma when she has to deal with the others' crazy shenanigans.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Piruja teases both Lupo and Nieve with this.
- Love At First Sight: This is how Piruja fell for Victor. This is also true with Frank's crush on Henrietta.
- Love Hurts: The main reason why Frank wants to create the Perfeccionator, alongside his self-esteem issues.
- Meaningful Name: All characters have names that are based of famous monsters or mystical creatures. It's very common the use of the portmanteau.
- My God What Have I Done?: Frank has this reaction when he discovers his latest invention is used to kill the girl he loves. It's really depressing.
- Nice Guy: There's a lot, usually to contrast with the Jerkass characters.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mr. Abra falls onto this trope a lot, although he's far from the only one who does this.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The villains are not exempt from screwing up either.
- Not So Different: The comic's spotlight trio, Victor, Frank and Piruja, are wildly different from one another, yet they have some things in common. Both have to deal with Amazingly Embarrassing Parents (who are well-intentioned, but still), and they have very dysfunctional pets as their companions.
- Not So Similar: Victor and Morty. One would think that, with both being self-centered Rich Bastards, they would get along instantly. The fourth album shows this couldn't be farther from the truth.
- Odd Friendship: Victor and Frank, constantly picking each other. Also Lupo and Momses, but they get along much better than the other two. Basically, all the members in Frank's Gang, really.
- Piruja and Guillotine. Very little in common, yet they're best friends.
- Oh Crap: Has a lot of moments, recurring or not:
- Victor usually does this, particularly with Frank's inventions and Piruja’s stalking demeanor.
- Also, in the end of the first album, the Frank's gang after accidentally drinking the poison. They end up with a big case of diarrhea.
- Morty's face expresses this perfectly in the fourth album when Frank shoots and scores the winning goal.
- Henrietta has one when she realizes she has to sit with Billy.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Just to show how severe Frank's Heroic BSOD is in the second album, when Gus tells him Victor plans to replace him as leader of the gang, Frank just tells him a simple "ok", upsetting Gus greatly. He recovers soon after, though.
- Victor himself is usually a Dirty Coward who only helps out of self-interest, yet the whole abduction/Split Personality case in the second album is so great he joins the gang in taking down Miss Hit and save the others with no ulterior motives whatsoever. Also counts as a Pet the Dog moment.
- Lupo is usually a very calm guy (often too calm), but in the fifth album, Nieve's trolling is such he actually gets angry and tries to fight her. Even Victor, whom he has a very intense rivalry with, only gets vicious snark at worst.
- Pet the Dog: Guillotine trying to help Piruja in conquering Victor (with underhanded methods, but still), shows her Hidden Heart of Gold behind her bitchiness.
- Victor gets a huge one at the end of the second album, by joining Frank, Lupo and Piruja in confronting Miss Hit and save everyone. Considering he has spent the entire album being a prickly coward, and how lowly he thinks about the people in Villa Susto, this surprisingly selfless act may be the greatest example of this trope in the comic.
- He got an earlier one in the first album, showing clear concern for his family.
- Morty is pretty much The Sociopath, but he treats his girlfriend Guillotine well, and is genuinely worried when one of his pet worms disappears.
- Potty Emergency: The first album ends with one of these for the Frank's Gang.
- In the third album's longer story, Frank suffers one. As to how it ends... well, see below.
- In the All Just a Dream story, Henrietta makes Lupo experience one of this to expel Victor, since he accidentally ate him when he was transformed into a sandwich (don't ask). He falls asleep in the middle of it.
- Potty Failure: Frank has one in one of the third album's stories. Given what he was looking at, you'd probably piss yourself too.
- Puppy Love: All the minimonster romances by default.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: As a group, The Frank's gang (Blue) towards Morty's gang (Red).
- Rotating Protagonist: Although Victor is the lead character, the story focuses on other characters as well.
- Sadist Show
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When Victor and Gus have to face a giant monster, Gus is terrified and Victor tells him to stop screaming like a little girl, since he can stop him (due to his new abilities). However, he fails to do this and the monster defends himself with a giant rock. Cue Oh Crap.
Gus: V-Victor, can we scream l-like little girls now?
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Frank says this in "The Perfeccionator" about Henrietta. Sure, buddy.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender
- Sleepyhead: Lupo IS this trope so far, exceeding the absurdity limit.
- One hilarious example of this:
Lupo: Frank, help me! When I try to remember, I see everything black!
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Frank's gang (The good ones) and Morty's gang (The evil ones).
- In the fourth album, we have the "Muerte Chunga" team (Evil) vs "Los Fresitas" (Good).
- Stalker with a Crush: Piruja is this to Victor, and nearly every guy she meets; much to their dismay. Her mother is even worse.
- The Starscream: In "The Perfeccionator", after Frank is unable to lead the gang due to an issue-ridden depression, Victor takes the opportunity to make himself the leader of the gang, putting Frank's depression against him and bribing Morty's gang to make himself more competent. Gus is outraged at this, while Lupo actively sabotages his attempts by arranging a match between him and local bully Quasim, knowing full well Victor is really a coward and a weakling, and thus will get beaten up and humiliated no matter what. While Victor didn't get beaten up, the plan still worked, helped by the fact Frank had recently recovered from his depression, and is clearly back in charge.
- Status Quo Is God
- Stealth Insult: Frank invokes Exact Words on Victor in the second album.
Victor: Take that, Frank! I'm the Minimonster everybody wants to be with.
- Stepford Smiler: Frank is revealed to be a Type A, putting a happy mask to cope with his task as a leader and hide the fact that he has huge self-esteem issues due to his physical appearance. He gets better, though.
- Stepford Snarker: Lupo, being incredibly snarky and dealing with a very poor family at the same time.
- Frank gets snarkier when he has to deal with his family.
- Straw Loser: Victor thought there wasn't a gang worse than Frank's. Then he meets Morty's Gang, who makes Frank's Gang look awesome by comparison.
Victor: This gang... is more pathetic than Frank's...
- Surrounded by Idiots: Victor thinks this constantly. Not that he's much better, though.
- Swirlie: Quasim's main choice of torture to his victims.
- The Team: The Frank's gang.
- Three Amigos: The main characters Victor, Frank and Piruja.
- Toilet Humour: The comic has a lot of this, mixed with Spanish humor and Black Comedy. Well, considering the author's sense of humor is based on Akira Toriyama's...
- Token Evil Teammate: Victor to the Frank's Gang, being the local Jerkass in a gang of Nice Guys. Also Morty to Mr. Abra's class, being The Sociopath in a class when they're jerks at worst.
- Token Good Teammate: Mienai to Morty's Gang. He's not a saint, but he's undeniably the nicest and most friendly member in a gang full of jerkasses (Although Guillotine is revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold later on).
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Parodied in "El Perfeccionator". Frank tries to defend himself over his sister and best friend's (who is Lupo's older sister) mean comments about his physical appearance with this. It doesn't work out.
- True Companions: The Frank's Gang are portrayed as a close-knit group both in the comics proper and official artwork.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Victor embodies this trope at its fullest. He's a spoiled, pretentious jackass who is pretty much karma's bitch.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Victor and Frank. As they're polar opposites, both spend their time insulting and bickering each other constantly. However, neither of them can be separated due to boredom, as Word of God confirms.
- Volleying Insults: Victor and Frank, of course. Best shown in the first album:
Victor: Didn't you want to help me? Then show it now!
- Walking Disaster Area: Buena Suerte’s causes great accidents when he’s around. The only thing that could stop his disastrous luck is being inside Lupo’s stomach.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Victor in the fourth album, albeit reluctantly.
- Wham! Episode: "El Perfeccionator" can be considered this.
- Wham! Line: In the second album, we have this, which sets a notable Mood Whiplash and things become Serious Business (This doesn't quit the comedic elements totally, though).
- With Friends Like These...: Victor has this relationship with Frank's Gang. And everyone else, really.
- Even worse is the entire Morty's Gang. Why they're able to stay together is a complete mystery.