The 20 Most Savage Telenovela Moments Of All Time

Spanish soap operas have consumed probably weeks of your life at this point, and for good reason: it is so far and above more entertaining than reality of flat American shows. It’s physiologically impossible to rip your eyes from the screen.
A telenovela know how to keep you hooked with cliffhangers that will make you skip dinner…and then breakfast and lunch because you’re addicted to the drama. Here’s the best savagery we can remember from our TV-fried brains.

1. The moment your evil wife tells you she was never pregnant with your baby.

CREDIT: María la del Barrio / Televisa / Las Estrellas / Twitter

Soraya Montenegro from María la del Barrio literally pretended to be pregnant so that her man would marry her. This is not the first time this has happened in a telenovela.

2. When Oriana found out she’s actually not Paloma’s granddaughter.

CREDIT: UniNovelas / YouTube

Mentir Para Vivir, as you can guess by the name, is all about family keeping secrets from family. Not too much is different IRL, except that most of us probably aren’t pulling teeth from family members to find out if our mom is alive.

3. When you find out your school is actually a Nazi experiment.

CREDIT: Antena 3 / YouTube

El Internado is set deep in the woods of Spain, where there are more bad guys than good guys. After all their teachers go missing, these boarding school students decide to investigate further, only to uncover that the school used to be a Nazi orphanage where the kids were separated from their parents and presumed dead.

4. Lola… Érase una vez


Backstory: Lola is the poor girl with evil step mothers hiding her birthright to wealth from her. Using a little bit of bruja magic and digging, Lola finds her way into her Prince Charming’s arms. This moment when she’s singing “Magico” and Aaron surprise visits and joins her on stage was the moment we waited for for an eternity.

5. When someone dies and you miss them so much you clone them.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Episodate. 1 June 2018.

Telenovelas are always going supernatural, because (obvs) there’s a bruja in each of us, but this decided to take on the story of love and honor, issues of drug trafficking, cloning, and attitudes to Islam. Oh and some scientist in Miami cloned Lucas’ twin, Diego, who died.

6. Plot twist:  Jade falls in love with both of them.

CREDIT: El Clon / Telemundo / Rede Globo / Caracol Television / Practicopedia

Decades pass after Jade and Lucas are separated, but she’s torn between the man she fell for and his younger clone.

7. When your aunt’s wig always matches her gloves.

CREDIT: Carita de Angel / Pinterest

OK, so this isn’t savage, but it’s weird. In Carita de Angel, Daniela’s “Tia Pelucas” is always stepping in out in some crazy outfit. This telenovela is actually meant for children so naturally, the craziest thing that happens is that Luciano’s young daughter matchmakes him with the resident nun, breaking up his engagement with Nicole.

8. On the flip, this moment when Carlota’s man left her to become a priest…

CREDIT: En nombre del amor / Televisa / Univision / Las Estrellas / Drama Fever

….and she becomes a serial killer. F’real, Carlota Espinoza of En nombre del amor, actually went through the trauma of being left for God. If she can get through it, I guess we all can? JK, we can all do better than Carlota.

9. When Aurora goes into a coma and is then frozen in a cryogenic lab…while pregnant.

CREDIT: Aurora / Telemundo / Jagat – Latina

Talk about a freakin’ cliffhanger. They literally froze the main character of this whole show. These are the kinds of things that can only be tolerated by telenovela fans, because if any other show did this, there would be an uprising.

10. When your step grandmother steals your baby.

CREDIT: Rosalinda / Las Estrellas / Buzzfeed

Look, evil stepmoms are just too pedestrian at this point in the genre development. Throw in a step abuelita, like in Rosalinda, and now you’re keeping fans on their toes.

11. When you have an evil twin.

CREDIT: La usurpadora / Televisa / Las Estrellas / semepasaelarroz.com

I mean, it’s not a telenovela without a twin, especially one that really, really wants to kill you. in La Usurpadora, these twins were separated at birth and each given different moral compasses. A dark side of me finds it the most entertaining thing to watch them collide.

12. When you’re a priest who finds out you have a daughter during a confessional.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Violetta Foroactivo. 1 June 2018.

So you can’t break the laws of confession by telling her who you are, but you already have a father-like relationship with her and your heart is breaking. Just a normal day in the life of a telenovela, nbd.

13. When you play the damsel in distress to get information from the guy.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Full of Salt. 1 June 2018.

It’s a classic in Rebelde, especially when Mia finds out her parents have been lying to her for her whole life. She literally kisses three different guys in one episode when they give her info she’s been looking for. #FemininePersuasion

14. When you’re money hungry and screw people over until you’re shot and killed holding the bear that your one true love gave you.

CREDIT: Netflix

Hi, this is an actual ending to telenovela series, Teresa. Teresa’s goal is to marry rich and breaks up with her first boyfriend, who is in medical school to be everything she wants him to be, after she meets a rich boy interested in her. He breaks up with her years later when he finds out she’s poor, and long story short, well. That happened. 🐻

15. When you’re framed for murder, and also the First Lady of Mexico.

CREDIT: Netflix

Nbd, but Kate del Castillo slays at this role while she goes on the lam as the most wanted person in Mexico. #Casual

16. When you’re trying to get your boyfriend back and fall down the stairs trying.

CREDIT: ifitch2006 / YouTube

In the 2-hour grand finale of Rubi, Rubi’s arguing with Alejandro when she almost died falling several stories. Girl got her leg amputated to save her life. Love seems dangerous, y’all.

17. When you accidentally pour acid on your face before being sent to an insane asylum.

CREDIT: TheBailandoparadisio / YouTube

There’s no other way that Amigas y Rivales could end. Trust, you want to see this happen to Roxana after she tries to hold every character on the show hostage and kill them all.

18. When you try to avoid the DEA by undergoing facial reconstruction surgery.

CREDIT: “EL señor de los cielos- Season 1” Digital Image. Media Moves. 1 June 2018.

Foolproof. Yeah, obviously, he ends up dying on the table. Don’t try this at home.

19. When your stepmother is running a facial reconstruction underground operation.


She goes by the name Rose by day and Sin Rostro (get it?) by crime, and she also buried your father in wet cement. Both, very savage moments thanks to Jane the Virgin, which is an adaption of Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen.

20. When Rose comes back with the face of another woman and makes Luisa fall in love with her again.


YUP. She’s savage AF, but she’s learned from the best telenovelas of all time, so who can blame her.

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Rogelio De La Vega Is Killing The Game On Twitter And You Just Have To See For Yourself


Rogelio De La Vega Is Killing The Game On Twitter And You Just Have To See For Yourself

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If you’ve seen “Jane the Virgin,” then you already love Rogelio de la Vega, Jane’s long last dad who turned up right when Jane was about to marry Michael. Also, he’s a telenovela superstar and on JTV, he has a huge Twitter following (that he loves to talk about).

Turns out, someone has been running a Twitter account with 88k followers in his name, and we have questions.

Like, is this actually the real Rogelio?

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Tell me you don’t hear his voice saying this right now. Just like the real Rogelio, he knows how to engage with his fans.

Because his priorities line up with the real Rogelio.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

I’m starting to think this is the real Rogelio. But then I get sad when I remember there is no real Rogelio. :'(

For now, we’ll bask in the glory of his fictional made real Twitter account.

CREDIT: @bennsintheroad / Twitter

By the way, this is his Twitter profile pic. It wouldn’t be authentic if there wasn’t lavander in the photo.

Because it’s honestly the closest we’ll get to being in “Jane the Virgin.”

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

As Rogelio stans. And if I tweeted that and Rogelio responded with that, I just might.

But it begs the question: Who is running this account?

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

OK, it has to be him. There are six exclamation points in that one tweet. Classic Ro.

He has his own scenes ranked best to worst.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Rogelio is definitely very in love with himself, but he can admit there’s a hierarchy to his talent. I appreciate that, Ro.

Recipe for narcissism:

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

You know Rogelio would post a quiz like this. Of course, his fans know how to play right in. I wonder if this is what it’s like to be an actual celebrity.

He’s always helping us find the right words to react to his image.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Thanks, Rogelio. That is the word I was looking for.

Fun fact: Actor Jaime Camil is a telenovela star IRL, so there could only be one word: yummm.

LMAO, and you can 100 percetn hear Rogelio genuinely saying and believing this RT:

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

“She must have been dizzy with infatuation and spelled my name wrong, clearly.” It’s Ro’s world, and we’re just living in it.

ICYMI, this is what Rafael looks like:

CREDIT: @Rogeliodelavega / Twitter

Lavender V-neck. ✅

Look of surprise at being vulnerable to illness. ✅

Turning the moment into an opportunity to talk about his looks. ✅

This is 100 percent Rogelio endorsed.

So, if we’re to believe that some ghostwriter is running this account…

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

I have some theories. It could be a “Jane the Virgin” writer, though they seem swamped enough as it is to do something like this.

Could it be Jaime Camil himself?

CREDIT: @Rogeliodelavega / Twitter

I mean, this rug was created. This photo was taken. This is also 100 percent Jaime Camil endorsed, wouldn’t you think?

This tweet is so bizarre and so spot on, it has to be someone close to the character of Rogelio de la Vega, no?

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Because that is a very strange thing to just come up with as a fan. Come forward, whoever you are!

Just like Rogelio in JTV land, our Rogelio is obsessed with his looks.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

This is a huge deal, you guys. In his own words, “I’m not afraid of anything. Except acne and leprechauns.” A wrinkle is a permanent version of acne.

And he’s not afraid to show it, talk about it, complain about it, etc.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Robaelio bae la Baega?!?! A genius is running this account and that’s the only thing I know for certain. Or else.. JTV Rogelio is a character based off a real life Rogelio.

Though this selfie seems like one only Jaime Camil could take.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Maybe Jaime is just a truly devoted actor. Muchísimas gracias, Jaime por su dedicación a sus fans. (That would be me),

One thing Rogelio might love as much as himself is Xiomara.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

The mother of his long lost child, Jane, and his twice wife. Well, the first time they were super drunk and had a Vegas elopement.

When Xo was dating Bruce, Rogelio tried to start these hashtags:

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

I could get behind it, tbh. Though I ended up feeling bad for the guy. How can you compete with the father of your love’s kid, who happens to be an exceptionally charming telenovela star?

Though the dedication to this account throughout the duration of the show has been epic.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

We love that Ro could put his favorite color aside for one day in favor of the world’s largest protest for women’s rights.

Ro has also shown us his softer sides online.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

Though now, I wonder if this person had some insider information. Was this a lead on for us to keep thinking about Michael? I have so many questions and I need answers.

When the show announced the next season would be it’s last, he was all of us.

CREDIT: @RogelioDeLaVega / Twitter

I’m still hanging from that cliff. There’s only room for one more #TeamMichael or #TeamRafael decision for Jane to make. Here’s to hoping that this account keeps giving us the content we need from the one, the only, Rogelio de la Vega.