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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Many Of Us Grew Up Watching Her On TV, Now Edith González Has Died After Battle With Cancer


Many Of Us Grew Up Watching Her On TV, Now Edith González Has Died After Battle With Cancer

While fans hoped the rumors of her death that swirled on Thursday morning were false (it wouldn’t be the first time a fake death started trending on Twitter), beloved Mexican actress Edith González, who famously battled cancer, has died.

Mexican journalist Mara Patricia Castañeda confirmed the news about the telenovela star’s death at the age of 54.

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Mara Patricia gave a few details about Edith’s tragic loss, revealing in a telephone interview with Televisa morning show ‘HOY’ that the star had passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning at the Ángeles Interlomas hospital in Mexico City. She said that actress Leticia Calderón, one of Edith’s closest friends, was the person who confirmed the information first hand and asked that Mara be the one to break the devastating news.

No cause of death has yet been confirmed, but it is speculated that it is related to ovarian cancer with which she was diagnosed in 2016.

The National Association of Actors, to which many of the actress’ friends belong, would like her to lie in state at the Jorge Negrete Theater located in the Mexican capital.

In 2017, Edith graced the cover of HOLA! Mexico to say “I am not a warrior, I am a lover of life.”

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She took to the cover with her husband Lorenzo Lazo and said she was living, not fighting, as she faced her illness.

Following her cancer diagnosis, Gonzalez confirmed that she underwent various surgeries to have her lymph nodes, ovaries and uterus removed. In a 2019 interview on “Un Nuevo Dia,” Gonzalez said that her father, who suffered from cancer, had been her inspiration. Gonzalez said in the interview, “I said to myself: if my father can, I can.”

Her devasting death comes after a long and illustrious career in Mexican television.

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Gonzalez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, in the northern part of Mexico on December 10, 1964. Gonzalez’s father, Efrain, was an accountant, her mother was a stay-at-home mom.

Gonzalez first got the acting bug in childhood when she was cast in “El Rey los Gorilas” in 1976 at the age of 10, according to an online bio.

During her storied career, Gonzalez was seen on the Televisa, Telemundo and TV Azteca networks. During her time with Azteca, which began in 2010, Gonzalez was seen in the telenovela, “Cielo Rojo,” and the reality show, “The Academy.” Gonzalez prior reality TV experience saw her appear as a judge on the show, “Dancing for a Dream.”

But she’s perhaps best known for her roles in “Corazón Salvaje”, which is known as one of the most memorable and sucessful telenovelas of all time. She also had leading roles in “Nunca te olvidaré”, “Salomé”, and “Doña Bárbara.”

News of Salomé’s death was met with emotional reactions all across Mexico.

Even the hosts of Mexico’s “Programa Hoy”, were feeling extremely emotional as they confirmed the news on this morning’s program.

The outpouring of grief has been huge, especially with Latinos in Mexico and the US.

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She was a very visible woman in the homes of millions of Mexicans and Latinos in the US. Losing someone who you grew up with, even if only on the TV, has left many mourners in shock.

Many remembered her for her roles which portrayed her as a strong, powerful woman.

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From “Corazón Salvaje” to “Salomé” and “Doña Bárbara,” Edith González was known to take on roles that let her shine as the powerful, strong woman she was in real life.

Others took to Twitter to share their memories of the actress and how important she was to their families.

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Like for real though, how many of us would spend afternoons with our families watching her on the TV?! She was iconic.

Many noted how they grew up watching Edith Gonzalez with their abuelas, tias, and mamis.

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“Salomé” had to be my abuela’s favorite TV show ever.

For some, her telenovelas were many people’s introduction to the genre.

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“Corazón Salvaje” remains to this day one of the most successful and memorable telenovelas in history. So it makes sense that many people knew her first from this iconic role.

Her death has been mourned by people all around the world.

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Apparently, telenovelas know no borders as one user tweeted how she knew Edith from watching “Nunca te olvidaré” across the world in Indonesia.

Descansa en paz, Edith González!

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Translation: I am still in shock. Edith González was one of those women that inspired many with her struggle, her talent, and her beauty – always with a smile. I will admire her always. I send a so much love and strength to her daughter, husband, and family. Fly high beautiful!

Pick Your PokéSquad And We Will Match You With The Novela Villain You Are Clearly Meant To Be


Pick Your PokéSquad And We Will Match You With The Novela Villain You Are Clearly Meant To Be

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Pokémon has a special place in the hearts of millions around the world. Even the most evil of people can’t help but love the little pocket monsters they grew up with. We can only assume that that goes for the novela villains that have haunted our dreams since we first saw them on tv. If you’ve ever wondered what novela villain you are meant to be, this quiz will use Pokémon to show you.

Pick Your PokéSquad And We Will Match You With The Novela Villain You Are Clearly Meant To Be

Just like you, your Pokémon have to keep up appearances. We aren't talking about just looking beautiful, but also being a tough opponent for whoever crosses your path. Obviously, you have some strong Teresa vibes and your Pokémon picks prove it.
Catalina Creel

You are all about the hidden strengths and surprises. That's why you picked the Pokémon that have so much more to them than you first see. Sure, they are all pretty powerful when trained right but their evolutions and continued strength proves that you are Catalina Creel.
Soraya Montenegro

Sweet, innocent, and full of venom. There is something so terrifying about someone, or somePokémon, who possess all three in equal parts. You and your PokéSquad are part of that impressively terrifying team. Congrats, Soraya. You know your Pokémon.
Olimpia Mercouri

You keep things classic and kind in most situations. At least, that's what you want them to think. In a matter of seconds, you can turn on those around you and make them all regret crossing you. We won't be messing with you or your fierce PokéSquad.

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