7 Of The Craziest Abuelitas & Monster-in-Laws from Telenovelas

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We love telenovelas for their over-the-top romantic gestures, bitch slaps and, of course, the intense amount of shade being thrown by conniving grandmothers and monster-in-laws. Here are some of the most devious abuelas and mother-in-laws who sent shivers down your spine.

Angélica de Santibañez in “Marimar”

Played by: Chantal Andere

In one of the classic rivalries of the Maria trilogy, Marimar is constantly humiliated by Angelica, the stepmother of the man she loves. In one of the most did-that-really-just-happen moments in telenovela history, Angelica coerces Marimar to pick up a pearl necklace with her teeth. This is how Marimar ends up:

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WTH?! Angelica gives the evil stepmother from “Cinderella” a run for her money.

Lucrecia Dávila in “Esperanza del Corazon”

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Played by: Lucía Méndez

Now this is one messed up grandma. Lucrecia is a wealthy entrepreneur who is not fond of her own granddaughter, Lisa. When her other granddaughter, Krista, falls in love with the same man as Lisa, things get HEATED. And Lucrecia is totally okay with the fact that Krista might have slept with the man first. #LaDiabla

Eloísa Vda. de Ángeles in “Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse”

Played by: Isela Vega

Eloisa has absolutely #nochill when it comes to giving out complete backhanded compliments. You cannot be shielded from her sharp tongue – it doesn’t matter if you’re her grandson, granddaughter, maid or the muchacha italiana, Fiorella. Eloisa has been known to utter to her granddaughter that she shouldn’t step foot in church or else it would burn down. Check out the vicious slap she hands out to her grandson:


She’s still got plenty of strength in those arms.

Ana María de la Vega de Almazán in “Colorina”


Played by: María Teresa Rivas

This shady matron of the family will do ANYTHING to have a legit grandchild. So, one of her schemes involves helping her son have a baby with someone other than his wife, who is bedridden. Her signature move to know her son’s whereabouts? Hiding behind her living room’s glass door to do some major eavesdropping. Can you say creeper?

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Blanca De Velasco de Peñarreal in “Esmeralda”

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Played by: Raquel Morell

Similar to a tamale de rajas, Blanca’s exterior seems mild, but her ulterior motives pack a serious punch. Even Esmeralda’s striking beauty and carefree spirit (and the fact that she is BLIND) could not soften Blanca’s heart to accept her son’s interest in the “campesina.” Start watching at 17:49 for the first moments of shade.

Malvina del Olmo in “Maria Mercedes”

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Played by: Laura Zapata

Malvina’s name is fitting because she is a malvada. This woman will stop at nothing to make Maria’s (Thalia) life a living hell. After the death of her husband, Maria moves into the same house with Malvina and her son, Jose Luis. Eventually, Maria and Jose Luis start to form a relationship. Guess who isn’t having it? Malvina. Watch Maria bitch slap Malvina when Malvina accuses her of having an illegitimate son. A classic telenovela moment!

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Doña Juana in “Alborada”

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Played by: Daniela Romo

History does in fact repeat itself, and Doña Juana shows monster-in-laws have always existed, even in colonial Mexico. She will stop at nothing to get destiny to bend her way. She gets upset she is raising “a scorpion” of a son – despite raising him with the best teachers and providing whatever he needed. Watch her drunken rant turn into blind rage in just a matter of minutes.

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