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This article is about the Mexican telenovela. For other uses, see Rebelde (disambiguation).
Genre Telenovela
Created by Cris Morena (Rebelde Way)
Directed by Luis Pardo
Juan Carlos Muñoz
Felipe Nájera
Starring Anahí
Alfonso Herrera
Dulce María
Christopher Uckermann
Christian Chávez
Maite Perroni
Juan Ferrara
Ninel Conde
Opening theme "Rebelde" (RBD)
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 440
Producer(s) Pedro Damián
Cinematography Pedro Damián
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas
Original run October 4, 2004 – June 2, 2006
Preceded by Corazones al límite
Followed by Código Postal

Rebelde ("Rebel") is a Mexican telenovela (soap opera) produced by Televisa and created by Cris Morena. It is a remake of a famous Argentine series Rebelde Way adapted for the Mexican audience therefore leading to differences in characters' backgrounds. The series ran for three seasons, the final episode airing in Mexico on June 2, 2006. Rebelde was replaced in June 2006 with Televisa's new series Código Postal.

The series is set at the Elite Way School, a prestigious private boarding high school in Mexico City with a major plot line revolving around a group of students forming a pop band. Additional subplots involve the school's faculty and the students' parents. One trademark of the show is the random use of English words and phrases, often used by fresa characters.

A notable aspect of the series is that the actors playing the bandmembers are themselves in an actual band named RBD, and perform most of the music used on the show. They have been extremely successful in their own right, becoming one of the most popular acts in Latin America and touring internationally.

Rebelde began airing March 21, 2005 and ended on December 15, 2006. The show was also transmitted in 65[citation needed] other countries, including Serbia, Peru, Romania on Acasa TV, Brazil, Spain on Antena 3, Slovenia, Bulgaria and from September 2009 in Slovakia on TV Doma, in Croatia on Nova TV and in Albania on Vizion Plus.


The “Elite Way School” is an exclusive, internationally recognized prep school where teenagers of the upper crust of society receive excellent schooling and can establish social connections that will ensure them a successful future. This school also offers a scholarship program for the underprivileged who show academic or athletic excellence; sadly, however, few of these ever manage to graduate. A secret society called “The Logia” (pronounced "loh - hee - ah") has made it their mission to maintain the “purity” of their breed by harassing the scholarship students and forcing them out. Among the fresh group of students who arrive at the summer club that preps them for the new school term, we find Mia, Miguel, Diego, Roberta, Giovanni, and Lupita, six eager teenagers who, in spite of their marked differences, will discover something that will bring them together in the face of all prejudice: their overwhelming love for music.

Roberta, the daughter of a popular singer, rebels against rules and social conventions. Having grown up in the shadow of her famous mother has made Roberta feel insecure of her own beauty and her considerable musical talent. Roberta's father, who abandoned her mother before Roberta was born, forces her to attend the Elite Way School under the threat that if she doesn't, he will take guardianship away from her mother and take Roberta to live with him in Spain. Roberta at first fights against this, believing the Elite Way School to be corrupt and unfair; however, meeting new friends, such as Lupita and Jóse Luján, as well as her strong feelings for Diego give Roberta new reasons to stay in the Elite Way School.

When Roberta meets Diego, he is the human representation of all she stands detests: selfish, unfair, corrupt and superficial, a typical rich daddy's kid like all the others attending the Elite Way School. Because of their differences, Diego and Roberta hate each other when they first meet, but that hate becomes a deep and passionate love that pushes boundaries and shatters all its obstacles.

Miguel was born and raised in Monterrey city, and is studying on a scholarship. His true reason for being here, however, is not to make friends and climb the social ladder, but to find and destroy the man he blames for having caused the ruin and death of his father. His whole life comes crashing down on him when he realizes that his hated enemy is the father of the girl he loves, Mia Colucci. Miguel will have to fight his conscience and choose between his love for Mia or thirst for revenge against Franco Colucci. Several unexpected secrets come to his attention that change all his plans and concept of his father.

For Diego, the son of a prominent politician, music is only a hobby. He has always known that his future was in politics, and he has adopted the domineering attitude and high handed manner of his father, whom he idolizes but can never seem to please. The love he develops for Roberta throughout the series radically changes his perception of life, as she shows him that he is the only person setting limits on himself and his potential. Although her rebellious spirit often gets him into trouble, she becomes his better half, and becomes the reason he joins the band RBD.

Mia is the daughter of a well known, successful fashion entrepreneur, and abhors bad taste. Growing up without her mother, Mia has been spoiled by her father and granted her every whim. She is popular, cheerful, gorgeous and outgoing, but her fragile soap-bubble world will burst when her father falls in love with a woman she considers insufferably vulgar: Alma Rey, Roberta’s mother. The rivalry she shares with Roberta, detest for Alma's profession, and jealousy of her father's love are among many reasons why Mia opposes Franco's relationship with Alma. Although Mia is the epitome of the ideal rich teenager, she has a love for singing and a desire to be onstage she cannot ignore, which pushes her to stand up against her father and join the band RBD.

Cast of the second season.

Lupita is a gentle, kind, intelligent, likeable, timid teenager who lives among the "lower" class in society. Lupita's Aunt Mayra is the owner of a beauty salon who feeds Lupita's dream of attending the Elite Way School and becoming someone important. This creates friction between Lupita, her Aunt Mayra and Lupita's mother Rosa, who is convinced Lupita should become her sister's nurse instead of wasting her time dreaming of a better life. Dulce, Lupita's little sister, was born with Down syndrome, and has been taken care of by Lupita her entire life. Rosa is embarrassed by Dulce's illness and shuts her up in their home to avoid exposing her to people who may mock her. Against the economic and emotional obstacles, Lupita fulfills her dream of attending the Elite Way School with the help of her Aunt Mayra by obtaining an academic scholarship. Attending the Elite Way School changes Lupita's life forever as she becomes friends with Miguel, Roberta, Mia and Jóse Luján, who help her come out of her shell and break free from the control of her domineering mother to join the band RBD. Lupita is also the character who came up with the name for the band.

Next on the list is Giovanni—snobbish and unbearably elitist—who tries to join Diego’s circle. He is humiliated by his family's background: they began as owners of a butcher shop in a lower-class community. They became rich once their shop became successful, but have not lost their customs as humble people. Giovanni hides this part of his life from everyone at the Elite Way School, taking on the name of Giovanni when his name, in actuality, is Juan Méndez-López. This loathing of his origin leads Giovanni to do many dark deeds, which almost leads to his death and the death of his classmate, Teodoro Ruiz-Palacios, among others. He fancies himself as utterly irresistible to the opposite sex and he will “hit on” Mia and other girls in the school, but does not have much success.

These six adolescents, and their classmates, will taste new experiences that will help them mold their intellectual and moral development, and, under the influence of Enrique Madariaga, will lead them to question the values of their parents. Madariaga, a famous writer and a former scholarship graduate of the school, as their ethics professor, will lead them along the path of right action and dignity, and will declare war against the infamous Logia. Also, the arrival of a new school prefect during the middle of the first season, Gastón Diestro, changes life at the Elite Way School with his strict rules and tendency to behave cruelly with the students of fifth-year, namely Jóse Luján. What remains unknown is what connection Gastón has to Jóse's "tutor", an anonymous benefactor who paid for her tuition at the Elite Way School; the discoveries Jóse Luján makes about Gastón and her tutor help her learn more about where she came from, and why she was abandoned in a bag at an orphanage when she was just a newborn. On the other hand, Gastón stirs up trouble once he falls in love with Mia, leading to lots of trouble for RBD and Miguel. “Rebelde” is the riveting story of teenagers who awaken to the harsh realities of life in a privileged school environment where power, tradition and material gain are everything, and where only the strongest in spirit will find the wellspring of courage to fight for their right to feel, to love, to break down social barriers, and to be themselves.

Rebelde II

Headmaster Gandía will install cameras in the school to keep a closer watch on the students. The school board wants more emphasis on sports, and Gandía will implement new athletic programs in the hope that the students will find a healthier and more acceptable venue for “letting off their steam.” Also, in an effort to “break up” the “disruptive cliques” he will make it mandatory for students to switch roommates on a regular basis and will assign them extracurricular activities as well, such as taking students of the lower years under their tutelage. The fourth-years are back from summer vacation, brimming with new dreams and expectations, ready to begin their fifth year. The previous year, in spite of their many individual and social differences, they succeeded in melding into a tight group of friends, which will soon be put to the test with the arrival of the new fifth-years to the Elite Way.

First on the list of new arrivals is Tomás’ cousin, Leonardo, a young fellow from a small town who, despite his academic limitations, is offered a scholarship for his athletic skills. His extraordinary good looks and natural sex appeal earn him a place in Miguel’s circle of friends, and he soon becomes a coveted trophy for most of the girls on campus. However, he only has eyes for one girl, Lupita, who doesn't accept his affections for her.

Another new arrival is Rocco, an alternative life-styler who feels detached from the common and ordinary, and looks down on everyone. He will become the prime troublemaker among the boys and a close friend of another new student, Santos Echagüe. Santos is a defiant and strong-willed kid who comes to the school at first being an outcast and a reject, but becomes someone who is admired by his friends and classmates because of his kindness and yet strong feelings of right and wrong. Santos falls in love with a recently heartbroken Lupita, who denies her feelings for him at first, but ends up giving into the love she develops for him.

When Mia returns from summer vacation, she is greeted by an unpleasant surprise in her dorm; in addition to her regular roommates, her best friends Celi and Vico, she finds Pilar and a new girl, Sol, who immediately sets off all her alarms. A lovely model and seductress, Sol is a serious threat to Mia’s hard-earned status as school beauty and “princess.” There are clashes between the two rivals, but Sol crosses the line when she succeeds in doing something that Mia thought impossible: to break up her friendship with Celina.

Our cast of young characters has gone through changes during their time away from school. Mia and Miguel saw their dream of love come true; a dream that threatens to turn into a nightmare when they are faced once more with the “real world.” The differences between them set in and, even though they are truly in love with each other, their lack of maturity works against them and, at one point in the story, they break off their relationship. Mia is afraid to emerge from her carefully fashioned dream world, where she feels safe, whereas Miguel will begin to claim more independence for himself. In time, Mia’s dream world will come tumbling down, and she will experience dramatic changes in her life.

Promotional poster for the second season of Rebelde.

Roberta and Diego will once more become sworn enemies, the friendship and romantic feelings they had found the previous year having vanished into thin air. Upon Diego’s return from a trip with his friends, he receives a blow that shatters him utterly when his father breaks some terrible news to him: his mother has left them for another man. Diego has no way of knowing that his father is lying; he feels betrayed, and that the two women he most loves in his life—his mother and Roberta—have turned their backs on him. His first impulse is to blame himself for believing in them, and unconsciously begins to behave more and more like his father, convinced that the concept his father has of women has proven to be accurate.

For her part, Roberta does her best to forget Diego. She now sees him as a passing fancy of her immature self, and becomes involved with a 6th year called Roger as well as Iñaki and a new rival for Diego, Javier. Her former rebellious persona will undergo a makeover as she channels her energy into a new altruistic enterprise. Instead of just complaining, she now wants to become a proactive advocate of world change. Her life takes a new turn when professor Martin Reverte appears on the scene. This free-spirit idealist will plant seeds of doubt and change in Roberta’s being as well as change her perception of life and of her identity dramatically.

Another new arrival is Lupita’s half-sister Dolores, or "Lola", the black sheep of the family. Dolores is quick to notice that everyone loves her “darling” half-sister, and wastes no time in trying to make her life impossible. Bianca, another new face in school, is rather shy and makes friends with Lola. Bianca's insecurity paves the way for Lola to control her and step all over her. As time goes on, Bianca becomes more confident, eventually taking a stand against Lola's domination and constant put-downs to get the courage to lead her own life.

This year we have additions to the staff as well. Two professors in particular will have a lasting impact on the students: Julia Lozano and Martin Reverte. Julia Lozano teaches literature. She is an Elite Way graduate who always felt shunned for her plain looks. She is a woman with a mission, namely to get back at all the Elite young men and women who feel the world is their oyster because they are beautiful and rich. She will teach them that there is more to life than looks and money.

A new group spirit emerges that will grow in the face of adversity. In time, the students will realize that the real “enemy” is not the world at large. Each day will bring new challenges that will test the fiber of the Elite Way rebels, and bring them a step closer to their true longing: to discover who they really are and what they want to achieve in life. This is their time to be young, to be young in a world that appears bent on destroying them. In the midst of a world run by grownups who have become desensitized by compromise, these young women and men must fight—and survive—the harshest battle of all: to dare to be themselves.

Restricted Territories: Argentina, Israel, Gaza and Eastern Strip.


See List of Rebelde characters
  • Juan Ferrara... Franco Colucci
  • Ninel Conde... Alma Rey
  • Enrique Rocha...León Bustamante
  • Zoraida Gómez... Jóse Luján Landeros
  • Eddy Vilard... Teodoro "Téo" Ruiz-Palacios
  • Angelique Boyer... Victoria "Vico" Paz
  • Patricio Borghetti... Enrique Madariaga (2004/2006)
  • Lisardo Guarinos... Martin/Octavio Reverte (2005–2006)
  • Karla Cossío... Pilar Gandía Rosalez
  • Estefania Villarreal... Celina Ferrer Mitre
  • Felipe Nájera... Director Pascual Gandia
  • Leticia Perdigon... Mayra Fernández
  • Michel Bernal Meral... Enrique Castellanos
  • Juan Pedro... Luis Garcia
  • Jack Duarte... Tomás Goycolea
  • Ronald Duarte... Jack Lizaldi Heidi
  • Lourdes Canale... Hilda Acosta
  • María Fernanda García... Alice Salazar
  • Rodrigo Nehme... Nicolás Huber (2004–2005)
  • Derrick James... Santos Echagüe (2005–2006)
  • Maria Fernanda Malo... Sol de la Riva (2005–2006)
  • Viviana Ramos... Lola Fernández (2005–2006)
  • Cláudia Schmidt...Sabrina Guzman (2005–2006)
  • Allisson Lozano... Bianca Delight (2005–2006)
  • Tony Dalton... Gastón Diestro (2005–2006)
  • Diego González... Rocco Bezauri (2005–2006)
  • Grettell Valdéz... Renata Lizaldi (2004)
  • Julio Camejo... Mauro (2004)
  • Eleazar Gómez... Leonardo (2005)
  • Nailea Norvind... Marina Cáceres (2006)
  • Jose Ron... Enzo (Boy from team Latinoamericano)
  • Carlos Ferro... Boy from team Latinoamericano

Guest Appearance

Anahí, Dulce Maria, Alfonso Herrera, and Christian Chávez are six of the main cast members on Rebelde and members of RBD, and all previously starred together on the telenovela called Clase 406. Felipe Colombo, who starred in the original version, Rebelde Way, previously costarred with Anahí in the Mexican telenovela Ángeles Sin Paraíso.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result
Premios TVyNovelas[1][2]
Best Telenovela Pedro Damián Nominated
Best Lead Actress Ninel Conde Nominated
Best Lead Actor Juan Ferrara Nominated
Best Male Antagonist Enrique Rocha Nominated
Best Co-star Actress Leticia Perdigón Nominated
Best Co-star Actor Rafael Inclán Nominated
Best Young Lead Actress Anahí Nominated
Dulce María Won
Best Young Lead Actor Alfonso Herrera Nominated
Christopher Uckermann Nominated
Best Musical Theme "Rebelde" by RBD Won
Best Direction Luis Pardo, Juan Carlos Muñoz and Felipe Nájera Nominated

Elite Way School Uniforms[edit]


Both girls and boys wear red sport jackets with matching ties, and long-sleeved white dress-shirts. Boys wear blue jeans and black dress-shoes with their jackets and shirts, while girls wear blue denim miniskirts and black knee-boots. Moreover, girls often untuck and tie up their white dress-shirts, exposing their midriff. (As demonstrated by Mia in the series pilot, girls also wear regulation underwear: full-cut black briefs with matching sport-bras.)

Alternate Casual[edit]

In later seasons, some girls wear a different ensemble with their white dress-shirts: ochre plaid miniskirts and brown sport jackets, with black Mary Janes and white knee-socks.


Both girls and boys wear black sport jackets with matching ties, and long-sleeved blue dress-shirts. Boys wear black dress-slacks with matching dress-shoes, while girls wear dressy black miniskirts with matching knee-boots. Girls rarely tie up their formal dress-shirts.

Promotional Content[edit]

The show is notable for its extensive use of product placement. During the three seasons of the show, more than 220 companies had a spot during the show.[citation needed] The show also featured guest appearances and performances from many popular musicians, including Hilary Duff, Luny Tunes, Gorillaz, and Lenny Kravitz. There were two excursions to luxury vacation resorts in Cozumel and the Banff Springs Hotel in Canada.


Rebelde: Primera Temporada (First Season)
Release date
  • August 2005 (Mexico)
  • December 2005 (Brazil)
  • November 21, 2006 (USA)
  • January 9, 2007 (USA)
Rebelde: Segunda Temporada (Second Season)
  • October 29, 2006 (Mexico)
  • April 10, 2007 (USA)
Rebelde: Tercera Temporada (Third Season)
Release date
  • July 10, 2008 (USA)
  • June 30, 2007 (MEXICO)
Rebelde: La Serie Completa (Whole Series)
Release date
  • November 13, 2007

International release[edit]

Country TV Channels Local Title
 Serbia Happy TV Buntovnici
 Romania Acasa TV Rebelde
 Albania Vizion Plus Rebele
 Colombia RCN/ Boomerang Rebelde
 Brazil SBT (2005 and 2013)
Boomerang (2007/2011)
 Mexico Canal de las Estrellas/ Boomerang/ Tiin Rebelde
 Chile Mega Tv/ Boomerang Rebelde
 Kosovo Kohavision Rebelët
 Peru América Tv/ Boomerang Rebelde
 Ecuador Ecuavisa/Gama tv/ Boomerang Rebelde
 Turkey Doma Tv Rebel olarak da bilinir
 Argentina Canal 9 / Boomerang Rebelde
 Poland TV4 Zbuntowani
 Ecuador Ecuavisa/Gama tv/ Boomerang Rebelde
 United States Univision21 de Marzo 2005 - 16 de Diciembre 2006 UniMás7 de enero 2014-presente Rebelde
 Puerto Rico Univision Rebelde
 Israel Viva Tv Rebelde
 Spain Amtena 3 / Neox / Nova / La Siete / Net TV / Punto TV / Sexta / Hogar 10 Rebelde
 Croatia Tv Doma Rebelde
 Macau Pink Tv бунтовник
 Angola Angola Tv Rebelde
 Slovakia Tv Doma Rebeli


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