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25th Feb '17 12:04:27 AM Starshone
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* AlphaBitch: Zigzagged with Sharpay. She's a selfish RichBitch who often uses her money and connection to steal Troy from Gabriella, and tries to sabotage their duet performance. However, she doesn't seem to have any [[GirlPosse friends]] -- Ryan's the only one who hangs out with her (and even he switches over to the wildcats side in #2), and way the basketball team talks about her, she actually comes across as incredibly unpopular. On the other hand, the "What Time Is It" song, performed at the beginning of the second film, shows her as a very popular girl with a lot of adoring fans (other students) wanting her signature in their yearbooks. It's very possible they're ''just'' acquaintances/fans though, and people don't try to actually be her ''friends'' and get to know her.

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* AlphaBitch: Zigzagged with Sharpay. She's a selfish RichBitch who often uses her money and connection to steal Troy from Gabriella, and tries to sabotage their duet performance. However, she doesn't seem to have any [[GirlPosse friends]] at school -- Ryan's the only one who hangs out with her (and even he switches over to the wildcats side in #2), and the way the basketball team talks about her, she actually comes across as incredibly unpopular.unpopular. While she has a GirlPosse at the country club, by the time of ''Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure'', they're replaced with three entirely new girls. On the other hand, the "What Time Is It" song, performed at the beginning of the second film, shows her as a very popular girl with a lot of adoring fans (other students) wanting her signature in their yearbooks. It's very possible they're ''just'' acquaintances/fans though, and people don't try to actually be her ''friends'' and get to know her.



* {{Award Bait| Song}} SofterAndSlowerCover: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg6ar82KRfU We're All in This Together (Graduation Version)]] from the third film.
** "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"
*** ''Breaking Free.''

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* {{Award Bait| Song}} SofterAndSlowerCover: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg6ar82KRfU We're All in This Together (Graduation Version)]] from the third film.
** "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"
***
Song}}: ''Breaking Free.''



* FollowTheLeader: The success of HSM led to Nickelodeon's blatant ripoff, ''Spectacular''.
** Their success likely also paved the way for the similar show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', which may have never been picked up without the success of ''High School Musical'', as another musical series - ''Viva Laughlin'' - was canceled after two episodes not long before ''Glee'' premiered.
** And in Britain, to {{ITV}}'s ''Brittania High''.
** Disney also followed themselves with ''Film/CampRock''.



* GrandFinale: Subverted. The end of the third movie seems to end the franchise for good, until you find out about the production of a spinoff movie starring Sharpay.

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* GrandFinale: Subverted. The end of the third movie seems to end the franchise for good, until you find out about the production of a spinoff movie starring Sharpay.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Sharpay and Ryan. They seem to become "good" at the end of the first film, then Sharpay is suddenly worse than before in the second film and Ryan just becomes good, then Ryan is ''back'' on Sharpay's side in the third film and they both go good again in the end anyway!
** Actually, Ryan seems to have maintained his character development from the second film into the third -- he's not portrayed as a villain anymore, and his being "back on Sharpay's side" reads a lot more like a guy who made up with his sister than it does a minion who returned to its master.

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Sharpay and Ryan. They seem Sharpay. She seems to become "good" at the end of the first film, then Sharpay is suddenly worse than before in the second film and Ryan just becomes good, film, then Ryan is ''back'' on Sharpay's side back in it for herself in the third film and they both go good again third. Though she schemes some more in the end anyway!
** Actually, Ryan seems to have maintained his character development from the second film into the third -- he's not portrayed as a villain anymore, and his
her spinoff, it turns out she's being "back on Sharpay's side" reads a lot more like a guy who made up with his sister than it does a minion who returned to its master.played in turn.



* HighSchoolDance: Subverted in the third movie: There is buildup--so much so that an entire song is devoted to it in the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Senior Year]] musical...then Gabriella leaves early. Troy winds up spending Prom Night in California with her (as opposed to the movie's New Mexico setting), and the actual dance is confined to a single ImagineSpot (reprising the song "Can I Have This Dance"). The movie's actual climax is at the musical performance.

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* HighSchoolDance: Subverted in the third movie: There is buildup--so much so that an entire song is devoted to it in the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Senior Year]] Year]]'' musical...then Gabriella leaves early. Troy winds up spending Prom Night in California with her (as opposed to the movie's New Mexico setting), and the actual dance is confined to a single ImagineSpot (reprising the song "Can I Have This Dance"). The movie's actual climax is at the musical performance.



--> The Best Of Times, so Why Leave Them Behind, why can't the rest of my life
--> Be Like My, High School Musical,
--> Who Says We Have To Let It Go?
--> It's The Best Part We've Ever Known
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Hard to avoid. There's Troy/Gabriella, Chad/Taylor, Kelsi/Jason (in # 1 and 2) and Kelsi/Ryan and Jason/Martha (in #3). Most of the couples are implied to be pretty casual, with Chad even admitting that with him and Taylor going to different colleges, he doesn't plan on taking the girl with him after high school. Troy and Gabriella are the only pair who stick it out after graduation.

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--> The Best Of Times, best of times, so why leave them behind?
-->
Why Leave Them Behind, why can't the rest of my life
life be like my
--> Be Like My, High School Musical,
Musical
--> Who Says We Have To Let It Go?
says we have to let it go?
--> It's The Best Part We've Ever Known
the best part we've ever known
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Hard to avoid. There's Troy/Gabriella, Chad/Taylor, Kelsi/Jason (in # 1 and 2) and Kelsi/Ryan and Jason/Martha (in #3). Most of the couples are implied to be pretty casual, with Chad even admitting that with him and Taylor going to different colleges, he doesn't plan on taking the girl with him after high school. Troy and Gabriella are the only pair who explicitly intend to stick it out after graduation.



* HookedUpAfterwards: Troy and Gabriella. Ironically [[{{BetaCouple}} Chad and Taylor]] actually get a more conclusive ending and agree to go on a date together.

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* HookedUpAfterwards: Troy and Gabriella.Gabriella in the first movie. Ironically [[{{BetaCouple}} Chad and Taylor]] actually get a more conclusive ending and agree to go on a date together.



** Somewhat subverted for Sharpay, as her spinoff reveals she's taken a year off after high school instead.



* LettingHerHairDown: Kelsi, at the end.

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* LettingHerHairDown: Kelsi, at the end.end of the first film.



* LikeGoesWithLike: Chad and Taylor are both black. Each one is a best friend of one of the two main characters. They spend time together and go on a date in the first movie, flirt in the second movie, and go to prom together in the third movie.

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* LikeGoesWithLike: Chad and Taylor are both black. Each one is a best friend of one of the two main characters. They spend time together and agree to go on a date in the first movie, flirt are dating in the second movie, and go to prom together in the third movie.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chad and Taylor's ZanyScheme to con Troy into confessing he doesn't care about the callbacks for the musical, and forcing Gabriella to watch while he does so. Their intent, ostensibly, is to get Troy to focus on the upcoming basketball game, Gabby on the scholastic competition. What ensues is nearly the termination of the OneTruePairing.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chad and Taylor's ZanyScheme to con Troy into confessing he doesn't care about the callbacks for the musical, and forcing Gabriella to watch while he does so. Their intent, ostensibly, is to get Troy to focus on the upcoming basketball game, Gabby Gabriella on the scholastic competition. What ensues is nearly the termination of the OneTruePairing.



* OnlySaneMan: Troy and Gabriella in the first film as the only two people in the school who think its ok to have more than one hobby. Of course everyone else thinks ''they're'' the crazy ones: Just watch 'Stick To The Status Quo'.

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* OnlySaneMan: Troy and Gabriella in the first film as the only two people in the school who think its ok to have more than one hobby. Of course everyone else thinks ''they're'' the crazy ones: Just watch 'Stick "Stick To The Status Quo'.Quo".



** Taylor's treatment of Gabriella isn't much better, as she records Troy's stressed response and shows it to Gabriella, (who [[{{IntelligenceEqualsIsolation}} struggles fitting in]], and currently see's Troy as her only real friend), completely devastating her. Like Chad, Taylor's never called out for it, everything turns out fine and she becomes Gabriella's best friend anyway.

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** Taylor's treatment of Gabriella isn't much better, as she records Troy's stressed response and shows it to Gabriella, (who [[{{IntelligenceEqualsIsolation}} struggles fitting in]], and currently see's sees Troy as her only real friend), completely devastating her. Like Chad, Taylor's never called out for it, everything turns out fine and she becomes Gabriella's best friend anyway.



* ShipperOnDeck: The Wildcats go from actively plotting against Troy and Gabriella to this by the second film. They even instigate their big reunion in "Everyday".



** Eacho of the sequels has one as well. #2 had a TalentShow at the country club. #3 had a play that was apparently based on the first movie.

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** Eacho Each of the sequels has one as well. #2 had a TalentShow at the country club. #3 had a play that was apparently based on musical leading up to the first movie.perfect prom. ''Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure'' has ''A Girl's Best Friend'', which appears to mirror Sharpay's own journey from a small town to New York.



* ShipperOnDeck: The wildcats go from actively plotting against Troy and Gabriella to this by the second film. (Well except Sharpay obviously). They even instigate their big reunion in 'Everyday'.



* SofterAndSlowerCover:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg6ar82KRfU We're All in This Together (Graduation Version)]] from the third film.
** "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"



* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Troy's dad.

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** Sharpay gets her own, ''Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure''.
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Troy's dad.dad, but for basketball instead of the stage.



* StarCrossedLovers: In the first film played straight, with the whole school seemingly working to separate Troy and Gabriella, (Ok mostly because of the singing thing). After that...Not so much.

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* StarCrossedLovers: In Played straight in the first film played straight, film, with the whole school seemingly working to separate Troy and Gabriella, (Ok albeit mostly because of the singing thing).thing. After that... Not so much.



* TookALevelInDumbass: Inverted with Ryan, who goes from not being able to spell 'drama club' in #1, to being far more capable in #2 and #3, [[spoiler: Including winning a scholarship to Julliard]].

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* TookALevelInDumbass: Inverted with Ryan, who goes from not being able to spell 'drama club' in #1, to being far more capable in #2 and #3, [[spoiler: Including including winning a scholarship to Julliard]].
16th Feb '17 9:15:17 PM Adept
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* CommonalityConnection: The apparently opposite [[LovableJock Troy]] and [[TeenGenius Gabriella]], bond over the pressure they're both under, and having to live up to their friend's expectations all the time.

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* CommonalityConnection: CommonalityConnection:
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The apparently opposite [[LovableJock Troy]] and [[TeenGenius Gabriella]], bond over the pressure they're both under, and having to live up to their friend's expectations all the time.


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** In the third movie, Kelsi and Ryan were both put in charge of the ''Senior Year'' play (she's in charge of the musical composition, he's in charge of the choreography), and bonded over their shared project.
4th Jan '17 6:59:37 PM nombretomado
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** Their success likely also paved the way for the similar show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', which may have never been picked up without the success of ''HighSchoolMusical'', as another musical series - ''Viva Laughlin'' - was canceled after two episodes not long before ''Glee'' premiered.

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** Their success likely also paved the way for the similar show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', which may have never been picked up without the success of ''HighSchoolMusical'', ''High School Musical'', as another musical series - ''Viva Laughlin'' - was canceled after two episodes not long before ''Glee'' premiered.
16th Nov '16 5:44:41 PM nombretomado
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The franchise also has {{Spiritual Successor}}s: The major one being ''CampRock'', the minor ones being ''Film/{{Starstruck}}'' and ''LemonadeMouth''. It also has another major spiritual successor that also [[XMeetsY mashes it up with]] [[BeachEpisode 60s beach/surfer movies]]: ''Film/TeenBeachMovie''.

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The franchise also has {{Spiritual Successor}}s: The major one being ''CampRock'', ''Film/CampRock'', the minor ones being ''Film/{{Starstruck}}'' and ''LemonadeMouth''. It also has another major spiritual successor that also [[XMeetsY mashes it up with]] [[BeachEpisode 60s beach/surfer movies]]: ''Film/TeenBeachMovie''.



** Disney also followed themselves with ''CampRock''.

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** Disney also followed themselves with ''CampRock''.''Film/CampRock''.
10th Aug '16 10:55:49 AM TrendingToon1
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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: For the main boys, we have: Chad, the enthusiastic buddy; Ryan, the self-centered right-hand man of Sharpay; and Troy, who is innocent but serious. For the girls, we have: Gabriella, the sweet but shy braniac; Sharpay, the snobby popular girl who doesn't like her spotlight stolen; and Taylor, the braniac who mediates between the two.

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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: For the main boys, we have: Chad, the enthusiastic buddy; Ryan, the self-centered right-hand man of Sharpay; and Troy, who is innocent but serious.the athletic leader. For the girls, we have: Gabriella, the sweet but shy braniac; Sharpay, the snobby popular girl who doesn't like her spotlight stolen; and Taylor, the braniac who mediates between the two.
14th Jun '16 7:09:50 AM cdrood
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** Justified in that in the second film, she has more actual power over the others as a RichBitch club member, whereas everyone else is an employee. At school, the others are her equals and she can only manipulate things.
14th Jun '16 7:03:08 AM cdrood
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** Eacho of the sequels has one as well. #2 had a TalentShow at the country club. #3 had a play that was apparently based on the first movie.
14th Jun '16 7:00:42 AM cdrood
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*** At least Troy and Chad had over a decade of friendship to justify a quick and easy forgiveness. Gabriella was a new student and had just met Taylor who up to that point only ever seemed interested in Gabriella as an Academic Decathalon team member.
14th Jun '16 6:45:28 AM cdrood
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** Disney also followed themselves with ''CampRock''.
6th Jun '16 5:59:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMoralSubstitute[=/=]TheMockbuster: ''Sunday School Musical'', made by the fine folks at TheAsylum.
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