History Film / MeanGirls

17th Feb '17 2:50:19 PM ngh93
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30th Dec '16 4:01:33 PM fearlessnikki
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** Kevin towards Cady.

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** Kevin towards Cady. Although it turns out he's not interested romantically.



* AdultsAreUseless: Averted with Ms. Norbury, who proves to be very understanding of what Cady and the other girls are going through. However, played straight with Cady's parents and especially Regina's mother.

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* AdultsAreUseless: AdultsAreUseless:
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Averted with Ms. Norbury, who proves to be very understanding of what Cady and the other girls are going through. However, played through.
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straight with Regina's mother, who is completely under her daughter's thumb.
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Cady's parents and especially Regina's mother.are borderline. They're very trusting of their daughter - which is justified since she was a well-behaved girl before starting high school. But her father still lets her go out when she's supposed to be grounded.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Damian appears to be a CampGay, but he does go in for an AlmostKiss with Janis at the Spring Fling. So you never know.



* AnAesop: Be yourself (of course!). Also that judging and antagonizing each other doesn't really benefit anyone.

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* AnAesop: AnAesop:
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Be yourself (of course!). Also that judging and antagonizing each other doesn't really benefit anyone.



** "You have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores."



%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted.

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%%* * BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted.Subverted. Regina is the most beautiful girl in the school, and turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing.



* BetaBitch: Gretchen is a snivelling lap dog who craves Regina's approval and gossips to her relentlessly. This makes her distinct from Karen.



* BilingualBonus: Trang Pak and Sun Jin Dinh's dialogue becomes [[FunWithSubtitles a lot funnier if you speak Vietnamese]]. Also, at the end of the movie, when [[spoiler: Gretchen is talking to the Cool Asians in Vietnamese-sounding gibberish]], one of them says (in confused and unsubtitled Vietnamese), "What?"

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
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Trang Pak and Sun Jin Dinh's dialogue becomes [[FunWithSubtitles a lot funnier if you speak Vietnamese]]. Also, at the end of the movie, when [[spoiler: Gretchen is talking to the Cool Asians in Vietnamese-sounding gibberish]], one of them says (in confused and unsubtitled Vietnamese), "What?"



%%* TheBrainlessBeauty: Karen (see DumbBlonde).

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%%* * TheBrainlessBeauty: Karen (see DumbBlonde).is one of the most beautiful girls in school, but she's also one of the dumbest.



* ButNotTooBlack: Notably the table for "Unfriendly Black Hotties" has all the black girls fitting this trope - lighter skin and Anglo hairstyles.



%%* CorruptTheCutie: This is half the plot--and the recovery from it takes up the other half.

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%%* * CorruptTheCutie: This is half As Cady becomes sucked into the plot--and cattiness and back-stabbing of 'girl world', she is corrupted to become just as bad as the recovery from it takes up the other half. AlphaBitch herself.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During Cady's phone call with Regina, you can see Regina's little sister watching ''Girls Gone Wild'' and lifting up her shirt while cheering.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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During Cady's phone call with Regina, you can see Regina's little sister watching ''Girls Gone Wild'' and lifting up her shirt while cheering.



* InformedJudaism: Gretchen mentions receiving Hanukkah gifts.

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* InformedJudaism: Gretchen mentions receiving Hanukkah gifts. Given the Plastic's extensive rules, it's possible Gretchen might have to [[InvokedTrope downplay her Judaism]].



%%* InWithTheInCrowd: Instigates the plot.

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%%* %* InWithTheInCrowd: Instigates Cady gets invited to sit with the plot. Plastics and is accepted into their clique. Over the course of the movie, she's corrupted into a shallow AlphaBitch like them.



* LookBothWays: [[spoiler:Regina]] gets hit by a bus for not doing this. [[spoiler:(She gets better.)]] {{Foreshadowed}} with Cady narrowly missing one on her first day.

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* LookBothWays: LookBothWays:
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[[spoiler:Regina]] gets hit by a bus for not doing this. [[spoiler:(She gets better.)]] {{Foreshadowed}} with Cady narrowly missing one on her first day.



*** As an aside, Tina Fey later sang a bit of "At Seventeen" in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Karen seems to be remarkably lacking in actual ''meanness'' per se; in nearly all respects she comes across as a [[DumbIsGood good natured ditz]]. In fact, her only real defining characteristic, besides being TheDitz, is that she remains a loyal friend to Gretchen even through Gretchen's VillainousBreakdown.

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*** As an aside, Tina Fey later sang a bit of "At Seventeen" in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: MinionWithAnFInEvil:
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Karen seems to be remarkably lacking in actual ''meanness'' per se; in nearly all respects she comes across as a [[DumbIsGood good natured ditz]]. In fact, her only real defining characteristic, besides being TheDitz, is that she remains a loyal friend to Gretchen even through Gretchen's VillainousBreakdown.



* PetTheDog: Regina has her moments, such as when she gives Cady a makeover and compliments her on her eyebrows. Also in a twisted way, she gets revenge on Jason for dating Taylor instead of Gretchen.



* RichInDollarsPoorInSense:
** Regina in a specific example. She could rattle off several mostly-illegal weight loss drugs (most of which either were expensive before being banned or would be expensive to ship from countries where they're still legal). Yet, she didn't know enough about health and nutrition to know whether or not butter is a carb.
** Possibly just a commentary on how American teenage girls obsess over getting thin the fast and unhealthy way rather than via actual healthy living.

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* RichInDollarsPoorInSense:
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RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Regina in a specific example. She could rattle off several mostly-illegal weight loss drugs (most of which either were expensive before being banned or would be expensive to ship from countries where they're still legal). Yet, she didn't know enough about health and nutrition to know whether or not butter is a carb.
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carb. Possibly just a commentary on how American teenage girls obsess over getting thin the fast and unhealthy way rather than via actual healthy living.



* TheUnfairSex: Female variety. Regina punishes Taylor for dating Jason - who is supposed to be Gretchen's 'property' - instead of Jason for moving from Gretchen to Karen.



* WildTeenParty: Cady gets invited to a Halloween costume party by Aaron, then (semi-accidentally) throws a wild party herself later in the year. Her social evolution between these two parties is evident. At the first party, she's awkward, uncomfortable and sticks out like a sore thumb. At the second party, she's the queen bee, sexy, center of attention and (mostly) in control of everything going on (that is, until it all blows up in her face).

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* WildTeenParty: Cady gets invited to a Halloween costume party by Aaron, then (semi-accidentally) throws a wild party herself later in the year. Her social evolution between these two parties is evident. At the first party, she's awkward, uncomfortable and sticks out like a sore thumb. At the second party, she's the queen bee, sexy, center of attention and (mostly) in control of everything going on (that is, until it all blows up in her face). However, unusual for the trope, her parents never find out.
4th Dec '16 10:52:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* MyCard: [[AC: Kevin Gnapoor: Math Enthusiast[=/=]{{Badass}} MC]]

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* MyCard: [[AC: Kevin Gnapoor: Math Enthusiast[=/=]{{Badass}} Enthusiast[=/=]Badass MC]]
30th Nov '16 1:29:17 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Regina George, queen AlphaBitch of North Shore High.
18th Nov '16 4:33:30 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* {{Fanservice}}: [[BunnyGirl The Halloween party]], [[SexySantaDress the Christmas pageant]], Creator/AmandaSeyfried [[SexySoakedShirt in a wet T-shirt]], Lacey Chabert in a nightie while talking on the phone, [[BuxomIsBetter Lindsay Lohan constantly wearing low-cut tops]], TinaFey [[LingerieScene stripping down to a bra]]... this movie is in love with this trope. Even [[http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/mean-girls-mean-girls-200481_640_657.jpg the]] [[http://blog.lib.umn.edu/raim0007/gwss3307_summer2008/mean_girls.jpg publicity]] [[http://youngpost.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/meangirls11.jpg shots]] show about ten square feet of leg.

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* {{Fanservice}}: [[BunnyGirl The Halloween party]], [[SexySantaDress the Christmas pageant]], Creator/AmandaSeyfried [[SexySoakedShirt in a wet T-shirt]], Lacey Chabert in a nightie while talking on the phone, Creator/LindsayLohan [[BuxomIsBetter Lindsay Lohan constantly wearing low-cut tops]], TinaFey [[LingerieScene stripping down to a bra]]... this movie is in love with this trope. Even [[http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/mean-girls-mean-girls-200481_640_657.jpg the]] [[http://blog.lib.umn.edu/raim0007/gwss3307_summer2008/mean_girls.jpg publicity]] [[http://youngpost.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/meangirls11.jpg shots]] show about ten square feet of leg.
2nd Nov '16 11:10:16 AM ectostar
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* CaliforniaDoubling: As Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040430/REVIEWS/404300306 put it]], "She enrolls in Evanston Township High School -- which, like all American high schools in the movies, is physically located in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}"
* CampGay: Damien is "almost too gay to function."

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* CaliforniaDoubling: As Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040430/REVIEWS/404300306 put it]], "She enrolls in Evanston Township High School -- which, like all American high schools in the movies, is physically located in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}"
* CampGay: Damien is "almost too gay to function."function".



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Janice gets a good one; "She's a life ruiner. She ruins peoples lives."

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Janice gets a good one; "She's a life ruiner. She ruins peoples lives."lives".



* DudeNotFunny: An InUniverse example happens between Cady and Aaron. Cady thinks that admitting to Aaron about failing math on purpose to get him to notice her would be funny to him. This confession just gets an opposite reaction from him. Aaron condemns Cady and calls her idea of failing math to get him to notice her "stupid" and tells Cady that she is "[[BecomingTheMask just like a clone of Regina]]."

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* DudeNotFunny: An InUniverse example happens between Cady and Aaron. Cady thinks that admitting to Aaron about failing math on purpose to get him to notice her would be funny to him. This confession just gets an opposite reaction from him. Aaron condemns Cady and calls her idea of failing math to get him to notice her "stupid" and tells Cady that she is "[[BecomingTheMask just like a clone of Regina]]." Regina]]".



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During Cady's phone call with Regina, you can see Regina's little sister watching GirlsGoneWild and lifting up her shirt while cheering.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During Cady's phone call with Regina, you can see Regina's little sister watching GirlsGoneWild ''Girls Gone Wild'' and lifting up her shirt while cheering.



* GirlPosse: The "Plastics" (Regina, Karen, Gretchen, and later Cady) are unusually well-developed examples. There's also Trang Pak and her "Cool Asians."

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* GirlPosse: The "Plastics" (Regina, Karen, Gretchen, and later Cady) are unusually well-developed examples. There's also Trang Pak and her "Cool Asians."Asians".



* ImportantHaircut: Off screen. After Regina spread the rumor in middle school that Janis was a lesbian, Janis dropped out of school for the rest of the year; when she returned in the fall, "all her hair was cut off, and she was totally weird."

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* ImportantHaircut: Off screen. After Regina spread the rumor in middle school that Janis was a lesbian, Janis dropped out of school for the rest of the year; when she returned in the fall, "all her hair was cut off, and she was totally weird."weird".



* LuckyTranslation: Karen goes to the Halloween party dressed as a sexy mouse. In the Italian version, when asked what she is dressed as, she answers "Sono una topa." "Topa" means "female mouse," but is also a slang word for female genitalia and a rude compliment to a pretty girl.

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* LuckyTranslation: Karen goes to the Halloween party dressed as a sexy mouse. In the Italian version, when asked what she is dressed as, she answers "Sono una topa." topa". "Topa" means "female mouse," mouse", but is also a slang word for female genitalia and a rude compliment to a pretty girl.



** The name "Regina" is Latin for "queen." (Her last name is "George," bringing to mind [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush a certain President]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom a certain king]].)
** And in the same vein, it's surely no accident that on many different occasions, a character will mispronounce Cady's name, thinking it's pronounced "catty."

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** The name "Regina" is Latin for "queen." "queen". (Her last name is "George," bringing to mind [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush a certain President]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom a certain king]].)
** And in the same vein, it's surely no accident that on many different occasions, a character will mispronounce Cady's name, thinking it's pronounced "catty.""catty".



* MyNaymeIs: It's spelled "Cady," not "Katie."

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* MyNaymeIs: It's spelled "Cady," not "Katie.""Katie".



* NoSocialSkills: Up until she came to the school, Cady lived in Africa and was home schooled, thus winding up with absolutely no clue about how things worked in "Girl World." Her parents appear to be clueless every time they appear:

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* NoSocialSkills: Up until she came to the school, Cady lived in Africa and was home schooled, thus winding up with absolutely no clue about how things worked in "Girl World." World". Her parents appear to be clueless every time they appear:



** Cady's "[[DiggingYourselfDeeper word vomit]]." In one scene, [[VomitDiscretionShot it becomes actual vomit]].

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** Cady's "[[DiggingYourselfDeeper word vomit]]." vomit]]". In one scene, [[VomitDiscretionShot it becomes actual vomit]].



* TruthTellingSession: Regina escalates the battle to such an extreme level that it can best be described as "going nuclear."

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* TruthTellingSession: Regina escalates the battle to such an extreme level that it can best be described as "going nuclear."nuclear".



* WhamShot: After Regina learns that Cady made her gain weight, she takes her Burn Book, cut a picture of them in two and writes "This girl is the nastiest skank bitch I've ever met. Do not trust her. She is a fugly slut." It looks like she's going to add Cady in her book but then put herself instead.

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* WhamShot: After Regina learns that Cady made her gain weight, she takes her Burn Book, cut a picture of them in two and writes "This girl is the nastiest skank bitch I've ever met. Do not trust her. She is a fugly slut." slut". It looks like she's going to add Cady in her book but then put herself instead.



* WomensMysteries: The principal attempts to get the girls talking about about any "[[TemptingFate ladies' problems]]" they might have (referring to disagreements with each other. When the first one he singles out predictably starts going into TooMuchInformation territory he swiftly subs in Miss Norbury, saying "OK, I can't do this."

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* WomensMysteries: The principal attempts to get the girls talking about about any "[[TemptingFate ladies' problems]]" they might have (referring to disagreements with each other. When the first one he singles out predictably starts going into TooMuchInformation territory he swiftly subs in Miss Norbury, saying "OK, I can't do this."this".
1st Nov '16 1:00:04 PM malifee
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Regina claims Janis is a lesbian, though she's actually [[spoiler:Lebanese]]. Her outfits reinforce the stereotype, but by the end of the film it's obviously not true.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Regina claims Janis is a lesbian, though she's actually [[spoiler:Lebanese]]. Her outfits reinforce the stereotype, but as does her close friendship with the openly gay Damian--they wear matching suits to the Spring Fling. However, by the end of the film it's obviously not true.left in doubt by [[spoiler: her new relationship with Kevin]]



** Janis also does this with Regina when she "apologizes" for helping Cady in sabotaging her and says she did it because "I guess I've got a BIG, ''LESBIAN'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CRUSH ON YOU!]]"

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** Janis also does this with Regina when she "apologizes" for helping Cady in sabotaging her and says she did it because "I guess I've got a BIG, ''LESBIAN'' ''LEZZZBIAN'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CRUSH ON YOU!]]"



-->'''Karen:''' "I can't go out. ''[fake coughing]'' I'm sick."
** Most of Regina's behavior fits this trope.

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-->'''Karen:''' "I can't go out. ''[fake ''[pathetic fake coughing]'' I'm sick."
** Most of Regina's behavior dialogue fits this trope.



* {{Bowdleri|se}}zation: Creator/TinaFey's [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/mean_girls.pdf original script]] was a raunchy, R-rated SexComedy in the vein of ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' and ''Film/AmericanPie'' (she later described it as involving "wall-to-wall titties"). It featured much stronger sexual references -- one of the characters admits to masturbating with a hot dog [[note]]In the final version, "masturbated" was dubbed over with "made out" -- and anyone who knows how to lip-read can tell what the original line was supposed to be.[[/note]], and the scene where Gretchen is caught kissing a boy in the bathroom was supposed to be her performing oral sex on him. Regina and Karen were to have topless scenes, and their Halloween costumes were also supposed to be skimpier than what was shown in the final film, amounting to what Cady describes: lingerie plus animal ears. There was also a subplot involving an ecstasy-popping ClubKid named Barry. These were changed when LindsayLohan was hired to play the lead, as she was trying to keep a squeaky-clean image at the time. This trope is taken even further whenever the movie is aired on a "family" channel such as ABC Family. Any remotely objectionable content is censored int various strange clumsy ways.

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* {{Bowdleri|se}}zation: Creator/TinaFey's [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/mean_girls.pdf original script]] was a raunchy, R-rated SexComedy in the vein of ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' and ''Film/AmericanPie'' (she later described it as involving "wall-to-wall titties"). It featured much stronger sexual references -- one of the characters admits to masturbating with a hot dog [[note]]In the final version, "masturbated" was dubbed over with "made out" -- and anyone who knows how to lip-read can tell what the original line was supposed to be.[[/note]], and the scene where Gretchen is caught kissing a boy in the bathroom was supposed to be her performing oral sex on him. Regina and Karen were to have topless scenes, and their Halloween costumes were also supposed to be skimpier than what was shown in the final film, amounting to what Cady describes: lingerie plus animal ears. There was also a subplot involving an ecstasy-popping ClubKid named Barry. These were changed when LindsayLohan was hired to play the lead, as she was trying to keep a squeaky-clean image at the time. This trope is taken even further whenever the movie is aired on a "family" channel such as ABC Family. Any remotely objectionable content is censored int in various strange clumsy ways.



* CoolLoser: Janis Ian. She used to be popular, but during middle school, Regina spread rumors claiming that she was a lesbian.
%%* CorruptTheCutie: This is half the plot.

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* CoolLoser: Janis Ian. She used to be popular, but during popular in middle school, but then Regina spread rumors claiming that she was a lesbian.
%%* CorruptTheCutie: This is half the plot.plot--and the recovery from it takes up the other half.



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Again, the four Mean girls. Regina is an unhelathy case of your typical choleric selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, Karen is a bubbly Sanguine, Gretchen is the painfully loyal phlegmatic and Cady is the introspective melancholic.

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Again, the four Mean girls. Regina is an unhelathy unhealthy case of your typical choleric "typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, ho-bag", Karen is a bubbly Sanguine, Gretchen is the painfully loyal phlegmatic and Cady is the introspective melancholic.



%%* InWithTheInCrowd

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%%* InWithTheInCrowdInWithTheInCrowd: Instigates the plot.



** Damian uses one PaperThinDisguise after another (robber, Santa, guy with hoodie and sunglasses), yet nobody except Cady seems to recognize him.

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** Damian uses one PaperThinDisguise after another (robber, Santa, guy with hoodie and sunglasses), yet nobody except Cady seems to recognize him.
23rd Sep '16 3:06:01 AM foxley
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* CoolLoser: Janis Ian. She used to be popular, but during middle school, Regina spread rumors claiming that she was a lesbian.


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* CompletelyOffTopicReport: Gretchen reads a report in class about ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', specifically about the murder scene, which is a very thinly veiled attack against Regina's tyrannous behaviour and has fairly little to do with the actual plot.
-->'''Gretchen:''' Why should Caesar just get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar, right? Brutus is just as smart as Caesar, people totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar, and when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody because that's not what Rome is about! We should totally just STAB CAESAR!
* CoolLoser: Janis Ian. She used to be popular, but during middle school, Regina spread rumors claiming that she was a lesbian.
13th Sep '16 4:58:33 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** PlayedForLaughs in the scene where Regina's parents are photographing her in her {{stripperiffic}} Halloween costume. Regina's mom thinks it looks fierce and is eagerly snapping pictures, while her dad can't believe that he's seeing his little baby dressed like that.

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** PlayedForLaughs in the scene where Regina's parents are photographing her in her {{stripperiffic}} Halloween costume. Regina's mom thinks it looks fierce and is eagerly snapping pictures, while her dad can't believe that he's seeing is visibly horrified to see his little baby dressed like that.
13th Sep '16 4:58:02 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** [[spoiler:Regina's mother watches her daughter get hit by a school bus.]]

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** [[spoiler:Regina's Regina's mother watches gets one herself when she [[spoiler:watches her daughter get hit by a school bus.]]bus]].
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