History Literature / PrettyLittleLiars

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* BlondesAreEvil: Mona, Alison, Melissa at some points in the books, Iris, Courtney, and Klaudia.



** [[spoiler:Ella's boyfriend, Xavier, tries to cheat on her with Aria, who does not take it well.]]

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** [[spoiler:Ella's boyfriend, Xavier, tries to cheat on her with Aria, who does not take it well.]]
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* [[AloofBigSister: Melissa to Spencer, and Jason as well.

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* [[AloofBigSister: AloofBigSister: Melissa to Spencer, and Jason as well.
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* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: Melissa to Spencer, and Jason as well.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: The person who died was actually Alison's identical twin Courtney who Alison killed in a fit of rage for stealing her identity. Courtney is even buried under her twin's name.]]

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* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: [[AloofBigSister: Melissa to Spencer, and Jason as well.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The person who died was actually Alison's identical twin Courtney who Alison killed in a fit of rage for stealing her identity. Courtney is even buried under her twin's name.]]



* AssholeVictim: Alison wasn't exactly the nicest person around. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, as Alison wasn't the "victim" after all.]]
** [[spoiler: Not that the real victim Courtney was much better]]

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* AssholeVictim: Alison wasn't exactly the nicest person around. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as Alison wasn't the "victim" after all.]]
** [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not that the real victim Courtney was much better]]



--> Hanna: "My way of staying sane is to eat a ton of cheese-based snacks and then throw them up."

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--> Hanna: -->'''Hanna''': "My way of staying sane is to eat a ton of cheese-based snacks and then throw them up."



* BreakTheCutie: In the books Jenna is teased constantly by Alison and her friends, abused by her stepbrother and then she is blinded by a prank gone wrong. She never holds the teasing against Aria and the others though, [[spoiler: and the prank was her idea, conceived in an effort to take her stepbrother out of the picture.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: In the books Jenna is teased constantly by Alison and her friends, abused by her stepbrother and then she is blinded by a prank gone wrong. She never holds the teasing against Aria and the others though, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the prank was her idea, conceived in an effort to take her stepbrother out of the picture.]]



* BrotherSisterIncest / NotBloodSiblings: Toby and Jenna.

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* BrotherSisterIncest / NotBloodSiblings: BrotherSisterIncest[=/=]NotBloodSiblings: Toby and Jenna.



** Much more tragically is [[spoiler: Is Courtney trying to convince her parents that Ali is making her look crazy to get rid of her]]

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** Much more tragically is [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is Courtney trying to convince her parents that Ali is making her look crazy to get rid of her]]



* DeadPersonConversation: Hanna has one with Alison while she is in the hospital. Subverted [[spoiler: because Alison was really alive at the time and visited Hanna when she was in a state between waking up and sleeping.]]
** Later Aria has a real one using a medium to talk to Ali [[spoiler: Actually Courtney]] who wrote down the cryptic but accurate identity of her killer [[spoiler: Ali killed Ali]]
* DeadlyPrank: The Jenna Thing is based off this. The girls are convinced to play a prank on Toby involving a firework. It backfires leading to Jenna's blindness and Toby taking the fall for it. [[spoiler: Jenna had actually conspired with Courtney to get rid of her stepbrother because he was abusing her. The firework went off at the wrong time causing all the chaos after it.]]

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* DeadPersonConversation: Hanna has one with Alison while she is in the hospital. Subverted [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because Alison was really alive at the time and visited Hanna when she was in a state between waking up and sleeping.]]
** Later Aria has a real one using a medium to talk to Ali [[spoiler: Actually [[spoiler:Actually, Courtney]] who wrote down the cryptic but accurate identity of her killer [[spoiler: Ali [[spoiler:Ali killed Ali]]
* DeadlyPrank: The Jenna Thing is based off this. The girls are convinced to play a prank on Toby involving a firework. It backfires leading to Jenna's blindness and Toby taking the fall for it. [[spoiler: Jenna [[spoiler:Jenna had actually conspired with Courtney to get rid of her stepbrother because he was abusing her. The firework went off at the wrong time causing all the chaos after it.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: After Spencer rejects her offer to become A with her, Mona attempts to kill Spencer which leads to Spencer pushing Mona to her death over a cliff.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Alison is basically ruining the Liars' lives and trying to kill them because [[spoiler: they unwittingly validated her sister's deception. They didn't even know she had a twin and genuinely thought they were talking to her.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: A's identity fits this because at first the girls suspect A is Alison but after she is discovered to be dead leading them to suspect Toby to be A. [[spoiler: It is actually Mona who was supposed to be best friends with Hanna which comes as a surprise to them because they never considered her at all. The second A turns out to be Alison which came as a huge shocker because it was revealed that she had killed her twin sister Courtney who was impersonating her at the time.]]

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Spencer rejects her offer to become A with her, Mona attempts to kill Spencer which leads to Spencer pushing Mona to her death over a cliff.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Alison is basically ruining the Liars' lives and trying to kill them because [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they unwittingly validated her sister's deception. They didn't even know she had a twin and genuinely thought they were talking to her.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: A's identity fits this because at first the girls suspect A is Alison but after she is discovered to be dead leading them to suspect Toby to be A. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is actually Mona who was supposed to be best friends with Hanna which comes as a surprise to them because they never considered her at all. The second A turns out to be Alison which came as a huge shocker because it was revealed that she had killed her twin sister Courtney who was impersonating her at the time.]]



* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: [[spoiler:Jenna's murder at the hands of Alison was abrupt and mentioned very briefly in the books.]]

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* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: [[DroppedABridgeOnHer: [[spoiler:Jenna's murder at the hands of Alison was abrupt and mentioned very briefly in the books.]]



* EverybodyKnewAlready: The Jenna Thing turns out to be this because Courtney lied about it. [[spoiler: She claimed that no one else but them knew and swore them to secrecy. It turns out that Jenna and Toby also knew who was behind it. Mona also knew it about which contributed to her dislike of the girls because she had been friends with Jenna.]]
* FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Mona befriended Hanna only as a part of her elaborate revenge plot as A. After Mona's death this leaves Hanna devastated because she thought Mona was a good friend of hers. Alison pretends to befriend the girls in the eighth book only so she can attempt to kill them in revenge because she felt like they were involved in stealing her life.]]

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* EverybodyKnewAlready: The Jenna Thing turns out to be this because Courtney lied about it. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She claimed that no one else but them knew and swore them to secrecy. It turns out that Jenna and Toby also knew who was behind it. Mona also knew it about which contributed to her dislike of the girls because she had been friends with Jenna.]]
* FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Mona [[spoiler:Mona befriended Hanna only as a part of her elaborate revenge plot as A. After Mona's death this leaves Hanna devastated because she thought Mona was a good friend of hers. Alison pretends to befriend the girls in the eighth book only so she can attempt to kill them in revenge because she felt like they were involved in stealing her life.]]



* GambitRoulette: It is revealed in ''Unbelievable'' that [[spoiler: Mona Vanderwaal was A and planned everything that happened to them all along.]]
** Then in ''Deadly'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: Nick/Tripp was all the guys each of the girls met and caused their summer secrets]]

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* GambitRoulette: It is revealed in ''Unbelievable'' that [[spoiler: Mona [[spoiler:Mona Vanderwaal was A and planned everything that happened to them all along.]]
** Then in ''Deadly'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: Nick/Tripp [[spoiler:Nick/Tripp was all the guys each of the girls met and caused their summer secrets]]



* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason [[spoiler:Hanna]] gets hit by a car in ''Perfect''. A sent a threatening message to [[spoiler: Hanna]], but used their regular phone instead of the blocked one [[spoiler: and Hanna recognized the number as belonging to her best friend, Mona Vanderwaal.]]
** [[spoiler: this is the second A's reason for killing Ian and Jenna and the third A's for killing Tabitha]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Alison. She started out just wanting revenge on Courtney but then started to get in too deep and started to kill other people]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason [[spoiler:Hanna]] gets hit by a car in ''Perfect''. A sent a threatening message to [[spoiler: Hanna]], [[spoiler:Hanna]], but used their regular phone instead of the blocked one [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and Hanna recognized the number as belonging to her best friend, Mona Vanderwaal.]]
** [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:This is the second A's reason for killing Ian and Jenna and the third A's for killing Tabitha]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Alison. [[spoiler:Alison. She started out just wanting revenge on Courtney but then started to get in too deep and started to kill other people]]people.]]



* HotForStudent / HotForTeacher: Aria and Ezra, though they don't find out they're student-and-teacher until the day after they meet at a bar.
** Aria's father and his student Meredith were this

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* HotForStudent / HotForTeacher: HotForStudent[=/=]HotForTeacher: Aria and Ezra, though they don't find out they're student-and-teacher until the day after they meet at a bar.
** Aria's father and his student Meredith were thisthis.



* {{Irony}}: The reason that Alison's parents [[spoiler: hid Alison's twin sister, Courtney from the world]] was because they thought that [[spoiler: Courtney was crazy.]] Tragically, it turned out that [[spoiler: Alison, their "perfect little girl", was the one that would go around blackmailing people, ruining lives, tearing apart families, and killing people without even showing the slightest sign of remorse.]] The worst part? [[spoiler: Their "perfect little girl" never would have gone on her rampage had she not been accidentally subjugated to the lifestyle that her sister had grown up in--the one that ''they decided to put her through''.]]
** It gets worse [[spoiler: It turns out that Courtney was never the crazy one in the first place, it was Alison who purposefully made it seem like Courtney wanted to kill her in order to get her out of the way.]]
* InformedJudaism: Hanna is revealed to be Jewish in Pretty Little Secrets. There were no indications prior to this. [[spoiler: It turns up again in ''Vicious'', when Hanna and Mike get married. A rabbi presides over the wedding, and there is a chuppah.]]

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* {{Irony}}: The reason that Alison's parents [[spoiler: hid [[spoiler:hid Alison's twin sister, Courtney from the world]] was because they thought that [[spoiler: Courtney [[spoiler:Courtney was crazy.]] Tragically, it turned out that [[spoiler: Alison, [[spoiler:Alison, their "perfect little girl", was the one that would go around blackmailing people, ruining lives, tearing apart families, and killing people without even showing the slightest sign of remorse.]] The worst part? [[spoiler: Their "perfect little girl" never would have gone on her rampage had she not been accidentally subjugated to the lifestyle that her sister had grown up in--the one that ''they decided to put her through''.]]
** It gets worse [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that Courtney was never the crazy one in the first place, it was Alison who purposefully made it seem like Courtney wanted to kill her in order to get her out of the way.]]
* InformedJudaism: Hanna is revealed to be Jewish in Pretty Little Secrets. There were no indications prior to this. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns up again in ''Vicious'', when Hanna and Mike get married. A rabbi presides over the wedding, and there is a chuppah.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Alison definitely crosses into this trope. The reason why she is popular is because she is attractive, smart and charismatic. Also [[spoiler: her twin sister Courtney.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Alison definitely crosses into this trope. The reason why she is popular is because she is attractive, smart and charismatic. Also [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her twin sister Courtney.]]



** [[spoiler: It turns out Courtney was actually a nice girl so when she took over her sister's life she was forced to act like this so no one would get suspicious of her, she only truly became a bitch towards her death because of some major stress in her life]]

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** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out Courtney was actually a nice girl so when she took over her sister's life she was forced to act like this so no one would get suspicious of her, she only truly became a bitch towards her death because of some major stress in her life]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Zig-zagged. Spencer thinks she might be adopted and finds a woman who claims to be her birth mother, but then it turns out that her parents are hers, and the woman she thought was her mother was in fact her gestational surrogate trying to get more money from the Hastings.]] Also, in a more straight example, [[spoiler:Spencer's dad is Alison and Courtney's father]].

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Zig-zagged.[[spoiler:Zig-zagged. Spencer thinks she might be adopted and finds a woman who claims to be her birth mother, but then it turns out that her parents are hers, and the woman she thought was her mother was in fact her gestational surrogate trying to get more money from the Hastings.]] Also, in a more straight example, [[spoiler:Spencer's dad is Alison and Courtney's father]].



** [[spoiler: Emily who thinks the New A is still Ali is willing to forgive Ali if she apologizes, until the moment she gets texts threatening her new born daughter]]
* ManBehindTheMan: The girls first think A is Alison which turns out to be wrong because it is [[spoiler: Mona. However, Mona knew nothing about Courtney and after her death a new A appeared. It is revealed to be Alison who was actually behind it this time and she was far more malicious as A than Mona had ever been since she killed Jenna and Ian.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Courtney proves to be very skilled at manipulating other people. She was good at getting her friends to tell her their secrets. Afterwards, Courtney would dangle their secrets in front of the other girls seemingly enjoying it. Not only that, Courtney had no problems with [[spoiler: tricking people into thinking she was Alison.]]
** Mona proves to be very skilled with this using her intelligence [[spoiler: to plan the whole A scheme and befriend Hanna only for the purpose of taking her down later.]]
** Topping those two is none other than Alison herself. [[spoiler: She used her skills to manipulate the girls into believing false information when she became A even more than Mona. Ali then used her skills to convince the girls she was their friend because she was ultimately trying to kill them.]]

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** [[spoiler: Emily [[spoiler:Emily who thinks the New A is still Ali is willing to forgive Ali if she apologizes, until the moment she gets texts threatening her new born daughter]]
* ManBehindTheMan: The girls first think A is Alison which turns out to be wrong because it is [[spoiler: Mona.[[spoiler:Mona. However, Mona knew nothing about Courtney and after her death a new A appeared. It is revealed to be Alison who was actually behind it this time and she was far more malicious as A than Mona had ever been since she killed Jenna and Ian.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Courtney proves to be very skilled at manipulating other people. She was good at getting her friends to tell her their secrets. Afterwards, Courtney would dangle their secrets in front of the other girls seemingly enjoying it. Not only that, Courtney had no problems with [[spoiler: tricking [[spoiler:tricking people into thinking she was Alison.]]
** Mona proves to be very skilled with this using her intelligence [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to plan the whole A scheme and befriend Hanna only for the purpose of taking her down later.]]
** Topping those two is none other than Alison herself. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She used her skills to manipulate the girls into believing false information when she became A even more than Mona. Ali then used her skills to convince the girls she was their friend because she was ultimately trying to kill them.]]



** [[spoiler: Ian and Alison]]

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** [[spoiler: Ian [[spoiler:Ian and Alison]]



* OrWasItADream: Hanna is visited by Alison while she is in the hospital in a weird surreal dream-like state leaving us unsure where it was real or not but later it's revealed that [[spoiler: Alison really did visit Hanna because she was still alive.]]

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* OrWasItADream: Hanna is visited by Alison while she is in the hospital in a weird surreal dream-like state leaving us unsure where it was real or not but later it's revealed that [[spoiler: Alison [[spoiler:Alison really did visit Hanna because she was still alive.]]



** [[spoiler: It is revealed in ''Wanted'' that Ali hadn't died at all; it was Courtney.]]

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** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is revealed in ''Wanted'' that Ali hadn't died at all; it was Courtney.]]



** [[spoiler: The second A was revealed to be a man the girls hadn't even spoken to,]] but it turns out [[spoiler: that was wrong, too. It was Ali.]]
** [[spoiler: Emily gets led far off track when she finds out that an Amish girl named Leah had gone missing, and Leah's boyfriend was Darren. This caused her to think that Darren had killed Leah and it wasn't Ali that died.]]
** [[spoiler: The third arc has the girls in each book assume someone who is connected to each of their dark secrets over the summer is the third A and then at the end it is revealed that it isn't]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The second A was revealed to be a man the girls hadn't even spoken to,]] but it turns out [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that was wrong, too. It was Ali.]]
** [[spoiler: Emily [[spoiler:Emily gets led far off track when she finds out that an Amish girl named Leah had gone missing, and Leah's boyfriend was Darren. This caused her to think that Darren had killed Leah and it wasn't Ali that died.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The third arc has the girls in each book assume someone who is connected to each of their dark secrets over the summer is the third A and then at the end it is revealed that it isn't]]



* {{Revenge}}: This is Mona's primary motivation [[spoiler: leading her to become A.]]

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* {{Revenge}}: This is Mona's primary motivation [[spoiler: leading [[spoiler:leading her to become A.]]



* SecretDiary: Alison wrote all of her friend's secrets in a diary before her death. [[spoiler: Mona had found the diary among Alison's (actually Courtney at that time) things which is how she knew some of their secrets.]]
* SecretIdentity: A is the identity of the person who happens to be blackmailing the girls. In the books, [[spoiler: the first A is Mona and the second one is Alison.]]

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* SecretDiary: Alison wrote all of her friend's secrets in a diary before her death. [[spoiler: Mona [[spoiler:Mona had found the diary among Alison's (actually Courtney at that time) things which is how she knew some of their secrets.]]
* SecretIdentity: A is the identity of the person who happens to be blackmailing the girls. In the books, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the first A is Mona and the second one is Alison.]]



* TeenPregnancy: [[spoiler: Emily ended up pregnant after losing her virginity to Isaac, and ended up having a baby over the summer, this is one of the things that A tortures her about]]
* [[spoiler: TheEndOrIsIt: ''Vicious'' ends with the girls free from Alison and Alison sentenced to life in the prison's psychiatric ward, but she's still plotting a way to game the prison and mental ward systems and get her revenge.]]

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* TeenPregnancy: [[spoiler: Emily [[spoiler:Emily ended up pregnant after losing her virginity to Isaac, and ended up having a baby over the summer, this is one of the things that A tortures her about]]
* [[spoiler: TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:TheEndOrIsIt: ''Vicious'' ends with the girls free from Alison and Alison sentenced to life in the prison's psychiatric ward, but she's still plotting a way to game the prison and mental ward systems and get her revenge.]]



* TraumaCongaLine: All four girls suffer this in ''Deadly'' after [[spoiler: being arrested for Tabitha's murder]]. They suffer it even ''worse'' in ''Vicious'' after [[spoiler:being arrested for ''Alison's'' murder]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Spencer has no memory of what happened the night that Alison disappeared. [[spoiler: It was revealed Spencer had a similar episode to this when she was younger because she had ended up getting sick. Spencer had gotten into a fight with Alison over Ian. This caused Spencer to push Alison down before leaving the area. Spencer then repressed the memory because of the trauma. Spencer started to remember causing her to believe she may have killed Alison. It turned out that A was just messing with her before Spencer remembered the truth]].

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* TraumaCongaLine: All four girls suffer this in ''Deadly'' after [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being arrested for Tabitha's murder]]. They suffer it even ''worse'' in ''Vicious'' after [[spoiler:being arrested for ''Alison's'' murder]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Spencer has no memory of what happened the night that Alison disappeared. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was revealed Spencer had a similar episode to this when she was younger because she had ended up getting sick. Spencer had gotten into a fight with Alison over Ian. This caused Spencer to push Alison down before leaving the area. Spencer then repressed the memory because of the trauma. Spencer started to remember causing her to believe she may have killed Alison. It turned out that A was just messing with her before Spencer remembered the truth]].



** [[spoiler: Alison]]. Yes, she was already a jerk before [[spoiler: her twin sister Courtney stole her identity]] but, ''still'' let's recap her life, shall we? [[spoiler: throughout her childhood, her deranged twin sister, Courtney ''hated''(a feeling that was initially one-sided) her and repeatedly expressed her desire to kill Alison and steal her life. Then, at ''seven years old'' Courtney tries to ''drown her'' telling Alison that " You don't deserve to be Ali. I do." and then she has to deal with keeping her sister a secret, and also, living with the person who not only wants to be her, but who had also tried to kill her. Then Courtney ''steals her life.'' and gets her two best friends for who-knows-how-long to hate Alison. And so Alison is forced to go to insane asylums, repeatedly ignored for all her attempts to tell the truth. For at least ''2 years'' . ]]Its really no wonder she did what she did. Then it's revealed in Ali's Pretty Little Lies [[spoiler: It was Ali who hated Courtney because she was more popular and constantly attacked her and forced her to pretend to be her, until Courtney snapped and tried to strangle her allowing her to frame Courtney as insane when she really wasn't]], This lessens her woobie factor.
** [[spoiler: Courtney]] even more so. [[spoiler: Alison would force her to trade places with her so she could be the more popular one. Alison grew even more jealous and told her parents that Courtney threatened to harm her. When Courtney tried to say that Alison was the one who said so (which she did) it only made her come off as the crazy one. Courtney was wrongly diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, and spent three years of her life in a mental hospital at the age of ''nine''. Her parents sort of forgot about her and treated her like she was unwanted when she came home to visit, staying in a dinky guestroom and not being allowed outside. Her family even changed their last name from [=Day-DiLaurentis=] to [=DiLaurentis=], because of the shame of having a child in a mental institution. Is it any wonder Courtney wanted to be free and have her old life back? Years later, after switching places with Alison, it turns out to be all for naught. They get into a fight one night. Courtney reveals that she just wants to have a sister again, that she misses the time where they loved each other. Alison reveals that she wants to kill Courtney but she can't. Then Alison's accomplice comes giving her motivation, Alison shoves her into a hole built for the gazebo, Courtney bangs her head on something hard, and she is buried alive.]]

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** [[spoiler: Alison]]. [[spoiler:Alison]]. Yes, she was already a jerk before [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her twin sister Courtney stole her identity]] but, ''still'' let's recap her life, shall we? [[spoiler: throughout [[spoiler:throughout her childhood, her deranged twin sister, Courtney ''hated''(a feeling that was initially one-sided) her and repeatedly expressed her desire to kill Alison and steal her life. Then, at ''seven years old'' Courtney tries to ''drown her'' telling Alison that " You don't deserve to be Ali. I do." and then she has to deal with keeping her sister a secret, and also, living with the person who not only wants to be her, but who had also tried to kill her. Then Courtney ''steals her life.'' and gets her two best friends for who-knows-how-long to hate Alison. And so Alison is forced to go to insane asylums, repeatedly ignored for all her attempts to tell the truth. For at least ''2 years'' . ]]Its years''.]] It's really no wonder she did what she did. Then it's revealed in Ali's Pretty Little Lies [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was Ali who hated Courtney because she was more popular and constantly attacked her and forced her to pretend to be her, until Courtney snapped and tried to strangle her allowing her to frame Courtney as insane when she really wasn't]], This lessens her woobie factor.
** [[spoiler: Courtney]] [[spoiler:Courtney]] even more so. [[spoiler: Alison [[spoiler:Alison would force her to trade places with her so she could be the more popular one. Alison grew even more jealous and told her parents that Courtney threatened to harm her. When Courtney tried to say that Alison was the one who said so (which she did) it only made her come off as the crazy one. Courtney was wrongly diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, and spent three years of her life in a mental hospital at the age of ''nine''. Her parents sort of forgot about her and treated her like she was unwanted when she came home to visit, staying in a dinky guestroom and not being allowed outside. Her family even changed their last name from [=Day-DiLaurentis=] to [=DiLaurentis=], because of the shame of having a child in a mental institution. Is it any wonder Courtney wanted to be free and have her old life back? Years later, after switching places with Alison, it turns out to be all for naught. They get into a fight one night. Courtney reveals that she just wants to have a sister again, that she misses the time where they loved each other. Alison reveals that she wants to kill Courtney but she can't. Then Alison's accomplice comes giving her motivation, Alison shoves her into a hole built for the gazebo, Courtney bangs her head on something hard, and she is buried alive.]]



** [[spoiler: Spencer's father. He had an affair with Alison's mother and is actually Alison's father.]]
** [[spoiler: Ella's boyfriend, Xavier, tries to cheat on her with Aria, who does not take it well.]]

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** [[spoiler: Spencer's [[spoiler:Spencer's father. He had an affair with Alison's mother and is actually Alison's father.]]
** [[spoiler: Ella's [[spoiler:Ella's boyfriend, Xavier, tries to cheat on her with Aria, who does not take it well.]]
23rd Jul '15 10:23:59 PM Aspie
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* MythologyGag: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], since this is the source material making a ShoutOut to it's [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars TV adaptation]]: In one book, the actress playing Hanna in a film based on what happened to the Liars mouths off to the director and loses her job as a result. Among the suggestions for her replacement is Creator/LucyHale, who plays Aria in the TV series.
25th Mar '15 2:32:00 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** In "Vicious", she takes it UpToEleven: [[spoiler:After the girls are arrested for Alison's murder and have no way to prove that she's really still alive, Emily makes a plan that involves taking a leaf out of Alison's book: to fake her death and disappear in order to fly under the radar to find Ali. ''It works''; she successfully fends off another murder attempt from Ali, gets both Ali and Mrs. D arrested, gets her friends out of jail and all of their charges dropped, and makes sure Ali is sent to an insane asylum, ridding them of her for good]].

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** In "Vicious", she takes it UpToEleven: [[spoiler:After the girls are arrested for Alison's murder and have no way to prove that she's really still alive, Emily makes a plan that involves taking a leaf out of Alison's Ali's book: to fake her death and disappear in order to fly under the radar to find Ali. ''It works''; she successfully fakes her death, finds Alison (hiding out with her mother), fends off another murder attempt from Ali, gets both Ali and Mrs. D arrested, gets her friends out of jail and all of their charges dropped, and makes sure Ali Alison is sent to an insane asylum, ridding them of her for good]].
25th Mar '15 2:27:01 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** In "Deadly", the third A ([[spoiler:actually still the second A, Alison]]) and Helper A (spoiler:Nick Maxwell]]) try to kill the Liars at the end by [[spoiler:locking them in a room full of poisonous gas]]; however, while the rest of the girls [[spoiler:lie weakened and nearly succumb to the gas]], Emily [[spoiler:gets back up, tackles Nick and knocks him unconscious, and [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to Alison even after the latter pulls a gun on her and almost shoots her]]]].

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** In "Deadly", the third A ([[spoiler:actually still the second A, Alison]]) and Helper A (spoiler:Nick ([[spoiler:Nick Maxwell]]) try to kill the Liars at the end by [[spoiler:locking them in a room full of poisonous gas]]; however, while the rest of the girls [[spoiler:lie weakened and nearly succumb to the gas]], Emily [[spoiler:gets back up, tackles Nick and knocks him unconscious, and [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to Alison even after the latter pulls a gun on her and almost shoots her]]]].
25th Mar '15 2:26:30 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* TookALevelInBadass: Good lord, ''Emily'' in the last arc of the series. Took several levels, in fact. For most of the books, Emily's emotional and over-forgiving nature, as well as her feelings for Ali[[spoiler:/Courtney]] caused several problems for all of the girls. However, she's the one who saves the day in both "Deadly" (the 14th book) and "Vicious" (the 16th):

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* TookALevelInBadass: Good lord, ''Emily'' in the last arc of the series. Took several levels, in fact. For most of the books, Emily's emotional and over-forgiving nature, as well as her feelings for Ali[[spoiler:/Courtney]] Ali[[spoiler:/Courtney]], caused several problems for all of the girls. However, she's the one who saves the day in both "Deadly" (the 14th book) and "Vicious" (the 16th):
25th Mar '15 2:25:34 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** In "Deadly", the third A ([[spoiler:actually still the second A, Alison]]) and Helper A (spoiler:Nick Maxwell]]) try to kill the Liars at the end by [[spoiler:locking them in a room full of poisonous gas]]; however, while the rest of the girls [[spoiler:lie weakened and nearly succumb to the gas]], Emily [[spoiler:gets back up, tackles Nick and knocks him unconscious, and [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to Alison even after the latter pulls a gun on her and almost shoots her]].

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** In "Deadly", the third A ([[spoiler:actually still the second A, Alison]]) and Helper A (spoiler:Nick Maxwell]]) try to kill the Liars at the end by [[spoiler:locking them in a room full of poisonous gas]]; however, while the rest of the girls [[spoiler:lie weakened and nearly succumb to the gas]], Emily [[spoiler:gets back up, tackles Nick and knocks him unconscious, and [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to Alison even after the latter pulls a gun on her and almost shoots her]].her]]]].
25th Mar '15 2:24:51 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* TraumaCongaLine: All four girls suffer this in ''Deadly'' after [[spoiler: being arrested for Tabitha's murder]].

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* TookALevelInBadass: Good lord, ''Emily'' in the last arc of the series. Took several levels, in fact. For most of the books, Emily's emotional and over-forgiving nature, as well as her feelings for Ali[[spoiler:/Courtney]] caused several problems for all of the girls. However, she's the one who saves the day in both "Deadly" (the 14th book) and "Vicious" (the 16th):
** In "Deadly", the third A ([[spoiler:actually still the second A, Alison]]) and Helper A (spoiler:Nick Maxwell]]) try to kill the Liars at the end by [[spoiler:locking them in a room full of poisonous gas]]; however, while the rest of the girls [[spoiler:lie weakened and nearly succumb to the gas]], Emily [[spoiler:gets back up, tackles Nick and knocks him unconscious, and [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to Alison even after the latter pulls a gun on her and almost shoots her]].
** In "Vicious", she takes it UpToEleven: [[spoiler:After the girls are arrested for Alison's murder and have no way to prove that she's really still alive, Emily makes a plan that involves taking a leaf out of Alison's book: to fake her death and disappear in order to fly under the radar to find Ali. ''It works''; she successfully fends off another murder attempt from Ali, gets both Ali and Mrs. D arrested, gets her friends out of jail and all of their charges dropped, and makes sure Ali is sent to an insane asylum, ridding them of her for good]].
* TraumaCongaLine: All four girls suffer this in ''Deadly'' after [[spoiler: being arrested for Tabitha's murder]]. They suffer it even ''worse'' in ''Vicious'' after [[spoiler:being arrested for ''Alison's'' murder]].
17th Feb '15 8:07:18 PM missmoon
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* [[spoiler: TheEndOrIsIt: ''Vicious'' ends with the girls free from Alison and Alison sentenced to life in prison, but she's still plotting a way to game the prison and mental ward systems and get her revenge.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheEndOrIsIt: ''Vicious'' ends with the girls free from Alison and Alison sentenced to life in prison, the prison's psychiatric ward, but she's still plotting a way to game the prison and mental ward systems and get her revenge.]]
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