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Once upon a time, there were a pack of {{Cool Loser}} brunettes, led by a girl named Sam. One day, she got into a squabble with Brooke, the [[AlphaBitch leader]] of the GirlPosse of [[BlondesAreEvil blondes]] at her school. Imagine their surprise when the two of them found out that their [[ParentWithNewParamour single parents are now dating each other.]] And want to shack up. Off-and-on wars ensue, both at home and at school.

Everyone is obsessed with popularity, down to the teachers. The popular crowd get their asses kissed, the CoolLoser crowd get into fights with them, while the actual {{Nerd}}s try to swim up from the bottom. Much NoGoingSteady and crossing of the popularity lines ensue, along with doses of surreality and silliness galore.

There are also BUTTLOADS of [[TwinTropes twins]] on this show.
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!!'''Contains examples of:'''

* AbsenteeActor: Popita and Adam in season 2 are never even seen at cheerleading!
* AbusiveParents: Josh's dad, Carmen's mom.
* ActingForTwo: Diane Delano played twins Bobbi and Jessi Glass. And their brother Rock. And their uncle.
* ACupAngst: There was an episode where Sam wore an inflatable bra to a dance because of sudden insecurity about her breast size.
* AdultsAreUseless: Neither Brooke nor Sam's parent seems to care that their daughters hate each other and do incredibly mean things to each other all the time! All they seem to do is gush over each other like the kids aren;t even THERE!
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders
* AlphaBitch: Pretty much every dang popular girl, but extra points go to Nicole. Less points go to Brooke, who was actually fairly non-AlphaBitch-like except for when she was pissed off.
** LovableAlphaBitch: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.
* AltarTheSpeed: Josh and Lily
* BankruptcyBarrel: Mary Cherry
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults
* BetterAsFriends: Harrison gets ''all'' of these tropes.
* TheBGrade
* BillyElliotPlot: Josh: SchoolPlay or BigGame ?
* BlondesAreEvil: Almost every popular girl is a blonde. Averted by Harrison's mom.
* BootCampEpisode: introduces the Glass brother. Makes pretty much no sense on this show, but what does?
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* BrokenAce: Josh Ford.
* CelebrityLie: Gwyneth Paltrow's "personal shopper."
* ClassReunion: fantasy version
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler: Brooke gets hit by a car.]]
* CompressedVice
* CoolLoser and HollywoodNerd: Sam, Harrison, Lily, Carmen...all of their particular clique, really.
* CutShort
* DaddysGirl: Brooke
* [[DatingDoSiDo Dating Do-Si-Do]]
* DawsonCasting: Various members of the cast were in their early (or late!) twenties when the series was made.
* DisappearedDad (Sam's, deceased)
* TheDitz: Mary Cherry, to the point where people think she's mentally challenged.
* DorkHorseCandidate: April, who wins after [[AlphaBitch Brooke]] and [[CoolLoser Harrison]] drop out of the race.
* DysfunctionJunction
* EvilMakeover: Harrison (this troper found it incredibly hot, though)
* EvilRedHeads: April Tuna, sometimes.
* EvilTwin: Jessi, and Mary Cherry's twin, though calling them "evil" really is just that they're only slightly more bad by comparison to the first one. And both of Emory's sisters.
* FoodFight
* FreeTheFrogs: Lily
* FreudianExcuse: Nicole is an AlphaBitch due to the cruelty she endured as a child.
* FullNameBasis: Mary Cherry, Cherry Cherry
* FurAndLoathing: Furs were worn, but by the rich bitches.
* {{Geek}} and {{Nerd}}: April and May Tuna, Emory, pretty much everybody below the Sam/Harrison crowd on the scale of popularity.
* GentleGiant: Sugar Daddy
* GirlPosse
* GRatedDrug: "cough syrup" is the new crack! Also, wacky premenstrual drugs.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: the Glass twins have a brother.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Josh and Sugardaddy
* HighSchoolDance
* HollywoodDateless: Harrison
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: ''Any'' time a blonde/jock dates a brunette/non-jock on this show.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Nicole
* IHaveManyNames: nicknames in the case of Bobbi "Bio" "Chem" "Claw" Glass. And that's not even counting the nastier ones....
* ImportantHaircut: some girls have to shave their heads when they lose a bet. Naturally, they all have wigs that look just like their old hair again within a few episodes- the reverse of HairTodayGoneTomorrow.
* InWithTheInCrowd
* JerkJock: subverted, as the jock guys on the show were actually pretty nice.
* LanguageOfLove: Sugar Daddy and Exquisite Woo, though she magically seems to have better English later.
* MakeoverMontage (of course)
* MakeWayForThePrincess
* ManipulativeBastard: Nicole is the show's best example. New student Adam is also very capable when it comes to this (his backstory reveals that he forced a girl into a mental institution just by screwing with her head). Brooke and Sam also have their moments, as their ongoing rivalry gives them more than ample time to demonstrate.
* MenstrualMenace: The episode "Caged!" revolves [[UnfortunateImplications awkwardly]] around this idea.
* MissingMom: Brooke's
* MusicalEpisode
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Mary Cherry always calls Harrison "Joe." Yes, she knows what his real name is.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: this never works well with Brooke and Sam.
* NoGoingSteady (doesn't Josh somehow sleep with/make out with/date every female in the cast? Not to mention that you can't keep track of who's interested in who from week to week.)
* NonIdenticalTwins: the Tunas
* TheOneGuy: Harrison
* ParentExMachina
* ParentTrapPlot
* ParentWithNewParamour: Sam's mom and Brooke's dad date and shack up with each other, and eventually have a baby together.
* PetTheDog: Nicole does have her moments, giving Harrison a bone marrow transplant, and even apologising to a few of her victims after going to far. She gets worse. Bobbi Glass also has a few decent episodes. Basically, no one hurts her students but her.
* PictureDay
* PoisonousFriend: Nicole to Brooke.
* PopularIsDumb: Mary Cherry is completely over the top in this. (Brooke, on the other hand, gets excellent grades. Nicole is something of an evil genius.)
* PrettyInMink: When the context isn't the other trope.
* RedRightHand: After a cat eats off Bobbi's finger, she gets a fake one, and the nickname Claw. Which she answers to.
* RepetitiveName: Cherry Cherry.
* RichBitch: Nicole, Mary Cherry, Cherry Cherry
* SadistTeacher: Bobbi Glass
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sam
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: all the rich bitch folks
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Season 2 ends with a cliffhanger because the ShowRunner was told he'd get a Season 3.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Mary Cherry and her twin
* SoapBoxSadie: Lily
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace
* SpecialGuest: Mary Cherry's parents were Delta Burke and RuPaul. Oh, and Ann-Margret is {{God}}.
* StepfordSmiler: Pretty much everybody in the popular crowd, excepting BrokenAce Josh. Brooke and Sugar are the depressed variety, Nicole is the psycho version.
* StockSeriesFinales: the first season finale did its best to make fun of every trope it could possibly find.
* StraightGay: Harrison's mom
* StudentCouncilPresident
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: the pricipals
* ThemeTwinNaming: Bobbi and Jessi Glass, and April and May Tuna.
* TomboyishName: Sam.
* TonightSomeoneDies: Pastiched all to heck in the first season finale, with a running vote of who should die going on the screen periodicially, and Bobbi Glass in particular having a ''really'' bad day. In the end, it was the [[spoiler:IllGirl May Tuna]] who bit it at the last moment.
* {{Transsexual}}: The shop teacher, though Bobbi Glass sure did seem to have Issues with that. Hmmmmmmmm...
* TwoTeacherSchool: Not at first, but later in the series where Bobbi Glass taught ''everything''.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Harrison and Brooke
* WackyHomeroom
* WeddingDay
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Subverted, as activist Lily will try to save non-cute animals such as lobsters.
* WonderfulLife
* WondrousLadiesRoom: So fabulous it has a name: the Novak. And all the homecoming queen's pictures are posted there. And both genders wander on through.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol
* YoureNotMyFather
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Once upon a time, there were a pack of {{Cool Loser}} brunettes, led by a girl named Sam. One day, she got into a squabble with Brooke, the [[AlphaBitch leader]] of the GirlPosse of [[BlondesAreEvil blondes]] at her school. Imagine their surprise when the two of them found out that their [[ParentWithNewParamour single parents are now dating each other.]] And want to shack up. Off-and-on wars ensue, both at home and at school.

Everyone is obsessed with popularity, down to the teachers. The popular crowd get their asses kissed, the CoolLoser crowd get into fights with them, while the actual {{Nerd}}s try to swim up from the bottom. Much NoGoingSteady and crossing of the popularity lines ensue, along with doses of surreality and silliness galore.

There are also BUTTLOADS of [[TwinTropes twins]] on this show.
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!!'''Contains examples of:'''

* AbsenteeActor: Popita and Adam in season 2 are never even seen at cheerleading!
* AbusiveParents: Josh's dad, Carmen's mom.
* ActingForTwo: Diane Delano played twins Bobbi and Jessi Glass. And their brother Rock. And their uncle.
* ACupAngst: There was an episode where Sam wore an inflatable bra to a dance because of sudden insecurity about her breast size.
* AdultsAreUseless: Neither Brooke nor Sam's parent seems to care that their daughters hate each other and do incredibly mean things to each other all the time! All they seem to do is gush over each other like the kids aren;t even THERE!
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders
* AlphaBitch: Pretty much every dang popular girl, but extra points go to Nicole. Less points go to Brooke, who was actually fairly non-AlphaBitch-like except for when she was pissed off.
** LovableAlphaBitch: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.
* AltarTheSpeed: Josh and Lily
* BankruptcyBarrel: Mary Cherry
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults
* BetterAsFriends: Harrison gets ''all'' of these tropes.
* TheBGrade
* BillyElliotPlot: Josh: SchoolPlay or BigGame ?
* BlondesAreEvil: Almost every popular girl is a blonde. Averted by Harrison's mom.
* BootCampEpisode: introduces the Glass brother. Makes pretty much no sense on this show, but what does?
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* BrokenAce: Josh Ford.
* CelebrityLie: Gwyneth Paltrow's "personal shopper."
* ClassReunion: fantasy version
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler: Brooke gets hit by a car.]]
* CompressedVice
* CoolLoser and HollywoodNerd: Sam, Harrison, Lily, Carmen...all of their particular clique, really.
* CutShort
* DaddysGirl: Brooke
* [[DatingDoSiDo Dating Do-Si-Do]]
* DawsonCasting: Various members of the cast were in their early (or late!) twenties when the series was made.
* DisappearedDad (Sam's, deceased)
* TheDitz: Mary Cherry, to the point where people think she's mentally challenged.
* DorkHorseCandidate: April, who wins after [[AlphaBitch Brooke]] and [[CoolLoser Harrison]] drop out of the race.
* DysfunctionJunction
* EvilMakeover: Harrison (this troper found it incredibly hot, though)
* EvilRedHeads: April Tuna, sometimes.
* EvilTwin: Jessi, and Mary Cherry's twin, though calling them "evil" really is just that they're only slightly more bad by comparison to the first one. And both of Emory's sisters.
* FoodFight
* FreeTheFrogs: Lily
* FreudianExcuse: Nicole is an AlphaBitch due to the cruelty she endured as a child.
* FullNameBasis: Mary Cherry, Cherry Cherry
* FurAndLoathing: Furs were worn, but by the rich bitches.
* {{Geek}} and {{Nerd}}: April and May Tuna, Emory, pretty much everybody below the Sam/Harrison crowd on the scale of popularity.
* GentleGiant: Sugar Daddy
* GirlPosse
* GRatedDrug: "cough syrup" is the new crack! Also, wacky premenstrual drugs.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: the Glass twins have a brother.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Josh and Sugardaddy
* HighSchoolDance
* HollywoodDateless: Harrison
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: ''Any'' time a blonde/jock dates a brunette/non-jock on this show.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Nicole
* IHaveManyNames: nicknames in the case of Bobbi "Bio" "Chem" "Claw" Glass. And that's not even counting the nastier ones....
* ImportantHaircut: some girls have to shave their heads when they lose a bet. Naturally, they all have wigs that look just like their old hair again within a few episodes- the reverse of HairTodayGoneTomorrow.
* InWithTheInCrowd
* JerkJock: subverted, as the jock guys on the show were actually pretty nice.
* LanguageOfLove: Sugar Daddy and Exquisite Woo, though she magically seems to have better English later.
* MakeoverMontage (of course)
* MakeWayForThePrincess
* ManipulativeBastard: Nicole is the show's best example. New student Adam is also very capable when it comes to this (his backstory reveals that he forced a girl into a mental institution just by screwing with her head). Brooke and Sam also have their moments, as their ongoing rivalry gives them more than ample time to demonstrate.
* MenstrualMenace: The episode "Caged!" revolves [[UnfortunateImplications awkwardly]] around this idea.
* MissingMom: Brooke's
* MusicalEpisode
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Mary Cherry always calls Harrison "Joe." Yes, she knows what his real name is.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: this never works well with Brooke and Sam.
* NoGoingSteady (doesn't Josh somehow sleep with/make out with/date every female in the cast? Not to mention that you can't keep track of who's interested in who from week to week.)
* NonIdenticalTwins: the Tunas
* TheOneGuy: Harrison
* ParentExMachina
* ParentTrapPlot
* ParentWithNewParamour: Sam's mom and Brooke's dad date and shack up with each other, and eventually have a baby together.
* PetTheDog: Nicole does have her moments, giving Harrison a bone marrow transplant, and even apologising to a few of her victims after going to far. She gets worse. Bobbi Glass also has a few decent episodes. Basically, no one hurts her students but her.
* PictureDay
* PoisonousFriend: Nicole to Brooke.
* PopularIsDumb: Mary Cherry is completely over the top in this. (Brooke, on the other hand, gets excellent grades. Nicole is something of an evil genius.)
* PrettyInMink: When the context isn't the other trope.
* RedRightHand: After a cat eats off Bobbi's finger, she gets a fake one, and the nickname Claw. Which she answers to.
* RepetitiveName: Cherry Cherry.
* RichBitch: Nicole, Mary Cherry, Cherry Cherry
* SadistTeacher: Bobbi Glass
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Sam
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: all the rich bitch folks
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Season 2 ends with a cliffhanger because the ShowRunner was told he'd get a Season 3.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Mary Cherry and her twin
* SoapBoxSadie: Lily
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace
* SpecialGuest: Mary Cherry's parents were Delta Burke and RuPaul. Oh, and Ann-Margret is {{God}}.
* StepfordSmiler: Pretty much everybody in the popular crowd, excepting BrokenAce Josh. Brooke and Sugar are the depressed variety, Nicole is the psycho version.
* StockSeriesFinales: the first season finale did its best to make fun of every trope it could possibly find.
* StraightGay: Harrison's mom
* StudentCouncilPresident
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: the pricipals
* ThemeTwinNaming: Bobbi and Jessi Glass, and April and May Tuna.
* TomboyishName: Sam.
* TonightSomeoneDies: Pastiched all to heck in the first season finale, with a running vote of who should die going on the screen periodicially, and Bobbi Glass in particular having a ''really'' bad day. In the end, it was the [[spoiler:IllGirl May Tuna]] who bit it at the last moment.
* {{Transsexual}}: The shop teacher, though Bobbi Glass sure did seem to have Issues with that. Hmmmmmmmm...
* TwoTeacherSchool: Not at first, but later in the series where Bobbi Glass taught ''everything''.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Harrison and Brooke
* WackyHomeroom
* WeddingDay
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Subverted, as activist Lily will try to save non-cute animals such as lobsters.
* WonderfulLife
* WondrousLadiesRoom: So fabulous it has a name: the Novak. And all the homecoming queen's pictures are posted there. And both genders wander on through.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol
* YoureNotMyFather
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21st Jun '13 9:55:38 AM PancticeSquadCutterback
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Everyone is obsessed with popularity, down to the teachers. The popular crowd get their asses kissed, the CoolLoser crowd get into fights with them, while the actual {{Nerd}}s try to swim up from the bottom. Much NoGoingSteady and crossing of the popularity lines ensue, along with doses of surreality and silliness galore. Sadly, it was TooGoodToLast.

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Everyone is obsessed with popularity, down to the teachers. The popular crowd get their asses kissed, the CoolLoser crowd get into fights with them, while the actual {{Nerd}}s try to swim up from the bottom. Much NoGoingSteady and crossing of the popularity lines ensue, along with doses of surreality and silliness galore. Sadly, it was TooGoodToLast.\n
30th Dec '12 5:55:16 PM colleen4ever
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* AdultsAreUseless: Neither Brooke nor Sam's parent seems to care that their daughters hate each other and do incredibly mean things to each other all the time! All they seem to do is gush over each other like the kids aren;t even THERE!
2nd Nov '12 6:47:37 AM JRPictures
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* FanPreferredCouple: Sam and Brooke. WordofGod confirmed in Season 3 Sam was supposed to come out so it could have happened.



* LesYay (Sam and Brooke, Carmen and Lily)
17th Jun '12 6:44:16 PM lala
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* FreudianExcuse: Nicole is an AlphaBitch due to the cruelty she endured as a child.
23rd Nov '11 1:28:36 PM Sheady16
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* FanPreferredCouple: Sam and Brooke. WordofGod confirmed in Season 3 Sam was supposed to come so it could have happened.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Sam and Brooke. WordofGod confirmed in Season 3 Sam was supposed to come out so it could have happened.
23rd Nov '11 1:26:31 PM Sheady16
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** LoveableAlphaBitch: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.

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** LoveableAlphaBitch: LovableAlphaBitch: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.
19th Nov '11 11:14:53 AM Riana
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* FanPreferredCouple: Sam and Brooke. WordofGod confirmed in Season 3 Sam was supposed to come so it could have happened.
31st Oct '11 5:14:22 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Once upon a time, there were a pack of {{Cool Loser}} brunettes, led by a girl named Sam. One day, she got into a squabble with Brooke, the [[TheLibby leader]] of the GirlPosse of [[BlondesAreEvil blondes]] at her school. Imagine their surprise when the two of them found out that their [[ParentWithNewParamour single parents are now dating each other.]] And want to shack up. Off-and-on wars ensue, both at home and at school.

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Once upon a time, there were a pack of {{Cool Loser}} brunettes, led by a girl named Sam. One day, she got into a squabble with Brooke, the [[TheLibby [[AlphaBitch leader]] of the GirlPosse of [[BlondesAreEvil blondes]] at her school. Imagine their surprise when the two of them found out that their [[ParentWithNewParamour single parents are now dating each other.]] And want to shack up. Off-and-on wars ensue, both at home and at school.



* AlphaBitch: Pretty much every dang popular girl, but extra points go to Nicole. Less points go to Brooke, who was actually fairly non-AlphaBitch-like except for when she was pissed off.
** LoveableAlphaBitch: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.



* DorkHorseCandidate: April, who wins after [[TheLibby Brooke]] and [[CoolLoser Harrison]] drop out of the race.

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* DorkHorseCandidate: April, who wins after [[TheLibby [[AlphaBitch Brooke]] and [[CoolLoser Harrison]] drop out of the race.



* TheLibby: Pretty much every dang popular girl, but extra points go to Nicole. Less points go to Brooke, who was actually fairly non-Libby-like except for when she was pissed off.
** LoveableLibby: Brooke, once you get past her issues, isn't really that bad. Even Mary Cherry has her decent moments. Nicole, not so much.
12th Sep '11 7:29:01 PM djbj
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* JonasQuinn: the pricipals


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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: the pricipals
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