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20th May '17 2:11:36 AM td1989
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Male cheerleaders are sufficiently rare in fiction that they are usually developed as characters themselves rather than falling under The Cheerleader trope. A good rule of thumb is that if you see a male cheerleader, then cheerleading will be depicted positively, or at least less negatively.

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Male cheerleaders are sufficiently rare in fiction that they are usually developed as characters themselves rather than falling under The Cheerleader trope. A good rule of thumb is that if you see a male cheerleader, then cheerleading will be depicted positively, or at least less negatively.
negatively. They always are usually gay.
14th May '17 7:42:48 PM Monolaf317
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23rd Apr '17 9:57:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Sweet Valley Twins'' (a prequel to SweetValleyHigh) #4 ''Choosing Sides'' Elizabeth doesn't like learning that her best friend Amy wants to be on the cheerleading squad.

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* In ''Sweet Valley Twins'' (a prequel to SweetValleyHigh) Literature/SweetValleyHigh) #4 ''Choosing Sides'' Elizabeth doesn't like learning that her best friend Amy wants to be on the cheerleading squad.
26th Feb '17 9:22:39 PM gewunomox
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* In the music video for {{Lordi}}'s "Hard Rock Hallelujah" the metalhead girl is bullied and ostracized by a cheerleading squad... before Lordi shows up and [[spoiler: kills them. And then raises them as zombie thralls, which the metalhead girl then leads against the rest of the high school]]. It's pretty much every high school goth kid's fantasy.
* TaylorSwift's ''You belong with me'' has the girlfriend of the boy that the narrator likes as a cheerleader and a nasty, selfish bitch... who ''of course'' is rebuffed and dumped and humiliated by the main girl and the guy.

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* In the music video for {{Lordi}}'s Music/{{Lordi}}'s "Hard Rock Hallelujah" the metalhead girl is bullied and ostracized by a cheerleading squad... before Lordi shows up and [[spoiler: kills them. And then raises them as zombie thralls, which the metalhead girl then leads against the rest of the high school]]. It's pretty much every high school goth kid's fantasy.
* TaylorSwift's Music/TaylorSwift's ''You belong with me'' has the girlfriend of the boy that the narrator likes as a cheerleader and a nasty, selfish bitch... who ''of course'' is rebuffed and dumped and humiliated by the main girl and the guy.
29th Jan '17 8:28:28 AM contrafanxxx
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* The BigGood of ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Mii Koryuji, is one.

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* The BigGood of ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Mii Koryuji, is one. She's [[FieryRedhead quite feisty]] though unlike many examples, she's actually TheHeroine of the story.
27th Jan '17 1:33:11 PM ANTMuddle
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If you're looking for the cheerleading performance itself, or maybe just the dress worn while doing it, you want the PomPomGirl.

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If you're looking for the cheerleading performance itself, her potential {{foil}}, or maybe just the dress worn while doing it, you want the PomPomGirl.
25th Jan '17 6:29:15 PM ANTMuddle
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This trope seems to have weakened slightly in recent years, perhaps due to the popularity of the ''Film/BringItOn'' series of films. A sympathetic depiction is still the exception rather than the rule, however. In fact, media with depictions of cheerleaders will often feel the need to go out of their way to explain to the audience (via an outsider POV character like in ''Series/{{Hellcats}}'') that cheerleaders can be good people too. Also she needs to be physically strong to lift other players so don't be surprised if her love relation results in TinyGuyHugeGirl. [[note]]Unless she's a flyer, in which case even an average-sized LoveInterest will probably be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl comparatively large]].[[/note]]

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This trope seems to have weakened slightly in recent years, perhaps due to the popularity of the ''Film/BringItOn'' series of films. A sympathetic depiction is still the exception rather than the rule, however. In fact, media with depictions of cheerleaders will often feel the need to go out of their way to explain to the audience (via an outsider POV character like in ''Series/{{Hellcats}}'') that cheerleaders can be good people too. Also she needs to be physically strong to lift other players so don't be surprised if her love relation results in TinyGuyHugeGirl. [[note]]Unless she's a flyer, in which case even an average-sized LoveInterest will probably be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl comparatively large]].[[/note]]



Of course, this isn't TruthInTelevision. Most cheerleaders are in the squad because they like singing and dancing, and are generally extroverted; bitchiness doesn't exactly mesh well with winning the crowd and teamwork is very important. Competition level cheerleading also requires fitness levels around the same as any other professional athlete and cheerleading is one of the most likely causes of female sports injuries due to the gymnastic stunts performed and lack of protective gear. Anyone performing at that level has the same drive and dedication as any other athlete. If you're looking for the cheer leading performance itself, or maybe just the dress worn while doing it, you want the PomPomGirl.

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Of course, this isn't TruthInTelevision. Most cheerleaders are in the squad because they like singing and dancing, and are generally extroverted; bitchiness doesn't exactly mesh well with winning the crowd and teamwork is very important.important (though you should ''still'' BewareTheNiceOnes). Competition level cheerleading also requires fitness levels around the same as any other professional athlete and cheerleading is one of the most likely causes of female sports injuries due to the gymnastic stunts performed and lack of protective gear. Anyone performing at that level has the same drive and dedication as any other athlete. athlete.

If you're looking for the cheer leading cheerleading performance itself, or maybe just the dress worn while doing it, you want the PomPomGirl.
6th Jan '17 2:06:36 PM nombretomado
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* Weirdly enough, this one was skewered in ''HighSchoolMusical 3''. The AlphaBitch, Sharpay, is not on the squad... and the only cheerleader we actually ''meet'' is Martha, the hip-hop loving nerd. Presumably, her AscendedExtra status from the second movie helped. In fact, the characters who would most fit the status are Sharpay (literal drama queen), Chad (basketballer) and Taylor (brainiac).

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* Weirdly enough, this one was skewered in ''HighSchoolMusical 3''.''Film/HighSchoolMusical3SeniorYear''. The AlphaBitch, Sharpay, is not on the squad... and the only cheerleader we actually ''meet'' is Martha, the hip-hop loving nerd. Presumably, her AscendedExtra status from the second movie helped. In fact, the characters who would most fit the status are Sharpay (literal drama queen), Chad (basketballer) and Taylor (brainiac).
15th Dec '16 2:28:23 PM Xtifr
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This trope seems to have weakened slightly in recent years, perhaps due to the popularity of the ''Film/BringItOn'' series of films. A sympathetic depiction is still the exception rather than the rule, however. In fact, media with depictions of cheerleaders will often feel the need to go out of their way to explain to the audience (via an outsider POV character like in ''{{Hellcats}}'') that cheerleaders can be good people too. Also she needs to be physically strong to lift other players so don't be surprised if her love relation results in TinyGuyHugeGirl. [[note]]Unless she's a flyer, in which case even an average-sized LoveInterest will probably be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl comparatively large]].[[/note]]

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This trope seems to have weakened slightly in recent years, perhaps due to the popularity of the ''Film/BringItOn'' series of films. A sympathetic depiction is still the exception rather than the rule, however. In fact, media with depictions of cheerleaders will often feel the need to go out of their way to explain to the audience (via an outsider POV character like in ''{{Hellcats}}'') ''Series/{{Hellcats}}'') that cheerleaders can be good people too. Also she needs to be physically strong to lift other players so don't be surprised if her love relation results in TinyGuyHugeGirl. [[note]]Unless she's a flyer, in which case even an average-sized LoveInterest will probably be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl comparatively large]].[[/note]]
25th Nov '16 3:08:26 AM Andyroid
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* Cheerleader in WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad. Though, she's not always an actual cheerleader -- when questioned about why she's not leading cheers during a football game, she claims that "I'm only a cheerleader [[PomPomGirl in the way I dress]], [[GenreSavvy and the way I treat other girls]]".
** [[RetCon Although another has her claim "I'm off duty!" after being lifted by Cheerleader Brian]].
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': [[MagnificentBitch Mackenzie Zales]], [[HairTriggerTemper Brittany Matthews]], and their rivals Tanya Berkowitz and Taylor [=McDevitt=] are ''damn proud'' of being bitter and bitchy cheerleaders. Trisha Cappelletti and Trisha 2 avert this by being some of the nicest characters in the show, despite both being rather ditzy {{Woman Child}}en. [[spoiler: In Season 3, Shay van Buren and Saison Margeurite have also joined the squad, but they're both comparatively nicer than their respective rivals.]]

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* Cheerleader in WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad. Though, she's not always an actual cheerleader -- when questioned about why she's not leading cheers during a football game, she claims that "I'm only a cheerleader [[PomPomGirl in the way I dress]], [[GenreSavvy [[AlphaBitch and the way I treat other girls]]".
** [[RetCon Although another episode has her claim "I'm off duty!" after being lifted by Cheerleader Brian]].
Brian at the prom]].
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': [[MagnificentBitch Mackenzie Zales]], [[HairTriggerTemper Brittany Matthews]], and their rivals Tanya Berkowitz and Taylor [=McDevitt=] are ''damn proud'' of being bitter and bitchy cheerleaders. Trisha Cappelletti and Trisha 2 avert this by being some of the nicest characters in the show, despite both being rather ditzy {{Woman Child}}en.Child}}ren. [[spoiler: In Season 3, Shay van Buren and Saison Margeurite have also joined the squad, but they're both comparatively nicer than their respective rivals.]]
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