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Creator/CartoonNetwork's second hour long [[LiveActionTV Live Action]] show.

'''''Tower Prep''''' is the story of Ian Archer, a teenager who has an ability known as Preflex, which allows him to see things before they happen. He has a tendency to get into trouble at school and one day, after a fight with a bully which sees him suspended, he finds himself in a mysterious preparatory school that no one knows the whereabouts of and is surrounded by many secrets such as the creatures that guard the school's off limits areas in the night. He befriends [=CJ=] Ward, Gabe Forrest, and Suki Sato. Together, [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace they try to escape the school while also trying to discover the secrets of Tower Prep]].
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:Whisper 23]].
* AsianAndNerdy: Suki. Justified in that it's a school for the gifted, so everybody's a little nerdy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Headmaster taught Coach how to fight, so naturally he can kick ass if need be.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis. C.J.'s power, which allows her to analyze body language and handwriting to determine mood.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ian, Suki, and CJ showing up to save Gabe from the Rooks in the finale.
* BerserkButton: Do not show Headmaster drawings of vintage vacuum tubes. [[spoiler: Especially if they're pieces of the insane supercomputer that resides beneath the school.]]
** DO NOT insult Gabe's friends.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The plot of "Election" is about a disease that causes this.
* BrownNote: The one thing in common with every student's story of how they came to Tower Prep is hearing a peculiar noise followed by waking up at the school. [[spoiler:In "Dreams", the source of the sound is revealed, as is the fact that the sound itself is what wipes their memory.]]
* ButtMonkey: Gabe
* [[spoiler: CallingTheOldManOut: Suki to her father: "If my family built this school... Then I have no family. You are ''not'' my father."]]
* CreepyDoll: Senor Guapo can be seen as one during "dreams".
* CompanionCube: Senor Guapo to Gabe, to the point that Gabe says the toy monkey actually ''has'' spoken to him before.
* CompellingVoice: Gabe's "hypersuasive" abilities.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Tower Prep is apparently run by an entire board of them.
* CowardlyLion: Gabe
* DawsonCasting:
** Dyana Liu (Suki) is 29.
** Ryan Pinkston (Gabe) is 22.
* DoppelgangerSpin: Suki's brother, Shinji, can create at least one duplicate of himself by spinning.
* DuelingShows: With ''HouseOfAnubis''
* EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace: The basic premise.
* MrFanservice: Ian, full stop. Ray also seems to have a growing fanbase of girls, if the Tower Prep Wiki is any indication.
* EvilCounterpart: The Rook leader in episode 5 is basically an evil Ian, complete with "preflex" as his power.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Headmaster seems to be running one with Ian, since he's perfectly aware that Ian is trying to escape and doesn't see it as too much of a threat to his plans for Ian.]]
* FakeNationality: Suki is Japanese, her actress is an American born in Taiwan. Also has elements of AllAsiansAreAlike.
* FanService: Ian. Can you tell the actor is a model?
* FiveManBand:
-->TheHero[=/=]TheBigGuy: Ian, who doubles as both.\\
TheLancer: C.J.\\
TheSmartGuy: Suki.\\
TheChick: Gabe.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Suki to Ray, when he wants to snap a picture of her: "I'd hate to think what you'd do [[ADateWithRosiePalms with a picture of me."]]
** Literally, as within the ''first five minutes'' of the first episode, Ian actually says that the bully was treating his friend "like crap."
*** Also from the first episode, all the girls catcalling the boys when the latter are naked on the front lawn of the school.
** "Shut the [[LastSecondWordSwap front door!"]]
* GiveGeeksAChance: Norman and Penny Stosic, the former being a full-on geek.
** [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "My hero."]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The Monitors; the staff appear to be on their way to this.
* TheGamePlaysYou: [[spoiler:Whisper23 has Ian play a game which involves guiding a man through a pacman-like maze. For every life lost by the skulls acting as ghosts in the maze, Whisper 23 would shock one of his friends.]]
* TheHerosJourney: Discussed in the sixth episode, "Book Report", specifically in regard to its relation with ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/StargateSG1 Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.
** [[PrettyLittleLiars Jason DiLaurentis]] is Ian
* IronicNickname: Flash [=McNulty=], the speed reader who does everything else very slowly. Mentioned by Ian.
* JerkJock: Cal.
* LaResistance: The Broken. [[spoiler:At least, they were until Headmaster got to them.]]
* LargeHam: Jeremy/Odin is an unbelievably hammy villain, even in-universe.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: [[spoiler:The creepy dude in the tunnels.]]
* LightningBruiser: Ian.
* LimitedWardrobe: Adverted nicely in some natural variety in the uniforms found at Tower Prep.
* MasterComputer: Whisper 119, [[spoiler:who was replaced by Whisper 120]].
* MindScrew: The episode "Dreams" where people slip from dreams to reality frequently and nothing is as it seems.
* MissingTime: None of the students have any idea of how they got to Tower Prep. Taken UpToEleven for CJ, who remembers literally nothing of her life before Tower. [[spoiler:Possibly justified for CJ. It turns out she is Headmaster's daughter and hasn't seen her mom in years. This means she has probably been at Tower for the majority of her childhood.]]
** This could also be a technological issue: either [[spoiler:she's a lab rat for the mind-wipes, and an early version knocked out her memory,]] or she's just the victim of a technological glitch at some point (perhaps a trip to West Campus?).
* TheMole: [[spoiler:CJ.]]
* MysteriousWatcher
* NonActionGuy: Gabe does not fair so well in a comabt situation.Mostly he tries to use his ability to talk his way out or someone else defends him. The closest he's come is jumping on an opponent's back and holding him as someone else hits him. Ironic, given his actor is trained in martial arts.
** Neither CJ nor Suki ever really shows any real fighting skill aside from the occasional blindside after Ian does most of the work.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries
* NotWearingPantsDream: Gabe's nightmares in "Dreams" end on this note.
* OntologicalMystery
* [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Prep School Girls Rule]]
* QuestForIdentity: CJ.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: What appears to be the strongest Gnome has red eyes, while the others have green.
** Alternatively, [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes Mean Evil Leader]].
* ShipTease: A bit between Ian and CJ. "Dreams" also has some between Ian and Suki, but this is just her dream.
* ShirtlessScene: Ian, a couple of times.
* ShoutOut: In episode 6, CJ describes the plot of the first ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' novel when going on about vampires, followed by Suki referencing the second with werewolves. And, later in the episode, CJ reads something called ''Vampire's Last Gleaming''.
** In the season finale, Ian has the last Gnome in the group beaten into a daze. He then proceeds to [[MortalKombat FINISH HIM!!]]
* ShowSomeLeg: The "sirens" in "Book Report" are three ''very'' hot chicks who can make men do whatever they want. This may be their actual power. Lampshaded when Ian calls on them to deal with a stubborn guard who Gabe can't hypersuade into obedience.
-->'''Gabe''': How come their hypersuasion works and mine doesn't?\\
'''Ian''': I don't think they're using hypersuasion. ''[continues staring at them until snapped out of it]''
* SlaveMooks: [[spoiler:The Gnomes are implied to be this, since they are former students, though some students, such as Cal Rice, ''choose'' to become Gnomes.]]
* SpiderSense: Ian's "preflex" ability.
* StarCrossedLovers: Norman and Penny Stosic, as mentioned from episode 6.
* SuperheroSchool
* SuperSenses: In several varieties:
** Enhanced sight: Howard Gilmore (beyond visible spectrum) and Emerson Poencet (microscopic vision).
** Enhanced smell: Hubert Kovalev.
** Enhanced taste: Noelle.
** Enhanced hearing: Cal Rice.
* SuperStrength: Ray's ability. Comes with the RequiredSecondaryPowers of enhanced toughness and resistance to pain.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gabe at the end of episode 5.
* TroubledButCute: Ray.
* UselessSuperpowers: Gabe's hypersuasion. In theory it would be a very useful power to have... except almost everyone is somehow immune or resistant to it. It's likely that it doesn't work as long as the target is focused on ignoring it.
* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals to the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the kids make their escape, Ian tell the Headmaster they will deal with whatever is coming, on their own terms.]]
* VoiceChangeling: Suki Sato.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.
** Or, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''
* [[spoiler:YoureNotMyFather: Said verbatim by Suki to her father.]]
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tower_Prep_8945.jpg]]

Creator/CartoonNetwork's second hour long [[LiveActionTV Live Action]] show.

'''''Tower Prep''''' is the story of Ian Archer, a teenager who has an ability known as Preflex, which allows him to see things before they happen. He has a tendency to get into trouble at school and one day, after a fight with a bully which sees him suspended, he finds himself in a mysterious preparatory school that no one knows the whereabouts of and is surrounded by many secrets such as the creatures that guard the school's off limits areas in the night. He befriends [=CJ=] Ward, Gabe Forrest, and Suki Sato. Together, [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace they try to escape the school while also trying to discover the secrets of Tower Prep]].
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:Whisper 23]].
* AsianAndNerdy: Suki. Justified in that it's a school for the gifted, so everybody's a little nerdy.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Headmaster taught Coach how to fight, so naturally he can kick ass if need be.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis. C.J.'s power, which allows her to analyze body language and handwriting to determine mood.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ian, Suki, and CJ showing up to save Gabe from the Rooks in the finale.
* BerserkButton: Do not show Headmaster drawings of vintage vacuum tubes. [[spoiler: Especially if they're pieces of the insane supercomputer that resides beneath the school.]]
** DO NOT insult Gabe's friends.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The plot of "Election" is about a disease that causes this.
* BrownNote: The one thing in common with every student's story of how they came to Tower Prep is hearing a peculiar noise followed by waking up at the school. [[spoiler:In "Dreams", the source of the sound is revealed, as is the fact that the sound itself is what wipes their memory.]]
* ButtMonkey: Gabe
* [[spoiler: CallingTheOldManOut: Suki to her father: "If my family built this school... Then I have no family. You are ''not'' my father."]]
* CreepyDoll: Senor Guapo can be seen as one during "dreams".
* CompanionCube: Senor Guapo to Gabe, to the point that Gabe says the toy monkey actually ''has'' spoken to him before.
* CompellingVoice: Gabe's "hypersuasive" abilities.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Tower Prep is apparently run by an entire board of them.
* CowardlyLion: Gabe
* DawsonCasting:
** Dyana Liu (Suki) is 29.
** Ryan Pinkston (Gabe) is 22.
* DoppelgangerSpin: Suki's brother, Shinji, can create at least one duplicate of himself by spinning.
* DuelingShows: With ''HouseOfAnubis''
* EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace: The basic premise.
* MrFanservice: Ian, full stop. Ray also seems to have a growing fanbase of girls, if the Tower Prep Wiki is any indication.
* EvilCounterpart: The Rook leader in episode 5 is basically an evil Ian, complete with "preflex" as his power.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Headmaster seems to be running one with Ian, since he's perfectly aware that Ian is trying to escape and doesn't see it as too much of a threat to his plans for Ian.]]
* FakeNationality: Suki is Japanese, her actress is an American born in Taiwan. Also has elements of AllAsiansAreAlike.
* FanService: Ian. Can you tell the actor is a model?
* FiveManBand:
-->TheHero[=/=]TheBigGuy: Ian, who doubles as both.\\
TheLancer: C.J.\\
TheSmartGuy: Suki.\\
TheChick: Gabe.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Suki to Ray, when he wants to snap a picture of her: "I'd hate to think what you'd do [[ADateWithRosiePalms with a picture of me."]]
** Literally, as within the ''first five minutes'' of the first episode, Ian actually says that the bully was treating his friend "like crap."
*** Also from the first episode, all the girls catcalling the boys when the latter are naked on the front lawn of the school.
** "Shut the [[LastSecondWordSwap front door!"]]
* GiveGeeksAChance: Norman and Penny Stosic, the former being a full-on geek.
** [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "My hero."]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The Monitors; the staff appear to be on their way to this.
* TheGamePlaysYou: [[spoiler:Whisper23 has Ian play a game which involves guiding a man through a pacman-like maze. For every life lost by the skulls acting as ghosts in the maze, Whisper 23 would shock one of his friends.]]
* TheHerosJourney: Discussed in the sixth episode, "Book Report", specifically in regard to its relation with ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/StargateSG1 Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.
** [[PrettyLittleLiars Jason DiLaurentis]] is Ian
* IronicNickname: Flash [=McNulty=], the speed reader who does everything else very slowly. Mentioned by Ian.
* JerkJock: Cal.
* LaResistance: The Broken. [[spoiler:At least, they were until Headmaster got to them.]]
* LargeHam: Jeremy/Odin is an unbelievably hammy villain, even in-universe.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: [[spoiler:The creepy dude in the tunnels.]]
* LightningBruiser: Ian.
* LimitedWardrobe: Adverted nicely in some natural variety in the uniforms found at Tower Prep.
* MasterComputer: Whisper 119, [[spoiler:who was replaced by Whisper 120]].
* MindScrew: The episode "Dreams" where people slip from dreams to reality frequently and nothing is as it seems.
* MissingTime: None of the students have any idea of how they got to Tower Prep. Taken UpToEleven for CJ, who remembers literally nothing of her life before Tower. [[spoiler:Possibly justified for CJ. It turns out she is Headmaster's daughter and hasn't seen her mom in years. This means she has probably been at Tower for the majority of her childhood.]]
** This could also be a technological issue: either [[spoiler:she's a lab rat for the mind-wipes, and an early version knocked out her memory,]] or she's just the victim of a technological glitch at some point (perhaps a trip to West Campus?).
* TheMole: [[spoiler:CJ.]]
* MysteriousWatcher
* NonActionGuy: Gabe does not fair so well in a comabt situation.Mostly he tries to use his ability to talk his way out or someone else defends him. The closest he's come is jumping on an opponent's back and holding him as someone else hits him. Ironic, given his actor is trained in martial arts.
** Neither CJ nor Suki ever really shows any real fighting skill aside from the occasional blindside after Ian does most of the work.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries
* NotWearingPantsDream: Gabe's nightmares in "Dreams" end on this note.
* OntologicalMystery
* [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Prep School Girls Rule]]
* QuestForIdentity: CJ.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: What appears to be the strongest Gnome has red eyes, while the others have green.
** Alternatively, [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes Mean Evil Leader]].
* ShipTease: A bit between Ian and CJ. "Dreams" also has some between Ian and Suki, but this is just her dream.
* ShirtlessScene: Ian, a couple of times.
* ShoutOut: In episode 6, CJ describes the plot of the first ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' novel when going on about vampires, followed by Suki referencing the second with werewolves. And, later in the episode, CJ reads something called ''Vampire's Last Gleaming''.
** In the season finale, Ian has the last Gnome in the group beaten into a daze. He then proceeds to [[MortalKombat FINISH HIM!!]]
* ShowSomeLeg: The "sirens" in "Book Report" are three ''very'' hot chicks who can make men do whatever they want. This may be their actual power. Lampshaded when Ian calls on them to deal with a stubborn guard who Gabe can't hypersuade into obedience.
-->'''Gabe''': How come their hypersuasion works and mine doesn't?\\
'''Ian''': I don't think they're using hypersuasion. ''[continues staring at them until snapped out of it]''
* SlaveMooks: [[spoiler:The Gnomes are implied to be this, since they are former students, though some students, such as Cal Rice, ''choose'' to become Gnomes.]]
* SpiderSense: Ian's "preflex" ability.
* StarCrossedLovers: Norman and Penny Stosic, as mentioned from episode 6.
* SuperheroSchool
* SuperSenses: In several varieties:
** Enhanced sight: Howard Gilmore (beyond visible spectrum) and Emerson Poencet (microscopic vision).
** Enhanced smell: Hubert Kovalev.
** Enhanced taste: Noelle.
** Enhanced hearing: Cal Rice.
* SuperStrength: Ray's ability. Comes with the RequiredSecondaryPowers of enhanced toughness and resistance to pain.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gabe at the end of episode 5.
* TroubledButCute: Ray.
* UselessSuperpowers: Gabe's hypersuasion. In theory it would be a very useful power to have... except almost everyone is somehow immune or resistant to it. It's likely that it doesn't work as long as the target is focused on ignoring it.
* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals to the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the kids make their escape, Ian tell the Headmaster they will deal with whatever is coming, on their own terms.]]
* VoiceChangeling: Suki Sato.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.
** Or, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''
* [[spoiler:YoureNotMyFather: Said verbatim by Suki to her father.]]
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21st Feb '13 11:56:10 PM JRPictures
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* HoYay!: Between Ian and Gabe. It’s not unnoticeable that Ian and Gabe tend to touch each other more than necessary, more than any other pair of characters actually. And then there’s the fact that as a pair, they’ve shared the most kisses (on the cheek still counts) than any other pair in the show thus far. It is also brought up on more than one occasion that Ian is one off Gabe’s greatest weaknesses, and vise versa for Ian. Another point might be that in 1x02, Gabe admits that Ian means more to him than his coveted sock monkey. Plus, there’s Gabe’s very blatant line of “I love you man!” and Ian’s ambiguous admission that even if he did dream about Gabe in his underwear, he’d never tell him.



* TooGoodToLast: It seems like if this series was on any other channel than Creator/CartoonNetwork it would have gotten more viewers.
21st Feb '13 10:41:49 AM nombretomado
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** Or, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''XMen''

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** Or, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''XMen''''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''



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9th Dec '12 8:16:46 AM ricjac
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/{{Stargate SG-1}} Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/{{Stargate SG-1}} [[Series/StargateSG1 Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.
2nd Sep '12 8:36:09 AM FELH2
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{{Cartoon Network}}'s second hour long [[LiveActionTV Live Action]] show.

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{{Cartoon Network}}'s Creator/CartoonNetwork's second hour long [[LiveActionTV Live Action]] show.



* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Stargate SG-1}} Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Stargate [[Series/{{Stargate SG-1}} Daniel Jackson]] is the Literature teacher.



* IronicNickname: Flash [=McNulty=], the speed reader who does everything else very slowly. Mentioned by Ian.

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* IronicNickname: Flash [=McNulty=], the speed reader who does everything else very slowly. Mentioned by Ian.



* NoughtiesDramaSeries

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* NoughtiesDramaSeries NoughtiesDramaSeries



* TooGoodToLast: It seems like if this series was on any other channel than CartoonNetwork it would have gotten more viewers.

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* TooGoodToLast: It seems like if this series was on any other channel than CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork it would have gotten more viewers.



* XMeetsY: ''ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.
** Or, ''ThePrisoner'' meets ''XMen''

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* XMeetsY: ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.
** Or, ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''XMen''



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23rd Aug '12 10:07:53 PM TitoMosquito
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* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the main characters plan to leave, they tell him they will deal with whatever is coming, on their own.]]

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* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals to the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the main characters plan to leave, they kids make their escape, Ian tell him the Headmaster they will deal with whatever is coming, on their own.own terms.]]



* [[spoiler: YoureNotMyFather: Said verbatim by Suki to her father.]]

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* [[spoiler: YoureNotMyFather: [[spoiler:YoureNotMyFather: Said verbatim by Suki to her father.]]
5th Aug '12 6:16:24 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Headmaster seems to be running one with Ian, since he's perfectly aware that Ian is trying to escape and doesn't see it as too much of a threat to his plans for Ian.]]



* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Headmaster seems to be running one with Ian, since he's perfectly aware that Ian is trying to escape and doesn't see it as too much of a threat to his plans for Ian.]]
9th Jul '12 12:57:18 PM TitoMosquito
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* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the main characters plan to leave, they tell him they will deal with whatever is coming.]]

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* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the main characters plan to leave, they tell him they will deal with whatever is coming.coming, on their own.]]
2nd Jul '12 4:36:33 PM TitoMosquito
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* [[spoiler:VaguenessIsComing: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals the kids are being trained for ''something''. As the main characters plan to leave, they tell him they will deal with whatever is coming.]]



* XMeetsY: ''ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.

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* XMeetsY: ''ThePrisoner'' meets ''HarryPotter''.
6th May '12 4:38:52 PM Riana
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** [[PrettyLittleLiars Jason DiLaurentis]] is Ian
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