History WesternAnimation / Jem

25th Mar '17 8:35:56 AM fruitstripegum
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* BigDamnKiss: The protagonist has one ''in the opening sequence!''



* BigDamnKiss: The protagonist has one ''in the opening sequence!''
20th Feb '17 10:27:24 PM Anddrix
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[[MerchandiseDriven Originally, the series was created for a line of dolls made by]] Creator/{{Hasbro}}. The series combined music, adventure, fashion, and SoapOpera-esque drama which gave the show its own appeal. The show originally premiered as a serial of minisodes roughly ten minutes in length that told the origin of the show and ran during a block of other short shows with a male-oriented audience. The ratings were high enough that the show was picked up as a full half-hour series in its own right and the original serial was reworked into a four-part pilot. Though the doll line was pretty much shut out by the competing Barbie toyline, the series was popular enough that it was allowed to finish its 65 episode run even after the toyline was cancelled. The cartoon frequently reran in syndication, most notably on the USA Cartoon Express throughout the early 90s. '''Creator/TheHub''' had started to play episodes of this series as of May 28, 2011, though ''Discovery Family'' removed it from their schedule in late 2015 (after the LiveActionAdaptation bombed). The show has been released twice on DVD in the US (once by Rhino, who didn't finish, and later a complete series by Shout Factory). 2011 also had Hasbro integrate Jem into a comic called ''Unit:E'', which had Synergy, now an alien AI, assisting characters from ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' into helping [[MegaCrossover gather heroes from around the multiverse]]; according to Synergy, Jerrica/Jem would help compose the "music of the spheres".

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[[MerchandiseDriven Originally, the series was created for a line of dolls made by]] Creator/{{Hasbro}}. The series combined music, adventure, fashion, and SoapOpera-esque drama which gave the show its own appeal. The show originally premiered as a serial of minisodes roughly ten minutes in length that told the origin of the show and ran during a block of other short shows with a male-oriented audience. The ratings were high enough that the show was picked up as a full half-hour series in its own right and the original serial was reworked into a four-part pilot. Though the doll line was pretty much shut out by the competing Barbie toyline, the series was popular enough that it was allowed to finish its 65 episode run even after the toyline was cancelled. The cartoon frequently reran in syndication, most notably on the USA Cartoon Express throughout the early 90s. '''Creator/TheHub''' had started to play episodes of this series as of May 28, 2011, though ''Discovery Family'' removed it from their schedule in late 2015 (after the LiveActionAdaptation bombed). The show has been released twice on DVD in the US (once by Rhino, who didn't finish, and later a complete series by Shout Factory). 2011 also had Hasbro integrate Jem into a comic called ''Unit:E'', which had Synergy, now an alien AI, assisting characters from ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' into helping [[MegaCrossover gather heroes from around the multiverse]]; according to Synergy, Jerrica/Jem would help compose the "music of the spheres".
18th Feb '17 7:18:29 AM CaptainTedium
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* GoodParents: The Bentons were heartwarmingly this.

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* GoodParents: The Bentons were heartwarmingly this. caring and competent parents to both their biological and adopted children.



* HalloweenEpisode: "Trick or Techrat".

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* HalloweenEpisode: "Trick or Techrat".Techrat" took place on Halloween.
* HandOnWomb: Turns up in the episode "Homeland, Heartland" when Danse narrates flashbacks of what her mother went through when Danse's father disappeared. Danse's mother is shown resting her hand on her stomach when Danse mentions her mother discovering she was pregnant with her.
17th Feb '17 7:01:32 AM CaptainTedium
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* AssumedWin: "Hollywood Jem: Part 2 And The Winner Is". Obviously.

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* AssumedWin: "Hollywood Jem: Part 2 And The Winner Is". Obviously.It's assumed by everyone that Jem would win the Academy Award for Best Actress, but it's really Geraldine Pathos that wins.
17th Feb '17 6:00:58 AM CaptainTedium
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* CallForward: In one of the flashbacks seen in "Out of the Past", Jacqui Benton tells her daughters Jerrica and Kimber of how she enjoys providing homes for foster children and that she hopes them to one day do the same, which calls forward to Jerrica and Kimber as well as their foster sisters Aja and Shana running the Starlight foster home after Jerrica and Kimber's parents die.



* CoolCar: The Rockin' Roadster.

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* CoolCar: The Holograms have an impressive car called the Rockin' Roadster.


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* OriginsEpisode: "Out of the Past" shows in flashbacks how and why Jerrica's father Emmett Benton created Synergy. It's established that Emmett was motivated to create Synergy after his wife died and intended for her to serve as a ParentalSubstitute for his biological and surrogate daughters, knowing that he himself was dying.
17th Feb '17 4:52:48 AM CaptainTedium
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* HymnToMusic: "Music is Magic", "When it's only Me and the Music", and "Music and Danse".

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* HymnToMusic: "Music is Magic", "When it's only Me and the Music", and "Music and Danse".Danse" are all songs dedicated to how great music is.
17th Feb '17 4:48:13 AM CaptainTedium
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* TheHyena: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is portrayed as frequently laughing hysterically in "Journey Through Time".
17th Feb '17 3:35:59 AM CaptainTedium
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* BigBad: Eric Raymond.

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* BigBad: Eric Raymond.Raymond is the main antagonist of the series, since he's the backer for the Holograms' rivals the Misfits and frequently comes up with schemes to sabotage the Holograms' concerts and to ruin things for them.



* BloodlessCarnage: Averted in "Journey to Shangri-La". When Roxy cuts her hand on some thorns, there is some visible blood.



* BrotherChuck: The initial few episodes featured Mrs. Bailey, an older woman who seemed to help maintain Starlight House for Jerrica, but almost immediately she vanishes completely without mention, or warning, and the Holograms are shown to be running the place completely alone.


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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The initial few episodes featured Mrs. Bailey, an older woman who seemed to help maintain Starlight House for Jerrica, but almost immediately she vanishes completely without mention, or warning, and the Holograms are shown to be running the place completely alone.
17th Feb '17 12:05:06 AM CaptainTedium
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** In "The Music Awards", the Starlight Girls who run away meet Danny, a boy whose father kicked him out of the house. An [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unused sequel episode]] would have showed his father was an AlcoholicParent.
* ActionGirl: Jem, the Holograms, and the Misfits.

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** In "The Music Awards", the Starlight Girls who run away meet Danny, a boy whose father kicked him out of the house. An [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unused unmade sequel episode]] episode would have showed his father was an AlcoholicParent.
* ActionGirl: Jem, the Holograms, and the Misfits.Misfits often get into dangerous situations and are able to overcome them.


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* PortraitPaintingPeephole: In the episode "Mardi Gras", Jem at one point looks through the eyehole on a portrait of Jean Lafitte.
14th Feb '17 8:15:17 AM CaptainTedium
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** In "The Treasure Hunt", the boat Richard Xanthos uses to transport Jem and the Starlight Girls to the island where the key is has a figurehead of a topless mermaid covering her breasts.
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