Created By: PrinceMarvel on July 30, 2012 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on August 2, 2012

Cool Nerd

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This is a pattern that I've seen in several movies. They will feature a person who is considered unpopular. Throughout the course of the movie, something will happen that will suddenly make them very popular and they start to ignore their unpopular friends. Then by the end of the movie, they wake up and realize that their unpopular friends are their true friends, while keeping whatever it was that made them popular.

Examples:

Film

  • Teen Wolf - Scott becomes popular after he becomes a werewolf.
  • Teen Witch - Louise Miller, Becoming a witch
  • Sky High - William Stronghold, Gaining superpowers
  • Marmaduke - Marmaduke, don't remember what happened, but it is also part of this trope
  • Princess Diaries - Mia Thermopolis, Bbecoming a princess
  • Never Been Kissed - Josey Geller, people believing she was her brother's girlfriend.

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  • July 30, 2012
    oddity
    Can't Buy Me Love: Ronald Miller pays a popular girl to pretend to be his girlfriend
  • July 30, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    I forgot Teen Spirit - Lisa Sommers, former prom queen dies and returns from limbo in order to turn Lisa into the most popular student.
  • July 30, 2012
    MorganWick
    Title makes me think of a nerd who happens to be cool, not a nerd that becomes cool.
  • July 31, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^ Agreed- it sounds a bit like Cool Loser. What about something like Sudden Popularity Plot?

    Additionally, most of these characters also happen to qualify as Ordinary High School Students.
  • July 31, 2012
    Arivne
    Marmaduke? You mean the comic strip about a Great Dane or the film adaptation thereof?
  • July 31, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    Papercut Chaninsaw While I agree that some may fit under the Ordinary High School Students category, from what I can tell with the examples given, the storylines from OHSS doo not follow the mold as Cool Nerd/Sudden Popularity Plot story line. All of these shows follow the same exact plot. They're uncool and hang with uncool friends, they get some kind of power, rather physical or figurative, they become cool and ditch their uncool friends, they finally get a date with their dream crush, then something happens that make them realize that life was better before they became cool, and while still remaining cool, they began to hang with their old friends.

    Arivne I was referring to the film adaption of Marmaduke

    Another example would also be Teen Wolf Too, Scott Howard's (Mc Call in the new TV series) cousin Todd Howard goes through the same plot line when he learns that he is a werewolf.
  • July 31, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^To clarify, I was not implying that Ordinary High School Student is a replacement for this in any way, but I think it might be a related trope (or at least, one that is commonly found together with this one). Cool Loser is also related, (if the character's initial unpopularity seems unjustified), but once again, they are separate. This is most certainly a valid trope in its own right, and I'm quite surprised that we don't seem to have it already.

    Also, I've noticed that you haven't included any links in the body text. Do you need a hand with the formatting at all?
  • July 31, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    Sorry if I sounded rude, it is never my intention to do so.

    Yes, please help me with formatting links.
  • July 31, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^ Done. :)

    The description and examples could still use some fleshing out, but I'll leave that to you for now. I also threw in some Pot Holes in the body text so you can see what they look like in code.

  • August 1, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    Have you ever seen a movie where the main character hangs out with unpopular friends, then somehow they gain some kind of 'power' and all of a sudden they are now hanging out with the popular crowd while forgetting about their unpopular friends, then usually after some kind of embarrassing scene, they come to realize that their lives were better when they were with their old friends, and so they return to their old life while keeping whatever it was that made them powerful?

    This is a basic plot line scene in several movies.

    In Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too, cousins Scott and Todd Howard each become popular when their fellow students learn that they are werewolves.

    In Can't Buy Me Love, Ronald Miller, pays the school's most popular student to date him to boost his popularity. -Thanks to oddity for mentioning this one

    In Teen Witch, Louise Miller casts a spell that makes her popular.

    In Never Been Kissed, Josey Geller returns to high school in order to write a paper on the social standings in high school; however, it isn't until her brother returns to school to help her that she becomes popular.

    In Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis becomes popular when her fellow students discover that she's a princess

    In Sky High, William Stronghold is thrust into popular when he finally gains his powers of superstrength and flight.

    In Legally Blondes, twin sisters Annie and Izzy leave their scholarship friends behind their nemesis fakes a friendship in order to keep her enemies closer.

    In Marmaduke, not only does he get his cat friend to let him beat him in a fight, but he beats the most popular dog in a surfing competition.

    In Teen Spirit, Lisa Sommers gets help from the ghost of the recently deceased prom queen

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    In some cases, such as in Teen Wolf, Teen Wolf Too, Teen Witch and Sky High, the power is physical, while in others cases, like Can't Buy Me love, Never Been Kissed, and Princess Diaries, the power is figurative.

    Most of these movies generally involve a romance triangle, the one who loves he protagonist for who they are, and the one that the protagonist has a crush on. I am unsure of Can't Buy Me Love as I've never seen it, and it's been awhile since I saw Teen Witch, so I am unsure about that one too.

    In some cases as in, Can't Buy Me Love, Teen Wolf Too, Marmaduke and Teen Spirit, the one who ends up helping the protagonist become popular end up regretting it.
  • August 1, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    For a name, how about Powerful Nerds?
  • August 1, 2012
    TheHandle
    We already have Ambition Is Evil specifically the subtrope In With The In Crowd, As it is, your description has absolutely nothing to do with Nerd or Geek.
  • August 1, 2012
    Avurai
    You're One Of The Cool Kids Now!

    Indictment to the Popular Club

    Nerd in Jock's Clothing... Although that could be a trope all its own.
  • August 1, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    I was trying to think of something similar to Rags To Riches, but I couldn't think of anything.
  • August 1, 2012
    Routerie
    Yes, this is In With The In Crowd.
  • August 1, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    Is it the same? Or is it similar? It actually seems like the same idea to me, but the examples they give are all done in an episode of a TV series, while these are the basic plot of a single movie. But yes, they do seem to be the same. Perhaps they could just combine these examples with In With The In Crowd.

    Another movie example that I though of was High School Musical 2

    Sharpay puts Troy through this plot in an effort to try and steal him away from Gabriella.
  • August 2, 2012
    Rognik
    Looking over In With The In Crowd, I don't see a big enough different between that trope and this to justify a new trope. Sorry, but it seems you got beat out.
  • August 2, 2012
    MorganWick
    82 intrawiki 15 interwiki inbound links.
  • August 2, 2012
    PrinceMarvel
    That's fine, I also looked at it, and saw the similarities. Which is why I suggested including these examples with In With The In Crowd, especially since the only example they have are TV episodes.
  • August 2, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    You can always copy the text from the examples section of this one and edit it into In With The In Crowd.

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