[[caption-width-right:300:The cast of the movie adaptation.]]

''The Cheetah Girls'' is a 16-book novel series created and written by Deborah Gregory. The series, which began in 1999, is about a female vocal group seeking success and fortune. In the book series, there are five Cheetah Girls, Galleria, Chanel, Dorinda, Anginette, and Aquanette. The book series was made into a Creator/DisneyChannel original movie in 2003, starring Creator/RavenSymone as Galleria, Adrienne Bailon as Chanel, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda, and Kiely Williams as Aquanette (the character of Anginette was removed from the movie). Two sequels were made, ''The Cheetah Girls 2'' (2006) and ''The Cheetah Girls: One World'' (2008). The band was also [[{{Defictionalization}} de-fictionalized]] with Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams.
!!The books and movies contain examples of:
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Galleria acts like this in the first season when she thinks she's about to get a record deal. She [[WhatTheHellHero does get called out on it later in the film.]]
* AesopAmnesia: In two books, Chanel learns that crash diets can be unhealthy.
* CreditCardPlot: Chanel runs up a bill on her mom's card. When her mom takes the card back, she continues her spending, over the phone, using the card number she copied against the eventuality.
* FiveTokenBand: Played straight with the movie/actual band, which had black, Latina and mixed members. Averted in the books, since all of them but Chanel were black.
* GirlGroup
* ImpoverishedPatrician: In the second movie, Dorinda gets a love interest who is one of these.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Galleria in the first movie. She comes off as selfish, egotistical, and self-centered, but in reality, she wants what's best for her and her friends and she ends up developing in the climax of the end.
* LongLostRelative: Dorinda finds out she has a long lost sibling, Tiffany Twitty. [[spoiler: She also finds out she is half white.]]
* NeverMyFault: In the first movie, Galleria has this attitude. She does [[ItsAllMyFault end up admitting it in the end.]]
* OhCrap: In One World, the Girls don't find out until the last second that all three of them were auditioning for a single part. They are visibly stunned.
* ProperlyParanoid: The way Galleria's mother acts towards Jackal and his record company. She turns out to be right.
* PutOnABus / SequelNonEntity: Galleria "goes to college" in the third movie. In reality, Raven-Symone didn't want to play her anymore.
* RaceLift: In the novels, Dorinda is a small Black 12-year-old who is smart for her age. In the movie, she is played by Sabrina Bryan, who is part Latina and part white.
* SequelGoesForeign: In the second movie they go to Spain and the third movie is in India.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Inverted. The twins Anginette and Aquanette live with their dad in New York, but in one book go to Texas to visit their mom. In the movies, Aqua lives with her dad in New York and never mentions her mom.
* WhatTheHellHero: Galleria gets called out for her arrogance and rude attitude by Dorinda and later the other girls in the first season.