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''Malory Towers'' is a series of six novels by British children's author Creator/EnidBlyton, featuring the fictional Cornish seaside boarding school of the same name. Though the originals were written from 1946 to 1951, the series OutlivedItsCreator - in 2009 six more books were added to the series by author Pamela Cox, who has also made additions to Blyton's series ''Literature/StClares''.

The series follows the heroine, [[GenderBlenderName Darrell Rivers]], from her first year at Malory Towers to when she leaves. Other characters include Sally Hope, Darrell's level-headed best friend; Felicity Rivers, Darrell's younger sister; Gwendoline Mary Lacey, the form's spoilt martyr; Alicia Johns, who is sharp tongued, competitive and intelligent; Mary-Lou, small and timid, but very kind hearted; Irene, scatterbrained music and maths genius; Belinda, scatterbrained artistic genius; Jean, shrewd and straightforward, and Wilhelmina (Bill), completely horse-mad.

The characters are very similar to those in the ''Literature/StClares'' series.

The series is believed to be semi-autobiographical, and the name "Darrell Rivers" is clearly drawn from Blyton's second husband's name, Kenneth Darrell Waters. It is also widely supposed that Blyton based the creation on the famous Scottish boarding school St Leonards School in St Andrews, which is, of course, the heroine’s University destination.

A lot of information on the series can be found [[http://www.enidblyton.net/malory-towers here]].

!Contains examples of:

* AllsWellThatEndsWell: The end of every book, pretty much.
* AlphaBitch: Gwendoline, sometimes. Alicia has her moments, and her cousin June is even worse.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Averted - Connie and Ruth are technically identical twins, but their development has left them different, with Connie being straight-haired, larger, stronger and plumper than her sister, whereas Ruth is smaller and skinnier with wavy hair.
* AnachronismStew: One infamous book cover of ''Upper Fourth at Malory Towers'' shows the girls in [[http://www.qbd.com.au/products/l/9289/9780749719289.jpg modern day t-shirts, drinking lemonade out of a plastic bottle.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Bridget to Moira. June is an annoying younger cousin to Alicia. Averted with Darrell's younger sister Felicity.
* ApronMatron: Their school's matron is plump, strict, but fair and motherly.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: God, Darrell. She slaps Gwen and shoves Sally in the first book, has a big fight with Ellen in the second and shakes June in the fourth.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Clarissa, once she [[TheGlassesGottaGo takes off her glasses]] and gets her braces removed is revealed to be strikingly beautiful instead of just "plain" as she was considered before.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Darrell is a NiceGirl the most of the time, but she has a really nasty temper and no problems with using physical violence when she gets mad.
** Alicia has a very sharp tongue, and reacts to any imagined or real slight by using it liberally. One of the worst examples was when she started nursing a grudge against Sally because Sally was made Head Girl, but Alicia wasn't even considered as an option. Keep in mind here that Sally had no idea that this was happening and no control over who was selected.
* BigSisterInstinct: Darrell towards Felicity in ''Upper Fourth at Malory Towers''. Inverted when [[spoiler: June gets Darrell sacked from her position as Head Girl and gloats about it to Felicity. Little sister is NOT amused.]]
* BlatantLies: All of Gwen's boasting is seen as this by all other characters, except her mother, her governess and whichever gullible new kid is following her around this term.
* BoardingSchool: The titular school.
* BookDumb: Connie, who needs her twin's help to get good grades. Eventually, Ruth gets fed up with her.
* BrilliantButLazy: Alicia, and Belinda at first. Darrell starts off as this until she's bluntly informed by her form teacher that while she's by no means unintelligent, she simply can't afford to slack off because her marks won't stand it. Darrell takes it to heart, thankfully.
* BritishAccents: Including Jean's Scottish accent.
* UsefulNotes/BritishWeather
* CatchYourDeathOfCold: Mavis suffers from this in the third book and she loses her voice for a while.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Not Catholic, no, but near-constantly uniformed since they live at the school.
* CharacterDevelopment: Almost every girl in the school learns a valuable lesson at some point and begins to change.
* CharacterFocus: Generally, the first few chapters have quite a bit of this for each new girl to allow the reader to get to know them all.
* CheatersNeverProsper: Gwendoline tries to skip an exam by faking a heart disease. She is exposed and forced to take the exam anyway. Played with [[spoiler: Ellen: A scholarship girl, she knows that she's a pretty average student and thus must work as hard as she can to keep up. Unfortunately, all the stress takes its toll on her and she resolves to cheat because she can't see another way to keep up. The ensuing events make her state of health become even worse until she becomes extremely ill. However, once the truth comes out, Ms Grayling has no problems with forgiving her.]]
* ClearTheirName: Happens several times, e.g. when [[spoiler: Ellen is wrongly accused of stealing in ''Second Form at Malory Towers'']].
* ClingyJealousGirl: In this first few books, this is Sally's flaw.
* CloudCuckoolander: Irene and Belinda are both scatterbrains, frequently turning up in the wrong classroom, losing their stuffs, forgetting their class duties... the list go on.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Speaking about the whole series, yes.
%%* ConspicuousConsumption
* CorporalPunishment: Edited out in more recent versions. Alicia reminding her annoying cousin of how she was "spanked with a hairbrush" over the summer is changed to her reminding June of how she was "scolded".
* CostumePorn: Some of the outfits made for the school play are stated to count as a combination of this and GorgeousPeriodDress, as made by a talented schoolgirl seamstress who was aided by legions of lower-formers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Alicia is very infamous for her sharp tongue and her readiness to offer some biting remarks at those she considers stupid.
* DivideAndConquer: When rivalries over who is whose best friend get to a head.
* DontSplitUsUp: The twins Connie and Ruth, at least at first. Connie's marks are much worse than Ruth and she knows that she might have to be kept back a year, [[spoiler: so she forces Ruth to purposely do badly in her tests so that they would be held back a year together, and Ruth agrees]]. Things eventually work out, however, and Ruth discovers she actually likes not always being in Connie's shadow.
* DreadfulMusician: Maureen, who has a powerful voice, but is quite tone deaf. Her attempts at "singing" was mistaken for "yowling" by Bridget and Connie.
* DumbBlonde: Both Gwendoline Mary Lacey, and her near-double, Maureen, have distinctive blonde hair and both does poorly in school.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Quite a sad one actually. Gwendoline's mother is an ignorant airhead who, together with her old governess, spoils Gwendoline completely while her father tries to stop this (which results in much tears and screaming) and is often disappointed by his daughter's actions. In turn, Gwendoline shuns him and acts like a brat as a punishment.
%%* EstablishingCharacterMoment
* ExtremeDoormat: Mary-Lou initially, but she got better. Ruth expands from this. Catherine is this ''on purpose'', and dear God does it annoy everyone- as she never really learns, being helpful is one thing, but when nobody wants you to help them, it's best to just back off and try being you instead of a saint.
* FatAndSkinny: The two French mistresses. Mamzelle Dupont is a FatComicRelief who gets the most brunt of jokes from the girls but very popular because of this, while Mamzelle Rougier is very strict, LeanAndMean, and is not very well-liked.
* {{Flanderization}}: Gwendoline starts off as a SpoiledBrat but becomes a ManipulativeBitch.
* FoodPorn: If written descriptions of dinners and midnight feasts count.
* FunnyForeigner: Their French mistresses. One is generally nice, but tends to overreact to everything. The other is just plain mean.
%%* GiftedlyBad
* GreenEyedMonster: Sometimes the girls can get rather... possessive over each other.
--> ''Darrell... didn't like to see the faithful Mary-Lou sitting so long with somebody else. Why, Mary-Lou had tagged along behind Darrell and Sally for terms and terms! Surely she wasn't going to make that awful Daphne her friend.''
* GreenEyes: Clarissa, and its status as a rare colour is portrayed quite realistically.
* GuiltByCoincidence: [[spoiler: Ellen. Things are going missing, and because nobody really likes Ellen, they decide that she is the scapegoat. In reality, Ellen is overworking herself to the detriment of her health as she tries to get good marks, and her only real crime was trying to cheat on the tests because her marks were failing. The real thief was Daphne, who, to be fair, was absolutely horrified when she realised that Ellen was going to be unfairly blamed for her crimes.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartner: Almost everyone has one.
* HairTriggerTemper: Both the Mam'zelles and Darrell before she learns to control it.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Amanda, who is a sports genius.
* IAmNotMyFather: [[spoiler: Gwendoline for her mother after she repents and realises how weak she always was.]]
* IHaveBrothers: Bill, the tomboy of the cast, has seven. Alicia has three and, although she is not that much of a tomboy, blames some of her mischievous tendencies on them.
%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Mary-Lou, consistently.
%%* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Alicia. She's fun and popular, but she has absolutely no problem with using her sharp tongue on anyone who annoys her, and she lacks compassion, even refusing to consider that a friend might not have done something wrong.
* LargeHam: Zerelda, the American Foreign Exchange Student, thinks she's an incredible actress, and ends up going into LargeHam overdrive when given the opportunity to play Juliet for the drama teacher. She gets very harshly disabused of the notion.
* ManipulativeBitch: Gwendoline, to the point that it's a wonder that the girls never got sick of her and just told Ms Grayling what she's done.
* NewTransferStudent: The school gets a few new ones every year. One notable example was Amanda, after her old school burned down.
* NewYearSameClass: Averted - although the core cast of characters stays the same, some girls go up a form early or stay behind due to bad results.
* NuclearFamily: Most in the series - this was TheFifties, after all - including the protagonist's.
* OneGenderSchool: The titular Malory Towers, like most schools that show up in Enid Blyton books, is one of these.
* OnlySaneMan: Gwen's father. His daughter is a SpoiledBrat and his wife- and Gwen's governess- are airheads who think the world of her and spoil her rotten. He alone is the only person who is trying to make his daughter into a decent human being.
%%* PennyAmongDiamonds
* PlayingSick: Gwendoline tries this in ''Upper Fourth at Malory Towers'', faking a serious heart condition to get out of difficult end-of-term exams.
* PoolScene: In ''Upper Fourth at Malory Towers'' the girls have a midnight picnic by the pool.
%%* RaisedByGrandparents
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pretty much every teacher.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: The Jones' family.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Almost all of the girls go about in pairs - Betty and Alicia, Darrell and Sally, Mary-Lou and Daphne, Bill and Clarissa (who double up as TomboyAndGirlyGirl). And if another girl joins the group, it is called "Threesomes", as was with Felicity, Susan and June. This was quite common in the fifties.
* RuleOfPool: Students reluctant to swim are frequently pushed in, especially Gwendoline, who is just lazy and cowardly.
%%* ScholarshipStudent: Ellen.
%%* SchoolgirlSeries
* SchoolNurse: The Matron also fills this role.
* SchoolPlay: The girls write and produce their own pantomime in ''In The Fifth At Malory Towers''.
%%* SchoolSwimsuit
%%* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Pretty much enforced, as the girls live at their school.
%%* SeriousBusiness: Sports. And plays.
* SheCleansUpNicely[=/=]TheGlassesGottaGo: Clarissa was initially considered plain-looking, or even ugly, due to her thick spectacles and braces. When she takes them off, she becomes one of the most attractive girls in the cast.
%%* SpiritedYoungLady: Zerelda Brass.
* SpoiledBrat: Gwendoline, and a huge one at that.
* StepfordSmiler: Zerelda always appear happy and carefree, even when she was having problems at school (i.e. when she was forced to go down one grade because she was unable to keep up with the fourth form's work standard)
%%* SternTeacher: Many of the teachers.
* StickyFingers: [[spoiler: Daphne]] was the one who stole the girls' stuffs from the second book. They forgave her, though.
* TakeMyHand: Twice! Firstly, in ''Second Form at Malory Towers'' [[spoiler: Mary-Lou falls off a cliff and needs to be rescued like this]], and then in ''Last Term at Malory Towers'' [[spoiler: overconfident swimmer Amanda nearly drowns and we hear this during her rescue]].
* TeachersPet: Various. Daphne manages it very successfully by turning on the charm with Mam'zelle Dupont.
* TeenGenius: Irene at music and maths (if nothing else), Belinda at art and Mavis at singing. x
%%* TheQuietOne: Mary-Lou.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Zerelda gets given one by an angry drama teacher who tells her very bluntly that her acting is terrible. After everyone's calmed down, the same drama teacher tells her kindly but firmly that she simply doesn't have the gift that all great actors need, and advises her to give up, which she does.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Bill and Clarissa; although Clarissa's not ''that'' girly. She does have long hair and is generally beautiful though.
* TomboyishName: Bill. It's short for Wilhelmina, but almost nobody calls her that. Unusual in that she never faces criticism for her boyish ways or people trying to make her change.
* WeatherReportNarration: Fairly frequent at the start of chapters.
* WritingLines: Happens quite often. Occasionally, if the punishment was deemed undeserved by the other girls they help do it together.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Zeralda Brass is only a year older than the other girls, but she has been mistaken for a grown woman. Justified, since she tries to act older than she is, and it's noted that without her makeup she almost looks like a different person.