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->''Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through.''
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[[OfficiallyShortenedTitle Formerly titled]] ''[[OfficiallyShortenedTitle Degrassi: The Next Generation]]'', '''''Degrassi''''' is a Canadian TeenDrama about a group of kids in a Toronto high school and the problems they face. [[Franchise/{{Degrassi}} The franchise]] started in 1979 as the mini-series ''Series/TheKidsOfDegrassiStreet'', and has gone through [[Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh several]] [[Series/DegrassiHigh incarnations]] since then. The current version started in 2001 and has some of the kid actors from the 1980s show as adults. Produced and aired in Canada by Creator/{{CTV}} (2001-09), [[CanadianMultichannelNetworks MuchMusic]] (2010-2013), [[CanadianMultichannelNetworks MTV]] (2013-present); it airs in the US on the Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}-owned cable network TeenNick (formerly The N).

This show is very much like a SoapOpera, with constantly shifting relationships and angst, but can be as serious as a regular television drama. On the plus side, the SoapOpera format lets it go much deeper and more long-term than the average show about teens (no solving problems in twenty minutes, and most of the kids have gone through real CharacterDevelopment).

On the negative side, the show is as melodramatic as adult soaps. Hardly an episode goes by without one of the kids catching a social disease, escaping their house before it burns down, being diagnosed as bipolar, cutting themselves, losing all of their friends in a single night, getting beaten into a coma, shooting up the school, etc. In the ''[[EstablishingSeriesMoment very first episode]]'', Emma narrowly avoids getting raped by a pedophile she met online (and Emma's mother got pregnant with her as a teen on the 1980s show). There are times when it feels like one giant VerySpecialEpisode stretched out into a StoryArc (except that the very special problem isn't resolved in twenty minutes).

However, the show is worth watching for three reasons. First, this is one of the few exceptions to DawsonCasting; the teenage characters are almost all played by actual teenagers, and they're very good actors, lately coming to the series with [[OnlySoManyCanadianActors years of experience in other TV productions, often alongside each other]]. Many ''Degrassi'' alums have gone on to star in American teen dramas and movies, despite [[DawsonCasting now being]] [[{{Irony}} in their twenties]]. Second, despite the famed {{Anvilicious}}-ness of the show, some of the lessons taught by the show [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped are]] ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped really]]'' [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped important for the teenage audience]]. Degrassi is usually cited as one of the few "earnest" {{Teen Drama}}s and the show has won a Peabody in 2011 for the portrayal of Adam, the first regular [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] character in the history of teen television. It's also one of the few teen dramas to be nominated for an Emmy two years in a row (in 2011 and 2012). Thirdly, the show has a very teenage morality ([[MostWritersAreAdults or what the writers assume to be one anyway]]) -- tattling on other teens is portrayed as a bigger sin than bullying or stealing, for example. This means that a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop is as common as a straight one, and although the show is extremely preachy, it's not predictable.

Starting in the 10th season, the show is using with a daily [[SoapOpera telenovela]] format for the first 24 episodes of the season. There's also [[Recap/{{Degrassi}} a episode recap page]] that needs some wiki love. BoycottTheCaf is a website that gives [[TheAbridgedSeries humorously skewed reviews and summaries of Degrassi episodes]], and is a fountain of fandom in-jokes.

[[RetroactiveRecognition Also known as]] being the show rapper/singer Aubrey "{{Drake}}" Graham was once a cast member of, though he refused to acknowledge this until he hosted ''SaturdayNightLive'' in early 2014.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: There are a few examples of this throughout the series.
** Liberty is presented as this in the early seasons when she falls for Sean and starts trying (painfully unsuccessfully) to seem like a "bad girl" in order to impress him. Subverted when Sean introduces her to Trey "Towerz" Hightower, who does not consider her abhorrent at all.
** When Connor expresses interest in Clare, she sees him this way, especially after he becomes violent towards Alli and poorly handles her rejection.
** Love Queen 16, Connor's online friend, exaggerates about her age and good looks on the internet.
** Arguably, Imogen starts off as this towards Eli, who wants nothing to do with any woman besides Clare. By the beginning of season eleven, Eli has a change of heart and sees her as a legitimate romantic option.
* AbortedArc: The whole plot with Clare interning at the Toronto Interpreter and getting sexually assaulted by her boss, Asher, was completely dropped from the rest of the twelfth season and never brought up again. The only closure was that she and another accuser are going to the police.
** After being dumped for Jenna, Clare makes a declaration that she's going to win KC back setting up a rivalry with Jenna. Clare never makes any attempt to win KC back and the storyline is largely forgotten after the introduction of Eli as Clare's new love interest.
** At the end of Season 12, Zig and Maya seem to finally be on the road to starting a relationship after getting passed the love quadrangle drama with Tori and Cam. Fast forward to Season 13 and Zig is gone and is replaced by Miles (Zig would return later in the season but only to bemoan the fact that Maya is still choosing other guys over him).
** Another one often referenced is from the Season 7 episode "Talking in Your Sleep". Paige ends up sleeping with Griffin. Later she finds out he has HIV. She gets tested and is told by doctors that she won't know the results for 6 months. Griffin unceremoniously disappears from the show shortly after this revelation when Paige reveals she is moving out, and there is never any follow-up on Paige's results. Actress Lauren Collins who played Paige has referenced this plothole jokingly a few times on her Twitter.
** Adam was just beginning hormone replacement therapy and his physical transition from female-to-male when he died in a car accident. Must have been a convenient way to deal with the actress who played Adam not being transgender herself.
* AboveTheInfluence: Sean in the season 1 finale, at least in fanon. Played straight in Rock This Town.
** Eli when Clare wants to stay over at his house (and implicitly, sleep with him) because her parents are divorcing. He turns her down, saying she's not ready to lose her virginity. [[spoiler: And also to hide from her that his room is full of trash because he's a hoarder]].
* AbusiveParents: There are several examples in the series.
** Craig lives with his stepfather because his [[Creator/HughDillon father]] hits him.
** It is strongly hinted, though never shown on-camera, that the reason Sean lives with his brother is that his parents were abusive.
** When Ellie's father leaves for Iraq, her mother's alcoholism becomes out of control. She ignores Ellie, leaving her to fend for herself, and is emotionally abusive on the rare occasion when she is actually awake. Ellie moves in with Sean for a while after her mother leaves the stove on before passing out, which causes a fire. Unlike most abusive parents in the series, however, Mrs. Nash makes a commitment to change and sticks to it.
** K.C.'s parents are presented as abusive in season eight. Subverted when his mother goes to rehab and becomes a kind and responsible parent.
** Despite the assumption that Jane hates her father for leaving the family, in season eight it is revealed that he sexually abused her as a child.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: The student council is apparently unsupervised and the StudentCouncilPresident and class reps seem like they make the school run alongside the faculty. They plan dances, fundraise and get Natasha Bedingfield to perform at prom. The president is widely respected and the student council races are intense.
::In the same vein, composition of the "Spirit Squad" (cheerleading team) is determined solely by the head cheerleader, with no faculty input. Her decisions are final.
* AcademicAthlete: Jane Vaughan is a skilled football player and the Valedictorian of her class. Her plan is to become a lawyer. This is also the same case for Katie, who is not only on the soccer team, but is in karate, the school newspaper, and is student council president.
* AccidentalPervert: JT staring at Craig's penis. Then Craig saw JT, Toby, and Danny come out of the stall. I'm sure Craig was convinced Manny was TheBeard.
* AdamWesting: During the fifth and sixth seasons, almost every commercial and webisode consisted of the characters making fun of how melodramatic the show was. And when ''Degrassi'' actors appeared on any other teen show, it was always to mock their character.
* ACupAngst: JT has a ''really'' small penis.
** Jimmy's impotent.
** Manny has ACupAngst despite being at least a D cup.
** Maya has this after [[JerkJock Dallas]] calls her flat.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Every teen character, since the focus rotates to different characters.
** [[SatelliteCharacter Hazel]]. Her only focus episode, Don't Believe The Hype, was incredibly well done compared to the usual sentence she gets twice a season and it remains a solid fan favorite.
** Season 10 provides a lot of Good Sav episodes, when his A plots of previous seasons were lackluster.
* {{Adorkable}}: Toby, JT, Wesley.
* AffectionateParody: BoycottTheCaf
* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: Detention usually takes this form.
* AfterShow: Season 10-present after Miriam [=McDonald=]'s departure and renaming from D:TNG to Degrassi.
* AlcoholHic: Fiona does it the first time she's drunk in front of her mom.
* AlcoholicParent: Ellie's mom.
** Sean's parents.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Though Degrassi has at least one rape or instance of domestic violence every two seasons, every character who experiences these things experiences it from men. Paige is raped by Dean, Craig is abused by his father, Darcy is raped by a faceless man, Jane, as a child, was sexually abused by her father, KC is abused by his father and later sexually abused by his coach, Fiona is abused by her new boyfriend Bobby, and [[spoiler: Luke and another male sexually assault Zoe]].
** An inversion is Ellieís mother, who abuses her. She is portrayed as more of a victim (at least by Alex) by the end of her story line.
** Another inversion has arrived in the form of a woman Connor met online who touches him inappropriately and suggests some...unsavory things.
* TheAllegedCar: Toby's bubbe's car.
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: [[TheGhost Heather Sinclair]] for Holly J is a mild version; in season seven she admits to Toby that she feels she's in the shadow of Heather. She eventually gets over this.
** To a lesser degree, Darcy is one to Clare. In season eight, Clare tells KC that she feels like Darcy is the pretty/attractive/popular/etc one and she's just the smart one. She also grows out of this.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: JT.
** Spinner also makes a big deal about Craig not being a virgin. Averted by Sean, whose first time is the subject of much {{Fanon}} because it's never revealed.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Inverted by Shane Kippel ''in real life''! He is Jewish, but he has tattoos.
* AmicablyDivorced: Ashley's parents are still good friends after they divorced. This is mostly [[IncompatibleOrientation because he's gay]] and they're [[BetterAsFriends better off as friends]].
* ANiceJewishBoy: Toby.
* AnAesop: Every time a Degrassi character does something morally questionable, one of these is coming.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** Eli and Clare are assigned to do a film project on ''{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', and have to kiss for it (mirroring their {{UST}}). Clare even compares herself and Eli to Romeo and Juliet when complaining about him to her English teacher. We all know how *that* particular teen romance [[TogetherInDeath turned out in the end]].
** Zane is supportive of Riley when he wants to come out as gay even though it may affect his football career, and compares him to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the US. Riley doesn't know who Harvey Milk is, and Zane then explains he was murdered for being gay.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Emma can sometimes seem like this.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Danny (Seasons 4-6)
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: JT dies unexpectedly]]. This was the show's way of sending off an actor who wished to leave for college.
** [[spoiler:Adam]]. Much like JT, theres no way of telling until seconds before the accidents leading up to their respective deaths.
* ArcWords: "Whatever it takes!"
* ArmouredClosetGay: Riley. Subverted when [[spoiler: he comes out in [[strike:Season 9]] Season 10 and dates Zane]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Sav's parents are militantly strict about dating in season 7 and express similar feelings about Alli's relationships in season 8. Both children are expected not to have relationships until their parents find them suitable matches. Sav ignores this advice in season 7 and dates Anya. Despite his repeated attempts to get his parents to accept Anya as his girlfriend (at least for the time being), they set him up with Farrah in season 9, leading to the dissolution of his relationship with Anya. Meanwhile, Alli sneaks around her parents to date Johnny and Drew. When Sav starts dating Holly J, she tells his parents that they are more than friends and they barely bat an eyelash. Alli goes through quite a bit more drama after they discover her sexual history and see her discipline record at school. Eventually, they drop their belief in arranged marriages and Alli is allowed to freely date Dave.
* TheArtifact: After a while, all of the characters that Toby interacted with either left or died, Toby didn't really have anything to do on the show.
** Spinner played this role in seasons 8 and 9, working at The Dot while dating Jane. Occasionally, he would mention his old Degrassi friends to Holly J as a ContinuityNod.
** Mr. Simpson, while still a major character, is the last remaining adult who was a kid on the '80s show. His screen time off campus is limited, Emma and Spike are no longer closely tied to the school, having only Connor to interact with at home.
** Connor is becoming this now that the gifted program is never depicted anymore. Clare and Alli are never seen talking to him and Wesley mostly interacts with Hannah.
** Clare has been on the show since season 6 when she helped Darcy deal with her StalkerWithACrush. The Edwards family is still on the show, but they almost never mention Darcy despite the fact that she was only supposed to be gone for one semester (left in season 8, should have been back in season 9).
* AscendedExtra: Much like in the original series, many students (such as Marco and Darcy) started out as background characters before given their own storylines and then eventually made regulars.
* AscendedFanboy: Kevin Smith was a fan of the original series and had a crush on Caitlin. Present day, he makes a guest appearance as himself and kisses the adult Caitlin.
* AssumedWin: In the second season, Liberty is all set to go onstage and accept first place in the science fair, only to be beaten by Emma.
* TheAtoner: Spinner, who genuinely tries to redeem himself after what happened to Jimmy.
** K.C. spent some of season 8 working to not be who he was at his last school.
** Most of Riley and Zane's dynamic is Riley trying to please Zane.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: Becky realizes her brother was the one who sexually assaulted Zoe.]]
* AxesAtSchool: Characters have brought weapons to school several times, and security measures were only put into place after Fitz nearly stabbed Eli in season 10.
* TheBabyTrap: [[spoiler:Anya]] sets one of these in Season ten for [[spoiler:Sav]]. Combined with LawofInverseFertility or ignorance on [[spoiler:Sav]]'s part, perhaps.
* TheBully
* BackForTheDead: In season 13, [[spoiler:Adam]] comes back after being missing for the entire 12C block only to [[spoiler:die in surgery after getting into a car accident caused by texting and driving.]] The official reasoning for this was that the actress' contract was up.
* BadButt: Jay and his crew in season 3. They are seen doing malicious things like breaking a vending machine to steal candy bars, but leaving the money alone. Offering Sean candy bars as payment to keep him quiet, and stealing candy from diners. Boycott the Caf has given them the nickname "The Candy Bandits"
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The credits for Season 10 suggest that [[spoiler: Anya gets pregnant with Sav's child]]. This turns out to be a lie Holly J comes up with, to hurt Sav's chances at [[spoiler: running for class president]].
** The credits hinted at a twincest plot line in ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan'' that turned out to be [[spoiler: a one-time drunken jealousy display]].
* BareYourMidriff: Done by Paige in seasons 1 and 2, then Manny in seasons 3 and 4.
* BatmanGambit: Eli initially wanted Clare to put ipecac into Fitz's drink. When that didn't work, Eli offered him an apology drink. Just before they drink, though, Clare tells them to switch cups, fearing exactly this. [[spoiler:Eli then makes Clare guilty since she made them swap glasses, giving Fitz the poisoned glass]].
* TheBeard: Part of Riley's attempt to convince himself that he's straight is getting into a relationship with Anya and trying to sleep with Fiona...
** Fiona willingly let him use her as a beard to [[strike:avoid sleeping with someone that isn't her brother]] avoid facing her own homosexuality.
** Ellie was Marco's Beard during his "confused" stage. Played with in the fact that Ellie had feelings for Marco, and pretending to be his girlfriend was a sort of compromise for her.
** In a rather unusual manifestation of this trope, Adam calls Fiona on using him as this. Because he is transgender, Fiona manages to date someone identifying as male while still seeing him as a girl in her own mind. This allows her to avoid the reality of her lesbianism.
** Riley uses a girl his mother sets him up with this way, for at least one episode.
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: Manny to get Sully, a character no one remembers. Though Sully disappears in a couple of episodes, this tactic seems to do it for Craig as well.
** Alli [[spoiler: takes nude photos of herself and texts them to Johnny]] to keep Johnny [=DiMarco's=] interest after they decide to wait a long time to have sex again.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Clare and K.C. played a puppy love version of this throughout Season 8. At the end of the season they really hit a stride for it. Where anytime either spoke the other took it the wrong way.
* BerserkButton: God help you if you call Adam a girl or insinuate that he isn't a "real" man. JustifiedTrope, since Adam has gone out of his way to explain his transgender situation to others and has been repeatedly bullied and teased for his situation.
** A good example of this is in Cry Me a River, where Dave implies that Adam shouldn't be allowed to use the guy's bathroom, and [[spoiler:dresses like a woman and tries to use the girl's bathroom]] to prove a point. He then gets [[spoiler:temporarily kicked off his radio show]].
** Don't be a bully in front of Eli, or he'll do everything in his power to make your life hell.
** Don't break up with Emma, or she'll try to get you arrested.
* BetaCouple: Perhaps Ashley and Jimmy in season 1.
** Anya & Sav were the beta couple to other pairings such as Spinner and Jane and Declan and Holly J during Season 7-9.
** K.C. and Jenna started out as beta couple to Drew and Alli during ''The Boiling Point''. At the same time, Drew and Alli could have been considered the beta couple to Clare and Eli, based on fan reactions to them.
* BettyAndVeronica: A few variations of this were done.
** Craig (Archie), Ashley (Betty), and Manny (Veronica)
** Craig (Archie), Ellie (Betty), and Manny (Veronica)
** Spinner (Archie), Paige (Betty), and Manny (Veronica, noticing a pattern with Manny here?)
** JT (Archie), Liberty (Betty), and Mia (Veronica)
** {{Gender flip}}ped with Emma as Archie, having to chose between reliable, old-flame Sean (Betty) and bad boy Peter (Veronica)
** KC (Archie), Clare (Betty), and Jenna (Veronica)
** KC (Archie), Jenna (Betty), and Marisol (Veronica)
** Drew (Archie), Alli (Betty), and Bianca (Veronica)
** Drew (Archie), Katie (Betty), and Marisol (Veronica)
** Drew (Archie), Katie (Betty), and Bianca (Veronica)
** [[GenderFlip Gender flipped]] with Clare as Archie, Connor as Betty (smart, HollywoodNerd), and KC as Veronica (Bad boy)
** Clare (Archie), Jake (Betty), and Eli (Veronica)
** Zig (Archie), Maya (Betty), and Tori (Veronica)
* BigDamnKiss: Clare and Eli share their first real kiss after building up their relationship for nearly half the season.
-->'''Eli''': I have a French exam.
-->'''Clare''': ...I think you just passed it.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Good God, the Hollingsworths. Father is a big time businessman-turned-politician who routinely cheats on his wife. Mother is emotionally neglected and actually sends a picture of her breasts to Drew for attention. Miles is troubled guy who acts out for his father's attention. He's constantly compared to his ''younger twin siblings'' as an examples. Then it's later revealed that the twins have their own issues, mainly Frankie's crippling insecurity in regards to her attractiveness and Hunter's misanthropy leading him to spend all his time playing a BrandX VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft MMORPG.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Holly J's [[spoiler: birth]] mother. She's a match in blood type and wants to give Holly J her kidney, but [[spoiler: she wants $20,000 for it]]
** Marisol, oh lord, Marisol. She'll reveal your deepest darkest secrets in public with a smile on her face the whole time.
** Drew is a notable male version. He'll be nice and friendly to your face, but if it suits him he'll walk right over you without a second thought; up to and including committing a felony and hate crime against someone who's supposed to be his teammate all over a position that he doesn't deserve to begin with.
* BlackAndNerdy: Liberty, Damian, Connor, and Dave when he's not hanging out with KC and Drew who are only his friends when it's relevant to the plot.
* {{Blackmail}}: Jimmy blackmailed [[MoralEventHorizon his own father]] for cheating on his mother in order to get money for stem cell surgery. Sadly, [[LeftHanging we never saw the aftermath of this]].
** Drew threatened to expose Riley's secret if Riley didn't step aside for [=QB1.=])
** Alex threatened to do the same thing to Marco to win the class president election.
* BlandNameProduct: Jimmy had a first-generation mp3 player. Top of the line. No, it's not an iPod; it's an mp3 player. Either way, Spinner stole it.
** {{My|Space}}Room, {{Face|book}}range, {{Chat|Roulette}}SoFast, ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Fortnight]]'', [[VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft Realm of Doom]], [[{{Instagram}} Hastygram]], [[{{Snapchat}} Oomfchat]].
** Not Pizza Pizza, Print Three, Mrs. Vanelli's or Beatrice. As a general rule anything dealing with actual physical products that are unfamiliar to US viewers are real Canadian brands unless explicitly intended to be independent small businesses, while anything media-related is BrandX to the point of having invented two fake TV channels - local station CQJH and US cable music channel TVM - despite being affiliated with CTV (and by extension their Toronto O&O station) and MTV or MuchMusic.
** They didn't even use the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]] ''InstantStar'' '''which they themselves own''', calling the show Jenna was on "Next Teen Star" instead. (Just how many Toronto-based-but-too-big-to-be-Canada-only musical talent contest reality shows open to underage HighSchool students ''are'' there?)
** Canadian universities. TU (Toronto University)=U of T (University of Toronto), Banting=Queen's, Smithdale=York. U.S. universities are referred to by their real names.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Paige/Marco/Ellie trio
* BookEnds: Season 11 starts and ends (well, part one of season eleven, anyway) with the song [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Young Blood"]] by The Naked and Famous. At the beginning it's Clare getting ready for the first day of second semester, at the end it's Sav leaving Degrassi for good.
** Season 2 starts with Craig's abusive dad leading to a manic episode and ends with Craig's abusive dad leading to a manic episode.
** A bit of a reversal: Season 10 part 2 starts with Alli and Clare on the school steps talking about Alli's drama with boys and the season ends with the two friends on the schools steps talking about Clare's boy drama.
** Cast example: First time we meet Alli, she's with Sav on the school steps and the do a little brother/sister argument before they walk in. Last episode with Sav as a regular castmember, he's with Alli and they make brother/sister quips and walk down the school steps and walk away from Degrassi.
* BoyMeetsGirl: Which leads to many, many {{Meet Cute}}s.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: In ''The Curse of Degrassi'', [[spoiler: Rick Murray's ghost possesses Holly J, causing at some points for Holly J's eyes to become completely black]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Holly J, originally an AlphaBitch, becomes nicer throughout season 9 until finally being fully redeemed in season 10.
** Eli was originally a B-plot character. The closest he had to an A-plot was Adam's transgender storyline, which didn't even focus on him. Because he was so tremendously popular, he became one of the most used A-plot characters by the end of the first half of season 10.
* BreakTheCutie - Majority of the cast
** Emma carried this card during seasons 4-6.
** Darcy took it over in season 7.
** Alli zigzags this one all over the place so it's more like BreakTheCutie, CorruptTheCutie, and BreakTheHaughty [[HumiliationConga all rolled into one]].
** This seems to be the point to Campbell's character so far in season 12. It's nearly impossible to go an episode with him in it without wanting to hug him. [[spoiler: Eventually he is broken [[DrivenToSuicide to the point of suicide]]]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Paige. At the beginning of the series, she was the AlphaBitch, but she went through ''so'' much that she evolved into one of the [[TheWoobie more sympathetic characters]].
** And then Spinner and Jimmy decide to pull pranks on Mrs. Kwan for putting them in detention. By the end of the day she ends up sobbing in her car, and takes a leave of absence. They found out the next day that she was very stressed at the time from poor money, double shifts, and a husband on chemo. [[note]] There was a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} along the way, however, when Kwan's ESL students who were missing dinner to study, chipped in and bought the prank-call pizzas.[[/note]]
** Holly J is another example of this, but nothing too traumatic compared to Paige.
** And then there's Fiona, who from the Season 9 movie on gets put through a lot, and changes from being a confused, emotional mess to one of the show's most mature characters.
* BreatherEpisode: "Take On Me", the {{W|holePlotReference}}PR [[TheBreakfastClub Breakfast Club episode]], could be thought of as this, considering it sits right in between Manny [[spoiler: getting an abortion]], and Terri [[spoiler: suffering a life threatening-coma inducing injury (which winds up in her leaving the show)]]. The rest of Season 3 after this (besides the aforementioned Terri episode) may be this too, considering how dark the first half of the fourth season is.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Eli and Clare. Sean and Emma.
* BullyHunter: Eli.
* ButtMonkey: Toby -- both of his only friends died to school violence in a middle-class Canadian suburban school, he was the [[AManIsNotAVirgin last virgin left of his cohorts]], and he hardly got any screen time or lines after Season 3 because he's HollywoodHomely.
** And Paige. The rape (which we're supposed to find sympathetic) and her complete failure at every career and ambition and relationship she's ever had (which we're supposed to find hilarious, if the background music is any indication).
** Craig. From the moment he appears, his father is shown abusing him. The first episode showing him living with his setpfather ends with his stepfather losing all trust for him. He later gets a girl pregnant, loses her baby, gets diagnosed bipolar I, runs away from home, gets beaten up by a hobo, loses his CAN$4,000 dollar guitar to said hobo, loses his girlfriend, gains an addiction to crack, and is revealed to be an addict in front of a large crowd.
** Sav. That kid has been beaten up by a really angry gay man for no reason and the scene where he's the temporary lead singer of Studz at the school's Beach Bash and Peter, all methed-out, marches up and starts shoving him and yelling at him was hilarious. He went from overly enthusiastic to really scared and confused in seconds.
*** To be fair, Sav did provoke Riley when he mentioned the word gay.
** Holly J gets a lot more retribution than she actually earns during seasons 7 and 8. Most of it directly relating to Mia, which explains it.
** Bad luck always manages to find poor Alli... even when she's [[TheAtoner trying to set things right]] it blows up in her face.
* ButWeUsedACondom: JustifiedTrope, in the case of JT and Liberty. JT used a king-sized condom and it slipped off.
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The Hollywood movie was mainly filmed in Toronto, with a few outdoor scenes actually in California.
** There was more doubling in ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan'' with the majority being filmed in Canada except for the street sequences.
* CallBack
* TheCameo: If you're a SYTYCD fan, you were squealing with glee when Jean-Marc Genereux showed up as Adam and Bianca's dance instructor.
** Famous Canadian comedian [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]] had the honour of being a one scene wonder in Degrassi Takes Manhattan as the divorce lawyer. (If you look closely, you can also see him dancing at the wedding during the last few minutes.)
* CampGay: Marco acts this way in later seasons. Zane's friend at the art gallery is a pretty classic example. Tristan.
* CanadaEh: For American fans, counting the instances of the word "aboot" or, better yet, "soary" can quickly turn into a drinking game. At the same time, though, "eh" is almost never heard spoken by the characters.
** The show later did a self-parody of Canadian stereotypes during KevinSmith's ([[PromotedFanboy himself a huge fan]] of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and ''Series/DegrassiHigh'') appearance on the show. He was there shooting a movie called ''Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh'', and a clip showed from the movie featured every Canadian stereotype known to man (the metric system, hockey, bilingualism, moose, Mounties, snow, aboot, eh), courtesy of Music/AlanisMorissette as a high school principal.
* CanadaDoesNotExist: More a 1 than a 0 on the 10-point scale discussed on the trope page. It's openly set in Toronto, but characters use generic lingo when talking about things like standardized tests and drivers' licenses, when actual kids in Toronto would more likely use Ontario-specific terms. This has gotten worse in later seasons.
** Like all its predecessors except Season One of Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh and the rare holiday special, the series is shot in the summer. Expect to see shorts worn outdoors in January.
** Somewhat justified since the producers realized that the show's popularity in the United States had quickly eclipsed its popularity in Canada. So much so that U.S. network The N (later TeenNick) eventually became co-producer of the series. As a result, producers wanted the characters to be relateable to kids on both sides of the border.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Sort of; see entry.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Ellie's first major storyline begins with her father's deployment to Afghanistan. Later on, Sean joins the army and his last appearance was between the end of basic training and ''his'' first deployment.
* CastHerd: Since we have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in this show, most characters usually fit into some group, whether it be by grade or clique. Examples includes the Minor Niners, the [[GangOfBullies Gangs of Bullies]], the GarageBands, etc.
* TheCastShowoff: Many of the cast members are musically talented and the show goes so far write it in as part of their characters. See Ashley, Craig, Manny, Janie and the Studs, Jenna etc. This usually leads to characters being remodeled with no real reason except to show off the cast's musical aspirations: Photographer Craig becomes Rock Star Craig; Wannabe-Director Peter becomes Rock Star Peter; Aimless Loser Jay can suddenly play drums for Studz (yeah, right!).
* {{Catfight}}: Bianca starts a fight with Alli after finding out she was the one who sent a racy picture of her to everyone on her contact list. Dave and Wesley don't interrupt but [[DistractedByTheSexy just take out their phones to record it]].
** Emma and Alex
** Manny and Paige
** Alli and Holly J had a pretty amusing non-canon catfight in a promo for Teen Nick.
** Maya had two! One with Tori and then one with Tori's replacement character Zoe.
* CelebrityLie: Leia claims to know Pete Wentz.
* CentralTheme: Dealing with adversity can be tough, but if you work hard and work on your flaws and believe in yourself, you can prevail. Hence the theme song's lyrics; "Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through."
* CharacterBlog: Throughout season 1 and 2 there was a "school website" for Degrassi, where all the students had their own regularly updated blogs, usually discussing what happened in the recent episode. A glimpse of the site made cameo appearances now and then on computer screens. But once season 3 started the entire website was cut, which was a shame considering Craig's post about dealing with his father's death were really touching.
** The closest there is now are the character's personal twitters, which are updated periodically during and between episodes. Sometimes they even give hints to what will happen in the coming episode.
** An excerpt from Kendra's old blog is on Boycott the Caf on her character page, to illustrate how it's for the best that we never saw her, judging by her terrible spelling.
* CharacterFocus: Every season tends to focus more on one character in particular. Season 1 was all about Emma. Season 2 was Craig's time to shine. Season 3 was Marco. Season 4 is described as "The Sean show featuring the [[FanNickname candy bandits]]. Season 7 is Darcy. Season 10 is Clare with a smidgen of Eli and quite a bit of Fiona. Season 11 (the first half) was shared between Fiona, [[FanPreferredCouple EClare]], and Drew.
* CharacterShilling: Happens quite a bit with Mia during Season 8, much to Holly J's (and many fans') annoyance.
** One particularly {{egregious}} example was in ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan'', when Jay was telling Spinner that Emma wouldn't screw him over like Jane did. [[SarcasmMode Because Emma never cheated on anybody]]. It's especially perplexing that Jay would talk Emma up like this, because a few years ago, she ''prostituted'' herself to him. For rubber bracelets.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: All the time. The show has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters but only a handful that the powers that be bank on for big storylines. So when minor character becomes an EnsembleDarkHorse or they shove a FlatCharacter into the spotlight to see if they can handle a big storyline, the characters can go through a change of personality.
** Manny is probably the biggest example of this, followed by Fiona. As she left the series, she's a GoodBadGirl, which makes her earlier scenes in the show look really strange. Fiona was a FlatCharacter who was bat-shit insane in season 9, and in season 11 she's much more well-rounded and really only kept the loneliness part of her season 9 quirk. As a matter of fact, Fiona and Declan seemingly switched personalities mid-season. When first introduced, Fiona was the friendly new girl and Declan was the arrogant bad boy. Mid-season Declan had somehow become socially popular and Fiona had somehow become a stuck-up bitch.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Everything about Craig.
** In season 2, Craig's dad abused him, and then died.
** In season 3, Craig, being an orphan, wanted to start his own family.
** In season 4, Craig's abusive father and grabbing Manny's arm, are explained by bipolar disorder.
** In season 6, said bipolar disorder probably explains Craig using cocaine.
* ChekhovsGunman: Several characters are introduced slowly in the series before joining the main cast.
** Darcy appeared a few times in season 4 before becoming a recurring character in season 5. Bonus points for her [[{{Foreshadowing}} first scene being with]] [[LoveInterest Spinner]].
** Clare was in one Darcy-centric episode before her introduction as a recurring character in season 8.
** Fitz, Wesley, and Zane each appeared in an episode of Season 9 before gaining a title spot in Season 10.
** Jess, a new recurring character for ''[[FanNickname The Breaking Point]]'' was a part of Alli's Big D Dance Crew.
** Similarly, Marisol was in a few episodes of Season 10 and was PromotedToOpeningTitles in season 11.
* TheCheerleader
* ChewingTheScenery:
** Daniel Clark: "I'm screwed, man!"
** Sam Earle does this on occasion: "You told me TO PLAY BASKETBALL!"
** Munro Chambers often does this whenever he has to portray strong emotions.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: For the Unlucky kind: Happens ''twice'' with Toby (three times if you count Manny rejecting his invitation to a dance).
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Kendra, Derek, Blue, and Leia out of Title Cast (not counting those that graduated), and many more side characters. There is a nickname for this trope in the Degrassi in-universe that the fans came up with called the [[FanNickname "Degrassi Black Hole"]] or the "Degrassi Bermuda Triangle" where minor or recurring characters who appeared on the show more than once disappear without explanation.
** Many many more recurring characters. Most of the time we at least get a ContinuityNod admitting they existed.
** Long after Darcy left the show, her mother re-married and asked her younger sister Clare to be the Maid of Honor, leaving long-time fans to wonder if Darcy was even invited to her own mother's wedding.
** Mrs. Kwan, who was a RecurringCharacter from Seasons 1-9, disappeared in Season 10 alongside Leia and Blue without explanation. Mrs. Dawes, who was the art teacher, became the new English teacher during that exact same season Mrs. Kwan disappeared in and was not seen or mentioned ever again during the show's passing.
** Wesley.
* CityOfAdventure: About once a season they remember that UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} is bigger than one high school and one street of businesses.
* [[EiffelTowerEffect CN Tower Effect]]
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The uniforms introduced in Season 10. Grade 9=Yellow, Grade 10=Purple, 11=Red, 12=Blue. [[note]]This holds rather than rotates into the second year of the new dress code, causing a minor EditWar on the CharacterSheet as the WikiMagic digested it, as well as forcing everyone InUniverse to buy new school shirts every year.[[/note]]
* CombatPragmatist: Alli apparently isn't afraid to fight dirty when Bianca tries to beat her up. She even [[ImprovisedWeapon throws a wastebasket at her]].
* ComedicHero: Toby
* CompilationMovie: The hour long episode "Shout" is frequently aired alongside "How soon is now" on The-N as a movie length super-special episode.
* CompressedVice: Oh so much. Often done for the sake of AnAesop, usually the characters suffer the worst effects immediately upon engaging in the vice of the week. Noticeably, they're often fully healed/cured by the next episode, with little more than occasional offhanded references in the form of 'Remember when...'
* ContinuityNod: The show, having been on for years (and also as an extension of the series from the '80s), does this occasionally.
** In the earlier seasons, many of the returning characters referenced the series from the '80s. Joey and Caitlyn often bring up the catalyst for their big break-up in that show's series finale, Tessa Campinelli. More recently, Mr. Simpson consoles Eli when he finds Campbell's dead body after committing suicide by referencing the time in ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' when he discovered Claude's dead body.
** Manny and Emma often reference past events including Manny's promiscuous past, Manny's relationship with Craig, and the fact that they've dated/liked several of the same characters.
* ContinuitySnarl: "Vegetarian" Emma eats KFC and squid in season 2.
** Ellie also mentions being a vegetarian in one episode of season. This fact is never mentioned again, and later episodes show her eating meat.
** In a season two episode Spinner references his Mom and Dad's heritages with the present tense (as in his dad is still alive and kicking). Several seasons later it is revealed that his father died of cancer. This storyline with his father's death must have either taken place offscreen or his father's existence that early was retconned or perhaps his father just went wherever [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Kendra went]].
* ControlFreak: Liberty is the more classic example on the show.
** Emma shows this a lot, but she has a different focus than Liberty.
** Paige enjoys her social life and social circle to be ''just so''.
** Darcy to some extent before [[spoiler: she is raped]].
** Holly J and her Benevolent Dictatorship while student council president.
** Fiona during ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan''.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Toby and JT get caught looking at porn. Their punishment? To keep watching looking at the porn sites...while their parents watch with them. To add to this they had to also watch Gay Porn, which [[HeterosexualLifePartners neither enjoyed]] as much as [[HoYay the fandom wanted them to]].
* CoolCar: Sean drives an illegally modified race car. How cool is it? It's the terrestrial version of the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' when you think about it.
** Eli drives a ''hearse''.
* CorruptTheCutie: Jay towards Emma in season 4 "Secret."
* CouchGag: The movable-letter sign. Not usually an actual gag but it usually has something to do with the episode. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Or an upcoming episode.]]
* CovertPervert: Toby and Rick make up a game to see how many girls they can get to kiss them, the girls only think of them as shy and nerdy, so they don't suspect a thing, except for Emma, who just plays along.
* CreatureOfHabit: Connor, but this is related to his Asperger's.
* CringeComedy: Most of the lighter moments actually turn out to be this.
** If anything involves Wesley, it's gonna make you feel bad for laughing. He's a beautiful disaster.
* CulturalTranslation
* CuteAndPsycho: Shy, quiet, homicidal Rick.
* TheDandy: Peter, then later Declan
* DarkerAndEdgier: Post-Emma Nelson episodes (season 10-present) even some newer episodes receive TV-14 instead of normal TV-PG.
* DatingDoSiDo: The former {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* DeadPersonConversation: There was the TearJerker mini, ''I'll Never Forget''
** In the Season 9 holiday mini-episode ''Ghost of Degrassi Past'', [[spoiler: JT Yorke returns [[SpiritAdvisor to tell Holly J to lighten up during the holidays]]]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Jimmy owns this trope.
** As do a fair few others, like Holly J, Clare, Liberty, Adam, Paige, and Ellie.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Holly J in season nine, which may be a part of being held hostage at the end of season eight. She's still quite a ControlFreak and obviously [[AlphaBitch still thinks of everyone as losers]], but she's become much more open to her peers. By season 11 (her final season), Holly J had evolved into a smart, mature young woman who genuinely cared about her friends. Almost all traces of her nasty side had disappeared by the time she graduated.
* DemotedToExtra: Happened to many characters, but Toby is probably the most notable example.
** Connor received this treatment for a while, with his only major plot line involving panty stealing, but seems to be making a comeback in season eleven.
** Likely to happen to Hannah, who showed signs of becoming her own character for a while.
** Happened to the seniors (Holly J, Anya, Sav, etc.) for the most part of season 11, mostly to give way more attention than they should have to Eli and his play, as well as Drew's angst.
** Leia was never given much to do on the show despite been given a plum spot in the opening titles during her entire tenure. Many fans wondered why the producers kept bringing her back even though she was reduced to being nothing more than Anya's sounding board.
** Winston seems to do very little besides be Miles' friend
* DerailingLoveInterests
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Gonorrhea?
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: JT and Liberty. Confirmed in the Degrassi Mini "I won't forget you"
* DisappearedDad: Several characters have deceased or estranged fathers.
* DisneyAcidSequence: In the season 2 episode "Take my breath away" it opens up with Manny having a sudden fantasy of Craig singing a love song to her while she wears a silver diamond covered ball gown.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Eli and Fitz both may be the show's best example of this. Eli insults Fitz over a parking spot. Fitz takes this out on Eli's car. Fitz attacks Adam for the same slight against him before, Eli steps in to shift focus back to him. Leading to a very insincere attempt at peace, getting Eli a [[GroinAttack knee to the groin]]. Eli gets Fitz arrested over all that. Fitz can't accept that Adam wants to be treated like a guy, leading to a fight. Eli gets Fitz in trouble for something Fitz didn't do. To try to get peace Clare agrees to go out with Fitz. Eli undermines this with poison, and Fitz gets a knife. At any point Fitz could stop being insane, or Eli could just let it go. But the pair are [[NotSoDifferent too pigheaded and egotistical to ever consider this]]]].
* DistaffCounterpart / SpearCounterpart:
** Alex/Sean before she suffered VillainDecay
** Emma/Kelly before Season 9 rolled in.
** Liberty/Damian
** Jane/Spinner, lampshaded by Jimmy
* [[DubInducedPlothole Distributor-Induced Plothole]]: When [=TeenNick=], then The-N didn't show Accidents Will Happen, they only showed the subplots of these episodes ''once'', in slapped-together "mini" episodes meaning that if you missed these mini episodes and didn't have the internet to watch Accidents Will Happen, then the future plots of just how Toby and Jimmy ended up in detention in ''Take On Me'' along with Liberty dating Towerz later on that season would not make sense. Also, Emma makes a reference to Manny's pregnancy the following season, which wouldn't make sense at all. This was rectified when The-N finally showed Accidents Will Happen three years later.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The wrestling scene between Riley and Peter(See below).Peter even lampshades it. It's likely a shout-out to the frequent slashing between the two in fandom.
** When [[spoiler:Cam]] commits [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/KurtCobain suicide]], his body is found in a greenhouse and his significant other publicly condemns his action instead of seeming more sensitive about it.
* DoomedByCanon: Emma sees her dad's name and room number at a mental hospital and assumes he's a doctor. As soon as she meets him she realizes he's a patient. By the end of the episode, viewers have been reminded that in the original ''Series/DegrassiHigh'', he either jumped or fell off a bridge [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin after the first time he took acid]].
* DoubleAesop
* DoubleStandard: All the standard gender based double standards you can find in a high school, you'll find here.
** Manny was a {{memetic s|exGod}}lut for a long time after season 3, even when [[ExecutiveMeddling Americans didn't know she ever got pregnant]].
** When Emma cheated on Peter with Sean, Sean was portrayed as heroic for it.
** Similarly, whenever any female character helps somebody cheat on their significant other, they're almost always bashed by the fanbase. When the males do the same? Not so much.
** Ellie had a caught-in-the-moment-one-time-only affair with Craig. She confesses this to Jesse to be honest with him. Jesse then tells her that he did the same and wanted to be honest with her too. She gets furious at him and storms out.
** In the episode Don't Let Me Get Me, the school itself facilitated double standards courtesy of its woman only self-esteem seminar.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Subverted as Jenna hitting KC with her guitar is treated seriously and the first sign that she's losing it dealing with the pressure of being a [[TeenPregnancy teen mom]].
** However, the point [[MisaimedFandom wasnít taken]] by the rejoicing fandom.
** Subverted when Connor received the same punishment for interacting with a female online predator that Emma did for interacting with a male. Mr. Simpson was involved in both situations and took them both seriously.
*** Meeting a stranger from the internet is a serious risk, regardless of gender. Add that both were much older and possessing seriously creepy intentions, and it's to be expected that Mr. Simpson had the same sort of reaction.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: When a very, very drunk Drew (who was not intentionally drunk) slept with a very sober Katie who he had already broken up with, the fandom was split down the middle over whether or not it was rape and it was Drew who was blamed on the show.
* DownerEnding: Plenty of episodes have these.
** Season 1: "Eye of the Beholder," "Basketball Diaries," "Secrets and Lies," "Under Pressure," "Jagged Little Pill"
** Season 2: "When Doves Cry (Part 1)," "Karma Chameleon," "Shout (Part 1)," "Take My Breath Away," "Dressed in Black," "Tears are Not Enough (Part 1)"
** Season 3: "Gangsta Gangsta," "Don't Dream It's Over"
** Season 4: "Ghost in the Machine (Part 1)," "Islands in the Stream," "Time Stands Still (Part 2)," "Eye of the Tiger," "Moonlight Desires"
** Season 5: "Turned Out (Part 2)," "Our Lips Are Sealed (Part 2)"
** Season 6: "Here Comes Your Man (Part 2)," "Rock This Town"
** Season 12: "Waterfalls (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 2)", "Never Ever (Part 1)"
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: J.T. was killed off after Ryan decided to leave the show to go to college.
** Raditch was ReassignedToAntarctica in shame after the school shooting because Dan Woods was involved in other productions in L.A. and didn't want to continue commuting back to Toronto.
* DrowningMySorrows: Spinner, Manny, Liberty, Jane, Ellie, and Fiona have all done this.
* DysfunctionJunction
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The majority of the first season of D:TNG hasn't been named after 80s song titles.
* EasilyForgiven: Peter.
** Emma is actually a more extreme case since unlike Peter, her actions are either forgiven by the end of the episode or completely glossed over, whether it's betraying her best friend, getting her boyfriend kicked out of the dorms, or [[spoiler: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdYR6aur8go blowing up The Dot]]]]''.
** Peter at the very least by the time of season 7 tried very, very hard for to make up for his past crimes, and at the least went through genuine character development.
* EducationMama: Mrs. Torres, especially regarding Drew.
* TheEighties: The first nine seasons' [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming episodes]] were named after '80s songs. Just for good measure the school's main office phone number is ([[UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} 416]]) 867-5309.
* EroticDream: JT (about Liberty), Wesley (about Anya), and Fiona (about Holly J)
* EroticEating: Anya, with [[StrawberryShorthand fruit]] in a dream that Wesley had, and later (unintentionally) with a mozzarella stick on their date
* EscalatingWar: Between Degrassi and Lakehurst during season 6.
** The one between Fitz and Eli during ''Boiling Point''...
* EstrangedSoapFamily: Spinner's sister Kendra, who [[BrotherChuck vanished]] after season 3 and didn't even come to her brother's wedding.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "Put the lighter away, fliphead."
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Sean. Granted, the only guy in canon is Marco. Still, Marco, Emma, Manny, Paige, and Ashley all make some unambiguous romantic overtures toward Sean.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: The reason given behind the math class's intense focus on polynomials. One of the writers really had trouble with them in school.
* EverythingIsOnline: And ''nothing'' is blocked by the school computers. Pay-to-play [=MMORPGs=], teachers' {{Facebook}} pages and Chatroulette [[note]]Okay, [[WritingAroundTrademarks versions of them]][[/note]], all accessed from the Media Immersion computer lab, figure in the tenth season.
** Subverted in ''[[FanNickname The Breaking Point]]'' when EVERYTHING gets blocked due to added security.
*** WordOfGod is that this is the reason why the show doesn't have an InfoDump about the issue of the week as often as the original Degrassi did.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies (''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfikES2SjBM Degrassi of the Dead]]'')
* ExpandedUniverse: The [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "manga"]].
* {{Expy}}: Cast members introduced in Season 1-3 can be directly compared to cast in the previous series.
** From Season 7 on they started introducing cast to fill the standard roles on the PopularityFoodChain or a SixStudentClique. Meaning that you can draw parallels between new cast and older cast to a degree. How ''well'' the two fit shifts wildly between examples. Manny and Alli[[note]]Girls restrained by a very conservative family structure dealing with becoming sexual beings with level headed best friends (although Manny ended up switching roles with Emma in the later seasons)[[/note]] is probably the best fit, with Riley and Marco[[note]]both were in the closet, nothing else[[/note]] being the worst fit.
** Declan is in the same vein as GossipGirl's Chuck Bass.
** [[SpearCounterpart Eli]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Bianca]] are admitted Expies of Ellie and Jay, respectively.
** [[CharacterBlog Twitter Account]] [[TheGhost Heather Poulette]] plays out rather similarly to the titular GossipGirl. Being aware at the school while being a character.
** After the latest addition of younger students, this can be seen even more clearly. They appear to have a basic mold for five characters that they like to reuse. Large similarities can usually be found with Emma/Clare/Maya[[note]]Socially uncomfortable/level headed[[/note]], Manny/Alli/Tori[[note]]socially aware/quick to anger[[/note]], Toby/Connor/Tristan[[note]]socially despised/uncool losers[[/note]], J.T./K.C./Zig[[note]]social outcasts/cool losers[[/note]]. However, Zig and K.C. appear to be a combination of J.T. and Sean's character traits. Other aspects of the initial set of five (four + Sean) seem to get shuffled between characters to cover the standard high school tropes.
*** Special Bonus: The actresses who play Manny and Tori are sisters
* FaceHeelTurn
* {{Fanservice}}: [[HoYay The wrestling scene in Beat It part 2 between Peter and Riley...]].
* FakeHigh: JT and Toby think they're high on Ecstasy, not knowing that Sean replaced the pill with asprin.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Frequently uses morals that are right in world of teenagers but not necessarily adults. [[invoked]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Many throughout the seasons.
** Manny stripping. Need I say more?
** Darcy wearing the sexy schoolgirl uniform for Peter's photo shoot
** Some {{Stripperiffic}} SensualSpandex dresses in the episode "Hungry Eyes", worn by the Purple Dragon spokesmodels. In response to criticisms that she's too "predictable", Emma becomes one of these models, then realizes the ideals behind the product and [[SoapboxSadie makes a stand]][[DressHitsFloor ...by removing her Purple Dragon outfit in front of the entire school]]. [[HolyShitQuotient That's...definitely not predictable, Emma.]]
** Fiona and Declan's titillating and inappropriate relationship eventually leading to her drunkenly planting one on him.
** How often Spinner is shirtless in Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Also Spinner and Jay in suits.
** On the other side, the pool party at the start of the movie has Jane, Holly J, and Fiona in very nice bikinis. Later on you get the same trio wearing some very nice party dresses.
** The little "routine" Holly did for Sav during The Breaking Point.
** Riley and Zane's workout in 99 Problems.
** Eli being shirtless for no reason in Clare's bed in season 12's ''Tonight, Tonight''.
** Clare taking pictures of herself topless in front of a mirror in "Scream".
** Of the non-sexual variety, posters on [[http://www.tv.com TV.com]] have contributed to ''Degrassi'' canon. The line "You can't accept me as a sexual being." just had the nouns switched.
*** So did [[http://www.degrassi.tv d.tv]] users: The Dot was a thread with a dot.
* FauxYay: The Lexicon Of Love started out as this but was subverted by the fact that Paige and Alex really do hook up.
* FeudEpisode
** Happened a couple of times with Emma and Manny in season 3. First in "U Got The Look" when Manny gets her infamous makeover and starts flirting with JT while she is interested in another guy. Emma tells Manny she's leading JT on. Manny then tells Emma to either mind her own business or stop talking to her. They make up pretty quickly after this, but their bigger fight comes later that season in "Against All Odds" when Emma doesn't approve of Manny helping Craig cheat on Ashley. They don't talk to each other for what appears to be several months in-universe. Things between the two are finally patched up when Emma helps Manny out with her pregnancy. They also got into some arguments where they temporarily stopped speaking to each other in seasons 4, 5, and 6. However, these fights didn't last for too long.
** This also happened several times with Jimmy and Spinner throughout the series. The worst was when Jimmy stopped talking to Spinner for the rest of season 4 and a good portion of season 5 after finding out he was responsible for Rick shooting him.
** Anya ended her friendship with Holly J after realizing she was sick of being treated like dirt. While the two do eventually reconcile, they never quite go back to being best friends (Fiona is Holly J's current best friend).
* {{Fiction 500}}: Peter. And later Fiona.
* FirstKiss
* FiveBadBand:
** The Candy Bandits
*** BigBad: Jay
*** TheDragon / SixthRanger: Sean, with shades of EvilGenius, since he knows more about cars and suggests stealing electronics
*** [[TheDragon The Other Dragon]]: Alex
*** TheBrute: Towerz
*** DarkChick: Amy
** In season 10 you have:
*** BigBad: Fitz
*** TheDragon / SixthRangerTraitor: Adam for one episode
*** TheBrute: Owen
*** DarkChick: Bianca
* FiveManBand: Some of the cliques tend to be this:
** The original [=grade 7s=]:
*** TheHero: Emma
*** TheLancer: Manny
*** TheBigGuy / SixthRanger: Sean
*** TheSmartGuy: Toby and Liberty
*** TheChick: J.T.
** The populars:
*** TheHero: Paige
*** TheLancer / TheBigGuy: Spinner
*** TheSmartGuy: Jimmy and Marco (Marco has shades of TheChick.)
*** TheChick: Hazel
** The Squatch:
*** TheHero: Craig
*** TheLancer: Jimmy
*** TheBigGuy: Spinner (He's the drummer.)
*** TheSmartGuy: Marco (who is also TheChick)
*** TheChick / SixthRanger: Ashley and Manny
** Whisper Hug:
*** TheHero: Zig
*** TheLancer: Maya
*** TheBigGuy: Mo
*** TheSmartGuy: Adam
*** TheChick: Imogen
* FlashForward: Degrassi's first use of this trope in the first episode of season 14 before flashing back 10 weeks earlier.
* FlatWhat: Clare's reaction to Jake attending Degrassi.
* FoodFight: Happens in Season 2.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Expect any major storyline, and all pregnancies, to be foreshadowed a season before.
** The [[HoYay/DegrassiTheNextGeneration Ho Yay]] page has an interesting conversation between Craig, Sean, and Marco, foreshadowing Marco's homosexuality.
** Liberty eating all the hors d'oeuvres, just before [[spoiler:her pregnancy]].
** In the episode "Coming of Age," when Emma is having her period, Manny is a bit *too* excited for Emma. She tells her it's big news, and Emma wants to know why. Manny replies: "Em, you can get pregnant now." Let's say something major happens to Manny in Season 3...
** Sean is an {{expy}} of Rick from ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', from the jean jacket to the GranolaGirl girlfriend. Guess who puts down another character named Rick?
** Rick wears Claude's old glasses.
** Craig freaking out at the dance and freaking out at Manny's abortion.
** Joey mentioning Tessa Campinelli to Craig.
** "Who do you want to vote for: The freak or the queer? By the way, I'm the freak."
** Subverted: Manny obsesses over her weight, but Emma has the eating disorder.
** [[spoiler: Jenna's pregnancy]] is hinted at early on in season 10, but she dismisses it and takes diet pills to lose the weight.
** The biggest one yet comes out of Snake's lips at the end of the last episode of The Boiling Point. "When you all get back from break...you won't recognize this school at all."
** Why does it look like Adam is wearing JT or Toby's baggy jeans from the first season? Because itís not so easy anymore to find boys' jeans that conceal girl hips? Or [[spoiler: because the new uniforms have taken the lion's share of the wardrobe budget?]]
** Fiona's alcoholism. The only case on the show of an addiction being foreshadowed for more than one episode.
** Cam overhears Dallas telling his teammates to stop playing on the ledge unless they want to break a leg and miss the rest of the hockey season. Cam later intentionally falls of the same ledge so that he will be injured enough to get out of playing hockey.
** Eli's messy locker. The contents of it spill out all over the floor because it's so full of trash [[spoiler: because he became a hoarder after Julia died, and his room is like that too]].
* ForeignExchangeStudent: Season 12's Ice Hounds junior pro hockey team was recruited from all over North America.
* FourIsDeath: Season 4 has more tragedy than any previous season, including [[LiteralMetaphor a school shooting]], and it's only matched by [[NumberOfTheBeast season 6]], which has a major character dying. Also, before Sean completes the FiveBadBand, Jay's clique consists of four people.
* FourthDateMarriage: More like "No Dates Marriage", as [[spoiler: Spinner and Emma]] barely even interacted during their years on the show.
* FreakOut
* FrenchJerk: Mia's modeling agent.
** Alli's boyfriend [[spoiler: then husband]] Leo.
* FriendsRentControl: The apartment that Ellie, Marco, Paige, and Alex (replaced with Griffin later on) shared looked a little more spacious than what four college students could realistically afford.
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* GagPenis: One very early episode involving Spinner.
** On the other extreme, JT certainly qualifies.
* GangOfBullies: The [[FanNickname Candy Bandits]] / [[TelevisionWithoutPity Sesame Street Posse]] of season 3 [Jay, Sean, Alex, Amy, and Towerz]
** Later on Johnny, Lucas, Derek, and Bruce the Moose.
** And now we have [[TheVamp Bianca]], [[TheBrute Fitz]] and [[AttemptedRape Owen]]
* GarageBand: Downtown Sasquatch, [[HeavyMetalUmlaut StŁdz]], Janie and the Studs, [=WhisperHug=]
* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: CampGay Marco and his relationship with star hockey player Dylan, and then later flipped the trope with popular ArmoredClosetGay football player Riley and his feelings for the artistic, and very much out of the closet Zane. Later Tristan had feelings for hockey player Cam, but squashed them down himself after he realized it wouldn't work.
* {{Gayngst}}: Riley. Marco also dealt with this a lot, along with Paige and to an extent, Alex.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Ellie and Craig's "hardcore funking" session in "Weddings, Parties, Anything."
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Played with when Toby overhears Paige talking about her desire to date girls. Also, probably partial justification for the Darcy/Paige kiss in the ''Degrassi'' mini, ''Party Etiquette 2'' and the Paige/Ellie kiss in season 7.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Happens with Chewy and Frankie in season 13; nearly happens with Toby and Holly J in season 7, but Toby wasn't interested.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: The Marco/Craig kiss in season 4 and the Peter/Riley kiss in season 8.
* GoingCommando: [[{{Narm}} "Do you SEE any visible underwear?... that's right - because I'm not wearing any."]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: Putting Jay and Silent Bob in a pg-13 show makes their lack of ClusterFBombs incredibly noticeable.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: With some storylines, characters who cheat aren't portrayed too terribly and are given some excuses. Most notably, Jane who cheated on Spinner with Declan doesn't get back with him whereas Spinner who cheated on Darcy with his ex is EasilyForgiven.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Spinner has these in one of the "Extra Credit" graphic novels. Paige is his angel (referred to, unsurprisingly, as "Paingel"); Manny is his devil.
** [[JustForPun Emphasis on "pain"]]
** Many episodes show two characters playing the role of superego and id to another character, sometimes even with one on one side of the character and the other on the other side. This is done most remarkably in the season 2 finale, where Craig's dad comes back, and Ashley (being the superego) is polite, while Sean (being the Oedipal id, and, unlike Ashley, canonically knowing Craig's family issues) spits.
* GraduateFromTheStory: The show itself hasn't ended yet, however this is an option for how characters leave. It's one of the nicer options. Compared to [[BrotherChuck some]] other [[PutOnABus ways]] they [[KilledOffForReal cycle]] the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]].
* GreaseMonkey: Sean
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Inverted from the {{Trope Namer|s}}: Marco thinks the Washington Redskins are a hockey team.
* GroinAttack: Eli, courtesy of [[TheBully his tormentor]], Fitz.
** And then Fitz himself gets the same treatment, this time from Adam.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: The Coynes.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Degrassi of the Dead" has cafeteria food turn the high school into Ground Zero for the ZombieApocalypse.
** The year after, it was "The Curse of Degrassi," where [[spoiler: Holly J is possessed by the ghost of Rick Murray]].
** Monster Moon is a series of four Halloween minis set in Season 10.
* HandWave: Why are grade 9s still going to middle school? Because the middle school doubles as a high school.
* HasAType: Emma Nelson seems to only want bad boys. She's the good girl who wants them to change or she's using him to be less good. There's Sean, Peter, Jay, and Spinner.
** Jenna Middleton says that at her old school, she was such a boyfriend-stealer. Especially with bad-boy types. They're her weakness.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Spinner whenever he is around Marco after he came out. To the point where there was an episode where Marco eventually had to get it through Spinner's head that he doesn't need to feel threatened by his presence.
* HeldBackInSchool: Many of the characters were forced to repeat a grade to keep them in the show.
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]][=/=]TheGhost: Heather Sinclair and Heather Poulette
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Naturally.
** Sean starts out a face. Then he steals Spike's laptop (heel). Then he fixes Snake's car (face) and really gets redemption when he kills Rick. Then when he comes back, he goes into this weird heel face limbo where he clearly does villainous acts but is actually Peter's victim.
** Spinner starts out a face. Then he steals Jimmy's [[BlandNameProduct MP3 player]], but is only a heel for one episode. Then in season 4, his friendship with Jimmy gets worse, but by the end of season 5, it gets better.
* HeelFaceTurn: Generally it keeps you from getting put on a bus, as maintaining a villain is more work. On the male side Jay and Peter start out as antagonists and bullies, for the girls Paige, Alex, and Holly J all start off with various levels of cruel.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: JT and Toby.
** Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes as themselves.
** Danny and Derek show this till the latter is put on a bus, replaced with Sav.
** Johnny and Bruce show this as well.
** Jake and Mo. Definitely.
* HighSchoolDance
* HollywoodDressCode: The Ice Hounds always wear their varsity jackets.
* HollywoodLaw: The only reason Peter's not in prison at this point. Spinner and Jay, who essentially orchestrated the events that led up to the shooting. And while we're at it, was Alex ever punished at all?
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Hazel, despite the fact that Andrea Lewis can sing quite well, and Fiona in season 9.
** {{Averted}} with Paige.
* {{Homage}} (The episode "Take On Me" is a specific homage to TheBreakfastClub (Hazel is the princess, Toby is the geek, Jimmy is the jock, Ellie is the basketcase, and Sean is the rebel). The episode "Love Is A Battlefield" is also an homage to TheDevilWearsPrada.)
* HotForTeacher[=/=]HotForStudent: A couple of times:
** Season 4: Paige had a fling with student teacher Mr. Oleander, and it was mutual. Mr. Oleander was the same as Marco's older boyfriend Dylan, but just about everyone else was grossed out due to the fact he was Paige's teacher.
** Season 11: Ms. Oh and Sav also had something going on, Ms. Oh broke it off after realizing how inappropriate it was.
** Season 13: Tristan (underage) is having a romantic relationship with his teacher.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Snake is nearly twice the size of Spike.
** Jake Epstein is over six feet tall. Cassie Steele is 5'1".
** Ray Ablack (Sav) and Charlotte Arnold (Holly) have a similar height issue, his being 6'2" and her being barely 5'1".
** Justin Kelly (Jake) (6'1") and Aislinn Paul (Clare) (5'2"). According to the Degrassi wiki, she often had to [[ScullyBox stand on a box]] while filming with him.
* HumiliationConga: Holly J went though this in Seasons 7 and 8.
** Alli in Seasons 9 and 10 (10 ''especially''. Luckily, she comes out of it stronger)
* {{Hypocrite}}: Emma. The worst of her MANY hypocritical moments was dating Peter behind Manny's back after making a "no more lies" pact.
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[[folder:I-J]]
* IAmSpartacus: Anya and Riley come up with a plan to combat homophobia on the football team by getting the entire team to wear pink. This leads to an AnalogyBackfire when they realize [[DownerEnding Spartacus and all his followers were crucified at the end of the film]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Starting in the second season, episode titles were named after 80s songs up until the tenth season, when they began to be named after songs from the 2000s.
* IdiotBall: To be fair, it's usually quite plausible idiocy
** Any girl who dated Peter. The guy has proven many times that he is a sociopath (blackmailed Manny and showed her topless video to the entire school, ruined Sean's life, set-up Darcy with a stalker pedophile, etc) yet Emma, Darcy and Mia dated him anyways.
** Alli announcing to a room full of poker players that she won by counting cards.
* IdolSinger: Craig is a male example of this.
** Aubrey Graham aka. "Drake"
** Eventually and quite inevitably Cassie Steele in [[TheMovie the new Hollywood movie]]
** Jessica Tyler in season 9. [[spoiler: her character, Jenna becomes this in season 10]].
* IfItsYouItsOkay Paige/Alex
** In season 7, Paige tells Griffin that Alex is the only girl she ever liked, which makes her interest in women a moot point.
** For an inversion, Marco's a Kinsey 5, the one exception being Ellie in one particular episode. It is unclear, however, if Marco genuinely liked Ellie or if they were simply growing too codependent.
* IHaveThisFriend: Played with. Alli asks Dave about advice on how to get closer to Drew, but he thinks this trope is being invoked. This happens on two or three times in the episode, and only until the next day are matters made clear.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Mia during Season 7 and Season 8
* IncompatibleOrientation: Ellie and Marco and later Hazel and Marco during season 2. Manny even says Marco's the perfect boyfriend...almost.
--> Marco: "I can't be what you want me to be."
--> Ellie: "Can't... or won't?"
--> Marco: "... I'm gay."
** In season 9, Riley kisses Peter much to Peter's surprise.
** In season 11, Fiona develops a crush on Holly J which is never requited.
** In season 12, Tristan develops feelings for Campbell who is only interested in Maya.
* InformedJudaism: Toby celebrates Hanukkah and slips into gratuitous Yiddish at times.
** And then there's Hazel, who practices Informed Islam. We know she is a Muslim only because in Season 2 she tells us so. She is Somali, goes to mosque, and observes Ramadan.
* InnocentCohabitation: Sean and Ellie. Oddly, they were dating at the time.
* IsThisThingStillOn: The Shep in season 8, Jenna in season 9
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: The title is alternately pronounced with /a/ or /ś/,
** The first letter in Ephraim Ellis's name is pronounced /i/.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Danny goes to Cornell (despite the fact that he didn't actually start doing well in school until Grade 12). Holly J. attends Yale. Clare is applying to Columbia.
** While not Ivy League, a number of characters have been accepted to prestigious American schools. Later seasons have included Alli getting early acceptance to MIT, Jane and Katie both attending Stanford (despite Katie royally screwing up her senior year by leaving to attend rehab midway through it), and Eli headed for NYU.
** Paige, Liberty, and Damian get accepted to fictional Banting, "the Harvard of the North". Justified with the latter two, as they tied for valedictorian and were student body presidents of their respective schools.
* JerkassFacade: Sean seems to like the world at arm's length, but he's not actually a bad guy. Holly J seems fond of not showing weakness, so to avoid [[DontYouDarePityMe pity]] she lashes out with [[AlphaBitch cruelty]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jay starts off as a {{Jerkass}} bully, but later evolves into a guy who can be an ass at times but is actually very caring, mostly brought about by his relationship with Manny.
* JewishAndNerdy: Toby.
* JustFriends: Fiona towards Imogen until she confesses her feelings at the end of season 11. Also an example of how non-hetrosexual relationship doesn't have to be inherently more dramatic or outrageous simply because it involves the same gender.
* JoggersFindDeath
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* KarmaHoudini: Some characters get away with bullying and {{Jerkass}} behavior. Alex is never punished for her role in the prank for Rick, and Emma and Mia usually aren't called out on their {{Jerkass}} moments .More recent examples are Drew and Owen who went from homophobic bullies to romantic leads in the blink of an eye.
** In all fairness, we later learn Owen has a gay younger brother and see that he does love him, so he's not truly homophobic in his heart, and Drew was never really homophobic, just being a bit of a dick, and he did sort of slightly redeem himself when he attempted to come to Riley and Zane's defence.
* KidsAreCruel
* KilledOffForReal: Rick, J.T., [[spoiler: Cam, and Adam]].
* KitschyLocalCommercial: Joey Jeremiah is shown in a series of commercials for his car lot. The commercials largely follow this model.
* LadyInRed: Liberty and Bianca during their respective proms. [[{{Fanservice}} And both were wonderful]].)
* LampshadeHanging: In the episode "I Want Candy", Ashley says that the school is cursed and alludes to the unrealistically high number of tragedies that have been happening there... Naturally, the other students act like she's nuts.
** This also doubles as a FunnyAneurysmMoment when you consider that she says this before, the shooting, gonorrhea outbreak and J.T.'s murder...
** There's a [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe teen drama]] on Degrassi called West Drive that is mocked for its melodrama... as well for actors getting stuck with the role.
** Alli does this in the season 9 premiere, in response to the high amount of students who play musical instruments and have participated in Hollywood films. "Since when did our school become a bizarre White version of ''Film/{{Fame}}''?"
** The webisode "Good Times" lampshades the series' penchant for soap opera-ish drama and character pairing.
** The car Craig and co. stole from Joey Jeremiah's lot to go joyriding in was a big, aging blue Oldsmobile 88. The same make, model and color as the one Joey stole from Snake's parents to joyride back in the day.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler: Spinner and Emma after an AccidentalMarriage]], in the second TV movie.
* LikeGoesWithLike: Season 8 has an episode where Connor, who's black, helps get KC and Clare, who are white, together. In gratitude the writers give him a black girl as admirer. It's like when Liberty (black) is rejected by Sean but in the end she finds out that his black friend likes her.
* LimitedSocialCircle
* LineOfSightName: Meta-example, "Degrassi" itself was originally one.
* LiteralAssKicking: Manny does this to Paige, kicking off a {{Catfight}}.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (Season nine has ''24'' actors in the main cast and that's not counting actors [[PutOnABus returning from their bus trips]] to show up for one episode or two and the faculty and other adults. Previous seasons have had about the same amount of characters. Season 10 drops the credits cast to 22, but adds several recurring characters.)
** Season 11 has 25 main cast members, and maybe 8-10 recurring.
* LocalHangout: The Dot from Season 3 onwards.
* LongBusTrip: Darcy has transferred to Kenya and shows no sign of returning. And Mia's left to [[strike:[[TheVampireDiaries angst over vampires]]]] model in Paris. Despite being Alli's brother, Sav is never shown again after graduation.
* LoveDodecahedron: ''A lot''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Emma gets an interesting variant in season 3. She thinks Shane is a doctor who works for the mentally handicapped, but [[DoomedByCanon he's actually a patient]]. Then Shane takes her and her mother hostage.
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* MaleGaze: Happens to Sean in season 2 and Manny in season 3, with an air of FanDisservice (shots of Marco licking his lips and a shot of a 13-year-old's butt, respectively) just for fun.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Subverted in Season 1, when Jimmy is just as nervous about having sex with Ashley as she is. He just is better at hiding it.
** Subverted again with Post-Friendship Club Spinner, who pushes Darcy away when she reluctantly wants sex with him, knowing that it was wrong. He manages to stay true to the Christian thing until he stops dating Darcy in Season 6.
** Peter doesn't pressure Darcy into having sex, but he clearly thinks he is ready, and is very eager to have sex with her.
** The first time Holly J attempted to have sex, Blue outright said "I won't have sex with you," but they did hardly know each other at the time. Blue was eager, but has a shred moral fiber to him.
** Along with Alli and Johnny.
** Also used with Declan and Holly J.
** Bianca tempts Drew to go to the boiler room, despite the fact that he's dating Alli. He goes with her.
* ManipulativeEditing: What Winston does with his interview with Drew in ''Black or White''.
* TheMasochismTango: Joey and Caitlin, Emma and Sean, Johnny and Alli... anyone and anyone.
* MeaningfulName: Emma, who was named after the Emmy ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' won for the TeenPregnancy storyline that led to her existence.
** Heather Sinclair is named after the movie ''Heathers'', with the "Sinclair" part coming from a porn star's name. Marco del Rossi is named after gay porn star Marco Rossi.
** A lot of little mistakes seem to be made at Little Miss Steaks.
* MeetCute: Sean and Ellie met...[[ShoutOut in detention]]!
** Clare and Eli meet when Eli runs over her glasses with his hearse.
* MissingMom: Terri (died), Craig (died), Jenna (out of the picture)
* MistakenForPregnant: [[spoiler: Anya in Season 10.]]
* MistakenForTerrorist: Done in a Very Special Episode with a Muslim girl, who is teased and harassed by Paige and Hazel. The girl's stand at International Day is vandalized, and Hazel reveals that she's Somali, not Jamaican, and she too was MistakenforTerrorist before she came to Degrassi. The Muslim character and International Day, however, are never spoken of again.
* MistakenNationality: A number of fans thought that Manny was Latina (specifically Mexican), but in fact, Manny is Filipina (in real life and on the show). In many cases, this was based on her last name, Santos.
* MoodWhiplash: More often than not the cold open introduces the main dramatic crunch of the episode. Then suddenly [[MoodDissonance happy music starts playing]] and you hear "[[EarWorm Whatever it takes]]!"
* MorningSickness: Every pregnant character.
* TheMovie (Degrassi Goes Hollywood, and Degrassi Takes Manhattan)
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Peter ''frames the hypotenuse for possession'', but fits the trope in spirit.
* MushroomSamba: Jagged Little Pill comes to mind. Paige/Alex shippers called themselves Potheads for a while as well.
* MusicalEpisode: "Rock and Roll Highschool" is pretty close when the story revolves around the characters in a battle of the bands. Ashley and the girls sing an angry rock song directed at Craig. Spinner and Jimmy rap, and Craig sings an apology to her.
* MusicalThemeNaming: The majority of the episodes are named after songs from the 1980s. As of season 10, songs are named after hits in the '00s..
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: When Sean returns and gets back together with Emma he puts her purity on a pedestal until he finds out that [[spoiler:she gave Jay head in exchange for cheap plastic bracelets in season 3 after the shooting]]. Despite his own hookup with [[DoubleStandard Amy who is supposed to be the "biggest slut" of the Ravine and is suspected to be spreading STDs]] it takes great amounts of convincing for him to forgive Emma her one mistake.
* MySecretPregnancy: Liberty didn't tell JT about her pregnancy for the first three months and waited six months to tell her parents.
** Jenna keeps hers quiet, only telling her brother, K.C., and Alli... until she tells the entire world on TV.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Spinner with Toby and Kendra, Danny early in JT and Liberty's relationship.
* MysteriousPast: Every hot new guy of the moment has one of these.
** Craig was presented as mysterious and it turned out [[spoiler: his dad abused him]].
** Sean was presented as a mysterious bad boy who Emma "just couldn't stay away" from. Until it turned out he wasn't really a bad boy.
** Blue supposedly had one but stopped existing in the ''Degrassi'' universe after Holly J broke up with him, aside from making some sexual comments about Fiona to Riley. Looks like we will never know what his "mysterious" secrets were.
** KC used to be something of a mysterious bad boy.
** Eli has one, we get to find out a little of it.
* MythologyGag: Rick's glasses are a reference to Claude from ''Series/DegrassiHigh''
* NerdsAreVirgins: Averted with Liberty, but played straight with the other nerdy characters.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Characters will suddenly have new talents and abilities depending on whatever is going on in that episode.
** A bunch of the girls suddenly being on the girl's hockey team in one episode.
** A bunch of the girls spontaneously being on the school's gym team.
** In season 3 when ''everyone'' became musicians.
* NewTransferStudent: A few every season to refresh the cast with non-Freshman.
** Season 6 prominently had Mia.
** Season 7 had a Transfer ''[[UpToEleven School]]'', bringing us Lakehurst characters (Anya, Damien, Holly J, Jane, Jonny, Lucas, and Sav)
** Season 8 had Leia and Blue.
** Season 9 gave us Declan, Fiona, and Jenna. Dave is not.
** Season 10 we have Adam and Drew.
** And then in season 11 we meet Jake, Clare's new love interest.
** Season 12 gave us Luke, Becky, Dallas and Campbell.
* NextSundayAD: The first half of season 10: Written and shot in spring 2010, first aired July-August 2010, canonically takes place between September-December 2010.\
This leads to some unintentional RealLifeWritesThePlot FridgeHorror when you realize that the events of ''My Body Is A Cage'' happen ''after'' the high-profile suicides in September 2010 that led to heightened awareness of harassment of LGBT teens.
* NiceGuy: Jimmy. Toby too.
* NoBisexuals: Averted. Until Paige decides that she's not "really into labels" and was more IfItsYouItsOkay for Alex.
** Alex was now a lesbian, never mind that she'd previously been in a long-term relationship with Jay and obviously slept with him.
** Apparently Peter was supposed to be written as bisexual (possibly in a relationship with Riley), but the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen storyline never came to be]].
** ''Finally'' is averted with [[spoiler: Imogen]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted with Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Alanis Morisette. Played straight with Kid Elric, an {{Expy}} of Kid Rock.
* NoDressCode: At least three girls over the years have been shown changing from parent-approved clothes into something skimpier in the girls' bathroom before class.
* NoEnding: So, so much.
* NoGoingSteady
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: JT never showed interest in Liberty until she gave up on crushing over him.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted in Season 1 when Emma got her first and wound up giving a book report presentation in [[CringeComedy oversize gym shorts with JT and Toby mocking her]].
** Also subverted when Adam drops his tampons.
* NonuniformUniform: Justified in-series when Ms. Oh tells Eli (and the whole class) that the teachers hate enforcing the new dress code just as much as the students hate wearing it.
* NotHimself
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization:
** It looks like this show is "going there..." Declan concocts a plan to finally get Holly J back in his life and ends up alone with her and he starts initiating sexual contact -- Holly J doesn't want to, and she verbally says "No, we shouldn't be doing this" but eventually she gives in and kisses him. This is done with no force, but it looks like Holly J will be disturbed by this in the following episode. Since this is such a controversial subject with a very popular couple, this has already caused a BrokenBase with one side saying Holly J should've said "NO MEANS NO!" and the other saying Declan raped Holly J.
** This was also invoked as Dean's defense when on trial for raping Paige. His lawyer claims she was heading into that room expecting or even asking for sex and that she got what she wanted.
** [[spoiler: Luke]] tries to pull this with [[spoiler: Zoe]], but she eventually snaps out of it.
* NotSoDifferent: It could be argued that towards the end of ''The Boiling Point'', Eli became just as bad as Fitz.
* NoWomansLand: Pakistan apparently. Oddly enough, not Somalia.
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[[folder:O-P]]
* TheObiWan: Kevin Smith in the episodes he's in seems to be this to anyone he has major screen time with.
** Just got an image of Kevin Smith telling Craig [[{{Clerks}} "Now, now, you can't go around killing the independent contractors on the Death Star. They're just like your friend Sean."]]
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: Starting in Season 10, the show dropped "The Next Generation" from the title.
* OffScreenBreakup: Emma/Chris, Toby/Kendra, Liberty/Towerz. All established in the same episode too.
* OhCrap: Clare has a rather terrifying one when Eli reveals his play's plot: [[spoiler: A story of how she manipulated him and fell for Fitz]].
** She has another one at the end of season 13, when she gets the news [[spoiler: she's pregnant.]]
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: In season 9, Declan and Holly J find a fanfic wherein Declan is inserted into a vampire story that seems to be TheMockbuster of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in the ''Degrassi'' world. It was an interesting choice from the writers considering that Twilight crossovers wherein Clare, Declan, or often Emma were pulled into a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' world were incredibly common in actual fan fiction for several months before this episode aired.
* OneSteveLimit: Slight aversion. JT and Jimmy are both really named James, but [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname this was never really an issue]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Spinner is the most obvious example and many other characters go by shortened forms of their given names.
** Fitz too. Even Mr. Simpson doesn't call him by his real name.
** In the early years ''everyone'' knew Mr. Simpson's nickname is Snake, even if Emma was the only one to call him that to his face on a regular basis, and then only after they became family.
* OnlySaneMan: Role tends to get passed around among characters depending on the story. Only person who was ''consistent'' was Jimmy.
** Clare looks to be stepping into the role, if the first few episodes of Season 10 are an indication.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Marco's parents, who had quite possibly the most stereotypical Italian accents ever. It slipped in the episode where [[ComingOutStory Marco came out to his father]] and his father talked with a regular Canadian/English voice. Surprisingly, this actually ''worked'' and made the scene a lot better.
** The entire cast tries to break themselves of their Canadian raising too, eh?
* OpenMindedParent: Eli's parents are rather, um, liberal in their parenting style.
-->''We've been trying to get a girl into Eli's room for a while now''.
* OppositesAttract: JT and Liberty fit this trope to a T.
** Eli believes this about himself and Clare, although she's doubtful it will work at first.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: As BoycottTheCaf [[http://www.dumbbaby.net/degrassi/10/41.shtml has pointed out]](scroll a bit more than halfway down), the four principals since 2001 track astonishingly well to the last four U.S. presidents.
* OutOfFocus: Many fans forget that Toby was one of the most prominent characters in the first season (in fact, he was THE most prominent male). After he second season, his screentime gradually diminished until he was DemotedToExtra.
* OutrunTheFireball: No, really. In the ''Degrassi Of The Dead'' Halloween special, Manny does exactly this.
* PairTheSpares: Jimmy and Hazel could qualify for this trope as well, as their respective best friends, Spinner and Paige were an item at that point.
** [[spoiler:Spinner and Emma]] in ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan'' get together. There is fan speculation that this happened because [[spoiler:Spinner and Emma]] were the only remaining unpaired characters from the original show whose actors were still willing to be on Degrassi (besides [[spoiler: Liberty]] who appears for two seconds).
** Jake and Katie were introduced as [[RomanticFalseLead romantic false leads]] for two popular couples: Eli and Clare, and Drew and Bianca. When their relationships inevitably ended, they were paired with each other.
* ParentalIncest: Jane was molested by her father.
* ParentalBonus: Any appearance of characters from [[Series/DegrassiHigh the original series]] on the new series.
* PassionateSportsGirl: Jane just wants to play football despite the harassment from her team mates. She's good, too.
* PlentyOfBlondes: You have a combination of less lovable blonds as well as a bunch of blond guys.
* PottyFailure: Holly J. in "Hide and Seek".
** Jenna's accident after taking too many diet pills.
* PopularityFoodChain: Characters that appear twice obviously shift seats between seasons.
** SchoolIdol (Craig, Jimmy, Mia.)
** AlphaBitch[=/=]LovableAlphaBitch (Paige, Holly J.)
** BigManOnCampus (Jimmy, Marco, Peter, Danny, Declan, Riley, Sav)
** JerkJock (Spinner in seasons 1-3, The Shep, Derek, Bruce, Drew, Owen)
** TheCheerleader (Manny, Jenna, Mia)
** GirlPosse (Terri, Hazel, Darcy, Anya, Chantay)
** CoolLoser (Sean, J.T., Ashley, Jay, Spinner in season 4 and 5, Alex, Mia, Dave, Fiona, Bianca)
** {{Goth}} (Ellie, Ashley, Eli)
** RebelliousSpirit (Emma)
** HollywoodNerd (Liberty, Clare, Alli, K.C., Adam)
** ExtravertedNerd (Toby, Rick, Connor, Wesley)
** AcademicAlphaBitch (Ashley, Liberty, Holly J.)
** ClassRep (Liberty)
* PretentiousLatinMotto: ''Pro disciplina colligo'' ("For teaching, gather"). One wonders why they didn't go with ''Quidquid accipit'' ("Whatever it takes") or ''Vadit ibi'' ("It goes there").
* ProductPlacement: Plenty in the tenth season. Several for Skype, the Zeno "Hotspot", etc.
** [[http://www.pizzapizza.ca/ Pizza Pizza]] (a popular chain in Ontario), especially early on when the mall food court's used for scenes that would later take place in The Dot.
** Snake's Alienware laptop was a pretty prominent one in earlier seasons.
** And in later seasons whenever something is done for charity, the charity will be [[http://www.freethechildren.com Free the Children]].
* PronounTrouble: Mrs. Torres sometimes slips and calls Adam by female pronouns and/or his birth name.
* PutOnABus: Emma, Spinner, Liberty, Manny, Jay, Peter, and the rest of the graduates including Jack, Spike, Joey, Caitlin, and Mr. Raditch.
* PsychoLesbian: In the ''In Too Deep'' previews, Fiona is shown behaving in a predatory manner towards Holly J.
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[[folder:R-S]]
* RagingStiffie: Spinner. And in the newer season, Wesley.
* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Paige is less of the AlphaBitch after her rape; she even lets Ashley back in the club.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: You know how the roof garden didn't happen because it would be too expensive to do right? [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbn6efHpoP1r5uoxco4_1280.jpg That's entirely true]].
* RearrangeTheSong: In "Cabaret", Paige and Terri change Ashley's piano piece into a highly electronic teen-pop song to perform at the talent show. She does ''not'' like this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Emma is very fond of them, especially when she's standing up for a cause.
** Anya gives a ''glorious'' one to Owen in season 10 in regards to his sexism.
** Clare gives one to Holly when she makes fun of her for being caught with a vibrator in her bag (that wasn't even hers).
-->''Masturbation is normal, and nobody should be embarrassed about it. [[YouNeedToGetLaid And maybe if you tried it once in a while, you wouldn't be so mean]]''.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: In the "Stuff Clare Says" video, a girl (Jordan Todosey) playing a transgender boy (Adam) imitating a girl (Clare).
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Rick. Poor, poor Rick. Rick, who put a girl in a coma, came back to school with homicidal intent. [[SarcasmMode Poor, poor Rick]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[AlphaBitch Holly J]] in the mini episode Queen Bees, after TheReveal she's younger sister to [[TheGhost Heather Sinclair]], while Marco and Ellie drag Paige away Holly J's eyes flash red.
* RedOniBlueOni: Spinner's Red alongside Jimmy's Blue during the early seasons. Later Alli's Red has to be checked by Clare's Blue.
** Inverted with Alli and Clare in the modern seasons. Clare is now Red and Alli is now Blue.
* ReformedButRejected: Happens first with Rick in Season 4, then with Spinner the following season.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Dave is the best example, as his introduction is [[LampshadeHanging lamenting this trope]]. Characters not outright introduced as a NewTransferStudent can be this, but most of the time it isn't stated explicitly.
** Imogen in season 11 is an excellent example of this. In the first major episode she appears in, she tells Eli that she has gone to Degrassi for two years and recaps everything she "overheard" at Vegas Night, which occurred in the middle of season 10. Presumably, she was always a student at Degrassi, but she just never appeared in a scene with the current cast before.
* {{Retcon}}: JT's sister and parents are mentioned in the first season. Then, he's being raised by a single mom. Then, even later, he is shown as living with only his grandmother; Paige calls into school pretending to be her mother in Season 3 to excuse herself from school to skip and uses a Czechoslavakian accent, but later when her mother is cast and physically on the show she has no accent; and various characters' grades and ages are all over the place.
** Seasons Six and Seven were the 2007/2008 school year, and seasons Eight and Nine were the 2008/2009 school year. Season Ten appears to be taking place in the 2010/2011 school year, yet treating the last two seasons as if they were just the previous school year.
** Liberty skipping a grade seems to have been retconned out as well, since the press release character descriptions in the later seasons listed her as being the same age as the others in her class. Plus, there's Danny's existence.
* ReTool: The pilot episode made it clear the show was planned to have just as much, if not more focus on the original adult cast, but by the third episode it was clear they changed their mind and now the focus is centrally on the kids.
* RockStarParking: The school's parking lot is improbably small for what's depicted as an average-size HighSchool. Yet, a shortage of student parking is never an issue.
** In season 14, Miles takes his sweet new ride and pulls up to the front of the school and parks. After he kisses Tristan, Tristan lampshades the trope wondering if Miles could just park there.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: There were definitely traces of this between Jenna and Clare early in season 9.
** Fiona and Holly J have this in season 10, particularly in the "In Too Deep" promo.
* RummageSaleReject: I don't know where Emma found those flaming dolphin pants she has in the first season, but it's so bizarre that you can't help but think "Yeah, I want that."
* RunningGag: JT has a ''very'' small penis. He is extremely insecure about this. There, I saved you a lot of time.
* SadistTeacher: Mr. Perrino
* SadTimesMontage: One happens in the episode of Ellie's self-destruction and personal life getting overwhelming.
* SchoolPlay
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Considering how much leeway they get for stuff worn over or under the school polo shirts, removing them after school shouldn't be a big deal, but a lot of people still don't bother.
* SecretRelationship: Paige and her teacher Matt. Peter and Emma. Declan suggests this with Holly J. Holly J and Sav minus for a few people. [[TeacherStudentRomance Sav and Ms. Oh despite almost getting busted]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan - In Trope Name order:
** Craig and Sean (At times they do switch.)
** Jimmy and Spinner, during and after Jimmy and Spinner's falling out its Marco and Spinner.
** Peter and Riley, Season 10 Peter is replaced with Zane.
* SeriousBusiness: Anything.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Holly J, Jane, and Fiona during Degrassi Takes Manhattan
* ShakingHerHairLoose: Parodied when Holly J shakes her hair out in a failed seduction attempt.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Emma and Liberty (despite efforts to keep her HollywoodHomely), as both were pretty awkward looking when the show first started (the latter was even lampshaded by Emma: "You've come a LONG way since Grade 7.").
* ShirtlessScene: Sean and Spinner in "Careless Whisper", complete with Marco's MaleGaze.
** We also got shirtless Sean in When Doves Cry (and Craig in a much {{squick}}ier context), and in seasons 3 and 4, Sean not only has shirtless scenes but pantsless scenes. Finally, we had Emma making out with a shirtless Sean - in her [=PowerPoint=]!
** Drew later in the series when he becomes a cage fighter (yeah, that actually happened) and when he was whacked out on sleeping pills.
* ShockValueRelationship: Manny tries to scare her incredibly strict Asian father by bringing the 20-something year old high school drop-out mechanic Jay over for dinner. It backfires when her dad actually really likes him.
** Later, in season ten Clare brings Eli over for dinner to spite her parents for getting a divorce, by using his black clothes and hearse to make him sound like a freak. Eli is not impressed.
* ShoutOut: [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The title]].
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Tiberius Yorke]].
** [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail In Season 10]]:
-->-'''Connor''': What is the velocity of an unladen swallow?
-->-''' Wesley''': African or European?
** [[Film/CruelIntentions Anya's coke necklace]].
** [[Film/TheRoom In Season 11]]
-->-'''Eli''': You're tearing me apart, Clara!
** A rather subtle one to singer Carly Simon in "Rock And Roll High School"
-->'''Ashley:''' Poor self-absorbed Craig thinks that the song's about him.\\
'''Ellie:''' So vain.
** Snake after seeing his car is completely covered in sticky notes: [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Sweet merciful crap."]] Even better, his real name is Mr. Simpson.
** There are quite a few references to Creator/ChuckPalahniuk and ''Film/FightClub'' in season 10.
** "[[{{Film/Shrek}} Princess Fiona]]".
* ShowerOfAngst: Darcy in "Standing in the Dark"
* TheShowGoesHollywood: ''Degrassi Goes Hollywood''.
* ShownTheirWork: Mainly when it comes to locations mentioned. Recently mentioned is Ithaca, an obscure and relatively small city in southern New York state, [[ItMakesSenseInContext which, given the distance, would require an overnight stay]].
** Averted, however, with Ajax, which is only a twenty minute drive from Toronto and is a flimsy excuse to [[spoiler: write Alex off of the show]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Terri in early seasons, Anya in season seven.
* TheSilentBob: Towerz and ''The'' [[KevinSmith Silent Bob]].
* SixStudentClique Early Seasons give us the younger class: J.T. (Head), Sean (Muscle), Toby (Quirk), Emma (Pretty One), Liberty (Smart One), and Manny (Wild One)
** Season 8 had Studz and their girlfriends: Peter (Head), Danny (Muscle), Sav (Quirk), Mia (Pretty One), Leia (Smart One), Anya (Wild One). You can swap the last two if you find Leia's constant lies wilder than Anya's... constant manipulations. Or you can just put them both as [[ThoseTwoGuys The smart ones]].
** Season 10 brings us a segmented version: Dave (Head), K.C. (Muscle), Connor and Wesley (Quirky Duo), Jenna (Pretty One), Clare (Smart One), and Alli (Wild One). However, Jenna and Clare are not friends, Clare and K.C. are not friends, but everyone else freely hangs out.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Rick in season 4.
* SixthRanger: Sean just doesn't stay with one clique very long.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Overall, not ''quite'' as shiny as most UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}} teen dramas. The school itself is well-equipped and maintained, but not architecturally flashy enough to qualify as an ElaborateUniversityHigh; while individual students' circumstances vary from "very, very shiny indeed" to "as gritty as it gets in Canada".
* SlumberParty: Subverted.
* SmartPeopleBuildRobots: Season 8's robotics team.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: RealLife "De Grassi Street" signs are seen in establishing shots. No in- or out-of-universe explanation as to why it was condensed to one word for the school's name has ever been offered.
** Also, it's "Clare" not "Claire"
** Damian's name is probably the most misspelled in the fandom.
** Tweens on the Internet always misspell "gonorrhea".
* SpicyLatina: Alex, later Bianca.
* SpitTake: Snake after seeing that Chantay has gotten the student body to completely cover his car with sticky notes to protest the draconian changes at Degrassi after the Night in Vegas fiasco.
* SpotlightStealingSquad:
** Craig was ''very'' prominent in season two (and the first example of this), and soon his drama overwhelmed everyone else. The most {{egregious}} example: Liberty ''giving birth'' was actually reduced to an extremely short B-plot in favor of yet another Craig episode.
** Emma, especially in Season 6.
** Mia (Season 8 mostly).
** Holly J. Just look at the opening credits after S8.
** Couples-wise, Sean/Emma and Paige/Alex (Season 6), Ashley/Craig/Manny (Season 3), Jay/Manny (Season 7), and Peter/Mia (Season 8).
** Eli and Clare were given a lion's share of screentime (and they've definitely stolen the spotlight on FanfictionDotNet), along with Holly J, Alli, and Fiona (non-couple wise) in Season 10.
** The first half of Season 11 could have been called "The Eli Show".
** Seasons 11 also suffers this from Drew.
* StarCrossedLovers: Jimmy/Ashley, Craig/Ashley, Craig/Manny, Sean/Emma, Dylan/Marco, Spinner/Paige, Spinner/Darcy, Paige/Alex, Joey/Caitlin... anyone and anyone else.
** JT and Liberty, due to their tragic circumstances.
* StepfordSmiler
* StockFootage: In the season 3 episode "I Want Candy" the outside shot of the hospital is clearly the same clip used in the season 2 finale episode. You can even blatantly see Craig walking towards the building, even though he's not in this episode.
* StraightGay: Dylan, Riley, Sam, Zane.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Ashley (Season 1-3), Marco (Season 4), Liberty (Seasons 5-7), Holly J. (Seasons 8-9) Sav (Season 10-11), Katie (Season 12) Drew (Season 13). Damian was president at Lakehurst until the merger.
* StylisticSuck: Among the DeletedScenes from Season 1 is a "where are they now" piece on several original characters done in the style of an amateur VHS home video. The audio on some segments is almost inaudible.
* SuddenSchoolUniform: Played straight with it being implemented over a weeklong break in the middle of the school year, subverted by it being in place for a year in-story.
* SuddenlySexuality:
** Alex's shift from being straight to lesbian was less than expected or really set-up. There was no in-series explanation for why she stopped liking men. Which was especially jarring given the subtext of her sleeping with Jay regularly. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance one could deduce that Alex simply hadn't come to terms with her sexuality yet and was using Jay as her beard]]. When you look at her behavior in "King of Pain", this seems even more plausible.
** Her initial love interest, Paige, also did a sudden sexuality shift. But her becoming bi was marginally better handled. ...until it vanished from her character when Alex was PutOnABus.
** Fiona gave no obvious signs she liked girls during her entire initial season (Season 9, if you keep score). With only some minor hints at it in Season 10 (her possessiveness over Holly J, her flirting with Clare while drunk). Most of which might be explained away as her mood disorder making her... 'dramatic'.
*** This is not universally agreed on. Many fans speculated that Fiona was a lesbian (or at least hiding something) early in season nine when she admitted to Riley that she purposefully sought out a [[TheBeard fake relationship with him]]. Despite the fact that she is supposed to be his beard, she is actually ''more'' opposed to heterosexual activity than he is. Riley at least wants to try kissing her, but Fiona is completely uninterested. In fact, she tells him "if I thought you were straight, we wouldn't be doing this." Her decision to pursue [[TheBeard Riley]] is prompted by Declan's insistence that her ex-European pen pal did not count as an ex-boyfriend. Even her relationship with Bobby seemed mostly for show. After a summer of therapy and family tension, her mother set her up with Bobby hoping he would be good for her. The relationship is difficult for her to get out of mostly because it was arranged by both their families. It doesn't seem to stem from a spontaneous and natural attraction, whereas Fiona's interest in Holly J starts off slowly with jealousy and nastiness and progresses to actual romantic attraction.
* SurprisePregnancy: Jenna just thinks she's getting fat and uses diet pills to try and fix her "weight problem."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Every time a new set of niner characters are introduced they seem to be stand-ins for the original batch of seventh grade newbies from season one (Emma, Manny, JT, Toby, and Sean). Emma, Clare and Maya are the smart, good girls who'll sometimes flirt with the GoodGirlGoneBad trope. Manny, Alli and Tori are the good girls' sexier best friends who are obsessed with superficial things such as boys and popularity. Sean, K.C. and Zig are from the wrong side of the tracks and try desperately to rise above their poor upbringing. J.T. and Dave are the comedians who aspire to be cool and hook-up with all the girls while Toby and Connor are their nerdier sidekicks. Tristan is the only one who doesn't seem to have a precedent in the the original core group instead filling in for Marco and Riley as the gay character.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jane, Craig when he sings Ashley a song in the battle of the bands.
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* TakeThat: One to energy drinks (or to school sponsorship of products) with Purple Dragon. Several to Bush in the Jay and Silent Bob episodes.
** Luke and Becky Baker's being from Florida may well be a TakeThat to the Florida Family Association (all one of him).
* TeacherStudentRomance: Paige and Mr. Oleander, though technically he was only a TA and three years older than her. Later Manny and her professor.
** Sav and Mrs. Oh seem to be heating up in season 11
** In season 13, Tristan and Mr. Yates.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. At the height of 5'8, Miriam [=McDonald=] was taller than her on-screen mother, Amanda Stepto. Stepto is only 5'2.
** Played straight when practically any teen characters interact with the very tall Stefan Brogren.
* TeenDrama
* TeenPregnancy: Manny (terminated the pregnancy), Liberty (put the baby up for adoption), Mia (raising her child), and now Jenna (keeps it for a while before giving it up for adoption). Emma is [[Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh the result of one]], and her mother had a second unplanned pregnancy (albeit at around age 30). Dallas also had a baby with his girlfriend when he was 15.
* TheBusCameBack: Ashley Kerwin (season 5 finale-season 7), Sean Cameron (season 6), and Caitlin Ryan (season 7 episode "Jesse's Girl).
* TheTell: Ellie Nash cooks when she's angry, according to Marco.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Sav's drummer search in ''Jesus, Etc.''
* TheirFirstTime
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Heterosexual version: Ellie and Sean. Sean [[TheLoinsSleepTonight sleeps on the couch]].
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** JT and Toby, replaced with 'the fuzzheads' Danny and Derek.
** Anya and [[strike:Chantay]] [[strike:Leia]] ''Chantay'' are female versions.
* ThreeAmigos: Dave, Wesley, and Connor.
** Clare, Eli, and Adam. (with more romance than the above.)
* TitleDrop / TitleThemeDrop : They like to work in the phrase "Whatever it takes" whenever they can get away with it. It's stenciled on the wall of the school's weight room.
* TitleTheAdaptation
* TokenMinorityCouple: Remember when Jimmy and Hazel were a couple for 3 seasons? It's alright if you don't, apparently the writers only rememebered when it was relevant...which wasn't a whole lot.
** Danny and Chantay had traces of this in season 9, particularly since Danny is the only person Chantay ever dates.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Alex & Paige.
** Jane and Darcy in season seven. Darcy is replaced with Holly J in season nine.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Emma starting in Season 4 ("What will people think of me if Chris goes out with Liberty next?"). Many fans consider this moment to be the turning point of Emma's character and when her JerkSue colors first really started to shine.
** Derek in Season 8. Before that, he at least had some sort of remorse for his more {{Jerkass}} moments (such as framing Danny for shoplifting).
** KC in Seasons 9 and 10.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Emma in the Purple Dragon episode. Manny's "I'm going to be famous" scene.
* TragicHero: Craig and Ashley. Also Rick, sort of.
** Sean Cameron, anyone? At this point, Sean is the only one who can possibly understand Rick, was one of the few people who actively defended Rick, and...kills him. Then he is called a hero for it.
* TrainingMontage: When Owen helps Anya get in shape for the armed forces.
* TransferStudentUniforms; Inverted; the Ice Hounds plus Becky show up in their new Degrassi uniforms for the first day of class - in which it's announced that uniforms are abolished.
* {{Transsexual}} Adam was actually born ''Gracie''.
** Adam "Gracie" Torres is the first teenage transsexual character to be depicted on scripted television.
* TricksterArchetype: Mike Lobel is on record comparing Jay to a spider. Would that be Iktomi or Anansi or...
* {{Troperrific}}
* TroubledButCute: Sean first, during most of his time on the show.
** Spinner was next, after Rick's death and Jimmy's being shot.
** Peter, but fans thought he came off as a [[TheDandy metrosexual]] {{Jerkass}} Then they toned him down dramatically in season 8, so now he's just the [[{{Bishonen}} pretty]], yet[[TheGenericGuy generic guy]]).
** K.C. during season 8 and 9
** Eli and Adam for different reasons during Season 10
** Campbell is definitely this so far in Season 12.
** Zig qualifies as of season 13 with his family issues.
* {{Tsundere}}: Paige and Alex.
* {{Twincest}}: Declan and Fiona have been giving off not-so brotherly vibes ever since their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJpbC8TGzps promo]], and [[WordOfSaintPaul the actress who plays Fiona]] has hinted at a potential incest story arc in Season 10.
** In ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan'', Fiona tells Holly J, [[spoiler:"Boyfriends are temporary, brothers are forever."]]
* TwoferTokenMinority: Jimmy (black and disabled), Connor (black with Asperger's), Zane (Asian and gay), Sav (Indian and Muslim), and Manny, Liberty, Chantay, and Leia (female and nonwhite). There are even several threefers: Hazel and Alli (nonwhite, female and Muslim), and Alex (lesbian, female, and Latina).
* TwoLinesNoWaiting
** ThreeLinesSomeWaiting as of the [[ChannelHop move to Much]].
* TwoTeacherSchool: It seems there's only about four teachers in the entire school, with Mrs. Kwan teaching English to the entire school, Mr. Simpson teaching Media Immersion for every student for all four years, and Coach Armstrong being the health teacher, math teacher, and P.E. teacher for all grades and classes, as well as the coach for every sports team in the school.
** And recently, this seems to have extended to Ms. Oh, Mr. Perino, and Ms. Dawes.
* UnableToCry: Liberty after JT's death
** Emma when Manny outs her Anorexia to her family.
** Maya is this when [[spoiler: Cam commits suicide]], due to being somewhere between anger and denial over it.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: ''Someone'' needs to lock Clare and Eli in a closet or something.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: J.T, Spinner sometimes.
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* VerbalTic: Well, one, there's Rick, and two, he tends to put things in a list.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Almost every episode
** In the vein of a very special ''{{Blossom}}'', we have Emma [[IncrediblyLamePun blossoming into womanhood]], Spinner's [[GagPenis erections]], JT's wet dreams, and JT's very small penis. One in each of the first four seasons.
** Then there are the episodes where Paige gets raped, Marco comes out, Ashley's dad comes out, Craig's dad abuses him, Craig is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Liberty winds up needing extra math help but everyone thinks she's sleeping with the math teacher.
* VillainDecay: Of the [[FanNickname Candy Bandits]] Jay and Alex became a lot less impressive toward the end of their run.
** Johnny [=DiMarco=] and Bruce had a similar process of turning LighterAndSofter in Seasons 8 and 9.
** On the less bully side of things, Holly J and Paige suffered [[AlphaBitch Bitch]] [[LovableAlphaBitch Decay]].
** Peter and Declan were both introduced to be Preppy villains, working people as opposed to brute force of the Bullies. Both suffered a fair bit of softening over time.
** This has happened to Fitz as well. Started off as a the top bully (along with [[JerkJock Owen]]), but now making a HeelFaceTurn.
* TheUnfairSex: Jane's flirting with Declan and subsequent cheating wasn't portrayed nearly as bad when Craig did it to Ashley in Season 3. Averted when Spinner reacts badly to finding out.
* WeNeedADistraction: Clare sets off a smoke bomb in the exam hall so the school will be evacuated and Adam won't have to fight Fitz.
* WebcomicTime: To a degree, early seasons (up through Season 5) were at a 1 Season: 1 School year ratio. All was good. Seasons 6-9 were 2 seasons : 1 School Year ratio which meant the date started to slip. Season 10 used to a retcon to undo the slip so things were now 2010 (Due to the last four seasons it was 2008). After that we still haven't hit 1 season = 1 year again. Instead, however, they haven't retconned again but the references and series going on are contemporary to the year, but not to the year the students should be in. As Season 12 is the end of Season 11.5's school year which means it should be 2012, but it's 2013.
* WhamEpisode:
** Season 4's ''Time Stands Still'' is the first one, which saw Jimmy get shot by Rick, paralyzing him and Rick being accidentally shot by Sean. Several characters were changed forever by this event.
** ''Rock This Town'' from season 6, which saw [[spoiler: JT being killed at a party]].
** ''All Falls Down'' from season 10 didn't see character death, but it was suspense-filled and change the course of several characters and added school uniforms which lasted quite a while.
** Season 7's ''Standing in the Dark'', which had Degrassi merging with Lakehurst and [[BreakTheCutie Darcy]] [[spoiler: getting raped at a party and later attempting suicide]].
** ''Bittersweet Symphony Part 2'' from season 12 had [[spoiler: Eli and Claire discover that Cam [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself]] in the school greenhouse]]
** ''Honey'' from season 13 saw [[spoiler: Adam dying from his injuries]], which was preceded by a WhamShot from the previous episode ''Cannonball'' where [[spoiler: Adam got into his fatal car accident]].
* WhamLine: "She wants twenty-thousand dollars."
** "[[spoiler: Campbell Saunders is dead]]."
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: [[spoiler: Spinner and Emma getting married under the influence]].
** Darcy waking up next to Peter [[spoiler: after she was drugged and raped]].
** When Drew wakes up after the party [[spoiler: remembering nothing about stripping, streaking, sleeping with Katie and who knows what else]].
** The main trust of ''Unbelievable'' (season 13) with Zoe getting blacked out drunk and getting sexually assaulted.
* WhatTheHellDad: A lot of fathers and other male role models fit this. At least for the boys. [[DoubleStandard For the girls, on the other hand...]].
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: JT was wearing one when he was stabbed.
* WholePlotReference
* WildTeenParty: Most notably "Rock This Town"
** The party that Adam and Dallas threw at the Torres house in "Come As You Are (Part 1)".
* WindmillPolitical: Emma is prone to these.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: While it wasn't a very comedic example, Holly J and Anya were like this in season seven and eight.
** Chantay has shown this with every one of her friends when gossip circles them.
* WorthyOpponent: In a deleted scene from "Back In Black", Sean sees Rick as this.
* WouldntHitAGirl: ''Horribly'' averted (or subverted?) when Fitz and Owen find out that Adam is biologically female. They don't hit him - they pick him up and throw him ''through the double doors breaking a'' '''wire-reinforced''' ''glass pane''.
** Reinforced when Fitz refuses to fight Adam, and suggests Adam fight Bianca.
** That valiant theater nerd, Rick? He hits girls.
** Sean angsts about accidentally hitting Emma when she tries to get between him and Jimmy. Emma doesn't see it as an accident.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Emma's screen name is xXsparklespazXx.
* {{Yandere}}: Eli towards Clare at first, but then Imogen from season eleven proved to be this towards Eli.
** Rick. Emphasis on "yan". Abusive boyfriend, paranoid about other guys wanting his girlfriend, does ''not'' take rejection well...
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Holly J. stripped in front of Sav in the drama room during the Night in Vegas dance. It was clear they were about to have sex when they were interrupted by the school being put under lockdown.
* YouGoGirl: Jane. Football.
* YouLookFamiliar: Alex's girlfriend Carla and a friend of Joey's girlfriend Diane were played by the same actress.
** Alex Steele will be returning later in season 11 but as a new character, not Angie Jeremiah.
* YoureJustJealous: This was practically Manny's CatchPhrase for a while. Emma also pulled this card when Liberty called her out on passing out weed brownies during a dorm event.
** Manny uses this one against Paige to dismiss Paige's warnings about Dean. Although it was pretty typical behavior for Paige to try to stop other girls from dating guys she liked (see her awful treatment of Terri), Paige was actually telling the truth about Dean. It doubles as an '''IronicEcho''' since a girl at the party where Paige got raped warned Paige about Dean, and she reacted the same way Manny did.
** Maya's (accurate) feelings about Tori's anti-Zig behavior.
* ZenSurvivor
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