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->'''Travis:''' So you and Miley are pretty close?\\
'''Hannah:''' You have ''no'' idea.

''Hannah Montana'' (2006-2011) is about a teenager named Miley Stewart (played by Music/MileyCyrus) who seems like an ordinary girl to the kids at her school. But secretly, she is also [[TeenIdol teen pop sensation]] Hannah Montana, and the only people who know besides her family are her best friends, Lilly and Oliver.

For its fourth and final season, the show was {{Retool}}ed and re-branded as ''Hannah Montana Forever''. In the process it became only the second live-action Disney Channel show to reach four seasons (and third overall), behind ''ThatsSoRaven'' and ''KimPossible''.

Chronologically it is the third series in the DisneyChannelLiveActionUniverse and one of the first to participate in a Massive CrossOver Event: ''[[ThatsSoRaven That's So]] [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Suite Life]] of Hannah Montana'' (which also [[TropeCodifier codified]] the DCLAU in the first place). Until 2013's ''[[GoodLuckCharlie Good Luck]] {{JESSIE}}'', it was the only series to participate in ''two'' such Cross Overs with ''[[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Wizards]] [[SuiteLifeOnDeck On Deck]] with Hannah Montana'' (though not the only one to have the same characters go through two crossover events, [[ContinuityNod as Zack and Cody bring up when they meet Hannah Montana a second time]]).

Now has a [[Characters/HannahMontana Character Sheet]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: In the final season, when Miley fights with herself (literally) about revealing her secret.
* AdamWesting: Billy Ray Cyrus plays his own CaptainErsatz.
** Miley herself does her fair share, both as Miley Stewart and her evil lookalike cousin Luann.
* {{Adorkable}}: Much of the show's success can be attributed to Miley Cyrus' [[GenkiGirl bright and energetic personality]] combined with her goofy mannerisms and a total willingness to look foolish on camera. She's even been compared favorably to comedy legends [[ILoveLucy Lucille]] [[Creator/LucilleBall Ball]] and [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Carol Burnett]].
** Lilly also has many {{Adorkable}} moments throughout the series, due to her awkwardness and emotions.
* AdjectiveNounFred: The title of the Japanese dub, ''Secret Idol Hannah Montana''.
* AnAesop: One per episode, generally. More prevalent during the series' early run - the third and fourth seasons have quite a few episodes that manage to avoid this trope.
* AffectionateParody: The Hannah character, and much of the music, seems to parody the teen-pop images of the likes of HilaryDuff and the younger BritneySpears.Also some of the things used might have also been a tribute to the show {{Jem}} from the 1980's.
** In her 2013 {{MTV}} documentary ''Miley: The Movement'', Cyrus [[WordOfGod admits]] to Britney (they perform a duet on Miley's album, ''Bangerz'') in an interview that the Hannah character was modeled after her.
* AlliterativeName:
** Oliver Oscar Oken, who gets double credit for this trope as he is played by Mitchel Musso.
** Lilly's alter-ego, Lola Luftnagle.
** Robbie Ray Stewart's alter-ego, Robbie Ray.
** Miley and Jackson's deceased mother, Susan Stewart.
** Amber Addison, the AlphaBitch.
** Karen Kunkle, Jackson's - and later, Miley's - SternTeacher.
** [[CausticCritic Music critic]] Barney Bittman - again, extra credit for Gilbert Gottfried.
** Gary Green, radio DJ.
** Movie producer Baz B. Berkley.
** Special mention goes to Dandruff Danny, Liposuction Liza and Brainless Becky.
** And finally, [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Ray Romano]], [[JonasBrothers Joe Jonas]] and Rob Reiner, [[SpecialGuest appearing as themselves]].
* AlphaBitch: Mikayla
** There is also Amber and Ashley.
* AlterEgoActing: Miley is also a singer in RealLife -- as Hannah Montana as well as herself, no less.
* BackForTheFinale: Done of series of episodes where Lilly's Dad, Aunt Dolly, and Mamaw all return
** Literally with Oliver who actually only comes back as a PlotDevice.
* BeneathTheMask: A major theme in the show. Thanks to the Hannah Montana persona, Miley is able to see people's TrueColors. She isn't fooled by the facade put up by someone like [[BitchInSheepsClothing Amber]] or [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Rico]] when they're dealing with Hannah, because as Miley, she knows what they are really like. In fact, everyone but her true friends treat her better when she is Hannah.
* BeYourself: The show's overarching {{Aesop}}, which seems ironic given that the series is all about a girl who puts on a disguise so she can live a life of fame and fortune... until you realize it merely sets up Miley for the supporting lesson, that [[AllThatGlitters friends and family are more important]].
* BigBad: Rico is the most reoccurring antagonist in the series so he probably counts.
** [[spoiler: Jake can be seen as this in his story arc due to the fact he constantly breaks Miley's heart and eventually flat out cheats on her]].
** Lucinda is this in TheMovie, as she's the one calling the shots to Oswald Granger, who is TheHeavy.
* BigDamnMovie: Hannah has to save her Tennessee hometown from a [[FelonyMisdemeanor land developer who wants to build a mall there]].
* BigEater:
** Lilly. Skinny as she is, [[{{Hammerspace}} one wonders where she puts it all]].
** Robbie Ray, leading to some people, including the President, [[RunningGag teasing him about his waistline]].
* BlindWithoutEm: Lilly can't tell a person from a post without her contacts.
* BrokenRecord: In the movie, during the filming of the video for "The Best of Both Worlds", the CD that they're lip-syncing to keeps repeating, "Best of both, best of both, best of both..." until the CD player gets smacked, and it finally ends, "Best of both worlds."
* BrotherChuck: A number of characters were quite unceremoniously PutOnABus, including:
** Two of Jackson's best friends -- [[BlackBestFriend Cooper]], not seen since Season 1, and Thor, not seen since Season 2.
** Roxy, not seen since early Season 2.
** Mikayla, also not seen since early Season 2. Although there's [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace probably a good reason for that]].
*** Though BridgitMendler still guest stars on that show despite [[GoodLuckCharlie having one of her own]].
** Dandruff Danny, not seen since Season 1.
** The Movie gives Hannah Montana a publicist played by Vanessa Williams who is never seen after the movie.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Inverted in the movie where Miley's California high school is actually Tennessee's Franklin High School.
* CaliforniaUniversity:
** Jackson considered The State College of Santa Barbara, then attended Tennessee University for a time, before settling upon Malibu Community College. None of these institutions exist in real life.
** Lilly and Miley both apply to [[FictionalCounterpart Standford University]]. Yes, spelled like that -- it's quite visible on a couple of folders in the episode, and Miley clearly sounds out the first D more than once. There's no such school, and if you Website/{{Google}} the name, the results pages will keep insisting you meant [[http://www.stanford.edu something else]].
*** Possibly meant as a FictionalCounterpart to the real thing.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Jackson frequently incurs Robbie Ray's full wrath for infractions that would rate, at most, a stern talking-to for Miley.
* CastingGag: Billy Ray Cyrus, still a OneHitWonder (before a duet with Miley returned him to the top 40)'s character's mother is played by Vicki Lawrence who also had a short career as a musician culminating in a single hit.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "Sweet niblets!"
** "Dang flabbit!"
** "[=TVTropeseditorsayWHAT?=]"
** "What in the [[GoshDangItToHeck Sam Heck]]?"
** "Hey-O!"
** "Rrrrrrrico! Muahahahaha!"
** "Eep!"
** "Oh yeah! I went there!"
** "Ya think?"
* CelebrityParadox: This trope is actually quite important, as Hannah and her father are often in many of the same settings and situations that their actors experience in RealLife. They even interact with many real celebrities [[SpecialGuest playing themselves]] in the show.
** Played straight for MileyCyrus, even more so because her character is TheDanza. Justified because the entire premise of the series requires that "Miley" be a girl who is ''not'' famous. People in the show have never heard the name before, and later struggle to remember it. For example, when Miley Stewart is dating Jake Ryan and she ends up being interviewed on TV, the host calls her "Milky" - and when corrected, doesn't care that he was wrong.
** Given the above, you'd think the trope would also apply to her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. However, it's subverted when a direct reference is made. Robbie Ray puts on a mullet wig and claims to ''be'' Billy Ray - which couldn't happen if the celebrity did not exist. A double subversion occurs when the woman Robbie is talking to thinks he's crazy and quickly leaves.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Miley in the first season was a [[{{Adorkable}} shy, timid, awkward girl]]. Somewhere along the line she managed to pick up [[LittleMissSnarker large amounts of sass]]. She stayed [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]] though.
** Lilly started out as a funny, quirky tomboy. By the time she got together with Oliver, she had turned into a giggling girly girl.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Lilly and Oliver.
* ChildProdigy: Rico starts out as one, eventually aging into a TeenGenius. He is in the same class as Miley and Lilly, despite being three years younger.
* ChivalrousPervert: Rico.
* ClarkKenting: Miley as Hannah.
* ComicBookTime: Averted. While there are some continuity errors, each season clearly shows the teenage cast progressing to a new school year. Dealing with the issues of growing up is a recurring theme in the series.
* CommutingOnABus: In Season 4, Mitchel Musso was removed from the billed cast, with Oliver [[DemotedToExtra only appearing in a couple of episodes]].
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: When Hannah is signed up for a celebrity tennis game, Miley seems more concerned with having a signature grunt than you know...actually learning tennis.
* CoolLoser: Lilly and Miley (and arguably, Oliver) qualify. Both girls are ranked at the very bottom of Amber and Ashley's 'Cool List', causing them to be shunned by the entire school. Matters improve somewhat in high school, though they're still pretty low in the pecking order. We're talking about two attractive, hip, trendy, charismatic girls who turn heads everywhere they go in RealLife.
* CostumePorn
* {{Crossover}}: ''{{Wizards| Of Waverly Place}} [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody On Deck]] with Hannah Montana'' and ''{{Thats So| Raven}} [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Suite Life]] of Hannah Montana''. Characters and settings from ''CoryInTheHouse'' appear in the episode "Take This Job and Love It". Beacause SelenaGomez plays both Alex Russo and Hannah's rival, Mikayla, none of the ''Hannah Montana'' cast directly interact with any of the ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' cast.
** Though this is likely because both shows were bookends to the crossover. The same was done with the original crossover with ThatsSoRaven and Hannah Montana being bookends with TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody in the middle. None of the bookends interacted with each other In this crossover either.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Miley/Hannah, in practically every episode -- especially after the first season. She's cute, she's funny, ''[[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist she can be downright obnoxious]]''. It's why the audience can comfortably laugh ''at'' her when the ZanyScheme invariably backfires.
** Lilly also tends to fall into this role -- she and Miley are best friends, after all. In some cases (such as the time where Miley and Jackson were thought to be dating) she basically spends the entire episode doing nothing but make snarky comments.
** Rico is ''particularly'' snarky, as per [[BrattyHalfPint his personality]].
* DeepSouth: MileyCyrus hails from Franklin, Tennessee in RealLife, and her dad comes from Kentucky. The Stewarts, being Southerners, came from the fictional town of Crawley Corners, Tennessee, as TheMovie makes quite clear. The show never lets you forget the Stewarts' Southern roots for too long, the strong accents Billy Ray and Miley have for starters. The episodes featuing Mammaw, Uncle Earl and/or and Aunt Dolly only reinforce the issue.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Joanie in later episodes becomes friends with Lilly then Miley after she starts dating Oliver.
* DerailingLoveInterests: [[spoiler:"The End of the Jake as We Know It". Some might be inclined to think that the title was taken too literally, with Jake's cheating coming out of left field given his prior development. It's {{egregious}} when the episode right after reintroduces the other love interest Miley rejected for Jake]].
* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Rico owns his evil laugh. And the North American rights to the "Hey-yo!" Furthermore, his company is called "Muah-hah-hah Industries."
* DumbBlonde: Lilly, especially in Season 1.
* EasilyForgiven: Robbie Ray will forgive ''anything'' that Miley messes up, as long as he's convinced she's genuinely contrite.
** {{Lampshaded}} in "De-Do-Do-Do, De-Don't-Don't-Don't-Don't Tell My Secret":
-->'''Hannah:''' ... but then I learn a valuable lesson and everything's okay!
** In "Been There All Along", Jackson actually has to explain this to Miley to stop her from trying another ZanyScheme.
-->'''Jackson:''' Face it, you don't have my talent for anything ''but'' the truth. Every time you try, you wind up getting caught, sitting on a bench, or the couch, or the porch where Dad says, "Bud, if you'd just woulda told the truth in the beginning yadda yadda yadda I love you."... "I love you too."... you ride Blue Jeans, he writes a song, ''The End''.
* EmpathicEnvironment: When Miley lost an anklet her mother gave her, the weather in Hawai'i promptly turned sour. When Robbie Ray gives a speech telling her how her mother is always with her, [[MagicFeather anklet or no]], the weather promptly turns gorgeous again.
* EscapistCharacter: Hannah. Invoked in some of her songs, such as "Just Like You", which lets the audience identify with her more readily.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Many of Hannah's outfits from the earlier seasons were created by [[GemEncrusted sticking thousands of rhinestones]] on perfectly ordinary clothes. Once the show's popularity took off, so did the budget, so her later costumes are mostly hand-made and fall into full PimpedOutDress territory -- but still play this trope straight.
** [[LampshadeHanging Brought up]] in one of the DVD extras:
-->'''Miley:''' [[SarcasmMode I never wear sparkles!]]
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Who would have thought that a girl like me -- would double as a superstar?".
* ExtravertedNerd: Rico, again.
* FakeGuestStar: Tammin Sursok appears in most episodes in Season 4 as Siena but is not part of the main cast.
* FlatWhat: At least once an episode.
* GenreSavvy: Lilly has a fair amount of this. Several times she points out Miley's crazy schemes and why they wouldn't work. [[note]]In "Killing Me Softly With His Height", she even realizes the plan Miley's about to come up with before Miley has thought of it herself[[/note]]. Sometimes it's [[LampshadeHanging even implied]] that Lilly agrees to play along only because she knows that Miley will [[AnAesop learn something when the plan fails]].
-->'''Lilly:''' But your fantasies always drive you to do the right thing, in an educational and entertaining way!
* TheGhost: Uncle Earl and Aunt Pearl until Season 2, when Uncle Earl was finally portrayed in all his larger-than-life glory by David Koechner. Aunt Pearl remained TheGhost.
* GoodFeelsGood: Sarah seems to really enjoy her [[GranolaGirl goodie-two-shoes ways]].
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Sweet Niblets!"
** "Dang Flabbit!"
* GranolaGirl: Sarah.
* GroupieBrigade: Exaggerated in the first season, where just ''saying'' the name Hannah Montana too loudly can trigger a stampede of rabid fans trying to find her. Still played straight throughout the rest of the series, and is the justification behind Miley going to all the trouble of keeping a secret identity.
* HappierHomeMovie: In one episode, Miley watches a family Christmas from when her mom was still alive.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Miley and Lilly.
* HiddenDepths: Jackson will loudly proclaim at every opportunity how disappointed he is that Robbie Ray had a [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling second child]], or how much he resents Hannah Montana taking precedence over any of his own plans -- especially because [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Miley never lets him forget it]]. However, when push comes to shove and Miley really needs his support, Jackson will sacrifice ''anything'' -- even his own happiness -- to protect his sister's hopes and dreams.
* HollywoodDateless: Jackson is portrayed as a uncouth, socially-awkward loser who couldn't get a date if his life depended on it. This in spite of the fact that he's played by the boyishly-handsome Jason Earles, takes a different girl out every third episode, and has even had a few random women come on to him (usually when he's ''not trying'' to be charming).
* HonestJohnsDealership: Rico charges exorbitant prices for mediocre food at his surf shop, has some questionably-legal business practices (eg: charging for restrooms, in the home state of the Congresswoman who that practice abolished, no less), and has had more than one run-in with the Health Department.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Most (if not all) of them. Considering the hectic double life Miley has, the show spends a disproportionate amount of time on hers and the others' various crushes.
* IAmSong: The series loves this trope, as several songs qualify. It begins with "Just Like You" and "The Other Side Of Me" in Season 1, progresses to Season 3's "Supergirl" and "Just A Girl", then finishes with "Ordinary Girl" in the final season.
* IdolSinger: Hannah in the show, Miley in RealLife.
** Emily Osment and Mitchel Musso have followed suit.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Gender inverted with Miley in S2 Ep08, "Take This Job and Love It", where Miley gives this as the reason she didn't want to take Roxy, her overprotective bodyguard with her on a date.
-->'''Miley:''' I'm a girl. I have needs.\\
'''Robbie:''' Please tell me you just said you're a girl who has knees.
* InsufferableGenius: Rico.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Between Robbie Ray and Rico.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Subverted in one episode:
-->'''Miley:''' You know Lilly, you should really write a book.\\
'''Lilly:''' About what?\\
'''Miley:''' I don't care, as long as you stop talking.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Rico has been known to do right by people, but usually only when it serves his own interests.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: However, Rico does manage, on rare occasions, to do something truly altruistic.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Oh, does it ever. To maintain her secret identity, Miley has to lie to her friends, endure bullying at school, and suffer through constant discrimination or embarrassment... all the time knowing she could make all of it go away so easily. It's no picnic for Miley's family and friends either. Robbie Ray and Jackson both give up their own happiness to protect her, torching their respective relationships with Lorelai and Siena (albeit temporarily, as Miley eventually shares the secret with both). [[spoiler:The realization that the secret demands too much sacrifice from her loved ones is what finally pushes Miley into going on national TV and revealing that she's Hannah Montana]].
* KidCom
* LargeHam: ''Everyone'', but especially Lilly.
** [[SassyBlackWoman Roxie]] in particular applies as one at times.
* LaughTrack
* LineOfSightName: Miley is doing a radio interview from her kitchen while eating spaghetti and claims to be speaking from a cafe in Italy. When she is asked where she is, her father passes her the pasta box. She reads the first words she sees and claims to be in the small village of "Sodium Free". She immediately ammends this to "Sodium Freme" (said in an Italian accent).
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Every episode title is a ShoutOut to a song. Many also end up becoming {{Pun Based Title}}s.
* LovesMeNot: In the episode "Good Golly, Miss Dolly":
-->'''Miley Stewart:''' He loves me. He loves me not, and now I need more petals!
* LoveTriangle: Season 3 introduces Jesse, one of Hannah's band members, as a rival to Jake Ryan for her affections. An unusual situation [[FridgeLogic when you realize]] that [[BackStory as far as the world knows]], [[SeriesContinuityError Jake is actually dating Hannah's alter-ego Miley Stewart]], whom Jesse doesn't even know exists. The episode handles this by separating scenes between Miley/Jake and Hannah/Jesse - meaning Jesse is only aware that Hannah is dating ''somebody'' - but [[spoiler:eventually the two guys end up confronting each other in front of Hannah]]. It ''is'' possible that Jesse just didn't know who Jake's girlfriend was supposed to be.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: A recurring trope throughout the series, with increasing significance each time. Early on, it's played for laughs, with Miley going on a date... to a Hannah Montana concert. Later on, she lets Jake in on her secret when the guilt of continually lying to him becomes too much to bear. In the movie, everything comes tumbling down when Miley tries to have a romantic dinner with Travis while simultaneously attending the mayor's banquet as Hannah. Finally, in Season 4, [[spoiler:it's not even enough for Jesse to know that Miley is Hannah -- the [[KeepingSecretsSucks burden of dealing with her dual identities]] puts a severe strain on their relationship]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Moises Arias, who plays Rico, is not as selfish and rotten as his character. In fact he promoted penguin preservation with the Disney MMORPG, ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''.
** The girls who played [[AlphaBitch Amber]] and Ashley aren't really mean in real life either.
*** Nor is Romi Dames, the actress who plays stuck-up socialite Traci Van Horn. Quite the opposite, in fact.
* MissingMom: Miley and Jackson's mother died some time prior to the pilot. She does appear in a few episodes (played by Brooke Shields), in dream sequences.
* MoralityChain: Often, Lilly is the only thing keeping a leash on Miley's diva-ness.
* TheMovie: Technically, two movies -- the first was a Concert Film, while the second was based on the show.
* MusicalThemeNaming: Many of the episodes are (slightly altered) named after songs.
* MythologyGag: Mamaw constantly haranguing Robby Ray about his weight and overeating, which leads to a [[ItMakesSenseInContext visiting]] BarackObama {{Expy}} in Season 4 also taking potshots.
** When Miley and Lilly are in gym class in Season 4, Lilly easily aces the rope climb, while Miley has a hard time. Lilly taunts Miley by saying, "Yeah, she can sing "The Climb", but she can't do it!", alluding to [[MileyCyrus Miley Cyrus']] hit AwardBaitSong to ''Hannah Montana: The Movie" the year before.
* NewSeasonNewName: The fourth and final season is re-branded ''Hannah Montana Forever''.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: Inverted for the Japanese adaptation, which is marketed as ''[[AdjectiveNounFred Secret Idol Hannah Montana]]''.
* OhMyGods: Robbie Ray uses "Lord" in a theological context.
* OnlySaneMan: Jesse was the only person to make the connection between Hannah and Miley
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Siena is played by Australian actress Tammin Sursok, whose accent lapses occasionally. In particular, she seems to struggle with saying "Hannah Montana". FridgeLogic kicks in when one realizes that Siena's nationality was never stated, and thus she has no need to affect an American accent.
* PaperThinDisguise: How the cast's {{Secret Identit|y}}ies are kept secret. {{Lampshaded}} when Jackson points out the obviousness of Superman's PaperThinDisguise, and Miley agrees with him as she and Robbie Ray don theirs. [[note]]Hannah's disguise arguably qualifies for WigDressAccent, albeit on an inconsistent basis. Obviously she already has the wig and clothes, then composes herself in a far more confident, flashier manner than the shy, awkward and unpopular Miley Stewart. Also, if you pay attention, Hannah's voice is often a higher register and loses much of Miley's real-life Southern accent - even though the Hannah character is also from Tennessee. This speech convention was more prevalent in the first two seasons, but a recent good example was in "Ready, Set, Don't Go" where there is a marked contrast between how she talks to the DMV worker and how she speaks to Lilly[[/note]].
** Robbie's Mustache is made even thinner as anyone could easily put 2 and 2 together that Robbie Ray and Robbie Ray Stewart are the same person especially when one considers that he never hides the fact that he is Robbie Ray even without the mustache. It very possible this is an attempt to Lampshade this trope as Robbie seems to be the same person with or without the mustache.
* PickedLast: Happens to Miley whenever gym class involves teams, and is the setup for the episode "Cuffs Will Keep Us Together". As Hannah Montana, she has the coordination to dance onstage - sometimes in high heels and while also singing, no less - but when it comes to sports, she's unable to do things like catch a ball [[TheKlutz without using her face]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: Miley and Oliver, Lilly and Oliver before their RelationshipUpgrade in Season 3.
* PornStache: Most of Robbie Ray's PaperThinDisguise consists of this. {{Lampshaded}} by Robbie repeatedly.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Moises Arias, as of Season 2.
* PunBasedTitle: Most of the episode titles are wordplay on the titles of popular songs.
* PungeonMaster: Robbie Ray constantly makes puns.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[PlatonicLifePartners Lilly and Oliver]], [[ChildhoodFriendRomance friends since kindergarten]], become an OfficialCouple in Season 3.
* RichBitch: Traci Van Horn, who has the unmitigated gall to tell Lola, to her face, how uncool she thinks she is, despite being friends with Hannah, who publicly humiliates herself just as often.
* RunningGag: Several.
** Robbie Ray's obsession with his hair to the point where his kids very first go-to move when bad news comes their way is to compliment his hair.
** The fact that Robbie Ray is always making awful puns and Miley reminding him that 'you ain't funny'. In fact, you could say this is one of Robbie Ray's main schticks in the series.
** In Season 4, Lilly gets a new job running the ticket exchange booth at the amusement park. One of the top prizes is a big stuffed toy tiger that costs 50,000 tickets - a ludicrous amount that would fill a large container. Guess what ''every kid'' tries to exchange his or her measly handful of tickets for. Lilly easily handles the initial incident in the first episode, cheerily explaining the three cheapest prizes that all those tickets are good for. Fast-forward several episodes and many more kids later, and she's just about ready to crack.
-->'''Lilly:''' (close to tears) Look, you don't have enough for the big tiger, ''okay?'' It's the dragon stickers, the erasers, or the ice cube with the fly in it!
* TheScrooge: Despite being filthy-stinkin'-rich from both his own and his daughter's record sales, Robbie Ray is notoriously, if a bit selectively, tight with a penny.
* SecretIdentity: Many episodes of the show revolve around Miley trying to keep people from learning she is Hannah Montana. Once, Miley tried to get a phone by taking a bad picture of her as Hannah but learned she was wearing a necklace labled "Miley". Lilly and Oliver adopted their own secret identities as well.
* SelectiveEnforcement: Miley is EasilyForgiven, whereas Jackson CantGetAwayWithNuthin.
* SeriesContinuityError: Oh so, ''so'' many! A few examples:
** There are a number of instances where it seems the episode order (as aired on TV) had been changed from the intended order as they were written. Like when Miley mentions she will "be driving soon", in the episode ''after'' the one where she is driving by herself already. Or when Lilly says Hannah just starred in a movie, but the episode where she auditions for that movie hasn't happened yet.
** At several points in the first season, Miley insinuates she moved from Nashville. In The Movie, and from that point onward, her hometown is Crowley Corners.
** In the episode Miley Get Your Gum, Lilly has a dog named Thor. After this episode, no mention of this dog is ever made again.
** Lilly's birthday, which was implied in TheMovie to be in the summer, but came around again just seven months later in "Can't Get Home to You Girl". This could be related to the episode shuffling noted above.
** In one episode, Lilly ''spectacularly'' butchers the pronunciation of "empanada" (so as to rhyme with "{{Canada| Eh}}") but in another episode, is taking AP Spanish, and able to tutor another girl in exchange for her math tutoring services.
** Lilly mentions a brother once, in Season 1 -- then never again. In Season 3, she says sometimes she ''wishes'' she had a brother.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Lilly. In the TomboyAndGirlyGirl pairing of her and Miley, she started out as the former, with actress Emily Osment drawing unflattering comments about being her brother [[TheSixthSense Haley Joel]] with a wig. Jump to Season 4 -- Lilly dresses straight from the [[UnlimitedWardrobe Hannah Closet]] and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Oliver]] is just smitten.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Hannah has been known to be on tour for weeks at a time, and engages in activities and publicity stunts during school hours, such as reading to a group of preschoolers. Yet, as regular old Miley Stewart, she attends a public school, and her absences are never referenced, nor do they arouse the suspicion of anyone at school.
** FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize she went on an ''international tour'', which would probably take ''months'', but she is still made out to attend a full school year.
* ShoutOut: Many. Notably, the episodes are named after songs.
** Mamaw is possibly a shout out to [[MamasFamily Mama]] also played by Vicki Lawrence.
** At one point, Miley tells Lilly that her dad's nickname for her is in fact "Miley". In real life, "Miley" was a nickname Billy Ray bestowed on his daughter.
** A very subtle one in "O Say, Can You Remember the Words" in which Jackson makes Jack Nicholson's "[[Film/TheShining Here's Johnny!]]" face before attacking a pair of chocolate bunnies.
** There's also one in an episode where Miley is trying to learn to climb a rope. After Lilly is distracted by Sarah coming in to tell her (falsely) that Oliver is back from his tour, Miley is at the ceiling in no time. Unable to figure out how Miley pulled it off (she used a hidden wire harness), Lilly asks [[Literature/{{Twilight}} "Are you a vampire?"]]
** Jake Ryan probably takes his name from the ever-so-perfect male lead in ''SixteenCandles''.
** When Jackson tries to get in to a college:
-->'''Jackson:''' There's only one thing that will get me into that college!\\
'''Robbie:''' [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility?]]
** Jackson RodStewart
** Jackson's room bears an uncanny resemblance to [[Series/EvenStevens Louis Steven's]] complete with stiffened shirt.
** "Rico Suave" was a hit by bilingual [[TheNineties 1990s]] OneHitWonder rapper Gerardo.
* {{Sidekick}}: At one point Lilly refers to herself as such saying that she's just a sidekick who needs to learn to say no. She almost never does.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Level 2 (StatusQuoIsGod).
* SoapBoxSadie: The aforementioned "Saint" Sarah, crusading for such worthy causes as the California Low Flow Toilet Initiative.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''LizzieMcGuire'', particularly TheMovie where Lizzie becomes a pop star and has a brunette double.
* StalkerWithACrush: Oliver was one to Hannah until he found out who she really was. Lilly (in her Lola persona) was one to Orlando Bloom until she started dating Oliver.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Almost to the point of an inversion of FriendsRentControl, considering it's supposed to be a Malibu beachfront house that ''two rock stars'' live in. {{Justified|Trope}} [[FridgeBrilliance when you realize]] that it helps Miley pretend to be a normal girl.
* StylisticSuck: Sometimes, Hannah Montana gets an acting job. The character cannot act.
* ThreeAmigos: Miley, Lilly and Oliver. [[note]]Oliver sometimes is included in a secondary ThreeAmigos group opposite Jackson and Rico.[[/note]]
* TimeSkip: A really weird meta example for season 3. Miley Lily and Olivers's Sophomore and Junior Year are squeezed into this season. Possibly justified as Season 3 took 18 months to air sometimes with new episodes only airing once a month.
* TokenMinority: Subverted with Rico. He may be the only Latino in an otherwise [[MightyWhitey monochrome]] cast, but he subverts the TV stereotype of Latinos by being intelligent, wealthy, and motivated. [[note]]He's also greedy, conniving, and selfish.[[/note]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Played straight in the first two seasons with Lilly and Miley, respectively. Lilly eventually [[GirlinessUpgrade becomes more of a girly girl herself]], though she remains much more athletic than Miley, who is [[PickedLast terrible at sports]].
** Even in early seasons Lilly has shades of girliness hidden by her tomboyness
*** In the first episode after finding out Miley is Hannah, Lily is ecstatic when she is shown the Hannah closet and has a girly-fit over the clothes in it.
* TookALevelInJerkass: By Season 4, Lilly has turned into an [[SpoiledBrat opportunistic snob who spends most of her screen time whining and complaining]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The official promo for "I'll Always Remember You" showed very few clips from the first half of the episode, and almost entirely put emphasis on Hannah taking off her blonde wig and exposing her identity as Miley Stewart to the world.
* {{Tsundere}}: Miley towards Jake Ryan. When they first meet, she treats him with disdain, calling his antics "disgusting" and turning him down three times when he asks her to a dance. It isn't until Hannah guest stars on Jake's TV show and they almost kiss during a scene that she realizes - or admits to herself - that she actually likes him. [[note]]Eventually, Jake and Miley enter an on-again, off-again relationship. From then on, every time they are ''not'' a couple, Miley is generally nice to him, but her [[BelligerentSexualTension angry reactions to any perceived slight]] are well out of proportion to the JustFriends status they are supposedly at.[[/note]] Lilly with her usual GenreSavvy is actually aware of Miley's true feelings from the start:
-->'''Lilly:''' Oh, come on! You ''so'' like Jake!\\
'''Miley:''' No, I don't! How can you say that?\\
'''Lilly:''' Because, every time his name comes up, you ''act'' like you can't stand him.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Miley calls it the Hannah Closet, but it's effectively a fashion boutique (that only stocks brightly-colored sparkly items for teenage girls) in her bedroom. Automated revolving carousels and remote-controlled sliding shelves filled with more clothes and accessories than the show has episodes ensure that Hannah never needs to wear the same thing twice. [[note]]She does end up reusing some outfits, but any repeat appearances are usually for one short Hannah scene in a Miley-focused episode.[[/note]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Miley ventures into this territory at times.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Jackson and Rico. [[spoiler:It takes them until the series finale to admit it]].
* WakeupMakeup: Miley and Lilly always seem to get out of bed with eye makeup, mascara, foundation and lip gloss perfectly in place. They also wear jewelry while sleeping. Averted with Robbie -- although never shown, he has a strict routine of grooming to always keep his hair looking nice.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: One episode revealed that Miley once had a pig named Luann. The later episode, "Torn Between Two Hannahs" features her obnoxious cousin, Luann, whom she had named it after.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Rico's dad gave him the business, but Rico knows how to keep it profitable.
* ZanyScheme: A typical episode starts off with Miley doing something selfish or irresponsible, then instead of taking accountability for her actions, she comes up with some dubious, convoluted plan to cover her tracks. Said plan will often involve the use of a ridiculous animal costume.
** Miley/Hannah herself lampshades this in "He Could Be the One":
-->'''Jesse:''' You are ''way'' too smart to come up with something this stupid.\\
'''Hannah:''' HEY! For your information, you are looking at a girl stupid enough to dress up as a ''chicken'', a ''duck'', a ''swan''...\\
'''Lola:''' A pirate, a carrot...
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!!Episodes of this series provide examples of:
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Though no stranger to the occasional bout of egocentrism, Oliver takes it to {{Jerkass}} levels after appearing on ''America's Top Talent'', acquiring his own GroupieBrigade, and very nearly scuttling his relationship with Lilly.
* AffectionateParody of ''HappyGilmore'', in which Robbie Ray encourages Rico to find his HappyPlace as he coaches him in horseshoe-pitching.
* TheAllegedCar:
** "Loretta", Mamaw Stewart's rickety old Cadillac Eldorado.
** In Season 1, the car Jackson buys for himself.
-->'''Jackson:''' Jackson Stewart, come on down! You are the proud owner of a brand new... '''''used car!''''' Yes, over the last fifteen years this pre-owned beauty has been driven around by heavy smokers and sloppy eaters, and one Wilma [=McDermott=] whose cat popped out six kittens in the front seat! Yes, some stains just don't come out!
* AsianAirhead: Ashley [=DeWitt=]...[[BrainlessBeauty so pretty, so stupid]].
* BasementDweller: Francis Corelli, Seaview High's Social Studies teacher.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Defied. Miley is GenreSavvy enough to check for feet under the doors before talking about being Hannah.
* BerserkButton:
** Do not, I repeat, do ''not'' call Lilly stupid within earshot of Oliver!
** ''It's a NAZEL condition!''
** Never cheat on Miley. It'll lead to Hannah [[spoiler:beating the crap out of you during a live Christmas special]].
* BoxingKangaroo: Boxing a kangaroo was among the demeaning jobs Jackson subjected himself to in "Wherever I Go".
* BrainlessBeauty: In addition to the aforementioned Ashley [=DeWitt=], there's also Brainless Bodacious Becky, a SatelliteLoveInterest of Jackson's.
* CaptainObvious: From the episode "You Never Give Me My Money", in which the [[ThreeAmigos three friends]] arrive at Rico's to find a large tent:
-->'''Lilly:''' Yeah, I meant what's going on at Rico's?\\
'''Oliver:''' Oh. There's a tent up.\\
'''Lilly:''' Thank you, Captain ''Duh''!
* CausticCritic: Music critic Barney Bittman, played by the legendary Gilbert Gottfried.
* ChainedHeat: Oliver does this to Miley and Lilly in "Cuffs Will Keep Us Together".
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Inverted. It takes a double-length episode in Season 3 for Miley to realize that she loves [[LoveTriangle Jake and not Jesse]]. The next time we see Jake, however, it's revealed that he has been [[DerailingLoveInterests cheating on Miley]]. This cuts him loose from the storyline and opens the way for Jesse's return in the next episode.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the episode "Ready, Set, Don't Drive", Miley gets arrested for driving with an invalid license. She got her license as Hannah Montana because she didn't want to wait two weeks for a retest. Why, you ask? She couldn't handle the embarrassment of showing up to [[AlphaBitch Amber]]'s big party when Amber had her license and she didn't. Does Robbie Ray ground her? Passe! Take away her allowance? Old hat! Instead, he drives her to the big party, and announces over a bullhorn that Miley didn't get her license.
* CreditCardPlot:
** In the episode "Debt it Be", Miley's dad gives her and Jackson credit cards. But Miley goes overboard with it and Jackson has to help come with a plan to keep her dad from finding out about it.
** In a later episode, Miley gets her own bank account (with $5,000 in it) and - [[ContinuityNod remembering what happened with the credit card]] - becomes obsessed with defying this trope by refusing to spend a single penny.
* CrowdSong:
** In "Get Down and Study-udy-udy", Miley leads her class in singing The Bone Dance to prove she hasn't been cheating, just learning differently. Notable for ignoring the otherwise ongoing plot point that Lilly can't sing by having her be the first one to join in and sing it well. Since Miley Stewart is not the kind of person her classmates would expect to put on a song and dance routine, it leads to Rico having a MasterOfDelusion moment.
** Also played straight in TheMovie, where Miley gets most of the town to join her in singing and dancing the "Hoedown Throwdown".
* DancePartyEnding: In TheMovie half the end credits have the cast doing the Hoedown Throwdown. Boom-boom-clap, boom-de-clap-de-clap...
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: Lilly lists reasons not to be friends in "When You Wish You Were the Star".
* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Rico owns his EvilLaugh.
* TheDitz: Ashley.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Oliver explains how Miley 'left her head at practice' in "Mascot Love".
* DugInDeeper: Lilly is HollywoodToneDeaf and Miley CannotSpitItOut.
* EasyAmnesia: Given to Jackson by a bump on the head from a fight with Miley. Subverted when said amnesia turns out to be fake, a joke played on Miley by Jackson and Robbie Ray to teach her a lesson about fighting with her brother (Jackson is promised a car for playing along).
-->'''Jackson:''' Amnesia? What do you think this is, an episode of ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]''?
* EggSitting: Oliver and Sarah do this in "My Boyfriend's Jackson and There's Gonna be Trouble".
* EightiesHair: Robbie Ray wants his mullet back!
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Lilly was desperate enough at one point to pretend to be Rico's girlfriend in order to get tutoring.
* FeudEpisode: Lilly and Miley get into a fight one episode prompting Oliver to lock them up with handcuffs so they will stop feuding. But by the end of episode Miley and Lilly make up so that they are friends again. [[note]]While still handcuffed.[[/note]]
* FictionalCounterpart:
** Miley once mentions her dad likes to go to Boscoe's House of Chicken and Pies.
** A segment of one episode takes place inside a Make-A-Moose.
** Hannah uses her [[BrandX zPhone]] to post messages on Flitter.
** Oliver performs and Hannah is a guest judge on ''America's Top Talent''. [[note]]Despite [[AmericasGotTalent the name]], it's more a parody of ''Series/AmericanIdol'', complete with thinly-disguised imitations of that show's judges and a [[SpecialGuest cameo appearance]] by actual ''Idol'' judge Kara [=DioGuardi=].[[/note]]
** Lilly and Miley send in their college applications to Standford University.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Miley (melancholic, despite being Hannah), Oliver (phlegmatic), Jackson and Lilly (sanguine), Rico (choleric), and Robbie Ray (leukine).
* FreudianExcuse: As a kid, Amber was teased because she was a nerd. This prompted her to become one of the mean girls herself once she moved on to middle school.
* GirlPosse: Subverted with Ashley in that she's just one girl.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: A plumber.
* GRatedDrug:
-->'''Jackson:''' Okay, big deal, so I had a few...dozen pieces of candy. I can stop anytime I want!
* GreekChorus:
** Early on in Season 4, Rico had a gospel choir following him around and singing about his actions.
** In the Season 3 special hour-long episode "He Could Be the One", Jackson and Rico performed various skits providing narration between scenes. [[ContinuityNod They do it again]] in the Season 4 special episode "I'll Always Remember You", this time with Siena joining in.
* HairRaisingHare: When Jackson eats too much chocolate, he has nightmares about a Godzilla chocolate bunny.
* {{Homage}}: A rather disturbing one for a DisneyChannel show, in which Jackson's ventriloquist dummy Franklin, having apparently survived going through a wood chipper and taken on a life of his own, takes his revenge on Rico. Not to be intimidated, Rico delivers the following LampshadeHanging before fighting back:
-->'''Rico:''' You're going down, [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]]!
* HomeSchooledKids: In the AlternateTimeline where Miley was Hannah all the time, she was one of those. Mr. Corelli was in charge of teaching her but didn't mind if she didn't do homework.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Jake Ryan:''' Oh, and NataliePortman, BritneySpears, and Jake Gyllenhaal? Name droppers!
* IAmBecomingSong:
** "The Climb" from ''Hannah Montana: TheMovie'', which neatly encapsulates Miley's emotions, the lessons she's learned in the movie, and the general message of the film.
** Season 4 gives us "Wherever I Go", which Miley sings [[spoiler:to say goodbye to Hannah, as she discards the secret identity and moves forward to face the world as her real self]].
*** Another version of "Wherever I Go" was released, in which [[spoiler:Miley and Lilly are saying goodbye to each other,]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} giving a nod to the series finale]] when [[spoiler:Lilly goes off to college but Miley doesn't, which proves ineffective as Miley ends up joining Lilly at college anyway]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: {{Inverted}} in the episode where Miley meets the Queen of England, with Jackson expressing the complaint that everything was always about Hannah Montana.
* JustJokingJustification: Issued, then immediately revoked, by the Simon Cowell parody in "Judge Me Tender", after saying both Hannah and the judge for whom she filled in were boring.
* LampshadeHanging: In the episode where they go to Washington Miley asks Lilly if they can't resolve their fight, at which point 'the audience in her head will go aww', when they do make up, the audience, both in show and on the track says 'aww'.
* MasterOfDelusion: In "Get Down, Study-udy-udy", where for her biology test, Miley uses dance moves from Hannah's stage performance of "Nobody's Perfect" to memorize the names of the bones in the human body. Rico recognizes the moves and is reminded of Hannah Montana, but then dismisses the idea, saying that Miley isn't smart enough to pull a trick like that off.
* TheMeanBrit: The second of the two Simon Cowell parody characters was played by [[TheNanny Charles Shaughnessy]], an actual Brit.
* MediumAwareness:
** At the start of Season 3, Lilly not only predicts a daydream, but also points out to Miley where on screen it will be appearing.
** In the Season 4 episode "California Screamin'", Miley returns the favor by showing Lilly a flashback.
-->'''Miley:''' Two years ago, Fourth of July, remember? (stares up into the sky)\\
'''Lilly:''' (looks around, confused) ... I don't see it, where...? \\
'''Miley:''' Here. (holds Lilly's chin and turns her head to the correct angle)\\
'''Lilly:''' Oh.
** Further {{lampshaded}} by Miley in "Been Here All Along", when she tells Lilly to "Hold on, I'm in a flashback moment." -- right before said flashback [[FlashbackEffects takes over the screen]].
* MeetCute: In "The Way We Almost Weren't", Miley and Jackson [[AllJustADream time-travel]] back to the diner where Robbie met their mother for the first time. When they accidentally interfere with the initial encounter, Jackson starts [[ShoutOut fading out of existence]]. They spend the rest of the episode trying to invoke this trope for their parents, [[Film/BackToTheFuture to ensure that they are actually born]].
* {{Meganekko}}:
** The episode "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Zit Is About You" reveals that Lilly wears contacts, and when her dog eats them, she had to wear glasses. Even though she hates them, they place her nicely into this trope.
** Also, Miley dons a pair of glasses while she's Lilly's "lawyer" in the episode "You Are So Sue-able To Me".
* MirrorMonologue: In "I'll Always Remember You", a famished and exhausted Miley hallucinates a reflection of herself as Hannah in the mirror. It turns out that Mirror!Hannah is Miley's own guilty conscience, who proceeds to berate her for [[spoiler:letting Jesse and Lilly make [[KeepingSecretsSucks huge personal sacrifices to protect her secret]]]]. After years of [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Miley]] [[LittleMissSnarker being obnoxious to other people]], it's incredibly amusing to watch her try to out-sass herself.
* MistakenForAnImposter: At a Halloween party, Miley's evil [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical cousin]] Luann is impersonating Hannah. Miley -- as Hannah -- arrives late to the party only to find herself immediately accosted by Lilly, who is trying to catch Luann.
-->'''Lilly:''' Ha! I've ''got'' you! I'm not gonna let you ruin my best friend's life!\\
'''Miley:''' But I ''am'' your best friend!\\
'''Lilly:''' [[YourCostumeNeedsWork You can't fool me with that fake Miley accent!]]
* MotorMouth: Miley can spit out some fast lines, most notably in the finale.
* MyHairCameOutGreen: Miley tries to dye her hair blonde and it ends up green in "Super(stitous) Girl".
* NearDeathClairvoyance: When Miley was unconscious in the hospital, she leaves her body and observes what's happeneing around her.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Perhaps the greatest fake-out in the history of television occurred when the promos for "Miley Says Goodbye, Part 2" edited footage from the episode to give the impression that Miley intended to follow through in her desire to return to Tennessee, when in fact the Stewarts were just getting a new pad.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Hannah and her friends sometimes end up on morning talk shows. Early in the series, the show would be ''Wake Up, It's Wendy!'' hosted by an [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] parody. Later on, Hannah appears several times on ''Mack and Mickey in the Morning'', which closely mimics {{Fox}}'s ''The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet''.
** The host on ''[[FictionalCounterpart Singing with the Stars]]'' was a parody of [[Series/AmericanIdol Simon Cowell]].
** "Byron", another Simon Cowell parody, shows up in "Judge Me Tender", now teamed up with his ''Series/AmericanIdol'' co-judges Randy Jackson (well, a parody named "Andy") and Kara [=DioGuardi=] (the real deal).
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: Miley gives Lilly her checkbook so she doesn't spend, and Lilly being true to the request refuses to give it back, even when Miley has a 'Miley doesn't live here anymore' moment.
* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Jackson once dated a girl named Becky but it ended when his best friend asked him to watch over a parrot. Said parrot repeated unkind things said about another Becky.
* TheObiWannabe: In one episode, Hannah has found that kids will emulate just about everything she does, and is afraid to ever express her opinions or preferences on television. As such, Robbie Ray enlists Jackson to school her in the fine art of obfuscation. Miley learns the technique, only to find out later that it [[TooDumbToFool doesn't work on children]], so Hannah ends up delivering the episode's {{Aesop}} about [[BeYourself being yourself]] instead.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: In "Wherever I Go", Miley seriously considers accepting a movie role, which would require her to go back on her promise to go to college with Lilly. When she tries to talk to Lilly about it, Lilly starts gushing about how happy she is that Miley is going to college with her instead of going on a world tour or accepting some movie offer.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Jason Earles was in his 30s when he started playing Jackson, but looked more convincing as a character in his mid-to-late teens than some actors ''ten years younger than him''.
* OperationJealousy: In "People Who Use People", Miley attempts this on Jake to try and get him to break up with his girlfriend. She fails spectacularly... but then it turns out that Jake wasn't really in a relationship - it was just him successfully [[CounterZany using Operation Jealousy on Miley]].
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent:
** Played straight in Season 1 with Richard Martinez, the President from fellow {{Disney}} KidCom ''CoryInTheHouse''.
** Subverted in Season 4. In "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office", Barack Obama impressionist [[http://reggiebrown.net/ Reggie Brown]] makes an appearance. Miley Stewart mentions in one scene that Hannah Montana once sang for the President's kids. In real life, Miley Cyrus performed (though not as Hannah) at the ''Kid's Inaugural: We Are The Future'' concert where First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama sat in the front row.
* OverlyLongName:
** Rico's Australian-Mexican cousin's name is '''A'''lejandro '''N'''˙˝ez '''G'''onzales '''U'''mberto '''S'''ifuentes. They call him [[FunWithAcronyms Angus for short]].
** There was also a TV reporter in Season 1 named Bree Yang Shixian Takahashi Samuels.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Including a recurring one that once followed Miley (as Hannah) home in order to find out where she lived. This set up the plot for "My Boyfriend's Jackson and There's Gonna Be Trouble".
* PerfumeCommercial: Hannah does one of these in the episode "Smells Like Teen Sellout", telling viewers that the fragrance "completes the circle", and it involves her standing in front of a picture frame with a pair of gymnasts rolling behind her.
-->'''Lilly:''' Who are those two?\\
'''Miley:''' I think they're the circle.
* PlayingCyrano: When Lilly and Oliver's relationship is on the rocks, Rico finds that Oliver's moping is bad for business. In order to shut him up and bring the customers back, Rico helps mend their relationship by sending Lilly a love letter in Oliver's name.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: Several episodes briefly feature Miley Stewart acting in an [[ShowWithinAShow action movie series]] as the lead character, "Indiana Joanie".
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Hannah does this twice, while reading off a teleprompter in "People Who Use People".
-->'''Hannah:''' Oh Jake, I bet you say that to all your co-stars! Push Jake.
* RetroactiveWish: Robbie Ray Stewart once prayer for God that the dog next door would stop barking. As the dog stopped, Robbie Ray thanked God for that and then apologized for something he said while driving.
* RevisedEnding: The original ending was a AllJustADream senario. The show was revealed to be the dream of a young Miley Cyrus. Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling it was thought to be too confusing for children and the ending was changed to [[spoiler:Miley giving up the movie in Paris to attend college with Lily]]
* ScoutOut: The Sunshine Girls, who originally appeared on ''ThatsSoRaven''.
* SecretRelationship:
** In a nod to ''Franchise/StarWars'', when Jake and Miley are secretly dating they use the code-names 'Anakin' and 'Queen Amidala'.
** Subverted in the case of Lilly and Oliver. They decide to ease Miley into it, and manage to keep it from her for all of about five minutes.
** Also subverted when the school nurse has a conversation with Lilly and Miley that makes it sound like she's having an affair with Oliver, though it turns out she's actually talking about him having diabetes. The girls are appropriately horrified, though they'd have a harder time getting away with this joke [[DoubleStandard had the genders been reversed]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: Both played straight and subverted in the episode, "You Are So Sue-able To Me". When Lilly's crush Matt asks her to the school dance, Miley convinces Lilly to get a GirlinessUpgrade to impress him. When Lilly later shows up at school with her new look, she has quite a few guys drooling over her, but then she gets stood up by Matt. It turns out he preferred her {{tomboy}} look.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Lilly and Oliver, after being friends since kindergarten, suddenly turn into this, even calling each other "Lillypop" and "Olipop".
* SpecialGuest: Quite a few.
** DollyParton in "Good Golly, Miss Dolly", "I Will Always Loathe You" and "Kiss It All Goodbye".
** Creator/LarryDavid in "My Best Friend's Boyfriend".
** Jesse [=McCartney=] in "When You Wish You Were the Star".
** [[DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] in "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone".
** [[Film/StandByMe Rob Reiner]] in "You Gotta Lose That Job".
** [[JonasBrothers The Jonas Brothers]] in "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas".
** Nancy O'Dell in "Cheat It".
** [[Series/AmericanIdol David Archuleta]] in "Promma Mia".
** [[Series/AmericanIdol Kara [=DioGuardi=]]] in "Judge Me Tender".
** [[Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond Ray Romano]] and Donny Osmond in "We're All on This Date Together".
** Music/Sheryl Crow in "It's the End of the Jake As We Know It".
** Wrestling/JohnCena in "Love That Lets Go".
** Iyaz in "Hannah's Gonna Get This".
** [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]] and [[DoctorPhil Phil McGraw]] in "I'll Always Remember You".
** [[SportsCenter Robin Roberts]] in "Can You See The Real Me?".
** [[AllMyChildren Kelly Ripa]] in "I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar!".
** Creator/TyraBanks and Music/TaylorSwift in TheMovie.
* StepfordSmiler:
-->'''Robbie Ray:''' Excuse me, we'd like to get off.\\
'''Flight Attendant:''' And I'd like to have a job where I don't have to smile all the time no matter how annoyed I am.
* StupidSexyFlanders:
-->'''Miley''' (looking at a tabloid pic of Hannah): I look ''good'' in a moustache. Oh yeah. I'd definitely date me.\\
'''Lilly:''' ...me too.\\
(beat)\\
'''Miley and Lilly''' (in unison): Awkward!
* SureLetsGoWithThat: In "Me and Rico Down by the Schoolyard", Rico blackmails Miley for most of the episode, claiming to know her secret. Thinking he knows about her double life as Hannah, she agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend. When it turns out the actual secret that Rico knows is that she carries a teddy bear around with her, Miley just runs with it.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Hannah doth protest too much about not knowing Oliver in "Judge Me Tender".
** From "California Screamin'":
-->'''Lilly:''' Oh hey, I thought you'd be uh, spying on your dad and his date.\\
'''Miley:''' ...It's not like I'm twelve anymore, not like I'm gonna follow them into some restaurant and hide behind a potted plant and then get underneath the dessert cart when I can't hear them anymore. Pfft! ''Please!''
** They also tend to do this when they try to explain/excuse something. One episode had Miley [[ItMakesSenseInContext curse Taylor Swift and her bonus track]], followed by Lilly saying "She just hates bonus tracks. It's not like she's a popstar or anything!".
* SweetPollyOliver: Miley and Lilly pose as the rock duo Milo & Otis to try and drive a wedge between the JonasBrothers and Robbie Ray. [[LargeHam Overacting ensues]].
* TeensAreShort: Probably how Jason Earles managed to get away playing Jackson despite being in his late 20s when the series began.
* ThisIsThePartWhere: The lyrics of the song "If We Were a Movie" -- meant to be sung by a girl to a boy [[ObliviousToLove who doesn't realize her feelings]] -- practically consists of [[GenreSavvy trope names strung together]]. Miley sings the chorus when she's sitting by herself on the balcony and pining for Jake:
-->''[[DiscussedTrope If we were a movie]], you'd be [[OfficialCouple the right guy]]''\\
''And I'd be the best friend that you [[ChildhoodFriendRomance fall in love with]]''\\
''In the end we'd be laughing, {{watching the sunset}}''\\
''{{Fade to black}}, [[ClosingCredits show the names]], [[EndingTheme play the happy song]]''
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Played straight in "Killing Me Softly With His Height", where Miley goes on a date with the much-shorter Connor.
* ToiletHumor: From the episode "Judge Me Tender":
-->'''Lilly:''' I brought a little BM for my BFF.\\
'''Miley:''' Please tell me that's a blueberry muffin.
* ToiletPaperPrank: In the Halloween episode, Miley's father mentions that the house is going to be papered because all the candy was eaten and he has no "treats" to stop the "tricks."
* ToiletPaperTrail: In one episode, after Miley's false assumptions cause Jackson to lose his girlfriend, Miley tries to humiliate herself via this method in hope that she and Jackson will be "even".
* TooMuchInformation: From the episode "I Honestly Love You (No, Not You)":
-->'''Lilly:''' Miley, I know how he feels. I can tell by the way he looks at me! Even when I have a pimple. I never told you this, but...that's why he calls me "Lillypop".\\
'''Miley:''' I could've gone my whole life not knowing that.
* TotallyRadical: In-universe example, {{lampshaded}} by Miley:
-->'''Miley:''' It's "fo' shizzle"...fo' years ago.
* TradeSnark: Jackson and Oliver ended their (in)famous cheese jerky rap with "Sizzlin' Stewart & Smokin' Oken Enterprises. Patent pending." Also, Rico owns the North American rights to his {{catch phrase}}s "Hey-O!" and "Muahahahaha!"
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:In the finale, when Miley and Lilly are about to leave for Paris, Lilly doesn't want to go, and tells Miley that her own dream has always been college, no matter what Miley's is. So she stays at Standford while Miley takes off on her flight to Paris. But ''then'', Miley comes back to Standford, admitting that she has to take the one chance to go to college with her BFF, as opposed to many chances for big movies and the like]].
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy
* UncannyFamilyResemblance:
** Rico and his rival Australian cousin, Angus.
** Miley's identical cousin, Luann.
** Robbie Ray's brother and Luann's dad, Bobby Ray Stewart.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: In a way, as the show deals with a pop star coming to fame in the late 2000's, this show has elements of this. Plenty of pop culture references in the jokes and plot lines, from Jesse [=McCartney=] to KellyClarkson to LadyGaga to KatyPerry, a few ''Series/AmericanIdol'' references, the second War in Iraq (as covered in Season 4), a BarackObama {{Expy}} also in the final season, maybe even the [[IdolSinger Teen Pop]] aspect in general---help to put the show in a specific time and place.
* UpperClassTwit: Traci Van Horn.
* VacationEpisode
* VerySpecialEpisode: "Been Here All Along", in Season 4, honors military families with a touching episode that includes cameo appearances by real families of the [[YanksWithTanks U.S. Armed Forces]].
* WellIntentionedReplacement: In "Bye Bye Ball", Jackson accidentally dismembers Miley's childhood teddy bear. She retaliates by destroying his prized possession, a baseball signed by a retired and embittered player. When Jackson gives Miley back a repaired bear, she goes to [[ZanyScheme insane lengths]] to replace his ball before he finds out that it's missing. She's eventually successful in obtaining a signed ball, but it turns out the original one was actually a forgery.
* WhamLine: An InUniverse example from "I'll Always Remember You" [[spoiler: "Her name was Miley Stewart" *removes wig*]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Thor, both Lilly's do from season
* WimpFight: When Miley and Jackson were fighting over whether or not they were going to tell Siena the "Hannah" secret, it escalated to physical violence. And by physical violence, I mean the both of them slapping each others hands.
-->'''Jackson:''' You fight like a girl!\\
'''Miley:''' I ''am'' a girl, what's your excuse?
* WonderfulLife: In the episode "When You Wish You Were the Star", Miley wishes upon a star that she could be all Hannah, all the time. In this AlternateTimeline, Jackson is a hermit, Robbie Ray is married to a GoldDigger, Lilly is the AlphaBitch (with Ashley and Amber as her GirlPosse), and Rico and Oliver have gone into business together as sleazy paparazzi-wannabes.

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