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How To Be Indie is a Canadian KidCom revolving around Indira 'Indie' Mehta and her two best friends Abigail 'Abi' Flores and Marlon Parks as they make it through junior high and Indie tries to get through life even with her strict Indian-Canadian parents. She also likes to [[BreakingTheFourthWall occassionally speak to the audience.]]

And it has nothing to do with AlternativeRock or {{indie game}}s.

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!!Tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Indie and Abi's mothers in How To Strike A Balance.
** Indie's father to '''all three kids''' in How To Make A Comeback.
** All of this is PlayedForLaughs
* AcquiredErrorAtThePrinter: The Thanksgiving episode had the printers leave a decimal point out of the price on a poster, advertising a lunch that costs hundreds of dollars.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted, most of the time.
* AlphaBitch: Evil Cousin Rubi.
* AsianAndNerdy: Abi.
** BollywoodNerd: AJ.
** HollywoodNerd: AJ's rival, Mike O'Donell
* AscendedExtra: Carlos Martinelli
* BadBadActing: A couple of times
--> '''Marlon and Abi''': Shame on you Indira Mehta, ''Shame!''
* BookDumb: Marlon and Carlos.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Indie would always talk to the audience in every episode.
* TheBully: Carlos.
* ButNotTooForeign: Averted with Indira's parents, although their children are quite North Americanized, which can be TruthInTelevision.
* TheChessMaster: Indie tries to be this and 'Fails'
* ChildProdigy: Abi.
* CloudCuckoolander: Marlon. Indie, Occasionally.
* CoolBigSis: Chandra.
* DawsonCasting: Melinda Shankar (the actress who plays Indie) was 16 when filming, playing a 13-14 year old.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In How To Pass The Smell Test, Indie's joining of [[TheBully Carlos']] crew is treated like an alcohol addiction, complete with 'I can quit anytime I want!' from Indie.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Carlos failed a paper on protein based adhesives so the [[CoolTeacher science teacher]] '''glued him to the ceiling by his feet.'''
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom / DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
--> '''Chandra''': Your funeral... of death.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: How to be a girl nicknamed Indie, as well as how to be a girl that is Indian.
* EggSitting: "How to Get Gotten"
* {{Expy}}: Of GuitarHero in one episode and of VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution in another.
* FireBreathingDiner: This is the result of eating one of the samosas made by Indie's grandfather in "How to Have Your Samosa and Eat It Too".
* [[FiveManBand Four Man Band]]:
** TheHero: Indie
** TheLancer and TheSixthRanger: Carlos
** TheSmartGuy: Abi
** TheChick and TeamPet: Marlon
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Chandra and AJ, who are female and male respectively.
* HasTwoThumbsAnd: Ram in episode "How to Have Your Samosa and Eat It Too":
-->Who has two thumbs and some of the best cooking in the world? This guy!
* HollywoodHacking: The Shadowkings, they can write computer code [[UpToEleven using their minds!]]
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming How To Name An Episode]]
* IHaveThisFriend: In "How to be Mehta", Indie gets an F in gym. She uses this phrase when she tries to ask her siblings how she should break the news to their parents. They are not fooled for a second.
* InSpace: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Teenage Girls Diary]]: [[foldercontrol]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Carlos, no [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk heart of gold here]].
* LineOfSightName: Gary Sugar-Thing.
* LittleMissBadass: Indie can take out her brother who’s in the wrestling club.
* LoveInterest: Arguably the entire reason Marlon exists
* MadScientist: Bobba G
* MsImagination: Indie.
* NaughtyBirdwatching: In "How to Get on Carlos Martinelli's Capital 'L' List, and Live", Indie thinks AJ is doing this when she walks in on him using his telescope, but he is actually just trying to observe an eclipse of the moon. However, when his friend Chuck learns that AJ has a view of their HotTeacher's house (and that AJ has seen her in a towel), Chuck plays it staright (and gets busted by the teacher).
* OnlySoManyCanadianActors: This show's the reason why Melinda Shankar's ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' character was PutOnABus to private school for a while.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Pink Oni Blue Oni]]: Indie and Abi
* RaceTropes: Indie's parents, grandpa and Abi's mother are all hit and miss.
* RedOniBlueOni: Marlon and Abi, also qualifies as [[UptightLovesWild wild loves uptight.]]
* SecretDiary: Indie's family all read hers. At least by the end of the episode she's bought a lock.
* SickEpisode: Chandra and AJ both get ill in one episode. Their mother makes them eat (or bathe) in wacky antidotes.
* ShipTease: Abi and Marlon.
* ShoutOut
--> '''Carlos''': Curses! Foiled again!
--> '''Abbi''': [[ScoobyDoo And you would have gotten away with it, too.]]
--> '''Marlon''': [[BeamMeUpScotty If it weren't for us meddling kids.]]
* SlumberParty: Evil Cousin Ruby hosts one in "How to Keep Your Cool in a Heat Wave". Marlon and John unwisely decide to crash it.
* StalkerWithACrush: Indie to Chad, and Ram to Indie.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Indie is well intentioned, but most of the crazy schemes she concocts are disasters and make everything worse.
* TokenTrio: Indie (Indian), Abi (Filipino), and Marlon (TokenWhite).
* TokenWhite: Marlon.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Indie, Abi, and Marlon.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: In "How to Put Your Best Foot Forward", Indy is wearing her brother's AJ's hand-me-down shirt that is way too back for her. Marlon says "The Western hemisphere called. It wants its shirt back".
* YouJustToldMe: KarmaHoudini Chandra is tricked into confessing every bad thing she's ever gotten away with by Indie and her father.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Amazingly so.
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