* DawsonCasting: Rampant, especially with Christina Milian (aged 27 at the time of production) and Gabrielle Union (29). Averted in the third and fourth movies starring HaydenPanettiere and Ashley Benson (16 and 17 respectively).
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Girl!]]: Creator/FeliciaDay appears in the second film.
** The first movie has [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Faith, Glory]], and [[Film/{{Spider Man}} Mary Jane]].
** ''All Or Nothing'' has [[{{Series/Heroes}} Claire]], only now she's a cheerleader!
** In a "Guy" example, ''In It To Win It'' has [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Lucas Kendall, the Blue Time Force Ranger]].
** In the first movie, the "Theatre Boy" in the cheerleader squad tryouts is Ryan Drummond - the voice of Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog from 1999 to 2004.
* PlayingAgainstType: Lindsay Slaone is more remembered for playing a [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch bumbling insecure wannabe]]. In the first film she plays a straight up AlphaBitch.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars Hanna Marin]] in ''In It To Win It''.