* ActingForTwo: In the final season, when Miley fights with herself (literally) about revealing her secret.
** Also true when she played Miley Stewart's evil lookalike cousin, LuAnn.
* ActorAllusion:
** By proxy:
-->'''[[EmilyOsment Lilly]]:''' Oh please! Next you're gonna be saying "[[TheSixthSense She sees dead people!]]"
** Another allusion once removed, when we find out Miley used to own a goldfish named Scaley Joel Osment.
** Miley lives on Destiny Way. MileyCyrus' birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus.
** Robbie Ray regularly makes Billy Ray Cyrus allusions, including an episode where he actually wears a mullet wig and ''calls himself'' Billy Ray Cyrus.
-->'''Robbie Ray:''' Oooh, my achy breaky back!
** Likewise, the episode "Achy Jakey Heart"
** Aunt Dolly isn't very far removed from [[DollyParton Dolly Parton's]] personality/public persona.
* TheDanza:
** Miley Stewart is played by Miley Cyrus. Averted at first, as the lead role was named ''Zoe Stewart'', later changed to Chloe Stewart because Zoe was thought to be too similar to ''{{Zoey 101}}'', and the character was established well before Cyrus came in. In fact, she originally auditioned (yes, ''auditioned'') for the role of ''Lilly''. It was changed to ''Miley'' as all of the aliases were becoming confusing to her in RealLife. Still an odd subversion because Miley wasn't her real first name -- it's Destiny Hope Cyrus, and Miley was a nickname she got as a baby -- but then she had her first name legally changed to Miley.
** Played straight in the case of Heather Truscott, played by Heather Locklear.
** Aunt Dolly, who is played by MileyCyrus' [[DollyParton real life godmother]].
* DawsonCasting:
** Jason Earles, who plays Jackson, was a real-life example of VagueAge, his year of birth variably being reported as either 1977, 1985 or 1988, until it was finally confirmed to be 1977, making him almost 29 years old when the show premiered. {{Averted}} with the rest of the young characters, who are played by real teenagers. However, this example is justified as Earles genuinely looked like a teenager.
** Of special note: In the episode which [[ShipTease teased]] a Lilly/Jackson pairing, Emily Osment was 16 and Jason Earles was 31, or almost twice her age.
** Season 4's recurring guest character Siena, implied to be around Jackson's age, is played by 26-year old Tammin Sursok.
*** Actually her age was never mentioned. There's no reason she can't be 26.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Miley Cyrus' early music career consists entirely of songs from the show, including performances as Hannah Montana in real life. Arguably, this [[TheRedStapler wasn't the original intention]]. Disney Consumer Products failed to produce any official ''Hannah Montana'' merchandise for the first holiday season following the show's initial airing in March 2006, indicating that they did not anticipate the popularity it would garner nor [[CashCowFranchise the demand it would generate]].
* ExecutiveMeddling: Possible -- In some of the episodes, there's an underlying feeling that the plot and even the show could have been brilliantly satirical, but that the Disney sitcom formula, as well as [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications the target demographic being little girls]], puts a limit on the writers' storytelling potential.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Mamaw is played by [[MamasFamily Mama]].
** Lilly is portrayed by Emily Osment, the lesser-known - and of late, arguably better-known - sister of [[TheSixthSense Haley]] [[ForrestGump Joel]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Osment]]. Some people remember her as Gerti Giggles from ''SpyKids''.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beau_Billingslea Beau Billingslea]] plays the mayor of Miley's Tennessee hometown, in TheMovie. Yes, ''[[Anime/CowboyBebop that]]'' Beau Billingslea.
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tim]] [[ICarly Russ]] as the doctor charged with saving Hannah's singing voice.
** [[TheNanny Charles Shaughnessy]] as the Simon Cowell parody in "Judge Me Tender".
** Wasn't Thor one of the guys present during [[Film/{{Transformers}} the landing of the Autobots?]]
** [[MamasFamily Vicki Lawrence]] as Jackson and Miley's grandmother.
** David Koechner, who plays Todd Packer from ''TheOffice'', as Uncle Earl.
** Also from ''TheOffice'', Melora Hardin as Lorelai, Robbie's love interest in TheMovie.
** [[SonnyWithAChance Tiffany Thornton]] as the aforementioned Brainless Bodacious Becky.
** [[ThePractice Camryn Manheim]] as Margo, Mikayla's obnoxious, loud-mouthed pitbull of a manager.
** Troy Evans, best-known for playing Frank on Series/{{ER}} as Jerry, a junkyard worker.
** "Saint" Sarah was Lulu in ''ThePacifier''.
** [[StElsewhere Ed Begley, Jr.]] as Sarah's dad.
** Alan from ''TwoAndAHalfMen'' as Lilly's dad.
*** And Jake as Siena's annoying cousin
** SelenaGomez as Mikayla, Hannah's rival.
** [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann Inaba]] as Tina, Hannah's choreographer.
** {{Fred}}.
** [[{{Goodfellas}} Ray Liotta]] as Principal Luger.
** [[{{Dodgeball}} Christine Taylor]] as Lori the [[SchoolNurse school nurse]].
** Robert Costanzo as Al Blaine, the owner of the arcade where Lilly works.
** [[Series/GeneralHospital Gildart Jackson]] as Quinn, Hannah's record producer.
** [[PrettyLittleLiars Jenna Marshall]] as Jackson's girlfriend
** [[Series/{{Community}} Ali]][[MadMen son]] [[Creator/AlisonBrie Brie]] as an aspiring hairstylist who sabotages Jackson and Rico's hair
** [[ANTFarm China Anne McClain and Sierra McCormick]] as two of the audience members that asked Hannah in "Welcome To The Bungle".
** In the concert film, if you look hard enough, you might just spot [[TheVampireDiaries Caroline Forbes]] as one of the backup singers.
*** To a (somewhat) lesser degree, Miley's friend, dancer/singer/choreographer Mandy Jiroux, as of March 2013 an emerging dance-pop/EDM artist under the name of MJX, worked as a dancer for Miley/Hannah tours and appearances for a number of years. By 2009 she appeared as part of YouTube web series ''TheMileyAndMandyShow'' for a year, and for a period was a member of GirlGroup BG5 (later rebooted as YLA without Mandy) before striking out on her own.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[SonicTheHedgehog Jason Griffith]] as a radio announcer.
** In the Japanese dub: Hannah Montana is [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Hayate Ayasaki]]. Incidentally, her [[Creator/RyokoShiraishi voice actress]] dubs Music/MileyCyrus in Japanese in almost every other movie or TV series she appears in.
** In Hungary, Hannah Montana is [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].
* MissingEpisode: "No Sugar, Sugar", pulled for its CluelessAesop regarding diabetes. [[note]]{{Retool}}ed as "Uptight (Oliver's Alright)" and run at the ''end'' of the season rather than the beginning(though the episode did air overseas and can be found online). Since StatusQuoIsGod, [[SoapOperaDisease Oliver's diabetes]] [[CompressedVice was never mentioned again]]. Reportedly, they actually ''had'' done the research needed to portray diabetes accurately, but they made it into a joke.[[/note]]
* OldShame: [[http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/02/billy-ray-cyrus-on-hannah-montana-that-damn-show-destroyed-my-family/1 Judging from his comments to GQ magazine]], Billy Ray Cyrus has blamed the show for destroying his family.
** He retracted the statement not long after.
* TheOtherDarrin: The role of Mr. Dontzig has alternated between twin-brothers Paul and Peter Vogt.
* RealLifeRelative: Miley Stewart's father Robbie Ray Stewart is played by Miley Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus. (Yes, ''that'' Billy Ray Cyrus).
* RealitySubtext: The fourth season deals with themes such as whether Hannah's audience would accept the change and growth in her work, Miley and Lilly growing up and out of the tastes and fashions they had when they were younger, and whether her fans would stay with her even after Miley stops being Hannah Montana and appears in public as the real Miley. This seems to reflect Miley's image change into a [[CerebusSyndrome more adult and more edgy/personalized/reflective image and music style]] in RealLife, which began before the fourth season was filmed.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The BigDamnMovie was due to be scored by AlanSilvestri, but because of schedules it ended up being done by JohnDebney (although "Butterfly Fly Away," written by Silvestri and Glen Ballard, remains in the movie). Ironically, [[RecycledSoundtrack part of Silvestri's score for]] ''TheMexican'' is tracked into the movie (in the scene where the British reporter eats peppers).
** The show began as a ''ThatsSoRaven'' spinoff called ''Better Days'', about a child actor masquerading as a schoolgirl, and it was to star [[CampRock Alyson Stoner]].
** The lead character was to be named Zoe Stewart, then Chloe Stewart as they felt "Zoe" sounded too much like the lead in ''Zoey101''. They settled on "Miley Stewart" so 13-going-on-14-year-old MileyCyrus wouldn't have to remember so many names.
** At one point the series was under the working title "Alexis Texas". Whether or not the change had to due to a porn actress of the same name who also made her first appearance in 2006 likely remains a mystery (but given Disney Channel sensibilities, it's a safe bet).