* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The extremely popular theory that Courtney and Whitney are, in fact, speaking the truth when they describe Missy as an Uber-Dyke, and that therefore the ending is a classic case of DidNotGetTheGirl, with a side order of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
** Whitney's little sister Jamie giving a lackluster tryout, despite the other girls hyping her up. Is Whitney just blind to her sister's badness? Or is Jamie normally much better and she was just nervous trying out in front of the older girls? Do they just want her because she's a useful prop? Or does Whitney want her because Jamie won't upstage her?
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: One of the few things all five movies have in common - several name actresses dressed up in cheerleader outfits that show plenty of skin. Notably the first film's outfits [[BareYourMidriff Bare the Midriff]] - something which is ''not'' allowed on high school teams.
%%* BileFascination: Everything after the first movie.
* ClicheStorm: Most of the sequels do retreads of the first film's plot - usually with an anti-racism Aesop tacked on.
* DesignatedHero: You're supposed to root for the Clovers as much as, if not more than, the Toros, but their attitudes make that very difficult. Even Isis comes off as a real bitch until the end of the movie.
* EarWorm: "I'm sexy! I'm cute! I'm popular to boot!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Missy, from the first movie. It helped that she was played by Creator/ElizaDushku.
* EthnicScrappy: The East Compton Clovers, a squad full of [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Women]] whose taunts get downright racist.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The term "the original and best" is widely considered to apply with ''Bring It On'', although ''Bring It On: All Or Nothing'' is felt to be the best of the sequels ([[Creator/HaydenPanettiere in part because]] [[Music/{{Rihanna}} of who appears]]). To be fair, all the films are stupid and fun to watch. But the original is genuinely good and charming.
%%* {{Narm}}: Some of the more serious monologues.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** ''In It To Win It'' features Jennifer Tisdale, a few years later her sister [[Music/AshleyTisdale Ashley]] [[Series/{{Hellcats}} would put on her own cheerleading uniform]]
** In the first film, Cliff has a poster of Music/TheRamones, complete with "[[Series/YoGabbaGabba GABBA GABBA HEY]]" on it.
** There's a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' reference, clearly as a nod to Eliza Dushku's role as Faith. Clare Kramer would later star as Glory in Season 5.
* HollywoodPudgy: One of the cheerleaders from the first movie (and the third one as well) is repeatedly criticised for having a rather large backside. She's not that much more heavy than any of the other girls on the squad.
* InNameOnly: A [[TheMusical musical]] titled ''Bring It On'' went on tour in 2011, and appeared on Broadway for a spell in 2012. Though it was advertised as ''Bring It On: The Musical'' and is about cheerleading, with some racial elements thrown in, it otherwise has nothing to do with ''any'' of the movies. However, considering none of the movies themselves having anything to do with each other, apart from the general premise of "cheerleading + hints of racial elements," it still fits right in.
* LesYay: Torrance and Missy in the first movie have a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, Torrance defends Missy from the other cheerleaders and their friendship is given slightly more screen time than Torrance's budding romance with Cliff. One of the most blatant cases is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnPr9ad0GeY this scene]], where Torrance seems more excited than the guys about Missy in her cheerleader uniform.
-->'''Torrance:''' TAKE IT ''OFF!''
* MemeticMutation: The first film brought the terms "jazz hands" and "spirit fingers" into the popular lexicon.
* NarmCharm:
** The first film is genuinely good, with a dose of fun dumbness to it. The sequels get more and more narmy each time, but are fun to watch anyways.
** The "Just What I Need" scene in the first film is just too cute to hate.
%%** Some of the one liners.
* OneSceneWonder: The ShamelessFanserviceGirl who tries out for the squad in the first movie, doing a memorably sexy dance to "Cherry Pie".
%%* PainfulRhyme: The cheers can have these at times.
* PeripheryDemographic: A popular choice for showing in schools towards the end of term, because [[JiggleShow for some reason]] boys are happy to watch it as well.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars Hanna Marin]] in ''In It To Win It''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: After the success of the first film, four Direct-To-Video movies were made, all not having any form of continuity with the original whatsoever.
%%* SnarkBait: People love to hate these movies.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The camera angles used in the first film make it very obvious when they switch to a shot of Eliza Dushku's stunt double performing Missy's gymnastics for the team.
* TestosteroneBrigade: Although aimed at girls, the films are popular with guys as well for reasons not unconnected with watching Creator/KirstenDunst, Creator/ElizaDushku, Haley from ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Creator/HaydenPanettiere, Ashley Benson, Christina Milian et all running around and jumping up and down in abbreviated attire.
* ValuesDissonance: There is some casual homophobia on the part of some characters. While Whitney and Courtney calling Missy an "uber dyke" is meant to show them as bullies, there is some of this underlying Torrance's relationship with Aaron. He's a fellow cheerleader, quite the CampStraight and shown as a RomanticFalseLead - in contrast to the CoolLoser Cliff. Aaron's college girlfriend even laughs at him when she finds out he was a cheerleader.
* ValuesResonance:
** TheCheerleader was a popular trope in the 90s, painting cheerleaders as either {{Alpha Bitch}}es or ditzy whores - which does have a few UnfortunateImplications since it's a female-dominated sport. The movie shows cheerleading as a genuine athletic pursuit, Missy learns that it's far more challenging than she thought, and the team are shown putting a lot of time and effort into choreographing their routines. Despite the film's goofy tone, it treats cheerleading in a positive way. It treats male cheerleaders pretty well too, rather than stereotyping them all.
** The anti-racism Aesop is thankfully not too {{Anvilicious}} and handled in a good way. No one in the movie is overtly racist but they do become aware of the system in place - Big Red stealing the Clovers' routines because they're too poor to afford to go to competitions parallels abuse of privilege. Torrance tries to invoke WhiteMansBurden by lending the Clovers money to make it to the competition, but they turn it down and raise the money themselves. But they face each other as {{Worthy Opponent}}s. One critic said that the film suggests "race relations could be smoothed and transcended through level-playing-field sports competitiveness."