* ActorShipping: In addition to Beca and Chloe, Anna and Brittany are also shipped together. It doesn't help that they tend to flirt with each other during interviews.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Aubrey: Uptight bitch mired in tradition who won't accept new ideas or an overzealous TeamMom who just wants the Bellas to do well and just has trouble letting go of tradition?
** She sees losing the finals the previous year as her fault. In order to redeem herself and the Bellas they need to win, right? So she insists that they continue to do the previous year's show and choreography because that's what got them to the finals last time.
** Jesse, DoggedNiceGuy or a dude who fails to grasp the concept of boundaries, insinuating himself into situations that don't require his input and only ends up with Beca in the end because he's the DesignatedHero?
** Beca, cool, sassy rebel or rude, whiny, and self-centered?
*** Possibly the latter, [[CharacterDevelopment swinging towards the former.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scenes featuring the commentators, but [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] as their scenes are arguably one of the more funny in the film.
** Just what, exactly, was the purpose of that fight scene at Regionals, other than to feature some extremely awkward masochism.
*** It is almost salvaged by two words: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Vertical running!]]
* BlackSheepHit: "Cups" turned out to be an insanely popular song months after the movie was released due to people posting videos themselves copying the scene. It became so popular that a longer version was produced and sent to radio, and despite being barely over 2 minutes long, it's turned into a big hit.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[spoiler: Lilly getting knocked over into Aubry's puke puddle? Gross, sad, but strangely amusing. Lilly suddenly moving her arms and legs in it like she's making a snow angel? Disturbing yet hilarious.]]
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: The Riff-Off, as well as the Trebles and Bellas finals. "Cups" also ended up being this as well, see above.
* EarWorm: All of them.
** Special note goes to "Cups" (a cover of "You're Gonna Miss Me when I'm Gone" by Lulu and the Lampshades accompanied by percussion beats from a Solo cup). It's pretty much impossible to go on YouTube without tripping over a new cover these days. [[AscendedMeme Even Anna Kendrick]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VVERnrVTW8 ended up making fun of it]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Fat Amy, far and away.
** Lily's audible lines have pretty much hit MemeticMutation and made her into another Darkhorse.
** Chloe too both for being AmbiguouslyBi (see FanPreferredCouple and LesYay below) and for being the ''nicest'', sunniest character in the film.
* {{Fanon}}: Chloe's year is never mentioned in the movie. She could be anyway from Sophomore to Senior, but in most fanfiction she's a senior like Aubrey.
** It's most likely that she's a senior since the leader in the beginning leaves the group to both her and Aubrey, and Chloe is nowhere to be seen at the end scene that takes place the next school year.
** Most fics peg Aubrey as either a pre-Law student or an Economics/Business-related one.
** The guy that Chloe was in the shower with has been named Tom by the fans, even though his name was never mentioned in the movie.
** A lot of stories have been making Beca and Stacie best friends recently despite their interaction in the film being minimal.
* FanPreferredCouple: Beca/Chloe has been this since the trailer came out. Keep in mind that neither character's names were even mentioned in the trailer (Bechloe Yay!).
** Recently Stacie and Aubrey have developed a fandom.
** And Beca and Aubrey.
** Basically some form of LesYay Bella-cest (because, hey, if the Trebles are off limits).
** Lily and Donald, fuelled by the scene where Donald calls her 'adorable' when he hears her beatboxing.
** Stacie and Donald too due to some brief interactions.
* FridgeHorror: Fat Amy calling [[BrittanySnow Chloe]] a "twig" and then "[[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20058701,00.html pretty skinny]]". The response is, [[InsaneTrollLogic because the shot must be her face and no other]], a reluctant smile.
* HilariousInHindsight: All of shots at {{Glee}} since Skylar Astin has joined the cast of the show.
** Remember when Anna Camp was the horrible singing competition ''judge'' on it? (No, nobody else does really, either.)
** John Michael Higgins (the male commentator) also starred in a season one episode of Glee, as a man "addicted" to musical theatre.
** The fact that Kelley Jakle (Jessica) and Adam [=DeVine=] (Bumper) were dating before shooting began.
* HollywoodPudgy: Entirely Averted. Cynthia Rose and a couple of the other minor Bellas are played by actresses who are average sized women that might well get tagged with this trope in other movies. Nothing about their size is ever mentioned here.
** Actually, the first time the new Bellas line up sings in a competition, [[ThoseTwoGuys John and Gail]] make a snide comment about the line up being more "diverse" this year, in comparison to the last year's team who were all about the same size.
** With Fat Amy who is played by a legitimately big woman, it's only ever Fat Amy who talks about her size and even in that she is very firmly of the opinion that her weight/size is positive thing.
** And the guys at the frat party imply they're just as put off by the new girls' physical appearances as with the off-key singing.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Beca's going off-script during one of the competitions makes sense, given that the routine is dull and Aubrey needs to be taken down a peg. However, Aubrey is right in pointing out that she (Beca) had not only sabotaged her (Aubrey), but the rest of the Barden Bellas as well (many of whom take a cappella seriously, and have not wronged Beca in the slightest).
* JerkassWoobie: Aubrey. Beca occasionally too
* LesYay: Chloe and Beca in the shower and in general. Chloe seems like she's at least a bit attracted to Beca.
** Beca doesn't seem particularly not-attracted to Chloe herself.
** Some between Cynthia Rose and Stacie.
** Chloe and Stacie, too.
** Beca confessing making her [[KissingCousins female cousin touch tongues with her]], and Chloe's approving and slightly impressed reaction in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDkBzLqD61o the deleted confessions]]. Yep, [[SarcasmMode neither of those are even a bit bi]], definitely not.
** See also: Chloe and Beca singing the leads on "Just The Way You Are/Just A Dream", both songs about women, while facing each other.
*** Or is it Beca and Aubrey facing each other? Then Aubrey forces her way into singing, too... has someone got a toner for Beca?
** The film follows a group of women. As one of them points out, there will be some.
* MoeMoe: Chloe and Benji.
* NauseaFuel: Lilly making a...puke angel in Aubrey's vomit.
* RomanticPlotTumor / TokenRomance: While not taking up an excessive amount of screen time, Beca and Jesse's romantic subplot adds little to the film and seems somewhat obligatory. Beca's growing to accept that she likes being a Bella could easily have been character growth enough.
* RonTheDeathEater: Much more {{canon}} than simple AlternateCharacterInterpretation is Jesse being a self-righteous prick who, self-righteously, believes he has some right to barge into Beca's personal life, despite the fact she prefers to be closed off to everyone, and that he has some sort of ChosenOne divine duty to drag her out of herself and get all involved when she doesn't really know him and it's none of his business. He only gets her because he's the DesignatedHero.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Many Beca/Chloe stories will pair Jesse and Aubrey or Aubrey and Benji or Aubrey and Stacie.
* SignatureScene:
** Aubrey's very first pukage.
** Beca and Chloe's duet in the shower.
** Beca singing ''Cups'' in the auditions.
** The TrainingMontage in tune of "Starships".
** Lilly making a puke angel in Aubrey's vomit.
** The CrowningMusicOfAwesome finale.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Obviously YMMV as it is on this page, after all, but it is far better than the SOIA trailer would make you believe.
* TearJerker: This bit:
--> '''Aubrey:''' I am my father's daughter. (voice breaks) And he always said, "If at first you don't succeed...pack your bags."
* TheWoobie: Benji until the very end, when he finally gets to perform for his audience.