* CallBack: Jason, from the Pirates crew, appears also in Step Up 4.
** And of course Moose. Moose is the main secondary protagonist in Step Up 2. He does the same in Step Up 3 as Camille's romantic interest. [[spoiler:And then Jason calls him so he can appear at the end of Step Up 4, because no one would recognize it as a Step Up movie anymore without [[EnsembleDarkhorse the Ensemble Moose]] in it.]]
* ClicheStorm: 3D's plot is every low-budged sports/competition convention thrown in, complete with the two rival team's lead dancers being former friends that had a falling out.
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Camille from the first movie and Moose from The Streets. Naturally people were happy when they were brought back for the third and they were even PromotedToLoveInterest for each other
* {{Fanon}}: Camille's relation to Tyler is not concrete. At most the two are half-siblings because she mentions her dad being in prison, but fans decided that they were related and producers decided they agreed.
* FanPreferredCouple: Andie/Blake from The Streets
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''Revolution'' features a scene of the heroes crashing the villain's party, where they throw in smoke bombs and then dance around while dressed completely in black with gas masks, to a song that includes gunshot sound effects. Even considering that this is ''plot-relevant'', it's rather jaw-dropping that the studio didn't feel the need to remove this scene after the massacre at an Aurora, Colorado screening of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Quite a few people only saw 3D because [[EnsembleDarkhorse Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner]] were in it and don't care for the main plot and other just watch for the dancing.
* MoralEventHorizon: Crossed in ''All In'' with the revelation that the dance tournament was rigged. Alexxa Brava especially went over with her being in cahoots with Grim Knight, who the producers were planning on crowning at the end [[spoiler:before [=LMNtrix=]'s show-stopping and spectacular performance forced them to change their minds, much to Alexxa's clear dismay]].
* ReplacementScrappy: Many fans were upset that [[RememberTheNewGuy Andie]] was the star of The Streets rather than Camille
* {{Sequelitis}}: Averted, Step Up 2: The Streets was better recived by critics for having a better plot and better dancing than the first movie. Step Up 3D, despite having a more {{Troperiffic}} plot, [[TropesAreNotBad was even more well recieved.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: 3D features the return of Camille Gage, Tyler's sister. However this is never mentioned at all. They could have had her feel like she's in his shadow because he's a famous dancer. They also could have had some sort of flashback featuring the start of her friendship Moose or even started the movie with it before doing a flashforward