* [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]]: Stacey Dillsen. Even [[CanonSue Zoey]] doesn't really treat her like a person.
* CreatorsPet: Many see Zoey as a pet. A flawless MarySue for certain, always right and always facing a problem barely anyone else cared about (the only problem she's had that this troper can remember is when she and [[GenericGuy James]] were having trouble going on a date for just the two of them. Aww, [[SarcasmMode poor widdle Zoey!]]). Characters like Chase and Michael had to suffer all the time, but whenever Zoey's in a similar situation...nothing, because she's never in a bad situation, so while all the guys had to take crap and humiliate themselves, Zoey's job was to look pretty and act like a bland blonde, making her quite an unlikable character.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Rebecca's LaserGuidedKarma at the end of "Zoey's Balloon": the entire group tells embarassing secrets to make Zoey's secret not look bad, then they all play the Macalana. Rebecca then flees in embarassment.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: At the end of "Lola Likes Chase", Lola senses that Chase isn't into her. When she talks to him about it, he admits that there's another girl. When asked who, Chase tells her that it's a girl from his hometown, and Lola lets him go. A later episode reveals that Lola was aware of Chase's crush on Zoey, but chose to spare their feelings.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The theme song. Even today, it's regarded as one of the best themes in the NickVerse.
* DesignatedVillain: Logan, depending on the episode. All the crap he gets is often well-deserved LaserGuidedKarma, but sometimes he seems just victim of DisproportionateRetribution.
* DieForOurShip: Both James and Rebecca.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Quinn
* FoeYay: Logan has this with all the females in the series, but its most obvious and biggest case is with both Dana and Zoey.
** Also with Lola, to a certain extent.
* FridgeLogic: One episode the girls are trying to disprove the guys' theory that guys act different when hanging out with girls. So they disguise Lola as a guy. How does this prove their point if they don't know it's a girl?
** It proves their theory because the guys were trying to argue that it's biology or natural or something that when a girl is around they just naturally act different, as though it was against their will or something. So if it really was biology then regardless of them knowing Lola was a girl, they wouldn't have been able to naturally act like themselves. You could see the idiocy in that theory I'm sure?
*** Actually, it makes some sense. People tend to forget that humans have instincts. It '''could''' have been taken that guys can naturally act differently around someone they '''know''' is a girl. But the episode seemed to treat the issue as if they were claiming guys were psychic and knew that sort of thing, somehow. Everyone involved was holding the IdiotBall there.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Zoey and Nicole fake-fighting in "Back to PCA" when you realize that Alexa Nikolas was fired because of real fights between her and Jamie Lynn.
* HilariousInHindsight : ''Every'' time they show boys and girls hanging out in each others' dorm areas... [[TeenPregnancy what could possibly happen]]?
** In the Episode "Time Capsule," the teacher says that in 20 years people will be laughing at their clothes. Lola says that their clothes will always be cute- and although their clothes were in style back then, now they are completely out of style.
*** FridgeBrilliance: That means they're right on schedule to be [[PopularityPolynomial back in style 20 years after the airdate]].
** In the same episode, Zoey mentions that she hopes they stil have [=DVDs=] in the future. With the subsequent invention of bluray it's funny
* HoYay: A lot between Chase and Michael.
** Michael and Logan, especially in season 4.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: All of the characters in the series (with the exception of Dustin) fall into this. Among the females Lola seems to fall into this and among the males Chase and Logan share this trait.
* LesYay: There's quite a bit between Lola and Quinn, as well as between Zoey and Lola and Zoey and Quinn.
* MoralEventHorizon: Coach Keller crosses this in "Wrestling" when he not only ''forces'' Zoey to join the wrestling team, but then '''admits that he was using her''' and that the whole reason he put her on the team was to get her in the tournament, make boys forfeit against her, and then lie to the ref saying she was "injured" so he could have another one of the wrestlers sub for her and get into the finals without being tired out. What a dick.
* PuritySue: Zoey. Her life is so perfect it's ridiculous - she is insanely popular, is usually the leader of whatever project the other kids are making, is kind, pretty, smart, strong, weak (yes, at the same time), a great athlete, nearly every male character of her age have some kind of attraction for her, makes friends in the drop of a hat, solves everybody's problems... did I forget something?
** It's a grave offense of the highest order to disagree with her.
* ReplacementScrappy: James.
** Zoey Brooks is hated for being considered either [[MarySue too perfect]] or [[DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome boring]], barely having to work hard at managing two businesses over the course of the show, so it's no surprise that she's on practically every sports team and is the object of every boy's affection.
** James, the ReplacementScrappy for Chase. In the first episode he gets intoduced he becomes part of the group, Zoey's love interest and every girl instantly falls in love with him.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Logan and Quinn are an example that proves this trope [[TropesAreNotBad does not make a couple bad]]. The two have little interaction for the first 3 and a half seasons, and the interaction they do have isn't friendly, and that does ''not'' mean BelligerentSexualTension. It just means unfriendly. Then midway through the final season, her boyfriend, Mark, leaves her for another girl. While she's sulking, Logan happens to be riding by and sees her looking sad and comes to talk to her. While she initially resists his attempts to cheer her up and even asks why he's doing so, he showers her with compliments and then puts [[MegaNekko her glasses back on her]] and says, "There's Quinn." before they share their FirstKiss. Then in the episodes after this they are all over each other; making out very frequently, being intimate, slow dancing. However, these two are actually very good together, give off a great OppositesAttract vibe, and have a lot of chemistry to the point where a viewer might wonder why the writers didn't start building them up earlier, especially since Quinn's former "boyfriend", Mark, is a total DesignatedLoveInterest. He's an emotionless FlatCharacter, only appears in a handful of episodes, and in those few episodes, the two have no chemistry when together.
** This one is also helped by the fact that even though the relationship has no buildup, Quinn and Logan both [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how weird it is that they are together. They even admit to each other that they are embarrassed to be dating and hide it from the other characters and when they tell Michael about their relationship, he thinks they're joking.
*** There ''was'' the whole free throw subplot in "Chase's Girlfriend". They had some nice SlapSlapKiss chemistry there. Even though they didn't kiss, most viewers wouldn't have been surprised if they had.
** Zoey and James. He gets introduced in an episode and everyone instantly loves him, except Micheal and Logan, who still miss Chase. So in the end after everyone thought they were dating because they interacted, they end the episode with them getting together despite having no chemistry. Sort of Deconstructed as she later realizes she doesn't actually love him. It was still terribly executed and lead to the series' SeasonalRot.
* TearJerker: There was one this troper remembers about the end that shows Zoey's Text Machine right beside the fountain with Chase's email saying 'I Love you' sent, but it falls down to the water as it rumbles, and short circuts.
** How about the end of ''Goodbye Zoey'' when Chase admits it to Michael and Logan?
** The final scene of 'Chase's Grandma', where Zoey comforts a sobbing Chase in the rain after [[spoiler: Chase's grandmother passes away]].
* TheWoobie: Stacey, without the slightest bit of doubt. In one episode she tried to audition for a play and got rejected before she could do anything. And in many others she and her cotton swabs are neglected.
* UncannyValley: That freaking life-sized Chase doll....