Film: Pitch Perfect

Prepare to get pitch slapped.

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. The screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, loosely adapted from the book of the same name by Mickey Rapkin. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Ben Platt, and Adam DeVine.

The story follows Beca Mitchel, an aspiring music producer who is forced to go to Barden University by her father, who is a teacher there. He agrees to fund Beca's move to L.A. if she agrees to give college a chance and join at least one club. She ends up joining the Barden Bellas, the school's all female a cappella group. There, she is introduced to the world of collegiate a cappella as the Bellas fight to defeat their all-male rival group, the Treblemakers.

A sequel was released in 2015, with several of the previous cast members reprising their roles. It follows the Bellas as they compete in the A Cappella world championships, hoping to be the first American team to win (which has never happened because the entire world hates America).

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This film and its sequel provide examples of:

  • A Cappella: Naturally. Lots of music without any instrumental accompaniment.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Luke often calls Beca "Becky".
    • Repeated in the Sequel with Beca's boss, who calls her Reggie.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: By the end of the film, the group can be described as Beca and the Barden Bellas.
  • Adorkable:
    • Jesse
    • Benji.
    • Beca when she raps.
    • In the sequel, Emily
  • Aerith and Bob: Gail Abernathy-McKadden and John Smith.
  • Alpha Bitch: The previous leader of the Bellas.
    • Possibly Kommissar in the sequel.
  • Always Someone Better: Most people seem to consider the Treblemakers this to the Bellas.
    • In the sequel, The Bellas are the best in their own country, but Das Sound Maschine is the best in Europe.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Chloe seems this way toward Beca. She also checks out Stacie's leg-up stretches during the Training Montage.
    • Beca, in a deleted scene, says that she tried to french her cousin when she was a kid.
    • Quite a bit more of this happens in the sequel. The Bellas are very...bonded.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Fat Amy calls herself Fat Amy "so twig bitches like you don't do it behind my back."
  • Arc Symbol:
    • The Bellas' "hands-in" Symbolizes how united they are as a team as seen as how successfully they perform at different points in the film.
    • The Breakfast Club CD for Beca and Jesse's story arc.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Magic" for Benji.
    • "Endings are the best part!"
    • In the sequel "Legacy" starts off as Emily's nickname and quickly becomes the theme of the film.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Chloe, look at you. You're a mess, you're unfocused, you're unreliable, and your breath smells like egg. Like all the time."
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: Beca claims that Vader is German for father after saying The Empire Strikes Back was predictable because of that. Vader is actually Dutch for father, not German. Vater means father in German.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Benji becomes this In-Universe.
    • Fat Amy is a bit of an Ascended Fangirl, in that she's outgoing but too shy to ask for a solo, as well as the dialogue between her and Beca at aca-initiation night:
    Amy: Living the dream! I still can't believe they let my sexy fat arse in!
    • Emily in the sequel.
  • Awesome Aussie: Fat Amy. She claims to have fought a crocodile and a dingo at the same time.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Lily often says disturbing things. she also displays quite a few unusual or just downright weird skills.
  • Big Beautiful Woman / Fat Girl: Fat Amy kind of alternates between these two throughout the film.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Well, kicked out of the band anyway. Kori, one of two black girls that passed the audition, was kicked out before even making it to day two for sleeping with a Treble. The second girl who was kicked out at least got a few lines before she was dumped.
  • Blond Brunette Redhead: The Bellas with Aubrey, Fat Amy and Jessica being the blondes, Beca, Stacie, Lilly, Ashley and Denise being the brunettes and Chloe being the redhead. Cynthia-Rose is a black woman (who naturally has dark hair) who dyes her hair red.
  • Brainless Beauty: Stacie has shades of this to go with her Really Gets Around nature.
  • Break the Cutie: Benji when he doesn't get into the Treblemakers and listens to their party and, surprisingly, Aubrey when she talks about her dad.
  • Brick Joke: The Barden rape whistle given to Beca in the first scene. Comes back when Cynthia-Rose, the lesbian Bella, is wrestling with Stacie.
  • Call Back: You may have missed it, but when the Bellas find out they've got into the finals when Chloe walks in, Amy yells "Shalom!", which is, according to her, "not a word".
    • Aubrey's three-point "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Beca after the semi-finals is reminiscent of the speech the Bellas' former leader gave Chloe at the beginning.
    • Bologna Barb is seen at the first Riff Off with the a cappella group B.U. Harmonics.
    • When Benji fluffs his introduction to Emily in the sequel he asks "how did I do?" like in the scene with Bumper in the first film, Jesse wraps his arm around Benji and pulls him away in the exact way - it's identical except Jesse substitutes "could have been worse" for "I've seen you do worse", referencing the first film.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Bumper, in between insulting Fat Amy he still hints towards sex.
  • Cat Fight: After Beca leaves the group, this is what happens.
  • Celebrity Paradox: One of the other a cappella groups heard in the film is the real group Green Envy but Greg, one of the Trebles, was the musical director of this group during his time at college.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The group that won second place in the regional finals is later disqualified for having a high school student on their team, thus allowing the Bellas to make the finals.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Beca's love of remixing songs and Lilly hanging-out in a beat-boxing crowd becomes useful in the finals.
    • Emily's songwriting in the sequel.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: John's comment in the beginning that it's taken so long for all-girl a cappella groups to make it because girls generally have difficulty hitting the bass notes. This stops being a problem for the Bellas after Chloe's surgery.
    • The music producer in the sequel telling Beca that everyone can do mash-ups and she needs to do something original. Guess how they win at Worlds?
  • Chekhov's Skill: Stacie's ballet moves gets useful in the finals.
    • Working with John Mayer means that Bumper should have no problem with the Riff-Off category "I Dated John Mayer" in the sequel. However, averted. Maybe he knew too much?
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: All of Lilly's lines are bizarre and nearly Non Sequiturs.
  • Club Stub: The Bellas.
  • College Radio: Beca and Jesse work there.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Bellas have navy and white outfits, with their signature yellow scarves. Anything with their logo on it tends to use a kind of azure shade instead. The Treblemakers wear deep burgundy to contrast. Das Sound Maschine from the sequel prefers black leather and mesh.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: One of the Tone Hangers is this.
  • Control Freak: Aubrey fits this to a T. The film largely deconstructs this, showing how her Control Freak tendencies are a hindrance to the group's success, as her insistence on doing the same tired old numbers at every show causes the competition judges to turn against the Bellas. When she finally backs off at the end, the Bellas are a lot better for it.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Fat Amy does this a few times.
  • The Cover Changes The Gender:
    • Actually averted. "No Diggity" isn't changed, and "Hey Mickey" doesn't go far enough. Also averted with pretty much every song performed, even "Don't Stop The Music".
    • Furthermore, "Pool Mashup" features two love songs about women sung by women. They didn't change the pronouns at all.
  • Dad the Veteran / Drill Sergeant Nasty: Implied to be the case with Aubrey's father.
    • Aubrey herself becomes the latter when the Bellas go camping on a retreat to which she definitely puts them through the wringer.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Chloe implies that "Titanium" is her soundtrack for this (successfully creeping out Beca).
    Chloe: That song really builds. (wink)
    Beca: Gross.
  • Dating Catwoman: Aubrey considers dating a Treblemaker this, and is firmly against it. note 
    • Is it worthy to note that the rule is chucked pretty effectively?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Beca is this right when we meet her.
    Aubrey: I can see your toner through your jeans.
    Beca: That's my dick.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she never was a central character in the first film but still held quite a few scenes, Stacie does noticeably only have a handful of lines in the sequel. The same goes for Jesse and Aubrey, the latter who doesn't even appear until the last third roughly of the film.
  • Department of Redundancy Department/Circular Definition: Chloe telling the group about her nodes.
    "I am living with nodes. But I am a survivor. I just have to pull back. Because I am limited. Because I have nodes."
  • Directed by Cast Member: Elizabeth Banks (Gail Abernathy-Mc Kadden) directed and produced the sequel.
  • Disability Superpower: A minor example. Chloe's vocal node surgery eliminates the top end of her range, but drastically expands the bottom end.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: The girls are able to progress to Nationals because the soloist of one of the qualifying groups is too young.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Beca admits that Chloe's naked body makes it hard for her to concentrate.
    • Beca's utter inability to do anything but appraise the "physical perfect" "fine specimen" that is (female) Kommissar in the sequel when trying to trash-talk her and DSM.
  • Double Entendre: If you look at the parallel scene in Lady Windermere's Fan to Chloe/Beca's interaction at Hood Night where Lord Darlington tells Lady Windermere (at the start of the play) he thinks they'll be "great friends" and then skip to where she tells him (upon seeing her husband and the woman everyone believes he is having an affair with talking) "I want a friend tonight, Lord Darlington: I didn't know I would want one so soon." you can see what the admission at the start meant,i.e. LOVER. Can't we, Chloe?
  • Duet Bonding: Chloe sort of forces Beca into this by singing in the shower.
    • Happens with Just The Way You Are/Just A Dream, too, for both Beca and Chloe with Aubrey.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The entire first act showcases Beca's talent at creating mashups and remixes, which winds up becoming Chekhov's Hobby when Aubrey finally recognizes her talents and lets her write the Bellas' arrangement for the finals.
  • Fan Disservice: The Tone Hangers provide a creepy contrast to the young, sexy a cappella groups.
  • Fiery Redhead: Mostly averted: Chloe is very sweet but has no problem attacking people when in a rage.
  • The Film of the Book
  • Flat Character: Kimmy Jin
  • Foreshadowing: Most of Benji's scenes involve some kind of magic trick. Cue "I Got the Magic".
    • Subverted, really, because he only had one week to get down a lot of stuff, which becomes a lot easier once you only have to remember dance moves that you've probably already seen(remember he's at least heard the Treble's version), rather than an entire song.
    • The previous year's leader of the Bellas makes the unusual note that Chloe's breath smells like eggs all the time. Fitting for a bad enough infection in one's throat.
    • Averted with Beca's dismissal of how predictable movies' endings are which seems to be this but ultimately comes to nothing.
    • Luke airs Beca's 'Bulletproof' mix on the campus radio, later that night at regionals guess what song she chooses to break the Bella's routine.
    • this series loves doing this musically. A lot of the solo song choices share or show something about the characters inner motivations or romantic subplots.
  • French Maid: Well, maids in bikinis anyway. There are a couple of girls in revealing clothing rather unenthusiastically dusting the Treble's (frat?) house while they lounge in the hot tub.
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied with Beca.
    • Aubrey's father is hinted to be the reason she's such a Control Freak.
  • Fridge Brilliance: 'Bellas' means 'pretty girls' in Italian, probably intentional In-Universe, so Aubrey has reason to want "bikini-ready" girls, and Howie (of Sigma Beta Theta) would be "expecting the hot Bellas".
  • Funny Background Event: Not quite in the background, but right before the Bellas' initial performance, Chloe (after getting chewed out) surreptitiously checks her breath.
  • Gang of Hats: Non-criminal version. Each a cappella group has something that make it unique.
    • The Bellas are all female.
    • The Treblemakers are all male.
    • The Harmonics specialize in Madonna songs.
    • The High Notes are all stoners.
    • Sockapella sings using sock puppets.
    • In the international competition, each group is dressed in some kind of traditional garb, except for DSM, who are all in black and netting. the Bellas even brought back their bandanas.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The film loves to play with this trope.
    • Jesse mouths "Fuck me" in shock when Beca starts to sing "Don't You (Forget About Me)", specifically at the "tell me your troubles and doubts/giving me everything inside and out" line.
      • This one's a bit sneakier than usual for a PG 13 movie. The MPAA allows PG 13 movies the use of one f-bomb, but it must not be sexual in nature. The line starts as Jesse expressing anger, hurt, and annoyance, but by the time it ends a split second later, it's no longer "Oh, for the love of god" and a lot more "Why don't we just go ahead and start the aca-babies now?"
      • And even better - When they cut to Jesse for a reaction shot while Beca's singing that song, look at the face of Donald sitting next to him.
    • The Bellas' dance routine in the finals takes an interesting turn when Fat Amy takes the lead.
    • The Sockapellas rendition of Lily Allen's "Fuck You".
    • I'm sorry, was Chloe asking for Beca's help masturbating in the shower there? Lesbi-onest...
    • Once Stacie starts doing provocative moves during auditions, Unicycle looked down to his pants and covered his crotch, apparently having a hard-on.
    • After scolding the Bellas about dating members of the Trebles, Aubrey openly said that they shouldn't allow the rival group to penetrate them. Amy calls her out on this.
    • When Gail commented that seeing the trebles perform freshens-up the downtown, John openly said "Can I help"?
  • Ghost Extras: Seven women on the poster, but there are ten Bellas. Lampshaded when Aubrey tells two Bellas (Jessica and Ashley) that it was like they hadn't been there at all this year. (Jessica, Denise and Ashley are the ones not included on the poster.)
    • Denise has disappeared to be replaced by Flo (a Guatemalan, maybe) in the sequel, and even Beca remarks to Jessica and Ashley that she doesn't actually know which one of them is which. They both reply that they're Jessica, but by the campfire scene everybody seems to have worked it out and Beca proceeds to ask actual Jessica (Kelley Jakle, the blonde of the two) what her plans are... only for her to be cut off, the two girls then shrugging in understanding.
  • Good Parents: Beca's dad.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The guy Chloe is with in the shower is gleefully grinning at Beca, heavily suggesting either this or a desire for a threesome. Either way, both girls were not having it.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Beca and the Barden Bellas singing Don't You (Forget About Me) as part of the Bella's Finals performance.
  • Happy Ending: And they're lampshaded enough, too.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chloe and Aubrey are implied to be this to an extent, as they are the only seniors in the group and Chloe mentions being good friends with Aubrey for years. Things get tense near the end, but they work things out.
    • Beca and Fat Amy, Jesse and Benji.
  • Hufflepuff House: The stoner and Madonna a cappella groups.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "What a nerd alert! Okay guys, let's match pitch."
    "Just so you know, I'm not a total nerd: I'm also super into close-up magic!"
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Alluded to. At one point, Stacie points to her crotch and says "he's a hunter", much to Beca's bemusement.
    Beca: You call it a dude?
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When Mary Elise is kicked off the Bellas for being Treble-boned, she is forced to turn in her scarf and leave the room, taking her chair with her.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Bumper nails Fat Amy in the chest with a burrito from a pretty good distance from a moving bus. Say what you will about Bumper, but that's pretty damned impressive.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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).
  • Karma Houdini: Bumper. He hits Fat Amy with a burrito, abandons the Treble Makers, and is pretty awful towards everyone, and he goes to LA to back-up sing for John Mayer.
    • Although it could be a sort of Take That, considering some opinions of John Mayer and his music.
    • In the sequel it turns out he ended up John Mayer's assistant, and now works as Barden campus security. Then he auditions for TheVoice and all the coaches turn around.
  • Lame Comeback: Beca absolutely cannot trash-talk Das Sound Machine in the sequel, despite several attempts.
    "Your sweat smells like cinnamon. Damn it!"
  • The Lancer: Played with. Chloe is officially the Number Two of the Bellas, while Beca, despite being The Hero, is the one who challenges Aubrey's leadership.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: This happens in the last performance. Towards the ending, Aubrey actually lets her hair down.
  • Logo Joke: The standard Universal fanfare is replaced with an a cappella version at the start of the film. This is not the only Universal film to do this. Coincidentally, one of the other ones to do this also has Anna Kendrick in it.
    • Gets better in the sequel. You've got to see (hear?) it, really.
  • Loophole Abuse: After the incident at the Kennedy Center, one of the punishments levied against the Bellas is that they're not allowed to hold auditions. There was nothing said against people actively joining them of their own volition, which Emily does.
  • Love Triangle: Jesse seems to think he is in competition for Beca with the radio station manager despite the two having a fairly professional relationship.
  • Lovable Nerd: Benji made his half of the room into a Star Wars shrine, loves magic, and is a fawning Treble Makers fan.
  • Male Gaze: During the opening, the camera heavily focused on the Bellas' butt and legs during their performance. The previous leader is also seen stacking her boobs before said performance. There's also a lot of focus on Stacie and Aubrey's legs.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Lilly is seen hanging out with a hip-hop crowd near the end of the film.
  • Misery Builds Character: Aubrey leans toward this concept.
  • Missing Mom: No mention is made of where Beca's mother is, though it's revealed in conversation with her father that her parents are divorced.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Luke the DJ at one point lifts his shirt up to reveal a glorious set of abs. Beca seems delighted.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Stacie is put to a lot of Male Gaze.
    • Beca is involved in several blatant cleavage shots.
    • Beca and Chloe fit this to a T in the shower scene, where both spend almost the entire scene naked and have a mini-conversation about masturbation.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: Diegetic.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe example - when Aubrey's sick for the first time there is a cut scene to two of the older Bellas holding their mouths like they're about to throw up at seeing someone else do so.
    • In-Universe again in the sequel with Fat Amy's lack-of-a-Panty Shot. It's John's screensaver, and Gail is not pleased.
  • New Parent Nomenclature Problem: While we never see Becca and her stepmother interact, Becca is obviously resentful since she calls her "the step-monster."
  • Nice Guy: Jesse, Benji and Beca's Dad. Chloe is a Gender Flip version of this.
  • Number Two: Chloe to the Bellas, Donald to the Trebles.
  • One Steve Limit: Apparently averted with Jessica and Ashley- they both go by Jessica, which has been adding to the confusion between the two of them for the four years they're Bellas.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fat Amy. Turns out her real name's Patricia.
    Aubrey: What's your name?
    Fat Amy: Fat Amy.
    Aubrey: You call yourself Fat Amy?
  • Only Sane Man: Beca is this for most of the first movie and a good portion of the second. She loves singing a Capella, but she wants more than just a fun college experience and is constantly looking ahead to her dreams and goals. She is also often snarkily commenting on some of the crazier aspects of a performer's world. Contrast every other a Capella group, including the other Bellas. Personalities range form quirkily eccentric to murderously weird.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Treblemakers are an a cappella version. IN the sequel this is Das Sound Maschine.
  • Overly Long Gag: Fat Amy's holding out pitch and then dancing.
    • Fat Amy feeling sorry for Chloe's affliction of being a ginger.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: The Treblemakers are described as being the coolest people, "short of actual cool people".
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Aubrey practically steps down as The Leader of the Bellas before the finals and gives way for Beca to lead them. After she graduates, Beca officially becomes the Bellas' leader.
  • Punny Name: Most of the a cappella groups who aren't the Bellas: Treblemakers (trouble makers), High Notes (they like marijuana), Sockapella (they sing with sock puppets), and Minstrel Cycles are just a few.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: After the Bellas learn that the team that qualified for Finals ahead of them was disqualified for cheating, we get a montage of the various singers getting contacted, and brief glimpses into whatever they are up to (including Fat Amy having a pool party with several hunks).
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Bellas.
  • Reality Ensues: Beca tries to spice up the tired routine mid-performance - the audience picks up on her attempt, but it's also perceived as an unpolished stunt, and it throws the other girls off their game.
  • Really Gets Around: Stacie, played for laughs.
    Stacie: I have a lot of sex.
    Fat Amy: Yeah, we know.
    Stacie: ...Only 'cause I just told you.
    • While not as blatant as Stacie, Chloe has no problems hooking up with two different guys. She's also very fond of Beca.
    • Fat Amy demonstrates this trope in Pitch Perfect 2, mentioning that she has met three of The Wiggles "intimately". John also offhandedly implies that Gail is this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Aubrey gives the girls one after an embarrassing performance in front of a fraternity. She gets one herself later.
  • Rejection Ritual: The day after the new Bellas get brought into the group, two are kicked out for having had sex with a Treblemaker the previous evening. One isn't shown, but the other is forced to drag her chair off to the side on her way out. Later Beca is almost forced out and starts to drag her chair away, before being called back into the group.
  • Retcon: Pitch Perfect 2 goes against this film's ending with Chloe still in the group, though not actually a retcon as later it's been stated that she's been intentionally failing classes because she was afraid to leave.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Beca's claim that the Reveal in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader is Luke's father is telegraphed because "vader means father in German."
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Aubrey's projectile vomiting.
    • Stacie... being Stacie.
    • Cynthia-Rose's crush on Stacie.
    • Lily's bizarre whisperings.
    • Several of the girls at several different points in the movie are seen fluffing their breasts. Sometimes it seems to be for empowerment, sometimes to win over the crowd, but it is always appreciated.
    • Beca's complete inability to insult Kommissar in the sequel.
  • Sequel Escalation: How does the sequel top the embarrassment generated by the projectile vomiting in the first movie? By a wardrobe malfunction that flashes Fat Amy's vagina at the President of the United States!
  • Serenade Your Lover: Beca pulls off the Group version of this, by working Don't You (Forget About Me) into the Bellas' Finals performance.
    • Earlier, Jesse does this to her during the Riff Off with Feels Like the First Time in that he somewhat sings it towards her. She cuts him off with No Diggity.
    • Also, some would argue that Beca and Chloe/Aubrey singing Just the way you are and Just a dream is this, and maybe a Call Back to the Jesse/Beca moment.
    • Some interpretations of Chloe belting "Torn" after her conversation with Beca in the tent.
  • Serious Business: A cappella. Very much so. Aubrey in particular takes the whole thing WAY too seriously.
    • Beca's reasoning for not telling the girls, especially Chloe, about her internship in the sequel.
  • She's Got Legs: Stacy frequently shows her nice pair by constantly wearing short-shorts. The Training Montage shows that Aubrey has a nice pair as well. Fortunately, the movie poster (see the page image) was generous and displayed them front-and-center.
  • Shirtless Scene: Luke, the college station DJ has a lovely moment of this. Beca is appreciative.
    • Unicycle, one of The Treblemakers, has one in a wide shot after their final performance.
      • Unicycle actually does this a few times throughout the movie. He apparently thinks of himself as Mr. Fanservice.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?
    • Apparently the only reason to go to college is to make friends and have activities. This is the lesson Becca's father, a Barden University teacher, tries to instill in her.
    • When the Bellas get in the finals Aubrey insists that they skip all classes so they can spend all their time rehearsing.
  • Shout-Out: Barden College has a Quidditch club.
    • Possibly to High School Musical. The audition scene is reminiscent of the play auditions from HSM.
    • The introduction for the Trebles at the Regional competition is ripped directly out of Bandslam.
    • The "Party in the USA" scene is very reminiscent of the "Tiny Dancer" scene in Almost Famous, and every other film where they 'forcibly' drag someone into an activity they secretly love and end up bonding over...
    • "Don't you forget about me" seems to have remarkable relationship-affirming powers, the ending basically being that of Easy A, where we have the Other Tucker wooing, weirdly, Skeeter Phelan with it.
    • There seems to be an a cappella group at the Finals whose entire theme is Arrested Development - note the song choice ("The Final Countdown") and their khaki/Hawaiian shirt outfits.
      • And they're a group that exists in REAL LIFE. They're even portrayed by the actual group.
    • The Take Thats at Glee seemed to become milder in the sequel, with a very familiar-sounding Journey mash-up of Anyway You Want It/Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' . Also a plot line involving needing to write original songs, because the mash-ups were impressive to start with but not at Worlds. You know, one step further than Nationals. Which these guys have won three times.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Chloe delivers an awesome one to Aubrey.
  • Shrinking Violet: Lily.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Done to imply nudity in the women's shower.
  • Shower Scene: The infamous Duet Bonding.
  • Shower of Love: When Beca goes to take a shower in the girl's locker room, two pairs of feet, belonging to a man and a woman, can be seen in a shower stall. The girl in question is Chloe, and this is the only way we know that she's not solely into Beca.
  • Shown Their Work: Against all odds, vocal fold nodules are actually presented realistically, as they can eventually destroy a person's ability to sing. Even Chloe's reaction.
    • Minor Injury Overreaction indeed. After being told she wouldn't be able to sing above G#–maybe, ever–she sang a high A and went five semitones up to D with no problems during the final number. Although it being the final number, feats of strength are somewhat necessary.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Between Bumper and Fat Amy. We certainly see the "slap slap" part of the equation on screen, but the kiss is alluded to when Amy reveals she has Bumper's cell number but can't provide a reason for having it.
    • The "Songs about Sex" portion of the Riff-Off has this vibe going between the Bellas and Treblemakers.
  • Smug Snake: Bumper, in spades.
  • Something Else Also Rises: It's subtle, but during the "Songs About Sex" part of the Riff-Off, Unicycle puts his unicycle between his legs (and he's certainly not riding it).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Beca is often spelled as Becca, Jesse as Jessie, and Stacie as Stacy. Lily as Lilly, or whichever way around it's supposed to be...
  • Spiritual Successor: To the original Bring It On. Try to tell me Aubrey's aca-everything is not inspired by that.
  • Stress Vomit: Aubrey throws up over the entire audience during a group performance. Later on she does it again as part of a particular hilarious argument.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Beca for Kommissar, the female leader of Das Sound Machine in Pitch Perfect 2.
  • Take That: At Glee, of all things, and delivered by Christopher Mintz-Plasse during the first audition scene.
    Tommy: But if you think this is just some high school club where you can sing and dance your way through any social issue or confused sexuality, you have come to the wrong place. There is none of that here. That's high school. This shit is real life. NOW. Don't just bring it, sing it, and let's do this.
    • Twice, even. During the Riff-Off, one of the categories on the wheel is "Songs Ruined by Glee".
    • And of course, the "discovering in the shower" scene, taken waaaay over the top by Chloe.
    • Interestingly, Skylar Astin (Jesse) later guest starred in an episode of Glee, "City of Angels".
    • Not to mention Anna Camp (Aubrey)'s appearance on Glee all the way back in the 2009 episode "Sectionals."
    • Receives one from Glee (well, they asked for it) when a Hollywood screenwriter says that "the a-cappella thing" is lame.
  • The Cameo: Or Cameos, in the case of the sequel. Their are unsurprising yet clever ones like Pentatonix representing Canada at Worlds, to some more obscure ones like players from the Greenbay Packers being apart of the Riff Off and even the freaking President of the United States!
  • The Team: The Bellas;
  • Team Hand Stack: With a group pitch-match instead of a cheer. Last year's Bellas did this effortlessly. This year's Bellas often don't know how to break the right way. "On three or after three?"
  • Technician vs. Performer: This is a conflict between Aubrey and Beca. Beca simply wants to be spontaneous and have fun by remixing songs while Aubrey is trying to be successful using their original set list from the previous year and being conservative. To be fair to each Beca is actually into producing music and therefore is naturally gifted at remixing while Aubrey was originally more of a performer but after throwing up on stage is trying to play it conservative.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: The audition scene.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Most of the Treblemakers are stand-up guys, but Bumper is a complete dick, going as far as to abandon them before the finals.
  • Touché: During the finale, Gail tells John (through a tooth-clenched smile, no less) that he doubted the Bellas' chances mainly because he is a misogynist. John readily agrees without skipping a beat.
  • Those Two Guys: The commentators, John and Gail.
    • Jessica and Ashley.
  • Training Montage: The Bellas, set to Nicki Minaj's "Starships."
  • Transparent Closet: Cynthia Rose, according to Fat Amy and Aubrey.
    • Subverted: when the Bellas are revealing their secrets, Cynthia admits that she has a gambling addiction that arose after she broke up with her girlfriend (who is apparently one of the other Bellas). She was never keeping her lesbianism a secret.
  • Trash Talk: Regularly engaged in by the various rival a cappella groups. More so with the Bellas and DSM in the sequel as all of their interactions are mainly about this trope. Except when it gets to Beca and the Kommissar.
  • True Blue Femininity: The Bellas' primary color. Their uniform is colored Navy blue, while The Leader's pitch pipe is colored Baby blue.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Cynthia Rose is black and a lesbian.
    • In the sequel when Flo is taking flak, Flo says "that's right, blame the minority". Cynthia-Rose comes back with "Really? I'm black, gay, and a woman."
  • Two First Names: Stacy Conrad and Cynthia-Rose. Also as weird as it sounds, Bumper Allen. Um, Beca Mitchell.
  • Typecasting: Averted, as one may assume Brittany Snow may have been better fitted playing Aubrey.
  • Unfortunate Names: Lampshaded.
    Gail: I remember singing it with my own a cappella group.
    John: What group was that, Gail?
    Gail: The Minstrel Cycles.
    John: Well, that's an unfortunate name.
    • In the sequel, Emily's last name is Junk. She mentions that her father's surname is Hardon.
  • The Unreveal: Parodied. During the 'confessions' scene, Cynthia Rose is expected to come out as a lesbian, only to admit to having a gambling problem...which she developed after she broke up with her girlfriend.
  • Verbal Tic: Aubrey has a habit of adding "aca" in front of words, such as "aca-awesome", "aca-people", "aca-bitches", etc. The others pick up the habit as well.
  • Vocal Dissonance: After Chloe gets her nodes removed, she (a former soprano) is able to hit the really low, guttural bass notes, much to everyone's surprise.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Aubrey does this twice.
    • Plus the video of the first time.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: For Aubrey, her father. Her need to please carries over to the previous leader of the Bellas, who is nothing but abusive toward her.
    • Beca's dad, to a lesser extent.
  • When I'm Gone Song: "When I'm Gone", aka "Cups", which became a huge hit for Anna Kendrick. The singer of the song is urging the listener to come along.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Seriously, Bumper?
  • World of Buxom: A lot of the Bellas appear to fill out at least a C cup at the smallest and tend to show off their assets.