The Cheetah Girls is a 16-book novel series created and written by Deborah Gregory. The series, which began in 1999, is about a female vocal group seeking success and fortune. In the book series, there are five Cheetah Girls, Galleria, Chanel, Dorinda, Anginette, and Aquanette. The book series was made into a Disney Channel original movie in 2003, starring Raven-Symoné as Galleria, Adrienne Bailon as Chanel, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda, and Kiely Williams as Aquanette (the character of Anginette was removed from the movie). Two sequels were made, The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008). The band was also de-fictionalized with Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams.
The books and movies contain examples of:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Galleria acts like this in the first season when she things she's about to get a record deal. She does get called out on it later in the film.
- Aesop Amnesia: In two books, Chanel learns that crash diets can be unhealthy.
- Credit Card Plot: Chanel runs up a bill on her mom's card. When her mom takes the card back, she continues her spending, over the phone, using the card number she copied against the eventuality.
- Five-Token Band: Played straight with the movie/actual band, which had black, Latina and mixed members. Averted in the books, since all of them but Chanel were black.
- Girl Group
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Galleria in the first movie. She comes off as selfish, egotistical, and self-centered, but in reality, she wants what's best for her and her friends and she ends up developing in the climax of the end.
- Long-Lost Relative: Dorinda finds out she has a long lost sibling, Tiffany Twitty. She also finds out she is half white.
- Never My Fault: In the first movie, Galleria has this attitude. She does end up admitting it in the end.
- Oh Crap!: In One World, the Girls don't find out until the last second that all three of them were auditioning for a single part. They are visibly stunned.
- Properly Paranoid: The way Galleria's mother acts towards Jackal and his record company. She turns out to be right.
- Put on a Bus / Sequel Non-Entity: Galleria "goes to college" in the third movie. In reality, Raven-Symone didn't want to play her anymore.
- Race Lift: In the novels, Dorinda is a small Black 12-year-old who is smart for her age. In the movie, she is played by Sabrina Bryan, who is part Latina and part white.
- Sequel Goes Foreign: In the second movie they go to Spain and the third movie is in India.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: Inverted. The twins Anginette and Aquanette live with their dad in New York, but in one book go to Texas to visit their mom. In the movies, Aqua lives with her dad in New York and never mentions her mom.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Galleria gets called out for her arrogance and rude attitude by Dorinda and later the other girls in the first season.