Wacky Homeroom

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The Wacky Homeroom occurs when a show centers around a particular class and the teacher and the students have distinctly quirky personalities. Sometimes the focus of the series is more on the teacher, and sometimes it's more on the student. Either way, the personalities are intentionally blown up and caricature-ish in order to help bring more interest to an otherwise mundane setting.

If the show focuses more on the teacher, expect to see cases of Sensei-chan, the Absentminded Professor, and/or the Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher heading up the group. If the focus is on the students, the students may make up the Five-Man Band archetype or perhaps many of them will be Cloudcuckoolanders with an Only Sane Man thrown in to represent the viewer and/or contrast all the wackiness. Either way, hijinks ensue.

Rule of Funny and/or Rule of Cool often apples.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • In The Beano, the Bash Street Kids all had distinct personalities. Of course, there were only 9 of them (or 10 if you count Cuthbert).
  • Peanuts fit this trope when they have scenes in school.

  • Hogwarts is all about this.
  • The Wayside School series, originally a set of books by Louis Sachar and since animated.
  • Susan Sto Helit is a proper young woman, who is entirely sober and rational and will not stand for even the usual amounts of silliness that a child usually displays. Her class is extremely well-behaved and sensible. She just happens to take them on literal trips through time and space without ever leaving the classroom. Because she's Death's granddaughter. But she keeps her past so quiet that her employer is surprised even to find out that she is a Duchess.
    • Having said that, a few students do have personalities that push them into Wacky Homeroom territory: Vincent the overachiever, Penelope the Brainless Beauty, and Jason the Enfant Terrible.
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan takes place in a high school that, among other things, have cheerleaders who do their routines on motorcycles.
  • During the late eighties, Scholastic had a YA book series called Homeroom. As it was Exactly What It Says on the Tin, it followed the misadventures of an 8th grade homeroom. It had all the stock YA characters: the Alpha Bitch, Jerk Jock, Cool Loser, The Cheerleader, etc.

Live-Action TV
  • El Chavo del ocho: The episodes in the classroom with Profesor Jirafales.
  • Head of the Class
  • Welcome Back, Kotter
  • Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby
  • Brazilian show "Escolinha do Professor Raimundo" (and its more recent copycats) is (and are) centered around one such homeroom(s).
  • Misaki Number One
  • Saved by the Bell focused on one set of students and no main teachers, but they somehow always shared the same classes, subverting this trope. The first season however, played it completely straight since it was originally called Good Morning Miss Bliss and took place mostly inside one classroom.
  • Community.

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation