[[caption-width-right:300:Pictured left to right: [[LovableAlphaBitch Lexi]], [[InsufferableGenius Olive]], [[TheHero Chyna]], [[TheChewToy Fletcher]], and [[TheDitz Cameron]].]]

''A.N.T. Farm'' is a 2011 series airing on the Creator/DisneyChannel. The series follows three best friends, Chyna Parks (Music/ChinaAnneMcClain), Olive Doyle (Creator/SierraMcCormick) and Fletcher Quimby (Creator/JakeShort), who are part of the Advanced Natural Talents, or A.N.T., which allows gifted middle schoolers to go to HighSchool immediately.

[[Series/LizzieMcGuire Like]] [[Series/HannahMontana many]] [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Disney]] [[Series/SonnyWithAChance Channel]] [[Series/{{JONAS}} sitcoms]], it serves as a vehicle for their new singing star, Music/ChinaAnneMcClain.

Its presence in the Franchise/{{DCLAU}} is due to a [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Tears of Blood]] poster appearing in the background and the appearance of Mr. Hashimoto, of the [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck Hashimoto Soda Company]] in Season 3.

On December 26, 2013, [[https://twitter.com/chinamcclain/status/416460834571694080 McClain confirmed on Twitter]] that the series' third season would be its last; the series finale aired March 21, 2014.

!!The show contains examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Angus to Olive is one of the rare male cases of this.
* AbsenteeActor: Carlon Jeffery's absence from "[=EndurANTs=]" was probably plot-related, since Lexi and Paisley were on vacation and the [=ANTs=] were there for a school-related competition. Cameron had no reason to be there. He also was absent from six episodes from season one.
** Creator/StefanieScott was absent from three consecutive episodes, "[=ReplicANT=]", "[=ClairvoyANT=]" and "[=ManagemANT=]". Possibly due to the filming of Frenemies. It was a fairly noticeable absense since Paisley was in the latter two episodes.
** Interesting case with Elise Neal, who plays Roxanne Parks. She was only in about five episodes. Could be a result of conflicting schedule, since she is kinda busy with various parts in various upcoming movies.
* AccidentalArt: Chyna's monologue in "[=ParticipANTs=]".
** And, to a lesser degree, Chyna's song in "managemANT".
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Paisley, sometimes to RealityWarper levels. She made a helicopter out of ballooons ''that worked''. She did a full body giftwrapping of ''herself''!
* [[ActingForTwo Acting For Five]]: [[invoked]]"[=MutA.N.T.=] Farm 2" features this number of Olive clones.
* {{Adorkable}}: We have Olive Doyle. Not entirely the stereotypical dork, but she has a large brain capacity, which she fills with very advanced subjects such as physics and calculus, she finds homework and extra credit assignments fun, is the youngest person ever inducted into Mensa and has long blonde hair, and a StalkerWithACrush although its just Angus. YMMV if its HollywoodNerd or this, or both. This line from "Creative [=ConsultANT=]" sums her up pretty well:
--->'''Olive:''' ... no one alive has my brain capacity, or my cheekbones.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: Chyna does this during a scene in "[=ParticipANTs=]", but [[ManipulativeBitch Lexi]] encourages her to keep cheering, to the point that she could lose her voice and not be able to audition for the school musical. One of the cheers even goes...
--->''"Lexi says to do it right\\
I must cheer both day and night"''
* AlliterativeName: Susan Skidmore.
* AllJustADream: A teenage version of Zoltan Grundy from 1956 invented a time machine and traveled to the present day causing both the present Zoltan and the entire boarding school to fade out of existence. Chyna is forced to be the young Zoltan's prom date to send him back to his own time, but it turns out the entire episode was Chyna's dream.
* AlphaBitch: Lexi, though she's more of a LovableAlphaBitch [[OddFriendship whenever she's interacting with Cameron]] or [[HeterosexualLifePartners showing genuine care toward Paisley]].
** Unlike most alpha bitches, Lexi's personality is typically played for laughs. She either parodies or exaggerates most traits of an AlphaBitch.
* AlternateRealityEpisode: As a Halloween Special, the first episode was re-created, but with the A.N.Ts being M.U.T.A.N.Ts, complete with monsters and all. Chyna was a Gorgon, Olive was a Mad Scientist, Fletcher was a Vampire, etc...
** [=MutANT=] Farm 3 reveals that those episodes take place in an AlternateUniverse that parallels the main series' universe. The [=MutANTs=] (save for good-natured M.U.T.A.N.T.! Chyna) are basically anti-villainous evil counterparts to the main dimension counterparts.
* AMinorKidroduction: The episode "Bad [=RomANTs=]" featured a flashback of Gibson 25 years in the past with his last girlfriend. The flashback explains his hair and the breakup which caused him to think of his ex everyday of his life through to the present.
* AntiHero: Olive, especially in season 3.
* AppealToObscurity: In the episode "[=TransplANTed=]", when Chyna wants to get her lunch from her locker and eat in the cafeteria.
-->'''Chyna:''' I left my lunch in my locker.\\
'''Olive:''' Emma left her lunch in her locker\\
'''Chyna:''' Who's Emma?\\
'''Olive:''' Exactly!
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In one episode, Fletcher played hs long-lost twin brother from Spain, who'd crossed the Spanish-American region. This is not possible, as Spain isn't even close to the Spanish-American region. He finished it by saying, [[{{Spexico}} "Taquitos"]].
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: PlayedForLaughs in-universe, Gibson spoke with a French accent while attempting to do a British accent.
** Chyna says that it's better than his Australian accent, which actually an Italian accent.
* AscendedExtra: Angus was ascended in season 3.
** Hashimoto is also a case of this, starting as a one-shot character from ''Suite Life'' to becoming a recurring antagonist in A.N.T. Farm.
* AssShove: Implied to have happened to Fletcher in the episode "Ballet [=dANTser=]".
* AssumedWin: Happens to Cameron in "[=ClairvoyANT=]", Principal Skidmore even sets it up by saying this person has waited patiently through ceremony while everyone else won trophies. But instead, it's Skidmore herself who wins the award. By the time he finds out, he is standing next to Wacky ready to accept his award.
** Happens to Lexi in [=EndurANTs=] when she and Paisley pose as music and art [=ANTs=], respectively, in order to win $50,000 during the ANT-Lympics. After a good performance by Lexi followed by a strange awful sounding Native song, the host says "we'll it's clear who should win this..." and Lexi walks on stage only for him to announce that the Australian team won. This causes Lexi to divulge her true identity and age, which causes Webster High to forfeit the 2nd place prize, of $49,000, ouch.
* AttentionWhore: [[AlphaBitch Lexi]] would do anything to be in the school paper, even if it means appealing to Olive, despite the fact that she generally dislikes the [=ANTs=].
** Even calls a girl, who is constantly in the school paper for doing genuinely good deeds, a publicity hog while fighting with her over a fire extinguisher. The struggle ends when she gets sprayed with said extinguisher. When Olive takes pictures of Lexi, instead of being embarrassed, Lexi begins posing for the camera.
** In "[=PatANT=] Pending", Paisley's broken arm gets all the attention and Lexi gets ignored and becomes jealous, and decides to pretend to have broken limbs in order to get noticed.
* BadBadActing: On more than one occasion.
** Lexi and Paisley in "Bad [=RomANTs=]" act as if Paisley is choking so Lexi can save her life in front of Olive and get on the frontpage of the school newspaper. Lexi speaks less monotone that Paisley (who shouldn't be able to talk if she was really choking), and is pretty much [[ChewingTheScenery hamming it up]]. But definitely qualifies. However, when she accidentially causes Paisley to actually choke, she reacts in a more realistic, yet clueless, fashion to someone choking.
** Chyna does this during her fake-boyfriend auditions in "[=Some EnchANTed=] Evening" (even though she wrote her lines and probably said them before Jared's audition,) she still has to read them and does so with a very monotone voice.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Darryl Parks. He isn't necessarily a dirty cop, but he doesn't follow all of the rules and he definitely abuses being an officer of the law. He is more of the imcompetent, {{played for laughs}}, PoliceAreUseless Disney version of this trope.
** He takes evidence from the station and gives the items to his kids as gifts, and not good gifts.
*** To his credit, he does pay for the evidence, Not sure if cops can do that. He otherwise plays this straight for the reasons below, but the "gifts" he gets his kids signs of [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood a completely different trope]].
** He did his marksmanship training with a fake gun made from his index finger and thumb.
** He couldn't find a note that a bank robber gave the teller during a robbery.
*** Chyna found it in her "gift" he gave her. His response, "That's where that went."
** In "[=ReplicANT=]", Cameron asks him to arrest Olive, He says "Why?" Cameron replies "Oh now you need a reason [to arrest someone?]" Leading us to believe that he arrests people for any reason he can think of (or no reason) if it suits him.
** The radio dispatcher announces over the radio a 1-3-9. which Daryl says thats code for the local taco joint having burritos for only $1.39, implying that the rest of the department is just as incompetent as he is. Let's hope there isn't a truly corrupt cop in his precinct doing whatever they please and getting away with it due to everyone else's incompetence.
*** In that same episode, when he finally makes an arrest, his says it which much enthusiasm, implying that he doesn't make many arrests.
** But to his credit, in the episode "[=InformANT=]", he apparently is a detective. But that may serve the purpose of showing how bad his precinct is if he is a detective, unless he ends up being a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
** Even more evidence that the precinct is full of incompetent cops. In the pilot, Darryl says his meeting hosted by the Chief of Police is cancelled because the chief's car was stolen. Which hints to him having a chief similar to [[TheSimpsons Clancy Wiggum]].
** After quickly coming to the conclusion that Chyna broke Olive's toy in "Body of [=EvidANTs=]" [[spoiler:which later we find out that he was right,]] he tells Chyna "... don't worry, I won't tell anyone."
* BigBadEnsemble: Lexi Reed and Principal Susan Skidmore
** In Season 3 however, Hashimoto appears to take the BigBad mantle.
* BigEater: Angus: he once ate everything at a restaurant in less than an afternoon but was still starving so he ordered a pizza. He also bought everything from a bacon truck even though he doesn't like the food that much.
* BilingualBonus: A minor occurrence in the episode [=''ContesANTs''=]. One of the lyrics in Lexi's song is "Amigos son muy especial," which translates to "friends are very special." It's only worth noting because it's not subtitled, and it's one of the nicer things [[AlphaBitch Lexi]] has ever said or written on the show. YMMV on it being heart-felt or creative on her part.
* BoardingSchool: The main setting as of season 3.
* BoastfulRap: Although it was written by Chyna, Olive spits one of these. None of the lyrics make any sense, except when she says "...my skills to recount are innately phenomenal" speaking of her talent for remembering everything she sees, hears or reads.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The episode "The [=InformANT=]" was edited in later reruns over complaints of Officer 3-9's PoliceBrutality. Some of the beatings were removed entirely, while other scenes were toned down and shortened.
* BrainBleach: Fletcher needed this in an episode in which he had to paint the principal in [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule an extremely skimpy Catholic school girl uniform]].
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: At the start of "[=StudANT=] Council".
-->'''Chyna:''' Which dance should I dance for my first school dance? The Dougie? [does the Dougie] The Robot? [does the Robot] Dougie the Robot? [does the Dougie in robotic motions]\\
'''Cameron:''' You just took two of my favorite things... and made them horrible.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Chyna on does this twice in the episode "You're the One That I [=wANT=]". After Olive explains what theatrical asides are.
-->'''Chyna:''' [[HypocriticalHumor Can you believe she is pitching an idea where the character breaks the reality of the play and speaks directly to the viewer, it makes no sense.]]
** And later she says:
-->'''Chyna:''' Y'all see what I have to deal with? Writers, unbelievable.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of "angus' first [=movemANT=]", Chyna mentions a "Silly Song" of hers being popular in Taiwan. At the end of the episode, Olive tries to record a "Sillier Song" [[ItMakesSenseInContext by having Chyna, Lexi & Angus sneeze on a microphone]].
* BrokenAesop: The theme song says that everyone is exceptional. That's easy for Chyna to say: she's an ANT, who's more talented than most people, and are usually seen as more intelligent than everyone else. ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has pointed out that the Aesop is further broken by the DitzyGenius nature of the characters.
** The Episode "Product [=MisplacemANT=]" is also this. The hidden lesson is that trying to impress someone does not mean you have to abandon a lifestyle that means a lot to you. Lexi followed this Aesop, as she developed a GuiltyPleasure for Glarcon, because she and another character had a lot in common in things like fashion. Nonetheless, Lexi still broke this Aesop by having Seth move his stuff from his room, only for him to realize that the Glarkon franchise is silly after reading some of her magazines.
* ButtMonkey: Cameron.
-->'''Cameron:''' But dad, does she have to go to my high school? I mean she's only 11.\\
'''Daryl:''' It's not Chyna's fault that she's gifted, anymore than it's your fault that you're...not.
** Virtually every character has been a Butt Monkey for at least one episode, and some episodes even feature more than one!
** Fletcher is also a major example. His talent is usually dismissed as useless and everyone treats him as an idiot. It even gets ''worse'' in Season 3, where most people treats him like he's nobody, Olive [[TookALevelInJerkass acts more aggressively toward him]], and for some reason, ''the entire country hates him''.
* CallBack: "[=MutANT=] Farm" is a Halloween-themed reflection of the first episode and as such reuses a lot of dialogue from that episode.[[note]] Slightly altered to fit the Halloween theme.[[/note]] Also, Chyna sings a song at the school dance after the music is no longer available, just like she did at Lexi's party.
* CampGay: Mr. Zimbaldi, the drama teacher, and in "You're the One That I wANT" [[MeaningfulName Samuel French]].
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Lexi's "Shut up, Paisley!"
*** Lexi, being the show's main antagonist, winded up saying "You have got to be kidding me! when she is bested by Chyna, and on occasion Olive, Cameron and even Paisley.
** Olive saying "What the heck!" might count since no one else says it (you barely hear it on other Disney shows), she says it a lot, and in Fletcher's Web cartoon, [[spoiler:the character based on Olive]] says a version of it, [[ItMakesSenseInContext "What the ant hill?"]]
*** Not to mention "Interesting factoid" and "HOLLAH!" (and, as of season 3, "Zazzow!").
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Lexi went from an extremely straight example of AlphaBitch to LovableAlphaBitch with helping Fletcher and Cameron sneak into a movie theater, help Chyna resolve Fletcher's StalkerWithACrush tendencies through song, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being nice to Angus when he fixed her computer]]. The turning point seems to have been ''America Needs [=TalANT=]'' and ''[=ContestANTs=]'', in which both times Chyna and Lexi at least partially reconciled their differences...once again, [[TheCastShowoff through song]].
* TheCheerleader: Of both types, at that rate.
* ChildHater: Winter Maddox.
* ChristmasEpisode: Entitled "[=SANTa=]'s Little Helpers", which referenced ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' and Olive mentions that our economy would be worse off if not for the huge amount of money spent during the Christmas shopping season, and states that that is what Christmas is really about.
* ChromaKey: When Olive paints Chyna's bedroom wall green during a slumber party, Chyna uses StockFootage from a movie for her background while video chatting with Lexi, to prove that her slumber party is cooler than Lexi's. Everyone in the background is at least 10 years older than Chyna and are dressed like they're in a nightclub. [[IdiotBall However, it works, even when Olive puts on a hoodie the same color as the green wall]], which blanks out everything except her head until Chyna covers it up. Lexi doesn't catch on until [[StockFootageFailure a ninja drops in and]] attacks the people in the nightclub.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Olive, as seen in "The [=PhANTom=] Locker". She blow dries her hair in Chyna's locker. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It barely makes sense in context]]. Gibson is even worse.
* ComedicSociopathy: Has more of this than the other concurrent Disney Channel sitcoms.
* CountingToPotato: Paisley counts only in vegetables in one episode.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Compare this [[http://chinaanne.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/s1pro1-265x300.jpg promotional photo]], to this [[http://www.bopandtigerbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/121599604.jpg red carpet photo of the cast.]] Creator/StefanieScott has on heels, yet has roughly the same height difference to the [=ANTs=]. Carlon probably wishes he was that tall. It's probably symbolic, but still, kinda shocking.
* CoverVersion: Chyna has performed two: "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz in "[=TransplANTed=]" and "Beautiful" by Music/ChristinaAguilera in "America Needs [=TalANT=]".
* CunningLinguist: Olive is called upon by the principal to translate Japanese to a prospective Japanese Ant.
** Olive also says a few phrases in other languages in other episodes such as German and Danish, and speaks English in quite a few different foreign accents.
* CuteButCacophonic: Olive speaks relatively loudly and with an overdone accent of sorts. But not as loud as their science teacher.
* DeanBitterman: Susan Skidmore.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Although a mild case of redundancy, Chyna says the same word a lot in this sentence.
-->'''Chyna:''' Cameron, what dance should I dance for the first dance of my first high school dance?
** In "[=fraudulANT=]", Lexi describes herself as "pretty, beautiful & gorgeous".
** From "[=ignorANTs=] is bliss":
-->'''Gibson:''' I can't get this sign up sign up, but this is where you sign up, so sign up!
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Lexi on a couple of occasions.
** In an early episode, when Chyna doesn't know much about her, Lexi talks Chyna into trying out for the cheerleading squad. Chyna surprisingly makes the squad. But at practice, Lexi puts Chyna through a torturous first day, which leaves her bruised up, but more importantly, Chyna loses her voice. And Lexi reveals that she did this to stop Chyna from auditioning for the lead role in the school's musical. When Lexi is introduced in the Pilot, she shows that she was the lead nearly every play or musical at the school, clearly making her a front-runner even with Chyna as competition, since someone in Chyna's position might get a few minor roles, or at least one, before she would be considered a viable threat to Lexi.
*** Lexi barely put any effort into the song for her audition, instead she seemed to try pandering to the casting director, which appeared to work. Time wasted on hindering Chyna's audition could have been spent writing a more legitimate song, or rehearsing something else. Chyna shows up the audition anyway and tells Lexi off with her weakened voice, which gets mistaken for a monologue and she gets the lead role.
** And again in "America Needs [=TalANT=]", she works hard to find out what Chyna is singing for the finals so she can sing it first and make Chyna look foolish. Instead of working on her own song. Chyna was aware of her attempted sabotage and as well as being misleading to Lexi, she 'carelessly' leaves a fake song for Lexi to steal. Lexi ends up looking foolish after singing a song about being a donut and getting no applause. Chyna even points out that Lexi didn't need to cheat. And while Lexi wasn't necessarily the favorite going into the finals, the judges apparently liked her.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: In "[=ReplicANT=]", Fletcher calls someone a 'plonker'. While it's still not a strong swear in Britain, it still isn't the sort of language Disney would use deliberately.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Gender flipped by Chyna at the near end of the episode ''[=MeANT=] To Be?'', which implied that she wished she had a chance of fully loving Fletcher. More worse considering it's the 2nd to last episode, but luckily averted in the finale where Fletcher and Olive (her friend) broke up due that Fletcher stays in New York, but even then, Chyna still never gets a chance to love Fletcher, thus making the Flyna ship unresolved.
* TheDitz: Cameron, Gibson, Paisley, and Fletcher.
** Violet implies Angus to be this in "[=intelligANTs=]".
** GeniusDitz: Fletcher's great at art, but thinks snow angels are dead snowmen.
** Also Olive might qualify. While very book smart due to having super memory, she has very childish moments, such as believing Cameron's ghost story, having way more fun while the rest of the [=ANTs=] are playing musical chairs, and her overall naivete.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: In "[=TransplANTed=]":
-->'''Olive:''' [[SarcasmMode Let's go to a high school party. It'll be fun]].\\
'''Fletcher:''' Another one? Wasn't this one bad enough?
** Fletcher sometimes doesn't even understand it when he dishes it out.
-->''' Fletcher:''' Thanks a lot Chyna. ''(walks away [{{beat}}])'' And to be clear, I wasn't thanking you.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "[=StudANT=] Council", Olive and Angus talking at the A.N.T. Party the previous night. Olive says that the party was crazy and that she overdid it. While Angus says that "everything is hazy" he even say, "I am never eating candy again." Then eats candy anyway. Almost radar since most kids that age might not understand the joke.
** Even more so since Angus was more or less a candy bartender at the party.
* TheDogBitesBack: Despite his status as the ButtMonkey, Fletcher proves in "[=feature presANTation=]" that he does have limits to how much he will endure. In the episode, Fletcher hasn't been able to sleep for days because Angus keeps having nightmares waking him up. He spends the episode helping him with this problem, while Angus acts like a total {{jerkass}} towards him. After his final plan to help him ends with them [[ItMakesSenseinContext simulating being on a boat, causing Fletcher to still be awake and even fall in a bowl of fish]], he finally snaps and not only stands up to Angus, but actually chases him around the school, leaving Angus able to do nothing but run and scream in terror.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Fletcher, to Chyna.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The show's opening, "Exceptional", performed by China Anne [=McClain=]. Justified as Chyna is meant to be a musical prodigy.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Kumiko/Kennedy and Winter Maddox were this to Hashimoto in ''[=FinANTial=] Crisis''.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: After Chyna forgets her permission slip for a history field trip, [[spoiler: Chyna's history teacher Mr. [=McMillan=] [[ManChild snaps about it then cries he has a sad pathetic life given he doesn't have a car]] and his girlfriend left him for a clown because of that. Then he jumps out the window to end his life, only to find out he's on the first floor]].
* DumbBlonde: Played completely straight with Paisley. {{Subverted}} with Olive since she has the greatest mental capacity on the show, she rarely puts it to good use, as a result, she sometimes ends up looking dumb and childish at times. And there's this crowning example from Paisley.
-->'''Paisley:''' Yay! I want to thank all the other cheerleaders for reminding me that there is no "I" in team, because I use to spell it with an "I".
** Also:
--->'''Paisley:''' I don't even know my own strength! "Strength" means "address", right?
** Lexi isn't exactly a rocket scientist, but much smarter than Paisley.
* DumbIsGood: Played straight and averted. Cameron, Fletcher and Paisley are dumb as a post, but kind. Chyna is reasonably intelligent, but also (mostly) kind. Olive and Angus are also regarded as intelligent, but can be pretty mean. Lexi is of normal intelligence, but mean and manipulative, though she's gotten somewhat better lately.
* ElectiveMute: Wacky the Wolf is just a student in a mascot suit, but they're so dedicated to staying in character that they never speak. When Lexi impersonates Wacky, talking nearly blows her cover.
* EvilLaugh: Subverted with vampire Fletcher in the Halloween episode, whose EvilLaugh is a girlish "Tee-hee-hee" while his ''normal'' laugh is easily mistaken for an evil one.
** Played Straight by Sequoia on "Creative [=ConsultANT=]". She says Chyna is suspended, then laughs. Angus does it too, but only because he doesn't get her so-called joke, but fakes it. While Olive knows something is wrong because of that and [[IdolSinger Chyna would never miss an opportunity sing live.]]
*** Later Olive and Angus find Chyna suspended [[spoiler:above a shark tank,]] and Angus realizes what she meant and does the EvilLaugh again.
* EvilTeacher: Sometimes parodied with Skidmore, who provides the page quote.
* {{Expy}}: Many obvious and subtle ones are present on this show.
** Chyna comes off as a very deliberate expy of [[Series/ThatsSoRaven Raven]].
*** Chyna even has similarities to [[Series/ICarly Carly Shay]] when you consider she can sing, is ObliviousToLove from Fletcher, and has a less than normal older brother.
*** Musically talented girl who finds herself in a FishOutOfWater situation when she begins attending a new school? Chyna is essentially a younger, African-American version of [[Series/{{Victorious}} Tori Vega]].
** Olive is [[Series/HannahMontana Lilly Truscott]] as a middle schooler.
*** In "The [=ReplacemANT=]", her school teacher look makes her look like a female version of [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Mr. Denzel Crocker]].
*** She also seems a lot tougher than Chyna, and is sometimes mean to Fletcher, given who Fletcher is an expy of (see below), Olive is a more book-smart version of [[Series/ICarly Sam Puckett]] without all of the drama and binge eating. She might even live in a dysfunctional household, but not much is stated about Olive's homelife.
*** Olive even has a similar hairstyle and color to that of Sam.
*** In "[=StudANT=] Council", she shows can even [[BoastfulRap spit some fire into the M-I-C]]. Even though she didn't write the rap in-universe, she didn't sound corny. And she, much like Sam, has moderate mic skills [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy for a white girl]].
** Fletcher is basically [[Series/ICarly Freddie Benson]] reborn.
*** To a lesser extent, Fletcher is a new-age [[Series/SavedByTheBell Screech]]. He's white and nerdy, can seem a lot younger than he actually is, and has a huge crush on an African-American girl.
** Gibson is basically [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Woody]], if he was smarter and a bit less social.
*** While his similarities to Woody are mostly in appearance, Gibson behaves more like [[Series/ICarly Spencer Shay]]. Single Adult Child that hangs out with kids that don't seem to respect him very much, since [[AdultsAreUseless most of the kids are smarter and more mature than him]].
** Angus is a smarter, tech-savvy version of [[Series/ICarly Gibby]]; interestingly, both ended up being [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted to the opening credits]].
** Paisley is a DumbBlonde version of [[Series/{{Victorious}} Cat]].
** Violet is a little [[Series/HannahMontana Miley Stewart]] with [[Series/ICarly Sam Puckett's]] aggressiveness.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: You'd be surprised at how many episodes noticeably take place over the course of just one day. Notable aversions are "[=SciANTs Fair=]", "The[=ReplacemANT=]" and "[=PerformANTs=]" and few other earlier episodes. While many other episodes take place in a day or two, with most of the episode taking place one day and the final scene being the next day.
* ExtremeOmnivore: In the first episode, Chyna and Olive hide in what they ''think'' is Chyna's locker, and Olive eats what she ''thinks'' is a cupcake. Eventually...
-->'''Chyna:''' This is not my locker, and that's not a cupcake.\\
'''Olive:''' That would explain [[IAteWhat the tail]]. (she holds up a rat's tail, then shrugs and eats it anyway)
* FatBastard: Angus is starting to become one of these. This status has been cemented in Season 3 as he has gotten his germs all over Fletcher's bed, framed Fletcher for hacking (a serious crime), stole his retainer and used it as his own, and laughed hysterically when Fletcher fell through a chair.
** He also took prize money from Chyna and Lexi despite not actually helping either of them in the final performance, [[spoiler: changed Olive's IQ test scores to crush her self-esteem to get her to date him]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eating all the food at every establishment he goes to.]]
* FiveFiveFive: In "[=philANThropy=]", there's the number 555-0192.
* FlashbackTwist: In "[=EndurANTs=]", Chyna was recalling when she first met Fletcher. But everything is a bit off. Olive is dressed as Gibson (which she did but in a different episode) and botched his Welcome {{Catchphrase}}, Fletcher is carrying a scarecrow instead of a wax figure of Olive, to which Chyna says "that boy is carrying something" instead "that boy is carrying a dead body." Fletcher says gibberish instead of telling Chyna that she is beautiful, to which she replies "Dynamite" the song she sang in said episode.
** Olive says that's not how it went, and asks if that's how normal people remember stuff.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The German Shepherd that Cameron tries to enter in a dog show is named Snuggles and is police attack dog.
** While Lexi's dog isn't shown as being vicious, it's a huge Mastiff named Princess.
* FreakyFridayFlip:
** In "Id[=ANT=]ity Crisis", Principal Skidmore creates an evil yogurt machine that drains the [=ANT=]s' personalities into yogurt while their bodies become [[TheHive her mind-controlled slaves]]. In the end, Chyna defeats Skidmore and convinces the slaves to eat the yogurt to get their personalities back and free her friends. However, they all eat the wrong yogurt resulting in this trope.
** In the second episode of the Mut[=ANT=] Farm arc, Olive switches Paisely's mind with a duck's to make Paisely look "smarter".
* FreudianExcuse: "America Needs [=TalANT=]" tells us that the reason Lexi makes fun of Chyna is because she's secretly worried that she isn't as good as Chyna.
* FunnyAfro: Gibson, whose Jewfro acts as a BagOfHolding.
** The [=ANTs=] wear Jewfro wigs while trying to save Gibson's job.
** Chyna dons a huge 1970's fro when Olive is producing a Greek play and called herself Afro-dite.
* FunWithAcronyms: Right there in the title.
* GagBoobs: Of the GettingCrapPastTheRadar kind. It's a part of Olive's disguise in the pilot.
* GamerChick: Olive in "[=ReplicANT=]". She surpasses Cameron's high score in [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Donkey King]] and would have won a Donkey King competition had a blackout not happened. And while her proficiency in that game is attributed to her super memory, she also easily handled having to play a live-action of the game staged by Cameron and Wacky the Wolf, complete with barrels, ladders, hammers and an apple.
** However, it is unknown if Olive is good at video games in which her memory would've be a factor, or whether or not she even plays any other games.
** Its also left rather ambigous as to whether Cameron is only upset about having his Hi-Score beaten or upset about losing to Olive because she is a girl.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In the pilot, After their fellow ANT is caught in the wave of passing by high schoolers, Fletcher said that they should save him, only for Olive to say he's gone, ''complete with a Bright Slap''.
* GlassShatteringSound: Chyna does this in twice an episode. While Chyna might actually be able to do that, it's highly unlikely that she really did it in that episode since she shattered someone's eyeglasses.
* GilliganCut: Subverted in one episode. Chyna refuses to do a music video in a string cheese costume. Cut to [[spoiler:her brother on set in the costume. His face was blocked initially to invoke this trope.]]
* GirlishPigtails; Olive sports long girlish pigtails with bows that match her dress and even has to lollipop for her little girl disguise in "[=FraudulANT=]".
** Lexi in "[=EndurANTs=]", when she poses as an [=ANT=].
* GoodCopBadCop: Chyna suggests this to Olive in "[=FraudlANT=]" then Olive declines, but still does it after Chyna's attempt at taking the nice route doesn't work. Olive even threatens the criminal with violence.
* GoodWithNumbers: Turns out how [[spoiler: Lexi]] gets into the ANT Program.
* GotMeDoingIt: The "air quotes" from Chyna's favorite show, High Heels High. First Chyna does it, then later her dad gets in on the act:
-->'''Darryl:''' I did a little "research" (with air quotes). [[LampshadeHanging Wait, why am I doing this now?]] I actually did do some research.
** And there's this from "[=FraudlANT=]":
-->'''Zanko:''' How dare you accuse Zanko of stealing?!\\
'''Chyna:''' Because Zanko ''is'' guilty of stealing! Chyna was there and Chyna knows the truth! Why is Chyna talking in the third person?\\
'''Olive:''' Olive thinks it sounds cool.
* HalloweenEpisode: "[=MutANT=] Farm".
* HammerspaceHair: Gibson keeps, among other things, licorice, fresh tissues and corn cobs in his hair.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: Chyna stopped Olive from singing it and tells her that she knows how it goes. Lexi also does this to Paisley later on in the same episode.
** In "[=ClairvoyANT=]", Chyna received an award from Principal Skidmore for singing it to her, offscreen of course.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chyna and Olive, Lexi and Paisley.
* HiddenDepths: Paisley is apparently able to build a ''functioning helicopter'' out of ''balloons''. [[UpToEleven Complete with a rope ladder. In two seconds]].
* HighSchool: The show uses Webster High for the setting of most episodes. Justified as the premise of the show is gifted middle school kids attending high school. It has lockers, one main hallway with a large staircase and at least a couple of minor hallways. It also has a few normal classrooms includingscience lab classroom, Home Ec, the Ant Farm, and what looks to be a makeshift auditorium. Only a few episodes take place entirely outside of school and that was during their summer vacation.
** It is unknown whether or not Webster High is named for ''Webster'' the 80's sitcom, or for a different Webster.
* HonorBeforeReason: Chyna trying to correct her A-that-should-have-been-an-F in the episode with the "High Heels High" episode.
* HypocriticalHumour: This being a Disney show, there's a ton of it.
-->'''Chyna:''' Would you guys please stop saying stuff that makes us sound like little kids? [beat] Ooh, cookies!\\
'''Cameron:''' Chyna, you always exaggerate. You exaggerate like a million times a day.\\
'''Olive:''' I'm only scared of the ''really'' scary stuff. For example, I'm not scared of spiders. Like that one at the back of your neck? No biggie.\\
'''Cameron:''' That's not a spider. That's a birthmark.\\
'''Cameron:''' Can we move on to something not dumb & childish? Ooh, dinosaur balloons!
* IKnowMortalKombat: A meta example: in 2012, there was [[http://www.justjaredjr.com/2012/05/28/a-n-t-farm-stars-honor-heimlich-heroes/ an incident]] where a first grader saved a choking classmate after seeing the Heimlich maneuver performed on an episode of the show.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title has "ANT" in it somewhere in capital letters. They also do this when the word that "ANT" is a part of isn't pronounced as it normally would be such as "You're the One That I [=wANT=]".
* IdolSinger: Chyna and Lexi both get chances to [[TheCastShowoff showcast their natural talents]]. There is even an episode where they make to the Hollywood phase of an Idol show spoof, called [[Series/AmericasGotTalent America Needs Talent]].
** While most {{Idol Singer}}s are marketed for looks over vocal ability, or that they get acting jobs due to being a good singer. But a teacher lampshades this when he says "I knew you could sing but your acting skills, wow!"
** And Lexi is known for her acting skills in high school musicals, being cast as the lead in nearly everything, even if she is cast in a role meant for a male actor.
* IHaveToGoIronMyDog:
-->'''Fletcher:''' I think I see a mouse.\\
'''Olive:''' Oh look! My cat go out!
* InnocentProdigy: Despite her intellect, Olive is very much a child. Chyna is able to trick Olive into spending the night in the "haunted locker" (to prove it's not haunted) by leading her to the school blindfolded. Olive believes she's in Chyna's house playing a game of Pin The Tail on the Donkey.
** Also when she has to [[spoiler:go back to kindergarten for losing her memory, which at the time of her grade demotion, came back, she enjoys being in the same class as 5-year olds in order to "get away from the big kids" as she puts it.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Lexi.
* {{Jerkass}}: Other then [[AlphaBitch Lexi]], we also have Olive. In her case though, her over-analytical mind seems to give her a LackOfEmpathy, plus she's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** Also Principal Skidmore.
* KarmaHoudini: Lexi on a few occasions.
** In "You're the One That I [=wANT=]", Lexi says to Fletcher that if she sabotages the play, everyone will suspect her, so she talks Fletcher into doing her dirty work. During the play, its Lexi who sabotages the play while operating the spotlight, in plain sight to everyone. Not only does she get away with it, no one seems to care who the culprit is.
*** She even says "this is worst news ever" with a smile on her face. Yet no one catches on.
*** However, she does mention getting rid of Chyna would be blamed on her, but getting rid of Jared would be blamed on Fletcher, even if she does it. But no blame is placed on Fletcher either. So they both are.
** In one episode, Cameron dislikes being "locker buddies" with the admittedly irritating Olive, so he fools her into believing the locker is haunted by a ghost because she has a phobia of ghosts. [[DisproportionateRetribution He procceeds to milk this for all it's worth, even laughing about how fun it is.]] At the end, when he's found out, he pays no consequence whatsoever for basically bullying someone with a phobia.
** One episode has the gang scamming a guy into buying Fletcher's paintings and then end up blackmailing him, getting away from all legal repercussions.
** Olive generally gets away with her {{Jerkass}} behavior.
* KickTheDog: Lexi harshly telling Fletcher that Chyna doesn't love him. While a laugh track plays through that, Fletcher's reaction is shown to be... [[TearJerker somewhat sad.]]
** Fletcher's favorite artist stealing his artwork and claiming it as his own.
** [[spoiler: Angus editing Olive's IQ test scores to lower her self-esteem.]]
* LatexPerfection: Angus once tried to do this to frame Fletcher for "killing" Olive's videogame pet. Chyna, being the GreatDetective in this episode, quickly recognizes that he's not Fletcher and unmasks him.
* LaughTrack: Being a Creator/DisneyChannel KidCom, par for the course.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "[=CANTonese=] Style Cuisine", Goo Goo tells Chyna "don't bother with the birthday song, people just like hearing-" and then gets cut off by the theme song.
* LiteralMinded: Gibson, as seen in "Bad [=RomANTs=]".
-->'''Chyna:''' What is Gibson's idea of a perfect date?\\
'''Gibson:''' November 3rd!\\
** All the main trio have at least one moment of this.
-->'''Olive:''' It's blueberry yogurt. *beat* You said to look natural and the label said all-natural.\\
'''Lexi:''' Chyna, you may be an ant, but you need to sound like a wolf!\\
'''Chyna:''' Okay. *makes dog noises*\\
'''Fletcher:''' You told me to paint what's on the inside.\\
'''Chyna:''' I didn't mean her skeleton!
** Olive also did this when Chyna didn't study for her science test and Chyna says that since Olive memorized the entire book, and asks her to tell her everything in the book. Olive proceeds to recite the inner cover including the special thanks and copywrite info.
** Paisley is this most of, if not all of the time, but a striking example was in the ChristmasEpisode when she and Lexi were hired to be gift-wrappers, and she showed up to work dressed as a Rapper, then says "lemme get a beet!"
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: Fletcher occasionally tends to forget about Chyna when he's around Paisley, especially whenever Paisley [[MarshmallowHell hugs]] Fletcher. One such example (from the pilot no less) happens to be the pictured example on the Tropes page.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Fletcher had been this for Chyna when she came to the A.N.T. program in the 1st episode to the point that he even said "You're beautiful."
* LyricalDissonance: Chyna wrote a few songs like this. First, when she and Fletcher are trying to get Gibson to stop from hanging out with them so much.The tempo and melody are upbeat and happy, however the lyrics are quite dark. She says things like, "...feed him fatty foods till his heart explodes" and "dehydrating his skin and make Gibson-jerky"
** And again when she form a phony children's band in which the band is dress in stuffed animal costumes. Although someof the songs are safe but just plain odd such as "You Gotta Wear Pants in Public" and "Don't Go Potty in the Tub". However, there is a song with an up-tempo PunkRock melody that even has a Gothic teen saying "Wow, they're dark."
--->''"When you're doing crafts with art supplies,\\
Don't run with scissors, its not too wise\\
You can stab your chest, your arms, your thighs,\\
You could lose one or even both your eyes."''
* ManipulativeBitch: Lexi, like all [[AlphaBitch alpha bitches]], is this is spades. [[spoiler:In "[=ParticipANTs=]", she lets Chyna onto the cheerleading squad just to wear her out so she would be too tired to audition for the school musical. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard This actually ends up working to Chyna's advantage when she shows up to audition and inadvertantly delivers the best monologue the drama teacher has ever heard]].]]
* MemeticMutation: InUniverse, Cameron's "Space Cadet" song, which is a remix about his speech on how he willingly decides to [[ItMakesSenseInContext go to space to stop an asteroid from destroying Earth.]]
* {{Moe}}: InUniverse, Paisley considers Fletcher to be adorable.
* [[spoiler: TheMole: Kennedy, although she grew to care for the rest of the [=ANTs=].]]
* MsFanservice: They hired a model (Allie [=DeBerry=]) to play Paisley. ''It shows''.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Violet easily takes down Officer Parks in "[=InfANT=]".
* MyGodYouAreSerious: Angus reacts this way when he realizes Chyna wasn't joking about Gibson having an ex-girlfriend.
* {{Narcissist}}: Lexi always looks at herself in the mirror.
* NeverSayThatAgain: "Instead of the bling-bling, we got the wing-wing."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After the A.N.T. are seen complaining about the faulty climate control of the school, Chyna asks Principal Skidmore to cut something unnecessary from the school budget. [[spoiler:She, in-turn, fires Gibson and they spend the rest of the episode trying to raise the money to re-hire him.]]
** In "[=ConfinemANT=]", Olive sees the school's budget sheets, and notices that Principal Skidmore is cutting the art and music programs to use the money for renovations for her office. [[spoiler:However, Olive tells the schoolboard this, only for Skidmore to tell her that the money for her office would be used to fund art and music, not the other way around. If it the [=ANTs=] didn't try to save the day, they wouldn't have lost the programs.]]
** Also, from the same episode, Chyna does this when she sings a song to save the day. When she's done singing, the Chairman of the Board, says "''Wow, you are incredibly good as music. Clearly there is nothing we can teach you.''"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** [[Music/LadyGaga Madame GooGoo]].
** Pauly D and ''Series/JerseyShore'' as a whole in the "America Needs [=TalANT=]" episode with Nicky G. and "Yo, I'm from Jersey".
** Can't really call Corey Delaney a celeb, but they did parody him "[=EndurANTs=]". For those of you who don't know him, he is famous for hosting a 500 person house party while his parents were away. It was global news mainly because of how he was highly unapologetic for any chaos that ensued and the subsequent damage. It cost his parents over $20,000, and that was just for the police. He was shown with Neville near the beginning of the episode with Corey's exact look, including his hairstyle and color, hat, shades, and jacket with no shirt on underneath.
** [[Music/{{LMFAO}} ROFL]].
* NoIndoorVoice: The science teacher (and, to a degree, Olive).
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: InUniverse, Lexi is such an AttentionWhore that not even being photographed covered in foam from a fire extinguisher makes her react beyond stopping and posing.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Season 3 changes the setting from a high school to a special boarding school for child prodigies run by billionaire Zoltan Grundy, thus leaving out many characters (namely Cameron, Mr. Parks, principal Skidmore, Paisley, Violet and Wacky the Wolf).
* OddFriendship: Strangely, Lexi and Cameron seem to get along okay.
* OfficialCouple: Fletcher & Olive as of "[=unwANTed=]", but later broke up in time for the finale in "The New York [=ExperiANTs=]".
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: At least a couple noteworthy ones.
** When Lexi tried to trap Olive in a room with a bear, Principal Skidmore shows ups and subdues the bear while only suffering a few minor scratches.
** When Chyna falls in to a [[spoiler:shark tank, Olive saves her, from two sharks offscreen,]] and even manages to do so [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished without getting Chyna's hair wet]].
** Chyna mentions that Olive and Fletcher once put together a "...scheme to take down Vegas". Probably would've made for an entertaining episode to say the least, but there is no way Disney would write an episode about breaking the law and seemingly getting away with it. Makes you wonder what they did and how they failed.
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Fletcher's actor, Jake Short. He's playing an 11-year old character who looks and sounds like he's around 9. He's actually ''16''.
** Cameron's actor, Carlon Jeffery is pretty noteworthy. While he isn't an A.N.T., he looks 15 and plays a sophomore, but the actor is 18.
** Paisley's actress, Allie Deberry, also plays a sophomore and is only a few months younger than Carlon.
* OncePerEpisode: [[{{Mascot}} Wacky the Wolf]] appears in every episode, despite being a minor character and not having any lines.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "[=MutANT=] Farm", Cameron attempts to kill Vampire Fletcher with garlic, then with a stake, then with holy water: In order, Fletcher points out that vampires love garlic, effortlessly takes the stake from Cameron's hand and shrugs off the holy water.
* {{Padding}}: InUniverse, Olive's autobiography is bigger than her, but apparently contains ''very'' minor details.
* PetTheDog: Frequent designated antagonist figures on the show, Lexi and Cameron, have some from time to time.
** Subverted once, however. When Cameron and Lexi found Principal Skidmore's cell phone, Lexi's initial reaction was that they should return it, which is probably the one nice thing she's ever even considered doing. However, Cameron talked her out of it.
* {{Pilot}}: "[=TransplANTed=]".
* PoliceBrutality: In "The [=InformANT=]", a little person police officer called 3-9 is seen beating a thuggish looking man. As the man runs away, the officer goes on to say "That'll teach you to double park!" He is later seen beating another person up, probably for another minor "crime". It ended up generating so many complaints from viewers that Disney [[{{Bowdlerize}} quietly released an edited version with the violence toned down]].
* PowerTrio
* PreemptiveDeclaration: Olive uses this when Fletcher calls her ugly.
-->'''Olive:''' At least my face isn't black and blue.\\
'''Fletcher:''' My face isn't black and blue.\\
'''Olive:''' Not yet.
** And Olive again while talking to Principal Skidmore in "[=ReplacemANT=]" after Chyna suggests that Olive teach History.
-->'''Principal Skidmore:''' You haven't committed any violent crimes, have you?\\
'''Olive:''' No. (looks at Chyna) Not yet.
* RealJokeName: Someone really named Dorian Bannister.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Apparently the reason why they wrote an episode with Flechter in a cast is because his actor actually ended up in one.
* RunningGag: Although all of the A.N.T.s have been in costumes at various times, Olive does this way more than the rest of them, Examples included:
*** Queen Elizabeth the First.
*** Her teacher outfit in the same episode also counts.
*** A German Doctor named Ima Fraud ([[ItsPronouncedTroPAY "pronounced Eema Frowd!"]]).
*** A Nightclub singer circa 1930 with Yogurt-filled GagBoobs.
*** WonderWoman.
*** A lost little girl.
*** Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe in a split-costume.
*** A Mad scientist.
*** An {{expy}} of Fletcher.
*** Cat Burglar, Chyna also and Fletcher wore an actual Catsuit.
*** Dressed as a Chinese Chef, Chyna did also.
*** Dressed as an Elf although with Fletcher. Chyna was Santa.
*** Her investigative reporter hat might also count, especially since she only wore it in that episode.
*** A Goth chick along with Agnus as an Music/OzzyOsbourne {{expy}}.
*** As a 60's backup singer (along with Violet), dressed in attire similar to that of The Supremes.
*** Dressed as MarieAntoinette, the tragically famous former Queen of France.
** Angus wanting to marry Olive.
** Fletcher's human-faced hoodie.
* SandInMyEyes: Subverted by Daryl. He tears up about Chyna being old enough to go out with a boy, unsupervised. He claims that there's tear-gas in the riot uniform Chyna is wearing, but then he wipes his eyes with her sleeve only to realize it actually does have tear-gas on it. Happens later while watching a ChickFlick on the couch.
* SarcasticConfession: Not completely a confession, but in this exchange with Lexi's pageant judge, in which he is trying to convince her that he is an elderly man whom Lexi takes care of, he gives a bit of evidence that reveals he's not really an old man.
-->'''Cameron:''' I lived here before they finished building the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. I can still hear the sound of all 1.2 million rivets being put in.\\
'''Mrs. Busby:''' Wow, You can remember that?\\
'''Cameron:''' Like I read it in a book this afternoon.
** When you realize that an elderly man reading about something that was alive for is pretty unlikely, but a sophomore in high school is very likely to have read that as part of his classwork, more than likely, that very same afternoon, and that Cameron isn't smart enough to remember something like that longer than a few hours, it just adds to the hilarity and confirms it's a confession.
** In ''Modeling [=AssignmANT=]'', Angus helps Cameron look muscular by pumping up a bouncing house under his clothes. When Vanessa finally sees Cameron and comments on how well-built he is, Cameron says, you don't get muscles like these but inflating some balloon suit under your clothes.
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]: Chyna, sometimes.
* ScrewYourself: Lexi, at the end of "[=idANTity crisis=]". G-rated version.
* SeparateSceneStorytelling: Chyna and Angus do this in "Body of [=EvidANTs=]" while retelling what happened to Olive's toy.
* SeriousBusiness: [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Donkey King]] is serious business to Cameron and Olive, Cameron says "for years you've been going to Chyna's concerts, recitals, award presentations; finally I do something that eclipses all of that, and you not even gonna come."
** He also setup a real-life Donkey King simulation to keep her from competing in the tournament.
** Olive memorized over 10,000 game patterns and subsequently gets the high score. Although that was easy for her to do. She still took the live game and arcade game seriously and was furious about being setup and her score getting wiped out because of a blackout.
* SharkPool: Chyna gets dangled over one in "creative [=consultANT=]". The sharks turn out to be guys in shark costumes. [[FridgeLogic Do you know how many questions could be asked about this?]]
* ShipTease: Fletcher/Chyna, Paisley/Fletcher, and even Cameron/Lexi.
** Fletcher/Chyna even moreso now, starting in "[=EndurANTs=]".
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Almost completely {{Averted}} as Webster High is the main setting. It's more fair to ask "shouldn't we be ''home'' right now?"
* ShoutOut: When [[DumbBlonde Paisley]] pretends that she's choking, she exclaims that there's food lodged in her [[Series/SesameStreet Snuffleuffagus]].
** The name of that episode is "[[Music/LadyGaga bad romANTS]]".
** "[=SciANTS=] Fair" features a recreation of the Hindenburg disaster, complete with Olive saying "Oh, the humanity!"
** When Chyna is working on the fortune cookie machine, she recreates the famous [[Series/ILoveLucy chocolate conveyor belt scene]].
** The number [[Literature/LesMiserables 24601]].
** The tune Fletcher hums while making a puppet of Chyna play the trumpet sounds alot like the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' theme.
** On "America Needs [=TalANT=]", Lexi, upon hearing Paisley tell her she is going to be on a GameShow, tells Paisley that she is not [[Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader smarter than a 5th Grader]]. A show that the actress playing Paisley's teammate for the episode, Sierra [=McCormick=] was previously on.
** The GameShow on which Paisley and Olive competed is a ShoutOut is named The Brainy Bunch and the host is [[Series/TheBradyBunch Barry Williams]].
** Skidmore mentions [[Literature/AChristmasCarol being visited by the three Christmas ghosts]].
** "The [=InformANT=]" has a little person police officer disguise as a new student. When they ask of his name, he says it's Charlie. When they asked for his last name, he says it's [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Brown]].
** Cameron names the cat he disguises as a dog to enter and win a dog show, Music/SnoopDogg.
** Olive goes [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Mr. Crocker]] (complete with looking like a female Mr. Crocker) on her classmates by the 2nd half of the episode "The [=ReplacemANT=]" as the substitute teacher, complete with this quote:
-->'''Olive:''' You know what funny starts with? '''F!'''
** As of "Some [=EnchANTed=] Evening", Chyna and Fletcher's friendship/relationship is now similar to Lizzie and Gordo's from ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''.
** "Why would anyone [[Series/MyBabysittersAVampire hire a babysitter who's a vampire]]?" This doubles as an ActorAllusion, since the character being referred to is played by Vanessa Morgan.
** While the entire A plot of "[=EndurANTs=]" is a ShoutOut to ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' and the ''Series/CrocodileHunter'', when Australian Gibson disapears mere seconds after he is off-camera and Chyna says's "I hate when he does that" is a direct ShoutOut to Mick, who does that often enough for a fellow bushman to say that line in the third movie.
** "[=ANTswers=]" features many parodies of viral internet videos, such as Charlie Bit My Finger, Keyboard Cat, Trolololo, and Dramatic Chipmunk. YMMV on whether they are {{affectionate parod|y}}ies or {{take that}}s.
** "[=ContestANTs=]" has a twofer when Olive suggest they decide who gets her as a teammate by playing France France Revolution, Lexi thinks she's referring to the actual game, ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'', but Olive means UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and even dresses as UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette and throws cake at Lexi's and Chyna's face, (but, of course, doesn't hit Chyna) while they are in stocks.
*** She starts it by saying [[BeamMeUpScotty Let them eat cake]]
** The asteroid from [=ClairvoyANTS=] is supposed to be the same one from [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Wizards]] [[Franchise/DisneyChannelLiveActionUniverse vs.]] [[SharedUniverse Asteroid]]; both episodes had the same original air date.
** The episode [=InfluANTces=] is full of shout outs. For one the obvious rare yet nicely done shout out to Black History Month and Chyna imagining herself as Music/EllaFitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson then later paying homage to each of them while singing ''Exceptional''.
*** Other shout outs include Finesse Mitchell playing Music/MichaelJackson, Angus as John Landis, and Chyna says 5,4,3,2,1 which is a direct shout to Rhythm Nation, And YMMV on Carlon Jeffrey being Tito Jackson.
*** Angus' presentation is on Mark Dean.
** Fletcher dating Kennedy currently mirrors that of [[Series/AustinAndAlly Austin's relationship with Kira]], but Fletcher's reason for doing so is because he wants Chyna to be jealous. It's unknown if this will be temporary like Austin's, however.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Averted mostly. Nearly every episode takes place at school, with a few episodes taking place over summer vacation in Season 2. However, there are times when they're at school when the question might be "Shouldn't we be learning right now?" Especially when they sometimes leave the school during what sometimes appears to be school time and come back to the school.
** Principal Skidmore doesn't help it by forcing some of them to do non-school related activities, such as Fletcher paint her in ''[=PhANTom=] Locker'' and stomping grapes to make grape juice in "IgnorANTs is Bliss".
* SleepWalking: Olive does this during a slumber party. While sleepwalking she makes rooster noises, plays golf and sleep-knits, and isn't aware that she sleepwalks.
* SpecialEditionTitle: [=MutANT Farm=] which re-did the opening with organ music and Halloween style graphics.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', but replace "Teen Psychic" with "Tween Prodigy".
** ''A.N.T. Farm'' also has some similarities to ''[[Series/SmartGuy Smart Guy]]'' (also produced by Disney, but aired on Disney Channel only in reruns after its WB run ended): both series focus on a tween who skips from elementary/middle school to high school, with the lead attending the same school as their BookDumb older brother, employ the ThreeAmigos format (compare T.J., Marcus and Mo, with Chyna, Olive and Fletcher) and include a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} best friend character (compare Mo, with Paisley and to some extent, Olive).
* StalkerWithACrush: Fletcher and Angus both exhibit this with Chyna and Olive respectively. Although Angus doesn't seem that bad, yet. However he is a tech-savvy hacker, so who knows.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Fletcher is prone to this, especially regarding his StalkerWithACrush behavior towards Chyna.
-->'''Fletcher:''' It's not like I stayed up all night making wax sculptures of you.\\
''(in a later episode)''\\
'''Olive:''' Where's Chyna? She's supposed to be helping me with this.\\
'''Fletcher:''' How would I know? It's not like I sewed a GPS transmitter to the lining of her backpack so I could track her every move.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Lexi is unaware of a fellow cheerleader's birthday since she never received her invitation. When she stopped [[ZanyScheme trying to find out why]], her DumbBlonde friend Paisley says she has to deliver an invitation to someone named "[=IX37=]" and assume its a robot. When Lexi sees the name, she realizes that Paisley had the envelope, which says LEXI, turned upside-down. When she tells Paisley, Paisley replies, "I didn't know my best friend was a robot!"
** Angus as good as admitted to sabotaging the IQ test so Olive would fall for her bad results and go out with him.
* SwappedRoles: The point of the "[=MutANT=] Farm" Halloween Special, except instead of two people swapping roles, the entire social order of the school is changed, with the [=ANTs=] (cast as traditional Halloween monsters) being the most popular kids in the school and the regular kids like [[AlphaBitch Lexi]], Paisley and Cameron, being the outcasts. The main plot of the episode even mirrors the situation presented in "[=StudANT=] Council", with all of the monster kids throwing a school dance and excluding the regular kids.
* {{Tagline}}: "Small is the new big."
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse, Lexi's audition for the school play.
-->''"Wow, that was so sweet, I'm worried about my blood sugar!"''
* TeensAreShort: Played straight with the [=ANTs=], being that they're preteens([[DawsonCasting being played by actors that are 13-15 years old]]) going to a high school, and not only are they shorter than every adult, but also most if not all regular high school students. Paisley and Lexi are taller than the [=ANTs=] but narrowly avert this compared to Principal Skidmore who is about their height. All high school students are, for the most part, taller than the [=ANTs=], except for Cameron.
** Also played straight with Cameron, whose actor is 19 years old, yet about the same height as his sister, who has to be at least three years younger, while their father is over 6 feet tall, and the mother is also taller than both kids, but not exactly tall. Gibson is around the same height as Chyna's father.
* TheCameo: [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2 and C3PO]] show up in in one episode. Likely to get a test run for Disney's new acquisition of the license.
* ThreeAmigos: Chyna, Olive and Fletcher.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy
* UnlimitedWardrobe: [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Madam]] [[Music/LadyGaga Goo Goo]]. {{Lampshaded}}, of course. She pairs it with the ability to change her outfit in the two seconds it takes her to walk through a door.
* UnsoundEffect: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Olive attempts to disguise herself as a coffee table]] in "unforeseen [=cirmumstANTs=]"; when she blows her cover by talking, she follows it up with "table sound".
* UnwantedAssistance: Chyna pretty much tells this to Angus in "Modeling [=AssignmANT=] during Cameron and Vanessa's date in a fake hot-air balloon.
* VillainTeamUp: Hashimoto and Winter Maddox do this in ''[=FinANTial=] Crisis''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Olive and Fletcher's plot in "Angus' First [=MovemANT=]" ends with Olive chasing Fletcher with a basket of venomous snakes. Fletcher isn't seen for the rest of the episode (Olive appeared in TheStinger).
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Paisley in "[=EndurANTs=]" and Chyna in "[=ANTswers=]".
* WildTeenParty: A major plot point in "[=TransplANTed=]".
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Chyna and Fletcher, in "[=EndurANTs=]" and "[=SignificANT Other=]".
* YouGetMeCoffee: Whenever a situation arises in Season 3, the other characters generally tells Fletcher to go away.
* ZanyScheme: Not relied upon, but they do make use of them.
** Lexi's attempts to find out why she was not invited to a popular friend's birthday party.
** When they try to retrieve Fletcher's painting from Zanko.
** Lexi and Cameron's scheme to help Lexi keep her most recent pageant crown. While not that zany, it is definitely noteworthy for being an unusual plan. It gets Zany when the real Cameron is required to make an appearance for the pageant rep so she can talk to him and his disguised persona at the same time.
** Pretty much the entire plot of "[=PerformANTs=]" complete with crazy costumes, convenient disguises, a song that is thought up at a moment's notice to keep their story straight that also contains a freestyle rap, and a singing perfomance meant to fool her mother that has some choreography.
*** Cameron's B-Plot even could be considered zany. He needs to get Lexi a backstage pass. But backstage passes are for employees only. What does Cam do? He grabs a help wanted sign and poses as a tattoo artist.
** Subverted in "Creative [=Consultant=]" when [[spoiler:Olive and Angus show up to save Chyna, who is suspended above a shark tank, Olive mentions how dolphins have been known to save humans from shark attacks, and while Chyna's rope is snapping away little by little, says "...so all we need is a dolphin, and Angus proceeds to order one, online. Time quickly runs out before he can make the purchase, and Olive saves Chyna with an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Early [=RetiremANT=]" when she gets Skidmore back as the Principal so her Grandmother won't be principal anymore.
--> Grammy: If that's how you felt, why didn't you just tell me?\\
Chyna: I didn't want to hurt your feelings?\\
Grammy: So instead you make up an elaborate scheme to get rid of me?\\
Chyna: I make up elaborate schemes when I'm stressed.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Chyna sometimes wears grade B. That's pretty impressive for a middle schooler...
** Especially considering Lexi and Paisley rarely sports this trope and when they do its Grade C or D.
** Principal Skidmore wears grade C while dressed as a Catholic schoolgirl. Just add BrainBleach.