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Series: Degrassi
Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through.
Opening Theme

Formerly titled Degrassi: The Next Generation, Degrassi is a Canadian Teen Drama about a group of kids in a Toronto high school and the problems they face. The franchise started in 1979 as the mini-series The Kids of Degrassi Street, it has gone through several incarnations since then. The current version started in 2001 and has some of the kid actors from the 1980s show as adults. Produced and aired in Canada by CTV (2001-09), MuchMusic (2010-2013), MTV (2013-present); it airs in the US on the Nickelodeon-owned cable network TeenNick (formerly The N).

This show is very much like a Soap Opera, with constantly shifting relationships and angst, but can be as serious as a regular television drama. On the plus side, the Soap Opera format lets it go much deeper and more long-term than the average show about teens (no solving problems in twenty minutes, and most of the kids have gone through real Character Development).

On the negative side, the show is as melodramatic as adult soaps. Hardly an episode goes by without one of the kids catching a social disease, escaping their house before it burns down, being diagnosed as bipolar, cutting themselves, losing all of their friends in a single night, getting beaten into a coma, shooting up the school, etc. In the very first episode, Emma narrowly avoids getting raped by a pedophile she met online (and Emma's mother got pregnant with her as a teen on the 1980s show). There are times when it feels like one giant stretched out into a Story Arc (except that the very special problem isn't resolved in twenty minutes).

However, the show is worth watching for three reasons. First, this is one of the few exceptions to Dawson Casting; the teenage characters are all (or at least, mostly) played by actual teenagers, and they're very good actors, lately coming to the series with years of experience in other TV productions, often alongside each other. Many Degrassi alums have gone on to star in American teen dramas and movies, despite now being in their twenties. Second, despite the famed Anvilicious-ness of the show, some of the lessons taught by the show are really important for the teenage audience. Degrassi is usually cited as one of the few "earnest" Teen Dramas and the show has won a Peabody in 2011 for the portrayal of Adam, the first regular transgender character in the history of teen television. It's also one of the few teen dramas to be nominated for an Emmy two years in a row (in 2011 and 2012). Thirdly, the show has a very teenage morality (or what the writers assume to be one anyway) — tattling on other teens is portrayed as a bigger sin than bullying or stealing, for example. This means that a Family-Unfriendly Aesop is as common as a straight one, and although the show is extremely preachy, it's not predictable.

Starting in the 10th season, the show is using with a daily telenovela format for the first 24 episodes of the season. There's also a episode recap page that needs some wiki love. Boycott The Caf is a website that gives humorously skewed reviews and summaries of Degrassi episodes, and is a fountain of fandom in-jokes.

Also known as being the show rapper/singer Aubrey "Drake" Graham was once a cast member of, though he refused to acknowledge this until he hosted Saturday Night Live in early 2014.


This show provides examples of:

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: There are a few examples of this throughout the series.
    • Liberty is presented as this in the early seasons when she falls for Sean and starts trying (painfully unsuccessfully) to seem like a "bad girl" in order to impress him. Subverted when Sean introduces her to Trey "Towerz" Hightower, who does not consider her abhorrent at all.
    • When Connor expresses interest in Clare, she sees him this way, especially after he becomes violent towards Alli and poorly handles her rejection.
    • Love Queen 16, Connor's online friend, exaggerates about her age and good looks on the internet.
    • Arguably, Imogen starts off as this towards Eli, who wants nothing to do with any woman besides Clare. By the beginning of season eleven, Eli has a change of heart and sees her as a legitimate romantic option.
  • Aborted Arc: The whole plot with Clare interning at the Toronto Interpreter and getting sexually assaulted by her boss, Asher, was completely dropped from the rest of the twelfth season and never brought up again. The only closure was that she and another accuser are going to the police.
    • After being dumped for Jenna, Clare makes a declaration that she's going to win KC back setting up a rivalry with Jenna. Clare never makes any attempt to win KC back and the storyline is largely forgotten after the introduction of Eli as Clare's new love interest.
    • At the end of Season 12, Zig and Maya seem to finally be on the road to starting a relationship after getting passed the love quadrangle drama with Tori and Cam. Fast forward to Season 13 and Zig is gone and is replaced by Miles (Zig would return later in the season but only to bemoan the fact that Maya is still choosing other guys over him).
    • Another one often referenced is from the Season 7 episode "Talking in Your Sleep". Paige ends up sleeping with Griffin. Later she finds out he has HIV. She gets tested and is told by doctors that she won't know the results for 6 months. Griffin unceremoniously disappears from the show shortly after this revelation when Paige reveals she is moving out, and there is never any follow-up on Paige's results. Actress Lauren Collins who played Paige has referenced this plothole jokingly a few times on her Twitter.
    • Adam was just beginning hormone replacement therapy and his physical transition from female-to-male when he died in a car accident. Must have been a convenient way to deal with the actress who played Adam not being transgender herself.
  • Above the Influence: Sean in the season 1 finale, at least in fanon. Played straight in Rock This Town.
    • Eli when Clare wants to stay over at his house (and implicitly, sleep with him) because her parents are divorcing. He turns her down, saying she's not ready to lose her virginity. And also to hide from her that his room is full of trash because he's a hoarder.
  • Abusive Parents: There are several examples in the series.
    • Craig runs away in early seasons because his father hits him.
    • When Ellie's father leaves for Iraq, her mother's alcoholism becomes out of control. She ignores Ellie, leaving her to fend for herself, and is emotionally abusive on the rare occasion when she is actually awake. Ellie moves in with Shawn for a while after her mother leaves the stove on before passing out, which causes a fire. Unlike most abusive parents in the series, however, Mrs. Nash makes a commitment to change and sticks to it.
    • K.C.'s parents are presented as abusive in season eight. Subverted when his mother goes to rehab and becomes a kind and responsible parent.
    • Despite the assumption that Jane hates her father for leaving the family, in season eight it is revealed that he sexually abused her as a child.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The student council is apparently unsupervised and the Student Council President and class reps seem like they make the school run alongside the faculty. They plan dances, fundraise and get Natasha Bedingfield to perform at prom. The president is widely respected and the student council races are intense.
  • Academic Athlete: Jane Vaughan is a skilled football player and the Valedictorian of her class. Her plan is to become a lawyer. This is also the same case for Katie, who is not only on the soccer team, but is in karate, the school newspaper, and is student council president.
  • Accidental Pervert: JT staring at Craig's penis. Then Craig saw JT, Toby, and Danny come out of the stall. I'm sure Craig was convinced Manny was The Beard.
  • Actor Allusion: The season 9 school play, Space Awakening. (May be more of a Shout-Out since Jake Epstein's gone from the show)
  • Adam Westing: During the fifth and sixth seasons, almost every commercial and webisode consisted of the characters making fun of how melodramatic the show was. And when Degrassi actors appeared on any other teen show, it was always to mock their character.
  • A-Cup Angst: JT has a really small penis.
    • Jimmy's impotent.
    • Manny has A-Cup Angst despite being at least a D cup.
    • Maya has this after Dallas calls her flat.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Every teen character, since the focus rotates to different characters.
    • Hazel. Her only focus episode, Don't Believe The Hype, was incredibly well done compared to the usual sentence she gets twice a season and it remains a solid fan favorite.
    • Season 10 provides a lot of Good Sav episodes, when his A plots of previous seasons were lackluster.
  • Adorkable: Toby, JT, Wesley.
  • Affectionate Parody: Boycott The Caf
  • After School Cleaning Duty: Detention usually takes this form.
  • After Show: Season 10-present after Miriam McDonald's departure and renaming from D:TNG to Degrassi.
  • Alcohol Hic: Fiona does it the first time she's drunk in front of her mom.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Ellie's mom.
    • Sean's parents.
  • All Abusers Are Male: Though Degrassi has at least one rape or instance of domestic violence every two seasons, every character who experiences these things experiences it from men. Paige is raped by Dean, Craig is abused by his father, Darcy is raped by a faceless man, Jane, as a child, was sexually abused by her father, KC is abused by his father and later sexually abused his coach, Fiona is abused by her new boyfriend Bobby, and Luke and another male sexually assault Zoe.
    • An inversion is Ellie’s mother, who abuses her. She is portrayed as more of a victim (at least by Alex) by the end of her story line.
    • Another inversion has arrived in the form of a woman Connor met online who touches him inappropriately and suggests some...unsavory things.
  • The Alleged Car: Toby's bubbe's car.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Heather Sinclair for Holly J is a mild version; in season seven she admits to Toby that she feels she's in the shadow of Heather. She eventually gets over this.
    • To a lesser degree, Darcy is one to Clare. In season eight, Clare tells KC that she feels like Darcy is the pretty/attractive/popular/etc one and she's just the smart one. She also grows out of this.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: JT.
    • Spinner also makes a big deal about Craig not being a virgin. Averted by Sean, whose first time is the subject of much Fanon because it's never revealed.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Inverted by Shane Kippel in real life! He is Jewish, but he has tattoos.
  • Amicably Divorced: Ashley's parents are still good friends after they divorced. This is mostly because he's gay and they're better off as friends.
  • A Nice Jewish Boy: Toby.
  • An Aesop: Every time a Degrassi character does something morally questionable, one of these is coming.
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • Eli and Clare are assigned to do a film project on Romeo and Juliet, and have to kiss for it (mirroring their UST). Clare even compares herself and Eli to Romeo and Juliet when complaining about him to her English teacher. We all know how *that* particular teen romance turned out in the end.
    • Zane is supportive of Riley when he wants to come out as gay even though it may affect his football career, and compares him to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the US. Riley doesn't know who Harvey Milk is, and Zane then explains he was murdered for being gay.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Emma can sometimes seem like this.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Danny (Seasons 4-6)
  • Anyone Can Die: JT dies unexpectedly. This was the show's way of sending off an actor who wished to leave for college.
    • Adam. Much like JT, theres no way of telling until seconds before the accidents leading up to their respective deaths.
  • Arc Words: "Whatever it takes!"
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Riley. Subverted when he comes out in Season 9 Season 10 and dates Zane.
  • Arranged Marriage: Sav's parents are militantly strict about dating in season 7 and express similar feelings about Alli's relationships in season 8. Both children are expected not to have relationships until their parents find them suitable matches. Sav ignores this advice in season 7 and dates Anya. Despite his repeated attempts to get his parents to accept Anya as his girlfriend (at least for the time being), they set him up with Farrah in season 9, leading to the dissolution of his relationship with Anya. Meanwhile, Alli sneaks around her parents to date Johnny and Drew. When Sav starts dating Holly J, she tells his parents that they are more than friends and they barely bat an eyelash. Alli goes through quite a bit more drama after they discover her sexual history and see her discipline record at school. Eventually, they drop their belief in arranged marriages and Alli is allowed to freely date Dave.
  • The Artifact: After a while, all of the characters that Toby interacted with either left or died, Toby didn't really have anything to do on the show.
    • Spinner played this role in seasons 8 and 9, working at The Dot while dating Jane. Occasionally, he would mention his old Degrassi friends to Holly J as a Continuity Nod.
    • Mr. Simpson, while still a major character, is the last remaining adult who was a kid on the '80s show. His screen time off campus is limited, Emma and Spike are no longer closely tied to the school, having only Connor to interact with at home.
    • Connor is becoming this now that the gifted program is never depicted anymore. Clare and Alli are never seen talking to him and Wesley mostly interacts with Hannah.
    • Clare has been on the show since season 6 when she helped Darcy deal with her Stalker with a Crush. The Edwards family is still on the show, but they almost never mention Darcy despite the fact that she was supposed to return for second semester in season 8.
  • Ascended Extra: Much like in the original series, many students (such as Marco and Darcy) started out as background characters before given their own storylines and then eventually made regulars.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Kevin Smith was a fan of the original series and had a crush on Caitlin. Present day, he makes a guest appearance as himself and kisses the adult Caitlin.
  • Assumed Win: In the second season, Liberty is all set to go onstage and accept first place in the science fair, only to be beaten by Emma.
  • The Atoner: Spinner, who genuinely tries to redeem himself after what happened to Jimmy.
    • K.C. spent some of season 8 working to not be who he was at his last school.
    • Most of Riley and Zane's dynamic is Riley trying to please Zane.
  • Awful Truth: Becky realizes her brother was the one who sexually assaulted Zoe.
  • Axes at School: Characters have brought weapons to school several times, and security measures were only put into place after Fitz nearly stabbed Eli in season 10.
  • The Baby Trap: Anya sets one of these in Season ten for Sav. Combined with Lawof Inverse Fertility or ignorance on Sav's part, perhaps.
  • The Bully
  • Back for the Dead: In season 13, Adam comes back after being missing for the entire 12C block only to die in surgery after getting into a car accident caused by texting and driving. The official reasoning for this was that the actress' contract was up.
  • Bad Butt: Jay and his crew in season 3. They are seen doing malicious things like breaking a vending machine to steal candy bars, but leaving the money alone. Offering Sean candy bars as payment to keep him quiet, and stealing candy from diners. Boycott the Caf has given them the nickname "The Candy Bandits"
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The credits for Season 10 suggest that Anya gets pregnant with Sav's child. This turns out to be a lie Holly J comes up with, to hurt Sav's chances at running for class president.
    • The credits hinted at a twincest plot line in Degrassi Takes Manhattan that turned out to be a one-time drunken jealousy display.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Done by Paige in seasons 1 and 2, then Manny in seasons 3 and 4.
  • Batman Gambit: Eli initially wanted Clare to put ipecac into Fitz's drink. When that didn't work, Eli offered him an apology drink. Just before they drink, though, Clare tells them to switch cups, fearing exactly this. Eli then makes Clare guilty since she made them swap glasses, giving Fitz the poisoned glass.
  • The Beard: Part of Riley's attempt to convince himself that he's straight is getting into a relationship with Anya and trying to sleep with Fiona...
    • Fiona willingly let him use her as a beard to avoid sleeping with someone that isn't her brother avoid facing her own homosexuality.
    • Ellie was Marco's Beard during his "confused" stage. Played with in the fact that Ellie had feelings for Marco, and pretending to be his girlfriend was a sort of compromise for her.
    • In a rather unusual manifestation of this trope, Adam calls Fiona on using him as this. Because he is transgender, Fiona manages to date someone identifying as male while still seeing him as a girl in her own mind. This allows her to avoid the reality of her lesbianism.
    • Riley uses a girl his mother sets him up with this way, for at least one episode.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Manny to get Sully, a character no one remembers. Though Sully disappears in a couple of episodes, this tactic seems to do it for Craig as well.
    • Alli takes nude photos of herself and texts them to Johnny to keep Johnny DiMarco's interest after they decide to wait a long time to have sex again.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Clare and K.C. played a puppy love version of this throughout Season 8. At the end of the season they really hit a stride for it. Where anytime either spoke the other took it the wrong way.
  • Berserk Button: God help you if you call Adam a girl or insinuate that he isn't a "real" man. Justified Trope, since Adam has gone out of his way to explain his transgender situation to others and has been repeatedly bullied and teased for his situation.
    • A good example of this is in Cry Me a River, where Dave implies that Adam shouldn't be allowed to use the guy's bathroom, and dresses like a woman and tries to use the girl's bathroom to prove a point. He then gets temporarily kicked off his radio show.
    • Don't be a bully in front of Eli, or he'll do everything in his power to make your life hell.
    • Don't break up with Emma, or she'll try to get you arrested.
  • Beta Couple: Perhaps Ashley and Jimmy in season 1.
    • Anya & Sav were the beta couple to other pairings such as Spinner and Jane and Declan and Holly J during Season 7-9.
    • K.C. and Jenna started out as beta couple to Drew and Alli during The Boiling Point. At the same time, Drew and Alli could have been considered the beta couple to Clare and Eli, based on fan reactions to them.
  • Betty and Veronica: A few variations of this were done.
    • Craig (Archie), Ashley (Betty), and Manny (Veronica)
    • Craig (Archie), Ellie (Betty), and Manny (Veronica)
    • Spinner (Archie), Paige (Betty), and Manny (Veronica, noticing a pattern with Manny here?)
    • JT (Archie), Liberty (Betty), and Mia (Veronica)
    • Gender flipped with Emma as Archie, having to chose between reliable, old-flame Sean (Betty) and bad boy Peter (Veronica)
    • KC (Archie), Clare (Betty), and Jenna (Veronica)
    • KC (Archie), Jenna (Betty), and Marisol (Veronica)
    • Drew (Archie), Alli (Betty), and Bianca (Veronica)
    • Drew (Archie), Katie (Betty), and Marisol (Veronica)
    • Drew (Archie), Katie (Betty), and Bianca (Veronica)
    • Gender flipped with Clare as Archie, Connor as Betty (smart, Hollywood Nerd), and KC as Veronica (Bad boy)
    • Clare (Archie), Jake (Betty), and Eli (Veronica)
    • Zig (Archie), Maya (Betty), and Tori (Veronica)
  • Big Damn Kiss: Clare and Eli share their first real kiss after building up their relationship for nearly half the season.
    Eli: I have a French exam.
    Clare: ...I think you just passed it.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Good God, the Hollingsworths. Father is a big time businessman-turned-politician who routinely cheats on his wife. Mother is emotionally neglected and actually sends a picture of her breasts to Drew for attention. Miles is troubled guy who acts out for his father's attention. He's constantly compared to his younger twin siblings as an examples. Then it's later revealed that the twins have their own issues, mainly Frankie's crippling insecurity in regards to her attractiveness and Hunter's misanthropy leading him to spend all his time playing a Brand X World of Warcraft MMORPG.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Holly J's birth mother. She's a match in blood type and wants to give Holly J her kidney, but she wants $20,000 for it
    • Marisol, oh lord, Marisol. She'll reveal your deepest darkest secrets in public with a smile on her face the whole time.
    • Drew is a notable male version. He'll be nice and friendly to your face, but if it suits him he'll walk right over you without a second thought; up to and including committing a felony and hate crime against someone who's supposed to be his teammate all over a position that he doesn't deserve to begin with.
  • Black and Nerdy: Liberty, Damian, Connor, and Dave when he's not hanging out with KC and Drew who are only his friends when it's relevant to the plot.
  • Blackmail: Jimmy blackmailed his own father for cheating on his mother in order to get money for stem cell surgery. Sadly, we never saw the aftermath of this.
    • Drew threatened to expose Riley's secret if Riley didn't step aside for QB1.)
    • Alex threatened to do the same thing to Marco to win the class president election.
  • Bland-Name Product: Jimmy had a first-generation mp3 player. Top of the line. No, it's not an iPod; it's an mp3 player. Either way, Spinner stole it.
    • MyRoom, Facerange, ChatSoFast, Fortnight, Realm of Doom, Hastygram.
    • Not Pizza Pizza, Print Three, Mrs. Vanelli's or Beatrice. As a general rule anything dealing with actual physical products that are unfamiliar to US viewers are real Canadian brands unless explicitly intended to be independent small businesses, while anything media-related is Brand X to the point of having invented two fake TV channels - local station CQJH and US cable music channel TVM - despite being affiliated with CTV (and by extension their Toronto O&O station) and MTV or Much Music.
    • They didn't even use the in-universe Instant Star which they themselves own, calling the show Jenna was on "Next Teen Star" instead. (Just how many Toronto-based-but-too-big-to-be-Canada-only musical talent contest reality shows open to underage High School students are there?)
    • Canadian universities. TU (Toronto University)=U of T (University of Toronto), Banting=Queen's, Smithdale=York. U.S. universities are referred to by their real names.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Paige/Marco/Ellie trio
  • Book Ends: Season 11 starts and ends (well, part one of season eleven, anyway) with the song "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous. At the beginning it's Clare getting ready for the first day of second semester, at the end it's Sav leaving Degrassi for good.
    • Season 2 starts with Craig's abusive dad leading to a manic episode and ends with Craig's abusive dad leading to a manic episode.
    • A bit of a reversal: Season 10 part 2 starts with Alli and Clare on the school steps talking about Alli's drama with boys and the season ends with the two friends on the schools steps talking about Clare's boy drama.
    • Cast example: First time we meet Alli, she's with Sav on the school steps and the do a little brother/sister argument before they walk in. Last episode with Sav as a regular castmember, he's with Alli and they make brother/sister quips and walk down the school steps and walk away from Degrassi.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Which leads to many, many Meet Cutes.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: In The Curse of Degrassi, Rick Murray's ghost possesses Holly J, causing at some points for Holly J's eyes to become completely black
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Sean in season 1. He ends up losing his braces and acne in season 2 and fans were for the longest time divided over whether he or Craig was hotter.
  • Breakout Character: Holly J, originally an Alpha Bitch, becomes nicer throughout season 9 until finally being fully redeemed in season 10.
    • Eli was originally a B-plot character. The closest he had to an A-plot was Adam's transgender storyline, which didn't even focus on him. Because he was so tremendously popular, he became one of the most used A-plot characters by the end of the first half of season 10.
  • Break the Cutie - Majority of the cast
  • Break the Haughty: Paige. At the beginning of the series, she was the Alpha Bitch, but she went through so much that she evolved into one of the more sympathetic characters.
    • And then Spinner and Jimmy decide to pull pranks on Mrs. Kwan for putting them in detention. By the end of the day she ends up sobbing in her car, and takes a leave of absence. They found out the next day that she was very stressed at the time from poor money, double shifts, and a husband on chemo. note 
    • Holly J is another example of this, but nothing too traumatic compared to Paige.
    • And then there's Fiona, who from the Season 9 movie on gets put through a lot, and changes from being a confused, emotional mess to one of the show's most mature characters.
  • Breather Episode: "Take On Me", the WPR Breakfast Club episode, could be thought of as this, considering it sits right in between Manny getting an abortion, and Terri suffering a life threatening-coma inducing injury (which winds up in her leaving the show). The rest of Season 3 after this (besides the aforementioned Terri episode) may be this too, considering how dark the first half of the fourth season is.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Eli and Clare. Shawn and Emma.
  • Bully Hunter: Eli.
  • Butt Monkey: Toby — both of his only friends died to school violence in a middle-class Canadian suburban school, he was the last virgin left of his cohorts, and he hardly got any screen time or lines after Season 3 because he's Hollywood Homely.
    • And Paige. The rape (which we're supposed to find sympathetic) and her complete failure at every career and ambition and relationship she's ever had (which we're supposed to find hilarious, if the background music is any indication).
    • Craig. From the moment he appears, his father is shown abusing him. The first episode showing him living with his god father ends with his god father losing all trust for him. He later gets a girl pregnant, loses her baby, gets diagnosed bipolar I, runs away from home, gets beaten up by a hobo, loses his CAN$4,000 dollar guitar to said hobo, loses his girlfriend, gains an addiction to crack, and is revealed to be an addict in front of a large crowd.
    • Sav. That kid has been beaten up by a really angry gay man for no reason and the scene where he's the temporary lead singer of Studz at the school's Beach Bash and Peter, all methed-out, marches up and starts shoving him and yelling at him was hilarious. He went from overly enthusiastic to really scared and confused in seconds.
      • To be fair, Sav did provoke Riley when he mentioned the word gay.
    • Holly J gets a lot more retribution than she actually earns during seasons 7 and 8. Most of it directly relating to Mia, which explains it.
    • Bad luck always manages to find poor Alli... even when she's trying to set things right it blows up in her face.
  • But We Used a Condom: Justified Trope, in the case of JT and Liberty. JT used a king-sized condom and it slipped off.

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  • California Doubling: The Hollywood movie was mainly filmed in Toronto, with a few outdoor scenes actually in California.
    • There was more doubling in Degrassi Takes Manhattan with the majority being filmed in Canada except for the street sequences.
  • Call Back
  • The Cameo: If you're a SYTYCD fan, you were squealing with glee when Jean-Marc Genereux showed up as Adam and Bianca's dance instructor.
    • Famous Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie had the honour of being a one scene wonder in Degrassi Takes Manhattan as the divorce lawyer. (If you look closely, you can also see him dancing at the wedding during the last few minutes.)
  • Camp Gay: Marco acts this way in later seasons. Zane's friend at the art gallery is a pretty classic example. Tristan.
  • Canada, Eh?: For American fans, counting the instances of the word "aboot" or, better yet, "soary" can quickly turn into a drinking game. At the same time, though, "eh" is almost never heard spoken by the characters.
    • The show later did a self-parody of Canadian stereotypes during Kevin Smith's (himself a huge fan of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High) appearance on the show. He was there shooting a movie called Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh, and a clip showed from the movie featured every Canadian stereotype known to man (the metric system, hockey, bilingualism, moose, Mounties, snow, aboot, eh), courtesy of Alanis Morissette as a high school principal.
  • Canada Does Not Exist: More a 1 than a 0 on the 10-point scale discussed on the trope page. It's openly set in Toronto, but characters use generic lingo when talking about things like standardized tests and drivers' licenses, when actual kids in Toronto would more likely use Ontario-specific terms. This has gotten worse in later seasons.
    • Somewhat justified since the producers realized that the show's popularity in the United States had quickly eclipsed its popularity in Canada. So much so that U.S. network The N (later TeenNick) eventually became co-producer of the series. As a result, producers wanted the characters to be relateable to kids on both sides of the border.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Sort of; see entry.
  • Canucks with Chinooks: Ellie's first major storyline begins with her father's deployment to Afghanistan. Later on, Sean joins the army and his last appearance was between the end of basic training and his first deployment.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: To TeenNick, and they actually lampshade this in a recent commercial.
    • Notably it's a Cash Cow for them from broadcast revenue only as TeenNick/Viacom doesn't have merchandising rights. DVDs, for instance are distributed through Funimation and then later Echo Bridge.
    • Likewise, Viacom doesn't patrol YouTube fan videos, that being left to Epitome itself-and producer Stephen Stohn who is also one of the highest-powered entertainment lawyers in Canada - has tweeted appreciative responses to fanvids.
  • Cast Herd: Since we have Loads and Loads of Characters in this show, most characters usually fit into some group, whether it be by grade or clique. Examples includes the Minor Niners, the Gangs of Bullies, the Garage Bands, etc.
  • The Cast Showoff: Many of the cast members are musically talented and the show goes so far write it in as part of their characters. See Ashley, Craig, Manny, Janie and the Studs, Jenna etc. This usually leads to characters being remodeled with no real reason except to show off the cast's musical aspirations: Photographer Craig becomes Rock Star Craig; Wannabe-Director Peter becomes Rock Star Peter; Aimless Loser Jay can suddenly play drums for Studz (yeah, right!).
  • Catfight: Bianca starts a fight with Alli after finding out she was the one who sent a racy picture of her to everyone on her contact list. Dave and Wesley don't interrupt but just take out their phones to record it.
    • Emma and Alex
    • Manny and Paige
    • Alli and Holly J had a pretty amusing non-canon catfight in a promo for Teen Nick.
    • Maya had two! One with Tori and then one with Tori's replacement character Zoe.
  • Celebrity Lie: Leia claims to know Pete Wentz.
  • Central Theme: Dealing with adversity can be tough, but if you work hard and work on your flaws and believe in yourself, you can prevail. Hence the theme song's lyrics; "Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through."
  • Character Blog: Throughout season 1 and 2 there was a "school website" for Degrassi, where all the students had their own regularly updated blogs, usually discussing what happened in the recent episode. A glimpse of the site made cameo appearances now and then on computer screens. But once season 3 started the entire website was cut, which was a shame considering Craig's post about dealing with his father's death were really touching.
    • The closest there is now are the character's personal twitters, which are updated periodically during and between episodes. Sometimes they even give hints to what will happen in the coming episode.
    • An excerpt from Kendra's old blog is on Boycott the Caf on her character page, to illustrate how it's for the best that we never saw her, judging by her terrible spelling.
  • Character Focus: Every season tends to focus more on one character in particular. Season 1 was all about Emma. Season 2 was Craig's time to shine. Season 3 was Marco. Season 4 is described as "The Sean show featuring the candy bandits. Season 7 is Darcy. Season 10 is Clare with a smidgen of Eli and quite a bit of Fiona. Season 11 (the first half) was shared between Fiona, EClare, and Drew.
  • Character Shilling: Happens quite a bit with Mia during Season 8, much to Holly J's (and many fans') annoyance.
    • One particularly egregious example was in Degrassi Takes Manhattan, when Jay was telling Spinner that Emma wouldn't screw him over like Jane did. Because Emma never cheated on anybody. It's especially perplexing that Jay would talk Emma up like this, because a few years ago, she prostituted herself to him. For rubber bracelets.
  • Characterization Marches On: All the time. The show has Loads and Loads of Characters but only a handful that the powers that be bank on for big storylines. So when minor character becomes an Ensemble Dark Horse or they shove a Flat Character into the spotlight to see if they can handle a big storyline, the characters can go through a change of personality.
    • Manny is probably the biggest example of this, followed by Fiona. As she left the series, she's a Good Bad Girl, which makes her earlier scenes in the show look really strange. Fiona was a Flat Character who was bat-shit insane in season 9, and in season 11 she's much more well-rounded and really only kept the loneliness part of her season 9 quirk. As a matter of fact, Fiona and Declan seemingly switched personalities mid-season. When first introduced, Fiona was the friendly new girl and Declan was the arrogant bad boy. Mid-season Declan had somehow become socially popular and Fiona had somehow become a stuck-up bitch.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Everything about Craig.
    • In season 2, Craig's dad abused him, and then died.
    • In season 3, Craig, being an orphan, wanted to start his own family.
    • In season 4, Craig's abusive father and grabbing Manny's arm, are explained by bipolar disorder.
    • In season 6, said bipolar disorder probably explains Craig using cocaine.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Several characters are introduced slowly in the series before joining the main cast.
    • Darcy appeared a few times in season 4 before becoming a recurring character in season 5. Bonus points for her first scene being with Spinner.
    • Clare was in one Darcy-centric episode before her introduction as a recurring character in season 8.
    • Fitz, Wesley, and Zane each appeared in an episode of Season 9 before gaining a title spot in Season 10.
    • Jess, a new recurring character for The Breaking Point was a part of Alli's Big D Dance Crew.
    • Similarly, Marisol was in a few episodes of Season 10 and was Promoted to Opening Titles in season 11.
  • The Cheerleader
  • Chewing the Scenery:
    • Daniel Clark: "I'm screwed, man!"
    • Sam Earle does this on occasion: "You told me TO PLAY BASKETBALL!"
    • Munro Chambers often does this whenever he has to portray strong emotions.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: For the Unlucky kind: Happens twice with Toby (three times if you count Manny rejecting his invitation to a dance).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kendra, Derek, Blue, and Leia out of Title Cast (not counting those that graduated), and many more side characters. There is a nickname for this trope in the Degrassi in-universe that the fans came up with called the "Degrassi Black Hole" or the "Degrassi Bermuda Triangle" where minor or recurring characters who appeared on the show more than once disappear without explanation.
    • Many many more recurring characters. Most of the time we at least get a Continuity Nod admitting they existed.
    • Long after Darcy left the show, her mother re-married and asked her younger sister Clare to be the Maid of Honor, leaving long-time fans to wonder if Darcy was even invited to her own mother's wedding.
    • Mrs. Kwan, who was a Recurring Character from Seasons 1-9, disappeared in Season 10 alongside Leia and Blue without explanation. Mrs. Dawes, who was the art teacher, became the new English teacher during that exact same season Mrs. Kwan disappeared in and was not seen or mentioned ever again during the show's passing.
    • Wesley.
  • City of Adventure: About once a season they remember that Toronto is bigger than one high school and one street of businesses.
  • CN Tower Effect
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The uniforms introduced in Season 10. Grade 9=Yellow, Grade 10=Purple, 11=Red, 12=Blue. note 
  • Combat Pragmatist: Alli apparently isn't afraid to fight dirty when Bianca tries to beat her up. She even throws a wastebasket at her.
  • Comedic Hero: Toby
  • Compilation Movie: The hour long episode "Shout" is frequently aired alongside "How soon is now" on The-N as a movie length super-special episode.
  • Compressed Vice: Oh so much. Often done for the sake of An Aesop, usually the characters suffer the worst effects immediately upon engaging in the vice of the week. Noticeably, they're often fully healed/cured by the next episode, with little more than occasional offhanded references in the form of 'Remember when...'
  • Continuity Nod: The show, having been on for years (and also as an extension of the series from the '80s), does this occasionally.
    • In the earlier seasons, many of the returning characters referenced the series from the '80s. Joey and Caitlyn often bring up the catalyst for their big break-up in that show's series finale, Tessa Campinelli. More recently, Mr. Simpson consoles Eli when he finds Campbell's dead body after committing suicide by referencing the time in Degrassi High when he discovered Claude's dead body.
    • Manny and Emma often reference past events including Manny's promiscuous past, Manny's relationship with Craig, and the fact that they've dated/liked several of the same characters.
  • Continuity Snarl: "Vegetarian" Emma eats KFC and squid in season 2. Similarly, the Muslim girl Hazel eats hot dogs in season 3.
    • Ellie also mentions being a vegetarian in one episode of season. This fact is never mentioned again, and later episodes show her eating meat.
    • In a season two episode Spinner references his Mom and Dad's heritages with the present tense (as in his dad is still alive and kicking). Several seasons later it is revealed that his father died of cancer. This storyline with his father's death must have either taken place offscreen or his father's existence that early was retconned or perhaps his father just went wherever Kendra went.
  • Control Freak: Liberty is the more classic example on the show.
    • Emma shows this a lot, but she has a different focus than Liberty.
    • Paige enjoys her social life and social circle to be just so.
    • Darcy to some extent before she is raped.
    • Holly J and her Benevolent Dictatorship while student council president.
    • Fiona during Degrassi Takes Manhattan.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Toby and JT get caught looking at porn. Their punishment? To keep watching looking at the porn sites...while their parents watch with them. To add to this they had to also watch Gay Porn, which neither enjoyed as much as the fandom wanted them to.
  • Cool Car: Sean drives an illegally modified race car. How cool is it? It's the terrestrial version of the Millennium Falcon when you think about it.
    • Eli drives a hearse.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Jay towards Emma in season 4 "Secret."
  • Couch Gag: The movable-letter sign. Not usually an actual gag but it usually has something to do with the episode. Or an upcoming episode.
  • Covert Pervert: Toby and Rick make up a game to see how many girls they can get to kiss them, the girls only think of them as shy and nerdy, so they don't suspect a thing, except for Emma, who just plays along.
  • Creature of Habit: Connor, but this is related to his Asperger's.
  • Cringe Comedy: Most of the lighter moments actually turn out to be this.
    • If anything involves Wesley, it's gonna make you feel bad for laughing. He's a beautiful disaster.
  • Cultural Translation
  • Cute and Psycho: Shy, quiet, homicidal Rick.
  • The Dandy: Peter, then later Declan
  • Darker and Edgier: Post-Emma Nelson episodes (season 10-present) even some newer episodes receive TV-14 instead of normal TV-PG.
  • Dating Do-Si-Do: The former Trope Namer.
  • Dawson Casting: Famously averted.
    • A unique zig-zag does occur, though: As the seasons go on, some of the older Degrassi students do, in fact, end up portrayed by actors in their early twenties. An example would be Charlotte Arnold as Holly J, who was seventeen when she was cast as a Grade 10 in season 7. In season 11, Holly J is in her final semester, with Arnold at 22.
  • Dead Person Conversation: There was the Tear Jerker mini, I'll Never Forget
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy owns this trope.
    • As do a fair few others, like Holly J, Clare, Liberty, Adam, Paige, and Ellie.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Holly J in season nine, which may be a part of being held hostage at the end of season eight. She's still quite a Control Freak and obviously still thinks of everyone as losers, but she's become much more open to her peers. By season 11 (her final season), Holly J had evolved into a smart, mature young woman who genuinely cared about her friends. Almost all traces of her nasty side had disappeared by the time she graduated.
  • Demoted to Extra: Happened to many characters, but Toby is probably the most notable example.
    • Connor received this treatment for a while, with his only major plot line involving panty stealing, but seems to be making a comeback in season eleven.
    • Likely to happen to Hannah, who showed signs of becoming her own character for a while.
    • Happened to the seniors (Holly J, Anya, Sav, etc.) for the most part of season 11, mostly to give way more attention than they should have to Eli and his play, as well as Drew's angst.
    • Leia was never given much to do on the show despite been given a plum spot in the opening titles during her entire tenure. Many fans wondered why the producers kept bringing her back even though she was reduced to being nothing more than Anya's sounding board.
    • Winston seems to do very little besides be Miles' friend
  • Derailing Love Interests
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Gonorrhea?
  • Died Happily Ever After: JT and Liberty. Confirmed in the Degrassi Mini "I won't forget you"
  • Directed by Cast Member: Several episodes have been directed by Stefan Brogren (Snake).
  • Disappeared Dad: Several characters have deceased or estranged fathers.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: In the season 2 episode "Take my breath away" it opens up with Manny having a sudden fantasy of Craig singing a love song to her while she wears a silver diamond covered ball gown.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Eli and Fitz both may be the show's best example of this. Eli insults Fitz over a parking spot. Fitz takes this out on Eli's car. Fitz attacks Adam for the same slight against him before, Eli steps in to shift focus back to him. Leading to a very insincere attempt at peace, getting Eli a knee to the groin. Eli gets Fitz arrested over all that. Fitz can't accept that Adam wants to be treated like a guy, leading to a fight. Eli gets Fitz in trouble for something Fitz didn't do. To try to get peace Clare agrees to go out with Fitz. Eli undermines this with poison, and Fitz gets a knife. At any point Fitz could stop being insane, or Eli could just let it go. But the pair are too pigheaded and egotistical to ever consider this]].
  • Distaff Counterpart / Spear Counterpart:
    • Alex/Sean before she suffered Villain Decay
    • Emma/Kelly before Season 9 rolled in.
    • Liberty/Damian
    • Jane/Spinner, lampshaded by Jimmy
  • Distributor-Induced Plothole: When TeenNick, then The-N didn't show Accidents Will Happen, they only showed the subplots of these episodes once, in slapped-together "mini" episodes meaning that if you missed these mini episodes and didn't have the internet to watch Accidents Will Happen, then the future plots of just how Toby and Jimmy ended up in detention in Take On Me along with Liberty dating Towerz later on that season would not make sense. Also, Emma makes a reference to Manny's pregnancy the following season, which wouldn't make sense at all. This was rectified when The-N finally showed Accidents Will Happen three years later.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The wrestling scene between Riley and Peter(See below).Peter even lampshades it. It's likely a shout-out to the frequent slashing between the two in fandom.
  • Doomed by Canon: Emma sees her dad at a mental hospital. She concludes he's a doctor there. But in the original Degrassi Junior High, he either jumped or fell off a bridge after the first time he took acid.
  • Double Aesop
  • Double Standard: All the standard gender based double standards you can find in a high school, you'll find here.
    • Manny was a memetic slut for a long time after season 3, even when Americans didn't know she ever got pregnant.
    • When Emma cheated on Peter with Sean, Sean was portrayed as heroic for it.
    • Similarly, whenever any female character helps somebody cheat on their significant other, they're almost always bashed by the fanbase. When the males do the same? Not so much.
    • Ellie had a caught-in-the-moment-one-time-only affair with Craig. She confesses this to Jesse to be honest with him. Jesse then tells her that he did the same and wanted to be honest with her too. She gets furious at him and storms out.
    • In the episode Don't Let Me Get Me, the school itself facilitated double standards courtesy of its woman only self-esteem seminar.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted as Jenna hitting KC with her guitar is treated seriously and the first sign that she's losing it dealing with the pressure of being a teen mom.
    • However, the point wasn’t taken by the rejoicing fandom.
    • Subverted when Connor received the same punishment for interacting with a female online predator that Emma did for interacting with a male. Mr. Simpson was involved in both situations and took them both seriously.
      • Meeting a stranger from the internet is a serious risk, regardless of gender. Add that both were much older and possessing seriously creepy intentions, and it's to be expected that Mr. Simpson had the same sort of reaction.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: When a very, very drunk Drew (who was not intentionally drunk) slept with a very sober Katie who he had already broken up with, the fandom was split down the middle over whether or not it was rape and it was Drew who was blamed on the show.
  • Downer Ending: Plenty of episodes have these.
    • Season 1: "Eye of the Beholder," "Basketball Diaries," "Secrets and Lies," "Under Pressure," "Jagged Little Pill"
    • Season 2: "When Doves Cry (Part 1)," "Karma Chameleon," "Shout (Part 1)," "Take My Breath Away," "Dressed in Black," "Tears are Not Enough (Part 1)"
    • Season 3: "Gangsta Gangsta," "Don't Dream It's Over"
    • Season 4: "Ghost in the Machine (Part 1)," "Islands in the Stream," "Time Stands Still (Part 2)," "Eye of the Tiger," "Moonlight Desires"
    • Season 5: "Turned Out (Part 2)," "Our Lips Are Sealed (Part 2)"
    • Season 6: "Here Comes Your Man (Part 2)," "Rock This Town"
    • Season 12: "Waterfalls (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 1)", "Rusty Cage (Part 2)", "Never Ever (Part 1)"
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: J.T. was killed off after Ryan decided to leave the show to go to college.
    • Raditch was Reassigned to Antarctica in shame after the school shooting because Dan Woods was involved in other productions in L.A. and didn't want to continue commuting back to Toronto.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Spinner, Manny, Liberty, Jane, Ellie, and Fiona have all done this.
  • Dysfunction Junction

    E-F 
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The majority of the first season of D:TNG hasn't been named after 80s song titles.
  • Easily Forgiven: Peter.
    • Emma is actually a more extreme case since unlike Peter, her actions are either forgiven by the end of the episode or completely glossed over, whether it's betraying her best friend, getting her boyfriend kicked out of the dorms, or blowing up The Dot.
    • Peter at the very least by the time of season 7 tried very, very hard for to make up for his past crimes, and at the least went through genuine character development.
  • Education Mama: Mrs. Torres, especially regarding Drew.
  • The Eighties: The first nine seasons' episodes were named after '80s songs. Just for good measure the school's main office phone number is (416) 867-5309.
  • Erotic Dream: JT (about Liberty), Wesley (about Anya), and Fiona (about Holly J)
  • Erotic Eating: Anya, with fruit in a dream that Wesley had, and later (unintentionally) with a mozzarella stick on their date
  • Escalating War: Between Degrassi and Lakehurst during season 6.
    • The one between Fitz and Eli during Boiling Point...
  • Estranged Soap Family: Spinner's sister Kendra, who vanished after season 3 and didn't even come to her brother's wedding.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "Put the lighter away, fliphead."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Sean. Granted, the only guy in canon is Marco. Still, Marco, Emma, Manny, Paige, and Ashley all make some unambiguous romantic overtures toward Sean.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: The reason given behind the math class's intense focus on polynomials. One of the writers really had trouble with them in school.
  • Everything Is Online: And nothing is blocked by the school computers. Pay-to-play MMORPGs, teachers' Facebook pages and Chatroulette note , all accessed from the Media Immersion computer lab, figure in the tenth season.
    • Subverted in The Breaking Point when EVERYTHING gets blocked due to added security.
      • Word of God is that this is the reason why the show doesn't have an Info Dump about the issue of the week as often as the original Degrassi did.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies (Degrassi of the Dead)
  • Executive Meddling: The censorship on The N/TeenNick. Things went bad once the show got popular in America, which meant that The N had the clout to effect creative changes.
    • Nobody watches the even more bastardized daily US syndicated version which is chopped up in order to let stations go through the motions and declare it educational in the FCC's view.
    • In-universe, the school itself has suffered two forced mergers, one an expansion from grades 7-8 to 7-12 before being telescoped back to 9-12 again, and a slightly different mission almost every year with the result that in less than a decade a showpiece high-tech magnet middle school has been transformed into a struggling inner-city high school with metal detectors, standing police presence, a major bullying problem and a bad reputation in the community.
  • Expanded Universe: The "manga".
  • Expy: Cast members introduced in Season 1-3 can be directly compared to cast in the previous series.
    • From Season 7 on they started introducing cast to fill the standard roles on the Popularity Food Chain or a Six Student Clique. Meaning that you can draw parallels between new cast and older cast to a degree. How well the two fit shifts wildly between examples. Manny and Allinote  is probably the best fit, with Riley and Marconote  being the worst fit.
    • Declan is in the same vein as Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass.
    • Eli and Bianca are admitted Expies of Ellie and Jay, respectively.
    • Twitter Account Heather Poulette plays out rather similarly to the titular Gossip Girl. Being aware at the school while being a character.
    • After the latest addition of younger students, this can be seen even more clearly. They appear to have a basic mold for five characters that they like to reuse. Large similarities can usually be found with Emma/Clare/Mayanote , Manny/Alli/Torinote , Toby/Connor/Tristannote , J.T./K.C./Zignote . However, Zig and K.C. appear to be a combination of J.T. and Sean's character traits. Other aspects of the initial set of five (four + Sean) seem to get shuffled between characters to cover the standard high school tropes.
      • Special Bonus: The actresses who play Manny and Tori are sisters
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Fandom Nod: Tristan and Tori have a YouTube vlog that reviews West Drive's newest episodes, just like these girls do with Degrassi.
  • Fanservice: The wrestling scene in Beat It part 2 between Peter and Riley....
  • Fake High: JT and Toby think they're high on Ecstasy, not knowing that Sean replaced the pill with asprin.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop Frequently uses morals that are right in world of teenagers but not necessarily adults. invoked
  • Fanservice: Many throughout the seasons.
    • Manny stripping. Need I say more?
    • Darcy wearing the sexy schoolgirl uniform for Peter's photo shoot
    • Some Stripperiffic Sensual Spandex dresses in the episode "Hungry Eyes", worn by the Purple Dragon spokesmodels. In response to criticisms that she's too "predictable", Emma becomes one of these models, then realizes the ideals behind the product and makes a stand...by removing her Purple Dragon outfit in front of the entire school. That's...definitely not predictable, Emma.
    • Fiona and Declan's titillating and inappropriate relationship eventually leading to her drunkenly planting one on him.
    • How often Spinner is shirtless in Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Also Spinner and Jay in suits.
    • On the other side, the pool party at the start of the movie has Jane, Holly J, and Fiona in very nice bikinis. Later on you get the same trio wearing some very nice party dresses.
    • The little "routine" Holly did for Sav during The Breaking Point.
    • Riley and Zane's workout in 99 Problems.
    • Eli being shirtless for no reason in Clare's bed in season 12's Tonight, Tonight.
    • Clare taking pictures of herself topless in front of a mirror in "Scream".
    • Of the non-sexual variety, posters on TV.com have contributed to Degrassi canon. The line "You can't accept me as a sexual being." just had the nouns switched.
      • So did d.tv users: The Dot was a thread with a dot.
  • Faux Yay: The Lexicon Of Love started out as this but was subverted by the fact that Paige and Alex really do hook up.
  • Feud Episode
    • Happened a couple of times with Emma and Manny in season 3. First in "U Got The Look" when Manny gets her infamous makeover and starts flirting with JT while she is interested in another guy. Emma tells Manny she's leading JT on. Manny then tells Emma to either mind her own business or stop talking to her. They make up pretty quickly after this, but their bigger fight comes later that season in "Against All Odds" when Emma doesn't approve of Manny helping Craig cheat on Ashley. They don't talk to each other for what appears to be several months in-universe. Things between the two are finally patched up when Emma helps Manny out with her pregnancy. They also got into some arguments where they temporarily stopped speaking to each other in seasons 4, 5, and 6. However, these fights didn't last for too long.
    • This also happened several times with Jimmy and Spinner throughout the series. The worst was when Jimmy stopped talking to Spinner for the rest of season 4 and a good portion of season 5 after finding out he was responsible for Rick shooting him.
    • Anya ended her friendship with Holly J after realizing she was sick of being treated like dirt. While the two do eventually reconcile, they never quite go back to being best friends (Fiona is Holly J's current best friend).
  • Fiction 500: Peter. And later Fiona.
  • First Kiss
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Five-Man Band: Some of the cliques tend to be this:
  • Flat "What.": Clare's reaction to Jake attending Degrassi.
  • Food Fight: Happens in Season 2.
  • Foreshadowing: Expect any major storyline, and all pregnancies, to be foreshadowed a season before.
    • The Ho Yay page has an interesting conversation between Craig, Sean, and Marco, foreshadowing Marco's homosexuality.
    • Liberty eating all the hors d'oeuvres, just before her pregnancy.
    • Sean is an expy of Rick from Degrassi Junior High, from the jean jacket to the Granola Girl girlfriend. Guess who puts down another character named Rick?
    • Rick wears Claude's old glasses.
    • Craig freaking out at the dance and freaking out at Manny's abortion.
    • Joey mentioning Tessa Campinelli to Craig.
    • "Who do you want to vote for: The freak or the queer? By the way, I'm the freak."
    • Subverted: Manny obsesses over her weight, but Emma has the eating disorder.
    • Jenna's pregnancy is hinted at early on in season 10, but she dismisses it and takes diet pills to lose the weight.
    • The biggest one yet comes out of Snake's lips at the end of the last episode of The Boiling Point. "When you all get back from break...you won't recognize this school at all."
    • Why does it look like Adam is wearing JT or Toby's baggy jeans from the first season? Because it’s not so easy anymore to find boys' jeans that conceal girl hips? Or because the new uniforms have taken the lion's share of the wardrobe budget?
    • Fiona's alcoholism. The only case on the show of an addiction being foreshadowed for more than one episode.
    • Cam overhears Dallas telling his teammates to stop playing on the ledge unless they want to break a leg and miss the rest of the hockey season. Cam later intentionally falls of the same ledge so that he will be injured enough to get out of playing hockey.
    • Eli's messy locker. The contents of it spill out all over the floor because it's so full of trash because he became a hoarder after Julia died, and his room is like that too.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Season 12's Ice Hounds junior pro hockey team was recruited from all over North America.
  • Four Is Death: Season 4 has more tragedy than any previous season, including a school shooting, and it's only matched by season 6, which has a major character dying. Also, before Sean completes the Five-Bad Band, Jay's clique consists of four people.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: More like "No Dates Marriage", as Spinner and Emma barely even interacted during their years on the show.
  • Freak Out
  • French Jerk: Mia's modeling agent.
  • Friends Rent Control: The apartment that Ellie, Marco, Paige, and Alex (replaced with Griffin later on) shared looked a little more spacious than what four college students could realistically afford.

    G-H 
  • Gag Penis: One very early episode involving Spinner.
    • On the other extreme, JT certainly qualifies.
  • Gang Of Bullies: The Candy Bandits / Sesame Street Posse of season 3 [Jay, Sean, Alex, Amy, and Towerz]
    • Later on Johnny, Lucas, Derek, and Bruce the Moose.
    • And now we have Bianca, Fitz and Owen
  • Garage Band: Downtown Sasquatch, Stüdz, Janie and the Studs, WhisperHug
  • Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Camp Gay Marco and his relationship with star hockey player Dylan, and then later flipped the trope with popular Armored Closet Gay football player Riley and his feelings for the artistic, and very much out of the closet Zane. Later Tristan had feelings for hockey player Cam, but squashed them down himself after he realized it wouldn't work.
  • Gayngst: Riley. Marco also dealt with this a lot, along with Paige and to an extent, Alex.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Ellie and Craig's "hardcore funking" session in "Weddings, Parties, Anything."
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Played with when Toby overhears Paige talking about her desire to date girls. Also, probably partial justification for the Darcy/Paige kiss in the Degrassi mini, Party Etiquette 2 and the Paige/Ellie kiss in season 7.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Happens with Chewy and Frankie in season 13; nearly happens with Toby and Holly J in season 7, but Toby wasn't interested.
  • Guy on Guy Is Hot: The Marco/Craig kiss in season 4 and the Peter/Riley kiss in season 8.
  • Going Commando: "Do you SEE any visible underwear?... that's right - because I'm not wearing any."
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Putting Jay and Silent Bob in a pg-13 show makes their lack of Cluster F Bombs incredibly noticeable.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: With some storylines, characters who cheat aren't portrayed too terribly and are given some excuses. Most notably, Jane who cheated on Spinner with Declan doesn't get back with him whereas Spinner who cheated on Darcy with his ex is Easily Forgiven.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Spinner has these in one of the "Extra Credit" graphic novels. Paige is his angel (referred to, unsurprisingly, as "Paingel"); Manny is his devil.
    • Emphasis on "pain"
    • Many episodes show two characters playing the role of superego and id to another character, sometimes even with one on one side of the character and the other on the other side. This is done most remarkably in the season 2 finale, where Craig's dad comes back, and Ashley (being the superego) is polite, while Sean (being the Oedipal id, and, unlike Ashley, canonically knowing Craig's family issues) spits.
  • Graduate from the Story: The show itself hasn't ended yet, however this is an option for how characters leave. It's one of the nicer options. Compared to some other ways they cycle the large cast.
  • Grease Monkey: Sean
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Inverted from the Trope Namer: Marco thinks the Washington Redskins are a hockey team.
  • Groin Attack: Eli, courtesy of his tormentor, Fitz.
    • And then Fitz himself gets the same treatment, this time from Adam.
  • Half-Identical Twins: The Coynes.
  • Halloween Episode: "Degrassi of the Dead" has cafeteria food turn the high school into Ground Zero for the Zombie Apocalypse.
    • The year after, it was "The Curse of Degrassi," where Holly J is possessed by the ghost of Rick Murray.
    • Monster Moon is a series of four Halloween minis set in Season 10.
  • Hand Wave: Why are grade 9s still going to middle school? Because the middle school doubles as a high school.
  • Has a Type: Emma Nelson seems to only want bad boys. She's the good girl who wants them to change or she's using him to be less good. There's Sean, Peter, Jay, and Spinner.
    • Jenna Middleton says that at her old school, she was such a boyfriend-stealer. Especially with bad-boy types. They're her weakness.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Spinner whenever he is around Marco after he came out. To the point where there was an episode where Marco eventually had to get it through Spinner's head that he doesn't need to feel threatened by his presence.
  • Held Back In School: Many of the characters were forced to repeat a grade to keep them in the show.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen/The Ghost: Heather Sinclair and Heather Poulette
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Naturally.
    • Sean starts out a face. Then he steals Spike's laptop (heel). Then he fixes Snake's car (face) and really gets redemption when he kills Rick. Then when he comes back, he goes into this weird heel face limbo where he clearly does villainous acts but is actually Peter's victim.
    • Spinner starts out a face. Then he steals Jimmy's MP3 player, but is only a heel for one episode. Then in season 4, his friendship with Jimmy gets worse, but by the end of season 5, it gets better.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Generally it keeps you from getting put on a bus, as maintaining a villain is more work. On the male side Jay and Peter start out as antagonists and bullies, for the girls Paige, Alex, and Holly J all start off with various levels of cruel.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: JT and Toby.
    • Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes as themselves.
    • Danny and Derek show this till the latter is put on a bus, replaced with Sav.
    • Johnny and Bruce show this as well.
    • Jake and Mo. Definitely.
  • High School Dance
  • Hollywood Dress Code: The Ice Hounds always wear their varsity jackets.
  • Hollywood Law: The only reason Peter's not in prison at this point. Spinner and Jay, who essentially orchestrated the events that led up to the shooting. And while we're at it, was Alex ever punished at all?
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Hazel, despite the fact that Andrea Lewis can sing quite well, and Fiona in season 9.
  • Homage (The episode "Take On Me" is a specific homage to The Breakfast Club (Hazel is the princess, Toby is the geek, Jimmy is the jock, Ellie is the basketcase, and Sean is the rebel). The episode "Love Is A Battlefield" is also an homage to The Devil Wears Prada.)
  • Hot for Teacher/Hot for Student: A couple of times:
    • Season 4: Paige had a fling with student teacher Mr. Oleander, and it was mutual. Mr. Oleander was the same as Marco's older boyfriend Dylan, but just about everyone else was grossed out due to the fact he was Paige's teacher.
    • Season 11: Ms. Oh and Sav also had something going on, Ms. Oh broke it off after realizing how inappropriate it was.
    • Season 13: Tristan (underage) is having a romantic relationship with his teacher.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Snake is nearly twice the size of Spike.
    • Jake Epstein is over six feet tall. Cassie Steele is 5'1".
    • Ray Ablack (Sav) and Charlotte Arnold (Holly) have a similar height issue, his being 6'2" and her being barely 5'1".
    • Justin Kelly (Jake) (6'1") and Aislinn Paul (Clare) (5'2"). According to the Degrassi wiki, she often had to stand on a box while filming with him.
  • Humiliation Conga: Holly J went though this in Seasons 7 and 8.
    • Alli in Seasons 9 and 10 (10 especially. Luckily, she comes out of it stronger)
  • Hypocrite: Emma. The worst of her MANY hypocritical moments was dating Peter behind Manny's back after making a "no more lies" pact.

    I-J 
  • I Am Spartacus: Anya and Riley come up with a plan to combat homophobia on the football team by getting the entire team to wear pink. This leads to an Analogy Backfire when they realize Spartacus and all his followers were crucified at the end of the film.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Starting in the second season, episode titles were named after 80s songs up until the tenth season, when they began to be named after songs from the 2000s.
  • Idiot Ball: To be fair, it's usually quite plausible idiocy
    • On the other hand, any girl who dated Peter. The guy has proven many times that he is a sociopath (blackmailed Manny and showed her topless video to the entire school, ruined Sean's life, set-up Darcy with a stalker pedophile, etc) yet Emma, Darcy and Mia dated him anyways.
    • Alli announcing to a room full of poker players that she won by counting cards.
  • Idol Singer: Craig is a male example of this.
    • Aubrey Graham aka. "Drake"
    • Eventually and quite inevitably Cassie Steele in the new Hollywood movie
    • Jessica Tyler in season 9. her character, Jenna becomes this in season 10.
  • If It's You, It's Okay Paige/Alex
    • In season 7, Paige tells Griffin that Alex is the only girl she ever liked, which makes her interest in women a moot point.
    • For an inversion, Marco's a Kinsey 5, the one exception being Ellie in one particular episode. It is unclear, however, if Marco genuinely liked Ellie or if they were simply growing too codependent.
  • I Have This Friend: Played with. Alli asks Dave about advice on how to get closer to Drew, but he thinks this trope is being invoked. This happens on two or three times in the episode, and only until the next day are matters made clear.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Mia during Season 7 and Season 8
  • Incompatible Orientation: Ellie and Marco and later Hazel and Marco during season 2. Manny even says Marco's the perfect boyfriend...almost.
    Marco: "I can't be what you want me to be."
    Ellie: "Can't... or won't?"
    Marco: "... I'm gay."
    • In season 9, Riley kisses Peter much to Peter's surprise.
    • In season 11, Fiona develops a crush on Holly J which is never requited.
    • In season 12, Tristan develops feelings for Campbell who is only interested in Maya.
  • Informed Judaism: Toby celebrates Hanukkah and slips into gratuitous Yiddish at times.
    • And then there's Hazel, who practices Informed Islam. We know she is a Muslim because she is Somali, goes to mosque, and observes Ramadan. We also know she eats sausage.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Sean and Ellie. Oddly, they were dating at the time.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: The Shep in season 8, Jenna in season 9
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: The title is alternately pronounced with /a/ or /æ/,
    • The first letter in Ephraim Ellis's name is pronounced /i/.
  • Ivy League For Everyone: Danny goes to Cornell (despite the fact that he didn't actually start doing well in school until Grade 12). Holly J. attends Yale. Clare is applying to Columbia.
    • While not Ivy League, a number of characters have been accepted to prestigious American schools. Later seasons have included Alli getting early acceptance to MIT, Jane and Katie both attending Stanford (despite Katie royally screwing up her senior year by leaving to attend rehab midway through it), and Eli headed for NYU.
    • Paige, Liberty, and Damian get accepted to fictional Banting, "the Harvard of the North". Justified with the latter two, as they tied for valedictorian and were student body presidents of their respective schools.
  • Jerkass Façade: Sean seems to like the world at arm's length, but he's not actually a bad guy. Holly J seems fond of not showing weakness, so to avoid pity she lashes out with cruelty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jay starts off as a Jerkass bully, but later evolves into a guy who can be an ass at times but is actually very caring, mostly brought about by his relationship with Manny.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Toby.
  • Just Friends: Fiona towards Imogen until she confesses her feelings at the end of season 11. Also an example of how non-hetrosexual relationship doesn't have to be inherently more dramatic or outrageous simply because it involves the same gender.
  • Joggers Find Death

    K-L 
  • Karma Houdini: Some characters get away with bullying and Jerkass behavior. Alex is never punished for her role in the prank for Rick, and Emma and Mia usually aren't called out on their Jerkass moments .More recent examples are Drew and Owen who went from homophobic bullies to romantic leads in the blink of an eye.
    • In all fairness, we later learn Owen has a gay younger brother and see that he does love him, so he's not truly homophobic in his heart, and Drew was never really homophobic, just being a bit of a dick, and he did sort of slightly redeem himself when he attempted to come to Riley and Zane's defence.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Killed Off for Real: Rick, J.T., Cam, and Adam.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: Joey Jeremiah is shown in a series of commercials for his car lot. The commercials largely follow this model.
  • Lady in Red: Liberty and Bianca during their respective proms. And both were wonderful.)
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the episode "I Want Candy", Ashley says that the school is cursed and alludes to the unrealistically high number of tragedies that have been happening there... Naturally, the other students act like she's nuts.
    • This also doubles as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when you consider that she says this before, the shooting, gonorrhea outbreak and J.T.'s murder...
    • There's a in-universe teen drama on Degrassi called West Drive that is mocked for it's melodrama... as well for actors getting stuck with the role.
    • Alli does this in the season 9 premiere, in response to the high amount of students who play musical instruments and have participated in Hollywood films. "Since when did our school become a bizarre White version of Fame?"
    • The webisode "Good Times" lampshades the series' penchant for soap opera-ish drama and character pairing.
    • The car Craig and co. stole from Joey Jeremiah's lot to go joyriding in was a big, aging blue Oldsmobile 88. The same make, model and color as the one Joey stole from Snake's parents to joyride back in the day.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Spinner and Emma after an Accidental Marriage, in the second TV movie.
  • Like Goes With Like: Season 8 has an episode where Connor, who's black, helps get KC and Clare, who are white, together. In gratitude the writers give him a black girl as admirer. It's like when Liberty (black) is rejected by Sean but in the end she finds out that his black friend likes her.
  • Limited Social Circle
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Meta-example, "Degrassi" itself was originally one.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: Manny does this to Paige, kicking off a Catfight.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters (Season nine has 24 actors in the main cast and that's not counting actors returning from their bus trips to show up for one episode or two and the faculty and other adults. Previous seasons have had about the same amount of characters. Season 10 drops the credits cast to 22, but adds several recurring characters.)
    • Season 11 has 25 main cast members, and maybe 8-10 recurring.
  • Local Hangout: The Dot from Season 3 onwards.
  • Long Bus Trip: Darcy has transferred to Kenya and shows no sign of returning. And Mia's left to angst over vampires model in Paris. Despite being Alli's brother, Sav is never shown again after graduation.
  • Love Dodecahedron: A lot.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Emma gets an interesting variant in season 3. She thinks Shane is a doctor who works for the mentally handicapped, but he's actually a patient. Then Shane takes her and her mother hostage.

    M-N 
  • Male Gaze: Happens to Sean in season 2 and Manny in season 3, with an air of Fan Disservice (shots of Marco licking his lips and a shot of a 13-year-old's butt, respectively) just for fun.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Subverted in Season 1, when Jimmy is just as nervous about having sex with Ashley as she is. He just is better at hiding it.
    • Subverted again with Post-Friendship Club Spinner, who pushes Darcy away when she reluctantly wants sex with him, knowing that it was wrong. He manages to stay true to the Christian thing until he stops dating Darcy in Season 6.
    • Peter doesn't pressure Darcy into having sex, but he clearly thinks he is ready, and is very eager to have sex with her.
    • The first time Holly J attempted to have sex, Blue outright said "I won't have sex with you," but they did hardly know each other at the time. Blue was eager, but has a shred moral fiber to him.
    • Along with Alli and Johnny.
    • Also used with Declan and Holly J.
    • Bianca tempts Drew to go to the boiler room, despite the fact that he's dating Alli. He goes with her.
  • Manipulative Editing: What Winston does with his interview with Drew in Black or White.
  • The Masochism Tango: Joey and Caitlin, Emma and Sean, Johnny and Alli... anyone and anyone.
  • Meaningful Name: Emma, who was named after the Emmy Degrassi Junior High won for the Teen Pregnancy storyline that led to her existence.
    • Heather Sinclair is named after the movie Heathers, with the "Sinclair" part coming from a porn star's name. Marco del Rossi is named after gay porn star Marco Rossi.
    • A lot of little mistakes seem to be made at Little Miss Steaks.
  • Meet Cute: Sean and Ellie met...in detention!
    • Clare and Eli meet when Eli runs over her glasses with his hearse.
  • Missing Episode: US television didn't show an episode about abortion until nearly four years after it aired in Canada.
  • Missing Mom: Terri (died), Craig (died), Jenna (out of the picture)
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: Anya in Season 10.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: Done in a Very Special Episode with a Muslim girl, who is teased and harassed by Paige and Hazel. The girl's stand at International Day is vandalized, and Hazel reveals that she's Somali, not Jamaican, and she too was Mistakenfor Terrorist before she came to Degrassi. The Muslim character and International Day, however, are never spoken of again.
  • Mistaken Nationality: A number of fans thought that Manny was Latina (specifically Mexican), but in fact, Manny is Filipina (in real life and on the show). In many cases, this was based on her last name, Santos.
  • Mood Whiplash: More often than not the cold open introduces the main dramatic crunch of the episode. Then suddenly happy music starts playing and you hear "Whatever it takes!"
  • Morning Sickness: Every pregnant character.
  • The Movie (Degrassi Goes Hollywood, and Degrassi Takes Manhattan)
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Peter frames the hypotenuse for possession, but fits the trope in spirit.
  • Mushroom Samba: Jagged Little Pill comes to mind. Paige/Alex shippers called themselves Potheads for a while as well.
  • Musical Episode: "Rock and Roll Highschool" is pretty close when the story revolves around the characters in a battle of the bands. Ashley and the girls sing an angry rock song directed at Craig. Spinner and Jimmy rap, and Craig sings an apology to her.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The majority of the episodes are named after songs from the 1980s. As of season 10, songs are named after hits in the '00s..
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: When Sean returns and gets back together with Emma he puts her purity on a pedestal until he finds out that she gave Jay head in exchange for cheap plastic bracelets in season 3 after the shooting. Despite his own hookup with Amy who is supposed to be the "biggest slut" of the Ravine and is suspected to be spreading STDs it takes great amounts of convincing for him to forgive Emma her one mistake.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Liberty didn't tell JT about her pregnancy for the first three months and waited six months to tell her parents.
    • Jenna keeps hers quiet, only telling her brother, K.C., and Alli... until she tells the entire world on TV.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: Spinner with Toby and Kendra, Danny early in JT and Liberty's relationship.
  • Mysterious Past: Every hot new guy of the moment has one of these.
    • Craig was presented as mysterious and it turned out his dad abused him.
    • Sean was presented as a mysterious bad boy who Emma "just couldn't stay away" from. Until it turned out he wasn't really a bad boy.
    • Blue supposedly had one but stopped existing in the Degrassi universe after Holly J broke up with him, aside from making some sexual comments about Fiona to Riley. Looks like we will never know what his "mysterious" secrets were.
    • KC used to be something of a mysterious bad boy.
    • Eli has one, we get to find out a little of it.
  • Mythology Gag: Rick's glasses are a reference to Claude from Degrassi High
  • Name's the Same: The team's called the Panthers and the school colours are blue and gold, just like Friday Night Lights.
    • The section of Toronto the school draws most of its' students from is called Riverdale.
      • Except both examples would actually precede the others as Degrassi has been airing since 2001, whereas Friday Night Lights started in 2006 and the real Toronto Riverdale neighbourhood was established in the late 1800s.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Averted with Liberty, but played straight with the other nerdy characters.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Characters will suddenly have new talents and abilities depending on whatever is going on in that episode.
    • A bunch of the girls suddenly being on the girl's hockey team in one episode.
    • A bunch of the girls spontaneously being on the school's gym team.
    • In season 3 when everyone became musicians.
  • New Transfer Student: A few every season to refresh the cast with non-Freshman.
    • Season 6 prominently had Mia.
    • Season 7 had a Transfer School, bringing us Lakehurst characters (Anya, Damien, Holly J, Jane, Jonny, Lucas, and Sav)
    • Season 8 had Leia and Blue.
    • Season 9 gave us Declan, Fiona, and Jenna. Dave is not.
    • Season 10 we have Adam and Drew.
    • And then in season 11 we meet Jake, Clare's new love interest.
    • Season 12 gave us Luke, Becky, Dallas and Campbell.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The first half of season 10: Written and shot in spring 2010, first aired July-August 2010, canonically takes place between September-December 2010. This leads to some unintentional Real Life Writes the Plot Fridge Horror when you realize that the events of My Body Is A Cage happen after the high-profile suicides in September 2010 that led to heightened awareness of harassment of LGBT teens.
  • Nice Guy: Jimmy. Toby too.
  • No Bisexuals: Averted. Until Paige decides that she's not "really into labels" and was more If It's You, It's Okay for Alex.
    • Alex was now a lesbian, never mind that she'd previously been in a long-term relationship with Jay and obviously slept with him.
    • Apparently Peter was supposed to be written as bisexual (possibly in a relationship with Riley), but the storyline never came to be.
    • Finally is averted with Imogen.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted with Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Alanis Morisette. Played straight with Kid Elric, an Expy of Kid Rock.
  • No Dress Code: At least three girls over the years have been shown changing from parent-approved clothes into something skimpier in the girls' bathroom before class.
  • No Ending: So, so much.
  • No Going Steady
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: JT never showed interest in Liberty until she gave up on crushing over him.
  • No Periods, Period: Subverted in Season 1 when Emma got her first and wound up giving a book report presentation in oversize gym shorts with JT and Toby mocking her.
    • Also subverted when Adam drops his tampons.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Justified in-series when Ms. Oh tells Eli (and the whole class) that the teachers hate enforcing the new dress code just as much as the students hate wearing it.
  • Not Himself
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization:
    • It looks like this show is "going there..." Declan concocts a plan to finally get Holly J back in his life and ends up alone with her and he starts initiating sexual contact — Holly J doesn't want to, and she verbally says "No, we shouldn't be doing this" but eventually she gives in and kisses him. This is done with no force, but it looks like Holly J will be disturbed by this in the following episode. Since this is such a controversial subject with a very popular couple, this has already caused a Broken Base with one side saying Holly J should've said "NO MEANS NO!" and the other saying Declan raped Holly J.
    • This was also invoked as Dean's defense when on trial for raping Paige. His lawyer claims she was heading into that room expecting or even asking for sex and that she got what she wanted.
    • Luke tries to pull this with Zoe, but Zoe eventually snaps out of it.
  • Not So Different: It could be argued that towards the end of The Boiling Point, Eli became just as bad as Fitz.
  • No Woman's Land: Pakistan apparently. Oddly enough, not Somalia.

    O-P 
  • The Obi-Wan: Kevin Smith in the episodes he's in seems to be this to anyone he has major screen time with.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Starting in Season 10, the show dropped "The Next Generation" from the title.
  • Off-Screen Breakup: Emma/Chris, Toby/Kendra, Liberty/Towerz. All established in the same episode too.
  • Oh Crap: Clare has a rather terrifying one when Eli reveals his play's plot: A story of how she manipulated him and fell for Fitz.
  • Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us...: In season 9, Declan and Holly J find a fanfic wherein Declan is inserted into a vampire story that seems to be The Mockbuster of Twilight in the Degrassi world. It was an interesting choice from the writers considering that Twilight crossovers wherein Clare, Declan, or often Emma were pulled into a Twilight world were incredibly common in actual fan fiction for several months before this episode aired.
  • One Steve Limit: Slight aversion. JT and Jimmy are both really named James, but this was never really an issue.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Spinner is the most obvious example and many other characters go by shortened forms of their given names.
    • Fitz too. Even Mr. Simpson doesn't call him by his real name.
    • In the early years everyone knew Mr. Simpson's nickname is Snake, even if Emma was the only one to call him that to his face on a regular basis, and then only after they became family.
  • Only Sane Man: Role tends to get passed around among characters depending on the story. Only person who was consistent was Jimmy.
    • Clare looks to be stepping into the role, if the first few episodes of Season 10 are an indication.
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: The trope's central nexus. See the Trivia page for details, and imagine someone saying the whole thing in one breath.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Marco's parents, who had quite possibly the most stereotypical Italian accents ever. It slipped in the episode where Marco came out to his father and his father talked with a regular Canadian/English voice. Surprisingly, this actually worked and made the scene a lot better.
    • The entire cast tries to break themselves of their Canadian raising too, eh?
  • Open Minded Parent: Eli's parents are rather, um, liberal in their parenting style.
    We've been trying to get a girl into Eli's room for a while now.
  • Opposites Attract: JT and Liberty fit this trope to a T.
    • Eli believes this about himself and Clare, although she's doubtful it will work at first.
  • The Other Darrin: In "Degrassi Takes Manhattan", there's an obvious Toby look-alike.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: As Boycott The Caf has pointed out(scroll a bit more than halfway down), the four principals since 2001 track astonishingly well to the last four U.S. presidents.
  • Out of Focus: Many fans forget that Toby was one of the most prominent characters in the first season (in fact, he was THE most prominent male). After he second season, his screentime gradually diminished until he was Demoted to Extra.
  • Outrun the Fireball: No, really. In the Degrassi Of The Dead Halloween special, Manny does exactly this.
  • Pair the Spares: Jimmy and Hazel could qualify for this trope as well, as their respective best friends, Spinner and Paige were an item at that point.
    • Spinner and Emma in Degrassi Takes Manhattan get together. There is fan speculation that this happened because Spinner and Emma were the only remaining unpaired characters from the original show whose actors were still willing to be on Degrassi (besides Liberty who appears for two seconds).
    • Jake and Katie were introduced as romantic false leads for two popular couples: Eli and Clare, and Drew and Bianca. When their relationships inevitably ended, they were paired with each other.
  • Parental Incest: Jane was molested by her father.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Jane just wants to play football despite the harassment from her team mates. She's good, too.
  • Plenty of Blondes: You have a combination of less lovable blonds as well as a bunch of blond guys.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: eClare.
  • Potty Failure: Holly J. in "Hide and Seek".
    • Jenna's accident after taking too many diet pills.
  • Popularity Food Chain: Characters that appear twice obviously shift seats between seasons.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: Pro disciplina colligo ("For teaching, gather"). One wonders why they didn't go with Quidquid accipit ("Whatever it takes") or Vadit ibi ("It goes there").
  • Product Placement: Plenty in the tenth season. Several for Skype, the Zeno "Hotspot", etc.
    • Pizza Pizza (a popular chain in Ontario), especially early on when the mall food court's used for scenes that would later take place in The Dot.
    • Snake's Alienware laptop was a pretty prominent one in earlier seasons.
    • And in later seasons whenever something is done for charity, the charity will be Free the Children.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Mrs. Torres sometimes slips and calls Adam by female pronouns and/or his birth name.
  • Put on a Bus: Emma, Spinner, Liberty, Manny, Jay, Peter, and the rest of the graduates including Jack, Spike, Joey, Caitlin, and Mr. Raditch.
  • Psycho Lesbian: In the In Too Deep previews, Fiona is shown behaving in a predatory manner towards Holly J.

    R-S 
  • Raging Stiffie: Spinner. And in the newer season, Wesley.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: Paige is less of the Alpha Bitch after her rape; she even lets Ashley back in the club.
  • Real-Life Relative: Craig's little sister, Angela, is played by Alex Steele. Craig's on again off again love interest Manny is played by Cassie Steele. Lampshaded by Craig: "She reminds me of my half-sister."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: You know how the roof garden didn't happen because it would be too expensive to do right? That's entirely true.
  • Rearrange the Song: In "Cabaret", Paige and Terri change Ashley's piano piece into a highly electronic teen-pop song to perform at the talent show. She does not like this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Emma is very fond of them, especially when she's standing up for a cause.
    • Anya gives a glorious one to Owen in season 10 in regards to his sexism.
    • Clare gives one to Holly when she makes fun of her for being caught with a vibrator in her bag (that wasn't even hers).
    Masturbation is normal, and nobody should be embarrassed about it. And maybe if you tried it once in a while, you wouldn't be so mean.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: In the "Stuff Clare Says" video, a girl (Jordan Todosey) playing a transgender boy (Adam) imitating a girl (Clare).
  • Redemption Equals Death: Rick. Poor, poor Rick. Rick, who put a girl in a coma, came back to school with homicidal intent. Poor, poor Rick.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Holly J in the mini episode Queen Bees, after The Reveal she's younger sister to Heather Sinclair, while Marco and Ellie drag Paige away Holly J's eyes flash red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Spinner's Red alongside Jimmy's Blue during the early seasons. Later Alli's Red has to be checked by Clare's Blue.
    • Inverted with Alli and Clare in the modern seasons. Clare is now Red and Alli is now Blue.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Happens first with Rick in Season 4, then with Spinner the following season.
  • Remember the New Guy: Dave is the best example, as his introduction is lamenting this trope. Characters not outright introduced as a New Transfer Student can be this, but most of the time it isn't stated explicitly.
    • Imogen in season 11 is an excellent example of this. In the first major episode she appears in, she tells Eli that she has gone to Degrassi for two years and recaps everything she "overheard" at Vegas Night, which occurred in the middle of season 10. Presumably, she was always a student at Degrassi, but she just never appeared in a scene with the current cast before.
  • Retcon: JT's sister and parents are mentioned in the first season. Then, he's being raised by a single mom. Then, even later, he is shown as living with only his grandmother; Paige calls into school pretending to be her mother in Season 3 to excuse herself from school to skip and uses a Czechoslavakian accent, but later when her mother is cast and physically on the show she has no accent; and various characters' grades and ages are all over the place.
    • Seasons Six and Seven were the 2007/2008 school year, and seasons Eight and Nine were the 2008/2009 school year. Season Ten appears to be taking place in the 2010/2011 school year, yet treating the last two seasons as if they were just the previous school year.
    • Liberty skipping a grade seems to have been retconned out as well, since the press release character descriptions in the later seasons listed her as being the same age as the others in her class. Plus, there's Danny's existence.
  • Re Tool: The pilot episode made it clear the show was planned to have just as much, if not more focus on the original adult cast, but by the third episode it was clear they changed their mind and now the focus is centrally on the kids.
  • Rock Star Parking: The school's parking lot is improbably small for what's depicted as an average-size High School. Yet, a shortage of student parking is never an issue.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: There were definitely traces of this between Jenna and Clare early in season 9.
    • Fiona and Holly J have this in season 10, particularly in the "In Too Deep" promo.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: I don't know where Emma found those flaming dolphin pants she has in the first season, but it's so bizarre that you can't help but think "Yeah, I want that."
  • Running Gag: JT has a very small penis. He is extremely insecure about this. There, I saved you a lot of time.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mr. Perrino
  • Sad Times Montage: One happens in the episode of Ellie's self-destruction and personal life getting overwhelming.
  • School Play
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Considering how much leeway they get for stuff worn over or under the school polo shirts, removing them after school shouldn't be a big deal, but a lot of people still don't bother.
  • Secret Relationship: Paige and her teacher Matt. Peter and Emma. Declan suggests this with Holly J. Holly J and Sav minus for a few people. Sav and Ms. Oh despite almost getting busted.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man - In Trope Name order:
    • Craig and Sean (At times they do switch.)
    • Jimmy and Spinner, during and after Jimmy and Spinner's falling out its Marco and Spinner.
    • Peter and Riley, Season 10 Peter is replaced with Zane.
  • Serious Business: Anything.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Holly J, Jane, and Fiona during Degrassi Takes Manhattan
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Parodied when Holly J shakes her hair out in a failed seduction attempt.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Emma and Liberty (despite efforts to keep her Hollywood Homely), as both were pretty awkward looking when the show first started (the latter was even lampshaded by Emma: "You've come a LONG way since Grade 7.").
  • Shirtless Scene: Sean and Spinner in "Careless Whisper", complete with Marco's Male Gaze.
    • We also got shirtless Sean in When Doves Cry (and Craig in a much squickier context), and in seasons 3 and 4, Sean not only has shirtless scenes but pantsless scenes. Finally, we had Emma making out with a shirtless Sean - in her PowerPoint!
    • Drew later in the series when he becomes a cage fighter (yeah, that actually happened) and when he was whacked out on sleeping pills.
  • Shock Value Relationship: Manny tries to scare her incredibly strict Asian father by bringing the 20-something year old high school drop-out mechanic Jay over for dinner. It backfires when her dad actually really likes him.
    • Later, in season ten Clare brings Eli over for dinner to spite her parents for getting a divorce, by using his black clothes and hearse to make him sound like a freak. Eli is not impressed.
  • Shout-Out: The title.
    -Connor: What is the velocity of an unladen swallow?
    - Wesley: African or European?
    -Eli: You're tearing me apart, Clara!
    • A rather subtle one to singer Carly Simon in "Rock And Roll High School"
    Ashley: Poor self-absorbed Craig thinks that the song's about him.
    Ellie: So vain.
  • Shower of Angst: Darcy in "Standing in the Dark"
  • The Show Goes Hollywood: Degrassi Goes Hollywood.
  • Shown Their Work: Mainly when it comes to locations mentioned. Recently mentioned is Ithaca, an obscure and relatively small city in southern New York state, which, given the distance, would require an overnight stay.
    • Averted, however, with Ajax, which is only a twenty minute drive from Toronto and is a flimsy excuse to write Alex off of the show.
  • Shrinking Violet: Terri in early seasons, Anya in season seven.
  • The Silent Bob: Towerz and The Silent Bob.
  • Six Student Clique Early Seasons give us the younger class: J.T. (Head), Sean (Muscle), Toby (Quirk), Emma (Pretty One), Liberty (Smart One), and Manny (Wild One)
    • Season 8 had Studz and their girlfriends: Peter (Head), Danny (Muscle), Sav (Quirk), Mia (Pretty One), Leia (Smart One), Anya (Wild One). You can swap the last two if you find Leia's constant lies wilder than Anya's... constant manipulations. Or you can just put them both as The smart ones.
    • Season 10 brings us a segmented version: Dave (Head), K.C. (Muscle), Connor and Wesley (Quirky Duo), Jenna (Pretty One), Clare (Smart One), and Alli (Wild One). However, Jenna and Clare are not friends, Clare and K.C. are not friends, but everyone else freely hangs out.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Rick in season 4.
  • Sixth Ranger: Sean just doesn't stay with one clique very long.
  • Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty: Overall, not quite as shiny as most Hollywood teen dramas. The school itself is well-equipped and maintained, but not architecturally flashy enough to qualify as an Elaborate University High; while individual students' circumstances vary from "very, very shiny indeed" to "as gritty as it gets in Canada".
  • Slumber Party: Subverted.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Season 8's robotics team.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Real Life "De Grassi Street" signs are seen in establishing shots. No in- or out-of-universe explanation as to why it was condensed to one word for the school's name has ever been offered.
    • Also, it's "Clare" not "Claire"
    • Damian's name is probably the most misspelled in the fandom.
    • Tweens on the Internet always misspell "gonorrhea".
  • Spicy Latina: Alex, later Bianca.
  • Spit Take: Snake after seeing that Chantay has gotten the student body to completely cover his car with sticky notes to protest the draconian changes at Degrassi after the Night in Vegas fiasco.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Craig was very prominent in season two (and the first example of this), and soon his drama overwhelmed everyone else. The most egregious example: Liberty giving birth was actually reduced to an extremely short B-plot in favor of yet another Craig episode.
    • Emma, especially in Season 6.
    • Mia (Season 8 mostly).
    • Holly J. Just look at the opening credits after S8.
    • Couples-wise, Sean/Emma and Paige/Alex (Season 6), Ashley/Craig/Manny (Season 3), Jay/Manny (Season 7), and Peter/Mia (Season 8).
    • Eli and Clare were given a lion's share of screentime (and they've definitely stolen the spotlight on Fanfiction Dot Net), along with Holly J, Alli, and Fiona (non-couple wise) in Season 10.
    • The first half of Season 11 could have been called "The Eli Show".
    • Seasons 11 also suffers this from Drew.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jimmy/Ashley, Craig/Ashley, Craig/Manny, Sean/Emma, Dylan/Marco, Spinner/Paige, Spinner/Darcy, Paige/Alex, Joey/Caitlin... anyone and anyone else.
    • JT and Liberty, due to their tragic circumstances.
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Stock Footage: In the season 3 episode "I Want Candy" the outside shot of the hospital is clearly the same clip used in the season 2 finale episode. You can even blatantly see Craig walking towards the building, even though he's not in this episode.
  • Straight Gay: Dylan, Riley, Sam, Zane.
  • Student Council President: Ashley (Season 1-3), Marco (Season 4), Liberty (Seasons 5-7), Holly J. (Seasons 8-9) Sav (Season 10-11), Katie (Season 12) Drew (Season 13). Damian was president at Lakehurst until the merger.
  • Stylistic Suck: Among the Deleted Scenes from Season 1 is a "where are they now" piece on several original characters done in the style of an amateur VHS home video. The audio on some segments is almost inaudible.
  • Sudden School Uniform: Played straight with it being implemented over a weeklong break in the middle of the school year, subverted by it being in place for a year in-story.
  • Suddenly Sexuality:
    • Alex's shift from being straight to lesbian was less than expected or really set-up. There was no in-series explanation for why she stopped liking men. Which was especially jarring given the subtext of her sleeping with Jay regularly. Then again, one could deduce that Alex simply hadn't come to terms with her sexuality yet and was using Jay as her beard. When you look at her behavior in "King of Pain", this seems even more plausible.
    • Her initial love interest, Paige, also did a sudden sexuality shift. But her becoming bi was marginally better handled. ...until it vanished from her character when Alex was Put on a Bus.
    • Fiona gave no obvious signs she liked girls during her entire initial season (Season 9, if you keep score). With only some minor hints at it in Season 10 (her possessiveness over Holly J, her flirting with Clare while drunk). Most of which might be explained away as her mood disorder making her... 'dramatic'.
      • This is not universally agreed on. Many fans speculated that Fiona was a lesbian (or at least hiding something) early in season nine when she admitted to Riley that she purposefully sought out a fake relationship with him. Despite the fact that she is supposed to be his beard, she is actually more opposed to heterosexual activity than he is. Riley at least wants to try kissing her, but Fiona is completely uninterested. In fact, she tells him "if I thought you were straight, we wouldn't be doing this." Her decision to pursue Riley is prompted by Declan's insistence that her ex-European pen pal did not count as an ex-boyfriend. Even her relationship with Bobby seemed mostly for show. After a summer of therapy and family tension, her mother set her up with Bobby hoping he would be good for her. The relationship is difficult for her to get out of mostly because it was arranged by both their families. It doesn't seem to stem from a spontaneous and natural attraction, whereas Fiona's interest in Holly J starts off slowly with jealousy and nastiness and progresses to actual romantic attraction.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Jenna just thinks she's getting fat and uses diet pills to try and fix her "weight problem."
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Every time a new set of niner characters are introduced they seem to be stand-ins for the original batch of seventh grade newbies from season one (Emma, Manny, JT, Toby, and Sean). Emma, Clare and Maya are the smart, good girls who'll sometimes flirt with the Good Girl Gone Bad trope. Manny, Alli and Tori are the good girls' sexier best friends who are obsessed with superficial things such as boys and popularity. Sean, K.C. and Zig are from the wrong side of the tracks and try desperately to rise above their poor upbringing. J.T. and Dave are the comedians who aspire to be cool and hook-up with all the girls while Toby and Connor are their nerdier sidekicks. Tristan is the only one who doesn't seem to have a precedent in the the original core group instead filling in for Marco and Riley as the gay character.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Jane, Craig when he sings Ashley a song in the battle of the bands.

    T-U 
  • Take That: One to energy drinks (or to school sponsorship of products) with Purple Dragon. Several to Bush in the Jay and Silent Bob episodes.
    • Luke and Becky Baker's being from Florida may well be a Take That to the Florida Family Association (all one of him).
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Paige and Mr. Oleander, though technically he was only a TA and three years older than her. Later Manny and her professor.
    • Sav and Mrs. Oh seem to be heating up in season 11
    • In season 13, Tristan and Mr. Yates.
  • Teens Are Short: Averted. At the height of 5'8, Miriam McDonald was taller than her on-screen mother, Amanda Stepto. Stepto is only 5'2.
    • Played straight when practically any teen characters interact with the very tall Stefan Brogren.
  • Teen Drama
  • Teen Pregnancy: Manny (terminated the pregnancy), Liberty (put the baby up for adoption), Mia (raising her child), and now Jenna (keeps it for a while before giving it up for adoption). Emma is the result of one, and her mother had a second unplanned pregnancy (albeit at around age 30). Dallas also had a baby with his girlfriend when he was 15.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ashley Kerwin (season 5 finale-season 7), Sean Cameron (season 6), and Caitlin Ryan (season 7 episode "Jesse's Girl).
  • The Tell: Ellie Nash cooks when she's angry, according to Marco.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Sav's drummer search in Jesus, Etc.
  • Their First Time
  • There Is Only One Bed: Heterosexual version: Ellie and Sean. Sean sleeps on the couch.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • JT and Toby, replaced with 'the fuzzheads' Danny and Derek.
    • Anya and Chantay Leia Chantay are female versions.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Dave, Wesley, and Connor.
    • Clare, Eli, and Adam. (with more romance than the above.)
  • Title Drop / Title Theme Drop : They like to work in the phrase "Whatever it takes" whenever they can get away with it. It's stenciled on the wall of the school's weight room.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Token Minority Couple: Remember when Jimmy and Hazel were a couple for 3 seasons? It's alright if you don't, apparently the writers only rememebered when it was relevant...which wasn't a whole lot.
    • Danny and Chantay had traces of this in season 9, particularly since Danny is the only person Chantay ever dates.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Alex & Paige.
    • Jane and Darcy in season seven. Darcy is replaced with Holly J in season nine.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Most of the show's current cast did Kid Coms before this show.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Emma starting in Season 4 ("What will people think of me if Chris goes out with Liberty next?"). Many fans consider this moment to be the turning point of Emma's character and when her Jerk Sue colors first really started to shine.
    • Derek in Season 8. Before that, he at least had some sort of remorse for his more Jerkass moments (such as framing Danny for shoplifting).
    • KC in Seasons 9 and 10.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Emma in the Purple Dragon episode. Manny's "I'm going to be famous" scene.
  • Tragic Hero: Craig and Ashley. Also Rick, sort of.
    • Sean Cameron, anyone? At this point, Sean is the only one who can possibly understand Rick, was one of the few people who actively defended Rick, and...kills him. Then he is called a hero for it.
  • Training Montage: When Owen helps Anya get in shape for the armed forces.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms; Inverted; the Ice Hounds plus Becky show up in their new Degrassi uniforms for the first day of class - in which it's announced that uniforms are abolished.
  • Transsexual Adam was actually born Gracie.
    • Adam "Gracie" Torres is the first teenage transsexual character to be depicted on scripted television.
  • Trickster Archetype: Mike Lobel is on record comparing Jay to a spider. Would that be Iktomi or Anansi or...
  • Troperrific
  • Troubled, but Cute: Sean first, during most of his time on the show.
    • Spinner was next, after Rick's death and Jimmy's being shot.
    • Peter, but fans thought he came off as a metrosexual Jerkass Then they toned him down dramatically in season 8, so now he's just the pretty, yetgeneric guy).
    • K.C. during season 8 and 9
    • Eli and Adam for different reasons during Season 10
    • Campbell is definitely this so far in Season 12.
    • Zig qualifies as of season 13 with his family issues.
  • Tsundere: Paige and Alex.
  • Twincest: Declan and Fiona have been giving off not-so brotherly vibes ever since their promo, and the actress who plays Fiona has hinted at a potential incest story arc in Season 10.
    • In Degrassi Takes Manhattan, Fiona tells Holly J, "Boyfriends are temporary, brothers are forever."
  • Twofer Token Minority: Jimmy (black and disabled), Connor (black with Asperger's), Zane (Asian and gay), Sav (Indian and Muslim), and Manny, Liberty, Chantay, and Leia (female and nonwhite). There are even several threefers: Hazel and Alli (nonwhite, female and Muslim), and Alex (lesbian, female, and Latina).
  • Two Lines, No Waiting
  • Two-Teacher School: It seems there's only about four teachers in the entire school, with Mrs. Kwan teaching English to the entire school, Mr. Simpson teaching Media Immersion for every student for all four years, and Coach Armstrong being the health teacher, math teacher, and P.E. teacher for all grades and classes, as well as the coach for every sports team in the school.
    • And recently, this seems to have extended to Ms. Oh, Mr. Perino, and Ms. Dawes.
  • Unable to Cry: Liberty after JT's death
    • Emma when Manny outs her Anorexia to her family.
    • Maya is this when Cam commits suicide, due to being somewhere between anger and denial over it.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Someone needs to lock Clare and Eli in a closet or something.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: J.T, Spinner sometimes.

    V-Z 
  • Verbal Tic: Well, one, there's Rick, and two, he tends to put things in a list.
  • Very Special Episode: Almost every episode
    • In the vein of a very special Blossom, we have Emma blossoming into womanhood, Spinner's erections, JT's wet dreams, and JT's very small penis. One in each of the first four seasons.
    • Then there's the episode where Paige gets raped, Marco comes out, Ashley's dad comes out, Craig's dad abuses him, Craig is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Liberty winds up needing extra math help but everyone thinks she's sleeping with the math teacher.
  • Villain Decay: Of the Candy Bandits Jay and Alex became a lot less impressive toward the end of their run.
    • Johnny DiMarco and Bruce had a similar process of turning Lighter and Softer in Seasons 8 and 9.
    • On the less bully side of things, Holly J and Paige suffered Bitch Decay.
    • Peter and Declan were both introduced to be Preppy villains, working people as opposed to brute force of the Bullies. Both suffered a fair bit of softening over time.
    • This has happened to Fitz as well. Started off as a the top bully (along with Owen), but now making a Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Unfair Sex: Jane's flirting with Declan and subsequent cheating wasn't portrayed nearly as bad when Craig did it to Ashley in Season 3. Averted when Spinner reacts badly to finding out.
  • We Need a Distraction: Clare sets off a smoke bomb in the exam hall so the school will be evacuated and Adam won't have to fight Fitz.
  • Webcomic Time: To a degree, early seasons (up through Season 5) were at a 1 Season: 1 School year ratio. All was good. Seasons 6-9 were 2 seasons : 1 School Year ratio which meant the date started to slip. Season 10 used to a retcon to undo the slip so things were now 2010 (Due to the last four seasons it was 2008). After that we still haven't hit 1 season = 1 year again. Instead, however, they haven't retconned again but the references and series going on are contemporary to the year, but not to the year the students should be in. As Season 12 is the end of Season 11.5's school year which means it should be 2012, but it's 2013.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Season 4's Time Stands Still is the first one, which saw Jimmy get shot by Rick, paralyzing him and Rick being accidentally shot by Sean. Several characters were changed forever by this event.
    • Rock This Town from season 6, which saw JT being killed at a party.
    • All Falls Down from season 10 didn't see character death, but it was suspense-filled and change the course of several characters and added school uniforms which lasted quite a while.
    • Season 7's Standing in the Dark, which had Degrassi merging with Lakehurst and Darcy getting raped at a party and later attempting suicide.
    • Bittersweet Symphony Part 2 from season 12 had Eli and Claire discover that Cam killed himself in the school greenhouse
    • Honey from season 13 saw Adam dying from his injuries, which was preceded by a Wham Shot from the previous episode Cannonball where Adam got into his fatal car accident.
  • Wham Line: "She wants twenty-thousand dollars."
    • " Campbell Saunders is dead."
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Spinner and Emma getting married under the influence.
    • Darcy waking up next to Peter after she was drugged and raped.
    • When Drew wakes up after the party remembering nothing about stripping, streaking, sleeping with Katie and who knows what else.
    • The main trust of Unbelievable (season 13) with Zoe getting blacked out drunk and getting sexually assaulted.
  • What the Hell, Dad?: A lot of fathers and other male role models fit this. At least for the boys. For the girls, on the other hand....
  • White Shirt of Death: JT was wearing one when he was stabbed.
  • Whole Plot Reference
  • The Wiki Rule: Here.
  • Wild Teen Party: Most notably "Rock This Town"
    • The party that Adam and Dallas threw at the Torres house in "Come As You Are (Part 1)".
  • Windmill Political: Emma is prone to these.
  • With Friends Like These...: While it wasn't a very comedic example, Holly J and Anya were like this in season seven and eight.
    • Chantay has shown this with every one of her friends when gossip circles them.
  • Working Title: Ready, Willing and Wired.
  • Worthy Opponent: In a deleted scene from "Back In Black", Sean sees Rick as this.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Horribly averted (or subverted?) when Fitz and Owen find out that Adam is biologically female. They don't hit him - they pick him up and throw him through the double doors breaking a wire-reinforced glass pane.
    • Reinforced when Fitz refuses to fight Adam, and suggests Adam fight Bianca.
    • That valiant theater nerd, Rick? He hits girls.
    • Sean angsts about accidentally hitting Emma when she tries to get between him and Jimmy. Emma doesn't see it as an accident.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Emma's screen name is xXsparklespazXx.
  • Yandere: Eli towards Clare at first, but then Imogen from season eleven proved to be this towards Eli.
    • Rick. Emphasis on "yan". Abusive boyfriend, paranoid about other guys wanting his girlfriend, does not take rejection well...
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Holly J. stripped in front of Sav in the drama room during the Night in Vegas dance. It was clear they were about to have sex when they were interrupted by the school being put under lockdown.
  • You Go Girl: Jane. Football.
  • You Look Familiar: Alex's girlfriend Carla and a friend of Joey's girlfriend Diane were played by the same actress.
    • Alex Steele will be returning later in season 11 but as a new character, not Angie Jeremiah.
  • You're Just Jealous: This was practically Manny's Catch Phrase for a while. Emma also pulled this card when Liberty called her out on passing out weed brownies during a dorm event.
    • Manny uses this one against Paige to dismiss Paige's warnings about Dean. Although it was pretty typical behavior for Paige to try to stop other girls from dating guys she liked (see her awful treatment of Terri), Paige was actually telling the truth about Dean. It doubles as an Ironic Echo since a girl at the party where Paige got raped warned Paige about Dean, and she reacted the same way Manny did.
    • Maya's (accurate) feelings about Tori's anti-Zig behavior.
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