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[[caption-width-right:320:Life is short. Talk fast.]]

Anchor series of TheWB, airing from 2000 to 2007. Roughly equal parts TeenDrama and romantic comedy.

The titular Gilmore girls are, more or less, two sides of the same coin. Mother Lorelai (Creator/LaurenGraham) was born to privilege, but saw her education cut short by her pregnancy at 16. Despite pressure from her parents Emily (Creator/KellyBishop) and Richard (Creator/EdwardHerrmann), and a proposal from the erstwhile father Christopher, Lorelei chose to strike out on her own, moving to Stars Hollow, CT as a single mother. Daughter Rory (Creator/AlexisBledel), despite having been born in comparative poverty, is a gifted student. Both women are intelligent, witty, cynical, cute, and comically dysfunctional when it comes to men.

The show starts when 16-year-old Rory is admitted into the prestigious Chilton Academy for high school. Lorelei, who now runs the Independence Inn with the help of her best friend, chef Sookie St. James (Creator/MelissaMcCarthy), can't afford it... so she does the worst thing a fiercely independent woman could do, and asks her parents. Emily and Richard agree to finance their granddaughter's education, but only at the cost of Friday-night family dinners.

The main characters are complemented by a strong ensemble in the townsfolk of Stars Hollow, including an assortment of {{Nosy Neighbor}}s: town selectman Taylor, who rules with an iron fist; Kirk, [[TheFool the village idiot]] who has [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs dabbled in hundreds of professions]]; and, of course, the {{Love Interest}}s. Both Gilmore girls play the "AllGirlsWantBadBoys" trope quite straight; Rory's father, Christopher Hayden (Creator/DavidSutcliffe) is of the idle rich, and Lorelei's other major romance, Luke Danes (Creator/ScottPatterson), owns the town diner and struggles with anger and communication issues. Rory, meanwhile, shuffles between Dean Forester (Creator/JaredPadalecki), Jess Mariano (Creator/MiloVentimiglia) and Logan Huntzberger (Creator/MattCzuchry), each with their issues and instabilities.

What really sets ''GilmoreGirls'' apart from other shows of its type is the heavy use of clever, fast-paced wordplay. Really fast. Think Creator/AaronSorkin [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crystal meth]] and [[SeinfeldianConversation Seinfeldian Conversations]]. The show also seems to take a particular interest in music. In addition to a number of music-obsessed characters, numerous musicians--including Sebastian Bach and Carole King--have held recurring guest roles. Others, like Paul Anka and Sparks, have had cameos or guest spots. (King also provided the theme tune, "Where You Lead," re-recording it with--of course--her own daughter Louise Goffin.)

Most episodes employ some form of TwoLinesNoWaiting following the exploits of mother and daughter, though in later seasons, the plots more often alternated between the two from episode to episode.

Now has a [[Characters/GilmoreGirls character sheet]]. Character-specific tropes should go there.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbortedArc:
** One of the most notable was the lawsuit Jason brought up against the Gilmores. It was a major development in the plot, but once it served its purpose of getting Richard his job back and breaking Lorelai and Jason up, it was never mentioned again.
** Or Jackson being voted Town Selectman, ousting Taylor. He campaigned hard and managed to win the election, then immediately regretted it. It gets mentioned maybe twice more, then Taylor's back to the job with absolutely no warning.
* AbsenteeActor: Everyone except Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel misses a few episodes (Scott Patterson (Luke) is the most frequently seen after the two leads, appearing in all but five).
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys:
** Rory and Jess. Jess smoked, stole things, and generally caused mischief in Stars Hollow. Thanks to poor communication skills on his part however, they didn't last. They had a hard time to get over themselves, especially Jess, and WordOfGod revealed that if the series had continued for one more season, Rory would have ended up back together with him, seeing as he was ultimately the one who complemented her the best.
** Later, Rory and Logan. Logan was a wealthy party animal and womanizer who got Rory into trouble when they stole a boat (which was her idea, though). Rory and Logan's relationship lasts for about 2.5 seasons, and [[spoiler:ends only in the penultimate episode of the series, when Rory turns down Logan's marriage proposal.]]
* AlphaBitch: Francine "Francie" Jarvis, leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority; recruits Rory (and in turn, Paris) for the club. In season 3, she's the senior class president, often clashing with both Paris and Rory.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Viewers perceive Michel as such, though he is not intended to be gay. Though he has an obsession with Celine Dion and worries about his carb intake, Amy Sherman often says in the scripts he does this for the ladies. He is intended to be a dandy. When venting his frustrations toward Tobin, the night desk clerk, he insults him for his homosexuality. It's subtle, but it's there, and that's what makes it even funnier. We occasionally see members of his family, they're all like that. The simplest explanation for newcomers is that he's not gay, he's just French.
* AmicableExes:
** Lorelai and Christopher, mostly.
** Rory and Dean in season 3.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At a town meeting where the citizens of Stars Hollow list the crimes that Jess might have done, Lorelai pipes in at the end.
--> '''Lorelai''': I heard he controls the weather and wrote the screenplay to ''Glitter''!
** After being told by Rory that she's going to a movie with Dean and Lane: "Nothing sexual, violent, or French!"
* TheArtifact: Luke's diner still has a large sign that says "Williams Hardware" on it (with a small one that says "Luke's"), in addition to the shelves and other remnants from his father's hardware store.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: When Paris is talking to her Portuguese nanny on the phone, what she says is mostly correct, although she says "[[GratuitousSpanish mucho]] mac and cheese" at one point, probably due to RuleOfFunny.
* TheBGrade: Paris gets an A-minus on a science test and forces Rory to have an emergency study session with her.
--> '''Paris''': All I had to do was [[MisplacedADecimalPoint move a decimal point]], and none of this would have happened.
** Inverted when Rory received an A in Asher Fleming's course and believed she only got it due to favouritism.
* BackToSchool: Lorelai is working toward her AA in Business degree in the first two seasons. She graduates in season 2, and the degree is referred to as an AA in season 3.
* BehindTheBlack: Paris is hiding to the left while having Madeleine ask Rory for her PSAT scores.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Paris and Doyle, although Rory and Jess and Rory and Logan were milder forms.
** Luke and Lorelai in early seasons. Emily, Rachel and Sookie confronted either one of them (or both) rather often about it, but they kept denying it and a lot of their interaction consisted of teasing or berating each other.
* BestWoman: Rory acts as best "man" when her grandparents renew their vows. She even wore a nice pantsuit.
* BetaCouple: Sookie and Jackson, possibly the Gilmore grandparents. Interestingly, both Lorelai and Rory would mirror each other's couplehood and act as the mutual BetaCouple to each other.
** Lane and Zach also fill this role.
** Paris and Doyle filled that role too. Especially since it's Danny Strong.
* BetterThanSex: In a Season One episode, Miss Patty tells Rory that the plums in Doose's Market are better than sex.
* BettyAndVeronica: Wow, do the writers love this trope. With Rory alone, we have: (Bettys listed first).
** Dean (B) vs. Tristan (V), Dean vs Jess. Dean vs Logan. Marty vs Logan. Jess vs Logan. And in ''every one'' except Dean vs Tristan, Rory went with the Veronica. Sheesh, are the writers trying to tell us something? Logan eventually gets compared to each of Rory's romantic interests, except for Tristan. And Logan can be seen as a more developed version of Tristan.
** Luke plays Betty to most of Lorelai's love interests: Max in Season 1, Jason in Season 4 and Christopher throughout the series. He survives better than Rory's Bettys though.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: On the very rare occasions Rory loses her temper you don't want to be in the blast zone.
* BigEater: Both Gilmores demonstrate a more realistic version of this typically {{anime}} trait.
** This is a bit of an InformedAttribute. We see plenty of food on-screen, but they never eat much of it, and often have to leave Luke's less than a minute after sitting down. Of course, the actresses have to do an unknown number of takes, so having them actually eat a large meal is impractical.
** When they are ordering Chinese food, Richard is horrified by how much food they are ordering, saying it's way too much for 3 people. Lorelai explains that they usually get a lot, and some of it is meant to be leftover.
* BilingualDialogue: Kyon and Lane have an argument in Korean and English respectively when they first encounter each other.
* BlackSheep:
** Lorelai, at least in Hartford society.
** Logan, to the Huntzbergers.
* BookEnds:
** The pilot episode, the credits, and the finale all end with the same shot: Rory and Luke at Luke's Diner, the camera slowly zooming out.
** Paris appears in the second and penultimate episode.
* BookWorm: Rory and Jess. Rory's interest in Jess is piqued when they discover they share a mutual love of literature.
* BreakoutCharacter: Paris.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Jess. Reasonably Intelligent But Arrogant.
** Logan.
* ButICantBePregnant: Sookie's third pregnancy. She was led to believe that Jackson had a vasectomy after her second child.
* ButtMonkey:
** Taylor is basically the town butt monkey of Stars Hollow and is even the butt monkey amongst his family. Shockingly enough, Lorelai seems to be the only person to have any sympathy for him.
** Kirk seems to be on the same path, but is actually somewhat likable. Rory tells Lorelai she should just let him win the dance contest because he has nothing going for him - he has no real career, no friends or girlfriend, no pets, and still lives with his mother . When he went on his first date with Lulu, he was shocked that the date went well and she stayed; most of his dates had him run out of conversation topics and the girl sneaking out of the bathroom window.
** Michel to Lorelai, Sookie and Rory.
* CaliforniaUniversity: Despite being a real university, [[IvyLeague Yale]] fits this trope as it keeps Rory and high school rival Paris close to each other and also close to Stars Hollow despite earlier indications that both girls were Harvard-bound. The switch from Harvard to the more-nearby Yale was justified by making it Richard Gilmore's alma mater.
* CassandraTruth: Lorelai tried to tell Richard and Emily that Logan's family was no good, but they just dismissed it, thinking she was being overdramatic and didn't like rich people. It takes them a while to realize she's right.
* CharacterFilibuster combined with ThatMakesMeFeelAngry, mostly in the last season.
** Toward the end of the series run, the fast, snappy dialogue that ''Gilmore Girls'' was famous for slouched into a ''SeventhHeaven''-esque series of conversations in which all the main characters were having extended conversations with all the other main characters about exactly how they felt regarding everything, inverting the ShowDontTell principle.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn Dean was originally written to have more indie tastes (he was a Nick Cave fan, for example), but then when Jess comes along, Dean gets recast as having more conventional tastes so that rival love interest Jess could provide contrast by being more cosmopolitan and intellectual, liking obscure books and music.
* ChekhovsGag:
** There was a RunningGag about Emily being unable to keep a maid, which became a plot point when she was sued for wrongful termination by one of her former maids.
** When she was a teen, Lorelai went into labor and went to the hospital by herself, leaving a note for her parents instead of telling them where she was. Emily complained about [[RefugeInAudacity how ridiculous is was that she just left a note]], and later in the episode, her parents find that Lorelai left another note when she ran away from home.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Jason kept asking Lorelai to go out with him, and, though she kept declining, set up a reservation at a restaurant, just in case she changed her mind. He also previously mentioned the fact that it would upset her mother if she went out with him, since Emily hated him. After having an argument with her mother, Lorelai decided to go on the date.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** Lorelai's boyfriend Alex, which may have been due to Max showing up.
** Jason Stiles, Lorelai's season four boyfriend. He showed up in Stars Hollow and tried to get back together with Lorelai, but Sookie prank-called him, saying he had a problem at home, so he went back home. Lorelai and Luke became official that night, so Jason must have realized he didn't have a chance and moved on.
** Eventually happened to Dean, as well, who never really got a proper sendoff and just disappeared to make room for Logan and Rory's relationship. After breaking up with Rory, he showed up in a couple of scenes with Luke late in season 5, telling him that his relationship with Lorelai is doomed like his and Rory's.
* ClassTrip:
** Rory and Paris spend the summer before their senior year in Washington D.C. as part of student government.
** Luke chaperoned one of these from Connecticut to Philadelphia, allowing him to meet up with his nephew Jess, too.
* CockFight: Dean and Jess have it off in a party on season 3. Some episodes earlier have Dean trying to pick a fight with Jess and Rory mistakenly believe that Jess' black eye was caused by Dean.
* CrazyCatLady:
** Lorelai is once worried she might became a crazy cat lady if she stays alone. She thinks that stray cats sense it when a woman lives on her own and that eventually they would find her house. One cat comes to her door and Lorelai brings her some food, but eventually she shoos her away.
** A not-single example is Babette, who is as obsessed with cats as she is with garden gnomes.
** Also - Kirk, for a brief moment on season 3. Rory comments that "Kirk has always been a cat person, he just never had a cat". Kirk, main CloudCuckoolander in a very nutty town, fits the trope down to a tee, except for being male.
* CrazyJealousGuy:
** Dean towards Jess and Logan, and to Tristan before he was PutOnABus.
** Luke towards Christopher and vice versa. Luke says less about it, but is more likely to engage in fisticuffs.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Most of the inhabitants of Stars Hollow.
** Lorelai is a mild case compared to her neighbors, though many find her to be eccentric.
** Babette is a major example.
** Kirk, who does the impossible and is deemed local weirdo in a town of full of weird like Stars Hollow.
* CrosscastRole: An InUniverse example. Paris plays Romeo to Rory's Juliet for a class project after Tristan -- who was supposed to be playing Romeo -- gets expelled at the last minute. Dean is... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot intrigued]].
-->'''Dean''': So, did you and Paris actually kiss, or was it, like, a stage thing?\\
'''Rory''': A lady never kisses and tells.
* CollapsedMidSpeech: Rory's grandfather has a heart attack and goes down in the middle of a lecture, but he makes it. This also happens off-screen to Asher Fleming during a Shakespeare class at Oxford ("He was doing [[AMidsummerNightsDream Puck]], and then suddenly he wasn't"). This one sticks.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion:
** In season 1, Lorelai angrily confronted Dean for breaking up with Rory, and Dean got angry as well, saying that it wasn't fair that everyone in town was mean to him without hearing his side of the story. Rory told her mother about the break-up, but didn't explain why it happened, though breaking up with someone for not saying "I love you" back doesn't make him look much better.
** Jess, who is summarily convicted for getting in a car accident and Rory's wrist being broken, despite the fact that anyone could have had an animal run out in front of them and swerved.
* CoordinatedClothes: In "Application Anxiety", Lorelai suggests to Rory that the siblings they just met are acting like they're together too much to just be brother and sister. Once they come back having changed their clothes, Lorelai notes to Rory that they're color-coordinated as further proof.
* CousinOliver: April, an especially grating version. She was perhaps an attempt at having a geekier version of Rory but she still ended up being a blatant HollywoodNerd.
* CuteBookworm: Jesse's adoptive sister, who hides in closets while reading.
* DeadpanSnarker: The list is a mile long but primarily Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Paris and Jess. It is after all a WorldOfSnark.
* DeepFriedWhatever: Poor Sookie in the Thanksgiving episode. Jackson and his family get drunk and start deep-frying everything (one even suggests deep-frying a baby), and Sookie copes by getting absolutely trashed on margaritas. Luke notes at the end of the episode that he thinks saw flames erupting - they burned the lawn.
* DinnerAndAShow: Lampshaded by Lorelai when she and Rory arrive for Friday Night Dinner and they watch an argument between Richard and Emily.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Luke and Lorelai... [[Series/GeneralHospital seriously]]?
** Also, in an episode of season 1, Jackson catches Sookie looking at strawberries at the market, and gets mad that she is trying to buy produce from someone else. He confronts her about it, and she says she was desperate for it, since she wasn't getting any from him. He didn't have any strawberries good enough to give to her, so he tried to give her something else.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Emily convinced Luke to get back together with Lorelai and just expected Lorelai to just forgive her and continue going to Friday night dinners again. She didn't understand that Lorelai was still angry about her breaking them up in the first place.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Asher Fleming has a very convenient heart attack between seasons 4 and 5.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In a couple of the early episodes there is a town mayor, played by David Huddleston. Taylor is one of the town selectmen but not as important as he later became.
** In the second episode, Sean Gunn plays a DSL installer named Mick, who Lorelai has never met before. In another early episode he brings swans to the inn and again, Lorelai has no idea who he is. It's not until the episode Cinnamon's Wake that his character is named Kirk but even then he does not know who Miss Patty is, while later on in the show it is well established that he has lived in Star's Hollow his whole life and used to take dance classes with Miss Patty.
** References are made several times to Lane's father--or parents, plural--through the first season, in the context of him clearly being alive and present in Lane's life. He is never seen for some reason, and eventually ceases to be mentioned.
** In the third episode, Richard's mother, the first Lorelai, is apparently dead, since she is described in the past tense.
* EasterEgg: Paris rants about a fellow Chilton student taking too much time to film her video yearbook segment towards the end of season three. Not too interesting a scene...until you look at the episode credits and realize that the girl is played by [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Liza Weil's sister]].
* EatingLunchAlone:
** Rory was shown to prefer eating alone with her headphones and a good book. The headmaster of Chilton thought she wasn't being social enough and pushed her to reach out to her peers. HilarityEnsues.
** Kirk states that he used to eat lunch alone in school as well, causing Lorelai and Rory to immediately panic.
* EccentricTownsfolk: And how!
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: A possible interpretation of Michel.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Chilton for the first few seasons. It should be noted, the school is based on RealLife high school Choate, and in many respects the portrayal is fairly accurate.
* EmbarrassingNickname:
** Jason "Digger" Stiles.
** Lorelai's camp nickname is "Umlauts." Apparently there was a problem with an unsteady canoe and an absent bra.
** Lorelai apparently once called Rory 'Droopy Drawers' as a baby.
--> '''Lorelai:''' That's right. Once you had these little Oshkosh cords and they were way too big. Once at the mall they fell right down to your knees and I said, "Whoa there, droopy drawers".
** Rory was called "Mary" when she first came to Chilton, mostly by Tristan. It refers to the Virgin Mary and that she is seen as a goody-goody.
** Luke had the nickname Butch in high school. Hes's not very happy when Lorelai finds out.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** Luke and Lorelai, for the first four seasons.
*** Emily noticed Luke and Lorelai had a thing for each other within seconds of meeting him. She noticed the way they look at each other. When she repeatedly asked Lorelai if she had feelings for Luke, she eventually stopped saying no and admitted that she wasn't sure how she felt.
*** Max asked her if she dated Luke while they were broken up and thought she was lying when she denied it.
*** Almost an ExaggeratedTrope - while picking the vibe by Lorelai's mother and some other outsiders, as well as the common knowledge on the matter by the pair's friends are plausible, the scene where Lorelai heading to tell Luke she's gotten engaged ''gets stalked by a large crowd of townspeople (most of them being not their close friends, but never to be seen again extras) curious what's going to happen like it's the hottest soap opera on TV'', is not. Also, after Lorelai accidentally walks down to the diner full of people, when dressed in Luke's shirt, after the sex for the first time, no one bats an eye, as if just the obvious has happened. Shortly after that it's revealed that it was perceived this way to the point that there was a town's meeting about "the union everyone had feared by a long time" (by Taylor's words) organized.
** Dean when dumping Rory--[[KickTheDog in front of the entire town]] (to be fair, "the entire town" was five or so half-asleep dance contestants and not many more and fully asleep observers)--when he's fed up with her blatant interest in Jess. He actually uses those very words.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: First Chilton and then Yale.
** Also happened with Luke and some other adults in Stars Hollow, since it's a small town.
* EvilMatriarch: Both Emily and her mother-in-law. Shira Huntzberger tries hard to be one, but comes off as more UpperClassTwit.
* ExactWords: When Jess first meets Rory, he says that he doesn't read much. When she asks him about it later, he says "What is much?" i.e. "much" can mean different things to different people.
* FakeGuestStar: "Special appearance by" Edward Herrmann. In at least 82 episodes.
* FanDisservice: Kirk is sometimes shirtless or partially nude. Not that Kirk is all that hideous from the neck up, but from the neck down... well, he's no buffed hunk. Though the actor himself has never mentioned his condition, the general consensus among fans is that Sean Gunn has pectus excavatum; which is literally a sunken chest. The fact that he was brave enough to go shirtless on a popular TV show seems like more of a TakeThat to the media's beauty standards more than anything else. Noted in-universe by Rory.
-->'''Lorelai''': So, how are you feeling?
-->'''Rory''': Haunted by the sight of Kirk's bare chest.
* FictionBusinessSavvy: Bedazzled first-aid kits.
* FightScene: Two over the course of the entire show. First was Jess vs. Dean (after Rory left Dean for Jess), when Dean thought Jess had just forced himself on an in-tears Rory upstairs at a party (he wanted to have sex, she didn't and got upset, and Jess was frustrated but ok with it and didn't pressure her). The second was between Chris and Luke (and the fans rejoiced). There's not even any dialogue in that scene, they just see each other across the square in the middle of the night and both seem to understand that it's time to beat the crap out of someone they really dislike (each was pretty pissed off about something else in their life right then). The fight ends wordlessly as well, with them just stalking off in opposite directions after trashing the town's Christmas scene, and neither ever talks to anyone else about it.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Sort of between Dean and Jess. [[spoiler:Rory eventually hooks up with Jess, but since Dean broke it off with her as abruptly as he did, she never really got the chance to get over him. Eventually, Jess suddenly disappears after problems with school, causing Rory to lose her trust in him and miss the reliability she always had with Dean. Because of this, she rejects Jess' advances when he returns, and eventually sleeps with Dean [[YourCheatingHeart despite the latter being married at that point.]] However, after Dean has left his marriage, it doesn't take long before Rory remembers the lack of excitement Dean had eventually failed to offer her, and he ends up PutOnABus to make way for her relationship with Logan.]]
* FiveFiveFive: Luke's lawyer works at [[{{Pun}} Dewie, Cheetum and Howe]]. Their number is 555-5555.
* {{Flanderization}}: Name someone who wasn't flanderized in the last two seasons of Gilmore Girls. Lauren Graham expressed her distaste for the way her character was being written in an early interview about the CW.
** Emily started out as controlling and ''somewhat'' snobby, but mostly old-fashioned and concerned about her daughter living "properly", not being a single mother and finding a husband. She even approved of Luke, recognized his feelings for Lorelai before her, and called them "a match made in Heaven". Cue Season 5, and she acts like a social class-obsessed stereotypical EvilMatriarch and makes ridiculous schemes to break Lorelai and Luke up to make space for Christopher. And fails to understand why her daughter could be possibly mad at her.
** Much like in ''NorthernExposure'', the town folk went from being cute and quaint to ridiculously quirky for the sake of being quirky.
* FlatWhat: Rory to Pete from Pete's Pizzeria when he tells her that the [[BlatantLies world's biggest pizza]] she's having made for Lorelai's birthday has to be cheeseless after Kirk suffered [[AmusingInjuries a hot cheese incident]] when trying to put it on the pizza rack on his car.
* ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest: often, particularly Lorelai Sr.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lorelai and Sookie get into an argument in season 1, with Lorelai saying she doesn't want dating advice from someone who hasn't dated in a while. Sookie says that she has reasons for not dating, like not having time due to being at work [[CuteClumsyGirl and the hospital]], but seems to be unhappy about it. At the end of the episode, she asks Jackson out for the first time.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Parodied.
-->'''Lorelai''': My life stinks. Hey, let's look into each other's eyes and say "I wish I were you" at exactly the same time - maybe we'll pull a Freaky Friday!
* TheGadfly: Lorelai. It's her main coping mechanism when it comes to her parents. In season 3 she even admits this to her mother, and "teaches" her the trick so she could cope with Trix, her mother in law. As Lorelai later tells Rory, Emily has done it beautifully.
** One episode has Emily do it to Lorelai, who accused her of not being able to take a joke.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Occasionally.
** Rory complains that her ''mother'' invited Dean to have a date in their house with her ''mother''.
-->'''Lorelai''': Stop saying "mother" like that.
-->'''Rory''': Like what?
-->'''Lorelai''': Like there's supposed to be another word after it.
** Luke stops Lorelai from saying "Dirty!" when he mentions his toolbox.
* TheGhost: Mr. Kim (Lane's dad), Al from Al's Pancake World, and Kirk's mother.
* GirlPosse: Unusual, in that their leader, [[HollywoodNerd Paris]], is an AcademicAlphaBitch.
** Francine, a fellow Chilton classmate, led a more typical high school version.
* GlamorousSingleMother: If Lorelai ever suffered serious hardship having to drop plans for higher education to raise a child by herself as a teenager, the show gives little indication of it.
** At least on the show. Pre-series had Rory and Lorelai living in a potting shed at the Independence Inn until they bought their house. Lorelai only went to her wealthy parents as a last resort to pay for Chilton. By the beginning of the series, she's the manager of a successful inn, but it took her years to get there, as she originally started out as a maid and had to work her way up.
** One episode had Lorelai come in as a career day speaker at the local high school (after Rory was in college) where she gets ambushed by the girls in class who are far more interested in her infamous teen pregnancy and single motherhood. She's gets backed into a corner and outright states that she does ''not'' regret her past because it resulted in her amazing daughter. Later, when the mothers of these girls confront her on the street as if she had been extolling this trope as TruthInTelevision, Lorelai tries to be diplomatic. But when they cross the line (implying she should have told their daughters she regretted Rory) she goes full MamaBear on them.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: In the backstory (as shown in the flashbacks). Apparently, a 16-year-old Lorelai never even considered abortion although she didn't want to marry the father, having the baby meant she had to quit school, and it not unexpectedly turned living with her family into such a nightmare that she eventually ran away. It could be she simply left it too late - she was already "starting to show" by the time she realised she was pregnant. In a flashback, Christopher's father makes some oblique reference to " taking care of it", everyone in the room acts shocked and it's never brought up again. Interesting to note that Lorelai wasn't even in the room, so her opinion on the matter is never touched on.
* GoodOldWays: Luke. Runs a small diner out of his late father's hardware store, lives in the building's attic, and tends to be oblivious to/annoyed by Lorelai's constant pop culture references.
* GossipyHens: Miss Patty and Babette. It's mentioned that nothing gets past them. Especially Patty, there have been times where people will tell her something if they want the news to travel fast.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Richard and Emily had no idea for the longest time that Rory had been having sex with Logan while living in their pool house.
* HappyRain: At Rory's party in the series finale, it's pouring rain - and it's also one of the happiest moments in the show.
* HeroicBSOD: Rory has one after Mitchum's evaluation of her, leading into most of the conflict for the sixth season.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** An odd case being that Lorelai and Rory are mother and daughter.
** Rory and Paris.
** Rory and Lane.
** Lorelai and Sookie, an inn manager and a supreme chef.
* HighSchool: Chilton, adhering to type mostly in that classes always seem to last exactly the length of one scene.
* HigherEducationIsForWomen:
** Rory was attracted to each of her three boyfriends because of their intelligence but they would disappoint her with their lack of interest in college. Even her college boyfriend.
** Subverted with Paris, who dated a Princeton man while still in high school, a college professor (no less) and one very avid college newspaper editor.
* HolidayVolunteering: One episode has Paris attempting to volunteer at a soup kitchen over Thanksgiving so she can put it on her college application, only to be told they don't need any more.
* HollywoodNerd:
** Paris and Rory
** Lane and Dave.
*** This is played with a bit. All three girls are attractive but are incredibly awkward in situations with the opposite sex. One great example is Rory attempting to date casually in her freshman year of college and failing miserably. HilarityEnsues.
*** Rory in the early seasons is very awkward around other people. So much so that the school decides she needs to socialize more, or they won't recommend her for Harvard.
* HollywoodNewEngland: The show takes place in a Connecticut where Hartford is a gleaming state capital and New Haven is the home of intellectuals with everyone being happy, while in real life Hartford has an incredible amount of problems, while Yale is contained within a literal Green Zone that can pretty much do whatever the heck it wants to fix crime-ridden New Haven, seeing as its citizens have given up on their government.
** In all fairness, Lorelai once describes New Haven to Rory by saying she should "take a look at the coffee pot tomorrow before I clean it."
** Rory and Paris actually live in an apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood for some time while at Yale. At least until Rory moves into boyfriend Logan's ridiculously extravagant suite.
** Stars Hollow is mentioned as being right near New London, and about half an hour from New Haven. New London is almost an hour away from New Haven. Woodbridge is also frequently mentioned as a town near Stars Hollow. In real life, Woodbridge is a neighboring town to New Haven, making it probably much closer to Rory's school than Rory's home.
* HopelessSuitor: Marty for Rory, who didn't have any romantic feelings for him.
* HotForStudent: Asher Fleming. He has quite a reputation for this, having a new love interest every semester, but genuinely loves Paris.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Lorelai begins giving the speech to Dean, but he interrupts to tell her he knows what she's going to say. She then tells him that Rory is beloved by the whole town, and there would be nowhere to run if he broke her heart. Sure enough, when he breaks up with Rory, everyone in town hates him and [[[BigBrotherInstinct Luke refuses to let him in the diner.]]
* IGotYouADrawer: Luke did this for Rachel once he decided to give her another chance.
* InJoke: Lane's band, not named onscreen until "Tippecanoe And Taylor Too," is called Hep Alien - an anagram of Helen Pai, one of the show's producers and pal of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (and the woman on whom Lane is based).
* INeedAFreakingDrink:
** Emily when she's distressed.
--->'''Emily''': Richard! I need a gimlet!
** [[RunningGag Frequently]] Lorelai in order to get through the weekly Friday Night Dinners
* InnocentBlueEyes: Rory.
** Averted with [[{{Casanova}} Tristan]].
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Sookie and Lorelai just had a rather useless class about opening an inn and they reach a refreshment table, hoping to make up the admission fee in cookies. Sadly, they taste like feet.
** Also - Sookie's cooking while in first months of pregnancy tends to suffer from said taste.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: A rare justified example as the writers emphasize exactly how hard it is to get accepted into Harvard and Yale, with Paris participating in numerous extra-curriculars and charities to add to her application and Rory actually moving schools to improve her grades. Those who just don't work as hard don't go there - like Madeline and Louise.
* IWarnedYou: Lorelai warns Rory whenever she can see that Richard and/or Emily are trying to manipulate her. Rory always says she knows and that she can handle it, but it always turns out worse than they expect it to be.
* JerkAss:
** Jess, Paris, although both characters evolve to JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the later episodes.
** Mitchum Huntzberger.
** Floyd Stiles (Jason's father).
** Francie, who outshines Paris as Chilton's primary AlphaBitch.
** Christopher's parents. They appeared in one early episode and were abysmal not only to Chris and Lorelai, but also to Rory. Richard almost got into a fight with Christopher's father for insulting Lorelai.
** Paris's mother, who also appeared on one episode.
* KarmaHoudini: Francie manipulates Paris and Rory into renewing their hostile attitude towards each other and is never seen again afterwards. Paris and Rory do eventually make up however.
* KissingCousins: The original Lorelai ("Trix")--our main character's grandmother and Rory's great-grandmother--had the maiden name of "Gilmore." She married her cousin. This {{squick}}s out the youngest Gilmores to no end.
* LateForSchool: Rory, on several occasions, more so at Chilton than at Yale. One notable episode had her running late because a deer hit her car. No, you didn't read that wrong.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Lane calls Rory and Jess "a sweet old agoraphobic couple" after she witnesses them snark at their movie night choices. Jess takes it as a compliment.
** Hilariously enough, Luke and Lorelai have the same dynamic, which amuses everyone else in town who witnesses it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Dean and Rory. She is very smitten when she first sees him in the pilot. So much that she balks at transferring to Chilton. And he didn't even have a motorcycle.
* LoveTriangle:
** Rory, Dean and Jess - the classic [[TriangRelations type 7]] variation. While still with Dean, Rory develops feelings for Jess, who is also interested in her. She and Dean break up, and she hooks up with Jess.
** Later on in the series, with Jess out of the picture, Rory gets back together with the [[OopsIForgotIWasMarried married]] Dean. That created another triangle, somewhere between a 4 and a 7 - Rory and Dean hooking up with Lindsay, the forgotten wife, as the "spare".
** Lorelai, Luke and Christopher. Type 4. Lorelai is very happy with Luke, until Emily pushes Christopher, who just can't get over [[FirstLove Lorelai]], to Lorelai's direction. It ends badly.
** Luke had to deal with another one of those with [[EmberassingNickname Digger Stiles]], who also made a point out trying to win Lorelai back when she and Luke were just getting started. Luckily, Digger struck out, and we got one of the best TheyDo [[TheBigDamnKiss moments]] ever.
** Another type 4 triangle was with Rory, Dean and Tristan, though it's hard to say if Tristan had actual feelings for Rory or if he just enjoyed the challenge. (Pre-series, there was a type 5 triangle revolving Tristan, when he was with the indifferent Summer, while Paris was pining for him).
** Paris was on the less dramatic end of a type 5 traingle when she started an affair with [[MayDecemberRomace professor Fleming]] while still with Jamie.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: April finds out that Luke is her father through a DNA test she did for a school science fair.
* MamaBear: Do '''not''' get between Lorelai and Rory.
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Mitchum Huntzberger
** Floyd Stiles.
** Emily can be a manipulative bitch at times.
** Richard manipulated things so Jason would lose his job, which led to Jason and Lorelai breaking up. (That was the result of Jason's father putting Richard in jeopardy of losing a lot of money. Richard then manipulated things and backstabbed Jason, who had been loyal to him, so Jason got screwed rather than himself.)
** A "minor league" example: Francie. JerkAssWithAHeartOfGold also has her moments.
* MayDecemberRomance: Paris and professor Asher Fleming. While Paris did not make a secret of their relationship, when Asher died she was at pains to stress he did ''not'' [[DeathBySex go out with a bang]]:
-->'''Paris:''' No, this great man was not brought down by my vagina!
* MeddlingParents:
** Mostly Lorelai's parents.
** Richard Gilmore's mother, also named Lorelai.
** Mrs. Kim, the strict Korean mother to Rory's best friend.
** Logan's parents.
** Floyd Stiles (Jason's father).
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: In an early episode, Rory tells Lane she wants to give Dean a copy of Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'' as a present, but Lane says she should reconsider since he might take the gift the wrong way, comparing it to Dean giving Rory a football. She concludes by calling the present a "Czechoslovakian football".
* MilitarySchool: Where Tristan [[PutOnABus was exiled to]]. [[OneTreeHill In North Carolina.]] Har har.
** Although, OneTreeHill didn't start filming for over a year after Tristan left. The actor ''was'', however, leaving for Wilmington to guest star on DawsonsCreek.
* MoodDissonance: When Babette talked about finding her cat Cinnamon's dead body: They poked her to check if she was alive, and she fell off the couch, slid across the room on the freshly waxed floor, and crashed into a table, causing the vase on it to fall and break. When Lane hears hears about it from Rory, she asks "Did you laugh?" (Rory shook her head) and "Did you want to?" (Rory nodded).
* MoodWhiplash: Notably, the season 4 finale, which combines [[spoiler:Luke and Lorelai [[TheyDo finally getting together]] while also having Rory [[WhatTheHellHero sleep with a married Dean.]]]]
* MotorMouth: The scripts for each episode were usually twice the length of a standard script.
** Despite this, in "It Should've Been Lorelai", Paris is preparing for a school debate and thinks Rory doesn't talk fast enough.
* MsFanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Lorelai and Rory live off of it. So much that Alexis Bledel, the actress who played Rory, became sick of coffee. When Rory is drinking coffee onscreen, she is actually drinking cola or tea. When Richard retires, he notices that Emily drinks a lot of coffee as well, noting that she drank at least 3 cups of coffee every morning that week. When he visited Lorelai, he observed that she also had 3 cups of coffee that morning.
* NewTransferStudent:
** Rory transfer mid-year to Chilton. RealityEnsues in that it takes a lot of time and work for her to catch up on her assignments and start getting good grades.
** Dean moves to Stars Hollow in the first episode.
** Brad goes back and forth between Chilton, another school, and portraying Jack in the then revival of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. This was a reference to the actor, Adam Wylie, who actually was playing Jack onstage in real life.
* {{Nephewism}}: The reason Jess shows up in Stars Hollow is that his mother gave up on parenting him and decides to ship him over to her brother Luke's care. Luke only discovers this from her the day Jess arrives and naturally, both uncle and nephew clash.
* NewOldFlame. Though it rarely holds:
** Christopher and Lorelai.
** Rory and Dean.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Lane and her mother. [[spoiler: At Lane's wedding, it turns out her mother has the same strained relationship with Lane's grandmother that Lane does with her.]]
** Lorelai and Emily. This, of course, upsets Lorelai on the occasions that she sees it. In a classic scene from season 2, Rory sees Emily and Lorelai in their beauty routine- which is creepily identitcal. [[ LittleMissSnarker She then notes]]: "Ladies and gentlemen - my future". Lorelai is mildly horrified and stops immediately. A few episodes later, it's shown that Emily drinks a lot of coffee as Lorelai and Rory do.
** When Rory complains about Lorelai being too stubborn[[note]]She refused to ask her parents for money for a termite problem[[/note]], Dean starts to say something, but stops himself. She realizes he meant to say that she is just as stubborn as her mother and agrees.
* ObsessedAreTheListmakers: Rory and Paris are able to write up quite elaborate lists.
** Rory's love for Pro/con lists is actually a running gag in the series. It's how she decides to go to Yale.
* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted}}. The series has ''three'' characters named Lorelai Gilmore. Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore is named for her mother, Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, who is in turn named for ''her'' grandmother Lorelai "Trix"/"Lorelai I" Gilmore.
* OncePerEpisode: Lorelai or Rory will sit down with a plate full of food, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich take one bite, get distracted, and abandon the food.]] Lorelai usually gets coffee and/or a burger each time she goes to Luke's.
* OneHeadTaller:
** Rory and Dean. Rory is rather tall, but her boyfriend Dean is ''very'' tall.
** Emily and Richard. Emily is a petite woman and Richard is impressively tall. (Kelly Bishop is 5'6", while Edward Herrmann is 6'5").
** Babette and Maury. They also fit ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa, even though they are not parents, but they have pets. And gnomes.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Despite being the manager and the chef of the Independence Inn ([[spoiler: and later co-owners of the Dragonfly Inn]]), Lorelie and Sookie spend an ''awful'' lot of time out and about. {{Lampshaded}} by Luke when they have lunch in his diner in an early season one episode.
-->'''Luke:''' How do you guys get any work done?
* TheOner: almost OnceAnEpisode there's a long shot of at least a minute as characters spout off their MotorMouth dialogue. This isn't super-impressive compared to some of the other long shots on the page, but the fact that it happens so ''frequently'' speaks volumes about the cast and crew.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** When Rory was running late to school and couldn't take her English exam, The Headmaster told Lorelai that Rory threw a fit very similar to Lorelai's, and Lorelai was shocked and said it was unusual for her.
** When Lorelai and Rory argued in the first episode (she wanted to stay at her high school to be with Dean), Lorelai said it was the first time they had a big argument. They have arguments later on, but they're not that common. Whenever they got into very big arguments, Rory would be uncharacteristically mean and say hurtful things to Lorelai.
** Sookie and Lorelai had an argument in season 2, with Lorelai being reluctant to start their new inn and calling Sookie unreliable. Lorelai was afraid of leaving the Independence Inn, which she considered her home, and said that she and Sookie never fought. They also got into an argument in season 1, when Sookie told Lorelai that she only wanted to break up with Max because she was afraid of getting too close to him. Lorelai got really defensive and snapped at her, saying she didn't want relationship advice from someone who hadn't dated in a very long time.
** When Richard is under a lot of stress at work and close to being "phased out", he and Emily argue a lot, even in front of Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai says they never argue in front of other people.
** In season 2, Rory skipped school and accidentally missed Lorelai's graduation because she went to visit Jess in New York. When she apologizes about it profusely and wonders why she did something that was so unlike her, Lorelai told her she must have fallen in love with Jess.
** Discussed, when Rory got arrested for stealing the yacht with Logan and decided to drop out of school. Lorelai couldn't believe that someone who once grounded herself for returning a library book late, could have committed a felony, and someone who loved school and worked hard could just quit, so she knew she [[HeroicBSOD must have been really distressed]].
* OpenSecret: The Puffs are supposed to be a secret society/sorority, but all the students know about them. The Life and Death Brigade at Yale is also a secret society, and Rory writes a story about them for the school paper.
** Trix is aware that Emily keeps their gifts from her in the basement and only takes them out when she comes to visit.
* OppositesAttract:
** Played with, in terms of Town Princess Rory and Bad Boy Jess. The town is initially horrified they'd even talk to each other. However they are ultimately revealed to be BirdsOfAFeather with their shared passion for reading and alternative music.
** Luke and Lorelai, the couple that redefined SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.
* OrangeBlueContrast: The series uses this colour scheme a lot, especially in its first season.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Rory meets Francine in a ParkingGarage in a scene that parodies several FilmNoir tropes.
* OutWithABang: [[ConversationalTroping conversed]] when Paris mentions that her paramour, aged professor Asher Fleming, has died between seasons.
--> "He was not killed by my vagina!"
* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: In season 7, Lorelai and Rory celebrate Christmas in January because Rory spent the actual Christmas in London with her boyfriend Logan. They insist on a Christmas tree in every room and they decorate all their downstair rooms with garlands. Christopher gets enormous stockings for the whole family, too.
* PairTheSmartOnes: Rory and Jess's mutual interests in literature and music drew them together. But Jess's personal issues drove them apart.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Lorelai walks in on Rory and Jess making out on the couch in Jess and Luke's apartment. It's uncomfortable for all three of them, and Luke admitted that he set up a deliberate MomentKiller system of walking in every 10 minutes or so to make sure nothing gets past the kissing stage. In hindsight, that was fairly harmless. Lorelai and Christopher would end up walking in on Rory and Logan half-undressed. It sends Christopher in to a rage at Logan.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Lane's mom eventually found out that she was hiding her life away from her. How she found out was a mystery to us for a long while (how did she know to look under the floorboards?). Then, on Lane's wedding day, we find out that Mrs. Kim hid her life away from her mother under the floorboards, and still does to this day! And she needs to hide her lifestyle fast before her mother arrives for the wedding!
* PassThePopcorn: Lorelai and Rory show up to their weekly dinner with Lorelai's parents and walk into the middle of an argument.
-->'''Rory''': Wow, this is bad.\\
'''Lorelai''': I know. I wish we had popcorn.\\
'''Rory''': Mom!
* PayingInCoins: At one point, Rory is short on cash and has to pay for a coffee in coins. She winds up spilling them, and Logan stops to help her gather them up.
* PermaStubble: Luke is constantly on the brink of a beard, but manages to always look like he hasn't shaved in a couple of days.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: For an aborted spin-off about Rory's ex-boyfriend Jess moving to California and meeting his new family
* PregnancyScare: Lorelai has a sudden craving for fresh fruit, which hadn't happened since she was pregnant with Rory. She starts to think she might be pregnant by Luke but later finds out she is not. He never finds out about the scare.
* ProductPlacement:
** The sixth season episode ''I Get a Sidekick Out Of You'' which... well, as you can imagine, really concentrates on the Sidekick, a T-Mobile phone.
** April praises the wonders of Target when she convinces Luke to decorate his apartment. Cut to several scenes later, decorating with said Target merchandise and Luke (yes, the very same grumpy, corporate-hating, ''doesn't-give-a-damn'' Luke) marveling at their purchases with almost child-like wonder. Pick wall and proceed accordingly.
** The Aerie Girls as part of the CW's incredibly awful "content wrap" strategy which meant viewers had to peek in on these girls for three minutes instead of a non-offensive commercial break. These "real girls" were torn apart by the most vocal parts of the fandom for having about the most inane responses to the show, mostly involving the subject of their wish that Matt Czury was shirtless and Rory would be stupid to dump him. And all this? To sell underwear.
* PursueTheDreamJob: Lorelai and Sookie want to have their own hotel. They are seen working on it and they start their business in later seasons.
* PutOnABus:
** Jess, literally.
** Tristan. Tristan left for military school. He did a recurring role on ''DawsonsCreek'' and starred in "One Tree Hill", both were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.
** Dave (played by Adam Brody) left to go to college in California. Adam Brody began starring in "The O.C.", set in Orange County, California.
** Marty was set up as a very possible love interest for Rory and even given quite a bit of attention, but then got completely dropped in favour of Dean and Rory having an affair, and then for Logan. He did tell Rory that he didn't really want to be friends with her anymore because he had an unrequited crush on her, and became increasingly more uncomfortable around her once she started hanging out with Logan and his friends.
** Dean, and a somewhat infamous case at that. While it's great that in mid-2005 he went on to [[{{Series/Supernatural}} kick demon ass]], the writers never gave Jared Padalecki's character a proper send-off as already mentioned above. In fact, Dean is never heard from again after his final appearance in "To Let Live and Diorama"; so viewers are left to wonder if he left town, or if he stayed but decided to keep a very, very low profile.
* PurelyAestheticEra: Hoo boy, the Bracebridge Dinner. Characters keep insisting that it's an "authentic 19th-century" event, but then then make repeated references to "Old English" (which is more like 5th-12th century -- think {{Beowulf}}) and then just sort of speak in [[EternalEnglish generic Shakespearean-type language]], with lots of "methinks" and "verily." Even more baffling because [[InsufferableGenius resident pedant]] Paris points out inaccuracies like the use of cubed ice and a server's modern wristwatch, but fails to notice the other stuff. Seems overall to be a ShrugOfGod, like so many details on this show.
* QuirkyTown
* RealSongThemeTune: Carole King and Louise Goffin -- King's daughter and a musician herself -- re-recorded "Where You Lead".
* RebelPrince: Logan.
** Also Lorelai.
** Colin is also implied to be one.
* RedOniBlueOni: Paris Gellar and Rory Gilmore.
* RelationshipUpgrade:
** Luke and Lorelai.
** Rory and Jess.
** Lane and Zach.
** Paris and Doyle.
** Sookie and Jackson.
* ReplacementGoldfish:
** Emily sees Rory as a new and improved Lorelai, and Lorelai repeatedly calls Emily on it, as early as the ''second'' episode. It's most obvious when Rory moves in with her grandparents. When Rory starts "rebeling" by getting her life back on track, Emily throw a verbatim "WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome" her way (referring to Rory's ''grand''father)
** Mrs. Kim gets one in the form of a Korean exchange student after Lane moves out to live with her band. Lane is jealous at first, but starts bonding with her and introducing her to junk food and television, things her mother forbids, and teaches her how to hide things from her.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
** Emily and Richard are having a fight while they, and Rory and Lorelei, are staying at the Independence Inn. Emily asks to spend the night in Lorelei and Rory's room, but then goes to the lobby and meets Richard, and they make up. The next morning:
--->'''Lorelei''': Hey, Mom. You didn't make it back to the room last night. Did you get lucky?\\
'''Emily''': Could you be any cruder?\\
'''Lorelei''': Yeah, I could be cruder. Hey, Mom. Did you get lai-\\
'''Rory''': [[CurseCutShort Thanks for coming!]]
** In "Tippecanoe and Taylor Too":
--->'''Lorelai:''' How many other Lorelai Gilmores do you know?\\
'''Taylor:''' Your daughter?\\
'''Lorelai:''' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper Yeah... bet ya don't know two, unless you knew my grandma!]]
* TheRival: Paris is this to Rory, though they eventually become close friends. Paris said that she needed Rory because, in addition to being her best friend, she challenged her to do better (as the only real competition she had) and without her she would have gotten lazy.
* RomanticFalseLead:
** Any of Luke's romantic interests.
** Christopher. He went on about he and Lorelai "belong together and everyone knows it".
** Jason Stiles, though his storyline was very much built into the elder Gilmores' before he was unceremoniously PutOnABus to make way for the Luke/Lorelai relationship.
* RooflessRenovation
* RunningGag:
** "Dirty!" which is essentially a classier version of "That's what she said." It is most often uttered by Lorelai, but Luke and Rory get their own moments, as well.
** Lorelai telling jokes that completely pass over the heads of people or leads to people taking her literally.
** Al's Pancake World, which was the never-seen competitor to Luke's served all kinds of cuisine from across the world, but never pancakes, a point made often by the Gilmores and the townspeople.
** Emily Gilmore's inability to keep a maid. It's pointed out to her at one point (and revealed that other people sometimes snicker about it behind her back) so she tries to ''not'' fire her current maid (whose blundering and poor performance become a running gag for the episode until Emily gives up and just fires her anyway).
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl:
** Luke and Lorelai, who pretty much own the trope. She's a {{Chatterbox}}, while Luke is a laconic DeadpanSnarker with a rather pessimistic approach to life.
** {{CloudCuckoolander}} Babette and Murray, her very cool husband.
** Jackson and Sookie.
** Paris' first two relationships on the show were failed attempts at this. Jamie couldn't keep up, and was dumped for [[SilverFox Asher Fleming]]. Asher has such a hard time keeping up it literally killed him.
* SayingTooMuch: At Emily and Richard's vow renewal ceremony, Christopher, who by that time was drunk and angry, let it slip that Emily is the reason why he came to try and get back together with Lorelai.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Lorelai wore Luke's plaid shirts when she stayed the night at his place.
* ShippingTorpedo: Emily loves doing this to boyfriends she considers 'unsuitable' for Lorelai and Rory. She tries to break up Luke and Lorelai by bullying him and pushing Christopher back into the picture. (They split up temporarily but get back together soon after).
** She pulls a similar trick with Rory and Dean by introducing Rory to "better prospects" (including [[{{SpoiledBrat}} Logan]]). This time she succeeds. When Dean realized he couldn't fit into her world, he broke up with her.
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Rory herself, working for both the Chilton's paper and the Yale Daily News. But much more so are Paris and Doyle. To a lesser extent, Logan.
* SchoolPlay: A memorable episode shows an elementary school production of ''FiddlerOnTheRoof''... with Kirk as the lead.
** An early episode had Rory and Paris perform Act Five from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' at Chilton. Rory was Juliet and Paris had to play Romeo herself, much to her chagrin. Brad was supposed to be Romeo, but he got such stage fright Paris had to take over. And that's only after Tristan backed out of the role due to being sent to military school.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Rory is seen very often in her Chilton outfit, even when she's lounging around Stars Hollow and presumably has had time to change.
** Rory agreed to let her roommate Tana borrow something to wear for the first party of the year at Yale. Tana winds up wearing Rory's Chilton uniform, which Lorelai had packed as a joke.
** Rory even uses her Chilton skirt for a Tarantino-themed costume party while in college (she goes as [[{{Joshikousei}} Gogo]] from ''Film/KillBill'').
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
** Logan repeatedly. When he and Rory get into trouble with the law, he suggested to Lorelai to get help from his father's lawyers since they have practice.
** {{Defied}} by the judge who sentenced Rory when she agreed to a plea bargain. She said she was sick of spoiled rich kids getting off easy because of their parents, so she gave her 300 hours of community service to complete within six months and 1 year of probation with the option of having her record expunged after 5 years.
* ScienceFair: April discovers Luke is her dad while doing an elaborate project for the local ScienceFair, testing the genetic material of three potential fathers.
* SecretRelationship: Lane had a lot of those - Dave really went an extra mile on that one, and pretended to be really mean to her in front of their bandmates. In order to hide that specific relationship from her mother, she pretended to date Yung Chu (who was using her to hide his relationship with his secret Japanese girlfriend). Earlier, she had a secret relationship with Henry, who broke up with her when he got sick of all the effort and not being able to go out on a real date with her.
* SeinfeldianConversation: [[HilarityEnsues This happens with delightful frequency]].
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Emily, of all people, for Luke/Lorelai, though this fades whenever Christopher was around.
** Lorelai pushed heavily for Rory to stay with Dean, long after it was obvious she had feelings for Jess.
* ShoutOut: The writers seem to love namedropping classic literature or film into their scripts. There is even a virtual [[http://www.listchallenges.com/rory-gilmore-reading-challenge Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.]]]
* ShutUpKiss: Rory and Jess's first kiss was a variation. Jess returns to Stars Hollow and finds Rory at a pond at the Independence Inn. In shock over seeing him back in town and after an awkward greeting, Rory pulls him into a kiss. Once they broke away, she realizes what she just did and runs away from him, leaving Jess looking a bit confused.
** Luke and Lorelai's BigDamnKiss was a play on that.
* SilentOffer: Lorelai is receiving a loan from Luke and insists on writing numbers for a payment plan on a scrap of paper and passing it across the counter to Luke despite the fact that this seems to agitate him. When they finally come to an agreement, Lorelai writes one last thing which is apparently "Thank you," because Luke answers "You're welcome."
* SmallReferencePools: Averted. Besides commonly seen Shout Outs, this show referenced obscure works and people as well. Some viewers might fail to understand references to ''Film/DuckSoup'' or ''Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn''. And what other American TV show would have a character (Paris) admit to having had a crush on British politician Neil Kinnock?
* SmugSnake: '''Logan''' and his mother [[UpperClassTwit Shira]]
* SnarkToSnarkCombat[=/=]WorldOfSnark: It's the Gilmore and Stars Hollow way of life.
* SpecialGuest: The late author Norman Mailer, of all people.
* SpeechCentricWork: The fast-paced, quirky AaronSorkin-esque dialogue which formed the backbone of every episode was the show's primary distinguishing characteristic.
* SpySpeak: Parodied.
-->'''Emily''': I need a hat rack.
-->'''Lorelai''': The fish flies at night!
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In "A Tale of Poes and Fire", to a couple that just arrived at the Independence Inn.
-->'''Lorelai''': Let me assure you, there are no human body parts buried in the floor of your room to keep you awake tonight.
* StarCrossedLovers: Arguably Rory and Jess: Their initial attraction is clouded by the presence of Dean and even when they begin a relationship, it is plagued by the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. He then runs away after failing school, leaving Rory heartbroken and relationship-less for almost a year. (A long time in Gilmore land). After several aborted declarations of love, Jess returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then remakes himself and returns again, as an accomplished author and publisher ready to redeem past mistakes, only by now RORY is a mess and with Logan. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time only for her to decide to stay with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose all patience with the writers.
** Also Lorelai and Christopher's epic "timing" problems throughout the first few seasons.
* StealingFromTheHotel: Lorelai works as a hotel manager. Michel, also an employee at the Independence Inn, spends one episode worrying that a pair of people who had stolen from them a while ago. He insists that Lorelai let him check their suitcases.
** In an earlier episode, Lorelai decides that her bonding moment with Emily is going to be stealing the robes Emily loves from a spa they were staying at. Emily apparently tried to sneak it back when she wasn't looking.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Paris.
* SupremeChef: Sookie. She's so obsessed with cooking and baking that she has minor meltdowns when someone other than her does the cooking or baking.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Lorelai does this several times on purpose.
--> '''Emily:''' [So] you were on the phone…\\
''' Richard:''' Long distance.\\
''' Lorelai:''' God?\\
''' Richard:''' London.\\
''' Lorelai:''' God lives in London?\\
''' Richard:''' My mother lives in London.\\
''' Lorelai:''' Your mother is God?\\
''' Richard:''' Lorelai… \\
''' Lorelai:''' So, God is a woman.\\
''' Richard:''' Lorelai…\\
''' Lorelai:''' And a relative! That's so cool. I am gonna totally ask for favors.\\
''' Richard:''' Make her stop.\\
'''Rory:''' Oh, that I could.
* SweetTooth: Combine this with being {{Big Eater}}s and you have the Lorelais' eating habits. When they have movie night, they eat a bunch of junk food, mostly sweet stuff. In one episode when they are walking around town with Max and Dean, they run off to get ice cream cones.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Rory and Paris share a hotel room during a summer internship in Washington, and Rory discovers that Paris has a tendency to say things like "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton I did not have sexual relations with that woman]]" in her sleep.
* TastesLikePurple: Emily commissions a [[UmbrellaDrink pink drink]] to commemorate Rory's 21st birthday party. Luke takes a sip and says "[[RealMenHateSugar it tasted really pink...like drinking a "My Little Pony"]]."
* TeenPregnancy:
** Lorelai in hers and Rory's BackStory.
** Jess was the product of one.
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: Sookie and Lorelai say it in regards to a massive house Lorelai is contemplating buying.
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** Madeline and Louise.
** Finn and Colin.
** Rory's "artsy" friends, Olivia and Lucy from the final season, who are better known as Madeline and Louise Lite. Their personalities are pretty identical, although the latter two are arguably more annoying.
** For a while (and before Dave is PutOnABus), Zach and Brian were this.
** To a lesser extent, Patty and Babette.
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Rory harbours a long-held dream to study at Harvard University and become a journalist, Lorelai's legacy is her daughter Rory and the goal of owning her own Inn that she's been working toward for twenty years, and Emily invests in Rory's education and seeks to bring her into their lifestyle.
* TitleDrop: Christopher does it in season 1 episode "''That Damn Donna Reed''".
-->'''Christopher:''' Well, my folks are back in Connecticut, so I'm here to see them and on the way I thought I'd stop by and surprise the ''Gilmore Girls''.
* TroubledButCute: Jess, a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] with a [[BookWorm soft side]].
* TruthInTelevision: Jess being attacked by a swan is played for laughs...except swans are vicious and will totally attack people. They're dangerous, to the point that rowing teams will cancel a meet if there's a swan in the way.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Richard's cousin Marylin looks exactly like Lorelai I.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Christopher and Lorelai. To their defense, [[TeenPregnancy it did get complicated]]. He asked Lorelai to marry him in season 1, but she saw him as being too irresponsible.
* UptownGirl: Lorelai for Luke. Even though Lorelai has run away from her wealthy background, her parent's mistreatment of working class, blue-collar Luke is enough to break them up for a while. They work through it and agree avoid her parents as much as possible.
** Likewise Dean struggles with Rory falling into the high society lifestyle. Again [[{{ShippingTorpedo}} Richard and Emily highlight this to try and split them up - and succeed better than their Luke/Lorelai attempt]].
** This is also one of the (many) obstacles Rory and Jess face, as she's headed for a bright Ivy League future, while he doesn't even graduate high school and basically becomes a bum in Seasons 4 and 5. Even when he comes back as a successful SelfMadeMan, she's completely entrenched in [[{{IdleRich}} Logan's]] upper-class world, much to his distaste.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Though Lorelai and Christopher were never married, he starts showing up more frequently after the first season because he wanted to have a larger role in Rory's life.
* VitriolicBestBuds
** Rory and Paris
** Luke and Jess
* WackyParentSeriousChild: The titular characters. Also - Jess with both his parents, though mainly with his father.
* WhamEpisode: Season 1's "Christopher Returns". As [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the name implies]], Rory's dad Christopher, as well as Rory's estranged paternal grandparents, appears for the first time, and the result is one of the most [[MoodWhiplash dramatic and darkest]] episodes of the series. It's revealed that Christopher is not as successful as Richard seems to think; Richard and Rory's paternal grandfather nearly come to blows over Lorelai; Richard reveals his deep disappointment and embarrassment to Lorelai; Emily, with uncharacteristic tenderness, assures Rory none of this is her fault; Lorelai and Christopher sleep together on a balcony; and, finally, Christopher asks Lorelai to marry him, and Lorelai tells him to leave.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lorelai briefly dates a guy named Alex in season 3 and they seem to hit it off, but he eventually disappears and it's never mentioned what happened.
** Poor Jason simply disappears from the story after suffering a bad HumiliationConga, it's never mentioned what happened to him and no one seems to care.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mitchum Huntzberger verbally rips into Rory after she demands to know why he is sending Logan to London. He is quick to point out that Logan needs to grow up and stop partying and so does Rory.
** Jess, of all people, gives one of these to Rory to point out the complete mess she's made of her life in season 6.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Lorelai's bachelorette party in season two is held at a drag club.
* WhereTheresAWillTheresAStickyNote: Emily and Richard Gilmore ask Lorelai and Rory to put Post-It notes on anything they'd like to inherit in one first season episode.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Kirk has installed alarms, repaired computers, worked as a waiter, a cook, assistant manager at Doosey's, photographer, and so, so much more.
** Lampshaded and used as a plot point later on, when it is revealed that all those jobs gave him quite a fortune.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Especially Luke, but also all the rest of Lorelai and Rory's love interests. With one exception, they ''always'' do. [[spoiler:This particular plot point was established in the first episode and did not resolve until the final scenes of the series finale. Much like Ross and Rachel, it literally could not have been dragged any further.]]
** The town considered the relationship with Luke a constant source of entertainment.
** Rory and Jess during Season 2. [[spoiler: They do but break up at the end of Season 3. Come and go, during Season 4 and 6 as Jess reappears a few times, leaving the question of them dangling]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Just when it seems like Trix and Emily are about to have a nice moment together, Trix manages to ruin it by sending the maid to tell Emily how to make tea. Whenever Lorelai starts getting along with one of her parents, something always manages to start them arguing again.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Sherilyn Fenn played Jess's stepmother in the PoorlyDisguisedPilot, and later played Anna Nardini, the mother of Luke's lovechild.
** Marion Ross played Richard's mother and shortly after, Richard's cousin Marilyn after [[spoiler: Trix passes away.]]
** Alex Borstein originally portrayed Drella, the harpist at the Independence Inn in season 1. A few seasons later, she played Miss Celine, Emily's fashion consultant in a few episodes. Alex Borstein was originally going to be Sookie, but couldn't because of contract obligations to ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. A short clip can be found in the special features of the season 1 DVD.
** Kirk showed up as Mick in an early episode to install an alarm. Fanon claims that he didn't bother to change the name tag and ran with it.
* YourCheatingHeart: Rory is a cheater. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Regardless of those actions]], she's portrayed as the series' "good girl". Other characters are unfaithful as well.
** Rory first cheats on Dean with Jess (only a kiss involved, but they're all high-schoolers at the time and kissing is the hottest action anyone gets, even among couples).
** Dean, who cheats on his wife Lindsay with Rory. Lindsay is devastated, and Dean too. Rory is called out on it by Lorelai. Rory accused Lorelai of being hypocritical because she started a relationship with Christopher while he was on a break with Sherri.
** Rory kisses Jess when she dates Logan.
** Logan slept with a girl (or girls) when Rory thought they were dating, but his understanding was that they were casual. She forgave him. By the time they'd had the big fight they weren't 'casual' any more, and he was happy with referring to her as his girlfriend (which surprised his sister as he was not that kind of person, not up until then at least). His excuse was more of a 'we were on a break' type.
** Paris started her relationship with Asher while she was still with Jamie. She just stopped talking to Jamie, hoping he would "take a hint", and ignored him when he came to visit, but eventually broke up with him over the phone.
** Lorelai kissed Max when she was dating Alex.
** Richard was engaged to Pennilyn Lott when he started dating Emily.
** Lorelai sleeping with Christopher in the season 6 finale is arguably this, considering that it was still ambiguous whether she and Luke had broken up at that point.
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