Cory: Until you make it yours.
The show provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Riley exploits this trope in "Girl Meets Popular" (with Farkle and his friends) but also mocks her father for it (in a stealthy Shout-Out to his youth on Boy Meets World).Riley: (slams down party invitation on top of Cory's desk) "BOOM!"Cory: (Looks the invitation over) "You got invited to something?"Riley: "So much for genetics, baby."
- Farkle also gets great mileage out of this trope.
- Aerith and Bob:
- As far as the kids go, the name Farkle really stands out next to names like Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Auggie (it's even lampshaded when they find out his full name).
- Cory and Topanga were this before the original show etched her name into the culture as that particular character's name.
- Aesop Amnesia: Just one episode after being reminded of the importance of listening in class, Maya carries on a conversation with Riley during Cory's lesson, just the same as she always does. (Though Riley did start the conversation, Maya showed no problem continuing it.)
- All-Natural Snake Oil: In "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", Farkle is able to get away with saying his muffins are made out all organic ingredients because they are made entirely out of sugar.
- Almighty Mom: Topanga - firmly welded in by Rule of Funny.
- Alpha Bitch: "Girl Meets Sneak Attack" introduces Missy, who really goes out of her way to antagonize Riley over Lucas. Granted, any girl has a right to chase after any boy, but Missy earns her cred by openly flirting with Lucas right in front of Riley and Cory - and later, seeking Riley out to rub her nose in it right in front of Maya. What really caps off Missy's ascendance to Alpha Bitch status is Maya's response after her Naughty Gloating:Maya: "I loathe you."
- Always Someone Better: Riley gets this in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", big time. Maya is a better artist, Lucas is fluent in French, Farkle is smarter and has a billionaire for a father, and Auggie is a seeming Child Prodigy who also speaks (and sings!) in French and Italian. It doesn't help that Cory is a pretty good amateur magician and Topanga is a world-class attorney 'whose hips don't lie!' Even the mashed potatoes are better than her at what they do!
- Smackle defeats Farkle at every debate tournament they have. Unusual for this trope, it doesn't seem to bother him. In fact, he doesn't want to win unless his opponent is at their best.
- Amoral Attorney / Good Lawyers, Good Clients: The B plot for "Girl Meets Popular" involves Topanga struggling with the question of which side of this line she's going to be on, when the law firm she works for is trying to force the local neighborhod Ukranian bakery out so a soulless froyo franchise can move in.
- And Starring: Danielle Fishel receives a "With" credit. Whilst Ben Savage doesn't receive an And Starring of his own, he instead takes second billing in the credits, much like William Daniels did as Mr. Feeny throughout Boy Meets World.
- Annoying Laugh: Whenever Maya does this, Don't Ask, Just Run, she is about to go ballistic.
- Armor-Piercing Question: From "Girl Meets Popular":Riley: (dressed up in a way-overdone geek girl outfit): I'm extremely popular with five people.Topanga: Is one of them you?
Riley (to Shawn): Every time you see me, does it remind you of what you don't have?
- From "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays":
*Cue Shawn yelling for his restaurant check*
- Artistic License – Law: Just because a loophole exists in the bakery's rental contract that would allow the rent to be raised (see "Friends" Rent Control below), that doesn't give the invading frozen yogurt chain the authority to do so (unless they are the owners of the building, but they would probably already have a store there if that were the case.) Now, that doesn't stop them from making an offer on the place, but it does mean that coming from anyone other than the building owner, the threat of raising the rent is empty.
- Bag of Holding: Maya's tiny middle school locker can apparently hold all her books, a guitar, and a cotton candy machine... somehow.
- Don't forget that Riley can fit comfortably inside her own locker, as well.
- Berserk Button:
- Messing with Riley, for both Cory and Maya. It's Played for Laughs with Cory as he does his Papa Wolf thing, but the real thing for Maya.
- Pointing out Topanga's Lethal Chef status is a very stupid thing to do, as Cory learned when she exiled him from the house.
- Picking on Farkle is a good way to piss off Maya & the normally calm-minded Lucas.
- Parental Abandonment is one for Shawn Hunter - when he finds out about Maya's home situation in "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", his response is a simple "I'd never let a kid grow up like that" tinged with both disgust & Tranquil Fury.
- Big "NO!":
- How Cory reacts in "Girl Meets Boy", when Riley and Lucas end up as partners on their assignment.
- This is how Riley and Maya react in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", when Farkle begins to take off his bathrobe during art class (where he's modeling for the students).
- Black Comedy: When Cory makes fun of Shawn's deadbeat mom without knowing Shawn is in the room.
- Book Ends: In "Girl Meets The Truth", how Riley and Maya 'always end up in situations like this'.
- Brainy Brunette: Both Topanga and Riley fit this trope. Farkle and his father, Stuart Minkus, are male versions of this trope, as well.
- Break Her Heart To Save Her: The essence of Katy Hart's parenting, as she wants Maya to be a better person than she and is trying to push her away so that she'll better herself through her art, rather than stay around Katy and end up at the same social level.
- Brick Joke: Riley tells Evelyn Rand (in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat") that she puts holes in the garbage bag she wears so that she won't be tossed into the trash (and Maya mentions that its happened once already). A couple of minutes later, as the kids are about to leave, a sanitation worker walks by the bench they're sitting on and tosses Riley into his garbage bin without a second glance.
- Brutal Honesty:
- The subject of "Girl Meets The Truth" is whether or not it's good to tell the truth even when it may hurt the person you tell it to.
- Katy Hart's admission to Riley as to how she's not going to shade Maya from the truth about who she (Katy) is as a person, because she loves her too much to lie and get her hopes up.
- The Bus Came Back:
- Harley, the leader of the bullies from season 2 of Boy Meets World, whose last appearance was an extremely brief cameo in its third season, returns in this series as the janitor who has made amends with Cory for tormenting him in the 7th grade.
- Stuart Minkus, who seemingly disappeared after BMW's first season, is Farkle's father.
- Call Back:
- "Girl Meets Maya's Mother" shows that Cory still takes his mashed potatoes far too seriously, as seen in "Fishing For Virna".
- "Girl Meets The Forgotten" shows that Lunchlady Geralyn & Janitor Harley know the kids who attend the school & consider them to be "their" kids, just as Lunchlady Brenda was shown to in "Fishing For Virna".
- The awards given to Maya and Farkle in "Girl Meets Flaws" were named the "Griff Hawkins Totally Cool Award" and the "Joseph T.R. Epstein (Joey the Rat) Confidence Award."
- "Girl Meets the Truth" revolves around Maya holding onto a locket that doesn't belong to her. Her mother is working overtime to buy Maya a locket of her own in "Girl Meets Master Plan."
- Call Forward: "Girl Meets 1961" reveals that Riley, Maya, Lucas & Farkle all had a Great-Grandparent living in New York in 1961, and that they all met on December 14, 1961. Whilst they didn't stay connected, Maya's Great-Grandmother May Clutterbucket is revealed to be the explanation for the name of Riley's mother, Topanga; and Riley's Great-Grandmother Rosie McGee had a similar "Chick. Down here I'm a chick." exchange with Farkle's Great-Grandfather Ginsburg to one Riley had in the pilot.
- The Cameo: In the pilot, posters of Mr. Feeny are seen in the New York subway. At the end of the episode Cory imagines him next to one saying "Well done, Mr. Matthews".
- Cannot Spit It Out: This trope drives "Girl Meets Boy", in that Riley can't really talk to Lucas (they text constantly) and has to learn how to actually work past the barrier of her own insecurity in order to have an actual conversation.
- The Cast Showoff: Sabrina Carpenter sings a song as her Mae Clutterbucket persona in "Girl Meets 1961". (That wasn't her playing the guitar, though.)
- Catch Phrase:
- "How ya' doin'?" by pretty much everyone.
- Farkle's is "Ladies" or some variation of it thereof. Particularly whenever he appears in front of Maya and Riley through the latter's bedroom window.
- Character Development: Shawn Hunter, who used to believe that reality was just like TV in the middle seasons of Boy Meets World, dismisses the idea of moving into the apartment above Cory & Topanga's since they live in reality & not a sitcom where he's Cory's wacky neighbour.
- Childhood Friend Romance: The Generation Xerox vibe is in full force for Cory, who can see this already in a possible future for Riley and Lucas. What really sells this is how he laughs off Farkle's crush on Riley, but (in "Girl Meets Boy") he gets visibly flustered when Lucas gets paired with Riley on an assignment, and he alludes to his own story with Topanga as he talks to Maya about watching over her.
- Coming-of-Age Story: The pilot makes several allusions to Boy Meets World being one, and seems to set up "Girl Meets World" to do the same thing.Riley: How long do I have to live in my father's world?Cory: Until you make it yours.
- Composite Character: Cory combines the roles of his father, Mr Feeny & Mr Turner from the original series (father, mentor to the kids, and young teacher still learning his craft) with his own Character Development from Boy Meets World.
- Continuity Nod:
- The show's set in New York rather than Philadelphia like the original, as the original show ended with Cory & Topanga moving there.
- Topanga is now a lawyer, having graduated from NYU Law School after her getting a scholarship there was the impetus for the move to New York.
- In "Girl Meets Boy", Cory tells Maya to keep on eye on Riley and Lucas. When Maya tells him they're just friends, Cory tells her "Yeah I know that story. I lived that story." (See the In-Universe Shipping Goggles entry.)
- In "Girl Meets the Forgotten", Harley Keiner (now the janitor at John Quincy Adams) refers to Cory as "Baboon" at the end of the episode.
- In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", it's revealed that Shawn Hunter travels the country & writes for a living (See Discontinuity Nod below), and that he takes the accompanying pictures for his articles - Shawn displayed a knack for photography in season 5 of Boy Meets World.
- In "Girl Meets Master Plan", Shawn, Cory, and Topanga tell Riley and Maya about Angela, Shawn's girlfriend from BMW, including how Shawn fell in love with her by going through her purse and that she was the one who ended things.
- Continuity Snarl: In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays," Josh is receptive to Maya's crush on him & even states his own attraction to her. In the very next episode, "Girl Meets Game Night," Josh is clearly not receptive to the idea & tries to let her down gently.
- Cool Uncle: Josh Matthews, Cory's younger brother. It probably helps that he's only a few years older than his niece.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Farkle in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", but played (somewhat) under Rule of Funny.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Lucas initially refused to join Farkle's muffin business where they sold muffins made of pure sugar, but then agreed when Maya reminded him he owed his mom $100 for the money she paid to make his (Lucas's) organic muffins.
- Declaration of Protection: If Riley is Maya's Morality Chain, then Maya is Riley's guardian. Messing with Riley means that you will have to answer to Maya. Best demonstrated in "Girl Meets Popular", when Maya is worried about what happened to Riley at Farkle's party:Maya: (in barely contained Tranquil Fury) What'd you do with my girl?
- Disappeared Dad:
- In "Girl Meets Father", Maya says that her father has a new family. "Girl Meets The Truth" shows that this has affected her deeply (to the point where she comes over and cries to Riley because her dad doesn't send her things). "Girl Meets Maya's Mother" also shows how this has sharply affected the relationship between Maya and her mother.
- Inverted in regards to Farkle. He's mentioned that he lives with his mother, and Minkus' visit to see him on Career Day (during "Girl Meets Maya's Mother") has the flavor of a Visit by Divorced Dad (also inverted in that Minkus and Farkle visibly care deeply for each other).
- Discontinuity Nod: In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", it's revealed that Shawn Hunter is still a bachelor and now travels the country & writes for a living - the same path his life took in the Bad Future seen in Boy Meets World episode "Seven the Hard Way".
- Distaff Counterpart: Smackle to Farkle, even if she one-ups him every time.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Take on the World", performed by Sabrina Carpenter (Maya) and Rowan Blanchard (Riley).
- Egg Sitting: Played With in "Girl Meets Brother". Before Cory and Topanga leave Riley to babysit Auggie, they give her an egg. Riley assumes it's going to play out the typical way with her having to take care of it to prove she's responsible. Instead, Cory has Riley give the egg a name, face, and personality so Riley will become emotionally attached to it. Once she does, Cory smashes the egg, to her horror. Cory then tells her that if she's that upset over the egg, she should have an idea of how upset Cory and Topanga will be if something happens to Auggie on her watch.
- Epic Fail: Riley rehearses the morning announcements so she doesn't mess up, but as soon as the camera is on she delivers the announcements in almost-unintelligible gibberish. It's so bad that Maya (who is sitting next to her) cracks up hard every time.
- Establishing Character Moment:
Riley: Dad, you have a choice here. You can either understand that this is just a boy talking to me in the cafeteria-
- Maya has a classic ECM in the cafeteria, when Cory shows up to play Papa Wolf after he sees Lucas take a seat next to the girls.
Cory: I'm going to do whatever you say next.
Riley: This is so innocent-
Cory: Honey - fathers don't see anything as innocent! We see it as - what's the opposite of 'innocent'?
Maya: (waves her hand) Right here!
(Cory grimaces as he waves back)
Topanga: (sets a bowl on the table) "Maya - oatmeal."Maya: "No, thanks, Mrs. Matthews."Topanga: "Oh - I wasn't asking."Maya: "Yeow."(Maya heads for the table and sits down)
- A sadder ECM for Maya occurs when Maya tearfully admits to Cory she doesn't have anyone to help her with homework.
- This also foreshadows Katy Hart's's ECM (during the events of "Girl Meets Maya's Mother"), when she tells Riley that she wants more for Maya than to be just the daughter of a waitress, because people (in her view) usually stay at the same level as their parents.
- Cory gets his ECM for the series as soon as he appears: Riley and Maya try to sneak out through the window - and Cory, knowing that they'd try it, is waiting to corral them right back inside. The ECM comes not from corralling them back inside, but from Cory's wanting Riley to go ahead and take her first steps into the world with his blessing, instead of trying to sneak out before she's ready.
- Topanga's ECM for the series (which establishes her as an Almighty Mom) comes in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", when Maya and Farkle arrive for school:
- Missy's ECM is in her conversation with Riley and Maya at Riley's locker, where she deliberately tries to hurt Riley by waving a potential relationship with Lucas in her face - and shows off her fearlessness of Maya by doing it right in front of her.
- Lucas's ECM seems to be the way he blows off Missy in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack". He's a gentleman towards Missy, but doesn't put up with her bad attitude, doesn't want to grow up too fast... and more than anything else, is aware of Riley's feelings. No wonder you can see Maya warm to him in that scene.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Farkle, the class nerd, reacts with disdain when Riley brings up that she thought that he would end up with Back-of-the-Class Brenda, a girl with an antiquated sense of fashion.
- Exact Words:
Maya: "Never lose this."
- Knowing Maya's feelings about not having a father and wanting the locket because of the photo of a family (mother, father and daughter) inside, her words to the little girl she returns the locket to reach Tear Jerker levels:
Lucas: Let me guess... "Ranger Roy" is filling in for "Ranger Rick"?Maya: All week.
- Maya promises to stop calling Lucas "Ranger Rick" for a week. She immediately starts calling him "Ranger Roy":
- Fiction 500: Stuart Minkus (through his company, Minkus International) fits the trope, as does the law firm that Topanga works for.
- Fake Guest Star: Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle, for the first few episodes. He was then given an "Also Starring" credit after the opening titles.
- First Kiss: In "Girl Meets The Truth", Riley gets hers from Farkle. She was very happy about it. But don't worry: she gets her real one from Lucas in the Season 1 finale.
- Flashback Cut: Used occasionally, always featuring clips from Boy Meets World:
- In "Girl Meets Popular", we flash back to "Cory's Alternative Friends" to help Topanga get back in touch with her "weird" inner self. Notably, Rider Strong appears in the flashback but has no dialogue and is uncredited.
- In "Girl Meets Brother", we flash back to the First Kiss from "Cory's Alternative Friends" and the wedding proposal from "Graduation" as Cory and Topanga reflect on their past on their fifteenth wedding anniversary.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sanguine: Farkle.
- Choleric: Maya.
- Melancholic: Riley.
- Phlegmatic: Lucas.
- "Friends" Rent Control: The Matthews apartment has a nice-sized living room, the kids each have their own bedroom as well as the parents'. Since the nearest subway station is Bleecker St., it's in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan. This is justified by Topanga being a lawyer.
- It's also made explicit in "Girl Meets Popular" that there is rent control in their building: the nice bakery downstairs has a contract that says the rent will not be raised... until a froyo shop that wants to move in finds a loophole in the contract to try and raise the rent to unaffordable levels to force them out.
- Farkle and his mother living in the building is also explained by the implication that his parents are divorced, and that his father, Stuart Minkus, is a multi-millionaire (at least) who runs 'Minkus International'.
- Although it's implied that Maya and her mother and grandmother live in a poorer area, it has to be somewhere nearby for Maya to attend the same public school.
- Funny Background Event: Riley and Maya frantically piling mats to cushion Farkle's eventual fall while Lucas and Billy argue in the foreground.
- Future Loser: A non vindictive version; Harley Keiner, Corey's old Bully from the original series, ended up growing up to become the school's Janitor (which, granted, is a union job with decent pay and benefits - but it's not something you brag about at cocktail parties). Harley himself reflects that spending his youth screwing around and alienating everyone didn't leave him with many options as an adult. On the more positive side, he and Cory have actually become good friends into adulthood; Cory was the one who got him the job.
- Genre Savvy: All the characters seem aware of the fact that they're in a young adult coming of age sitcom. Riley is often annoyed how her dad's history lessons seem to be a metaphor for each episode's dilemma.Cory: Listen guys, not everything I teach you in class applies to our lives!Lucas: It does. Every time, sir.
- Hilariously subverted in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat", where for once Cory's history lesson has nothing to do with Riley's personal problems
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Maya: "Yes, we have a dream to one day become Mrs. Farkle Minkus and have lots of baby Minki"
- In "Girl Meets Boy", the librarian encourages Riley to read any of the books in the library about boys and girls and what they say to each other. Except for the one Riley reaches for on her desk, which is heavily implied to be smut.
- In "Girl Meets Smackle", Smackle says to Lucas, who is sitting beside her, "Are you sitting next to me because you want to be my mate?"
- In "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", Minkus returns as Farkle's father. Farkle apparently has been telling him that Riley and Maya are in love with him. Maya takes it a bit too far after Riley tells her to "just go with it":
(Farkle enters the class wearing a bathrobe)Farkle: "Why draw fruit? Let's draw a real work of art. (beat) That's right - check out forty-eight pounds of nasty!"Riley and Maya: (as Farkle starts to open his robe) "NO!"(Riley covers her eyes as Farkle whips open his robe - revealing that he's wearing an old-fashioned man's swimming outfit underneath)
- In "Girl Meets Maya's Mother" during the opening scene in the art class:
Topanga: Oh, good. I still like it.
- In "Girl Meets Flaws," Cory and Topanga are expressing how excited they are to be home alone without the kids, and Cory starts kissing Topanga's neck.
Maya: Uncle Josh!
- In "Girl Meets Brother," Cory knows exactly how long it is since he & Topanga went on a date - and his dancing eyebrows immediately afterwards make it clear what they mean by "date". Later, Auggie makes a bet with his parents & says if he wins, they make him a little brother; when Topanga asks what they get if they win, Cory responds with "Brother anyway."
- In "Girl Meets Home For The Holidays" Maya comes as close to open sexual harassment of Josh as you're ever likely likely to get on the Disney Channel:
Josh: I'm not your uncle, Maya!
Maya (in a very sexy voice): Even better.
Bonus points for the implication that she wouldn't have cared all that much if he had been her uncle.
- Give Geeks a Chance: With the 'Farkle in the nest' drawing Maya did in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", it seems as if Maya may play out this trope.
- Granola Girl: Topanga temporarily goes back to her Granola Girl roots in "Girl meets Popular". Bonus point for a Boy Meets World clip with Cory and Topanga's first scene.
- Generation Xerox:
- Riley is essentially a gender-flipped version of Cory, down to having a best friend very similar to her father's.
- Riley's younger brother Auggie appears to be a mix of the older three Matthews siblings - he has Eric's Cloud Cuckoolander statements, Morgan's bright eyed outlook & innocence from when she was little, and a young female friend like Cory did with Topanga.
- Josh Matthews has grown up to be very similar to Eric prior to his becoming the Plucky Comic Relief in the latter seasons of the original show, and just like Eric, has a great relationship with younger kids.
- Farkle is a less dorky-looking Minkus, right down to having crushes on Riley & Maya that mirror his father's own crush on Topanga.
- The Ghost: Shawn Hunter has a reputation as such, to the point that Maya doesn't think he actually exists until she meets him.
- Happy Birthday to You: They go the substitute song route, particularly wincingly since the kids come together spontaneously to sing it with no Lampshade Hanging at all, and it's not even the usual Disney one that they might conceivably have all heard.
- Happily Married: Like Jerry and Theresa Russo, Cory and Topanga Matthews are actually a fairly realistic portrayal of how a happy marriage isn't a perfect one.
- Held Gaze: Strongly and hilariously averted by a Dangerously Genre Savvy Maya in "Girl Meets Boy", when she repeatedly resists Farkle's attempts to get her to look into his eyes as she reads aloud from a book on human interaction while - in another part of the library - Riley and Lucas have their first real conversation.
- Hello, Attorney!: Remember how hot Topanga was by the end of Boy Meets World? Yep, she's still got it.
- Henpecked Husband: Cory (solidly under Rule of Funny)
- Hidden Depths:
- In "Girl Meets Boy", Maya turns out to be a pretty talented artist, something that surprises both herself and Farkle.
- The fact that Maya shares that moment of discovering her artistic talent with Farkle also may foreshadow deeper feelings for him, as does her actually making an drawing that focuses on her immediate feelings towards him (that he needs to be protected).
- Lucas's love for animals and the realization that he might want to become a veterinarian (as shown in "Girl Meets Boy"). There's also the wonderfully subtle manner, in "Girl Meets The Truth", that Lucas is shown to have a belief in God.
- There's also the way that Cory and Topanga's relationship hasn't really changed from their Boy Meets World days - especially since it's outright stated that Topanga makes far more money than he does, and the way Topanga talks to both her boss and Minkus shows that she has serious clout, as well. It says a lot about the depths of their love and respect for one another, and the environment that their children are growing up in.
- While Farkle is shown to be fairly nice on the surface he was shown in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" that when it comes to business he values profits over everything else including quality control.
- They haven't made a point of it yet, but Farkle's a good climber - he was able to get to the top of the rope in the gym and stay up there for an unspecified (but long) stretch of time, and having appeared at Riley's window means he has to have gotten up the fire escape which typically ends one story above ground level. He's more athletic than you'd think for a Hollywood Nerd.
- Geralyn & Harley's entire appearance in "Girl Meets The Forgotten" - particularly in how they both illustrate that even though the kids may not notice them or appreciate their work as the Lunch Lady or Janitor, they know all the kids and take pride in their work.
- Honorary Uncle: Shawn Hunter to Riley & Auggie, as one would expect.
- Hypocrite: In "Girl Meets The Truth", Maya tells Riley that she shouldn't be afraid of telling others the truth, but then she lies right to her face about where she got a beautiful locket and gets offended when Riley tells her that she should return it.
- I Hate Past Me: Harley has this attitude regarding his behavior as a teenager.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Amy has no faith in Topanga's ability to cook a holiday meal. Unfortunately, she keeps saying so right in front of her.
- It Amused Me: The reason why Josh allows Ava to break The Family Game rules despite Topanga's objections.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
- Farkle displays this surprisingly mature attitude in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack."
- Katy Hart uses this as an excuse to justify her behavior towards Maya.
- Identical Grandson: Used and then subverted in "Girl Meets 1961". Riley's great-grandmother, Maya's great-grandmother, Lucas's great-grandfather and Farkle's great-grandfather are all played by the same actors as their descendants during the 1961 scenes, but a present-day shot of their 1961 group photo at the end of the episode shows that this was for the audience's benefit and they actually looked different.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: So far, every episode title begins with "Girl Meets...".
- Idiot Ball: Cory was swinging one around over the chicken dinner in "Girl Meets The Truth".
- Inadvertent Entrance Cue:
Riley: Teach me how to flirt.
- In "Girl Meets Sneak Attack"
Maya: Not gonna do that. I don't even know how to flirt. Who our age knows how to flirt?
Farkle: (showing up out of nowhere) He-llo ladies!
Alan Matthews: Huh, wow - Look at all these kids. It wasn't that long ago that I had kids around the house.
- In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays"
Josh Matthews: [Walking in through the Matthews' apartment door] Yeah, it was just this morning, wasn't it, Dad?
- Insult Backfire:
Maya: "It kills me that I can't get to you."Lucas: (smiles; tips imaginary hat) "Sorry, ma'am."
- Maya's consistently failing attempts to mock Lucas's Texas background are rapidly approaching Running Gag status. For example, in "Girl Meets Boy", Maya tries to insult Lucas about his rural background, but he brushes it off with a touch of cowboy charm - and from Maya's reaction, he slightly annoys her Snark Knight leanings.
Maya: (looking up at Lucas as Farkle dips her on the dance floor) "The hat's just for me, isn't it? You actually put thought into our little game, don't you?"(Lucas takes off his hat, and draws a flower from within)Lucas: "I actually do."(Maya shudders as Lucas places the flower in her mouth)
- There's also the dance in "Girl Meets Father", when Lucas wears a Western-styled outfit (complete with cowboy hat) and Maya comments on it:
Missy: "Grow up."Riley: "Not..." (smiles at her friends) "...yet."
- A beautiful IB comes at the end of "Girl Meets Sneak Attack":
Auggie: "You're still mean."Mr. Miller "Don't try to cheer me up, kid."
- Topanga's boss manages to pull this off when Auggie insults him at the end of "Girl Meets Popular":
Farkle: "Why, thank you, art lady."
- Farkle isn't the least bit bothered by the art teacher's less-than-flattering comparison of him to Lucas in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother".
- In the Blood:
- Riley seems to have inherited Cory's compassionate nature, and Topanga's fiery tendencies - but only when she feels that she has something to fight for.
- "Girl Meets 1961" also shows that Riley looks remarkably like her maternal grandmother, and has the exact same outlook on life (in that she also believes there's good in everyone).
- I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: Beautifully subverted by Lucas in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", when he tells Missy that he can't go on a date with her - but thanks her for showing him her leg.
- Ironic Echo Cut: Shawn/Maya failing to see any commonalities in their respective relationships with Cory/Riley.
- It Makes Sense in Context: Topanga's longing for 'California'.
- Jerkass Ball: Farkle holds it in "Girl Meets Crazy Hat"
- Large Ham: After nearly 15 years, it's seems Ben Savage hasn't missed a beat.
Farkle:"The future - you can't escape it. (throws arms into the air) "I am Farkle!"
- He also has some serious (albeit pint-sized) competition in that department from Farkle:
- Rowan Blanchard also enjoys doing this, as well - which makes her performances even funnier.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After mocking Lucas about his Texas heritage, Maya finds out that she descended from a long line of "Clutterbuckets" as part of a class project. Lucas is very pleased by this.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- Again, this show's characters aren't shy about embracing its rich history. One good example is Cory yelling "Shawn's coming!" loudly and to no one in particular.
- Outside of fourth-wall leaning references toward its parent series, the show has also made some regarding its own characters and their roles in the story. In Girl Meets Brother, Farkle makes a comment on how when the cast is not in school, he feels like he's "not even part of the story."
- Lethal Chef: Topanga - and don't make fun of her about it.
- Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Handled nicely by Topanga in "Girl Meets The Truth", as she makes sure that both Cory and Riley understand what her growing up entails for both. Also doubles for a Crowning Moment of Funny in "Girl Meets Popular", when Maya takes Topanga's place over the issue of Riley going to her first 'boy/girl party'.
- Lighter and Softer: In a way - whilst the show is definitely not as serious as the later seasons of Boy Meets World, it is more in-line with the tone of the show's early seasons. However, being a Disney Channel show, they can't be as explicit about things like sex, which were regular topics in the old show even in the early seasons.
- Local Hangout: The Ukrainian bakery on the ground floor of the Matthews' apartment building, though only after Topanga buys into the place a few episodes into the first season.
- Mandatory Line: The brief (though heartwarming) scene of Riley showing Topanga the origins of her name in "Girl Meets 1961" was definitely one of these for Danielle Fishel - it was her only scene in the episode.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Feeny —> Cory —> Riley
- Meaningful Echo: Done beautifully in "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays":Cory: (answering the speaker box) Shawn?!
Cory: (without any change in expression) Shawn?!
Maya: Aw, what's the matter? Your boyfriend's not here yet?
Cory: He's not my boyfriend!
Topanga: Oh, then what are we gonna do with this "Cory and Shawn 4-Evah" ornament?
Cory: Oh, that! That goes right in front of the Cory and Topanga wedding ornament!
Topanga: (annoyed, aside to Riley) My whole life.
Cory: You're everything to me. Am I everything to you?
Topanga:: [tenderly) My whole life.
- Meet Cute: Riley and Lucas's meeting on the subway train. Full stop.
- Metaphorgotten: Farkle, while explaining how he could possibly like Riley and Maya at once.Farkle: Maya is the night, dark and mysterious. The night has always been a mystery to me... because I go to bed at 7:30.
- Morality Chain: The role that Riley tells her parents that she's going to have in Maya's life. Cory also acts as this (in a lesser manner) for Maya.
- As the series progresses, it seems that Maya is also acting as this for Riley.
- Mythology Gag:
Riley: Here I am! John Quincy Adams.Cory: Riley, uh, you're actually John Adams.Riley: Who's that?Cory: John Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams.Riley: But our school is John Quincy Adams.Cory: My school was John Adams.Riley: Your school was the father of my school?Cory: Does that make sense to you?Riley: None of this does.
- A poster of Mr. Feeny is seen in the New York subway with the phrase "It's cool to stay in school". This mimics one seen in the season 3 BMW episode Train Of Fools, where a similar poster of Feeny is seen on a Philadelphia subway car with the phrase "I want you to stay in school".
- Riley attends John Quincy Adams Middle School; Cory and Topanga's high school was named for John Quincy's father, John. This gets lampshaded in "Girl Meets Game Night".
- The plot of the pilot is fairly similar to the Boy Meets World episode, "Me and Mr. Joad", but with the Civil War instead of The Grapes of Wrath.
- Cory is cast in Hamlet and Riley in Romeo and Juliet, both in non-speaking roles as spear-carriers.
- The classroom and lunchroom sets are nearly exactly the same as the ones on BMW.
- In "Girl Meets Popular", Topanga said that it's time to "do good". Seems like she remembered Mr. Feeny's last lesson.
- Cory, trying to get Auggie to go to bed, ends up watching a baseball game between the Phillies and the Mets. New York is the setting of the series while Philadelphia was the setting for Boy Meets World.
- The opening credits features a paper plane flying around the characters, referencing the opening credits of the first season of Boy Meets World as well as later iterations of its logo.
- Nostalgia Episode: "Girl Meets Home For The Holidays," which was a reunion of the damn near all of Matthews family (save Morgan and Eric), Shawn and Maya included.
- Not Important to This Episode Camp: Peyton Meyer (Lucas) and August Maturo (Auggie) have missed four episodes apiece. Ironically, Corey Fogelmanis (Farkle), who is not listed in the opening credits, has appeared in every episode to date.
- Not So Different: Maya & Shawn to come this realization by the end of "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" after both scoffing at the possibility that they're alike when Cory & Riley make the comparison.
- Oh, Crap: Riley's response to Maya & Josh's mutual attraction one another in "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays". Note that Josh is, despite the small age gap, Riley's uncle.
- Out of Focus: Lampshaded in "Girl Meets Brother" as Farkle notes that whenever they're not at school, he doesn't feel like he's actually part of events.
- Parental Abandonment: Maya's father divorced her mom Katy and now basically ignores her for his new family. Katy has to work hard as a waitress in order to support Maya, still tries to realize her dream of acting, and pushes Maya away in an attempt to make her become a better person than she (Katy) is.
- Parental Substitute: Cory and to a lesser extent Topanga for Maya. Possibly for Ava as well, given Ava's reveal of how her own home situation is less than ideal.
- Papa Wolf: A Lighter and Softer version that Cory pulls off in a hilarious manner (but not as far as Riley is concerned)
- Poke the Poodle: Riley's idea of teenage rebellion is coming home seven minutes after her curfew and buying a shirt that has "Bleh!" written on the front. Cory and Topanga, who at her age did things like sleep in the school overnight and lead a classroom walk out, laugh at her.
- Recurrer: Shawn Hunter appears in two of the first season's 21 episodes and at least three in season 2. Reports indicate that Cory's youngest brother (and Riley's uncle) Josh will appear in several episodes. Harley Keiner is also confirmed to appear in two episodes with an unspecified number of episodes in season 2. Writers have also confirmed Cory's older brother Eric will be a recurring character starting in season 2.
- Recurring Extra: Particularly, some of the students in the class Cory teaches, especially two female students (one of which is played by Sabrina's real-life sister).
- Production Foreshadowing: The Boy Meets World episode, "Seven the Hard Way", hinted at a number of elements in this series, including Cory and Topanga's firstborn being a daughter, Shawn being a writer on the road, and Eric going by "Plays with Squirrels".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Cory doesn't rail against the eccrenties of his students, he just goes with it and incorporates them into the lesson plan. He is, however, not a pushover. When Maya accidentally sets off the sprinklers he gives her detention like any teacher, leaving it up to principle for any further discipline: however he does note that Riley should've stopped Maya from doing so, but he can't punish her for that.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech:
Cory: You didn't do anything, and because you didn't do anything your best friend is now in very deep trouble.
- Cory gives one to Riley in the pilot, after she asks to be given detention along with Maya who set the sprinklers off.
Harley: I used to think like you. Now I'm holding a mop.
- Harley gives a short one to Billy when he has taken to bullying Farkle.
- Role Reprisal: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel in particular, but most of the original cast have some sort of a presence.
- Running Gag:
- Farkle taking over Cory's class to offer his thoughts on the current discussion.
- When something unpleasant is about to be discussed in the Matthews household, the person on the receiving end is told 'Good luck'.
- The window in Riley's room basically acting as another doorway for the Matthews' apartment.
- Maya's constant attempts to mock Lucas over his Texas heritage and trappings - and the way those attempts constantly fail (to Lucas's amusement and Maya's annoyance).
- Santa Clausmas: In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", The cast stops just short of using the word Christmas, despite the Matthews' ornate Christmas tree.
- Sassy Black Woman: Evelyn Rand (The woman on the subway in the pilot and "Girl Meets Crazy Hat") who has running commentary both times we see her. Since this is Jackee Harry, this is to be expected. The art teacher (from "Girl Meets Maya's Mother") and Geralyn (from "Girl Meets The Forgotten") also fit here, as well. Man, the show just loves this trope.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Averted with Harley Keiner, former tormenter of Cory during his time at John Adams High. Harley's since become a kindly janitor, and holds Cory in much higher esteem than he did when they were teenagers.
- Self-Demonstrating Song: In-universe, with Ava's little ditty to announce herself.
- Sensei-chan: Maya treats Cory a lot like a peer when he's off the clock.
- She Is All Grown Up: Maya & Josh have this mutual reaction in "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays".
- Smug Snake:
- Missy has the (dis)honor of being the very first one of the series.
- Riley edges close to this in the first part of "Girl Meets Popular", but she never crosses over fully into this trope.
- The Snark Knight: Maya (due to her home life, including divorced parents and issues with her father ignoring her for his new family).
- Sequel Series
- Ship Sinking: "Girl Meets Master Plan" establishes that Shawn and Angela didn't work out in between the two series.
- Shipper on Deck: "Girl Meets Master Plan" also reveals that the Matthews, Farkle and Lucas ship Shawn/Katy pairing, trying to play matchmaker between the two lonely, loveless adults.
- Shipping Goggles: In-Universe. Cory has these in relation to Riley and Lucas - but to be fair, with the Generation Xerox vibe that the show has, it's not a stretch at all.
- Squee: In the pilot, when Lucas decides to join the lunch table they're sitting at, Riley and Maya do a rather... interesting variant of one that's condensed into half a second.
- Stealth Pun:
- Riley and Maya's middle school is named after John Quincy Adams the son of John Adams, with John Adams High being the high school Cory & Topanga attended.
- In "Girl Meets The Truth", Cory's joke that the chicken in Topanga's dinner came from Auggie's dinosaur book fits current scientific belief that the descendants of the dinosaurs that survived the Yucatan asteroid strike are avian creatures - birds.note
- Stepford Smiler: When Topanga starts to do this... things are about to get unpleasant.
- Studio Audience: Some episodes have them, and some use a Laugh Track. The difference is very noticeable, largely because the audience is very excitable in the Saved by the Bell vein, since it consists largely of hardcore Boy Meets World fans who went out of their way to get tickets. The first act of "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" was punctuated with constant cheers and applause from the audience. By contrast, the Laugh Track on the show is fairly sedate and tends to avoid the stock guffaws and chuckles heard on other Disney Channel shows.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Inverted and played with, in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother". Although Riley had to prod her to do it, Maya's comment to Stuart Minkus about hoping that one of them would marry Farkle and have lots of kids someday is oddly specific. This really comes into focus because the show's established that Maya really wants to be part of a happy, complete family - and with the nervous way Maya reacted when the art teacher commented that her drawing (of Farkle in a bird's nest; he was the model for the art class) was how she viewed the subject. Maya's comment (when Farkle asked if he was a bird to her) that he needed to be protected also adds to this, as does the fact that Farkle was probably the first person that she revealed her artistic talents to (back in "Girl Meets Boy"). Riley's telling glance at Maya also shows that Maya put a lot more into her comment than necessary.
- Taking Up The Mantle: Arguably Cory, for Mr. Feeny and Mr. Turner.
- Technology Marches On: The aesop of "Girl Meets Boy" is that whilst technology will continue to advance and make communicating easier, we shouldn't forget about actually interracting with people. Cory even lampshades how much technology has advanced since he was a kid in the early seasons, pointing out to the class that social media and smart phones are still new inventions, despite being around for the majority of the kids' lives.
- Tempting Fate:
- Riley starts the morning in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack" with an attitude that Tastes Like Diabetes - no wonder the bulldozer in the pink sweater was waiting for her at school.
- This is what happens in "Girl Meets the Truth" when Cory makes fun of Topanga's chicken dinner, then ups the ante later that evening by bringing out a cookbook, and then snarks that an extinct pterodactyl in Auggie's picture book is the chicken from Topanga's dinner, which explains why it was so dry. This was not a good idea.
- When Riley gets invited to a party in "Girl Meets Popular" she proceeds to rub it in Maya & Cory's face, and refuses to acknowledge the relevance of Cory's class discussing the Sword of Damocles to her current situation. Not only does it blow up in her face, both Cory & Maya are witness to it & take great pleasure in seeing it happen.
- In "Girl Meets the Forgotten", features two in one scene: Riley and Maya after getting their lunches say that and duties are the worst electives. After Maya causes Lucas and Farkle's mash potato volcano to go off, Cory chastises them for the mess, then assigns Riley to work with lunch lady Geralyn Thompson for their elective, and Lucas and Farkle procced to have a laugh at their expense. Cue Harley walking up behind them and informing them that they're going to work with him for theirs.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Smackle smacks of this, at least at the start of "Girl Meets Smackle". She says both "I am sad" and makes crying noises while retaining an entirely neutral expression in her entire first scene.
- Third-Person Person: Farkle, on occasion. Seems to come with the ego.
- This Is Reality: In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", Cory suggests Shawn move into the apartment above where the Matthews' family live. Shawn dismisses this by noting it's real life, and not a sitcom where he'll become Cory's wacky neighbour.
- Threesome Subtext: Played for Laughs when Topanga calls Shawn "Mr. Cory" after he greets her with "Mrs. Cory."
- Triang Relations: Farkle has unrequited love for both Riley and Maya. When he finally decides to choose between them in "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice" the girls each have a Green-Eyed Epiphany and start fighting over him. This leads Farkle to decide they're all Better as Friends since he could never be the cause of a rift in their friendship. Lucas is conspicuously absent and unmentioned in this episode.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", Auggie (who's 5) makes friends with a girl (who's 6) who makes it clear she only wants to be friends with him solely so she can tell him what to do. Claiming "This many (holds up 6 fingers) Gets to tell this many (holds up 5 fingers) what to do."
- She takes it up a notch in "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice," stating right in front of Topanga that she doesn't like Auggie for his brains, but because he's got a great tush.
- True Companions: Riley and her family are this to Maya, whose own family is in shambles.
- Truth in Television: Both Cory and Topanga working in order to make ends meet for a family living in NYC. Also, Topanga's wistful desire for a little bit more 'alone time'...
- The independent, 'latchkey kid' vibe that Maya has, along with the willingness to give up and move on easily when she feels that things are about to go bad for her. Both are consistent with kids of a bitter divorce who live with a single parent that now has to struggle to make ends meet. This was confirmed in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother", which introduced Katy Hart as a failed actress & struggling waitress who is having a difficult time connecting with Maya.
- It is impossible for someone to spend a weekend in NYC for under $100 unless they find someplace to stay for free, like Shawn does in "Girl Meets Master Plan".
- Two Lines, No Waiting: A common scenario so far is the "Cory and the kids at school" A plot alongside a "Topanga and Auggie at home" B plot.
- Two-Teacher School: Cory teaches History, but also seems to run every club and extracurricular activity at the school. Miss Kossal, the art teacher, and Coach Gleason, the PE teacher, have each only been seen once. But then, this is true to the spirit of Boy Meets World & it would be stranger if this didn't apply.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: One-sided between Maya and Lucas: She regularly snarks at him and makes fun of his Texan heritage. He usually just takes it with a smile and will sometimes even play-up his "cowboy" image to show her that it doesn't bother him. Despite this, they are friends and Maya even describes this aspect of their friendship as "our little game."
- Wham Line: From "Girl Meets Master Plan"Riley: I want Shawn to be Maya's dad.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Lucas reacts as such when he learns Farkle's full name in "Girl Meets Maya's Mother":Lucas: Your name is "Farkle Minkus?"Farkle: Don't wear it out.Lucas: I don't know how you could.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with in "Girl Meets The Truth". Auggie points out that Cory should have been nice to Topanga despite his feelings about the chicken dinner - but when Cory, Riley and Maya all ask him questions relating to their current problems, he reminds them that he's only five years old.
- World of Ham: Does the main character, her father, and one of her best friends who appears in a lot of scenes being colossal hams count?
- Writers Cannot Do Math: Possibly in Girl meets 1961. There's the questions of whether Topanga's mother should have been born at this point. It's implied that the great grandparents are young adults (despite being played by the principle actors) with Ginsberg sporting facial hair and running a business. This makes it a little more plausible, however of all the actors that played both Cory and Topanga's parents only Marcia Cross who played the second version of Topnaga's mother was born after 1961 with Peter Tork who played the first iteration of Topanga's father being in his early twenties at that point.
- Writing Around Trademarks: A Metrocard appears in the pilot, but the term is trademarked; Cory however calls it a New York City subway pass instead.
- Zettai Ryouiki: As part of her Alpha Bitch wardrobe, Missy tries to turn Lucas's head with a Grade C outfit.