Series / Liv and Maddie

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Liv and Maddie is a Disney Channel sitcom. A "special preview" of the pilot episode premiered July 19, 2013 after Teen Beach Movie; it officially premiered in September 15, 2013.

Liv Rooney (Dove Cameron) returns home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, after four years filming a successful TV show in Hollywood, Sing It Loud! She rejoins her parents, her two brothers and her identical twin sister, Maddie (also played by Dove Cameron), who shaped up to have a very different personality from hers - Maddie is a tomboyish basketball player, while Liv is girly and peppy. Their parents are Karen (Kali Rocha), their school's psychologist (promoted to Vice-Principal in season two), and Pete (Benjamin King), the school's coach. Their brothers are the awkward Joey (Joey Bragg) and the mischievous Parker (Tenzing Norgay Trainornote ).

The Rooney boys Parker and Joey crossed over into Jessie with Jessie's Aloha Holidays With Parker and Joey which aired for the Christmas Holiday in 2014; the 2015 Halloween Episode "Haunt-A-Rooney" was a Crossover with Best Friends Whenever.

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Tropes-a-Rooney!

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Maddie's friend Willow to Joey, she has had an unrelenting and desperate stalker-love for Joey since they met. She turned out successful though.
    • Liv has Artie, who is a creepy obsessed fanboy of her's because of her time on Sing It Loud!.
    • Liv thought Parker's friend Reggie was this to her until he revealed he actually has a crush on a fellow martial arts student. Though it not because she finds Reggie repulsive or unlikable, she just knows that he is way too young for her.
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Played with. Liv and Maddie being twins fills the girl role, they have a brother who's also in high school and an elementary school baby brother.
  • Adorkable: Maddie and Joey all the way.
    • As of Season 3, Liv's co-star Josh is also high on the dork-o-meter.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Surprisingly it is Maddie who had a bad case of this after being forced into a Girliness Upgrade by Liv.
  • And Starring: "with Kali Rocha and Benjamin King".
  • The Artifact: The Confession Cam segments are a holdover from when the show was originally envisioned as Bits and Pieces (see the Trivia Page for more details)
  • As Herself: Kristen Bell appears as herself in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of "Move-A-Rooney," Joey's arch-nemesis, Artie, humiliates him in the hallway, and becomes king of rocket club forever. Thanks to Joey being victim to Poor Communication Kills, he let him win the race, thinking that his family was moving away.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Liv (who is also pretty smart herself), Joey, and Maddie (she is just as beautiful as Liv, but far more physically fit than her sister or Joey).
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Helgaween-A-Rooney," Liv and Maddie's attempts to get rid of their magically created triplet Helga result in Maddie using the pendant that created her (when she wished she wasn't a twin) to wish that she was a twin again. It works - but now she's Helga's twin and Liv no longer exists.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Maddie's catchphrase, "BAM! WHAT?!". There are situations where the catchphrase goes defensive or flat ("BAM! What have I done?"), but most of the case it is big.
  • Bland-Name Product: One episode has Joey trying to win a contest to get an obvious Batman parody into one of these (The Revengers 2: Rage of Fulton.) Interestingly, as Disney is Marvel's distributor, they probably could have used the title of the actual movie without any problems, and even in a previous episode did they mention the Avengers movie.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Maddie cannot see well without her glasses, meanwhile Liv inverts it by not seeing well with Maddie's glasses.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Everyone's catchphrase (except Liv's) is borrowed at least once: Maddie's "BAM! WHAT?!" by Reggie and Bernard, Joey's "What. Is. Happening?" by Liv, Karen's "Drop a butt-bomb of Mom" by Bree, Parker's "munch" by Evan.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The Guess that Food game is back, now with various Squickful variants.
  • Break the Cutie: Liv, after her idiot skateboarding boyfriend dumped her in a text message in the episode "Skate-a-Rooney."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Every other scene or so a character will get a close up and talk to the audience about whatever is going on.
  • Bromance: As of "Howl-a-Rooney", Joey and Diggie seem to officially have this going on.
  • Buffy Speak: Liv, being a Ditzy Genius, slips into this from time to time.
    Liv: And who went on to win top prize on in the school kick ball-y thing?
  • Catchphrase: Maddie's "BAM! WHAT?!"
    • Also, Joey's "What. Is. Happening?"
    • Karen used to have one, which is taken away by Bree: "Drop a butt-bomb of Mom"
    • Parker has a tendency to call others "munch", and is called so by Evan.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: This was why Holden ended up breaking up with Andie in Triangle-A-Rooney—Nimbus grilled him about his feelings, and he couldn't lie on TV.
  • Chickification: Maddie gave herself this after Liv forced a Girliness Upgrade on her. Luckily Liv stopped her from this soon enough.
  • Christmas Episode: "Fa-la-la-a-Rooney"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Ocean wasn't seen after "Kang-a-Rooney", due to her actor being in Mighty Med.
    • Stains has been absent since "Pottery-A-Rooney" and some people think she was replaced by Lacey, minus the stains of course. Her locker however, does appear at the end of Season 2, and she does come back in Season 3 as if nothing happened.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of Season 2: Will Maddie catch Diggie in time to tell her how she feels? In show, who will Linda take to the International Space Station? Lampshaded, of course. Only one of those cliffhangers got resolved.
  • Continuity Nod: "New Year's Eve-A-Rooney" reveals that Diggie was in the robot costume in the "Froyo YOLO" music video from "Song-A-Rooney".
  • Cool Big Sis: Maddie is this to her brother Parker. Liv tries her best to do so to Parker in "Sleep-A-Rooney" but has trouble being one (due to her being away from him since he was 6) and later succeeds.
  • Continuity Snarl: In "SPARF-A-Rooney" Maddie complains that South Salamanca tried to steal her then (and ex-) boyfriend Diggie in "BFF-A-Rooney," even though the episode revolved about Maddie not wanting to admit publicly they were a couple, and the moment South realized Diggie was spoken she instantly in backed off... not to mention the rewriting of South, as suddenly both Maddie and Diggie think she annoying despite her last appearance having no indications of that.
  • Cover Version: Liv covers Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World" in the first episode.
  • Creator Backlash: In-universe example in "Song-A-Rooney," when Liv (already not crazy about having to sing "FroyoYOLO," a song about frozen yogurt) is absolutely mortified by the accompanying video - as is the rest of the family - and doesn't want to sing it again. (Liv remains mortified when it comes up in "Video-A-Rooney.")
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Detention-A-Rooney" is very much a Parker episode. "Cowbell-A-Rooney" is one for Josh.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Karen Rooney grounding Joey, only because he turned the backyard into the campground…not to mention that that is one of the less strange things that have happened in that backyard.
    • Inverted in Continued-A-Rooney, where Joey DOESN'T get punished, even if he took Maddie with him. Joey Didn't See That Coming.
    • Again in "Voltage-A-Rooney" Karen tells Joey and Parker that they'll have to "pay off" using a gift card that the boys their parents for their anniversary SIX MONTHS AGO, that they both readily admit they had absolutely no intention of using themselves. To be fair, the punishment was also for the gift itself, considering that their gift is not quite proper for an anniversary. Plus, their punishment also involves treating them to a better dinner afterwards, which is her in-universe excuse that also makes them come off as comes off as ungrateful.
    • In "Frame-A-Rooney," Artie reacts to the idea that Maddie dumped Diggle by framing her for destroying the school's mascot and getting her suspended and thus unable to play in the big basketball playoffs. He's called on it when he asks why Diggle didn't tell the truth and Diggle replying "it's because you do stupid stuff like this!"
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Dove Cameron sings the opening credits song, "Better in Stereo".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Joey and Artie's building of bigger rockets in "Move-A-Rooney".
    • When Maddie tells her Dad she no longer wants him as her partner for a tag-team tournament, it sounds like a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. She even says It's Not You, It's Me.
  • Double In-Law Marriage: "Frame-a-Rooney" reveals that Artie wishes for this with him with Liv and his brother Diggie with Maddie. Unfortunately, Diggie and Maddie break up and Liv has no interest in Artie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Both girls avert this trope, but Liv's character in Sing it Loud! played it straight, with the sarcastic name Stephanie Einstein. Liv herself is more of a Ditzy Genius.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Maddie's teammate Stains attempted a restaurant's challenge to eat an entire roast chicken in under an hour to win a t-shirt, and indeed she did eat the entire thing, bones and all.
    "When I commit, I commit, man."
  • The Fashionista: Liv. Maddie even directly called her that.
  • Flat "What.": Joey's catchphrase "What. Is. Happening?" There are situations the catchphrase is the prelude to a Heroic B.S.O.D. or Punctuated! For! Emphasis! ("WHAT? IS? HAPPENING?!"), but most of the case it is flat.
  • The Film of the Book: In universe, Liv auditions for (and wins) the role of Tristan Lycanth (who was male in the source material) in the film version of "Space Werewolves", a graphic novel about werewolves in space.
  • Former Child Star: Liv, but more like Semi-Retired Actress. Much of the show is based on her readjustment to non-star life. However, it just seems no matter what, Hollywood will never leave Liv.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Liv's sanguine, Maddie's phlegmatic, Joey's melancholic and Parker's choleric.
  • Genius Ditz: Liv shows off this vibe in "Brain-A-Rooney".
  • Genki Girl: Liv.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Halloween episode's plot took a turn in which Joey accidentally hits on his own sister.
    • Joey's boss in "Steal-A-Rooney" (who can't be much older than 30) has a thing for single moms.
    • And over the end credits for "Kathy Kan-A-Rooney," Joey hits on a girl he likes the look of from behind who turns out to be Karen.
    • In "Muffler-A-Rooney" Parker gets his spine ripped out by his own mom. Granted, it was only in a video game that the audience never sees, but it's still pretty impressive that this one got network approval!
    • In "Cowbell-A-Rooney," Liv thought she was safe from being getting a cowbell thrown around her neck while relieving herself in the girls bathroom at school, and Maddie proved her wrong. Also, When Joey was trying to get rid of his kitty wardrobe, Willow was stealing it, and got caught by Parker, who bribed her to pretend it never happened because she was obviously using them for some serious sexual fantasies about him.
  • G-Rated Drug: Maddie's new shoes in "Shoe-A-Rooney."
  • Halloween Episode: "Kang-A-Rooney", "Helgaween-A-Rooney" and "Haunt-A-Rooney."
  • Hollywood Genetics: None but the twins in the family are blonde. Given Maddie's the Tomboy, the Dye Hard situation is very unlikely. It is technically possible since blonde is a recessive gene but since hair color is controlled by multiple genes the chance is still too slim.
    • However one possible theory still exists: Karen is bottle brunette and Pete was born blonde. When people grew up, especially when puberty hit, their hair color turn darker, slightly for females, a lot for males. Pete, Joey and Parker are all born dark blonde and their hair turned dark naturally; while Karen dyed her hair dark for some reason. The girls also inherited the blonde genes but unlike their mother they decided to flaunt it.
      • When Karen's sister Dena, a blue-eyed blonde showed up, this theory is at least half confirmed.
    • There is also the fact that the youngest son is clearly Asian.
    • Played for laughs in how everyone is amazed to learn Diggle and Artie are brothers. Naturally, Artie doesn't see the big deal, convinced the resemblance is obvious (and that he's actually more handsome than Diggle).
  • Hollywood Economics: In the Season 3 premiere Maddie and Joey buy plane tickets, last minute to Los Angeles from Milwaukee which costs roughly at least $300, and then when in Los Angeles Maddie follows this by buying a ticket to Australia which costs at least $1,000. The show makes no attempt to explain how two unemployed 15-16 year olds could afford upwards of $1,600 in plane tickets.
    • Probably Liv is acting Aunt Pennybags behind the scenes. Her four-year stint in Hollywood earned her enough money to run her family on the current scale for a few years if not for life so as long as Liv is willing to support financially, one adventure or two would not be a problem. Also she finished filming a movie and released a few songs both as an individual and as part of a band by that time, those all add up. This is not however expressly explained, and Maddie still spent an extra thousand dollars on her own accord.
    • Hammerspace may be in effect, because the Rooneys, especially Joey and Parker, tend to obtain and have things they shouldn't logically have in their possession. The same might be true for Maddie as well.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most episodes' names follow the pattern "key word-A-Rooney" (including the pilot, called "Twin-A-Rooney").
    • Which makes sense, since the show was created by two former writers from Shake It Up, which gave us the phrase "Rock-a-rooney, queen of the laser dweebs".
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: Quite a lot of details in fact in "Grandma-A-Rooney," which makes Maddie think "Grandma" is her twin sister/Great-Aunt Hilary, like treating "Grandma" not gushing over Maddie, Parker not getting $20...
  • Jerk Jock: Todd Stetson, full stop.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • The Lad-ette: Maddie has her moments showing off the Ladette vibe, sans drinking and sex.
  • Lethal Chef: Maddie can be this in "Cook-A-Rooney".
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Four kids in the family alone.
  • Logo Joke: No Disney Channel show loves this trope as much as this one does...
    • In "Flashback-A-Rooney" Liv sees the picture of Liv and Maddie when they were younger on their bedroom wall come to life, with their real faces in place of the drawing; consequently the Beck & Hart Productions Vanity Plate after the end credits has the real faces of creators John D. Beck and Ron Hart superimposed on their drawn bodies.
    • "Helgaween-A-Rooney" has the Helga drawing in the logo, with Beck and Hart presenting offerings of pizza and sandwiches while Helga is heard shouting "KNEEL BEFORE HELGA!"
    • "Rate-A-Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding up sheets of paper with "10" on them, with Karen saying "What'cha doing, Honeybunch?"
    • "Cook-A-Rooney" has Beck and Hart holding up copies of the home ec teacher's self-published memoirs.
    • "Band-A-Rooney" replaces Beck and Hart with a picture of Crispy Kitty's album cover while Joey and Artie - i.e. Crispy Kitty - shout the band name in unison.
    • "Triangle-A-Rooney" leaves Beck and Hart alone - but has Johnny Nimbus standing next to them with Nimbus At Night's chicken puppet Janice squawking.
    • "Continued-A-Rooney" has two planes in the background - one with Diggie's face on it, the other following with the faces of Maddie and Joey on it.
    • "Co-Star-A-Rooney" has (real) Artie right in front of Beck and Hart while he shouts "END SCENE!"
    • "Voltage-A-Rooney" has (real) Liv as SkyVolt, the superhero alterego of her Voltage character Tess, zapping Beck and Hart.
    • "Cowbell-A-Rooney" replaces the drawing of Beck and Hart holding up food with a photograph of them on the back of a cow while Maddie shouts "YOU JUST GOT MILKED!"
    • "Grandma-A-Rooney" has the Beck & Hart Productions logo accompanied with Maddie saying "What a crazy pair!"
  • Maintain the Lie: When Liv invites the cast and crew to Christmas dinner, she talks a lot of how Karen always makes a fantastic Christmas meal and thus, when a deli calls about an order, Liv tells them to forget it. It turns out that all these years, Karen has been using the deli for her "home-cooked meals" and now has to handle it herself. In desperation, she talks Liv into getting Artie to cook the meal and Liv agrees to keep it quiet so the rest of the family doesn't know the truth of Karen's "meals."
  • Meganekko: Maddie. See Blind Without 'Em above.
  • The Moving Experience: "Move-A-Rooney."
  • Mundane Solution:
    • Averted in "Switch-A-Rooney," when the girls could have gotten away with it all, had they simply gotten a pair of Maddie's frames and put regular glass in them. Especially egregious when you consider that all of the Rooney kids are pretty cunning, and one of the boys would have suggested this for a scam long ago.
    • They try this again in "Champ-A-Rooney," proving that those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it (or repeat it again, since Maddie tried to impersonate Liv in "BFF-A-Rooney"). In "Champ-A-Rooney", they only get away with it this time because even after their mom finds out, she allows it due the cause being love.
  • Name and Name
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe Liv was assumed to be a Dumb Blonde just like her character Stephanie Einstein in Sing it Loud!.
  • New Season, New Name: On August 19, 2016, showrunner John D. Beck announced on Twitter that the series' fourth and final season will premiere on September 23rd, and would be retitled Liv & Maddie: Cali Style, in reference to Willow and the Rooney family relocating to Aunt Dena's house in California.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently Joey keeping a secret once resulted in 64 white mice ending up in Parker's bed. No further explanation of the event or what secret he was keeping was ever given.
  • Official Couple: Maddie and Diggie.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Happy Carrot as the biggest carrot-based franchise in Wisconsin.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Of the Tomboy and Girly Girl variety. And of course this is lampshaded when Patty Duke guest stars.
  • Prank Date: In "Match-A-Rooney", this is what Joey was led to believe would happen after Emily the cheerleader asked him to the dance. Subverted when she revealed she was actually interested in him.
  • Precocious Crush: Parker towards South in "BFF-A-Rooney".
  • Previously On: In the Season 3 premiere, Joey sums up everything that happened up until Champ A Rooney.
  • Raised by Wolves: To improve her chances of getting a role in "Space Werewolves", Liv enlists help from a girl who was literally raised by wolves.
  • Running Gag: Whenever anyone mentions Sing It Loud! they sing the title. Except Joey. (And Liv herself in "Dodge-A-Rooney," when during her roadside cleanup duties she finds someone's thrown away a season 1 DVD.) Up to Eleven in "BFF-A-Rooney," when Liv and South talk about doing the show and take turns singing the title louder. And longer. And louder. And longer. And LOUDER. And LONGER.
  • Sadistic Choice: Both twins end up in a heart-wrenching one in Scoop-a-Rooney. The media stated that Liv (which was really Maddie without her glasses) was dating Josh. If Liv clears it up, it will put Maddie in a tough spot because Diggie will be devastated if he finds out Maddie is with another guy after their breakup. But if Liv doesn't clear it up, she'll have a hard time going out with Holden with the media hounding her. Likewise with Maddie, if she tells Diggie she moved on, he will be devastated, and if she doesn't, Liv will have problems with Holden. It bites them back in the worst way possible: Holden breaks up with Liv because he sees she has too much to worry about that she can't make time for him. For Maddie, Diggie figures out it's her and not Liv before Maddie could even contact him.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In "Neighbors-A-Rooney'', a mysterious cloaked member within Artie's Intergalactic Council Meeting (a LARP-style club), wants to push forth a nomination for his character to make a cameo and when the member uncloaks, he reveals himself to be a girl named Aubrey, much to everyone's surprise.
  • Second Year Protagonist: The twins are sophomores, presumably so freshman Joey can be their younger brother and still go to the same school (Bragg is younger than Cameron in real life but only by 5 months).
  • Secret Keeper: In Voltage, Garrison is this to Tess, in addition to being her love interest.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Joey and Parker respectively.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The Tomboy Maddie can be just as stunning as, if not more than Liv. Granted as they share an actress.
  • She's Got Legs: Liv. (And Maddie, obviously, but Liv is more prone to showing them off.)
  • Shipper on Deck: Liv to Miggie
  • Shout-Out: The Z-Phones in "Steal-A-Rooney" are from A.N.T. Farm (and connect the show to the DCLAU).
    • In "Fa-La La La La La-A-Rooney," the Griswolds are mentioned as being Christmas House decoration rivals.
    • Sing it Loud! to Glee and Shake It Up.
      • And to Hannah Montana (this is especially evident in the first episode)
    • The "Guess this Food" is back from Good Luck Charlie.
    • Nevell's Novelty Shop from "Switch-a-Rooney" could be a shout out to iCarly.
      • In the same episode, in said shop, when the camera switches to Joey and Parker you can see a box that says "Bites & Pieces." This is a shout-out to the show's in-development title, "Bits & Pieces."
    • The record label that releases Liv's song in "Song-A-Rooney" shares its name with one of the show's production companies, Oops Doughnuts Productions.
    • The Show Within a Show Linda and Heather, a favourite of Parker's and, it turns out, other boys in spite of it being for girls, is named after Linda Mathious and Heather MacGillvray, two of Liv and Maddie's writers.
    • Parker was grounded for trying to turn the refrigerator into a time machine note .
    • The origin story for Tess aka Skyvolt from Voltage is similar to The Flash.
    • In Voltage-A-Rooney Joey is wearing the Decadriver, albeit with too much stickers.
    • The old black-and-white photo of young Grandma Janice and Great Aunt Hillary that Karen shows on the Confession Cam early on in "Grandma-A-Rooney" is really a photo still from The Patty Duke Show of Patty and Cathy Lane. Also, when the real Grandma Janice arrives at the awards ceremony Liv is recieving an award at, and Janice and Great Aunt Hillary explain their Twin Switch to Liv and Maddie, Maddie exclaims, "What a crazy pair!", quoting from the Patty Duke Show's theme song.
    • The table behind Aunt Dena's couch in "Californi-A-Rooney" (the season 3 finale, note ) holds a number of framed family pictures, the middle one of which is a photo of Patty Duke as Grandma Janice from "Grandma-A-Rooney". It really comes into focus in the background of several key scenes.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Sing It Loud!, the show Liv formerly starred in.
    • Raise The Roof, which Liv's friend South stars in (as mentioned in "BFF-A-Rooney" - Parker says that "Raise The Roof is about four lady carpenters who build houses by day and sing by night - but still find time to solve mysteries and compete in beauty pageants! I don't know how they do it!").
    • The in-universe Korean version of Sing It Loud! ("Kathy Kan-A-Rooney").
    • Linda and Heather, which Parker loves ("Kathy Kan-A-Rooney"). See also Shout-Out above.
    • Liv's new superhero show, Voltage.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Joey's on the robotics team. So far, only mentioned in passing. Apparently Parker has somehow stolen Joey's robotics talent as it's mentioned nearly Once an Episode.
  • Special Guest: Several, e.g. Laura Marano in "Howl-A-Rooney," Garry Marshall in "Space Werewolves-A-Rooney," Kristen Bell in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney," Patty Duke in "Grandma-A-Rooney" (in her final television appearance).
  • Spiritual Successor:
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Willow's pursuit Joey, which is almost outright abuse and heavily played for laughes. If it had been the other way round, with Joey using the tactics Willow employed (Nets and Assault and the like) I doubt the show could have been kept on a kids channel.
  • Standardized Sitcom Housing
  • Stealth Pun: In "Co-Star-A-Rooney", Liv describes Holden as an ex-bandmate, ex-crush, and the ex-boyfriend of her friend, so it appears that she thinks of him in a triple-ex way.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Happens to Diggy after he gets back from Tundrabania, his experiences have changed him, so Steven's Point no longer interests him the way it used to. Unfortunately this leads to him longing to leave again which leads to him and Maddie breaking up.
  • Story Arc: Most of Season 1 features Liv trying to get into and prepare for the main role in Space Werewolves. In Season 2, there's one about Maddie's break-up with Diggie.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Splat, for Evan. Lacey for Stains.
  • Talent Double: Maddie's breakdancing in "Howl-A-Rooney" is all-too-obviously not being done by Dove Cameron.
  • Title Drop: "Switch-A-Rooney," when Liv and Maddie pull a... you know.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maddie and Liv, respectively. The actress portraying them is a mix of both types.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Maddie's usual hairstyle.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: All resident tomboys have this one way or another. Liv even believes every girl has a "sparkle", tomboy or not, and her statement is quite accurate: Stains have some pink PJs, Willow is boy crazy towards Joey, and Maddie has a Liv mode with a crazy fashion sense.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Liv's character on Voltage. The 'lightning' that gave her powers was actually energy from a UFO.
  • Trash the Set: The Season 3 finale "Californi-a-Rooney" introduces us to Joey and Parker's hideout under the kitchen, where it's revealed there's a tower of random items between the floor and ceiling which holds up the house, which includes Karen's cookbook. When Joey switches it for Karen's yoga ball, it pops and the tower is undone, causing the house to fall apart and the whole Rooney family moves in with Aunt Dena.
  • Tunnel Network: Parker built a network of "Parker Tunnels" that go around the neighborhood and even to the high school. Parker's tunnel obsession became a serious problem in the Season 3 finale, because the house was on the brink of collapse. Thanks to Joey's blunder in closing the tunnels, it collapses.
  • Twin Switch:
    • Quite obviously done although the only time the girls tried it on their parents, it backfired big-time. They did it again in the Season 2 Finale, but that one went better. Notably, when the girls' grandmother (Patty Duke!) came for a visit, Liv thought something was wrong with her behavior. It turned out it was really her grandmother's own twin sister as the real grandmother couldn't make it from Africa in time and talked her daughter into helping cover.
    Liv: (to her mom) Wait, you pulled a switch? You hate switches!
    • She agrees to keep it quiet for Maddie's ceremony. Guess who suddenly shows up in the middle of the ceremony right off her flight from Africa...
  • The Unfavorite: Joey sometimes feels this way, because he has a tendency to mess up and break things.
  • Valley Girl: Liv picked up some of that vibe during her four-year stay in Hollywood.
  • Xenafication: Liv gave her this in order to be the part of a werewolf. She commented that this makes her more like Maddie.
  • Wham Line: "You moved that?"
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Often, Liv believes that anything in her life can be handled just as it was on her TV show or movies. Naturally, her "help" backfires as she fails to realize real kids don't act that way.
    • When a pretty cheerleader asks him to a dance, Joey is convinced he's being set up as the butt of a major joke and arrives in a full "protective case" to gloat on how the trick won't work. Naturally, it turns out the cheerleader really was interested in him but is upset he didn't trust her.
  • X Meets Y:
  • Vocal Evolution: From the last quarter of Season 1 onward, Dove uses a high-pitched valley girl voice for Liv; yet she retains her normal voice as Maddie.

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