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Absentee Actor: Sonny and Tawni were the only main characters to appear in every episode.
Nico was missing from 2 episodes: "Sonny: So Far" and "Sonny with a Grant"
Grady was missing from 1 episode: "Sonny: So Far"
Chad was missing from 3 episodes: "Sketchy Beginnings", "Cheater Girls" and "Marshall with a Chance"
Zora was missing from 19 episodes: "Three's Not Company", "Fast Friends", "The Heartbreak Kids", "Battle of the Networks' Stars", "Sonny in the Kitchen with Dinner", "Guess Who's Coming to Guest Star", "Hart to Hart", "Sonny: So Far", "Walk a Mile in My Pants", "Sonny Get Your Goat", "Sonny with a Song", "Random Acts of Disrespect", "Grady with a Chance of Sonny", "The Problem with Pauly", "That's So Sonny", "My Two Chads", "Sonny with a Kiss", "Sonny with a Grant" and "New Girl"
Adam Westing: Selena Gomez's guest star appearance in "Battle of the Network Stars." She even managed to lampshade one of her more, ahem, prominent roles.
All Just a Dream: In the episode "High School Miserable" when Sonny and the gang feel unappreciated about not getting what they want, they decided to write a letter to Mr. Condor about their dissatisfaction of their perks, but before that, they get a glimpse of what it would be like if Mr. Condor have gotten their letter: The cast would be fired and replaced by his daughter, Dakota, making her the one and only star of So Random! and they would have to attend a public high school. It turns out to be a total nightmare for the gang, but thankfully, is was all just a dream.
Alpha Bitch: Again, Tawni fits this description to a tee.
Selena to a certain extent.
Ascended Extra: The actors who played characters in the Mackenzie Falls webisodes were all given recurring roles in the actual show starting in the second season, replacing the various extras from the first season.
Penelope even functions as the villain in Sonny with a Secret
Not any more - In Season 2, Sonny has raven-black hair with a glossy shine to it - or at least in the first episode. In the second, somebody re-tuned the colors, and now she's back to being a brunette, albeit a really dark-leaning one.
Also, Snowy, Beauty, and Cindy in the sketch comedy show named "The Real Princesses of New Jersey".
Custom Uniform: Disney seems to be fond of it lately; they did this in the "Mackenzie Falls" Web shorts tied in with the show. Then again, those are supposed to be Lampshade Hanging schlocky teen drama tropes.
Cut Short: Due to Demi Lovato leaving the show (and in turn converting the main show to So Random), The series ends as this, with the last episode where Sonny and Chad have a small talk and Sonny sings bits of her last song while walking away.
In short, You'll never get a chance to see Chad and Sonny get back together, or the entire Season 3. ever.
This is especially the case as So Random! would be cancelled after one season a year later.
The Danza: In-Universe, all of the characters on Mackenzie Falls, barring Mackenzie have the same name as their actors. (Despite the tie-in website stating otherwise)
Dating Catwoman: The main character dating Chad, the lead character of her show's biggest rival.
Not to mention Tawni and Sonny's dressing room, when Tawni uses 'The Clapper'. The Les Yay in that scene throws the needle in the red - and it's implied that if the mail-guy hadn't shown up when he did...
Sonny: Well, if my plan works, we'll all be failing school in no time. Operation: Breakup is now underway. Tawni and I will target Bitterman, you two target Marshall, if anyone gets caught, eat the instructions. Got any questions? Grady: Oh, uh, Sonny? Sonny: Yes, Grady. Grady: Well, what happens if I've already eaten lunch, so I'm kinda full? Do I still have to eat the instructions? Sonny: Yes. Grady: Well, then can you put the instructions on cake? Sonny: No! Grady: Cookies? Sonny: No! Now go, go go!
Estranged Soap Family: With the exceptions of Sonny and Tawni (whose moms only made a couple of appearances), we never get to see Nico's, Grady's, or Zora's parents for some reason.
Averted with Grady, whose older brother Grant appears in two episodes in Season 2.
Expository Hairstyle Change: In the episode 'Poll'd Apart' Tawni shaves her head, symbolically. She actually just wears a bald cap. Also serves as a Shout-Out to Britney Spears during her own perceived breakdown.
Fawlty Towers Plot: In one episode, Sonny writes a fan letter to herself under the name "Eric", and everyone else starts thinking this Eric is real, until Tawni finds out Sonny's scheme.
Humiliation Conga: Sonny of all people undergoes this in one episode, being harassed by the paparazzi constantly because of accusations that she's been stealing and revealing her friend's secrets. It was actually a member of the Mackenzie Falls cast, who was jealous of her relationship with Chad.
If I Can't Have You: After the above Humiliation Conga, Penelope has Chad, Grady, Nico, and Zora trapped in an in-flight plane without a pilot and with only two parachutes, one for her and one for Chad. Since she expects Sonny to be killed by a bomb, she tells Chad to jump out of the plane with her and date her. Chad chooses Sonny, and Penelope snarls this trope before taking both parachutes and jumping out of the plane.
Perhaps an even better example is on Season 2 Episode 11. It looks like Demi is reading a geometry textbook, but if you take a look at the text a few seconds later, you can clearly read the words "The feces, which pass through the rectum and out the anus.": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIuSwUW95fU&t=5m0s
Actually, barely anyone actually says it's funny. Not even Sonny's mother likes it that much.
The above theory may actually be plausible, as So Random is implied to be hurting in the ratings:
Sonny: At least our show brings joy to our viewers. Chad: At least my show has viewers.
This counts as a Subverted Trope in that Mackenzie Falls, being a prime-time teen drama, would naturally have better ratings than So Random! - a kid's sketch comedy show. However,in the third episode of the show - 'Sonny At The Falls' - the plot centers around Dylan and his fellow cast members plotting to steal Sonny because her show has gotten more popular since she joined the cast, and they were worried that 'the Randoms' would become more popular than them. Also, (even though there was a miscount), the Randoms ''did'' beat ''Mackenzie Falls'' for the first time during Sonny's first year, and several shows have made a point of showing that So Random! was pulling in better guest-stars, including Joe Jonas and Chad himself. So Random! may not have been that funny or that popular before Sonny, but it certainly is now.
This is an intriguing variation. The implication is that her assistants name actually is pronounced that way, as opposed to being an attempt by the assistant to make herself sound classy. Sharona simply doesn't care enough to remember her real name.
Dakota herself probably qualifies, doesn't she? Or is there a special trope for bratty children? Looks like it.
There's also the principal of the school in the All Just a Dream episode, who gives the cast detention after the cast does an improvised musical number, then gives them double detention when he hears better singing.
Gilroy Smith, the host of Gotcha from the Season 1 finale. His entire goal is to get Sonny and Tawni to spill embarrassing things about themselves and the rest of the cast. When he can't get them to spill anything, he pulls out a video shot from a camera in a gift basket to make them break their pact to each other about having each others' backs. When that still doesn't work, he hones in one Sonny's expression during her flashback to a moment between her and Chad, and then brings Chad out onto the stage. He then says that the entire reason that he brought Chad to the show was to get his and Sonny's reactions to a secretly-shot video of them that he takes out of context. And then, when Sonny and Chad flee to discuss how to handle the on-stage situation, Gilroy reveals another hidden camera, that he plans on using to eavesdrop on their conversation and broadcast whatever admissions they make to each other on air (luckily for Sonny and Chad, Tawni turns the camera off before anything really damaging is said).
Karma Houdini: In one episode where Sonny was repeatedly harassed by a reporter that kept dumping accusations on her, it seemed like he was this at first when, after spending the entire episode piling lie after lie on Sonny, tries to play it off that he knew she was innocent. He then gets covered in melted cheese when he mistakenly steps in front of a cheese cannon. And then Tawni gets some Camera Time, which she was seeking those two episodes. Although, the screen goes funny right before she says her name, and she shouts "Oh come on!".
Kid-anova: Both Nico and Chad tend to be this at times.
Large Ham: Chad. Over the seasons he calms down. Also, Grant, Grady's brother, plays this trope to its fullest. He has a nice moment during an episode, but that's pretty much it.
Medium Awareness: Occurs in one episode where Tawni and Sonny hear a violin variant of a Scare Chord; the first time, it's Zora's doing, the second time, however...
To clarify: Sonny and Tawni are talking about something involving a Captain Ersatz of Gossip Girl, that is, a very influential blog. When Tawni was the blog's target and was talking about it with Sonny, a psycho string was playing, and turned out to be, as said before, Zora's doing. When asked about the second one heard, Zora said, "It wasn't me this time!"... and that's how that scene ends.
Actually, it's more of an homage to the live variety shows of The Fifties (in fact, Marshall, their producer, makes a comment in the pilot episode on how the Queen Bee sketch 'stinks on ice'. That's straight out of the post-World War II era, as are all of the characters, except for Nico (the Token Minority role he fills would have been filled by a Latino in his place).
It could also be something of a homage to various 90's kid sketch comedy shows such as All That and The Amanda Show (it started in 99). Ironically, both of those were on Disney's rival Nick. Especially since the creator of All That works on the show. Compare Moody's Point, with Mackenzie Falls.
When Tawni vows not to look in the mirror for two days, she is unable to put makeup on without looking like a clown, which leads to her saying "Why so serious?" to Nico and Grady with Joker-esque makeup on.
Don't forget the episode where Sonny meets the star of the 'Tri-dark' series, Blake Rattison. She's totally Team Frederick.
In "Gummy With a Chance", when Sonny tells Tawni about her visions, Tawni mocks her, responding with with "Who are you? Raven?"
Many sketches seem to be shout outs to All That. The aforementioned Sicky Vicky could be a shout out to Ask Ashley, the Check It Out Girls could be a shout out to the Inconvenience Store (especially when Nico and Grady played them), and Fasty's Really Fast Food could be a shout out to Good Burger.
One episode of Mackenzie Falls mentions a 'freak ballooning accident', likely a direct reference to the 'Moody's Point' soap sketch from The Amanda Show
Also one of the episodes has a fake music video about "SPS", aka Skinny Pants Syndrome. It's both a Take That at such music videos and a Take That at Disney's Friends For Change PSA's (such as Demi's and Joe Jonas' "Make A Wave") and similar Disney Channel spots.
Although this could be the result of mimicking the actual casts of skit shows like All That! and Saturday Night Live, which both have had token minorities and, interestingly enough, have Kenan Thompson in common. Considering that normal skit shows have larger casts, it's not unrealistic to assume that there is only one minority character because of cast's size. The size is probably due to the fact that Disney shows follow similar formulas, which relatively few characters main characters (usually about six) where All That! had as many as ten people at once. Sonny With A Chance has six main characters, one of whom is not even a So Random! cast member.
Wouldn't Sonny herself perhaps be this, as a Spanish/Latino type?
What Happened to the Mouse?: Zora doesn't show up for the first two episodes of Season 2, though she's been absent before in a couple episodes in Season 1. Her disappearance is never commented on or explained.
Averted in the one hour episode where Zora doesn't appear until the second half when she returns from a Sherlock Holmes convention/workshop.
Sonny and Tawni are constantly fighting with each other in "Sonny Get Your Goat". They make up at the end, but what caused them to argue was never mentioned.
Who told Chad that he was the host of his (technically Zora's) reality show Celebrity Practical Jok'd?
In "Sonny With A Song", we never found out where Trey Brothers went to after Sonny accidently made him disappear in the magic box. However, he does appear in the final scene with Chad at the end.
Will They or Won't They?: For a long time, Sonny and Chad. Then they get together! And then they break up...and then they get back together! The final resolution will never be seen because Demi had to leave the show...
Mr. Condor: Now, you go to the limo, tell the driver to take you home, and when you get home, you march right up to your room! Dakota: Which home? Mr. Condor: The one with the partial ocean view. Dakota: You're a monster!