"Six thousand dollars an hour might not sound like much, but it adds up!"
— London Tipton
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005-2008) is a Disney ChannelKid Com about a couple of twins named Zack and Cody who live in The Tipton, a hotel in Boston. Their divorced mom is a singer at the hotel who has a secret admirer in a rather dorky janitor named Arwin. Also at the hotel are two teenage girls, London, the moronic heiress to the hotel chain, and Maddie, a candy-counter girl who struggles to make sure she completes school as well as juggling very degrading jobs. The hotel is run by Mr. Moseby, who rarely tolerates the twins' antics. It was chronologically the second series in the DCLAU.After that the show ended in 2008, it continued with a sequel called The Suite Life on Deck, putting half of the cast on a luxury liner to attend the onboard Seven Seas High School, with other original characters visiting on occasion. It also added Bailey (who basically replaced Maddie), a girl from a small Kansas farm often made fun of by London (and serves as Cody's Love Interest); Woody, a clumsy but well-meaning (and disgusting) classmate made fun of by everyone and Mrs. Emma Tutweiler, one of the teachers at Seven Seas High made fun of by her own students (and eventually Mr. Moseby's Love Interest). Meanwhile, reruns of the original show have popped up on Disney XD. A Suite Life movie has aired, set in Season 3 of On Deck, focusing on the twins entering a "Gemini Project", a study on the interaction of twins. Both series also participated in massive Cross Over events with other shows on the channel: Suite Life of Zack and Cody had That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana and On Deck had Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana. I'm In The Band also has a crossover episode with On Deck (unlike the others, this consisted of only a single episode that aired as a part of I'm In The Band only).After 3 seasons, On Deck ended in 2011 with the twins and the rest of the Seven Seas High students celebrating their graduation. If the original series and the sequel are counted as a single series, it's had the longest original run of any series on the Disney Channel, at six seasons and 162 episodes total.Now has its own Getting Crap Past The Radar page and character page
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Tropes in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Abhorrent Admirer: The twins have, on separate occasions, and despite their best efforts, attracted the affections of Agnes.
Absurdly Long Limousine: One episode had London mentioning that she has a fleet of limousines so long that they can't turn corners. If she is traveling a route that goes around corners she needs to get out of one limo and into another.
The Ace: Max is a great dancer, basketball player, and bass player
Acting for Two: In one episode, "Nugget of History", Phill Lewis, who portrays Mr. Moseby, also plays his grandmother, Rose Moseby.
Adipose Rex: While not Royalty, Zack starts off chubby and grows rather fat by the end of Series 3 of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; by the time of The Suite Life on Deck, he's lost the weight.
Black Widow: Miss Klotz, Moseby's predecessor as Cruise Director of the S.S. Tipton, from the episode "Let Us Entertain You":
Carey Martin: You're a heartless woman. Miss Klotz: Didn't bother me when my four ex-husbands said it; doesn't bother me when you say it. Carey Martin: You've been divorced four times? Miss Klotz: Oh, no, no, widowed.
Carey: I was mad when you came home from the playground with the wrong twins. Kurt: It was an honest mistake. Carey: They were girls!
But Not Too Black: Played with. Flashbacks show that Moseby became progressively less black as his career advanced. Occasionally, however, he'll say or do something to indicate that there's still a Soul Brotha in there somewhere.
Code Name: Zack and Cody use code names when pulling off some of their more elaborate pranks. Usually Zack picks the code names and gives Cody an embarrassing one and himself a flattering one, such as "Better Looking Twin". This does, however, lead to a Beware the Nice Ones moment in one episode. After Cody was stung on the nose by a bee, Zack gives him the code name "Red Schnoz", then asks him if he's ready. Cody glares at him and says "I'm ready, Soon-To-Be-Fat-Lip!"
Continuity Nod: In the episode "Hotel Inspector", Moseby is seen building a model of the Tipton in his apartment. Later in the episode "Risk It All", the same model can be seen briefly in Moseby's office.
Cody mentions being in a beauty Pageant in Suite Life On Deck. That happened alllll the way back in the second episode of season 1 in the original Suite Life.
Curves in All the Right Places: Parodied, in one episode, after Maddie tries to gain weight for a fashion show, another model tells her that she did not gain curves in the right places.
Deadpan Snarker: This is a Disney Sitcom. Everyone fits this trope, but Maddie and Carey are the most prolific snarkers.
Disguised in Drag: Cody does this in The Fairest of Them All when he competes (accidentally at first and unwillingly) in a beauty pageant. Zack does this later in the episode, when Cody decides he wants to throw the competition for another beauty pageant contestant who he had a crush on.
Distaff Counterpart: Jessica and Janice exist as female identical twins and date Zack and Cody a few times. Though they didn't get much development until Suite Life On Deck.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: London, who is dressed as a mermaid, is trading insults with a similarly dressed girl who tells her, "Well at least my seashells aren't fake!" Think about it and it should come to you.
Five-Temperament Ensemble: Carey and Lance (the phlegmatics), Cody (melancholic/phlegmatic), Arwin (melancholic with a touch of sanguine), Zack and London (sangoleric), Esteban (sanguine), Maddie (leukine), and Mr. Moseby (choleric, though not always the typical sitcom caricature).
Cody's dorkiness. They turned him from a dorky kid who attended math camp, took notes on virtually everything the teacher said, and apparently took a full Advanced Placement load in high school, into an impossible genius: Various On Deck episodes reveal that he has written three cookbooks, a novel and an opera, that he has a patent, that he spent years translating ancient hieroglyphs as a personal side project, was building model molecules out of juice boxes in nursery school, and cut his own umbilical cord.
Maddie's rudeness to London (Perhaps the Sharpay sunk in?)
Humiliating Wager: The twins enter a bet at the local supermarket they work at against a rival market, claiming that they were the better bag boys. Ultimately, they lose, and the twins and their boss have to work an entire shift in dresses.
I Ate What?: Occurs where Lance, a lifeguard who enjoys anything from the water, was eating some caviar that one of London's friends gives him but when he finds out what it really was, he immediately spits it out.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a subversion of the Rich Bitch trope, London gives every indication of being a genuinely good-natured person who simply doesn't understand that you're not supposed to treat people the way she does.
For all of his frustrations at the twins' antics, Mr. Moseby does show that he cares about them.
Jerkass: A lot of one-shot characters in opposition to the main cast are this, being insulting, demeaning, or just plain rude. Zack and London also have their moments with this.
Muriel often gets away with petty theft. She's also seen numerous times lounging around during work hours. Once when she interrupted a date, London asked her "Aren't you supposed to be working?" Muriel's response - "What's your point?"
Kick the Dog: Zack and London do this a lot, though one of Zack's more notorious examples is when he caused a French girl that liked Cody to break up with him because he couldn't believe that a girl would like Cody voluntarily.
Ilsa Shickelgrubermeiger-Von Helsing der Keppelugerhofer seems to do almost nothing but this in all three of her appearances.
KidAnova: Zack, though to be fair, his attempts failed just as often as they succeeded.
Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: The twins take their dates not to see the kiddie film Doggie Came Home but the horror film Zombie Mom. Zack ends up having nightmares and sleepwalking in the hotel, stacking the lobby furniture against the door to stop the zombies.
Kirk's Rock: Appears in a prehistoric setting when the twins travel a bit too far back in time.
Long Runner: By far the longest-running series in the DCLAU by original run and episode count if both the original Suite Life of Zack and Cody and the On DeckRetool are counted as a single series. Even so, both series on their own are Long Runners by DCLAU standards.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dumb hotel heiress whose first name is a famous capitol of an European country. Hmm. Who could that possibly be a reference to? It's even Lampshaded at one point:
Sister Dominick: No, the spoiled hotel heiress! London: Is Paris Hilton in this class? Sister Dominick: No, I'm talking about you.
Non-Identical Twins: The episode "Twins at the Tipton", where Maddie and London make plans to date twins, unfortunatly they realise that the twins are faternal when they see that the second brother is short, skinny and nothing like his handsome and charming brother.
Noodle Incident: London once went on a rant culminating in her mentioning locking someone on a ship headed to a South America where they'll spend the rest of their life working in Peruvian copper mines. She then mentions "what do you think happened to the guy before Moseby?"
Not So Different: Although the Martin boys appear, at first glance, to be Polar Opposite Twins, they're much more alike than either would care to admit. Zack is, in many ways, as much of a nerd as Cody, enjoying comics books and online fantasy games. Cody, likewise, is as big of a perv as Zack, such as when he encouraged Barbara to pursue cheerleading based on the realization that she'd be showing a lot more skin than he was accustomed to seeing.
The Obi-Wannabe: When Esteban unexpectedly becomes opulently wealthy, London gives him lessons how to be a snooty, condescending spendthrift. As a result, he finds himself back in the same old rut when his assets are frozen.
Ominous Owl: Whatever you do, don't make eye contact with the owl collection.
Only Sane Man: Moseby, Maddie, Carey and occasionally Cody trade off who gets to hold the Sanity Ball, though on occasion they manage to share it.
Actually, it's a black slip on, but it resembled boyleg panties.
Parent with New Paramour: Type Two. London Tipton spends one episode trying to get along with her father's new wife, and her stepmother trying to establish a real relationship with her. She is particularly upset with how often her father really does marry, and how many stepmothers walked in and out of her life as a result.
Lampshaded in "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood", wherein the host had to bribe the audience with food to laugh.
Put Off Their Food: In "Twins at the Tipton", Maddie and London double date with twins and Maddie goes out with the nerdy twin. He starts talking about gross trivia at the dinner table, including that it takes "3 hours for meat to move through your intestines so the bile can churn up the gastric acid." Maddie then replies that she'll have a salad.
Retooled to become The Suite Life on Deck (see below). The latter may also be considered a spin-off.
Rich Bitch: When she's not sweet, London is extremely mean and nasty to most people and takes sadistic glee in hurting them. This is most evident in the Spin-Off's episode Mean Chicks when she has something done so it hurts when she insults Bailey after winning a bet. After she wins the bet she insults Bailey a million times despite it hurting her, at the beginning declaring it's Worth It.
Scary Black Man: Moseby is his own proprietary brand: a short, fussy, pretentious, effeminate milquetoast who nonetheless instills fear and trembling in his subordinates. Coach Little is more of a straight example.
Many of Tipton Industries' business practices have been either implied or stated outright to be highly unethical, and at times, outright illegal. Numerous things London has said strongly imply that her father has left her with the impression that rich people are above the law.
Played straight with this example: When Carey was giving London singing lessons, she recommended London think of something that reminded of her of each note on the musical scale to remember them.
Carey: La. London: "Law" is something you get to break if you're rich. *points to herself and mouths, "Me"*
London: Daddy says there are two things a Tipton never does: Apologize, and pay taxes. Chelsea: My daddy told me the same thing...the last time I visited him in prison.
In "I Want My Mummy", Mr. Tipton used his money to hire an over-glorified grave robber to steal archaeological artifacts from Estaban's Peruvian village and brought them to the Boston Tipton. What's really scary here is that Mr. Tipton, showing a complete lack of morals, lied to London that he was not stealing.
Maddie: London, you can't just steal another country's cultural artifacts. London: Daddy didn't steal them. He bought them from a guy named Dakota Smith. He delivered them in the middle of the night, then we left really, really fast on the jet. I barely made it off the steps! Maddie:...Well, as long as they weren't STOLEN!
There's also the "Fung Shwei" craze that London goes through in one episode. After Esteban's family accidentally drills a hole in a Tipton pipeline, she announces (happily) that they're going to bulldoze the family's house and build a resort. Esteban bursts into tears at the news.
Secret Santa: Maddie organizes the Tipton staff Secret Santa and makes sure that London picks her name, hoping for an expensive gift.
There is also the commercial for the Tipton in "Let us Entertain You".
"Shut Up" Kiss: In the episode "Sleepover Suite", Zack gives one of these to Stacy's friend Betsy, inducing Post-Kiss Catatonia to keep her from revealing to London what they've really been up to in her suite. He attempts this again with another of Stacy's friends, which earns him a slap from her and from Betsy for two-timing her.
Sound Effect Bleep: There are two episodes where a loud noise prevents the audience from hearing Zack and/or Cody being cussed out. The first is sound of a bus horn while Zack's miniature golf date Ella cusses him out for being a poor sport. The second is when the ship's horn drowns out the sound of Carey cussing the boys out for shanghaiing her into doing practically every bit of entertainment on the ship.
Squirrels in My Pants: Happens to Cody briefly in "Footloser" while taking Zack's place in a dance competition. A scene shows Cody grabbing at his leg and in the next scene, a rabbit climbs out of his pants leg. Cue mixed looks from the judges, Max, and the audience at the show
Star-Crossed Lovers: London and Todd St. Mark, son of the proprietor of the rival St. Mark Hotel, in the episode "Cookin' with Romeo and Juliet".
The Stateroom Sketch: Actual Closet variant, completes the homage by having their mother open the door so that everyone tumbles out.
Tomboy: Max, a running gag features Mr. Moseby constantly mistaking her for a boy.
Tongue on the Flagpole: London gets her tongue stuck a frozen smoothie that Zack had stuck on a popsicle stick.
Took a Level in Dumbass: While London was always flighty and slightly dim, in Season 1 she was fairly competent and able to do things for herself, as well as astute and quick witted. Over the course of episodes, however, she progressively became almost Too Dumb to Live until she is who the character has become today. See Hidden Depths under 'On Deck' as well.
Twin Telepathy: Subverted at least twice. Once Zack claimed that Cody broke his arm and he sensed it, until Carey points out that he was the one who fell on Cody and broke it. Another time, they believe a dream about finding an Alternate Universe was caused by this, but it is revealed to the audience to have been Real After All when Carey finds a coin from the alternate reality in their jeans pocket.
Aborted Arc: An arc began at the end of the second season involving Dante, a pre-teen impostor who had assumed Marcus' old persona of Lil' Little, and continued when Dante stowed away aboard the Tipton, at which point Marcus reluctantly took the youngster under his wing and arranged for him to have a job performing aboard the ship. Since Marcus left, he's not seen again. Most fans don't mind.
What fans did mind was the first three episodes set up a friendship between Zack and Bailey. After the episode they decided to relegate all of Bailey's plots to involve Cody or London.
Naomi Wyoming is a paper-thin parody of Hannah Montana, made all the funnier by the fact that Bailey meets and parties with the actual Hannah Montana after this episode. The outfit used for the appearance is even a differently toned one of an actual Hannah Montana outfit.
The episode "Starship Tipton" is basically Star Trek. They even got George Takei (Sulu) to play London's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson.
"The Spy Who Shoved Me" is a send-up of James Bond films.
Moseby in "So You Think You Can Date" dresses up as Michael Jackson. Tutweiller comments he looks thrilling. Yet another episode has Moseby dressed up as Prince, complete with "Let's Go Crazy"-esque music in the background.
"The Kidney of the Sea" was one to Titanic. A rich girl comes to the ship and develops a relationship with Zack, hitting all the major plot points of the movie on the way.
Kirby: I'm a double-extra-large man trying crawl through a medium vent.
American Gothic Couple: In the episode "Mulch Ado About Nothing", Cody's re-creation of the Mulch Festival for Bailey includes a couple of passengers posing as the couple from the painting. Lampshaded by Cody:
Cody: More American, and less Gothic.
Artifact Title: The pun of Suite Life in the first series referred to the hotel the show was set in. The Pun-Based Title continued in the second series, but it took place on a cruise liner.
Well the cabins are sometimes called suites
Ass Shove: Zack and Woody land safely on the observation deck. Their pursuer, the gangster Stefane, lands on the spire, resulting in an "Eiffel Tower wedgie".
Brick Joke: In "Trouble in Tokyo", Mr. Moseby says that London only got her vaccination shot after Nurse Nancy loaded it into a traquilizer dart and shot her from the flagpole. Guess how London got her booster shot at the end of her episode.
The Beauty Pageant episode was most likely conceived primarily as a chance to show off Debby Ryan's singing.
When Charo guest-starred, Disney made sure she could show off her enormous... flamenco guitar skills.
Catchphrase: Woody yells "Daaang it" several times during the series.
And Woody's "Huuurtful!"
Chained Heat: Mr. Blanket, the school's insane Guidance Counselor, handcuffs Moseby and Zack together, and swallows the key. It helps them understand one another better, but also increases their contempt for Blanket.
Chekhov's Gun: Woody's turkey leg-turning device seems like the most frivolous thing he's ever come up with... that is, until it provides the batteries necessary to power the radio to call for help from the submarine.
Comically Missing the Point: A lot of characters, major and minor, become guilty of this, but Woody's, well, in a class of his own. For example, in "Boo You", Bailey gets fed up with London and Woody pranking her on "Yay Me! Starring London Tipton" and smashes Woody's camera, which leads to this exchange.
London: Woody, that camera's coming out of your salary. Woody: * excited* I'm getting a salary?!
When Ms. Tuttweiler is trying to help Bailey get over her breakup with Cody:
Ms. Tuttweiler: ...and not think about he who must not be named. London:Voldemort?! *looks around nervously* Bailey: She means Cody.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: In the episode "Model Behavior", Moseby punishes Zack, Marcus, and Woody for throwing a party without his authorization and encouraging a group of teen models to stay out past curfew by making them don snorkeling gear and fish the floaties they threw overboard out of the ocean.
"Beauty and the Fleeced" contained Cody referencing the epsiode "Fairest of Them All" of the parent series (where he wound up in a beauty pageant). It also referenced the first episode of the spin-off, which saw Bailey pull a Sweet Polly Oliver.
The episode "Rock the Kasbah" had Cody wear his Grizzly Bear Scout uniform from "Ah! Wilderness!", which is referenced by Zack.
"The Ghost and Mr. Martin" makes a reference to "The Ghost of Suite 613", when Zack mentions the ghost of Irene, who came out of a portrait.
In "Lost at Sea", Tutweiller tells Mr. Moseby that she used to be a weather girl for Vermont. In "Seven Seas News", she shows the class a video of one of her segments.
In "Cruisin' for a Bruisin" Zack brings 'Dragon Quest' to Mr. Moseby, the same game they got addicted to at the hotel.
Deadpan Snarker: Quite a few characters have their moments. Maya, Zack, Bailey (especially around London), and Moseby of course. Even London has her moments.
Demonic Possession: In the episode "Can You Dig It?", Bailey finds herself possessed by the spirit of the ancient South American royal Princess Zaria when Zack finds her crown, thereby releasing her spirit from her bust.
Dogged Nice Guy: Cody toward Bailey in the first season. A mild subversion, as it was pretty clear that Bailey liked him, too. When they got together, the writers shifted this trait onto Marcus, who acts this way toward London, who is too much in her own world to notice.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Moseby, who's had to deal with 5 years of Zack and Cody, plus 18 years of London, in the final episode proposes to Miss Tutweiller and goes off somewhere (he won't say where) that Zack and Cody and London aren't (though he gives London his cell phone number). Oddly for a kids' show, he's just about the only one who gets a real happy ending. Cody doesn't get into Yale, though Bailey did and they will visit each other and Zack and Maya break up, since she's going to Africa for the Peace Corps. London turns out all right but is really going to miss Moseby, since he was like a father to her.
Everyone Can See It: It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Bailey liked Cody the same way he liked her.
Everything's Better With Sparkles: During one episode where London was participating with the boys for a fantasy football league, in the ending of the episode, she mentions that she bought the Arizona Cardinals, now called the Arizona Sparklies. She even changed the uniforms to solid black with white piping & solid sparkling pink fronts with a matching pink helmet.
Ironically, this episode aired the day after Kurt Warner's (who guest starred wearing said jersey) final game. Now we know why he retired.
Fake Guest Star: Matthew Timmons has appeared as Woody in roughly two thirds of all episodes, yet is still billed as a guest star. Made all the more jarring when Doc Shaw who plays Marcus, is added to the credits when joining the show midway through Season 2 and still probably doesn't appear in any more episodes than Woody. And Marcus was recently Put on a Bus.
Fanservice: Scenes on the Sky Deck frequently have babes in bikinis in the background. But only in the background. The main characters can't wear bikinis on a Disney show.
Fawlty Towers Plot: In the episode "The Defiant Ones", Cody misses a homework assignment due having spent a romantic evening with Bailey the night before. Unable to bear the shame of receiving a single bad grade, he fabricates the excuse that he was caring for Bailey, who'd injured her ankle. This leads to Bailey reluctantly faking an injury, and eventually the entire student body of Seven Seas Highs being drawn into a web of lies that is increasingly complex and ridiculous. It all comes crashing down the next day when Cody misses yet another assignment, having been too busy maintaining the farce.
Feathered Fiend: In "Mean Chicks", Cody denies a seagull a french fry that Zack attempted to feed him, and spends the rest of the episode trying to escape the bird's wrath.
Five-Temperament Ensemble: Carey and Bailey (phlegmatic); Ms. Tutweiler (melancholic), Cody (melancholic/phlegmatic); Woody and Kirby (the phlegmatics); Zack and London ("sangoleric"); Marcus and Addison (sanguine), Maya (leukine), and Mr. Moseby (choleric, still not exactly a caricature).
Flanderization: London again. Whether or not her stupidity has been cranked up, because she does have her smart moments.
Foreshadowing: Bailey and Cody broke up, but in the Christmas Special, London gets a glimpse into her future and finds out that Bailey and Cody got married.
Also Zach tries to take a page out of Cody's 6 month plan to woo Bailey by throwing Maya a kettle corn festival that goes as you'd expect. He gets it right later without really thinking about it when he throws her a secret surprise birthday party.
G-Rated Drug: In "The Kidney of the Sea", Zack is accused of stealing his wealthy crush's expensive diamond necklace by said crush's "boyfriend" who actually framed Zack. The crush's mother immediately jumps to her own theory for a motive.
Mrs. Berg: One of the diamonds is missing! He must've sold it to feed his bubblegum habit! Zack: *takes gum out mouth* I can quit anytime I want. Starting tomorrow. *resumes chewing*
London on occasion shows this, along with some Obfuscating Stupidity and Deadpan Snarker moments, most noticable during an episode where the main cast got stuck on an island and had to fend for themselves. London, seemingly in shock from the event, thought they were at a beach resort. That is, until they were safely back on the cruise liner and mentioned off hand that it was her way to get out of the manual labor.
In the Christmas Episode London goes through a Yet Another Christmas Carol plot. This episode reveals that London was a good kid until the bitterness about her dad never being around for christmas (or any other time for that matter) got to her.
The entire episode "Kidney of the Sea" is a kid-friendly Homage to Titanic.
In "I Brake for Whales", some of the characters locked in the wheel room pay homage to Reservoir Dogs with their codenames. Only one is real, one receives a Gender Flip, and two are not characters from the movie.
Hufflepuff House: The students at Seven Seas High who aren't the main characters, Maya, Woody or Addison. There are some episodes where other characters come out of the shadows and then are never seen again.
Humiliation Conga: Played with in the episode "Boo You" where Bailey becomes London's target for repeated pranks that get more and more humiliating. After one where she's embarrassed in front of the entire ship, London asks if Bailey "understands" that she's only doing this for viewers. Bailey replies "Understand this!" and then grabs the camera they were using to film the prank and throws it onto the deck, smashing it. It's probably the most embarrassing for Bailey because not only does wake up with her bed on the deck in front anybody watching London's show, but she is also wearing a retainer that she wears on her head and pig pajamas with a pink, curly tail on her butt. Ouch.
Hypno Fool: London gets hypnotized to act more like Bailey. When the hypnotist tried to change her back, he accidentally trances the daughter of the dean from Harvard University.
Kavorka Man: Though Zack is still up to his Kidanova hijinks, surprisingly, Woody is no slouch with the ladies, either.
Ladykiller in Love: Early in Season 3, Zack finds himself developing real feelings for the new girl Maya, to the point where he resolves to change his womanizing ways and take the time to get to know her.
The Masochism Tango: Cody and Bailey started out as a sweet couple who were well-matched intellectually and very tolerant and forgiving of one another's faults. As the second season progressed, everything became a competition between them, and they seem to generally bring out the worst in one another.
Mood Whiplash: Fairly frequent, but most noticeable in Cody and Bailey's breakup scene, which has the heart-wrenching drama of their argument and breakup punctuated by the slapstick of being rained on by shoes, and having Zack and Woody land on Cody.
Morality Pet: Bailey occasionally steps into this role for London.
Never My Fault: After their breakup, Cody has been putting all of the blame for it on Bailey. At least until "The Play's the Thing".
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Wilfred Tipton would not have known there was piece of prime real estate in Kansas to be had for a mere pittance if Cody hadn't alerted him to the gravity of the situation in Kettlecorn.
Mr. Blanket, Seven Seas High's guidance counselor, is himself certifiably insane, distracts people when they examine his credentials, and despite having written a book on them, his methods are questionable at best.
In "So You Think You Can Date", Cody and Bailey take dating tips respectively from Zack and London. In the end they ruin both their dates because Cody acts too much like a Jerkass and Bailey too much like a Cloudcuckoolander.
Orphaned Punchline: In the episode "The Spy Who Shoved Me", Moseby and London, on separate occasions, tell a joke (or perhaps two different jokes with the same punchline) whose punchline is "Nougat!" Apparently, the guests find it hilarious, leaving the audience to wonder what was so funny.
Possibly a Brick Joke from "The Suite Life Goes to Hollywood: Part One" from the parent series in which Moseby attempts to tell the producers of the new show a funny story. This is evidenced by the fact that the delivery of the word "nougat" is exactly the same.
Moseby: One time we ran out of pillow mints. (Laughs) So instead, we had to use...NOUGAT!
Bailey is an unusual case. At the start of the show, she had a Southern accent (despite being from Kansas.) Over time this accent disappeared completely. It may have been a case of Not Even Bothering with the Accent as Debby Ryan is from the South.
The Pigpen: Woody's hygiene, or rather, lack thereof, is the source of many of the series' jokes.
Bailey briefly left the ship in early Season 3 to return to Kettlecorn.
Marcus leaves the ship in the aptly named "Bon Voyage" in Season 3 to star on a Broadway show.
Red Shirt: Lampshaded, then spoofed in "Starship Tipton". After the main cast goes to the future, they have to change their clothes to blend in.
Zack: (dressed in yellow) Man, I like these outfits! Marcus: (dressed in red) Speak for yourself! The guys in red always get killed! (At which point another guy in red falls out of an airlock into outer space, screaming.) Marcus: See?
Refuge in Audacity: In the "Spy Who Shoved Me", Cody admits to Bailey, early on, that he and Zack are working with a spy, but she doesn't believe him.
Retcon: Over the entire series, it was clear that Mr. Tipton loved his daughter, London. It was mentioned a few times that she is the sole heir to the Tipton company. Along comes the first episode that Mr. Tipton finally shows himself in (Episode 68), and what happens? Before he makes his appearance, he has to ask London who she is when she calls, ask which daughter she is, and barely remembered her. Nice continuity ya got there.
In the episode "Computer Date", London and Woody approach Zack for tutoring... in gym. They both state that they are lacking in fitness and health. It's not hard to see that for Woody, but in the episode "Dad's Back" of the original Suite Life of Zack and Cody series, London was the one who had to tutor and train Maddie for gym class, using her personal training program, designed around shopping. It is possible that London is just lazy or unable to exercise because of lack of shopping. Even so, there is a gym, so she could use her personal program in that like she did with Maddie.
Romantic False Lead: Cody spent the better part of Season One contending with these guys for Bailey's affection.
Running Gag: Mr. Moseby threatening to throw somebody out the sewage flap.
Sadly Mythtaken: "It's All Greek To Me" claims that Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus. Of course, the most well-known story of Aphrodite has her a generation older than Zeus, and her father is technically Uranus, although the way she was conceived is not something they could talk about on Disney Channel. To be fair, there are some later tales that have her as Zeus's daughter.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: London has a certificate saying she can get rid of anyone she wants signed by the president and Congress. In the same episode she wants to be a model so she gets her Daddy to buy the modeling agency.
London: Look, Bailey, I know you loved Cody, but... You don't need a boyfriend to be happy! You're young, you're smart, you're pretty, you're not some fifty-something cat lady who's been dumped time and time and time again and that's one ice-cream cup away from a heart attack! Bailey: London, you called me pretty... And didn't add "annoying" after it. Do you really think all those things about me? London: Of course I do! Why do you think we're friends? Bailey: London, thank you. Boyfriends come and go, but girlfriends are always there for ya.
Ms. Tutweiller: And that's Napoleon Bonaparte. Just give yourself an F right now if you wrote about Napoleon Dynamite.
The name of the episode ("The Defiant Ones") is also a shout-out to the 1958 film that, like the episode, features a white guy and a black guy who hate each other learning mutual respect as a result of being handcuffed together.
The name of the episode "The Ghost and Mr.. Martin" is a shout-out to a movie from 1947 named "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".
The name of the episode "Model Behavior" comes from a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie which also starred Kathie Lee Gifford.
One episode had a few arcade machines displaying Cave Story. Really.
Woody: *to Cody* C'mon, we gotta catch that movie. Y'know, 2001, about that freaky computer that takes over the ship and kills everybody on board? Callie: That's my favorite movie. Though the beginning was kind of slow.
In "Party On!" Maya's full name is revealed to be Maya Elizabeth Bennett. It's rather apt, as both girls are attractive, intelligent, and snarky, and both initially rejected the advances of a suitor who was attractive, but way too full of himself.
The Spock: Cody is this normally, but sepcial mention should be made for when he becomes a full-blown Expy in Starship Tipton.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite the show being about twins, Cody was the focus of virtually every episode for the first two seasons, Zack only appeared to be a one-joke character. However, it would seem the tables have turned in Zack's favor as of Season 3.
Can You Dig It: Zack is buried up to his neck in an ant hill by a possessed Bailey, and when Cody rescues them, Zak gets out of the ant hill and gives Cody the credit for finding Zaria's crown. Before he goes off screen, he tells Cody that he literally has ants in his pants, anong with him shaking his pants and legs trying to get them out
Snakes On ABoat: Zak and Maya get into a fight about how many girls Zack has been with. Before Maya walks away, there is a scene of a snake going up Zack's pants. During the scene that Maya walks away from Zack, one can see him shaking his leg, oblivious that the snake climbed up his pants. Doubles as a Groin Attack when the snake bites him
Stalker with a Crush: Cody towards Bailey in Season 1. The whole six month plan is all kinds of creepy.
Starfish Aliens: The Antareans from the episode "Starship Tipton" seem more insectoid than humanoid, having four arms, antennae, and nothing that could really be called a face.
Stealth Pun: In the episode "When In Rome", Zack mentions cowboy-ghetti, presumably a kid's pasta dish. No one brings up how this makes spaghetti western.
Super Cell Reception: The students, crew, and passengers about the S.S. Tipton all seem to have phones that get reception anywhere in the world (including remote locations in developing countries and at sea), are standard models that aren't at all bulky or complex (as one would expect from a satellite phone with such capabilities), and never incur any sort of roaming charges.
Survival Mantra: In the episode "Senior Ditch Day", when Maya is too sick to accompany Zack to the beach club, and he finds himself surrounded by beautiful, exotic woman, he tries to garner strength by chanting "I do believe in relationships...I do believe in relationships..."
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: An episode features Zack, Cody, Woody,...and Moseby as part of an online game team. The latter's role would have liked been filled by Marcus if he was still around.
Also, Bailey could be considered this to Maddie. At least early in the show, she filled the role of the poor smart but pretty girl.
Swallow the Key: In one episode Mr. Blanket, the school's insane Guidance Counselor, handcuffs Moseby and Zack together and swallows the key.
Take That: Cody's response in "Starship Tipton" when he hears Bailey will receive eight Nobels... for peace:
Cody: I thought they were the real kind.
Considering the fact that the entire Curie family won five Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry for such feats as discovering the elements between Bismuth and Thorium and discovering nuclear transmutation, he should have seen that coming. No single person has ever won more than two Nobel Prizes.
Just because you don't got a brain doesn't mean you don't got a lot to say. Don't you watch reality TV?
London's "your mom needs a hobby" in regards to Bailey's large family (Despite being rewritten) could be one at Kate Gosselin and other reality shows with large families.
The Cameo: Members of the original series (Arwin, Maddie, the twins' parents, Estebin, etc) did have one off appearances throughout the shows run eventually leading to...
Tonight, Someone Leaves The Ship: Invoked by the preview commercials for the episode, "Bon Voyage". Subverted at the end when no one gets kicked off the ship. The situation then turns into a double subversion when Marcus leaves the ship anyway for other reasons.
There was also Bon Voyage, where simply hitting info in the guide would tell you:
Trash of the Titans: Woody can "produce" enough gas to create an explosion and to "teach" Cody to hold his breath for 6 minutes. In the episode "Splash and Trash", Cody gathered a mountain of trash on the deck to teach a Green Aesop
Moseby: Right, now take this garbage back to the trash room. Cody: Trash room? I got this from Under Woody's Bed. (Moseby look at Woody astonished.) Woody: (smiling ) I'm Filthy.
In the episode "The Wrong Stuff", Woody's off-screen projectile vomiting is implied to be quite profuse when Cody holds up an umbrella at the edge of the frame to protect himself and London, having to reposition the device several times.
In the episode "International Dateline", in each iteration of the "Groundhog Day" Loop, a different person ruins another person's personal affects by vomiting into/onto it:
In the episode "The Spy Who Shoved Me", Smith must manipulate Zack and Cody into doing his bidding, being stuck in the head in Zack's cabin. The noises he makes in there are horrible.
Even carried over to the Hannah Montana portion of the crossover, in which Robbie Ray spends most of the cruise relegated to the head.
Happens twice to Zack in the span of three minutes in the episode "Rock the Kasbah". Though actually the first time it's not off-screen.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Parodied in the episode "Starship Tipton", it itself being a parody of Star Trek. All of the background characters, except for London's great x12 grandson, have odd hairstyles and colors, including Zerg, Zack's identical descendant, who has blue hair in the style of a Roman helmet.
You Meddling Kids: The obnoxious socialite Ashton delivers the classic line almost verbatim in "Kidney of the Sea" when Ivana literally sniffs out evidence that he had tried to frame Zack for stealing the eponymous necklace.
Tropes in The Suite Life Movie
Always Second Best: Dr. Olsen's motivation for creating the Gemini Project. Zack sympathizes.
Assimilation Plot: To a certain extent. In fact, Dr. Olsen wants to merge twins together into a single entity once they have bonded well enough. He appearently wants to end suffering from differences in individuals the world over, but primarily he aims to end his suffering from being the "inferior" twin to Dr. Spaulding.
Cody and Bailey also act like they've never broken up.
The movie takes place during the final semester break before graduation...which would put it in direct conflict with the events of the "Twister" three-part story arch.
Creepy Twins: Some of the twins partaking in the Gemini project are rather... peculiar. They act and often talk perfectly in synch. Turns out this derives from the first three stages of the Gemini project: a physical connection with the twins sharing the same sensations, a emotional connection with the twins feeling empathy, and the twins become almost exactly alike (i.e. copying each other's sentences perfectly.)
To clarify, Dr Olsen disguised himself as a janitor to easily infiltrate Dr. Spaulding's facility and steal and research, and most importantly to conceal the fact that he is Dr. Spaulding's twin brother.
Flanderization: While already not themostlikeable character by the spin-off, some of Zack's actions required to jump start the plot really go above and beyond.
Hive Mind: Dr Olsen merges together sets of twins into a single personality and eventually creates a hive mind.
Hot Scientist / The Vamp: Kellie and her twin Nellie, who discreetly goad Zack to ride the submarine that helps cause destruction and get Cody kicked out of his first internship with Dr. Spaulding, and later, convince Zack to not leave the Gemini Project. Of course they are doing it specifically under Dr. Olsen's orders.
Woman Scorned: Holy cow, Bailey. After hearing Cody would rather do an internship over Spring Break than be with her, she begins to ignore him after a bout of fury, even going as far to "delete" him. After learning he was trying to earn a scholarship to Yale, she softens up and reconciles with him.