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Series: Tower Prep

Cartoon Network's second hour long Live Action show.

Tower Prep is the story of Ian Archer, a teenager who has an ability known as Preflex, which allows him to see things before they happen. He has a tendency to get into trouble at school and one day, after a fight with a bully which sees him suspended, he finds himself in a mysterious preparatory school that no one knows the whereabouts of and is surrounded by many secrets such as the creatures that guard the school's off limits areas in the night. He befriends CJ Ward, Gabe Forrest, and Suki Sato. Together, they try to escape the school while also trying to discover the secrets of Tower Prep.

This show contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Whisper 23.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Suki. Justified in that it's a school for the gifted, so everybody's a little nerdy.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Headmaster taught Coach how to fight, so naturally he can kick ass if need be.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis. C.J.'s power, which allows her to analyze body language and handwriting to determine mood.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ian, Suki, and CJ showing up to save Gabe from the Rooks in the finale.
  • Berserk Button: Do not show Headmaster drawings of vintage vacuum tubes. Especially if they're pieces of the insane supercomputer that resides beneath the school.
    • DO NOT insult Gabe's friends.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The plot of "Election" is about a disease that causes this.
  • Brown Note: The one thing in common with every student's story of how they came to Tower Prep is hearing a peculiar noise followed by waking up at the school. In "Dreams", the source of the sound is revealed, as is the fact that the sound itself is what wipes their memory.
  • Butt Monkey: Gabe
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Suki to her father: "If my family built this school... Then I have no family. You are not my father."
  • Creepy Doll: Senor Guapo can be seen as one during "dreams".
  • Companion Cube: Senor Guapo to Gabe, to the point that Gabe says the toy monkey actually has spoken to him before.
  • Compelling Voice: Gabe's "hypersuasive" abilities.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tower Prep is apparently run by an entire board of them.
  • Cowardly Lion: Gabe
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Dyana Liu (Suki) is 29.
    • Ryan Pinkston (Gabe) is 22.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Suki's brother, Shinji, can create at least one duplicate of himself by spinning.
  • Dueling Shows: With House of Anubis
  • Escape from the Crazy Place: The basic premise.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ian, full stop. Ray also seems to have a growing fanbase of girls, if the Tower Prep Wiki is any indication.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Rook leader in episode 5 is basically an evil Ian, complete with "preflex" as his power.
  • Evil Plan: Headmaster seems to be running one with Ian, since he's perfectly aware that Ian is trying to escape and doesn't see it as too much of a threat to his plans for Ian.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Ross, the girl who is Emily's campaign manager. What's even worse is that the end of the episode has shades of Operation Paperclip as Headmaster and Nurse decide to co-opt her ability to weaponize and upgrade Chemica Desin.
  • Fake Nationality: Suki is Japanese, her actress is an American born in Taiwan. Also has elements of Interchangeable Asian Cultures.
  • Fanservice: Ian. Can you tell the actor is a model?
  • Five-Man Band:
    The Hero/The Big Guy: Ian, who doubles as both.
    The Lancer: C.J.
    The Smart Guy: Suki.
    The Chick: Gabe.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Suki to Ray, when he wants to snap a picture of her: "I'd hate to think what you'd do with a picture of me."
    • Literally, as within the first five minutes of the first episode, Ian actually says that the bully was treating his friend "like crap."
      • Also from the first episode, all the girls catcalling the boys when the latter are naked on the front lawn of the school.
    • "Shut the front door!"
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Norman and Penny Stosic, the former being a full-on geek.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Monitors; the staff appear to be on their way to this.
  • The Game Plays You: Whisper23 has Ian play a game which involves guiding a man through a pacman-like maze. For every life lost by the skulls acting as ghosts in the maze, Whisper 23 would shock one of his friends.
  • The Hero's Journey: Discussed in the sixth episode, "Book Report", specifically in regard to its relation with The Odyssey.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Daniel Jackson is the Literature teacher.
  • Ironic Nickname: Flash McNulty, the speed reader who does everything else very slowly. Mentioned by Ian.
  • Jerk Jock: Cal.
  • La Résistance: The Broken. At least, they were until Headmaster got to them.
  • Large Ham: Jeremy/Odin is an unbelievably hammy villain, even in-universe.
  • Last Episode New Character: The creepy dude in the tunnels.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ian.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Adverted nicely in some natural variety in the uniforms found at Tower Prep.
  • Master Computer: Whisper 119, who was replaced by Whisper 120.
  • Mind Screw: The episode "Dreams" where people slip from dreams to reality frequently and nothing is as it seems.
  • Missing Time: None of the students have any idea of how they got to Tower Prep. Taken Up to Eleven for CJ, who remembers literally nothing of her life before Tower. Possibly justified for CJ. It turns out she is Headmaster's daughter and hasn't seen her mom in years. This means she has probably been at Tower for the majority of her childhood.
    • This could also be a technological issue: either she's a lab rat for the mind-wipes, and an early version knocked out her memory, or she's just the victim of a technological glitch at some point (perhaps a trip to West Campus?).
  • The Mole: CJ.
  • Mysterious Watcher
  • Non-Action Guy: Gabe does not fair so well in a comabt situation.Mostly he tries to use his ability to talk his way out or someone else defends him. The closest he's come is jumping on an opponent's back and holding him as someone else hits him. Ironic, given his actor is trained in martial arts.
    • Neither CJ nor Suki ever really shows any real fighting skill aside from the occasional blindside after Ian does most of the work.
  • Noughties Drama Series
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Gabe's nightmares in "Dreams" end on this note.
  • Ontological Mystery
  • Prep School Girls Rule
  • Quest for Identity: CJ.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: What appears to be the strongest Gnome has red eyes, while the others have green.
  • Ship Tease: A bit between Ian and CJ. "Dreams" also has some between Ian and Suki, but this is just her dream.
  • Shirtless Scene: Ian, a couple of times.
  • Shout-Out: In episode 6, CJ describes the plot of the first Twilight novel when going on about vampires, followed by Suki referencing the second with werewolves. And, later in the episode, CJ reads something called Vampire's Last Gleaming.
    • In the season finale, Ian has the last Gnome in the group beaten into a daze. He then proceeds to FINISH HIM!!
  • Show Some Leg: The "sirens" in "Book Report" are three very hot chicks who can make men do whatever they want. This may be their actual power. Lampshaded when Ian calls on them to deal with a stubborn guard who Gabe can't hypersuade into obedience.
    Gabe: How come their hypersuasion works and mine doesn't?
    Ian: I don't think they're using hypersuasion. [continues staring at them until snapped out of it]
  • Slave Mooks: The Gnomes are implied to be this, since they are former students, though some students, such as Cal Rice, choose to become Gnomes.
  • Spider-Sense: Ian's "preflex" ability.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Norman and Penny Stosic, as mentioned from episode 6.
  • Superhero School
  • Super Senses: In several varieties:
    • Enhanced sight: Howard Gilmore (beyond visible spectrum) and Emerson Poencet (microscopic vision).
    • Enhanced smell: Hubert Kovalev.
    • Enhanced taste: Noelle.
    • Enhanced hearing: Cal Rice.
  • Super Strength: Ray's ability. Comes with the Required Secondary Powers of enhanced toughness and resistance to pain.
  • Tagline: "Getting in is the easy part."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gabe at the end of episode 5.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Ray.
  • Useless Superpowers: Gabe's hypersuasion. In theory it would be a very useful power to have... except almost everyone is somehow immune or resistant to it. It's likely that it doesn't work as long as the target is focused on ignoring it.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: In the last episode, the Headmaster reveals to the kids are being trained for something. As the kids make their escape, Ian tell the Headmaster they will deal with whatever is coming, on their own terms.
  • Voice Changeling: Suki Sato.
  • X Meets Y: The Prisoner meets Harry Potter.
  • You're Not My Father: Said verbatim by Suki to her father.

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