Victorious (2010-2013) is a musical sitcom dramedy, airing on Nickelodeon and created by Dan Schneider in 2009. The star of the show is Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), who gets into Hollywood Arts (a school for the arts in Hollywood) after filling in for her less talented sister Trina (Daniella Monet) during a big showcase. Backing her up throughout the experience is André Harris (Leon Thomas III), a musically gifted boy who almost immediately warms up to her. On the flip-side, there's Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies), a dark-natured girl acting as Tori's rival. Completing the cast are Caterina "Cat" Valentine (Ariana Grande), a hypersensitive girl on her own level of reality; Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett), an awkward and shy guy who is rarely seen without his puppet Rex Powers; and Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia), Jade's much more mellow significant other.As should be no surprise, Hollywood Arts is... untraditional. Students are required to customize their lockers, live music in the hallways is more rule than exception, and nobody bats an eyelash at the eccentricities of their fellow schoolmates. Some of the show's plots are derived from the school, usually dealing with performances or assignments. Other plots come from character interaction outside school walls, providing plenty of fuel for Shipping. It must be noted that, for a Nickelodeon show, the show can venture quite far into innuendo – though considering Schneider's other show that was airing at the time, this is to be expected.It is a major part of the Nick Verse due to a major crossover (and a subsequent spin-off) with iCarly. During its run, it was highly well regarded by fans for having a large batch of well thought out characters and some great laughs. However, Season 2 brought flanderizations galore that turned Cat dumber and amped up Jade's (and even Tori's) mean spirit.The show's cancellation was confirmed in August 2012, while the 3rd season (split in half to make a fourth season) was still airing until its last episode on February 2013. The cast and crew did not expect the show to be cancelled, and did not write an appropriate finale episode.Cat Valentine returned on the same year for the spin-off Sam & Cat, this time alongside Sam Puckett from iCarly as her co-protagonist.
Abusive Parents: Robbie's mom moved out at some point, but moved back in for a time during "Locked Up!". When asked about her return home, Robbie says that she's "giving him another chance", implying that his mother left to get away from him.
Or at least, it initially appeared that way; as the series progressed, their adoration for Tori noticeably declined, skewing more toward apathy.
Action Girl: This seems to be what Trina actually does best, as she appears to make up in physical strength, agility and fighting skill, even when drugged up to the gills ("Freak The Freak Out") what she lacks in singing ability. Also, in Locked Up!, while Jade and Tori discussed turning Trina's mike off for the first performance, they didn't seem to mind having her dance with them.
Also, in "Freak The Freak Out", Tori had to tie Trina up to control her, and later, Beck, Andre and Robbie could barely keep her under control.
In '"Helen Back Again", Trina is seen practicing martial arts. Which becomes a Chekhov's Skill later in the episode.
The Alleged Car: That car Robbie got from his uncle in "A Film by Dale Squires." One also has to wonder how that piece of crap Festus owns gets him to work every day.
Cat's brother's car, from the muffin under the seat and the top that won't go up to the windscreen wipers that fly off when used.
All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Played for laughs in "Wi-Fi in the Sky" where Beck is taking care of a puppy for his neighbor. When Jade discovers that his neighbor is a cheerleader, she storms over to his house and stays there until the neighbor returns from cheer practice to pick up the dog. An hour later the neighbor arrives— she is about 9 or 10. Cue mortified scowling by Jade.
All Periods Are PMS: Sorta. Jade gets through "that time of the month" by talking about stuff she hates.
Jade is an Alpha Bitch with the usual set of Freudian Excuse tropes that count as 'character development' for that archetype. They make her slightly more bearable and believable as the character who flip flops between antagonist and protagonist depending on the episode plot. If the plot requires a Alpha Bitch-like antagonist, Jade is more than capable.
Tara and Hayley from "Freak The Freak Out" play it straight.
Aluminium Christmas Trees: Sinjin's game show in "The Worst Couple" receives an in-universe Orwellian Retcon when he has to replace all the contestants with better-looking ones (ie. the gang). This brings to mind the Chinese dating game show Fei Cheng Wu Rao (adapted from the Australian Take Me Out), where all the remaining girls were replaced as part of an overhaul in the wake of controversy over revealing how much the guys were making on national tv.note One girl saying "I would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle" actually became a meme.
Always Identical Twins: Lampshaded when the two characters who chose identical twins for a play were Andre and Beck.
Ambiguously Brown: Beck. His actor, Avan Jogia, is half Indian, but the only thing we know about Beck's heritage is that he's part Canadian.
Apple of Discord: "Three Girls and a Moose". Tori, Jade and Cat vying for the attention of this new guy Beck brought over, not only driving them apart but away from Beck, Andre and Robbie.
Asian Airhead: In "Driving Tori Crazy", while most of the girls in the car with Beck were of less than normal intellect, the Asian one in the front seat kind of took the prize with the constant gum twirling and vacant way of speaking.
Sikowitz: "Cat, your line had to start with an S!" Cat: "Salami!" Sikowitz: "It's too late, Cat." Cat: "Awwww, my life's the worst!" Sikowitz: "Here's a piece of candy." Cat: "Yay, I love candy!" (happily walks off the stage)
Beck: You did it! Tori: Shoosh yeah, I did! Beck: WHO'S A ROCKSTAR?!?! Tori: MEEEEEEEEE! Beck: Whoo! (they hi-five) You are definitely a real risk taker! Tori: I know! And to prove it even more you know what I'm gonna do RIGHT NOW?! Beck: WHAT? Tori: I'm gonna use the bathroom HERE! (jumps) Beck: ...Sitting? Tori: (in a menacing voice)Sitting.
Bad News in a Good Way: Robbie and Cat get the idea to help their schoolmates pass on bad news in song in "Tori and Jade's Playdate".
Base on Wheels: Beck's trailer. It's surprising that it hasn't been used more often.
Probably because they're traumatized from getting trapped in it.
Bare Your Midriff: Tori shows a significant amount of midriff in multiple episodes, which is quite rare for a protagonist, especially in a show centered for younger viewers.
Batman Gambit: Cat and Jade make Tori look hideous in "Freak the Freak Out" as they knew Haley and Tara would pick the least attractive person to sing. Tori then shows that she is not only a good singer but also not even unattractive.
Beach Episode: "Trapped in an RV" is a subversion, since the main cast (except for Cat) spent very little screen time actually at the beach, having been trapped in Beck's RV for most of the episode.
This really could work for the entire trio, played straight to Tori with Beck (Betty) and Jade (Veronica), and more subtly with Beck being the comfortable, familiar Betty to the wilder, more path-unknown that Tori's Veronica would represent to Jade's Archie.
Beware the Nice Ones: In "Freak The Freak Out", Cat is actually the one to declare that if Hayley and Tara lose against Louise (Tori in disguise) in a round of karaoke by vote of the audience, they would have to 'babysit' Trina, who was drugged up from her wisdom tooth removal and fought off anyone who'd try to tame her. It may show that Cat was more pissed about the contest being rigged than Jade.
Beck in Tori Tortures Teacher or A Christmas Tori is not very pretty when angry or sleep deprived.
If Rex is just a way for Robbie to speak his real thoughts, this may apply to him.
Big "NO!": At the end of "The Bad Roommate", Jade tries to reshoot a picture that has previously caused her humiliation. So what happens this time around during the reshoot? Robbie accidentally trips over on Jade and the end picture shows the 2 appearing to be intimate.
Jade:(crying) "I got a little make-up on your pillow..." Tori: "That's OK... I'll just ask my grandmother to make me another one... If she ever comes back to life."
The entire episode of Tori Gets Stuck: A toy car lodged in Robbie's intestinal tract since childhood. Tori loses THREE pints of blood in the "donating blood to Robbie" plot-line, one of which splashes on both of them. On the side, Trina deliberately contracts herself tuberculosis in order to play her role in the play well. Trina insists it's "just pneumonia".
"Ice Cream For Ke$ha": Tori's bathing Trina (It Makes Sense in Context, sorta), Trina's being her normal rude self. Tori pushes her head under the water, cut to commercialnote Trina's fine when they come back. They never mention it again though, so it's unclear if Tori really did it or just imagined doing it..
In "Who Did It To Trina": One of the carabiner clips in Trina's harness breaks apart while she's airborne during a play and sends her flying back and forth across the stage. After about 20 minutes of Who Dunnit drama and concluding that it was an unfortunate accident, we later find out that Rex sabotaged it due to Trina smacking him and calling him a "puppet".
In "Car, Rain and Fire", Tori reveals that she didn't pass her driving test because she didn't see the old lady in the wheelchair. In Tori's defense, she did signal before she hit her.
When Andre's friends ask him to stay at Tori's house and help them write a song, he eventually caves, saying "Fine, I'll just celebrate my 98 year old grandfather's birthday with him next year...maybe!"
In The Worst Couple, as Jade and Beck are arguing, Cat stands between them with her hands pressed against her ears, chanting to herself: "I'm under my bed, I'm under my bed..."
In Driving Tori Crazy, Jade drives Tori out to the desert with a shovel in the backseat.
Brain Squeezers could pass as this. Most of the characters get put through so much torture, it's unbelievable.
"Who Did it to Trina" only uses three previously existing sets and only has main and recurring cast members.
The only new set in "The Breakfast Bunch" is the library and the only character outside of the main cast to appear is Vice Principal Dickers (and a cameo from the "iParty With Victorious" panda). Also counts as Locked in a Room.
The entire episode "Wi-Fi in the Sky" takes place on a plane.
Brains Beauty Brawn: Most of the girls could fit all the roles here, but in relation to the group it's Tori (Brains), Cat (Beauty) and Jade (Brawn).
Brick Joke: In the pilot, Sikowitz asks Tori if she'd thought of entering the class room through the window, before encouraging her to do think about it. Several episodes later, Sikowitz does that very thing. (In the unedited version of the pilot, he also enters through the window before ever suggesting it to Tori.)
Gets a Call Back in Crazy Ponnie when Jade does this to sneak up on Cat.
Coconut milk giving Sikowitz visions. A joke made in the first season pays off in the third season. It's how Trina got into Hollywood Arts.
Shows up in the acting class, for obvious reasons.
Jade does this whenever she mockingly imitates Tori.
Broken Aesop: In "Tori Gets Stuck," Tori can't star in Steamboat Suzie after giving three pints of blood and Jade, her understudy, is disqualified because of her actions during the episode. So Sikowitz is left as the only one capable of playing the lead role in a play about women being able to do anything men can do.
Trina, Sinjin, sometimes Cat, and Tori to a certain extent. Lampshaded in "Tori Gets Stuck" where Jade complains about being cheated and humiliated. Sinjin tells her that it was something to get used to and Robbie nods in agreement.
Most of the music played at the party in iParty With Victorious. Included in the mix: "Number One" by Ginger Fox, which was also featured in Freak The Freak Out, "Give It Up" by Jade and Cat, "The Joke Is On You" from Wok Star and the iCarly episode iGet Pranky, and "The Queen of White Lies" by The Orion Experience, which appeared at the end of Stage Fighting.
Also in iParty With Victorious:
Sikowitz: Do you see the little children? Spencer: Yeah. Sikowitz: Fantastic.
There are a couple of iCarly magnets hidden in various episodes: on the Vegas' fridge in the pilot and on the locker door Helen rips off at the end of Helen Back Again, for example.
Another iCarly reference - Jerry Trainor (Spencer) and Nathan Kress (Freddie) both appear in the audience in separate episodes where Trina is playing a lead role.
In Stage Fighting, the girl who played Tammy (the girl from Tennessee) from The Girls Room in The Amanda Show appears as the girl in the hall who Rex puts his hand on creepily.
In Wok Star, Josh Peck of Drake & Josh fame, shows up at the end of Jade's play to congratulate her, only to be brushed off.
Drake Bell from Drake and Josh, and Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell both show up in the April Fools episode.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : While usually averted (especially with Tori), Jade gets this in "Tori Gets Stuck" at the very end by not being allowed in the play.
Captain Obvious: From the episode Survival Of The Hottest (aka Stuck In an RV):
Jade: "We... we gotta get out of here." Tori: "Yeah... Thank you! Catherine Obvious!" Jade: "The expression is 'thank you, Captain Obvious'." Tori: "It's not 'Catherine'?" Trina: "No..." Beck: "Who would Catherine be?" Tori:(upset) "Catherine could be a captain!"
Crazy Ponnie is about Tori trying to convince the others that Ponnie is a real person (and later, that she is trying to sabotage her) but they all believe Tori is losing her mind. Tori was telling the truth.
The Cast Showoff: It's a show about a performing arts school so even extras will show off, but Leon and Victoria seem to do the most on-screen performing of the main cast. Also subverted as we don't really hear Ariana Grande's legendary pipes until "Freak the Freak Out", reaching the end of season 1.
Cat's costume class helps save the day in "Beck Falls For Tori".
Trina's Martial Arts skills in "Helen Back Again"
Subverted in "The Hambone King". Tori has Sinjin throw eggs at Robbie for his hambone training, which would have been useful in the actual duel when the other guy's buddy throws a sushi at Robbie to throw him off his game. While Robbie does lose, Tori takes over, and deals with the exact same problem by catching the sushi in her mouth.
Cat: "I make it [her hair] this color because I love red velvet cupcakes, and this is the exact same color of a red velvet cupcake!" (puts hair in mouth) "...But it tastes like hair."
Cat even recounted Tori and Jade to be within the Drake & Josh episode I Love Sushi to tell a story behind Trina's accident, which had no connection to the event whatsoever.
Cat: Oh. Then I don't know what happened with Tori and Trina. Can I have some oatmeal?
Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Or something like that: Trina's uniform in "Helen Back Again", which was blue with a yellow belt, is actually a Vovinam Gi, not a Karate Gi. Also, unlike Karate, a yellow belt is the equivalent of a black belt; Trina Vega of all people is a highly skilled martial artist.
In Stage Fighting, Tori takes up the French horn, but clearly sucks at it, as shown by Andre taking it off her and playing it expertly. Several episodes later (in Beck's Big Break, though the first episode filmed after that one) she takes up the piccolo, leading to this conversation:
Tori: "Hey hey! Look what I got!" Andre: "A piccolo?" Tori: "It's my new instrument!" Cat: "I thought you were learning how to play the fr-" Tori: "It didn't work out!"
In "Cat's New Boyfriend", Tori gets lectured for kissing Cats boyfriend and Jade tells her "Those things upset some girls." She's probably referring to Tori kissing Beck in the Pilot.
In "The Wood," they ask Tori what the worst thing she's ever done was:
Tori: "Hmm, so I threw hot cheese on my friend and then made out with her boyfriend, who happened to be my ex-boyfriend. But it was okay, because she punched me in the face afterwards."
In "Ice Cream for Ke$ha", Lendell, the loser who was set up on a date with Trina in "Rex Dies", is seen to still be calling her, much to her dissatisfaction.
In "Stage Fighting", Jade notes how Tori doesn't know many of the technical terms in theater. This comes back to annoy Jade even more in "Tori Gets Stuck", when she is chosen as Tori's understudy in a play... and Tori doesn't know what an understudy is.
Episodes aired after "Wok Star" have Jade mocking Tori on the way she talks, as seen in "Beck Falls For Tori", "Ice Cream for Ke$ha", "Prom Wrecker" and "Locked Up!". Here's a compilation.
So how did that faux southern accent originate, one might ask. Remember how Tori chose that "Sweet Southern Farm Girl" role for Jade in Sleepover At Sikowitz's? Bet she's regretting that now.
But Wok Star was three episodes earlier than Sleepover At Sikowitz's.
In iParty With Victorious, Tori suggests that they expose her and Carly's cheating boyfriend to the entire party to punish him, just like she did to Ryder in "Begging On Your Knees".
Kenan also says that to Tori "I know you're not from Northridge"
In Who Did It To Trina?, Jade (in her flashback) says that Tori mentions that she's pretty. Tori says that she said nothing of the kind, and Jade asks 'So you don't think I'm pretty?' Later, in Tori and Jade's Playdate, Jade says that others might think Tori's pretty; when she then says that Tori could say that she (Jane) is also pretty, Tori agrees - which leads to an uncomfortable silence from both.
Mason Thornesmith (who first appeared in "Tori Goes Platinum") makes his second appearance in "Robbie Sells Rex". His office is also shown again. In "Robbie Sells Rex" Cat keeps asking for some Bibble which is a fictional British snack that she got addicted to in the subplot of "Tori Goes Platinum". There is also a reference to "Rex Dies" in "Robbie Sells Rex".
In Helen and BackHelen mentions her fame as a child star, being the manager of the Premiere theater and muses regarding the Hollywood Arts students, "Even Crazy Steve wasn't this crazy!"
"Three Girls and a Moose" calls back to "A Christmas Tori" when Moose brings up "The Scissoring". Not only does Jade still have the scissors prop from the movie that Cat gave her, she now has a costume from the movie and the DVD too.
They made sure to bring up that Andre once had a crush on Jade during "Tori fixes Beck and Jade".
Jade also uses the secret passageway from the library to the janitor's closet from "The Breakfast Bunch".
Let us simply say that Cat's Drake & Josh flashback in "Who Did To Trina", the episode following the introduction of Helen as the new principal of Hollywood Arts, raised some interesting questions about continuity and leave it at that.
There's also the problem of Nozu and Mrs. Lee. Tori and the gang met her at Wok Star in Wok Star, and we saw her once again in Andre's Horrible Girl - however, a full season earlier, in Tori Gets Stuck, Tori asks the gang if they want to go to Nozu after school for sushi! Now, that wouldn't be a problem, except that Tori and Andre act as if it's their first visit to Nozu (when they visit in Andre's Horrible Girl), and Mrs. Lee specifically says she used the insurance money from Wok Star burning down to build Nozu!
In "The Bad Roommate" Trina buys a first-place trophy to decorate her bedroom, and Tori apparently forgot that the gang did just that in "The Great Ping Pong Scam". Or maybe she'd agreed to keep it secret?
In "Prom Wrecker", it is stated that Hollywood Arts never had a prom before, yet in the Pilot episode, Rex says that Cat is still mad that noone asked her to the last prom. This can be attributed to Early Installment Weirdness.
Converting for Love: Robbie asks Trina if she would be willing to convert to Judaism while he is infatuated with her. It's not a dealbreaker, though.
Tori: Beck said you haven't done one nice thing for him in two years. Jade: That is so not true. We've only been dating for a year and eleven months.
Compressed Vice: Obsession with followers on theslap.com, just in time to interfere with the gang's school project, in "The Slap Fight".
Crapsack School/Informed Deformity: If you're anything like Robbie, Sinjin, or the Quartets, people are going to treat you like shit. Sure, Tori and Andre are portrayed as nice people, but both didn't even bat an eye in rejecting the Quartets, whose audiences in "Beggin' On Your Knees" look bored during their performance.
Crapsack Country- Yerba. Never go there, unless you like civil war, secret police, kangaroo courts, far below sub-standard living conditions, and deadly insects.
Deus ex Machina: A blatant one in "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend" when a convenient earthquake causes enough damage to the house where Cat's dogsitting to mask the damage Robbie did cause. And KO the titular horrible girlfriend with a falling sign.
In "Jade Dumps Beck", Trina physically threatens Robbie because he refuses to write a good review of her play.
Jade went out of her way to keep Tori from playing the lead in "Tori Gets Stuck." The biggest part of this was leafing through Tori's medical records and exploiting them to make her donate two pints of blood in one night (Jade purposely misplaced the first pint). Rule of Funny, since you'd be advised to wait eight weeks to recover after donating one pint (never mind the third Tori ended up donating, which was Robbie's fault and might have been life-threatening had the show treated it more realistically).
In "Locked Up", while it's subverted when the chancellor not only sentences Tori to four years in prison all because of her shoe malfunction that blinded him, it's then taken Up to Eleven when he then sentences the entire rest of the gang after Robbie accidentally kills his electric clock and octopus!
"Who Did It To Trina:" Rex sabotaged the harness which lead to Trina being injured. All because she punched him in the face.
Robbie is viciously beaten up by a group of mothers because he offered their kids ice cream. Which he brought in a bucket and announced loudly, clearly not trying to be sneaky and steal their kids. And he was on his bike. They apparently chased him into an alley and beat him with sticks, stepped on his throat, and he has a black eye for the rest of the episode.
Jade shaving Cat's head just because she accidentally waxed her eyebrows. Or forcing Cat to eat an entire bowl of bush peas because Cat inadvertently tweeted about an embarrassing picture of her.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Cat takes Tori to the hospital in Cat's New Boyfriend to see about her bloody nose. The nurse asks Tori how it happened and she replies that she fell. What really happened was Cat punched Tori in the nose...albeit on request from Tori, but still, where have we heard the "I fell down" routine to explain suspicious facial injuries before?
Beck and Jade's relationship is a slightly more ambiguous example, mainly because it's unclear if Jade's treatment of Beck counts as abuse or not. She's never assaulted him onscreen (although it's stated in Jade Dumps Beck that she threw a rock at him) and she's typically not verbally abusive toward him, as she is to the other characters. However, her jealousy and possessive nature are often hand waved by the fact that he gets a lot of attention from other girls, therefore making it his fault.
Downer Ending: "The Gorilla Club" ends with Tori being about to obtain her role in the movie, but unable to do so due to her injuries from being attacked by the gorilla.
Early Installment Weirdness: Most characters are fairly different from how they were in the pilot. For example, Trina went from "untalented" to "talented, but not enough to justify her ego." Jade was significantly deepened, saving her from being the Alpha Bitch. Robbie, while still not suave, became capable of normal conversation with the opposite sex. Rex's design is very different from the pilot, including paler skin, a thinner body and neck, paler complexion, and smaller eyes/mouth. Cat's hair is no longer curly as well. Tori's hair, instead of being perfectly straight, is now wavy. Probably the biggest change is that Beck and Tori no longer seem romantically interested in each other.
Adding to the weirdness, Trina in the pilot was at least somewhat aware that she couldn't sing, to the point where she took the Chinese Herb Gargle in the hopes of improving her voice. Rule of Funny, naturally, causes that to be thrown out the window in future episodes, resulting in Trina being completely and utterly oblivious to how bad her singing is.
Jade is often compared to a previous role of Liz Gillies, Lucy from the Broadway musical "13". If you look on the YouTube comment section of footage of the musical, several people call Jade "the goth version" of Lucy.
Felony Misdemeanor: Every offense that the students get punished for in "The Breakfast Bunch", with the exception of being late for class and Tori leaving the library during detention, which are things any reasonable administrator would have punished them for. (And she only gets lectured for the latter, not really punished, except for Dickers trying to force Tori to pop a zit on his arm). Jade even gets an extra detention for apologizing.
Five-Token Band: The main character is half-Latina (as is her sister), André is black, Robbie is Jewish, and Beck is Indian. The only two main white characters are Jade and Cat. It's a rare example of the trope being pulled off very tastefully, and it doesn't seem forced or unnatural – it probably wasn't even intentional.
Beck's race has never been stated. While the actor that portrays him is half-Indian, the character has the more ambiguous last name 'Oliver' and no reference to race was ever made.
And adding to that, Cat's grown increasingly ambiguous after season 2, after she developed a tan of her own - Cat is short for Caterina, she's heard speaking Spanish and Yiddish, and her actress is of Italian ethnicity.
Jade was one of the more sane people on the show despite her callous tendencies and had some decent depth. She quickly turned into psychotic and vengeful Manipulative Bastard and has stooped to lows such as stealing a pint of blood that Tori donated just to keep her from performing in the school play, as well as attempting to kill the first ever Hollywood Arts prom.
Jade's flanderization seems to be becomingaverted in Season 3 (notably in "Tori Goes Platinum" and "Opposite Date")
Cat started off as down to earth, not too smart but not too stupid either. Come season two, she became mentally retarded, unable to pay attention to anything. This continued into the Sam & CatSpin-Off.
Robbie somewhat in Season 2 and the beginning of season 3 on the subjects of him being cheap/selfish, having incredibly bad luck(especially with girls) and being a near Sinjin-level loser. Luckily, they pulled back and he's back to his geeky but sweet personality from season 1, if not a little more characterized.
He's also inching closer and closer to Asshole Victim territory, as he caused all the damage in Cat's mom's boss' home because he wouldn't hand over a skull (in Andre's Horrible Girl), and there was no reason for him to jump over the counter in How Trina Got In.
Beck seems to have become a bit of a jerk since he and Jade broke up.
Flash Back: A fairly long and very hilarious one happens in The Great Ping-Pong Scam as André, Beck, Robbie, Cat and Jade narrate in way too much detail how they formed their ping-pong team.
Tori: So, you guys formed a fake ping pong team so you could get some money, buy a trophy for the school, save the principal's job, and take Sikowitz out for a big fancy dinner?
Andre:(pause) Yeah, I guess we could've just told it that way.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: What's on the classroom dry-erase board. Also, some of the various lockers.
During the final outdoor scene in "The Slap Fight" you can spot a billboard in the back that says "SAM AND CAT COMING SOON"
Fore Shadowing: Cat and Jade's rivals were introduced as Tara Ferguson and Haley Ganz. Later, the bar's owner (who decides the winner) is revealed as Joey Ferguson: a giveaway how he would decide the contest to advance the plot.
Gag Boobs: Liz Gillies and Daniella Monet are quite well-endowed. The writers noticed.
Then there's this quote from Dan Schneider's blog:
After André asks Tori why she picked the French Horn, Tori says, "I dunno. I like French fries, French toast..." In the original script, Tori also said "French kissing" – but I decided that was a bit much for a Nickelodeon show, so I cut "French kissing" from the script. :)
The Ghost: Gary, an officer along with Mr. Vega's police force that Mrs. Vega has been seen texting in episodes like Crazy Ponnie and Cell Block. Some viewers are under the suspicion that she has a thing for him...
Actually, we did see Gary at the end of Crazy Ponnie. (He manages to slip in some implications that he might have a thing for Mrs. Vega as well.)
Then there's Cat's brother, whom she frequently mentions, but hasn't appeared. He will appear soon in Sam & Cat.
Gilligan Cut: "Driving Tori Crazy". Tori makes Cat promise not to tell anyone about the party bus that will take her to school, which she does. She then explicitly tells Cat again not to let anyone know about it. Cat says she gets it...next scene, we see the party bus and the entire gang is in it. We then get this exchange:
Tori: I told you not to tell anyone!
Cat: You did not make that clear.
In "Robarazzi", when Rex suggests Robbie use the video of Tori's pimple for his blog, Robbie says that would be mean. After Rex tells Robbie that he'll be a loser if he doesn't, which Robbie protests against. After a few seconds, cut to some students watching the video on The Slap.
From "The Wood":
Beck: The producers took two separate phone conversations and cut them together!
Jade: I want to hear that from them!
(Tori holds her hands out in questioning. Cut to the Black Box theater)
Producer: Yeah, we took two separate phone calls and cut them together.
Gollum Made Me Do It: As mentioned above, Robbie was convinced to put up the degrading video by Rex.
Good Bad Girl: Cat's boyfriends tend not to last very long (81 hours is her record), and it's subtly implied that they get further than what could be shown on Nickelodeon. She's also described as "the sweetest thing ever" and, though her actions may have negative consequences, she always has good intentions.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Two examples, Cat's extremely ditzy brother being The Ghost variant is regularly referred to either through Cat's random Black Comedy Burst or Noodle Incident anecdotes with no relevance to the plot or through text messages. Cats is an example of sanity compared to her brother who once painted a 'part' of his body purple for a job interview (he didn't get it) and got Jade 12 gallons of real blood for her play.
Robbie's grandfather Maury who is the The Voice variant who is rude to his wife.
In "Sleepover At Sikowitz's", Tori chooses 'a sweet, innocent farm girl who never gets angry, no matter what happens' as the persona for Jade during the sleepover. Ever since (notably in "Beck Falls For Tori" and "Tori Gets Stuck"), Jade gleefully falls into that persona whenever she feels like running Tori over the coals...
Ryder Daniels used girls who were in love with him to get good grades before dumping them the moment they weren't of use to him anymore. This comes back to bite him hard when Tori discovers what he's up to and uses the very event he was using her to get a good grade in to reveal him to the entire school and give him a Humiliation Conga via a The Villain Sucks Song.
Jade in "Prom Wrecker", subverting her normal Karma Houdini status. Her attempts to ruin the prom Tori set up end up making it better and in the end, she's forced to be prom queen with Doug the Diaper Guy as her prom king, who she hired to wreck the prom in the first place.
In the pilot episode, Tori most likely wouldn't have kissed Beck on-stage (thus intentionally ticking off Jade) if Jade hadn't been mean to her. Granted, she saw Tori with Beck, but Jade also knew (as EVERYONE at Hollywood Arts knew) that Tori was new there, and thus wouldn't know to steer clear of Beck at all costs.
Hope Spot: In "Locked Up!", the chancellor is about to free Tori on the conditions that they leave his country and never return, but then Robbie accidentally knocks his clock into the fish tank and kills his "ok-a-ta-pus", which in turn causes the rest of the group to be put in prison alongside her.
Also, "The Bad Roommate" has one - after Tori and Andre get into a late night scuffle, Andre leaves. But first he addresses the pot pie her mother made that he wolfed down. This makes Tori think he's about to apologize…but instead he says he's had better, and leaves.
Humiliation Conga: Manipulative Bastard Ryder Daniels is given one by Tori and all the girls he's gone out with just so he could use them to get himself a good grade and then breaking their hearts directly afterwards. Tori sings "Begging On Your Knees" in front of the whole school, her friends and Ryder's ex-girlfriends keeping him onstage and revealing his manipulative ways to the entire school and giving him a well-deserved humiliation. To top it off, another group sing "You just got served" at him directly afterwards.
Steven, the boyfriend who cheated on both Tori and Carly got his live on the internet.
Hustling The Mark: Jade, Tori, and Cat pull off a rather awesome example of this trope on Haley and Tara in Freak The Freak Out. (Complete with Oh, Crap looks on Haley and Tara's faces when they realized Tori wasn't the pushover they thought she would be.)
Impaled Palm: Melinda Murray got a crossbow bolt through her palm, causing her to get pulled out of the film. Cue the staff and co-actors rejoicing over the cause of the accident Tori Vega Crystal Waters.
Robbie: Tori, the puns HAVE to stop. Tori: You'll have to mustard up the courage to stop me! Hahahaha.
A visual one in the Christmas episode. When Cat, Tori, and Jade are dressed and lined up like Christmas showgirls: "Ho-ho-ho"
Informed Flaw: Trina's bad singing is Hollywood Tone-Deaf at worst. Other than too much scooping and being flat at times. Trina could sing well if she would just accept that she's not perfect and maybe some lessons would do her some good. And Trina's audition with the submarine scene was pretty good, but it was implied she didn't get the role because of her bad acting, while all she did was say one word wrong.
She stage kissed well enough to make Robbie believe that she actually liked him.
That's probably more Robbie's cluelessness than Trina's talent...
Supposedly, we're supposed to believe Trina has no talent whatsoever. Yet, she's not too bad at acting, as pointed out here, and also seems to be a good dancer (in Locked Up, even Jade doesn't seem to mind Trina dancing with them, as long as her mic is off).
Inherently Funny Words: In Who Did It To Trina, the word 'ranch-house' is apparently one of these, as the laugh track plays every single time it's said, and it's said half a dozen times.
Tori: Read the phone Jade. Reeeead the phoooone. (Later, after Jade points out how she doesn't have to let Tori on the team, no matter how good her tryout was) Jade: Read the phone Tori. Reeeead the phoooone.
In iParty With Victorious, Tori and Carly, on what Steven said when he gave both girls their charm bracelets:
Tori and Carly (in unison}: "It's one of a kind - just like you!"
It's All About Me: Trina does have a vain and narcissistic ego, and is easily the most selfish character on the show.
Trina: "If I'd shared it, there would be less for me!"
While not to the same extent as her sister, Tori can be pretty selfish as well.
Also this exchange from "Jade Dumps Beck," which occurs while the dog is attacking Beck's dad.
In One Ear, Out The Other: In "Tori Fixes Beck and Jade" Cat got a butterfly lodged in her ear. Later after Robbie employed Andre's grandmother to scare it out (by yelling into Cat's ear) the butterfly made a hasty exit... out the opposite ear.
Karma Houdini: A common theme in Dan Schneider shows: this show has Jade. In the episode about stage fighting, she gets away with framing Tori, whose stuck with a bad grade, detention, and virtually being publicly humiliated, despite it still looking like Tori did anything by accident. While Tori intentionally does not report Jade when she learns she was set up, André knew and should have at least told someone.
It does follow the Rule of Funny, though, which is probably why Jade never gets in trouble.
Averted in "Prom Wrecker". Tori gets her revenge on Jade for trying to ruin the prom she set up by making Jade prom queen, with Doug the Diaper Guy as her Prom King. To add further karma, everything Jade did to try to ruin the prom only served to make it even better.
Averted in "Tori Gets Stuck" where Jade spends the episode trying to get Tori out of the play so that she can take her place. She succeeds, but Sikowitz tells her "Screw you" and takes Tori's place instead.
Tori in Locked Up. Accident or not, she did blind the man...you'd at least expect them to be fined, or something.
Also in Beck's Big Break, though possibly justified because of the callousness of the lead star.
Kick the Dog: It's practically Jade's hobby. The worst example occurs in Crazy Ponnie. During a sleepover, Cat accidentally waxed Jade's eyebrows off. Throughout the episode, she chased Cat in hopes of revenge until finally, she shaved her head while she was sleeping. For many, this turned a lot of fans against Jade.
Doctor: If that car... backs out, it could rip that kid's guts apart.
Robbie: (high pitched squealing niose)
The Law of Conservation of Detail: Explains why we never see Cat's locker, or anyone's immediate family, unless there is a reason to show them, for instance, Jade's Dad, Andre's Grandmother and Robbie's Grandmother.
Word of God says that he will try to find a reason to show Cat's locker.
In Terror in Cupcake Street the main cast and Sikowitz discuss why they are the only ones chosen. They later realize the fact their classmates "never talk and just react" as a nod to the extras.
In Who Did it to Trina Andrč hints at the plot's "Rashomon"-Style. "Aw, no! Now we have to hear another story about what happened from a unique point of view?!"
In The Slap Fight:
Tori: You ran here?
Sinjin: Sure, I'm not usually invited to the main people's houses.
Sinjin: You guys star in every play at this school, and you sing all the songs, and you do all the talking in class.
Left the Background Music On: When Tori starts narrating what happened to her in Crazy Ponnie, we hear a very badly done "Careless Whisper" in the background...that's actually being played by Sinjin. Tori yells at him to stop playing his saxophone.
Line-of-Sight Name: Tori adopts the name "Crystal Waters" from a visible water dispenser to infiltrate Melinda Murray's filming location.
Literal-Minded: Somewhat inverted in Drving Tori Crazy. Andre's grandmother asks Tori to hold her oatmeal which Tori accepts, as it turns out she really does hold her oatmeal (she dumped the oatmeal on Tori's hands instead of giving her the mug)
Loophole Abuse: In "Victori-Yes", Andre realises this when the girl he's with actually has a song called "Do You Want To Go Home".
Malaproper: In the "Stuck in an RV" episode, Tori berates Jade with a vicious "Thank you, Catherine Obvious." Cue confusion from the other characters. After they correct her, she weakly tries to defend herself by pointing out that Catherine could be a captain.
Manipulative Bastard: Ryder Daniels, who uses love to manipulate girls into helping him get a good grade only to break their hearts when he's through using them. Tori makes sure he gets what he deserves though.
Manipulative Editing: The producers of The Wood do this to fake a relationship between Beck and Tori.
Jade West, Wicked Witch of the West with a jaded personality. Lampshaded when Tori's version in What Happened to Trina depicts Jade like a hag. Lampshaded even more in "April Fools Blank" in which she really is a Wicked Witch.
Medium Awareness: In April Fools Blank, the Wizard of Oz parody scene, like the movie, starts off in black and white and then switches to color after Cat (dressed like Dorothy) hits her head against a bathroom stall door. Cat is also aware of this change:
Cat: Oh, Tofu, it looks like we're not in the Hollywood Arts bathroom anymore! (looks around) Oh, wait, no, we are. It's just in color!
In "The Slap Fight" Sinjin actually refers to the six leads as "the main persons" to convince them that online followers never mattered.
Meganekko: Tori, when she's wearing glasses at home.
The Millstone: Robbie constantly causes trouble for his friends. He once got them all sent to jail
Mistaken Age: In Beck's subplot in "Wi-Fi in the Sky," he's taking care of his next-door neighbor's dog while the owner is away at cheerleader practice. When Jade finds out, she assumes the cheerleader's the same age as her and is trying to steal Beck. When she comes over to Beck's RV to pick up her dog, Jade and the audience find out that she's only nine years old.
Mistaken Identity: Tori being "kicked out" of Hollywood Arts turned out to be because Helen's assistant mixed up Trina's name with Tori's.
Mr. Seahorse: Andre's character in "Sleepover at Sikowitz's" parodies this.
Moment Killer: Robbie does this to Tori's parents on their anniversary after getting kicked out of Sikowitz's house. If that wasn't bad enough, he then invites Cat and a guy she has just been on a date with over as well.
Everybody but Beck and Tori ends up at the Vega household by the end of the night, where they laugh uproariously at Terms Of Endearment.
Mood-Swinger: Cat at one point cycles through friendly, upset and cheerful in four sentences.
Never My Fault: In one episode where most of the main cast (except for Cat) gets trapped in an RV, Trina complains that she didn't even know why the others invited her. In the first few minutes of the episode it's clearly shown that she invites herself along. The others call her out on this, Jade getting a minor Crowning Moment of Awesome when she says "No one likes you!" after everyone's done talking.
There's also a future episode called "Beck Falls for Tori." It's about stunts, i.e. literal falling.
As mentioned below, "Jade Gets Crushed" is about a romantic crush, not being crushed by a falling object.
Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer to "Jade Gets Crushed" suggests that Jade goes on a rampage and Tori dresses up as Jade to give her a taste of her own medicine. Turns out to be a plot where Andre develops a crush on Jade.
Tori: What happens if all that sweat builds up inside you and you just explode?
Jade: (Completely dead pan.) I would love that.
Her asking for the fatty lump in Rex Dies, or thinking that 'mouth blood is cool' in Freak The Freak Out.
Jade on why she loves hot tubs: "Sometime I pretend I've been captured by witches and they're making me into human soup."
Noble Demon: Jade may act mean, but she pets enough dogs (or Cats) to not fool anyone. A good example of this occurs in Rex Dies, where her suggestion to fake Rex's "death" seems to be motivated by genuine concern for Robbie. (Even though she normally treats him with, at best, callous indifference.)
No Ending: The Birthweek Song, which ends with the producers leaving the studio and turning off the lights, and has Tori still in the recording booth and Andre and Trina still out.
"Wi-Fi In The Sky": After Jade signs Beck off in rage, Tori is left by herself to finish the project. Just when she's about to attempt to do it herself, Perez Hilton shows up and confronts Trina, demanding his camera back. Because of this, the episode ends unknown to the viewers whether or not Tori finished her project.
Opposite Date ends with Robbie and Andre still stuck on their backs in their pear costumes, with no help coming or expected.
The series as a whole didn't get a true Series Finale. It was cancelled before a proper one could be made.
No Fourth Wall: Schneider essentially took a wrecking ball to the fourth wall in "April Fools Blank": In one scene, a member of the production crew actually interrupts the scene to tell Leon that he's late for a scene with Victoria. Leon rushes to the Asphalt Cafe set and explains that he was late because he "was doing a Wizard of Oz bit." He then says that 3 1/2 minutes is "the same amount of time as a commercial break". And in the game show parody, Trina's card reads, "Cut to the next scene!"
No Hugging, No Kissing: Perhaps thanks in part to the legendary Ship-to-Ship Combat from iCarly, Victorious general avoided ship teasing amongst the main cast. While there was some lightShip Tease between Tori/Beck, Andre/Jade, and Robbie/Cat, they all more or less got sunk with Beck/Jade (who started off as the Official Couple in the first place) being the only long lasting couple in the show.
Surprisingly for a Schneider show, the most common shipmate to Jade/Beck and Cat/Robbie, Tori/Andre, was never teased in canon. Despite being the male and female leads, the subtext between them was no more or less YMMV than the subtext between Tori/Jade.
Vice Principal Dickers from "The Breakfast Bunch".
Noodle Incident: Sikowitz has had his driver license suspended. All we know is that it was in Vegas and it involved circus performers, including one with six fingers on one hand. As well, he's been to Yerba before the events of Locked Up, but he doesn't remember anything about it.
We only ever get snippets from Cat about her brother who apparently once painted a part of his body purple (don't worry, it was for a job interview), once jumped out of a fourth story window and landed on a truck, and was once shot by a clown.
What did that dolphin do to Jade to make her hate the ocean so much? This, maybe?
No OSHA Compliance: "Beck's Big Break". They're filming a scene where a techie is supposed to fire a real crossbow in the direction of people. Forget the Oscars, they win the Darwin Award!
Jade and Tori. That these two can even stand to be in each other's company is nothing short of a miracle, and yet, recent episodes have them hanging out and doing stuff together. (Albeit with a certain amount of vitriol between then.)
Jade, in one episode, says Cat is more like a pet than a friend.
Official Couple: Jade and Beck for the majority of the series. Its even in the title sequence!
Oh, Crap: In "A Film by Dale Squires", the main cast has this reaction when Dale apologizes and gives them credit for the movie after they've already put a plan for revenge in motion. (He originally stole credit for their work.) Even Jade is mortified.
Cat: Oh, he's giving us credit. Jade:(in a worried tone) On national TV.
Also Robbie's face clearly says this in "The Great Ping-Pong Scam", when Sikowitz said that they were "mistakenly" charged an extra $600 worth of caviar.
Oh Wait: Though she never uses those words, this is implicilty Jade's intent during the following exchange in "Car, Rain, and Fire":
Also, at the beginning of Freak the Freak Out (and the closing credits of it), we see Trina wearing a pink dress, taking pictures of herself with a camera that she sets to multishot:
Trina: (takes three shots, then her father comes in, followed by three more shots) Hey, Dad... (another shot)
Mr. Vega: Hey, baby.
Trina: How come... (another shot) you're home early? I thought you were... (another shot) working late...tonight. (another shot)
Mr. Vega: Well, I have a lot of paperwork... (poses) and I really need to... (poses) concentrate, so I thought i'd work... (poses) here.
(Tori's phone rings.)
Trina: Hey, can you... (another shot) grab that phone?
Mr. Vega: No, but... (poses) you can.
Defied in Locked Up. Festus is giving Tori his brother's long phone number, but she interrupts him with a Yerbanian-accented "Come on, buddy!"
"The Gorilla Club" has Trina reading the incredibly long tracking number needed to get the Fazzini shoes to their house. She goes into another room while reading it, comes back into the kitchen (where the rest of the gang is playing cards) still reading it and goes upstairs, then finishes reading it when she returns to the kitchen. She then goes outside to have the package with the shoes hurled at her.
Paper Tiger: Jade can come across as hardcore (smashing Andre's apple in Tori Gets Stuck, kicking in Beck's door in Wi-Fi In The Sky, slicing up the garbage can in Wok Star), but when real danger seems afoot (most prominently in Locked Up!), Jade either bluffs or bolts. A talker, but not much of a fighter.
Robbie: Jackie Bonay is having heart confarctions!
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Hollywood Arts Ping-Pong team - They don't actually practice, or enter any tournaments; they just say they do to get $1,500 to go to a fancy resteraunt, with part of the money being used to buy a trophy so that they can claim that they won.
Poke the Poodle: When Tori gets annoyed with Jade in The Breakfast Bunch, she threatens to unfriend her on The Slap, a relatively minor form of retaliation. For maximum laughs, Jade takes it as seriously as if Tori had threatened to injure her.
Product Placement: In the first five episodes of the series, Jade sported a messenger bag with Gears of War scrawled on the strap. The messenger bag disappeared for a few episodes, then returned with a plain black strap in its place. Tori also has both a picture of Katy Perry and the singer's name in her locker as decorations.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: Trina having no friends (or being borderline abused by her parents) is portrayed as what she deserves for being conceited. Considering Jade and Tori have done much more horrible things than Trina, if she was a main character, she would probably be The Woobie.
Recycled Premise: The gang (and/or Tori the lead character) getting trapped somewhere. Hilarity Ensues. This plot has been used in about 20% of the series 50 episodes:
"Survival of the Hottest". Trapped in an RV. Which was it's production name before getting the eventual title.
"Sleepover at Sikowitz". Stuck at Sikowitz' house because they need to win his character building competition.
"Locked Up". Trapped in prison in a foreign country.
"Terror on Cupcake Street". Trapped in a cupcake parade float in a bad part of the city.
"The Breakfast Brunch". A parody of The Breakfast Club, with the gang being trapped in detention.
"Wankos Warehouse". Trapped in a mall after it closes.
"Wi Fi in the Sky". Tori is stuck on a plane with Trina.
"How Trina Got In". Tori is stuck in a sushi restaurant with Robbie.
"Tori and Jade's Play Date". Tori is stuck with Jade because she'll get an F on the play if she doesn't go on the date ordered by Sikowitz.
Refuge in Audacity: The fact that the group escaped from a prison in Yerba in the presence of the chancellor in "Locked Up" surely counts.
Ridiculous Procrastinator: Tori's group in Wi-Fi in the Sky. They are doing a scriptwriting project on the night before submission, something that can't be normally done in one sitting. All four of them also have to struggle with the constant distractions coming their way, either self-made or by others joining in their chat. Hilarity and chaos ensues, concluding to a rather bleak open-ended ending that depends on the viewer.
Rivals Team Up: Jade and Tori do this rarely. (Jade Dumps Beck, The Wood, Robarazzi, Tori & Jade's Play Date.)
Rockers Smash Guitars: Subverted despite the show's musical motif - one expensive guitar gets smashed from a bad mounting in "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend", and Trina smashes Robbie's guitar in anger after hearing his Bad News in a Good Way.
Rooftop Concert: Andre sings a song on the roof of his school with Tori to get a deal with a record company.
Tori, Cat and Andre do this at the end of Prom Wrecker. Even when it starts raining.
Happens fairly often, as the school has an open mic night out there almost every Friday night.
Whenever someone comes to the Vega household Trina always yells at someone else to "Get the Door!" Except in "April Fool's Blank" where she says it softly.
Ruritania: The country of Yerba in Locked Up sounded like Yugoslavia and Serbia combined; the military outfits and the occurring conflicts seem to reference war-era Germany and Russia (or the more current Libyan civil war); and the Yerbanian flag's basis IS the Albanian flag.
Sadist Show: The gameshow "Brain Squeezers", clobbering unsuspecting contestants with disproportionate "doink" penalties.
Secret Test of Character: The point of the Bird Scene was to believe in your own acting talent instead of questioning it.
Series Continuity Error: In Robarazzi, Jade mentions having had tuna fish for lunch. Later, in The Wood, she says she hates tuna fish. Tuna fish did prevent her from getting laid, though, so it's possible she changed her mind.
In The Breakfast Bunch, Tori says she's never had detention before, but she was assigned 2 weeks in Stage Fighting.
She's Got Legs: The girls in this show really have a thing for short shorts. The temperatures in California and the popularity of said shorts do somewhat justify this, but it still draws the eye. Cat and Trina in particular can often be seen in them.
Shipper on Deck: Sikowitz may or may not ship Jade and Tori. In one episode he has them as a married couple and in "Tori And Jade's Play Date", he does it again (seemingly deliberately), even sending them on a 'date' so they can be more comfortable with each other.
Ship Tease: Big time between Beck and Tori in "Tori Goes Platinum", leading up to an Almost Kiss, but Tori turns it down out of concern for Jade's feelings.
Jade and Andre in Jade Gets Crushed and The Hambone King.
Shout-Out: A pretty strange one; in Tori Goes Platinum, after tasting the fake British snack bibble, Jade describes it as having a good mouthfeel.
The emphasis on Victorious is spelled exactly as Tori Spelling's 2006 show So Notorious.
Cat's line "What's THAT supposed to mean!?" was a nod to the Moody's Point sketch on The Amanda Show, also created by Dan Schneider. Furthermore, Cat's format of telling her stories is "One time, my brother... [insert random anecdote], [conclusion]" is exactly how Kyle Rosdensen (Totally Kyle skits) storytells in a dreamily drugged manner.
"The Slap" on the iPhone parody shows Tweets from Dan Schneider's cat, and Dan himself "I hate shameless self-promotion", with both Twitter names visible. Similarly, The Slap appears to be the hybrid of Face Book, YouTube, Twitter and MySpace combined.
In a post on TheSlap, Tori (played by Victoria Justice) complains that Trina has spent 3 days practicing her scream for an audition. In the Zoey 101 episode Quarantine, Lola (also played by Victoria Justice) annoyed Zoey by practicing her scream until she lost her voice.
In Brain Squeezers, Trina bites Tori's ear. In the Zoey101 episode Roller Coaster, Lola bit Logan's ear so hard it started bleeding.
Also when the host introduces Robbie as a contestant, Robbie points to himself and says, "Thaaat's me!". A reference to the All That skit "Ask Ashley".
The fake fight scene between Tori and Jade where the latter spouts one of Josh's lines:
Beck: What up with all of the camping stuff? Jade: Sinjin and his friends are doing some show about a camping trip gone wrong. Beck: Gone wrong? Jade: They end up eating each other, I don't know.
The B-plot of the same episode featured fish that smooth feet by eating the dead skin, though probably not intentional the reactions of the kids and the scenario were all played out in the in the Sae Nakata route in Amagami, the anime of which aired roughly four months before this episode.
The scene in Wok Star when the gang is playing poker the song from the pranking montage in iGet pranky can be heard in the background.
In Locked Up, after Robbie accidentally electrocutes the chancellors pet, Sikowitz says "Way to go Urkel"
The entire scene involving the dancing convicts is based from the Dancing Inmates in the Philippines. Coincidentally, the said group performed a lot of Michael Jackson songs, while the episode covered a song that involved the said artist.
The gang's escape from prison in Locked Up is no subtle parallel to the scene in The Sound of Music in which the Von Trapps escape the music festival before the winners are announced. After the I Want You Back number in Locked Up, Festus's brother, acting as the master of ceremonies, invites the audience to applaud the Hollywood Arts kids. There is a fanfare, and a spotlight is shone where the kids would enter; they don't. He cues the applause again, with another fanfare and another spotlight; the kids are nowhere to be found, and a guard bursts through the curtain, shouting "They're gone!"
Record producer Shaun Quincy from "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend" is named for Quincy Jones.
In "Tori And Jade's Playdate", Tori asks what makes the green tea at Nozu green and the sushi chef says "Ancient Japanese secret," which is a reference to an old Calgon commercial.
"April Fools Blank" is full of them. Including, but not limited to: The Amanda Show (the dancing lobsters and Drake Bell), Match Game (they play a game called Match Play), Saved by the Bell (Mr. Belding shows up and mentions Zack and Screech), The Wizard of Oz (the scene in the bathroom), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Trina mentions wanting an Oompa-Loompa and one appears in the opening credits), Saturday Night Live (the ending is like the end of an SNL episode, as are the end credits), The Beverly Hillbillies (Mr. Drysdale was the name of a main character on that show), iCarly (Tori briefly runs through the living room set and says hi to Spencer), SCTV (Sikowitz blows up and all that's left is a pile of clothes, much like what happens to the guests of Farm Film Report), and Wendy's (most of the main cast shouts "Where's the beef!?" near the end of the episode).
Tori Goes Platinum: When the paparazzi comes in while Tori is trying to hide her change from the class, they think that Sikowitz is Plankton. Sikowitz denies this at first, but then says:
Sikowitz: No, I am not the...I mean, Karen, I must have the secret formula for the Krabby Patty!
The episode Robarazzi parodies the gossip show, TMZ.
The episode The Slap Fight involves Robbie giving himself a (creepy) make-over and doing an awkward little dance on webcam in a parody of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs including a shout out to one of the most famous lines itself.
Robbie: "Would you follow me? I'd follow me."
At the start of "Crazy Ponnie", Sinjin can be heard playing a very badly done "Careless Whisper", referencing a series of viral clips with a guy playing "Careless Whisper" on a sax in public places. Once Jade starts chasing Cat, Sinjin switches to a Suspiciously Similar Song to "Yakkity Sax".
"Victori-Yes" rehashes the premise of Yes-Man, of course. And the "Pajalehoocho" refers to those mail-order fashion oddities such as the Snuggie. Sikowicz's idea of a live act on a bus is a shout out to Improv Everywhere.
Spiritual Antithesis: The 1980 motion picture Fame was about a group of students who went to the New York School for the Performing Arts, and was a drama, not a comedy. It spawned a TV series of the same name and it in turn spawned a short-lived L.A.-based spinoff, Fame L.A.
Spiritual Successor: Compared to an earlier Nickelodeon show from the early 2000's, "Taina", another show about a latina who attended a performing arts high school to become a famous singer/actress. Also, just like iCarly has its origins in Drake & Josh, this show comes from Zoey 101
It's hinted at that Robbie is for Tori. "He'll see you hiding in the bush!" "You never have."
A post on The Slap hints that so is Sinjin, in a similar way in fact.
This is one possible way to interpret Ponnie's actions in Crazy Ponnie.
The two yahoos who can't "Take A Hint" in "Tori and Jade's Play Date" show up at their performance at the end of the episode. They didn't seem like they were HA students, and the girls obviously didn't tell them about the play so one wonders how they just happened to be in the audience.
Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Cell Block" Robbie randomly mentions Billy Kwan, some Asian kid he once knew. We then cut to Cat playing with her dog-toy-cellphone and pretend-getting a text from Billy Kwan.
Stunned Silence: The look on Andre and Beck’s faces in “Freak The Freak Out” when they hear Tara and Hayley sing. In a twist of this trope, they are actually shocked on how subpar and mediocre their talent is.
Take That: In Robarrazi, Robbie enters the scene to find it covered in fake snow. After commenting about it snowing in L.A., Rex says "I told you global warming was bogus" Robbie replies "Stop watching Fox News". Rex defends it by saying it's "fair and balanced".
The only difference between the Pear Pad 2 and the Pear Pad 3 is a "slightly better screen". No doubt the Apple executives in the audience were deeply offended.
In "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend", Jade claims that touching the overly expensive guitar and other stuff at the house where Cat's dogsitting will never lead to disaster. Not only does the guitar get wrecked, it went out an upstairs window.
Cat. She goes from being of relatively normal intelligence in the early parts of Season 1 to a girl who is apparently intelligent enough to just colour a "pretty tiger" purple and realize that "that doesn't happen in nature".
Robbie also qualifies, as many of the problems the kids get into over several episodes (notably The Great Ping-Pong Scam, How Trina Got In and Locked Up!), are directly his fault. His behaviour in dealing with Rex (notably in Wi-Fi In The Sky) also puts him in this category.
Trailers Always Spoil: Beggin' on Your Knees took this to extreme levels. The trailer alone gave away ALL the key points of the episode. The over-promotion of Victoria's song of the same title ran several weeks before the episode aired made it worse because the Take That plot is on the lyrics much like a Taylor Swift song.
"Cat's New Boyfriend" did this as well. It included the cheese-squirting, Tori kissing Daniel, Cat walking in on Tori kissing Daniel, and Cat punching Tori in the face.
And now we have the trailer for One Thousand Berry Balls. It spoils the whole subplot of the episode, including the Cabbie kiss.
True Companions: The gang themselves are kind of an deconstruction of this: Sure, they're now hanging out with Trina, but as Jade claims, no one likes her. Robbie and Sinjin are treated like social rejects, though Sinjin has it worse. Cat, according to Jade, is just a pet. The only characters who avoid this treatment are Tori, Andre, and Beck.
They could also be viewed as a reconstruction: Yeah, the group has some issues, but they still work. It's been shown multiple times that when the chips are down, they're bound by a strong friendship.
Turn the Other Cheek: Tori does this in Stage Fighting when she serves two weeks of detention, takes a lower grade, and scrapes food off walls as punishment for hitting Jade with a cane even after she found out Jade was faking the whole thing.
Jade: Why are you here? Why didn't you tell on me?
Tori: 'Cause. We both go to school here and it's not gonna be fun for either one of us if we're fighting all the time.
Jade: So...you're just gonna let me get away with it? You took detention and a lower grade and you're scraping fuzzy pudding off a wall on Friday night just so I wouldn't get in trouble?
Tori: Pretty much.
Two Lines, No Waiting: Forumla for every episode of the series. The main plot is usually Tori with between 1 and 3 of the rest of the main cast. Whoever is left over is put into the B-Plot.
The Unfair Sex: From the fandom, not the show itself. In "Tori Goes Platinum," most of the fandom was outraged when Beck tried to kiss Tori (who, as he points out, isn't even really Jade's friend), even though he immediately backed off and apologized when she rejects him. However, when Jade pursues and makes out with Moose, Beck's friend since kindergarten, despite him making it clear to her that he wasn't interested, almost none of the fans complained.
Ungrateful Bitch: In Locked Up, Tori protects Jade from a prisoner who was threatening her. Jade's response: "I didn't need your help!" Which is an interesting perspective considering that said prisoner just knocked Jade to the ground with one blow.
According to Tori, she would have eaten Jade if she hadn't stopped her.
In the same episode, Trina keeps her phone in her shirt.
Also, André keeps his phone in his waistband.
A slightly more creepy example in Prom Wrecker: Jade somehow slipped a shrimp into Tori's bra.
Cat keeps candy in her bra in How Trina Got In.
The Villain Sucks Song: "Begging On Your Knees" is this to Ryder, revealing how he loves playing women's feelings for him and how he's gonna get exactly what he deserves. While he's not mentioned by name, it's made very clear he's the subject of the song.
Visual Pun: In "A Christmas Tori", Cat, Tori and Jade preform Andre's song in Christmas outfits that don't skimp on the Fanservice. Intentional or not, it's been pointed out that the three form a Christmas-y visual pun: Ho-Ho-Ho.
Voice Changeling: Jade. In "Prom Wrecker," she was apparently able to imitate Tori well enough on the phone to cancel the band performance that Tori had planned for prom, and in "Opposite Date," she was able to do a perfect imitation of Cat's voice when talking on the phone to Tori. It helps that Liz Gillies is a Woman of a Thousand Voices.
Wham Episode: "The Worst Couple" where Jade and Back split up. For real, this time.
"Crazy Ponnie" ends with Tori and Trina getting a ride home in a police car driven by Ponnie.
What Happened To The Cat?: In the episode "Rex Dies", Cat is accidentally mistaken for a mental patient, being placed into a rubber room for the rest of the episode. By the next episode, she's back with the group, with no explanation of how she got out.
Wild Teen Party: Andre acts as if one is being thrown at Kenan Thompson's party, but it's fairly tame with the shenanigans being limited to silly string, wrestling, a guy in a panda suit, and a....kitten.
CHEESE PUFFS ON THE FLOOR!
Also, a couple of things got broken or almost broken.
Subverted from Kenan's perspective: He didn't think the party was wild enough and wondered why Andre hadn't invited more people.
In "The Wood", Andre and Beck pretend to be fighting about Beck throwing one at Andre's beach house.
Beck: You said I could use your beach house!
Andre: I didn't say people could vomit on my carpet, and make soup in my toilet!
Beck: It was a beach house party, what did you expect?!
The Windy City: Chicagoooooooooooooooooooo/ Chicagoooooooooooooooo/ It's a city that's exciting/ it's a city that's inviting...
With Friends Like These...: Jade and Trina can be like this to everyone at times, if you can consider Trina their friend. Everyone will usually give a little of this to Robbie as well, he commonly receives negativity from them he doesn't really deserve.
Woman Scorned: All of Ryder's victims (Tori included) take their revenge on him by humiliating him in front of the entire school. He had it coming.
Tori and Carly don't take finding out Steven has been cheating on them well...
Yank the Dog's Chain: "The Gorilla Club" ends with Tori thinking she's beat the monstrous gorilla, but then gets attacked by it. She then auditions for her role in a movie, and is told she did very well...only to be unable to take the part due to her injuries.