Largely famous as Britney's
Pacific Coast Academy was previously an all boys school, but has just begun admitting girls. Among that first class of girls is one Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears
), who has to contend with the boys when it comes to any privilege among the school. But of course, having a gender integrated school proves to be appealing for both sides and it basically becomes a college-type atmosphere but with teenagers.
The show began with Zoey and her roommates Nicole Bristow
(Alexa Nikolas) and Dana Cruz
(Kristin Herrera), with Zoey making friends with Chase Matthews
(Sean Flynn) and his roomates, Michael Barrett
(Christopher Massey) and Logan Reese
(Matthew Underwood). Zoey was also called upon to look after her younger brother Dustin
(Paul Butcher), with the slightly crazy geek Quinn Pensky
(Erin Sanders) always ensuring that Hilarity Ensues
As time went on multiple characters were replaced, with varying degrees of Suspiciously Similar Substitute
. Dana left, and was replaced by Lola Martinez
). Later, Nicole left, which allowed Quinn to move in with Lola and Zoey.
Created by Dan Schneider
, the show is the origin of the Nick Verse
, created when Drake Bell showed up As Himself
. Victoria Justice
would later take part in another Schneider comedy, Victorious
Nowadays, the show tends to be seen in a positive light - the only major criticism detractors have is that Zoey herself is a Canon Sue
, and even then, many episodes don't focus on her. It's also unique as the only major show in the Nick Verse
have a Laugh Track
or be shot on a stage - it was shot on location in California.
Please put characterisation tropes on the Character Sheet.
This show contains examples of:
- Adorkable: Chase falls fully under this, to the point that even Lola finds him adorable one time
- After Action Patch Up: The girls do this for the guys after they get beat up by the football team. Poor Mark, though, is forgotten in the basketball hoop...
- Agent Scully: Logan is an interesting case, as he is this purely out of fear and panicked denial instead of any type of rational
- All-Cheering All the Time: Zoey and her two friends are trying to make money to rebuild Sushi Rox so Logan hires them as cheerleaders for a week or so. At first he makes them cheer him on for nearly everything, but then they actually cheer at everything (getting rejected, taking a bath, sleeping) so he gets tired of it and pays them to shut up.
- Almighty Janitor: Herb, a skilled Shakespearian actor and impressive improviser.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Nicole's in-show reason for leaving after season 2, Obsessive Male Gender Disorder. It may exist (depending on who you talk to) but it's unlikely Nicole's case was strong enough to necessitate action.
- Anchored Ship: Zoey and Chase in the final Season, when due to some miscommunication, Zoey is at PCA, while Chase is in the school she was supposed to be going to in England. The end result is a Type 1.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Logan and Quinn in Chasing Zoey...though not just to each other. They end up declaring their feelings to the entire school at prom mostly by accident.
- The Artifact: As the series went on, the focus shifted from an average girl at a new school surrounded by colorful students, to standard relationship drama. As a result, Dustin became this by season 3.
- Artistic License – Physics: In Jet-X, Zoey puts balloons on the title scooter. There were far too few balloons to lift the scooter off the ground.
- Back for the Finale / The Bus Came Back: Chase, in a rather touching way
- Bash Brothers: Chase, Logan and Michael, full stop.
- Beach Episode: Remarkably there is only one real example: Little Beach Party. Which, being a first season episode, is quite tame on the fanservice.
- But there are a few sunbathing scenes in later seasons to make up for that.
- The Beard: Used twice. In the second season Zoey helps Chase to get rid of the titular Bad Girl. In the series finale Logan and Quinn set each other up with terrible dates for the prom, because they want to keep their relationship a secret.
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Subverted. Quinn dresses up in a kid-adapted version of this, in order to recover the interest of Mark, who left her for a girl who dresses like this. Mark tells her that he is not atracted to his new love's hotness but her personality and rejects her. Thanks to Logan's words and actions, she switches back to her usual clothes.
- Beautiful All Along: Quinn. She gives herself a makeover to try and win back Mark, only to fail and have Logan fall in love with her. He puts her glasses back on her and says "There's Quinn.", right before their first kiss. Of course, Quinn is played by Erin Sanders, however, this does put a nice spin on the cliche of a geeky girl taking off her glasses, getting a makeover, and having a guy fall in love with her.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Chase is this to Logan while working as Sushi delivery boys
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Arguably, Logan and Dana in season 1. This would have been more than arguably, as Logan and Dana were supposed to start dating later on, but this was switched to Logan and Quinn after Kristen Herrera left the show.
- To many, Logan also has this with Zoey and, to a lesser extent, Lola.
- The Bet: This is the plot, or sub-plot, of several episodes (commonly, girls vs. boys, but also guys vs. guys, everyone vs. Logan)
- Beta Couple: Mark and Quinn, for most of the series; later also Michael and Lisa.
- Betty and Veronica: An interesting case, as Logan could be considered the Veronica to Mark’s Betty for Quinn’s affection. Another case of canon comparison is Rebecca being the Veronica to Zoey’s Betty in terms of Chase. In Fandom strictly, Dana is often considered the Veronica to Quinn’s Betty for Logan.
- Brooke is the Veronica to Quinn's Betty for Mark.
- Big Brother Mentor: YMMV, but Chase can be seen as this for Dustin most of the time. Logan once tried to be this to Dustin with unsuccessful results.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Chase and Zoey in the finale.
- Big "NO!": Michael does this when he sees that Vince is back in, well, Vince is Back.
- Blackmail: Rebecca finds out a secret of Zoey in Zoey's Balloon and makes her do all sorts of humiliation things on campus.
- Bland-Name Product: It's a Dan Schneider show, so of course.
- Blowing a Raspberry: Lola does this to Quinn in Anger Management when Quinn begs her to say something, anything to her so that she doesn't have to endure Lola's silent treatment anymore.
Lola! (grabs Lola by the shoulders)
You are not moving from this spot until you say something to me! A sentence, a phrase, a word, a sound
Lola: (blows a raspberry at Quinn)
- Boarding School: Duh.
- Book Ends: In the first episode, when Zoey sees Chase for the first time after he falls off his bike, she asks him if he's okay and notices that his arm is bleeding. In Chasing Zoey, when he falls down the stairs she does the same thing.
- Broke Episode: In Logan Gets Cut Off Logan's rich father cuts off his allowance and credit after Logan way overspends. He has a very hard time doing things for himself.
- Broken Aesop:
- One episode involved Zoey and Logan starting a web segment that quickly became popular in school. However, the dean bans them from doing it, so they fight back and win, the moral being "censorship is bad". Which would be fine, except for the fact that the show was causing full-scale riots in the halls during school hours. That kind of response is a valid reason to ban something.
- In another episode, Zoey is recruited to the wrestling team, becoming the only girl there. She stays on the team to prove girls can wrestle too, but it turns out specifically because the coach knew the boys on the opposing team will refuse to fight her and forfeit, before he can let their own star wrestler fight the opposing team’s top fighter without getting tired, and Zoey is fairly offended by their attitude. When things go awry and Zoey has to wrestle the opposing team’s star wrestler, he tells her he will fight her just as seriously as he would fight a male wrestler. He takes her down so bad she has to be hospitalised, and when she wakes up she finds Logan was injured even worse when he confronted said wrestler, insisting he should have pulled some punches while fighting a girl. Zoey has apparently completely forgotten the point she was going to make by joining the team, because she finds the ‘gesture’ touching.
- The Bully: Keith Finch from the season 1 episode Defending Dustin.
- Vince Blake, before he reformed.
- Butt Monkey: the series had a few, although not all at the same time
- Stacey (oh so much).
- Quinn can be considered this as well.
- Let's not forget Mark Del Figgalo. The aardvark costume alone should be enough for him to make the list.
- Coco, more often than not.
- Logan, but he often deserves it.
- Captain Obvious: In "Spring Fling"
- Catch Phrase: Michael tried to make “Dripping” into one and later he tried to make “Flump” after he heard someone using “Dripping” but could not take credit for its invention
- Celebrity Paradox
- Celebrity Star
- Chain of Deals: The episode The Favor Chain centers around this.
- Zoey wants a ride to the book store to meet her favorite author, and when she asks her dorm advisor, Coco, to do it, Coco agrees if Zoey can get Micheal to cook his grandmother's ravioli recipe. Micheal will do it if Stacey will finish their school project by herself while he cooks. Zoey convinces Stacey to finish the project if Zoey can get her a date with Logan. Logan (reluctantly) agrees to go on a date with Stacey if Zoey gets his class ring back from Dustin which he lost in a bet. Dustin will give the ring back if Zoey convinces Lola to be his assistant in his magic show. Lola, who's looking after a teacher's baby, agrees to do it if Zoey can find someone else to look after the baby. Zoey gets Chase to do it if Zoey can get a group of comic book nerds to stop trying to befriend him. The nerds agree to leave Chase alone if they can have a computer software that Quinn invented. But when Quinn can't hold her end of the deal, the whole chain of favors falls apart.
- Chekhov's Gun: the maintenance golf cart in Dance Contest.
- Chick Magnet: James is the biggest one in – series, but both Logan and apparently Vince do very well for themselves in this department
- Chase himself is not so bad in this department as well.
- If we take in consideration who is the character with more steady relationships in the entire show Mark seems to be this too, in a weird way.
- Cold Opening: One of the few Dan Schneider shows without them (Kenan & Kel didn't either).
- Cool Teacher: Mr. Bender
- Crash-Into Hello: Chase first meets Zoey when he crashed into a flagpole on his bike while waving to her.
- Crazy Cultural Comparison: In the episode School Dance Micheal ends up taking care of a foreign exchange student Ollie Biallo whose strange mannerisms irritate him to no end.
Ollie: It is so pleasant to meet you! (kisses Michael twice on the cheek)
Micheal: What are you doing?!
Ollie: I am sorry! In my country, that is how a person greets a new friend!
Micheal: Yeah well, in this country that's how you get punched in the head!
Ollie: (thinking it's a joke) (laughs) "Good one!" Oh, you make me laugh!
- Deadpan Snarker: Among the males Chase surely is the biggest one in the series, followed more subtly by James and among the females Dana wins the snarking trophy with Zoey in second place.
- Defying The Censors:
- What the guys did to the statue at the end of Prank Week
- Zoey and Lola's brawl in mud in Miss PCA - in low cut prom dresses none the less
- Quinn's "Air Bra;" a woman's personal car air bags attached to her chest. Enough said.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While Logan would usually get rightly punished for his actions, sometimes the punishment didn't fit the crime.
- In one episode, it was discovered that Logan's cell phone was accidentally setting off the school fire alarm at night, and he got beaten up because of it.
- His punishment for weaseling out of anger management classes is for Zoey to intentionally force him to lose his science project, and destroy his dorm and the clothes he's wearing by throwing a paint bomb at him.
- Distracted by the Sexy: In the pilot Chase crashes into a flagpole on his bike due to staring at Zoey. In the fourth season, the girls all forget what they wanted to ask after they are introduced to James.
- Dope Slap: Zoey, Lola and Quinn each give one to Chase, Micheal and Logan for letting Dustin watch a scary movie they knew he wouldn't be able to handle.
- Dork Horse Candidate: Between Zoey, Chase, and nerdball Mark, guess who wins?
- Dramatic Drop: Michael drops his popsicle when he sees that Vince Blake is back.
- Dumb Jock: Vince Bell. Like any scumbag athlete, he resorted to cheating by taking pictures of an upcoming test on his phone but unlike any clever cheater, he forgot to remove the evidence from his phone. When being told on in front on the class by Chase, who lampshaded how Vince is an example of the trope.
Chase: And I bet he wasn't smart enough to delete 'em
- Elaborate University High: Pepperdine University, to be specific. That's where exterior locations were filmed.
- Eskimos Aren't Real: Michael tries to convince Chase that reindeer aren't real.
- Every One Can See It: Chase's love for Zoey is the school's worst kept secret, and Zoey's obliviousness is almost painful. Even a random girl pulled from the hallway by Lola can tell that Chase is into Zoey:
Lola: Ginny, could you come here a minute?
Ginny: What's up?
Lola: 'Blank' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
Ginny: (as though it were the most obvious answer in the world) Chase.
Lola: Thanks for playing.
- Fanservice: see Beach Episode, Shirtless Scene, Shower Scene, Mud Wrestling, ... and above all No Dress Code
- Forced Meme: Michael in the episode Drippin' Episode tried to make "drippin'" catch on as a synonym for "cool." Other characters repeatedly told him it would never catch on...until the last minute of the episode, when it apparently has. Problem is, nobody believes that he started it, which prompts him to try making another Forced Meme... "flump" as a synonym for "not cool."
- Free-Range Children: Zoey and her friends are in middle school/high school. But they seem to be able to go out whenever they want, go where ever they want, with no adult supervision or consult.
- Only on campus, it's mentioned a few times that going off campus without permission is a serious offense.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Logan, very much so and lampshaded on several occasions. More so in the first seasons though.
- Friend Versus Lover: Zoey vs. Rebecca during the early part of season 3. It was really Rebecca who made a big deal out of it, and eventually demands that Chase choose between her or Zoey. He chooses Zoey, of course.
- Funny Afro: Chase has a bushy "Jewish afro" constantly referenced by the other characters. He tends to shrug it off, but lampshades it himself after Zoey throws a pillow at him that knocks him off his chair. He gets up, pats his head and exclaims "You dented my 'fro!" in good humor
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The ENTIRE episode where they all tried to get "tapped" by the Silver Hammer Society. To be fair, they meant get tapped on the head with a silver hammer to be initiated into the society, but they just keep saying stuff about being tapped, and it gets even weirder when the girls start talking about being tapped. Plus, throw in the scene when Logan tried to get on one of the Silver Hammer's good side. He approached him all dressed up, bearing a present, and said, "I'm interested." All of this built up to a Mistaken for Gay joke and in a kid's show no less.
- Logan wears a shirt saying "I spent ONE NIGHT IN PARIS." Which is the name of Paris Hilton's sex tape.
- In The Radio, Zoey gives Chase a taco in exchange for a $10,000 antique radio, suggesting that a taco (of another variety) could be something of value (e.g. Zoey's "taco"). The final scene of this episode is utterly shameless.
- From Chase's Girlfriend: "You won't need those balls for a while." It's also the tag quote!
- Paige at PCA begins with Lola discussing her feet. Except it sounds like she talking about her boobs at first.
- In Chase's Grandma, the robe Zoey is wearing at the pajama birthday party for Chase is very slinky. Her pajamas are sorta skimpy as well but it's a sheer robe- not the sort of thing a 15-year old should be wearing, especially in public and especially since she's in the rain later in the episode.
- At the beginning of Hands On A Blix Van, Quinn is, for some reason, showing Zoey and Lola how to put your legs behind your head while sticking your arms between your legs, while facing the camera.
- A blatant one in season 2, when discussing horoscopes (doubles as Hilarious In Hindsight):
Zoey: I'm not a Virgo.
Nicole: Shh, don't tell people.
- When Chase thinks Zoey and Logan are secretly dating (but Logan is only tutoring her chemistry):
Chase: You should be embarrassed. I mean, Logan...
Zoey: I know, but he's taught me so much.
Chase (disgusted): Oh god!
Zoey: I mean, it's true. He really knows his stuff.
Chase: Oh... Oh... Eww...
- "Gift of the Magi" Plot
- Gilligan Cut: From New Roomies:
Chase: You can't just look a girl in the face and say, "I don't want to live with you anymore."
(cut to Quinn's room where she is looking at Zoey)
Quinn: Zoey, I don't want to live with you anymore.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Subverted with Quinn, who after giving herself a makeover, actually gets her glasses put back on her by Logan, and he says, "There's Quinn." before their first kiss.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: On Lola’s instance, both her and Zoey invoke this in one episode on season 4 with Lola taking the place of the Bad Cop and Zoey taking the place of the Good Cop.
Zoey: Let's go interview that lunch lady.
Lola: Okay. Hey, let's do the "Good Cop, Bad Cop" routine. You be nice, I'll be mean.
Lola: It makes people confess to crimes.
Lola: No one knows. Just do it!
- Lola goes a bit overboard with her Bad Cop role though, so rather than intimidating the culprit into confessing, she annoys him so much that he threatens Lola and Zoey with a leaf blower.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Chase goes to England to be with Zoey after she transfers boarding schools.
- Halloween Episode: Haunted House in the second season; without supernatural happenings however.
- Heh Heh, You Said X:
Michael: We wouldn't have this problem if the lunch ladies could make a decent chicken breast.
(Logan starts snickering)
Zoey: What's so funny?
Chase: Michael said "breast".
Logan: Breast... (snickers)
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chase and Michael, full stop. Logan also shares this with both Chase and Michael; especially notable with Michael in season 4. Zoey and Nicole from season 1-2 and Zoey, Lola and Quinn from season 2-3-4 also qualify
- Hippie Teacher: The psychology teacher in Zoey's Balloon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Logan suffers from this constantly
- Humiliation Conga: Rebecca gets one at the end of Zoey's Balloon when Zoey and the rest of the students at the lunch area do the Macalana and Rebecca flees in disgust.
- I Am Spartacus: the boys set this up in Prank Week.
- Idiot Ball: Robot Wars, Walk-A-Thon,...
- I'll Kill You!: In Anger Management, Lola screams this after she finds out from Zoey that the peanuts that she was eating were actually in Quinn's mouth and Quinn never told her.
- Informed Attractiveness: The new dean in Hot Dean.
- Also James who is shown to be stupefyingly beautiful.
- Informed Ability: In universe example: In Lola Likes Chase, Dustin points out Logan's woman-getting ways.
Logan: Do I get a lot of girls?
Dustin: You TALK about getting a lot of girls.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Chase is friends with Almighty Janitor Herb, Cool Teacher Mr. Bender and Only Sane Employee Kasu
- Interrogation by Vandalism: How Lola and Quinn
force persuade Firewire to tell them who is blackmailing Zoey in season 3.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: This becomes somewhat of a Running Gag for Chase, who has been in love with his best friend Zoey since the day he met her. He tries valiantly several times to tell her how he feels, only to be interrupted—usually by the friends who keep telling him to reveal his feelings. Ironically, for all the times he tried to tell her on purpose, he ends up telling her completely by accident.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: All of Quinn's inventions
- Jerkass: Coach Keller. Oh so much.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Logan, Logan, Logan. Although most of the time you have so squint to see it, he does have a Hidden Heart of Gold in him and it becomes obvious in the 4th and final season of the series. Even then, he's still quite jerky.
- The Jeeves / Servile Snarker: Chauncey, the butler for the Reese family is both The Jeeves for Logan’s father and an intense Servile Snarker for Logan himself
- Just Friends: Zoey and Chase, in season 3.
- Just The Way You Are: With a nice twist. Quinn goes through a makeover after Mark dumps her for Brooke, trying to win him back. She fails, and is Logan who implies to prefer her "just the way she was", telling her not to change and putting her glasses back on her, before their first kiss.
- Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Subverted in Drippin' Episode with Dustin, who is scared at first but later fakes it to spend more time with Zoey which consists of him sleeping in the same dorm room as Zoey, Quinn, and Lola. But he genuinely missed Zoey, wasn't being creepy towards any of them although Lola suspected him of it.
- Ladykiller in Love: Logan, after he starts dating Quinn, seems to be this, more if we have in mind his past as a serial dater.
- Last Minute Hook Up: Zoey and Chase. After three seasons of shipteasing they finally confess their love to each other, only to not be able to do anything about since they're now 6000 miles apart. Chase returns in the final episode, and he and Zoey kiss and become a couple in the last five minutes.
- Laugh Track: Averted. Feels like a breath of fresh air as opposed to Dan's other shows that abuse the living hell out of it.
- Local Hangout: Sushi Rox.
- Long Distance Relationship: Chase and Zoey attempt this via webcam after she overhears Chase tell his roommates he's in love with her and they switch places in an attempt to be together, but after their video date fails, the come to the conclusion that it wont' work and resolve to try it for real when they're together again.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Chase, numerous times throughout the series. Michael in Michael Likes Lisa.
- Love at First Sight: Chase with Zoey.
- Love Confessor: Chase confesses that he loves Zoey to Michael and Logan after she leaves to attend school in England; he had admitted that he had feelings for her, but not that he loved her. This actually ends up becoming a Love Confession, because little does Chase know that Zoey is watching via a webcam feed that was accidentally left on.
- Love Triangle: Not stated in the final season, but you can tell Zoey is in middle of one with James, the hot guy rooming with Michael and Logan, and Chase, the first guy she met on her first day on campus.
- Man Hug: Michael and Chase have no trouble indulging in this.
- Market-Based Title: The series is sometimes just called Zoey outside of the USA, since the "Subject 101" format for class names isn't used a whole lot in other countries.
- The Minnesota Fats
- Miracle Rally: In the 1st episode, Dana leads one of these in the game against the boys. Although the girls in the end don’t win the game, Dana’s participation makes the game extremely close, and the girls do win the respect of the coach and the boys.
- Meet Cute: Chase and Zoey meet when Chase crashes his bike into the school's flagpole
- Moment Killer: Chase and Zoey, constantly.
- Nearly all of the other ensemble characters (and even a few inanimate objects) have served as cockblockers to this relationship at some point in the series.
- Mood Whiplash: The episode Chase's Grandma starts as your average sitcom episode about one of the main character's birthday and the other characters wanting to put together a great birthday behind his back - then during the very last scene of the episode, Chase's grandma (who was coming to the party) passes away ending the light-hearted episode on a really depressing note.
- Mud Wrestling: Lola and Zoey in Miss PCA.
- Must Make Her Laugh: In one episode, Michael tries desperately to make Quinn laugh at his jokes. She finally laughs at one of his puns, but she only did that to make him stop bothering her with his jokes.
- Narcissist: Logan. Notably it causes him to lose a contest in Hands On a Blix Van, since his arrogance prevents him from believing that Zoey is lying to him. (Or more accurately, he's so arrogant that he doesn't believe she could lie to him.)
- Also, the contest had been going on for almost a full day, so he probably couldn't think straight.
- New Transfer Student: Technically all the girls at PCA are this in the first season, but the most obvious case is Zoey. Lola in the second season.
- Nice Guy: Chase and Michael both tie for possibly the biggest one in the series and in season four both the reformed Jerk Jock Vince Blake and Romantic False Lead James fall into this.
- Nice Jewish Boy: Chase
- No Dress Code: PCA apparently doesn't have one, judging by how the females dress about 90% of the time. On occasion they even wear strapless tops and dresses, despite that being a big no-no in real life, even on California campuses. Quinn was the exception at first, until the show started down-playing her lack of social skills and had her become a regular member of the gang; after that she started showing as much skin as the other girls.
- Oblivious to Love: Zoey is oblivious to Chase's feelings for her. This gets painful when it drags on for three years, despite multiple attempts by Chase to tell her his feelings. She's oblivious even after she is told flat-out by her friends that Chase is in love with her, and had been since he met her. Lola even goes so far as to pull a random student from the hallway. And Zoey still doesn't believe it!
Lola: Ginny, could you come here a minute?
Ginny: What's up?
Lola: 'Blank' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
Ginny: (as though it were the most obvious answer in the world) Chase.
Lola: Thanks for playing.
- Odd Friendship: If one takes times to think about, Chase and Logan’s friendship seems to fall into this, as they are so incredibly different and normally seem to be the kind of friendship that would not work thanks to their personalities but more than once is showed that they are acutely dear and close friends
- Official Couple: Zoey and Chase
- Off the Table
- Old Shame (in-universe): Quinn participating in pageants when she was a little girl; Zoey being the model for baby suntan lotion, with her naked butt on the bottle; Chase being cast as the female lead in a play of an all-male school...
- Only Child Syndrome: Zoey is the only one of the main characters to have a sibling, her brother Dustin. Lola mentions a younger sister in passing (season three's Surprise) who is never mentioned again and never seen, and none of the other characters seem to have siblings at all.
- Only Sane Employee: Kazu, the owner of PCA's Sushi Rox, seems to be one of this in comparison to the other adults on campus. Mr. Bender also seem to be this
- Only Sane Man: Chase constantly falls into this, something that is obviously not very difficult when your competition is Logan and Michael. Throughout the first season 1st season, Dana proved to have elements of this as well
- On The Rebound: Zoey begins dating Chase's Suspiciously Similar Substitute James more or less right after she and Chase have to put their Relationship Upgrade on hold because of distance.The finale dealt with the fact she was never in love with James, and that Chase was always her first choice.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jamie Lynn's Southern accent could reappear at a moment's notice. Some may say it was a case of Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
- Gets justified, as it is stated in Robot Wars that Zoey is born in Louisiana.
- Operator from India: The episode Switching Places had Chase and Zoey trying to communicate by webcam across the Atlantic, the picture fizzing out, and calling tech support. The guy on the line is clearly an Indian by his accent, and he has no tolerance for fools — which Chase most definitely is.
- Opinion Changing Dream: Chase has one, leading him to return Zoey's DVD he has taken from the time capsule.
- Opposites Attract: Logan and Quinn. This was supposed to be Logan and Dana, but Quinn moved into her role after Kristin Herrara left the show.
- Pair the Spares: Stacey and Mark
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Logan trying to pass for Chase by putting on an Afro wig in The Silver Hammer Society.
- Parody: Instead of the Macarena, the show has the "Macalana".
- Performance Anxiety: Michael gets a bad case on Open Mic Night, to the point of vomiting on the first row of spectators.
- Popular Is Dumb: More Book Dumb that anything, but Logan could fall into this.
- Put on a Bus: Dana after the first season. Nicole after the second season. Chase for most of the fourth season. Basically no character was too important enough on the show that their actor couldn't afford to be fired.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Alexa Nikolas quit the show because of a feud between her and Jamie Lynn Spears. Alexa's character, Nicole, was an intensely boy-crazy, insecure kid who hated unfamiliar situations — and Zoey says in the third season premiere that Nicole has been shipped to an all-girls boarding school. In a previous episode, Nicole had broken down sobbing when she thought she'd have to transfer to another school. Ouch. The writers know how to punch.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Jamie Lynn sings the theme song, titled "Follow Me".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For all his moments throughout the series, the Dean seems to be this.
- Replacement Flat Character: Stacey seems to exist so there's still a freaky nerd to pick on after Quinn becomes more normal.
- Replacement Love Interest: Deconstructed in Goodbye Zoey? with Gretchen. While the replacement looks like Zoey, she's not very pleasant in the personality department. And the fact that Chase is trying to replace Zoey with someone else kind of freaks out his friends.
Logan: So you're saying it's just a coincidence that Gretchen looks exactly like Zoey?
Chase: I don't even see a resemblance.
Michael: Everybody thinks they look alike!
Logan: And that's the only reason you're hanging out with her! She's your little Zoey replacement, and that's a little bit sick.
- Romantic False Lead:
- James Garrett with Zoey
- Rebecca with Chase
- Running Gag: The show had a few.
- Chase always falling down the first time he sees Zoey every season. In Chasing Zoey this included falling off a wall and then down a flight of stairs.
- Jokes about Chase's bushy hair.
- Every time Chase attempts to tell Zoey he loves her or make a date with her, something gets in the way.
- Quinn's "Quinnventions" going horribly wrong.
- Scam Religion: The Silver Hammer Society
- School Nurse: two polar opposites man the infirmary: Nurse Krutcher and Shannon, the new pretty nurse.
- Secret Relationship: Quinn and Logan
- Inverted in Zoey's Tutor: everyone thinks Zoey and Logan are having one, while Logan is only tutoring Zoey chemistry. He milks the misunderstanding for all it's worth.
- She Is All Grown Up: Zoey, Lola, and Quinn in the third season.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Quinn often indulges in this
- Sherlock Scan: One-off character Miles Brody does one when Zoey comes to ask him for help in the episode Robot Wars. It's used to establish his cred as "the guy who knows everything".
- Six Student Clique:
- The Head: Zoey
- The Muscle: Logan and Dana
- The Quirk: Quinn
- The Smart One: Chase and Michael
- The Pretty One: Lola
- The Wild One: Nicole
- Tagalong Kid: Dustin
- Sixth Ranger: James
- Shaggy Dog Story: One episode involves the fire alarm in the boys dorm being set off on consecutive nightly occasions and none of the boys know who's been doing it. At the end it turns out it was Logan's J-Phone from Japan that was setting off the fire alarm.
- Shirtless Scene: All the boys get one, but Logan is the main perpetrator.
- Shower Scene: Both Logan and Michael get one. And both are interrupted, the first one by a TV Crew, the second by a horse.
- Shout-Out: There have a few references to iCarly, including one episode where Zoey has a ringtone that is the show's opening theme song and another where Lola is visiting the iCarly website. Both of them were before the said series began.
- Logan's father's name is Malcolm Reese.
- In The Curse of PCA, Lola references Spongebob when she tells Leif, after Leif concludes sadly that she must think he's silly, "No, Leif, Spongebob's friend Patrick is silly. You are a weirdo!"
- Later in that scene, after Lola calls him crazy, Leif quotes a line from Hamlet (which happens to be Lola's second favorite play) "I am but mad north north west, but when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw."
- School Newspaper News Hound Jeremy Trottmann ends every news report by saying, "Courage" — a reference to former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, who closed his final newscast with the word and tried unsuccessfully to turn it into a regular catchphrase in 1986.
- Slippery Swimsuit: Dustin lost his trunks while swimming in the ocean in Little Beach Party and refused to get out.
- Smart People Build Robots: Zoey and her friends construct a robot to battle against a group of Insufferable Geniuses' robots.
- Sonic Stunner: Quinn's sonic stun bomb in Prank Week.
- Stereo Fibbing: In one episode, Trisha is dating Chase against his will. To get out of it, he puts on an act for her that depicts Zoey as his girlfriend. When questioned about it, they usually agree on everything. Until...
Trisha: How long have you two been going out?
Chase/Zoey: A year./Six months.
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Quinn is very concerned about her pet alpaca, Otis, whom she left back home. Zoey arranges for Otis to come to school. Quinn makes alpaca noises at Otis, and Otis makes the noises back.
Nicole: "Quinn speaks alpaca?"
Zoey: "Are you surprised?"
- Staircase Tumble: Chase takes a tumble down a flight of stairs after falling off a wall in Chasing Zoey.
- Start My Own: Logan after being rejected of the Silver Hammer Society.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Lola for Dana, and James substituting for Chase.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Lola pulls this by disguising herself as a boy named Steve to prove to the guys that having a girl around doesn't affect the way they behave, since the boys cited this as a reason for the girls to not be able to hang out at their dorm anymore.
- Take That: Towards the end of episode two in season three, Zoey and Chase talk about how they think it's dumb that two people can't be friends without suspicions arising about their feelings for each other. This could be considered a Take That to the fans who ship the pair, or just shippers of anyone on the series.
- Taking the Heat: Zoey at the end of the episode Prank Week, so she could save the school's co-ed status. Due to an oversight during her subsequent apology (the statue acting up and the students rioting), her expulsion is revoked AND the school remains co-ed.
- Teen Genius: Quinn.
- They Do: Zoey and Chase
- This Means War!: Zoey in Prank Week after getting soaked with a giant water balloon. She had previously been saying that they shouldn't sink down to the level of the boys.
- Tickle Torture: When Dustin got sick, one of the ways Quinn tried to cure him was by immobilizing his bare feet in a pair of stocks. She flashed proton impulses to his soles, making him laugh and squirm around.
- Time Capsule: in the titular episode.
- Toilet Paper Prank: the boys pull this on the girls' dorm in Prank Week.
- Town Girls: Dana is the obvious butch to femme Nicole in season 1. Zoey rotates between being a tomboy or a girly girl based on whatever the episode calls for.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Or in this case opening credits spoil. The trailer for the first episode of Season 2 depicts Lola as a goth chick. She wasn't. This may have been a surprise...if they didn't show her as normal in the opening credits.
- Same thing happens in Season 4: Michael and Logan think their new roommate, 'Jimmy' Garrett, will be some nerdy geek. Except Austin Butler was already in opening credits of that episode.
- True Companions
- Unnecessary Makeover: In-universe, in Quinn Misses The Mark, Quinn gives herself a makeover to try and win back Mark. She ends up ditching it when Logan falls in love with her and puts her glasses back on her and says, "There's Quinn" right before their first kiss. (Of course, she's played by Erin Sanders, so she's extremely hot either way).
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Zoey and Chase, at least until their last minute hookup in the series finale.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Logan indulges on this from time to time.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In Anger Management, Lola runs out of the room to puke. Unfortunately, she pukes on Stacey.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Logan with EVERYONE.
- Water Guns and Balloons: one of the pranks during Prank Week.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Michael gets a Karate Kid-like training session with Mr. Takato when learning how to drive his stick-shift.
- Will They or Won't They?: Done to death with Zoey and Chase. They do, but not until the last few minutes of the final episode.
- You Go Girl: Played straight once and actually Subverted on the second occasion. The very first episode feature a girls vs boys Basketball game in which the girls lose by only one basket. By the end of the game however, the entire school was cheering the girls on. In another episode, in one of the rare instances where Zoey didn't come out on top, she joins the male's wrestling team. The coach uses takes advantage of this trope because no guy on the opposing would wrestler her because they'd either be seen as a jerk for beating up a girl or look like a wimp for losing to one. Everyone except a Jerk Jock, who proceeds to wipe the floor with Zoey.