Tropers: Lucymae 2

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  • Achilles' Heel: Jeffrey suffers from Osgood-Schlatter Disease in his left knee. Seth also possesses it.
    • Teddy has had ear problems his entire life, which Jeffrey and his mother speculate led to his antisocial behavior later on in his teenage years.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Jeffrey suffers from something like this. In tenth grade he landed Ashleigh as his girlfriend for almost four months, but she eventually decided that she wanted to just remain friends.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Averted, all members of the JBMC are straight, despite many gay jokes.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Daniel falls into this category while Robert remains borderline.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Jeffrey and Dallas finally receive their red drumline headbands after the first full run of four of their five movements on the last full day of their four-week band camp experience.
  • Berserk Button: If you're a close friend of Branden's, don't call him lazy.
    • Jeffrey is a joker most of the time, but if you don't treat him seriously whenever he wants to be taken seriously, prepare for hell.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jeffrey is well mannered a lot of the time when he's not being sarcastic, but he skips being mad after he gets annoyed and goes straight to being pissed, often cursing excessively.
  • Big Eater: Several examples, such as Teddy, Jeffrey, and Branden.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Christina was proven to display this trope almost immediately after Jeffrey met her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jerrica has the unfortunate habit of slipping into this.
  • Black Comedy: Despite most of Jeffrey's friends being moral people, their jokes often revolve around rape, racism, suicide, genocide, murder, sexism, homosexuality, depression, the Illuminati, and even satanism among other things.
  • Blue Eyes: Jeffrey displays a pair that have been called beautiful outside of his family.
    • Innocent Blue Eyes: Ashleigh displays a beautiful pair of these, being one of the most moral people Jeffrey knows.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tyler is more free spirited and laid back than Sean, and arguably does just as good a job, if not a better one, at teaching his kids.
  • Buxom Is Better: It is often acknowledged that Natalie has the biggest rack in the band.
  • Catchphrase: Jeffrey commonly keeps running jokes going that eventually evolve into this, such as "necks" being the punchline to a So Bad, It's Good pun. He also coins idioms on the spot and tries to keep them going, such as his saying "If it ain't bread don't fix it."
    • Teddy, being Jeffrey's brother, also has a habit of creating idioms that supposedly everyone says, and tries to pass off "Apples and oranges, my friend" and "Benjamin Franklin" as common sayings.
    • Everyone in the JBMC crowd has at least one of these, such as Kyle's "I'll kink your cake" or Luke's "squids".
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Jeffrey slips into this a lot of the time, being a teenager. Luke also qualifies as well, as do Michael and Garrett.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Steven may be a rare deadpan example, while Tommy and Nathan fall into the regular category.
    • Maria also qualifies.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Jeffrey and Dalton are unfortunate users of this trope on their friends when tired. Daniel and Luke are also not strangers to it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jeffrey falls into this category, as do a majority of his friends and family. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't slip an occasional sarcastic remark by every now and then.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Jeffrey loves hilariously killing bad puns via this method.
  • Fanboy: Jeffrey is a fan of quite a few things, most notably Gravity Falls, Futurama, How I Met Your Mother, Sly Cooper, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, etc.
  • The Determinator: Jeffrey can occasionally pull this off if he can overcome his laziness.
    • A notable example would be Jerrica of the drumline. Joey and Nathan are also implied to be these.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Jeffrey has a plethora of tie-dye clothing that is not limited to shirts.
  • The Faceless: Jeffrey's sophomore Latin instructor Ms. Larson due to Latin being an online course that the school offers. He had to make regular calls to her for assignments, but the closest he ever came to seeing her was a picture on the online course's website.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jeffrey's laziness and lack of self discipline often gets in the way of his abilities and/or opportunities to do great things or have fun. When it comes to his music, triplet rolls are the most apparent weakness of his.
    • Branden's immaturity often lights his short fuse and leads to angry rants or tantrums.
  • Fiery Red Head: Averted with Teddy, who's a moderately mellow person.
  • Five-Man Band: A loose one with 5 JBMC members:
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Peyton and the other Seth.
  • Genki Girl: Maria fits this trope astonishingly perfectly.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ashleigh possesses this.
    • Jeffrey's mom is also extremely moral.
  • Heroic BSOD: Jeffrey has had a couple panic attacks due to thinking too much about mortality and his future. He also suffers from the occasional angst overload.
  • Hidden Depths: Jeffrey is a very emotional and angst-ridden teen, partly because he never says all of what he has to say. Seth is also implied to display this trope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jeffrey shifts into this sometimes, but maybe not quite as much as Daniel.
  • Leitmotif: "It's the End of the World as We Know It" became Jeffrey's after he memorized the lyrics and sang it for the eighth grade talent show. "Careless Whisper" is also commonly associated with the JBMC crowd.
    • Dallas, Jeffrey, and Dalton have all taken to singing along with "Just a Friend" on most of their fast food trips.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Jeffrey and Aimee; both have acknowledged it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jeffrey, possibly due to his constantly colorfully flamboyant wardrobe, has been mistaken for gay on several occasions. Interestingly enough, there is a gay Jeffrey in the band, though he's an entirely different person.
  • Mr. Imagination: Jeffrey has shades of this, despite it being much more prominent when he was younger. Daniel may also qualify
  • Nice Guy: Jeffrey falls into this, and most of his other friends do as well, most notably Jonny.
  • No Antagonist: Being real life, there's really no villain. The closest person to being an antagonist would probably be Jerrica, who had Jerkass tendencies when being a perfectionist section leader, but was fun company at other times.
  • No Indoor Voice: Peyton is often called out for this. Branden can also be unnecessarily loud.
  • Old Shame: Jeffrey looks at his three early Weebly websites as this, and even poked fun at them on his current blog.
  • Only Sane Man: Natalie may play this role in the front ensemble crowd, though she may share it with Delaney (and Christina has her moments). When it comes to the JBMC, Dalton is most likely the primary suspect, and Jonny, Jeffrey, and Luke shift in and out.
  • Out of Focus: Being real life, people commonly float in and out. Some notable examples may be Megan, Madison, Morgan, Emma, Brayden, both of the Bens, Garrett, and Elijah. He also sees a majority of his cousins less often, most notably Baylee, Jamie, and Johnathan, who he usually only sees once or twice a year. Maggie and Gus may also qualify for this trope.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Most of the JBMC members, and members of the school in general, who fall into the "geeky" category embrace it as a part of their personality.
  • Put on a Bus: Over the course of his life, Jeffrey has had quite a few friends move away, including Aimee, Nikki, Sebastian, Kennedy, Tim, Derek, and Lexi. His cousin Kameron is also seen scarcely after leaving for college.
    • The Bus Came Back: This was the case with Ryan, who moved away after sixth grade, moved back in eighth, and became better friends with Jeffrey in ninth.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jeffrey's current puppy, Bonnie, as well as his former dog Lucy Mae.
  • Ruptured Appendix: Jeffrey had a case of appendicitis during the summer between his seventh and eighth grade years at middle school. Jonny also had the same problem in the middle of his seventh grade year.
  • Running Gag: "NECKS!" among many others.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Marina referred to herself as Jeffrey's stalker after developing an obsession with him; even taking pictures of him from afar without him knowing.
  • Sweet Tooth: Jeffrey possesses one of these.
  • Team Mom: Natalie is this to the front ensemble crowd.
  • Those Two Guys: Quite a few duos qualify, such as Tommy and Nathan, Peyton and Brendan, and even Tyler and Sean.
    • Jeffrey himself has been part of this trope with every one of his friends at least once, such as Matthew in seventh grade language and ninth grade math, and possibly Dalton in the ninth grade front ensemble.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jeffrey is a chicken wing man. Among his other favorite foods, there is also trifle, cake, burgers, etc.
    • Teddy's may be chicken, though he's a lover of all meats, most notably steak.
    • Jonny and his raisinets.
    • Branden is quite fond of pizza at the JBMC meetings.
  • True Companions: The JBMC: Jeffrey, Jonny, Robert, Seth, Dalton, Branden, Kyle, Daniel, Jacob, and Luke.
  • When She Smiles: Ashleigh displays a beautiful smile.

    Characters 

Jeffrey

"Okay, there's this guy, right? And he goes the the doctor, and he says "Doctor, I think I might be a vampire," and the doctor says "Necks please!" Ha! Get it? Necks?

The main protagonist due to the tropes described being a representation of his life through TV Tropes. Jeffrey is a kind-hearted, yet somewhat shy and awkward high school student. He enjoys burying the complications of his daily life through The Internet, movies, Netflix, and self-distracting projects that serve no purpose other than to possibly make a few people laugh. Indeed, Jeffrey tries looking for fun in everything he does, even forming a movie club (the JBMC) with nine of his closest school friends. He enjoys drumming in and outside of the school band, as well as drawing and jogging when he's not feeling too lazy.
  • Achilles' Heel: Jeffrey suffers from Osgood-Schlatter's Disease, meaning that he has a painful calcium build up on one of his knees.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He unfortunately suffered this for a long time. Eventually he landed a steady girlfriend in his sophomore year of high school, but she left him about three and a half months later.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: When Jeffrey receives his band camp headband after surviving a week of away camp on the snare line.
  • Berserk Button: While he's a joker most of the time, Jeffrey demands being taken serious when he tries to be. This is most prominent between him and his brother Teddy, who tends to smile and laugh at Jeffrey when they get into arguments, only fueling Jeffrey's fire.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Jeffrey is an all around good guy, his tolerance level varies drastically. It doesn't matter how high it is when you break it, however, because you'd better be prepared for some hardcore swearing when you do.
  • Big Eater
  • Black Comedy: He and his friends sure have a lot of circulating jokes that feed off of this; Jeffrey in particular is more prominantly a frequent user of Black Comedy than most of his friends.
  • Blue Eyes: And people have commented that they look rather nice.
  • Catchphrase: Any Running Gag among his friends that he repeats, specifically "Necks!", stemming from the above quote.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Being a teenager, Jeffrey slips into this trope unfortunately often.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Only when you piss him off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of course Jeffrey falls into this category, but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: A common means for Jeffrey to get a smile out of someone.
  • Fanboy: Of quite a few things, including but not limited to Gravity Falls, Sly Cooper, Futurama, How I Met Your Mother, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Parks and Recreation, and Sherlock.
  • The Determinator: While he doesn't always fall into this category, he certainly can pull it off when he finds enough strength to put aside his laziness.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Jeffrey owns a plethora of tie-dye shirts, stating that they emphasize his colorful personality.
  • Fatal Flaw: He seriously regrets his laziness and lack of self-discipline, which often causes him to miss out on an opportunity he would've enjoyed.
  • The Hero: Due to this tropes page describing his life.
  • Heroic BSOD: Jeffrey has been known to suffer from occasional stress and angst overloads about once every other month. He also had two anxiety attacks during his freshman year of high school due to thinking too much about mortality and the future.
  • Hidden Depths: He never says all that he has to say, possibly because he doesn't always know how to put it into words. For a usually upbeat and exciting persons, he's actually a pretty stressed out guy underneath.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his worst.
  • Leitmotif: "It's the End of the World As We Know It".
  • Like Brother and Sister: Jeffrey and Aimee are like this; both have acknowledged it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Several times, most commonly by his friends' parents. It may be a side effect of wearing so many tie-dye shirts.
  • Nice Guy: Hates letting people down.
  • Old Shame: Jeffrey sees his old "Weebly" websites and Fingerface videos as this, even going so far as to poke fun at them on his current blog. He also doesn't talk much about the blog he had before that...
  • Only Sane Man: He certainly shifts into this at times among his friends.
  • Proud to Be a Geek
  • Ruptured Appendix: Happened to Jeffrey throughout his middle school years; the same year as Jonny oddly enough.
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Those Two Guys: Despite not usually falling victim to this trope, he's not immune in certain situations. The most common instances include he and Matthew in seventh grade, and he and Ryan in tenth grade.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken wings, trifle, cake, burgers, etc.
  • True Companions: It seems that the JBMC crowd has turned into something like this, possibly courtesy of Jeffrey himself.

    YMMV 
  • Base Breaker: Teddy. He's incredibly funny, smart, and a warm presence when he wants to be, but whiny and unpleasant under other conditions.
    • Daniel also qualifies; he's funny and can be good company, but gets angry very fast and easily, and is desensitized for the most part.
    • Hannah. Some see her as bratty and not too far from her brother Peyton in personality. Others note that she's not comparable to Peyton in annoyance, and that she's genuinely talented and attractive.
    • Branden, the JBMC member with the most divided reputation among the gang. He's a nice and fun guy, but can suffer from being immature, overly loud, and overly jokingly harsh without realizing it.
    • Claudius, Jeffrey's fictitious alter ego who started off as a joke in middle school and eventually died, only to be revived in high school when an unknown member of the JBMC gave him a blog. Everybody thought that it was funny in the beginning, but most agree that it lingered around too long and eventually became a feeble attempt at a laugh.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Pick out any conversation from Jeffrey's high school life and you'll be surprised if it merely crosses the line twice.
    • Any instance in which the author game is played at Dalton's expense.
    • Jeffrey's puns cross the line once for being hilariously bad, but cross it again when they reach levels of hilarious Black Comedy.
      Jeffrey: Jonny, if you ever commit suicide and shoot yourself, I'll walk into the room and be like "Ah shoot!"
    • Any black jokes directed at Essence certainly fall into this territory.
  • Ear Worm: The songs played by the HHS band often end up being sang/played/whistled. Outside of the band songs, "Careless Whisper" and "It's the End of the World As We Know It" can come up on occasion, among other songs.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quite a few. Within HHS, there's Dallas, Christina, Steven, Tommy and Nathan, Mark, Mr. Addis, and Mr. McKinney. Outside of HHS, there's Maggie and Gus, Steven's brother Fred, Scott the Boston terrier lover, Sean and Tyler, and Aimee.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Tanner's clingy behavior was viewed as annoying by his band mates, but made understandably sympathetic when it is later revealed that his brother was ganged up on and beaten to death in college.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jeffrey started writing funny math problem parodies in middle school, featuring a main character with the name Tommy. When he gets to high school, he becomes friends with a base drummer in the band with the same name.
  • Memetic Mutation: It seems that one was attempted with Claudius, who was given his own blog by an unknown member of the JBMC (implied to be either Seth or Jonny).
  • Moe: Delaney, who's innocent and adorable and seems to catch the eye of every other guy in half the band.
  • The Scrappy: The other Tyler due to he and Ashleigh's close friendship and the way he constantly flirts with her. Jeffrey himself admits that he doesn't really know Tyler all too well and he's probably a decent guy, but he doesn't come across as a saint.
    • Peyton. He is loud and obnoxious, possessing the ability to carry lengthy conversations on topics that nobody but him wants to discuss. YMMV on whether the crap he receives from other classmates makes him sympathetic enough not to qualify under this title.
    • The other Seth. He's loud, reuses the same jokes that he borrowed from other sources to begin with, and constantly invades personal space. As with Peyton, it's questionable as to whether or not he's sympathetic enough to be resurrected, but Seth is less oblivious to his actions.
    • Shelby. She was hated by basically every member of the household for taking up all of Teddy's time (among other things), and eventually left Teddy for another guy.
    • Jaea. The general consensus on her around the front ensemble crowd is that she's annoying and ditzy, though some say she has her okay moments.
  • Signature Scene: Jeffrey singing "It's the End of the World As We Know It" in the eighth grade talent show will be forever remembered (by people he knows and by people he doesn't).
  • Squick: Whenever Bonnie eats her own poop.
  • The Woobie: Dallas can qualify as this when it's discovered that his older sister had recently died, on top of the absence of his mother. His dad Jeff certainly qualifies.

    Awesome Moments 
  • Jeffrey singing "It's the End of the World As We Know It" at the eighth grade talent show, marking the height of his eighth grade year and overall middle school years.
  • The HHS Band performance at Chapters in 2014. Many performances would qualify, but this was where their season peaked and one of their cleanest shows was played. Not to mention that the percussion beat their record for the highest percussion score in HHS band history, scoring a 19.1 in drums.
  • Despite the fact that they broke up before the dance, the way that Jeffrey asked Ashleigh to Winter Formal certainly qualifies. After they finished watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jeffrey left the room with his phone still connected to a Bluetooth speaker inside. He then proceeded to re-enter the room with a dozen roses after he started playing "Never Gonna Give You Up" on the speaker. Doubles as a heartwarming moment.
    • Not to mention that they both shared their first kiss on the same night.

    Funny Moments 
  • Steven: Basically anything that comes out of his mouth, and it doesn't stop there. There's also his dance moves and unmatchable facial expressions.
    • Any picture or video that Steven shares.
  • Tommy and Nathan and any impressions of them. Sometimes it doesn't even matter what they say, just the immature, over-the-top way that they say it is enough to make a person laugh.
  • Bonnie's ignorant tendencies, such as Jeffrey's video of her trying to eat a leaf stuck to the other side of a window.
  • Any stupid and offensive racist jokes that the JBMC or the percussion make can qualify. Bonus points if they're stated in the company of Essence.
  • Any instance in which the author game is played.
    • The stories of Dalton being the most repulsive human being on the planet, filled with cursing, rape, death, and extremely offensive humor that's only funny because it goes way over-the-top. Most are written by Jeffrey, Steven, and Dallas.
    • The "Drug-Man" story by Jeffrey, Teddy, Maggie, and Gus.
  • The Tommy math problem parodies written by Jeffrey.

    Heartwarming Moments 
  • Jeffrey and Ashleigh's first kiss after he asked her to Winter Formal. Sure they break up before the dance, but they were so sweet together that the moment remains tender.
  • At the first JBMC Secret Santa, Jonny leaves a gift for Jeffrey on his bed despite not being assigned to him. The gift was a picture of Lucy Mae. Jeffrey counters the next year by giving Jonny a picture of him and Maria together, along with a note on how Jonny is a great friend in a great relationship.
    • Also in the original JBMC Secret Santa, Jeffrey assigned the Secret Santas and was therefore left out of the exchange. Because of this, a few members pitch in and buy him a Monty Python and the Holy Grail t-shirt.
  • After his breakup with Ashleigh, the way that Jeffrey's friends come to his aid certainly qualifies, such as Christina talking with him and Nathan forcing hugs on him.
    • Jeffrey's parents also try to help and be as understanding as possible, with his dad even buying him a cheesecake.

    Tear Jerkers 
  • Lucy's death. It was the first time that Jeffrey had really experienced a close death before, albeit a dog, and he doesn't take it the best in the world. His parents and grandparents reactions may qualify as well, though their sadness may have been split between Lucy's actual death and Jeffrey's reaction to it.
  • Jeffrey and Ashleigh's breakup, which seems so empty due to the fact that it mainly happened as a result of their confusion on how to handle their first major relationship. Jeffrey's reaction is heartbreaking, and Ashleigh is implied to have been a little broken up about it as well.

    Nightmare Fuel