Penny: I got a C...
August: Oh... Well when you put it like that you make it seem like the worst thing ever.
Kevin: You got a C too? Wow. And here I thought you were smart.C Students is a 2014 animated web series created by AnimatedJames on YouTube. The story focuses on the three main characters August, Penny, and Kevin, three friends just trying to make their way through high school and all its perils, including, but not limited to: Alpha Bitches, relationships, sex, batshit insane teachers, creepy twins, Italian bullies, swearing, and Chuck Jones cartoon physics.C Students is based off of an 11 minute short called Cancer Crusaders. Cancer Crusaders was intended as the pilot to a series called Seniors. Seniors was about seven main characters, all high school seniors, and were fictitious versions of the voice actors themselves. Being an independent project, however, Seniors went through Development Hell because of many factors, including voice actors taking forever to record their lines, recording their lines with shitty hardware, James not hearing back from the people involved for months at a time, and many more. Because of this, creator James Barkley decided to cancel Seniors, and give it new life in the form of C Students, which is supposed to be easier to manage and create, having less people involved.The series was cancelled in an announcement from James during March of 2015, as he felt that he was ignorant about the subject of friendship. No remakes have been announced, and only a pilot and some of episode two have been released. Later, on February 2, 2016, James made a new animation, a music video called "Creative Types," which featured the characters of C Students a few years later.Later the same month, it was announced that the characters who appear in Creative types would be the focus of a Web Comic.
This series provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: The whole series is based off of an aborted series called Seniors.
- The series itself is also an example.
- Alpha Bitch: Scarlett. She only befriends people who will do whatever she wants, like what ever she likes, and agree with whatever she says.
- Armoured Closet Gay: Drew is a HUGE one.
- Ax-Crazy: Ms. Delite appears to be suppressing this.
- Book Dumb: In college, Nicole is shown to be taking various music classes, including Music History, Music Theory, Music Literature, Music Politics...what?, and Actual Music. She is failing all but one of these, with her only A in Actual Music.
- Butt-Monkey: Kevin. Then again, he brings on himself.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: All of the students who had speaking roles in the original first episode make a return in "Creative Types" except for the twins Dom and Tom.
- Country Matters: Played with. This was played straight, then lampshaded, and then averted in the most glorious way possible.Penny: Why are you so obsessed with that girl? She's a total C-U-N-T.Kevin: *mutters under his breath while counting on his fingers* c...u...n...OH, what is with Americans being allergic to that word? If someone's a cunt, just call them a cunt! *beat* A-and no, she's not a cunt!
- Creator Cameo: James himself shows up as the person who heckles Kevin during his stand up performance, even though August is already an Expy of James.
- Darker and Edgier: The "Creative Types" video especially with Kevin's suicide attempt, Nicole's mom slapping her and the lack of the Chuck Jones type humour of the pilot.
- Deadpan Snarker: August
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The end of "Creative Types"
- Five-Man Band:
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Drew. Right after calling the twins Fortunate Accomplished Geniuses (FAGs), he has a very homosexual fantasy involving both of them. When he shakes his head, he says in his mind: "You're straight. You're straight. You're Italian, therefore you are straight."
- High School
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: An Expy of Timmy Turner appears at one point.
- Meta Fiction: Complete with Fourth Wall jokes, Anti-Humor, and Kevin essentially being a human Looney Tune, this series loves to poke fun at certain tropes, and provides commentary on creative works in general.
- The Musical: The song "Possibility" at the end of the first episode seems to imply that the series would have had other musical numbers like this. Lampshaded by Dom and Tom after the credits, with a dash of Leaning on the Fourth Wall.
- Nice Girl: Penny.
- Nice Hat: Kevin's fedora
- Noodle Incident: What exactly did happen on the night of Kevin's and Scarlett's first date? We have no idea, because Scarlett muted Kevin as he recounted the tale. It definitely had something to do with the Ace Attorney series, that's for sure.
- Only One Name: When Kevin is performing at the stand-up comedy club, his name on the little marquee outside is just "Kevin."
- Punch-Clock Villain: Scarlett's "friends" qualify.
- Rule 63: Penny wishes Kevin and August were girls, and the two imagine themselves as women. Girl!August then proceeds to pick up Girl!Kevin and throw him out of the thought bubble into Kevin's face.
- Sadist Teacher: See Ax-Crazy above.
- Single-Minded Twins: Dom and Tom
- Slapstick: Parodied mercilessly with Kevin.
- They Do: In "Creative Types," it is shown that August and Penny are dating.
- Tsundere: Nicole is this for Penny. When they first meet, Nicole is visibly smitten with her. She then proceeds to act indifferent towards her.
- Wingding Eyes: Scarlett in "Creative Types."