Web Animation / The Most Popular Girls in School


Maybe if we worked harder at being nice and making friends instead of defeating enemies, we really would be the most popular girls in school.
Shay van Buren

A Stop Motion series hosted on YouTube.

Directed by Mark Cope, written by Carlo Moss, and produced by Lily Vonnegut, the series takes place in the town of Overland Park, Kansas. It can be described roughly as a mixture of Mean Girls, Robot Chicken, and South Park, featuring a cast of high school characters archetypes depicted in Stop Motion.

New episodes appear alternately with new material every other Tuesday on their channel. Other material can be found on their tumblr.

Season 1 began on May 1, 2012 and ended on November 13, 2012. Season 2 began on March 5, 2013 and ended on July 23, 2013. Season 3 began on November 5, 2013 and ended on May 20th, 2014. Season 4 began on January 6, 2015 and ended on March 31, 2015.

On June 5, 2015, a SVOD show called Dr. Havoc's Diary from the same creators was announced, and on June 16, 2015, the pilot was released. On August 18, 2016, the rest of the show was released weekly, exclusively on Fullscreen.note 

On August 25, 2015, a new app about MPGIS was released on android and iOS in a video.

On September 23, 2015, a TV show of MPGIS with Charlize Theron, from Universal Cable, was announced from the creators, also as a result of a development deal with the network Freeform. There’s also a book deal in the works.

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  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • Rachel Tice, who seems to be loathed by everyone at the school and her own sister except for Judith, even after she wins prom queen.
    • By Season 4, Mackenzie Zales has pretty much alienated most of the school due to her various Zany Schemes.
    • Speaking of Season 4, Shay Van Buren as of Episode 70 after her In Vino Veritas video being exposed to the whole school by the Trishas.
  • 100% Adoration Rating:
    • Amberlynn, who is well regarded with warmth and positive input from just about everybody except Deandra, who doesn't know her since she's only been at Overland Park for two weeks. Even the warring cheerleaders and Van Burens stop to compliment her for "really deserving it" when she gets nominated for prom queen and subsequently wins third runner up. The only one who doesn't like her is Jenna Darrabond. It's likely that Shay Van Buren also dislikes her, considering in the video that is shown at the end of year party she drunkenly calls her a "fake-ass bitch".
  • Accidental Misnaming: Shay Van Buren starts being constantly called Gay after being nominated for Prom Queen.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: After she has a nightmare of Saison giving birth to a Talking Hipster Baby, Mackenzie laments that it'll be the last time she has kimchi before bed.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Oisin McGrann does this during on the field during the State Championship game in Episode 56, in order to taunt the other team.
    • Mackenzie does this in a video she recorded, that was shown in Episode 65, with balloons.
  • Adults Are Useless: A large majority of the adults in this show are either totally clueless, cynical and overly apathetic, or just never there when they're needed.
  • Age-Inappropriate Art:
    • In the third grade, all the girls loved the song Tipsy by J-Kwon.
    • Third-grade Rachel Tice is obsessed with The O.C. and all the girls proceed to discuss sexual plotlines on the show. They also loved the movie Mean Girls.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Mackenzie and Shay have both fallen victim to this trope once. Funnily enough, Brittnay wound up playing the straight man to the both of them.
  • Alliterative Name: Caitlin Cameron (a TV reporter).
  • All Women Are Lustful: Seriously, there are more female characters than you think that surpass the men in terms of perversion and sex!
  • Alpha Bitch: Mackenzie Zales seems to fit this role, or shares it with Shay Van Buren (apparently, even in the Third Grade). Shay's sister Cameron seemed to fill it when she was in the school prior to the start of the series, and Mikayla appears to be this in the elementary school she attends.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming:
    • The Atchison High Cheer Squad, whose names all start with the letter T (Head Cheerleader Tanya Berkowitz, Co-Head Vice Captain Taylor McDevitt, and Trisha).
    • Coincidentally, for the three gay characters as well: Tanner, Tristan, and Than.
  • Ambiguously Gay: There's been a ton of examples among the unconfirmed characters, but one that comes to mind is the fact that Rachel brought Judith to prom. And Judith was wearing a tuxedo. Woof.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The winner of prom queen gets immediately sidetracked by a dance routine from the football team, causing Mackenzie to go on a loud and vicious rant from the ridiculousness of the night.
  • Animation Bump: The fourth season is done by a team of animators along with the original creators and it definitely shows. The characters' movements are much more fluid, and they have a wider range of motion than in the previous seasons.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Mikayla Van Buren.
    Cameron Van Buren: Correction! Shay and I are at war with the Cheer Squad. You got sent home from school for infecting the entire third grade with lice.
    • Rachel Tice to her sister Bridget.
    Rachel Tice: I'm recording it on the DVR. DON'T ERASE MY DVR!
    Bridget Tice: I'm going to watch it in the family room, you stupid. Fucking. Abortion.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Episode 63:
    Brittnay: (in her promo video) Do you need help lowering the self-esteem of somebody who's already got it worse than you? Sounds like you need a cheerleader! Do you need help saying something to a sixteen year old that a normal person wouldn't say to Hitler? Sounds like you need a cheerleader! Are you tired of basic bitches who just don't get it? Sounds like you need a cheerleader. ...Oh and I can also do all that other cheerleading stuff too, like flips and holding up signs and shit.
  • Artificial Limbs: As of the season 2 premiere, Deandra has prosthetics to replace her ripped-off arms. One looks like a regular arm, but the other is a cyborg arm that whirs whenever she moves it.
  • Artifact Title: The New Year's Eve episode reveals that the main characters have, over the course of a year, lost all of their friends and their social status. The rest of the season, however, has them reclaiming this status.
  • Ascended Extra: Rachel Tice was supposed to be a one-shot appearance but they liked the voice so much that she got her own sub-plot.
  • Aside Glance: In episode 29, when Tanya notices Deandra's robot arm, she says she didn't know there was a Fullmetal Alchemist convention in town. Deandra responds, "Oh funny. I've never heard that one before. Ever." and then looks at the camera. This is in response to the many YouTube comments about how Deandra's robot arm reminds fans of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Assumed Win: Every girl nominated for Prom Queen except Amberlynn Weggers thought they'd win. Imagine everyone's surprise when Rachel Tice wins by giving every boy in the school (except Matthew Derringer) a blowjob.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch:
    • Deandra does this to both Alpha Bitches for the other.
    • Ashley as of Season 2 with the help of the Atchison High cheer squad; their own squad's rival. Not much for the "Alpha Bitch" part since she's still really upset with Trisha.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Saison Margeurite is an extreme case where in which, her variation of the nip-slip when it comes to Wardrobe Malfunction is mostly because her top exposing so much of her stomach to the chest.
  • Batman Gambit: Mackenzie Zales pulls off one that sets in motion the end of Season 3 and the events of Season 4. Her plan involved her best friend Brittnay Matthews, the Greater Scope Villain Jenna Darabond and the former Alpha Bitch Cameron Van Buren. It involved burning Brittnay's car so she would blame Jenna and punch her in the face, thus causing a parent-teacher meeting to which she knew Shay's mother wouldn't attend, so she called Shay's sister, Cameron and Jenna's father, knowing she would seduce him. Later, she took Deandra's robotic arm and falsely tried to break Jenna and Justin off, making her admit she already confessed all her crimes to him, including burning the mall, which she recorded with Deandra's arm's voice recorder. Ultimately, when Cameron's and Jenna's father's relationship came to light, he resigned of his post as Senator, leaving Jenna without her political protection and getting arrested for arson.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Jeannie Halverstad has one (named Angie), whom she mistreats off-camera.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Brittnay really doesn't like Saison's-how you say?-Verbal Tic.
    • Outside of the show, do not say the word 'supercool' around Carlo. He hates it so, of course, people use it often.
  • The Bechdel Test: Passes with flying colors. While boys and relationships are a frequent topic of discussion, the girls have tons more to talk about — revenge, cheerleading, revenge, the social structure of Overland Park, revenge, alliances, revenge, food, parties, and, of course, revenge.
  • Beta Bitch: Brittnay to Mackenzie (for eight-and-a-half years and counting), and Mackenzie loves pointing out that Brittnay is only the "co-head vice cheer captain" and expects her to act like it.
  • Be Yourself: At the end of Season 2 Brittnay and Mackenzie resolve to never change who they are to become rich and famous. Even if who they are are rude, crass, and kind of psychotic.
  • Big Bad: Jenna Darabond, who let Deandra into the girl's room in Episode 1, brought Shay Van Buren in between Mackenzie and her boyfriend, and burned down the Atchison Mall at some point between Seasons 1 and 2. And she's introducing Hipsterism to Overland Park High School (which is bad for the main group of cheerleaders).
  • Big Eater:
    • Deandra, if Episode 5 (Appropriately titled "$57 Lunch") is anything to go by.
    Deandra: Can I have a hotdog?... Lemme get some tater tots. Oh, and, also, a slice of pepperoni pizza, and, also a basket of jalapeno poppers, and some chicken nuggets, a ketchup boat, three potato pancakes, a creamsicle, two quesadillas, a bread loaf, side of ranch, some pixie sticks, taco salad, an order of ribs, aaaand a diet coke- no. Strawberry shake. No! Diet Coke. NO! Both.
    Lunch Lady Belinda: That is gonna be one huge shit.
    • Fun Fact: This trope applies to Carlo Moss (the VA of Deandra) himself. According to a "Live In The Bathroom" livestream video, Lily Vonnegut says that when they went to a buffet, Carlo got eleven full plates for himself.
  • Bi the Way: Jenna Darabond, Than (though he clearly still prefers men), Jenna Dapananian, Lunch Lady Belinda, and implied with Shay Van Buren.
    Cameron: Oh great, do we get to entertain another one of Shay's "investigate my vagina" boys.
    Mikayla: Seriously Shay, just commit to the dick!
  • Black and Grey Morality: In Season 3.
  • Black Comedy: Would like a sample dialogue, from Episode 24? Yes, I said sample.
    Jayna: Shay! Mommy just lost a child! A child, Shay. Be nice!
    Cameron: Yeah Shay, Mom's going through a lot right now! Losing a baby is a traumatic event!
    Shay: Well, good thing she has the abortion queen of Johnson County by her side.
    Cameron: I know you're trying to insult me, but they're actually naming a wing of the clinic after me, so let's see who's laughing when I'm cutting the ribbon on "The Cameron Van Buren Center for Vacuum Research & Fetus Disposal"!
    Mikayla: Cameron, I don't really think that this is the kind of thing that anybody should be laughing about—
    Cameron: Cool it, Mikayla. You're a prime example of why this city should okay abortions into the 30th trimester—
    Jayna: Girls, girls! You are all treasures! Lovely, accidental treasures! Mistakes, but treasures.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three main cheerleaders, Brittnay, Mackenzie and Trisha.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Dialogue version in Episode 36:
    Judith: I actually don't eat gluten because it makes me throw up red blood.
  • Body Horror: In episode 11, Deandra gets her arms ripped off during a fight between the Van Burens and the Cheerleaders.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • In Episode 33:
    Announcer: (over PA) Mikayla [van Buren] is a third grader at Meadow Lane Elementary. Her interests include coloring, hopscotch, and Napoleonic battle strategies. Her favorite books are Goodnight Moon and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
    • In Episode 63:
    Brittnay: (in her promo video) I am an expert in all of the major facets of cheerleading: Being bitchy, gossiping about enemies, achieving peak attractiveness and of course, contributing absolutely nothing to the world around me.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In response to all of the Youtube comments about how Deandra's robot arm reminds fans of Fullmetal Alchemist.
      Tanya: I didn't realize there was a Fullmetal Alchemist convention in town.
      Deandra: Oh funny. I've never heard that one before. Ever.
    • In an earlier episode when Mackenzie goes to the doctor about her hair loss he tells her he's sure no one will notice, Mackenzie responds, "Oh, trust me. Everyone has noticed." This was in response to fans commenting about the random bald spot appearing on the Mackenzie doll.
    • In Episode 53, Trisha does an Aside Glance as she mentions that the plan is taking a lot longer than she thought it would, and that some people are starting to talk. This was in response to the impatient fans waiting for the Season Finale.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: The main storyline in all of Season 4, between Mackenzie and Brittnay. Trisha eventually brings them back together in the finale.
  • Brick Joke: In the first episode, Ashley Katchadourian lets Deandra into the bathroom, Trisha then mentions that Ashley isn't even in charge of the door, Jenna Darabond is in charge of the door. In Episodes 11 and 12, after Deandra gets her arms ripped off, Trisha blames Ashley because she wasn't watching the door. But then it turns out Ashley wasn't in charge of watching the door after all.
  • Butt Monkey:
  • Call Back: At the start of episode 5 Matthew Derringer retells the same story Trisha told at the beginning of the series. In fact, the viewers can't even pretend that some events in this show never happened—the characters like to bring them up in later episodes (especially the incident with Deandra's arms).
  • Call Forward: Mainly in the flashback episodes.
  • Camp Gay: Tanner Christiansen's boyfriend, Tristan.
  • Cassandra Truth: Brittnay doesn't trust Deandra, who is currently backstabbing both the cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
  • Cast Herd: By the time we've reached Season 3 of this show, it's evident that this trope is in place for our convenience (i.e. The Cheer Squad, The Hipsters, The Football players, etc.).
  • Catch Phrase: The Van Buren "Hi/Byeeee!". It's what gives Deandra away to the cheerleaders.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • The Atchison Mall burning down in Season 2? Jenna Darabond did it to set the Atchison Cheer Squad on the Overland Park Squad.
    • This also applies to Deandra's pooping habits, as of Episode 29.
  • The Cheerleader:
    • Um, everybody in the Overland Park Cheer Squad and the Atchison Cheer Squad. We see various other squads from around the country in Episode 28.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ashley tells the rival cheer squad that Saison Marguerite is pregnant in hopes to get revenge on Overland Park's cheer squad. While this seems like a pointless throw away joke to poke fun at Ashley's ineptitude gossip, guess which character just got put on the cheer squad for nationals?
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Judith and Rachel consider themselves to be this, in regards to their plan to get Rachel crowned Prom Queen.
    Judith: See of you can explain all the twists and turns to these simpletons, Rachel.
    Rachel: Well, I gave every boy in school... a blow j.
    • Deandra may be this too, as she expected to win prom queen by pity vote (due to losing her arms).
    • Mackenzie, so much.
  • Childhood Friends: A number of the main and recurring cast have known each other since the Third Grade, or for some (Shay and Mackenzie), earlier than that. It would be much more appropriate to say that some pairs are Childhood Vitriolic Best Buds. Of course, it would be a big mistake to call Shay and Mackenzie friends.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 38.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Deandra with the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Trisha Cappelletti and Trisha 2.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: In Episode 20.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: All over the bloody place.
  • Comic-Book Time: In an example of Webcomic Time, Seasons 1 through 4 take place over a single school year (less, as the series began with the year already in progress) but were produced over the course of four calendar years. What makes it also qualify as Comic-Book Time is that whenever a character mentions the current year, they say the current Real Life year, meaning it went from 2012 to 2015 during that single In-Universe year.
  • Comic Trio: In Season 4, we have Trisha, Trisha 2, and Mackenzie.
  • Coitus Ensues: Happens in Episodes 58, 65, and 70.
  • Corpsing: In Episode 19, if you listen closely after Belinda say that "[She]'s had a few miscarriages [herself]", you can hear Bill Sindelar and Lily Vonnegut falling apart a bit in their following lines.
  • Country Matters: This word is used so often that it's normal to hear in-show. In fact, one of Mackenzie's favorite insults is "Cuntholes".
  • Courtroom Episode: A variation is used from Episodes 50-52; a Parent-Teacher Conference.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bridget Tice.
    Tanner: I'm Tanner Christiansen.
    Bridget: The answer to a question I never asked.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Mr. Van Buren. He's probably yet to make his appearance since he's mentioned very briefly in the "$57 Lunch" episode that he gave the Van Buren sisters a credit card. Lampshaded in Extra Credit 16:
    Mikayla: We have a dad?
    Shay: Is dad coming home?
    • Mackenzie is shown to have a stepdad; then, where is her biological father?
    • Justin's father left him when he was four.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
  • Ditzy Genius: It's entirely possible (and there have been some small hints at the concept, like being good with cameras) that Trisha C. has Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Depraved Homosexual:
    • Lunch Lady Belinda may be this, as evidenced by her apparent crush on Cameron Van Buren.
    • Jonathan Getslinhaumer may be this as well.
  • Dysfunctional Family: In the thanksgiving episode, a sneak peek of how it goes in some of the major characters' household. This is pretty much it. Except for Brittnay where she just throws out a ham and cranberry sauce out of the window but nonetheless, she counts. Averted for Deandra it seems since she actually praised her mom and her grandmother for the dinner they just had.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first 3 episodes, Mackenzie and Trisha wear casual clothes instead of their cheerleader uniforms, and Mackenzie has a different voice actress.
    • One piece of weirdness that lingered is that the characters who debuted in the first episode (Mackenzie, Trisha, and Deandra) are knock-off dolls instead of real Barbies, as the show had No Budget until the second episode. Mackenzie and Trisha soon had their heads transplanted onto real Barbie dolls's bodies so they could fit into Barbie cheerleader uniforms, while Deandra kept her body.
    • Season 1 showed other characters going to the bathroom onscreen; now those sorts of scenes are only reserved for Deandra.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Gay Van Buren.
  • Engineered Public Confession: This is how Mackenzie gets Jenna arrested, with Deandra's robot arm; and how Trisha causes Shay's popularity to crash, with the former's AV Club experience.
  • Evil Matriarch:
    • Mrs. Van Buren has shades of this since she eagerly helps Shay, Mikayla, and Deandra in their plots to humiliate the Cheerleaders, even lecturing them on the proper way to spike their energy drinks with laxatives and the correct time to do so.
    • Mrs. Zales, Played for Laughs.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Brittnay having had enough with Mackenzie's bullshit becomes the main enemy in Season 4. They reconcile in Episode 70.
  • Fallen Princess:
    • Rachel Tice used to be friends with Shay, Mackenzie and Brittnay in the third grade. At least, until Brittnay caught her eating a roly-poly straight out of the sandbox. It's been downhill for her ever since. At least, until Prom Night.... Actually, by season two, Rachel is still unpopular. Mackenzie and the Cheerleaders point out that winning prom queen by giving blow jobs didn't make her popular. It just made her a whore.
    • Shay Van Buren after Trisha causes her popularity to crash in episode 70.
  • False Friend: Deandra to the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens. She sides with both of them just to reap the benefits.
  • Fan Disservice: Lunch Lady Belinda in Episode 26. Let's just say, don't plan on eating before or after watching the video. Or possibly ever again.
  • Fanservice: This poster. You'll have to scroll down to see it, though.
  • Fangirl: Rachel Tice, with her obsession with Gossip Girl and previously (in the third grade), The O.C.. She also seems to be a big fan of Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf, enough to threaten her sister over it...
  • Fiery Redhead: Bridget Tice could count as such. Then again, given that she's portrayed by a doll of Merida...
  • Flat "What.": Mackenzie's deadpan response to Rachel Tice's master plan.
    Rachel Tice: Well, I gave every boy in the school a blow j.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • At prom...
    Lunch Lady Belinda: Forget it. The babies you make tonight are gonna be so stupid.
    • Deandra specifically said Ashley Katchadourian let her into the girls bathroom in the first episode. When Deandra sees Ashley at Cheer Nationals she only refers to her as "that girl who betrayed you guys" and never by her real name, which seems to hint Deandra never actually met Ashley Katchadourian. Come season 3, we learn Jenna Darabond let Deandra in and said she was Ashley Katchadourian.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Trisha/Trisha 2 (Optimistic), Brittnay (Realist), Mackenzie (Cynic), and Deandra (Conflicted). Mackenzie and Brittnay can switch roles depending on the scenario.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The Cheerleaders (including Trisha 2) and/or Deandra. Mackenzie is Melancholic, Brittnay is Choleric, Deandra is Phlegmatic, and Trisha/Trisha 2 is Sanguine.
    • In the Third Grade, Brittnay is still Choleric, Rachel is Sanguine, Shay is Melancholic, and Mackenzie is Phlegmatic.
    • The van Burens: Mikayla (Sanguine), Cameron (Choleric), Shay (still Melancholic), and Jayna (Phlegmatic).
  • Fourth Wall Psych: Brittnay and Mackenzie seem to have this going on in episode 10. When Brittnay brings up Taylor McDevitt and the water park incident she walks up to the camera, seemingly telling it to the viewers. Mackenzie does the same when she proclaims that Shay Van Buren will now be known as Gay Van Buren. They're both simply telling it to their fellow cheer squad and are only looking away for dramatic effect but it leads them instead to look directly at us.
  • Freak Out:
    • Trisha Cappelletti has one after Deandra gets her arms ripped off, royally chewing out Ashley Katchadourian in the process.
    • Mackenzie has a Villainous Breakdown variant during prom after the poll results for prom queen keep getting sidetracked.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Episode 23- it takes some careful watching but the poster for the movie Brittnay and Than are going to see eventually becomes clear enough to read: Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • Why the Van Burens seem to despise Mackenzie and Brittnay with a passion, they seem fairly neutral around Trisha. Mikayla even seems to be developing a somewhat Odd Friendship with her.
      • Perhaps not anymore with Shay, seeing how Trisha destroyed her popularity with a recorded drunken rant video in Episode 70.
  • Freudian Trio: Respectively in each Girl Posse; Mackenzie, Shay, and Tanya (Superego), Trisha, Mikayla, and Trisha 2 (Ego), and Brittnay, Cameron, and Taylor (Id).
  • Full-Name Basis: Pretty much everyone except Deandra. Honestly, it'd be easier to count when characters aren't referred by their full names.
  • Fun with Acronyms: What the acronym on Brittnay's Revenge Campaign read as (note the bold letters): Matthews Plan to Gain Influence Subvert Shitty Egomaniacs And Seek Out New Forms Of Unholy Retribution. There's more in the rest of the Indie Gogo videos. They all spell the same thing-MPGIS SEASON FOUR.
  • Girl Posse:
    • Mackenzie, Brittnay, and Trisha.
    • Shay, Cameron, and Mikayla.
    • Tanya, Taylor, and Trisha 2.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: For the most part. Both opposing sides (i.e. Brittnay and Mackenzie, Mackenzie and Shay) are assholes in some way or another, but have some redeeming qualities.
  • Grumpy Bear: Bridget Tice.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Brittnay is this trope embodied. So is Mackenzie's mother. The former only holds back against genuinely nice people.
  • High-School Dance: The Season 1 climax and finale revolves around Prom.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard:
    • Deandra gets her arms ripped off in a fight between the cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
    • And as for Jenna Darabond burning down the Atchison mall just to get the cheer squad from there involved in her second plan, she gets stabbed by Tanya Berkowitz, the head cheerleader of the—presumably disbanded after Cheer Nationals—Atchison cheer squad.
  • Hollywood Homely: Rachel Tice is so ugly in-universe that she is mistaken for a boy by Tanner.
  • Hot-Blooded: Brittnay gets worked up really easily, lets just say that.
  • I Can't Hear You: Poor deaf-in-her-right-ear-after-having-gotten-hit-by-a-Hacky-Sack-in-the-Third-Grade Shay van Buren. "What?" practically seems to be her Catchphrase.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After losing to fucking Rachel Tice, Mackenzie and Shay muse on the fact that maybe they should focus on being nicer to people instead of being shallow bitches. They both immediately nix this idea in favor of devoting the rest of their lives to destroying Rachel Tice, and then deciding they still hate each other.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Deandra attempts this kind of excuse in Episode 10. Her distraction fails.
  • Inappropriate Role Model: In the Third Grade (revealed in Episode 60), Shay and Mackenize worshiped Regina George (and this is lampshaded by Rachel, who sees them as missing the whole point of the movie).
  • Informed Obscenity: According to Tanya Berkowitz, there's an 'E' word, in addition to the 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'F' words. What it is never gets established.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Trisha Cappelletti and Mikayla Van Buren seem to have this.
  • Iris Out: At the end of Episode 34, on Deandra.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Bert Hickey was revealed to have been fired from the NFL after announcing the n-word...the thing is, the power was out, and he thought the mics were off.
  • It Was with You All Along: At the start of Episode 42, Saison is shown to be telling Brittnay a funny story, which finishes off with "...And by the time I had returned, it occurred to me that my phone had been in my, how do you say, pocket the entire time! Can you imagine, Brittnay?"
  • Jerk Jock: Subverted with the football team. Other than (accidentally) slamming into Judith at lunch, and nominating Rachel Tice for prom queen in exchange for blow jobs (except Matthew), the jocks are fairly amicable and only really show hostility towards Than for being an annoying creep. They're also completely accepting of Tanner's homosexuality and Matthew's lack of a penis and testicles due to a birth defect.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Clint Tarpley, the football game announcer present in Episodes 54-58. Which makes him a Foil to the other football announcer Bert Hickey.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much everyone, with the possible exception of Bridget Tice.
    Shay Van Buren: This is the worst thing that has ever happened to anybody ever!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Deandra getting her arms ripped off may count because of how she was playing both the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens. Also, the fact that she didn't win prom queen.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Jenna is introduced in the final scene of the second season finale as the third season's new character/villain.
  • Laxative Prank: Inflicted on the main trio thanks to the Van Burens (and Deandra) in Episode 9.
  • Lighter and Softer: Heavily Subverted in the Third Grade flashback episodes.
  • Limited Wardrobe: While everyone pretty much wears the same outfit throughout the series, they all dress-up for Prom except for Deandra, who's still wearing the same dress. She even lampshades it.
    • Actually averted with most of the other main characters in the later seasons, too.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Trisha compared to Shay, Brittnay, and Mackenzie. Her only genuine bitchy attack on someone else was vengeance against Ashley Katchadourian not watching the door which led to Deandra's maiming. And when Trisha finds out Ashley was innocent she felt guilty about it. So lovable that she was given her own spin-off talk show with the other Trisha as her co-host.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: A decent portion of Episode 57 is devoted to a group of peripheral characters—Ashley Katchadourian, Amberlynn Weggers, Connor Devarnan, and the Cher Guy—realizing they haven't had any fun since the hipsters took over.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Mr. McNeely, though he does have his limits.
  • Morality Pet: Amberlynn to Mackenzie and Brittnay, who both have nothing but nice things to say about her. In fact, the simple-minded characters, like Trisha, Saison, and Katelynn Zales, are likely to be Morality Pets for the meaner characters (i.e. Saison to Shay).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In episode 12, Trisha has Brittnay make out with Ashley Katchadourian's boyfriend at prom as revenge for not watching the door when she should've, which led to Deandra getting her arms torn off. However, Brittnay says that Ashley is in charge of snacks, not the door, and Trisha realizes she made a horrible mistake.

  • Naked People Are Funny: Katelynn Zales in Episode 34. "I'm a turkey!"
  • Nice Girl: Amberlynn, whom everyone seems to consider an inspiration. Except Deandra, but as Shay points out Deandra's only been at the school for two weeks so she probably doesn't know everybody.
    Trisha: Wow, good for Amberlynn.
    Mackenzie: Yeah, she totally deserved it.
  • Nice Guy: Matthew Derringer and Tanner Christiansen. And Tristan.
  • The Nicknamer: Dr. Greg Converse (i.e. Shay=Two Tails, Trisha=Dinosaur Neck, etc.)
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, to the point that Deandra's catchphrase is "I'm ... going to go poop now."
  • No Fourth Wall: Trisha at the end of Episode 20 and both Trishas at the end of Episode 25.
  • Noodle Incident: Just about everything of importance seems to have occurred in the Third Grade. Subverted in that we see a flashback to the Third Grade, where most of these events are shown.
  • Noodle Implements: Jeanie Halvestard in Episode 28: "...So because of those eighteen reasons, pyrotechnics will not be allowed this year."
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. The cheer squad calls Mackenzie's period "Shark Week".
  • Noticing The Fourth Wall: Trisha (both of them) notice the subscribe/store/more videos buttons at the end of the video whenever they're in The Stinger.
  • Not So Harmless: Both Trishas.
  • Not Worth Killing: Mackenzie says this to Brittnay, as the latter attempts to destroy Saison upon hearing that Saison is pregnant with Blaine's baby.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: Deandra is rather fond of these. Take, for example, in Episode 46:
    Deandra: (to Bridget) No, I don't want a bunch of little croutons! I want you to crouton this loaf of bread for me! What the fuck is so hard to understand about that?!
  • Officially Shortened Title: MPGiS.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Totally averted, when the Atchison Cheerleaders are revealed to have a Trisha on their squad as well. She is just as out of it as Overland Park's.
    Atchison Trisha: Do you ever just get lost in a conversation?
    OP Trisha: Huh?
    Atchison Trisha: Exactly!
    • Also averted Jenna Dapananian and Jenna Darabond, who are both on the Overland Park cheer squad.
  • Only One Name: Deandra and Blaine, which is a big contrast to everyone else's Full-Name Basis status. Deandra's last name may be "The New Girl," considering this is how her name is announced over the PA when she's nominated for prom queen.
  • Opposites Attract: Tanner and Tristan.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: BladeCo: Wanna buy some knives?
  • Overly Long Gag: The show loves to do this in quite a number of episodes (be it a list of detailed drinking, an argument between Shay and Mackenzie, a special Thanksgiving blessing by Rachel, Judith slurping her coffee...).
  • Perpetual Expression: Everybody; well, all the characters are Barbie dolls! And that makes the crude dialogue all the more funnier when juxtaposed with their plastic, molded smiles.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Trisha reveals that she nominated Brittnay for Prom Queen, she seems genuinely touched.
    • Mackenzie and Brittnay both saying nice things about Amberlynn and seemingly meaning it.
  • Positive Discrimination:
  • Potty Emergency: Mostly happens to Deandra.
  • Potty Failure:
    • Again, see below. On a much lighter note, in Episode 50, Veronica mentions that her daughter Brittnay was still wetting the bed at the age of three, but...
    • Subverted in Episode 53. Deandra thinks Saison peed on the cafeteria floor, but it turns out that Saison's water has broken.
  • Power Walk: At the end of episode 43 with the cheer squad showing off their new (and definitely improved) uniforms.
  • Precision F-Strike: This show is full of Cluster F Bombs, but when characters that don't curse much do swear (such as Saison and Ashley), it's very obvious.
  • Preppy Name: Pretty much everyone, except for, maybe, Rachel Tice, Judith, and Lunch Lady Belinda.
  • Prom Baby: Brittnay Margeurite, the daughter of Saison and Blaine.
  • The Promposal: In Episode 10, Mackenzie is asked out by her boyfriend this way when he tapes a giant red heart to her locker with the words "PROM?" on it.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Or, in Deandra's case in Episode 55, Punctuated Pooping. "And that. Is why. You always. Chew. Croutons."
  • Punch Clock Villain: In Episode 10 Deandra asks Shay if the girls talk about anything other than revenge.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Katelynn does this with another girl during her Cheer Tots routine in Episode 64, while both are running around. Katelynn proclaims that she's concussed afterwards.
  • Quote Swear Unquote: Brittnay in Episode 67, in which she used the similar quote as exampled on the trope itself but with her own twist on the swear part.
    Brittnay: Yippee-ki-yay... you stupid fucking cunt.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted - characters regularly talk over each other, repeat words and add filler when needed. Mostly due to the voice actors being experienced in improv and going off script regularly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Trisha's epic rant against Ashley Katchadourian for not watching the door when she was supposed to, leading up to Deandra getting her arms ripped off.
    • Brittnay gave one to Saison, Blaine, and Shay Van Buren in Episode 20 and became a viral hit call "Epic Cheerleader Meltdown" six episodes later.
    • The main trio gives an epic one to the Atchison Squad in Episode 30.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: The Most Popular Girls in School is Mean Girls WITH BARBIE DOLLS!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lots of pairs, even among the One-Shot characters. Fun Fact: This even applies to the creators of this show themselves.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • The Reveal: The reason why Deandra left Atchison High in Episode 29: A disastrous Potty Emergency while on top of the human pyramid, during a football game.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Does not go unlampshaded.
    Deandra: Do you guys ever talk about anything other than, like ... revenge?
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The entire premise of Season 4, courtesy of Brittnay Matthews.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Rachel and Judith, Trisha and Trisha 2, and, despite being Vitriolic Best Buds, Brittnay and Mackenzie.
  • Running Gag: Whether or not Ashley Kachadorian is supposed to watch the door, as well as Brittnay being told she gives sub-par hand jobs, stuff happening in the 3rd grade, among lots others.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • In Episode 43, Dr. Greg Converse goes on a huge rant that lampshades everything wrong with the girls' cheer uniforms: that they're pink when the school colors are red and white, and that instead of saying "Overland Park" they simply say "Park"... which is crudely glued over the Barbie logo. He also says they look like off-brand bargain bin dolls, which is exactly what Mackenzie, Trisha, and Deandra are (in contrast to the rest of the cast, who are Barbie and Disney Princess dolls).
    • In one of the Season 4 promos, Shay and Mackenzie take cheap shots at each other's voices. Mackenzie says that Shay sounds like a grown man trying to sound like a teen girl (Shay is one of the many female characters with male actors; in her case, Andrew Delman, one of the few who make an effort to sound feminine) to which Shay retorts that Mackenzie sounds like "a bitchy Ashley Katchadourian" (Mackenzie and Ashley are both played by Kate Frisbee).
  • Sex Comedy: Ever since Episode 2! Though it's kinda subtle because most of that humor is dialogue-only.
  • Show Within a Show: Babes Having Babies. Episode 20 shows its own episode of it.
  • Shown Their Work: The setting of Overland Park, Kansas was chosen entirely at random, but the writers still strive to keep it and its surrounding geography accurate. Every location mentioned or depicted actually exists in or near the real Overland Park.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: You can mostly ask Trisha 2, Rachel, Judith, and Katelynn.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: This show falls onto the middle part of the scale, with a tendency to bounce back and forth depending on the scenario and the characters in said scenario. Many people in this show are either jerks, idiotic, or both... however, there are enough good-hearted people with their idealistic ways to help balance out the cynical Jerkassersy.
  • Smooch of Victory: Trisha and (implied) Saison give ones to their respective boyfriends when the football players win the State Championship in Episode 58.
  • Special Guest: Disney star Jason Earles (of Hannah Montana and Kickin' It) guests in the third season as two different characters. RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage also voices Mackenzie's mom in various episodes. The show has also featured voice work by well known Youtubers such as Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, and Tyler Oakley.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • The internet has no fucking idea how to spell Ashley Kachadorian/Katchadorian/Kathcadourian/Kachadourian/Cachadorian(etc)'s last name.
    • It's actually revealed in episode 18 that her last name is spelled "Katchadourian."
    • This is quite a common case. In the MPGiS trailer, Saison's last name is spelled as "Margarite". In Viewer Mail #1, it's spelled as "Margeurite". The same goes in her twitter. Some would spell her name "correctly" as "Marguerite" which is a real French word/name.
    • It's "Brittnay", not "Brittany" (we're looking at you, Saison).
    • This applies to anyone guessing unseen character's names. Jenna Darebon/Daerbon/Dairbon for example.
    • It's "Katelynn" Zales, not "Kaitlin."
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: In the PTA episodes: Veronica & Mrs. Zales, Darren & Cameron, Pamela & Trish (especially the last one).
  • Stunned Silence: This happens to Brittnay in Episode 52 after her mother chews her out during the Parent-Teacher Conference.
  • Stylistic Suck: The dolls' mouths not moving and the "shitty" voices are what makes up part of the show's charm, according to the creators.
  • Squee!: At the beginning of episode 13, Lunch Lady Belinda lets out a fangirl screech after the principal announces Cameron van Buren as the announcer of the Prom Queen poll results.
  • The Starscream: Brittnay to Mackenzie, although she's not exactly subtle about it.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • Rachel Tice won prom queen via write-in votes from the boys since she wasn't officially nominated.
    • It's a running gag/recurring instance that Deandra is bad with choices and goes with "both" (i.e. diet coke/strawberry milkshake, robotic/human prosthetics, etc.) This was a prominent case when she sided with both the Van Burens and the cheerleaders.
  • Take That!: Mackenzie in Episode 14 says, "This is high school, not an episode of fucking Lizzie Mcguire."
  • Three Successful Generations: In the van Buren family, the members that share the dynamic are Cameron, Mikayla and their mother, who were/are very popular at school for being head cheerleaders, or because of their family history. Shay misses out because Mackenzie took head cheerleader in elementary school, and is ashamed of it — even though it was through no fault of her own. Shay eventually gets her wish in Episodes 41-62.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: In the third-grade Whole Episode Flashback episodes, Shay and Tanner have younger-sounding voice actors. Averted for every other character making an appearance there.
  • Title Drop: Possibly a thing to happen every last episode of the season.
  • Toilet Humour: A lot, especially when Deandra is in a scene.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Rachel Tice and Judith are shown to have had this happened after joining Jenna Darabond's club. Earlier in the series, this also happens to Ashley Katchadourian.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only members of the faculty appear to be Lunch Lady Belinda, Principal Nubbins, Mr. McNeely, and Coach Spitz.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted. Rachel and Judith are always talking about their "plan", but never about what they're going to do. The viewers are led to believe that they are either manipulating the Cheerleader/Van Buren feud, or are just a couple of idiots. It turned out Rachel gave every boy in school a blow job (except for Matthew, who doesn't have a penis) in order to win Prom Queen, and if the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens stopped feuding, they might have noticed.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Hilariously bad things happen to the three Alpha Bitch main characters (see Villain Protagonist below).
  • Unusual Euphemism: Brittnay's use of "Growler", to refer to her vagina.
  • Vacation Episode: MPGiS: Summer Abroad.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Mackenzie has one in the 13th episode when the crowning of prom queen is delayed by a dance routine from the football team.
    Mackenize: Get off my stage!
    Matthew Deringer: Uh now wait a min-
  • Villain Protagonist: Arguably Shay and Mackenzie both qualify, given that the majority of the series is about them trying to destroy one another and their respective groups for dominance in the school. Brittnay would also count, as of Season 4.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Well, viewers eventually get used to the hilarious, deep man voices on the female dolls, but if you're new to this show, it's very jarring.
  • Vocal Evolution: Everyone's voices gradually grew higher in pitch, and their dialogue became much more fluent.
  • The Voice: Principle Nubbins.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • In Episode 3, Trisha runs into a bathroom stall and proceeds to throw up due to how excited she is that Cameron came to her school.
    • Brittnay leans over the side of the shot and vomits when she sees Lunch Lady Belinda in a revealing cheerleading uniform in Episode 26. She does this once again in Episode 42 upon hearing that Shay van Buren is the new Head Cheerleader.
    • Judith ducks below the camera and throws up when Deandra stinking up the bathroom overwhelms her in Episode 61.
  • The Von Trope Family: The Van Burens.
  • Vulgar Humor
  • Webcomic Time: The first half of the first season takes place over the course of a day, with episodes being released a month apart. Lampshaded by Mackenzie:
    Deandra: Yeah, you cursed me out in the bathroom earlier today.
    Mackenzie: Oh my God, was that today? That seems like so long ago. Right, Trisha?
    Trisha: Uh, yeah, that was literally, like, hours ago.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 31. Jenna Darabond reveals that she's been playing everyone for saps for the last two seasons.
    • Episode 58. Mackenzie has Jenna Darabond arrested and reveals she set everything up to have Cameron Van Buren break up Jenna's family by blowing up Brittnay's car so Brittnay would punch Jenna in the face and they'd have to go to a parent-teacher conference. The football team wins the game, Brittnay has decided she's DONE with Mackenzie, and TANYA BERKOWITZ STABS JENNA DARABOND TO DEATH for burning down the Atchison Mall.
  • Wham Line:
    Jenna: Yeah, but I didn't blow up Brittnay's car!
    Mackenzie: Oh I know, Jenna... I did.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Fourth Floor of Oak Park Mall, next to the Gymboree.
    "It's got potted plants, jumbo tampons, and a bidet for your vagina."
  • World of Ham