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Western Animation: Brace Face

An animated Canadian show produced by Alicia Silverstone (who also voices the main character for the first two seasons). The show follow the exploits of Sharon Spitz, an average eighth grader who at the start of the series is forced to get braces for her teeth. Typical of teenage life, she worries about how this will affect her usual status amongst her peers as she goes through her daily life.

The show, when first advertised, put much emphasis on Sharon's braces, as they were affected during a lightning storm while being fitted onto her mouth. Every now and then they would occasionally affect the environment around her (lockers, water fountains, radios, etc). As the show went on, this focus was dropped for the usual slice of life and "teenage issues" stories (though it does occasionally pop up).

The series lasted from June, 2001 to August 2005. A total of 78 episodes in roughly three seasons. Only the first two aired in the States starting on ABC Family first then moved to Disney Channel before being dropped. The third season never made it for some odd reason—though the inclusion of a gay character (Dion) and some of the subject matter may have been a factor.

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  • All Just a Dream: A rather ludicrous episode in which Shannon dreams that her dad married Nina's mom.
  • Alpha Bitch: Nina Harper. Partially subverted - she's as rich, popular, and nasty as any proper Alpha Bitch, but is actually a top student in her class. On top of that, the reason she's nasty comes from her parents not paying attention to her and her accusing Sharon of wrecking her dolls when she was a kid (until she finds out her cousin did it and that she wasted her life being mean to Sharon for no reason).
    • Evie from the high school episodes, who makes Nina seem sweet. She torments poor Sharon for being paired up with Dion as a mentor.
  • Always Camp: Dion.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sharon seems to think so about her mom.
  • Amicably Divorced: Sharon's parents.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Sharon and Maria's summer outfit in the first season.
  • Be Yourself: Plenty of episodes showcasing this.
  • Beta Couple: Eventually, Brock and Maria.
  • Black Best Friend: Brock to Alden.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sharon (blonde), Maria (brunette), and Nina (redhead).
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Subverted; Sharon got off relatively easy with her braces despite the side effects they bring.
  • Breast Expansion: One episode had Sharon buy a pump water bra to give her more prominent breasts. Thanks to her braces, it didn't end well.
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted; it's set in Canada (around British Columbia) but doesn't feature any of the stereotypes.
  • Celebrity Toons: Wouldn't have been noticed if Alicia Silverstone didn't voice and promote the show.
  • Cool Loser: Brock (at least at the start) and to a lesser extent, Sharon. Justified in Sharon's case, since Nina was out to get her, and probably turned the school against her.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Subverted with Miranda in "23's a Crowd". She has 23 cats, but she's not crazy. Just lonely and a little eccentric.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Sharon's braces would often kick in at the worst possible time.
  • Deus ex Machina: And on other occasions, Sharon's braces did save her a couple of times.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Nina's Alpha Bitchiness to Sharon was started over a doll she had during childhood that got its head popped off. She instantly accused Sharon for the crime despite no proof to claim her as the guilty party. In the third season, it was eventually revealed that Nina's cousin was the culprit.
  • Easily Forgiven: Allison. To be fair, many early episodes did show that she was nicer than Nina, and Sharon and Maria initially did not want to trust her, but they are all buddies the episode after she breaks off from Nina.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first season which made it seem like the show was going to be more about Sharon and the oddball powers from her braces.
  • Eat the Evidence: In "Act Your Age" Sharon doesn't want Alden and Brock to know she's dating a much younger boy, so when she sees his birthday cake is in the shape of his age, she changes the 13 into a P for Pablo and eats what is left over.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Sharon and Nina. See above next to Disproportionate Retribution for the explanation.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: As well as four toed feet.
  • Free the Frogs: In the episode Dissection Connection
  • Fur and Loathing
  • G-Rated Drug: Averted; Sharon is shown smoking and getting drunk on two different occasions.
  • Granola Girl: Hannah
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Busted", Sharon gets a bra that enhances her breasts.
  • Harmful to Minors: In "Mommy Nearest" when Sharon accidentally comes across a pornographic website she covers her cat's eyes.
    • Later when Sharon's mom looks through her browsing history she puts a parental lock on the internet.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Alyson, Nina's friend, and Nina herself in the end.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Connor MacKenzie.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: In "Mommy Nearest" Sharon did a search for Red Riding Hood and accidentally came across some Red Riding Hood-themed porn.
  • iSophagus: In the first season, Sharon's braces had the power to play music and electromagnetically control metal. Sadly, the premise was dropped beginning in season two.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are a few moments where Nina drops her Alpha Bitch attitude and show some genuine kindness.
  • Hot for Teacher: Maria in the aptly titled "Teacher's Pet" — until Sharon points out that students can't date their teachers.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Sharon, especially when it comes to activism. She is very stubborn in insisting that her reasons are the right one and can never see things from the other person's POV most of the time. Though its this attitude that powers most of the conflicts she gets into. More often then not she has to learn the hard way you can't always get what you want.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Sharon and Alden, whose break up spans most of the second season and the entirety of the third season. It isn't until the last episode that they finally get back together.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Having her braces put in during a lightning storm did something to Sharon's braces so they have unpredictable and sometimes bizarre effects on things around her. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted; They have different outfits for the summer and winter and their outfits changed after season 1, but otherwise they wear the same clothes.
  • Male Gaze: There's a lot of odd shots of bare or socked feet in this show.
  • Magic Realism: Apart from the strange things the braces do, the series is standard slice of life.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Sharon is the middle child of the family, having two brothers doesn't help either.
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Sharon
  • No Periods, Period: One episode showcased this, as you can imagine it ended in embarrassment for Sharon.
  • Official Couple: Sharon and Alden. They're both so obviously attracted to each other that the show surprisingly subverts the Last Minute Hookup trope and gets them together midway through the first season. Then they have a Second Act Breakup and have a Last Minute Hookup anyway, subverting the subversion.
  • Once an Episode: Sharon's braces acting up and causing trouble.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: They become this at the start of season two.
  • Out of Focus: Connor, Nina, and Alyson.
  • Picture Day: It's set during the school years; no surprise this pops up.
  • Promise Me You Won't X: Alden to Brock, near the end of the series.
  • Punny Name: Sharon Spitz.
  • Second Act Breakup: Second season, between Sharon and Alden. They get better by the end of the series.
  • Secret Santa: Sharon pulls Nina's name, and is morally torn between buying her a nice present and not buying her anything at all.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Sharon does this occasionally.
  • Slice of Life
  • Soapbox Sadie: Sharon, not just with animal rights and vegetarianism either. There was an episode where she started a rock band in an attempt to prove that she wasn't as girlie as everyone thought she was.
  • Space Whale Aesop: A few episodes here and there.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nina, she makes a big deal how popular she is. But in truth due to her mean spirited nature and the fact her parents are constantly busy, is actually quite lonely. Gets especially noticeable after Alyson leaves her.
  • íThree Amigos!: Sharon, Maria, and Connor
  • Token Minority Couple: Brock and Maria
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maria and Sharon respectively.
  • True Blue Femininity: Sharon.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Maria Wong, who is half-Chinese and half-Italian.
  • Two Girls and a Guy
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Nina in one example but there are instances where Sharon goes overboard on the makeup.
  • Verbal Tic: Alyson has to include the word "totally" in every other sentence.
  • Very Special Episode: A few, most notably the "smoking" episode and the episode in which Maria dates an abusive Arab guy, but thinks Sharon hates him because she has a grandfather who's racist and, by proxy, is a racist herself.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: One episode has Nina discrediting Sharon and Maria with a slideshow of doctored photos including Sharon picking her nose and Maria scratching her butt. Unless you hired Industrial Light & Magic, edits like that would not be possible in real life.
    • Maybe. It depends on what the source photos were. A photo of a butt and a hand are not hard to stick together.... and sticking a finger up the nose is relatively easy as well.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One episode have Sharon and Maria getting back on Nina by sabotaging her performance in a show, but realizes they went too far when she is more humiliated than they intended, even putting her at a risk of falling from her swing onto the stage from a great height. They also took advantage of Alyson's trust in them to go through with it.
  • Wham Episode: Dear Alden: Sharon and Alden break up
  • Younger Than They Look: Adam, Sharon's older brother, who's only seventeen but looks like he's in his twenties due to a growth spurt.

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