Western Animation / Bromwell High
is a British animated comedy
that aired in 2005.Keisha
, and Natella
form a Comic Trio
at Bromwell High, an incredibly poor state school, and the show profiles the wacky hijinks of their everyday lives
. The show also notably averts Two-Teacher School
by giving the teachers just as big of a part (if not bigger) in the plots as the students.
The series' thirteen episodes aired on Teletoon
in Canada, and had an incomplete run on the UK's Channel 4.
This British animated series provides examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The student council president is given absolute power, even above that of the headmaster, though this is only discovered by digging through the school records.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: We never see her on-screen, but Latrina's mother is apparently younger than 25 (if Latrina is to be believed, that is). This leads to a bit of Fridge Horror when one considers that Latrina herself is 12.
- Always Someone Better: Tamsin.
- All Women Are Lustful: The two female teachers tend to fight over the attentions of any new adult male characters.
- Apathetic Teacher: A school full of them. Especially Martin.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Natella often asks Keisha this.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Latrina, Natella, and Keisha, respectively.
- British Brevity: Thirteen episodes.
- Butch Lesbian: Ms. Gosby, so much.
- Butt Monkey: Kylie and Mr. Jackson. Natella as well, to an extent.
- Catch Phrase: Latrina has a bunch; most common are "*blank* is for gays!" and "Like me that time."
- CloudcuckooLander: Latrina and Mr. Philips.
- Cluster S Bomb:
Natella: Well? What did you think? Give me your honest opinion.
Keisha: You were shit. Shitter than shit. You were so shit that it made me want to block up my ears with shit, then eat some shit, and then do a shit.
Natella: Right. Latrina?
Latrina: ... Shit.
- Comic Trio: Latrina, Keisha, and Natella.
- Couch Gag: Headmaster Iqbal's announcements.
- Courtroom Antic: "Keisha's in Love" provides what may possibly be the weirdest and most implausible example of this trope ever broadcast on television. Keisha is put on trial to determine whether or not she has a crush on Spencer. When it is proven that she does indeed have a crush on him, instead of going to jail for assaulting (and nearly killing) him, she is sentenced to ask him out on a date. Wait, what?
- Dialogue Reversal: The "unethical" exchange; Natella toward Keisha, and then later vice versa.
- The Ditz: Both Keisha and Latrina, though both may qualify as Genius Ditzes: see the entry for Hidden Depths, below.
- Dumb Blonde: Latrina. In the episode "Police Story", her attempts at locating the cell phone thief mostly included overlooking ridiculously obvious clues, she didnt even realize she had stumbled across the case breaking clue until it was explicitly spelled out for her.
- Dumb Muscle: Keisha.
- Dreadful Musician: Natella and her sitar. The only cheers it got during the Music Talent Show was when Mr Beale smashed it.
- Extreme Omnivore: Keisha eats her exam in "Goodbye Mr. Crisps".
- Freud Was Right:
- Martin's math diagram.
- Latrina's dream about a tunnel and a series of bigger and bigger trains.
- G-Rated Drug: The contraband candy.
- Hidden Depths:
- In the episode "Natella Takes Charge", Keisha shows surprising political savvy and hints of a manipulative side. In that same episode she also wonders who the next Jonathan Swift is going to be in response to Natella asking Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?, which is odd for someone who is supposedly illiterate.
- In "Sack Race" we learn that Latrina is very athletically gifted to the point of being able to beat school records, though she chalks it up to the influence of Leroy Thomas's old vest.
- Hollywood Tourette's: Carol, although it's used as a one-off joke.
- Idiot Savant: Iqbal.
- Infant Immortality: Possibly averted at the end of "Baby Boom". The ultimate fate of Latrina's baby half-sibling is unknown, but it's safe to assume that s/he died while being shipped to Japan in that doll box.
- Insufferable Genius: Natella.
- Jerkass: The entire cast, especially Iqbal and Mr. Bibby.
- Only Sane Man: Natella - although she can be just as neurotic as any other character given the circumstances. Carol plays the straight man to Keisha an awful lot, as well, although Melanie plays the straight man to her when they're lusting after various men and Carol demonstrates her poor fluency with the double entendre.
- Power Corrupts: Natella, literally any time she's put in a position of power.
- Precision F-Strike: One of many:
Remember: a vote for Iqbal is a vote for jobs. Your moddafockin'
- Pyromaniac: Keisha, often to the detriment of the disabled students.
- Really Gets Around: Latrina, Latrina's mother, and Kellie Edwards.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: Kylie.
- Sadist Teacher: Most of the teachers to some extent, but special mention goes to Mr. Bibby who is heavily implied to be involved in everything from murders to human trafficking with Iqbal.
- Status Quo Is God
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: The three main characters are 12 years old.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: There's usually one plot for the kids and another for the teachers.
- Unfortunate Names: Latrina, anyone?
- Yandere: Keisha, in the episode "Keisha's in Love".