Grojband is a series from the creators of the Total Drama franchise and Sidekick. 13 year old Corey (Core) Riffin starts a GARAGE BAND with his three best friends and quickly realizes that their band sucks - like a lot. It's not their music or ever-changing image that's the problem, it's Corey's lack of lyrics. He just can't think of anything cool to write about, UNTIL... Corey finds his older sister Trina's diary. "Hey! This thing is FULL of teen angst and junk."Corey and the band "secretly" uses her latest dairy entry for her new tune - and what do you know? It sounds like pure AWESOMENESS and the gigs are lining up! Problem solved right? Not exactly. Trina's a total witch and can't stand the thought of her little brother's "garbage band" becoming more popular than her. She'll stop at nothing to crush their dreams, but that's cool, Core can read his sister...well like a book, and he always knows just what to do to make her go diary and give them the only thing they're missing...WORDS! Follow Corey and his GROJBAND as they reach for the top. GASP at the things they'll do to his sister's fragile teenage world to get there.
Asshole Victim: Trina (on more than one occasion with hilarious results) including but not limited to: Being trampolined into a trash can, thrown into a cage at the zoo, becoming Mina's personal Butt Monkey for an episode, and even having her face turned into a pig.
Assumed Win: In "Helmet", when Mayor Mellow announces the winner of the contest, Trina (who had the contest rigged) doesn't even wait for him to say the last name.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Subverted between Corey and Trina most of the time. One character even says they'll eventually remember that they love each other only to be proven wrong shortly after. That said, Word Of God has it that the trope still holds true, and thus it does get played straight on occasion:
In "Wish Upon A Jug", Corey wishes they never met the genies, even though at that time the only one who benefited from this wish was Trina. Also, he used a wish to hug her, which, while done to piss her off, one would think out of the question for him if he truly hated her.
In "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2", Katrina obviously loves Corey, and as the personification of Trina's locked away good side this would mean so does Trina. Corey, previously more concerned about his lyrics, shows genuine remorse for putting Trina in the situation she's in now after seeing this and is apologetic when he confesses the truth to her later.
The trope is played dead straight with Trina and Mina in "Math of Kon" and on other occasions.
Bad Future - In "Ahead of Our Own Tone" where Cell-borgs run amuck and Cyborg!Trina is the Evil Overlord, and the reason why Kin grew a beard is because he "went a little nuts!"
Laney really hates that everyone keeps thinking she is a guy. Taken Up to Eleven in the episode "No Strings Attached", where she gets a male puppet (which is dressed exactly like her but with shorter hair, no hair clip, a five o' clock shadow and a long body) and what do the other members of Grojband do when Laney comments on this? Act like it's normal. Kin even says it's the spitting image of her.
Another one for Laney: "Sorry Core, she [Trina] dissed the band! Nobody disses the band."
Corey hates elevator music so much, he got VERY angry after listening to it for a long time.
Big Bad: Trina, especially in the episode "Ahead of our Own Tone".
Big Red Button: In "Helmet", Kin built the eponymous robotic helmet with one and he warns Corey not to press it. After hearing an golden opportunity to sabotage the band presenting itself, Trina pushes said button causing the helmet to go Rogue. When Laney asks why he would build it with a button that turns it evil, Kin just rolls his eyes at the "stupid question".
Blatant Lies: In "No Strings Attached" when Mina sees Trina drinking a chocolate milk and asks if she can have one, just as Trina finishes it she says there are no more. Then she pulls out another one...
Blinding Bangs: In "Hair Today" Laney's hair metal wig covers her eyes.
Breast Expansion: A minor example. Carrie appears to have small boobs for only one scene in "Creep Away Camp".
Brick Joke: Throughout the episode "Cloudy with a chance of Malt Balls", Kin and/or Kon, whenever someone asks who (or what) caused something, respond with, "Our future selves?". Guess who fixes the lights for them at the end of the episode.
Burning with Anger: Trina Riffin whenever she writes in her diary in anger mode (which is very often).
Cain and Abel: Corey and Trina, though it's mostly on Trina's side.
Catch Phrase: Corey ends each episode with "Thanks for coming out, everyone!" and closing a garage door. He'll also sometimes talk of "a crazy plan that just might work." He even adds "We have Liftoff!" on some of the episodes where Trina writes her diary in anger mode.
Cat Up a Tree: Trina throws Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs, up one in order to prove that Corey's "Justice Band" are not heroes.
Close Enough Timeline: At the end of "Ahead of Our Own Tone" they decide not to build a new time machine so Corey, Laney and Kon can go back, since a year isn't that long and they probably don't want to risk messing with time again.
Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Subverted when the band works to get a piece of a delicious wedding cake and they go through an ordeal that almost breaks up the band. They resolve the issue and finally get the cake at the end, but when Corey starts to tell the moral of the story like he does at every episode, he starts stuffing his face with cake in the process. While it's still possible to make out what he's actually saying, subtitles show up on screen to translate, but quickly just turn all into "Omm nom nom nom omm nom nom."
Idiosyncratic Wipes: Many scenes wipe to the next with "X-Y TRANSITION!!!" singing in the process. It's usually themed towards the episode, but there are generic ones like "WICKED SCREEN TRANSITION!!!"
Idiot Ball: EVERY RECURRING CHARACTER, especially Trina, with a few exceptions like Laney, and possibly Nick Mallory. Slightly subverted with Corey because he actualy can be pretty smart and/or clever when the situation calls for it.
Mayor Mellow also has one and it also doubles as a phone.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Helmet", when Kin hits the rogue helmet with a hammer it flies into a high-tech Ferris wheel and assimilates with it.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: After the above happens the helmet, in its effort to make everything "perfect", uses its ray to fix Corey's cracked voice and the band promptly defeats it.
No Export for You: With the series currently going on hiatus in America, having Uncle Grandpa premire on the network, and the with the series currently going on in Canada, it's possible that the remaining 26 shorts will be Canada Exclusive.
No Fourth Wall: The series is aware of itself, and the Fourth Wall is broken in pretty much every episode. Every episode even ends with Corey saying "Thanks for coming out everyone!" as he addresses the audience directly.
Trina:(to Mina) You're not in this episode. Mina: Aw...
The fact that Mina's not in the episode "Cloudy with a chance of Malt Balls" comes back to bite her in the butt near the end.
Once per Episode: When Trina is overcome with happiness (As seen in the episodes "Pox N' Roll", "Helmet", and "Ahead of Our Own Tone"), rage (as seen in almost every episode possible), fear (As seen in the episode "No Strings Attached), or sadness (As seen in the episode "All You Need is Cake"), she writes recent events in her diary then when she powers down Corey gets it and uses it for the lyrics of the episode's song.
Our Genies Are Different: The genies in "Wish Upon a Jug" can't undo the wish of another genie, but there's no rule against wishing for more wishes.
Our Zombies Are Different: Apparently the best way to deal with zombies brought to life and reverting the victims who were bitten by zombies back to normal is with a magical amp, lightning, and good lyrics.
Out of Order: "Smash Up Terby" is the pilot, yet it's aired in episode 8 in the US.
In Canada, the shows are aired in a different order from those in America. "Smash Up Terby" is still not the first, though.
Parental Abandonment: Has yet to be subverted and or inverted. Corey and Trina's parents have never shown up in the show's continuity and not even Corey and Trina mention them, they may noteven exist because on numerous occasions whenever Trina makes some kind of scene to mess with the band she deliberately goes out of her way to do it. A good example would be in the episode "Line of Credit" where she calls the news and has the band promptly arrested for being rebels when they hadn't even done anything yet. Laney even comments on this.
But in "Smash Up Terby", Trina did mention that her dad had ask her to drive Corey and the band to the local carnival.
Personality Swap: Trina and Mina switch personalities in "A Knight to Remember" as a result of Bonkerton's Comet flying by, where for a medieval event Mina becomes a snobby princess and Trina becomes her lowly servant. Mina also inherits Trina's Once per Episode meltdown (Albiet with Scary Shiny Glasses thrown in).
The Psycho Rangers: In "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2" Trina's hatred/fear of Grojband after being forced to watch their music video for multiple hours on end manifests itself into their Deliberately Monochrome clones Mrojband.
Spoof Aesop: Corey delivers one at the end of every episode. Subverted in that while some of the aesops actually are worth taking into consideration (albeit lightly), it's also played straight in other episodes. "Dance of the Dead" ended with an aesop about how people shouldn't treat zombies the way they're often portrayed in the media.
Suddenly Voiced: If new episodes ever surface then the rest of The Newmans (Larry (although he yelled when running away) and Kim, respectively, with the former being fully voiced) will be this.
Super OCD: Corey suffers from this, it's part of the reason why his band is late for a gig or two...or three.
Super Zeroes: The Justice Band, as well as being the title of the episode.
X-Ray Sparks: When Trina gets struck by lightning in "Super Zeroes".
Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens to Mina at the end of "Knight to Remember" once the comet has passed, as Trina's and Mina's personalities revert back to their original selves, then Trina chases Mina down.