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Western Animation: Groj Band

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.

As of now, the first half of season 1 has aired on both Cartoon Network the United States and Teletoon in Canada. Word on when the last half of said season will start airing in the US is currently unknown, however Canada could have the second half to start airing sometime in September...hopefully, but this Series Hiatus is taking even longer than usual, compared to the episode gap between episode 41 and 42 of Schlag den Raab, which makes sense, as both this show, and the 8th season of the aforementioned game show premiered on the same year (2013). The second half of Grojband Season One was later released exclusively on Cartoon Network's app, "Watch Cartoon Network".


Tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Mina doesn't appear in "Myme Disease" and "The Pirate Lounge for Me".
  • The Ace: Corey Riffin
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Corey's response to the demonic guitar attacking the Newmans.
    (chuckles) "Okay that was fine, only because I hate the Newmans."
  • Adorkable: Mina
  • Affably Evil: Singer Candy Jams doesnt write her own music, uses her music to get her fans to buy her merchandise, and is not the strong independent women her image makes her out to be. From what we have seen though she is nice to her fanbase and is by no means a bad person,shes just really fake.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: "Helmet" has the eponymous device.
  • Air Guitar: Corey plays one in the song featured in the episode "Myme Disease".
  • Alliterative Name: Mina's full name was Bernadette Beff, that is until Trina demanded her to legally change her first name so that their names would rhyme.
    • Kin Kujira and his gender opposite Kim Kagami.
      • Kon Kujira and his gender opposite Konnie Kagami.
    • Mayor Mellow
    • Mick Mallory
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Nick Mallory knows Trina has a crush on him. He's just not interested.
    • Laney is in love with Corey, but not only does he not notice, he thinks Laney is a guy, that is until "Pop Goes The Bubble" where it's shown he does know Laney is a girl, in fact Word of God indicates that he (and Kin) both knew that the whole time but just treat Laney as a guy to help her fit in.
    • Kon seems to have a crush on Trina, he keeps a photo of her as well as being more than happy to distract her. Trina does not even see him as a human and refers to Kon as It.
  • Almost Kiss: A Running Gag that involves Trina and Nick Mallory.
  • All Myths Are True: Whenever Kin and Kon tell a legend, they will invariably be true. "Love in a Nethervator"'s myth is only partially true.
  • Alpha Bitch: Corey's older biological sister, Trina.
  • The All Solving Hammer: Corey's answer to EVERYTHING is music. Laney addresses this in "Rockersize", where the band has to deal with three hulking grannies, she states that this time lyrics wouldn't be any help and what they needed was a tank.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Spoofed with Corey's monologues at the end of every episode.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Corey to Trina.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Space Jammin" Kon mentions that he told the orb aliens who Trina was, where she was, and gave them his recipe for boysenberry pie.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Kin
  • 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.
  • The Assimilator: Cyborg!Trina
  • Auto-Tune: Brutally spoofed in "Helmet".
  • 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.
    • There are also the few times Corey makes Trina go into Happy Diary Mode, indicating that he doesn't want to enrage her all the time.
    • In "Who are you" when the gang to Hipster Corey into omnibenevolent Corey, he becomes overprotective and concerned with his band's safety so he bubble wraps them and posts them with damage insurance, but later he brings Nick Mallory to Trina actually saying he loved his sister and wanted her to be happy.
    • The trope is played dead straight with Trina and Mina in "Math of Kon" and on other occasions.
    • Nick Mallory does not like Trina like how she likes him. Infact there are times where you can tell she is really annoying him and that he doesnt want anything to do with her. Despite this there are times when he is considerate to her feelings such as in "Who Are You" where he admits while the hipsters may not like her for who she is,he does.
  • 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!"
  • The Bad Guy Wins/Karma Houdini: There are a few times Trina gets what she wants with no comeuppance. But then again, that's more of a Throw the Dog a Bone, all things considered.
    • The Mid-Season Finale/Series Faux Nale "Six Strings of Evil" frees Corey from the evil guitar but the town ends up flooding, and the Guitar, now Music Box, plans on continuing its rampage at the end with the aid of Trina.
    • In "Girl Fest" Laney delivers a Harsh Take That in the form of a song to Singer Candy Jams protesting against her fake image that she once looked up to and hoping to get people to realize she's wrong, unfortunately for Laney it fails, and people still give Candy their full support.
    • The Groupies suffer no consequences at all for kidnapping Grojband and keeping them hostage in "Group Hug"
  • Badass Adorable: Grojband themselves.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: A rare male example. In "Smash Up Turby" when Trina barfs on a ride turned up to beyond full speed, Nick is the only one who comes out completely clean.
    • Invoked by Trina in "Inn Er Face". Kin and Kon have to get out of Trina's body before their shrinking wears off. The band tries to make Trina sweat them out and then drool them out, but she adamantly refuses to do either one because they are "for farmers", even making a bead of sweat go back into her skin with a Death Glare.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Mina.
  • Berserk Button: Trina has way too many to count.
    • 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".
  • Bigger Bad: The Demon Guitar.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Demon Guitar now Music Box teaming up with Trina.
  • Big Dam Plot: "Six Strings of Evil"
  • Big Eater: Kon
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Apparently Trina's diary moments are an in-universe example of these to anyone not in Grojband. Mina lampshades this after she had one due to a Personality Swap.
    "What was that? I feel so overdramatic."
  • 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".
  • Big Sister Bully: Trina to Corey.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Kin, his gender opposite Kim, and Mina have these under their glasses.
  • Bland-Name Product: Bleater, complete with a bleating goat head logo.
  • 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.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kate (Blonde), Allie (Brunette), and Laney (Redhead).
    • For the Newmans, the Kagami sisters (Konnie (Blonde) and Kim (Brunette)), and Larry (Redhead).
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Trina
  • 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.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: In "Group Hug" Kate and Allie kidnap Corey so he'll write a song for them, unaware that he secretly needs Trina and her diary to write lyrics.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: "Zoohouse Rock" has a running gag of Kin stealing everyone's catchphrases, including Corey's: "I've got a crazy plan that might work", Laney's: "But where will we get lyrics?" and even Corey's: "Thanks for coming out everyone" where he shoves Corey out of the way.
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Girl Fest" Laney is devastated when she finds out supposed punk girl Candy Jams is just a typical girly girl using the punk image to sell cosmetics.
  • Broken Tears: Trina in "Inn Er Face" when she comes to the realization she might have to deal with her brother forever.
  • Burning with Anger: Trina Riffin whenever she writes in her diary in anger mode (which is very often).
  • Butt Monkey: Trina to the band while Mina is to Trina.
  • 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.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs. Subverted with Wheelie from "The Snuffles with Snarffles" who only turns mean out of jealousy and becomes nicer in the end.
  • 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.
  • Chained Heat: In "Kon-fusion", after Grojband and the Newmans get fused together.
  • Chair Reveal: Done by Trina and Wheelie the Cat in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
    Corey: Creepiest. Reveal. Ever.
  • Character Development: In the 2nd half of season 1. Corey doesnt address Laney as a boy as much and treats her more like a lady.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted in "Helmet". Trina suffers no repercussions for rigging the contest.
  • Cherubic Choir: Whenever Corey (or in one episode Laney) grabs his Sister's diary that fell from the sky after Trina goes into Diary Mode, or it lands somewhere else that's within Corey's reach, this is accompined by this.
  • Chick Magnet: Corey (as a result of being popular) and Nick.
  • Childhood Friends: Trina and Mina have been friends since Kindergarten.
  • Cliffhanger: "Dreamreaver Pt. 1". Lampshaded by Laney.
    "Continued?! You mean we're stuck in Trina's head for another episode?!"
    • "Here Us, Rock! Pt. 1".
  • 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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The backgound color for whenever Trina goes diary depends on the emotion she feels:
    • Anger/Fear: Red
    • Love: Pink/Purple
    • Sadness: Blue
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Smash Up Derby" when Nick is buying a ticket to the carnival and Trina comes along with Mina and says "Make that three!" Nick misunderstands what she meant and buys three tickets for himself, saving the other two for later.
  • Companion Cube: Mayor Mellow always carries a picture of his mother, and sometimes have conversations with her as if she were still alive (given that she's deceased).
  • Conjoined Twins: Kin and Kon were born as this. They have the scars to prove it.
    • Taken a step further when we learn that Kon has Kin's Nipples on his back.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded by Laney in "Wish Upon a Jug" when they happen to find a second genie in the same pile of jugs.
    Corey: Finding one genie should have been impossible too. Roll with it, Lanes.
  • Crossdressing Voices: The bandmates for The Newmans are voiced by the same voice actors as the members of Grojband (albeit Carrie Beff, as well as Konnie in "Space Jammin").
    • If new episodes surface then "Rockersize" (which will be the first episode to be aired after a very lengthy hiatus) will have three male members of the band speaking like old ladies.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Laney's reaction to Blade Stabbington's pet rat Bite Face.
    • In "Knight to Remember" she has this reaction to a big dog that licks her face.
    • In "The Snuffles with Snarffles" Trina has this reaction to Wheelie while everyone else has this reaction to Snuffles.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The result of having one's brain implanted, although it's more of a brainwashing effect.
  • Cyborg: Trina gets turned into one after having her brain implanted for a good chunk of "Ahead of our Own Tone".
  • Dartboard of Hate: Trina throws hair pins at a picture of her brother (Corey) on a dartboard in the episode "Rock the House".
  • Detonation Moon: Corey wishes there was no moon so that Trina would never share that "Moonlight Kiss" with Nick Mallory in "Wish Upon a Jug".
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: In "Smash Up Turby" some of these surround Corey when he delivers his lesson of the day.
  • Disguised in Drag: In "Rockersize" involves Laney, Kin and Kon dressup as old ladies, to convince some hulking, violent grannies who they accidentally created to calm back down.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Newmans
  • Doppelgänger: Mina is considered to be one to Trina, as she's pretty much a mirror image of her.
  • Downer Ending: "Hologroj" ends with Trina losing her sanity and believing nothing is real and the town of peaceville believes Corey, Laney, Kin and Kon are dead.
  • The Dragon: Mina, but of the Minion with an F in Evil variety.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When Trina's behind the wheel, she tends to have some road rage.
  • Dreadful Musician: Corey, whenever he's trying to come up with lyrics.
  • Dumb Blonde: Konnie, although Word of God says that she dyes her hair.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The pilot is the ONLY instance where Trina doesn't immediately go diary after getting upset, as well as having Mina openly crush on Nick Mallory (in front of Trina anyway).
    • Also this might be a coincidence but the pilot seems to have more "Gross Out" humor then other episodes.
  • Easy Amnesia: Corey in the episode "Who Are You".
  • Elevator Buttons Mash: Kon does this in the episode "Love in a Nethervator".
  • Epic Fail: "Helmet" Kin giving the helmet a big red button that gives the helmet control.
    • "Space Jammin" Instead of using her diary entriees as inspiration for lyrics, the orbs literally sing one of them word for word. This ends up revealing Trina's feelings for Nick Mallory and causing her to go diary.
    • "Queen Bee" After Trina insults the band Laney uses her rage to fuel her and perfectly destorys her target, Trina tries to one-up her and ends up hitting everything EXCEPT the target.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Corey
  • 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."
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: The episode "Myme Disease" features these.
  • Evil Brit: Blade Stabbington
  • Evil Counterpart: Combined with Distaff Counterpart, The Newmans, who are really just the lazily gender bended version of Grojband, Kin even points it out in the episode "Creep-Away Camp".
  • Expository Theme Tune: The Theme song explains the basic premise of the show.
  • Eye Glasses: All of the bespectacled characters: Kin, Mina, Allie, and Mayor Mellow. Made particularly evident in the Zombie Episode where Zombie Allie glasses fall off her eyes are still in her glasses.
  • Facepalm: In "Pox N' Roll" Laney does one, forgetting she's wearing electrified mitts.
  • Fake Band
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Played with. While the band successfully gets new lyrics every episode, any plans to assume an identity gets rejected.
  • Faking the Dead: Grojband via a rumor in the episode "Hologroj".
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In "In Err Face", Kon is accidentally shrunk and swallowed by Trina. Kin gets himself shrunk in a mini-sub to go in and rescue him before the shrinking wears off.
  • Fat and Skinny: Siblings Kon and Konnie - Fat, with Kin and Kim - Skinny.
  • Fictional Holiday: Comet Day, instated on a leap Saturday, Julaugust 17th.
  • Fiery Redhead: Laney Penn, bonus points for catching fire every so often.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Flash Animation
  • Free-Range Children: The kids practically live in that one house. When it was quarantined for the chicken pox, no mention of any parents were made.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Laney Penn.
    • Nick Mallory
  • Full-Name Basis: Nick Mallory, who seems to be a Third-Person Person on this.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Kin
  • Game Face: Trina displays this when writing in her diary in anger mode, she also made the sams face when she's just really upset, even as a kid.
  • Garage Band: Grojband itself.
  • Gentle Giant: Kon
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: According to the production website, one of the original titles for the show was "That's what she said"
    • In The episode "Dance of the Dead" a Halloween decoration had a cross on it. Religious References are usually forbidden in kids cartoons.
    • "Yup, Those are Back Nipples!"
    • Averted with the song "I'm Running from the Puppets" with a Last-Second Word Swap. This is used once again in "Bee Bop A Loofa"
    • In the song "Chicken Pox Rocks" The word "Dope" is said
    • Corey lifting up Carrie's skirt in "Kon-Fusion"
    • "The Bandidate" When Peaceville is fighting back at Trina for taking over the town a lady holds up a rope implying they wanted TO HANG TRINA.
    • The ending of Hologroj in which Trina snaps and loses her sense of reality is quite dark especally for a usually happy show like Grojband.
    • Also in Hologroj when Kon is attacked by the holograms a knife can be seen in his back. sure is not a real knife but it doesnt change the fact that he was shanked.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "Wish Upon a Jug" when Corey and Trina are battling with wishes.
    Clete: This is worse than that time we gave wishes to that dog and cat!
    Bessie: They’re family; they’ll realize they love each other soo-oon.
    NO THEY WON'T TRANSITION!
    Corey: I wish there was no moon so Trina would never have that moonlight kiss!
    (Bessie rings her cowbell and the moon explodes just as Corey wished for)
    Bessie: (To Clete) Okay, Yoo-ou were right.
    • From "Space Jammin'" when the band finds out The Newmans are going to perform at Sludgefest:
    Laney: Guys, Core will be okay. It's not like he'll go crazy or anything.
    Corey: (after he crazily drives a tractor into the garage) Who's ready to mow away their pain?
  • Girls with Moustaches: In "Smash Up Turby" Trina gets cotton candy stuck to her face, making it look like she has a beard.
    • Laney gets a puppet with one and a Five o' Clock Shadow in "No Strings Attached".
      • Her ancestor in the episode "War and Peaceville" has one.
  • Gone to the Future: Corey, Laney and Kon in "Ahead of Our Own Tone".
  • Good All Along: The whacky, narcissist, selfish, Momma's Boy; Mayor Mellow who is willing to imprison random, talking, music playing bears in a zoo for money, and quarantining a chicken pox outbreak while he watches and laughs safely from outside, is revealed to actually feel concern when Grojband puts their lives in danger (as shown in "Rock the House"), though he still doesn't do anything.
  • Good with Numbers: Trina loves math and numbers so much, she's willing to hide it as Trigonometrina, as she would never admit it in public.
  • Goth: Candy Jams (she'll be featured in the episode "Girl Fest", that is if new episodes resurface).
  • Grand Theft Me: The orb aliens in "Space Jammin" do this to the Newmans.
  • Halloween Episode: "Dance of the Dead" (Despite being predated, which makes even more sense for the US because Cartoon Network premiered the cartoon too early).
  • Handicapped Badass: Wheelie, due to losing her legs in a fire.
  • Happily Adopted: Both Trina and Corey are this by their dad.
  • Harmless Freezing: Trina gets frozen by Nick Mallory in "Rock the House".
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Corey's one-sided relationship with Laney Penn.
  • Hipster: The episode "Who are You" is centered on them, and is also a big Take That too.
  • Hive Queen: Cyborg!Trina in "Ahead of our Own Tone".
  • Hunk: Part of the reason why Trina finds Nick Mallory so dreamy, she even gives describes him as "Hunky".
  • Hypocrite: "Girl Fest" proves Laney has a disliking to "Boy-Crazy Girly Girls" when she herself is shown to have a girly side and she is pretty crazy about Corey ALSO She gets mad at Candy Jams for not having the creative mind to write her own songs....Awkward.
    • Then again, Corey uses Trina's diary as an inspiration for writing lyrics, whereas Candy relies on someone else to write lyrics for her songs.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Trina's reaction to chocolate.
  • Identical Grandson: The episode "War and Peaceville", has these.
  • 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.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Trina is often paranoid about Mina stealing Nick away from her.
  • Informed Ability: According to Corey in "One Plant Band" he and Trina are popular in their respective grades, but we hardly ever see their school lives and when we do they don't seem to be treated that differently by other students.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Live Wire (Laney Penn's superheroic alter ego) is "one sassy ninja you don't wanna tangle with."
  • Instant Plunder, Just Add Pirates: The episode "On the Air and Out to Sea" has these.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: "Dreamreaver" follows Grojband entering Trina's mind.
  • Kent Brockman News: Buzz Newsworthy and Chance Happening
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Laney Penn (while her counterpart Larry has the opposite problem).
  • Lampshade Hanging: Done a lot.
  • Last-Second Word Swap/Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In the song featured in the episode "No Strings Attached."
    Their noses are plastic but I fear they can smell
    Their eyes are like windows...
  • Laughing Mad: Trina in "Space Jammin" when the orb aliens (who were possesing The Newmans) sing a page of her diary telling about her crush on Nick Mallory, however cut to her going into Diary Mode looking pissed beyond belief.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall
  • Leitmotif: Each of Trina's Diary Modes has a style of music depending on which emotion she's feeling:
    • Anger: Heavy Metal Music with Screaming in the background.
    • Fear: Theremin
    • Happiness: Love Music
    • Sadness: Same as anger but with a Creepy Widower Choir replacing the screaming.
  • Let's Duet: Not only did Corey and Laney perform one for a wedding gig in the episode "All You Need is Cake", but also they did it so they can win back Kin and Kon's friendship, given that the song in that episode was called "Please Come Back".
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Kauffman's previous show Total Drama.
  • Literal Genie: In "Wish Upon A Jug" when Trina wishes for the Newmans to be the biggest band in the world, they literally become colossal giants capable of crushing buildings.
  • Loony Fans: The band's groupies, Kate and Allie.
  • Love Triangle: Trina openly has a crush on Nick Mallory, and Kon seems to have a crush on her.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: According to the genies in "Wish Upon a Jug", a genie can't undo another genie's wish.
  • Meganekko: Mina
  • Minimalist Cast: Probably the only reason that Mina is Trina's Butt Monkey. There are a few one episode characters though.
    • Recurring Extra: While there are background characters they tend to always be the same people and sometimes they have lines.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: In "Space Jammin'" the aliens steal Trina's diary after finding out they can use it for lyrics, but they just read the diary verbatim instead of writing actual lyrics, specifically "Entry 4897 - My Secret Fear and Junk".
  • Missing Mom: According to Word of God, Corey and Trina are raised by a single father and there never was a mother; he adopted them on his own.
  • Momma's Boy: Mayor Mellow.
  • Motor Mouth: Carrie, as she's the only member of the Newmans by far to have the most speaking parts.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Trina writing in her diary.
    • Corey testing out the helmet in "Helmet" by reading the contents of a juice box.
  • The Muse: Trina serves as an unwitting one to Grojband.
  • Muse Abuse
  • Myspeld Rökband: The name Grojband is "garage band" pronounced as two syllables instead of three.
  • Nice Hat: Corey, he even wears a blue verson of one when he sleeps.
    • 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 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 Trina in the butt near the end.
    Trina: (on the phone) MINA! HERE!! NOW!!!
    Mina: (on the phone) B-b-but I'm not in this episode.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Blade's rodent companion, Biteface.
  • Non-Identical Twins: Kin and Kon
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kon, according to Word of God.
    • Also Trina, who really likes math. She is also, for some reason, a much nicer person when she's Trignometrina (her nerd alter-ego).
  • Oblivious to Love: Corey is oblivious to the fact that Laney has a crush on him.
  • Ocular Gushers: Laney in "One-Plant Band" after a brainwashed Corey angrily yells at her for being right all the time.
  • Of Corpse She's Alive: In "Soulin' Down the Road" while Trina's soul is trapped in her car, Mina engages in friendly activities with her unconscious body.
  • Once per Episode: When Trina is overcome with happiness (As seen in the episodes "Pox N' Roll", "Helmet", and "Ahead of Our Own Tone", "War and Peaceville", "Who are You" and "Here Us Rock!"), rage (as seen in almost every episode possible), fear (As seen in the episode "No Strings Attached), or sadness (As seen in the episodes "All You Need is Cake" and "Soulin' Down the Road"), 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.
  • The One Guy: Larry Nepp for The Newmans.
  • One of the Boys: Corey apparently considers Laney this, as he keeps endearingly calling her "fella," "guy," "dude," and similar terms.
  • Only Sane Man: Laney, who acts as The Lancer to Corey.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The gang gets concerned when Corey angrily arrives at the garage. Laney asks what happened, and...
  • Or So I Heard: In "Grin Reaper" after being given mind control bracelets:
    Kin: Cool! It matches my glasses!
    Kon: Huh?
    Kin: Uh... is what I would say if I knew what accessorizing was.
  • 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 Souls Are Different
  • 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 not even 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.
  • 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 (Albeit with Scary Shiny Glasses thrown in).
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Trina and Corey, who are a brother-sister pair.
  • Plot Allergy: Corey is allergic to Cats, however in the episode "Super Zeroes", he had no problems holding Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs.
    • Trina is shown to be allergic to bread in the episode "Kon-Fusion", and bubbles in the episode "Pop Goes the Bubble".
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Kin and Kon, and their gender opposites Kim and Konnie.
  • Posthumous Character: Mother Mellow.
  • The Power of Rock: This show lives and breathes on this trope.
  • Precious Puppy: Snarffles in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: The two news reporters, Chance Happening and Buzz Newsworthy.
  • Reality Warper: Trina is a mild case. Whenever she writes lyrics-worthy entries in her journal, her emotions manifest around her, and strange phenomenom happens depending on the emotion.
    • In "A Knight To Remember" Bonkerton Comet messes with reality when it appears every four years.
    • Grojband's music is capable of raising the dead, breaking people from their brainwashing, increasing the muscle build of some senior folk, breaking a cybernetic network, banishing an evil knight summoned from imagination, ... and basically every unnormal thing that occurs in the series.
    • Trina and Nick Mallory also appear to exert power of bodily functions; Trina and Mina can resist sweating and drooling as "it's for farmers" and Nick Mallory is able to stare away his chicken pox because "Nick Mallory doesn't do spots".
    • Interestingly Nick once uses his coolness to 'literally cool' the flames that Trina's diary mode created.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Trina writes in her diary in anger mode whenever she reaches this.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Trina's eyes turn red when she gets angry or very afraid.
    • Mrojband in "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2" all have red eyes.
    • Blade Stabbington and his rodent companion Biteface, but only when he's scaring people in Camp Screamly.
    • In "Group Hug" Mina gets red eyes when she threatens Kate and Allie.
  • Redhead In Green: Laney Penn.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In "Super Zeroes" Trina is willing to let herself fall to her death just to discredit the band.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Mayor Mellow does that quite often.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Wheelie to Trina in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
  • The Rival: The Newmans are this for Corey's band.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: In "Math of Kon" Mina has one with Trina's alter ego.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Trina, combined with the attitude of a Fiery Redhead.
  • Rule of Cool: Pretty much everything about this show runs on this.
  • Running Gag: Trina Riffin going into diary mode.
    • Corey Riffin giving his end of episode's Spoof Aesop.
    • Mina getting abused.
    • Trina failing to kiss Nick Mallory.
    • Laney getting mistaken for a guy. Plus in "Dance of the Dead" everyone keeps thinking she's wearing a scary costume.
    • Kin and Kon's future selves in "Cloudy With a Chance of Malt Balls".
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Trina's good side, Katrina.
  • Secret Diary: Trina has one, and it's where the band gets its song ideas from.
  • Security Blanket: Mr. Mooseface to Trina during her childhood.
  • Series Faux Nale: "Six Strings of Evil", which ends with Peaceville getting flooded, and Trina getting brainwashed by the possesed music box, and If the series gets out of a never ending Series Hiatus, then "Rockersize" will begin with the town un-flooded, and Corey has his guitar fixed (considering that he was the one fixing it), and saying to the audience "Sorry to keep you waiting, everyone!".
    • Casual viewers will probably think of "Metrognome" as this, as not only does it end with Corey and Laney kissing(albelt accidently) the song played in the episode shows is a tribute to the what the band accomplishes so far with highlights from previous episode and judging on the look on Corey's face after the kiss, this is most likely when he develops feelings for Laney.
  • Shallow Love Interest: Nick Mallory for Trina, however this is subject to change.
  • Shout-Out: The band's symbol bears a resemblance to Duncan's skull shirt logo.
  • Similar Squad: Well aside from the Distaff Counterpart Newmans there's
    • The Orbmellions who appear to all be Grojband's counterparts, with C'Orb and Landey (Corey and Laney's Orbs) even having the same colour scheme.
    • Also the Evil Dream Grojband that appears in Trina's nightmare in Dreamreaver.
  • Six Student Clique
    • The Head: Corey
    • The Muscle: Kon
    • The Quirk: Kin
    • The Pretty One: Laney
    • The Smart One: Allie
    • The Wild One: Kate
  • Smoke Out: Mina does this along with Trina in "In-D Road Rager".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Laney Penn for Grojband.
  • Snark Knight: Laney Penn
  • Sore Loser: Trina did not take her defeat in the episode "Queen Bee" very well.
  • Spell My Name with an S: It's Riffin, not Riffen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Swapped Roles: In "Knight to Remember" thanks to Bonkerton Comet, Mina becomes an Alpha Bitch and Trina becomes her Butt Monkey.
  • Sweet Tooth: Trina loves chocolate.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Mina for Trina.
  • Take That: "Who Are You" is one delivered to Hipsters in a big way.
    • An In-Universe example: Laney is devastated to find out Singer Candy Jams is using the punk image to sell cosmetics. She later delivers a Harsh song to her calling her out.
      • Also Laney's song in the same episode.
  • Talking Animal: Beavers are sentient.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Trina Riffin is a Prime example of this, as well as being the series Big Bad.
  • Teens Are Short: Laney Penn, although her tall ambition makes up for it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Grojband and the Newmans after being fused together in "Kon-Fusion".
  • Theremin: Used for Trina's Diary Mode music for fear in the episode "No Strings Attached".
  • Third-Person Person: Nick Mallory
  • Throwing the Fight: Grojband's initial plan was to have Laney to do in the episode "Queen Bee", however the plan falls apart because of Trina's competitive nature causing her to lose, and the fact that Trina crossed the line by dissing the band when she asked Laney "What part of 'Your band stinks!' didn't I say?". For the later, Laney was not happy about this.
  • Those Two Girls: Corey's fangirls.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Laney Penn, while most characters think she's a boy, she has shown a hidden girly side on occasions.
  • Truly Single Parent: Mr. Riffin
  • Ultimate Gamer 386: Savage Fred, holder of the highest score in the video game Solo Shredder in the episode "Dueling Buttons".
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Nick Mallory has a little brother named Mick who is basically a smaller version of him.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: In "Queen Bee" Laney intentionally threw one of the rounds in the pageant but won the round by default when Trina was disqualified for doing this.
  • Vague Age: Corey playing the guitar at the age of 13.
    • In fact a flashback in the episode "Bee Bop a Loofah" shows him playing a guitar in the bathtub (in which Trina also happens to be in) when he was 4 years old.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Denomic Guitar now Muisc Box and Trina Riffin.
  • The Voiceless: Every band member of the The Newmans in the first half of season one, save for Carrie and Konnie (With the latter only speaking in "Space Jammin'").
  • Walk the Plank: The result of a "Plankable Offense" in "On the Air and Out to Sea".
  • Weirdness Censor: In "Dance of the Dead", Trina is oblivious to the fact that Nick has turned into a zombie, even when he's trying to bite Mina's head.
  • Wham Episode: "Six Strings of Evil"
    • Wham Line: The last two lines said by Trina in the end of the afromentioned episode:
    "Yeah, we should totes make Mt. Peaceville erupt. ÜBER TOTES."
  • Where the Hell is Peaceville?
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Blade Stabbington.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Grojband changes what type of band they are every episode. Mostly done just so they can get performance gigs.
    • Mayor Mellow seems to hold every position with some authority in Peaceville.
    • In a more classic example, there is "Barney", who periodically provides plot-related help in an episode. His hat always changes to his Job of the Week.
  • Written Sound Effect: Lots of onomatopoeia, as well as other visual sound effects.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Corey has blue hair, Mina has teal hair and Trina is a Rose-Haired Sweetie.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: A G-rated example, as lightning striking the amp combined with Corey's terrible Lyrics pretty much caused this.

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