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. The second half of Season One was later released exclusively on Cartoon Network's app, "Watch Cartoon Network".
Absentee Actor: Mina doesn't appear in "Myme Disease" or "The Pirate Lounge for Me".
Accidental Murder: Statue Steve in "Myme Disease" once the town realized that he was a statue performer all along.
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.
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.
Despite Nick Mallory's romantic disinterest in Trina, he occasionally displays genuine care for her. One example of this is in "Who Are You", wherein he admits that he likes her for who she is (even if the hipsters don't).
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 Mid-Season Finale "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 in an attempt to out her as a 'fake'. Unfortunately for Laney, this plan fails, and the people still give Candy their full support.
The Groupies suffer no consequences at all for kidnapping Grojband and keeping them hostage in "Group Hug".
Unless you count getting tackled by an angry Mina a comeuppance.
Played completly straight in "Hear Us Rock Part 2", Corey even acknowledges it.
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.
Averted with Laney, who gets covered in dirt and has messy hair after an explosion occurs.
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.
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, [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 Riffin, especially in the episode "Ahead of our Own Tone".
Bigger Bad: Mayor Mellow, despite not being a villain.
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 or whenever Corey has a plan, respond with, "Our future selves?" or "Does it involve 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 wherever will find lyrics?" and even Corey's: "Thanks for coming out everyone" where he shoves Corey out of the way.
Captain Colorbeard: One of Captain Tighty-Whitey's pirate crew is the clean shaven Shavenbeard.
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 doesn't address Laney as a boy as much and treats her more like a lady.
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.
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.
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.
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 destroys her target, Trina tries to one-up her and ends up hitting everything EXCEPT the target.
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."
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.
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 (that joke is the reason why the episode "No Strings Attached" is banned in certain states). 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, especially for a usually happy show like Grojband.
When Kon is attacked by the holograms in "Hologroj", a knife can be seen in his back. Of course, it's a holographic knife, but it's still pretty violent.
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).
Hellevator: In "Love in a Nethervator", an infernal elevator takes the band to the underworld to confront the Button Keeper, which is the source of all elevator music. It turns out that the Button Keeper is actually a man named Otis (who can turn into a monster if his Nice Hat is removed) who was a former elevator operator, he hated Elevator Music as much as Corey did so much, he moved to the underworld to trap it.
Hey, You!: In "The Bandidate" Kate and Allie don't seem to know Trina's name and just call her "Corey's sister."
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 Am Spartacus: In "Ahead of Their Tone", all of the members of Grojband claim to be Nick Mallory in order to distract Cyborg!Trina.
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.
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.
Insane Proprietor: Parodied with 3D Dave, whose prices may seem crazy at first but actually result in a modest profit while still offering bargains.
Lady Looks Like a Dude: Laney Penn. In "Pop Goes The Bubble", however, it's confirmed that the rest of the band know her gender.. Word of God indicates that Corey (and Kin) both knew this from the beginning, but treat Laney as a guy to help her fit in. Laney's male counterpart Larry has the opposite problem.
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.
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".
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".
Motor Mouth: Carrie, as she's the only member of the Newmans by far to have the most speaking parts.
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "Here Us Rock - Part 2" Trina finally pushes Mina to her limit when she leaves her to die along with everyone else on Earth, resulting in Mina betraying Trina and helping Grojband save Earth.
Myspeld Rökband: The name Grojband is "garage band" pronounced as two syllables instead of three.
Nice Hat: Corey, he wears his beanie everywhere, 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.
Of Corpse She's Alive: In "Soulin' Down the Road" while Trina's soul is trapped in her car, Pinktastic, 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.
Or So I Heard: In "Grin Reaper" after being given mind control bracelets:
Kin: Cool! It matches my glasses!
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: Trina's soul was somehow able to grab her pen and diary and also able to write an entry in it so that Corey can use it for lyrics in the episode "Soulin' Down the Road".
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.
Palette Swap: Corey's beanie that he wears to bed, is a blue recoloring of the one he wears everywhere.
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 (Albeit 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.
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 phenomenons take place depending on the emotion in question.
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".
According to the intro video in the website it's show that the "Wicked Cool Transition" can teleport characters
Interestingly Nick once uses his coolness to 'literally cool' the flames that Trina's diary mode created.
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.
And there's also "Here us, Rock!" in which every member of Grojband says "Thanks for coming out, everyone!"
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.
Start My Own: In "For Hat And Country", Grojband form their own country - 'The People's Rockpublic of Grojband' - in order to be 'country' enough to buy a cowboy hat.
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.