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Western Animation: Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch

Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch is a CGI series based on the Sabrina the Teenage Witch franchise currently airing on The Hub. It's the third animated series based on the character (fourth if you count Sabrina's Secret Life which was more of an continuation of Sabrina: The Animated Series) and the fifth show in the series overall.

The show is technically a Continuity Reboot of the series, re-telling Sabrina's origins of her coming into her powers and finding out the magical nature of the family, living a dual life of going to her human school by day and magical school by night. Though she also must do battle to enemies who would do harm to her family and threaten to expose her secret. Adding to Sabrina's problems is the fact that she is shown to be a witch princess; destined to rule all of the magical world one day as queen.

Tropes:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Enchantra and to a lesser extent Shinji.
  • Adorkable: Ambrose and Harvey
  • All-CGI Cartoon: with the possible exception of the opening, where the characters appear as hand-drawn looking paper cutouts.
  • Bad Boss: Enchantra towards Salem whenever he refuse her orders or fails in his mission.
  • Badass Princess: Sabrina in this version.
  • Big Bad: Enchantra
  • Black Best Friend: Jessie
  • Canon Foreigner: Jim, Jessie (though she's pretty much Chloe in all but name), Veralupa, and Tiffany Titan.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: It is revealed in one episode that the teachers laugh at Tiffany Titan while in the faculty room, which she can hear through the closed door.
  • Development Gag: When Harvey found out about Sabrina's powers, he thinks she's a superhero; which was the initial idea for the series.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a bloodthirsty monster, Were-Harvey obeys traffic signals and crosses the street only in designated areas.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Enchantra doesn't understanding Sabrina's friendship with mortals or her fascination with the mortal world.
  • Expy: Jessie for Chloe.
    • Jim could be considered a stand-in for the usual (non-geeky) depiction of Harvey.
    • Enchantra for Della from the earlier Archie comics. Funnily enough, they are revealed to be sisters (although Della is renamed Spella so they both can have a Punny Name).
  • The Fair Folk: All magic users act like this in varying degrees, even Sabrina. Not in an evil sort of way, more in a Blue and Orange Morality sort of way. Notice Sabrina and her aunts' cool attitudes in "No Time" when faced with the possibility that the human world would be wiped out of existence.
  • Fantastic Slur: Enchantra and Shinji call the mortals "nitches".
  • Hidden Depths: Jim really likes Sabrina and wants to go out with her, but she's always busy with her magic school studies. In "Careful What You Witch For", Jim wished himself to be big so Sabrina would notice him.
    • Salem appears to be jealous of her crush on Jim, Sabrina always ignores him whenever Jim is around. In "See No Sabrina, Hear No Sabrina!", he tried to use an invisible spell on him, but accidentally hits Sabrina.
  • I Knew It: In-universe with Tiffany Titan when everyone learned of Sabrina's magic ability, only to be "proven" wrong.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Evans, the land developer from "Home Sweet Home", deserves special mention here. He barges into the bakery, after inking an agreement with the landlord to buy it, and cheerfully announces that he is about to bulldoze their shop and turn it into a parking lot for the new mall he's building. There's not a hint of remorse or humanity in his declaration, nor does he have any interest whatsoever in the fact that he is about to leave a family out of business and homeless. In fact, he seems to be thrilled to be putting people he's never even met out on the streets.
  • Like Goes With Like: Enchantra tries to get her son Shinji and Sabrina together, and neither like each other. Though Enchantra only cares about gaining Sabrina's magic.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Amy. She actually seems to be friends with Sabrina.
  • Magical Girl: This version seems to be leaning toward this.
  • Meganekko: Zelda
  • The Mole: In this version, Salem works for Enchantra, who wants him to secretly make Sabrina's life in the human world so horrible that she'll voluntarily return to the witch realm permanently. He doesn't enjoy it, however.
  • Momma's Boy: Shinji.
  • Mythology Gag: The show is full of them.
    • Amy is a character from the comics, but has been redesigned to resemble Libby from the live-action show. Despite both being the token Alpha Bitch, she actually seems to be friendly.
    • Hilda and Zelda being the Fat and Skinny is a reference to the comics, but having them both be blonde is a reference to the live-action show.
      • It's also subverted as the the roles of Fat and Skinny have been flipped from what they were in the comics.
      • They both look like hippies, which Zelda appears to dress like one in Sabrina: The Animated Series.
    • This is also the first incarnation of the series to include Ambrose since the Filmation cartoon. Unusually, he is portrayed as a blonde teenager, though he is still Sabrina's cousin. His appearance makes him look more like Ambrose Pipps from the Little Archie series.
    • Shinji's role is combined with Lillith, Enchantra's Spoiled Brat daughter, from the comics.
    • This not the first time Sabrina has been offered the throne of the magical world. This happened toward the end of manga style comics, and she rejected the offer then.
    • One of the background characters is a goth girl, who could be Gwenevive Ricci (Sabrina's goth friend and wannabe witch from the manga).
    • Della (eh...Spella) and Enchantra turn out to be sisters.
  • Nerd: Harvey Kinkle in his version.
  • Nice Guy: Jim
  • Not So Different: Spella revealed that Enchantra was a lot like Sabrina, as much as Enchantra would deny.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Apparently wearing a magical werewolf jacket passes on the curse with no known cure.
    • A later episode reveals that there is a cure, which Enchantra is keeping under wraps.
  • Properly Paranoid: Tiffany Titan
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Enchantra dresses almost entirely in red and black, and Shinji wears them as well.
  • Related In The Adaptation: Enchantra and Della (now Spella).
  • Reset Button Ending: Seen in "Return of the Werewolf", when Sabrina and Veralupa rewind time several minutes so that her friends don't learn her secrets.
    • In "Careful What You Witch For", where Sabrina wish she never found the lamp.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Again Sabrina in this series.
  • Sarcastic Confession: One is done in the very first episode:
    Sabrina walks in to the dance in her witch's costume
    Amy: How cute you dressed up for the movie too. What are you a witch?
    Sabrina: Sure why not.
  • Secret Chaser: Tiffany Titan
  • Secret Keeper: Jessie
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Most obvious on Sabrina herself: she uses purple magic, dresses in purple and black as a witch, wears a purple vest as part of her non-magical outfit, and her name is written in purple on the logo. Can be seen elsewhere in the magic world as well.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Sabrina
  • Those Two Girls
  • Time Stands Still: In "No Time", Sabrina accidentally causes time to freeze in the human world.
  • Tomboy: Veralupa
  • Ungrateful Witch: In "Spella!", Enchantra refuses to thank Sabrina for the help in defeating Spella. Nor taking her offer to help her up when she clumsily tripped while denying being a klutz like Sabrina, a pouty Enchantra just tells Sabrina to leave her alone.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: played with in that Sabrina attends both a Wizarding School and a mundane high school. In keeping with the spirit of the trope, she seems to handle the magic school better.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Shinji

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