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YMMV: Bridge to Terabithia
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jess/Leslie is in that weird "Only not an Official Couple on a technicality" corner of this trope.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A few, closely related to the essay that Leslie wrote, though two of the three could also be considered foreshadowing.
    • First, the naming of the essay, "Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus". Guess how Leslie dies.
    • The next is the final lines of the essay. "I check my air. I don't have as much time as I need to see everything, but that is what makes it so special."
    • And finally, Jesse asks Leslie if she encountered any sharks when he assumes her scuba diving was for real... Well, maybe not in this film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Also some:
    • First, there is the scene when Leslie, Maybelle and Jess return from Easter mess, They discuss faith and Maybelle says to Leslie: "If you don't believe in Jesus, you go to Hell when you die". Leslie dies less than a week later.
    • Then when you finish the book, you find that Leslie's death is Based on a True Story.
    • Jesse asking Leslie if she encountered any sharks when he assumes her scuba diving was for real becomes cringing after watching AnnaSophia Robb's movie, Soul Surfer.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • He's Just Hiding: Oh Em Eff Gee. Terabithia fandom, which is larger than you might expect, has refined this trope into an entire genre which is known as "LDD," shorthand for "Leslie Didn't Die". Some use it to give Jess and Leslie a Relationship Upgrade and explore the book and film's theme of the clash of childhood imagination and cruel reality into their teen years, others just write High School Musical WITH TERABITHIA CHARACTERS! And usually giving Jess and Leslie a Relationship Upgrade.
  • It Was His Sled: Leslie dies. Spoilered because it's not as well known as, say Darth Vader being Luke's father, but since it is one of the most discussed things about the story, it's hard to avoid hearing about it whenever the book or movie is brought up.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Janice turns out to be one. At the end of the film, it's implied she and Jesse may become friends.
  • Memetic Mutation, Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Leslie as portrayed in the 2007 movie went memetic on several Russian Image Boards.
  • Moe: Maybelle. Just ... Maybelle. This is even lampshaded by Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb in their commentary, the former of whom calls her "just the cutest kid ever".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scott and Gary cross it when they up their bullying of Jess following Leslie's death, Scott going so far as to outright taunt Jess over it in in class, complete with a smug smile on his face the whole time.
  • Narm: In the 80's film version, the sadness is ruined by the awful acting on Jesse's actor's part. The "You lie!" line is particularly laughable.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Dark Master. We don't get a very good look at him in the film, but a promotional still of him exists and holy Hell what is that thing doing in a kids' movie?
    • It ups the Nightmare Fuel when we find out that the Dark Master symbolizes Jess' father played by Robert Patrick, while the father himself isn't that bad of a guy, it does stir up some repressed T-1000 memories.
  • Paranoia Fuel: There's always a chance someone who is close to you could die in a freak accident.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Those who read the book knew that the story isn't a fantasy adventure, but rather the bonding experiences of two kids in a realistic setting. Seeing the 2007 film adaptation's trailers, which centered around the fantasy world imagined by the kids but now fully populated by CGI creatures, caused them to believe that the filmmakers completely missed the point of the book and were instead trying to make a Chronicles of Narnia rip-off that the marketing strategy seemed to promote. In some cases, this turned them off from seeing the film altogether, even though the film was actually truer to the book than the trailers would lead one to believe.
  • Toy Ship: Jesse and Leslie.
  • Values Dissonance: In the book, Jess's mother is worried about his best friend being female. Because it means he might be gay.
    • The film on the other hand, Jess seems to get odd looks from his family when they meet Leslie; however, it seems to be that they're surprised he might have a girlfriend.
  • What an Idiot: Maybelle, you're a sweetie and all, but if you find a ring of keys lying on the floor of the greenhouse, don't you think you oughtta tell your parents?

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