YMMV: Bring It On

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The extremely popular theory that Courtney and Whitney are, in fact, speaking the truth when they describe Missy as an Uber-Dyke, and that therefore the ending is a classic case of Did Not Get the Girl, with a side order of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
  • Anvilicious: Especially the first movie.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: One of the few things all five movies have in common.
  • Bile Fascination: Everything after the first movie.
  • Cliché Storm
  • Designated Hero: You're supposed to root for the Clovers as much as, if not more than, the Toros, but they don't act particularly likable at times, even though Isis insists they have the class the Toros lack.
  • Ear Worm: "I'm sexy! I'm cute! I'm popular to boot!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Missy, from the first movie. It helped that she was played by Eliza Dushku.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: The East Compton Clovers, a squad full of Sassy Black Women who get all ghetto on the protagonists and spout racist taunts at them. The captain Isis however manages to avoid this.
  • First Installment Wins: The term "the original and best" is widely considered to apply with Bring It On, although Bring It On: All Or Nothing is felt to be the best of the sequels (in part because of who appears).
  • Narm: Some of the more serious monologues.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: the name of the Clovers captiain, Isis, from the first movie. Due to recent ... Events, it's kind of unfortunate.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In It To Win It features Jennifer Tisdale, a few years later her sister Ashley would put on her own cheerleading uniform
  • Hollywood Pudgy: One of the cheerleaders from the first movie (and the third one as well) is repeatedly criticised for having a rather large backside. She's not that much more heavy than any of the other girls on the squad.
  • In Name Only: A musical titled Bring It On went on tour in 2011, and appeared on Broadway for a spell in 2012. Though it was advertised as Bring It On: The Musical and is about cheerleading, with some racial elements thrown in, it otherwise has nothing to do with any of the movies. However, considering none of the movies themselves having anything to do with each other, apart from the general premise of "cheerleading + hints of racial elements," it still fits right in.
  • Les Yay: Torrance and Missy in the first movie.
  • Memetic Mutation: The first film brought the terms "jazz hands" and "spirit fingers" into the popular lexicon.
  • Narm Charm: Some of the one liners.
  • Painful Rhyme: The cheers.
  • Periphery Demographic: A popular choice for showing in schools towards the end of term, because for some reason boys are happy to watch it as well.
  • Sequelitis: After the success of the first film, four Direct-To-Video movies were made, all not having any form of continuity with the original whatsoever.
  • Snark Bait: People love to hate these movies.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Although aimed at girls, the films are popular with guys as well for reasons not unconnected with watching Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Haley from One Tree Hill, Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Benson, Christina Milian et al running around and jumping up and down in abbreviated attire.