YMMV / Shake It Up!

  • Designated Villain:
    • Gunther and Tinka come off as this. They are blatant jerks most of the time, especially towards CeCe, which is somewhat justified because CeCe herself can be quite a selfish jerk herself. On the other hand, they don't really do anything bad, yet they are still treated like the devil simply because of their Lack of Empathy, even when they try not to act like jerks.
      • They become less and less Designated Villains as the series goes on, and by the time of the third season (and Tinka becoming a solo act) her Designated Villain role completely disappears, where she instead relinquishes the role to...
    • Logan was also a case of this as well. He had legitimate reasons to hate CeCe, such as for not having any sense of responsibility for her actions, being lazy, and being an all around jerk. When he fires her, CeCe just smites him afterwards even if he really did nothing to wrong to deserve it. Despite his legitimate reasons to not stand CeCe, it still made him the bad guy in the eyes of others, especially Rocky.
  • Ear Worm: There are over 12 songs associated with this show. One of them will get stuck in your head. Especially the theme song.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Most fanfiction you see about the show will be CeCe/Rocky, although the CeCe/Gunther pairing is also relatively popular.
    • Ever since it was teased in Season 1, the Tinka/Ty pairing gained a lot of popularity to the point where the showrunners made it canon, albeit in the form of their future versions only.
  • Growing the Beard: The second half of Season 2 onward.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Cat Deeley's use of So You Think You Can Dance becomes a lot funnier when Zendaya got on Dancing with the Stars without complete confirmation that she can dance.
    • Same with the episode "Future It Up" : Rocky saying that her husband is an international secret agent is funnier when one remembers the part Zendaya played aftewards.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As with the vast majority of Disney Channel KidComs, many boys are only here to see Bella Thorne and Zendaya.
  • Moral Event Horizon: During CeCe's interactions with Logan. She crosses this by being a jerk to Logan after he fired her for not playing by the rules. To top it all off, she sabotaged his date with Rocky. These actions proved to be so unforgivable that Logan can't stand being around CeCe anymore.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • She Really Can Act: Bella Thorne in the scene where CeCe prays for Rocky's recovery after Rocky injures her foot. CeCe doesn't really come off like the religious type (and she admits that she usually only prays when she wants something for herself), but thanks to Thorne's delivery, the prayer seems heartfelt and genuine.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A reasonable facsimile of "Bad to the Bone" plays as Rocky enters detention clad in her new "bad girl" outfit.