YMMV / Sonny with a Chance

  • Absentee Actor: Sonny and Tawni were the only main characters to appear in every episode.
    • Nico was missing from 2 episodes: "Sonny: So Far" and "Sonny with a Grant"
    • Grady was missing from 1 episode: "Sonny: So Far"
    • Chad was missing from 3 episodes: "Sketchy Beginnings", "Cheater Girls" and "Marshall with a Chance"
    • Zora was missing from 19 episodes: "Three's Not Company", "Fast Friends", "The Heartbreak Kids", "Battle of the Networks' Stars", "Sonny in the Kitchen with Dinner", "Guess Who's Coming to Guest Star", "Hart to Hart", "Sonny: So Far", "Walk a Mile in My Pants", "Sonny Get Your Goat", "Sonny with a Song", "Random Acts of Disrespect", "Grady with a Chance of Sonny", "The Problem with Pauly", "That's So Sonny", "My Two Chads", "Sonny with a Kiss", "Sonny with a Grant" and "New Girl"
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Sonny as bisexual, with the chemistry and friendships with Tawni and one-off character Lucy. Being The Ditz, she's oblivious to this fact.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At times the show can easily be called "Disney's Big Lipped Alligator: The Show".
  • The Cast Showoff: In addition to the more obvious example in Demi Lovato, Tiffany Thornton has been getting this treatment as well.
  • Crazy Awesome: Zora.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • "Me, Myself, and Time", which Sonny sings on the show precisely once.
    • Also "What To Do" from the last episode.
    • The title theme, doubles as an Ear Worm.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The "Check It Out Girls" theme song. Check it out.
    • And from the episode Dakota's Revenge - "Chad Chad Chady Chad Chad".
      • Chad, Chad, Chaddie, Chaddie, Chad, Chad~Chad, Chad, Chaddie, Chaddie, Chad...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Portlyn.
  • Foe Yay: The driving force between Sonny and Chad.
    • Sonny frequently had this with the girls like Selena Gomez, and Mel. With Tawni as well, even if she quickly grew out of it after the pilot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Punk'd parody where Zora tricks Chad into thinking he's the host becomes more funny when the revival of the show had Justin Bieber do the same thing to Miley Cyrus
    • Chad's wall of banned has Zac Efron on it for reasons unknown. Fast forward to Starstruck, Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight)'s girlfriend dumps him for Zac offscreen. Not to mention in 17 Again, where Zac plays Sterling Knight's dad.
  • Ho Yay: Nico and Grady, bordering on Ambiguously Gay. For example, one episode had Grady and Sonny pretending to date whilst Nico and Tawni pulled a prank. Later when they meet up they both ask "Was she better then me?" That's right Nico was asking if Sonny was a better girlfriend then him.
  • Iron Woobie: Acting as Those Two Guys (or is it as a Heterosexual Life-Partners?), this trope defines Nico and Grady. When working or hanging out together, there's nothing - physical or emotional - that can hold them down for very long.
  • Les Yay:
    • The episode where Sonny's friend Lucy visits pinged more than a few radars. Also, Tawni and Sonny.
    • "I need you. I need you! I need you! I need you! I need you more than a flower needs rain, more than a balloon needs air and more than you need a spray tan." Then they hug, and Sonny starts giggling.
    • The Eric episode had Tawni trying to kiss Eric!Sonny.
    • Not to mention the sheer amount of girl-fighting between Sonny and Tawni.
    • "Falling for the Falls" has a few pieces of Does This Remind You of Anything?.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Penelope frames Sonny for crimes she didn't commit and later attempts to kill Sonny with a bomb, just because she loved Chad.
  • Nausea Fuel: Some of the "Sicky Vicky" sketches.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Sonny With a Secret": Sitting in a plane with its hatch open while wind is blowing in darkness, and you don't have a parachute.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    Tia: And welcome back to Tia. I'm here with Hollywood's it couple du jour. Sonny Munroe and Chad Dylan Cooper, or as I've just decided to call you, Channy.
    Sonny: Oh, that's cute! Channy, I like that.
    Chad: Oh, we've got our own mashup name.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: With the absence of series star Demi Lovato due to various personal problems, it was recently announced that the show will be undergoing a temporary revamp with more emphasis on the Show Within a Show "So Random".
    • However, the revamp is not temporary anymore. Demi won't be coming back anymore, although some of the cast members said she's welcome to come back anytime, or at least guest as herself, but it did not come to pass either as the spinoff only lasted for one season.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Defictionalization of Mackenzie Falls led to the previous actors being dropped. The most noticeable of these is the ditzy Portlyn, Chad's onscreen love interest (who the fandom took to shipping with Nico). Her replacement Penelope didn't sit well with fans. Though above is another reason.
  • Shipping: Channy (Chad/Sonny) as the Fan-Preferred Couple by a huge margin. Next biggest is Tawni/Sonny. Occasionally other ships are teased, such as Sonny/Nico in the pilot (with no Chad), and Sonny/Grady in another.