Jenna Darabond lied and said she was Ashley Katchadourian when she let Deandra into the girls room as part of a complicated Batman Gambit to incite chaos among the popular girls of Overland Park. That's why she's been offscreen so far, she's savoring the carnage from a safe distance.
Actually confirmed as of Episode 30 and 31. In the latter, Jenna admits she actually did lie and say she was Ashley Katchadourian to Deandra to set off a scheme that involved stealing Ashley's boyfriend and humiliating Mackenzie. She also admits to burning down the Atchison Mall to get Tanya involved.
A well-liked comment posed the theory that Connor Devarnon has genuine feelings for Brittnay, and only spread the rumor of her giving second rate handjobs so no one would want one from her anymore.
Ass Pull: The fact that Deandra was a registered midwife was not foreshadowed in any way, and is so far, not brought up again in the series.
The reveal in Episode 81 that Tanner and Than did not have sex after all, and the latter's words about consent, caused Tanner/Tristan fans to start to love Than once again. In the same episode, we have Shay's verbal revenge against Team USA.
Tyler Oakley's inclusion as the main casts' teacher. His second appearance in the parent-teacher conference episodes was better received, which probably had something to do with the fact that in those episodes, he was more able to bounce off the other characters. And because he gets abused by Brittnay. A lot.
As of Episode 70, fans are turning their back on Mackenzie, since it seems like Shay actually does not have a real cause for the other's and Brittnay's hatred of her.
Than, come season 5, largely due to the Die for Our Ship principle, ever since he slept with Tanner, which causes Tristan to break up with him, he became a target of hatred for Tanner/Tristan shippers. Furthermore, some people just dislike how he behaves in that season, particularly, he acts as rather insensitive towards Tanner in one episode, even though it's justified in the next episode, as he states that he feels like Tanner is an important friend and he has been drifting away.
Fans are split on whether if they enjoy Season 3 onwards's Genre Shift into a Dramedy, or if they think all that drama is too much for such a dirty, comedic show.
The fandom is split on who to root for. The Cheer Squad or the Van Burens? Specifically, Mackenzie or Shay (especially after the events of the season 4 finale).
A minor one with the non-canon "Love or a Dumpster?" where the majority voted Brittnay and Rachel to fall in love and the comments that ensued afterwards.
Trisha being the one responsible for switching the tapes on the party with Shay's drunken rant, possibly causing her fall from popularity. Some feel that it's out of character for her to intentionally humiliate somebody, even if it is Shay. Then again, in Shay's rant, she also had not-so-nice things to say about her best friend Trisha 2, her boyfriend Matthew Derringer, and even Shay's own best friend, Saison.
Continuity Lock-Out: The number of views of each consecutive episode on YouTube decrease sharply because of this trope; this comedy series had evolved into a plot-heavy Dramedy by the start of Season 3.
Deandra's injury in Episode 11 is so Bloody Hilariousand horrifying at the same time.
Case in point, episode 14. Both Trisha and Mackenzie punch Brittnay in the stomach after incorrectly assuming she's pregnant to cause a deliberate miscarriage, Trisha because she doesn't want Brittnay throwing her life away, and Mackenzie because she doesn't want her ruining the national cheer competition for them. And then Shay punches her in the stomach, not because she thinks she's pregnant (she didn't even know about the pregnancy test), but because her sister Cameron asked her to.
Brittnay's fight against The Expendables in Episode 67, where she kills every single one of them.
Designated Monkey: Fans fear that Shay has become this in Season 5, due to almost never deserving it this time around.
Die for Our Ship: In Season 5, Than's popularity took a crash from Tristan x Tanner supporters ever since Episode 6. Eventually subverted as of the Author's Saving Throw in Episode 11, however.
Draco in Leather Pants: Fanfictions often downplay various character's (i.e. Than, Brittnay, Mackenzie, Shay) meanness' to make them appear more sympathetic than they would ever like to show.
Mackenzie, as of Episode 18. She gets her bald spot diagnosed and is especially torn when the doctor told her she's suffering from Female Pattern Baldness. She's utterly helpless when she tried to regress her anger in front of a rivaling cheer squad.
Than. Completely obnoxious, creepy, and insufferable, but it's clear he really does just want the football players to like him.
Brittnay would also count; for instance, you would definitely feel sorry for her because her car got blown up by Mackenzie.
The entire squad (mostly sans Trisha for the Jerkass part) as of Season 3. Sure, they may be giant bitches, but the New Year's Eve episode completely highlights the friendlessness the squad had going on and as of Episode 40, they are so desperate for new members, they just hire anyone they know regardless of who they were.
Shay Van Buren, definitely—if you side with her. Just look at all the crap inflicted on her throughout the series!
Jenna Darabond. Episode 31 is a must see to see just how awesomely evil she is and nobody even saw her until two seasons later. Every major story line in the series that happened were all because of her.
She then gets one-upped by Mackenzie, who reveals that she set up the parent-teacher conference by instigating Brittnay into attacking Jenna via blowing up Brittnay's car so Jenna's dad would meet Cameron, Cameron would inevitably sink her hooks into Darren Darabond and end up destroying Jenna's family, and then recorded Jenna's confession of burning down the Atchison Mall which she brought to the police.
Jenna Darabond crosses it right off the bat in Episode 31 when she reveals that she was the one who burnt down the Atchison mallóbecause she wanted Justin all to herself. In the eyes of fans, she also crosses it by hating Amberlynn Weggers.
The four main girls in Team France all cross it in Episode 80 when its revealed that they kidnapped and are torturing the original Team USA models.
Deandra's big secret about why she left her old school. She had a failedPotty Emergency while on top of the pyramid during a cheer routine. The flashback shows extremely realistic-looking poop splatter all over Tanya, Taylor, and even the scoreboard!
WARNING: Do not, under any circumstances, watch Episode 77 if you have a weak stomach. The creators have even called it their grossest episode ever! To clarify, we have two uncensored graphic vomiting scenes!
The shitting spree among the final Team Brazil model and everyone in Team USA in the Season 5 finale, all thanks to Shay's Laxative Prank.
A somewhat minor case, Brittnay/Than had getting some popularity during Season 2.
Tristan/Tanner is pretty widely loved, and is quite canon.
Shay x Mackenzie is much loved among the fanbase, at least mainly during the Seasons 3-4 era.
Mackenzie x Brittnay picked up speed at a exponential rate by the end of Season 4 and in mid-Season 5.
During Season 5, the popularities of Trisha x Trisha 2 and Than x Tanner exploded (especially the former).
One True Threesome: Matthew/Trisha/Trisha 2 has gained some traction since season 5 began. Even Matthew is on board with the idea, and admits he's been wondering if anything would happen with all three of them ever since Trisha and Trisha 2 became best friends. Episode 10 heavily teases the possibility by Trisha apparently proposing a threesome to him, only to turn out to be an invitation for them to go to the pool together.
Shaykenzie (Shay/Mackenzie) (Fun Fact: Even the creators themselves had picked up on this very particular ship name at some point!)
Trishas/Trisha Squared/Trisha^2, or just Trisha (Trisha C./Trisha 2)
This was mocked by a drunken Shay in Episode 65, calling her teamup with Brittnay "Shittnay".
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The football team wasn't all that widely liked in the past seasons but since Deandra joined the football team on episode 41, a many commentators are already declaring love.
Brittnay's "Epic Cheerleader Meltdown" in Episode 20.
The fight scene in Episode 81.
Slow-Paced Beginning: The entire first season is spent introducing all of the main characters and the setting. Justified, as the show was originally going to be conceived as an anthology series, until the fans convinced the creators to tie the world together.
Season Four was hyped up as the "Brittnay Matthews: Mercenary Cheerleader" season, so naturally, a lot of viewers were disappointed when Brittnay only did that for about three episodes.
Uncanny Valley: The Damian Lewis and Expendables dolls that suddenly appeared at the end of Episode 56 and from Episodes 66-67 respectively had some viewers aghast. Considering that the cast mainly consists of Barbies, action figures, and anything of the sort, his ultra-realistic features are jarring to say the least.
Played With. There's a minority in the fandom who believe that Jenna Darabond's fate was unjust as seen in Episode 39, she wasn't really evil in the beginning. Only after seeing Mackenzie break cheer code by making out with Ashley's then-boyfriend, Justin (who she has a crush on) was her Start of Darkness. Note that it's also Mackenzie who told Jenna that another cheerleader's boyfriend was off-limits. Brittnay making out with him at prom only added fuel to the fire. She even stated that she tried to be the bigger person by following that rule so one can see a little bit of justification as to why she hated them so much but it most definitely does not excuse her getting the Atchison Cheer Squad involved by burning down their mall, which is probably the most fucked up thing anyone had done out of all the characters. Even Brittnay's murder of the Expendables (Episode 67) was mitigated by the fact that they were trying to kill her, so it's mostly self-defense on her part.
As of Episode 70, Shay can be seen like this, when you consider how most of the bitchy things she's done are merely in retaliation against the Cheer Squad.
Watch It for the Meme: There are people who mainly watch this show specifically for the one-liners and quotes.
What an Idiot!: Not only did Mackenzie craft a plan that specifically involved blowing up one of her best, and most unstable, friend's car but she then proceeded to openly brag about it to Jenna Darabond in front of Brittnay when asked how she knew the parent teacher conference would be called. She could have just said that she knew from the moment that Brittnay punched someone that that conference would happen and simply came up with idea on the spot. Or she could have framed Jenna for something else entirely and gotten the exact same results, minus an enraged Brittnay.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Trust us that this show is portrayed by little girls' dolls, Barbies, dolls of your favorite characters (Disney or otherwise), but it contains a lot of swearing that could fill up a jar that's enough to save a third-world country. That's not even counting the sex that some of these characters, have implied or confirmed, done before. And they're only in high school.
Ashley Katchadourian due to the Disproportionate Retribution she suffers in Episodes 11 and 13. It gets even worse because of Episode 31 when we learn she was specifically set up to be blamed by Jenna Darabond so she could get Ashely's then-boyfriend Justin and has been The Chew Toy for the whole series. In episode 32 she asks to be left out of the ongoing strife between Mackenzie and Jenna, and Trisha speaks on her behalf. In episode 33, we learn from Ashley's little sister Brooklyn that Ashley has been depressed for a while and their mom is trying to help her.
Come season 5, both Tristan and Tanner are absolute devastated over a break-up neither seem to really want. Tanner is so depressed and crying so much he flops the Photoshoot competition because he can't stop crying over the break-up, and Tristan seems absolutely (and rightfully) wrecked upon learning that his long-term boyfriend cheated on him in France.
Rachel Tice. She's a social outcast who is hated by everyone in school except for Judith (and all because she atea roly-poly in third grade), is ruthlessly bullied by Brittnay, is abused by her older sister, and every time she tries to get back at the people who make her miserable or win back acceptance of the popular girls, she always gets the short end of the stick. You can't help but feel sorry for her at times.