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YMMV: Zoey 101
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Rebecca's Laser-Guided Karma at the end of "Zoey's Balloon": the entire group tells embarassing secrets to make Zoey's secret not look bad, then they all play the Macalana. Rebecca then flees in embarassment.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: At the end of "Lola Likes Chase", Lola senses that Chase isn't into her. When she talks to him about it, he admits that there's another girl. When asked who, Chase tells her that it's a girl from his hometown, and Lola lets him go. A later episode reveals that Lola was aware of Chase's crush on Zoey, but chose to spare their feelings.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme song. Even today, it's regarded as one of the best themes in the Nick Verse.
  • Designated Villain: Logan, depending on the episode. All the crap he gets is often well-deserved Laser-Guided Karma, but sometimes he seems just victim of Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Die for Our Ship: Both James and Rebecca.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quinn
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Quinn/Logan, Zoey/Chase and Lola/Micheal make the popular and neat set of het ship-mates.
    • Lola and Quinn is a very popular Les Yay pairing (gaining even more popularity posthumously after Victoria Justice's Victorious popularity) and argubably the fan-preferred couple, with Michael and (insert any random male character) the prefered Ho Yay pairing.
  • Foe Yay: Logan has this with all the females in the series, but its most obvious and biggest case is with both Dana and Zoey.
    • Also with Lola, to a certain extent.
  • Fridge Logic: One episode the girls are trying to disprove the guys' theory that guys act different when hanging out with girls. So they disguise Lola as a guy. How does this prove their point if they don't know it's a girl?
    • It proves their theory because the guys were trying to argue that it's biology or natural or something that when a girl is around they just naturally act different, as though it was against their will or something. So if it really was biology then regardless of them knowing Lola was a girl, they wouldn't have been able to naturally act like themselves. You could see the idiocy in that theory I'm sure?
      • Actually, it makes some sense. People tend to forget that humans have instincts. It could have been taken that guys can naturally act differently around someone they know is a girl. But the episode seemed to treat the issue as if they were claiming guys were psychic and knew that sort of thing, somehow. Everyone involved was holding the Idiot Ball there.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Zoey and Nicole fake-fighting in "Back to PCA" when you realize that Alexa Nikolas was fired because of real fights between her and Jamie Lynn.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight : Every time they show boys and girls hanging out in each others' dorm areas... what could possibly happen?
    • In the Episode "Time Capsule," the teacher says that in 20 years people will be laughing at their clothes. Lola says that their clothes will always be cute- and although their clothes were in style back then, now they are completely out of style.
    • In the same episode, Zoey mentions that she hopes they stil have DVDs in the future. With the subsequent invention of bluray it's funny
  • Hollywood Homely: Quinn is a major example, as even with the stereotypical "nerd" indicators of glasses and funny haircuts she is noticeably very pretty, made more obvious during her make-over episode
  • Ho Yay: A lot between Chase and Michael.
    • Michael and Logan, especially in season 4.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: All of the characters in the series (with the exception of Dustin) fall into this. Among the females Lola seems to fall into this and among the males Chase and Logan share this trait.
  • Les Yay: There's quite a bit between Lola and Quinn, as well as between Zoey and Lola and Zoey and Quinn.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Coach Keller crosses this in "Wrestling" when he not only forces Zoey to join the wrestling team, but then admits that he was using her and that the whole reason he put her on the team was to get her in the tournament, make boys forfeit against her, and then lie to the ref saying she was "injured" so he could have another one of the wrestlers sub for her and get into the finals without being tired out. What a dick.
  • Purity Sue: Zoey. Her life is so perfect it's ridiculous - she is insanely popular, is usually the leader of whatever project the other kids are making, is kind, pretty, smart, strong, weak (yes, at the same time), a great athlete, nearly every male character of her age have some kind of attraction for her, makes friends in the drop of a hat, solves everybody's problems...
    • It's a grave offense of the highest order to disagree with her.
  • Replacement Scrappy: James.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Zoey Brooks is hated for being considered either too perfect or boring, barely having to work hard at managing two businesses over the course of the show, so it's no surprise that she's on practically every sports team and is the object of every boy's affection.
    • James, the Replacement Scrappy for Chase. In the first episode he gets intoduced he becomes part of the group, Zoey's love interest and every girl instantly falls in love with him.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Logan and Quinn are an example that proves this trope does not make a couple bad. The two have little interaction for the first 3 and a half seasons, and the interaction they do have isn't friendly, and that does not mean Belligerent Sexual Tension. It just means unfriendly. Then midway through the final season, her boyfriend, Mark, leaves her for another girl. While she's sulking, Logan happens to be riding by and sees her looking sad and comes to talk to her. While she initially resists his attempts to cheer her up and even asks why he's doing so, he showers her with compliments and then puts her glasses back on her and says, "There's Quinn." before they share their First Kiss. Then in the episodes after this they are all over each other; making out very frequently, being intimate, slow dancing. However, these two are actually very good together, give off a great Opposites Attract vibe, and have a lot of chemistry to the point where a viewer might wonder why the writers didn't start building them up earlier, especially since Quinn's former "boyfriend", Mark, is a total Designated Love Interest. He's an emotionless Flat Character, only appears in a handful of episodes, and in those few episodes, the two have no chemistry when together.
    • This one is also helped by the fact that even though the relationship has no buildup, Quinn and Logan both lampshade how weird it is that they are together. They even admit to each other that they are embarrassed to be dating and hide it from the other characters and when they tell Michael about their relationship, he thinks they're joking.
      • There was the whole free throw subplot in "Chase's Girlfriend". They had some nice Slap-Slap-Kiss chemistry there. Even though they didn't kiss, most viewers wouldn't have been surprised if they had.
    • Zoey and James. He gets introduced in an episode and everyone instantly loves him, except Micheal and Logan, who still miss Chase. So in the end after everyone thought they were dating because they interacted, they end the episode with them getting together despite having no chemistry. Sort of Deconstructed as she later realizes she doesn't actually love him. It was still terribly executed and lead to the series' Seasonal Rot.
  • Tear Jerker: There was one this troper remembers about the end that shows Zoey's Text Machine right beside the fountain with Chase's email saying 'I Love you' sent, but it falls down to the water as it rumbles, and short circuts.
    • How about the end of Goodbye Zoey when Chase admits it to Michael and Logan?
    • The final scene of 'Chase's Grandma', where Zoey comforts a sobbing Chase in the rain after Chase's grandmother passes away.
  • The Woobie: Stacey, without the slightest bit of doubt. In one episode she tried to audition for a play and got rejected before she could do anything. And in many others she and her cotton swabs are neglected.
  • Uncanny Valley: That freaking life-sized Chase doll....

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