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* AdaptationalVillainy: Lavinia's friend Jessie goes from a MinionWithAnFInEvil in the novel to an opportunistic, genuinely mean BetaBitch in this anime.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Lavinia's friend Jessie goes from a sympathetic MinionWithAnFInEvil in the novel to an opportunistic, genuinely mean BetaBitch in this anime.


* AlphaBitch: Lavinia

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* AlphaBitch: LaviniaLavinia. She actually ''smiles'' when she finds out Sarah's father has died.


* AdaptationalNationality: Lavinia is American in this version. There is no mention of Lavinia's nationality in the novel, so it is implied that she is English.



* AdaptationExpansion: The series adds period color, fleshes out several key characters (Miss Minchin, Ermengarde, Lavinia), expands on some who were only mentioned in passing in the novel (Monsieur Dufarge, Aunt Eliza, Molly the cook). It also adds an important character, Sarah's carriage driver [[PluckyComicRelief Peter]], who quite understandably has a [[PuppyLove crush]] on her, played mostly for laughs.



* AdaptationalNationality: Lavinia is American in this version. There is no mention of Lavinia's nationality in the novel, so it is implied that she is English.
* AdaptationExpansion: The series adds period color, fleshes out several key characters (Miss Minchin, Ermengarde, Lavinia), expands on some who were only mentioned in passing in the novel (Monsieur Dufarge, Aunt Eliza, Molly the cook). It also adds an important character, Sarah's carriage driver [[PluckyComicRelief Peter]], who quite understandably has a [[PuppyLove crush]] on her, played mostly for laughs.


* AdaptationalHeroism: ZigZaggingTrope. Due to the AdaptationExpansion in the anime's many episodes, Miss Minchin and Lavinia have more KickTheDog moments than their novel counterparts. But unlike the novel, the anime ends with both of them on good terms with Sarah and the story even gives Miss Minchin a FreudianExcuse.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: ZigZaggingTrope. Due to the AdaptationExpansion in the anime's many episodes, Miss Minchin and Lavinia have more KickTheDog moments than their novel counterparts. But unlike the novel, the [[spoiler:the anime ends with both of them on good terms with Sarah and the story even gives Miss Minchin a FreudianExcuse.]]

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* AdaptationalHeroism: ZigZaggingTrope. Due to the AdaptationExpansion in the anime's many episodes, Miss Minchin and Lavinia have more KickTheDog moments than their novel counterparts. But unlike the novel, the anime ends with both of them on good terms with Sarah and the story even gives Miss Minchin a FreudianExcuse.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Lavinia's friend Jessie goes from a MinionWithAnFInEvil in the novel to an opportunistic, genuinely mean BetaBitch in this anime.


%%** TheBigBad: Miss Minchin, who has it in for Sarah from episode 2, and who openly encourages the other members of the band to attack their victim.

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%%** TheBigBad: BigBad: Miss Minchin, who has it in for Sarah from episode 2, and who openly encourages the other members of the band to attack their victim.


* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Becky and Sarah.

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%%* There's also a second team whose objective is to humiliate Sarah rather than take over the world, but they're evil all the same -- though many of them undergo precipitous [[HeelFaceTurn changes of heart]] near the end.
%%** TheBigBad: Miss Minchin, who has it in for Sarah from episode 2, and who openly encourages the other members of the band to attack their victim.
%%** TheDragon: Molly the cook, whose hobby is being vicious to Sarah and Becky.
%%** TheEvilGenius: Lavinia. Good Lord, ''Lavinia''. Only the fact that she's a girl of twelve or thirteen, in a Victorian boarding school, limits the kinds of schemes she can dream up.
%%** TheBrute: James, Molly's husband, who is short-tempered, and physically abusive to Becky.
%%** TheDarkChick: Jessie. She's good at mocking people and reducing them to tears, and she's the second-in-command of Lavinia's GirlPosse.
%%** ''..also featuring..''
%%** TheSixthRanger: Gertrude, who is not so much evil as just a follower and admirer of Lavinia's. Notably, she's portrayed more comically than Jessie -- she's overweight (and gets mocked for the same) and is often slow to catch on to what's happening.


%%* FiveBadBand: Their objective is to humiliate Sarah rather than take over the world, but they're evil all the same -- though many of them undergo precipitous [[HeelFaceTurn changes of heart]] near the end.
%%** TheBigBad: Miss Minchin, who has it in for Sarah from episode 2, and who openly encourages the other members of the band to attack their victim.
%%** TheDragon: Molly the cook, whose hobby is being vicious to Sarah and Becky.
%%** TheEvilGenius: Lavinia. Good Lord, ''Lavinia''. Only the fact that she's a girl of twelve or thirteen, in a Victorian boarding school, limits the kinds of schemes she can dream up.
%%** TheBrute: James, Molly's husband, who is short-tempered, and physically abusive to Becky.
%%** TheDarkChick: Jessie. She's good at mocking people and reducing them to tears, and she's the second-in-command of Lavinia's GirlPosse.
%%** ''..also featuring..''
%%** TheSixthRanger: Gertrude, who is not so much evil as just a follower and admirer of Lavinia's. Notably, she's portrayed more comically than Jessie -- she's overweight (and gets mocked for the same) and is often slow to catch on to what's happening.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: There are two types of characters in this anime: the ones who like Sarah (and Sarah herself) and the ones who hate Sarah. The latter are vile, spiteful bullies who are only there to ruin Sarah's life, the former are overly nice, meek {{Extreme Doormat}}s who get abused by the latter. And all the bad guys go good in the end anyway and are EasilyForgiven by [[AllLovingHero Sarah]], which is very different from the novel's ending.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Miss Minchin receives a ''memorable'' one from her sister Amelia in the next-to-last episode. This also counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Miss Minchin receives a ''memorable'' one from her sister Amelia in the next-to-last episode. This also counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.


** Sarah herself, when Miss Minchin unfairly accuses her of laziness and informs her that her duties as a remedial tutor for Ermengarde and the younger children will no longer be required.

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** Sarah herself, when Miss Minchin unfairly accuses her of laziness and informs her that her duties as a remedial French tutor for Ermengarde and the younger children will no longer be required.

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** Sarah herself, when Miss Minchin unfairly accuses her of laziness and informs her that her duties as a remedial tutor for Ermengarde and the younger children will no longer be required.


* BetaBitch: Jessie and Gertrude. Despite being Lavinia's friends, initially they're as in awe of Sarah as the rest of their classmates (excluding Lavinia of course). But after Sarah's fall, they're more than willing to join with Lavinia in tormenting Sarah, and even initiate some of it themselves.

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* BetaBitch: Jessie and Gertrude. Despite being Lavinia's friends, initially they're as in awe of Sarah as the rest of their classmates (excluding Lavinia of course).course), though they still side with Lavinia in any dispute between Lavinia and Sarah. But after Sarah's fall, they're more than willing to join with Lavinia in tormenting Sarah, and even initiate some of it themselves.


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* PrivateTutor: Sarah tutors Ermengarde and the younger children in French, and is allowed to continue doing so even after her fall. Eventually this privilege is, like everything else, taken away from her.


* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: One of Becky and Sarah's many duties as scullery maids.

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* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: One of Becky and Sarah's many duties as scullery maids.maids, although neither girl is allowed to take formal lessons while in this position. In Sarah's case it's more like ''before''-school cleaning duty, since she studies on her own at night in her attic room.



* CatsAreMean: Miss Minchin's cat, whose favorite pastime seems to be standing at the stairs and scaring the girls. Naturally, he likes Sarah, which leads to trouble in episode 34.

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* CatsAreMean: Miss Minchin's cat, whose favorite pastime seems to be standing at the stairs and scaring the girls. Naturally, he likes Sarah, which leads to trouble in episode 34.34 (see AsleepInClass).

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