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* BookSmart: A member of the Scholastic Decathlon Team who is eventually admitted to Stanford.


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* BookSmart: The head of the science club and captain of the East High Scholastic Decathlon Team.


* BillyElliotPlot: He's furious at Troy for auditioning for the musical instead of focusing completely on basketball. Even in the third film, when he's accepted singing as a hobby, he's not happy to learn Troy's up for a scholarship at Juilliard. He does come around in the end and cheers with the rest of the audience when Troy announces he's gonna stick to basketball and singing both.



* GenderNormativeParentPlot: He's furious at Troy for auditioning for the musical instead of focusing completely on basketball. Even in the third film, when he's accepted singing as a hobby, he's not happy to learn Troy's up for a scholarship at Juilliard. He does come around in the end and cheers with the rest of the audience when Troy announces he's gonna stick to basketball and singing both.



* StageDad: Puts a huge amount of pressure on Troy to win the state championship, both as his son and captain of the basketball team. He later acknowledges he pushed Troy too hard and is more understanding in the second and third film.

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* StageDad: SportsDad: Puts a huge amount of pressure on Troy to win the state championship, both as his son and captain of the basketball team. He later acknowledges he pushed Troy too hard and is more understanding in the second and third film.


* BillyElliotPlot: How the BeYourself message manifests itself in Troy, especially since his father is the basketball team's coach and a former player.


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* GenderNormativeParentPlot: How the BeYourself message manifests itself in Troy, especially since his father is the basketball team's coach and a former player.


* {{Hypocrite}}: He tells Ryan he doesn't dance all while breaking out in choreographed dances during the baseball game in the second film.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: HypocriticalHumor: He tells Ryan he doesn't dance all while breaking out in choreographed dances during the baseball game in the second film.


-> Portrayed by: Creator/ZacEfron

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-> Portrayed by: Creator/ZacEfron
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ZacEfron\\
'''Dubbed by:''' Liang Ganghua (Chinese (Taiwan)), Yoann Sover (French), Daniel Schlauch (German), Creator/MasakazuMorita (Japanese), Sergey Lazarev (Russian)


* BetaCouple: Got together Chad in the second and third film.

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* BetaCouple: Got together with Chad in the second and third film.



* GrewASpine: She is very timid and was easily intimidated by Sharpay's antic, but later stands up against her in the first movie's climax, when she insists on performing the piano for Troy and Gabriella's late performance. In the third movie, she was given charge for the musical composition for the entire Senior performance.

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* GrewASpine: She is very timid and was easily intimidated by Sharpay's antic, antics, but later stands up against her in the first movie's climax, when she insists on performing the piano for Troy and Gabriella's late performance. In the third movie, she was given charge for the musical composition for the entire Senior performance.


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* ShipperOnDeck: For Troy and Gabriella. Especially in the second and third films, given the love songs she's written specifically for them to sing as a duet.


* Hopeless Suitor: Has a crush on Troy, but every attempt of hers to win over his affections fails miserably, as he only ever has eyes for Gabriella.

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* Hopeless Suitor: HopelessSuitor: Has a crush on Troy, but every attempt of hers to win over his affections fails miserably, as he only ever has eyes for Gabriella.

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* Hopeless Suitor: Has a crush on Troy, but every attempt of hers to win over his affections fails miserably, as he only ever has eyes for Gabriella.


* HomoeroticSubtext: Lucas Grabeel [[WhatCouldHaveBeen wanted Ryan to be gay and end up with Chad]] and played him that way for two movies. As a result Ryan has some of this with Chad in the second film since Corbin Bleu just rolled with it. Gone by the third movie however.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: Lucas Grabeel [[WhatCouldHaveBeen wanted Ryan to be gay and end up with Chad]] Chad and played him that way for two movies. As a result Ryan has some of this ShipTease with Chad in the second film since Corbin Bleu just rolled with it. Gone by the third movie however.


* AmbiguouslyBi: He dates Taylor between the first and second films but also enjoys the HoYay he shares with Ryan in the second film.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: He dates Taylor between the first and second films but also enjoys the HoYay HomoeroticSubtext he shares with Ryan in the second film.



* {{Hypocrite}} He tells Ryan he doesn't dance all while breaking out in choreographed dances during the baseball game in the second film.

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* {{Hypocrite}} {{Hypocrite}}: He tells Ryan he doesn't dance all while breaking out in choreographed dances during the baseball game in the second film.


* AmbiguouslyGay: In the stage version. There, when all the other boys have pictures of girls in their locker, he has other boys. And then, of course, there's the part where he swoons when Troy walks by him.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: In the stage version. There, when all the other boys have pictures of girls in their locker, he has other boys. And the "I Don't Dance" baseball game. And then, of course, there's the part where he swoons when Troy walks by him.



* ShipTease: With Chad in the second film during the baseball game to "I Don't Dance".



* AmbiguouslyBi: He dates Taylor between the first and second films but also enjoys the HoYay he shares with Ryan in the second film.



* {{Hypocrite}} He tells Ryan he doesn't dance all while breaking out in choreographed dances during the baseball game in the second film.



%%* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Troy's blue.
%%* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly man to Troy's sensitive guy

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%%* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Red to Troy's blue.
%%* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: He's Manly man to Troy's sensitive guyguy
* ShipTease: With Ryan in the second film during "I Don't Dance".


* InnocentBetaBitch: He was his sister Sharpay's sidekick who went along with her schemes. Though, each of the sequels has him distancing himself from her and actually making friends with other Wildcats.


* GrewASpine: At the end of the second movie, he stood up against his sister's selfishness and helped the Wildcats perform on her show. In the third movie, he was assigned to choreograph the whole senior performance, which he dealt with splendidly.

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* GrewASpine: At the end InnocentBetaBitch: He was his sister Sharpay's sidekick who went along with her schemes. Though, each of the second movie, he stood up against his sister's selfishness sequels has him distancing himself from her and helped the Wildcats perform on her show. In the third movie, he was assigned to choreograph the whole senior performance, which he dealt actually making friends with splendidly.other Wildcats.


* {{Adorkable}}: Surprisingly, given that he's a popular jock, but his awkwardness talking to Gabriella in the first film, attempts to hide from Chad and playing with his toy robot/super-hero cape provide plenty of adorkable moments.



* {{Adorkable}}: His earnest love for baking and endearing crush on Sharpay make him look adorable.


* AscendedExtra: She becomes BFFs with the main cast in the second and third films.
* ExtravertedNerd: Martha, the hip-hop loving nerd who also performs as the Wildcats' cheerleader.

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* AscendedExtra: She becomes BFFs friends with the main cast in the second and third films.
* ExtravertedNerd: Martha, the A hip-hop loving nerd who also performs as the Wildcats' cheerleader.

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