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* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, ''Drama'' is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of ''[[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]]''. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]] Even the snark is turned down compared to ''Sisters''.

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* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, ''Drama'' is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of ''[[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]]''. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], [[ComicBook/GutsRainaTelgemeier anxiety]] or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]] Even the snark is turned down compared to ''Sisters''.


** Subverting this trope, [[spoiler: both Raina and Callie crush on a geek and a jock at the same time and fail to date either. However, Callie is lucky enough to stay on good terms with Jesse.]] Poor Raina...

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** Subverting this trope, [[spoiler: both Both Raina and Callie crush on a geek and a jock at the same time and fail to date either. However, Callie is lucky enough to stay on good terms with Jesse.]] Poor Raina...

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* WhatTheHellHero: At the reception, everyone calls out Bonnie on allowing her personal issues ([[spoiler: West broke up with her]]) get in the way and nearly ruining the play. After all, the show must go on.

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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Callie is one to [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology Raina]]:
** Raina was 12 years old in 1989 while Callie is 12 years old in what is presumably 2012.
** Raina was a shy, rather cynical and sarcastic JerkWithAHeartOfGold (prior to [[CharacterDevelopment maturing a bit and meeting better people]]) due to her negative body images and bullying friends. Callie is a much more lighthearted and idealistic NiceGirl thanks to her supportive circle of friends.
** More subtly, Raina is a bit shorter than Callie, as shown [[http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSJ4eqmxz_yjlFwGm08MLWu8z2Q_p0sAg54ikVWgpGGV8yfbfOu here]]. Raina has brown hair, usually pulled into a ponytail or a braid, while Callie has dirty blonde hair which she dyes purple.
** Raina strictly drew and painted while Callie also builds sets for plays.
** Subverting this trope, [[spoiler: both Raina and Callie crush on a geek and a jock at the same time and fail to date either. However, Callie is lucky enough to stay on good terms with Jesse.]] Poor Raina...
** Raina was a bit of a ButtMonkey while Callie never gets abused for comedy.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Callie is generally a pleasant, kindhearted girl

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: While Callie is generally a pleasant, kindhearted girl girl, she'll snap back at anyone who insults or condescends to her. When Jesse [[spoiler: ditches her at the dance and tries to cover his ass]], she goes ballistic.


* [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming]]: When Callie finally finds Jesse after he ditches her for two hours and he [[spoiler: basically confesses that he's gay to her]], he offers up this turd of a defense: "I guess you shouldn't fall in love with every nice guy you meet?" [[BewareTheNiceOnes She doesn't take it well.]] Luckily, he realizes how lame of a defense it is.

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* [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming]]: [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Victim Blaming]]: When Callie finally finds Jesse after he ditches her for two hours and he [[spoiler: basically confesses that he's gay to her]], he offers up this turd of a defense: "I guess you shouldn't fall in love with every nice guy you meet?" [[BewareTheNiceOnes She doesn't take it well.]] Luckily, he realizes how lame of a defense it is.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Callie is generally a pleasant, kindhearted girl



* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, ''Drama'' is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of ''[[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]]''. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, ''Drama'' is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of ''[[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]]''. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]]]] Even the snark is turned down compared to ''Sisters''.



* NiceGirl: Callie is a total sweetheart. Just don't piss her off

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* NiceGirl: Callie is a total sweetheart. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't piss her offoff...]]



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Squarely on the idealistic side. Most characters are friendly and goodhearted, even if they make mistakes, the tone is mostly light and comedic with lower stakes compared to ''Smile'', and - much like ''Smile'' - even the ending [[BittersweetEnding is more happy than sad.]]



* VictimBlaming: When Callie finally finds Jesse after he ditches her for two hours and he [[spoiler: basically confesses that he's gay to her]], he offers up this turd of a defense: "I guess you shouldn't fall in love with every nice guy you meet?" [[BewareTheNiceOnes She doesn't take it well.]]

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* VictimBlaming: WorldOfSnark: [[DownplayedTrope Far less prevalent than in]] [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology ''Smile'' or ''Sisters'']], as the characters are a bit younger and/or more idealistic.
* [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming]]:
When Callie finally finds Jesse after he ditches her for two hours and he [[spoiler: basically confesses that he's gay to her]], he offers up this turd of a defense: "I guess you shouldn't fall in love with every nice guy you meet?" [[BewareTheNiceOnes She doesn't take it well.]]]] Luckily, he realizes how lame of a defense it is.

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* NiceGirl: Callie is a total sweetheart. Just don't piss her off


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* VictimBlaming: When Callie finally finds Jesse after he ditches her for two hours and he [[spoiler: basically confesses that he's gay to her]], he offers up this turd of a defense: "I guess you shouldn't fall in love with every nice guy you meet?" [[BewareTheNiceOnes She doesn't take it well.]]

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* ArtEvolution: Unlike ''Smile'', ''Drama'' was created with the end goal of a graphic novel from the very start. Because of this , the character designs are more consistent. Furthermore, the colors are far more vibrant: ''Smile'', which was colored by Stephanie Yue, looks slightly more Retraux [[FridgeBrilliance (perhaps intentionally since its a flashback to the 1980s and 1990s)]] while Drama, which was colored by Gurihiru, has much bolder colors befitting a somewhat more modern aesthetic.

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* PolarOppositeTwins: Justin and Jesse. The former is extroverted, goofy and friends with everyone. The latter is shy, awkward and struggles with social cues.
* RedOniBlueOni: Justin and Jesse (see above).


* [[AmbiguouslyBi Ambiguously Bi]]: [[spoiler: Wil]], Bonnie's first boyfriend and [[spoiler: the boy who kisses Jesse in the play]].

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* [[AmbiguouslyBi Ambiguously Bi]]: [[spoiler: Wil]], West]], Bonnie's first boyfriend and [[spoiler: the boy who kisses Jesse in the play]].


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* MoodWhiplash: The scene at the 8th Grade formal where Callie finds Jesse having a heart to heart with [[spoiler: West, after kissing him in the play]] starts off slow and somber, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeArt with heavy shadows turning Callie bright pink and Jesse a shadowy blue]]. [[BlackComedy Then Callie tears Jesse a new one for ditching her at the dance]].


** Jesse. He's a nerdy male {{ShrinkingViolet}} with a love of theatre and engineering, so it's kinda obvious that he'd be this trope.

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** Jesse. He's a nerdy male {{ShrinkingViolet}} [[ShrinkingViolet Shrinking Violet]] with a love of theatre and engineering, so it's kinda obvious that he'd be this trope.



* {{AlphaBitch}}: Bonnie. This is her first scene.

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* {{AlphaBitch}}: [[AlphaBitch Alpha Bitch]]: Bonnie. This is her first scene.



* [[AmbiguouslyBi Ambiguously Bi]]: [[spoiler: Wil]], Bonnie's first boyfriend and [[spoiler: the boy who kisses Jesse in the play]].



** Callie's first scene in her theatre club shows that she is extremely enthusiastic about theater and is generally a positive girl.



* {{Irony}}: Liz says that while it's unlikely that Jesse is gay, Justin is probably gay. [[spoiler: She's half right.]]



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** YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Callie's natural hair color is light brown (look at her eyebrows) but she chooses to dye it purple and pink.

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* {{AlphaBitch}}: Bonnie. This is her first scene.
-->'''Bonnie''': Have you (Matt) seen your brother anywhere?
-->'''Callie''': Oh, we just saw him heading to-
-->'''Bonnie''': [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Excuse me, I was talking to '''Matt.''' Who are '''you''', exactly?]]


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* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** When they first meet Callie, Justin is extremely excited at the prospect of being in the play and befriending Callie while Jesse is more reserved and awkward, apologizing multiple times.


* CampGay: Justin (albeit a far less stereotypical and more nuanced depiction of one).

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* CampGay: Justin (albeit is a far less subversion: while he is gay and rather extroverted, he doesn't portray any of the other stereotypical and more nuanced depiction of one).characteristics.


* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, Drama is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of [[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]]. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]]

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* CampGay: Justin (albeit a far less stereotypical and more nuanced depiction of one).
** StraightGay: [[spoiler: Jesse]]
* LighterAndSofter: Ironically, Drama ''Drama'' is the most lighthearted of all of Telgemeier's work (except maybe her adaptations of [[Literature/TheBabysittersClub ''[[Literature/TheBabysittersClub The Babysitters Club]].Club]]''. There's little focus on [[ComicBook/SmileSistersDuology body insecurities or poor family relationships]], or [[ComicBook/GhostsRainaTelgemeier the weight of mortality.]]]]
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