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** Dylan's father Mr. Chu fits this, though, and it's hinted he's trying to get his son to win in an attempt to live through him, as "he's never won anything in his life."

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** Dylan's father Mr. Chu fits this, is a Chinese tiger parent, though, and it's hinted he's trying to get his son to win in an attempt to live through him, as "he's never won anything in his life."" Mr. Chu isn't even satisfied with Dylan coming in 2nd place at the Scripps Bee ''two'' times in a row, making Dylan grow [[VictoryIsBoring weary of winning]].


* ChekhovsGun: In this case, a Chekhov's Word. Earlier in the movie, Dylan asks Akeelah to spell "Xanthosis" to see how good she is, and she starts it off with a "Z". Dylan mocks her. Later, at the National Bee, [[spoiler:the word that she purposely spells wrong happens to be "xanthosis"; again, she starts it with a "Z". Dylan instantly knew that she spelled it wrong on purpose because he knew for a fact that she wouldn't make that mistake twice.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: In this case, a Chekhov's Word. Earlier in the movie, Dylan asks Akeelah to spell "Xanthosis" to see how good she is, and she starts it off with a "Z". Dylan mocks her. Later, at the National Bee, [[spoiler:the word that she purposely spells wrong happens to be "xanthosis"; again, she starts it with a "Z". Dylan instantly knew that she spelled it wrong on purpose because he knew for a fact was the one to teach her that she wouldn't make that mistake twice.word.]]


** Subverted with Akeelah's mother, to the point that she thinks the spelling bee is completely frivolous in regards to her daughter going to school, not realizing that studying and bees go hand in hand.
** Dylan's father fits this, though, and it's hinted he's trying to get his son to win in an attempt to live through him, as "he's never won anything in his life."
* ForbiddenFriendship: Mr. Chu (Dylan's father) restrains Dylan from interacting with Akeelah, who wants to befriend Dylan. He contemptuously sees Akeelah as just "a little black girl" who competes against Dylan in the spelling bee.

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** Subverted Zigzagged with Akeelah's mother, to the point that she who thinks the spelling bee is completely frivolous in regards to her daughter going to school, not realizing that studying and bees go hand in hand.
hand. She doesn't seem to realize that Akeelah's principal is enforcing the bee upon her to boost funding for the school.
** Dylan's father Mr. Chu fits this, though, and it's hinted he's trying to get his son to win in an attempt to live through him, as "he's never won anything in his life."
* ForbiddenFriendship: Mr. Chu (Dylan's father) restrains Dylan from interacting with Akeelah, who wants to befriend Dylan. He contemptuously sees calls Akeelah as just "a little black girl" who competes against Dylan in the spelling bee.



* GracefulLoser: Javier in spades. When he is eliminated from the competition, he just grins cheekily and begins to theatrically bow to his public in an epic LargeHam fashion, all in good humor.

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* GracefulLoser: Javier in spades. When he is eliminated from the competition, he just grins cheekily and begins to theatrically bow to his public in an epic LargeHam fashion, all in good humor. (He's lost previous spelling bees and achieved lower-ranking places in the past)


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* KickTheDog:
** One of Akeelah's supporters while watching the bee from a diner comments that he hates that "Korean" kid Dylan, despite never even meeting Dylan in-person.
** At the Washington DC hotel the day before the National Scripps Spelling Bee, Dylan's father shoos out Akeelah for trying to invite Dylan over for a slumber party. Mr. Chu also expresses his contempt towards Akeelah for being black, refusing to see his son lose anything to her be it the spelling bee or Scrabble games.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Dr. Larabee at first forces Akeelah to spell more words after she already won her school's own spelling bee, and then he outright refuses to coach her calling her "insolent". And then when Akeelah's mother chews him out for this, Dr. Larabee tries manipulating her with the words "I beg to differ" in a soft tone.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Dr. Larabee at first forces Akeelah to spell more words after she already won her school's own spelling bee, and then he outright refuses to coach her calling her "insolent". And then when Akeelah's mother chews him out for this, this claiming that Akeelah needs him to be her coach, Dr. Larabee tries manipulating her with the words "I beg to differ" in a soft tone.


Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a young black girl from South Los Angeles, trying to cope with her father's death and her stifling environment. She's quite intelligent, but performs poorly in school due to the work being boring and unchallenging. Principal Welch wants her to enter the spelling bee and join the Scripps National Bee because their school's funding was severely cut due to low test scores, leaving the school in squalid conditions. She's entered into her school spelling bee in order to avoid detention for missing school, and she easily wipes the floor with the competition, almost bored out of her mind by the ease and simplicity of the words. Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), an English professor, sees her potential and begins to coach her for the more advanced Regional Spelling Bee. Hesitant at first, Akeelah shrugs off his help, fearing that performing well will isolate her and label her as a "brainiac", but her love of words can't be denied, and so she agrees to compete. After barely scraping by the district bee (advancing to the next round only because her older sister sees a parent in the audience mouthing the answer to her son), Larabee begins intense practice, having her not only memorize words at a blinding pace, but also having her become familiar with etymology and the ways that words are constructed.

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Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a young black girl from South Los Angeles, trying to cope with her father's death and her stifling environment. She's quite intelligent, but performs poorly in school due to the work being boring and unchallenging. Principal Welch wants her to enter the spelling bee and join work her way up to the Scripps National Bee because their school's funding was severely cut due to low test scores, leaving the school in squalid conditions. She's entered into her school spelling bee in order to avoid detention for missing school, and she easily wipes the floor with the competition, almost bored out of her mind by the ease and simplicity of the words. Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), an English professor, sees her potential and begins to coach her for the more advanced Regional Spelling Bee. Hesitant at first, Akeelah shrugs off his help, fearing that performing well will isolate her and label her as a "brainiac", but her love of words can't be denied, and so she agrees to compete. After barely scraping by the district bee (advancing to the next round only because her older sister sees a parent in the audience mouthing the answer to her son), Larabee begins intense practice, having her not only memorize words at a blinding pace, but also having her become familiar with etymology and the ways that words are constructed.

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* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: During the local spelling bee at Akeelah's middle school, the first word to spell is "grovel". Chuckie spells it as "gravel", making the teacher correct him it was "g-r-o-v-l". She's missing an 'e' after the 'v'.


Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a young black girl from South Los Angeles, trying to cope with her father's death and her stifling environment. She's quite intelligent, but performs poorly in school due to the work being boring and unchallenging. She's entered into her school spelling bee in order to avoid detention for missing school, and she easily wipes the floor with the competition, almost bored out of her mind by the ease and simplicity of the words. Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), an English professor, sees her potential and begins to coach her for the more advanced Regional Spelling Bee. Hesitant at first, Akeelah shrugs off his help, fearing that performing well will isolate her and label her as a "brainiac", but her love of words can't be denied, and so she agrees to compete. After barely scraping by the district bee (advancing to the next round only because her older sister sees a parent in the audience mouthing the answer to her son), Larabee begins intense practice, having her not only memorize words at a blinding pace, but also having her become familiar with etymology and the ways that words are constructed.

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Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a young black girl from South Los Angeles, trying to cope with her father's death and her stifling environment. She's quite intelligent, but performs poorly in school due to the work being boring and unchallenging. Principal Welch wants her to enter the spelling bee and join the Scripps National Bee because their school's funding was severely cut due to low test scores, leaving the school in squalid conditions. She's entered into her school spelling bee in order to avoid detention for missing school, and she easily wipes the floor with the competition, almost bored out of her mind by the ease and simplicity of the words. Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), an English professor, sees her potential and begins to coach her for the more advanced Regional Spelling Bee. Hesitant at first, Akeelah shrugs off his help, fearing that performing well will isolate her and label her as a "brainiac", but her love of words can't be denied, and so she agrees to compete. After barely scraping by the district bee (advancing to the next round only because her older sister sees a parent in the audience mouthing the answer to her son), Larabee begins intense practice, having her not only memorize words at a blinding pace, but also having her become familiar with etymology and the ways that words are constructed.



* TheBully: The girls who make fun of Akeelah.

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* TheBully: The two girls who make fun of Akeelah.


A 2006 film staring Music/KekePalmer, Creator/LaurenceFishburne and Creator/AngelaBassett, and it just might be the only SpellingBee drama out there.

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A 2006 [[SportsStories academic drama]] film staring Music/KekePalmer, Creator/LaurenceFishburne and Creator/AngelaBassett, and it just might be the only SpellingBee drama out there.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Dr. Larabee at first forces Akeelah to spell more words after she already won her school's own spelling bee, and then he outright refuses to coach her calling her "insolent". And then when Akeelah's mother chews him out for this, Dr. Larabee tries manipulating her with the words "I beg to differ" in a soft tone.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dr. Larabee. He picks on Akeelah for not knowing as many words as he does, without even taking into account the wide age gap between him and Akeelah, who is young and inexperienced.


* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dylanís attitude towards the other students who have participated in the spelling bee comes off as this. He does eventually grow out of it.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dylanís attitude towards the other students who have participated in the spelling bee comes off as this. He does eventually grow out of it.this, but it's not entirely his fault, his father is forcing him to outperform all the other students.

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* ForbiddenFriendship: Mr. Chu (Dylan's father) restrains Dylan from interacting with Akeelah, who wants to befriend Dylan. He contemptuously sees Akeelah as just "a little black girl" who competes against Dylan in the spelling bee.


* TrainingMontage

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* TrainingMontageTrainingMontage: Akeelah has one as Dr. Larabee trains her how to spell big words while making her do jump rope.


* DisappearedDad: Akeelah has one.

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* TheBully: The girls who make fun of Akeelah.


* AsianAndNerdy: Dylan's father demonstrates why this trope exists. Dylan himself is also this. TruthInTelevision that Confucian culture places a large emphasis on education and thus some Asian parents can be very, ''very'' obsessed with academic competition.

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* AsianAndNerdy: Dylan's father demonstrates why this trope exists. Dylan himself is also this. TruthInTelevision that Confucian culture places a large emphasis on education and thus some that Asian parents can be very, ''very'' obsessed with academic competition.



* BrilliantButLazy: Akeelah, at first.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Akeelah, at first. She routinely skips all her classes, and so she is mandated to attend summer school. When her mother reprimands her for her skipping classes, Akeelah retorts that she despises the deleterious and squalid conditions of the high school (a predominantly black school) she has to attend claiming that it's so underfunded students have to study on the stairways.



* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Akeelah would have been out in the very early stages of the qualifiers to get to the National Spelling Bee if her competitor's mother had not been caught mouthing him words.

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* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Akeelah would have been out in the very early stages of the qualifiers to get to the National Spelling Bee if her competitor's mother had not been caught mouthing him words.there's a "g" in carmagnole, a word of French origin.


* KidsAreCruel: The girls and kids who make fun of Akeelah. Averted by Javier, though, who's actually pretty nice to her.

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