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* HiddenDepths: Barry Dunn is the one to come up with the solution of balancing the vending machine snacks and the lunch ladies (rather than getting rid of one or the other) at the assembly in ''Help I'm Trapped in My Lunch Lady's Body''.

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* HiddenDepths: Barry Dunn is the one to come up with the solution of balancing the vending machine snacks and the lunch ladies (rather than getting rid of one or the other) at the assembly in ''Help I'm Trapped in My Lunch Lady's Body''. In the book where Josh and the principal switch bodies, Barry also is deeply touched about the faith Principal Blanco shows in him by allowing Barry to skip a grade (not knowing that it was a clerical error) and makes an effort to become a better student as a result.

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* AmazonianBeauty: In ''Help I'm Trapped in My Gym Teacher's Body'', the gym teachers girlfriend is a pumped out bodybuilder with a pretty face. Unusually, all the muscles turn Jake off (when initially he'd just seen a head photo of her).


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* CoolTeacher: Ms. Rogers is an understanding and hands-on teacher. Mr. Dirksen too. Eventually, in some of the later books.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Andy switches bodies with Jake's dog, he wants to stay in the body partially because he gets to sleep in Jake's sisters bed.


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* HiddenDepths: Barry Dunn is the one to come up with the solution of balancing the vending machine snacks and the lunch ladies (rather than getting rid of one or the other) at the assembly in ''Help I'm Trapped in My Lunch Lady's Body''.
* HypocriticalHumor: Thoroughly lampshaded in the final book when unattractive GranolaGirl Amanda spends most of the book putting down supermodel Lanny Shanks and the culture she represents but doesn't pass up the chance to try and take Lanny's body with Mr. Dirksen's machine so she can have that lifestyle.
* MadnessMantra: In ''Help I'm Trapped in a Camp Counselor's Body'', one of the other campers says her uncle went to Camp Grimerly and it changed his life. And that's the only thing he's ever said, over and over again, for the past couple decades whenever they visit him at the mental asylum.


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* PoisonousFriend: Alex Silver in the second book, taking Jake away from his old friends and encouraging him to be even more obnoxious and selfish. Jake dumps Alex at the end of the book, although later books have Alex mellow out a bit and the two still kind of friends (although not to the point where he ever finds out about Mr. Dirksen's machine).


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* SiblingTriangle: Mr. Dirksen used to date Ms. Rogers sister Ellen and they both had crushes on each other but never did anything about it out of respect for Ellen (who has since became a nun).
* OnlySaneMan: Amber Sweeny (an occasional love interest of Jake's) is probably the most consistently down to earth of the recurring kids, and is also the best student in their grade.


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* VicePresidentWho: In ''Help I'm Trapped in My Principal's Body'' Josh in the principal's body orders his secretary to call someone interesting as a test of his power. A few minutes later she announces she has the Vice-President of the United States on the phone.
--> '''Mrs. Hub:''' Well you said you wanted someone interesting but not ''too'' interesting.


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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: In ''Help I'm Trapped in the President's Body'', Jake has this reaction to learning the president doesn't know how to spell Republican. His aides claim it's a mental block from frustration.


** In the first one, it introduces some ''very'' important recurring characters, and a massive amounts of CharacterDevelopment. The second one, he helps the ButtMonkey gain confidence to stand up to a bunch of bullies, some character development that has [[AesopAmnesia already happened a few times,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and finally remembers to brush his teeth after many repetitions]].

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** In the first one, it introduces some ''very'' important recurring characters, and a massive amounts of CharacterDevelopment. The second one, he helps the ButtMonkey gain confidence to stand up to a bunch of bullies, some character development that has [[AesopAmnesia already happened a few times,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and finally remembers to brush his teeth after many repetitions]].


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Written between 1994 and 2001 by Todd Strasser, the series achieved some popularity, but was largely overshadowed by the monumental popularity of series like ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''{{Goosebumps}}''.

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Written between 1994 and 2001 by Todd Strasser, the series achieved some popularity, but was largely overshadowed by the monumental popularity of series like ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''{{Goosebumps}}''.''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''.





* FridgeLogic: A case happens to Jake. When he gets stuck in his dog's body, he dreads eating dog food, mainly because he thinks the food contains chicken lips. As he's about to be discovered by his sister, he quickly thinks "Do chickens even ''have'' lips?"

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* FridgeLogic: A In-universe, a case happens to Jake. When he gets stuck in his dog's body, he dreads eating dog food, mainly because he thinks the food contains chicken lips. As he's about to be discovered by his sister, he quickly thinks "Do chickens even ''have'' lips?"

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Jake Sherman is an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary Middle School Student]], who is condemned to help his Mr. Dirksen, his grouchy science teacher, finish his experiment as part of a routine detention. However, when [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]] strikes the house, Jake gets knocked out, and wakes up in his teacher's body. After that, his middle school life is pretty much doomed to [[HilarityEnsues wackiness and hilarity.]]

Written between 1994 and 2001 by Todd Strasser, the series achieved some popularity, but was largely overshadowed by the monumental popularity of series like ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' and ''{{Goosebumps}}''.

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* BluffTheImpostor: Jessica (Jake's sister) tries a blending of these tropes on Jake and Mr. Dirksen, to see which is which. Finally, she asks Jake a trick question to see if it's really him, and he answers it correctly.
* FreakyFridayFlip: All but two of the books. Usually it's Jake, but occasionally his friends Andy and Josh get in on the action.
** Jake himself ends up in the bodies of Mr. Dirksen (his science teacher), the President, ''his sister'', a dog, his uber-muscled gym teacher, a movie star, an alien, [[ChristmasEpisode Santa Claus]]...
* FridgeLogic: A case happens to Jake. When he gets stuck in his dog's body, he dreads eating dog food, mainly because he thinks the food contains chicken lips. As he's about to be discovered by his sister, he quickly thinks "Do chickens even ''have'' lips?"
* GroundhogDayLoop: If it's not a FreakyFridayFlip, it's this. Only happened twice though; once in the first day of school, and in the first day of summer camp.
** In the first one, it introduces some ''very'' important recurring characters, and a massive amounts of CharacterDevelopment. The second one, he helps the ButtMonkey gain confidence to stand up to a bunch of bullies, some character development that has [[AesopAmnesia already happened a few times,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and finally remembers to brush his teeth after many repetitions]].
* HeroicBSOD: In ''Help! I'm Trapped in the First Day Of Summer Camp'', Jake suffers a mild case of this partway through the book. Without breaking away from his BSOD, he demands to be taken away from the camp (his parents would get the refund), and threatens his sister (she ate his doughnuts). All PlayedForLaughs.
* MundaneUtility: The body-swapping machine has enormous implications on the nature of intelligence, psychology, and the soul. Jake and his friends use it to spend a day as a celebrity, to keep Jake's dog out of obedience school, and to get the local bully expelled.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Jake swings back and forth between a great guy, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and a straight-out {{Jerkass}}.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the first book, Jake actively ships for Mr. Dirksen and the hot teacher, Ms. Rogers.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: See BluffTheImpostor, above.
* SpotTheImpostor: See BluffTheImpostor, above.
* TagAlongActor: In ''Help! I'm Trapped in a Movie Star's Body'', the eponymous movie star tags along after the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent protagonist.
* WhosOnFirst: In one book, Josh tries to get the local bully, Barry Dunn, expelled when he's in the principal's body. After their plans fail, the bully starts to gloat, and Josh interrupts "Are you done?" The bully responds with "Of course I'm Dunn," and continues to gloat. This happens two or three times before Dunn starts insulting Josh's intelligence. And Josh expelled him.
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