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* TookALevelInKindness: Bossy Moira becomes nicer and easier to get along with during the fifth book.Lampshaded by Darrell.
* TooMuchAlike: The reason why Gwendoline can't stand Maureen: being around her is like looking in a mirror in an uncomfortable way. Maureen has all of her flaws and Gwen sees her the way the other girls see her which is a horrifying expierience for her.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Bossy Moira becomes nicer and easier to get along with during the fifth book. Lampshaded by Darrell.
* TooMuchAlike: The reason why Gwendoline can't stand Maureen: being around her is like looking in a mirror in an uncomfortable way. Maureen has all of her flaws and Gwen sees her the way the other girls see her her, which is a horrifying expierience for her.

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** Darrell eventually learns to control her temper, although it takes a long time. At one point, she thinks she's conquered it but then loses it with June.


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** After Alicia experiences measles, she realizes what it's like to have slow brains since it prevented her from working up to her full potential and attempts to become more patient with those around her.
** Mary-Lou gains more confidence when the girls bring out her inner courage.
** Daphne stops feeling that she has to fake her own self.
** Mavis loses her voice temporarily, and, remembering how the girls said she was nothing without her voice, uses the time without it to create a new self, one that remains when her voice returns.
** Bill has to learn how to settle at school, and only does so after her form teacher saves her sick horse's life.
** Ruth finds her own voice and stands up to Connie to become her own person.
** Moira starts to realize that she needs to soften her attitude, although she stays rather critical and cold.
** Even Gwen learns what's really important in life when her father becomes seriously ill. This was foreshadowed earlier by Miss Grayling, who states that when Gwen finally learns something and changes, it will come at great cost to her.


* LoveableAlphaBitch: Alicia is an unusually positive version of popular mean girl. She's one of the most popular girls in her form and Darrell was very eager to be her friend during her first year in Malory Towers. She's also sarcastic and condescending towards people who are not as brilliant as herself, but she's never truly malicious, and many of the girls admire her wit and honesty. Especially after she [[TookALevelInKindness became nicer]] thanks to [[spoiler: having the measles in fourth year]] making her realize not everyone has as quick brains as she has.

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* LoveableAlphaBitch: LovableAlphaBitch: Alicia is an unusually positive version of popular mean girl. She's one of the most popular girls in her form and Darrell was very eager to be her friend during her first year in Malory Towers. She's also sarcastic and condescending towards people who are not as brilliant as herself, but she's never truly malicious, and many of the girls admire her wit and honesty. Especially after she [[TookALevelInKindness became nicer]] thanks to [[spoiler: having the measles in fourth year]] making her realize not everyone has as quick brains as she has.


** Alicia is an unusually positive version. She's one of the most popular girls in her form and Darrell was very eager to be her friend during her first year in Malory Towers. She's also sarcastic and condescending towards people who are not as brilliant as herself, but she's never truly malicious, and many of the girls admire her wit and honesty. Especially after she [[TookALevelInKindness became nicer]] thanks to [[spoiler: having the measles in fourth year]] making her realize not everyone has as quick brains as she has.


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* LoveableAlphaBitch: Alicia is an unusually positive version of popular mean girl. She's one of the most popular girls in her form and Darrell was very eager to be her friend during her first year in Malory Towers. She's also sarcastic and condescending towards people who are not as brilliant as herself, but she's never truly malicious, and many of the girls admire her wit and honesty. Especially after she [[TookALevelInKindness became nicer]] thanks to [[spoiler: having the measles in fourth year]] making her realize not everyone has as quick brains as she has.


* GreenEyes: Clarissa, and its status as a rare colour is portrayed quite realistically.


* StrawCharacter: Gwendolyn. She‘s not only mean, manipulative, phony, spoiled and superficial but also a horrible student due to her laziness and sucks at every sport; she‘s even overweight later on. She makes everyone else not only look nice my comparision, but more competent in general because she‘s not only portrayed as mean but also as pathetic.

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* StrawCharacter: StrawLoser: Gwendolyn. She‘s not only mean, manipulative, phony, spoiled and superficial but also a horrible student due to her laziness and sucks at every sport; she‘s even overweight later on. She makes everyone else not only look nice my comparision, but more competent in general because she‘s not only portrayed as mean but also as pathetic.

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* StrawCharacter: Gwendolyn. She‘s not only mean, manipulative, phony, spoiled and superficial but also a horrible student due to her laziness and sucks at every sport; she‘s even overweight later on. She makes everyone else not only look nice my comparision, but more competent in general because she‘s not only portrayed as mean but also as pathetic.


%%* SpiritedYoungLady: Zerelda Brass.


* AttentionWhore: Gwendolyn who has been spoiled rotten at home wants to be the center of attention at school too.

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* AttentionWhore: Gwendolyn Gwendolyn, who has been spoiled rotten at home home, wants to be the center of attention at school school, too.


The series is believed to be semi-autobiographical, and the name "Darrell Rivers" is clearly drawn from Blyton's second husband's name, Kenneth Darrell Waters. It is also widely supposed that Blyton based the creation on the famous Scottish boarding school St Leonards School in St Andrews, which is, of course, the heroine’s University destination.

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The series is believed to be semi-autobiographical, and the name "Darrell Rivers" is clearly drawn from Blyton's second husband's name, Kenneth Darrell Waters. It is also widely supposed that Blyton based the creation on the famous Scottish boarding school St Leonards School School, in St Andrews, which is, of course, the heroine’s University destination.



%%* ArmorPiercingSlap: God, Darrell. She slaps Gwen and shoves Sally in the first book, has a big fight with Ellen in the second and shakes June in the fourth.

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%%* * ArmorPiercingSlap: God, Darrell. She slaps Gwen and shoves Sally in the first book, has a big fight with Ellen in the second and shakes June in the fourth.



* BeautifulAllAlong: Clarissa, once she [[TheGlassesGottaGo takes off her glasses]] and gets her braces removed is revealed to be strikingly beautiful instead of just "plain" as she was considered before.

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* BeautifulAllAlong: Clarissa, once she [[TheGlassesGottaGo takes off her glasses]] and gets her braces removed removed, is revealed to be strikingly beautiful beautiful, instead of just "plain" as she was considered before.



** Zerelda Brass in the third book. She is one year older than the protagonists, but since she couldn't keep up with the work of the fourth formers, she was sent down to the third.

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** Zerelda Brass in the third book. She is one year older than the protagonists, but since she couldn't keep up with the work of the fourth formers, fourth-formers, she was sent down to the third.



** A lot of girls introduced in Darrell's first year was never mentioned again in the sequels. These includes Katherine, the head girl of the first formers, and Emily, who was Darrell's sort-of friend before she befriends Sally. Emily is mentioned again, but another girl called Violet was mentioned once in the first book when naming everyone in the form, and was never mentioned again.

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** A lot of girls introduced in Darrell's first year was were never mentioned again in the sequels. These includes include Katherine, the head girl of the first formers, first-formers, and Emily, who was Darrell's sort-of friend before she befriends Sally. Emily is mentioned again, but another girl called Violet was mentioned once in the first book when naming everyone in the form, and was never mentioned again.



%%* ComingOfAgeStory: Speaking about the whole series, yes.

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%%* * ComingOfAgeStory: Speaking about the whole series, yes.

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** In the first book, the scene where Darrell loses her temper with Gwendoline for purposely holding Mary-Lou under the water, the modern version shows her simply scolding Gwendoline severely, whereas in the original version, Darrell slapped her repeatedly.


* ObfuscatingStupidity: Suzanne, the french student who's also Mam'zelle Rougier's niece from ''Last Term'' pretends not to understand anything in fact she does understand englush very well if she wants to. Their form teacher, Miss Oaks becomes suspicious soon.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Suzanne, the french student who's also Mam'zelle Rougier's niece from ''Last Term'' pretends not to understand anything in anything, despite the fact she does understand englush very English extremely well if when she wants to. Their form teacher, Miss Oaks soon becomes suspicious soon.about this.



* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: Daphne's good looks are the reason why Mademoiselle Dupont adores her and lets her get away with anything, although she is the only teacher who gets blindfolded by her charme and good looks.

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* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: Daphne's good looks are the reason why Mademoiselle Dupont adores her and lets her get away with anything, although she is the only teacher who gets blindfolded by her charme charm and good looks.


* GrewASpine: Clarissa in the fourth book. She starts out being shy and has low self esteem which, combined with her apparently "wealthy" background makes her an easy target for Gwendolyn who tries to befriend (and manipulate) her. Former [[ExtremeDoormat Extreme Doormat]] stands up against her "friend" after realizing that Gwendolyn is [[ BitchInSheepsClothing phony]] and not a good person at all.

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* GrewASpine: Clarissa in the fourth book. She starts out being shy and has low self esteem which, combined with her apparently "wealthy" background makes her an easy target for Gwendolyn who tries to befriend (and manipulate) her. Former [[ExtremeDoormat Extreme Doormat]] stands up against her "friend" after realizing that Gwendolyn is [[ BitchInSheepsClothing [[BitchInSheepsClothing phony]] and not a good person at all.


** Moira counts too.


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** Moira originally appears to be a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk but proves to have a good heart when June is about to be expelled for writing mean anonymous letters to her, and she goes to Miss Grayling and asks her to give June another chance, saying that it's not really that surprising that a first-form girl hated her enough to do that.

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* CatchPhrase: Suzanne in ''Last Term'' repeatedly replies with "Police?" whenever she doesn't understand anything, meaning "please".

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