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* {{Cliffhanger}}: Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Latrelle shooting and wounding both Olivia and Ruby at the former's quinceañera]], while season 2 ends with [[spoiler: the gang getting kidnapped]].

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Latrelle shooting and wounding both Olivia and Ruby at the former's quinceañera]], quinceañera, leaving their fates in the balance]] while season 2 ends with [[spoiler: the gang getting kidnapped]].

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Latrelle shooting and wounding both Olivia and Ruby at the former's quinceañera]], while season 2 ends with [[spoiler: the gang getting kidnapped]].


* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In one scene, the gang are playing "Smash, Marry, Kill" where the RunningGag is that everyone picks Jasmine as "Kill" while the neighborhood is on lockdown. The adult Oscar says he'd smash both Monse and Olivia, to their disgust, and Jasmine pushes her breasts up with her hands and he says he'd might as well smash her before killing her.

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* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In one scene, the gang are playing "Smash, Marry, Kill" where the RunningGag is that everyone picks Jasmine as "Kill" while the neighborhood is on lockdown. The adult Oscar says he'd smash both Monse and Olivia, to their disgust, kill Jamal and Rudy, and then Jasmine pushes her breasts up with her hands and he says he'd might as well smash her before killing her.

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* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In one scene, the gang are playing "Smash, Marry, Kill" where the RunningGag is that everyone picks Jasmine as "Kill" while the neighborhood is on lockdown. The adult Oscar says he'd smash both Monse and Olivia, to their disgust, and Jasmine pushes her breasts up with her hands and he says he'd might as well smash her before killing her.

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* GrassIsGreener: Free Ridge is filled with gang violence, poverty, police can stop kids, and ICE comes in so when Monse is invited to stay with her Mother in Brentwood over Spring Break, her friends urge her to move because of the supposed safety there and go trick or treating because of the access to candy without having to put up with a lockdown. But Brentwood has vacuous teenagers who can be racially insensitive (as Olivia, Caesar, and Ruby knew) and [[ValleyGirl Valley Girls]] who vape and take marijuana gummies, something Monse references when she said that she knew to really avoid drugs in Free Ridge.

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Season 2 discusses the history of the local gangs, the Prophets and the Santos. It was noted that the Santos, started in the 1980s, as a way to secure the neighborhood from Prophet violence and they were about non-violence until the founder Ricky was killed and then "the wrong element took over". Monse's father, who was raised by Prophets and had a father who was a member, noted that when the Prophets (who looked out for the community) replaced [[{{Greed}} the s with a dollar sign]], it was corrupted.

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* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: Well more like blood splattered [[spoiler: Quincenera]] dress, as not only [[spoiler: Latrelle shot Ruby, but poor Olivia received a huge hit in the middle of her chest while wearing the gorgeous Quince gown....at her own reception]].


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* PinkIsFeminine: Olivia's Quince dress is this with embroidered blossoms.

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** Monse has this dynamic with Jasmine, the latter critiques Monse for not playing up her femininity; played with in that Jasmine is very loud and extroverted to the point of vulgarity while Monse is more quiet and thoughtful.

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* DaddysGirl: Jasmine is revealed to be very close to her severely disabled father, entertaining him and even taking care of his needs. It's implied that he was either in an accident or had a condition that impaired most of his faculties and it had affected her.


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** Jasmine, the loudest and most annoying of the group, is revealed to have a severely disabled father that she takes very good care of. She said that she chose to be happy because of how messed up things can be.


* AbhorrentAdmirer: Ruby's classmate Jasmine is infatuated with him, but he wants nothing to do with her.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Ruby's classmate Jasmine is infatuated with him, but he wants nothing to do with her. They eventually become friends in season 2.



** As a direct result of [[spoiler: the shooting that killed Olivia]], the parents don't want Cesar around from fear that associating with him will make their children targets of gang violence. However, after Cesar's older brother kicks him out of the house, they reluctantly take turns letting him stay with them, not wanting to leave a 15 year old sleeping on the streets.



* ButNotTooBlack: Monse suspects that her mother left because she couldn't handle having a biracial child. This is hinted by the fact that the first thing [[spoiler: Julia does when Monse comes to stay with her is to straighten Monse's hair]].



* ChocolateBaby: [[spoiler: Ruby's older brother Mario comes home from college with a pregnant girlfriend, but as soon as the baby's born, it's clear to everyone that Mario isn't the father]].



* CoolOldLady: Ruby's grandmother smokes marijuana, eagerly helps Jamal search for [=RollerWorld=], and helps the kids in their various misadventures. [[spoiler:after Olivia dies she helps Ruby get high so he can let off a little steam.]]

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* CoolOldLady: Ruby's grandmother smokes marijuana, eagerly helps Jamal search for [=RollerWorld=], and helps the kids in their various misadventures. [[spoiler:after [[spoiler:After Olivia dies she helps Ruby get high so he can let off a little steam.]]



* InnocentlyInsensitive: When Ruby complains about his mom's MyBelovedSmother tendencies, Oscar rips into him for not appreciating the fact that he has two loving parents who always look out for him and work to sent him to college. Oscar's mother was neglectful and he was forced to give up his education to raise his younger brother.



* PromotionToParent: Cesar was raised by his older brother Oscar because their mother was neglectful. When Cesar says he never noticed that she had problems, Oscar replies, "Then I did my job."

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* PromotionToParent: Cesar was raised by his older brother Oscar because their mother was neglectful.neglectful, possibly due to drug abuse or a mental illness. When Cesar says he never noticed that she had problems, Oscar replies, "Then I did my job."



* UrbanLegends: In-universe, [=RollerWorld=]. There's a local legend that in the 1980s two members of Los Santos stole thousands of dollars from [=RollerWorld=], a money laundering scheme by a rival gang, and buried it somewhere in the neighborhood before going to jail, taking the secret of its location to the grave. Few people believe the money exists or can be found, but Jamal spends the entire first season trying to locate it. [[spoiler: In the season finale he finally puts the mystery together and unearths the money buried from under the high school football field]].

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* UrbanLegends: In-universe, [=RollerWorld=]. There's a local legend that in the 1980s two members of Los Santos stole thousands of dollars from [=RollerWorld=], a money laundering scheme by a rival gang, and buried it somewhere in the neighborhood before going to jail, taking the secret of its location to the grave. Few people believe the money exists or can be found, but Jamal spends the entire first season trying to locate it. [[spoiler: In the first season finale he finally puts the mystery together and unearths the money buried from under the high school football field]].


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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Cesar]] slept with another girl during his temporary break-up with [[spoiler: Monse]], but doesn't tell her right away. She reacts as if he had cheated on her during the relationship and breaks up with him.

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* CallBack: A tragic one, in season 1. The start of the season begins with [[spoiler: a shooting outside of a party]] and ends with [[spoiler: a shooting at Olivia's quinceañera, where Ruby and Olivia are shot]].


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: In season 2, Jamal and Abuelita become convinced that the RollerWorld money is cursed because the three robbers involved in the burglary died mysteriously soon after and the night Jamal found the money in the football field, Ruby was shot and Olivia was killed.]]

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: In season 2, Jamal and Abuelita become convinced that the RollerWorld money is cursed because the three robbers involved in the burglary died mysteriously soon after and the night Jamal found the money in the football field, Ruby was shot and Olivia was killed.]] However, Monse isn't convinced and believes that those events were just coincidences]].


** Jamal's fixation with finding the legendary [=RollerWorld=], a stash of money supposedly buried somewhere in the neighborhood, qualifies him for this.

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** Jamal's fixation with finding the legendary [=RollerWorld=], a stash of money supposedly buried somewhere in the neighborhood, qualifies him for this. Even his father considers him weird.


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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Olivia]].


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: In season 2, Jamal and Abuelita become convinced that the RollerWorld money is cursed because the three robbers involved in the burglary died mysteriously soon after and the night Jamal found the money in the football field, Ruby was shot and Olivia was killed.]]


* SixthRanger: Olivia, a girl who comes to live with Ruby's family after her parents are deported, gradually becomes the fifth member of the group. [[spoiler: She dies between the end of season 1 and season 2 from a gunshot wound, and the crew spends the first half of season 2 mourning her.]]

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* SixthRanger: Olivia, a girl who comes to live with Ruby's family after her parents are deported, gradually becomes the fifth member of the group. [[spoiler: She dies between the end of season 1 and season 2 from a gunshot wound, and the crew spends the first half of season 2 mourning her.]]]] Jasmine occasionally plays this role with the group and even lampshades this trope at one point.


* DisappearedDad: Cesar's father isn't in his life.



* MissingMom: Monse's mother left her when she was very young. [[spoiler: On Halloween she comes across Julia, a woman who she thinks might be her mother, and babysits for her under a false name. When Julia mentions being in another country the year she was born, Monse is crushed. However, Julia's reaction to seeing a picture of Monse's father suggests she actually is Monse's mother]].

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* MissingMom: Monse's mother left her when she was very young. [[spoiler: On Halloween she comes across Julia, a woman who she thinks might be her mother, and babysits for her under a false name. When Julia mentions being in another country the year she was born, Monse is crushed. However, Julia's reaction to seeing a picture of Monse's father suggests she actually is Monse's mother]].mother. In season 2, this is confirmed to be the case]]. Additionally, Cesar's mom was the neglectful type and he was raised by his brother.

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