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* RealLifeRelative: Actors Francoise (Melinda) and Kazimir (Martin) Sas are children of Igor Sas (who plays Stefan)
** Things start going into IncestuousCasting a little, though (albeit briefly and extremely toned down), when you realize that, during the masked disco scene, Martin (Kazimir) is flirting with Melinda (Francoise).
** Una and Due are also played by actual sisters, Rebecca and Genevieve [=McCarthy=].

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* RealLifeRelative: Actors Francoise (Melinda) and Kazimir (Martin) Sas are children of Igor Sas (who plays Stefan)
** Things start going into IncestuousCasting a little, though (albeit briefly and extremely toned down), when you realize that, during the masked disco scene, Martin (Kazimir) is flirting with Melinda (Francoise).
** Una and Due are also played by actual sisters, Rebecca and Genevieve [=McCarthy=].



* Slimeball: Francis Zapmeister said it best: "Martin is a slimeball in all worlds." They later meet the nice Martin from Forest World though.

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* Slimeball: {{Slimeball}}: Francis Zapmeister said it best: best, "Martin is a slimeball in all worlds." They However, they later meet the nice Martin from Forest World though.World.


However, he quickly learns that things are not always as they seem, and the thief is not actually Francis, but a doppleganger from another world [[NamesTheSame has the same name.]] Ben follows 'this' Francis down through a drainpipe, and arrives in an almost identical Werrinup, where everything is oppresively regulated. Not only that, but his house isn't even the same- it turns out to be the home of his previously unknown[[SecretOtherFamily sister]], Katherine Raddic.

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However, he quickly learns that things are not always as they seem, and the thief is not actually Francis, but a doppleganger from another world [[NamesTheSame has the same name.]] Ben follows 'this' Francis down through a drainpipe, and arrives in an almost identical Werrinup, where everything is oppresively regulated. Not only that, but his house isn't even the same- it turns out to be the home of his previously unknown[[SecretOtherFamily unknown [[SecretOtherFamily sister]], Katherine Raddic.


* AssimilationPlot: Betti's goal.



* {{Instrumentality}}: Betti's goal.


Ben Johnson is a perfectly normal kid living a perfectly normal life in the perfectly normal town of Werrinup (in Western Australia). That is, until the legendary [[GentlemanThief Werrinup Thief]] steals [[DownTheRabbitHole his favourite pair of sneakers]]. Ben catches the thief, and is shocked when he finds out that it's his best friend, Francis Short.

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Ben [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/parallax.jpg]]Ben Johnson is a perfectly normal kid living a perfectly normal life in the perfectly normal town of Werrinup (in Western Australia). That is, until the legendary [[GentlemanThief Werrinup Thief]] steals [[DownTheRabbitHole his favourite pair of sneakers]]. Ben catches the thief, and is shocked when he finds out that it's his best friend, Francis Short.


** Una and Due are also played by actual sisters, Rebecca and Genevieve McCarthy.

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** Una and Due are also played by actual sisters, Rebecca and Genevieve McCarthy.[=McCarthy=].


* Una and Due: Sisters from a version of Werrinup obsessed with the latest technology, Francis introduces them to the Parallax to impress Una. Rarely seen apart. They also have counterparts in Ben's World, Katherine's World (though they are never seen), Hippie World and Garden World.

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* Una and Due: Sisters from a version of Werrinup obsessed with the latest technology, Francis introduces them to the Parallax to impress Una. Rarely seen apart. They also have counterparts in Ben's World, Katherine's World (though they are never seen), Hippie World and Garden World. Una's name is mentioned to be "Fortuna", the name she goes by in all other incarnations.



** Katherine's Melinda, too.



* BrotherSisterTeam: Ben and Katherine. Mrs Dawes and her brother Henry (who is admittedly only seen once) guard the portals together.

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* BrotherSisterTeam: Ben and Katherine. Mrs Dawes (All of them) and her brother Henry (who is admittedly only seen once) guard the portals together.



* CuteBookworm: The Melinda of Katherine's World certainly qualifies.

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* CuteBookworm: The Melinda of Katherine's World certainly qualifies. All other Melindas too, to a lesser extent.



* MesACrowd: The Franciscam features three different Francises communicating with each other across the Parallax. Towards the end of the series, the Martins begin to work together as well.

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* MesACrowd: The Franciscam features three different Francises communicating with each other across the Parallax.Parallax (alongside Una). Towards the end of the series, the Martins begin to work together as well.


* FreudianExcuse: Understandably enough, Katherine initially resents Veronica for abandoning her and Stefan and does not forgive her until learning that she missed them and came an eye on them all the time.



* MommyIssues: Understandably enough, Katherine initially resents Veronica for abandoning her and Stefan and does not forgive her until learning that she missed them and came an eye on them all the time.


* HandsOffParenting: Francis Zapmeister’s parents seem to be this, letting him do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases, even giving him the hippie name Freedom. It goes a long way towards explaining his sticky fingers and initial selfishness, as he’s used to looking after himself and taking whatever he catches his eye in case he can use it later.

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* HandsOffParenting: Francis Zapmeister’s parents seem to be this, letting him do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases, even giving him the hippie name Freedom. It goes a long way towards explaining his sticky fingers and initial selfishness, as he’s used to looking after himself and taking whatever he catches his eye in case he can use it later.


* EmbarrassingNickname: Francis Zapmeisters dislike his mother calling him by his hippie name Freedom.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Francis Zapmeisters dislike Zapmeister dislikes his mother calling him by his hippie name Freedom.


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* HandsOffParenting: Francis Zapmeister’s parents seem to be this, letting him do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases, even giving him the hippie name Freedom. It goes a long way towards explaining his sticky fingers and initial selfishness, as he’s used to looking after himself and taking whatever he catches his eye in case he can use it later.


* ShoutOut: The {{Zeerust}} Techno World is based on the Hill Valley of 2015 in ''BackToTheFuturePartII''. Elvis performing "Johnny Be Goode" in "Achey, Breaky Heart" may be a reference to the [[BackToTheFuture first film]].

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* ShoutOut: The {{Zeerust}} Techno World is based on the Hill Valley of 2015 in ''BackToTheFuturePartII''. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''. Elvis performing "Johnny Be Goode" in "Achey, Breaky Heart" may be a reference to the [[BackToTheFuture [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]].


* TheArtfulDodger: Francis Zapmeister. The third episode is even called "The Artful Dodger".



* TheBully: All of the Martins except for the one from Forest World. Their mothers qualify as well.



* TheMultiverse: Though it is referred to as the Parallax.



* TheArtfulDodger: Francis Zapmeister. The third episode is even called "The Artful Dodger".
* TheBully: All of the Martins except for the one from Forest World. Their mothers qualify as well.
* TheMultiverse: Though it is referred to as the Parallax.
* TimePolice: The Guardians are supposed to prevent 'contamination' of the universes- by making sure that no one had to go through NeverTheSelvesShallMeet' situation. Subverted with the two main Francises and the AlternateUniverse Martins however.


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* TimePolice: The Guardians are supposed to prevent 'contamination' of the universes- by making sure that no one had to go through NeverTheSelvesShallMeet' situation. Subverted with the two main Francises and the AlternateUniverse Martins however.
* TreeTopTown: In the green AlternateUniverse, Werrinup is built in the trees to protect the environment and keep the people safe from the [[ScaryScorpions Krellicks]].

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* MesACrowd: The Franciscam features three different Francises communicating with each other across the Parallax. Towards the end of the series, the Martins begin to work together as well.


* Francis 'Thief' / Francis Zapmeister: from the 'Hippie World', discovered the Parallax by accident, and used it to acquire goods to sell in his own world. Quickly develops a friendship with Ben, and becomes his main source of help in Parallax-related adventures. He is considerably more outgoing than the Francis of Ben's World. Despite a rocky start, the two Francises eventually form a friendship of sorts.

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* Francis 'Thief' / Francis Zapmeister: from the 'Hippie World', discovered the Parallax by accident, and used it to acquire goods to sell in his own world. Quickly develops a friendship with Ben, and becomes his main source of help in Parallax-related adventures. He is considerably more outgoing than the Francis of Ben's World.Francis. Despite a rocky start, the two Francises eventually form a friendship of sorts.



* AllergicToRoutine: Ben in the first episode. Averted with the Francis of Ben's World, who wants nothing to do with the Parallax at the beginning.



* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: How Katherine views Ben.



* ButtMonkey: Early in the series, the Francis from Ben's World frequently gets the blame for Francis Zapmeister's thefts and other antics.



* DisappearedDad: Martin's father is out of the picture in all five of the series' main worlds. He is never mentioned in any universe.



* DropInCharacter: Most of the main characters as they regularly visit each other's worlds.



* EmbarrassingNickname: Francis Zapmeister dislike his mother calling him by his hippie name Freedom.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Francis Zapmeister Zapmeisters dislike his mother calling him by his hippie name Freedom.



* ExtremeDoormat: The Francis from Ben's World has shades of this. He goes along with all of Ben's crazy plans (which don't involve him entering the Parallax) and is occasionally bullied by Martin into going along with him, though he isn't one of his favourite targets.

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* ExtremeDoormat: The Francis from Ben's World has shades of this. He goes along with all of Ben's crazy plans (which don't involve him entering the Parallax) and is occasionally bullied by Martin into going along with him, though he isn't one of his favourite targets.



* GuardiansOfTheMultiverse: Veronica, Ben, Katherine and Otto.



* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: Part of the reason that the Francis of Ben's World dislikes Francis Zapmeister so much initially is that he views him as a ConsummateLiar. In "One Man's Rubbish", he says that Francis Zapmeister has "a very bad relationship with the truth" and warns Ben not to trust him. In "Cheats Never Prosper", by which time he has warmed to his counterpart a little, Ben's Francis would rather lose honestly to the two Martins in the triathlon than go along with Francis Zapmeister's plan to beat them at their own game. However, he eventually wins anyway.



* MeddlesomePatrolman: Constable / Sergeant Garcia in Ben's World, Katherine's World and Techno World.



* MotorMouth: Francis Zapmeister. In contrast, his counterpart from Ben's World is TheQuietOne.



* ShoutOut: The {{Zeerust}} Techno World is based on the Hill Valley of 2015 in BackToTheFuturePartII. Elvis performing "Johnny Be Goode" in "Achey, Breaky Heart" may be a reference to the [[BackToTheFuture first film]].

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* ShoutOut: The {{Zeerust}} Techno World is based on the Hill Valley of 2015 in BackToTheFuturePartII. ''BackToTheFuturePartII''. Elvis performing "Johnny Be Goode" in "Achey, Breaky Heart" may be a reference to the [[BackToTheFuture first film]].film]].
* SiblingYinYang: In a less extreme example than Betti and Veronica, Ben and Katherine.


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* TeamMom: Veronica.

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* BrotherSisterTeam: Ben and Katherine. Mrs Dawes and her brother Henry (who is admittedly only seen once) guard the portals together.


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* MistakenIdentity: As you would expect for a series dealing with alternate universes, this comes up a lot. The most notable example is in "The World According to Betti" when the Francis from Techno World is blandished after being mistaken for his identically dressed counterpart Francis Zapmeister by Betti.


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* Slimeball: Francis Zapmeister said it best: "Martin is a slimeball in all worlds." They later meet the nice Martin from Forest World though.

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* DaddysGirl: The Melinda of Ben's World qualifies for this one.


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* EmbarrassingNickname: Francis Zapmeister dislike his mother calling him by his hippie name Freedom.


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* MommyIssues: Understandably enough, Katherine initially resents Veronica for abandoning her and Stefan and does not forgive her until learning that she missed them and came an eye on them all the time.
* MookFaceTurn: It's not specified how but Otto gets Spy Boy to turn against Betti.

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