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* ZanyScheme: Usually thought of by Zac and Ryan in series 1. Lol and Bouncer take over this role from series 2 onward.

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* ZanyScheme: Usually thought of by Zac and Ryan in series 1. Lol and Bouncer take over this role from series 2 onward.onward.
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* ThreeShorts: When airing on CBBC, two episodes are shown back to back.


* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme [claustrophobia] it seems like it was traumatic.

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* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme [claustrophobia] {claustrophobia} it seems like it was traumatic.


* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme [[claustrophobia]] it seems like it was traumatic.

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* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme [[claustrophobia]] [claustrophobia] it seems like it was traumatic.


* ParentalAbandonment: Some of the kids in the care home, including Tracy, whose mother often neglected her and left her home alone a lot.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Some Most of the kids in the care home, including Tracy, whose mother often neglected her and left her home alone a lot.


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* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme [[claustrophobia]] it seems like it was traumatic.
--> ''Wolfie'': They're always trying to buy me off with presents. To make up for what they did to me.


* BlatantLies: Tracy [[SandInMyEyes claiming to have "hayfever"]] any time she bursts into tears, regardless of whether it's hayfever season or whether her crying even remotely resembles hayfever.



* Catchphrase: "Bog off!" Usually spoken by Tracy when she wants to be left alone, and later used by some of the others.

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* Catchphrase: {{Catchphrase}}: "Bog off!" Usually spoken by Tracy when she wants to be left alone, and later used by some of the others.



* DarkReprise: Sadder moments (in particular, Tracy pining for her mother) were often underscored by a slower, more sombre piano rendition of the main theme tune.



* ImagineSpot: All over the place, usually courtesy of Tracy, and always animated in Nick Sharratt's distinctive style.



* NotWhatItLooksLike: In one episode, Elaine arrives at Cam's house for a routine visit, and Cam answers the door holding a knife with a red substance on it. Elaine is unnerved enough to have an ImagineSpot of Cam chasing Tracy with said knife, until Cam points out, "It's tomato sauce, Elaine."



* SandInMyEyes: When Tracy cries, she claims that it's her "hay fever." Other characters also claim this at times.

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* SandInMyEyes: When Whenever Tracy cries, she claims that it's blames it on her "hay fever." hayfever. Other characters also claim this at times.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Zack and Ryan, scheming brothers that are close friends with Ben in Series 1, are replaced without notice by Lol and Bouncer in Series 2. Similarly, Maxy, a young black character in Series 1 is replaced by Dolly. It is probable that these roles were initially written for the the former characters, with the intention being that the actors would reprise their roles in Series 2.
Crash seems to replace Ben from Series 3 onwards, being of a similar age and appearance, and befriending Tracy closely.
Sid acts as a replacement for Shelley in Series 4, and bares a slight resemblance to Nathan from the previous series.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together. Also, Duke and Nathan are typically paired up in series 2 and 3 and Zac and Ryan in series 1.

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Zack and Ryan, scheming brothers that are close friends with Ben in Series 1, are replaced without notice by Lol and Bouncer in Series 2. Similarly, Maxy, a young black character in Series 1 is replaced by Dolly. It is probable that these roles were initially written for the the former characters, with the intention being that the actors would reprise their roles in Series 2.
** Crash seems to replace Ben from Series 3 onwards, being of a similar age and appearance, and befriending Tracy closely.
** Sid acts as a replacement for Shelley in Series 4, and bares also bears a slight resemblance to Nathan from the previous series.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together. Also, Duke and Nathan are typically paired up in series 2 and 3 3, and Zac and Ryan in series 1.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Dolly, a seven-year-old girl introduced in season two is shown to be this in a couple of episodes, one where the kids are obsessed with making videos to convince Hollywood movie stars to adopt them and Dolly sends endless emails to a celebrity couple and later [[spoiler: receives a box of autographed movie merchandise in the mail as compensation,]] which was her plan in the first place.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Dolly, a seven-year-old girl introduced in season two Season 2 is shown to be this in a couple of episodes, one where the kids are obsessed with making videos to convince Hollywood movie stars to adopt them and Dolly sends endless emails to a celebrity couple and later [[spoiler: receives a box of autographed movie merchandise in the mail as compensation,]] which was her plan in the first place.

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* CassandraTruth: Subverted. In the early seasons, Tracy frequently claims her mum is a world famous film star. When her mum shows up in the TV Movie, we discover that she is indeed an actress - albeit a not particularly well-known stunt double.

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The show lasted for 5 seasons and was followed by a sequel, ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'', focusing on Tracy as a young adult, along with a spin-off, The Dumping Ground.

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The show lasted for 5 seasons and was followed by a sequel, ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'', focusing on Tracy as a young adult, along with a spin-off, The Dumping Ground.Ground, showing the events of the characters in the care home after Tracy left.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Zack and Ryan, scheming brothers that are close friends with Ben in Series 1, are replaced without notice by Lol and Bouncer in Series 2. Similarly, Maxy, a young black character in Series 1 is replaced by Dolly. It is probable that these roles were initially written for the the former characters, with the intention being that the actors would reprise their roles in Series 2.
Crash seems to replace Ben from Series 3 onwards, being of a similar age and appearance, and befriending Tracy closely.
Sid acts as a replacement for Shelley in Series 4, and bares a slight resemblance to Nathan from the previous series.


* BreakoutCharacter: Mike Milligan. Even though he only appeared in Series 1, his close friendship with Tracy made fans love him so much he returned as the new cook in Series 5 and eventually became Head Care Worker. He's since gone on to become the only characrer from this series to appear in ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'' and The Dumping Ground.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Mike Milligan. Even though he only appeared in Series 1, his close friendship with Tracy made fans love him so much he returned as the new cook in Series 5 and eventually became Head Care Worker. He's since gone on to become the only characrer character from this series to appear in ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'' and The Dumping Ground.



* PrecisionFStrike: Only one example, wherein Hayley says "Life's a bitch" to a police officer in the movie. This was cut out when shown on the BBC channel and is the only curse said throughout the series. When shown the channel, Hayley sighs instead.
* PutOnABus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Duke, Jenny, Nathan, Sid, Louise, Jackie, Marco, Milly, and Chantal.

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* PrecisionFStrike: Only one example, wherein Hayley says "Life's a bitch" to a police officer in the movie. This was cut out when shown on the BBC channel and is the only curse said throughout the series. When shown the channel, The censored version involves Hayley sighs sighing instead.
* PutOnABus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Justine, Duke, Jenny, Nathan, Sid, Louise, Jackie, Marco, Milly, and Chantal.



* RememberTheNewGuy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was so bad with the season 3 introduction when there were five new children that did not appear in the last season.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was so bad particularly apparent with the season 3 introduction Season 3, when there were five new children that did had not appear appeared previously are living in the last season.care home. This includes; Dolly, Lol, Bouncer, Marco, Hayley, Layla, Crash, Michael, Sid, Rebecca and the reintroduction of Mike in Series 5.

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* OrphanageOfLove: In spite of its nickname, The Dumping Ground does qualify. The staff are genuinely doing their best to look after the kids in their care.


* EnemyMine: Tracy and Justine once teamed up to overthrow Elaine.

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* EnemyMine: Tracy and Justine once teamed up to overthrow Elaine. Another time, they also tricked Michael into going out with the Bygraves, a pair of funeral directors who were originally there for Tracy.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In Series 1, Elaine is shown to be very serious, professional, and good at her job, much like her book counterpart. From Series 2 onward, however, shows her to be very clumsy, awkward, and very incompetent at her job.
* ChristmasEpisode: Subverted with "Christmas", since the episode doesn't take place around Christmas time.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maxy, Ryan, Zac, Michael, Nathan, and Sid all disappear between seasons with no mention to their whereabouts. With the kids, it's safe to assume they've been fostered or adopted.
* TheCutie: All the little kids like Peter, Maxy, Dolly, Layla, Hayley, Marco, Milly and Alice.
* DefrostingIceQueen: By the end of Series 5, Justine is nowhere near as petty or as nasty as she was in the other series, and even becomes a close friend to Crash and Jackie, as Rebecca takes her place as the Dumping Ground's nastiest character. In one episode in Series 5, Justine comforts an upset Roxy who is broken up about her sister leaving the Home.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maxy, Ryan, Zac, Michael, Nathan, and Sid all disappear between seasons with no mention to their whereabouts. With the kids, it's safe to assume they've been fostered or adopted.
adopted. With the care workers, they possibly were transferred to other care homes.
* TheCutie: All the little kids like Peter, Maxy, Dolly, Layla, Hayley, Marco, Milly Milly, and Alice.
* DefrostingIceKing: Rio becomes this later in Series 4 and 5, where he is shown to be nicer and friendlier to the other kids, especially Crash after the two strike up a friendship.
* DefrostingIceQueen: By the end of Series 5, Justine is nowhere near as petty or as nasty as she was in the other series, and even becomes a close friend to Crash and Jackie, as Rebecca takes her place as the Dumping Ground's nastiest character. In one episode in Series 5, Justine comforts an upset Roxy who is broken up about her sister leaving the Home. Home.
** Also, Chantal and Roxy who open up more and become nicer in Series 5.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Justine calls Cam out at the end of Series 3 for hurting Tracy. She later goes to comfort Tracy and tries to build bridges with her. The two even share a hug.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While not exactly evil, Justine calls Cam out at the end of Series 3 for hurting Tracy. She later goes to comfort Tracy and tries to build bridges with her. The two even share a hug.



* {{Goth}}: All three of the Wellards don a goth fashion style, to make them [[TheDreaded much more intimidating]].

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* {{Goth}}: All three of the Wellards don a goth fashion style, to make them [[TheDreaded much more intimidating]]. Deep down, however, they have good hearts.



* InSeriesNickname: "Elaine the Pain", "The Dumping Ground".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although Tracy is frequently rude, abrasive, vain, proud and self-centred, she is in fact a good person at heart who cares deeply for Cam and her friends. Her tough attitude is partly from the years she spent on her own in care.
** Other examples include Justine, Amber, the Wellards and Rebecca and to a much lesser extent, Michael.

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* InSeriesNickname: "Elaine the Pain", Pain" for Elaine the social worker who nobody likes and "The Dumping Ground".
Ground" for the care home where the show takes place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although Tracy is frequently rude, abrasive, vain, proud and self-centred, she is is, in fact fact, a good person at heart who cares deeply for Cam and her friends. Her tough attitude is partly from the years she spent on her own in care.
** Other examples include Justine, Amber, and the Wellards and Rebecca and to a much lesser extent, Michael.Michael and Rebecca.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Duke, Bouncer, Lol, Crash and Wolfie.
* OutOfFocus: Tracy in the later seasons, which is ironic in the sense that she's the ''title character''. Sources claim that this is due to Dani Harmer experiencing [[RealLifeWritesThePlot severe migraines]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Some of the kids in the care home.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Duke, Bouncer, Lol, Crash Crash, and Wolfie.
* OutOfFocus: Tracy in the later seasons, which is ironic in the sense that she's the ''title character''. Sources claim that this is due Series 5 has her in less than half of the episodes, leaving Justine to Dani Harmer experiencing [[RealLifeWritesThePlot severe migraines]].
essentially take over as the main character.
* ParentalAbandonment: Some of the kids in the care home.home, including Tracy, whose mother often neglected her and left her home alone a lot.



* PrecisionFStrike: Only one example, wherein Hayley says "Life's a bitch" to a police officer in the movie. This was cut out when shown on the BBC channel, and is the only curse said throughout the series.
* PutOnABus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Duke, Jenny, Nathan, Sid, Louise, Jackie, Marco, Milly and Chantal.

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* PrecisionFStrike: Only one example, wherein Hayley says "Life's a bitch" to a police officer in the movie. This was cut out when shown on the BBC channel, channel and is the only curse said throughout the series.
series. When shown the channel, Hayley sighs instead.
* PutOnABus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Duke, Jenny, Nathan, Sid, Louise, Jackie, Marco, Milly Milly, and Chantal.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Jenny, Shelley, Sid, Mike and Duke.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was so bad with the season 3 introduction when there were about five new children seen that did not appear in the last season.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Jenny, Shelley, Sid, Mike Mike, and Duke.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was so bad with the season 3 introduction when there were about five new children seen that did not appear in the last season.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together. Also, Duke and Nathan are typically paired up in series 2 and 3.

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* ShipTease: Tracy with Wilson in Series 3, Tracy with Crash in the movie, and Crash with Justine briefly in Series 5.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together. Also, Duke and Nathan are typically paired up in series 2 and 3.3 and Zac and Ryan in series 1.



* SilentBob: Milly. She never talks except for two episodes (one was in a dream by Tracy and the other was when she was asked to be fostered with Marco).

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* SilentBob: Milly. She never talks except for two episodes (one was in a dream by Tracy and the other was when she was asked to be fostered with Marco).


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* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Love All" which involves a small LoveTriangle between Crash, Justine, and Rebecca and a subplot with Marco and Milly playing Cupid and pairing up the other kids for the Valentine's Day party.


* AbusiveParents: Crash's father Theo is revealed to be in prison for domestic abuse against his wife and son, which is why Crash is in care and how he earned his nickname for his violent temper. It's implied he still keeps in touch with his mother, who may possibly be in witness protection.

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* AbusiveParents: Crash's father Theo is revealed to be in prison for domestic abuse against his wife and son, which is why Crash is in care and how he earned his nickname for his has a violent temper. It's implied he still keeps in touch with his mother, who may possibly be in witness protection.

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