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** Montgomery (again) to Justin. Both come from poor backgrounds, both regularly take steroids/drugs, both have abusive fathers, both are extremely loyal to Bryce, and even acted as an accomplice to a rape he committed. However, while Justin shows legitimate regret for his role in Jessica's rape and comes to see Bryce for the monster that he is, Monty couldn't care less and is more concerned about keeping the reputation of his own team clean and won't hesitate to hurt anyone who gets in the way of that.


*** [[spoiler: Chloe to Kat. Both were blonde and popular LovableAlphaBitch dating with JerkJock.Kat was the best friend of TheHeroine and Chloe the girlfriend of TheBigBad. Moreover the way they treated Hannah and Jessica (troubled and lonely brunettes) respectively: Kat was supportive with Hannah while Chloe jealous, was fakely caring of Jessica and blackmailed her. As the example below, it's become subverted and more a {{Foil}} dynamic.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Chloe to Kat. Both were blonde and popular LovableAlphaBitch dating with JerkJock.Kat was the best friend of TheHeroine and Chloe the girlfriend of TheBigBad. Moreover the way they treated Hannah and Jessica (troubled and lonely brunettes) respectively: Kat was supportive with Hannah while Chloe jealous, was fakely caring of Jessica and blackmailed her. As the example below, above, it's become subverted and more a {{Foil}} dynamic.]]



** Justin and Jessica in Season 2. They're still in love with each other and almost EveryoneCanSeeIt. But Jessica who don't forget he left Bryce raped her , try to stay awaf of him and like Hannah below he feels he doesn't deserve her. [[spoiler: It's really and finally resolved in mid-season 3.]]

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** Justin and Jessica in Season 2. They're still in love with each other and almost EveryoneCanSeeIt. But Jessica who don't forget he left Bryce raped her , try to stay awaf of him and like Hannah below above he feels he doesn't deserve her. [[spoiler: It's really and finally resolved in mid-season 3.]]


** Season 3: [[spoiler: Clay has been exonerated for killing Bryce Walker, Tyler works through his trauma and finally implicates that Monty was his rapist and is now accepted by his peers, Jessica and Justin are back together and Justin will get help from drugs and is on his way to being adopted by Clay's family, Tony's family are still deported but they welcome his boyfriend into his family. On the flip side, Bryce is still dead despite him working on being a better person and his family (especially his mother) is still mourning. Monty, while despicable, is framed for the murder of Bryce and is killed in his jail cell leaving Winston heartbroken who will likely strike back. Alex gets away with killing Bryce, and his father knows but although he lies to protect him, he will probably look at him differently for the rest of his life. And Tyler's weapons that he planned on shooting up the SpringFling dance are found by a group of fishermen.]]

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** Season 3: [[spoiler: Clay has been exonerated for killing Bryce Walker, Tyler works through his trauma and finally implicates that Monty was his rapist and is now accepted by his peers, Jessica and Justin are back together and Justin will get help from drugs and is on his way to being adopted by Clay's family, Tony's family are still deported but they welcome his boyfriend into his family. On the flip side, Bryce is still dead despite him working on being a better person and his family (especially his mother) is still mourning. Monty, while despicable, is Winston loses Monty after he's framed for the Bryce's murder of Bryce and is killed in his jail cell leaving Winston heartbroken who will likely strike back. cell. Alex gets away with killing Bryce, and his father knows but although he lies to protect him, he will probably look at him differently for the rest of his life and Alex will have to carry the knowledge that he intentionally murdered someone for the rest of his life. And Finally, Tyler's weapons that he planned on shooting up the SpringFling dance are found by a group of fishermen.]]


** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], a student is seen having a very animated breakdown.[[note]] The extra has gone on record, stating that the meltdown was due to [[EnforcedMethodActing the high temperature of the set and being dressed in heavy clothes]]. [[RewatchBonus On closer inspection, this extra has gotten away with a lot of this]]. [[/note]]

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** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], a student is seen having a very animated breakdown.[[note]] [[https://www.instagram.com/p/B4YgcDcleHt/?igshid=16sc2rohizsc7 The extra has gone on record, record]], stating that the meltdown was due to [[EnforcedMethodActing the high temperature of the set and being dressed in heavy clothes]]. [[RewatchBonus On closer inspection, this extra has gotten away with a lot of this]].clothes]]. [[/note]]


* UnresolvedSexualTension: Clay and Hannah in their WilTheyOrWontThey relationship. They attracted by each other but due to his fear to be rejected and her "I'm not deserve him" insecurity,they couldn't be officially together and with Hannah's death , their story stay inachieved.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Clay and Hannah in their WilTheyOrWontThey WillTheyOrWontThey relationship. They attracted by each other but due to his fear to be rejected and her "I'm not deserve him" insecurity,they couldn't be officially together and with Hannah's death , their story stay inachieved.


** Monty to Jeff. They're [[TheBigGuy well-boned]] Liberty Tigers. But while Jeff was a LovableJock likeable with less popular other students (like Clay or Hannah), Monty is a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk who are very dickish with the less popular (especially Tyler).

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** Monty to Jeff. They're [[TheBigGuy well-boned]] Liberty Tigers. But while Jeff was a LovableJock likeable with less popular other students (like Clay or Hannah), Monty is a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk who are very dickish with the less popular students (especially Tyler).



** Chloe to Jessica in season 2. [[spoiler: Played with at the beginning and become subverted at the rest of the season. Both was cheerleaders dating with jocks (Justin for Jessica and Bryce for Chloe). And if Chloe is freely with Bryce, Jessica was raped by him. Moreover Chloe was portrayed as the jealous and LovableAlphaBitch girlfriend of the BigBad and Jessica was portrayed as the broken and slut-shamed girl. The trope is subverted when Chloe is just a complex NiceGirl stucked inside a complicated story.]]

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** Chloe to Jessica in season 2. [[spoiler: Played with at the beginning and become subverted at the rest of the season. Both was were cheerleaders dating with jocks (Justin for Jessica and Bryce for Chloe). And if Chloe is freely with Bryce, Jessica was raped by him. Moreover Chloe was portrayed as the jealous and LovableAlphaBitch girlfriend of the BigBad and Jessica was portrayed as the broken and slut-shamed girl. The trope is subverted when Chloe is just a complex NiceGirl stucked inside a complicated story.]]


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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Clay and Hannah in their WilTheyOrWontThey relationship. They attracted by each other but due to his fear to be rejected and her "I'm not deserve him" insecurity,they couldn't be officially together and with Hannah's death , their story stay inachieved.
** Justin and Jessica in Season 2. They're still in love with each other and almost EveryoneCanSeeIt. But Jessica who don't forget he left Bryce raped her , try to stay awaf of him and like Hannah below he feels he doesn't deserve her. [[spoiler: It's really and finally resolved in mid-season 3.]]


** In "Yeah, I'm the New Girl," someone can be seen asleep in the library scene when Jessica approaches Zach.
** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], a student is seen having a very animated breakdown.

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** In "Yeah, I'm the New Girl," someone can be seen asleep in the library scene when Jessica approaches Zach.
** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], a student is seen having a very animated breakdown.[[note]] The extra has gone on record, stating that the meltdown was due to [[EnforcedMethodActing the high temperature of the set and being dressed in heavy clothes]]. [[RewatchBonus On closer inspection, this extra has gotten away with a lot of this]]. [[/note]]


** Bryce to Zach. They are both stars at Liberty High being at the top of the popularity food chain as Liberty Tigers. Zach is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold wwhen Bryce is a male version of BitchInSheepClothing. Both have very good living conditions with a strict but present mother for Zach and absent parents for Bryce. [[spoiler: Season 3 proves this too in their respective relationship with Chloe (Caring and sypportive Zach in constrast to rapist boyfriend Bryce)]].

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** Bryce to Zach. They are both stars at Liberty High being at the top of the popularity food chain as Liberty Tigers. Zach is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold wwhen Bryce is a male version of BitchInSheepClothing.BitchInSheepsClothing. Both have very good living conditions with a strict but present mother for Zach and absent parents for Bryce. [[spoiler: Season 3 proves this too in their respective relationship with Chloe (Caring and sypportive Zach in constrast to rapist boyfriend Bryce)]].


* EvilCounterpart: ** Justin to Clay in Season 1. Justin is a JerkJock and Clay a NiceGuy who both are impulsive in their actions. If Justin wants absolutely that the truth about Hannah and her tapes stay hidden, Clay is the most willing that the truth been exposed. And while Justin was the first reason which breaks Hannah's heart, Clay is one of few reasons for her to stay alive and which gives her hope to a better life.

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* EvilCounterpart: ** Justin to Clay in Season 1. Justin is a JerkJock and Clay a NiceGuy who both are impulsive in their actions. If Justin wants absolutely that the truth about Hannah and her tapes stay hidden, Clay is the most willing that the truth been exposed. And while Justin was the first reason which breaks Hannah's heart, Clay is one of few reasons for her to stay alive and which gives her hope to a better life.



*** Chloe to Kat. Both were blonde and popular LovableAlphaBitch dating with JerkJocks. Kat was the best friend of TheHeroine and Chloe the girlfriend of TheBigBad. Moreover the way they treated Hannah and Jessica (troubled and lonely brunettes) respectively: Kat was supportive with Hannah while Chloe jealous, was fakely caring of Jessica and blackmailed her. As the example below, it's become subverted and more a {{Foil}} dynamic.

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*** [[spoiler: Chloe to Kat. Both were blonde and popular LovableAlphaBitch dating with JerkJocks. JerkJock.Kat was the best friend of TheHeroine and Chloe the girlfriend of TheBigBad. Moreover the way they treated Hannah and Jessica (troubled and lonely brunettes) respectively: Kat was supportive with Hannah while Chloe jealous, was fakely caring of Jessica and blackmailed her. As the example below, it's become subverted and more a {{Foil}} dynamic. ]]

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* EvilCounterpart: ** Justin to Clay in Season 1. Justin is a JerkJock and Clay a NiceGuy who both are impulsive in their actions. If Justin wants absolutely that the truth about Hannah and her tapes stay hidden, Clay is the most willing that the truth been exposed. And while Justin was the first reason which breaks Hannah's heart, Clay is one of few reasons for her to stay alive and which gives her hope to a better life.
** Bryce to Zach. They are both stars at Liberty High being at the top of the popularity food chain as Liberty Tigers. Zach is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold wwhen Bryce is a male version of BitchInSheepClothing. Both have very good living conditions with a strict but present mother for Zach and absent parents for Bryce. [[spoiler: Season 3 proves this too in their respective relationship with Chloe (Caring and sypportive Zach in constrast to rapist boyfriend Bryce)]].
** Monty to Jeff. They're [[TheBigGuy well-boned]] Liberty Tigers. But while Jeff was a LovableJock likeable with less popular other students (like Clay or Hannah), Monty is a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk who are very dickish with the less popular (especially Tyler).
*** Monty is this to [[spoiler: Tony as well in Season 3. As Season 3 revealed Monty being gay, he can be compared to Tony. Both are StraightGay and BoisterousBruiser. If Monty don't assume his homosexuality and have {{Gayngst}} tendencies, Tony is openly gay only become [[BerserkButton pissed]] when someone is homophobic with him.]]
** Chloe to Jessica in season 2. [[spoiler: Played with at the beginning and become subverted at the rest of the season. Both was cheerleaders dating with jocks (Justin for Jessica and Bryce for Chloe). And if Chloe is freely with Bryce, Jessica was raped by him. Moreover Chloe was portrayed as the jealous and LovableAlphaBitch girlfriend of the BigBad and Jessica was portrayed as the broken and slut-shamed girl. The trope is subverted when Chloe is just a complex NiceGirl stucked inside a complicated story.]]
*** Chloe to Kat. Both were blonde and popular LovableAlphaBitch dating with JerkJocks. Kat was the best friend of TheHeroine and Chloe the girlfriend of TheBigBad. Moreover the way they treated Hannah and Jessica (troubled and lonely brunettes) respectively: Kat was supportive with Hannah while Chloe jealous, was fakely caring of Jessica and blackmailed her. As the example below, it's become subverted and more a {{Foil}} dynamic.


** Clay into ''several people'' in the Season 2 finale "Bye."

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** Clay into ''several people'' (mostly Tony and Jessica) in the Season 2 finale "Bye."



** Alex for the shooting. Yes, he has serious problems, but he still tried to [[spoiler:''commit mass murder'']] at the school dance, but he still remains good friends with Clay and most of the main cast.

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** Alex Tyler for the shooting. Yes, he has serious problems, but he still tried to [[spoiler:''commit mass murder'']] at the school dance, but he still remains good friends with Clay and most of the main cast.


** The winter formal ("Tape 3, Side A") has an extra dabbing. [[note]] As the story goes, while the scene remains in the final product, that extra was never called back. [[/note]]

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** The winter formal ("Tape 3, Side A") has an extra dabbing. [[note]] As the story goes, this happened in ''every'' take and, while the scene remains in the final product, that extra was never called back. [[/note]][[/note]]
** Doubles as OffscreenTeleportation, in "The Second Polaroid," a student passes Scott and Clay and, when the camera focuses on Scott, the same student is seen entering the building.



** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], an extra is seen having a very animated breakdown.

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** In "Nobody's Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], an extra a student is seen having a very animated breakdown.



* OffscreenTeleportation: Happens rather frequently (and clearly) with Liberty High students.
** In "The Second Polaroid," a student passes Scott and Clay and, when the camera focuses on Scott, the same student is seen entering the building.
** In "Bye," a production assistant can be seen moving extras during "The Night We Met."


** Hannah imitates an Australian accent when quoting the film ''Film/StrictlyBallroom'' - a nod to her actress Katherine Langford being Australian.

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** Hannah imitates an Australian accent when quoting the film ''Film/StrictlyBallroom'' - -- a nod to her actress Katherine Langford being Australian.



* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Jessica asks if her father doesn't approve of her hanging out with Nina's friends because they're black. He responds "have you ''looked'' at me lately?" - and the two immediately burst out laughing.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Jessica asks if her father doesn't approve of her hanging out with Nina's friends because they're black. He responds "have you ''looked'' at me lately?" - -- and the two immediately burst out laughing.



** Book!Courtney spreads a rumor that Hannah keeps sex toys in her dresser, and later chooses to walk away and leave Hannah and Bryce alone in a hot tub despite the latter's lecherous and overall questionable behavior. In the series, [[spoiler:she claims Hannah's actually a lesbian and confirms that Tyler's photo is of her]] just to save her own skin, albeit with [[AntiVillain sympathetic motives]]. She also continues to defend Bryce and claim Hannah is lying long after her death -- to the degree that the rest of the culprits are disgusted with her. Overall she is far more manipulative than the book character who Hannah described as "someone everyone likes". She gets [[HeelFaceTurn much better]] come Season 2.

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** Book!Courtney spreads a rumor that Hannah keeps sex toys in her dresser, and later chooses to walk away and leave Hannah and Bryce alone in a hot tub despite the latter's lecherous and overall questionable behavior. In the series, [[spoiler:she claims Hannah's actually a lesbian and confirms that Tyler's photo is of her]] just to save her own skin, albeit with [[AntiVillain sympathetic motives]]. She also continues to defend Bryce and claim Hannah is lying long after her death -- to the degree that the rest of the culprits are disgusted with her. Overall she is far more manipulative than the book character who Hannah described as "someone everyone likes". likes." She gets [[HeelFaceTurn much better]] come Season 2.



* AloneInACrowd: Clay at the end of "Tape 1, Side A". He imagines that he sees Hannah in the empty hallway, but then it suddenly fills up with people. Despite this, it's clear he's lonelier than ever.
* AlternativeCalendar: The second season takes place in the spring of 2018. Early in the season, the calendar is correct (Friday, March 9). But in "Bye", a title screen reads "Saturday, April 20", which, in reality, was a Friday. This may simply be a case of WritersCannotDoMath. This is cleared up in season 3.

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* AloneInACrowd: Clay at the end of "Tape 1, Side A". A." He imagines that he sees Hannah in the empty hallway, but then it suddenly fills up with people. Despite this, it's clear he's lonelier than ever.
* AlternativeCalendar: The second season takes place in the spring of 2018. Early in the season, the calendar is correct (Friday, March 9). But in "Bye", "Bye," a title screen reads "Saturday, April 20", 20," which, in reality, was a Friday. This may simply be a case of WritersCannotDoMath. This is cleared up in season 3.



* ArtisticLicense: The teens are shown with tattoos, even though most states forbid anyone under 18 to have one. The states Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Kansas have the age at 16 - but the show is set in California. Presumably they're fake or the characters with them are transfers from the above-mentioned states. Some of the tattoos are, in fact, those of the actor and some are fake.

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* ArtisticLicense: The teens are shown with tattoos, even though most states forbid anyone under 18 to have one. The states Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Kansas have the age at 16 - -- but the show is set in California. Presumably they're fake or the characters with them are transfers from the above-mentioned states. Some of the tattoos are, in fact, those of the actor and some are fake.



* AssShove: [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale "Bye", Tyler is attacked in a washroom by Monty and after getting beaten, Monty brutally rapes Tyler with a broken mop handle.]]

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* AssShove: [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale "Bye", "Bye," Tyler is attacked in a washroom by Monty and after getting beaten, Monty brutally rapes Tyler with a broken mop handle.]]



* BackForTheFinale: Kat, Hannah's first friend in town who moved away in the first episode, is subpoena'd for the Bakers' lawsuit.

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* BackForTheFinale: Kat, Hannah's first friend in town who moved away in the first episode, is subpoena'd hit with a subpoena for the Bakers' lawsuit.



* BetterAsFriends: Alex and Jessica = good and healthy friendship ; bad and toxic romance.

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* BetterAsFriends: Alex and Jessica = good and healthy friendship ; bad friendship/bad and toxic romance.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kind of. At the end of "Tape 4, Side A", Clay looks squarely at the camera and says "Welcome to Liberty High." Contextually, it ''is'' clear who he's talking to, but the scene is staged pretty perfectly to be an ad for the series.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kind of. At the end of "Tape 4, Side A", A," Clay looks squarely at the camera and says "Welcome to Liberty High." Contextually, it ''is'' clear who he's talking to, but the scene is staged pretty perfectly to be an ad for the series.



** Even more so, Season 3 ends with two ''directly contradictory'' {{Aesop}}s - [[spoiler:everyone deserves sympathy if they die, ''including'' monstrous rapist BigBad Bryce]], but it's also [[spoiler:good to pin murder on an already-dead rapist.]]

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** Even more so, Season 3 ends with two ''directly contradictory'' {{Aesop}}s - -- [[spoiler:everyone deserves sympathy if they die, ''including'' monstrous rapist BigBad Bryce]], but it's also [[spoiler:good to pin murder on an already-dead rapist.]]



* BurnBabyBurn: [[spoiler:Nina burns the Polaroids of girls in the "clubhouse".]]
* ButNotTooBlack: PlayedForDrama in Season 2. Jessica - who has a white mother - straightens her hair before she appears in court and feels uncomfortable when people comment on it. Because she compares herself to Hannah for being [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome the 'ideal victim' because she was white]], this is presumably out of a desire to look more Anglo for the jury. She later argues that her father doesn't like her new group of friends [[BoomerangBigot because they're black]].
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}: The show is set in a fictional Northern California town, revealed in season 2 as "Evergreen County". The series is filmed in an array of cities in the area, Vallejo being the most prominent.

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* BurnBabyBurn: [[spoiler:Nina burns the Polaroids of girls in the "clubhouse".]]
"clubhouse."]]
* ButNotTooBlack: PlayedForDrama in Season 2. Jessica - -- who has a white mother - -- straightens her hair before she appears in court and feels uncomfortable when people comment on it. Because she compares herself to Hannah for being [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome the 'ideal victim' because she was white]], this is presumably out of a desire to look more Anglo for the jury. She later argues that her father doesn't like her new group of friends [[BoomerangBigot because they're black]].
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}: The show is set in a fictional Northern California town, revealed in season 2 as "Evergreen County". County." The series is filmed in an array of cities in the area, Vallejo being the most prominent.



** Justin into Jessica's in "Tape 2, Side A".
** Clay into Tony's in "Tape 6, Side A".
** Clay into ''several people'' in the Season 2 finale "Bye".

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** Justin into Jessica's in "Tape 2, Side A".
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** Clay into Tony's in "Tape 6, Side A".
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** Clay into ''several people'' in the Season 2 finale "Bye"."Bye."



** PlayedForDrama. Hannah mentions that everyone in school looked at the picture of [[spoiler:her and Courtney kissing]], and most of the boys "probably more than once." Cut to a flashback of [[spoiler:Clay masturbating to the picture, which he is guilt-ridden over now he knows who's in it and the circumstances under which it was taken. It even plays into his SanitySlippage in "Tape 4, Side A", as he imagines Tyler telling him "everyone knows you beat off to Hannah's picture."]]
** PlayedForDrama again in Season 3. [[spoiler:Jessica admits she and Alex are having "awful sex". Ani encourages Jessica to masturbate to reconnect with her body. Unfortunately for Alex, Jessica doing this reminds her how good sex was with Justin and she gets back with him.]]

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** PlayedForDrama. Hannah mentions that everyone in school looked at the picture of [[spoiler:her and Courtney kissing]], and most of the boys "probably more than once." Cut to a flashback of [[spoiler:Clay masturbating to the picture, which he is guilt-ridden over now he knows who's in it and the circumstances under which it was taken. It even plays into his SanitySlippage in "Tape 4, Side A", A," as he imagines Tyler telling him "everyone knows you beat off to Hannah's picture."]]
** PlayedForDrama again in Season 3. [[spoiler:Jessica admits she and Alex are having "awful sex". sex." Ani encourages Jessica to masturbate to reconnect with her body. Unfortunately for Alex, Jessica doing this reminds her how good sex was with Justin and she gets back with him.]]



* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In "Tape 2, Side A", Clay completely fails to grasp why Hannah has an issue with being on the school's "hot list"; she immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it:

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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In "Tape 2, Side A", A," Clay completely fails to grasp why Hannah has an issue with being on the school's "hot list"; she immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it:



* {{Enemy Mine}}: In "Tape 6, Side B", Marcus, Courtney, Tyler, Ryan, Zach and Alex have a meeting to discuss [[spoiler:being summoned to the deposition]]. They each have various problems with each other prior to the meeting, including:

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* {{Enemy Mine}}: In "Tape 6, Side B", B," Marcus, Courtney, Tyler, Ryan, Zach and Alex have a meeting to discuss [[spoiler:being summoned to the deposition]]. They each have various problems with each other prior to the meeting, including:



** A second season introduction. The cheerleading captain and Bryce's girlfriend - Chlöe - is also a blonde.

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** A second season introduction. The cheerleading captain and Bryce's girlfriend - -- Chlöe - -- is also a blonde.



** "Two Girls Kissing" features a scene at cheerleading practice where all the girls are in short shorts and stretching - allowing their legs to be on display.
*** The same episode has the reverse - where Zach is helping Alex with his physical therapy in a pool - allowing both actors to be in swimsuits.

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** "Two Girls Kissing" features a scene at cheerleading practice where all the girls are in short shorts and stretching - -- allowing their legs to be on display.
*** The same episode has the reverse - -- where Zach is helping Alex with his physical therapy in a pool - -- allowing both actors to be in swimsuits.



** Bryce is rich, a star athlete, popular with students and faculty, [[spoiler:and he raped Jessica, his best friend's girlfriend, and Hannah without a single ounce of shame]]. In "Tape 6, Side B", [[spoiler:Clay confronts him about the rapes, and Bryce beats him within an inch of his life to the point where he passes out. When Clay comes to, Bryce is pouring him a drink and smiling, carrying on conversation]].

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** Bryce is rich, a star athlete, popular with students and faculty, [[spoiler:and he raped Jessica, his best friend's girlfriend, and Hannah without a single ounce of shame]]. In "Tape 6, Side B", B," [[spoiler:Clay confronts him about the rapes, and Bryce beats him within an inch of his life to the point where he passes out. When Clay comes to, Bryce is pouring him a drink and smiling, carrying on conversation]].



* FemaleMisogynist: The litigator on the Bakers' trial shows signs of this - outright suggesting that Hannah was responsible for her SlutShaming because she enjoyed the attention. During Jessica's testimony, she tries to paint Hannah as a jealous drama queen. How much is genuine feeling and how much is her dedication to winning the case no matter the cost is ambiguous.
* FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler: Clay and Justin in season 2 - started by Clay hiding him in his house so he can testify in support of Jessica. By the end of the season, Justin protects him from Bryce and the Jensens decide to adopt him as a second son.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Mr. Porter is this, as he was a guidance counsellor at a school where "kids shot kids" before coming to Liberty High, [[spoiler:which makes him really out of his league in the world of social media bullying, rumours, claims and other high school reputation topics]].

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* FemaleMisogynist: The litigator on the Bakers' trial shows signs of this - -- outright suggesting that Hannah was responsible for her SlutShaming because she enjoyed the attention. During Jessica's testimony, she tries to paint Hannah as a jealous drama queen. How much is genuine feeling and how much is her dedication to winning the case no matter the cost is ambiguous.
* FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler: Clay and Justin in season 2 - -- started by Clay hiding him in his house so he can testify in support of Jessica. By the end of the season, Justin protects him from Bryce and the Jensens decide to adopt him as a second son.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Mr. Porter is this, as he was a guidance counsellor at a school where "kids shot kids" before coming to Liberty High, [[spoiler:which makes him really out of his league in the world of social media bullying, rumours, rumors, claims and other high school reputation topics]].



* FlashbackEffects: Events during the present time (when Clay is listening to the tapes) are in drab and slightly colourless tones, but when it hits a flashback of Hannah, a shade of orange and/or more colour appears over the scene. In season 3, the same colour filter effects are used to differentiate between the present and flashbacks, and there is also a change in AspectRatio.

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* FlashbackEffects: Events during the present time (when Clay is listening to the tapes) are in drab and slightly colourless colorless tones, but when it hits a flashback of Hannah, a shade of orange and/or more colour color appears over the scene. In season 3, the same colour color filter effects are used to differentiate between the present and flashbacks, and there is also a change in AspectRatio.



** In an early "blink and you'll miss it" moment, Mr. Porter mentions "losing two students in the past month". We don't find out until "Tape 5, Side B" that the first student was [[spoiler:Jeff]], although there are subtle clues throughout that this is the case.
** [[spoiler:Alex, throughout the series, displays signs of suicidal tendencies such as wanting to be punished, picking up fights he can't win, letting himself fall at the pool, etc. In "Tape 6, Side B", he shoots himself.]]

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** In an early "blink and you'll miss it" moment, Mr. Porter mentions "losing two students in the past month". month." We don't find out until "Tape 5, Side B" that the first student was [[spoiler:Jeff]], although there are subtle clues throughout that this is the case.
** [[spoiler:Alex, throughout the series, displays signs of suicidal tendencies such as wanting to be punished, picking up fights he can't win, letting himself fall at the pool, etc. In "Tape 6, Side B", B," he shoots himself.]]



*** In the main trailer, after Justin tells Jessica that "someone we know could have done this", [[spoiler:the trailer immediately cuts to Alex threatening Monty with a knife. It's like the trailer was trying to say to us, "''this'' is the one..."]].
*** One can find a crucial clue in the character posters. Each person has their mouth obscured by torn newspaper, with a boldened TagLine ("Who killed [[spoiler:Bryce Walker]]?") and tidbits of information about each person about the murder, in Times New Roman font. Seven of the character posters can be singled out to leave three main suspects: [[spoiler:Tyler, Alex and Ani]], because these posters have at least one written clue in the same font as the TagLine. [[spoiler:Ani and Tyler can be ruled out from this list, because their words are not related to how they can be viewed as suspects in Bryce's murder ("Found dead" and "Loner" being the hidden words). Alex's, on the other hand, reads "Violent outbursts", telling us the ''exact reason'' why he ultimately did the deed]].

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*** In the main trailer, after Justin tells Jessica that "someone we know could have done this", this," [[spoiler:the trailer immediately cuts to Alex threatening Monty with a knife. It's like the trailer was trying to say to us, "''this'' is the one..."]].
*** One can find a crucial clue in the character posters. Each person has their mouth obscured by torn newspaper, with a boldened TagLine ("Who killed [[spoiler:Bryce Walker]]?") and tidbits of information about each person about the murder, in Times New Roman font. Seven of the character posters can be singled out to leave three main suspects: [[spoiler:Tyler, Alex and Ani]], because these posters have at least one written clue in the same font as the TagLine. [[spoiler:Ani and Tyler can be ruled out from this list, because their words are not related to how they can be viewed as suspects in Bryce's murder ("Found dead" and "Loner" being the hidden words). Alex's, on the other hand, reads "Violent outbursts", outbursts," telling us the ''exact reason'' why he ultimately did the deed]].



* ForeignExchangeStudent: In "Tape 4, Side A", Clay is pulled out of class to assist Courtney in showing some of these around Liberty. Unfortunately for them, they are subjected to a tour by an increasingly unstable Clay.

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* ForeignExchangeStudent: In "Tape 4, Side A", A," Clay is pulled out of class to assist Courtney in showing some of these around Liberty. Unfortunately for them, they are subjected to a tour by an increasingly unstable Clay.



** During "''The Night We Met''" in "Bye", a production assistant can briefly be seen moving extras.
** In "Yeah, I'm the New Girl", someone can be seen asleep in the library scene when Jessica approaches Zach.
** In "Nobody's Clean", [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], an extra is seen having a very animated breakdown.

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** During "''The Night We Met''" in "Bye", "Bye," a production assistant can briefly be seen moving extras.
** In "Yeah, I'm the New Girl", Girl," someone can be seen asleep in the library scene when Jessica approaches Zach.
** In "Nobody's Clean", Clean," [[spoiler: when Alex deposits the pouch of steroids and Justin retrieves them]], an extra is seen having a very animated breakdown.



** In "The Second Polaroid", [[spoiler: Cyrus]] at first holds a gun this way before [[spoiler: Tyler]] corrects him the first time they go shooting together.

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** In "The Second Polaroid", Polaroid," [[spoiler: Cyrus]] at first holds a gun this way before [[spoiler: Tyler]] corrects him the first time they go shooting together.



* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Seems to be the belief held throughout the school - a picture of [[spoiler:Courtney and Hannah]] acting rather wild after getting drunk ends up going viral.

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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Seems to be the belief held throughout the school - -- a picture of [[spoiler:Courtney and Hannah]] acting rather wild after getting drunk ends up going viral.



* HearingVoices: A variation, [[spoiler:In "Tape 4, Side A", Clay begins to hear voices that blame him for Hannah's death and his involvement in it, but in real life, what Clay thought he heard was something completely different, such as Clay thinking Tony stated that the former will get what he deserved while he actually said that if he needed help, he should find Tony.]]

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* HearingVoices: A variation, [[spoiler:In "Tape 4, Side A", A," Clay begins to hear voices that blame him for Hannah's death and his involvement in it, but in real life, what Clay thought he heard was something completely different, such as Clay thinking Tony stated that the former will get what he deserved while he actually said that if he needed help, he should find Tony.]]



** [[spoiler:Sheri, in "Tape 6, Side B", decides to turn herself in to the cops for running over the stop sign, which caused Jeff's death.]]

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** [[spoiler:Sheri, in "Tape 6, Side B", B," decides to turn herself in to the cops for running over the stop sign, which caused Jeff's death.]]



* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler: Montgomery's father visits him in prison following Monty's arrest for sexually assaulting Tyler. What seems more important to Mr. de la Cruz is that his son assaulted ''a boy'', leading him to ask Monty if he's gay. When Monty replies with "What if I am?", his father spits on him and leaves.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode's name in the first season is simply titled "Tape (number), Side A/B", with Side A going to the odd-numbered episodes in the season and Side B going to the even-numbered ones. This is not the case in seasons 2 and 3.
* IdiotBall: In "The Box of Polaroids", Clay is in possession of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a box with Polaroids]]. Those Polaroids are invaluable with regard to the charges against Bryce, while Clay also knows that there people threatening him. Clay keeps [[spoiler:the box simply on the backseat of his car in plain sight, after which they are stolen. And he didn't even make (digital) copies. The other characters call him out for how idiotic this was.]]

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* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler: Montgomery's father visits him in prison following Monty's arrest for sexually assaulting Tyler. What seems more important to Mr. de la Cruz is that his son assaulted ''a boy'', leading him to ask Monty if he's gay. When Monty replies with "What if I am?", am?," his father spits on him and leaves.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode's name in the first season is simply titled "Tape (number), Side A/B", A/B," with Side A going to the odd-numbered episodes in the season and Side B going to the even-numbered ones. This is not the case in seasons 2 and 3.
Season 2.
** The trope comes back into play in Season 3, with the title of each episode being a line of dialogue spoken by Ani in the episode.
* IdiotBall: In "The Box of Polaroids", Polaroids," Clay is in possession of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a box with Polaroids]]. Those Polaroids are invaluable with regard to the charges against Bryce, while Clay also knows that there people threatening him. Clay keeps [[spoiler:the box simply on the backseat of his car in plain sight, after which they are stolen. And he didn't even make (digital) copies. The other characters call him out for how idiotic this was.]]



** Offscreen example. Alex had previously grown his hair out to hide [[spoiler: the scar from his suicide attempt]]. After the TimeSkip in "Bye", he has cut it back to its original length.

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** Offscreen example. Alex had previously grown his hair out to hide [[spoiler: the scar from his suicide attempt]]. After the TimeSkip in "Bye", "Bye," he has cut it back to its original length.



* JizzedInMyPants: Happens to Tyler on a date with Mackenzie. She makes the mistake of telling someone, who then tells everyone else - and Tyler is harassed about it at school.

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* JizzedInMyPants: Happens to Tyler on a date with Mackenzie. She makes the mistake of telling someone, who then tells everyone else - -- and Tyler is harassed about it at school.



** Clay tries to hold it in for most of the series, but is prone to quite a lot of crying towards the end. In "Tape 6, Side A", he cries into Tony's arms.

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** Clay tries to hold it in for most of the series, but is prone to quite a lot of crying towards the end. In "Tape 6, Side A", A," he cries into Tony's arms.



* MenAreTheExpendableGender: [[spoiler:Jeff]] died a couple of weeks before Hannah, yet nobody seems to even remember him until he's mentioned in "Tape 5, Side B". All the spotlight is on Hannah's death. Of course, [[spoiler:Jeff's death]] is built up to be a big reveal/twist in the series, which is why we don't see a lot of mourning or the effects on others.

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* MenAreTheExpendableGender: [[spoiler:Jeff]] died a couple of weeks before Hannah, yet nobody seems to even remember him until he's mentioned in "Tape 5, Side B". B." All the spotlight is on Hannah's death. Of course, [[spoiler:Jeff's death]] is built up to be a big reveal/twist in the series, which is why we don't see a lot of mourning or the effects on others.



** It's subtle but after the argument that ends in a slap in "Tape 1, Side B", Jessica can be seen with an expression on her face that says she immediately regrets it.

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** It's subtle but after the argument that ends in a slap in "Tape 1, Side B", B," Jessica can be seen with an expression on her face that says she immediately regrets it.



* MythologyGag: Before Clay gets the tapes, Tony offers him a ride and asks him if he wants to listen to a tape. [[spoiler:When he, Tony, Skye and Brad are riding off into the horizon at the end of "Tape 7, Side A", he asks Clay this again, with Clay passing this time.]] In the book, this is what Tony does [[spoiler:to each person in the tapes to see if they've listened to them yet]].

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* MythologyGag: Before Clay gets the tapes, Tony offers him a ride and asks him if he wants to listen to a tape. [[spoiler:When he, Tony, Skye and Brad are riding off into the horizon at the end of "Tape 7, Side A", A," he asks Clay this again, with Clay passing this time.]] In the book, this is what Tony does [[spoiler:to each person in the tapes to see if they've listened to them yet]].



* NaughtyUnderTheTable: In "Two Girls Kissing", [[spoiler: Sky gropes Clay under the table while they are having dinner with his family]].

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* NaughtyUnderTheTable: In "Two Girls Kissing", Kissing," [[spoiler: Sky gropes Clay under the table while they are having dinner with his family]].



** Discussed by Hannah and Ryan in "Tape 4, Side B".

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** Discussed by Hannah and Ryan in "Tape 4, Side B".B."



** In "The Second Polaroid", a student passes Scott and Clay and, when the camera focuses on Scott, the same student is seen entering the building.
** In "Bye", a production assistant can be seen moving extras during "The Night We Met".

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** In "The Second Polaroid", Polaroid," a student passes Scott and Clay and, when the camera focuses on Scott, the same student is seen entering the building.
** In "Bye", "Bye," a production assistant can be seen moving extras during "The Night We Met".Met."



* TheOner: In "The Third Polaroid", this is used to show the various main characters' reactions after [[spoiler:Clay leaks the tapes online]].

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* TheOner: In "The Third Polaroid", Polaroid," this is used to show the various main characters' reactions after [[spoiler:Clay leaks the tapes online]].



** ''Oh boy.'' [[spoiler:Mr. Porter falls into this hook, bait, line, and sinker in his talk with Hannah. First, he asks a fuck-ton of questions that would be impossible for a rape victim to answer[[note]]Like asking "what happened at the party", "describe what happened" and "anything illegal happened at the party"[[/note]], makes a lot of fallacious assumptions in regards to Hannah's actions[[note]]Examples including Mr. Porter believing Hannah consented when she did not, also believing she changed her mind after she consented, states that Hannah did something with a boy she now regrets and says that Bryce will go away[[/note]] and then he tells Hannah to just move on from being raped by Bryce if she can't give him the rapist's name, or tell him what had happened, apparently using the reason. Mr. Porter's poor communication skills to Hannah results in her losing all hope in things getting better for her, and she kills herself just a few hours later.]]

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** ''Oh boy.'' [[spoiler:Mr. Porter falls into this hook, bait, line, and sinker in his talk with Hannah. First, he asks a fuck-ton of questions that would be impossible for a rape victim to answer[[note]]Like asking "what happened at the party", party," "describe what happened" happened," and "anything illegal happened at the party"[[/note]], makes a lot of fallacious assumptions in regards to Hannah's actions[[note]]Examples including Mr. Porter believing Hannah consented when she did not, also believing she changed her mind after she consented, states that Hannah did something with a boy she now regrets and says that Bryce will go away[[/note]] and then he tells Hannah to just move on from being raped by Bryce if she can't give him the rapist's name, or tell him what had happened, apparently using the reason. Mr. Porter's poor communication skills to Hannah results in her losing all hope in things getting better for her, and she kills herself just a few hours later.]]



** Clay cracks his forehead open in the "Tape 1, Side A", allowing viewers to easily tell when he's appearing in the present or a flashback.

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** Clay cracks his forehead open in the "Tape 1, Side A", A," allowing viewers to easily tell when he's appearing in the present or a flashback.



* PrecisionFStrike: Ryan's infamous "Fuck off, Courtney".

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* PrecisionFStrike: Ryan's infamous "Fuck off, Courtney".Courtney!" line.



** Probably the most famous is in "Tape 6, Side B", where [[spoiler:Alex gives this to Zach, Courtney, Marcus, Tyler and Sheri (though she wasn't present) when they try to attempt to get out of being partially responsible for Hannah's suicide]].

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** Probably the most famous is in "Tape 6, Side B", B," where [[spoiler:Alex gives this to Zach, Courtney, Marcus, Tyler and Sheri (though she wasn't present) when they try to attempt to get out of being partially responsible for Hannah's suicide]].



** Clay gives one to the entire school as well in "Tape 4, Side A".

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** Clay gives one to the entire school as well in "Tape 4, Side A".A":



** In "Tape 5, Side B", [[spoiler:following Jeff's death]], Clay somewhat accurately calls Hannah out on this, even if it ended up being misguided in the moment. It's also got a touch of JerkAssHasAPoint, since Clay was being a bit of a jerkass at the time, but he was correct that Hannah [[spoiler:still came off as trying to make Jeff's death about herself. It comes off as especially dramatic considering the last time Hannah spoke to Clay was when she screamed at him to get out of the room after making out.]]
** PlayedWith for [[spoiler:Kat's respective testimony]] in "Tape 7, Side A". [[spoiler:Kat calls out the toxic culture within the student body of Liberty High being responsible for contributing to the events that led to Hannah's demise. She specifically calls out Principal Bolan, the teachers and the social subculture surrounding the school's jocks.]]

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** In "Tape 5, Side B", B," [[spoiler:following Jeff's death]], Clay somewhat accurately calls Hannah out on this, even if it ended up being misguided in the moment. It's also got a touch of JerkAssHasAPoint, since Clay was being a bit of a jerkass at the time, but he was correct that Hannah [[spoiler:still came off as trying to make Jeff's death about herself. It comes off as especially dramatic considering the last time Hannah spoke to Clay was when she screamed at him to get out of the room after making out.]]
** PlayedWith for [[spoiler:Kat's respective testimony]] in "Tape 7, Side A". A." [[spoiler:Kat calls out the toxic culture within the student body of Liberty High being responsible for contributing to the events that led to Hannah's demise. She specifically calls out Principal Bolan, the teachers and the social subculture surrounding the school's jocks.]]



* ReplacementScrappy: InUniverse. Hannah considers Mr. Porter to be this to Mrs. Antilly as the guidance counsellor.

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* ReplacementScrappy: InUniverse. Hannah considers Mr. Porter to be this to Mrs. Antilly as the guidance counsellor.counselor.



*** [[spoiler:5. Courtney, who tried to [[ArmouredClosetGay save face over being gay]] by spreading a rumor about Hannah being gay.]]

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*** [[spoiler:5. Courtney, who tried to [[ArmouredClosetGay [[ArmoredClosetGay save face over being gay]] by spreading a rumor about Hannah being gay.]]



*** [[spoiler:11. Clay, who actually did ''nothing wrong'' and was one of the better people who treated her well, but was included in the list due to, as Hannah says, being "part of the story". He still blames himself, as he felt he could have done something.]]

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*** [[spoiler:11. Clay, who actually did ''nothing wrong'' and was one of the better people who treated her well, but was included in the list due to, as Hannah says, being "part of the story". story." He still blames himself, as he felt he could have done something.]]



*** Hannah chose Tony to deliver the tapes because [[spoiler:she kept a secret for him that could keep him out of jail that he brutally beat a man for uttering homophobic slurs at him and Ryan.]]

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*** Hannah chose Tony to deliver the tapes because [[spoiler:she kept a secret for him that could keep him out of jail - that he brutally beat a man for uttering homophobic slurs at him and Ryan.]]



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler: In Season 3, we discover a young geeky girl with few secrets hidden to her mother who is the omniscient narrator during this season and stunningly also a LoveInterest to Clay. It' s not Hannah but '' Ani''.]]

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler: In Season 3, we discover a young geeky girl with few secrets hidden to her mother who is the omniscient narrator during this season and stunningly also a LoveInterest to Clay. It' s It's not Hannah but '' Ani''.]]



* SlutShaming: Just about everyone to Hannah. Also happens to Jessica in season 2, as [[spoiler:her rape by Bryce has been turned into a story about how she cheated on Justin and then lied about it. She is harassed about it at school; someone puts up pictures of her calling her a "drunk slut".]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Kat, who only appeared twice in "Tape 1, Side A", was the one who introduced Hannah to Justin and later tells her she had no problem with the two dating. From that moment, Hannah's life was changed forever. [[spoiler:She reappears in "Tape 7, Side A" when asked regarding her last talk with Hannah.]]

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* SlutShaming: Just about everyone to Hannah. Also happens to Jessica in season 2, as [[spoiler:her rape by Bryce has been turned into a story about how she cheated on Justin and then lied about it. She is harassed about it at school; someone puts up pictures of her calling her a "drunk slut".]]
slut."]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Kat, who only appeared twice in "Tape 1, Side A", A," was the one who introduced Hannah to Justin and later tells her she had no problem with the two dating. From that moment, Hannah's life was changed forever. [[spoiler:She reappears in "Tape 7, Side A" when asked regarding her last talk with Hannah.]]



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ani, who is first introduced in season three yet in that season becomes the new main character, appearing in what seems like 80 % of all the scenes. She is also the one who [[spoiler: saves the day at the end of the season by concocting a story to frame Monty for Bryce's murder]]. Oh, and she's the new narrator as well.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Ani, who is first introduced in season three yet in that season becomes the new main character, appearing in what seems like 80 % 80% of all the scenes. She is also the one who [[spoiler: saves the day at the end of the season by concocting a story to frame Monty for Bryce's murder]]. Oh, and she's the new narrator as well.



* TeenPregnancy: [[spoiler:Chloe reveals she's pregnant with Bryce's baby]] in "Bye".
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In "Tape 6, Side A", and since the ending of "Tape 5, Side B", the dialogue [[spoiler:keeps trying to pretend Clay "killed" Hannah, with even he saying it, when it's pretty obvious he... didn't]].

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* TeenPregnancy: [[spoiler:Chloe reveals she's pregnant with Bryce's baby]] in "Bye".
"Bye."
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In "Tape 6, Side A", A," and since the ending of "Tape 5, Side B", B," the dialogue [[spoiler:keeps trying to pretend Clay "killed" Hannah, with even he saying it, when it's pretty obvious he... didn't]].



** Subverted in "Tape 6, Side A". [[spoiler:Clay is about to lose his virginity to Hannah, but the trauma of all her other experiences causes her to drive him away.]]

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** Subverted in "Tape 6, Side A". A." [[spoiler:Clay is about to lose his virginity to Hannah, but the trauma of all her other experiences causes her to drive him away.]]



* TimeSkip: Each season represents a school semester. The first season is fall 2017. Season 2's present day picks up five months after (March 2018) the end of season 1 (November 2017[=/=]FreezeFrameBonus to the deposition tapes showing the date of November 2017); "Bye" takes place a month after "The Box of Polaroids". Season 3's present is the following fall semester (September/October 2018) with {{Flashback}}s to April. Season 4 [[spoiler: opens in spring 2019, as the main cast prepares for graduation]].
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: In "Tape 7, Side A", when Clay gives the tapes to Mr. Porter and explains what's on them.]]

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* TimeSkip: Each season represents a school semester. The first season is fall 2017. Season 2's present day picks up five months after (March 2018) the end of season 1 (November 2017[=/=]FreezeFrameBonus to the deposition tapes showing the date of November 2017); "Bye" takes place a month after "The Box of Polaroids". Polaroids." Season 3's present is the following fall semester (September/October 2018) with {{Flashback}}s to April. Season 4 [[spoiler: opens in spring 2019, as the main cast prepares for graduation]].
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: In "Tape 7, Side A", A," when Clay gives the tapes to Mr. Porter and explains what's on them.]]



* TroubledButCute: Justin through and through. With a difficult home life and some JerkJock behaviour, but Hannah and Jessica are still drawn to him. Clay lampshades this in "The Box of Polaroids", telling Imaginary!Hannah that girls always go for that sort of thing.
* TrueCompanions: Well despite all of arguments and dramas between them and this trope was downplayed at the end of Season 2 , the main cast (more prominently Clay , Justin, Jessica , Tony , Alex ,Zack and later Tyler) always there for each other. Lampshaded by Ani at Season 3 finale.

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* TroubledButCute: Justin through and through. With a difficult home life and some JerkJock behaviour, behavior, but Hannah and Jessica are still drawn to him. Clay lampshades this in "The Box of Polaroids", Polaroids," telling Imaginary!Hannah that girls always go for that sort of thing.
* TrueCompanions: Well despite all of arguments and dramas between them and this trope was downplayed at the end of Season 2 , the main cast (more prominently Clay , Clay, Justin, Jessica , Tony , Jessica, Tony, Alex ,Zack , Zack, and later Tyler) always there for each other. Lampshaded by Ani at Season 3 finale.



* {{Understatement}}: [[spoiler:At his deposition, Marcus, due to his [[NeverMyFault inability to admit his faults]], can only state that he might have hurt Hannah's feelings at their so-called "date". [[LackOfEmpathy You ''think'', mate?]]]]

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* {{Understatement}}: [[spoiler:At his deposition, Marcus, due to his [[NeverMyFault inability to admit his faults]], can only state that he might have hurt Hannah's feelings at their so-called "date". "date." [[LackOfEmpathy You ''think'', mate?]]]]



** Despite their close relationship, Hannah constantly chides Clay for the apparent faults she finds with his character -- all delivered with a cheery smile. But heaven help Clay if he reciprocates, which usually leads to emotional histrionics or her storming off. For example: in "Tape 1, Side B", she asks Clay if he thinks that Hannah can be as pretty as Jessica. Clay is baffled by the question and, before he can formulate an answer, she already takes his silence as an insult. When he honestly says that Jessica is pretty, but Hannah is special, she takes it as 'retarded' and is insulted. Than she blames his lack of social skills, even though she is the one who asked a question where there is no right answer and jumped to the worst conclusion.

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** Despite their close relationship, Hannah constantly chides Clay for the apparent faults she finds with his character -- all delivered with a cheery smile. But heaven help Clay if he reciprocates, which usually leads to emotional histrionics or her storming off. For example: in "Tape 1, Side B", B," she asks Clay if he thinks that Hannah can be as pretty as Jessica. Clay is baffled by the question and, before he can formulate an answer, she already takes his silence as an insult. When he honestly says that Jessica is pretty, but Hannah is special, she takes it as 'retarded' and is insulted. Than she blames his lack of social skills, even though she is the one who asked a question where there is no right answer and jumped to the worst conclusion.



* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Hannah has an infamous reputation as the "class slut", but seemingly remains a virgin up until [[spoiler:a summer fling with Zach, ironically one of the only jocks who didn't claim Hannah was trying to sleep with him]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Played with during season 2. [[spoiler: At the beginning of "The Box of Polaroids", a flashback is shown of eight-year-old Bryce befriending Justin, who wore the same clothes everyday, was foul smelling, and was teased and bullied by classmates because of it. However, it also showed that Bryce used fear and intimidation even back then.]]

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* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Hannah has an infamous reputation as the "class slut", slut," but seemingly remains a virgin up until [[spoiler:a summer fling with Zach, ironically one of the only jocks who didn't claim Hannah was trying to sleep with him]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Played with during season 2. [[spoiler: At the beginning of "The Box of Polaroids", Polaroids," a flashback is shown of eight-year-old Bryce befriending Justin, who wore the same clothes everyday, was foul smelling, and was teased and bullied by classmates because of it. However, it also showed that Bryce used fear and intimidation even back then.]]



** The season 2 finale, "Bye", likewise contains the graphic sexual assault [[spoiler:of Tyler by Monty with a mop handle, it being the last straw for Tyler who enacts his plan to shoot up the school by the episode's end]]. It (both directly and indirectly) puts much of the "bitter" in the BittersweetEnding mentioned above.

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** The season 2 finale, "Bye", "Bye," likewise contains the graphic sexual assault [[spoiler:of Tyler by Monty with a mop handle, it being the last straw for Tyler who enacts his plan to shoot up the school by the episode's end]]. It (both directly and indirectly) puts much of the "bitter" in the BittersweetEnding mentioned above.



** There are quite a few of these, and most of them come from Tony. At the end of "Tape 1, Side A", Tony meets Clay at Eisenhower Park. They talk for a minute, and Tony goes to leave. Before that, though:

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** There are quite a few of these, and most of them come from Tony. At the end of "Tape 1, Side A", A," Tony meets Clay at Eisenhower Park. They talk for a minute, and Tony goes to leave. Before that, though:



* WorldOfSnark: Nearly everyone is prone to some level of snark, but most notably Clay, Hannah, Alex and Ani.

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* WorldOfSnark: Nearly everyone is prone to some level of snark, but most notably Clay, Hannah, Alex Alex, and Ani.

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* BetterAsFriends: Alex and Jessica = good and healthy friendship ; bad and toxic romance.


Added DiffLines:

* TrueCompanions: Well despite all of arguments and dramas between them and this trope was downplayed at the end of Season 2 , the main cast (more prominently Clay , Justin, Jessica , Tony , Alex ,Zack and later Tyler) always there for each other. Lampshaded by Ani at Season 3 finale.


** In the book, Mr Porter's only real mistake is not reaching out more to Hannah when she comes to see him. In the show, he grills her about her [[spoiler:rape at Bryce's hands.]]

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** In the book, Mr Porter's only real mistake is not reaching out more to Hannah when she comes to see him. In the show, he grills her about her [[spoiler:rape rape at Bryce's hands.]]



* DiabolusExMachina: There's absolutely no narrative reason given for Hannah [[spoiler:to be at Bryce's party]] other than the plot needing her to be there. [[spoiler:She simply wanders the town at night in a depressed daze and wanders into a random party at a BigFancyHouse without knowing that she'd know anyone there.]]

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* DiabolusExMachina: DiabolusExMachina:
**
There's absolutely no narrative reason given for Hannah [[spoiler:to be at Bryce's party]] other than the plot needing her to be there. [[spoiler:She simply wanders the town at night in a depressed daze and wanders into a random party at a BigFancyHouse without knowing that she'd know anyone there.]]]]
** Montgomery's [[spoiler:murder]] at the end of Season 3. It mostly just helps out the characters by meaning that [[spoiler:they don't frame a still-living rapist.]] It's implied to be an EvenEvilHasStandards take on [[spoiler:people in prison hating rapists]], but still, it comes out of almost nowhere.



* DrivenToSuicide: Hannah, [[spoiler:Alex, likely Tyler if he goes through with his plan, and very nearly Justin and Clay]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: Hannah, [[spoiler:Alex, likely Tyler if he goes through with his plan, and very nearly Justin Justin, Alex, and Clay]].


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* EasilyForgiven:
** Bryce is easily forgiven for his terrible crimes by Ani in Season 3, and even [[spoiler:Clay]], though marginally less easily than Ani, thinks that it was wrong not to grieve Bryce at all.
** Alex for the shooting. Yes, he has serious problems, but he still tried to [[spoiler:''commit mass murder'']] at the school dance, but he still remains good friends with Clay and most of the main cast.

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