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* DodgeballIsHell

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* DodgeballIsHellDodgeballIsHell: In typical fashion, plays this trope to the hilt, including gratuitous slow-motion shots, excessive drama, and an incredibly good player named "El Diablo" *whip noise* [[spoiler: who turns out to be ''[[{{Nerd}} Gus]]'' of all people]].



** "The Biggest Trouble Ever" is a WhamEpisode for the series. It involves the gang accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III and become the town's most hated people. Ms. Finster punishes them by making them work menial jobs. But the real reason why the episode is so dark is what happens later: Mayor Fitzhugh, the mayor of Third Street, decides to send the Recess Gang to six separate schools, even though they were remorseful and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Prickly and Ms. Finster objected]]. Throughout the episode, Fitzhugh looked very gleefully sadistic about the whole thing, and only relented when Third's own grandson, demanding that they be pardoned, threatened to expose Fitzhugh's own (deliberate) past misbehavior regarding the statue.

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** "The Biggest Trouble Ever" is a WhamEpisode for the series. It involves the gang accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III and become the town's most hated people. Ms. Finster punishes them by making them work menial jobs. But the real reason why the episode is so dark is what happens later: Mayor Fitzhugh, the mayor of Third Street, decides to send the Recess Gang to six separate schools, even though they were remorseful and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Prickly and Ms. Finster objected]]. Throughout the episode, Fitzhugh looked very gleefully sadistic about the whole thing, and only relented when Third's own grandson, demanding that they be pardoned, threatened to expose Fitzhugh's own (deliberate) past misbehavior regarding the statue.


%%* RealAfterAll: Santa in the Christmas episode

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%%* * RealAfterAll: In "Yes, Mikey, Santa in Does Shave", Mikey has a crisis of faith about Santa, but rallies after an inspiring conversation with an old man who turns out at the Christmas episodeend to be Santa himself.



%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Principal Prickly
%%* RedOniBlueOni: Split into three groups of two with the main characters.
%%** T.J. and Vince.
%%** Mikey and Gus.
%%** Spinelli and Gretchen.

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%%* * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Principal Prickly
%%*
Prickly, who, although tough on disobedience and often somewhat at odds with the main characters, has joined many an EnemyMine or cut them a very generous amount of slack when he felt their hearts were in the right place.
** The kids' teacher, Mrs. Grotke. Probably the antithesis of the SadistTeacher trope.
** Although playground monitor Ms. Finster is generally shown as a stern authority figure, she is usually portrayed as unfailingly fair and given several humanizing episodes.
*
RedOniBlueOni: Split into three groups of two with the main characters.
%%** ** T.J. and Vince.
%%**
as the red oni (hot-headed, easily excitable) with Vince as the blue oni (cool, sarcastic)
**
Mikey and Gus.
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as the red oni (outgoing, drama king) with Gus as the blue oni (shy, quiet)
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Spinelli and Gretchen.as the red oni (hot-tempered, tough) with Gretchen as the blue oni (smart, laid back)



%%* ReferenceOverdosed: Very. But mainly on the ParentalBonus scale.

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%%* * ReferenceOverdosed: Very. But mainly on ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', ''Series/HogansHeroes'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/DirtyHarry'', ''Music/TheWall'', ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'', ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', ''Franchise/HelloKitty'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', the ParentalBonus scale.list goes on. Some also double as {{Parental Bonus}}es



%%** [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Dr. Slicer]] is definitely this, put emphasis on the sadist part.

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%%** [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Dr. Slicer]] is definitely this, put emphasis on the sadist part. He's so cruel that he horrifies even Miss Finster.



%%* SchoolPlay: The Holiday pageant in the Christmas special.

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%%* * SchoolPlay: The Holiday pageant in the Christmas special.special, which was being broadcasted to the rest of the world and Mikey was meant to be the lead of Santa Claus. The episode centred on him debating with himself and his friends as to whether Santa existed or not and Mikey nearly refusing to play the part in the school play.



%%* TheScottishTrope: El Diablo. *Whip cracks*
%%* ScoutOut: The Woodchuck Scouts

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%%* * TheScottishTrope: Featured in one episode, whenever anyone mentions the deadly-good dodgeball player El Diablo. *Whip cracks*
%%*
(''whip cracks'')
*
ScoutOut: The Woodchuck ScoutsScouts. Played with in that Phil the Scout wears what appears to be a normal Boy Scout uniform, and is a frequently recurring character.



%%* SoapboxSadie: Miss Grotke in some of her lessons.

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%%* SoapboxSadie: Miss Grotke in some of her lessons.lessons, and a rare example of ''not'' being a teenager/child, as she's roughly in her thirties somewhere.



%%* SpaghettiKiss: Parodied with Mikey and Kurst the Worst in "Kurst the Not So Bad"

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%%* * SpaghettiKiss: Parodied with Mikey and Kurst the Worst in "Kurst the Not So Bad"Bad". Once it's clear that they're sharing the same strand, Kurst belches and her end falls from her mouth, leaving Mikey to finish it.


%%* StarCrossedLovers: Gus and Corn Chip Girl.

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%%* * StarCrossedLovers: Gus and Corn Chip Girl.Girl. His father is in the Army. Her father is in the Navy. [[InterserviceRivalry Do the math.]]



%%* ThanksgivingEpisode: "The Great Can Drive"

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%%* * ThanksgivingEpisode: "The Great Can Drive"Drive", where the Recess Gang try to beat the Ashleys in the Thanksgiving canned foods drive. Later released as part of the DirectToVideo Christmas movie.



%%* TitleThemeDrop: During the climax of the series pilot, "The Break In".
%%* TomboyishName: Subverted.

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%%* * TitleThemeDrop: During the climax of the series pilot, "The Break In".
%%*
In", the theme song plays as the kids are working together to break T.J. out of detention.
*
TomboyishName: Subverted.Subverted with Spinelli, a tomboy who goes by her last name because she's embarrassed about her "girly" first name, Ashley. It's especially "girly" on this show because there's a club consisting of AlphaBitch girls with this name (who seem to equate the name with popularity), and one episode was about the consequences when the Ashleys found out her real name and forced her to join their club. Ironically, Ashley was once considered a boy's name (such as in ''Gone With the Wind''), and some well-known guys do have Ashley as a name (like Ashley Cole). [[Franchise/EvilDead Sometimes, they go by "Ash".]]



%%* TotallyRadical
%%** Miss Grotke is prone to this.

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%%* * TotallyRadical
%%** ** Miss Grotke is prone to this.often makes use of outdated slang.



%%* TrueCompanions: The main six.

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%%* * TrueCompanions: The main six.six. They are usually always together, and in TheMovie, when everyone except T.J. leaves for camp, he becomes depressed as a result.



%%* TunnelKing: The Diggers

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%%* * TunnelKing: The DiggersDiggers are two boys who have enjoyed digging holes since kindergartern. In the first episode, they end up digging a hole [[DiggingToChina all the way to Beijing]].



* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode:
%%** Season three and four had three episodes that crossed over into that territory- "The Barnaby Boys", "Prickly is Leaving" and "The Biggest Trouble Ever".

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* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode:
UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: Despite being a light-hearted show about group of kids and their adventures at school, there were a few dark and serious episodes:
%%** Season three and four had three episodes that crossed over into that territory- "The Barnaby Boys", Boys"
**
"Prickly is Leaving" Is Leaving". We were introduced to Dr. Slicer, the most evil villain in the series, who [[WouldHurtAChild employed cruel and unusual tactics]] to control the school and, unlike Finster or Prickly, only cared about power without regard for the students' welfare. His behavior [[EvenEvilHasStandards even disgusted Miss Finster]], and TJ (who was never afraid to stand up to adults before or since) was completely scared of him. He was ousted in the end, but [[FridgeHorror consider this]]: Third Street wasn't the first school he was principal of, and likely would not be the last.
**
"The Biggest Trouble Ever".Ever" is a WhamEpisode for the series. It involves the gang accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III and become the town's most hated people. Ms. Finster punishes them by making them work menial jobs. But the real reason why the episode is so dark is what happens later: Mayor Fitzhugh, the mayor of Third Street, decides to send the Recess Gang to six separate schools, even though they were remorseful and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Prickly and Ms. Finster objected]]. Throughout the episode, Fitzhugh looked very gleefully sadistic about the whole thing, and only relented when Third's own grandson, demanding that they be pardoned, threatened to expose Fitzhugh's own (deliberate) past misbehavior regarding the statue.



%%* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "That Stinking Feeling" and "My Funny Valentines" (Both were paired up together)

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%%* * ValentinesDayEpisodes: "That Stinking Feeling" and "My Funny Valentines" (Both were paired up together)together). "That Stinking Feeling" was about Spinelli's crush on a boy, while "My Funny Valentines" (which is the more official Valentines episode) was about T.J. making joke Valentine cards for the girls of the school, but with them thinking that he had crushes on him. ShipTease ensued between T.J. and Spinelli (again). Oddly enough, the episode didn't air anywhere near the holiday (though the show is usually in its off-season in February)



%%* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:T.J. and Menlo]]

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%%* * WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:T.T.J. and Menlo]][[spoiler:[[TeachersPet Menlo]], of all people]] used to be friends. [[spoiler:However, even though they don't hang out anymore, they made an agreement that T.J. would come to Menlo's birthday party every year.]]



%%* WrenchWench: Spinelli and Gretchen.

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%%* * WrenchWench: Spinelli and Gretchen.Gretchen. Spinelli was taught by her older brother how to work on cars and helped fix a broken down bus in one episode. "Regular, or ratchet?"



%%* YouAreFat: Randall says this to T.J. in his IJustWantToBeYou (and borderline TheReasonYouSuckSpeech) rant.

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%%* YouAreFat: * YouAreFat:
**
Randall says this to is so jealous at how popular T.J. in his (who's pretty chubby) is, which makes him pull a IJustWantToBeYou (and borderline TheReasonYouSuckSpeech) rant.mixed with KickTheDog rant to him, which includes this trope.
--->'''Randall:''' Look at you! You're fat, you're ugly, you wear that filthy jacket... but everyone wants to play with you!
** Mikey can be a target of this as well. (Randall's "humor" routine in one episode uses Mikey's weight as the constant punchline.)
** In "The Ratings Game", out of all characters, ''Gretchen'' becomes a target of this trope by a group of tall, skinny fifth or sixth grade girls. What makes it funny was that Gretchen was even skinnier than them!



%%* YouWontLikeHowITaste: "Me taste bad! Yucky poo-poo!"

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%%* * YouWontLikeHowITaste: "Me Parodied. T.J. is captured by the kindergarteners, and then Captain Sticky goes up to him and says, "[[YouNoTakeCandle You Food!]]". T.J.'s response (While trying to "communicate" with them by speaking like them), "Me? Food? No! Me taste bad! Yucky poo-poo!"poo-poo!". It turned out they wanted to ''give'' him food.



%%* ZanyScheme: T.J. and the gang pull one off in almost every episode.

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%%* * ZanyScheme: T.J. and the gang pull one off in almost every episode. In one episode TJ even suffers HeroicBSOD because his schemes fail. He gets better after the gang prove that none of their plans work without him.


%%* ManChild: Principal Prickly clearly went into the right line of work. He's an absolute kid at heart.

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%%* * ManChild: Principal Prickly clearly went may think he's a {{Child Hater}}, but many episodes show that he is rather childish himself. He gets into the right line of work. He's an absolute kid at heart.arguments with his equally immature older brother Paul, he gets absolutely flustered when things don't go his way, and, in one episode, he is [[{{Hypno Fool}} accidentally hypnotized to think he's a first grader]]. The movie confirms that he is a {{Man Child}} because he misses his own childhood.



%%* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Done ''quite'' a bit with:
%%** Principal Prickly.
%%** Muriel Finster.
%%** The old woman who lives next to the school.

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%%* * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Done ''quite'' a bit with:
%%** ** Principal Prickly.
%%**
Prickly, one of the main antagonists, sometimes appears in this light. Despite having shown to detest the children and appearing to be ''quite'' fond of simply locking them up in detention, several times he's shown to really enjoy Recess as an act of nostalgia. One episode even implies that he and several friends hid a chest full of toys from when he was growing up specifically for later students to find. TheMovie also sheds further light on this.
** Ms. Finster, the other primary antagonist, and [[TheDragon Randall]] fit this trope sometimes with how Randall is sometimes friendly, while
Muriel Finster.
%%**
has actually got a heart of gold underneath the hard exterior. The episode where she takes care of Spinelli for the weekend also illustrates this.
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And just because she gave TJ Detention doesn't mean she doesn't like him!]]
**
The old woman who lives next to in the school.episode ''The Lost Ball'' actually doesn't steal the balls thrown into her yard...she keeps them because nobody comes over to claim them.



%%* MundaneMadeAwesome: All the time, since recess for the kids is SeriousBusiness.

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%%* * MundaneMadeAwesome: All There's nothing more horrifying than sitting in a box drawn in chalk on the time, since recess for ground in the kids is SeriousBusiness.playground. And you can't come out of it. And you're all alone. ''And no one can come into it to help you.''



%%* OpeningShoutOut: In "Lawson and His Crew".
%%* OrbitalKiss: In "The Experiment".
%%* OriginsEpisode: ''Recess: All Growed Down''

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%%* * OpeningShoutOut: In "Lawson and His Crew".
%%*
Crew", a version of the theme song plays in the middle of the episode with Lawson's crew replacing the regular main characters. .
*
OrbitalKiss: In Plays this one for all it's worth in "The Experiment".
%%*
Experiment", complete with the playground scenery suddenly transforming into a fairy-tale land and back again, when TJ and Spinelli have their PracticeKiss.
*
OriginsEpisode: The third movie (And second DirectToVideo movie), ''Recess: All Growed Down''Down'' featured an origins story of how the gang all met.



%%* PaperThinDisguise
%%* ParentalBonus: Many.

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%%* * PaperThinDisguise
%%* ParentalBonus: Many.** In "Gus's Last Stand", Gus is being tormented by a nasty bully named Gelman whenever he steps onto the playground. At one point, his friends try disguising him by giving him a large gray beard and claiming he's an old man. Gelman doesn't fall for it.
** In "Wild Child", the six main characters are each paired up with a kindergartener. As T.J. tries to find activities for him and his kid to do together, they inadvertently bother/harass/generally annoy various other people on the playground. At the end of the episode, T.J. gives his new friend his beloved hat...only to realize that he still has a bunch of angry kids after his blood when they show up to seek revenge. He's surprised when the angry group is able to spot him, as he genuinely believed that taking off his hat would render him completely unrecognizable.
* ParentalBonus:
** The episode "The Library Kid" featured the gang cornering said Library Kid in the Philosophy section, with Gretchen calling out "Head her towards the existentialists; there's ''no exit'' over there," a reference to Sartre's play. The actual opening looks like an elementary school version of ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
** More than half the humor in ''Recess'' requires a high-school level of education to notice, much less understand.
** Then there's the episode that was a {{homage}} to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** The titles of some episodes like "Kids in the Mist".
** ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' has lots of references to various things. Among them, Ms. Finster yelling, "Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone!", and the song "Green Tambourine" (sung by Robert Goulet, no less) playing over the end credits while the kids danced in front of a psychedelic background.
** Ms. Grotke was reading ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' out loud. And just happened to be reading the part where Beowulf rips Grendel's arm off and begins beating him with it.
** The Halloween episode was a outright retelling of both ''Film/{{Christine}}'' and ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', both adult horror movies.



%%* ParodySue: Jared in "Here Comes Mr. Perfect".

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%%* * ParodySue: Jared in In the episode "Here Comes Mr. Perfect". Perfect", Jared, a MartyStu from out of town shows up whose sympathetic character flaw ''is'' that he's MartyStu -- his perfection always makes everyone immediately hate him because he's so much better at the stuff everyone else is known for, and he actively tries to ''avoid'' showing it off for this reason.
** He also gives a speech in his own defense that, in a meta sense, can be taken as a sort of defense of the MarySue -- not that they're good characters, per se, or not annoying, but that it isn't ''the character's'' fault -- ''they'' didn't decide to be perfect.



%%* {{Prequel}}: ''Recess: All Growed Down''
%%* PreviouslyOn: Used in "The Madness of King Bob"

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%%* * {{Prequel}}: ''Recess: All Growed Down''
%%*
Down'' was released in 2003 (two years after the show was cancelled), but features T.J. and his friends as kindergarteners, rather than fourth (or fifth) graders.
*
PreviouslyOn: Used in "The Madness of King Bob"Bob" opens this way, as it's a SequelEpisode to "The Big Prank".


%%* GoodWithNumbers: Hank the janitor, as revealed in "A Genius Among Us".

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%%* * GoodWithNumbers: Hank the janitor, as revealed in "A Genius Among Us".Us", when he easily solves Gretchen's math problem after school. He's eventually approached by the military and scientists... but he turns them down, saying he'd rather just be a janitor.



%%* HeatWave: In "The Coolest Heatwave Ever"

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%%* * HeatWave: In "The Coolest Heatwave Ever"Ever", the gang search for the backup water valve during a heatwave.



%%* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The Game" and "Copycat Kid".
%%* HesGotAWeapon: With a note.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Split up with the gang:

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%%* HereWeGoAgain: * HereWeGoAgain:
** "The Game": It opens with Gus finding a card that was just thrown over the fence, and it's part of a very addictive game. At the end, after everything is straightened out, Gus throws it back over the fence, and the next kids to find it go down to the corner shop to buy some more cards.
** "The Economics of Recess": After a few days of sickness, T.J. returns to school and finds that "mon-stickers" have become the currency of the student body. He begins to do various odd jobs in exchange for stickers, and gradually works his way up the ladder to be the richest kid on the playground, only to go mad with power and become a profit-obsessed tyrant. The rest of the Recess Gang then teams up to make ''alien'' stickers the new currency, leaving T.J. at the bottom of the barrel again. They hope T.J. has learned his lesson...but he immediately rushes off to start doing more chores for people, and they all sigh.
** "Copycat Kid": After believing Vince has saved him from being killed by a baseball, Mikey decides to idolize and copy him throughout the course of the episode, leading Vince to act like Mikey temporarily in order for him to snap out of the phase.
At the end of "The Game" and "Copycat Kid".
%%* HesGotAWeapon: With
the episode, Mikey prevents a note.
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Split up
baseball from hitting Randall, the same way Vince did for him.
* HesGotAWeapon: Parodied when the main six are the only kids at school for the week thanks to everyone else being sick
with the gang:food poisoning. The gang love it at first, but soon grow tired of it, so Gus tries to give Miss Grotke a fake note from home in order to stay home, causing Mikey to scream, "HE'S GOT A NOTE!"
* HeterosexualLifePartners:



%%** Mikey and Gus

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%%** ** Mikey and GusGus seem to be the closest friends with each other out of the main six main characters, and often take each other's sides in conflicts.



%%* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys

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%%* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: This is mentioned in "[[YesVirginia Yes, Mikey]], Santa Does Shave", in which Mikey attempts to prove that Santa is real and indeed ''can'' deliver all those toys. Gretchen counters that a man of his size could not fit through the chimney and that the speed he would need to travel at is simply impossible.



%%* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: Geoffrey to Gretchen.

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%%* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: * IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery:
** In one episode Mikey begins imitating Vince, the jock, due to seeing Vince as a "cool kid", but eventually admits that the persona doesn't fit him and goes back.
**
Geoffrey to Gretchen.gets a crush on Gretchen and says this word for word at one point.



* ItsTheOnlyWay: Ashley A.'s reason why she decided that Spinelli has to join the rest of the Ashleys and become like them, in fear that due to sharing the same name as them (And being completely different), she'll tarnish their name up into high school.



%%** Lawson occasionally falls into this
* ItsTheOnlyWay: Ashley A.'s reason why she decided that Spinelli has to join the rest of the Ashleys and become like them, in fear that due to sharing the same name as them (And being completely different), she'll tarnish their name up into high school.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Miss Finster, the Ashleys, Menlo, and Randall

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%%** Lawson Lawson, the resident JerkJock, occasionally falls into this
* ItsTheOnlyWay: ** Gelman was this for most of the series, usually picking on Gus for no reason ''at all''. In "A Great State Fair", he pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
** The Ashleys. While the girls do sometimes have their LovableAlphaBitch moments, they're usually stuck-up jerks.
Ashley A.'s reason why she decided that Q. shows this the most
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
**
Spinelli has to join the rest of the Ashleys is hot-tempered and become like them, in fear that due to sharing the same name as them (And being completely different), she'll tarnish their name sarcastic, but will always stand up into high school.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
for her friends.
**
Miss Finster, the as revealed after season one. She shares quite a few sweet bonding moments with fellow example Spinelli when she's having trouble with her friends. These get a nice little CallBack in "WesternAnimation/RecessTakingTheFifthGrade" when Miss Finster once again helps her out.
---> "Women of power like us, we're not allowed to have feelings."
%%** The
Ashleys, Menlo, and Randall



%%* KidsAreCruel: Sometimes the student body can show shades of this trope, such as in "Mama's Girl".

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%%* * KidsAreCruel: Sometimes Mostly averted with the main six, but the rest of the student body can show shades of this trope, such as in at times.
**
"Mama's Girl".Girl": Spinelli accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" while saving her from stepping in a puddle. This causes ''all'' the kids to tease her for it. Even TJ, Vince, Gretchen, Mikey, and Gus are NotSoAboveItAll. Towards the end of the episode, Miss Grotke calls the class out on it, implying that [[DarkAndTroubledPast she herself suffered a similar experience when she was a little girl]].
** "The Lost Ball": Gus accidentally kicks a "Spirit of '76" kickball over the fence into the house next door, and his peers give him a hard time about being unwilling to do it. Even ''[[GentleGiant Mikey]]'' [[JerkassBall bullies him for it]].



%%* LetThereBeSnow

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%%* LetThereBeSnow* LetThereBeSnow: The ChristmasEpisode begins with the characters mentioning how warm it is for the time of year. Guess what the weather is by the end...



%%* LovableAlphaBitch: The Ashleys can be this at times, such as at the end of "The Great Can Drive" and "League of Randalls".
%%* LovingBully: Geoffrey towards Gretchen in "The Pest."

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%%* * LovableAlphaBitch: Ashley A could count. When she is kicked out of the clique, she befriends Gretchen, and during the Little Miss Blush beauty pageant, she secretly congratulates Spinelli. She has also asked the gang for help on other occasions and is seen talking to the less popular kids on the playground like The Diggers. Sometimes, the other three Ashleys can also be this at times, such as at the end of convinced to be nice and do good, like in "The Great Can Drive" and "League of Randalls".
%%*
Randalls".
*
LovingBully: Geoffrey towards Gretchen in "The Pest."Pest" had a boy named Geoffrey who was harassing Gretchen admit he was this trope after being confronted (the other half of the episode had him acting as a DoggedNiceGuy[=/=]StalkerWithACrush).


%%* BiggerOnTheInside: The Ashleys' Clubhouse.

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%%* * BiggerOnTheInside: The Ashleys' Clubhouse.Clubhouse. On the outside, it just looks like some old tires fused together but on the inside it has a game room, a study room, a tea party room, a TV room, etc.



%%* ChainOfDeals: Mikey wanting to be a safety ranger.

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%%* ChainOfDeals: * ChainOfDeals: The gang arranges one to enable Mikey wanting to be achieve his dream of becoming a safety ranger.crossing guard. The chain works perfectly and Mikey is able to enjoy his new job. The next day, he announced to his friends that he quit due to the number of problems he suffered as a guard.



%%* DeadPetSketch: TheReveal at the end of "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye."

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%%* * DeadPetSketch: TheReveal at the end of The episode "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye."Ye" had the kids come back after a long weekend to discover that Speedy, the class hamster, had died. During his funeral, several older kids and some parents turn up to pay their respects to their beloved class pet. Then someone pulls out an old class photo with Speedy in it, and everyone starts noticing that the details are wrong--Speedy's feet were supposed to be white, Speedy was supposed to be a ''girl'', etc. [[HippieTeacher Ms. Grotke]] awkwardly admits that since the teachers thought the students would be too young to know how to cope with death, they would secretly replace Speedy with a new hamster every time the old one died. As this has happened over 40 years, several of the older mourners then begin to realize that that's rather long-lived for a hamster.



%%* DontAsk: About Mikey's [[{{Transgender}} Uncle Mary]].

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%%* * DontAsk: About Mikey's [[{{Transgender}} Uncle Mary]].Mary]].
-->'''T.J.:''' My older brother used to play on Old Rusty.\\
'''Spinelli:''' My mom used to play on Old Rusty!\\
'''Mikey:''' Heck, my Uncle Mary used to play on Old Rusty!\\
'''Vince:''' Your Uncle ''Mary''?\\
'''Gretchen:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Don't ask.]]



%%* EmbarrassingFirstName:
%%** ''Ashley'' Spinelli (see the entries for GirlPosse and IAmSpartacus below).

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%%* * EmbarrassingFirstName:
%%** ''Ashley'' Spinelli (see the entries for GirlPosse and IAmSpartacus below).** Tomboy Spinelli's first name is Ashley. This embarrasses her mainly because her sworn enemies are a gang of girls called "The Ashleys".



%%* EndangeredSouffle: In "Chez Vince"

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%%* * EndangeredSouffle: In "Chez Vince"Vince", the gang decides to save Vince from being sent to France by sabotaging his soufflé test by popping a paper bag, but they try to stop the sabotage once they hear that Vince actually wants to go.



%%* FoodFight: In "Tattletale Heart".

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%%* * FoodFight: In "Tattletale Heart".Heart". A hidden culprit started a food fight. Gus was the only eyewitness but his friends warn him not to break the code by telling Miss Finster who started the food fight. [[spoiler:It was Randall who started the food fight, and it is hinted that he was squealed on by every single member of the student body to Finster besides Gus and his friends.]]


%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild: T.J.; Gus.
%%* {{Adorkable}}: Gus, Gretchen, Mikey, Miss Grotke, and the Pale Kids. T.J. himself has his moments. Even, out of all characters, Spinelli when she devotes a cult revolving around Swinger Girl.

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%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild: * AdorablyPrecociousChild:
%%**
T.J.; Gus.
%%* {{Adorkable}}: Gus, Gretchen, Mikey, ** Gretchen is probably the prime example, being a child prodigy, rather level headed, but having most of the same impulses and naiveté as the rest of the group.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Gus is a shy cutie who doubles as TheWoobie. He's a timid, naive, insecure yet good natured boy.
** Gretchen's pretty adorkable. She's an intelligent, cute, nerdy NiceGirl, with red hair in GirlishPigtails, freckles, buck teeth, and NerdGlasses.
** Mikey's naivety mixed with his LargeHam tendencies make him adorably dorky.
**
Miss Grotke, and Grotke has many cute, dorky moments throughout the series. It's her over-enthusiasm about everything that really hits it.
** The
Pale Kids. Kids are a group of nerdy ten year olds who spend their recesses playing [[BlandNameProduct Daggers & Dragons]] and reading comic books.
**
T.J. himself has can be pretty adorkable. His ditzy BookDumb moments, his moments. overly enthusiastic and optimistic nature, and he's got an enormous heart. And he was a ShrinkingViolet in kindergarten! And he's been revealed to be a huge geek when it comes to comics.
**
Even, out of all characters, Spinelli when she devotes a cult revolving around Swinger Girl.



%%* AIIsACrapshoot: The SAL 3000 in "Schoolworld"
%%* AirVentPassageway: Very commonly used by the main six.

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%%* * AIIsACrapshoot: The SAL 3000 in "Schoolworld"
%%*
"Schoolworld", a parody of HAL. SAL is initially happy to serve the school and the students, dismissing the kids to recess on time, helping them out as they're on the playground, and giving them temperature controlled water at the water fountain. However, as time passes on, he becomes more tyrannical and cruel as he [[SinisterSurveillance monitors every activity of every student and faculty member]], as shown when he refuses Mikey water, forces Swinger Girl to stop swinging, has the Diggers patch up their holes (according to Vince), and dethrones King Bob (according to Gus). Eventually, he gets to the point where he fires all the staff, takes their place, and threatens to lock everyone inside the school (and he has total control of the doors, windows and practically ''everything'' in the school)
*
AirVentPassageway: Very commonly used by the main six.T.J. often uses this route to break himself and occasionally others out of detention.


%%* {{Adorkable}}: Gus, Gretchen, Mikey, Miss Grotke, and the Pale Kids. T.J. himself has his moments. And even, out of all characters, Spinelli when she devotes a cult revolving around Swinger Girl.

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%%* {{Adorkable}}: Gus, Gretchen, Mikey, Miss Grotke, and the Pale Kids. T.J. himself has his moments. And even, Even, out of all characters, Spinelli when she devotes a cult revolving around Swinger Girl.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: One episode introduces a new kid who's better at everything than everybody else at Third Street. In the end it turns out [[MartyStu he's better at]] ''[[MartyStu literally]]'' [[MartyStu everything than everybody else in the]] ''[[MartyStu country,]]'' [[MartyStu and that the government has him on call.]] Interestingly, the episode deconstructs the concept of a MartyStu by making the perfect kid a nice guy who despises being the best because it inevitably makes everyone else hate him and means he can't aspire to anything.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: One episode introduces a new kid who's better at everything than everybody else at Third Street. In the end it turns out [[MartyStu he's better at]] ''[[MartyStu literally]]'' [[MartyStu at everything than everybody else in the]] ''[[MartyStu country,]]'' [[MartyStu and that the government has him on call.]] Interestingly, the episode deconstructs the concept of a MartyStu by making the perfect kid a nice guy who despises being the best because it inevitably makes everyone else hate him and means he can't aspire to anything.



* BadassTeacher: Mr E. He's so awesome, no-one can even know what the E stands for. Also counts as a very SternTeacher. There were rumors going around with the kids that he physically tore down the Berlin Wall, and even made a kid repeat the fifth grade for stammering during a book report.

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* BadassTeacher: Mr E. He's so awesome, no-one can even know what the E stands for. Also counts as a very SternTeacher. There were rumors going around with the kids that he physically tore down the Berlin Wall, and even made a kid repeat the fifth grade for stammering during a book report.



** Gus brutally knocked out an entire fifth grade class with dodgeballs on his own.

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** Gus brutally knocked out an entire a fifth grade class with dodgeballs on his own.



** "Pharaoh Bob" also blunders where King Bob confesses to Gretchen he only wanted the pyramid to be remembered. Gretchen tells him great kings aren't remembered for the things they build, but by the things they do for their people. Not only is this historically inaccurate, but contradicts the entire reason ''why Bob wanted the pyramid in the first place'' - because King Wally, Al and Chuck were all forgotten in spite of all the good deeds they did for the school playground.

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** "Pharaoh Bob" also blunders where King Bob confesses to Gretchen he only wanted the pyramid to be remembered. Gretchen tells him great kings aren't remembered for the things they build, but by the things they do for their people. Not only is this historically inaccurate, but contradicts the entire reason ''why Bob wanted the pyramid in the first place'' - because King Wally, Al and Chuck were all forgotten in spite of all the good deeds they did for the school playground.



* BubblegumPopping: In the opening, Gus blows a bubblegum bubble and it pops in his face. This also occurs in "King Gus". Heck, it's what sets the plot in motion for Mikey in "Bad Hair Day".

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* BubblegumPopping: In the opening, Gus blows a bubblegum bubble and it pops in his face. This also occurs in "King Gus". Heck, it's It's what sets the plot in motion for Mikey in "Bad Hair Day".



* CatapultNightmare: T.J. when he wakes up from his nightmare of the entire town flooding during a week of non-stop rain.

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* CatapultNightmare: T.J. when he wakes up from his nightmare of the entire town flooding during a week of non-stop rain.



** And of course, any variation of "this whomps!" is shared among the main six characters, mostly TJ and Vince since they invented the word.

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** And of course, any Any variation of "this whomps!" is shared among the main six characters, mostly TJ and Vince since they invented the word.



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The tropes of TheAce, MartyStu and the AlwaysSomeoneBetter are viciously deconstructed in ''Here Comes Mr. Perfect'' with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, a better planner than TJ, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests, which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him with a lockout. However Jared himself is an amicable kid who [[IJustWantToBeNormal simply wants to have friends]] and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start ShamingTheMob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The tropes of TheAce, MartyStu and the AlwaysSomeoneBetter are viciously deconstructed in ''Here Comes Mr. Perfect'' with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, a better planner than TJ, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests, which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him with a lockout. However Jared himself is an amicable kid who [[IJustWantToBeNormal simply wants to have friends]] and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start ShamingTheMob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.



** In ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'', Miss Grotke only gets two lines in the entire movie and doesn't show up after that. Justified, as the main kids all moved up to fifth grade and weren't in her class anymore.

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** In ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'', Miss Grotke only gets two lines in the entire movie and doesn't show up after that. Justified, as the main kids all moved up to fifth grade and weren't in her class anymore.



* {{Double Entendre}}: Literally the entire episode of "All The Principle's Men" is one big sex pun. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lxnkKghmAU See for yourself]]. Warning, the puns start from 0:45 onward.

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* {{Double Entendre}}: Literally the entire The episode of "All The Principle's Men" is one big sex pun. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lxnkKghmAU See for yourself]]. Warning, the puns start from 0:45 onward.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Season one might fall under this. Both Miss Finster and Principal Prickly were more sadistic, Miss Grotke wasn't as sympathetic, and everyone's voice was higher, as well as T.J. being played by a completely different kid. It was ''much'' more OffModel as well. Not to mention that the main six were more of anti-heroes, Vince was more of a SourSupporter, and the show was a bit more cartoony.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Season one might fall under this. Both Miss Finster and Principal Prickly were more sadistic, Miss Grotke wasn't as sympathetic, and everyone's voice was higher, as well as T.J. being played by a completely different kid. It was ''much'' more OffModel as well. Not to mention that the The main six were more of anti-heroes, Vince was more of a SourSupporter, and the show was a bit more cartoony.



** Don't forget Ashley ''Funicello'' Spinelli.

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** Don't forget Ashley ''Funicello'' Spinelli.



* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: Subverted when Gus kicks a ball into a yard near the playground where nobody had dared recover a ball from before (complete with a legend about a kid who disappeared after trying to do so). After actually trying, they find out that the owner's a CoolOldLady who lets them take the entire lawn-ful of balls that had built up over the years.

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* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: Subverted when Gus kicks a ball into a yard near the playground where nobody had dared recover a ball from before (complete with a legend about a kid who disappeared after trying to do so). After actually trying, they find out that the owner's a CoolOldLady who lets them take the entire lawn-ful of balls that had built up over the years.



* GagHaircut: The entire basis of "Bad Hair Day" centered on T.J. and later Vince giving these to the kids.

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* GagHaircut: The entire basis of "Bad Hair Day" centered on T.J. and later Vince giving these to the kids.



* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: Spinelli literally means "spliffs" in Italian. And ''it wasn't changed'' in the Italian dub. Awkward moments with parents ensued.

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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: Spinelli literally means "spliffs" in Italian. And ''it wasn't changed'' in the Italian dub. Awkward moments with parents ensued.



%%** Dr. Slicer. Holy hell, Dr. Slicer...

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%%** Dr. Slicer. Holy hell, Dr. Slicer...



** Spinelli, of course.

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** Spinelli, of course.Spinelli.



** Miss Finster's intentions when the entire school was kept inside during recess from the rain. She intended to turn the entire student body into her mindless zombie slaves through pure boredom. Butch even Lampshades this when the same situation happened before:

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** Miss Finster's intentions when the entire school was kept inside during recess from the rain. She intended to turn the entire student body into her mindless zombie slaves through pure boredom. Butch even Lampshades this when the same situation happened before:



%%* MundaneMadeAwesome: Pretty much all the time, since recess for the kids is SeriousBusiness.

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%%* MundaneMadeAwesome: Pretty much all All the time, since recess for the kids is SeriousBusiness.



** Played straight with "El Diablo". A kid notices Gus playing a guitar and tells TJ and the others to get the heck out since Gus was a one-man army in dodgeball in a previous school.

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** Played straight with "El Diablo". A kid notices Gus playing a guitar and tells TJ and the others to get the heck out since Gus was a one-man army in dodgeball in a previous school.



%%* NotMyLuckyDay: Gus, all the time. And the entire Recess Gang in "The Kid Came Back".

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%%* NotMyLuckyDay: Gus, all the time. And the entire Recess Gang in "The Kid Came Back".



* OnionTears: Seen in "The Biggest Trouble Ever" when the gang have to peel onions in the school kitchen during their punishment. As they are at that moment hated by the entire town for a complete accident and the punishments have no end in sight, [[TearJerker Mikey states that it's hard to tell where the Onion Tears stop and where the actual tears from being robbed of a carefree childhood begin]].

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* OnionTears: Seen in "The Biggest Trouble Ever" when the gang have to peel onions in the school kitchen during their punishment. As they are at that moment hated by the entire town for a complete accident and the punishments have no end in sight, [[TearJerker Mikey states that it's hard to tell where the Onion Tears stop and where the actual tears from being robbed of a carefree childhood begin]].



** ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace'', which was made by the same creators, counts in a way. Pretty much every voice actor from ''Recess'' came to do voices on the show, including Ross Malinger, who only played T.J. for season one and two episodes of season two.

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** ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace'', which was made by the same creators, counts in a way. Pretty much every Every voice actor from ''Recess'' came to do voices on the show, including Ross Malinger, who only played T.J. for season one and two episodes of season two.



** And on a similar note, despite that it was established that Old Rusty had fallen down and replaced with what T.J. christened "New Rusty", the jungle gym is still referred to as "Old Rusty", likely out of habit (though technically it was rebuilt with the same material, rather than replaced with a new jungle gym).

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** And on a similar note, Similarly, despite that it was established that Old Rusty had fallen down and replaced with what T.J. christened "New Rusty", the jungle gym is still referred to as "Old Rusty", likely out of habit (though technically it was rebuilt with the same material, rather than replaced with a new jungle gym).



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Johnny V. was this for Spinelli in "That Stinking Feeling". Due to him not appearing after the episode, it's pretty much confirmed that he only existed as a temporary love interest.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Johnny V. was this for Spinelli in "That Stinking Feeling". Due to him not appearing after the episode, it's pretty much confirmed that he only existed as a temporary love interest.



** The series is literally littered with shout-outs to ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
*** Matter of fact, this entire series is pretty much an {{Expy}} of ''Hogan's Heroes'': T.J. and the gang are expies of Hogan and his men; Principal Prickley is an expy of Kommandant Klink; Miss Finster is a more competent expy of Sergeant Schultz; in fact, the Third Street School playground looks almost like a compound of a prison camp. The two series' theme songs sound incredibly similar too.

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** The series is literally littered with shout-outs to ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
*** Matter of fact, this entire series is pretty much an {{Expy}} of ''Hogan's Heroes'': T.J. and the gang are expies of Hogan and his men; Principal Prickley is an expy of Kommandant Klink; Miss Finster is a more competent expy of Sergeant Schultz; in fact, the Third Street School playground looks almost like a compound of a prison camp. The two series' theme songs sound incredibly similar too.



* TraumaticHaircut: The ''entire'' school is subjected to this in "Bad Hair Day", courtesy of TJ and Vince who convinced the entire school that Mikey's terrible haircut was "cool", and proceeded to give everybody the same hairdo, ''including the Ashleys''. It does not end well for them when Spinelli and Gretchen return and expose the boys' ruse.

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* TraumaticHaircut: The ''entire'' school is subjected to this in "Bad Hair Day", courtesy of TJ and Vince who convinced the entire school that Mikey's terrible haircut was "cool", and proceeded to give everybody the same hairdo, ''including the Ashleys''. It does not end well for them when Spinelli and Gretchen return and expose the boys' ruse.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The unnamed city the show takes place in never has a proper location revealed. The closest we get is a set of coordinates in one episode, which apparently puts it somewhere in the UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area- and even then that's not likely, as the city skyline (the few times we see it) doesn't resemble Pittsburgh in any way, and the climate is far too mild for the area (rarely getting snow, getting a heat wave once). And the fact that another episode has the kids take the Arkansas Standard Achievement Test makes the location of Third Street School even more ambiguous.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The unnamed city the show takes place in never has a proper location revealed. The closest we get is a set of coordinates in one episode, which apparently puts it somewhere in the UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area- and even then that's not likely, as the city skyline (the few times we see it) doesn't resemble Pittsburgh in any way, and the climate is far too mild for the area (rarely getting snow, getting a heat wave once). And the fact that another episode has the kids take the Arkansas Standard Achievement Test makes the location of Third Street School even more ambiguous.



** Spinelli and Gus got this type of publicity during ''Recess'' promos on Creator/ToonDisney, overshadowing Mikey, Vince, Gretchen, and even T.J.. Though this is somewhat justified as Spinelli and Gus were only second behind T.J. as the most popular and iconic characters of the series (The three were the most prominant on every promotional item released since the 1990s), and it woudld've been too difficult for T.J. to get new dialogue written for the promos due to Andrew Lawrence's voice breaking (And possibly Myles Jeffrey's depending on when they were recorded), and it was easier with Gus and Spinelli because Courtland Mead's voice hadn't had broke yet for Gus, and Pamela Adlon was already an adult when she began voicing Spinelli so her voice would never have broken. Once Courtland Mead's voice broke, Spinelli took front-and-center on almost every promo for the show until Creator/ToonDisney's demise in 2009.

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** Spinelli and Gus got this type of publicity during ''Recess'' promos on Creator/ToonDisney, overshadowing Mikey, Vince, Gretchen, and even T.J.. Though this is somewhat justified as Spinelli and Gus were only second behind T.J. as the most popular and iconic characters of the series (The three were the most prominant on every promotional item released since the 1990s), and it woudld've been too difficult for T.J. to get new dialogue written for the promos due to Andrew Lawrence's voice breaking (And possibly Myles Jeffrey's depending on when they were recorded), and it was easier with Gus and Spinelli because Courtland Mead's voice hadn't had broke yet for Gus, and Pamela Adlon was already an adult when she began voicing Spinelli so her voice would never have broken. Once Courtland Mead's voice broke, Spinelli took front-and-center on almost every promo for the show until Creator/ToonDisney's demise in 2009.



* WritersCannotDoMath: Deliberately invoked in "The C-Note." Upon finding the eponymous $100 bill, T.J. and his friends decide to split the money six ways, and envision spending the "fortune" on elaborate things like a yacht (Vince), research to cure all diseases (Gretchen), and jet packs (everyone). Any adult viewer (or heck, even ''teenage'' viewer) quickly realizes that the kids would only be getting about $16.67 each, but that's the point--[[ChildrenAreInnocent as kids]], the Gang automatically assumes that any large amount of money equals immediate wealth.
* WrongGenreSavvy: "No Strings Attached". Basically, the Ashleys give Spinelli six tickets to a wrestling match. [[AlphaBitch Knowing what the Ashleys are like]], Spinelli and the others become suspicious, and when Mikey and Gus decide that the tickets are real, the rest of the gang dismiss the idea as naïve. By the time they find out that Mikey and Gus were right all along, they end up locked inside the Ashley's clubhouse....

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Deliberately invoked in "The C-Note." Upon finding the eponymous $100 bill, T.J. and his friends decide to split the money six ways, and envision spending the "fortune" on elaborate things like a yacht (Vince), research to cure all diseases (Gretchen), and jet packs (everyone). Any adult viewer (or heck, even ''teenage'' viewer) quickly realizes that the kids would only be getting about $16.67 each, but that's the point--[[ChildrenAreInnocent as kids]], the Gang automatically assumes that any large amount of money equals immediate wealth.
* WrongGenreSavvy: "No Strings Attached". Basically, the The Ashleys give Spinelli six tickets to a wrestling match. [[AlphaBitch Knowing what the Ashleys are like]], Spinelli and the others become suspicious, and when Mikey and Gus decide that the tickets are real, the rest of the gang dismiss the idea as naïve. By the time they find out that Mikey and Gus were right all along, they end up locked inside the Ashley's clubhouse....


* CodeOfHonour: The Unwritten Kids' Code of Honour. One of its strictest rules is that a kid who gets "jinxed" absolutely cannot speak until someone says his name, even if it means serious trouble.

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* CodeOfHonour: The Unwritten Kids' Code of Honour. One of its strictest rules is that a kid who gets "jinxed" absolutely cannot speak until someone says his name, even if it means serious trouble. Tattling is another massive taboo.


** "Germ Warfare" pits Gus and Mikey against each other, as Gus becomes TerrifiedOfGerms and obsessed with killing them while [[FriendToAllLivingThings Mikey]] wants to treat them as pets.



%%* FriendlyEnemy: Randall, Menlo and Lawson can be this sometimes. Miss Finster mentions in one episode that just because she punishes T.J. doesn't mean she doesn't like him.

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%%* * FriendlyEnemy: Randall, Menlo and Lawson can be this to the main gang sometimes. Miss Finster also mentions in one episode that just because she punishes T.J. doesn't mean she doesn't like him.him, and on more than one occasion she's shared sympathetic moments with Spinelli.



%%* HippieTeacher
%%** Ms. Grotke.
%%** Also, Prickly and Finster (and all the others) in the 1960s flashback in TheMovie.

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%%* HippieTeacher
%%**
* HippieTeacher: Ms. Grotke.
%%**
Grotke is a very New Age, pacifist liberal. Also, Prickly and Finster (and all the others) are shown to have been hippies in the 1960s flashback in TheMovie.



%%** Mrs Finster sways between this and JerkWithAHeartOfGold

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%%** Mrs ** Miss Finster sways between this and JerkWithAHeartOfGoldJerkWithAHeartOfGold.



%%* KidsVersusAdults: In many episodes.

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%%* * KidsVersusAdults: In many episodes.episodes the main conflict is kids vs. teachers.


* BadBadActing: Whenever the kids have to act, it's usually very bad. This is mainly seen in "I Will Kick No More Forever".

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* BadBadActing: Whenever the kids have to act, it's usually very bad. This The standout example is mainly seen in "I Will Kick No More Forever".Forever," when Mikey feigns an injury and the others pretend that only Vince can save the kickball game.



%%* BigEater: Mikey; Kurst.

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%%* * BigEater: Mikey; Kurst.Mikey and Kurst; they even bond over it.



%%* BlackAndNerdy: Vince's brother, much to Vince's surprise when he comes to terms with this.

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%%* * BlackAndNerdy: Vince's brother, much brother Chad. A whole episode is devoted to Vince's surprise when he comes Vince coming to terms with this.the fact that his brother is a geek.



%%* CodeOfHonour: The Unwritten Kids' Code of Honour.

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%%* * CodeOfHonour: The Unwritten Kids' Code of Honour.Honour. One of its strictest rules is that a kid who gets "jinxed" absolutely cannot speak until someone says his name, even if it means serious trouble.



%%* DrowningMySorrows: Vince does this with root beer and donuts in "I Will Kick No More Forever".

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%%* * DrowningMySorrows: Vince does this with [[DrunkOnMilk root beer and donuts donuts]] in "I Will Kick No More Forever".



%%* FeudEpisode:
%%** Subverted in "The Break-up". The members of the gang are mad at T.J., but T.J. isn't mad at them back.
%%** "The A.V. Kid", between T.J. and Vince.

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%%* * FeudEpisode:
%%** Subverted in ** In "The Break-up". The Break-up", all the other members of the gang are get mad at T.J., but and at each other when T.J. isn't mad at can't choose which one one of them back.
%%**
is his best friend. In the end, T.J. brings them back together by sharing an essay about how all five of them are his best friends.
** In
"The A.V. Kid", between T.J. and Vince.Vince compete over the titular position.
** "Diggers Split Up" combines this with ADayInTheLimelight for the Diggers.

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** Gus' voice actor once invoked this in an old, Recess-themed Disney Channel ident, at one point mentioning how himself, along with the voice actors for Vince and TJ, are starting to look like their characters. Though it is evident that they dressed each voice actor specifically to match the colour schemes and clothing styles of their characters for the sake of the ad.


* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The tropes of TheAce and the AlwaysSomeoneBetter are viciously deconstructed in ''Here Comes Mr. Perfect'' with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him. However Jared himself is a amicable kid who simply wants to have friends and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start ShamingTheMob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.
-->'''Jared Smith:'''All I wanted was to be friends with you guys. I never wanted to show anybody up! I didn't tell Ms. Grotke I knew the right answer to Gretchen's problem, or challenge Vince to footrace, or Spinelli to arms wrestling. You guys challenged me! I mean what do you want me to do? Pretend I'm no good?...Well I can't do that! Don't you see? I can't stop being good at stuff anymore than Gretchen can stop being smart, or Vince can stop being fast, or Mikey can stop being a sweet-souled giant. I'd trade places with any of you guys any day!...A lot of people say no matter how good you get there's always someone out there who's better than you, but for me it's different. There may not be someone better, but there's always someone happier!

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The tropes of TheAce TheAce, MartyStu and the AlwaysSomeoneBetter are viciously deconstructed in ''Here Comes Mr. Perfect'' with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, a better planner than TJ, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests interests, which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him. him with a lockout. However Jared himself is a an amicable kid who [[IJustWantToBeNormal simply wants to have friends friends]] and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start ShamingTheMob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.
-->'''Jared Smith:'''All Smith:''' All I wanted was to be friends with you guys. I never wanted to show anybody up! I didn't tell Ms. Grotke I knew the right answer to Gretchen's problem, or challenge Vince to footrace, a foot race, or Spinelli to arms arm wrestling. You guys challenged me! I mean what do you want me to do? Pretend I'm no good?...Well I can't do that! Don't you see? I can't stop being good at stuff anymore than Gretchen can stop being smart, or Vince can stop being fast, or Mikey can stop being a sweet-souled giant. I'd trade places with any of you guys any day!...day! You think it's easy being Mr. Perfect? You think it's easy being locked out? ...A lot of people say no matter how good you get there's always someone out there who's better than you, but you? Well for me it's different. There may might not be someone anybody better, but there's always someone somebody happier!

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The tropes of TheAce and the AlwaysSomeoneBetter are viciously deconstructed in ''Here Comes Mr. Perfect'' with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him. However Jared himself is a amicable kid who simply wants to have friends and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start ShamingTheMob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.
-->'''Jared Smith:'''All I wanted was to be friends with you guys. I never wanted to show anybody up! I didn't tell Ms. Grotke I knew the right answer to Gretchen's problem, or challenge Vince to footrace, or Spinelli to arms wrestling. You guys challenged me! I mean what do you want me to do? Pretend I'm no good?...Well I can't do that! Don't you see? I can't stop being good at stuff anymore than Gretchen can stop being smart, or Vince can stop being fast, or Mikey can stop being a sweet-souled giant. I'd trade places with any of you guys any day!...A lot of people say no matter how good you get there's always someone out there who's better than you, but for me it's different. There may not be someone better, but there's always someone happier!


** TheMovie has better animation than the cartoon, but then again it had a ''much'' larger budget and didn't have the deadlines as the animated series has. You can spot some Animation Goofs in the series, such as Gus apparently showing up in a crowd before he actually transferred to school, and Gretchen vanishing in mid-air.

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** TheMovie has better animation than the cartoon, but then again it had a ''much'' larger budget and didn't have the deadlines as the animated series has. You can spot some Animation Goofs in the series, such as Gus apparently showing up in a crowd before he actually transferred to school, and Gretchen vanishing in mid-air.mid-air and students appearing as stickmen.

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