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** "Copycat Kid" has some HoYay in Mikey's hero worship of Vince, which culminates in him not only dressing and acting like Vince, but (it's implied) wearing Vince's actual underwear.


** Ashley A seems to be a bit nicer than the other three - as in she gets more PetTheDog moments involving the gang - befriending Gretchen when she's kicked out, sincerely congratulating Spinelli on making it to the finals of the pageant, asking the gang for help. Most of these moments happen when her friends aren't around, so perhaps she is a good girl at heart but feels pressured to be an AlphaBitch by the others. The fact that their mothers appear to be good friends adds some possible family pressures to the equation.

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** Ashley A seems to be a bit nicer than the other three - as in she gets more PetTheDog moments involving the gang - befriending Gretchen when she's kicked out, sincerely congratulating Spinelli on making it to the finals of the pageant, asking the gang for help. Most of these moments happen when her friends aren't around, so perhaps she is a [[JerkassFacade good girl at heart heart]] but feels pressured to be an AlphaBitch by the others. The fact that their mothers appear to be good friends adds some possible family pressures to the equation.



* CultClassic: The show has developed a strong following of kids who grew up with it in the 90s. It is also known as an elementary school survival guide for little kids.



* {{Fanon}}: Almost any video with the Lazy Kid will have older viewers wondering if he's a stoner.

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Almost any video with the Lazy Kid will have older viewers wondering if he's a stoner.stoner.
** As adults, Gus and Cornchip Girl will end up together. Likewise with TJ and Spinelli.
** In works set several years in the future, Gus is often depicted as CampGay.



* FriendlyFandoms: The show's fandom has become this with the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' fandom, after a little while of having FandomRivalry.

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The show's fandom has become this with the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' fandom, after a little while of having FandomRivalry.


* FanPreferredCouple: TJ/Spinelli is a massively popular pairing, for [[FirstKiss obvious]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance reasons]], as is Vince/Gretchen to a lesser extent.

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* FanPreferredCouple: TJ/Spinelli is a massively popular pairing, for [[FirstKiss obvious]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance reasons]], as is are Vince/Gretchen and Gus/Corn Chip Girl to a lesser extent.


** "Gus' Last Stand" features a humorous RealityEnsues moment where Gus goes to his father for advice about how to deal with [[TheBully resident bully]] Gelman, and gets regaled with the story of Belgium attempting to stand up to Germany in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Gus assumes that it's a DavidVersusGoliath story of "Little Belgium winning over big Germany" until his father informs him how it actually turned out ("Winning? Ha! They got the stuffing kicked out of 'em!"). But he doesn't tell him the rest of the story: Belgium may not have won against Germany, but Germany's actions persuaded a far more powerful country (Britain) to enter the war against them, as they saw the invasion of a neutral country as a MoralEventHorizon. The episode ends the same way: Gus doesn't beat Gelman in a fight, but his parents arrive to break up the fight when they realize what a danger Gelman really is.

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** "Gus' Last Stand" features a humorous RealityEnsues moment where Gus goes to his father for advice about how to deal with [[TheBully resident bully]] Gelman, and gets regaled with the story of Belgium attempting to stand up to Germany in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Gus assumes that it's a DavidVersusGoliath story of "Little Belgium winning over big Germany" until his father informs him how it actually turned out ("Winning? Ha! They got the stuffing kicked out of 'em!"). But he doesn't tell him the rest of the story: Belgium may not have won against Germany, but Germany's actions persuaded a far more powerful country (Britain) to enter the war against them, as they saw the invasion of a neutral country as a MoralEventHorizon. The episode ends the same way: Gus doesn't beat Gelman in a fight, but his the other kids all finally stand up to Gelmen and then Gus's parents arrive to break up the fight when they realize what a danger Gelman really is.


* CerberusSyndrome: After the first two seasons the show takes a much darker, much more serious turn. Some of the show's villains go above and beyond the typical stern teacher-troublemaking youth dynamic and show actual malice and we see a lot more deconstruction of the dynamic of seasons 1-2.

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* CerberusSyndrome: CerebusSyndrome: After the first two seasons the show takes a much darker, much more serious turn. Some of the show's villains go above and beyond the typical stern teacher-troublemaking teacher/troublemaking youth dynamic and show actual malice and we see a lot more deconstruction of the dynamic of seasons 1-2.

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* CerberusSyndrome: After the first two seasons the show takes a much darker, much more serious turn. Some of the show's villains go above and beyond the typical stern teacher-troublemaking youth dynamic and show actual malice and we see a lot more deconstruction of the dynamic of seasons 1-2.

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** During "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye", the gang beats themselves up over feeling they did something to kill Speedy. Spinelli says "Listen, if it makes it feel better, you ''all'' killed him."

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The AccidentalAesop from "Nobody doesn't like TJ" has him "learning" that some people will dislike you for no real reason. As a result, it's easy to interpret this as "It's okay to dislike people for no real reason".


* VillainDecay: Miss Finster was more of a threat in the first season than the rest of the series, but this was out of CharacterDevelopment more than anything, so TropesAreNotBad.

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* VillainDecay: Miss Finster was more of a threat in the first season than the rest of the series, but this was out of CharacterDevelopment more than anything, so TropesAreNotBad.anything.


* AlternativeAesopInterpretation:

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* AlternativeAesopInterpretation: AlternateAesopInterpretation:


* AccidentalAesop:
** The message of "Bonky Fever" is to not obsess, and that as you get older, you're going to eventually grow out of things. But the aesop could've also been read as "You're not allowed to like things not tailored to your demographic". Which is also odd because ''Recess'' has had a huge PeripheryDemographic.
** One of the interpretations for the ending to "Nobody Doesn't Like TJ" is that it ends with the message that "sometimes you don't like someone for no good reason, and that's okay!" Though granted, the message was probably supposed to be "you can't please everyone." The episode is not well-received, as we as humans do have our petty reasons to dislike one another [[CluelessAesop that the writers failed to address]]. Gordy ''does have his reason(s) to dislike'' TJ, possibly either jealously or the fact that the popular DesignatedHero can be a bit overbearing to the quiet loners.


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* AlternativeAesopInterpretation:
** The message of "Bonky Fever" is to not obsess, and that as you get older, you're going to eventually grow out of things. But the aesop could've also been read as "You're not allowed to like things not tailored to your demographic". Which is also odd because ''Recess'' has had a huge PeripheryDemographic.
** One of the interpretations for the ending to "Nobody Doesn't Like TJ" is that it ends with the message that "sometimes you don't like someone for no good reason, and that's okay!" Though granted, the message was probably supposed to be "you can't please everyone." The episode is not well-received, as we as humans do have our petty reasons to dislike one another [[CluelessAesop that the writers failed to address]]. Gordy ''does have his reason(s) to dislike'' TJ, possibly either jealously or the fact that the popular DesignatedHero can be a bit overbearing to the quiet loners.


** [[{{Jerkass}} Is Randall friendless because he's a snitch]], [[IJustWantToHaveFriends or is he a snitch because he doesn't have friends]]?

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** [[{{Jerkass}} Is Randall friendless because he's a snitch]], snitch, [[IJustWantToHaveFriends or is he a snitch because he doesn't have friends]]?


-->'''Mrs Spinelli:''' ... and ''you'' must be '''''B.J.!'''''

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-->'''Mrs --->'''Mrs Spinelli:''' ... and ''you'' must be '''''B.J.!'''''


** "[[MemeticMutation How deliciously moist!]]"

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** "[[MemeticMutation How "How deliciously moist!]]"moist!"


** Gordy for some fans, thanks to him disliking T.J. ''for no reason''.

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** Gordy for some fans, thanks to him disliking T.J. ''for no reason''.reason'', [[UngratefulBastard even after T.J. tries to please him]].

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