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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛ ˛A BBC children's programme that aired from 2002 to 2005, it is based on the popular books written by Creator/JacquelineWilson. The story revolves around the titular character of Tracy Beaker who lives in a care home and the events that follow. Most of the episodes revolve around Tracy fantasizing about the day her biological mother will come for her, as well as trying to find the perfect foster home in the meantime.˛˛The show lasted for 5 seasons and was followed by a sequel, ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'', focusing on Tracy as a young adult, along with a spin-off, The Dumping Ground, showing the events of the characters in the care home after Tracy left. ˛----˛!! Tropes that are in this series:˛* AbusiveParents: Crash's father Theo is revealed to be in prison for domestic abuse against his wife and son, which is why Crash is in care and has a violent temper. It's implied he still keeps in touch with his mother, who may possibly be in witness protection.˛** Theo is later released from prison and although Crash is terrified of meeting with him again at first, the two gradually reconcile.˛* AdultFear: This is prevalent in the movie, wherein Tracy runs away to find her mother. Poor Cam and the Dumping Ground staff are riddled with worry as to Tracy's whereabouts and wellbeing.˛* AerithAndBob: Bouncer, Lol, Crash, Wolfie and Duke... and every other name, though they are nicknames.˛* AlphaBitch: Justine, Amber, Rebecca, Roxy, though all of them are good in heart.˛* AntiRoleModel: One episode had Tracy convincing Marco, Hayley and Dolly to form a "Tracy Beaker" club, which causes them to play pranks around the house and almost ruin Dolly's chance to be fostered. In the end, Tracy herself acknowledged how bad of a role-model she was to the younger kids, and explained that they were good at heart.˛* ButtMonkey: Elaine, and maybe Ben.˛* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: The Wellards: Roxy’s the brains, Chantal the beauty, and Rio is the male example of brawn.˛* BitchInSheepsClothing: Louise and Justine can be examples of this when they're not being outright nasty. Rebecca also counts. To a lesser extent, this also applies to Carly Beaker - even though she looks glamorous and has a sunny demeanor, she's unreasonable, immature, shoplifts cosmetics, and holds grudges.˛* BlatantLies: Tracy [[SandInMyEyes claiming to have "hayfever"]] any time she bursts into tears, regardless of whether it's hayfever season or whether her crying even remotely resembles hayfever.˛* BrattyHalfPint: Tracy in her younger years. She grows somewhat out of it when she gets older.˛* BreakoutCharacter: Mike Milligan. Even though he only appeared in Series 1, his close friendship with Tracy made fans love him so much he returned as the new cook in Series 5 and eventually became Head Care Worker. He's since gone on to become the only character from this series to appear in ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'' and The Dumping Ground.˛* CassandraTruth: Subverted. In the early seasons, Tracy frequently claims her mum is a world famous film star. When her mum shows up in the TV Movie, we discover that she is indeed an actress - albeit a not particularly well-known stunt double. ˛* {{Catchphrase}}: "Bog off!" Usually spoken by Tracy when she wants to be left alone, and later used by some of the others.˛* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In Series 1, Elaine is shown to be very serious, professional, and good at her job, much like her book counterpart. From Series 2 onward, however, shows her to be very clumsy, awkward, and very incompetent at her job.˛* ChristmasEpisode: Subverted with "Christmas", since the episode doesn't take place around Christmas time.˛* CoolBigSis: Tracy can be seen as this to Peter in the first series, and to Jackie from series 3 onwards, as well as to some of the other younger kids.˛* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maxy, Ryan, Zac, Michael, Nathan, and Sid all disappear between seasons with no mention to their whereabouts. With the kids, it's safe to assume they've been fostered or adopted. With the care workers, they possibly were transferred to other care homes.˛* TheCutie: All the little kids like Peter, Maxy, Dolly, Layla, Hayley, Marco, Milly, and Alice.˛* DarkReprise: Sadder moments (in particular, Tracy pining for her mother) were often underscored by a slower, more sombre piano rendition of the main theme tune.˛* DefrostingIceKing: Rio becomes this later in Series 4 and 5, where he is shown to be nicer and friendlier to the other kids, especially Crash after the two strike up a friendship. ˛* DefrostingIceQueen: By the end of Series 5, Justine is nowhere near as petty or as nasty as she was in the other series, and even becomes a close friend to Crash and Jackie, as Rebecca takes her place as the Dumping Ground's nastiest character. In one episode in Series 5, Justine comforts an upset Roxy who is broken up about her sister leaving the Home.˛** Also, Chantal and Roxy who open up more and become nicer in Series 5.˛* DemotedToExtra: After leaving with her new foster family in series 2, Louise became a DropInCharacter in series 3. She was eventually PutOnABus for the rest of the show without explanation.˛** Also, after Bouncer leaves for the halfway house at the end of series 4, he makes many guest appearances in series 5.˛* DoggedNiceGuy: Even though Michael acts like a jerk to every other kid, he is friendly towards Louise since he has a crush on her.˛* EnemyMine: Tracy and Justine once teamed up to overthrow Elaine. Another time, they also tricked Michael into going out with the Bygraves, a pair of funeral directors who were originally there for Tracy.˛* EvenEvilHasStandards: While not exactly evil, Justine calls Cam out at the end of Series 3 for hurting Tracy. She later goes to comfort Tracy and tries to build bridges with her. The two even share a hug.˛* FatAndSkinny: Bouncer and Lol. Also Duke with Mike, Nathan, and Sid.˛* TheFriendNoOneLikes: Elaine "the Pain" Boyak is hated by the staff as well as the children.˛** For the children, Michael is hated by the other kids for constantly bullying and snitching on them. ˛* {{Goth}}: All three of the Wellards don a goth fashion style, to make them [[TheDreaded much more intimidating]]. Deep down, however, they have good hearts.˛* HairTriggerTemper: Tracy and Crash.˛* HappilyAdopted: Tracy and Cam subvert this with their on and off relationship and Tracy frequently returning to the care home after a heated argument. Finally played straight in the series finale where Cam adopts Tracy.˛** Also played straight with Peter, Louise, Dolly, Hayley, Marco, and Milly, who are all fostered into good families.˛* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bouncer and Lol are a brotherly variant. They are close to each other, share a room at The Dumping Ground, and do almost everything together. Episodes also show that they are very protective of each other and Bouncer frequently visits Lol at The Dumping Ground after leaving for the halfway house. At the end of the series, Lol moves to the halfway house to be with Bouncer.˛* ImagineSpot: All over the place, usually courtesy of Tracy, and always animated in Nick Sharratt's distinctive style.˛* InSeriesNickname: "Elaine the Pain" for Elaine the social worker who nobody likes and "The Dumping Ground" for the care home where the show takes place.˛* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although Tracy is frequently rude, abrasive, vain, proud and self-centred, she is, in fact, a good person at heart who cares deeply for Cam and her friends. Her tough attitude is partly from the years she spent on her own in care.˛** Other examples include Justine, Amber, and the Wellards and to a much lesser extent, Michael and Rebecca.˛* ManChild: Nathan pretty much acts like one of the kids himself.˛* NotWhatItLooksLike: In one episode, Elaine arrives at Cam's house for a routine visit, and Cam answers the door holding a knife with a red substance on it. Elaine is unnerved enough to have an ImagineSpot of Cam chasing Tracy with said knife, until Cam points out, "It's tomato sauce, Elaine."˛* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Duke, Bouncer, Lol, Crash, and Wolfie. ˛* OrphanageOfLove: In spite of its nickname, The Dumping Ground does qualify. The staff are genuinely doing their best to look after the kids in their care. ˛* OutOfFocus: Tracy in the later seasons, which is ironic in the sense that she's the ''title character''. Series 5 has her in less than half of the episodes, leaving Justine to essentially take over as the main character.˛* ParentalAbandonment: Most of the kids in the care home, including Tracy, whose mother often neglected her and left her home alone a lot. ˛* ParentalSubstitute: Mike to Tracy, which is why she is hard hit when he decides to leave at the end of Season 1. Cam later becomes this after she and Tracy start a friendship and she eventually fosters her. ˛* PassionateSportsGirl: Jackie, especially in the running sport.˛* PoorLittleRichKid: It's reavealed that Wolfie's parent have money and regularly send him checks while he's in the care home. Wolfie refuses the gifts as he can't forgive them for the years of abuse and neglect. The exact nature of the parental abandonment isn't mentioned but given that Wolfie is in care to begin with and his aversion to sleeping on a bed or just being inside due to his extreme {claustrophobia} it seems like it was traumatic.˛--> ''Wolfie'': They're always trying to buy me off with presents. To make up for what they did to me.˛* PrecisionFStrike: Only one example, wherein Hayley says "Life's a bitch" to a police officer in the movie. This was cut out when shown on the BBC and is the only curse said throughout the series. The censored version involves Hayley sighing instead.˛* PutOnABus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Justine, Duke, Jenny, Louise, Jackie, Marco, Milly, and Chantal.˛** TheBusCameBack: For Mike, Shelley (briefly), Jackie, and Justine in Series 5.˛* RaceLift: Elaine, who was illustrated white, is played by a British Indian actress. Justine is also portrayed white in the books, whereas she isn't in the series.˛* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Jenny, Shelley, Sid, Mike, and Duke.˛* RememberTheNewGuy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was particularly apparent with Season 3, when five new children that had not appeared previously are living in the care home. This includes; Dolly, Lol, Bouncer, Marco, Hayley, Layla, Crash, Michael, Sid, Rebecca and the reintroduction of Mike in Series 5.˛* SandInMyEyes: Whenever Tracy cries, she blames it on her hayfever. Other characters also claim this at times.˛* ScatterbrainedSenior: Jackie's grandfather has dementia which is the reason why he can't look after her anymore.˛* ShipTease: Tracy with Wilson in Series 3, Tracy with Crash in the movie, and Crash with Justine briefly in Series 5.˛* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: ˛** Zack and Ryan, scheming brothers that are close friends with Ben in Series 1, are replaced without notice by Lol and Bouncer in Series 2. Similarly, Maxy, a young black character in Series 1 is replaced by Dolly. It is probable that these roles were initially written for the former characters, with the intention being that the actors would reprise their roles in Series 2.˛** Crash seems to replace Ben from Series 3 onwards, being of a similar age and appearance, and befriending Tracy closely.˛** Sid acts as a replacement for Shelley in Series 4, and also bears a slight resemblance to Nathan from the previous series.˛* ThoseTwoGuys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together. Also, Duke and Nathan are typically paired up in series 2 and 3, and Zac and Ryan in series 1.˛* ThreeAmigos: Tracy, Crash, and Jackie eventually become this by series 5. In the episode where Jackie returns to the Dumping Ground, Mike and Freddy compare them to the Three Musketeers.˛* ThreeShorts: When airing on CBBC, two episodes are shown back to back.˛* SilentBob: Milly. She never talks except for two episodes (one was in a dream by Tracy and the other was when she asked to be fostered with Marco).˛* TownGirls: Tracy is a tough and confident girl with a fiery temper and claims to [[SandInMyEyes "never cry"]] (butch), Louise is sweet, girly, and cares about her outfits (femme), and Justine enjoys fashion, but is also a DeadpanSnarker who isn't afraid to fight or get dirty (neither).˛* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jenny and the kids are frequently seen munching on chocolate bars.˛* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Love All" which involves a small LoveTriangle between Crash, Justine, and Rebecca and a subplot with Marco and Milly playing Cupid and pairing up the other kids for the Valentine's Day party.˛* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Dolly, a seven-year-old girl introduced in Season 2 is shown to be this in a couple of episodes, one where the kids are obsessed with making videos to convince Hollywood movie stars to adopt them and Dolly sends endless emails to a celebrity couple and later [[spoiler: receives a box of autographed movie merchandise in the mail as compensation,]] which was her plan in the first place. ˛** Another episode sees the Dumping Ground kids compete in a quiz competition with another children's home, and Dolly manages to confiscate a phone the other team was using for cheating.˛* ZanyScheme: Usually thought of by Zac and Ryan in series 1. Lol and Bouncer take over this role from series 2 onward.˛----


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