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A socially awkward female character attends a slumber party for the first time.

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Proposed By:
LeighSabio on Feb 27th 2012 at 8:55:52 PM
Last Edited By:
XFllo on yesterday
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Maintained by X Fllo


Lots of things can happen at a Slumber Party...Wild Teen Partying, a Childish Pillow Fight or a Fanservice Faux Fight, gossiping and chit-chatting, and passing (or failing) of The Bechdel Test... and then there's this trope.

A character reveals that the slumber party s/he is attending or hosting is the first sleepover s/he has ever been to. Usually, they happen to be at least in their early teens or even older, and are at an age where most of their peers have already been to sleepovers. This trope is used to establish them as socially awkward.

The trope is usually the result of several things: The kid whose first sleepover it is is a nerdy bookworm type, or perhaps she has overprotective parents who sheltered her from other kids to a fault. Or s/he might be perceived as a loser by the more popular crowd.

Either way, the kid whose first sleepover it is will typically feel nervous about committing a faux pas. If they are hosting the party, expect them to be overly worried about everything being perfect. If there is a person they don't know at the party, expect them to be nervous about making a good impression.


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    Live-Action TV 
  • Amy in The Big Bang Theory is excited to have her first slumber party at Penny's with Penny and Bernadette. She's in her thirties and Penny and Bernadette pity her as she had no friends prior to meeting her boyfriend Sheldon and his social group. She's very awkward about the whole sleepover, e.g. she thinks girl talk is talking about female anatomy, she wants to play all the games (like truth or dare) and even tries to make a pass at Penny off-screen, claiming her internet sources list lesbian experience as a vital part of sleepovers.
  • In The Troop, awkward geek Felix shows up in drag to crash the slumber party thrown by Hayley because there's a monster they have to hunt, but he has such a good time, and is actually accepted by the girls more in his "Felice" persona that he goes racing back to the party after they've defeated the monster.
  • One episode of Cold Case revolves around a first sleepover gone wrong - the newcomer was only invited so that the other girls could humiliate her, and when she wouldn't play along, one of the other girls accidentally killed her in a blind rage, afraid that she would become the new designated loser in the group.
  • One episode of Ally McBeal sees Ally fretting over her daughter Maddie's first sleepover, owing to her own bad experiences with other girls when she was growing up.

    Western Animation 
  • Arthur: A minor character in class is invited to Muffy's sleepover, and she is worried because she wets the bed.

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Feedback: 11 replies

Feb 27th 2012 at 9:42:09 PM

Ammy in The Big Bang Theory (even though she is in hers 30 somethings).

Feb 27th 2012 at 9:54:19 PM

  • Played with in The Troop. Awkward geek Felix shows up in drag to crash the slumber party thrown by Hayley because there's a monster they have to hunt, but he has such a good time, and is actually accepted by the girls more in his "Felice" persona that he goes racing back to the party after they've defeated the monster.

Feb 28th 2012 at 6:29:18 PM

  • Arthur A minor character in class is invited to Muffy's sleepover, and is worried because she wets the bed.

Mar 15th 2019 at 5:32:38 AM

Does it have to be a female?

Mar 15th 2019 at 6:26:00 AM

^ I agree. This should also apply to male characters.

Mar 15th 2019 at 7:00:15 AM

If there are male examples, I don't see why this should be always female. Then again, I associate slumber parties in fiction with girls.

ETA: Rewrote the description to be gender-neutral.

Mar 15th 2019 at 2:08:57 PM

  • Cory In The House: In "Nappers' Delight", Sophie holds her first sleepover in the White House, which Samantha agrees to chaperone (because, as it turns out, it's her first sleepover too).

Mar 15th 2019 at 2:31:48 PM

^ Are they extra nervous or awkward?

Mar 16th 2019 at 5:37:08 PM

Guys' slumber party tend to work a bit differently from the girls', yeah. They also tend to happen after they were having fun somewhere else (like a club or a sports center).

Mar 16th 2019 at 7:32:57 PM

Live Action TV

  • One episode of Cold Case revolves around a first sleepover gone wrong - the newcomer was only invited so that the other girls could humiliate her, and when she wouldn't play along, one of the other girls accidentally killed her in a blind rage, afraid that she would become the new designated loser in the group.

Mar 17th 2019 at 7:22:59 PM

Live Action TV

  • One episode of Ally Mc Beal sees Ally fretting over her daughter Maddie's first sleepover, owing to her own bad experiences with other girls when she was growing up.

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