The Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spin-off where one of the Doctor's former companions leads a group of people who frequently defend the Earth against aliens. This time most of the group are in their early teens. It's set in Ealing.
Sarah Jane Smith
The gangTropes that apply to all of the teens
- Deadpan Snarker: While Clyde is the uncontested king of snark in the group, Maria, Luke, and Rani all have their moments.
- Nice Guy/Nice Girl: All of them are genuinely compassionate and caring people, though it's revealed in an alternate universe that Clyde wouldn't have been this way without Sarah Jane's influence.
- Ordinary High-School Student: With the exception of Luke, all of them are this trope.
- True Companions: Bicker and argue they might, but all of them are incredibly devoted to each other and Sarah Jane.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: They balance schoolwork with saving the world, sometimes more successfully than others.
New girl to the area, sees Sarah Jane communicating with an alien and after helping foil an alien scheme she joins Sarah Jane in her adventures.
- Kid Sidekick: All of Sarah Jane's teen companions qualify, but Maria is the one who works most closely with her.
- Like A Daughter To Me: To Sarah Jane.
- Little Miss Badass: Shows shades of this after leaving for America. In an email she says she's helping aliens hide from the United States government.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the sweetest characters in the cast.
- Plucky Girl: She may be sweet, but she's also determined to get to the bottom of the mystery du jour.
- Put on a Bus: In The Last Sontaran. She gets one more episode, The Mark of the Berserker, and then the occasional mention in emails.
The boy Sarah Jane adopts in the first episode. He was grown in a lab by aliens, so he knows nothing about socializing at all. Very intelligent, but seems simple.
- Artificial Human: He was grown by the Bane, has a body that rejuvenates itself with little upkeep necessary, and isn't affected by some things natural humans are susceptible to.
- Belly Buttonless: He lacks a navel, due to being created by the Bane rather than born like a normal human.
- Commuting on a Bus: Luke left for Oxford after The Nightmare Man but appeared in several episodes afterward.
- Happily Adopted: Sarah Jane takes in Luke as her first adopted child and gives him his name, since it would be hard to find a better place for an alien-grown human teenager to grow up than her home.
- Momma's Boy: Not portrayed as a bad thing at all.
- Nice Guy: Very quickly becomes this. Then again, having Sarah Jane as a mother figure does and can transform you into this and Luke is definitely raised right and quite obviously follows her example to heart
- No Social Skills: At first.
- Photographic Memory: Luke rarely forgets any detail he learns, even before he was activated.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: "Clani" in ''The Man Who Never Was.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Much more so in season 1, when he's still getting used to human norms, and has at first the innocence of a child (since he actually is one).
- Teen Genius: He has Super Intelligence, thanks to the Bane.
- Younger Than They Look: Was effectively "born" in the middle of the first episode, yet appears 14. As of Secrets of the Stars, this no longer applies, as he now considers himself to be born in 1994 rather than 2008.
Cool kid, or at least likes to think of himself as such. Starts of as a bit of a jerk but slowly softens. Smarter than he'd like to admit.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Clyde may joke around and act "cool," but he's a member of Sarah Jane's gang, with the smarts and skills to show for it.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets slimed more frequently than anyone else, even Tempting Fate and suffering for it. And in The Curse of Clyde Langer, his bad luck gets Played for Drama.
- Casanova Wannabe: Kid-friendly version, of course.
- Deadpan Snarker: A wisecracker and a major fan of Puns.
- Disappeared Dad: His father left his mother during Clyde's childhood, but one day came back for him out of the blue. It did not go so well. It got worse when an alien artefact made him very possessive of Clyde.
- Hidden Depths: Clyde's a talented artist, and is in general much kinder and smarter than he sometimes appears.
- Parental Abandonment: We don't get to meet Clyde's family till series two (The Mark of the Berseker), though it is established early on that he lives with his mother after his father ran off with his mother's sister.
- Pungeon Master: This sometimes grates on the others' nerves.
- Second Episode Substitute: For Kelsey Hooper.
- Shock and Awe: In "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", he was electrocuted by the the Tardis when the Doctor tried to drag in himself, but the doors were shut. This helped out when the Doctor was stuck in a different planet and used Clyde's powers to teleport back and forth.
- Shout-Out: His name, to the British record producer and musician Clive Langer.
- UST: A mild case of this with Rani. He mentions a couple of times in "The Empty Planet" they may have to Adam and Eve the planet again, possibly seriously. They also kiss one another on the cheek a couple of times. This is also a literal case of UST, since the show got cancelled before their relationship could go anywhere romantic.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Like the rest of Sarah Jane's gang, just because she's nice does not mean she's a pushover.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets especially fed up with Clyde's shenanigans. They occasionally engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Intrepid Reporter: In the making, which is one reason why she gets on so well with Sarah Jane.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Luke.
- One Steve Limit: A recurring female Time Lord villain in Doctor Who was named the Rani. And that Slitheen posing as Rahnius (actor Ronnie Corbett) who makes a joke about there being "two Ranis" in From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love.
- UST: Shades of this with Clyde pop up, especially when Luke mentions the idea of "Clani".
Sarah Jane's alien computer, who is actually a sentient creature known as a Xylok.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Even in The Lost Boy when he's "against" Sarah Jane, it's intentional on his part and he's actually playing both sides.
- Aliens Speaking English: Mr Smith is actually an alien hooked up to a computer, and used his access to the internet to learn English.
- The Chessmaster: He plays both sides very effectively in The Lost Boy.
- Good Feels Good: After his reprogramming, he begins to develop a sense of humour.
- Left the Background Music On: His fanfare, as revealed when he crosses over into Doctor Who.
- Magical Computer: He can do pretty much anything he needs to by virtue of being a Sufficiently Advanced Alien.
- Mr. Smith: Averted, his name actually is Smith.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The race of supercomputers that he belongs to. Averted post-reprogramming, as he is now genuinely on the side of Sarah Jane.
- The Smart Guy: Usually provides information on whatever alien menace the gang are facing this time.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and K9 snark incessantly at each other, but when push comes to shove, they work together with no hesitation to protect their human friends.
Alien girl who joins the cast in Series 5. Left on Sarah Jane's doorstep as a baby and rapidly ages.
- Cheerful Child: Sky is almost always bubbly and upbeat.
- Constantly Curious: She is constantly asking questions, due to only being a few weeks old.
- Cousin Oliver: The addition of Sky in the fifth season threatened to be this, but ultimately ended up averting the trope because the character ending up not being annoying and she never really got to replace any cast member in the long term because the series ended only six episodes after she joined. Not her fault, either.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: An almost literal case, as she was built to be a bomb before Sarah Jane met her.
- Happily Adopted: The second child adopted by Sarah Jane, mainly because Sky's real mother was an unsympathetic monster who bred a daughter merely to be a war weapon.
- Human Alien: Downplayed after the first story of the fifth season, but this may be why she was unaffected by the curse on Clyde's name
- And, in the plan for 'Battle for Bannerman Road', she was going to be revealed to be part TRICKSTER.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: She is born as a Fleshkind baby, but when her mother activates her genetic programming, Sky rapidly ages into a pre-teen. Technically, she was added to the cast because the others were growing up and some were even Dawson Casting.
- Shock and Awe: The end of "Sky" suggests that her electric powers haven't totally gone away. In the final story, she mentions being sensitive to electrical vibrations.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Luke. She is a teenager with No Social Skills who is Younger Than They Look and is adopted by Sarah Jane, and was grown by a woman (really an alien) as a weapon, and said woman refers to herself as the real mother. This is heavily lampshaded in Series 5, episode 2 when Clyde says that having her around is like "deja vu" and Sarah Jane lets her wear Luke's old clothes.
- And again when they meet in Episode 5, Clyde calls Luke "[his] biggest success - Frankenbane, now a normal teenager", and they eventually form a Brother-Sister Team.
- The Pollyanna: Lampshaded, deconstructed, and invoked. Sky sees everything in the world as fresh and new with the innocence of the baby she once was, even remembering when she was a baby for that brief period before being aged up. She gets called out as a Pollyanna in The Man Who Never Was.
- Tyke Bomb: Built as a bomb against the Metalkind.
- Walking Techbane: When she's a baby her cries short out anything electrical. When she is aged up she has slightly more control, but Mr. Smith is still nervous around her.
- Wrench Wench: An entirely non-fanservice example in the audiobooks.
Other Important Cast Members
Maria's long suffering, kind-hearted father. Divorcee, Maria lives with him because the schools in the area are better and... well... Maria's mum is a bit... flaky.
- Amicable Exes: With Chrissie.
- Chekhov's Skill: Think Alan's hastily-introduced skateboarding skills will be turn out to be important in the episode's resolution?
- Hollywood Hacking: As Luke says, "You can hack into any computer can't you, Mr. Jackson?".
- Papa Wolf: Mess with his daughter, and he will do everything in his power to stop you.
- Parental Obliviousness: Until Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
Flaky Malakey. She loves her daughter but she's irresponsible and undependable. She doesn't like Sarah Jane as she is jealous of the bond she and Maria have forged.
- Accidental Misnaming: She dismissively calls Sarah Jane a variety of incorrect ones.
- Amicable Exes: With Alan.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mostly a case of Beware the Nice Ones, and getting really lucky with an Armor-Piercing Slap, but the record still stands... she took out a freakin' SONTARAN!!!
- Improbable Weapon User: She took out a Sontaran...with a high-heeled shoe.
- Parental Obliviousness: Until The Last Sontaran
The headmaster of Park Vale High School and Rani's father. Doesn't get along with Clyde and is annoyed Rani is friends with him; by the same token, he encourages Rani's friendship with Luke, an excellent student.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: He appears to be very nasty on his introduction, it is later revealed to be mostly an act.
- Flanderization: He, for the most part, turns into a clueless comic foil.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his usual switch between Stern Teacher and Henpecked Husband, he's on many occasions shown himself to be a very caring father to Rani, such as after the Doctor's "death" in Series 4.
Rani's mother, who runs a flower shop called Bloomin' Lovely. Wants to be friends with Sarah Jane, but Sarah Jane seems to find her mildly annoying.
- Accidental Misnaming: Keeps calling Sarah Jane "Sarah".
- Catchphrase: "Bloomin' Lovely". (Hands out card for her flower shop.)
- Parental Obliviousness: Starts to crumble as of series 4, when she's sure something's going on.
The Shopkeeper and the Captain
Two enigmatic self-styled "servants of the universe" who have occasionally press-ganged Sarah and friends into serving their probably benevolent purposes. Their origins and affiliations are unknown. The Shopkeeper appears to be an avuncular dark-skinned man in eccentric early-twentieth-century clothes, and the Captain to be a large red-and-yellow parrot. They were responsible for putting Sky on Sarah Jane's doorstep.
- Aborted Arc: We would probably have learned more about them if not for the sad ending of the series.
- Obstructive Code of Conduct: They appear to be limited in how much they can actively "interfere".
- Silent Partner: The Captain.
- Trickster Mentor: He has definite shades of this.
- This Is My Human: The Captain is really the one in charge.
Member of a race called the Bane, who tried to take over Earth with a special soda drink called "Bubble Shock!", but was defeated by Sarah Jane.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Her true form is a giant, one eyed squiddy-thing.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She oversaw Luke's creation during the Bubble Shock! incident. Later says this word-for-word.
- Meaningful Name: When she meets her, Sarah Jane comments that Wormwood was mentioned in Revelations, as a star that fell to Earth and poisoned the rivers.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this with Luke in Enemy Of The Bane.
- We Will Meet Again: Says this to Sarah Jane in Invasion Of The Bane, and does as such in Enemy Of The Bane.
The Slitheen family note
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: When not in human suits.
- Fat Bastard: They kill fat humans and use the skins as disguises, because their body compressing technology only compresses them enough to fit. Except in The Lost Boy, where two of them use the skins of a rather skinny couple to pull off their plan, thanks to newer, more advanced compression technology.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: They love killing humans.
- Palette Swap: The Slitheen-Blathereen from The Gift are brownish-orange, compared to the more yellow-green Slitheen.
- Also in The Nightmare Man, an unnamed Slitheen is shown to be a much darker shade of green than the others shown, leading some to believe that he is actually from another Raxacoricofallapatorian family.
- Toilet Humor: A major part of their character humor. But absolutely averted in The Lost Boy.
- Weaksauce Weakness: They explode upon contact with vinegar, because they're made of calcium.
Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen
A young member of the Slitheen family. He first appears in Revenge of the Slitheen disguised as Carl to help his father and uncle in their plot to turn off the Earth's sun. When their plan backfires, Korst and his father beg for Sarah Jane's help. Though Sarah Jane tries to help them, she fails. Korst's father is killed in the resulting explosion and Korst blames her for his father's death. He reappears in The Lost Boy, disguised as Nathan Goss.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In his first appearance, he is obsessed with the opportunity to hunt humans.
- You Killed My Father: Korst blames Sarah Jane for his father's death.
Leader of the Trickster's Brigade and member of the Pantheon of Discord, an extra-dimensional entity that messes with timelines and creates chaos. The main recurring singular villain in the series, out to take down Sarah Jane, and later the Doctor himself. His main tactic is to "save" someone's life in a way that alters the timeline to his benefit - the only real way to stop him once this happens is for the person he saved to renounce the deal and make a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Big Bad: The main bad guy of the show, his goal is to alter the timeline and cause chaos, which he hopes to do by removing the Doctor from it.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Trickster" was a nickname given to him by Alan Jackson. Later writers, and even his creator, seem to forget this as he is later called the Trickster by the Doctor, Jack Harkness and even the Trickster himself.
- I Am Legion: "I embody multitudes!"
- Once a Season: Always appears in no more than one story per season, all of which have Sarah Jane's name in the title: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? in series one, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith in series two and The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith in series three. Unfortunately he did not return for the series four finale Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith.
- He was planned to appear in Battle for Bannerman Road, and would have been the Final Boss.
- Reality Warper: Of a very limited sort; he can change or undo deaths, but only with the dying person's consent.
- Red Herring: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith does not include him, nor is he in Season 4 at all.]
- He was being saved for the next finale!
- The Trickster: It's what he's called.
Lone survivor of the Tenth Sontaran Battle Fleet, his escape pod crash landed on Earth by accident. He planned on making Earth's satellites crash into nuclear reactors across the world, but was thwarted by Sarah Jane's gang.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Chrissie attacked his probic vent. With her high heels.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After learning that Mrs. Wormwood was planning to double-cross him, he grabbed her and threw himself into the portal where Horath was located, sealing it.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: After losing to Sarah-Jane and the gang, he's unable to return to Sontar out of shame ("What sort of a soldier is beaten by a female and half-forms?"). He resorts to doing mercenary work in space, which is how he meets Wormwood.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Super Soldier
A survivor of the Veil race, he destroyed twelve planets as revenge for his home world freezing to death. He was first encountered as a prisoner under Judoon jurisdiction.
- Grand Theft Me: Takes over the bodies of all the main cast.
- Last of His Kind: At least until he discovered that his race sent a ship of one hundred cryogenically frozen Veils into space shortly before their planet was destroyed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In The Vault of Secrets, releasing his people would mean destroying the Earth.
A Man In Black android, ordered to guard an extra-dimensional vault containing alien artifacts, to keep Earth safe. He has a lifespan of 500 years and a cool gun and bore a strong physical resemblance to Hugo Weaving as Mr. Smith from The Matrix series. The Man In Black robots, including Dread himself had previously appeared, in the animated Doctor Who episode Dreamland.
- The Comically Serious: He's always deadpan, no matter what happens.
- The Men in Black: Resembles one.
Miss Myers note
Appearing in Series 5, she is one of the Fleshkind who is at war with the Metalkind. She creates Sky as a bomb to end the war.
- Of Mrs. Wormwood. She creates a teenager with No Social Skills who is Younger Than They Look and refers to herself as their mother, and intends to use them as a weapon until they're adopted by Sarah Jane.
- She also has some significant similarities to Weaver from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.