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The Wacky Homeroom occurs when there are students, all in one class, that have distinctly quirky personalities, such as Alpha Bitch, Brainless Beauty, etc. The students may make up the Five-Man Band archetype, or perhaps many of them will be Cloudcuckoolanders with an Only Sane Man thrown in to represent the audience and/or contrast all the wackiness.

If there's some focus on the teacher, expect to see Sensei-chan, the Absentminded Professor, and/or the Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher heading up the group. Either way, hijinks usually ensue.

Rule of Funny and/or Rule of Cool often applies. Often present in an Extranormal Institute, such as a Superhero School.

For a similar trope outside a school setting, see Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Great Teacher Onizuka has a suicidal Bully Magnet gamer who becomes Onizuka's first friend at the school, a prankster who creates embarrassing photoshops of him, and a student who will go to any lengths, including gluing Onizuka's hands into bowling balls and bungee jumping off a bridge to prevent Onizuka from dating his mother, to name a few.
  • Miss Machiko had a very colorful homeroom and the quirkiness branched off into other teachers and members of the faculty as well.
  • My Hero Academia has Class 1-A. They run the gamut of personalities, from a goth, a punk rocker, a cocky delinquent, a vain, glitz-obsessed guy, two straight-laced class reps, a token pervert, etcetera. And that's without taking into account that this is a homeroom at a Superhero School, and they've all got superpowers. And, as of Joint Training Arc, Class 1-B is no slouch either - from those who've been introduced so far, they have a petty rival of 1-A, a Cool Big Sis class rep, two foreign students, a token religious Jesus lookalike, a goth, a Sugar-and-Ice Personality, a mushroom-specific Pungeon Master, a guy whose head is a speech bubble...
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi. "Wacky" in this case means badass and/or Crazy Awesome in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink. There's a vampire, a robot, a ghost, a ninja, and a time-traveling Martian, and even the ones without any powers are pretty wacky to begin with.
  • Nichijou: As pictured above. Emphasis on the wacky. Practically the class is a dysfunction junction. Starting from our protagonist, Mio who beats up her friend, the mayor, a goat, and a police officer for accidentally looking at her yaoi art, the ditz, Yuuko, a very unlucky person, and also the butt of every joke involving her, and Mai, the genius troll in the class. This class is also filled with robots, redhead Tsunderes with heavy weaponry, a boy riding a goat in class, a child of a millionaire, and a girl that often sneezes.
  • Sketchbook is about an art club rather than a classroom, but the elements of the trope are all in place.
  • The cast of Soul Eater qualify, as the main characters are students of an academy funded by Death itself for the purpose of capturing souls with wacky personalities outside of the protagonist Maka, with a bombastic ego-driven ninja Black-Star, the Thompson sisters who were former criminals, or the symmetry obsessed son of the Grim Reaper, Death the Kid. Not to mention their homeroom teachers are a Mad Scientist based on Doctor Frankenstein and a undead zombie based on the Frankenstein monster.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Beano, the Bash Street Kids all had distinct personalities. Of course, there were only 9 of them (or 10 if you count Cuthbert).
  • Peanuts fits this trope when they have strips set at school.

  • Hogwarts of Harry Potter fame is all about this, especially in the early installments. When your school specializes in teaching magic, there's bound to be some truly weird and wild things happening amongst the students.
  • The Wayside School series, originally a set of books by Louis Sachar and since animated, focuses on the antics of Ms. Jewls' eccentric classroom at the eponymous school.
  • Discworld: Susan Sto Helit is a proper young woman, who is entirely sober and rational and will not stand for even the usual amounts of silliness that a child usually displays. When she becomes a teacher in Thief of Time, her class is extremely well-behaved and sensible. She just happens to take them on literal trips through time and space without ever leaving the classroom. Because she's Death's granddaughter. But she keeps her past so quiet that her employer is surprised even to find out that she is a Duchess. Having said that, a few students do have personalities that push them into Wacky Homeroom territory: Vincent the overachiever, Penelope the Brainless Beauty, and Jason the Enfant Terrible.
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan takes place in a high school that, among other things, have cheerleaders who do their routines on motorcycles.
  • During the late eighties, Scholastic had a YA book series called Homeroom. As it was Exactly What It Says on the Tin, it followed the misadventures of an 8th grade homeroom. It had all the stock YA characters: the Alpha Bitch, Jerk Jock, Cool Loser, The Cheerleader, etc.
  • The Worst Room In The School was set in an overcrowded, out-of-date K-8 school centered around fifth grade class held in a converted store-room off the gym.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Brazilian show "Escolinha do Professor Raimundo" (and its more recent copycats) is (and are) centered around one such homeroom(s).
  • Saved by the Bell focused on one set of students and no main teachers, but they somehow always shared the same classes, subverting this trope. The first season however, played it completely straight since it was originally called Good Morning Miss Bliss and took place mostly inside one classroom.
  • Community. Although set in a local community college rather than grade school (and with a study group instead of a classroom), many of the same elements are still present, such as the Ensemble Cast and the themes.
  • The '70s Brit Com Please Sir! was set in a classroom full of suspiciously over-age looking fifteen year olds.

    Video Games 
  • Persona 3 and Persona 4 both feature this, which is unsurprising, as both games feature a band of high school students secretly fighting monsters outside of muggle perception. Even not counting them, there's the pronounced tendency of both schools to hire Bunny-Ears Lawyer teachers.
  • The classroom is this in The Magic School Bus video games to an even greater degree than in the books or the show. Rainforest doubles down by turning the classroom into a miniature tropical jungle when you complete the main Fetch Quest.
    Liz: Click around! Look for surprises!


    Western Animation 
  • The Magic School Bus series. Ms. Frizzle is decidedly crazy and her class, while not as quirky as some other examples, are unique in their own ways.
  • Recess follows a band of 6 grade-schoolers and their interaction with other classmates and teachers.
  • Wayside is set at the eponymous incorrectly constructed school and focuses upon the misadventures of one of its classes, in which protagonist Todd is the Only Sane Man.
  • Class of 3000 focuses on the antics of the school's quirky music class, with its 7 members each having their own distinct personality.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, the students all have unique, distinct personalities formed around archetypes. As the seasons progress, they become so accustomed to the supernatural that several of them have fought off or prevented akuma attacks.
  • Fangbone!: Bill and Fangbone's third-grade classroom is made up of their circle of friends — all of whom are very quirky characters with their own unusual habit. They sometimes help Bill and Fangbone fight Venomous Drool's monsters.
  • Gravedale High has a class made up of a Monster Mash that includes a greaser vampire, a nerdy werewolf, a fat mummy, a surfer fishboy, a valley girl gorgon, just to name a few. Barring the single human teacher, the rest of the school staff is also based on monsters from classic horror movies, adding even more to the wackiness.


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