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Basic Trope In High School, or junior high school, the popular kids are also the meanest, bullying the unpopular kids.

  • Straight: Bob and Alice, two popular kids, bully the dorky Carol and Charlie.
  • Exaggerated: Rich, handsome, athletic football captain and class president Alpha Bastard Bob and beautiful, seductive, slutty head cheerleader and homecoming queen Alpha Bitch Alice ruthlessly and relentlessly torment Carol the plain jane with dowdy clothes and Charlie the science nerd with glasses and braces, by hitting them, insulting them with cruel names, and embarrassing them in front of their classmates everyday.
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  • Downplayed: Bob and Alice don’t bully Carol and Charlie, they just snub them and act like they don’t exist.
  • Justified: Popularity can corrupt. Once Bob and Alice become popular, they begin to look down on those who aren't as popular as they are.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob and Alice, the popular kids, are actually nice.
    • Carol and Charlie are the most unpopular kids because they're mean to everybody except themselves.
    • Bob and Alice are evil, but instead of boosting their popularity, their meanness actually hurts their social life, making them unpopular with their schoolmates.
  • Subverted: Bob and Alice are popular at school, but instead of being a Jerk Jock or an Alpha Bitch, they’re nice to everyone, even dorks like Carol and Charlie.
  • Double Subverted: Bob and Alice are popular and nice...until someone becomes a threat to their power. Then they become evil and bully the person until that threat is extinguished.
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  • Averted: The school doesn't have any kids who are popular.
  • Enforced: "We need a believable bully for our protagonist. How about the popular kids?"
  • Lampshaded: "Don't go anywhere near those people. They're popular and popular people will kill you."
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  • Defied: The school staff takes action to teach children equality and acceptance to prevent them from letting popularity go to their heads.
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  • Deconstructed: Bob and Alice learn that their popularity will cost them everything. After crossing the line one times too many, they fail their classes, they are respectively kicked out of the football team and the cheerleading squad, the students eventually abandon them and side with Carol and Charlie, they're are expelled from school, and their parents punish them severely.
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  • Reconstructed: Then Danny and Erica, two new students, become the new popular kids, thus, the Popularity Cycle continues, and Carol and Charlie get bullied again.

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