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Go and shake it up! What'cha gotta lose?
Go and make it luck with the life you choose!
If you want it all, lay it on the line!
It's the only life you got, so you gotta live it Big Time!

Big Time Rush is a Nickelodeon Sitcom about a boy band created by Scott Fellows (You know? The dude behind Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Johnny Test, and Supernoobs). The show debuted in November 2009 and ended on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan are four hockey players from small-town Minnesota. James dreams of becoming a pop star, so when Gustavo Rocque, the ridiculously stuck-up producer for Rocque Records, comes to their town looking for talent, he gets all of his friends to audition with him. Unfortunately, Gustavo hates him but loves Kendall, who doesn't do the whole rich and famous act. In the end, he agrees to record some demos in Los Angeles as long as Rocque takes his friends, too, and makes them a singing group. They find out they only have three days to become a passable band, and Hilarity Ensues.

The four eventually manage to succeed and the series chronicles the group's rise to stardom as they move to L.A. (along with Kendall's mother and little sister) and do their best to keep the band and their new careers alive through the workings of a demanding and, at times, controlling industry while likewise getting into silly shenanigans. The show's sense of comedy is so over-the-top at times that it seems to resemble a real-life cartoon down to using a slew of classic cartoon tropes.

It ran a respectable four seasons along with a Made-for-TV Movie aptly titled Big Time Movie where the band tours England and, in the process, foils a plot to take over the world. The series finale aired in July 2013 in the U.S. with the one-hour episode, "Big Time Dreams".

For the band itself, see here.

Big Time Tropes:

  • Accidental Marriage: In Kerplankistan, you're wed when you give someone a white rose. So James, why didn't you just listen to Gustavo and stay in the room?
  • Acting Out a Daydream: In "Big Time Christmas", Bitters watches It's a Wonderful Life with Katie and her mother and wonders what the Palm Woods would be like without him. Katie imagines a hot hotel manager who throws parties and begins dancing, offending Bitters.
  • Action Girl: Alexa Vega in "Big Time Dreams" is once again a spy, just like her star-making role, Carmen Cortez.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Averted in "Big Time Guru." Logan actually ends up being successful at getting more "swagger" via a SwaggerApp that he programmed and ends up being very popular with everyone, with people following everywhere because they think he's so cool. James thinks that Logan is stealing all his swagger, leading to this having a 'detrimental' effect on his health. He and Camille try to think of ways to sabotage Logan's swagger, but when Camille tells Logan about James' dangerously low swagger level, Logan is willing to give up his swagger because he never liked the boost in popularity that came with raising his swagger anyway.
    Camille: [James'] swagger levels are dangerously low.
    James: As your strength grows, I become weaker.
    Logan: Well, then you can have it back.
    James: Really?
    Logan: Yeah! These pants are too tight, people keep following me for no reason, and there's too much dancing!
  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted with the regular cast, since Kelly, Gustavo, and Kendall's mom help to solve the problems. Played straight with Griffin's marketing team (at some point they suggested Big Time Rush merchandise with toilet scrubs, horse shampoo, and the wrong catchphrases for the dolls).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Logan, Carlos, and James all call Mrs. Knight "Mama Knight."
    • The other boys sometimes call Logan "Logie."
  • Affectionate Parody
    • The movie is one to James Bond and to a very lesser extent Die Hard, considering it took place in under a day.
    • In the series finale, the "Tween Choice Awards" is one to the Kids Choice Awards. Orange blimps are replaced with purple rockets, and green slime is replaced with purple goop.
  • Afraid of Needles: James. The only reason he gets over it is because the allergy he develops in "Big Time Love Song" prevents him from singing (and hitting on Jo).
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Big Time Jobs," the high-tech coffee maker named Cal that Carlos had to deal with somehow becomes sentient and tries to cover the earth in foam. Carlos and Kelly eventually destroy it after it calls Kelly dumb and says that women are weak.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: In "Big Time Blogger". Subverted in that the guys were nice to the blogger while he was in there, got him sparkling water, and that he actually enjoyed his time in the vents.
    • In "Big Time Reality," the boys discover the only place where the cameras can't see them is inside the air vents.
  • All for Nothing: The Christmas Episode two-parter. Griffin forces the boys and Gustavo to make a Christmas album right before everybody is set to go on vacation. They manage, but just as the boys are heading for the airport, a snowstorm on the Minnesota end ends up shutting down the airports there while Gustavo misses his plane to Fiji. Still—the group make the most of it and decide to celebrate the holidays together.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Tested but subverted when Jo admits that she hates bad boys in real life. Although, this could be zigzagged with her relationship with Kendall. Kendall's the one who comes up with the crazy schemes, talks back to Gustavo the most, and don't forget his display of being a 'bad boy' in "Big Time Bad Boys".
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Kendall Knight, Katie Knight, Buddha Bob.
    • Kendall and Katie are the two in their family whose names start with the same letter. Not quite the same for their last name as Knight starts with the "N" sound.
  • Almost Kiss: Happens repeatedly in “Welcome Back Big Time” as Kendall keeps interrupting the “make-out scene” between Jo and Jett (who’s playing Jo’s love interest) during production of an episode of New Town High. He eventually gets thrown out of the studio and locked out, so the scene can proceed without interruption, much to his chagrin.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: As the security guards in "Big Time Sneakers" learned when Freight Train showed up.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: "Big Time Music Video" has the guys attempt to make a music video behind Gustavo's back in order to allow their friends a role as extras, which they'd accidentally promised. Hilarity Ensues as they get photographer Marcos to be their director and film everything on a camcorder. It doesn't turn out well, but it does inspire a much better music video to be professionally made, which involves them and all of their friends.
  • And the Adventure Continues:
    • "Big Time Audition" ends with the subtext, "And the musical journey begins..."
    • "Big Time Concert" has a similar deal, "And the musical journey continues..." "Big Time Move" does the same with a "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending.
    • Surprisingly not used in "Big Time Dreams", since it's the Grand Finale.
  • Animated Adaptation: Spoofed in "Big Time Cartoons" of the 60's cartoons complete with supernatural villains, Scooby-Dooby Doors and Non-Human Sidekick.
  • Animated Music Video: "Big Time Christmas" has the Art Shift song "The Yard Squirrels" with Snoop Dogg, featuring Butch Hartman's signature style of cartoons.
  • Antidisestablishmentarianism: In "Big Time Blogger," during a montage of the boys answering questions to prepare for their day with Deke, Logan replies solely with the word.
  • Anti-Mentor: In "Big Time School of Rocque," Gustavo creates a school in the studio for the band to go to instead of the Palm Woods school like everyone else. Every teacher he hires for the boys end up flawed, such as a temperamental and nervous man who quits to become a "Man Band" in Germany, and WWE wrestler Chris "The Masterpiece" Masters, who made them spend their time exercising through desk lifts.
  • Apple of Discord: The video game the boys got in "Big Time Move" is what resolved in their Feud Episode.
  • Appeal to Obscurity: Used in "Big Time Blogger".
    Kelly: If you have a bad day with Deke, you'll be bigger nobodies than Tanyon Labelle.
    BTR: Who's Tanyon Labelle?
    Kelly and Gustavo: Exactly.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Big Time Jobs", Bitters says that the band "destroyed the Palm Woods' computerized registration system, two lamps, three vases, and my pants!".
  • Artistic License – Geography: Apparently, they don't know the difference between Illinois/Chicago, and Minnesota.
  • Art Shift:
    • The "Yard Squirrel Christmas" sequence in "Big Time Christmas" shifts to Butch Hartman-esque animation.
    • The final act of "Big Time Cartoon" shifts to the cartoon based on the band, done in Adobe Flash animation.
  • As Himself: A lot of their guest stars play as themselves:
    • Fabio appears in three episodes, teetering on Adam Westing when he does.
    • Lita Ford appears in Big Time Moms, being enlisted by Gustavo to break James out of his frozen state twice (his mom came to bring him back to Minnesota).
    • Fellow Nickelodeon stars Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice appear as themselves singing alongside Big Time Rush.
    • Jordin Sparks and Snoop Dogg appear as themselves (Snoop in the same episode as Cosgrove) to sing alongside the band. Cher Lloyd as appears as herself when James tries to fake singing a duet with her (It Makes Sense in Context).
    • Russell Brand, Ed Begley Jr., Nicole Scherzinger, Terrence Jenkins, Gavin Degraw, and Chris Paul all appear as themselves at one point or another, and even Jon Stewart makes a cameo in an episode (same one as Degraw).
  • Attractive Bent-Gender:
    • Logan, when he dresses up as a girl to go to an all-girl's lecture.
    • James and Jett in-universe, who are both hit on by Beau while in drag.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: All four boys kick major ass in "Big Time Movie" while wearing suits, and look good while doing it, too.
  • Baguette Beatdown: Kendall uses one to fight a soldier in "Big Time Wedding."
  • Beast in the Building: In "Green Time Rush", Carlos and James decide to use a cow as their Earth Day project and smuggle it into the Palm Woods. They're forced to hide the cow from Bitters, and at one point it wanders off from them, meaning that there's just a cow causing a ruckus in the hotel.
  • Beta Couple: Logan/Camille to Jo and Kendall's Official Couple.
  • Betty and Veronica: Kendall between Jo—his first love—and Lucy—the cool rocker chick—respectively.
  • Be Yourself: Kendall uses this as his way to get Jo. It predictably prevails over Carlos' bad boy look and Logan's sham of a British accent.
  • Beef Bandage: In "Big Time Photo Shoot." The episode revolves around them explaining the injuries.
    Camille: Get to the part where you get your butts kicked and put meat on your faces!
    Kendall: We're getting there!
  • Beware the Cute Ones: Do not mess with Katie Knight. Seriously, the girl could make Megan Parker look like an angel by comparison when she's been crossed. Thankfully, her victims are generally much less sympathetic characters.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Kendall can be your best friend or your worst nightmare, especially if you hurt any of his friends.
    • His mom may be Minnesota Nice, but get on her bad side and she'll gladly put you in your place and make sure you stay there.
  • Big Bad:
    • George Hawk, especially in season one, as he attempts to destroy Gustavo by destroying the band.
    • If you're a die hard-shipper for Kendall and Jo, then Jett Stetson is definitely this for season two, as he gets in the way of the ship.
    • Atticus Moon in Big Time Movie. He kidnaps Katie after Kendall accidentally takes the Beetle and wants to use it to take over the world.
    • Martin Sharkus in the Grand Finale, who wants to use the boys' 3D sweepstakes commercial to brainwash whoever sees it into becoming addicted to his mac and cheese meal nonstop.
  • Big Brother Instinct: All of the boys, particularly Kendall and James are protective of Katie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Two in Big Time Sparks: Freight Train shows up just in time to keep paparazzi-wannabe Mr. Bitters from snapping an embarrassing photo of BTR and Jordin Sparks. Not long after, BTR shows up just in time to save Gustavo and Kelly from getting skunked.
  • Big "NO!": Always used by Gustavo when things go wrong.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Logan invokes this trope to get Camille to tackle him in "Big Time Returns" by having a spotlight shine on him while he's lying on a beach chair at the Palm Woods pool.
    Camille: He's glowing.
    Buddha Bob: You can't make the first move.
    Camille: But he's glowing.
  • Black Comedy:
    • "Big Time Mansion" ends with Gustavo being attacked by his own alligator.
    • From "Big Time Guru":
    Fake producer: Gustavo! That song's gonna make the top 10.
    Gustavo (calmly): Why, thank you.
    Fake producer: Top ten reasons to KILL MYSELF! (laughs)
  • Bland-Name Product: Pop Tiger Magazine, a tween girl magazine, as a parody of Tiger Beat.
  • Blatant Lies: Employed by the boys whenever somebody catches them pulling off yet another scheme. Also by Bitters in "Big Time Demos" when he forces Mrs. Knight to do all the grunt work while he slacks off.
    Bitters: I'll be in my office working. (cackles evilly while putting a sleeping mask on)
    • Also used in "Big Time Interview" when the Backstage Hollywood host asks the boys what it's like working with Gustavo. All four of them immediately pull out note cards and read off their respective lines in the most transparently fake voices ever. (Carlos even pulls his out upside-down, which Kendall corrects.)
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Played with by Jo, Camille, and Lucy, the last of whom has dark hair but bright red streaks.
    • Played straight with the boys' mothers: Mrs. Diamond is the blonde, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Mitchell are the brunettes, and Mrs. Knight is the redhead.
    • The Jennifers, one blonde, one brunette, and one African-American with auburn-ish hair.
    • The Knight family: Kendall is the blond, Katie is the brunette, and Mrs. Knight is the redhead.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Lampshaded in "Big Time Girlfriends".
    Logan: Broadswords at eleven!
    Bitters: Sorry, no blood. Palm Woods rule.
  • Book Ends:
    • The series opens with the boys running away from a bunch of screaming girls, James claiming that the next time this happens, it will be when he's famous. The boys running away from screaming fangirls is the last thing we see them doing in season one.
    • The theme song ends with the boys posing on their album cover, which freeze-frames. The final scene of the Grand Finale has the boys and entire cast dancing and singing the theme song, which ends with them posing which freeze-frames.
  • Bound and Gagged: Jett by Kendall in "Green Time Rush" but by doing so, the two win the environment challenge for school.
  • Boy Band: Big Time Rush itself is a boy-band formed by four boys from Minnesota.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Griffin invokes twice this in "Welcome Back Big Time".
    Griffin: A little wheeling, a little dealing... and poison.
    Griffin: Remember: Big Time Rush, Rocktober... poison.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In "Big Time Returns," after the radio show with JoJo, JoJo says, "Now it's time to return to their [Big Time Rush's] show and cut to the next scene."
    • At the end of the Big Time Movie, the spy van says, "And now it's the end of the movie, as signified by my license plate." His license plate promptly reads "THE END."
    • Done by lampshading product placements in "Big Time Love Song". Every time James talks about the new Barracuda body spray he uses, he looks into the camera and with a close up shot, says the tag line, "Better get your Cuda."
  • Bridal Carry: James does this to Carlos in "Big Time Cartoon" after Carlos leaps into his arms out of excitement.
    • Kendall does the same to Logan in "Big Time Crib" after the latter gets startled by an explosion.
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Big Time Break," Logan is infatuated with a prominent mathematics professor named Phoebe Nachee, both for her brilliance and her beauty. However, Logan's appreciation of her diminishes when she disparagingly asserts that boys can't be as smart as girls.
  • Butt-Monkey: Logan:
    • When the guys are worried that Wayne Wayne will have someone kicked out of the band, James remarks that he thinks it'll be Logan... whilst crouching right next to him. Later, Gustavo and Griffin remark that they thought Logan would be the one kicked out of the band, Griffin going so far as to use the intercom so that Logan would hear him.
    • He was also sat on by Gustavo and ran over by a horde of fangirls. Boy can't catch a break.
    • In "Big Time Break", Logan goes through a load of trouble just to get a lecture from his favorite math celebrity teacher, only to find out that she's a crazy feminist. He then gets beaten up by the entire class.
    • In "Welcome Back Big Time", Logan does several weeks of school work in a day - not just his own, but the rest of the group's too. All James and Kendall do is something very minute so they could claim the work was their own, but Carlos just signs his name. Somehow their teacher doesn't put two and two together when Carlos' project includes a working laser.
    • In "Big Time Moms," it is revealed that Logan's real name is Hortense, but James' mother made him change it.
    • In Big Time Movie Logan gets shot by tranquilizing dart guns... three times.
      Logan: Everybody stop shooting at me!
    • In "Big Time Pranks", the guys hold a prank contest among all of the Palm Woods tenants and Logan is the first one to be disqualified. Funny thing is, nobody even pranks him; he actually pranks himself.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the pilot, "Big Time Audition," one of the platinum awards Gustavo received was for "Yard Squirrel Christmas". This doesn't become mentioned again until "Big Time Christmas".
    • Also in the pilot, Kendall agrees to go to Los Angeles with Gustavo and Kelly, but only if they take his friends, too, and make them a singing group.
    Gustavo: There is no way, no way, that Gustavo Rocque is taking the four dogs from Minnesota to Los Angeles to make them stars! It's never gonna happen! NEVER!!!
    Kendall: So, we have a deal.
    Gustavo: Yep.
    • Later, in the Season 1 finale, "Big Time Concert," Gustavo and Kelly travel to Minnesota to ask the boys to return to Los Angeles, on a long-shot attempt to make their previously cancelled concert finally happen.
    Kendall: You want us to pack up everything again, for a concert that may or may not launch our album?
    Gustavo: So, we got a deal.
    Kendall, Logan, and Carlos: Yep.
    • In "Big Time Beach Party," Griffin notes that BTR's first number one single was in Kerplankistan. In "Big Time Wedding", the band is visited by the king from said country.
    • In "Big Time Christmas" when the gang is forced to do at least two celebrity duets for the Christmas Album, Gustavo brings up Jordin Sparks as a candidate since they had worked with her before in "Big Time Sparks" but Logan shoots it down informing him she's out of town for the Holidays.
    • Also from "Big Time Beach Party," Camille mentions James' tendency to go off on the whole kissing thing ... which they had done in "Big Time Girlfriends".
    • In "Big Time Rocker," Camille has the plan to hide from the cops by taking a flight to Peru to raise Alpacas, just like Logan did in "Big Time Mansion" to hide from Gustavo.
  • Calvin Ball: The annual prank war is governed by Lord Prankerton's book of Ruin. Most of the rules seem to have been written by the boys to help themselves. For example, the Carlos Clause speeds up the war after six P.M. by allowing any sort of mess to be counted as a prank, because Carlos wanted to go to dinner.
  • The Cameo:
  • Captain Ersatz: The producer from "Big Time Live" is pretty much a Jerkass version of Liz Lemon.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Kendall, James, Logan, and Carlos are all very nice to look at.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Buddha Bob is the good-natured janitor who also gets to be the boys' mentor figure from time to time. With a proper haircut and shave, he will remind anyone of another janitor from Polk Middle School.
    • Erin Sanders portrays Camille, an eccentric and over-eager young lady who tends to go overboard on a regular basis, not unlike Quinn Pensky.
    • In "Big Time Wedding", the man from immigration headquarters removes his glasses in a familiar fashion (like a certain Vice Principal...) He even persecutes the same janitor character like he did in their previous show.
    • Carlie Casey, who played Missy on Ned, plays Mercedes, a character very similar to her previous role.
    • In "Big Time Video", Marcos the photographer berates the boys that their video was horrible, saying "My dead chihuahua could do better!" Carlos Alazraqui (who plays Marcos) voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua that died in 2009. The episode aired mid-2010.
    • "Bel Air Rush" features Alfonso Ribeiro as the head of Bel-Air's neighborhood watch committee... Carlton Banks.
    • In "Big Time Cartoon", Daran Norris, who portrays Buddha Bob, also portrayed Cosmo in The Fairly Oddparents. When Buddha Bob is hit and starts thinking he's Cosmo, he slips into the voice he uses for Cosmo.
    • In "Big Time Dreams" Alexa Vega is a shy spy.
    • Chips' two leads play unrelated characters. Erik Estrada is Carlos' dad, and Robert Pine plays an old man on the beach in "Big Time Beach Party."
      • "Big Time Rides" has Carlos imagine himself in said show.
    • In "Big Time Movie", Penny Lane (Emma Lahana) is saving the world again. (Oddly, Nickelodeon has also been airing episodes of that franchise since 2011.)
  • Catchphrase: James, whenever he sees a girl he's attracted to will repeatedly yell out "She will be MINE!" It becomes a Running Gag for his interactions with Lucy.
  • Cat Fight: A male example, as seen between Carlos and Logan.
  • Cats Are Mean: Gustavo has a hairless cat named Monty. He really doesn't like the boys.
  • Character Tics: Carlos patting his helmet.
    • In the first few seasons, James waving his fingers in front of his face and going "Oooh!" in a deep voice.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Guitar Dude, Tylor, Freight Train, and the Palmwoods school teacher disappear from the series after Season 2. The Jennifers were also absent for a chunk of Seasons 3 and 4 before coming back in the Grand Finale, with Jennifer 1 still off shooting one more scene in the movie they had left the Palmwoods for.
  • Child Prodigy: Katie, oh so much. She's extremely smart and uses her brains to her advantage.
  • Christmas Special: "Big Time Christmas" is a two-parter combined together to make a movie.
  • Circling Birdies: Happens to the boys on many occasions. James, for example, hears tweeting birds after a thrown shoe clonks him on the head in one episode. Carlos hears birds in the premiere episode when a shopping cart he's riding in slams into a car. Logan and Camille both hear birds in another episode, when they run towards each other in slow motion and crash hard. Logan, Carlos, and James all hear birds in another episode, after dizzying themselves while spinning on a bat and falling. In the episode "Big Times Rides," James hears birds after crashing his motorcycle through a wall, and Logan and Carlos both hear birds when their wagon crashes into a car.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Mercedes. She and Logan have only been "dating" for a week, so naturally, it's time to plan their one year anniversary.
    • Blonde Jennifer was this to Carlos for the brief period that they dated, making him do anything she wanted with the power of her kisses and trying to separate him from the rest of the gang. It took Kendall numbing his lips with dental cream for him to finally come to his senses.
  • Clothes for Christmas Cringe: In "Big Time Christmas", the boys get Gustavo a gift of custom pajamas so they can take part in their "PJs all day long" holiday tradition. Gustavo finds the pajamas (and, by extension, the tradition) stupid and initially rejects the gift. However, at the end of the episode, he comes around and wears the pajamas when he joins the others for Christmas at the Palm Woods.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • Oh, Carlos:
      Kendall: What have we learned since coming to LA?
      Carlos: When you leave the house, your toys come alive!
    • And Carlos has now cemented this as his role, when the boys end up going back to Minnesota and pursuing other dreams. Logan wants to be a doctor, Kendall wants to be a hockey player, but Carlos? He wants to be a superhero called something related to meteors, but presently unnamed.
    • Logan can approach this territory at times, namely when he's completely freaking out.
    • Griffin, of the Eccentric Millionaire-type.
      Griffin: Lolo, I'm transferring you to Missile Defense.
    For clarification, Lolo is a chimpanzee. And even he face palmed at that one.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Gustavo. In the pilot, Kendall responds to Gustavo saying James had no talent by turning this against Gustavo, pointing out his last hit was ten years ago. Gustavo indignantly replies that his last hit wasn't ten years ago, it was nine.
  • Compliment Backfire: Poor Kendall.
    Kendall: I don't want to date a hot girl, I want to date you.
    Jo: *Glares*
    Kendall: That came out wrong...
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When the boys are finally forgiven by Mrs. Magikowski (the old lady who let them use her car to drive to the auditions) for not shoveling her walk. Instead they offer to mow her lawn. When that fails, they give her their butler, Sebastian.
    • The show is actually chock full of them. Many things from the pilot get brought up again sometime later in the show.
    • In "Big Time Dreams" Kendall is concerned from the last times they had full hour specials, and when James dismisses him, he says it's not like they caught up in a beach drag race (Big Time Beach Party) or have to deal with Griffin trying to break them apart (Big Time Concert).
  • Cool Car: The Big Time Rush Mobile, a 1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible.
  • Covered in Kisses: In one episode, Logan attempts to flirt with a girl, but Camille, who secretly has a crush on him, comes up and kisses him multiple times, leaving lipstick marks all over his face. This, of course, causes the girl to leave.
  • Crappy Homemade Gift: Twice in "Big Time Christmas".
    • The very end of the "Three Bears" sketch on Miranda Cosgrove's in-universe Christmas Special involves Little Bear giving her some homemade mittens. They're sloppily made and have a lot of hanging threads, but Miranda declares the present to be "just right".
    • When the boys are talking to Snoop Dogg about presents, he shows them what he got for his grandmother. They expect it to be something glittery and expensive, but it turns out to be a homemade candle-holder, which he explains as being what Christmas is all about. In turn, the boys decide to make "something homemade" for Bitters, which is just a poorly-made gray clay thing that even they can't describe. He still welcomes it, though.
  • Creepy Changing Painting:
    • In "Big Time Photo Shoot" when a poster with Dak Zevon's face gets blown onto Griffin as a diversion, the poster suddenly changes to a frightened expression as Dak's fangirls file into the room.
    • In "Big Time Dreams", Cardboard Jennifer 1's face changes to a more livid expression when the Jennifers confront the gang.
    • Not a picture, but a Running Gag in "Big Time Strike" is the boys' picket signs changing what they say whenever they're flipped around.
  • Crossover:
    • Surprisingly, with SpongeBob SquarePants in "Big Time Beach Party". Or at least a crossover with the live action segments, as Patchy the Pirate suddenly shows up to hang out with Carlos and Logan to find buried treasure.
    • Possibly even more surprisingly, with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in "Bel Air Rush", featuring the return of Alfonso Ribeiro as an expy of Carlton Banks.
    • With Marvin Marvin, where the boys are replaced with alien spies.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • In the Big Damn Movie, Carlos insists that his dream of being in a spy mission will come true on their world tour. Everyone else dismisses this as silly, but Carlos turns out to be completely right in the end.
    • Even earlier than the movie, in "Big Time Concert," Carlos tries to free himself and jumps around in his chair. He ends up falling down the stairs, and the rest of the band thinks to themselves, "We tried to warn him," since they thought he was trying to fly since he was a "superhero." (Long story.) But by intentionally falling down the stairs, he does end up freeing himself, and is able to free the rest of the guys.
  • The Dandy: James. His best friend is his lucky comb.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Logan. James lampshades this in "Big Time Concert."
    James: I don't miss them [my friends].
    Sebastian: Of course you don't.
    James: Are you being sarcastic? Because you sound like Logan.
  • Death Glare:
    • In "Big Time Bad Boy," Logan, Carlos, and James are all vying for the "bad boy" role in the band. They walk up to Mrs. Knight and demand, "We want pizza! Now!" When the boys see the look on her face, they immediately begin apologizing furiously and asking for pizza in a much nicer way.
    • Mrs. Knight gives Logan another one in "Big Time Mansion." Logan asserts that between the four of them, the boys are 64 years old, which is older than Mrs. Knight ... and then, for some inexplicable reason, Logan feels the need to ask Mrs. Knight if 64 years is older than her.
  • Demoted to Extra: All of the cast members who appeared in the video for "The City Is Ours". Okay, so they are technically extras in the music video, but the video in the show features Camille, Jo, the Jennifers, & Guitar Dude far more prominently than the actual full-length video that was released, which is more or less a longer edit of the one seen in the show.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The basis of a Running Gag.
    • James and Carlos are the "Hollywood Super Party Kings of Hollywood".
      Logan: You said "Hollywood" twice.
      James: You bet I did.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • When Logan crossdresses to get into an all-girl's school, he not only passes the "lobby test," which basically consists of walking through the Palm Woods lobby without getting recognized, but is hit on by a male actor only seconds after putting on the disguise.
    • In another episode, Kendall and Jo don disguises to avoid paparazzi, with Kendall dressed up as a girl and Jo as a boy.
    • In "Big Time Crush," Logan dresses up as a old lady in an attempt to help Carlos get a girlfriend, which goes horribly wrong... Later on, he meets up with a cute girl while in the grandma disguise and THAT goes horribly wrong, too...
    • In "Big Time Songwriters," James claims that he can come up with lyrics to a love song if he was singing to a girl. Unfortunately, Logan is the only person available at the time, so James makes him wear a blouse and a wig.
    • In "Big Time Prom," in order to escape from his date's bodyguards, James changes clothes with Camille. Camille ends up in a tuxedo, and James in a burgundy ball gown.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Logan decides to find a date on ScienceMatch.Date and finds Lindsey during "Big Time Double Date". Their matching algorithms are a little too accurate.
    Camille: You realize you're dating yourself, right?
    Logan and Lindsey: No, we're not... (pause and look at each other) Oh.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Everyone and constantly so.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Big Time Rush" by Big Time Rush on Big Time Rush.
  • Dope Slap: Happens to the boys quite often, usually because one of them has gone off track.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Some of the episodes have subplots related to every meaning of the episode's title.
    • "Big Time Fans" starts with the premise to "Never promise things to fans", which leads to Kendall and Carlos having to deal with Jenny. Meanwhile, James dealing with a fanboy, and Logan has to fix the air conditioning with a big fan.
    • "Big Time Sneakers" has Kendall and Jo trying to sneak out to see each other, while James and Logan try to buy and resell a pair of expensive sneakers and Carlos and Katie try to sneak out overpriced snacks off the vending machine.
    • "Big Time Single" is about Kendall trying to get over his break-up and embrace his new single status, while Gustavo is stressed out because of the new single.
  • Downer Ending: Along with Rule of Funny:
    • "Big Time Crush". All four of them end up not having dates to a romantic movie. Turns later into Ho Yay and Funny when all of them agree to watch a kiddie movie about a unicorn instead.
    • "Big Time Prom Kings" ends in embarrassment for everyone. Jo's father (who had forbade her from going as punishment due to missing a curfew) finds out about Kendall's scam and bust the two before they can get to dance using SWAT connections no less. Carlos gets beat up by the Jennifers when he breaks up with the one he was going out with. However, James and Logan wind up being King and Queen of the Palm Woods prom with the former Dragged into Drag in an attempt to get away from his date's bodyguards..
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Lucy does this with the expensive necklace her ex-boyfriend gave her when she found out that he was not actually serious about getting back together with her.
  • Dramatic Wind: Invoked with the Jennifers' introduction. Tyler turns on a fan and makes sure it hits them at just the right angle when they walk in to have this effect.
  • Drunk on Milk: Logan drowns his sorrows from his frustrations with his relationship with Camille in milk, with Mrs. Knight acting like the "bartender," who gives him more milk whenever he says "Hit me."
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: James. This is lampshaded (of all times) at the "Yard Squirrel Christmas" short in "Big Time Christmas". In Butch Hartman style, BTR are squirrels, but James is the only one with eyelashes.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Jenny Tinkler from "Big Time Fans" appears for two seconds at Gustavo's auditions in "Big Time Auditions" as a rejected audition-goer.
  • Embarrassing First Name:
    • Invoked in "Big Time Songwriters". Apparently Katie's first name would've been "Apple" if Kendall hadn't convinced their mom to call her Katie.
    • Hortense. In case you didn't know, that was Logan's original name. Thank goodness for James' mom.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Kendall and Jett team up in "Big Time Pranks" to stop the girls.
    • Jett and James team up to help get rid of Lucy's ex-boyfriend because they don't like how attractive he is.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The show is VERY good at this.
  • Even The Chimp Is Ashamed: In "Big Time Demos", Griffin decides that he's going to reassign his hit-predicting chimpanzee to his company's missile defense division. Everyone looks at him like he's insane and then the chimp face palms.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Dirt Boy in "Big Time Wedding". Even his love-interest only calls him Dirt Boy.
  • Evil Counterpart: Played for laughs, of course:
    • Kat's Crew in "Big Time Girl Group".
    • Jett also serves as this for Kendall as well as a Romantic False Lead for Jo.
    • Hawk is one to Gustavo.
  • Evil Laugh: Bitters tends to do this a lot, especially when he thinks his evil plans have pushed through.
  • Exact Words:
    • In "Big Time Party", Kendall insists James and Carlos get everyone at the party "out of the apartment". They move the party to the pool outside.
    • In "Big Time Beach Party," the band gets to go to Griffin's beach house because they got a number one single (Griffin never mentioned where it had to be)note .
    • In "Big Time Wedding," the king of Kerplankistan only tells the priest to marry his daughter with whomever was wearing the ceremonial garb, not knowing that James and Dirt Boy exchanged clothes during the scuffle.
    • In "Big Time Fever", the kids can't swim in the pool because Bitters put up a sign saying "Adult Swim No Kids Allowed". Kendall proceeds to add some punctuation marks so it says "Adult Swim? No, Kids Allowed!" and everyone jumps in.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: Katie is this to her mother's Horrible Judge of Character in "Big Time Bad Boy". Katie is leery of super sweet Molly, who Katie's mother is trying to get her to be friends with. It turns out Katie is right as Molly is a 20-year-old con artist who tries to get roles as young girls.
  • Executive Meddling: An in-universe example with Griffin, as he always meddles with Gustavo and the band. As said in the episode "Big Time Photo Shoot":
    Gustavo: Griffin may be a genius when it comes to corporate takeovers, but he's got the creative pop sensibility of a walnut!
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • The boys' hairdos got slightly different over the course of the series, with Logan getting Ace Ventura-like hair and Carlos getting a buzzcut in the final season. James' hair also went from long and shaggy to swept back, and Kendall's hair got slightly shorter.
    • Kelly cut her hair to have bangs in the final season, and Katie's hair got wavier.
  • Expy:
    • Dak Zevon is Zac Efron.
    • The character Aubrey Stewart from "Big Time Prom" is Kristen Stewart, right down to her last name and the assumption that she's always expressionless. This is subverted when she finally breaks out in tears after James admits the real reason he asked her to prom.
    • In "Big Time Blogger", Gustavo scuttlebuts a typo that he hates Brussels instead of brussels sprouts. Jean-Luc Varn Darn is absolutely not meant to be Jean-Claude Van Damme.
    • Most of the characters played by actors who were previously on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide play characters very similar to their previous roles; for example, Darren Norris' Buddha Bob is clearly a knock-off of Gordy, Mercedes Griffin is pretty much the same character as Missy, except she's the daughter of a music CEO, and the immigration officer played by Hamilton Mitchell in "Big Time Wedding" is essentially Crubbs.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Annie from "Big Time Beach Party", who eats raw clams, shell and all except not really.
  • Fan Disservice: When Bitters bought a new car, he attempts to woo girls by doing a slow-mo car wash like he's a Hood Ornament Hottie. His body motions were more of a Gross-Up Close-Up and the female passers-by react in disgust.
  • Fanservice:
    • In "Big Time Break," James flashes his washboard abs multiple times.
    • Two different daydream sequences in "Big Time Party" where Logan imagines himself in a James Bond spy movie, complete with a tuxedo.
    • "Big Time Concert" really delivered. A notable occurrence is during Gustavo's extreme concert preparation which for no reason involved the boys getting sprayed with water with their mouths wide open while wearing generic camouflage gear.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Lucy's parents are adamantly against rock, so Lucy lies to her parents about moving to LA to become a rock star and instead says that she's at a university studying classical music.
  • Faux Horrific: James once tried to phone the FBI because he was having a bad hair day when one of the boys used up all of his hairspray.
    James: FBI?! HELP! My hair is...limp and lifeless!!
  • First Girl Wins: Kendall, having spent nearly an entire season trying to win Lucy over and finally getting a kiss from her, ultimately dumps her for Jo when she returns early from filming a new movie.
  • Flanderization: In later seasons, the boys' traits get amplified. It's even lampshaded in "Big Time Cameo" for Hypocritical Humor when Gustavo and Kelly try to change the script because "they made the band look foolish" by making James an Egocentric Brainless Beauty, Logan too nerdy, Carlos too dumb, and Kendall as "The Motivational-Speech guy".
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Parodied when James decides to steal Logan's smarts after Logan "steals" his swag. He has a huge montage where he solves complicated math problems on two humongous boards while Camille is looking on in shock, but when the montage is over, he doesn't know what any of it means and assumes it's a recipe for toast.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The song ''Shot in the Dark'' for the events of Big Time Concert.
    • Also, "Big Time Reality" does this for "Big Time Double Date." In "Big Time Reality," James and Carlos fight each other, Logan and Camille break up and make up with passionate kisses, and Kendall tries to solve a problem. "Big Time Double Date" makes their fictional reality show personalities somewhat real.
    • "Big Time Surprise" has Kendall explicitly state that if Jo came back, he would be confused. That is exactly what happens at the end of the episode.
  • Forgot About His Powers: According to "Big Time Break," Jo is a black belt in judo. But for some reason, she doesn't seem to realize that this skill might be useful when Kendall is about to be kidnapped and locked in a closet for five weeks in "Big Time Sneakers." Also, when the gang is trying to rescue Logan (who, in a bear suit, has been mistaken for a stuntman) from ninjas in "Big Time Camping," Jo's contribution amounts to grabbing hold of a ninja's leg. A few judo flips might have been more helpful.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: Gender-flipped. The boys are naive Carlos, wise leader Kendall, sexy James, and serious Logan.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Phlegmatic: Kendall
    • Choleric: James
    • Melancholic OR the other kind of phlegmatic: Logan
    • Sanguine: Carlos
  • Fourth-Date Marriage: Played for laughs to hilarious extremes in "Big Time Break-Up". James and Selana fall in love and only have three days to have a relationship. When informed they only have three days, they immediately get promise rings.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Lucy Stone has dyed red hair and dresses like a stereotypical rocker chick, but is really quite friendly.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "Big Time Cameo," when Carlos is going to put on Coco.0, you can see Marvin Marvin near the bottom of the DVR.
  • Freudian Excuse: Apparently, Gustavo is the way that he is because he didn't have a happy childhood.
  • Friendship Moment: Plenty of these throughout the series.
    • James throwing away the phone number of sweet and gorgeous Heather Fox to make Carlos feel better in "Big Time Secret."
      James: Supermodel spokesgirls will come and go. I hope. But best friends are forever.
    • James again in "Big Time Break," turning down a role in a television show because Camille didn't get the part with him. For a guy who has serious It's All About Me tendencies, James is actually pretty sweet.
    • The entire "Big Time Single" episode, where, after Kendall's girlfriend moves to New Zealand, the other three guys get girlfriends just so they can get dumped, feel Kendall's pain, and be able to empathize with him. Made better by the fact that James and Carlos are so distraught by their break ups that Logan and still-upset Kendall must help pull them back together.
  • Gaussian Girl: When the boys flashback to seeing Jo for the first time in hockey gear, she's wearing a hockey jersey that says "I LOVE HOCKEY," is carrying hockey gear, and blowing kisses at all of them. However, the real Jo openly admits that she hates hockey in "Big Time Break."
  • Friendship-Straining Competition: In "Big Time Songwriters", when the boys are allowed to write a new song of their own, two sides are drawn over which idea to use; James and Carlos against Kendall and Logan. Their argument escalates into a war that destroys the studio. Kelly eventually shows up, stops the fighting, and convinces them to put their songs together.
  • Gender Bender: In "Big Time Halloween", 'too much pageant queen' causes Gustavo's 'boy-band-inator' to turn Carlos into a very cute Carla.
  • Genre Savvy: Dr. Atticus Moon in the Big Damn Movie.
    Katie: What are you going to do with the moon?
    Moon: (laughs) Nuh-uh-uh. If there's anything I've learned from spy movies, it's to never reveal the plan until after it's been executed.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • "Big Time Superheroes"
    Officer: But I better not catch you anywhere near Hawk Records. Or next time...there will be no bail.
    Gustavo: Yes, sir, mister commissioner. We will stay away from Hawk Records.
    [Cut to the group at Rocque Records.]
    Gustavo: Okay. How do we get back into Hawk Records?!
    • From the episode "Big Time Demos":
    Kelly: What are you gonna do, chimp-nap Lolo and train him to like Big Time Rush?
    (cut to the studio with Lolo bouncing cheerfully on a table and the guys in various heist costumes)
    • Subverted in "Big Time Wedding", when Mrs. Knight says that she absolutely refuses to marry Buddha Bob. Cut to the two at the Palm Woods pool in wedding clothes, where a "pastor" is reciting a passage and asks Mrs. Knight if she's sure about this...and she refuses.
    • And lastly, in the pilot, a Gilligan Cut without the cut. Gustavo yells at Kendall, saying that he absolutely refuses to take James, Carlos, and Logan with him to Los Angeles. Kendall says, "So... we have a deal." And Gustavo agrees.
    • In "Big Time Pranks," after Gustavo and Kelly have just finished pranking each other, Gustavo suggests that they should call it even and shake hands. "Ten minutes later" Kelly's hair is messed up, Gustavo is duct taped to a chair, and the entire room is trashed.
  • Girl Group: Kat's Crew, from the aptly-named episode, "Big Time Girl Group".
  • Girl Posse: The Jennifers, three hot actresses all named Jennifer.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: Big Time Rush has had a few of these, which generally end with the boys and girls coming together and teaming up.
    • In "Big Time Pranks," the boys refuse to let Katie participate in their annual prank war, with Kendall asserting that girls shouldn't take part because they might get hurt. Determined to prove that they can handle it, Katie, Jo, Camille, the Jennifers, and four other girls challenge the Big Time Rush boys, who are themselves joined by Tyler, Guitar Dude, Jett, and four other boys (which actually makes it ten girls against eleven boys, but the episode is written as if the sides are even). The girls get off to a roaring start, eliminating the boys much faster than the boys can retaliate, but then Kendall pranks most of the remaining girls. In the end, Kendall and Katie, the only two left, are facing off when Bitters attempts to shut down the contest and proclaim that he wins and they all lose. Kendall and Katie choose to team up against Bitters, and share the prank champion crown. From then on, anyone is allowed to take part in the Day of Pranks. In fact, in "Big Time Pranks II," it is actually Katie who declares that the last person standing in the new prank war would be crowned its King, and Kendall who adds, "or the Queen."
    • In "Big Time Girl Group," the boys become jealous of Kat's Crew, a new girl group Gustavo intends to produce, because the girls are given a poster (which the boys don't have) and get to sing the boys' new song. The boys try to make the girls look bad, which leads to Gustavo deciding not to produce Kat's Crew because he doesn't want to deal with another rivalry between bands. Realizing they were wrong, Big Time Rush urges Gustavo to keep Kat's Crew on, and the two groups create a music video together.
    • In "Big Time Camping," Gustavo refuses to let the boys camp in the wilderness, fearing they will get hurt. The girls convince the boys to join them in sneaking onto a Hollywood sound stage set up to look like a forest, despite the boys not wanting girls on their camping trip. In the ensuing "best camper" competition, the girls thrive while the boys are freezing, starving, and miserable, mainly because the boys keep trying ideas that would only work if they were really in the wilderness, e.g. lighting a campfire, only to be drenched by the overhead sprinklers. The girls invite the boys to join their campsite, but the boys refuse to give in and instead search the studio lot for food and warm clothing. Eventually, the two groups set aside their differences and team up, when the blond Jennifer is caught by a security guard and Carlos and James must rescue her, and Logan, in a bear suit, is mistaken for a stuntman and attacked by ninjas, and everybody fights the ninjas to save him. The episode ends with the boys and girls all waking up at the end of their camping trip together.
  • Groin Attack: Griffin received one. "KUMBAYA" indeed.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: After both Logan and Carlos have accidental issues with old women in "Big Time Scandal", Kelly, Logan, and Carlos hatch a plan to have them help an old lady cross the street, that "old lady" being Gustavo in granny clothes and a wig.
  • Heroic BSoD: Played for laughs in "Big Time Single" during the time the boys are upset over their break-ups.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • What ultimately saves BTR in "Big Time Demos" is Mercedes statistically stating how Big Time Rush would become popular to the fanbase to her father.
    • In "Big Time Wedding," Buddha Bob reveals that he's a great cook, mechanic, teller of make-believe stories, and re-tiler of bathrooms.
  • High-School Dance: In the episode "Big Time Dance," the boys become the end-of-school dance committee.
  • History Repeats:
    • In "Big Time Beach Party", Gustavo brings up a boy band he produced before BTR, Boy Blast, who split up after becoming too lazy to focus on future projects after throwing a beach party in Malibu, and worries the same will happen to BTR when they do the same.
    • In "Big Time Girl Group", BTR is almost pushed into obscurity by Kat's Crew; the same happened with Gustavo's first boy band Boyz in the Attic, who were dethroned by Angel Angel and faded to obscurity themselves.
  • Hope Spot: The show loves this trope. For starters, "Big Time Photo Shoot" has them trying to escape Griffin's shenanigans of making their photo "space matadors with puppies", and just as it looks like they're about to get a completely normal photo, the camera dies.
    • Three in "Big Time Jobs":
      • Kendall and Logan are babysitting some children who have gone crazy, and he tries to get them to settle down by shouting, "NAP TIME!" It seems to work at first, but five minutes later, he and Logan are tied up and they go crazy.
      • When C.A.L. is going haywire, Carlos tries to stop it by unplugging the outlet, but then the machine switches to reserve power and keeps spewing foam nonstop.
      • Just as it looks like they've paid off the $2,000.30 they owe, they're confronted with many other charges due to an illegal daycare center, foam cleanup, James' wardrobe, and destruction of the coffee machine. This leads Gustavo to go crazy and owe over $14,000.
    • At the very end of "Big Time Girlfriends", after Sasha wants to try things with Carlos for real and was making up her insane behavior the whole time...she says that she hates corn dogs, so he dumps her.
    • Throughout "Big Time Move", Kendall is desperate to convince the boys to stop fighting and move back in together. After five minutes at the table together without any fighting, when the violent video game they're playing is brought up, they're right back to being savage. They find out at the end that the game was the cause of their fighting from the beginning.
    • In "Big Time Scandal", Kendall and Jo confront Lucy about her song "You Dumped Me For Her", and she admits that even though the song is about Kendall, she does like the boys and won't rat Kendall out at the press conference...until Kendall starts bringing up inaccuracies about the song's lyrics, pissing her off to the point that she plans to.
  • Hold My Glasses: Played for laughs in "Big Time Demos." Kendall, who has finally had enough of Mercedes and her stuck-up ways, says this before going off to confront her.
    Kendall: Hold my loofah.
  • Homework Slave: Subverted in "Green Time Rush". For his "Earth Day" project and vacation-winning competition, Logan gets paired with Ozzie, a bully who aggressively refuses to work on the project and demands Logan do all the work, even as Logan attempts to reason with him. However, after their model gets destroyed, Logan finds Ozzie repairing it for him. They have a heart-to-heart; Ozzie admits to not feeling smart enough to contribute, and Logan refuses to take all the credit. Ultimately, they decide to work on it as a proper team and ask the teacher for an extension, forgoing their chance at winning the contest in favor of better collaborating.
  • Hot Teacher: Miss Collins in "Big Time School of Rocque".
  • How We Got Here: "Big Time Photo Shoot" opens with the boys sitting by the pool nursing various injuries. Camille then walks over and asks them for the story.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Brother–Sister Team Kendall and Katie are this during their various schemes.
    • James and Katie who are shown together in their own adventures. James even states that Katie is like a sister to him.
    • This is almost epitomized (in a platonic way) when Katie and Freight Train work together in Big Time Jobs.
  • Human Ladder: "Big Time Concert" had Jo and Kendall do this to hang up a Big Time Rush poster. (She was sitting though, not standing.)
  • Humiliation Conga: In the Season 1 finale, Hawk, the Big Bad (and his assistant Rebecca), has kidnapped the boys to keep them from appearing at their concert. He then arrives at the Music Box, blows Gustavo and Kelly's cover, and reveals that Big Time Rush isn't there, leaving the crowd to boo Gustavo and Kelly and abandon the Music Box, which would end Rocque Records forever. Just when it looks like Gustavo and Kelly have their backs against the wall, the boys arrive to save them, leaving Hawk and Rebecca shocked. Just before the boys win the show back, Hawk tries to stop them again but is faced with Sebastian -his former butler- who blasts him and Rebecca with hot towels to stop them. The boys then proceed to kick off the performance, doing great and saving Rocque Records, ruining Hawk's plan completely, all right in front of him.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Big Time Bad Boy", Mrs. Knight tells Katie not to judge people without getting to know them. Seconds later, she does the exact same thing, when she sees the Palm Woods' bearded maintenance guy and jumps to the conclusion that he is an ax murderer. Granted, he was swinging an ax around and it appeared to have blood on it (the ax was used to cut a jelly doughnut in half), but still.
    • The end of "Big Time Cameo" is full of it, combined with Self-Deprecation.
    • In "Big Time Secret," after Carlos rages at James for keeping the fact that his camp crush, Heather Fox, liked him back, from him, Kendall says, "See! This is why you should never keep secrets from your friends"...right before sneaking off to figure skating practice with Camille.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Kendall, in "Big Time Superheroes," as he gives James permission to transform into his alter-ego, Bandanna Man.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Surprisingly averted in "Big Time Break." When Jo, who has a black belt in judo, repeatedly flips Kendall to the gym mat, he doesn't seem particularly embarrassed at being physically outmatched by a girl. In fact, when Jo smugly tells him, "Just let me know when you've had enough," his response is to pull her close and say, "I could do this all day." Jo, who doesn't want to return Kendall's feelings for her but is finding herself doing so anyway, hesitates for just a moment before flipping him to the mat really hard.
  • Identically Named Group: The Jennifers, a trio of self-absorbed actresses who rule Palm Woods.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is titled "Big Time ____" except for "Welcome Back Big Time", "Green Time Rush", "Backstage Rush" and "Bel Air Rush".
  • Illness Blanket: When their mother is feeling sad about Kendall not needing her help anymore, Katie decides to make her feel necessary by pretending to be sick. Mama Knight wraps Katie up in so many blankets she can't even move.
  • In-Joke: In Big Time Dreams, one occurs that is so subtle only few viewers will understand it. The guys have a plan to get Carlos a date for the awards, and the first lady that catches him is his date. Alexa Vega ends up catching him, and it's funny because they're married in real life.
  • Inevitably Broken Rule: When the band is mansion-sitting for Gustavo, he gives them five rules to follow- Don't go in his media room, don't open his fridge, don't sit on his couch, don't touch his cat, and don't break anything. Cue the guys breaking every single rule — in order — and causing all kinds of mess. Cue Mrs. Knight, who was upset earlier over her son's decreasing reliance on her, sweeping in to save the day.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Big Time Fever", James isn't orange, he's "Mangerine".
  • Inter Generational Friendship: Katie with almost everyone, really.
    • Katie and Mr. Bitters
    • Katie and Freight Train
    • Katie and Gustavo
    • Katie and Buddha Bob
  • I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday: In "Big Time Terror":
    Gustavo: Oh, and remember when I bumped into Kendall and spilled my oatmeal?! Hahaha!
    (Kendall turns around with an oatmeal stain on his shirt.)
    Kendall: Yeah, because it happened like two minutes ago.
  • Ironic Echo: In "Big Time Love Song", Carlos, Logan, and Kendall are all trying to win Jo's affections. Logan does his attemptnote  and calls a do-over when he fails, but Kendall smugly says that he can't. Kendall then tries to go after Jo, but Freight Train carries him away and the roles are reversed.
  • It's All About Me: James has a tendency to put his interests above his friends', but he's actually a pretty sweet guy, as evidenced by him throwing away Heather Fox's number to make Carlos feel better.
    • He also rejoices when the casting director in "Big Time Break" says that he got the part, but opts to turn it down when he sees how upset Camille is over not getting her part.
  • Jaw Drop: Parodied as part of a Running Gag in "Big Time Rocker", along with getting paralyzed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Gustavo. Shown in "Big Time Camping".
    • Bitters in "Big Time Christmas".
    • Mercedes is selfish, manipulative, egotistical, and often downright mean, just like her actress's other, more well-known character. But unlike that role, she does have a conscience, which finally got to her in "Big Time Demos." She returns to Kendall's apartment to apologize and helps Big Time Rush get their demo picked by the company.
  • Jerkass: Bitters is a mean-spirited jerk who rarely does anything to help the boys out and takes joy in seeing other people suffer. However, he's also a Momma's Boy who just wants to do her proud.
  • The Jinx: The fan in "Big Time Fan"
  • Keet: Carlos, who is always full of energy, no matter what.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The show does it quite often.
  • Large Ham: Camille, one of the Palm Woods' residents, is a method actress who often goes over-the-top while preparing for auditions and roles.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Atticus Moon gets it big time when Katie gets the Beetle on his back and causes him to float up into the sky.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Alexa and Martin Sharkus in "Big Time Dreams".
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The Grand Finale ends with the boys and the Palm Woods gang dancing and singing the theme song.
  • Last Girl Wins: In "Big Time Dreams", Carlos chooses Alexa, whom he had just met in the episode, over the Jennifers.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: James and Lucy finally hookup in "Big Time Dreams".
  • Laugh Track: Parodied in "Big Time Double Date", when there's an audience track out of nowhere and the boys look around with confused expressions on their face. Lampshaded when its the spy-ear catching the sounds. With good timing no less.
    Kendall: What was that?
    Carlos: Sounded awful.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Many, many times, but the series finale really takes the cake with Kendall's concern about all the trouble they've had with past "hour-long specials" (the Tween Choice Awards are the in-universe hourlong special in question).
  • Leitmotif:
    • Some of BTR's hits are heard during an appropriate scene, usually "Famous", "This Is Our Someday", "Any Kind of Guy", or the theme song. "City of Ours" is often used as a theme for the Jennifers.
    • The recurring "sneaky" leitmotif when the boys are trying to sneak into someplace or plan something.
    • James has his own theme, along with an electric guitar riff when he shows "the face".
    • There's also a moody guitar that plays in more somber moments.
    • Also a cheerful and lighthearted leitmotif whenever someone is going their regular lives.
    • Freight Train has his own techno riff, complete with the sound of a moving train.
  • Left the Background Music On: In "Big Time Songwriters," a ticking clock sound effect is heard in the background of the montage of the boys trying to think of song ideas. But it turns out that it was actually coming from a metronome, and Kendall shuts it off.
    Kendall: And this metronome is not helping!
    • In "Big Time Crib," when Kendall and Logan are spying on the truck delivering the parts for their room, we hear spy movie music in the background...but it turns out Kendall was playing it on his boom box.
    Kendall: The music really sets the tone, don't you think?
    • In "Big Time Prom Kings," right before the theme song plays, the first bit of it plays, just as it always does Once per Episode. But it turns out it was coming from the boom box right next to the boys. Logan tries to turn it off, but he is unsuccessful.
  • Let's Just Be Friends: Invoked in "Big Time Love Song" when Jo states that she has a boyfriend and tells the boys that they can at least be friends. But while BTR fight, Camille goes to Jo and she admits that she doesn't really have one; she just didn't want to deal with the boys fighting over her every single day. This is continued into "Big Time Break".
    • In "Big Time Rocker," James and Carlos want to avert being in the Friend Zone with Lucy, but because of their actions, she specifically places them there.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Said word for word by Gustavo in "Big Time Rescue" after he spends the entire episode trapped in his hidden vault with Katie.
  • Light Is Not Good: In "Big Time Movie," Atticus Moon always wears white suits and he is definitely not a good guy.
  • Little Miss Badass: Katie. SO much so.
    • In "Big Time Bad Boy", she suckered the hotel staff out of their money and watches at poker.
    • In "Big Time Mansion", when Mrs. Knight is bummed about Kendall growing up and remarks that she'll have to get used to an empty nest, Katie points out that she's sitting right next to her, who then retorts that Katie hasn't needed her since she learned to win at Five Card Stud.
    • In "Green Time Rush" she employs her Puppy-Dog Eyes to its fullest.
    • In "Big Time Live" she drives a golf cart to distract the guards from the guys' antics and knocks out an evil producer with it.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: Katie fakes her mother's resume to get her a job at the Palm Woods.
    • Mollie from the episode "Big Time Bad Boy," but also in the literal sense. She's small for a twenty-year-old, so she passes herself off as nine years younger than she actually is in order to land jobs in Hollywood. The end of the episode shows her on a wild goose chase with some cops on the freeway.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Katie. Granted, this is to be expected when you're around people like the boys and Gustavo 24/7.
  • Liz Lemon Job: Kelly. She is ostensibly Gustavo's assistant, but her job is really to corral the boys whenever they're needed, and also occasionally be Gustavo's Morality Pet.
  • Live-Action Cartoon :Like Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide the series is considered as this
  • Local Hangout:
    • The Palmwoods pool.
    • Also the boys' apartment, which got tricked out thanks to a leftover set.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In "Big Time Fever," when Bitters tells Katie that she can't operate her snow cone stand on Palm Woods property, she places it on a platform suspended over the ground so that she's technically not on it.
    • In "Big Time Beach Party": The boys try to cash in on Griffin saying that if they ever had a number one record, he'd let them use his beach house, but he points out that it is in Keplankistan. James immediately invokes this by pointing out that Griffin never said where the record had to be number one.
    • In "Big Time Wedding", James, having accidentally given a marriage proposal, is thought to be safe since it wasn't on Kerplankistan soil. Then the king reveals exactly why he has a dirt boy on him.
  • Lovable Jock: All four boys were on the hockey team in Minnesota. Especially Kendall, who has stated many times he would be playing hockey professionally if he wasn't in the band.
  • Love at First Sight: Used twice in the episode "Big Time Love Song", as well as in the pilot episode when the boys first meet The Jennifers.
  • Magic Pants: In "Big Time Prom", despite the height difference between James and Camille, the clothes fit when they dress as each other in order for James to avoid his prom date's bodyguards.
  • Mama Bear: In "Big Time School of Rocque", Mrs. Knight pounces onto another kid's mother, just because she talked smack about Katie.
  • Mass Hypnosis: In the Grand Finale, the boys encounter Martin Sharkis, the owner of Sharky's Mac and Cheese, who plots to send a subliminal message to the boys' 3D promotion to brainwash anyone who watches the show into craving the meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Married to the Show: The guys usually bring this up when asked about their love lives during interviews. An interviewer actually called them out on this answer.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Alfonso Ribeiro's character Elle Mesmo. A pun on the phrase "Él mismo"(As Himself).
    • Some of the guys' surnames allude to their personalities. Kendall Knight is the "knight", or leader of the group. James Diamond is the vain and self-centered one.
  • Medium Awareness: Logan in "Big Time Dream" when he mentions something weird always happens in these full hour specials.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: In "Big Time Pranks," Kendall asserts that girls shouldn't participate in the prank war because they might get hurt. And yet, Kendall sees nothing wrong with any of the boys getting hurt in their competition.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The show is part of a strategy to launch a new Boy Band.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: A running gag in "Big Time Bad Boy" where Mrs Knight keeps thinking Buddha Bob, the maintance man is a murderer. Katie tries her hardest to convince her mother otherwise to not avail.
  • Moment Killer: Kendall comments on how nice it is to finally be alone with Jo...and then Logan runs in.
  • Monster Mash: The episode "Big Time Halloween" has everyone as a monster: Logan is a smart zombie who keeps losing his limbs, Carlos is a Frankenstein monster, James is a sparkly vampire, Kendall is trying to hide being a werewolf from Jo, Gustavo and Kelly are parodies of Dr. Frankenstein and Frankenstein's bride (and Igor by extent), Katie and her mom are witches, and Griffin is just himself with a red suit.
  • Mooks: The yellow-jacketed security guards that seem to be everywhere.
  • Mr. Fanservice: All of the boys, but especially James. When James helps Logan ask Camille to the dance, he wound up accidentally asking (at least) five girls to the dance and all of them said yes.
  • Muse Abuse: Lucy does this in "Big Time Lies" by trying to create drama between her, Kendall, and Jo in order to give herself inspiration for a new song.
  • Music Is Politics: Addressed during the first season and when the writers bother to remember that they work in the music business in later seasons.
  • My Beloved Smother: James' mother in "Big Time Moms". Subverted because she's really lonely and she never gets to see her son. At the end of the episode, the band plans to make sure the two see each other.
  • Never Say "Die": During "Big Time Guru", Carlos thinks he has twenty-four hours to live, and explicitly refers to death and dying during the episode while a chilled-out Gustavo writes a song so bad that Kendall and Kelly hire an insult comic to pose as a music producer and insult the song by saying it was so bad that it made him want to kill himself. Subverted both times.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The series makes regular references to real life celebrities and creates celebrity caricatures for parody. One notable exception is Dak Zevon, from "Big Time Photo Shoot".
  • No Indoor Voice: Gustavo tends to mix this with Angrish.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In "Big Time Fever:
    Carlos: Man, I told him not to buy clams from that guy on the freeway!
    • In "Big Time Fan", the boys tell stories about their friend's destructive and clumsy habits, such as busting a person's arm during a game of marbles, giving someone a paper cut that required surgery, and causing a lab accident so bad it took her partner almost a year to grow his hair back (it was James).
    • In "Big Time Beach Party":
    Kendall: Do you remember the deal we made?
    Griffin: You guys catch and destroy my clone and I give you all jet packs?
  • Not What It Looks Like: Poor, poor Kendall in "Big Time Sparks", where he and Jordin Sparks keep ending up in suggestive positions just as Jo comes by.
  • Offending a Foreign Country: In "Big Time Blogger", the B-Plot is of Gustavo using a Twitter-parody "Scuttlebutter". When he attempts to tweet that he "Hates Brussel Sprouts", he ends up saying he hates "Brussels", as in, the capital of Belgium. As a result, this sparks protests in Belgium and negative publicity from Belgian celebrity. At the end of the episode, he tells the boys that he has a feeling Belgium won't be buying their albums.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Logan does this in "Big Time Secret."
  • Oh, Crap!: In "Big Time Babysitting," Kendall accidentally calls Jo "Lucy." No amount of backpedalling was able to save him.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In "Big Time Girlfriends," James tries to confess to Logan that he kissed Camille, but isn't able to go through with it and winds up "confessing" that he used Logan's toothbrush instead. Later, Camille, thinking that James told Logan the truth, asks him about it, and the two have an utterly confused conversation, until Camille inadvertently spills the beans:
    Camille: So ... are you mad about what James told you?
    Logan: (shrugs) We're cool. I mean, I was a little upset at first, but he was honest with me.
    Camille: You were only a little upset?
    Logan: Hey, if he wants to put his mouth on something worn-out and gross, that's his problem.
    Camille: Excuse me?!
    Logan: (blows a raspberry) I was about to dump it anyway.
    Camille: (getting angrier) Oh, well, if you were going to dump me anyway, maybe I'm glad James and I kissed!
    Logan: ... You and James kissed?!
    James: (runs up to them) Look on the bright side. Now you don't need a new toothbrush!
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted with the three Jennifers. If that's not enough, Jennifer is also the name of Kendall and Katie's mom.
  • Only Sane Employee: Kelly, who spends her time dealing with both Gustavo and the boys.
  • Only Sane Man: Kendall is more down to earth than the rest of the band, but only by a slight margin.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry:
    • Freight Train has slung Kendall over his shoulder twice and taken him to the studio this way. He has Logan slung over the other shoulder one of those times.
    • In "Big Time Mansion", Carlos has Logan over his shoulder when he passes out during all of the chaos at Gustavo's mansion and James and Kendall help carry him.
    • In "Green Time Rush", the school bully throws Logan over his shoulder and carries him out of the room to work on their school project.
    • James briefly carries Camille like this in "Big Time Beach Party" to have a private talk with her.
    • Kendall has carried Katie over his shoulder in "Big Time Reality" and "Bel Air Rush."
  • Papa Wolf:
    • In "Big Time Girlfriends", James tells Kylenote  that Katie is like a sister to him and does not want Kyle to be making out with her. He says this while brandishing a Nerf gun threateningly.
    • In "Big Time Break", Carlos' dad staples Bitters' tie to the desk while they try to find Carlos' hockey helmet and Bitters won't let them see the security tapes. He's shown to have been this way ever since Carlos was a kid.
    • Jo's father works for the CIA, and he's at first presented as a strict father, but when Jo goes to prom behind his back, he uses CIA Force to drag her and Kendall out. Basically he's an Expy of Stan Smith.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • In "Big Time Girlfriends," Katie and Bitters observe the various Palm Woods romance problems while munching on popcorn as if they were watching a soap opera.
    • In "Big Time Songwriters", the musicians are eating popcorn while the guys were fighting in the recording studio.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite Katie's constant rivalry with Mr. Bitters, she, alongside with the guys, decides to celebrate Christmas with him, whom the latter appreciates.
  • Playing Sick: In "Big Time Mansion," Katie plays sick in order to make her mother feel needed. Katie has to stop the ruse when her mother gets out of hand with getting her better.
  • Porn Stache: In Big Time Beach Party, Kendall's fantasy has him with one as a parody of Series/Magnum,P.I., with Kendall posing as Tom Selleck.
  • Power of Friendship: "Big Time Terror" has the boys realize that they're stronger as a group than as two duos or four individuals.
  • Power Walk: This is generally how the Jennifers first appear.
  • Pretty Boy:
    • All of the boys display some of this, but James especially oozes this. He's very well aware of it and flaunts it for all it's worth.
    • "Guitar Dude" as well. Note the fact that he's constantly surrounded by pretty girls and picked up by Mercedes Griffin exactly one second after she declared she'd "never love again."
  • Previously on…: Parodied in "Big Time Decision" by showing clips of events that never happened before showing a clip of Kendall grappling with his feelings for Jo and Lucy to mock the show turning into a soap opera.
    Announcer: Previously on Big Time Rush:
    Logan: What do you mean the witch turned Carlos into a log?
    James: Keep rolling! They can't prove anything without a body.
  • Prized Possession Giveaway: At one point in "Big Time Christmas", Mrs. Knight's presents exploded and Katie discovered she got the "Snoop Dogg Jamphonic Headphones" she'd been wanting. However, she also spends the episode trying to give Bitters a good Christmas, and in the end gives him the headphones as a present. He gives her a very genuine "Thank you, Katie", showing he was touched by the gift and her entire quest to cheer him up. Kendall and their mother share shocked glances when she does this, helping to underscore the significance of it.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: As of Season 2's "Welcome Back Big Time", Tanya Chisholm, who plays Kelly.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: In Big Time Movie, Carlos' dream of saving the world comes (mostly) true.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Half of everything Gustavo says.
  • Punctuation Changes the Meaning: In "Big Time Fever", the hotel manager tried to ban children and teens from swimming in the pool by putting up a sign: "Private No Kids Allowed." The protagonists scribbled on the sign with a marker to make it say "Private? No! Kids Allowed!" so they can use the pool.
  • Punny Name:
    • In a similar vein to Scott Fellows' previous Nickelodeon series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, some characters' names display this trait, and most of the time it references an aspect of their personality. One prominent example is Gustavo (a variation of the Swedish given name "Gustav"; shares the name of King Gustav I of Sweden) Rocque (obvious play on words for "rock").
    • Kat's Crew from "Big Time Girl Group" sounds like "cats", which are enemies to dogs, which Gustavo calls the boys.
    Kat: Looks like the cats...
    Kat's Sidekicks: ...Are taking over the doghouse!
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Katie is a master of this trope, specifically in "Green Time Rush".
  • Rags to Riches: The series begins with the boys going from obscurity to fame when they get discovered by Gustavo and are hired as a boy band.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: James does this during his audition in "Big Time Break." Unfortunately, he manages to pass by being good-looking and flaunting his washboard abs repeatedly.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jennifer 2's departure (which was also a plot point in an episode) was due to Spencer Locke reprising a role in the film Resident Evil: Afterlife.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Gustavo ignores Kelly's advice to give the boys a break and tries to make them sing, Kendall accidentally causes a fight between him and the other three boys using fruit water and pillows. This results in Gustavo scolding them saying that they lack any potential whatsoever:
    Gustavo: (to Carlos) YOU ... can't sing. (to Logan) YOU ... can't sing, OR dance!
    Logan: But I can backflip.
    Gustavo: Stop it!
    Logan: Okay.
    Gustavo: Forever.
    Logan: Mm-hmm.
    Gustavo: (looks at James, but says nothing and moves onto Kendall) And worst of all, you don't even seem to WANT this! (Kendall coughs up feathers)
    James: What about me? I sing, dance, and I want this.
    Gustavo: You ... remind me a lot of Matthew McConaughey.
    James: Awesome.
    Gustavo: I CAN'T STAND MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY! So, this group can't sing, can't dance, they don't have a song, or a look, and they're COVERED... IN FEATHERS! And I would rather quit-RIGHT NOW!-than commit pop suicide on Friday in front of the record company!
  • Rich Bitch: Mercedes. Her dad is the fourth most powerful CEO in America, and she repeatedly flaunts her wealth.
  • Right-Hand Cat: In the movie, Atticus Moon invokes this trope many times by always requesting a cat to stroke while talking to BTR and the secret agents. He always ends up throwing the cat after he's done with it.
  • Rock is Authentic, Pop is Shallow: Played with. When Lucy calls Big Time Rush pop, the boys take offense, and try to prove to her that they can rock as hard as she can. It takes stopping traffic with an impromptu concert for her to admit they do rock.
  • The Rockstar: Lucy Stone, but in a subversion, she's fairly level-headed.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Kendall, in almost all of the episodes whenever something goes wrong. He even does two or three in "Big Time Bad Boy."
      • In all the episodes where "something goes wrong" meaning every single episode.
    • Lampshaded by Logan in "Big Time Concert":
      Logan: I smell a speech coming on.
  • Rule of Funny: Fighting it out tooth-and-nail with Zany Scheme is the engine that runs this show.
  • Rules Lawyer: In "Big Time School of Rocque", Gustavo makes the mistake of giving the boys the registry with all of the teachers he can call, even if they scare their current ones off. The registry also has all the regulations for the ASPA schools. The boys immediately use it to their advantage by enforcing a number of rules that Gustavo hadn't been following until he gives up. This includes using his office to store their stuff (rules state he has to provide storage space for personal items), letting their teacher leave (teachers are entitled to two personal days), getting a goat that they name after Gustavo (schools are allowed a mascot) and using Gustavo's studio as a basketball court (schools are supposed to offer interscholastic athletics).
  • Running Gag: Several.
    James: We're going to the Department of Redundancy Department!
    Logan: You said "Department" twice.
    James: You bet I did.
    • In Big Time Sparks, Kendall can't seem to be near Jordin Sparks without getting into a compromising position with her and Jo walking in on it.
  • Salt and Pepper: Gustavo and Kelly, but gender-inverted. She's the straight-laced, down-to-earth assistant who tends to mother the boys (and, occasionally, Gustavo); he's the Large Ham producer who has no concept of what an indoor voice is and loses his temper at the drop of a hat.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The smart and snarky Logan and Large Ham Camille.
  • Scary Black Man: Freight Train. The man wears size 18 shoes and is 7 feet tall! Later subverted, as he is eventually revealed to be a Gentle Giant when he tells the boys how 'touched' he'd be if someone sang him the song they were recording in "Big Time Love Song", and by the apparent soft spot he has for Katie in "Big Time Jobs". Not to mention that he helps them out on many occasions.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In "Big Time Fans", the boys' catastrophically clumsy classmate Jenny shows up to be famous. Upon getting back to the Palm Woods, James promptly lists off all the times he's suffered because of her and ends it with "I'm out!" (Given that the list includes breaking his arm by playing marbles and giving him a nasty scar on his arm, the first paper cut in history that required surgery and something that happened in eighth grade that caused James to lose all his hair, it's justified.)
  • Serious Business:
    • Hockey. Kendall actually has a spit take when he finds that Jo isn't a fan. Carlos and James do the same thing when Kendall mentions it to them.
    • For Carlos, it's corn dogs. He ends up dumping Sasha when she admitted she hated them.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Logan engages in this on occasion, as part of being the smart one.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Miranda's music video outfit in the Christmas episode.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the Christmas Episode, the boys successfully finish their Christmas EP, only to find they can't fly home to Minnesota because the airport there is closed due to a snowstorm.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • James flashes his washboard abs multiple times in "Big Time Break".
    • James and Kendall are both shirtless while swimming in "Big Time Terror", though the water pretty much covers everything up to their shoulders. We do get a nice shot from James, though, after he's propelled out of the pool and clinging to the rafters from Gustavo jumping in.
    • Both James and Carlos are shirtless during a scene in "Welcome Back Big Time".
    • In "Big Time Reality," Kendall is shirtless for several long seconds as he comes out of the pool.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: In "Big Time Jobs", Gustavo gets handed a bill for $2,000.30 for the boys causing damage to Palm Woods while recklessly running around. The boys are then forced to pay Gustavo back by taking up jobs, and manage to earn that $2,000.... by causing $14,089 in damages, violating child labor laws, and purchasing a personal makeover. And then Gustavo goes berserk over the even bigger bill he now faces by damaging more property which makes Griffin double that amount. Cue Gustavo, Kelly, and the boys all washing cars for an insanely high price of $15 per car.
    Gustavo: (looking at a bill) TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS?!!
    Mr. Bitters: And... thirty cents.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Subverted. While it's true that James, the tallest, is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, Kendall is fairly witty and Logan is supposedly nearing genius level. Throw little Carlos into the mix, however, and everything's screwed up. (As you would expect from him.)
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss:
    • A literal example, as Camille often slaps, then kisses Logan, and is likely to do either one at any time.
    • Played straight in "Big Time Double Date" when Camille and Logan transition from heatedly arguing to heatedly kissing after being knocked into each other.
  • Smoke In: Invoked in "Big Time Cameo," when the scene cuts to the "evil" stepmother of the actress who plays Coco.0 with dramatic smoke around her. Only it's coming from a machine in front of her and she tells the man in charge of the machine to turn it off.
  • Smelly Skunk: Gustavo's nemesis Hawk sends him one in "Big Time Sparks" and he spends the entire episode trying to get it out of his studio. The boys show up and capture it in a few seconds (a common occurrence back home apparently), allowing Gustavo to take his revenge by having it snuck into Hawk's limo. While Gustavo was lucky enough not to get skunked, Hawk wasn't so fortunate.
  • Something about a Rose: James decides to ask the princess of Kerplankistan on which BTR guy she'd marry, all while giving her a white rose (he states that he couldn't get a red one). He learns the very hard way that by doing so, he was giving her a marriage proposal.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • The opening theme to the Halloween Episode adds a theremin to the final chorus. The Christmas Episode does a similar treatment by adding Snowy Sleigh Bells to the background music.
    • Certain segues into the opening theme would have someone other than the boys sing the "Ah-ah-ah-ah-oh..." as it starts to begin. For example, it is done by Kat's Crew in "Big Time Girl Group", by the action figures in a poorly high-pitched variation in "Big Time Merchandise", and by a heralding trumpet in "Big Time Pranks". The boys also sing it boredly at the end of "Big Time Jobs" before the end.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Monkees. Gustavo even calls them this, but as a put down based on their shenanigans and hijinks.
    • The various television shows that featured S Club 7.
    • 2ge+ther, but only as far as the show being about a boy band.
    • To Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. It shares the same creator, soundtrack, and some actors. And like Ned before it, it doesn't use a Laugh Track (a rarity for Nick shows now).
  • Stage Mom: Poor Tyler, that kid in the juice commercials. He actually hides from his mother. Subverted by Mrs. Knight.
  • Strike Episode: "Big Time Strike". The band strikes because Gustavo keeps shocking them with electrocution for any imperfection or slacking off he detects. At first, they only strike for the shocking to stop, but then Katie eggs them into demanding frivolous luxuries such as an ice cream bar, personal hair salon, a hot tub, and a petting zoo.
    • Mrs. Knight also goes on strike when she feels unappreciated by Katie who keeps saying her work as a mother isn't that hard. Katie gets forced to assume her motherly duties, but she half-asses everything, giving the guys nothing but bread and mustard to eat and ruining all their white laundry to turn pink.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "Big Time Sparks," Jo asks the boys if they've seen Kendall, and Carlos assures her that he isn't at the bottom of the well.
  • Sweetheart Sipping: Invoked by Kendall in "Big Time Break", then subverted when Jo hastily reminds him that she has a (fake) boyfriend.
  • Take a Third Option: In "Big Time Returns", the boys have to decide what song to perform on Jojo Wright's radio station, either "Love Me Love Me" which Griffin suggests, or "Elevate" to Gustavo's suggestion. After a complete disagreement, they choose neither, instead going for a whole new song, "Windows Down."
  • Take That!:
    • Possibly with Lolo, the hit-predicting adviser chimp. Having an animal that doesn't know the first thing about music chosen to predict the next hit song seems to be a blatant strike against the music industry itself promoting artists predicted to be big yet doomed to fail.
    • There's also the jab on gurus Kelly makes in "Big Time Guru". She states that they were rock 'n roll poison and mentions how bands break upnote  once they "latch onto some spiritual wack-job and next thing you know, they're wearing robes and heading to Tibet and bye-bye band."
    • "Big Time Reality" was an entire episode devoted to bashing reality shows.
    • "Big Time Girl Group" could be considered one to fanfics (written by younger audiences) about girl bands coming to Palm Woods and getting together with BTR...
  • Theme Naming: With the exception of BTR themselves, most of the boy bands Gustavo managed have "boy" somewhere in them (Boy Blast, Boyquake, Boyz in the Attic, Boyzcity).
  • The 'Verse: Because of the events of "Bel Air Rush", this show takes place in the same universe as several old tv shows, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jeffersons, Diff'rent Strokes, and All in the Family.
  • Teen Genius: Logan. He even builds a working laser for a science project in a single day. Which Calos gets credit for.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Kelly does this in "Big Time Demos".
    Kelly: What are you going to do, chimp-nap Lolo?
    Kelly: I was kidding!
    • Don't forget this gem.
    Kendall: (after learning that Gustavo plans to hire a 'WWE Superstar Super-teacher' to keep an eye on them) Who are you gonna get? Chris 'The Masterpiece' Masters?!
    Gilligan Cut to Chris Masters writing his name on the chalkboard and ripping his shirt at Big Time Rush.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage:
    • In "Big Time Concert", the boys have auditions for possible replacements for James. None of them are perfect.
    • In a subplot for "Big Time Girl Group", Katie and Mrs. Knight interview various mother-daughter couples they try to befriend. One is a blond duo who don't seem to speak English, another is a pair of clown-mime performers, and another happens to be undercover secret agents.
  • That Came Out Wrong: And how, in "Big Time Crush".
    Kendall: (to Jo) I don't want to date a hot girl - I want to date you!
    Jo gives him a Death Glare as Carlos' pose screams Oh, Crap!.
  • That Poor Cat: The sound effect is used as one of the Running Gags.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Hawk does this in "Big Time Concert."
    Hawk: And this is the part where you faint.
    Gustavo: (faints)
  • This Means War!: "Big Time Live" saw Kendall start quoting the Groucho Marx line, with the rest of the band joining on the second half of the line.
    Kendall: Of course, you realize-
    Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan: This means war!
  • Those Two Guys: Abdul and Jessica, Griffin's (nearly) ever-present assistants.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Mentioned by Gustavo at the end of Big Time Crib when he decides to let the boys keep the Ultrateen Crib as their permanent room makeover.
    Gustavo: I realized today, sort of, that if you really want to train dogs properly, you need to throw them a treat now and then. So enjoy your treat. You're not getting any more.
  • Token Minority: Carlos, the show's resident Hispanic.
  • Tomboyish Name: Jo, which is short for Josephine.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jo and Camille, respectively, though it switches from time to time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a villainous example, Hawk. In his first appearance, he sends a skunk to Gustavo in an attempt to stink up Rocque Records. By "Big Time Concert" he pulls off a magnificent plan that nearly puts Rocque out of business!
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Played for laughs when the boys moved to Bel-Air and they discover that it has ridiculously strict rules, and when they can't stand it, they can't move out because no one is allowed to leave Bel-Air to maintain its reputation.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The trailers for "Big Time Concert" show that the group gets kidnapped and locked in a room before their first big concert. Then it shows the four singing with hundreds of fans around them on a stage.
    • In "Big Time Halloween", the announcer asks, "Can they change back...before their big night?" and then it shows Gustavo using his hot boy band machine to transform the boys back to normal, then performing their song at Griffin's Big Night of Fright. Then, in the episode, due to Gustavo not having sufficient energy in his machine, the boys transform back into monsters.
    • In "Big Time Break Up", almost all of the main plot was shown in the promos, and the music video for "Worldwide" was released before the actual episode aired, which showed Jo leaving.
  • Tricked into Signing: James gets conned with an autograph request from his self-proclaimed "biggest fan." Katie does it to him again by the end of the episode.
  • True Companions: The main four boys are friends 'til the end.
    James: Supermodel spokesgirls come and go. I hope. Best friends are forever.
  • Trying Not to Cry: The government man in "Big Time Wedding" states this during Buddha Bob and Mrs. Knight's wedding.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Kelly, being both female and African-American.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The A-plot focuses on the boys, Gustavo, and Kelly; the B-plot is about Katie, Mrs. Knight, and Bitters.
  • Unexpected Kindness: In "Green Time Rush", the band's class is split into several groups for an Earth Day project. The Smart Guy Logan gets paired with the large, aggressive, and Book Dumb Ozzie. He's against every project Logan pitches and refuses to help with it. He intimidates Logan... until Logan catches him remaking the model after it gets damaged, and then admitting that he's not very good with school and doesn't think he can do anything to help with the project. Seeing this, Logan asks their teacher for an extension so they can work on it as partners.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • Logan and Camille have this at some points after their break up. Didn't help that it was an on/off relationship and their own insecurities (especially Logan's).
    • It resolves definitely in the first episode of season 3.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "AWWW, HOCKEY PUCKS!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: Kennedy, a producer who has it out for Big Time Rush and refuses to have them on her show (bumping them for no good reason, even when the show is running short) finally loses it at the end of the episode. She yells that she'd rather have blank air and be fired than let them be on her show while aiming laser pointers at them.
  • The Voiceless: Just like in his previous work, there's Abdul and Jessica (Griffin's assistants). As usual, this is lampshaded when Abdul speaks for the first time in "Green Time Rush".
    Katie: (after seeing Abdul speak for the first time) So THAT's what he sounds like.
    Gustavo and Kelly: Ahhh....
  • Werewolves Are Dogs: In "Big Time Halloween", Kendall is a werewolf trying to keep his non-monster girlfriend, Jo, from learning about his werewolf status. When she tells him she knew the entire time, she points out how he does things like mark his territory, chase mailmen, and likes to play frisbee with her.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: In-Universe example, when, in "Big Time Guru," Kelly and Kendall realize that a mellow Gustavo can't write a good song.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: Carlos in "Big Time Bad Boy" when he attempts to break a board over his head and knocks himself out. Twice.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Big Time Girlfriends", Kelly calls out Gustavo for hiring an actress to be a girlfriend for Carlos, threatening Gustavo if Carlos gets his heart broken, which was expected to happen as the plan was for her to break up with Carlos after a few days.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In "Big Time Dance", the boys are expecting Gustavo to not let them hold their school dance at Rocque Records, and when he does, they spend ten seconds complaining before they realize:
    Boys: Did you say yes?
  • World of Ham: Everyone has their moments. Somewhat justified in that it's Hollywood.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Played with in the "Big Time Pranks" episode. When Gustavo and Kelly are pretending to be each other, Gustavo laughs at Kelly's attempting to mock him, but she punches him, and he falls to the floor, followed by this:
    Kelly: And you can't punch back, because I'm a girl.
    Gustavo: No you're're Gustavo.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As evidenced in "Big Time Girl Group".
    Logan: Well, they're clearly younger than us and girls so beating them up isn't an option.
    • They consider it later, but the girls keep pointing this out to them.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Camille pulls this in "Big Time Pranks" by fake crying and getting the boys to lead her outside to comfort her ... right where a whole group of girls were waiting with pies in their hands.
  • Yandere: Camille to Logan. Often, she greets him by slapping him, kissing him, and slapping him before she leaves. And yes—it's always in that order.
  • "YEAH!" Shot:
    • The theme song ends with the boys posing on their album cover which bears the show logo.
    • The final scene of the Grand Finale ends with one.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Numerous times, usually by Gustavo, Kelly, or Mrs. Knight in regards to the guys' antics.
    • In one episode, the boys try to suck up to Griffin's daughter, believing she chooses which demos are picked to be made into full albums. Going along for a while, she confesses that her father uses a totally different method of picking which acts to sign to his label:
    Boys, Gustavo and Kelly: A MONKEY picks the demos?!?!
  • You Need to Get Laid: In "Big Time Concert," when Kendall, Logan, & Carlos return to the Palm Woods, Logan and Kendall are embraced by Jo and Camille, whilst Carlos gets the same reaction from Lightning the Wonder Dog. He immediately remarks that after they get the band back together and get a new record deal, he really needs to get a girlfriend.
  • Zany Scheme: Pretty much every episode. So much so that Gustavo and Kelly actually notice when one of BTR's plans have started up.


He yells in his sleep?!

When Gustavo has to stay with the boys for the night, they find out he is as loud asleep as he is awake.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (3 votes)

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Main / LoudSleeperGag

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