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Series / Cory in the House

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Cory Baxter

Cory in the House (2007-2008) is a spinoff of That's So Raven, featuring teenager Cory Baxter and his dad living in the White House after his father is hired to work there as a chef. Cory gains two new friends: Meena, the independent-minded daughter of the Ambassador of Bahavia, and Newt, a guitar-playing ditzy guy.

This anime— we mean show contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Stickler to Meena. He might have had a chance if he wasn't misusing CIA technology to spy on her, and make it clear he spies on her. Because of it, the one time he makes a genuine attempt to ask her out on a date, she responds before he can even finish his question is "Not in a million, trillion years Stickler!"
  • Alpha Bitch: Tanisha to Sophie
  • And Starring: Rondell Sheridan
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Meena's father Raum Paroom, the Bahavian ambassador to the United States, smugly asserts the superiority of his own culture. He also forces his daughter to stand out like a sore thumb and restricts her relationships in the name of maintaining her cultural identity and not getting too assimilated in American culture. He mellows out somewhat, but still has his moments.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When Cory is disguised as his sister Raven to present new uniforms for the White House (the real Raven cannot attend because she is being hunted down for harrassing the President, who is unaware of her being Cory's sister), Newt thinks he found Love at First Sight.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The episode "Gone Wishin'" was the first third of the Wish Gone Amiss Weekend. Cory wished he was the President. His office got a red button that, once pressed, worked as a literal Reset Button Ending.
  • Brainless Beauty: Newt is a ditzy Pretty Boy.
  • Catchphrase
    • Sophie's "That's what they call me!".
    • Cory has "Coming, daddy.", said whenever one of his schemes back him up into a corner and he needs a reason to book it.
    • Victor has "I'll go pack...", said whenever Cory's schemes eventually get him in trouble.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Newt
  • Crossover: The Juicer (Cory's old bully), Raven, and Cory's pet rat make appearances.
  • Dirty Coward: Jason Stickler whenever Cory attempts to get physical with him. At one point, he even leaves Cory to face his own predicaments in the rare times he does help him out.
  • Dragged into Drag: After tackling the president, Raven forces Cory to dress up as her for the uniform presentation she was scheduled to do.
  • The Ditz: Newt.
  • Expy: A lot of recycled characters from TSR. Newt's an expy to Chelsea. Meena's an expy to Eddie. Hell, even Cory gets his own expy named Sophie.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Newt is forced to do this when he develops a crush on a new girl at school who is a childhood genius and starts to worry that she might not like him if he wasn't as smart as her.
  • First Kiss: It is revealed in the episode "Lip Service" that Newt made a childhood promise to his crush from summer camp that she will be the first girl he will ever kiss when he is older. Fortunately for Newt, Meena manages to locate said girl and reunites them together, and Newt finally gets his first kiss.
  • The Fool: Everyone. Except for characters even dumber than that, of course.
  • Funny Foreigner: Subverted with Meena. She seems well-assimilated in American culture, and her foreignness is only occasionally played for laughs.
    • Her father seems to be more of a straight example, and forced Meena into most (if not all) of her Funny Foreigner situations with his insistence on tradition.
  • Greeting Gesture Confusion: In one episode, Cory has angered Meena's father and asks Newt to teach him the proper Bahavian greeting gestures to get on his good side. Unfortunately, Newt confuses "Bahavia" with "Bahamas".
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: One scene, in which Candy Smiles straps Cory to a gurney and uses her knowledge of pressure points to exact from him whether he had manipulated her into dating him to make Meena jealous.
  • Kid Com
  • Learning to Ride a Bike: The subplot for "Just Desserts" has Victor trying to teach Sophie to ride a two-wheeler while her father is out of the country. The episode ends with Sophie finally managing to stay steady thanks to the timely arrival of President Martinez... only for both men to realize she doesn't know how to stop.
  • No Party Given: Not only is President Martinez's party affiliation never mentioned, but he rarely does anything vaguely political from which one could hazard a guess (although in real life, Latinos like him tend to be Democrats).
  • Our Presidents Are Different: The President Buffoon to be exact.
    • Also qualifies as President Minority, as he's a Latino.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • In order to buy a perfume for the First Lady as an anniversary gift, Cory sneaks the President into the mall disguised in nothing but a fake mustache. Not only does it manage to fool everyone in the mall, but he also ends up mistaken for an Identical Stranger.
    • Cory is later dressed as a girl by his sister Raven to pose as hernote  simply by wearing Raven's clothes, a wig, makeup, earrings, and balloons hidden inside his top to look like boobs. It also doesn't help that he is badly hiding his masculine voice. Meena even comments on the "resemblance" that "Raven" has to Cory.
    • After Sophie quits Cory's scam to raise money for a ski trip, Cory improvises by dressing up Meena as Sophie and turns off the lights so the tourists won't recognize Meena. It fails when Sophie turns the lights back on.
  • Phrase Catcher: Sophie is often referred to or addressed by "America's Angel!"
  • Playing Cyrano: Used hilariously in the Feigning Intelligence above example. Cory Meena and Stickler are all Cyrano to Newt's date with a smart girl. However, the President's dog steals the microphone used to contact Newt and the trio end up chasing the dog all over the White House. Unaware of what is happening, Newt starts repeating everything the dog (and everyone else who happens to be around the microphone during the chase) says with disasterous results.
  • Power Trio: Cory (Id), Newt (Ego), and Meena (Superego).