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Freaky is a New Zealand series. It's a live-action kid's show, comparable to a kid's-grade Twilight Zone. (Or, a Kiwi version of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or Goosebumps.) Set in standard places such as a mall, at home, or at school, each episode starts with a normal person going about their routine and then everything quickly turning weird.

No relation to the American horror movie.

This series exhibits the following tropes:

  • Almighty Janitor: A troublemaking student discovers too late that the school caretaker is some kind of supernatural being who commands an army of floor buffers. Said troublemaker ends up a permanent stain on the floor of the school gym.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: "Signs". Guess what moves.
  • Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: Played with in "Hitcher". Picking up hitchhikers while driving at night never seems like a good idea. Especially when the hitchhiker tells creepy ghost stories. Maybe Dad and Michael will have the last laugh when they share a story of their own...
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In "Costume", a kid acquires a pink superhero costume that bestows real superpowers on him. Until it shrinks in the wash, that is.
  • Demonic Dummy: It goes as far as turning its owner into a second doll. A poster of him can be seen flapping from a telephone pole.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Does delivering unwanted junk mail really warrant the delivery boy being transformed into a picture in one of the catalogues? Sure, there was a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on the letter box, but still...
  • Evil Elevator: Variation of this, where the elevator is bedecked with a host of traps to obliterate anyone unfortunate to tick off its operator. This manifests in a series of levels that are all potentially fatal, and may as a whole be never-ending.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: One episode had a bullied kid be given a super-suit that gave him powers. He ended up worse than the bullies, only to be faced down at the end by one of the kids he'd bullied - she has an even more powerful suit.
  • Longing for Fictionland: In "Sitcom", a girl with a troubled home life fantasizes about being part of the perfect family in her favourite Dom Com. This turns into a case of Be Careful What You Wish For when she becomes Trapped in TV Land.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In "Dog":
    "Okay, you've taken it too far. The joke's over. Let. Me. In. Now!"
    "I! Am not! An animal! I'm a human being!"
  • Suddenly Shouting: In "Braces":
    Nathan: How about I give you five bucks, and you let me get to class?
  • Swallowed Whole: A boy loves swimming, so he jumps on a waterslide, is somehow transported into prehistoric times then gets back to present day time. He decides to jump into the pool again using the diving board (as he thinks it's safe to go back to the water now) It isn't. It's now inhabited by a giant aquatic dinosaur that eats him in one bite CHOMP
  • Tested on Humans: In one episode, a girl objects to the 'cruelty' that comes from running rats in a maze. Her science teacher and the other male student scoff at this and begin to eat the rats in the maze. Mortified, the girl runs for her life, only to find that the doors are not real and she cannot open them. When the girl is cornered by the teacher and student, she is lifted into the air by a giant green hand. It turns out that the school is actually a maze, with 3 aliens studying the students... including a female one that objects to the cruelty of running humans through the maze.
  • Trapped in TV Land: In "Sitcom", a girl with problems at home gets sucked into a TV where she finds she is part of a perfect Dom Com family. She soon learns that TV perfection is not without its drawbacks.