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Series / M.I. High

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CBBC Show that premiered in 2007 and originally ended in 2011 after five series. It was revived for a further two series that aired in 2013-14. It is about a group of kids who have a secret life as spies, with a headquarters hidden in a bunker below their school. It comes from the makers of Spooks, and is best described as a Lighter and Softer version of that show.

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  • Action Girl - Although Blane was the hired muscle in series 1 and 2, both Daisy and Rose had Action Girl moments.
    • Carrie Stewart season 3 onwards.
      • Violet Webb in season 2 episode 9 "the Others"
  • Affably Evil - Quite a few of the villains
  • Almighty Janitor - Lenny Bicknall and his replacement Frank London.
  • Badass Bookworm - Rose
  • Badass Longcoat - Dehaverland in "Its a Kind of Magic"
  • Bad Humor Truck - "Spy Animals"
  • Baguette Beatdown - In "Don't Cook Now", the MI High team get in a fight in the kitchen of a restaurant. Oscar squares off against one of the bad guys who is wielding a pair of baguettes, picking up a baguette of his own to defend himself.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn
  • Brother Chuck - If you're not one of the members of the cast of season 3 (aside from the old boss and the old spies) raise your hand.
    • Hand Wave: Now, if you're not in Season 3 and haven't raised your hand yet, raise it now.
  • Bland-Name Product - Series 5 had a poltical party called the "Morris Dancing Loony Party". This was based on the 'Monster Raving Loony Party', a joke political party in Britain that used to try and get the votes of people who looked upon the real parties with disdain.
    • Another episode has "Twitcher", a parody of social networking site Twitter.
    • "50 Pence" for 50 Cent.
  • The Can Kicked Him - In "Dark Star'', Frank takes out one of Colt's henchmen with an exploding toilet.
  • The Cast Showoff - Rachel Petladwala, the actress who plays Rose, got to show off her singing in the Series 1 episode 'Eyes On Their Stars'.
    • Ben Kerfoot, who plays Oscar Cole, also got to show off his dancing in the Series 5 ep 'Bully Elliot'.
  • Conspiracy Theorist - Stewart
  • Commie Land - Boldovia in one of the series 3 episodes.(I think. It's a bit more Fascist.)
  • Cowboy Episode - In "Dark Star", an old enemy of Frank's breaks out of prison and comes gunning for him. Colt Winchester (really Colin from Winchester) and his men have adopted cowboy outfits and affectations and the whole thing plays out like High Noon.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty - The M.I. 9 fitness instructor Jed Black in "Fit to Wurst".
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  • Elaborate Underground Base
  • Everyone Can See It - Blane and Daisy. Also, occasionally, Oscar and Avril later on in Series 5.
  • Expy - Carrie was obviously supposed to be an Expy for Blane, but although Oscar had most of Daisy's roles missions-wise, his personality and backstory were completely opposite to hers.
  • The Faceless - the Grand Master. There's some Narm involving this in Vote SKUL, where Julian Bleach's nose and mouth can be seen quite clearly behind the Grand Master's scarf.
  • Five-Man Band: In Series 4 and 5.
  • Formally Named Pet - General Flopsy
  • Government Agency of Fiction - M.I. 9. Other episodes mention M.I. 4, M.I. 38 and M.I. 25.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food - the addictive wursts in "Fit to Wurst".
  • Instrument of Murder - The alpine horn in "The Visit".
  • Known Only by Their Nickname - Scoop and 50 Pence.
  • May Contain Evil - Any product SKUL uses as the basis for one if its schemes. Examples include the mind regressing beauty treatment in "Forever Young", the logos that turn kids into human/clothing hybrids in "Evil by Design", and the addictive wursts in "Fit to Wurst" to name a few.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Zoe performs one in "Mission: Incredible".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Notably, Oscar was adored by the fanbase, which probably stemmed from his appearance (tall, lots of blond curly hair, bright blue eyes) and Dark and Troubled Past, which appeared to have affected him in a way that made him completely adorable. Later on, we see that the actor is in fact an extremely good dancer.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels - In "The Wasp", Mr Flatley attempts to welcome a new deaf student to the school by signing "Hello and welcome to St. Hope's". According to Oscar, he actually asked Avril to go and buy some sausages.
  • Non-Action Guy: Tom, who doesn't accompany Dan and Aneisha on missions.
  • Nonuniform Uniform - Daisy
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome - Two in Red Button Rampage. First Blaine knocks unconscious two army men in an enclosed space, off screen, later while the climax is happening an army sergeant is dealing with a squad of reinforcements, we don't see the fight... but she comes back with a handful of dogtags!
  • Perky Goth - Avril.
  • Right-Hand Cat - parodied by the Grand Master and his right hand bunny General Flopsy.
  • Road Sign Reversal - Blaine does it in The Others.
  • School for Scheming
  • Searching the Stalls - One of Colt Winchester's henchmen does this while searching for Frank in the deserted school in "Dark Star". Figuring Frank must be in the last stall, he bursts in. Frank is actually hiding behind the bathroom door, and has rigged the toilet to blow up in the mook's face.
  • Shoe Phone - Various gadgets disguised as school paraphernalia.
  • Soapbox Sadie - Avril (Season 3-5)'s personality is essentially this. Her attempts at protesting various situations are always in vain. She is either not taken seriously or is seen as annoying and in the way. In "Doppelgangers", she criticizes the school's international dress day for stereotyping. In "The Visit", she cuffs herself to a classroom heater to protest the practices of the (fictional) country Boldovia, whose gymnastics team was visiting that episode. Even when she's summoned as a spy in the episode "The B Team" she lambasts MI 9's method of doing so 'fascist'.
  • Spy Versus Spy - M.I.9 versus S.K.U.L. (originally) and K.O.R.P.S. (in the later seasons).
  • Submarine Pirates - The Octopus from the episode "The Octopus". He uses his submarine Naughty Lass to hijack ships to steal the components he needs to make a nuclear warhead to melt the polar icecaps.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute - Frank London for Lenny Bicknall, and Scoop for 50 Pence.
  • Teen Superspy - The show hinges on this concept.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: the spies always find themselves in a situation that requires the use of whatever gadgets they were given earlier in the episode. Pretty
  • To The Bat Pole
  • Trap Door - The Grand Master has one in his office for disposing of annoying underlings.
  • Truth Serums - "Spy Animals"
  • Uncancelled: After all the show's plot threads were resolved, someone suggested a reboot.
  • Vain Sorceress - Vanessa Zeitgeist from the episode "Forever Young" is the scientific version of this trope.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World:
  • Will They or Won't They? - Blane and Daisy, sadly both characters left the show before they got together (which was inevitable).


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