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L - R: Beck, Jade, Trina, Tori, André, Cat, and Robbie.

You don't have to be afraid to put your dream in action
You're never gonna fade, you'll be the main attraction!
Not a fantasy, just remember me....
When it turns out right
'Cause you'll know that if you live in your imagination
Tomorrow, you'll be everybody's fascination!
In my victory, just remember me....
When I make it shiiiiiine!
— The opening theme "Make it Shine", sung by Victoria Justice

Victorious is a teen musical sitcom created by Dan Schneider, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2010–13.

The star of the show is Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), who gets into Hollywood Arts (a school for the arts in Hollywood) after filling in for her less-talented sister Trina (Daniella Monet) during a big showcase. Backing her up throughout the experience is André Harris (Leon Thomas III), a musically gifted boy who almost immediately warms up to her. On the flip-side, there's Jade West (Elizabeth Gillies), a dark-natured girl acting as Tori's rival. Completing the cast are Caterina "Cat" Valentine (Ariana Grande), a hypersensitive girl on her own level of reality; Robbie Shapiro (Matt Bennett), an awkward and shy guy who is rarely seen without his puppet Rex Powers; and Beck Oliver (Avan Jogia), Jade's much more mellow significant other.

As should be no surprise, Hollywood Arts is... untraditional. Students are required to customize their lockers, live music in the hallways is more rule than exception, and nobody bats an eyelash at the eccentricities of their fellow schoolmates. Some of the show's plots are derived from the school, usually dealing with performances or assignments. Other plots come from character interaction outside school walls, providing plenty of fuel for Shipping. It must be noted that, for a Nickelodeon show, the show can venture quite far into innuendo – though considering Schneider's other show that was airing at the time, this is to be expected.

It is a major part of the Nick Verse due to a major crossover (and a subsequent spin-off) with iCarly.

The show's cancellation was suddenly confirmed in August 2012 while its third season was still airing. The cast and crew did not expect the show to be cancelled, and thus only filmed three seasons; the third season was then split in half by Nickelodeon to make a fourth, with the final episode airing on February 2, 2013. As an appropriate finale episode was not written, the show was left with No Ending.

Cat Valentine returned on the same year for the spin-off Sam & Cat, this time alongside Sam Puckett from iCarly as her co-protagonist.

Tropes in this series include:

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  • Absent Animal Companion: When the Jade and Beck break up, she buys him a dog so he will take her back. The dog ends up attacking Beck's dad. The dog doesn't appear in any other episodes, with no explanation. Presumably Beck didn't want to keep it after it attacked his dad.
  • Absurd Phobia: Andre's grandma is afraid of the weirdest things: people, umbrellas, rabbis, bikinis, breakfast foods...
    Andres: The womnan would burst into flames.
  • Abusive Parents: Robbie's mom moved out at some point, but moved back in for a time during "Locked Up!". When asked about her return home, Robbie says that she's "giving him another chance", implying that his mother left to get away from him.
  • Action Girl: This seems to be what Trina actually does best, as she appears to make up in physical strength, agility and fighting skill, even when drugged up to the gills ("Freak The Freak Out") what she lacks in singing ability. In "Freak The Freak Out", Tori had to tie Trina up to control her, and later, Beck, Andre and Robbie could barely keep her under control. In '"Helen Back Again", Trina is also seen practicing martial arts, which becomes a Chekhov's Skill later in the episode.
  • Adults Are Useless: Pretty much so, as all the main teens seem to exist without supervision, curfews or responsibilities, and in some cases the kids (especially hinted at with Robbie and Jade) come from much more troubled or neglectful homes. Tori's parents (who are the only ones we see, except for one brief appearance each of Jade and Beck's fathers) originally seemed to be the exception, but by season 3 they're either absent or completely apathetic to raising their children.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • That car Robbie got from his uncle in "A Film by Dale Squires."
    • One also has to wonder how that piece of crap Festus owns gets him to work every day.
    • Cat's brother's car, from the muffin under the seat and the top that won't go up to the windscreen wipers that fly off when used.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Played for laughs in "Wi-Fi in the Sky" where Beck is taking care of a puppy for his neighbor. When Jade discovers that his neighbor is a cheerleader, she storms over to his house and stays there until the neighbor returns from cheer practice to pick up the dog. An hour later the neighbor arrives— she is about 9 or 10. Cue mortified scowling by Jade.
  • All Periods Are PMS: Sorta. Jade gets through "that time of the month" by talking about stuff she hates.
  • Almost Kiss: Between Tori and Beck in "Tori Goes Platinum" as they have a heart-to-heart talk about the former's problem. They are interrupted by Mrs. Vega.
  • Always Identical Twins: Lampshaded when Andre and Beck, who look nothing alike, are cast as identical twins in a play.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Andre's grandmother, who has No Indoor Voice also will act that way anywhere at anytime.
    • Robbie's grandmother criticized him on a video chat while he was trying to do a computer presentation for still bringing his puppet to school and asking him how to get on the internet.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: The main setting of the show is a performing arts school and the students are often involved in the making of movies and short films. Notably, the episode "Slap Fight" revolves around the main characters trying to make a short film for a school project. Things hit a roadblock when the main characters become obsessed with their social media followings and ignore the project. By the end of the episode, the characters manage to kick their social media obsession and finish the project. However, judging by their teacher's reaction to the final product, it wasn't that good.
  • Anti-Climax: The episode "Robbie Sells Rex" had a masked guy flour bombing different characters. At the end, they finally catch him and remove his mask to was a random guy who went to another school and was bored with his school on break.
  • Apple of Discord: "Three Girls and a Moose." Tori, Jade and Cat vying for the attention of this new guy Beck brought over, not only driving them apart but away from Beck, Andre and Robbie.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Jade made Andre fall for her with just her singing in "Jade Gets Crushed." Tori helps Andre to overcome his crush by the end of the episode.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • "Prom Wrecker"
    Sherry: People are mad! There's no band, there was a freaky video...
    Andre: And uh, Doug's diaper doesn't fit him so well.
    • And in "Locked Up":
    Beck: Our friend is hallucinating!
    Tori: An escaped prisoner crashed through our window and was dragged out by Yerbanian soldiers!
    Cat: And our bed is lumpy.
    • "Driving Tori Crazy"
    Cat: Tori! You missed first and second periods!
    Tori: I know!
    Cat: And you look all messy!
    Tori: I know.
    Cat: And that shirt is NOT a good color on you.
    Tori: (stares at Cat shocked)
    • "Crazy Ponnie"
    Sikowitz: She's crazy! A loony bat! She stole things, carried weird stuff in her backpack, called everyone Debby.(At Ponnie) A real nutcase!
  • Artistic License – Music: Andre "plays" the piano by hitting keys randomly. Yet the piano makes perfectly good music.
  • As Himself:
    • Perez Hilton in "WiFi in the Sky."
    • Kenan Thompson in "iParty with Victorious"
    • Kesha in "Ice Cream For Ke$ha"
    • Gary Busey in "A Christmas Tori"
    • Played for laughs in the blooper special "Blooptorious" where Rex is given the name Christopher Cane who emcees the special. His "name" is even in the opening credits "as himself."
  • Asian Airhead: In "Driving Tori Crazy", while most of the girls in the car with Beck were of less than normal intellect, the Asian one in the front seat kind of took the prize with the constant gum twirling and vacant way of speaking.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In "Robarazzi":
    Robbie: You guys know my blog on The Slap?
    Cat: Dot com?
    Robbie: No, dot gov. YES, DOT COM!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: As with her airheaded nature, it's not difficult to distract Cat. A sterling example is seen in the Pilot:
    Sikowitz: "Cat, your line had to start with an S!"
    Cat: "Salami!"
    Sikowitz: "It's too late, Cat."
    Cat: "Awwww, my life's the worst!"
    Sikowitz: "Here's a piece of candy."
    Cat: "Yay, I love candy!" (happily walks off the stage)
  • Attention Whore: Trina fancies herself the most talented person in school, and will take any opportunity to prove it. To illustrate, Trina does not have birthdays—she has birthweeks because one day isn't enough.
  • Auto Erotica: In "Robarazzi," one of Robbie's "reporters" sneaks into the back of Beck's car and records a conversation between him and Jade about it (Beck for it, Jade against it). The argument is cut short when Jade realizes they're being spied on.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Sky Store specializes in these types of products such as a fake snow machine that shoots snow that's toxic when ingested, a face for a tree, and floating underwear
  • Ax-Crazy: Ponnie, real name Fawn. She spends the episode of "Crazy Ponnie" gaslighting Tori into thinking she's not real, and eventually tries to murder her. She claims that her vendetta against Tori is from Hollywood Arts kicking her out to make room for Tori to enroll instead, but Sikowitz denies this and says she was expelled because of how crazy she was.
  • Bad News in a Good Way: Robbie and Cat get the idea to help their schoolmates pass on bad news in song in the episode, "Tori and Jade's Playdate."
  • Base on Wheels: Beck's trailer, which pops up a few times throughout the series. In "Survival of the Hottest," the crew uses it to drive to the beach, only to get stuck when an RV parks right in front of the door, locking them all inside in the boiling heat.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: The show's main characters are teenage girls who bare their midriffs from time to time.
    • Tori shows a significant amount of midriff in multiple episodes, which is quite rare for a protagonist, especially in a show centered for younger viewers.
    • Jade bares hers in "Survival of the Hottest", while wearing a bikini, and in "One Thousand Berry Balls:, in her western/Hawaiian outfit, which shows her diaphragm.
    • Lampshaded in "Sleepover at Sikowitz's":
    Tori (as a police officer): I can see your belly button!
    Jade (as a farm girl): Why yes, that is my belly button!
    Tori: Have you ever thought of filling it with raisin bran?
  • Batman Gambit: In "Freak the Freak Out," the group is insulted by two girls named Hayley and Tara while at Karaoke Dokie, so Cat and Jade challenge them to a sing-off. Despite clearly being favored by the crowd, Cat and Jade lose because Hayley's father owns the place, and always crowns his daughter and Tara as the winners. Cat and Jade challenge them again, with the caveats that A) the winner must be chosen by the audience, and B) Hayley and Tara can pick anyone from the crowd. They choose Tori, who Cat and Jade had disguised as a hideous stranger, knowing that Hayley and Tara would pick her. Tori proceeds to bring the house down, and Hayley and Tara are humiliated.
  • Beach Episode: "Survival of the Hottest" is a subversion, since the main cast (except for Cat) spent very little screen time actually at the beach, having been trapped in Beck's RV for most of the episode.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Most of the main cast is attractive, talented, and popular.
  • Beef Bandage: When Trina starts complaining about pain after getting her wisdom teeth removed, Tori rummages through the freezer, looking for something to soothe her pain. She finds a bag of peas, which Trina complains about because she doesn't like peas. However, she changes her tune once the peas are on her mouth.
  • The Bet: The wager Hayley and Tara make with Jade and Cat in "Freak the Freak Out". If they win, Hayley has to make out with Beck; if they lose, they have to babysit Trina.
  • Betty and Veronica: Jade as the haughty Veronica, Tori as the friendly Betty, and Beck as the laidback Archie. This trope is in full force in the Pilot, but not so much in the series, as Beck and Tori keep a strictly platonic friendship and he remains in his relationship with Jade. The only time a possible romance pops up between the two comes after Jade and Beck break up, but after their Almost Kiss, Tori decides against it so as not to hurt Jade.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • In "Freak The Freak Out", Cat is actually the one to declare that if Hayley and Tara lose against Louise (Tori in disguise) in a round of karaoke by vote of the audience, they would have to 'babysit' Trina, who was drugged up from her wisdom tooth removal and fought off anyone who'd try to tame her. It may show that Cat was more pissed about the contest being rigged than Jade.
    • Beck in Tori Tortures Teacher or A Christmas Tori is not very pretty when angry or sleep deprived.
    • If Rex is just a way for Robbie (meek and mild-mannered) to speak his real thoughts, this may apply to him, as he has no problem openly insulting virtually everyone.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Tori repeatedly tries to befriend Jade, despite how the later constantly torments her. In one episode, Jade is even able to get Tori to help her out by suggesting she would consider her a friend. When asked why she does this, Tori explained that she would rather be Jade's friend than constantly fighting her. While Jade refuses to call Tori a friend, she definitely has gotten closer to her than she was at the start of the series.
  • BFG: Ke$ha's glitter guns in "Ice Cream For Ke$ha."
  • Big Damn Heroes: Cat, of all people, becomes this in "Survival of the Hottest", opening the door to Beck's RV when the other trailer left some time earlier, freeing Tori and the others.
  • Big Little Sister: Tori is a year younger than Trina and yet, she's noticeably taller.
  • Big "NO!": Basically Jade's favorite word.
    • At the end of "The Bad Roommate", Jade tries to reshoot a picture that has previously caused her humiliation. So what happens this time around during the reshoot? Robbie accidentally trips over on Jade and the end picture shows the two appearing to be intimate.
    • Also in "Terror on Cupcake Street", when Cat began singing the Sesame Street Theme Song, Jade screams "NO!" in protest.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    • The Diddlybops and their song are stylistically similar to Yo Gabba Gabba!, a major program for Nick Jr..
    • "Brain Squeezers" seems to be an extreme deconstruction of children's game shows which are more about the stunts than actual gameplay, of which Nickelodeon has produced many.
  • Black Comedy:
    • This show is made of it.
    Jade: (crying) "I got a little make-up on your pillow..."
    Tori: "That's OK... I'll just ask my grandmother to make me another one... If she ever comes back to life."
    • The entire episode of Tori Gets Stuck: A toy car lodged in Robbie's intestinal tract since childhood. Tori loses THREE pints of blood in the "donating blood to Robbie" plot-line, one of which splashes on both of them. On the side, Trina deliberately contracts herself tuberculosis in order to play her role in the play well. Trina insists it's "just pneumonia".
    • "Ice Cream For Ke$ha": Tori's bathing Trina (It Makes Sense in Context, sorta), Trina's being her normal rude self. Tori pushes her head under the water, cut to commercialnote .
    • In "Who Did It To Trina": One of the carabiner clips in Trina's harness breaks apart while she's airborne during a play and sends her flying back and forth across the stage. After about 20 minutes of Whodunnit? drama and concluding that it was an unfortunate accident, we later find out that Rex sabotaged it due to Trina smacking him and calling him a "puppet".
    • In "Car, Rain and Fire", Tori reveals that she didn't pass her driving test because she didn't see the old lady in the wheelchair. In Tori's defense, she did signal before she hit her.
    • In Beggin On Your Knees, Cat finds her phone number being the same one that's meant to be for an emergency service for those who had car accidents. Finding it fun, Cat either gives them useless advice, or tells those who call her that help is on the way despite her having no power to actually send them help. It's implied that one caller dies while talking with her.
      • In the same episode, when Andre's friends ask him to stay at Tori's house and help them write a song, he eventually caves, saying "Fine, I'll just celebrate my 98 year old grandfather's birthday with him next year...maybe!"
    • In The Worst Couple, as Jade and Beck are arguing, Cat stands between them with her hands pressed against her ears, chanting to herself: "I'm under my bed, I'm under my bed...". Not to mention her running over Sinjin is Played for Laughs.
    • In Driving Tori Crazy, Jade drives Tori out to the desert with a shovel in the backseat.
    • Brain Squeezers could pass as this. Most of the characters get put through so much torture, it's unbelievable.
  • Blame the Paramour: When Tori and Jade meet, they get off on the immediate wrong foot, with Jade bullying Tori during their improv exercise. For revenge, Tori kisses Beck in front of the whole class, knowing that Beck is Jade's boyfriend. This results in Jade considering Tori her enemy for the next several episodes, while still dating Beck for a while afterward.
  • Blatant Lies: The fun facts on TheSlap.
    Traditionally, Italian princesses bathe in blueberry juice.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The arrow that goes through Melinda's hand was particularly clean, yet she's wheeled into an ambulance.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Robbie dropping a blood bag which explodes all over him and Tori in "Tori Gets Stuck."
  • Blood Transfusion Plot: In "Tori Gets Stuck" Tori is roped into donating blood for Robbie's surgery as they're both O-. Jade swipes the first pint, Robbie drops and splatters the second pint, and donating a third pint leaves Tori too dizzy to perform.
  • Bottle Episode:
    • "Who Did it to Trina" only uses three previously existing sets and only has main and recurring cast members.
    • The only new set in "The Breakfast Bunch" is the library and the only character outside of the main cast to appear is Vice Principal Dickers (and a cameo from the "iParty With Victorious" panda). Also counts as Locked in a Room.
    • The entire episode "Wi-Fi in the Sky" takes place on a plane.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Two boys with a slingshot break Andre's pear phone in "Opposite Date".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Rex posts a worried question about the episode "Rex Dies" on TheSlap.
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: Cat frequently mentions weird things about her brother, at one point bringing up the fact that he once got shot by a clown.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In the pilot, Sikowitz asks Tori if she'd thought of entering the class room through the window, before encouraging her to do think about it. Several episodes later, Sikowitz does that very thing. (In the unedited version of the pilot, he also enters through the window before ever suggesting it to Tori.)
    • Gets a Call-Back in Crazy Ponnie when Jade does this to sneak up on Cat.
    • Coconut milk giving Sikowitz visions. A joke made in the first season pays off in the third season. It's how Trina got into Hollywood Arts.
  • Brief Accent Imitation:
    • Shows up in the acting class, for obvious reasons.
    • Jade does this whenever she mockingly imitates Tori.
  • Broken Aesop: In "Tori Gets Stuck", Tori can't star in Steamboat Suzie after giving three pints of blood and Jade, her understudy, is disqualified because of her actions during the episode. So Sikowitz is left as the only one capable of playing the lead role in a play about women being able to do anything men can do.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sikowitz is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander who gets visions from coconut milk and enters the classroom through the window. That said, all the Hollywood Arts students greatly admire him and love his classes.
    Jade: (about Sikowitz) "He's not completely right in the head, but the man's a great acting teacher."
  • Butt-Monkey
    • Robbie. every episode sees him either injured, insulted, or otherwise shown in an unfairly negative light. For example in "Helen Back Again", he buys Sinjin's bike and Helen promptly runs over it with her car, but only after he pays for it.
    • Trina, Tori's older but woefully untalented sister. Her complete and utter inability to either act or sing no matter how hard she tries is a huge Running Gag in the show. In "Freak the Freak Out," taking care of her while she's healing from a wisdom tooth removal is seen as so awful that her own parents don't want to do it, and it's the punishment Hayley and Tara get for losing the singing competition.
    • Sinjin, a background character at the school known (and mocked) largely for his bizarre quirks. Lampshaded in "Tori Gets Stuck" where Jade complains about being cheated and humiliated. Sinjin tells her that it was something to get used to and Robbie nods in agreement.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: The accident in "Who Did it To Trina?" has one of the walls of the set fall on Trina. Her injury would have been worse if it wasn't the door that fell on her.
  • Call-Back: Most of the music played at the party in iParty With Victorious. Included in the mix: "Number One" by Ginger Fox, which was also featured in Freak The Freak Out, "Give It Up" by Jade and Cat, "The Joke Is On You" from Wok Star and the iCarly episode iGet Pranky, and "The Queen of White Lies" by The Orion Experience, which appeared at the end of Stage Fighting.
  • The Cameo:
    • There are a couple of iCarly magnets hidden in various episodes: on the Vegas' fridge in the pilot and on the locker door Helen rips off at the end of Helen Back Again, for example.
    • Another iCarly reference - Jerry Trainor (Spencer) and Nathan Kress (Freddie) both appear in the audience in separate episodes where Trina is playing a lead role.
    • In Stage Fighting, the girl who played Tammy (the girl from Tennessee) from The Girls Room in The Amanda Show appears as the girl in the hall who Rex puts his hand on creepily.
    • In Wok Star, Josh Peck of Drake & Josh fame, shows up at the end of Jade's play to congratulate her, only to be brushed off.
    • Drake Bell from Drake and Josh, and Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell both show up in the April Fools episode.
  • Captain Obvious: From the episode Survival Of The Hottest (aka Stuck In an RV):
    Jade: "We... we gotta get out of here."
    Tori: "Yeah... Thank you! Catherine Obvious!"
    Jade: "The expression is 'thank you, Captain Obvious'."
    Tori: "It's not 'Catherine'?"
    Trina: "No..."
    Beck: "Who would Catherine be?"
    Tori: (upset) "Catherine could be a captain!"
  • Casanova Wannabe: Rex. Yeah, the puppet goes around flirting with women. Needless to say, it never works.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Cat tells Robbie she can't go to Prom with him because she has a date, who happens to be from another school. Robbie doesn't believe her, but it turns out he does indeed exist.
    • "Crazy Ponnie" is about Tori trying to convince the others that Ponnie is a real person (and later, that she is trying to sabotage her) but they all believe Tori is losing her mind. Ponnie turns out to be a former student named Fawn who thinks she was expelled to make room for Tori—it was actually due to her crazy behavior.
  • Casting Gag: In-Universe with Andre and Beck cast as identical twins.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Cat's "What's that supposed to mean!?" (though that seems to have died out since the second half of season one)
    • Sikowitz's "Dear Gandhi!"
    • Tori's "I don't talk like that!" in response to Jade imitating Tori's supposed accent, but that gag seems to have gone dead.
    • Cat's "One time, my brother..." followed by a Noodle Incident.
    • Jade saying that something is painful, weird or torturous but not 'the good kind' of that kinkyness.
    • Cat's "What-y?" after saying something that causes everyone else to glare at her.
  • Changing Yourself for Love: In one episode, Cat meets a boy while she was wearing a blonde wig for a short film she was shooting. She lets him think she's a natural blonde as she worries that's the only reason he asked her out. However, eventually her wig is knocked off and the boy sees her actual hair. He admits he thinks she's beautiful, but prefers to date blondes and breaks it off with her.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: "Ice Cream for Ke$ha"
    Sinjin: Run for it Tori! Run straight home and don't stop until you get there!
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Cat's costume class helps save the day in "Beck Falls For Tori."
    • Trina's Martial Arts skills in "Helen Back Again"
    • Subverted in "The Hambone King." Tori has Sinjin throw eggs at Robbie for his hambone training, which would have been useful in the actual duel when the other guy's buddy throws a sushi at Robbie to throw him off his game. While Robbie does lose, Tori takes over, and deals with the exact same problem by catching the sushi in her mouth.
  • Chewing the Scenery:
    • From the song All I Want is Everything: "As long as it's alright, at least we know that we're alive!"
    • And in the same episode, the chancellor and his judge sure enjoyed this trope too.
  • Childish Older Sibling:
    • Trina Vega is narcissistic, rude, and desperate for fame. This often results in Tori, the younger Vega, needing to act as her keeper, such as babysitting Trina when she's delirious from having her wisdom teeth removed, or needing to reel her in when Trina's bothering celebrities.
    • Based off the stories that Cat has told about him, Cat's older brother is even more of a deranged oddball than she is.
  • Christmas Episode: A Christmas Tori
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: David Vega, Tori's Dad, only made one brief appearance after season 2 and his absence is mostly unexplained, which is also when the show started going with the rather risque Running Gag of a heavily implied affair between Tori's Mom and one of his colleagues.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Jade towards Beck. Justified as Beck has shown receptiveness to the advances of other girls.
    • Hope appeared to be this with Andre. It's never stated, but it's clear that she didn't like Tori for some reason.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    Cat: "I make it [her hair] this color because I love red velvet cupcakes, and this is the exact same color of a red velvet cupcake!" (puts hair in mouth) "...But it tastes like hair."
    • Cat even recounted Tori and Jade to be within the Drake & Josh episode I Love Sushi to tell a story behind Trina's accident, which had no connection to the event whatsoever.
    Cat: Oh. Then I don't know what happened with Tori and Trina. Can I have some oatmeal?
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Or something like that: Trina's uniform in "Helen Back Again", which was blue with a yellow belt, is actually a Vovinam Gi, not a Karate Gi. Also, unlike Karate, a yellow belt is the equivalent of a black belt; Trina Vega of all people is a highly skilled martial artist.
  • Common Crossover:
    • In "Freak The Freak Out", Haley and Tara and later, Sikowitz sing the song "Number One" by Ginger Fox.
    • Tori's new principal is Helen from Drake & Josh.
    • In "April Fools Blank", Tori briefly passes through the set of iCarly before finding herself on a game show.
  • Companion Cube: Rex. Robbie has to take him everywhere, and was crushed when he thought Rex was going to die.
  • Concert Episode: The episode "Ice Cream for Ke$ha" is this, which revolved around the cast trying to win a contest in order to get a private concert from Kesha.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Stage Fighting, Tori takes up the French horn, but clearly sucks at it, as shown by Andre taking it off her and playing it expertly. Several episodes later (in Beck's Big Break, though the first episode filmed after that one) she takes up the piccolo, leading to this conversation:
    Tori: "Hey hey! Look what I got!"
    Andre: "A piccolo?"
    Tori: "It's my new instrument!"
    Cat: "I thought you were learning how to play the fr-"
    Tori: "It didn't work out!"
    • In "Cat's New Boyfriend", Tori gets lectured for kissing Cats boyfriend and Jade tells her "Those things upset some girls." She's probably referring to Tori kissing Beck in the Pilot.
    • In "The Wood", they ask Tori what the worst thing she's ever done was:
    Tori: "Hmm, so I threw hot cheese on my friend and then made out with her boyfriend, who happened to be my ex-boyfriend. But it was okay, because she punched me in the face afterwards."
    • In "Ice Cream for Ke$ha", Lendell, the loser who was set up on a date with Trina in "Rex Dies", is seen to still be calling her, much to her dissatisfaction.
    • In "Stage Fighting", Jade notes how Tori doesn't know many of the technical terms in theater. This comes back to annoy Jade even more in "Tori Gets Stuck", when she is chosen as Tori's understudy in a play... and Tori doesn't know what an understudy is.
    • Episodes aired after "Wok Star" have Jade mocking Tori on the way she talks, as seen in "Beck Falls For Tori", "Ice Cream for Ke$ha", "Prom Wrecker" and "Locked Up!". Here's a compilation.
    • In iParty With Victorious, Tori suggests that they expose her and Carly's cheating boyfriend to the entire party to punish him, just like she did to Ryder in "Begging On Your Knees."
    • Kenan also says that to Tori, "I know you're not from Northridge".
    • In Who Did It To Trina?, Jade (in her flashback) says that Tori mentions that she's pretty. Tori says that she said nothing of the kind, and Jade asks 'So you don't think I'm pretty?' Later, in Tori and Jade's Playdate, Jade says that others might think Tori's pretty; when she then says that Tori could say that she (Jade) is also pretty, Tori agrees - which leads to an uncomfortable silence from both.
    • Mason Thornesmith (who first appeared in "Tori Goes Platinum") makes his second appearance in "Robbie Sells Rex." His office is also shown again. In "Robbie Sells Rex" Cat keeps asking for some Bibble which is a fictional British snack that she got addicted to in the subplot of "Tori Goes Platinum." There is also a reference to "Rex Dies" in "Robbie Sells Rex."
    • In Helen and Back Helen mentions her fame as a child star, being the manager of the Premiere theater and muses regarding the Hollywood Arts students, "Even Crazy Steve wasn't this crazy!"
    • "Three Girls and a Moose" calls back to "A Christmas Tori" when Moose brings up "The Scissoring." Not only does Jade still have the scissors prop from the movie that Cat gave her, she now has a costume from the movie and the DVD too.
    • They made sure to bring up that Andre once had a crush on Jade during "Tori Fixes Beck and Jade."
      • Jade also uses the secret passageway from the library to the janitor's closet from "The Breakfast Bunch."
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • Let us simply say that Cat's Drake & Josh flashback in "Who Did To Trina", the episode following the introduction of Helen as the new principal of Hollywood Arts, raised some interesting questions about continuity and leave it at that.
    • There's also the problem of Nozu and Mrs. Lee. Tori and the gang met her at Wok Star in Wok Star, and we saw her once again in Andre's Horrible Girl - however, a full season earlier, in Tori Gets Stuck, Tori asks the gang if they want to go to Nozu after school for sushi! Now, that wouldn't be a problem, except that Tori and Andre act as if it's their first visit to Nozu (when they visit in Andre's Horrible Girl), and Mrs. Lee specifically says she used the insurance money from Wok Star burning down to build Nozu!
    • In "The Bad Roommate" Trina buys a first-place trophy to decorate her bedroom, and Tori apparently forgot that the gang did just that in "The Great Ping Pong Scam." Or maybe she'd agreed to keep it secret?
    • In "Prom Wrecker", it is stated that Hollywood Arts never had a prom before, yet in the Pilot episode, Rex says that Cat is still mad that no one asked her to the last prom. This can be attributed to Early-Installment Weirdness.
  • Converting for Love: Robbie asks Trina if she would be willing to convert to Judaism while he is infatuated with her. It's not a dealbreaker, though.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In "Tori Goes Platinum", Jade calls Tori a liar in this way in class. Sikowitz then gets upset at Jade for doing it incorrectly.
    Sikowitz: Aw c'mon Jade. That's not how you call Tori a liar through cough talk. You do it like "(coughs) liar, (coughs) liar." C'mon everyone try it.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Notably averted with I Want You Back, which keeps female pronouns for the song's subject, even though it's sung by Tori.
  • Cover Version:
    • I Want You Back is a song from The Jackson Five.
    • Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds, the theme song of The Breakfast Club, is covered by Tori in the episode The Breakfast Bunch, which parodies said film.
    • "Cheer Me Up" by Natasha Bedingfield is covered by Tori for her audition in "Tori Goes Platinum."
    • The song Jade sings in Jade Gets Crushed is a brief cover of Okay by Backhouse Mike (who has composed and scored 150 songs for Schneider projects, including the theme to Sam & Cat.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Jade Dumps Beck:
    Tori: Beck said you haven't done one nice thing for him in two years.
    Jade: That is so not true. We've only been dating for a year and eleven months.
  • Compressed Vice: Obsession with followers on, just in time to interfere with the gang's school project, in "The Slap Fight."
  • Crapsack World:
    • If you're anything like Robbie, Sinjin, or the Quartets, people are going to treat you like shit. Sure, Tori and Andre are portrayed as nice people, but both didn't even bat an eye in rejecting the Quartets, whose audiences in "Beggin' On Your Knees" look bored during their performance.
    • Yerba. Never go there, unless you like civil war, secret police, kangaroo courts, far below sub-standard living conditions, and deadly insects.
  • Creator Killer: In-universe example, "The Diddly Bops." The "favorite foods" song nearly does this to Andre as the record company he was vying for almost dropped him after seeing a video on the net of him in costume dancing to the song (it was a one-time favor for a kids birthday party), even putting him in a Heroic BSoD - until he dragged himself out by re-tooling the song to be more R&B.
  • Could Say It, But...: Tori could have reported Jade for faking the accident but didn't. She then lampshades her reason.
    Tori:'Cause. We both go to school here and it's not gonna be fun for either one of us if we're fighting all the time.
  • Creepy Twins: The burglars in "Wanko's Warehouse" are actually more of the 'fixin' to hurt you' kind of creepy.
  • Crossover:
    • iParty With Victorious.
    • One of Tori's friends in her messenger list is Mindy Crenshaw. Helen Dubois became a Hollywood Principal. All while Drake & Josh is a TV show within the Victorious universe.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • In "Prom Wrecker", Cat wasn't lying about having a date named Tug, but it isn't until Robbie bails on her that he actually shows up.
    • In "The Blonde Squad", Cat falls for a boy while still wearing her blonde wig, but fears he won't like her if she takes it off. After several urges from Tori, she takes her wig off...and he breaks up with her because he's only attracted to blondes.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Tori and Jade sing "Take a Hint", Jade sings "but it always seems to bite me in the-" followed up by Tori singing "ask". The chorus includes "Get your hands off my hips / 'Fore I punch you in the lips / Stop your staring at my- HEY!". They were probably gonna say "tits" to make the rhyme work.
  • Cute Bruiser: Cat is undeniably cute, yet she managed to almost break Tori's nose in one punch.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: At the hospital after said punch...
    Nurse: How'd this happen?
    Tori: I, uhh, fell.

  • Dance Party Ending: Crossed with Brick Joke at the end of "Tori the Zombie." Sinjin as a Disco Dan. That is all.
    Jade: Sinjin, kill the disco!
    Sinjin: You can't kill disco!
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The show got edgier as it went on, with season 3 kinda topping it.
    • Specifically, "Locked Up!". Some very disturbing things happen in Yerba. Most of it takes place at night or in poorly lit rooms.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Jade Dumps Beck" and "Wok Star" are more about Jade than Tori. And to a lesser extent, "Stage Fighting" can be counted as well.
    • "Freak The Freak Out" is actually a Trina-centric episode, as everything centers around her and her mouth surgery.
  • Deal with the Devil: The plot of Tori Goes Platinum. The Corrupt Corporate Executive Mason convinces Tori to build a massive Jerkass persona in order to create buzz for herself and her upcoming appearance in the Platinum Music Awards.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "The Gorilla Club":
    Cat: One time my brother went to a home for troubled girls.
    Tori: Why?
    Cat: To meet troubled girls.
    • Tori's status update towards the end of "Tori Tortures Teacher":
    Sometimes I feel dumb.
    Feeling: Dumb
    • "Attention Wanko's Shoppers, you're shopping at Wanko's."
  • Depending on the Writer:
  • Detention Episode: "The Breakfast Bunch" has Tori and the gang spending the entire episode in detention.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • In the climax of "Survival of the Hottest", Cat suddenly opens the door to the RV, freeing Tori and the gang leading them to realize the other RV left some time before and they didn't know it.
    • A blatant one in "Andre's Horrible Girl" when a convenient earthquake causes enough damage to the house where Cat's dogsitting to mask the damage Robbie did cause. And KO the titular horrible girlfriend with a falling sign.
  • Disco Sucks: In an episode when Sinjin accidentally hits a button that causes a disco ball to appear from the ceiling, he's told to "kill the disco." He responds with "You can't kill disco."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The show does this a lot.
    • In "Jade Dumps Beck", Trina physically threatens Robbie because he refuses to write a good review of her play.
    • Jade went out of her way to keep Tori from playing the lead in "Tori Gets Stuck." The biggest part of this was leafing through Tori's medical records and exploiting them to make her donate two pints of blood in one night (Jade purposely misplaced the first pint). Rule of Funny, since you'd be advised to wait eight weeks to recover after donating one pint (never mind the third Tori ended up donating, which was Robbie's fault and might have been life-threatening had the show treated it more realistically).
    • In "Locked Up", while it's subverted when the chancellor not only sentences Tori to four years in prison all because of her shoe malfunction that blinded him, it's then taken up to eleven when he then sentences the entire rest of the gang after Robbie accidentally kills his electric clock and octopus!
    • "Who Did It To Trina:" Rex sabotaged the harness which lead to Trina being injured. All because she punched him in the face.
    • Robbie is viciously beaten up by a group of mothers because he offered their kids ice cream. Which he brought in a bucket and announced loudly, clearly not trying to be sneaky and steal their kids. And he was on his bike. They apparently chased him into an alley and beat him with sticks, stepped on his throat, and he has a black eye for the rest of the episode.
    • Jade shaving Cat's head just because she accidentally waxed her eyebrows. Or forcing Cat to eat an entire bowl of bush peas because Cat inadvertently tweeted about an embarrassing picture of her.
    • Jade even goes all out, attempting to sabotage Tori's prome, from premiering a scary video in front of the attendees, cancelling the band to perform there, and even hiring a guy only wearing a loose diaper to dance at the prome, all because Sikowitz had her performance cancelled at the asphalt café for Tori's prome. Tori does manage to get her back at the end though.
  • The Diss Track: Tory once sang such a song to a guy who went out with her, as away to get her to do all the work on their group project, and had the intent of dumping her once their teacher gave them their grade. Tory used the other girls that he had conned in the same way as her back up singers.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Cat punched Tori in the nose... albeit on request from Tori, but still, where have we heard the "I fell down" routine to explain suspicious facial injuries before?
  • A Dog Named "Cat": In "Tori Tortures Teacher", Sikowitz misses his ex-girlfriend's pet Bunny and mentions how she would hop around. Assuming Bunny to be a rabbit, Tori gets him a rabbit the next day in an attempt to cheer him up, only to learn that Bunny is actually a cat. When asked about the hopping, Sikowitz explains that she's missing a leg.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Victoria Justice performs the opening theme, "Make It Shine."
  • Doomed Autographed Item: One episode has Cat house sitting for her Mom's boss, who owns many valuable things, including a guitar signed by Elvis. Jade invites herself along, claiming to want to spend time with Cat, but really wanting to make Beck jealous. She ends up breaking the guitar. The two invite Beck and Robbie over to fix it, but they end up breaking more things. When it looks like Cat's Mom's boss will find out what happened, an earthquake hits and gets blamed for causing all the damage.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Averted with Andre's girlfriend Hope. While Played for Laughs, it's evident that the viewers are supposed to feel sympathy for Andre, and think that Hope got what she deserved by the end of the episode.
    • Beck and Jade's relationship is a slightly more ambiguous example, mainly because it's unclear if Jade's treatment of Beck counts as abuse or not. She's never assaulted him onscreen (although it's stated in Jade Dumps Beck that she threw a rock at him) and she's typically not verbally abusive toward him, as she is to the other characters. However, her jealousy and possessive nature are often hand waved by the fact that he gets a lot of attention from other girls, therefore making it his fault.
    • When Robbie writes a negative review of Trina's one-woman show, she spends the rest of the episode physically assaulting and even threatening to kill him. It's treated as a comical overreaction on her part, and the happy ending goes to her because she finds the humor in her show after Robbie reviews it as such instead of the drama it was supposed to be. Andre even laughs at Robbie's expense at one point. It's doubtful it would have been treated nearly so humorously if the genders were swapped.
    • While not outright abuse, another episode has Trina spread a rumor that Beck asked her out on a date to make other guys jealous. She forces a kiss on him when a group of guys pass by, with Beck exclaiming that she bit his lip (which is treated as a joke). Given, Beck (with help from Andre and Robbie) gets revenge on her in the end. The lesson being that spreading lies isn't good, when really, what Trina did was sexual harassment and assault.
    • When Tori, Andre, Jade, and Cat hire Andre's cousin Kendra to execute her revenge plot on Dale in "A Film by by Dale Squires" Kendra assaults Dale after lying on a talk show that he abandoned her after a date. Some security guards try to restrain her, but the show host treats the assault a good thing and he and the audience cheer her on.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Well, the Kid-show version. Avoided a bit in Prom Wrecker as Andre's clearly uncomfortable about the whole thing and she's shown in the wrong, though in Three Girls And A Moose Jade crawling and smooching all over a verbally non-consenting Moose is entirely Played for Laughs.
  • Downer Ending: "The Gorilla Club" ends with Tori being about to obtain her role in the movie, but unable to do so due to her injuries from being attacked by the gorilla.
  • Dreaded Kids' Party Entertainer Job: In "The Diddlybops", Tori and her friends get talked by Sikowitz into performing music at a kid's party. They dress up in awful food costumes and sing a dumb song about their favorite foods, and though it delights the audience, all of them are miserable doing it and Jade even grumbles that their thousand-dollar payment isn't enough. To make it even worse, one of the kids makes them an Instant Web Hit, and they're unable to live their normal lives without being recognized as the Diddlybops.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Sikowitz dresses as a prison guard in "Locked Up!"
  • Dressed in Layers: Lampshaded in "Breakfast Bunch" when Andre does his run dance and starts taking his shirt off. Each shirt says first shirt, second shirt, etc. until it got to "final shirt".
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Most characters are fairly different from how they were in the pilot. Jade still had her trademark colored streaks but was a more conventional Alpha Bitch, though in subsequent episodes got developed into being a goth girl who's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Robbie, while still not suave, became capable of normal conversation with the opposite sex. Rex's design is very different from the pilot, including paler skin, a thinner body and neck, paler complexion, and smaller eyes/mouth. Cat's hair is no longer curly as well, and the main hook was her being more intensely bi-polar than a Cloud Cuckoolander. Tori's hair, instead of being perfectly straight and heavily banged, is now wavy.
    • Adding to the weirdness, Trina in the pilot was at least somewhat aware that she couldn't sing, to the point where she took the Chinese Herb Gargle in the hopes of improving her voice. Rule of Funny, naturally, causes that to be thrown out the window in future episodes, resulting in Trina being completely and utterly oblivious to how bad her singing is.
  • Embarrassing Pyjamas: In an episode where the gang must participate in a parade, it's up to Cat to come up with the theme for their float. She chooses a cupcake theme for the float and makes everyone wear brightly colored pajamas with a candy patterns on them. Jade is amused when she sees the boys wearing their pajamas. She's less amused when she learns she'll have to wear one too.
  • Encouraged Regifting: In A Christmas Tori, Tori is having trouble finding a gift for Andre for their class's Secret Santa. Tori gets the perfect gift idea from Jade, who was Tori's Secret Santa.
  • Episode on a Plane: Wi-Fi in the Sky, which takes place almost exclusively on Tori and Trina's plane ride.
  • Epunymous Title: Vic- Tori - ous.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In Stage Fighting, Jade is very confused by Tori's Turn the Other Cheek in response to Jade getting her in trouble.
    Jade: can't be nice to me when I've been mean to you! That's not how it works!
    Tori: Then try being nice to me sometime, maybe that'll work.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In "Opposite Date", Tori lets Cat know she and Beck are hanging out for the night, but she has to keep it a secret from everyone. Once she gets to Jade however, she utters the following line which makes Jade suspicious.
  • Exact Words: The climax of "Cell Block" has Sikowitz reluctantly giving back the gang's phones, but when the girls turn theirs on, Sikowitz declares the contest over and the boys won. The reason? He said, "If you want your phones, take them." He never said anything about the boys vs. girls contest between them being over. In addition, the boys kept their phones off as the girls lost.
  • Expy:
    • Cat is very similar to the Misty character from The Amanda Show. Andre is much like Gary, from What I Like About You (another Dan Schneider show, which also starred Amanda Bynes) in the "mellow black best friend" role.
    • Pre-Flanderization Cat was also quite similar to Nicole from Zoey 101.
    • Jade is often compared to a previous role of Liz Gillies, Lucy from the Broadway musical "13." If you look on the YouTube comment section of footage of the musical, several people call Jade "the goth version" of Lucy.
    • Doug the Diaper Guy from "Prome Wrecker" acts a lot like Jack Black.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When a reality show cuts together two separate unrelated phone conversations of Tori and Beck to make it look like he is cheating on Jade, the night sky can clearly be seen through the window behind Tori, but Beck's half of the conversation is during the day.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Jade and Tori can do it. Tori in particular is quite fond of it.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Every offense that the students get punished for in "The Breakfast Bunch", with the exception of being late for class and Tori leaving the library during detention, which are things any reasonable administrator would have punished them for. (And she only gets lectured for the latter, not really punished, except for Dickers trying to force Tori to pop a zit on his arm). Jade even gets an extra detention for apologizing.
  • Five-Token Band:
    • The main character is half-Latina (as is her sister), Andre; is black, Robbie is Jewish, and Beck is Indian. The only two main white, gentile characters are Jade and Cat. It's a rare example of the trope being pulled off very tastefully, and it doesn't seem forced or unnatural – it probably wasn't even intentional.
    • Beck's race has never been stated. While the actor that portrays him is half-Indian, the character has the more ambiguous last name 'Oliver' and no reference to race was ever made.
    • And adding to that, Cat's grown increasingly ambiguous after season 2, after she developed a tan of her own - Cat is short for Caterina, she's heard speaking Spanish and Yiddish, and her actress is of Italian ethnicity.
  • Flanderization:
    • Jade was one of the more sane people on the show despite her callous tendencies and had some decent depth. She quickly turned into psychotic and vengeful Manipulative Bastard and has stooped to lows such as stealing a pint of blood that Tori donated just to keep her from performing in the school play, cyberbullying Trina by posting her potentially life-threatening stage disaster and running over Sinjin out of pure anger. This seems to be finally dropped in Season 3 (notably in "Tori Goes Platinum" and "Opposite Date")
    • Cat started off as down to earth, not too smart but not too stupid either. Come season two, she is officially The Ditz, unable to pay attention to anything. This continued into the Sam & Cat Spin-Off.
    • Tori was snarky but she did try to be normal. Despite very rarely getting punished for her screw-ups, she usually felt bad and did what she could to help. She is subject to Alternative Character Interpretation, but nowadays she can do incredibly selfish acts and always escapes retribution for it.
    • Robbie somewhat in Season 2 and the beginning of season 3 on the subjects of him being cheap/selfish, having incredibly bad luck(especially with girls) and being a near Sinjin-level loser. Luckily, they pulled back and he's back to his geeky but sweet personality from season 1, if not a little more characterized.
      • He's also inching closer and closer to Asshole Victim territory, as he caused all the damage in Cat's mom's boss' home because he wouldn't hand over a skull (in Andre's Horrible Girl), and there was no reason for him to jump over the counter in How Trina Got In.
    • Beck seems to have become a bit of a jerk since he and Jade broke up.
    • Tori's Mom and Dad came across like loving parents in their first couple of appearances, but instantly afterwards their cruel The Unfavorite treatment of Trina came out and by late season 3 they seemed to stop caring about either kid altogether.
  • Flash Back:
    • A fairly long and very hilarious one happens in The Great Ping-Pong Scam as Andre;, Beck, Robbie, Cat and Jade narrate in way too much detail how they formed their ping-pong team.
    Tori: So, you guys formed a fake ping pong team so you could get some money, buy a trophy for the school, save the principal's job, and take Sikowitz out for a big fancy dinner?
    Andre: (pause) Yeah, I guess we could've just told it that way.
    • Most of "Who Did It to Trina?" is full of these, as the characters recount their stories.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: What's on the classroom dry-erase board. Also, some of the various lockers.
    • During the final outdoor scene in "The Slap Fight" you can spot a billboard in the back that says "Sam & Cat COMING SOON"
  • Friends Turned Romantic Rivals: In "Three Girls and a Moose", one of Beck's friends from Canada comes to visit. Tori, Cat, and Jade, who are normally friends (though Tori and Jade are more a case of friendly enemies) all start competing with each other. Eventually Beck calls them out on their behavior. Tori and Cat apologize, though the episode ends with Beck's friend hooking up with Jade.
  • Foreshadowing: Cat and Jade's rivals were introduced as Tara Ferguson and Haley Ganz. Later, the bar's owner (who decides the winner) is revealed as Joey Ferguson: a giveaway how he would decide the contest to advance the plot.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Tori's deluxe LA house, considering the only known paycheck is that of her father's job as a detective. Which either means Tori's mom has a much more lucrative white collar job or one of her parents had a wealthy inheritance, or they just needed to use a larger soundstage for the scenes set at Tori's home and simulating a house of this size made sense.
  • Games of the Elderly: This trope is referenced when Jade and Tori act out a skit about an elderly woman who gets mugged while returning home from a game of Bingo.
  • Genre Savvy: Jade.
    Jade: And now Tori says: "What's stage fighting?"
    Tori: I was not going to say that! (turns to Andre;) What is it?
  • Get Out!:
    • Melinda Murray to Tori in "Beck's Big Break". It is also unintentionally a trigger word for someone to shoot an arrow at the wall, and since she had her hand out at that time the arrow went right through her palm.
    • Hayley toward Jade in Cat in "Freak the Freak Out" when she bans them from singing at Karaoke Dokie ever again after they find out the karaoke contests are rigged.
  • Genki Girl: Cat. Even though she's a Mood-Swinger, she spends most of her time in happy mode.
  • George Jetson Job Security: One of Jade's "What I Hate" videos implies that her father has been fired many times.
  • The Ghost: Cat's brother, whom she frequently mentions, but never appeared.
  • Gift of Song:
    • "The Birthweek Song" is about Tori composing and singing a song for Trina's "birthweek". It backfires, however, as Trina doesn't find a song to be an acceptable present, and ends up selling Tori's song to a record label in the hopes of getting an "actual" present out of it.
    • In "A Christmas Tori", Tori is trying to find the best Secret Santa gift for Andre. Eventually, Jade gives her the idea to turn his D-grade Christmas Song into an actual song, performed in the middle of the school, to convince his professor to bump up the grade.
    • Andre's song "Song 2 You" is about giving someone the gift of a song, in place of expensive material possessions.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • "Driving Tori Crazy." Tori makes Cat promise not to tell anyone about the party bus that will take her to school, which she does. She then explicitly tells Cat again not to let anyone know about it. Cat says she gets scene, we see the party bus and the entire gang is in it. We then get this exchange:
    Tori: I told you not to tell anyone!
    Cat: You did not make that clear.
    • In "Robarazzi", when Rex suggests Robbie use the video of Tori's pimple for his blog, Robbie says that would be mean. After Rex tells Robbie that he'll be a loser if he doesn't, which Robbie protests against. After a few seconds, cut to some students watching the video on The Slap.
    • From "The Wood":
    Beck: The producers took two separate phone conversations and cut them together!
    Jade: I want to hear that from them!
    (Tori holds her hands out in questioning. Cut to the Black Box theater)
    Producer: Yeah, we took two separate phone calls and cut them together.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: In "Cell Block", after it becomes apparent that none of the students can handle being away from their cellphones, Sikowitz turns the competition into a gender battle, which gives the students a lot more interest in the bet. The boys start to play tricks to make the girls crack, but it doesn't work... until Sikowitz gives them their phones back. When the girls immediately use theirs, they lose the bet, as the boys didn't actually use their phones.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: As mentioned above, Robbie was convinced to put up the degrading video by Rex.
  • Gonna Fly Now Montage: "The Hambone King." The music's about right, but they left out the run up the stairs, despite the HA set having those centerpiece stairs. Instead they use a "YEAH!" Shot.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In "Tori gets Stuck", Tori notices and makes fun for Robbie for having SpongeBob SquarePants underwear.
  • Goth: Jade dresses like a goth and does fit some of the goth stereotypes, like being a pessimist, enjoying pain, and being very sarcastic, but is is not a straight example of one.
  • Goths Have It Hard: Jade dresses and acts like a stereotypical Goth. She also alludes to having had a rough childhood. In particular, she has a strained relationship with her father, stemming from the fact he disapproves of her aspirations for a career in the performing arts.
  • The Grinch: Jade has some traces of this, but still manages to get a pretty nice gift for Tori, all things considered. The insulting term grunch, used in the episode, is clearly derived from Grinch.
  • G-Rated Drug: Tacos depict a metaphor of sex and drugs. Having not tried one brands you as a "vegan."

  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Cat gets upset rather than angry, but otherwise fits fairly well.
    Cat: "What's that supposed to mean!?"
    • Jade also has this. She gets angry very easily.
  • Hands-On Approach: A hot guy uses this on Cat when she's spinning a pot. Obviously, she doesn't mind.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The scene where Tori, Jade and Derek dance to "Queen of White Lies", among others.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In Stage Fighting, Jade and Tori stop being enemies. In Jade Dumps Beck, they become friends – not good friends, but still.
    • Sheema in Locked Up! (the prisoner that Jade called "big and stupid") has this when Tori offers her to join them in their plot to escape.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Robbie and Rex, though the latter is a puppet.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen:
    • Two examples, Cat's extremely ditzy brother being The Ghost variant is regularly referred to either through Cat's random Black Comedy Burst or Noodle Incident anecdotes with no relevance to the plot or through text messages. Cats is an example of sanity compared to her brother who once painted a 'part' of his body purple for a job interview (he didn't get it) and got Jade 12 gallons of real blood for her play.
    • Robbie's grandfather Maury who is the The Voice variant who is rude to his wife.
  • Hiccup Hijinks : The episode "The Wood" reveals that Tori gets hiccups when she talks urban, which carries over into filming the titular show. Even when she gets scared, they don't go away.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The episode "Blooptorious."
  • Hippie Teacher: Mr. Sikowitz. He's crazy and out there, but knows how to teach acting.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Even though he eventually gave the kids credit of their work on the film, the fact remains that if Dale Squires hadn't stolen it in the first place, he wouldn't have been humiliated on national TV by a Sassy Black Woman. Even Jade feels sorry for the guy getting it in the neck - even though Dale screwed them all out of a serious career boost (because the most he could honestly take credit for was being executive producer).
    • In "Sleepover At Sikowitz's", Tori chooses 'a sweet, innocent farm girl who never gets angry, no matter what happens' as the persona for Jade during the sleepover. Ever since (notably in "Beck Falls For Tori" and "Tori Gets Stuck"), Jade gleefully falls into that persona whenever she feels like running Tori over the coals...
    • Ryder Daniels used girls who were in love with him to get good grades before dumping them the moment they weren't of use to him anymore. This comes back to bite him hard when Tori discovers what he's up to and uses the very event he was using her to get a good grade in to reveal him to the entire school and give him a Humiliation Conga via a "The Villain Sucks" Song.
    • Jade in "Prom Wrecker", subverting her normal Karma Houdini status. Her attempts to ruin the prom Tori set up end up making it better and in the end, she's forced to be prom queen with Doug the Diaper Guy as her prom king, who she hired to wreck the prom in the first place.
    • In the pilot episode, Tori most likely wouldn't have kissed Beck on-stage (thus intentionally ticking off Jade) if Jade hadn't humiliated her in such a greedy way. Granted, she saw Tori with Beck, but Jade also knew (as EVERYONE at Hollywood Arts knew) that Tori was new there, and thus wouldn't know to steer clear of Beck at all costs.
  • Hollywood Beauty Standards: Very much so, which is pretty remarkable for a tween Zitcom. Robbie is the only notable exception with his more awkward bushy haircut and oversized glasses but even he cleans up nicely, and Trina is pure Hollywood Homely. Invoked in-universe when a producer demands a re-casting of Sinjin's gameshow into better-looking contestants and naturally the main cast is chosen as a replacement.
  • Homework Slave: Ryder Daniels likes to date girls, use them to get good grades, and then dumps them. He tries doing this to Tori, but she finds out and turns the tables on him by writing a song that calls out this behavior.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In "Locked Up!", the chancellor is about to free Tori on the conditions that they leave his country and never return, but then Robbie accidentally knocks his clock into the fish tank and kills his "ok-a-ta-pus", which in turn causes the rest of the group to be put in prison alongside her.
    • Also, "The Bad Roommate" has one - after Tori and Andre get into a late night scuffle, Andre leaves. But first he addresses the pot pie her mother made that he wolfed down. This makes Tori think he's about to apologize…but instead he says he's had better, and leaves.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Manipulative Bastard Ryder Daniels is given one by Tori and all the girls he's gone out with just so he could use them to get himself a good grade and then breaking their hearts directly afterwards. Tori sings "Begging On Your Knees" in front of the whole school, her friends and Ryder's ex-girlfriends keeping him onstage and revealing his manipulative ways to the entire school and giving him a well-deserved humiliation. To top it off, another group sing "You just got served" at him directly afterwards.
    • Steven, the boyfriend who cheated on both Tori and Carly got his live on the internet.
    "Random Humiliation!"
  • Hustling the Mark: Jade, Tori, and Cat pull off a rather awesome example of this trope on Haley and Tara in Freak The Freak Out. (Complete with Oh, Crap! looks on Haley and Tara's faces when they realized Tori wasn't the pushover they thought she would be.)
  • Hypocritical Humour:
    Trina: (to Tori) You have to be more careful with people's feelings. (turns and yells at the annoying kid behind her for kicking her seat) Stop kicking my seat, you worthless little nub!
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Trina refers to her boobs as "the girls."
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Tori thinking it was a good idea to trust Trina and Cat to get her solvent by the time the play started. This is hinted in one of her status updates on TheSlap: "Never send Trina and Cat to do ANYTHING!!!"
    • Tori really should have been able to predict what would happen when she told Cat to punch her in the face.
    • And then there's the time she took Sikowitz to see a play without actually researching it first. The subject material sends him into a Heroic BSoD, or at least it seems. As it turns out, Sikowitz's Heroic BSoD was a result of his girlfriend dumping him via text message, and only because he was fond of her cat.
  • If I Had a Nickel...: From the song "Take A Hint":
    If I had a dime for every name that you just dropped, you'd be here and I'd be on a yacht.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    • Trina to Robbie, upon calling her Show a comedy.
    • Everybody to Robbie, after he sells his soul for Web Fame. Notice a trend.
    • Definitely said by Tori in "Who Did It To Trina?", though how jokingly she said it is up for debate.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Trina. YMMV on whether or not she actually is going to be special.
  • Impaled Palm: Melinda Murray got a crossbow bolt through her palm, causing her to get pulled out of the film. Cue the staff and co-actors rejoicing over the cause of the accident Tori Vega Crystal Waters.
  • Implausible Deniability: Trina early in Freak the Freak Out.
  • Incomprehensible Entrance Exam: At Hollywood Arts, in order to audition for plays, students must perform "The Bird Scene". Tori performs this scene, asking her teacher if she's passed each time, to which he tells her no. Eventually she gets frustrated and says that she feels she did a good job. Her teacher then tells her she passed. He tells her that the purpose of the test is to see if the student trusts their artistic instincts and all one has to do to pass is to be confident in their performance, and she kept failing because she kept asking if she had passed.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Tori puts a Hurricane of Puns in the captions for the Diddly-Bops photo gallery, all of them cringe-inducing.
    Robbie: Tori, the puns HAVE to stop.
    Tori: You'll have to mustard up the courage to stop me! Hahahaha.
    • A visual one in the Christmas episode. When Cat, Tori, and Jade are dressed and lined up like Christmas showgirls: "Ho-ho-ho"
  • Inherently Funny Words: In Who Did It To Trina, the word 'ranch-house' is apparently one of these, as the laugh track plays every single time it's said, and it's said half a dozen times.
  • Inner Monologue Conversation: In iParty with Victorious, Carly, Sam and Freddie use this to figure out how to get revenge on a cheating boyfriend. Tori lampshades this by asking to be included.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Enforced In-Universe in the episode ""The Wood." The producers cut together two phone calls of Tori talking with her aunt and baby-talking her aunt's puppy with Beck calling to order pizza to make it sound like they are trying to meet up for a date.
  • Instrument of Murder: In the short film that the group of friends made in The Slap Fight, Robbie's character has one: a violin with a knife hidden in it, or a "stab-olin."
  • Intentional Heartbreaker: Ryder Daniels in "Begging On Your Knees." Gets a Humiliation Conga for it (also see that entry here).
  • Internal Deconstruction: "The Worst Couple" deconstructs both Beck and Jade's toxic relationship and Jade's transformation from an abrasive bitch to borderline sociopathy. As a favor to Sinjin, the gang goes on a Newlywed Game-style game show that Sinjin is pitching. Beck and Jade get into an incredibly petty fight, which culminates in Beck saying on TV he's not happy with their relationship and them winning the worst couple award despite no one else playing dating yet. After the incident, things get Played for Drama. Beck feels remorseful for his outburst, but recognizes that he shouldn't brush off how he felt and tries to talk with her. Jade, unlike Season 1, where she was more willing to talk if they were having issues in "Robarazzi" and "Jade Dumps Beck", wants to forget about what happened because she's too stubborn to admit they're having severe problems. At this point, the rest of the group starts distancing themselves from them and flat-out telling them when confronted about it. Jade's personality hits new lows when she runs over Sinjin and insults her friends while they're in earshot. This proves to be the last straw for Beck, and he demands that they either work to fix their issues or break up. Jade walks out and threatens to end the relationship on her terms if he doesn't follow. Beck almost leaves, but backs out at the last second, and Jade too almost walks back in, but is unwilling to swallow her pride and dumps him. It's not until Jade undergoes long-overdue Character Development and Beck realizes why he liked her to begin with that the two reconcile. After this, their relationship is shown to be far less toxic.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Sikowitz reputedly gets visions from coconut milk.
    • In The Breakfast Bunch, the gang begins acting as if they were high after eating tacos.
    • In How Trina Got In, Sikowitz reveals that his drinking milk from a badly-spoiled coconut, and his visions during Trina's audition, was the reason Trina got into Hollywood Arts.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • In ''The Great Ping-Pong Scam:
      Tori: Read the phone Jade. Reeeead the phoooone.
      (Later, after Jade points out how she doesn't have to let Tori on the team, no matter how good her tryout was)
      —-> Jade: Read the phone Tori. Reeeead the phoooone.
    • In iParty With Victorious, Tori and Carly, on what Steven said when he gave both girls their charm bracelets:
      Tori and Carly (in unison}: "It's one of a kind - just like you!"
  • It's All About Me:
    • Trina has a vain and narcissistic ego and is easily the most selfish character on the show.
    Trina: "If I'd shared it, there would be less for me!"
    • While nowhere near the same extent as her sister, Tori can be pretty selfish as well.
    • Also this exchange from "Jade Dumps Beck", which occurs while the dog is attacking Beck's dad.
    Jade: This is horrible.
    Tori: I know
    Jade: Now he's never gonna take me back.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: A variation occurs in The Breakfast Bunch:
    Jade: Our pristine little friend Cat here has never had a taco.
    Cat: I'm not that pristine. Wait, what's pristine mean?
  • Jerkass:
    • Jade and Rex are both snarky assholes. Trina can turn into this if she doesn't get what she wants.
    • Robbie's grandmother for sure.
    • Vice Principal Dickers from "The Breakfast Bunch." He's not called that for nothing.
  • In One Ear, Out The Other: In "Tori Fixes Beck and Jade" Cat got a butterfly lodged in her ear. Later after Robbie employed Andre's grandmother to scare it out (by yelling into Cat's ear) the butterfly made a hasty exit... out the opposite ear.
  • Jewish Mother: Robbie's "Mamaw" fits this.
  • Just Friends: Cat to Robbie in One Thousands Berry Balls.
  • Karaoke Bonding Scene: In "Tori and Jade's Play Date", Tori and Jade are both having a miserable time on their forced "play date" and are trying really hard to get along despite their differences. Eventually, two obnoxious boys start to bother them, and won't take "no" for an answer. In a desperate attempt to drive them away, they agree to do some karaoke together, singing the song "Take a Hint"- not only does it (temporarily) fix their problem, but it also ends up being what makes them bond, with the last scene of the episode showing them getting along really well.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • A common theme in Dan Schneider shows: this show has Jade. In the "Stage Fighting", she gets away with framing Tori, who's stuck with a bad grade, detention, and virtually being publicly humiliated, despite it still looking like Tori hit Jade by accident. While Tori intentionally does not report Jade when she learns she was set up, Andre knew and should have at least told someone.
    • Tori in Locked Up. Accident or not, she did blind the'd at least expect them to be fined, or something. Downplayed though, as they did spend time in a Yerbanian prison which is far worse than an American prison.
    • Also in Beck's Big Break, though possibly justified because of the callousness of the lead star.
    • The whole main cast bar Trina are Karma Houdinis for scamming the school out of $1,500/year with their fake ping-pong team and never getting caught.
    • The dillhole who parked his RV so close to Beck's that the main cast except for Cat was stuck inside a rapidly warming vehicle drove away merrily unaware that he nearly killed a bunch of teenagers and certainly ruined their day at the beach.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Jade in "Tori Gets Stuck", after everything she does throughout the episode gets her banned from being Tori's understudy.
  • Kawaiiko: Surprisingly, Jade in iParty With Victorious, as the blue swimsuit she wears seems cute, modest, and quite out of character for her. She's not as hard-boiled as she lets on.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • It's practically Jade's hobby. The worst example occurs in Crazy Ponnie. During a sleepover, Cat accidentally waxed Jade's eyebrows off. Throughout the episode, she chased Cat in hopes of revenge until finally, she shaved her head while she was sleeping. For many, this turned a lot of fans against Jade.
    • Tori has this moment in "Cell Block" by shooing off a lost little girl who comes to the door, thinking the boys sent her to trick them into using their devices again. It isn't until they slam the door on her that Tori begins to think she really was lost.
  • Large Ham:
    • Trina is clearly a firm believer that bigger is better, she makes everyone seem subdued by comparison.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Ryder is force fed a nice helping of Humble Pie in front of the entire school by Tori and all the girls he's manipulated.
    • Jade, in "Tori Gets Stuck", where she is denied the role in the show when Tori is unable to do it despite being the understudy, due to being a "gank" all week.
  • Laser Hallway: The titular Wanko's Warehouse has this as part of the security system.
  • Laugh Track: A very cruel one at that.
    Doctor: If that car... backs out, it could rip that kid's guts apart.
    Robbie: (high pitched squealing noise)
    *laugh track*
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Explains why we never see Cat's locker, or anyone's immediate family, unless there is a reason to show them, for instance, Jade's Dad, Andre's Grandmother and Robbie's Grandmother.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Jade mentions in Prom Wrecker that Beck is in Canada. It was mentioned before the episode aired that Avan Jogia was in Vancouver at the time of filming and would be absent because of it.
    • In Tori Tortures Teacher during lunch Andre asks why none of them "ever sits on that side of the table", which would feature them facing away from the camera.
    • In Terror in Cupcake Street the main cast and Sikowitz discuss why they are the only ones chosen. They later realize the fact their classmates "never talk and just react" as a nod to the extras.
    • In Who Did it to Trina Andrè hints at the plot's "Rashomon"-Style. "Aw, no! Now we have to hear another story about what happened from a unique point of view?!"
    • In The Slap Fight:
    Tori: You ran here?
    Sinjin: Sure, I'm not usually invited to the main people's houses.
    • Also
    Sinjin: You guys star in every play at this school, and you sing all the songs, and you do all the talking in class.
  • Left the Background Music On:
    • When Tori starts narrating what happened to her in Crazy Ponnie, we hear a very badly done "Careless Whisper" in the background...that's actually being played by Sinjin. Tori yells at him to stop playing his saxophone.
    • After that, when Jade is chasing Cat, we hear a Suspiciously Similar Song to "Yakkity Sax", which is also revealed to be played by Sinjin as Jade and Cat run around him.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • Jade's sweating at the end of Trapped in an RV.
    • Tori's armpit cream in "Robarazzi."
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Tori adopts the name "Crystal Waters" from a visible water dispenser to infiltrate Melinda Murray's filming location.
  • Literal-Minded: Somewhat inverted in Driving Tori Crazy. Andre's grandmother asks Tori to hold her oatmeal which Tori accepts, as it turns out she really does hold her oatmeal (she dumped the oatmeal on Tori's hands instead of giving her the mug)
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Victori-Yes", Andre realizes this when the girl he's with asks if he wants to go home.

  • Malaproper: In the "Stuck in an RV" episode, Tori berates Jade with a vicious "Thank you, Catherine Obvious." Cue confusion from the other characters. After they correct her, she weakly tries to defend herself by pointing out that Catherine could be a captain.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Lampshaded by Sinjin in "The Slap Fight" during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech speech. He tells them they are the only ones who speak during class and get roles in the plays and should be thankful instead of trying to get more social media followers.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ryder Daniels, who uses love to manipulate girls into helping him get a good grade only to break their hearts when he's through using them. Tori makes sure he gets what he deserves though.
  • Manipulative Editing: The producers of The Wood do this to fake a relationship between Beck and Tori.
  • Matchmaker Failure: When Tori notices a girl is interested in Beck, she tries to encourage him to date her. Beck doesn't want to because his ex Jade might be jealous. Tori's solution is to set Jade up with someone else. Unfortunately, the boy Tori tries to set Jade up with is terrified of her. Jade does end up giving Beck her blessing to date this other girl. However, Beck realizes he doesn't like this other girl because she has no personality of her own and ends up getting back together with Jade.
  • Meaningful Gift: Invoked by Sikowitz. He makes his class do a Secret Santa and tells everyone that they must give a meaningful gift. Tori is assigned Andre and she spends much of the episode thinking of something meaningful for him. Towards the end of the episode, she's approached by Jade who reveals that she's Tori's secret Santa. Her gift to Tori is an idea for a gift to Andre: They perform a song he wrote in front of his teacher to boost a bad grade that he'd been moping around all episode.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Mr. Sikowitz, pronounced Psycho-Wits.
    • Jade West, Wicked Witch of the West with a jaded personality. Lampshaded when Tori's version in What Happened to Trina depicts Jade like a hag. Lampshaded even more in "April Fools Blank" in which she really is a Wicked Witch.
    • Vice Principal Dickers.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • In April Fools Blank, the Wizard of Oz parody scene, like the movie, starts off in black and white and then switches to color after Cat (dressed like Dorothy) hits her head against a bathroom stall door. Cat is also aware of this change:
    Cat: Oh, Tofu, it looks like we're not in the Hollywood Arts bathroom anymore! (looks around) Oh, wait, no, we are. It's just in color!
    • In "The Slap Fight" Sinjin actually refers to the six leads as "the main persons" to convince them that online followers never mattered.
  • The Millstone: Robbie constantly causes trouble for his friends. He once got them all sent to jail.
  • Mistaken Age: In Beck's subplot in "Wi-Fi in the Sky", he's taking care of his next-door neighbor's dog while the owner is away at cheerleader practice. When Jade finds out, she assumes the cheerleader's the same age as her and is trying to steal Beck. When she comes over to Beck's RV to pick up her dog, Jade and the audience find out that she's only nine years old.
  • Mistaken for Destitute: On her first day at Hollywood Arts, Tori decides to give who she thinks is a homeless man some money. This "homeless man" turns out to be her Hippie Teacher, Mr. Sikowitz.
  • Mistaken for Insane: In "Crazy Ponnie", the titular character keeps tormenting Tori when no one else is around, and everything thinks Tori is going crazy as she tries to tell them of things Ponnie did she has no evidence for or looks like she did to herself.
  • Mistaken Identity: Tori being "kicked out" of Hollywood Arts turned out to be because Helen's assistant mixed up Trina's name with Tori's.
  • Mister Seahorse: Andre's character in "Sleepover at Sikowitz's" parodies this.
  • Moment Killer: Robbie does this to Tori's parents on their anniversary after getting kicked out of Sikowitz's house. If that wasn't bad enough, he then invites Cat and a guy she has just been on a date with over as well. Everybody but Beck and Tori ends up at the Vega household by the end of the night, where they laugh uproariously at Terms of Endearment.
  • Mood-Swinger: Cat at one point cycles through friendly, upset and cheerful in four sentences.
  • Mood Whiplash: During The Worst Couple, Beck and Jade constantly fight with each other and the laugh track just keeps playing. Even when Jade forces Beck to choose to stay with her or break up with her, there are several attempts at comedy while Beck struggles to make a decision.
  • Morality Pet: Beck for Jade, when he's in Canada Jade can be a real gank.
  • Mugged for Disguise:
    • Trina pulls this with a Nozu waitress to get close to a record producer in "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend."
    • Implied at the end of "Crazy Ponnie." Fawn Liebowitz is in a police uniform and driving Tori and Trina... someplace.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Tori sabotages a cheese fountain to spray Cat and her boyfriend Danny, her ex.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Sikowitz says a few weird Spanish phrases in "Tori Tortures Teacher". Tori disturbedly translates them.
  • N-Word Privileges: At the end of "Who Did It To Trina", Rex says that it's only okay if he calls himself a puppet.
  • Nerd Glasses: Robbie wears them nearly 24/7.
  • Never Had Toys: Jade alludes to the fact that she didn't have any toys growing up as proof that she didn't have a great childhood.
    Jade: I'm sick of this. Ice cream reminds me of my childhood.
    Cat: You didn't have a happy childhood?
    Jade: My favorite toy was a hammer. You finish the puzzle.
  • Never My Fault: In one episode where most of the main cast (except for Cat) gets trapped in an RV, Trina complains that she didn't even know why the others invited her. In the first few minutes of the episode it's clearly shown that she invites herself along. The others call her out on this, Jade getting a minor Moment of Awesome when she says "No one likes you!" after everyone's done talking.
  • Never Say "Die": A meta example. The original image from this episode that Dan tweeted showed Tori's locker saying "Make It Die" but sometime between then and the final cut of the episode, it was changed to "Make It Rot".
  • Never Trust a Title:
    • Just going from the title, it sounds as if it's about sports.
    • There's also a future episode called "Beck Falls for Tori." It's about stunts, i.e. literal falling.
    • As mentioned below, "Jade Gets Crushed" is about a romantic crush, not being crushed by a falling object.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer to "Jade Gets Crushed" suggests that Jade goes on a rampage and Tori dresses up as Jade to give her a taste of her own medicine. Turns out to be a plot where Andre develops a crush on Jade.
  • New Transfer Student: Tori, coming into the crazy new school in the middle of the term after being forced on stage at a talent show.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Often, with Tori and Robbie being the worst offenders.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Cat is fairly sweet and innocent and acts somewhat childish, Jade is snobby and stuck-up, and Tori serves as a leader who gets the job done.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Jade.
    Tori: What happens if all that sweat builds up inside you and you just explode?
    Jade: (Completely dead pan.) I would love that.
    • Her asking for the fatty lump in Rex Dies, or thinking that 'mouth blood is cool' in Freak The Freak Out.
    • Jade on why she loves hot tubs: "Sometime I pretend I've been captured by witches and they're making me into human soup."
  • Noble Demon: Jade may act mean, but she pets enough dogs (or cats) to not fool anyone. A good example of this occurs in Rex Dies, where her suggestion to fake Rex's "death" seems to be motivated by genuine concern for Robbie. (Even though she normally treats him with, at best, callous indifference.)
  • No Ending:
    • The Birthweek Song, which ends with the producers leaving the studio and turning off the lights, and has Tori still in the recording booth and Andre and Trina still out.
    • "Wi-Fi In The Sky": After Jade signs Beck off in rage, Tori is left by herself to finish the project. Just when she's about to attempt to do it herself, Perez Hilton shows up and confronts Trina, demanding his camera back. Because of this, the episode ends unknown to the viewers whether or not Tori finished her project.
    • Opposite Date ends with Robbie and Andre still stuck on their backs in their pear costumes, with no help coming or expected.
    • The actual series. Since Victorious was cancelled before they could film an actual finale, the series ends with no romantic resolution for any ships but Bade and Bori, no graduation, and no idea if any of our main characters are going to be successful in the industry.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Andre and Trina as fake celebs in "Wok Star" are basically Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
  • No Fourth Wall: Schneider essentially took a wrecking ball to the fourth wall in "April Fools Blank": In one scene, a member of the production crew actually interrupts the scene to tell Leon that he's late for a scene with Victoria. Leon rushes to the Asphalt Cafe set and explains that he was late because he "was doing a Wizard of Oz bit." He then says that 3 1/2 minutes is "the same amount of time as a commercial break." And in the game show parody, Trina's card reads, "Cut to the next scene!"
  • No Hugging, No Kissing:
    • Perhaps thanks in part to the legendary Ship-to-Ship Combat from iCarly, Victorious generally avoided ship teasing amongst the main cast. While there was some light Ship Tease between Tori/Beck, Andre/Jade, and Robbie/Cat, they all more or less got sunk with Beck/Jade (who started off as the Official Couple in the first place) being the only long lasting couple in the show.
    • Surprisingly for a Schneider show, the most common shipmate to Jade/Beck and Cat/Robbie, Tori/Andre, was never teased in canon. Despite being the male and female leads, the subtext between them was no more or less YMMV than the subtext between Tori/Jade.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • Tori in Sleepover at Sikowitz's. "I AM A POLICE OFFICER!"
    • Andre's grandmother is very loud.
    • Vice Principal Dickers from "The Breakfast Bunch."
  • Nominated as a Prank: When Tori gets the school to have a prom, she accidentally gets Jade's play cancelled, as it was scheduled on the same night. Jade proceeds to do everything she can to ruin the prom, including hiring a guy to dance in a diaper at the prom. Tori gets back at her when it's time to announce the Prom King and Queen. The vote had been rigged so Trina would win, but Tori claimed the winners were Jade and the diaper guy. This not only embarrasses Jade, but gets rid of her as the diaper guy picks her up and carries her off.
  • Non-Residential Residence: Cat slept in a secret room in the high school at one point due to troubles at home.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Sikowitz has had his driver license suspended. All we know is that it was in Vegas and it involved circus performers, including one with six fingers on one hand. As well, he's been to Yerba before the events of Locked Up, but he doesn't remember anything about it.
    • We only ever get snippets from Cat about her brother who apparently once painted a part of his body purple (don't worry, it was for a job interview), once jumped out of a fourth story window and landed on a truck, and was once shot by a clown.
    • What did that dolphin do to Jade to make her hate the ocean so much? This, maybe?
  • No OSHA Compliance: "Beck's Big Break." They're filming a scene where a techie is supposed to fire a real crossbow in the direction of people. Forget the Oscars, they win the Darwin Award!
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • Beck's character in Sleepover at Sikowitz's that Robbie assigns him plays this role.
    • The two weird guys in "Tori and Jade's Playdate" who the song Take a Hint are directed at.
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse:
    Beck: Wow, I gotta go to, um... [walks out]
    • More commonly Beck (and the rest of the cast) come up with some sad excuse to leave, and Jade just tells the person off.
    Beck: Hey look, it's that guy over there.
    Cat: It is that guy!
    André: Wait up, guy!
    Jade: There is no guy.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Definitely Andre to Tori - which makes the character choice he made for her in "Sleepover at Sikowitz's" interesting (especially after he recounts where the idea came from}, and raises interesting questions about how both Tori and Andre act during "Prom Wrecker".
  • Obsessive Hobby Episode: In one episode, the protagonists become obsessed with their social media followings and it distracts them from their film-making assignment. They do manage to make a film, but it's not a very good one.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Cat and Jade; Cat is bubbly, friendly and ditzy, while Jade is dark and downright scary at times, but they both get along great, though Jade at one point says Cat is more like a pet than a friend.
    • Jade and Tori. That these two can even stand to be in each other's company is nothing short of a miracle, and yet, recent episodes have them hanging out and doing stuff together. (Albeit with a certain amount of vitriol between then.)
  • Official Couple: Jade and Beck for the majority of the series. Its even in the title sequence!
  • Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: Jade and Beck have a minor case of this, as their relationship seems to constantly be in Make Up or Break Up mode throughout the series.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX:
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In "A Film by Dale Squires", the main cast has this reaction when Dale apologizes and gives them credit for the movie after they've already put a plan for revenge in motion. (He originally stole credit for their work.) Even Jade is mortified.
    Cat: Oh, he's giving us credit.
    Jade: (in a worried tone) On national TV.
    • Also Robbie's face clearly says this in "The Great Ping-Pong Scam", when Sikowitz said that they were "mistakenly" charged an extra $600 worth of caviar.
  • Oh, Wait!: Though she never uses those words, this is implicitly Jade's intent during the following exchange in "Car, Rain, and Fire":
    Tori: We'd have to get the top up on this car in case it rains again.
    Jade: Yeah, I'd hate to get all wet and disgusting.
  • Off to See the Wizard:
    • A scene in "April Fools Blank" parodies The Wizard of Oz.
    • This is lampshaded by Andre:
      Andre: Sorry for being late. I was in the girl's bathroom doing a Wizard of Oz bit.
  • Old Media Playing Catch-Up: The send-up of the Filipino Michael Jackson "Thriller" Prison Dance scene in the special "Locked Up!", with the original being at least four years old and probably pre-dating iCarly!
  • Once per Episode: Many episodes feature a transition featuring Tori's phone as she posts updates on TheSlap based on what is going on at the moment, complete with mood-appropriate emojis. The phone is redesigned as of Season 2, and in the final season, sometimes her classmates post updates as well.
  • One of the Girls: Robbie is often grouped in with the girls due to being effeminate compared to the other guys in the group. For instance, he stays in the girls' hotel room when the group visits a foreign country.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: In "The Worst Couple", when Jade goes outside to count to ten, Cat reminds her not to forget three, as she puts, "Some people forget it." Later on when sorting cards for the others, Cat ends up skipping three herself.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Tori, in Tori Gets Stuck
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The alphabetical improv scene in the pilot, which goes on for several minutes in two different scenes.
    • Also, at the beginning of Freak the Freak Out (and the closing credits of it), we see Trina wearing a pink dress, taking pictures of herself with a camera that she sets to multishot:
    Trina: (takes three shots, then her father comes in, followed by three more shots) Hey, Dad... (another shot)
    Mr. Vega: Hey, baby.
    Trina: How come... (another shot) you're home early? I thought you were... (another shot) working late...tonight. (another shot)
    Mr. Vega: Well, I have a lot of paperwork... (poses) and I really need to... (poses) concentrate, so I thought i'd work... (poses) here.
    (Tori's phone rings.)
    Trina: Hey, can you... (another shot) grab that phone?
    Mr. Vega: No, but... (poses) you can.
    • Defied in Locked Up. Festus is giving Tori his brother's long phone number, but she interrupts him with a Yerbanian-accented "Come on, buddy!"
    • "The Gorilla Club" has Trina reading the incredibly long tracking number needed to get the Fazzini shoes to their house. She goes into another room while reading it, comes back into the kitchen (where the rest of the gang is playing cards) still reading it and goes upstairs, then finishes reading it when she returns to the kitchen. She then goes outside to have the package with the shoes hurled at her.
  • Paper Tiger: Jade can come across as hardcore (smashing Andre's apple in Tori Gets Stuck, kicking in Beck's door in Wi-Fi In The Sky, slicing up the garbage can in Wok Star), but when real danger seems afoot (most prominently in Locked Up!), Jade either bluffs or bolts. A talker, but not much of a fighter.
  • Parody: "The Slap" appears to be a MySpace parody.
  • Parent with New Paramour: In a video on "The Slap", Jade makes disparaging comments about her Dad's new girlfriend and her "yappy dog".
  • Parental Abandonment: Robbie's mom, who is absent with no explanation.
  • Parody Episode: The episode The Breakfast Bunch parodies The Breakfast Club, and the episode The Hambone King parodies Rocky.
  • Parody Retcon: Trina's one-woman show is an In-Universe example.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: From Wok Star:
    Robbie: Jackie Bonay is having heart confarctions!
  • Persona Non Grata: In "Freak the Freak Out", Jade and Cat get banned from singing at Karaoke Dokie after snubbing Hayley and Tara for always winning the contests.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Hollywood Arts Ping-Pong team - They don't actually practice, or enter any tournaments; they just say they do to get $1,500 to go to a fancy restaurant, with part of the money being used to buy a trophy so that they can claim that they won.
  • Plane Awful Flight: "Wi Fi In The Sky" has Tori and Trina on a plane the entire episode. While Tori is attempting to videochat her friends to get a project done, Trina is having a bad time with the kid behind her kicking and mocking her while his mother doesn't care. Tori gets in on some of the "fun" as well, as every time Trina has to leave, she has to squeeze past Tori and her laptop.
  • Poke the Poodle: When Tori gets annoyed with Jade in The Breakfast Bunch, she threatens to unfriend her on The Slap, a relatively minor form of retaliation. For maximum laughs, Jade takes it as seriously as if Tori had threatened to injure her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The reason behind "Car, Rain and Fire". Cat thinks Mona Patterson passed away because she got confused by the newspaper headline, "Mona Patterson Joins The Dead". Turns out, she's alive and well, and is starring in a TV show called The Dead.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Averted; "Star Spangled Tori" sets Cat moving with her grandmother as she is latter shown in Sam & Cat, but that is the sub-plot of the episode and both Robbie and Jade have almost as much involvement in the story as her.
  • Potty Emergency:
    Rex: Take me to the bathroom. I gotta pee NOW.
    • Cat in Stuck in an RV, "gotta-pee gotta-pee gotta-pee!!!"
    • Trina apparently had a really bad one when she was six, due to a bladder infection. Poor shopping mall Santa...
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Averted with Robbie and played dead straight with Rex in iParty With Victorious, as Rex yes, the ''puppet'' freestyles with the mic and beats down all comers in a rap battle ... and then, Sam Puckett shows up....
  • Prisoner Performance: At the climax of "Locked Up!", Tori and her friends get locked in a prison in the (fictional) island nation of Yerba after slighting the island's chancellor. Tori puts on a musical performance of "I Want You Back" to distract the Yerbanian chancellor while everybody else escapes.
  • Product Placement: In the first five episodes of the series, Jade sported a messenger bag with Gears of War scrawled on the strap. The messenger bag disappeared for a few episodes, then returned with a plain black strap in its place. Tori also has both a picture of Katy Perry and the singer's name in her locker as decorations. Trina can also be seen wearing Nike Air Prestige III sneakers.
  • Prom Wrecker: The Trope Namer. Jade attempts to be this when the Hollywood Arts Prom conflicts with her one woman show, causing her play to be cancelled. She rigs the projector to show disturbing images and hires a man who dresses up in a diaper and dances. She's stopped when Tori declares her and the diaper guy Prom Queen and King. The diaper guy then picks her up and carries her away. It was mentioned earlier in the episode that Jade had some blood on standby, but she never uses it.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Trina having no friends (or being borderline abused by her parents) is portrayed as what she deserves for being conceited. Considering Jade and Tori have done much more horrible things than Trina, if she was a main character, she would probably be The Woobie.
  • Publicity Stunt: When Tori gets a record deal, the record label asks her to do things like wear ridiculous outfits and act out in public. She's told that this will boost her profile. Of course, she can't tell anyone what she's doing, so her friends assume the fame is going to her head.
  • Public Medium Ignorance: In "Locked Up", Tori plays a game of Go Fish with two of her fellow inmates. The cards they are holding are clearly Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
    Tori: "That's not how we play Go Fish in America!"
  • Pull the Thread: "The Great Ping-Pong Scam"
  • Pun-Based Title: VICTORIOUS, also named after Victoria Justice who plays... Tori.
  • Punny Name:
    • In "Locked Up", one of the Yerbians is named Kreplach, which is sort of like a Jewish wonton.
    • Inverted in "Jade Gets Crushed" in an update on The Slap/scene transition. Right before the scene where Tori impersonates Jade, the update lists her mood as "jaded."

  • "Rashomon"-Style:
    • Featured prominently in Who Did it to Trina?
    Andre: "Aw, no, NO! Now we have to hear another story about what happened from a unique point-of-view ?!"
    • In How Trina Got In, there are also sequences fabricated by the characters on how Trina could have possibly been admitted to Hollywood Arts. Sikowitz gives the real version.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The TV producers in The Wood claim this, and the characters go along with it.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Parodied in "April Fools Blank":
    Jade: The witch sneers at Dorothy, then exits. (walks out the door)
    Cat: Oh dear. She spoke her stage directions. What do I do?
  • Recut: An extended version of the pilot was put on iTunes. With lines that didn't deserve to be cut, like Ariana Grande doing incredibly hilarious little kid voices in an improv scene.
  • Recycled In Space: iParty with Victorious is technically a 1.5 hour version of Begging on Your Knees, but with the iCarly cast taking the "lead."
  • Recycled Premise: The gang (and/or Tori the lead character) getting trapped somewhere. Hilarity Ensues. This plot has been used in about 20% of the series 50 episodes:
    • "Survival of the Hottest." Trapped in an RV. Which was it's production name before getting the eventual title.
    • "Sleepover at Sikowitz." Stuck at Sikowitz' house because they need to win his character building competition.
    • "Locked Up!". Trapped in prison in a foreign country.
    • "Terror on Cupcake Street." Trapped in a cupcake parade float in a bad part of the city.
    • "The Breakfast Bunch." A parody of The Breakfast Club, with the gang being trapped in detention.
    • "Wankos Warehouse." Trapped in a mall after it closes.
    • "Wi Fi in the Sky." Tori is stuck on a plane with Trina.
    • "How Trina Got In." Tori is stuck in a sushi restaurant with Robbie.
    • "Tori and Jade's Play Date." Tori is stuck with Jade because she'll get an F on the play if she doesn't go on the date ordered by Sikowitz.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The fact that the group escaped from a prison in Yerba in the presence of the chancellor in "Locked Up" surely counts.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Tori's group in Wi-Fi in the Sky. They are doing a scriptwriting project on the night before submission, something that can't be normally done in one sitting. All four of them also have to struggle with the constant distractions coming their way, either self-made or by others joining in their chat. Hilarity and chaos ensues, concluding to a rather bleak open-ended ending that depends on the viewer.
  • Rivals Team Up: Jade and Tori do this rarely. (Jade Dumps Beck, The Wood, Robarazzi, Tori & Jade's Play Date.)
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: Subverted despite the show's musical motif - one expensive guitar gets smashed from a bad mounting in "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend", and Trina smashes Robbie's guitar in anger after hearing his Bad News in a Good Way.
  • Roommate Drama: The episode "The Bad Roommate" has Andre staying over at Tori's house so they can write a song they intend to show to a music producer. Andre ends up annoying Tori and her family by doing things like eating an entire pie meant for the whole family. Eventually, Tori auditions to the music producer by herself, using the music that Andre wrote.
  • Rooftop Concert:
    • Andre sings a song on the roof of his school with Tori to get a deal with a record company.
    • Tori, Cat and Andre do this at the end of Prom Wrecker. Even when it starts raining.
    • Happens fairly often, as the school has an open mic night out there almost every Friday night.
  • Rule of Three: In Tori Tortures Teacher:
    Tori: I did not break Sikowitz. (Sikowitz can be heard moaning outside) I did not break Sikowitz. (Sikowitz can be heard moaning again) ...I broke Sikowitz.
  • Running Gag:
    • Dragging someone into the janitor's closet to discuss something private. There's at least one case when it wasn't that private (some janitor was resting in a corner in "Jade Dumps Beck.") This gets lampshaded in "Wok Star" where Jade simply tells Tori to hold out her wrist so that she can drag her to the closet easier.
    • Ever since "Rex Dies", people really can't stop mentioning Tori's cheekbones.
    • In a similar but much more risqué fashion was Beck constantly getting openly hit on by adult women, though less so after season 1.
    • Season 2 has Jade speaking like "character in a movie from the '40s" whenever she's imitating Tori, prompting Tori to respond that she doesn't talk like that. In one episode, all her friends imitate the same southern belle voice just to poke fun at her.
    • Since the beginning of the show, characters have been known to confuse Robbie for a girl.
    Tori: What about your bat mitzvah money?
    Robbie: First, it was a bar mitzvah. I'm a boy.
    • The oft mentioned Northridge Girls.
    • As with iCarly, most episodes have their own unique gag or dialogue that is repeated at least twice within the episode.
    • Cat mentioning her brother. While not as much in Season 1, it has gotten almost up to Once per Episode level in Season 2.
    • Whenever someone comes to the Vega household Trina always yells at someone else to "Get the Door!" Except in "April Fool's Blank" where she says it softly.
  • Ruritania: The country of Yerba in Locked Up sounded like Yugoslavia and Serbia combined; the military outfits and the occurring conflicts seem to reference war-era Germany and Russia (or the more current Libyan civil war); and the Yerbanian flag's basis IS the Albanian flag.
  • Sadist Show: The gameshow "Brain Squeezers", clobbering unsuspecting contestants with disproportionate "doink" penalties.
  • Sanity Slippage: Andre's grandmother, without a doubt. Everything about her screams this, and Andre has said that she's crazy. Things get taken to another level when you consider that she's on the ball just enough to track Andre down, and considering how unstable she was in Wi-Fi In The Sky (when she looked in the mirror, saw 'another person' and freaked out)... what happens if she slips just a little bit more...?
  • Sarcasm-Blind:
    Cat: Ew Jade, your outfit's dirty.
    Jade: Oh no, now I'll never win the prison beauty pageant.
    Trina: Wait, they have that?
  • Sassy Black Woman:
    • Cat does a fairly good impression of one when she flirts with her hairdryer (no, you didn't misread that).
    • Andre's cousin Kendra qualifies, being black and snarky.
    • Principal Helen Dubois, just as she was in Drake & Josh.
    • Presumably the spoken female parts of "Five Fingaz To The Face."
  • Sauna of Death: Beck's trailer in Trapped in an RV, though it's a dry heat and the RV didn't intentionally trap them.
  • Scary Black Man:
    • That security guy in Stage Fighting, until it starts getting played for laughs.
    • "Terror on Cupcake Street" has one, whom we assume tricked Tori into leading him and his posse to the float on the pretext of fixing her tire. Then he really does fix her tire.
    • The producer of "Brain Squeezers" plays this one pretty straight. He's even got mini-explosives to grab everyone's attention with.
  • School Forced Us Together: In "Tori and Jade's Playdate", the normally hostile Jade and Tori must portray a couple in a School Play. Their teacher doesn't find their onscreen chemistry convincing. He suggests the two go one a playdate together in order for them to build a stronger relationship.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Andre in response to Cat wanting him to help put zombie makeup on Tori.
    Cat: Maybe he had to use the bathroom.
    Tori: In my front yard?
    Cat: Well, one time my brother-
    Tori: Makeup time!
    • Beck the moment he hears that Mrs. Lee wants to alter Jade's script in "Wok Star."
  • Secret Identity: What causes Tori's problem in "Tori Goes Platinum". She is not allowed to tell anyone the reason behind her wardrobe and personality changes, making her feel terrible even more.
  • Secret Santa: The main plot of "A Christmas Tori."
  • Secret Test of Character: The point of the Bird Scene was to believe in your own acting talent instead of questioning it.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In Robarazzi, Jade mentions having had tuna fish for lunch. Later, in The Wood, she says she hates tuna fish. Tuna fish did prevent her from getting laid, though, so it's possible she changed her mind.
    • In The Breakfast Bunch, Tori says she's never had detention before, but she was assigned 2 weeks in Stage Fighting.
  • Shameful Strip: On a day when Cat and Robbie have been challenged to say "Yes" to everything, a pair of thugs ask them for the pajalehoochos they're wearing (a combination of pajamas, leggings, hoodie and pancho). The two give a reluctant and embarrassed "yes"; the next scene shows Cat and Robbie hiding behind trash cans in their underwear.
  • Shipper on Deck: Sikowitz may or may not ship Jade and Tori. In one episode he has them as a married couple and in "Tori And Jade's Play Date", he does it again (seemingly deliberately), even sending them on a 'date' so they can be more comfortable with each other.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Jade and Tori get a ton of subtle moments throughout the show, but "Tori & Jade's Playdate" drops nearly all the pretenses, even having them refer to each other as pretty to their faces without any sarcasm.
    • Big time between Beck and Tori in "Tori Goes Platinum", leading up to an Almost Kiss, but Tori turns it down out of concern for Jade's feelings.
    • Jade and Andre in Jade Gets Crushed and The Hambone King.
    • The title "Beck falls for Tori."
  • Shout-Out:
    • A pretty strange one; in Tori Goes Platinum, after tasting the fake British snack bibble, Jade describes it as having a good mouthfeel.
    • The emphasis on Victorious is spelled exactly as Tori Spelling's 2006 show So Notorious.
    • Cat's line "What's THAT supposed to mean!?" was a nod to the Moody's Point sketch on The Amanda Show, also created by Dan Schneider. Furthermore, Cat's format of telling her stories is "One time, my brother... [insert random anecdote], [conclusion]" is exactly how Kyle Rosdensen (Totally Kyle skits) tells stories in a dreamily drugged manner.
    • "The Slap" on the iPhone parody shows Tweets from Dan Schneider's cat, and Dan himself "I hate shameless self-promotion", with both Twitter names visible. Similarly, The Slap appears to be the hybrid of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and MySpace combined.
    • In a post on TheSlap, Tori (played by Victoria Justice) complains that Trina has spent 3 days practicing her scream for an audition. In the Zoey 101 episode Quarantine, Lola (also played by Victoria Justice) annoyed Zoey by practicing her scream until she lost her voice.
    • In Brain Squeezers, Trina bites Tori's ear. In the Zoey101 episode Roller Coaster, Lola bit Logan's ear so hard it started bleeding.
      • Also when the host introduces Robbie as a contestant, Robbie points to himself and says, "Thaaat's me!" A reference to the All That skit "Ask Ashley."
    • The fake fight scene between Tori and Jade where the latter spouts one of Josh's lines:
    • Speaking of Drake & Josh, Jade says a line about a movie that's similar to Drake's line about a Beatles album:
    Drake: I love this album more than I love myself!
    Jade: I love that movie more than I love my mother.
    Jade: "Toriiiii! Come out to playyyyay!"
    Beck: What up with all of the camping stuff?
    Jade: Sinjin and his friends are doing some show about a camping trip gone wrong.
    Beck: Gone wrong?
    Jade: They end up eating each other, I don't know.
    • The B-plot of the same episode featured fish that smooth feet by eating the dead skin, though probably not intentional the reactions of the kids and the scenario were all played out in the in the Sae Nakata route in Amagami, the anime of which aired roughly four months before this episode.
    • The scene in Wok Star when the gang is playing poker the song from the pranking montage in iGet pranky can be heard in the background.
    • The wall of celebrities has Dan Schneider on it.
    • In Sleepover in Sikowitz's, Jade's farm girl costume is a mix of Lulu the Hillbilly and Carly's Idiot Farm Girl. Also, Cat's 80s outfit is reminiscent of Mrs. Hayfer's days as a stand-up comedienne, and her delivery and routine are reminiscent of Jerry Seinfeld.
    • "Ice Cream for Ke$ha" had the obligatory Willy Wonka references.
    • On The Slap, in the video for Robbie's song "Strangers on a Bus" the phrase "I dropped the screw in the tuna!" is written on the whiteboard.
    • In Locked Up, after Robbie accidentally electrocutes the chancellors pet, Sikowitz says "Way to go Urkel"
    • The entire scene involving the dancing convicts is based from the Dancing Inmates in the Philippines. Coincidentally, the said group performed a lot of Michael Jackson songs, while the episode covered a song that involved the said artist.
    • The gang's escape from prison in Locked Up is no subtle parallel to the scene in The Sound of Music in which the Von Trapps escape the music festival before the winners are announced. After the I Want You Back number in Locked Up, Festus's brother, acting as the master of ceremonies, invites the audience to applaud the Hollywood Arts kids. There is a fanfare, and a spotlight is shone where the kids would enter; they don't. He cues the applause again, with another fanfare and another spotlight; the kids are nowhere to be found, and a guard bursts through the curtain, shouting "They're gone!"
    • In Prom Wrecker, to That '70s Show:
      Robbie: "Goodnight!"
      Cat: "But Robbie–"
      Robbie: "I said goodnight!"
    • In one episode, Tori does The Church Lady's Superior Dance.
    • In Blooptorious, Christopher Cane (Rex's "actor") is irritated in ways he can't understand.
    • Also from Blooptorious, Victoria Justice can (according to Christopher Cane), "Turn the world on with her smile."
    • "The Breakfast Bunch" is pretty much an episode-long shout out to The Breakfast Club.
    • Record producer Shaun Quincy from "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend" is named for Quincy Jones.
    • In "Tori And Jade's Playdate", Tori asks what makes the green tea at Nozu green and the sushi chef says "Ancient Japanese secret", which is a reference to an old Calgon commercial.
    • "April Fools Blank" is full of them. Including, but not limited to: The Amanda Show (the dancing lobsters and Drake Bell), Match Game (they play a game called Match Play), Saved by the Bell (Mr. Belding shows up and mentions Zack and Screech), The Wizard of Oz (the scene in the bathroom), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Trina mentions wanting an Oompa-Loompa and one appears in the opening credits), Saturday Night Live (the ending is like the end of an SNL episode, as are the end credits), The Beverly Hillbillies (Mr. Drysdale was the name of a main character on that show), iCarly (Tori briefly runs through the living room set and says hi to Spencer), SCTV (Sikowitz blows up and all that's left is a pile of clothes, much like what happens to the guests of Farm Film Report), and Wendy's (most of the main cast shouts "Where's the beef!?" near the end of the episode).
    • There's an upcoming episode called "The Squid and the Coconut."
    • Tori Goes Platinum: When the paparazzi comes in while Tori is trying to hide her change from the class, they think that Sikowitz is Plankton. Sikowitz denies this at first, but then says:
    Sikowitz: No, I am not the...I mean, Karen, I must have the secret formula for the Krabby Patty!
    • The episode Robarazzi parodies the gossip show, TMZ.
    • The episode The Slap Fight involves Robbie giving himself a (creepy) make-over and doing an awkward little dance on webcam in a parody of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs including a shout out to one of the most famous lines itself.
      Robbie: "Would you follow me? I'd follow me."
    • At the start of "Crazy Ponnie", Sinjin can be heard playing a very badly done "Careless Whisper", referencing a series of viral clips with a guy playing "Careless Whisper" on a sax in public places. Once Jade starts chasing Cat, Sinjin switches to a Suspiciously Similar Song to "Yakkity Sax."
    • "Victori-Yes" rehashes the premise of Yes-Man, of course. And the "Pajalehoocho" refers to those mail-order fashion oddities such as the Snuggie. Sikowicz's idea of a live act on a bus is a shout out to Improv Everywhere.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss:
    • Cat on Robbie, when he's going on about how he thinks Trina likes him. It backfires.
    • Beck on Jade when she's saying sorry.
    • Every time Andre's girlfriend kisses him in Prom Wrecker.
  • Singing Telegram: The B-Plot of "Tori & Jade's Play Date" involves Cat and Robbie breaking bad news to people through song. They show up at Tori and Trina's door at the end to sing about how Trina's date cancelled...and get their guitar destroyed for the trouble.
  • Slasher Smile: Jade in her portion of Driving Tori Crazy.
  • Slower Than a Snail: One episode revolved around Tori needing a ride to school and asking her friends for help. Robbie agrees to give her a ride on his quadracycle. He brags that this will be the "Car of the future", but is overtaken by an elderly woman and some kids on tricycles.
  • Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: Rex, Robbie's Deadpan Snarker puppet who will make a joke like this any chance he gets.
  • Social Semi-Circle: Lampshaded in "Tori Tortures Teacher" by Andre when he asks why they never sit on the other side of the table during lunch.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The 1980 motion picture Fame was about a group of students who went to the New York School for the Performing Arts, and was a drama, not a comedy. It spawned a TV series of the same name and it in turn spawned a short-lived L.A.-based spinoff, Fame L.A.
  • Spiritual Successor: Compared to an earlier Nickelodeon show from the early 2000's, "Taina", another show about a latina who attended a performing arts high school to become a famous singer/actress. Also, just like iCarly has its origins in Drake & Josh, this show comes from Zoey 101
  • Spicy Latina: Trina is bold and loud; her sister Tori is a bit more passive.
  • Spoiled Brat: Again, Trina. Her parents give her a week to celebrate her birthday, and she doesn't believe a non-tangible gift counts as a present because "it costs nothing." This is somewhat subverted by the fact that her parents are borderline abusive towards her.
  • Spoiler Title: A few of the titles basically tell you what's going to happen, such as "Tori Fixes Beck & Jade" and "Rex Dies".
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • Robbie for Trina, after she kisses him whilst acting a scene.
    • Sinjin for Jade...and it probably doubles as Too Dumb to Live
    • Trina in an open letter to Kevin Richards. If Trina doesn't get what she wants, hide.
    • It's hinted at that Robbie is for Tori. "He'll see you hiding in the bush!" "You never have." A post on The Slap hints that so is Sinjin, in a similar way in fact.
    • This is one possible way to interpret Ponnie's actions in Crazy Ponnie.
    • The two yahoos who can't "Take A Hint" in "Tori and Jade's Play Date" show up at their performance at the end of the episode. They didn't seem like they were HA students, and the girls obviously didn't tell them about the play so one wonders how they just happened to be in the audience.
  • Status Quo Is God: Nothing in the show truly changes. Characters get big breaks in their careers, but they're back to being regular students the following episode. Jade learns a lesson about being nicer to the people around her? She's still a mean girl a few days later. Hollywood Arts got a new principal named Helen, but she's never seen again after her first episode. Jade and Beck's second breakup only somewhat subverts this because they got back together the following season with little to no indication that they ever got over the issues that led to the breakup in the first place. Even during the breakup, they still hung around their group, they merely kept their hands off each other.
  • The Stinger: A soundbyte from the episode plays over the Vanity Plate after the credits.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Cell Block" Robbie randomly mentions Billy Kwan, some Asian kid he once knew. We then cut to Cat playing with her dog-toy-cellphone and pretend-getting a text from Billy Kwan.
  • Straw Loser: Trina Vega. Unattractive despite being portrayed by Daniella Monet? Horrible Singer note ? Ego too big for her actual talent? Disliked by the main cast? Her parents preferring her sister over her? She practically exists just to show how better Tori is by comparison.
  • Stunned Silence: The look on Andre and Beck’s faces in “Freak The Freak Out” when they hear Tara and Hayley sing. In a twist of this trope, they are actually shocked on how subpar and mediocre their talent is.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In one episode where the gang has to make a video for a school project, only to get distracted by their social media followings. Eventually, they manage to pull themselves together and try to finish their project, thinking they can still get a good grade. Turns out, putting off a project until the last minute doesn't produce the best results.
    • Unlike other Dan Schnieder shows (or kids shows in general), this show actually acknowledged there are legal repercussions for hitting someone. Such as Rex threatening to sue Tori if she punched him in "Robarazzi" or Tori lying to save Cat from getting in trouble for hitting Tori in "Cat's New Boyfriend"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
    Andre: What's up?
    Tori: Nothing.
    Jade: Not a thing.
    Cat: We were not watching you kiss that girl.
  • Take That!:
    • In Robarrazi, Robbie enters the scene to find it covered in fake snow. After commenting about it snowing in L.A., Rex says "I told you global warming was bogus" Robbie replies "Stop watching Fox News." Rex defends it by saying it's "fair and balanced."
    • The only difference between the Pear Pad 2 and the Pear Pad 3 is a "slightly better screen." No doubt the Apple executives in the audience were deeply offended.
  • Takes Ten to Hold: Pint-sized Cat suffers cellular withdrawals and makes a mad dash for her device. It takes absolutely every single one of the lot just to get a grip on her.
  • Teen Rebellion: It's implied Beck is going through a rebellious phase. He lives in a trailer in his family's driveway. When asked why, he states that his dad told him that he would abide by his rules when he lived in his house. So, Beck got his own house.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "Andre's Horrible Girlfriend", Jade claims that touching the overly expensive guitar and other stuff at the house where Cat's dogsitting will never lead to disaster. Not only does the guitar get wrecked, it went out an upstairs window.
  • Themed Party: Hollywood Arts puts on a dance with a cowboy and luau theme, which everyone calls a Cowau.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In "Freak the Freak Out"
    Jade: If the audience could pick the winners, any person in this place could beat you morons.
    Cat: Anyone. Morons.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Jade does this in Stage Fighting:
    Jade: And now Tori says, "What's stage fighting?"
  • That Came Out Wrong: A pantsless Sikowitz reports to the police that he is with children wearing pajamas in a cupcake-shaped parade float. Needless to say, the cops assume he's all sorts of crazy.
  • Those Two Guys: Sinjin is sometimes joined by these two guys who resemble Ron Weasley and Bill Hader. Unfortunately they show up far less than he does.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Robbie had this in the Christmas episode where he successfully got a kiss from Cat because she was overjoyed by the gift he got her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Trina, who is self-centered, conceited despite having no talent and yet somehow manages to stay on good terms with the main cast while acting like a spoiled brat.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In The Bad Roommate, after being annoyed by his crazy grandma, Andre moves in with Tori to work on his song, though Tori thought he only wanted to work on the song for a while, not stay for days. What ensues is Andre becoming a pain in the ass to live with as he makes life harder for the Vega family (even eating the entire family pot pie, which he later criticized since he had better). In retaliation, Tori steals his work in progress.
  • Title Drop:
    • At the very end of Sleepover at Sikowitz's, after Beck asks Tori for the time in his normal voice, she realizes that he broke character and she has won Sikowitz's method acting contest, to which she says, "I am a police officer, and I am victorious!"
    • There was a title drop at the end of The Bird Scene as well: Tori's status update was "Finally I am Victorious."
  • Tongue Trauma: In the first episode, Trina takes some Chinese herb gargle that was said to help her sing better, but she had an allergic reaction to such, causing her tongue to swell up like a balloon, thus Tori had to take her place.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Both Vega sisters, along with Cat, had taken several levels (Trina first, in "Helen Back Again", Tori and Cat in "The Gorilla Club").
    • Sinjin at the beginning of Wanko's Warehouse. He shows Tori that he's learned karate, and kicks her near her hip, knocking her to the floor. That's pretty crazy for a nerd.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass:
    • Cat. She goes from being of relatively normal intelligence in the early parts of Season 1 to a girl who is apparently intelligent enough to just colour a "pretty tiger" purple and realize that "that doesn't happen in nature."
    • Robbie also qualifies, as many of the problems the kids get into over several episodes (notably The Great Ping-Pong Scam, How Trina Got In and Locked Up!), are directly his fault. His behavior in dealing with Rex (notably in Wi-Fi In The Sky) also puts him in this category.
  • Toy-Based Characterization: Jade says that her favorite toy growing up was a hammer. This reflects both her unhappy childhood and her tendency to cause chaos and mayhem.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • Beggin' on Your Knees took this to extreme levels. The trailer alone gave away ALL the key points of the episode. The over-promotion of Victoria's song of the same title that ran several weeks before the episode aired made it worse because the Take That! plot is on the lyrics much like a Taylor Swift song.
    • "Cat's New Boyfriend" did this as well. It included the cheese-squirting, Tori kissing Daniel, Cat walking in on Tori kissing Daniel, and Cat punching Tori in the face.
    • The trailer for One Thousand Berry Balls. It spoils the whole subplot of the episode, including the Cabbie kiss.
  • Transplant: Josh's Boss, Helen, shows up as the new principal of Hollywood Arts.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Cat receives this near the end of "Crazy Ponnie"; she falls asleep in study hall which leaves her as an open target to Jade who vowed to get back at her for ripping off her eyebrows, by shaving off all her hair until she's completely bald.
  • True Companions: The gang themselves are kind of an deconstruction of this: Sure, they're now hanging out with Trina, but as Jade claims, no one likes her. Robbie and Sinjin are treated like social rejects, though Sinjin has it worse. Cat, according to Jade, is just a pet. The only characters who avoid this treatment are Tori, Andre, and Beck. At the same time, they could also be viewed as a reconstruction: Yeah, the group has some issues, but they still work. It's been shown multiple times that when the chips are down, they're bound by a strong friendship.
  • Tsundere: Jade West fits this trope almost perfectly. She is harsh, critical, and rude towards even her friends most of the time. However, her sweet side can be seen, usually with her boyfriend Beck, though at times in regards to the main character Tori or their friends such as Cat.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Tori does this in Stage Fighting when she serves two weeks of detention, takes a lower grade, and scrapes food off walls as punishment for hitting Jade with a cane even after she found out Jade was faking the whole thing.
    Jade: Why are you here? Why didn't you tell on me?
    Tori: 'Cause. We both go to school here and it's not gonna be fun for either one of us if we're fighting all the time.
    Jade:'re just gonna let me get away with it? You took detention and a lower grade and you're scraping fuzzy pudding off a wall on Friday night just so I wouldn't get in trouble?
    Tori: Pretty much.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Formula for every episode of the series. The main plot is usually Tori with between 1 and 3 of the rest of the main cast. Whoever is left over is put into the B-Plot.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only teacher we see with any kind of regularity is Sikowitz, who appears in basically every episode. Lane, while not technically a teacher, shows up once in a while. Occasionally, we see other teachers but they're always one-offs and never appear again. Slightly subverted in that, while Sikowitz is the only teacher we see regularly, his classes are only limited to acting classes and he doesn't attempt to stand in for any other teachers.
  • Truth in Television:
    • The yoga in an extremely hot environment that Tori mentions Trina doing in "Driving Tori Crazy" is more or less Bikram Yoga.
    • Mrs Lee, a Chinese woman, owning a Japanese restaurant is a case of this - many, if not most, of the Japanese restaurants in the United States are Chinese owned.

  • Ungrateful Bitch: In Locked Up, Tori protects Jade from a prisoner who was threatening her. Jade's response: "I didn't need your help!" Which is an interesting perspective considering that said prisoner just knocked Jade to the ground with one blow. According to Tori, she would have eaten Jade if she hadn't stopped her. Though, given this is Jade...
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Everyone in "Who Did It To Trina?" All of their stories are tainted by their own personal opinions of each other and of themselves.
    • Same with "How Trina Got In."
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Wazz"/"Wazzed" is obviously "Piss"/"Pissed", or a variation of "whiz".
    Trina: Move over, I gotta take a wazz.
  • Very Special Episode: "Rex Dies" can be considered this. The Victorious wiki even states that it has a more serious and emotional tone than most other episodes in the first season.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
    • In The Birthweek Song, Tori keeps a flash drive in her bra. This is actually a literal example.
    • In the same episode, Trina keeps her phone in her shirt.
    • Also, Andre keeps his phone in his waistband.
    • A slightly more creepy example in Prom Wrecker: Jade somehow slipped a shrimp into Tori's bra.
    • Cat keeps candy in her bra in How Trina Got In.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Begging On Your Knees" is this to Ryder, revealing how he loves playing women's feelings for him and how he's gonna get exactly what he deserves. While he's not mentioned by name, it's made very clear he's the subject of the song.
  • Visual Pun: In "A Christmas Tori", Cat, Tori and Jade preform Andre's song in Christmas outfits that don't skimp on the Fanservice. Intentional or not, it's been pointed out that the three form a Christmas-y visual pun: Ho-Ho-Ho.
  • Voice Changeling: Jade. In "Prom Wrecker", she was apparently able to imitate Tori well enough on the phone to cancel the band performance that Tori had planned for prom, and in "Opposite Date", she was able to do a perfect imitation of Cat's voice when talking on the phone to Tori. It helps that Elizabeth Gillies is a Woman of a Thousand Voices.
  • Wall Slump: Robbie ends up doing a depressed one in "Jade Gets Crushed" after Tori beats his record for the Tech Theater exam, and it's directly lampshaded by Rex.
    Rex: And now just slide your back down the wall, in sadness and despair.
  • Wham Episode: "The Worst Couple" where Jade and Back split up. For real, this time. Subverted as they get back together the next season.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Wok Star:
    Cat: Jade's dad is only coming to the play on the first night, right?
    Tori: Yeah.
    Cat: So then why don't we just do it the way Jade wrote it for that one night?
    Tori: 'Cause, Mrs. Li is gonna be there and she wants it done her way.
    Cat: But what if she's not there?
    • Also in Beggin' on Your Knees:
    Robbie: You...dated him?
    Christine: Well, I thought I was dating him...then I found out his little game.
    • From Jade gets Crushed:
    Andre: I think I might be in love with Jade.
    • In Worst Couple:
    Beck: (to Jade) I'm not happy with our relationship!
  • Wham Shot:
    • "Crazy Ponnie" ends with Tori and Trina getting a ride home in a police car driven by Ponnie.
  • What Does He See In Her: It's a bit of a wonder why Beck even likes Jade, but we actually get an answer after they break up. Most girls fall head over heals for Beck because of his looks and will agree to anything he says and fawn over everything he does. While he's gotten used to it and is gentlemanly enough to be nice to them, he doesn't like the behavior. Jade actively challenges him, makes him have to try and make her happy.
  • What Happened To The Cat?: In the episode "Rex Dies", Cat is accidentally mistaken for a mental patient, being placed into a rubber room for the rest of the episode. By the next episode, she's back with the group, with no explanation of how she got out.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: The gang's reaction to the reveal of the flour bomber being some random kid from another high school pranking people out of boredom in "Robbie Sells Rex" is collective disappointment.
    Andre: That was a letdown.
    Jade: Pretty unsatisfying.
    Beck: Not much of an ending.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: "The Breakfast Bunch" is one to The Breakfast Club, with a similar plot and Tori and the gang acting like the characters.
  • Wild Teen Party:
    • Andre acts as if one is being thrown at Kenan Thompson's party, but it's fairly tame with the shenanigans being limited to silly string, wrestling, a guy in a panda suit, and a....kitten.
    • Also, a couple of things got broken or almost broken.
    • Subverted from Kenan's perspective: He didn't think the party was wild enough and wondered why Andre hadn't invited more people.
    • In "The Wood", Andre and Beck pretend to be fighting about Beck throwing one at Andre's beach house.
      Beck: You said I could use your beach house!
      Andre: I didn't say people could vomit on my carpet, and make soup in my toilet!
      Beck: It was a beach house party, what did you expect?!
  • With Friends Like These...: Jade and Trina can be like this to everyone at times, if you can consider Trina their friend. Everyone will usually give a little of this to Robbie as well, he commonly receives negativity from them he doesn't really deserve.
  • Woman Scorned:
    • All of Ryder's victims (Tori included) take their revenge on him by humiliating him in front of the entire school. He had it coming.
    • Tori and Carly find out Steven has been cheating on them and don't take it well...
  • Work Off the Debt:
    • The boot of the episode "The Squid and the Coconut."
    • In "The Great Ping Pong Scam", the gang incurs a five-figure bill thanks to Robbie's bowl of caviar, when the restaurant's live music band bails on them. You do the math.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "The Gorilla Club" ends with Tori thinking she's beat the monstrous gorilla, but then gets attacked by it. She then auditions for her role in a movie, and is told she did very well...only to be unable to take the part due to her injuries.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ryder Daniels to any of his "partners" once his task is finished.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: The premise of "Crazy Ponnie."
  • Zany Scheme: Wouldn't be a Nick sitcom without one every other week. Earns a long overdue Lampshade Hanging in "Tori Tortures Teacher", when Tori having one last idea leads to all the guys immediately bailing on her.


Jade as Cat

Tori hears what is not really Cat, but Jade doing a flawless imitation of her.

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