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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In "Big Time Breakout", Griffin suggests that Carlos could go on to do Broadway. The real Carlos primarily did musical theater before the series started.
    • "Big Time Scandal" has James tell Katie that he accidentally blew up Cher Lloyd's car with fireworks at a party. In reality, it was all four of the boys at the party and instead of Cher's car, they (almost) accidentally blew up Taylor Swift.note 
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  • Actor-Shared Background: Lucy's parents are shown to be Asian and White, just like her actress Malese Jow.
  • Contractual Purity: Expected since they're on Nickelodeon.
  • The Danza:
    • Kendall is played by Kendall Schmidt, Logan by Logan Henderson, Carlos by Carlos Pena, and James by James Maslow. Although technically not Logan.
    • Lucy's middle name is Elizabeth, which is Malese Jow's first name.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • The guys are about 3-4 years older than the standard sophomore/junior high school age, as is Erin Sanders who plays Camille.
    • Surprisingly, Ciara Bravo who plays Katie was between the ages of 12-16 playing a character three years younger than herself. It's not an egregious example as Ciara looked the age of her character.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • In the pilot episode Big Time Audition, the boys are depicted as having no aptitude whatsoever for singing or dancing, until they finally agree to buckle down and get serious about learning from Gustavo. Of course, in real life, the four actors all needed to be skilled singers and dancers already, or else they wouldn't have been cast in the roles in the first place. From the end of the pilot episode and continuing through the rest of the series, the actors' real talents were allowed to shine.
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    • Played with in Big Time Rides. The fictional James has to learn to ride a bike, while the real-life James already knows how to.
  • The Other Darrin: Spencer Locke was replaced by Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2 (the blonde one) when the former was filming Resident Evil: Afterlife. While Locke whould return for the Jennifer role and Goss gets another background character role, the positions were reversed for the second half of Season 2.
  • Playing Against Type: Elizabeth Gillies appears in "Big Time Secret" and her character is actually really nice, which is unexpected considering her other roles.
  • Playing with Character Type: Tara Strong, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Carlos Alazraqui, Rob Paulsen, and Phil LaMarr appear as live-action characters in contrast to their usual voice acting roles. With that said though, the characters they play are in line with their usual character types, like Tara as the boys' teacher (a reasonable authority figure). Although Rob did do a couple of voice-only roles on the show as well, such as the coffee machine in "Big Time Jobs".
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  • Production Posse: Half the people who have been on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide are on this show, including Missy as Griffin's daughter Mercedes; Carlos, who played the Spelling Bee champ; Vice Principal Crubbs as a Secret Agent; and Mr. Dren, the nerdy math teacher, as Lucy's Dad. Mr. Kwest is now a therapist (as he was on Freaks and Geeks), and who thought that Ms. Enstile, the Spanish teacher, would become Selana's manager? Bitsy, the Alpha Bitch on Ned's Declassified season 1, was one of the Jennifers before she got replaced. Bernice, the new girl at Polk, became Stephanie, the new girl at Palmwoods. Fabio also appeared in both shows at one point. This show also had Patchy the Pirate do a cameo after Ned's had a guy wear a SpongeBob costume to picture day. And, last but not least, Gordy is Buddha Bob.
  • Reality Subtext: "Big Time Invasion" is about One Direction and The Wanted becoming popular in America and sending BTR plummeting. While BTR may not be as massive in real life as they are in the series, One Direction indeed played a part in their decline. (The episode may more accurately be describing their deposal of Justin Bieber in the real world). Averted with The Wanted; they are portrayed as equally popular to One Direction in the episode when in real life they are anything but. They aren't as popular as the real-world BTR in the U.S., let alone the fictional band.
  • Real-Life Relative: Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena married after the series and as a result, combined their last names as PenaVega.
  • Role Reprise: "Big Time Beach Party" has Tom Kenny reprise his role as Patchy The Pirate .
  • Screwed by the Network: Nickelodeon's ratings during the end of 2011 were declining, pulling this show's ratings down because of their inconsistent scheduling. Fans were expecting the third season to be their final season; it was a surprise when it was renewed for a fourth season.
    • There is a perception that Nickelodeon is neglecting the show and the band to focus on One Direction, angering both BTR fans and One Direction fans. Although the Nick-1D relationship never really went anywhere, BTR still was on the losing side because the British boy band would go on to become far more popular than their American counterparts.
      • Ironically enough, one of the later episodes, Big Time Invasion revolved around the competition of British and American boy bands. Coincidence? See Reality Subtext above.
  • What Could Have Been: Kendall wasn't originally a character in the show, instead another character Curt, played by Curt Hansen (who would later go on to play a parody of Zac Efron on the show, Dak Zevon), was the lead singer and protagonist of the show. Hansen only appeared as "Curt" in the unaired pilot. Then he was later replaced by Kendall Schmidt, because he (Hansen) sounded too much like James, looked a bit too old, and didn't "click" as well with the other three, so the pilot was reshot.

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