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  • Acting for Two:
    • In the final season, when Miley fights with herself (literally) about revealing her secret.
    • Also true when she played Miley Stewart's evil lookalike cousin, LuAnn.
  • California Doubling: Inverted in the movie where Miley's California high school is actually Tennessee's Franklin High School.
  • Adored by the Network: Made up most of Disney Channel's schedule in the mid-to-late 2000's alongside The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Wizards of Waverly Place.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: The show was this for Disney Channel in the mid-to-late 2000's, as it largely helped the network become the huge juggernaut it is today. Of course there was all the usual Disney merchandise for this series including, Hannah Montana toys, Hannah Montana CDs, Hannah Montana cereal, Hannah Montana clothes, Hannah Montana games for the Nintendo DS and Wii, Hannah Montana live tours that often sold out immediatley, and even a theatrical movie.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Miley Cyrus had originally auditioned for what would have been the Lilly role, but Disney decided to give her the lead role. Also, Billy Ray had only come to offer Miley moral support at the audition and read the father's lines, but Disney loved his cameraderie with Miley and hired Billy Ray as Robbie Ray.
  • The Danza:
    • Miley Stewart is played by Miley Cyrus. Averted at first, as the lead role was named Zoe Stewart, later changed to Chloe Stewart because Zoe was thought to be too similar to Zoey 101, and the character was established well before Cyrus came in. In fact, she originally auditioned (yes, auditioned) for the role of Lilly. It was changed to Miley as all of the aliases were becoming confusing to her in Real Life. Still an odd subversion because Miley wasn't her real first name — it's Destiny Hope Cyrus, and Miley was a nickname she got as a baby — but then she had her first name legally changed to Miley.
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    • Played straight in the case of Heather Truscott, played by Heather Locklear.
    • Aunt Dolly, who is played by Miley Cyrus' real life godmother.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Jason Earles, who plays Jackson, was a real-life example of Vague Age, his year of birth variably being reported as either 1977, 1985 or 1988, until it was finally confirmed to be 1977, making him almost 29 years old when the show premiered. Averted with the rest of the young characters, who are played by real teenagers. However, this example is justified as Earles genuinely looked like a teenager.
    • Of special note: In the episode which teased a Lilly/Jackson pairing, Emily Osment was 16 and Jason Earles was 31, or almost twice her age.
    • Season 4's recurring guest character Siena, implied to be around Jackson's age, is played by 26-year old Tammin Sursok.
      • Actually her age was never mentioned. There's no reason she can't be 26.
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    • Traci Van Horn was 16 when the show started, even though her actress Romi Dames was 10 years older.
  • Defictionalization: Miley Cyrus' early music career consists entirely of songs from the show, including performances as Hannah Montana in real life. Arguably, this wasn't the original intention. Disney Consumer Products failed to produce any official Hannah Montana merchandise for the first holiday season following the show's initial airing in March 2006, indicating that they did not anticipate the popularity it would garner nor the demand it would generate.
  • Executive Meddling: Possible — In some of the episodes, there's an underlying feeling that the plot and even the show could have been brilliantly satirical, but that the Disney sitcom formula, as well as the target demographic being tween and teen girls, puts a limit on the writers' storytelling potential.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: It reached Stage 4 during the peak of its popularity in 2008, but is now sitting at Stage 2 with a cult following.
  • Missing Episode: "No Sugar, Sugar", pulled for its Clueless Aesop regarding diabetes. note 
  • Old Shame: Judging from his comments to GQ magazine, Billy Ray Cyrus has blamed the show for destroying his family.
    • He retracted the statement not long after.
  • The Other Darrin: The role of Mr. Dontzig has alternated between twin-brothers Paul and Peter Vogt.
  • Real-Life Relative: Miley Stewart's father Robbie Ray Stewart is played by Miley Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus. (Yes, that Billy Ray Cyrus).
  • Reality Subtext: The fourth season deals with themes such as whether Hannah's audience would accept the change and growth in her work, Miley and Lilly growing up and out of the tastes and fashions they had when they were younger, and whether her fans would stay with her even after Miley stops being Hannah Montana and appears in public as the real Miley. This seems to reflect Miley's image change into a more adult and more edgy/personalized/reflective image and music style in Real Life, which began before the fourth season was filmed.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In a way, as the show deals with a pop star coming to fame in the late 2000's, this show has elements of this. Plenty of pop culture references in the jokes and plot lines, from Jesse McCartney to Kelly Clarkson to Lady Gaga to Katy Perry, a few American Idol references, the second War in Iraq (as covered in Season 4), a Barack Obama Expy also in the final season, maybe even the Teen Pop aspect in general—-help to put the show in a specific time and place.
  • What Could Have Been: The Big Damn Movie was due to be scored by Alan Silvestri, but because of schedules it ended up being done by John Debney (although "Butterfly Fly Away," written by Silvestri and Glen Ballard, remains in the movie). Ironically, part of Silvestri's score for The Mexican is tracked into the movie (in the scene where the British reporter eats peppers).
    • The show began as a That's So Raven spinoff called Better Days, about a child actor masquerading as a schoolgirl, and it was to star Alyson Stoner. Cory in the House became the spin-off instead.
    • The lead character was to be named Zoe Stewart, then Chloe Stewart as they felt "Zoe" sounded too much like the lead in Zoey 101. They settled on "Miley Stewart" so 13-going-on-14-year-old Miley Cyrus wouldn't have to remember so many names.
    • Before Miley, the lead role was offered to Jo Jo who turned it down. Taylor Momsen and Jordan McCoy also auditioned.
    • Toei Animation was going to produce an anime version of the series, but it wound up being cancelled.
  • Working Title: At one point the series was under the working title "Alexis Texas". Whether or not the change had to due to a porn actress of the same name who also made her first appearance in 2006 likely remains a mystery (but given Disney Channel sensibilities, it's a safe bet).


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