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Maybe if we worked harder at being nice and making friends instead of defeating enemies, we really would be the most popular girls in school.
Shay Van Buren

A Stop Motion animated series hosted on YouTube.

Directed by Mark Cope, written by Carlo Moss, and produced by Lily Vonnegut, the series centers around the highly aggressive and vulgar misadventures of the most popular girls at a fictional high school in Overland Park, Kansas. It can be described roughly as a mixture of Mean Girls and South Park, featuring a cast of high school characters archetypes depicted in Stop Motion.

The Overland Park High Cheer Squad, led by head cheerleader Mackenzie Zales and co-head vice captain Brittnay Matthews, is constantly at war with any number of rival factions trying to usurp their popularity. These groups include a family of Overland Park socialites known as the Van Burens, a rival cheer squad from the neighboring town of Atchison, and a group of former cheerleaders who have become hipsters bent on overthrowing popularity as we know it. Besides a never-ending struggle for power, the girls also go through all the trials and tribulations anyone in high school goes through: relationships, sex, prom, parties, etc.

New episodes appear every other Tuesday on their channel, with, alternately, new material on their bonus channel starting late 2017. Other material can be found on their tumblr.

Season 1 began on May 1, 2012 and ended on November 13, 2012. Season 2 began on March 5, 2013 and ended on July 23, 2013. Season 3 began on November 5, 2013 and ended on May 20th, 2014. Season 4 began on January 6, 2015 and ended on March 31, 2015. Season 5 began on June 13, 2017 and ended on August 29, 2017. Season 6, titled The Most Popular Girls in Quarantine, started on March 30, 2020.

On August 25, 2015, the main app with MPGIS content was released on android and iOS, which closed on September 29, 2017 due to said app's company going out of business.

On September 23, 2015, the TV show of MPGiS with Charlize Theron, from Universal Cable Productions and Denver & Delilah, was first announced by the creators. However, due to complications, such an idea was scrapped, and they have opened a Patreon page on May 1st, 2018.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating:
    • Amberlynn, who is well regarded with warmth and positive input from just about everybody except Deandra, who doesn't know her since she's only been at Overland Park for two weeks. Even the warring cheerleaders and Van Burens stop to compliment her for "really deserving it" when she gets nominated for prom queen and subsequently wins third runner up. The only one who doesn't like her is Jenna Darrabond. It's likely that Shay Van Buren also dislikes her, considering in the video that is shown at the end of year party she drunkenly calls her a "fake-ass bitch".
  • Accidental Misnaming: Shay Van Buren starts being constantly called Gay after being nominated for Prom Queen.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: After she has a nightmare of Saison giving birth to a Talking Hipster Baby, Mackenzie laments that it'll be the last time she has kimchi before bed.
  • Adults Are Useless: A large majority of the adults in this show are either totally kind but totally clueless, cynical and overly apathetic, or just never there when they're needed.
  • Age-Inappropriate Art:
    • In the third grade, all the girls loved the song Tipsy by J-Kwon.
    • Third-grade Rachel Tice is obsessed with The O.C. and all the girls proceed to discuss sexual plotlines on the show. They also loved the movie Mean Girls.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Mackenzie and Shay have both fallen victim to this trope once. Funnily enough, Brittnay wound up playing the straight man to the both of them.
  • Alliterative Name: Caitlin Cameron (a TV reporter).
  • All Women Are Lustful: Seriously, there are more female characters than you think that surpass the men in terms of perversion and sex!
  • Alpha Bitch: Mackenzie Zales fits this role, and shares it with Shay Van Buren (apparently, even in the Third Grade). Shay's sister Cameron seemed to fill it when she was in the school prior to the start of the series, and Mikayla appears to be this in the elementary school she attends.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming:
    • The Atchison High Cheer Squad, whose names all start with the letter T (Head Cheerleader Tanya Berkowitz, Co-Head Vice Captain Taylor McDevitt, and Trisha).
    • Coincidentally, for the three gay characters as well: Tanner, Tristan, and Than.
  • Ambiguously Gay: There's been a ton of examples among the unconfirmed characters, but one that comes to mind is the fact that Rachel brought Judith to prom. And Judith was wearing a tuxedo. Woof.
  • An Aesop: From a group of Overland Park students, and especially Ashley Katchadorian, in "State Championships Part 3" regarding the Hipsters vs Cheerleaders struggle throughout season 3. If the things that are supposed to be "cool" and "unique" are largely performative and aren't actually any fun to participate in, is there really much of a point in trying so hard to do it just because its "cool" and "unique"? Brought home by a Stellar speech from Ashley Katchadorian about how, no matter how many people enjoy or dont enjoy something, its okay for you to participate so long as you genuinely enjoy it. All the better if you have friends to enjoy it with.
  • Animation Bump: The fourth season is done by a team of animators along with the original creators and it definitely shows. The characters' movements are much more fluid, and they have a wider range of motion than in the previous seasons. The fifth season looks even better, from the first episode alone (to the point where the sound of Deandra's robotic arm had to be removed entirely because the noise was too distracting).
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Mikayla Van Buren.
    Cameron Van Buren: Correction! Shay and I are at war with the Cheer Squad. You got sent home from school for infecting the entire third grade with lice.
    • Rachel Tice to her sister Bridget.
    Rachel Tice: I'm recording it on the DVR. DON'T ERASE MY DVR!
    Bridget Tice: I'm going to watch it in the family room, you stupid. Fucking. Abortion.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Episode 63:
    Brittnay: (in her promo video) Do you need help lowering the self-esteem of somebody who's already got it worse than you? Sounds like you need a cheerleader! Do you need help saying something to a sixteen year old that a normal person wouldn't say to Hitler? Sounds like you need a cheerleader! Are you tired of basic bitches who just don't get it? Sounds like you need a cheerleader. ...Oh and I can also do all that other cheerleading stuff too, like flips and holding up signs and shit.
  • Artifact Title: The New Year's Eve episode reveals that the main characters have, over the course of a year, lost all of their friends and their social status. The rest of the season, however, has them reclaiming this status.
  • Artificial Limbs: As of the season 2 premiere, Deandra has prosthetics to replace her ripped-off arms. One looks like a regular arm, but the other is a cyborg arm that whirs whenever she moves it.
  • Art Shift: On occasion, there can be a switch from Stop Motion to mere dolls being waved and thrown around the set.
  • Ascended Extra: Rachel Tice was supposed to be a one-shot appearance but they liked the voice so much that she got her own sub-plot.
  • Aside Glance: In Episode 29, when Tanya notices Deandra's robot arm, she says she didn't know there was a Fullmetal Alchemist convention in town. Deandra responds, "Oh funny. I've never heard that one before. Ever." and then looks at the camera. This is in response to the many YouTube comments about how Deandra's robot arm reminds fans of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Assumed Win: Every girl nominated for Prom Queen except Amberlynn Weggers thought they'd win. Imagine everyone's surprise when Rachel Tice wins by giving every boy in the school (except Matthew Derringer) a blowjob.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch:
    • Deandra does this to both Alpha Bitches for the other.
    • Mackenzie and Shay’s rivalry began when Mackenzie betrayed Shay in third grade to steal the head cheerleader position.
    • Ashley as of Season 2 with the help of the Atchison High cheer squad; their own squad's rival. Not much for the "Alpha Bitch" part since she's still really upset with Trisha.
    • Jenna Darabond does this to her former squadmates, but mostly Mackenzie, first in the shadows in the shadows pulling strings in seasons 1 and 2, then more directly in Season 3.
    • Brittany does this to Mackenzie in Season 4 after the latter blew up the former’s car.
  • Batman Gambit: Mackenzie Zales pulls off one that sets in motion the end of Season 3 and the events of Season 4. Her plan involved her best friend Brittnay Matthews, the Greater-Scope Villain Jenna Darabond and the former Alpha Bitch Cameron Van Buren. It involved burning Brittnay's car so she would blame Jenna and punch her in the face, thus causing a parent-teacher meeting to which she knew Shay's mother wouldn't attend, so she called Shay's sister, Cameron and Jenna's father, knowing she would seduce him. Later, she took Deandra's robotic arm and falsely tried to break Jenna and Justin off, making her admit she already confessed all her crimes to him, including burning the mall, which she recorded with Deandra's arm's voice recorder. Ultimately, when Cameron's and Jenna's father's relationship came to light, he resigned of his post as Senator, leaving Jenna without her political protection and getting arrested for arson.
  • Beach Episode: One takes place in Episode 73. At a nude beach, to be exact.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Jeannie Halverstad has at least two (names are Angie and Marissa), whom she all mistreats off-camera.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Brittnay really does not like Saison's-how you say?-Verbal Tic.
    • Outside of the show, do not say the word 'supercool' around Carlo. He hates it so, of course, people use it often.
    • Do not mess up Jeannie Halverstad's coffee order.
  • Beta Bitch: Brittnay to Mackenzie (for eight-and-a-half years and counting), and Mackenzie loves pointing out that Brittnay is only the "co-head vice cheer captain" and expects her to act like it.
  • Be Yourself: At the end of Season 2, Brittnay and Mackenzie resolve to never change who they are to become rich and famous. Even if who they are are rude, crass, and kind of psychotic.
  • Big Bad: Jenna Darabond, who let Deandra into the girl's room in Episode 1, brought Shay Van Buren in between Mackenzie and her boyfriend, and burned down the Atchison Mall at some point between Seasons 1 and 2. And she's introducing Hipsterism to Overland Park High School (which is bad for the main group of cheerleaders).
  • Big Eater:
    • Deandra, if Episode 5 (Appropriately titled "$57 Lunch") is anything to go by.
    Deandra: Can I have a hotdog?... Lemme get some tater tots. Oh, and, also, a slice of pepperoni pizza, and, also a basket of jalapeno poppers, and some chicken nuggets, a ketchup boat, three potato pancakes, a creamsicle, two quesadillas, a bread loaf, side of ranch, some pixie sticks, taco salad, an order of ribs, aaaAnd a Diet Coke- no. Strawberry shake. No! Diet Coke. NO! Both.
    Lunch Lady Belinda: That is gonna be one huge shit.
    • Fun Fact: This trope applies to Carlo Moss (the VA of Deandra) himself. According to a "Live In The Bathroom" livestream video, Lily Vonnegut says that when they went to a buffet, Carlo got eleven full plates for himself.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: In Seasons 3 and 5.
  • Black Comedy: Would like a sample dialogue, from Episode 24? Yes, we said sample.
    Jayna: Shay! Mommy just lost a child! A child, Shay. Be nice!
    Cameron: Yeah Shay, Mom's going through a lot right now! Losing a baby is a traumatic event!
    Shay: Well, good thing she has the abortion queen of Johnson County by her side.
    Cameron: I know you're trying to insult me, but they're actually naming a wing of the clinic after me, so let's see who's laughing when I'm cutting the ribbon on "The Cameron Van Buren Center for Vacuum Research & Fetus Disposal"!
    Mikayla: Cameron, I don't really think that this is the kind of thing that anybody should be laughing about—
    Cameron: Cool it, Mikayla. You're a prime example of why this city should okay abortions into the 30th trimester—
    Jayna: Girls, girls! You are all treasures! Lovely, accidental treasures! Mistakes, but treasures.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three main cheerleaders, Brittnay, Mackenzie and Trisha.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Dialogue version in Episode 36:
    Judith: I actually don't eat gluten because it makes me throw up red blood.
  • Body Horror: In episode 11, Deandra gets her arms ripped off during a fight between the Van Burens and the Cheerleaders.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • Following the channel getting affected by the YouTube Adpocalypse, the following titles were changed:
      • "Semen On Root Beer"—>"Pre Pep Rally Energy Drinks"
      • "Boobs Boobs Boobs"—>"Wanna See Some Pictures?"
      • "Nude Beach"—>"The Louvre"
    • "The Most Popular Girls On Stage", a stage production of the entirety of Season 1, softened down a few elements (usually relating to the topic of abortion):
      • Bridget Tice calling Rachel a "stupid fucking abortion" was altered to "stupid fucking accident".
      • Rather than laxatives, Shay Van Buren gives the cheer squad ipecac, which makes them wildly vomit instead of wildly defecate. Due to this, Brittnay's line "Oh my god, I feel like I'm having an abortion" was changed to "Oh my god, I feel like I'm shitting out my fucking mouth". This is even given an explanation in-universe; Shay used to use laxatives, but stopped when her rectum started to prolapse.
      • The season overall was written to be more trans-inclusive. For instance, Brittnay accusing Cameron of being trans was cut (likely also due to the joke falling under Values Dissonance). Similarly, Matthew Darringer lacking genitals is implied to be due to him being trans, rather than a parody of Barbie Doll Anatomy.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • In Episode 33:
    Announcer: (over PA) Mikayla [van Buren] is a third grader at Meadow Lane Elementary. Her interests include coloring, hopscotch, and Napoleonic battle strategies. Her favorite books are Goodnight Moon and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
    • In Episode 63:
    Brittnay: (in her promo video) I am an expert in all of the major facets of cheerleading: Being bitchy, gossiping about enemies, achieving peak attractiveness and of course, contributing absolutely nothing to the world around me.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In response to all of the Youtube comments about how Deandra's robot arm reminds fans of Fullmetal Alchemist.
      Tanya: I didn't realize there was a Fullmetal Alchemist convention in town.
      Deandra: Oh funny. I've never heard that one before. Ever.
    • In an earlier episode when Mackenzie goes to the doctor about her hair loss he tells her he's sure no one will notice, Mackenzie responds, "Oh, trust me. Everyone has noticed." This was in response to fans commenting about the random bald spot appearing on the Mackenzie doll.
    • In Episode 53, Trisha does an Aside Glance as she mentions that the plan is taking a lot longer than she thought it would, and that some people are starting to talk. This was in response to the impatient fans waiting for the Season Finale.
    • Than's only reason for going to Paris? "Fuck you guys, I get to be in this season too." In the following episode, he wonders which Cast Herd he's in this season.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: The main storyline in all of Season 4, between Mackenzie and Brittnay. Trisha eventually brings them back together in the finale.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In the first episode, Ashley Katchadourian lets Deandra into the bathroom, Trisha then mentions that Ashley isn't even in charge of the door, Jenna Darabond is in charge of the door. In Episodes 11 and 12, after Deandra gets her arms ripped off, Trisha blames Ashley because she wasn't watching the door. But then it turns out Ashley wasn't in charge of watching the door after all.
    • During the football game arc, announcer Clint decides to steal a sleeping Bert's nachos. Near the end of Episode 57, Bert momentarily wakes up and wonders where his nachos have went.
  • Butt-Monkey:
  • Call-Back: At the start of Episode 4, Matthew Derringer retells the same story Trisha told at the beginning of the series. In fact, the viewers can't even pretend that some events in this show never happened—the characters like to bring them up in later episodes (especially the incident with Deandra's arms).
  • Call-Forward: Mainly in the flashback episodes.
  • Camp Gay: Tanner Christiansen's boyfriend, Tristan.
  • Cassandra Truth: Brittnay doesn't trust Deandra, who is currently backstabbing both the cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
    • When Brittnay's car is set on fire, everyone immediately blames Jenna Darabond, due to her having a motive, and having already admitted to burning down a mall for similar reasons. She spends the rest of the season playing innocent, and making extremely insincere attempts to deny that she did it. She actually didn't. It was Mackenzie.
  • Cast Herd: By the time we've reached Season 3 of this show, it's evident that this trope is in place for our convenience (i.e. The Cheer Squad, The Hipsters, The Football players, etc.).
  • Catchphrase: The Van Buren "Hi/Byeeee!". It's what gives Deandra away to the cheerleaders.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • The Atchison Mall burning down in Season 2? Jenna Darabond did it to set the Atchison Cheer Squad on the Overland Park Squad.
    • This also applies to Deandra's pooping habits, as of Episode 29.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Since Jenna Darabond's introduction in Season 3, and this trope is especially prominent in Season 5 and onwards.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Post-Season 2.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ashley tells the rival cheer squad that Saison Marguerite is pregnant in hopes to get revenge on Overland Park's cheer squad. While this seems like a pointless throw away joke to poke fun at Ashley's ineptitude gossip, guess which character just got put on the cheer squad for nationals?
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Judith and Rachel consider themselves to be this, in regards to their plan to get Rachel crowned Prom Queen.
    Judith: See of you can explain all the twists and turns to these simpletons, Rachel.
    Rachel: Well, I gave every boy in school... a blow j.
    • Deandra may be this too, as she expected to win prom queen by pity vote (due to losing her arms).
    • Mackenzie, so much.
  • Childhood Friends: A number of the main and recurring cast have known each other since the Third Grade, or for some (Shay and Mackenzie), earlier than that. It would be much more appropriate to say that some pairs are Childhood Vitriolic Best Buds. Of course, it would be a big mistake to call Shay and Mackenzie friends.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 38.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Deandra with the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Trisha Cappelletti and Trisha 2.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: In Episode 20.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: All over the bloody place.
  • Comic-Book Time: In an example of Webcomic Time, Seasons 1 through 4 take place over a single school year (less, as the series began with the year already in progress) but were produced over the course of four calendar years. What makes it also qualify as Comic-Book Time is that whenever a character mentions the current year, they say the current Real Life year, meaning it went from 2012 to 2015 and so on during that single In-Universe year.
  • Comic Trio: In Season 4, we have Trisha, Trisha 2, and Mackenzie.
  • Composite Character: In the stage adaptation, Jenna Darabond was absorbed into Amberlynn Weggers, thus giving the bisexuality speech to Amberlynn.
  • Continuity Nod: This show always makes sure to remind you of what has happened in previous episodes.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The entire premise of Season 5, that every recurring character is spending their summer in Paris, with every group having a different reason. The first episode of the season is dedicated to cycling through all of their reasons, in order from least contrived to most, and heavily lampshading just how ridiculous it's getting.
  • Country Matters: This word is used so often that it's normal to hear in-show. In fact, one of Mackenzie's favorite insults is "Cuntholes".
  • Courtroom Episode: A variation is used from Episodes 50-52; a Parent-Teacher Conference.
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • Than and his stammering about gay men in Episode 23.
    • Some viewers had second-hand embarrassment over Mackenzie's secret Twilight-roleplaying video that Brittnay and Shay found to ruin her reputation with in season 4.
    • The Nude Beach scene in Episode 73. Than getting a boner (twice) certainly does not help.
    • Trisha 2 and Matthew vomiting during Promo Modeling, live on TV.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bridget Tice.
    Tanner: I'm Tanner Christiansen.
    Bridget: The answer to a question I never asked.
  • Depraved Homosexual:
    • Lunch Lady Belinda may be this, as evidenced by her apparent crush on Cameron Van Buren.
    • Jonathan Getslinhaumer may be this as well.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Mr. Van Buren. He's probably yet to make his appearance since he's mentioned very briefly in the "$57 Lunch" episode that he gave the Van Buren sisters a credit card. Lampshaded in Extra Credit 16:
    Mikayla: We have a dad?
    Shay: Is dad coming home?
    • Mackenzie is shown to have a stepdad; then, where is her biological father?
    • Justin's father left him when he was four.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
  • Ditzy Genius: It's entirely possible (and there have been some small hints at the concept, like being good with cameras) that Trisha C. has Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Dramedy: This show became this from Season 3 onwards (but with most of the emphasis still on the comedy side) thanks to things like Jenna Darabond's plot.
  • Dysfunctional Family: In the thanksgiving episode, a sneak peek of how it goes in some of the major characters' household. This is pretty much it. Except for Brittnay where she just throws out a ham and cranberry sauce out of the window but nonetheless, she counts. Averted for Deandra it seems since she actually praised her mom and her grandmother for the dinner they just had.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first 3 episodes, Mackenzie and Trisha wear casual clothes instead of their cheerleader uniforms, and Mackenzie has a different voice actress.
    • One piece of weirdness that lingered is that the characters who debuted in the first episode (Mackenzie, Trisha, and Deandra) are knock-off dolls instead of real Barbies, as the show had No Budget until the second episode. Mackenzie and Trisha soon had their heads transplanted onto real Barbie dolls's bodies so they could fit into Barbie cheerleader uniforms, while Deandra kept her body.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Gay Van Buren.
  • Engineered Public Confession: This is how Mackenzie gets Jenna arrested, with Deandra's robot arm; and how Trisha causes Shay's popularity to crash, with the former's AV Club experience.
  • Entertainment Above Their Age:
    • In episode 8, Mackenzie, Brittnay, and Rachel are shown to have liked The O.C. when they were in the third grade.
    • In episode 60, during a flashback, Mackenzie, Rachel, and Shay (who were in the third grade at the time) talk about Mean Girlsnote  and seem to like the movie.
    • In episode 33, Mrs. Zales mentions that Katelynn (who's seven) watches Dragon's Den with her. Katelynn then says she likes Mr. Wonderful. In the same episode, Mikayla (who is only nine) recites a monologue from Beasts of the Southern Wild during a pageant.
  • Episode on a Plane: "Summer Abroad", en route to France. Well, it's mostly pre-flight, but still.
  • Evil Matriarch:
    • Mrs. Van Buren has shades of this since she eagerly helps Shay, Mikayla, and Deandra in their plots to humiliate the Cheerleaders, even lecturing them on the proper way to spike their energy drinks with laxatives and the correct time to do so.
    • Mrs. Zales, Played for Laughs.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Brittnay having had enough with Mackenzie's bullshit becomes the main enemy in Season 4. They reconcile in Episode 70.
  • Fallen Princess:
    • Rachel Tice used to be friends with Shay, Mackenzie and Brittnay in the third grade. At least, until Brittnay caught her eating a roly-poly straight out of the sandbox. It's been downhill for her ever since. At least, until Prom Night.... Actually, by season two, Rachel is still unpopular. Mackenzie and the Cheerleaders point out that winning prom queen by giving blow jobs didn't make her popular. It just made her a whore.
    • Shay Van Buren after Trisha causes her popularity to crash in episode 70.
  • False Friend: Deandra to the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens. She sides with both of them just to reap the benefits.
  • Fan Disservice: Lunch Lady Belinda in Episode 26. Let's just say, don't plan on eating before or after watching the video. Or possibly ever again.
  • Fanservice: This poster. You'll have to scroll down to see it, though.
  • Fangirl: Rachel Tice, with her obsession with Gossip Girl and previously (in the third grade), The O.C.. She also seems to be a big fan of Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf, enough to threaten her sister over it...
  • Fiery Redhead: Bridget Tice could count as such. Then again, given that she's portrayed by a doll of Merida...
  • Flat "What": Mackenzie's deadpan response to Rachel Tice's master plan.
    Rachel Tice: Well, I gave every boy in the school a blow j.
  • Flawless Token: Matthew Derringer and Tanner Christiansen play the Only Sane Man role to Dumb Jock Blaine, douchebag Than, and the occasionally annoying Justin.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • At prom...
    Lunch Lady Belinda: Forget it. The babies you make tonight are gonna be so stupid.
    • Deandra specifically said Ashley Katchadourian let her into the girls bathroom in the first episode. When Deandra sees Ashley at Cheer Nationals she only refers to her as "that girl who betrayed you guys" and never by her real name, which seems to hint Deandra never actually met Ashley Katchadourian. Come season 3, we learn Jenna Darabond let Deandra in and said she was Ashley Katchadourian.
    • At the end of Episode 76, Tanner wakes up in bed with Than and immediately assumes the worst. But take a closer look at the scene when it's fully zoomed out; only Than's clothes are scattered on the floor. If they had actually done the deed, we would've seen Tanner's clothes on the floor too.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: As the cast grew bigger and bigger, so did the simultaneous plots, especially from Season 4 onward.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Trisha/Trisha 2 (Optimistic), Brittnay (Realist), Mackenzie (Cynic), and Deandra (Conflicted). Mackenzie and Brittnay can switch roles depending on the scenario.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The Cheerleaders. Mackenzie is Melancholic, Brittnay is Choleric, Trisha is Phlegmatic, and Trisha 2 is Sanguine.
    • In the Third Grade, Brittnay is still Choleric, Rachel is Sanguine, Shay is Melancholic, and Mackenzie is Phlegmatic.
    • The van Burens: Mikayla (Sanguine), Cameron (Choleric), Shay (still Melancholic), and Jayna (Phlegmatic).
  • Fourth Wall Psych: Brittnay and Mackenzie seem to have this going on in episode 10. When Brittnay brings up Taylor McDevitt and the water park incident she walks up to the camera, seemingly telling it to the viewers. Mackenzie does the same when she proclaims that Shay Van Buren will now be known as Gay Van Buren. They're both simply telling it to their fellow cheer squad and are only looking away for dramatic effect but it leads them instead to look directly at us.
  • Freak Out:
    • Trisha Cappelletti has one after Deandra gets her arms ripped off, royally chewing out Ashley Katchadourian in the process.
    • Mackenzie has a Villainous Breakdown variant during prom after the poll results for prom queen keep getting sidetracked.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In Episode 23; it takes some careful watching but the poster for the movie Brittnay and Than are going to see eventually becomes clear enough to read: Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal.
    • In Episode 63, after Brittnay's video advertisement finishes playing on Youtube, you can see the following: "mpgis" typed into the Youtube search engine, one notification at the top, over three million views for said video (which is called "Brittnay Matthews | Mercenary"), thumbnails for previous episodes on the side, and the MPGiS channel logo.
    • In Episode 71:
      • Jeannie Halverstad's phone number is +33 1 23 45 67 898.
      • During moments where we can see Brittnay's plane ticket; it says "French Air", (Seat) 28B, "[N]om du passenger: Matthews, Brittnay", and has a QR code.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • Why the Van Burens seem to despise Mackenzie and Brittnay with a passion, they seem fairly neutral around Trisha. Mikayla even seems to be developing a somewhat Odd Friendship with her.
      • Perhaps not anymore with Shay, seeing how Trisha destroyed her popularity with a recorded drunken rant video in Episode 70.
  • Freudian Trio: Respectively in each Girl Posse; Mackenzie, Shay, and Tanya (Superego), Trisha, Mikayla, and Trisha 2 (Ego), and Brittnay, Cameron, and Taylor (Id).
  • Full-Name Basis: Pretty much everyone except Deandra. Honestly, it'd be easier to count when characters aren't referred by their full names.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Bridget angrily chasing Rachel across the dining room in "A Very Deandra Thanksgiving".
    • Brittnay beating up the Cher Guy in "After-School Activities" and "Vintage Cheer Uniforms".
  • Fun with Acronyms: What the acronym on Brittnay's Revenge Campaign read as (note the bold letters): Matthews Plan to Gain Influence Subvert Shitty Egomaniacs And Seek Out New Forms Of Unholy Retribution. There's more in the rest of the Indie Gogo videos. They all spell the same thing-MPGIS SEASON FOUR.

  • Girl Posse:
    • Mackenzie, Brittnay, and Trisha.
    • Shay, Cameron, and Mikayla.
    • Tanya, Taylor, and Trisha 2.
  • Good Counterpart: The football team serves as this to the cheer squad, in a way. The cheerleaders are cruel, bitchy, and constantly engaged in some kind of conflict, either with an enemy or with each other. They also once ripped a girl's arms off in their relentless pursuit of popularity. The equally popular football team, however, are basically nice to everyone (except Than), and support each other at all times. In season 3, Tanner even gives a speech about how much he values his teammates, which is something we've never really seen Mackenzie do.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality: For the most part.
    • Characters can bounce from alliance to alliance, never staying on one particular side but never straight up stopping hating characters they previously hated. One season, Shay Van Buren could be the cheer squad's main rival, another season Shay could be on the cheer squad, and then the next season she could be working with only Brittnay to bring down only Mackenzie!
    • Characters that you would think are just horrible people are humanized and seen to be kind and caring, while characters that you would think are pure are also capable of doing horrible things. For example, Mackenzie Zales is seen mostly as an evil conniving mastermind who heartlessly screws people over and uses people to get what she wants... but she is also seen as caring deeply for her friends and wanting the best for them. And, on the other hand, Trisha Cappelletti is a very kind and sweet person who's all around a lovable idiot, but she also completely ruined Ashley's life, sending her into a deep depression and constantly getting angry at Ashley despite knowing she wasn't even the one at fault.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Brittnay is this trope embodied. So is Mackenzie's mother. The former only holds back against genuinely nice people.
  • Hand Gagging: In Episode 71, Mackenzie does this to Trisha 2 in order to prevent the latter from blabbling about what they're going to France for.
    Mackenzie: Shut up, Trisha!
  • Hated by All:
    • Rachel Tice, who seems to be loathed by everyone at the school and her own sister except for Judith, even after she wins prom queen.
    • By Season 4, Mackenzie Zales has pretty much alienated most of the school due to her various Zany Schemes.
    • Speaking of Season 4, Shay Van Buren as of Episode 70 after her In Vino Veritas video got exposed to the whole school by the Trishas.
  • High-School Dance: The Season 1 climax and finale revolves around Prom.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Deandra gets her arms ripped off in a fight between the cheerleaders and the Van Burens.
    • And as for Jenna Darabond burning down the Atchison mall just to get the cheer squad from there involved in her second plan, she gets stabbed by Tanya Berkowitz, the head cheerleader of the—presumably disbanded after Cheer Nationals—Atchison cheer squad.
  • Hollywood Homely: Rachel Tice is so ugly in-universe that she is mistaken for a boy by Tanner.
  • Hot-Blooded: Brittnay gets worked up really easily, lets just say that.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Season 5 features far more nudity than all of the previous seasons combined. Entirely Played for Laughs, though.
  • I Can't Hear You: Poor deaf-in-her-right-ear-after-having-gotten-hit-by-a-Hacky-Sack-in-the-Third-Grade Shay Van Buren. "What?" practically seems to be her Catchphrase.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After losing to fucking Rachel Tice, Mackenzie and Shay muse on the fact that maybe they should focus on being nicer to people instead of being shallow bitches. They both immediately nix this idea in favor of devoting the rest of their lives to destroying Rachel Tice, and then deciding they still hate each other.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: In Episode 48:
    Cameron: (to Shay) First of all congratulations, I always knew there was only a matter of time before you beat out those dirty fucking hookers and took your rightful place as the head of that shit squad.
    Brittnay: Um, we're right fucking here.
    Cameron: I stand by what I said.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Deandra attempts this kind of excuse in Episode 10. Her distraction fails.
  • Inappropriate Role Model: In the Third Grade (revealed in Episode 60), Shay and Mackenize worshiped Regina George (and this is lampshaded by Rachel, who sees them as missing the whole point of the movie).
  • Informed Obscenity: According to Tanya Berkowitz, there's an 'E' word, in addition to the 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'F' words. What it is never gets established.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Trisha Cappelletti and Mikayla Van Buren have this.
  • Iris Out: At the end of Episode 34, on Deandra.
  • Irony: In "State Championships Part 3", when questioned on why any of them are participating in Hipsterism or even at HipChellaStockAlooza, Amberlynn hesitantly states that its because its unique and no one else is doing it. Saying this while surrounded by a bustling crowd of people at a concert where basically everyone in Kansas is stated to be in attendance.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Bert Hickey was revealed to have been fired from the NFL after announcing the n-word; the thing is, the power was out, and he thought the mics were off.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: In Episode 72:
    Juliette: Americans are nothing but fat, lazy cunts who think that they're the center of ze universe!
    Brittnay: Hey! Who the fuck did you just call fat?!
  • It Was with You All Along: At the start of Episode 42, Saison is shown to be telling Brittnay a funny story, which finishes off with "...And by the time I had returned, it occurred to me that my phone had been in my, how do you say, pocket the entire time! Can you imagine, Brittnay?"
  • Jerk Jock: Subverted with the football team. Other than (accidentally) slamming into Judith at lunch, and nominating Rachel Tice for prom queen in exchange for blow jobs (except Matthew), the jocks are fairly amicable and only really show hostility towards Than for being an annoying creep. They're also completely accepting of Tanner's homosexuality and Matthew's lack of a penis and testicles due to a birth defect.
  • Kick the Dog: Jeannie Halverstad has this moment in Episode 72:
    Jeannie: (on the phone) Alright, Madison, you know what? Fuck you! You're a fucking terrible model and guess what? Last year we all fucking notice that you got pregnant and had an abortion. You're fucking me just like you fucked that poor little baby who just wanted a life.
  • Large-Ham Announcer: Clint Tarpley, the football game announcer present in Episodes 54-58. Which makes him a Foil to the other football announcer Bert Hickey.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much everyone, with the possible exception of Bridget Tice.
    Shay Van Buren: This is the worst thing that has ever happened to anybody ever!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Deandra getting her arms ripped off may count because of how she was playing both the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens. Also, the fact that she didn't win prom queen.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Jenna is introduced in the final scene of the second season finale as the third season's new character/villain.
  • Laxative Prank: Inflicted on the main trio thanks to the Van Burens (and Deandra) in Episode 9.
  • Lighter and Softer: Heavily Subverted in the Third Grade flashback episodes.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • While everyone pretty much wears the same outfit throughout the series, they all dress-up for Prom except for Deandra, who's still wearing the same dress. She even lampshades it. It's actually averted with most of the other main characters in the later seasons, though.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Trisha compared to Shay, Brittnay, and Mackenzie. Her only genuine bitchy attack on someone else was vengeance against Ashley Katchadourian not watching the door which led to Deandra's maiming. And when Trisha finds out Ashley was innocent she felt guilty about it. So lovable that she was given her own spin-off talk show with the other Trisha as her co-host.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: A decent portion of Episode 57 is devoted to a group of peripheral characters—Ashley Katchadourian, Amberlynn Weggers, Connor Devarnan, and the Cher Guy—realizing they haven't had any fun since the hipsters took over.
  • Mathematician's Answer: A semi-justified variant in Episode 3:
    Shay: I heard that you're going around calling me a fucking liar!
    Mackenzie: Where did you hear that?
    Shay: Uh, I don't know, like... thirty-five seconds ago?
    Mackenzie: I said "where", not "when", you idiot!
    Shay: Shut up! You know I'm partially deaf in my right ear after Matthew Derringer hit me in the head with that fucking hacky sack in the third grade!
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Mr. McNeely, though he does have his limits.
  • Morality Pet: Amberlynn to Mackenzie and Brittnay, who both have nothing but nice things to say about her. In fact, the simple-minded characters, like Trisha, Saison, and Katelynn Zales, are likely to be Morality Pets for the meaner characters (i.e. Saison to Shay).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In episode 12, Trisha has Brittnay make out with Ashley Katchadourian's boyfriend at prom as revenge for not watching the door when she should've, which led to Deandra getting her arms torn off. However, Brittnay says that Ashley is in charge of snacks, not the door, and Trisha realizes she made a horrible mistake.

  • Naked People Are Funny: Katelynn Zales, in Episode 34, throws off all of her clothes at the dinner table for no good reason and yells, "I'm a turkey!", much to Mackenzie's embarrassment.
  • Nemesis as Customer: Bridget Tice's already-miserable job at Pizza Street gets even worse when she has to serve the Van Buren sisters. Mikayla's questions get on her nerves, and Shay is her usually ditzy self, but she nearly comes to blows with Cameron, who goes into full Upper-Class Twit mode. Bridget deals with it the way she deals with literally everything: intense, debilitating sarcasm.
    Cameron: How about I come back there and kick your ass?!
    Bridget: How about I give you an IQ test?
  • Nice Girl: Trisha Cappelletti, Trisha 2, Matthew Derringer, Tanner Christiansen, and Tristan are pretty much the nicest, most non-judgmental characters that you'll be able to find within a World of Jerkass. But the crowner has to go to Amberlynn Weggers, whom everyone seems to consider an inspiration. Except Deandra, but as Shay points out Deandra's only been at the school for two weeks so she probably doesn't know everybody.
    Trisha: Wow, good for Amberlynn.
    Mackenzie: Yeah, she totally deserved it.
  • The Nicknamer: Dr. Greg Converse (i.e. Shay=Two Tails, Trisha=Dinosaur Neck, etc.)
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, to the point that Deandra's catchphrase is "I'm ... going to go poop now."
  • No Fourth Wall: Trisha at the end of Episode 20 and both Trishas at the end of Episode 25.
  • Noodle Incident: Just about everything of importance seems to have occurred in the Third Grade. Subverted in that we see a flashback to the Third Grade, where most of these events are shown. Also how the entire senior class got mono.
  • Noodle Implements: Jeanie Halvestard in Episode 28: "...So because of those eighteen reasons, pyrotechnics will not be allowed this year."
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. The cheer squad calls Mackenzie's period "Shark Week".
  • Noticing the Fourth Wall: Trisha (both of them) notice the subscribe/store/more videos buttons at the end of the video whenever they're in The Stinger.
  • Not Worth Killing: Mackenzie says this to Brittnay, as the latter attempts to destroy Saison upon hearing that Saison is pregnant with Blaine's baby.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: Deandra is rather fond of these. Take, for example, in Episode 46:
    Deandra: (to Bridget) No, I don't want a bunch of little croutons! I want you to crouton this loaf of bread for me! What the fuck is so hard to understand about that?!
  • Officially Shortened Title: MPGiS.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • Totally averted, when the Atchison Cheerleaders are revealed to have a Trisha on their squad as well. She is just as out of it as Overland Park's.
    Atchison Trisha: Do you ever just get lost in a conversation?
    OP Trisha: Huh?
    Atchison Trisha: Exactly!
    • Also averted Jenna Dapananian and Jenna Darabond, who are both on the Overland Park cheer squad.
  • Only One Name: Deandra, which is a big contrast to (almost) everyone else's Full-Name Basis status.
  • Opposites Attract: Tanner and Tristan.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: BladeCo: Wanna buy some knives?
  • Overly-Long Gag: The show loves to do this in quite a number of episodes (be it a list of detailed drinking, an argument between Shay and Mackenzie, a special Thanksgiving blessing by Rachel, Judith slurping her coffee...).
  • Perpetual Expression: Everybody; well, all the characters are Barbie dolls! And that makes the crude dialogue all the more funnier when juxtaposed with their plastic, molded smiles.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When Trisha reveals that she nominated Brittnay for Prom Queen, she seems genuinely touched.
    • Mackenzie and Brittnay both saying nice things about Amberlynn and seemingly meaning it.
    • Brittnay Matthews genuinely doesn't want to hurt Trisha because she sees her as a real friend.
  • Popular Is Evil: Yeah, the series is based on this trope. All of the girls who are the highest on the Popularity Food Chain are vicious, vindictive, backstabbing, and just downright Sociopathic.
  • Potty Emergency: Mostly happens to Deandra.
  • Potty Failure:
    • Again, see below. On a much lighter note, in Episode 50, Veronica mentions that her daughter Brittnay was still wetting the bed at the age of three, but...
    • Subverted in Episode 53. Deandra thinks Saison peed on the cafeteria floor, but it turns out that Saison's water has broken.
  • Power Walk: At the end of episode 43 with the cheer squad showing off their new (and definitely improved) uniforms.
  • Precision F-Strike: This show is full of Cluster F Bombs, but when characters that don't curse much do swear (such as Saison and Ashley), it's very obvious.
  • Preppy Name: Pretty much everyone, except for, maybe, Rachel Tice, Judith Dinsmore, and Lunch Lady Belinda.
  • Prom Baby: Brittnay Margeurite, the daughter of Saison and Blaine, first born in Episode 53.
  • The Promposal: In Episode 10, Mackenzie is asked out by her boyfriend this way when he tapes a giant red heart to her locker with the words "PROM?" on it.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Or, in Deandra's case in Episode 55, Punctuated Pooping. "And that. Is why. You always. Chew. Croutons."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In Episode 10, Deandra asks Shay if the girls talk about anything other than revenge.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Katelynn does this with another girl during her Cheer Tots routine in Episode 64, while both are running around. Katelynn proclaims that she's concussed afterwards.

  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Many jokes and gags can happen so quickly at once, in an episode's span of 7-to-12 minutes.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted - characters regularly talk over each other, repeat words and add filler when needed. Mostly due to the voice actors being experienced in improv and going off script regularly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Trisha's epic rant against Ashley Katchadourian for not watching the door when she was supposed to, leading up to Deandra getting her arms ripped off.
    • Brittnay gave one to Saison, Blaine, and Shay Van Buren in Episode 20 and became a viral hit call "Epic Cheerleader Meltdown" six episodes later.
    • Tanner, Matthew, Justin and Blaine deliver one to Than in episode 27.
    Tanner: Reason number one, you're a fucking douchebag.
    • The main trio gives an epic one to the Atchison Squad in Episode 30.
    • The guys (sans Justin) also deliver one to Mr. McNeely on his first day as their teacher.
  • Record Needle Scratch: This happens in Episode 73 when the football team finds out that Than had actually taken them to a Nude Beach.
  • Reference Overdosed: This show isn't as funny if you don't have at least an above-average knowledge of pop culture media, which characters often making plenty of jokes throughout the show related to movies and TV shows that were released during the 80's-early 00's (i.e. Gremlins, Look Who's Talking, etc.).
  • Retcon: In Season 1, which took place in mid-2012, Mikayla reveals that she was born in 2003. However, due to Comic-Book Time, Seasons 1 through 4 take place over a single school year over four real life calendar years. Season 5 onwards instead takes place in the present day, as evidenced with Mikayla setting up a Moana-themed surprise party for Shay and MPGIQ taking place during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Reveal:
    • The reason why Deandra left Atchison High in Episode 29: a disastrous Potty Emergency while on top of the human pyramid, during a football game.
    • Glen Oaks Mall burnt down because Jenna threw electrical equipment into one of its fountains to kickstart the Overland Park-Atchison feud.
    • Episode 79, aptly called "The Truth", confirms that Saison isn't French.
  • Revenge Before Reason: This series practically lives and breathes this trope. Of course, it does not go unlampshaded.
    Deandra: Do you guys ever talk about anything other than, like... revenge?
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The entire premise of Season 4, courtesy of Brittnay Matthews.
  • Running Gag: Tons.
    • Whether or not Ashley Katchadorian is supposed to watch the door.
    • Brittnay being told she gives sub-par hand jobs.
    • Stuff happening in the 3rd grade.
    • Brittnay's total hatred of Saison and Saison's obliviousness to it.
    • Deandra being a Big Eater and needing to poop.
    • There's always the chance that Shay will blankly say "What?" if someone talks to her.
  • School of No Studying: Despite taking place chiefly in a high school (at least up to season 4), the characters are only ever shown in class once, with the main focus being on after-school activities (like football and cheerleading) and school events. In fact, if not for Belinda and a briefly-appearing substitute teacher character, you'd be forgiven for thinking the school has no staff at all.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • In one of the Season 4 promos, Shay and Mackenzie take cheap shots at each other's voices. Mackenzie says that Shay sounds like a grown man trying to sound like a teen girl (Shay is one of the many female characters with male actors; in her case, Andrew Delman, one of the few who make an effort to sound feminine) to which Shay retorts that Mackenzie sounds like "a bitchy Ashley Katchadourian" (Mackenzie and Ashley are both played by Kate Frisbee).
    • The first episode of season 5 is dedicated to lampshading just how contrived it is that every character is going to Paris. By the time it gets to the football team, they're clearly very nervous about hoping their excuse passes the audience's scrutiny, and Than can't come up with a reason that doesn't break the fourth wall.
    • The photo-shoot episode calls attention to the fact that half the characters can't bend their arms and legs.
  • Show Within a Show: Babes Having Babies. Episode 20 shows its own episode of it.
    • Episode 49, "Follow the Leader", gives us the show 'Cafeteria Rescue'.
  • Shown Their Work: The setting of Overland Park, Kansas was chosen entirely at random, but the writers still strive to keep it and its surrounding geography accurate. Every location mentioned or depicted actually exists in or near the real Overland Park.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: This show falls onto the middle part of the scale, with a tendency to bounce back and forth depending on the scenario and the characters in said scenario. Many people in this show are either jerks, idiotic, or both... however, there are enough good-hearted people with their idealistic ways to help balance out the cynical Jerkassersy.
  • Smooch of Victory: Trisha and (implied) Saison give ones to their respective boyfriends when the football players win the State Championship in Episode 58.
  • Special Guest: Disney star Jason Earles (of Hannah Montana and Kickin' It) guests in the third season as two different characters. RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage also voices Mackenzie's mom in various episodes. The show has also featured voice work by well known Youtubers such as Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, and Tyler Oakley.
  • Spell My Name with an S:
    • The internet has no fucking idea how to spell Ashley Kachadorian/Katchadorian/Kathcadourian/Kachadourian/Cachadorian(etc)'s last name. It's actually revealed in episode 18 that her last name is officially spelled "Katchadourian."
    • This is quite a common case. In the MPGiS trailer, Saison's last name is spelled as "Margarite". In Viewer Mail #1, it's spelled as "Margeurite". The same goes in her twitter. Some would spell her name "correctly" as "Marguerite" which is a real French word/name.
    • It's "Brittnay", not "Brittany" (we're looking at you, Saison).
    • This applies to anyone guessing (previously) unseen character's names. Jenna Darebond/Daerbon/Dairbon for example.
    • It's "Katelynn" Zales, not "Kaitlin."
    • Come Season 5, the creators are unsure if Jeannie Halverstad's first name should be spelled with one "n" (as in "Jeanie") or the standard two.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Shay Van Buren is, by her own admission, six feet tall and 105 pounds. And is considered (at least by herself) a very attractive young woman.
  • Stylistic Suck: The dolls' mouths not moving and the "shitty" voices are what makes up part of the show's charm, according to the creators.
  • Squee: At the beginning of episode 13, Lunch Lady Belinda lets out a fangirl screech after the principal announces Cameron van Buren as the announcer of the Prom Queen poll results.
  • The Starscream: Brittnay to Mackenzie, although she's not exactly subtle about it.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • Rachel Tice won prom queen via write-in votes from the boys since she wasn't officially nominated.
    • It's a running gag/recurring instance that Deandra is bad with choices and goes with "both" (i.e. diet coke/strawberry milkshake, robotic/human prosthetics, etc.) This was a prominent case when she sided with both the Van Burens and the cheerleaders.
  • Take That!: Mackenzie in Episode 14 says, "This is high school, not an episode of fucking Lizzie Mcguire."
  • Tear-Apart Tug-of-War: A Bloody Hilarious variant occurs when the cheerleaders and the Van Burens find out Deandra has been playing both sides of their feud, and physically fight over who she should go with. They grab her arms and tug, ignoring Deandra's protests for them to stop... until said arms come right of their sockets and blood goes everywhere. After the initial freakout, Deandra mostly adjusts to having prosthetics remarkably well, save for a few Continuity Nods.
    Deandra: Excuse me, are we just gonna skip over the part where my fucking arms got ripped off?!
    Jenna Darabond: Yeah, I didn't have anything to do with that. That was super fucked-up.
    Deandra: Thank you!
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "A Very Deandra Thanksgiving".
  • Theme Naming: The three members of the Atchison Cheer Squad all have names starting with a 'T'. Tanya Berkowitz, Taylor Mcdevitt, and Trisha 2.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In this teaser for Season 5, Brittnay complains that the season is going to suck because Saison is in it (that, and because she's in the promo itself).
  • Three Successful Generations: In the Van Buren family, the members that share the dynamic are Cameron, Mikayla and their mother, who were/are very popular at school for being head cheerleaders, or because of their family history. Shay misses out because Mackenzie took head cheerleader in elementary school, and is ashamed of it — even though it was through no fault of her own. Shay eventually gets her wish in Episodes 41-62.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: In the third-grade Whole Episode Flashback episodes, Shay and Tanner have younger-sounding voice actors. Averted for every other character making an appearance there.
  • Title Drop: Possibly a thing to happen every last episode of the season.
  • Toilet Humour: A lot, especially when Deandra is in a scene.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Rachel Tice and Judith are shown to have had this happened after joining Jenna Darabond's club. Earlier in the series, this also happens to Ashley Katchadourian.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only members of the faculty appear to be Lunch Lady Belinda, Principal Nubbins, Mr. McNeely, and Coach Spitz.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted. Rachel and Judith are always talking about their "plan", but never about what they're going to do. The viewers are led to believe that they are either manipulating the Cheerleader/Van Buren feud, or are just a couple of idiots. It turned out Rachel gave every boy in school a blow job (except for Matthew, who doesn't have a penis) in order to win Prom Queen, and if the Cheerleaders and the Van Burens stopped feuding, they might have noticed.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Hilariously bad things happen to the three Alpha Bitch main characters (see Villain Protagonist below).
  • Unusual Euphemism: Brittnay's use of "Growler", to refer to her vagina.
  • Vacation Episode: MPGiS Season 5. To France.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Mackenzie has one in the 13th episode when the crowning of prom queen is delayed by a dance routine from the football team.
    Mackenize: Get off my stage!
    Matthew Deringer: Uh, now wait a min-
  • Villain Protagonist: Arguably Shay and Mackenzie both qualify, given that the majority of the series is about them trying to destroy one another and their respective groups for dominance in the school. Brittnay would also count, as of Season 4.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Well, viewers eventually get used to the hilarious, deep man voices on the female dolls, but if you're new to this show, it's very jarring.
  • Vocal Evolution: Everyone's voices gradually grew higher in pitch, and their dialogue became much more fluent.
  • The Voice: Principal Nubbins is only ever heard through the school intercom.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • In Episode 3, Trisha runs into a bathroom stall and proceeds to throw up due to how excited she is that Cameron came to her school.
    • Brittnay leans over the side of the shot and vomits when she sees Lunch Lady Belinda in a revealing cheerleading uniform in Episode 26. She does this once again in Episode 42 upon hearing that Shay Van Buren is the new Head Cheerleader.
    • Judith ducks below the camera and throws up when Deandra stinking up the bathroom overwhelms her in Episode 61.
  • The Von Trope Family: The Van Burens.
  • Vulgar Humor
  • Webcomic Time: The first half of the first season takes place over the course of a day, with episodes being released a month apart. Lampshaded by Mackenzie:
    Deandra: Yeah, you cursed me out in the bathroom earlier today.
    Mackenzie: Oh my God, was that today? That seems like so long ago. Right, Trisha?
    Trisha: Uh, yeah, that was literally, like, hours ago.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 31. Jenna Darabond reveals that she's been playing everyone for saps for the last two seasons.
    • Episode 58. Mackenzie has Jenna Darabond arrested and reveals she set everything up to have Cameron Van Buren break up Jenna's family by blowing up Brittnay's car so Brittnay would punch Jenna in the face and they'd have to go to a parent-teacher conference. The football team wins the game, Brittnay has decided she's DONE with Mackenzie, and TANYA BERKOWITZ STABS JENNA DARABOND TO DEATH for burning down the Atchison Mall.
  • Wham Line:
    Jenna: Yeah, but I didn't blow up Brittnay's car!
    Mackenzie: Oh I know, Jenna... I did.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Fourth Floor of Oak Park Mall, next to the Gymboree.
    "It's got potted plants, jumbo tampons, and a bidet for your vagina."
  • World of Ham: Pretty much every single character in this series is a Large Ham.
  • World of Jerkass: Pretty much almost every character in this show is either an asshole, an idiot, or both; to start with, our protagonists consist of two Alpha Bitches who will stop at nothing to get their revenge on whatever other jerks have inflicted upon them, with one of their only friends being a moronic Innocent Beta Bitch who can't even spell to save her own life.
  • Your Mom: Brittnay does this to the French Team in Episode 72; unfortunately, due to suffering from jet lag, it doesn't come out the way she hoped.

Alternative Title(s): The Most Popular Girls In School


Mackenzie Zales

The bitchy head cheerleader delivers a surprisingly insightful message about the world.

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