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Grojband from left to right: Laney Penn, Corey Riffin, and Kin and Kon Kujira

"Now, we're gonna rock!
And we're gonna roll!
We are Grojband!
The show's theme song

Grojband is a Canadian animated musical/comedy series produced by Fresh TV (of Total Drama and 6teen fame) and created by Todd Kauffman (co-creator of Sidekick) and Mark Thornton (who later teamed up with Kauffman again to create Looped) for Teletoon. The series premiered on June 10, 2013 in the United States on Cartoon Network and would later debut on September 5, 2013 in Canada on Teletoon, coming to an end on May 25, 2015 after 26 episodes.

13-year-old Corey Riffin starts a garage band named Grojband with his friends, tomboy Laney Penn and twin brothers Kin and Kon Kujira. However, Grojband has a problem. Corey's not good with lyrics; he just can't think of anything to write, until he finds the diary of his nasty and horrible older sister Trina and realizes - voila! - Trina's handwritten teenage angst is a goldmine of songwriting inspiration.


And so begins the series' formula. In every episode, Corey and his band strike a new musical gig and must create the perfect song to blow the socks off their audience and climb up the ladder to fame and success. However, Trina cannot stand the thought of her little brother's garage band becoming more popular than her, so she'll stop at nothing to crush their dreams and keep herself at the top of the popularity chain. But no matter what obstacles Trina - or life for that matter - throws at her brother and his gang of friends, nothing's going to stop Corey and co. from doing what they always do best Once per Episode: A) rile up Trina's emotions enough for her to go into "Diary Mode" so she can write down her thoughts; and B) "secretly" use Trina's latest diary entry to craft the lyrics for an awesome new tune that will truly rock and totally roll.



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  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The episode "On the Air and Out to Sea" has these.
  • Abduction Is Love: Kate and Allie kidnapped Corey and chained him up in their closet in "Group Hug". There, they pampered him by doing this such as feeding him blueberry waffles, brushing his hair, giving him aromatherapy, and "letting all his friends join him."
  • Absentee Actor: Mina doesn't appear in "Myme Disease" or "The Pirate Lounge for Me" and was even intentionally neglected in "Cloudy with a Chance of Malt Balls."
    Trina: "That extra pass is staying with me."
    Mina: "Can I have it?"
    Trina: "You're not in this episode."
    (Mina sadly walks away, leaving the episode)
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: G'ORB of the Orb Experience speaks in this manner.
  • Accidental Murder: Statue Steve in "Myme Disease" once the town realized that he was a statue performer all along.
  • Acrofatic: Despite his burly form, Kon is a pretty nimble guy.
  • The Ace: Corey Riffin is a master of coming up with crazy plans and playing music all while keeping his cool. Heck, the only thing he isn't good at is coming up with lyrics.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Corey's response to the demonic guitar attacking the Newmans.
    (chuckles) "Okay, that was fine, only because I hate the Newmans."
  • Adorkable: Mina, Trina's sweet and shy meganekko sidekick with a very cute voice to boot.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: "Helmet" has the eponymous device, which Trina hacks into a rampaging robot obsessed with perfection.
  • Air Guitar: Corey plays one in the song featured in the episode "Myme Disease".
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Mina's full name was Bernadette Beff until Trina demanded she legally change her first name so that their names would rhyme.
    • Kin Kujira and his gender opposite Kim Kagami, as well as Kon Kujira and his gender opposite Konnie Kagami.
    • Mayor Mellow, although that's because we never get to know his first name.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Nick Mallory seems to know that Trina has a crush on him. He's just not interested.
    • Laney is in love with Corey, but not only does he not notice, it's often implied that he sees Laney is a guy.
  • All There in the Manual: Co-creator Todd Kauffman has a Tumblr blog where he answers questions about the show. Some of the questions he answers involve the names of background characters.
  • Almost Kiss: A Running Gag that involves Trina and Nick Mallory.
  • All Myths Are True: Whenever Kin and Kon tell a legend from Rock Lore, they will invariably be true. "Love in a Nethervator"'s myth is only partially true.
  • Alpha Bitch: Corey's older sister, Trina, who is as bossy, nasty, and superficial as they come.
  • The All-Solving Hammer: Corey's answer to EVERYTHING is music. Laney addresses this in "Rockersize" when the band has to deal with three hulking grannies: she states that this time lyrics wouldn't be any help and what they needed was a tank.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: Whenever Corey makes a motivational speech, he has the rest of the band hum that tune. Lampshaded in "Creepaway Camp".
    (Blade feels bad about himself and he's crying)
    Corey: "Aw, come on Blade don't be like that. Guys, motivational humming."
    (Kin, Kon, and Laney start humming as Corey motivated Blade)
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Spoofed with Corey's monologues at the end of every episode.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: In "It's in the Card" when Mayor Mellow's framed picture of his mother doesn't like his Valentine's Day card, she disappears offscreen and is then seen getting on a bus.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Corey is this to Trina, as he constantly drives his older sister crazy so that he can acquire the lyrical inspiration he needs from her diary entries.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Space Jammin" Kon mentions that he told the orb aliens who Trina was, where she was, and gave them his recipe for boysenberry pie.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Kin, who is of Japanese descent and is The Smart Guy of Grojband.
  • Asshole Victim: Trina (on more than one occasion with hilarious results) including but not limited to: being trampolined into a trash can, thrown into a cage at the zoo, becoming Mina's personal Butt-Monkey for an episode, and even having her face turned into a pig. Not to mention the fact that the whole show is about Grojband ruining her life for their music - which would be horrible if it wasn't for the fact that Trina is a humongous bitch who always deserves what she had coming.
  • Assumed Win: In "Helmet", when Mayor Mellow announces the winner of the contest, Trina (who had the contest rigged) doesn't even wait for him to say the last name.
  • The Assimilator: Cyborg!Trina from "Ahead of Our Own Tone", who has taken over Peaceville using a brain implant.
  • Auto-Tune: Brutally spoofed in "Helmet", where Kin builds an autotuning helmet to hide Corey's voice cracks, only for everything to go horribly wrong.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Subverted between Corey and Trina most of the time. One character even says they'll eventually remember that they love each other only to be proven wrong shortly after. That said, Word of God has it that the trope still holds true, and thus it does get played straight on occasion:
    • In "Wish Upon A Jug", Corey wishes they never met the genies, even though at that time the only one who benefited from this wish was Trina. Also, he used a wish to hug her, which, while done to piss her off, one would think out of the question for him if he truly hated her.
    • In "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2", Katrina obviously loves Corey, and as the personification of Trina's locked away good side this would mean so does Trina. Corey, previously more concerned about his lyrics, shows genuine remorse for putting Trina in the situation she's in now after seeing this and is apologetic when he confesses the truth to her later.
    • There are also the few times Corey makes Trina go into Happy Diary Mode, indicating that he doesn't want to enrage her all the time.
    • In "Who Are You" when the gang to Hipster Corey into omnibenevolent Corey, he becomes overprotective and concerned with his band's safety so he bubble wraps them and posts them with damage insurance, but later he brings Nick Mallory to Trina actually saying he loved his sister and wanted her to be happy.
    • The trope is played dead straight with Trina and Mina in "Math of Kon" and on other occasions.
    • Despite Nick Mallory's romantic disinterest in Trina, he occasionally displays genuine care for her. One example of this is in "Who Are You", wherein he admits that he likes her for who she is (even if the hipsters don't).
  • Bad Future: In "Ahead of Our Own Tone" where Cell-borgs run amuck and Cyborg!Trina is the Evil Overlord, and the reason why Kin grew a beard is because he "went a little nuts!"
  • The Bad Guy Wins/Karma Houdini: There are a few times Trina gets what she wants with no comeuppance.
    • The Mid-Season Finale "Six Strings of Evil" frees Corey from the evil guitar but the town ends up flooding, and the Guitar, now Music Box, plans on continuing its rampage at the end with the aid of Trina.
    • In "Girl Fest" Laney delivers a Harsh Take That! in the form of a song to Singer Candy Jams in an attempt to out her as a 'fake'. Unfortunately for Laney, this plan fails, and the people still give Candy their full support.
    • The Groupies suffer no consequences at all for kidnapping Grojband and keeping them hostage in "Group Hug". Unless you count them getting tackled by an angry Mina as comeuppance for kidnapping Trina.
    • Played completely straight in "Hear Us Rock Part 2", Corey even acknowledges it. At least util Mina turns against Trina and gives Grojband what they need to save the day.
    Corey: You win, Trina.
  • Badass Adorable: Grojband themselves, but especially Laney.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • A rare male example. In "Smash Up Terby" when Trina barfs on a ride turned up to beyond full speed, Nick is the only one who comes out completely clean.
    • Averted with Laney, who gets covered in dirt and has messy hair after an explosion occurs.
    • Invoked by Trina in "Inn Er Face". Kin and Kon have to get out of Trina's body before their shrinking wears off. The band tries to make Trina sweat them out and then drool them out, but she adamantly refuses to do either one because they are "for farmers", even making a bead of sweat go back into her skin with a Death Glare.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Mina serves as one to Trina.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Trina has way too many to count.
    • Laney really hates that everyone keeps thinking she is a guy. Taken Up to Eleven in the episode "No Strings Attached", where she gets a male puppet (which is dressed exactly like her but with shorter hair, no hair clip, a five o' clock shadow and a long body) and what do the other members of Grojband do when Laney comments on this? Act like it's normal. Kin even says it's the spitting image of her.
      • Another one for Laney: "Sorry Core, [Trina] dissed the band! Nobody disses the band."
    • Corey hates elevator music so much, he got VERY angry after listening to it for a long time.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: The show revels in this type of humour, frequently lampshading its Strictly Formula and the characters' quirks.
  • Big Bad: Trina Riffin, especially in the episode "Ahead of Our Own Tone".
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Demon Guitar teaming up with Trina, although since it happens only at the end of the episode, nothing comes out of it.
  • Big Dam Plot: "Six Strings of Evil" sees the Demon Guitar attempt to burst Peaceville Dam to flood the town.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Corey and Laney, combined with Accidental Kiss, in "Curse of the Metrognome".
  • Big Eater: Kon is usually pretty hungry and often thinking about food.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Apparently Trina's diary moments are an in-universe example of these to anyone not in Grojband. Mina lampshades this after she had one due to a Personality Swap.
    Mina: "What was that? I feel so overdramatic."
  • Big Red Button: In "Helmet", Kin built the eponymous robotic helmet with one and he warns Corey not to press it. After hearing an golden opportunity to sabotage the band presenting itself, Trina pushes said button causing the helmet to go Rogue. When Laney asks why he would build it with a button that turns it evil, Kin just rolls his eyes at the "stupid question".
  • Big Sister Bully: Trina to Corey. She loathes her brother and does anything she can to ruin his life, even if it means hurting him.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Kin, his gender opposite Kim, and Mina have these under their glasses.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Bleater, complete with a bleating goat head logo.
    • Also in "Rockersize", Barney made a fourth wall joke, parodying this.
    Corey: Barney, you need to play a different kind of music.
    Barney: I can't! That's the only song on my non-brand name music player.
  • Blatant Lies: In "No Strings Attached" when Mina sees Trina drinking a chocolate milk and asks if she can have one, just as Trina finishes it she says there are no more. Then she pulls out another one...
  • Blinding Bangs: In "Hair Today", Laney's hair metal wig covers her eyes.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • For Grojband and their allies, Kate (Blonde), Allie (Brunette), and Laney (Redhead).
    • For the Newmans, the Kagami sisters (Konnie (Blonde) and Kim (Brunette)), and Lenny (Redhead).
  • Bottle Episode: In the episode "Pox and Roll", Grojband, Trina, Mina, and the students of Elementary High all got chicken pox while in the garage and so the government quarantined them all inside of a giant bubble and had to spend eight days in there. The entire episode was all about Corey and Laney trying to entertain the guests and keep them happy there, with a side plot about Kin and Kon coming up with escape plans and trying to get out multiple times but failing every time.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Trina has this in spades. Her over-the-top teenage girl angst is a goldmine of lyrical inspiration for Grojband.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • In "No Strings Attached".
    Captain Carney: They don't look good folks. Of course I've seen worse in the Navy. Sharks, Sailor Guts, Sharks puking up Sailor Guts. But you kids don't need that story.
    • Also "In Bee Bop A Loofah".
    Kin: Think about what we could buy with all this money.
    Kon: We could buy a bike!
    Kin: Or a yacht!
    Kon: Or a bike yacht!'''
    • It was even continued and expanded later in the episode.
    Kin: We still have some money left over from selling those air fresheners.
    Kon: We could still buy a bike yacht!
    Kin: Or a plant!
    (Cut to a yacht with bicycle wheels that is on top of a giant stem growing out of a flower pot)
  • Breast Expansion: A minor example. Carrie appears to have small boobs for only one scene in "Creep Away Camp".
  • Brick Joke: Throughout the episode "Cloudy with a Xhance of Malt Balls", Kin and/or Kon, whenever someone asks who (or what) caused something or whenever Corey has a plan, respond with, "Our future selves?" or "Does it involve our future selves?". Guess who fixes the lights for them at the end of the episode.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase:
    • "Zoohouse Rock" has a running gag of Kin stealing everyone's catchphrases, including Corey's: "I've got a crazy plan that might work", Laney's: "But wherever will find lyrics?" and even Corey's: "Thanks for coming out everyone" where he shoves Corey out of the way.
    • Even the Wicked Cool Transition is changed to "Stolen Line Transition".
  • Broken Pedestal: In "Girl Fest", Laney is devastated when she finds out supposed punk girl Candy Jams is just a typical girly girl using the punk image to sell cosmetics.
  • Broken Tears: Trina in "Inn Er Face" when she comes to the realization she might have to deal with her brother forever.
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: Grojband set up a pirate radio station in "On the Air and Out to Sea" and end up getting shanghaied on to an actual pirate ship.
  • Burning with Anger: Trina Riffin whenever she writes in her diary in anger mode (which is very often).
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Trina to the band while Mina is to Trina.
    • Within Grojband, Kon is also arguably the butt monkey because he tends to get hurt the most and even physically abused by Laney on many occasions.
  • Cain and Abel: Corey and Trina, though it's mostly on Trina's side.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Quiet Noise" from "Myme Disease".
  • Captain Colorbeard: Parodied. One of Captain Tighty-Whitey's pirate crew is the clean shaven Shavenbeard.
  • Cardboard Pal: When the band splits up in "It's In the Card", Corey compensates by making a fake band out of junk he finds in the garage and pretending it's real.
  • Catch Phrase: Corey ends each episode with "Thanks for coming out, everyone!" and closing a garage door. He'll also sometimes talk of "a crazy plan that just might work." He even adds "We have Liftoff!" on some of the episodes where Trina writes her diary in anger mode.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs. Subverted with Wheelie from "The Snuffles with Snarffles" who only turns mean out of jealousy and becomes nicer in the end.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Trina throws Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs, up one in order to prove that Corey's "Justice Band" are not heroes.
  • Chained Heat: In "Kon-fusion", after Grojband and the Newmans get fused together.
  • Chair Reveal: Done by Trina and Wheelie the Cat in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
    Corey: Creepiest. Reveal. Ever.
  • Character Development: In the 2nd half of season 1. Corey doesn't address Laney as a boy as much and treats her more like a lady, complete with a few hints that he is aware of her feelings for him. Also, ever since the episode "Girl Fest", Laney has begun lashing out more at Corey and being a bit more rebellious against his plans.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted in "Helmet". Trina suffers no repercussions for rigging the contest.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Trina's habit of changing her opinion depending on what Nick Mallory thinks is used against her in "Here Us, Rock! Pt. 1", cue her literally falling apart.
  • Cherubic Choir: Whenever Corey (or in one episode Laney) grabs his Sister's diary that fell from the sky after Trina goes into Diary Mode, or it lands somewhere else that's within Corey's reach, this is accompined by this.
  • Chick Magnet: Corey (as a result of being popular) and Nick.
  • Childhood Friends: Trina and Mina have been friends since Kindergarten.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • "Dreamreaver Pt. 1". Lampshaded by Laney.
    "Continued?! You mean we're stuck in Trina's head for another episode?!"
    • "Here Us, Rock! Pt. 1" also ends on such when it turns out the world really is going to come to an end.
  • Close-Enough Timeline: At the end of "Ahead of Our Own Tone", the band decides not to build a new time machine so Corey, Laney and Kon can go back, since a year isn't that long and they probably don't want to risk messing with time again.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The backgound color for whenever Trina goes diary depends on the emotion she feels:
    • Anger/Fear: Red
    • Love/Happiness: Pink/Purple
    • Sadness: Blue
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In "Smash Up Terby" when Nick is buying a ticket to the carnival and Trina comes along with Mina and says "Make that three!" Nick misunderstands what she meant and buys three tickets for himself, saving the other two for later.
    • In "Space Jammin'", the orb aliens notice Corey getting the lyrics to his songs from Trina's diary and try to do the same, but read an entry verbatim instead of adapting it into lyrics like Corey does.
  • Companion Cube: Mayor Mellow always carries a picture of his mother, and sometimes have conversations with her as if she were still alive (given that she's deceased).
  • Conjoined Twins: Kin and Kon were born as this. They have the scars to prove it. Taken a step further when we learn that Kon has Kin's nipples on his back.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded by Laney in "Wish Upon a Jug" when they happen to find a second genie in the same pile of jugs.
    Corey: Finding one genie should have been impossible too. Roll with it, Lanes.
  • Crossdressing Voices: The bandmates for The Newmans are voiced by the same voice actors as the members of Grojband.
  • Curse Cut Short: During the song in Bee Bop a Loofah, Corey was about to say "Ass" until Laney, Kin, and Kon, cut him off, singing another rhyming word that meant the same thing.
    Corey: If it's a smell test that you wanna pass, scrub your feet, wash your pits, and don't forget your-
    Kin, Kon, and Laney: Gluteus Max!
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Laney's reaction to Blade Stabbington's pet rat Bite Face.
    • In "Knight to Remember", she has this reaction to a big dog that licks her face.
    • In "The Snuffles with Snarffles", Trina has this reaction to Wheelie while everyone else has this reaction to Snarffles. But the end, Wheelie ends up taking Snarffles' spot.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: As seen in "Ahead of Our Own Tone". It's the result of having one's brain implanted, although more of a brainwashing effect.
  • Cyborg: Trina gets turned into one after having her brain implanted for a good chunk of "Ahead of oOur Own Tone".
  • Dartboard of Hate: Trina throws knitting needles at a picture of Corey on a dartboard in the episode "Rock the House".
  • Delusions of Doghood: In "Hair Today, Kon Tomorrow", Kon starts believing he is a dog after a hair tonic causes him to be covered in hair and he receives a blow to the head.
  • Detonation Moon: Corey wishes there was no moon so that Trina would never share that "Moonlight Kiss" with Nick Mallory in "Wish Upon a Jug". However, the moon reappears perfectly fine in later episodes.
  • Didn't Think This Through: There are moments in which a solution, only worsens the given situation.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: In "Smash Up Terby", some of these surround Corey when he delivers his mock lesson of the day.
  • Disguised in Drag: "Rockersize" involves Grojband dressing up as old ladies to convince some hulking, violent grannies who they accidentally created to calm back down.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Newmans are gender flipped versions of Grojband.
  • Doppelgänger: Grojband have had several of these over the series, such as The Newmans, The Orb Experience, and Mirage Grojband.
  • Downer Ending: "Hologroj" ends with Trina losing her sanity and believing nothing is real and the town of Peaceville believes Corey, Laney, Kin and Kon are dead, and the real Grojband is a cover band. However, this is never brought again, so it seems the writers pressed the Reset Button.
    Kate and Allie: We love you, Grojband cover band!
  • The Dragon: Mina, but of the Minion with an F in Evil variety.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When Trina's behind the wheel, she tends to have some road rage.
  • Dreadful Musician: Corey, whenever he's trying to come up with lyrics.
  • Dumb and Drummer: Kon is the drummer of Grojband and probably its least intelligent member.
  • Dumb Blonde: Konnie, although Word of God says that she dyes her hair.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The pilot is the ONLY instance where Trina doesn't immediately go diary after getting upset, as well as having Mina openly crush on Nick Mallory (in front of Trina anyway).
    • Also, this might be a coincidence, but the pilot seems to have more gross-out humour then other episodes.
  • Easy Amnesia: Corey in the episode "Who Are You", as a result of misusing an invention that increases intelligence when one walks forwards to instead walk backwards until his mind's totally empty.
  • Elevator Buttons Mash: Kon does this in the episode "Love in a Nethervator".
    Kon: "Hey, if we're riding this thing to our fiery deaths, I wanna have fun."
  • Enemy Mime: When the favorite town statue (who was actually a statue performer) is taken down in "Myme Disease", Grojband decides to take the prime performance spot left behind. A turf war erupts between Corey and a group of mimes when they take the last busking spot in the park.
  • Epic Fail:
    • "Helmet". Kin giving the helmet a big red button that gives the helmet control. Even he admits it was a dumb idea.
    • "Space Jammin" Instead of using her diary entries as inspiration for lyrics, the orbs literally sing one of them word for word. This ends up revealing Trina's feelings for Nick Mallory and causing her to go diary.
    • "Queen Bee" After Trina insults the band Laney uses her rage to fuel her and perfectly destroys her target, Trina tries to one-up her and ends up hitting everything EXCEPT the target.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Corey, as leader of Grojband, has both fangirls and fanboys.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Subverted when the band works to get a piece of a delicious wedding cake and they go through an ordeal that almost breaks up the band. They resolve the issue and finally get the cake at the end, but when Corey starts to tell the moral of the story like he does at every episode, he starts stuffing his face with cake in the process. While it's still possible to make out what he's actually saying, subtitles show up on screen to translate, but quickly just turn all into "Omm nom nom nom omm nom nom."
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: The episode "Myme Disease" features these.
  • Evil Brit: Blade Stabbington.
  • Evil Counterpart: Combined with Distaff Counterpart, The Newmans, who are really just the gender-bended versions of Grojband. Kin even points it out in the episode "Creep-Away Camp".
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song explains the basic premise of the show in a quickened manner (although it was originally meant to be much longer).
  • Eye Glasses: All of the bespectacled characters: Kin, Mina, Allie, and Mayor Mellow. Made particularly evident in the Zombie Apocalypse episode where Zombie!Allie glasses fall off her eyes are still in her glasses.

  • Facepalm: In "Pox N' Roll", Laney does one, forgetting she's wearing electrified mitts.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Played with. While the band successfully gets new lyrics every episode, any plans to assume an identity gets rejected.
  • Faking the Dead: Grojband via a rumor in the episode "Hologroj". It works a little too well however.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In "In Err Face", Kon is accidentally shrunk and swallowed by Trina. Kin gets himself shrunk in a mini-sub to go in and rescue him before the shrinking wears off.
  • Fat and Skinny: Siblings Kon and Konnie - Fat, with Kin and Kim - Skinny.
  • Fictional Holiday: Comet Day, instated on a leap Saturday, Julaugust 17th.
  • Fiery Redhead: Laney Penn, bonus points for catching fire every so often.
  • Foreigner for a Day: In "For Hat And Country", Grojband form their own country - 'The People's Rockpublic of Grojband' - in order to be 'country' enough to buy a cowboy hat.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mina's cat is named Dr. Purrs.
  • Free-Range Children: The kids practically live in that one house. When it was quarantined for the chicken pox, no mention of any parents were made.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Nick Mallory, as his laidback personality and good looks endear him to animals as much as it does to the ladies.
  • Full-Name Basis: Nick Mallory, who seems to be a Third-Person Person on this.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Kin creates all manner of crazy inventions for Grojband's escapades.
  • Game Face: Trina displays this when writing in her diary in anger mode, she also made the sams face when she's just really upset, even as a kid.
  • Garage Band: Grojband itself.
  • Gentle Giant: Kon, who is the biggest member of Grojband but also a fun-loving goofball.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: In "Grin Reaper", this is Torbo's MO.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • In "Wish Upon a Jug" when Corey and Trina are battling with wishes.
    Clete: This is worse than that time we gave wishes to that dog and cat!
    Bessie: They’re family; they’ll realize they love each other soo-oon.
    Corey: I wish there was no moon so Trina would never have that moonlight kiss!
    (Bessie rings her cowbell and the moon explodes just as Corey wished for)
    Bessie: (To Clete) Okay, Yoo-ou were right.
    • From "Space Jammin'" when the band finds out The Newmans are going to perform at Sludgefest:
    Laney: Guys, Core will be okay. It's not like he'll go crazy or anything.
    Corey: (after he crazily drives a tractor into the garage) Who's ready to mow away their pain?
  • Girls with Moustaches:
    • In "Smash Up Terby", Trina gets cotton candy stuck to her face, making it look like she has a beard.
    • Laney gets a puppet with one and a Five o' Clock Shadow in "No Strings Attached".
    • Janie Penn (Laney's ancestor) in the episode "War and Peaceville" had one. She was in a circus because of it.
  • Gone to the Future: Corey, Laney and Kon in "Ahead of Our Own Tone".
  • Good All Along: The wacky, narcissist, selfish, Momma's Boy; Mayor Mellow who is willing to imprison random, talking, music playing bears in a zoo for money, and quarantining a chicken pox outbreak while he watches and laughs safely from outside, is revealed to actually feel concern when Grojband puts their lives in danger (as shown in "Rock the House"), though he still doesn't do anything.
  • Good with Numbers: Trina loves math and numbers so much, she's willing to hide it as Trigonometrina, as she would never admit it in public.
  • Goth: Candy Jams from the episode "Girl Fest". Also the Recurring Extra Gigi.
  • Grand Finale: The two-parter "Here Us, Rock!" is this for the entire series:
    • In the first part, the apocalypse is coming, and Grojband makes the most of it with one last concert, by making Trina go into diary mode once again.
    • In part 2, It's revealed that The Orb Experience were the ones who were causing the apocalypse as part of their final revenge against Grojband. Grojband challenges them to a rematch with the fate of the world at stake. Trina sides with the Orbs and manages to steal Grojband's instruments, but Mina finally stands up to Trina, saving the band. With The Power of Rock, Grojband manages to destroy the meteor with one last song, saving the Earth. Corey is implied to finally recognize Laney's feelings for him, and then all of Grojband close off the series with "Thanks for coming out everyone!".
  • Grand Theft Me: The orb aliens in "Space Jammin" do this to the Newmans.
  • Halloween Episode: "Dance of the Dead" (Despite being predated, which makes even more sense for the US because Cartoon Network premiered the cartoon too early).
  • Handicapped Badass: Wheelie, due to losing his legs in a fire.
  • Happily Adopted: Both Trina and Corey are this by their dad, according to Word of God.
  • Harmless Freezing: Trina gets frozen by Nick Mallory in "Rock the House".
  • Hellevator: In "Love in a Nethervator", an infernal elevator takes the band to the underworld to confront the Button Keeper, which is the source of all elevator music. It turns out that the Button Keeper is actually a man named Otis (who can turn into a monster if his Nice Hat is removed) who was a former elevator operator, he hated elevator music as much as Corey did so much, he moved to the underworld to trap it.
    Kin: Hazy Rock Lore.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: In "Zoohouse Rock", Kin manages to steal the catchphrases of the other three band members, ending with him bumping Corey out of the way to close with Corey's usual "Thanks for coming out everyone" and remarking that he is now "three for three".
  • Hey, You!: In "The Bandidate" Kate and Allie don't seem to know Trina's name and just call her "Corey's sister." Even after Trina becomes mayor they call her Mayor Corey's Sister.
  • Hilarity in Zoos: In "Zoohouse Rock", Trina persaudes Mayor Mellow that Grojband are actually musical bears and he cages them as the zoo's newest attraction. Their attempts to free themselves result in a riot where the townsfolk release all of the animal to run wild through Peaceville.
  • Hipster: The episode "Who are You" is centered on them, and is also a big Take That! against them too.
  • Hive Queen: Cyborg!Trina in "Ahead of our Own Tone", due to melding her mind with everyone in Peaceville save Mina, Nick, and Grojband.
  • Hunk: Part of the reason why Trina finds Nick Mallory so dreamy, she even gives describes him as "Hunky".
  • Hypocrite: "Girl Fest" proves Laney has a disliking to "Boy-Crazy Girly Girls" when she herself is shown to have a (secret) girly side and she is pretty crazy about Corey.
  • I Am Spartacus: In "Ahead of Their Tone", all of the members of Grojband claim to be Nick Mallory in order to distract Cyborg!Trina.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Trina's reaction to chocolate.
  • Identical Grandson: The episode "War and Peaceville", reveals that all of Grojband's members and Nick Mallory had identical-looking ancestors.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Many scenes wipe to the next with "X-Y TRANSITION!!!" singing in the process. It's usually themed towards the episode, but there are generic ones like "WICKED SCREEN TRANSITION!!!"
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: In "Smash Up Terby" when Nick is buying a ticket to the carnival and Trina comes along with Mina and says "Make that three!" Nick misunderstands what she meant and buys three tickets for himself, saving the other two for later.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Trina is often paranoid about Mina stealing Nick away from her.
  • Informed Attribute: According to Corey in "One Plant Band", he and Trina are popular in their respective grades, but we hardly ever see their school lives and when we do they don't seem to be treated that differently by other students.
  • Invisible Parents: None of the characters' parents ever appear. Trina mentions her and Corey's dad in "Smash Up Terby" (and Word of God states he's a single adopted father) while Kin and Kon mention their parents on two separate occasions, but that's the most we get on them. On the other hand, no word is ever spoken on the subject of Laney's parents.
  • Insane Proprietor: Parodied with 3-D Dave, whose prices may seem crazy at first but actually result in a modest profit while still offering bargains.
  • Instrument of Murder: In "Dreamreaver", Grojband confronts a dream version of themselves inside Trina's mind. Dream-Corey uses his guitar as a lance on a dirt bike, Dream-Kin's keytar fires energy blasts, and Dream-Kon's drums create earthquakes.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: "Dreamreaver" follows Grojband entering Trina's mind.
  • Kent Brockman News: Buzz Newsworthy and Chance Happening, who visibly hate each other and frequently sling insults towards each other on public television.

  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Laney Penn. In "Pop Goes The Bubble", however, it's confirmed that the rest of the band know her gender. Word of God indicates that the band knew this from the beginning, but treat Laney as a guy to help her fit in. Laney's male counterpart Lenny has the opposite problem.
  • The Lancer: Laney, who constantly plays Only Sane Woman and the one who snarks at Corey's harebrained schemes.
  • Last-Second Word Swap/Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In the song featured in the episode "No Strings Attached."
    "Their noses are plastic but I fear they can smell"
    "Their eyes are like windows..."
    "Straight into heck!"
  • Laughing Mad: Trina in "Space Jammin" when the orb aliens (who were possesing The Newmans) sing a page of her diary telling about her crush on Nick Mallory, however cut to her going into Diary Mode looking pissed beyond belief.
  • Leitmotif: Each of Trina's Diary Modes has a style of music depending on which emotion she's feeling:
    • Anger: Heavy metal music with demonic screaming in the background.
    • Fear: Theremin
    • Love/Happiness: Romantic music
    • Sadness: Same as anger but with a Creepy Widower Choir replacing the screaming.
  • Let's Duet: Not only did Corey and Laney perform one for a wedding gig in the episode "All You Need is Cake", but also they did it so they can win back Kin and Kon's friendship, given that the song in that episode was called "Please Come Back".
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: In the episodes "Pox N Roll" and "Inn Err Face", the band wanted to take care of things faster and so Corey and Laney did one thing while Kin and Kon went off and did something else.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Fresh TV's previous shows, Grojband features less of the PG elements seen in Total Drama, 6teen, and Stōked, such as mild swearing, censored nudity, and light sexual references, due to being aimed at a younger audience.
  • Literal Genie: In "Wish Upon A Jug" when Trina wishes for the Newmans to be the biggest band in the world, they literally become colossal giants capable of crushing buildings.
  • Loony Fans: The band's groupies, Kate and Allie.
  • Love Triangle: Trina openly has a crush on Nick Mallory, and Kon seems to have a crush on her.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: In one episode, the band sings a song about running away from creepy puppets who want to kill the style of a song you might find on a show for little kids, for an audience of little kids. The kids seem to love it, though!
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Trina has "Hashtag (Insert word here!)"
  • Magic A Is Magic A: According to the genies in "Wish Upon a Jug", a genie can't undo another genie's wish.
  • Mayan Doomsday: The premise of "Hear Us Rock!" is all about this, although the Mayan analogues of the episode are called the Sambans instead.
  • Meganekko: Mina is very cute and wears large spectacles.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: "Dance of the Dead" has this, given that its a Zombie Apocalypse scenario in a music-themed series.
  • Minimalist Cast: There are a few recurring and one-episode characters, but 99% of the show is about Grojband and Trina.
    • Recurring Extra: While there are background characters they tend to always be the same people and sometimes they have lines.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: In "Space Jammin'", the aliens steal Trina's diary after finding out they can use it for lyrics, but they just read the diary verbatim instead of writing actual lyrics, specifically "Entry 4897 - My Secret Fear and Junk".
  • Missing Mom: According to Word of God, Corey and Trina are raised by a single father and there never was a mother; he adopted them on his own.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Grojband's groupies Kate and Allie do this when they break into Trina's room to steal her beloved Mr Moosehead toy for Corey. There are complications.
  • Momma's Boy: Mayor Mellow. Even though his mother's been dead for a while, he takes advice from her picture.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: In "Dreamreaver", Grojband confronts a dream version of themselves inside Trina's mind. Dream-Corey uses his guitar as a lance while charging on a dirt bike.
  • Motor Mouth: Carrie, as she's the only member of the Newmans by far to have the most speaking parts.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "Here Us Rock - Part 2", Trina finally pushes Mina to her limit when she leaves her to die along with everyone else on Earth, resulting in Mina betraying Trina and helping Grojband save Earth.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Trina writing in her diary.
    • Corey testing out the helmet in "Helmet" by reading the contents of a juice box.
  • The Muse: Trina serves as an unwitting one to Grojband.
  • Muse Abuse: The series is based around a group of young rock 'n roll musicians annoying an Alpha Bitch Bratty Teenage Daughter and ruining her life so she'll get mad enough to vent in her diary and they can use her writings for lyrical inspiration, so this was pretty much a given.
  • Myspeld Rökband: The name Grojband is "garage band" pronounced as two syllables instead of three.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: In "Hair Today, Kon Tomorrow", Kon uses a hair tonic (intended for dogs) that causes him to become completely covered in hair. A blow to the head then gives him Delusions of Doghood.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands:
    • Grojband changes what type of band they are every episode. Mostly done just so they can get performance gigs.
    • In a more classic example, there is "Barney", who periodically provides plot-related help in an episode. His hat always changes to his Job of the Week.
  • Nice Hat:
    • Corey, he wears his beanie everywhere, he even wears a blue version of one when he sleeps.
    • Mayor Mellow also has one and it also doubles as a phone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Helmet", when Kin hits the rogue helmet with a hammer it flies into a high-tech Ferris wheel and assimilates with it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: After the above happens the helmet, in its effort to make everything "perfect", uses its ray to fix Corey's cracked voice and the band promptly defeats it.
  • Nightmare Face: Scare-master Blade Stabbington has one of these in "Creep Away Camp"; once Grojband helps him get his scare back, that is.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • The series is aware of itself, and the fourth wall is broken in pretty much every episode. Every episode even ends with Corey saying "Thanks for coming out everyone!" as he addresses the audience directly.
    Trina: (to Mina) You're not in this episode.
    Mina: Aw...
    • The fact that Mina's not in the episode "Cloudy with a Chance of Malt Balls" comes back to bite Trina in the butt near the end.
    Trina: (on the phone) MINA! HERE!! NOW!!!
    Mina: (on the phone) B-b-but I'm not in this episode.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Blade's rodent companion, Biteface.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Trina does this to Mina repeatedly throughout "Rock the House".
    Trina: "If cheering for our team raised Nick's spirit, then I'll be the team captain of doing that!"
    Mina: "Great idea Trina, but that means you'll be cheering for your br-(gets cut off)"
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Kon, according to Word of God.
    • Also Trina, who really likes math. She is also, for some reason, a much nicer person when she's Trignometrina (her nerd alter-ego).
  • Oblivious to Love: Corey is oblivious to the fact that Laney has a crush on him at least until the end of the series that is.
  • Ocular Gushers: Laney in "One-Plant Band" after a brainwashed Corey angrily yells at her for being right all the time.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: In "Soulin' Down the Road" while Trina's soul is trapped in her car, Pinktastic, Mina engages in friendly activities with her unconscious body.
  • Once per Episode: When Trina is overcome with happiness (As seen in the episodes "Pox N' Roll", "Helmet", and "Ahead of Our Own Tone", "War and Peaceville", "Who are You" and "Here Us Rock!"), rage (as seen in almost every episode possible), fear (As seen in the episode "No Strings Attached), or sadness (As seen in the episodes "All You Need is Cake" and "Soulin' Down the Road"), she writes recent events in her diary then when she powers down Corey gets it and uses it for the lyrics of the episode's song.
  • The One Guy: Lenny Nepp for The Newmans.
  • One of the Boys: Laney to Grojband. The other male members of Grojband keep endearingly calling her "fella," "guy," "dude," and similar terms, though she seems to dislike it.
  • Only Sane Man: Laney, who acts as The Lancer to Corey and has enough common sense and maturity to realize how ridiculous most of Corey and the Kujira twins' plans are. Also doubles as Women Are Wiser.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The gang gets concerned when Corey angrily arrives at the garage. Laney asks what happened, and...
  • Organ Autonomy: Laney's own disgruntled heart has leaped out of her mouth during a gag in "Dance of the Dead".
  • ...Or So I Heard: In "Grin Reaper" after being given mind control bracelets:
    Kin: Cool! It matches my glasses!
    Kon: Huh?
    Kin: Uh... is what I would say if I knew what accessorizing was.
  • Our Genies Are Different: The genies in "Wish Upon a Jug" are hillbillies who live in blowing bottles. They can't undo the wish of another genie, but there's no rule against wishing for more wishes.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Trina's soul was somehow able to grab her pen and diary and also able to write an entry in it so that Corey can use it for lyrics in the episode "Soulin' Down the Road".
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Apparently the best way to deal with zombies brought to life and reverting the victims who were bitten by zombies back to normal is with a magical amp, lightning, and good lyrics.

  • Palette Swap: Corey's beanie that he wears to bed, is a blue recoloring of the one he wears everywhere.
  • Periphery Demographic: An In-Universe case: "No Strings Attached" reveals Corey to be a fan of The Bubble Bunch Band, a really kiddy animatronic show targeted towards small children.
  • Personality Swap: Trina and Mina switch personalities in "A Knight to Remember" as a result of Bonkerton's Comet flying by, where for a medieval event Mina becomes a snobby princess and Trina becomes her lowly servant. Mina also inherits Trina's Once per Episode meltdown (albeit with Scary Shiny Glasses thrown in).
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Trina and Corey, who are a brother-sister pair.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: One of the mimes does this in mime (complete with resulting explosion) in "Myme Disease".
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Captain Tighty-Whitey and his crew.
  • Plot Allergy:
    • Corey is allergic to cats, however in the episode "Super Zeroes", he had no problems holding Mina's cat, Dr. Purrs.
    • Trina is shown to be allergic to bread crust in the episode "Kon-Fusion", and bubbles in the episode "Pop Goes the Bubble".
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Kin and Kon, and their gender opposites Kim and Konnie. Kin and Kim are diminutive geniuses with questionable sanity, while Kon and Konnie are big and dopey but also fun-loving and kindhearted.
  • Posthumous Character: Mother Mellow. She's never explicitly stated to be dead, but the fact that Mayor Mellow always carries a picture of her with him seems to suggest so.
  • The Power of Rock: This show lives and breathes on this trope, which is perhaps exemplified in the series finale where Grojband saves the world by destroying a meteor using nothing but their own music.
  • Precious Puppy: Snarffles in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
  • The Psycho Rangers: In "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2", Trina's hatred/fear of Grojband after being forced to watch their music video for multiple hours on end manifests itself into their Deliberately Monochrome clones, Mrojband.
  • Punny Name: The two news reporters, Chance Happening and Buzz Newsworthy.
  • Quarantine with Extreme Prejudice: When Corey gets the chicken pox in "Pox N' Roll", Trina alerts the Mayor who seals the place in an outbreak dome - with Trina still inside. The Mayor posts tanks outside the bubble to make sure no one tries to escape.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Trina is a mild case. Whenever she writes lyrics-worthy entries in her journal, her emotions manifest around her, and strange phenomenons take place depending on the emotion in question.
    • In "A Knight To Remember" Bonkerton Comet messes with reality when it appears every four years.
    • Grojband's music is capable of raising the dead, breaking people from their brainwashing, increasing the muscle build of some senior folk, breaking a cybernetic network, banishing an evil knight summoned from imagination, ... and basically every unnormal thing that occurs in the series.
    • Trina and Nick Mallory also appear to exert power of bodily functions; Trina and Mina can resist sweating and drooling as "it's for farmers" and Nick Mallory is able to stare away his chicken pox because "Nick Mallory doesn't do spots".
    • According to the intro video in the website, it's shown that the "Wicked Cool Transition" can teleport characters
    • Interestingly, Nick once uses his coolness to 'literally cool' the flames that Trina's diary mode created.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Trina writes in her diary in anger mode whenever she reaches this.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Trina's eyes turn red when she gets angry or very afraid.
    • Mrojband in "Dreamreaver, Pt. 2" all have red eyes.
    • Blade Stabbington and his rodent companion Biteface, but only when he's scaring people in Camp Screamly.
    • In "Group Hug" Mina gets red eyes when she threatens Kate and Allie.
  • Redhead In Green: Laney Penn has red Boyish Short Hair and wears a green striped shirt.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In "Super Zeroes", Trina is willing to let herself fall to her death just to discredit the band.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Mayor Mellow does this quite often, although not consistently.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Wheelie to Trina in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".
  • The Rival: The Newmans are this for Corey's band.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: In "Math of Kon", Mina has one with Trina's alter ego.
  • Rule of Cool: Pretty much everything about this show runs on this.
  • Running Gag:
    • This show features quite a few of them.
      • Trina Riffin going into diary mode.
      • Corey Riffin giving his end of episode's Spoof Aesop.
      • Trina failing to kiss Nick Mallory.
      • Corey saying an excessively long title for an operation.
      • Laney getting mistaken for a guy.
    • There are some running gags that only occur in one episode.
      • In "Dance of the Dead" everyone keeps thinking she's wearing a scary costume.
      • Kin and Kon's future selves in "Cloudy With a Chance of Malt Balls".
      • Kin stealing everyone's catchphrases in "Zoohouse Rock".
      • In "Rock the House", Mina kept trying to tell Trina that the team she was cheering for was Grojband, but in the middle of the keyword, Trina would cut her off, screaming a sentence where the first word, finished that keyword.
      • An eagle randomly swooping down and taking something off the ground (mostly a rat) in "The Snuffles with Snarffles".

  • Sand Necktie: Laney does this to Kin and Kon after they interrupt her 'date' on the beach with Corey in "All You Need is Cake".
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In "Monster of Rock", we have someone crying out "Grrglflt!" when they get sucked down in the toilet by the sewer monster.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Trina's good side, Katrina.
  • Secret Diary: Trina has one, and it's where the band gets its song ideas from.
  • Security Blanket: Mr. Mooseface to Trina during her childhood.
  • Ship Tease: Corey and Laney get quite a bit of this, especially in the later episodes.
  • Shout Out:
  • Similar Squad:
    • Well aside from the Distaff Counterpart Newmans, there's...
    • ...the Orbs who all appear to be Grojband's counterparts, with G'ORB and N'ORB (Corey and Laney's Orbs) even having the same colour scheme.
    • Also the Evil Dream Mirage Band that appears in Trina's nightmare in Dreamreaver.
  • Six Student Clique
    • The Head: Corey
    • The Muscle: Kon
    • The Quirk: Kin
    • The Pretty One: Laney
    • The Smart One: Allie
    • The Wild One: Kate
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Mina is probably the most slapstick-prone member of the cast.
  • Smoke Out: Mina does this along with Trina in "In-D Road Rager".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Laney Penn, the sole girl for Grojband.
  • Snark Knight: Laney Penn often makes sarcastic remarks about Grojband's ridiculous schemes.
  • Sore Loser: Trina did not take her defeat in the episode "Queen Bee" very well.
  • Spoof Aesop: Corey delivers one at the end of every episode. Subverted in that while some of the aesops actually are worth taking into consideration (albeit lightly), it's also played straight in other episodes. "Dance of the Dead" ended with an aesop about how people shouldn't treat zombies the way they're often portrayed in the media.
  • Starfish Aliens: The Orbs, who resemble floating, glowing balls of energy with lines on their bodies that zigzag whenever they speak.
  • Strictly Formula: Each episode follows a certain pattern. Some new music gig opportunity shows up and Corey and the gang announce that they're going to play there; Trina overhears and tries to ruin it; a problem comes up; Corey and the gang make Trina "Go Diary Mode"(make her feel a certain emotion strong enough to make her write it down in her diary); they steal the diary (or it just somehow falls into Corey's hands); they play a song based on what the center of the episode was about; the problem is resolved; Corey delivers a Spoof Aesop; and Corey says "Thanks for coming out everyone!" and closes a garage door symbolizing the end of the episode.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: In "Hear Us, Rock! (Part 2)", Trina somehow gets a pink spacesuit when everyone else's is white.
  • Super OCD: Corey suffers from this, he's known for booking a gig at every chance he gets and not letting even one slip by.
  • Super Zeroes: The Justice Band, as well as being the title of the episode.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Grojband's groupies ask where the band finds inspiration for lyrics in "Group Hug".
    Corey: We DO NOT steal them from my sister's diary, that's for sure!
  • Swapped Roles: In "Knight to Remember", thanks to Bonkerton Comet, Mina becomes an Alpha Bitch and Trina becomes her Butt-Monkey.
  • Sweet Tooth: Trina loves chocolate.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Mina for Trina. She takes her abuse in stride to loyally assist Trina in her anti-Grojband, Nick-attracting schemes. Word of God is that she still sees Trina as the nice girl she used to be and believes the old Trina is still somewhere inside of her.
  • Take Our Word for It: In "Myme Disease" Nick Mallory paints an apparently beautiful portrait of Trina that neither Trina nor the audience gets to see.
  • Take That!:
    • "Who Are You" is one delivered to Hipsters in a big way.
    • An In-Universe example: Laney is devastated to find out Singer Candy Jams is using the punk image to sell cosmetics. She later delivers a harsh song to her calling her out.
  • Talking Animal: Sentient beavers appear in one episode as dam construction workers. Also an intelligent donkey appears as a background character on multiple occasions.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Trina Riffin is a prime example of this, as well as being the series Big Bad.
  • Teens Are Short:
    • Laney Penn, although her tall ambition makes up for it.
    • Kin is also pretty small for a 13-year-old.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Grojband and the Newmans after being fused together in "Kon-Fusion".
  • Thanking the Viewer: Every episode ends with Corey saying "Thanks for coming out, everyone!" to the audience. In the finale, the rest of Grojband join him in saying it.
  • Theremin: Used for Trina's Diary Mode music for fear in the episode "No Strings Attached".
  • They Do: Implied with Laney and Corey in the finale. Corey's ending speech and actions around Laney seem to suggest he's finally realized his feelings for her.
  • Third-Person Person: Nick Mallory speaks in this manner.
  • Throwing the Fight: Grojband's initial plan was to have Laney to do in the episode "Queen Bee", however the plan falls apart because of Trina's competitive nature causing her to lose, and the fact that Trina crossed the line by dissing the band when she asked Laney "What part of 'Your band stinks!' didn't I say?". For the later, Laney was not happy about this.
  • Those Two Girls: Corey's fangirls, Kate and Allie.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Laney Penn, while most characters think she's a boy (and she often acts the part), she has shown a hidden girly side on occasions.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: In "Myme Disease", when the citizens of Peaceville discover that their favourite statue performer is actually a statue, they riot and are shown carrying torches and pitchforks.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Corey: Blueberry Waffles
      • Also, his favorite drink is chocolate milk.
    • Laney: Ketchup flavored potato chips
    • Kin and Kon: Cheese
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: The premise of the beauty pageant in "Queen Bee". Laney won because she was kinder than Trina.
  • Two-Part Episode: "Dreamreaver" and "Here Us Rock!", due to both being full half-hour episodes instead of the show's traditional Two Shorts format.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Mayor Mellow, who has no problems with actions like buying a diamond-encrusted unicorn cage for the zoo, or ordering a house sealed inside a dome because a teenager has chicken pox.
  • UltimateGamer386: Savage Fred, holder of the highest score in the video game Solo Shredder in the episode "Dueling Buttons".
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Nick Mallory has a little brother named Mick who is basically a smaller version of him.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: In "Queen Bee", Laney intentionally threw one of the rounds in the pageant but won the round by default when Trina was disqualified for doing this.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • Trina with anyone of the villains in the show, including the Pirates (where she even manages to overthrow their Captain and order them around), the Demonic Guitar, and G'ORB in the finale.
    • Also the Orbs and the Newmans in "Space Jammin'", although the latter did not do so willingly.
  • The Voiceless: Every band member of the The Newmans in the first half of season one, save for Carrie and Konnie (with the latter only speaking in "Space Jammin'").
  • Walk the Plank: The result of a "Plankable Offense" in "On the Air and Out to Sea".
  • Weirdness Censor: In "Dance of the Dead", Trina is oblivious to the fact that Nick has turned into a zombie, even when he's trying to bite Mina's head.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In the finale, Trina, Mina, and Nick are last seen in the orb aliens' spaceship. They are presumably still there by the end of the episode.
    • In "Helmet" after fulfilling their role in the episode Trina and Mina just disappear with no explanation.
    • Despite successfully flooding Peaceville and teaming up with Trina at the end of the episode, the Demonic Guitar vanishes with no explanation in the following episode and is never brought up again.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Word of God even says Peaceville is right next to Springfield. Presumably they were joking, but the point is evident.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Scare-master Blade Stabbington.
  • Wishing for More Wishes: In "Wish Upon a Jug", Trina finds a genie who grants her three wishes. She then wishes for a million wishes. When Corey says that she can't do that, the genie says that she can and he always wondered why more people didn't do that. When Corey later finds his own genie, he immediately wishes for the same thing.
  • Written Sound Effect: Lots of onomatopoeia, as well as other visual sound effects.
  • X-Ray Sparks: When Trina gets struck by lightning in "Super Zeroes".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens to Mina at the end of "Knight to Remember" once the comet has passed, as Trina's and Mina's personalities revert back to their original selves, then Trina chases Mina down.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Corey has blue hair, Mina has teal hair and Trina has pink hair.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: Used by the mimes Grojband get in a fight with in "Myme Disease".
  • Zombie Apocalypse: A G-rated example, as lightning striking the amp combined with Corey's terrible Lyrics pretty much caused this.

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On New Year's Eve, Corey and Laney accidentally deliver the very thing that their shippers had been waiting for a long time.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (3 votes)

Example of:

Main / AccidentalKiss

Media sources:

Main / AccidentalKiss