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Not to be confused with Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies, this is the Animated Adaptation of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which itself was already adapted from a comic book by Archie Comics.

Sabrina: The Animated Series is a Belgian-American-Canadian indie cartoon. Being produced by DiC Entertainment during the time it was owned by Disney and having run on ABC's One Saturday Morning and its weekday afternoon counterpart One Too on UPN, it was oddly treated like it was as much of a show by Disney as the company's actual productions. The reruns on Toon Disney placed it in the same primetime block as Disney cartoons like House of Mouse and Aladdin: The Series, even though it was pretty obvious that this was not an actual Disney cartoon. In its original run, the show lasted from September, 1999 to February, 2000 for a total of 65 episodes.


For those out of the know, the cartoon was more like an Alternate Continuity than a prologue to the live action series as it contradicts many things. For example, in the main show Sabrina comes into her powers on her sixteenth birthday and learns that her family (save for her mother) are witches. In the animated show, Sabrina is a preteen and already has her powers, and she also knows about the magical nature of her family. In this version, Sabrina goes to middle school in between learning to use her magic. Harvey goes to the same school along with her and of course the two develop a like for one another. Her rival at the school is Gem Stone (acting as a preteen version of Alpha Bitch Libby) and her best friend is Chloe, the only human who knows of Sabrina's secret. Her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, are in this version as well but are stuck in teenage bodies for a never revealed punishment. Thus, they have to be looked on by their Uncle Quigley (another original character) till then. Salem still lives with the bunch as usual and, being an animated show, is given much more movement than his live action counterpart.


After DiC Entertainment split up from Disney, they produced a Made-for-TV Movie titled Sabrina: Friends Forever, which served as the pilot to a new syndicated series titled Sabrina's Secret Life, which was basically a follow-up to the first series. Many of the original characters from the first series were Put on a Bus or brother chucked and, since by this point DiC was no longer a Disney subsidiary, features none of the original voice actors either. In this version, Sabrina now going to high school (further contradicting the main series, but only two years younger) is now at the age where she can attend magic school as well. She quickly finds a new rival in Cassandra, who's a full witch—and will let Sabrina know it every chance she gets. Of course, Sabrina is more than willing to prove that being full blooded doesn't mean you're automatically better.

Ironically, reruns of Sabrina's Secret Life briefly popped up on Toon Disney for a while. After that, they were aired for a while on Saturday mornings on CBS's Cookie Jar TV block in 2010, with Sabrina's Secret Life joining it on September 18. On February 5, they were replaced by Trollz and Horseland.

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  • 65-Episode Cartoon: Similarly to other syndicated cartoons of its time, this show has a whopping sixty-five episodes over one season.
  • Affectionate Parody: The show really loved this one. Let's see...
    • "La Femme Sabrina" - spy films
    • "Xabrina Warrior Witch" - video games
    • "Wiccan of the Sea" - The Little Mermaid (1989)
    • "Hexcalibur" - King Arthur
    • "Witchery Science Theater" - horror films
    • "The Senses-Shattering Adventures of Captain Harvtastic" - comic books/superheroes
    • "When In Rome" - Gladiator
  • Afraid of Needles: One episode has Sabrina have to go get treated for "Witch-itis" a disease that turns her tongue green and throws her magical powers out of whack. When she initially goes she gets scared off by the the doctor's supposed needle (it was just a watering can) and refuses to get treated because of it causing the symptoms to grow worse.
  • Alpha Bitch: Gem. She gains a witch counterpart in the Made-for-TV Movie Sabrina: Friends Forever.
    • One episode revealed Gem was a Beta Bitch for the Head Cheerleader, Calista. Weirdly enough, Calista was shown to be Gem's lackey in later episodes.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Italian version has a different opening theme.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Despite her sister Zelda and brother Edward being white, Hilda was drawn looking darker skinned and looking a bit more ethnic than the rest of the family.
  • Badass Adorable:
  • Badass Normal: Tim The Witch Smeller is a villainous variation of this; using science to swore revenge on witches since he got bullied as a kid for being a Muggle Born of Mages.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • Sabrina in one episode... after chowing down a lot of garlic in The Bat Pack.
    • Salem in Working Witches after downing a boatload of chocolate that Sabrina won in a contest.
  • Barefoot Sage/Magical Barefooter: the Wise Warlock from "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" episode. Actually a Double Subversion: he seems to be a fraud at first, but turns out to be really wise at the end of the episode.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A major theme in the first series as, since Sabrina wasn't powerful enough yet, she had to rely on the Spooky Jar who would grant Sabrina's desire at the moment. Typical of course, these would always backfire and Sabrina would have to find a way to fix the problem.
    • This can even happen without the Spooky Jar. In "Anywhere But Here", Sabrina becomes an adult, but finds out the adult world has its own 'disadvantages'. And it is subverted when in "The Senses-Shattering Adventures of Captain Harvtastic", Sabrina makes Harvey grant a wish with help from a wishing star but it goes wrong and both of them and Salem are sucked into and wind up inside the comic book.
    • In Friends Forever, Sabrina and Nicole plan a journey to a wish-granting tree in the witches' realm so that they can become full witches. Sabrina makes her wish first, and it's granted...she absorbs Nicole's powers, which leaves Nicole mortal and turns her to stone, since mortals are forbidden from being in the witches' realm.
  • Berserk Button: Salem admits once his litter box better not be touched.
    • Another one of his Berserk Buttons is pressed when Gem refers to him as "the ugliest cat she has seen in her life".
    Salem: Turn her into a mouse and leave the rest to me!
  • Between My Legs: During the episode "Nothin' Says Lovin Like Somethin' From a Coven", while Sabrina and Gem are arguing, this shot is used with Gem's legs as framing.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Gem does this in the intro after getting her clothes magically changed.
    • Sabrina in the episode "Most Dangerous Witch" when gets dragged to her room.
    • Sabrina again in "Picture Perfect" during the assembly focusing on the Student of the Year.
    • Harvey shouts out one in "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" during a flashback after the plug of the arcade game he was playing gets accidentally pulled out by a janitor. He then faints afterwards.
    • Harvey lets out three of them in succession in "La Femme Sabrina" when he finds that the spy movie he was looking forward to has been delayed for one week.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • "Brina Baby" features a set of plush toys known as 'Eensie Babies'. The show did premiere just around the time Beanie Babies had become popular.
    • Another episode has a film about Star-Crossed Lovers aboard a sinking ship, called "Gargantic". Odd because Chloe outright references Titanic (1997) in another episode.
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Sabrina (blonde), Zelda (redhead), and Hilda (brunette). The roles are palette-swapped - with Zelda being the Brainy Redhead, Hilda the Dumb Brunette and Sabrina the Fiery Blonde.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Harvey when he finds out his favorite cartoon got cancelled and when he was playing an arcade game at a very high level until an employee accidentally restarted it. Played for Laughs.
    • Pi in "Paranormal Pi" when Sabrina is forced to make his magic tracker go on the fritz so her secret won't be discovered, humiliating him in front of a crowd of people in the process.
  • Broke Episode: One episode featured Gem's family losing all their money, with Gem moving into Sabrina's house.
  • Broken Aesop:
    • The moral of "Moldy Oldie" is basically that it's wrong to deny an elderly person a place in society just because they have so many years of experience, never mind the fact that said elderly person may be senile and/or a danger to himself or others.
    • "Anywhere But Here" teaches kids that you’ll never have any problems as a kid or have anything to look forward to as an adult.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • While definitely not to the extent of the live action series, Salem still often gets the short end of the stick in this show. While usually it's his own fault, he tends to become this even when he helps out the Spellmans (A Witchmas Carole and Driver Ed come to mind).
    • Sabrina herself gets this a lot of the time, constantly being humiliated by Gem Stone and suffering Amusing Injuries from time to time.
    • Uncle Quigley, although he more than has it coming thanks to his strict, overbearing attitude towards the other Spellmans a lot of the time.
    • Poor, poor Harvey. Either he gets roped into Sabrina's antics or humiliated in front of groups of people. And yet, he still remains his chipper, friendly self.
  • By the Hair: Gem pulls Pi's (rather long) hair in "Straight Outta Paris" to prove (somehow) that he was a 'Cyborg From The Future!' Needless to say, he was NOT impressed.
  • Catchphrase: Pi had two. "Mi Amigo" and "chyah"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pi. And depending on the episode, Harvey (The latter flanderized in Sabrina's Secret Life).
  • invokedCliché Storm: Literally, in "Cliché Week", where everyone's figures of speech become... literal.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: "Shrink to Fit" has magic used to fit into tight jeans backfire as it's victims shrink even further to doll size, the first indication of this is the pants becoming too big. Oddly both Chloe (green) and Sabrina (blue) are wearing boxers.
    • Also in "Send In The Clones" Sabrina casts a spell on Gem, causing her pants to rip, and we can see she's wearing panties.
  • Comical Overreacting: In "La Femme Sabrina", Harvey's reaction to the spy movie he was looking forward to being delayed for one week is to let out three Big "NO!"s in quick succession, then sit around eating cereal and lamenting there's no point in living without said movie, to Sabrina's annoyance.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Hilda and Zelda's teenage forms are the result for "abusing magic" in the past (which is kinda weird, Hilda one can understand but Zelda?). Apparently being "young and beautiful", as Zelda quips, is a dishonor in the witches world.
    • Could also be seen as Cursed With Awesome.
    • Enchantra punishes them for allowing her to flirt with a conjured up version of Romeo by making them go out in public dressed as Rock-Hopper Penguins for a week.
  • Cool Loser: Sabrina and Chloe appear to be in the unpopular crowd for no reason other than because the popular kids say so.
  • Crowd Song: "Goin' to the Beach" from the episode "Wiccan of the Sea".
  • Cute Monster Girl:
    • Sabrina in Harvey's comic book world where she appears to be half-girl, half-squid. She also appears to have been aged by a few years - judging by her chest area. The comic was drawn by a 13-year-old boy.
    • Also, Grimadonna the Netherworld superstar. She's an attractive woman with blue skin, pointy ears and fangs.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In "Wag the Witch", Sabrina runs for class president and Gem tries to ruin her campaign by having a reporter for the school newspaper follow her and watch her every move. Sabrina conjures up a pair of glasses that make the reporter see Sabrina as a normal tween girl. The reporter ends up running an article about how boring Sabrina is and endorses the school's resident Strange Boy Pi, who wins the election.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Salem, mostly, but everyone else gets some in at times too.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Sabrina, a good number of the times in the show. In one example, she figures Gem's life is so easy since she's rich, so she uses a spell to switch lives with her. Not only does she find Gem's life not as glamorous as expected (she has tutors who constantly have Sabrina do "Proper Etiquette" exercises which run Sabrina ragged). But since Gem now has her life, she's a witch and well, you kinda guess how a Alpha Bitch would be if she has magical powers.
    • She gets a letter from her grandparents (who have been separated for a while) that they have a big announcement to make. She immediately assumes they're getting divorced and embarks on a crazy scheme to make them fall in love again. Turns out they're already planning to renew their vows.
  • Disneyesque: While the show was part of One Saturday Morning, Disney didn't produce the series (although Disney owned DIC at this time)...though the art style is very similar to various Disney films.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Tim the Witch Hunter's reason for hunting witches was because they made fun of him during his schools days.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The Wise Warlock. And in the "Boogie Shoes" episode, Harvey, which is justified, as he hasn't been able to get them off, and they've been making him dance all the time.
  • Dream Intro:
    • The first episode, "Most Dangerous Witch", starts with a nightmare Zelda is having about Tim the Witch-Smeller.
    • In "Wiccan of the Sea", the Crowd Song at the start turns out to be just a dream Sabrina has during class.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Pi has very feminine features, and on top of that he's also voiced by a woman.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Harvey's comic book world has a thing called the Dreaded Dysphilia which takes the form of a giant ball of fungus that functions in the same way as The Nothing from The NeverEnding Story. Even more Eldritch, Harvey didn't create it so he has no idea how to destroy it and more importantly it feeds off his negative self-esteem. That's right, a monster that feeds off the negative self-esteem of a teenager.
  • Enfante Terrible: The episode Field Trippin' tries to make the Terror Twins out to be this but it kind of doesn't work; their actions come across more as wanting to have fun and run around than intentionally cause any destruction, and the worst they do is shoot Sabrina and Harvey in the face with water guns and knock over two huge adults in their energetic dash around the museum. It kind of makes Sabrina and Harvey's reactions towards them come off as Disproportionate Retribution. While they definitely shouldn't have been running around in a museum and were knocking over statues, they harbored no blatant malicious intent towards anyone and their destruction of the museum memoribillia was likely accidental.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Occasionally used, as well as Everybody Laughs Credits at the end of every episode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • "When in Rome" reveals that even Gem would never intentionally kill someone.
    • In "Documagicary" during the Engineered Public Confession where the evil reality show director explains that he released Tim, endangering the lives of witches everywhere, for ratings, even Tim is shocked at how evil this guy is.
  • Expy: Being an early 2000s cartoon, it has its share of knock-off celebrities, like Leo DiWolf.
  • The Faceless: Salem in flashbacks to when he was a human warlock.
    • Although the comics based on the series showed him as a human in "Kitty Slickers" in which he was allowed to be a human for a day and was a cowboy. However, he looked nothing like his TV series counterpart, having sandy brown hair instead of black.
  • Fat Bastard: Uncle Quigley fits this trope a lot of the time; he's always strict and overbearing to Sabrina, bosses the aunts around even though they're 500 years old and were put into teenage bodies, and forces Salem to sleep outside even though the neighbor's Dobermans are out in "Wag the Witch", all because Salem coughed up a hairball in his slippers, which is practically equivalent to a human vomiting and was likely an involuntary reflex. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Familiar: Salem to the Spellmans, as part of his punishment.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against mortals and half-witches.
    • And in the case of Tim the Witch Smeller, against witches PERIOD.
    • According to the Witch's counsel, half-witches are inferior to full witches.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?", we see flashbacks of Harvey and Gem getting their hearts broken by trivial things.
  • Five-Man Band: Sabrina, her friends and Gem actually have one of these going, albeit lightly.
    • The Leader - Sabrina. It's her show after all.
    • The Lancer - Chloe. She's slightly more level headed than Sabrina at times and often provides her conscience (the Halloween episode has a good example).
    • The Smart Guy - Pi. He's a genius. He's also physically weak (Harvey often protects him as in "Paranormal Pi")
    • The Big Guy - Harvey. The only masculine boy in the group. The others are girls and Pi is a feminine boy. He's also not very smart at times.
    • The Chick - Gem. She's much girlier than Sabrina and Chloe and far more hung up on trends and beauty.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tim the Witch-Smeller's hatred of witches comes from them tormenting him when he was a child. Why was he tormented? Because he was a Muggle Born of Mages.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Tim was born with no magic, despite having a witch for a mother, though he does have immortality. Viewed as a freak, he was mercilessly bullied by the children of his hometown, mocking him for his lack of magic as a kid. He left home with his only friend, an aardvark named Elton. Becoming the apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci, Tim stole some of his inventions and modified them so they could be used to capture witches and seek revenge for what they did to him all those years, becoming the most feared witch hunter of all time, Tim the Witch Smeller. Quigley was very sympathetic to Tim and was sad that all those witch and warlock children were cruel to him. However, when Quigley stops Tim from hurting his family, he points out how just because he was bullied by a few witches is no excuse to attack those who've done nothing to him. When Tim tries to justify himself by saying that all witches are alike, Quigley revokes him, saying that everybody's an individual responsible for their own actions and that he judges people by their actions, not what they are. At first it appears that Quigley got through to Tim, with him apologizing, but the apology turns out to be a ruse to a trap, showing that he does not care if who he hurts is innocent or not, he just wants to hurt witches.
    Tim: Let go of me, you're a mortal, don't you see how horrible these witches are?
    Quigley: That's a load of hooey. Sure, maybe a group of witches excluded you hundreds of years ago, but that's got nothing to do with these girls. They've never lifted a finger against you.
    Tim: No, you don't understand old man! Witches are all alike!
    Quigley: You're horsefeathers! Everybody's an individual responsible for their own actions. I judge people by what they say and do, not by skin color or sex, or nationality or whether they happen to have magic powers.
  • Fur Is Clothing: When Sabrina finally gets her wand in Friends Forever, she temporarily messes with it, causing Salem's fur save for his face to disappear. He later gets Goofy Print Underwear when Zelda tells Sabrina "a witch uses magic wisely".
  • Gasshole: See Balloon Belly above. After eating all of that garlic, Sabrina becomes victim to frequent garlic-scented burps which come in quite handy when fighting vampires.
  • Girl Group: Sabrina, Hilda, Zelda and Chloe form one for a talent contest. They cast a spell to become legit famous. The spell to do so reference The Bangles, The Go-Go's, Spice Girls and The Supremes.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Harvey isn't exactly the coolest guy around, yet Gem has an all too transparent crush on him.
  • Godiva Hair: Rainbow/ Frau Strudel at the end of "Has Anybody Seen My Quigley?" while running from the police.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: When Gem is auditioning for the role of Juliet, she wears a purple period gown. Notably when Sabrina plays the role, the dress she wears is pink. Also Hilda, the more feminine and fashionable of the two aunts, has a purple dress as her default outfit.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: There are two brief scenes of Sabrina getting hiccups in "Stage Fright". The first is at the beginning, where she's nervous about auditioning for the play, and she literally has butterflies in her stomach. The second is near the end when she's taking part in the play.
  • Hidden Eyes: Pi's eyes are always hidden under his hat.
    • You do see them for a second in "Paranormal Pi" when Slugloaf knocks him into a bush, but they're closed the whole time.
    • You can see them properly in "Hexcalibur" when Arthur and Merlin fall through the trap door. They're brown.
  • Hollywood Old: Sabrina's adult self just has glasses and is slightly taller than her teenage self. Yet she's referred to as an old lady by numerous other characters. Sort of justified by the fact that Sabrina is half-witch, and a witch's physical age rarely corresponds with their real one (considering they're all Really 700 Years Old).
  • Hot Witch:
    • Both Hilda and Zelda (especially Hilda that wear often mini-dress). Mostly because, due to abusing magic, they are stuck in teenage bodies for 100 years.
    • Enchantra too. She's clearly drawn to resemble a PG dominatrix.
  • Humans Are Ugly: A rather odd example, since witches look exactly like humans. Hilda and Zelda are cursed to appear as teenagers for undisclosed reasons. One episode has Zelda bemoan her lost haggard appearance. Hilda does not seem to mind, though, especially since she looks like Victoria Beckham. Weidly enough, Enchantra resembles an attractive, young woman, herself. Though it seems to be a cultual thing since age garners respect in the witch community.
  • Humiliation Conga: In "Paranormal Pi" when Pi's paranormal activity tracker is homing in on Sabrina's house with a large mob of people following him, Sabrina has no choice but to make it look like the device didn't work, utterly humiliating him.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: In "Witch Switch", witch Gem made Harvey her hypnotized slave and forced him to kiss her feet.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The episode "Shrink to Fit". Sabrina and Chloe use a shrinking spell to fit into some tight jeans. Though they continue to shrink until they're practically microscopic. Magic Pants is averted at first, until they find some doll clothes, which continues to shrink with them for the rest of the episode.
  • Informed Flaw: In the episode Working Witches, we're told at the end that Sabrina had let the fame of winning the contest go to her head. However, other than one blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene where she's proudly posing for pictures without Salem (which the guy right next to her threw away, not her), she doesn't show any signs of Acquired Situational Narcissism, and instead is perfectly justified by everything she does. Salem doesn't even seem to mind her getting all of the attention, and his biggest gripe is her almost using his camcorder without his permission, which was justified to keep their family secret.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting:
    • Sabrina into a fish in the episode "Fish Schtick". A partial example as she said she wanted to swim like a fish, so the magic turned her into one.
    • Sabrina, Chloe and Salem transforming into mermaids in "Wiccan of the Sea".
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: A variant. In the episode "Stone Broke", Gem tells Sabrina that the charity ball has a Western theme. Cue the humiliation when she, the only poor girl at the ball, shows up dressed as a cowgirl in front of several incredibly wealthy people, as well as her crush, Harvey.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Salem, and Gem occasionally.
  • Jerk Ass Ball: In "Sabrina: Friends Forever", Salem is a lot more of an obnoxious Jerkass, even brushing it off when Nicole presumably dies and attempting to bail upon finding out that they need to save her.
  • Karma Houdini: "Picture Perfect" ends with Sabrina winning the student of the year award, but then giving it up by admitting she cheated. Instead Gem wins, despite her having also cheated. The closest thing she gets to a punishment is everyone walking out on her victory speech.
    • "Strange New World" ends with Pi getting an even worse detention than he caused 'Tom' to get so averted.
    • Due to being the "parent character" and the voice of reason, Uncle Quigley often gets away with bossing Sabrina and her aunts around and controlling them. One episode even portrays the witches in the wrong when they get tired of his crap.
  • Large Ham: Alvin. Don't EVER laugh at him!
  • Like Brother and Sister: Sabrina and Salem what with their constant bickering and Salem acting as a Big brother mentor to Sabrina especially in Sabrina's Secret Life.
    • Pi and Chloe also have shades of this as she is seen hanging out with him when Sabrina is occupied with Harvey like in "Witchitis" and it's rather clear that their relationship is platonic
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone in the show....with the exception of Gem.
    • Gem actually lampshades this in one episode: "Great outfit, Spellman. I just never get tired of seeing you in it."
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: When Sabrina transforms the Eiffel Tower into a human, the boy fills this role to everyone.
  • Magic Pants: In "Shrink to Fit" when Sabrina and Chloe are small enough to fit into doll clothing the clothes shrink with them to the point when they became practically microscopic. Which is very odd by the fact that their normal clothes did not shrink with them at all Empty Pilesof Clothing
  • Meaningful Name: Enchantra's servant Stabbenback. Sabrina and Enchantra learned the meaning the hard way.
  • Morality Pet: Alvin from the episode "Planet of the Dogs" starts off like this but after being neglected and gaining the ability to speak, becomes a Knight Templar and Noble Demon for the neglected and abused neighborhood dogs.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Tim the Witch-Smeller. In this series he seems to be a unique case, which is why all his empowered peers made his life hell.
  • Mushroom Samba: Salem goes into a Samba in "Truth or Scare", but it happens after getting squashed by Quigley rather than coming into contact with a hallucinogenic.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Sabrina, Chloe and Salem are unwillingly turned into mermaids by the Spooky Jar. They can breathe and communicate underwater just fine though there's a time limit on the spell and they have to return to the island they started out on when it runs out or else they'll be mermaids forever. Sabrina's fins are also powerful enough to outswim a torpedo.
  • Overnight Age-Up: The episode "Anywhere But Here" has Sabrina wanting to be an adult due to being unable to do a few things such as buying a Funkhouse Ferrets CD with a Can't Buy sticker on it, or even watching a PG-13 movie. She does become an adult, with the help of a magical pocket-watch. However she finds out being an adult "has some really yucky parts to it", after a long chase involving a motorcycle taking the watch with it.
  • Present Company Excluded: Uncle Quigley says this after he learns about Tim's Freudian Excuse, makes a comment about how witches can be very cruel and is given disapproving looks from Hilda and Zelda.
  • Punny Name: Gem Stone, anyone?
    • Also, the One-Shot Character, Dorsala Finn (who just so happens to be a swimmer).
    • Pi, the kid genius who is a math lover.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Multiple episodes centered around science class show the kids working on inventions that would be revolutionary if they weren't used just for science class or the occasional fun thing. Pi is a pretty big offender, given all the stuff he creates even when he's not in science class!.
  • Refrain from Assuming: There is no song called "Have You Seen Her?" The theme song is officially titled, "She'll Bewitch Ya".
  • Refugee from TV Land: Sabrina accidentally brings Cinderella into the real world for a while. Due to her whiny nature and Annoying Laugh, Sabrina finds her more obnoxious than expected.
  • Reset Button Ending: "No Time to be a Hero" ends this way followed by Sabrina telling Harvey, Gem, the reporter and her aunts the truth (the others thought she saved Harvey though she didn't do anything at all).
  • Reused Character Design:
    • When Sabrina tries to help Harvey escape a world populated by fairy tale characters, she notices that Cinderella's stepsisters look and sound exactly like Gem, except for the fact one of them has a different hairstyle. She lampshades this by commenting, "Isn't it amazing how all pain in the neck girls kind of look alike?"
    • The one-time characters from "Xabrina, Warrior Witch" and "The Senses-Shattering Adventures of Captain Harvtastic" have a similar example. Those from the video game in the former really look like those from reality. And in the latter, the characters from Harvey's comic book are drawn in similarity to the real-life characters as well.
  • Sarcasm Failure: Harvey is prone to this.
  • Scaled Up: During "Harvzilla", Harvey's overuse of Sabrina's "lucky cologne" makes him more large and muscular over the time, and finally turns him into a Kaiju.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Spooky Jar.
    • Though not all that evil as it at the least gave Sabrina a Reset Button for most of her wishes.
  • Secret Keeper: Chloe knows that Sabrina is a witch.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: When the girls turn their strict nanny into a Granola Girl, she immediately unties her hair and shakes it free.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Lampshaded and discussed in "La Femme Sabrina" about how it always shows up in spy movies. She and Harvey are indeed in a gown and tux respectively. Subverted though when it turns out they're at a rodeo and therefore overdressed.
    Sabrina: Ever notice how there's always a big formal wear scene?
    Harvey: I know. It gets the hero into a tux.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sick Episode: Sabrina catches witchitis... Magic Misfire and Hilarity Ensues.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon: The series lasted one season of 65 episodes from 1999 to 2000 (like a number of syndicated weekday/Saturday morning cartoons) but got a spin-off, Sabrina's Secret Life, in 2003, with twenty-something episodes.
  • Taken for Granite: Nicole in Sabrina: Friends Forever.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In "Harvzilla", Sabrina douses Harvey with dragon spray, eventually making him taller and buffer to the point that his baggy shirt became formfitting. Of course, as an analogy to steroids, this dragon spray made Harvey considerably more aggressive and mean-spirited, shocking even Sabrina when he glowered at Gem. He also became obsessed with good luck, needing Sabrina's "cologne" to have the confidence to function before a big match and even then he was clinging to four-leaf clovers and rabbit feet. After the aforementioned Scaled Up, he was returned to normal.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In Harvey's comic book world Sabrina's power to shoot squids out of her hands is as useless as you'd expect...until the hero whose power is to make anything he draws come to life runs out of ink and Sabrina remembers what squids are good for.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The usual reaction by mortals whenever a spell is cast right in front of their eyes.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Slugloafe eats a moldy sandwich in "Strange New World", and his face starts to turn green after doing so. Cue an Idiosyncratic Wipe.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Subverted. When Sabrina unwittingly made a cake that reversed its eater's personality, Gem became a nice girl clever enough to figure out Sabrina's secret. Together, the two of them developed an antidote that turned everyone back to normal and made them forget everything. When Gem was the only one left, Sabrina tried to convince her NOT to drink it because she likes the new Gem better. The new Gem decided that bringing back the old one was the right thing to do and, as her parting words, told Sabrina she'll still be deep somewhere inside the original Gem.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" Sabrina is told to search for one person who never had their heart broken. Eventually she gives up, saying she checked everyone she could. This would imply Pi was among the people she checked, but we never see his broken heart flashback and it's hard to imagine how someone as laid back as him could have his heart broken.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Harvey's superheroes in his comic book world don't like their powers which involve - turning into a gazebo to trap villains (Gazebo Boy), Atomic Tantrum Power (Mega Girl) and shooting a squid out of your hands (Calamari Queen).
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Mega Girl's power does subdue the villain. And when Harvey's 'draw it and it comes to life' pen runs out of ink, Calamari Queen remembers what squids are good for.
  • Weirdness Censor: Salem often talks in front of people without anyone reacting.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Harvey's comic book superheroes lampshade their own lame powers (including the villain). They include Gazebo Boy who turns himself into a gazebo to trap people in, Mega Girl with "Atomic Tantrum Power" (though that's arguably more effective than she makes it out to be) and Shoe Horn who has gadgets that appear to be monster shoes. There's also Calamari Queen who can shoot squids out of her hands (though it's helpful when Captain Harvtastic runs out of ink necessary to finish the story).
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Tim when he actually becomes a threat to the witches who once mocked him.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Or morever "Who Wants To Be Young And Beautiful Forever"?
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Bizarrely done twice! The first time, done as the show's Christmas special, featured Sabrina and her aunts trying to convince Gem to change her ways. Funnily enough, the episode also lampshaded how A Christmas Carol has been adapted to death, and even deconstructed it. The attempt (including showing her lonely grave) has no effect on Gem; she only begins to regret her ways Sabrina gives her a Christmas present.
    • The second time was more of a straight example. After Sabrina used some of the money she had earned for charity on a doll, it came to life and showed the horrible futures for her friends. Among other things, it ended with a showdown between Sabrina and a Wicked Witch Gem. Although this one had nothing to do with Christmas, it does parody the gravestone scene.

Sabrina's Secret Life contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Wimp: Sabrina's magic becomes weaker in this series, due to her only being a half-witch.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Enchantra, who was a strict and rude woman has become a kind-hearted, friendly sage, although she is still strict.
  • An Aesop: The writers clearly have an Anvilicious attitude towards anorexia.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Subverted. Due to only DiC Entertainment and Les Studios Tex working on the series (Disney split up with DiC Entertainment, who became independent again, and Melissa Joan Hart didn't produce the show anymore), the animation and character design was pretty lazy, such as how Maritza was just a recolored version of Chloe, and Cassandra was copied from Portia in Friends Forever, changed from a ginger to a brunette, and Portia was copied from a blonde background student shown in Gem's posse in the 1999 series.
    • One example of actual evolution was the eyes of the characters. They became more "shiny".
    • It was mainly the clothes and hairstyles that changed (similar to Disney's Doug).
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Weirdly enough, Salem has become Sabrina's mentor and voice of reason. Confusingly, his backstory of once being an evil warlock is still retained and brought up almost every other episode.
    • Sabrina was gone through this in every incarnation, but here she is a blithering idiot who nearly destroy Greendale by doing something stupid with her magic. This was due to the show becoming more educational than the previous show.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • We still don't know what happened to Pi, Quigley, or the Spooky Jar. The original comics featured a story that wrapped up the Sabrina: The Animated Series versions of the characters being used in the book at the time, and shifted the comic back to its traditional setting. They explained that Quigley had taken a job outside of the country (in Europe?), and so moved away. Pi is unexplained but due to his grades he might have gotten into a high ranking high school/boarding school.
    • The series was preceded by a movie called Friends Forever, where Sabrina bonds with another half-witch called Nicole. She does not appear at all in the series, nor is she mentioned. Also Cassandra's character model is the same as another Alpha Bitch character from the movie called Portia.
  • Conspicuously Selective Perception: Strangely, in this series Hilda and Zelda don't seem to understand Salem, or at the very least ignore him and not react to anything he says. That is, until Hilda all but threatens to kill him during this exchange in "Spell-ing Bee":
    Sabrina: Salem, do something!
    Salem (grumpily): Like what?
    Hilda (whispering): Something that'll keep you in one piece when we get out of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Salem as in the original series.
    • Also goes for Cassandra's pet rabbit Mavista.
  • Flanderization: Harvey started out as a sweet but kinda ditzy guy. He's a full-blown idiot in Sabrina's Secret Life.
  • Gag Haircut: Not a hair cut but Cassandra casts a spell to turn Maritza's hair into multi-coloured spikes. She then makes a hand dryer explode on her, singeing the rest of it.
  • G-Rated Drug: Dreamland in "Living Her Dreams".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Cassandra at the end of the show.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Cassandra, although she's Gem Stone's replacement.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mr. Snipe's mortal disguise consists of just human clothes. His grotesque features should make him really stand out, but no-one seems to see anything weird about him.
  • One-Shot Character: The Wish Spirit and Olivia, villains of "Living Her Dreams" and "Witchyology" respectively.
  • Put on a Bus: Gem and Chloe's departures were explained.
  • Retcon:
    • Witches are now identified by a star tattoo on the palm of their hand, and half-mortals only have a half a star. This was never seen, nor mentioned in the previous series. Sabrina now also suddenly has to occasionally use a wand to do magic.
    • Enchantra now has a different character design and accent (British in the first series, American in the second). What's more is that she is introduced in the Friends Forever movie - as if she's never met Sabrina before. It's not clear whether it's meant to be the same character, or else two rulers of the Netherworld have the same name.
    • The Friends Forever movie introduces an Alpha Bitch called Portia. The series uses her character model, but a different palette and voice actress, for Cassandra.
  • Reused Character Design: Many side characters have designs that are recycled from the first series. For example:
    • As said below, Maritza is just Chloe with lighter skin, smaller eyes and different clothes, while Cassandra and her lackeys were recycled from Portia and her lackeys from Friends Forever.
    • Bildebaar from Wizenheimer, the elder wizard from "Teacher's Pet", looks exactly like the Wise Wizard from the first series.
    • When everyone becomes monsters in "School Spirit", the mummy baseball player from "Field of Screams" can be seen multiple times in the background, among with many other one-shot characters from the first series.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Cassandra is Enchantra's niece and occasionally uses this to her advantage.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Maritza replacing Chloe, who reportedly moved away.
    • Maritza uses the same basic character design used for Chloe, only with slightly lighter skin color to indicate that she is vaguely Hispanic.
    • Cassandra also uses a similar character design to one of Gem's lackeys. Her character design was also used, albeit with a different color scheme, for the Friends Forever movie character Portia. There is some speculation Portia and the unnamed lackey are the same character, since a character resembling Gem can be seen at graduation.
    • The design of Portia's black lackey Britney was reused for Tiffany, one of Cassandra's two lackeys. It is a bit jarring since the latter is not a witch.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Sabrina in between the two shows. Mostly because the show became more educational, and Sabrina had to learn more Aesops.


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