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Sabrina: The Animated Series is an American cartoon that's an Animated Adaptation of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which itself was already adapted from a comic book by Archie Comics. 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, such as Uncle Quigley, Chloe, and Gem were Put on a Bus or afflicted with Chuck Cunningham Syndrome 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 and a new best friend in Maritza, who is always there to support her, though unlike Chloe, she does not know of Sabrina's secret. Of course, Sabrina is more than willing to prove that being full blooded doesn't mean you're automatically better.

Ironically, reruns of both Sabrina: The Animated Series and Sabrina's Secret Life briefly popped up on Toon Disney for a while. Afterwards, STAS aired on Saturday mornings on CBS's Cookie Jar TV block in 2010, with SSL joining it on September 18. On February 5, 2011, they were replaced by Trollz and Horseland. From fall 2012 through October 2013, STAS aired on the "This Is For Kids" block on This TV. A playlist of the entire series is available for viewing on WildBrain's Sabrina YouTube channel here.

Now has a character page. Also, not to be confused with Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies.


  • 65-Episode Cartoon: Similarly to other syndicated cartoons of its time, this show has a whopping sixty-five episodes over one season.
  • Actor Allusion: Captain Jean Lafitte, voiced by Long John Baldry, shouts "I HATE Salem!" after being defeated in "This Is Your Nine Lives."note  This is nearly identical to the Once an Episode Catchphrase used by Dr. Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, who Baldry also voiced: "I HATE that hedgehog!"
  • An Aesop:
    • The Christmas Episode has the moral that simple kindness is the best way to get through to a cruel person, rather than some elaborate scheme. Sabrina's attempted spell just makes Gem love herself even more, and she grudgingly admits that she just wanted revenge, not to change Gem for the better. So she ends up giving Gem a real gift and wishing her Merry Christmas anyway. Gem realizes that no one else cared enough to be with her on Christmas, and joins Sabrina and her friends for the celebrations.
    • Harvey's Rebuilt Pedestal for his favorite action hero. He learns that actors are actors and most of the time, they're ordinary people who don't do the fantastic feats we see on camera. But that doesn't mean that they're not capable of great heroics when push comes to shove.
    • "Most Dangerous Witch": Just because you were bullied at one point by a certain type of person is no reason to hold a grudge against everyone like that person.
    • "Witch Switch": Sabrina believes Gem's life is perfect because of her wealth - only to experience for herself the girl's own difficulties that she kept hidden from the world. The lesson is that no one person's life is perfect, and we shouldn't be fooled by a filtered version of it that we're shown from the outside.
    • "The Importance of Being Norma" explores a theme of popularity vs. identity. Sabrina wants to be popular, but feels bad about ditching her golden-hearted nerd friend Norma. She wants to remain friends with Norma, but doesn't want to look uncool in front of the popular girls. When she uses a powerful spell to make Norma popular in the eyes of the other students, it makes Norma miserable because of a Loss of Identity. As the spell snowballs into making everyone Norma-zombies forcing Sabrina into being Norma, what ultimately breaks it is her declaration that she'd rather be herself than be cool like she previously wanted.
    • "Anywhere But Here" has Sabrina getting fed up with the restrictions of being a child - being unable to see PG-13 movies, play certain video games or have any independence etc - so she casts a spell to become an adult. She then learns about all the responsibilities that come with it.
    • "Witchitis" is about Sabrina learning to face her fear of injections for the sake of her health; especially after she chickens out of her first appointment and ends up contracting a serious illness that she would have otherwise been protected from.
  • 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, and another one in Sabrina’s Secret Life.
    • 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.
  • Animated Adaptation: A spin-off of the live-action sitcom, although with a different continuity and mythology. The basic framework of both series are the same however - Sabrina living with her two aunts and Salem, learning to be a witch and hiding magic from her mortal friends.
  • As Himself: "Weird Al" Yankovic in "Witchy Grrrls".
  • Bad Future: Sabrina uses money she earned for a fundraiser to buy a toy just to stick it to Gem (justifying it with that it was money above her target). She's then shown a bad future where many of her friends suffered because the library she was raising money for didn't have the funding for certain things.
  • 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.
  • Band Episode: In the episode "Witchy Grrrls", Sabrina forms a bubblegum pop band with her aunts and Chloe to perform at the school talent show. However, when they perform, it's apparent that they sound awful. After losing the talent show, Sabrina casts a spell to make them into successful and famous musicians
  • 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.
  • 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 in Shock.
    • 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"
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Or in the case of "The Importance of Being Norma", it's more like "popularity is overrated". Sabrina casts a spell that makes Norma look popular in the eyes of the other kids (and the world over) in order to help her. But Norma later bemoans that she's fed up with everyone mobbing for her time and attention, and is saddened by how everyone becoming like her has made her just another face in the crowd. She doesn't find it any fun, and when Sabrina consoles her that popularity isn't about fun, Norma questions what then is the purpose of popularity. Sabrina is at a loss for words and realizes Norma was already happy with herself before the popularity spell was cast.
  • 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.
  • Compressed Vice: One episode tells us that Sabrina always jumps to conclusions — to set up the plot about assuming her grandparents are going to divorce and going to elaborate efforts to prevent it (only to reveal they were going to renew their vows). While Sabrina displays impulsive behavior throughout the series and is too quick to use magic on several occasions, this jumping to conclusions attitude only shows up in this one episode.
  • 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.
  • Dream Intro:
    • The first episode, "Most Dangerous Witch", starts with a nightmare Zelda is having about Tim the Witch-Smeller.
    • "Wiccan of the Sea" opens with what appears to be a celebration of the summer (see Crowd Song) but it turns out Sabrina was just daydreaming in the middle of class - and it's actually winter outside. The teacher says she was humming the song rather loudly too.
  • 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.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: Great Grandpa Gandalf leaves behind his clothing when he leaves for Rio at the end of the episode “Moldy Oldy”
  • 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.note 
  • 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.
    • Captain Malissa in "Absence of Malissa" torments Sabrina for being half-mortal until Sabrina saves her from a falling tree and then she gets better.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?", we see flashbacks of Harvey and Gem getting their hearts broken by trivial things.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Frau Strudel is very strict and precise, but she can take it a bit too far.
  • 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. Averted in “Sabrina’s Secret Life” however, where she receives a new design that isn’t anywhere as attractive.
  • 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 (in the first series). Though it seems to be a cultural 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. Sabrina however is not proud of it, and does make it up to Pi by giving him paranormal evidence (Uncle Zamboni's flying chair used as evidence of a UFO), which he can use to write a hit story.
  • 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.
    • The Halloween Episode has Chloe give Sabrina a "Reason You Suck" Speech for nearly ruining her own party because she was too busy "trying to outdo Gem". Except Sabrina's behavior was quite reasonable — making sure everyone had plenty of food and trying to liven the party up when Gem was going out of her way to sabotage everything. Had Gem not sabotaged the food or tried to prevent the other guests from talking, the party would have been fun.
  • 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 is very self-centered and of course in the body of a cat as punishment for trying to take over the world. But he cares about Sabrina, and will help her out when she's in trouble. In the first episode, he volunteers to go with her to rescue Harvey from Tim the Witch Smeller.
    • Gem is mainly a selfish Alpha Bitch, but episodes show her having Hidden Depths; including a Christmas one where she gets so touched by Sabrina giving her a locket as a gift that she joins her family for Christmas dinner.
  • 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. She 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 Piles of Clothing.
  • Meaningful Name: Enchantra's servant Stabbenback. Sabrina and Enchantra learned the meaning the hard way.
    • Norma, as she is an average Joe who doesn't fit in.
  • Moe Couplet: Harvey and Pi. When Pi's around Harvey he shows his protective, big brother side...which makes him even cuter.
  • 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 Best Friend: Chloe is Sabrina's best friend, and was allowed to be the one mortal Sabrina could tell her secret to. She's often involved in many of Sabrina and her aunts' adventures.
  • 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.
  • Musical Episode: "Witchy Girrrls" is mostly songs. Namely the Flavor Girls' hit song. Complete with a Weird Al appearance with his own parody of the song.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sabrina gets this when she humiliates Pi in front of the crowd in "Paranormal Pi". While her hand was forced into making a tough decision, she isn't proud of what she did, and makes it up to Pi by giving him paranormal evidence so he could write a hit story.
  • Naked People Are Funny: At the end of "Has Anyone Seen My Quigley?", Rainbow is seen being chased away by the police fully naked declaring "I want to be free!"
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Pi is a good example. In "Witchitis" he was responsible for making Sabrina Afraid of Needles and also his paranormal speech in "Paranormal Pi", as well as other times.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: A few One-Shot Characters are suited with this trope, especially one of the trainers in "When In Rome", Salem's costume he uses for his juggling act at the cat show in "A Tail of Two Kitties" (though the center of the jacket is tied up), and a few of the pirates in "This Is Your Nine Lives".
  • 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: "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!
  • 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.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Uncle Zamboni in "Paranormal Pi" is extremely old and bosses the aunts and Sabrina around relentlessly.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Spooky Jar is some kind of demon who grants Sabrina and her aunts spells to cast. He's very much Dark Is Not Evil though, and this appears to just be his job; he even gets a vacation in "Molar Molar".
  • 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:
    • In "Fish Shtick", new student Dorsala Finn is said to have transferred from Riverdale High.
    • The girls' warlock great-grandfather is named Gandalf. Makes sense, given his profession.
    • In "Shrink to Fit", the Sppoky Jar's entrance comes with three questions ala Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • Tim's Spell Scrambler looks similar to a Proton Pack. And in "Paranormal Pi", Sabrina and her friends dress up in the suits to hunt for supernatural activity.
    • "Xabrina, Warrior Witch" is an obvious reference to Xena: Warrior Princess. Chloe's character in the in-universe game is even 'Scabriella'.
    • An episode reveals Harvey to be a massive fan of Jackie Chan (or at least, a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of him). He briefly remarks that Chan is filming his latest movie in Kuala Lumpur, a reference to the then-recent Super Cop.
  • Sick Episode: Sabrina catches witchitis... Magic Misfire and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Chloe is completely absent from the show’s opening sequence.
  • Spin-Off Babies: To the live action series. Subverted in that unlike most examples, the show was it’s own alternate continuity, and as a result had an identity of it’s own and a sizeable fanbase.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gem's Alpha Bitch attitude can cause her to easily be mistaken for Libby from the live action series.
  • Taken for Granite: Nicole in Sabrina: Friends Forever as a result of a spell gone wrong; both were half-witches and asked to be made "whole". They didn't specify that they both wanted to be full witches - so Sabrina was given Nicole's half and Nicole herself became fully mortal. Unfortunately, being a mortal in the Netherworld had her turned to stone immediately.
  • 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.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The “da-da-da-da” scatting to the tune of the theme that’s often heard when transitioning from scenes or coming back from commercial breaks.
  • 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. An Idiosyncratic Wipe then reveals a green stain on Sabrina's outfit.
  • 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.
  • Weirdness Censor: Salem often talks in front of people without anyone reacting.
  • Wham Line: Sabrina saying "swim like a fish" in "Fish Schtick". It literally turns into a fish since it’s “cliche week” (during which using any kind of simile will literally turn you into that exact thing).
  • 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 Christmas Episode 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 after Sabrina gives her a Christmas present.
    • A straighter example in "Generation Hex". After Sabrina uses some of the money she had earned for charity on a doll, it comes to life and shows the horrible futures of 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: Friends Forever contains examples of:

  • Assumed Win: Portia assumes she will win the award. But Sabrina wins it at the end.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: 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.
  • Fur Is Clothing: When Sabrina finally gets her wand, 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".
  • Jerkass Ball: Salem is a lot more of an obnoxious Jerkass than in the show, even brushing it off when Nicole presumably dies and attempting to bail upon finding out that they need to save her.
  • Magical Asian: Nicole is depicted as Asian and is a half-witch.

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 isn't as dynamic as the original series, 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).
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Subverted, in the Anarchy vs rules argument Cassandra appears to like when anarchy breaks out just fine. This seems to show that in a world without rules and order, only the rich and powerful will prosper. But when civilization starts breaking down completely and only cash works (for the foreseeable future at least, robbing Cassandra her leverage) even Cassandra has to admit some sort of rules and order is necessary for society to function.
  • 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, as well as Cassandra's pet rabbit Mephista.
  • Flanderization: Harvey started out as a sweet but kinda ditzy guy. There are quite a few moments of him being full-blown idiot in Sabrina's Secret Life, but on the contrary, he is shown to be rather intelligent and mature, especially when Sabrina crosses the line.
  • Gag Haircut: Not a hair cut, but in "At the Hop" 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.
  • 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.
  • The Pigpen: In the episode "Lather, Rinse, and Repent", Sabrina discovers a magical beauty potion for her hair which makes her the most popular girl in school, though its effects will permanently stop working if she gets wet while using it. Thus she stops showering, and ends up so stinky that she attracting flies and Cassandra even remarks that a can of garbage smells better than her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The events of "At the Hop" are all due to Sabrina trying to talk to Harvey and Maritza at the same time on the phone. When Harvey nervously calls Sabrina to ask her to the dance, Maritza calls at the same time and repeatedly asks if he asked her yet. Sabrina keeps accidentally hanging up on Maritza when switching back to Harvey, and when she calls back, she yells "NO!", intended for Maritza, but she accidentally yells this at Harvey right after he asks (which she did not hear, as she was on Maritza's line). The next day, Maritza sees Cassandra preparing to approach Harvey to ask him, so she desperately pushes past her and asks Harvey herself, which Sabrina witnesses. Maritza tries to explain, but Sabrina refuses to let her finish her sentence. She only finds out Maritza's intention, and her mix-up on the phone, when she overhears Maritza and Harvey discussing the situation at the dance.
  • 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 (which were already recycled from recurring background schoolgirls from the original series).
    • 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. She 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.
  • Two-Timer Date: What kicks off the plot of "Time Flies". Maritza invited Sabrina to go to a concert for Plain Brain, a band they both love. When she gets home from school, she is also invited to go the Netherworld Hyper Spa over the same weekend as the concert with her aunts, who had to pull some strings to get their reservations. With Salem's advice, Sabrina chooses to go with her aunts but upsets Maritza while doing so. When she wishes things could be different, Wiggles the worm comes in with a magic watch that will allow her to go back in time. Sabrina ignores the manual that comes with it and uses it to be able to go to both events. She uses it to do both events twice and then starts abusing the watch for minor things like getting a better grade on a test or to win a sweepstake. This causes her to age rapidly due to her time-traveling back to the same events too many times. She learns her lesson in the end and goes back to being a teenager.


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