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Left to right: Nikki, Jonesy, Caitlin, Jude, Jen, and Wyatt.

I'm sixteen, life is sweet
When you're growing up so fast
You gotta make the good times last!

6teen is a Canadian animated sitcom about six teenage friends who all have part-time jobs at the Galleria Shopping Mall, as they struggle to balance work with the daily problems of being a teenager. The series lasted from November, 2004 to February, 2010, with four seasons and a total of 93 episodes.

There's a recap page that could use some work for the episodes, and a Best Episode Crowner.

Eight years after 6teen ended, Jude would later be confirmed to appear in the Total Drama spin-off Total DramaRama, which also featured a few other references to 6teen. Not long later, following confirmation by several cast members, a reunion mini-episode was released to encourage former viewers in the United States to "Vote, Dude!".


Contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The show takes place in a mall instead of a school, but otherwise Tricia fills the role perfectly in "Unhappy Anniversary".
  • Actor Allusion: The mention of "Christian Lotenza" in "The List". Any dedicated fan can see Jude is referencing his voice actor, Christian Potenza.
  • Afraid of Blood: Jonesy tried to overcome this so he could get the free snack after a donation as well as prove to Nikki that he isn't a wuss.
  • Alliterative Name: Caitlin Cooke and Wyatt Williams.
  • All Just a Dream: The end of Dude of the Living Dead
  • All Men Are Perverts: In "Dude of the Living Dead," Jonesy scores a job at a lingerie store, which has a peephole in the fitting rooms, so he can stare at the female customers while they're changing and trying clothes from the store.
    Wyatt: So if everybody knows about the peephole in the change room, why don't all guys apply there?
    Jonesy: They do. They just almost never hire guys to work there.
    Wyatt: So how'd you get a job?
    Jonesy: I told them I was gay.
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  • All Periods Are PMS: Played with in "Enter The Dragon."
  • Almost Kiss: In "Clonesy". Just guess who it happens to...
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe, in "The Girls in the Band", regarding a cheesy love song called "My Fantasy" about a boy who pines for his crush from a distance. Jen and Caitlin both find the song to be very sweet and romantic, but Nikki and the boys find it creepy, with Nikki (who's later revealed to be a closet fan of the group who sang the song) saying, "Sounds like a stalker wrote it!"
  • Anachronic Order: Almost certainly the case. In the first episode, someone mentions summer break has just started, but then a few episodes later it's Christmas, then a few episodes after that Caitlin says she's only been working at the Big Squeeze for four weeks.
    • In the second season, Caitlin tells a story ending with, "and then he mooned the entire store," so her date. At the time, it seems like a Noodle Incident, but a few episodes later, Jonesy gets a job at Albatros and Finch, which culminates in him throwing off his pants.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: As revealed in "Dude of the Living Dead" brings out the awesome in several characters.
  • Artistic License – Biology and Hilarity Ensues: Jude was literally Overdrawn at the Blood Bank, donating seventeen times in one day under different Paper-Thin Disguises. Obviously for Rule of Funny, but had the show handled it realistically, Jude would probably have died around the fourth or fifth donation—on top of that, blood banks and organizations that do blood donations like The Red Cross have a limit on how many times you can donate. If you donate blood, you have to wait at least eight weeks (just less than two months) before you can donate again.
  • Bad Boss: A constant theme in the series is that the bosses are either apathetic, or outright abuse the gang. While Coach Halder and Wayne are consistently depicted as jerks, depending on the episodes, some of the episodes have it set as a blatant abuse of power.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform:
    • The Big Squeeze is the most notable. Its employee has to wear a hat shaped like a giant lemon.
    • Nobody wants to work at Wonder Taco for similar reasons; the uniform includes a large taco-shaped hat.
    • Jonesy has had a few in his jobs: for example, when he worked at a fruit store, he had to wear a banana costume, and when he worked at a soup store, his costume included a large soup can hat. He even inflicted it on himself in "Dirty Work", when he made himself wear a giant rooster head in order to attract customers.
  • Balloon Belly: Caitlin fattens herself up (to the point of looking heavily pregnant) after eating too much chocolate in "Girlie Boys", and unlike most examples of this trope, she kept the weight until she went to the fitness center to lose it.
    • Jude in "Over Exposed".
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Done in at least one episode with dressing cubicles instead, where Tricia overhears Caitlin calling her mean.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Caitlin is a walking aversion. Although she's the girliest of the girly-girls, she also does some of the grossest stuff in the show, such as vomiting on everyone. Her mascara also tends to run when she cries. Caitlin often lampshades these aversions.
      Caitlin: I look hideous!
    • An entire episode revolves around Nikki trashing Jonesy's bathroom after a particularly nasty bowel movement. Jonesy is forced to accept the fact that this trope does not exist in reality, and that girls are not, in fact, above such grotesque things.
    • Though not shown, Jen won the Garcia family Thanksgiving turkey eating contest and won, and then apparently ended up making a huge mess in the bathroom.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Jonesy and Nikki.
  • Belly Dancer: Taj Mahome Video employs a few. They all dance around to Bollywood music in keeping with the semi-mystical, fake India theme of the store. The guys dress up as them to scare away customers in "Major Unfaithfulness".
  • Bi the Way: In "Jonesy's List", despite Wayne spending most of the episode trying to get said list, his reaction to the picture of Jonesy's butt hints he may swing a bit the other way.
  • Birthday Episode: Twice, with Wyatt in Season One and Caitlin in the Season Three premiere.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the Grand Finale Nikki's family moves to Iqaluit after her father gets his dream job; the episode ends with the remaining five realizing that while she's not there right now, their lives will still be all right without her and they'll still be in contact with each other.
    • Hope Spot: Nikki's family even agrees not to move after seeing how much Nikki's friends care about her, but she decides that she has to do the mature thing and move anyway so her father can have his dream.
  • Bland-Name Product: Prevalent throughout the series. (e.g. Albatross and Finch = Abercrombie and Fitch, Stereo Shack = Radio Shack, Soft Rock Cafe = Hard Rock Cafe, etc.)
    • However, some real world bands do get mentioned from time to time.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: One turns up in Dude of the Living Dead, and eventually becomes a Chekhov's Gun when it turns out to be an effective zombie-killer.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Characters often make the mistake of taking dating advice from Caitlin or Jonesy.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Caitlin, Nikki (though "purple" would be more appropriate) and Jen.
  • Bowdlerise: In 2012, PopGirl in the UK suddenly started censoring the show after a few years of airing it uncut.
    • All onscreen vomiting is cut.
    • In "Deck the Mall", they edited the scene where Stanley pants'd Jonesy in front of Yummy Mummy and got him fired so it looked like he got fired for taking back the candy cane after Stanley made fun of him.
    • In "Unhappy Anniversary", they cut every mention of the bowl Jonesy made looking like a boob. Though they kept the joke about Jude wanting to have it and stroking it.
    • In "Mr. Nice Guy", they cut the part where the girls said they thought Jonesy and Wyatt were gay, but in "Dude of the Living Dead," they left in the scene of Jonesy getting a job at a women's clothing store by claiming he's gay so he can get away with peeping in the changing rooms.
    • Despite the previous edit, they still air "Stupid Over Cupid" uncut, keeping in the Gay Cowboy wanting to date Jonesy.
    • When Cartoon Network (a channel known for lacing dodgy content in their original programming, yet editing out the same dodgy content in any imported programming, like the Looney Tunes cartoons and any anime series) aired this, the show was heavily censored, removing any and all suggestive content and banning two episodes: "Mr. Nice Guy" (which centers on homosexuality) and "Enter the Dragon" (which centers on menstrual cycles and how they affect women). That said, they were allowed to keep most of the inappropriate language, so they at least got off better than a certain other Fresh TV series...
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Stanley, Yummy Mummy's son, is a whiny little jerk who's constantly bothering people for fun.
  • Broke Episode: Some of them seem to have unlimited money, but Jude gets a broke/jobless episode once in a while.
  • Building of Adventure: Almost all the show's plots take place in and around The Galleria Mall.
  • Burger Fool: Burger McFlipster's—The restaurant itself appears to be a pastiche of McDonald's & Burger King.
  • Butt-Monkey: Each member of the gang plays the role of "designated punching bag" at least once, but Jonesy is the most common.
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted—while the show is technically a Canadian series that takes place in Canada (the Galleria Mall is a combination of attributes from two of Canada's most famous malls, the Eaton Centre in Toronto and the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton), it doesn't really feature any of the traditional stereotypes. In fact, it can be easy for viewers to think that the show takes place in the United States unless someone on the show says or does something to prove otherwise (such as the way they spell and/or pronounce certain words, the bills used in the show are colored to match Canadian currency, etc.).
    • This ambiguity is acknowledged in the 2018 reunion special "Vote, Dude" (which encourages young Americans to vote in the midterm elections) when, after the main cast spend the whole episode talking about American politics, Darth walks by and reminds them that they're Canadian and can't vote in U.S. elections.
  • Candid Camera Prank: In Cecil B. Delusioned, Jonesy pulls this on Nikki (the results do NOT turn out well).
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Jonesy and Nikki—they and the rest of the gang (minus Caitlin) have known each other since they were in Kindergarten, and in an early episode (before they became an Official Couple) it's mentioned that Jonesy has had feelings since they were at least 14.
  • Christmas Episode: There are actually 3 of these,... all taking place within the same year?
  • Closet Geek: Chrissy is a big Star Wars geek but hides it from her friends. Note that she's one of the clones.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jude appears to show signs every now and then of him being a little off.
  • Curse Cut Short There are many uses of this involving the word 'Bitch'. Once completely averted in "The Sushi Connection" when The Clones teased Nikki due to her assistant manager nametag saying ASS. MAN (short for Assistant Manager)
  • Cool Big Sis: Jen has one who she's jealous of—at least until it turns out to be Mutual Envy.
  • Credit Card Plot: The reason that Caitlin got her job at The Lemon and met the other 5. Also a recurring weakness, if she ever gets completely out of debt.
  • Cringe Comedy: In "The Birthday Boy", when the gang tell Wyatt they're going to throw him a birthday party, completely forget to do so, and and make him think a bridal shower is for him to hide it.
  • Dark Reprise: A melancholy version of the main theme appears in the series finale and drives home the point that the series is actually ending.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes Nikki, but Wayne takes this to an extreme extent.
  • Depending on the Writer: As mentioned, sometimes the six friends act twice their age and are making witty pop-culture references, and next episode they're making fart jokes.
    • Also applies to Chrissy. On occasion, she's smart and a capable boss (most often seen in the first season). Usually, however, she acts like she's only a few IQ points above the other clones. (Ironic, given that she's stated to have scored a few points better than Nikki on an IQ test.)
    • Serena varies from nice girl to total bitch depending on the episode.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Caitlin says this word-for-word after telling Jen she's bossy and overbearing, leading to a bet that Jen can't last the rest of the day without telling somebody else what to do, and the others going out of their ways to make her crack. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Wayne firing Wyatt from the video store simply cause he accidentally spilled some coffee on a rare video. Before that, Wayne fired Jonesy minutes after hiring simply because Jonesy liked the movie Top M-16s.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Wyatt sings the theme song with Jude.
  • Double Entendre: This quote from Dude of the Living Dead?
    Nikki: "...[Jonesy's] oversized male ego!"
    Jonesy: "I think you like my 'oversized male ego'."
  • Dramatic Wind: Parodied in "2-4-1" with Blake, whose scarf and hair constantly flow in the wind even though there is none.
    Caitlin: Is there a draft in here?
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In "Oops, I Dialed It Again" Wyatt saves a baby's life and catches three handbags (one in each hand and one on his foot), but that's immediately forgotten about when he sneezes and has snot hanging from his nose.
  • Erudite Stoner: Jude can be surprisingly insightful for a skater bro, and his general behavior and mannerisms don't leave much ambiguity about his personal hobbies...
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Practically every episode
  • Everyone Has Standards: Upon finding out Serena dumped Wyatt by text message, even her new boyfriend sympathized with Wyatt on that.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Losing Your Lemon" after Caitlin gets her credit card back and quits her job Tricia encourages her to go on a shopping spree just to get her back into debt and so she and her friends can steal the gang's spot in front of the Lemon while Caitlin is away.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Invoked in-universe with the title of a movie.
    Jonesy: [to Wayne] "So, my good man, what have you got for me?"
    Wayne: "Rabid Albino Vampires."
    Jonesy: "What's it about?"
  • Fanboy: Darth's entire life revolves around Star Wars.
  • Fanservice: The scantily-clothed belly dancers in "Major Unfaithfulness".
  • Fan Disservice: Julie wearing Leia's gold bikini...GAH!
    • In another episode, Jonesy is seen in the bikini.
  • Fan Hater: In-Universe in "Going Underground"; Wayne refuses to hire Jonesy because he likes Top M-16s.
  • Feigning Intelligence: When Caitlin pretends to be a college student in Smarten Up. The rest of the gang does the same when they're drawn into the scheme, which ends up with Jonesy delivering a baby.
  • Feud Episode: While they're not long time friends, Nikki gets into a fight with Caitlin but all is forgiven after Jude's pet fish dies in "Fish and Make Up".
  • Five-Finger Discount: The episode of the same name features the main characters talking about the little things here and there they take from their jobs. Jen takes it too far when she shoplifts an expensive jacket, and we end with a lesson against stealing.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Jen used to have a crush on Jonesy before they became close and their parents married, and Jonesy can't help but make fun when he finds out.
  • Foreign Queasine: Wyatt loves sushi, but the rest of the gang find it gross.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Averted and lampshaded in one episode.
  • Funny Background Event: In Jonesy's Low Mojo, Nikki spills coffee on Kirsten. The other clones become involved in the mess, and pretty soon chaos envelops the Khaki Barn.
  • G-Rated Drug: Comes up from time to time.
    • Chocolate-covered jellybeans for Ron Rent-a-Cop in "Welcome to the Darth Side".
    • Coffee for Jude in "Smarten Up" when he becomes obsessed with winning Grind Me's giveaway contest.
    • It's brought up several times that Wyatt is addicted to caffiene. He becomes incredibly irritable when he hasn't had a cup of coffee in more than a few hours, and Ron the Rent-A-Cop even codenamed him "Coffee Pot".
  • Geek:
    • Darth, is a scrawny, acne-ridden, bespectacled tech expert and Star Wars fanatic who is intelligent but possesses nothing resembling social skills.
    • Chrissy is shown to be as much of a Star Wars buff as Darth himself.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Three boys (Jonesy, Jude and Wyatt) and three girls (Nikki, Jen and Caitlin).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Invoked in-universe when Jude mentions a German docudrama narrated by the man himself.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Caitlin slaps Nikki to get rid of her snap out of being a Clone.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The tag for assistant manager at the Khaki Barn has the job name abbreviated as "ASS MAN."
    • At the end of "Clonesy", when Jude has recovered from having slathered muscle relaxant over his entire body:
      Jude: "Yeah, I can feel every part of my body again!"
      Nikki: "Just don't be doing it around us, okay?"
    • In the episode "Quit It!", there's a baking store by the name of "CM". On their logo, in between the two initials, is a liquid measuring cup filled with milk. It looks a suspicious lot like a "u"...
    • In "The One with the Cold Sore" Nikki and Wyatt think Caitlin and Jude are secretly dating, and when they call Caitlin while she's riding the rollercoaster with Jude, they mistake Caitlin's excited screams for orgasms and think they're having sex.
      Caitlin: Let's do it again!
    • "Kiss my axe, cowboy!"
    • The show sneaks in tons of clevage shots.
    • In "The New Jonesy", Jonesy lands a job as the "after" model for a before-and-after facial cream ad campaign. Nikki's response? "More like the ''morning'' after."
    • In "Girlie Boys" Wyatt mentions swimmers shave their entire bodies for races in order to increase speed. Jude responds, "their entire bodies?" To make it more obvious what he's thinking of, he's got his legs wide open and is looking down. The same episode contains a scene in which Jonesy has a pleasured look on his face while a female is performing an unseen service on him at the spa...there are even sound effects. The camera pans out and it's revealed she's rubbing lotion on his leg.
    • This exchange between Jude and Wyatt.
    Jude: This is making me dizzy, and not a good dizzy.
    Wyatt: There's a good dizzy?
    Jude: Hahahaha, duuuuuuuude.
    • In "A Lime to Party," Big Steve (owner of the Lemon) is thinking of moving the store to a strip mall, and justifies it by saying "There's only room for one giant fruit in this mall!"
    • Despite normally being heavily edited for suggestive content/themes on Cartoon Network, the censors must've taken the day off when "J is for Genius" aired - a subplot in the episode involves Jude and Ron both falling in love with an erotic soap opera for women entitled Booty and the Borough. Jude reads off the back cover at one point (which mentions a one-night stand), and exclaims "There's sex in H-E-R-E!"
  • Girls Love Chocolate: To put it in simple terms, Caitlin once got fat by getting a job at a chocolate shop. During her period (not Caitlin's), Nikki, who actually hates chocolate, craves it non-stop.
  • Godwin's Law: A roundabout example; in one episode when Ron is acting more unreasonable and authoritarian than usual, Nikki outright calls him a fascist. Ron responds by sheepishly admitting he doesn't know what that word means.
  • Gold Digger: Trisha tries to be a platonic girlfriend version to Caitlin in "Prank'd" when she thinks Caitlin is rich.
  • The Ghost: Jen's dad, Jonesy's mom and Jude, Wyatt and Caitlin's parents are mentioned several times, but never actually appear in person.
  • Gonk: Darth and Julie ain't exactly winning any beauty contests any time soon.
  • Hair Decorations: Caitlin always wears a pink butterfly hair clip, even though her hair is way too short to possibly need one.
  • Halloween Episode: Boo, Dude and the hour long special Dude of the Living Dead.
  • Handsome Lech: Jonesy.
  • Hartman Hips: The mall cougar has them. This could be one reason why she's called Yummy Mummy.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: After Wyatt gets dumped by Serena, Caitlin declares ice-cream in a necessary part of post-breakup therapy. She should know, considering how many boyfriends she loses over the course of the show.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ron the mall Rent-a-Cop goes through one in "The New Guy" when it's revealed exactly how empty his life is without his job.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Averted with a one shot character. Not only it was outright stated she was gay, we actually see her and her date (in the background, though).
    • In earlier seasons, a Gay Cowboy keeps bidding to win a Valentines Day date with Jonesy, and Jonesy and Wyatt were once Mistaken for Gay by two girls they were trying to hit on.
    • Played with in "Bicker Me Not" where while don't say the word gay in describing Caitlin's Coworker Kevin, he's referred to as "playing for the other team" in conversation.
  • High-School Dance: In Snow Job and ''Spring Fling'."
  • High School Hustler: Jonesy, when he's not getting caught.
  • Hopeless Auditionees: In "Idol Time at the Mall" every Star Contest contestant except Wyatt. Subverted in that Wyatt's five friends were aware that they're terrible singers and were only doing it to make Wyatt look even better by comparison.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Sometimes Caitlin will get mad because she thinks her boyfriend has dumped her or will dump her for some superficial reason, but will later end up dumping him for the same reason.
    • When the gang reveal their embarrassing secrets to each other, Caitlin adamantly tells them that hers won't be repeated before telling. Soon after, she goes and blabs their secrets to her boyfriend of the day because since they're dating, they shouldn't keep secrets from each other (while conveniently neglecting to tell him her own). This goes downhill as said boyfriend blabs said secrets while under hypnosis, causing the gang to cut Caitlin off from them for breaking their trust. Once the gang plan to take their revenge, she says best friends don't go blabbing other people's secrets (which she had done in the first place).
    • When Jen and Nikki are taking a survey and ask Jonesy if he'd dump a girl for answering the phone with "Y'ello" he says he would because it's annoying. Later in the episode he answers his phone that same way.
    • In the pilot episode, Tricia ends her friendship with Caitlin because of her Big Squeeze uniform, leaving her devastated as to why Tricia would do that to her for such a trivial reason. Wyatt comments on this, asking what kind of person would judge people simply by what they wear, to which Caitlin admittedly raised her hand to. She then tries to justify it by saying she wouldn't do that to a friend at least.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In at least two instances. When Jude becomes jobless after the Stick It food stand is shut down for health hazard reasons, Jen asks Jude if he at least handled the food safely. He replies that he follows the "three second rule". Cue flashback of Jude serving Jen a stick-it, but accidentally dropped it on the dirty, bug-infested floor while she wasn't looking, then serves it to her. Jen immediately felt nauseous at the memory.
    • Then when Jonsey was bootlegging canned lemonade to Caitlyn since the blender was broken. He was hiding them up his kilt (uniform for his current job). Nikki was shocked where he pulled them out from.
    Nikki: (looks at her lemonade glass) ... you mean this lemonade came from under Jonesy's skirt...?
    (a nearby customer overheard and immediately did a spit-take on his lemonade)
    Nikki: Yeah... good call.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: The Clones are apt to do this because they're all the same size and they have the same taste in clothes.
  • Inept Aptitude Test: Not so much the test, but the fact that their tests got switched.
  • Informed Judaism: Jude, actually, but only because he said he needed to go home for the Hanukkah celebration in one of the christmas episodes.
  • Innocent Innuendo: From "A Lime to Party": "There's only room for one giant fruit in this mall!"
  • Insistent Terminology: With Jude's help, Jonesy makes a bowl for Nikki. But the lid makes it look like a breast. Jonesy protests otherwise.
    Jonesy: "It's not a breast, it's a boob--I mean a bowl!"
  • Insufferable Genius: Starr after she joins the nerd trend and dumps Jude again because his IQ isn't high enough.
  • Insult Backfire: In "The Sushi Connection", Kirsten attempts to insult Nikki by calling her The Khakinator, but Nikki likes the nickname.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: Apparently, if you're hyped on energy drinks, tea starts to taste like "a dirty gymsock." To be fair, it was herbal tea that is supposed to calm you down. One such tea is Valerian, which smells remarkably like sweaty feet.
  • It Was with You All Along: Near the end of "Enter The Dragon", it's revealed that the movie tickets the guys were trying to get were in Jude's pants pocket the whole time.
  • Jerk Jock: Coach Halder is pushy, abrasive, uncaring, and sports-obsessed enough to give Andy Clark's dad a run for his money.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold Jonesy, when he's not being just a jerk, can be a devoted friend.
    • The same goes for Nikki.
  • Joke Name Tag: During an episode where Nikki becomes the assistant manager of the Khaki Barn, she wears a name tag that reads "Ass. Man."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Caitlyn tends to dump guys for incredibly trivial reasons. In one ep, she finally gets a taste of her own medicine when a guy dumps HER for an equally trivial reason(for once being seen with a "toilet paper tail").
    • In another episode, she dates a guy at a costume party, but decides to dump him just because he was a nerd out of costume. She does so by giving him a fake number to her phone so he won't be able to call her again, but in her hurry to get rid of him, she failed to notice that she wrote the fake number on her shopper's card. Throughout the episode, Caitlyn began jumping through hoops in her bid to find the guy and get her card back from him. In the end, she suffered many injuries, and by the time she finds the guy, he gets creeped out by her behavior, giving the impression of a crazed stalker. When Caitlyn is told he doesn't have her card, she asks for his number to get in contact so she can retrieve it. However, the guy, now creeped out by her, gives HER a fake number. She is shocked that a guy fake-numbered her, never mind the fact she did the same thing to him in the beginning of the episode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: They all wear the exact same outfit or outfits (usually just a specific uniform they change into for a job) every day.
  • Literal-Minded: In "Love at Worst Sight", Jude failed an eye exam because he thought he was supposed to literally read the chart.
  • Make-Out Kids: There is a specific pair of extras whose every appearance is marked by their continuous game of Tonsil Hockey.
  • The Mall: The Galleria Shopping Mall, to be exact. The design of the Galleria Mall incorporates aspects of two of Canada's most famous malls, the Toronto Eaton Centre (tall glass ceilings and 3+ levels of stores on each side) and the West Edmonton Mall (indoor rollercoaster, ice rink)
  • Mall Of Snark: Every character when given enough screen time will make some kind of snide remark.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In "Dude of the Living Dead", several zombies are seen zombifying people in the background.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Caitlin frequently dumps guys over minor flaws.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jonesy and Wyatt are thought to be a gay couple by two women they are trying to pick up. Jonesy wasn't too thrilled about it (Jonesy: "Not gay! NOT GAY!").
    • Happens again when Jonesy volunteers to tell Wyatt that Marlowe is dumping him, and telling him in a cafe infamous for being a hotspot for couples breaking up. When Wyatt shouts his reaction in the wrong way, the customers (particularly the females) immediately mistook them for a gay couple breaking up because "Jonesy is deciding to switch teams". For some odd reason, despite their own break-ups with their boyfriends, the girls were angry that Jonesy's "breaking up with Wyatt". It didn't help that after Jonesy gets chased out, Wyatt runs after, asking something that could also be taken the wrong way.
    • Nikki as well in "Role Reversal," when she tries to find out if her new friend has a crush on her. The girl thought Nikki was trying to ask her out and politely declines because she already has a girlfriend.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Wyatt shuts down when he doesn't get his coffee.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Probably to be expected from the makers of Total Drama - Jen is shown naked at least three times with Jonesy a close second. Jude as well, while skydiving.
  • New Job Episode: The first episode, though most of the cast has had a change of career at some point in the series, not just Jonesy. However, none of the girls have permanently lost their jobs.
    • "Going Underground" also counts, as Jude and Wyatt both lose their jobs, and the guys all have to find new ones.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The security guard looks and talks an awful lot like Christopher Walken. This is never more obvious than if you see the video of Ron the Rent-a-cop doing a perfect Homage to Christopher Walken's/Fatboy Slim's music video of "Weapon of Choice", as seen at the end of the episode "Lifeslaver". It should also be of note that Christopher Walken's real name is Ron.
    • The Talent Show episode had the judges look exactly like Randy, Paula, and Simon.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted—there's an entire episode about in which the girls' period cycles sync up. PMS jokes ensue.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Because this is a Teletoon production, Toilet Humor shows up in abundance.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The main characters stay sixteen despite there being several Christmas episodes.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In one episode, Jonesy and Wyatt are accused of being a "couple" after the former breaks up for the latter's girlfriend.
    • It didn't help that Jonesy took Wyatt to the icecream shoppe in the mall, where it's known that if you enter there as a couple, you leave broken up.
  • No OSHA Compliance: A near constant in this series, and depending on the episode, either its prominent, or just used for amusement.
    • In the season two opener, Jude allows a cockroach to get into his food supply and the Board Of Public Health and Ron the Rent a Cop shut down Stik et.
    • In A Ding From Down Under, Jen is used as target practice by Coach Halder, which realistically would have led Jen to call the cops and Halder probably would have been fired.
  • An Obnoxious Of Bullies: The Escalator Girls.
  • Oh, Cisco!: Happens every episode.
  • Oh God, with the Verbing!: Jude gets this way at times when it comes to the ice rink's ice.
    Jude: "The ice, with the hopping and the crunching!"
  • Once an Episode: Jonesy gets fired from his latest mall job (or, when he's running a scam, it fails miserably).
    • Coach Halder yells at Jen.
  • One Head Taller: All of the guys (and most one-shot dates) are at least a handful of inches taller than the girls.
  • One of the Boys: One-shot character Joanie, who's basically a female-Jonesy. She dresses girly, but that belch of her's is all man.
  • The One with...: Two episode titles (in an homage to Friends)
  • Only Sane Man: Wyatt, Nikki and Jen often take turns being the voice of reason to the rest of the group — usually only one at a time when the others prove to be Not So Above It All.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: In one episode Jude donates blood seventeen times in order to score free doughnuts.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Parodied with Pokey the Panda, a mascot suit that's presumably supposed to be cute and lovable in-universe but instead has a poorly designed face with "derp eyes" and a Slasher Smile.
  • Pocket Dial: In "Oops, I Dialed It Again", Caitlin gives her friends new cell phones to test out and it leads to several misunderstandings. When Nikki starts admiring and complimenting the customers at her work so she can earn more money to buy Jonesy new skates, she accidentally pocket dials Jonesy during her work and he thinks Nikki is cheating on him. Later in the episode, when Jonesy is trying to build himself up, he accidentally pocket dials Caitlin and she thinks that he's hitting on her.
  • Potty Emergency: Happened a number of times throughout the series. One of the most hilarious examples would be one in "Fish and Make up" (Here's a hint: Twelve seconds?!).
  • Precision F-Strike: In the reunion episode, "Vote, Dude", the word "bitchiness" is uttered by Chrissy in regards to Nikki.
  • The Promposal: In "Snow Job", Jonsey presents a wrist corsage to Nikki while asking her to be his date for their school's Winter Wonderland dance—just like how a man would present a wedding ring to his future wife. She accepts as she cries Tears of Joy, and they embrace in a kiss (resignifying their status as a couple).
  • The Psycho Rangers: In the episode "Doppelgangers", a darker version of the Six Student Clique comes to take over their table.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: "Pomp and Circumstance" plays whenever Jude makes a speech.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: In "Smarten Up", Caitlin goes on a date with a college guy. To make her sound smart, they decide that Jen will text her with necessary info. This happens:
    Josh: "Wow! So you're saying you studied Renaissance art?"
    Caitlin: "Oh! Uh, yeah! Renaissance art!" [reading her cell] "Particularly the works of the late Middle Apes. Oops! Middle ages. Sorry about the typo. Laugh out loud."
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When someone finds a cockroach in their meal, they promptly report it to Ron the Rent a Cop, who in turn gets the Board of Public Health. Ron proceeds to tell Jude about all the safety regulations he violated, and subsequently fires Jude over the incident, while stating that he wont work in food services again.
    • In a previous episode, Jude forgets to fridge the meat for the chunklets. As a result, the meat gets rotten, and results in a brutal vomiting and sickness epidemic breaking out across the mall. Jonesy is promptly fired and Ron the Rent a Cop says that the mall could be under investigation for food poisoning.
    • Also, when Jonesy gets fired, it is usually for a valid reason. While the show usually makes it either funny or paints the boss as unreasonable, Jonesy either does blatantly against job safety norms, or abuses or insults the customers, which is a fireable offence.
  • Retcon: Caitlin has her 16th birthday in the season 3 episode "Sweet 6teen", retroactively making her 15 in the first two seasons.
  • Rip Tailoring: Nikki makes two dresses Caitlin and Jen are fighting over "cool" by ripping and rearranging the fabrics by hand.
  • Rollerblade Good: Starr.
  • Rousing Speech: Jude is the absolute king of this trope. While all of his speechs are odd since he is a Cloud Cuckoolander, his speeches always manage to elicit an applause from others (and are invariably set to "Pomp and Circumstance".) In the finale, he manages to make Ron cry with his speech.
  • Sanity Ball: The role of Only Sane Man tends to be traded between Jen, Nikki, and Wyatt, depending on the situation
  • Secret Diary: Naturally happens to Jen in The Journal.
  • Secret Relationship: Jude had one with a girl who doesn't want to be seen with him, so they hide in various places. She even threatens him if her friends find out. In the end, as a test, he farted while they're in the air vents, she opens the hatch and fell out, then Jude breaks up with her.
  • Serial Romeo: Gender-flipped with Caitlin; she seems to get a new boyfriend in every episode. It's often lampshaded, for example Nikki referring to one of her boyfriends as "her twelfth 'The One'".
  • Ship Tease: Sometimes. In one episode, Jude and Caitlin were thought to be dating.
    • In another, Wyatt and Caitlin become attracted to each other after accidentally kissing.
    • There are several between Jen and Jude. For example, when Jen is trying to get her driver's license and Jude helps her, when Jude pretends to be Jen's date, the one Christmas special that he helps her deal with her stress, the time Jude starts acting as though him and Jen are the parents of a picture of child.
      • There was also the journal episode which has Jude being the only one to not read Jen's journal and ultimately being the one who convinces her to come back to the mall.
    • And for the slash fans, Jude and Jonsey have a ton. There's the pottery scene, the onscreen kiss, and the fact that somehow every time Jude ends up in drag (which is surprisingly often) Jonesy ends up hitting on him. Just to name a few.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower of Awkward: Played straight in one episode, where Jonesy accidentally sees Jen completely naked (and to make this more awkward, she has become his stepsister by this point.) He's completely freaked out and everything he sees or thinks about reminds him of the picture in his head.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss / Forceful Kiss: In "Smarten Up," Caitlin starts dating a college boy, but lies about being in college to impress him. Soon, he starts asking to meet her friends, but she pulls this trope on him to keep his mind off it.
  • Signature Scent: In one episode, the boys are in a contest to see who can smell the best without showering, which the girls are judging. Wyatt goes about halfway and Jonesy doesn't even go a full second, but Jude makes it. One comments that Jude just smells, well, like Jude.
  • Similar Squad: Tricia's new friends in "Losing Your Lemon" are Expies of the main gang.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Kristen and Kirsten, even though they're not really twins, look and act exactly the same.
  • Sixth Ranger: While not a Five-Man Band ensemble per se, Caitlin joins the core group of five in the first episode and spends part of the next couple trying to win a place in the group
  • Six Student Clique
    • The main character - Wyatt
    • The Muscle - Jonesy
    • The Quirk - Jude
    • The Pretty One - Caitlin
    • The Smart One - Jen
    • The Wild One - Nikki
      • Alternatively, Wyatt and Jen would swap.
  • Skyward Scream: Jen, after she kissed Jonesy, thinking he was her boyfriend Smithy. Only after this mix-up does she realize they look almost identical.
  • The Slacker: Jonesy is rarely shown doing actual work.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Jonesy and Nikki
  • Slice of Life: It's just a low-key show about the everyday lives of average teens at a mall.
  • Smug Snake: Tricia
  • The Snark Knight: Nikki is good-natured but compulsively sardonic.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Blink and you'll miss it, when Darth sees the girl of his dreams (dressed as a Vulcan), his lightsaber suddenly switches on.
    • Happens again in "Snow Job" when he kisses Julie.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call
  • Spoiled Sweet: Caitlin
    • Subverted in some episodes of Seasons 3 and 4 when Caitlin goes into Spoiled Brat mode.
    • Kylie Smylie as well. Despite being a famous pop star, she is very nice and sweet to Caitlin and her friends.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Jonesy's attempts to masquerade as Mr. Wong and sabotage his job interview in Bye Bye Nikki, only serve to get him hired instead.
  • Squee!
    • The Clones annoy Nikki to no end with their simultaneous "EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
    • Caitlin does this as well. Jen also has a few moments.
    • Even Nikki does this at one point in "The Hunted".
  • Status Quo Is God: Zig-zagged. There are certain constants: Jonsey will always be fired by the end of the episode, yet have no problem finding a new one by the next, and Caitlin can't hold down a love interest for more than two episodes. But anything that doesn't snap back to normal at the end of the episode tends to stick.
  • Stealing from the Till: In "The Five Finger Discount" everyone in the gang except Jen admits they've stolen little things from work.
  • Sue Donym When Jude tries to be a goth, he goes by "Judas."
  • Sweetheart Sipping: Jonesy and Nikki. Nikki, really?
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Nikki's Guy of the week Stone.
  • Talent Show: On Idol Time At The Mall, an American Idol-type show comes to the mall.
  • The Picture Came with the Frame: Done on the Christmas special, to show how lonely Ron the mall cop is.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girls of the main six are this to each other —
    • Caitlin's the most girly and feminine while Nikki, who dislikes most conventionally "girly" things (such as shopping and the color pink), is the most tomboyish.
    • Jen, compared to Nikki and Caitlin, is more of a mix between a tomboy and girly-girl—Jen's more of a tomboy compared to Caitlin (being more into things like sports and athletics) but is still more of a girly-girl compared to Nikki (having more of an interest in conventional girly things like fashion and shopping).
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Clones. One time, they thought Jude trapped in an air vent was God. Even after they were told who it was, one still asked "You mean Jude is God?"
    • Though it was All Just a Dream, in Dude of the Living Dead, one of them became a zombie, and the others wanted her to make them zombies too because they were afraid of being behind on the latest trend.
    • One time, they were tricked into believing that hot steam would be sent through the phone lines to clean them, so they should avoid using their phones for a while. What makes this even dumber? They were using their cell phones!
    • Jude can be on verge of this trope sometimes, such as when he donated his blood seventeen times for the sake of free donuts.
  • Town Girls: Caitlin (the fashionable girly girl), Nikki (the sarcastic punk-rocker), and Jen (the smart, sensible girl).
    • The interesting thing about this is, while Caitlin acts more like the uptown girl and Nikki the out of town girl, Caitlin is the one who is technically from out of town since she is the newest member of the group.
  • True Companions: There's a sense of it, considering they actually spend Christmas and other important holidays together, and most of their families are either dysfunctional or not mentioned.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Nikki's job at the Khaki Barn. She insults customers and does nothing all day. Regardless of whether she has been fired or quits of her own accord, Chrissy always re-hires her by the end of the episode.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: After rotten meat spreads food poisoning throughout the mall.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot/Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Yes, this show has both.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: On Caitlin's advice, Nikki wears a nice dress, to impress an ex. Unfortunately, said dress was just long enough to get caught in the escalator, get torn off, and leave her standing there in her underwear.
    • Poor, poor, Jen. She's had it happen to her at least 3 times.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In one episode, Wyatt had prepared for a music competition being held at the mall with a song he wrote about the gang. When none of them showed up (except for Nikki who was asleep), a disappointed and hurt Wyatt changed the lyrics of the song to vent out his frustration by bashing his friends. Everyone who heard the song, upon meeting any other member of the gang, told them they were awful and didn't deserve a friend like Wyatt.
    • In The Journal, Jen throws this at Caitlin, Nikki, Jonestown, and Wyatt when they read her private journal, out loud, and unknowingly in front of the whole mall listening in.
  • Woman Scorned: In "Double Date," after being asked out by the same guy at the same time, some girls decide to start a vigilante group against jerk guys. This ultimately fails because the leader is Trisha, who has guys marked down as jerks for frivolous offenses or without getting all the facts. Or she could have just been singling out Jude and Wyatt because they're friends with Caitlin.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Wayne experiences one during "In a Retail Wonderland".
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: The episode where Wyatt had a crazy Stalker with a Crush who thought that he and Wayne were identical twins. At the end of the episode, he finally snaps.
    Lydia: Gasp! I didn't know you had an identical twin!
    (Jude looks between Wyatt and Wayne, trying to figure out how she thinks they even look remotely the same)
    Wyatt: We're not twins! I'm black, and he's white!
    Wayne: Ah haha! And you're CRAZY!
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Caitlin whenever she gets upset.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Dude of the Living Dead

Statler: I sometimes pine for the days when I was their age.
Waldorf: When you were 16?
Statler: No, when I was 96!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!


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