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  • Acceptable Targets: Thor, a grossly-stereotypical fat character, is treated as mock-worthy. Pretty much all adults are also laughed at.
  • Actor Shipping: A lot of Mikiley (Mikayla/Miley) shippers latched onto shipping Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus (Siley), perhaps even more than their characters, despite Selena only appearing in two episodes of the show. Mainly due to the two's real life friendship, which continues to this day, and their on-screen chemistry. The pairing still has a following years later.
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  • Adorkable: Lilly has many Adorkable moments throughout the series, due to her awkwardness, emotions, and excitable personality.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The entire town from the movie. Are they supportive of Miley keeping her lives separate? Or completely uncaring about her baring her soul and finally being honest with herself as they'd rather just have the teen starlet?
    • Miley herself seems to be a sociopath. She has no problems lying to her friends, manipulates Lilly to become a girly girl (see more on the Fridge page), sees mean things happening to her as horrible but finds it funny when it happens to others, willingly manipulates children all over the world to fit her tastes, acts stiff socially when she's not in control of the situation, brings Lilly/Lola who has Stage Fright on stage with her without her noticing...
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    • Is Robbie Ray really that great of a father or is he abusive towards Jackson and turned Miley into a spoiled brat?
  • Anvilicious:
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  • Awesome Music: Most of the songs, but particularly "I'll Always Remember You" from the episode of the same name. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode "Kiss It All Goodbye", where Miley is suddenly hated and accused of being a liar, was highly implausible given Hannah's universal popularity and the initial warm reception to her revelation of the secret.
  • Critic-Proof: The series was never a hit with critics, but provided to be a success among 12 - 16 year old girls, and made billions through merchandise and concerts. It almost always won awards from the Teen Choice Awards, and only lost a few in 2009 to either Twilight or High School Musical 3. The Movie even made $160 million, despite a low Rotten Tomatoes score and two Razzie nominations.
  • Designated Villain: Mr. Bradley in the movie is treated as a villain just because he wants to build a mall. He doesn't even do anything villainous. The only passibly mean thing he does is taunt the town people they won't be able to stop him building that mall. Which is Stupid Evil, because those people are his potential customers. Miley actually thinks the mall development is a good idea at first before being told down by her grandmother.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Mikayla is portrayed In-Universe as a Jerkass who is needlessly rude to Hannah from the moment they meet for no reason and turns singing for a charity event into a competition between her and Hannah. While her second episode shows her to be nicer to Miley than Hannah, she still treats Lilly rudely for no reason. However, due to her good looks and Selena Gomez's natural charm, a lot of fangirls are willing to overlook or, in their fanfics, even outright erase her more negative traits. Most of the fanfiction about her will rewrite Miley as being a jerk to her for no reason, and those that don't instead portray them as in a sort of Romeo and Juliet type romance where they only pretend to hate each other.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Mikayla doesn't even have a last name but is still incredibly popular despite only being in two episodes. Of course being played by Selena Gomez doesn't hurt.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Though Miley and Lilly end up with Jesse and Oliver respectively, most fans ship them together. This is due to the fact that their friendship is the main focus of most episodes, including the premier and final episode. The movie also put greater focus on their relationship than Miley's designated Boy of the Week. On both Archive of Our Own and Fanfiction Dot Net, Liley fanfiction dominates canonical fanfiction, as opposed to ones based on Miley Cyrus that are often falsely slotted with the show's.
  • Foe Yay: Miley experiences this with Jake at first before their relationship upgrade and Hannah has a ton with Mikayla.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Hey, remember the episode where Hannah was worried about being inappropriate and a bad influence on her fans?
    • The scene from the movie where Jackson is bitten by an alligator at a zoo has become this in light of the two-year old who was killed and half-eaten by a gator at Disney World Resort on 2016.
    • The plot of the movie is that Hannah's hometown needs to raise enough money to keep a land developer from turning a local farm into a mega mall. The film came out in 2009, less than a year after the 2008 U.S. recession that resulted in countless malls across America struggling and closing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Mikayla played by Selena Gomez is actually lip-synching her song. Though the fact that Selena's voice sounds better than the one on the song should be a giveaway.
    • Miley originally auditioned for Lilly, who is blonde and skateboards. Fast-forward to 2012 and this pic.
    • In "She's a Super Sneak", Miley is very excited about meeting Ashton Kutcher.
    • Compare Miley's "punk rock Hannah" outfit in "Yet Another Side Of Me" with her more recent stage outfits and onstage '80's pop-punk medleys, or for that matter, her performance covering "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol in VH-1 Divas Live 2012 (especially with the punkier, shorter, spikier new "pixie-cut" hairstyle she started earlier that year).
      • On another note, that episode becomes a lot funnier with how Miley's character at the end of her Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" has her ditching her pop princess look for a Darker and Edgier industrial rocker look and singing Nine Inch Nails songs.
    • The season 2 premiere showed Jackson meeting a new student named Thor. Miley Cyrus was up until the summer of 2013 engaged to Liam Hemsworth, who's brothers with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.
    • Miley retweeted this humorous Vine video to former castmate Jason Earles in late September 2013 (not created by her) following her notorious MTV Video Music Awards appearance earlier that month, involving Jackson and a foam finger. (slightly NSFW). Also counts with Lilly's remark about Miley Stewart performing in her underwear, as mentioned below.
    • In "New Kid in School", Jake says "And that's when I said 'No, Mr. Trump, YOU'RE fired.'" Guess what happened in 2020?
    • Miley's Missi character in Two and a Half Men, a talkative, free-spirited young adult with a overexaggerated, strong Southern accent, isn't very far different from her Evil Twin "Cousin Luann" character in season 1's "Torn Between Two Hannahs".
    • Moises Arias and Jason Earles as boss and employee. The latter would have a similar, but inverted, relationship with the former's brother in a future Disney show.
    • Watching Lilly (as Lola) giggle and blush as she shakes Jesse McCartney's hand in the beginning of "When You Wish You Were The Star", after watching Jesse guest star as Gabi Diamond's boyfriend Cooper on Young & Hungry.
    • "Butterfly Fly Away" becomes this after her 2015 Adult Swim Party performance (slightly NSFW).
    • The Les Yay between Miley and Lilly, maybe, after Miley's admission in 2015 that her real-life relationships weren't all heterosexual.
    • The song "Best Of Both Worlds" after Miley coming out as pansexual in 2016.
    • Possibly combined with Heartwarming in Hindsight, depending on which point of view you take—-during the 10th anniversary of the series' debut in March 2016, Miley Cyrus, by that time a committed, outspoken and active vegan, uploads photos and videos of herself watching Hannah episodes on her Instagram account. In one video, she is cheering on as she is watching the pilot episode, as Miley Stewart, standing in line at lunchtime at the school cafeteria with Lilly, mentions she has ordered herself a veggie burger.
    • Lilly's alter-ego Lola Luftnagle wears a pink bob wig, virtually identical to the one later worn by Miley Cyrus' character Ashley O in the Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack & Ashley Too". Given that the episode was in many ways a Black Comedy parody of the Disney Channel and of Miley's public image, many people immediately noticed the similarity, not least of whom was Miley herself, who joked about "that time Hannah Montana and Ashley O went clubbing".
    • The character Thor became this in Avengers: Endgame, which is another Disney property, a character that shares a same name has gotten fat as a result of traumatic events in Infinity War.
  • Ho Yay: Rico and Jackson. Especially later on in the series. Jackson even (almost) accidentally kissed Rico!
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Miley/Hannah has been paired with just about everyone by the fandom, including herself. (ex: Jiley, Liley, Moliver, Jacksannah, Mikiley and many, many more).
  • Les Yay: Several items can be interpreted as examples of Miley and Lilly's feelings for one another being more than platonic:
    • Lilly stated upon one occasion that seeing Miley perform in her underwear would be quite a show.
    • As per the Stupid Sexy Flanders entry below, Lilly once said she date Miley in a mustache.
    • In the Season 3 finale, Miley's primary reason for staying in California was she didn't want to leave Lilly. Lilly seemed utterly devastated when she thought both of her best friends are leaving, yet seems only mildly upset when she learns that Miley is staying, but Oliver is still leaving.
    • Mikayla also seemed very interested in Miley and her teasing of Hannah could be signs of a crush.
    • One could argue that the finale is one big Femslash story with Jesse and Oliver only appearing to remi...try to convince people that the girls are straight.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You want some toast?"
    • "Nobody's perfect!" (insert picture of boy band here) "Hannah Montana lied to me!"
    • "Hannah Montana was murdered", in reference to what Miley said during Saturday Night Live when asked about Hannah Montana.
    • Comparing anyone with a Secret Identity to the titular character.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble:
    • Miley and Lilly are just supposed to be best friends, but most fans think they have more chemistry together than with their actual love interests. Their relationship is filled with Les Yay, and is often given a lot more focus than their romantic ones. In the first episode, Miley's afraid to tell Lilly she is Hannah, in a way that resembles someone being afraid to tell their childhood crush they like them. The Movie also gives a lot more focus and weight to their fight than to that of Miley with the Boy of the Week, Travis. Lilly eventually gets with Oliver, but the show makes it clear that Miley is her most important relationship, and she chooses to help Miley over Oliver multiple times. When the two do fight it comes off to many fans like an old married couple. There's a good reason most fanfiction about the show interpret them as already dating.
    • Miley and Mikayla are supposedly rivals, but their dynamic comes off more like Belligerent Sexual Tension to a lot of fans. When Miley first meets Mikayla she basically squees, and acts like a girl with her celebrity crush. Meanwhile despite not getting along with Hannah, Mikayla seems to adore Miley, and acts more affectionate towards her than towards her actual crush, Jake. Mikayla also hates Lilly and acts like a girl jealous of someone else being close to her crush.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The show was once renowned by many critics for its theme on a super celebrity living a double life as a normal girl, and was very popular with many audiences in the heyday, and is considered Miley Cyrus' Star-Making Role. But as the years went on, Disney Channel started making more shows like Hannah Montana in the hopes of replicating its success, triggering a major Dork Age for the channel that only began ceasing in 2017 and driving those who aren't teenage girls away. Miley Cyrus' subsequent child-unfriendly behavior and short-lived marriage to Liam Hemsworth only further tarnished the show's legacy. Today, the franchise (along with High School Musical) is blamed for Disney Channel's Network Decay and is nowhere near as popular as it was back in 2006-2011, but still maintains a cult following.
  • Special Effect Failure: "This".
  • Strangled by the Red String: Lilly and Oliver have been friends for years. They've seen the best and worst of each other, the best and worst of times, and have been there for each other through all of it. Let's not forget that they have numerous common interests. Do the writers use any of these perfectly legitimate story elements as a basis for their Relationship Upgrade? Please, this is the Disney Channel! Instead, we get some contrived story about how her head fit into his neck and how she smelled like apples. And they go from being good friends to all PDA all the time. Even Miley gets sick of the Romantic Plot Tumor.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The finale. 51 minutes and 18 seconds of moments that mix between touching and striking hard.
    • The episode "I'll Always Remember You", the moment Miley gave up her Hannah alter ego, is no less a Tear Jerker than the moment above. Heck they even used a same song, first as a (we can say as this) Miley/Hannah duet then as a Miley/Lilly duet.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jackson's friend Cooper is only shown in a grand total of six episodes and rarely even mentioned after that. He seems to have served as the Straight Man of the two and would have been perfect as the voice of reason for Jackson. Not to mention he was shown to have some interesting Hidden Depths (like baking) that would have been nice to explore had he appeared in the series more often.
  • Uncanny Valley: Two little instances. One is during an episode where Jackson is battling a candy addiction, where in the ending he's spoken to in a seductive voice by a chocolate bunny. The second is when Jackson procures a ventriloquist doll, who comes alive at the end.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In a way, as the show deals with a pop star coming to fame in the late 2000's, this show has elements of this. Plenty of pop culture references in the jokes and plot lines, from Jesse McCartney to Kelly Clarkson to Lady Gaga to Katy Perry, a few American Idol references, the second War in Iraq (as covered in Season 4), a Barack Obama Expy also in the final season, maybe even the Teen Pop aspect in general—-help to put the show in a specific time and place.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While the episode You're So Sue-able To Me does paint Miley in a bad light with her going overboard with getting Lilly to behave more "girlier", the real unsympathetic one in this episode is Matt, Lilly's crush she wanted to go to the dance with. When faced at Teen Court, he said he changed his mind about going to the dance with Lilly because she changed everything about herself (after being persuaded by Miley). While Miley isn't really sympathetic in this episode and she did get her punishment for unintentionally having a hand in Matt dumping Lilly (in the form of a bunch of spaghetti poured on her), it doesn't change the fact that what Matt did was completely immature and uncalled for. He stood Lilly up on the night of the dance with no explanation, which is a really nasty thing to do, and if he had a problem with Lilly's change in behavior and outfit choices, he should have had said something to her in person rather than ditching her. It's probably for the best that he wasn't seen in any other episodes after this one.
  • The Woobie: Jackson counts. Despite his father being rich, he is reduced to a demeaning job for Rico, who tortures and humiliates him at every turn. In one episode where he becomes amnesiac, Miley tricks him into becoming her slave. In another episode, she completely humiliates him at a party for supposedly spreading a rumor about her, despite having no actual proof.note  Even Uncle Earl, usually the Butt-Monkey himself, said Jackson was an embarrassment to the family for the way he was dressed (like [1]), when he was only wearing a costume to help Miley.


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