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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The show has plenty of these, most notably:
    • Nina Martin was sometimes seen as an abusive Jerkass to her friends and Fabian, because of how often she would yell at or push her friends around, and these people also tend to see her as a Karma Houdini, because of how she was never called out on what she did. There are also debates as to whether or not her absence in season 3 improved the show, or worsened it.
    • On the other hand, Nina fans tended to paint Joy as a Jerkass instead, due to the way she was obsessed with winning Fabian's affections, which of course meant hurting Nina. By the time she tricked Fabian into kissing her, a large portion of the fandom had made her The Scrappy. There is also another camp that believe that she was always a sympathetic character who actually deserved Fabian more than Nina did, and saw her actions as cries for attention more than anything else.
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    • In season 3, was Mara a sympathetic Jerkass Woobie or a formerly sympathetic character who Took a Level in Jerkass and had no right to do what she did to Joy and Jerome? Much of the fandom seemed to lean to the latter, but there are still people who believe the former.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Nina and Joy. The fanbase is pretty divided with a significant portion really hating Joy and quite a few Nina-haters as well. Most of the fans are still Fabina shippers though.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: A LOT of Willow's scenes are showing her being freaking weird. Not that it's bad though, and it's one of the reason Willow was seen as such a funny character.
  • Broken Base:
    • For some season 3 due to Nina leaving due to a major case of Real Life Writes the Plot because the main lead had to leave the show and these fans were either diehard Fabina shippers or they just didn't like KT. Most of the fanbase seemed to be okay with these changes though. However, with the recent revelation of the current storyline possibly being wrapped up in a 90-minute movie with "series finale" written over it instead of a full fourth season, and the fourth season, if it gets renewed will potentially remove the entire cast due to the movie possibly being the end of their story arc has this trope in full force. The fact that Nina and Amber are confirmed to be not returning ever makes the backlash even worse.
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    • In Touchstone of Ra, Mabian is either a cute couple that we should all be happy about for allowing Fabian to move on or a poorly-done, shoehorned example of Strangled by the Red String and Pair the Spares.
  • Cargo Ship: A couple, but the most popular is Victor/Corbierre—Corbierre being his dead, stuffed raven. Who he talks to as if it is alive and even panicked when Fabian 'kidnapped' it. It's no wonder many people like shipping it.
  • Chewing the Scenery | Narm: The acting on this show isn't really the best, we'll leave it at that.
  • Crack Pairing: Some include Victor/Corbierre (Note that Corbierre is his stuffed raven), Nina/Victor, Nina/Mick and all of the food shippings, such as Joy/Cereal.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Joy got hit with his hard during the second season, being the opposition to the Fan-Preferred Couple of Fabian and Nina. It didn't help that she had plenty of Jerkass tendencies during this time as well, but thankfully by the third season she got over Fabian and dropped many of her meaner qualities, redeeming her in the eyes of many fans. Oddly enough most other rivals of Fabina and Nina's pairing did not suffer this, probably because the fans were too busy shipping them in their own pairings to care, and the other rival pairing were not large enough- or Canon enough- to matter.
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    • Mara had also gotten this for being on the wrong end of two pairings- Joy and Jerome, and Nina and Fabian. In the first case, she let her desire for revenge turn her into a Jerkass who was seen as bullying both Joy and Jerome- Jerome by continuously trying to humiliate him in progressively worse ways, Joy by forcing her to pretend to like Jerome, only to break his heart later, and turning against her for developing actual feelings for Jerome. On the Fabian and Nina side, it's simply because, despite Nina's absence during the third season, Fabian and Nina were still one of the most popular pairings, and the way Mara and Fabian got together was seen by a classic example of Strangled by the Red String.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jason, by a lot. Despite being a teacher and one of the secondary characters, when he didn't come back after Season 1, many fans were waiting and begging for his return, probably making him one of the most loved characters in the show. This might have something to do with his 'relationship' with Patricia.
    • Minor characters like Benji, Patricia's Polar Opposite Twin Piper, Jerome's Annoying Younger Sibling Poppy, and basically any character who had disappeared from the show after their season ended, such as The Mole Jasper.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • The fandom fell for the UST filled Nina and Fabian early on, and shipped them ravenously in the following seasons, even after Nina had left the show. Helps that they also became an Official Couple at the end of Season 1, and then again at the end of Season 2.
    • At the end of the first season, many fans seemed to like the idea of the pairings being Nina/Fabian, Amber/Alfie, Mara/Mick and Patricia/Jerome, which paired everyone except Joy (who, as a result, would be paired with future character Eddie), and was basically how things ended at the end of that season anyways. By the second season however, things became much more complicated in the shipping world...
  • Fix Fic: Due to a controversial cast change that wrote out the main character due to Real Life Writes the Plot, House of Anubis has a lot of fanfics revolving around season 3 that has Nina Martin either return in a rewrite of season 3 (she had to leave the show due as the actress was suffering from Real Life Writes the Plot complications) or return for a fan-imagined season 4, or reunite with Fabian in a Distant Finale years later and get back together again. Unsurprisingly, most of these fics were written by Nina/Fabian shippers that wanted them to stay together. There are also fics that make Eddie/Patricia stays together for the whole of season 3 instead of breaking up early in the season.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • We all expected mythical and downright strange things to happen as our heroes slowly solve the mysteries, as well as drama. But when Nina falls down a very long pit because of Season 2's mysterious spirit, ending on a cliffhanger... well... Granted it turned out to be All Just a Dream, but it was still such a shock, especially as she was Dreaming of Things to Come...
    • It might be safe to say that Season 2 took a level in this when compared to Season 1. We have Senkhara's Reality Warper powers, the first actual on-screen death for Rufus, the Nightmare Fuel as mentioned above...
    • And now more than halfway through Season 3, we have Victor who is a sinner at the time set up a variant of an actual guillotine, which sliced through a book with ease.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Everyone has their moments, however a few people stand out.
    • For starters, you have Patricia Williamson. She did some pretty nasty things, such as the fake initiation for Nina, complete with locking her in the attic, throwing away the key, and nearly getting her in trouble with Victor twice. However, she was also the one who was desperate to save her best friend, Joy, when everyone else was willing to just forget about her; she was betrayed by nearly everyone she trusted before Sibuna came along; kidnapped by a person she had rescued just a few episodes before...and that's just scratching the surface.
    • Jerome Clarke. A manipulative, uncaring prankster who gladly sold out his friends on occasion if it benefited him. He blackmailed Alfie, his own best friend, and in the third season cheated on his girlfriend Mara with Willow. But at the same time, dude has been through Parental Abandonment, an unrequited crush on a girl who was completely oblivious to his feelings, a case of serious loneliness after seeing the Sibuna members interacting as a group, etc. He really is trying to be a good person and admitted it, but cannot shake his bad habits.
    • Joy Mercer. Oh, poor Joy. She's been relentless in trying to attract Fabian's attention, and wrote an incredibly nasty article in the school paper trying to get Nina to leave. But there's no denying her life is a MESS- kidnapped by her father just for it to turn out that she was not the Chosen One, coming back just to realize Nina basically took her place in the house, ignored by Sibuna even when she wasn't doing bad things...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: It seems agreed on by much of the fandom that Patricia makes a good pairing with virtually every other student in the house, regardless of gender. (And one teacher.) While they can be platonic most of them are viewed as romantic.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • For Rufus, it's when he traps the students in the school, threatening to kill them with an extremely painful death if the Society doesn't hand over the Cup Of Ankh and The Chosen One.
    • For Vera, it's kidnapping Trudy.
    • For Senkhara, it was cursing Nina's grandmother. She had also been revealed to had murdered King Tut while she was still living...
    • In the third season, Miss Denby does a lot of horrible things. Two contenders are:
      • When she tricks Patricia into thinking Eddie was cheating on her, causing Patricia to break down in tears for the first time on the show, and then turning her into a sinner—and according to Eddie's vision, it involved a lot of dragging and fighting to get her in the coffin.
      • Drugging her own, kind of crazy adoptive sister, keeping her locked in the basement and stealing her title as "The Keeper", which caused Robert Frobisher-Smythe to wake up evil.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • To squee or not to squee? SQUEE! explanation 
    • Falls out of his/her chair in amazement. explanation 
    • You have five minutes precisely, tropers, and then I shall want to hear a pin drop. explanation 
    • Moy Castle explanation 
    • Dark!Fabian explanation 
      • In the same vein, Angry!Fabian.
    • WHERE'S JOY?! explanation 
    • LOAS explanation 
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some fans, KT is this. She's a new American exchange student with a strange artifact relating to the mystery of the season, just like Nina was, which upset the fans already upset by Nina being Put on a Bus.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Joy Mercer was originally the show's scrappy, as she was in love with one half of the show's most popular pairing. Later she did do some pretty bad things, and earned the title for real even among other characters in the show- however, in the end of season 2 she took a lightning bolt for Fabian and nearly died in the process. Now in season 3 Joy gave herself a new look, a new attitude, a new crush, and has become one of the most liked characters on the show.
  • The Scrappy: Almost nobody seems to like the new students introduced in "The Touchstone Of Ra" (aside from Dexter). Cassie and Erin are seen as being annoying and pointless additions to the movie as well as being disliked for flirting with the guys. Sophia, meanwhile, gets this for flirting with Eddie and for being the Big Bad.
  • Ship Mates: At least for season one, the most common ship mates were Nina/Fabian, Mick/Mara, Amber/Alfie, and then Patricia/Jerome thanks to the fans wanting to Pair the Spares. It got a little more complicated once other pairings began to emerge.
  • Snark Bait: A few Conspiracy Theorists out there believe the show is Illuminati influenced.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Fabian and Mara, apparently.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: KT to Nina. Both are Americans who lived with elderly relatives before coming to Anubis House, both are set to solve a mystery having to do with the house, and both get on Patricia's bad side during their first day.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Some of the visual effects on this show are the very embodiment of Nightmare Fuel: Senkhara's curse on Nina's grandmother, the black smoke and red skies when Ammut is influencing the world in Season 3, the lightning being fired from the skies when Ra is pissed off in "The Touchstone of Ra"...and those are just a few examples. The visual effects artists deserve some serious kudos.
  • What an Idiot!: In one Season 3 episode, the Big Bad of the season Robert Frobisher-Smythe was found in Fabian's room on the floor, dying and begging for Fabian's help.
    • You'd expect: Fabian to see through this obvious trick as he knows Frobisher-Smythe is evil, and abandon him in the room while he goes to get help.
    • Instead: Fabian agrees to help him, and takes Frobisher-Smythe to the gatehouse, where people are turned into sinners.
    • And then: Then, Frobisher-Smythe asks him to complete his research when he's dead. Fabian is delighted and agrees, seeming to forget completely that he's talking to the Big Bad...and then, Frobisher-Smythe ends up revealing his evil nature, and tricks Fabian into expressing the sin of pride, which of course gets Fabian turned into a sinner.
  • The Woobie:
    • It is very hard not to feel bad for Nina in the second season. Not only was she dealing with a love triangle and had broken up with her boyfriend Fabian early in the season, but she and all her friends were cursed by an evil Egyptian spirit, as well as her grandmother (who she lived with, because her parents died when she was a child). If she failed in her quest to get the mask, her friends and grandmother would be killed. She did have some Jerkass moments, but it was hard not to sympathize for her when things continued getting worse and worse as the season went on.
    • Alfie got this after being trapped in the cellar. He spent the night observing the Secret Society's ceremony and came out of it badly traumatized. In an effort to stop a sudden fit, Patricia gave him a drink- which turned out to be the fake Elixir, causing him to get very sick and hospitalized.
    • Amber spent an episode in Season 3 being a major woobie. She was trapped in the tank room all night and caught by the teachers before her friends could come back for her. As her father was visiting at this time, he was very disappointed in her for "sleepwalking", and forced her to apologize to the teachers. Immediately after, she was blackmailed into giving the teachers a mystery-relevant artifact she'd picked up or to otherwise betray her friends. Then she was forced to leave the school. This was her last episode.

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