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  • Crazy Awesome: Nicky could be considered this. Although a seemingly perfect straight-A student, she knows martial arts and seems ready to go psychotic when the plot asks for it. Sometimes you think she's PA's weird friend as opposed to the other way around.
    "Someone pilfered my Hester Prynne action figure!"
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Who's that girl? What's her name? Is she cool? Is she lame? (Oh, you're talking about whatshername...) PEPPER ANN!"
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    • Any of the songs from the episode "You Oughta Be in Musicals!"
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Managed to break out of it. Despite having a teenage girl as the lead character and dealing with a lot of girl issues, it still amassed a large following. And Pepper Ann didn't just have one female character, as was normal during the 90s. There were several such as Nicky, Lydia, Moose and the various supporting players. Executive producer Nahnatchka Khan had this to say:
    “Good, smart, funny shows with girl characters are something everyone can embrace. Pepper Ann is a kid who happens to be a girl. Gender doesn’t have to enter into it.”
  • Heartwarming Moments: The series finale.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the episode "Old Best Friend", Pepper's friend Brenda claims that she doesn't like books because she thinks they're boring. Who voiced her, you ask? Tara Strong, who would later voice a character who can barely go ten minutes without reading one.
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  • Most Wonderful Sound: Pepper Ann, she's like one in a millYAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
  • Nausea Fuel: Pink Eye Pete.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Pepper Ann's annoying camp friend Brenda only appears in one episode, but given that she's voiced by Tara Strong going as Cloud Cuckoo Lander as she can - you definitely remember her.
  • Popularity Polynomial: The cartoon faded from public consciousness after it ended, thanks to reruns disappearing in the late 2000s and Disney never giving it any sort of home media release. But in the late 2010s, it gradually became popular again, naturally once people started getting nostalgic for it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A non-acting example: Tom Warburton (who would later create Codename: Kids Next Door) was hired as a main character designer for this series. Watch a Pepper Ann episode (if you can find one) and a Kids Next Door episode (which are in plentiful supply) and you'll see the similarities, to the point that those who watch both shows would think that he made Pepper Ann, which he didn't.
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  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: While not the first Slice of Life cartoon to show up in the 90s and early 2000s, a lot of the plots it dealt with were quite new and fresh at the time. It can seem like a Cliché Storm to modern viewers but it predated the likes of Lizzie McGuire or As Told by Ginger.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Moose commenting on how you shouldn't pigeon-hole boys or girls into liking something just because of their gender in "Miss Moose".
  • Values Resonance:
    • Even when it's been off the air for twenty years, the show has been praised for its handling of feminist issues that are still relevant today.
    • The Tundra Woman episode seemingly predicted the trend of executives trying and failing to properly adapt or reboot superhero franchises when Moose's favorite comic receives a cartoon adaptation that stripped the main character of everything that made her unique and turned her into a bland, vapid shopaholic now dating her archenemy. This is especially relevant in regards to criticisms thrown at shows like Sailor Moon Crystal, which attempted to adapt the original manga more closely and was met with fans reacting negatively to the main characters becoming significantly weaker and useless, and The Powerpuff Girls (2016) which was criticized for pandering to its audience by recycling old memes and for removing Sarah Bellum, previously considered a very strong and interesting character in the original show, because they felt she "wasn't right" for the show.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Lots of viewers thought Moose was a boy, even though Moose was referred to as "she" and by her real name "Margaret Rose" multiple times throughout the series, and there was a whole episode focused around P.A. trying to make Moose more girly. This confusion sometimes happens in-universe too: one time Principal Hickey couldn't tell if she was P.A.'s sister or brother, so he just called her "your Moose."


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