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  • Acceptable Targets: Many of the show's punchlines revolved around either network executives, corporate fat cats, or Hollywood big shots.
  • Accidental Aesop: "Burn Hazelnut Burn" teaches us about the trials and tribulations that come with filmmaking. However, there is another lesson to be learned from this: While movies aren’t easy to make, they’re very profitable and sometimes, the people behind them aren’t Doing It for the Art, but for fame and money, nor will they own up to their mistakes.
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  • Adaptation Displacement: The original comic strips from YM Magazine seem to have vanished into oblivion.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Who's that girl? What’s her name? Is she cool? Is she lame?
    • Every song in "You Oughta Be in Musicals", especially the one about chicken.
  • Designated Hero: Pepper Ann is a Jerkass who treats her friends and family rudely and carelessly, and she always has to fix all of the big messes she causes every week. Luckily, the show does know when to call her out on her mistakes and she does always learn her lesson at the end.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dieter, the funny kid from Germany, ja?
    • Brenda, Pepper Ann's kooky camp best friend. Being voiced by Tara Strong certainly helps.
    • Fuzzy, who is always voiced by Sue Rose whenever he appears.
    • Steve, P.A's adorable kitty cat.
    • Craig for being the most cool, friendly and laid-back character on the show. It helps that he seems to return Pepper's feelings.
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    • Trinket is actually pretty popular with the fandom for being a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Since it’s the only one of the original three OSM shows not to get a feature film, just think of all the potential storylines for one.
  • Fanon: Pepper Ann’s real name being "Jennifer."
  • Foe Yay: "Bye Bye Trinket": The whole episode is about Peppy trying to become Trinket's friend and get close to her. A little too close to her, that is.
    • Speaking of that same episode, when Trinket first announces she’s moving, her best friend, Cissy is crying her heart out, as if her boyfriend just dumped her.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode "Impractical Jokes" shows Pepper Ann doing all sorts of increasingly mean-spirited jokes just because it's a joke. This became the catch phrase for a lot of increasing random prank videos/social experiments on YouTube, many of which were genuinely harmful and got the pranksters arrested or beat up by the victims.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "The Finale", where we discover almost everyone is doing great in adulthood; Milo is Happily Married with a kid, Nicky is in a successful career and engaged, and by the end of the episode Pepper Ann finally gets together with Craig.
  • Idiot Plot:
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    • Invoked and lampshaded in "Tessa Less Vanessa", where Pepper Ann thinks that mimicking the antics of a sitcom (that she consistently misses the last minutes of its episodes) will solve Tessa and Vanessa’s problem, which of course, just make it worse. If she had just let the twins apologize in the first place, the episode would’ve been over in three minutes.
    • "In Support Of": Let's just say that the coach should’ve been a bit more specific when telling the girls that they needed "support", since that can mean a lot of different things.
    • "License to Drive": Pepper Ann knows perfectly that Ned is a lazy bum who just wants to lie around and eat cheese, so what made her think he’d want to drive a car, much less be trusted with one?
  • Iron Woobie: Milo. No matter how many struggles he has or how many times he gets judged for his peculiar viewpoints, he takes it in stride and keeps his head up.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Pepper Ann. She may be rude, insensitive and careless, but hardly anyone trusts her or wants her around, since she is always causing trouble. Plus, her teacher has it in for her. You can’t really blame anyone for doubting her, but even when she’s not at fault, she still gets punished, making her appear to be a Designated Monkey.
    • Principal Hickey is strict and always jumps to conclusions, but he’s simply doing his job and trying to keep his school from being brought down. Plus, with a student like Pepper Ann, you’d get easily irritable and suspicious, too.
  • Les Yay:
    • In "Greensleeves", when Pepper begs Nicky to help her trick the audience, she makes puppy dog eyes, bats her eyelashes and tells Nicky that she "wuvs" her.
    • Brenda is very fond of P.A, a little too fond. At the end of "Old Best Friend", when Brenda tells Peppy that she has found new friends, the latter acts as if she was just left at the altar.
  • LGBT Fanbase: With a predominantly female cast and episodes with gender-related issues, there are quite a few people in that community who enjoy the show.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Pepper Ann, she's like one in a millYAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
  • Moe: Nicky.
  • Nausea Fuel: Pink Eye Pete and his sore eye, and his complete obliviousness by using and trying to share objects that could easily spread it to others (the worst being a classroom microscope).
  • One-Scene Wonder: Pepper Ann's annoying camp friend Brenda only appears in "Old Best Friend", but given that she's voiced by Tara Strong going as Cloud Cuckoo Lander as she can - you definitely remember her.
  • Out of the Ghetto: Managed to break out of the Girl-Show Ghetto. Despite having a teenage girl as the lead character and dealing with a lot of girl issues, it still amassed a large following. Pepper Ann didn't just have one lead female character, as was normal during the 90s. There were several such as Nicky, Lydia, Moose and the various supporting players. Creator Sue Rose 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.”
  • 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 watching it for nostalgic purposes. There was significant cheering online when it was announced that the show would come to Disney+.
  • 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 and a Kids Next Door episode and you'll see the similarities, to the point that those who watch both shows would think that he produced Pepper Ann, which he didn't.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The theme song is cheesy and yet, so darn catchy.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: While not the first Slice of Life cartoon to show up in the 90s and early 2000s, a lot of the elements and 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.
  • Signature Scene: The climax of "In Support Of", where Pepper Ann flashes the gym class in order to make sure her "support" was proper.
  • Trans Audience Interpretation: Some viewers tend to view Moose as a trans girl, for all the reasons listed below. Some also headcanon her as non-binary.
  • 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. Much like everything groundbreaking from the 90s, everything that was new in this show has been copied and improved upon.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It’s easy to to mistake Moose for a boy, even though Moose is 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 gets lampshaded too: one time Principal Hickey couldn't tell if she was P.A.'s sister or brother, so he just called her "your Moose." Even their own grandfather didn’t realize Moose was a girl until it was casually mentioned at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • What an Idiot!: Seriously, Pepper Ann, what made you think that Vanessa wouldn’t get in trouble for playing with the intercom and breaking into the office?
  • The Woobie: Nicky, who is the unfavorite in her family, gets taken for granted by her friends and always falling victim to Pepper Ann’s schemes.
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