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  • Anvilicious: It's a DiC cartoon and they're notorious for never shutting up about morals and life lessons in their shows. This one was no exception.
    • The dieting episode. Sabrina and Chloe are desperate to fit into a pair of jeans that only come in one size - purely because they think Harvey will be impressed. Everyone else points out that the model they want to look like is too skinny and scrawny. When they resort to magic to lose the weight, they end up shrinking to the size of earthworms.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Pi gets more love than his small screen time would indicate. One of the major complaints about Sabrina's Secret Life is his departure, especially since it left Harvey without a proper best friend character to interact with.
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    • Chloe of course because she's voiced by Cree Summer. Half the moments on the Funny Moments tab are provided by her.
    • Alvin, the Monster of the Week from the episode "Planet Of The Dogs".
    • Sheherazade, the female One-Shot Character cat from "A Tale of Two Kitties" is definitely popular across the fanbase.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Far as fans are concerned, there's no "Sabrina's Secret Life".
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode where Sabrina turns into an adult is basically saying that adulthood is terrible and childhood is amazing by comparison.
  • Foe Yay: In Secret Life, Sabrina and Cassandra grow more and more attached to each other as the show goes on, culminating in Cassandra's Heel–Face Turn at the end.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one Secret Life episode, Mr. Snipe asks Sabrina what the ninth planet in the solar system is called. Her response: "There isn't a ninth planet, there are only eight". Cue everyone laughing at her.
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    • Chantal Strand voices Gem Stone and in one episode she complains about her polo ponies being stolen. One wonders if one of the ponies was named Diamond Tiara. Also hilarious since Britt McKillip (Princess Cadance) is the second voice for Sabrina.
  • Ho Yay: Harvey and Pi's friendship is extremely tight knit. The two are rarely seen apart. Pi even gets jealous (very jealous) when Harvey befriends young Thomas Edison. Also the scene in "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted", when Harvey is trying to beat the arcade game, Pi waits for him through all 50 levels, even falling asleep on the floor. There's also the scene towards the end of Paranormal Pi where, Pi is practically in tears because Harvey refused to believe him. (It's clear at the beginning of this episode that if just Harvey believes him he'll be okay). And let's not forget "I got glue babe," when after Sabrina and Gem leave the two end up a riding a rollercoaster, all day, together. That just screams 'Date'.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • "Witch Switch" hangs a bit of a lampshade on this one. Sabrina casts a spell to switch lives with Gem, wanting to enjoy the privilege of being rich. It immediately turns into a case of Be Careful What You Wish For as Sabrina experiences the difficulties Gem has in her life. But what she also didn't realise was that Gem would receive her magic powers. Gem laughs at Sabrina's idiocy for giving up her magic.
    • The Eiffel Tower episode begins with the most contrived form of this. Sabrina asks Salem for something to help her carry all her aunts' shopping. Specifically she asks for a magical purse. Salem suddenly forgets how purse is spelled and ends up casting a spell to create a magical person - from the only spell in the book that appears to be continued onto another page.
    • The rumour episode of Sabrina's Secret Life. The episode hinges on Sabrina and friends believing rumours as if they're grade schoolers - when they're actually older than the previous series. As such it's a clear Captain Obvious Aesop.
    • Another Sabrina's Secret Life episode. Sabrina at first casts a spell to make Harvey pay more attention to her and when trying to reverse it, uses an incantation "he's number one in his own eyes" - which of course backfires and makes Harvey love himself egotistically.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Alvin, the Anti-Villain from the episode "Planet of the Dogs". Yes, he kidnapped Sabrina's family and yes, he is in serious need of a hug.
    • Some episodes do show that Gem might be quite pitiable. Her parents freely take off to Guam, leaving her alone at Christmas. She has no real friends, and her Girl Posse only hang around her because she's rich.
  • Les Yay: Sabrina and Chloe in "Witchy Girls" since the two of them arguing about what they want back from each other is a clear parallel to a Divorce Assets Conflict.
  • Moe Couplet: Harvey and Pi. When Pi's around Harvey he shows his protective, big brother side...which makes him even cuter.
  • Moment of Awesome: In "Most Dangerous Witch" Quigley capturing Tim without magic and then calling Tim out on how unjustified his grudge against all Witches is.
  • Narm:
    • Zelda's line in "Extreme Harvey" about Harvey ending up with "a lot of broken bones". The way she says it, like it's some disease the viewer has never heard about, is just asking to be this.
    • The voice used for Sabrina's inner witchlet in "Brina Baby" is clearly an adult trying to imitate cutesy baby talk.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The voice cast change for Sabrina's Secret Life. Britt McKillip would especially be criticised for her take on Sabrina (though she would redeem herself in later years).
  • The Scrappy: Sabrina's Secret Life saw Sabrina herself becoming this. As the tone became more educational, Sabrina had to become brattier and stupider to demonstrate her learning An Aesop. Unfortunately this just made her insufferable, coupled with a voice actress that made her sound more obnoxious.
  • Seasonal Rot:Sabrina's Secret Life is divisive to say the least. Fan favourite characters like Gem, Pi and Chloe get Put on a Bus, Harvey and Sabrina both get flanderized. The overall quality of writing decreases, becoming more 'educational' that the rather well-thought out Aesops of the previous show.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The Christmas Episode. It subverts the usual cliche of doing Yet Another Christmas Carol where a scrooge is scared into being nice for the holidays. Sabrina's attempted spell just makes Gem love herself even more, and she grudgingly admits that she mainly just wanted revenge. So she ends up giving Gem a sincere gift and wishing her Merry Christmas anyway. Gem realises that no one else cared enough to be with her on Christmas, and joins Sabrina and her friends for the celebrations.
    • Another episode has Sabrina making a birthday gift for Salem but, after hearing him bragging about the famous historical figures he knew, bins it thinking he'll want a much more spectacular gift instead. After a hectic episode where she tries to get the historical figures in question to wish Salem Happy Birthday on video camera, Salem finds the gift in the trash and tells Sabrina it's his favourite because of how personal it is. To the aunts and Uncle Quigley, Salem is just a nuisance that they have to take care of but Sabrina is likely the only one in the house who genuinely cares for him. The message was helped along slightly by not having the stock plot of Sabrina trying to buy something really expensive. Oh and the gift in question? A hand made photo frame with a picture of Salem and Sabrina together.
    • Harvey's Broken Pedestal / Rebuilt Pedestal for his favorite action hero. Actors are just that, actors and most of the time, they're ordinary people who don't do the fantastic feats we see on camera. But that doesn't mean that they're not capable of great heroics when push comes to shove.
    • "Most Dangerous Witch": Just because you were bullied at one point by a certain type of person(Witches) is no reason to hold a grudge against everyone like that person.
  • Special Effects Failure: In "Documagicary" the Netherworld producer teleports away in what probably supposed to be a Smoke Out exit, but there's no smoke and Sabrina just starts coughing for no reason.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: The rumor episode of Sabrina's Secret Life has one directed at Sabrina herself - for those who found her insufferable in this season. Cassandra makes up a rumor that she has to wear a wig because of a botched transplant - and the entire school believes it. Sabrina has to fend off the numerous students begging to touch her hair.
  • Tearjerker: Poor Edward in, "My Stepmother the Babe." He believes he's found someone he loves on an emotional and intellectual level, only for his jealous daughter to cast a spell on his bride-to-be and completely warp her personality into an immature pre-teen. Thankfully the spell is said to wear off in a while - though not after Edward himself has been hit with it, and thoroughly embarrassing Sabrina in public.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Witch Switch" showcased Gem gaining Sabrina's life due to Sabrina enacting a spell to switch their lives which allowed her magical powers. However we only see a bit of what she does with it halfway through the episode (essentially brainwashing Harvey into her slave, having him carry her books and follow her around) and by the time she catches on that Sabrina's up to something, Sabrina uses a spell to freeze her in place long enough to undo the life switch spell.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Sabrina in Sabrina's Secret Life is prone to this sometimes. Granted it's usually to set her up learning An Aesop and the show has no problem calling her out for her mistakes. But sometimes she goes too far, notably teaming with Cassandra to get revenge on Maritza, casting a spell to make Harvey fawn over her, believing an obvious rumour about Harvey cheating on tests and getting half the Netherworld sick with gargoyle flu.
    • In the first seasons, Uncle Quigley can be so smothering and controlling that one can hardly blame Sabrina for rebelling once in a while. What's more is that he tries to boss around the aunts, who are centuries older than him, but just trapped in the bodies of teenagers.
  • Values Resonance: "Witch Switch"'s moral manages to be relevant in the days of social media and people projecting idealised versions of their lives to the world. Sabrina believes Gem's life is perfect because of her wealth - only to experience for herself the girl's own difficulties that she kept hidden from the world. The lesson is that no one person's life is perfect, and we shouldn't be fooled by a filtered version of it that we're shown from the outside.
  • The Woobie: You have to feel really sorry for Maritza in the episode with the school dance. She only asks Harvey out to stop Cassandra from doing so - fully intending to suggest he go with Sabrina instead of her. Unfortunately Sabrina gets the wrong idea and breaks off their friendship, not to mention conspiring with Cassandra to get revenge.


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