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  • Badass Decay: The Mob go from dancers with humble backgrounds who also happen to be viral sensations capable of pulling off elaborate, showstopping flash mobs in Revolution... to even more empoverished Starving Artists in All In.
  • Cliché Storm: Both the plots of 3D and All In are every low-budged sports/competition convention thrown in, complete with the two rival team's lead dancers being former friends that had a falling out — although, in All In's case, The Mob ends up taking a backseat to the Grim Knights as LMNTRIX's main rivals.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Moose, introduced in The Streets. The positive reception towards the character inevitably led to him coming back for the three subsequent sequels, with 3D and All In giving him and Camille equal importance to the main couples. In Revolution he returns alongside Vladd, Jenny and Hair during the big final flash mob, but is the only one of the four to have speaking lines.
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  • Even Better Sequel: The Streets was better received by critics for having a better plot and better dancing than the first movie, and this only increased with the three subsequent sequels.
  • Fanon: Camille's blood ties to Tyler aren't concrete. At most the two are half-siblings because she mentions her dad being in prison, but fans decided that they were related and the producers just went with it.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Andie/Blake from The Streets, and in some circles, Sean/Eddy from Revolution and All In.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Year of the Dance, due to taking place in China and having an all-local cast as result, is so divorced from the rest of the franchise that most of the fans just pretend it doesn't exist.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Revolution features a scene of the heroes crashing the villain's party, where they throw in smoke bombs and then dance around while dressed completely in black with gas masks, to a song that includes gunshot sound effects. Even considering that this is plot-relevant, it's rather jaw-dropping that the studio didn't feel the need to remove this scene after the massacre at an Aurora, Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series, with the exception of possibly the first one, haven't really made a cultural impact here in the States and each film is released to gradually dwindling box office numbers. But worldwide however, each film makes over $100 million and coupled with low production costs, is the main reason why sequels are made.
  • Ho Yay: Between Sean and Eddy in Revolution and All In.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Quite a few people only saw 3D because Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner were in it and don't care for the main plot and other just watch for the dancing.
    • Likewise, many fans of Glee and Shadowhunters have seen The Streets solely due to Harry Shum Jr. being part of the cast, and the casting of So You Think You Can Dance alumni such as Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Kathryn Mc Cormick and Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb in the following films helped draw fans of the show towards the franchise.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Crossed in All In with the revelation that the dance tournament was rigged. Alexxa Brava especially went over with her being in cahoots with the Grim Knights (most of all their frontman Jasper, whom she has a closet relationship with), who the producers were planning on crowning at the end before LMNtrix's show-stopping and spectacular performance forced them to change their minds, much to Alexxa's clear dismay.
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  • Replacement Scrappy: Many fans back in the day were upset that Andie was the star of The Streets rather than Camille.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Violet and Chad from All In. Throughout the movie, Violet comes across as Butch Lesbian-coded and continuously rejects Chad's advances towards her, so their kiss at the end winds up coming across as jarring rather than satisfying.

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