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  • Bizarro Episode: "Goin' Hollywood" - while the episode starts off with Corey, Raven, and Victor going to Hollywood after Corey nabs a bit part in the sitcom "Better Days", this only serves as a minor subplot alongside a bigger story involving the "Better Days" star Ally Parker (Alyson Stoner) trying to fit into public school for the first time. Since the episode focuses on an entirely new set of characters that have no connection with the show and never show up again afterwards, the whole story can come off as a jarring addition. This does have an explanation though: it was meant to be a test pilot for a planned Disney Channel sitcom starring Stoner, but since the show never came to be, the episode was left as The Artifact.
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  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Could also count as Awesome Music because as catchy as the song is, the theme also features the three lead actors singing it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dr. Sleevemore is this for also being psychic, and understanding Raven's pain being psychic, and developing psychics' skills. He even guest starred in a Raven's Home episode once. He was that popular.
    • The other psychics from "Saving Psychic Raven" are this as well.
    • Chelsea's girlfriend Ben from "Double Vision" quickly became a fan favorite due to his also be psychic and relatable. It's gonna to the point where fans wished he wasn't a one episode character.
    • Vivian, Raven grandmother also qualifies for being able to have visions when she wants, instead of the occasional ones Raven has, and still using them responsibly, and being an all-around nice woman. She only appears in "To See or Not to See", but she's proven to be a fan favorite among viewers.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • The ship with the most fan-works is Raven/Chelsea. This carried over to Raven's Home, where it became even more popular.
    • That's So Raven has Devon and Raven as the Official Couple. The two even ended up married post-series, though they're divorced by the sequel. Despite this, fans tend to prefer shipping Raven with Eddie.
  • Foe Yay: Raven and Alana can be pretty friendly with each other when they're not fighting.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • One episode has a scene that is either this or Hilarious in Hindsight—Raven tries to wake Chelsea in an unintentionally suggestive manner. A boy that Raven has a crush on sees them, so she frantically tries to tell him that this is Not What It Looks Like. Raven-Symonè revealed herself as a lesbian many years later, so now this scene might come off as her feeling ashamed to make her preferences public while riding high off an acting comeback.
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    • Devon and Raven's relationship becomes this; with the spinoff Raven's Home. On the show, they were the closet thing on an Official Couple, and it's revealed on the spinoff that their marriage didn't work out.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode where Raven is passed up for a job because the boss refuses to hire black people (True Colors) becomes depressing when you hear Raven-Symone bluntly say in a future interview that she wouldn't hire a person with a "stereotypical black name". Ouch.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hollywood Pudgy: The show deconstructs this in an episode where Raven wants to model her own dress for a fashion magazine. The magazine cover photoshops her to look thinner, so she tries to model her own gown at the show anyway.
    Raven: Nobody looks like that.
    Model: I don't even look like that.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Cory and Victor Baxter are very fond of this trope. During Mother Dearest he was easily bribed by Cory's flattery and didn't want to punish him when he deserved it.
    • Raven and Tanya Baxter also shows signs of this occasionally. The two of them even make a handshake in one episode.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Home skillet biscuit" Explanation .
    • Raven's screams at how overly dramatic she is are this.
    • "YA NASTY".Explanation 
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Vision Impossible: Show of hands, how many of you actually thought Raven would permanently lose her visions?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Or rather, One Episode Wonder. Chelsea's girlfriend Ben from "Double Vision" really made the most out of his single appearance on the show.
  • She Really Can Act: Raven-Symone as Raven Baxter. Master of Disguise? Check. Expert of the psychic look? Check. Large Ham? Double Check. Let's just say, there's a very good reason Raven got to be the star of her own show.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In "There Goes the Bride", Raven believing she's going to marry Devon Carter, only for it to turn out that he and his family are moving away after his dad and stepmom's wedding.
    • "True Colors" also does this, since it doesn't hide the ugly truth about discrimination. Worse is while the others discuss Raven's vision of the store owner saying she doesn't hire black people, Eddie recounts a story about how he was close friends with a white boy who's father forbade him from talking to Eddie due to him being black. When Raven asks what did he do, Eddie quietly says "What was I suppose to do? I was just a kid!".
      • The worst part is that Eddie never blamed his friend and still cared for him in the end, and it seems likely that this feeling was mutual as the friend in question was, from the sounds of it, bullied and abused by his racist father and, like Eddie, felt unable to do anything about it because of his young age.
    • An episode focused on Raven having a vision that the nerdy artist did a flip-book sketch of her, implying he liked her. Raven herself becomes uncomfortable with this, but decides to help him out in becoming more better-good looking if that was the case. The result is the guy becoming the most eye-appealing student who eventually starts dating afterwards. Raven herself becomes heart broken upon learning how much of a sweetheart he is...only for the episode's end to reveal Raven's vision was him still liking her and thinking she didn't like him back. Both end the episode with saying the phrase "I guess it just wasn't meant to be."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Serena Valentine from A Fish Called Raven. She could have been a great antagonist for the show, trying to find out the truth about Raven's secret and expose it. Too bad she was a one-shot character.
    • Other psychic teenagers Raven met throughout the series (specifically, the students of Dr. Sleevemore's Psychic Institution, and Chelsea's boyfriend from season 3) never made re-appearances.
    • Eddie's friend who was forbidden by his racist, abusive father from talking to Eddie. It's implied that he and Eddie were as close as Raven and Chelsea and their forced separation is one of the most tearjerking moments of the series, even if told second hand. It would have been a true Heartwarming Moment to see him and Eddie try to reach out and find each other as young adults, and to know that the friend never stopped caring about Eddie, either.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Eddie and Chelsea in "To See or Not to See". They know Raven can't control when her visions occur, or what she sees, but they still mad at her when they humiliate themselves because of her visions. Even when she stops telling them her visions, they still blamed her for all bad things that happened unexpectedly. As a result, Raven was left in a tight spot between what she should do. It takes Viv's inspirational/psychic chat with Raven to make her feel better.
  • What an Idiot!: You'd think Raven would learn her lesson about jumping to conclusions with her visions after the first few times. But no, she always thinks her visions will naturally occur, half the time she caused them to come true.
  • The Woobie:
    • Raven Baxter can be this at times. Especially with all the trouble her visions get her into. Plus, occasionally her quote-unquote "friends" have proven to be very unsupportive at times, and usually has to get involved in all kinds of dangerous situations. Sometimes, you just want to give her a hug.
    • William isn't safe from this trope either. He's one of the smartest characters on the show, but his classmates pick on him for that exact reason and use him for their personal interests, rather than accept him for who he was. The closest person he has to a friend is Cory Baxter, and even he likes to use William from time-to-time. Plus William has shown to be younger than Cory, making him a prime target for bullying. Poor kid.


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