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Examples Of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

  • Arwin was very popular to the point he almost got a spinoff. His actor was a host for many events on Disney Channel and starred in live action shorts as well.
  • Minor one but Esteban gets a lot of love due to his Adorkable behavior and incredibly long name.
  • Max remained the most popular out of the twins' recurring friends, considering how she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak with an... interesting relationship with Zack.
  • Fanon: Max's name is short for Maxine. This is never discussed in canon but accepted in fanfiction. Her last name is never agreed on.
  • Fountain of Memes: Mr. Moseby
  • Genius Bonus: In "Lost In Translation", Cody says in Japanese that he has a hornet nest in his pants, causing the Japanese guests to run away in fear. While most people would do the same, there's the fact they could've thought he meant the Asian Giant Hornet, which can melt flesh.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Chris Brown made a guest appearance in one of the final episodes of the series shortly before the story broke on his abuse of Rihanna.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Maddie explaining to London that a shoelace tip is called an aglet may have been a one-off joke, but if you take Ashley Tisdale's other role into consideration, which had an entire episode about aglets...
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    • "Romancing the Phone" features Jaden Smith as Cody's karate teacher.
    • Maddie and Trevor's kiss in "Odd Couples" is funny enough, but if you take the more well known roles of Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in High School Musical into consideration, it becomes even funnier.
    • Another one, in the original series, Moseby was asked where the twins were going, he responds, "With any hope, The Bermuda Triangle." Guess where they head in the Sequel series.
    • And while we bring up the sequel of the series, Carey and the boys take a trip on the SS Tipton in "Let Us Entertain You", which would eventually be the twins' place to stay for the sequel.
    • The above mentioned Paris Hilton being president in an alternate universe. In 2008 Paris released a parody video for Funny Or Die where she said she planned to run for president.
    • "Rock Star In The House" ends with Zack playing video games with JesseMcCartney. The episode aired in 2005, one year before McCartney's Star-Making Role as Roxas in the PS2 game Kingdom Hearts II. And then Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind took things Up to Eleven with Dylan Sprouse voicing Yozora, the Bonus Boss of the Secret Episode. Bonus points for Sprouse posting an image on Twitter of a photoshop of Sora fighting Mr. Moseby months before this.
    • As noted above in Best Known for the Fanservice, London’s worry about being too heavy (and having a butt that’s too big in particular) is this when in the 2010’s, public perception of curvier, heavier women became more positive.
    • One episode had Mr. Moseby, a black man, dress up as a founding father. It's even lampshaded by Phil Lewis' daughter on Twitter.
  • Informed Wrongness: The episode "Kisses & Basketball". Apparently, we're supposed to side with Max after she became upset at Zack for dating her just to "take one for the team". This is ignoring the fact that this whole thing was actually Cody and Tapeworm's idea and Zack himself even refused right before Cody explains why Zack has to do it. The fact that Max didn't even give Cody and Tapeworm a stern lecture of this even after she knew they were the ones who talked Zack into it while Zack was the one who got the punishment (via getting sundae shoved in his face by Max) makes the former two come off as a couple of Karma Houdinis. Made worse when you learn that this whole conflict between Zack and Max started with Cody and Tapeworm mocking Zack for receiving a kiss from Max. While Zack shouldn't have made the implication that Max wasn't a girl by saying "it wasn't a girl, it was Max", the whole predicament wouldn't have happened if Cody and Tapeworm weren't teasing Zack in the first place, and despite that, when Max suddenly becomes aloof towards Zack, Cody and Tapeworm still try to make it seem like it was all Zack's fault.
    • Mr. Moseby in "Big Hair and Baseball". First he is talked into taking the boys to a Red Sox game, but when he hesitates, some guests at the hotel give him trouble for not taking his kids to a game (even though they're not his kids) and call him un-American when he says he hates baseball. Then he takes the boys to the game and by the end, they're getting along. Cody is still upset that he's not caught a foul ball, and the Sox are still behind. Then in the last play, the ball is hit to where they are and Moseby catches the ball to make Cody feel better, but the catch prevents the Sox from scoring and allow the Yankees to win the game. Although Moseby becomes the most hated man in Boston, he only did what he did because Cody was still acting like a petulant mitch, and they don't tell him why he shouldn't catch the ball until it's officially announced that the Yankees win. Instead, they bitch him out and then abandon him when they get back to the hotel.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr. Moseby can be overly stern and is an outright Mean Boss to his employees sometimes, but not only is he dealing with a stressful job, he also has to babysit Zack, Cody and London, so it's hard not to pity him.
  • Les Yay: Maddie and London's shenanigans.
    • Acting as parents for a baby doll for a school project.
    • After a heart-to-heart talk about her father, London tries to buy diamond jewelry for Maddie.
    • "Poor Little Rich Girl":
    London: "You took me in when no one else would. You like me for richer or poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and in health-"
    Maddie: "We're not married, London."
    • Worth noting regarding this joke is that at the time of the episode, Massachusetts had become the first state in the USA to legalize same-sex marriage not long before the series began.
    • "Time to strip and make the beds!"
    London: (starts taking off her clothes) Okay, if that's what poor people do...
    Maddie: Whoa there, big girl!
    • In Suite Life Goes Hollywood, the Hollywood studio got Dante Basco to play London in their Show Within a Show, with their excuse being that they wanted a romance between the candy counter girl and the owner's kid. London's response?
    London: But I would never date Maddie! She's not my type! She's poor.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • London's driving lesson with Moseby and how she pronounces the letters on a car's gear shift (PRNDL) as "prindle", which leads to the line:
    "Why don't we just relax and maybe turn on the radio? Would you like ammmmm, or FUMMMMMM?!
    • "HOW DO YOU LOSE A WOMAN?!" "You forget to cherish her."
    • Everything Moseby says.
    • Maddie wondering why nobody sees the resemblance between her and Ashley Tisdale.
    • Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez!!!
  • Never Live It Down: Some feel Carey was way too harsh on Zack in "Bowling". Even some of the characters In-Universe agreed.
    • Pretty much a majority of Carey's actions in the show seem to be the case, in particular her endless grounding of the kids over every little detail.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "The Ghost of Suite 613" is a genuinely creepy episode, from the graphic (for a kids' show) description of how the woman died, to Esteban's possession and Slasher Smile during the seance, and the real ghost coming back in The Stinger.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The episode "Loosely Ballroom" gets many, including a Dirty Old Man played by Rip Taylor, his nurse who he constantly harrases, a Toy Ship for Moseby, and Alexander (the great!), a rival for Esteban. None of them are ever seen again, nor do any of them appear in the credits when everyone else is shown dancing in the lobby.
    • Sister Rose from "Volley Dad", partly because unlike Sister Dominick she had no problem calling London out for her poor performance and blaming Maddie.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The DS game is pretty much universally agreed to be terrible, to the point that Cole Sprouse advised a fan to smash their copy on Twitter.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Due to High School Musical, Ashley Tisdale had a reduced role in Season 3. This led to Mr. Moseby’s niece Nia being brought in as the new candy girl. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who likes Nia.
    • Bob is seen as this by some fans. Not that they have a problem with Bob specifically, but as he began to appear more other recurring friends of Zach and Cody started appearing less and less such as fan favorite Max.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sister Dominick is hated by a majority of fans for how she treats Maddie in such a biased, unfair and condescending way simply because she prefers London due to her wealthy status. It doesn't help that London in those situations is basically a Karma Houdini as a result. The best examples of this are "Books and Birdhouse" and "Forever Plaid".
    • Barbara Brownstein, Cody's girlfriend who was more or less a Flat Character other than she was as smart as him. She garnered a lot of hate for the episode "Graduation" which featured her constantly stepping on Cody's foot because he jokingly would try to beat her attempts to be overly-academic.
  • Seasonal Rot: A notable change in quality occurred in the second season around the crossover with That's So Raven and Hannah Montana.
  • Signature Scene:
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • In the episode where Zack and Cody are feuding over a moped, Cody witnesses Moseby and his own brother getting into a big fight over years of angst and repressed feelings. When Zack asks why Cody is blowing up over the situation now, Cody points out that it’s because he doesn’t want to end up like the Moseby brothers and hold in his resentment for decades and ruin his relationship with his brother.
    • “Health and Fitness” delivers two valuable lessons about health. While it is indeed unhealthy to overeat and indulge in sweets, imposing a hardline ban on what you love doesn’t help either. It takes time and patience to overcome such a problem, and a little indulgence here and there is perfectly fine. Meanwhile, both London and Maddie have to learn their bodies are perfectly beautiful, and that it’s ultimately their lifestyles and choices that determine if they’re healthy or not (London’s lack of eating and Maddie’s overeating).
    • The episode where it looks like Carrie is set to marry her new boyfriend. Cody is understandably apprehensive of this, even though Zack, their friends, and even his own father like the guy. Cody’s father gently explains that as much as Carrie sacrifices to make sure her children are happy, as his mother, Cody should be willing to let her be happy too if she wants to marry him.
  • Special Effects Failure: Some shots of the hotel are clearly animated. Particularly in the first episode.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Zack becomes this in "Kisses & Basketball". While it was wrong for him to imply that Max wasn't a girl in the beginning after receiving a kiss from her, it isn't exactly very easy to blame him since he was getting teased by Cody and Tapeworm about it. What's more is that when Max became upset at Zack, the former two suggested that taking Max out on a date would take one for the team, and since Zack was the one who was reluctant about this himself, it's pretty hard not to take his side when Max becomes upset at him after finding this out while saying nothing to Cody and Tapeworm, even though she knew they were the ones who talked Zack into it.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Zack's behavior to Cody in the Christmas episode. Throughout the episode, Cody felt that his parents were falling back in love, especially around the Christmas season due to overly analyzed assumptions, which Zack keeps putting down. While it's understandable Zack doesn't believe their parents are getting together again (along with the fact he's probably accepted the divorce better than Cody has), he comes off as very spiteful and rude to Cody over it instead of explaining to him why their parents wouldn't get back together.
    • Carey's actions in "Commercial Breaks". She is presented as being the victim because the jerkass Director, who is also her previous boyfriend, forces her into a minor role. However, she did left him in an immature manner and years later, out of fear that he might have a grudge against her, tries to hide her identity from him during the audition. The Director has every right to be upset at Carey for thinking very lowly of him.
      • Later in "Let Us Entertain You", she comes off as more condescending and spiteful towards her sons because they made her sing to earn their vacation. She ignores the fact that Zack and Cody worked hard to get the perfect vacation for her and themselves and the privileges there were so much better compared to her stay in Boston. After that, she risks herself and her children in staying an inhospitable room and treated like dirt all because she is too lazy to do one or two gigs.
    • Max in "Kisses & Basketball", for the exact opposite trope for Zack mentioned above, as she is portrayed as the one the audience is supposed to sympathize with. While yes, it's slightly understandable why Max would get upset at Zack for implying she wasn't a girl ("It wasn't a girl, it was Max!"), Zack only did that out of sheer panic rather than spite since he was getting teased by Cody and Tapeworm for receiving a kiss from Max, yet Max treats it as if Zack made a deliberate sexist remark towards her. To place her even further on this trope, she gets upset at Zack and only Zack for dating her to "take one for the team" and shoves food in his face and says absolutely nothing to Cody and Tapeworm despite the fact that she knew it was their idea in the first place. It makes Max come off more as an unsympathetic Drama Queen, making it very difficult for viewers to take her side in this conflict.
  • Wangst: in one episode, London made a big deal about the fact that she couldn’t swim. This comes off as her wangsting due to the fact that it’s not uncommon for people to be afraid of water & not being able to swim in water that’s many feet.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The Christmas episode has a couple named Mary and Joseph who couldn't get a room in the Tipton but are stuck there thanks to the snow. Later Mary goes into labor and has a child in the elevator on Christmas eve. The cast Lampshades how similar it is to the birth of Jesus. Except London, who doesn't get it.
  • The Woobie: Everyone has been this at one point of the show.

Examples of The Suite Life on Deck

  • Adorkable: Bailey's naivete from her Country Mouse background combined with her enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and unabashed nerdiness make her adorably dorky.
  • Broken Base: Cody and Bailey. While the majority of fans agree they wanted together, when they were together fans cannot agree whether this was good for the show.
  • Bizarro Episode: Quite a few episodes make no sense.
    • "Snakes on the Boat" particularly. It was meant to be a parody of Snakes on a Plane, but this was believed by some to even be unnecessary and not really serve much purpose.
    • "Starship Tipton" takes the cake, but it was saved for being such a campy yet loving send off of the original Star Trek series.
    • The Halloween episodes can have this when they don't have predictable pranks.
  • Creator's Pet: Cody in Season 2 into Season 3. He acts like a complete prick and still he's the center of most episodes.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Cody again. Cailey fans tend to ignore the fact that he acts like a jackass or that he was obsessed with Bailey when he wasn't dating her.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Addison and Woody both are extremely popular in the fandom. Pretty much everyone likes them, The former being a sweets-laden Up to Eleven Genki Girl.
  • Fanon: It's somewhat agreed on that Jessica is a lesbian, despite nothing to go on except for some Les Yay with Bailey
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans choose to ignore the movie and a lot of fans don't speak of (or haven't even seen) the I'm in the Band crossover.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Zack and Bailey is very popular among older fans of the show. The fact that Cody and Bailey alternate between Sickeningly Sweethearts and fighting all of the time helps.
    • Woody/Addison is very popular, due to being entirely plausible, no objections against it, and being almost Canon, if Woody just had the guts to ask her out.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "The Defiant Ones," Cody tells Bailey that he lied to Miss Tutweiller, saying that he was taking care of Bailey's sprained ankle so he couldn't do his project, because he didn't want to besmirch his perfect track record and risk not getting into Yale with Bailey like the couple had planned, and instead ending up at Princeton. At the time, this is amusing, because one missed assignment isn't going to make that much of a difference, and it's not like Yale won't accept Cody, right? Fast forward to the finale, when Bailey gets into Yale, and Cody does not.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • An author once wrote two stories about romances between Bailey and Jessica Ellis (who at the time was just one of two twins), then "Model Behavior" happened and Jessica and Bailey shared several Les Yay ridden scenes.
      • In another fanfic called 'Zoey 1803', Zack is turned into a girl named Zoey. Zack would later get a love interest named Maya, played by Zoey Deutch.
      • In "My Oh Maya", Maya lists various drinks the smoothie bar sells, including the Cherry Chiller. In 2012, McDonald's released a smoothie called the Cherry Berry Chiller.
    • In Maddie on Deck the episode's antagonist is a childish young prince named Jeffy who's a spoiled brat. Guess we know where SuperMarioLogan got it from.
    • In "Tiptonline", Mr. Moseby says because of his gaming addiction, he hasn't done any work in a fortnight. "Plus, I just said fortnight."
    • An episode of the third season titled "Frozen (2013)".
  • Ho Yay:
    • Bob and Zack seemed to have a deeper relationship than just friends. Zack seemed very hurt that he had become mushy with Barbara. Of course, it was only played for laughs.
    • "Beauty and the Fleeced" episode combined this with a Stupid Sexy Flanders incident where at the beginning Woody (sans glasses) is apparently describing an attractive girl before Zack points out that Woody just mistook Cody for a girl.
      • This could also be seen as a shot at Cody's masculinity
    • "Ala-ka-Scram" definitely makes an argument for Zack and Woody, especially during their makeup scene.
    • Although only for one episode Bailey and Jessica have a ton of this with some fabricated Foe Yay (to fool Cody) included.
    • "The Play's the Thing" had a scene in the play where Haley frenched a mime played by Addison. While Cody ended up playing her, he originally intended for Bailey to do so.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Zack has been paired with Maddie, London, Max, Bailey, Maya, Janice, and even Cody.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Woody bestowed "Cailey" upon Cody and Bailey.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Maya was briefly this during the beginning of Season 3, due to viewers thinking she replaced Bailey or Marcus. Speaking of which, Bailey herself was essentially this for Maddie at first.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Who'd have thought London's first roommate Padma would be Sabine Wren and Vicky Sangupta?
    • The magician from the episode "Alaka-scram!" is Justin "Kredible" Willman, a real magician who has appeared in several TV specials and hosted Disney Channel's revival of Win, Lose or Draw
    • Arguably a borderline example since she did have her name on the opening credits every episode, but Debby Ryan has since become a major star for Disney Channel in JESSIE.
    • Also, the Prince of Lichtenstamp in the same episode where Ashley Tisdale showed up later became Joshua Matthews in his teens.
      • And Doc Shaw would go on to be one-half of Pair of Kings (hence his Season 3 departure).
    • In Roomies, Marissa appears as Tiffany, Zack's Girl of the Week.
  • The Scrappy: Cody during the Suite Life on Deck, for his outright Jerkass ways and how he treated Zack, London, Woody and even Bailey. Cody would act like superior to everyone else because of his intelligence, treat Zack and London like total morons, and be misogynistic towards Bailey to the point of parody. A good example of this is when Cody competes with Bailey in various sports simply to "prove his male dominance" against her, then gets pissed off when she beats him at everything, and in "Kitchen Casanova" he's blind to Bailey's feelings of resentment toward how he treats her compared to other girls in the cooking class, his reason being "[he] didn't wanna have a bias for Bailey" even though he did the same thing with the other girls toward her.
    • This got worse after Cody and Bailey break-up. He admits he had feelings for her the entire time in the "Twister" yet in the episode "My Sister's Keeper" he outright hits on Woody's younger sister Willa and insists on dating her, only because of her looks, then breaks up with her because she's a female Woody, while still having feelings for Bailey! It also doesn't help that he acts like a downright unlikable Jerkass toward Woody when he tries to talk him out of it all while having the episode expecting you to side with him.
  • Seasonal Rot: From mid-Season 2 into the first few episodes of Season 3, wherein most characters' Flanderization came to a peak, and watching the show became something akin to rubbernecking at the train wreck. Once Season 3 got off to a roll, the characters began to recover their charm and depth.
  • She Really Can Act: "A London Carol" sees Brenda Song playing an older version of London Tipton whose friends have all abandoned her due to her selfish ways. The scene were Old London realizes that she has nobody to be with on Christmas is genuinely heartbreaking to watch and Song makes you feel sorry for London even with you knowing she kind of brought it on herself.
  • Special Effects Failure: This is probably inevitable since it's a studio set, but the main set piece of On Deck, the top deck of the ship, features a backdrop of a blue, sunny sky as the location is obviously outdoors. Occasionally a character will walk near the backdrop, and thanks to the studio lights, their shadow will appear against the sky.
  • Strangled by the Red String: As mentioned above, Cody and Bailey border on this. While they do have similar interests and personalities, in nearly every episode they are a couple, they constantly fight and someone has to go out of their way to remind them what a great couple they are so they would get back together. If you need to constantly remind a couple how great they are, then they probably are not doing so good anyway. Also, when they break up, they keep mentioning the breakup, bordering on As You Know.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The Star Trek theme in "Starship Tipton".
    • The James Bond theme in "The Spy Who Shoved Me".
    • "Billie Jean" in "So You Think You Can Date".
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In "London's Christmas Carol", the part where she goes to the future and realizes that she will end up with no friends at all.
    • No one didn't cry when they saw this scene in the series finale. NO ONE.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Bailey dressing as a guy with only Zack knowing would have been a great plot point that could have been stretched out a few more episodes.
    • A lot of fans felt Maddie and Marcus should've returned for the finale.

Examples of The Suite Life Movie

  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's much more enjoyable if you think of it as an adaptation of the series and don't try to fit it into the timeline.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: If you take into account some of the shows that share a universe with The Suite Life series, and the fact that a different show in the universe crossed over with a Marvel show, then the idea of Zack and Cody facing a mad scientist with plans for world domination sounds a lot less far-fetched.
  • The Scrappy: Bailey. She spends a good three fourths of the film doing nothing but bitching and moaning about Cody the entire time she got screentime. It doesn't help that even London and Woody grew disinterested by the 3rd scene they were shown in, and she annoys Moseby with her constant obsession with him. It doesn't help that she never takes into consideration Cody's reasoning and completely overreacts the entire time she's bitching. Needless to say its plain obnoxious. She doesn't contribute to anything until the end. leading to even more "Scrappy" moments of the Cailey shipping.
  • Tear Jerker: After Zack runs a submarine into the seawall in an attempt to impress a cute science assistant, leading Cody to do the same trying to stop him, Cody gets fired and kicked out of the program. That's not the real tearjerker—that comes in a subsequent scene when Cody tells Zack he hates him and states that despite being twins, they are not brothers.
    • Also the end. Zack finally gets the car and it's crushed by London's wardrobe crate. Makes it worse when you remember the reason why he wanted it in the first place.


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