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  • Accidental Innuendo
    Jade: "Sometimes it's fun... Like, when I'm in the mood to do it."
    Beck: Which she was yesterday."
    Jade: "I kinda was."
    • From Freak the Freak out
    I scream your name!
    it always stays the same.
    I scream and shout!
    • This line from Tori Gets Stuck.
    Jade: (to Tori) "I'll answer that right after you stick your face in those bush daisies.''
  • Actor Shipping: There's quite a bit of actor shipping in the fandom:
    • People like pairing up Victoria Justice/Leon Thomas (Veon), Victoria Justice/Avan Jogia (Vavan), Victoria Justice/Matthew Bennett (Vatt), Elizabeth Gillies/Leon Thomas (Eleon), Liz Gillies/Avan Jogia (Elavan), Liz Gillies/Matthew Bennett (Elatt), Ariana Grande/Leon Thomas (Arieon), Ariana Grande/Avan Jogia (Aviana), Ariana Grande/Matthew Bennett (Mariana), Daniella Monet/Leon Thomas (Laniella), Daniella Monet/Avan Jogia (Davan) and Daniella Monet/Matthew Bennett (Maniella).
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    • On the lesbian side of things, we have Victoria Justice/Liz Gillies (Elitoria), Victoria Justice/Ariana Grande (Variana), Liz Gillies/Ariana Grande (Eliana),Victoria Justice/Daniella Monet (Viniella), Liz Gillies/Daniella Monet (Eliella), and Ariana Grande/Daniella Monet (Dariana). On the Ho Yay side of things, we have Leon Thomas/Avan Jogia (Aveon), Leon Thomas/Matthew Bennett (Latt), and Avan Jogia/Matthew Bennett (Avatt).
  • Adorkable:
    • Tori might be pretty and talented, but she is still a naive and dorky Everygirl who serves an Audience Surrogate for the show and she can also be very dramatic, especially during her more neurotic and insecure moments.
    • Robbie is a socially-awkward, meek and clumsy nerd who always carries a puppet with him and considers him his best friend. Despite his quirks and awkwardness, he's still lovable and means well.
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    • Cat is a sweet, ditzy, childish, talkative, petite red haired girl who is always so happy, loves everyone, and is lost in her own little world.
    • Jade tries to hide it, but sometimes she just can’t help herself, especially when Beck gives her compliments and definitely on her Slap videos. She also loves bunnies and still believes in Santa Claus.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Tori sweet, innocent and just trying to be normal without conflict? Or is she a bitchy and unsympathetic jerk who rivals the likes of Megan Parker, and needs to be taught a lesson? No episode asks this question better than "Prom Wrecker", where Tori's prom renders Jade unable to perform her art project, and when confronted, Tori shows no signs of caring or remorse, while at the end Jade (who tries to destroy the prom as revenge for such) is the only character to receive punishment. This caused an outrage among Tori haters and a few Tori fans themselves. There are some fans who seem to interpret Tori's actions and try to find any possible negative in them:
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    • The Birthweek Song: Was Trina really a shallow, Ungrateful Bitch for stating that Tori's performance of a original song (written exclusively for her) didn't qualify as present, or was Tori's performance making herself the center of attention despite supposing to be about Trina? According to this video, it is possible that she would've preferred a gift that didn't remind her that her sister is a more talented performer.
    • Rex Dies: Was Tori's "revival" of Rex a Heartwarming Moment towards Robbie, or was Jade in the right believing Rex's "death" would improve Robbie's mental health while Tori's actions prevented that?
    • Jade. Is she the cruel Alpha Bitch she acts like, and is simply cruel, harsh and undeserving of the relationships and friendships she has, or is it all just a cover-up to hide her insecurities?
    • Andre dating Hope just to get her father to listen to his music: Was Andre stepping into the Ryder Daniels horizon just to get recognized, or was it justified for having to put up with Hope's bitchiness?
    • Does Robbie just joke around with Rex's snarky remarks, or does he use him to vent not only his hatred for his friends who bully him as well as his own self-loathing?
      • Part of the latter might be true. In Slap Fight, Robbie says he hates himself for the way he acted, only for Cat to point out that he's hated himself for years.
      • Or is Robbie really not in control of Rex's words and actions, i.e. Rex is an alternate personality?
      • In season four, Rex seems to be Demoted to Extra, making fewer appearances. Does this mean Robbie is becoming more confident and isn't relying on Rex as a crutch as much?
    • Tori and Trina's parents being apathetic towards Tori and borderline abusive towards Trina. They leave town so they don't have to deal with Trina after surgery, tell her to her face that they are ignoring her, and clearly favor Tori. Mrs. Vega, at least, is not too much better to Tori; flaunting that she made breakfast and telling Tori she has to make it herself, then bragging about how she used up all the ingredients herself so Tori cannot make breakfast after all. She also tells Tori she'll be there for her when Tori is having a crisis, then tells her to close her eyes and leaves.
    • Is Ponnie psychotic or did she genuinely believe that she was kicked out of school in favor of Tori? Why not both?
    • Beck and Jade's relationship. There are those that think they make an adorable and realistic Opposites Attract Official Couple that balance each other out beautifully, or those who think there are some rather toxic, unhealthy aspects to their relationship and unresolved issues that the shows gloss over (or spends way too much time on). Is Jade's controlling, sometimes abrasive behavior towards Beck totally justifiable due to his The Guy Every Girl Wants status and tendency to provoke her more jealous insecurities (see below), or would her actions be viewed in a much more negative light if their genders were reversed?.
    • Some fans speculate that Beck sometimes deliberately invokes Jade's overprotective nature, as mentioned under It Amused Me on Beck's character sheet.
    • Jade and Tori's relationship. Dear Gawd. It's practically made of this trope.
      • Is Jade's continued antagonism towards Tori based on a long-standing grudge about the Take That! (stage) kiss Tori shared with Beck in the pilot or more concerned that Beck may be becoming more interested in her despite the fact that Tori clearly does everything possible to win's Jade friendship (so much so as to earnestly get Jade and Beck back together after their (brief) breakup) but instead of confronting her beau about the possible jealousy just takes it out on Tori? Does she simply feel intimidated with Tori emerging as a formidable rival at Hollywood Arts and aim to take her down for good (or just make Tori so fed up with her that she leaves)? Or perhaps she's just struggling to deal with her own, um, complicated, often erratic feelings about Tori?
    • It's implied that Jade's parents are divorced. Given her strained relationship with her parents and her references to an unhappy childhood, it's likely this was an unpleasant experience for her. If that's the case, this could be why Jade's relationships are so troubled and (depending on the circumstances of the divorce) why she's always worried that Beck will cheat on her. In "The Worst Couple", she does mention that she thinks it's normal for couples to argue as much as she and Beck do. Is this normal to her because she watched her parents fighting throughout her childhood?
  • Arc Fatigue: Jade and Tori's rivalry, to some, especially post-Tori Goes Platinum.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A common criticism of Season 2 was Tori's Creator's Pet status. Season 4 saw Tori getting more Butt-Monkey moments (having her ear bitten by Trina after hitting her with a pie, getting dragged around by a dog, being blamed for things she didn't do in "Wanko's Warehouse") or having her inexplicably perfect life criticized by other characters ("Brain Squeezers" and "The Slap Fight")
    • Many people thought it was a bad move on Tori's end to revive Rex in the episode "Rex Dies", believing Rex to be unhealthy for Robbie's mental health. The episode "Robbie Sells Rex" addresses this by showing that without Rex, Robbie's mental health is worse.
  • Ass Pull: The baby test in "The Bad Roommate" just felt like a cheap way to maintain Status Quo Is God, which was especially grating considering it was one of the last episodes of the series and Tori had already started finding success in her field after being signed by Mason Thornesmith.
  • Awesome Ego: Some wish they had Trina's confidence.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • In a similar vein as Sam Puckett, Jade has split the fanbase between those that love her Brutal Honesty and snark and how she occasionally has some sympathetic moments, and those that can't stand her and find her a needlessly hostile and mean-spirited Jerkass who tends to be a huge Karma Houdini.
    • Tori again has pretty extreme reactions about her; some find her one of the most well-rounded and engaging of Schneider's protagonists, and to others, she's a completely irredeemable Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and Creator's Pet.
    • Rex is either one of the best things about the show/Robbie and has the greatest lines, or is the one thing you would change about the show in a heartbeat and find everything about him irritating.
    • Beck: Some people like him for being the Only Sane Man, while others see him as a bland pretty-boy with unnecessary Ship Tease with Tori.
    • Trina. Some fans don't like her for being an annoying Bratty Teenage Daughter and untalented in an attempt to be funny, but there are plenty of people who enjoy her antics and her Awesome Ego (though they do agree that she can get pretty obnoxious).
    • Sinjin, for all his weird and cringe-worthy awkwardness, will either be hated or beloved for it.
    • Cat, for her antics and her cuteness, will either be considered hilarious or just plain annoying. The most common consensus is that fans prefer her more in season 1 but dislike her Flanderized version later in the series.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: It's a Dan Schneider work. Of course it would be well-known for fueling foot fetishes. One entire episode revolved around how soft Trina's feet are, and one famous segment involved ketchup being squirted all over Tori's bare feet. And how could we forget when Cat attempted to stick her whole big toe in her mouth?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Mr. Sikowitz entering class through the window, and the scene accompanying it.
    • In "Tori Tortures Teacher", when Robbie is playing hide and seek with Rex. And finds him in Tori's bag.
    • Tori spotting her neighbor, Mr. Busey, lurking around in the patio in "A Christmas Tori." The scene changes right after that.
    • Andre's "Run Dance" in the Breakfast Bunch episode. It ends with a parrot exploding from the awesomeness of his dance.
      • The end with the panda and the balloon...
    • Sikowicz taking the Alpha Bitches' song and owning it at the end of "Freak the Freak Out". Well, compared to them he owned it.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "April Fools Blank"
    • "The Breakfast Bunch"
  • Broken Base:
    • The show's cancellation — Word of God himself makes many claims regarding it. These include that it was not cancelled for Sam and Cat, and that it wasn't "cancelled", so much as it was going to end anyway due to closing in on a 60 episode run (which was around the likes of his two other shows aside from iCarly had). Were these claims nothing more than convenient lies to appease the fans? Was he getting tired of doing the show or is the claim that he and everyone else wanted to continue it the truth? Or was the show ended thanks to the angry anti-fans who for the longest time couldn't stand when he would hold the show in such high favor and seemingly provide total disregard to iCarly itself?
      • The real truth was revealed by the person who ran the (also cancelled at the same time) show How To Rock. As that person didn't need to protect Sam & Cat, he made it perfectly clear that all of the shows cancelled were cancelled because of Sam & Cat and the Gibby spin-off that never got picked up
    • "Prom Wrecker", mainly for who was to blame for whole conflict. Alternative Character Interpretation comes into play here, too: Was Tori a bitch for not trying to reschedule the prome, which ended up being on the same night as Jade's play, or was this a little payback for Jade's bitchiness and a possible Take That! to Jade's Moral Event Horizon of the previous episode? Was Jade's revenge justified because Tori did not reschedule? Was it Sikowitz's fault for not warning Tori about the schedule conflict? Did anybody cross the Moral Event Horizon here, and was the episode itself a Moment of Awesome?
    • Tori and Jade's Playdate. Either a fantastic and daring episode that managed to take meaningful baby steps in normalizing how same-sex relationships are perceived and allowed the Jade/Tori pair (however one might see it) to team up and give an excellent girl-power message, or a controversial attempt to give a blatant bone-toss to the Jori shippers without canonizing it (leading to some accusations of queer-baiting) and filled with Sikowitz crossing some possible ethical and moral red flags by "forcing" Jade and Tori to go on a date. Was the whole thing a Moment of Awesome or just an overwrought affair full of problematic elements?
    • A bit in the Jade/Beck ship after Tori Goes Platinum, mainly since it was Beck getting rejected by Tori and not the other way around. Some felt it paved the way for him to finally get over his longstanding lingering crush on Tori and realizing what he truly loved about Jade, while others felt it was the exact opposite as Jade having a major Why Would Anyone Take Him Back? moment as they once again became the Official Couple despite his feelings for Tori remaining unresolved and that they would likely have been a couple instead if she ending up returning his kiss.
    • Brain Squeezers receives plenty of hate for its gratuitous use of violence on the entire cast. People argue that it was meant to be comedic with all the violence, but others say that the violence is overused for a children's show.
  • Crack Ship
    • Liz Gillies has jokingly said that she ships Jade/Rex.
    • There is some evidence of a Tori/Rex ship as well.
    • Tori/Sikowitz.
    • Tori/Jade's Boobs.
  • Crazy Awesome: Sikowitz.
  • Creator's Pet: Both Jade and Tori have signs of this, mainly since Jade's Jerkass Karma Houdini personality resembles that of past Schneider Creator's Pets Megan and Sam, as well as Tori, thanks to the endless Character Shilling and her Took a Level in Jerkass in season 2 that could make her seem like a major Designated Hero at times.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Freddie/Cat. Sadly very little interaction between them happens in the crossover.
    • Cat and Gibby had a bit of interaction and they seemed into each other. This don't hurt either.
      • Now that Sam and Cat have their own show, this ship was inevitable.
  • Cult Classic / Periphery Demographic: An odd version of this trope, mainly since it was commercially popular at the time with its target audience, but was definitely this among its surprisingly large-for-its-kind teenage/adult audience. It's mostly due to becoming a major favorite in the LGBTQ community with the many Ho Yay moments and massively popular Jade/Tori pairing, and because of more guilty-pleasure seeking adults and older teenagers who appreciated some of the more grown-up cultural references and subtext as well as the subtle adult humor.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Tori. Sometimes, she does some very morally questionable things, such as kissing someone else's boyfriend for payback or selfishly leaving a friend behind at the Sushi place.
    • Also, Jade sometimes gets this when she's portrayed as a hero.
  • Die for Our Ship: Tori got this treatment early on from some Bade shippers, while Beck started getting this treatment frequently when the Jade/Tori pairing became a very popular rival ship.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: If we're not supposed to like Jade for the horrible things she does, her fanbase makes that hard to believe. Fans claim that Jade has every right to hate Tori because the latter kissed Jade's boyfriend in the pilot, overlooking the fact that even before that kiss, Jade spends all the pilot bullying Tori for no reason.
  • Dry Docking: Ariana/Cat and Victoria/Tori, mainly for the backstage rumors. Maybe just leave it at that.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • André's grandma is really popular among the fans for being one of the funniest characters.
    • The guy who yelled "Yeah, Louise!" even before Tori started to sing in the Special Episode "Freak the Freak out", who was considered to be by fans the only "real one" from the audience.
  • Escapist Character:
    • Jade, big time, as despite being pervasively rude and unpleasant has an endlessly adoring group of friends (including a nemesis that often bends over backwards to see her happy) and is dating the local heartthrob, as well as being exceptionally talented in any artistic expression she tries.
    • Tori can count too, as she goes from meek bookworm to art-school mega-star overnight and instantly becomes the most popular girl in school.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The widely reviled "Tori Gets Stuck", for many reasons, mainly for it's extreme Character Exaggeration, Jade's slap-on-the-wrist punishment when she committed actual felonies on the show, and what many thought was gratuitous violence or shock tactics in an attempt to elicit cheap laughs, particularly during the exploding-bag-of-blood scene.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite Jade being in a relationship with Beck, most fans prefer to pair her with her female co-stars. For most of season 1, Jade was paired with Cat due to their unlikely friendship and their actresses real life friendship. However, that pairing, along with every other, was soon overshadowed by the one between Jade and Tori, due to the two's tense rivalry that drives the plot of most episodes. Along with Tori often going out of her way to help Jade and Jade often going to Tori for help. It got to the point that phrases including their ship name started trending worldwide on Twitter, and it still dominates fanfiction to this day.
  • Fanon:
    • Jade's middle name, August.
    • Jade and Beck's full names are Jadelyn and Beckett.
    • Jade Self Harms.
    • Jade, Tori and Cat are at least bi/pansexual.
    • Jade has Abusive Parents or neglectful parents.
    • Most fans agree that Sikowicz ships Jade and Tori together.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Averted to a certain extent, thanks perhaps to the many Ms. Fanservice characters, though most of the vocal online fandom tend to be women.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Naturally, with a cast this attractive, ANY possible pairing between two (or more) of them has grown a passionate fanbase.
  • Growing the Beard: Generally considered around Rex Dies and Wok Star as it showed the show could develop more complicated characters and emotional substance rather than it's previous heavy reliance on zany Sitcom story setups & tropes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • All of the jokes about Cat's Bibble addiction. Sam & Cat has shown that Cat once ran out of money and then tried to steal and sell her grandmother's jewelry, causing them to have to attend a therapy session for said grandmother to forgive her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Robarazzi spoofed the conference-like format of TMZ along with a paparazzi-style ambush on Beck and Jade. A few months later, the said show caught Beck's actor Avan Jogia in a "compromising" photo with Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus on the latter's 18th birthday.
    • The show often brings up the social media network TheSlap.com, and now both Liz Gillies and Matt Bennet are involved in a viral spoof video actually named The Slap.
    • Cat refuses to sing the "booty" lyric (which is rather tame) of a song because it is "dirty". When she became a full-blown singer a few years later, Ariana Grande is now a walking Cluster F-Bomb.
    • In general, the fact the show was a vehicle for Victoria Justice and that Cat probably had the least amount of time dedicated to her musical ambitions early on, considering how huge a star Ariana became while Victoria has mostly faded away in popularity.
    • In "Cell Block" Andre expresses frustration that the record player he uses can only play older music. After the episode, record players experienced a resurgence in popularity with modern music getting record made too.
    • In "Tori Gets Stuck" Jade tries to get Tori to skip the play by getting Sinjin to prank call her and say that he works for Lady Gaga and that he wants Tori to be in her new music video and provide backup vocals. Years later, main cast member Ariana Grande would do just that in Gaga's single "Rain On Me".
    • The episode "Jade Gets Crushed" features Andre expressing his feelings for Jade in a song titled "365 Days". In 2018, a Polish erotic novel named 365 Days (which was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey) was published and later adapted into a 2020 film. The premise of the novel and movie is a woman being held prisoner by an Italian gangster who tries to make her fall in love with him. The series version of the song "365 Days" even has some lyrics that can be seen as troubling if viewed in a less flattering light:
    I will try everything, To make you come closer to me.
    • "Tori The Zombie" becomes a lot funnier after the incident of a woman trying to sue Gorilla Glue after she used the product in place of hairspray
  • Hollywood Homely: Trina and Robbie suffer the most:
    • Trina: In "Ice Cream For Ke$ha", a boy who came on to Cat, Tori and Jade is repulsed when Trina offers to let him kiss her. Can't imagine any straight or bisexual male turning down a chance to kiss Daniella Monet.
      • Even earlier, in "Wi-fi In The Sky" the idea of getting a close-up look at Trina's butt is supposed to get the response "Gross!" instead of "Thank you". It's probably the sweat stain...
    • Robbie may not be a drop dead stud, but he's average at worst. Yet people seem to find him repulsive.
    • The reason the gang had to particpate in Sinjin's game show in "The Worst Couple" is that the original contestants were not better looking, even though all of them looked like average teenagers.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: A frequent response to the issues raised by the show's eventually rather large Periphery Demographic, who tended to be more critical of the Character Exaggeration and the more juvenile, sometimes non-sensical storylines, with others reminding them that this all is indeed aimed at children rather than their own age group. Of course whether that's a valid rebuttal in saying that the show needs to be viewed with lowered expectations or occasional suspension of belief solely because it's aimed at kids is obviously up to debate.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Not the show itself, but the "Tori hate" became so grand that resulted in many Tori fans and even fans who never truly loved her, but never truly hated her either, to make statements and videos about Tori not being as awful as her haters make her out to be and showing some genuine moments about her as well as some Hidden Depths.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Despite being obnoxious, Trina does kinda receive a bunch of lash from everyone that isn't really deserved. Not even her own family wants anything to do with her. It doesn't help that in just after pulling a Moment of Awesome in "Helen Back Again", Rex ruins her performance in the next episode ("Who Did It to Trina?") because she punched him, leaving her seriously injured. Tori's the only one in the Vega family who seems to actually appreciate Trina because if it wasn't for Trina, she would have never gotten into Hollywood Arts.
    • Jade, barely halfway through season 1:
      Jade: (close to tears) "This kite is broken. I was just walking around and (voice breaks) I saw this kite stuck in a bush, and... and it's broken and someone needs to fix it!"
      • Jade in "Wok Star". Hard not to feel sorry for someone who had her play rejected by the school, then got offered the chance to perform it, only to have the person funding it force her to change a scene in a way that was going to make her play look like a joke in front of her overly-judgmental father. (Who, by the way, hates that she wants to be an entertainer.)
      • Jade again in "the Worst Couple". And Beck in "The Worst Couple."
    • Mona Patterson can count within the show's standards, while she was mean and grouchy to the girls she becomes this when Cat's candle causes a fire that burns her house down.
    • Ponnie (Fawn). More on the jerkass end of things. She may have been crazy but she's convinced that the reason she was removed from Hollywood Arts (a school that its students love) was Tori's admittance. So her mayhem against Tori comes from sadness in addition to all the crazy.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Has a fair amount of retroactive viewers, primarily because it's the show that launched one of the world's biggest pop stars of the later 10s...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Cat is the prevalent fandom bicycle, having popular pairings with Tori, Jade and Robbie, and semi-popular pairings with Beck, Andre and Trina, and a popular Crossover Ship with Freddie from iCarly (Now that Sam And Cat is out, Sam has joined the ranks). Just like Sam from sister show iCarly, the fandom interpretation of her is bisexual.
    • Jade also seems to have attracted a similar amount of ships, with her popular pairings being Tori, Cat and Beck, semi-popular pairings with Andre and Robbie, and a Crossover Ship with Sam from iCarly.
    • Tori, too, with popular and semi-popular pairings with every major character (even Rex!) and a crossover ship with Carly from iCarly.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kicking Tori out of Hollywood Arts in Helen Back Again.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Cat.
  • Moral Event Horizon: "Breaking up" with Tori becomes one in hindsight for Ryder Daniels when its revealed he was just using her to get a good grade and would've dumped her the moment he didn't need her anymore anyway. This means he broke up with her simply to play with her emotions and make her come begging for him to take her back. A more onscreen one would be telling the boy hooking up his mic that he can have Tori in about 5 minutes once he was through with her. His delivery is so callous it makes it clear he doesn't have any regrets about breaking someones heart.
    • Jade crosses it when she steals the pint of Tori's blood, which Robbie needed, so Tori would be unable to perform. Let's rephrase that: She potentially put two people's lives in danger just because she got snubbed the lead role in a play.
    • Cat and North Star. Cat misled a whole bunch of people who were probably in life-threatening situations for a week. A bunch of people probably died because of her, and she didn't even get upset when her friends pointed it out.
    • In "Wok Star," Jackie Bonet (Trina in disguise) feigns a heart attack in the middle of a restaurant, and while the other patrons are concerned, the owner (Ms. Lee) takes a picture with her while Trina's on the floor to have put it placed on her "wall of celebrities". When the waiter asks what to do with her, she tosses it out this lovely gem:
      Everybody: O_O
    • Vice Principal Dickers crossed it when he gives everyone detention just because they were late after saving Robbie from choking, giving Tori and anyone more detention just for any small slip up that was made, and to top it all off, harassing and threatening Tori in the Janitor's closet! None of this grants him any points whatsoever.
  • Name's the Same: Sikowitz is somehow not a guard in Linchfield Penitentiary. Or female.
  • Never Live It Down: Tori kisses Beck in the pilot. Both of them still take flak for it. Justified, as it's mostly from Jade. Jade is clingy and jealous towards Beck, and spiteful towards... well, everybody, but especially Tori.
  • No Yay:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tug in "Prom Wrecker", who turned out to be enough of an oddball to match Cat.
  • One True Threesome: For many, Cat/Tori/Jade aka Catorade.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show's audience skewed older than the usual tween demographic pretty early on, thanks to an attractive older-teenage cast and a rapidly growing LGBT fanbase.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Tandré (Tori/André), Bori (Beck/Tori), Bade (Beck/Jade), Jori (Jade/Tori) Cade or Jat (Cat/Jade) and Cabbie (Cat/Robbie). And that's just the most popular ships.
  • Protection from Editors: It's becoming more and more obvious as the radar list grows that we here at TV Tropes are... fans, to say the least, of the show. Considering the fanservice for both genders, can you blame us?
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Ron the Death Eater:
  • Rooting for the Empire: Whether or not it's a case of Vocal Minority, judging by fandom reactions Jade was becoming far more popular than the main (and more ostensibly sympathetic) character Tori, with many rooting for her attempts to foil Tori to be successful.
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Signature Scene: The scene where Tori sings "Freak The Freak Out" and pulls away her wig. The way she touched the microphone is just iconic!
    • The conversation in the third act of "Tori and Jade's Playdate" has garnered a ton of praise from the LGBT Fanbase and even inspired aninatics and reenactments.
  • Signature Song:
    • "Freak The Freak Out"
    • The Theme Song "Make It Shine"
    • “Take a Hint”
  • Shipping:
    • The most popular ships are:
    • Ship Mates: A common triple Ship Mates consists of Tori/André, Jade/Beck and Cat/Robbie. It avoids anyone having to Die for Our Ship or even having to break the only canon pairing up.
    • For those that prefer the Ho Yay side of things (despite the unlikeliness of the pairings being canon), Jade/Tori and Robbie/Beck make the most popular pairings along with Cat/Andre as an amiable Pair the Spares move.
      • Tori/Beck can be this for Jade/Cat shippers, either to set the stage (if Tori steals Beck away) or as a means of throwing Beck a bone (if Tori and Beck get together after he and Jade break up).
      • Things get a little more interesting if your One True Pairing is Jade/Tori. The Ship Mates for that one can end up being Cat/Beck or Cat/Robbie (the former being ideal, as it allows you to avert both of the popular Jade pairings). May also involve a nasty breakup between Beck and Jade in order to set the stage. Unfortunately, there aren't many people who've been willing to set those two up together.
      • Paradoxically, Jade/Beck and Cat/Jade go very well together. Beck/Jade stories will often have some focus on the Cat/Jade friendship, or even a nod to the romantic ship, or even (in rare cases) say that Cat and Jade are Friends with Benefits.
    • Likewise, Cat/Jade stories will often develop a Beck/Jade friendship after the break-up, or have Beck and Jade still together.
  • Shipping Goggles: Most (if not all) passionate shippers of both the Beck/Jade and Jade/Tori ships tend to prefer their pairing over the other pairing.
  • Ship Sinking: One of the most angry complaints of Beck/Tori shippers was every time it became apparent the ship was sunk, they would once again ressurect the Ship Tease between the two... only to blatantly sink it again.
  • Ship Tease: Happens a decent amount. "Jade Gets Crushed" is huge one though. There's Jade/Andre as the main plot with some Tori/Andre and possible Tori/Jade in the scene where Tori dresses and acts like Jade.
    • Tori/Jade gets more Ship Tease than the canon Tori/Beck in season 2, turning Jade into a classic Tsundere for Tori, while Tori seems to be pushing Jade's buttons to try and get Jade to admit her feelings for Tori.
      • Pushed even further in Season 3 when they actually go on a date (albeit mandated by Sikowitz).
    • Beck/Cat in "Andre's Horrible Girl" - notice that when the Disaster Dominoes starts he shields her first?
    • Tori/Beck in "Opposite Date".
    • Cat/Robbie in the Berry Ball episode.
    • For a pairing that wasn't very popular, Robbie/Tori got a massive amount of Ship Tease. It gets especially frequent in Season 3 with the almost kiss in “April Fools Blank” and their "date" in “How Trina Got In”, for example.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Nowhere near the legendary ship wars of iCarly, but in a show that provided a lot of fuel for Shipping perhaps it was inevitable there would be a few quarrels,
    • Noticeably there was a vocal anti-Beck/Tori stance in the fandom early on, especially among the supporters of the instantly popular Beck/Jade pair, perhaps leading to strong downplaying the Love Triangle that was supposedly set up from the pilot despite the former being moderately popular overall.
    • Once Jade/Tori grew increasingly popular there were some minor Beck/Jade v Tori/Jade feuds when it became clearer they were the most popular ships inside the Beck/Tori/Jade trio. Often it could lead to rather childish arguments or ship warring, with increasing hate-tagging by Jade/Tori shippers and outright denial of those character's possible bi/homosexuality (even in subtext) by Beck/Jade shippers, as well as the tendency to explicity invoke that Moral Guardian's sway over kid-centric television and general homophobia would always keep Jori from being canon.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Trina's one-woman show. Eventually weaponised by Robbie to avoid writing a bad review.
    • Trina's acting/singing in general.
    • Robbie's songs about broken glass may also count, depending on the definition of bad.
      • Speaking of, "Favorite Food".
    • The entire April Fool's Day episode was so over the top and riddled with meta jokes that its hard not to laugh at the pure insanity.
  • Sophomore Slump: see Seasonal Rot, above.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Forever baby" and "Give It Up" from "Freak the Freak Out" to ""Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Lady Marmalade" respectively.
    • "5 Fingaz 2 da Fase" is this to "Baby Got Back".
    • "The Gorilla Club" uses the "Hammer Dance" as a Running Gag, the actual dance is about right but the music used is not "U Can't Touch This".
  • Squick:
  • Take That, Scrappy!: “The Bad Roommate” was one big Humiliation Conga for Jade, and to many, it was satisfying to see Jade finally get comeuppance for her actions.
    • Trina being severely injured after her harness malfunctions during a school play in "Who Did It to Trina?" (for that matter anytime someone calls out Trina for her selfish tendencies).
  • Testosterone Brigade: Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Gillies, Victoria Justice and Daniella Monet would rank right up there for 'hottest female cast' ever in a (supposedly) children's TV show.
  • The Scrappy: Fans did NOT react well to Rex's, or should we say Christopher Cane's, greatly increased roles in the "Evenings with Victorious" and "iCarly". Possibly a reason for his Ensemble Darkhorse status is getting in a few funny lines and dissappearing for a majority of the episode.
  • The Woobie:
    • Cat in "WiFi in the Sky". The poor girl was just having some fun with the effects... Granted, she was distracting everyone from the project and not really helping, but she's Cat. Tori could've known what was going to happen if she yelled.
      • Cat again, in “Cat's New Boyfriend”. Her squeaking voice and devastated facial expression when she caught Tori on the act of kissing her boyfriend makes you want to hug her. When she asks "Why would you be mean to me?" the moe/woobiness is just amplified.
      • Cat at the end of Crazy Ponnie. And then there's the time she was dogsitting at the house with expensive things that kept breaking. And the time she wound up living in the school attic because her parents moved away and her only alternative was with mean relatives. It's like they were going for Break the Cutie here.
    • Sinjinn. He's not COMPLETELY ignorant.
    • Robbie. He’s awkward, quirky and an immature nerd that can makes decisions that inadvertently get his friends in the worst situations like eating large portions of caviar that’s over-budget, choking on a pretzel which gets everyone late and stuck in detention for some weird reason and worst of a all, accidentally an small octopus which the gets everyone locked up but he’s still genuinely sweet, caring, friendly and loyal that’s extremely heartbreaking when his friends, Trina, his parents, his own puppet Rex and pretty much almost everyone mistreats him for the pettiest of reasons and constantly makes him feel bad for himself especially he’s already so insecure to the point of self-loathing. In one episode, it's even implied that his mother left because of him. He’s clearly not perfect, but he’s actually quite talented and a sympathetic and lovable character that deserves so much better.
    Andre: Why are you crying?
    Robbie: Sometimes, it's hard for me NOT to cry...
    • And then there's Andre in "Jade Get's Crushed."
    "But if I sing her the song, then she'll know how I feel, and then Beck will know, and then I'm a bad person, and I promised my grandma I'd never be a bad person . . . you know, before she lost her mind"
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: If you were a fan of Taina, you may hate this show, especially when you consider Nickelodeon screwed over the former and more or less adores the latter... right up until they cancelled it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The iCarly crossover. There was little to no interaction between characters from either show except for the ending. The plot was the same of “Beggin On Your Knees” except the villain is a two-timer, and Tori was the only one with major interaction with the iCarly gang, as well as a minor rap battle between Robbie/Rex and Sam.
    • A case of What Happened to the Mouse? in "Jade Dumps Beck", where Jade tried to give Beck a dog only to have it get violent on his dad. Jade later refused to drive Tori home, claiming "it's not that far a walk". Surely letting Tori take the huge dog that's only docile in her presence (she helps blow its nose!) would settle the safety issue.
    • In "Prom Wrecker", Jade tries to ruin Tori's prome. It was mentioned earlier that Cat got 12 gallons of blood for Jade's (cancelled) show. Now, what exactly could she do with blood at a prom she's trying to ruin?
    • The end of "Tori Tortures Teacher" shoehorns one last gag in to avoid What Happened to the Mouse? - Tori keeps the bunny she'd gotten for Sikowitz, and they sit on a couch watching CSI. And that's it. They missed an opportunity to end the episode with a proper line, and have the tv provide the accompanying YEEEAAAAAAHHH to wrap it with.
    • "Jade Gets Crushed" is a major one for Jandre shippers. With Andre falling in love with Jade, they could have him and Beck fighting, Jade feeling conflicted, and maybe giving Cat an actual role. But no. A commonly cited explanation for this is the controversy surrounding interracial dating.
    • "How Trina Got In" could've been a good opportunity for Trina to receive Character Development and reveal that she does have talent, but instead, she performed during Sikowitz's Mushroom Samba, thinking she was talented.
    • "Helen Back Again" could've had Trina actually get kicked out of Hollywood Arts, discover her true talent (martial arts) that becomes apparent in that episode, and actually have her turn down that path and ironically gain what she most wants (fame and glory) through actual hard work and something she's good at, but why would the show give up such an easy comic target?
    • In agitation similar to Jandre shippers, the final scene from the play in "Tori and Jade's Playdate" where Tori and Jade play a married couple showing affection is the time, in of all episodes, to deny a climatic stage kiss? Not to mention the episode in general was the perfect opportunity for the pair to officially mend fences, but no, that was saved for "Tori Goes Platinum". The common consensus is that had the show not been made for kids or had it aired in the later half of the 2010's at the earliest, they'd be dating.
    • A frequent complaint of Beck's detractors was that he came across as merely a Satellite Love Interest to Jade and Tori. Breaking up with Jade could have been a good opportunity for Character Development by having him get more individualistic storylines, but during him and Jade's Official Couple split he was only featured prominently when Ship Tease came into play.
    • "Three Girls and a Moose". Trina appearing this week would have been the perfect chance to twist the knife, making Moose fall for her over the other three girls, especially with Trina showing up in a mess. But there's NO WAY that'd happen, right?
    • After Robbie and Beck shared a b-plot in "A Film by Dale Squires", the pairing's popularity grew considerably and many thought it could blossom into the show's sweetest Odd Friendship while filling several episode side-plots, relieving Robbie at least a little from being the constant Butt-Monkey of the group and give something for Beck to do than just ship-teasing or being Jade's Boyfriend, and not to mention massive Ho Yay fanservice- but beyond a few minor interactions they had little to do with each other from season 2 onwards.
    • Many were surprised by the ContinuityNod's, previous episode references and main characters other than Tori having their slap updates displayed that were conspicuous in "Robbie Sells Rex", with some thinking the show was suddenly going to become more cohesive episode-to-episode and put the spotlight on more of it's supporting characters. The episodes that followed, however, didn't follow suit. Either they didn't have the chance to put in these newly discovered tactics before the show's cancellation, or this episode just proved to be a strange anomaly.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Despite the general success of Dan Schneider's works as a whole, the series in general was hard pressed to live up to the praise of Drake and Josh and iCarly, and Zoey 101 to a lesser extent. This could be responsible for the show not being quite on the level of the previous works per se, and ultimately kicking the bucket in the end.
    • If compare Victorious to its rival Hannah Montana in terms of ratings and music sales, this show is so....mediocre. Without its iCarly lead-in, the show only got around 3 to 4 million viewers, even the one-hour specials only got around 5 million viewers. Moreover, the show soundtracks barely even dented the billboard charts!
    • Even still, some thought that since Jade was getting punished for her actions (One of the major complaints of Sam and Megan) and no-one's a perfect character (Like in Zoey), that it was actually better than both.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Any original plays written by the gang can fall into this, from Jade's re-audition film from "Helen Back Again" to Tori's play where Trina only spoke in alien in "Who did it to Trina".
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Robbie. In season one, his Butt-Monkey moments were somewhat justified. However, this got Flanderized to his friends treating him like dirt for no reason. Watching the later seasons, you'd be thinking to yourself no wonder he's a jerk to them.
    • Hope Quincy from Andre's Horrible Girl. Yes, she is spoiled and controlling, but Andre only kept dating her to get a music deal with her father, he breaks up with her on her birthday, and when she is seriously injured from a piece of falling debris, her own father won't go to the hospital with her, choosing to listen to Andre sing.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Jade in The Worst Couple. The writers want you to feel sorry for her that Beck broke up with her, but it's hard to actually do that when she acts like a spiteful bitch to everyone. Giving a "Reason You Suck" Speech to her so-called friends and breaking Sinjin's leg by running him down make the audience cheer for her misery rather than feel sorry for it.
    • Tori in "The Hambone King" when telling her friends about her time with Gerald. Her statement, "Gerald was jealous of me, because everyone knew I was better at hamboning than he was," puts on the impression that she actually told people she was better than him, and makes her seem arrogant rather than sympathetic. It's no wonder he partnered with Suzie McCallen.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Jade's season 2 hairstylenote , according to this wiki , has not been seen favorably. In all fairness, according to Liz Gillies, this change came because she felt that she needed a tan after finding herself pale in a bikini in "Survival of the Hottest" (Which she lampshades hilariously). But the producers may have went a bit too far.
    • In an interview Gillies explains that she was actually too pale and needed to be darkened. This change may not have been wise in conjunction with the other alterations to her appearance.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Robbie in the show is often portrayed as the awkward, nerdy loser of the group and is constantly the butt of the jokes, but fans typically consider him to be a very sympathetic, endearing and hilarious character who's unique talents are not as appreciated as everyone else and his relationship with Cat is often one of the most popular pairings in the show.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Some see Tori as this, though she's more complicated than most tween-sitcom heroines and averts the boy-crazy, image-obsessed cliqu'e, her character's considerably less mercurial than the likes of Jade or Cat nor noticeably more talented, so there are some that prefer if more episodes or perhaps the entire show would focus on one of them.
  • Vindicated by History: Although it hasn't been that long since Victorious aired, apparently it's been enough for good ol' nostalgia and re-examinations to happen. Many elements of the show are even more awesome in hindsight, like Tori and Jade's duet "Take a Hint." Especially post-#MeToo, people appreciate that the song is about consent. It's also notable for the fact that the guys described in the song are introduced as initially attractive, but their good looks don't mean shit when they're sexually harassing girls. (This particular song is also Harsher in Hindsight, though, when allegations against showrunner Dan Schneider came to light.)
    • Though it's only been a few years since the show ended, after the show ended it was gradually forgotten about. By 2019, a combination of Ariana Grande's becoming one of the most famous singers alive, Nickelodeon's Kid Coms not living up to snub, and the Periphery Demographic getting older led many to come back and discover the show was actually much funnier and higher quality than they remember. Nowadays it's upheld as one of Dan Schnieder's best works and his last truly great work.
  • Wangst: Andre. Certain plotlines usually had him lamenting about a certain disaster either to his talent or a budding musical career, prompting Tori to step in and help for the rest of the episode. Other examples of this include him doing the same thing with his always kissing girlfriend and never being stung by a bee.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • Obviously aimed at the younger set (it's on Nickelodeon) but despite the broad humor it's much more of a young adult show, thanks to the older cast, massive amounts of innuendo, many Fanservice and constant hinting at darker and more mature themes lying below it's seemingly tame kiddie-sitcom surface.
    • Some think the comedic violence sometimes goes way too far for what's acceptable in a kid's show, especially concerning Jade's actions in episodes like Tori Gets Stuck and Crazy Ponnie.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Oddly enough this was questioned with both Jade and Beck, as they both broke off their relationship with each other during the show's run. Mainly with Jade's it's why she would go back to Beck as a consolation prize after he was turned down by Tori, as it's never made clear they acknowledged or discussed that moment whatsoever before getting back together, and with Beck seeming to want Jade back because other relationships being too 'easy' and he gets bored easily... but with Jade's constantly controlling Clingy Jealous Girl routine and the general Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome of their relationship, it's debatable if this doubles as sending the message that it's more important for a romantic relationship to be in constant conflict and not be boring rather than one based on mutual respect and seeing eye-to-eye.

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