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  • Canon Sue - A minor exmaple, Noelle Sussman. For the first couple seasons she was merely a recurring background character, and at the end of the second season this is lampshaded when Hoodsey points her out to Carl as the perfect test subject to use their vanishing powder on. After Carl uses the powder on her, he and Hoodsey begin to notice that Noelle is genuinely awesome and she quickly catapults to become the base of Carl's unhealthy obsession with her, and he desperately sells his prized eyeball just so he can afford the reveral potion (and he didn't need it anyway because Noelle had just transferred across town). Later episodes make her Carl's love interest and she acquires telekinetic powers. During the finale, while many characters suspect foul play behind the sabotage of Lois and Dr. Dave's wedding and try to find out what's going on, Noelle is the only one that knows the truth and reveals it to everyone at the end.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome - The above mentioned trope. Also several people online enjoy making dramatic covers of the song "little seal girl."
  • Foe Yay - Exhibited between Carl and Blake with the fact that the latter keeps a framed photograph of Carl on his dresser among other events, one involving Blake getting straddled on a hospital bed.
  • Jerkass Woobie: In the final episode Blake of all people becomes this. Before he was an arrogant Smug Snake, but than when his dad is forced to liquidate all the resources he has to fight his court battles he and his family lose everything and he's reduced to begging Carl for help finding a home. What clinches it is when Blake actually starts crying when Carl accuses him of faking. Hell Carl actually feels sorry for the poor bastard.
  • Les Yay - Miranda and Courtney's friendship, as well as Courtney's reaching out to Ginger come off as this.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Miranda crosses it in the very first episode (save the pilot), "Ginger the Juvey", when she tricks Ginger to steal the "enter" sign at a bank for Courtney's gift, so that she can call the police to arrest her, just because she simply hated her.
  • Nightmare Fuel: And She Was Gone the video helps.
  • Too Good to Last
  • Toxic Friend Influence - A lot of Ginger's problems seem to stem from Dodie giving really awful advice; perhaps the most obvious example being the episode 'Next Question', when Dodie encourages Ginger to ask out a teacher she's crushing on. She's also incredibly self-centred, such as when she tries to break up Ginger and Darren, and in the very next episode she thinks Darren's party (organised by Ginger,) shouldn't go ahead because she's not allowed to go (never mind all the inconvenience it would cause to the other guests). Even Courtney, who is billed as the popular ditz, often proves herself to be a more supportive and caring friend to Ginger than Dodie.
    • Fridge Brilliance: They're in Middle School, a time when kids haven't mentally matured and tend to be more Self-Absorbed
  • Wangst
  • Warped Aesop - The whole "Ginger's mother not letting her shave her legs" thing is the most Egregious example, but there are others.
  • The Woobie: Ginger in Episode 54. Her boyfriend breaks up with her.....and she gets appendicitis the same night.
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