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The Sequel Series to Boy Meets World that premiered on Disney Channel in 2014, Girl Meets World follows the adventures of Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), the daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, accompanied by her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) as she goes to meet the world.

Part of the DCLAU, GMW's second season premiered in 2015, and its third in 2016, before it was cancelled. Its last episode, "Girl Meets Goodbye", aired on January 20th 2017.
Tropes used in Girl Meets World include:
  • The Ageless: According to "Girl Meets the Bay Window", Lucas.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Missy in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack." Even Maya can't stand her.
    • Ava Morgenstern had the makings of a pint-sized version until she gained some Character Development.
  • Ambiguously Human: Before Farkle's birth certificate was shown, see "Running Gag", all the BMW alum suspected that he was either a clone of Stuart Minkus or a Ridiculously-Human Robot.
  • Amicable Exes: Shawn and Angela.
  • An Aesop: While there's usually one for each episode, the moral of the series is Be Yourself.
  • Answer Cut: Where could Riley possibly live in New York City with only $17 to her name? Cut to Maya's bedroom.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: As Eric Matthews leads the school in asking, why does Lucas let Maya insult him? He can clearly give as good as gets. No answer is ever given.
  • Ascended Extra: Smackle, Ava, and Zay were only meant to be one-episode characters. They ended up becoming major parts of the core cast.
  • Audience Surrogate: Zay in Season 2, asking the questions any new viewers would ask.
  • Awesomeness By Analysis: Farkle may not be able to throw a basketball but he can certainly calculate the trajectory of the throw.
  • Bag of Holding: Maya's locker.
  • Betty and Veronica: Riley is the Betty to Maya's Veronica and Lucas' Archie. Riley/Lucas wins out in the end.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Maya was broken from a very young age when her father walked out on her and her mother, as we see in flashbacks.
    • Riley suffers this in a major way during "Girl Meets Rileytown," and a good chunk of season two has her insecurity getting the better of her ("Girl Meets Cory and Topanga", "Girl Meets Texas").
    • Eric in "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington" when he learns he was chosen to run against a corrupt senator just to make said senator look good. Riley and her friends drag him out of it. With Cocoa Puffs.
    • Farkle gets hit with this in "Girl Meets Flaws," though he bounces back fairly quickly.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Poor Shawn remains this. He gets better when he becomes a Parental Substitute to Maya.
    • Maya. She even refers to herself as this in "Girl Meets Flaws," saying that when she owns it she doesn't feel as bad. She gets better, though.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Eric Matthews is insane but he also ran a successful campaign to become a US Senator.
  • The Cameo: Herbie Hancock makes one in "Girl Meets Brother."
  • Character Development:
    • Believe it or not, Jennifer Bassett. The same girl who dumped Shawn, forbade him from seeing Cory, then kidnapped him and tied him up married Stuart Minkus and became a surprisingly good mother. She's no saint, granted, still pretty bossy and scary, but compared to the parent series she's mellowed out quite a bit.
    • Shawn, who was defined by his belief that life was a television show back in BMW, decides against living in the apartment above Cory's since this is life and not a sitcom.
  • Children Are Innocent: An Enforced Trope. The "Riley Committee" exists to shield her from troubling information that might cause her to stop being a barrel of sunshine and rainbows.
  • Cloudcuckooland: St. Upidtown. And of course, Eric Matthews is the mayor.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Riley has her moments. To quote Shawn, she's "a strange little bird."
    • But of course, she cannot compete with Eric Matthews.
  • Control Freak:
    • Some people mellow with age. Topanga is not one of those people.
    • Riley has her moments, Maya even saying that Riley has an uncontrollable need to fix other's problems.
  • Crossover: With Austin and Ally in "Girl Meets World: Of Terror 2."
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason For Abandoning You: Subverted. Kermit thinks had a good one for abandoning Katy and Maya (being unable to provide for them) but Maya, while grateful for this explanation, doesn't accept it as good enough.
  • The Danza: Ava Morgenstern is played by Ava Kolker.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: "Girls Meets the Secret Life" establishes that Lucas was expelled from his school in Texas and held back a year. He was also apparently much more violent.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much more-so than its Disney Channel contemporaries.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Girl Meets Fish" has Auggie playing detective to find out which among Cory's class killed Chelsea, the class goldfish. It was Auggie himself, who fed her graham cracker crumbs without realizing they'd swell up inside her and kill her. What's more, this isn't even the original Chelsea: the students have all had a turn taking care of a fish, gotten it killed, and replaced it. The pet store even gives them the latest one on the house and has named all his fish Chelsea, revealing he's all too used to this by now.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Even taking Mama Bear into account, getting a family arrested for four counts of tax evasion simply because someone doesn't like Riley is a bit much.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Smackle to Farkle.
  • Ditzy Genius: Mixing it in with Ping-Pong Naivete, Riley may be a straight A student but she will also look right at a clown's flower with that dopey grin of hers.
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune: "Take on the World" is sung by Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Shawn and the Harts, but especially Shawn. The parent series never shied away from how rough his life was, and in GMW it's revealed he couldn't hold onto the first woman he truly loved. His first appearance shows he's still quite the broken man, but in season three he finds Second Love in Katy, marries her, and adopts Maya. Shawn finally found his own happiness and stability, and provided the same for two other people with serious abandonment issues.
  • Entitled to Have You: Charlie, basing it on how much he knows about Riley.
  • Expy:
    • In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", Shawn outright describes Riley as "Cory with Topanga's hair."
    • Maya to Shawn. Makes it awkward when they first meet.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: Farkle Minkus. To the kid's credit, he doesn't view it as such.
  • Flanderization: Eric Matthews may have been something of a ditzy buffoon when BMW ended but he's totally insane here.
  • For Want of a Nail: "Girl Meets World: Of Terror 3" explores an Alternate Universe where Riley and Maya never met. Without their support group, the friends are all stunted, one-dimensional versions of themselves. Auggie also doesn't exist in this world.
  • Friends Rent Control: Averted for the Matthews apartment (Cory and Topanga are professionals with high paying jobs).
  • Genre Savvy: Overtime, the gang, Farkle in particular, seem to be realizing that they're living in a coming of age story.
  • The Ghost: The bully in "Girl Meets Rileytown."
  • Growing Up Sucks: The gang, mainly Maya's, issue in "Girl Meets The Bay Window." It sucks but they can't do anything about it.
  • Halloween Episode: "Girl Meets World: Of Terror." Happens Once a Season.
  • Happily Married:
    • Cory and Topanga.
    • Joined afterwards by Katy and Shawn.
  • Heroic BSOD: Riley experiences quite the epic one in the season 2 episode "Girl Meets Rileytown" when she's being bullied via text. She loses her cheerfulness, lashes out at Maya, and cries her heart out. Something that she's never done before.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • High School Sweethearts: Cory and Topanga are still pretty much the Trope Codifiers but this trope is discussed a few times where it's pointed out that it does not always pan out.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Cory moans and groans that Auggie and Ava are too young to "get married" during their little impromptu wedding in the Matthews' living room... when he and Topanga declared themselves "married" as early as four years old!
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Riley has her moments, sometimes feeling that she won't live up to her parents and lacks a special skill like her friends do.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode follows the format of "Girl Meets X."
  • Incoming Ham: "I'M AVA MORGENSTEEEEEEERN!"
  • Insane Troll Logic: Practically how Eric Matthews communicates.
  • It's All About Me: "Girl Meets Gravity" was dedicated to doing away with Riley and Maya's belief of this.
  • Karma Houdini: The bully in "Girl Meets Rileytown" never gets any on-screen punishment, instead fleeing when Riley demonstrates that everyone loves and accepts her for who she is. Though this could be exactly the point.
  • Lampshade Hanging: On the parent series' loose continuity when it comes to Cory and Topanga's romance. Their first date was either on the playground as toddlers, catching fireflies when they were six, or playing laundry basketball when they were twelve.
  • Large Ham: She doesn't do it much, but Riley can ham it up with the best of them.
  • Last-Name Basis: Isadora Smackle.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Riley got her mother's hair and intelligence but her father's everything else.
  • Meet Cute: Riley and Lucas.
  • Morality Chain: Riley to Maya, big time.
  • Not Important to This Episode Camp: Farkle is absent for "Girl Meets Demolition," likely due to the fact that his wealth would end the plot in about fifteen seconds.
  • Odd Friendship: Nerdy Farkle and strongman Lucas.
  • Only Sane Man: Lucas.
  • Official Couple: Technically Riley/Lucas becomes canon but Riley/Maya is the real one. They've even got matching rings.
  • Overprotective Dad: Cory doesn't take kindly to Riley getting close to Lucas in season one. It turns out he has a good reason, though, and not just "I don't want my little girl talking to a boy." Lucas was actually a lot more violent back in Texas, and Cory feels a need to keep watch over him and his interactions with the other students to make sure he's changed. Topanga might be considered a Distaff Counterpart when it comes to Auggie and Ava's relationship, even if she does warm up to Ava as time goes on.
  • Parental Abandonment: Maya's father, Kermit, left her and her mother. Shawn, another victim of it, considers it to be his Berserk Button.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Cory and Topanga started as this for Maya, whose father abandoned her and whose mother Katy worked all the time. This was phased out when Katy took a job at the bakery so she could be closer to Maya.
    • Riley does her best to invoke this with Shawn, who's own life has been just as rough as Maya's. Her attempting to play matchmaker for Shawn and Katy while encouraging Shawn to be Maya'a father figure is an ongoing arc that successfully ends with Shawn marrying Katy and adopting Maya.
    • Topanga behaves like more of a mother to Ava than Ava's own mother, who is said to be too busy yelling at her husband. This helps Topanga soften up towards the girl, whom she initially finds irritating and and dislikes for bossing Auggie around.
  • Poke the Poodle: Riley's attempts at teenage rebellion include her being seven minutes late coming home and buying a t-shirt with "bleh!" written on it. Cory and Topanga can't even keep a straight face. Repeated with Riley's Gothic persona of "Morotia M. Black." Topanga simply cannot take her seriously.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus in Season 2.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As said above, and demonstrated with Shawn and Angela, people do not necessarily marry their High School Sweethearts. People's lives can take them in different directions because they want different things.
    • Cory and Topanga are shown frequently working. You have to work a lot to live the way they do in New York City. Spinning off from that, Shawn finds out that it's impossible to survive with less than $100 even in one weekend in New York.
  • Replacement Goldfish: See "A Day in the Limelight" above.
  • Running Gag:
    • Farkle's birth certificate, or lack thereof. It's ended in a season 2 episode where his mother presents it.
    • Topanga (literally) throwing Ava out.
    • Cory's never going to tell the class what happened in Belgium in 1831 is he? He does, in the final episode.
  • Sequel Series
  • Ship Sinking: "Girl Meets Master Plan" establishes that Shawn and Angela didn't work out. They tried, but they were two different people whose Character Development took them to different places. It happens.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Farkle gets loads of this with Riley and Maya each, beyond his proclaimed love for them. It lessens as the series goes on and Farkle hooks up with Smackle, though.
    • Lucas gets this with Riley, Maya, and Smackle.
    • Zay and Maya get some of this in "Girl Meets Bear", with him actively wanting to date her. It doesn't really go anywhere, though.
    • Josh/Maya, to the point where he offers to do a Jail Bait Wait for her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Maya is a clear supporter for Shawn/Katy.
  • Spin Offspring:
    • As said above, Riley is the daughter of Cory and Topanga. Same goes for her younger brother Auggie.
    • Farkle Minkus is the son of Stuart Minkus and Jennifer Bassett, that unhinged ex of Shawn's who tried to have him "break up" with Cory and went so far as to kidnap him. Thankfully, she's mellowed out some over the years. Cory even says he's no longer afraid of her.
    • Evan, from "Girl Meets Ski Lodge", is the son of Lauren, the girl that accidentally got between Cory and Topanga.
  • Stylistic Suck: Riley's art.
  • Super Strength:
    • Every now and then, Riley shows that she packs a punch.
    • Lucas is no slouch either, Maya believing that he could pick up Riley's bed with one arm.
  • Take Over the World: Farkle's life goal prior to his Character Development.
  • Teens Are Short: Averted with Riley (who is taller than her mother starting in Season 2, and she was already pretty close in Season 1) but played very straight with Maya (to the point of serious angst about it).
  • Tempting Fate: What could be worse than a male gym teacher teaching Riley about the developing female body? Cory teaching Riley about the developing female body.
  • That Wasn't a Request: Topanga is very prone to this. When it happens, Don't Ask, Just Run.
  • They Do: Shawn and Maya's mother Katy in season 3.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Minkus and Jennifer.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maya and Riley respectively.
  • Took a Level In Kindness: As said under "Spin Offspring", Jennifer Bassett is much kinder than she was in BMW.
  • Toy Ship: Auggie and Ava, in-universe. They even have a little play "wedding" in the season 1 finale.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: It only shows up in one episode, but tacos for Cory and Maya. This reaches Serious Business levels when Maya is forced to miss 25-cent Taco Day to look for Riley's lost teddy bear.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Frequently mentioned as the reason for why Maya is so good at art. Her home life is terrible. Riley, who has a great home life, is terrible at art. Discussed in season 3 when Maya realizes her art may be losing its edge as she gains more hope, and tries to become a bad girl again only to stop herself.
  • True Companions: The friends bicker all day long, but when the chips are down, they have each other's back. "Girl Meets Rileytown" really emphasizes this.
  • Two-Teacher School: By and large, Cory is the only teacher at both John Quincy Adams Middle and Abagail Adams High School. Lampshaded on more than one occasion where the main characters note that Cory is a History teacher but he's been seen teaching English, Science, and Math.
  • You Are Grounded: "Girl Meets Her Monster." Riley, as so many did in BMW, learns that getting on Topanga's bad side is a hilariously bad idea.
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