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  • Acceptable Target: Stacey Dillsen. Even Zoey doesn't really treat her like a person.
  • Arc Fatigue: Even In-Universe, Lola and Quinn got tired of Zoey being Oblivious to Love and Chase being unable to confess his crush.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Dana. While she has some fans, the fact that she's more or less a female Logan doesn't endear her to many. Little wonder Lola was so beloved.
    • Zoey to some extent. Namely whether she's an interesting protagonist, and a genuinely nice girl who anyone would be lucky to have as a friend, or if she's a boring goody two-shoes Creator's Pet whose sheer competence borders on Black Hole Sue and makes her uninteresting.
  • Can You Hear Me Now: So much of the drama Zoey and Chase went through in Spring Break-Up could have been avoided if Zoey had just called Chase on his cell phone instead of wandering around looking for him all day.
  • Contractual Purity: This became an issue when Jaime Lynn Spears, 16 at the time, became pregnant. Contrary to rumors, this is not what caused the show to be cancelled as the network had already made the decision to do so and filming for the final season had already been wrapped up before Spears became pregnant. However, it did raise the issue of whether or not to air the final season.
  • Creator's Pet: Zoey, a rare occasion where the protagonist is one.
  • Designated Hero: Zoey in Hands on a Blix Van. She offers Logan a totally fair compromise that's totally in character for her and Logan himself shows some great Character Development by accepting it... but Zoey stabs him in the back and takes the prize for herself.
  • Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Zoey to some extent. Sure she's a nice, helpful girl but compared to Quinn and Lola, she can sometimes come off as rather boring. In fact, Hands on a Blix Van dedicates its subplot entirely to Quinn and Lola and it was universally better received than the main story.
  • Designated Villain: Logan on some occasions, most notably Miss PCA (to be fair, he did start the problem this time but it was Zoey and Lola who took it too far, even Quinn feels bad for him), Rumor of Love (especially since James and Zoey do end up dating by the episode's end), and Anger Management (where a single moment of anger at Dustin is all it takes to ruin Logan's reputation and subject him to anger management followed by everyone trying to deliberately provoke him).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quinn.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There is a following for Michael/Lola. Almost foreshadows the fan love for the oft-overlooked André/Tori pairing. The other half of the fandom religiously follows the canon heterosexual Ship Mates.
  • First Installment Wins: It's the first series to be explicitly set in the Nick Verse and often regarded as the best of the bunch.
  • Foe Yay: Logan has this with all the females in the series, but its most obvious and biggest case is with both Dana and Zoey.
    • Also with Lola, to a certain extent.
  • Fridge Logic: One episode the girls are trying to disprove the guys' theory that guys act different when hanging out with girls. So they disguise Lola as a guy. How does this prove their point if they don't know it's a girl?
  • Funny Moments: The ending of Wrestling has a bit of Black Comedy. When Zoey wakes up, she asks if she won the match only to learn, no it was Epic Fail so bad on her part, that it's now a state record for the shortest wrestling match (somewhere between 3 and 4 seconds).
  • Growing the Beard: The series really starts to hit its stride at the Season 2 premiere when Lola is first introduced.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Chase and Michael are very very close to one another. Combine that with Michael's Cuddle Bug tendencies and his constant support of Chase and the conclusion is sort of inevitable.
    • A lot of Quinn and Lola's interactions suggest that they're flirting with one another or bring the Like an Old Married Couple dynamic to mind. Given that Lola herself is Ambiguously Bi, one has to wonder if it's intentional on her part.
    • As a result of James and Zoey's lack of romantic chemistry, there's a semi-serious theory that Lola was trying to make a move on Zoey in the fourth season given the chemistry between the two.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • At the end of Lola Likes Chase, Lola senses that Chase isn't into her. When she talks to him about it, he admits that there's another girl. When asked who, Chase tells her that it's a girl from his hometown, and Lola lets him go. Surprise reveals that Lola was aware of Chase's crush on Zoey, but chose to spare their feelings.
    • The end of Zoey's Balloon. When it looks like Rebecca will reveal Zoey's secret, the rest of the gang loudly and publicly announces theirs to lessen their friend's humiliation.
    • Logan standing up for Zoey in Wrestling. Doubly so since it results in him being sent to the nurse.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Every time they show boys and girls hanging out in each others' dorm areas... what could possibly happen?
    • In the episode Time Capsule, the teacher says that in 20 years people will be laughing at their clothes. Lola says that her clothes will always be cute- and although her outfit was in style back then, it's now completely out of style. Of course Lola is played by Victoria Justice so whatever she wears will always be considered cute.
      • Fridge Brilliance: That means they're right on schedule to be back in style 20 years after the airdate.
      • In the same episode, Zoey mentions that she hopes they still have DVDs in the future. With the subsequent invention of blu-ray and later direct download/streaming it becomes hilariously dated.
    • Partly due to Dan's tendency to reuse actors, but Zoey's Balloon features Victoria Justice's character hatch a cunning plan to defeat Daniella Monet's. Sound at all familiar?
    • In another Hands on a Blix Van moment, Lola is shown to be crushing on a guy named Brad. Guess who would play Janet Weiss (love interest to Brad Majors) in the 2016 reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
    • Erin Sanders falling in love with a guy named Logan.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: All of the characters in the series (with the exception of Dustin) fall into this. Among the females Lola seems to be the most prominent with Chase and Logan for the males.
  • Moment of Awesome: Rebecca's Laser-Guided Karma at the end of Zoey's Balloon: the entire group tells embarrassing secrets to make Zoey's secret not look bad, then they all play the Macalana. Rebecca then flees in embarrassment.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The unnamed coach crosses this in Wrestling when he not only forces Zoey to join the wrestling team, but then admits that he was using her and that the whole reason he put her on the team was to get her in the tournament, make boys forfeit against her, and then lie to the ref saying she was "injured" so he could have another one of the wrestlers sub for her and get into the finals without being tired out. What a dick.
    • Rebecca dates Chase at the beginning of Season 3 and seems sweet at first, until we discover that she is out to keep him from ever talking to Zoey. When Chase finds out about this and dumps her, she ultimately becomes this when she gets ahold of Zoey's secret, threatens to expose it if she doesn't follow her orders, and forces Zoey to wear a banana suit and walk around campus (because she knew that Lola revealed that she was scared of people in costumes). She does get a nice kick in the ass from karma (see below), but still, Quinn put it right "Chase broke up with you because you're a bucket of nuts!"
  • Purity Sue: Zoey. Her life is so perfect it's ridiculous - she's insanely popular, is usually the leader of whatever project the other kids are making, is kind, pretty, smart, strong, weak (yes, at the same time), a great athlete, nearly every male character of her age have some kind of attraction for her, makes friends in the drop of a hat, solves everybody's problems... did I forget something?
    • It's a grave offence of the highest order to disagree with her.
  • Replacement Scrappy: James in a nutshell. He's a Nice Guy but he's a Romantic False Lead to the universally beloved Chase/Zoey meaning that most of the fanbase viewed him as wasting everyone's time. Doesn't really help that many found that Austin Butler and Jamie Lynn Spears lacked good chemistry.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Zoey for some. She's so utterly perfect and barely has to work hard for anything.
    • James, Chase's Replacement Scrappy. Nuff said.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4 is generally considered the weakest one given Zoey and James's Romantic Plot Tumor and Lola becoming more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Strangled by the Red String: In a rarely done good example, Logan and Quinn. They suddenly fall in love midway through the final season despite having little to no interaction before, and actually end up a very good couple.
    • There was the whole free throw subplot in Chase's Girlfriend. They had some nice Slap Slap Kiss chemistry there. Even though they didn't kiss, this troper wouldn't have been surprised if they had.
    • Zoey and James. He gets introduced in an episode and everyone instantly loves him, except Micheal and Logan, who still miss Chase. So in the end after everyone thought they were dating because they interacted, the end the episode with them getting together despite having no chemistry. Sort of Deconstructed as she later realizes she doesn't actually love him. It was still terribly executed and lead to the series' Seasonal Rot.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The end of Spring Break-Up shows Zoey's Text Machine right beside the fountain with Chase's email saying 'I Love you' sent, but it falls down to the water as it rumbles, and short circuits.
      • How about the end of Goodbye Zoey when Chase admits it to Michael and Logan?
    • The final scene of Chase's Grandma, where Zoey comforts a sobbing Chase in the rain after Chase's grandmother passes away.
    • Most of Goodbye Zoey where Poor Communication Kills causes Chase and Zoey's relationship to fall apart before she potentially goes away forever. The rest of the gang is literally in tears at the thought of losing their friend forever (yes, even Logan is fighting them back). In fact, Quinn and Lola (two very competitive girls) are so depressed that they later let the guys defeat them in basketball.
  • Too Good to Last: The show was cancelled due to budgeting issues on account of it being filmed on location and using naturalistic cameras. It still got a solid four seasons out but there was so much more story that could have been told.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Seems to be a largely downplayed opinion, but Lola's Ms. Fanservice moments can come across as this to some considering Victoria Justice was only 15 by the series' end.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Lola in Dance Contest. She pulls Obfuscating Stupidity to get with a hot British guy and when he finds out, he's pissed but still decides to go out with her on account of how sexy she is, though he does plan to have her eat an Egg Salad Sandwich knowing that she'll hate it.
    • Zoey in Dinner For Two Many. While yes, her date was screwed up, Quinn and Logan were there first, their date was also screwed up, and they're still treated as the bad guys. Led to Quinn and Logan being viewed as Unintentionally Sympathetic. In general, her being canonically Oblivious to Love for three seasons is also a sore point to some.
  • The Woobie: Stacy, without the slightest bit of doubt. In one episode she tried to audition for a play and got rejected before she could do anything. And in many others she and her cotton swabs are neglected.
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