High School Stereotypes In Movies/TV That Are Almost Never Realistic

In movies or T.V. that have teenage characters or are set in a school, there are always some "stereotypical" behaviours of the characters. This list is pretty much about the way teenagers are potrayed in teen movies and if that's 100% realistic in the real world. Enjoy!

The Top Ten

1 The bitchy mean cheerleader that is very popular but in reality feels alone

I can't even express how much the popular cheerleader stereotype bothers me. Most cheer teams don't even use pom poms. It's really physically grueling, and dangerous - keycha1n

Breakfast club has many stereotypes. The princess, jock, criminal, brain, basket case - RustyNail

They always use that, yet most cheerleaders in real life are really nice. - Jester_Spades

Quinn fabray from glee

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2 The dumb jock

For me, the typical jocks who base their lives on the status of their favourite team and think that athleticism is the most important thing to them are annoying, but people can enjoy playing sports and getting fit, including the most academic of students. I'm a hard-working physics geek myself, and I enjoy the martial art which is the main thing keeping me fit, and so, is pretty important. - PositronWildhawk

I've seen that one so many times too. The society in general tends to believe that people that are involved with sports are not clever or intelligent, but that's another stereotype that's just not true. I mean, look at me. I'm like the female version of Sheldon Cooper in school but sports are something that I still enjoy doing and I'm sure that there are a lot of jocks that love Star Trek or something. - ShyChick

This is an overused stereotype. I played softball and soccer while being in the top 10% of my class and I have a brother that wrestles and plays football all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Just because a person is good at one thing does not mean they are bad at another. I dislike when people try and fit me or others in a box because we may be "jocks" or "geeks." - NerdBunny

How could all jocks be dumb if exercise is good for your brain?

3 The loner, that kid standing in the corner with no one to talk to

Fortunately, that's not a stereotype I see very often. It really annoys me though every time I see it because I'm extremely awkward and introverted as a person and I hate when they potray shy people as outcasts that have nobody to talk to. Everyone has at least one friend or a close family member to talk to. Nobody is alone. - ShyChick

I am a little bit of a loner but I have 5 friends, I'm mostly around my boyfriend and my sister and my friend Lazuli. - MeaganSaysHI

4 The dumb blonde

Hair color has nothing to do with brain power. The smartest girl that went to my high school is blonde and she was valedictorian. - NerdBunny

This is one of the stereotypes I hate not only in high school but in general in life. The colour of our hair says nothing about who we R. It's our personality and intelligence that do. - ShyChick

Last year, just before I left primary school (Year 6) I was the smartest in my school (IQ 120). I am blond (But I am still male). - coolguy101

This stereotype makes no sense at all. I have blond hair and I'm pretty smart. I swear the guys who make Pokemon purposefully made Clemont with blond hair just to break down the stereotype.
#ClemontIsAwesome! - RiverClanRocks

5 The loud black girl with an attitude

Half the black girls in my school are normal. - MeaganSaysHI

Mostly black girls are potrayed SO WRONGLY in popular culture. Most of them are potrayed being loud, ghetto and talking in an accent. Some black girls are like that, but I have a lot of black friends and they are well spoken and polite. I haven't ever seen in a film or a T.V. show a black girl that doesn't have a "diva" attidute. - ShyChick

Eesh. As a black female, I can see where people ate coming from. But hey, I grew up in the ghetto anyway X3. But still. My mother raised me to be a polite young lady, who can mess you up if you disrespect me or my family.

6 The "ugly" girl that wears glasses

In every teen movie or T.V. show they need to have "the ugly" character. Have you ever noticed that most of the time this girl wears glasses? What? Girls with glasses are attractive and sophisticated. - ShyChick

Not all girls with glasses are ugly... - listotaku17

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7 The bully that ends up being bullied

That's positive when it happens in a movie it's like "Treat others as you'd like to be treated", but it rarely happens. - ShyChick

No one is ugly at my school but lots of people there get bullied. - MeaganSaysHI

In real life, bullies can get bullied by their parents. - Connor360

8 The violent jock that actually has feelings deep down

This stereotype is kinda like the "dumb jock" one, with the only difference that in this particular situation girls make up this stereotype so they can make excuses for their crush when he treats others like crap. - ShyChick

Jake Dillinger- Be More Chill
Rich Goranski- Be More Chill

9 The Goth

Where have the young goths run off to?

10 The nerd that wears glasses, gets straight As and has zero social life

Being a glasses wearer myself I don't like how glasses seem to equal high intelligence and zero popularity. Not that I want to be seen as dumb or anything. It's just that I don't like the falseness represented. People can be goofy, sporty, artsy and wear glasses too. Glasses just mean you have bad eyesight. It does not automatically equal intelligence. Plus being smart doesn't mean you don't have friends or social standing. - NerdBunny

The smart guy in my class interacts with his friends a lot. These stereotypes are not accurate whatsoever. Smartness and social life don't correlate. - listotaku17

I'm a nerd, and I have the first two qualities on this item, but certainly not the third. - PositronWildhawk

When you think about it, we're all nerds, really.

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The Contenders

11 The ugly girl turning super popular overnight

That doesn't happen - Jester_Spades

HAHAH not really. I mean no one that I know or have seen at my school are particularly ugly. I don't know.

12 The nerdy Asian

Yes, because all of one race HAS to be nerdy.

Heavy sarcasm

13 The Teachers
14 The person that knows all the secrets

That's definitely me. Everyone thinks this person is an outsider but really he's the biggest insider there.

Lol this makes me laugh. How do they get their perfectly timed information? But I have to admit at my old job I was the go to person that people liked to dump all their personal info on. Sometimes it was ok but other times I was just like "Why are you telling me this? " They're lucky I'm not some maniacal villain that would store that info for later use...mwahaha! - NerdBunny

Jenna Rolan from Be More Chill
Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls

15 The girl that does not even go to school there but shows up everywhere
16 The flamboyant guy who everyone thinks is gay but isn't

High School Musical - Ryan?

17 The emo

There is one emo but shes just strange

There are barely emos in my school, there are only 2 students that are emo in the whole 9th grade at my school. - MeaganSaysHI

18 The toff
19 The Cute Preppy Popular Girls and Guys

I don't mean jocks but those rich very mean very snobby like Mckenzie holster jerks - Ihaskitty1234

Like Mackenzie Hollister?

That's me actually.

That's me

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20 The player

That guy that plays girls faster than a game of Uno against a toddler.

21 The Player That Finally Falls In Love

I love this one

22 The Girl That's Not a Geek but Always Gets Overlooked
23 The Teachers that Fall in Love with Each Other
24 Overachiever

A+ Student, wants to win everything and is very competitive. Their often a perfectionist and are very hard on themselves

25 The bad boy

Do you need an explanation?

I have to admit I can be a sucker for this one but I prefer the goofball who will watch superhero movies with me and go to Harry Potter World anyday. - NerdBunny

26 The Group of Outcasts
27 The Rivalry Between the Gym Teacher and the Music Teacher
28 The Best Friend

Michael Mell- Be More Chill
Grover- Percy Jackson
Martha Dunnstock- Heathers
Jared Klineman- Dear Evan Hansen

There's a lot of these...

29 The All American Girl

Often a cheerleader or student president. A prime example is Betty Cooper from riverdale

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Top Remixes

1. The bitchy mean cheerleader that is very popular but in reality feels alone
2. The dumb jock
3. The loner, that kid standing in the corner with no one to talk to


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