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A Disney Channel Original Movie. It's about a girl named Mitchie Torres who goes to a music camp during the summer. There, she meets a pop star. She sings a song that inspires him. He falls in love with her.

Tropes used in Camp Rock include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelization for the first movie expands on a lot of characters motivations, fleshes out the romance and even gives Tess a happy ending.
  • Advertised Extra - Nick and Kevin Jonas' characters were heavily promoted due to the fact that their brother Joe plays main character Shane Gray. It becomes less so in the sequel.
  • Aesop Amnesia: It's really quite impressive that Tess managed to make a Heel Face Turn twice in two films.
  • Alpha Bitch - Tess, one of the most over-the-top examples. Hell, she even sings a song with lyrics like "I'm too cool for you" and "You see, some are born with beauty, brains, and talent, and they got it all".
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Peggy and Ella get tired of Tess's domineering attitude near the end of the first movie and leave her to do her performance alone. Unlike most examples, they eventually forgive her.
  • Be Yourself
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why Tess is genuinely sad for Mitchie when Camp Star wins; inverted in that it's the justification for most of the Camp Stars coming to Camp Rock at the end.
  • Butt Monkey: Played with in Kevin's case; it's not malicious, as everybody actually likes him.
  • Billing Displacement - The Jonas Brothers were billed equally in the promos for the first film, despite the fact that Nick and Kevin only played minor characters. It's toned down in the second film where they get bigger parts and Nick's character even gets a love interest.
  • Billy Elliot Plot
  • Brainless Beauty: Ella
  • Calling The Old Lady Out: While it outwardly appears to be a song about a relationship on the rocks, "Two Stars" can also be read as Tess calling out to her mother to pay attention to her for once.
  • Can't Believe I Said That: Nate in the second movie, when Dana says she thinks he has pretty eyes. After she leaves:

Nate: I think you have pretty eyes too. Stupid!

  • Captain Ersatz: The Jonas Brothers play their own as Connect 3.
  • Capulet Counterpart: Dana in the sequel
  • Celebrity Star
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Between this, the Hannah Montana appearance, and his Jonas role, Kevin Jonas seems to have been typecast as this.
  • Concert Climax: Of course.
  • Cool Loser: Mitchie and Caitlyn
  • Corner of Woe: Played straight after Shane lectures Mitchie
    • Tess after seeing that her pop star mom was getting ready to leave for another tour.
  • Creator Cameo: One of the writers, Julie Brown, randomly has a scene as a counselor.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Peggy, who wins the "Final Jam" competition over Tess and Mitchie.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Tess; arguably inverted by Camp Star (or the majority of the Camp Star kids) in the second film.
  • The Ditz: Ella and Jason
    • Luke has shades of this aswell.
  • Deus Ex Machina: Seriously now, Camp Rock is spared from being closed down because Camp Star doesn't have any campfires? I know they had to have some way to keep the antagonists from winning completely, but come on....
    • This is justified and lampshaded by the song 'This Is What We Came Here For', in that while kids like Luke (and Tess) are dedicated towards having a musical career, most of the campers from both camps are simply average kids who have some musical talents and wanted to go to a summer camp where they could also play music.
  • Evil Counterpart: In the second film, Luke for Mitchie, and Axel Turner for Brown.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tess, whose mother is always working. Her mother came to see her in the competition, then walked out on her when she was performing.
  • Girl Posse: Peggy, Ella and briefly Mitchie.
  • Heel Face Turn: Once again, Tess
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese dub, Speedor is Shane Gray.
  • "I Am" Song: "This is Me", "Here I Am", "Too Cool", "Introducing Me", and, to a lesser extent, "Who Will I Be?" which doubles as an "I Want" Song and "I Am Becoming" Song
  • Informed Loner: Mitchie
    • She was only meant to be a loner in the first movie.
  • In Name Only: Camp Rock also teaches dance classes. Which is fine...until the sequel where we learn they also teach fashion design classes.
  • In with the In Crowd - Mitchie tries this, hiding how she's a Scholarship Student.
  • Invisible Backup Band: A lot, most noticeably when Shane sings "Gotta Find You".
    • Perhaps its best use is in the song "Introducing Me" where after the line "I like the sound of violins" violins begin backing the acoustic guitar being played by Nate.
  • It's All About Me: Tess and Shane at the beginning
  • "I Want" Song- "2 Stars", "Gotta Find You".
  • Jerkass - From the first film, Shane during the first act and Tess in both movies.
  • Karma Houdini: Tess basically bails on her friends for glitz, glamour, and air conditioned cabins. Keep in mind, these are the people who forgave her after she spent a whole movie treating them like crap, welcomed her as a friend with open arms, and never spoke of her previous unpleasant behavior again. She suffers no consequences for ditching them like that and leaving Camp Rock to flounder. Even though she makes a Heel Face Turn at the end (yes, again), it doesn't really do much to take the sting out of that.
  • Name's the Same: Tess Tyler, which was also an Olsen twins character in one of their movies.
  • Power of Rock!
  • Retcon: Camp Rock goes from 'elite music camp for the rich' to 'darkhorse camp with nothing good to offer' between movies.
    • The first movie frames all the songs as performances while the second has them happen High School Musical style.
  • Scholarship Student: How Mitchie is able to attend the camp. Her mother gets a job to cater the camp and Mitchie goes along.
  • Shout-Out: In 'Tear it Down' Tess' outfit looked somewhat familiar.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the High School Musical franchise.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song - "Introducing Me" sounds suspiciously similar to Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours".
    • Jason Mraz has called them out on this.
  • Talent Double: Peggy/Margaret's vocals are provided by Wild Orchid and Kids Incorporated alumna Renee Sandstrom.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Invoked when Kevin points out to the young Camp Rockers that they can't expect for him, a rock star, to show them how to be rock stars if they can't show him respect.
  • Those Two Guys: Barron and Sander. Peggy and Ella would also count if Peggy didn't step up to the plate and sing on her own.
  • Tomboyish Name: Mitchie
  • Totally Radical: Whatever major loser!. Lampshaded by Mitchie.
  • Villainous BSOD: Tess when, during her song, she sees her mom getting ready to go on tour. She then fumbles her way through the end of the song and nearly gets knocked off the stage by a prop.
  • Villain Song: Two of them, both Camp Stars' "Fire" and "Tear it Down".
    • "Too Cool", as well.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Tess. The reason for most of her Alpha Bitch behavior in the first film was to be good enough that her Mom would finally pay attention to her. It hits her pretty hard when her Mom finally shows up to one of her shows and then walks out on her to take a phone call.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mitchie really shouldn't have let Luke taunt her into accepting Axel's camp sing-off challenge.