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    Jade West (seasons 2-4)

    Jade West (seasons 2-4)
    "Nobody likes you." Yeah we know Jade.
    Gender: Female
    Type: Meaner Popular Girl
    Age: 16-17
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Liz Gillies
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Victorious
    Sam & Cat

    Jade West is one of the main characters of the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She is Tori's former nemesis and Cat's best friend. She was played by Elizabeth Gillies.

    She was tolerable in season 1 of Victorious and the entirety of Sam & Cat. But in seasons 2-4 of the former, she was horribly flanderized.

    Bad Qualities

    1. She has been flanderized from a mean girl with a softer side to a heartless bully who is rude to almost everyone around her and attacks people when things don't go her way.
      • For example, in "Prom Wrecker", she went into a rage when she couldn't do her play and destroyed Tori's prom to get revenge on her. Lesson learned! Two wrongs make a right!
    2. She doesn't treat anyone with respect and has major anger issues.
    3. She often takes advantage of students with lower status. She makes people like Sinjin and Robbie help her with something and doesn't even bother to thank them.
    4. She is a complete bully and is really rude to Tori for little to no reason.
    5. She likes to talk about things that are gross and disturbing and also inappropriate for a kids show.
    6. She was pretty unlikable in "Brain Squeezers", where she's basically upset that her "friend" got something good. Just because a good thing happened to Tori, doesn't mean it was a good idea to commit identity theft and unfairly enter the competition (That may have been partly Tori’s fault for rubbing it in).
    7. She often bullies weaker characters like Cat. It seems like she insults her just to make herself look good. Ironically making her come off as weak, seeing as those she picks on don't fight back.
    8. Just like Cat, she was given less performances than the rest of the cast with the exception of one song "You think you know me".
    9. She gets little to no consequences when she does something illegal (or just plain mean) and gets away with it, thus making her a Karma Houdini.
      • For example, in "Tori Gets Stuck" she did a handful of illegal things, like looking at someone's medical records without permission, and purposefully misplacing a patients blood just so she could be in a play.
        • She was also super unlikable in that episode. She kept whining over Tori not choosing her. And same with Steamboat Suzy, she kept whining over not getting a part.
      • In "Brain Squeezers", she also made a fake ID of her to get into a competition. In real life, doing things like that could actually get you in jail.
      • In "The Gorilla Club", she exhausted both Robbie and Andre with the Hammer Dance and even humiliated Andre in front of a girl he was talking to.
    10. Her imitations of Tori's voice, her insults, and her jokes aren't good at all (despite the laugh track).
      • And "Only the people who help find the letter get to come" from "Ice Cream for Ke$ha", and "Who me why I'd never hurt my dear sister Trina, not me Sweet Sally Peaches" from "Who Did It to Trina?", and the laugh track suddenly howls at these infamous and nerve-crawling Tori-mitations.
    11. To sum it up, she just became another mean popular girl.
    12. She is seriously obsessed with Beck and (for some reason) goes ballistic and overreacts when he talks to other girls, thus making their relationship extremely toxic.
    13. She, alongside Tori, has done some pretty unsuitable, inappropriate things that look very out of place for a Nickelodeon kids' show, evident when:
      • In "Prom Wrecker", she somehow sneaked a shrimp into Tori's bra. When Tori licked the top of her punch can... Jade still drinks it with a satisfied look on her face. This is one of two different episodes that show they don't really mind drinking after each other.
      • In "Tori and Jade's Play Date", there was a deleted scene of Jade yelling at Tori's butt. Jade looks at Tori's specific "suitor" and she has a similar irritability towards all of Tori's (one-episode) boyfriends.
      • In "Cell Block", when Tori sat on Cat and spanked her, Jade joined Tori in sitting on Cat's back.
    14. She also has plenty of other sexually suggestive scenes, usually by hint, and those are often done for the sake of comedy, but they come off as uncomfortable and inappropriate rather than funny.
      • In the aforementioned episode "Tori and Jade's Play Date", Jade appears to slap Tori's butt during the performance of their song. Not to mention, later she's licking her lips from the same hand she slapped her butt with while she was walking toward Tori.
    15. She often threatens to hurt someone when they're doing something she doesn't like. Or sometimes she might just threaten them for fun.
    16. She has very little character development throughout the whole show.
    17. She's all bark with no bite, as seen with her interaction with a female prisoner in "Locked Up!". If not for Tori, she would have been dead.
    18. She had a bad childhood and a strained relationship with her father, but since that was never developed in the series, it seems like it was just put there to make her "sympathetic".

    Good Qualities

    1. She was a much better character in Season 1 and has redeemed herself in Sam & Cat.
    2. She's still talented. In Tori fixes Beck and Jade she gave an outstanding performance for You Don't Know Me which was written by Elizabeth Gillies herself. It is the only single sung by a side character in the whole show.
    3. Even if she treats Tori like crap, there are several times where she's actually decent to Tori. In "Tori Goes Platinum", when she sees Tori not kiss Beck out of respect for Jade, she feels guilty and pays her back by giving up singing at the Platinum Awards and returning it to her.
    4. She isn’t completely heartless and shows some occasional kindness. For example, when she felt sympathy for Cat, who had been living in the school attic because her parents moved away.
    5. She still has a lot of funny moments.
    6. Jade does occasionally get her comeuppance, like in "The Worst Couple", when Beck stands up for himself against her for her toxic behavior, which leads to their break up (until near the end of season 4). But that doesn’t remove her from the Karma Houdini party.
    7. Even if it was never developed and was just put there to make her "sympathetic", her bad childhood and strained relationship with her father is probably the reason why she's a heartless bully.
    8. Elizabeth Gillies still does a good job playing her.
    9. Despite her flanderization, the series would not be the same without her.
    10. She's most likely intended to be disliked.


    • Liz Gillies is best friends with Ariana Grande.
    • She returns for a spinoff episode in Sam & Cat and is (slightly) less rude.
    • The short film for "A Film by Dale Squires" implies Tori and Jade are lesbians.
      • In the episode "Tori and Jade's Play Date", while the titular duo was on that date, they were hit on by two guys they weren't in to, and ended up singing them a song called "Take a Hint", which basically seems like the song equivalent of "Sorry, But We're Gay". It's possibly implied the two guys courting Jade and Tori perceive them as a legitimate couple on a date, but obviously having few restraints still hit on them anyway.
        • While the credits were rolling, there was a shot of Liz Gillies about to kiss Victoria's face, while the latter was still dressed in drag.


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