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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

My main reason for why I love this scene is that it grants Troy a happy ending – a choice that ultimately gives him all three of his loves and a chance to break free from expectations and to follow his own instincts, not his father’s or Chad’s; it grants him an opportunity to do something bigger than the miserable life he was predestined to lead in Albuquerque. But, even more than that, I love his way with words when it comes to Gabriella. He never says he loves her – although he quite obviously does, probably even more than she loves him – but he says something much more powerful. She inspires his heart. She inspires him. She encourages him to be the best he can be and with her to guide him along the way, he can do anything. With her, there’s truly not a star in heaven that he can’t reach.

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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

I like this scene because they’re so comfortable here. This is the only time in the first movie we see them so confident around each other; they’re even quite blatantly flirting! It’s nice to see them have a moment like that amongst the increasing chaos and pressure that is building around them, but the lack of scenes like this makes me wish that we’d seen more of the progression of their relationship from friendship to the romantic variety. I wish we’d seen more of them being aware of their feelings for each other and sort of dancing around it. However, I’ll take what we can get and this scene is definitely a nice look into their early romantic relationship.

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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

Despite this scene obviously being that first magical night they spent together, I love this scene because it is also very telling for the instant emotional connection that plays such a huge part in Troy and Gabriella’s relationship. Earlier in the scene, we see them falling into an easy conversation in which they hang on every word the other says, but the scene ends on a rather awkward note after they share that intense gaze. However, this seems to be a good kind of awkward, the kind that two people who are dancing around their feelings for one another display. And when Troy smiles like a lovesick fool after they have exchanged phone numbers and Gabriella has left, it really can’t be any more clear to me that what they just experienced was truly the start of something beautiful.

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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

This scene is my absolute favourite Troy/Gabriella scene and one of my favourite scenes out of the entire trilogy. I’d choose this one over the big kiss scenes for one simple reason: it’s so important. It’s important for both Troy and Gabriella’s individual character arches, but also for the story itself and for Troy and Gabriella’s relationship. The simple kindergarten metaphor makes clear that their emotional connection runs much deeper than anyone would expect and the fact that it’s Gabriella, the shy freaky math girl who didn’t have any friends at her previous schools and who I personally believe has trust and commitment issues (I know this is technically a head canon, but I think it would explain a lot about her personality and why this scene is so important), who reaches out in this manner increases the impact. And then she goes on to be the very first person to encourage Troy to be more than just the basketball guy, to reassure him that there’s much more to him than what the status quo expects of him. In this scene, this moment, a fundamental shift in their characters takes place which allows them to break the status quo later on in the movie and become more than just the basketball guy and the freaky math girl. This moment allows them both to grow and become their own person.

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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

I love this scene because of the natural interactions and chemistry between them. It is refreshing to see them not being the centre of attention (which is why I did not add captions to the gifs) and just being them. No epic lines, no angsty conversations, just Troy and Gabriella snuggling in the background. While I still think they steal the scene, I feel like this is also important – to showcase the subtle, small moments and how comfortable they are around each other. After all, it is the small, simple things that really matter.

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joyce’s top ten troy/gabriella scenes (in chronological order)

This is one of the few more serious scenes that I truly like. The significant issue in this scene is trust. Troy feels comfortable enough to admit his love for the stage, while Gabriella explicitly announces her support for him, which is something not a lot of people grant him. This is the first time that Troy openly admits that he does not want to go to U of A, even though he still has a long (or well, not so long) way to go until he finally accepts his passion for performing. Meanwhile, Gabriella also attempts to open up to him and tell him about the honours program, which, judging from both earlier and later scenes, appears to be difficult for her. This could tie back to her obvious, but underdeveloped trust issues, but either way, it’s a turning point for both of them. The trust seems to come easy and it appears to be natural for them to confide in each other and that is so important in any relationship.