How the Troy-Gabriella and Gina-Ricky Romances Define the High School Musical Franchise

Catchy songs, impeccable choreography, and youthful energy are the qualities that have epitomized the “High School Musical” franchise. However, the franchise would not be the phenomenon it is today without its signature romances.

For many people who came of age during the mid to late 2000s, Troy and Gabriella’s relationship was the defining romance of that era. The ups and downs of their relationship kept fans hooked for the length of the original “High School Musical” trilogy.

Following in the footsteps of Troy and Gabriella are Gina and Ricky of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Even with such a tough act to follow, Gina and Ricky proved more than up to the task, and they have garnered the support of many new and returning “High School Musical” fans.

Let’s take a closer look at both relationships and how they evolved throughout the franchise.

Troy and Gabriella’s Romance

Per this article from Vox, “High School Musical” screenwriter Peter Barsocchini took inspiration from the film “Grease” while weaving the story of Troy and Gabriella. Although the dynamic of Troy and Gabriella was inspired by another classic tale of love, there’s no denying the fact that their story has blossomed into something unique.

What began as a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve quickly grew into a budding friendship fueled by a shared passion. Once they get to know each other better, not even firmly entrenched high school cliques could deny Troy and Gabriella’s love for one another.

As their relationship evolves, Troy and Gabriella go through more obstacles and even break up for a short period. By the end of the “High School Musical” trilogy, Troy and Gabriella decide to take separate collegiate paths but remain close together in both heart and mind.

In an interesting twist, actor and “High School Musical” alum Corbin Bleu revealed that all may not be well for Troy and Gabriella. This article from Entertainment Weekly passed along Bleu’s comments, noting that the two lovebirds are in couples’ therapy. Whether Troy and Gabriella can overcome this latest relationship hurdle remains to be seen.

Gina and Ricky’s Romance

Unlike Troy and Gabriella, Gina and Ricky of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” are not shown to have an immediate romantic connection. The show’s early seasons offer no indication that Gina and Ricky are more than friends.

Although the romantic spark was not immediately present, it seemed like producer Tim Federle always meant for there to be something more between Gina and Ricky. Federle revealed that Gina and Ricky inspired each other in ways that fans were not originally privy to. That revelation and the little developments that drew Gina and Ricky closer to each other gave their romance greater meaning.

The more familiar route Gina and Ricky’s relationship traveled resonated with fans. It differs from the story Troy and Gabriella told but remains endearing and beloved nonetheless.

Romances have always been central to the “High School Musical” franchise. Whether you’ve been a fan since the start of the franchise or hopping on a bit later, there is no shortage of great love stories for you to enjoy!