History Film / SpyKids

2nd Feb '16 3:51:07 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* DullSurprise: Prevalent through the third film.
28th Jan '16 7:50:51 PM dsneybuf
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->''"My parents can't be spies; [[RuleOfCool they're not cool enough]]!"''
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->''"My parents can't be spies; [[RuleOfCool they're not cool enough]]!"''enough!"''

->''[[CallBack "Impossible... she's not cool enough."]]'' --> -- '''Rebecca Wilson'''
30th Dec '15 7:06:38 AM Jayalaw
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** From the second film: [[spoiler: courtesy of Felix, "[[EtTuBrute I said]] [[IronicEcho I'm not your uncle!"]]
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** From the second film: [[spoiler: courtesy of Felix, "[[EtTuBrute I said]] [[IronicEcho I'm not your uncle!"]]uncle!"]]]]
28th Dec '15 5:19:22 AM ShiroAkuma
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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriquez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriquez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.
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The character of Machete originated in this series, and a spoof of what he'd look like as a B-movie action hero later appeared in one of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' trailers. That trailer was eventually made into {{Film/Machete}}[[note]]and the sequel ''Machete Kills''[[/note]], a full-length exploitation flick parody. Alhough Rodriquez Rodriguez planned ''Machete'' starring Trejo long before ''Spy Kids'' started production, the project sat [[DevelopmentHell stagnant]] for years. In the meantime Rodriquez Rodriguez decided to insert a more family friendly version of the character in the Spy Kids movies. Which means that, yes, ''Machete'' and ''Spy Kids'' share a universe. Try watching these films the same way again.
13th Dec '15 9:09:21 PM Jayalaw
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* AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance in the ending. ** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for. * AgentsDating: The first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which they are some distance from each other since they're on opposing sides.
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* AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance AdrenalineMakeover: The kids undergo this in the ending. ** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for. * AgentsDating: The first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which film when they are some distance succeed in escaping Ms. Gradenko and her minions, by purchasing new outfits from each other since they're on opposing sides. a clothing store and donning sunglasses.

** Floop's [[spoiler: actually Minion's]] plan: replace all the world leaders' children with robot clones and infiltrate accordingly for a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
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** Carmen freaks out at the thought of her parents being turned into Fooglies, hence why she wants the Third Brain to enact a HostageforMacGuffin scenario. Overcoming that is part of her CharacterDevelopment. ** Floop's [[spoiler: actually Minion's]] plan: replace all the world leaders' children with robot clones and infiltrate accordingly for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Which means dozens of real children would be disposed of . . . * AdvertisedExtra: Watch a commercial for an upcoming airing of Spy Kids 3D on Disney Channel. Disney advertises it as "featuring" Creator/EmilyOsment, since she has become more well known thanks to HannahMontana after the movie came out, but she only appears in a brief conversation at the beginning and another brief appearance in the ending. ** Which is a bit ridiculous considering there were quite a few bigger name actors to invoke BillingDisplacement for. * AgentsDating: The first movie starts with their mother telling the story of the two spies who fell in love, with several dates...in which they are some distance from each other since they're on opposing sides.

** The kids' daily exercises at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have to enter a mission.
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** The kids' daily exercises at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have to enter a mission.mission for real. ** Juni's love of Floop's show. [[spoiler: His BrokenPedestal speech to Floop convinces the latter to make a HeelFaceTurn]].

** The kids' daily exercises * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Gerti in the second film. [[spoiler: She's implied that her dad has tried to take over the world multiple times, and pretends to be on his side to disable his plan and out him as a DirtyCop OSS agent, though at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have one point she lets the mask slip around Carmen to enter a mission.forge an EnemyMine.]]

* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Floop]] trapped in The Virtual Room, a case of AndIMustScream as he's projected on the screens. He says that you can't get out unless someone turns it off from the outside, which means [[spoiler: Minion]] wanted to trap him there for possibly an ''etenity''.
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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Floop]] trapped in The Virtual Room, a case of AndIMustScream as he's projected on the screens. He says that you can't get out unless someone turns it off from the outside, which means [[spoiler: Minion]] wanted to trap him there for possibly an ''etenity''.''eternity''.

* HannibleLecture: Carmen's robot double delivers one to Juni after receiving the third brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.
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* HannibleLecture: HannibalLecture: Carmen's robot double delivers one to Juni after receiving the third brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.

* HannibleLecture: Carmen's robot double delivers one to Juni after receiving HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Floop]] gets this when [[spoiler: Minion turns on him and locks him in the third brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre. virtual room]].

* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at the climax of the first movie. He goes ahead and activates it anyway.]]
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard: ** Floop [[spoiler: gets locked in the Virtual Room by Minion]], which was his invention. ** [[spoiler: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at the climax of the first movie. He goes ahead and activates it anyway.]]]] * HostageForMacGuffin: Ms. Gradenko while searching for the Third Brain at the safehouse suggests that the Third Brain could be exchanged for the Cortez parents's safety; even after Ms. Gradenko turns out to be working for Floop Carmen likes the idea. She only abandons it in favor of Juni's idea-- destroying the Brain-- when their robot doubles come to steal the brain from them.

* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HypercompetentSidekick: Minion in the first film. [[spoiler: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at the climax of the first movie. He goes ahead and activates it anyway.It's why he turns on Floop.]]

* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: IHaveYourWife: Minion gets trapped in his own BalefulPolymorph machine at suggests to Floop to capture Carmen and Juni for this reason, so they can be used against the climax of parents. Carmen and Juni aren't easy to capture, however. * ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko in the first movie. He goes ahead safehouse. Carmen realizes two gadgets the two are holding are quite heavy, and activates it anyway.]]use them as throwing weights while making her way towards the jetpacks. Juni, who had handcuffed himself to a metal lunchbox earlier, uses the lunchbox and to knock out at least one henchman.

* IndulgentFantasySegue: Gregorio has one in the first film * ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko in the
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* IndulgentFantasySegue: Gregorio has one in the first film * ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko film in the wanting to protect his son from a buly.

* JustifiedTitle: "Spy Kids" has a double meaning in the first film
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* JustifiedTitle: "Spy Kids" has a double meaning in the first filmfilm. * KarmaHoudini: Agent Donnagan for attempting [[spoiler: to ''murder'' all the Cortezes]], in that [[spoiler: he only gets fired from being President of the OSS. Though he does have to answer to his wife for what he did.]]

* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so to his double. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated grabbed by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so to his double. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.

* TheLoad: Carmen hold the impression that Juni is this in the first film, but it gets subverted in many ways. First, he realizes before she does that Ms. Gradenko is a DirtyCop working for Floop, that The Third Brain has to be destroyed, and [[spoiler: how to talk to the Fooglies]].
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* TheLoad: Carmen hold the impression that Juni is this in the first film, but it gets subverted in many ways. First, he realizes before she does that Ms. Gradenko is a DirtyCop working for Floop, that The Third Brain has to be destroyed, and [[spoiler: how to talk to the Fooglies]].Fooglies]], and [[spoiler: convinces Floop to do a HeelFaceTurn]]. Carmen eventually realizes this and tells Juni YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre. * LukeIAmYourFather: Machete in the first film reveals to the kids that he's their uncle after they come to his shop, and their "real uncle' since Felix is a fake, as Juni points out.

* MasterOfDisguise: Ingrid at the beginning of the first film describes how spies were this, and in the flashback she's shown to be changing wigs several times.
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* MasterOfDisguise: Ingrid at the beginning of the first film describes how spies were this, and in the flashback she's shown to be changing wigs several times. Carmen and Juni manage to purchase new clothes while on the run, undergo an AdrenalineMakeover and hide from the villains for a while.

* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the third film; Valentin deliberately releases the Toymaker from his virtual prison [[spoiler:just so he could personally forgive him for paralyzing him]]
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the third film; Valentin deliberately releases the Toymaker from his virtual prison [[spoiler:just so he could personally forgive him for paralyzing him]]him]]. * NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ms. Gradenko shows the kids how to communicate with the Fooglies by playing their audio backwards; guess what Juni uses later.

* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When the Carmen and Juni robots first show up in the first movie, Carmen repeatedly tries to beat up the solid metal robot Juni with her bare hands. This does not end well. Robot-Juni eventually writes her off and walks away in disinterest after she knocks herself out.
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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When the Carmen and Juni robots first show up in the first movie, Carmen repeatedly tries to beat up the solid metal robot Juni with her bare hands. This does not end well. Robot-Juni eventually writes her off and walks away in disinterest after she knocks herself out.out with an attempted head-butt.
13th Dec '15 7:34:40 PM Jayalaw
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** Electric bubblegum.

* ChekhovsGunman: Machete, Gregorio's "best man" at the wedding. He turns out to be the kids' uncle and a GadgeteerGenius.

* ChildHater- "It's good to be back, Alex. Let's never have children."
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* ChildHater- ChildHater: "It's good to be back, Alex. Let's never have children."

* ChildHater- "It's good to be back, Alex. Let's never have children."CloudCuckooLander: Gregorio thinks that Juni is this in the first film, but Floop is a bit closer, in that [[spoiler: he only realizes that he's not a bad guy when Minion turns on him and he's more focused on his show than on impressing Mr. Lisp.]]

* ChildHater- "It's good to be back, Alex. Let's never have children."CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Juni in the first film. His father thinks he's a CloudCuckooLander, his sister thinks he's an AnnoyingYoungerSibling, but he's very observant, remembers ChekhovsLecture from Ms. Gradenko, and gets cool ideas.

* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the first time gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so.so to his double. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: TheLoad: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double hold the impression that Juni is this in the first time film, but it gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- subverted in many ways. First, he realizes before she does that Ms. Gradenko is punch Juni-- and tries to do so. It turns out a DirtyCop working for Floop, that The Third Brain has to be destroyed, and [[spoiler: how to talk to the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.Fooglies]].
13th Dec '15 7:17:33 PM Jayalaw
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* BrickJoke: After getting captured, Ingrid snarks that only one of the kids is in diapers. Later on, Juni calls Carmen "Diaper Lady" while they're bickering, as he had threatened to do earlier..

* DirtyCop: More like Dirty OSS Agents, that are a running theme in the franchise.
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* DirtyCop: More like Dirty OSS Agents, that are a running theme in the franchise. Ms. Gradenko is one in the first film, serving as a DoubleAgent for Floop [[spoiler: actually Minion]]. In the second film Donagan [[spoiler: and Felix]] are this, which breaks Juni's faith in the OSS.

* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Danger D'Amo, head of the OSS]] in ''Spy Kids 4D''. ** [[spoiler:MoleInCharge]].
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* DoubleAgent: DoubleAgent: ** Ms. Gradenko in the first film. She drops the act rather quickly. ** [[spoiler:Danger D'Amo, head of the OSS]] in ''Spy Kids 4D''. ** *** [[spoiler:MoleInCharge]].

* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Danger D'Amo, head EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: ** Mr. Lisp has a son; Floop uses a robot double of "Johnny" to demonstrate the power of the OSS]] in ''Spy Kids 4D''. "spy kids". ** [[spoiler:MoleInCharge]].Donagan loves his children, [[spoiler: and [[DontTellMama is afraid of his wife]] ]].

* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Danger D'Amo, head FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Floop]] trapped in The Virtual Room, a case of AndIMustScream as he's projected on the OSS]] in ''Spy Kids 4D''. ** [[spoiler:MoleInCharge]].screens. He says that you can't get out unless someone turns it off from the outside, which means [[spoiler: Minion]] wanted to trap him there for possibly an ''etenity''.

* FunbagAirbag : briefly averted in a gag about being given a lift by the pilot of a flying backpack... you face AWAY from the pilot....
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: ** In the first film, Mr. Lisp hesitates to attack a robot double that matches his son to a tee, which ends up costing him. Later on, Ingrid and Gregori do a DoubleTake when they see Carmen and Juni's robot doubles, with similar results. ** Minion during the demonstration to Lisp gives a lot of cues to Floop. [[spoiler: When he gets the Third Brain, he uses the spy kids to depose Floop and trap him in The Virtual Room.]] ** From the second film: [[spoiler: courtesy of Felix, "[[EtTuBrute I said]] [[IronicEcho I'm not your uncle!"]] * FunbagAirbag : briefly Briefly averted in a gag about being given a lift by the pilot of a flying backpack... you face AWAY from the pilot....

* GlowingEyesOfDoom The evil robot kids from the first film
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* GlowingEyesOfDoom GlowingEyesOfDoom: The evil robot kids from the first film

* GlowingEyesOfDoom The evil HannibleLecture: Carmen's robot kids from double delivers one to Juni after receiving the first filmthird brain upgrade, about how he's "weak and useless". The real Carmen, incapacitated by Juni's double, delivers the inversion, YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.

* KickTheDog: Or at least [[TearJerker Squash the Bug....]]
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* KickTheDog: Or at least [[TearJerker Squash the Bug....]]]] in the second film.

* LargeHam: Sylvester Stallone in the third movie
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* LargeHam: LargeHam: ** Sylvester Stallone in the third movie

* LargeHam: Sylvester Stallone in LaserGuidedKarma: Carmen when she encounters Juni's robot double the third moviefirst time gets incapacitated by him. She then says "I've always wanted to do this" -- that is punch Juni-- and tries to do so. It turns out that the robot doubles are literally MadeOfIron, however.

* ParentsInDistress
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* ParentsInDistressParentsInDistress: The premise of the first movie.

* PetTheDog: In the first film's flashback, Ingrid was prepared to take out Gregorio, only he confronted her in the elevator, revealing without words that she was his target in turn. He then placed the photographs together, pressed the elevator button, and let her go. This led to their romance.
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* PetTheDog: In the first film's flashback, Ingrid was prepared to take out Gregorio, while they were still rival spies, only he confronted her in the elevator, revealing without words that she was his target in turn. He then placed the photographs together, pressed the elevator button, and let her go. This led to their romance.
13th Dec '15 6:47:52 PM Jayalaw
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* DirtyCop: More like Dirty OSS Agents, that are a running theme in the franchise.

* ImprobableWeaponUser: Carmen and Juni when confronting Ms. Gradenko in the

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* JetPackJetPack: Carmen flies one to retrieve the Third Brain from Floop's minions.

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* JetPackMasterOfDisguise: Ingrid at the beginning of the first film describes how spies were this, and in the flashback she's shown to be changing wigs several times.
13th Dec '15 5:56:57 PM Jayalaw
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* AdultFear: The first film is loaded with this: ** Gregorio tells Ingrid firmly that they aren't telling the kids the truth because they don't want Carmen and Juni to have nightmares about enemies coming after them. Which enemies eventually do, but that's not the point. ** Juni's getting bullied, he's made up friends so that his parents won't worry, and he doesn't meet Gregorio's approval because he likes Floop's show. ** Carmen has been skipping school, and [[BrickJoke she still wears diapers]]. ** Before the two get captured, Ingrid wants to call the kids from the submarine car. Gregorio barely convinces her not to. ** Floop threatens to turn the children into Fooglies during his dinner with Gregorio and Ingrid. Gregorio nearly charges at Floop, if not for the Thumb-Thumb guards. ** In the span of a few minutes, just before they're about to go on a normal school day, Carmen and Juni find out that Felix isn't their uncle, that their parents are spies who have been captured, and that something in their house was worth raiding. ** Floop's [[spoiler: actually Minion's]] plan: replace all the world leaders' children with robot clones and infiltrate accordingly for a CorruptCorporateExecutive.

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* PetTheDog: In the first film's flashback, Ingrid was prepared to take out Gregorio, only he confronted her in the elevator, revealing without words that she was his target in turn. He then placed the photographs together, pressed the elevator button, and let her go. This led to their romance.
13th Dec '15 5:49:23 PM Jayalaw
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* BrotherSisterTeam
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* BrotherSisterTeamTheBechdelTest: The movie passes this in the first five minutes, with Carmen asking her mother for a bedtime story. * BitchInSheepsClothing: Ms. Gradenko in the first film. She's introduced as the parents' liason when they go to find Floop, and as the agent who shows up to debrief the kids at the safehouse. When Juni realizes she came with Thumb-Thumbs however, which sink the sub, her mask fades away rather quickly. * BrotherSisterTeam: Carmen and Juni.

* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Rubber Band]] Machete Elastic Wonder
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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Rubber Band]] Machete Elastic WonderChekhovsGun: ** The kids' daily exercises at a home jungle gym makes them physically adept when they have to enter a mission.

* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Rubber Band]] ** Machete Elastic WonderWonder in the second film. * ChekhovsLecture: Ms. Gradenko when gaining the kids' trust in the safehouse shows them that Fooglies can communicate if you play their BlackSpeech backwards. [[spoiler: This allows Juni to communicate with them later.]]

* ClarkKenting: The dad, hilariously, simply puts on a moustache for his spy disguise.
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* ClarkKenting: The dad, hilariously, simply puts on a moustache for his spy disguise. Averted with the mom in the flashback, who dons several wigs and can change her outfits in a matter of minutes.

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* ClarkKenting: ConsultingAConvictedKiller: The dad, hilariously, simply puts on a moustache for his spy disguise.kids call [[spoiler: Floop and Minion]] in the second film to ask about [[spoiler: dirty OSS agents]].

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* ClarkKenting: The dad, hilariously, simply puts on a moustache for his CrazyPrepared: Spies have to be this way. Ingrid in the flashback to her spy disguise.days wore ''two'' wigs to change disguises while tracking down Gregorio.

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* ClarkKenting: The dad, hilariously, simply puts on DatingCatwoman: Ingrid and Gregorio met when they were assigned to take each other out as rival spies. Instead, LoveAtFirstSight, covert dates, and a moustache for his spy disguise.wedding ensued.
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