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'''''Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja''''' is an animated action/comedy series on Creator/DisneyXD by Creator/{{Titmouse}} Inc. (''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'') and Boulder Media (''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'').

Norrisville High School is a frequent target of monsters, robots, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and bullies]]. For years, the student body has been protected by "The Ninja". At the start of his freshman year, the unlikely Randy Cunningham is chosen to be the next Ninja. Joined by his best friend Howard, Randy must protect the school from the likes of monsters sent to destroy him by the evil [=McFist=] Corporation as well as keep his new identity a secret. ''SO'' much better than it sounds.

If the character designs are familiar to you, chances are you've seen ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', since they were designed by Creator/JhonenVasquez, and the series' general art style takes on a lot of his influence.

!!Tropes Include:
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Played with in ''Julian's Birthday Surprise''.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Ninja Sword can cut through anything... but stupidity.
* {{Adorkable}}: Randy and Howard, but especially Randy.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Howard in ''The Ninja Supremacy'' when he substitutes for an amnesia struck Randy until the end when Randy has regained his ninja memories.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Heidi does this most of the time to Randy. She called him Sandy, Andy, Brandy, etc. Ironically, she is Howard's sister.
--> Heidi: ...and his best friend Andy.
--> Randy: Randy, name's Randy, known you my whole life.
** Though in [[spoiler: ''Debbie Meddle'', Heidi finally said his full name right. In the end of the episode, she only remembers his first name, but mispronounced his last.]]
* AffectionateParody: Jackie Cous, an artist for the show, [[http://comments.deviantart.com/1/318844466/2737025153 has said]] the show "doesn't take itself seriously and pokes fun at a lot of the tropes and cliches, rather than falling right into them un-ironically."
* AllInTheManual: You can learn more of the story if you play the game [[http://disney.go.com/disneyxd/games/enter-the-ninjanomicon-2013877 "Enter the Ninjanomicon"]].
* AllPartOfTheShow: In ''Grave Puncher: The Movie!'', everyone assumes that a giant version of the Grave Puncher coming to life and attacking everyone is part of the movie.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Done deliberately because [[RuleOfFunny the show doesn't take itself seriously]]. Norrisville is somehow 800 years old[[note]]far older than European settlement of the Americas[[/note]], and a flashback in ''Sorcerer in Love'' shows that it was somehow culturally Japanese back then, but inhabited by mostly white people.
* ArtShift: The Ninjanomicon is in a sort of traditional Japanese cut-out style, while Randy stays in the usual style even while in the book's world.
* AsYouKnow: Randy and the viewers learned about Terry [=McFist=] (Hannibal's big brother) being the real heir to [=McFist=] Industries and yearly signing over the company to Hannibal when he overheard Viceroy reminding Hannibal of that fact.
* AscendedFanboy: Randy was The Ninja's biggest fan in middle school, and now he has ''become'' The Ninja.
* AsteroidsMonster: The mutant potatoes from ''Attack of the Killer Potatoes''. Cutting them just multiplies them as Randy found out and he had to use Viceroy's robot to mash the potatoes to defeat them.
* AttackTheTail: Randy does this twice in ''Viva El Nomicon'' to destroy two monsters. However, the second time played straight into Viceroy's hands (see also BearsAreBadNews below).
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The only way to "destank" someone, is to destroy the thing they hold most dear (mostly a item of some kind), it's the only way to free them from their monster state. Fortunately for Randy, the monsters tend to have the item on them after they were stanked.
** Can also become a bit of a difficulty curve if the dearest possession in question is something abstract such as a relationship or winning streak.
*** Or, you know, a person...
** As of ''True Bromance'', it's also possible to destank someone [[spoiler: if the conflict is resolved through some sort of apology to those wronged. This is also how Randy avoids having to slice Howard in half]].
* [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit... Is That a Choco Fountain?!]]
* {{Badass}}: Randy Cunningham.
** [[BadassAdorable Badass]] {{Adorkable}}: If you consider him {{Adorkable}} too.
** BadassInDistress: In the more recent episodes.
* BattleOfTheBands: Briefly, in ''Unstank My Hart''.
* BearsAreBadNews: In ''Viva El Nomicon'' Randy fought a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mexican Death Bear]]. Debbie Kang thinks they are cute though and even dresses-up as one on Halloween.
* BecomingTheMask: Randy in ''Brolateral Damage'', when he tries to get information about the mysterious BBD plot.
** The Ninjanomicon even warns him about this. Of course, Randy doesn't pick up on it at all.
* BeeBeeGun: in the form of the Ninja Bee Ball.
* BerserkButton: The robo-apes actually have a built in one.
--> Mcfist: WHY DID YOU BUILD AN APE-MODE!?! (Runs from rampaging robo-ape.)
** Viceroy's EvilGenius really comes to the surface when he's without Otto.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: In the episode featuring Hannibal [=MsFist=]'s brother Terri, the Ninjanomicon [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the trope by bringing up the possibility of the unknown ally being more dangerous than the known enemy.
** In an episode where Randy outs [=McFist=] as a villain, he ends up having to restore his reputation as Hannibal's stank'd form brought about by his distress is far too powerful for Randy to defeat.
* BlackAndNerdy: Viceroy.
* BlindBlackGuy: S.Ward Smith the metal shop teacher. He still able to craft some amazing swords and can make surprisingly balloon swords.
* BrainUploading: While it does have written words, the Ninjanomicon puts Randy into a drooling state and spells out a somewhat cryptic answer to whatever question he asked but likes to do so by throwing him into a sort of surreal world inside the book.
** [[spoiler: When a Ninja's duty is done they "learn" the "Ultimate Lesson", in which they upload everything they've learned into the Ninjanomicon for future Ninjas to learn.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
--> '''Randy''': [Debby Kang's] whole report was in Spanish, so she may have been giving a flan recipe.\\
'''Howard''': ''(looks directly at the screen)'' Man, how good is flan?
** The entire episode of ''Debbie Meddle''.
* BrokenStreak: Norrisville High's Chess Team has defeated Flackville High's eleven times in a row. When they tried the twelfth time, Hannibal [=McFist=] replaced one of Flackville's players with a robot that broke that streak, making several Norrisville students depressed enough to be stanked by the Sorcerer. The students reverted back to normal when Howard Weinerman, who knows practically everything about chess except for the pieces' names, defeated the robot.
* BlatantLies: In ''Wave Slayers'', the Ninjanomicon, when Randy asks it about what he should do after breaking one of the team's vehicles, doesn't give him a cryptic answer as per usual, but very clearly tells Randy to own up to his mistakes. Randy, however, pretends not to understand.
* BlobMonster: In ''Monster Dump'', they start off harmless, but then get deadly later on. The only one that stayed harmless was Nicholas.
* TheBully: Bash.
* ButtMonkey: Doug.
* BystanderSyndrome: The Ninja of '85, instead of curing Dickie, he froze Stanked!Dickie to attend prom instead and leaves the problem for a future Ninja (Randy) to deal with.
* TheCameo: There's been a strange orange-haired man with a fedora hat since #1, who is implied to have given Randy the Ninja suit and Ninjanomicon. You have to be really looking to spot him in every episode.
** He resembles ChuckNorris.
* CallingYourAttacks: More of Randy's choice rather than anything else.
** Also taken UpToEleven in that he calls out ''everything''. "Ninja Sprint!" "Ninja Stop Ninja Stop Ninja Stop!" "NINJA FLIP!" "Ninja Rotating-Table-Slide!"
* CassandraTruth: Randy knows Hannibal is an enemy, but due to the public being useless in connecting two-and-two together, Hannibal says nobody will believe the Ninja.
** In ''[=McOneArmed=] and Dangerous'', [[spoiler:the trope was subverted. It ''did'' take a while before anyone believed him though, to be fair. Later, it's inverted again, back to everyone thinking Hannibal's the best.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes: Each character has a unique character design. Even the background characters too.
* ChekhovsArmory: Randy uses several of the weapons, attacks, and lessons he's accumulated over the course of the first season to fight the [[spoiler:Sorcerer in the 13th Century.]] [[spoiler:He fails]].
* ChristmasEpisode: ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch''
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The Ninja Suit.
** Possibly subvertable, as the Nomicon has the ability to "turn off" the Ninja Suit, thus technically making the Nomicon the thing that gives you powers, although it does this by using the Suit as a medium...
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Randy is definitely more than a bit odd and spastic, though he is often CloserToEarth than his best friend Howard.
* CrazyPrepared: What kind of MadScientist would Viceroy be if he didn't have a killer robot with him everywhere he goes?
* CreepyCemetery: There's one in ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]''.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: [=McFist=] when the ninja stop the Shark-Dermanator from killing him and Viceroy and sending it back to the lake to sleep.
-->Randy: Wait, ''I'll'' pay for ''saving'' your life?
-->Viceroy: You gotta give it to him baby, he's consistent.
* ContinuityNod: Randy still has the HealingHands as of ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch''.
** As a whole the show seems to be pretty good with obeying its continuity.
* TheCorrupter: The Sorcerer stanking people count as this.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Terry [=McFist=] fears to become like this like his father and brother.
* CutenessOverload: How to defeat the Halloweenja's army.
* DanceBattler: ''So U Think U Can Stank'' gives us this in the form of Stank'd dancers. It proves to be a double edged sword, however, as their thing held most dear WAS their dance moves. Randy simply trips them for a De-Stanking.
** In ''Everybody Ninj-along'' Randy... Well, he ''Ninj-alonged''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Nukid on the Block''. If Howard hadn't stepped in and helped, '''[=McFist=] would have won'''.
** In ''Fudge Factory'' it was ''pure luck'' that the Ninja went on to live another day.
** In ''Stanks Like Teen Spirit'', so much chaos was caused that The Sorcerer ''nearly escaped.''
*** In ''13th Century Ninja'' [[spoiler: '''he did''']].
** The show is definitely, gradually edging towards this, with the villains becoming more GenreSavvy, the stakes higher and Randy seemingly not progressing in his GenreSaviness as fast as his enemies. However, everything's still pretty goofy.
** In ''Mastermind of Disastermind'', when Howard thought [[spoiler: Ninja killed Julian, who was actually Evil Julian]]
** [[spoiler: Julian is still in the Land of Shadows]]
* DelinquentHair: Randy, in ''Brolateral Damage''.
* DemonicPossession: Howard was possessed by the Tengu.
** Perhaps Catfish too, in ''Welcome Back Catfish''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Viceroy is pretty much in permanent snark mode, especially around [=McFist.=]
* DemBones: Jerry Driscoll.
* DevilInPlainSight: Hannibal [=McFist=] is this to the general public, who in turn adore him a lot for being the head of the city's major consumer products company. It's incredible how everybody ignores the right cyborg arm ''with a brain with eyes on the wrist.'' That is SO TOTALLY not evil-looking, oh no!
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In ''The [=McHuggers=] Games'', the Ninja stole a [=McHugger=] from Hannibal [=McFist=] before the product was available in stores. Knowing the Ninja, like every other townsperson in Norrisville, would be attracted to the publicity event created to advertise the [=McHuggers=], Viceroy sent a robot to the event and programmed it to attack whoever was wearing [=McHuggers=], thinking the Ninja would be the only one. He forgot that, given the publicity campaign's goal, the spokesman would be wearing one as well.
* DistaffCounterpart: The Sorceress to the Sorcerer. They're apparently boyfriend and girlfriend, though, a certain Ninja did wonk things up for them, causing them to be separated nearly all the time.
* [[DistressedDude Distressed Dudes]] Both Howard and Randy respectively. Makes sense that while Howard was the primary dude in distress in a lot of episodes (both older and recent episodes), Randy is slowly becoming this in the more recent episodes since the show itself is getting [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and edgier.]]
* TheDragon: Hannibal [=McFist=] to The Sorcerer.
* DumbJock[=/=]PopularIsDumb: Bash doesn't have a whole lot going on upstairs.
* EarWorm: In-universe, the theme song of Whoopee World (which kind of sounds like the Six Flags theme "We Like to Party" with the words "whoop and whoopee").
* EggSitting: Except it's a bologna.
* EldritchLocation: The Land Of Shadows.
* EpicFail: Randy's first attempt at fixing his sword. Not even a blinder clip, duct tape, stamps, bandaids, cement, paper clips, and string could keep it together.
* EskimosArentReal: Howard Weinerman doesn't believe isosceles triangles are real.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies[=/=]OurZombiesAreDifferent[=/=]TechnicallyLivingZombie: In ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]'' they are not really dead but look like it and they crave candy.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: One of the Stank'd monsters forged his own samurai armor to protect itself.
* EvilBrit: Levandar Hart [[spoiler: when he's stank'd. And famous. Mostly when he's famous. In fact, quite possibly, only when he's famous. But he's also only famous when he's stank'd.]]
* EvilGenius: Viceroy. And Driscoll.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The [=McFist=] Corporation has a rather foreboding structure set up in the middle of the city. Though personally it looks more like a futuristic pyramid than a tower.
* {{Eyedscreen}}
* {{Expy}}: Background character Nameless Girl with Eyelashes looks similar to Candace from WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb
* FanDisservice: The Sorcerer in "Brolateral Damage."
* FatAndSkinny: Howard and Randy respectively.
* FinalBattle: In ''Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key'' Randy and Howard learn from the Nomicon that the final battle with the Sorcerer is approaching. Naturally, Randy is freaked out.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Dickie, who was from '85, was unfrozen in the present day.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad - The Sorcerer
** TheDragon / TheHeavy - Hannibal [=McFist=]
** TheEvilGenius - Viceroy
** TheBrute - The Robo-Apes
** TheDarkChick - The Sorceress
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the end of the finale episode, some of the sorcerer orbs scattered, with one being found by Catfish Booray.
** In ''Sorcerer in Love 2: Sorceress's Revenge'', the Land of the Shadows makes its first appearance. It seems to be a throw-away plot device though.[[spoiler: Until it reappears in Julian's Birthday Surprise]].
** As of ''All the Juice that's Fish to Swim'', Debbie Kang is trying [[spoiler:to find out who the Ninja is.]]
** At the end of ''Julian's Birthday Surprise'' we see [[spoiler: Shadow!Julian in the Land of Shadows, angered that he no longer possesses an orb. Considering the poster design for Season 2...]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: In ''Dawn of the Driscoll'', Randy is able to sneak into [=McFist=]'s house... because [=McFist=] thinks he's just a kid trick-or-treating dressed as The Ninja.
* FreezeFrameBonus: This show is really big on sight gags, most notably with the neon scribbles that appear, but also try pausing to see [[http://askkira-td.tumblr.com/post/41965974676/does-anyone-else-get-a-pattern how much Randy and Howard spent on [=McFist=] Industries items]] next time you're watching ''[=McFists=] of Fury'' for absolute hilarity.
* FullNameBasis: Randy and Howard both call Debbie Kang by her whole name when they mention her.
* {{Gasshole}}: Ironically played with, since the robo rhino scans then farts a conjuring of your worse fears. [=McFist=] lampshades this by saying it feels like a cheap gag.
** Then theres [=McFist=] older brother wind power idea.
*** Barnabutt Jones. Nuff said.
* GenreSavvy: [=McFist=] reveals he is this in ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch'' when Randy sneaks into his house.
* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler: Freeing the Tengu and allowing it to possess Howard so that Randy can control him with the suit. Randy refuses when Howard asks him never to do it again, implying it may be needed in the future.]]
* GoodIsBoring: Howard asks Randy why he (Howard) can't be the nice judge in ''So U Think U Can Stank''. Two seconds later, he laughs at it with Randy.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Ninjanomicon. [[spoiler: It has all the accumulated knowledge of all previous Ninjas.]]
* GymClassHell: While Coach Green thinks his lessons are great, with his strange ideas for activities like flamethrower jump-rope, most of his students do ''not'' agree.
* GymClassRopeClimb: The plot of ''The Tale of the Golden Doctor's Notes'' is how to get out of Coach Green's version of it.
* HalloweenEpisode: In order, ''Dawn of the Driscoll'' and ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]'', taking place right after one another on, presumably, the same night of Halloween.
* HandbagOfHurt: A giant, killer robot made out of satchels to be precise.
* HappyFlashback: The Sorcerer had this in ''Stank'd to the Future'' to the 1985. [[spoiler: It just showed him sitting annoyed in his prison, as a different rat did the moon walk.]]
** Hannibal [=McFist=] had one in ''[=McOne=] Armed and Dangerous''. [[spoiler:It was similar to the one Anton Ego had in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'']].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Averted, due to the ninja being a protector of the school and by extension the town for 800 years, the ninja is practically a celebrity in the eyes of the townsfolk.
* HealingHands: Deconstructed. Randy learns to shoot healing beams out of his palms, with knowledge obtained from a forbidden section of the Ninjanomicon, leading him to accidentally reanimate the skeleton of an evil mad scientist.
* HenshinHero: Randy becomes The Ninja by putting on the mask of the suit, complete with TransformationSequence.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Tale of the Golden Doctor's Note'':
--> '''Howard''': All dressed? Good.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Randy and Howard, obviously.
** Perhaps less obviously, Hannibal and Viceroy.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: The Ninja operates in broad daylight and has been a highly regarded public figure for years.
* HighSchool
* HollywoodChameleons: Possibly subverted, seeing as they were robots.
* HumanPopsicle: Stanked!Dickie was frozen by the Ninja of '85 and awoken in present day when the power to the school freezer was cut.
* IAmAHumanitarian: {{Subverted}} Catfish Booray isn't going to eat Howard, His brainwash animal army will.
* IAmSpartacus: How Howard foiled [=McFist=]'s and Viceroy's plan using the Truth Tone to find out who the Ninja is in ''30 Seconds to Math''.
* ILoveTheDead: Mrs. Driscoll brings around her deceased husband's bones and still makes out with him... ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar yeeeeeeeah...]]''
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Randy seems to be a fan of this trope when he does not use the weapons in the suit.
* InkSuitActor: Debbie Kang and Coach Green bear some resemblance to [[Creator/PiperCurda their respective]] [[Creator/JohnOliver voice actors]].
* InvisibleParents: With the notable exception of Hannibal [=McFist=] and his wife Marci Johnson, we don't see any parent yet (unless you count [[TheVoice Bucky's mother]]). In fact, ''we don't know Randy's family'' yet.
** Downplayed in ''Evil Spirit Week'' when Howard's father was shown in a flashback. [[TheFaceless We can't see his face]], though.
*** Considering what Mort actually looks like, that's either Mort originally, until they want to change his character or, for the sake of continuity, a relative.
** We finally can see Mort Weinerman, Howard and Heidi's father, in "On the Poolfront".
* IsThisThingStillOn: In "[=McOne=] Armed and Dangerous", the Ninja's efforts to [[spoiler:denounce Hannibal [=McFist=] during a public event would have been in vain if not for this trope.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: In ''So U Think U Can Stank'' Howard acts like this a few times, but he becomes popular when exploiting it while being a judge in the school's talent show. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Randy was the one to suggest this to him, and it inadvertently makes every single downcast participant turn into hideous monsters for Randy to fight behind the curtains.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A stanked Scorpion centaur robot.
* KamehameHadoken: The Ninja Air Fist.
* KickTheDog: Viceroy and McFist were jerks to that Shark Kaiju with the dry skin.
* KidHero: Also see AffectionateParody above.
** Later deconstructed, as at least one of the past ninjas has abused his power. [[spoiler: Mac Antfee, the ninja of 1985, locked a kid in a freezer rather than destank him so he could have time to go to prom. This resulted in the [[FridgeHorror kid being trapped in monster form for over 20 years]]. He was also extremely violent, resulting in the Ninjanomicon having to expel him of its abilities so he couldn't abuse it any further.]]
* KillItWithFire: The weakness of the Blob monster in ''Monster Dump''.
* LamePunReaction: This one after Viceroy shows [=McFist=] the zombie making candy.
-->'''Viceroy:''' Congratulation, you created a confection of mass destruction.
-->'''[=McFist=]:''' ''(gives annoyed look)'' Proud of yourself for that one?
-->'''Viceroy:''' A little.
** From ''Nukid on the Block'':
-->'''Randy:''' Well, I guess you have to know the difference between your Franz and your enemies!
-->'''Howard:''' Too soon, Ninja. Too soon.
* LargeHam: "I NEED! TO USE! THE BATHROOM!"
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Randy spends most of ''Gossip Boy'' searching for a "Mind Wipe" in the Ninjanomicon. [[spoiler:There isn't one that can be used. Only a piece of wisdom, "The way to forget, is to [[EarWorm remember]]".]]
* LastNameBasis:
** Howard pretty much exclusively calls Randy by his last name.
** Hannibal [=McFist=] is called by his last name by everyone except his wife and his brother. Sometimes by Viceroy as well.
** Viceroy is always referred to by his last name. According to ''Dawn of the Driscoll'' and the "Enter the Ninjanomicon" game, his full name is Willem Viceroy III.
* LegacyHero: Every four years a new ninja is chosen to protect Norrisville High.
* LosingHorns: A running gag is that the trombone player for the marching band will pop up, and play a Type B when something bad happens.
* MadeOfEvil: The Sorcerer orbs, which also seem to have some connection to the Land Of Shadows.
* MadScientist: Both Jerry Driscoll and Viceroy. There's even a university for mad scientists.
* MagicKnight: The Ninja; intense melee skills and weaponry along with mystical ElementalPowers and KiAttacks.
* MaskOfPower: The Ninja mask, creates the suit.
* MacGyvering: "All I need is some chewed gum, a pencil, and that thing Flute Girl plays."
* MechaMooks: Robo-Apes are this to [=McFist=], though we see them doing a multitude of things, including fighting The Ninja and catering [=McFist=] social events.
** They even have there own KingMook in the form of one having a built-in mohawk.
* MistakenIdentity: In ''Bash Johnson: 11th Grade Ninja'', Bash is mistaken for the ninja and gets all the adulation and is almost killed by [=McFist's=] robo-apes.
** During Randy's first run-in with Catfish Booray, Randy introduced himself as "Reginald Bagel", leading Booray to believe that to be the Ninja's true identity. It's revealed in a later episode there ''is'' a boy named Reginald Bagel and the Ninja has to protect him from [=McFist=].
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Alternates between [=McFist=] and Viceroy's mechanical monstrosities and The Sorcerer turning people in despair to monsters.
* MookMaker: Randy actually get this one, in the form of Earth Attack. At first it went kinda wrong as Randy accidentally created a monster sandworm but played straight with the Sandja's.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The Krakenstein.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Bucky at the end of ''Got Stank?''
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: You wonder how most everyone in Norrisville doesn't suspect someone named ''Hannibal [=McFist=]'' is evil, though that might be part of the joke since it is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded.]]
* {{Ninja}}: ''The'' Ninja.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Escape from detention island is like one HUGE showing of this trope.
** When Mac Antfee returns, he's a motivational speaker and becomes nice, Randy believes it's an act and reminds Mac of the ninja mask with all it's cool weapons, powers, and the Nomicon, causing Mac to turn back to his old self while practically exposing himself as the ninja. Randy also accuses the Nomicon of doing this for not mind wiping Mac when it fired him as the ninja.
** Those pale in comparison to when Randy and Howard broke into [=McFist=]'s TimeMachine and went back in time to the day the original Ninja imprisoned the Sorcerer. They altered the past, freeing the Sorcerer. [[{{Irony}} And Mc Fist wasn't even planning to use the time machine to do anything to harm the Ninja and / or free the Sorcerer]].
* NoIndoorVoice: [=McFist=] seems almost entirely unable to keep himself from yelling. About ''anything''.
* NoNameGiven: Several recurring characters have no name. A notable example if Flute Girl.
* NoodleIncident: How Jerry Driscoll became a skeleton.
** Also, hold the cheese.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In-universe, there was a misunderstanding with a student named Becky when she was only just bloated.
** Of course, there have been other incidents of "It's not what it looks like" in-universe... But the above example is the most notable.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Marci's mother to McFist.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Even science teacher Mrs. Driscoll calls the girl who plays flute in the marching band "Flute Girl."
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* OutOfOrder: There is a bit of it in the show.
** ''Viva El Nomicon'' chronologically should be before the {{Halloween Episode}}s, ''Dawn of the Driscoll'' and ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]'', because that is when [=McFist=] bought Whoopee World.
** ''Ninja Camp'' was supposed to air immediately after ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch'', but ''Stank'd to the Future'' aired instead.
** ''Evil Spirit Week'' chronologically should be before ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch'' because that is when Randy gained the ability of Ninja Rage.
* OverlyLongTongue: Bash suffers this in "Best Bud" due to one of the Viceroys inventions literally turning his tongue into a huge squid monster.
* PerkyGoth: Julian
* PosthumousCharacter: Jerry Driscoll.
* ProphetEyes: The Sorcerer.
* PungeonMaster: Jerry Driscoll sure loves his skeleton puns but somewhat understandable since he's a living skeleton at the time.
* RaginCajun: Catfish is definately this.
* RedRightHand: Hannibal [=McFist=] has an artificial arm that seems to have a mind of its own. Literally, you can see parts of a brain inside of it.
* RedShirts: Mac Antfee has an army of these (though they're technically {{Mooks}}), they're even called that.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: When the Sorcerer's past was altered and his eight-century-long imprisonment erased, he still remembered it. Later, when Randy and the original Ninja imprisoned the Sorcerer back in the 13th century, Present-time Sorcerer didn't forget his brief freedom.
* RockersSmashGuitars: In ''30 Seconds to Math'', Howard does this to his sister Heidi's guitar; he does this to smash the Truth Tone which also inadvertently disqualified Heidi from the Battle of the Bands by lack of instrument. Bash also jumped on his turntables, presumably for the same reason.
* RunningGag: Just about every time Randy uses the Nomicon, he either gets hit on the way down or drools.
** The Principal's car is destroyed nearly every episode.
* SadistTeacher: The gym teacher is either this or just insane. Case in point, he wanted the group to play a sport he invented that involved a flamethrower.
* SarcasmBlind: [=McFist=].
* ScarfOfAsskicking: It even doubles as both a rope and a whip!
* SealedEvilInACan: The Sorcerer
* SecretIdentity: Randy has a hard time grasping this concept.
* SecretKeeper: Howard
* SensoryOverload: When Randy asks for some super taste to cheat in a blind taste competition, the Nomicon gives it to him. Along with jacking all his other senses up to agonizing levels as punishment for cheating.
* SequelHook: The end of "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja" suggests [[spoiler:Catfish Booray will become a regular antagonist in later episodes.]]
* ServileSnarker: Viceroy.
* ShadowArchetype: Mac Antfee was the '85 ninja, and although he had some skill like Randy, he had none of Randy's good qualities, like how Randy tries to make up for his mistakes and stop monsters at personal cost. In fact, Mac was essentially fired, and he wanted revenge.
* SharePhrase: Randy likes using the CatchPhrase "What the juice?!" so much that other characters eventually say this.
** He has a number of other {{Catch Phrase}}s in the form of odd euphemisms and lingo, such as "that's the cheese" (that's the best), "so honkin' bruce" (that's freaking awesome), "shnasty" (extremely gross), and "so wonk" (so lame). The fandom likes using these a lot too.
* ShipTease:
** Between Randy and Theresa, several times throughout the first season.
*** Ramped up in season two when Theresa is shown to blatantly have a crush on Randy, especially in ''Shloomp! There It Is'' and ''The Brawn Also Rises''. Randy notices and reciprocates, but it seems he's to shy to actually capitalize.
** More subtly between Randy and Heidi at the end of ''Grave Puncher: The Movie''.
*** In "welcome back catfish", Randy tells Howard that he finds Heidi attractive in the right light, much to Howards horror. Randy then goes into detail...
** A bit between Randy, as the Ninja, and Debby Kang.
** Flute Girl and Stevens seem to be canon, but as it isn't clear...
* ShoutOut:
** Norrisville, as in [[ChuckNorris CHUCK NORRIS]]?!
*** Also the previous Norrisville Ninja [[RealPersonCameo looks like]] ChuckNorris.
*** Mount '''Chuck'''.
** TheLastHouseOnTheLeft: The pilot episode is titled "Last Stall on the Left".
*** ClashOfTheTitans: Release the Krakenstein!!!
** SevenSamurai: Randy has a vanity license plate in his room that says 7SAMURAI.
** "Got Milk?" for the title of ''Got Stank?''.
*** In ''Gossip Boy'' the Robo-Apes' mugs say "Got Crude?"
** SoYouThinkYouCanDance: The title of ''So U Think U Can Stank''.
** Film/FistOfFury: The title of ''[=McFist=] of Fury''.
** GossipGirl: The title of ''Gossip Boy''.
** MonsterHouse: The title of ''Monster Dump''.
** Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes: The title of ''Attack of the Killer Potatoes''.
** Film/HouseOf1000Corpses: The title of ''House of 1000 Boogers''.
*** Skittles: "[=McSquiddles=]! Lick the Lightning!"
** ''Tale of the Golden Doctor's Note'' has a scene where Randy and Howard rush to save Julian from a trap, shown to be much like the original arcade ''Donkey Kong'' game in design.
*** From the same episode, Randy's trick to the rope-climbing exercise mirrors a similar scene from the KickinIt episode "Kickin' It Old School".
** The episode as well as Randy and Howard's band ''30 Seconds to Math'' are named after the band 30 Seconds to Mars.
** Film/DawnOfTheDead: The title of ''Dawn of the Driscoll''.
*** We hear Viceroy complaing about a dumb kid in the pumpkin patch waiting for something as he watches TV. Peanuts Halloween special, anyone?
** Hannibal [=McFist=]'s older brother Terry dresses a lot like [[Film/TheBigLebowski The Dude]].
** Film/NightOfTheLivingDead: The title of ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]''.
*** One of the zombies is dressed up as Music/MichaelJackson from Music/{{Thriller}}.
*** At one point, Randy, Howard, Theresa and Debbie Kang walk down [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Elm St.]]
*** The house Theresa and Howard hide in is a exact copy of the Bates House in {{Film/Psycho}}.
*** The scene with the creepy twins in the hallway is lifted directly from ''Film/TheShining''.
** Music/ThirtySecondsToMars: ''30 Seconds to Math''
** Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight: The title of ''Silent Punch, Deadly Punch''.
** Film/BackToTheFuture: The title of ''Stank'd to the Future''.
** Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock: ''Nukid on the Block''
** Website/YouTube: ''Shoob Tube''
** Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk: ''Raiders of the Lost Nomicon''
** Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes: ''Rise of the Planet of the Robo-Apes''
** Film/ApocalypseNow: ''Hip Hopcalypse Now''
** Series/FearFactor: ''[=McFear=] Factor''
** Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone: ''Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key''
** Literature/TheBourneSeries: ''The Ninja Identity'' and ''The Ninja Supremacy''
*** The Van Dam, named for Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme[[note]]In-show it was named for it's creator[[/note]].
** WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}: The HappyFlashback [[spoiler:Hannibal [=McFist=] had when he ate a meat-flavored [=McSquiddle=].]]
** WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb: One of the background characters looks extremely similar to Candace. There is even a shot of her screaming in a Candace-like way.
** WesternAmination/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil and WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero: They were a mentioned in ''Mastermind of Disastermind''. It was a TakeThat to them saying that they're not the only shows on Disney XD.
--> Randy: A Ninja three, the forces of evil still a zero.
** WesternAnimation/GravityFalls: The board that Debbie used to pinpoint the ninja in ''Debbie Meddle'' is similar to Dipper's board.
** WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983: ''Rorg: A Hero of a Past''
** Film/WhenHarryMetSally: ''When Howie Met Randy''
** Music/NotoriousBIG's song "Mo Money Mo Problems": ''Bro Money Bro Problems''

* SickAndWrong: These types of events happens and Randy usually responds with "Shnasty."
* SickEpisode: Subverted in ''Randy Cunningham's Day Off''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Brent, S. Ward Smith's apprentice, is apparently this towards Howard.
* SkewedPriorities: Averted. A teacher wasn't gonna let Randy get his backpack during a drill. Even if he's standing very close to it.
** Played straight in "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja", out of fear [=McFist=] was implementing another evil plan, Randy and Howard decided to sneak away from the tour at [=McFist=] Industries. When a student reported them to Principal Slimovitz, Slimovitz ignored them and had the other students do the same and keep their eyes on the "tattle-tale" because he hates tattle-tales more than he hates troublemakers. Not knowing it'd somehow result in the Sorcerer being free does not excuse him.
* SlowClap: Howard (and Randy) received one in ''Gossip Boy''.
* SmokeOut: "Smoke bomb!"
* SpitTake: In ''Gossip Boy'', Randy did this when Howard mentioned that he knows who the Ninja is live on Heidi's blog show.
* {{Squee}}: Debbie Kang's reaction when finding out there's a Mexican Death Bear at school.
* StatusQuoIsGod: In "[=McOne=] Armed and Dangerous", [[spoiler:Hannibal [=McFist's=] status as a VillainWithGoodPublicity is destroyed thanks to the Ninja telling the people about [=McFist's=] attempts to have him killed and [=McFist=] falling victim to IsThisThingStillOn. The Sorcerer then Stanks [=McFist=]. After [=McFist=] is brought back to normal, the Ninja decides to restore his reputation by claiming [=McFist=] only tried to kill him because he had been turned into a monster. It happened to so many students before everyone in Norrisville bought that and called off the boycott on [=McFist=] Industries.]]
* StopHelpingMe: In-universe, in ''Escape from Detention Island'', Randy as both himself and the Ninja tries to help the students with their punishments but the Disciplinarian considers it cheating and amps up the danger making it worse.
** [[LampshadeHanging Even the Nomicon was trying to tell him he should have stayed out of it from the beginning.]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Hannibal [=McFist=] once tried to destroy the Ninja with an PoweredArmor. When the Ninja removed the helmet, he assumed [=McFist=] was being forced. [=McFist=] tried to play along but the Ninja wondered why somebody would force him. Since [=McFist=] failed to come up with an excuse, the Ninja figured out [=McFist=] is a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Randy and Howard meet [=McFist=] at Bash's birthday party, Randy at fist spoke like he already met [=McFist=] before, forgetting that, up to this point, it was only as "The Ninja" he already met him. His efforts to mask that slip was claiming they never met before. Howard then added that [=McFist=]'s stepson Bash wasn't a jerk.
** Randy was specifically invoking this trope in ''Wave Slayers'' to avoid having to confess the truth when the Ninjanomicon told him to fess up about what happened to Buttermaker.
* ThereWasADoor: In ''Got Stank?'', Stanked!Bucky busts through walls instead of going through doors or even windows.
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: Viceroy created Jack Hammer's control as an arcade machine so that the perfect beings could control it. Teenagers, which is made worse because Howard is one playing the game doesn't believe Randy about it being this trope due to him messing with Howard's head at the arcade.
* ThreateningShark: Kaiju level.
* TimeMachine: [=McFist=] had Viceroy build one in "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja". To Viceroy's disappointment, instead of using it to destroy the Ninja, [=McFist=] wanted to use it to travel back to a time, when his favorite breakfast cereal hadn't been discontinued.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja follows this to a T. [[spoiler: When the past was altered so the Sorcerer's imprisonment never happened, it got the Sorcerer free but didn't change the world in any way that reflected the damages he would have caused during eight centuries of altered history.]] No explanations were given.
* TitleDrop: in ''Debbie Meddle''; complete with AsideGlance!
* ToiletHumour: but arguably not the gross kind. They tone it down in Season 2.
* TotallyRadical: It's hard not to find it [[{{Adorkable}} charming in a dorky way]] though.
* UglyGuyHotWife: [=McFist=] and his wife, Marci.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Viceroy invents a TimeMachine that is fueled by hardtogetium. He cannot get more fuel than needed for a round trip.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [=McFist=].
* VomitChainReaction: How the "candy zombies" from ''Night of the Living [=McFizzles=]'' were defeated.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Less "Save the World" and more "Save the school too."
** Though, to be fair, if the school isn't protected, the Sorcerer will probably be able to break free of his prison and... Well.
* WhamEpisode: ''Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key'' revealed that Randy will be the ninja to partake in the final battle with the Sorcerer.
** ''Snow-Klahoma!'' [[spoiler: Randy inadvertingly lets out Anti-Julian from the Shadow Dimension who no doubt will be after the Sorcerer's Ball he has hidden away. What's more the real Julian is stuck in the Shadow Dimension.]]
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: Viceroy once invented a robot that created personifications of people's fears. Randy fears chickens ([=McFist=] and Viceroy were disappointed); Heidi Weinerman fears looking like her mother in the future; Viceroy fears the kid who used to bully him at school; [=McFist=] fears clowns; and Bucky is afraid of minotaurs playing smooth jazz.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: In ''The [=McHuggers=] Games'', [=McHuggers=], a [=McFist=] product Randy stole as the Ninja, is the item of interest of the episode that Randy learns that it is wrong to steal even from his enemy.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Randy has a fear of chickens (Also roosters).
** In fact Rhinosaurus' power was to INVOKE this trope
* WillNotTellALie: Randy, according to Howard.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Was seen in Evil Spirit Week
* XMeetsY: Film/TheMask meets ninjas. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2clizA3KOs Just watch this video parody.]]
* ZergRush: Robo-Apes usual tactic when fighting the Ninja. This actually becomes effective when they go berserk and attack everything else, rendering Randy unable to stop all their rampages.

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