* {{Anvilicious}}: "Free To Be You And Me", which delivered a rather heavy-handed {{Aesop}} about homosexuality, including having all the main characters organise an alternative school dance for gays and lesbians to go to, having Josh [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle learn a valuable lesson]] and having JerkAss Charlie behave homophobically.
* CanonSue: Kyle. Borders on Deconstruction, as most of the characters are well aware of Kyle's utter perfection, and one character got him drunk just because he wanted to see if Kyle had any flaws. It still doesn't work.
** Also counts as an example of TropesAreNotBad, since Kyle's [[MarySue Mary]] [[BuffySpeak Sueness]] is a major plot point and the ''raison d'etre'' of the entire series.
** And again, a deconstruction of the ideal 'perfect son'. The other teenagers are depicted as heavily flawed, but not without their good points. Despite Kyle's so-called utter flawlessness, the show goes to great lengths, particularly during the first half of season one, to demonstrate that raising someone like Kyle is no easy task.
* CreepyAwesome: Jessi.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: In Season 3, [[spoiler: Kyle upercutting Cassidy with enough force to send him flying out of the house.]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Also in Season 3, [[spoiler:the revelation that Sarah never left Jessi after all.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Kyle XY gets more love in Spain than he does in the States. With an average of three million viewers per episode in Spain (huge in European TV), this show remains a fundamental program for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq3dA9n1lVw&feature=channel its broadcaster.]]
* HoYayShipping: Kyle and Declan (dubbed in-universe as [[PortmanteauCoupleName "Keclan"]] by Hillary). When the two have a falling out in Season 2, people speak about it as if they had broken up.
* InferredHolocaust: In the middle of Season 2, Kyle and Jessi cause a city-wide blackout. No mention is made of the inevitable casualties that would have resulted of this (car crashes, etc).
* JerkassWoobie: Jessi.
* NightmareFuel: At the end of "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," Kyle learns he can [[MakingASplash manipulate water,]] and [[spoiler:immediately proceeds to pull Jessi onto the roof as she attempts to jump off.]] While his intentions were honorable, there's really no getting around the fact that he just learned...[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender blood]][[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra bending.]]
--> Kyle: The human body is 50% water. (''cue Josh's "holy-shit" face'')
* SeasonalRot[=/=]SophomoreSlump: Season 2 was the weak link in the series, spending more time on the tangled mass of love triangles and teen relationships than Kyle himself, and failing to provide a major villain. It got better by the time of Season 3, which is probably the best season in the series.
* ShipToShipCombat: Just go onto the boards and be prepared to be met with tons of threads documenting the all out war between the Kyle/Amanda shippers and the Kyle/Jessi shippers.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: A surprisingly large amount of the villains. Aside from the blatant [[BigBad Big Bads]] like Thatcher and Ballantine, most of the antagonists are [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] who express their distaste with having to pursue or manipulate teenagers.
* {{Wangst}}: Amanda's whining about Kyle got really annoying, but it wasn't as if the tropers who thought this were sad to see her breakup with Kyle.
* {{Woobie}}: Kyle in Season 1, and after that. Contrast with Jessi, who is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
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