Kim Possible: Tropes A to F
This page covers tropes found in Kim Possible
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- Abdicate the Throne: Prince Wally, to become President.
- Abhorrent Admirer: In "Gorilla Fist", DNAmy to Monkey Fist.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: In the Grand Finale, Ron was worried this would happen between him and Kim following graduation with Kim going off to college and leaving him behind. This is not the case however, as Word of God confirms no matter what, Kim and Ron will be together forever.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: "A Sitch in Time"
- Accidental Athlete: How Ron becomes a running back.
- Accidental Public Confession: When Ron and Kim (sorta) show up to ask Monty Fisk for help in finding a ninja who stole an artifact, Monkey Fist does a Type 2 and tells them that he was the ninja.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: "Ron Millionaire"
- Action Dress Rip "Trading Faces"
- Action Girl: Kim, Yori, even Zita when she needed to be, making Ron ask, "Are all girls like this, or just the ones I know?"
- Action-Hogging Opening
- Adam Westing: Adam West appears as "Timothy North" aka The Fearless Ferret, as mentioned above.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Rife with this in the episode "The Fearless Ferret".
Ron Stoppable: Fearless Ferret foiils fiendish foe. 'S a lot of F's.
- Adipose Rex: King Rodingon, who was replaced by King Wallace in the episode "Royal Pain".
- Adrenaline Makeover: Over the entire fourth season, Ron slowly worked toward becoming cool enough to be Kim Possible's boyfriend. In the finale, when a threat downs the girl who can do anything, the sidekick steps up and embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
- An Aesop: Most every episode. Sometimes subverted, sometimes forgotten from a previous episode.
- Hilariously so in the second episode to feature Gill as the villain:
Normally I would say we learned that mistrust and paranoia were bad...except those were the things that saved us.
- Aesop Amnesia:
- When will Ron ever learn that being popular just isn't him and that he should believe in the friends that like him for him?
- Kim learns that her brothers can be helpful and not just nuisances at least twice, and to disregard peer pressure from Bonnie a good few times.
- Affably Evil: The Seniors, especially Senor Senior, Sr. He treats his villainy as more of a part-time hobby than anything and doesn't seem to be a bad person at all. Ron says that Sr. is a bad man with good manners.
- DNAmy is the sweetest, kindest, sociopathic geneticist you could ever hope to meet. She's not a bad person...she just wants to pervert nature and science to create life size abominations unto all things good. Or "Cuddle Buddies" as she likes to call them.
- Affectionate Parody: The show itself sets out to do to James Bond movies what Buffy did to horror films. One episode however was a spoof of the old Batman tv series, with Adam West playing...wait for it, Timothy North, the eccentric actor who really believed he was the Fearless Ferret.
- Air Guitar: Motor Ed and Drakken do it in the show in the episodes which have Motor Ed. Seriously.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Kim, Ron, and Rufus use air vents to get into places, such as Ron's panic room in 'Odds Man In' and The Bermuda Triangle in 'So the Drama'
- Alien Abduction: Drakken is abducted by The Greys once, and the Lowardians snatch both him and Kim.
- Alien Invasion: The Lorwardians invade Earth to get revenge for being tricked by Drakken and beaten up by Kim.
- "So payback's the sitch!"
- Aliens and Monsters: Considering the characters in the show, the Lorwardian invaders and the monsters made by the mad scientists are just icing on the cake.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Subverted in an episode where Kim and Ron need to enter a dog show to gain access to a thief's home. Rufus needed to be taught how to act like a dog.
- All Just a Dream "Rewriting History"
- All There in the Script: According to writer Brian Swenlin, the script for "Mad Dogs and Aliens" reveals that Lorwardia is located "...in the armpit of the constellation we know as Orion". And Shego would refer to Warmonga as an "Armpittian".
- All Up To You
- The Alleged Car: The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. the Sloth) Kim's father gives her, initially.
What a piece of— Mr Dr P.: History!
- Ron's scooter also qualifies.
- Almighty Janitor: "Job Unfair"
- Almost Kiss: Way too many in Season 4 when Kim & Ron were about to kiss. Wade, Monique, and Bonnie were just a few of the people who interrupted would be kisses between Kim and Ron. Word of God admitted it was an intriguing gag.
- Alpha Bitch: Bonnie Rockwaller.
- Alphabet Architecture: Team GO's base was shaped like a giant "GO".
- Amazon Chaser: Ron seems to have a thing for women like this. He even lampshades it.
- Ambiguously Brown: Quite a few characters - Wade, Bonnie Rockwaller, a few of Drakken's henchmen...
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Some of the animals in the show exhibit intelligence higher than normal for their species. Team Pet Rufus carries it much further for the sake of various jokes (he masters ninjitsu in a week, is skilled in electronics repair, and (using a unique full-body approach) can play the electric guitar.)
- Amusement Park of Doom: Adrena Lynn's Death Course.
- And You Thought It Was a Game: Cousin Larry.
- Angrish: Dr. Drakken falls into this whenever he is mocked by his assistant (so... y'know, constantly.)
- Animorphism: Kim was turned into a monkey, and Ron was turned into a beaver (though not in the same episode).
- Anything But That!: Dr. Drakken, during "Graduation".
Kim: Of what?
Dr. Drakken: My greatest plan ever!
Ron: To save the world?
Dr. Drakken: Do not make me say those words!
- Arc Welding: In his second episode, Monkey Fist revealed that he had his body modified to gain more monkey-like features. In DNAmy's second episode she reveals she was the one who made those modifications.
- Area 51
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Monkey Fist is an actual British noble.
- Arms Dealer: Jack Hench's HenchCo operation is a straightforward (if somewhat toned down to fit the KP universe) example. May also describe a few other characters, such as Cyrus Bortle auctioning off his Moodulator chips.
- Art Shift: The episode "Virt-U-Ron" featured a blockier style of art to show that they were in a video game.
- Art Evolution: Monique went from having black dot eyes, to white eyes with pupils by the second season.
- Also, the characters had more movement in the first two seasons than in later ones. The animation also got smoother as time went on.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Rufus vs Commodore Puddles" plus The Dimension Monster and "Gronde"
- Awesome McCoolname: You have three guesses on this. The first two don't count.
- Back Story: Shego was a superhero, till she got fed up with that. Kim set up a website for odd jobs until a typo from someone in trouble started her on hero work.
- Bad Boss: Gemini's secret headquarters is full of trap doors that he uses to dispose of Mooks who have "failed" him, or just argued against him.
- One of said Mooks where Genre Savvy enough not to sit on the offered chair. It didn't help though but point for the effort.
- Badass: Kim, chiefly. Also, Shego, Dr. Director and number of others.
- Badass Boast: Whether claiming to know sixteen styles of kung fu or listing some of her impressive accomplishments, Kim likes to do this, usually in a breezy way.
- Badass Grandma: Kim's Nana Possible used to do much the same sort of thing that her granddaughter does now, and still indulges in it on occasion.
- Badass Family: The Possible family. Also Shego's family, who are a team of superheroes.
- Bad Future: The Supreme One takes over the world and rules it from her citadel of Doom in Shegoton, formerly Middleton in A Sitch in Time.
- Bad Vibrations: Done numerous times, including D N Amy's dinosaur, complete with a vibrating tub of nacho cheese.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Kim watching Rufus in the episode "Adventures in Rufus Sitting". Kim and Ron watching Hana in the episode "Oh No! Yono!".
- Bare Your Midriff: Kim showed this off with every outfit she had in the first season. The animators eventually dropped the Limited Wardrobe and by the end of the series it was all but gone. Her last midriff outfit to go was her classic mission outfit in "Clothes Minded".
- Lampshaded by Kim's father in the aforementioned episode. When he hears that Kim is in the market for a new mission outfit, he gives her a very large, cumbersome suit of Powered Armor to wear.
"It's been my dream to see you save the world without baring your midriff."
- Why stop with Kim? There's Bonnie and the rest of the cheerleaders, and a few background female characters are like this too.
- Basement-Dweller: Frugal Lucre.
- Batman Cold Open: Half of the teasers in the show. The other half were often related to a subplot relating to Kim's personal life that lead into the rest of the episode.
- Battle Aura: Ron's Monkey Powers, The Go powers.
- Battle Couple: Kim and Ron. Albeit Kim is by far the more "combat effective" of the two, but the series does make it a point that she definitely works better with Ron than without him. Although it seems the two fit this trope fully by the end of "Graduation".
- Battle Tops: The Spinning Tops of Doom.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "The Truth Hurts" when Kim, under the influence of a truth ray, admits to picking her nose when nobody's looking. Played straight most of the time: the character might get dusty, muddy or soaked with water, but only a few moments. It's most obvious when Kim and Shego land in a mud bath in "Mad Dogs And Aliens", but are back to being spotless at the next scene change.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In Graduation, Drakken said he just wanted one clear-cut victory... granted, it didn't turn out all that bad for him.
- Because Destiny Says So: In the episode "Big Bother", Yori told Kim Possible that Ron Stoppable was her destiny. Of course, this could be her way of saying I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Shego to Drakken.
- Berserk Button: A Sitch in Time: "YOU'RE the reason I moved to Norway? You're the reason I've been eating MEAT CAKES?"
- Also Wade, after Team Impossible spikes his computer when he attempts to hack them. He comes back later in the episode in person to deal with them. "Nobody, nobody spikes my system!"
- "THIS IS THE LAST STRAW! YOU TOOK...AWAY...THE BENDY STRAWS!"
- Between My Legs: This shot shows up fairly often, usually on Kim or Shego.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Drakken and Ron are quite dangerous when they stop acting silly. Lucre was also a surprisingly effective villain with his lame gimmicks.
- Big Bad: Dr. Drakken and Shego are the primary antagonists, and the ones that get closest to their goals.
- Big Eater: Ron Stoppable and Rufus.
- Big "NO!": Twice in Season 4, the later is followed by Disturbed Doves. Ron has a couple throughout the series (including a truly epic one in "A Very Possible Christmas" (Season 2, episode 16), but Kim lets one out in "Trading Faces" (Season 4, Episode 3) that frankly sounds halfway between a Big "NO!" and a Tarzan yell.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Doctor Drakken.
- Bilingual Bonus: The same episode Ron has to take care of a sack of flour, the Stoppables adopt a daughter whose name means "flower" in Japanese.
- Bizarrchitecture: The Bueno Nacho restaurants.
- These restaurants are actually almost a perfect replica of the old building design for the real life 'Del Taco' restaurant chain, which did in fact, greatly resemble a small house wearing a building-sized sombrero. Several of these old buildings still exist in various places around the United States.
- Black and White Morality: Team Possible and friends are unambiguously good (albeit occasionally slipping into bad habits for long enough to learn a lesson from the experience). The villains are unambiguously evil and proud of it.
- Black Best Friend: Monique, Wade
- Black Sheep: Shego is the only villain in a family of heroes.
- Bland-Name Product: Coco-Moo - among several others.
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: The Cheese Building (made of Wisconsin Swiss), The "History of Cheese" book, The Cheese Fountain, etc.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Invoked (with explanations) in "Animal Attraction".
Senor Senior Sr: A proper villain always leaves his foe when he's about to expire.
Senor Senior Jr: Why?
Senor Senior Sr: Well, it would be bad form just to loll about, waiting for it.
Senor Senior Jr: Why?
Senor Senior Sr: Tradition!
- Falsetto Jones notably defies it to watch the Death Trap in action, even after Kim asks if he's going to leave.
Kim: Alright, but I warn you, you're breaking with villain tradition here.
- Bookends: The first aired episode of the series, "Crush", ends at a school dance where Kim dances with Josh Mankey. The show's first finale, So the Drama ends with a school dance, with Kim dancing with Ron.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When Ron is fretting over an Eldritch Abomination after his baby sister, Kim tries to assure him of the number of times they have smacked down the Big Bad before.
- A Boy and His X: Ron and his naked mole rat.
- Boy Band: The Oh Boyz
- Bowdlerise: In-universe: When it was time to make Kim Possible 1. Rofus had clothes. Because it was a FAMILY action movie!
- Bragging Theme Tune
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted with most of the characters, though most notably by Vivian Francis Porter.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Cousin Shawn, later Artie Smarty.
- Breakout Character: Shego & Drakken. They were just meant to be one of the many villains in the show. Shego was simply Drakken's sidekick; Her color scheme was chosen because green and black are "villain" colors and she didn't even have her superpowers. Drakken was more pushy, and aggressive than he turned out to be post-Season 1. They soon became main characters and arguably the mascots of the series (Besides, y'know, Kim, Ron, and Rufus.)
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "The Ron Factor", Kim stops the opening credits to ask the audience. "Wait, You Want Ron?" Given how this was Steve Loter's first episode as director, that's a considerable bit of irony, since under his direction Ron would take the spotlight away from the show's title character.
- Break the Cutie: You'd think Drakken would have learned after he, Killigan, and Monkey Fist tried to do this to a five year old Kim. Nope, after getting thoroughly trounced Drew wants another shot at it. Monty and Duff on the other hand learn their lesson.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Shego is considerably more competent than any of the other villains, but shows no real initiative and spends much of her time lounging around reading magazines.
- Bring It: Kim's attitude in a nutshell, to the point of imitating The Rock more than once.
- Broken Aesop: In "The Twin Factor", Kim describes a mind control chip as "ferociously unethical". Later, she uses it on her brothers while babysitting.
- Brother Chuck: Star quarterback Brick Flagg showed up here and there, but he sort of vanished after a while. Although his no longer appearing was eventually justified at least for the last season - he'd graduated by then. He wasn't exactly the brightest bulb when off the football field, and it was mentioned that he'd finally graduated after being held back a few years. (He even votes for one of his opponents during the school election. Not that it mattered much.)
- Brown Note: Singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" instantly puts Rufus to sleep.
- Buffy Speak: Despite a few affectations, the slang used by teenagers in this show is either semi-contemporary or totally fabricated. They used the Buffy Speak less and less in later seasons, which lessened the cringe factor of a few of them.
Kim: We have to time this so that hovery guardy thing doesn't see us.
- Building Swing
- Bully Hunter: She doesn't set out to do this, but Kim does beat up on Ron's bullies twice, including A Sitch In Time's Crowning Moment of Awesome/Heartwarming against Drakken, Killigan and Monkey Fist. Also, Bonnie breaks down crying when it looks like Kim's going to thump her.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- Bonnie Rockwaller's constant petty harassment of Kim - despite knowing full well that if Kim decided she'd had enough, her only choices would be "run" or "catch a beating." A cut scene in So the Drama have Monique and Kim discuss this, where Kim decides that beating on Bonnie would make her a bad person (as opposed to, say, beating on Shego).
- And "A Sitch in Time" has Drakken, Monkey Fist, and Killigan go back in time to bully a preteen Kim. When they start on Ron the kindergarten Kim trounces them. Later, Drakken wants another crack at it.
- One of the dumbest examples: Ron, who has just become the Mystical Monkey Master, throws Warhok across the landscape and manifests enough power to bring down a bunch of tripods, making the idiocy of messing with him clear. Warhok and Warmonga still try to attack him.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Several of the scientists Kim helps out in her adventures. The prize has to go to Dr. Freeman from "Car Trouble," a charmingly childish and eccentrically unfettered scientist who created a house full of funny AIs just so he could have off-kilter conversations with them. In his first few minutes has a dance party with his toaster (an advanced AI, but still). Then Drakken breaks into his home. This does not immediately stop the dance party - in fact, in general he doesn't seem to mind being kidnapped at all. He eventually proves too kooky for Drakken to use mind-altering technology against, so he has to resort to trickery to get the guy to do what he wants.
- Nearly all of the villains count, some more than others. Before he was fired for refusing to trim off his mullet, Motor Ed was "widely regarded as the most brilliant mechanical engineer in the country." Motor Ed.
- Burn Baby Burn: The end of "Stop Team Go".
- Butt Monkey: Ron enters this territory pretty regularly in early seasons.
Yuri: Oh, Stoppable-san. You make danger comical with your American-style buffoonery.
- Easily Forgiven: "Ill-Suited" Ron is let off the hook despite lying to Kim, cheating at a major sporting event, and stealing high-tech weaponry that put lives in danger. Kim forgave him and Barkin let him stay on the team. Although he did have to do 20 crabwalk laps around the field. Though it is a stark reminder of how in Season 1 Kim was grounded just for lying. Although since Ron is the goofy comic relief, writer's surrogate, and Designated Hero of this particular episode he gets a pass.
- The villains, especially Drakken and Shego, live remarkably open lives given their histories of destruction, jailbreak and attempts at world domination. Also, consider what goes on with Drakken and Shego early in the Post Script Season. She gets busted out of prison on two separate occasions with no attempt to bring him along, then goes on vacation while leaving him to rot. He has his new sidekick throw her out of the lair and then capture her so she can watch the new sidekick beat Kim. The next time we see them after that, they're working together as usual.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Señor Senior Senior (and his son Señor Senior Junior.) Sr. took up supervillainy as a hobby: Jr. shows only occasional interest in the field.
- Egg Sitting: With a bag of flour in "Big Bother".
- Made that much funnier when one remembers that this is Will Friedle's second time doing so.
- Egocentric Team Naming: Team Go, a team of superheroes made up of five siblings (Hego, Shego, Mego, and a pair of twins named Wego). It's assumed that Hego named the group as he's the leader.
- Egopolis: Shego did it after taking over the world; Dr. Drakken plans to do this after his "inevitable victory".
- The Elevator from Ipanema: The muzak in Jack Hench's waiting room is a rather Ipanema-like arrangement of the Kim Possible theme song.
- Embarrassing First Name: Can you blame Drew Lipsky for opting to go by Dr. Drakken?
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Both Kim and Ron are embarrassed by home movies of their infant years.
- Empathy Doll Shot: The invading Lorwardians destroy Kim's favorite Cuddle Buddy upon arrival.
- Enemy Mine: The main heroes and the main villains have to team up in the Series Finale to save the world from the Lorwardians.
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: The very German Professor Dementor doesn't quite do the nailing of all of the idioms in English.
- Eureka Moment: Ron lapses into one when Kim mentions "Homefield" in "Ill Suited".
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dr. Drakken and Professor Dementor both have a soft spot for their mothers.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Steal Wheels" Shego objects to stealing Felix's technologically advanced wheelchair, asking incredulously "What's next, stealing candy from a baby?". Subverted in that one episode later, that's exactly what she does.
- In the Halloween episode aptly named "October 31st", Kim lies to both her parents and Ron to go to a party. Later when she is caught, the villains remark their disappointment in Kim's choice as they are loaded onto the police wagon.
- Drakken's mind-controlling shampoo fails mostly because he has to stick to "truth in labelling" laws, and so it's called "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse" and labelled "Lather, Rinse, Obey!"
- Everybody Knew Already: Most of the villain lairs, which are obviously intended to be secret and untraceable by the villains themselves but are easily found by a ten year old boy, Global Justice and/or pretty much anyone the plot wants to know. Particularly notable with Dementor and Drakken, who really push the "secret lair" schtick. In one memorable case, Drakken's lair was found no problem by his mother. Like everything, lampshaded - this time by Motor Ed.
Ed: "Dude, seriously, what type of secret hideout is this? Everyone knows you live here, man!"
Drakken: "One magazine subscription and suddenly everyone's got your address..."
- Everyone Can See It: That Kim was jealous of Yori in "Gorilla Fist". Wade and Monique for example.
- Kim and Ron's relationship in general. When they finally do become a couple in "So The Drama", Bonnie of course laughs ("It finally happened. She's dating that loser!"), everyone else cheers, implying they'd been expecting it to happen all along.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Mr. Dr. Possible was a college classmate of Dr. Drakken.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys, unless you're Ron. And in Season 4, that changes when he embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
- Evil Brit: Lord Monkey Fist.
- Evil Is Dumb: Inverted by Ron (normally intellectually lazy and good-hearted: on two occasions, wicked and ingenious). Averted by Shego, for all the good it does her.
- Senor Senior Sr. has the occasional moment of clarity.
- Evil Gloating: Draken most of all. Shego lampshades it: "Are you gloating to yourself?"
- Evil Plan: Drakken has the traditional 'Take Over the World' goal, but his plans suffer from lameness.
- Duff wants to create the world's largest golf course.
- DNAmy steals and kidnaps to create live-sized cuddle buddies.
- Monkey Fist's ambition is to be the 'ultimate monkey master'.
- Evil Laugh: This is the only thing about being a villain that Doctor Drakken knows how to do right. Also parodied by Frugal Lucre, and Señor Senior Senior's winning line "Come, son. Let us return to our lair and practice our evil laughs together."
- Even Ron has one: "BOO-YA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
- Evil Old Folks: Señor Senior Senior and Nanny Nane.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted with Falsetto Jones in "Rufus In Show".
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: A lot of villain lairs, though Drakken is the main offender for this one.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
- Extranormal Institute: The Yamanouchi Ninja School.
- Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: An episode or two.
- Eyedscreen: Used in "Car Alarm" in emphasis the Tweebs "It's Personal" statement.
- Eyepatch of Power: Dr. Betty Director, and her brother Gemini.
- Future Kim (portrayed as leader of Global Justice in a "Sitch in Time" DVD extra). Apparently they both wear it just to look cool; Betty thinks it gives her more respect.
- Eye Scream: A mild case in "Low Budget" when Kim pretends to put on a contact lens. She pokes herself in the eye without flinching, but a single tear falls from her eye.