Kim Possible / Tropes G to L

This page covers tropes found in Kim Possible.

Tropes A to F | Tropes G To L | Tropes M to R | Tropes S to Z | YMMV

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  • Gadgeteer Genius: Wade and the Tweebs.
  • The Gay '90s: "Rewriting History"
  • Genius Ditz: Motor Ed is an unparalleled mechanical and engineering genius, so much so that Drakken has to turn to him for help when creating a doomsday vehicle. He's also an extremely ditzy rocker archetype who cares more about his mullet and cruising on some hot wheels than anything else. His plans often involve using his genius skills for some almost moronically simple goal, like stealing a rocket that could easily destroy everything for miles simply to make a hotrod to cruise down the highway with.
  • Genre Savvy: Several...primarily Kim, Ron, Wade, and Shego.
    • Señor Senior Sr plays this totally straight, because he learned his supervillainy in books and it's an eccentric hobby for him.
    • While one-off villain Falsetto Jones did set a Death Trap for Kim and Ron, he was actually the only one who sticked around to watch.
  • Geographic Flexibility: Played straight, and Lampshaded in "Clothes Minded". Kim and Ron can go anywhere in the world and be back home for dinner.
  • Ghost Pirate: Dr. Drakken is possessed by one in "Cap'n Drakken".
  • Gilligan Cut: Kim trying to avoid her brothers' cold in "Sick Day":
    Kim: I do not want to catch this.
    [cut to Kim in bed with a cold]
    Kim: How did I catch this?
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Kim herself has been mentioned to collect Cuddle Buddies.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Kim x Ron...the former page image and the Trope Namer comes from a phrase used in and interview with Bob and Mark.

  • Hacker Cave: Wade has quite the bedroom full of computers for a ten-year-old supergenius.
  • Half Truth: Eric tells Kim that his "mission" is to take her to the prom. Well, it is.
  • Halloween Episode: "October 31st".
  • Hammerspace: Ron pulls a pickaxe out of nowhere in "Cap'n Drakken". Where Kim keeps her PDA-like Kimmunicator, even in her cheer costume, is equally mysterious.
  • Hand Blast: Shego's "plasma" blasts.
  • Handy Feet (Adapted Feet): The villain Monkey Fist had his hands and feet surgically replaced with monkey-like appendages.
  • Happily Ever After: Kim and Ron. The two Sealed with a Kiss series finales make this such.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Dr. Drakken's girly flowers are mocked during most of the finale. Then at the very end. Dr Drakken points out that it technically makes him a Plant Person with full control over plants. With that power combined with the moment of surprise due to underestimation, Dr. Drakken was able to defeat Warhok and Warmonga with ease. And since his plants also responds on his subconsciously thoughts, it was able to detect Drakken's love for Shego and could act as a matchmaker as well.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: This is apparently the reason for Shego's Face–Heel Turn (by her Lawful Stupid brother version).
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Wade, in person; broken in a late Season 3 episode.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: When Shego gets zapped with the Reverse Polarizer and becomes good.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Dr. Drakken in "Graduation". He even gets a medal from the United Nations.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted or used straight depending on from what angle you're watching.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Both Ron and Drakken have one after finding out that Snowman Hank has been cancelled.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Often, especially in the episodes with Monkey Fist. The winner is So The Drama's "Sumo Ninja".
  • High-Class Glass: Ron disguises himself in an outfit that fits this trope to a T as part of a ploy to lure out Team Impossible.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Kim and Ron. Best friends since Pre-K, but became an Official Couple at the Junior Prom.
  • Hive Mind: The Bebes. The Tweebs seem to have this as well.
  • Hive Queen: A strange variation. The Bebes decide to make Bonnie their queen simply because she is the one person that Kim hates more than anyone else and are hoping that this will give them an advantage.

  • Identical Grandson: In the "Visions of Another Self" episode, lampshaded by Ron when they discover doubles for Kim, Ron, Barkin, Drakken, Shego, Dementor and finally Wade.
    "Come on this is ridiculous!"
  • Idiot Ball: Ron's intelligence varies from episode to episode, and sometimes he's just flat out clutching this ball. Kim gets it a few times, too.
    Ron: Hello, Information? I'd like the number for 911 immediately please!
  • I Broke a Nail: Shego did this once, in an episode where she was under the effects of a device that controlled her emotions. She would never cry at all otherwise, certainly not over something like a broken nail.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Several of the recurring villains have a consistent theme to their crimes, such as Duff Killigan's golf obsession or Frugal Lucre's cheapness.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: This is Ron's reason for not getting together with Kim before they did (Kim's reason is partially this, but mainly about peer pressure). The first time this is made explicit is "Emotion Sickness", when Kim was under Moodulator influence. The second time, occurs in So The Drama and almost leads into...
    • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ron decides against telling Kim how he really feels, leaving her to attend the prom with Eric whilst he doesn't go and instead sits in Bueno Nacho feeling sorry for himself... where he learns that Drakken is using Bueno Nacho as part of his new plan, leading to the reveal that Eric is a synthodrone, and allowing Ron the chance to confess to Kim, who returns his affection.
  • If I Had a Nickel: In "Ron Millionaire". "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that [talking about Bonnie's comment]...I could have grande-sized!"
    • He then literally gets a nickel for every Naco sold by Bueno Nacho, resulting in 99 Million dollars.
    • In the episode "Cap'n Drakken":
    Shego: If I had a doubloon for every time I've done that (saving Drakken's booty)…
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Ron, on more than one occasion.
  • I Know Karate: Well, not karate - kung fu. Kim knows sixteen styles apparently... Mantis not so much.
  • I Know Kung-Faux: Monkey Kung-Fu, as practiced by Monkey Fist and Ron.
    • There is actually a real Monkey Kung Fu, but it's obviously not what the show is referring to and does not involve McGuffins.
    • In a case of Shown Their Work, Monkey Kung Fu is also known as Tai Shing Pek Kwar and Monkey Fist.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Kim and Duff Killigan.
  • I Minored in Tropology: Evil sidekick and Dark Action Girl Shego holds a degree in child development.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In "Sink or Swim", Kim makes the excuse of having to go and get more firewood to avoid listening to anymore of Ron's stories about Camp Wannaweep. Mr. Barkin joins her and we have this exchange:
    Mr. Barkin: I cannot take another campfire story.
    Kim: Why do you think I'm going?
  • Imagine Spot: Ron imagines scoring the touchdown, heheh.
  • Impossible Pickle Jar: In "Stop Team Go", a humorous sub-plot involves Drakken struggling to open a jar of pickles. He tries opening it himself, using various tools and henchmen and he even tries incinerating it with a massive Death Ray. By the end of the episode, Drakken finds Shego who opens it instantly.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Kim's flippy waist-length hair is no impediment to acrobatics or combat and is only occasionally tied back. Shego's edges into Rapunzel Hair, reaching past her hips yet still blowing dramatically in the wind. Both quickly spring back into shape, no matter what happens to them.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Ron's dad does this to the Mathter before a math-based brain battle.
    Mathter: And what kind of hero are you?
    Mr. Stoppable: I'm no hero. I'm Actuary of the Year.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Ron, taking on the mantle of the Fearless Ferret.
    • Also, Señor Senior Senior doesn't seem to be having much luck teaching Junior how to be a proper villain.
  • Informed Judaism: Ron is supposed to be Jewish.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • John DiMaggio IS Motor Ed. Seriously.
    • Cheese and crackers, Barkin looks a lot like Patrick Warburton.
    • Monique bears more than a passing resemblance to Raven-Symoné.
  • Inventional Wisdom: The Lorwardian Mothership is shut down by a single button, not even code locked.
  • In the Blood: "Anything is possible for a Possible!" And the show more or less follows that idea. All the Possible family have some sort of badassness in them.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Miss Go; justified because she is the exact opposite of Shego via a Mirror Morality Machine.
  • Instant Expert: Kim. Mostly confined to the first season. The crowning moment being her being able to fly a space shuttle after seeing a monkey do it first.
  • Insistent Terminology: "This building is actually made of cheese."
  • Institutional Apparel: All the villains that end up in prison end up wearing orange jumpsuits.
  • Insult Backfire: When Kim tries to zing Monkey Fist in "Oh No! Yono!" she accidentally reveals that Ron's sister, Hana, is "The Han" Monkey Fist is looking for. When he realizes this, he slaps his forehead and realizes "How blind I've been!"
  • Insult Misfire: "Showdown at the Crooked D".
    Ron: (To Mr. Dr. P.) Don't let him call you a lackwit!
  • Involuntary Dance: Happens when Kim and Ron end up hypnotised and end up being ordered to dance by Señor Senior Junior.
  • Ironic Echo / Brick Joke:
    from "Crush"
    Drakken(to Kim): You should have stuck to babysitting!
    from "So the Drama", three years later:
    Kim: Drakken finally won. I should have stuck to babysitting!
  • Ironic Inversion: "Job Unfair".
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    Kim: ... Miss... Guide?
    Miss Guide: "Guh-DAY", dear.
    Kim: Uh, g'day to you too.
  • Island Base: Drakken and The Seniors.
  • It Only Works Once: "Queen Bebe": Kim sees that the robotic villains, the "Bebes", no longer respond to radio interference like they did in "Attack of the Killer Bebes". This makes sense, as because the Bebes (and Kim) are moving at hyperspeed, a hypersonic emission would be much slower, and as such would not have the same effect.
  • It's Personal: "Car Alarm". Jim and Tim emphasize the upgrades to the Sloth are because Motor Ed outran them.
    • Done doubly in "Team Impossible". Kim has had it with the so-called heroes and is wiping the floor with them and them some. Ron is basically eating popcorn, then Wade shows up in the flesh, because they spiked his computers, and he is really mad.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Kim and Shego have a much more personal and visceral conflict going between them than Kim and Drakken.



  • Lampshade Hanging: Kim Possible loves these. Ron in particular. For example, the Collapsing Lair.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Avoided this in the episode "Clean Slate", in which Kim has amnesia, and is pretty much square-peg-round-hole moronic until they manage to restore most of her memories.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A good example happens to Bonnie. It is revealed that she was the only senior in Middleton High who wasn't graduating because she missed an important quiz on the last week of school, forcing her to attend summer school.
  • Laser Hallway: Kim's first mission (in "A Sitch In Time") involved the in-universe mother of these where the entire room is filled with deadly laser beams, and Kim gets her first job: using her cheerleading and gymnastics moves to dive through all the beams and turn it off. More appear throughout the series.
  • Last Minute Hook Up: You could say the ending of The Movie was that for Kim and Ron.
  • Last-Name Basis: Inverted with Shego. Her last name is "Go", but she has "She" in front because she used to be good and a part of a team with her brothers, and she was the girl of the team. It's also possible their names relate to their first names, but they're never given. Lampshaded by Ron in "Go Team Go".
  • Laughably Evil
  • Laugh of Love:
    • In "Sink or Swim", Tara giggles before kissing Ron on the cheek at the end of the episode.
    • Kim tends to do this when she's around the guys she has a crush on. She also giggled after her first kiss with Ron in "Emotion Sickness".
    • In "Gorilla Fist", Ron giggled when Yori kissed him on the cheek at the end of the episode, much to Kim's clear jealousy.
  • Lawful Stupid: Hego.
  • LEGO Genetics: DNAmy's creations are an example, as are Drakken's customized clones.
  • Leitmotif: Kim, Rufus, Shego, Killigan and Monkey Fist all have their own themes, which made for an interesting climax in "Adventures in Rufus-Sitting", when the theme switches to whoever has the ball (well, molerat) at the time.
    • Rufus' is the backbeat from Naked Mole Rap.
    • DNAmy's, a Fifties romantic instrumental, doesn't appear unless she's somebody's Abhorrent Admirer (she was in pursuit of Mr. Barkin briefly before settling on Monkey Fist.)
  • Less Embarrassing Term: Professor Dementor responds to Ron's comment about the "dress" he's wearing by shouting "It's a HOUSECOAT!"
  • Lethal Chef: The school lunch lady fixes unrecognizable glop most of the time which may or may not be considered food. Kim also starts as this but improved considerably at the end of the episode.
  • Le Parkour
  • The Little Black Dress: You know the one.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Many, many characters are guilty of this. (Bonnie wears her cheer costume an awful lot for someone supposed to be fashion-conscious.) Got better in Season 2 when the animators give both Kim and Ron got new rotating outfits. Ron was eventually returned to his jersey and cargos because the crew didn't like the "bowling shirt".
    • Bonnie lampshaded this on Season 1 (Episode 16) with the line "Kim Possible, you are such a loser! I mean you wear that same outfit, like, every day!"
  • Local Hangout: Bueno Nacho.
  • Lock and Load Montage: The penultimate episode has Kim suiting up in battle armor, then picking up Ron in her Cool Car, like she is going to vape Drakken for keeps. Turns out it's for a puma in a tree.
  • Loony Fan: Cousin Joss Possible (for Kim, and at the end of the episode, Ron), later Frugal Lucre (for Drakken).
  • Love Potion: Wade creates a modern love laser beam that causes the much older Monique to fall in love with him. It works exactly as planned, until the effect wears off and she's pissed at him. Later, the villain comes in possession of the love laser beam and uses it for massive annoyance. At the end of the episode Wade is seeing a genius girl his own age -who turns out to have invented a Love Beam of her own.