Kim Possible: Tropes M to R
This page covers tropes found in Kim Possible
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- Made of Iron: Everyone, the most notable being the time when Shego got kicked from the roof of a building that is several stories high, into an electrical signal tower, which not only electrocutes her but also collapsed right on top of her. And she comes out of the incident with slightly torn clothes and frazzled hair...
- Mad Mathematician: The Mathter.
- Mad Scientist: Drakken, DNAmy, Prof. Dementor, and even a fair number of the "good guys" qualify.
- Magic Meteor: The origin of Team Go. "A glowing, rainbow-colored comet!"
- Make Me Wanna Shout: "Hidden Talent".
- Male Gaze: The series has a fair amount of close up butt shots, and sometimes lingers on Shego.
- Maniac Monkeys: Monkey Fist's monkey ninjas.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Kim and Ron, as well as Shego and Dr. Drakken. Kim and Ron remember their first Halloween together; take a wild guess which one wore a cowboy outfit and which one wore a tutu.
- Mass Hypnosis: Drakken tries this, using shampoo of all things, and a scheme involving teens MP3 players that didn't work out. The Seniors try it with a love ray.
- Master of Disguise: Camille Leon.
- May Contain Evil: "Dr Drakken's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
- May-December Romance: Drakken and Shego. He's the same as Kim's father (his early 40s), while Shego is somewhere in her twenties by the series' end.
- Meaningful Name: Almost everyone.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: Drakken steals the royalty money Ron gets for inventing the Naco. After Kim fails to get it back, he spends it on a giant laser that doesn't work as expected and destroys itself and his lab.
- Memento MacGuffin: Ron's titanium-reinforced belt helped Kim remember that they were dating in "Clean Slate".
- Merry Christmas in Gotham: Ron tries to take on Drakken by himself so Kim can have a nice Christmas with her family. Ends up with Ron and Drakken bonding over an old TV show, whose theme they sing together. The episode ends with Shego and the Possible family sitting down to Christmas dinner in an escape pod in the Arctic:
Shego: Uh - Dr. D... you serious?
Kim: Actually, this is... this is... I don't know what this is.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: The ninja toddler Hana does this to Monkey Fist.
- Micro Monarchy: The Kingdom of Rodigan, where Prince Wally is from, is quite possibly this, even though we don't get precise info on the country's size.
- Minion Shipping: Drakken and Shego.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Senor Senior, Jr.
- Mirror Morality Machine
- Missed Him by That Much: Kim nearly bumps into Ron so many times in "Adventures In Rufus-Sitting".
- Missed the Call: Kim initially set up her website looking for ordinary teenager jobs like babysitting, but got drawn into adventuring after a rescue call to Team Impossible accidentally reached her instead.
- Mission Control: Wade, quintessentially.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: DNAmy's creations and Cuddlebuddies.
- Monsterofthe Week: The series manages a good deal of character development with nary an arc to be had.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Malcolm in "Virt-U-Ron".
- Motive Decay: The Mathter; He went from terrorizing Go City to making Ron his personal archenemy just because he used a variable (saying his tape recorder cost twenty dollars) in less than two minutes after they first meet. That's got to be some sort of record. This, like everything else in the series, is also lampshaded.
Ron: Oh great, now the math guy's back!
Kim: And he's not even our villain!
- Mood-Swinger: Doctor Drakken can be ranting with malicious glee about destroying his teenage foe one minute, and then switch to looking for milk in a supermarket. The "Moodulator" chips make Kim and Shego act this way too.
- Moon Landing Hoax: In the episode "Stop Team Go": Shego is temporarily turned good, but Kim has trouble convincing Ron.
Kim: (elbowing Ron) Ron, that's Shego!
Ron: Nah, it's not Shego, it's Miss Go — see, it says so on the board.
Kim: Putting something on the board doesn't make it true!
Ron: Oh, sure, y'know, when I said that in 20th Century History, I got sent to the office!
Kim: The moon landing wasn't faked in the Arizona desert, Ron!
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Drakken is the guiltiest as he dropped out of college and therefore has no degree to speak of.
- Morality Dial: The Attitudinator in "Bad Boy" and "Stop Team Go".
- The Movie: Twice, A Sitch in Time being the more quintessential - the other was the first planned Grand Finale.
- Multiple Demographic Appeal
- Mugging the Monster: During "Graduation, Part 2", Ron, unbeknownst to the Lowardians, comes into control of a very great power, making Warhok and Warmonga's tap-dancing on his Berserk Button a very poor idea. It crosses into Bullying a Dragon when they continue messing with him even after he's taken out all their tripods and thrown Warhok across the landscape.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Future Drakken versus Ron Stoppable. Enough said.
- Amazingly, it was also inverted in that same episode, since Dr. Drakken wiped the floor with both Kim Possible and a Charles Atlas Superpower Monique. After beating them, Shego gloats, making Ron mad. Big Mistake.
- Usually, Kim: perfectly willing and able to knock down men twice her size. Even discussed when she and Shego faced two huge wrestlers while Trapped in TV Land; "Well, this shouldn't be a problem."
- Ron and Drakken's henchmen wear muscle-enhancing rings in "Ron The Man", but it's still Kim and Shego doing most of the fighting, maybe even more than usual.
- Seņor Senior Junior is the most buff-looking of the regular villains, but doesn't get into fights. Maybe he doesn't want to mess up his hair.
- Mystery Meat: Frequently served at Middleton High's cafeteria, to the disgust of the students. One episode had Kim and her class forced to watch a video saying what exactly went into Mystery Meat; the class ran out screaming and wanting to vomit.
- In another episode, Mr. Barkin is filling in for yet another absent teacher who "made a mistake many first-year teachers make — she ate the cafeteria meatloaf". The class reacts with horror.
- In another episode, Wade analyzed the gravy that a ghost actually Sensei's astral projection used to write a message to Ron on the cafeteria wall. Wade told Kim and Monique that they do not want to know what's in it until they graduate. From college.
- Nanomachines: The Nano-Tick in "Tick, Tick, Tick" (though it's not really on a nano-scale - according to Drakken, it just sounds cooler that way) and probably the source of Camille Leon's shapeshifting ability.
- New Job Episode: Played straight in "Bueno Nacho". Subverted and played straight in "The Big Job"
- Never Mess with Granny: Nana Possible went through the Navy SEALS Underwater Demolitions Training, and owns Kim at kung fu, tough enough for ya?
- Never Say "Die": Villains sometimes talk about "destroying" or "eliminating" Kim.
- Nice Girl: Kim post season one. Yori in all her appearances.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- The Seniors would have been content to be rich and eccentric, if Ron hadn't accidentally convinced them that Evil Is Cool.
- Monkey Fist wouldn't have realized "the infant" who beat him earlier was "The Han" he was looking for...especially if Kim hadn't tried to insult his intelligence by mentioning Hana "Han" Stoppable was Ron's sister.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In A Sitch in Time, after Overlord Shego won, Drakken talks her into gloating.
- Ninja: Both human, monkey, and sumo.
- And the Embarrassment Ninjas.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- No Gravity for You: Occurs sometimes in space-related episodes.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Kim reasons this as why she doesn't have a date to the prom.
- No Indoor Voice: Dementor's excitable METHOD OF SPEAKING!
- And there's Dr. Drakken. In the Halloween episode, after yelling on the phone with Duff Killigan, Shego tells him to use his indoor voice.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Shego in A Sitch In Time.
- No Seat Belts: Averted. The show makes sure that they put on helmets or parachutes or buckle up in their flying car.
- Nonhuman Sidekick: Rufus.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: With Harmless Villain Drakken around, this is unsurprisingly the norm. Not that he and the other villains don't try to blow Kim away, though.
- Kim also gets a few exceptions, at one point firing a homing missile at Drakken and Shego's fleeing hover car, and kicking Shego of a roof into an electrical tower at the climax of So The Drama.
- Non-Singing Voice: The Oh Boyz singing voices are not the same as their acting voices.
- Noodle Incident: Kim Possible loves this trope.
Barkin: And don't let them tell you they're supposed to have class outside! We put stop to that after the jellyfish incident.
Miss Go: Oh that's so nice! You took the class to the beach!
Barkin: No beach. Just jellyfish. Don't ask.
Kim: Like that time you cleaned your room.
Ron: We agreed never to speak of that dark day.
- There was also the "paper machete" incident. Not paper mache, machete.
- Kim and Ron also tend to hitch rides from people whom they have helped in the past, often in some spectacular fashion. They do this a lot. Although a few of their rides do have Call Backs on previous episodes.
- Occasionally, Mr. Barkin will begin a class with a brief explanation of why he's substituting for another teacher.
- Supposedly, he also saved the world once, if his speech to Ron about graduation is any indication;
Barkin: Ah, Senior Year, I remember it well. Best two years of my life; big man on the football team [...] dated the most popular girl in school [...] I even helped save the world a time or two.
Ron: Right on- wait, what?! You?
- And form the episode where they thought Bird-themed villain Aviarius:
is the second-biggest flamingo I've ever seen.
- Not Me This Time: When Kim finds out that Dr. Drakken has been broken out of prison by a woman with "green energy blasts", she naturally drops in on his sidekick Shego, only to find out later that it was actually an alien who did it.
Shego: I'm. On. Vacation!
Ron: So, it wasn't you that busted out Drakken?
Shego: Who do you think I'm vacationing from?
- Also done in the first part of the two-parter series finale, "Graduation Part 1". When several golf courses were undergoing eruptions, Kim Possible suspects Duff Killigan for the event. When confronted with the issue, Killigan explains that he wasn't involved, and even takes it a step further to reveal that his own golf course was defaced in a similar manner.
- Also done in "Gorilla Fist" where Ron and Yori go looking for Monkey Fist thinking he kidnapped Yori's Sensei, not knowing it was a Batman Gambit by DNAmy. When found, Monkey Fist explains he wouldn't kidnap him because he was of no value to him.
- Not So Above It All: A common gag. In general, it's a running theme in the show that Kim is nowhere near as infallible in her regular life as she is in "mission mode".
- Not So Dire: A fair number of episode teasers establish an apparent crisis, only to reveal that the real sitch is relatively benign.
- Not What It Looks Like: Played with in "Homecoming Upset". Bonnie forces a kiss on Ron just as Kim arrives on the scene. Ron (who is sitcom-savvy) assumes Kim will immediately assume the worst and be furious with him. Kim points out that she knows very well that Ron hasn't been romancing Bonnie:
Kim: No kidding! It took ya twelve stinkin' years to kiss me!
- Played straight in "Ill Suited", where Ron is trying to explain why he stole Kim's battlesuit.
Ron: Wait wait! It's not what you think!
Kim: Oh? So you're not a cheater, a liar and a thief?!
Ron: ... OK, it is what you think.
- Painting the Medium: Ron at the end of "Grande Size Me".
- Pair the Smart Ones: Kim's parents, Dr. Possible the rocket scientist and Dr. Possible the brain surgeon.
- Pair the Spares: Ron's Season 2 interest Zita, was dug out of limbo to be set up with Felix, another B-Character in the Grand Finale.
- Panty Shot: A few moments involving cheerleading, which has a more relaxed attitude toward this sort of thing than the same phenomenon in street clothes.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted with Camille Leon, except in her second appearance.
- Parental Bonus: A number of sly references. "Evil Eye For The Bad Guy"?
- "Killigan's Island".
- This show is a nearly non-stop maker of references to older movies and 70s-80s music.
- Perpetual Frowner: Shego.
- Perplexing Plurals: In "Naked Genius", Drakken captured Ron (thinking he got the brainpower he was after instead of Rufus) and forced him to build a doomsday device or else he'd be sleeping with the "fishes". He then gets confused if that is correct and asks Shego. Shego tells him that both fishes and fish are correct plurals for the word.
- Personality Swap: Ron and Drakken swap their "good" and "evil" essences in one episode.
- Pet the Dog: Some villains get these moments - Played for Laughs, of course.
- Shego tutoring Junior. Her constant world-weary sarcasm fades a bit as she begins to enjoy teaching her dim (but determined) student rather than enduring Drakken's perpetual stupidities.
- Drakken in Possible Christmas. To hilarious lengths. Not only does he pay for Shego's Christmas vacation and invite the Possibles to Christmas dinner, he remembers Ron's name.
Kim: Well, this is - this is... I don't know what this is.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Played with in "Cap'n Drakken" where Dr. Drakken gets possessed by a pirate ghost:
Drakken: Aye. Set the mainsail, wench.
Shego: Okay, first of all we don't have any sails. Second of all, call me 'wench' again and we'll be planning a burial at sea.
Drakken: (nervously) Yearr. Arrgh.
- Plot Parallel: Often found between the "basic average girl" and "here to save the world" plots of any given episode. For instance, Seņor Senior Senior's controlling attitude toward Junior's disco in "Coach Possible" showed Kim the error of her overzealous approach in coaching the soccer team.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Kim's brothers in Season 4.
- Plot Technology: Nearly all of the Mad Scientist supervillains are guilty of this.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Usually Ron, though Drakken has his own share of moments as well. Drakken is Shego's comic relief (and vice versa) and Ron is Kim's comic relief.
- Positive Discrimination: Felix Renton was The Ace in his episode.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Ron falls into one of these when Kim first kisses him under the influence of the Moodulator in "Emotion Sickness".
- Power Floats: Ron with his monkey power.
- Power Glows: Shego and Team Go, Ron's Monkey Power and some of the mad-science machinery, among other things.
- Powers as Programs: Aviarius extracts Team Go's powers for himself, though Kim gets one at first.
- Pro Wrestling Episode: "Pain King vs. Cleopatra", which was also Monique's debut episode.
- Prodigal Family: Team Go: also Mama Lipsky, Drakken, and Motor Ed (seriously).
- Punny Name: Kim, Jim, Tim and Ron, obviously. In fact, as mentioned above, the majority of the characters have punny or meaningful names.
- Punched Across the Room: Happens a few times, though most notable in "So the Drama".
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Kim's (nearly) irresistible "Puppy Dog Pout". Her mom also uses it a few times... even on Kim. And (during a bout of temporary goodness) so did Shego.
- Put on a Bus: Brick Flagg.
- Psycho Electro: Electronique. Well, as psycho as you can be on the Disney Channel.