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Kim Possible: Tropes S to Z
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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  • Sadistic Choice: Adrena Lynn makes Kim save both Ron and Brick in this manner. She manages to save them both with ease.
  • Safety Worst: "Odds Man In".
  • Save the Villain: The rescue of Monkey Fist in "Gorilla Fist".
    • Also saving Drakken and Shego from electrocution in "Rewriting History", and saving Drakken from drowning in "Cap'n Drakken".
      • Averted when a crook robs the Senor Seniors. Rather than ignore their efforts against the con artist to regain what is rightfully theirs, Kim tries to capture them. Technically, she was trying to save the crook from Senior's revenge, so she did save a villain, just not the ones who for all intents and purposes had built their wealth legitimately and treat villainy as a hobby.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Lorwardians.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: Ron tried his hand at it, going so far as to expose Adrena Lynn.
  • Science Fair: Kim and Justine build a portal to another dimension. Ron and Monique build a volcano at the last minute.
  • Scout Out: The Pixie Scouts.
  • Scotireland: Duff Killigan is Scottish in every way, save for his very Irish surname.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Shego has occasionally walked out on Drakken after one of his schemes started going south or he just got too annoying.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: Shego uses the alias "Ms. Ogehs" in "A Sitch In Time" to Transfer Ron's mother to Norway to split up Kim and Ron.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Rufus.
  • Sexophone: Shego (as "Miss Wobakoff") has one of these played for her in "The Mentor Of Our Discontent", whilst trying to distract Martin Smarty.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Kim and Ron in So The Drama, originally and again in the second finale of the series.
  • Shades of Conflict: The show at first glance seems to be an obvious Black and White Morality. A closer look at the various moral issues and the actions of the characters in some episodes usually yields more of a Grey and Gray Morality.
  • Shark Pool: Both straight and parodied.
  • She-Fu: Kim; justified to some degree: she's a cheerleader, so she's supposed to be flexible.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Ron hilariously makes this objection before the Relationship Upgrade (completely without provocation too). Shego makes similar denials about Drakken in the Grand Finale. Drakken had earlier made the same denial about Shego while trying to charm DNAmy into helping with one of his schemes. And Monkey Fist also states this about DNAmy in "Gorilla Fist".
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mr. Barkin, especially in "Fashion Victim".
  • Ship Tease: Between Ron and Kim in many third-season episodes, leading up to a literal Last Minute Hook Up in the Grand Finale. Then the show was unexpectedly Un-Canceled. Oops.
    • The biggest offender was "Emotion Sickness," an episode that's gone on to become a fan favorite and which also teased Drakken/Shego mercilessly.
    • "Homecoming Upset" had its fair share of Ron/Bonnie teases.
    • Then there was "Stop Team Go", which had Kim/Shego shippers in hysterics.
      • Likewise with "Mad Dogs And Aliens".
    • From day one of the second season, we have all manner of ship teases. Whether it be Kim worrying about Ron to a scene that mirrors the upside down kiss between Spiderman and Mary Jane. It was lampshaded in "Bad Boy". where Kim hints at Ron bringing her as a date, and context galore throughout even before "Emotion Sickness" pretty much confirmed it.
    • How about when Ron is trying to get the attention of Zita, and has a little exchange with Kim.
    Ron: If she saw us coming out of a date movie together, she might, you know...
    Kim: You. And me. On a date?
    Ron: (suddenly incredibly awkward) Not that we, y'know, would or anything...
    • There was also the beginning of "Fearless Ferret" where Ron has a dream about saving Kim's life.
    • The series finale "Graduation" strongly teases Drakken and Shego as well. Word of God confirms they are dating by the end.
  • Shoe Phone: Straight and subverted.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Totally Radical extreme-stunts TV star Adrena Lynn appeared heavily in trailers and was intended to be a recurring arch-rival to Kim. Negative audience response saw her cut down to a one-shot villain and she never appeared again (unusual, since most villains made at least two appearances). She pops up in The Stinger for the Grand Finale, which is probably the only other time we see her.
  • Shout-Out: "Toga! Toga! Toga!" (and plenty more.)
    Drakken: She's a baaad Grandmother...
    Kim: SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
    Drakken: I'm just talking about your grandma!
  • Shown Their Work: The Game Boy Advance games. The second and third one especially put a lot of effort into getting all the little details right, from the ridiculous Drakken plot to Ron dancing like the Oh Boyz, they nailed the look and feel of the episodes.
  • Show Within a Show: The soap opera "Agony County" is mentioned a few times, in addition to the shows from "TV Trashheap". A whole load of them are used when Trapped in TV Land in "Dimension Twist".
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble: Gemini and Dr. Director. Avoided by Kim's twin brothers, strangely enough.
  • Sick and Wrong: Trope Namer. Ron would frequently describes squicky things as being "sick and wrong". Really weird stuff elicits the response "This goes beyond sick and wrong, it's Wrongsick!''"
  • Sick Episode: One in which nearly every named character eventually succumbs.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Shego's power glows green, and she has a lot of green highlights.
  • Sidekick: Ron to Kim, Shego to Dr. Drakken.
  • Signed Up for the Dental
  • Single-Minded Twins: The Wegos don't seem to have separate personalities, which could be related to their superpower. Jim and Tim Possible, however, just seem to be on the same wavelength. All the time.
  • Snowlems
  • Sleep Cute: Kim and Ron during a boring field trip. The shippers had a field day.
  • Smug Super: Shego makes sure that everyone she feels is inferior KNOWS that they are, including her brothers, her boss, and occasionally the heroic sidekick. She also mocks Kim, but considers her an equal, maybe more.
  • Snap Back: The creators said the show only had "continuity by accident". Drakken's lair is always rebuilt by his next appearance; Ron's attempts to improve his popularity or social standing never stick; Kim cedes the captaincy of the cheer squad to Bonnie at the end of "Number One" but is back in the role later; and "Monkey Ninjas In Space" ends with an army of monkey ninjas claiming Ron as their leader, and are never mentioned again. As time went by, there was more Continuity Creep and Character Development, especially when the series returned for season four.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Kim can easily take down supervillains around the world. Asking the boy she has a crush on to the school dance, on the other hand...
  • Something Else Also Rises:
    • "Emotion Sickness", Kim kisses Ron on the lips for the first time. After pulling away, Ron collapses to the ground and his entire body goes completely stiff, to the point where Kim can prop him back up to standing position like a garden rake.
    • "Homecoming Upset", the fire hose Ron is holding starts spraying all over the place when Bonnie hugs him.
    • Fans who read into series extensively note the positioning of Rufus when he emerges from Ron's pocket when Kim is around.
  • Space Is Noisy: The garbage makes the clinking of glass as it floats through space? Check. The engines make wooshing noises as it dodges between said garbage? Check.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ron Stoppable can render any plans made by anyone, no matter how complex useless by wandering around and touching random objects.
    • Global Justice even called it the "Ron Factor" and the secret to Kim's success.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Ron, most often with Rufus. He has also shown that he can communicate very well with other animals: Chippy, Roachie, and Professor Dementor's giant dogs, to name a few.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Also Rufus.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Ron, for an episode.
  • Spinning Clock Hands: Subverted.
    Barkin: Darn clock's busted again!
  • Spoiler Opening: Lord Monty a.k.a. Monkey Fist appears in the opening theme from the very first episode onwards, however his first appearance was not until episode 13, where it was written as if Monty turning out to be the bad guy was a big twist.
    • This is somewhat justified, as Monkey Fist's debut episode was actually the third episode produced. It was the thirteenth that Disney aired, for whatever reason.
    • This happens again in the last season when the Opening changed, spoiling Warmonga well before her episode appearance. Once more her episode is written as if we're not supposed to have any idea who this other green skin lady who's helping Drakken who isn't Shego was.
  • Stab the Sky "Virt-U-Ron" Ron completes the Heroic Fantasy episode in true style.
  • Stable Time Loop: "A Sitch In Time", if one accepts the implication that destroying the Tempus Simia erases it from ever existing. Otherwise it's a Timey-Wimey Ball.
  • Status Quo Is God: Very few things change on the show even when they should, both inverting it and playing it straight.
    • In Season 4 the writers tried to add a number of other changes so the Relationship Upgrade wouldn't seem so out of place like: Ron on the football team, Kim's new car, Kim's brothers in high school, new jobs, new clothes, a few new villains, etc.
  • Stealth Pun: Mego, coloured purple (violet), has his super-power described as "He's a shrinker". In "Big Bother", Ron is conflicted between his school assignment bag of flour and his new sister Hana (which is Japanese for Flower.)
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Villainous example, D.N.Amy.
  • Still Wearing The Old Colors: Shego still wears her Team Go uniform.
  • Strictly Formula
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: The Internet Search for "really valuable" and "heavily guarded". The discussion of outsourcing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Steve Barkin's father Franklin turns out to have the exact same look and personality as his son.
  • Stuff Blowing Up
  • Suck E. Cheese's: J.P. Bearymore's Pizza Partytorium.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: In the episode "Roachie", Ron befriends a giant cockroach and soon begins having full conversations with it, imitating its clicking-noise speech.
    Kim: You're like the Roach Whisperer.
    Ron: Y'know, if you're trying to speak 'roach, you've got it all wrong, KP. You've gotta click with your mandible.
  • Sue Donym: Shego's other alias of "Ms. Whoabackoff".
  • Summon to Hand: Magic sword!
  • Super Cell Reception:
    • The Kimmunicator has never once failed due to signal interference, unless it was deliberately jammed. It works anywhere on Earth or in near-orbit space, even deep underground. At one point, the Kimmunicator sprouts wheels in order to get to Kim. According to Wade, it also has its own satellite. She has, however, lost it a few times, and when the writers got sick of that plot, they gave her a compact wrist-mounted version.
    • In the Christmas Episode, Drakken's cell phone was able to make calls from the North Pole.
  • Super Family Team: Team Go!
  • Supervillain: Nearly every episode has at least, at least one that appears. Some have two and a couple have entire conventions of them.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Drakken has Shego don a blonde wig and dress in order to distract Martin Smarty, whilst he and Frugal Lucre break into his office. The distraction works, but Smarty becomes just a little too enamoured with Shego for her tastes, leading to this exchange;
    Martin Smarty: Well, hello... Being a single father such as I am, it would be my privilege to assist you, Miss...?
    Shego: Whoa! Back off!
    Martin Smarty: Miss... Wobakoff??
    Shego: Yeah... fine. Miss Wobakoff. Yeah... clever.
    *As Kim is about to jump out of the Sloth onto the Kepler*
    Wade: Wait! Before you go-
    * The glove box pops open revealing two golden rings. Kim and Ron stare wide-eyed at each other whilst Rufus hums "Here Comes The Bride"*
    Ron: ... I had nothing to do with this!
    Wade: Ron... They're Magno-Rings. They'll help you hold on to the side of the Kepler.
    Ron: Haha! Right. That's what I thought they were... y'know... for.

    T 
  • Take Over the World: Drakken's MO, along with most of the recurring villains.
  • Taken for Granite: "Oh No Yono", Kim and Sensei briefly; Monkey Fist indefinitely.
  • Talking to Himself: Drakken and Motor Ed share a voice actor, and appeared together in one episode.
    • Seriously.
  • Techno Wizard
  • Teen Superspy
  • Teens Are Short: Despite being seniors and probably past puberty, neither Kim nor Ron pass an adult's shoulders in terms of height.
  • Tempting Fate:
    Kim: Spikes. Gee. Where are the snakes?
    (snakes appear)
    Kim: I was just being sarcastic!
  • Terms of Endangerment: Shego's nicknames for Kim.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In "Ill Suited", Ron steals Kim's battlesuit and uses it to cheat his way into the position of star quarterback of the football team out of fear that Kim would dump him for a jock (based in part on misunderstanding a conversation he overheard). This is revealed when Professor Dementor uses a remote device to take control of the suit, whilst Ron is still in it. He attempts to explain his position... poorly at first (whilst being controlled to fight Kim).
    Kim: You cheated your way onto the football team!
    Ron: Yeah, but that was just a perk. I was really trying to cheat on you... *notices Kim's angrier expression* -For you! To win you!
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The phrase "Call Me, Beep Me" from the Title Theme Tune is dropped in "A Sitch in Time" and "So the Drama". Also, the Kimmunicator's ringtone is the first four notes of the song. And it's played a lot. In "Team Impossible", Ron is impressed that they have their own theme tune, and tries to write one for Kim and himself. He comes up with the show's theme, of course.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: A Sitch in Time explores this possibility with a Bad Future if Shego were to ever seize control of the world.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Ron in Japan during "Exchange".
    • "A Sitch in Time" takes this up to 11. Not only is it never told, not only does nobody remember it, but it retcons itself into nonexistence.
  • The Power of Friendship: Kim is much less successful in villain-fighting without Ron's backup, as proven in A Sitch in Time.
  • The Smart Guy: Wade is most definitely the techno-whiz of the group, making random inventions just in the nick of time for just the right mission, though a few episodes have portrayed him as not being so smart in the field.
    • He's even voiced by former Smart Guy Taj Mowry.
  • There Was a Door
  • They Are All Grown Up: In A Sitch in Time, both Kim's little brothers and Wade.
  • They Fight Crime: She's a highschool cheerleader, he's her bumbling best friend since early childhood...
  • Think Nothing of It: When the people who give Kim rides to the mission site thank her for helping them previously, she always shugs it off as "No big."
  • This Ain't Rocket Surgery: Kim's dad is a rocket scientist and her mom is a brain surgeon. This has been the source of many jokes in the series.
    • They come up with a summer job at the fast food place to ease money troubles:
    Kim: A rocket scientist and a brain surgeon and this is all you could come up with?
    • And on tax forms, while Kim's father is calling an accountant:
    Mr Possible: Yes, I know it's tax season; that's why I'm calling an accountant. (pause) Look, ma'am, I'm no rocket scientist - well, actually I am - (whoever is on the other end hangs up) Hello? Hello?
    • When the Possible family's TV stops working:
    Tim: You're a rocket scientist! Can't you do something?
    Mr. Possible: Well, I could put it in geosynchronous orbit, but I'm not sure how that would help.
  • This Billboard Needs Some Salt: The Dimension Monster and "Gronde" both try this.
  • This Is Reality: Wade suggests he should "be myself" to attract his crush, and Ron replies "That only works in cartoons!"
    • Subverted in another episode: "This isn't one of your stupid science fiction games, Larry! Ron's facing a kung fu mutant with bio-engineered hands, and mystical monkey powers, and..." At that point, Kim decides to give Larry's idea a try.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Ron's father, an actuary, spends an entire episode trying to be a hero to his son. Luckily, his number-crunching skills turned out very useful when they faced the Mathter:
    Kim: Did you know your dad had it in him?
    Ron: No, but who knew we’d be facing a math-crazed villain?
    Kim: Yep. So convenient.
  • This Page Will Self-Destruct: "Job Unfair".
  • Throw It In: Shego's personality. Originally she wasn't intended to be a Deadpan Snarker who enjoyed needling her boss more than listening to him, but Nicole Sullivan's voice acting led the writers to play to her ability for that.
    • Motor Ed was created because John DiMaggio was goofing around in the break room and made up the voice for a laugh.
  • Title Drop: Not the series title (too easy), but the line "Can't anyone stop Team Go?" in the episode...well, guess.
  • Title Sequence: The show uses clips from the show during the theme. The first montage is used throughout the first 3 seasons, but it updated during the fourth. Though in the first montage there is some debate about the brief scene of a giant Shego battling a miniature Kim, as nothing of the sort actually happens in the show. A Bait And Switch Clip Perhaps?
  • Trap Door: It comes with the territory. Straight, Subverted and Lampshaded. "And suddenly, the world was full of holes."
  • Trapped In Tv Land: "Dimension Twist".
  • Tripod Terror: The Lorwardian walkers; technically four-legged, but they fit the trope.
  • Tron Lines: Kim's battlesuit.
  • Trope Namer: Sick and Wrong and Give Geeks a Chance
  • Troperiffic
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Occurs a few times throughout the series, such as Drakken assuming this position when Shego freaks out in the lair from the Moodulator and when Ron locks himself in his panic room.
  • TV Teen
  • Twin Banter: Jim and Tim, naturally. Hicka-bicka-boo? Hooshaw!
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Most episodes contain a supervillain plot and something from Kim's normal life.
  • Two-Teacher School: Due to the Noodle Incident, Mr Barkin will be teaching this class/trip/whatever. How many members of staff do we see apart from Barkin?
    • We actually saw the journalism teacher in season 1, a math teacher in season 2 and Ms. Go as a sub in season 4, and someone who might have been the principal in the Grand Finale. That's it.
    • Interestingly, one episode referred to Miss Go being a substitute for a Miss Carson, injured while skateboarding. Yes, as in Kim's voice actress.
    • Home Economics is so underappreciated in Middleton High that, when Kim and Ron took the class, (which they only did because they missed the chance to take other classes instead of that one), it was revealed to them, to the viewers and the faculty that the last Home Economics teacher retired years ago. Mr. Barkin was then put in charge. However, his whole experience on the subject consisted on looking for food in the forests he was deployed in during his military days. He even brought a shovel to class. He was even fair enough to step out as soon as Ron proved himself more knowledgeable on Home Economics than him.
  • Tykebomb: Hana Stoppable aka "The Weapon" or "The Han".

    U 
  • Uncanceled
  • Underwater Base: Drakken's had more than one of these. The big glass window tends not to last long.
  • Under The Mistletoe: Kim and Ron. Except that it's parsley. Works anyway, though.
  • Unnamed Parent: Kim's parents were both just Dr. Possible - a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon - but each finale episode contained a reveal for one of them. Kim's father was revealed as James Timothy Possible in So The Drama, and Kim's mother was called Annie in "Graduation". Anne was already her Fanon name, as it's Kim's middle name, and her twin brothers are called Jim and Tim. Ron's parents are still nameless.
  • The Unreveal: Several throughout the series, but notably the very last episode ends as Dr. Drakken is about to tell the story about how his skin turned blue when the series ends.

    V 
  • Vague Age: Shego. She apparently has a degree in teaching. She has also apparently shown romantic feelings for Drakken (who was in college with Kim's father), and definitely dated Mr. Barkin. On the other hand, she acts like a teenager and is young enough to date Senor Senior Jr, who might be Kim's age (sixteen - eighteen).
    • If Shego is telling the truth in "Clean Slate", then she's 3 - 4 years older than Kim (she said she was a senior when she was a freshman). She's probably not.
    • The ages of Kim and Ron (and by extension, their fellow students) are also never really addressed beyond Word of God describing them as "high school age". Although given a few details throughout the series (moving to senior year, being able to drive, graduating etc.) it can be reasonably assumed that they start out in the series at 14/15, before ending up at 17/18 in the final season.
  • Vapor Wear: The animators of Kim Possible probably did not foresee the unintended implications of this screenshot...
  • Verbal Tic: Motor Ed, seriously. Even the annoying Frugal Lucre is bothered by it.
    • Dememtor has a habit of speaking AS THOUGH CAPSLOCK IS ZE CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL!!!!! He also has ze German style of speech, yes.
  • Villain Ball: Outright embraced by several villains, especially Señor Senior Senior, who took up villainy because he was rich and bored. Seeing how close he can get to victory while strictly adherring to the so-called "code of villainy" seems to be the whole point of the challenge for him.
    • Notably snapped up by Shego in "A Sitch in Time" when she has Drakken strap Kim to a Bond Villain-esque torture table instead of just killing her. Slightly jarring after Shego managed to conquer the world by sole virtue of being far more competent than the three other villains who had been busy juggling the Villain Ball between them for the entire first act.
  • Villain Decay: Mostly played straight, but sometimes averted and Zig-Zagged. Some villains like Duff Killigan and Professor Dementor play it straight, however Monkey Fist averts it and Drakken goes from Harmless Villain to Not-So-Harmless Villain as the story needs.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Frequently, often with enough time for Drakken to deliver his Catch Phrase. I guess a Cardboard Prison is too good for some villains.
  • Villains Never Lie: The villains who appeared in the Halloween Episode got disappointed that Kim lied.
    • When Dr. Drakken tried to take over the world by marketing a brain-washing shampoo with a label that warned people about the brain-washing, Drakken said it was Truth In Advertisement.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Shown many times, once even literally.
  • Villain Song: Dr. Drakken gets a rap number to promote his new brand of brainwashing shampoo in the episode "Rappin’ Drakken"
  • Villain Team-Up: Drakken, Shego, and Motor Ed in "Steal Wheels", Drakken, Monkey Fist, Killigan, and Shego in "A Sitch in Time", Drakken and Lucre in "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Shego and Junior in "Two to Tutor" and "The Big Job", Shego and Motor Ed in "Car Alarm", and Drakken, Shego, and Hamsterviel in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Rufus".
  • Violent Glaswegian: Duff Killigan's temper got him banned from every golf course in the world.
  • Visible Invisibility: The cloaking device on the Wadebot 2.0, Kim's Battlesuit and one of Drakken's lairs.
  • Visions of Another Self: (the episode with Kim's ancestor Miriam "Mim" Possible, also a multiple Identical Grandchildren bordering on Generation Xerox.

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