Podcast / Red Panda Adventures

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An online Radio series from Decoder Ring Theatre, homaging the "mystery man" programs of the 1930s.

The Red Panda is "Canada's greatest Super Hero", a mostly non-powered adventurer with a slew of gadgets fighting crime and villainy on the streets of Toronto. His secret identity is "one of the city's wealthiest men", whose chauffeur, Kit Baxter, joins him on his adventures as The Flying Squirrel.

The series can be both silly and serious by turns. It takes place during the Great Depression, and many episodes deal with the poverty of the time, whether it's crimes caused by it, the Red Panda's secret identity trying to use his money to help with it, or Kit's background on the streets growing up with it. It also plays with many Super Hero tropes, especially those of The Golden Age of Comic Books. More recent episodes have gotten generally darker, as the series' timeline moves into World War II.

Several years before the modern Red Panda Adventures, a six-episode series was produced with a very different concept, featuring the Red Panda as a member of Canada's "Panda Squadron" during World War II. It was also much sillier, with characters like Baboon McSmoothie, Man of a Thousand Faces, and German von German's Nazi Ninjas. It can currently be found in the Decoder Ring Theater Vault.

Tropes:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Doctor Chronopolis is one. Played for Drama when Dr. C is put out of action following "The Wild West" by what appears to be Alzheimer's.
  • Action Girl: Kit, despite being both the Sidekick and the Love Interest, is never the Distressed Damsel, and is capable of both making plans and kicking ass. Even on one occasion when she is a Distressed Damsel, when Barker Whistance-Smith captures her in "The Most Dangerous Game", she actually gets free on her own before the Red Panda finds her. In one episode, O'Mally recognizes that the Squirrel's been inactive because of a noticeable drought of beaten up thugs.
  • Actually a Doombot: This is the The Archangel's entire shtick; using other criminals as his cat's paws. By the fourth it fifth time, our heroes just assume they haven't gotten the right one.
  • Affectionate Nickname: It doesn't take long for the Flying Squirrel's calling the Red Panda "Boss" to become this rather than a reference to the fact that he's her employer. Once the two pass through the Relationship Upgrade, this becomes a slight issue as Kit calling him "Boss" out of costume tends to draw attention. She tries a few nicknames in the early period, the most prominent being "Pappy", which the Panda considers more of a taunt than a nickname. Once the Red Panda's real name is finally revealed, Kit settles on "Gus", a shortening of "August" and occasionally Gusworth when issuing a Full-Name Ultimatum.
  • A Lesson In Defeat: The Red Panda challenges the Smug Super Mr. Amazing to a one-on-one fight in "Thirteen at Table" with this in mind. Amazing had been attacking other rookie heroes to prove himself the best, and the Red Panda needed to take him down a peg both to stop his rampage and to try and get his respect long enough to guide the young would-be hero away from his arrogance and potential descent into villainy.
  • Alien Invasion: Red Panda has to deal with a magical version in "The Gathering Storm."
  • All Your Powers Combined: The titular character in the episode "The Crimson Death".
  • Alternate Continuity: The original "Panda Squadron" series.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Along with the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel, the powered supervillains often use an Animal Alias. From the Mad Monkey, the Jack Rabbit, and the Electric Eel. Lampshaded when, upon first hearing about the Eel, Kit asks if he has any eel powers to go with the electric ones.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Kit is one at the beginning of the series. Whether she still is up for debate.
    • Harry Kelly probably counts as well. As late as "All The King's Men", when he's been working for the Red Panda for years, he still practically squeals with excitement when the Flying Squirrel lets him set off a gas grenade. Definitely counts are he is now in training to replace the Red Panda as the city's resident superhero, the Black Eagle.
  • Badass Grandpa: The Stranger. He's at least in his sixties, but you won't want to face him given the choice.
  • Badass in Distress: Red Panda in "Trial by Terror". He can't escape because the hostages would be killed, so instead he cracks jokes and prolongs the trial by applying to the judge's ego.
  • Badass Normal: Both main characters count. (Kit more so than the Panda, who has some kind of Psychic Powers.)
  • Bank Robbery: This is how the main characters met in "Secret Origins"
  • Berserk Button: Threaten one of the Terrific Twosome in front of the other one. It never ends well.
    • Nick Diablos takes advantage of this "The Devil's Due" by using his powers to trick the Flying Squirrel into thinking he's the Red Panda and vice versa, prompting the Squirrel to immediately attack the Panda.
    • The Red Panda seriously considers forgoing Thou Shalt Not Kill when Nick Diablos keeps attacking the Squirrel in "The Devil's Due". In "The Most Dangerous Game", the Panda pulls out all the stops to find the Squirrel, even putting a serious beatdown on the small time snitch who sent her into a trap.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Mad Monkey is the joker to Panda's Batman, except with control over monkeys instead of a clown gimmick. Despite the inherent silliness, he's managed to go toe-to-to with Panda on more than one occasion.
  • Beware the Superman: The reason given behind the Crimson Death's orgin. But the character himself gave more grey reasons.
  • Big Bad: While The Red Panda Adventures has very few clear-cut Big Bads, and very rarely follows a seasonal formula, many villains have taken a perpetual spotlight for a long period of time.
    • In general, the most recurring and prominent antagonist in the entire series is the Nazi scientist Professor Friedrich von Schlitz, but some of his more recurring arch-enemies, such as Professor Zombie or The Electric Eel, may have fit the bill pre-WWII.
    • Season One: No Big Bad although Commander Varkin, leader of the Syndicate, makes his first villainous appearance in the eighth episode.
    • Season Two: No Big Bad although Professor Friedrich von Schlitz makes his first villainous appearance in the final episode.
    • Season Three: A Big Bad Duumvirate between Friedrich von Schlitz and The Syndicate.
    • Season Four: The Syndicate becomes a larger threat in this season, although Friedrich von Schlitz makes an appearance in one or two episodes.
    • Season Five: The Nazis become the main threat of the entire season, with Friedrich von Schlitz in lead.
    • Season Six: The Archangel, the Nazi's head of Fourth Column activities, becomes the primary antagonist for the season.
    • Season Seven
      • The first half seems to have Deadly Nightshade as the new Fourth Column leader, but the situation fizzles out in two episodes and the last four episodes are general situations of the week.
      • The second half goes back to good old Friedrich von Schlitz making Season Seven his last outing as the Big Bad so far.
    • Season Eight: The Nazis in general are the antagonists for almost every single episode in this season, though the Ubermensch Tevas is The Heavy, albeit only appearing in the final episode.
    • Season Nine
      • The first half of the season has a now-nihilistic Professor Zombie as the main antagonist, until her eventual and semi-tragic death at the Red Panda's hands.
    • Tales of the Red Panda Big Bads are, in this order: Professor Zombie and Kid Chaos in The Crime Cabal, previously only mentioned villain Ajay Shah in The Mind Master, and Marcus Bennett/The Viper/Captain Clockwork in The Android Assassins.
  • Big Ham: FRIEDRICH! VON! SCHLITZ!
    • To be fair, with very few exceptions, being a Big Ham is a prerequisite for being a Red Panda villain.
  • Blood Knight: Kit is quite enthusiastic about getting into fights.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Mr. Amazing completely expends all of his power/life force to weaken Tevas.
  • Buffy Speak:
    Kit: Why, this guy's so slippery he's...
    Red Panda: ...like a very slippery thing that escapes you at the moment?
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • The mastermind behind the museum heist in "Rabbit Season" attempts to double cross his partner upon completion of the job. A partner he himself trained and augmented with Super Speed. It costs him his life.
    • On one hand, stealing Professor Von Schlitz's machine probably gave the Allied forces of a parallel universe a fighting chance against their Nazi foes. On the other hand...the good doctor swears to make the city pay...dearly...
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • Pretty much sums up The Red Panda's relationship with The Flying Squirrel, until "The Field Trip". She's completely flabbergasted when Jack Rabbit just out and proclaims her love for the Mad Monkey in "The Terrible Two".
    • Also, Kit completely failing to tell the Red Panda that she's pregnant, until "The Black Heart" after he recovers from amnesia and she's already given birth.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "...will answer to the Red Panda!" "The Red Panda swears it!" Or just generally ending a scene by promising the bad guy will have some sort of negative interaction with "-the Red Panda!"
    • "Kit Baxter, behave yourself..." "Yes, boss." (As well as "Yes, boss" on its own. The Red Panda says it to Kit a lot these days.)
    • A case might also be made for "Do you think ____________?" "I really do."/"I really don't."
    • "Is it ________?" "It is, in fact, ________."
    • Early on it was "Never explain your powers to the bad guys!"
    • "Interesting, you think?"
    • "It's kind of what I do."
    • "An interesting point..." Borders on Verbal Tic for Greg Taylor's characters.
    • "This counts as a plan?" Upgraded to Once an Episode during the Parker's Rangers arc, much to Captain Parker's consternation.
    • "I think I hate this!"
  • Ceiling Cling: The Flying Squirrel loves doing this.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: The Red Panda himself in season 7, due to a case of amnesia. He's able to use several elements of his skill set instinctively, such as his fighting skills and hypnosis, but notes several times that he fails when he actively tries or thinks about what he's doing too hard.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Fenwick Industries and how Red Panda was able to convince them to help him out in "I Dream of Genies". Fenwick is his last name and he owns the company.
    • The File that Baboon McSmoothie bribed the Red Panda with in "The World Next Door" is used in "A Dish Best Served Cold".
    • The apparent throw-away gag of doctoring the Home Team personnel files to preserve the Terrific Twosome’s secret identities comes back to haunt the Flying Squirrel in “There Will Be Rain Tonight” when someone purges the Home Team, including the fake Red Panda they put in the records, who just happened to be their boss Col. Fitzroy.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The doctored personnel file come back later, when they encounter a corrupt intelligence officer who's seen them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • When Baboon McSmoothie appeared in the new series, the question of there being a Baboon McSmoothie in this universe is asked. In "Nightshade" we learn, due to a Mistaken for Spies moment, that there is a Brian McSweenie. It's only a matter of time before The Terrific Twosome meet him. It finally happened in "Eyes of the Idol". Different name, same voice actor, same accent, same powers, definitely same attitude.
    • Fitzroy in "Sins of the Father" and Wentworth James in "I Dream of Genies". Both are introduced in their respective episodes as side characters involved in the actual crimes happening. But once the Red Panda becomes part of the Home Team, both make a return as the Panda's commanding officer and occasional partner respectively.
    • The Red Panda Revenge Squad. First mentioned in "The World Next Door", they show up in "A Dish Best Served Cold" enacting the very plan Baboom McSmoothie warned the Panda would come.
  • Clear My Name: Red Panda has to worry about this in "Red Panda: Dead or Alive!" He later helps out Tom Tomorrow when he's framed in "Murder Wears A Mask"
  • Clockwork Creature: Captain Clockwork's minions of choice. He creates automatons that get stronger in every iteration, fixing the weaknesses exploited whenever the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel thwart his plans.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: The Red Panda's costume, homaging the many early non-powered heroes who used it. Although he breaks from tradition by wearing his oft-mentioned red gauntlets.
  • Colonel Badass: Colonel Fitzking (from the original universe), because it's gotta be hard to make it in the army in WWII as a large, genetically augmented, talking Golden Retriever. Also, his main-universe counterpart, Colonel Fitzroy, who is among other things the Red Panda's commanding officer, and is fully willing to shoot a nutjob in the head and call him a traitor and a saboteur later just to help the war effort.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted/Inverted. The passage of historical events is actually faster than real time, especially in recent seasons. Example: In the eighteen real-world months between the premieres of the episodes “Nightshade” and “There Will Be Rain Tonight”, we have gone from the Hindenburg disaster (May 6, 1937) to the Dieppe raid (August 19, 1942).
  • The Commissioner Gordon: The Red Panda started off being viewed as a criminal by the police, with Chief O'Mally reluctantly accepting help from him when villains or other weirdness targets the city. By the newest season, O'Mally trusts him more than his own men. They even lampshaded the irony of it.
  • Composite Character: Inverted Some of the characters from the Earth 2 Panda Adventures seem to be combinations of the regular universe ones, or vice versa, e.g. Earth 2's Flying Squirrel = RPA's Flying Squirrel + Harry Kelly.
  • Continuity Snarl: If Harry Kelly is the only junior agent and he was introduced after Officer Parker, who wasn't made an agent until the events of the Crime Cabal novel, which takes place after season 1, then who is the ten year old watching Finger's place in "The Deadliest Game"?
  • Crossover: "The World Next Door", crossing over with the original universe. As well, the Decoder Ring Theater 2008 Christmas Special was set around a fictional crossover between Red Panda Adventures and Black Jack Justice, another Decoder Ring Theater series.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: The Flying Squirrel once pointed this out to The Red Panda and asked if he ever thought about the money he could make from it. He responded that compared to what he already has it doesn't seem worth it.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • The heroes try to convince the bad guys to make money doing things legitimately, or work to help people. But a lot of them are completely nuts. This does not keep the good guys from using their technology whenever
    • And then World War 2 rolls around, and the government starts recruiting supervillains and superheroes to fight Nazi super-science. America even ends up with the guy who ran said super-science program. Between things going right and things going wrong, we get plotlines running through several seasons.
    • The Poet writes beautiful poems that are believed to be the most perfect form in the last hundred years. They're taught in universities. He has them beautifully bound. He uses them to taunt the Red Panda about his next caper. Note that the Poet is one of the few people the heroes were actually able to turn; they suggest he use his powers to help the war effort before Canada even joined.
  • Da Chief: Twisted around by the relationship between the Red Panda and Colonel Fitzroy. Unlike the typical Cowboy Cop, the Red Panda is gives the What the Hell, Hero? speech to his superior rather than the other way around. Likewise, Fitzroy is prone to claiming that I Did What I Had to Do when called on his morally ambiguous or outright reprehensible actions.
  • Dating Catwoman: It's been hinted that the Red Panda and Professor Zombie had this kind of relationship before the start of the series.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This is how the listeners met Harry Kelly in "When Darkness Falls"
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel are big on this. Dr. Chronopolis even gets into the act in "Merlin's Tomb".
  • Death by Secret Identity: The mastermind behind the heist in "Rabbit Season" dies of injuries from a beating moments after recognizing the Red Panda's secret identity.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lost in time, buildings dropped on them, blown up and more have happened to Red Panda's Rogues Gallery and they keep coming back. Red Panda enough noted that he's stopped thinking they're dead unless he sees the body. And in the case of Kid Chaos, even that wasn't enough.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Red Panda to Mrs. Mynack in The Sweet Tooth. Pretty foolish considering the villain is basically a near-immortal vampire magician with the ability to hypnotize young women with chemicals.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Never let the Red Panda behind the wheel of a car. They even point out the reason why he can fly so well is because there's nothing in the air to hit.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • The Flying Squirrel has one with Jackrabbit in "Trial by Terror." And The Flying Squirrel and Golden Claw in "The Endgame" In more recent episodes, this has happened repeatedly with Mad Monkey. Why? because he didn't want anyone else to kill Panda.
    • This is how it eventually works with the Home Team with The Genie.
  • Evil Laugh: Much like The Shadow who undoubtedly serves as an inspiration, Red Panda has a pretty creepy laugh.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In "The Devil's Due", Nick Diablos' voice becomes significantly deeper to indicate he is changing into the form of the devil. In his battle with the Red Panda, when the Panda is forcibly overpowering Diablos' hypnosis with his own, his voice does the same thing.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • For the first three seasons, the opening monologue would describe the pair as "one of the city's wealthiest men" and "his trusty driver, Kit Baxter". Season four changes Kit's description to "his fiancee, Kit Baxter" to note the Relationship Upgrade that occurs in the season three finale. With season four both ending with their wedding and revealing the Red Panda's name, every episode after that describes the pair as "August Fenwick, one of the city's wealthiest men" and "his wife and partner, Kit Baxter-Fenwick".
    • Season seven omits the Red Panda's and Flying Squirrel's real names altogether for the episodes based in Toronto, referring to the Red Panda as that "mysterious, masked marvel" and the Flying Squirrel as that "fearless fighting female" to reflect that, at this time, the Red Panda active in Toronto is humanoid robot John Archer. Meanwhile, the episodes taking place in Europe state that the Red Panda has lost his memory and identity and is aided by a band of his most trusted agents.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Supervillain The Mad Monkey not only controls them, but acts like one.
  • Fan Fic: Gregg Taylor has a don't ask don't tell stand on these. You can write them, he just doesn't want to hear about it.
  • Functional Magic: In a sense, this exists in-universe, because most magic is simply a large and scientifically unexplored set of waves and energy frequencies with reality-altering effects.
  • Genre Throwback: The series is essentially a love letter to The Golden Age of Comic Books. Series creator Gregg Taylor has expressed his disdain for the more angst-driven storylines of post-Dark Age comics and films. Which is not to say that this series doesn't do some heavy lifting from time to time.
  • A God Am I: The Electric Eel has this among his declarations as he is absorbing all the electricity at the Niagra Falls power station.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Flying Squirrel and the Grey Fox in the fittingly titled "Girls' Night Out."
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The Red Panda uses one from time to time.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Mama gives one near the end of "The Big Top."
  • Hidden Depths: In "The Third Wave" we learn that Kit is a skilled writer, which leads to her having a job at The Chronicle since sometime before "A Nose For News". In Season 12, we learn that she was keeping diaries for years, which explains her writing skill.
  • Historical In-Joke:
    • According to "Nightshade", the Hindenburg crash was caused by a jetpack.
    • In "The Gadget", the titular device is the atomic bomb.
  • Humiliation Conga: In "The Dream Factory", they steal the conmen's equipment, withdraw their money from their account so their checks bounce, steal the real money from their safe, blowup their car, beat them up, and then leave them handcuffed to a safe filled with funny money.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The Red Panda has to deal with this in "The Deadliest Game" at the hands of Colonel Barker Whistance-Smith and his servant, M'Quayquay.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Gender-flopped with The Red Panda when The Flying Squirrel confessed her love for him in "The Field Trip." Subverted when Kit points out that he's The Red Panda and a young handsome millionaire, so he shouldn't be surprised.
  • Identity Impersonator:
    • Tom Tomorrow did this to help out the Red Panda in "Red Panda: Dead or Alive!", The Red Squirrel and the Red Panda's Agents do this in season finale "Operation: Cold Feet".
    • Red Panda pretends to be The Mad Monkey in "The Hidden Door".
    • In "From The Ashes", John Doe/Archer fills in for the Red Panda while he's missing and believed to be dead.
  • I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Flying Squirrel says this about the Electric Eel.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Every villain has one. The heroes even point it out it in a few episodes. The Panda says in "Rabbit Season" that it's a common trait among supervillains starting out. The Mad Monkey actively embraces this trope to better suit his status as the self-proclaimed Arch-Enemy of the Red Panda.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Molecule Max in "Small Wonders". During a brief conversation with Red Squirrel, he points out that, as small as they are, their red blood cells shouldn't be able to bond with oxygen, but as a theoretical physicist, he prefers not to think about that.
  • I Work Alone:
    • The Red Panda doesn't like other superheroes in his city. However, he does work with a sidekick:
      "I don't play well with others."
      "What about her?"
      "She's not 'others'."
    • The Stranger is the only other Superhero that the Red Panda allows to work in his city.
    • Averted in later seasons, as the Red Panda now reluctantly leads a superhero team and often invites members to assist him in the city. He's even given two other heroes permanent permission to operate there Mr. Amazing, after he learned he was dying, and the Black Eagle, who lives there anyway and is his former agent, Harry Kelly.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Besides her driving skills this is The Flying Squirrel's biggest asset to the pair. Red Panda has done it a few times, "Deadliest Game" being the best example, but Kit is by far the one that uses this trope the most.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Von Schlitz claimed that the Red Panda and the Red Ensign wouldn't be able to defeat Tevas on their own. And he was absolutely right.
  • Jumping-On Point: The beginning of each season.
  • Kid from the Future: The Red Squirrel is revealed at the end of the titular episode in which she debuted to be the descendant of Kit Baxter who grew up on tales of the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel's exploits. "Operation: Cold Feet" reveals that the Red Panda was great-great grand-daddy.
  • Kiss of Death: Nightshade makes her debut by killing a man with this power.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Relationship Upgrade between Kit Baxter and the Red Panda and the Red Panda's first name. For the first three seasons, the opening monologue would describe the pair as "one of the city's wealthiest men" and "his trusty driver, Kit Baxter". Season four changes Kit's description to "his fiancee, Kit Baxter". From season four's finale revealing the Panda's name, every episode after that describes the pair as "August Fenwick, one of the city's wealthiest men" and "his wife and partner, Kit Baxter-Fenwick".
  • Legacy Character:
    • The original series made mention of a legacy of Red Pandas stretching back to the colonization of Canada; this was parodied in "The World Next Door", when the "main universe" Red Panda complains that it's not even a Canadian animal.
    • The Red Squirrel, a hero from the future, shows up in "The Red Squirrel". The Red Squirrel grew up on stories of the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel's daring do, and was inspired to become a superhero herself as a result. There's more to it, however, as the end of the episode has her reveal to the Red Panda that she is Kit Baxter's descendant. "Operation: Cold Feet" reveals that she is also the Red Panda's descendant.
    • "Thirteen at Table" introduces the second Molecule Max, successor to the original after he was killed in "There Will Be Rain". The Red Panda and Flying Squirrel, who were friends with the original Max, find it hard to be around him at first but he wins them over with his wish to honor his predecessor and by being a bit sharper at the superhero game than the other rookie heroes introduced that episode.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Villains try to set this up from time to time between Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel, either with mind control or trying to make Kit a zombie.
  • Mad Scientist: Many recurring villains, including Professor Zombie, the Genie, and Dr. Von Schlitz, but Dr. Chronopolis is a good guy version, and Doc Rocket is at least a Mad Inventor.
  • Magitek:
    • A recurring theme of the series is what happens when modern (well, 1930s) science gets a chance to study the forces that most of the world knows as "magic". The good Dr. Chronopolis and the evil Dr. von Schlitz both specialize in this.
    • The biggest result so far is the anti-magic alloy Dr. C created. It's woven into our heroes' costumes, making them invisible to magical senses. In "The Gathering Storm", it's revealed that they've been making weapons out of it, including brass knuckles and bullets, which they use to fight off a dimensional incursion of snakemen.
  • Mistaken for Spies: In "Nightshade", though it's really more like Mistaken for Different Spies.
  • My Greatest Failure: The World War II Red Panda had the death of his sidekick as this. When Baboon McSmoothie meets our Red Panda, the information on how this happened — and how to prevent it from happening to Kit — are what convince him to help.
  • Noodle Incident: Most episodes have references to cases that happen between episodes, seasons, or before the start of the series.
    • The biggest one might be Tom Tomorrow's sacrifice before the events of "A Nose For News"
    • Another one is when Kit mentioned The Red Panda traveled back in time with a group of other heroes to stop Kid Chaos (who doesn't even show up in the show until somewhere around fourteen episodes later) from rewriting history.
    • Gregg Taylor is working on a novel called "The Pyramid of Peril" as his next RPA novel. Considering the fact that the Red Panda went to Ancient Egypt...
    • Or the case that Red Panda was on when Kit revealed to him that she knew who he was. All we know right now is that he was tied to a chair and Kit had to drive the limo through a wall.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Lost in time, buildings dropped on them, blown up and more have happened to Red Panda's Rogues Gallery and they keep coming back. Red Panda enough noted that he's stopped thinking they're dead unless he sees the body. And in the case of Kid Chaos, even that wasn't enough.
  • No Name Given: Fitzroy's second-in-command, who is only referred to as the Captain. Until she's promoted following Fitzroy's death and becomes the Major.
  • Oblivious to Love: For a master detective, the Red Panda couldn't pick up on any of Kit's hints of romance. Or does he? He sure seems quick to start changing the subject when she starts teasing him or gets jealous.
    "Kit Baxter, behave yourself."
    • One episode involved a judge being struck by a seeming voodoo curse. At the end of the episode, we learn that his secretary is in the same boat as Kit.
    • In Episode 36, "The Field Trip", it turns out Panda knew what she was doing all along...but he thought she was kidding. Kit points out that it went way too far for just a jokenote , and figures he was in denial from self esteem issues. Then they get engaged.
  • Once an Episode:
    • The Red Panda drawing people's attention while Squirrel flanks them.
    • The Red Panda using hypnosis.
      • The Red Panda drawing people's attention with hypnosis while Squirrel flanks them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • At no point does anyone refer to the Red Panda by his real name. His secret identity's rich acquaintances tend towards "old friend" and "dear boy", Kit only calls him "Boss", and (before The Reveal noted below) the narration simply referred to him as "one of the city's wealthiest men". This may be tied in with his Secret Identity Identity, below.
    • The creators said that there was only one situation in which his name would be revealed, and in "Operation: Cold Feet", it happened. As he and Kit get married, his name is revealed: August Fenwick.
  • Passing the Torch: After coming back from Europe, the Red Panda starts operating with an eye towards retirement once the war is over and things have settled down. Kit notes he's looking at the Danger Federation in general and Mr. Amazing in particular as retirement plans. However the DF is spread out across Canada and Mr. Amazing doesn't survive the war. A successor is eventually found in the form of the Black Eagle, otherwise known as Harry Kelly.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel do this in "The Callaghan Mob". They're stuck on the sidelines that time while their agents do the heavy lifting.
    Flying Squirrel (being offered popcorn): You're not serious.
    Red Panda: I'm always serious. Only this time I also have popcorn.
  • Pregnant Badass: She might be dealing with crippling Morning Sickness, but the Flying Squirrel still manages to garotte a man while suspended from the ceiling.
  • Properly Paranoid: By accident. When he ends up on Canada's Home Team of superheroes, Panda and Squirrel alter the files with their secret identities, to prevent blackmail. Much later on, someone tries to kill the entire team. Including the guy they put in the records.
  • A Rare Sentence: In "Trial By Terror", the Flying Squirrel infiltrates an asylum after the Red Panda fails to check in. She remarks to herself that silence might make a girl jealous. "Luckily, you're in an asylum full of supervillains." She them quips that she'd bet a nickel nobody's ever said that before.
  • Reality Warper: Doctor Improbable describes his powers as guaranteeing an event's happening the longer the odds of it against occurring are. This is apparently demonstrated by the Red Panda, the Flying Squirrel, and the Doctor finding fourteen separate death traps in a Nazi labyrinth and discovering all of them non-functional. However, the Red Panda realizes there's more to it when escape is in sight and they hit active traps every few feet. He theorizes Doctor Improbable's powers are more in line with general reality warping, only basing their effects on what he thinks the odds are because he thinks they should. His powers really make things easier or harder depending on his own fear or confidence levels.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless:
    • Subverted with von Schlitz and the Nazis (where superscience has led to such innovations as dinosaur cavalry, magically augmented shock troops, alien dimension warping tech, and magitek ray guns. The Allies, on the other hand, seem to be on about the same technology level that they actually were during WWII. The James Rocket Pack doesn't seem to have made it into the hands of the common soldier, and Fenwick Industries seems to be the only company actually preparing for having to fight superscience. Their President and CEO being a superhero might have something to do with that. That being said, with all the Red Panda and Dr. Chronopolis' inventions (not to mention the aforementioned gear of Doc Rocket), Canada isn't getting much benefit from its gadgeteer heroes.
    • Scratch that, Season Seven has a Allied Helicarrier punch through occupied Netherlands airspace.
  • Retired Badass: The Stranger, though he has been more active lately (offscreen).
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: The Red Panda's secret identity. He actually was one, until he decided to take up crime fighting out of boredom and grew to love it enough that the rich idiot became a Secret Identity Identity.
  • Rogues Gallery: The Red Panda has a pretty big one. We have yet to meet all of them.
    • Greg seems to be fixing this in the newer seasons. So far we've seen a reformed Bumblebee, and a story with Captain Clockwork.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: People keep trying to pull this with the Red Panda. It never ends well for them.
  • Secret Identity Identity: The Red Panda is scornful of the man he once was, a playboy who was so bored he picked up superheroing for a lark... and realized how empty his life had been. Kit's understanding of this side of the Red Panda is largely why she was accepted as a sidekick rather than hypnotized into forgetting about it.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • The Red Panda's first chauffeur tried to blackmail his way into being one. He forgot that his boss was a master hypnotist.
    • There's hints that the Fenwicks' butler, Weston, might know more than he lets on; at the very least, he's noted his employers' interest in certain headlines as of "Murder Wears a Mask". This is confirmed in "City of the Dead." He finds Kit Baxter passed out in the mansion, still wearing her Flying Squirrel costume. Oops.
    • And of course Fenwick's commanding officer: Fitzroy.
    • Later Secret Keepers include Dr. Anna Chronopolis and Kit's mother.
  • Shout-Out: "Merlin's Tomb" includes the line "Your powers are weak, old man!"
  • "Shut Up" Kiss:
    • The Red Panda does this to Kit in "The Field Trip"; she quickly returns the favor.
    • Andy Parker does this to his soon to be girlfriend/now wife in "The Boy in Blue."
      Andy: Ellen, it's hard for me to kiss you when your mouth won't stop moving.
  • Silent Credits
    • The season six finale, "There Will Be Rain Tonight", is a Wham Episode which features the Red Panda's plane being shot down en route to Europe and all but two members of the Home Team of superheroes working on the Canadian home front being assassinated. The normally bombastic "This concludes another adventure of the Red Panda" ending monologue by Steven Burley is delivered in a much more serious and somber tone.
    • The season nine finale, "The Gadget", ends on the Red Ensign taking Friedrich von Schlitz to his final doom at the A-Bomb testing site in Trinity, New Mexico. In this case, the "this concludes" monologue is omitted entirely, going straight to the reading of the cast list while an explosion is heard in the background.
    • "The Final Problem" is the Red Panda Adventures chronological Grand Finale. It trades the "This concludes" monologue in favor of an announcement by series creator and voice of the Red Panda Gregg Taylor announcing that, while this is the final episode chronologically, they will still be releasing new episodes that simply take place at varying points in the Red Panda's and Flying Squirrel's careers.
  • Soldiers at the Rear: The Red Panda's millionaire playboy alter ego was officially given one of these jobs when he enlisted, to cover for the Red Panda's real mission: fighting Nazi agents on Canadian soil.
  • Something Only They Would Say: When another hypnotist convinces the Squirrel that the Red Panda is the bad guy, the Panda uses the phrase "Kit Baxter, behave yourself!" to prove his identity.
  • Stable Time Loop: In "The Honoured Dead", the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel are supposed to recover an artifact that disappeared ten years ago. They decide to go back in time and steal it, on the assumption that this was how it went missing in the first place.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Antonia Zombanistro aka Professor Zombie is a villain version of this. Also Arthur Maestro aka The Maestro.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Almost everything in the original series. In the new one, Dr. von Schlitz, of so-far-pre-WWII Nazi Germany, creates inventions that are fusions of science and magic. As well, the Stranger and his magical colleagues often speak of the occult forces stirring in Europe...
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Zig Zagged in "The Callaghan Mob". The amateur gangsters hassling Kit's neighborhood are getting away with it because they're too disorganized for the police to deal with in more than dribs and drabs. Further, the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel can't watch the neighborhood all the time and will likely get pulled away by their own bigger fish. The Panda's solution is to gather gather his agents and, with the help of the police and his ownership of the newspaper, fake a gang taking over that area; one that has no problem defending its territory and making the risk not worth the reward for the amateurs and run them off, creating the result of the trope without ever actually using it.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The Electric Eel from "Duality" onward.
  • Super Registration Act: Interestingly, this seems to be being done by the heroes themselves; specifically, New York's Justice Union, who have tried to strongarm the Red Panda into joining before.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Nightshade apparently mistakes the Red Panda for this world's version of Baboon McSmoothie.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    • The Electric Eel believes this about his alter ego in "Trial By Terror" He was wrong.
    • In season nine, Professor Zombie says that the old her is dead, which is subverted in that she is quite literally dead- Canadian special ops made her inhale her own formula, turning her into a nihilistic, self-aware super-zombie and buried her, thinking that was that.
  • Unholy Matrimony: As of "The Terrible Two", Mad Monkey and Jack Rabbit. How quickly they hook up leaves poor Kit rather flummoxed. By the Mad Monkey's next appearance, they've broken up.
  • The Un-Reveal: Who and what the Syndicate really was.
  • Values Dissonance: On occasions. The Grey Fox, for example, faces discrimination during World War 2 for being Japanese. Ironically, female villains tend to be more sexist and dismissive toward the Flying Squirrel than the males, who are usually just stunned by her. Her fists or her looks, take your pick.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • "The Terrible Two" features the Mad Monkey and Jack Rabbit in Unholy Matrimony.
    • Also "Trial By Terror", the Electric Eel frees the inmates of the asylum to put the Red Panda on trial.
    • The Red Panda Revenge Squad in "A Dish Best Served Cold", a group of five of the Panda's foes.note 
    • Kid Chaos and Professor Zombie with what's left of the mob in "The Crime Cabal" novel.
  • Wall Crawl: The heroes do it with "static shoes".
  • Wedding Smashers: Kid Chaos and a Mook try this at Kit and The Red Panda's wedding, in "Operation: Cold Feet"
  • Wham Episode: The Sixth Season closer "There Will Be Rain Tonight", big time. It begins with the Red Panda being informed that most of his former operatives have vanished behind enemy lines and are either dead or captured. No sooner has our hero flown off with Doc Rocket on a recon/rescue mission than Colonel Fitzroy and almost every other Home Team superhero are assassinated. We have just enough time to recover from that before the plane RP and Doc are on blows up in midair in a cliffhanger that won’t be resolved for another five flipping months! Damn you for being so good, Gregg Taylor!
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Mad Monkey, with the power to command baboons. Eventually, however, he discovers that his power is actually a form of mind control that can be used against humans as well. It also gives him immunity to the Red Panda's hypnotic powers. Every time he shows up just proves that that you shouldn't underestimate him because of his powers.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The Red Panda and The Flying Squirrel...until "The Field Trip."
  • You Already Changed the Past:
    • In "The Honoured Dead", the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel are supposed to recover an artifact that disappeared ten years ago. They decide to go back in time and steal it, on the assumption that this was how it went missing in the first place. While there, they stop a man from committing a rather explosive suicide. Only after the fact does the Red Panda realize the man they saved is someone they know in the present day.
    • In "The Chimes at Midnight", a pair of would-be assassins come to 1945 Toronto from the future to murder the man who would become the Black Eagle on the day he becomes a superhero. They think that's because it's the day he gets his powers, but all they actually do is confirm that the Black Eagle becomes a name for the history books; much to the Red Panda's and Flying Squirrel's chagrin, since the Black Eagle is Harry Kelly who, thanks to this event, knows to lie about his origin story to ensure it happens.

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