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Series: Kickin' It

-We swear by the light of the dragon's eye, To be loyal and honest, And never say die. WASABI!

Kickin' It is a 2011 Disney XD comedy about martial arts. It centers on the Seaford, CA Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy, led by Sensei Rudy and at the outset the lowest-performing dojo in the national chain.

This series provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Eddie was absent in a Season 1 episode and has been written out of the show as of season 3 (likely to go be a semi-regular on Liv and Maddie.
    • Kim has been absent for 5 episodes (It Takes Two to Tangle, Buddyguards, Dojo Day Care, Kickin' It Old School, and Wedding Crashers) due to Olivia Holt having to film her own Disney Channel Original Movie and has missed the season 3 episode "Glove Hurts". She's also left the show in the season 3 finale to work on another Disney Channel show I Didn't Do It.
    • Rudy was absent in Return of Spyfall (though this was most likely for plot reasons as this episode takes place far away from Seaford and the Wasabi Dojo).
  • Adorkable: Milton, Julie, and Rudy.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Wedding Crashers, Bobby Wasabi learns that he doesn't need a girlfriend or wife to cure his loneliness, but friends can suffice. By Win, Lose, or Ty, he seems to have forgotten that, mostly the fact that he has Rudy and the gang as friends.
  • All Just a Dream: The Seventies episode, where Jack falls asleep while watching a Bobby Wasabi movie.
  • Artistic License - History: The U.S. and France did fight (a very brief) war around the time period of the events of "The Battle of Seaford Hill" but it was in 1805, not 1814 (around that time America was busy fighting a war with England). Furthermore that war was almost fought entirely by naval battles and in either case against France or England, California was still in the hands of the Spanish (who were, granted, allied with the French against the English). Largely forgivable as the French are funnier.
  • Artistic License - Martial Arts: Common, but it doesn't distract from the fun of the show.
    • Belts are not "won" in tournaments.
    • In the very first episode, Rudy lets Jack compete with an injury; this could count as Two Decades Behind because while that's now a major no-no in youth sports, that level of awareness is a pretty recent development.
  • Assumed Win: The Wasabi Warriors once entered a dance contest. When the winner of individual category was to be announced, an arrogant cheater was readying himself to accept it. Then one of the warriors was announced the winner.
  • Badass Santa: In "Oh, Christmas Nuts!" Santa helps the warriors defeat a group of Christmas con artists.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Averted(!); the Christmas elf uniform is just a polo shirt and khakis with a Santa hat. This in a series that loves putting funny costumes on people, even by Disney Kid Com standards.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, implying/saying Kim is a Dumb Blonde is NOT a good idea. She was ready to hurt Milton (who was pretending to be Jerry as part of a plan) when he said "Forgot I was talking to a blonde."
  • Big Bad: Sensei Ty, but Frank is The Heavy.
  • Blackmail: In one episode, the bully Truman blackmails Eddie into pranking the other dojo members. Once the gang finds out, they go all out to turn the tables on Truman.
  • Black Sheep: Kai is this, according to Jack.
  • Black Widow: Bobby Wasabi almost married one.
  • Butt Monkey: Particularly Jerry and Rudy, but pretty much everyone but Jack and Kim have their moments of this.
  • The Cast Showoff: Both Leo Howard and Olivia Holt are actual black belts in karate. Leo takes this Up to Eleven, as he does all his own stunts.
    • Mateo Arias is also a very talented dancer.
    • Olivia Holt and Kelli Berglund showcase their singing talent in The New Girl.
      • Interestingly, this is the first time Kelli Berglund sings onscreen.
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Jason Earles plays a Man Child Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Moises Arias was once Jason Earles' boss. Now, Jason Earles's is Mateo Arias's boss...err, Sensei.
    • This also isn't the first time Loni Love plays a sassy lunch lady.
    • Then there's Reed Alexander, who plays a character who seeks to humiliate and torture the main characters. Sounds a lot like Nevel, doesn't it?
  • Catchphrase: The whole team has "Wasabi!", Jerry has "Wooooh!", and Milton has "Holy Christmas nuts!"
    • And to a lesser extent, whenever Jack catches a punch in his palm, he'll say some variation of "You probably shouldn't have done that".
  • Crossover: Dale Davis, a recurring character from Zeke and Luther, once interviewed Kim and Milton about a beach at the mall.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight scenes in the show are typically one-sided bouts in favor of the Wasabi students. You won't be seeing the main characters on the receiving end of violence very much, especially not Kim.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: This is evident in Jack Stands Alone, while knowing how bad Frank and the Black Dragons are, Frank was framed for stealing the school's turtle, and knowing that Erica hates Frank a lot, it was quite easy for the characters to overlook the idea that she framed Frank, but some viewers are Genre Savvy enough to know that she did it.
  • Disneyfication: Most obvious in Temple of Doom: they're 15/16 in Season 3 and planning a huge party in a place they're housesitting. Surely "talk Rudy into buying beer for us" would be on the list, but nope. In the same ep's B plot, there's a run-in with gunless scary rednecks.
  • Dressed To Heal: in Breaking Board, Kim wears an old-fashioned "candy striper" uniform as a hospital volunteer.
  • Dwindling Party: Cast wise, it started with six main characters. Went down to five after the first two seasons, and now to four as of season 4. Unlike Eddie however, Kim was Demoted to Extra.
  • Economy Cast: I dare you to name an episode featuring (or even mentioning for that matter) any of the Wasabi Warriors's Parents. You'd think that at least one of them would show up to a Karate Tournament every now and then. While it is true that some parents are reluctant to watch the kids compete in some of the violent sports, such as football, boxing or wrestling as opposed to baseball or basketball, that is still a small percentage of all parents.
    • Milton’s Dad was in the first episode and one in the third season. Jerry’s Mom was in Boo Gi Nights and mentioned his Dad would be watching him fight in The Great Escape, although it’s unknown if he ever did show up. Eddie’s Mom was in one episode where he won his orange belt and she’s been mentioned in a couple of other episodes.
    • The dojo couldn't possibly stay in business with only five (later four) students, there have to be other groups that train at different times/on different days. Apart from the pilot and that one episode in Season 3 where Jack recruited a couple new students, we almost never see them. Later episodes show there are even more students than we have seen.
  • Elaborate University High / Two-Teacher School: Seaford High has elements of both. The Establishing Shots show a sprawling multi-building campus while the indoor sets are much more limited.
  • Enemy Mine: Jack with Frank in "Jack Stands Alone"
  • Evil Versus Evil: Erica gets back at Frank for ruining her dances by stealing the turtle and framing him for the theft.
  • Farts on Fire: Jerry did this in "The Chosen One" to the eternal flame, a fire that can never be extinguished, its really from the natural gas underneath the temple and flew into the air and crashed into some acrobatic monks.
  • Five-Man Band:
As of Season 3:
  • Friend to All Living Things: Kim just LOVES animals. Although it's subverted with ugly animals like springing jellyfish.
  • Gang Of Bullies: The Black Dragons.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Phil shocks himself on an electrical cricket trap. Also, Ronnie uses an electric fence (triggered by remote) to shock Rudy twice.
  • Jerkass / Ungrateful Bastard: Jack's cousin Kai. He disguised his teammates as ninjas to ambush and injure Jack's wrist so he can't compete in the China tournament. Jack figures this out when he notices one of Kai's teammates has the same tatoo as one of the people who ambushed him and calls Kai out on it. Kai then attacks Jack for no apparent reason other than being provoked. The two fight, but Jack saves Kai from nearly falling off the Great Wall. Rather than thank Jack for saving his life, Kai states that Jack is weak for saving him and continues the fight.
  • Heel-Face Turn: A very loose example, but in his first appearance, Coach Funderburk was a hybrid Jerk Jock/Sadist Teacher who made Rudy's one week back at school a living hell. Later, he is seen promoted as a vice principal and while he does act immature sometimes, he has become much less of a jerk and a slightly more competent authority figure.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Kim to Jack. Mentioned in the pilot and a couple episodes since, but not many.
  • I Drank What?: In one episode, Falafel Phil gives Jerry a cup full of a strange yellow liquid. It turns out to be yak piss. Cue Spit Take.
  • Karma Houdini: When Rudy, Milton, and Kim have to take care of an orphan for 2 days, he causes quite a lot of trouble and doesn't get punished for his actions apart from knowing the Wasabi Warriors don't like him. He at least apologized for destroying Rudy's diorama and built him a figure after the company they came from no longer produced them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Leona, the "Black Belt Widow" is this. Her actions include covert murder of billionaires she marries just to get their money,and for no other reason. Her agenda later included wanting to kill Jack and Jerry later on. All this makes the Black Dragons look like a joke.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Every antagonist in the show receives some sort of comeuppance for their actions. The dangerous ones even get arrested.
  • Laser Hallway: Jack and Milton find one on the way to a security office. Jack does some acrobatics to traverse it and disables it for Milton. For some reason, the door to the security office itself was unlocked.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Karate King Dojo offered free wall clocks to people who called within the next 30 minutes. Those who ordered the free clocks had to pay 99 dollars for wrapping and delivery.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Falafel Phil gets himself tangled in Christmas lights, and when they begin smoking he calmly says, "I'm cooking." A few milliseconds later, the Delayed Reaction finally kicks in.
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands: Rudy seems to be under the pressures of both a franchise owner (he's said to own the dojo and the money he has invested in it is an issue) and a corporate employee (Bobby Wasabi can close the location and lay him off at will), with the rights and privileges of neither.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In order to help Milton get over his fear of kissing, Kim grabs Milton and kisses him on the lips as soon as Julie walks into the dojo.
  • Only Sane Men: Both Jack and Kim seem to be the least goofy characters on the show.
  • Out of Focus: Kim and Jerry in Return of Spyfall.
  • Pet Heir: When Bobby Wasabi was told something he didn't believe, he said it was rich like his dog will be once he dies.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: Rudy continually stumbles into the antiques around the edges of the room in which the China tournament is held. Yes, that's right, priceless artifacts in a room where a martial arts tournament is being held.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Black Dragons—Their uniforms are mainly red and black.
  • Sadist Teacher: Ty towards the Wasabi Warriors when Rudy retired and became a business man by taking away Jack and Kim's black belts, turning Jerry into a punching dummy, and made Milton and Eddie drink excessive amounts of water, forces them to fight each other and only allow the winner to use the rest room.
    • In Kickin' It Old School, Coach Funderburk basically made Rudy's life a living hell when he had to return to high school for a few days in order to receive an award simply because his love interest and the health teacher, Ms. Applebaum liked Rudy instead of him.
    • Even Ms. Applebaum wasn't immune to this trope. She made her class write an essay depicting the similarities between a man and a lying snake just because Rudy forgot her birthday and lied to her and when Rudy lied about climbing a mountain and carving a heart with their initials in it, she wants to see it, in order to stall her, Rudy points out she's still teaching class at which point she yells at them to get out.
  • The Mall: Nearly all scenes take place there or at the school. Note that in Real Life a karate dojo doesn't rely on impulse traffic and thus has little need for a prime retail location, so the presence of one is a sign the mall is going downhill.
  • Put on a Bus: Eddie's the most obvious example having once been one of the main characters. Other examples include Lonnie (odd, since his Reptile World store is still around), Julie, and Mika.
  • Series Continuity Error: In Gabby's Gold, Milton states that he and Julie broke up, but in the next episode, The New Girl, Milton and Julie broke up in the middle of that episode (albeit off-screen).
    • In Fawlty Temple, Jerry says he mistook a cannon for a toy and pulled the string blowing a hole in the mall's pawn shop, referring to the first season's Dude, where's my sword? however, Milton was the one who activated the cannon, what's more, Jerry wasn't even in the pawn shop.
    • In The Wrath of Swan after seeing their dates for the dance are actually really hot, Milton says he and Jerry now have hot girlfriends. But Milton already has a girlfriend, Julie. Who appears in the very next episode, talking about taking things to the next level from holding hands.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Kim is the only girl in the main cast.
  • Ship Tease: There is a lot between Jack and Kim to the point that there's been a few episodes in Season 2 that has it as the main plot.
    • Milton and Kim get some teasing as well.
  • Shout-Out: When Milton got a failed grade, he was afraid of ending up selling shoes at some store.
    • He also became an expy of Ziggy Stardust in an episode set in The Seventies.
    • Milton also has a dream sequence in Badge Of Honor that is similar to Captain America origins.
    • In Eddie Cries Uncle, a salon mishap makes Rudy look like an Oompa Loompa and Phil's suit makes him look like Willy Wonka.
    • When the show did a Fawlty Towers Plot it went the extra mile to make it an homage to Fawlty Towers while they were at it, down to the title: "Fawlty Temple"
    • In "The Amazing Krupnik" Jerry and Jack team up as magicians with Jack adopting the stage name "The Raven." When performing at a girl's 16th birthday party, Jack surprises Jerry by coming on stage, prompting Jerry to proclaim, "That's So Raven!"
  • Star-Crossed Lovers/Dating Catwoman: Milton and Julie, as Julie is the niece of Black Dragon Sensei Ty.
  • Start My Own: Jack and Jerry were once in charge of Rudy's dojo. When Jack decided to ignore Jerry's ideas, Jerry opened his own dojo at Falafel Phil's. Also, Phil inspired Jerry by telling about his cousin, who used to work with Phil but decided to start his own because Phil refused to use real meat in the food he sold.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In the first episode, when Ty tried to convince Jack to join the Black Dragons Dojo, he gave Jack a bo staff, claiming it was the kind astronauts would use, if they used bo staffs. Later, when he entered Rudy's dojo with the staff, Rudy asked Jack where he got the astronaut-style bo staff.
    • In another episode where Ty tried to convince Jack to join the Black Dragons, one of the arguments was the fact the Black Dragon uniform highlighted Jack's eyes. Later, when the Wasabi Warriors saw him as a Black Dragon, Jerry guessed it was for that reason Jack agreed.
  • Student and Master Team: Jack and Rudy entered a tournament where each team had to be this.
  • Thug Dojo: The Black Dragon Dojo.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In Season 1, Jack was not only the most skilled student in the dojo, but he was usually the one who would come up with a plan to the gang's current situation. In Season 2's "The Chosen One", Jack was more concerned about his hair being shaved than saving the Grandmaster Monk. In "Wedding Crashers", Jack picks up one of Bobby's movie props and accidentally shoots Jerry in the mouth paralyzing him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Jack gets this a lot.
  • Villain of the Week: Excluding the Black Dragons, every antagonist on the show has only been in one episode.
    • Subverted with Kai's return in Win, Lose, or Ty. Although it's subverted again since he becomes a Black Dragon.
  • X Meets Y: Jason Earles once described it as "The Bad News Bears meets The Karate Kid".

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