: ...Living in my basement?!
is a Science Fiction Kid Com
that airs on Disney XD
When 14 year old Leo (Tyrel Jackson Williams) moves in with his new step dad, Donald Davenport (Hal Sparks), he snoops around Donald's mansion and discovers Adam (Spencer Boldman), Bree (Kelli Berglund), and Chase (Billy Unger) — three bionic siblings (each equipped with hi-tech apps) living in a lab beneath the house. An unlikely friendship develops as he sneaks them out to school for their first taste of freedom while they help him to become the most popular kid in school. But when their bionic glitches go off, things get chaotic very quickly!
Ever since Lab Rats
premiered, it has been Disney XD's top-rated live-action series.
Lab Rats exhibits these tropes:
- Absentee Actor: While Leo and the titular trio have had perfect attendance so far, Mr. Davenport is absent from many episodes, such as Death Spiral Smackdown, Air Leo and Spike's Got Talent. However, he is sometimes mentioned in these episodes because of his inventions.
- Abusive Parent: Donald shows this a bit "The Lab Rats Strike Back", But the real winner is his brother. Douglas attempted to turn his biological kids into weapons and didn't seem at all sad when he revealed that Marcus' life expectancy (as an android) is 16.
- Donald was this to Adam, Bree and Chase before Leo met them, but unintentionally. He didn't exactly treat them badly, he just didn't let them go out because he was afraid (with a good reason) they wouldn't be able to control their powers or emotions. Also, as he puts it, he was so busy training their superhuman side he completely forgot their human side.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Surprisingly averted. Eddy is a pain in the butt but for the most part glitch-free (or is he, really?), while the AI in Davenport's car in Speed Trapped only went awry because of Marcus.
- Robo Perry in "Perry 2.0", in her default mode, which is search and destroy.
- Alliterative Name: Donald Davenport. Also, the high school mascot, Dewey Dingo.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Adam, Bree, Chase, Donald and Eddie.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Toyed with in the webisode series Who Is Marcus?
- All Your Powers Combined: Marcus has the all the Lab Rats' abilities and more.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Tasha plays this in "Trucked Out".
- Ambiguously Brown: Janelle.
- Angrish: Donald in the pilot, when he goes to retrieve the kids. "So - how was school? GET IN THE HELICOPTER!"
- Apocalyptic Log: Leo finds out that Donald has made one for the Rats that will activate in event of a real emergency.
- Animal Eye Spy: played with the mechanical flies.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Some of Davenport's inventions have explanations that involve something like this, but throwing in scientific terms to make them sound plausible.
- A Minor Kidroduction: There is a flashback in the pilot of a much younger Adam, Bree and Chase, all showcasing their powers.
- Archnemesis Dad: The Lab Rats' real father, Douglas
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Avalanche, Chase's line mocking Douglas.
Chase: So, what's on your agenda for the day? Build some bombs, take over a tiny country, steal money from old ladies?
Leo: The only things that motivates that woman (Principal Perry) are revenge, rage and kitty calendars.
- Artificial Human: Marcus is an android.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Principal Perry.
- Badass: Chase in his commando mode, better known as Spike.
- Badass Bookworm: Chase.
- In Quarantined, Mr. Davenport showed that he also has some serious fighting skills - which were actually foreshadowed in Bionic Birthday Fail.
- Badass Family
- Bad Bad Acting: Leo and Adam in "Leo's Jam".
- Barrier Warrior: Chase.
- Beach Episode: Downplayed in Dude, Where's My Lab? Most of the episode takes place off the beach, and they all wear light summer clothes.
- Berserk Button: In Crush, Chop and Burn, the Lab Rats can get very upset if they are called robots.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Douglas, he is one sick puppy.
- Big Bad: Principal Perry, sort of, as she is the most recurring antagonist.
- Douglas Davenport has taken over this position in Season Two (as of Bionic Showdown), reducing Principal Perry to being The Heavy.
- Victor Crane usurps the position from Douglas in Season 3.
- Big Brother Instinct: Adam. It's never explicitly stated, but when they are in danger Adam does try to shield Bree or Chase. He also unlocks his hidden ability when Leo is in danger.
- Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Spoofed in "Hole In One". While Principal Perry's golf course is an example of this, Chase uses his telekinesis to move the ball to the hole.
- Black and Nerdy: Leo.
- Bland-Name Product: ePods and ePhones.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Douglas manages to install an app into Adam, Bree, and Chase that lets him do this to them in the Season 3 premiere, leading to...
- Broken Masquerade: Not only were the heroes on youtube, but they now have a press conferance, and are government-sanctioned. And Government OWNED.
- Bumbling Dad: Donald.
- Butt Monkey: Leo is the most frquent butt monkey in the franchise, but more recently, Chase is going through this. Pretty much everyone has their butt monkey moments; the only member of the main cast to avert this is Bree.
- Cain and Abel: Douglas and Donald.
- Call Back: The exoskeleton from Exoskeleton Vs. Grandma, in Bionic Showdown.
- Candid Camera Prank: Davenport's slide show showcasing his security cameras catching the kids misbehavior, in Drone Alone. Completely inverted when Eddy refuses to tell what Marcus does in Concert In A Can, and says absolutely nothing about his activities in Mission:Space, Who Is Marcus? and Speed Trapped.
- Last one is arguably averted since Davenport shutdown Eddie for awhile due to him messing around with Tasha on hers and Donald Anniversary.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Many in "Bionic Showdown", such as Adam speaking with "Jewish accent", and Bree's "YOLO", all while they were trapped in Douglas' house. Leo and Eddy count too, as they argue about things like the red cart Leo is using when they set off to rescue their family.
- Catch Phrase: Davenport's: "BOOM!" He even argues about it with Douglas.
- Child Soldiers: Douglas was the one responsible for giving bionics to the Lab Rats, for the purpose of training them as living weapons for sale to the highest bidder. Cue Donald taking the kids and putting them in hiding before the series
- Christmas Episode: Twas the Mission Before Christmas
- Cliff Hanger: Season 2 finale, "No Going Back", ends with the Lab Rats running away from home for fear, Leo and Donald stuck in the elevator, Donald without any money, and the lab completely destroyed.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Adam. He keeps random strands of hair he uses to make fake mustaches in his locker.
- Comically Missing the Point: From Bionic Birthday Fail:
Adam: Woohoo! Leo's having a surprise party!
Chase: Adam, if Leo was having a surprise party, don't you think we'd be invited?
Adam: Yeah, you're right! Who is Tasha thinking she is not inviting us?
- From Leo vs. Evil, some time after Tasha had been teleported.
Chase: (seeing the teleported chair distorted by the return function) This is awful.
Adam: I know. I love that chair, it did some of my best sitting in it.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: what the Principal puts the siblings through in order to attempt to get out of detention early, in ''Missin' The Mission'.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Principal Perry.
- Cutaway Gag: A few ones:
- In Commando App, showing the yesteryear's Christmas party of the Lab Rats, when Spike appeared.
- In Trucked Out, there is a scene with Adam after he had an accident with his new bicycle.
- Darker and Edgier: Season 2 has become this.
- A Day in the Limelight: Leo, in Parallel Universe.
- Deadpan Snarker: Chase and Leo.
- Everyone has their moments.
- Disney Death: Leo in Back From The Future.
- This could also be Marcus' fate in Bionic Showdown.
- The Ditz: Adam, but not ALL the time.
- Dumbass Has a Point: from Davenport's point-of-view, Leo's suggestions that save the day in Missin' The Mission.
- Adam also saves Tasha's life in Leo Vs. Evil by having her catch a bus home, rather than have her go through the malfunctioning teleporter.
- The Cast Show Off: Billy Unger often gets to show off his martial arts skills.
- Kelli Berglund gets to show some of her dance moves in the school dance episode.
- Tyrel Jackson Williams isn't a slouch in the dance department, either.
- Dumb Muscle: Adam.
- Dynamic Entry: Leo's arrival in Bionic Showdown, when he shows up in the combat exoskeleton that he wore in Exoskeleton Vs. Grandma.
- Egg Sitting: The subplot of "Spy Fly", where Adam and Chase must take care of baby dolls, but then they try to destroy each other's.
- Embarrassing First Name/Embarrassing Middle Name: The (female) principal's name is Terry Cherry Perry.
- Explosive Overclocking: in Bionic Showdown, Adam discovers the ability to absorb energy from the surrounding area and supercharge his plasma grenades into a single blast that turns him into a walking Wave Motion Gun with no ill effects.
- Expy: Donald has similarities to Tony Stark.
- Billy Unger even cited this comparison to explain the series in more than one interview before the show was released.
- EMP: Happened in one ep.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: When Adam shrinks in "My Little Brother", his clothes are left normal size in a heap.
- Epic Fail: Eddy as a security system. He's either absolutely worthless (look at the way he's allowed Marcus to roam about inside the Davenport home, and there's no excuse for him not immediately informing Davenport about Marcus firing his eye lasers at Leo and threatening to expose them all) - or he's been working against Davenport all along.
- ... You do realize he was probably still shut down due to the events of last night when the eyebeams happened right?
- Eye Beams: Adam has this power whenever he gets really angry. Marcus also shows that he has this power in Speed trapped - and he has no problem using it on people.
- Fake Guest Star: Angel Parker, Maile Flanagan and Will Forte are the most notable examples. Justified with the former two to keep Bree the only main girl in the cast and with the latter as he only provides a voice.
- Five-Man Band
- Flanderization: In terms of annoyance with Adam and Bree. They (specially Adam) start picking on Chase a lot more from later Season 2 on.
- Foreshadowing: Coincidentally or not, Donald telling Rose that Adam, Bree and Chase are his brother's children that he adopted after their father fell in a volcano to hide that they are his bionic project is almost completely true, as evidenced in "Bionic Showdown".
- Four Philosophy Ensemble
- The Cynic: Chase
- The Optimist: Bree
- The Realist: Leo
- The Apathetic: Adam
- Four-Temperament Ensemble
- Sanguine: Bree
- Chloleric: Leo
- Melancholic: Chase
- Phlegmatic: Adam
- Fragile Speedster: Bree.
- Fun T-Shirt: Leo is always seen wearing these. Averted is season three, when Leo starts dressing more to impress (the girls).
- Future Me Scares Me: Averted with Future!Leo and played with Future!Donald (Mostly there scared because Future!Donald REALLY let himself go in the weight department after the lab rats died in a averted future.)
- Genki Girl: Bree, naturally.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Most aren't particularly obvious, but they do slip in lines like Principal Perry's "Get your hands off my junk!!" from Hole in One. (She was talking about literal trash in the scene.)
- There's also the less humorous fact that the protagonists are pretty young, but Marcus deliberately tries to kill Leo on more than one occasion.
- Leo's nickname for Donald is Big D.
- Good Counterpart: Principal Perry has one in a parallel universe.
- Gratuitous Spanish: In "Concert in a Can", as Donald mentions he is a multilingual millionaire, Marcus responds with "ooh, gracias", followed by a "de nada" by Donald.
- Happily Married: Donald and Tasha.
- Harmless Freezing
- Hide Your Pregnancy: Angel Parker, who plays Tasha, was pregnant with her second child towards the end of shooting the first season.
- Hidden Depths: While not possessing Obfuscating Stupidity by any means, Adam is occasionally far more clever than anyone gives him credit for.
- Hi, Mom!: Hilariously unusual example in "Rats in the Train". Leo says this to the camera... but it's his mother interviewing him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When Leo ends up in a fix, it's usually by this method. Played horrifyingly straight in Speed Trapped, when Marcus tries to eliminate him because Leo takes his job as 'the enforcer' seriously.
- Hot Scoop: Tasha again.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: the show has four of them:
- The scene ends in a computer screen and switches to another one.
- The door with the iconic bionic emblem closes and opens showing another scene.
- Bree runs through the screen leaving a trail of blue hexes that disappear right after.
- Chase lands on the floor causing blue hexes to appear and disappear.
- Idiot Ball: Davenport, when it comes to Marcus.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Bree and Adam occasionally dip into this.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Leo shows signs of being this.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: How Leo realizes Marcus hijacked the car in "Speed Trapped."
Marcus: Leo, I am so happy you're home safe! I can't believe you almost ended up at the bottom of the ocean!
Leo: Wait... how did you know where the car was set to go?
Marcus: I... Didn't...?
- Incredible Shrinking Man: In "My Little Brother," Adam gets shrunk down to 6 inches.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: From "Smart and Smarter,"
Leo: I'm sorry. I just got a little carried away... with you carrying me away. (Beat) Oh come on, it's funny!
- Insufferable Genius: Chase and Donald all the way.
- Insult Backfire: In response to Chase's Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking insult above.
Chase: So, what�s on your agenda for the day? Build some bombs, take over a tiny country, steal money from old ladies?
Douglas: Well, not in that order.
- It Amused Me: At the end of "Parallel Universe":
Bree: Oh, that cured my boredom.
- I Thought You Were Dead: Donald said this when he learns his brother, Douglas, is alive. Douglas said he made Donald, the police, and their mother think he was dead.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Parallel universe's Bree in "Parallel Universe":
Bree: It's pronounced "Br-AY"! Like "breath" without the "-thh"!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Leo
- Just Smile and Nod: In "Can I Borrow the Helicopter?", when Adam is talking about his horse, Donald tells Tasha he isn't getting it, but he smiles and nods till it's over.
- Kent Brockman News: Tasha's job mostly consists of stories of babies that look like ex-presidents and stuff. The runaway train was her first real assignment according to her.
- Killer Robot: Marcus sics one on Leo when he discover Marcus and Douglas evil lair, in Leo vs. Evil.
- Knightof Cerebus: Like most Disney shows, the majority of the villains are reasonably harmless and normally portrayed as light hearted. Marcus on the other hand, once he drops his nice guy act, is presented as Sociopathic bully, that realistically tries to murder Leo.
- It gets worse when they introduce his creator, Douglas Davenport. Although still seemingly light hearted, he is a coldblooded Mad Scientist who's committed a list of crimes over a mile long, including experimenting on Children, violating medical ethics, kidnapping, brainwashing and is also perfectly willing to commit outright murder when it suits him. When he appears the show takes a much darker tone.
- Which then gets takes Up to Eleven when Douglas' benefactor Krane (who has also been given bionics) shows up, and demonstrates that he has zero consideration for the well-being or lives of anyone who gets in the way of his plans.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Bree and Adam make their own cheer routine in Air Leo, they explain the use of their abilities as "special effects".
- Limited Wardrobe: Not to the extremes as seen in cartoons, but the characters are often seen wearing a signature article of clothing (Chase's plaid shirt, Bree's Dr. Martens boots, Donald's black jacket, etc.)
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Douglas does this to the Rats in Bionic Showdown. Defied when the Rats tell Donald that they feel that way about him.
- MacGuffin: The Painting in Hole in One.
- Mad Scientist: Donald is this by way of Rule of Funny. The real holder for this trope is Douglas.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Subverted.
- Man Child: Donald again. The man's got a bedroom full of video games and action figures.
- Mirror Universe: In the episode Parallel Universe. Things are very much opposite; to begin with, Leo in that world has the bionics of the Lab Rats along with abilities he's seen before, and Adam Bree and Chase are Muggles not related to Donald, but also Evil Counterparts in the sense that they are antagonistic to Leo after finding out he is bionic. Personality wise, Donald is an insecure, inventor-in-training, his mom is a Jerkass mogul who abuses Donald, Adam, Bree and Chase have opposite personalities, with Adam being philosophical, Bree being an even bigger brat than her main counterpart, and Chase being a Jerk Jock instead of a snarky nerd. In addition, Principal Perry is good, kind and altruistic, even helping Leo escape the government agents and the Lab Rats' alternate counterparts.
- Mission Control: Leo's assigned position on the team as of Missin' The Mission.
- Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Eddy. Full stop.
- Money Fetish: Chase seems to have develop this in "Chore Wars".
- Muggles The entire population of Mission Creek besides the Davenports and Principal Perry, who used to be the most prominent example. Most notable examples are Caitlin, Trent and Grandma Rose.
- While Donald and Leo are normal humans, they take part on missions. Tasha just knows their secret, like Perry.
- Mundane Solution: In "Leo vs. Evil," Adam calls Tasha on her cell phone and tells her to get home by public transport instead of waiting for the dangerous and unstable teleporter.
- Naked People Are Funny: In "The Haunting of Mission Creek High", school bully Trent steals Leo's clothes and leaves him in nothing but a towel. And then he eventually takes the towel, too (offscreen, of course). Instinctively everyone comes to see poor naked Leo.
- Nested Story Reveal: "Principal from Another Planet", which at the end of the episode is revealed to be just a movie Leo made for a sci-fi film festival.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Each Lab Rat has a different mission suit design. Donald also has one.
- Noodle Incident: Perry has dozens.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite his Cloudcuckoolander status (or, perhaps, because of it), Adam has started out Season Two in this corner. He's a long way from Genius Bruiser status, but he's not nearly as firmly rooted in the Too Dumb to Live section as Chase and Bree's behavior towards him would seem.
- Ominous Message from the Future: Future!Leo traveling back in time to warn the present Leo Adam, Bree and Chase are going to die during their next mission in "Back From the Future".
- Once More With Volume: In "Bionic Showdown":
Chase: Well, maybe your orders aren't always right.
Donald: Excuse me?
Adam: He said maybe your orders aren't...
Donald: I HEARD IT!!
- Only Sane Man: Tasha is shaping up to be this.
- Personality Powers: The kids' powers actually come across like this.
- Power Incontinence: The Lab Rats have to be careful or else there powers could glitch.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Appears to be a side-effect of boys' bionic powers in overdrive, as it happens when Chase becomes Spike and when Adam discovers his hidden bionic ability of a supercharged energy blast (in Bionic Showdown).
- When Marcus is being evil (and using his powers,) he tends to do a deeper voice than when he's pretending to be a friend to the Lab Rats.
- Power Trio
- Reactive Continuous Scream: In "Crush, Chop and Burn", when the Lab Rats first meet Leo. First, they scream, then Leo, then them all together, and then Leo again.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: In "Three Minus Bree," after Bree smashes her chip:
Donald: What did you do?!
Adam: Well, she smashed the...
Donald: I know what she did!! [to Bree] How could you do that?
Adam: She picked the...
Donald: I GOT IT!!
- Running Gag: The table at the dining room constantly being broken (but replaced for the next scene or episode) is sort of one. Leo even asks why they always buy a glass table.
- Sadist Teacher: Principal Perry.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Adam does this in "Chip Switch".
- Secret Keeper: Leo and Tasha. Principal Perry joins in season 3. However, several of Davenport's inventions aren't secret.
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: When Adam shrinks, his clothes do not (forcing him to hide in his shoe to cover himself). Chase has to find him doll clothes to wear.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Almost always averted. Many episodes also have Mission Creek High as the main setting, mainly because of Principal Perry.
- It's interesting to notice that in "Missin' the Mission" the Lab Rats get detention for missing school a lot because they are on mission.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Trent and Principal Perry with Leo.
- Skyward Scream: Leo screaming "WHYYYY?!" learning that Janelle's mom is going to take her at his house but he will not be able to unfreeze her in time.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: First we have Principal Perry, a ruthless, tyrant principal who enjoys making students grovel at her feet. Later, there's Marcus, an Ax-Crazy bionic android who has it out for Leo the most, that he later blackmails him. Then, there's Douglas Davenport, Donald's evil brother who wanted to use his creations as Super Soldiers. Finally, there is Victor Krane, who is bionic and wants to use his powers to kill the main characters.
- Spandex, Latex, or Leather: The Rats and their new mission uniforms, as of Bionic Showdown.
- Speaks In Binary: Chase and Scott, for fun.
- Spiritual Successor: The cast makes it sound like this for Wizards of Waverly Place. Not only do they share the same director and some crew, but both are about families with special abilities that need to keep a secret while attempting to live normal lives and going on adventures. Technically speaking, they both also rely heavily on special effects as well as occasional fight scenes.
- Status Quo Is God: Usually, as much of the damage caused by Donald's inventions or troubles the Rats and Leo get into are solved at the end of their respective episodes. However, there are many averting examples:
- As of season 2 "Trent Gets Schooled", Trent is the P.E. teacher in Mission Creek High.
- As of season 2 finale "No Going Back", Principal Perry knows about the secret of Lab Rats.
- As of season 3 "Mission: Mission Creek High", there is a new lab.
- As of season 3 "Zip It", Chase and Bree work at Tech Town.
- In "Three Minus Bree" from season 3, Bree destroys her chip so she is not bionic anymore. Only in the following episode, "Which Father Knows Best", she gets a new chip.
- Super Intelligence: Chase.
- Super Strength: Adam.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: S1 is basically this to Marcus.
- Smart Ball: Adam gets this sometimes. One example is when he decided to call Tasha to take a bus before the others could use the teleporter for a return trip (which would have ended REALLY badly.)
- Tagline: "Every family has its glitches."
- The Bully: Trent. This is why Principal Perry favors him over other students.
- The Team Wannabe: Leo.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Douglas isn't going to hurt Leo, because he promised to let Marcus have that privilege.
- The Smurfette Principle: Bree is the only female featured in the opening credits, although Tasha and Principal Perry are also major characters.
- Title Drop: In the first episode, Chase says "We're like human lab rats!" then cut to Adam running on a giant hamster wheel.
- Took A Level In BadButt: In Parallel Universe, Leo showed some actual fighting skills against the MIBs that showed up to capture him - as well as being willing to fire on his attackers first.
- Leo's takedown of a berserk Eddy in Night of the Living Virus with a laser reflector. Note that he has no bionics and is a scrawny kid, against an A.I. that has helped to train the young bionic heroes.
- Triple Nipple: Adam is this, as stated in "Concert in a Can".
- Troubled Fetal Position: Trent in "The Haunting of Mission Creek High", after he is "haunted" by Leo and the lab rats.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Many episodes use this format: the most common being Adam/Bree/Chase and Leo/Donald; or alternatively a plot with Leo and one of the rats and the other plot featuring the other two rats.
- Versus Title: Parodied with "Exoskeleton vs. Grandma", and played straight with "Leo vs. Evil".
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Adam, Bree and Chase.
- As of early Season Two, Leo fits this as well.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: During his base destruction, Douglas made his escape.
- Volleying Insults: The Tag of "Commando App" and "Spike's Got Talent" between Spike and Principal Perry.
- We Are as Mayflies: Bionic abilities in androids leads to them burning out very quickly. According to Douglas, Marcus had very little time left.
- Went to the Great X in the Sky: In "Drone Alone":
Donald: So, if you're watching this, I must have gone to that big hard drive in the sky.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Leo's comment about how Eddy failed as a security system (he allowed Marcus to enter the lab, not to mention the spy camera that Eddy still hasn't detected, or Marcus' activities in Who Is Marcus?) hasn't been addressed by Davenport yet. This MIGHT be averted due to the reveal of who Marcus' dad is, afterall, who better to know where security leaks and how to hide stuff better than Davenport's brother. No excuse on the Who is Marcus? fiasco, though.
- We haven't had any mention of Adam's plasma grenades or flame vision since "Air Leo", either. though the Plasma Grenade might be connected to Adam's new Kamehame Hadoken.
- The flame vision may have just been an early version of his heat vision. Chase even calls it as such.
- Nor have we seen Bree's ability to stick to the ceiling since "Mission Invisible."
- Wham Episode:
- Mission Space: Marcus is indeed a trouble-maker and is spying on the Davenports along with someone else.
- Speed Trapped: Marcus is revealed to be a bionic. Leo finds this out but has to keep quiet lest Marcus attack his family.
- Bionic Showdown: The appearance of Douglas Davenport, Donald's brother who reveals he's the real creator of Adam, Bree and Chase as well as Marcus. After a fight, Marcus is apparently crushed by debris but Douglas manages to escape.
- Avalanche: Douglas reappears again and tries to sway Chase to his side. He fails and is frozen in an ice block and promptly sent to jail.
- Season 2 finale No Going Back Perry finds out about the kids being bionic which prompts them to run away from home when they misunderstand an FBI agent investigating their home. He wasn't, he was looking into a case for Donald, whose bank account was hacked, leaving him with nothing. After Donald and Leo find out Adam, Bree and Chase are gone, they set out to find them. The two then realize that Douglas was behind the hacking, having been broken free from his ice prison by a mysterious bionic person. After Douglas reveals himself to be the mastermind, he blows up the lab, leaving Donald and Leo with no means to track the trio.
- Season 3 opening, Sink or Swim We meet the masked man, Victor Crane, who is revealed to be Douglas's benefactor and a much more adult cybernetically enhance human who's shown to much more of a threat then Douglas and Marcus have been.
- Taken Crane inevitably turns on Douglas and attempts to destroy Adam, Bree and Chase himself. Douglas ultimately has a change of heart and helps save them but has to go into hiding when Kane escapes after he's beaten.
- Which Father Knows Best Douglas helps restore Bree's bionic chip and Donald offers him a second chance, allowing him to move in with the family.
- You Posted What?! Adam, Bree and Chase are caught on camera using their cybernetics and exposed to the rest of the world. Government agents soon come to their house to take them away but they refuse. In the middle of this it's revealed that Crane was responsible for outing them and even has a bionic child of his own named S-1 who had filmed them. During an attack Leo's right arm is crushed but Douglas saves it by making it bionic. After the group manage to defeat Crane and S-1, the siblings announce to the world they're bionic superheroes. However Crane is shown that he has more bionic soldiers lying in wait.
- White Mask of Doom: The "Masked Man", first appearing in "No Going Back".
- World of Snark: Everyone on the show is a Deadpan Snarker, but when and how often they use their snark interchange.
- Women Are Wiser: Tasha may not be more intelligent, but she is more down to earth than her husband.
- Averted, in that although Bree is occasionally the voice of reason, she is normally portrayed as irresponsible and prone to overreacting to minor things. Still, most of the problems in the series are caused by Adam and/or Leo. Then again, she is still a teenager; a BIONIC teenager to be precise.
- X Called; They Want Their Y Back: a few times.
Spike: (to Principal Perry) Hey, Ireland called, they want their leprechaun back!
- From "Death Spiral Smackdown":
Chase: (to Bree) "Well, the Tin Man called, he wants his neck back."
- You Didn't Ask: In "Crush, Chop and Burn" part 2:
Eddy: Oh, he [Leo] left. Something about a recycling center, neglectful parents, life and death, blah-blah-blah...
Donald: Why don't you tell us any of this?!
Eddy: You didn't ask.