Lab Rats is a Science FictionKid 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: 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 reveal that Marcus (as an android) life expectancy is 16.
Donald was this to Adam, Bree and Chase before Leo met them. But only unintentionally, he didn't exactly treat them badly, he just didn't let them go out because he was afraid (not without reason) they wouldn't be able to control their powers or emotions.
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.
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.
Dawson Casting: Bree and Chase are roughly the age of the actors playing them, Bree might be 15 and Kelli Berglund is 16. However, Spencer Boldman will be 20 before the first season is done airing and Adam is either 16 or 17.
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.
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 happen right?
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.)
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.
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.
Money Fetish: Chase seems to have develop this in "Chore Wars".
Mundane Solution: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald: So, if you're watching this, I must have gone to that big hard drive in the sky.
What Could Have Been: Originally, the main characters would be Adam and Brad (now Chase), robots who worked for the government, but escape to live like humans after knowing they would be demolished. This version also wouldn't have Bree.
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."
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. Then she is still a teenager; a BIONIC teenager to be precise.