Remember the days of Nickelodeon
that featured ordinary kids getting thrust into wild and wacky supernatural situations with a healthy dose of comedy and danger? No? Well, apparently Nick decided that the kids of today needed a refresher course, hence the sci-fi/comedy show The Troop's birth.
The show focuses on three Oklahoma high schoolers that suddenly are thrust into a secret society, courtesy of their school counselor, that protects humankind from all the supernatural scourges in existence that we think aren't real, but most assuredly are. The main characters consist of:
- Jake: a massive comic book/superhero buff who is more than enthused that he has been enlisted into the world of...world saving.
- Felix: The resident brains of the group. Somewhat awkward in regards to social norms, he wants to reveal to anyone and everyone what the group does in order to boost his status, but due to a previously taken oath, reluctantly refrains.
- Hayley: The school's most popular beauty queen, good at everything and anything, but discovers her monster-battling abilites are less than subpar. Usually ends up being the voice of reason when she's not concerned about her popularity.
- Kirby Cadworth-Bankroft III: A rich kid who used to be part of the Tulsa Troop and transfers in after Felix leaves to go to Troop International.
- Mr. Stockley: The current school administrator/counselor who enlists the kids into the world of The Troop. Loves his job a little TOO much, which tends to disturb the trio at times.
- Cadence Nash: Joins the group late in Season 2. She is half-monster and a Foil to Hayley
The show ran for two seasons and was cancelled midway into the second, leaving seven unaired episodes (in the US at least). While other countries managed to get the full series run, all but three of the unaired episodes made their way to the Nicktoons
network in the US. Currently, reruns of The Troop are being shown on Nicktoons
alongside similar shows Power Rangers Samurai
and Supah Ninjas
Not to be confused with F Troop
or Goof Troop
, or the horror novel The Troop
This show provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Literally, once you hit 18, you lose your courage and cannot fight monsters.
- Alpha Bitch: Somewhat averted in that Hayley is the school's number one popular chick and can be shallow, yet she can take the reins of the team if need be due to the realization that it's no longer always about her, thus making her Spoiled Sweet.
- Ambiguously Gay: Pick one? Mostly Felix. (See also Camp Straight)
- And Starring: the credit for John Marshall Jones, who plays Mr. Stockley.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Phoebe
- Ascended Fanboy: Kirby was a big admirer of Felix's and was honored to take his place on the team.
- Badass Adorable: Jake
- Big Eater: Cadence. In each episode she has be featured in (so far, not many), there is at least one scene where she eats (off screen) quiet a large amount of food for someone her age. In the first episode she was in she eats 3 whole pizzas by herself.
- Betty and Veronica: Jake with Hayley (Betty) and Cadence (Veronica)
- Butt Monkey: Felix, Felix, Felix.
- Cain and Abel: Cadence and her brother Chino. Cadence is the Abel and Chino is the Cain.
- Chain of People: the Troop forms one to save Jake's little sister Phoebe from being pulled into another dimension in "Itty Bitty Baby Dragon".
- Christmas Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Ickie Doll."
- Clothing Damage: in "Lost in Translation" and "Itty Bitty Baby Dragon"
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Augustus's new sidekick Fredo.
- Cool Old Guy: Mr. Stockley
- Covered in Gunge: The first Nickelodeon show to take advantage of the network's roots in a long time.
- Disguised in Drag: Jake and Felix in "Pajama Game... of Death"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The episode where Cadence gets captured by Troop International seems to have some undertones that racism is wrong.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: A few people on this show have been killed and eaten by monsters. One episode's intro featured a guy getting dissolved in a gelatinous cube monster.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Hayley and Cadence
- Foreshadowing: A literal example in "The Triangle" where Cadence's shadow what appears to be a tail.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Jake and Hayley in "Taming of the Cube"
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: Jake and Phoebe each have something confiscated by their neighbor. Jakes takes advantage of the neighbor having been temporarily petrified by a Basilisk to get their stuff back from his box of confiscated toys.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the beginning of "Lost In Translation", the trio tries to capture a Noctem, but fail. When it sprays them with acid like goo, their clothes melt and dissolve, making all three naked. When a naked Jake tries to turn around to see a naked Hayley, she then holds up her Troop lazer gun and says, "Any of you turn around, and you'll be evaporated". Very eye popping stuff for a kids show.
- Growing Up Sucks: When Troop members grow up, they find the monsters too scary to fight and thus need to be retired.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Cadence is half Blood Trasher, as is her brother.
- Halloween Episode: In "The Great Punkin," Jake accidentally allows all the monsters to escape. Meanwhile, Haley's haunted house project leaves a lot to be desired and Felix goes trick-or-treating in an elaborate costume.
- Harmless Villain: A monster called a Danker is locked up in the Halloween Episode. According to the Troop monster guide, it has a razor sharp tongue, but there's nothing to suggest that it's ever used it or that represents a danger to society. When the power grid goes down and the monsters escape, terrorizing the city, the Danker stays it's cell and keeps Jake company. If anything it seems more annoying than threatening.
- Also the Sniffer, who is locked up is the highest security, not because he's dangerous, but because he is incredibly annoying
- Hate Plague: Inverted in one episode, where insects called The Swarm feed on people's angst and anger, causing everybody to like each other.
- Hero-Worshipper: Jake to Lance in "Tentacle Face"; Hayley (and to a lesser extent, Felix) to Bianca Stonehouse in "The Substitute"; Keiko and Yuki to Felix in "Lost in Translation". Also, Kirby once wore a shirt with Felix's face and the inscription [[WWJD WWFD]] (What Would Felix Do?)
- I Am A Humanitarian: Blood Thrashers are meat-eaters in general, but aren't shy about making a human a meal. Cadence has struggled not to be this, but her brother has no problem with it.
- Killer Rabbit: Plenty in this show, including one that actually looks like a rabbit.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Snarking.
- Masquerade: Maintained by snarking anyone else who finds out about the monsters.
- Mexican Standoff: When the three of them can't figure out which one is possessed by the monster.
- Mr. Seahorse: Jake in "Snarked Up"
- Mood Motif: The twinkling glockenspiel of "wow he's suitable for the Troop!"
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Kirby once addresses a group as "Ladies, Gentlemen, Cadence"
- Non-Malicious Monster: Cadence, who is also a Reluctant Monster
- Noodle Incident: When Troop International showed up to arrest Cadence, Kirby commented all he knew about International Law was about having parties at boats and importing white tigers. While Kirby being a rich kid might explain him being no stranger to those parties and laws that affect them, one must wonder how he'd know about the tiger part.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Dr. Cranius. You'd think a sponge couldn't cause so much trouble, but you'd be wrong.
- Note to Self: Gus once told the heroes they could erase his memory since he had hidden reminders. They instead sent him to a mental institution where his tales about monsters will be disregarded as delusions.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Jake
- Our Vampires Are Different: Vampsters, vampires with hamster attributes
- Poor Communication Kills: "Oh Brother" might as well be titled this! First, not only will Cadence not tell Jake she's half monster, she keeps it a secret that her maneating brother is hanging around, which would've saved her the trouble of being held at gunpoint by Hayley and being forced to tell Jake in that manner. While that's a bit understandable because she still loves her brother, Jake could've solved everything if he'd just told Cadence that her brother wasn't dead...and was unconscious in a crate right beside him!
- Power Trio: Jake, Felix, and Hayley
- Proud to Be a Geek: Felix
- Put on a Bus: Felix
- Re Tool: Between the first and second seasons to create a more comic-book feel complete with a new theme song.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr. Stockley
- Secret Keeper: Initally, Hayley for Cadence being half-Blood Thrasher.
- Ship Tease: Jake and Hayley
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Hayley had an episode devoted to trying to win over a girl who absolutely refused to like her. In one scene, the girl starts to apologize to Hayley for being rude, but it goes downhill and the girl decides she hates her again. Hayley eventually learns that it's not important if everyone likes her.
- Taken for Granite: In the pilot, they had to face a basilisk.
- That Poor Cat: Hayley's cat in "The Pajama Party... of Death". The poor thing gets DEVOURED, CHEWED, and SWALLOWED by the cheerleader possessed with the Vespinox. Serious getting crap past the radar, indeed.
- íThree Amigos!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cadence and Hayley.
- Troperiffic: It's supposed to be reminiscent of old Nickelodeon Sci-Fi shows.
- Two Guys and a Girl
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: Kirby once said all he knew about International Law was about tiger importation and yacht parties.