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.
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.
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.
The censors must've been asleep when the episode that featured Jake being bitten by a snark went through. A guy gets pregnant with a baby monster? Nick's done that before. But, Mr. Stockley's line "You should've thought of that before you got snarked up"? Subtle as a flying mallet.
The ep where Haley and Jake switch bodies
Claudia: Let's go someplace else and get to know each other.
Not that bad in itself but considering they're all at that age
Growing Up Sucks: When Troop members grow up, they find the monsters too scary to fight and thus need to be retired.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.