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Western Animation: Kid vs. Kat
aka: Kid Vs Kat
Kid vs. Kat is a Canadian animated television series developed at Studio B Productions for Jetix Europe and YTV. The show is created and co-directed by Rob Boutilier. The feature revolves around a 10-year-old boy's constant battle with his sister's Sphinx kitten which, in reality, is an alien. The series is distributed by Studio B Productions. A series preview was made available on iTunes on February 5, 2009 and the show premiered on YTV on October 25, 2008, and on Jetix Europe on April 4, 2009.


This show provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Subverted. Coop could have easily been the smartest, most popular kid in town if he didn't have Kat to worry about.
  • Action Girlfriend: Fiona.
  • Adults Are Useless: Only three people know Kat is an alien and they're all kids; Coop, Dennis and Fiona.
    • Technically, so do Coop's grandparents, but they choose not to say anything because they might get "put in the old-folk's home." They also travel alot and visit only on occasions so pretty much its up to the kids.
  • Alien Animals: Kat and the rest of his race happen to look and act like Earth cats. Also done with Mr. Cheeks and his race, sentient talking hamsters who are also enemies of the cat folk.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Millie.
  • Arch-Enemy: Coop and Kat.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kat, usually when provoked.
  • Bad Ass: Kat would definitely be one if he wasn't humiliated so many times.
  • Bad Boss: Kat Kommander won't hesitate to vaporize his minions for anything that displeases him, including not getting a nice enough birthday present. Kat is probably glad that he's several solar systems away.
  • Bad Future - Technically an alternate present rather than the future, but in "Cat to the Future", Kat takes over the world after Coop alters the past so that he was never adopted by Millie.
  • Bedtime Brainwashing: In "I'm Okay, You're a Kat", Coop discovers a self-help tape in the House of Swap and uses it to make himself far more cheerful by playing it while he's sleeping. Kat gets annoyed by how Coop's optimism makes it much harder to annoy him and edits the tape to make Coop pessimistic, making him scared of his own shadow and literally cry over spilled milk. Afterwards, Kat uses another self-help tape on Burt to brainwash him into his servant. When Coop finds out, he decides to use a self-help tape to become a tough guy, which turns him into a thug and he almost drops his entire family in a pool of electric eels before he is snapped out of it.
  • Big Bad: The Kat Kommander.
  • Big Ball of Violence: All the time. Always Coop and Kat.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Kat's scratching post tower/portable lair. Even has a bottomless pit, for no apparent reason.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Millie, who is utterly spoiled by her father.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: And how! Acidic saliva, freakish reaction to cold germs, unexplainable weight gain from certain foods... And that's not even getting into what we've seen in the Shorts episodes.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Millie.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Kat does this to all the neighborhood cats in one episode. As well as all of Bootsville (except for Coop, Lorn, and Harley) in another.
  • Butt Monkey: Coop and Kat, definitely. Coop generally filling the "butt of every demeaning joke" side of things, and Kat with the "put through hell" plotline.
  • Call Back: "Kat to the Future" has Coop time-travel back to the first episode, where Kat was first adopted by the family.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one will ever believe that Coop is not solely responsible for the destruction his feud with Kat causes. No one will ever believe that Kat is an alien until it's too late.
  • The Catfish
  • Cats Are Mean: Pretty much the series premise
    • Apparently Kat's homeworld is an Evil Empire. They take over a planet and consume the natural resources. It inevitably ends up becoming a huge mess and at that point, they move on to a new world. When they are called out on this, the basic answer is "well, we're cats." This is less malicious and more a lack of effort to clean up after themselves.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In "Mind Games", Coop gets suspended a few inches above the molten magma inside an active volcano with no ill effects.
  • Cool Grandparents - Old Mr. and Mrs. Burtonburger, who borders on being Senior Sues in the episode "Keep On Rockin'"
  • Cranky Neighbor: Old Lady Munson
  • Crapsack World: Parodied. Most of people are pretty much unsympathetic, because of their really weird psyche. Overally the city seems to be very unfriendly towards each other.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: In "Pet Peeved" Kat is found and taken in by one after he runs away.
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • Death Glare: The Phoebe eye!
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Kat. You'd think someone would have noticed the pet cat was chuckling evilly all the time.
  • Disproportionate Retribution - Kat is very, very guilty of this. Especially in the earlier episodes, where he would try to kill Coop for the slightest insult, like splashing him with water, with creating a whole forest of murderous, meat-eating plants to get revenge.
  • The Dog Is an Alien: Kat, naturally.
  • Escalating War: To be fair, it's usually Kat who's escalating things.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Mr. Cheeks to Kat
  • Friendly Rivalry: Coop and Dennis' fathers are constantly competing to see who is best as everything. Aside from that they don't seem to hate each-other, in fact they seem to love trying to outdo the other.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mr. Kat, Mr. Kitten, Mr. Cheeks
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded in "Kat to the Future". After Coop abused the time machine Kat created, Dennis points out that time trave can create a bunch of anomalies. At that moment, he notices he has a fifth finger on his left hand. This episode points out a few times they also have 4-toed feet as well.
  • Generation Xerox: Coop and Dennis' lives are awfully similar to their fathers' childhoods.
    • Lorne bullies Coop and Lorne's mother used to bully Coop's father, although she was actually masking a childhood crush.
  • Halloween Episode: Three of em.
  • Hero on Hiatus: Coop went through this in an episode due to the teasing (or lack of acknowledgment) he receives while he saves the town all the time.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Coop is teased and ridiculed by other kids, as well sometimes his father, even if he does manage to save everyone from a blatantly unnatural situation (such as shutting off his static electricity science experiment that was sabotaged, only to receive an F).
  • Jerk Ass: Each character. Especially Millie, Lorn and Harley.
    • Old Lady Munsen takes it to extreme levels. Aside from Millie and Fiona, she doesn't like anyone. Even grown men fear her angry wrath.
  • Kafka Komedy: No matter how good faith Coop has, he is always doomed to either fail or tarnish his own reputation.
  • Laser Blade: "Play N'Ice"
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Once both Millie, Lorne and Haley learned the truth about Kat, this was inevitable. More interestingly, Fiona also became a victim of this at the same time.
  • The Men in Black: One episode has the family being investigated by some really incompetent ones. They end up arresting everyone except Kat for being aliens.
  • Missing Mom: What happened to Mrs. Burtonburger remains a mystery.
  • The Munchausen: Mrs. Munson in "Down The Creek". Although it appears she has proof of her tall tales.
  • Older Than They Look: Old Lady Munson was an old lady back when Burt was a kid and Fiona is her great great great great great grand niece.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Fiona, as early as her first episode.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: BUR! TON! BUR! GEEEEEEEEEER!
  • Repetitive Name: Burt Burtonburger.
  • Robotic Reveal: Mr. Kat turns out to be a cyborg when his X-rays are exposed in the episode called "Nip/Duck".
  • Rock Beats Laser: More often than not, Coop and Dennis' clever use of common Earth technology or simply whatever is at hand can outmatch Kat's superior alien technology.
  • Rushmore Refacement: This is seen to have happened in the future after the kat invasion in "Kat to the Future", with the heads of the presidents having been replaced by those alien kats.
  • Sadist Show: No character is likeable and most of them will likely get hurt at least once.
  • The Scapegoat: Whenever something goes wrong, Old Lady Munson will always blame it on Coop, even if it's something not humanly possible.
  • Serious Business: Wiener dogs are really, really serious business in Bootsville. Spoil a drop of the boiling water, and you're banished for life.
  • Scout Out: The Greeny Girls.
  • Shout-Out: Lorne and Harley probably remind people of another fat and skinny duo.
  • Status Quo Is God: More often than not.
  • Smug Snake: Coop, whenever he thinks he has the upper hand.
  • Spoiled Brat: Millie. She screams like a banshee when she doesn't get her way, and her father caves in every time.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Phoebe can be less than subtle about her crush on Coop. She'll never be among the worst, though.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Kat's weakness for Fishy Frisky Bits
    • One of Kat's evil plots was turning the entire town's water supply into milk.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Todd Kronklin. Played straight AND lampshaded.
    Harley: He's a teenager! They're evil!
  • Those Two Guys: Lorn and Harley.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Fiona for Coop.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Millie and Fiona are tomboys. Phoebe is a girly girl.
  • Versus Title
  • Villainous Glutton: Kat.
  • Voices Are Mental: In "Board Kat" when Coop and Kat switch bodies. Millie and Burt notice Coop's voice coming out of Kat, but think it's just Coop using ventriloquism.
  • Weld The Lock: Kat does this several times to the Kat Kommander's rebellious son in "Rebel with a Claw"; once to seal him in a room to get him out of the way, and later to seal him in his transport module before they launch him back into space.
  • Yandere: Phoebe.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Kat was trying to do this, originally, and trying desperately to do so during the Christmas special. Naturally, he failed.
  • Zombie Apocalypse/Our Zombies Are Different: "Flea Brained" has Kat controlling everyone with robotic fleas in their ears. Sounds awfully familiar, no?

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