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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.