Western Animation / Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama

Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama is a feature film based on the animated series Kim Possible.

After Bonnie Rockwaller points out that she's literally the only member of the Middleton High-cheerleading squad without a date for their upcoming high school prom, Kim Possible realizes that her crime-fighting lifestyle has prevented from maintaining a steady romantic relationship with a boy, and that the closest she has to one is her best friend/sidekick, Ron Stoppable.

That is, until a new guy shows up, Eric. They quickly start dating, and Kim plans on going to the prom with him, while Ron is left to deal with the new struggle of emotions he has found through Kim's new relationship. Meanwhile, Drakken has been plotting a diabolical plan, that goes beyond anything he's done previously.

Originally, this movie served as the series finale, ending with Ron and Kim hooking up, before the show was renewed for a fourth season, where they defied Status Quo Is God by entering a relationship.

This movie provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: After Eric (Synthodrone #901) reveals his true nature and captures her, Kim gives up, until Ron snaps her out of it by declaring his feelings for her.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Drakken's Diablo robots trashed the Possible household and Wade's bedroom.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Much to the surprise of Kim, Ron, and Bonnie, everyone at the prom, including the janitor, celebrated when Kim and Ron became a couple.
  • Animation Bump: Unlike the cartoon and the previous movie this movie is in CGI for the action sequences.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: At the end of the montage where kids around the world are running out of Bueno Nacho with their new Li'l Diablos, the kids in Nome, Alaska rush back in because it's so cold.
  • Bad Liar: When Ron was accidentally roped into a poker game, one of the other players caught on that he had bluffing tells: no eye contact, touching the face, shallow breath. Those same symptoms showed up again when Ron was telling Kim that he was okay with her dating Eric.
  • Battle in the Rain: The final fight scene was fought while raining.
  • Berserk Button: Rufus shows he doesn't take kindly to being dissed. As Ron said before Erik paid the piper for calling Rufus gross, "The little dude holds a grudge".
  • Big Damn Kiss: Kim and Ron's First Kiss as an official couple at the end of the movie.
  • Book Ends: A lot of the plot points in So The Drama echo the first aired episode ("Crush").
  • Broad Strokes: At a Q&A fans asked the creators questions about So The Drama asking why Bonnie wasn't portrayed more sympathetically after "Bonded", and why Kim is objecting to the idea of taking Ron to the Prom because of "The Rules" after saying that there were no rules in "Grudge Match". They responded that the movie was originally written as a cap to the first season in the event they didn't get any more episodes, and made very few changes to the script so as to welcome new viewers and prevent Continuity Lock-Out.
  • Call-Back:
  • Catch and Return: The battlesuit can not only shield against Shego's Hand Blast, but also capture the energy to toss back at her.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: At the beginning of the movie, Ron got a couple of Nakasumi's shareholders to do his homework for him as a way of thanking him for helping save Nakasumi from Shego. However, he ends up losing it when Rufus pulls his ripcord, causing it go flying everywhere, much to Kim's amusement.
  • Chekhov's Armory:
    • All the "experiments" in Drakken's lair play a larger role at various points in the movie. The most important of it all being Drakken researching the "teen scene".
    • This also applies to Nakasumi's doodles and the project James was working on at the beginning of the movie.
    • Jim and Tim's miniature rockets end up playing a crucial part in the climax.
  • Clothing Damage: During the battle with the Diablos, the hem of Kim's dress is fried, much to her chagrin. However, it doesn't stop her from wearing it back to the prom with Ron.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Just as Kim's parents were about to chew her out for being out all night, she turns on the television where Tricia Lebrowksi was doing a report of her saving Nakasumi.
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: Miss Kyoko for Nakasumi. Who wouldn't want to whisper to a pretty girl all the time?
  • Dance of Romance: The final scene of the movie where Kim and Ron dance to "Could It Be," leading up to their First Kiss. Fandom also considers it a Convenient Slow Dance as Kim and Ron just happened to be dancing to a song that fit the circumstances.
  • Darker and Edgier: As the name of the movie implies, it is much more dramatic and action-packed than the original series. Not to mention it contains the first instance where a character is Killed Off for Real.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When Drakken comments that his newest Death Ray is killer, Ron comments that the phrase was redundant.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kim comes close to crossing it after she realizes how Eric played her, until Ron talks her down from it.
  • Disney Villain Death: The original version of the climax had Shego seemingly killed off. By Kim. In response to a verbal taunt. About something that was entirely Drakken's doing. After the heroes had already won and Shego was trying to flee the scene. Instead of being treated as a Crowning Moment of Awesome or Kick the Son of a Bitch, test audiences were horrified, so the scene is still in there but a scene was added showing that Shego survived being kicked into a building, electrocuted, and the building collapsing on top of her.
  • Distressed Dude: Subverted with Eric.
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things: After Eric is revealed to be a synthodrone and he and Shego capture Kim and Ron, Kim despairs and Ron tries to bring her around:
    Ron: So, what's the plan?
    Kim: (Devastated) Ron, I... I got nothin'.
    Ron: That's my line, and what's worse, that's quitter talk!
    Kim: Drakken finally won. I should have stuck to baby-sitting.
    Ron: Okay, KP, this pity fiesta is over. Drakken has not won. He played you. Now it's payback time.
  • Dress Hits Floor: Well, a wetsuit. Pretty hot for Disney.
  • 11th Hour Superpower: Kim's battlesuit. When the show was Un-Canceled, the writers had to find reasons to minimize Kim's use of the suit.
  • Embarrassing Password: While Big Daddy Brotherson isn't embarrassed by how childish his password sounds, Drakken did look uncomfortable for a moment before saying "Neener".
  • Everyone Can See It: You almost get the impression that everyone (save Bonnie) cheering when Ron and Kim show up at the dance together was a celebration of something they'd all been waiting to see. Even the janitor was cheering.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Kim ends up having to save her dad from a mutant squid.
  • Evil All Along: Eric.
  • Exact Words: Eric wasn't kidding when he said his mission was to take Kim to the prom.
  • Eye Twitch: Ron and Rufus experience one when they learn that Naco Night has been cancelled.
  • Face Palm:
    • Kim does this with both hands when Ron not-so-subtly tries to convince Nakasumi's shareholders that his toy business isn't so easy.
    • Rufus and Ned do this when Ron turns out to be having a fit over the bendy straws instead of suspecting something evil was happening at Bueno Nacho.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Eric is shown to have sharp reflexes during the scene with Tim and Jim using jetpacks.
    • Might be unintentional, but when Kim is calling her mom, she notes that "I'm gonna end up with Ron!" note 
  • Frying Pan of Doom: When Jim and Tim's rockets come flying into the kitchen, Kim swats them down with a frying pan, much to Jim and Tim's chagrin.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In addition to the 'wetsuit falling to the ground' part mentioned above and Shego's 'tap' comment mentioned below, there was a scene where Kim and Monique were in changing rooms and clearly topless. Definitely one of the most mature moments in Disney Channel Original Movie history.
    • "When you glisten? Could you be any sicker?"
  • Going Native: Stevens, the head of Drakken's teenage wasteland research project, ended up getting absorbed into the lifestyle.
    Drakken: Stevens! Progress report!
    Stevens: Whaddup, Dr. Dee-Diggity-Dog?
    Drakken: We've lost Stevens.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Shego comes through the Disney Villain Death moment described above with only minor superficial damage to her clothes, hair, and dignity.
  • Headbutt of Love: Kim and Ron do this at the prom just before their Big Damn Kiss.
  • Holding Hands: Kim and Ron arrive at the prom like this, which clues Bonnie to the fact that they're dating.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: One of the reasons Ron originally decides not to go through with telling Kim about his feelings for her was the fear that if she rejected him, it would destroy their friendship. In the end, he decides to anyway.
  • I Have Your Wife: A variant. Dr. Drakken uses Eric as a hostage to lure Kim into a trap which is sprung when Eric reveals his true nature and tasers her.
  • I'm Melting!: This happens to synthodrones when their exoskins are punctured, similar to what happened to the clones Drakken created in "Kimitation Nation". This was the fate of Erik after Rufus bit his leg, though it actually looks like he shriveled up to nothing after his synthogoo drained out.
  • Ironic Echo: In the first episode of the series, "Crush", Drakken taunts Kim by saying "You should have stuck with babysitting!" After Erik's betrayal leads Kim to the edge of the Despair Event Horizon, Kim curses herself with "I should have stuck with babysitting."
  • Irony: Drakken says it word-for-word when he discovers his old college roommate James Possible has the cybertronic technology he's after.
  • It's All About Me: Bonnie's attitude over dating Brick Flagg. It got to the point that she had no problem causing the cheer squad's pyramid to collapse to answer her phone, even accusing Kim of having an ego problem for getting on her over it.
  • It's Personal: Ron really doesn't like when you mess with Bueno Nacho as Drakken finds out at the end of the movie.
    Drakken: You can't be serious
    Ron: Note serious face.
    • Also, the exchange leading up to the moment described above:
      Kim: You know what I really hate?
      Shego: That your date melted?
      Kim: Nah. You.
      (Kim kicks Shego off the roof into the signal tower)
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Initially, Ron decides to let Kim go and be happy with Erik. He decides to confess his feelings after Erik's true colors are revealed.
  • Keystone Army: Neutralizing Drakken's broadcast tower causes the Diablos to revert into harmless toy form.
  • Killer Doll: The Li'l Diablos.
  • Kinda Busy Here: The opening scene features Team Possible thwarting Shego's attempt to kidnap Nakasumi. During the action, Kim takes a call from Monique and exchanges some school gossip.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Kim and Ron in the final moments of the movie, with the Post-Script Season showing them dating.
  • The Last Straw: The final change at Bueno Nacho that pushes Ron to his Rage Breaking Point is, amusingly enough, the removal of the bendy straws.
  • Literal-Minded: When Ron screams at Lars "This is the last straw!", Lars replies "No, we have more in the back!".
  • Literally Falling in Love: A variation at the end. When Kim and Ron are at the Prom and too nervous to make a move, Rufus jumps out of Ron's pocket and shoves the two close to each other to get them to start dancing.
  • Lock and Load Montage: After learning that Drakken supposedly kidnapped Erik, an angry Kim immediately busts out and suits up in her new, experimental battle suit.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: When Kim and Erik met for the first time, Ron sensed that a loop was forming that he wasn't in.
  • Love Epiphany: Happens for both Kim and Ron. Whilst Ron's is hard to pinpoint exactly note , his jealousy over Kim and Eric is very apparent. Kim's occurs towards the end, when, after feeling defeated and broken over being tricked by Drakken, as well as the possibility that she'll never find the right guy for her, Ron comes clean.
    Kim: You really think there's a guy out there for me?
    Ron: Out there... in here...
    Kim: (realizing what he's saying) O-Oh... Really?
  • Mind Probe: Drakken develops a Brain Tap Machine that he planned to use on Nakasumi to get a toy design, but was unable to because Shego failed to capture him (but thanks to her getting his coat, he still got one). However, he got a second chance to use it when he captured Dr. Possible for his Hephaestus Project knowledge. Unlike his previous mind reading devices, this one worked, with the added effect of giving James short term memory loss.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The movie begins with Drakken attempting to kidnap toy magnate Nakasumi, which is considerably small time compared to his other crimes. However, it then leads up to Drakken's greatest attempt to take over the world.
  • Moment Killer: Kim's graceful descent down the staircase is shattered when Jim and Tim come flying in on their rockets.
  • Mook Maker: Drakken apparently developed technology that enabled him to make synthetic minions called synthodrones. This turned out to be a Chekhov's Gun when he used it to create Eric.
  • My Way or the Highway: Big Daddy Brotherson makes it clear to Drakken that if he wants information, he'll have to play his 'silly games'.
  • Near Villain Victory: Drakken gets much closer to his goal of global domination than he ever did before, or ever would again.
  • Neon Sign Hideout: Drakken's lair in the Alps had a not-so-inconspicuous sign in from that said 'Secret Lair'.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Kim actually believes this is the reason she doesn't have a boyfriend yet, and her explanation is the page quote.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Apparently, Drakken has used synthodrones before. According to Shego, their fighting skills were improving and they might actually win in a fair fight, meaning that Drakken's past uses of them have been failures.
    • It seems Ron once mistook one of Kim's gadgets for nail polish and nearly melted his fingers off.
    • Ron has apparently tried to get the Cafeteria Lady fired, without success.
    • Apparently, the fire department has visited the Possible household so many times that they've advised Mr. and Mrs. Possible to forbid Jim and Tim from doing anymore fusion experiments.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Ron tells Kim that Erik can't come up into the treehouse with them and Rufus, Kim figures that Ron's just being immature...but then Ron explains that Erik really can't come up there with them because of the treehouse's weight limit.
  • Offhand Backhand: When the sumo ninja recovered from Kim's knock out gas and sneaked up on Ron from behind, Ron accidentally did this to him while he was cheering Kim on.
  • Official Couple: Kim and Ron, from So The Drama onward. Word of God is they were planned from the start, which is unsurprising. Word of God goes on to further state that if there were any doubts, their relationship from "Graduation" onwards will indeed continue and flourish and that they will be together forever.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Jim and Tim flash one when their father discovers they took his J-200 rocket fuel.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: When Drakken goes to Big Daddy Brotherson for information on the cybertronic tech he needs for his scheme, he's forced to play his 'silly games'. Afterwards, he ends up with what he thinks is a top secret code, but is really this. However, Brotherson gives him the real information he needs.
  • Override Command: The computer pad with the Hephaestus Project data was keyed to James' voice. When James said yes to Anne's offer for coffee, not knowing he had triggered the delete request, it nearly deleted the file. James ended up using this feature to keep the data from Drakken. Or at least he tried.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: Shego vents her frustration at returning empty-handed from the mission to capture Nakasumi:
    Minion: Brain Tap Machine ready for prisoner.
    Shego: There is no prisoner go tap yourself!
  • Photographic Memory: When James nearly accidentally deleted the Hephaestus Project data, he assured Anne he had the information memorized. This became a Chekhov's Gun when he had to delete it to keep it from Drakken. Unfortunately, it came back to bite him when Drakken revealed that he had a Brain Tap Machine that he had been dying to use.
  • Popularity Food Chain: Bonnie's taunts about this to Kim is what makes her nervous about the possibility of going to the prom with Ron as Just Friends. In the end after Drakken messes with her and Ron reveals his feelings for her, she decides that the food chain doesn't matter and takes Ron to the prom as her actual date.
  • Properly Paranoid: As Kim said, Nakasumi was right when he thought he was in some kind of danger.
  • Quiet Cry for Help: Ned (the previous manager of the local Bueno Nacho until one of Drakken's agents took over his job) tries to warn Ron that something is seriously wrong. Ron remains clueless until his attempt to complain to the company's CEO rings through to Dr. Drakken.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Bonnie and Brick. As Kim puts it during a conversation with Monique:
    "How many times can two people break up and get back together?"
  • Relationship Upgrade: Kim and Ron. Carries over to the Post-Script Season.
  • Remember The New Guys: Everyone acts like they're familiar with the synthodrones, despite this being literally the only time Drakken ever used them.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Eric (aka Synthodrone #901).
  • Robotic Reveal: "Actually here, I'm known as Synthodrone #901".
  • Romantic False Lead: Eric; Drakken WEAPONIZED the trope!
  • Say My Name: Ron to Drakken. Kim's arrival usually makes Drakken exclaim "Kim Possible!"
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Lars, Drakken's goon, yells really high pitched when he sees a Diablo robot coming at him.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Kim and Ron, originally and again in the second finale of the series.
  • Self-Serving Memory: While talking with Kim in the treehouse, Ron recalls a time he used his slingshot to keep Arnie Custer from hurting her. Kim then reminds him what actually happened was "I had to pull him off you because you beaned him with this slingshot."
    Ron: We were six, okay? The details are sketchy.
  • Series Fauxnale: It was intended as the Grand Finale, but then the show was renewed for a Post-Script Season.
  • Serious Business: Ron considers Bueno Nacho getting rid of their bendy straws crossing the line.
  • Shipper on Deck: Apparently, everyone at school besides Bonnie wanted to see Kim and Ron hook up.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the Action Prologue, the way the front giant claw of Shego's plane accidentally trapping the balloon strings is similar to how Batman used his Batwing to cut away Joker's balloons in the 1989 movie.
    • The art style and the music of the opening credits are also tributes to the Bond movie openings.
    • When Kim and Ron got a ride from a captain named Mr. Bailey who Kim saved from a hurricane, Kim said it wasn't like the hurricane was a a perfect storm, but it was okay.
    • Ned mentioning the possibility of Bueno Nacho putting in a playground and getting a spokesclown to go with the decision to have kiddie meals with toys is a reference to McDonald's.
  • Spy-Tux Reveal: After swimming ashore to Brotherson's lair, Ron strips off his scuba outfit to reveal a suit. It's not clear whether Kim does likewise or simply changes clothes while Ron looks away.
  • Squick: In-Universe. After being captured and The Reveal that Eric is a synthodrone, Ron squeals in disgust at the thought of Kim kissing a synthodrone. Kim admits she never kissed him, much to Ron's relief and joy, but then she says she wanted to.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Much to Kim and Ron's surprise, Nakasumi is revealed to be fluent in English.
  • Surprisingly Functional Toys: While on Nakasumi's jet back home, Ron and Rufus play with a remote control car, with Rufus in the driver seat.
    Ron: Rufus, I'm supposed to steer! Oh, come on!
  • That Man Is Dead: Invoked by Drakken when he tells James that he is no longer the man he knew in college (i.e Drew Lipski).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-universe example; Bueno Nacho goes under new management (courtesy of Dr. Drakken), and Ron gets upset over every change made to the restaurant. His Nostalgia Filter especially reaches its limit when the bendy straws are gone. Well, at least Drakken keeps it operational. Shego destroyed it in "A Sitch In Time".
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Eric really paid the price for making a nasty crack about Rufus.
    • Ron felt this way to Drakken for ruining Bueno Nacho, saying it was even worse than taking over the world.
  • Three Lines, Some Waiting: The film entailed three plot lines: Drakken's mysterious new scheme for taking over the world, Kim dealing with trying to find a date for the prom which leads to her meeting Erik, and Ron dealing with the recent changes that Bueno Nacho is undergoing. All three plotlines end up intersecting.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The first promo for the movie gave away the scene with Kim and Ron dancing at the prom at the end of the film. note 
  • Transforming Mecha: The Li'l Diablos, when Drakken triggers them.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Kim experienced this when Drakken and Shego kidnapped Erik until she found out the truth about him.
    • And once again before she punched Drakken across the room.
  • Ultimate Job Security: When Ron and Erik were having lunch, Ron mentioned to Erik you can not get the Cafeteria Lady fired.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: After getting Drakken's ultimatum demanding that she surrender to save Eric, Kim puts on the battlesuit:
    Wade: Kim, the battlesuit is still just experimental.
    Kim: It's about to get a road test.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mr. and Mrs. Possible aren't even shocked at the sight of Jim and Tim's rockets flying around the kitchen, calmly moving out of the way without looking.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Dr. Drakken keeps Shego in the dark about his plan to test whether it's clever enough to finally defeat Kim.
    Drakken: If you can't figure it out, she can't figure it out. And that means...
    Shego: (impressed) ...You just might win.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: After the Diablo plot is foiled, Drakken and Shego attempt to do this, only to be stopped by Ron and Kim respectfully. While Ron forced Drakken a Say My Name moment, Shego experienced a Disney Villain Death.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When Kim and Ron first encounter the sumo ninja at the beginning of the movie, his voice was deep and booming. However, due to receiving a nasty Wedgie from Ron during the fight, when they encounter him again at BN Headquarters during the climax, his voice is squeaky, to the point that Kim and Ron couldn't help but snicker. Ron even lampshades by telling him not to talk so not to ruin his mystique. Doubles since Kevin Michael Richardson does both the deep voice and the high squeaky voice!
  • Waving Signs Around: To get Naco Night back, Ron tries to circulate a petition. This plotline is only shown for one scene.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: One good puncture can drain the goo out of a synthodrone, destroying it.
  • Wham Line:
    Kim: Eric. (hugs him)
    Eric: Actually, here, I'm known as Synthodrone Number 901.
    Kim: (Oh, Crap! face)
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The petition Ron tried to circulate in order to get Nacho Night back was not seen again after its initial scene.
    • The whereabouts of the Diablos that hid after chasing Ron was never revealed.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Except for in Middleton, Drakken launches his Diablo army at the stroke of midnight.
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: After Shego terminates one of his synthodrones, Drakken makes this comment:
    "Shego! Must you always break my toys?!"
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Kim's eyes go wide and liquid with betrayal as Eric reveals he's not really her boyfriend, then they go tiny in pain as she's tasered.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Drakken pulled two of these in the movie. First, when he kidnapped Kim's father to lure her into a trap, it wouldn't have mattered if they escaped as he already got the cybertronic technology he needed from James' brain. The second one was to activate the Diablos in Middleton to distract Kim while Shego went to the prom and pretend to capture Eric, then have Eric taser her in case Shego lost.
  • You Have Failed Me: Subverted. Drakken drops Shego into a squad of attacking synthodrones after she returns without capturing Nakasumi. It turns out that he's just conducting a test of their combat ability and being a bit obnoxious.
    Shego: Okay, sport. Why are you all, (imitates Drakken's voice) "You have failed me for the last time!" Are you kidding me with that?
  • You're Insane!: Drakken's reaction when James deletes the Hephaestus Project file, calling him 'mad'.

Alternative Title(s): Kim Possible Movie So The Drama