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Western Animation: Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
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Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja is an animated action/comedy series on Disney XD by Titmouse Inc. (Motorcity) and Boulder Media (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends).

Norrisville High School is a frequent target of monsters, robots, and bullying. For years, the student body has been protected by "The Ninja". At the start of his freshman year, the unlikely Randy Cunningham is chosen to be the next Ninja. Joined by his best friend Howard, Randy must protect the school from the likes of monsters sent to destroy him by the evil McFist Corporation as well as keep his new identity a secret. SO much better than it sounds.

If the character designs seem familiar to you, chances are you've seen Invader Zim, since they were designed by Jhonen Vasquez, and the series' general art style takes on a lot of his influence.

Tropes Include:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Ninja Sword can cut through anything... but stupidity.
  • Adorkable: Randy and Howard, but especially Randy.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Howard in "The Ninja Supremacy" when he substitutes for an amnesia struck Randy until the end when Randy has regained his ninja memories.
  • Affectionate Parody: Jackie Cous, an artist for the show, has said the show "doesn't take itself seriously and pokes fun at a lot of the tropes and cliches, rather than falling right into them un-ironically."
  • All In The Manual: You can learn more of the story if you play the game "Enter the Ninjanomicon".
  • All Part of the Show: In Grave Puncher: The Movie!, everyone assumes that a giant version of the Grave Puncher coming to life and attacking everyone is part of the movie.
  • Artistic License - History: Done deliberately because the show doesn't take itself seriously. Norrisville is somehow 800 years oldnote , and a flashback in "Sorcerer in Love" shows that it was somehow culturally Japanese back then, but inhabited by mostly white people.
  • Art Shift: The Ninjanomicon is in a sort of traditional Japanese cut-out style, while Randy stays in the usual style even while in the book's world.
  • As You Know: Randy and the viewers learned about Terry McFist (Hannibal's big brother) being the real heir to McFist Industries and yearly signing over the company to Hannibal when he overheard Viceroy reminding Hannibal of that fact.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Randy was The Ninja's biggest fan in middle school, and now he himself has become The Ninja.
  • Asteroids Monster: The mutant potatoes from Attack of the Killer Potatoes. Cutting them just multiplies them as Randy found out and he had to use Viceroy's robot to mash the potatoes to defeat them.
  • Attack the Tail: Randy does this twice in Viva El Nomicon to destroy two monsters. However, the second time played straight into Viceroy's hands (see also Bears Are Bad News below).
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The only way to "destank" someone, is to destroy the thing they hold most dear (mostly a item of some kind), it's the only way to free them from their monster state. Fortunately for Randy, the monsters tend to have the item on them after they were stanked.
    • Can also become a bit of a difficulty curve if the dearest possession in question is something abstract such as a relationship or winning streak.
  • Attention Deficit... Is That a Choco Fountain?!
  • Badass: Randy Cunningham.
  • Bears Are Bad News: In Viva El Nomicon Randy fought a Mexican Death Bear. Debbie Kang thinks they are cute though and even dresses-up as one on Halloween.
  • Bee Bee Gun: in the form of the Ninja Bee Ball.
  • Berserk Button: The robo-apes actually have a built in one.
    Mcfist: WHY DID YOU BUILD A APE-MODE!?! (Runs from rampaging robo-ape.)
  • Better The Devil You Know: In the episode featuring Hannibal MsFist's brother Terri, the Ninjanomicon lampshaded the trope by bringing up the possibility of the unknown ally being more dangerous than the known enemy.
    • In an episode where Randy outs McFist as a villain, he ends up having to restore his reputation as Hannibal's stank'd form brought about by his distress is far too powerful for Randy to defeat.
  • Black and Nerdy: Viceroy.
  • Blind Black Guy: S.Ward Smith the metal shop teacher. He still able to craft some amazing swords and can make surprisingly balloon swords.
  • Brain Uploading: While it does have written words, the Ninjanomicon puts Randy into a drooling state and spells out a somewhat cryptic answer to whatever question he asked but likes to do so by throwing him into a sort of surreal world inside the book.
    • When a Ninja's duty is done they "learn" the "Ultimate Lesson" and upload all what they have learned into the Ninjanomicon for future Ninja's to learn.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Randy: [Debby Kang's] whole report was in Spanish, so she may have been giving a flan recipe.
    Howard: (looks directly at the screen) Man, how good is flan?
  • Broken Streak: Norrisville High's Chess Team has defeated Flackville High's eleven times in a row. When they tried the twelfth time, Hannibal McFist replaced one of Flackville's players with a robot that broke that streak, making several Norrisville students depressed enough to be stanked by the Sorcerer. The students reverted back to normal when Howard Weinerman, who knows practically everything about chess except for the pieces' names, defeated the robot.
  • Blatant Lies: In 'Wave Slayers', when Randy asks the Ninjanomicon what he should do after breaking one of the team's vehicles and instead of giving him a cryptic answer like usual, the book very clearly tells Randy to own up to his mistakes. Randy, however, pretends not to understand.
  • Blob Monster: In Monster Dump, they start off harmless, but then get deadly later on. The only one that stayed harmless was Nicholas.
  • The Bully: Bash.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The Ninja of '85, instead of curing Dickie, he froze Stanked!Dickie to attend prom instead and leaves the problem for a future Ninja (Randy) to deal with.
  • The Cameo: There's been a strange orange-haired man with a fedora hat since #1, who is implied to have given Randy the Ninja suit and Ninjanomicon. You have to be really looking to spot him in the episodes that come by.
  • The Corrupter: The Sorcerer stanking people count as this.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Terry McFist fears to become like this like his father and brother.
  • Calling Your Attacks: More of Randy's choice rather than anything else.
    • Also taken Up to Eleven in that he calls out everything. "Ninja Sprint!" "Ninja Stop Ninja Stop Ninja Stop!" "NINJA FLIP!" "Ninja Rotating-Table-Slide!"
  • Cassandra Truth: Randy knows Hannibal is an enemy, but due to the public being useless in connecting two-and-two together, Hannibal says nobody will believe the ninja.
    • In "McOneArmed and Dangerous", the trope was subverted all this time when Randy did try to tell everyone the truth and it took a while before everyone believed him but subverted back to this trope when Randy convinced the town that McFist was not a villain
  • Chekhov's Armory: Randy uses several of the weapons, attacks, and lessons he's accumulated over the course of the first season to fight the Sorcerer in the 13th Century. He fails.
  • Christmas Episode: Silent Punch, Deadly Punch
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Ninja Suit.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Randy is definitely more than a bit odd and spastic, though he is often Closer to Earth than his best friend Howard.
  • Crazy-Prepared: What kind of Mad Scientist would Viceroy be if he didn't have a killer robot with him everywhere he goes?
  • Creepy Cemetery: There's one in Night of the Living McFizzles.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: McFist when the ninja stop the Shark-Dermanator from killing him and Viceroy and sending it back to the lake to sleep.
    Randy: Wait, i'll pay for saving your life.
    Viceroy: You gotta give it to him baby, he's consistent.
  • Continuity Nod: Randy still has the Healing Hands as of Silent Punch, Deadly Punch.
    • As a whole the show seems to be pretty good with obeying its continuity.
  • Dance Battler: So U Think U Can Stank gives us this in the form of Stank'd dancers. It proves to be a double edged sword, however, as their thing held most dear WAS their dance moves. Randy simply trips them for a De-Stanking.
  • Darker and Edgier: Nukid on the Block. If Howard didn't step in and help, McFist would have won.
    • The show is slowly edging towards this, while it never stops being goofy the villains are becoming more Genre Savvy and the stakes are getting higher.
    • In Stanks Like Teen Spirit, so much chaos was caused that The Sorcerer nearly escaped.
  • Demonic Possession: Howard was possessed by the Tengu.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Viceroy is pretty much in permanent snark mode, especially around McFist.
  • Dem Bones: Jerry Driscoll.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Hannibal McFist is this to the general public, who in turn adore him a lot for being the head of the city's major consumer products company. It's incredible how everybody ignores the right cyborg arm with a brain with eyes on the wrist. That is SO TOTALLY not evil-looking, oh no!
  • Didn't Think This Through: In The McHuggers Games, the Ninja stole a McHugger from Hannibal McFist before the product was available in stores. Knowing the Ninja, like every other highschooler in Norrisville, would be attracted to the publicity event created to advertise the McHuggers, Viceroy sent a robot to the event and programmed it to attack whoever was wearing McHuggers, thinking the Ninja would be the only one. He forgot that, given the publicity campaign's goal, the spokesman would be wearing one as well.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Sorceress to the Sorcerer. Supposedly they were boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Distressed Dudes Both Howard and Randy respectively. Makes sense that while Howard was the primary dude in distress in a lot of episodes (both older and recent episodes), Randy is slowly becoming this in the more recent episodes since the show itself is getting darker and edgier.
  • The Dragon: Hannibal McFist to The Sorcerer.
  • Dumb Jock/Popular Is Dumb: Bash doesn't have a whole lot going on upstairs.
  • Ear Worm: In-universe, the theme song of Whoopee World (which kind of sounds like the Six Flags theme "We Like to Party" with the words "whoop and whoopee").
  • Epic Fail: Randy's first attempt at fixing his sword. Not even a blinder clip, duct tape, stamps, bandaids, cement, paper clips, and string could keep it together.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Howard Weinerman doesn't believe isosceles triangles are real.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies/Our Zombies Are Different/Technically Living Zombie: In Night of the Living McFizzles they are not really dead but look like it and they crave candy.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: One of the Stank'd monsters forged his own samurai armor to protect itself.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The McFist Corporation has a rather foreboding structure set up in the middle of the city. Though personally it looks more like a futuristic pyramid than a tower.
  • Eyedscreen
  • Fat and Skinny: Howard and Randy respectively.
  • Final Battle: In "Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key" Randy and Howard learn from the Nomicon that the final battle with the Sorcerer is approaching. Naturally, Randy is freaked out.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Dickie, who was from '85, was unfrozen in the present day.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Foreshadowing: When the first ninja saved Randy from the Sorcerer attack, some of the sorcerer orbs scattered, with one being found by Catfish Booray.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In Dawn of the Driscoll, Randy is able to sneak into McFist's house... because McFist thinks he's just a kid trick-or-treating dressed as The Ninja.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: This show is really big on sight gags, most notably with the neon scribbles that appear, but also try pausing to see how much Randy and Howard spent on McFist Industries items next time you're watching McFists of Fury for absolute hilarity.
  • Full-Name Basis: Randy and Howard both call Debbie Kang by her whole name when they mention her.
  • Gasshole: Ironically played with, since the robo rhino scans then farts a conjuring of your worse fears. McFist Lampshades this by saying it feels like a cheap gag.
    • Then theres McFist older brother wind power idea.
      • Barnabutt Jones. Nuff said.
  • Genre Savvy: McFist reveals he is this in Silent Punch, Deadly Punch when Randy sneaks into his house.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Freeing the Tengu and allowing it to possess Howard so that Randy can control him with the suit. Randy refuses when Howard asks him never to do it again, implying it may be needed in the future.
  • Good Is Boring: Howard asks Randy why he (Howard) can't be the nice judge in So U Think U Can Stank. Two seconds later, he laughs at it with Randy.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: The Ninjanomicon. It has all the accumulated knowledge of all previous Ninjas.
  • Gym Class Hell: Coach Green makes these with his strange ideas for activities like flamethrower jump-rope.
  • Gym Class Rope Climb: The plot of The Tale of the Golden Doctor's Notes is how to get out of Coach Green's version of it.
  • Halloween Episode: In order, Dawn of the Driscoll and Night of the Living McFizzles, taking place right after one another on the same Halloween.
  • Handbag of Hurt: A giant, killer robot made out of satchels to be precise.
  • Happy Flashback: The Sorcerer had this in Stank'd to the Future to the 1985. It just showed him sitting annoyed in his prison, as a different rat did the moon walk.
    • Hannibal McFist had one in McOne Armed and Dangerous. It was similar to the one Anton Ego had in Ratatouille.
  • Herowith Bad Publicity: Averted, due to the ninja being a protector of the school and by extension the town for 800 years, the ninja is practically a celebrity in the eyes of the townsfolk.
  • Healing Hands: Deconstructed. Randy learns to shoot healing beams out of his palms, with knowledge obtained from a forbidden section of the Ninjanomicon, leading him to accidentally reanimate the skeleton of an evil mad scientist.
  • Henshin Hero: Randy becomes The Ninja by putting on the mask of the suit, complete with Transformation Sequence.
    Howard: All dressed? Good.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: The Ninja operates in broad daylight and has been a highly regarded public figure for years.
  • High School
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Possibly subverted, seeing as they were robots.
  • Human Popsicle: Stanked!Dickie was frozen by the Ninja of '85 and awoken in present day when the power to the school freezer was cut.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Subverted Catfish Booray isn't going to eat Howard, His brainwash animal army will.
  • I Am Spartacus: How Howard foiled McFist's and Viceroy's plan using the Truth Tone to find out who the Ninja is in 30 Seconds to Math.
  • I Love the Dead: Mrs. Driscoll brings around her deceased husband's bones and still makes out with him... yeeeeeeeah...
  • Improvised Weapon User: Randy seems to be a fan of this trope when he does not use the weapons in the suit.
  • Invisible Parents: With the notable exception of Hannibal McFist and his wife Marci Johnson, we don't see any parent yet (unless you count Bucky's mother). In fact, we don't know Randy's family yet.
    • Downplayed in Evil Spirit Week when Howard's father was shown in a flashback. We can't see his face, though.
    • We finally can see Mort Weinerman, Howard and Heidi's father, in "On the Poolfront".
  • Is This Thing Still On?: In "McOne Armed and Dangerous", the Ninja's efforts to denounce Hannibal McFist during a public event would have been in vain if not for this trope.
  • Jerkass: In So U Think U Can Stank Howard acts like this a few times, but he becomes popular when exploiting it while being a judge in the school's talent show. Randy was the one to suggest this to him, and it inadvertently makes every single downcast participant turn into hideous monsters for Randy to fight behind the curtains.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A stanked Scorpion centaur robot.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The Ninja Air Fist.
  • Kick the Dog: Viceroy and Mc Fist were jerks to that Shark Kaiju with the dry skin.
  • Kid Hero: Also see Affectionate Parody above.
    • Later deconstructed, as at least one of the past ninjas has abused his power. Mac Antfee, the ninja of 1985, locked a kid in a freezer rather than destank him so he could have time to go to prom. This resulted in the kid being trapped in monster form for over 20 years. He was also extremely violent, resulting in the Ninjanomicon having to expel him of its abilities so he couldn't abuse it any further.
  • Kill It with Fire: The weakness of the Blob monster in Monster Dump.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: This one after Viceroy shows McFist the zombie making candy.
    Viceroy: Congratulation, you created a confection of mass destruction.
    McFist: (gives annoyed look) Proud of yourself for that one?
    Viceroy: A little.
    • From Nukid on the Block:
    Randy: Well, I guess you have to know the difference between your Franz and your enemies!
    Howard: Too soon, Ninja. Too soon.
  • Large Ham: "I NEED! TO USE! THE BATHROOM!"
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Randy spends most of Gossip Boy searching for a "Mind Wipe" in the Ninjanomicon. There isn't one that can be used. Only a piece of wisdom, "The way to forget, is to remember".
  • Last Name Basis:
    • Howard pretty much exclusively calls Randy by his last name.
    • Hannibal McFist is called by his last name by everyone except his wife and his brother. Sometimes by Viceroy as well.
    • Viceroy is always referred to by his last name. According to Dawn of the Driscoll and the "Enter the Ninjanomicon" game, his full name is Willem Viceroy III.
  • Legacy Hero: Every four years a new ninja is chosen to protect Norrisville High.
  • Losing Horns: A running gag is that the trombone player for the marching band will pop up, and play a Type B when something bad happens.
  • Mad Scientist: Both Jerry Driscoll and Viceroy. There's even a university for mad scientists.
  • Magic Knight: The Ninja; intense melee skills and weaponry along with mystical Elemental Powers and Ki Attacks.
  • Mask of Power: The Ninja mask, creates the suit.
  • MacGyvering: "All I need is some chewed gum, a pencil, and that thing Flute Girl plays."
  • Mecha-Mooks: Robo-Apes are this to McFist, though we see them doing a multitude of things, including fighting The Ninja and catering McFist social events.
    • They even have there own King Mook in the form of one having a built-in mohawk.
  • Mistaken Identity: In Bash Johnson: 11th Grade Ninja, Bash is mistaken for the ninja and gets all the adulation and is almost killed by McFist's robo-apes.
    • During Randy's first run-in with Catfish Booray, Randy introduced himself as "Reginald Bagel", leading Booray to believe that to be the Ninja's true identity. It's revealed in a later episode there is a boy named Reginald Bagel and the Ninja has to protect him from McFist.
  • Monster of the Week: Alternates between McFist and Viceroy's mechanical monstrosities and The Sorcerer turning people in despair to monsters.
  • Mook Maker: Randy actually get this one, in the form of Earth Attack. At first it went kinda wrong as Randy accidentally created a monster sandworm but played straight with the Sandja's.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Krakenstein.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Bucky at the end of Got Stank?
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: You wonder how most everyone in Norrisville doesn't suspect someone named Hannibal McFist is evil, though that might be part of the joke since it is lampshaded.
  • Ninja: The Ninja.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Escape from detention island is like one HUGE showing of this trope.
    • When Mac Antfee returns, he's a motivational speaker and becomes nice, Randy believes it's an act and reminds Mac of the ninja mask with all it's cool weapons, powers, and the Nomicon, causing Mac to turn back to his old self while practically exposing himself as the ninja. Randy also accuses the Nomicon of doing this for not mind wiping Mac when it fired him as the ninja.
    • Those pale in comparison to when Randy and Howard broke into McFist's Time Machine and went back in time to the day the original Ninja imprisoned the Sorcerer. They altered the past, freeing the Sorcerer. And Mc Fist wasn't even planning to use the time machine to do anything to harm the Ninja and / or free the Sorcerer.
  • No Indoor Voice: McFist seems almost entirely unable to keep himself from yelling. About anything.
  • Noodle Incident: How Jerry Driscoll became a skeleton.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In-universe, there was a misunderstanding with a student named Becky when she was only just bloated.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even science teacher Mrs. Driscoll calls the girl who plays flute in the marching band "Flute Girl."
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Out of Order: There is a bit of it in the show.
    • Viva El Nomicon chronologically should be before the Halloween Episodes, Dawn of the Driscoll and Night of the Living McFizzles, because that is when McFist bought Whoopee World.
    • Ninja Camp was supposed to air immediately after Silent Punch, Deadly Punch, but Stank'd to the Future aired instead.
    • Evil Spirit Week chronologically should be before Silent Punch, Deadly Punch because that is when Randy gained the ability of Ninja Rage.
  • Perky Goth: Julian
  • Posthumous Character: Jerry Driscoll.
  • Prophet Eyes: The Sorcerer.
  • Pungeon Master: Jerry Driscoll sure loves his skeleton puns but somewhat understandable since he's a living skeleton at the time.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Catfish is definately this.
  • Red Right Hand: Hannibal McFist has an artificial arm that seems to have a mind of its own. Literally, you can see parts of a brain inside of it.
  • Red Shirts: Mac Antfee has an army of these (though they're technically Mooks), they're even called that.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: When the Sorcerer's past was altered and his eight-century-long imprisonment erased, he still remembered it. Later, when Randy and the original Ninja imprisoned the Sorcerer back in the 13th century, Present-time Sorcerer didn't forget his brief freedom.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: In 30 Seconds to Math, Howard does this to his sister Heidi's guitar; he does this to smash the Truth Tone which also inadvertently disqualified Heidi from the Battle of the Bands by lack of instrument. Bash also jumped on his turntables, presumably for the same reason.
  • Running Gag: Just about every time Randy uses the Nomicon, he either gets hit on the way down or drools.
    • The Principal's car is destroyed nearly every episode.
  • Sadist Teacher: The gym teacher is either this or just insane. Case in point, he wanted the group to play a sport he invented that involved a flamethrower.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: McFist.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: It even doubles as both a rope and a whip!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Sorcerer
  • Secret Identity: Randy has a hard time grasping this concept.
  • Secret Keeper: Howard
  • Sequel Hook: The end of "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja" suggests Catfish Booray will become a regular antagonist in later episodes.
  • Servile Snarker: Viceroy.
  • Shadow Archetype: Mac Antfee was the '85 ninja, and although he had some skill like Randy, he had none of Randy's good qualities, like how Randy tries to make up for his mistakes and stop monsters at personal cost. In fact, Mac was essentially fired, and he wanted revenge.
  • Share Phrase: Randy likes using the Catch Phrase "What the juice?!" so much that other characters eventually say this.
    • He has a number of other Catch Phrases in the form of odd euphemisms and lingo, such as "that's the cheese" (that's the best), "so honkin' bruce" (that's freaking awesome), "shnasty" (extremely gross), and "so wonk" (so lame). The fandom likes using these a lot too.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Between Randy and Theresa, several times throughout the show.
    • More subtly between Randy and Heidi at the end of Grave Puncher: The Movie.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sick and Wrong: These types of events happens and Randy usually responds with "Shnasty."
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Brent, S. Ward Smith's apprentice, is apparently this towards Howard.
  • Skewed Priorities: Averted. A teacher wasn't gonna let Randy get his backpack during a drill. Even if he's standing very close to it.
    • Played straight in "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja", out of fear McFist was implementing another evil plan, Randy and Howard decided to sneak away from the tour at McFist Industries. When a student reported them to Principal Slimovitz, Slimovitz ignored them and had the other students do the same and keep their eyes on the "tattle-tale" because he hates tattle-tales more than he hates troublemakers. Not knowing it'd somehow result in the Sorcerer being free does not excuse him.
  • Slow Clap: Howard (and Randy) received one in Gossip Boy.
  • Smoke Out: "Smoke bomb!"
  • Spit Take: In Gossip Boy, Randy did this when Howard mentioned that he knows who the Ninja is live on Heidi's blog show.
  • Squee: Debbie Kang's reaction when finding out there's a Mexican Death Bear at school.
  • Status Quo Is God: In "McOne Armed and Dangerous", Hannibal McFist's status as a Villain with Good Publicity is destroyed thanks to the Ninja telling the people about McFist's attempts to have him killed and McFist falling victim to Is This Thing Still On?. The Sorcerer then Stanks McFist. After McFist is brought back to normal, the Ninja decides to restore his reputation by claiming McFist only tried to kill him because he had been turned into a monster. It happened to so many students before everyone in Norrisville bought that and called off the boycott on McFist Industries.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-universe, in Escape from Detention Island, Randy as both himself and the Ninja tries to help the students with their punishments but the Disciplinarian considers it cheating and amps up the danger making it worse.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Hannibal McFist once tried to destroy the Ninja with an Powered Armor. When the Ninja removed the helmet, he assumed McFist was being forced. McFist tried to play along but the Ninja wondered why somebody would force him. Since McFist failed to come up with an excuse, the Ninja figured out McFist is a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Randy and Howard meet McFist at Bash's birthday party, Randy at fist spoke like he already met McFist before, forgetting that, up to this point, it was only as "The Ninja" he already met him. His efforts to mask that slip was claiming they never met before. Howard then added that McFist's stepson Bash wasn't a jerk.
    • Randy was specifically invoking this trope in Wave Slayers to avoid having to confess the truth when the Ninjanomicon told him to fess up about what happened to Buttermaker.
  • There Was a Door: In Got Stank?, Stanked!Bucky busts through walls instead of going through doors or even windows.
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game: Viceroy created Jack Hammer's control as an arcade machine so that the perfect beings could control it. Teenagers, which is made worse because Howard is one playing the game doesn't believe Randy about it being this trope due to him messing with Howard's head at the arcade.
  • Threatening Shark: Kaiju level.
  • Time Machine: McFist had Viceroy build one in "Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja". To Viceroy's disappointment, instead of using it to destroy the Ninja, McFist wanted to use it to travel back to a time his favorite breakfast cereal still hasn't been discontinued.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja follows this to a T. When the past was altered so the Sorcerer's imprisonment never happened, it got the Sorcerer free but didn't change the world in any way that reflected the damages he would have caused during eight centuries of altered history. No explanations were given.
  • Totally Radical: It's hard not to find it charming in a dorky way though.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: McFist and his wife, Marci.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: McFist.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: How the "candy zombies" from Night of the Living McFizzles were defeated.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Less "Save the World" and more "Save the school too."
  • Wham Episode: Randy Cunningham and the Sorcerer's Key revealed that Randy will be the ninja to partake in the final battle with the Sorcerer.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: Viceroy once invented a robot that created personifications of people's fears. Randy fears chickens (McFist and Viceroy were disappointed); Heidi Weinerman fears looking like her mother in the future; Viceroy fears the kid who used to bully him at school; McFist fears clowns; and Bucky is afraid of minotaurs playing smooth jazz.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In The McHuggers Games, McHuggers, a McFist product Randy stole as the Ninja, is the item of interest of the episode that Randy learns that it is wrong to steal even from his enemy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Randy has a fear of chickens (Also roosters).
    • In fact Rhinosaurus' power was to INVOKE this trope
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: Was seen in Evil Spirit Week
  • X Meets Y: The Mask meets ninjas. Just watch this video parody.
  • Zerg Rush: Robo-Apes usual tactic when fighting the Ninja. This actually becomes effective when they go berserk and attack everything else, rendering Randy unable to stop all their rampages.

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