Western Animation: Randy Cunningham Ninth Grade Ninja
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja is an animated action/comedy series on Disney XD by Titmouse Inc. (Motorcity) and Boulder Media (The Amazing World of Gumball).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 JhonenVasquez, and the series' general art style takes on a lot of his influence.
Actor Allusion: It's stated in the intro song Randy is "Bruce". The Brazilian lyrics went further and said he's Bruce Lee.
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."
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.
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 Mc Fist 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.