Western Animation: Rated "A" for Awesome

Rated "A" for Awesome is a Canadian/American animated series. It focuses on the adventures of a group of "Awesomizers": Stepsiblings Les and Thera Awesome and their friends Lars, Noam, and pet monkey Mr. Twitchy, strive to make anything that's lame or "blah" awesome.


This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Holly Hotley never gets Les' name right, even calling him "Lindsey" on one occasion.
  • AI Is A Crap Shoot: Some of the machines the Awesomizers build end up turning on them, most notably ALEC, a smart computer designed to organise the school yearbook; It developed an unhealthy fixation with it's creator, Noam, and tried to get rid of the others.
  • Alpha Bitch: The Trishas.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Thera and her mom, Angelina. Though Thera's first name and their surname, Kerplopolis, seem to imply they're Greek.
  • Angst Nuke: Noam spent one episode wearing a device to remove his negative emotions (The "Blues Smoother"). The others, wanting the old Noam back, desecrate his favorite shirt, making him so angry that the Blues Smoother overloads and explodes.
  • Animal Testing: In "The Truth About Twitchy," Mr Twitchy is revealed to have escaped from a shampoo factory where the products are tested on monkeys.
  • Attention Whore: The Trishas in "When Mascots Attack"; When Lars is accepted onto the cheer squad, they put him in the "Growly Gopher" costume, so he won't draw attention away from them. When an Awesomization foils their plan, they leak the tech to the school's rivals, and start cheering for them instead.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Lester Awesome and Thera Kerplopolis-Awesome. Also their dad, Max Awesome.
  • Balloon Belly: A group of Mole Men get these in "Garbage In, Garbage Out" after eating lots of garbage. Unlike other examples, this is explained somewhat by the Mole Men having a fast metabolism (Which allows them to work off the weight just as quickly).
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The glambies in "Mall of the Living Dolls".
  • Blondes Are Evil: The Trishas.
  • Blow You Away: In "Go For The Gusto", Les develops a new martial art, "Gusto", adapted from fanning away bad odors. Waving his hands creates a whirlwind that carries away his opponents.
  • Call Back: "Against All Awesome" features flashbacks to "Melting The Ice," "Erik The Biking," and "Don't Judge A Mutant By Its Slobber."
  • Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin': Thera tries and fails to get detention in one episode.
  • Cats Are Mean: Holly's cat Tonga. She gets even worse when her intelligence is enhanced.
  • Convection Shmonvection: In "Silent Night, Awesome Night", the Awesomisers stand right next to a flow of lava with no ill effects (Noam even proclaims it to be the safest place to be when the lava threatens to engulf Glickersville).
  • Cool Loser: Team Awesome. Even though a lot of their inventions end up going wrong, you'd think they'd be considered cool by the other kids.
  • Cool Teacher: Mr. Fadenjeans.
  • Compelling Voice: Lars develops this in "Voice of Lars."
  • Criminal Amnesiac: In "Noam No More," Noam's attempt to improve his memory causes him to lose it. Chet finds him wandering around, completely unaware of who he is, and convinces him that he is "B.T.," his personal enforcer. Under Chet's control, Noam embarks on a reign of terror at the school, until his friends snap him out of it.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Les, Thera and Noam.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: From "Mall of the Living Dolls":
    Trishas: Hellooooo!
    Trisha #1: If anyone gets one of these awesome mega makeovers, it's uuuuus!
    Trisha #2: Although I seriously doubt it'll make us awesomer than we already are.
    Trisha #1: Unless it makes you more like me!
    Trisha #2: Or me more like you!
  • The Dividual: The Trishas are very rarely seen apart.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gus Tangerine framed Team Awesome for ruining Glickersville's birthday celebrations, simply because he had accidentally got caught in the crossfire of some Awesomisations gone awry.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The Incredi-Posse.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Captain Scar from "Never Judge A Mutant By Its Slobber".
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted with the Trishas. They're Book Dumb, but they can be pretty devious.
  • Dumb Muscle: Burt Chunder is this for Chet Flickman.
  • Eat the Evidence: In "ET Phone Noam", when Noam decides to leave with the aliens, Thera writes him a love letter confessing her feelings for him, telling him not to read it until he gets to his new home planet. When the aliens turn out to be evil and the group rescues Noam, he goes to read the letter, but Thera snatches it from him and gulps it down.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Trishas as glambies in "Mall of the Living Dolls".
  • Expy: Almost every member of Team Awesome has a L.O.S.E. counterpart.
    • Short team leader with a huge ego? Les/Voltar.
    • Tall scientist? Noam/Doktor Frogg.
    • Overly cheerful and kind of weird foreign guy? Lars/Red Menace.
      • They all even share the same voice actors.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Mr. Twitchy.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fluent In Gibberish: In "Always Be Awesome", Lars claims that gibberish is his second language.
  • Foreign Queasine: Many of Lars' Norgish food counts, particularly the pickled herring.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In "Thera's Brother the Car" at the costume party the Trishas are just wearing their usual cheerleader outfits.
  • Funny Foreigner: Lars.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Noam.
  • Gasshole: When the Power-Up Food mentioned below wears off, it causes the eater to belch loudly.
  • Geek Physiques: Noam is the tallest and lankiest of the group.
  • General Ripper: Captain Scar, from the game "Mutant Marauders."
  • Genius Ditz: Les is Book Dumb, but in "You've Got Blackmail" it's shown he can awesomize stuff all by himself.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Les. In one instance, they ponies on them, and in another, Crunch McPound, a local kung-fu celebrity.
  • Hypno Ray: In "Club Detention" they use one disguised as an apple on Vice Principal Nitpickler so they can turn the detention room into a club.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The Trishas are mirror versions of each other (one's hair parts to the left, the other one's hair parts to the right) and they often wear pink and white respectively.
  • Imagine Spot: In "Dental Denial" Thera has one about going to a Depraved Dentist.
  • In Medias Res: In "Sleep Smart" Les talks about The Cashola Company as if Team Awesome has been foiling their schemes for a long time, but they're never even mentioned in any episode before or after this.
  • In the Blood: In "Bend It Like Burt" this is how the gang find out Burt is of Norgish heritage.
  • Jerk Ass: Chet, Vice-Principal Nitpickler, and the Trishas.
    • Ned Falcon; A professional skater who entered a small-town contest, knowing full well he would outclass most of the other contestants.
  • Jerk Jock: Burt Chunder.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: When a bolt of lightning hits Noam's Clothes Picker Upper 3000, it causes all the clothes it was used on to come to life.
  • Love at First Punch: Chet develops a crush on Thera when she sprays him with ketchup. He loses it when she acts nice towards him later on.
  • Moving the Goalposts: In "You've Got Blackmail" the Trishas do this with Les, blackmailing him with an embarrassing video to force him to make things for them.
  • Noodle People
  • Odd Friendship: The Trishas and Holly. Sometimes the Trishas treat Holly like a servant, but other times Holly thinks for herself and they're still friends with her.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In "Bend It Like Burt" Thera manages to kick a soccer ball to herself this way.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with the Trishas.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In "Mall of the Living Dolls" the Trishas are turned into glambies (fashion obsessed zombies) when they go into Noam's makeover machine at the same time, causing it to malfunction. They turn other people into glambies by forcing them into the same machine.
  • People Puppets: In "Dancing More Or Les", One of Noam's inventions turns Les into a willing version, perfectly replicating Thera's dance moves.
  • Perky Goth: One is a minor character.
  • Personality Swap: Thera and Chet experience this in "Merry-Go-Round of Doom", as does Les and Lars during the process of fixing it (And even Les's dad and Mr. Twitchy).
  • Popular Is Dumb: Chet, Burt and the Trishas. Subverted with Thera sometimes, as she's smart, but how popular she is depends on the episode.
  • Power-Up Food: An attempted to Awesomize Lars' pickled fishengars turns them into this. Each kind of fish temporarily grants a different power:
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: In "Always Be Awesome" when Noam tries to scan Mr. and Mrs. Awesome with his awesomeness scanner.
  • Refugee from TV Land: In "Don't Judge A Mutant By Its Slobber", the team's attempt to "awesome-ize" a video game results in the games Sergeant Rock protagonist and mutant villains escaping into the real world.
  • Rich Bitch: Chet, in a rare male example.
  • Ruritania: Lars hails from the country of "Norg".
  • Sadist Teacher: Vice-principal Nitpickler. She makes up school rules just so she can put kids in detention for breaking them.
  • Screamer Prank: In "Bad News Noam" the gang puts one on Noam's computer in one of their attempts to overload his Blues Smoother.
  • Ship Tease: Thera and Noam.
  • Shout-Out: The title of the episode "A Nightmare on Glicker Street".
  • Similar Squad: In one episode, the team meet the "Incredi-Posse", a group of farm kids who resemble them (With a bipedal dog to match Mr. Twitchy) and "Incredi-whack" boring things.
    • In "Too Many Monkeys," a newly super-intelligent Twitchy creates monkey versions of Team Awesome.
  • Single-Minded Twins: The Trishas, to the point where they sometimes get confused.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Happens to Les in one episode where he loses his baggy trunks at the local water park. As he is sneaking around naked trying to get them back, the trunks get jammed in one of the water jets and threaten to cause an explosion. Made even funnier by the fact that this happened after he criticised Lars for wearing a tight thong.
  • Status Quo Is God: In "Best Frenemies Forever," Les exposes Chet's music video as a fake, causing him to be shunned by everyone and cut off by his father. Team Awesome takes him in, but finds him so annoying that they are left with no choice but to restore his reputation.
  • Subliminal Advertising: In "Sleep Smart" nearly everyone in town is hypnotised by a commercial so they'll buy a terrible potato-flavored soda.
  • The Game Come to Life: In "Don't Judge A Mutant By it's Slobber", an attempt to turn "Mutant Marauders" into a virtual reality game results in the characters coming to life.
  • The Twelve Principles of Animation: One of the few CG animated shows to incorporate Squash and Stretch.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Taken Up to Eleven with the Trishas.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Lars' family all look exactly like him.
  • Unexplained Accent: Thera's mother Angelina is of Greek descent, but has a Mid-Atlantic accent akin to Katharine Hepburn, while no-one else on their side of the family has such an accent.
  • Valley Girl: The Trishas, especially in "Mall of the Living Dolls" after they're turned into Glambies and their accents are exaggerated further.
  • Which Me?: Averted with the Trishas. When someone just says "Trisha" without specifying which one, the Trishas somehow know which one they're referring to.
  • You Are the New Trend: In "Thera's Awesome Date With Destiny" Noam's big clown-esque shoes become a trend when the Trishas mistake his uncaring, nonconformist attitude for coolness, much to his annoyance.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Played with. In "Thera's Awesome Date With Destiny", Noam's "Fateinator" depicts Thera at the prom with Chet. Her attempts to prevent this results in the image changing to show her with someone even more repugnant. The last time it is used, she is with someone whose face is hidden, but has shoes similar to Noam's...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Les. Also, Thera has purple hair, and Noam has green.
  • You Must Be This Tall To Ride: The plot of "Armed and Dangerous" is started by Les being frustrated at not being allowed to use any of the exhibits at his dad's lab due to height restrictions. Even the shrink ray.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: In "Dental Denial" Thera doesn't just need a breath mint, she needs a dentist.
  • Your Head Asplode: Burt's reaction to Chet being charitable after a Personality Swap with Thera.
  • You Mean Xmas: Norgish people call Christmas "Glindermaus".

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Rated A For Awesome