YMMV: Codename: Kids Next Door
Kids Next Door Mission
Codename: Kids Next Door is a show where Your Mileage May Vary. Kids may actually like this show, and even teens and adults. However, some may not like it based on its premise.
- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Are The Little Traitor Dudes For Children's Defense, the "negative" counterparts of The Delightful Children From Down The Lane really good guys or just bad guys who were brainwashed just like their counterparts?
- Is the global organization a rebellious group of kids devoted to defying adult authority? or a benevolent, somewhat Knight Templar-ish group protecting the children of the world from those that wish to harm or unjustly oppress them? Although OP: Z.E.R.O. seems to confirm on the latter, some viewers tend to scale strictly on the former.
- Is Father a psycho (with a convincing Freudian Excuse) suffering from Villain Decay, or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds?
- The entire show is a game a bunch of kids are playing, or a story they made up. (This theory seems to be gaining ground on 4chan)
- And adding on to that theory, Numbuh One is a kid who possibly moved away or died. Likely the former, because Numbah One eventually returns.
- Author's Saving Throw: Adulthood being equated to a "disease" by a representative of the Galactic KND was seen by a few viewers as seeming just a bit too outlandish for the series. The April Fools' Day Viral Marketing has since revealed the Galactic KND to be Scary Dogmatic Aliens, somewhat amending this particular complaint.
- Badass Decay: In Operation: Z.E.R.O, Father loses his role as the sinister main villain when Grandfather takes over.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E.", Numbuh One goes Hulk and briefly fights off all of the U.S. forces before they Zerg Rush him and he wakes up from what appears to be a normal dream. It makes slightly more sense in context. The apparent assumption was he realized it was a dream, and thus he could do almost anything he wants.
- Crazy Awesome: EVERYONE. even the little KND operatives.
- Creepy Cute: The titular lice is "Operation: L.I.C.E."—they eat hair and sport some rather impressive fangs, but the bugs are rather adorable. Especially the baby lice seen on Numbah Two near the end.
- Crosses the Line Twice: According to a brief line Grandma Stuffem sings in "Op: FOODFITE," her giant "Slamwitch" is "made of cheese and puppy feet!" After a culmination of Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick lyrics that get progressively squickier, it's darkly hilarious.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The rock opera episode, complete with a score by GWAR, who re-performed the song themselves after being unable to find stock copies. The episode was mostly Squick but the music was awesome.
- Designated Villain: Done deliberately with Professor XXXL, who in all his appearances is just trying to create the perfect snowcone, but the KND always ruin his plans thinking he is doing something evil. Even Numbah One knows his plan and goes along with it, and the kicker was he actually tried the perfect snow-cone before he was taken back by his friends.
- Ear Worm
- Rainbow Monkeys, Rainbow Monkeys...
- And the opening theme. (Dun nun nun NUN nun . . .)
- Robin Food's theme tune.
- HIP HOP. HIP HOP. GONNA DROP DA BUNNY!
- "Operation: F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E."? ALL OF IT
- Ensemble Darkhorse
- Rachel, a.k.a. Numbuh 362, who literally ate her way through brocoli to stop the spread of it.
- Sector Z from Operation: Z.E.R.O.. Who developed a huge fanbase after only five minutes of screentime.
- Tommy Gilligan, a.k.a. The Tommy, Numbuh Two's younger brother. He was a big secondary character later in the series, but only because of his popularity early on.
- Evil Is Cool: Father, a pitch-black Man on Fire and Magnificent Bastard with a terrifyingly hammy voice.
- Fan-Preferred Couple
- Numbuh OneÎNumbuh Five
- Numbuh OneÎNumbuh 362
- Numbuh TwoÎNumbuh 86
- Numbuh ThreeÎFour were this in the first season thanks to fan reaction to "Operation: O.F.F.I.C.E.". The escalating Ship Tease in the subsequent seasons upgraded them into Official Couple status. Even the last episode revealed that they'd be husband and wife.
- Numbuh 65.3ÎLizzie: They're both glasses-wearing geeks. In "Operation: L.E.A.D.E.R.", Lizzie pretends to flirt with him and says she likes his pocket protector, making 65.3 blush. In "Operation: G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D.", 65.3 tells Nigel to say "hi" to Lizzie for him.
- Foe Yay: Numbuh Five and Heinrich Von Marzipan.
- There's definitely some between Numbuh One and Chad Dickson, as well. "Operation: T.R.E.A.T.Y." is fodder for it with the Chained Heat situation and a flashback to Nigel and Chad's formerly close friendship. The entire situation reads like two exes being forced to work together after a bad breakup. The fact that Chad condescendingly calls him "Nigey" — his ex-girlfriend's Affectionate Nickname for him — definitely doesn't help.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- "Operation: G.R.O.W.N.-U.P." has Father and a grown-up Numbuh One facing off, and, after Father comments on what a "disappointment" the DCFDTL are, Numbuh One responds with "that must run in the family". And then, in the same scene, Numbuh One says that "his Grandma can throw better than [Father]." Which, considering Father is Nigel's uncle, and considering that it turns out Grandfather actually does find Father to be a disappointment... yeah.
- In the Kenny and the Chimp pilot, Kenny got... Swine Flu, a major epidemic in summer 2009.
- "Operation F.U.T.U.R.E." is a Terminator parody, where girly girls take over the world from an all girls school and the last rowdy boys are fighting a losing battle against them. Many academic studies show that in Real Life the girls are increasingly taking over, due to being generally better students and that today's rowdy boys are going to be tomorrow's losers.
- Tiger Moms — the battle against adult tyranny is as important as ever!
- In 2003, "Operation: P.O.P." aired, where the "Soda Control Act" forbids anyone under the age of 13 from drinking soda, forcing kids to "brew" soda illegally and sell and drink it in speakeasies a la the days of Prohibition. In 2013, a law was almost passed in New York City that would have forbade anyone from purchasing/selling drinks with a certain sugar content in any size bigger than 16 ounces. One can only wonder what the Kids Next Door were up to during the months of battling over the law's legality.
- Numbuh 5's father being a Bill Cosby expy, anyone?
- Genius Bonus: In "Operation F.A.S.T.-F.O.O.D.", the father shark complains about having to stop at a red light, saying, "Doesn't anyone realize I need to keep moving?" Biologically speaking, this is true—sharks need to be in constant motion, or else they die.
- Growing the Beard: The Season 1 Finale established continuity for the series, as well as the introduction of Father and the fact that the KND is not just the five featured on the show, but rather many different sectors.
- Harsher in Hindsight
- In Kenny and the Chimp, one of the joke diseases that Kenny get is Swine Flu. And then in 2009, it came back (swine flu was around in the mid-1970s).
- In "Operation: C.A.T.S.", Numbah 5 claimed that she was a dog person. Then came Operation: D.O.G.H.O.U.S.E.... where she ended the honor roll student's curse of turning into homework-munching were-dogs.
- At first, it was ok to not give sympathy to the Delightful Children From Down The Lane, but after the movie where we realized that they used to be Sector Z, a missing KND sector and were "delightfulized", it would mean that their "negative" counterparts, The Little Traitor Dudes For Children's Defense were once evil operatives of the Destructively Nefarious Kids or DNK, a negative counterpart of the Kids Next Door where they are devoted to tormenting children everywhere rather than saving them.
- The KND's Splinter Cell was an extremist group who wants to get rid of adults bad AND good which the KND opposes. In Operation T.R.E.A.T.Y., the group are revealed at least and it turned out to be fakes made by Numbuh 74.5239 and Numbuh Infinity who are aligned with the Galactic Kids Next Door who are above even Soopreme Leader Numbuh 362 that fight against adulthood in space. Just as we knew about the Splinter Cell comes the teaser for the next possible sequel series... The G:KND has Nigel make the decision on activating something that would likely endanger the planet Earth in order to get rid of adulthood there once and for all which Chad begs him to not go through with it because of their friends and family still on the planet. To confirm Chad's fears, Numbuh Vine/Lizzie alerts Wally and Kuki to evacuate EVERYONE on Planet Earth kid and adult alike! In a way, the Splinter Cell DOES exist and it is named the Galactic Kids Next Door who will take down adulthood even on the planetary scale!
- Potentially, Lizzie in general. She's been Nigel's girlfriend for what might very well have been years, starting in Operation: L.I.Z.Z.I.E., and continuing up until their break-up in Operation: G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D., with her getting several episodes and even A Day in the Limelight, with a bunch of Character Development in between. The G:KND "teaser" revealed her to be a Galactic-Level Operative, Numbuh Vine. In a single video, ''all'' of her appearances in the series just got put into question.
- Numbuh 5 and Cree's father Mr. Lincoln is a pretty obvious parody of Bill Cosby. It's much less charming in the wake of the sexual assault scandals that have potentially tarnished Mr. Cosby's family-friendly image.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Operation: O.O.M.P.A.H." already gives Numbuh One and his father Mr. Uno several sweet moments. However, as noted on the Codename: Kids Next Door and Codename: Kids Next Door subpages, Operation: Z.E.R.O. reveals that Mr. Uno had a horrible, horrible father, and instead of growing up into a child hater like his brother, Mr. Uno tries his best to keep up with his son and be a genuinely good dad.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Big Lipped Alligator Moment in "Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E." got funnier after Ben Diskin got a new job.
- The Big Bad goes by "Father" and has a personal connection to The Hero's father. Sound familiar?
- The fact that the show is now 13 years old is this to some fans.
- The toughest, bravest member of the team and best at hand-to-hand combat is a blond boy named Number Four.
- Years after the show first aired, Numbah 1's voice actor became the English dubbed voice for Joseph Joestar. He used the exact same voice. If you're a fan of both Western Animation and Anime, it becomes a case of Can't Unhear It.
- Ho Yay: Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb. Not only are they always joined at the hip, but they also live together and the James Bond villains they're based on are canonically gay.
- Jerkass Woobie
- The Delightful Children. As it turns out, they were the former members of the KND called Sector Z. See Nightmare Fuel below.
- Father, after Operation: Z.E.R.O. (and minor moments in "I.T." and "C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.")?
- Chad following the reveal that his betrayal of the KND was a ruse. On one hand, he's still an incredibly egotistical and bitter person, to the point that he tries to kill Nigel in Operation T.R.E.A.T.Y. However, it's easy to feel some degree of sympathy for him given the fact that he willingly sacrificed his own reputation and friendships within the KND; for the sake of his mission.
- Memetic Badass: Just watch "Operation: K.N.O.T." and try to say Moosk doesn't have the makings of this.
- Memetic Mutation: One fansite dedicated to re-captioning screenshots had characters discuss a clothing-optional resort. "The resort" has been a KND meme ever since.
- "I hate everyone" Explanation
- Moral Event Horizon
- Chester trying to feed live children to sharks.
- Nurse Claiborne trying to outright murder Numbuh Three and turn her into breakfast cereal.
- Grandfather when he turns the world into a dystopia with children being forced to work in tapioca factories. And that's JUST the backstory.
- Father trying to bake children into a cake.
- Nausea Fuel
- One episode where "chicken pox" takes the form of literal squirming chicken heads sticking out of one's skin.
- A villain named the Common Cold attacks by siphoning mucus out of his nose. Especially lovely when he starts to ready a really big attack. Probably why he was Demoted to Extra after his first 2 appearances.
- In "Operation: P.I.N.K.E.Y.E.", being hit with a water balloon filled with pinkeye mucus would cause crusty red stuff to grow all over you. The episode's villain turns out to be using this crusty stuff as the crumbs in crumb cake. It gets even worse at the end of the episode: "So if the pinkeye was the crust, then what was the filling?" (achoo!)
- Even worse? In two later episodes, Numbuh Two still eats the stuff and he comments about it as well!
- Is no one going to mention "Operation: V.I.R.U.S.", where there is a close-up of Cree's gigantic and disgusting pimple?
- A few of The Movie's Senior Citizombies have sagging Gag Boobs. This included the citizombified versions of Numbuh Three and Five.
- At the end of "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-T.H.R.E.E., after the KND defeat the Delightful Children's Giant Birthday Present Robot with the help of an army of Chicks, Numbuh 1 is about to take the cake from the Delightful Children when the Chicks defecate all over it. Numbuh 1 then convinces the Delightful Children to eat the cake, which they do. It also counts as an in-universe example, as several children are grossed out from watching the Delightful Children eat the soiled cake on their television sets.
- Awesome music aside, "Operation F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E" grossed some people out, especially the giant slam-witch monster.
- Paranoia Fuel: More than one viewer 13 and older has entertained the thought that maybe, just maybe, they had once been KND operatives and have since been decommissioned.
- Periphery Demographic: Like many before and after it, this is a show in a child-centric network about children who fight teens and adults that many teens and adults love.
- The Scrappy: Lizzie Devine's first appearance where she's Easily Forgiven for attempting to brainwash Numbuh One didn't do wonders for her reputation among fans, and even after Characterization Marches On, it was a Fandom-Specific Plot in even non-shipping fanfics to have Numbuh One dump her for the better-liked Numbuh Five or 362.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Much of the hate towards Lizzie has died down both after "Op: GIRLFIREND" and the reveals in the GKND ARG that she was a secret galactic-level alien KND operative all along.
- Tommy for being so annoying
- Numbuh 86 was this before her Character Development.
- Seasonal Rot: Ironically around the time the series began to establish its mythos and continuity, which was about season 2 and onward for some people when Flanderization took hold of Numbahs 3 and 4 despite all the character development everyone got, especially those two despite their Flanderization.
- Ships That Pass in the Night: Numbuh 86 and Numbuh 60 is a rather popular ship, despite the fact that they never really had any onscreen interaction. (The closest was Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G., when Arctic Base got a distress signal from Moonbase. And even that turned out to be just Father disguised as Numbuh 86.)
- Shocking Swerve: Operation P. R. E. S. I. D. E. N. T. It's doubtful that anyone saw President Jimmy's Face-Heel Turn coming.
- Spiritual Licensee: This show can be considered the closest thing to an animated adaptation of the Spy Kids films.
- Squick: Anything that involves Nurse Claiborne. Her apple crumble is topped with eye shit!
- That's nothing compared to what the apple crumble filling is implied to be. How can Numbuh Two stand to eat the stuff, knowing just what it's made out of?
- Rainbow Monkey Cereal is made with shredded Rainbow Monkey dolls.
- Zombiefied Numbuh Three and Four kissing each other. (Shudders)
- Could've looked way cuter if they were normal, but as old zombies...(pukes)
- Toenails collection.
- Even worse was the subtle revelation that the Delightful Children use the bathroom together! Seriously, what the FUCK?!?
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The two songs by GWAR that are featured in "Operation: F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E.".
- Tastes Like Diabetes: It's not hard to see why Numbuh 4's not all that fond of Rainbow Monkeys.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many villains like the Common Cold or Mega Mom and Destructo Dad were only the villains of one episode.
- Word of God even acknowledges that it's a shame Numbuh 60 didn't get much development.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The KND "Splinter Cell" arc foreshadowed an internal civil war in the KND between the extremist Splinter Cell that believes all adults must be destroyed vs. the more moderate faction that believes only the evil adults should be stopped. It is also revealed that the Splinter Cell had been kidnapping KND scientists for unknown reasons. However, near the end of the series, it turns out that the Splinter Cell is just an front for the KND scientists, who fake their kidnappings so they have more free time to watch their favorite science fiction shows as well as manage "the Galactic Kids Next Door", the workings of which were left very vague in the end. However, a teaser animatic featuring the original cast and produced by Mr. Warburton suggests that a civil war plot expanding upon the working of the GKND may be on the way...
- There's also the matter of the 1/362 Ship Tease. Despite Operation: I.T. showing how close they were and Operation: G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D. all-but-confirming that Rachel has feeling for Nigel beyond friendship, it was never resolved. The trope comes in with after Lizzie dumped Nigel, which looked like it was foreshadowing that he would end up with Rachel. You can imagine how many fanfics have centered around them getting together.
- Toy Ship: Several.
- In the main team alone; 3+4 didn't so much have subtext as it was just plain text from the start, 2+5 was a slightly more debatable case, and 1+5 had some good chemistry. But let's not get into the web that the fans (and creators) have spun.
- Ugly Cute: Ramon 4 from Op SATURN.
- Villain Decay: Father started out as... well, pretty much Satan. Scary, always cloaked in darkness, and biblical in his wrath—and of course, his voice is Maurice LaMarche at his scenery-chewing best. Contrast this with the middle-aged dork he became later on.
- Mega Mom and Destructo Dad were considered an extreme threat to the KND as a whole in their first appearance. It was also implied they took out the entire Kids Next Door (Not sure about Moonbase Operatives) with the exception of their son, Numbuh 274. Besides of the fact that often attend all of the Villain gatherings, their connection to Chad is never mentioned again, even after he becomes a Double Agent. Also, they are never seen using their powers in future appearances.
- Woolseyism: All over the place in the Mexican Spanish dub, albeit not always for a good way, since all the characters speak using thick Mexico City accents, to the grade is very difficult not only for other Latin American viewers, but also for Mexican viewers outside Mexico City, to understand many dialogues without previous knowledge of the culture of Mexico City. The fact many of the voice actors are from Mexico City and also was dubbed there doesn't help.