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YMMV / Lab Rats

  • Acceptable Targets: To Chase, (normal) humans. "Without our chips we are like... totally useless. Like normal people!"
  • Anti-Climax Boss: When Marcus regenerates at the end of The Vanishing he gets vaporized by Douglas' laser cannon.
  • Anvilicious: Considering the episode aired on Earth Day, the subplot of Simulation Manipulation hit the viewer with an Earth Day message every three minutes by playing up Bree's levels of messiness and the trash wars Bree and Leo engaged for a portion of the episode.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Fans were upset that Marcus got killed. When the show got renewed for Season 4, Giselle finds Marcus's body, opening up the chance that Giselle will fix him and resurrect him.
  • Base Breaker: Perry has become more of this in Season 3 onward. A good number of fans like her more since she acts more human in later seasons, but she's still hated because of her general Jerkass behavior. Because of this more positive reception, Perry makes it into Lab Rats: Elite Force, but the result is still the same.
  • Cargo Ship: A lot of fans kept shipping Chase and the floor, because of his tendency to end up on the floor many times.
  • Complete Monster: Victor Krane was the worst in a show filled with dangerous people. A diabolical power-hungry billionaire, he initially worked with Douglas Davenport to brainwash Adam, Bree and Chase, also upgrading Douglas’s technology to granting him vast powers. After Chase manged to resist, Krane immediately attempted to force his siblings to kill him. Krane, unable to cope with any rivals, then planned to murder Adam, Bree and Chase causing Douglas to betray him. Krane kidnapped and locked Leo and Tasha in a giant oven to try and force Donald to give him the Lab Rats. His attempts failing, Krane was revealed to have been secretly building himself a bionic army, growing around a hundred kids—mostly teenagers, but a few preteens—in his lab, brainwashing and depriving them of any individuality, and experimenting upon them to give them bionic abilities. Krane constantly experimented on S-1, leaving her traumatized when she was liberated. Convinced that his powers made him superior, he tried to conquer the earth and brainwash all humanity. After his seeming death, we find out that after Douglas betrayed him, Krane took the very being Douglas loved, his pet dog Otis and turned him into his personal assassin. The mind-controlled dog attempted to blow up the entire academy, showing that Krane wouldn't have cared when, where or how many would be killed in such an attempt to eliminate Douglas. In addition, it was discovered that, refusing to allow them to live any life that didn’t benefit him, Krane had installed a virus within all his former soldiers so that in the event he died they would also die. In “Space Colony”, it’s revealed that he survived and was rescued by Dr. Gao. Infiltrating Donald’s colony, they begin kidnapping and brainwashing the fifty colonists, along with Donald and Tasha, to turn them into a new army of mindless bionic soldiers; they also launched a missile that would wipe out all life on Earth so that Krane could rebuild everything in his own image. Once thwarted, Krane hijacked a space pod and attacked the Lab Rats and colonists' ship declaring "If I can't have my bionic army then I’m taking you out with them."
  • Designated Hero: Adam and Bree can be this (Adam more than Bree) They act like Jerkasses to Chase, but their behavior isn't entirely unjustified because...
    • Chase himself is this. He acts like a Jerkass to anyone ever, but considering how Adam treats him, that's not completely unjustified either. Not to mention he used his students to cheat his way to victory and was almost going to get away with it if it wasn't for Adam.
    • Speaking of which, Bree can sometimes shift into this, Depending on the Writer. It's implied in The Vanishing that she lowers her student's self-esteem. She's pretty much evolved into a female Adam. Considering she's the only girl in the house, it's not hard to understand why.
    • Adam is a bit of one too.
    • Donald, oh god, Donald. He is the worst case of this, and even makes Douglas look less of a bad guy. Donald was unjustifiably a jerk to Chase, didn't care about his opinion, and was completely selfish and only cared about himself. The Incapacitator comes in and gives him his comeuppance.
    • Eddy pretty much.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Alternate!Perry from "Parallel Universe" due to being more likable than her standard counterpart. Fans even wanted her to become a main character in Bionic Island, giving delicious cookies to the students and doing a better job being a security guard.
    • Douglas, who is known by many as the funniest character on the show, despite being a main supporting character, and he is one of the few to make it to ''
    • Krane, Marcus and Giselle are this too. Fans even wanted them back in Bionic Island.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • S-1 is quite easy on the eyes for a ruthless Sociopathic Soldier, and she thought Chase was cute.
    • Sebastain is smooth, charming and cunning, even flirts with Bree quite frequently.
    • Even Troy West delivers this effect, as he's portrayed by Leo Howard.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Fans like to pair Bree with Chase. They're technically siblings, but the show isn't clear about whether they're Not Blood Siblings. They are fully brother and sister.
    • Recently fans started to ship Bree with Sebastian (even after he turned evil). Thankfully they are not biologically related.
    • Then fans started shipping Bree with Oliver since the crossover.
  • He's Just Hiding:
    • After Marcus gets killed in Bionic Showdown, fans believe he is still out there and Not Quite Dead. He was dead, but since he's an android, he can be repaired, and Giselle found his remains.
    • In Rise of The Secret Soldiers, S-1 and Victor Krane are presumed deceased after they were blasted in the sky. However, many fans believe they somehow survived. Turns out S-1 survived, and she isn't evil anymore.
      • Likewise, Krane really was just hiding. He suffered fatal injuries, but a Mad Scientist found him and gave him life support. However, Krane's tenure doesn't last past the special.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The episode Back From the Future in season 1 involves Future Leo warning his present self and Donald about a mission that Adam, Bree, and Chase don't survive. At the end, Adam remarks that they don't have a lot of time to make fun of Leo's height. A few seasons later, Leo is now taller than Bree and Chase. That being said, Adam now makes fun of Chase's height.
    • Bree says in Space Colony "I don't know if aliens exist, but if they do, they are going to hate you." By the time of Lab Rats: Elite Force Bree does find out Skylar Storm (whom she met in Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med) is an alien, and Skylar expresses how uncomfortable she is with Davenport.
  • Hollywood Homely: Chase is often made fun of for his inability to get girls, and is made out to be...not irresistible. In "You Posted What?" Bree thinks it's crazy for any girl to think Chase is cute.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Principal Perry blatantly crosses it by holding illegal backpack searches and installing security cameras.
    • Marcus, when he programs Donald's car to drive Leo into the Ocean.
    • Douglas crossed it before the series started as he was going to sell his children as child soldiers.
    • Krane crosses it when he tries to outright murder Chase, as opposed to enslaving him as Douglas wanted, simply cause he was resisting there control. He later uses government satellites to signal the Triton App to the whole planet. It's revealed in "One of Us", that Krane programmed the Triton App so that if anything happened to him all bionic people controlled by it would die as well, keep in mind these are dozens of children and teenagers were talking about. To top it all off, he experimented and tortured S-1, which left her really traumatized.
    • Sebastian crosses it by trapping Donald and Perry on the Hydraloop, and blowing up the end of the tunnel so that they will die after running out of Oxygen.
    • Giselle crosses this when she tried to rip Chase open to retrieve his chip, and planned to wipe out bionic humans after updating her Androids just to eliminate competition.
    • Troy crosses this by planning to not just wipe out bionic humans, but all humans. He later took Bree hostage, and attempted to have the Lab Rats surrender under threat of her dying as well.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Eddy and Perry vie for this title with their grating voices, and that's when they're separate. When they share the screen in "Human Eddy," it's like something the Spanish Inquisition would turn down for being too agonising.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Leo's magic tricks. He is so good that he can make a group of rings disappear just by blowing at them.
  • Periphery Demographic: This show is intended to attract pre-teen boys, but girls have watched it too because Adam and Chase are just so hot. The show's actual male audience have some people showing up just for Bree.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A pre-Crash And Bernstein Oana Gregory as Stephanie.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Perry. Dear god, Perry. A majority of fans find her annoying and unfunny, even describing her as a human JarJar Binks. Not to mention the way she runs the school which in real life would have her fired which is lampshaded by Bree multiple times (and that's not going into the trouble she's already in with the law). In-universe, even the villains have disdain for her. However, Perry does end up becoming more human in later seasons, at least gaining enough of a following to make it to the next series.
    • Let's not forget Eddy, all he does is insult everyone else and is little more than an attention seeker. Bonus points considering Donald is the only who can tolerate him at all whereas everyone else flat out hates him making him an In-Universe scrappy as well. Thankfully he underwent Chuck Cunningham Syndrome by the time of the Bionic Island story arc, and when Eddy does return, Donald finally comes to his senses and decides Eddy has gone too far.
    • Donald is an In-Universe scrappy as well. No wonder why most of the cast don't like him. Few fans hate him too.
    • Marcus was a bit irritating for some people due to his enforcement of the Smug Snake attitude going a bit too far.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show earned a 6.5 Rating on IMDB. Averted with TV.com as it got a 7.2 rating
  • Strawman Has a Point: In Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med Oliver (pretending to be a student) asks if they can do training without bionics, but Adam thinks it's less interesting. However, Oliver's statement had prudence later on in the series finale, because Giselle destroyed all the bionic soldiers' chips and they didn't know how to fight without their bionics.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: "Human Eddy" was done as a way to get the two biggest Jerkass scrappys of the series together, and fans found it satisfying to see them try to take each other out.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Bree destroying her bionic chip and turning normal in Three Minus Bree is resolved in the next episode.
    • The threat that the government owning Adam, Bree, and Chase would lead them to be used as soldiers is not only revealed to be an unfounded worry (since the bionic trio merely tour the world and give interviews), but is also put to rest when control over the trio reverts back to Mr. Davenport.
  • What an Idiot: Adam, in particular the episode where he gets shrunken down to two inches. Despite being smaller, and apparently much weaker, than his younger brother, Chase, he still teases Chase over being so "short". Chase then decides to teach Adam a lesson. Hilarity Ensues.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: There was one scene in Bionic Action Hero that was a little too dramatic for kids.
    • Adam and Bree find that Chase was dead Chase is really alive and he switched his place with the android. The older two (Mostly Adam) have their Jerkass Realization and Adam tells Giselle that he will destroy her for what she did to Chase.
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