YMMV: Lab Rats

  • Acceptable Targets: To Chase, (normal) humans. "Without our chips we are like... totally useless. Like normal people!"
  • 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.
  • Cargo Ship: A lot of fans kept shipping Chase and the floor, because of his tendency to end up on the floor many times.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The show has had a few.
    • Adam punching out an asteroid in Mission:Space, and his fooling the Principal in Missin' The Mission.
    • Leo's takedown of a berserk Eddy in Night of the Living Virus with a laser reflector. He has no bionics (at the time) and is a scrawny kid, against an A.I. that has helped to train the young bionic heroes and took down two of them.
      • Also in the same vein: Leo's ability to block laser bolts at the same training levels as Bree (as shown in The Rats Strike Back).
    • Principal Perry's epic takedown of Spike in Spike's Got Talent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Donald tells the Rats that he doesn't know what their hidden abilities are or when they will appear. Of course he wouldn't. Douglas is the one that put the chips in and probably put the abilities on them!
    • Also, to cover them from Tasha's mother, he tells that he took them from a brother that fell in volcano. Considering Donald himself was surprised to see Douglas alive, this might be actually true.
  • Fridge Logic: If the bionics were a "secret project", as Donald puts it in the Pilot, then why was there an elevator to their habitat built into the bedroom he intended for his son?
    • Because it wasn't, Leo just got lost in Donald's giant home and accidentally stumbled upon the elevator, from what we've seen its no where near his room.
  • Fridge Horror: Don't think too hard about where Adam, Bree and Chase's parents are, about Donald putting bionics into children in order to turn them into living weapons, or isolating three teenagers in a subterranean laboratory with absolutely no contact with the outside world.
    • Their parents? We're forgetting the possibility that Davenport himself is their biological father if Parallel Universe is anything to go by.
      • Their father is revealed to be Donald's brother Douglas who grew them genetically in his laboratory, and it was his idea, not Donald's, to put bionics into human beings.
    • Also - who are the Hendersons (the people who are acting as the parallel universe's Lab Rats' parents), and is their mother the real Lab Rats' mother in the normal universe? If she is - then why did she give her kids up to be experimented on?
    • Also try not to think about any of his possible failed attempts.
    • Or that the Exoskeleton is not only designed to be one-size-fits-all, but that he decided to use Leo to show off the fact that kids Leo's size can easily operate it.
      • This one's not so bad, in that he calls it an 'exoskeleton' instead of 'combat exoframe' or 'E-Frame', and that it doesn't have weapons. Davenport used Leo to demonstrate it not because he's advocating kids in combat, but to show the simplicity of operation. "it's so simple to use that a kid can do it, so you can put any of your people in them and not having to worry about complicated controls."
    • Or that they openly referred to themselves as lab rats in the pilot. Can you imagine why.
  • He's Just Hiding: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Let's not forget Eddie, 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.