YMMV / Rocket Power

  • Acceptable Targets: Tourists.
  • Awesome Music: The intro. Seriously, it made you actually want go outside, and do all the things the characters did on the show.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The one episode which had a UFO abducting a whale...behind the back of a news reporter.
    • Which was rather amusing because the news reporter was stalling for an expected story and at that moment was commenting that nothing noteworthy was going on.
      • At the beginning of "Welcome to the Club", a small grey bird is heard trumpeting like an elephant.
      • Judging by the color of its plumage, it may have been a mockingbird doing what it does best (mimicking). Doesn't make it any less random, though.
  • Deader Than Disco: The show isn't as fondly remembered as well as other entries by Klasky-Csupo like Rugrats and As Told by Ginger. While initially popular during its first run, it was aimed only at 90s kids who liked extreme sports, who gradually outgrew the series. Not to mention that the dated style and writing turned off many teens and adults, thus preventing it from establishing cross-generation appeal. Nowadays, the show is seen as little more than a joke even among fans of extreme sports. The Mysterious Mr. Enter pointed out in his review that this show did not withstand the tests of time.
  • Designated Villain: Merv Stimpleton. He's a short-tempered jerk but rarely does anything to provoke Otto and the gang's wrath. With this being a show centered around kids, he is constantly portrayed in the wrong for no good reason.
  • Ear Worm: "Vegemite, Vegemite, we spread it on everything, it always tastes just right, Vegemite, Vegemite, Yum Yum morning, noon, and night!"
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode where Squid makes friends with an antisocial computer geek—don't hang out with them, they have no life!
    • This is especially bizarre; because Sammy acted just like Oliver when he was first introduced. But to give the show a bit of credit, the crew accepts Oliver and find something he's good at: Keeping score and time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Twister would often duct tape his camcorder onto his helmet, thinking it's a genius way to shoot his videos while leaving his hands free. About 10 years later, the GoPro is invented which is a small digital camera that can be mounted onto helmets.
    • In one episode, after having skateboarding banned on the pier, Sam suggests that they substitute running on-foot for skating which everyone immediately shoots down as being lame. Considering how popular Le Parkour is now, it's hilarious how ahead of the curve Sam was.
  • Idiot Plot: Shark Bait. First, while it was understandable why Otto and Twister would think the shark prank would work, why would Reggie and Sam be in on it? Second, if they didn't want to deal with shoobies, why didn't they just go to the Secret Spot?
  • Informed Wrongness: In "Power Girl Surfers", Otto is painted as a selfish jerk because he decides to accept a magazine editor's offer of a cover story in his favorite surfing magazine, simply because the editor acts like a Jerkass to Reggie when she tries to convince him that she deserves a cover story more than her brother. We're never actually shown anything suggesting that she would have been a better candidate, and one can sympathize with Otto for refusing to throw away his shot at fame because of his sister's obvious jealousy.
    • The shoobies in The Lingos. Their crime is that they think the slang the gang uses is cool and starts saying it. They seem to have freedom of speech confused with copyright infringement.
  • Jerkass Sue: Otto, a completely rude and egotistical snot who constantly gets excused due to his supreme extreme sports abilities.
    • Actually, his Jerkass tendencies are heavily acknowledged. In fact, they are a major part of his character.
    • Similarly Reggie sometimes gets a free pass for being rather self righteous and catty. Even more ironic due to her being the character most likely to call out Otto.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lars in the episode "Falsely Alarmed". It's no secret the guy is a complete douchebag, Pet the Dog moment(s) aside, but really, he got a week of community service for something he didn't do. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Memetic Mutation: As the ancient Hawaiians used to say...
    • IT'S TIME FOR A DICKING!
    • Forum threads asking posters to recount where they were and what they were doing, national-disaster style, "when the Squid totally beefed it".
    • You could take a SHORTCUT!
  • The Scrappy: MacKenzie Benders, she was an overly violet and needlessly antagonistic Bratty Half-Pint with a gratingly annoying voice who everyone feared (even her own parents!) meaning she always avoided comeuppance no matter what she did. Granted, she was probably written to be a scrappy on purpose.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Otto has always taken extreme sports seriously, but this gets taken Up to Eleven when he tries to become a professional athlete just after his 11th birthday.
  • Strawman Has a Point: One early episode has the city council ban stuff like bike-riding, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc on the pier. While it's pretty obvious that they're Straw-Moral Guardians and Merv is clearly exaggerating his injury, they actually do have a point that it can be dangerous due to how crowded it is. (And in fact, it should be common sense to not skate around crowded areas with loads of foot-traffic.)
  • Snark Bait: For any actual skateboarders (or hell, pretty much anyone who grew up in the late 90s-early 2000s), mostly due it representing the height of the late 90s "xtreme revolution", the massive amounts of Narm that inherently comes with that, and the squid totally beefing it.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Pinkie Pixie's Big Christmas Flapadoozy", the Christmas special that Otto and Reggie are forced to watch in the Christmas episode. It features an elf with an annoyingly high-pitched voice hugging a snowman and exclaiming that he's "the loneliest little elf in the world".
  • Values Dissonance: "A Rocket Power Christmas" has Reggie admitting she's willing to accommodate a vegetarian diet for a dog in an offhand comment. Nowadays feeding your dog a vegetarian or vegan diet is flat out abuse with people who condone it being seen as Too Dumb to Live or horrible people
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