YMMV / The Thundermans

  • Crossover Ship: Max has been shipped with Taylor Hathaway ever since the crossover.
  • Designated Hero: For all of the doting that the family does on Phoebe, her track record for staying out of trouble isn't that much better than Max's. Out of all of the characters, Phoebe is second only to Max in showing a willingness to break rules and cut ethical corners to get what she wants.
    • In "Date Expectations," Allison calls out both of them, telling Max, "You and Phoebe make me sick. You're both selfish. You don't care what you do, or who you hurt, as long as you get what you want," and it is absolutely beautiful to behold.
    • In "The Amazing Rat Race," it is implied that Phoebe would never lie to Nora ... despite the fact that she did exactly that in the earlier episode, "Max's Minions."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Considering that Max is an aspiring supervillain, he's this by default.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Max/Phoebe, more commonly known as "Thundercest", is shaping up to be this, judging from the Fan Fiction.
  • Love It or Hate It: Even more than The Haunted Hathaways. Though the show has an audience, it's clearly got a very vocal group of people who outright despise it as well as evident by the comments on all The Thundermans videos on YouTube. It doesn't help Nickelodeon disabled all comments on several of it's videos promoting the show to avoid the hate from being apparent.
  • Moe: In "Phoebe's A Clone Now," after taking a bump on the head, the cloned Phoebe turns dumb, and also displays a sweet, childlike personality that is quite endearing. In the final scene, Phoebe's clone is adorably fawning over the cuteness of a rabbit, which she thinks is a donkey, which she thinks makes sounds like a cow.
  • Squick : Phoebe and Max really do not like hearing about, let alone seeing, their parents kissing.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks:
    • Many people find the show to be the poor man's Wizards of Waverly Place, with superheroes instead of wizards...and even then is also seen as a copy of Lab Rats. The theme song, "What You See is Not What You Get," is eerily similar to "Everything is Not What it Seems."
    • And the rabbit is a poor man's Salem.
    • Many view it as a poor man's Haunted Hathaways which they also view as a poor man's Wizards of Waverly Place, which certainly doesn't help either show.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • The audience is expected to laugh and cheer when Max winds up the Butt Monkey, especially since he, admittedly, brings most of it on himself. However, in some episodes, like "You've Got Fail," "Doubles Trouble," and "Cape Fear," Max would make such a fool of himself that viewers were more apt to feel embarrassed for him than anything else.
    • Max more or less counts as this overall. While he can be a jerk, the fact he more or less gets ignored by his entire family in favour of Phoebe (even on occasions when he does something genuinely impressive), fails more often then not, and always comes through for his friends and family when the need him, means that despite his claims of being a villain, more often than not the audiences sympathy lies with him.
    • A small plot point in "Doubles Trouble" wound up pairing this with its counter-trope. The audience is supposed to laugh and cheer (like Phoebe does) when Link gives Max a wedgie, and then glare at Max disapprovingly (like Phoebe does) when he later gives Link a wedgie in revenge. The reactions of many viewers, however, were the exact opposite.
    • Gideon. As obnoxious as he can be, you can only see a guy get shot down so many times before you start to feel bad for him.
  • What an Idiot: In "Doppel-Gamers," Cherry assures the Thundermans that she can prevent Oyster from catching on to their superhero secret. To demonstrate, she calls out, "Hey, Oyster! Ever thought about the Thundermans' last name? Well, don't!" (The irony is that Oyster seems to be even dumber than Cherry, so it might actually work.)
  • The Woobie: Max. Even if he is a bit of a jerk, the fact that almost nothing goes his way no matter what more than justifies this. On top of being the Butt Monkey of the show, the fact that his family ignores him, makes fun of him, and is generally just mean to him, makes Max count as this overall. Not to mention his low-self esteem and both the hero and villain leagues being hostile towards him.

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