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  • Abdicate the Throne: Prince Wally, to become President.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: In "Gorilla Fist", DNAmy to Monkey Fist.
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: In the Grand Finale, Ron was worried this would happen between him and Kim following graduation with Kim going off to college and leaving him behind. This is not the case however, as Word of God confirms no matter what, Kim and Ron will be together forever.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: "A Sitch in Time"
  • Accidental Athlete: How Ron becomes a running back.
  • Accidental Public Confession: When Ron and Kim (sorta) show up to ask Monty Fisk for help in finding a ninja who stole an artifact, Monkey Fist does a Type 2 and tells them that he was the ninja.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: "Ron Millionaire": Ron gets $99 million for a snack food he invented while working in fast food in the third episode. He updates his wardrobe with excessive bling, attracts a posse of sycophants and gold diggers (including Bonnie), and in general acts like a jerk to those around him. In fact, temporary popularity going to Ron's head is a recurring plot (as was lampshaded in the aforementioned episode), as are his attempts to get said popularity.
  • Action Dress Rip
    • "Trading Faces": Kim is in a gown in which she can barely walk, much less catch up with the escaping Camille Leon. However, one appropriate tear later, she's free to move about.
    Fashion Designer: I love It!
    Kim: Me too!
  • Action Girl: Kim, Yori, even Zita when she needed to be, making Ron ask, "Are all girls like this, or just the ones I know?"
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: A doubleshot in "Robot Rumble" episode: One of Dr. Possible's colleagues claims that his robot prototype was stolen by his assistant. . . or, by her boyfriend. Turns out that the colleague had stolen his assistant's robot and, on top of that, her "boyfriend" is another robot, also built by the assistant.
  • Adam Westing: Adam West appears as "Timothy North" aka The Fearless Ferret, as mentioned above.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Rife with this in the episode "The Fearless Ferret".
    Ron Stoppable: Fearless Ferret foils fiendish foe. 'S a lot of F's.
  • Adipose Rex: King Rodingon, who was replaced by King Wallace in the episode "Royal Pain".
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Over the entire fourth season, Ron slowly worked toward becoming cool enough to be Kim Possible's boyfriend. In the finale, when a threat downs the girl who can do anything, the sidekick steps up and embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
  • An Aesop: Most every episode. Sometimes subverted, sometimes forgotten from a previous episode.
    • Hilariously so in the second episode to feature Gill as the villain:
    Normally I would say we learned that mistrust and paranoia were bad...except those were the things that saved us.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • When will Ron ever learn that being popular just isn't him and that he should believe in the friends that like him for him?
    • Kim learns that her brothers can be helpful and not just nuisances at least twice, and to disregard peer pressure from Bonnie a good few times.
  • Affably Evil: The Seniors, especially Senor Senior, Sr. He treats his villainy as more of a part-time hobby than anything and doesn't seem to be a bad person at all. Ron says that Sr. is a bad man with good manners.
    • DNAmy is the sweetest, kindest, morally bankrupt geneticist you could ever hope to meet. She's not a bad person...she just wants to pervert nature and science to create life size abominations unto all things good. Or "Cuddle Buddies" as she likes to call them.
  • Affectionate Parody: The show itself sets out to do to James Bond movies what Buffy did to horror films. One episode however was a spoof of the old Batman TV series, with Adam West playing...wait for it, Timothy North, the eccentric actor who really believed he was the Fearless Ferret.
    • Even moreso, the episode had the original Ferret train a new Ferret (Ron) to follow in his footsteps. Ron is voiced by Will Friedle, the same guy who voiced Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond, a show that had the exact same concept.
  • Air Guitar: Motor Ed and Drakken do it in the show in the episodes which have Motor Ed. Seriously.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Kim, Ron, and Rufus use air vents to get into places, such as Ron's panic room in 'Odds Man In' and The Bermuda Triangle in 'So the Drama'
  • Alien Abduction: Drakken is abducted by The Greys once, and the Lowardians snatch both him and Kim.
  • Alien Invasion: The Lorwardians invade Earth to get revenge for being tricked by Drakken and beaten up by Kim.
    • "So payback's the sitch!"
  • Aliens and Monsters: Considering the characters in the show, the Lorwardian invaders and the monsters made by the mad scientists are just icing on the cake.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Subverted in an episode where Kim and Ron need to enter a dog show to gain access to a thief's home. Rufus needed to be taught how to act like a dog.
  • All Just a Dream "Rewriting History"
  • All There in the Script: According to writer Brian Swenlin, the script for "Mad Dogs and Aliens" reveals that Lorwardia is located " the armpit of the constellation we know as Orion". And Shego would refer to Warmonga as an "Armpittian".
  • All Up to You
  • The Alleged Car: The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. the Sloth) Kim's father gives her, initially.
    Kim: What a piece of—
    Mr Dr P.: History!
    • Ron's scooter also qualifies.
  • Almighty Janitor: "Job Unfair"
  • Almost Kiss: Way too many in Season 4 when Kim & Ron were about to kiss. Wade, Monique, and Bonnie were just a few of the people who interrupted would be kisses between Kim and Ron. Word of God admitted it was an intriguing gag.
  • Alpha Bitch: Bonnie Rockwaller.
  • Alphabet Architecture: Team GO's base was shaped like a giant "GO".
  • Amazon Chaser: Ron seems to have a thing for women like this. He even lampshades it.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Quite a few characters - Bonnie Rockwaller, a few of Drakken's henchmen...
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Some of the animals in the show exhibit intelligence higher than normal for their species. Team Pet Rufus carries it much further for the sake of various jokes (he masters ninjitsu in a week, is skilled in electronics repair, and (using a unique full-body approach) can play the electric guitar.)
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Adrena Lynn's Death Course.
  • And You Thought It Was a Game: Cousin Larry.
  • Angrish: Dr. Drakken falls into this whenever he is mocked by his assistant (so... y'know, constantly.)
  • Animorphism: Kim was turned into a monkey, and Ron was turned into a beaver (though not in the same episode).
  • Anything but That!: Dr. Drakken, during "Graduation".
    Dr. Drakken: My's racing...It's uncanny...I see every detail...
    Kim: Of what?
    Dr. Drakken: My greatest plan ever!
    Ron: To save the world?
    Dr. Drakken: Do not make me say those words!
  • Arc Welding: In his second episode, Monkey Fist revealed that he had his body modified to gain more monkey-like features. In DNAmy's second episode she reveals she was the one who made those modifications.
  • Area 51
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Monkey Fist is an actual British noble.
  • Arms Dealer: Jack Hench's HenchCo operation is a straightforward (if somewhat toned down to fit the KP universe) example. May also describe a few other characters, such as Cyrus Bortle auctioning off his Moodulator chips.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Drakken's stolen weather machine could hold the volume of entire lakes (read The Great Lakes), because it "compressed" them. Except that any first year student can point out that water is not compressible.
  • Art Shift: The episode "Virt-U-Ron" featured a blockier style of art to show that they were in a video game.
  • Art Evolution: Monique went from having black dot eyes, to white eyes with pupils by the second season.
    • Also, the characters had more movement in the first two seasons than in later ones. The animation also got smoother as time went on.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Rufus vs Commodore Puddles" plus The Dimension Monster and "Gronde".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: You have three guesses on this. The first two don't count.
    • In fact, several characters fit this. In addition to our titular teen heroine, most of her family qualify, with the exception of Cousin Larry and Aunt June. We also have Adrena Lynn, Brick Flagg, and Camille Leon.

  • Back Story: Shego was a superhero, till she got fed up with that. Kim set up a website for odd jobs until a typo from someone in trouble started her on hero work.
  • Bad Boss: Gemini's secret headquarters is full of trap doors that he uses to dispose of Mooks who have "failed" him, or just argued against him.
    • One of said Mooks was savvy enough not to sit on the offered chair. It didn't help though but point for the effort.
  • Badass Boast: Whether claiming to know sixteen styles of kung fu or listing some of her impressive accomplishments, Kim likes to do this, usually in a breezy way.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Possibles. Though Kim and Nana are the more martially-inclined members, that doesn't stop the rest of the family from pitching in. James, Jim, Tim and Ann have all contributed to Kim's successes with their scientific, technological and medical knowledge. Drakken outright recognizes the family as a whole as a major nuisance to his plans in "Showdown at the Crooked D", choosing not to invite James to be a victim in his scheme to avoid involving Kim.
    • The superheroic siblings forming Team Go. Without Shego, they're still fairly effective heroes. But with Shego to keep them focused they are a force to be reckoned with.
The Possible family. Also Shego's family, who are a team of superheroes.
  • Badass Normal: Kim regularly holds her own against Shego, and occasionally faces off against other superpowered opponents.
  • Bad Future: The Supreme One takes over the world and rules it from her citadel of Doom in Shegoton, formerly Middleton in A Sitch in Time.
  • Bad Vibrations: Done numerous times, including D N Amy's dinosaur, complete with a vibrating tub of nacho cheese.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Kim watching Rufus in the episode "Adventures in Rufus Sitting". Kim and Ron watching Hana in the episode "Oh No! Yono!".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Kim showed this off with every outfit she had in the first season. The animators eventually dropped the Limited Wardrobe and by the end of the series it was all but gone. Her last midriff outfit to go was her classic mission outfit in "Clothes Minded".
    • Lampshaded by Kim's father in the aforementioned episode. When he hears that Kim is in the market for a new mission outfit, he gives her a very large, cumbersome suit of Powered Armor to wear.
    "It's been my dream to see you save the world without baring your midriff."
    • Why stop with Kim? There's Bonnie and the rest of the cheerleaders, and a few background female characters are like this too.
  • Basement-Dweller: Frugal Lucre.
  • Batman Cold Open: Half of the teasers in the show. The other half were often related to a subplot relating to Kim's personal life that lead into the rest of the episode.
  • Battle Aura: Ron's Monkey Powers, The Go powers.
  • Battle Couple: Kim and Ron. Albeit Kim is by far the more "combat effective" of the two, but the series does make it a point that she definitely works better with Ron than without him. Although it seems the two fit this trope fully by the end of "Graduation".
  • Battle Tops: The Spinning Tops of Doom.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "The Truth Hurts" when Kim, under the influence of a truth ray, admits to picking her nose when nobody's looking. Played straight most of the time: the character might get dusty, muddy or soaked with water, but only a few moments. It's most obvious when Kim and Shego land in a mud bath in "Mad Dogs And Aliens", but are back to being spotless at the next scene change.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Graduation, Drakken said he just wanted one clear-cut victory... granted, it didn't turn out all that bad for him.
  • Because Destiny Says So: In the episode "Big Bother", Yori told Kim Possible that Ron Stoppable was her destiny. Of course, this could be her way of saying I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Shego to Drakken.
  • Berserk Button: A Sitch in Time: "YOU'RE the reason I moved to Norway? You're the reason I've been eating MEAT CAKES?"
    • Also Wade, after Team Impossible spikes his computer when he attempts to hack them. He comes back later in the episode in person to deal with them. "Nobody, nobody spikes my system!"
  • Between My Legs: This shot shows up fairly often, usually on Kim or Shego.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Drakken and Ron are quite dangerous when they stop acting silly. Lucre was also a surprisingly effective villain with his lame gimmicks.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Drakken and Shego are the primary antagonists, and the ones that get closest to their goals.
  • Big Eater: Ron Stoppable and Rufus.
  • Big "NO!": Twice in Season 4, the later is followed by Disturbed Doves. Ron has a couple throughout the series (including a truly epic one in "A Very Possible Christmas" (Season 2, episode 16), but Kim lets one out in "Trading Faces" (Season 4, Episode 3) that frankly sounds halfway between a Big "NO!" and a Tarzan yell.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Doctor Drakken.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • "Naco," the name of Ron's nacho/taco hybrid, loosely translates to "gross" in Spanish, appropriately enough.
    • The same episode Ron has to take care of a sack of flour, the Stoppables adopt a daughter whose name means "flower" in Japanese.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The Bueno Nacho restaurants.
    • These restaurants are actually almost a perfect replica of the old building design for the real life 'Del Taco' restaurant chain, which did in fact, greatly resemble a small house wearing a building-sized sombrero. Several of these old buildings still exist in various places around the United States.
  • Black and White Morality: Team Possible and friends are unambiguously good (albeit occasionally slipping into bad habits for long enough to learn a lesson from the experience). The villains are unambiguously evil and proud of it.
  • Black Best Friend: Monique, Wade
  • Black Sheep: Shego is the only villain in a family of heroes.
  • Bland-Name Product: Many.
    • Bueno Nacho is an analogue of Taco Bueno.
    • The supermarket chain Smarty-Mart, a blatant reference to Wal-Mart.
    • Coco-Moo.
    • Kim goes to see Chick Flick The Memo Pad with Shego. (The Notebook)
    • Drakken gets himself on American Starmaker as part of an Evil Plan.
    • Towards the end, there's a magazine called Humans (probably a stand-in for People magazine).
    • There's also Ballroom With B Actors, and celebs like the Holsen twins, Britina and Oh Boyz.
    • Sometimes this would be inconsistent: Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are mentioned by name, where others make a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo, and Ron has the Sony Ericsson ringtone.

  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Invoked (with explanations) in "Animal Attraction".
    Senor Senior Sr: A proper villain always leaves his foe when he's about to expire.
    Senor Senior Jr: Why?
    Senor Senior Sr: Well, it would be bad form just to loll about, waiting for it.
    Senor Senior Jr: Why?
    Senor Senior Sr: Tradition!
    • Falsetto Jones notably defies it to watch the Death Trap in action, even after Kim asks if he's going to leave.
    Kim: Alright, but I warn you, you're breaking with villain tradition here.
  • Bookends: The first aired episode of the series, "Crush", ends at a school dance where Kim dances with Josh Mankey. The show's first finale, So the Drama ends with a school dance, with Kim dancing with Ron.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When Ron is fretting over an Eldritch Abomination after his baby sister, Kim tries to assure him of the number of times they have smacked down the Big Bad before.
  • Boy Band: The Oh Boyz
  • Bowdlerise: In-universe: When it was time to make Kim Possible 1. Rufus had clothes. Because it was a FAMILY action movie!
  • Bragging Theme Tune
  • Brainless Beauty: Subverted with most of the characters, though most notably by Vivian Francis Porter.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Cousin Shawn, later Artie Smarty.
  • Breakout Character: Shego & Drakken. They were just meant to be one of the many villains in the show. Shego was simply Drakken's sidekick; Her color scheme was chosen because green and black are "villain" colors and she didn't even have her superpowers. Drakken was more pushy, and aggressive than he turned out to be post-Season 1. They soon became main characters and arguably the mascots of the series (Besides, y'know, Kim, Ron, and Rufus.)
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "The Ron Factor", Kim stops the opening credits to ask the audience. "No no! Seriously! You need Ron?" Given how this was Steve Loter's first episode as director, that's a considerable bit of irony, since under his direction Ron would take the spotlight away from the show's title character.
  • Break the Cutie: You'd think Drakken would have learned after he, Killigan, and Monkey Fist tried to do this to a five year old Kim. Nope, after getting thoroughly trounced Drew wants another shot at it. Monty and Duff on the other hand, had learn their lesson.
    Duff: We already tried crushing her spirit, can we nae simply crush her?
    Monkey Fist I'm with the mad golfer on this one.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Shego is considerably more competent than any of the other villains, but shows no real initiative and spends much of her time lounging around reading magazines.
  • Bring It: Kim's attitude in a nutshell, to the point of imitating The Rock more than once.
  • Broken Aesop: In "The Twin Factor", Kim describes a mind control chip as "ferociously unethical". Later, she uses it on her brothers while babysitting.
  • Brother Chuck: Star quarterback Brick Flagg showed up here and there, but he sort of vanished after a while. Although his no longer appearing was eventually justified at least for the last season - he'd graduated by then. He wasn't exactly the brightest bulb when off the football field, and it was mentioned that he'd finally graduated after being held back a few years. (He even votes for one of his opponents during the school election. Not that it mattered much.)
  • Brown Note: Singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" instantly puts Rufus to sleep.
  • Buffy Speak: Despite a few affectations, the slang used by teenagers in this show is either semi-contemporary or totally fabricated. They used the Buffy Speak less and less in later seasons, which lessened the cringe factor of a few of them.
    Kim: We have to time this so that hovery guardy thing doesn't see us.
  • Building Swing
  • Bully Hunter: She doesn't set out to do this, but Kim does beat up on Ron's bullies twice, including A Sitch In Time's instance, against Drakken, Killigan and Monkey Fist. Also, Bonnie breaks down crying when it looks like Kim's going to thump her.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Bonnie Rockwaller's constant petty harassment of Kim, despite knowing full well that if Kim decided she'd had enough, her only choices would be "run" or "catch a beating." A cut scene in So the Drama has Monique and Kim discuss this, where Kim decides that beating on Bonnie would make her a bad person (as opposed to, say, beating on Shego).
    • And "A Sitch in Time" has Drakken, Monkey Fist, and Killigan go back in time to bully a preteen Kim. When they start on Ron the kindergarten Kim trounces them. Later, Drakken wants another crack at it.
    • One of the dumbest examples: Ron, who has just become the Mystical Monkey Master, throws Warhok across the landscape and manifests enough power to bring down a bunch of tripods, making the idiocy of messing with him clear. Warhok and Warmonga still try to attack him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Several of the scientists Kim helps out in her adventures. The prize has to go to Dr. Freeman from "Car Trouble," a charmingly childish and eccentrically unfettered scientist who created a house full of funny AIs just so he could have off-kilter conversations with them. In his first few minutes has a dance party with his toaster (an advanced AI, but still). Then Drakken breaks into his home. This does not immediately stop the dance party - in fact, in general he doesn't seem to mind being kidnapped at all. He eventually proves too kooky for Drakken to use mind-altering technology against, so he has to resort to trickery to get the guy to do what he wants.
    • Nearly all of the villains count, some more than others. Before he was fired for refusing to trim off his mullet, Motor Ed was "widely regarded as the most brilliant mechanical engineer in the country." Motor Ed.
  • Burn Baby Burn: The end of "Stop Team Go".
  • Butt-Monkey: Ron enters this territory pretty regularly in early seasons.
    Yuri: Oh, Stoppable-san. You make danger comical with your American-style buffoonery.

  • Camp Straight: Señor Senior Jr.
  • Camp Wackyname: Ron attended Camp Wannaweep as a child. As the name suggests, he did not have a pleasant experience, with many of his phobias either beginning or worsening there.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin'': Good luck doing something even morally ambiguous in the Kim Possible world. Unless, of course, your name is Cyrus Bortel.
    • Lying is also a considerable no-no.
      • Unless you are not Kim.
      • Kim gets away with quite a bit if you think about it…being a bit of a jerk to Bonnie (though she so totally deserves it, seriously she does) and Ron being examples.
  • Captain Ersatz: Team Go are a pretty obvious Ersatz to Marvel Comic's Power Pack, which logically makes Shego a villainous version of Katie Power.
    • Also Teen Titans, considering the group's use of themed colors, they inhabit a "Go Tower", and the fact that the Teen Titans show was pretty popular at the time.
  • Captain Obvious: Ron Stoppable at his sidekick best.
  • Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded in the fourth season, when people keep breaking Shego out of prison while leaving Drakken to rot.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Ron in "Ill-Suited".
  • Catchphrases: "She/I can do anything!", "What's the sitch?", "No big", "So not the drama", "Sick and wrong", "Boo-Yah!", and Drakken's "You think you're all that, Kim Possible! But you're not!"...
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: In the second season Ron uses his "That would be so cool if it wasn't going to hurt us" phrase twice, but gets interrupted both times: first by Wade and another time by himself.
  • Cats Are Mean: Princess the Robo-Cat and Sassie the Puma.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Ron offers Kim and Monique a pickle in the Club Banana store. Monique points out the sign "No Food, Pickled or Otherwise".
  • Chaotic Stupid: Shego, when she gets excited about destroying the world, descends into this in "Car Alarm".
  • Character Development: Kim quickly goes from a narcissist with a touch of Jerkass (or at the very least snark and bossiness) and your usual roulette of teen issues, to a less self-absorbed, more tolerant and compassionate young lady. Ron grows from a useless goof loser to something of a Cloudcuckoolander who can get the job done. Steve Loter grows a nice beard.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Cheerleading plus "sixteen styles of kung fu" (so she claims when she threatens Ron) means Kim can take on supervillains and is feared by henchmen everywhere.
    • Bonnie weighs 105 pounds. Kim comments that a jet pack couldn't handle the weight of the two of them, yet Kim can effortlessly carry her. This could be considered somewhat plausible, however, as they are cheerleaders, and are fairly accustomed to having to carry other cheerleaders.
  • The Cheerleader: Mostly averted, but played straight by Bonnie and her obnoxious attitude.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The finger trap from "The Ron Factor".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Warmonga appears in an early episode in the final season, and then becomes one of the main antagonists along with Warhawk in the Grand Finale, "Graduation".
  • Chew Toy: Some see Drakken and Ron (seasons 1-3) as this since they never seem to catch any breaks.
  • Chez Restaurant: Chez Ron from "Two to Tutor" and Chez Couteau from several episodes.
  • Chicken Walker: The giant robotic flamingos.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Kim and Ron had been best friends since Pre-K, but they didn't openly acknowledge they had deeper feelings until So The Drama.
  • Christmas Episode: "A Very Possible Christmas".
  • Chunky Updraft: Ron's Monkey Power.
  • Clark Kenting: Hego. Bonus as Christopher McDonald voiced Superman in Batman Beyond with Will Fredle.
  • Classy 'N' Crass : She's well-mannered, impeccably groomed, gorgeous, and stylish to a fault. He's lazy, slobbish, has ears like two open car doors, is forever about two fashion trends behind, and smells like overripe fruit.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kim practically went insane when Ron went off with Yori. Everyone else could tell she was jealous.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The Nano Tick and the Centurion Bracelet.
  • Cloning Blues: "Kimination Nation".
    Ron: An imitation clone? I hate it when the bad guys cut corners.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Kim and her original action uniform.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Battlesuit, so powerful in fact that the writers had to work hard to get rid of it. Kim briefly wonders if her regular duds have some sort of luck to them.
    • According to the official site, Shego's energy blasts were originally generated by some kind of mechanism in her gloves. However, the second season retconned her green glow into a superpower she got from a mysterious meteor. Interestingly, the live action movie seems to go back to the original idea of the gloves being responsible.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: The Moodulator, a device that fully changes emotion, is coded by colour. E.g, purple for random, blue for sadness, pink for love, and red for rage.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Team Go.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Bonnie Rockwaller is an instructor in one of Shego's re-education centers in A Sitch in Time.
  • Collapsing Lair: Happens to Drakken quite often.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Kim and Paisley's collections of Cuddle Buddy toys. Both are put in the shade by DNAmy's: she uses mad genetics to make living cuddlebuddies.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: The Running Gag of Ron's pants dropping.
    Ron: Too many times to count. It has lost all humiliation value.
    • Kim later gives him a titanium-reinforced belt "for the pants thing" as a six month relationship anniversary present. After denying a problem and then immediately having his pants torn from him, he considers it a very thoughtful gift.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Kim and Ron need to get into a dog show using Rufus as a "dog" but the judge does not see the made up breed Rufus is supposed to be. Ron attempts to bribe the judge with five dollars to get the judge to look past the lack of breed in the rulebook. Much to Kim's surprise, the bribe works.
  • Company Cross References: In one episode, Dr. Drakken reacts to some good news by saying "It's a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day!", a reference to the Disney film Song of the South.
  • Compilation Movie: "A Sitch in Time".
  • Completely Missing the Point: Ron, more often than not. Biggest moment probably being from So the Drama, where both Ned and Rufus try to warn him of Bueno Nacho being "Evil", only for him to react to their lack of bendy straws.
  • Compressed Hair: It takes no time for Kim to fit her hair under a helmet or into a ponytail, even when a gadget pops one on her head.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Diablos and The Lorwardian Tripods.
  • Context-Sensitive Button: Lampshaded. "These controls are supposed to be intuitive!"
  • Continuity Nod: More than one might expect, especially given the producers admitted approach of "Continuity by accident". (Changed in season four were the call backs to previous one-off characters and stories bordered on Continuity Porn.)
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Several of the villains indulge in Bond Villain Stupidity and hold tightly to the Villain Ball simply because that's how these things are done.
    • Señor Senior Senior stands out principally because 'evil billionaire' is his hobby, and he's very dedicated to doing it exactly according to tradition. He doesn't mind losing, because that, too, is traditional.
  • Conversation Cut: In one episode, Drakken and Shego go from a flooding underwater lair to a supermarket and their conversation continues as if they'd never moved.
  • Cool Car: The Sloth, once Kim's brothers customise it for her. Over the fourth season, it gained rocket boosters, missiles, submarine capability and finally flight. Also, SADIE from "Car Trouble".
  • Cool Pet: Rufus, who is Ron's naked mole rat.
  • Cool Sword: The Lotus Blade from "Exchange", a magic sword that can transform into other weapons, such as a staff, nunchucks and a shield.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Interestingly, Drakken's two plans that came closest to succeeding involved becoming this, first over Bueno Nacho, and the second over Hank's Gourmet Cupcakes (everyone associated Dr. D with shampoo for some reason).
  • Costume-Test Montage: In the episode "Clothes Minded", Kim tried a bunch of different outfits after her original mission duds got ruined. At one point, we see a montage of Kim trying various options, none of which meet Ron or Rufus' approval (well, aside the Camille Leon's look).
  • Cousin Oliver: Hana, Ron's adopted sister, is introduced in the fourth season.
  • Crack Pairing: Ron and Kim becoming a couple In-Universe. To the villains and Bonnie, at least. Dementor couldn't quite believe it when he first found out about it, and Shego couldn't quite wrap her head around it.
    Shego: *talking about Kim and Ron being a couple* Yeah, that never made sense to me...
  • Crazy-Prepared: The military has regulations on how to deal with giant poodle attacks. (Including a contingency in case a second giant monster appears to fight the first one.)
    • The amount of gadgets our characters have also falls into this on occasion:
    Mr. Dr. P: You wore rocket skates to graduation?
    Ron: Yeah, you never know...
    • This doubles as a Continuity Nod as Ron was caught without them at the start of the previous finale, So the Drama, and it caused him quite a bit of trouble (especially since he did remember to wear his blaster briefs).
  • Credits Pushback: Season Four.
  • Criminal Convention: In the Season 3 episode "Bad Boy", there is the Annual Supervillain Tradeshow and Convention. They have henchmen seminars, doomsday demonstrations and an evil snack bar! Unlike most examples of this trope, the general public seems to be aware of this, the convention taking place at the Tri-City Convention Center (the same place as The Fearless Ferrett convention!).
  • The Crime Job: "The Big Job", where Senior Senior Junior tries to pull off an impressive crime as a birthday gift to his father.
  • Crossover: Kim and crew appeared in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series (in which there's also a Continuity Porn moment involving Drakken's issues with cloning) and cameoed in an episode of Fillmore!.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ron. Starts appearing in "Sink Or Swim," and pops up more and more often, usually shown when Kim was unavailable or incapacitated for whatever reason. In the grand finale, he saves Kim's life (and the world) by using his monkey powers, which some fans likened unto a Super Saiyajin transformation.
  • Curse Cut Short: See The Alleged Car example above and the Shout-Out to Shaft below
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: The Tempus Simia.

  • Dark Action Girl: Shego. You see her picture on the trope page! She's deadly and she's brutal.
  • Dark Horse Victory: "Return to Wannaweep": Kim, her rival Bonnie and even Ron end up losing the Spirit award to the shark mascot.
    • The best example would be with Ron at the Middleton High Talent Show. While Kim is escaping an elaborate Death Trap, Ron ends up as a last-minute write-in to stall for time. He ends up performing various vaudeville styled acts from dancing with Rufus, being a ventriloquist with Rufus as a puppet, playing the 'Star-Spangled Banner' with the rims of glasses, breathing fire with hot sauce before breaking several concrete bricks via a head-butt. While none of these talents are bad, they are admittedly odd compared to Kim's singing and Bonnie's ballet. Nevertheless, he wins the talent show and as Barkin says:
    "Proving once and for all that quantity wins over quality."
  • Dawson Casting: An in-universe example: In the episode "And the Mole Rat will be CGI". Heather and Quinn are 28 but play high-schoolers Kim and Ron.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Shego. Constantly.
    • Kim also has her moments.
    • Also Monkey Fist.
      Monkey Fist: (said menacingly to a child-hostage staring at him) Take a picture. It'll last longer.
  • Deathtrap: Practically Once an Episode, the Villains leave our heroes to their own demise, except in the case of one aversion. Otherwise it's lampshaded fairly often.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: "Virt-U-Ron".
  • Den of Iniquity: In one episode, Ron stumbles upon a room full of Drakken's henchmen sitting around taking a break.
  • Description Cut: "The Twin Factor". What is the Big Bad supervillain more likely to do with a Mind Control chip?
    Ron: Drakken has total mind control power?!
    Kim: Yet another "Take Over the World" thing!
    Ron: That, or he's gonna force people to listen to those stories about his twisted childhood...
    (cut to Shego with a chip stuck to her forehead, listening respectfully to Drakken)
    Drakken: Then, in fourth grade...
  • Detention Episode: In "Tick Tick Tick", Kim gets detention for being late to class, which she believes will stain her status on the school's social hierarchy, as cheerleaders don't "do" detention. Her father helps her realize that she isn't above or below anyone else at school, and that she had to do the time because she broke the rules.
  • Different in Every Episode: The Middleton High sign, which provides the current trope image.
  • Disability Superpower: Yes, Felix is wheelchair bound after an accident. Yes, he is a badass even without the super robotics he has.
  • Distress Ball: Kim or Ron will occasionally undertake a solo mission for some reason. It usually ends with the other one having to come to the rescue.
  • Doctor Exposition: Lampshaded with Drakken.
    Drakken: Shego, at last! Pure nanotronium is mine! The world's smallest, most powerful energy source-
    Shego: A- Are you for real? I was with you. I know what it is, Doctor Exposition.
  • Does Not Like Men: Sassie the Puma.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • "Homecoming Upset" has Ron and Bonnie elected Homecoming King and Queen, and thus are forced to attend a number of public events together. At one of them, Ron is holding a fire hose and Bonnie comes up from behind and surprises him with a hug. The hose picks that exact moment to turn on and shoots water all over Kim.
    • Kim laying on her belly with Warmonga looming over her with her weapon. Kim even groans.
    • In Episode 53, Kim and Shego are affected by devices known as "moodulators" that makes them—especially in the presence of the men—become affectionate at one minute, and lashing out at them in anger in the next.
    • In "A Sitch in Time," Ron and Kim are talking about him moving to Norway and Kim's trying to reassure him that they'll still be able to work together.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Drakken's mother completely believes that he is a radio talk show psychologist.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Apparently this is so easy in Kim Possible's world that even the show's very lowest grade villains, a disgruntled Smarty Mart employee and a washed-out reality TV star, can seize control of every TV on the planet.
    • At least, it's easy if you're a Computer Genius like Lucre or you have access to a lot of your former show's broadcast equipment like Adrena Lynn.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Possible Family Home is destroyed in both Finales. Bueno Nacho suffers from villain attacks often enough.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom The appropriately named "Spinning Tops of Doom".
  • Double Date: Kim and Ron with Ms. Go and Mr. Barkin. Awkward...
  • The Dragon: Shego to Drakken. In A Sitch In Time, their roles are reversed, with a steroid-fuelled Drakken serving as The Dragon to Shego.
  • Dramatic Drop: The Flour Bag in "Big Bother".
  • Dreadful Musician: Señor Senior Junior.
  • Dream Intro:
    • In "The Fearless Ferret", Kim and Ron are on work experience at the Middleton Hospital. The episode opens with Ron dreaming that he is at the hospital and ends up performing an operation where he needs to swap Kim's brain with that of someone else to cure her of a disease that has left her smiling goofily.
    • The fourth season's first episode opens with a reprise of the end of the third season finale "So The Drama" (except the sign on the outside reads "Not the End" instead of "The End") with Kim and Ron kissing each other, only for Kim to dissolve like sludge. Ron yells and wakes up.
  • Dressing as the Enemy Ron dresses as a henchman in "Odds Man In"
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In Sgt. Coach form, Mr. Barkin.
    • Barkin is both types, given his military background.
  • Driving Test, complete with smashers: "Car Trouble".
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Ron gets no respect in school, despite his key role in regularly saving the world with Kim. Even she doesn't get much slack from people on the home front for all the times she's saved them all from doom.
    • Ironically, Drakken gets this as well. Despite the fact he's probably come closer to succeeding than any other foe, only Shego gets rescued from prison repeatedly.
    • This could actually be Fridge Brilliance: Shego gets rescued repeatedly from prison by other supervillians, who want her as their sidekick - Drakken, on the other hand, is competition.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Go siblings. To the point that in their first episode, Ron says "I'm starting to see why Shego split", and Kim nods in agreement!

  • Easily Forgiven: "Ill-Suited" Ron is let off the hook despite lying to Kim, cheating at a major sporting event, and stealing high-tech weaponry that put lives in danger. Kim forgave him and Barkin let him stay on the team. Although he did have to do 20 crabwalk laps around the field. Though it is a stark reminder of how in Season 1 Kim was grounded just for lying. Although since Ron is the goofy comic relief, writer's surrogate, and Designated Hero of this particular episode he gets a pass.
    • The villains, especially Drakken and Shego, live remarkably open lives given their histories of destruction, jailbreak and attempts at world domination. Also, consider what goes on with Drakken and Shego early in the Post-Script Season. She gets busted out of prison on two separate occasions with no attempt to bring him along, then goes on vacation while leaving him to rot. He has his new sidekick throw her out of the lair and then capture her so she can watch the new sidekick beat Kim. The next time we see them after that, they're working together as usual.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Señor Senior Senior (and his son Señor Senior Junior.) Sr. took up supervillainy as a hobby: Jr. shows only occasional interest in the field.
  • Egg Sitting: With a bag of flour in "Big Bother".
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Team Go, a team of superheroes made up of five siblings (Hego, Shego, Mego, and a pair of twins named Wego). It's assumed that Hego named the group as he's the leader.
  • Egopolis: Shego did it after taking over the world; Dr. Drakken plans to do this after his "inevitable victory".
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: The muzak in Jack Hench's waiting room is a rather Ipanema-like arrangement of the Kim Possible theme song.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Can you blame Drew Lipsky for opting to go by Dr. Drakken?
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Both Kim and Ron are embarrassed by home movies of their infant years.
  • Embarrassment Plot: "Blush" focuses on Drakken trying to destroy Kim with the pollen of a rare flower that makes her fade when embarrassed. Ron tries to find the antidote because he is not as easily embarrassed as Kim and puts Kim in quarantine. However, Kim escapes, goes on a date and gets embarrassed by a lot of things so she nearly disappears.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The invading Lorwardians destroy Kim's favorite Cuddle Buddy upon arrival.
  • Enemy Mine: The main heroes and the main villains have to team up in the Series Finale to save the world from the Lorwardians.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: The very German Professor Dementor doesn't quite do the nailing of all of the idioms in English.
  • Episode Discussion Scene: In "Grande Size Me" (a Stealth Parody of the Very Special Episode), Ron starts talking to directly to camera with a speech that sounds like it is going to be about the dangers of unhealthy eating, but is instead a Spoof Aesop about genetic mutation. As Ron talks and the credits roll, other characters wander into the scene, look at him strangely, and then start looking around, wondering who he is talking to.
  • Eureka Moment: Ron lapses into one when Kim mentions "Homefield" in "Ill Suited".
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dr. Drakken and Professor Dementor both have a soft spot for their mothers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Steal Wheels" Shego objects to stealing Felix's technologically advanced wheelchair, asking incredulously "What's next, stealing candy from a baby?". Subverted in that one episode later, that's exactly what she does.
    • In the Halloween episode aptly named "October 31st", Kim lies to both her parents and Ron to go to a party. Later when she is caught, the villains remark their disappointment in Kim's choice as they are loaded onto the police wagon.
    • Drakken's mind-controlling shampoo fails mostly because he has to stick to "truth in labelling" laws, and so it's called "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse" and labelled "Lather, Rinse, Obey!"
  • Everybody Knew Already: Most of the villain lairs, which are obviously intended to be secret and untraceable by the villains themselves but are easily found by a ten year old boy, Global Justice and/or pretty much anyone the plot wants to know. Particularly notable with Dementor and Drakken, who really push the "secret lair" schtick. In one memorable case, Drakken's lair was found no problem by his mother. Like everything, lampshaded - this time by Motor Ed.
    Ed: Dude, seriously, what type of secret hideout is this? Everyone knows you live here, man!
    Drakken: One magazine subscription and suddenly everyone's got your address...
  • Everyone Can See It: That Kim was jealous of Yori in "Gorilla Fist". Wade and Monique for example.
    • Kim and Ron's relationship in general, specifically starting in season 3, or maybe even way back during the first movie. When they finally do become a couple in "So The Drama", Bonnie of course laughs ("It finally happened. She's dating that loser!"), everyone else cheers, implying they'd been expecting it to happen all along.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Mr. Dr. Possible was a college classmate of Dr. Drakken.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys, unless you're Ron. And in Season 4, that changes when he fully embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
  • Evil Brit: Lord Monkey Fist.
  • Evil Is Dumb: Inverted by Ron (normally intellectually lazy and good-hearted: on two occasions, wicked and far more ingenious than most villains). Averted by Shego, for all the good it does her.
    • Senor Senior Sr. has the occasional moment of clarity.
  • Evil Gloating: Draken most of all. Shego lampshades it: "Are you gloating to yourself?"
  • Evil Is Hammy: Pretty much every villain except Shego.
  • Evil Plan: Drakken has the traditional 'Take Over the World' goal, but his plans suffer from lameness.
    • Duff wants to create the world's largest golf course.
    • DNAmy steals and kidnaps to create live-sized cuddle buddies.
    • Monkey Fist's ambition is to be the 'ultimate monkey master'.
  • Evil Laugh: This is the only thing about being a villain that Doctor Drakken knows how to do right. Also parodied by Frugal Lucre, and Señor Senior Senior's winning line "Come, son. Let us return to our lair and practice our evil laughs together."
    • Even Ron has one: "BOO-YA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
  • Evil Old Folks: Señor Senior Senior and Nanny Nane.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted with Falsetto Jones in "Rufus In Show".
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: A lot of villain lairs, though Drakken is the main offender for this one.
  • Evolving Credits: The theme song for the final season replaces the clips from season 1 with clips from season 4 and So the Drama.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
  • Extranormal Institute: The Yamanouchi Ninja School.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: An episode or two.
  • Eyedscreen: Used in "Car Alarm" in emphasis the Tweebs "It's Personal" statement.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Dr. Betty Director, and her brother Gemini.
    • Future Kim (portrayed as leader of Global Justice in a "Sitch in Time" DVD extra). Apparently they both wear it just to look cool; Betty thinks it gives her more respect.
  • Eye Scream: A mild case in "Low Budget" when Kim pretends to put on a contact lens. She pokes herself in the eye without flinching, but a single tear falls from her eye.

  • Face Framed in Shadow: Senor Senior Sr. makes video messages like this, his only visible traits being his eyes. Until Junior turned on the lights. Again.
  • Fake Rabies: Ron makes himself a mascot costume for the Middleton Mad Dogs, complete with foam dispensers hidden in the head. "Mad Dog foams at the mouth!"
  • Fake–Real Turn: The 'Hank's Gourmet Cupcakes' franchise in "Odds Man In".
  • Fake Static: Ron might have pulled this off had he not put the static crackle in between each word.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: TV extreme-stunt star Adrena Lynn. "How does she do it!?" Answer: she fakes it.
  • Fallen Princess
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: With the exception of the Area 51 soldiers (who seem to be armed with M14s and M16s) and possibly Barkin's Vietnam War flashback, no one is shown carrying or using any conventional guns.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Magical objects, superheroes, mutants, aliens, time travel, ghostly possession, and Mystical Monkey Powers.
  • Fastball Special: Ron throws Rufus at Dementor's control panel in "Ill Suited", Rufus is also a functional shuriken if the need arises.
  • Feet of Clay: Will Du, the "number one Global Justice agent".
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: So, naturally, it's a blind spot for the girl who can do anything, while Ron is an excellent chef. She improves at the end of the relevant episode though.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The show broke the norm with the girl who can "do anything"; kickass females on the front lines, and in a Disney Channel action series, no less.
  • Fiction as Cover-Up: It turns out that Area 51 really is filled with aliens and captured spacecraft that the government is experimenting on, and the government deliberately leaked all the rumors and conspiracy theories to the public because they knew nobody would really believe it if "the truth" ever got out. Kim and Ron are understandably perturbed that that they are being asked to help keep a secret that everybody already knows.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Shego.
  • Fictional Document: That longtime favorite of high school English students everywhere, the classic novella Lo the Plow Shall Till the Soil of Redemption.
  • Fictional Zodiac: Animalogy, which seems to be more of a parody of astrology in general rather then the Zodiacal aspects. Though each color/animal ocmbination does have its own "fortune".
  • First Girl Wins: Kim is Ron's first girl, and Ron is Kim's first boy. Both in the sense that they're the first ones we see meeting each at the start of the pilot, and their backstory of becoming friends on the first day of kindergarten.
  • First Pet Story: Ron chooses to tell people how he got his first pet through a song. Why is his pet a naked mole rat you ask? Because since he doesn't have fur, there's no way he'll set off his dad's allergies.
  • Fish People: Gill, after his mutation.
  • Flanderization: This is most prevalent with Ron and Drakken concerning their competence.
  • Flat Character: Monique. She works at Club Banana, likes fashion, watches wrestling, and that's pretty much it.
  • Flat "What": Kim does this a few times, such as when she found out that Monique liked wrestling.
  • Forceful Kiss: In "Homecoming Upset" Bonnie forces a kiss on Ron when he rejects her advances and says that Kim is the only girl for him.
  • Foreshadowing: Shego having the credentials to be a high school teacher is funny because it seems to come out of left field, but it does have make sense according to earlier episodes. For example, she once acted as a teacher for Junior and she corrects Dr. Drakken when he asks about the plural form of "fish".
  • Forgot About His Powers: In the episode Blush the "Wade-bot" launches itself off a cliff in the Amazon with Ron and Rufus, however Wade only remembers after the leap that he forgot to install the parachute. Yet just a few minutes earlier in the same episode the Wade-bot had a hang-glider attachment to save Ron and Rufus from plummeting down a waterfall, and he conveniently forgets about this gizmo once it could be useful again.
  • Foreign Queasine: One episode had Ron and Rufus finding a bag of chips that belonged to the current client, whereupon they began eagerly eating them... at least until the client tells them the chips were made from crickets.
  • Fountain of Youth: Drakken and Nanny Nane both have devices for turning people into toddlers.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Kim and Ron swap bodies, as does Drakken with a military private.
  • Freaky Is Cool: This is why Kim is attracted to Ron.
    "You're weird. I like weird."
  • Friendless Background: Arguably, both Kim and Ron, besides each other, despite the former being a badass who saves the world on a daily basis.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted in that adult characters do drink, though it's never mentioned:
  • Future Badass: Almost everyone in the future part of A Sitch In Time.
    Ron: Why is everybody in the future so ripped?!
  • Future Loser: In A Sitch in Time, it's shown that Brick becomes this. Ron even comments on it.


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