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Recap / Codename Kids Next Door Special The Grim Adventures Of The KND

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After getting stuck in his dad's lucky pants, Billy calls on the Kids Next Door to help him but gets caught up on a mission with disastrously "delightful" results. Meanwhile, Mandy decides to try her hand at world domination by taking over the Kids Next Door.


  • Ambition Is Evil: True to her character, Mandy instantly gets to work in taking over Kids Next Door after learning of their advanced technology and massive militia. And after realizing how powerful the Delightful Reaper is, she allows herself to be assimilated so she can take over their power!
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Nigel Uno, a Conspiracy Theorist that is the Arch-Enemy of a fire-wielding wizard, has a hard time believing that Grim is the actual Grim Reaper.
  • The Assimilator: The Delightful Reaper, who assimilates anyone it slashes with Grim's scythe. The only one to still have something of a distinct personality is Billy (thanks to his stupidity) — until it assimilates Mandy, whereupon she becomes the dominant mind.
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  • Badass Normal: Armed with nothing but fury over the misuse of his pants, Harold manages to overpower the Delightful Reaper and gives the heroes a chance at winning.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Billy realizes the trouble he's in in the prologue, he claims that there's only one group of kids who can help him. The scene then cuts to Ed, Edd n Eddy showcasing their latest scam.
  • Behemoth Battle: The climax features a three way battle between the Delightful Reaper, Mandy's M.A.N.D.R.O.B.O.T., and the Skeleton Samurai Kaiju piloted by Numbuh 1 and Grim.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: There are two major villains in this episode: Mandy, who forcibly takes over the Kids Next Door by impersonating Numbuh 1, and the Delightful Reaper, an Eldritch Abomination that formed thanks to the combination of the Delightful Children, Billy, Harold's pants, and Grim's scythe all binding together in the newly-rebuilt delightfulization chamber.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Just when Mandy combines with the Delightful Reaper, Harold arrives just in time to retrieve his lucky pants, decked out in wrestling gear.
  • Body Horror: The Delightful Children and Billy undergo this when the Delightful Reaper is formed.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Grim does this at the end of the episode.
    Numbuh 1: Man, [Mandy]'s got problems.
    Grim: Try being in the same show with her everyday.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Grim and Numbuh 1 do this while operating their kaiju.
  • The Cameo:
    • Ed, Edd n Eddy make a brief appearance in the beginning, name-dropping the Kids Next Door in the process. Eddy is later shown exploding from the Delightful Reaper once it's defeated.
    • Several other Cartoon Network protagonists (including The Powerpuff Girls, who were also name-dropped and the aforementioned Eds) also appear in blink-and-you-miss-it shots, exploding from the Delightful Reaper after it's finally beaten.
    • During the DR's rampage, Endsville children such as Irwin, Puddin, Sperg, Mindy and Pan(Dora) can be seen.
    • The Tommy makes an appearance where he tries to stop Sperg from bullying Puddin.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Barnacle Bone that Grim tries to torture Numbuh 1 with becomes instrumental in fighting the Delightful Reaper in the climax.
  • Continuity Nod: The Delightful Children bring back their Delightfulization Chamber which was used in previous seasons.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Mandy successfully tortures Numbuh 1 into breaking down after making him listen to Fred Fredburger ramble about his favorite cartoons.
  • Crossover: Between Codename: Kids Next Door and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
  • Dark Action Girl: Mandy.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Delightful Reaper.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Mandy is extremely annoyed and baffled at the fact that, in spite of all their powerful weapons and massive numbers, they choose to fight for the rights of children rather then Take Over the World. So she decides to do it herself.
  • Fandom Rivalry: In-Universe. Two groups of fangirls are shown arguing over which is the superior toy: Rainbow Monkeys or Sassy Cat.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • When Mandy takes over, she christens her new base as the MND or Mandy's New Dictatorship.
    • Invoked. Because Mandy didn't give her enough time, Numbuh 3 had to give the M.A.N.D.R.O.B.O.T. the rushed acronym of Monkeys And Nice Doggies Relax On Bellies Of Turtles.
      Mandy: What kind of acronym is that?!
      Numbuh 3: Well, if you weren't in such a rush, maybe I could have come up with a better one.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • The Delightful Reaper is created via an accidental fusion between Billy, the Delightful Children Down the Lane, Grim's scythe and Harold's lucky pants. The creature goes on to assimilate Numbuhs 2, 3 and 4, several kids from other Cartoon Network shows and eventually Mandy herself.
    • Using the Barnacle Bone, Grim and Numbuh 1 create a giant Skeleton Samurai kaiju with Grim as the shield and Numbuh 1 in the head.
  • Here We Go Again!: Subverted. At the end of the episode, Billy shows up poorly disguised as Numbuh 1 and proclaims that there are going to be some changes around the KND. Thankfully, everyone pelts him with random objects.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The Delightful Reaper ultimately proves to be more dangerous than Mandy. So Mandy has it assimilate her so she can use it for her own purposes.
  • Idiot Ball: Everyone sans Mandy and Numbuhs 1 and 5, thanks to Rule of Funny.
  • It's All About Me: Mandy's takeover of the moonbase involves having everyone wear uniforms based on her image.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Mandy points out that with the technology at their disposal, the KND could easily take over the world. Instead, however, they use it to fight for kids' rights. She's understandably vexed, and uses it to justify her takeover to Grim and Numbuh 1.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The protagonists make their claim for what they're after in the Final Battle.
    Grim: I've come for me scythe!
    Numbuh 1: And I've come to rescue the Kids Next Door!
    Billy: And I've come for the "All-You-Can-Eat" Pancake Breakfast!
  • Karma Houdini: Mandy gets away scot-free despite taking over the KND as well as fusing with the Delightful Reaper for the sake of world domination.
  • Motif Merger: The opening sequence combines elements from both openings. Such as Billy, Mandy and Grim getting into position for the title, as well as Sector V having bone-to-flesh transformation sequences. It even mixes the names of the shows' respective creators, thus giving us "created by mr. atoms and maxwell warburton".
  • Noodle Implements: According to Numbuh 1, the KND are aware of the supernatural activity that plagues Endsville and have tried to avoid going there as much as possible.
  • Oh, Crap!: Numbuh 1 and Grim have this reaction when they see the moonbase under new management.
  • Only Sane Man: Numbuhs 1 and 5, being the only ones to act with any measure of rationality.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Numbuh 1's Billy disguise. The only ones not fooled by it are Mandy and Sector V, and the latter only because they were in on it. It even fools Grim and Harold.
    • Mandy's Numbuh 1 disguise is even worse — it fools everyone except Numbuh 5, even Numbuhs 3 and 4, who were there when Numbuh 1 disguised himself as Billy.
    • Billy's Numbuh 1 disguise. Unlike the above two, no one is fooled.
  • Potty Emergency: Billy runs to the Delightfulization Chamber mistaking it for a port-o-potty which kickstarts the genesis of the Delightful Reaper.
  • Rule of Funny: What the episode runs on.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The ultra-dedicated Numbuh 1 barely lasts a couple of hours in Endsville disguised as Billy before he decides, KND or no, the mission isn't worth it and tries to ditch.
  • Shout-Out: This being a crossover event, multiple references to Cartoon Network cartoons can be found throughout the episode.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Numbuh 1 decides to stay and help Grim when the Reaper claims that the children who fused with his scythe are evil and strangely delightful.
  • Speak in Unison: Per nature of the Delightful Children, the souls that the Delightful Reaper assimilates all speak at the same time as they do. Although Billy has trouble following along.
    Billy: Hey! Can you guys slow down? This "talking at the same time" is really hard.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Eddy, naturally:
    Eddy: Ed, Edd n Eddy's Pesky Problem Fixers! Got a problem that's pesky? We'll fix 'er, for just one lousy quarter! [muffled gobbling from Billy] WHADDAYA MEAN, YOU'RE BROKE?! Hey! If you're looking for charity, call Kids Next Door. They're cheap.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Everyone but Mandy and Numbuhs 1 and 5 suffered this significantly in the crossover (though Grim didn't suffer this as much as the other characters). Special mention goes to Numbuh 362, who in her home series is one of the most intelligent and understanding characters of the entire show, yet is among those who are duped by Mandy's disguise as Numbuh 1, not realizing her mistake until after Mandy usurps her and throws her in the Moonbase prison.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Mandy manages to escape the KND with rockets coming out of her hair.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no mention as to what became of the Delightful Children after the DR was vanquished.
  • The Worf Effect: Invincible Heroines The Powerpuff Girls are briefly seen exploding from the Delightful Reaper once it's defeated, implying it assimilated them offscreen.
  • You Meddling Kids: Mandy says she would have gotten away with it [world domination] if it wasn't for those meddling Kids Next Door.


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