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Recap / Kim Possible S 3 E 9 Team Impossible

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Ordinarily, Kim and Ron travel around the world to stop their villains by hitching rides with people who feel they owe Kim and Ron a favor. All of a sudden, these people have disappeared, allowing the suspicious Team Impossible to beat Kim and Ron to the crime scenes every time.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Always Someone Better: Team Impossible seemed like this to Kim and Ron at first, but the teens ultimately prove to be this to the adult crimefighters —
    • In the beginning, Team Impossible had to sabotage Kim and Ron's rides just to get them out of the way.
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    • Later on in the episode, when Team Impossible is trapped in a situation pretty much identical to that of Kim and Ron's first mission, they're completely stumped on what to do to get themselves out of it—Kim, however, was able to get them out of it just as flawlessly as to when she rescued Mr. Paisley and Mr. McHenry back in middle school, pretty much making Team Impossible look like amateurs by comparison.
  • Berserk Button: NOBODY spikes Wade's system.
  • Call-Back: Team Impossible was mentioned in "A Sitch in Time: Part 2," where they played a key offscreen role in starting Kim's adventures — an attempt to contact "impossible.com" for help was accidentally directed to "kimpossible.com," because of how the person typing the website name had used their toes. Kim and Ron are surprised to finally learn that their very first mission happened purely because of a typo.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kim VS. Team Impossible: Kim takes down Burn and Crash with little effort, and easily holds off Dash with Ron commenting that he stands no chance against Kim.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Inverted. After Kim and Ron see Wade outside of his room (presumably for the first time since either of them have known Wade), Ron says he expected Wade to be shorter in height (despite the fact that Wade's already pretty short).
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Team Impossible had the same laser security system installed in their lair that Mr. Paisley had installed at his home in Upperton—however, when Wade activates the system, ultimately trapping them in precarious positions, they realize that they have zero clue on what to do.
  • It's Personal: How Wade felt about Team Impossible spiking his computer system.
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  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Team Impossible—they went from just being Punch Clock Heroes who wanted Kim to stop saving the world so they could get paid for it to basically straight-up trying to permanently end her heroics.
  • Only in It for the Money/Punch-Clock Hero: Team Impossible is this until the end of the episode. To go into greater detail:
    • Kim and Ron save the world on a regular basis, but for them, it's basically a hobby, and they also do it because it's the right thing to do—Team Impossible, on the other, treats saving the world like it's a business and charge a lot of money for their missions (and it's implied that if they don't get paid, then they won't help people). Team Impossible is also really smug about their abilities while Kim and Ron are comparably humbler.
    • In the end, Kim and the rest of the Team Possible (with a little coercion from Wade) are able to convince Team Impossible to go nonprofit by becoming agents for Global Justice.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Wade comes out of his room for the first time in the series to confront Team Impossible for wrecking his computer system.
  • Removing the Rival: Team Impossible tries to put Team Possible out of "business" because their helping people for no charge undercuts Team Impossible's business model.
  • Unnamed Parent: Lampshaded as Kim's father works on his tax return:
    Mr. Dr. Possible: Urgg, I'm a rocket scientist. I should be able to do my own taxes. Uh, let's see.... "Last name." "Possible." "First Name"....
  • Worthy Opponent: When captured by Team Impossible, Dr. Drakken modifies his usual rant about Kim Possible thinking she's all that by replacing the "but you're not" part with "but they are".
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