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We work at a secret superhero hospital, no big deal!

Mighty Med (2013-2015) is a Disney XD comedy show about two kids, Kaz (Bradley Steven Perry) and Oliver (Jake Short), that discover a secret hospital where the superheroes they've read about in comics for years are treated, and they get jobs there as their years of comic experience makes them Genre Savvy about the ailments the heroes face.

In addition to the typical Disney XD Red Skies Crossover and Cross Through links, it had a direct Crossover with Lab Rats in summer 2015.

After only two years, the series ended with the Season 2 finale airing September 2015. During the same month, it was also announced that both this series and Lab Rats will be replaced by a permanent crossover series of the two titled Lab Rats: Elite Force staring characters from both series (including Perry, Short, and Berelc).

Tropes in Mighty Med:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Kaz and Oliver make great doctors due to the fact they're comic book geeks and know how most of the heroes' powers work.
  • Aerith and Bob: The most popular girls' name on Skylar's planet is "Ayiee-Eeki-Eeki-Waa". The second most: "Emily".
  • An Aesop: "Two Writers Make a Wrong" has one about everyday heroes (policemen, firefighters, etc.).
    • Future Tense has one about how one's actions in the present can determine what kind of person they will be in the future.
  • Afraid of Needles: Oliver, which is not helped when he's told he has to take a vaccine to avoid a super virus. Not helped when he sees what Mighty Med uses for a needle.
  • The Ageless: Apparently Horace hasn't aged since 1953.
  • All Myths Are True: Kaz and Oliver learn that superheroes, and everything they thought was a myth, is all real.
  • Answer Cut: In the ending of "Copy Kaz", Horace reveals backstory of the most powerful villain ever, Catastrophie, who was easily defeated and split into two separate beings, and is still alive somewhere. "But where?", Oliver puts. Cut to Wallace and Clyde at The Domain.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Skylar faced a villain who neutralized her powers, destroyed her ride and stole her clothes (leaving her in just her underwear).
    • Clyde and Wallace's plan is to find Mighty Med, destroy it, get their revenge on Horace Diaz and finally to go to France and eat croissants.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Double Subverted in Alan's Reign of Terror. Wallace and Clyde are upset over Kaz beating their high score in a game, and since he and Oliver and Jordan lost a bet with them, they cannot return to the Domain. However, Wallace and Clyde decide that they have to allow Kaz and Oliver to keep visiting, or they won't learn the location of Mighty Med.
    • The Annihilator tampered with Skyler's powers and now he's free and has Skylar under his control.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Throughout Season 1, Wallace and Clyde are set up as the Big Bads of that season, and most of the season focuses on them planning revenge on Horace Diaz and seek to recombine into Catastrophe, their true form. By the time the Season 1 finale kicks in, The Annihilator is the main threat of the special, while Catastrophe, who appeared in person, is demoted to being the secondary villain and ends up being defeated easily.
  • Berserk Button: Don't talk smack about Skylar's hero identity losing her powers in front of her, or you'll soon be sorry.
  • Big Bad: Wallace and Clyde (AKA Catastrophe), whose sole aim is to find Mighty Med. However, at the moment, Alan is the closest to being the Big Bad, for he made it his goal to get Kaz and Oliver fired.
    • With Catastrophe defeated, the Annihilator now has this role, especially since he tampered with Skylar's powers, and now has Skylar as his Dragon.
    • And following the Annihilator's death, new villain Mr Terror now has this role. And she is secretly Oliver's mother Bridget.
  • Bland-Name Product: Averted in "The Dirt on Kaz and Skylar". Despite not bearing the brand, Gus refers to the dirt loader he used as a Bobcat, which is a brand of construction vehicles.
  • Brought Down to Badass/Brought Down to Normal: Skylar may not have her powers anymore, but she is by no means helpless. The only abilities Skylar has left are exceptional reflexes and agility in combat.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Well there's Tecton drinking a cup of sugar-free lava (not java, LAVA). oh and then there's the food Alan eats.
  • Blessed with Suck: One of the staff at Mighty Med (Benny)'s super power is running at superspeed backwards and throwing things REALLY slow.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Upon hearing that Horace and his mother are engaged Oliver borrows Alan's Catchphrase and screams "WHAAAAAAAT?"
  • Catchphrase
    • Alan: "WHAT?!?!?"
    • Skylar: "There's a storm coming. Skylar Storm."
    • Horace: "I LOVE BRIDGES!!!"(and just about everything else.)
  • Chekhov's Lecture: Near the start of the Season 2 premier, Oliver and Kev get into an argument about Rewind's ability while cornered by Evil Skylar and The Annihilator, and it's pointed out how an electric shock temporarily supercharged his powers. Skylar and The Annihilator exploit this when they're about to be captured, zapping Rewind's power jar to send themselves back to before their cover was blown.
  • Comically Missing the Point
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cyborg: Megahertz.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the first season wasn't above mixing humour and whimsy, with high stakes and genuine danger. The second season takes it to a whole new level, while still remaining plenty of humour, the new Big Bad's are easily Knight of Cerebus, the stakes get noticeably higher and the events shift from simply danger of the week, to serious ongoing threats with potentially devastating consequences.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Skylar Storm losing all her powers.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Mr. Terror is this sort of villain and a rare female example. Being the head of his own organisation of supervillains, and operating in the shadows planning, while his lackeys and henchmen do all the work.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Alan in the first episode, in a bid to get rid of Kaz and Oliver, reports of their blunder with Tecton to the superhero news in the hopes to discredit them. As his uncle points out however, this exposed where the superhero was hiding to his arch-villain, Megahertz, who promptly attacks Mighty Med not seconds after the report gets out. It's a good thing Kaz and Oliver had managed to heal Tecton before then or things would've went much worse.
  • Dirty Coward: Alan.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Horace's idea of punishment for stealing office supplies is to cube them!
  • Ditto Aliens: On Caldera, every girl is genetically engineered to look like Skylar. Oliver was freaked when he found out this.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Played with, Doctor Horace Diaz told Kaz not to open the forbidden door holding Brain matter when in truth it was a freezer cause he knew if he said don't open the freezer Kaz will open it. (It still happened anyway, due to different circumstance of course.)
  • Dramatic Irony: A double example, presently Oliver is unaware his mother Bridget is the Supervillain Mr. Terror and Mr. Terror is unaware her son works for Mighty Med.
  • Enemy Mine: Alan with Kaz and Oliver in Lockdown.
  • Exact Words: In "Mighty Mad", Gus is told to write "I will not start fights." one hundred times. He ends up writing "I will not start fights one hundred times.".
  • Expy:
    • The main characters seem to be like Zack and Cody.
    • Alan appears to be a subtle expy of Lanny, who is a Butt-Monkey who wants nothing more than to dispose of the heroes. Unlike Lanny, he does not hide his hatred towards the main protagonists.
    • Lizard Man (who is a hero) seems to be based off the Lizard (who is a villain) from Spider-Man, most particularly from The Amazing Spider-Man film.
    • The Incapacitator from the Crossover is based off the Jamie Foxx version of Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
    • Queen Hornet is obviously based off of Bumblebee from Teen Titans.
    • Titanio has some similarities to Iron Man.
  • Evil Matriarch: Oliver's mother Bridget, is really the supervillain Mr. Terror.
  • Evil Nephew: Alan, sort of.
    • Although If we're to believe Doctor Horace, Alan's behavior is because he's angry at his ignorant father.
  • Eye Scream: Experion literally removed his eyeball to give to Kaz and Oliver, then it grew back.
  • Fantastic Slur: Although the Super Community consider normal people as "Normos", Alan uses it rather pejoratively.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: An envious Kaz uses a shrinking ray on Oliver as revenge for "stealing" his crush. It just so happens that a superhero with metallic skin has fallen ill and, as his skin makes x-rays and injections impossible, the only way to find out what's wrong is to send Oliver inside him. It turns out to be the superhero's arch-enemy, who had shrunken himself down to destroy the hero from the inside.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Its revealed the punishment for repeat offenders at Mighty Max Prison, is to be turned into an action figure and sold, its unclear if there still alive or not after the process.
  • Foregone Conclusion: With the reveal that Mighty Med will have a spin-off, the hospital will be destroyed and even though it looked like Bridget won, the premise makes it clear that her victory will not last.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Oliver's the Idealist, Kaz's the Cynic, Skylar's the Realist and Alan's the Ambivalent.
  • Freudian Excuse: Alan has a father who is mostly never there for him. It's later revealed this is because his father is the under cover superhero Optimo, who must pretend to be a normal person to keep his son safe from his archnemisis Razor Claw.
  • From Bad to Worse: Skylar was in danger of perishing, Experion and Megahertz attacked Mighty Med, and Catastrophe returned. All those things were solved, and Skylar got her powers back, but now the Annihilator is free and now a superpowered-Skylar has became brainwashed.
  • Gamer Chick: Jordan.
  • Genre Savvy: Kaz and Oliver. However, they are Wrong Genre Savvy when it comes to understanding what characterizes a villain.
  • The Ghost:
    • The Annihilator, until the Season 1 Finale.
    • Also, Kaz's siblings were mentioned a lot and never appeared. One of them, Kyle makes his official appearance in Lab Rats: Elite Force.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In the Season 1 finale, Alan takes the Dyad of Nebulon and reverts Catastrophe back into Wallace and Clyde. Wallace and Clyde act as the Bad Angels, telling Alan that he will get everything he always desired by combining the Dyad. Horace acts as the Good Angel, telling Alan to destroy the Dyad.
  • Hammer and Sickle Removed for Your Protection: Downplayed in Atomic Blast From The Past. Kaz and Oliver time travel to what's surely the Cold War Era, but references to Soviets and Communists were merely subtle or implied. The Boys find an atomic battery to save Captain Atomic in their time period, but the Captain Atomic of the past suspected them of being spies for "the enemy country", a placeholder used for the Soviet Union. There's also a villain called "Red Scare", who is vaguely a communist villain.
  • Hero Killer: A few crop up, for instance there is the Black Flacon, who outright targets heroes and puts multiple ones in the hospital, as well as coming very close to killing Skylar. Then there is the Annihilator, who it's implied has killed many heroes, and actually succeeds in killing Skylar.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Heroes and villains hide themselves so well in society people don't realize that they exist (It helps that people are too focused on their phones to notice some of them). The only reason the two main characters found Mighty Med is because they had followed one hero to a broom closest in the hospital where Mighty Med is hidden.
  • Hope Spot: The episode Do You Want to Build a Lava Man? is this. The boys haven't run into Evil!Skylar since the dance, but without Horace's knowledge, they went to Caldera to ask Hapax the Elder to help them defeat the Annihilator. He gives them a test to prove their bravery, and it meant they had to overcome many dangers the volcanic planet had to offer. They managed to defeat a man-eating, lava breathing creature, get the MacGuffin, and barely make it out alive. The MacGuffin was just a medallion, but they've proven themselves enough for him to accompany them and defeat the villains. Hapax had a few more things to pack, Kaz and Oliver were ready to leave behind the dangers of Caldera, so things were all downhill from there. Just when everyone's about to leave, the Annihilator and Skylar ambush them. Cue an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Hulking Out: Brain Matter suffers this in his first appearance.
  • Humanoid Alien: Skylar and Experion are genetically engineered beings from the planet Caldera, and happen to look like humans. What makes them alien is their ability to regenerate lost limbs and organs.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jordan Got angry with the guys for not helping out with the project but in later eps we seen her not liking to help others.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the pilot, Tecton comes in impaled in the chest with a stop sign.
  • Interspecies Romance: Oliver with Skylar, who is a Calderan.
  • Jerkass: Alan. It should be noted that he told the media about what Kaz and Oliver did to Tecton, which led to Megahertz attacking Mighty Med.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Captain Atomic's weapon of choice, given to him by his girlfriend. It saved his life when it blocked a radioactive bullet during World War Two, and was later made atomically powered when he was. It proves to be quite the Swiss army knife of weapons.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Annihilator is the first villain the show plays completely and utterly straight and is undisputedly the greatest threat yet. His presence caused the series to turn a lot darker.
    • Mr. Terror, a complete No-Nonsense Nemesis who introduced personally executing a henchman for failing him.
  • Lampshade Hanging: A portion of this shows humor derives from them hanging lampshades on things that don't make sense, such as characters asking why the power to stop time affects everybody but them and the villain, or why Oliver's clothes changed size when he got older and younger respectively.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Kaz created the name for Skylar's alter ego, "Connie Valentine", by looking at a sign that said "Carnival Time".
  • Literal Metaphor: Night of The Living Nightmare has Kaz trapped in a nightmare. After some motivational support from Oliver, Kaz states that he needs to "rely on himself," and summons a doppelganger to fight off the dream Megahertz.
  • Living Dream: One episode was tittles this, but it wasn't a dream.
  • Loophole Abuse: As a rule, Normos who aren't Kaz, Oliver, or a costumed crime fighter have to have their memories erased or be cubed. However, the crossover with Lab Rats reveals that bionic superhumans are not considered superheroes, but since they still don't qualify as normos, they're spared of those punishments and keep their memories of the place.
  • The Masquerade: The majority of the world is unaware of the existence of superheroes and super villains.
  • Masquerade Paradox: Supers are completely hidden from the public, and their exploits are hidden from the public and sold as comics — they've earned enough to fund a hospital. Apparently, people are too distracted by their phones. But before phones became commonly used? And why hide supers in the first place when it becomes so much harder? In the later Lab Rats/Mighty Med crossover show Lab Rats: Elite Force, the supers just say they're bionic since bionics became public knowledge in Lab Rats, like that's somehow easier to swallow.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Everytine Alan makes a comment and someone attempts to correct him, Alan will angrily respond with "I SAID SOMEWHAT X!"
  • Merlin Sickness: Hapax the Elder is revealed to have a version of this, he ages backwards. He does remember what previously occurred, and his body is still subject to fatigue despite him getting younger.
  • Mind over Matter: Alan Diaz has the power of telekinesis.
  • Mistaken Identity: The guy Kaz thought was Doctor Wrath was actually a secret agent hunting the guy down.
  • Mood Whiplash: In "Storm's End", we cut from Skyler apparently being Killed Off for Real to wacky hijinks at the comic shop.
  • Muggles Do It Better: People without powers are called "normos" by the super community (with guys like Alan looking down on them.) Kaz and Oliver, who are normal, work as the hospital's two best doctors. This is taken up to eleven in Season 2, where Oliver defeated Skylar Storm using sheer cunning and knowledge of superheroes' weaknesses. This is quite noteworthy, because no superhero, not even Tecton, could defeat Skylar with raw power.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Citadel's skin makes it impossible to get hurt at least on the outside, however one can still attack him from the inside.
  • Noodle Incident: Jordan didn't talk to her twin sister due to the fact she thought she ate her cupcake (Kaz later revealed it was him).
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: The Great Defender is this; on Earth he is a great and powerful, not to mention highly respected huge superhero, however on his own planet he is constantly picked on for being smallest person there.
    • Kaz and Oliver themselves are a play on this - their specialness at Mighty Med is because they are normal (and their Genre Savviness when it comes to superheroes).
  • Not So Harmless Punishment: Skylar reveals that the punishment on her planet for being late is to stand in the corner. She then reveals that in her language, "corner" means oven.
  • Oh, Crap!: Very much the moment when The Annihilator and Skylar show up at the end of Do You Want To Build a Lava Man?
  • The Pen Is Mightier: A rather interesting variant in the poorly pun title The Pen Is Mighty Med-ier Than the Sword
  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: the opening credits show the protagonists going from live action to comic book style artwork. The scene transitions do the same.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Being fresh out of the fifties, Captain Atomic finds the idea of female doctors hilarious (Played for Laughs).
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Deconstructed in one ep where Oliver's age gets messed up, and he nearly ages to death because of it.
  • Power Armor: Titanio wears this; it's revealed he built it himself.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kaz and Oliver.
  • Red Scare: In Atomic Blast From The Past, this was greatly in effect when Kaz and Oliver time traveled to the 50s. Captain Atomic suspected them of being spies when he caught them trying to take an atomic battery to save his future self. There's even a super villain whom Captain Atomic takes out fittingly named "Red Scare". The way Horace wants to deal with said villain and Kaz and Oliver (i.e. De-arming them) is surely a Take That! to the attitudes towards those suspected of being communists during that era. However, no reference to the Soviet Union was made, as Kaz and Oliver were suspected of being spies for "the enemy country", which was used as a place holder for the Soviets.
  • Reset Button: Used in the ending of Season 2's premiere. Skylar uses Rewind's powers to travel to before the start of the episode, resulting in everybody forgetting she was turned evil.
  • Resurrection Gambit: This turns out to be the crux of Mr Terror's AKA Oliver's mother Bridget's plan. She knows that absorbing the power of the Arcturion will kill her, she seduces Horace Diaz whom has the power to resurrect a set number of times. Thus Horace will save his beloved fiance, and she will wake up the most powerful villain in existence.
  • Revenge: The Annihilator worries about this trope since if there's a chance Skylar ever get the chance to get her power, she will come after him. so he recruits Skylar's former friend Experion and sent him to Mighty Med too kidnap her and bring her to him so he could kill her himself.
  • Running Gag: Horace's love for bridges.
    • Becomes a Brick Joke in the Season 1 finale, when Horace is heavily injured by Catastrophe.
    • Clyde's villainous declaration, every time he thinks he has a shot at becoming powerful again.
    Clyde: I can't wait to destroy them all. Except [hero]. I like his [accessory]. Him I'll just torture.
  • The Load: Kaz, ESPECIALLY in the first episode.
  • Secret Chaser: Wallace and Clyde.
  • Secret Identity: Kaz and Oliver have to keep the existence of Mighty Med a secret from the human world.
  • Science Hero: Brain Matter was one of these, possessing super intelligence, however he tried to give himself further powers and it ended up going horribly wrong.
  • Self-Deprecation: Whenever Clyde seems to be talking bad about Wallace it's revealed he is actually talking about himself.
    Clyde: I'm So dumb sometimes.
  • Shock and Awe: Megahertz.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smug Super: Pretty much all of the superheroes have shades of this (even Skylar, who occasionally borders on outright vanity) while there all benevolent and not particularly outwardly arrogant, they never the less do know how powerful and successful they are and are not always above boasting. Comes back to bite them however in "Fantasy League for Heroes" where Kaz sets up a superhero version of Fantasy Football, and starts ranking them, they end up (with a bit of prompting, and a few lies from Kaz to increase their competiveness) becoming more focused on being ranked the highest than actually saving people, leading to them all trying to prevent he same disaster to get the points, meaning that there were no heroes around to prevent the next disaster.
    • The only one who fits this near completely straight is Alan, and he's closer to Small Name, Big Ego, as he's considered quite weak in superhero terms, has accomplished near nothing and thinks he's better than everyone else.
  • Split at Birth: A rather interesting variant. Wallace and Clyde were once one supervillain known as Catastrophe, but Horace Diaz split said supervillain into two pathetic beings (Aka Wallace and Clyde). The only thing that can make them whole is combining an amulet (one half of which is in the possession of Horace).
  • Strange Minds Think Alike
  • Surprise Party: "Lockdown" has Skyler put together a surprise birthday party for Oliver at The Domain. It ends early when he and Kaz never show up due to the hospital being on lockdown throughout the whole episode.
  • Tag Line: Saving the People who Help Save People, which is also the title of the show's first episode.
  • The Heroine: Skylar Storm
  • Tempting Fate: In the final scene of the first episode, Oliver complains to Kaz that he almost revealed the location of Mighty Med to Wallace and Clyde, but Kaz dismisses it. Turns out they overheard...
  • The Corrupter: The Annihilator is this in the brainwash category. Wallace and Clyde try to pull this with Alan but failed
  • The Voiceless: Despite appearing in many episodes and even fighting a battle, Solar Flare never speaks onscreen. Further lampshaded when it is mentioned that she is a notorious gossipmonger.
  • Threatening Shark: Horace is revealed to have a pet one in "Are You Afraid of the Shark" it becomes much more threatening after Oliver accidentally causes it to mutate into a man-shark hybrid which starts trying to eat the staff at Mighty Med.
  • True Love's Kiss: Subverted. Oliver and Kaz are told that this is the only way to turn Skylar good, only for Clyde and Wallace to realize they were thinking of the Trope Namer after Oliver hangs up. In reality, kissing Skylar would result in Kaz's death.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Oliver and Kaz, its subtle but as the show goes on, they both get more used to actually standing up to and fighting back when confronted, over simply running away.
  • Uterine Replicator
  • Unknown Rival: Kaz and Oliver are unaware of Clyde and Wallace's villain nature.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Apparently Alan gained his grandfather's animal shapeshifting ability, doesn't mean he can completely control it however.
    • Don't even get us started with what happens when he eat normo food.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Tecton has a meteorite in his chest that heals himself, but if it's exposed to Gargulon gas or when Gargulon gas is formed when delta radiation reacts to something made of gold, Tecton's ability to heal is interfered.
    • Skylar becomes incapacitated when exposed to coal. She also can't see in the dark (but luckily that one easy to fixed thanks to night vision goggles.)
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: Kaz tries to help Oliver get fired from being Tecton's assistant. However not only does Tecton see through this (Seeing though as Kaz being jealous) he does not believe that it was Megahertz who was calling saying he really does have Oliver.
  • Wham Line:
    • In the final scene of the first episode once Kaz and Oliver exit and Wallace and Clyde overheard them:
    Wallace: Finally, our way into Mighty Med.
    Clyde: And before long all the weak superheroes...
    Both: Will be dead superheroes!
    • From "Copy Kaz":
    Horace: You are Kaz! So that was a villain impersonating you, but who?
    Kaz: Wait, uh-uh, villains impersonating me? Villains know who I am that is... awesome!
    Horace: No one has any use for the Dyad of Nebulan, other than Catastrophe, the most powerful villain ever to terrorize the galaxy! But he was defeated years ago and split into two separate beings — each of them pathetic and nearly powerless.
    Oliver: The two beings must still be alive somewhere...but where?
  • Your Days Are Numbered: If Skylar doesn't get her powers back after a year, her arms will explode off and in a few days, she will perish.