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Zeke and Luther is a TV series on Disney XD about two best friends named Zeke (Hutch Dano) and Luther (Adam Hicks) who aspire to become professional skaters. Other characters include:

  • Ginger (Ryan Newman): Zeke's sister. She usually mandates the B plot.
  • Kojo (Daniel Curtis Lee): The neighborhood jock and rival who can also act as an ally.
  • ...and Ozzie, Don, Lisa, The Plunks, Poochie, Stinky Cast, Kirby, Jumpsuit, Dale, Dingle, Nana and Carl, Olivia, etc.

Not to be confused with Zack and Cody. Or Zeke and Justin.


This show provides examples of:

  • Acrofatic: Zeke's algebra teacher Mr "Twirls" Rucker is a pretty good skateboarder for a "800 pound 37 year old." note  Luther even lampshades this.
  • Actor Allusion: When Daniel Curtis Lee poses as Luther's brother he hams it up and accidentally calls him Loomer.
    • In an episode featuring Hayley Kiyoko, Luther goes up to her, takes a whiff of her hair, and says it smells like lemons.
    • Hutch Dano (Zeke) also had a role on The Suite Life on Deck as Moose, Bailey's ex from Kettlecorn and in one episode of Zeke and Luther he is found shedding corn and he says, "What, I shed corn when I am stressed" and on the The Suite Life on Deck he also sheds corn.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of The Hangover
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ginger
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: When a skateboarding manager tells Zeke and Luther "You skate rats need to grow up", Luther replies "No you need to grow up Dooty-McPooface"
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Zeke and Luther often will interrupt the show to explain, interject, or something else. It's also functions as a Confession Cam.
  • Broken Aesop: In "Cup Stacking". So, if my best friend shows talent in something that doesn't interest me, I should find his friends and scare them into abandoning my friend so he'll come crawling back?
  • Butt-Monkey: All of the main characters (except for Zeke) fall to this trope at times. For the recurring characters, it's pretty much: Ozzie, Kirby Cheddar and Deputy Dingle.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Ginger repeatedly calls Zeke and Luther "pit-sniffers". In return, Zeke usually calls Ginger "mini-munch."
    • Ginger also tends to say "Oh yeah, baby!" when things are going her way.
    • Also, Kojo's "Watch out!" accompanied by a butt-slap.
    • Poochie's "YAY!"
  • The Chains of Commanding: Played for laughs in Kojo's subplot in the finale. With the guys going out of town, he takes over overseeing Ramps and suffers constantly.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The dog food in the pilot episode.
  • Christmas Episode: "Bro-ho-ho." Zeke and Luther use Kirby to get expensive skateboards and then try to fix his Christmas. Meanwhile, Ginger encounters someone claiming to be the real Santa Claus.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Olivia completely disappeared following "Adventure Boy" and no mention has been made at all of her since. Her poster still hangs on Zeke's bedroom, however.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Luther and Ozzie, the latter of the Extraverted Nerd variety.
  • Confession Cam: "There's No Business Like Bro Business, Part 1" opens with the boys revealing they've been doing this the entire time and recording various exploits as video journals. They even introduce the audience to their cameraman.
  • Crossover:
    • Zeke and Luther once appeared in a Peter Punk episode.
    • Also, Dale Davis appeared in Kickin' It and Pair of Kings.
    • Indirectly in I'm in the Band Burger yells "Skateboard on the sidewalk Zeke" which is highly possible he was referring to Zeke but which other skater in California is there named Zeke?. This is more proof that Zeke and Luther & the 3 areformentioned shows take place in the DCLAU.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ginger in Season 3 due to Ryan Newman leaving the show. She still appears in five episodes, however, but unfortunately not the Finale.
  • Disappeared Dad: While parents are already rare on this show, Kojo constantly refers to his mother but not his father.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Lisa gets distracted by watching Zeke drink water, which causes her and Ginger to lose an academic competition against Zeke and Luther.
  • The Ditz: Luther, at times. Such as when he thinks a hospital bedpan is a guacamole bowl and asks if he can have one.
  • Enemy Mine: Zeke and Ginger are forced into this to defeat Jumpsuit in "Law and Boarder".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Jumpsuit Johnson, Stinky Cast.
  • Expy:
    • It's pretty obvious that Ginger is the Pim Diffy of the present day.
    • Ginger is also very similar to Megan Parker (the show itself is often compared to Drake & Josh).
      • Jumpsuit Johnson can be considered one of Crazy Steve from D&J. They are both grown men with a Hair-Trigger Temper who always wear the same outfit every day. Except Crazy Steve is more of a friend/co-worker with Josh but Jumpsuit is considered an enemy of Zeke & Luther
  • Fan Disservice: Oswald's shorts are really really short (shudder).
  • Free-Range Children: And how!
  • G-Rated Drug: The "Nordic Blue" snow-cone syrup that was featured in one episode.
  • The Ghost: Zeke's parents are mentioned but noticeably absent, even when the plot clearly calls for them. Ditto for Luther's parents.
  • Halloween Episode: "Haunted Board." Zeke and Luther come across a skateboard that seems to have a mind of its own and won't leave them alone. Meanwhile, Ginger bets Stinky Cast that he won't be able to scare her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Zeke and Luther, obviously.
  • Jerkass: Most of characters show their jerkass side. Luther seems to be the exception in this trope (sometimes).
  • Kid Com
  • Killer Robot: In "I, Skatebot"
  • Knight of Cerebus: Garm Garoosh. Who tries to destroy Luther buy making him ride a skateboard about to explode.
  • Lady Land: Skater Girl Island, a near-mythical place hidden somewhere in town that boys are forbidden from entering.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Kojo with Zeke's cousin, in "Sludge"
  • Laugh Track: Mercifully averted (unlike several other shows on its network).
  • Lawful Stupid: Deputy Dingle
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the Christmas Episode, the boys pull a trick to get Kirby Cheddar's parents to buy expensive skateboards that they want and know he won't so they can get them for free. It works, but then they see they kept Kirby from getting what he most wanted for Christmas.
  • Name and Name
  • Out of Focus: Kojo in the last season. He makes fewer appearances, as the show focuses more on Zeke and Luther's professional skating careers than one-off adventures in the neighborhood.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Luther's little brother, Roy, who appears a couple times more than halfway into the show's run. Lampshaded by the characters noting that Roy spends so much time playing video games that he rarely leaves his room and doesn't even recognize Luther.
  • Santa's Existence Clause: In the Christmas Episode, the characters encounter a guy claiming to be the real Santa Claus, who constantly talks about the true meaning of the holiday. Others are willing to indulge this, but an annoyed Ginger finally demands he prove he's the real deal by getting Zeke and Luther the rare present they're looking for to give to Kirby. Subverted in that he says he can't, is just a guy who plays Santa for kids, and only wanted to teach her the meaning of Christmas. Double subverted when he reveals at the very end that he was Santa all along and got Kirby his present after all.
  • Sexophone: Lisa tries to invoke this by getting a friend to play the saxophone to help her seduce Zeke.
  • Shout-Out: To anyone who has watched The Shining, watch the Gingernator.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The Plunk Brothers
  • Skate Heaven Is a Place on Earth: A rare non-gaming example.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lisa Grubner, Zeke's 12-and-a-half-year-old stalker.
    • Stinky Cast is this to Ginger, but not to the same extreme.
  • Story Arc: A good chunk of season 3 revolves around the boys skate careers picking up for real.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kojo, to an insane degree.
  • Terrified of Germs: Ginger is a downplayed example. Germs in general don't bother her, but she's very protective of her belongings, especially when her brother's involved. The subplot to "Robo-Luth" involves Zeke messing with her by sneezing on something in her room but refusing to tell her what it was. It infuriates her to no end, and she eventually and aggressively scrubs all of her belongings. Once she's done, Zeke tells her what he sneezed on: the gloves she used to clean her other belongings.
  • Totally Radical: Advertisements hype its "skater lingo."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ginger at the end of the episode "Old Nasty". When she falls down the ride, Deuce catches her and saves her from being seriously injured. Deuce then tries the stunt himself and severly injures himself. After, Ginger breaks up with Deuce because she didn't want to take care of someone super injured even though Deuce saved her life. Such a Bonnie Swanson thing to do. Enough for Zeke to agree that Ginger is a cyborg. (A Brick Joke that Luther stated throughout the episode).

  • Unusual Euphemism: Oh, my god. Watch the show.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Garm Garoosh from "Luther Waffles and the Skateboard of Doom". Garoosh is the darkest villain/antagonist in this Kid Com show. He tried to kill Luther by having him stuck to a magnetic skateboard that was about to explode.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Zeke and Luther with Kojo. He's acknowledged his dislike of them and vice versa (to the point of Zeke calling Kojo his enemy), yet they always hang out and do things together.
  • The Voice: Kojo's mother. (She is only seen at the end of a music video although it's uncertain if it's actually the same woman with the voice.)
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: "Kojo Loses His Mojo." Kojo gets struck by lightning and his personality completely changes. He becomes sickeningly nice and gives up boarding. Zeke is initially thrilled, but he realizes their rivalry makes races and competitions more challenging and fun.
  • World of Ham: Arguably the best thing about the show.