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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Wade once went to Paris and then to Kim using the excuse that he was there to fix the "French Internet".note  Kim actually discovers he was lying because the Internet is one united worldwide network. But, there was a "French Internet" of sorts between 1978 and 2012, or rather a pre-WWW precursor to the Internet as we know it today, the Minitel,note  which was able to implement various functionalities we now take for granted online.
    • In "Grande Size Me" Ron tries to prove that the "Wheel of Good Eating"(Based on the real life "Food Pyramid" taught in schools) is a myth, in the 2000s it was revealed that the Food Pyramid was in fact a myth and since the episode's airing the model received a fair amount of criticism to the point where more accurate models have since replaced it in schools.
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  • Ascended Fanon: Quite a bit of fanon, most obviously the names of Kim's parents.
  • Banned Episode: Ron the Man, due to its content (it reveals that Ron's Jewish) is banned in MENA region and apparently for the same reason the episode cannot be dubbed into Arabic (Strangely this didn't happen to any of Christmas-themed episodes). As a side-effect of the ban the episode was kept from being premiered in Poland until at least August 2010 when Disney Channel Poland separated from the Disney Channel MEA/Greece/Turkey feed.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Sort of. "Call Me, Beep Me" and "Say the Word" were played in heavy rotation... on Radio Disney.
  • The Character Ice Cream Bar: Blue Bunny sold a fruit punch and cherry-flavored ice bar with gumball eyes in the shape of Kim's head.
  • Children Voicing Children:
    • The Possible Twins, Jim and Tim, are both played by Shaun Fleming. He was 12 while recording season one, when the "tweebs" were 10. According to producers, Tim and Jim got a redesign and height boost in season four, either to justify Shaun's voice change or to justify a new actor. In the end, Disney went with a new actor, also a young boy: 13-year-old Spencer Fox, better known as Dash from The Incredibles. Of course, by season three, Fleming's voice had obviously broken, and no attempt was made to hide it. This had the bizarre result of the "tweebs" looking older but sounding younger than they had in the previous season.
    • Kim herself was voiced by Christy Carlson Romano, who was 16 years old at the time of casting.
    • Monique and Bonnie were also voiced by teens, as was Wade, though since he's a preteen, this makes it a bit of a Dawson Casting case for him.
  • The Danza: Tara, voiced by Tara Strong.
  • Defictionalization: Purely unintentional...probably, but there was a great deal of positive response to Taco Bell's Beefy Nacho Burrito because after ten years they finally caved and made a real life Naco. The Grilled Stuffed Nacho introduced in December 2013 is perhaps even closer to the Naco. Taco Bell would also introduce Diablo sauce in the 2010s in black packets much like the ones on the show.
  • Dueling Shows: Totally Spies! was another "secret agent high-school kid" show. It predated Kim Possible (which began in 2002, while Totally Spies began in 2001), and ironically, aired on what was then ABC Family (a remnant of having been co-produced by Saban before it and Fox Family were bought by Disney), then moved to Cartoon Network.
  • Executive Meddling: Both Good and Bad:
    • They requested an animal sidekick. We got Rufus.
    • In the episode "Bad Boy", Standards and Practices wouldn't allow the writers to show Drakken making coffee. They suggested chocolate milk instead, and the writers turned that into "Coco Moo", resulting in one of the series' funnier gags. (The rumor that "Coco Moo" itself resulted from S&P forbidding the phrase "chocolate milk" is unfounded, as Drakken actually does use that phrase in the episode.)
    • The "good eating" episode, mandated by execs, but what we got was... *shudder*
    • The original plan to make "Rappin' Drakken" a Villain Episode was vetoed.
    • Requested that the hats in "Showdown at the Crooked D" be called "Silly Hats" rather than "Stupid Hats". They even lampshaded it.
      Drakken: The Silly Hat!
      Shego: Not the name I would have chosen...
    • A scene in "Queen Bebe" explaining how the Bebes were reactivated was cut for time in order to dedicate more time to Smash Mouth.
  • Fake Scot: British-Israeli Brian George as Scottish Duff Killigan.
  • High Definition: The show was one of the earliest cartoon series produced in HD, despite releasing in an era when most households still had standard definition television sets. This has given the show some staying power, making it easier for younger audiences who grew up with larger resolution devices to enjoy it. It was cropped to 4x3 for standard defintion TV's, but is now regularly shown in HD.
  • I Knew It!: Early fan fictions were writing Shego as having a brother named "Hego" who is a superhero long before the actual character appeared. Fans didn't anticipate her having multiple brothers though, and especially not her being an ex-hero.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast: "Hidden Talent" reveals Kim cannot sing high notes. In fact she is truly atrocious at it. Christy Carlson Romano, her voice actress, is in fact an accomplished singer as she demonstrates at the end of the episode.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show has never been fully released on DVD. As of October 2010, Disney has released the first two seasons in the US, but as a Disney Movie Club exclusive, and the entire run is on iTunes and DisneyNOW in the US.
    • Fortunately, Disney+ got launched in November 2019 and the entire series, including "So The Drama" TV movie and "Sitch in Time"(albeit rather confusingly split up into three episodes in season 2 called "Past", "Present" and "Future" with zero indication that they are three parts of a TV Movie) and the 2019 live action version, started streaming.
  • Life Imitates Art: In "Grudge Match" it's revealed that Vivian Porter actually built the top-secret robot but passed it off as being created by Oliver(who himself was a robot created by Vivian) because people didn't take her research seriously because of her looks(blonde and wearing a tube top and mini-skirt). In real life there is a female tech-creator-Naomi Wu who dresses similarly to Vivian and also has issues with people not taking her research seriously because of her looks.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The credits of the first three seasons have a brief clip of Kim dodging an attack from a much larger Shego (it's unclear whether Shego has grown large or Kim has shrunk small). The scene never appears in any episode.
  • Non-Singing Voice: The Oh Boyz singing voices are not the same as their acting voices.
  • The Original Darrin: Senior Senior Sr was voiced in various episodes by Earl Boen instead of Ricardo Montalban when the latter was in poor health. He returned to the role when he recovered.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Shaun Fleming voiced the Tweebs for the first three seasons all the way to So The Drama. When the series was renewed for a fourth season, Fleming was going through too much puberty to reprise. Spencer Fox was chosen to replace him.
    • Breckin Meyer, who voiced Josh Mankey in the pilot episode, was replaced by A.J. Trauth in all other appearances for unknown reasons.
  • Out of Order: The early episodes had some oddities in their original airing order that introduced glitches in the show's continuity (such as it was):
    • "Tick-Tick-Tick" clearly establishes that Team Possible is encountering Dr. Drakken and Shego for the first time; however, they were the villains in the first-aired episode "Crush".
    • Bonnie temporarily takes over the cheer squad in "Number One" and introduces new uniforms. In the original airing order, the new uniforms show up in earlier episodes and switch back and forth with the original ones.
    • Ron becomes the cheer squad mascot in "Number One", but was previously seen in that role in the second-aired episode "Sink or Swim".
    • Luckily, Disney+ placed the episodes in production order, so people can follow along in proper continuity order.
  • Production Posse: Chris Bailey, Steve Loter, and Stephen Silver had all worked before this show on the short-lived Clerks: The Animated Series, also produced by Disney TV Animation (albeit under the Touchstone TV label).
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Gary Cole and Jean Smart, who portray Kim's parents, had previously both appeared The Brady Bunch Movie.
  • Release Date Change: The show was originally supposed to premiere in January 2002 according to this promo from the Spy Kids home video release, for whatever reason it was pushed back to summer.
  • Shrug of God: Taken by Bob Schooley after the series' end when it comes to some (not all) questions.
  • Talking to Himself: Drakken and Motor Ed share a voice actor, and in the episode where the two team up for a scheme it turns out that they're cousins. Seriously.
  • Technology Marches On: The intro song mentions pagers right when they were getting displaced by cellphones.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Shego's personality. Originally she wasn't intended to be a Deadpan Snarker who enjoyed needling her boss more than listening to him, but Nicole Sullivan's voice acting led the writers to play to her ability for that.
    • Motor Ed was created because John DiMaggio was goofing around in the break room and made up the voice for a laugh.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Zita is a fan of an Everquest parody (which still exists but has been overthrown by World of Warcraft), there's a '90s-esque reoccuring Boy Band, and Kim's fashion sense reeks of early 2000s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Adrena Lynn was meant to be a recurring villain in the series, but wasn't popular enough for the audiences.
    • The series pitch bible reveals some of McCorkle and Schooley's initial ideas for the show:
      • Steel Toe was envisioned as a member of the Rogues Gallery, rather than a law-abiding character-of-the-day (pro-wrestling is still in his backstory, though).
      • Similarly, Will Du (originally Ken Du) was meant to be much more of a recurring character, with Kim alternatively annoyed by his ego and nursing a crush on him.
      • Kim's token female friend was originally Zita - who, instead of a gamer chick, was a Soapbox Sadie that befriended Kim in an "Opposites Attract" sort of way.
      • Drakken originally wasn't an alias; his full name was meant to be Ubel Drakken.
      • Mr. and Mrs. Dr. P were originally meant to be a snack-food technologist and a senator, respectively.
    • Anneliese van der Pol was originally going to voice Kim, while Neil Patrick Harris was originally going to voice Ron.
    • Kim was originally intended to be blonde.
    • As confirmed by Friedle in his Twitter account, John Cena was considered to voice Ron, which would've caused a WTH, Casting Agency? from fans.
    • So the Drama was originally written as a live-action adaptation of the TV show, which explains the film's Broad Strokes. Also there was another script for a live-action film that later became Sky High.
    • According to former staff, there was supposed to be a fifth season and/or a sequel (either the fifth season was the sequel or they are two separate entities), but it was cancelled.
    • The show's logo was originally orange instead of green as shown in this teaser promo.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God:
  • Word of Saint Paul: According to Christy Carlson Romano, Kim and Ron now have 2 kids and live in Upperton after investing in Bueno Nacho.
  • Writer Revolt: Compelled to make a episode about dietary health, the story sees Ron hulk out due to a vat of stuff and a lot of junk food in a parody of Supersize Me. He delivers the ''wrong'' moral (don't mess with dangerous chemicals) to the camera while a growing crowd behind him wonder who he's talking to.
    • In addition to execs insisting on an animal sidekick and getting Rufus in return, Rufus' species, a naked mole rat, was deliberately chosen as Disney Channel would have no choice but to keep using the word "naked" to describe a main character throughout the series' run.

    The live-action movie 
  • Dawson Casting: Like many Disney Channel shows, this is mostly avoided for the most part, such as 16-year old Sadie Stanley playing 16-year-old Kim and 13-year-old Issac Ryan Brown playing 10-year-old Wade. Exceptions include 20-year-old Sean Giambrone as 16-year-old Ron and 20-year-old Erika Tham as 16-year-old Bonnie, but due to them being Younger Than They Look, this is not obvious.
  • Role Reprise:
  • Trailers Always Spoil: A week after the film aired, a special viewing of the film, with Drakken talking about five ways to be a villain during commercial breaks, was billed as featuring him, Shego, and Athena, spoiling one of the main plot twists of the movie.
  • What Could Have Been: Ciara Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Kim before getting cast as Athena, who was named Artemis in early development.
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