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They’re best of buds, they prowl the night;
As super studs, they fight for good;
They’re awesome guys, who kick crime in the butt!
X-Ray and Vav!
He's a popular guy, a parkour master,
And might know some Kung fu....
X-Ray and Vav!
He's delightfully British, a hero for justice,
And cares how you feel!
X-Ray and Vav!

X-Ray and Vav is an animated web series created by Rooster Teeth first released on November 27, 2014. The series focuses on the adventures of the titular heroes, who are in turn based on the fictional alter egos of Ray Narvaez Jr. and Gavin Free from Achievement Hunter (who also provide their voices).

X-Ray and Vav are your typical heroic duo, who are just trying to make the world a better place - the only problem is that they're failing miserably, unable to do the most menial 'superhero' tasks and getting no respect from the general public. However, after a failed robbery attempt and a run-in with a super-intelligent engineer named Hilda, the duo are given the opportunity to become the greatest superheroes of all time... if they don't destroy the city in the process.

A second season began on July 18, 2015, and you can watch the new intro trailer here, and the Comic Con trailer here. Though Season 2 will be longer than Season 1 with ten episodes, Rooster Teeth opted to split it in half, with the second season of The Strangerhood (one of the many stretch goals for funding Lazer Team) airing between the first and second halves. Despite Narvaez's departure from Rooster Teeth in April that year, he continued to do voice work for his character in the series during Season 2; however, when asked by fans, he said he was "not interested" in returning to voice the character again should they do a third season.

X-Ray and Vav contains examples of the following:

  • Adaptational Villainy: The Corpirate in "Let's Play WWE '13" was just a silly character Geoff made up, and was more a standard Wrestling Heel than outright evil. In the show, he's turned into The Kingpin with a plan to brainwash everyone in town.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Vav's "Ballistic British Barrage."
  • Air-Vent Passageway: X-Ray, Vav, and Hilda crawl through them to sneak through Monarch Laboratories. Hilda falls through the panels at one point and gets captured.
  • Amusing Injuries: Hilda's ray gun turns X-Ray into a pile of ashes with eyes and a mouth, who snarks about the third-degree burns. Two shots later, he's completely fine.
  • And I Must Scream: If victims of Vav's slow-mo hands also feel everything in slow motion, the Corpirate suffers this; Vav accidentally puts him into slow motion when he pushes him off the building, leaving him to very slowly fall to his death.
    • The Stinger of "Reign Down" is the Corpirate finally landing, his henchman having provided a mattress to catch his fall. It's unknown if the Corpirate is still in slow motion or not.
  • Attack Drone: ORF is much more combat-capable than she first appears after being upgraded.
  • Attention Whore: The reason X-Ray wants to stop Mogar is because he keeps stealing the spotlight from him.
  • Atrocious Alias: Hilda comments that X-Ray and Vav's names sound stupid, shocking them because they thought they sounded cool.
    • Also, The Winer? Really?
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Done when Mogar breaks The Mad King out of the asylum, and The Mad King summons the crown to him (through a wall) and places it back on his head.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Mad King, of course.
    I'm going to tear off your arms and use them to applaud your demise!
  • Bad Boss: The CEO of Monarch Labs fires Hilda after the events of Episode 1, and is considered to be crazy by the general public. Understandable considering he's the Mad King .
    • The editor of Ash's now-former newspaper job is more out to sell papers than telling the truth. Ash finally gets the hint when he changes her expose on The Mad King to the point where it was praising him and she walks out.
  • Beam-O-War: X-Ray and the now muscular Corpirate engage in one in Episode 4.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Even though Mogar's a human, he still wears bear skin.
  • Bigger on the Inside: X-Ray and Vav's super-tights have a miniature pocket dimension within them, letting them store way more stuff in there than is physically possible.
  • Black Comedy: Every death in the series is Played for Laughs.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Lampshaded when the Corpirate shoots X-Ray first
    Brown guy's shot first. How original.
  • Blatant Burglar: The mooks are all wearing ski masks and grey and black clothes. And they went to Robber School together.
  • Bond One-Liner: Vav tries one in Episode 4 against the Corpirate. Both X-Ray and the victim think it's extremely lame.
    Consider yourself mutinized. ...I mean mutinated. ... This is a mutiny, is what I'm getting at.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • ORF, courtesy of the Mad King in episode 2. She gets better.
    • The Mayor, Hilda and later the entire city in Episode 3, thanks to the Corpirate.
  • Brick Break: In Season 2's intro, X-Ray attempts to punch through a board, but shatters his hand, literally.
  • Brick Joke:
    • A cross-media one. In Let's Play Minecraft, Ryan expressed his desire to be a super villain. Come episode 2, he is, as the Mad King himself.
    • Also, in Episode 4, Plan A-42b version 6.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Mogar beats up Rusty so hard, the latter pisses himself.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Played for laughs. When Vav gives the Corpirate a well-aimed kick (the first time a physical attack from him actually works), he offhandedly mentions he broke his foot.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": X-Ray has an "X" made of green lightning bolts and Vav has a "V" with a hat and colored to resemble the British Flag.
  • The Caligula: The Mad King is quite proud of being this.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
  • Canon Immigrant: Both The Mad King and The Corpirate have been featured in various Achievement Hunter Let's Plays before moving to this series as villains.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Mad King, who loves to brag about how evil he is.
  • Catchphrase: X-Ray has "SUCK MY X-RAY!"
  • Celebrity Paradox: Potentially; X-Ray and Vav appear to be, at the very least, real life Ray and Gavin. However, various other Rooster Teeth employees they should know in that case voice various characters. For example, Hilda is voiced by Lindsay Jones, the Mad King is voiced by Ryan Haywood and the Corpirate is voiced by Geoff Ramsey.
  • Chekhov's Gun: X-Ray's x-ray vision, despite being often ignored in favour of Eye Beams, is used in the final episode to locate Hilda.
    • Vav's slow-mo hands are also used properly in Episode 4 in order to keep X-Ray from being pushed off by the Corpirate's key beam.
    • Rusty's Tinfoil Hat is actually how you protect yourself from the brainwashing.
    • Did you really think the season would end without a little closure as to how Plan A-42b version 6 worked?
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: X-Ray refuses to turn off his laser beams because he's determined to be the hero.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Rusty has his moments of this.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Rusty beats up Mrs. Tewiliger, saying she was "Brainwashed by the Government, sent to kill you." Which seems unlikely, but if you look at her eyes, they are the same blank yellow eyes people have when they are mind controlled by the key.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When the Mayor looks out his window and sees the destruction X-Ray is causing with his Eye Beams, he's more annoyed that the city no longer matches the scale model replica he just finished building. When a stray blast ricochets through the window and wrecks the model as well, he thanks X-Ray for making it accurate once more.
  • Complexity Addiction: Vav shows signs of this, given the plan of action that he has laid out for catching a single crook.
    Vav: I suggest we go with Plan A-42b version 6. You find the helicopter, I'll get the squid...
  • Contrived Coincidence: Played for laughs right after they put on their new gear.
    Vav: X-Ray, please, we've got to find some crime to fight.
    [Camera reveals 3 mooks outside a convenience store right across the street from them.]
    Vav: Oh, that was easy.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The current main villain The Corpriate has an evil plan to take over the city. Among his evil group are some burglar cronies and The Mad King, who himself is a CEO and openly evil.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Despite his competence in the rescue mission in episode 2, Rusty is shown to be this after beating up X-Ray's elderly neighbour after thinking she's been put under mind control/has turned into a zombie.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Mayor is actually quite a competent fighter while under mind control.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • Hilda when X-Ray and Vav leave before they can agree on a plan: "Aw, son of a bi—"
    • Hilda when X-Ray and Vav break up: "Well, fu—"
  • Cuteness Proximity: Vav, upon meeting Orf:
    Vav: (with voice getting higher and higher pitched with every word) Awww, look at the cheeky little kitty Christmas bulb! Look at your little face!
    ORF: Language input does not compute. Please speak: English!
    Vav: What?!
    • Rusty ends up drinking The Made King's evil milk just because it has a cute cow on it.
  • Damsel in Distress: ORF in the second episode is still in the hands of Monarch Labs. X-Ray, Vav, and Hilda sneak in to rescue her. She's actually been brainwashed/reprogrammed to be evil, but Hilda fixes that.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 2 is shaping up to be like this, especially episode 3, which had both Mogar and Vav wounded and bleeding (though Vav's wound is less pronounced.)
  • Darkest Hour: Episode 3: Evil Unlocked. The Corpirate almost effortlessly takes over the city via mass mind control by the end of Episode 3, "Evil Unlocked." X-Ray and Vav don't even get the chance to fight him! Fortunately, their sheer stupidity makes them immune to mind control (as Rusty puts it, they have the emptiest heads around), giving them the chance to take back the city.
    • Season 2, Episode 7: The Anti-Vav Ray. The Mad King has effectively turned X-Ray and Vav against not only themselves, which Vav just doesn't understand, but also the city.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hilda. X-Ray to some extent as well.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of superhero tropes, similar to The Greatest American Hero.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "It's truly an honor to be receiving this honor honorably."
  • Destructive Savior: X-Ray and Vav set out to stop three robbers. First they (accidentally) crush one to death then they proceed to destroy the entire city in their ham-handed attempts to stop the others. In Episode 1, no less.
  • The Ditz: The Mad King, in-universe, calls X-Ray and Vav idiots for spending all of their time whining and complaining about their problems instead of actually being heroes.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In episode 2, our heroes express great displeasure at the fact that they weren't made heroes for saving the city, not realizing that they kinda destroyed the city.
    • Twice during episode 4, X-Ray gets annoyed at Hilda for not thanking them for freeing her from brainwashing, and then saving her from falling off a building.
  • Epic Fail:
    • X-Ray boasts to Hilda that he's a master of Le Parkour, but crashes while trying to demonstrate.
    • X-Ray ends up destroying the entire city trying to catch two robbers who are moving in slow motion.
    • Episode 2 sees Vav failing to slow-mo the Mad King's crown and then going on to slow-mo himself in the face.
  • E = MC Hammer: There is a board full of math equations in Hilda's lab.
  • Evil Former Friend: The Corpirate to Rusty as they used to be business partners
  • Evolving Credits: The opening for Season 2 adds characters seen in previous episodes of the season each week.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The intro to season 2 is this.
  • Eye Beams: X-Ray's x-ray glasses also allow him to use these. His aim starts off really bad, though he improves by episode 2.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The Corpirate, at the end of Episode 1.
  • Foil: Mogar is one towards X-Ray and Vav. He's highly competent, ferocious, is great at combat, doesn't speak much, is fast, and he's a true parkour master.
  • For Science!: The reason that Hilda gives X-Ray and Vav her inventions, as she can't test them legitimately at work. However, she is clearly more pissed off that they destroyed the city rather than them forgetting to collect any data.
  • Foreshadowing: Season 2 Episode 1 has a newspaper clipping that shows that the Corpirate is still falling slowly. In Achievement Hunter terms, he's "Still in the Air!"... but that's Ryan's meme, but it counts as a subtle nod as to who is going to show up.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Dawn of Mogar" pause it before the second newspaper focuses on the top. You'll see that the Corpirate is still falling and the police are unsure on how to handle it!
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: X-Ray and Vav are just random guys in colored shirts, carpet capes, and a logo literally taped to their shirt at the start, and they struggle to so much as rescue a kitten from a tree. Hilda shows up and gives them superpowers via special equipment... and then the city is in ruins. Played for Laughs.
    • Another cross-media one. In Lets Play WWE '13, The Corpirate was just a goofy banker on wall street who loved to wrestle. Come Episode 3, he not only turns out to be the evil boss of a villainous organization, but he was also able to take over the city with the power of mind control. Not bad for a former wrestler.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Energized Dairy Gathering Absorption Rig. Better known as E.D.G.A.R.
  • Funny/Meaningful Background Event: While X-Ray and Vav argue about how they should handle the purse-snatcher, said crook can be seen clambering all over the surrounding buildings, before stopping in the middle of the street to watch the duo bicker. He is then promptly run over by a car, thwarting himself.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Hilda apparently built ORF as a small child and can make communication earpieces out of scrap from an alleyway.
  • Genre Blind: X-Ray and Vav clearly do not understand enough tropes to be able to detect most of what is going on around them, especially in Season 2. With Mogar running around and being a better superhero than they are, they are not only shaping up to be Heroes of Another Story, but also The Rivals to the more heroic Mogar. Plus, when they confront the Mad King in Episode 5 of Season 2, they disregard the head of the asylum's advice by going in seperately and answering his questions, allowing him to manipulate them.
  • Genre Shift: Starting with "Coal and Order", Season 2 has gone from being a super hero show, to a more noir/hardboiled/mystery show.
  • Hammerspace: X-Ray and Vav's "over-undies" contain this, according to Hilda. Sure enough, they can fit grappling hooks and who knows what else.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: X-Ray and Vav. They'd have to be, what with managing to platonically touch crotches.
  • Hot-Blooded: X-Ray shouts a lot and is eager to get chase down criminals and kick their asses. He has to be restrained from getting himself hurt by Vav.
    Vav: X-Ray, you gotta stop, man! You're going to blow up the whole city!
    X-Ray: Must... be... a HERO!!!
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Hilda tosses X-Ray and Vav out without telling the duo how any of their gear works, thus, they end up wrecking the city. Though technically she didn't seem to actually know how the teacup even worked.
  • I Call It "Vera": Hilda refers to her giant taser as "Betsy". Whether or not that's a name or just a one-time use of a stock pronoun replacement is yet to be seen.
  • Idiot Hero: The title characters themselves. Justified in that they're both inexperienced.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: X-Ray claims that he's played enough video games to be able to hit the two robbers stunned by Vav's "slow-mo gloves" with his Eye Beams, since in theory it should be just like Duck Hunt. In practice, however, well...
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Hilda does this to O.R.F. in episode 2.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: X-Ray has Eye Beams, but his aim is very poor. He fails to hit a practically unmoving target, instead scorching the ground around them, and somehow escalating to frying parts of the buildings nowhere near the target. Justified since a) he was getting increasingly angry with his failed hits and b) Hilda mentions that one of the side effects is blindness, which could include the glare from the shots.
  • Improvised Weapon: The Mad King's crown is used as both a knife and a boomerang (thanks to X-ray).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: X-Ray, Vav, and The Mad King all look like their voice actors. In season 2, Mogar looks a lot like a buffer version of Michael.
  • Irony: If you've watched Achievement Hunter, you'll find it rather ironic that Vav is the one suggesting they come up with plans, and X-Ray is the one charging in. It's doubly ironic that X-Ray is the worst shot of the bunch.
  • Karma Houdini: X-Ray and Vav don't get any jail time for destroying the better part of the city while saving the day and are instead given a parade by the Cloud Cuckoo Lander Mayor.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Mad King. While still somewhat comedic, the fact that he's an actual murderer made him far more threatening than the poodle poking criminals previously encountered, and his appearance marked the beginning of Season One's story arc. His return in Season Two takes it further as he quickly uses an effective Hannibal Lecture to to coerce X-Ray and Vav into distrusting each other, then convinces Mogar to free him. Becoming arguably a bigger threat than even the Corpirate was.
    • Mogar seems to be taking things in a far more serious direction, too. He's far more competent than the protagonists, is at best The Comically Serious when it comes to humorous moments, and is on an actual quest to find "mother".
  • Lame Pun Reaction: One of the corporates boos the Mad King when he says that Hilda (who he shot with a freeze ray) got cold feet.
  • Large Ham: X-Ray and Vav both when doing their introductions. Vav also gets this by himself (though quieter) whenever he gives a speech about them being/wanting to be superheroes.
    Vav: Being a superhero isn't about keys to the city and publicity! The reward comes from helping others!
    • The Mad King is one, naturally.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Gus Sorola as X-Ray's Mom and Jack Pattillo as Mrs. Terwiliger.
    • Vav in disguise as a mom in S2 Episode 1.
  • Le Parkour: X-Ray claims to be a master. He's... not.
    • Mogar on the other hand, is.
  • Mad Scientist: Hilda has hints of this, despite acting deadpan and sane most of the time. For one, she's built several highly dangerous weapons that her corporate employers quite reasonably do not want to see enter production and she hands them off to random idiots to test For Science!. Bonus points for having a stereotypical German scientist name, though she lacks the accent.
    • The Mad King is apparently a genius but is also completely insane.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The last shot of Episode 1 reveals that The Corpirate was behind the heist that X-Ray and Vav foiled.
    • He's also behind The Mad King, though he lost interest after he was defeated.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Mad King is able to easily get inside of X-Ray, Vav, and Mogar's heads to get the former two to see each other as rivals, and the latter to break him out of the asylum.
  • Meaningful Name: Monarch Labs is run by no other than the Mad King.
  • Medium Awareness: X-Ray seems to know that they are in a show, with him saying "Cue transition!" and later saying that Mogar can't stick around because their name is in the title.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Delivered by the mind controlled Mayor.
  • Miming the Cues: X-Ray and Vav do this to communicate to each other while in stealth mode. Vav signals an incomprehensibly complex plan to deal with the guard while X-Ray just mimes punching the guy out, to which Vav adds the slight modification of having them both do a double-teaming punch at the same time from each side.
  • Mind-Control Device: The key to the city, which the Corpirate uses to take over the town.
  • Never Say "Die": Surprisingly, this series seems to avoid saying "kill" or "killed" despite having no problems with adult language or jokes. For example, The Mad King is described to have been "defeated" or have "suffer[ed]" despite presumably being fried with a Wave-Motion Gun. However, the same character has no problems with saying "kill" himself, which makes sense as he's a psycho villain. Justified in that he didn't die.
  • News Travels Fast: This town literally takes minutes to get a story out.
  • Noodle Incident: A brief one in the first episode, apparently involving a fire at Vav's apartment.
    X-Ray: Sometimes you just gotta do something stupid to get results.
    Vav: That's what you said about the apartment fire! But guess what? I was right! Gasoline just made the fire worse!
  • Noodle Implements: One of Vav's plans involves a helicopter and a squid... and that's just one of them.
  • No-Sell: After the Corpirate goes One-Winged Angel mode, X-Ray's lasers no longer have any affect on him whatsoever.
    • Both X-Ray's lasers and Vav's slow-mo hands don't do a single thing to the giant monster in "Enter the Dragonfic."
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Hilda think that her boss is a genius, saying people are wrong about him being crazy. She's proven to be very, very wrong, though she's right about him being a genius.
  • Not So Above It All: Hilda's Deadpan Snarker attitude makes her seem miles above the titular duo in the sanity department, but her arguing with X-Ray ends with her (and X-Ray) grumbling like first-graders after Vav breaks them up. Also, she's a complete mad scientist, making all sorts of extremely dangerous weapons and handing them off to complete strangers playing superhero so that they can test them.
  • Offhand Backhand: In Episode 4, Hilda uses Betsy this way with a Pistol-Whipping after beating a few soldiers with shooting it.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Most of Vav's date with Ash. Until the knives come out.
  • One of the Boys: Hilda is not only a scientist (albeit kind of a mad one), but is also a Gamer Girl.
    Hilda: Well, you two leotarded losers have fun trying to make the world a better place. Ol' Betsy and I got a date with an Xbox and a bag of chips.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Corpirate gains a lot of muscle after absorbing power from the key to the city.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: X-Ray and Vav are only known as X-Ray and Vav, even to each other. We don't even necessarily know if their real names are Ray and Gavin yet.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: The driving force of Season 2's second half. X-Ray's insane jealousy towards Vav's infatuation with Ash and Mogar's rise in popularity has essentially lead the two to break up.
  • The Power of Friendship: How Hilda fixes reprogrammed Orf. Naturally, it get's lampshaded.
    The Mad King: "What is this Disney bullshit?"
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • X-Ray, upon discovering ORF in episode 1:
    • In episode 2:
    The Mad King: What is this Disney bullshit?!
  • Reality Warper: Hilda's Reality Augmenting Journal, which Dragonface takes advantage of.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: X-Ray is red and Vav is blue.
  • The Reveal: Season 2, Episode 8 and the identity of Mogar's mother... EDGAR THE COW?!
  • Running Gag: In Season 2, characters adding a red necktie to their appearance, so far with ORF (now that Hilda is an executive), Rusty (as the duo's lawyer, with yellow polka dots) and Mogar (in the restaurant).
  • Sadistic Choice: In seson 2 Episode 7, The Mad King forces Vav to choose between saving Ash or X-ray when they are both suspended above lava, giving him only 30 seconds to try and save both. Even though the trap was a fakeout, Vav chooses to save Ash first and fails to get to X-ray in time.
  • Serial Killer: The Mad King is implied to be one since he mentions his "dead people collection." While he's imprisoned in Season Two Episode Five, he says he's barred from reading the newspaper for murdering two guards in two weeks.
  • Stealth Pun: According to Episode 5 of Season 2, X-Ray has a pet rock named Dwayne.
  • The Stinger: The tenth episode of season two reveals after the credits that The Corpirate, still in slow-motion, has finally made it down to the ground.
  • Super Zeroes: X-Ray and Vav start out as two bumblers in poorly made costumes who can't even rescue a cat properly. Even after Hilda's tech gives them powers, they remain incompetent, and the city labels them as "Super Morons" for destroying the entire city.
  • Take Over the World: The Corpirate's final goal.
  • Teeny Weenie: Implied with Vav when X-Ray looks at Vav with his x-ray vision, and points and laughs at his crotch.
  • Tempting Fate: Hilda asks X-Ray and Vav to try not to blow up the city. They don't even make it one episode.
  • That Poor Cat: During X-Ray's offscreen attempts at parkour.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Mad King gives one to X-Ray at the mental institute.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    X-Ray: Goo goo ga ga, bitch!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Well, X-Ray and Vav have the potential to do be badass with their new powers and gear if they weren't so dumb. Their initial powerlessness is a reference to the original incarnation of X-Ray and Vav, who had the "powers" of being able to see through objects and being able to see things in slow-motion, respectively, neither of which are useful for actually stopping criminals.
    • They end up saving the city and defeat the Corpirate in Episode 4 thanks to finally being able to use their powers correctly.
  • Transformation Sequence: In season 2, when ORF transforms into power armor for Hilda.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Played for Laughs.
    • Upon first meeting X-Ray, Hilda fries him with her taser. He gets reduced to a pile of cinders (with eyes and a mouth) for about two camera cuts before he darts back onscreen perfectly fine.
    • The city itself looks completely fine in episode 2 even though X-Ray and Vav disintegrated most of it in episode 1.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In Season 2's intro, Vav offers a new ice cream cone to a crying little girl who dropped hers, but the girl takes it and throws it back in his face.
    • By episode 7 of that same season, the entire city has turned against X-Ray and Vav, cheering Mogar as the real hero. This is exemplified by the fact that, when X-Ray attempts to save a mother and child inside a burning building, they'd rather stand there and risked being burned to death waiting for a Mogar rescue than to be rescued by X-Ray and that the only one willing to attend Vav's sidekick tryouts is Dragonface.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Hilda is visibly annoyed that X-Ray and Vav's attempts at heroics destroyed the city. She's also reluctant to accept help from X-Ray and Vav after getting fired in episode 2.
  • Van in Black: Technically it's not black, but during the infiltration of Monarch, Rusty hides out in an unmarked van helpfully labeled "Unmarked Van" on its side.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The Mad King in Season 2 is adored by the public...even when he seemingly throws X-Ray into molten lava.
  • Visual Pun: Vav reaches into his undies and pulls out two teabags attached to strings, which he uses to bind his opponent like a bola. X-Ray immediately lampshades it as "Nice teabagging, Vav!"
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Vav vomits offscreen after his "date" with Ash Samaya.
  • Walk the Plank: The Corpirate forces the heroes to do this with the plank leading off a building. They manage to jump back and counterattack.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: One of the weapon Hilda gives to X-Ray and Vav in the first episode is a teacup whose true functions are unknown. After being kicked lightly, it fires a ray of energy so large that viewing it from space is necessary to see it entirely. It's a wonder only the city got damaged, and it could be fixed by the next episode.
  • Wham Episode: Season 2 Episode 5 is the mid-season finale prior to a brief hiatus, and included possible cracks in X-Ray and Vav's friendship, Mogar joining the Mad King, and the Mad King himself escaping the mental institute.
  • Wham Line: In Season 2 Episode 5:
    Mad King: "Why did you come here alone?"
    • For context: X-Ray and Vav decide to visit the mental institute where the Mad King is held, to question him on his letters to Mogar. However, it's revealed that instead of going as a team, X-Ray and Vav visited the Mad King individually without telling the other person.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The protagonists have no problems with disintegrating Mooks, whether through X-Ray's Eye Beams, Hilda's BFG, or ORF's Wave-Motion Gun. Being a cartoon, it's not shown whether the bad guys died or if they just got Amusing Injuries like X-Ray did in episode 1.
  • Who Is Driving?: After Rusty rescues X-Ray, Vav, and Hilda from the tower, they all convene a meeting in the back of the helicopter. It takes a minute for X-Ray to realise this trope. Rusty's reaction hints that this isn't the first helicopter he's lost like that.
  • With Catlike Tread: X-Ray proclaims that they'll be silent as ninjas when breaking into Monarch Labs and actually does a good job at it. Vav, on the other hand... not so much. Upon being found out by the security guard who didn't even notice Vav's lack of stealth, X-Ray shouts I AM A NINJA as he fires his titular weapon.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Both the girl in purple and Hilda in season 2 don't mind watching X-Ray kiss Vav.
  • You're Not My Type: X-Ray says this to Vav after they almost kissed.
  • You Watch Too Much X: "You watch too many action movies."


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