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Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil is one of Disney Television Animation's line of animated series, focusing on the eponymous character, a seemingly fearless 10-year-old with the looks of a cute mascot coupled with the six-packs-a-day vocals and personality similar to Wolverine, who aspires to become the world's greatest daredevil. His adventures are aided by his best friend/stunt coordinator/sidekick Gunther, and hindered by his older brother Brad, who despises his younger brother's antics with a vengeance. The show premiered on Disney XD on February 13, 2010 and ended on December 2, 2012. It has also received a few Adobe Flash games, which are listed here.

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil provides examples of:

  • Adjacent to This Complete Breakfast: In "Obsession for Kick", Gunther serves Kick some Chewy Bran Chunks with a Cheetah Chug Chaser for breakfast, until Jackie takes him away.
  • Affectionate Parody: "Kyle E. Coyote" to the old Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts.
  • All-Cheering All the Time: "2-4-6-8! Battle Snax is super great!"
  • All for Nothing: A couple of Kick's escapades have resulted in less than positive results:
    • During "A Very Buttowski Mother's Day", both Kick and Brad take on all sorts of challenges to prepare a Mother's Day breakfast for Honey, their mother, with Kick grabbing all his ingredients from the farm with a bull hot on his tail, and Brad going through a Black Friday level mob at the grocery store. And after everything, not only does Harold try to mooch off their breakfasts after realizing his own gift to his wife (A couple of lazily made "chore coupons") won't suffice, but Honey's not even in the house when the boys break into her room. Brianna's already taken her to a restaurant for Mother's Day breakfast.
    • Throughout all of "Braking the Grade", Kick pretty much goes through hell and back to prevent Harold from seeing his report card, fearing his grades will result in him deciding not to take him to the demolition derby that night. And after being bombarded by a ton of feral animals from Harold's mail opening, and several brawls with Brad, all of which culminate in Kick being in a fullbody cast a result of his injuries, Harold manages to get ahold of the report card and open it... Revealing Kick's grades have actually improved, thus leaving all his efforts for naught and only leaving him in said fullbody cast for the demolition derby, unable to fully enjoy it. And then Harold takes his debris shard souvenir, assuming it's the letter opener Kick promised he'd get. And then he grounds Kick for messing with his mail.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Bradley and Brianna Buttowski.
    • There's also Brianna's arch rival, Penelope Patterson.
    • Gordon Gibble, anyone?
    • Gunther's father, Magnus Magnusson.
    • Shogun Sanchez and his little brother Papercut Peterson.
  • Annoying Pop-Up Ad: In "Only the Loan-ly", an ad pops up on the computer Gunther's using just as Kick states he needs speed, power, and something to make Bonesaw go up the Dead Man's Drop. The former complains that stupid ads like this one never provide anything useful, until the boys realise that the promoted engine is just what they need. Unfortunately, after they loan cash from Brianna and buy it, it turns out to be useless.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: In "Stumped!", Kick needs a way to get to the stadium in time
    Kick: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
    Gunther: Not likely.
    Kick: How about now?
    Gunther: Nope!
    Kick: How about now?
    Gunther: Uhhhh...
    Kick: Wade, pop the trunk.
    Gunther: Oh yeah! Trunk! I was totally thinking that!
  • Art Evolution: The character animation got more expressive overtime. Also, several character lacked eye highlights initially (e.g. Brad, Mouth, Kyle), but gained them at some point during the shows run.
  • Badbutt: The very name. Well, Kick-Ass was already taken...
  • Bait-and-Switch: In ”Bwar and Peace”, when Gunter is whisked off to The Old Country, his parents exchange flirty glances, run off to the bedroom, and the sound of squeaky bedsprings are heard...because they were jumping on the bed.
  • Balloonacy: In "Love Stinks!", Kick suspends a skateboard ramp in the air above his house by means of helium balloons.
  • Benevolent Boss: The CEO of the Food 'N Fix company in "Wade Against The Machine". Kick and Gunther's attempts to get Wade demoted back to store clerk, only got him into the CEO's good side and promote him further. He's a complete opposite of his more strict assistant who's more orderly and strongly dislikes Wade.
  • Big Brother Bully: Brad, unless he's dating someone. Also, Shogun Sanchez to Papercut Peterson.
  • Big Eater: Jackie in "Snowpocalypse". She eats all the food supplies and even after that she's still hungry.
  • Big Little Brother: Papercut Peterson is taller than Shogun Sanchez.
  • Birds of a Feather: Kick and Scarlet are both adrenaline addicted, stunt loving kids.
  • Bindle Stick: Represented in the opening image of "Live in Wade".
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kick's three love interests are Kendall (blonde), Jackie (brunette), and Scarlet (redhead).
  • Book Ends: The show begins, and ends with Kick going to shred Dead Mans Drop.
  • Bookshelf Dominoes: Kick knocks over all the bookcases in the Mellowbrook library battling the evil Librarian in If Books Could Kill.
  • Boy Band: The Yeah Brads — right down to sheer lavender T-shirts and music intended to freak girls out.
  • Brand X: Kick and Gunther's favorite energy drink, Cheetah Chug, is supposedly made from real cheetah sweat.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Kick and Brad's younger sister Brianna is a pageant girl.
  • Broken Record: Only the words "Kick Buttowski" are used in the show's theme.
  • Canada, Eh?: Luigi Vendetta stays at Fugetabootit, "East Mellowbrook's finest Italian-Canadian Café". While Luigi himself is all Cosa Nostra, his henchpeople dress as Canadian stereotypes, and finishes every sentence with an "eh".
  • Captive Audience: In "Kick or Treat" Kendall invites all the kids to her house to make them listen to her report on the history of Halloween.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Kick has "Biscuits!", sometimes extended to "Aw, biscuits!"
    • For one episode, there was also "Chimichanga!"
    • "I Don't. KNOW."
    • "This is gonna Kick Buttowski!"
    • Brad says "Yeah, Brad!" when ever it seems he's winning at something. Also, "Dillweed" when referring to Kick and/or Gunther.
  • Chained Heat: "Hand in Hand"
  • Chaos While They're Not Looking: Kick and Brad
  • Characters as Device: "For the Love of Gunther" has Jackie's mom. Her only purpose was to appear for a minute and list several of Jackie's interests in a row to get the plot going.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "OH NO! PAPERCUTS! MY ONLY WEAKNESS! And don't you forget it!"
  • The Chew Toy: Brad, Emo Kid, and even Kick at times (especially Season 2).
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: "Kick the Habit"
    • The same thing happens in "Runaway Recital" and "Clothes Call", except that Kick isn't actually trying to go cold turkey; He's just unable to take advantage of the ridiculously convenient offers that turn up in theses episodes.
  • Companion Cube: Harold and Honey Buttowski are both very fond of their cars. Honey calls hers "Antonio", while Harold calls his "Monique", and he is afraid that "Monique" will be jealous if "she" finds out that he's married to Honey.
    • Kick has this same trait. His skateboard is "Ol' Blue", his BMX bike is "Bonecrusher", and his sled is "Blue Lightning".
  • Compressed Hair: Exaggerated in "Sleepover" when one of Gunther's mom's pigtails is undone and it fills the entire house.
  • Continuity Nod: In "A Very Buttowski Mother's Day" Brad has the same pink bike helmet he stole from a little girl in the second episode.
  • Convenience Store Gift Shopping: "A Cousin Kyle Christmas" has Kick spending all of ten seconds drawing eyes on a stinky, old sock and sticking it in a bag for Cousin Kyle's gift. Kick cared only enough to actually make a puppet out of the sock. The trope is then subverted as Kick goes all-out to get Kyle not only a puppet but the nicest one in the store.
  • Cool Helmet: Apparently, Kick's helmet is a mass-produced toy helmet he got when he was a toddler. Nevertheless, he treats it like it's unique and completely irreplaceable, and never takes if off (except in the one episode where he lost it, and he still kept his hair covered up in the meantime).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Gunther all the way. He once took down an enraged bull with his bare hands. When he gets really mad, he becomes a professional-level rapper.
  • Cruel Cheerleader: The heartless variety appears in "Love Stinks". Apparently becoming a cheerleader at Mellowbrooke High requires dating a gross, terminally unhip loser and humiliating him in front of a large crowd in addition to breaking his heart as part of the initiation.
  • Crush Filter:
    • Subverted with Kick's crush on the stunt girl from his sister's favorite show.
    • Played straight with Gunther's crush on Wacky Jackie.
  • Detention Episode: The episode "Detained" has Kick and his friends getting detention, with Miss Chicarelli, who already hates Kick with a burning passion, being hired to watch the room.
  • Disguised in Drag: As part of an unusual plan Gunther shows up at the Buttowski's doorstep dressed in drag, when Brad opens the door this is his reaction:
    Brad: (sighs wearily) Not this again, Gunther.
  • Dish Dash:
    • Played with: Brad in "There Will Be Nachos" grabs a bunch of flyers for a party out of the air and stuffs them into his clothes before his parents can see them.
    • Kick does a genuine Dish Dash in "Stand and Delivery". Gunther drops a huge stack of dishes. Kick plucks them out of the air.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "In Battle For The 'Snax", when Kick decides Gunther's family's restaurant needs a theme, there's a quick scene of Gunther entertaining the thought of boogying around in an outfit reminiscent of a Hooters waitress. And to top it off, the shirt has two blue-footed boobies on it.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: Kick uses this excuse every time he misses an assignment for the whole semester. The teacher does not believe him until she sees it with her own eyes, prompting an Ironic Echo from Kick of her smirky "mm-HMM" noise. It is implied that that particular day is the first time Oscar actually eats Kick's homework.
  • Do Not Try This at Home: Everything Kick does on his skateboard/bike etc.
  • Don't Explain the Joke:
    Gunther: Hey Kick, what's all the racket? (guffaws) Get it? Racket! You're holding rackets.
  • Double-Edged Answer: Honey Buttowski's reaction to Kick asking if the pink sequined jumpsuit with the H shaped belt buckle was hers.
    Honey: No. Yes! No!
  • Double Entendre:
    • In "Not Without My Cereal", Kick accidentally bumps into Honey's rear in the store, causing the bag of bread buns she was holding to fly upwards and then land in the arms of a nearby shopper, making it look like he stole them, Honey's response?
    Honey: I'll thank you to kindly keep your hands off my buns!
    • From "The Treasure of Dead Man Dave":
    Gunther: So how did you escape from [inside] the Giant Rat queen?
    Kick: Oh that's easy. I just ran around in circles till I was all pooped out.
  • Drunk with Power: The Scary Librarian in "If Books Could Kill" who considers everything in the library her property, including people.
    • Mouth's big brother Pantsie when he's assistant manager at the movie theater in "Box Office Blitz".
  • Electric Joybuzzer: At the end of "You've Been Brad'd!", Kick shakes hands with Brad as part of a truce, but it turns out he was holding a joybuzzer to "Kick" him as revenge. It doesn't shock Gunther when he tries it earlier, though.
  • Embarrassing Cover Up: In "Hand in Hand" Kick and Kendall each impose one on the other.
  • Episode Title Card: Each episode starts with a title and a simplistic drawing related to it.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • Almost everyone calls Kick by his nickname. Only Kendall regularly calls him by his real name, the less than badass Clarence.
    • Same goes for Mouth (real name Christopher) and Emo Kid (No Name Given).
    • Even Kick's mother refers to him as Kick, only calling him Clarence when he's in trouble or she's doing something official with him. Likewise, Brianna calls him Kick unless she's upset with him for something.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Kendall. In "Snowpocalypse!" she even had her dad make a call to keep the school open on a snow day.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In "Snowpocalypse!" all of the kids except for Kendall get so hungry while waiting for help they consider eating the bus seats. For most of the kids this is just desperation, but with Jackie it's a mix of desperation and her actually finding them tasty.
  • Eye Am Watching You: The librarian to Kick, on the subject of making sure he stays quiet.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out:
    • Kick kisses Kendall to avoid getting thrown out of the movie theater by a local bully turned overzealous usher.
    • They wind up doing it again when their hands get stuck together.
  • Faked Gift Acceptance: In "Love Stinks", Brad goes out with a girl who only pretends to like him as part of her cheerleader initiation. When Brad gives her a box of chocolates, she pretends to find it cute, but after he goes away, she throws it in the trash with disgust.
  • Fat Slob: In "Petrified!" Honey and Brianna of all people, when the boys are out of the house. Though at the end it's shown to just be part of Kick's made-up story, so it might not be true.
  • Flanderization: In the span of three episodes about her, Wacky Jackie goes from rabid fangirl to FLAT OUT INSANE, though this may just be because she has no idea how to throw a party. And, honestly, besides the rabid fangirl thing, she really didn't have much characterization for those three episodes.
  • The Faceless: Gordie's father, Mr. Gibble. In his first onscreen appearance, "Goodbye, Gully", he only ever appears as a shadowy silhouette.
  • Fat and Skinny: There are two sets of Those Two Guys: The two guys who run Skittzee's bike shop, and the two who run the puppet and hobby shop across the street from Skittzee's.
  • Fiction 500: Gordie's father, Mr. Gibble, has a money tree. Also, his son's methods of transportation include a limo, a drivable yacht, and a blimp which are all chauffeur driven. And Gordie frequently buys entire stores via his father's cash. In fact, it's safe to assume ALL of Gordie's spending habits are financed by his father, and if so, Mr. Gibble certainly deserves to be in this category.
  • Flung Clothing: Gunther can switch from any one of his Paper Thin Disguises back to his normal look this way.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Both Kick's mother and Kick's grandfather (though we're not sure if it's maternal or paternal grandfather) were both daredevils in their youth as well. And despite the parental grumping about being careful, they're both proud of Kick.
  • Frame-Up: In "Frame Story", the janitor frames Kick for vandalism to get him expelled because he's sick of cleaning after him.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • Whenever Kick and Brad don't have any real reason to fight each other, they fight each other anyway, just because they both get a kick out of it (pun not intended).
    • Kick seems to view a number of his antagonists as this, though it's usually more one-sided (the most obvious exceptions being his siblings (mostly Brad) and sometimes Kendall due to their Belligerent Sexual Tension). He'll compliment or even end up helping someone he was fighting against moments before.
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult:
    • Ms. Chickarelli. Any toy she snatches goes into her trash (unless it's at school where she uses it as evidence for the kid's permanent record).
    • The librarian is also a confiscator. Anything that enters the library she considers hers for keeps.
  • Gasshole: Gunther. Also Brad sometimes. Surprisingly Kendall who rips one on a level equal to that of Gunther, and them implies that it happens often
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An in-universe example in "Rank of Awesome": Gunther is apparently very popular in Scandinavia.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In Kick's case, Gunther is the angel, and Brad is the devil.
  • Gotta Pass the Class: In "Morning Rush", Kick has to complete two months worth of homework in a single night or fail. After he does, Oskar eats it, so now he has six minutes to do it again. Miraculously, he manages to do just that and he passes.
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Not heavy metal per se, but the restaurant sign reading "Föød".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kick and Gunther.
  • Hollywood Atlas: Gunther's old country seems to be Norse by Norsewest with vikings and added elements from Yodel Land and rural Holland.
  • Homage: In "Poll Position", Gunther does a full riff on Linus from Peanuts explaining Christmas to Charlie Brown; except he's explaining the way school elections work to Kick Buttowski.
    • A whole cartoon long one to the Tex Avery cartoon involving "not having to wake the sleeper with a loud noise".
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Brianna's other best friend, Abbie.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Honey: You're going to your grandpa's!
    Kick: No! Not Grandpa's! Anything but Grandpa's!
    Honey: Oh, come on now. What's so bad about Grandpa?
    Kick: His voice is weird, he always wears the same thing, and his butt sticks out.
    Honey: You might have more in common with him than you think.
  • Identical Grandson: Kick looks exactly like his grandpa did when he was younger. Right down to not having a nose.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All involving the word "Kick". This has been dropped in newer episodes.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In "Sew What", Kick pranks his grandma by taking her to places like a sloth farm, a cardboard box factory, and a dry wall museum in an attempt to show he's no longer into stunts and prefers boring stuff.
  • Jerkass:
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Brianna Buttowski. Despite of all, she loves her brother.
    • Kendall Perkins. She may be an annoying girl on her first episodes, but after, we saw she is not that bad.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Kelly. Kick thinks she's having second thoughts about dumping Brad in front of the whole school, but she's really just thinking about how she can make it even more humiliating for him.
  • "Kick Me" Sign: At the end of "Sew What", Kick and his grandma pat each other on the back, before the camera reveals they have put "KICK ME" signs on their backs. It's technically true for the former.
  • Kissed Keepsake: Jackie swears she'll never wash her finger after touching Kick's helmet for the first time.
  • Know Your Vines: Kick and Brad are lost in the woods. While Kick, who likes to rough it, sleeps in the bare ground, Brad brags about how Kick wishes he had a comfy blanket of natural foliage like him. Kick's Sarcasm Mode response? "You're right, Brad. I wish I had a blanket of poison ivy."
  • Lamarck Was Right: Honey and Brianna both share an appreciation for sparkles and glitter. Honey had a sequined suit when she was Honey Splash, and Brianna is a pageant girl whose performances usually involve glitter of some kind.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: A Running Gag throughout "A Fistful of Ice Cream", as whenever a character makes a punny Bond One-Liner or anything of the sort, the show cuts to a cow from an earlier incident in the episode booing the pun.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Should Kick ever keep his promise, fix his own mistakes, or just simply do the right thing out of his own free will, the episode usually ends with him getting his way.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In "Brad's Diary", Brad is just about to mention his diary, before correcting it to a connect the dots book.
  • Laugh with Me!: Gordon Gibble snaps his fingers every time he wants his henchmen to laugh at something he just said. Ronaldo demands the same thing from his pit crew in the episode "Mellowbrook Drift". At one point he says: "Laugh harder!" On another occasion, he stops them, stating "It wasn't that funny!"
  • Little Big Brother: Shogun Sanchez is shorter than Papercut Peterson.
  • Little Miss Badass: Brianna Buttowski. She's a pageant girl first, last and always, but she is Kick's little sister and employs his tricks when the need arises,
  • Loony Fan: Jackie who becomes a Stalker with a Crush, right down to the "Psycho" Strings Mood Motif.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Kendall Perkins. She is stuck up most of the time but very sweet when she wants to be,
  • Love Triangle:
    • Kick, Kendall and Ronaldo.
    • Kick, Jackie and Gunther in a subverted, Betty and Veronica kind of way.
  • Made of Iron: Kick; he suffers little to no damage from his stunts (Depending on the Writer).
  • Magic Pants: Averted. In the first two episodes, Kick loses his clothes once in each (by flying through a rosebush and getting splashed with toxic waste, respectively). Fortunately, Censor Steam and the like does come up.
  • Motivation on a Stick: Gunther's backside is used as the carrot on the stick to get the crazy little dog to chase him and thereby pull the sled to rescue the schoolbus full of kids from a snow-filled gully.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Kick loses his clothes several times.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Kick is the nice sibling who goes out of his way to help people, Brad is the mean sibling who acts like a jerk towards everyone, and Brianna is the in-between sibling who is bratty and vain, but has a couple Pet the Dog moments.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In "Gift of Wacky", Kick has Brad make him a present for Jackie that will make her hate him forever. They never show what it is, but whatever it is it scared every other kid off and only made her love him even more.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: "Kyle E. Coyote", except for Kyle saying "chug-chug" over and over.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Tattler's Tale" a bunch of kids and Mr. Vickle are ratted on by Ms. Chicarelli, but we only see what Kick, Brad and Gunther did to get punished.
  • No Sympathy: In "Nerves of Steal" it turns out Kick was stealing everyone's stuff in his sleep and couldn't help it, but he gets punished anyway.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: An odd kid-on-kid example in "You've Been Brad'd", wherein Kick refuses at first to listen to Gunther.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In "Mow Money", the season 2 pilot, Kick says he became a money machine. Then, is shown on a sexy pose, while having water splashed onto him. After the flashback Kick tells Gunther not to judge him.
    Kick: ...Don't judge me.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Subverted when Kick takes Scarlett's place as Teena's stunt double. It's fixed in editing so Kick looks exactly like Teena. Later, when Kick winds up in hospital, he's replaced with Emo Kid.
  • Offscreen Karma: In "Stay Cool", Briana and Kick cause their air conditioner to break, and scapegoat Brad for it. Kick is pressured by guilt until confessing the truth, getting himself punished while Briana apparently gets off scot-free. However at the tail end of the episode, her materials fall off the bus while she is on her way to camp and get caught by an alligator from a sewer opening.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "You've Been Brad'd" Brad's constant pranks reduce Kick to a nervous wreck and he flinches when Gunther puts a hand on his shoulder.
    Gunther: Kick, you flinched! I've never seen you flinch before...
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: In "Pool Daze", Kick pulls down Brad's swimming pants, revealing his "private part" to his girlfriend.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Brianna is the favourite. Kick doesn't much care. Brad is second to Brianna (and his dad) and wants to move up, especially at Kick's expense.
    • In another episode it is revealed that Kick is actually her favourite sharing a passion for stunts, which enrages Brad and Brianna.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: In "A Fist Full of Ice Cream", Kick and Gunther are riding down a stream on an ice cream truck. Gunther exclaims "Dam!" referring to a wall that keeps back water, which Kick scolds him for, but Gunther tells him that they're about to hit the city's dam. They both then yell out "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!". In the Russian dub, the joke becomes even more dirty, since they actually say the actual curse word "damn".
  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: In "A Very Buttowski Mother's Day" Kick looks at a billboard depicting a farm, and the shot dissolves into the real farm as Kick arrives.
  • Pie in the Face: In "Sew What", Kick's dad tries throwing pie in his grandma's face, but she always dodges, it hits Ms. Chickarelli and she proclaims it's not a prank. Unfortunately, the last time he tries, it hits a police officer and he's arrested.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Implied and pretty much made fun of with Gunther. A few episodes mention his family are Vikings.
  • Puff of Logic: In "Bee Awesome" Kendall managed to scarf down two whole helpings of the tuna surprise before starting to suffer the effects of food poisoning after Gunther said he got food poisoning from it. She was wolfing them down really fast, but still...
  • Pun-Based Title: Several episodes. "Snow Problem" - "No Problem", "Sew What" - "So What".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In "Goodbye, Gully" Gibble yells "Not! Your! Hangout!" just as he blows up his bridge.
  • Punny Name: The titular Kick Buttowski and his idol, Billy Stumps, who is missing a hand
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In "Detained", the Blonde Brigade: which includes Kick (the leader, and isn't a blond, maybe?), Gunther, Kendall, Ronaldo, and Mouth.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": In "Hand in Hand" this is Gunther's reaction to seeing Kick and Kendall holding hands.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Nuzzlett. Just don't give it candy...
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Kick says Teena Sometimes must have a stunt double because he believes no girl can be that good. She does have a stunt double, but Kick's reason to believe it is proven wrong since the stunt double is also a girl.
  • Ringer Ploy: Kick enlists the kids of Mellowbrook (and at least one adult) to dress up like him and be visible to foil the tattling Chicarelli.
  • The Rival: Gordon Gibble from West Mellowbrook is a softened version of this to Kick. But he mainly gets his fame from his rich father and cheating, whereas Kick's comes from genuine awesomeness and the pursuit of same.
  • Rule of Cool: The Law of Awesome is the series' bread and butter. An entire episode is even devoted to it prevailing over the actual laws of physics.
  • Running Gag: Papercut always refers to Gunther as "Little Girl"
  • Sanity Slippage: The whole family appears prone to it; at hyperspeed.
    • Honey starts having a breakdown in the mall at the thought of not finding Kick a suit for Aunt Sally's Nth wedding.
    • Kick, in the same episode, begins having a similar breakdown because he's having trouble resisting all his normal awesome stunt-related activities.
    • The entire family begins losing their minds when Kick traps them in a cabin with an avalanche; they're there for maybe a matter of hours.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Subverted in "A Very Buttowski Mother's Day". Kick and Brad both know they have no chance at beating Brianna at being their mom's #1 child, so they instead compete for #2.
    • Kick really doesn't care about that, he just wants his mother to have a nice day. Brad however is determined to have her think Kick doesn't care about her.
  • Shown Their Work:
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Gunther apparently liked seeing Kick kiss Kendall in "Box Office Blitz".
    • And Kick tried to help Gunther hook up with with Jackie - partly to get rid of her, but also because he wanted to help his friend.
    • At the end of "Dancing With the Enemy", Kick and Kendall are having a very affectionate moment, until someone in the crowd shouts "Kiss her!". This, of course, is their cue to go back to acting as if they hate each other.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Kick and Kendall in "Dancing With the Enemy". And again in "Hand In Hand".
    • In "Power Play" she drops a sand bag on Ronaldo so Kick would take his place as Romeo. And one more time in "Detained", as Kendall wrote "I love KB" on her locker.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "According to Chimp", the chimps chasing Kick and Gunther through Mellowbrook make the sounds of Pac-Man.
    • Pantsie, one of Brad's goons resembles one of Biff Tannen's goons, right down to always wearing 3D glasses.
    • The school bus driver is based on Chris Farley's character from Billy Madison.
    • Gordon Gibble says, "I got skills, they're multiplyin'!" which is a variation on lyrics from "The One That I Want" from Grease.
    • In "Sleepover", Kick and Gunther are planning to see "Perseus In Pittsburgh", the very first movie starring their favorite movie star, Rock Callahan. This is a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie, Hercules in New York.
    • Principal Henry (Voiced by Henry "The Fonz" Winkler) orders a special sandwich, from Milwaukee.
    • One episode had Cousin Kyle cosplay as Link and another has Kendall do Phoenix Wright's trademark finger point (complete with loud OBJECTION!).
    • The Matrix: Part of Kick's dodgeball style.
    • Mouth shares the same nickname as a certain "loud-mouth" Goonie.
    • While chasing Brianna through the store in "Not Without My Cereal", the footage briefly looks like Frogger.
  • Show Within a Show: Teena Sometimes: Sometimes a princess, sometimes a spy.
  • Stand-In Parents: Kick goes around the neighbourhood trying to find someone to act as his dad for "bring your father to school" day. His father finds out and is hurt that Kick asked Wade to pretend to be him. He then shows up and tries to be cool, with unfortunate results. They end up meeting each other halfway.
  • Take a Third Option: In "Crumbs!", Honey tasks Kick with keeping her freshly baked cookies from Harold (a task the neighbors say is absolutely impossible and not worth attempting). Kick can't keep ahead of his dad's tricks forever, but he doesn't want to break a promise to his mom, either. In the end, Kick does the only thing he can do: he eats the cookies himself.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: Gunther and Kick both try the mallet machine. Gunther barely moves the weight. Kick finds the mallet unbalances him and he falls on the target instead; the weight hits hard enough to send the bell flying.
  • That Poor Cat: If a character throws something offscreen, some unfortunate cat is almost guaranteed to be in its path.
  • That Poor Plant: Kendall, revealing a rather unusual case of Hidden Depths, releases a flatulence that causes plants to blacken and wilt instantly in "Hand in Hand".
  • Third-Person Person: Chuck Glarmen really likes saying Chuck Glarmen's name. Chuck Glarmen!
  • Those Two Guys:
  • Token Minority: Brianna's unnamed black friend. In "Sister Pact", it's implied that her name could be Madison.
  • The Old Country: Where Gunther's family is from. And yes, it is called "The Old Country".
  • The Stoner: Also Wade. To relax, he suggests what amounts to huffing air fresheners.
  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: Ronaldo almost drove Battle Snax bankrupt by abusing this policy. When Kick found a way to outsmart Ronaldo and make a delivery on time, Ronaldo had to Work Off the Debt.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl:
    • Kick with either Jackie, Kendell or Scarlet.
    • Brad and the giant Viking babe in "Bwar and Peace".
  • Title Drop: "There Will Be Nachos"
  • Trampled Underfoot: Brad steps on a mama doll's head as he tries to steal "the hangout" back from Kick and Gunther.
    • In "Truth or Daredevil", Kick's grandfather loses his goggles and the Nazi analogue badguys goose step on them.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: In "Mow Money", even though Kick is obviously slower and weaker than Gunther in addition to Gunther getting a head start, he still manages to tie.
  • Underwater Fart Gag: In "Clean... to the Extreme", Gunther farts in Brianna's tub to provide the bubbles. She doesn't seem to mind, however.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Bee Awesome" when Kendall gets food poisoning. Also an direct inversion of Vomit Discretion Shot, since she isn't shown vomiting, but you do see the vomit.
  • Viking Funeral: Gunther gives Kick's helmet a viking funeral. We even see nordic god/ancestor constellation entities watching the funeral.
  • Wall Jump: Part of Kick's dodgeball playing style.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: Both averted and played straight in "Love Stinks". Kick enjoys it when his brothers mellows out, but Brad's buddies miss both him and his bossy jerkass attitude.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: When Gunther drinks too much Cheetah Chug, his pupils get very, very tiny.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In "Big Mouth" Mouth helps Kick and Gunther see their show on the mall jail monitors by getting them arrested and gets Kendall Kick's mugshot, which she hired him to do earlier.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious:
    • Gunther uses Kick's real name — Clarence — to drive home the point that Kick has really messed up choosing his "fan" over his friend.
    • Conversely, pretty much the only times Kendall doesn't address Kick by his real name is when she's happy with him.
    • Kick's mother will introduce him to the world as Clarence, since that's his real name, but she knows he prefers to be called Kick, and calls him that most of the time.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: The eponymous character has this problem in one episode. Thankfully for him, the ride operator takes pity on him.

Alternative Title(s): Kick Buttowski