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From left to right: Kevin, Shope, Tyler, Roach.
Supernoobs is a Canadian animated series produced by DHX Media and created by American TV producer Scott Fellows, the creator of such series as Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Johnny Test, and Big Time Rush.

The universe is being destroyed by a virus that mutates people into monsters, and its only hope is a group of warriors given super powers by technology known as battle balls. When the Virus spreads to Earth, aliens Memnock and Zenblock are deployed to this strange, previously undiscovered world to recruit great warriors.

But because they know nothing about Earth, they end up recruiting twelve year olds instead. Hilarity Ensues.

The series follows Tyler, the leader and Only Sane Man; Shope, the academic prodigy; Kevin, a haver of bad ideas; and the Roach, who is... Roach. Together, they must learn to control their powers and drive back the Virus before it destroys the Earth.

The first season originally aired in the United States & United Kingdom on Cartoon Network, and is currently streaming on Hulu. It made its Canadian premiere on Teletoon in Fall 2016.


On January 11, 2018, the series was suddenly renewed for a second season by its production company DHX Media, to instead air on its Family Channel, along with Cartoon Network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific, with Hulu airing it in the U.S.

Supernoobs provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurd Altitude: The Count Dropula ride in Funder Wunderland is so high that the entire theme park could be seen from down below.
  • Adults Are Useless: The police and military are nowhere to be found during any virus attack. Even more obvious with the teachers, who range from eccentric and gullible to outright evil. Aliens are also of little help, given that Memnock and Zenblock seem incompetent and immature most of the time. Also at one point the mayor of Cornbury gets impeached from office for a very stupid reason (I.e, his dislike of corn).
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  • Adult Fear: The series' premise, excluding the alien element, is pretty much "four children are forcibly recruited into a guerrilla war, given drastic bodily alterations, and the assault seems to have no hope of stopping."
  • Aesop Amnesia: The Noobs do learn lessons in the end of several episodes but they seem to forget many of them in later ones.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: When they lost there tickets, Kevin suggest using this trope, with Tyler being hesitant due to it causing more trouble, and it did (In the sense they keep exiting in the wrong rooms.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Tyler's crush, Amy Anderson.
    • Also Jock Jockerson, the guy who bullies the Noobs.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Kevin... really likes Incredibly Amazing Man. To clarify; his proposal to be his sidekick was suspiciously similar to a marriage proposal, and he was afraid of Jessie's romantic advances. The only thing pushing him into this territory instead of Ambiguously Gay is the scene where he blurts out, completely unprompted, how he wants to marry Shope while under the influence of mind control.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • The museum director is flamboyant, has a lisp, and Screams Like a Little Girl.
    • The Incredibly Amazing Man wears a purple supersuit, pays no attention to the women swooning over him, responds positively to Kevin's "sidekick proposal," and is very narcissistic.
    • Marty Soulpatch is obsessed with celebrity gossip, runs a tabloid magazine company, and is also very narcissistic.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The battle balls are the noob's Transformation Trinkets that give them Instant Armor, ray guns and laser blades, and an immunity to the normal strain of the Virus, among other things.
  • Amulet of Dependency: This is the drawback of the battle balls. According to Memnock and Zenblock, the battle balls mutate the host's DNA so that if they spend too much time without using it, the host will shrivel up like rotten fruit. The exact limit of how long it takes for this to occur is unknown; though at one point the noobs claim they haven't used their battle balls in days.
  • Animorphism: Kevin's Red Battle Ball power has the ability to turn into any Earth animals. He eventually learns he's capable of Partial Transformations as well, and later still begins experimenting with animal-hybrid Transformations. On top of that, alien animals are within his ability to transformer into, as seen in "Zooper Noobs".
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting/Involuntary Shapeshifting: It is also possible for Kevin to transform into other human forms or any alien equivalent, but he's not yet able to do so and transform back under his own will and requires being tethered to Mem or Zen's Battle Ball and needs them to initiate the process.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Memnock and Zenblock attempted to impress a couple of girls in a coffee shop to invoke this trope in the ending scene of "How To Use Your Noob" as while in their Bob and Rob forms, they a by manipulated their battle balls into helmets that modulate their voices in a Darth Vader like style. Unfortunately for them, it does not work and ends up intimidating the shop cashier.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky:
    • Happens in "Count Noob a Nus" when Count Venamus and his minions trick Memnock and Zenblock into opening the pod containing a prison cell on the galacticus only to shove them both in and send the pod blasting off into the sky with a purple colored twinkle in the sky appearing afterwards. Mem and Zen come back plummeting into earth and beat venamus in the process and are unharmed.
    • Happens again in "Noob Vs Venamus 12" when Venamus leaves earth his spaceship in the end.
  • Bad Liar: Memnock is one
    • Memnock told General Blorgon that he and Zenblock were not sleeping in when they were clearly in their pajamas
    • Memnock told some tourists that his spaceship was actually an ice cream shop when its blatantly a spaceship. He even turns it into such a shop to keep up the lie
  • Blackmail: This happens in " I Know You Noob" when three little 5 year old girls all named Emma, catch the Noobs fighting the virus without their battleships and the Emmas force the Noobs to fulfill their every desire and threaten to reveal their secret identities if they refused. These three girls also blackmailed Memnock and Zenblock over their alien identities when the Noobs tried to get their help in escaping the blackmail.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Memnock and Zenblock in "Noob Kids On The Block". They decide to sleep in until late in the afternoon, only to get startled by the Benevolent Alliance contact alarm, which results in them contacting General Blorgon while they are still in their pajamas, with Mem doing a cough of embarrassment and telling Blrogon that they were not sleeping late when it's obvious that they were due to them still wearing pajamas and Zen showing signs of tiredness as he continued sleeping while standing up.
    • Memnock does this to a bunch of tourists as he lies to them about the Galacticus being an ice cream shop.
    • They do this again in "Noobsitters", with them wrecking a grocery store aisle after getting into a fight over whether to get watermelon or honeydew. They lie to the news, saying that they were just bystanders and find the whole thing to be weird. They lie to the news network again when they wreck a delivery truck that was terrifying and annoying the Noobs and throw the truck into a tree with them crafting up a similar lie to the network. In both of these examples, the news network hilariously and ironically believes them.
  • Blinding Bangs: Roach's curly hair completely covers his eyes; his visor is the only one of the Noobs' that's completely opaque.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tyler, Kevin and Roach, respectively.
  • Big Bad: The Virus' creator.
  • Brains and Brawn: Tyler and Shope are the Brains and Kevin and Roach are the Brawn.
  • Brutal Honesty: Mem and Zen are quick to point out the Noobs' short comings.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone, since this is a very "cartoonish" cartoon but Kevin in particular tends to take quite a beating.
  • Calvin Ball: Memnock and Zenblock received what was most likely a care package from their home world in "The Supernoobs Meet the Incredibly Amazing Man" contains a couple of their old favorite childhood games, including one resembling table tennis but a small pig is used as a ball and a game resembling pin the tail on the donkey but having them actually pin the tail on a live animal. Mem and Zen also modify the rules of snowball fighting to make it more fun by using alien tech. The Noobs and Mem and Zen also use this trope to figure out different ways of beating the virus.
  • Camp Straight: Memnock. He enjoys cooking, and jokingly suggested adding tiaras to the Noobs' battlesuits. However, Mem—along with Zenblock—flirted with a couple of girls in a coffee shop in "How To Use Your Noob" by using their battle balls to manipulate their voices to attract the girls. It's downplayed in his case because he also happens to like football, basketball, and fishing. What also makes him straight was that he did not show attraction to the Incredibly Amazing Man like Kevin did.
  • Childhood Friends:
    • This whole show is about a group of them consisting of Tyler, Kevin, Roach and Shope.
    • Memnock and Zenblock are implied to be another pair of such friends, as shown in "Zooper Noobs", where they said that they both loved riding the space monorail at the space zoo when they were kids, which makes it very likely that they knew each other and that they have been riding the monorail together since they were kids.
  • Clark Kenting: When powered up for fighting, the kids get armor, visors and a change of hair color. That's all that changes. True to form, no one recognizes their similarities (possibly because no one thinks such "plain" kids could ever be similar). Oh, and Tyler's crush, Amy, eventually develops a crush herself on his Super Noob alter-ego, much to Tyler's resigned frustration.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Blue for Tyler, red for Kevin, purple for Shope and green for Roach.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Battle Balls come in different colors, denoting which unique powersets distinguish them.
  • Cool Helmet: Memnock, Zenblock, and Rovu are seen wearing black and spiky helmets but they are never seen without their helmets on.
  • Comet of Doom: The Blasteroid, an artificial comet made to destroy a planet as a last resort in case the virus overruns the planet.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Played with; some strands of the virus are deadlier than others.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Curb Your Noob has the team having to rescue Kevin in the form of a dog from the pound, but every single one of them that goes in gets distracted by the much cuter puppies and adopts them instead They end up using this on the Monster of the Week which otherwise has no exploitable weaknesses. Mem and Zen also bought the Candy Mama game after succumbing to the cuteness of its female character.
  • Cynical Mentor: Mem and Zen are mostly just recruiters sent to find champions on planets to defend them from the Virus, after which they move on. They're both rather bitter at being forced by their bosses to effectively babysit and mentor the Noobs after their blundered recruitment of them, and they're not very hopeful of their chances or lenient in training. Of note, while both of them grow a fondness for the Noobs overtime, Zen is by and large much more cynical and apprehensive of the situation and the kids' blunders, to the point where he'll sometimes vent his frustrations out on Mem.
  • Dance Party Ending: Not a straight up "party", but more dance for the sake of it. Aside from the climax of "Noob Kids On The Block", "How To Noob The Science Fair" and "Noob Tube" both end with the gang dancing to some groovy music. Mem and Zen even join in on the latter one.
    • "How To Use Your Noob" ends with Men and Zen throwing the Noobs a small appreciation party, and the kids are seen dancing to some groovy music for a bit then, too.
  • Depending on the Writer: Applies to several main characters and secondary characters. Roach could either be a Cloud Cuckoolander or a guy who gives out wise advice. Mem and Zen could either be dysfunctional and incompetent warriors or wise teachers towards the noobs or be immature man children.
  • Disproportionate Reward: In "Noob Kid In Town," a teenager boy is lauded as a hero by the public for getting Kevin in cat form out of a tree. The mayor even gives him the key to the city and a $100 gift certificate for a pet food store.
  • The Dragon: Count Venamus to the creators of the Virus.
  • Dumb Jock: Jock Jockerson, the gang's bully and the first Virus-infected monster they had to fight.
  • Eating the Enemy: In the episode, Noobies vs. Smoothies, a parasite infects the smoothie mix during Tyler's date with Amy and turns into a giant smoothie monster. To defeat it, Tyler slurps it up through a straw, and gains a massive Balloon Belly as a result.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The Incredibly Amazing Man falls under this as his heroic but destructive deeds and looks make a lot of women show attraction to him but it also affects guys such as Kevin and apparently Jock Jockerson.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Count Venamus is a decidedly dramatic villainous alien. So much so that he tends to cough profusely when he indulges in evil laughter.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: The season finale has this with the Benevolent Alliance as the noobs tell them that they found ONE place that creates the virus and that there are ALOT more still undiscovered.
  • The Federation: The Benevolent Alliance which, true to its name, is the one backing the Virus warriors' initiative helping defenseless planets stop the spread of the Virus. Good Is Not Nice is in play for them, since they're entirely willing to revoke fighter status, even if it's a mistake on their behalf, but their leaders are all reasonable.
  • Feud Episode: Memnock and Zenblock have two such episodes in “A Noob Divided Cannot Noob” and “Noob 4 Mayor.
    • The Noobs have their own feud episode in "The Noob Cave" after having a disagreement on what their own base of operations should look like.
    • “The Noob Trap” is another such episode in a more romantic sense. The feud features Roach’s parents having a falling out over which one of them looks best in the color red after they take their obsession with jujitsu classes too far. and the main cast attempts to get the couple to make up.
  • First Snow: The episode "Let it Noob, Let it Noob, Let it Noob" has Memnock and Zenblock experience snow for the first time in their lives. They freak out over it but the Noobs help them get used to it through a snowball fight.
  • Flying Brick: Roach's Green Battle Ball power is flight, durability, and super strength, represented in increasing the size of his fists.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Mem and Zen's alien appearances sometimes get mistaken for elaborate costumes but some humans freak out over Mem and Zen's alien forms, which usually puts Mem and in grave danger. This is the main reason on why they have to go into their Bob and Rob disguises when they go out in public. They literally evoke this trope in "Happy Noob-O-Ween" when they decide to go trick or treating in their true alien forms and end up getting a lot of candy and other things when they get carries away with the whole thing by using their battle ball abilities to scare the living daylights out of people as a trick and to get them to give them the candy.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The episode "Nooby Friday" had the Noobs get their Battle Balls misplaced and swapped with each other after an accident. This resulted in them having different powers that they were not accustomed to. They were able to get their own battle balls and powers back in the end.
  • "Friends" Rent Control:
    • Memnock and Zenblock buy an Earth house for them to temporarily live in so they can train the Noobs and the house is frequently shown as clean and nice house to live in but the show never explains how Memnock and Zenblock are able to afford living in it. What's more convincing about this is that other than the fact that they are virus warriors who work for the Benevolent Alliance, Memnock and Zenblock don't have any other job, especially an Earth job even though one episode had them attempt to become TV show directors.
      • Their rent control is downplayed in season 2 as while they still own the house (which is still ruined constantly) they resort to stealing things like a yacht and a swimming pool when they could not afford to rent or buy them. They also shoplifted some clothes in “Noob Raider”.
  • Gasshole: Kevin's watch alarm in "Noobs vs. the Earth-sterminator".
  • The Ghost: The mysterious creators of the Virus have yet to be seen, and their identity is completely unknown to everyone. They aren't even mentioned until "The Noobs Meet Count Venamus".
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Benevolent Alliance's main goal of to destroy The Virus and defeat its creator but they often go to extreme and sometimes mean and unorthodox methods to do this.
    • Subverted with Memnock and Zenblock. Memnock can easily be seen as the nicest guy on the Benevolent Alliance. Zenblock does fit this more but he turns out to be nice deep down.
  • Green Lantern Ring: The Battle Balls can morph into anything including swords and vehicles, transform its users, teleport, mind read, control the elements, and grow and shrink its users.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: When the Noobs use their Battle Balls to don their Power Armor, their hair changes color, which is a means of helping to hide their identities.
  • Halloween Episode: "Happy Noob-O-Ween"
  • Hammerspace Hair: A lot of characters pull random things out of Roach's curly locks. The first episode establishes them storing all their Battle Balls in there. This has caused them to misplace their Battle Balls at least once, despite Shope's noting that Roach's hair is usually very secure.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Mostly played straight as the noobs and their mentors in "Curb Your Noob" keep adopting other puppies instead of Kevin, whose battle ball has malfunctioned and made him turn into a pitbull (It Makes Sense in Context) but the dogs are never seen or mentioned again in later episodes. Its further exaggerated in Mem and Zen's case in "Noobs Of The Round Table" when they delight over getting gift certificates to Stuff-A-Puppy and spend a good chunk of the episode obsessing over the customization of their plush puppies. It's notably averted however with Sour Persimmons who is quite nasty. So much so that when he got infected with a virus that caused lethargy, the group decided to upgrade the extractor so that it causes the virus not to spread but stay in one host (AKA Persimmons).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Tyler and Kevin are this as evidenced by them hanging out a lot.
    • Memnock and Zenblock also count too.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The team's main problem and why they're called Noobs by Mem and Zen. Though not a guarantee, they tend to be shown having better control over their powers while armored-up.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Done a lot here:
    • Tyler in the "Noobsitters" episode states that he and the Noobs are responsible people, using as proof that they wear bike helmets and protective gear when riding their bikes but they are seen riding them in the middle of the street and slowing down a delivery truck.
    • Memnock and Zenblock constantly criticize the Noobs for being irresponsible and childish but they both also occasionally show off the same irresponsible and childish behavior as well.
    • Memnock and Zenblock in "How To Use Your Noob" spend a lot of the episode worrying about the Noobs misusing their Battle Ball powers by manipulating them into things like voice modulator helmets and hover boards. Mem and Zen manipulate their Battle Balls into hover boards as well to stop the Noobs from misusing theirs the same way; and later in the appreciation party, they tell the Noobs that they shouldn't use their Battle Balls like that, including using them to make their voices sound really cool. The next scene however shows Memnock and Zenblock using their Battle Balls as voice helmets to try to attract a couple of women.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In "Where No Noob Has Gone Before," the Evilslockistans fire countless missiles at the Galacticus (which is disguised as a bomber plane). Not even a single missile manages to hit its target.
    • "License to Noob" has the obvious Stormtrooper expies in the bee-like Swarmtroopers. It turns out that they have a valid reason for not being able to hit their targets: it's because they all have Swink-Eye, an alien infection analogue to Pink Eye that causes total blindness until cured.
  • Inside a Computer System: The Cyber Virus is capable of literally sucking people into their own electronics. This happens in "Noobie Mama" when the noobs do not listen to Mem and Zen's warnings on the cyber virus and because of this, the noob get sucked into their own video game console when it gets infected with the cyber virus and the candy mama characters launch a manhunt on them. The noobs were able to escape with help from Mem and Zen though.
  • It's All About Me: This is one of the main flaws the Noobs have to struggle with. While all six of the main characters have shown varying degrees of selfishness throughout the series, Kevin is the worst out of them not only misusing his battle ball constantly but at one point using the virus to get what he wants.
    • Exaggerated with The Incredibly Amazing Man as blatantly shown through his name. He thinks of himself as incredibly amazing and is a huge narcissist who only care about fame and making money.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Zenblock directly quotes this towards Memnock when they are both cornered by virus infected citizens of Cornbury in the season one finale with Zen saying " Well buddy, it has been an honor to fight alongside you". They were both certain that they were not going to pull through this alive but they were both saved by Rovu.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Galacticus has one to keep it from being discovered (though very clumsy deer often bump into it).
    • Count Venamus and his minions have a similar technology.
  • Invisible Main Character: In one episode, Shope accidentally becomes invisible (by accidentally siphoning the Galacticus's means of invisibility), which causes her some problems at school because her backpack, which contains her homework, is also invisible.
  • Invisible Parents: Kevin's parents took the longest time to make their onscreen appearance. His dad appeared in one episode, but his mom has yet to make an appearance (although she has been mentioned more than once).
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Pretty much all of the main characters are this trope as all of them suffered injuries and have been through situations that would normally cripple or kill a person in real life. Example are that Tyler gets launched from his house and into another, Mem and Zen get caught in an explosion caused by a high speed paddleboat crash and even went through a nasty monorail crash not to mention that they get launched into the sky in a pod and plummet back to earth without wearing seat belts.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Count Venamus pulls off this kind of trick on the entire main cast in "Count Noob A Nus" as he performs a fake surrender and while imprisoned, he waits for Men and Zen to let their guard down as they do so when they attempt to be nice towards their prisoners as mandated by the Benevolent Alliance manual. Venaumus uses this rule against Mem and Zen and betrays them by pushing them both into a prison pod and launching it into space while Venamus fights the Noobs again. Unfortunately for Venamus, the prison pod that he shoved Mem and Zen into falls back to Earth and lands right on top of Venamus.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Tyler fears that his crush on Amy Anderson might make her a "target".
  • I Want My Mommy!: In a Cartoon Network exclusive clip featuring an interview with Memnock and Zenblock, Mem accidentally presses the self destruct button on Zen's armor during one of their arguments over their incompetence in selecting the Noobs. They both go into a panic with Mem screaming out "mommy" constantly. This implies that Memnock's mother is still alive but has yet to make an appearance.
  • Kid Hero: The quartet of Noobs fit this trope. They're all twelve years old, in seventh grade, and have the responsibility (with supervision and mentorship) of protecting Earth in the midst of an intergalactic war.
  • Killer Rabbit: A variation; the Virus tends to turn smaller, more harmless animals into bigger, much more dangerous monsters than relatively larger specimens. The second episode had a vicious monster, whose reputation freaked out Mem and Zen, which turned out to be a small cuddly critter when cured.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare:
    • Memnock loves a huge amount of aspects of human culture such as cooking and sports
    • Zenblock plays with it a lot as he is hesitant in exploring Earthen customs but he's shown to like football and apparently western genres.
    • The leaders of the Benevolent Alliance, including General Blorgon also exhibit the same kind of behavior as well, which includes trying out a lot of Earth's restaurants as evidenced in "Noobs Of The Round Table".
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Memnock and Zenblock are shown to have memory wipe gadget that not only wipes memories away from a person, but also restores them. They use this in "I Know You Noob" in an attempt to get themselves and the Noobs out of being blackmailed by the three Emmas. However, the memory wiper always malfunctions on Mem and Zen, which not only wipes away all their memories but also makes them afraid of humans.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Shope forces Kevin to be a guinea pig 'til Tyler recovered the original one to keep her grade point average intact. Tyler was able to retrieve it...after it was infected by the virus. He returned it cured but completely frazzled and mussed up, earning both her and Tyler an 'F'.
  • Last-Name Basis: Jennifer Shope's friends call her by her last name. Adult figures use her first name instead.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Mem ans Zen have the tendency to get into these kinds of bicker spats, first seen when they try to blame each other for mistaking 4 kids for trained Earth warriors. It's obvious that they have the tendency to argue like this due to being Vitriolic Best Buds and throw in a bit of violence in their bickering too.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of the characters on this show mostly wearing the clothes they first appear in most of the time.
    • Justified with Mem and Zen as their Battleballs allow them to transform into anyone or anything they desire and the Battle Balls provides them clothing by default. Their Bob and Rob disguises apparently have the same clothing colors as the colors of their skin and armor. They do have the habit of wearing clothing over their armor and even went out in snow with just their armor on and no winter gear.
  • Lost Superweapon: The synopsis for season 2 states that the main characters are trying to find an ancient alien super weapon that is capable of wiping out all traces of the virus in the universe and they have to find it before Count Venamus and his forces do. The catch is that this weapon is hidden somewhere on Earth.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Amy Anderson develops a thing for Tyler's Super Noob alter ego, much to Tyler's consternation.
  • Magic Antidote: The eye drops used to cure swink eye are capable of curing those infected with it in just mere seconds as shown when Memnock and Zenblock were cured of this although the eye drops are actually special dust pouches that cure people when blown on their eyes.
    • Also the extractor guns used to remove the virus count too because it turns people back to normal in seconds.
  • Manchild: Many of the aliens on the show behave like this a lot.
    • Both Memnock and Zenblock fall in this trope, partially due to their huge desire to understand Earth Culture. Mem mostly fits into this trope more easily than Zen, but Zen also applies. They often act very immature and childish, and sometimes act more immature than the Noobs themselves. They do a lot of childish things such as riding a kids monorail ride and trick or treating. Zen, despite his gruff attitude is sometimes seen sleeping with a teddy bear in his arms at night. They also went to a store similar to Build A Bear to craft their own stuffed animals.
  • Mind-Control Device:
    • Mr Wertz science lab goggles which turn them into polite mind control people (When glowing green) but when turn red turn into a angry mob.
    • Tyler's battle ball is also capable of allowing him to use mind control on other people as shown in "The Noob-I-Nators 2: Save The Earth"
  • Mistaken for Badass: The series' premise. Four kids were mistaken for warriors/heroes because of their paintball gear and thus were chosen to fight a Virus to save the world.
  • Myth Arc: This show's Monster of the Week and Slice of Life hi-jinks are underscored by the ongoing plot of the Viruses and the mystery of their progenitor. In addition, many of the episodes expound on a rather extensive backstory, with surprisingly detailed universe-building elements.
  • Narcissist:
    • The Incredibly Amazing Man is one clear example as he's obsessed with fame and money and sells merchandise of himself to his many fans with a lot of such merchandise containing images of himself.
    • Marty Soulpatch in "Eyewitness Noobs". Not only is he the host of a TMZ-esque Tabloid, but he gets Kevin's recording of the noobs without their suits.
  • Negative Continuity: This show is infamous for having an erratic scale of continuity. While some episodes do use the Continuity Nod and had an important story arc in season 2, other episodes show Cornbury being significantly ravaged or Mem and Zen’s house or the galactic is being destroyed only to show up fine in the next episode. A lot of the stuff Mem and Zen acquire or buy never show up again in future episodes such as a Zen’s new bedroom. Season 2 in particular treated “A Noob Divided Cannot Noob” like it never actually happened.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted as Memnock said the word "dead" in "Super Natural Noob" when he was describing tree logs in the campground.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It happens. Sometimes combined with Tempting Fate. During "How to Noob the Science Fair", we learn that the Virus can't affect non-living objects, unless in rare circumstances, liksay being affected by particle acceleration. Guess what one of the Noobs' ::cough::SHOPE::cough:: science project was?
    • Kevin almost accidentally destroys Earth as well
    • Kevin also almost compromised the Noobs' secret identities by accidentally selling images of them without their battle suits to Marty Soulpatch.
  • Not So Above It All: Hilariously mistaking Earth kids in shoddy, makeshift paintball gear for seasoned Earth warriors was the first clue right off the bat, but doesn't take long for Menock and Zenblock to be shown just as fallible as the kids they themselves dubbed as "Noobs", despite being truly capable and competent when the need arises (or when the writers need them to better contrast the Noobs). Not only do they fall in love with many aspects of Earth and its culture (regardless of Zenblock's protests), but they often find themselves distracted and fascinated by many a trivial and frivolous Earthly pursuit (visiting an amusement park or finding out what a gift shop is). They are even symbiotic with the noobs in terms of educating as Mem and Zen teach the noobs how to be better virus warriors while the Noobs teach Mem and Zen about Earth culture and how to fit into it and have fun with it
  • Obviously Evil: Evilslockistan. And if you think that's bad, you should see their leader's name.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Roach is hardly ever referred to by his real name (Theodore Roachmont).
  • The Plague: A downplayed version of it is implied to have happened in "License To Noob" in the form of a swink eye infection that occurred on the hive planet, which infected its queen, her soldiers and as the queen claims, the planet's entire population. If that's not convincing enough, Memnock and Zenblock also appear to have fallen victim to this apparent epidemic as they had the swink eye infection in the same episode.
  • Police Are Useless:
    • Played straight with the Cornbury police because they never show up during attacks from the virus nor try to stop any other supervillains.
    • Downplayed towards Memnock and Zenblock as they are technically extraterrestrial cops. Despite their job, they are sometimes seen goofing off or doing something childish whenever the virus attacks as they addictively played Candy Mama while the Noobs had to fight virus infected squirrels, competed in a dance off against each other instead of tracking down and destroying the elimination virus, and spent an entire episode wrecking up the hall of famous leaders by accident in Funder Wunderland while the Noob has to take down virus infected mascots. Despite this, Memnock and Zenblock aren't completely useless as they are competent in virus battles whenever the plot demands it.
  • Precocious Crush: Roach has one on the drama teacher.
    • Likes Older Women: And his being smitten on an older Rebel Space Princess Parsec in "License to Noob" and, when first meeting "her", the Glacticus's A.I., XR4Ti, whom has the voice of a mature woman, shows that lil' Roachmont has himself a type.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: An interesting take on this trope, as Mem and Zen (who realized it was a challenger take all event), demanded the Noobs give them their battle balls to prevent them from fighting the wrestler, with Kevin, Tyler and Roach acquiescing (Shope was back in the ship). with both Mentor thinking they avoided the usual shenanigans... until wrestling fans notice they look exactly like famous wrestlers. Didn't help that later, the virus showed up.
  • Psychic Powers: Tyler gets this in the form of telepathy. Shope gets every kinetic kind of Elemental Powers, along with Magnetism Manipulation and Energy Absorption.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The "Elimination Virus" can take control of a victim's mind without affecting their body, and use their host to track down and destroy Virus Warriors.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Tyler is implied to be this as he has a ton of stuffed animals in his house and got a craving to play Candy Mama.
    • A huge majority of the male members of the benevolent alliance are this too. Memnock best fits this trope as he likes cooking and then there was all those tiara jokes and the fact that he loved getting a plush puppy.
    • Zenblock is also this as he is sometimes seen sleeping with a teddy bear in his arms and also used a sleep mask. He even got a plush puppy as well.
    • General Blorgon and Tecknut are this too as they got a plush puppy.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Memnock and Zenblock give the battle balls to a group of 12-year-olds because they saw the kids in football gear and armed with slingshots and assumed that they were soldiers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tyler and Shope are Blue while Kevin and Roach are Red.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: Characters have occasionally reminded other characters about their powers that could make a situation so much easier/manageable/survivable. Even Mem and Zen have to be reminded every now and again, and they always look super flustered/embarrassed when this happens, too.
    • "How To Use Your Noob" revealed that there are some functions of the Battle Balls that not even Mem and Zen knew about, which made them worry since, if they didn't know about it, then the Noobs may have very well got themselves into trouble. Again.
  • Repetitive Name: Jock Jockerson, again.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: In the episode "Go Noob Outside", the Supernoobs fight an army of giant mutant squirrels.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kevin turning into a possum or squirrel/chipmunk instead of the animal he wants.
    • The Noobs having trouble plugging in their Battle Balls.
    • Whenever the group is frightened, one of the Noobs (it isn't clear who, though there are implications it's Tyler) breaks wind loudly.
    • Each episodes has a running gag of its own that is only present in the episode it appears.
      • The main characters adopting the wrong dog instead of Kevin in "Curb Your Noob"
      • Roach getting his pants eaten by goats in "Zooper Noobs". Memo and Zen also fall victim to the gag when a goat eats their briefs near the end
      • Mem and Zen getting their memories erased by accident as a result of a malfunction in their memory eraser in "I Know You Noob". Shope falls victim to this gag as well.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zenblock is the manly man to Memnock's sensitive guy. Z
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • The Halloween episode stated that the Noob were 11 years old while previous episodes stated that they were 12 years old
    • Tyler's last name was stated as knight/night instead of Bowman in one episode.
    • Zenblock accidentally destroyed Memnock’s bed beyond repair in during his sleep fighting “A Noob Divided Cannot Noob” and got his own bedroom to deal with the sleep fighting yet he was shown sleeping in his old bed and Memnock’s bed is completely intact in “Noob Storm Rising”, “Fluper Noobs” and “When We Were Noobs”. Mem and Zen got bigger rooms underneath their house but none of these rooms are seen or mentioned again. No explanation has been given for this.
    • In “ A Noob’s Best Friend” Shope wants a dog and tries to convince her parents that she is ready for dog ownership yet “Curb Your Noob” has Shope adopt almost all of the dogs in an animal shelter.
    • The plot of “The Good, The Bad, And The Nooby” does not make any sense when one realizes that Memnock owns a time traveling device as seen in “High Noob” yet he and Zen tried to find out the mysteries of time travel when they have already done so.
  • Shaking the Rump: One of Roach's dance moves in "Noob Kids on the Block" involves swaying his backside back and forth. Mem and Zen also did this in the same episode and Zen did it in "Tyrannosaurus Noob" when fighting a virus infected T Rex skeleton
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: If Kevin doesn't use his Battle Ball to shapeshift back to normal within three hours, his DNA will permanently change and he'll remain whatever form he shifted into, permanently.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Tyler and Amy Anderson. They went on two dates in the first season.
    • Kevin and Shope as evidenced in "Noob Colored Glasses".
    • Roach and whatever older woman he hits on.
  • Shout-Out:
    Kevin: (wearing the helmet) Join us, Tyler. Join the fun side!
    • That same episode also gives us this:
    Kevin: (still wearing the helmet while being confronted by the police with nets) Don't net me, bro!
    • The Glacticus's A.I., XR4Ti, is a reference to a very obscure 1980s car.
    • Memnock's obsession with cooking an egg and coriander dish is possibly a reference to Hugh Test's obsession with cooking meatloaf.
  • Sick Episode: Exaggerated as most of the episodes in this show are technically sick episodes due to people being infected by the virus and being turned into monsters against their will, which makes them technically sick until the extractor is used on them.
    • Memnock and Zenblock have their own sick episode in "License To Noob" when both of them fall ill to the contagious space oriented eye infection, swink eye, which blinded them and forced them to call off their training session with the Noobs as due to fact that Memnock and Zenblock had a hard time navigating their own house. They treated this illness like the common cold as they tried to make tea to relieve the symptoms.
      • Memnock and Zenblock get sick with the flu in “Fluper Noobs”.
    • Kevin in "Noobie Mama" was not really sick during the episode but he admitted that he was sick with the flu a month prior.
  • Signature Team Transport: The Galacticus, though they mostly use it as a base of operations and fly to places outside Earth.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Shope is just as likely to be a victim of slapstick as the boys and the aliens.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played straight with Shope, the only regular girl in a main cast of 6 (3 contemporaneously-aged friends, plus 2 male aliens).
  • Space Police: The Virus Warriors count as their job is to stop the virus from infesting other planets and bring the Virus creators and their agents to justice. This is proven when Memnock, Zenblock, and The Noobs arrest Count Venamus and his minions in " Count Noob-a-nus".
    • Also, an independent apace police force that looks and acts like a typical police force is shown in "License to Noob" when Mem and Zen get ticketed by that police force after they get framed by The Noobs for speeding. That police force can apparently ticket virus warriors, who are shown to be more elite and have superior ranking.
  • Snowball Fight: Memnock and Zenblock have one of those against each other to get used to snow. They exaggerate this tripe to make it more fun by incorporating alien tech such as guns and tanks into the game.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Roach is often called "The Roach."
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tyler's mom looks like an older, female version of her son.
    • Inverted in Roach's case, as he doesn't look like either of his parents.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: The four protagonists get entrusted with defending the Earth with battle balls (that don't come off due to being fused with their DNA) due to being mistaken for soldiers.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: "When Good Noobs Go Bad" reveals that the Green and Red Battle Balls have at times caused their wearers to spontaneously go evil and adopt villainous names, personas and bodies. This happens to Roach twice before his Battle Ball is fixed (the second time inadvertently by the other paranoid Noobs), and then it happens to Kevin as the episode closes, much to everyone else's exasperation.
  • Super Zeroes: Justified as they just got these battleballs and nine times out of ten are in the How Do I Shot Web? phase of using them. Even so sometimes they're using them to show off or to further their own agendas. On top of that it's often shown that even when they're using the battleballs semi-competently they still get their butts kicked. Several episodes showed the aftermath of a fight in which they lost.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: We, the audience and the Noobs, learn throughout the episodes that the Battle Balls are this in the hands of a skilled and experienced wielder, with capabilities that have utility beyond their designated power functions that are useful for practical, specialized, and mundane situations. The Noobs however don't know how to use them without messing things up.
  • Take That, Us: From the end of "Superdoods"
    Tyler: Yeah, who would watch a show about 4 seventh graders getting super powers?
    Kevin: Yeah, and fight giant infected monsters from space.
    (Everyone Laughs Ending before looking nervous at the camera)
  • Telepathy: One of Tyler's powers from the Blue Battle Ball.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Tyler's other main Blue Battle Ball power.
  • Tempting Fate: When Tyler sees a new Virus, he asks how something so small can be dangerous (then a guinea pig eats all four of them...)
    • The episode "Dude, Where's my Noob?" is full of these, mostly incited by people saying, "That was easy."
  • Theme Twin Naming: Memnock and Zenblock apply in this case as their real names, nicknames, and names given to their human disguises all apply in this trope. Memnock and Zenblock rhyme as do their human disguise names of Bob and Rob. Their nicknames of Mem and Zen are subverted in this case as the the last letters of their nicknames do not really match but come in pretty close.
  • Title Drop: The team is known to the public as "The Superdudes", but to Mem and Zen, they're Supernoobs. Noobs for short.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Shope in "How to Care for Your Noob." When the guinea pig she and Tyler are supposed to be looking after during Home Economics class escapes, she forces Kevin to take its place. She force-feeds him guinea pig food and makes him go on the hamster wheel, and even forces him to look happy for the teacher, all so she can keep her perfect grade point average. When the real guinea pig is found, she (literally) tosses Kevin aside. As noted above in Laser-Guided Karma, she gets her due grade of an 'F' in the end.
  • Token Minority: Shope (as she is half African and Brazilian).
  • Transforming Mecha: In "Noobot vs. Venabot", it is revealed that the Galacticus can transform into a Humongous Mecha when the Noobs install their Battle Balls into four hidden slots in the ship.
  • True Companions: No matter how much they tend to argue or mistreat each other, the Noobs are shown to be a loyal and stalwart group of friends who would do just about anything for each other if push came to shove. Mem and Zen also apply to the above as well.
  • Tsundere: Zenblock is a non-romantic, male, Type-A version of this trope where the Noobs and Earth are concerned. "Tyrannosaurus Noob" even has Memnock try and get Zen to open up on his emotions and admit that he is nice and does like Earth and the Noobs. Some of the time, anyway.
  • Ultimate Job Security:
    • Memnock and Zenblock are shown to be incompetent virus warriors in some episodes. They have done things that would have otherwise got them fired from the Benevolent Alliance and possibly stripped of their battle balls such as using their battle balls to hit on girls and go trick or treating in their alien forms while using their weaponry to get the candy. Their incompetence is mainly shown through their recruitment of the Noobs, their childish escapades and bickering towards each other and even when they feuded in one episode, their bosses failed to intervene and make them reconcile, leaving the Noobs to do all the work. However, they have never got fired or reprimanded and despite their incompetence, Memnock and Zenblock won the recruiter of the year award only because Count Venamus crashed the awards party with virus contaminated food and they along with the Noobs were the only ones who didn't eat the food and thus the only ones who could still stop Venamus in that situation.
    • Its even played straight with Mr. Wertz. Sure he is a competent science teacher but he has abused his position as one through attempting to control Cornbury with mind control goggles and building a secret underground lab underneath the school to perform illegal experiments with the virus. The principal has refused to fire Mr. Wertz nor have him thrown in jail as all she does is have him committed to a mental institution, which clearly does not work on Mr. Wertz
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In "Dude, Where's My Noob?" Roach is shown to have a dog named Wentworth who shares his Blinding Bangs.
  • The Virus: The Big Bad of the series, it travels from planet to planet infecting native lifeforms and objects and mutating them into monsters to eliminate the rest. It's eventually made known that the Virus has a creator somewhere who's the true main antagonist of the whole show, and whose identity and whereabouts are completely unknown.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Memnock and Zenblock are shown to be best friends who tend to spew out vitriol at each other as obviously shown through their bickering but they still remain good buddies. The vitriol is less obvious after their feud but Memnock makes it perfectly clear that the vitriol still exists as evidenced by the very happy look on his face after hitting Zen with a giant snowball in "Let It Noob, Let It Noob, Let It Noob" and his thankful comment towards Zen in a life threatening situation in the season 1 finale. Tyler even lampshades on it in "The Super Noob Super Cup".
  • Water Is Air: It's implied that Mem and Zen's species can breathe underwater as shown in "Super Natural Noobs" as they capsized their boat while fishing and even continued to fish and defy water gravity by still sitting in the boat despite the boat being upside down and they never showed signs of drowning.
  • What Does This Button Do?:
    • Roach uses this to cause one of Venamus' machines to be destroyed.
    • Memnock directly quotes this trope when he finds a remote Venamus was using for a rocket filled with candy and Zenblock was inside the rocket. The button Mem pressed caused the ship to blow up, rain candy, and cause Zen to plummet back to the ground.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Around the end of the episode "Super Doods!", Tyler paraphrases this trope. Then cue everyone present glancing worriedly towards our TV screen.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl:
    • In "Noob Kids on the Block", Jock and his friends shove Tyler, Kevin and Roach into lockers, but leave Shope alone.
    • Kevin brings this trope up with regards to his Virus-infected female actor counterpart in "Superdoods!" who's currently thrashing him. Shope wisely suggests that Kevin make an exception this once, which he takes to heart before morphing into a gorilla and knocking her out with one punch.


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