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YMMV / Kenan & Kel

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the Christmas special, since the mall Santa and real Santa were played by the same actor, is it possible that mall Santa was really Santa Claus and he had actually set up the events that led to Kenan filling in for him to teach him to be more generous during Christmas?
    • Marc Cram is generally depicted as an Adorkable Nice Guy. However, in "Happy B-Day Marc", despite being told that Kenan was having a surgery that he was embarrassed about, he proceeded to tell literally anyone who would listen about it. Later, in "Picture Imperfect", he told Kenan that his school photo looked funny, yet refused to elaborate. So is Mark really this Innocently Insensitive or is he a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who enjoys setting up Disaster Dominoes?
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  • Base-Breaking Character: While most fans agreed Kel was necessarily funny in the first two seasons, Kel in the later seasons is mixed among the community; whether he's still funny as ever or just downright insufferable.
  • Cargo Ship: Kel loves orange soda a lot.
  • Creator's Pet: Kel in the later seasons seems to be this for some fans due to how overused his stupid jokes are and how he is often the catalyst of Kenan and everyone else's problems.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Kel's response to Brianna saying she wears the sweater her grandma knitted her before she died on special occasions.
  • Ear Worm: What 90's kid DIDN'T get the opening song stuck in their head from time to time?
  • Harsher in Hindsight - When Kenan and Kel made a cameo in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, they made a joke about how their show wasn't gonna be canceled anytime soon after hearing about the toons' first show. Kenan and Kel was canceled three months before the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie was released. Granted, the timing of that joke could've been on purpose; The final season of the show is very much aware that it's ending, and they were probably starting on it when filming that scene.
    • All the friendship moments between the duo can fall into this due to the falling out between the titular actors. Allegedly, Kenan Thompson has distanced himself from Kel Mitchell in recent years to emphasize his career as a adult comedian. However, they reunited in a Good Burger sketch on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, so it seems like they buried the hatchet.
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    • In the TV Film Two Heads are Better Than None, Roger complains about how a side-of-the-road gas station ends up increasing the price of the gas from a $1.23 to $3.23 a gallon. This becomes way harder to laugh at considering years after the film, gas prices end up increasing near or past $3.23.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Kel plugs his headphones into an apple expecting to hear music. About 5 years later, a company called Apple creates the iPod.
    • One episode has Roger passing out at his desk, meaning Kenan has to try and help a pilot land a plane. Fast forward to Snakes on a Plane and Kenan Thompson is on the other sidenote .
    • When interviewing potential actors to play his parents in one episode, one of the couples Kel brings in is Asian. In another episode, Kenan thinks he might be adopted when he learns of a Kevin Rockmore born on the same day in Chicago. This illusion is shattered when this set of Rockmores turn out to be Asian.
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  • Idiot Plot: Everybody in the restaurant in "Freezer Burned" wouldn't have got themselves trapped in the freezer if any of them actually knew where the bathroom was, even with the messed up sign. Also, they would have got out sooner if any one of them actually paid attention to the door if it was going to be opened by someone.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kenan's dad, especially in "Get the Kel Outta Here". Kel also qualifies in the same episode as a regular one.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • *sigh* Seriously, TV Tropes? Who loves orange soda?
      • Kel loves orange soda!
      • Is it true?
      • Mmm-hmmmm I do, I do, I doo-oo!
    • Don't forget the time he....dropped a the tuna!
    • WHYYY!?
    • "Troper, grab a blank... A blank... And a blank... and meet me in a random place!"
      • "Awwwwwwwww... Here it goes!"
  • Minority Show Ghetto: Averted. The show was a hit with both critics and audiences during its original four season run. Today, it is considered one of Nickelodeon's greatest and classic shows.
  • The Scrappy: Due to Flanderization, Kel in later seasons.
    • Kyra, as well given how one-dimensional and unfunny she was (seriously, all her role consisted of was to be an annoying tagalong kid with a rather creepy crush on teenaged Kel.) Is it any wonder that her appearances diminished throughout the course of the show's run?
  • Squick: Really, just about any thing involving Chris's mother: "Mother loves mashed potatoes, she'll gum these right down!" Or, "I'm so depressed, I'm going to go home and shave mother..." Or the fact that Chris would keep her foot scrapings for really no reason...
  • Values Dissonance: A double example. One episode features Kel dressing up as a woman and marrying Kenan so they can go on a game show. For most of the 2000s gay marriage was such a hot-button issue the sequence wouldn't have happened on a children's show, and in the 2010s it would have created outrage for making the idea of two men marrying into a joke.
  • Values Resonance: Shockingly enough the Hot for Teacher episode. Kel is happy to tease Kenan about having a crush on Miss Horn. But when he thinks (mistakenly!) that she's trying to seduce him, his reaction isn't that it's hot or kinky. He pulls off a What the Hell, Hero? at the very idea of it, and Miss Horn outright says how inappropriate it would be. Bear in mind this is with a female teacher and a male student.
  • What an Idiot!: Kel has so many moments of these that it pushes him to Scrappy Territory.

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