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  • Awesome Moments: Whenever the gang gets the better of Lars and his bullies is usually a great moment. Some highlights include tricking Lars into thinking Twister died, getting their parents to lay into Lars, Lars lying to Twister about a suitcase full of money buried in the backyard and then being made to dig it up, and the various times they beat Lars’ gang at competitions.
  • Acceptable Targets: Tourists. Most of the time when they appear in the show they are loud, obnoxious, hog the beach, and don't seem to be the most intelligent sort.
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  • Awesome Music: The intro, as performed by The Wipeouters. It made you actually want to go outside and do what the characters did.
  • Anvilicious: A fair number of episodes deal with the kids doing things that are some combination of dangerous and stupid (like Twister and Otto trying to get a camera back during a goddamned hurricane) and getting punished for it, whether it's getting grounded by their parents or facing the natural consequences of their actions. While it is true that extreme sports can be, well, extremely dangerous if the proper precautions aren't taken, and the Moral Guardians would have a field day with this show if not for Don't Try This at Home moments, at times the show feels less like "cool kids do awesome extreme sports things" that the promotional material promise and more like a Deconstruction of extreme sports fiction that viewers didn't ask for.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Opinions are generally mixed on whether Otto's a funny and amusing athlete with some good redeeming moments or an absolutely insufferable bastard who never learns his lesson.
    • Reggie has her fans and is nowhere near as hated as Otto, but she does has a few detractors whom find her occasional Designated Hero moments to be quite irritating.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The one episode which had a UFO abducting a whale...behind the back of a news reporter.
    • Which was rather amusing because the news reporter was stalling for an expected story and at that moment was commenting that nothing noteworthy was going on.
      • At the beginning of "Welcome to the Club", a small grey bird is heard trumpeting like an elephant.
      • Judging by the color of its plumage, it may have been a mockingbird doing what it does best (mimicking). Doesn't make it any less random, though.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Otto's highly inconsiderate and vain to everyone around him, and it certainly doesn't help matters that some of his enemies have extremely good reasons for antagonizing him to due to him being Otto.
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    • Reggie, while not to the extent of Otto, occasionally has moments of this too.
  • Designated Villain: Merv Stimpleton is a short-tempered jerk, but he rarely does anything more than react to Otto and the gang's shenanigans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When the gang trick Lars into thinking Twister is dead and film his reaction. After numerous prank videos on sites like Youtube and Tik Tok where people did things like this during The New '10s, it's not as awesome anymore.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Twister would often duct tape his camcorder onto his helmet, thinking it's a genius way to shoot his videos while leaving his hands free. About 10 years later, the GoPro is invented, which is a small digital camera that can be mounted onto helmets.
    • In one episode, after having skateboarding banned on the pier, Sam suggests that they substitute running on-foot for skating which everyone immediately shoots down as being lame. Considering how popular LeParkour is now, it's hilarious how ahead of the curve Sam was.
    • Another episode features Sam going on an amusement park ride that violently falls apart while he's on it, only to cut back to reality and reveal that he hasn't even got in line yet. Does that sound familiar at all?
    • There's a character named Lars who's a total jerkass. Sound familiar?
    • Sam was a kid and a squid before it was cool.
    • Also from Sam, he used the term sick to describe something similarly to how it's used now...only to be met with disapproving reactions from the others. If it had been a few years later, they would've had a different reaction.
  • Informed Wrongness:
    • The shoobies in The Lingos. Their crime is that they think the slang the gang uses is cool and starts saying it. They seem to have freedom of speech confused with copyright infringement.
    • The episode where Squid makes friends with an asocial computer geek—don't hang out with them, they have no life!
      • This is especially bizarre; because Sammy acted just like Oliver when he was first introduced. But to give the show a bit of credit, the crew accepts Oliver and find something he's good at: Keeping score and time.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lars in the episode "Falsely Alarmed". It's no secret the guy is a complete douchebag, Pet the Dog moment(s) aside, but really, he got a week of community service for something he didn't do. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Memetic Mutation: As the ancient Hawaiians used to say...
    • ...wish we had helmets back then too...wish we had helmets back then too...
    • Forum threads asking posters to recount where they were and what they were doing, national-disaster style, "when the Squid totally beefed it".
    • You could take a SHORTCUT!
    • "Is a fish taco shaped like a fish?"
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Twister pretending to have been Driven to Suicide in "Escape From Lars Mountain" can be too home-hitting for those who have tried to take their own lives, know loved ones who have, or been the victim of a similar prank.
    • In The Movie, Reggie and Otto react to Raymundo's new relationship with Noelani by running off to an extreme dangerous surfing spot and when Raymundo comes after them, the trio get trapped by a storm and very nearly drown.
    • Any and every time Otto's rebelliousness puts him and others in danger, which happened multiple times.
    • Really, anytime one of the kids, usually Otto and Twister, finding themselves in life-threatening situations and it happened very often. From snowboarding down a dangerous slope that broke Otto's leg to trying to explore a restricted forest during in a blizzard and nearly freezing to death. Their closest encounter with death is when they went to get Twister's camera during the eye of a hurricane and it's only through luck that parents found them in time before they drowned; seriously, when there's a natural disaster going on, you get to the nearest shelter, and stay the hell there because losing your life is not worth your material possessions, even if they're expensive to replace.
  • Older Than They Think: Despite the popularity, this cartoon wasn't the first one to use the slang term "shoobie". It actually originated in the late 19th century, and it derived the term from daytrippers taking the train to the beach in New Jersey while carrying lunch inside a shoe box.
  • The Scrappy:
  • So Bad, It's Good: The surfer lingo and Totally Radical attitude of the show is so annoying, that it’s honestly kind of incredible.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The episode "Radical New Equipment" directly attacks the Inspirationally Disadvantaged trope by pointing out that "feel-good" stories about physically or mentally impaired athletes are often rife with Condescending Compassion and ignore the genuine talent of those athletes. Lizzie, the central character, summarizes the trope with her blistering "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Reggie—she wins races and games because she's good, not because able-bodied people let her win, and to give her special treatment (beyond the reasonable accommodations needed to allow her and others like her to compete) is incredibly insulting: "I just want to be treated like everyone else." It's not subtle, but it works.
  • Strawman Has a Point: One early episode has the city council ban stuff like bike-riding, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc on the pier. While it's pretty obvious that they're Straw-Moral Guardians and Merv is clearly exaggerating his injury, they actually do have a point that it can be dangerous due to how crowded it is. (And in fact, it should be common sense to not skate around crowded areas with loads of foot-traffic.) That said, Ray does point out to Otto and Reggie that they initially refused to apologize for hurting Merv, justifying his complaints (if not all of his subsequent actions).
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Pinkie Pixie's Big Christmas Flapadoozy", the Christmas special that Otto and Reggie are forced to watch in the Christmas episode. It features an elf with an annoyingly high-pitched voice hugging a snowman and exclaiming that he's "the loneliest little elf in the world".
  • Tear Jerker: Base-breaking aside, Reggie's situation in "Race Across New Zealand", being ignored and neglected (albeit relatively low-key) by her dad while he focuses on Otto, is pretty sad, especially since no one seems to sympathize or even really notice until she blows up at Raymundo.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • In the episode with "Super Squid", Reggie actually gets off rather well compared to the rest of the cast - she isn't portrayed as a total idiot or trapping people in boring flashbacks. Yet she still gets mad at Sam. It makes her come off as a total drama queen.
    • Lars in the episode "False Alarmed." He basically ends up the subject of a torture porn episode where he is constantly punished and yelled at for something he didn't do. Naturally we're supposed to sympathise with him... except when Twister and Otto come forward because they feel bad for what Lars has been going through, Lars ends the episode not by showing gratitude but by... mocking them for doing the right thing and getting him out of trouble. After the episode where he and his gang help them out in the sand castle and where he even shows that he does love Twister (albeit when he was the victim of a pretty sick prank...) this just makes him seem like an irredeemable Jerkass.
  • Values Dissonance: "A Rocket Power Christmas" has Reggie admitting she's willing to accommodate a vegetarian diet for a dog in an offhand comment. Nowadays feeding your dog a vegetarian or vegan diet is flat out abuse, and those who attempt it are considered either morons or monsters. Even at the time the show was made, this was considered a bad idea.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Otto riding on the "adults-only" course after a guard told him it was forbidden, and that if he caught the kids trespassing he would put up embarrassing photos of them. He ends up with a broken leg and his friends are saddled with chores for coming along, racing him, and risking their limbs. Likewise, rather than rest up, he keeps trying to do sports with a broken leg. Even his friends think that he's going too far.

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