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  • Bizarro Episode: Thundersense is an episode revolving around the titular superpower which allows the user to sense danger before it happens. Too bad the power is never used outside that episode.
  • Crossover Ship: Max has been shipped with Taylor Hathaway ever since the crossover.
  • Designated Hero:
    • For all of the doting that the family does on Phoebe, her track record for staying out of trouble isn't that much better than Max's. Out of all of the characters, Phoebe is second only to Max in showing a willingness to break rules and cut ethical corners to get what she wants.
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    • In "Date Expectations," Allison calls out both of them, telling Max, "You and Phoebe make me sick. You're both selfish. You don't care what you do, or who you hurt, as long as you get what you want," and it is absolutely beautiful to behold.
    • In "The Amazing Rat Race," it is implied that Phoebe would never lie to Nora ... despite the fact that she did exactly that in the earlier episode, "Max's Minions."
    • The Third Season Finale takes this literally with the Hero League officially designating Max a hero.
  • Designated Monkey: A lot of fans thought that Max's treatment of being the butt monkey was too much. Many rants were made about it and the hashtag "Protectmax2k16" was spread across tumblr.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Considering that Max is an aspiring supervillain, he's this by default.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Max/Phoebe, more commonly known as "Thundercest", is shaping up to be this, judging from the Fan Fiction. Don't tell Kira, though. She's not a fan.
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  • Informed Wrongness: In "Orange is the New Max," Phoebe becomes annoyed when the superhuman juvenile delinquents T-Bone, Gale Force, and Maisy keep talking about her as if she's Max's mother rather than his sister. At the end, Max refers to Phoebe as his "older sister," and Phoebe exasperatedly says, "We are the same age!" The episode presents Phoebe as being right, because she and Max are twins, but Max is technically correct, since it was established in an earlier episode that Phoebe was born first, and is older than Max by 20 seconds.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: To many people the only reason to watch "Beat the Parents" was for Chris Jericho.
  • Moe: In "Phoebe's A Clone Now," after taking a bump on the head, the cloned Phoebe turns dumb, and also displays a sweet, childlike personality that is quite endearing. In the final scene, Phoebe's clone is adorably fawning over the cuteness of a rabbit, which she thinks is a donkey, which she thinks makes sounds like a cow.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Many fans thought season 2 was this, with the long Link/Phoebe arc and the fact that Link is Evilman's son.
    • The fans thought about it, and now they think season 3 is this, because of the new character Chloe, (and her being absent the episode after her introduction), and being a longer run.
  • Squick: Phoebe and Max really do not like hearing about, let alone seeing, their parents kissing.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
    • Many people find the show to be the poor man's Wizards of Waverly Place, with superheroes instead of wizards...and even then is also seen as a copy of Lab Rats. The theme song, "What You See is Not What You Get," is eerily similar to "Everything is Not What it Seems."
    • Dr. Collaso is a poor man's Salem.
    • Many view it as a poor man's Haunted Hathaways which they also view as a poor man's Wizards of Waverly Place, which certainly doesn't help either show.
    • Not to mention the family dynamic being a clear rip-off from The Incredibles.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Thunder Sense could have gotten the Thundermans out of a lot of tough times, and helped them predict villains' actions and counter them, but NO! Thanks to Discontinuity, the power was never used in the series ever when they needed it, not even in the specials. It makes the Thundersense episode look like a filler with no point. Great planning writers!
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • The audience is expected to laugh and cheer when Max winds up the Butt-Monkey, especially since he, admittedly, brings most of it on himself. However, in some episodes, like "You've Got Fail," "Doubles Trouble," and "Cape Fear," Max would make such a fool of himself that viewers were more apt to feel embarrassed for him than anything else.
    • Max more or less counts as this overall. While he can be a jerk, the fact he more or less gets ignored by his entire family in favour of Phoebe (even on occasions when he does something genuinely impressive), fails more often then not, and always comes through for his friends and family when the need him, means that despite his claims of being a villain, more often than not the audiences sympathy lies with him.
    • A small plot point in "Doubles Trouble" wound up pairing this with its counter-trope. The audience is supposed to laugh and cheer (like Phoebe does) when Link gives Max a wedgie, and then glare at Max disapprovingly (like Phoebe does) when he later gives Link a wedgie in revenge. The reactions of many viewers, however, were the exact opposite.
    • Gideon. As obnoxious as he can be, you can only see a guy get shot down so many times before you start to feel bad for him.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The show tries to stay hip and trendy by adding references to twerking, Internet lingo, roasts, selfies, social media, bottle flipping, and even dabbing.
  • What an Idiot!: In "Doppel-Gamers," Cherry assures the Thundermans that she can prevent Oyster from catching on to their superhero secret. To demonstrate, she calls out, "Hey, Oyster! Ever thought about the Thundermans' last name? Well, don't!" (The irony is that Oyster seems to be even dumber than Cherry, so it might actually work.)
  • The Woobie: Max. Even if he is a bit of a jerk, the fact that almost nothing goes his way no matter what more than justifies this. On top of being the Butt Monkey of the show, the fact that his family ignores him, makes fun of him, and is generally just mean to him, makes Max count as this overall. Not to mention his low-self esteem and both the hero and villain leagues being hostile towards him.


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