Kick Buttowski

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    Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil is the latest[when?] in Walt Disney Television Animation's line of animated series, focusing on the eponymous character, a seemingly fearless 12 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.

    Tropes used in Kick Buttowski include:
    • Actor Allusion: A police officer voiced by Tony Kornheiser is named Officer Irwin. Irwin is Kornheiser's middle name.
    • All Cheering, All the Time: "2-4-6-8! Battle Snax is really great!"
    • Alliterative Name: Bradley and Brianna Buttowski.
      • There's also Brianna's arch rival, Penelope Patterson.
      • Gordon Gibble, anyone?
      • Gunther's father, Magnus Magnusson.
    • Alpha Bitch: Kelly.
    • Ambiguously Jewish: Mr. Vickle.
    • Ambiguously Gay: Mr. Vickle.
    • Aside Glance: Kick does them all the time.
    • Awesome McCoolname: The eponymous character.
    • Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other: While Kick and Brad have an intense and violent Sibling Rivalry they still care deeply about each other.
      • The basic formula of any episode involving Kick and Brianna.
    • Badass: Kick...arguably a Badass Adorable.
      • Though you may not want to mention the adorable bit where he can hear you.
    • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Kick and Kendall.
    • Beware of Vicious Dog: Oscar the dog.
    • Big Brother Bully: Brad, unless he's dating someone.
    • Big Eater: Gunther.
      • Jackie too. In "Snowpocalypse" she eats all the food supplies and even after that she's still hungry.
    • Big No: In the first episode.
    • Birds of a Feather: Kick and Scarlet.
    • Bindle Stick: Represented in the opening image of "Live in Wade".
    • Biting the Hand Humor/Take That: "Look Gunther, we don't need songs!"
    • Boy Band: The Yeah Brads -- right down to sheer lavender T-shirts and music intended to freak girls out.
    • Brand X: 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.
    • Bumbling Dad/Parents as People/Parental Neglect: Harold and Honey Buttowski swing between these three tropes (specially Harold).
    • Butt Monkey: Brad.
      • Emo Kid as well.
    • Cain and Abel: Kick and Brad, in a soft form.
    • 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".
    • Catch Phrase: which also gets literal crap past the radar "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.
    • Chained Heat: "Hand in Hand"
    • 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.
    • The Cheerleader: The heartless variety appears in "Love Stinks". Apparently becoming a cheerleader at Mellowbrooke High requires seducing some poor, hapless loser and humiliating him in front of a large crowd in addition to breaking his heart as part of the initiation.
    • Chekhov's Gun: "OH NO! PAPERCUTS! MY ONLY WEAKNESS! And don't you forget it!"
    • Cheryl Blossom: Scarlet Rosetti (arguably).
    • 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.
    • The Danza: Henry Winkler as Henry, the principal of Kick's school.
      • In-universe, Teena Sometimes. Also Scarlett Rosetti as Scarlet Letter, sort of.
    • Deadpan Snarker: Kick, often.
    • Disaster Dominoes: Kick knocks over all the bookcases in the Mellowbrook library battling the evil Librarian.
    • 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.
    • 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!

    • 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".
    • Embarrassing Cover Up: In "Hand in Hand" Kick and Kendall each impose one on the other.
    • 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.
    • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Horribly subverted in "According to Chimp", to the point where it'll likely make you cringe if you live in Connecticut.
    • Expy: Gunther is a possible expy of Owen from Total Drama Island.
    • 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.
    • Faking the Dead: Kick's stuntman hero, "Dead Man" Dave.
    • Fat Best Friend: Gunther.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Friendly Enemy: Whenever Kick and Brad doesn'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, Mouth, 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
    • Genki Girl: Jackie and - on a somewhat less disturbing level - Brianna's Black Best Friend.
    • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An in-universe example in "Rank of Awesome": Gunther is apparently very popular in Scandinavia.
    • Getting Crap Past the Radar: There's a lot. It even has its own page!
    • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In Kick's case, Gunther is the angel, and Brad is the devil.
    • Gratuitous Spanish: Gunther. Usually when an animal is very large.

    Gunther: El moth gigante!
    Gunther: El pescado grande!


    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"
      • Has been dropped as of recent episodes.
    • Isolation Despondency: "Abandon Friendship" has Kick and Gunther's parents starting a fight... not exactly because of Kick and Gunther's hanging out, though it initiated it, but through harmless insults (spoken in a joking manner between the adults). Kick's father Harold gets the worst insults thrown at him, but it's his insult toward Gunther's Viking father Magnus that breaks the camel's back. Needless to say the boys are banned from seeing each other.
    • Jerkass: Brad Buttowski.
      • Ms Chicarelli is even worse.
        • Ronaldo - after how he went and abused Kick for personal gain in "Power Play", a recent Season 2 episode.
    • 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.
    • The Jimmy Hart Version: A guitar riff variation on Yackety Sax in "Shh" as Kick chases his psychopathic pet around the library.
    • 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.
    • Lampshade Hanging: "I don't even know what a dillweed is!"
    • 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!"
    • Literal Junk Food: Kendall hides Kick in a garbage can in "Hand in Hand" so that a passer-by doesn't see them stuck together. Of course, instead he asks why she's elbow-deep in a garbage can, so Kick provides an excuse for her in the form of a mouldy sandwich which she is less than thrilled about having to eat.
    • Little Miss Badass: Brianna Buttowski.
    • Loony Fan: Jackie.
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Kendall Perkins.
    • Love Triangle: Kick, Kendall and Ronaldo.
    • Made of Iron: Kick; he suffers little to no damage from his stunts (Depending on the Writer).
    • The Mafia and The Irish Mob: Parodied in the form of Luigi Vendetta, on screen, and Paddy O'Payback (seen only as a calling card).
    • 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.
    • Magic Skirt: The limo driver in "Kickasaurus Wrecks".
    • Meadow Monster Truck Drive
    • Meganekko: Jackie and the limo driver in "Kickasaurus Wrecks".
    • 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.
    • 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 Celebrities Were Harmed: Mr. Vickle's voice is based on Harvey Fierstein.
    • 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.
    • Not Now, Kiddo: An odd kid-on-kid example in "You've Been Brad'd", wherein Kick refuses at first to listen to Gunther.
    • OOC 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...

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Implied and pretty much made fun of with Gunther. A few episodes mention his family are Vikings.
    • Pun-Based Title: "Snow Problem".
    • Punny Name: The titular Kick Buttowski and his idol, Billy Stumps, who is missing a hand*
    • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Nuzzlett. Just don't give it candy...
    • 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"
    • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Brad and Kick respectively.
    • 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.
    • Serious Business: Pantsie took being an usher way too seriously.
    • 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".
        • And one more time in "Detained", as Kendall wrote "I love KB" on her locker.
    • Show Within a Show: Teena Sometimes: Sometimes a princess, sometimes a spy.
    • The Slacker: Wade.
    • Snap Back / Negative Continuity: One episode had Gunther developing a crush on Jackie and trying to win her heart - and succeeding at the end. Two episodes later, Jackie's back to stalking Kick, but Gunther is STILL crushing on her.
      • It makes sense when you remember that she's only into daredevils and Gunther hasn't done a stunt since that episode.
      • As mentioned above Guther seemed to like seeing Kick kiss Kendall. However when he saw them together in "Hand in Hand" he got upset and ran away crying.
    • Spoiled Brat: Brianna Buttowski.
    • Springtime for Hitler: Subverted in "Wade Against The Machine". Wade tries to get demoted back to his old job by doing a bad job at the office, but that only gets him promoted. Then he tries to do a good job instead, but he still gets promoted. In the end, Kick simply tells his boss that Wade was happier at his old workplace.
    • Stalker with a Crush: Wacky Jackie.
    • 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.
    • Tempting Fate: The neighbor actually asks "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
    • 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".
    • 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 Stoic: Kick.
    • The Stoner: Also Wade. To relax, he suggests what amounts to huffing air fresheners.
    • Thirty 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 deliver on time, Ronaldo had to Work Off the Debt.
    • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Kick with either Jackie, Kendell or Scarlet.
    • 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.
    • Unfortunate Names / Unintentional Innuendo: Wackie Jackie, thanks to the definitions on Urban Dictionary.
    • 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.
    • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: Kick's way of life.
    • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: When Gunther drinks too much Cheetah Chug, his pupils get very, very tiny.
    • 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.