"It is impossible!"
"No -- but real close."
Kim Possible (2002-2007) was a Disney animated series. A Fiery Redhead Action Girl, her blond male Sidekick, and a Voice with an Internet Connection -- They Fight Crime, mostly a sleek and sexy woman with long black hair who turned to crime For the Evulz because she was bored being a hero... oops, wrong show!
The premise is, at first glance, an interesting cross of Alias and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with a little bit of Austin Powers) - high school head cheerleader plus awkward male friend and naked mole rat stop global supervillains. The series has a post-modern take on many aspects of both Action Series and High School Dramedy.
A big hit for veteran creators and executive producers Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, for whom this is their first (and only) original creation for Disney. They had previously worked on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and several other series, and in their early careers wrote for The Real Ghostbusters. They also penned the Disney live-action movie Sky High.
The series was produced by Chris Bailey (Season 1) and Steve Loter (Season 2 on), with character designs by Steven Silver. All these talented folks previously worked on the short-lived Clerks the Animated Series. Loter was previously in charge of The Legend of Tarzan, and has worked on American Dragon: Jake Long. Silver has designed characters for a broad cross-section of popular modern series, and is counted as a major art influence on the predominant webcomic Penny Arcade.
The show was originally taken out of production after 65 episodes, for reasons which are subject to debate (although it's been generally accepted that Disney policy discourages shows from going past 65). Capped off by the truncated Disney Channel Original Movie So The Drama, in which Kim and Ron move beyond Just Friends and into an Official Couple, it was Uncanceled for an additional 22 episodes following a massive campaign to continue production by the show's fans - that, or a German syndication deal requiring more episodes. It re-premiered in February of 2007.
The series ended again with a second Grand Finale in September of the same year with the conclusion of Season 4, and with all the producers packing up and moving over to Nickelodeon to create The Penguins of Madagascar.
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- Abdicate the Throne: Prince Wally, to become President.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: "A Sitch in Time"
- Accidental Athlete: How Ron becomes a running back.
- Accidental Public Confession: When Ron and Kim (sorta) show up to ask Monty Fisk for help in finding a ninja who stole an artifact, Monkey Fist does a Type 2 and tells them that he was the ninja.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: "Ron Millionaire"
- Action Dress Rip "Trading Faces"
- Action Girl: Kim, Yori, even Zita when she needed to be, making Ron ask "Are all girls like this, or just the ones I know?"
- Both Kim and Yori double as The Action Girlfriend.
- Action-Hogging Opening
- Actor Allusion: The Fearless Ferret episode was a cross-spoof of the 60s Batman series and Batman Beyond. Will Friedle was the voice actor for Beyond's Terry McGinnis.
- This isn't the first time Tahj Mowry's played a kid genius on a Disney show.
- Also, Chris McDonald (Hego) voiced Superman on an episode of Batman Beyond with Will Friedle.
- In "And The Molerat Will Be CGI", Monique, played by Raven-Symone, gossips at a table with Kim, Bonnie and teen idol actress Heather, played by Anneliese Van Der Pol, who plays Chelsea Daniels in That's So Raven. Monique and Heather can really relate to each other.
- Adam Westing: Adam West appears as "Timothy North" aka The Fearless Ferret, as mentioned above.
- Adipose Rex: King Rodingon, who was replaced by King Wallace in the episode "Royal Pain".
- Adrenaline Makeover: Over the entire fourth season, Ron slowly worked toward becoming cool enough to be Kim Possible's boyfriend. In the finale, when a threat downs the girl who can do anything, the sidekick steps up and embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
- An Aesop: Most every episode. Sometimes subverted, sometimes forgotten from a previous episode.
- Hilariously so in the second episode to feature Gill as the villain:
Normally I would say we learned that mistrust and paranoia were bad...except those were the things that saved us.
- And a deliberately warped one in the episode on healthy eating. Ron delivers the "I learned something today" speech to camera (and gets the wrong moral, telling us to stay out of mutagenic mad-science chemicals that will turn you into a monster instead of eating healthy food), while a growing crowd behind him wonders who on Earth he's actually actually addressing.
- Aesop Amnesia:
- When will Ron ever learn that being popular just isn't him and that he should believe in the friends that actually like him for him?
- Kim learns that her brothers can be helpful and not just nuisances at least twice, and to disregard peer pressure from Bonnie a good few times.
- Aesop Ju Jitsu: One of the aforementioned subversion methods.
- Affably Evil: The Seniors, especially Senor Senior, Sr. He treats his villainy as more of a part-time hobby than anything and doesn't seem to be a bad person at all outside of that. Ron says that Sr. is a bad man with good manners.
- DNAmy is the sweetest, kindest, sociopathic geneticist you could ever hope to meet. She's not a bad person...she just wants to pervert nature and science to create life size abominations unto all things good. Or "Cuddle Buddies" as she likes to call them. Actually, Cuddle Buddies are an homage to Beanie Babies, and she just fell in love with them to the point where she started creating them. This is best shown in Partners where she voluntarily saves Dr. Drakken and is shown to be affectionate to Monkey Fist.
- Affectionate Parody: The show itself sets out to do to James Bond movies what Buffy did to horror films. One episode however was a spoof of the old Batman tv series, with Adam West playing...wait for it, Timothy North, the eccentric actor who really believed he was the Fearless Ferret.
- Air Guitar: Motor Ed and Drakken do it a few times in the show in the episodes which have Motor Ed. Seriously.
- Air Vent Passageway: Kim, Ron, and Rufus use air vents to get into places, such as Ron's panic room in 'Odds Man In' and The Bermuda Triangle in 'So the Drama'
- Alien Abduction: Drakken is abducted by The Greys once, and the Lowardians snatch both him Drakken and Kim.
- Alien Invasion: The Lorwardians invade Earth to get revenge for being tricked by Drakken and beaten up by Kim.
- Aliens and Monsters: Considering the characters in the show, the Lorwardian invaders and the monsters made by the mad scientists are just icing on the cake.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Subverted in an episode where Kim and Ron need to enter a dog show to gain access to a thief's home. Rufus needed to be taught how to act like a dog.
- All Just a Dream "Rewriting History"
- All Up to You
- The Alleged Car: The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. the Sloth) Kim's father gives her, initially.
Kim: What a piece of--
Mr Dr P.: History!
- Ron's scooter also qualifies.
- Almighty Janitor: "Job Unfair"
- Almost Kiss: Way too many in Season 4 when Kim & Ron were about to kiss. Wade, Monique, and Bonnie were just a few of the people who interrupted would be kisses between Kim and Ron. The Word of God admitted it was an intriguing gag.
- Alpha Bitch: Bonnie Rockwaller.
- Ambiguously Brown: Bonnie Rockwaller. Heck, she could just be a tanned white girl. They never say.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Some of the animals in the show exhibit intelligence higher than normal for their species. The best example being the Team Pet Rufus.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Adrena Lynn's Death Course.
- And You Thought It Was a Game: Cousin Larry.
- Angrish: Dr. Drakken falls into this whenever he is mocked by his assistant.
- Animation Bump (So The Drama)
- Animorphism: Kim was turned into a monkey. Ron was turned into a beaver.
- Arc Welding: In his second episode, Monkey Fist revealed that he had his body modified to gain more monkey-like features. In DNAmy's second episode she reveals she was the one who made those modifications.
- Area 51
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Monkey Fist is an actual British noble.
- Arms Dealer: Jack Hench's HenchCo operation is a straightforward (if somewhat toned down to fit the KP universe) example. May also describe a few other characters, such as Cyrus Bortle auctioning off his Moodulator chips.
- Art Shift: The episode "Virt-U-Ron" featured a blockier style of art to show that they were in a video game.
- Art Evolution: Monique went from have black dot eyes, to white eyes with pupils by the second season.
- Also, the characters had more movement in the first two seasons than in later ones. The animation also got smoother as time went on.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Rufus vs Commodore Puddles" plus The Dimension Monster and "Gronde"
- Awesome McCoolname: You have three guesses on this. The first two don't count.
- Backstory: Shego was a superhero, till she got fed up with that. Kim set up a website for odd jobs until a typo from someone in trouble started her on hero work.
- Backwards Name: Shego uses the alias "Ms. Ogehs" in "A Sitch In Time" to Transfer Ron's mother to Norway to split up Kim and Ron.
- Bad Boss: Gemini's secret headquarters is full of trap doors that he uses to dispose of Mooks who have "failed" him, or just argued against him.
- Badass: Kim, chiefly. Also, Shego, Dr. Director and number of others.
- Badass Boast: Whether claiming to know sixteen styles of kung fu or listing some of her impressive accomplishments, Kim likes to do this, usually in a breezy way.
- Badass Grandma: Kim's Nana Possible used to do much the same sort of thing that her granddaughter does now, and still indulges in it on occasion.
- Senor Senior Sr is a legend of extreme sports.
- Badass Family: The Possible family. Also Shego's family, who are a team of superheroes.
- Bad Future: The Supreme One takes over the world and rules it from her citadel of Doom in Shegoton, formerly Middleton in A Sitch in Time.
- Bad Vibrations: Done numerous times, including D N Amy's dinosaur, complete with a vibrating tub of nacho cheese.
- Badly-Battered Babysitter: Kim watching Rufus in the episode "Adventures in Rufus Sitting". Kim and Ron watching Hana in the episode "Oh No! Yono!".
- Bare Your Midriff: Kim showed this off with every outfit she had in the first season. The animators eventually dropped the Limited Wardrobe and by the end of the series it was all but gone. Her last midriff outfit to go was her classic mission outfit in "Clothes Minded".
"It's been my dream to see you save the world without baring your midriff."
- Why stop with Kim? There's Bonnie and the rest of the cheerleaders, and few background female characters are like this too.
- Basement Dweller: Frugal Lucre.
- Batman Cold Open: Half of the teasers in the show. The other half were often related to a subplot relating to Kim's personal life that lead into the rest of the episode.
- Battle Aura: Ron's Monkey Powers, The Go powers.
- Battle Couple: Kim and Ron. Albeit Kim is by far the more "combat effective" of the two, but the series does make it a point that she definitely works better with Ron than without him. Although it seems the two fit this trope fully by the end of "Graduation".
- Battle in the Rain: The final fight scene in 'So the Drama' was fought while raining.
- Battle Tops: The Spinning Tops of Doom.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "The Truth Hurts" when Kim, under the influence of a truth ray, admits to picking her nose when nobody's looking. Played straight most of the time: the character might get dusty, muddy or soaked with water, but only a few moments. It's most obvious when Kim and Shego land in a mud bath in "Mad Dogs And Aliens", but are back to being spotless at the next scene change.
- Because Destiny Says So: In the episode "Big Bother", Yori told Kim Possible that Ron Stoppable was her destiny. Of course, this could be her way of saying I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Shego to Drakken.
- Berserk Button: A Sitch in Time: "YOU'RE the reason I moved to Norway? You're the reason I've been eating MEAT CAKES?"
- Also Wade, after Team Impossible spikes his computer when he attempts to hack them. He comes back later in the episode in person to deal with them. "Nobody, nobody spikes my system!"
- "THIS IS THE LAST STRAW! YOU TOOK...AWAY...THE BENDY STRAWS!"
- Between My Legs: This shot shows up fairly often, usually on Kim or Shego.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Drakken and Ron are quite dangerous when they stop acting silly and actually try. Lucre was also a surprisingly effective villain even with his lame gimmicks.
- Big Bad: Dr. Drakken and Shego are the primary antagonists, and the ones that get closest to their goals.
- Big Eater: Ron Stoppable and Rufus.
- Big No: Twice in Season 4, the later is followed by Disturbed Doves. Ron has a couple throughout the series, but Kim lets one out in "Trading Faces" (Season 4, Episode 3) that frankly sounds halfway between a Big No and a Tarzan yell.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Doctor Drakken.
- Biological Mashup: DNAmy's creations.
- Bizarrchitecture: The Bueno Nacho restaurants.
- Black Best Friend: Monique, Wade to some degree.
- Black Sheep: Shego.
- Bland-Name Product
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: The Cheese Building (made of Wisconsin Swiss), The "History of Cheese" book, The Cheese Fountain, etc.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded in "Animal Attraction".
Senor Senior Sr: A proper villain always leaves his foe when he's about to expire.
Senor Senior Jr: Why?
Senor Senior Sr: Well, it would be bad form just to lull about, waiting for it.
Senor Senior Jr: Why?
Senor Senior Sr: Tradition!
- Falsetto Jones notably subverts it to watch the Death Trap in action, even after Kim asks if he's going to leave, to the point he was a one-shot villain because of his competence.
Kim: Alright, but I warn you, you're breaking with villain tradition here.
- Boring Invincible Hero: Kim.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When Ron is fretting over an Eldritch Abomination after his baby sister Kim tries to assure him of the number of times they have smacked down the Big Bad before.
- A Boy and His X: Ron and his naked mole rat.
- Boy Band: The Oh Boyz
- Bragging Theme Tune
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted with most of the characters, though most notably by Vivian Francis Porter.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Cousin Shawn, later Artie Smarty.
- Breakout Character: Shego & Drakken. They were just meant to be one of the many villains in the show. Shego was simply Drakken's sidekick; Her color scheme was chosen because green and black are "villain" colors and she didn't even have her superpowers. Drakken was more pushy, and aggressive then he turned out to be post-Season 1. They soon became main characters and arguably the mascots of the series (Besides, y'know, Kim Possible, Ron and Rufus.)
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "The Ron Factor", Kim stops the opening credits to ask the audience. "Wait, You Want Ron?" Given how this was Steve Loter's first episode as director, that's a considerable bit of irony, since under his direction Ron would take the spotlight away from the show's title character.
- Break the Cutie: You'd think Drakken would have learnt after he, Killigan and Monkey Fist tried to do this to a five year old Kim. Nope, after getting thoroughly trounced Drew wants another shot at it. Monty and Duff on the other hand learn their lesson.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Shego is considerably more competent than any of the other villains, but shows no real initiative and spends much of her time lounging around reading magazines.
- Bring It: Kim's attitude in a nutshell, to the point of imitating The Rock more than once.
- Broad Strokes: At a Q&A fans asked the creators questions about So The Drama asking why Bonnie wasn't portrayed more sympathetically after "Bonded", and why Kim is objecting to the idea of taking Ron to the Prom because of "The Rules" after saying that there were no rules in "Grudge Match". They responded that the movie was originally written as a cap to the first season in the event they didn't get any more episodes, and made very few changes to the script so as to welcome new viewers and prevent Continuity Lock Out.
- Broken Aesop: In "The Twin Factor", Kim describes a mind control chip as "ferociously unethical". Later, she uses it on her brothers while babysitting.
- The morality of mind control goes right out the window when Kim's own father brainwashes her. Or the previous episode where Shego having her Morality Dial switched to good is a...um, good thing.
- "Low Budget" includes the discovery that Kim's favorite brand, Club Banana, is an offshoot of (and sells similar wares to) Smarty Mart, the Wal-Mart Expy she looked down on. This doesn't affect her adherence to the latest Club Banana fashions at all.
- Brother Chuck: Star quarterback Brick Flagg showed up here and there, but he sort of vanished after a while. Although his no longer appearing was eventually justified at least for the last season, he graduated by then. He wasn't exactly the brightest bulb when off the football field, and it was mentioned that he'd finally graduated after being held back a few years.
- He even votes for one of his opponents during the school election. Not that it mattered much.
- Brown Note: Singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" instantly puts Rufus to sleep.
- Buffy-Speak: Despite a few affectations, the slang used by teenagers in this show is either semi-contemporary or totally fabricated. They used the Buffy-Speak less and less in later seasons, which lessened the cringe factor of a few of them.
- Ten reference points for nailing Sarah Michelle Gellar's voice.
Kim: We have to time this so that hovery guardy thing doesn't see us.
- Building Swing
- Bully Hunter: She doesn't actually set out to do this, but Kim does beat up on Ron's bullies twice, including A Sitch In Time's Crowning Moment of Awesome/Heartwarming against Drakken, Killigan and Monkey Fist. Also, Bonnie breaks down crying when it looks like Kim's going to thump her.
- Burn, Baby, Burn The end of "Stop Team Go".
- Camp Straight: Senior Senior Jr.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin'': Good luck doing something even morally ambiguous in the Kim Possible world. Unless, of course, your name is Cyrus Bortel.
- Lying is also a considerable no-no.
- Unless you are not Kim.
- Kim gets away with quite a bit if you think about it...being a bit of a jerk to Bonnie (though she so totally deserves it, seriously she does) and Ron being examples.
- Unless you are not Kim.
- Lying is also a considerable no-no.
- Captain Ersatz: Team Go are a pretty obvious Ersatz to Marvel Comic's Power Pack, which logically makes Shego a villainous version of Katie Power.
- Captain Obvious: Ron Stoppable at his sidekick best.
- Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded in the fourth season, played straight with Shego, and averted with Dr. Drakken when people keep breaking Shego out of prison while leaving Drakken to rot.
- Catapult Nightmare: Ron in "Ill-Suited".
- Catchphrases: "She/I can do anything!", "What's the sitch?", "No big", "So not the drama", "Sick and wrong", "Boo-Yah!", and Drakken's "You think you're all that, Kim Possible! But you're not!"...
- Catchphrase Interruptus: In the second season Ron uses his "That would be so cool if it wasn't going to hurt us" phrase twice, but gets interrupted both times: first by Wade and another time by himself.
- Cats Are Mean: Princess the Robo-Cat and Sassie the Puma.
- Can't You Read the Sign?: Ron offers Kim and Monique a pickle in the Club Banana store. Monique points out the sign "No Food, Pickled or Otherwise".
- Casting Gag: In "Steal Wheels", Ron and Felix become good friends. Will Friedle and Jason Marsden are good friends in Real Life.
- Chained Heat: "Bonding"
- Chaotic Stupid: Shego, when she gets excited about destroying the world, descends into this in "Car Alarm".
- Character Development: Kim quickly goes from a God Mode Sue with a touch of Jerkass (or at the very least snark and bossiness) and your usual roulette of teen issues, to a less self-absorbed, more tolerant and compassionate young lady. Ron grows from a useless goof loser to something of a Cloudcuckoolander who can get the job done. Steve Loter grows a nice beard.
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- Charles Atlas Superpower: Cheerleading plus "sixteen styles of kung fu" (so she claims when she threatens Ron) means Kim can take on supervillains and is feared by henchmen everywhere.
- Bonnie weighs 105 pounds. Kim comments that a jet pack couldn't handle the weight of the two of them, yet Kim can effortlessly carry her. This could be considered somewhat plausible, however, as they are cheerleaders, and have to carry a lot of weight quite regularly.
- Chekhov's Gun: The finger trap from "The Ron Factor".
- Chew Toy: Some see Drakken and Ron (seasons 1-3) as this since they never seem to catch any breaks.
- Chez Restaurant: Chez Ron from "Two to Tutor" and Chez Couteau from several episodes.
- Chicken Walker: The giant robotic flamingos.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Kim and Ron had been best friends since Pre-K, but they didn't openly acknowledge they had deeper feelings until So The Drama.
- Christmas Episode: "A Very Possible Christmas".
- Chunky Updraft: Ron's Monkey Power.
- Clark Kenting: Hego. Bonus as Christopher McDonald voiced Superman in Batman Beyond with Will Fredle.
- Classy 'N' Crass : She's well-mannered, impeccably groomed, gorgeous, and stylish to a fault. He's lazy, slobbish, has ears like two open car doors, is forever about two fashion trends behind, and smells like overripe fruit.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Nano Tick and the Centurion Bracelet.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Kim practically went insane when Ron went off with Yori. Everyone else could tell she was jealous.
- Cloning Blues: "Kimination Nation".
Ron: An imitation clone? I hate it when the bad guys cut corners.
- Clothes Make the Legend: Kim and her original action uniform.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The Battlesuit, so powerful in fact that the writers had to work hard to get rid of it. Kim briefly wonders if her regular duds have some sort of luck to them.
- According to the official site, Shego's energy blasts were originally generated by some kind of mechanism in her gloves. However, the second season retconned her green glow into a superpower she got from an alien spacerock.
- Collapsing Lair
- The Collector of the Strange: Kim and Paisley's collections of Cuddle Buddy toys. Both are put in the shade by DNAmy's: she uses mad genetics to make living cuddlebuddies.
- Comically Small Bribe: Kim and Ron need to get into a dog show using Rufus as a "dog" but the judge does not see the made up breed Rufus is supposed to be. Ron attempts to bribe the judge with five dollars to get the judge to look past the lack of breed in the rulebook. Much to Kim's surprise, the bribe works.
- Compilation Movie: "A Sitch in Time".
- Completely Missing the Point: Ron, more often than not. Biggest moment probably being from So the Drama, where both Ned and Rufus try to warn him of Bueno Nacho being "Evil", only for him to react to their lack of bendy straws.
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: Miss Kyoko for Nakasumi. Who wouldn't want a pretty girl whispering to them all the time?
- Compressed Hair: It takes no time for Kim to fit her hair under a helmet or into a ponytail, even when a gadget pops one on her head.
- Conspicuous CG: The Diablos and The Lorwardian Tripods.
- Contest Winner Cameo: Josh and Katlyn in Season 4.
- Context Sensitive Button: Lampshaded. "These controls are supposed to be intuitive!"
- Continuity Nod: More than one might expect, especially given the producers admitted approach of "Continuity by accident". (Changed in season four.)
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Several of the villains are so Genre Savvy that they indulge in Bond Villain Stupidity and hold tightly to the Villain Ball simply because that's how these things are done, most prominently being Señor Senior Senior and occasionally Shego.
- Convection, Schmonvection
- Cool Car: The Sloth, once Kim's brothers customise it for her. Over the fourth season, it gained rocket boosters, missiles, submarine capability and finally flight. Also, SADIE from "Car Trouble".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Interestingly, Drakken's two plans that came closest to succeeding involved becoming this, first over Bueno Nacho, and the second over Hank's Gourmet Cupcakes (everyone associated Dr. D with shampoo for some reason).
- Cousin Oliver: Hana
- Crazy Prepared: The military has regulations on how to deal with giant poodle attacks. The amount of gadgets our characters have falls into this on occasion:
Mr. Dr. P: You wore rocket skates to graduation?
Ron: Yeah, you never know...
- (This doubles as a Continuity Nod: He was caught without them at the start of the previous finale.)
- Credits Pushback: Season Four.
- Crossover: Kim and crew appeared in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series and cameoed in an episode of Fillmore!. Kim appears for a few seconds in an episode of Phineas and Ferb.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ron. Full stop.
- Curse Cut Short: See The Alleged Car example above and the Shout-Out to Shaft below
- Cymbal-Banging Monkey: The Tempus Simia.
- The Danza: Tara, voiced by Tara Strong.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Shego.
- Dark Action Girl: Shego.
- Dark Horse Victory: "Return to Wannaweep": both Kim and her school antagonist Bonnie lose a cheerleading contest to a guy dressed as a shark from another school.
- Also Kim and Bonnie in the school's talent contest, losing to Ron clowning about to stall for time while Kim escaped from Drakken's Death Trap. "Proving once again that quantity wins over quality", remarks Barkin.
- Dawson Casting: Parodied in "And the Mole Rat will be CGI". Heather and Quinn are 28 but play high-schoolers Kim and Ron.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shego. Constantly.
- Also Monkey-Fist: "Take a picture. It'll last longer." (said menacingly to a child-hostage staring at him.)
- Death Trap: Practically Once an Episode, the Villains leave our heroes to their own demise, except in the case of one aversion. Otherwise it's Lampshaded fairly often.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming: "Virt-U-Ron".
- Den of Iniquity: In one episode, Ron stumbles upon a room full of Drakken's henchmen sitting around taking a break.
- Description Cut: "The Twin Factor". What is the Big Bad Super Villain more likely to do with a Mind Control chip?
Ron: Drakken has total mind control power?!
Kim: Yet another "Take Over the World" thing!
Ron: That, or he's gonna force people to listen to those stories about his twisted childhood...
(cut to Shego with a chip stuck to her forehead, listening respectfully to Drakken)
Drakken: Then, in fourth grade...
- Did Not Do the Research: Adopting a baby from Japan is not exactly something you can just do on the spot and receive the kid before your son gets home.
- They were surely working on this for a while and barely involving Ron in their decisions. Returning home to find his room converted into a nursery with his parents saying him "This is our way of telling you..." is established Stoppable family procedure by then.
- And actually, the kid was placed there by a secret organization who wanted to make sure she'd wind up with Ron so he and Kim would protect her, so, y'know, the Stoppables sort of had an "in" there.
- Any actual Norwegians watching the "Norway" scenes in A Sitch in Time is likely to either roll their eyes or burst out laughing. The fact that the cartoon's version of Norway seems to be made out of unprepared wood with Viking-ship motifs everywhere works under Rule of Funny, but apparently the writers never considered that in Norway, you generally eat sandwiches for lunch, because hot food is reserved for dinner. In Norwegian high schools, students pack lunches from home or use their lunch break to go buy food from the local convenience store. What does not happen is that they go to an American-style school cafeteria to be served lamb-and-cabbage stew by grumpy lunch ladies.
- They were surely working on this for a while and barely involving Ron in their decisions. Returning home to find his room converted into a nursery with his parents saying him "This is our way of telling you..." is established Stoppable family procedure by then.
- Disability Superpower: Yes, Felix is wheelchair bound after an accident. Yes, he is a badass even without the super robotics he has.
- Disney Villain Death: The climax of So the Drama was to have this happen to Shego. By Kim. Largely unprovoked. Instead of being treated as a Crowning Moment of Awesome or Kick the Son of a Bitch test audiences were horrified, so the scene is still in there but a scene was added showing that Shego survived being kicked into a building, electrocuted, and the building collapsing on top of her.
- Doctor Exposition: Lampshaded with Drakken.
Drakken: Shego, at last! Pure nanotronium is mine! The world's smallest, most powerful energy source-
Shego: A- Are you for real? I was with you. I know what it is, Doctor Exposition.
- Does Not Like Men: Sassie the Puma.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Episode 53, Kim and Shego are affected by devices known as "moodulators" that makes them in the presence of the men become affectionate at one minute, and lashing out at them in anger in the next.
- In "A Sitch in Time," Ron and Kim are talking about him moving to Norway and Kim's trying to reassure him that they'll still be able to work together.
- Don't Tell Mama: Drakken's mother completely believes that he is a radio talk show psychologist.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Apparently this is so easy in Kim Possible's world that even the show's very lowest grade villains, a disgruntled Smarty Mart employee and a washed-out reality TV star, can seize control of every TV on the planet.
- At least, it's easy if you're a Computer Genius like Lucre or you have access to a lot of your former show's broadcast equipment like Adrena Lynn.
- Doomed Hometown: The Possible Family Home is destroyed in both Finales. Bueno Nacho suffers from villain attacks often enough.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom The appropriately named "Spinning Tops of Doom".
- Double Date: Kim and Ron with Ms. Go and Mr. Barkin.
- The Dragon: Shego to Drakken. In A Sitch In Time, their roles are reversed, with a steroid-fuelled Drakken serving as The Dragon to Shego.
- Dreadful Musician: Señor Senior Junior
- Dress Hits Floor: As seen in The Movie (well, a wetsuit.) Pretty hot for Disney.
- Dressing as the Enemy Ron dresses as a henchman in "Odds Man In"
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: In Sgt. Coach form, Mr. Barkin.
- Barkin is both types, given his military background.
- Driving Test, complete with smashers: "Car Trouble".
- Drop What You Are Doing: The Flour Bag in "Big Bother".
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Ron gets no respect in school, despite his key role in regularly saving the world with Kim. Even she doesn't get much slack from people on the home front for all the times she's saved them all from doom.
- Dueling Shows: Totally Spies! was another "secret agent high-school kid" show about the same time.
- It actually predated Kim Possible (which began in 2002, while Totally Spies! began in 2001).
- Dysfunctional Family: The Go siblings.
- Eagle Land: The show proudly portrays type A Eagle Land. Witness "Hidden Talent", when Ron plays "The Star Spangled Banner"; "Rappin' Drakken" where Kim wears a USA outfit, and "Queen Bebe" where Kim dances with Rufus at Liberty Island, not to mention how it honors American soldiers.
- Easily Forgiven: "Ill-Suited" Ron is let off the hook despite lying to Kim, cheating at a major sporting event and stole high-tech weaponry that put lives in danger. Kim forgave him and Barkin let him stay on the team. Although he did have to do 20 crabwalk laps around the field. Though it is a stark reminder of how in Season 1 Kim was grounded just for lying. Although since Ron is the goofy comic relief, writer's surrogate and Designated Hero of this particular episode he gets a pass.
- The villains, especially Drakken and Shego, live remarkably open lives given their histories of destruction, jailbreak and attempts at world domination.
- Also, consider what goes on with Drakken and Shego early in the Post Script Season. She gets busted out of prison on two separate occasions with no attempt to bring him along, then goes on vacation while leaving him to rot. He has his new sidekick throw her out of the lair and then capture her so she can watch the new sidekick beat Kimmie. The next time we see them after that, they're working together as usual.
- The villains, especially Drakken and Shego, live remarkably open lives given their histories of destruction, jailbreak and attempts at world domination.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Senor Senior Senior (and his son Senor Senior Junior.)
- Egg Sitting: With a bag of flour in "Big Bother".
- Made that much funnier when one remembers that this is Will Friedle's second time doing so.
- Egocentric Team Naming: Team Go, a team of superheroes made up of five siblings (Hego, Shego, Mego, and a pair of twins named Wego). It's assumed that Hego named the group as he's the leader and seems to be the eldest, but Mego is the self-centered one of the group. That is not to say, however, that Hego (who is not without his personality flaws) wouldn't do such an act.
- Egopolis: Shego did it after taking over the world; Dr. Drakken plans to do this after his "inevitable victory".
- The Elevator From Ipanema: The muzak in Jack Hench's waiting room is a rather Ipanema-like arrangement of the Kim Possible theme song.
- Embarrassing First Name: Can you blame Drew Lipsky for opting to go by Dr. Drakken?
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Both Kim and Ron are embarrassed by home movies of their infant years.
- Empathy Doll Shot: The invading Lorwardians destroy Kim's favorite Cuddle Buddy upon arrival.
- Enemy Mine: The main heroes and the main villains have to team up in the Series Finale to save the world from the Lorwardians.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: The very German Professor Dementor doesn't quite do the nailing of all of the idioms in English.
- Eureka Moment: Ron lapses into one when Kim mentions "Homefield" in "Ill Suited".
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dr. Drakken and Professor Dementor both have a soft spot for their mothers.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Steal Wheels" Shego objects to stealing Felix's technologically advanced wheelchair, asking incredulously "What's next, stealing candy from a baby?". Subverted in that one episode later, that's exactly what she does, though in that episode she wasn't herself.
- In the Halloween episode Kim lies to both her parents and Ron to go to a party. Later when she is caught the villains remark their disappointment in Kim's choice as they are loaded onto the police wagon.
- Drakken's mind-controlling shampoo fails mostly because he has to stick to "truth in labelling" laws, and so it's called "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse" and labelled "Lather, Rinse, Obey!"
- Everyone Can See It: That Kim was jealous of Yori in "Gorilla Fist". Wade and Monique for example.
- Kim and Ron's relationship in general. When they finally do become a couple in "So The Drama", Bonnie of course laughs ("It finally happened. She's dating that loser!"), everyone else cheers, implying they'd been expecting it to happen all along.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Mr. Dr. Possible was a college classmate of Dr. Drakken.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys, unless you're Ron. And in Season 4, that changes when he embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
- Evil Brit: Lord Monkey Fist
- Evil Is Dumb: Except Ron... somehow. And Shego, for all the good it does her.
- Senor Senior Sr. has the occasional moment of clarity.
- Evil Gloating: Draken most of all. Shego Lampshades it: "Are you gloating to yourself?"
- Evil Plan: Drakken has the tradiontional 'Take Over the World' plan but the plans get sillier
- Duff wants to create the world's largest golf course
- DNAmy steals and kidnaps to create live-sized cuddle buddies
- Monkey Fist's ambition is to be the 'ultimate monkey master'.
- Evil Is Stylish: Senor Senior, Sr.
- Evil Laugh: This is the only thing about being a villain that Doctor Drakken knows how to do right. Also parodied by Frugal Lucre, and Senor Senior Senior's winning line "Come, son. Let us return to our lair and practice our evil laughs together."
- And how about "BOO-YA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
- Evil Old Folks: Senor Senior Senior and Nanny Nane
- Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted with Falsetto Jones in "Rufus In Show".
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: A lot of villain lairs, though Drakken is the main offender for this one.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
- Extranormal Institute: The Yamanouchi Ninja School.
- Eyedscreen: Used in "Car Alarm" in emphasis the Tweebs "It's Personal" statement.
- Eyepatch of Power: Dr. Betty Director, and her brother Gemini.
- Future Kim (portrayed as leader of Global Justice in a "Sitch in Time" DVD extra). Apparently they both wear it just to look cool; Betty thinks it gives her more respect.
- Eye Scream: A mild case in "Low Budget" when Kim pretends to put on a contact lens. She pokes herself in the eye without flinching, but a single tear falls from her eye.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Senor Senior Sr. makes video messages like this, his only visible traits being his eyes. Until Junior turned on the lights. Again.
- Fake Brit: Israel native Brian George as Duff Killigan.
- Fake Rabies: Ron makes himself a mascot costume for the Middleton Mad Dogs, complete with foam dispensers hidden in the head. "Mad Dog foams at the mouth!"
- Fake Real Turn: The 'Hank's Gourmet Cupcakes' franchise in "Odds Man In".
- Fake Static: Ron might have pulled this off had he not put the static crackle in between each word.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: TV extreme-stunt star Adrena Lynn. "How does she do it!?" Answer: she fakes it.
- Fallen Princess
- Falling Chandelier of Doom
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Magical objects, superheroes, mutants, aliens, time travel, ghostly possession, and Mystical Monkey Powers.
- Fastball Special: Ron throws Rufus at Dementor's control panel in "Ill Suited", Rufus is also a functional Shuriken if the need arises.
- Feet of Clay: Will Du, the "number one Global Justice agent".
- Feminine Women Can Cook: So, naturally, it's a blind spot for the girl who can do anything, while Ron is an excellent chef. She improves at the end of the relevant episode, though Fanon makes her a Lethal Chef, often to physics-defying levels.
- Fiction as Cover-Up: It turns out that Area51 really is filled with aliens and captured spacecraft that the government is experimenting on, and the government deliberately leaked all the rumors and conspiracy theories to the public because they knew nobody would really believe it if "the truth" ever got out. Kim and Ron are understandably perturbed that that they are being asked to help keep a secret that everybody already knows.
- Finger-Snap Lighter: Shego.
- First Girl Wins: Kim is Ron's first girl, and Ron is Kim's first boy. Both in the sense that they're the first ones we see meeting each at the start of the pilot, and their Backstory of becoming friends on the first day of kindergarten.
- Fish People: Gill, after his mutation.
- Foreign Queasine: One episode had Ron and Rufus finding a bag of chips that belonged to the current client, whereupon they began eagerly eating them... at least until the client tells them the chips were made from crickets.
- Fountain of Youth: Drakken and Nanny Nane both have devices for turning people into toddlers.
- Freaky Friday Flip: Kim and Ron swap bodies, as does Drakken with a military private. Fan Fiction provides Ron with the Man, I Feel Like a Woman Routine.
- Freaks Are Cool: This is why Kim is attracted to Ron.
"You're weird. I like weird."
- Free-Range Children: Kim is only around 15 - 18 during the show's run and yet she can go anywhere she pleases from Tokyo to Peru to outer space as long as it doesn't involve romance. She sometimes drags her friends, and her two younger brothers, along too.
- Friendless Background: Arguably, both Kim and Ron, besides each other.
- Future Badass: Almost everyone in the future part of A Sitch In Time.
Ron: Why is everybody in the future so ripped?!
- Future Loser: In A Sitch in Time, it's shown that Brick becomes this. Ron even comments on it.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Wade and the Tweebs.
- The Gay Nineties: "Rewriting History"
- Genre Savvy: Several...primarily Kim, Ron, Wade, and Shego.
- Senor Senior Sr plays this totally straight, because he learned his supervillainy in books and it's an eccentric hobby for him.
- Geographic Flexibility: Played straight, and Lampshaded in "Clothes Minded". Kim and Ron can go anywhere in the world and be back home for dinner.
- Ghost Pirate: Dr. Drakken is possessed by one in "Cap'n Drakken".
- Gilligan Cut: Kim trying to avoid her brothers' cold in "Sick Day":
Kim: I do not want to catch this.
[Cut to Kim in bed with a cold]
Kim: How did I catch this?
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals
- Give Geeks a Chance: Kim x Ron...our page image and The Trope Name comes from a phrase used by the creators in an interview.
- Gloved Fist of Doom: Usually two-fisted.
- Glove Snap
- Goggles Do Nothing: The "future" gear of "A Sitch In Time". The "future hat" also does nothing.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Kim wears one of Shego's suits while under Drakken's Mind Control.
- Good Is Not Soft: Kim's usual method of dealing with villains is to make them Talk to the Fist.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Drakken's long, twisted scar on the left side of his face is definitely evil. Yup. That's how you know he's a bad guy.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Ron's boxers are either a solid color or have polka dots. It's Mr. Dr. Possible who suffers the most with his neon-heart print underwear. Drakken and Shego find a load of Dementor's stuff in the timeshare lair, including boxers with a skull motif.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck: Barkin mitigates his blasphemy by saying "Cheese and crackers!" The worst Drakken says is "Oh, snap."
- Government Conspiracy: The U.S. Government had known for a long time that aliens are real, but purposely disseminated this fact as a conspiracy to make the general public believe that conspiracy theorists seem like paranoid individuals and discredit the theory. Lampshaded by Ron on the questionable logic of this plan given that everyone already suspected that the U.S. Government was hiding evidence for aliens.
- GPS Evidence: twice.
- Graduate From the Story: The two-parter ending "Graduation" was called that for a reason.
- Grand Finale: Two: So The Drama, then "Graduation". The second is a half-hour shorter, but even grander.
- Grappling Hook Pistol
- Gravity Sucks: The Lorwardian ship falls like a rock after Rufus turns off the ship via the off switch.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Ron in Japan during "Exchange".
- Green-Eyed Monster: Kim and Ron encounter this in the third Season and So The Drama, due to a Romantic False Lead and a new friend with a kickass wheelchair and videogames. There was also Kim "jelling" over how close Yori seemed to Ron in "Gorilla Fist".
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Warmonga.
- Growing Up Sucks: An element in both finales.
- Hacker Cave: Wade has quite the bedroom full of computers for a ten-year-old supergenius.
- Half Truth: Eric tells Kim that his "mission" is to take her to the prom. Well, it is.
- Halloween Episode: "October 31st".
- Hammerspace: Ron pulls a pickaxe out of nowhere in "Cap'n Drakken". Where Kim keeps her PDA-like Kimmunicator, even in her cheer costume, is equally mysterious.
- Hand Blast: Shego's "plasma" blasts.
- Happily Ever After: Kim and Ron. The two Sealed with a Kiss series finales make this such.
- He Who Fights Monsters: This is apparently the reason for Shego's Face Heel Turn (by her Lawful Stupid brother version).
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Wade, in person; broken in a late Season 3 episode.
- Heel Face Brainwashing: When Shego gets zapped with the Reverse Polarizer and becomes good.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted or used straight depending on from what angle you're watching.
- Heroic BSOD: Both Ron and Drakken have one after finding out that Snowman Hank has been cancelled.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Rufus 3000 is The Martian Centurions? And WORF?!
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Often, especially in the episodes with Monkey Fist. The winner is So The Drama's "Sumo Ninja".
- High-Class Glass: Ron disguises himself in an outfit that fits this trope to a T as part of a ploy to lure out Team Impossible.
- High School Sweethearts: Kim and Ron. Best friends since Pre-K, but became an Official Couple at the Junior Prom.
- Hive Mind: The Bebes. The Tweebs seem to have this as well.
- Hive Queen: A strange variation. The Bebes decide to make Bonnie their queen simply because she is the one person that Kim hates more than anyone else and are hoping that this will give them an advantage.
- Homemade Inventions
- Hospital Hottie: Mrs. Dr. Possible
- Hot Amazon: Ron seems to have a thing for women like this. He even lampshades it.
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Vivian Francis Porter
- Hot Mom: Mrs. Dr. P. Lampshaded, which led to lots and lots of Fan Art...
- Hulk Speak: Ron talks this way after mutating into "Gronde".
- Humans Are Warriors: Kim, Ron, and Shego in "Graduation, Part 2".
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Not Ron to Kim, but rather Rufus to Ron.
- Identical Grandson: In the "Visions of Another Self" episode, Lampshaded by Ron when they discover doubles for Kim, Ron, Barkin, Drakken, Shego, Dementor and finally Wade.
"Come on this is ridiculous!"
- Idiot Ball: Ron's intelligence varies from episode to episode, and sometimes he's just flat out clutching this ball. Kim gets it a few times, too.
Ron: Hello, Information? I'd like the number for 911 immediately please!
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: This is Ron's reason for not getting together with Kim before they did (Kim's reason is partially this, but mainly about peer pressure). The first time this is made explicit is "Emotion Sickness", when Kim was under Moodulator influence. The second time, occurs in So The Drama and almost leads into...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ron decides against telling Kim how he really feels, leaving her to attend the prom with Eric whilst he doesn't go and instead sits in Bueno Nacho feeling sorry for himself... where he learns that Drakken is using Bueno Nacho as part of his new plan, leading to the reveal that Eric is a synthodrone and allowing Ron the chance to confess to Kim, who returns his affection.
- If I Had a Nickel: In "Ron Millionaire". "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that [talking about Bonnie's comment]...I could have grande-sized!"
- I Just Want to Be Special: Ron, on more than one occasion.
- I Know Karate: Kim knows sixteen styles apparently... Mantis not so much.
- I Know Kung Faux: Monkey Kung-Fu, as practiced by Monkey Fist and Ron.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Kim and Duff Killigan.
- I Minored in Tropology: Evil sidekick and Dark Action Girl Shego holds a degree in child development.
- Imagine Spot: Ron imagines scoring the touchdown, heheh.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Kim's flippy waist-length hair is no impediment to acrobatics or combat and is only occasionally tied back. Shego's edges into Rapunzel Hair, reaching past her hips yet still blowing dramatically in the wind. Both quickly spring back into shape, no matter what happens to them.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Ron, taking on the mantle of the Fearless Ferret.
- Also, Senor Senior, Senior doesn't seem to be having much luck teaching Junior how to be a proper villain.
- Informed Judaism: Ron is supposed to be Jewish.
- Ink Suit Actor: John DiMaggio IS Motor Ed. Seriously.
- Cheese and crackers, Barkin looks a lot like Patrick Warburton.
- Inventional Wisdom: The Lorwardian Mothership is shut down by a single button, not even code locked.
- In the Blood: "Anything is possible for a Possible!" And the show more or less follows that idea. All the Possible family have some sort of badassness in them.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Miss Go; justified because she is the exact opposite of Shego via a Mirror Morality Machine.
- Instant Expert: Kim. Mostly confined to the first season. The crowning moment being her being able to fly a space shuttle after seeing a monkey do it first.
- Insistent Terminology: Wade: "Don't call it sci-fi, it demeans the genre!"
- "It's a HOUSECOAT!"
- "This building is actually made of cheese."
- Institutional Apparel: All the villains that end up in prison end up wearing orange jumpsuits.
- Insult Misfire: "Showdown at the Crooked D".
Ron: (To Mr. Dr. P.) Don't let him call you a lackwit!)
- Ironic Inversion: "Job Unfair".
- Irony as She Is Cast: Hidden Talent reveals Kim cannot sing high notes. In fact she is truly atrocious at it. Christy Carson Romano, her voice actress, is in fact an accomplished singer as she demonstrates at the end of the episode.
- I See London: The Running Gag of Ron's pants dropping.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
Kim: ... Miss... Guide?
Miss Guide: "Guh-DAY", dear.
Kim: Uh, g'day to you too.
- Island Base: Drakken and The Seniors.
- It Only Works Once: "Queen Bebe": Kim sees that the robotic villains, the "Bebes", no longer respond to radio interference like they did in "Attack of the Killer Bebes". This makes sense, as because the Bebes (and Kim) are moving at hyperspeed, a hypersonic emision would be much slower, and as such would not have the same effect.
- It's Personal: "Car Alarm". Jim and Tim emphasize the upgrades to the Sloth are because Motor Ed outran them.
- Done doubly in "Team Impossible". Kim has had it with the so-called heroes and is wiping the floor with them and them some. Ron is basically eating popcorn, then Wade shows up in the flesh, because they spiked his computers, and he is really mad.
- Join or Die: Gemini tries to force Ron Stoppable to join his terrorist organization of WEE by threatening him with a laser.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Team Impossible; went from just being punch clock heroes who wanted Kim to stop saving the world so they could get paid for it, and basically straight to trying to permenantly end her heroics.
- Just Friends: Kim and Ron, for Seasons 1-3.
- Karma Houdini: The Oh Boyz treated everyone like crap, especially their long-suffering manager. At the end of the episode, only the manager is punished for abandoning the Oh Boyz.
- Also, there are no repercussions to Cyrus Bortel for building (and in one case auctioning off) "ferociously unethical" behavior control devices, or to Jack Hench for knowingly providing henchmen and supplies to villains.
- Keep-Away: Rufus after eating the MacGuffin becomes the object of frequent tossing about.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show has never been fully released on DVD outside of Germany.
- As of October 2010, Disney has released the first two seasons in the US, but exclusively via the Disney Movie Club.
- Kick The Son Of A Bitch: In Return To Wannaweep, Kim does this to Bonnie a few times.
- Kirby Dots: The Krackle effect accompanying Shego's glow power.
- Kissing Discretion Shot: Kim and Ron in "Mentor of Our Discontent", much to the disappointment of fans.
- Kissing Under the Influence: The moodulator leads to Kim and Ron's kiss in "Emotion Sickness".
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Laser-Guided Karma: A good example happens to Bonnie. It is revealed that she was the only senior in Middleton High who wasn't graduating because she missed an important quiz on the last week of school, forcing her to attend summer school.
- Laser Hallway: Kim's first mission involved the in-universe mother of these. More appear throughout the series.
- Last-Minute Hookup: You could say the ending of The Movie was that for Kim and Ron.
- Last-Name Basis: Inverted with Shego. Her last name is "Go", but she has "She" in front because she used to be good and a part of a team with her brothers, and she was the girl of the team. It's also possible their names relate to their first names, but they're never given. Lampshaded by Ron in "Go Team Go".
- Laughably Evil
- Lawful Stupid: Hego.
- Lego Genetics: DNAmy's creations are an example, as are Drakken's customized clones.
- Leitmotif: Kim, Rufus, Shego, Killigan and Monkey Fist all have their own themes, which made for an interesting climax in "Adventures in Rufus-Sitting", when the theme switches to whoever has the ball (well, molerat) at the time.
- Rufus' is the backbeat from Naked Mole Rap.
- Les Collaborateurs: Bonnie Rockwaller is an instructor in one of Shego's re-education centers in A Sitch in Time.
- Lethal Chef: The school lunch lady fixes unrecognizable glop most of the time which may or may not be considered food. Kim also starts as this, and fan works tends to bring this to physics-defying levels, despite the fact she actually improved considerably at the end of the episode.
- Le Parkour
- The Little Black Dress If you know the show, you know the one.
- Limited Wardrobe: Many, many characters are guilty of this. (Bonnie wears her cheer costume an awful lot for someone supposed to be fashion-conscious.) Got better in Season 2 when the animators give both Kim and Ron got new rotating outfits. Ron was eventually returned to his jersey and cargos because the crew didn't like the "bowling shirt".
- Lock and Load Montage: The peultimate episode has Kim suiting up in battle armor, then picking up Ron in her Cool Car, like she is going to vape Drakken for keeps. Turns out it's for a puma in a tree.
- Loony Fan: Cousin Joss Possible (for Kim), later Frugal Lucre (for Drakken).
- Love Epiphany: Happens for both Kim and Ron in "So The Drama". Whilst Ron's is hard to pinpoint exactly, his jealousy over Kim and Eric is very apparent. Kim's occurs towards the end, when, after feeling defeated and broken over being tricked by Drakken, as well as the possibility that she'll never find the right guy for her, Ron comes clean.
Kim: You really think there's a guy out there for me?
Ron: Out there... in here...
Kim: *realizing what he's saying* O-Oh... Really?
- Made of Iron: Everyone, the most notable being the time when Shego got kicked from the roof of a building that is several stories high, into an electrical signal tower, which not only electrocutes her but also collapsed right on top of her. And she comes out of the incident with slightly torn clothes and frazzled hair...
- Mad Mathematician: The Mathter.
- Mad Scientist: Drakken, DNAmy, Prof. Dementor, and even a fair number of the "good guys" qualify.
- Magic Meteor: The origin of Team Go. "A glowing, rainbow-colored comet!"
- Make Me Wanna Shout: "Hidden Talent".
- Maniac Monkeys: Monkeyfist's monkey ninjas.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Kim and Ron, as well as Shego and Dr. Drakken.
- Mass Hypnosis: Drakken tries this, using shampoo of all things, and a scheme involving teens MP3 players that didn't work out. The Seniors try it with a love ray.
- Master of Disguise: Camille Leon.
- May Contain Evil: "Dr Drakken's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse".
- May-December Romance: Drakken and Shego. He's the same as Kim's father (his early 40s), while Shego is somewhere in her twenties by the series' end.
- Meaningful Name: Almost everyone.
- Me Love You Long Time: Yori is so into Ron. Totally. Big time. As were Kim and Monique with Hirotaka when Ron went on a student exchange program (although he was dating Bonnie at the time). Subverted however in the fourth season when Ron reveals to Yori that he and Kim were now an Official Couple; Yori accepts it very quickly. Maybe even a little too quickly for Ron's perspective. And Kim herself does become a little protective about the matter.
Ron: Yori, thing is... Kim and I aren't Just Friends anymore... we're kinda... well... dating.
Yori: I see.
Ron: Totally didn't mean to break your heart or anything.
Yori: I believe my heart is intact.
Ron: It is? Does everyone have a heart of stone these days?
Yori: Sensei teaches that change is a part of life, and leads to growth, wisdom and happiness.
Ron: Yeah, who doesn't love change? But you can admit to a little emotion sickness if you want.
Kim: Ron! She said she's OK with it!
- Memento MacGuffin: Ron's titanium-reinforced belt helped Kim remember that they were dating in "Clean Slate".
- Merry Christmas in Gotham: Ron tries to take on Drakken by himself so Kim can have a nice Christmas with her family. Ends up with Ron and Drakken bonding over an old TV show, whose theme they sing together. Now, Kim Possible isn't exactly dark and edgy to begin with, but they were shooting for Lighter and Softer than usual.
- Metronomic Man-Mashing: The ninja toddler Hana does this to Monkey Fist.
- Micro Monarchy: The Kingdom of Rodigan, where Prince Wally is from, is quite possibly this, even though we don't get precise info on the country's size.
- Minion Shipping: Drakken and Shego.
- Minion with an F In Evil: Senor Senior, Jr.
- Mirror Morality Machine
- Missed Him by That Much: Kim nearly bumps into Ron so many times in "Adventures In Rufus-Sitting".
- Mission Control: Wade, quintessentially.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Cuddlebuddies.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Malcolm in "Virt-U-Ron".
- Mood Swinger: Doctor Drakken can be ranting with malicious glee about destroying his teenage foe one minute, and then switch to looking for milk in a supermarket. The "Moodulator" chips make Kim and Shego act this way too.
- Morally-Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Drakken is the guiltiest as he dropped out of college and therefore has no degree to speak of.
- Morality Dial: The Attitudinator in "Bad Boy" and "Stop Team Go".
- The Movie: Twice, A Sitch in Time being the more quintessential - the other was the first planned Grand Finale.
- Multiple Demographic Appeal
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Future Drakken versus Ron Stoppable. Enough said.
- Amazingly, it was also inverted in that same episode, since Dr. Drakken wiped the floor with both Kim Possible and a Charles Atlas Superpower Monique. After beating them, Shego gloats, making Ron mad. Big Mistake.
- Usually, Kim: perfectly willing and able to knock down men twice her size. Even discussed when she and Shego faced two huge wrestlers while Trapped in TV Land; "Well, this shouldn't be a problem."
- Ron and Drakken's henchmen wear muscle-enhancing rings in "Ron The Man", but it's still Kim and Shego doing most of the fighting, maybe even more than usual.
- Señor Senior Junior is the most buff-looking of the regular villains, but doesn't get into fights. Maybe he doesn't want to mess up his hair.
- Nanomachines: The Nano-Tick in "Tick, Tick, Tick" (though it's not really on a nano-scale - according to Drakken, it just sounds cooler that way) and probably the source of Camille Leon's shapeshifting ability.
- New Job Episode: Played straight in "Bueno Nacho". Subverted and played straight in "The Big Job"
- Never Mess with Granny: Nana Possible went through the Navy SEALS Underwater Demolitions Training, and owns Kim at kung fu, tough enough for ya?
- Never Say "Die": Villains sometimes talk about "destroying" or "eliminating" Kim.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Seniors would have been content to be rich and eccentric, if Ron hadn't accidentally convinced them that Evil Is Cool.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In A Sitch in Time, after Overlord Shego won, Drakken talks her into gloating.
- Ninja: Both human, monkey and sumo.
- And the Embarrassment Ninjas.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- No Gravity for You: Occurs sometimes in space-related episodes.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Kim reasons this as why she doesn't have a date to the prom.
- No Indoor Voice: Dementor's excitable METHOD OF SPEAKING!
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Shego in A Sitch In Time.
- No Seat Belts: Averted. The show makes sure that they put on helmets or parachutes or buckle up in their flying car.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Rufus.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: With Harmless Villain Drakken around, this is unsurprisingly the norm. Not that he and the other villains don't try to blow Kim away, though.
- Kim also gets a few exceptions, at one point firing a homing missile at Drakken and Shego's fleeing hovercar, and kicking Shego of a roof into an electrical tower at the climax of So The Drama.
- Non-Singing Voice: The Oh Boyz singing voices are not the same as their acting voices.
- Noodle Incident: Kim Possible loves this trope.
Barkin: And don't let them tell you they're supposed to have class outside! We put stop to that after the jellyfish incident.
Miss Go: Oh that's so nice! You took the class to the beach!
Barkin: No beach. Just jellyfish. Don't ask.
Kim: Like that time you cleaned your room.
Ron: We agreed never to speak of that dark day.
- There was also the "paper machete" incident. Not paper mache, machete.
- Kim and Ron also tend to hitch rides from people whom they have helped in the past, often in some spectacular fashion. They do this a lot.
- Occasionally, Mr. Barkin will begin a class with a brief explanation of why he's substituting for another teacher.
- Supposedly, he also saved the world once, if his speech to Ron about graduation is any indication;
Barkin: Ah, Senior Year, I remember it well. Best two years of my life; big fan on the football team [...] dated the most popular girl in school [...] I even helped save the world a time or two.
Ron: Right on- wait, what?! You?
- Not Me This Time: When Kim finds out that Dr. Drakken has been broken out of prison by a woman with "green energy blasts", she naturally drops in on his Sidekick Shego, only to find out later that it was actually an alien who did it.
Shego: I'm. On. Vacation!
Ron: So, it wasn't you that busted out Drakken?
Shego: Who do you think I'm vacationing from?
- Also done in the first part of the two-parter series finale, "Graduation Part 1". When several golf courses were undergoing eruptions, Kim Possible suspects Duff Killigan for the event. When confronted with the issue, Killigan explains that he wasn't involved, and even takes it a step further to reveal that his own golf course was defaced in a similar manner.
- Also done in "Gorilla Fist" where Ron and Yori go looking for Monkey Fist thinking he kidnapped Yori's Sensei, not knowing it was a Batman Gambit by DNAmy. When found Monkey Fist explains he wouldn't kidnap him because he was of no value to him.
- Not So Above It All: A common gag. In general, it's a running theme in the show that Kim is nowhere near as infallible in her regular life as she is in "mission mode".
- Not So Dire: A fair number of episode teasers establish an apparent crisis, only to reveal that the real sitch is relatively benign.
- Not What It Looks Like: "Homecoming Upset". Bonnie forces Ron into a kiss just as Kim arrives on the scene. After getting over the shock of the sight, a very pissed off Kim has to be reassured by Ron that he was the "kissee" and not the "kisser" in the situation. Turns out, Kim is well aware of this, but she's still angry all the same.
Kim: No kidding! It took ya twelve stinkin' years to kiss me!
- "Ill Suited", where Ron is trying to explain why he stole Kim's battlesuit.
Ron: Wait wait! It's not what you think!
Kim: Oh? So you're not a cheater, a liar and a thief?!
Ron: ... OK, it is what you think.
- Oblivious to Love: Ron was completely oblivious of Cheerleader Tara's crush on him until it was too late.
- He was also oblivious to Yori's also. This led him to tell Kim (who's developing feelings for Ron) that girls should just say how they feel.
- Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Dr. Drakken dreams up a great plan to Take Over the World, but later forgets it. To avoid this happening again, he starts writing everything he plans to do on note-cards. This bites him when he forgets to write down a crucial step of his next plan and so misses it out, fatally endangering himself, his Sidekick Shego, Kim and Ron. At this point, Shego bails out and leaves him to it.
- Offhand Backhand: Shego to Mego: "He always does that move. It never works."
- Official Couple:
- Kim and Ron, from So The Drama onward. Word of God is they were planned from the start, which is unsurprising. Word of God goes on to further state that if there were any doubts, their relationship from "Graduation" onwards will indeed continue and flourish. More specifically That they will be together forever.
- Bonnie and Senor Senior Jr. from "Homecoming Upset" onwards.
- Dr. Drakken and Shego are strongly implied to be this, as per the end of "Graduation".
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Shego to Kim. Foe Yay? Where?
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List
- Older Than They Look: Granny Crocket after extensive surgery.
Granny Crocket: Granny had a little work done.
- One-Shot Character: Falsetto Jones the Gentleman Thief only appeared in one half-episode.
- One Steve Limit: Ron Stoppable and Ron Reager. Lampshaded during the latter's first appearance.
- One-Winged Angel: Gleefully subverted; Drakken is mutated by one of his own chemicals, but it makes him even less threatening. Played straight, again by Drakken, later in the same episode.
- Open Minded Parents: The Possibles, natch. Kim can go halfway around the world, battle giant robots, and get lost in time and space (maybe all three at once), yet her parents won't bat an eye. But she better not be seeing any boys...!
- Her parents are experts at two of the most notoriously difficult jobs on the planet. One would hope that they are open minded.
- Ordinary High School Student: Kim and Ron certainly are ordinary, certainly go to High School, and most certainly Save the World on semi-regular basis. (From the theme tune: "I'm your basic average girl, and I'm here to save the world.")
- Out of Focus: The comic stories in Disney Adventures tended to focus more on lame Rufus-centric gags than Kim saving the world.
- Overprotective Dad: Mr Possible is happy for Kim to roam the world fighting evil, but frowns at talk of boys dating her, and threatens to pack Ron into a space probe if their dating goes sour.
- Painting the Fourth Wall: Ron at the end of "Grande Size Me".
- Pair the Smart Ones: Kim's rocket scientist and brain surgeon parents.
- Pair the Spares: Ron's Season 2 interest Zita, was dug out of limbo to be set up with Felix, another B-Character in the Grand Finale.
- Panty Shot: One in "Tick Tick Tick"  [dead link] which made the first Title Sequence and another more noticeable in "Ill Suited". [dead link] Otherwise Kim's cheerleading outfit has a Magic Skirt, in very drastic contrast to Ron.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Ron, for an episode.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted with Camille Leon, except in her second appearance.
- Parental Bonus: A number of sly references. "Evil Eye For The Bad Guy"?
- Perpetual Frowner: Shego.
- Perplexing Plurals: In "Naked Genius", Drakken captured Ron (thinking he got the brainpower he was after instead of Rufus) and forced him to build a doomsday device or else he'd be sleeping with the "fishes". He then gets confused if that is correct and asks Shego. Shego tells him that both fishes and fish are correct plurals for the word.
- Personality Swap: Ron and Drakken swap their "good" and "evil" essences.
- Pet the Dog: Shego with Junior, noteable in the second episode with them because this was around the time she descended into Stupid Evil territory.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Played with in "Cap'n Drakken" where Dr. Drakken gets possessed by a pirate ghost:
Drakken: Aye. Set the mainsail, wench.
Shego: Okay, first of all we don't have any sails. Second of all, call me 'wench' again and we'll be planning a burial at sea.
Drakken: (nervously) Yearr. Arrgh.
- Plot Induced Stupidity: In the episode Blush the "Wade-bot" launches itself off a cliff in the Amazon with Ron and Rufus, however Wade only remembers after the leap that he forgot to install the parachute. The Plot Induced Stupidity comes into play when just a few minutes earlier in the same episode the Wade-bot had a hang-glider attachment to save Ron and Rufus from plummeting down a waterfall, and conveniently forgets about this gizmo once its could be useful again.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Kim's brothers in Season 4.
- Plot Technology: Nearly all of the Mad Scientist supervillains are guilty of this.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Usually Ron, though Drakken has his own share of moments as well. Drakken is Shego's comic relief (and vice versa) and Ron is Kim's comic relief.
- Positive Discrimination
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Ron falls into one of these when Kim first kisses him under the influence of the Moodulator in "Emotion Sickness".
- Pound of Flesh Twist: Drakken steals the royalty money Ron gets for inventing the Naco. After Kim fails to get it back, he spends it on a giant laser that doesn't work as expected and destroys itself and his lab.
- Power Floats: Ron with his monkey power.
- Power Glows: Shego and Team Go, Ron's Monkey Power and some of the mad-science machinery, among other things.
- Powers as Programs: Aviarius extracts Team Go's powers for himself, though Kim gets one at first.
- Pro Wrestling Episode: "Pain King vs. Cleopatra", which was also Monique's debut episode.
- Prodigal Family: Team Go, Mama Lipsky, Motor Ed. Seriously.
- Punny Name: Kim, Jim, Tim and Ron, obviously. In fact, as mentioned above, the majority of the characters have punny or meaningful names.
- Punched Across the Room: Happens a few times, though most notable in "So the Drama".
- Puppy Dog Eyes: Kim's (nearly) irresistible "Puppy Dog Pout". Her mom also uses it a few times.
- Put on a Bus: Brick Flagg.
- Psycho Electro: Electronique. Well, as psycho as you can be on the Disney Channel.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Lord Monty Fiske fits this trope to a T, before he became "Monkey Fist".
- Rapid-Fire Typing: Wade, as Mission Control and uber-hacker, and anyone depicted using a computer. Except Ron, seen pecking at the keys.
- Raygun Gothic: The show's design ethic, most obviously in Drakken's lairs and the Possibles' home.
- Rebus Bubble: Ron + Battlesuit = Victory.
- Recurring Extra: The Middleton High students milling around in the background when Kim and Ron are at school are quite consistent, but fans particularly picked up on two: a freckled brunette usually wearing blue outfits and thus dubbed "Girl in Blue" and a tall, short-haired girl who fit the image of a Butch Lesbian and was dubbed "Alex Sapphic", first by slashficers, then by the fandom in general.
- Red Shirt: Parodied in season three, in the Trapped In TV Land episode called "Dimension Twist", when Kim is temporarily sent to a Star Trek-esque TV show and appears in a red uniform:
Wade: This is the part of the show where they pick series regulars to go on a mission. Just make sure you're not the one wearing...
Kim: ... A red shirt?
Pseudo-Kirk: And... (to Kim) you! You're expendable.
- Refuge in Audacity: Area 51 only leaks information that is 100% true so that the public at large doesn't think the stuff that goes on there is actually happening.
- Redheaded Hero
- Relationship Upgrade: Kim and Ron from So The Drama onward.
- Required Secondary Powers: Exactly how does Shego manage not to vaporize her own hands if she doesn't have a Healing Factor? (A popular idea in Fanon.)
- It would also explain how she survived the end of So The Drama.
- Reset Button Ending: Time Travel incurred this once.
- In a lot of ways, So the Drama did this, perhaps most evidently with Bonnie's character development. She returns to being even more of an Alpha Bitch from here on in.
- Reunion Revenge
- Rich Boredom: Senior Senior Sr.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Oliver and Eric.
- Right-Hand-Cat: Played with at least thrice.
- Romantic False Lead: Eric in So the Drama; Drakken WEAPONIZED the trope!
- Rock Star Parking: Played for Laughs in "The Big Job".
- Rogues Gallery
- Rugby Is Slaughter: And Mr Barkin plays it.
- Rule 34: Literally search for images of any female character. Now turn off safesearch, and...yeah.
- Running Gag: Ron losing his pants, which he started to Lampshade. In the first season, upon seeing an enormous obstacle/opponent that they would have to face, he would often exclaim:
Ron: That would be so cool if it wasn't gonna hurt us!
- As stated above, the number of almost kisses between Kim and Ron became a gag in season 4. However, if you're a K/R fan, you might see it as a Moment Killer.
- Motor Ed's verbal tic. Seriously.
- Sadistic Choice: Adrena Lynn makes Kim save both Ron and Brick in this manner.
- Safety Worst: "Odds Man In".
- Save the Villain: The rescue of Monkey Fist in "Gorilla Fist".
- Also saving Drakken and Shego from electrocution in "Rewriting History", and saving Drakken from drowning in "Cap'n Drakken".
- Averted when a crook robs the Senor Seniors. Rather than try and help them regain what is rightfully theirs, Kim tries to capture them. Technically, she was trying to save the crook from Senior's revenge, so she did save a villain. There's a difference between trying to help an Asshole Victim to regain what's rightfully theirs and helping them to commit crimes as revenge.
- Also saving Drakken and Shego from electrocution in "Rewriting History", and saving Drakken from drowning in "Cap'n Drakken".
- Say My Name: Ron to Drakken in So The Drama. Kim's arrival usually makes Drakken exclaim "Kim Possible!"
- Sealed with a Kiss: Kim and Ron in So The Drama, originally and again in the second finale of the series.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Lorwardians.
- School Newspaper Newshound: Ron tried his hand at it, going so far as to expose Adrena Lynn.
- Science Fair: Kim and Justine build a portal to another dimension. Ron and Monique build a volcano at the last minute.
- Scout Out: The Pixie Scouts.
- Scotireland: Duff Killigan is Scottish in every way, save for his very Irish surname.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Shego has occasionally walked out on Drakken after one of his schemes started going south or he just got too annoying.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Rufus.
- Sexophone: Shego (as "Miss Wobakoff") has one of these played for her in "The Mentor Of Our Discontent", whilst trying to distract Martin Smarty.
- Shades of Conflict: The show at first glance seems to be an obvious Black and White Morality. A closer look at the various moral issues and the actions of the characters in some episodes usually yields more of a Grey and Gray Morality.
- Shark Pool: Both straight and parodied.
- She Fu: Kim; justified to some degree: she's a cheerleader, so she's supposed to be flexible.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Ron hilariously makes this objection before the Relationship Upgrade (completely without provocation too). Shego makes similar denials about Drakken in the Grand Finale. Drakken had earlier made the same denial about Shego while trying to charm DNAmy into helping with one of his schemes. And Monkey Fist also states this about DNAmy in "Gorilla Fist".
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mr. Barkin, especially in "Fashion Victim".
- Shoe Phone: Straight and subverted.
- Shout-Out: "Toga! Toga! Toga!" (and plenty more.)
- Kim made a reference to combusting cheerleaders.
- Shop Smart. Shop Smarty Mart.
- Team Impossible's uniforms are highly reminiscent of Cyclops, especially how he looked in the 90's.
- The show is savvy enough to have a boat pilot named Sam, in an episode where Kim dons a black stealth suit. An incomplete list of shout outs can be found on tv.com.
- A near impossible to spot one comes when Ron has to merge the staff of New Forest with the sword in the Everworld episode. The magic words? 'Treguna, mecoides'.
- In the first episode of the fourth season, we hear "All your battle suit are now belong to me!"
- Drakken's real name is Dr. Drew Lipsky, and he tells his mother he's a radio talk show psychologist. Remind you of anyone?
- Ron knocks down a mini golf Titanic, as a Jimmy Hart version of the film's tune plays.
- The Brick Flagg shows off that at least one of the writers was a fan of DC Comics.
- In the Christmas episode, Drakken goes into a very Grinch-esque rant about Christmas, which mentions "roast beast" and eventually devolves into Seuss-esque nonce words (which Shego lampshades)
- A quick and dirty one from Kim:
- A Sitch In Time pulls a double whammy: Not only does young Drakken wear a skull t-shirt just like Sid of Toy Story, the design echos The Punisher's style of wardrobe.
- "Monkey Fist Strikes" has Kim retrieving an artifact for the titular villian, before knowing he was evil. The scene of her retrieving the artifact is Kim's love letter to Tomb Raider.
- "It's the circle of life." Kim even lampshades it.
- "Good evening Miss Possible. The name's Schtoppable. Ron Schtoppable."
- And yet another obscure Shout-Out to you know who. Kim's casual clothes are the same gym outfit Buffy wore a few times.
- A particular phrase that Barkin shouts early in Captain Drakken ("Move that bus!") is reminiscent of a certain other show.
- Rufus In Show: Kim, Ron and Rufus survive a jump off a cliff using, of all things, a dress parachute.
- Drakken's line from Sick Day: "I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!"
- In "The Golden Years" there's one with a lot of Parental Bonus points, after describing all the ways Nana Possible is a Badass Grandma
- Shown Their Work: The Game Boy Advance games. The second and third one especially put a lot of effort into getting all the little details right, from the ridiculous Drakken plot to Ron dancing like the Oh Boyz, they nailed the look and feel of the episodes.
- Show Within a Show: The soap opera "Agony County" is mentioned a few times, in addition to the shows from "TV Trashheap". A whole load of them are used when Trapped in TV Land in "Dimension Twist".
- Sibling Seniority Squabble: Gemini and Dr. Director. Avoided by Kim's twin brothers, strangely enough.
- Sick and Wrong: Ron would frequently describes squicky things as being "sick and wrong". Really weird stuff elicits the response "This goes beyond sick and wrong, it's Wrongsick!"
- Sick Episode: One in which nearly every named character eventually succumbs.
- Sickly Green Glow: Shego's power glows green, and she has a lot of green highlights.
- Sidekick: Ron to Kim, Shego to Dr. Drakken.
- Signed Up for the Dental
- Single-Minded Twins: The Wegos don't seem to have separate personalities, which could be related to their superpower. Jim and Tim Possible, however, just seem to be on the same wavelength. All the time.
- Sleep Cute: Kim and Ron during a boring field trip. The shippers had a field day.
- Smug Super: Shego makes sure that everyone she feels is inferior KNOWS that they are, including her brothers, her boss, and occasionally the heroic sidekick. She also mocks Kim, but considers her an equal, maybe more.
- Snap Back: The creators said the show only had "continuity by accident". Drakken's lair is always rebuilt by his next appearance; Ron's attempts to improve his popularity or social standing never stick; Kim cedes the captaincy of the cheer squad to Bonnie at the end of "Number One" but is back in the role later; and "Monkey Ninjas In Space" ends with an army of monkey ninjas claiming Ron as their leader, and are never mentioned again. As time went by, there was more Continuity Creep and Character Development, especially when the series returned for season four.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Kim can easily take down supervillains around the world. Asking the boy she has a crush on to the school dance, on the other hand...
- Something Else Also Rises:
- "Emotion Sickness", Kim kisses Ron on the mouth for the first time. After pulling away, Ron collapses to the ground and his entire body goes completely stiff, to the point where Kim can prop him back up to standing position like a garden rake.
- "Homecoming Upset", the firehose Ron is holding starts spraying all over the place when Bonnie hugs him.
- Fans who read into series extensively note the positioning of Rufus when he emerges from Ron's pocket when Kim is around.
- Southern-Fried Genius: The Down on the Farm Possible relatives.
- Space Is Noisy: The garbage makes the clinking of glass as it floats through space? Check. The engines make wooshing noises as it dodges between said garbage? Check.
- Spanner in the Works: Ron Stoppable can render any plans made by anyone, no matter how complex useless by wandering around and touching random objects.
- Global Justice even called it the "Ron Factor" and the secret to Kim's success.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Ron, most often with Rufus. He has also shown that he can communicate very well with other animals: Chippy, Roachie, and Professor Dementor's giant dogs, to name a few.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Also Rufus.
- Spinning Clock Hands: Subverted.
Barkin: Darn clock's busted again!
- Spoiler Opening: Lord Monty a.k.a. Monkey Fist appears in the opening theme from the very first episode onwards, however his first appearance was not until episode 13, where it was written as if Monty turning out to be the bad guy was a big twist.
- This happens again in the last season when the Opening changed, spoiling Warmonga well before her episode appearance. Once more her episode is written as if we're not supposed to have any idea who this other green skin lady who's helping Drakken who isn't Shego was.
- Spy Couple: Kim and Ron.
- Stab the Sky "Virt-U-Ron" Ron completes the Heroic Fantasy episode in true style.
- Stable Time Loop: "A Sitch In Time", if one accepts the implication that destroying the Tempus Simia erases it from ever existing. Otherwise it's a Timey-Wimey Ball.
- Status Quo Is God: Very few things change on the show even when they should, both inverting it and playing it straight.
- In Season 4 the writers tried to add a number of other changes so the Relationship Upgrade wouldn't seem so out of place like: Ron on the football team, Kim's new car, Kim's brothers in high school, new jobs, new clothes, a few new villains, etc.
- Stealth Pun: Mego, coloured purple (violet), has his super-power described as "He's a shrinker". In "Big Bother", Ron is conflicted between his school assignment bag of flour and his new sister Hana (which is Japanese for Flower.)
- Stephen Ulysses Perhero: Villainous example, D.N.Amy.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Shego still wears her Team Go uniform.
- Strictly Formula
- Strange Minds Think Alike: The Internet Search for "really valuable" and "heavily guarded". The discussion of outsourcing.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Steve Barkin's father Franklin turns out to have the exact same look and personality as his son.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Suck E. Cheese's: J.P. Bearymore's Pizza Partytorium.
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: In the episode "Roachie", Ron befriends a giant cockroach and soon begins having full conversations with it, imitating its clicking-noise speech.
Kim: You're like the Roach Whisperer.
Ron: Y'know, if you're trying to speak 'roach, you've got it all wrong, KP. You've gotta click with your mandible.
- Sue Donym: Shego's other alias of "Ms. Whoabackoff".
- Summon to Hand: Magic sword!
- Super Family Team: Team Go!
- Super Villain: Nearly every episode has at least, at least one that appears. Some have two and a couple have entire conventions of them.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Drakken has Shego don a blonde wig and dress in order to distract Martin Smarty, whilst he and Frugal Lucre break into his office. The distraction works, but Smarty becomes just a little too enamoured with Shego for her tastes, leading to this exchange;
Martin Smarty: Well, hello... Being a single father such as I am, it would be my privilege to assist you, Miss...?
Shego: Whoa! Back off!
Martin Smarty: Miss... Wobakoff??
Shego: Yeah... fine. Miss Wobakoff. Yeah... clever.
- There's also the the misunderstanding Kim and Ron had over the Magno-Rings in "Car Alarm";
- As Kim is about to jump out of the Sloth onto the Kepler*
Wade: Wait! Before you go-
- The glove box pops open revealing two golden rings. Kim and Ron stare wide-eyed at each other whilst Rufus hums "Here Comes The Bride"*
Ron: ... I had nothing to do with this!
Wade: Ron... They're Magno-Rings. They'll help you hold on to the side of the Kepler.
Ron: Haha! Right. That's what I thought they were... y'know... for.
- Sure Why Not: Quite a bit of Fanon, most obviously the names of Kim's parents.
- Taken for Granite: "Oh No Yono", Kim and Sensei briefly; Monkeyfist indefinitely.
- Talking to Himself: Drakken and Motor Ed share a voice actor, and appeared together in one episode.
- Techno Wizard
- Teen Superspy
- Teens Are Short: Despite being seniors and probably past puberty, neither Kim nor Ron pass an adult's shoulders in terms of height.
- Tempting Fate:
Kim: Spikes. Gee. Where are the snakes?
Kim: I was just being sarcastic!
- Terms of Endangerment: Shego's nicknames for Kim.
- That Came Out Wrong: In "Ill Suited", Ron steals Kim's battlesuit and uses it to cheat his way into the position of star quarterback of the football team out of fear that Kim would dump him for a jock (based in part on misunderstanding a conversation he overheard). This is revealed when Professor Dementor uses a remote device to take control of the suit, whilst Ron is still in it. He attempts to explain his position... poorly at first (whilst being controlled to fight Kim).
Kim: You cheated your way onto the football team!
Ron: Yeah, but that was just a perk. I was really trying to cheat on you... *notices Kim's angrier expression* -For you! To win you!
- Theme Tune Cameo: The phrase "Call Me, Beep Me" from the Title Theme Tune is dropped in "A Sitch in Time" and "So the Drama". Also, the Kimmunicator's ringtone is the first four notes of the song. And it's played a lot. In "Team Impossible", Ron is impressed that they have their own theme tune, and tries to write one for Kim and himself. He comes up with the show's theme, of course.
- The Bad Guy Wins: A Sitch in Time explores this possibility with a Bad Future if Shego were to ever seize control of the world.
- The Power of Friendship: Kim is much less successful in villain-fighting without Ron's backup, as proven in A Sitch in Time.
- The Smart Guy: Wade Load is most definitely the techno-whiz of the group, making random inventions just in the nick of time for just the right mission, though a few episodes have portrayed him as not being so smart in the field.
- He's even voiced by former Smart Guy Taj Mowry.
- There Was a Door
- They Are All Grown Up: In A Sitch in Time, both Wade and Kim's little brothers
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-universe example; Bueno Nacho goes under new management during So the Drama (courtesy of Dr. Drakken), and Ron gets upset over every change made to the restaurant. His Nostalgia Filter especially reaches its limit when the bending straws are gone.
- Well, at least Drakken keeps it operational. Shego destroyed it in "A Sitch In Time".
- They Fight Crime: She's a highschool cheerleader, he's her bumbling best friend since early childhood...
- Think Nothing of It: When the people who give Kim rides to the mission site thank her for helping them previously, she always shugs it off as "No big."
- This Billboard Needs Some Salt: The Dimension Monster and "Gronde" both try this.
- This Is Reality: Wade suggests he should "be myself" to attract his crush, and Ron replies "That only works in cartoons!"
- Subverted in another episode: "This isn't one of your stupid science fiction games, Larry! Ron's facing a kung fu mutant with bio-engineered hands, and mystical monkey powers, and..." At that point, Kim decides to give Larry's idea a try.
- This Looks Like a Job For Aquaman: Ron's father, an actuary, spends an entire episode trying to be a hero to his son. Luckily, his number-crunching skills turned out very useful when they faced the Mather:
Kim: Did you know your dad had it in him?
Ron: No, but who knew we’d be facing a math-crazed villain?
Kim: Yep. So convenient.
- This Page Will Self-Destruct: "Job Unfair".
- Throw It In: Shego's personality. Originally she wasn't intended to be a Deadpan Snarker who enjoyed needling her boss more than listening to him, but Nicole Sullivan's voice acting led the writers to play to her ability for that.
- Motor Ed was created because John Dimaggio was goofing around in the break room and made up the voice for a laugh.
- Title Drop: Not the series title (too easy), but the line "Can't anyone stop Team Go?" in the episode...well, guess.
- Not to mention in "Big Bother" Ron makes mention of two other episodes by name "Emotion Sickness" and "So The Drama"
- Title Sequence: The show uses clips from the show during the theme. The first montage is used throughout the first 3 seasons, but it updated during the fourth. Though in the first montage there is some debate about the brief scene of a giant Shego battling a miniature Kim, as nothing of the sort actually happens in the show. A Bait And Switch Clip Perhaps?
- Transforming Mecha: The Little Diablos.
- Trap Door: It comes with the territory. Straight, Subverted and Lampshaded. "And suddenly, the world was full of holes."
- Trapped in TV Land: "Dimension Twist".
- Tripod Terror: The Lorwardian walkers; technically four-legged, but they fit the trope.
- Tron Lines: Kim's battlesuit.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Occurs a few times throughout the series, such as Drakken assuming this position when Shego freaks out in the lair from the Moodulator and when Ron locks himself in his panic room.
- TV Teen
- Twin Banter: Jim and Tim, naturally. Hicka-bicka-boo? Hooshaw!
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Most episodes contain a supervillain plot and something from Kim's normal life.
- Two-Teacher School: Due to the Noodle Incident, Mr Barkin will be teaching this class/trip/whatever. How many members of staff do we see apart from Barkin?
- We actually saw the journalism teacher in season 1, a math teacher in season 2 and Ms. Go as a sub in season 4, and someone who might have been the principal in the Grand Finale. That's it.
- Interestingly, one episode referred to Miss Go being a substitute for a Miss Carson, injured while skateboarding. Yes, as in Kim's voice actress.
- Home Economics is so underappreciated in Middleton High that, when Kim and Ron took the class, (which they only did because they missed the chance to take other classes instead of that one), it was revealed to them, to the viewers and the faculty that the last Home Economics teacher retired years ago. Mr. Barkin was then put in charge. However, his whole experience on the subject consisted on looking for food in the forests he was deployed in during his military days. He even brought a shovel to class. He was even fair enough to step out as soon as Ron proved himself more knowledgeable on Home Economics than him.
- Tyke Bomb: Hana Stoppable aka The Weapon or The Han.
- Underwater Base: Drakken's had more than one of these. The big glass window tends not to last long.
- Under the Mistletoe: Kim and Ron. Except that it's parsley. Works anyway, though.
- Unnamed Parent: Kim's parents were both just Dr. Possible - a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon - but each finale episode contained a reveal for one of them. Kim's father was revealed as James Timothy Possible in So The Drama, and Kim's mother was called Annie in "Graduation". Anne was already her Fanon name, as it's Kim's middle name, and her twin brothers are called Jim and Tim. Ron's parents are still nameless.
- The Un-Reveal: Several throughout the series, but notably the very last episode ends as Dr. Drakken is about to tell the story about how his skin turned blue when the series ends.
- Vague Age: Shego. She apparently has a degree in teaching. She has also apparently shown romantic feelings for Drakken (who was in college with Kim's father), and definitely dated Mr. Barkin. On the other hand, she acts like a teenager and is young enough to date Senor Senior Jr, who might be Kim's age (sixteen - eighteen).
- If Shego is telling the truth in "Clean Slate", then she's 3 - 4 years older then Kim (she said she was a senior when she was a freshman). She's probably not.
- The ages of Kim and Ron (and by extension, their fellow students) are also never really addressed beyond Word of God describing them as "high school age". Although given a few details throughout the series (moving to senior year, being able to drive, graduating etc.) it can be reasonably assumed that they start out in the series at 14/15, before ending up at 17/18 in the final season.
- Vapor Wear: The animators of Kim Possible probably did not foresee the unintended implications of this screenshot...
- Verbal Tic: Motor Ed, seriously. Even the annoying Frugal Lucre is bothered by it.
- Dememtor has a habit of speaking AS THOUGH CAPSLOCK IS ZE CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL!!!!! He also has ze German style of speech, yes.
- Villain Ball: Outright embraced by several villains, especially Señor Senior Senior, who took up villainy because he was rich and bored. Seeing how close he can get to victory while strictly adherring to the so-called "code of villainy" seems to be the whole point of the challenge for him.
- Notably snapped up by Shego in "A Sitch in Time" when she has Drakken strap Kim to a Bond Villain-esque torture table instead of just killing her. Slightly jarring after Shego managed to conquer the world by sole virtue of being far more competent than the three other villains who had been busy juggling the Villain Ball between them for the entire first act.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Frequently, often with enough time for Drakken to deliver his Catch Phrase. I guess a Cardboard Prison is too good for some villains.
- Villains Never Lie: The villains who appeared in the Halloween Episode got disappointed that Kim lied.
- When Dr. Drakken tried to take over the world by marketing a brain-washing shampoo with a label that warned people about the brain-washing, Drakken said it was Truth In Advertisement.
- Villains Out Shopping: Shown many times, once even literally.
- Villain Song: Dr. Drakken gets a rap number to promote his new brand of brainwashing shampoo in the episode "Rappin’ Drakken"
- Villain Team-Up: Drakken, Shego, and Motor Ed in "Steal Wheels", Drakken, Monkey Fist, Killigan, and Shego in "A Sitch in Time", Drakken and Lucre in "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Shego and Junior in "Two to Tutor" and "The Big Job", Shego and Motor Ed in "Car Alarm", and Drakken, Shego, and Hamsterviel in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Rufus".
- Violent Glaswegian: Duff Killigan's temper got him banned from every golf course in the world.
- Visible Invisibility: The cloaking device on the Wadebot 2.0, Kim's Battlesuit and one of Drakken's lairs.
- Visions of Another Self: (the episode with Kim's ancestor Miriam "Mim" Possible, also a multiple Identical Grandchildren bordering on Generation Xerox.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Our current page image, so not the drama.
- Wanted Poster: Shego and Drakken have these. They're in Kim's locker at her school.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The fake clones that Drakken creates of Bonnie, Kim, Ron, and Rufus disintegrate into green goo on contact with soda.
- We Will Meet Again: Pretty much what all the villains in the show say when defeated.
- Occasionally inverted when Drakken declares "We won't meet again!" after springing a Death Trap.
- Weather Control Machine: Drakken uses these once in a while, as did the temporarily-evil Ron with his "Mega-Weather-Generator".
- Weirdness Coupon: No-one really seems bothered by Kim and Ron skipping out of school to fly around the world fighting supervillains, despite Kim being fairly famous for it. Drakken and Shego never attract attention for their unusual appearance.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Drakken in "Bad Boy".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Many fans were curious what happened to Ron's short lived interest Zita after only two appearances. She comes back in the finale without so much as a line, as a couple with fellow B-character Felix.
- What Is Evil?: Drakken tries to invoke this with Kim, referencing Shades of Conflict, in the episode ‘Ron Millionaire’. Kim ignores him.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway??: Ron unwisely mocks Burns' number-crunching abilities. Other examples occur throughout.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human??: The fatalities of the series includes The Bebes (robots), Syntho-Drone 901 (a ridiculously human synthodrone), Warmonga and Warhawk (aliens), and Drakken's insta-clones of Kim, Ron, Rufus, and Bonnie (from "Kimitation Nation"). No human was harmed.
- Save for Monkey-Fist. Kinda. Well, he as turned to stone and then buried under dozens of tons of sand. And then he showed up in a cafe in the trailer of the last episode... still as a stone.
- When Elders Attack: In 'The Golden Years', Drakken's army of seniors attacks Kim.
- Where The Heck Is Middleton?: A question asked frequently of the creators. A common Fanon answer is Colorado, apparently based on this map [dead link] (which eventually turned out to be merely the first of several mutually exclusive hints).
- Who Would Want to Watch Us??: "And The Molerat will be CGI".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In Ron's case, monkeys.
- Played straight with Kim, when she was exploring that Monkey Temple, for the Monkey artifact.
- "Gee where are the snakes?"(cue snakes surrounding her) "I was just being SARCASTIC!"
- One episode had Kim telling Ron to basically quit being a sissy for complaining about a spider bite on his face, while walking in the sewers looking for some mad scientist. When a bunch of cockroaches the size of a medium-to-large dog run by, she goes into Heroic BSOD, and nearly throws up.
- Played straight with Kim, when she was exploring that Monkey Temple, for the Monkey artifact.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him: Asked by Senor Senior, Jr and answered by Shego.
- Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Monkey Fist's "artifact assault" in "Oh No Yono", and Drakken's response to Shego's fight with Warmonga.
- Wicked Cultured: SSS, Falsetto Jones.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Kim does this when she realises the true nature of Eric, just before he tasers her.
- Wimp Fight: Ron and Drakken sometimes engage in ineffectual slapfights while Kim and Shego carry on a more serious battle.
- World of Action Girls: Provides the trope quote.
- Xtreme Sport Xcuse Plot: An episode or two.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Yori.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Ron, in several episodes, achieves popularity. His life doesn't suck as much anymore! Oh wait...
- You Are Grounded: In October 31st, Kim's grounded at the end of the episode.
- You Are the New Trend: One episode has Kim's hero outfit being the new 'in' trend. Ron's outfit becomes the new trend at the end of the same episode.
- You Get What You Pay For: In one episode, Dr. Drakken angrily complains about the shortcomings of his henchmen; Shego scoffs at him for being too cheap to hire better ones.
- You Have Failed Me...: Played straight, and for laughs, with Gemini. Subverted in So The Drama: Drakken appears to say this seriously to Shego after Kim foils her, but he doesn't really mean it.
- You Have No Chance to Survive: At least once, Dr. Drakken says "Farewell, Kim Possible! We won't meet again!" as he leaves her in a Death Trap.
- Your Other Left: "Your other starboard!"
And that's the sitch.