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Kim Possible is a Disney Channel original Emmy-nominated animated series about a 15-year-old special agent named Kim (full name is Kimberly Ann Possible) who has the task of dealing with worldwide, family, and school issues every day. The show is fairly action-oriented, but also has a strong, light-hearted comedic atmosphere, and often lampoons and parodies conventions and cliches of the secret-agent and comic-book hero genres.
About the show
Kim often finds herself criss-crossing the globe in an attempt to rescue people and stop crimes... all while being expected to come home and complete her homework in time. Kim Possible attends Middleton High School, and is on the school's cheerleading squad. However, the red-haired, tummy-baring crimefighter can not save the world alone. Alongside her is Ron Stoppable, her goofy, wisecracking sidekick, and his scene-stealing pet naked mole rat, Rufus.
The series premiered in June 2002, and the first episode to air, Crush, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award the following year. With the premiere of this episode, Kim Possible has since been regarded as the most watched and highest rated television show on the Disney Channel in many years. The series as a whole was nominated for the Daytime equivalent in 2004, and again in 2005 (that year saw it receive 5 nominations). The show has widely been praised for its smart dialogue, fluid animation, and engaging, well-written characters (both heroic and villainous).
Kim's dialogue tends to be peppered with typical teen slang, for example, "So not the drama" and "No big", as well as the series' catchphrase, "What's the sitch?" (situation). The show's title music, Call Me, Beep Me, is sung by Christina Milian.
Despite the show's popularity, production on the show ceased in February 2005, after 3 seasons and 65 episodes. This is (according to the show's fans) due to a Disney policy that ceases production on shows that have run that long, regardless of popularity (a few shows produced for the Disney Afternoon got more than that, however).
- Kimberly Ann "Kim" Possible: The show's main character. Kim is a Kung-Fu fighting cheerleader who saves the world and still finds time to be a top student. She's smart, confident, and assertive, with a very driven "Type-A" personality. Although good-hearted, she's quite a perfectionist and can be unreasonably demanding of both herself and those around her, and also tends to easily become annoyed and impatient toward obnoxious or underachieving individuals. Oddly enough, her best friend Ron Stoppable is the very personification of "Type-B" laid-back ambivalence and randomness, and she seems to have learned some degree of tolerance through him. Kim originally intended to offer her services as a babysitter, but through a twist of fate ended up as a secret agent doing odd jobs ranging from rescuing cats in trees to saving the world from mad scientists (particularly Dr. Drakken, her arch-nemesis). Her motto is "I can do anything", and she more than lives up to it. However, although she's practically unstoppable in combat, she still sometimes suffers from the same insecurities and growing pains as any other high school girl her age. As animated teen characters go, she's unusual in that she's a big hero and yet at the same time is one of the "popular kids" rather than the typical misunderstood outcast (a role fulfilled by Ron). Despite the fact she's a super agent, her work saving the world is no secret, as everybody in her life knows about it. Mostly they just ignore it and treat her like any other kid, except for the rare occasions when her work interferes with her home life (such as when a villain attacks the school or kidnaps her cheerleading squad). Besides saving the world, her interests also include designer clothes and a series of Beanie-Baby style collectibles of mutated animals known as "Cuddle Buddies". Voiced by Christy Carlson Romano, nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the role in 2005, is also seen in the Disney Channel show Even Stevens as the sister "Ren."
- Ronald "Ron" Stoppable: Kim's best friend and sidekick. The two of them have known each other since pre-school, and have been best friends for most of their lives. Ron's easy-going, cheerful, and kind-hearted, but also extremely clumsy, goofy, and naive. Kim sometimes gets impatient with his randomness and weirdness, but thanks to his kind heart over the years she's learned to tolerate and accept it. On missions, Kim usually uses him as a distraction, since he can't hit worth a damn. This is offset by the fact that he, and Rufus, are gifted with the "Monkey Kung Fu" skills introduced by Monkey Fist. He is also surprisingly good at dodging things (on two separate occasions he's managed to successfully evade the combined homicidal attacks of both Kim and Shego). Ron also has incredible amounts of dumb luck, and, in a Clouseau-esque manner often manages to bumbingly help save the day by sheer accident. Although Ron is extremely extroverted, Kim appears to be his only real friend, as most other kids are put off by his sheer randomness. Ron's greatest interests are Tex-Mex food and video games. He has an overpowering fear of monkeys, and is pretty afraid of a lot of other things too. As a running gag, he has a tendency to have his pants ripped off by random accidents, as well as a tendency to come up with bizarre, paranoid theories that turn out to be totally false (such as mistaking Dr. Drakken's plot to build an army of killer robots as a plot to steal Christmas). Although he often appears to be somewhat clueless and thick-headed, this is only because he's usually so random and unfocused. On the rare occasions when he's been motivated to concentrate on something, he's actually proven to be quite bright. He built a Doomsday machine out of random junk, defeated Monkey Fist twice without any help from Kim, and (after a mishap that caused him to turn evil) proved even more dangerous than Drakken by commanding fear and respect from Shego and almost succeeding in destroying the world. Voiced by Will Friedle.
- Rufus: Ron's naked mole rat. Rufus has similar interests and personality traits as Ron (such as a love of Bueno Nacho and video games), to the point that he often mimics Ron's actions, emotions, and facial expressions. Unlike Ron, Rufus is actually very skilled and competent, and often comes to the rescue of Kim and Ron when they're in a pinch. Much like Scooby-Doo, Rufus is marginally capable of human speech (able to utter a couple of words), but mostly talks in high-pitched rodent jabber. Only Ron actually seems to understand him when he speaks. Rufus is Ron's pet because when Ron was 12, his parents told him he could have a hairless pet because of his Dad's allergies, so Ron purchased Rufus at Smarty Mart. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright (she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the role in 2004).
- Wade Load: The brains behind the operation. Wade's a reclusive, primary school age child genius who runs Kim Possible's website, supplies her with her gadgets, and gives Kim her missions through her Kimmunicator. He spends most of his time in his room, in front of the computer, with the lights off. He also seems to drink an awful lot of soda, since he's often seen slurping one down when communicating with Kim. Kim and Ron have never managed to meet him face to face (he practically never leaves his room, and usually interacts with them through the Kimmunicator and her computer), however he has interacted with them as a hologram as well as inside a virtual reality world (as well as a robot called the "Wadebot", as seen in "Blush" and "Overdue"), and it would appear that he is very short. Voiced by former star of Smart Guy Tahj Mowry.
Friends and Family
- Bonnie Rockwaller: Kim Possible's rival and the meanest girl in school. Like Kim, she's a cheerleader. Unlike Kim, she's quite snobbish, selfish, and mean-spirited. Bonnie's dating the school's dim-witted quarterback, and appears to be one of the most popular students despite having an attitude akin to a rottweiler. She also seems to have similar fighting skills as Kim, but is too selfish to actually use them. Kim eventually learns that Bonnie's sisters are mean to her at home, which may account for why she's so mean to Kim and Ron. Voiced by Kirsten Storms ( Disney's "Zenon" movies).
- Monique: Another of Kim's friends, and by far the most "normal" person in Kim's life. Other than Ron, Monique is the person that Kim spends the most of her time with. She gives Kim lots of level-headed advice about school and life, and serves as a good counter-balance to Ron's out-of-touch eccentricities. Like Kim, she's smart and hip. Unlike Kim, she's pretty much useless in a fight. Monique works at designer clothing store Club Banana, which is where she and Kim meet. Voiced by Raven Symone (That's So Raven)
- Mr. Barkin: The school's permanent substitute teacher, he seems to be in charge of almost every class, ranging from gym to home economics. A gruff, humorless fellow with an apparent military background, who seems to particularly dislike Ron Stoppable. He does have a soft spot for baked goods, however, and is the den-mother of the local Pixie Scouts chapter. He also has a strong dislike of mutants, and is quite annoyed when his involvements with Kim and Ron's adventures often cause him to encounter and almost get eaten by such. voiced by Patrick Warburton
- Dr. Possible, Kim's mother: A brain surgeon. Often gives Kim advice on growing up. She's got an insanely cheerful personality, occasionally joking at inappropriate times, and often managing to remain chipper even when Kim's having an emotional crisis or when the twins are blowing up the house. Voiced by Jean Smart
- Dr. James Timothy Possible, Kim's father: A rocket scientist. A very typical 50's professor type, he's somewhat obtuse and more than a wee bit absent-minded. Like Kim, he likes to play off his name with the motto "Anything's possible for a Possible". He's also Drew Lipsky's ex-best friend, and Possible's childhood teasing is one of the primary reasons for the creation of "Dr. Drakken". Voiced by Gary Cole
- Jim and Tim Possible: Kim's annoying younger twin brothers, child geniuses with a penchant for constructing whacky inventions and harassing their older sister. Often referred to as the Tweebs (from the words twins and dweebs). Once saved Kim and Shego on a mission. Both voiced by Shaun Fleming
- Josh Mankey: Kim's former love interest. The coolest dude in school, Kim had a huge crush on him. Like Ron, he's easy-going and kind-hearted, but unlike Ron, he's not a goofball. Kim used to turn into a nervous klutz when she's around him. She went on a date with him in one episode, but they grew apart late in the series. Voiced first by Breckin Meyer and later by AJ Trauth
- Dr. Drakken: Kim Possible's arch-nemesis and most frequent foe, a mad scientist obsessed with world domination. His real name is Drew Lipsky (not to be confused with radio psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky), and he probably isn't a real doctor. Like Ron, Drakken's been an outcast most of his life, and is constantly trying to prove himself (albeit in a much more malevolent manner). Also like Ron, Drakken often comes across as clumsy and naive, although in an evil sort of way. A lifetime of anger and bitterness has left him with blue skin that itches something fierce. Drakken usually comes up with grandiose, overly-complicated plans, typically involving such wacky 80's villain staples as killer robots, mind control, and death rays. He also tends to steal his Evil Inventions, because the stuff he invents himself usually either malfunctions or tries to kill him (when Ron and Shego comment on this behavior, he angrily refers to it as "outsourcing"). Drakken used to have his own private organization with henchmen, evil contraptions, and killer robots, but often had financial difficulties and recently appears to have downsized significantly to just him and Shego (although in the series finale he does manage to scrounge together enough money to rebuild his organization for one last attempt at world domination). Drakken is also either incredibly tough or (unlike the show's other characters) he operates under "cartoon physics", since (In Wile E. Coyote fashion) he often manages to walk away from explosions, acid, crushing, electrocution, and repeated direct hits from Shego's plasma blasts with nothing more than slightly singed skin. He was originally Dr. Possible's best friend, but turned evil in college after constant teasing from Dr. Possible, Professor Chen and Professor Ramesh. He also has an embarrassing, overbearing mother who, confusing him with a Radio doctor with a similar name, believes his job is helping people with their emotional issues rather than trying to conquer the world. Voiced by John DiMaggio, who also does additional voices.
- Shego: (seen in the picture here with the glowing hands). Dr. Drakken's right-hand henchwoman/not-so-secret crush and Kim Possible's deadliest foe. She's definitely the smartest and most competent of Kim's enemies, and (other than a strong sadistic streak) one of the sanest as well. She's also a sarcastic, violent smart-mouth who enjoys being snide to Dr. Drakken and fighting Kim Possible. Shego has similar Kung-Fu skills as Kim, as well as being able to create and fire green plasma flames from her hands. Shego's actually pretty unmotivated (which may account for why she's still affiliated with Drakken even after his repeated failures), and spends most of her free time lazing around reading villain magazines and filing her nails. She's also quite impatient, and quickly gets angry at people when they're being obnoxious or weird (she's also particularly quick to blast men who try to flirt with her). Kim and Shego have more in common than either would care to admit, and not just in terms of their intellect, skills, and temperment either. Shego actually used to be super-hero, and like Kim grew up using her powers to fight evil. However, she turned evil herself after finally being fed up with the constant obnoxious stupidity of her family/teammates. After deciding to become evil, Shego left her family and immedietely joined up with Dr. Drakken. At first, she showed some degree of fear and respect towards Drakken, but (through their dealings with Kim Possible) quickly learned he was all bark and no bite. She has since taken a more dominant role in their relationship, and often hurts Drakken when he's being particularly annoying. Ultimately, she was the only villain to successfully take over the world (and enslaved the other villains, including Drakken, while she was at it). Although she's generally the villain with the least reluctance about hurting and endangering people, she's also demonstrated a soft-spot for fish, kids in wheelchairs, and possibly her family (although she'd never admit it). She's an adult, but has been known to act like a teenager on certain occasions. Voiced by Nicole Sullivan (MADtv).
- Seņor Senior Sr.: Frequent recurring villain, voiced by Ricardo Montalban. A retired multi-billionaire who (at Ron Stoppable's suggestion) took up villainy as a hobby to occupy his retirement years. All about the challenge, he tends toward grandiose, high-end capers, and has almost unlimited financial resources to carry them out. He seeks reputation and achievement, not power, and focuses on challenging thefts or schemes rather than world domination. Despite his massive resources, he shuns the use of henchmen, preferring to rely entirely on his own skills (with a little help from his son, Junior). Polite, cultured, and urbane, he rigorously adhers to the "code of villainy", following such classic villain rules as "always leave the room after tying your foe to an overly complicated death machine" (following such rules is one of the main reasons he always ends up getting defeated, although he never seems to realize this). He's probably the most "normal" villain as he doesn't have a particular bizarre freak-theme (like Monkey Fist's monkey obsession or Duff Killigan's golf mania). Generally a hands-off, non-physical villain, although later in the series he is revealed to be an X-games master and one of the few baddies capable of fighting Kim one-on-one quite well.
- Seņor Senior Jr.: Senor Sr.'s son and accomplice. Junior is a spoiled man-child more interested in parties and looking fabulous than his father's criminal plans. He's usually highly unhelpful during his Father's capers, but Senior always takes him along anyway. Like Ron, he's not-too-bright and very physically unskilled, as a life of privilege has left him self-centered and un-coordinated with almost no common-sense. Despite his supreme naivity, he's actually pretty good at pointing out the obvious flaws and cliches in his father's plans (when Senior Sr. shoots an icicle to try and drop it on Kim and Ron, Junior asks him "why not just aim the laser at their bodies?"). He's extremely buff, but has no stomach for violence or danger and thus tends to perform poorly when the fighting starts. Senor Sr. is often upset his son doesn't know how to be a decent villain, but otherwise spoils him considerably. As a result, Senior Sr. once hired Shego to coach Junior in the fine art of perfidy, but later fired her for not being true to the "code of villainy" as well as for coming between him and his son. Junior actually gained an enormous amount of skill and competance from Shego's training, but has since forgotten almost all of it. He was MAYBE Shego's former crush, and he seems to be her type (buff, doting, and not-too-bright, as evidenced by her choice of date when on vacation).
- Lord Monkey Fist: Frequent recurring villain. Real name: Monty Fisk. A rich, eccentric English lord and the world's foremost authority on monkeys. He's a wee bit crazy, obsessed with monkeys and wants to become more like them. Monkey Fist squandered his family fortune on a operation to give him ape-like prehensile hands and feet (a procedure carried out by notorious rogue geneticist DNAmy). Monkey Fist is now a master of "Monkey Kung Fu" and obsessed with obtaining "Mystical Monkey Power" to make him even more simian-like. He is always accompanied by his personal cadre of trained Monkey Ninjas. He occasionally serves as Ron's arch-nemesis (due to Ron's fear of Monkeys and on-and-off Monkey Kung Fu skills), although his general focus is fighting Kim. He is, however, the only villain to consistently remember Ron's name. Voiced by Tom Kane (The Wild Thornberrys)
- Duff Killigan: Irate Scotsman and the world's deadliest golfer. Dressed in a traditiona kilt and cap, he attacks with golf clubs and exploding golf balls (and, on special occasions, the bagpipes). Very mean and short-tempered. After an initial scheme to turn the world into one giant golfing green, Duff has generally settled into being a generic muscle-for-hire henchman. Voiced by Brian George.
- DNAmy: A disgraced former geneticist obsessed with Beanie Baby-type collectable dolls, who used her scientific genius to breed living mutant amalgams to add to her collection. Her cheerful personality is counter-balanced by her ruthless tendency to mutate her friends and neighbors. Gave Lord Fisk his monkey feet. Dr. Drakken once tried to seduce DNAmy for her technology and genuinely fell in love with her when she saved his life; but she broke his black heart when she revealed her true love was her former patient, Monkey Fist. Like Shego, she has a secret kind heart. Unlike Shego, she isn't afraid to show this quality.
- Professor Dementor: Another mad scientist, rival to Dr. Drakken. Like Drakken, Dementor has henchmen, evil inventions, etc. Unlike Drakkhen, he makes his own stuff, which actually works quite well. Unlike most of the other bad guys, he comes across as sane, competent and not particularly freakish. His only real quirks are the fact he's rather short, wears a metal face-mask, and has a habit of talking in a loud, high-strung voice. Voiced by Patton Oswalt
- Aviarious: A villian with a bird fetish who wears an outlandish costume with a purple winglike cape and mask. He was actually the principal enemy of Team Go, Shego's family. Kim ran afoul of him in Go City during his scheme to steal all of the team's powers with a magic scepter. She got Hego's super-strength accidentally by standing in the middle of the transfer. Aviarious may be inspired by both Spiderman villain The Vulture and Batman foe The Penguin and Zim (Invader Zim character) from Invader Zim. Voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz (Invader Zim).
- Bueno Nacho
- Monkey Fist Strikes
- Attack of the Killer Bebes
- The New Ron
- Mind Games
- Royal Pain
- The Twin Factor
- Animal Attraction
- All the News
- Sink or Swim
- Number One
- Monkey Ninjas in Space
- Low Budget
- Coach Possible
- Pain King vs. Cleopatra
- Kimitation Nation
- Ron the Man
- October 31st
- The Ron Factor
- Grudge Match
- Two to Tutor
- Naked Genius
- Rufus in Show / Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
- Motor Ed
- The Fearless Ferret
- The Golden Years
- Job Unfair
- Queen Bebe
- Car Trouble
- Go Team Go
- A Very Possible Christmas
- Mother's Day
- Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles / Day of the Snowmen
- A Sitch in Time (1) - Present *
- A Sitch in Time (2) - Past *
- A Sitch in Time (3) - Future *
- Hidden Talent
- Return to Wannaweep
- The Full Monkey
- Oh Boyz
- Triple S
- Ron Millionaire
- Showdown at the Crooked D
- Rewriting History
- Sick Day / Truth Hurts
- Steal Wheels
- Emotion Sickness
- Bad Boy
- Dimension Twist
- Overdue / Roachie
- And the Molerat Will Be CGI
- Gorilla Fist
- Rappin' Drakken
- Team Impossible
- So the Drama (1) *
- So the Drama (2) *
- So the Drama (3) *
- Also broadcast as a single movie
- Alternate Reality Association, a prospering forum booming with liveliness and Kim Possible media galore.
- Disney's official site for the show
- TV Tome episode list
- Save Kim Possible, devoted to attempts to prevent the show from ending after 65 episodes, as per Disney's current policy on their series
- Website about the character Monkey Fist
- A Kim Possible tribute video to the series by Gamebrain
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