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Kim Possible
Full Name: Kimberly Ann Possible
Alias(es): No Known Aliases
Gender: Female
Age: 14-15 (Season 1)
15-16 (Season 2)
16-17 (Season 3)
17-18 (Season 4)
Build: Athletic
Hair: Red
Eyes: Green
Skin: Ruddy (Freckled as tween)
Hometown: Middleton
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Professional Info
Profession(s):
  High School Student
Freelance Heroine
Club Banana Employee
Bueno Nacho Employee (former)
Affiliation(s):
  Team Possible
Middleton High School
Club Banana
Pixie Scouts (former)
Relationships
Relative(s):
  James Possible (father)
Ann Possible (mother)
Jim Possible (brother)
Tim Possible (brother)
"Nana" Possible (grandmother)
June (aunt)
Slim Possible (uncle)
Larry (cousin)
Joss Possible (cousin)
Friend(s):
  Ron Stoppable
Monique
Felix Renton
Wade
Rufus
Love Interest(s):
  Josh Mankey (Seasons 1, 2)
Ron Stoppable (Season 4)
Pet(s):
  No Known Pets
Nemesis:
  Dr. Drakken
Shego
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance:
  Tick-Tick-Tick
Voiced by:
  Christy Carlson Romano
Dakota Fanning (Young Kim)

Kimberly Ann "Kim" Possible is a high school student and freelance hero/vigilante. She is unusual in this in that she not only lacks a secret identity, but also remains on good terms with various law enforcement, government, and military agencies. For the most part, her classmates are aware of her work but do not comment on it unless it affects them directly. At school, she is cast as one of the "popular kids", head of her cheerleading squad at school, and a straight-A student, rather than as a misunderstood outsider/underdog as typical of the genre.

Appearance

Kim was a teenage female of average height with a slim yet athletic build. She had large, bright green eyes and long fiery red hair which came down to her shoulders, and when seen from behind was in the likeness of a heart. She wore her hair in pigtails when she was in pre-K, and as a preteen she wore it in one long ponytail and had braces on her teeth.[1] She had slender fingers and wore size seven shoes.[2]

Clothing

Main article: Kim's clothes

Kim had five distinct sets of outfit types: civilian, cheerleader, mission, situational, and battlesuit.

Civilian: Kim's primary civilian clothes were a green tank top that fully bared her midriff, blue 3/4-length –also known as Capri– jeans with a pair of what appear to be plain white canvas tennis, or running, shoes. She has been shown at certain times to not wear a bra[2]. As the years progressed, she began to wear a wider variety of civilian cloths such as a red short-sleeve sweater or a yellow medieval style outfit. By her Senior year she had phased most of her midriff exposing outfits out of her wardrobe.

Cheerleader Outfit: Kim and the other cheerleaders all wore dark purple cheerleading outfits with bright orange and golden trim in their Sophomore and Junior years. However, they received new outfits on two occasions: shortly before Bonnie briefly became squad captain[3], and in their Senior year.

Mission: Most iconic was her traditional mission outfit consisting of a black midriff-baring mock turtleneck, dark gloves with a thin cuff, cargo pants, and a toolbelt. Midway during her Senior year it was replaced with a purple shirt, black pants with a purple line on the sides, and tight grey gloves as her previous gear was discontinued at Club Banana and Smarty Mart.[4]

Situational: Kim also had several outfits that were either situational, such as her red fleece winter outfit, or were limited use, such as her wetsuit, prom dress[5], and graduation gown.[6]

Battlesuit: Starting with the night of Kim's prom and in certain extreme circumstances following, she wore a custom battle suit which was designed by Wade. It included a wide array of features: a self-repairing system; force-field; muscle and strength enhancements; and gauntlets able to morph into jai alai cesta "basket"-like energy-resistant scoops able to catch and return energy and solid projectiles.[5] Later it was also equipped with an invisibility stealth mode.

Personality

Kim was a confident and assertive teenager whose awareness of her own abilities was reflected well by her motto "I can do anything". Her typical state of mind was to be bright and cheerful, and she had a kind and caring heart which compelled her to help others and to put their well being above her own. However, she could also be arrogant in certain situations, especially when others, including Ron, appeared to do things better than she could.[7] Her competitive nature and drive for perfection, as well as some of her insecurities, were consistent with a Type A personality. They also lead her to set high standards for herself, and sometimes gave her a tendency to be bossy[8] and to set standards for others that are too high - as was evident when she attempted to coach her brothers' soccer team[9], or to try and do things herself in order to save others from potential failure or harm.

Despite being a freelance hero, Kim was still a teenage girl and therefore susceptible to most normal teenage insecurities and growing pains. She was occasionally embarrassed by her parents[10], was pouty when she did not get her way, and had a strong desire to fit in. The latter of which was shown to be one of her biggest weaknesses as a person. Kim also proved to be highly competitive, and was often easily manipulated by those she saw as rivals, or anyone else who openly challenged her abilities. In a disastrous first meeting with Agent Will Du of the Global Justice Network, he called Kim an amateur to her face, which sparked a heated rivalry as they tried to outdo each other.[3] Likewise, Kim's longstanding rivalries with Shego, and fellow cheerleader Bonnie Rockwaller, often lead to rather predictable circumstances. Kim and Shego typically attacked each other within seconds of each meeting, fueled by an obsessive desire to overcome the other that Shego admitted to more than once. Bonnie also made no secret of her consistent wish to embarrass or surpass Kim.

Kim's personality traits were most clearly demonstrated when her school was hit by an astrology-like personality guideline fad known as Animology, under which she was classified as being a "Blue Fox", which was defined as "a born leader who unable to resist a challenge; is driven to excel; a perfectionist"[11]. In addition, Kim was drawn towards International Diplomacy, a difficult and extroverted field, during a career fair held at her school.

Kim also had a tendency to be worried about, and was frequently fooled by, exterior appearance. As such, she was often overly concerned about her image and the way in which others saw her, sometimes even going so far as to extend these anxieties to others, primarily Ron, even though they did not necessarily feel the same way. Owing to this element of her personality, Kim had a tendency to succumb to peer pressure[12], something she never really overcame until much later, and she was often unable to see beyond first appearances, or deeper than other people's defense mechanisms.

It was this element of her personality which appeared to form the foundations of much of Kim's rivalry with Bonnie, who was similarly competitive and concerned about appearances. It was often through this rivalry that the less desirable elements of Kim's competitive nature were displayed. This was especially obvious when Kim engaged in tit-for-tat revenge and one-upsmanship at a cheer camp, where she actively competed purely because she did not want Bonnie to succeed.[13] In fact, disagreements between them were often truly petty, and Kim occasionally had to be made aware that she was guilty of either sinking to Bonnie's level,[3] or failing to see that Bonnie might be just as or more qualified for some tasks that Kim insisted on taking on herself.[2]

Due to her type A personality, Kim also had a strong tendency to become frustrated, impatient, or insecure when faced with a field in which she did not instantly excel. This tendency has been displayed several times, usually in conjunction with an incident revolving around her social life. This was often made more notable by the fact that these fields are ones in which either the often inept Ron or Kim's sometimes immature brother Jim and Tim excelled. Examples of such fields included cooking, video games, car mechanics, and the duties required of Kim when she worked at Bueno Nacho alongside Ron.[14]

In terms of dating, Kim tended to be surprisingly uncertain of herself when approaching boys.[15] She worried that her reputation as a heroine was too intimidating for most boys[16], was very aware of how overprotective her father could be[17], and even had trouble speaking to boys she liked due to anxiety. She typically needed reassurance from either her mother or a friend before she would ask a boy out.[15]

Perhaps the best example of Kim's typical dating experience was her relationship with Josh Mankey, who appeared to be her biggest known crush. Kim was consistently embarrassed in his presence, lacked her usual confidence, and struggled to speak properly to him. Rather than ask him out directly, she instead "accidentally" ran into him as often as possible so that he could ask her out.[18] This weak-kneed tendency to sacrifice her usual behavior in favor of more traditional "girly" behavior could be interpreted as an attempt on Kim's part to please the boy in whom she was interested. Or more appropriately, a deep fear of displeasing him that motivated her to change her personality in his presence. Given how much she cared about her appearance, this interpretation was very in-line with her character.

One notable exception to this approach was Kim's aggressive pursuit of Hirotaka, a Japanese student from a secret ninja school. Because he studied martial arts, was extremely popular with girls, and was quite confident, he was also not intimidated by Kim's fame. Although Kim openly admitted she was attracted to him because of his looks[19], more than likely she also saw him as being capable of handling her often hectic lifestyle, a trait that several boys at her own school lacked.[20]

Kim was very protective of those close to her. She was generally quick to defend Ron if anyone insulted him, and would insist on rescuing him herself if he was ever in danger.[21] She became slightly more protective once they began dating, and would not hesitate to make it clear to other girls that Ron was spoken for.[22] Kim proved just as protective with other boyfriends: she refused to listen to Ron's doubts on her crush Josh Mankey[15], and was willing to test out an experimental battle suit to save her then-boyfriend Eric. In the latter instance, Dr. Drakken weaponized Kim's weakness towards cute boys with the creation of Eric, a specialized synthrodrone who infiltrated her life and gained her affections, which distracted her from Drakken's schemes.

Kim enjoyed pleasing those around her, and was no stranger to keeping herself busy with numerous commitments at one time, no matter how overwhelmed she felt as a result. When Ron asked her why she did not "just say no," Kim replied that she was "just not programmed that way".[2] This was also why she proved unable to turn down a date with Brick Flagg, out of fear that rejection would crush his confidence and ruin his football career.[20] However, it should be noted that Kim eventually grew past several of these negative traits, aided largely by her increased maturity and newfound romantic relationship with Ron Stoppable.

Kim's puppy dog pout

The "puppy dog pout"

Although Kim was generally reasonably mature in the usual give-and-take with her parents over what she could and could not do, if she really wanted something she was unlikely to get otherwise, she would occasionally use a "puppy-dog pout". It became a running gag, and the pout was also used by others against her. Kim has used it successfully several times, most notably and egregiously Shego, to get her way.

Kim was also someone that was very hard to shock, a likely side effect of the unusual situations she regularly faces down. Even her first encounter with aliens face to face did not leave her stunned for long. However, she was not utterly immune to being stunned by circumstances. Two notable incidents of this included her first encounter with Chester Yapsbey's mutated cockroaches, and during Warhok's attack during her graduation when Ron tapped into his Mystical Monkey Power to defeat him. Both times saw her frozen and stunned into speechlessness.

Biography

Backstory

Prior to the start of Season 1, Kim was an ordinary young girl leading an ordinary life. By her preteen years she was wishing to supplement her allowance, so she decided to start up her own babysitting business and set up her own website: "KimPossible.com", under the slogan, "I can do anything" to advertise her services. Soon after her site went live Kim was accidentally contacted by Mr. McHenry who was in trouble and was trying to contact a different group of heroes, "Team Impossible", but because of a typing error he contacted "KimPossible.com" instead of "Impossible.com." After the rescue, Kim's fame as a hero grew until she was being contacted for help by people all over the world, including governments and royalty, as a matter of daily activity. This lead to a long and successful career as a teenaged heroine and a success rate which only added to her fame.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Abilities

Kim was extremely athletic and had extensive reflexes, which had been honed and perfected through years of cheerleading practice and later on actual mission experience. However, Kim was already remarkably agile even before she became a cheerleader.[1] Years later during Global Justice's research into The Ron Factor, she claimed that her genetics rocked, and while the truth of that claim was never verified, her paternal grandmother was equally if not more talented in similar areas[23], and all members of her immediate family have occasionally participated in her missions with notable ease despite no preparation beforehand[12][24], most especially her younger brothers.[25][26]

Regardless of the source, this incredible skill allowed Kim to perform death-defying moves like somersaulting between laser beams and rockets with little apparent effort. She was also highly skilled in numerous types and styles of martial arts, knowing sixteen different types of Kung-Fu[27], including Mantis Kung-Fu[19]. Her skills were aptly demonstrated by the fact that she was consistently able to go toe to toe against villains like Shego, an older and more experienced villain whose super-abilities allow her to tear through reinforced concrete with ease.

Kim was also a fast learner, able to pick up new skills quickly and adapt to new situations as they arose. Among the many talents that she has demonstrated were a high level of proficiency in various extreme sports such as hang-gliding, skiing and rock climbing. She was even able to figure out how to fly a shuttle enough to land it safely simply by observing Fredrick the monkey fly once[28]. While on a mission, she also discovered her ability to hit high notes in song, which allowed her to shatter a layer of thick ice.[27].

Kim was a very talented swimmer, which she used to great effect in many of her missions. She was a member of her school's swim team during her Sophomore year of school[29], has swam the English Channel[28], and was an accomplished SCUBA diver[30][5].

Despite her frame, Kim was surprisingly strong and was capable of easily hitting someone hard enough to knock them off their feet or even unconscious with a single blow. In addition, Kim was quite exceptionally skilled and learned in many different forms of hand-to-hand combat, and both armed and unarmed combat.

Kim has been mentioned as having gained a varied and ever-growing skill set throughout her mission work. She was regularly called on to serve as a babysitter, detective, unpaid bounty hunter, espionage agent, and perhaps most often as a legally accepted vigilante. In addition, Kim has had experience in a wide variety of fields, including firefighting[15], animal conservation/protection[31][32], natural disaster prevention/rescues[15], crop dusting[14], and hot air ballooning[9].

Intelligence

Kim was a naturally intelligent student who maintained a high GPA despite her adventurous lifestyle by using the time she spent traveling to and from missions to study, and always made sure that she handled assignments as early as she could in case she was called away on a mission. She was even able to make time for cheerleading practice after school. As a result of this diligence, it was only on rare occasions that her grades suffered or that she had problems with school assignments. Despite her intelligence however, Kim was the least scientifically-minded member of her family and did not understand many of the terms, phrases, or inventions that her father and brothers built and used regularly. She immediately passed off her brothers' invention of a handheld Silicon Phase Disruptor as a "stupid toy"[25]. She also frequently doubted her brothers' high intelligence, believed their early advancement to high school was the result of a mistake in the records, and was truly shocked when she discovered from Miss Guide, Jim and Tim's S.K.I.P program counselor, that it was legitimate[33].

Before graduating, Kim applied for and received acceptances to nearly every prestigious higher learning institution in the world[6].

Equipment

Kim has a variety of gadgets, the most iconic of these being her grappling hook and a special device called a Kimmunicator, a PDA-like device given to her by Wade so she could maintain contact with him. It was later replaced with a wristwatch-sized and mounted model during her senior year . Both models allowed her not only used to communicate with friends, family, Wade, and others with relative ease, but to also receive or search for information as needed. Only blanket jamming could prevent a signal from getting through. Thanks to Wade the wrist variant also had many additional features packed into it such as a grappling hook, scanner, super-magnet, analyzer, and much more.

Kim Possible's Morpher

Kim Possible with new outfit and wrist Kimmunicator

Kim's dramatic pose

Relationships

Family

Father

Main article: James Possible

Kim has a close, but diverse, relationship with her father. For much of the series he treats her as a mature and responsible young lady, expecting her to babysit her younger brothers, instructing her to get a part-time job if she wants expensive new clothes, and accepting her going on dangerous missions without a second thought. Her father believes that she is skilled enough to stay out of harm's way while on these missions. However, because of the closeness of their relationship, he sometimes forgets that she is not a child anymore and treats her as if she were much younger, failing to see that she does not always enjoy doing the same things that she did when she was little, and he was unable to see when his behavior might embarrass her. His nickname for her is his "Kimmy-Cub", which she sees as a sign of affection unless it is said within earshot of Bonnie.

Similarly, because of their close relationship, Kim often finds it hard to tell her father when he embarrasses her, or to explain how she has grown out of things that she used to enjoy, for fear of hurting his feelings.

Mother

Main article: Ann Possible

Kim's relationship with her mother is given less airtime than her relationship with her father, but it is often scripted when emotional depth or conflict resolution is required, usually in relation to Kim's moments of teenage angst.

While Kim's father is often either oblivious to or uncomfortable with many of the teenage issues that Kim faces throughout the series, Mrs. Possible is much more in tune with her daughter's feelings and frequently acts as an emotional anchor for Kim –helping her to put her feelings into perspective, and reminding her that things are not always as bad as they might seem.

Aside from helping her daughter to battle peer pressure, one of Mrs. Possible's main duties has been to help Kim to get through various issues in her friendship with Ron. Whether Kim was jealous of Ron's new-found friendship with Felix, feeling guilty about ditching him in favor of Monique, or was afraid that his eagerness to be accepted was leading him down the path to embarrassment, Mrs. Possible was always there to have a mother-daughter moment and to provide her with sage advice.

Brothers

Main article: Jim and Tim Possible

Kim's relationship with her younger twin brothers –whom she usually refers to as the Tweebs, for "twin dweebs"– is like most other brother-sister relationships in which there is a notable age gap such as teen and pre-teen.

She often finds Jim and Tim to be juvenile and embarrassing, and resents the fact that babysitting them infringes upon her social life. She also frequently becomes angry at them when they invade her privacy, attempt to embarrass her in front of her friends, read her diary, or post sneaked photographs of her on the Internet. Because of this, she becomes somewhat prejudiced about them, telling them off even when they were trying to help, and refusing to see that they were actually geniuses, unwilling to accept their help until she has absolutely no other choice, and referring to at least one of their experimental creations as a stupid toy. However, the device in question,. a handheld Silicon Phase Disruptor, was scoffed at by everyone until it proved to be critical to the mission at hand and worked. Despite her dislike of their actions, Kim loves her brothers and goes out of her way to protect them, even if it means putting her own life on the line to do it.

Friends

Ron Stoppable

Main article: Ron Stoppable

Kim has known Ron since their first day at pre-school, and has been best friends with him ever since. Kim and Ron have a very distinctive relationship of opposites that covers both their personalities and their natural aptitudes. While Kim is Type A teen, Ron has Type B personality and is laid-back, ambivalent, and somewhat random. Equally, Ron does well in all of the areas in which Kim does not such as cooking and resisting peer pressure, and vice versa. Kim and Ron complement each other, and their relationship works well. As they headed into their senior year of high school, they had advanced from simply being best friends to a romantic relationship. At the end of Season 4 they are still together and have each successfully graduated high school.

With his more relaxed attitude toward life, as well as his flexibility and ability to see the good aspects of bad situations, Ron often provides a balance to Kim's ambitious nature and image orientated character. As such, he often encourages her to slow down and keep things in perspective, to be less competitive and not treat everything as a challenge that must be met head on, and to be less image conscious.

Ron has also demonstrated that he cannot seem to tell her a convincing lie, such as these notable incidents:

  • In The Fearless Ferret, when he thought that the Fearless Ferret was a real-life superhero, Ron attempted to preserve his new identity from Kim. He went out at night as Fearless Ferret 2.0, while Rufus was Wonder Weasel, and sworn to secrecy about his actions by Timothy North. When Kim asked him if he wanted to come over to her house and channel surf as her family had just gotten cable, Ron lied by saying that Timothy North was a night person and that Ron had promised to mulch his lawn. However, Kim had Wade track his whereabouts that night out of suspicion and discovered what he was actually up to.
  • In Overdue, Ron had misplaced one of Kim's library books and because of it her career as a Middleton High School cheerleader was at risk. Hoping to avoid the fallout as he realized he had taken it and lost track of it, Ron began moving through the various lairs that they had fought through to try and locate the book. To this end, he enlisted Wade's assistance and asked him to keep it secret from her. However, as he was scaling a wall on Duff Killigan's castle, Kim called. Ron attempted to deflect her questions by claiming his father was locked in the garage and that he needed to help him before he "ran out of clothes". However, Kim saw through the weak lie and contacted Wade while Ron was being chased by Professor Dementor's mutated plants as Wade's Wadebot was acting as Ron's backup. Wade broke the connection with Kim mid-conversation to focus on helping Ron, at which point Kim was unable to pursue the line of questioning further.
  • In Gorilla Fist, Yori arrived in Middleton to ask for Ron's help in locating the Master Sensei, who had been kidnapped by what the Yamanouchi students believed to be Monkey Fist. Ron had been sworn to secrecy about the Yamanouchi Ninja School, and the details of what occurred in the episode Exchange, meaning that he could not fill Kim or Wade in on why he was working with Yori. Ron's string of lies here began as he tried to justify who Yori was (both Kim and Wade knew that she was not from Middleton High) with a varied set of constantly shifting lies until he realized he had dug himself too deep by mentioning Japan and quickly retreated from the conversation. By this point, Kim had figured that something was going on and eventually traced Ron down as he was mid-mission with Yori.

Wade

Main article: Wade

Wade is a super-genius at the same age as Kim's twin brothers who had graduated both High School and College within six months. [25]. Wade began running Kim's website at an unspecified point in time between her rescue of Mr. Paisley and the beginning of the series and also provided Kim with the majority of her gadgets. Kim's relationship with Wade is relatively positive and professional, and Wade was willing to help Kim with more petty issues such as finding her 'match' in Animology along with advising her on various missions. Although Kim never met Wade in person until her final confrontation with Team Impossible, afterward she met with him regularly and also did her best to help him when he was crushing on Monique.

Monique

Main article: Monique

Monique was Kim's closest female friend. In addition to providing Kim with a much needed voice of reason and the perspective of a trusted female peer, Monique occasionally assisted on missions during emergency situations.

The Stoppable family

Main article: Mr. Stoppable
Main article: Mrs. Stoppable
Main article: Hana Stoppable

Though it was more common for Ron to visit Kim at the Possible home, Kim was similarly welcome in the Stoppable home. While she was not seen regularly interacting with Ron's parents, they never seemed to mind her presence even when unannounced, or the idea of Ron joining her on potentially dangerous missions. In fact, the only time one of them took notable issue with Kim was when she convinced Ron to reluctantly bring his baby sister Hana on a mission.[34]

However, it was Mr. Stoppable's professional opinion as an actuary that due to Kim's extraordinary abilities, she herself was in no more danger saving the world than the average student was skateboarding to school. Presumably, he also extended this confidence in Kim to include her keeping Ron safe, because according to his data, it was apparently a miracle that Ron had survived past tenth grade.[35]

Yori

Although initially suspicious and jealous of Yori's friendship with Ron, Kim eventually began to treat Yori as a comrade and friend. However, Kim was very much aware of Yori's true feelings for Ron[36], so once Kim and Ron became a couple, she made every effort to advertise this fact so that there could be no mistaking it on Yori's part. Yori accepted this with grace and remained on good terms with both Kim and Ron.[22]

Love Interest

Walter Nelson

Main article: Walter Nelson 

Walter Nelson is a boy that Kim had a crush on in middle school. At some point, he kissed Kim and their braces locked, leading to an embarrassing trip to the orthodontist to untangle them. Kim warned her pre-teen, pre-kiss, self of this while traveling into the past.[1] Ron later recalled that he was the one Kim called for help at the time, and that his mother was the one who drove Kim and Walter to the orthodontist.[5]

Josh Mankey

Main article: Josh Mankey

In Seasons 1 and 2, Kim was infatuated with Josh Mankey to the point the normally controlled Kim was reduced to a partially nervous wreck around him. This was prior to most hints of Kim and Ron's feelings towards each other, and prior to that he gained the most adoration of the prior love interests. While Ron was disapproving of this relationship at first, he grew to accept it as time went on. Kim's infatuation with Josh was revealed to have died down "last semester" in the episode So the Drama in a natural and gentle manner, which allowed the creators of the show room for the coupling of Kim and Ron without derailing either character. The two were not shown to interact following this, and Josh virtually disappeared from the show.

Hirotaka

Main article: Hirotaka

Kim held interest in Hirotaka (an exchange student from Japan) during the events of Exchange, and Hirotaka showed interest in her (or at least in her martial arts abilities), but he was more interested in seeing Kim fight Monique over him than any true feelings. He also appears to have been dating Bonnie Rockwaller all along, and refers to her as his "Number One Girlfriend" when leaving.

Bobby Johnson

Main article: Bobby Johnson

Kim only mentions him in "The Truth Hurts", where she admits that she is not sure if she likes him because she likes him, or because he asked out Bonnie first. The scene in which Kim mentions Bobby Johnson is significant, because the reporter, in said scene, inquires as to whether Kim is crushing on anyone, and (as she was forced to tell the truth at the time), she must answer the question sincerely, naming those she is crushing on.

Eric

Main article: Eric

Eric was a Synthodrone made by Drakken to distract Kim from the plans Drakken had formulated in So the Drama. Eric was tall, well-built, attractive, serious and incredibly convincing as a regular human being. His infiltration of Kim's life was so effective he almost kept Kim from getting word of Drakken's scheme via Wade, with only Ron's arrival spoiling it. Ironically, it was mostly because of his involvement that Kim and Ron realized their feelings for each other and became a couple. Eric was killed by Rufus in the ensuing battle.

Ron Stoppable

Main article: Ron Stoppable

Kim's goofy best friend since Pre-K and sidekick, over time their friendship became something more until they became a couple at the end of their Junior year. A result most of their classmates, whom up until the week of their Sophomore year Spirit Dance believed the pair was dating[15], seemed to have expected, and given the cheers when the pair made their entrance after a mission near the end of the Junior Prom, supported[5]. They were still dating at the start of their Senior scholastic year[37] and stayed together throughout their graduation.[38]

Nemesis

Dr. Drakken

Main article: Dr. Drakken

Kim and Drakken rarely interact, but when they do, Kim tries to hurt Drakken's ego by reminding him in various ways how he lost the last time. Drakken has met the entire Possible clan: her mother (in Mother's Day), her father (in Attack of the Killer Bebes, So The Drama, and in college), her brothers (in The Twin Factor) and even her extended family (in Showdown at the Crooked D and The Golden Years). Strange interactions between them include saving Drakken's life (in Rewriting History and Cap'n Drakken), teaming up with Drakken (in Bad Boy & Graduation) and even celebrating Christmas with her immediate family.

Shego

Main article: Shego

Kim and Shego's many meetings usually result in fisticuffs and brawls. However, unlike the rivalry with Bonnie, Kim and Shego are more professional in their interaction with each other as Kim is more comfortable trading punches with Shego than dealing with Bonnie's barbed comments. Her rivalry has proven to have some sense of honor, as Shego respects Kim as an adversary, and desires to be the only one to defeat her. This has reached the point of saving Kim's life twice. Despite being enemies, they both have a number of mutual interests. Shego and Kim managed to become friends when Shego temporarily turned good in Stop Team Go, until she was accidentally turned back to evil by Ron.

Enemies

Monkey Fist

Main article: Monkey Fist 

While Monkey Fist is more of Ron's enemy than Kim's, they have fought occasionally. Monkey Fist is one of the few main villians besides Shego who could fight Kim to a standstill. 

Rivals

Bonnie Rockwaller

Main article: Bonnie Rockwaller

Kim and Bonnie have been archrivals since at least middle school. It is likely they met at a fairly young age, since Kim and Ron Stoppable met in pre-K, and Bonnie had been insulting Ron as early as kindergarten. Their rivalry included frequently going to great lengths to get the better of the other, although Kim generally came out on top. Bonnie also frequently put down both Kim and Ron.

At times, the two girls have actually gotten along and worked fairly well together, indicating that they could possibly be friends if they ever moved past their rivalry. Kim gained a better understanding of why Bonnie was so mean to people after visiting her home, as it was strongly implied that Bonnie's sour disposition stemmed from her older sisters Connie and Lonnie being so mean to her.[39]

More than once, Kim has had to put their rivalry aside in order to help Bonnie. Kim has rescued Bonnie from kidnappers[2] and even given up her coveted spot as cheerleading captain when she realized how much Bonnie had done to improve the squad. Despite Bonnie's failed attempt to later steal Ron away from Kim, she was still able to guilt Kim and Ron into helping her find a new boyfriend. Oddly enough, the match Bonnie ended up with was Señor Senior Junior[40], who, according to Animology, was also a likely match for Kim, much to her disgust.[11] This would seem to indicate that Kim and Bonnie are more alike than either would care to admit.

Alternate Versions

As with many Disney Cartoons, Kim's physical appearance has remained static throughout the franchise and has not been changed between seasons to represent aging. However, several different versions of Kim have been introduced at various points in the franchise to represent Kim at different ages prior to her appearance in Season 1.

During the first three seasons, two younger versions of Kim were introduced. The first version to appear on screen was a Pre-school version, and the second was a version representing Kim in her early-teens/late-preteens.

Pre-school Kim was first introduced through flashbacks in the episode October 31st, and was later visited several times through Seasons 2 and 3. She made her first in person appearance in the feature length production A Sitch in Time when she was targeted by a cohort of time traveling villains who sought to destroy her confidence during her first day in pre-school, in order to prevent Present Day Kim from thwarting their plans. Ironically, in an altered timeline that has since been erased, this intervention led to Kim stepping in to fight to save Ron for the first time, bringing about their first meeting outside the classroom and leading to their becoming friends.

Pre-School Kim is very similar to present day Kim, but with the addition of freckles and pigtails. When first introduced, she also lacked the confidence of her present day counterpart.

Early-teen/late-preteen Kim also made her first appearance in the feature length production A Sitch in Time. She was introduced when Kim's present day foes (Drakken, Shego, Monkey Fist and Duff Kiligan) traveled back through time on a mission to sabotage her first mission. Initially the villains planned to sabotage the mission in order to crush Kim's spirits and therefore prevent her from ever becoming a teen hero. After a brief discussion however, they decided to kill her instead. Early-teen/late-preteen was saved by the intervention of Present Day Kim and Ron. Due to the closing events of A Sitch in Time, the timeline in which Early-teen/late-preteen appeared was erased, leaving Present Day Kim with no memory of meeting her past self, nor vice-versa. Since her initial appearance, early-teen/late-preteen Kim has appeared in several flashbacks, most notably during "Hidden Talent", which revealed that she was an excellent singer (but unable to hit high notes), and in "Team Impossible", when the events of Kim's first mission were replayed, minus the intervention from the future.

At this point in her life, Kim is shorter and slimmer than her present-day self and minus a bust line, but with the addition of braces, earning her the nickname 'tin teeth' from Bonnie. Pre-teen Kim is always shown with her hair in a ponytail, and her bangs to the side. Her clothes consist of a purple long-sleeved shirt, darker purple shorts, matching shoes with a white sole on the bottom, and a black choker with a round yellow jewel.

An older version of Kim was introduced in an interactive featurette that was included in the DVD of A Sitch in Time. Little was revealed about Kim's older self, except that she was still fighting crime in her 40s, was a member of the PTA, and that she wears a patch over her left eye, ala Nick Fury. Older Kim is also shown wearing a Global Justice uniform similar to that worn by Dr. Director (who coincidentally also has an eye patch, though the reason why remains a mystery as well). As of Season 4, this older Kim has not appeared in the series and her exact place in Kim Possible canon remains uncertain, but the possibility is present.

Quotes

  • "What's the sitch.?"
  • "No Big."
  • "So not the drama."

Gallery

A gallery of Kim Possible images is located here.

Trivia

  • Kim's initial character design was an athletic blonde. As the design developed the creators were unhappy that her design was so unrealistic. Therefore, they decided to start over and make her look like a real girl, who is pretty and athletic, but not a bombshell.[41]
  • Her name, Kim Possible, is an allusion to the word "impossible", and quite possibly an allusion to the hit spy TV and movie franchise Misson: Impossible.
  • Kim says "soda" rather than "pop" or "coke", a cue which often has regional significance in the US[14][42].
  • Kim kissed Ron once before they started dating each other at the end of "So the Drama", but at that time, she not her herself, where she was under the control of Dr. Cyrus Bortel's Moodulator.
  • Kim was only seen dating Josh Mankey before she started dating her best friend, Ron.
  • As much as Ron was seen dating Zita Flores in two episodes, Kim was seen dating Josh Mankey in only two episodes as well:
    1. Crush
    2. Blush
  • Kim was jealous three times over Ron:
  1. Ron being a better Bueno Nacho employee than her[14].
  2. Ron spending more time with Felix Renton than with her[43].
  3. Ron going on an important mission with Yori without her[36].
  • Every enemy Kim has fought, with the exception of the Team Go villains, knows her name perfectly and correctly, only Motor Ed does not bother to use her real name, prefering to call her "Red", while others, like the Team Go villains, just don't even metition or say her real name.
  • Oddly enough, Shego and Kim's mother are the only people who call her, "Kimmie."
  • Mr. Barkin and Malcolm Nevus/The Wraithmaster are the only people who called her by her last name.
  • Shego used Kim's first and last name only four times in the entire series, like Drakken always does.
  • Ron is the only person who calls her KP.
  • Kim is shown to be right-handed in Naked Genius, but mostly appears left-handed in "A Sitch in Time and Cap'n Drakken.
  • "Evil Ron" calls her by her full name, "Kimberly Ann Possible".
  • Other people like Nana Possible, Ms. Hatchet, and Larry's mom, call her by just her first two names, "Kimberly Ann".
  • Most of Kim's enemies, like Dr. Drakken, call her by her first and last name.
  • Kim corrected Ron twice in season one about what a couple of her enemies were all about when Ron thought that:
  1. Drakken was gonna steal Christmas, when Drakken really wanted to take over the world, only because he stole the Z-Boy technology in Japan.
  2. Senor Senior Sr. stole corn dogs because of stealing Pop Pop Porter's cryo-bator, when Sr. really wanted to freeze the billionaire's club after he was rudely rejected from it.
  • Her father is the only person who calls her "Kimmie-cub".
  • Professor Dementor calls her "Fräulein Possible".
  • In chronological order, Kim has the first line in the series: "It's criminal."
  • Even though it was heard fourteen times in the series, Kim said "So not the drama" eleven times total.
  • Not counting her missions where she had to rescue Ron or her missions where Ron comes in at the last moment, Kim went on five missions without Ron:
    1. Saving Rufus from Monkey Fist, Duff Killigan, and Shego when they were trying to steal a microchip that Rufus accidentally ate[44].
    2. Keeping the super concentrated, self-replicating synthoplasma away from Drakken and Shego when riding a speed train[24].
    3. Getting back the teleportation module from Dr. Drakken while Ron was stalling the talent show crowd at their school[27].
    4. Stopping Motor Ed and Drakken from stealing a tool kit from the "Planet Tool" store[43].
    5. Destroying the planetary oxygen depleter to save the world's oxygen and air in Drakken's new lair[45].
  • Kim's second mission involved a little help from her mother during Mother's Day, and her fifth mission involved Shego helping and saving her, sort of.
  • Kim was seen in only six episodes without her mission clothes, not counting part two of "Graduation" and where she only wore her battlesuit in "Ill Suited":
    1. Sink or Swim
    2. Monkey Ninjas in Space
    3. Return to Wannaweep
    4. Rewriting History
    5. Chasing Rufus
    6. Cap'n Drakken
  • Kim was seen wearing her mission clothes in every single episode of season 3.
  • After "So the Drama", Kim was seen wearing her battlesuit in only three episodes of season 4:
    1. Ill Suited
    2. Mad Dogs and Aliens
    3. Larry's Birthday
  • Kim had dark lips entirely throughout seven episodes, in which that brief snow scene from "Odds Man In" and the cold open sequence of "October 31st" does not count, and all of them were only in season one:
    1. Bueno Nacho
    2. Tick-Tick-Tick
    3. Monkey Fist Strikes
    4. The New Ron
    5. Mind Games
    6. Number One
    7. Crush
  • Kim only used her battlesuit against Drakken, Shego, Professor Dementor, and Warmonga.
  • Kim fought only one villain without her mission clothes: Ron's camp rival, Gill.
  • After getting them in "Clothes Minded", Kim was seen wearing her new mission clothes throughout ten episodes for the rest of season 4.

Behind the Scenes

Voiced By

Kim is voiced by Christy Carlson Romano, who is best known for playing Ren Stevens in Disney Channel's Even Stevens, in all four seasons. While Dakota Fanning who was famous for playing Lucy Diamond Dawson in the 2001 American drama flim I Am Sam, provided the voice for preschool Kim which was only in the Part 2- Past episode of "A Sitch in Time".

Age

Kim's age has been debated by fans because nothing has been stated that she was any specific age other than 'high school' age, roughly 14 to 18 years of age. Specifically, Kim is a sophomore at the start of season 1 and a senior by the start of season 4. In the Season 2 episode "Car Trouble," Kim is stated as old enough to get a driver's license, which in most USA states is 16 years of age. However, one can usually take drivers ed classes at the age of 15. Kim also had mentioned that Ron had to take 12 years to kiss her in "Homecoming Upset" which indicates that she was 16 as of either "Emotion Sickness" or "So the Drama" depending upon which kiss she is referring to there, seeing as how she met Ron when they were only 4 years of age. As she was graduating from high school and considering college acceptance letters in the series finale "Graduation" would likely put her just shy of or recently turned 18. During the episode "Hidden Talent", Wade constructs a class ring with a mini Kimmunicator inside of it, the ring had an emerald in the setting, signaling that Kim's birth month could be May as traditional class rings in the United States are adorned with the intended wearer's birth stone.

Ron and Kim were first introduced to the freelance hero business when reclusive Upperton millionaire Mr. Paisley became trapped in his own vault. His associate, Mr. McHenry, attempted to contact Team Impossible, a group of heroes for hire, but accidentally added a K into the URL, and as a result contact Kim Possible instead. Based on the period in which Kim wore braces and that this event was approximately 2 years prior to the start of Season 1. In A Sitch in Time, during this period, showed Ron, Kim, Bonnie, Hope, and Tara as about 12 or 13 years old in appearance. Kim also was shown to have braces in her backflash in Hidden Talent, when she could not hit the high notes. Ron also referred to this time period as being a preteen, around the time of their first mission or getting Rufus, who he bought the day before their first mission.

Home State

The location of Kim's hometown of Middleton is often a point of debate, as there are two possibilities on where it can be located.

The first possibility indicates that it could be located in Colorado, as evidenced by the episode "The New Ron," in which Senor Senior Sr. states that he plans a missile strike on her "hometown", and the map shows Colorado as the target area. By which, one could transpose Middleton for the location of the actual city of Littleton.

The second possibility could be northern West Virginia, as evidenced in the episode "Downhill," when Kim asks Wade for alleged sightings of a snow beast that Ron and Barkin are looking for, the map shows an area in northern West Virginia as a target area.

Although Colorado is the more commonly accepted answer, there has been no confirmation as to the actual home state.

Episode Appearances

Season 1
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
101 6 Bueno Nacho
102 4 Tick-Tick-Tick
103 13 Monkey Fist Strikes
104 9 Attack of the Killer Bebes
105 3 The New Ron
106 8 Mind Games
107 10 Royal Pain
108 17 The Twin Factor
109 18 Animal Attraction
110 15 All the News
111 2 Sink or Swim
112 7 Number One
113 1 Crush
114 19 Monkey Ninjas in Space
115 21 Low Budget
116 5 Downhill
117 11 Coach Possible
118 12 Pain King vs. Cleopatra
119 16 Kimitation Nation
120 20 Ron the Man
121 14 October 31st
Season 2
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
201 25 The Ron Factor
202 44 Partners
203 23 Grudge Match
204 30 Virtu-Ron
205 24 Two to Tutor
206 22 Naked Genius
207a 27a Rufus in Show
207b 27b Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
208 48 Motor Ed
209 31 The Fearless Ferret
210 29 The Golden Years
211 28 Job Unfair
212 38 Queen Bebe
213 26 Car Trouble
214 41 Go Team Go
215 37 A Very Possible Christmas
216 47 Mother's Day
217a 33a Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles
217b 33b Day of the Snowmen
218 34 A Sitch in Time: Present
219 35 A Sitch in Time: Past
220 36 A Sitch in Time: Future
221 39 Hidden Talent
222 40 Return to Wannaweep
223 43 Blush
224 42 The Full Monkey
225 32 Exchange
226 45 Oh Boyz
227 50 Triple S
228 49 Ron Millionaire
229 56 Showdown at the Crooked D
230 51 Rewriting History
231a 46a Sick Day
231b 46b The Truth Hurts
Season 3
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
301 52 Steal Wheels
302 53 Emotion Sickness
303 54 Bonding
304 55 Bad Boy
305 63 So the Drama, Part 1
306 64 So the Drama, Part 2
307 65 So the Drama, Part 3
308 57 Dimension Twist
309a 58a Overdue
309b 58b Roachie
310 62 And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI
311 59 Rappin' Drakken
312 61 Gorilla Fist
313 60 Team Impossible
Season 4
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
401 66 Ill Suited
402 70 Car Alarm
403 68 Trading Faces
404 67 The Big Job
405 71 Mad Dogs and Aliens
406 75 Fashion Victim
407 72 Grande Size Me
408 73 Clothes Minded
409 69 The Cupid Effect
410 74 Big Bother
411 76 Odds Man In
412 79 Mathter and Fervent
413 77 Stop Team Go
414a 84a Chasing Rufus
414b 84b Nursery Crimes
415 78 Cap'n Drakken
416 80 The Mentor of Our Discontent
417 81 Oh No! Yono!
418 82 Clean Slate
419 83 Homecoming Upset
420 85 Larry's Birthday
421 86 Graduation, Part 1
422 87 Graduation, Part 2

Appearances in Other Media

  • Shows
    • Kim was a guest star on the Lilo & Stitch episode "Rufus". She was called by Pleakley after Stitch was captured by Dr. Drakken. She and Lilo weren't on friendly terms until they realized that they would have to work together to stop Dr. Drakken.
    • In the Fillmore! episode, "Codename: Electric Haircut", Kim Possible makes a cameo among the students in the lunchroom, along with fellow Disney character Ashley Spinelli from Recess.
    • Kim had a cameo appearance on the Phineas and Ferb Spot the Diff episode "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Error". She is shown fighting with Perry the Platypus and Heinz Doofenshmirtz in her Season 4 outfit. She is the only non-P&F character to be added to an episode. Given that Kim has only appeared in certain airings of the episode, it is likely that this was an edit.
  • Video Games
  • Disney Parks
    • Kim has appeared at Disney's Hollywood Studios park as walk around character on the Streets of America.
    • Kim stars in Epcot's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure interactive attraction. However, the World Showcase Adventure has since been removed and replaced by Phineas and Ferb's Agent P Adventures.

References

  1. a b c A Sitch in Time: Past
  2. a b c d e Queen Bebe
  3. a b c Number One
  4. Clothes Minded
  5. a b c d e So the Drama
  6. a b Graduation, Part 1
  7. Sink or Swim
  8. Go Team Go
  9. a b Coach Possible
  10. Downhill
  11. a b Animal Attraction
  12. a b Attack of the Killer Bebes
  13. Return to Wannaweep
  14. a b c d Bueno Nacho
  15. a b c d e f Crush
  16. So the Drama, Part 1
  17. Car Trouble
  18. Blush
  19. a b Exchange
  20. a b All the News
  21. The Ron Factor
  22. a b Big Bother
  23. The Golden Years
  24. a b Mother's Day
  25. a b c The Twin Factor
  26. Sick Day
  27. a b c Hidden Talent
  28. a b Monkey Ninjas in Space
  29. Mind Games
  30. Tick-Tick-Tick
  31. The New Ron
  32. Monkey Fist Strikes
  33. Trading Faces
  34. Larry's Birthday
  35. Odds Man In
  36. a b Gorilla Fist
  37. Ill Suited
  38. Graduation, Part 2
  39. Bonding
  40. Homecoming Upset
  41. Schlote, Elke. "Kim Possible. She can do anything": A conversation with Robert Schooley and Mark McCorkle. Televizion. 2008. Available at: http://www.br-online.de/jugend/izi/english/publication/televizion/21_2008_E/schooley_eng.pdf Accessed Jan 7, 2013.
  42. Kimitation Nation
  43. a b Steal Wheels
  44. Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
  45. Mad Dogs and Aliens

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