I’m just gonna start out by saying I’m a huge fan of James Bonds movies. So when a show comes along that comically plays with nearly every spy trope, and does it well, while also subverting the traditional gender roles of said genre….. then I might be a fan of that show.
Kim Possible is that show. Our lead hero is a high school cheerleader who saves the world simply because she can. Her bumbling sidekick is a guy, but he grows to become a competent partner, both professionally and (SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) romantically. Yeah Ron’s character arc was important for me because I identified with Ron, who in the beginning was goofy and not really what I’d call “cool” but he grows into a badass……..only his own personal kind of badass, and that’s an important lesson I needed.
Heck even with our villains, the most dangerous and smartest one is also female, who shares basically a functioning dysfunctional relationship with the “main villain”. I think it’s a good sign when I enjoy Drakken and Shego, two characters you’re supposed to technically root against, just as much as I do out main heroes Kim and Ron.
I loved the heck out of this show back when it came on, and now I feel is a perfect time to apologize to it for something that happened way back when. In middle school I once made a reference to Kim Possible, and someone picked up on it and started to make fun of me for watching it, since the main starring character was a girl I guess I wasn’t supposed to watch it. So I made up some excuse about how I knew the show, and from then on I pretended I never watched it. Fast forward to years later I now see how shows like Kim Possible, with female characters filling out non-traditional main roles, are so important. This is true for both girls, and boys, and I’m glad this show was around at the time, and I hope more like it will continue to be made.