Character in name only Whiny, Attention-Seeking Flanderized Mary Sue
Media of origin:
Kim Possible (2019)
Kimberly "Kim" Ann Possible is the titular main protagonist of the 2019 live-action Kim Possible, based on the animated series of the same name. However, she was flanderized in the 2019 live-action film, but she redeemed herself in Chibi Tiny Tales.
Why She's Now Impossible
In a vein similar to that of the live-action versions of both Aang and Son Goku, she has been flanderized beyond recognition to the point that her live-action incarnation is almost nothing like her animated counterpart. She has gone from a badass spy, as well as a caring and loving friend, to an attention-seeking Mary Sue who gets jealous and holds a petty grudge at Athena for being more popular at school and a being better spy, which goes against her character in the show.
On that topic, she cares more about validation than actually saving the world.
For some reason, she is shown to be far weaker and less powerful than in the original cartoon, all for the sake of making Athena seem more powerful in comparison (see WSS #7).
Granted, in the TV series, Kim at times does gets jealous of her rivals like Bonnie Rockwaller, but not to the extent of holding grudges against her rivals or having her jealousy consume her to unhealthy degrees, and instead overcomes it in a mature way and quickly moves on to more important tasks like saving the world, unlike this live-action counterpart of hers.
She does so many unnecessary flips and backflips. Did she really need to do a backflip just to pick up paper off the ground?
Her sports profession has changed from cheerleading to soccer, which doesn’t make sense considering how many backflips she does, and that cheerleading is what gave Kim her acrobatic abilities, and not to mention that cheerleading is one of her most iconic and defining characteristics in the TV series.
Similar to the GO! version of the Teen Titans, she rarely fights crime and saves the world. Instead, she spends the majority of the film doing make-overs and dancing to Poppy Blu's music together with Athena before becoming jealous of her.
She breaks the fourth wall (which alone is out of place for a show like Kim Possible) and criticizes her iconic crop top and cargo pants outfit from the animated series while saying it’s too cartoony, despite being the original design from the source material.
Hypocrisy: Despite her claim that she wearing her iconic crop top and cargo pants outfit from the animated series regularly made it look cartoony, yet she still wears the same mission outfit (as pictured here) on a regular basis.
She seems to overuse the grappling gun, unlike the show where she would use a variety of gadgets, so much to the point that the grappling gun is the only gadget that she's ever got despite that it is revealed in her room that she does have variety of gadgets.
Like Don Bluth's version of Thumbelina, she is incredibly immature despite being a teenager as she cries more than once in the movie ever since Athena proved to be more popular than her, which not only gets really annoying after a while, yet it completely goes against her character in the show and makes her seem weaker, whiny and vulnerable in the worst possible way.
She is very unpunctual as she's often late for class for unknown reasons, even with the help of her grappling gun.
She is even treated like a punching bag by almost everyone in Middleton High School, which gets even worse when Athena becomes more popular than her.
She is shown to be deathly terrified of electric eels, unlike her animated counterpart, who is barely even afraid of them, as shown in "Rufus in Show" of the TV series.
The scene where she attempts to save Athena from getting abducted by both Dr. Drakken and Shego by attempting to flip-kick both villains using the aid of a mop, only to end up missing her step and falling onto the floor in a humiliating fashion, is incredibly laughable.
Sadie Stanley did a poor job portraying her, as she does not feel like Kim Possible. She feels more like a random girl who happens to have red hair and calls herself "Kim Possible".
On top of that, Sadie looks way too young for the role, as she made Kim Possible look more like a middle-school teenage girl than a high-school teenage girl.
The attempt of making Kim less perfect and more flawed and a more emotional approach to the character in live-action has potential as a decent protagonist and heroine in an attempt to make her character more relatable to it's target audience of children and pre-teens, but sadly it is executed poorly at the cost of severely dialing down most of her strengths and qualities in the process.
She does still save the world, despite rarely doing it and caring more about validation, as mentioned earlier.