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Bonnie Rockwaller

Bonnie pouting outside the school gym.

Bonnie Rockwaller is a classmate to Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable, as well as being the archrival to the former (particularly when it comes to cheerleading).

Appearance[]

Bonnie's a brunette of average height with shoulder-length hair in a shag cut, blue-green eyes, a slender but curvy build, and may be around 105-lb. as stated by Kim when she and Bonnie were bonded together due to the effects of an invention by Professor Dementor. However, it could've just been an estimation on Kim's part.

Personality[]

While Bonnie's not necessarily "evil," she's definitely very mean and generally very antagonistic. She was usually  considered to be a very rude, snobby, self-absorbed girl with a dismissive, cold attitude, and a superiority complex, especially towards Kim, Ron Stoppable, and their friends, who she largely considered to be beneath her. She was driven by a near-constant need for recognition, and almost always demanded to be the center of attention, no matter what the situation was. Bonnie's self-obsession was such that she couldn't be bothered to care about the problems of others, even if they were far more important than her own desires.

She was also very aware of Middleton High's social "food chain," and desired more than anything else to climb to the top and stay there. As such, Bonnie devoted much of her time to following the latest trends, obtaining the hottest gossip, ensuring that she was consistently attached to a highly popular boyfriend, remaining on good terms with the most popular senior students, and putting down anyone she came across that she considered to be on the lower rungs of the social ladder.

Bonnie was long thought to be mean to people for little reason other than she could be mean to others. However, while she and Kim were literally joined at the hip for a brief time (due to an invention from Dr. Dementor that accidentally ended up in Ron's possession), Kim soon discovered that her rival has kind of a rough home life -- Bonnie's was revealed to have two older sisters named Connie and Lonnie who immediately prove themselves to basically be meaner versions of Bonnie and treat their younger sister very poorly. It was to the point of where Kim (upon witnessing the exchange between Bonnie and her sisters) seemed to feel sorry for Bonnie and, later on, admitted to her rival that she feels that she has a better of why Bonnie acts the way she does.

True to Bonnie's spoiled nature, she hated having to work hard and generally avoided it. She would, however, put this aside and devote a tremendous amount of energy into the things she was truly passionate about, such as cheerleading. Up until the episode Number One, Bonnie had wanted to replace Kim as their school cheerleading captain, as she always felt that she deserved the position more than Kim did. And she did gain the position at one point, albeit only briefly. And surprisingly, after putting a lot of effort into becoming the captain, Bonnie proved to be competent enough to lead their squad, despite not being any less mean and snobby---the only thing she couldn't handle was continuing to do the hard work she had done to gain the position.

In the episode, Number One, when Kim had her first mission against Duff Killigan, Bonnie noted how Kim had seemed distracted from her duties as the school cheerleading captain because of her crime-fighting lifestyle--Bonnie used it as a ploy to try and become the new cheerleading captain. In the end, Bonnie ended up succeeding, with the surprise of Kim throwing her support.
While Bonnie was obviously very excited about finally being the MHS-cheerleading captain, she figured that she was done with the hard work she had done to gain the position--Kim ends up explaining to Bonnie that, with being the captain of the squad, the hard work itself was really only just beginning (meaning that Bonnie was going to have to continue doing the hard work she had done to gain the position in the first place).
After hearing that, Bonnie started having obvious second thoughts about her new position, which didn't go unnoticed by Kim and Ron -- in fact, they both figured that Bonnie probably wouldn't be lasting that long as cheerleading captain (Ron figured that she'd only last for about a month while Kim figured two weeks at the most). By the time all the MHS-cheerleaders are seen together again, Kim's back to being the captain of the squad.

After her brief time as cheerleading captain, Bonnie was never as vocal about replacing Kim as the cheerleading captain, but she still expressed the desire to have the lead position in routines (as captain, Kim was the one who typically had the lead position).

Bonnie also wasn't above lying, cheating or manipulating people to get what she wanted, such as rigging her senior year Homecoming vote so she could be the Homecoming Queen, which would enhance her standing on the proverbial "food chain," if not take her to the top. However, despite all her obviously negative traits, Bonnie has been shown to have a nicer side to her personality, but it's rarely ever seen.

Biography/Backstory[]

While it's unknown how long Bonnie has actually known Kim, she knew her long enough prior to when Kim first tried out for cheerleading in middle school to have given her the nickname "Tin Teeth" (Kim had braces in middle school). Also, when Kim first tried out for cheerleading in middle school, Bonnie was one of the three judges and had disliked Kim even then, to the point of assigning her a routine that was supposedly impossible -- but when Kim flawlessly performed said routine, Bonnie allowed her to join the squad (albeit very reluctantly). This was notably one of the few times where Bonnie actually outranked Kim on the squad, as she also seemed to be in charge of the practices.

In the episode where Bonnie rigs the votes to become Homecoming Queen, it turns out that Bonnie has actually known Kim and Ron since they were in Kindergarten and Ron claims that, even as a little kid, Bonnie apparently wasn't the nicest person ever -- and she apparently amped up her level of disdain for them (or at least Ron) when they were in middle school, because during his brief time as a millionaire, Ron claims that Bonnie's been mean/abusive to him since at least middle school.

Bonnie was very much concerned about the proverbial "food chain" at their high school and angled to keep her position on it by saving seats at lunch for the even more popular senior, Amelia, and by dating Brick Flagg, the then-star quarterback of the Middleton High football team, as that was considered a status symbol. A tactic which apparently worked as Bonnie was one of the only lower-class students seen as able to sit at the senior lunch tables.

Nonetheless, Bonnie felt challenged by Kim's general popularity as well as her being the school cheerleading captain, the latter of which Bonnie coveted and managed to gain before eventually giving it back to Kim. Since then, Bonnie was never as vocal about replacing Kim as the captain. However she still angled to have the lead positions in routines, ever ready to step in whenever Kim might miss her mark in a layout, such as taking top of the pyramid at a cheer camp demonstration. Otherwise, Bonnie seems to consider it humiliating to be "second fiddle" to anyone for anything.

Abilities[]

Bonnie, like Kim and the rest of their fellow cheerleaders, is very athletic--although her athletic abilities are geared primarily towards gymnastics and dancing (she's been taking ballet for at least twelve years) with virtually no combat skills (she actually broke down crying at the prospect of an actual physical fight with Kim, knowing that Kim would obviously beat her). Bonnie's shown to be an excellent driver, having been the only one in her Driver's Education-class to have actually passed on the first try.

The common stereotype of popular kids being unintelligent is played with Bonnie's case. She's obviously not the smartest kid in school, especially compared to Kim (who's described as consistently getting straight-As and was arguably the smartest girl in school), but she's not stupid -- she's got average intelligence at best. It's clear that geography isn't her strong suit, because in the episode debuting her older sisters, Bonnie mistakenly called Cincinnati a country (it's a city in Ohio).

 Relationships[]

Family[]

Parents[]

Bonnie's dad is never seen or mentioned, but her mother was in the first season episode, Downhill, which was her only physical appearance in the entire series. Bonnie's mom was shown to enthusiastic and kind-hearted but was also a source of consternation and embarrassment for Bonnie. Mrs. Rockwaller is also seemingly unaware of her daughter's cold attitude towards others.

Siblings[]

Connie and Lonnie are Bonnie's only known siblings -- they're obviously much closer to each other than they are to Bonnie and appear to be close in age to each other (and also don't appear to be that much older than Bonnie). They enjoy being mean to their younger sister by insulting and looking down on her, claiming, "Connie got all the brains, Lonnie got all the looks, and Bonnie got the rest."

Connie and Lonnie were first alluded to in Hidden Talent, when Bonnie was signing up for the annual MHS-talent show, she claimed that her "older sibs" had won the competition multiple years in a row when they were students at the school -- based on that, it's possible that Connie, Lonnie and Bonnie have siblings outside of each other (such as having brothers or having more sisters). Although, given what we see of their relationship in Bonding, it's possible that Bonnie worded it that way to distance herself from Connie and Lonnie.

Given what we see of their mom in Downhill, it's possible that Connie, Lonnie and Bonnie inherited their bad attitudes from their dad -- or at least Connie and Lonnie might have, since Bonnie's not quite as vicious as they are.

Friends[]

Bonnie's one of the most popular girls at Middleton High School, and thus hangs out with lots of people, but at the same time, doesn't seem to have any particularly close friends outside of her fellow cheerleaders (her core posse appears to be Tara and Hope, who're usually at Bonnie's right and left shoulders, respectively) and, with the exception of her rival, Kim, Bonnie's shown to get along fairly well with her fellow cheerleaders. However, Bonnie doesn't seem to hang out with her fellow cheerleaders that much outside of anything related to school or their squad (or cheerleading in general for that matter).

Bonnie also once took a shine to Kim's younger identical twin brothers, Jim and Tim, most likely for their potential to embarrass their sister in public. However, the twins were just hanging out with Bonnie to bug Kim, and they actually didn't really seem to like her that much, as seen when they "repaired" her car but then remotely disassembled it when she blew off their contract.

There have been rare times where Kim and Bonnie appear to get along fairly well, showing that they could be friends despite their rivalry.

Love Interests[]

Brick Flagg[]

Brick was Bonnie's on-again/off-again boyfriend for most of the second and third seasons of the show until he after he graduated and went off to college. Although they did seem to enjoy dating, Bonnie really only seemed to like Brick because of his looks and social status, which could be said for Brick to Bonnie as well (but to a much lesser extent). After Team Possible learned that Bonnie and Brick had broken up (Brick being the one who dumped Bonnie), Ron called Brick at his college and tried convincing Brick to get back together with Bonnie, but Brick informed him that he had no intention of doing so. After they were done talking, Ron commented that college had actually made Brick way smarter and that he's totally moved on from anything related to high school.

Senor Senior, Jr.[]

Bonnie and Junior first met and started dating when she tagged along on a mission with Kim and Ron where Junior had seemingly kidnapped a world-renowned computer-technician. It was essentially love at first sight and they remain together for the rest of the series.

At the end of the series, when Bonnie was forced to go to summer school in order graduate from high school (due to being one credit short of the required amount), Junior cheered her up by telling that he'd be there with her in spirit (after admitting that his actual self would be lounging by his pool).

Rivals []

Kim Possible[]

Kim and Bonnie’s constant rivalry

Kim and Bonnie’s constant rivalry

The rivalry/conflict between Kim and Bonnie was immediately obvious to nearly everyone who saw them together. While it was unclear exactly what sparked the rivalry, signs pointed to Bonnie having been the instigator, and certainly the first to have been blatantly unpleasant. Kim once even asked, "What makes someone like that?" out of genuine frustration and confusion as to the source of Bonnie's attitude towards her. If nothing else, initially Bonnie didn't appear to want Kim on the squad at all, and definitely later resented that Kim was the captain instead of her. At other times, Bonnie seemed to want nothing more than to steal the spotlight from Kim, but in many others settled for merely making Kim's life a bit more unpleasant with a negative comment.

Bonnie had at least disliked Kim since middle school, but the feeling didn't seem mutual at the time. By high school, however, Bonnie and Kim clearly considered each other unfriendly rivals for the most part: they associated only for the sake of the cheerleading squad when necessary, and other than that generally avoided each other, unless one was attempting to provoke the other. There, as well, Bonnie was usually the first to throw out an insult.

Despite their noted dislike of each other, Kim and Bonnie are similar to each other in some way -- this includes having arguably equal talent/skills in cheerleading and their widespread popularity at their school (albeit for different reasons). Bonnie also had the distinction of being the only member of the cheer squad, other than Ron  and the twins, to accompany Kim on multiple missions, although she always did so unwillingly.

Ron Stoppable[]

Bonnie was rather cold to Ron. Most of the series, she referred to him as a "loser," even to his face. While Ron was a millionaire she kissed up to him and was part of his posse to reap the benefits of his freely-flowing new found wealth. However after it was gone, she returned to treating him coldly.

During her senior Homecoming, Bonnie rigged the election with the aid of fellow senior Ron Reiger to get herself voted as queen; leaving her to attach herself to Homecoming King, Ron, even kissing him to keep him from explaining what his true feelings were and with whom they lay. Realizing what she was doing and with whom, she broke down and admitted it was all due to being dumped by Brick, and that Ron was just the rebound guy. After she got together with Senor Senior, Jr., Bonnie went back to treating Ron the way she had before.

Trivia[]

  • In the past segment of A Sitch in Time, Bonnie was seen as one of three judges at the cheerleading tryouts when Kim first tried out for cheerleading in middle school.
    • That would indicate Bonnie's been a cheerleader longer than Kim, and if that's true, might be the reason why Bonnie initially felt she deserved to be the captain more than Kim, feeling she was more "experienced" when it came to cheerleading.
  • In the future segment of A Sitch in Time, Bonnie was shown to be a teacher at the Disciplinary Center, and one of her students was Brick Flagg.
  • Once Kim and Ron became an official couple in the final season, Bonnie openly expressed her disapproval of the relationship, with her reasoning behind it being that she feels it's "like a rule" for cheerleaders to date jocks (such as football players), especially since she and Kim were finally seniors at that point.
    • Though Ron does end up joining the MHS-football team as the new star running back, Kim was ultimately able to assure that she doesn't care that he wasn't a jock, but that she cares about him for who he is.
  • Bonnie may have inspired two non-Disney villainesses, Heather and Courtney, from the Total Drama-franchise. All three are "queen bees" who bully/antagonize the female lead, Kim (for Bonnie) and Gwen (for Heather and Courtney).
    • Though Courtney started off as a nice character and was friends with Gwen in the beginning, over the course of the TD-franchise, Courtney has become noticeably meaner, bossier and more competitive and eventually stops being friends with Gwen.
    • While calling her "nice" or a "hero" is definitely a stretch, Heather has become noticeably less mean and antagonistic over the course of the TD-franchise -- while still retaining her competitiveness and desire for winning, Heather's been shown to have some morality and has also become more willing to work with others, including Gwen
      • In the case of working with Gwen: while they're definitely not friends by any means, Heather outright claims in one episode that Gwen's one of the few people (if not the only person) that she can truly trust to make a deal with.

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