History Franchise / CarmenSandiego

17th Apr '17 11:57:10 AM ProfessorDetective
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Plans to make a live action movie starring the character by both Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media (both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez have been suggested to play the role) have been in DevelopmentHell since the late 1990's.

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Plans to make a live action live-action movie starring the character by both Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media (both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez have been suggested to play the role) have been in DevelopmentHell since the late 1990's.




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* An as-of-yet unnamed Creator/{{Netflix}} animated series with Gina Rodriguez cast as the woman herself.



** {{Hand Wave}}d in one of the re-releases of ''Where in the World...'' where you have to find the torch from the Statue of Liberty, even though you investigate San Francisco. The Chief mentions that it 'appeared seconds after the theft' in San Francisco. Oookay then...

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** {{Hand Wave}}d in one of the re-releases of ''Where in the World...'' where you have to find the torch from the Statue of Liberty, even though you investigate San Francisco. The Chief mentions that it 'appeared seconds after the theft' in San Francisco. Oookay Okay then...



** In "The Case of the Unsolved Crime", Carmen and henchman Sam O'Nella steal the Pantheon from Rome, Italy. However Carmen, punishing Sam for a past betrayal, ditches him immediately after the heist, leaving him with a thousand-ton stone monument of a white elephant. Sam unsuccessfully tries to sell the stone to be used in paper-weights before being caught.

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** In "The Case of the Unsolved Crime", Carmen and henchman Sam O'Nella steal the Pantheon from Rome, Italy. However Carmen, punishing Sam for a past betrayal, ditches him immediately after the heist, leaving him with a thousand-ton stone monument of a white elephant. Sam unsuccessfully tries to sell the stone to be used in paper-weights paperweights before being caught.



* PrettyInMink: Early boxart covers had Carmen wearing a dark-colored fur coat, with ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/where-in-the-usa-is-carmen-sandiego/cover-art/gameCoverId,565/ Where in the USA]]'' and ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/where-in-europe-is-carmen-sandiego/cover-art/gameCoverId,8607/ Where in Europe]]'' being the most prominent examples. Carmen had a red fur coat on the original cover of ''Where in Time'' as well.

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* PrettyInMink: Early boxart box art covers had Carmen wearing a dark-colored fur coat, with ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/where-in-the-usa-is-carmen-sandiego/cover-art/gameCoverId,565/ Where in the USA]]'' and ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/where-in-europe-is-carmen-sandiego/cover-art/gameCoverId,8607/ Where in Europe]]'' being the most prominent examples. Carmen had a red fur coat on the original cover of ''Where in Time'' as well.
13th Mar '17 4:49:34 PM DuskNoble
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-->'''Jane Reaction''': "Those red dots drive me crazy! ''[[LaughingMad (maniacal laughter)]]''" [[note]]As if you wasn't already, Jane...[[/note]]
* EvilLuddite: In ''[=ThinkQuick=] Challenge'', Snarla Swing's motive for stealing knowledge is her hatred of technology.

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-->'''Jane Reaction''': "Those red dots drive me crazy! ''[[LaughingMad (maniacal laughter)]]''" [[note]]As if you wasn't weren't already, Jane...[[/note]]
* EvilLuddite: *EvilLuddite: In ''[=ThinkQuick=] Challenge'', Snarla Swing's motive for stealing knowledge is her hatred of technology.
18th Jan '17 7:44:51 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The older games were made before the fall of Communism, making them pretty inaccurate now. ''Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe'' managed to be made in the narrow window after Germany had been reunited, but before the Soviet Union fell. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Treasures of Knowledge'' when Hawkins says he's [[Music/TheBeatles "back in the U.S.S.R."]], prompting Jules to correct him. Ironically, ''Treasures of Knowledge'' [[ArtisticLicenseGeography inaccurately portrays the Russian Federation with Soviet-era borders on the in-game map]]. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan would like a word with the Learning Company.

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** The older games were made before the fall of Communism, making them pretty inaccurate now. ''Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe'' managed to be made in the narrow window after Germany had been reunited, but before the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union Union]] fell. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Treasures of Knowledge'' when Hawkins says he's [[Music/TheBeatles "back in the U.S.S.R."]], prompting Jules to correct him. Ironically, ''Treasures of Knowledge'' [[ArtisticLicenseGeography inaccurately portrays the Russian Federation with Soviet-era borders on the in-game map]]. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan would like a word with the Learning Company.
17th Jan '17 9:04:04 AM Drgonzo
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The thievery of Carmen is second to none. She doesn't just steal jewels; she steals ''national monuments''. She's even been known to ''time travel'', just so she can find more stuff to steal.

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The thievery of Carmen is second to none. She doesn't just steal jewels; she steals ''national monuments''.monuments'', even ones that should be physically impossible to "steal." For example, she once stole the Grand Canyon. Since the Grand Canyon is basically a giant hole in the ground, we shall leave it to you to figure out how that works. She's even been known to ''time travel'', just so she can find more stuff to steal.
23rd Dec '16 3:53:17 PM ADrago
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* CollectionSidequest: Finding all 450 amulets in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''. Not necessary for HundredPercentCompletion, but on the SlidingScaleOfCollectibleTracking, it varies from "Could Be Anywhere" to LostForever, especially since once you moved to the next location there was no way to travel back to a previous location. Just to make things worse, the [=PS2=] version has one amulet DummiedOut for no apparent reason.

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* CollectionSidequest: Finding all 450 amulets in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''. Not necessary for HundredPercentCompletion, but on the SlidingScaleOfCollectibleTracking, it varies from "Could Be Anywhere" to LostForever, {{Permanently Missable|Content}}, especially since once you moved to the next location there was no way to travel back to a previous location. Just to make things worse, the [=PS2=] version has one amulet DummiedOut for no apparent reason.
14th Dec '16 2:17:36 PM Xtifr
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'''''Carmen Sandiego''''' is an EdutainmentGame series created by now-defunct Creator/BroderbundSoftware in 1985. The series became phenomenally successful in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], spawning no fewer than ''three'' television shows, two on Creator/{{PBS}} and one on Creator/{{Fox}}, then falling into obscurity shortly around the TurnOfTheMillennium before resurrecting around TheNewTens, starting on Website/{{Facebook}}. The series is now owned by The Learning Company. There probably have been plenty of games released, and Carmen just ''stole them all''.

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'''''Carmen Sandiego''''' ''Carmen Sandiego'' is an EdutainmentGame series created by now-defunct Creator/BroderbundSoftware in 1985. The series became phenomenally successful in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], spawning no fewer than ''three'' television shows, two on Creator/{{PBS}} and one on Creator/{{Fox}}, then falling into obscurity shortly around the TurnOfTheMillennium before resurrecting around TheNewTens, starting on Website/{{Facebook}}. The series is now owned by The Learning Company. There probably have been plenty of games released, and Carmen just ''stole them all''.
10th Dec '16 6:58:35 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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** Some versions combine this trope with the in game suffix "-Net." At default it's "Acme Crime-Net," but it could also be "Time-Net" and in the game show it was often used as ACME (fill in the blank) Net.

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** Some versions combine this trope with the in game suffix "-Net." At default it's "Acme Crime-Net," but it could also be "Time-Net" and in the game show it was often used as ACME (fill in the blank) Net.blank)-Net.



** Zack and Ivy, the two leads of ''Where on Earth'', eventually appeared in ''Junior Detective''.

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** Zack and Ivy, the two leads of ''Where on Earth'', eventually appeared in ''Junior Detective''. The AI Chief of that continuity and {{Guest Star|PartyMember}} TeamPet Stretch the Crime Dog appeared as well, the latter as an AscendedExtra.



* DaChief

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* DaChiefDaChief: There were a couple throughout the series, but perhaps the two most famous are Lynne Thigpen and the [[FunWithAcronyms Computerized Holographic Imaging Educational Facilitator]], both of which originated in the TV shows.



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: According to her backstory in the 80s version, Carmen ''was'' one of these, obstensibly for the small country of Monaco, but she decided she liked crime more than espionage.

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: According to her backstory in the 80s version, Carmen ''was'' one of these, obstensibly ostensibly for the small country of Monaco, but she decided she liked crime more than espionage. This was dropped after ''Where on Earth'' came up with the idea of Carmen being a former ACME agent instead.



* FriendlyEnemy: Carmen, especially in the ''Earth'' continuity. It would appear the only time she isn't is in the [[Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego game show version of "Where In Time"]]

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* FriendlyEnemy: Carmen, especially in Carmen runs the ''Earth'' continuity. It would appear the only time she isn't is gamut on this trope DependingOnTheWriter, varying from a borderline AntiHero in the [[Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego game show version of "Where In Time"]]''WesternAnimation/{{Where on Earth|IsCarmenSandiego}}'' to what amounts to a GenderInverted, mustache-lacking DastardlyWhiplash in ''Series/{{Where in Time|IsCarmenSandiego}}'', and everywhere in-between.



* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Chief of Acme Detective Agency is a mysterious, shadowy character in the early games. Later iterations had Chiefs like Lynne Thigpen, a posh British gentleman, and the Hologram Chief from ''Where on Earth''.

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Chief of Acme the ACME Detective Agency is a mysterious, shadowy character in the early games. Later iterations had Chiefs like Lynne Thigpen, a posh British gentleman, and the Hologram Chief from ''Where on Earth''.



** The Hope Diamond's shine.[[note]]Which would mean she completely chemically reconfigured it and left it there.[[/note]]

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** The Hope Diamond's shine.[[note]]Which would mean she completely chemically reconfigured it and left it there.[[/note]]



** ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' worked hard to make Carmen Sandiego's seemingly outrageous crimes semi-plausible in their execution. The pilot has her stealing the talent of famous athletes and musicians by using a prototype neural scanner to scramble their nervous systems while overlaying her own with an imprint of their abilities.

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** ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' worked hard to make Carmen Sandiego's seemingly outrageous crimes semi-plausible in their execution. The pilot One episode has her stealing the talent of famous athletes and musicians by using a prototype neural scanner to scramble their nervous systems while overlaying her own with an imprint of their abilities.



* MediumBlending: In some of the games, Lynne Thigpen of the PBS game shows plays the Chief in live-action footage. But everyone else is a cartoon character. Try to figure that one out. Also, in some of the older games, the characters are cartoons running around in still photographs.

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* MediumBlending: In some of the games, Lynne Thigpen of the PBS game shows plays the Chief in live-action footage. But footage, while everyone else is a cartoon character. Try to figure that one out. Also, in some of the older games, the characters are cartoons running around in still photographs.



** Countries.

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** Countries.Entire countries.



** The World Trade Center towers. Needless to say, that one's [[FunnyAneurysmMoment a whole lot less whimsical seeming now]].

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** The World Trade Center towers. Needless to say, that one's [[FunnyAneurysmMoment a whole lot less whimsical seeming whimsical-seeming now]].



* NoNameGiven: The chief of Acme Detective Agency is unnamed beyond the title of Chief.
** One series of Carmen Sandiego junior novels named the Chief Velma. She was made an aunt of one of the [[KidDetective Kid Detectives]] and seems to have been loosely based on Lynne Thigpen's portrayal on the game show.

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* NoNameGiven: The chief of Acme ACME Detective Agency is unnamed beyond the title of Chief.
** One series of Carmen Sandiego junior novels named the Chief Velma. She was made an aunt of one of the [[KidDetective Kid Detectives]] and seems to have been loosely based on Lynne Thigpen's portrayal on the game show.shows.



* PetTheDog: One episode of the Fox series establishes Carmen has a deep fondness for ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', her favorite book as a kid. Of course, in that episode she's after the Smithsonian's pair of Dorothy's slippers...
** Not to mention, the Fox series apparently states that Carmen doesn't want to ''hurt'' the ACME Detectives.

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* PetTheDog: One episode of the Fox series ''Earth'' cartoon establishes Carmen has a deep fondness for ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', her favorite book as a kid. Of course, in that episode she's after the Smithsonian's pair of Dorothy's slippers...
** Not to mention, the Fox series ''Where on Earth'' apparently states that Carmen doesn't want to ''hurt'' the ACME Detectives.



31st Oct '16 8:52:13 PM Wingnut
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* CheatedAngle: More often than not, Carmen is depicted with her hat covering one of her eyes.
23rd Oct '16 5:03:07 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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''Tell me, where in the world is... Carmen Sandiego?''
-->--'''Rockapella'''[='=]s theme to ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''

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''Tell me, where where, in the world is... world, is, Carmen Sandiego?''
-->--'''Rockapella'''[='=]s -->--'''Rockapella''''s theme to ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''



* EvilIsEasy: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Carmen made her FaceHeelTurn specifically because evil was ''harder'', and she wanted more of a challenge.



-->'''Jane Reaction''': "Those red dots drive me crazy! ''[[LaughingMad (maniacal laughter)]]''" [[note]] As if you wasn't already, Jane... [[/note]]

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-->'''Jane Reaction''': "Those red dots drive me crazy! ''[[LaughingMad (maniacal laughter)]]''" [[note]] As [[note]]As if you wasn't already, Jane... Jane...[[/note]]



** The entire Trans-Siberian Railway [[note]]The world's longest railway[[/note]]

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** The entire Trans-Siberian Railway [[note]]The Railway[[note]]The world's longest railway[[/note]]



** Carmen herself references this fact after you finally catch her in the deluxe CD-ROM version of ''Where in the World?'': "Stripes don't suit me. I won't be in them for long!"

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** Carmen herself references {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this fact after you finally catch her in the deluxe CD-ROM version of ''Where in the World?'': "Stripes World?'':
-->''"Stripes
don't suit me. I won't be in them for long!"long!"''



* MissingStepsPlan: 1. Steal huge national monuments/treasures/etc. 2. ??? (As far as is known, neither Carmen nor any V.I.L.E. henchman, once having stolen something, have tried to ransom it back or sell it to fences, etc.) 3. Profit (It's been assumed Carmen does this for the thrills, but what about the V.I.L.E. Henchmen? And how does V.I.L.E. stay in business?)



** The Moon, [[NoEndorHolocaust damage to the Earth be damned]]. Maybe she stole the damage too?

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** The Moon, [[NoEndorHolocaust damage to the Earth be damned]]. Maybe she stole the damage damage, too?



*** The opening credits have her stealing a Chinese stone lion, The Sphynx, and the Statue of Liberty in rapid succession.

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*** The opening credits have her stealing a Chinese stone lion, The Sphynx, Sphinx, and the Statue of Liberty in rapid succession.



** The names of some of the characters in the very first game are only "punny" in the sense that they refer to Brøderbund staffers (for example, Fast Eddie B is named after then-director of product development Edward Bernstein and Katherine Drib's name is an anagram of Brøderbund employee Katherine Bird)

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** The names of some of the characters in the very first game are only "punny" in the sense that they refer to Brøderbund staffers (for example, Fast Eddie B ([[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] [[Tropers/FastEddie our Fast Eddie]]) is named after then-director of product development Edward Bernstein and Katherine Drib's name is an anagram of Brøderbund employee Katherine Bird)Bird).[[invoked]]



* RecycledInSpace: ''Where in Space Is Carmen Sandiego'', naturally. Thankfully the game is a positive example of this trope because it was one of the best in the series.

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* RecycledInSpace: RecycledINSPACE: ''Where in Space Is Carmen Sandiego'', Sandiego?'', naturally. Thankfully the game is a positive example of this trope because it was one of the best in the series.



** While Carmen has yet to make an actual appearance, her characterization and described appearance from the various papers on the bulletin board and databases share similarities with how Carmen was portrayed on ''Where on Earth''. Even the logo for the Facebook game looks similar to the logo from ''Where on Earth''. WordOfGod has not confirmed this, though.

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** While Carmen has yet to make an actual appearance, her characterization and described appearance from the various papers on the bulletin board and databases share similarities with how Carmen was portrayed on ''Where on Earth''. Even the logo for the Facebook game looks similar to the logo from ''Where on Earth''. WordOfGod has not confirmed this, though.[[invoked]]



* StepThreeProfit: 1. Steal huge national monuments/treasures/etc. 2. ??? (As far as is known, neither Carmen nor any V.I.L.E. henchman, once having stolen something, have tried to ransom it back or sell it to fences, etc.) 3. Profit (It's been assumed Carmen does this for the thrills, but what about the V.I.L.E. Henchmen? And how does V.I.L.E. stay in business?)



* TimePolice: Whole point of ''Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?'' and ''Where in America's Past'' as well.

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* TimePolice: Whole The whole point of ''Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?'' and ''Where in America's Past'' as well.



* VictoryPose: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Carmen Sandiego's [=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.

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* VictoryPose: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Carmen Sandiego's [=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.
15th Oct '16 11:26:24 AM dsneybuf
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''Her itinerary's [[{{Pun}} loaded up with moving violations]]''\\

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''Her itinerary's [[{{Pun}} loaded up with moving violations]]''\\violations''\\
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