History Franchise / CarmenSandiego

18th Nov '17 2:05:36 AM Matchstick
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Carmen Sandiego is an international thief, and it's down to the Interpol-esque ACME Detective Agency to stop her plans. Fortunately, she plays CriminalMindGames with her pursuers to provide the obligatory AlphabetSoupCans. But don't worry; she's a FriendlyEnemy at least [[DependingOnTheWriter some of the time]].

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Carmen Sandiego is an international thief, and it's down to the Interpol-esque ACME Detective Agency to stop her plans. Fortunately, she plays CriminalMindGames with her pursuers to provide the obligatory AlphabetSoupCans. But don't worry; she's a FriendlyEnemy at FriendlyEnemy--at least [[DependingOnTheWriter some of the time]].












!!The ''Carmen Sandiego'' franchise provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!The ''Carmen Sandiego'' franchise provides contains examples of the following tropes:
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** Most likely an unintentional example, but Ivan Idea from the v3.0 games/''Great Chase'', Ben from the junior novels, Shadow Hawkins from ''Treasures of Knowledge'', and Adam Shadow from the DS game share similar traits with Zack from ''Where on Earth'' (blonde-haired male detectives who happen to be tech-savvy). However, Adam borders on being not just an expy but also a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - not only does [[http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9550/wallpapercarmen1.jpg his default outfit]] looks near identical to [[http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4162/zackconceptart.jpg Zack's outfit]], considering the DS game is set in the same continuity as ''Treasures of Knowledge'', Shadow is nowhere to be seen.

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** Most likely an unintentional example, but Ivan Idea from the v3.0 games/''Great Chase'', Ben from the junior novels, Shadow Hawkins from ''Treasures of Knowledge'', and Adam Shadow from the DS game share similar traits with Zack from ''Where on Earth'' (blonde-haired male detectives who happen to be tech-savvy). However, Adam borders on being not just an expy but also a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - not SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute--not only does [[http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9550/wallpapercarmen1.jpg his default outfit]] looks near identical to [[http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4162/zackconceptart.jpg Zack's outfit]], considering the DS game is set in the same continuity as ''Treasures of Knowledge'', Shadow is nowhere to be seen.



*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjRw6XZhgf8 Gets taken to a ludicrous degree]] in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums'' where Cole figures out Carmen's fled to France just because she spoke French - [[FridgeLogic never mind the fact French is the official language of at least 29 countries]].

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*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjRw6XZhgf8 Gets taken to a ludicrous degree]] in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums'' where Cole figures out Carmen's fled to France just because she spoke French - [[FridgeLogic French--[[FridgeLogic never mind the fact French is the official language of at least 29 countries]].



* RespawningEnemies: The elemental spirits in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''. Averted with Carmen's robots -- any robots Cole has destroyed will remain destroyed, even if you saved, quit, and reload the game again.
* {{Retcon}}: Lots of 'em. Most notably, Carmen's original BackStory had her being a former spy for the Intelligence Service of Monaco -- don't expect that to show up in any game made after Czechoslovakia split up.

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* RespawningEnemies: The elemental spirits in ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''. Averted with Carmen's robots -- any robots--any robots Cole has destroyed will remain destroyed, even if you saved, quit, and reload the game again.
* {{Retcon}}: Lots of 'em. Most notably, Carmen's original BackStory had her being a former spy for the Intelligence Service of Monaco -- don't Monaco--don't expect that to show up in any game made after Czechoslovakia split up.


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25th Oct '17 9:42:06 AM xcountryguy
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* AllThereInTheManual: In a rather strange variation, some of the background information for the Acme detectives introduced in ''Treasures of Knowledge'' appears in the manual for ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual:
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In a rather strange variation, some of the background information for the Acme detectives introduced in ''Treasures of Knowledge'' appears in the manual for ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''.



* AlphabetSoupCans: Newer games are generally worse offenders here than the earlier ones.
** Justifiable in the sense that you are trying to find a culprit, so are gathering evidence to suggest where they went. Some clues make sense, such as they describe where the suspect is going, but other times it seems rather contrived, such as naming the country where something was invented or finding the birthplace of a celebrity.
** ''Word Detective'' and ''Math Detective'', which teach language arts and mathematics respectively, play it completely straight.

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* %%* AlphabetSoupCans: Newer games are generally worse offenders here than the earlier ones.
** %%** Justifiable in the sense that you are trying to find a culprit, so are gathering evidence to suggest where they went. Some clues make sense, such as they describe where the suspect is going, but other times it seems rather contrived, such as naming the country where something was invented or finding the birthplace of a celebrity.
** %%** ''Word Detective'' and ''Math Detective'', which teach language arts and mathematics respectively, play it completely straight.



* CopyProtection: Horrible, horrible copy protection. Arguably some of the most frustrating of all time. You can play all you want, but to get promoted and even have a chance to capture Carmen, you have to enter certain words from certain pages of the included travel guides every few cases. Sound easy enough? Then remember that these games were incredibly common in schools...where the manuals would often get ''lost.'' And even the teachers couldn't exactly summon new copies of a travel guide (now often several years, if not a decade out of date) at will...

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* CopyProtection: CopyProtection:
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Horrible, horrible copy protection. Arguably some of the most frustrating of all time. You can play all you want, but to get promoted and even have a chance to capture Carmen, you have to enter certain words from certain pages of the included travel guides every few cases. Sound easy enough? Then remember that these games were incredibly common in schools...where the manuals would often get ''lost.'' And even the teachers couldn't exactly summon new copies of a travel guide (now often several years, if not a decade out of date) at will...



*** Ironically enough, the later CD games had no protection at all.

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*** %%*** Ironically enough, the later CD games had no protection at all.



* CriminalMindGames

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* %%* CriminalMindGames



* DifficultyLevels: In ''Word Detective'', ''Math Detective'' and ''[=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.

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* %%* DifficultyLevels: In ''Word Detective'', ''Math Detective'' and ''[=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.



* EpisodicGame: ''Adventures in Math'' on UsefulNotes/WiiWare.
* EqualOpportunityEvil

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* %%* EpisodicGame: ''Adventures in Math'' on UsefulNotes/WiiWare.
* EqualOpportunityEvilEqualOpportunityEvil: V.I.L.E. has about an equal number of men and women criminals.



* {{Feelies}}: The oldest games in the series from the 1980s and very early '90s.
* FetchQuest: ''Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time'', ''Word Detective'', ''Math Detective'' and ''Treasures of Knowledge''

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* %%* {{Feelies}}: The oldest games in the series from the 1980s and very early '90s.
* %%* FetchQuest: ''Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time'', ''Word Detective'', ''Math Detective'' and ''Treasures of Knowledge''



* FunWithAcronyms: V.I.L.E.

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* FunWithAcronyms: V.I.L.E. is pretty appropriate for a criminal organization.



* GentlemanThief: Carmen is a female version.

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* GentlemanThief: Carmen is a female version.version considering she is generally cordial with her pursuers and doesn't cause harm other than stealing.



* {{Mooks}}: Carmen has quite a few of these.

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* {{Mooks}}: Carmen has quite a few of these.Many street level thugs can be detected to show you are on the right trail!



** 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 shows.
** The Chief in the DS game was named Margaret O'Hara.

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** One series of Carmen Sandiego junior novels named the Chief Velma."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 shows.
** %%** The Chief in the DS game was named Margaret O'Hara.



* PetTheDog: One episode of the ''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...

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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One episode of the ''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...



* RewardingVandalism: In ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''.

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* %%* RewardingVandalism: In ''Secret of the Stolen Drums''.



* RoguesGallery: V.I.L.E. in the PBS shows.
* SavingTheWorld

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* RoguesGallery: V.I.L.E. in the PBS shows.shows has several recurring villains.
* %%* SavingTheWorld



* UpdatedRerelease
* VictoryPose: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Carmen Sandiego's [=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.
* VideoGameRemake

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* %%* UpdatedRerelease
* %%* VictoryPose: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Carmen Sandiego's [=ThinkQuick=] Challenge''.
* %%* VideoGameRemake



* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: A TimeTravel focused ''Carmen Sandiego'' game had these.
* WorldOfPun: Oh, is it ever.

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* %%* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: A TimeTravel focused ''Carmen Sandiego'' game had these.
* WorldOfPun: Oh, is it ever. Not least of which are all of the villain names.



* YouALLLookFamiliar: The bystanders in the 1996 versions of ''Where in the World...'' and ''Where in the USA...''

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* YouALLLookFamiliar: The bystanders in the 1996 versions of ''Where in the World...'' and ''Where in the USA...'''' are all played by the same actors.
28th Sep '17 9:29:04 PM ectostar
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* EyeObscuringHat: One consistent design element of Carmen's is that she always has at least one eye hidden by her hat.



* PeekABangs: One consistent design element of Carmen's is that she always has at least one eye hidden by her hat.

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* PeekABangs: One consistent design element of Carmen's is that she always has at least one eye hidden by In ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', when she's not wearing her hat.[[NiceHat signature fedora]].
25th Aug '17 6:16:53 PM nombretomado
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the 1996 version of ''World'', there are "good guides" who will give you a tour of your current locale. The tour of Moscow has Dee Plomassy singing the praises of the dawning era of democracy in Russia. In retrospect, her optimism about TheNewRussia seems just a bit premature.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the 1996 version of ''World'', there are "good guides" who will give you a tour of your current locale. The tour of Moscow has Dee Plomassy singing the praises of the dawning era of democracy in Russia. In retrospect, her optimism about TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia seems just a bit premature.
11th Aug '17 12:08:31 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* An as-of-yet unnamed Creator/{{Netflix}} animated series with Gina Rodriguez cast as the woman herself.

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* An as-of-yet unnamed Creator/{{Netflix}} animated series with Gina Rodriguez cast as the woman herself.
herself, set to premiere in 2019.
6th Aug '17 10:52:22 PM DragonRanger
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* DependingOnTheArtist: Carmen always has the red coat and hat, but beyond that how she looks in any given depiction can vary quite a bit. What is she wearing under that coat, and how much do we see of it? (The ''Where on Earth?'' cartoon, for example, kept the coat closed but showed a yellow scarf or collar around Carmen's neck, while later PC games had the coat open and Carmen had a black bodysuit.) Is her hair brown or black, straight or wavy?

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* DependingOnTheArtist: Carmen always has the red coat and hat, but beyond that how she looks in any given depiction can vary quite a bit. What ''else'' is she wearing under that coat, wearing, and how much do we see of it? it is visible under the coat? (The ''Where on Earth?'' cartoon, for example, kept the coat closed but showed a yellow scarf or collar around Carmen's neck, while later PC mid-90s games had the coat open enough to see a yellow dress, and Carmen later games had the coat completely open and over a black bodysuit.bodysuit. The 1996 game notably added a pearl necklace, which was critical to identify her among a crowd of imposters.) Is her hair brown or black, straight or wavy?
31st Jul '17 7:49:40 PM CrazyLegs2
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* ItsRainingMen: In ''Where in the USA'', the intro animation shows a bunch of Carmen's mooks parachuting down to San Francisco--and one of them [[FunnyBackgroundEvent getting his parachute caught on the spire of the Transamerica Pyramid]].
19th Jul '17 10:47:16 AM DragonRanger
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* DependingOnTheArtist: Carmen always has the red coat and hat, but beyond that how she looks in any given depiction can vary quite a bit. What is she wearing under that coat, and how much do we see of it? (The ''Where on Earth?'' cartoon, for example, kept the coat closed but showed a yellow scarf or collar around Carmen's neck, while later PC games had the coat open and Carmen had a black bodysuit.) Is her hair brown or black, straight or wavy?



* PeekABangs: One consistent design element of Carmen's is that she always has at least one eye hidden by her hat.



* RevengeOfTheSequel: ''Carmen Sandiego Returns''



** In the first pilot episode for the ''Where in the World'' game show, Patty Larceny steals a prize-winning dog from East Africa Kennel Club Dog Show, then writes a ransom letter politely demanding 100 million lire for its return.

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** %%** In the first pilot episode for the ''Where in the World'' game show, Patty Larceny steals a prize-winning dog from East Africa Kennel Club Dog Show, then writes a ransom letter politely demanding 100 million lire for its return.
26th Jun '17 7:17:55 PM nombretomado
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** At least with ''World'', the reference was an Almanac; most of the information in one of those can now be found on [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]]. ''Europe'' used an atlas and asked questions about what color country X on page Y was. ''[=USA=]'' what the last word on page Y of the Fodor's travel guide was. Have fun guessing!

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** At least with ''World'', the reference was an Almanac; most of the information in one of those can now be found on [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]].{{Wiki/Wikipedia}}. ''Europe'' used an atlas and asked questions about what color country X on page Y was. ''[=USA=]'' what the last word on page Y of the Fodor's travel guide was. Have fun guessing!
3rd Jun '17 3:16:55 PM nombretomado
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Given a massive DarkerAndEdgier {{homage}} [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1747610 here]]. It was playable [[http://www.facebook.com/carmensandiego on Facebook]] (but no longer) and received a WiiWare episodic game. A reboot called ''Carmen Sandiego Returns'' was released in 2015.

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Given a massive DarkerAndEdgier {{homage}} [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1747610 here]]. It was playable [[http://www.facebook.com/carmensandiego on Facebook]] (but no longer) and received a WiiWare UsefulNotes/WiiWare episodic game. A reboot called ''Carmen Sandiego Returns'' was released in 2015.



* EpisodicGame: ''Adventures in Math'' on WiiWare.

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* EpisodicGame: ''Adventures in Math'' on WiiWare.UsefulNotes/WiiWare.
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