History WesternAnimation / DextersLaboratory

1st Aug '16 1:55:59 PM Willbyr
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* ShoutOut: All over the place, from the various [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within The Show]] to a giant mecha that needs [[Anime/{{Voltron}} five people]] [[VoltesV to control]].

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* ShoutOut: All over the place, from the various [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within The Show]] to a giant mecha that needs [[Anime/{{Voltron}} five people]] [[VoltesV [[Anime/VoltesV to control]].
31st Jul '16 10:15:12 AM nombretomado
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* ComicBookAdaptation: {{DC Comics}} put out 34 issues from 1999 to 2003. After that more stories were made for ''Creator/CartoonNetwork Block Party'' (2004-2009), also from DC. Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new series in 2014.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: {{DC Comics}} Creator/DCComics put out 34 issues from 1999 to 2003. After that more stories were made for ''Creator/CartoonNetwork Block Party'' (2004-2009), also from DC. Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new series in 2014.
19th Jul '16 8:56:45 PM TitoMosquito
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* MyLittlePhony: Pony Puff Princess is a reaccuring thing, unsuspringly [[AllGirlsLikePonies Dee Dee and her friends are fans]] and Dee Dee wanted to be a horse in one episode.

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* MyLittlePhony: Pony Puff Princess is a reaccuring reoccurring thing, unsuspringly [[AllGirlsLikePonies Dee Dee and her friends are fans]] and Dee Dee wanted to be a horse in one episode.
13th Jul '16 10:01:39 PM DaScarecrow
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* BumblingSidekick: Gets [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] in "Dyno-Might". Dexter is called on to repair Dynomutt after he has been damaged in a fight but decides that the goofy canine couldn't possibly be any help to Blue Falcon and decides to create an improved model for the hero. After said improved model goes on a KnightTemplar rampage over minor crimes and Dynomutt saves the day it becomes clear why this trope is a good thing:
** The hero genuinely likes their sidekick and the ''goofy'' behavior can keep the hero from taking things too seriously
** The sidekick is in the business of crimefighting so [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass bumbling or not they have to be capable of handling themselves]]
** The sidekick can offer viewpoints and tactics that the hero may not think of, as seen when Dynomutt defeats the rogue robot with unorthodox strategy where Blue Falcon and Dexter's conventional assault failed.


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* DenserAndWackier: The third and fourth season. While the first two seasons didn't shy away from levity the last two abandoned virtually all the action and sci-fi elements in favor of more sitcom formulas and plots that wouldn't be out of place in classic cartoons. The titular lab in particular went from an important set piece to a plot device to enable the more humorous antics.


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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: How Dexter solves the personal dilemma [[spoiler: of revealing his secret lab to his parents]] in "Last But Not Beast". Dee Dee implies it's not the first time he's done so in "Parrot Trap".
13th Jul '16 8:53:52 AM KingZeal
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* VisibleToBelievers: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the episode "The Koos is Loose". Dee Dee has an imaginary friend named Koosalagoopagoop. Dexter is able to interact with him as well, but is skeptical of his existence. When Dexter, after constant pestering by Koosy, demands that he disappears forever by thinking him away, Koosy complies. [[DownerEnding It is only then that Dexter realizes]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone that he likes Dee Dee's imaginary friend almost as much as she does.]] Later on, it's revealed that Koosy still exists, with Dee Dee actually travelling to ''his'' world (where it turns out that she's ''his'' imaginary friend) and Koosy later showing up as a construct of [[ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles']] imagination.
29th Jun '16 2:08:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* CrossOver: Dexter, Justice Friends and Monkey with each other, but also one episode with ''DynomuttDogWonder''.

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* CrossOver: Dexter, Justice Friends and Monkey with each other, but also one episode with ''DynomuttDogWonder''.''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder''.



** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might", Dexter becomes convinced that Dynomutt is too much of a [[IdiotHero goofy idiot sidekick]] to be any help to Blue Falcon, so he decides to design a new "Dynomutt X-90" to replace him. Unfortunately, Dynomutt X-90 believes that AllCrimesAreEqual and [[KnightTemplar uses lethal force]] to deal with even minor crimes such as littering and jaywalking, forcing Dexter to team up with Blue Falcon and the real Dynomutt to take him down.

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** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might", Dexter becomes convinced that Dynomutt is too much of a [[IdiotHero goofy idiot sidekick]] to be any help to Blue Falcon, so he decides to design a new "Dynomutt X-90" to replace him. Unfortunately, Dynomutt X-90 believes that AllCrimesAreEqual and [[KnightTemplar uses lethal force]] to deal with even minor crimes such as littering and jaywalking, forcing Dexter to team up with Blue Falcon and the real Dynomutt to take him down.



* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Dexter travels back in time to the discovery of fire in one episode. The caveman he meets and brings back is drawn in the semi-realistic style that some Hanna-Barbara cartoons used to use. (Think ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' or ''TheHerculoids'', not ''TheFlintstones'') Another episode guest-stars [[DynomuttDogWonder Dynomutt]] and the Blue Falcon, but their character designs actually fit in pretty well with everyone else.

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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Dexter travels back in time to the discovery of fire in one episode. The caveman he meets and brings back is drawn in the semi-realistic style that some Hanna-Barbara cartoons used to use. (Think ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' or ''TheHerculoids'', ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'', not ''TheFlintstones'') ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'') Another episode guest-stars [[DynomuttDogWonder [[WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder Dynomutt]] and the Blue Falcon, but their character designs actually fit in pretty well with everyone else.



** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might," the original Dynomutt confronts the [[GoneHorriblyRight out-of-control]] Dynomutt X-90 Dexter created to replace him, but X-90 dismisses him, declaring that the "Dynomutt prototype" is no threat. Dynomutt quickly proves him wrong.

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** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might," the original Dynomutt confronts the [[GoneHorriblyRight out-of-control]] Dynomutt X-90 Dexter created to replace him, but X-90 dismisses him, declaring that the "Dynomutt prototype" is no threat. Dynomutt quickly proves him wrong.
23rd Jun '16 5:49:37 PM Monolaf317
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* {{Retcon}}: So many of the backstories and continuity of the characters were changed when she show was renewed, including how Dexter's parents met, and even changing Mandark's history (and how he and Dexter met) entirely. Fans usually treat these episodes as a different show entirely.



* {{Retcon}}: So many of the backstories and continuity of the characters were changed when she show was renewed, including how Dexter's parents met, and even changing Mandark's history (and how he and Dexter met) entirely. Fans usually treat these episodes as a different show entirely.
23rd Jun '16 5:48:37 PM Monolaf317
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* RewindGag: The episode "sdrawkcaB" has Dexter inventing a belt that makes its wearer go forward and backwards by pulling a lever that controls the time. Dee Dee ends up using it on Dexter, but he gets back at her at the end by having her wear the belt while she fell up and down from a high place.
-->'''Dexter's Dad''': Dexter, what have I told you about running up and down the stairs?! SLOW DOWN, YOU'RE GONNA HURT SOME-''(Dexter trips him and he falls down the stairs.)''
19th Jun '16 8:46:13 AM Korodzik
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* TheCameo: [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]] make a brief appearance in "Beard to be Feared". There are also the scenes in "Dad is Disturbed" which feature [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Betty and Barney Rubble]], who are apparently friends of Mom and Dad.
17th Jun '16 10:55:41 AM NausicaaoftheSpirits
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* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Both Dexter and Koosie get this in spades during the battle with Hookocho.
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