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->''I'm stuck with myself again''
->''My clone is my new best friend''
->''Carl Squared''
-->-- The show's ExpositoryThemeTune

Ever wondered how life would be if you had a clone of yourself? Why not ask this Canadian cartoon for examples?

Carl Crashman is a lazy 14-year-old who is good at only one thing: slacking. One day, he had a rough day and he was tired of doing things he hated all the time. While blogging on the Internet, he complained about his life. Hearing his request for a clone, an online cloning company sent Carl an exact clone of himself in a box. Carl named him Carl Squared or simply C2. Even if C2 looked like him, talked like him, and walked like him, C2 was more ambitious, hard working and charming, much to Carl's advantage. Since C2 arrived, Carl has been relaxing a lot more. However, C2 really always does something opposite to what Carl wants. Carl decided to keep C2 a secret from everyone else, except his best friend, Jamie James.

The series originally lasted for three seasons (2005–07). A fourth season was added in 2010–11 for a total of 65 episodes.
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!!The show provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Lorna constantly hits on Carl. C2, however, doesn't mind Lorna at all.
* AchillesPowerCord: One episode has the protagonists being chased by a doctor wielding a power drill. He chases them across the street and the power cord reaches its limit and pulls the plug out of the outlet. The doctor laments about not spending a few extra bucks to purchase the cordless version of the drill.
* AlliterativeName: Carl and Chloe Crashman. Also, Jamie James.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Cousin Brittney is a better goth than Chloe. Chloe has to fight very hard not to give her the satisfaction.
* AlternateTimeline: C2 drops an olive into a time machine and changes the timeline into a BizarroUniverse. [[spoiler:It turns out to be AllJustADream.]]
* AnonymousBenefactor: After Carl's garage burns down, the two hobos manage to replace it overnight. [[spoiler: Turns out he was a famous jazz musician who decided to ride the rails and do anonymous good deeds as he goes.]]
* BadJobWorseUniform: Buccaneer Burger and its pirate-themed uniforms.
* BlackBestFriend: Jamie James is Carl's best friend. He talks gangster most of the time, such as, "What up with your fine self?".
* BurgerFool: Buccaneer Burger, the pirate-themed burger restaurant.
* CloningBlues: C2 contains 5% DNA from Carl's dog Rex.
* TheDitz: Both Carls fit this to a degree.
* DitzyGenius: C2 enjoys studying, but is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} pretty naive]].
* DraggedIntoDrag: C2 in his Carlotta disguise.
* EggSitting: Done with sophisticated robot babies, including a microchip that records how well the students do at "parenting". Carl accidentally decapitates his.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExtremelyOverdueLibraryBook: In "Carl's Techno-Jinx", Carl is banned from the library (by a Scary Librarian) for a massively overdue book about puberty.
* GeniusDitz: Carl is BookDumb but street smart.
* {{Goth}}: Chloe embraces the style and attitute. Her boyfriend also dresses in goth style, but is more of a PerkyGoth.
* GranolaGirl: Skye is always trying to save the planet or fight for women's rights. Carl usually views things the other way, but would agree to help Skye merely to get close to her.
* GroupieBrigade: Carl (and C2) acquire one after Carl appears on a TV talent show in "Spotlight on Carl".
* GrowlingGut: C2 gets a nasty case of this when he eats his [[LethalChef machine-made bread loaf]] in "Take Your Clone To Work Day".
* IveGotAnXAndImNotAfraidToUseIt: A security guard trying to get Carl and Jamie to stop playing a video game demo at an electronics store.
* JarPotty: Used as a BrickJoke in one episode. C2 starts off in the luggage, begging for use of a washroom. Carl gives him a cup to use, since he couldn't confess to his family that he had a clone just yet. Near the end of the episode, Carl is the one who ends up in the suitcase, and drinks "some nasty soda C2 left".
* LimitedWardrobe: Kind of important, or Carl and his clone would have been outed much sooner. The first season has different outfits from the later ones, though.
* PerkyGoth: Chloe's boyfriend, Damien. One of the few male examples of this trope.
* PerpetualSmiler: C2 is constantly in a state of goofy happiness.
* PunnyName: Skye Blue (get it?)
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: In "Clone Scene Investigation", Carl claims that C2 is his identical cousin.
* RepetitiveName: Jamie James. No ever comments on this as being odd.
* SadistTeacher: Mr Agar. Carl’s homeroom teacher. He detests Carl and always tries to look for a reason to get him into trouble. Whenever Carl doesn’t fail on a test or he successfully passes an assignment, Mr. Agar always accuses Carl of cheating. He also had Carl’s sister, Chloe, as a student (which might be a possible explanation as to why he dislikes Carl). He expressed (various times) his irritation and dislike of the Crashman bloodline.
* ScaryLibrarian: Miss Dickens from the episode "Carl's Techno-Jinx". She crash tackles and handcuffs offenders, she puts Carl's library card through a blender and drinks it, and C2 is convinced that she put a curse on him.
* ShoutOut: In "Clone Scene Investigation," Lorna catches Carl and C2 together. To make certain the secret doesn't get out, Carl says he has an identical cousin. Lorna replies that it seems a little too [[Series/ThePattyDukeShow 60's sitcom-ish]].
* SiblingYinYang: Carl and Chloe. Carl is "the poster boy for slackers everywhere". Chloe is an angry goth who hates anything sweet.
* TheSlacker: Carl, in contrast to his clone C2.
* SloganYellingMegaphoneGuy: Skye is helping Carl protest about... something and a megaphone is used.
* SoapboxSadie: Skye is Carl’s vegetarian girlfriend who has a dream to save nature itself. She always makes fundraisers for stray animals and tries to raise awareness of nature, which Carl is not interested in. She is also an expert of protesting.
* StalkerWithACrush: Lorna often spies on Carl. She comes very close to learning about the clone secret several times because of this.
* TheTalk: Carl's parents decide to give him the talk at the end of "Carl's Techno-Jinx", complete with helpful educational video.
* ToiletHumor: In "Take Your Clone To Work Day", C2 turns into a LethalChef when making a bread loaf, eats the entire said bread loaf, and ends up having to run to the bathroom.
* WhichMe:
-->"When face to face, I met myself at the door."
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