* CounterpartComparison: It shares several similarities with ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. A redheaded teenage ActionGirl and her more bumbling blond, male sidekick try to capture an older dark haired woman who was once on the heroic side.
* CrossoverShip:
** Pairings of Carmen and Waldo from ''Literature/WheresWaldo'' are very common among their fandoms.
** Pairing Carmen with Valerie Frizzle from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' isn't unknown.
%%**Likewise with the ''Manga/LupinIII'' fandom.
* FandomSpecificPlot: Carmen dressing up as a "family friend" to get Zack out of situations his young age makes him more vulnerable to than Ivy, such as bullies at a training camp or the DepartmentOfChildDisservices taking him away because his job at ACME is too dangerous, pops up more than you might think.
* FridgeBrilliance: When Lee Jordan is introduced, he is shown piloting a red plane. Red is normally heroic, but who is most commonly associated with the color red in this series? And who does he join sides with (and eventually backstab)?
* FoeYayShipping: Pairing Carmen with either Ivy or Zack isn't uncommon. It helps that Carmen is rather popular. It helps that Carmen isn't too malicious besides her thievery.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Anytime the Chief lists three things and then says "Oh my!" becomes this when we learn the Wizard of Oz was Carmen's favorite series. Just think about it a little.
* EarWorm: If you can find another show featuring an epic sweeping adventure score merged with a jazzy gospel-esque choir set to a slightly altered piece by Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart as its opening theme, bring it.
* EvilIsSexy: Well, this IS Carmen Sandiego we're talking about.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Try as they might, Zack and Ivy will never be able to catch Carmen.
* FanonDiscontinuity: In most fan-fiction, the Player and anything referring to the show's universe as a PC game are largely ignored.
* GeniusBonus: Some of the things Carmen tells the Player are either elaborations or paraphrases of quotes from fairly obscure philosophers.
* GuiltyPleasure: When DVD Verdict reviewed the first season, the author wrote, "I'm guessing young kids will dig this, and older kids will find it a guilty pleasure..." This later became a blurb for the case of the complete series DVD.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In episode 1, The Chief calls Zack "The Boy Wonder". Fast forward a couple of years, and along comes another series Creator/ScottMenville stars in; a little project called WesternAnimation/TeenTitans...
** The show shares several traits with ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* MagnificentBastard: Maelstrom, and Carmen herself of course.
* MemeticBadass: Carmen is known for being both incredibly cool and incredibly skilled. She's the world's greatest thief after all.
* TechnologyMarchesOn and/or MagicFloppyDisk: The Acme Detective Agency's entire database, Chief AI and all, can supposedly fit on a single standard CD. Granted, it was one of Carmen's own pieces of tech that pulled it off but still, she effectively stole Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} and put it on a ''CD''.
* WhatAnIdiot: At the end of The Tigress, Ivy reveals the whole thing was a set up to make Carmen jealous and cause her to let down her guard, so they can catch her. When they do, Zack explains how he made super powered rocket boots enabling Ivy to fly. RIGHT IN FRONT OF CARMEN WHO WAS HANDCUFFED NEXT TO HIM, enabling her to take the boots and fly right out of the police van! Did he suddenly forget who he was talking to?! Although perhaps this was the result of [[JustifiedTrope his hormones doing horrible things to his brain]].
** Mason Dixon's whole plan is to change history so that the Confederacy wins the Civil War and remains its own independent nation. As is pointed out in-episode, this will cause ''devastating'' changes to multiple other aspects of history that Dixon just isn't thinking ahead about.