* CrossoverShip: Pairings of Carmen and Waldo from WheresWaldo are very common among their fandoms.
* EarWorm: If you can find another show featuring an epic sweeping adventure score merged with a jazzy gospel-esque choir as its opening theme, bring it.
** A jazzy, gospel-esque choir set to a slightly altered piece by {{Mozart}}.
* EvilIsSexy: Well, this IS Carmen Sandiego we're talking about.
* 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...
* MagnificentBastard: Maelstrom, and Carmen herself of course.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Is this where Disney got their inspiration for [[KimPossible an action series]] about a FieryRedhead ActionGirl whose blond male sidekick and a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection help her pursue a hot former crimefighter with long black hair who turned to crime ForTheEvulz because she was bored being a good guy?
* 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?!
** [[JustifiedTrope He's a 14-year-old boy. Hormones do horrible things to teenagers' brains.]] Cut him some slack.