Fan Fic: Where On Earth Spies
Yes, Waldo, her fingernails do count as weapons.note
"She had such a tiny frame it was hard to believe she could kill a man seven ways without the use of a weapon. Eight if her fingernails didn't count as weapons."Waldo
, a Tall, Dark and Handsome
, works for the World Spy Organization, combatting the dastardly designs of an evil entity called VILE. Carmen, the sultry Russian
adopted daughter of the original Carmen Sandiego
, is the VILE agent Waldo has sworn to stop. She traverses the world in pursuit of artifacts to steal
and has been eluding Waldo for a while by the time the story begins, their first meeting face-to-face
.Where on Earth, Spies
is a Fan Fic
written in Web Serial Novel
format by Pentharis, published on Deviant ART
. It's essentially a Mega Crossover Alternate Universe Spy Versus Spy Fic
centered around the Foe Yay
of Carmen and Waldo. Their respective spy teams are comprised of a number of Darker and Edgier iconic advertizing mascots
including Erin Esurance, her partner Erik, the GEICO Gecko (Martin), Progressive's Flo, the Taco Bell Dog (Carlos), and Allstate's Mayhem. All of them are interpereted by the author from their perspectives as spys, but they're kept in some line with their source material to fun effect. While the story itself is indeed amusing, with most things underlined by snark
and interspersed with both action and character interation, there's not really anything particularly notable about it
. Maybe that Waldo wears a fedora
It can be read starting here
, continuing backwards through that gallery folder.note
This work provides examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: A small Genius Bonus if you're aware of Wally's name change when he came to the States.
- Action Girl: Carmen. Erin as well.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Carmen pats Mayhem's head to remind him of his place as her servant.
- Flo also pets Mayhem's head.
- Martin pets Erin's head in Chapter 30.
- Aggressive Negotiations: Waldo tries this when Carmen calls him to China. It doesn't work.
- Air-Vent Passageway: How Carlos leaves the VILE base. He's a small dog, so it works.
- The Alcoholic: Waldo can be a heavy drinker, though he doesn't let it interfere with work. His failures to capture Carmen exacerbated the problem, as did his attempts to quit smoking.
- All Just a Dream: A light example. In Chapter 21, Waldo wakes up shirtless in bed and realizes he's with Carmen. It's not presented as a dream, so it's not just a Dream Sequence.
- And This Is for...: Carmen stabs Waldo for strip searching her, but not fatally.
- Animorphism: The Doctor collected spies and swapped their minds with animals
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Things amiss in Erin's life include Carmen, a criminal on the loose; her mentor being confined to a wheelchair; and waiting for her hair to grow out so she'll know what shade to die her hair next time.
- Carmen listing Waldo's positive attributes: "Determination, inner strength, intelligence, patience, cleverness, and maybe I just like your accent."
- Badass Bookworm: Alik.
- Bad Ass Grand Ma: Grandma Sandiego, as mentioned in Chapter 36. This makes the Sandiego clan a Badass Family.
- Badass Longcoat: Carmen, naturally.
- Badass Normal
- Bad Dreams: Chapter 21 begins with one. It comes back.
- Bearer of Bad News: Waldo doesn't want his friends to die. He doesn't want to have to be the one to tell their families.
- Becoming the Mask: Flo in her Back Story. She inserted herself in a spy agency, becoming the character from Progressive's commercials: peppy, perky, and an nice woman with many friends.
- Been There, Shaped History: Carmen I.
- Berserk Button: Only carmen can call Alik "moi krolik."
- Beta Couple: Erin and Erik to Waldo and Carmen. The couple making work work. They are on the same side, however.
- Betty and Veronica: Waldo (Veronica) and Alik (Betty) to Carmen. The suave, intrepid rival spy or the sometimes timid, closed in coworker?
- Beware the Nice Ones: Alik is a nice guy, but he's also a fully trained spy and he doesn't like being messed with by Mayhem.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Referenced in Chapter 27.
- Big "WHAT?!":
Waldo: A bruise is temporary, but a scar is forever. You know what else is temporary?
- Bilingual Bonus: Every chapter begins with something said in either French or Russian. Various exclaimations are given in these languages throughout the text. The author uses Google for these and has asked for an interpereter. She found one for her Russian characters and the person receives a credit in every postscript.
- Blackmail: In jest, Carmen claims she has a cameraman observing Waldo and her in China that will transfer pictures of them flirting in a park to ACME, because of their Dating Catwoman relationship, to secure the WSO's help in healing Alik's legs
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: Carmen does this to Waldo in China.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the literal sense, not as a symbol of womanhood. Zack is the blonde, Waldo the bruno, and Ivy is the redhead.
- Brother-Sister Team: Zack and Ivy, as in their source material.
- Burn Baby Burn: Carmen threatens to dispose of the Doctor's journal in this way, one page a day, if the WSO doesn't produce results on curing Alik's legs.
- Captain Obvious: Alik notices himself do this when Carmen is shot.
- Cerebus Syndrome: A touch of this, but the author still tries to keep things light.
- Chekhov's Skill: Carmen's bartitsu training.
- Cheerful Child: Waldo's thoughts on watching Zack and a Russian girl teach Ivy a song.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Waldo and Carmen banter about each others' country's stereotypes. For Waldo, topics included that the French are weak, can't punch worth a damn, suck at war, and smell like moldy cheese.
- Christmas Episode: Chapter 30. Incorrectly called a Christmas Special, or Pentharis was referencing the British usage.
- Classified Information
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Both Carmens.
- Code Name: No one uses their real names. They feel the codenames are more convenient and they become Nom de Guerre.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Carmen to Martin.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Doctor marked his wiring so he could remember the system because he was growing old. This worked to Carmen's advantage.
- Continuity Nod
- Cool Car: Carmen likes Waldo's Camaro.
- Martin is given a small car based on the Austin Powers mini-coop.
- Criminal Amnesiac: Carmen takes advantage of Mayhem's amnesia, augmented by his debt to her, to make him join VILE.
- Cryptic Background Reference: Whatever happened in Holland between Carmen and Erin.
- Cyanide Pill: Standard practice if a WSO agent is captured by the enemy.
- Dating Catwoman: Waldo and Carmen.
- Deader than Dead: The fate Walso wanted for the Spider of Questionalble Toxicity in Chapter 39.
- Deadly Prank: Why the WSO agents doesn't usually partake in office practical jokes.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deep Cover Agent: Flo in her Back Story.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Justified when Alik tells Carmen what happened on the boat, he lists that she was shot, dove into the water, and that she was shot. She was shot twice.
- Diary: Carmen I kept a log of her adventures.
- Disposing of a Body: Waldo suggested a Viking Funeral to do so in Chapter 39, Killing It With Fire to ensure the Spider of Questionable Toxicity was Deader than Dead.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Waldo daydreams about pulling his gun to shoot a "Spider of Questionable Toxicity."
- Dog Stereotype: The Mexican, Carlos, became a chihuahua. He's the Taco Bell dog.
- Double Entendre: Occasionally.
- Dreaming The Truth: Waldo's Erotic Dream with Carmen.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Carmen incapacitates and steals a security guard's uniform while in the spy boat.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Waldo when he fails to capture Carmen. Also to keep himself from smoking. Yes, he knows that's bad.
- Duel of Seduction: Waldo and Carmen.
- Either/Or Title: Chapter 28: "Apparently I've forgotten that this used to be a funny story" or "Hey look, I didn't kill the dog!"
- Erotic Dream: The beginning of Chapter 21.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Inverted as the ACME base is above ground and so garish that Waldo can compare it only to moderna art and wonders how they can hide in plain sight so well.
- Emotionless Girl: Ivy.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: VILE, in the sense that no matter your condition you can join, but you have to pass the same spy tests as everyone else. Even in a wheelchair.
- Exact Eavesdropping
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The World Spy Organization is an international spy organization.
- Face-Heel Turn: The original Carmen Sandiego to the World Spy Organization.
- Also Mayhem, but it's part of his debut. Flo, too.
- Fainting: Carmen takes her flirting a bit too far and Alik can't handle it.
- Femme Fatale: Carmen. Also Flo.
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted with Ivy, who's calm and in control.
- First Name Basis: Martin tells people his real first name, rather than his code name.
- Carlos takes pride in his first spy name basis with Flo. All the VILE agents call her by "Flo" as well.
- Flat "What.":
Carmen: Birds of a feather, my sweet. Birds of a feather.
Waldo: I hate birds.
Carmen: So do I, I prefer cats. You?
Carmen: Pity. We could have gotten a pet. I guess we'll have to have children instead.
- Foe Yay: Waldo and Carmen. Pentharis is open about her extravagant love for this trope when it's played well.
- Forceful Kiss: Carmen to Waldo. Then Waldo to Carmen, to put her in her place.
- Foreshadowing: Invoked by the narrator, saying Mayhem and Michief's names were "almost prophetic" before they encountered Waldo.
- French Cuisine Is Haughty: Waldo indulges in a glass of vodka early on as a toast to Carmen's ability. He speculates that she enjoys French wines in the same way and because she's classy.
- Fun with Acronyms: "CARMEN" is actually Carmen's job title: "Careful Aquiring, Ranged Monitor, Espionage, Negation."
- Gay Paree: Carmen visits here to steal the Mona Lisa from The Louvre.
- Gender Bender: In Real Life, the Taco Bell dog was female, while Carlos is a man.
- Genius Cripple: Alik with technology.
- Get It Over With: Martin's attitude towards dying at Carmen's hands. He's dying anyway.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Waldo's glasses take pictures.
- Going Native: Waldo, Ivy, and Zach lived among the locals in Russia and became part of the community.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Martin compares his treatment by Carmen (Bad) and Alik (Good) to this. He later asks his WSO friends to not be too hard on Alik because he was kind to him.
- Good News, Bad News: The narrator on the WSO's boat base. Good News: Avoiding detection is easy. Bad News: Spies get seasick.
- Good Parent: Waldo's impression of Carmen the First.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Waldo is a smoker (and French), but he's trying to quit. Sometimes with Alcohol. Yes, he knows that's no better.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Pentharis uses Google Translate for the foreign dialogue, so not all of it is perfect. The negative aspects of this trope are averted because it does still makes sense.
- Gunpoint Banter: Mayhem and Waldo have a good example during their Mexican Standoff in Chapter 23.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Alik subverts Blonde Guys Are Evil (this is a White and Grey Morality world) to the point where he becomes this. Characters comment upon his innocent demeanor.
- Hand Cannon: Erin's gun from Chapter 15.
- Handicapped Badass: Alik is a certified spy for VILE, an organization whose training does not accomodate any handicaps. He passed their tests in his wheelchair.
- Hand Wave: Martin is in a gecko body and his long life for a gecko doesn't neccesarily make sense, but he's just very long lived.
- Happily Adopted: Carmen. As happy as you can get being raised to become a spy.
- Healing Factor: Snarked about in Chapter 39.
- Heroes R Us: ACME and the WSO are heroic organizations.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: Ok, Carmen caused the fire and she did it to indenture Mayhem to her, but she saved the dog! While killing many others.
- Herr Doktor: The Doctor speaks in German and is referred to as this by Martin. Nonetheless, he's Swiss.
- Hidden Badass: Alik. He usually likes to hide what he is capable of as a spy in a wheelchair.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The WSO time machine when Waldo takes it to Russia.
- Hidden Supplies: Carmen Sandiego (the mother) kept caches with frivolous, fun things all around her house. Waldo suspected this was in case she ever decided to have children, so they would be able to find them. He was time travelling at the time.
- Historical In-Joke: The abound in Chapter 35. Notably, Carmen Sandiego I causing the Mayan calender conspiracy.
- Hug and Comment: Alik and Carmen in Chaptre 39.
- I Am the Noun: Mayhem gives a speech based upon his source commercials.
- I Can't Believe A Spy Like You Would Notice Me!: In the opening chapters, Alik's reaction to Carmen's flirting is like this. As it progresses, this is tweaked to there existing an implicit trust between them, but he still thinks she'll never notice him as more than a coworker or sidekick.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Carmen, as illustrated in the page pic.
- Identity Amnesia: Mayhem.
- I Do Not Own: "Legal bull."
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Waldo will turn to cigarettes when things go wrong, but he's trying to quit. He also goes on drinking binges when he fails to catch Carmen.
- Insecure Love Interest: Alik, as a Non-Action Guy of sorts, doesn't think he's good enough for Carmen and just wants her to be happy, even if it means Waldo gets her.
- Insecurity Camera: Mayhem gives Carmen a code that will disable the WSO's camera system, putting them on a loop.
- Also subverted because VILE already knew about and had used the code, before she ever became a spy, so it had already been fixed.
- Interspecies Romance: They were together before he was turned into a chihuahua and Flo's sparing Carlos's life hints at this.
- Involuntary Transformation: Spies were captured and turned into animals by the Doctor. Mayhem, Martin, and Carlos were among those affected.
- In Love with the Mark: Waldo, a completely professional spy, is accused of this by his coworkers. He wonders about it himself.
- In the Blood: Carmen Sandiego II works for the same side her mother did, though she's adopted.
- I Owe You My Life: Mayhem is indebted to Carmen this way, so he pulls a Face-Heel Turn.
- Is This Thing Still On?: Alik leaves his microphone running and Carmen hears him sing.
- It's All My Fault: Waldo blames himself for Martin's injuries.
- It's Personal: Between Erin and Carmen there exists bad blood. First for Holland, then for Martin. Also some with Waldo's fixation on catching Carmen, because of so many failures.
- It Amused Me: Carmen flirts with Alik far more than he's comfortable with because she liked to see him squirm a bit.
- Alik wears a suit to amuse himself and Carmen.
- Alik hacks into social networking sites when he's feeling puckish.
- Carmen muses hypothetically about leaving a card on Waldo's grave that says "At least now you're not cremating your lungs" if he died of lung cancer before catching her. This was her reason.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Alik for Carmen.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Averted. All the characters speak their native tounges, but the auther doesn't type their accents into their English.
- Land Downunder: Subverted and played straight with Waldo's perception. He doesn't like going there because of the ATK, but he also hates snakes and once saw a spider kill a bird.
- Legacy Character: Carmen is actually Carmen Sandiego II. The original was her mother.
- Lemony Narrator: Pentharis makes parenthetical asides at times, more in some parts than others. Not to the point of her being a character herself though.
- Like A Daughter To Me: Martin's relationship with Erin.
- Like Brotherand Sister: How Mayhem and Alik interperet Carmen's feelings towards the latter. That doesn't mean he doesn't secretly pine for a Relationship Upgrade.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Waldo and Carmen.
- Lima Syndrome: Alik treats Martin well while he's captured.
- Little Miss Snarker: Ivy is a mild example.
- Long Distance Relationship: A platonic one between Waldo and Carmen I, due to time travel.
- Love Makes You Evil: Flo and Mayhem, in the sense that it leads them to join forces and plan to betray VILE.
- Key Under the Doormat: Carmen Sandiego the First didn't keep a spare key this way because "she wasn't an idiot."
- Love Triangle: Waldo, Carmen, and Alik are in a Type 7 Triangle, with Carmen being point A. However, Carmen rates her feelings for Alik higher than those she has for Waldo and tells her rival so. Alik just wants Carmen to be happy.
- Mad Scientist: The Doctor.
- MacGyvering: How Carmen protected Martin's file from the water.
- MacGuffin: The Mona Lisa.
- Man Child: Sometimes Alik thinks Carmen sees him as one of these.
- Master of Disguise: Carlos, before he became a chihuahua. He doesn't mind much, beacuse people tend to underestimate chihuahuas.
- Mexican Standoff: Chapter 23 is one between Mayhem and Waldo.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Not a death, however.
- Mind Screw: Zack is given one by the engineer. In Chapter 37, the engineer relates that the time travel mission took place in ten seconds for him, as he was not a field agent. He wondered if the Chronoskimmer crew was alive or dead for those ten seconds, from his perspective.
- The Mole: Flo, in her Back Story.
- Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls
- Mutilation Interrogation
- Mutual Disadvantage: At the meet in Chapter 37, both sides have snipers to discourage funny business.
- My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: Carmen's grandmother can hit harder than Waldo.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Spider of Questionable Toxicity.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: The engineer from Chapter 33 completes the time machine after a few weeks then time travels back to the start, where his younger self directs Waldo to the room with the completed time machine and the older engineer.
- New Meat: Erik.
- N.G.O.: The WSO and VILE.
- Nice Guy: Alik.
- Nom de Guerre
- Non-Action Guy: Erik E., more before he became a spy, but he's an information gatherer so he's less active than other agents. Also, after being maimed, Martin expects all he'll be good for is a desk job of some kind.
- Also Alik, but he has techie skills.
- Not Blood Siblings: Zack and Ivy, as established in Chapter 33. Let the Shipping commence.
- Not So Different:
Carmen: "You and I are a lot alike, Wally."
- Number Two: Alik to Carmen.
- Off The Wagon: Waldo with his smoking habit.
- Oh Crap: Martin, after his Sneeze of Doom.
- Omniglot: Justified as it being neccesary for international spies, but also averted because they do not have native fluency and references to imperfect translating ability are made. For example, Carmen tries to translate Martin's file from German, but she can only get the jist of the document. Waldo knows several languages: French, German, Chinese, English, and Russian. He pales in comparison to Zack, who knows twenty.
- Only One You Allowed Right Now: Alik doesn't want Carmen to screw up the past and make him have to talk to two of her through the timestream.
- Original Character: Alik, Mischief, and the Doctor.
- Overt Rendezvous: Carmen and Waldo meet for the first time face-to-face this way.
- Passing the Torch: Carmen Sandiego I to her daughter.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Mayhem's Revenge on the Doctor for transplanting him into a dog.
- Pet the Dog: Carmen rescued Mischief and adopted him as Team Pet.
- Photographic Memory: Zack.
- Pistol-Whipping: Waldo knocks Carmen out this way.
- Poor Communication Kills: Erik notices something's wrong with Waldo, but he won't press him about it for two reasons: first, because he's a man and men don't ask other men about their feelings and, second, because Waldo's a man and he likely won't talk about it.
- Precision F-Strike:
Merry-friggin'-Christmas to you too, rat-ears.
—Waldo to Carlos.
- Protectorate: Several, at different times. Notably, Waldo considers Ivy and Zack something of a Protectorate, but also his entire team.
- Read the Freaking Manual: Carmen the First to Waldo in Chapter 35.
- Real Name as an Alias: Martin is in a gecko body. He gives out his real first name as an alias because who could track down his family based upon "Martin" and a UK accent?
- Reality Ensues:
"Unlike spy movies that would have one believe that everything exciting is last-resort and complex, the truth of the matter was that spying was built on redundancies, boredom, and 'close enough for government work' mentality. Well, depending on the organization, and how serious the matter was."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zack is passionate about his desire to be a spy and is outgoing while Ivy us quiet and focused. Played with a bit as Zack is better at standard medical care while Ivy considers herself a "Macguyver Medic."
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Waldo doesn't like Australia's snakes. He still has the scar to show why.
- Rescue Introduction: Mayhem and Mischief.
- Retcon: Originally, Erik was named "David Doe" because Pentharis couldn't find out his name was. Soon after he debuted, a fan found out for her and she corrected it retroactively.
- Retirony: Martin only agreed to shadow Carmen because it was one last mission and Erin asked him to.
- Riddle Me This: How Carmen gets Waldo to return to France in the first chapter.
- Running Gag: Referring to Mayhem as a dog in varied contexts.
- Salt and Pepper: Dennis and Waldo were once partners.
- Sarcasm Mode: When symptoms of the Lemony Narrator arise, this is generally among them.
- Say My Name: Erik's introduction is him calling out Erin's name several times.
- Scary Black Man: Dennis, who outranks Waldo at the WSO, intimidates the Frenchman quite a bit.
- Secret War
- Security Cling: Erik and Erin hold each other when they find out Martin is in grave peril and later spend the night in each others' arms to support each other while he is recovering.
- Ivy holds Zack's arm when they travel to Russia, where she's intimidated by not knowing the native tongue.
- Seen It All: Mayhem, then a dog, could talk, but Carmen didn't think that was so wierd considering everything else going on.
- Her mother demonstrated this as well.
- Sensual Slavs: Carmen.
- Sequel Hook: Some chapters more than others.
- Series Hiatus: The author is in college, so there was a few months between Chapters 32 and 33.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Waldo on Carmen.
- Shout-Out: Both Waldo and Carmen are stated to have uncanny aptitudes for hiding in plain sight despite garish clothing.
- Upon Carmen's arrival on a forty-second floor, the narrator muses that the answer to life, the universe and everything would be guarded by sentient singing dolphins there.
- There are some explicit mentions of James Bond.
- "Big Brother would like you to call home more."
- If you know that Where's Waldo is not the franchise's original name, you'll see more in Waldo's aversion to being called "Wally".
- In her source material (Well, after some retconning), Carmen defected from ACME, as she did to the WSO.
- Mayhem gives one of his now famous I Am the Noun speeches.
- Erik, the black-haired Love Interest from Erin Esurance's commercials gets involved with the WSO because he saw the same pink-haired girl far too often for it to be a coincidence, as in the commercials.
- Martin is the animal mascot of a car insurance company. Does This Remind You of Anything?
- Carlos is named after the voice of the dog in the commercials, Carlos Alazraqui.
- Dennis, who is the black Allstate spokesman, is also named after the actor who portrays him, Dennis Haysbert.
- Special Agent Rudolph is a reindeer. From the Christmas Episode, naturally.
- Martin likes the Austin Powers movies.
- The engineer in Chapter 33 says "Can you still hear me? Good!", implying he's the famous Verizon mascot. Word of God confirms this.
- Chapter 34 is riddled with references to the Carmen Sandiago franchise.
- Carmen Sandiego I kept caches around her house. In two of them were pages from The Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein.
- Self-Deprecation: Indulged in by Pentharid at times. Played for Laughs.
- Shoe Phone: Waldo's glasses take pictures.
- Show Some Leg: Waldo doesn't outwardly take the bait, but Carmen tries this when he captures her.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat
- Sneeze of Doom: Martin while in Carmen's headquarters. He's caught because of it.
- Soap Opera Disease: Alik lost his legs because of one.
- Spiders Are Scary: The Spider of Questionable Toxicity in Chapter 39.
- Spy Fiction: Martini Flavored.
- Spy Versus Spy
- Stable Time Loop: During Carmen's time travelling, she set a fire in the Doctor's lab, killing many agents trapped in animal bodies. Carlos, turned into an animal and present there, references this event in the present.
- The engineer constructing the time machine brings it to Waldo while his younger self is still working on it.
- In Chapter 36, Waldo suggests to Carmen I that she adopt.
- Stealth Pun: Just before she boards the Chronoskimmer, Carmen tells Alik that she'll see him "in time."
- Stockholm Syndrome: Mayhem's joining VILE after Carmen saved his life. She plans to indoctinate him so he'll want to work for them.
- Stock Phrases: Used throughout.
- Suspiciously Specific Tense: Carmen I in Chapter 36.
- Sympathetic P.O.V..: Half the story is from VILE's perspective and they aren't made out to look like bad people. Rather, they are Not So Different from the WSO and merely have different aims.
- Tagalong Kids: The ACME kids to Waldo, but they pull their own weight.
- Take That: "It sounded horrifying, 'teaching' someone to like something. But honestly, how what that any diferent from public school in the States?"
- Talking Animal
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Waldo.
- Take Care of the Kids: Waldo promises Carmen I that he will take care of her daughter.
- Team Pet: Mischief.
- Tempting Fate:
They had no building plans, no plans of action, no idea how to find out where she was, and indeed: No idea if Carmen was still there. Surely there was no possible way this could go horrendously wrong and he was going to have to explain to two children's families why they wouldn't be coming home from work that day.
- Terrible Trio: Carmen with Alik and Mayhem. Flo doesn't count because she's just another member of VILE, not part of their team.
- Texting: The engineer is something of an addict.
- Theme Naming: Mayhem and Mischief.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Mayhem seems to have picked up a few traits from his time as a dog.
- This Is No Time to Panic: When Erin starts panicking, Waldo buys her a drink so she'll calm down.
- Throw It In: While writing the Christmas Episode, Pentharis asked fans what they would get Martin for Christmas, since he's a gecko. One suggested gloves and she though it was a good idea, so she included them.
- Time and Relative Dimensions in Space: Carmen considers for a moment that the chronoskimmer might not teleport over space, but it does indeed.
- Time Machine: The Chronoskimmer, a TARDIS type.
- Time Travel
- Time Travelers Are Spies
- Time Travel Tense Trouble:
Waldo: "How goes the building of the time machine?"
Engineer: Great, we should be done by next week, so you can leave any minute."
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Carmen time travels to the Doctor's lab where he's turning spies into animals. There was intended to be a somewhat lengthy gap between that point and the present, but Geckos don't live long enough for that. The author noticed and she decided to play through without more exposition than that Martin thinks he's near death because of his gecko body's age.
- Neither is she certain about how Carmen Sandiego I's Heel-Face Turn fits on the timeline because the given date of March 1973 may not be far enough in the past.
- Word of God places the present of the story at about 2030, to somewhat address this.
- Token Minority: While the story is international, the main charcaters originate from caucasian countries. One of the WSO higher-ups, Dennis, is a black man, however. He's Allstate's primary spokesman.
- Torture Always Works: Subverted when Martin did not give Carmen information because of her torture, but she didn't ask for spying information, only what Waldo thought of her.
- Also Averted, as The Doctor's torture of Mayhem was unsuccessful.
- To the Batpole!: How Carmen escapes from Waldo's clutches in the opening chapters.
- To the Pain: "If you ever call me 'Moi krolik' again I will harvest your organs while you sleep and sell them on the black market." - Alik to Mayhem.
- Trash Talk: Between spies, naturally. Lots of snark.
- Tracking Device: First Carmen plants one on Waldo, then Waldo plants one on her car later in the series. Every WSO agent has one either on their person or under their skin. It stops broadcasting when they die.
- Alik put one in the fur of Mayhem's coat.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: An Invoked Trope. Upon seeing the ACME base, Waldo can only compare it to Modern Art, which he appreciates in general. However, thinks it looks rather weird and can't quite understand why the secret base is so blatantly garish.
- Turn Coat: Carmen Sandiego I and Mayhem.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Carmens, though not related.
- The Unfavourite: Mayhem has lower standing than Michief in Carmen's eyes.
- Underestimating Badassery: Mayhem speaks with repect when talking to Carmen, but not so when addressing Alik. He learns.
- Underwater Base: The WSO spy boat.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Much. Mostly between Waldo and Carmen, but also present in some scenes from Alik's perspective. Also towards Carmen.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: VILE conducts its activites to distract governments and give them something to rally against. They give the news something to report on and provide a "bad guy" for the counties to focus on.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Carmen upon waking up in a cot with Alik, though it was benign. Also Waldo, during his dream.
- When She Smiles: Alik for Carmen.
- Wine Is Classy: Waldo speculates that Carmen would like wine because she's classy.
- White and Grey Morality: WSO being White and VILE being Grey.
- Worthy Opponent: One way Carmen and Waldo view each other.
- Would Hit a Girl: Waldo.
- Written Sound Effect: Mayhen trudging throught the snow: "Crunch. Crunch. Crunch."
- Vodka Drunkenski: Waldo and Carmen joke about this.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Waldo's corresponding with Carmen I.
- You Are Not Alone: Again, Waldo's corresponding with Carmen I.
- You Can Talk?: Mayhem's debut as a talking dog. Carmen takes it in stride.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Carmen and Waldo engage in this, especially in the early chapters.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: Erin Esurance.
- Your Mom: The conclusion of Mayhem's I Am the Noun speech to Waldo.