Approval Of God: Christy Karacas has been known to praise various fanartists' takes on the show, as well as cosplay and other fanworks. The only thing he hasn't quite seen is the fanfiction (due to legal reasons, writers aren't allowed to anyway), although an interviewer had stated it was for the best that he didn't. He's gone on record as finding the slash and shipping subculture hilarious, even if he doesn't quite get some of the pairings and adult artwork in existence for the show. This lead to him and Stephen Warbrick joking that there may be an episode parodying the "dirty fan ideas" one day.
Ascended Fanon: Perhaps due to the prevalence of yellow-skinned Lord Stingray in fanart, it appears that he's been changed from being relatively fair-skinned (as seen in "Stingstress") to having bold yellow skin in teasers of layouts for season 4.
Creator Backlash: A mild example, considering the vagueness of the subject. While proud of the bulk of their work, Christy Karacas has admitted to there being a few episodes of season 2 that he was disappointed in when it came to their end results (although he's never specified which exact episodes), while a podcast interview also implied that there may have been some problem with one of the guest writers for the season, but also stopped short of naming names. Stephen Warbrick has also stated that there were episodes that could have worked better, although he justifies that they had deadlines to work with and that at some point they had to complete them.
A Comic Book Resources interview briefly mentions that there were difficulties in storytelling for season 2 that lead to some animatics running too long, leaving fight sequences and other scenes to be cut down or dropped.
Cross-Dressing Voices: Christy Karacas (who, despite his feminine-sounding name to some immediate viewers note As in Greek, "Christy" (and "Christos") is a rather masculine name., is a man) as Alice, Melissa Brown as Bruce (season 1).
Sally Donovan voiced a teenage boy (Peepers) in "Lord Stingray Crash Party", and may have been the uncredited actress who voiced the rude kid in "Time-Police part 2".
The lunch ladies are all voiced by a man (Stephen Warbrick).
Executive Meddling: Christy Karacas has stated that there's been less of this in the later seasons, but that there were more rules about what they couldn't do in the original run. The crew also finds that censorship gives them more of a challenge to slip by even stranger and disturbing shots that would be accepted. There are still a few things that the executives don't quite like though:
Killing children and babies is apparently a no-go, although they managed to get away with killing Cancer in "Mr. Grumpy-Pants", and having Jailbot turn a rude boy inside-out in "Time-Police part 2" in season 1. It would seem this rule came about a little later.
Cannibalism is reportedly another thing that the network hates, although this has also slipped by (with the starving inmate shown in a background gag to have cannibalized his cellmate, and of course the Twins eating their "bud").
Nipples on female breasts and pubic hair on both men and women are also forbidden by Williams Street Standards and Practices, which is why Hunter's nudity had no detail to it in "Hot Chick." However, this has been subverted twice: The DVD version of "Best Friends Forever" shows Jacknife's photo of breasts to have had nipples under its censor bar, and a background gag in "Lord Stingray Crash Party" shows several Stingray statues with large, bared feminine breasts.
Alice's pubic hair was censored in "Lord Stingray Crash Party" due to the above rule, though it remains uncensored on the DVD. Her grinding against Jean in "Gay Wedding" was also censored due to her bulge (along with the other scenes of characters in sexual positions), but was also left intact for the DVD version.
Mistress Kilda's death had to be toned down, with her innards being colored pale yellow as well to make her disembowelment seem less gross (yet the rampant deaths and dismemberment of the prisoners are left intact. Guess Williams Street doesn't like it when women get brutalized note Which could make some sense when considering the changes that had to be made to "Hot Chick"'s climax). It's been stated in at least one interview that the network censors are rather sensitive to realistic-looking organs, although the crew can't remember exactly all the details of what they had to change aside from having to recolor Kilda's entrails.
The season 1 DVD was meant to be uncensored, but something happened in production to prevent that. Karacas and Warbrick aren't exactly sure of the circumstances behind it, and the move caused some aggravation with fans due to false advertising.
This has also occurred with the season 3 DVD, also advertised as uncensored but containing the bleeped (and in some cases visually censored) broadcast versions of episodes. To this date, the season 2 release is the only one that actually has uncensored episodes.note While the official reasons behind the season 1 and 3 releases using the edited episodes have never been outright stated by WB, there's been speculation that Adult Swim did not supply them with the unedited masters and instead passed the broadcast edits over by mistake (or the original masters have been misplaced).
The S&P department also objected to the depiction of a swastika in one Twin's Neo-Nazi inmate disguise in "Hot Chick", which lead to his armband being recolored to a solid red for most scenes. In an exception, one shot kept a symbol on the armband, but had it edited to display a happy face with "SS" bolt eyes. Swastikas have been allowed on Jean and other inmates note Although since season 3, it seems the swastika that was once used on Jean's head is now entirely missing from his design, likely due to the fact that he's supposed to be played more sympathetically in spite of being a vicious killer, which suggests it was the combination of the armband and other blatant Nazi symbolism (ie: The Twin having his scalp shaved and wearing a fake Hitler mustache) that played a part in the scenes being redone.
In the opening to "Special Needs", the Jesus on a crucifix (which was actually Jailbot in disguise) was originally supposed to be shown getting off the cross and beating Jacknife. The censors apparently thought showing Jesus getting off the cross was blasphemous (but not him beating Jacknife and being revealed to be a robot), so they asked Karacas to replace the actual shot with a reaction shot of Jacknife and the congregation seeing what's happening off to the side.
A shot of dogs mauling and devouring an inmate in "Superfail" was deemed too disturbing to be broadcast, so a large censor bar was added for the TV airings. Similar meddling happened with a shot of an inmate snorting cocaine in "Sticky Discharge", Alice's groin depicted as a jackhammer in "Stingstress" (although blurred instead of blacked out with a large box), and Alice and Sweet Cheeks' bulges in their workout clothes in "Superfail" (apparently they were drawn a little too big for the censors' comfort). These were going to be uncensored for a DVD release, but the DVD used the edited copies of the episodes.
Completely averted in the case of another shot from "Stingstress": Fans wondered if there was really anything under the giant censor box that took place as Alice and the Mistress were having sex. Long story short, that one wasn't a case of meddling, but the box was meant as an intentional gag and never meant to be "uncensored", so the artists wouldn't have to draw anything raunchy under it. This was also the case for the censor box covering Alice's crotch in "Vacation".
Executive Veto: An episode taking place entirely in the "real world" was rejected by the network for season 1, as all episodes had to involve the Superjail and Warden in some way. The plot involved Jacknife evading his arrest by Jailbot, then proceeding to build a robotic suit to fight him with. The civilians in the city would think of Jacknife as a hero, and believe that Jailbot was part of some alien invasion conspiracy.
Fan Community Nickname: Some fans have begun to call themselves "Inmates" after one of the creators joked around about the idea.
The illegitimate son of Jacknife in "Oedipus Mess" had names like "Jackid" and "Pocketnife" given to him, as well as "Jacknife Jr."
Before his name was stated as "Turban", there were fans that referred to the Middle-Eastern inmate by names such as "Midd" or "Hamad".
Nicky was (and still is sometimes) called "Smart Convict" before his name was revealed, due to his crafty nature.
While Ash was named since season 1, his name was not spoken outside of the scripts until season 2, which lead some fans and wikis to call him "Compassionate Convict"/"Caretaker Convict".
Before he was officially named "Fatty", a roleplayer referred to the perverted convict as "Sammy", which caused some confusion among fans as to if he actually had a canon name. Otherwise, fan-run wikis used "Perverted Convict" as a placeholder, or the original script name of "Fat Cellmate".
It's not that uncommon to see the Twins referred to as "The Techno Twins" due to their theme music.
While most rarely differentiate the two, there are fans that latched on to an old pair of generic designator names that were given by Aaron Augenblick in season 1: "Twin 1" being the deeper voiced brother (and the one who usually started dialogue), and "Twin 2" being the higher pitched brother. As their dialogue patterns have changed some and their voices have even switched note Mid-episode in "Hot Chick", and mid-dialogue sequence in "The Trouble With Triples", the numbers and pitches aren't exactly to be relied on. It's also unknown if the designators were used in any of the post-season 1 scripts at all.
Flip Flop of God: Whether the Warden's just a narcissistic megalomaniac and not even really an actual warden, or if he does care deep down about his inmates beneath it all. The creators have given both viewpoints through different interviews over the years. At one point, they had claimed he'd go even more darker and sadistic if they'd get a second season, although it was only a brief idea considered and instead, he evolved in a completely different direction.
Both Karacas and Warbrick acted very coy for a while on whether or not Alice was actually transgender, with some answers coming off more like a tease. They then confirmed it at New York Comic-Con 2009, although it was also uncertain at the time if their backstory ideas for season 2 would happen. Following the contested season 2 (which included "Jailbot 2.0", which made Alice's origin canon), Christy Karacas has given different sorts of answers (including claiming that she has "all sorts of parts") or a non-answer whenever asked about Alice's nether regions, and has admitted to "kind of regretting" showing her backstory. Even with that in mind, season 3 seemed to continue with jokes about Alice's large member and show more brief flashbacks relating to her gender identity.
In the case of the Twins, they were originally to be "super-criminals", but that idea seemed discarded after the pilot. It is unknown if their otherworldly heritage was present in that stage of development, although Karacas would spill at a few points that they were "foreign exchange students from another planet" or hint at them being alien. When season 2 came around, he then would reiterate that they were "alien foreign exchange student, Paris Hilton characters", but then teased that they might not be actually aliens (with emphasis on the teasing, probably to hide any spoiler). Come "Hot Chick", and the answer? They are.. He also claimed that the Twins' origin had a bunch of "theories" among the crew and that they wanted to drag it out, although the later season 2 episode and season 3 seem to come to a consensus on the characters. Whether or not they're inmates is another matter that seems undecided, with them either being lumped in with the inmates in interviews (and treated as such in the Playboy comic) or considered a separate division from the inmates and staff.
There are different opinions on whether or not the Warden is not actually a human. To hear Karacas or Warbrick tell it, he seems to be a normal guy, but their answers are more guarded and they joke that they're still seasons away from revealing his full backstory. Meanwhile, when asked, Jackson Publick had the opinion that the Warden was something other than human.
Hey, It's That Voice!: Given that he's been on both The State and Stella, David Wain as the Warden shouldn't come as that much of a surprise. The creators went on record to state that David Wain is the closest actor they have on the show to celebrity status.
Jackson Publick (of The Venture Bros.) voices some of the prisoners as well as a few other minor characters, though he's credited under his birth name here (Chris McCulloch). He's basically utilized for a good bulk of the bit parts in the show.
Christy Karacas is Alice and Jacknife. In fact, much like South Park, they basically grab any co-worker they most closely work with in the studio for voices as often as possible.
John Waters, of all people, voices the Mayan guy from "Ghosts", who has the same pencil moustache as him.
Reggie Watts (a musician best known for Comedy Bang Bang and Conan O'Brien's talk show) provided a few guest voices in season 1 and was the Witch Doctor in "Ghosts".
Musician and actor Tunde Adebimpe (of "Rachel Getting Married" and the band "TV on the Radio") voiced the armless leader of the mutilated inmates in "Special Needs".
Line To God: Christy Karacas has a Twitter and Tumblrnote though the askbox is disabled on it, likely to prevent such flooding of questions and spam, and used to have a Facebook where he'd answer fan questions until opting to go with a different outlet. There's also an official Superjail tumblr, run by Adult Swim for promotion of the show.
Now Which One Was That Voice: A type 2 example, although complicated at first as the season 1 credits were stated to have had quite a few mistakes in them, most notably only ever crediting David Wain, Chris McCulloch, Teddy Cohn, and Richard Mather for the voice roles. This was even the case when one of the actors would apparently be absent, or when other actors would be present for an episode. Sometimes these other actors' names would be lumped into the "Special Thanks" section, which was done away with by season 2, or would be completely unlisted. Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick were left uncredited through the first season, as well as Kamala Sankaram, Sally Donovan note Who was first credited in the "Special Thanks" of "Ladies' Night" under the alias "Elizabeth Mann", although a crew member confirmed that crediting her by the alias was an error. However, she'd started doing voices as early as "Combaticus", Melissa Brown, M. Wartella, and Reggie Watts. The season 2 and 3 credits are generally better about listing all the voice actors, although Sally Donovan was mistakenly left out in "Oedipus Mess".
One-Book Author: While this can go for some of the voice cast that don't normally do it as their job, Teddy Cohn was cast as Jared due to being a friend of Stephen Warbrick. He hasn't really acted in anything else, or done any other roles in the show (that are confirmed anyway).
Melissa Brown was a fellow artist and animator that Karacas had known, and otherwise hasn't had any voice acting roles since her season 1 stint.
The Other Darrin: Kamala Sankaram was one of two semi-regular voice actresses in season 1, voicing Charise and some of the inmates of Ultraprison. In the downtime between the first two seasons, she either became busy with her opera work or retired from voice acting. The remaining actress, Sally Donovan, has since taken over these roles.
Melissa Brown voiced Bruce the Ultraprison guard in "Ladies' Night", but had retired during the hiatus or was otherwise unavailable due to other non-acting commitments. Jackson Publick/Chris McCulloch took over starting with "Stingstress", imitating Brown's lispy take, although much obviously deeper and bit more flamboyant.
While Reggie Watts voiced one of the Time-Police in their original appearance (with Chris McCulloch voicing the other one that spoke), he was unavailable for "Oedipus Mess". The Time Police in the later episode were given an auto-tuned effect to their voice, and were either both voiced by McCulloch, or one was voiced by Warbrick. Perhaps justified by them being different Time-Police.
The Other Marty: Alice was to originally be voiced by Melissa Brown, but Christy Karacas replaced her late in the production of "Bunny Love". Official word from Karacas is that the executives didn't care for the original Alice and had suggested he take the part.
Chris McCulloch originally voiced Lord Stingray, but the Adult Swim executives told the crew to cast someone else as the character, due to perceiving him to be too similar to the Monarch.
This also applied to Sally Donovan's role as Peepers in the same episode, considering that she's usually cast in the roles of attractive women (or basically any female character that isn't Alice or the lunch ladies).
Rule34 — Creator Reactions: While Christy Karacas admitted he couldn't understand some of the porn and pairings, he also noted being amused by it and having seen a lot of well-drawn porn for the characters. The one time that Stephen Warbrick was interviewed alongside Karacas about it though, he appeared visibly awkward about the subject, and admitted to being "bugged" by one of the pairings Karacas brought up (Twincest and Future Warden/Warden) note Considering his comments about being uncomfortable with seeing a "pregnant Twin" in "The Budding of the Warbuxx", most fans speculate that he meant Twincest.
Saved from Development Hell: The Superjail pilot was originally to air in September 2005. Delays, rewrites, and other factors pushed production back to late 2006. The pilot itself would finally air on May 13th, 2007.
Talking to Himself: Justified due to the small cast, but there are quite a few examples of the actors taking on many roles.
Chris McCulloch/Jackson Publick: Paul, Nicky, Ash, Turban, The Doctor, Time Police note The partner to the lead singer in the case of the "Time-Police" two-parter, and at least one of the two that appeared in "Oedipus Mess", The Prison Mogul (and assistant Gerald), numerous other inmates and bit parts
Stephen Warbrick: Jean, Fatty, various inmates and other characters
Richard Mather: The Twins, Ozzal, The Triplets, inmates and bit parts here and there (although he isn't used as often as McCulloch or Warbrick)
What Could Have Been: Has had many examples of scrapped ideas in its development over time. The whole series itself was originally pitched as a silent cartoon. Though the executives shot down that concept, Karacas and Warbrick convinced them to at least let the Jacknife openings remain without dialogue.
The little girl in the pilot (who later became known as "Cancer") was initially planned to be Jacknife's daughter.
The Twins were originally intended to be straight-up antagonists to the Warden and were going to be "super-criminals" that he imprisoned (and that were unable to leave). This concept was dropped, as the staff felt the Twins worked better if they were just strange troublemakers and not deliberately evil. The idea of them being rivals to the Warden in any sort of way was dropped by season 2, as Christy Karacas admitted that Lord Stingray basically replaced them in that role.
An early Adult Swim bump advertising the pilot showed a few different designs than what appeared in the final product. While the Twins didn't really change at all, and while the rest of the staff only had some minor tweaks to their color schemes, the Warden was vastly different and was far from the "sadistic Willy Wonka" image they settled on. Gary's facial features and hairstyle were also slightly different, and the jailyard originally had things like pyramids and a merry-go-round in it. The eyeball-shaped aircraft was also to originally be much smaller and have an open top, which Warden and the staff would pilot it from.
"The Budding of the Warbuxx" was originally to be more centered around Alice, and involved her believing that she started her period after she sat on a packet of ketchup.
A deleted opening for the episode involved Jacknife being caught stealing babies, upon which he'd be beaten up and taken away by Jailbot. It only made it as far as the storyboard stage, while the usual "trip to Superjail" sequence never got off the ground. The animatic reel shown on the season 2 DVD uses recycled footage from the "Mr.Grumpy-Pants" opening as a placeholder for the rest of the lost sequence. However, the "stealing babies" idea did get recycled for "Oedipus Mess", but with the action taken much further than what they'd planned for "Warbuxx".
The second Twin originally didn't have his belly fall off to bud the Warbuxx, but it was instead implied to come from... somewhere below, with there being a jump cut from him screaming to Alice pulling out said Warbuxx from between his legs.
DVD commentary tracks for season 2 revealed that "Lord Stingray Crash Party" was originally much longer and had a bit explaining why Alice became angered at the Stars N Stripes' deaths ( She had sex with all of them before they'd got back to the jail), as well as two ideas the writers threw around that hadn't panned out: An episode involving Alice becoming more attractive (only to get rejected for still having a penis), and an episode done from the vegetable garden's point of view.
"Time-Police part 1" had a sequence that was cut after the animatic reel, in which Jared would fantasize about usurping the Warden's job due to his sudden disappearance.
"Time-Police part 2" originally ran nearly 15 minutes, and had to be significantly cut down. Scenes that were dropped included Warden lamenting his father's death (but only because he kicked over his blocks), an explanation of how the Twins got to New York, and Jared being fired from another dead-end job. Other scenes got swapped around in chronology, and some only had dialogue cuts made for time. The animatic reel of this version can be seen on the season 1 DVD extras.
"Hot Chick"'s ending had to be revised in production, partly due to Unfortunate Implications: Originally after Hunter was separated from her crystal, the inmates were to pile on her and assault her with the intent of raping her. The Warden would express horror at the sight, until he'd then see that Hunter reverted to her goo form and remark "Is there anything she CAN'T do?". Alice was to also take away the crystal before this sequence. In the final product, Hunter would wind up sealed into her crystal by the Twins, and it would then be confiscated by Alice. It seems that the revised ending also came about to explain how the Twins got out of the crystal and how Hunter was trapped inside, as the final two scenes afterward remained the same. A remnant of the original sequence made it into the episode, with Hunter on the ground and looking terrified, although the context was changed to have her fear the Twins instead of the inmates.
Hunter was to also have detail to her nudity, but the censors wouldn't allow for it. In the TV airing of the episode, a censor box was even placed over her breasts in one scene, despite the lack of nipples. It may have been for the sake of a gag, or as with "Gay Wedding", the shot may have still looked too suggestive for the network.
The Twins' father was originally going to be more humanoid, bald, and resemble Leigh Bowery in overall appearance and costume. Though his look was changed for the actual animation (as Karacas wound up not liking the idea of the character showing too much emotion), the creators still reference him being based off of Bowery in the commentary track for the episode.
Combaticus was originally meant to be a parody of the lead character from Powder, and would be mistreated by others at the jail for appearing weak and puny. In the final product, he never interacted in the jail and was only made for Fight City.
"The Trouble with Triples" was briefly considered to be the finale for season 3, but that idea got no further than a bit of wondering. "Burn Stoolie Burn" was actually one of the earliest scripts written and sat on the backburner during production, until they decided to tweak it to fit as the season finale and added on the cliffhanger twist.
"Ghosts" evolved from a plot draft that Stephen Warbrick considered, in which Cancer returns as a ghost. The idea was revised into a full-on ghost invasion/supernatural story, though Cancer did still appear in a cameo (and was snuck into an earlier background gag with Ash in "Mayhem Donor").
Write Who You Know: Prison Peedee was modeled after and based on one of the producers at Titmouse, Peedee Shindell.
Jacknife's physical appearance was (rather loosely) based off of Richard Mather, according to the bump that aired before "Hot Chick" in its first broadcast.
Karacas chose the names "Jean" and "Paul" for the gay inmate couple to pay homage to a friend of his named Jean-Paul.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Season 1 episode ideas were first concepted through roundtable ideas from a group of writers, and rough thumbnail storyboards for a plot, which then would be handed off to someone to write the full script for and what the actual storyboards and final story would be based from. Even now, with the scripts written first (since season 2), the creators note that episodes can drastically change over the course of production. Sometimes the entire endings can change as well, along with dialogue that's re-recorded with revised/improved lines in the post-production ADR period.
The death sequences go through this trope in the development process. Some scripts intentionally remain vague on the exact carnage and methods of death during a sequence, which allow the storyboard artists and animators to get creative. The Comic Book Resources interview about season 3 also states that the animators can be given free reign for the inmates within bloodbath sequences if the storyboards are too vague in design, leading to them using or referencing whatever designs there are from the pre-made model packs (if they don't outright draw their own).
Although the crew has their own ideas on certain characters' origins, the details can also go through this as they may wind up having a different plan over time. In particular, Karacas' initial idea for Alice's backstory had her as a warden of her own jail, rather than being the head guard to another warden.
The revisions to "Burn Stoolie Burn" were a particular case of this, with the crew unable to settle upon an ending that would work- until they decided to employ a hint about the nature of Superjail within the cliffhanger.