The babies don't actually know Susie that wellSusie was the new little girl who moves into town with her parents and siblings, but her parents don't let her go over the Pickles house to play with the babies/Angelica, because they don't want her around white people. The babies, unsure of what this girl is like, imagine playing with her from time to time (this is why Susie appears less than the other rugrats). The babies also imagine her as the one who protects them from Angelica. Why does Angelica imagine her too? Because from what little Angelica has seen of Susie from across the street, she realizes that Susie is everything Angelica is not. Thus she imagines her as a rival, because of her conscious. In All Grown Up, Susie's parents are less racists and now allow Susie to interact with the kids/Angelica (She IS going to school with them anyway). This is why Susie has a larger role in All Grown Up, because she finally gets to interact for real with the babies/kids and Angelica. Kaiju; going on a ramapage, destroying buildings, that kind of stuff. The end of "Reptar 2010" is even him being sent to outer space in a rocket ship with humanity bearing no ill will against him, similar to the ending of the first Gamera film. Reptar parodies how Gamera became a Lighter and Softer Friend to All Children. He gets his own ice show, a Disneyland-style theme park, and all kinds of kid friendly merchandise the parents buy for the kids with little trepidation. Grandpa even intends to show Tommy and Chuckie "Reptar Come Home."
The show doesn't have a floating timeline, the babies just don't have a sense of timeThe show actually takes place over about two years. Why don't we see the babies age a bit? Why does it feel like the show takes place over the same year? This is all because the show is told through the babies eyes and obviously they don't have a clear sense of time passing around them. This also explains Didi's pregnancy. Didi has been pregnant since the show started. The babies just didn't realize it, because why would they? They're babies! Dil's birth indicates that nine months have passed between the first episode and the first Rugrats movie. The episodes following Dil's birth up until Rugrats In Paris represent 3 months, thus completing an entire year. Thus, Rugrats In Paris until the show's end represents one year as well.
Angelica is a younger Sue Slyvester
Brain damaged adults can understand babies in the Rugrats-universeJudging by the episode where Stu hit his head and thought he was a baby.
Stu Pickles worked for or was an engineer of an R&D Department of a military branchHow else could he have got the funding for let alone the technology to make toys that had thermal sensors?!
Barney is realChuckie's supposedly imaginary friend from the episode "My Friend Barney" really was an invisible boy who lived in a castle and went to "prisom" because he didn't eat his vegetables.
Didi is half-adopted.That is, one of her parents is her step-parent who adopted her after marrying her biological parent. Her younger brother Ben who appeared in two episodes is explicitly stated to be her half-brother. Additionally, while Ben resembles both Boris and Minka, Didi's thin frame and small facial features are nothing like the rest of her family. Because she shares curly hair and a need for glasses with Minka, it's probably Boris who is the step-parent.
THIS is the word Angelica kept using in the Miss Carol episode.It fits into "[Miss Carol] thinks we're all little _____!!" and, well, the other curse words just don't seem strong enough for Angelica's parents to be so shocked as to not even tolerate her ignorance of what word it is, or even to want to think about it. Also Rule of Funny.
Rugrats are the characters from Kill Bill as children.
Charlotte had an abortion in the episode "Angelica's Worst Nightmare."Just from the way she says "Mommy went to the doctor this morning, and... she's not going to have a baby after all." She also got a lot of pressure and Angelica begging for her to not have the baby, and why would the doctor just think she was pregnant when she wasn't (unless it was the same one that thought Angelica "Peaches" broke her leg...)? Also Rule Of Dude, Not Funny!.
Dill was originally intended to have some form of mental retardation.In the first movie, after he's born, all the newborn babies in the hospital are, like the Rugrats, able to talk to each other. Dill does not speak at first, and then barely ever communicates anything to the other babies for the rest of the series. He's a baby even to the babies. The All Grown Up series issued a Retcon, making Dill just "weird" instead of mentally disabled.
The babies in Rugrats don't exist and are products of Angelica's imagination because her mother ignores her and her relationship with her father is shallow and parasitic.In reality, Chuckie died along with his mother, which is why Chaz is such a nervous wreck. Tommy was stillborn which causes Stu to sit in the basement making toys for his son that never had a chance to live, and the DeVilles had an abortion. Angelica couldn't decide whether the unborn child would be male or female and thus simply invented the same character in her head twice with different genders.
Tommy's the only real Rugrat. The others are imaginary.
Tommy is Jean-Luc PicardDuring the events of the episode "Toy Palace" (Where Tommy and Chuckie are locked inside a toy store after hours), the series forks into two Alternate Universes; one where both Tommy and Chuckie are reunited with their dads, and one where only Chuckie is, as Tommy stumbles into the fully functional toy time machine and is sent forward in time to several years after the events of Star Trek: The Original Series; where he's taken into the care of a new family, takes on a new name given, and grows up to be the captain of the Enterprise-D.
The Rugrats really were taken aboard an alien spacecraft.At the end of the episode, the younger characters were shown to be in bed when Angelica was on a desert planet. This could also explain the show's declining quality because all episodes after that are the increasingly incoherent fantasies of a three-year-old who is slowly dying of dehydration.
The parents of the title characters initially had the same dynamic as their kids when they were babies.I was just thinking about it and realized that you can distinctly see the relationship between the adults too. It could make a lot of sense if they all were just sort of the same dynamic when they were younger even if the roles don't plot out perfectly to their children so the Rugrats themselves are sort of like a repeat generation with these roles;
Tommy is a Time Lord.Really? Nobody's suggested this before? He even has his own screwdriver!
All Growed Up is different from All Grown Up! because that's how the babies wanted to be when they grew upThey explains the plot differences, voice differences, and personality differences. We don't always grow up the way we wanted to.
Stu occasionaly sells some of his inventionsTo A.C.M.E. It would wrap up nicely why, with his crap job, they still live like rich middle class. One customer though.
Charlotte is having an affair with JonathanAnd Angelica's biological father is Jonathan, not Drew. Drew is completely aware of this because he has never consummated his marriage and Charlotte is a beard. Drew is gay after all.
Grandpa Lou holds the Democratic Party responsible for his wife's deathIn the episode where Tommy is kidnapped, Lou is reading the newspaper and angrily blurts out "Dad-burned Democrats". In a later episode which deals with Stu and Drew as kids, Lou casually mentions their mother was away working on the Presidential campaign of Estes Kefauver, a Democrat who ran in the primaries against Adlai Stevenson. One can easily assume that his wife was a stressed out, politically active Democrat. Since we have no timeline for her death, it can reasonably be assumed that her death could have been caused by stress induced heart trouble. Grandpa Lou then transferred his anger over her untimely death to the Democrats.
The Babies are actually Aliens... the Nhar-Gh'ok from Invader Zim in factThis can explain how Tommy and the others can talk. Plus it was confirmed by the writers of Invader Zim that originally, Tommy Pickles was going to be one of the alien babies from the episode "Plague of Babies" but was removed for obvious reasons, but this could be the one possible explanation of how the babies are capable of talking and why they must keep it a secret from the adults.
The episode "Brothers Grimm" was a dream/apprehensive fantasy sequence by the 'RatsThat would explain the wide tonal shift in this episode, not to mention a compressed vice that was not even hinted at before, as well as the Family Guy-esque throwaway gags such as Stu breaking his back molars from clenching his jaw from stress, which is treated with much less seriousness than the show would normally have done (that's assuming that his teeth aren't fake, as a fic I read somewhere posits that he knocked out most of his teeth in an inventing accident, although it was just a fanfic), and Didi finishing that house cozy, seriously, a house cozy, that covers the whole house. Additionally, the tree house that they build, which is kept at the end of the episode, is pointedly gone in subsequent episodes. This show always seemed to me to have at least a King of the Hill level of realism, taking the old series largely in broad strokes, and this episode just seems out of place and is the only episode that suffers from Fanon Discontinuity for this troper.
Tommy can speak a littleIn early episodes, like the baseball one, I noticed he talked around grown-ups but it didn't sound like usual. It sounded more childish and babbling. I figure Tommy can speak words but he can't speak sentences.
The series takes place during the early 90sI'd say around 1991 or 1992. Unlike other series it didn't have a floating timeline. It stayed where it was set, like Pepper Ann. There are little to no things in the show that would be odd in the early 90s.. The sequel supports this by being set ten years in the future but seemingly being set in the early 2000s.
Grandpa Pickles is narcoleptic.It explains why he falls asleep at the drop of a hat. He's a victim of narcolepsy, though it's a mild case since most of the time he's functional.
Chuckie has Asperger's Syndrome.This explains why he's more timid than the other babies and he does have a tendency to organize his things in the episode where Tommy stays for the weekend.
Tommy's Uncle Ben is the product of an affair.Minka might've been "the most beautiful girl in the whole village" but that didn't stop Boris from sticking his spoon in someone's else borsch if you catch my drift. Boris has a fling and years later Ben shows up on the doorstep. "My mother confessed on her deathbed that you're my father." One blood test later and "OH BORIS!" Minka of course doesn't divorce him for any number of reasons (Divorce isn't acceptable to her generation, she doesn't want to throw away a lifetime together, etc.) and eventually forgives him. It would explain why Ben hardly ever shows up and another way how he could be Didi's younger half-brother.
Chaz and Chuckie are related to Muriel Finster of Recess.
The Dummi Bears only appeals to the more adults characters and the babies hate them.It's shown throughout the series that the adults are rabid-fans of the Dummi Bears cartoon show. They're incredibly enthusiastic about the cartoon, and seem convinced that their children are equally excited about it. The only adults who don't like it are Grandpa, who thinks it's brainlessly stupid, and Randy Carmichael because of the fact that he has to deal with it day in and day out. However, the babies don't like the Dummi Bears. The babies prefer Reptar. That's why they'll often escape on adventure if they're stuck watching a Dummi Bears movie or cartoon. One episode showed that the Dummi Bears served as a form of mind-control on children, compelling them to watch. The ones more easily sucked in to the mind-control are Angelica, who is older than the other babies, and the teenaged babysitter meant to be watching the kids. The babies figured out the mind-control and went off on another adventure. However, being babies they can't communicate to their parents just how much they hate the Dummi Bears. So the adults just assume the babies love the series as much as they do and force it upon them as much as possible. Making the babies want to see Reptar—what they prefer to watch—all the more.
Kira Watanabe-Finster was deliberately based on Yoko OnoBoth Yoko and Kira are Japanese artists living in Europe, who wear similar fashions and glasses. Furthermore, John Lennon had one son, Julian, from his previous marriage, and Yoko had one daughter, Kyoko, from hers. Appropriately and deliberately, Kira's introduction into the show led to its downfall, just like Yoko broke up the Beatles.
Rocko, the cool guy from "Little Dude" is an illegitimate son of Drew'sRocko's about 16 or 17 so he could've be conceived before Drew and Charlotte got married. He looks almost identical to Drew and sounds like him with a lower voice.
Stu will sometimes do commissioned inventions for Mr. Dink.Very expensive.