Western Animation / Carl Squared

Ever wondered how life would be if you had a clone of yourself? Why not ask this Canadian cartoon for examples?

Carl Crashman is a lazy 14-year-old who is good at only one thing: slacking. One day, he had a rough day and he was tired of doing things he hated all the time. While blogging on the Internet, he complained about his life. Hearing his request for a clone, an online cloning company sent Carl an exact clone of himself in a box. Carl named him Carl Squared or simply C2. Even if C2 looked like him, talked like him, and walked like him, C2 was more ambitious, hard working and charming, much to Carl's advantage. Since C2 arrived, Carl has been relaxing a lot more. However, C2 really always does something opposite to what Carl wants. Carl decided to keep C2 a secret from everyone else, except his best friend, Jamie James.

The series originally lasted for three seasons (200507). A fourth season was added in 201011 for a total of 65 episodes.

The show provides examples of:

  • Cloning Blues: C2 contains 5% DNA from Carl's dog Rex.
  • The Ditz: Both Carls fit this to a degree. Carl is book dumb but street smart. C2 enjoys studying, but is pretty naive.
  • Dragged into Drag: C2 in his Carlotta disguise.
  • Egg Sitting: Done with sophisticated robot babies, including a microchip that records how well the students do at "parenting". Carl accidentally decapitates his.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Goth: Chloe embraces the style and attitute. Her boyfriend also dresses in goth style, but is more of a Perky Goth.
  • Granola Girl: Skye is always trying to save the planet or fight for women's rights. Carl usually views things the other way, but would agree to help Skye merely to get close to her.
  • I've Got an X, and I'm Not Afraid to Use It!: A security guard trying to get Carl and Jamie to stop playing a video game demo at an electronics store.
  • Jar Potty: Used as a Brick Joke in one episode. C2 starts off in the luggage, begging for use of a washroom. Carl gives him a cup to use, since he couldn't confess to his family that he had a clone just yet. Near the end of the episode, Carl is the one who ends up in the suitcase, and drinks "some nasty soda C2 left".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Kind of important, or Carl and his clone would have been outed much sooner. The first season has different outfits from the later ones, though.
  • Perky Goth: Chloe's boyfriend, Damien. One of the few male examples of this trope.
  • Perpetual Smiler: C2 is constantly in a state of goofy happiness.
  • Scary Librarian: Miss Dickens from the episode "Carl's Techno-Jinx". She crash tackles and handcuffs offenders, she puts Carl's library card through a blender and drinks it, and C2 is convinced that she put a curse on him.
  • Shout-Out: In "Clone Scene Investigation," Lorna catches Carl and C2 together. To make certain the secret doesn't get out, Carl says he has an identical cousin. Lorna replies that it seems a little too 60's sitcom-ish.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lorna often spies on Carl. She comes very close to learning about the clone secret several times because of this.
  • The Talk: Carl's parents decide to give him the talk at the end of "Carl's Techno-Jinx", complete with helpful educational video.
  • Toilet Humor: In "Take Your Clone To Work Day", C2 turns into a Lethal Chef when making a bread loaf, eats the entire said bread loaf, and ends up having to run to the bathroom.