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->''Enter at your own peril,\\
past the bolted door\\
Where impossible things may happen\\
That the world's never seen before!''

Creator/CartoonNetwork's first [[CartoonCartoons original series]], ''Dexter's Laboratory'' originated as one of the [[WhatACartoonShow World Premiere Toons]], a series of short cartoons solicited through a contest for nonprofessional animators. (''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was also brought in through this contest, and note that the two shows seem to take place in the same [[TheVerse universe]], and seem to share similar styles. Creator/CraigMcCracken and Creator/GenndyTartakovsky collaborated on both shows.)

Dexter is a very young scientist with a Central European accent, thick-rimmed glasses and a gigantic laboratory in his bedroom. For all his genius, Dexter is never able to keep his sister, Dee Dee, out of his lab.

Do '''NOT''' confuse with that other ''Series/{{Dexter}}''; [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids much tragedy will come of it]]. Well, ''[[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs41/f/2009/017/d/c/dc8eb09e513535ba09701e0eb641d177.jpg some]]'' tragedy.

This show follows a fairly standard "ThreeShorts" format, with a ''Dexter'' cartoon at the start and end, and another series in between. Throughout its run, this slot was filled by spinoff series ''Dial M for Monkey'' and ''Justice Friends'', both of these SuperHero parodies. ''Dial M For Monkey'' followed Dexter's eponymous pet monkey, who fought aliens and monsters behind Dexter's back. ''The Justice Friends'' provided a domestic sitcom take on ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', exploring the apartment life shared by three superheroes who fight crime better than they get along as roommates. Outside the US the filler shows were sometimes dropped and the ''Dexter'' cartoons shown in a different order.

There's a [[http://dexterslab.wikia.com/wiki/Dexter%27s_Laboratory_Wiki Wiki]].

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!!''Dexter's Laboratory'' provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Mandark to Dee Dee; the giant eyed girl from "Aye Eye Eyes" to Dexter.
* AbsenteeActor: Dexter doesn't appear in "Paper Route Bout", which is instead focused on Dee Dee.
** He also doesn't appear in "Surf, Sun, and Science" which is a DayInTheLimelight for Mandark.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: While Dexter's mom is never implied to be old, in "Chess Mom" we discover that she won the "Spirit of '83" award. Assuming she won this as a senior in high school, and Dexter is 10 when the show started in 1996, this would mean that mom had Dexter when she was 21. And this was her 2nd child.
* AbusiveParents: Mandark's parents. While they're not the worst examples of the trope, they aren't very supportive of Mandark's love for science, and they gave him a name ([[spoiler: Susan]]) that would subject him to a lot of ridicule from other kids.
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: At least with respect to US pronunciation. "Dee Dee, get out of my laBORatory!" True to his crazy accent, however, that ''is'' how "laboratory" is pronounced in most places outside the US.
* AccidentalAthlete: "Sports a Poppin" has Dexter's dad trying to teach Dexter to be more athletic. While Dexter fails at traditional sports he demonstrates great athleticism at the end of the episode when fighting a giant monster outside his Dad's field of view.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Dexter [[ThrowTheDogABone finally manages to one-up Dee Dee]] in the episode "[[SdrawkcabName sdrawkcaB]]."
** Their parents would also get episodes like this entitled, appropriately enough ''A Dad Cartoon'' and ''A Mom Cartoon''. They also get similar treatment in episodes like "Dad is Disturbed" and "World's Greatest Mom".
** In a real-life example, a kid named Tyler Samuel Lee won a contest that aired an [[http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/?episodeID=8a250ab02926f4b501299488c7270590 episode]] he wrote, entitled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dexter And Computress Get Mandark]]"
** Mandark gets an episode like this in "Sun, Surf and Science", in which he competes in a surfing contest to impress Dee Dee, using science to create his own surfboard and to sabotage the contest with mines and robotic sharks. Dexter, incidentally, does not appear in this episode at all.
* AdultFear: "Misplaced in Space" has Dexter trapped in an alien prison where nobody speaks his language and he has no idea how to get home.
* AffectionateParody: The episodes "[[Anime/SpeedRacer Mock 5]]", "[[Film/DieHard Trapped With a Vengeance]]", "[[Film/ApocalypseNow Dee Dee's Room]]", "[[Film/{{Tron}} Game Over]]", "[[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory The Golden Diskette]]", "[[Series/CharliesAngels G.I.R.L. Squad]]"... there are a few. There was a episode where Dexter became an exchange student in Japan that poked fun at mecha, super sentai, and kaiju films. Then there are the [[Franchise/GIJoe Action Hank]] and [[Franchise/MyLittlePony Pony Puff Princess]] [[ShowWithinAShow franchises]], and the entire [[Creator/MarvelComics Justice]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Friends]] cast. The Koosalagoopagoop episodes were also a send-up of DonBluth movies, even getting Dom Deluise, a recurring actor in his films, to star in them.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Dee Dee (plus her [[FiveTokenBand racially diverse friends]] Mimi and Lee Lee). They provide the trope image.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Played with with Dexter and Dee Dee (respectively All Work and All Play), where there would be episodes where Dexter would be more relaxed like [=DeeDee=], or [=DeeDee=] more work-minded like Dexter only to turn back at the end. StatusQuoIsGod or an {{Aesop}} of being yourself?
** Sometimes averted in certain episodes, as Dexter frequently worries about normal things for a boy his age, such as his favorite television heroes, and being liked by the neighborhood kids.
* AlmightyJanitor: "Yohnny the Yanitor" from the episode "Trapped With a Vengeance".
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Mandark was this in his debut where he gained the praise of the faculty in the first day and was generally better at Dexter at everything.
* AnimatedSeries
* {{Animesque}}: The girl in "Aye Eye Eye" has ''enormous'' anime-style eyes, there's an entire tribute to mechs, kaiju, and other anime tropes when Dexter goes to Japan and accidentally unleashes a giant monster, and in the newer seasons, there's a villain drawn in an anime style... [[ArtShift while everyone else remains the same-looking.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Inverted; Dee Dee is an annoying ''older'' sibling.
* ArchEnemy: Mandark
* ArtEvolution: The art style changed some over the course of the series (early episodes and later episodes have different model designs) but once Genndy's involvement with the series ended, the series took a very dramatic stylistic change, with far cleaner lines, for starters. (just compare [[http://krazysdexterslab.tripod.com/DextersLaboratory/DextersLaboratory/dexter-family2.gif this]] with [[http://images.wikia.com/dexterslab/images/f/f8/Mom%26Dad.jpg this]])
** Dee-Dee had thicker eyebrowes and seemed to lack a chin in the first few episodes.
* ArtisticLicense: The episode where Dexter travels to Mars, where Dee-Dee gets covered in Martial soil to no ill effect. And can breathe in space.
* ArtShift: The animation for the outside sequences in "Snowdown" is an {{Homage}} to ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* AttackPatternAlpha: In the episode "Last But Not Beast".
* AuthorAppeal: Tartakovsky seems to have a thing for classic SuperRobot anime.
* TheBGrade: Not a B, but an A minus in "Sister Mom". Dexter didn't want Mom to know so he used one of his inventions to turn Dee Dee into Mom for the conference. Dee Dee was furious when she found out and at Dexter and the teacher made a big deal out of this. She thought it was something more serious. Then Dexter tells her he wouldn't even have gotten that A minus if his "stupid sister" would stop bothering him all the time.
* BadassAdorable: Monkey, who is considered to be one of the Dexterverse top superheroes.
* BadassBeard:
** Action Hank. Noted in one episode where Dexter creates a synthetic beard to make himself look more "rugged", and is confused for Action Hank (despite looking nothing like him) because of the beard. They later [[BackToBackBadasses team up]] to fight beard-themed villains. "It's not the beard on the outside that counts, but the beard on the INSIDE."
** And in "Ego Trip" FutureBadass Dexter has one.
* BadassFamily: Dexter may have a pretty screwed up family at times, but when they work together, they're the definition of BadAss. Case in point, the army and all the world's superheroes (including Monkey) were completely powerless against Badaxtra. Dexter's family united, got a CombiningMecha, flew to Japan, and managed to kill him. They've even got a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsgYHUADbds theme song!]].
** One of the reboot episodes dealt with the entire family being kidnapped by a massive Alien who wanted to steal Dexters scientific knowledge. The family ends up breaking out of imprisonment, take down the aliens minions and save Dexter.
* BadFuture: The main conflict in ''Ego Trip''. Mandark takes over the world using one of Dexter's inventions and hordes all knowledge and science for himself, deliberately forcing the populace to live in indigent, primitive poverty and stupidity. Dexter and his various future selves put a stop to it, ultimately constructing a gloriously ZeeRust techno-paradise. At first, the various Dexters try to prevent it from ever happening, but they end up creating a StableTimeLoop ensuring that it's going to happen again and again.
** Oh, and ''why'' did the StableTimeLoop happen? [[spoiler: Because Dee Dee was actually the one to put a stop to it, and their egos just couldn't let that go.]]
* BadHumorTruck: In the Episode "Ice Cream Scream".
* BaldOfAwesome: Dexter in the BadFuture.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Dexter's family is possessed by parasitic aliens in one episode, and he has to pummel is family members until the parasites release their control.
* BeeAfraid: The basis of the episode "Bee Ware", where a Bumblebee flies into the Justice Friends apartment, and they try and fail to get it out. The bee itself doesn't even do much harm, but Major Glory is ''terrified'' of it, and Krunk gets mad at it when he tries to catch it in his hands and it stings him. The episode ends with the bee [[spoiler:ends with the bee interrupting [[TornadoMove The Justice Frenzy,]] causing the team to be forcibly thrown out of the building.]]
* BerserkButton: Dexter's future self the scrawny, weak, and cowardly D22, you can beat and push him around, you can insult him and break his spirit, but whatever you do do not break his glasses.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You '''do not''' want to see Dexter's father angry. Same with his mother.
--> ''Did you say... [[SeriousBusiness snowballs?]]''
** And God help you if you make ''Dee Dee'' seriously angry.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Dexter has a humongous lab so big that there are some parts of it Dexter has forgotten about, yet it is somehow able to fit in the closed-off space of his relatively small house. Sometimes this is HandWaved as the lab being underground, but this doesn't make a whole lot of sense either, since Dexter often walks directly into it from his second-floor bedroom.
** The MusicalEpisode "Lab-Ret-O" implies that Dexters lab may be located in some sort of pocket dimension located behind a certain wall of the house.
** Parodied in an episode where Dexter shrinks the house to observe it inside his lab, leaving Dexter's lab of normal size on the inside, but a disembodied door on the outside.
** Also parodied in an episode where Dexter draws a map of the house. Guess which is the smallest room.
* BigNo: Dexter, numerous times. Including the scene where he's surrounded by cooties.
** In "Jeepers Creepers, Where is Peepers," the transforming Peepers yells this when he sees Dexter and Koosalagoopagoop being attacked by Hokochu (or rather [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Hookocho]]) before breaking out of his container.
** The Ice Cream Man, after Dexter asks if he's got change for a hundred. This is after the Ice Cream Man explains that he hates Dexter for paying in pennies.
* BigRedButton: "Ooh! What does THIS button do?"
* BoredomMontage: In "Space Case", after the aliens kidnap Dee Dee, Dexter has one of these in his lab.
* BroughtHomeTheWrongKid: Dexter [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this when he find an IdenticalStranger with parents who are science geniuses like him. They swap temporarily and the parents never know the difference (despite the kids looking quite distinct from each other).
* BrokenAesop: In "Star Spangled Sidekicks" Dee Dee is chosen over Dexter to be Major Glory's sidekick despite the latter having better combat skills and weaponry. The lesson is supposed to be that it takes more than skills to be a superhero;[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway it also takes heart.]] However when Major Glory's actual arch nemesis show up for a fight, it is only thanks to Dexter looking out for his sister that they were able to win, otherwise she would have easily been destroyed. And Dee Dee ends up taking all the credit anyway.
** Though in a [[KarmicTwistEnding Karmic twist]] Dexter's selfless actions indirectly make Dee Dee pass up the position which ends up being given to the HeroicWannabe "Fat Boy" who perhaps showed heart as well.
* BumblingDad: Dexter's dad.
* ButtMonkey: Who else? Dexter.
** Especially his backbone-lacking teenage/young adult self in "Ego Trip", who works for Mandark designing cubicles in the future.
* CainAndAbel: Parodied in "Dollhouse Drama".
* CallBack: Like the name implies, "Dee Dee's Rival" at least starts out as a scene-for-scene remake of "Dexter's Rival," appropriate considering the latter introduced the show's default BigBad Mandark and the former introduces his sister.
** In addition to his GiantRobot, the Giant Dexo-Robo, showing up prominently in several eps, his power frame (first called the "Dextransformer" then later the "Exerjock 4000") from the early first season dodgeball episode reappears in three late season 2 eps, the first one ("Gooey Aliens That Control Your Mind") specifically mentioning the "dodgeball incident" (and including a sweep pan over a room of previous episodes' inventions).
** Dexter brings back his "Dex-Star" identity from "Sidekicks Assemble" to fight alongside Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.
** A meta-example in that the second act of "Last But Not Beast" features Monkey and the Justice Friends fighting the kaiju, just as they were the second cartoon short in the first season.
* CallingYourAttacks: When Deedee and Dexter get turned into monsters, they both call their attacks when fighting each other.
* CardCarryingVillain: Mandark, after going through a combination of DiminishingVillainThreat and {{Flanderization}}.
* CartoonyEyes: Most of the main characters have this, including monsters.
* CatchPhrase: Dee Dee's "Ooooh, what does THIS button do?"
** "DEE DEE! GET OUT OF MY LAB'''O'''RATORY!"
** "AT LAST! MY ''GREATEST CREATION'' IS COM''PLE''TED!"
* CharlieAndTheChocolateParody: A machine factory, complete with Golden Diskettes in order to enter and singing, and owned by [[LawyerFriendlyCameo a guy]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who is most certainly not]] StephenHawking.
* TheChewToy: Dexter, sometimes. Though he has nothing on the ice-cream man in "Ice Cream". Turns out ever since Dexter bought ice cream from him, and paid him in ''pennies'', a series of unfortunate events had happened to him since, including chipping his tooth while trying to put them in the safe due to tripping on his laces after counting them, dumped by his girlfriend, having his car towed away, getting kicked out of his apartment and being forced to live under a highway because of this one act.
** And to add insult to injury, once the Ice Cream Man forgives Dexter and allows him to purchase ice cream, Dexter pays the Ice Cream Man with a 100 dollar bill.
* ChildProdigy: Dexter and Mandark. Dexter could even be called a baby prodigy; he was making [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness scientific-sounding]] obvservations about his family and his house [[UpToEleven when they got back from the hospital the night he was born]]. And [=DeeDee=], for all her [[CloudCuckoolander kookiness]], is a ''really'' good dancer. She can [[FrickinLaserBeams dodge lasers]] while doing ballet!
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Mandark's sister Olga (Lalavava) appears in one episode as a rival to Dee Dee and is never seen again.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dee Dee.
* ClownCar: One episode shows a single, comically tall clown coming out of a comically undersized clown car, eventually biting Dexter.
* ClusterFBomb: "Rude Removal", the episode made as a joke by the staff and not seen outside of event panels until Adult Swim briefly put the episode on its YouTube channel and web site. The episode consisted of Dee Dee and Dexter creating evil twins of themselves, after Dexter makes a "Rude Removal" device. The episode consists of their twins cursing.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Mee-Mee and Lee-Lee (Dee-Dee's friends) wear green and purple versions of her outfit.
* CombiningMecha: Dexter builds one in ''Last But Not Beast'' to battle Bedaxtra, which requires the help of his family to use.
** Cue [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM9liWZMfPk&feature=related theme song]]
* ComicBookAdaptation: {{DC Comics}} put out 34 issues from 1999 to 2003. After that more stories were made for ''Creator/CartoonNetwork Block Party'' (2004-2009), also from DC. Creator/IDWPublishing launched a new series in 2014.
* ConspicuousGloves: Dexter's mom always wears gloves due to being a germaphobe. This was explained in one episode.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: This happened to Dexter in the episode "The Old Switcharooms".
* CowTools: Sometimes Dexter can be seen tightening a bolt on some sort of metal box with no obvious function.
* CrapsackWorld: The (third) future in "Ego Trip".
* CreepyChild: One falls in love with Dexter in "Aye, Aye, Eye", only to meet an equally creepy boy and dump him.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Last But Not Beast'' had the Dexter and Monkey segments connected via the giant monster destroying Japan. The Monkey segment even skips its usual opening credits to continue the story.
* CrossOver: Dexter, Justice Friends and Monkey with each other, but also one episode with ''DynomuttDogWonder''.
** [[http://comicsalliance.com/dexters-laboratory-1-idw-variant-cover-derek-charm-powerpuff-girls/ One of the variants]] of the first issue of the IDW comic book feature the Powerpuff Girls.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dexter's dad is revealed to be a stunt biker in one episode, where in other episodes he's often portrayed as somewhat ditzy.
* CryptidEpisode: There's both a Bigfoot episode and a Chupacabra episode.
* CuriousAsAMonkey
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Dad defeating the massive Earl at arm wrestling, with a little help from Dexter.
* DeconstructiveParody: The episode where Dexter tries out different superpowers.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Sometimes Dee Dee is an insufferable [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] who causes nothing but deliberate pain for Dexter, while other times she's a sweet girl who cares for her brother and either helps him or is innocently unaware of the trouble she causes him.
** That said, this is quite justified, as anyone with brothers or sisters will tell you. Even in the show, Dexter would be overly spiteful towards Dee Dee, or be just plain petty for little to no reason at all. However, there was also a few times where he'd show compassion towards Dee Dee and right any wrongs that happened to her. Yeah, that's sibling rivalry for you.
*** To show you just how valid the above two points are, watch the "Down in the dumps" episode. It did a pretty good job of showing Dex's and Dee Dee's positive and negative personality traits.
** Mandark can either be a hammy and morally ambiguous rival to Dexter, or genuinely villainous.
** Dexter can go from being woobie to an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, sometimes even within the same episode.
* [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud DIDIJUSTSAYTHATOUTLOUD!?]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: At one point, Dexter gets so fed up with Dee Dee, he holds ''interviews'' to get a replacement. He winds up hiring a vixen who he can't do any work around.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Played for laughs on "Bad Cable Manners", where Dexter managed to steal satellite TV, since his dad couldn't do it. Turned UpToEleven when the "Satellite Swat", aware of the situation, came out to arrest Dexter's Dad.
-->"Mr. Dexter's Dad. We're well aware of your current situation. piracy of our satellite broadcast is a felony. This is your last warning. Legal action will be taken".
* [[DisappointedInYou Disappointed In Myself]]: Present-day Dexter with Young Adult Dexter in "Ego Trip". Not only would he be working in a cubicle at an office run by Mandark, but he would also be a complete wimp. Upon meeting him, Dexter voices how upset he is to discover what he would become and that his future self denies his high intelligence and brilliance in revolutionary inventions. This is explained through Hero Dexter who reveals that Mandark used his plans to build himself up and ruin Dexter's credibility.
* TheDitz: Dee Dee.
** GeniusDitz: There are rare moments when Dee Dee shows a surprising level of insight, without some re-wiring to her brain.
* DitzyGenius: Dexter fits the bill, hands down. He can create time machines, sentient robots, and interdimensional portals, but in "Maternal Combat," he is utterly incapable of taking care of himself for a single day while his mom is sick. He doesn't know how to cook (having never heard of flour), and is [[MundaneObjectAmazement is amazed at the sight of dust.]] Let's not forget that he's also gullible, and in the episode where he gets chicken pox, he literally has no idea ''what'' chicken pox is.
** Dexter's parents also can be considered this. While they're normally shown to be of average intelligence and more than a little quirky, his dad becomes frighteningly crafty and manipulative when mom's muffins are on the line and his mom shows incredibly talent with Dexter level gadgetry when fighting germs. It almost seems believable that they birthed a boy genius because of this.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Susan]]: Mandark.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Muffin Episode. Drug addiction or sex (muff-a-holic?) addiction, take your pick.
** Mandark's backstory seems like a {{transgender}} metaphor.
* DontAsk:
** In "Sister Mom", Dexter and "Mom" (a disguised Dee Dee) attend a conference with the school principal. When the principal's secretary calls them into the office, "Mom" joyously dances around singing "Dexter is in trouble!"; Dex shoots the secretary a sideways glance and says "Don't ask!" in a flat, annoyed tone of voice.
** In "Dexter's Debt", Dexter's Dad asks the mailman about his day. The mailman tells Dexter's Dad not to ask and Dexter's Dad says it's too late because he already did.
* DownerEnding: In one episode Dexter and Mandark [[spoiler: fail to stop an asteroid from destroying the world]] due to their refusal to work together. The two fail to notice this, still bickering inside their mechs in outer space. Thankfully, [[NegativeContinuity that doesn't mean much here.]]
** The ending of "The Way of Dee-Dee" is pretty sad as well, with Dee-Dee's attempt to get Dexter to enjoy himself end with Dexter wrecking his own lab, and Dee-Dee apologizing to him for trying to change him, and running to her room in tears. The last scene is Dexter noticing the destruction he caused and quietly working to repair his lab. It's one of the few genuine {{Tear Jerker}}s in the show.
** "The Big Cheese" ends with Dexter, possibly permanently, only able to say "Omlette du fromage," locked out of his lab, which is then blown up completely while Dee-Dee mocks him.
** Possibly the ultimate example of this is "Ewww, That's Growth". Dexter, having grown himself grotesquely tall in order to ride a roller coaster, approaches a tunnel. He proclaims that this is the greatest day of his entire life. His head hits the tunnel, quick cut to black, the end. Implication being that Dexter actually died.
** "Dexter's laboratory" had plenty of these! There are only two episodes which end with Dexter being better off than Dee-Dee ("Unfortunate cookie" and "Sdrawkcab").
* DrillSergeantNasty: Episode 32: "Dexter Detention".
** The new Phys-Ed teacher, who forces Dexter to compete in the most brutal sport of all: '''DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODGE. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL.'''
* DumbBlonde: Dee Dee... though she has her moments.
* DumbIsGood: Dee Dee is generally more laid back, more sensible (sometimes), and cheerful than her brother.
** Played straight in an episode where Dexter ends up switching families with a hyperactive kid named Dextor. His parents are as smart as Dexter is, and even Dexter himself gives them a TheReasonYouSuck speech.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Dexter has saved the world several times and has yet to be recognized for it.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Dexter's.
* EggshellClothing: Dee Dee really spoofed this.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Dexter and Mandark's labs, with the latter havving a more elaborate feel to rival Dexter's.
* EldritchAbomination: The monster in "Dee-Dimensional" definitely counts.
** The interdimensional beast "Jojo" in "Mandarker". He apparently helped Mandark write the book ''The Magic of Science by Mandark and Jojo'', but when Mandark summons him as part of a science fair project, he goes berserk and tries to eat Dee Dee.
** Though his introductory episode had him introduced as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Ivan Astronomonov]]
* EmergencyBroadcast: A plot point of one episode has it interrupting Dexter's show with a series of emergencies.
* EndingTheme: Narrated by {{Creator/Mako}}, no less!
* EnfantTerrible: Dexter's dad, apparently, when he and Dexter's mom turned into toddlers. During that time, Dexter's dad took pleasure at beating up Dexter's mom as a baby. Using Dexter's inventions to torture her.
* EpicFail: In the Justice Friends episode "Bee Ware", the Justice Friends get defeated and scared out of their apartment by a ''bumblebee''.
* EvilChef: In the episode where Dexter ended up teamed up with Action Hank, one of these was the main villain.
* EvilTwin: Parodied in "Dollhouse Drama", which is also a parody of the SoapOpera concept in general.
* {{Eyecatch}}: On Boomerang.
* EyeGlasses: Dexter and his dad's glasses, which can change shape depending on expression.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Provides the page quote, though instead of playing at the beginning as usual it plays over the end credits.
* {{Expy}} / CaptainErsatz: Action Hank IS Creator/MrT, Creator/ChuckNorris and Franchise/GIJoe at the same time.
** Don't forget the UsefulNotes/BillClinton CaptainErsatz from the episode about a bodily function.
* TheFaceless: Earl in "Hamhocks And Armlocks".
* FantasticTimeManagement: There's an episode where Dexter has only 1 minute before the school bus arrives and he hasn't done his homework yet, so he use a time extending helmet to make it 30 minutes for him get everything done. [[spoiler:...it turns out to be [[AllForNothing a snow day.]]]]
* {{Fartillery}}: This happens in Episode 25/Part 1: "Critical Gas"
* [[strike:Five]][[FiveTokenBand Three Token Band]]: Dee Dee (white) and her posse, Mee-Mee (black) and Lee-Lee (Asian)
* FetishFuelFuture: The second future in "Ego Trip" shows a world where a CEO has a harem in his office and strips his employees to their underwear for a whipping when they're not productive.
* {{Flanderization}}: Mandark in the post-finale seasons was pretty much ''defined'' by his hamminess and crush on Dee-Dee.
* FollowTheLeader: Seems to have inspired shows such as ''JohnnyTest'' and ''TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* ForScience: Much of Dexter's motivation.
* FracturedFairyTale: A story Dee Dee tells in "Dee Dee Locks and the Ness Monster", starring [[MarySue Dee Dee Locks]], [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs sentient bagpipes]], [[Literature/ThreeLittlePigs a brick pig]], the Big Bad Wolf as [[NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]], a foppish fish, and The Three Evil Blind Mice!!
* FreakyFridayFlip: Played with in "The Old Switcharooms", where Dad forces Dexter and Dee Dee to switch places.
* FrictionBurn: When Dexter gives himself SuperSpeed to go through his whole daily routine in 1 minute he accidentally lights his homework on fire from the friction.
* TheFundamentalist: Let's just say that both the ''Darbie'' doll fans and ''Star Check'' fans in episode "Star Check Unconventional" are really, REALLY into their hobby. And whatever you do, do NOT remove a classic figure from its box.
--> ''"[[MadnessMantra NRFB! NRFB! NRFB!]]"''
* FunnyForeigner: In the episode "The Bus Boy" there's a German boy in lederhosen. His story involved him dancing around eating food and commenting how good it was.
* FunWithFlushing: Spirits from the dead hold Dee Dee hostage unless the dead Goldfish is flushed down the toilet.
* FutureBadass / FutureLoser: Dexter has ''both'' in TheMovie.
* GagHaircut: Dee Dee attempts to cut a stray strand of hair and ends up chopping off one of her pigtails. Dexter gives her a serum to grow the hair back but she uses too much and her hair ends up taking over the house.
* GainaxEnding: Some of the cartoons just ''stop'' as soon as the writers ran out of jokes... leaving the characters stuck in some terrible predicament when 'The End' appears on the screen. Luckily, StatusQuoIsGod.
* GenderBlenderName: Mandark's hippie parents [[JohnnyCash named him Susan]]. This drove him to villainy in the the later episodes in his {{retcon}}ned backstory.
* GenerationXerox: Just... ''look'' at the first scene between Mom and Dad in the Muffin episode.
** For that matter, Dexter's grandpa and old Dexter himself from the movie look nearly identical.
* GeniusDitz: Dee Dee, for all of her goofiness, can break through any security measure Dexter comes up with. Also, when she's not wrecking them, can use Dexter's inventions with instant mastery, like a hovercraft Dexter himself crashed or an incredibly complicated giant mech.
* GenkiGirl: Dee Dee.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJ6DaD4fd0 SUZY SUZY SUZY SUZI SUZI!]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: This show has earned [[Radar/DextersLaboratory its own page]].
* GirlsHaveCooties: The so-called cooties Dexter encounters are in the form of butterflies which inhabit Dee Dee's bedroom.
* GoneHorriblyRight:
** In "Dexter's Assistant," Dexter needed an assistant to help him in his newest invention for a science fair. So he took Dee Dee and replaced her brain (which was the size of chewing gum) and replaced it with a new one that made her smarter. Now Dee Dee is much smarter than Dexter was, and knew more about his invention than he did, later when she left Dexter, she won the science fair with her own invention.
** In "The Way of the Dee-Dee," Dee Dee spends the entire episode teaching Dexter to loosen up and have fun, which ends with him going on a destructive rampage in his own lab [[LaughingMad with psychotic glee]]. She runs out of the lab crying after apologizing to Dexter.
** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might", Dexter becomes convinced that Dynomutt is too much of a [[IdiotHero goofy idiot sidekick]] to be any help to Blue Falcon, so he decides to design a new "Dynomutt X-90" to replace him. Unfortunately, Dynomutt X-90 believes that AllCrimesAreEqual and [[KnightTemplar uses lethal force]] to deal with even minor crimes such as littering and jaywalking, forcing Dexter to team up with Blue Falcon and the real Dynomutt to take him down.
* GoshDangitToHeck: In "Book ′Em," Dexter has a nightmare where he's being judged by the Devil for not returning his library book on time:
** "Welcome... to library... HECK!"
* GrandFinale / SeriesFauxnale: Two, actually; "Last But Not Beast" is the final episode of the series ([[PostscriptSeason or was intended to be]]) and wraps up the running plot about Dexter trying to hide his lab. "Ego Trip," meanwhile, is a film and definitively wraps up the Dexter/Mandark rivalry.
* GranolaGirl: Mandark's Mom, Oceanbird.
* GratuitousFrench: "''Omelette du fromage! Omelette du fromage!''" Although it's a subversion because that's all he ''can'' say.
* GreasySpoon: In an episode with a truck stop.
* GroinAttack: Dexter in "Dexter Dodgeball". Guess what was used.
* GrossoutShow: At times, particularly when people/animals get diseases. This was more frequent in the first two seasons.
* GrossUpCloseUp: The inside of Deedee's nostrils and the giant germ.
* Creator/HannaBarbera: During the first two seasons, Cartoon Network Studios was a subsidiary of Hanna-Barbera, but when they resumed production on the third season in 2001, by then CN Studios was no longer a part of Hanna-Barbera (the latter had been absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation.)
* HartmanHips: Dexter's mom and the Touchy-Feely Neighbor Lady from "Nuclear Confusion" have the biggest butts in the whole series.
** Thus beginning many forays into PerverseSexualLust...
** Due to the art style, lots of women in the series have Hartman Hips. Such as Agent Honeydew from the Monkey cartoons and the salesgirl from the episode with Dexter's bike.
*** Not surprising since Hartman actually worked on the show.
* HeroicBSOD: Dee Dee falls into this when her teddy bear, Mr. Fuzzums, is taken away by the garbage truck.
* HeroicMime: In one episode, Dexter gets bitten by a clown and becomes a were-clown. To rescue him, his sister Dee-Dee becomes a mime.
* HerrDoktor: Dexter has the obligatory German accent required by the Mad Scientist Code.
** It's more of a Russian accent, as the creator himself is Russian. It can even be argued that Dexter is a cartoon version of [[AuthorAvatar Tartakovsky himself]]
* HollywoodLaw: This is most relevant in the end of Season 2, Episode 32, Part 3: "Dexter Detention".
* HollywoodScience: But what do you expect? It's a ''[[RuleOfFunny funny cartoon]]''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: This match at Flushing Meadows is just whizzing by! But you're in luck, there will be no commercial breaks. The tension is swelling, no relief in sight. He's in the lead now, but will. He. Hold. It?
* {{Hypocrite}}: Dee Dee once got on Dexter's case for experimenting on one of her dolls. Ignoring her own frequent(ly destructive) visits to his lab.
** Pretty much anytime Dee Dee meets someone of her own clingy and destructive level she finds them intolerable and inconsiderate. Ironically subverted one time Dexter loses it and ''completely destroys her room and all her personal belongings''. Her response?
-->'''Dee Dee:''' Dexter! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You're naked!!!]]
** Dexter himself occasionally shows NoSenseOfPersonalSpace and can be equally intrusive and annoying. His father has to trick him into leaving when his badgering interupts a golf game for example.
* IdiotHero: He can time travel and build an underground lab miles long but will go through hell and back to buy and ice cream that he could easily make at home.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: A variation occurs in "The Old Switcharooms": Dexter tries to sneak into his lab from Dee Dee's room to ensure that she isn't trashing it. Dexter's dad, who is somehow aware that Dexter is doing this even without looking at him, casually whips out (in a very stern tone) this:
--> "No son of mine had better try to escape his punishment...or else that certain son will find himself in an even ''worse'' punishment."
* InconvenientItch: Dexter at one point gets the chicken pox and is told not to scratch the pox, or he'll turn into a chicken. He tries ways of keeping from scratching, even restraining himself completely, but nothing works and he eventually goes on a scratching spree... after which he indeed turns into a chicken.
* IncrediblyLameFun: At an Amish community, when Dexter tries to explain "fun," [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the closest thing they can think of is churning butter.]]
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Dee Dee is usually just a playful GenkiGirl who wants to play with her little brother. However her notions of fun include playing around with his pretty looking (and somewhat delicate) toys, and no amount of ranting at her to leave him alone ever seems to faze her.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Dexter's default response to almost any physical threat is to build a mech and go shoot the danger to bits. Eventually he ends up with a hangar full of mecha, which he walks through, pondering which one to use for playing dodgeball.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Dozens of helper robots working for Dexter. Two of them even get ADayInTheSpotlight.
** And four become the villains in "[[Series/LandOfTheLost Lab of the Lost]]".
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Dexter believes that his grandfather's dinky lab is just child's play, but Dexter doesn't see his grandfather create free energy with it - the one thing Dexter himself couldn't achieve.
** Scenes of Dexter's mother cooking show her using the same scientific precision and unbridled glee as Dexter in the throes of creation.
** Likewise, his father acts much the same as Dee Dee does when disturbing Mom in the kitchen. She even ends up shouting at him in much the same way.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Maybe to the same level as ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' but your mileage may vary as to how much...
* ItsPersonal: After Dexter had Dee Dee destroy Mandark's lab, only ''then'' did Mandark swear revenge on Dexter, and they have been rivals ever since.
* {{Kaiju}}: Several. More memorable ones involve an extra-dimensional horror with many eyes and tentacles (that's start of a stable time loop) and iconic Dexter "oops". Another episode involved Dexter and Dee Dee becoming giant monsters by drinking a mutation-causing formula and having an all out battle (complete with CallingYourAttacks). Finally, there's Badaxtra, the monster of the original Finale who nearly destroyed the world.
* KarmaHoudini: Dee Dee never seems to get any comeuppance for some of her more intentional destruction of Dexter's work.
** Subverted in "Sdrawkcab" where she did end up with a deserving comeuppance.
** There is also Dee Dee’s MoralMyopia of going ballistic anytime Dexter destroys something of hers. She is perhaps at her worse in Trick or Treehouse
** Dee Dee has repeatedly shown complete disregard for Dexter’s safety during these instances with cartoon physics being the only thing that saved him.
** There are however many instances that do not involve Dexters lab such as Star Spangled Sidekick and Golden Diskette where Dee Dee ends up winning something Dexter sought. Golden Diskette was even more jarring because Dee Dee only won because she stole Dexter's money to buy the ticket.
** As the episode, Book ‘Em’ shows Dexter can’t even go to the library without Dee Dee destroying the experience.
* KiddieKid: Dee-Dee. She loves ponies, snacks, and wrecking Dexter's lab.
* KillerGameMaster: Dexter is one, which is why his friends readily insist that Dee Dee be given a chance to run the game.
* KillerRabbit: The cute little Pony Puffs try to kill Dee Dee when they think she's an Action Hank fan in "Decode of Honor".
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine
* LampshadeHanging: Well, literally in Dim (although the streetlight is an {{Expy}} of a Philips one!)
* LastDayToLive: "Critical Gas".
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The show had ended its initial run, while still be very popular, and since its popularity was still evident, Creator/CartoonNetwork decided to revive it a few years later. Original creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, was busy with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', so production was turned over to Chris Savino; not only did all of the characters look significantly different, but the series also went through a ''lot'' of {{Retcon}}ning as well, contradicting the previous incarnation of the series.
* LensFlare / AudibleSharpness: Mostly when Dexter uses his Mecha.
* LimitedWardrobe: Dexter is shown at one point to have his closet ''filled'' with nothing but the same labcoats and boots he always wears.
** Be fair, he did also have a suit to wear for the first day of school. Now Dee Dee, ''she'' has a limited wardrobe.
* LiteralGenie: One episode ended with Dexter telling Computer to make him a sandwich. And she did.
* LiteralMetaphor: Dexter once held a garage sale. Like what happened in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' example, two aliens showed up saying "[they] will take his light converters." Once he said how much he was charging for each pair, they repeated that they will TAKE the light converters and he understood.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Used when Dexter suits up and boards his HumongousMecha.
* LotsOfLuggage: The titular character decides to cope with being away from his electronics for a family fishing trip by bringing along an inflatable laboratory. [[spoiler: Though being inflatable, none of the buttons actually work.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: Hilariously parodied in "The Muffin King".
-->'''Dexter:''' [gasps] That is not possible! No, wait, no, you're right.
* ManOnFire: "My hair is on fire! My hair is on fire!"
* ManipulativeBastard: Dexter's dad is this when he wants to be in "The Muffin King" and "Snowdown".
* MidairBobbing: The episode where Dexter visits Mars.
* MiniMecha: Dexter's backpack can become one.
* {{Mockumentary}}: "Blackfoot and Slim", which ends with [[spoiler: Dexter being tranquilized, tagged and released back into his natural environment.]]
* MotorMouth: '''Everyone''' in 'Mock 5'. Then again, it's a ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' homage, what did you expect?
* MundaneObjectAmazement: "Could this strange phenomenon be the substance Mom calls ''dust?"''
* {{Mundangerous}}: In the episode "Sports a Poppin", Dexter is completely incompetent in sports, and despite his best efforts lets his father down who was trying to teach him to be good at sports. Then at the end of the episode, as his dad goes back inside, a monster let loose by Dee-Dee attacks Dexter. he proceeds to fight it, using skills that obviously should have made him be more capable at the sports than he was.
* MusicalEpisode: "Hellooo, dear brother! What have you got there?"
** "Nothing, nothing! You only see air!"
*** "Don't be silly, I love you very much... [explosion sounds] ...guess I shouldn't touch."
** "Ooooooh what does this but-ton dooooo?"
*** "Boo-hoo. Whatever did I do to youuuuuuu?"
* MustHaveCaffeine: "Topped Off": Dexter take Mom and Dad's coffee to try and figure out how it changes them from the monsters they wake up as to their regular selves. Mom and Dad are ''not'' happy.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Dee-Dee at the end of "The Way Of The Dee-Dee" when she tries to get Dexter to loosen up and make him enjoy himself...[[GoneHorriblyRight only for him to go on a destructive rampage in his own laboratory with]] [[LaughingMad psychotic glee]]. She runs from the lab's remains crying, after apologizing to Dexter.
* MyHoverCraftIsFullOfEels: Dee Dee tries to speak Spanish to an angry Mexican crowd while she and Dexter are searching for "La Chupacabra". Her nonsense only serves to infuriate the crowd.
** Though to be fair, talking about meat to a group of people who suspect you of poaching, is not a very good idea.
* MyLittlePhony: Pony Puff Princess is a reaccuring thing, unsuspringly [[AllGirlsLikePonies Dee Dee and her friends are fans]] and Dee Dee wanted to be a horse in one episode.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One of the newer season's episodes involves Dexter's orbital laser satellite, used for burning off stains, shredding his clothes.
** In early seasons, Dexter's bare ass was a running gag.
* NameTron: A few of his gadgets.
* NegativeContinuity: Used, but not consistently. Dexter's Lab is destroyed in every other episode, but when Mandark's is destroyed in his first appearance, it actually stays that way until the next time we see the character.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Dexter about Mandark.
--> '''Kid''': Mandark ain't got nothing on y-\\
'''Dexter''': Do not say that name!\\
'''Kid''': What, Mandark?\\
'''Dexter''': ''hisses''
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: Dexter makes a hair tonic for Dee-dee after she accidentally cuts off one of her pigtails. Despite repeated warnings to use only one drop, Dee-Dee uses the entire bottle. Three guesses what happens next.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dexter is the cause of a lot of bad stuff that happens. However, bonus points go to ''Last But Not Beast''. Dexter got one when he accidentally awakens the incredibly powerful Badaxtra trying to impress his new friends. Then Mandark gets it later when he actually tries to stop Bedaxtra as well and instead makes him grow.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[StephenHawking Professor Hawk]], anyone?
* NoKnees: [[LampshadeHanging "Hello, knees!"]]
* NoNameGiven: Dexter's parents.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Dexter travels back in time to the discovery of fire in one episode. The caveman he meets and brings back is drawn in the semi-realistic style that some Hanna-Barbara cartoons used to use. (Think ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' or ''TheHerculoids'', not ''TheFlintstones'') Another episode guest-stars [[DynomuttDogWonder Dynomutt]] and the Blue Falcon, but their character designs actually fit in pretty well with everyone else.
* NoRespectGuy
* NoodlePeople: Dee Dee. The fact that her eyes are larger than her torso contributes to it.
** Thoroughly mocked in one episode where Dexter uses Dee Dee as a stick to play fetch with a dog. Dee Dee was not amused.
--->'''Dog''': It's the stick!
* NotAMorningPerson: Dexter's parents, again.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Pretty much the defining premise of Dee Dee's character.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In 'Ego Trip', Mandark goes from simply antagonizing Dexter to ''conquering and stupidifying the entire world.''
* {{Notzilla}}: An entire short revolves around Dexter being transformed into a Godzilla parody while fleeing from Dee Dee who has transformed into a giant spider-monster.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Dee-Dee, to ''[[ExaggeratedTrope ridiculous extremes.]]'' This gets a lampshade in "Dexter Is Dirty", where she actually ''teleports from the hallway to Dexter's laboratory with a visible twinkle just because she wore a pink towel like a genie's turban.''
* OhCrap: Dexter gets a really good one at the end of the LostEpisode, "Dexter's Rude Removal".
--> '''Dexter''': "Ooohhhhhhhh, f***."
* OneSidedArmWrestling: Dad vs. a Trucker... before the arm gets upgraded from truck parts.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. There are two Timmys that ever appeared in this show. One is Dexter's pet termite who can eat metal, the other is a boy who freaks out when giant George Washington and giant Abraham Lincoln pass by.
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Cracked" feels more like an episode of a slice-of-life show. It's also dialogue-heavy, and Dexter's eponymous lab isn't even ''mentioned''.
** "Filet of Soul" is a supernatural horror story about Dexter and Dee-Dee being haunted by the ghost of their dead pet goldfish.
* OverlyLongGag: The {{Uncancelled}} episodes were quite fond of these.
* PaperThinDisguise: Multiple episodes
* ParentalBonus: In addition to everything listed under GettingCrapPastTheRadar above, the show takes delight in constantly implying that Dexter's parents are not only very much still in love, but have a ''very'' healthy [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex sex life]].
* ParentalNeglect: Most of the time, Mom and Dad are actually genuinely loving towards their kids. Like a lot of parents on TV, however, they have their share of moments.
** On Dexter's birthday they go to the store to buy gifts, while Dexter follows using an invisibility invetion. To his disappointment, they start filling the cart with baseballs and baby toys like plastic rings. When Dexter tries sneaking the action figure he wanted into the cart, Mom angrily picks it up and tosses it away saying he doesn't need junk - then puts another baby toy in the cart. While not true neglect, they appear oblivious to their son's age and interests.
** One of the pilot shorts, ''Old Man Dexter'', starts with Dexter wanting nothing more than to be a part of the family and feeling rejected by an arbitrary bedtime that is earlier for him than for his sister. We're treated to an oddly long sequence of him slinking away from the family (who are enjoying themselves and laughing) and looking on dejectedly.
* PayingInCoins: Apparently the catalyst for a deep seated grudge by the Ice Cream Man, Dexter pays for an ice cream (the most expensive one on stock, by the way) with a ridiculously large jar of pennies, [[ItMakesSenseInContext an accident with which]] [[DisasterDominoes manages to systematically ruin]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the Ice Cream Man's]] [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity entire life]]. [[MotiveRant After the Ice Cream Man explains]] this to Dexter and the latter apologizes, Dexter buys a regular ice cream (which costs $1)... and pays with a $100 bill. [[BigNO The Ice Cream Man's]] [[DespairEventHorizon anguished]] [[HereWeGoAgain shriek]] [[AesopAmnesia says]] [[HypocriticalHumor everything]].
** There's another example that closes the episode "Repairanoid". Although the electrician's $40,000 bill shocks Dexter's mom at first, she quickly shifts to an agreeable tone and takes out her purse to pay -- by withdrawing coins one at a time and counting them. The electrician doesn't protest.
* PeltsOfTheBarbarian: In "Dexter the Barbarian", Dexter, in his barbarian fantasy, fights with a pack of wolves and wears their fur. In reality, it turned out that he shaved his dog.
* PerspectiveReversal: Dee Dee crushes a bunch of ants, because she thinks they're filthy. Dexter, who find ants interesting, shrinks them both down to ant size so Dee Dee can get a better idea of their society. After some adventures, they return to normal size, at which point Dee Dee happily thanks Dexter for showing her just how cool ants really are - while Dexter is squashing them.
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: One episode has Dee-Dee showing Dexter that he is a were-clown by taking a newspaper picture of the clown and drawing Dexter's glasses, hair, lab coat and boots over it.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: So much so that they did a WholePlotReference to the ''PinkPanther'' with Dee-Dee as the eponymous and vexing feline.
* PingPongNaivete: Dexter, having gas cramps isn't going to make you ''explode''. [[LikeYouWereDying You can calm down now.]]
** He ran a test to see what the cramps would do to him. [[NoControlGroup On a balloon]].
* PlayedForLaughs: Everything.
* PokemonSpeak: All Santa ever says in "Dexter vs. Santa's Claws" is some variant of "ho, ho, ho" (at least until the punchline).
* PoweredArmor: Dexter wore one to win at dodgeball.
* PygmalionSnapback: Dexter and Dee Dee have conversely done this with each other.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Completely averted in "Don't Be a Hero", where Dexter gives himself various superpowers with unintended side effects (ex. SuperSpeed [[TooFastToStop without super brakes]], and [[WreathedInFlames self-ignition]] without also being fireproof).
* {{Retcon}}: So many of the backstories and continuity of the characters were changed when she show was renewed, including how Dexter's parents met, and even changing Mandark's history (and how he and Dexter met) entirely. Fans usually treat these episodes as a different show entirely.
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote: One episode they paid homage to Road Runner and Wile. E. Coyote when Dexter tried to catch a rollerskating Dee Dee with his new bike (plus various upgrades).
* RuleOfFunny
* RunningGag: Dee Dee breaking into Dexter's lab, Dexter proclaiming his latest works, and Dee Dee pushing a button she shouldn't have.
* SadistShow: Some episodes end with something horrible happening to Dexter.
* SanitySlippage: This happens a few times to Dexter. One episode memorably had him thinking he was a "little piggy" and reverted to babyhood.
** What about his dad? When he's insane, he's really insane.
--> ''Those muffins that your mother bakes...''
** Mom too for that matter, on the occasions when her cleaning obsession and fear of germs come to the front. Most notable is one episode where Dad takes her trademark dish gloves while she's asleep, and then wont let her clean the house next day, since its Mothers Day, and the family will take care of the housework for the day. Unfortunatly, its such a messy disaster, that Mom basically has a nervous breakdown and begins to have disturbing hallucinations. It ends well though, as her Mothers Day gift is a brand new pair of gloves.
* SatelliteCharacter: Dexter's friend Douglas.
* SayMyName / RockyRollCall: The climax of "Mandarker" slips into this, with Dexter, Dee Dee and Mandark all shouting each other's names in place of complete sentences as Dexter and Mandark work together to save Dee Dee.
* ScaledUp: Toward the end of "Jeepers Creepers, Where is Peepers?", Peepers turns into a dragon and crushes the villain underfoot.
* SceneryCensor: On occasions where Dexter is shown naked from the front, his naughty bits are covered by a floating leaf.
* ScienceHero: Dexter, though he causes at least as many problems as he solves. Or more.
* TheScottishTrope: Saying Mandark and Lalavava.
* SecondPersonAttack: Subverted in "Beard To Be Feared". Action Hank is about to punch an enemy through the POV of that enemy, and just when he's throwing the punch, it cuts to a TV showing the episode of Action Hank that Dexter was watching. Dexter is then shown wincing at the punch.
* SecretKeeper
* SelectiveObliviousness: In 'Mock 5' Dexter's dad mentions Dexter's sister, 'Racer D' dying in a tragic soap box derby racing accident...when she's sitting right next to him, alive and well, trying to get his attention.
* SeriesContinuityError: While NegativeContinuity is in full effect, a couple of examples are still pretty egregious:
** In "Sports a Poppin'" Dad was trying to teach Dexter how to golf, but in the later episode "Tee Party" Dad is a SmallNameBigEgo who acts like he's a pro but doesn't even know the basics. He insisted on a do-over because "the ball almost fell into this little hole".
*** Gets even worse, if you remember from "Sassy Come Home", he actually managed to shoot a spinning out of control Dexter right out of the air '''with a well-placed shot from a golf-ball.'''
** Also, in the episode "Figure Not Included", Dexter asks for a Major Glory action figure from his mom. She tells him he she'll get him one for his birthday. However, in the episode "Surprise", when a Major Glory "somehow" manages to make it's way into Dexter's mom's cart when she goes birthday shopping for him, she takes it out, claiming that "Dexter doesn't need this junk". Though considering she and dad were filling the cart with baby toys this may have just been neglect.
* SeriousBusiness: Dodgeball, snowball, and others.
** "Did you say... ''snowballs?''"
** Don't ever remove collectors' items from their box. Especially in the middle of a convention of doll collectors who act like Klingons.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Inverted in "Picture Day" when Dexter goes out of his way to make himself gorgeous for school photos.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: The pilot episode, with [[TransformationRay "The Button"]].
* ShoutOut: All over the place, from the various [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within The Show]] to a giant mecha that needs [[{{Voltron}} five people]] [[VoltesV to control]].
** There's a shout out to the theater doors sequence from [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]. This shot was also used in the ending credits
** [[PowerRangers "It's morphing time!"]]
** "Book 'em" has a chase sequence with a {{homage}} to ''AHardDaysNight'' in it. Additionally, the thugs chasing Dexter and Dee Dee have shirts that say [[Literature/TheCatInTheHat Thug 1 and Thug 2]].
** Referencing Creator/DrSeuss's works doesn't end on ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'', though. Does ''Green Eggs &'' ''[[strike:Ham]]'' ''Bacon'' book remind you of anything?
*** And in the beginning of one episode, Dexter is seen researching [[Literature/HortonHearsAWho Horton's Theory of Who.]]
** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "Who ya wanna call?"]]
** In "Golden Diskette", everyone escapes Professor Hawk's crumbling laboratory in the WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine.
** Dee Dee and Dexter are obviously playing PrimalRage at one point.
** The episode "Dee Dee's Room" is basically one big homage to ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** To James Bond in the episode where Dexter has to retrieve camera film that apparently contained pictures of his lab. Yes, this episode includes Dexter almost being cut in half with a laser.
** The episode "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song" is, as the name suggests, one big shout out to [[Music/PaulWilliams Paul Williams]], with name-drops to several of his hit songs.
-->'''Prof. Williams:''' "Hold on there, Dexter. We've only just begun!" (plays the riff from the name-dropped song)
-->'''Prof. Williams:''' "Here comes inspiration!!"
** The alien overlord Hookocho looks suspiciously like [[SailorMoon Fiore and Ail]]
** In "Beard to Be Feared," Dee Dee, Mee Mee, and Lee Lee quote, almost word-for-word, the theme from ''Film/{{Shaft}}''."
-->'''Dee Dee:''' That is one rugged brother. [[note]]"That cat Shaft is a bad [[CurseCutShort mutha-]]".[[/note]]
-->'''Mee Mee and Lee Lee:''' Shut yo mouth!
-->'''Dee Dee:''' I'm only talkin' about Dexter! [[note]]" But I'm talkin' about Shaft!"[[/note]]
-->'''Mee Mee and Lee Lee:''' We can dig it.
** At the end of "You Vegeta-Believe It," Dad, who is buried in the ground with his head sticking out the ground says, "[[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Feed me! FEEEEEED me.]]"
** According to an early episode, Dexter has a password he uses to get into the lab. The password?, Franchise/StarWars.
* ShowWithinAShow: Shaft-esque ''Action Hank'', one-note puppet comedy ''TV Puppet Pals'' (which also appears in ThePowerpuffGirls), obvious send-up ''Pony Puff Princess'', plus a few less noticeable one-shot parodies of ''Series/SoulTrain'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ShrunkenOrgan: Dexter decides to put a genius-level brain in Dee Dee's head. He needs a pair of tweezers to remove her old one.
* SiblingRivalry: Dexter and Dee Dee
* SignatureLaugh: Several, notably Mandark (especially in the no-dialogue episode).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faP9UpnA1GA HA ha-ha, HA ha-ha ha-ha!]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Dexter's Dad and Windbear.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: The show often ends episodes with the destruction of the laboratory and the like, making this Level 1 (Negative Continuity). All you need to know for each episode is that he's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dexter and has a laboratory]].
* SlipperySwimsuit
* {{Snapback}}: Dexter's lab and house have been destroyed many, ''[[StatusQuoIsGod many]]'' times.
** In one episode, it was implied he actually died.
** And don't forget when the earth was destroyed by meteors.
* SoapPunishment: In the MissingEpisode "Rude Removal", Dexter accidentally creates evil versions of himself and Dee-Dee who spout {{Cluster F Bomb}}s in front of their mom. When the regular versions trap them and feel like all's well, they spot Mom with a large bar of soap waiting to wash their mouths out.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Dee Dee keeps ruining things. Enough said.
* {{Squee}}: Dee Dee.
* StableTimeLoop: In ''Ego-Trip'', the robots that invaded from the future were actually created by Dexter at the end of the film with the help of the later versions of himself to destroy Dee Dee in retaliation for her being the one to (unwittingly, as usual) defeat Mandark.
* StalkerWithACrush / {{Yandere}}: The creepy girl in "Ay Ay Eyes". Also, Mandark to Dee Dee, somewhat.
* StandInParents: Dexter uses MadScience to make [=DeeDee=] impersonate his mother for a parent-teacher meeting.
* StaringKid: Dexter gets a little girl with huge eyes following him around for an episode.
* StatusQuoIsGod: There is nothing that can stop Dexter from starting an episode either in his lab or his bedroom.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* StuffBlowingUp: With at least half attributed to Dee Dee.
** It's in the outtro: "... In Dexter's Laboratory, lives the smartest boy you've ever seen, but Dee Dee blows his experiments to smithereens! There is gloom and doom while things go boom, in Dexter's lab!!!!"
* SuckECheeses: Chubby Cheese's. Run by [=MiB=], no less.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Dexter.
* TalkingAnimal: Cassius the pigeon.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Ms. Wimple in "Dexter Detention" seems a little ''too'' obsessed, almost infatuated, with Dexter, and faints at his slightest err.
* ThreeShorts
* ThickLineAnimation: Up until season 3.
* TimeStandsStill: "Morning Stretch".
* ToiletHumor: When Dee-Dee and Dexter get their hands on labeling devices to mark their property, Dexter marks a gallon of apple juice as his own and drinks it all... then gets to the bathroom, only to find Dee-Dee's marked it for herself.
-->Mom: "Why is the carpet all wet?"
* TookALevelInBadass: Dexter's dad goes from average middle class guy and sports enthusiast to daredevil stuntman in one episode of the later seasons.
** We see it happen to Dexter in ''Ego Trip''.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Dad, as part of the SeasonalRot. Dee Dee might have gotten dumber too, but it's harder to tell with her.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cookies and candy for Dee Dee, muffins for Dad
* UnCancelled: Season 3, made without [[FranchiseZombie creator Genndy Tartarkovsky]] (and writers Butch Hartman and SethMacFarlane, who had left to make ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', respectively) and thus a point of much contention.
* UnexplainedAccent: Dexter.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight:
** In the ''DynomuttDogWonder'' {{crossover}} "Dyno-Might," the original Dynomutt confronts the [[GoneHorriblyRight out-of-control]] Dynomutt X-90 Dexter created to replace him, but X-90 dismisses him, declaring that the "Dynomutt prototype" is no threat. Dynomutt quickly proves him wrong.
** The episode "Robo-Dexo 3000" has Dexter replace his HumongousMecha Robo-Dexo 2000 with the new-and-improved Robo-Dexo 3000. However, when the RD 3000 dismisses Dexter's plan to deal with an [[VampiricDraining alien energy thief]] and ejects him, Dexter takes back the RD 2000. It's ultimately an DefiedTrope, however: by the time Dexter arrives on the scene, the energy thief has sucked the Robo-Dexo 3000 dry.
* VillainProtagonist: Dexter could get rather villainous sometimes (such as in ''Game For A Game'', ''Used Ink'' and ''Dexter vs. Santa's Claws)
** VillainEpisode: "Sun, Surf, And Science" is focused on Mandark, and he's portayed in a more sympathetic light than usual.
*** Also, the StartOfDarkness episode, "A Boy Named Sue".
* VillainSong: ''Mandark's Plan''
* VillainousCrossdresser: Once Mandark replaced Dexter's mom. No one in the family noticed it, until the real mom came by.
** Dad in ''The Muffin King,'' since he's technically the villain there.
* VillainousCrush: Mandark to Dee-Dee.
* VoiceChangeling: Dexter adopted this ability. Some kind of machine enabled him to copy the exact voices of others. This was in the babysitting episode, where he used the voices of the babysitter and her boyfriend to sever their relationship, so that he could move in himself.
* WackyRacing: "Dexter's Wacky Races."
* WeirdnessCensor: The parents never seem to acknowledge the strange things that happen around the house. It helps that Dexter mind-wipes them ever so often.
* WeWillMeetAgain: In one episode, the criminal mastermind who owns a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant says this after Dexter and Dee Dee escape. But of course, it never happened.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Three examples:
** Dexter fires Dee Dee and has her replaced with an actress that can't quite fill her shoes (for some reason when she knocks over bottles of chemicals, they don't even break).
** Dexter makes Dee Dee into a genius like him and she turns out to be even smarter and more competent than him so he turns her back out of jealousy.
** Done the other way round where Dee Dee tries to convince Dexter to be carefree like her. He ends up being more wild and destructive than Dee Dee herself.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: TropeNamer, because Dee Dee made this into an art form.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Dexter can acquire whatever parts he needs to build whatever he wants without even having any suspicious shipments of mail arrive at his house. Sometimes he gets robots to assemble everything for him.
** Except when RuleOfFunny dictates he get a bill from NASA.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Dexter has a very peculiar accent that is either aiming for a stereotypical Eastern European accent, or a Bulgarian accent. Even Genndy Tartakovsky [[ShrugOfGod isn't certain what his accent is supposed to be.]]
* WholePlotReference: "Trapped with a Vengeance" is pretty much a kid-friendly version of ''Film/DieHard''. "Kid-friendly" in that it takes place in a school and feature no shooting. It's still about a psychotic man trapping a small child in his school late at night an torturing him.
** CharlieAndTheChocolateParody: Professor Hawk's episode.
* WigDressAccent: Mandark, when he kidnaps and impersonates Dexter's mother in "Momdark".
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: The episode "Blackfoot and Slim".
* WilliamTelling: Subverted when Dexter and Dee Dee go on a sibling vs. sibling game show. Dexter's just there for the prize, and starts one of the challenges before the host finishes explaining the rules, knocking an apple off of Dee Dee's head with a cream puff. He loses, as the host reveals that the challenge was to hit your sibling without making the apple fall.
* WraparoundBackground: Lampshaded and then subverted during the WackyRacing episode. Dee-Dee notices the background repeating after the racers come out of a tunnel, and Koosie [[NoFourthWall describes the animating technique in detail]], referring to it as a "Repeat Pan". Then it turns out they're still inside the tunnel, in a trap set up by Mandark.
* XRayVision: A whole episode is dedicated to this backfiring on Dexter when he sees Dad, Mom and Dee Dee naked.
* YouAreGrounded: Episode 42 Part 2 "The Old Switcharooms"
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: The episode "Ewww That's Growth" is about Dexter being upset about his pint-sized height; one of the ways his stature makes his life harder is that he's denied going on a rollercoaster with his family. After he makes himself very tall with an invention of his, he is allowed onto the ride (during which he crashes painfully into a wall.)
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mandark's the same age as Dexter, but he's as tall (if not taller) as Dee-Dee.
* YourMimeMakesItReal: Dee Dee stops Dexter, who has turned into a clown, by taking mime classes and using what she learned to "trap" Clown Dexter in an invisible box.

!!''Dial M for Monkey'' provides examples of:

* TheAce: Monkey himself InUniverse is the most powerful and respected hero on the planet.
* ActionGirl: Agent Honeydew, although she can occasionally slip into DamselInDistress when the plot demands it
* CaptainErsatz: Barbecuor ({{Galactus}}), and his [[ComicBook/SilverSurfer Silver Spooner]].
** Rasslor is a Captain Ersatz of [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] Champion.
*** ActorAllusion: [[RandySavage "OOOOOHHH YEEEAAAH!!"]]
** Huntor is a combination between a Predator and [[SpiderMan Kraven]].
* CatFight: Agent Honeydew and Peltra (both were even meowing and sticking out their hands in clawing motion, and Peltra was wearing a literal catsuit)
* CruellaToAnimals: Peltra.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "Magnamus" is animated differently, and Monkey transforms by doing a weird meditation pose.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Obviously.
* EvilCounterpart: Quackor the Fowl.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The end of "A Quackor Cartoon". Monkey punchs Quackor so hard, Quackor lays an egg. The reaction? LoveAtFirstSight.]]
*** Simion
* FurAndLoathing
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One episode contained a montage that included such romantic scenes as Monkey and Honeydew on a picnic, flying kites, drinking an ice cream soda and Honeydew picking fleas and ticks off Monkey's back. All well and good except in that last one Honeydew is clad [[ModestyTowel only in a ''towel'']].
** In "Barbequor", if you look closely, Agent Honeydew was about to [[EroticEating eat a whole hotdog]], while a fellow agent stares with glee.
** That whole episode was banned for gay stereotyping and a pseudo-drunk Krunk. It can still be found occasionally on Cartoon Network Video, though, and is pretty damned funny.
*** There is ''so'' much radar stuff going on in that episode.
* HartmanHips: Agent Honeydew. The bodysuit helps!
* HeroicSpirit: Even though Monkey can't beat Rasslor, he never gives up, and that convinces Rasslor he has finally found a worthy opponent.
** WholePlotReference: "Rasslor" is a remake of ''Marvel Two-In-One'' Annual #7, with Monkey playing the role of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]].
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''-esque episode "Huntor".
* InterspeciesRomance: Monkey and Agent Honeydew
** In another Monkey-related cartoon, Monkey and [[spoiler: [[FoeYay Quakor]]]].
* {{Kaiju}}: The moon monster "Meteor" and "Magnanamous" (who just wants to get some sleep).
* MagmaMan: Monkey fights one in his first episode.
* MeaningfulName: Simion ("higher primates").
* MsFanservice: Honeydew again.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Simion, when he realized [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he's become just like]] [[HumansAreBastards those he hated]].
** Monkey after breaking free of being BrainwashedAndCrazy in "Organ Grindor"
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Rasslor"
* PunnyName: Peltra, who wears animal pelts.
** Most of his foes have this combined with their names ending in "-or" (Huntor, Rasslor, Barbequor, Organ Grindor...)
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Monkey both in and out of costume.
* SacrificialPlanet: Rasslor, the universe's greatest wrestler goes searching for worthy opponents on inhabited planets. If no one can beat him he destroys the planet.
--> "And so my quest has brought me to this timid little planet you call Earth, so, terrestrial heroes, can one of you quench my thirst for the divine conflict, the supreme struggle? Or will your planet be doomed to the same fate, that has befallen so many."
** The short is a spoof of ''Marvel Two-In-One Annual'' #7, where the Champion of the Universe makes the very same threat to Earth's heroes.
* SecretIdentity: "I'm afraid you'll never be anything more than a mere monkey."
* SpyCatsuit: Agent Honeydew.
** Could even double as FetishFuel.
* TakeThat: The "Silver Spooner" is pretty much the AmbiguouslyGay verson of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, whilst "Barbequor" is an {{Expy}} of {{Galactus}} with the MundaneMadeAwesome element added.

!!''Justice Friends'' provides examples of:

* AllJustADream: The episode where Krunk dreams of him meeting the Puppet Pals. [[spoiler: Which turns out to be a DreamWithinADream by Puppet Pal Mitch himself.]]
* AnticlimacticParent: Major Glory's uncle.
** [[MeaningfulName Uncle Sam]]..!
* AvengersAssemble: Justice Friends, '''Asssembllllle!'''
* BiggerOnTheInside: Val Hallen's room is a PocketDimension, as shown in the episode of the same name.
--> '''Krunk:''' Room big!
--> '''Major Glory:''' That's why he pays a larger share of the rent.
* CaptainGeographic
* CaptainObvious: Krunk, and to a lesser degree Major Glory, tend to state pretty obvious things.
* DeliciousFruitPies: Major Glory's weapon of choice when [[AdBumpers saving Dexter and Dee Dee from the Mathmagician]].
* DisneyAcidSequence: Krunk's dream, which includes (among other things), a multi-eyed roller-skating zebra in a trenchcoat.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The cyclone-producing Justice Frenzy attack.
* {{Expy}}: Of Comicbook/TheAvengers
** Major Glory - CaptainAmerica combined with Franchise/{{Superman}}
** Val Hallen - {{Thor}}
** Krunk - [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]
** And other characters are [[{{Expy}} expies]] of other comic book characters.
*** Ratman - Franchise/{{Batman}}, with the backstory mimicking SpiderMan
*** Disgruntled Postman - SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker to the point of even being voiced by Creator/MarkHamill!
*** White Tiger - ComicBook/BlackPanther
*** Tiki Torch - [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]+{{Firestorm}}
*** Miss Spell - Wanda[=/=]ScarletWitch
*** Capital G - Black Goliath (as well as being able to shrink like his predecessor, ComicBook/AntMan)
*** Living Bullet - ComicBook/IronMan + ComicBook/TheFlash
*** Comrade Red - ComicBook/RedSkull
*** Mental Mouse - ComicBook/{{MODOK}}
*** Snowman - Abominable Snowman
*** The Silver Spooner - A CampGay ComicBook/SilverSurfer
*** Barbequor - {{Galactus}}
*** And many others!
* Creator/FrankWelker: Krunk.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Major Glory says this word for word to Val Hallen in one episode.
* HulkSpeak: Krunk speak!
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Val Hallen fittingly used a guitar (or as he referred to it, his "Mighty Axe") as his weapon, and it was also the source of his powers; without it he becomes physically ill and reverts from a Viking-esque god of Rock to a scrawny, short-haired nerdy-looking guy, presumably his true form.
* LampshadeHanging: Ratman's backstory don't seem to add up.
-->'''Val Hallen:''' I don't get it. Weren't the rats the ones who scared your parents away? And what's the motivation? Are you trying to avenge your parents or something?\\
'''Ratman:''' What do you mean? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I got the costume, and the belt! What's not to get?]]
* LaughTrack: Used to resemble the sitcoms it parodies.
* MultilayerFacade: Krunk tries to take off the mask of Major Glory, only to reveal several layers of masks beneath it.
--> '''Major Glory:''' ''([[AsideComment to the audience]])'' When I say SecretIdentity, I ''mean'' secret identity!
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The entire series is built on this. The opening theme shows just how epic changing a lightbulb can be, and at least once they give ''Manga/DeathNote'' a run for its money in the chip-eating stakes.
** "Krunk stop Kat's reign of terror! ''Here kitty-kitty-kitty!''"
* OnlySaneMan: Val Hallen, especially in 'Pain in the Mouth'.
* PlayedForLaughs
* ThePowerOfRock: Val Hallen.
* PowerTrio
* PunnyName: Val Hallen is both a pun on Valhalla and rock group VanHalen.
* RobPaulsen: Major Glory.
* RoommateCom: A spoof. Three superheroes - Major Glory, Valhallen and the Infraggable Krunk - live together in an apartment, engaging in typical sitcom hijinks in between crime fighting. The shorts even employ the same vapid laugh track that disfigured so many seventies sitcoms...
* ShoutOut:
** In "Can't Nap", after Major Glory gets locked out of the apartment by White Tiger...
--->'''Major Glory:''' ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones WIIIIIIIILLLMAAAAAAA!!!]]'' I mean, ''KRUUUUUUNK!!!''
*** And two seconds later, Krunk walks out dressed as Wilma. With the Flintstones theme playing in the background.
** In the episode “Tele-Trauma”, you can hear Dexter say [[PowerpuffGirls TOWNSVILLES IN TROUBLE!!!]] while having the TV helmet on.

* SoUnfunnyItsFunny:
** TV Puppet Pals
** ...[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 BONK]]!
* SuperHero
* TomKenny: Val Hallen
* TheToothHurts: One episode of the ''Justice Friends'' has them trying to avoid the dentist from fear of this. It's subverted: Krunk, the Hulk Captain Ersatz, only got a tortilla chip in his tooth -- which just needed a simple, painless extraction -- compared to all the idiotic stuff Major Glory tries to do to his tooth. The {{Aesop}}: Go to the dentist, or it'll hurt MORE.
-->'''Valhallen:''' Right, Major Glory?\\
'''Major Glory:''' ''(getting his teeth cleaned with a scrapper)'' YE-E-E-E-E-ESSS!!
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Major Glory's cape.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Bees]]

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