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YMMV: Carmen Sandiego
  • Crack Pairing: Carmen and Waldo.[1] Less often but Carmen and a younger Ms. Valerie Frizzle. [2]. Carmen versus Lara Croft works nicely if you're into Foe Yay.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Don't deny it, the first thing Carmen stole was your heart.
  • Foe Yay: Carmen and Chase in Word Detective. At least one Let's Player has suggested that they had a relationship while partners.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Fan material pairing Carmen and Ivy together is not uncommon.
  • It Was His Sled: Carmen Sandiego was once an ACME detective.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Carmen again.
  • Memetic Badass: Carmen can steal anything. Anything.
  • Memetic Mutation: Circa 1990s or so, everyone knew that Carmen Sandiego could steal anything, even if they had no familiarity with the games themselves. As a result, she's also likely the Trope Codifier for Impossible Thief.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Carmen, AGAIN!
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: While not an ethnic stereotype, Carmen is clearly the villain of the series. However, she is very popular among Hispanics, especially young girls, due to being clever, successful, and never loses. Note that every time she's been caught, she's always back at it by the next episode.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When you find a key in Word Detective, the game points you in a certain direction and makes you watch as a villain walks in and comes toward you, intent on catching you… or worse, given where some of those hideouts are. You're in no danger as the game transports you away, but it's pretty damn freaky.
  • Older Than They Think: News about Jennifer Lopez's involvement in a potential Carmen Sandiego movie can be traced as far back as 1999.
  • That One Boss: Pure-E-Bot and Cynic-Bot in Thinkquick Challenge to any non-American players, as in the higher difficulties their questions consist almost entirely of exclusively American history and geography, making it a Guide Dang It for people who didn't grow up there.

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