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YMMV: Dexter's Laboratory
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Dexter wishing away Koosalagoopagoop, and he reluctantly complies. Even if you didn't like the character, you can still feel pity for him, and tell why Deedee and even Dexter were upset at it happening.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Thanks to FusionFall (and mildly Ego Trip), Dexter has been seen as Badass Bookworm and a charismatic leader of men.
    • Quite a few fans believe he has Asperger's syndrome, or something similar.
    • One could argue that Dexter's Mom has a form of OCD, especially if the Mother's Day episode is anything to go by.
    • Dee-Dee is often seen as having a form of ADHD.
  • Base Breaker: Dee-Dee is seen as either a good foil to Dexter or an annoying pest. Not helping is the fact that she suffers from Depending on the Writer.
    • Mandark, especially after going through horrific Villain Decay, and the fact that he appeared way too much in later episodes.
    • Mandark's parents, who, like their son, started appearing far too often. This is especially not helped in the odd decision to have them be hippies.
  • Awesome Music: Not too many cartoons can pull off ten minutes worth of music and singing.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The part of "Continuum of Cartoon Fools" where Dexter holds a stopwatch while periodically saying 'BAAAAWT'.
    • Actually if you ever did timing scripts for animation dialogue you know exactly what he's doing. Word of God says that he was timing a storyboard of the cartoon itself, yet indeed, there was no other reason to put it besides it was funny.
    • "Oh, just shut up and make me a sandwich."
    • The ending of "That Crazy Robot!" where Dexter shoots lasers from his eyes.
    • The entire Chubby Cheese pizza show scene in "Chubby Cheese" especially the flying people at the end.
  • Broken Base: Over the 3rd and 4th seasons. Some fans think they're completely terrible, others agree but consider a few episodes to be pretty good.
  • Cargo Ship: Dexter really loves his computer. And the feeling's mutual.
  • Creator's Pet: Mandark and his parents became this in seasons 3 and 4, yet another symptom of the show's Seasonal Rot.
  • Critical Dissonance: The Movie, "Ego Trip", wasn't all that well received by TV critics. Now, go ask some of the fans what they thought of it. The answer you'll get will likely be pretty different.
  • Crossover Ship: Pairing up Dexter and Blossom is surprisingly popular.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Mandark gets this treatment a lot. It helps he's more of an ass than an actual villain.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Dexter's parents making him sleep in a doghouse at the end of "The Ol' Switcharooms" because he totaled Dee Dee's room (not that she never had it coming) is more inhumane than funny.
    • A lot of people also hated the end of "Dexter vs. Santa's Claws"; just to elaborate Dexter almost ends up killing Santa Claus and shaving off his beard just because he believed Santa to be his father.
  • Ear Worm: You're riding that hog, oohh oohh oohh!!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The shorts "Dial M for Monkey" and "The Justice Friends" are just as popular if not more so than the main Dexter shorts.
    • Within the main cartoon itself, Dexter's Mom and Lisa the babysitter. Guess why.
    • The Touchy-Feely Neighbor Lady is widely remembered, despite only appearing in one episode.
    • And then there's Lalavava...
    • Lee-Lee, one of Dee-Dee's friends, is one of these
    • Douglas Mordecai, one of Dexter's friends, despite being a borderline Satellite Character in canon.
    • Val Halen has a ton of fangirls.
    • The Puppet Pals. Some people wished they had their own Spin-Off.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For many fans, it's everything after Ego Trip.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Mandark and Dee-Dee.
    • Dexter and Lee Lee has a small following.
  • Fridge Logic: In "Photo Finish" when Dexter infiltrates a photo processing place to retrieve photos of his lab and comes across the alphabetical storage room, he checks every single section rather than just the one corresponding with his last name (whatever that is).
  • Genius Bonus: A lot of gags on the show are science references, some of which are fairly obscure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Pony Puff Princess. Currently hilarious by the fact that Lauren Faust, wife of Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, went on to develop My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Idiot Plot: The episode "Sis-Tem Error" has Dee Dee accidentally shutting off the lab's power and spending the rest of the episode tricking Dexter into thinking nothing is wrong by disguising herself badly as Computer, Robot and Mandark.
  • Jumping the Shark: Genndy Tartakovsky's departure from the series basically killed it. A horrid new art style was employed, the "Dial M For Monkey" and "Justice Friends" shorts were dropped for no reason, Mandark went through massive Villain Decay, and the writing quality in general took a nosedive.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Mandark, at least before Villain Decay.
  • Memetic Mutation: "DEXTER'S SECRET".
    • "Omelette du fromage!"
    • "You are stupid! You are stupid! And don't forget: you are stupid!"
    • "Feed me. FEEEEED meeee... Fee-hee-hee-hee-d meee-heeee!"
    • "Dexter's a cookie!"
      • All of "The Parrot Trap". All of it.
    • Due to the Brony backlash, this image.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Dexter's mom and her beloved hips.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lisa the Babysitter from the episode, Babysitter Blues.
    • Lalavava.
    • Creepy Eyed Girl manages to be one of the most remembered characters in the show despite only appearing once and having no lines.
    • The dog-brained dinosaur left quite an impression, so much so that some feel he should've been added to the cast as a regular.
  • Periphery Demographic: Lots of teenagers and adults love this show.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Ego Trip features a clever little detail that hints at the ending. The robots that come back to the present don't attack Dexter or try to fight him even as he destroys them. The first time through, it just seems like Dexter was too fast for them. The second time you realize it's because Dexter built them and they weren't there to attack him in the first place. Dexter's egotistical belief that he had to be the one who saved the future started the whole plot.
  • The Scrappy: Oh, Koosalagoopagoop undeniably. Pray his antics charm you, otherwise the episode just got a whole lot more annoying.
  • Seasonal Rot: The two seasons made without Genndy Tartakovsky after the show was Un-Cancelled due to lackluster plots (with slow pacing), Flanderization, and a new more bland-looking art style. Plus, they got rid of the Justice Friends and Dial M for Monkey segments.
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Dexter and Computress get Mandark" invokes this for laughs.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to be the general consensus behind the infamous "Dexter's Rude Removal" episode now that it's finally been released. Not really as offensive as expected with the amount of hype, and just generally meh.
  • Self-Fanservice: Dexter and Mandark get a lot of this in fanart.
    • Dee Dee gets her fair share of this, especially when most artists think she'll take after her Mom.
  • Surprise Creepy: Episodes such as "Monstory" and "Filet of Soul".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Seasons 3 and 4.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Olga/Lalavava. Not helped in that she doesn't even appear after Mandark's parents are revealed.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some fans think the Un-Cancelled episodes had some genuinely neat ideas (like a backstory for Mandark, more focus episodes for Dexter's parents, the return of "Go, Dexter's Family Go!", etc.) that were bogged down by lackluster writing and animation.
    • And then there's the belief that Dial "M" for "Monkey" and The Justice Friends were strong enough concepts for their own show.
  • Uncanny Valley: Most fans agree that the Un-Cancelled seasons used hideous character designs.
    • Invoked with "Creepy Eyed Girl" and her Spear Counterpart. They have giant eyes that look more like a Precious Moments character than Dexter characters.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Koosalagoopagoop is not well liked in the Land of Koos, but Dee Dee, the audience and eventually even Dexter like him.
  • Villain Decay: Mandark in the Seasonal Rot seasons, as a possible side effect of appearing to much.
  • The Woobie: Dexter, for those that don't see him as The Chew Toy. And to a few that do.
    • Mandark at the beginning of "Mandarker". This was before Mandark became the show's borderline Big Bad, so it counts.
  • Word of Dante: The infamous "Rude Removal" was made for the personal amusement of the show's animation staff as a way to let off steam from the grind of having to work on an animated children's series; it was never intended to be a regular episode of the series proper, and nor was it ever intended to be released to the public... until a few years back. Because of the subject matter, many fans keep insisting that it's a banned episode from the series, even though it was never included in the series, and as such, never banned.

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