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YMMV: Rugrats
  • Accidental Innuendo: In the PS1 video game Rugrats: Search for Reptar, this trope pops up during the Golf game stage:
    "I hate kissing movies. Nothing ever happens"
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Tommy the heroic, assertive leader of the babies or an overbearing, selfish Designated Hero and Karmic Trickster who coerces his friends (particularly Chuckie) into doing what he thinks they should do based on his perceptions? The episodes "Farewell, My Friend", "Garage Sale" and "The Odd Couple" showcase this.
    • Many fans view Angelica as a sociopath based on her Troubling Unchildlike Behavior as seen in "The Trial" as well as her out of nowhere freakout in "The Box" and it's assumed that her Freudian Excuse is that her parents are somewhat negligent towards her and clueless about her that it probably kinda warped her and as a result she gets a strange kick out of telling lies to her cousin and his friends and she has no idea how to be a friend.
  • Awesome Music: The second movie's soundtrack is nothing to sneeze at.
    • Having Mark Mothersbaugh score the show isn't anything to sneeze at either.
    • "Reptar On Ice" stands out among individual episodes.
  • Base Breaker: Susie. Some adore her, some see her as the worst case of Positive Discrimination ever. Also see Canon Sue below.
    • Dil and Kimi are this as well.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "This World is Something New to Me" in the first movie.
    • How the Toy Palace episode ended, with an animatronic Reptar pushing an animatronic gorilla into a time machine, sending it to the period when Washington crossed the Delaware River. And this wasn't one of the babies' Imagine Spots.
  • Canon Sue: Susie, which is a result of Characterization Marches On. She wasn't at all Sueish in her debut episode.
    • Positive Discrimination
    • She did get at least a couple odd Deconstructions afterwards. "Tricycle Thief" being the most obvious.
    • Her mother may be even worse. See Purity Sue below.
  • Creator's Pet: Baby Dil. As soon as he was added, potty humor was cranked up.
    • What about Taffy? She was a babysitter introduced late in the series who everybody on the show loved, but almost everybody watching it hated. She mainly existed so that Amanda Bynes could have another Nickelodeon show to star in.
  • Designated Villain: In one episode where both Drew and Charlotte tell Angelica they'll buy her a toy if she stays quiet for a half an hour. She genuinely tries to obey them but then the babies decide to exploit this to make a mess, enraging Angelica so much she finally snaps. She ends up getting blamed for the mess the babies made and doesn't get either toy.
  • Ear Worm: "Cynthia, she's a really cool dancer! Cynthia, boogie to the groove now!"
    • "You're a friend to me. I'm a friend to you. When we have each other, there's nothing we can't do...
    • All the songs from "Reptar On Ice".
    • He's Oodles!.
    • "Packed my white bread and salami (packed my white bread and salami)! Then said bye-bye to my mommy (then said bye-bye to my mommy)! She and Daddy cut me loose (she and Daddy cut me loose)! With a canteen full of apple juice (with a canteen full of apple juice)!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Of the babies themselves, Chuckie and Angelica are by far the most popular—in fact, Angelica was the only one of the Rugrats to make it into TV Guide's 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters countdown. Her father Drew is one as well in recent years, thanks to Barney Bunch videos and his arguments with Stu.
    • Reptar has more fans on Facebook than the series itself does. This hasn't gone unnoticed by Nickelodeon, who released T-shirts of the character. Wearing one in public is bound to elicit smiles from passersby who fondly remember the show.
    • Charlotte.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: When the series ended depends on who you ask. Before the first movie? After? Before the second? After? After the first series? And even the people who like All Grown Up! don't like to mention the third movie.
  • First Installment Wins: Due to the increased tension between the Rugrats and the focus on preteen issues in timeskip spinoff, many fans prefer the original series.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Rugrats fandom and the Recess fandom are very friendly toward each other; a contributing factor would probably be because the latter was created by two Rugrats writers, Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere (And written by their writing team)
  • Genius Bonus: In "A Visit From Lipschitz" the song he's humming is the German national anthem. The "dog broomer's" name is Ilsa Umlaut. An umlaut is the little dots over vowels in Northern European languages.
  • Growing the Beard: Not that season 1 was bad, but the show really hits it's stride in season 2 where it focuses on all of the babies rather than mostly Tommy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "The Santa Experience" has Chaz lamenting that his childhood Christmases were never that enjoyable and he worries that it'll be the same for Chuckie. Fast forward to the Christmas Episode of All Grown Up! where we discover that Chuckie's Christmases are indeed miserable because of Chaz. So much so that he's driven to stealing a Christmas tree.
    • The classic episode "Pickles vs. Pickles" has Drew's dream ending with him being sent to jail essentially for disciplining Angelica. Doubly harsh considering some recent controversial court cases involving Child Protective Service agencies.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • The voice of the monster under Chuckie's bed in the episode "Under Chuckie's Bed".
    Monster: "Hi, Chuckie!"
    • The horrible creaking noise of Angelica's chair in the episode "What The Big People Do".
    • The first Halloween episode had some pretty creepy background music.
    • The ending credits music from the episode "Mega Diaper Babies".
    • The voices of Not!Tommy and Not!Stu creep Chuckie out, and while they're talking, the background music that plays Lets ''you'' know something's wrong.
    Not!Tommy:: I'm not Tommy! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the All Grown Up! pilot, the main plot centers on Stu losing his lucky Scorpio medallion. Didi tells him "[He's] not a Scorpio. [He's] a Libra." Yeah, so is every Scorpio born before the year 2011 in the world now.
      • But only if you follow the Eastern Zodiac. The Western Zodiac is still twelve signs.
    • The 1992 episode "The Big House" is about Tommy being put into a daycare similar to a prison and he then attempts to break the rest of the babies out. One of the babies is voiced by Pamela Segal, and the episode was written by Paul Germain. Flash foward to 1997, where the plot of the episode becomes almost the basis for Paul Germain and fellow writer Joe Ansolabehere's new Disney series, where Pamela Segal is one of the major characters.
      • The episode of The Simpsons that aired in October of the same year (a month after) called A Streetcar Named Marge has a very similar subplot to The Big House. In the early days of Rugrats, they shared animators with The Simpsons as well as Nancy Cartwright (Bart) later voicing Chuckie.
      • There's an early episode of the Simpsons with a scene Bart flipping around a marker, with the focus of the camera tight on the camera. The style that the marker is drawn in is VERY similiar to the crayons in the opening of Momma Trauma.
    • In one episode, Stu gets a head injury that makes him think he's a baby, so he spends the entire episode wearing a diaper and answering to the name "Stuie". This was, of course, several years before another baby named Stewie became a pop culture icon.
    • In the 1993 episode "Game Show Didi", Didi is going up against a smart, undefeated champion in a game of Super Stumpers (a parody of the game show Jeopardy!) featuring Alan Quebec (voiced by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek). Fast-forward to 2004, and Ken Jennings seems to fit the bill in a winning streak from June 2 to November 30 that ended with a total of $2,522,700. Not bad for a champ who was then undefeated 74 times!
    • "Visitors from Outer Space" included a quick background gag that involved heads in jars (two of which were Shatner and Nemoy).
    • In one episode, Chuckie comments that he was afraid of eating green Jell-O because it could've been alive. A couple of years later, Jell-O's slogan was actually "It's alive!"
    • Timmy McNulty, a minor character introduced 1997, was voiced by Tara Strong. Four years later, not only would she play another Nicktoon character with the same first name, but she'd use the same voice for both characters, too!
      • In a similar vein, Dil and Kimi, both later additions to the show, had their voice actresses star on The Fairly OddParents. Tara Strong (Dil) went on to play Timmy, while Dionne Quan (Kimi) went on to play Trixie (who Timmy has a crush on!).
    • In the episode "Garage Sale", Didi gets mortified when the kids stumble upon her and Stu's old disco memorabilia, and when Angelica asks her what "disco" is, she tells her that "It's something that happened a long time ago, and it's never, never coming back!" (which is currently the page quote for Deader Than Disco). Years later, the Poorly Disguised Pilot for All Grown Up! would revolve around Stu and Didi competing in a disco dance competition.
      • Not to mention the fact he was literally "Disco Stu".
    • In this series, both EG Daily and Tara Strong play siblings Tommy and Dil. In 1998, these two would also play sibling characters, this time sisters instead of brothers.
    • In the 1999 episode "Opposites Attract", Tommy and Chuckie meet two kids very similar to them. One of them is a boy named Freddy, voiced by Hynden Walch. This would not be the last time she and E.G. Daily, the voice of Tommy, would work together on a Nickelodeon show.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Some people ship Chuckie and Kimi together. At least they are only step-brother and step-sister. Tommy and Angelica get shipped, but it's more rare.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Chuckie Finster has been paired with Angelica, Lil and Susie (and more) over the years. Though to be fair, in the original series Chuckie has had Ship Tease moments with all 3 of the aforementioned girls.
    • Tommy in All Grown Up! is also paired with just about every female character the show has.
  • Magnum Opus: Is this to Klasky-Csupo. It's the company's most fondly remembered show, to the point where fans are asking to this day to remake it.
  • Memetic Molester: Drew is one for no discernible reason, thanks to the efforts of the Barney Bunch and their troll videos.
  • Memetic Mutation: Most recently, people making chocolate pudding at 4 in the morning because they've lost control of their lives. Some even think of it as a mid-life crisis.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "Halt, I am Reptar! Halt, I am Reptar! Halt, I am Reptar! Halt, I am Reptar! Halt, I am Reptar! Halt, I am Reptar!..."
    • Angelica screaming
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Pickles Household's doorbell buzz.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here!
    • In-universe example: the episode when the adults took down Chuckie's crib and replaced it with a bed. The first night Chuckie sleeps on the bed, a monster from under the bed keeps talking to him and telling him that he's going to eat him (not even Tommy heard the voice when he slept over the next night). When Chuckie first investigates, he's frightened, thinking he actually spotted a monster reaching at him, and Chuckie jumps right back into bed, frightened. But as it turns out, the monster was actually [Chuckie's dad] Chaz's sweater with one sleeve poking out, and the darkness concealed the cooler colors, making the sweater look threatening.
  • Poison Oak Epileptic Trees: Pertaining to Tommy's maternal grandparents, Boris and Minka: They're holocaust survivors.
    • Due to Boris and Minka's devout faith, it can easily be argued that they more likely escaped Russia while Hitler and the Nazis were just beginning to conquer Europe. While it may be difficult for some to believe, not every Jewish person who lived in Eastern Europe in the early to mid 20th century experienced the concentration camps.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Rugrats: Time Travelers for the Game Boy Color.
    • Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt for the N64 could count as well, for being a Mario Party rip-off with none of the exciting stuff that Mario Party had and instead, had a unnecessary life system based on cookies, the ability to get cards that were pretty much pointless, and overall, got boring really quickly. See here for a Let's Play on the game by two guys that grew up with the series.
  • Purity Sue: Susie's mother Lucy takes the cake with this one. A successful doctor, she benefits from Positive Discrimination and Women Are Wiser as episodes show her to be an incredibly gifted artist and chef who has studied in France. All Grown Up! takes this even further and reveals she was a successful blues singer at age 18.
    • Parody Sue: It's possibly intentional however, since her role in the first episode consists mainly of ex positioning her excessive history of talents to a rather dumbfounded Didi.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: There are those whom found Dil to be a lot more likable in All Grown Up! (in which even certain people whom did not like the show would agree to that). This is because while, in the original, he never really had a personality, in the sequel series, he became a weird, conspiracy-and-alien obsessed guy who just happens to like being an oddball.
    • Similarly, Kimi was also better recieved in All Grown Up! than she was in the original series.
    • Susie is also much less of an Ace/ Purity Sue than she was in the original series. In fact the first episode has her getting conned into giving a woman $1000 thinking it's for a record deal. Other episodes give her proper flaws such as worrying she's too perfect, becoming jealous of Angelica in her house and being unable to juggle two hobbies at once.
    • Within the show's staff, Angelica was hated prior to her Character Development in later seasons. Arlene Klasky in particular, who stated in excess how much she loathed the character initially, admitted her fondness for her by the time of the first movie.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Kimi to some of the fanbase. It doesn't help that she comes in right when the series had begun experiencing Seasonal Rot.
    • Dil also was not seen favorably by a lot of fans. Mostly because Dil was a baby that couldn't do anything, in a series where all the other infants walked around and could talk. Another character that failed to get much love from the fans was Taffy, the generously hyped up character introduced for multiple episodes and then vanishing.
    • Angelica has now become one with the rise of the 90sAreAllThat programming block in the vein of Brian Griffin from Family Guy. She had achieved a high rating in the Annoying/Hated fan voted category in the Top 10 Annoying Cartoon Characters countdown by Lew Toons, achieving third place just under Scrappy himself and Spongebob. This is significant because when the show was airing, Angelica was actually the most popular character on the show.
      • Angelica was in fact this to the actual creative team originally, Arlene Klasky in particular stated her hatred for Angelica throughout the early points of the show (though changed her tune as the show made gradual alterations to her).
  • Seasonal Rot: After the second movie and Kimi became a regular. Her presence did not ruin the show, however, it was the fact the Baby Talk was dumbed down. They dumbed down baby talk.
    • However, after Kimi's introduction they did begin basically recycling plots to shoehorn her in. For example, despite Rugrats having several holiday specials in previous years (including in the first season which dealt with the baby's first Halloween), after Kimi becomes part of the babies, the Halloween special is treated like the first with none of the babies nor Angelica remembering what had happened a 'year' ago.
    • Not to mention randomly retconning things: such as Tommy, Chuckie's, Phil, and Lil's first meeting, Angelika's first walk, etc. It was almost like the old writers had never seen the earlier series.
    • There are some fans who believe the show started to go bad after the 1997 revival, some after the first movie, some after the second movie, some after All Grown Up!, and the rest who either believe the show was sweet mana from above or jumped the shark from the beginning.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The series has been accused of this in later seasons.
    • Parodied in "At the Movies" with the sickeningly sweet Dummi Bears movie.
      Grandpa Lou: Oh, this is stupid!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In "Mommy's Little Assets" Drew and Charlotte debate about who's going to watch the kids. Drew's argument is that he's bungee jumping and "I can't take the kids up in the balloon with me, can I?" - oh if only...
  • Toy Ship: Tommy/Kimi, Chuckie/Lil, Chuckie/Angelica, Tommy/Lil among others.
    • "Cradle Attraction" centers on a Toy Ship between Chuckie and a slightly older girl named Megan.
  • The Woobie: Chuckie certainly has his moments especially during the Mothers Day episode.
    • Try every other episode.

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