YMMV / Totally Spies!

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: What if Alex always assuming that Britney joining the team means Britney is going to take her place isn't her forgetting the lesson she learned last time but a genuine fear? Alex is the youngest spy and highly emotionally sensitive so the idea that she's worried she'll be replaced by a much more competent spy isn't completely out there, especially since Sam and Clover never reassure her they'd never replace her (admittedly that's probably because they think it doesn't need to be said and is plain to all that they're never going to abandon each other).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Britney and Blaine get their fair share of this, Britney has simultaneously been lambasted for being a Mary Sue and praised for being a likable Mary Sue who gets Hidden Depths later on. Blaine gets bashed for his Sickeningly Sweethearts relationship with Clover, though some fans do see him as pretty much the perfect match for Clover, as long as you don't ship her in one of her many Les Yay pairings.
    • On one side, people want GLADIS back. On the other side...see The Scrappy below.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: From the way people discuss the show you would think it's nothing but pandering to every fetish possible.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Aliens" and "The Yuck Factor".
  • Complete Monster: Helga Von Guggen is a greedy fashion designer who makes "seamless" fur coats by kidnapping innocent people, injecting them with a serum that turns them into Petting Zoo People, then skinning them alive in what appears to be a giant industrial crusher. She makes her debut having already done this to a boat with two hundred people on board, bragging about one of her coats, claiming that it's "genuine lawyer." She later designs a line of apparel that crushes people who wear them, with heavy implications that it manages to kill an innocent shopper off-screen in the opening minutes of the episode it was introduced. Unlike he previous plan this isn't for material gain; she was mad about her reputation being ruined by her arrest and she wanted to kill as many fashion aficionados as she could in revenge.
  • Crossover Ship: The aforementioned crossover episode with Martin Mystery teased Martin/Alex and M.O.M./Jerry.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Tim Scam and Mandy.
  • Ear Worm: Here We Go.
    • The compouder sound will stay in your head for years.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Geraldine Husk and Tim Scam are the most noticeable and recurring, but the series is definitely packing a few others as well.
  • And of course, we can't forget about Shirley and Carla Wong aka Lady Dragon!
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Geraldine Husk's obsession with Clover can often reach Stalker with a Crush levels. Most notably the episode Super Agent Much.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Sam and recurring villain Tim Scam also seems to be a popular ship among the fans, given that it takes up a good chunk of the Totally Spies archive on FF.net.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Jerry is balding, yet his twin brother Terrance isn't. Could it be his guilt over what he did to his brother made him bald quicker?
    • Or maybe Terry just had transplants, or could be wearing a toupee or wig.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Space Much?" features an asteroid about to crash down in Moscow. In 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded in Russia.
    • Both "The Way You Play the Game" and "The Incredible Bulk" involve villains using artificial muscle enhancers, not something that's all-too funny these days. (Especially when one victim from the former is clearly in pain due to the treatment.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jerry gets a computer assistant name Gladis in the third season. Wait, why does that sound familiar? And she turns evil in one episode, almost furthering the resemblance.
    • The names are even spelled in similar ways. Are you sure someone on the team wasn't a fan of the show?
  • Les Yay:
    • Alex refers to a "super-hot model". The model is female.
    • Sam and Mandy in "Eraser".
    • Out of the main girls, Alex seems to show the most affection toward Sam, even having an Affectionate Nickname for her; Sammy.
    • The three of them, as adults, are even roommates in an episode involving Time Travel. (Although the younger Sam does express a little disappointment that her future self is unmarried.)
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene where Clover bounces a laser between two mirrors, and uses those lasers to melt a door. This lead to comments about how physics don't work that way, or asking why she just didn't use the original laser in the first place.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Terrence tried to kill his own brother and forced the girls to try to do so to save their love interest's life, but he finally crosses the line when he decides to destroy WOOHP completely.
  • Narm: Just try to take Muffy Peprich from "Evil Sorority" seriously as a villain when she makes threats in a scratchy, high-pitched voice.
  • One True Threesome: Sam/Alex/Clover ship. It doesn't help that most of the boys the three are interested in tend to be one-shots, bar their fellow spy Blaine.
  • Paranoia Fuel: WOOHP can get the girls from anywhere.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Several of them. Two games on Game Boy Advance, three on Nintendo DS, and a party game for the Playstation 2. None of them were all that great.
  • The Scrappy: GLADIS—she was written out of the series almost entirely due to fan complaints!
  • So Okay, It's Average: It's just your average "save-the-world" cartoon, nothing less and nothing more.
  • Testosterone Brigade: When a female-targeted kids' show has Fanservice as much as this one does, it's inevitable.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The voice actors for the English dub being replaced with sound-alike Canadians has been somewhat controversial.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Throughout "Evil Bouquets Are Sooo Passe" Clover holds a petty grudge against Sam for dating her ex and in the end Sam dumps him so she can stay friends with Clover. Then when it turns out he's dating Alex now, Clover and Sam both throw her in the pool.
  • The Woobie:
    • Alex in "Alex Gets Schooled," where her parents send her to a British boarding school where she is bullied and eventually turned into a dolphin monster. This was all because of her supposed bad grades, only for it to turn out that it was a mix-up the whole time. Also, in "Boy Bands Will Be Boy Bands," where her favorite singer ends up betraying her and forcing her to switch faces with his hag of a manager, as well as the b-plot involving Mandy bullying her.
      • A general one for poor Alex if the Alternate Character Interpretation above is correct; she has such low self-confidence that she automatically assumes that it's only a matter of time before Sam and Clover decide they'd rather have the more capable Britney and kick her to the curb.
    • Clover in "Matchmaker," she actually breaks down crying after Sam and Alex turn on her.

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