YMMV: Wacky Races

  • Accidental Innuendo: At least one episode, "Speeding for Smogland'', shows a VIBRATOR option on Penelope Pitstop's dashboard.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Dick Dastardly constantly gets far enough ahead before stopping to cheat, proving him to be the best racer out of all of them. Isn't it more likely he has more fun losing creatively than the hollow victory of an easy win? Or is he simply too fixated on cheating to realize he's good enough to win without having to cheat?
  • Designated Villain: Dick Dastardly is portrayed as a villain for his supposed cheating, but nothing he does seems any dirtier than what any of the other racers ever do.
    • Dastardly does tend to stop to set traps for everybody, as opposed to simply taking potshots at the others as he drives. It may well be that this is against the rules.
    • Dastardly also tends to target the drivers along with the cars, while everyone else just aims for the cars. Examples include pulling Penelope out of her car with a fishing line (she was saved from a bad fall by Pat Pending), getting a park ranger to harass Luke and Blubber Bear, and, perhaps less harmful, distracting the drivers with Koo Koo Kola in the ghost town.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dick Dastardly, leading to much Rooting for the Empire.
  • Freud Was Right: Peter Perfect with his long extendable car.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: For some reason this show was really popular in Japan, and anime creators like making episodes in homage to it.
    • Considering that Speed Racer is fairly popular, it only makes sense.
      • Anybody considering a match-off between Speed Racer and Penelope Pitstop?
    • The Japanese really love them some street racing. Notice how anime and mangaka like Initial D and Wangan Midnight are hot sellers in the country.
    • Dick Dastardly is the most popular Hanna-Barbera character in Japan.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rassin' frassin'...
    • Muttley's wheezy laugh.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many people want to see Dick Dastardly win for once.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Penelope Pitstop was the only female racer, and got her own spinoff series.
  • Values Dissonance: Penelope with her stereotypical feminine mannerisms and car with essentially useless cosmetic gear would never pass muster today. A 2001 Cartoon Network Web Animation short shows how she can be updated.
  • Woolseyism: In the Latin American dub (which was broadcast in Spain, too), Dick Dastardly was turned into a Frenchman, called Pierre Nodoyuna (Nodoyuna -"No doy una"- is a colloquial Spanish term for "I always fail"). The change actually helped Dastardly's appeal in the Spanish-speaking countries, and he still remains a fairly popular character.