YMMV / Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

  • Fridge Brilliance: When Lee Jordan is introduced, he is shown piloting a red plane. Red is normally heroic, but who is most commonly associated with the color red in this series? And who does he join sides with (and eventually backstab)?
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Pairing Carmen with either Ivy or Zack isn't uncommon. It helps that Carmen is rather popular and isn't too malicious besides her thievery (not to mention very protective of her rivals).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anytime the Chief lists three things and then says "Oh my!" becomes this when we learn that The Wizard of Oz was Carmen's favorite childhood story. Just think about it a little.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Well, this is Carmen Sandiego we're talking about.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Try as they might, Zack and Ivy will never be able to catch Carmen. At least, not for good.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In most fan-fiction, the Player and anything referring to the show's universe as a PC game are largely ignored.
  • Genius Bonus: Some of the things Carmen tells the Player are either elaborations or paraphrases of quotes from fairly obscure philosophers.
  • Guilty Pleasure: When DVD Verdict reviewed the first season, the author wrote, "I'm guessing young kids will dig this, and older kids will find it a guilty pleasure..." This later became a blurb for the case of the complete series DVD.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In episode 1, The Chief calls Zack "The Boy Wonder". Fast forward a couple of years, and along comes another series Scott Menville stars in; a little project called Teen Titans...
    • The show shares several traits with Kim Possible.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Carmen herself, of course, but much later in the show, we also get Dr. Maelstrom.
  • Memetic Badass: Carmen is known for being both incredibly cool and incredibly skilled. She's the world's greatest thief, after all.
  • Tear Jerker: "Follow My Footprints", in which Carmen is believed to have perished in an avalanche in the Himalayas. It hits most everyone at ACME and V.I.L.E. pretty hard.
  • What an Idiot:
    • At the end of "The Tigress", Ivy reveals the whole thing was a set up to make Carmen jealous and cause her to let down her guard so that they could catch her. When they do, Zack explains how he made super-powered rocket boots enabling Ivy to fly, right in front of Carmen who is handcuffed next to him, enabling her to take the boots and fly right out of the police van! Did he suddenly forget who he was talking to? Although perhaps this was the result of his hormones doing horrible things to his brain.
    • Mason Dixon's whole plan is to change history so that the Confederacy wins the Civil War and remains its own independent nation. As is pointed out in-episode, this will cause devastating changes to multiple other aspects of history that Dixon just isn't thinking ahead about.
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