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YMMV: Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Crossover Ship: Pairings of Carmen and Waldo from Where's Waldo? are very common among their fandoms.
  • Ear Worm: If you can find another show featuring an epic sweeping adventure score merged with a jazzy gospel-esque choir as its opening theme, bring it.
    • A jazzy, gospel-esque choir set to a slightly altered piece by Mozart.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Maelstrom, and Carmen herself of course.
  • Older Than They Think: Is this where Disney got their inspiration for an action series about a Fiery Redhead Action Girl whose blond male sidekick and a Voice with an Internet Connection help her pursue a hot former crimefighter with long black hair who turned to crime For the Evulz because she was bored being a good guy?
  • 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 they can catch her. When they do, Zack explains how he made super powered rocket boots enabling Ivy to fly. RIGHT IN FRONT OF CARMEN WHO WAS 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?!
    • He's a 14-year-old boy. Hormones do horrible things to teenagers' brains. Cut him some slack.
    • 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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