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Interestingly, Angelica's Rugrats Theory was not completely made up in this fanfic, certain aspects were true, they just didn't apply to the Rugrats: Didi did have a stillborn baby, but he was named Spencer and was not Tommy, Betty did have an abortion but it was from a pregnancy she had before she and Howard were even in a relationship, the person named Cynthia who died was Charlotte's mom, not Angelica's, and Melinda died while pregnant, so her fetus was the one who died with her, not Chuckie.

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Interestingly, Angelica's Rugrats Theory was not completely made up in this fanfic, certain fanfic. Certain aspects were true, true; they just didn't apply to the Rugrats: Didi did have a stillborn baby, but he was named Spencer and was not Tommy, Betty did have an abortion but it was from a pregnancy she had before she and Howard were even in a relationship, the person named Cynthia who died was Charlotte's mom, not Angelica's, and Melinda died while pregnant, so her fetus was the one who died with her, not Chuckie.


** At the slumber party, they see people dressed up as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Hughie, Dewey and Louie]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar]], the gorilla family from Tarzan, the cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and [[GreekMythology Hercules.]]

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** At the slumber party, they see people dressed up as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Hughie, Dewey and Louie]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar]], the gorilla family from Tarzan, the cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology Hercules.]]


-->'''Zack''': "OK, Angelica, I have a bone to pick with you. Your cousin and his friends saved your life, and you repay them by not only tricking them for the past, oh I don't know, one to two years now, but then, you go on YouTube, and with Peter's help, you tell the world that they don't exist? You ought to be ashamed of yourself!"

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-->'''Zack''': "OK, Angelica, I have a bone to pick with you. Your cousin and his friends saved your life, and you repay them by not only tricking them for the past, oh I don't know, one to two years now, but then, you go on YouTube, Website/YouTube, and with Peter's help, you tell the world that they don't exist? You ought to be ashamed of yourself!"



** At the slumber party, they see people dressed up as Disney/MickeyMouse, [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Hughie, Dewey and Louie]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar]], the gorilla family from Tarzan, the cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and [[GreekMythology Hercules.]]

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** At the slumber party, they see people dressed up as Disney/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Hughie, Dewey and Louie]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar]], the gorilla family from Tarzan, the cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and [[GreekMythology Hercules.]]


* TheDiaperChange: Tommy mentions getting his diaper changed for the first time. He later gets his diaper changed in "Sing the Happy Happy Happy Happy Song".


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* TheDiaperChange: Tommy mentions getting his diaper changed for the first time. He later gets his diaper changed in "Sing the Happy Happy Happy Happy Song".

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* InjuredLimbEpisode: Spike is found with a broken leg.


* BabyLanguage: Just like in the show, babies under three can't talk to the adults, but a lot of them can talk to each other.

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* BabyLanguage: Just like in the show, babies under three can't talk to the adults, but a lot of them can talk to each other. Peter can also understand baby language.



* ContinuityNod: The fic mentions past events that happened in episodes.[[labelnote:Full list]] "Garage Sale" (Stu's first invention), "I Do" (the honeymoon in Wisconsin), "Princess Angelica" (Angelica thinks she's a real princess), the movie (Angelica lies that Tommy's older brother turned into Spike), "Mother's Day" (the death of Melinda), "Chuckie vs the Potty" (Chuckie gets put on the bottle), "Bow Wow Wedding Vows" (Fifi has puppies) and "Moving Away" (the babies' reunion). [[/labelnote]]

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* ContinuityNod: The fic mentions past events that happened in episodes.[[labelnote:Full list]] "Garage Sale" (Stu's first invention), "I Do" (the honeymoon in Wisconsin), "Princess Angelica" (Angelica thinks she's a real princess), the movie (Angelica lies that Tommy's older brother turned into Spike), "Mother's Day" (the death of Melinda), "Chuckie vs the Potty" (Chuckie gets put on the bottle), "Bow Wow Wedding Vows" (Fifi has puppies) and "Moving Away" (the babies' reunion). [[/labelnote]]reunion), "The Family Tree", (Didi finds out she's pregnant with Dil), "The Mattress" (Tommy thinks a monster is in Grandpa Lou's mattress). [[/labelnote]]
* CoolOldGuy: He might be a bit scatty, but Grandpa Lou is very good with the kids.


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* DisneyDeath: In the epilogue, an older Angelica is mistaken for having killed herself.
* DistantFinale: The last chapter takes place when Angelica and Susie are in high school.


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* HiddenDepths: At first, Peter just seems like a normal babysitter, but then it's revealed that he's a king of the Confederacy, is friends with a genie, and knows how to build time machines.
* HowUnscientific: Most of the fanfic is standard Rugrats, but the first chapter of the bonus section reveals that Peter has built a time machine and gained the ability to speak BabyLanguage from a genie.
* ILied: The last chapter is about Angelica admitting that she lied about the babies not existing.


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* MistakenForAliens: At one point, Zack asks if Dil is an alien.
* MorningSickness: Averted for most of the pregnancies, but Didi did have some morning sickness when she was pregnant with Dil.


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* TheNewTens: Apparently, Dil was born in 2013.
* TheNineties: The babies were (according to this fanfic) originally from the 1990's, but then, due to time travel, ended up being born in the new tens instead.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: This story explains why the babies didn't age despite the show being set in TheNineties and then later TheNewTens as being due to time travel shenanigans.


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* SeniorSleepCycle: The elderly Grandpa Lou often takes naps.


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** Angelica once claims that Tommy will live with gorillas like Carman, but Peter says, "It's Disney/{{Tarzan}}."
** At the slumber party, they see people dressed up as Disney/MickeyMouse, [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Hughie, Dewey and Louie]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar]], the gorilla family from Tarzan, the cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and [[GreekMythology Hercules.]]


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* {{Sleepyhead}}: While Grandpa Lou doesn't always seem tired, he does take a lot of naps.


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* StrayingBaby:
** In "Mommy is Gone", Chuckie thinks Melinda is asleep and sneaks off to wake her up.
** In "Tommy's First Crawl", Tommy crawls off and nearly drinks bleach.
** In one of the "Brotherly Preparedness" chapters, Tommy sneaks off at Big Sibling School to look for his "sister".


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* TeenPregnancy: Betty's abortion happened in high school.


* AccidentalMisnaming: When Tommy and the twins are first born, they call Chuckie "Chubby".



* BrainyBaby: Unlike Dil, Phil and Lil could speak BabyLanguage since they were born.

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* BrainyBaby: Unlike Dil, Phil and Lil could speak BabyLanguage since they were born. Tommy could also say a select few words.



* ContinuityNod: The fic mentions past events that happened in episodes.[[labelnote:Full list]] "Garage Sale" (Stu's first invention), "I Do" (the honeymoon in Wisconsin), "Princess Angelica" (Angelica thinks she's a real princess), the movie (Angelica lies that Tommy's older brother turned into Spike), "Mother's Day" (the death of Melinda), "Chuckie vs the Potty" (Chuckie gets put on the bottle), "Bow Wow Wedding Vows" (Fifi has puppies). [[/labelnote]]
* DeathFic: Not in general, but Melinda's death does make up a plot point.

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* ContinuityNod: The fic mentions past events that happened in episodes.[[labelnote:Full list]] "Garage Sale" (Stu's first invention), "I Do" (the honeymoon in Wisconsin), "Princess Angelica" (Angelica thinks she's a real princess), the movie (Angelica lies that Tommy's older brother turned into Spike), "Mother's Day" (the death of Melinda), "Chuckie vs the Potty" (Chuckie gets put on the bottle), "Bow Wow Wedding Vows" (Fifi has puppies).puppies) and "Moving Away" (the babies' reunion). [[/labelnote]]
* CuriousAsAMonkey: Tommy explores in the touchy-feely way most babies do.
* DeathFic: Not in general, but Melinda's death does make up a plot point.point, as does Trixie's.
* TheDiaperChange: Tommy mentions getting his diaper changed for the first time. He later gets his diaper changed in "Sing the Happy Happy Happy Happy Song".



* EskimosArentReal: Stu tells Grandpa Lou that there's no such thing as "hoodlums".



* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: Subverted. Didi and Stu eat tacos and both get cramps. Initially, they think the tacos must have been bad and have given them indigestion, but it turns out that Didi is in labor and Stu has appendicitis.



* HelpImStuck: Angelica gets stuck in a fence.



** The younger babies seem to have a habit of calling Angelica "Yucky".
** Grandpa Lou calls Tommy "Scout".



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Zack tells Angelica off after finding out about the babies saving her from being stuck in the fence. The rest of them continue to be very mad at her, ''even when she cries''.
-->'''Zack''': "OK, Angelica, I have a bone to pick with you. Your cousin and his friends saved your life, and you repay them by not only tricking them for the past, oh I don't know, one to two years now, but then, you go on YouTube, and with Peter's help, you tell the world that they don't exist? You ought to be ashamed of yourself!"
* RupturedAppendix: Stu gets appendicitis while Didi is in labor.



** Apparently, the author takes some inspiration for jokes from ''Series/FullHouse''.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Grandma Shirley is referred to as grandma "Shirly" and Wawa the teddy bear as "Wahwah".

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* SpeakInUnison: Phil and Lil apologize in unison for arguing about who should help who walk to Angelica.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Grandma Shirley is referred to as grandma "Shirly" "Shirly", Grandma Minka as Gramdma "Minca", and Wawa the teddy bear as "Wahwah"."Wahwah".
* SweetTooth: Angelica really likes cookies, cake and sweets. The other kids do too, but they don't go on about it as much as Angelica.
* TragicStillbirth: While it doesn't completely traumatize them or take over the plot, Spencer's stillbirth is pretty tragic for Stu and especially Didi.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Chuckie calls taking a nap "taking a nappy". Actually "nappy" is another word for diaper.

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Chuckie calls taking a nap "taking a nappy". Actually "nappy" is another word for diaper. Tommy mentions taking "nappies" too.


* BabyLanguage: Just like in the show, babies under three can't talk to the adults, but a lot of them can talk to each other.
* BabysittingEpisode: Didi and Stu, Taffy, and Peter have been mentioned to have babysat the kids.



* BrattyHalfPint: Angelica is her usual bratty self, exaggerated when she tells the world that the babies don't exist.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Phil and Lil were born around the time Melinda died.
* BrainyBaby: Unlike Dil, Phil and Lil could speak BabyLanguage since they were born.
* BrattyHalfPint: Angelica is her usual bratty self, exaggerated when she tells the world that the babies don't exist.exist and at age one, she was even brattier, punching Chuckie.
* CerebusRetcon: In the episode "Chuckie vs the Potty", Chuckie mentions that getting potty-trained was the worst thing that happened since his mom put him on the bottle. It's meant to be a joke line, but in this fic, Chuckie reveals that he thinks being put on the bottle was the worst thing in his life because he associates it with Melinda's death.
* CharacterDeath: If you don't count the stillbirth, there's still Melinda's death and the mentioned death of Charlotte's mother.
* ChewingTheScenery: When Chuckie prepares to tell about Melinda's death, he mentions that it's "not a pretty story" and that he was "doomed", which is pretty dramatic talk for a toddler.


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* ContinuityNod: The fic mentions past events that happened in episodes.[[labelnote:Full list]] "Garage Sale" (Stu's first invention), "I Do" (the honeymoon in Wisconsin), "Princess Angelica" (Angelica thinks she's a real princess), the movie (Angelica lies that Tommy's older brother turned into Spike), "Mother's Day" (the death of Melinda), "Chuckie vs the Potty" (Chuckie gets put on the bottle), "Bow Wow Wedding Vows" (Fifi has puppies). [[/labelnote]]
* DeathFic: Not in general, but Melinda's death does make up a plot point.
* DarkFic: Downplayed. Some moments (such as Spike being found with some dead puppies, Melinda dying and the whole stillbirth thing) are certainly dark, but the fic itself is not a complete gloom fest.


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* ExtremeOmnivore: Phil and Lil eat worms.
* FilthyFun: Phil and Lil have liked mud since they first discovered it.
* GoodParents: All the Rugrats' parents (despite their flaws such as Charlotte being very busy, etc) are generally good at raising their kids. Chas even promises to be the "best daddy he can be".
* HappilyMarried: All the married couples are just as successful as on the show.
* {{Heaven}}: Chuckie mentions that Melinda is up in heaven now.


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** Philip and Lillian are almost always called "Phil" and "Lil".
** Betty calls Howard "Howie".


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* LovableCoward: Chuckie is still his normal sweet, jittery self.


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* MissingMom: Melinda, Chuckie's biological mom, is not around because she's dead. Her death is mentioned in some chapters.


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* NatureLover: Apparently, before her death, Melinda "loved grass and flowers, and loved being outside". Chuckie himself likes jumping in leaves and picking dandelions and wonders if he inherited that from her.


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* PleaseWakeUp: When Melinda first died, Chuckie thought she was asleep.


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** Peter mentions "bouncing off the walls faster than [[Literature/WinnieThePooh Tigger.]]"
* SiblingRivalry: Downplayed for Phil and Lil. Just like in the show, they generally get along fine but have tiffs.
* SickEpisode: Melinda's terminal illness, which is said to be cancer in this fanfic, makes up a part of the plot.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Grandma Shirley is referred to as grandma "Shirly" and Wawa the teddy bear as "Wahwah".
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Chuckie is afraid of the unknown, clowns, the man on the oatmeal box
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Chuckie calls taking a nap "taking a nappy". Actually "nappy" is another word for diaper.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Stu has purple hair (and Tommy does too as the present in this fanfic is set after the show), Chuckie Howard has blue hair.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10731830/1/Prerugrats Prerugrats]]'' is a fanfiction of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.

It is set a year after the events of the show, where the Rugrats are hanging out with original characters Zack, Jesse (toddlers) and Peter (a babysitter). The events of ''WebOriginal/TheRugratsTheory'' (an infamous [[EpilepticTrees fan theory]] where the babies died and became figments of Angelica's imagination) are re-imagined as a story that Angelica made up and put on the Internet and people are showing videos of the Rugrats' actual backstories to prove that they do exist and Angelica's story is wrong.

Interestingly, Angelica's Rugrats Theory was not completely made up in this fanfic, certain aspects were true, they just didn't apply to the Rugrats: Didi did have a stillborn baby, but he was named Spencer and was not Tommy, Betty did have an abortion but it was from a pregnancy she had before she and Howard were even in a relationship, the person named Cynthia who died was Charlotte's mom, not Angelica's, and Melinda died while pregnant, so her fetus was the one who died with her, not Chuckie.

Most of the chapters are about the babies' pasts, but the bonus section is about the events around Dil's birth.

!! ''Prerugrats'' provides examples of
* BabyTalk: The kids still talk in primitive childish vocabulary, such as "one-years-old" and "firstest".
* BrattyHalfPint: Angelica is her usual bratty self, exaggerated when she tells the world that the babies don't exist.
* {{Continuation}}: Played with. It's set a year after the show but the main events happened before the show.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Jonathan, Charlotte's coworker, has dark skin and blond hair.
* ExpressDelivery: Only moments after Charlotte's waters break, her contractions are apparently two minutes apart.
* HeDidntMakeIt: The doctor describes the stillborn baby Spencer as "not having made it".
* InSeriesNickname:
** Drew calls Charlotte "Char".
** Angelica calls Tommy "Baldy" despite him having hair now. She also calls Dil "Drooly".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even though Angelica spread the rumour about the babies not existing, she feels bad about it eventually.
* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Drew and Charlotte have no idea what to name Angelica until she gets born.
* LastNameBasis: Angelica calls Chuckie by his surname a few times.
* MeaningfulName: Angelica was named because Drew thought she looked like an angel and Spike was named because he used to look like a spike of fur when he slept.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Peter, Tommy and Dil tell Angelica off for making up the lie about the babies, she feels bad and cries.
* OriginalCharacter: Zack and Jesse the kids and Peter the babysitter are not canon characters.
* ShoutOut:
** Lil mentions "that ''Series/HappyDays'' song.
** Phil mentions the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** Zack mentions ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy''.
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