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  • The babies know Angelica is a big liar and that she enjoys tricking them, yet they continue believing her most of the time. This is because, in a case of Crying Wolf, the very few times they don't take her seriously she's actually saying the truth, so they decide to play it safe and continue believing what Angelica tells them. Plus, as she starts her Character Development, many times Angelica actually enjoys teaching them stuff for real, without any mean intention, so, despite everything, they see her as a mentor of sorts.
  • Season 1 episode entitled "Beauty Pageant." Why does Angelica think "Tanya" (Tommy in drag) is the cutest "girl" in the show besides Angelica herself? Because it's Tommy, and they look alike since they're related.
    • In the same episode, Phil and Lil demonstrate how they can switch identities simply depending on who wears Lil's pink bow, and part of this is the fact that Phil can perfectly imitate Lil's voice. Of course he can; they have the same voice actress!
      • Out-of-universe. In-Universe it could be explained that they are related and the same age. It's difficult to tell a baby's gender most of the time so them switching outfits and looking just like the other is understandable.
  • In “Showdown At Teeter Totter Gulch,” Chuckie says he first met Tommy when he was eight days old. Tommy is Jewish, so Chuckie was more than likely attending Tommy’s Bris.
  • In the episode "Reptar's Revenge," the adults take the babies to a carnival. Before they go in, Didi sees a man in a Reptar costume and says, "Stu, look at that terrible lizard!" The word "Dinosaur" literally means "terrible lizard" (even though dinosaurs aren't really lizards, but that's a different story).
  • In "New Kid in Town," the babies meet Josh, who offers to let them play on "his" side of the park, seemingly liberating them from Angelica's tyrannical rule. However, Josh ends up being just as bad, if not worse. Throughout the episode, if you pay close attention, you can see that Josh differs from Angelica in his methods of intimidation. Angelica physically bullies the babies, while Josh tends to use more psychological manipulation (lying, making verbal threats, convincing the babies that he's being "fair," etc).
    • At the end of the episode, Angelica confronts Josh by launching a water balloon at him. Instead of retaliating physically, he tries to convince Angelica to take two babies while Josh keeps the other two (again, psychological vs physical). Angelica responds by throwing ANOTHER water balloon, and Josh still refuses to resort to any type of physical response. Eventually, Angelica and Josh get into a shouting match, which culminates with Angelica pushing Josh to the ground. Instead of pushing back, he cries and runs off to tell his mother, since he clearly does not like physical conflict.
  • In the episode "Tricycle Thief," Susie accuses Angelica of stealing her tricycle. Tommy tries to give Angelica the benefit of the doubt, and then says to look at Angelica's hands, since they'd have paint on them if she opened Susie's (recently painted) shed to steal the trike. Angelica's hands do indeed have red paint on them, just like Susie's shed. This becomes the "final nail in the coffee," and even Tommy no longer believes Angelica is possibly innocent... because she was literally caught red-handed. Turns out she actually didn't do it, though.
    • Also, during that same episode, Susie tries to console Chuckie by saying "Angelica let go of the balloon" (which was tied to Cynthia's leg, as Susie's way of punishing Angelica for stealing her tricycle). She says "Angelica let go of the balloon the minute she opened my daddy's shed and stole my trike." As she says this, she gestures to the shed, and then to "her" tricycle (the one Angelica claimed was her own). The camera pans from the shed to Angelica's tricycle, and between the two, you can actually see that Susie's tricycle is underneath her porch. None of the characters notice right away.
  • In "Chuckie's Wonderful Life", Chuckie is told by his guardian angel that he's such a good friend that he gives Tommy the bravery to stand up to Angelica and other bullies. Go back a season to "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear", where Angelica is loudly coercing Tommy into throwing his mother's necklace into a garbage can. Chuckie actually stands up to ANGELICA in order to keep Tommy from doing it.
    • There are also a few instances of Chuckie not being around, and Tommy gives in to Angelica's bullying, whereas when Chuckie is around, Tommy usually stands up to her. The logic behind this appears to be that, despite there being four of them, the main characters are essentially two groups of two babies— best friends Tommy and Chuckie, and siblings Phil and Lil. Phil and Lil could possibly be considered Chaotic Neutral characters, in the fact that they're less susceptible to Angelica's negative influence than Tommy and Chuckie, but generally have good intentions otherwise.
    • When only Tommy, Phil, and Lil are around, Tommy tends not to challenge Angelica's bullying, perhaps on the grounds that he feels like he doesn't owe it to Phil and Lil, since they have each other. When Chuckie is around, however, Tommy acts as his protector in a way. He keeps Angelica from bullying Chuckie because Angelica feeds on Chuckie's fear of her, and he's more or less helpless. This may be what the guardian angel meant when he said that Tommy needs Chuckie around to stand up to Angelica— if Chuckie's not around, Tommy doesn't have any motivation to do so.
    • Tommy actually implies this in "Toys in Attic" with the line "Where's Chuckie when I need him?" as Angelica strong arms him into Boris and Minka's attic.
  • Angelica's parents spoil her and while Drew has a backbone at times, he still gives in. He finally punishes her in "Angelica Runs Away" and Angelica is seen being punished more often after this. It serves as a Moment of Awesome and Character Development for Drew.
  • In the episode "The Dog Broomer" a subtle hint she was a fraud was her mentioning she was from various cities. At first, she says she's from Helsinki, then she says she was from Stockholm.
    • Was she a fraud? She seemed to be a legitimate dog groomer, even though she hated it and was kind of a jerk to Spike. I also believe that she said she was from Helsinki and went to SCHOOL in Stockholm.
    • It's revealed at the end her accent is a fake. Her surname Umlaut means those two dots over letters in Northern European languages, such as German. The fridge brilliance meaning that she could've been lying unless she legitimately traveled around.
      • The other possibility is that she was trying to get potential customers by playing into the stereotype of the masterful, experienced Scandinavian stylist—notice that both cities given above, Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), are in the broad Scandinavian region—and was deliberately putting on the facade of being from there for business purposes, which would explain why she flubs the city as well as the revelation of her accent being faked. No fraud required, for once.
  • The size of the characters' houses and yards change in some episodes. This is because it's seen from a baby's point of view, and they see things differently on their adventures.
    • In addition, the intro, which seems to be set in Tommy's living room, appears HUGE compared to how it's portrayed during the actual episodes. This is because the intro is from the babies' perspective, and everything is bigger to them than it is to us.
  • There's a subtle arc with Stu in the first season. In the second episode he meets the owner of Mucklehunny toys who likes his inventions and wants Stu to make toys for him. He also is working on a Patty Pants doll which he finally perfects for Mucklehunny in "Stumaker's Elves."
  • Chuckie calling a Jack in the Box a Jerk in the Box is not just the babies mispronouncing words, it's a Freudian Slip for Chuckie's fear and hatred of clowns.
  • Aunt Miriam and Angelica get along during the first episode to feature "Mim," because Angelica reminds Miriam of herself. Grandpa Lou tells Stu about how, when they were kids, Miriam threw Lou's ball over the fence into the next yard— which is exactly what Angelica did to Tommy in the second episode. Miriam also admits that her bullying of Lou was because she envied his popularity, which can sometimes be inferred about Angelica, towards Tommy (such as at the end of "Tommy and the Secret Club").
  • In The Movie and Rugrats in Paris Aunt Miriam has brown hair while she has grey hair in the show. In "A Visit From Aunt Miriam" it's established her hair is a wig, so it's a different wig in the same hairstyle.
  • Angelica being jealous of Susie in "Doctor Susie" if you remember that she had previously thought of herself as a doctor in "Rhinoceritis", but the babies weren't impressed, but they were impressed with Susie.
  • When Grandpa is dreaming in the camping episode he says "Dust Bowl, Shmust Bowl, I'm not moving to California." It's been established they live in California and that the Pickles aren't originally from there, so Grandpa was remembering other than going on a tangent.
  • In "A Visit From Lipschitz" after meeting the Pickles family he decides to change his style of children's psychology. He also quotes Sigmund Freud, who in real life is a case of Dated History due to new evidence, and it seems Lipschitz himself realized that after personal interaction with the babies.
  • In "Reptar's Revenge" we see Didi freak out when a clown approaches her. This happens right in front of Chuckie, whose legendary fear of clowns develops a few episodes down the line. Studies have suggested that phobias are caused by seeing someone else react with fear to the same thing. Therefore Didi gave Chuckie his fear of clowns.
  • Fridge Logic about the Fridge Horror. Plenty of episodes have a stinger that show that our hero's latest fear was real after all. Could it be that Rugrats and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters take place in the same continuity? And if so, then was Angelica able to describe the monster trio in her story because she's been scared by them before? Or since in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters it's shown that monsters exist specifically because people are scared of them, could it be that it was this very story that created them?
    • Umm why is this scary again? Oblina has made it clear that MONSTERS DO NOT EAT CHILDREN! She says "They don't know where they've been" but monsters eating other monsters is a different story...
  • More Aunt Miriam Brilliance: In "Aunt Miriam" Grandpa wants to go to the Motel Styx during her visit. It's a play on words for the Hotel Six and the River Styx from the Underworld in Greek Mythology. Grandpa's saying he'd rather go to Hell than deal with her!
  • Why does Didi complain about the circus and is happy to leave in "Circus Angelicus?" She has a fear of clowns as noted in "Reptar's Revenge."
  • The "All Growed Up" special showed Didi's dismay over Spike having gained a lot of weight and other health issues over the years, and she doesn't know why. She's making a breakfast of bacon and eggs for Tommy, and Tommy secretly passes the bacon on to Spike. Why? Because bacon isn't kosher, so Tommy doesn't want to eat it.
    • Even more Brilliance — although Didi is the Jewish parent, she clearly isn't that heavy into her faith. We only ever see the family engage in Jewish customs when Boris and Minka are around — which suggests Didi only does Jewish things to please her parents. Which explains why she's even cooking bacon in the first place.
  • A Running Gag is that Chuckie is scared of the guy on the Quaker Oats box. Quakers wear funny clothes so Chuckie must think he's a clown, which is one of his biggest fears.
    • He might be scared of the clowns because of the clothes, because he does call him "The Guy On The Oatmeal Box With the Scary Hat".
  • The episode "Angelica for a Day" opens with a spoiled girl yelling at her dad to get her ice cream, and Drew says "I wouldn't want to be in his shoes." The joke here is that Drew has a spoiled daughter, but Angelica rarely screams at her dad like that. She acts more sweet around him and is manipulative to get her own way. She's more of a Spoiled Brat around the babies.
  • In the movies we see that Angelica likes songs from the 1970s and early 80s like "Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure, "One Way or Another" by Blondie, and Donna Summers' "Bad Girls." We saw in the Valentines Day episode during the decade dance, Charlotte was dressed in 80s attire. We also know that Angelica is impressionable and copied a scene from The Godfather in Rugrats in Paris. Due to Comic-Book Time by the time the movies and that episode aired, we can say that Charlotte grew up around that era and Angelica was copying her and introduced to this music by her.
  • All Growed Up and All Grown Up show a stark contrast in personalities and fashion. Everyone resembles their infant selves more (except for Susie whose afro was replaced with braids, similar to her younger version), Tommy was adventurous and lacked his passion for directing, Lil was still into gross stuff, etc. This is because All Growed Up is how the babies wanted and expected themselves to be as kids but All Grown Up is what really happened. How many people keep the same personality and wants from infancy to their teenage years?
  • The Passover episode seems to Bowdlerise the last plague (changing it from "death of everyone's first born child" to "first born child is 'taken away'"). But then you remember that in-universe Boris is telling the story to the babies, Angelica and Chaz. Of course he's censoring it, because there are little kids (and a sensitive adult) listening to the story!
  • While it would seem rather strange that a girl Susie's age would know where human babies come from, take into consideration that her mom, Lucy, is a doctor, and the one of the fields of medicine she practices is obstetrics—it can be assumed that she probably felt Susie should know the truth and not just silly lies.
  • Chuckie has a shirt with a planet on it and one episode revealed that his favorite show is a Spinoff Babies version of a parody of Star Trek. The planet on his shirt may be a planet that appeared on that show.
  • The fact that Tommy and Dil Pickles' mother is Jewish makes them Kosher Pickles.
  • In the episode "Angelica Nose Best," Angelica attempts to shrink her nose back to normal by telling truths, such as that the sky is blue, playgrounds are fun, and Grandpa Lou is old. The reason why this doesn't work (besides the obvious) is that those truths are all subjective or only half-truths (i.e. the sky is not always blue, not everyone finds playgrounds enjoyable, and not everyone would consider Lou elderly), as opposed to the objective, whole truth she tells when she admits to her wrong-doings.
  • In the Mega Diaper Babies episode Lil imagines herself as 'Dotted Line Girl'. The real superhero's power is invisibility, which on the Show Within a Show is represented with a dotted line around the character. Of course Lil being one year old would see it literally, thinking the dotted line made her invisible.
  • Rewatching the Melville episode, the reason behind Melville's passing suddenly became very clear. Chuckle must have smothered it by accident when he put that little blanket over him.
  • According to the Mother's Day special, Tommy was born a premature kid, and previously, in the show, Angelica mentioned that, when Tommy was born, the whole family went crazy for him and couldn't think about anything else. Tommy and Didi obviously required special attention for some time, and this probably kickstarted Angelica's animosity against him, seeing Tommy and other babies in general as kids that steal her spotlight and her family's attention without even trying.
  • In the Mirrorland episode, Chuckie tells the younger babies that mirrors are portals to another world where everything is the same but backwards. It's understandable that a 2-year-old would sincerely believe this, but where would he get the idea? Well, what's his favorite show? Space Trek Babies — they must have had a Mirror Universe episode just like the original.
  • In "Babysitting Fluffy", Angelica tells the babies that Fluffy needs to be brushed "at least a zillion times a day". This may sound like she's just pampering, but Fluffy is a Persian. Persians really do need to be brushed daily.
  • It's established on several occasions that Drew and Charlotte want to be firm with Angelica and not spoil her so much, but just don't have the spines to stand up to her inevitable tantrums. This is why Angelica only gets a dime from the "tooth fairy" for her first lost tooth—they know it's a rare opportunity for them to be frugal with Angelica and get away with it, since she doesn't know that they're the ones responsible for the disappointing reward.
  • In the episode "Garage Sale," Stu shows Didi his old disco suit, which she points out he hasn't worn since 1977. A later episode, "Sour Pickles," reveals that Stu was born in 1958, the Rugrats wiki even stating that he was born in October of 1958. How much do you wanna bet that Stu wore that disco suit to his senior prom?
  • In "Chuckie vs. the Potty", Stu reveals that he wasn't potty trained when he was two, and Lou says that they nearly didn't get him into the boy scouts. However, Stu, eccentric as he is, doesn't seem to be having any developmental delays when we see him in the past, and usually kids potty train at four at the latest. Maybe Stu was potty trained at age three or four, but still wet the bed for awhile afterwards? Of course, it's also entirely possible that Lou was exaggerating.

Fridge Horror

  • A lot of the problems the babies face (or think they face) don't make anyone over the age of around 14 or so bat an eyelash, since we know that most of the things they think are simply wrong and not factual. But imagine things from their perspective, thinking that everything they fear had happened/will happen COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN. Imagine thinking you really DID turn your cousin to stone, and then the motionless statue of her SHATTERED into dozens of pieces, undoubtedly killing her. Imagine truly believing that swallowing a watermelon seed really will cause a full-sized watermelon to grow inside you and fatally rupture your stomach, or that there was an actual, realistic possibility that you could be sucked down your bathtub drain. The Rugrats must have been scared shitless during half the series. When you think about this, it's pretty remarkable how brave Tommy is despite how scary his life is. Or maybe he just doesn't know he SHOULD be scared.
  • If the Nostalgia Filter hasn't fully fogged up your vision of past cable cartoons, try watching Rugrats now in a world where everyone is much more careful when it comes to the safety of children. Shudder at the many instances of neglect. Gasp at the fact that the only thing saving the babies from being crushed, burned, exposed to the elements, abducted, starved, eaten, cut to ribbons, drowned, or permanently traumatized was dumb luck or their dim-bulb parents eventually realizing they were missing. It's like the Nickelodeon execs said, "You know, Ren and Stimpy was too gross and bizarre and Doug's too boring. Maybe kids will get a kick out of child neglect and psychological trauma, but we'll hide it under a veneer of adventure and comedy so the Moral Guardians won't get on our asses about it. Then, we'll run it into the ground for ten years and make a spin-off or three!" I mean, what would've happened if the parents were too late in realizing where the babies were whenever they went off somewhere? One must also consider the many instances in which Angelica plays on the babies' naiveté and paranoia in order to torment/scare them, for fun or for profit. And considering this happened to them while they're still quite young, what negative effects could this have possibly had on their mental health?
    • The entire movie is especially horrifying. Most parents would be slow to give an infant Hot Wheels for fear that he might eat it. Stu gives them what is essentially a go-kart. This ended in the worst case possible.
    • The episode "Together At Last" is especially notable. Both sets of babies manage to easily sneak out of the house. Tommy, Lil and Chuckie sneak out through the kitchen door while Didi is too busy cooking, and Phil easily gets out of the playpen while Betty is in the other room. Phil climbs on top of a fence and falls off. If it weren't a cartoon, he could have been seriously injured. He's also left alone with Spike and actually forces the dog's mouth open. Yeah if this weren't a cartoon...that probably wouldn't go down too well. And by the end, neither Betty nor Didi noticed that the babies had left.
    • There actually was an episode where Tommy was kidnapped. The kidnappers returned him by the end of the episode, though.
  • The episode "Chuckie's Wonderful Life" shows that without Chuckie, Chaz is a mess, living alone in his house surrounded by empty pizza boxes and talking to a sock puppet. It gets worse when you realize that his wife (Chuckie's mother) died of an unmentioned disease (according to the Mother's Day special episode). And since Chaz doesn't have a kid, he wouldn't be as close to the other parents and therefore would have no friends to help him through his wife's illness and his own mental breakdown.
    • The episode implies the only thing standing between Chaz and sanity slippage was Chuckie. What better motivator to keep it together than the completely helpless human being you brought into the world with the love you just lost?
    • While it's comically blown into fantastic levels, some of the depictions, abiding by the show's Character Development, aren't grossly inaccurate. Chaz is a Nervous Wreck who frequently displays emotional dependency on Chuckie, Tommy, as the guardian angel emphasizes uses Chuckie as a Living Emotional Crutch, while Phil and Lil are often rambunctious and selfish when the others aren't around to keep them in line. Angelica is already a Spoiled Brat, but her moments of humility from the babies formed most of her Character Development into having any real redeeming aspects. Chuckie genuinely is pivotal to the lives of several people.
    • If in the Bad Future, Angelica felt the need to take over Tommy's house and make his parents her constant guardians and slaves, it brings into question, just what did this Angelica do to Drew and Charlotte?
      • All Grown Up (thankfully) fixed this, but imagine somebody as borderline sociopathic as Angelica as a teenager or even an adult.
      • Calling Angelica sociopathic, even borderline, goes a bit too far, as she is only three. But yes, it would be terrifying to imagine how a child like Angelica, who receives little to no discipline whatsoever, would be as a teen or adult.
      • Hell this episode exemplifies Angelica at her very worst, acting as a Bad Samaritan and convincing Chuckie the world is worse off from his existing, seemingly just for a cruel laugh. This is a three year old posing as a sadistic and horrifically competent psychological bully that has broken one of her victims' will to live. An older, cleverer and even nastier Angelica would potentially be responsible for multiple suicides.
      • There is an entire reality show that's basically dedicated to that.
      • Had Angelica not mellowed out of messing with the babies' heads by the time of All Grown Up!, it's very possible she would've become a female version of Izaya Orihara .
  • In the episode "Toy Palace" there is a real, working time machine, set up as a Chekhov's Gun for the episode. In the Rugrats universe, not only is time travel possible, it's meant as a toy for children.
    • Fridge Brilliance leading off of this: the existence of time travel explains all the gross negligence on the parent's part, as well as explaining away the Comicbook Time nature of the show.
  • From the "New Kid in Town" episode, Josh's game "Pillow" involves him attempting to jump on the babies from the swings. If Angelica hadn't stepped in when she did, the little bastard could've killed them.
  • In the movie and the episode "Barbecue Story" one or all of the babies are in danger of getting mauled to death by animals and are only saved due to Spike. In Barbecue Story a neighbor's dog (who might just be intimidatingly friendly) and in the movie, definitely would be eaten by a wolf.
  • One episode had Angelica trying to rip Chuckie's teeth out to get money from the tooth fairy. Just imagine Angelica succeeding, and the parents finding Chuckie toothless and covered in blood...
  • It has already been established that Phil and Lil eat bugs. With the amount of neglect from their parents in each episode, how would anyone know if they were to eat a poisonous insect? This is especially apparent in the crossover with The Wild Thornberrys, where there are numerous unfamiliar insects that could very well be poisonous. If Lil hadn't insisted on the two of them being vegetarians during that movie, it might have meant death for the twins.
    • On the note of the babies eating bugs, that is rather normal as babies do put thing in their mouth to see what it is and, if they like the taste or commonly the feel, they'll be more inclined to eat it, nothing to worry about. On the note of the poisonous insects, well, that would be normal, too, if you take into account no one really expects for babies to eat the bugs, be them poisonous or not.
      • It it something to worry about when it's dangerous. A lot of babies swallow and taste things they shouldn't, such as poisons or small objects.
  • In "Special Delivery" pausing at the right moment right before Tommy almost takes a tumble into the Dead Letter Office reveals the skeletonized remains of someone in uniform. Either A: This guy fell in accidentally and starved to death or B: The poor bastard was murdered and someone tossed his body in the Dead Letter Office to hide it.
    • What makes this even scarier to think about is that, if it weren't for his dumb luck, Tommy would've suffered the same fate. And even worse than that? Stu and Didi didn't know he was even at the post office. They never would have found out what happened to him.
    • To be fair, though, the horror may be mitigated by the fact that that skeleton may just be a discarded Halloween decoration.
  • The end of "Garage Sale" shows that pretty much everything in the Pickles house was sold, including the furniture. We can only hope that Didi and Stu made enough money from the sale to be able to replace everything...
    • Considering Status Quo Is God, everything is back to normal in the next episode. Either they made enough or managed to explain it to people who came to the sale.
  • In "I Remember Melville", Chuckie, distraught over Melville dying, deludes himself into believing that the bug is still alive. Eventually, he even uses Melville's clearly dead body to do "circus tricks" and such.
  • Rugrats was one of the most popular kids' shows in America back when it was still running, mostly in the late '90's. Angelica, a young bully, was not only a major character, but also one of the most popular characters in the series. Bullying became a huge problem amongst children in the late 90's going onward. You do the math.
    • In all fairness, she's three and, through some means or another, she doesn't know any better. That aside, however, the one's she's picking on are babies, who, thankfully, won't remember.
  • An In-Universe example in "Sleep Trouble". Chuckie stays over at Tommy's house, and Stu tells them both a story about the Sand Man. Chuckie wakes Tommy up on the realization that if the Sand Man puts too much sand in their eyes, they'd be buried. Even Tommy is scared of the idea of a potential intruder slipping through cracks and burying them in sleep sand.
  • In some episodes, like "Babies in Toyland", Angelica's Imagine Spots involve a figure that she's pretending is there giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech; essentially, she's telling herself that she's a selfish brat. This, coupled with her confession in Rugrats in Paris seems to suggest that on some level she knows how awful she can be and absolutely hates it. Poor girl.
  • "The Last Babysitter". A subtler one happens early on: Buster goes into the basement, then runs out, saying that something was down there. We briefly get a POV from something coming after him, just before the door is closed. While it's later revealed that the so-called monster was actually Buster's friend, it's pointed out that a monster couldn't get out of the basement without being noticed. If that's so, then what was in the basement chasing Buster in the first place?
    • Maybe a raccoon or possum, if not a stray dog or cat that got into the basement through some entrance into the basement (as does occasionally happen). Alternatively, it was really nothing and he was either imagining things or was just playing along to a prank his friend was playing.
  • In "Angelica Breaks a Leg", one scene shows Angelica watching television while resting her "broken" leg. We never actually see what she's watching, but we do hear it: it's the sound of gunshots, and for some reason, it makes Angelica burst out in laughter...
    • Maybe she thinks it was a cartoon?
  • The Thanksgiving Episode begins with an Imagine Spot inspired by the first Thanksgiving, starring the babies as the Native Americans. The Intended Audience Reaction likely involved finding this adorable, but it becomes less so if the viewers instead imagine the babies falling victim to infanticide.
    • Or to smallpox, even. Really, the Native Americans gave as good as they got.
  • A Fridge Tearjerker occurs in "Let Them Eat Cake." Throughout the wedding, Chaz is shown crying his eyes out. At first glance, this just seems to show how sensitive he is. But in hindsight, it seems likely that he was remembering his own wedding and missing his late wife.
  • In some early Imagine Spots from Chuckie's perspective, he tends to see himself a Cosmic Plaything and his so-called-friends being unsympathetic or outright worsening things for him. "Chuckie vs The Potty" is possibly the darkest, where he sees as Angelica as his executioner, Phil and Lil as Chaotic Neutral guards dragging him to face his punishment, and Tommy as a pious priest apathetically telling him not to be such a baby. This actually doesn't seem to far off how he is treated in real life episodes such as "The Alien" (where Phil and Lil are very easily swayed into helping Angelica terrorise him) or "Farewell My Friend" (which was the last straw for him, leading him to call out Tommy on his selfish treatment). Noticeably Tommy genuinely mellowed out afterwards and other perspective moments from Chuckie tend to view him more favourably, if not extremely idealistically (eg. The Movie).

Fridge Logic

  • One would think that the main four babies (Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil) were really just terribly misbehaved children who do things they know they shouldn't, just because. But for the most part, their parents NEVER punish them for anything they do. All they do is stop them from doing whatever they were trying to do, say "No, don't do that," and put them back in the playpen. No wonder the rugrats keep acting up— they're receiving almost NO negative reinforcement for their actions.
    • Um....Yeah they're babies. Babies don't know right from wrong, all you can really do is remove a baby from whatever situation and say "No no don't do that!" The only character you can say really doesn't tend to suffer the consequences of her actions is Angelica. She's 3, she's old enough to be say sent to a time out when she's in trouble.
      • Which is actually brought up in the episode "The Baby Vanishes" where Drew acknowledges his shortcomings with disciplining Angelica, only for him to snap back to it at the end of the episode.
  • Dil can't talk, yet somehow in the movie in which he's born, a whole bunch of other newborn babies at the exact same hospital perform a song and dance number.
    • So maybe babies can only talk to others of their own age?
    • It's for the same reason that the main babies can understand each other, but the adults can't understand them. It's easier for them to communicate with people who are closer to their own age.
    • Actually, Dil can talk, just not much. Remember, in the movie he says "mine" while fighting with Tommy, says "my Tommy" at one point, and then once randomly says "pooping" while, well, you know...
    • Dil is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, so it could just be that he doesn't have anything comprehensible to say.
  • 'Tanya' is a boy because she's bald.. She's one. A little baby without hair isn't anything odd.
    • That's not damning evidence, but the wig and the manner in which it was pulled off is.
      • For that matter, why did Didi damn near have a heart attack when the host announced the winner as "Tanya Pickles"? As if they're the only family on Earth with the last name "Pickles."
      • Maybe since the baby looked so similar to Tommy, Didi was a little suspicious, and when she heard the name, that just set off alarm bells in her mind. Especially when the host mentioned that "Tanya" was brought to the contest by her father and grandfather; that just led Didi to connect the dots, and...
  • Captain Blasto's oath ends with the line "It's Captain Blasto, wrong or right!" Wrong or right? What kind of superhero is he? Does he just go around beating people up without regard for morals and ethics?
    • While on the subject of "Superhero Chuckie", the characters they had see the show made no sense in hindsight. Drew and Stu being there makes sense as they're big fans, and of course Drew brings his daughter Angelica... but why was Chuckie there? Where's his dad Chaz? Or heck, where's Tommy?!
  • Coco Labouche may be a mean spirited, insulting, thoughtless Child Hater, but she is quite a shrewd and cunning business woman, who has made millions for her company, and managed to run a super successful and world famous Theme Park. However she gets passed over for a promotion for that very reason, a woman who chose her career over having a family. Why is this okay? Sure she's not the most sympathetic person but do people really overlook this discrimination because she is supposedly a villain for being good at her job?
    • The head of the company isn't just in it for the money and doesn't see her as a worthy successor. Remember, he is also the head of the company and choses his successor based on how he made it. Plus when he saw that she is willing to put kids in danger (basically KIDNAPPING THEM), I doubt he'd want her to get close to any kids again. Plus her theme park has apparently ninja guards and her assistant is all too happy with jabbing his arm down a 4-year-old's throat. She's not a villain because she's good at her job, she's an authoritarian who enjoys scaring her employees and basically working them within an inch of their lives given how dangerous some of the animatronics are.
    • Mr. Yamaguchi specifically says, "The candidate [for the presidency] should not be concerned only with money. They must understand what it means to bring joy to children. They themselves must have the heart of a child." He doesn't even mention the fact that Coco is unmarried and not a parent. She's the one who lies and claims that she is marrying a man with a child.
    • The fact remains, she has made hundreds of millions, possibly even billions to a company. Having a so called "heart of a child" is one thing. But being super successful and making giant income for her boss, who most assuredly doesn't mind living off of her contributions, pretty much paints Yamaguchi as a hypocrite. Reaping the profits of his employees, then shaming them for doing exactly what they were hired to do, that's pretty messed up.
  • In "Stu Gets a Job", Stu thinks Drew is pranking him (it's actually the babies because Tommy doesn’t want him going to work) so he makes two phone calls to get even: one for 50 pizzas to be delivered to Drew’s house and the other to have his car towed. He disguises his voice which is completely unnecessary in both cases. For the first, a pizza place likely wouldn't keep track of who's ordering, unless that person's a regular. For the second, anyone can report an illegally parked car.
    • Which brings into question how Stu's pranks worked in the first place. For the car, it would have been no problem for Drew to prove the vehicle was his and was legally parked, and I can't see any pizza place making 50 Pizzas and actually delivering them without some sort of confirmation or deposit...

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