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  • So the premise of the show is that Penn, Boone, and Sashi travel into different dimensions to save the day. Now a lot of the episodes shown so far they tend to take on generic roles. But in other episodes/worlds they're clearly taking on the roles of important figures in that world. So after the mission is accomplished and they (or rather their personalities?) are brought home do the people they control remember the events that transpired? I'd assume so since it would be weird to just blackout like that and wake up in a different location with everything saved. This issue can also apply to Rippen and Larry who do the same thing.
    • "North Pole Down" implies that the people they take over get amnesia, as Santa wondered when he ate gingerbread.
    • "That Purple Guy" proves the amnesia with the Purple Aliens Heroes.
  • What exactly is the motivation for Rippen and Larry? Does Rippen have some end-game in sight that requires evil to win across the Multiverse? It seems like he just does evil for evil's sake, and... that's it. There's no explanation given as to why Rippen is a "Part-time Villain" or anything.
    • This series starts off without telling us how anything works, like how Rippen and Larry dimension-hop or how Penn became a part-time hero, but according to the creators, this information will be revealed over the course of the first season. While nothing has been revealed yet in the show, news articles have explained that Rippen is an art teacher at Penn's high school, but what he really wants to do is become a full-time villain. That's why he goes to any dimension to try to do evil; he wants to succeed in another world so he can be a villain there permanently, but Penn and his team always stop him. Larry is probably there as Rippen's part-time minion because he enjoys hanging out with him more than wanting to do evil. So, from what we know right now, Rippen's motive appears to be to take over the world, though it's more of take over a world.
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    • "Number One, Number Two" confirms that it's the same as Penn, Boone, and Sashi.
    • "Cereal Criminals" pretty much confirms that all of Rippen's efforts are to be promoted to a Full-Time Villain.
    • In "My Mischievous Son", Rippen becomes a Bratty Half-Pint who must see to it that his "father" will be literally Reassigned to Antarctica instead of promoted. If he wins, all he gets to do as a Full-Time Villain is to grow up in Antarctica and find and other ways to make life harder for his "father". Is he that desperate to defeat Penn he doesn't care what an eventual "victory" will bring him?
  • Why wasn't Rippen the Milkman in "Cereal Criminals"? Was there a glitch in the machine?
    • This is just a loose idea, but in Universes where Rippen is the main villain there is no better, stronger, villain, or at least none that is active. In "I'm Super!" he's the main villain, and in the return "I'm Still Super!" he takes the side villain role instead of becoming "Professor EVIL PROFESSOR". Same applies to the Milkman, and Lady Starblaster. It could be that becoming a full-time villain means you always take the top spot.
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    • Word of God says they have "plans" for the Milkman, so I'm guessing there's something going on there that hasn't been uncovered yet. Perhaps he's a dimension-jumper as well, and so the role that was supposed to go to Rippen went to him instead?
    • It's actually because Rippen's role was to be an incarcerated villain that holds the key to stopping the Milkman's plans—and as befitting a villain, does everything he can to keep the heroes from finding out.
  • What exactly does being a full-time villain mean? If Rippen wins, does he stay in a certain world permanently, or does his consciousness spread throughout the multiverse and take over the bodies of every villain of each world?
    • I assume just like how Penn and his friends are schoolkids when they're off duty, Rippen being a full-time villain means he quits his teacher job and does evil 24/7.
  • In the Comic Con look ahead, we see clips from what is apparently the prologue episode. In those clips, Penn is wearing a green sweater instead of his trademark black and white shirt. Did he go through a wardrobe change after his first mission, or is the shirt a uniform?
    • I haven't seen the clip in question, but I feel I can safely say Penn (and by extension every other character) is wearing personal clothing and not a uniform. My logic here is that they're changing bodies and forms daily with each mission so there's no point in a uniform. The only exceptions we've seen are the Zeroes trapped in the "Most Deadliest World Imaginable" and Penn himself when he zapped in as himself. My guess in a change of wardrobe would be a Significant Wardrobe Shift.
      • Jossed in "Zap One".
  • In "Save the Worlds", Sheriff Scaley Briggs ends up in the cafeteria of Middleburg Central High School at the beginning of the episode. Because the Sheriff is from another dimension and those who know why he's there can't explain why he's there, doesn't Phyllis have some sort of device that erases people's memories (like at the end of Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimention)? It would make sense for Phyllis to have such a device in case of emergencies like this, even though all affected would faint, only to wake up and think, "Wait, what happened?".
    • Not sure whether you're saying the residents of Middleburg would need to have their minds erased, or Scaley Briggs himself, but either way, I don't think it's necessary. Out of all the people to get sucked out of their dimensions, Scaley Briggs is probably the least conspicuous. Presumably everyone in the cafeteria either thought he was just a crazy old man, or that he was doing a bit. If it had been someone like Blaze or Nug, I'd understand the need for mind erasure, but Scaley Briggs is literally just a human man. No matter how strange he's acting, a senile old man who believes he's a cowboy who rides dinosaurs is still something that could potentially exist in our world, even if it would be odd. Plus, pretty sure everyone from other dimensions was sucked out through the gate, so it's not like he just materialized into the cafeteria, either. If you're saying Scaley Briggs would need his mind erased after the events of the episode, I'd argue he's not fully with it enough to realize exactly what's happening. And, even if he does, it's firmly established that everyone in his town views him as an incompetent kook, so him going on a spiel about how he traveled to a bunch of different worlds with shape-shifting strangers would probably just get him mocked or ignored.
    • Aside from that, they don't have a particularly strong masquerade going on. The villains already know who they are, their extended families know what they do (aside from Shashi's, which mostly seems to be a secret to keep them from worrying about her), and Penn openly told the entire school that he has an incredibly important secret job that he can't tell them about. It seems to be more of a "Just don't go around telling everyone exactly what is going on" than a "erase everyone's mind to keep them from finding the truth" type of deal.
  • Sashi's specs are capable of operating underwater with no problems, yet "Brainzburgerz" shows they can be disabled by being splashed with ketchup? How does that work?
    • Perhaps they're only waterproof when she's zapped as underwater characters.
    • Except once she was turned into a zombie, she fell in the ocean amd when they went to clown world, she sprayed in the face a few times.
  • In "Plantywood" where Penn fell in love with Orchid the rose, is that Penn or is it his detective character that's in love? And if it is Penn, is that considered Cargo Ship?

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