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Before SpongeBob SquarePants came along, Rugrats was Nickelodeon's longest-running and most popular cartoon. As such, it's had its fair share of parodies and homages in media.

Comic Strips

Literature

  • In The Institute, Avery Dixon is revealed to have a poster of Tommy Pickles in his bedroom.

Live-Action TV

  • The Amanda Show:
  • Kenan & Kel: In the prologue to "Fenced In", Kel tries to learn the episode's plot by reading the TV listings, but instead reads a description for Rugrats, which Kenan points out.
    Kel: On tonight's show, Tommy and Chuckie lose Angelica's hair scrunchie.
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  • In the halloween episode of WandaVision, Petro mentions Rugrats. The shows composer Mark Mothersbaugh previously did the music for the third Thor film in the MCU.

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Western Animation

  • The prologue to episode 85 of Animaniacs is a parody of the show's opening, with Yakko as Tommy, Wakko as Chuckie, Dot as Angelica, Skippy as Phil, Mindy as Lil, Buttons as Spike, Pinky and The Brain as the robot cat, Slappy Squirrel as Grandpa Lou, Dr. Scratchansniff as Stu, and Hello Nurse as Didi.
  • In the prologue to the Arthur episode, "The Secret Lives of Dogs and Babies", Arthur and D.W. watch an Affectionate Parody of the show, with an Angelica-like character named Veronica and a Tommy-like character named Bucky. Phil and Lil and Chuckie-like characters were also present, but their names were not mentioned. Kate criticizes the show as unrealistic.
  • One of the first promos for Cow and Chicken features the two titular characters sitting on chairs at a desk. The (unseen) Cartoon Network boss gives ideas for the plot of the show they'll be in. One of these is a parody of Rugrats entitled, "Carpet Bunnies", with a logo that strongly resembles the Rugrats logo. Chicken is seen dressed as Tommy, and Cow is seen dressed as Chuckie. While Cow squirts the screen with udder milk, the boss says, "Here's what we're thinking for your new show; Carpet Bunnies: Little tiny babies who can hardly talk but all this complicated stuff happens to them anyway." Chicken responds by saying, "That's stupid!".
  • Drawn Together: In "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II", during a pan of the living room while the housemates sort résumés, one of them has a photo of Tommy Pickles attached.
  • The Fairly OddParents TV movie, Channel Chasers has an Affectionate Parody called "Carpet Critters". Klasky-Csupo actually provided animation to their station-mates.
  • In the Family Guy episode, "Love Thy Trophy" Stewie seeks employement, and mentions that he squandered his munitions budget on an insipid Rugrats video.
  • The Loud House:
  • In the sketch, "A Rugrats Joke" from the Robot Chicken episode, "Link's Sausages", Tommy mentions that he, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil had to cross the freeway, face-jump off a cliff, and dodge bullets in a gang war to find his Reptar doll. When Didi finds them out in the street, she takes them home and beats Stu up for not keeping a close eye on them.
  • In the TUGS segment, "Otis the Movie Star" from the Salty's Lighthouse episode, "Sound Off", Mr. Boffo and Mr. Socco tell Captain Star about their past movies, one of which is entitled, Tugrats.
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