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Trivia / Captain Underpants

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  • Author Appeal: Dav's a bit of a music fan, making references to The Beatles and the like with frequent puns to songs.
    • He also seems particularly fond of making references to the Paper Lace song “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”, seeing as how he’s done variations of that joke in FOUR different book series (Captain Underpants, Super Diaper Baby, Ook & Gluk, and Dog Man)!
  • Defictionalization:
    • Some copies of one of the books come with a real life version of the Hypno Ring. It's just a plastic toy though, no mind control...or is it?
    • The toys created for The Movie are also packaged with Hypno Rings.
  • Development Hell:
    • The European French translation of "The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants" was originally slated for a 2002 release, but that version never saw the light of day. A different translation, commissioned by another publisher, was finally released in 2014.
    • The 9th book was stuck in this for six years until finally being released in 2012, as Dav Pilkey took some time to care for his dying father.
    • At the end of Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People, two additional books were teased, neither of which having been heard from since:
      • The Captain Underpants Cartoon-O-Rama: Book #1: Heroes, Villains, and Super Creeps, a how-to-draw book.
      • FrankenFart vs. the Bionic Barf Bunnies from Diarrhea Land, a book supposedly written by Evil Dav Pilkey from the Mirror Universe depicted in Book 8.
  • Dub Name Change: Most of the character names are changed in the Spanish (USA and international), French (Bayard), French (Scholastic Canada), German (Ueberreuter), Italian (though George, Harold and Melvin's names went back to English in reprints), Portuguese (Brazil, mostly the first names), Catalan, Danish, Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen; except Mr. Krupp and the students), Finnish, Icelandic, Polish (except Krupp and the children), Croatian, Slovenian, Russian (most of the teachers), and Hebrew (some characters).
    • Dr. Diaper's name was changed to Dr. Nappy in the UK for obvious reasons.
  • Dueling Dubs: More like dueling translations:
    • The series has had two European French translations: one by Editions du Petit Musc (which covered the first 3 books) and another by Bayard (covering the first six).
    • There are two German translations: one by Ueberreuter (which covered the first five books) and a newer one by Panini.
    • There are also two Norwegian translations. In one translation, George's name is "Thomas" while the other calls him "Georg".
    • There are two Swedish translations: one by Egmont, and another by Bonnier Carlsen (which covers all 12 books).
    • There are also two Italian translation: the first covered only the first 8 books, while the second (that is more of a slightly altered version of the old one, just removing the changed names for George, Harold, Melvin and a few other character) covers the entire series.
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  • Line to God: Dav Pilkey has an Instagram, and has been known to not only answer fan questions, but likes and comments on several pieces of fanart based on his works.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Fans had to wait three years between the publications of books 7 (2003) and 8 (2006). After that, Dav Pilkey spent some years caring for his terminally-ill father. His next book, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future (another George and Harold graphic novel) was finally released in August 2010, the first of a four-title publishing deal.
    • As noted above, book 9; The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, didn't come out until 2012, six years after book 8.
  • Technology Marches On: George and Harold initially hypnotize Krupp because they were fed up with him blackmailing them with a VHS tape that has dirt on them.
  • What Could Have Been: The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers was originally going to have a plot involving Tippy having revenge on George, Harold and Captain Underpants. However, due to its Development Hell status the plot dramatically changed to a time travel-themed two-parter.
    • Rip Van Tinkle and Petey from Super Diaper Baby 2 were originally called Pee-Pee Longstockings and Ralph early in development.
  • Word Of God: Now has its own page here.
  • Write What You Know: Everything that happened to George and Harold happened to Dav Pilkey in grade school. He constantly got in trouble with his teachers for drawing comic books, which themselves were based on things that were happening to him at school then and there. Captain Underpants himself was inspired by his second grade classmates laughing at the word "underwear," to which his teacher furiously replied "UNDERWEAR IS NOT FUNNY!!" In Pilkey's words, he learned from the experience that "underwear is powerful."
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