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  • Adored by the Network: This show was a staple on Cartoon Network in the mid-2000s getting reruns very frequently. Even after it ended, it got reruns for years and it was one of the few shows to air both on Cartoon Planet and by itself. Boomerang also gave it good treatment by being one of the few shows to air consistently on the channel (Boomerang, in particular, is notorious for their inconsistency in airing reruns of several shows).
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  • Contest Winner Cameo: Numbuh 24 from the episode "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T." was modeled after Jhouwel, who won the contest "Operation: C.A.R.T.O.O.N.", the prize being a cameo appearance on the show.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Ben Diskin (voice of Numbuh 1 and Numbuh 2) has gone on record that Operation MUNCHIES is his favorite episode of the show.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Surprisingly for a show with a cast comprised mostly of children, there are only some instances of this trope: Numbuh 84 voiced by Janice Kawaye, Numbuh 363 voiced by Jennifer Hale, the Numbuh 44 twins both voiced by Lauren Tom, Numbuh 88 voiced by Cree Summer, Willard and Baby Jackson both voiced by Tara Strong, and Numbuh 888 voiced by Kim Mai Guest.
    • In the Japanese dub, Numbuh 5 is voiced by a man.
  • The Danza:
    • Cree Summer as Cree Lincoln (Numbuh 5's sister).
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    • Rachael MacFarlane as Rachel T. McKenzie (Numbuh 362).
    • Dee Bradley Baker as Bradley the Skunk.
    • In the failed pilot "Kenny and the Chimp", Tom Kenny plays Kenny.
  • Dawson Casting: None of the actors voicing the kids are actual children, including Ben Diskin. When he voiced Numbuhs 1 and 2 on the pilot short "No P in the Ool," Diskin was already 18 years old.
  • Executive Meddling: A positive example: The 2x4 technology came about when Cartoon Network wanted the high-tech gadgets changed since it was already done on Dexter's Laboratory. Creator Tom Warburton later stated that it became his favorite thing about the show.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • All the characters on the show that come from European backgrounds are voiced by Americans. Ben Diskin as the British Numbuh One, Dee Bradley Baker as the Australian Numbuh Four, Jennifer Hale as the Scottish/Irish Numbuh 86, etc.
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    • Japanese-American Numbuh 3 is voiced by Lauren Tom, who is of Chinese descent.
  • Fan Nickname: Ashley, the sole unnamed girl of the Delightful Children.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Billy from "Operation: C.L.O.S.E.T.", one of the one-time-characters Tom Kenny voiced, looks like him as a child.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: It's been released on DVD a few times, but those were as part of a "Best Of" compilation, not in complete seasons or as a complete series set. The entire series is available on iTunes and the Playstation Network though, and the first 3 seasons have been put on Netflix.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Upon repeat viewings, you'll notice that Cree Summer, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny, and Jennifer Hale voice a lot of characters.
  • Name's the Same: No, this Father is not the Big Bad from Fullmetal Alchemist, although their roles in their respective series are surprisingly similar.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Numbuh Two's mother was voiced by Cree Summer in "Operation: T.O.M.M.Y.", but is instead voiced by Candi Milo for the remainder of her appearances.
    • When Mr. Mogul and Big Brother appeared in "Operation: M.O.V.I.E.", they were respectively voiced by Dee Bradley Baker and Daran Norris rather than Rob Paulsen and John DiMaggio.
    • Once Jacek Braciak (who voiced Numbuh 2 in the Polish dub) became a Celebrity Voice Actor somewhere in late mid-2000's, he was replaced with Łukasz Lewandowski starting from "Operation: S.P.I.N.A.C.H.".
  • Real-Life Relative: The boy who gets abducted by the Abominable Snowsuit in "Operation: C.L.O.S.E.T." and his mother are voiced by Tom Kenny and his wife, Jill Talley.
  • Reality Subtext: The first video for the G:KND "teaser" was apparently leaked. For a time, typing in "Morbidcrab" (the Youtube account that leaked it) on the Rainbow Monkey site gave the message "why you gotta did that?". In the second video released after the countdown Numbuh Vine yells at Numbuhs Three and Four for posting the video early.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Happens more than often for Numbuh Four, as Dee Bradley Baker voices dozens of other extra roles, including villains (notably the Toilenator), operatives, and background characters.
    • Numbuh One and Numbuh Two. Both are voiced by Ben Diskin and, being on the same sector, interact quite frequently.
    • Cree Summer voices both Abigail and her sister Cree.
    • The Delightful Children from Down the Lane's voice actors are three of the Sector V voice actors (Cree Summer, Ben Diskin, and Dee Bradley Baker).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Numbuh Three was initially going to speak only in Japanese (with subtitles), while Numbuh Five was initially going to be The Voiceless. Both ideas were scrapped because it would have resulted in two girls of color (amongst three white boys) having no English-language lines, thus possibly raising protests over alleged sexism and alleged racism.
    • "Operation: S.P.A.N.K.E.N.S.T.E.I.N." was originally a thirty-minute Thanksgiving special, "Operation: S.P.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G.".
    • Lizzie's original character design was changed before her debut episode was made. Apparently her old appearance was too ugly for the execs.
    • One episode, "Operation: T.R.E.E.S.", an episode-long Shout-Out to Dr. Seuss and specifically to The Lorax, was axed early in its production. On the old KND LiveJournal page, they also said that it was too close to The Lorax and had to be scrapped because the estate of Dr. Seuss wouldn't approve it. Judging from the post, it was going have Numbuh 362 reading a story, most likely about the treehouses.
    • The Toiletnator was originally going to be a one-time character whose only appearance would have been in "Operation N.O.-P.O.W.U.H."
    • According to this one blog post by Tom Warburton, some of the otherwise human villains (Mr. Wink, Mr. Fibb, Mrs. Goodwall, Professor XXXL) having animal parts was supposed to lead into a story arc that eventually got abandoned. A Cartoon Network Free Comic Book Day issue that predated the show's premiere explained that the KND were responsible for at least the transformations of Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb.
    • Numbuh 1 was going to be voiced by Tom Kenny, and then an actual twelve-year-old (until he hit puberty), before Ben Diskin was chosen. Meanwhile, Numbuh 2 was going to be voiced by Sue Rose (the creator of Angela Anaconda and Pepper Ann).
    • Originally, Numbuh 4 was The Chosen One destined to defeat Dodgeball Wizard, until one of the writers suggested that it should instead be his little brother, Joey.
    • The teasers for GKND did lead to discussions about making a Sequel Series, but Cartoon Network rejected it in favour of The Powerpuff Girls (2016) and Ben 10 (2016). The creators have stated that they still hope to get the series off the ground.
    • Black John Licorice from "Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E." was originally intended to be voiced by Geoffrey Rush, the actor who played Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (which was fitting, given that Black John Licorice was a parody of Barbossa to begin with). Instead, Marc Graue did the voice because Geoffrey Rush's rates were too expensive.
  • The Wiki Rule: The KND Code Module.


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