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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Kath Soucie voices another another intelligent AI who assists the main character frequently.
    • Koosie making a pepé wrap is an allusion to Dom De Luise's second career as a cook.
    • Rasslor from the Dial M for Monkey episode of the same name was voiced by Randy Savage. His last line in the episode was, naturally, "OH YEAAAH!".
    • "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song" is wall-to-wall references to guest star Paul Williams' music and personal life. note 
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    • In the Justice Friends segment Things That Go Bonk in the Night, Major Glory and Puppet Pal Mitch, both voiced by Rob Paulsen, have puppets of each other, as do Valhallen and Puppet Pal Clem, both voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Adam Westing: Koosalagoopagoop is voiced by Dom De Luise and is a parody of the increasingly saccharine Don Bluth movies DeLuise had been in, like A Troll in Central Park.
  • Adored by the Network: Well not surprising considering it was one of Cartoon Network's first successful original animated series. But from 1998-2001, it, along with The Powerpuff Girls were the flagship shows of the network.
  • Banned Episode: A handful of episodes were pulled from syndication for their raunchier-than-usual content.
    • "Dos Boot" sometimes goes missing due to complaints of the Creepy Crossdresser ending involving a Photoshop Expy and accusations of the episode being a full-on criticism of the IT world. Bootleg versions are still available via YouTube and Eastern European video sites.
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    • "Dial M for Monkey: Barbequor" was immediately pulled from syndication for the scenes of Krunk getting drunk and the the flaming homosexual villain, Silver Spooner. This includes the Hulu and Netflix releases, as well as it's lone DVD release of the first season.
    • "Rude Removal" was this for a number of years before a one-off airing on [adult swim] in The New '10s.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Dexter was voiced by two women in English.
    • Eddie Deezen voiced Lalavava.
  • The Danza:
    • Paul Williams himself guest stars in the episode "Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song" as Dexter's piano instructor.... Prof. Williams, who is drawn roughly the same height as Dexter.
    • The foreign exchange student in "Last But Not Beast" is named Toshi and voiced by Brian Toshi.
    • The robots from one of the revival's episodes are F.R.E.D. and M.A.R. 10, voiced by comedy duo Fred Willard and Martin Mull.
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    • In "Dee Dee and The Man," Dee Dee's sexy replacement is an actress named Candi, who's voiced by Candi Milo.
  • Deleted Role: The credits for the Dial M for Monkey segment "Peltra" credits Tom Kenny as voicing Tailor, who doesn't appear in the episode, but did appear in a comic adaptation of the episode that was featured in the fourth issue of Cartoon Network Presents.
  • Fake Brit: Kath Soucie gave Agent Honeydew a refined British accent.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • For some unknown reason, fans assume Dexter's unspoken last name to be "McPherson".
    • Some fans have given the name of Dexter's parents as "Craig" and "Suzanne".
    • Fans have given the name of Val Halen's nemesis (featured in "Krunk in Love") as "Von Hellen".
  • Follow the Leader: Seems to have inspired shows such as Johnny Test and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes
    • Only the first season was released on Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Fame" DVD series before briefly showing up on Netflix (and like the other classic CN shows, the service had the bizarre setup of only carrying one or two seasons at a time, rather than the complete series). As of 2015, the entire series, bar Ego Trip and the Banned Episode "Barbequor," is on Hulu.
    • "Rude Removal" became this after it was finally shown to the public. [adult swim] got its hands on the episode and actually aired it, and afterward posted the short on its YouTube channel in 2013. Shortly thereafter, the episode was made private and no official release of it currently exists.
    • Neither of the two soundtrack albums, Musical Time Machine and The Hip Hop Experiment, have received digital releases.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The script for "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark!", if you couldn't tell already.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Dexter's VA went from Christine Cavanaugh to Candi Milo when the former retired from voice acting early in the last two seasons.
    • Dee Dee's VA continuously alternated between Allison Moore and Kat Cressida.
    • Action Hank only gets to speak in three episodes, but his voice actor is never the same. He is played by Michael Armstrong in "Beard to be Feared", John Garry in "Decode of Honor", and Kevin Michael Richardson in "911". Greg Eagles voices him in the PlayStation video game "Mandark's Laboratory".
    • In the "Dial M for Monkey" shorts, the chief of the organization Agent Honeydew works for was originally played by Robert Ridgely, but Earl Boen became his voice actor in the second season.
    • Monkey's sound effects were done by Frank Welker, but his speaking voice in "The Lab of Tomorrow" was provided by Corey Burton.
    • Justice Friends member Capital G was originally voiced by Tom Kenny in the episode "Rasslor". In the second season finale "Last But Not Beast", he was instead voiced by Greg Eagles.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Some people who got to see "Rude Removal" at conventions claimed it contained more swearing than it actually did and it was uncensored, but Genndy insists that the version eventually released by Adult Swim is the only one that exists; those people who say otherwise are either misremembering or intentionally making stuff up.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Hungary holds a reunion for the Sailor Moon cast: Dexter's first voice was Melvin; Dee Dee is Chibiusa; Dexter's first mom was Sailor Neptune; Mandark's first voice was Alan's second voice; and Dexter's second mom was Berthier, Karonite, Eugeal, Mimet, Telulu, Palla Palla, and Fisheye. Mandark's second voice is not Chad.
    • In Spain, Dexter and Dee Dee are Bart and Lisa, respectively.
    • Sweden features a few of the same actors as in their dub of Ed, Edd n Eddy; Dexter is Kevin, Nazz and Lee Kanker, Dee Dee is Sarah and May Kanker, and Dexter's dad is Jimmy.
  • Role Reprise: "Dyno-Might", the episode crossing over with Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, had Gary Owens and Frank Welker reprise their respective roles as Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.
  • Shrug of God: Even the series creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, isn't certain about what Dexter's bizarre accent is supposed to be.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Frank Welker does this whenever both Monkey and Quackor face off.
    • Eddie Deezen voiced Mandark and his sister Lalavava.
  • Throw It In!: The reason for the audience randomly flying away at the end of the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment song in the Chubby Cheese's episode is because the storyboard script had a note saying "audience takes off". The Korean animation studio took this literally and had the audience "take off" into the air. The editors thought it was hilarious and added in a magical sound effect to accompany it.
  • Un-Cancelled: Season 3, made without the input of creator Genndy Tartakovsky (or writers Butch Hartman and Seth MacFarlane, who had left to make The Fairly OddParents! and Family Guy, respectively) during the infamous 2001 merger with CN's parent company Time Warner and internet service company AOL, and thus a point of much contention of both the uncancellation and the merger.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory parody's Golden Ticket analogue is a golden Floppy Disk (referred to as a Golden Diskette in the episode).
    • Despite the science theme of the series, you rarely if ever see mentions to the internet. While the internet did exist in the late 1990s, it didn't become extremely mainstream until a few years later.
    • One episode had Dexter scoffing at an old early 1980s video game in comparison to his more modern game. Said video game is a parody of the new-at-the-time Primal Rage.
    • Zig-zagged with "Rushmore Rumble." There is a close up of a penny with 1997 printed very clearly on it, but one could argue that it's simply an old penny now.
  • What Could Have Been: Eddie Deezen's laugh for Mandark began as a flat, smug "Ha," lifted from one of his standup bits. When he was told that they wanted a "mad scientist" laugh, he gave them the now-famous "HA ha ha! HA ha HA ha HA!"
  • The Wiki Rule: The Dexter's Laboratory Wiki, and another Dexter's Laboratory Wiki.
  • Word of God: Genndy has stated that the infamous episode "Rude Removal", where Dee Dee and Dexter go into a machine that removes all of their rudeness and concentrates it into another version of themselves, was actually meant to be part of the the show's second season, not just a way for the crew to blow off steam during a stressful production. The network, however, disapproved of having an episode that centered around the characters constantly swearing, censored or not.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Genndy Tartakovsky, who was at the peak of his workaholism at the time, reportedly worked so diligently banging out as many stories as possible for the show that he didn't even see the finished product until it was on television.
  • Write Who You Know: Dee Dee and Dexter's relationship was based on creator Genndy Tartakovsky and his brother Alex, who was always destroying Genndy's personal projects when they were younger. Ironically, said brother eventually grew up to be a scientist.

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