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  • 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 (and, to a lesser extent, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and Ed, Edd, and Eddy) were the flagship shows of the network that were original programming (as opposed to the acquired and syndicated shorts and shows Cartoon Network had since the channel's start in 1992).
  • Banned Episode: A handful of episodes were pulled from syndication for going a bit too far even by Cartoon Network's already selective standards.
    • "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.
    • "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 the show's lone DVD release of the first season, and, as of May 2020, being streamed on HBO Max. The episode has since been replaced with "Dexter's Lab: A Story" on Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Max.
    • "Rude Removal" was this for a number of years (and thought to be an urban legend due to how rare it is and how much of anything said online should be taken with a grain of salt) before a one-off airing on [adult swim] in the 20-teens.
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  • Cast Incest: In the French dub, Dexter and his mom were voiced a married couple (Marc Saez and Véronique Picciotto).
  • Creator's Apathy: Though he hasn't spoken ill of the show, Genndy Tartakovsky has said that he's "done" with the characters and not at all interested in working on a revival, preferring to focus more on his slower, more atmospheric projects.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Dexter was voiced by two voice actresses in the English dub (Christine Cavanaugh during the original episodes and Candi Milo for all later episodes and whenever Dexter appears on a Cartoon Network video game or in a crossover cameo, as seen on the Time Squad series finale "Orphan Substitute" where one of the kids Larry and Tuddrussel abduct to help them with fixing history is Dexter himself)
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes
    • Ego Trip hasn’t seen any official release since its VHS release back in 2000.
    • Barbequor will likely never see any sort of release since its banning, not even on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and (now) HBO Max.
    • "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 (who now voices her whenever Dexter is included in a video game or a crossover appearance) 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 (using the same monkey sounds he uses for Abu in Aladdin or Ma-Ti's pet monkey on Captain Planet and the Planeteers or any cartoon or live-action project that needs monkey noises), 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: The notorious episode "Rude Removal" was the subject of a great deal of confused rumors over the years. Since the episode was never aired and involves Dexter and Dee Dee swearing, some who claimed to have seen it (either at conventions or from some private source) stated that it was extremely vulgar and completely uncensored, in some cases even describing the characters engaging in scatological acts. A common (and totally untrue) story was that it was created as a joke by the studio staff and never even meant to be aired, hence the intensity of the cussing. A number of fans actually wound up disappointed when the episode was finally released in 2013, revealing that every swear word was censored with an audio bleep, and it was quite tame compared to many of the rumors.
  • 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 the same V As who played 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-Canceled: 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, since it sounds more like "golden ticket").
    • 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 wouldn't become mainstream until the Turn of the Millennium a few years later and wouldn't be ubiquitous until the mid-to-late 2000s.
    • 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 then-recent 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!"
    • Originally, the backup segment in the first season of Dexter's Laboratory was to be Rob Renzetti's Mina and The Count, which already had a pilot short produced and aired on the What A Cartoon! Show. It was passed over in favor of Dial M for Monkey and The Justice Friends, both of which were part of the main show's continuity.
  • 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 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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