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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Rippen's forms and dialogue occasionally allude to Alfred Molina's previous roles.
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    • In "Lady Starblaster", the title character is voiced by Sigourney Weaver; the episode thus makes a few references to the Alien series, such as somebody telling her "Get away from her you witch!", and revealing at the end that she has a second mouth similar to the Xenomorphs.
    • Blaze is voiced by Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Naturally, he nearly dies by falling into a volcano.
    • Sashi's father, played by George Takei, takes part in a mission as the captain of a spaceship.
    • Super Amazing Bouncy Ball, voiced by Curtis Armstrong of Dan Vs., has an anger management problem and lashes out at those who wronged him.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Sam Levine as Phyllis.
  • The Danza: Larry Wilmore as Principal Larry.
  • Descended Creator: Phyllis is voiced by Sam Levine, the show's co-creator.
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  • Fan Nickname: Penn, Boone, and Sashi are known as the Dream Team.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The pictures mocking Penn in "The Last Mountain Beast" are actually made by fans.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Disney XD wasn't good at keeping its promise of airing a new episode every single week, despite it being advertised.
    • Season 2 premiered July 2017, which was 21 months after the first season ended. The season was also intended to premiere eight months prior, but slipped due to production difficulties that included finding a new animation studio.
  • Screwed by the Network: The show was well received, but was always stuck in the shadow of the more beloved and publicized Star vs. the Forces of Evil. The show's second and final season ended up being two-thirds of the length of its first, and was burned off over the course of a month.
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  • Shrug of God: Sam Levine dislikes expanding too much on the backstories of the characters and the universe, preferring to let the show speak for itself and feeling that explaining these things wouldn't add anything to the stories that they told. He's especially adamant on not explaining the Gainax Ending of the series.
  • Star-Making Role: For those who haven't seen Silicon Valley, Penn is this for Thomas Middleditch.
  • Throw It In!: The main cast is encouraged to take advantage of their improvisation skills. Larry Wilmore in particular is said to have extended a lot of Larry's anecdotes.
  • Unfinished Episode: An episode called "Muddleberg", despite being fully written, was scrapped to make room for the multi-part Grand Finale when co-creator Sam Levine was told that season two would be the final season. The episode focused on an alternate version of Middleberg where Rippen and Larry are the Part-Time Heroes while Penn, Sashi and Boone are the Part-Time Villains. Their personalities would also be the opposite of their normal selves, with a Jerkass Penn, a cowardly Sashi, a brilliant Boone, a silent and serious Larry, and a heroic Rippen who never stops talking about justice.
    • Another episode involved a far-off dimension that was actually Middleberg, twenty years ago.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Boone was originally going to be a slightly aggressive co-worker rather than Penn's best friend.
    • Levine initially planned for all the dimensions seen in the opening sequence to eventually appear within the show itself.
    • The caveman spy dimension was initially meant to be a musical instrument spy dimension where Penn would have been a saxophone, but was changed when the writers couldn't made it work and realized the former would be funnier anyway.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Written by Cast Member: Thomas Middleditch, the voice of Penn, wrote the episode "Ultrahyperball".

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