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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the Pilot, one of the outfits Virgil tries on looks similar to Black Vulcan. Phil LaMarr (who provided the voice for Virgil) had a recurring role as Black Vulcan on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
    • When Virgil catches Richie playacting at superheroics, he tries to apologize for laughing by saying, "Sometimes I still pretend to be Green Lantern." During the show's run Phil LaMarr concurrently voiced the Green Lantern John Stewart on Justice League.
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    • Neil Patrick Harris as a washed up child actor.
  • Image Source: Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance depicts Hotstreak.
  • The Other Darrin: In a 2017 table read for the season 4 premiere, while Phil LaMarr still voices Static, Batman is voiced by Diedrich Bader instead of Kevin Conroy while Julie Nathanson voices Robin instead of Shane Sweet.
  • Out of Order: The episodes "Consequences" and "Trouble Squared" were produced for Season 2, but didn't air on Kids' WB! until Season 3, which is why the episodes have the original art style of the first two seasons, Static dons his original uniform, Richie does not appear as Gear, and Daisy has her old look.
  • Playing Against Type:
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  • Real Life Writes the Plot: More like Real Life Does the Voice Acting for the Mexican Spanish dub: Static Shock remains the only series from the DC Animated Universe to have been dubbed in Mexico rather than Venezuela due to internal policies regarding Latin American voice acting and a nationwide strike against then Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez in the 2000s. It also caused the side effect for Batman, Superman and Justice League characters to be voiced by Mexican voice actors instead of their Venezuelan established voice cast.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Virgil and Ritchie, who are voiced by Phil LaMarr and Jason Marsden previously voiced Carver and Tino in The Weekenders.
  • Role Reprise: Will Friedle, who provided the voice for Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond, would reprise the role in the season four premiere “Future Shock.” as did Kevin Conroy for Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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  • Talking to Himself: Phil LaMarr does this whenever Static and Green Lantern appear together. This was especially the case in "Fallen Hero".
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The series was made in the early 2000s and it shows: No one has smart phones or, heck, the majority of the populace don’t even have standard cell phones yet, DVDs and CDs are frequently referenced, MP3 players are still a recent commodity, flatscreens weren't a thing yet so computers and TVs are still CRT models and some characters even still use VHS.
    • The fashion, especially in the first two seasons dates the show too. Despite Y2K fashion being popular among some young people you would’t see a kid rock Virgil’s everyday outfit.
    • Then you got celebrity stars like Lil' Romeo (still a kid at the time), The Hoop Squad (Tracy McGrady, Karl Malone, Yao Ming and Steven Nash. All still playing in the NBA at the time) Blackstreet and B2K (who had broken up by the time the series had ended), whom were prominent during those times. Ironically the ep that features Joey Fatone of N Sync was made after the band had broke up.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, they wanted Static to team-up with Black Lightning. But rights complications got in the way — hence the Expy Soul Power instead.
    • They wanted Wonder Woman to show up, but the legal issues surrounding her character interfered.note 
    • A Licensed Game based on the cartoon was planned to be released in 2002, but was cancelled for unknown reasons.
  • Word of Gay: According to Dwayne McDuffie, Richie is gay. McDuffie said that he hinted at this fact through Richie's overly-enthusiastic statements to the contrary. If Dwanye was still alive today then Richie’s sexually wouldn't need to be an implied trope anymore.


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