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  • Author's Saving Throw: Due to some Fridge Horror at how someone like Angelica could have turned out as an adult (Ron the Death Eater paints her Rugrats self as a complete sociopath), All Grown Up shows that she mellowed out a lot as she got older.
  • Badass Decay: In Rugrats, Tommy and his plastic screwdriver can save the day (albeit mostly in an Imagine Spot). Here, Tommy no longer has the same courage he had when he was younger, nor often leads his friends all the time. That said, he's still just as brave as he used to be (diving into a raging river after a drowning Phil despite being terrified of being in the water comes to mind); it's just the setting doesn't allow him to show it off as much.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "TP+KF", there is a montage of Chuckie asking other people to trick-or-treat with him after his falling out with Tommy. One of the people he asks happens to be a mouse that can talk. Absolutely nothing was said or done to clue the audience in on the mouse being able to speak and it isn't brought up ever again.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Tommy Foolery" mainly for the Gainax Ending that aliens apparently are real in this universe.
  • Contested Sequel: Some fans disliked the show for its massive differences, considering several characters got massive personality changes from toddler to preteen. However there are plenty of fans that enjoyed this and Rugrats - and there is still fan art/fanfiction being created based on All Grown Up.
  • Crazy Awesome: Dil, of course! Believes the world is shaped like a tetrahedron, can communicate with porpoises, walks backwards on his hands because he thinks it's a superior mode of locomotion - to name a few. He's also highly intelligent and creative - coming up with unique products to sell at school, and one episode implying he partied with aliens.
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  • Designated Monkey: Tommy becomes this in his preteen years, whenever his friends make him the scapegoat of their fury, whenever they're in a tight situation. This is done episodes like "Truth or Consequences", "Dude, Where's My Horse?", "All Broke Up", and "Brothers Grimm".
  • Die for Our Ship: Nicole, Rachel, Z and Nicholas for being the love interests of Chuckie, Tommy, Kimi and Lil, respectively. Strangely, a lot of them (save for Rachel) end up getting Put on a Bus, particularly noticeable with Z, who doesn't appear much save for a couple of non-speaking cameos at the start of Season 2.
  • Ear Worm: All grown up! I really wanna shout it out!
  • Epileptic Trees: People were trying to figure out if Savannah Shane and Samantha Shane were one and the same girl (they do share a last name, after all,) despite looking and acting completely different. It doesn't help that Klasky-Csupo confirmed this rumour, right before Retconning it by having both characters appear in the same episode.
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  • Fanon: Savannah and Samantha are relatives. The most common consensus is twins, though them being half-siblings or cousins isn't unknown.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Kimi and Tommy (half of the images of them on DeviantArt are them getting married). Which is why many people consider TP+KF that They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
    • When Phil dresses up as Lil, Tommy remarks "Phil looks good as a girl". The rest of the guys agree.
    • Chuckie and Tommy share several significant moments together. The scene where Chuckie helps Tommy absail in "Fear of Falling" is full of it.
    • Susie and Angelica also have some Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments, often playing out like they're a Slap-Slap-Kiss couple.
    • Angelica's desire to suck up to Savannah can make it seem like there's more than friendship on her mind.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Tommy pretty much bounces between shipping himself off with either Lil or Kimi. In universe, it starts with a girl Chuckie has a crush on, then he has a couple more single-episode girlfriends, then Rachel for a season and then an episode teasing Kimi.
    • Kimi is also often shipped with Phil in the fandom. And of course Tommy and Z, both of which get Ship Tease in the cartoon.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe in "Lucky 13". Savannah deliberately plans another party on the day of Angelica's, knowing everyone will come to hers instead, just as a Kick the Dog moment. Despite how bratty Angelica can be, the gang think even she doesn't deserve that.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Dil was viewed as the most annoying character on Rugrats, due to being The Load who couldn't talk and essentially had no personality. Here in the spin-off he's given the personality of a Crazy Awesome Cloud Cuckoo Lander who usually gets the best lines. He's one of the favourite characters of All Grown Up.
    • Kimi isn't necessarily hated on Rugrats, but her arrival on the show is associated with Seasonal Rot. Here she's far more popular, and one of the biggest targets for shipping.
  • The Scrappy: Savannah. She's basically Angelica without any redeeming qualities and always does everything she can to make Angelica miserable.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general opinion of the show. Most would agree that Rugrats is the better show of the two, with this show having a more lukewarm reception.
  • Squick:
    • The kids' reaction to Lou Pickles' Haggis.
    • Everyone's reaction to Phil's science experiment.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Non-romantic example. Susie and Kimi are suddenly best friends, and Susie was a surrogate big sister for her, when they barely interacted in the parent series.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • From the second episode where Lil moves out of her and Phil's room into one of her own. Just the moment where Phil walks into the room to find her stuff gone and sadly looks at pictures of them together as kids, ending with a shot of them in the mud from Rugrats.
    • Tommy's fate in "All Broke Up." Rachel thinks he's been cheating and calls things off with him, the potential new girlfriend gets furious and thinks she's been set up, and of course Tommy's friends are furious that he lied to them.
    • In one episode, Susie gets conned out of a thousand dollars by a woman who told her that she would make her a star. When she tells Alisa (her sister), the latter frets about it and Susie assures her that she'll pay her back. Alisa's response is pretty sobering, especially considering that it's Truth in Television.
    Alisa: (understandably angry) The money!? Susie, a lot worse could have happened to you than losing a thousand dollars! You go around with a woman you don't even know, say yes to whatever she tells you to do...she could have taken it a lot farther than she did! THINK ABOUT IT!
    • Speaking of Adult Fear, remember Tommy's flashback to how he nearly drowned while on a fishing trip with his grandpa? Now imagine what Lou must have been thinking during the whole thing...
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: It may surprise a few that the series actually did get a couple of video games, one PC game based on the pilot, and one Game Boy Advance title which was a dress-up game starring the girls. Neither was remarkable, and both fell off the radar as quickly as they came.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Your mileage may vary on whether or not some of the more drastic Season 2 redesigns were a good thing.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Stu and Drew. In Rugrats, they were fan favorites, and their bickering were a great source of comedy on the show. In All Grown Up, they fell Out of Focus as characters, only to reappear together in one episode bickering like before (making it seem like a return to the good old days)...and then the show ended.
    • Also, Samantha. Promoted as a possible love interest for Chuckie in the pilot, only to vanish from the show proper.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "TP+KF" suggested it might finally have Tommy and Kimi become a couple, but is instead an episode where Chuckie believes Tommy is hitting on his sister and Tommy is trying to make it up to him.
    • A lot of viewers think the show itself could have been an interesting concept where the babies have an older, but still immature, view of the world and still having adventures, Imagine Spots, and their old personalities (mostly Tommy). Something along the lines of Hey Arnold! or Codename: Kids Next Door, when we really get a slice of life like As Told by Ginger.
    • The filmmaking contest episode shows home movies from earlier in the characters' lives - after events that happened in Rugrats and before this show. None of them are ever really touched on, aside from Tommy's fear of water stemming from a childhood accident.
  • Toy Ship: Due to the characters being older, there's a lot of potential pairings hinted at:
    • Kimi is revealed to have had a crush on Tommy and even carved their initials when she was younger.
    • The Valentine's Day Episode has Tommy dancing with Lil at the High-School Dance.
    • The same episode has Harold pretending to be Angelica's date to make Sean jealous.
    • Lil jokes that she finds Chuckie rebelling "kind of attractive".
  • Uncanny Valley: The character designs may not seem like this at first, but when you notice the little things such as huge heads resting on tiny necks, it makes you wonder how they even turn their heads without falling over.
  • Unexpected Character: Not a lot of fans were expecting to see Reptar or Cynthia again, but sure enough they returned in "Curse of Reptar" and "Saving Cynthia" respectively.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: This show is meant to do this for the Rugrats franchise.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • What in the world made you think throwing a bowling ball through your roof was a good idea, Tommy?
    • Drew and Stu basically say this to each other when they realise that the car they threw off of a cliff originally belonged to Elvis.

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