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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Lee a jerk who only cares for his friends or is he Properly Paranoid?
    • With The Reveal of VP Victoria's true nature, her decision to give Lee an amnesty day from detention comes into question. Did she do it because she wanted to follow the rules? Or did she do it to cause Lee trouble, since Lee was scheduled to fight the 13th Graders at the same time he would have normally been in detention. There's also the question of whether she was truly oblivious to all of Lee's attempts to get in trouble and back in detention.
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    • Is the Serpent an irredeemable predator note  or is he a product of his traumatic upbringing?
  • Base-Breaking Character: Holger. Some find him funny. Others, not so much.
  • Bizarro Episode: "28 Sneezes Later". Between Lee believing he's hallucinating/dreaming for most of it (which he probably is...tap-dancing tazelwurm, anyone?) and the faux–Zombie Apocalypse B-plot, it's just...weird. However, it ends up doing a lot of foreshadowing for things to come in the series.
  • Cargo Ship: The Serpent's Snake and Biffy's phone.
  • Crack Ship: Chaz/Tina and Lee/Lynch are surprisingly popular ships.
  • Cult Classic: The show never got a huge amount of attention (especially in the US, thanks to it being royally Screwed by the Network), but the writing's outstanding quality has gained it a small but strong circle of fans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Stepak and Cyrus, considering all the fan art of them. Stepak barely even has any speaking lines in the show.
    • As a side character that is even more irrelevant than the rest of Detentionaire's varied cast, Emmett (one of the 15th graders) receives an inordinate amount of attention despite not having spoken once. Probably because he has such a big heart.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Vice Principal Victoria, being a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit, naturally becomes this with the reveal that she's been Evil All Along. There's also the Serpent for anyone who's into guys.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the American Dragon: Jake Long, Danny Phantom and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja fandoms.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Following the discovery that Lynch is Radcircles, all the moments where he acted like some kind of slightly awkward Genius Ditz with his comments, are suddenly much less funny. Not to mention the overall admiration he showed for Lee from near the end of Season 1 onwards.
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  • Genius Bonus: Lee has a tattoo of a trigram on his left arm. This particular trigram is "fire", or in the original Chinese, Li.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Season 1's Episode 4 had a picture of Lee picking his nose circulating around the school, courtesy of Jerkass Irwin. Come season 2, and Lee befriends (or re-befriends) a girl hypnotized into constantly picking her nose. Then, come season 3, she becomes a recurring character and competes with Tina over Lee's affection.
  • Ho Yay: Quite a bit, between Lee and Biffy, Lee and Holger, Cam and Holger (as of "Misadventures in Babysitting"), Stepak and Chaz, and Tina and Jenny.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: There are some pretty punny ship names on Tumblr.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Barrage, who in the end was just another piece of the puzzle surrounding A. Nigma High, a cyborg who's constantly manipulated by everyone around him, and though he's extremely mean to Lee, not only is he actually a good guy, but he tries to save some of the teenagers - yes, including Lee - on multiple occasions.
  • Lady Mondegreen: Jenny's last name has been interpreted by fandom as "Jerkins" due to her initial introduction. Later episodes and Word of God confirms that it's Jergens.
    • Steve's last name was originally misconstrued as "Carvey" but was later confirmed to be "Carb".
  • LGBT Fanbase: Biffy is really popular with the western bara crowd. And the amount of attractive high school boys in general helped the show become popular with gay men.
  • One True Pairing: Lee and Tina to many fans, though there are also those who ship them with other characters.
  • Periphery Demographic: For the same reason as the above-mentioned LGBT Fanbase, the show became quite popular with teenage and college aged women.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Brad Von Chilstein, because of him getting in the way of Lee and Tina's romance (though that was really the point of his character) and his ego. Not to mention, his Wrong Genre Savvy attitude can get really annoying after a while.
    • Brandy and Kimmie, since some people just don't like the Glamazons.
    • Barrage, just because of how tyrannical he can be.
    • Mrs. Ping. To her credit, she can be nice, but her moments of anger outweigh by far those moments of being nice.
    • Chaz. Just Chaz.
    • The appropriately named Dick Andrews.
    • Jenny Jergens. She can be seen as a female Brad because of her getting in the way of the romance between Lee and Tina.
    • Most of this show's Scrappies have had episodes attempting to rescue them from the Scrappy heap: Lee's mother in "Clogspiracy", where she rescues Lee from the clog-obsessed Blompkins and shows just how much she cares for her son; Brandy trying to bond with Lee in a Season 2 episode, showing that she's trying to get that relationship to work; Kimmie trying to rebuild her relationship with Biffy, even if she won't admit it; Barrage being just another piece of the machination and showing some truly impressive moments of heroism; Jenny befriending Tina and helping Lee in his mission regardless of her crush on him...
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: There are quite a number ships centered around the A. Nigma students (See also Idiosyncratic Ship Naming). And then you bring the Serpent into the mix...
  • Squick: Given the age gap between the two, some people view the apparent (but most likely one-sided, since it's pretty clear that he was only using her to get to the Mannifestum) romance between Jenny and the Serpent as this. This hasn't stopped everyone, however.


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