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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • A major question from "Day of the Larrys" is if the final Larry the real one or an imposter who took his place? Did the real Larry come back? According to Word Of God he does.
    Carlos Ramos: Larry is Larry forever more. I doubt deep space actually killed him.
    • Are JT Laser and Lance just pragmatic Jerkass who only try to accomplish their mission or are they straight-up villains who take pleasure in putting Tuddrussel, Larry and Otto in danger?
    • In "Ex Marks the Spot", does Tuddrussel still view Larry as a friend or does he share his feelings? Larry's last line seems to indicate they got a Relationship Upgrade.
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    • Why did XJ5 help Larry ruin the dinner? Was it only because he hated Tuddrussel, or does he have, like Larry, have feelings for his human partner?
    • In "Lewis And Clark And Larry" episode, was Larry only exploring with Lewis to repair his relationship with Clark, and therefore finish the mission? Or was it because Larry took interest in him?
  • Award Snub: Was nominated for five Annie Awards between 2001 and 2002 (Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Production, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Productionnote , Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Productionnote , Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Productionnote , and Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Productionnote ) and won none of them.
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  • Critical Research Failure: Yes, even a show like this one managed to flub it up. For one, they said Shakespeare was of Medieval England. The time he was writing (16th-17th century) is actually considered to be part of the English Renaissance, LONG after the Medieval times. Justified as Dave Wasson pitched this show as "the C student's take on history"note  and the whole thing plays out like a parody of edutainment cartoons (Sherman and Mr. Peabody, especially) that taught kids history, even if it was mostly broad strokes facts.
  • Cult Classic: Wasn't a major hit back when it came on in 2001 (it got some good reviews, but the majority of the others stated that the show was either average or awful), but, after it ended, it became much-talked about, mostly because of the sheer amount of Ho Yay and innuendo that it had (either by virtue of Cartoon Network being that liberal in its content or the fact that Cartoon Network had no faith in the show after its initial reviews and left it alone).
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  • Designated Villain: Tuddrussell in "Planet of the Flies" is treated as irresponsible because he swatted a fly in the past, which leads to flies taking over the world. How was he supposed to know that would happen? Later, he is chided by Larry for interfering when he kills a giant fly attacking a medieval town, even though they were there to kill the fly!
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: How a great deal of the fandom interprets Larry's sudden, over-the-top good mood at the beginning of "Ex Marks the Spot". Otto even calls him out on it and the Freudian symbolism of the food involved (the gravy being pumped into the turkey and a lone cherry sinking into the gravy-smothered turkey) seems to speak volumes of why Larry is such in a good mood.
  • Die for Our Ship: Averted with Sheila. Some Tuddrussel/Larry fans actually like her for being a badass and competent Time cop. Most of slash fics portray her like being more a Shipper on Deck instead.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Sheila and XJ5 as well as Lewis and Clark.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The most popular is definitely Tuddrussel and Larry. Episodes such as "Larry Upgrade," "Ex Marks the Spot," "Hate and Let Hate," and "Horse of Horrors" can be used as evidence that the show writers were trying to make this pairing canon.
  • Genius Bonus: Several.
    • In "Love at First Flight", Otto asks Larry and Tuddrussel, "In what year was the Magna Carta written?" Larry answers randomly yet confidently: "1895" (the correct answer for the Magna Carta is 1215). "Why would Larry pick that year?" you might ask. 1895 is the year that English writer, Oscar Wilde, was convicted and put on three trials for homosexuality that spring.
    • In "Ivan The Untrainable," Otto asks Larry if he would like to play with his American Founding Fathers action figures with him. He then says that he could be Francis Lightfoot Lee, who is depicted as a toy in a powdered wig, with makeup, and with rather feminine-looking hand gestures. Francis Lightfoot Lee was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and reportedly a closeted homosexual.
    • "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" might seem a bit random by having Whitney create flesh-eating robots with the intent of "helping mankind" but it could also serve as an analogy for his creation of the cotton gin: Whitney was an abolitionist who hoped that his invention would reduce dependency on slavery. Instead, by removing the most labor-intensive part of the cotton production process but doing nothing about picking it, producers simply reassigned those slaves to picking cotton and the increased profitability allowed them to massively ramp up production, causing the number of slaves in the cotton industry to quintuple over the next 50 years, which indirectly led to the American Civil War.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode “Nutorious” has a relative of George Washington Carver use peanuts for evil. 4 years later, The Proud Family Movie did almost the exact same thing.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sister Thornly started out as a Jerkass, and quickly crossed the line when her second appearance revealed she used the orphans under her care for slave labor.
  • Periphery Demographic: Par for the course for most Cartoon Network original programming, but this show stood out for packing as much as it could within the span of two seasons (when most Cartoon Cartoons spread it out between three and four — five to six, if it's a Cash Cow Franchise, like Codename: Kids Next Door or a critical/audience darling, like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls).
  • Ship Mates: It is not rare that Tuddrussel/Larry fans also like Lewis and Clark.
  • Significant Reference Date: The first episode, "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" aired on June 8th, 2001, which deals with Larry and Tuddrussel taking Otto from the 21st century to help them. A year later, on June 7th, 2002 the season 2 episode "Love At First Flight" airs. The significance? The episode deals with Otto's birthday, and could almost be regarded as the show's one-year anniversary.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While still a pretty fun cartoon to watch, it's more remembered for its blatant homosexuality (It wasn't until Steven Universe and Clarence did CN have official gay couples though) and how frequently it dodged the radar in its short run than for being as good as many of its Cartoon Cartoons contemporaries with reason
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Edgar Allan Poe's problem. Instead of writing horror stories, he writes insanely saccharine children's poetry in a house that makes the inside of Santa's workshop look tame.
  • The Woobie:
    • Otto starts the series as an orphan under the care of an abusive nun, who frequently used him as slave labor. Even though his life decidedly improves after Tuddrussel and Larry "adopt" him, and they clearly care about him, they're far from ideal role models, and Otto frequently has to shoulder most of the mission by himself. Even his new guardians aren't exempt from occasional moments of cruelty or neglect, as shown in "Hate and Let Hate" and "Orphan Substitute".
    • Larry used to work with politicians, diplomats, and kings, but now is forced to cook and clean up after Tuddrussel. This would be bad enough, but Tuddrussel himself is a selfish, insensitive pig, who will go out of his way to make Larry's life a little harder or insult him for his feminine habits and hobbies.
    • One episode managed to make Al Capone into one. His particular "time mission" sees him forcing his gang to switch places with the clowns of Chicago: they'll commit the crimes, while he and his men become children's entertainers. It turns out that as a boy, he had an absolutely horrible clown named Ho-Ho come to his birthday party and ruin his special day, driving poor Little Al to tears, and determined to make sure no child (particularly his own son) ever has to go a similar ordeal again. This sets him apart from many of the other historical figures in the show, who had selfish or silly reasons for not fulfilling their particular role in space-time.
    • This show even made Napoleon himself into one. To explain, he has an overbearing wife who constantly nags him to no end and does not give him any time to spend on himself. Whenever he does try to go on conquests, his wife just stops him from doing so, yelling at him and at one point even punching him. This constant nagging was enough to cause a historical inaccuracy and make the Time Squad intervene.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The show gets a lot of flak from viewers for being similar to Mr. Peabody & Sherman with a robot and a Time Cop instead of a talking dog.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: A deliberate example on Larry's case, with hour glass figure and head in the shape of a penis.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: All of three main characters.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Given the show's steady stream of demographically inappropriate humour in only a matter of 26 episodes, no sane, competent network censor would dream of airing this series without making some adjustments — but this show aired on Cartoon Network, so any argument over whether or not it's for kids is invalid.


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