A most excellent cartoon on Cartoon Network. Dexter, a boy genius (about 12?) has a secret laboratory in his basement. He creates amazing inventions, and his sister Dee Dee breaks them. It heavily relies on satire and parody.

Dexter also got his own tv-movie: Ego Trip.

In the opening sequence, Dexter fends off his arch-rival Mandark from stealing his latest invention, the Neurotomic Protocore. Sometime later, Dexter is attacked in his lab by killer robots seeking "the one who saves the future". Dexter, after defeating the robots and utilizing his extensive but egotism-warped brainpower, assumes "the one who saves the future" must be him. So, he goes into the future with the help of his time machine, and meets three versions of himself:

-A nerdy paper pusher version of himself who, in the near future toils under Mandark in a corporation straight out of the movie Brazil , and has yet to save the future.
-A senile old man version of himself who reigns over an enlightend, peaceful technocracy in the far future, but can barely remember what he's doing, yet alone how he saved the future. (Mandark is currently a brain in a jar, doing time in a museum devoted to Dexter)
-A macho, balding (the far-future Dexter wears a wig), Sons of Ether-meets-Arnold Schwarzenegger version of himself who combats Mandark, currently an evil overlord who stole the aforementioned Neurotomic Protocore and used it to suck the brainpower out of everyone on earth (Mandark also physically resembles one of the hideously obese Barons from Dune).

The four Dexters team up to stop Mandark, who has seen this coming and brought each of the other three time periods' respective Mandarks along. After a big knock-down drag-out fight, Dexter discovers much to his chagrin that it was Dee-Dee who saved the future when she teleports into the middle of the fracas, walks up to Mandark's evil machine and simply turns it off! He then goes on to build the machines that attacked him earlier in order to get Dee-Dee! But most of the irony of the situation is lost to Dexter when he gets home; he just shrugs it off and goes back to his work.

Dexter's Laboratory is considered by some to be Genndy Tartakovsky's magnum opus. Tartakovsky was clearly influenced by old school action cartoons and comic books when he made Dexter's Laboratory and their conventions can be seen in the show. In some episodes, an Anime influence can also be seen. Dexter is in part modelled after Genndy Tartakovsky's brother Alex who went into computer science.

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