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    Dil Pickles (Rugrats)
    "Mine!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Annoying Baby
    Age: 1 month (The Rugrats Movie)
    3-4 months (Series)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Tara Strong
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Rugrats
    First appearance: The Rugrats Movie


    Dylan "Dil" Prescott Pickles is the younger brother of Tommy Pickles, younger son of Stu and Didi Pickles, and younger cousin of Angelica Pickles, and a main character on Rugrats. Named after Didi's cousin, Dylan "Dil" Prescott, he was born in The Rugrats Movie. His name is a pun on "dill pickles". He's 3-4 months old and likes to call Angelica "yucky". His vocal effects are done by Tara Strong.

    Description

    Dil Pickles is the youngest member of the Rugrats, and because he is just an infant, his big brother Tommy feels that it's his "sponsability" to teach him about how things work in the world. Dil has a personality of a typical 3-month-old: all id. He wants everything NOW and will do whatever he can to get it. And once he does get it, he won't let go without a fight. Dil will wail inconsolably when frustrated, but he'll immediately stop crying when something else attracts his attention. While his tantrums are often annoying, he has the saving grace of all babies: he's irresistibly cute. - Rugrats Description from Klasky Csupo

    Summary

    Dil joined the Rugrats cast in the year of 1998. From the very beginning, Dil has had curly yet limited hair on his head and has almost always worn yellow trap-door pajamas (though in the films, his pajamas were purple). Because of his age, Dil can't say as many words as the other Rugrats. For the final 5 years of Rugrats' run, Dil had to learn how to be a Rugrat. He always wants everything at his age and will always do whatever he can to get an object. He can be as selfish as his cousin Angelica, and when he cries, he will not stop until something or someone will get his attention, but the difference being that he is a baby and will share things with Tommy and the rest of the babies. He can be naughty sometimes, though he still cares about his brother and his friends.

    Most of the episodes that Dil is prominent in usually involves the rest of the Rugrats trying to make Dil more like a "big baby", teach him something, or save him from something. When Didi was pregnant with Dil, she and Stu assumed that he was going to be a girl due to a false ultrasound from Lipschitz, and had planned on naming the baby "Trixie," after Drew and Stu's late mother (although her real name was actually "Beatrix," but most people called her "Trixie"), but when the baby turned out to be a boy, they named him after Didi's cousin, Dylan Prescott.

    Dil loves his brother Tommy dearly as he sticks up for him when others do not. An example is "A Step at a Time" when Tommy defends him over his walking, saying Dil will walk when he is ready. When Dil sees Tommy, he attempts to grab on to the couch and walk but just falls back down. Earlier in the episode, Tommy is shown to have started walking the exact same way but with Chuckie. When Tommy was younger, Chas brought Chuckie over for a visit. Tommy saw Chuckie and wanted to go over and play with him, so he grabbed onto the couch and started to walk over to Chuckie (who had learned to walk himself by that time). Tommy comforts his little brother, telling Dil he will walk when he is ready but until then, Tommy will get down to his level and play with him. Also, after getting their own rooms when Lou moved out, Dil called for Tommy at night as he wasn't used to having his own space at the time, which prompt his big brother to come in and sleep with him. In All Grown Up!, Dil was the only person that didn't give up on Tommy when he lost his confidences in film making as he helped him regain it.

    Dil always called Chuckie "Chubbie", and in the episode "The Jungle", he refers to Phil and Lil "Philip" and "Lilip" respectively. He also refers to his cousin Angelica as "yucky", either likely due to her name being too difficult for him to pronounce or because he finds her (or at least her behavior) repulsive or both. He is a hair puller. Dil remains the same height until a season 8 episode titled "Back to School" when he, according to his father, Stu Pickles, "grew an inch".

    In the episode "A Dose of Dil", Tommy feels left out as the adults are giving Dil all the attention because he got a booster shot in his finger. Tommy and the gang decide to find ways to get the attention of the adults because they believe that if they do, they will get lollipops, as Angelica shows off that she has loads of lollipops. However, by the end of the episode, Tommy realizes that he doesn't need to cry for attention anymore because his little brother Dil will always be there to listen to him.

    Very Yucky Qualities

    1. Dil is an annoying character for the most part, as his normal baby antics usually cause some trouble towards his brother and their friends.
    2. He doesn't really make sense with a few exceptions here and there, as in The Rugrats Movie, other newborn babies could speak, but he acts like a normal baby, with his ability to talk limited to a few words, with the excuse being he is younger than the others.
    3. He usually causes trouble for Tommy and his friends, like when he yanks Cynthia out of Angelica’s hands in The Rugrats Movie, as well as when he messed with the Reptar Wagon in the problems where the babies' lives were in danger.
    4. He tends to take the spotlight away from his brother sometimes as whenever he needs something, Didi and Stu are usually there to help him, sometimes ignoring Tommy whenever he also needs something.
    5. Similar to Poof from The Fairly OddParents, his crying can be very annoying to listen to, depending on anyone's view.
    6. He's one of the reasons the show went downhill as it started to focus on his "baby shenanigans", where he's sometimes part of the main plot. The show still remained good however until Season 7.
    7. He acts like a troublemaking Nickelodeon version of Bamm-Bamm from The Flintstones, unlike Bamm-Bamm, Dil is no better than him either, which makes Bamm-Bamm the most likable baby in comparison as he doesn't mean to cause trouble for Barney Rubble and his wife Betty.
    8. In the episode "Partners in Crime", Dil was seen assisting Angelica to purloin sweets from other picnic groups after he stole a baby's binky.
    9. In the shows 10 year anniversary TV movie "All Growed Up", he hits Angelica with a cookie in the face before getting dragged by Tommy and the cord of her karaoke machine only to get cornered in the closet. Before getting warped into Tommy's time machine to the foocher.
    10. His gross out humor can really chase some people away in The Rugrats Movie, after he dumped in his diaper that had to get changed by Tommy, Phil and Lil. Thankfully Chuckie was left out of it until Dil started laughing by acting like a frog making him angry for amusement.

    Not So Yucky Qualities

    1. He has a very cute design, like many of the other Rugrats characters.
    2. Tara Strong does a great job voicing him, except when he cries.
    3. His flaws are normally excusable, seeing that he's very young, and the youngest of the Rugrats, so he still has a lot to learn.
    4. He has some funny moments, such as calling Angelica "yucky", and when he tried to walk to follow his brother and his friends.
    5. He's shown to care for his friends and family, especially Tommy, as he makes up with him when he realized what his bad behavior has done to him in The Rugrats Movie, since then, he's always looked up to Tommy as his role model. He's also not afraid to call out on any of his family if they do something bad, like when he called out on Angelica for tricking Chuckie’s dad, Chas, into marrying Coco, after Angelica reveals it during Rugrats in Paris.
    6. He has a group of fans of the show that do root for him, despite his flaws. This is especially true considering the fact that his debut was in the movies, being born in The Rugrats Movie.
    7. He definitely has his likable moments, such as in the movies, where he's part of the adventure, shows care for his brother and his friends and even takes part in helping them save the day.
    8. He got great character development when his older kid self appeared in the spin-off All Grown Up!, where he became a more likable and caring character, as well as a very funny comic-relief character.

    Trivia

    • Dil was the first of two Rugrats to debut in a film, the second being Kimi in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
    • Initially, Dil was going to be voiced by a celebrity such as Madonna, with Tara Strong only providing the temporary scratch vocals to be replaced by the celebrity. However, the crew was impressed with Strong's performance. When she started crying like a baby, a woman in the recording booth started lactating, and they ended up casting her.
    • As seen in All Grown Up!, Dil has red hair, taken from Didi's side, and is known for his unusual interests, including inventing, taken from Stu's side.
    • Dil is one in three of the main Rugrats characters to have the camera viewed from inside his mouth in All Grown Up!. The other two are his older cousin, Angelica, and his pet dog, Spike.
    • In the All Grown Up! episode entitled "Brothers Grimm", Dil is seen writing with his left hand, which would imply he is either left-handed or ambidextrous; if he is left-handed this would also imply Chuckie is not the only Rugrat who is left-handed.
    • Dil believes in aliens and doesn't think they're scary.
    • As said in the All Grown Up! episode "Truth or Consequences", Dil was accidentally dropped on his head by Phil and Lil when he was a baby. It is also shown he does know about this. Despite this, Didi doesn't believe that it is the reason behind his eccentric behavior; rather, it is genetic from his father's side. Given Stu's behavior, she's probably right.
    • In one All Grown Up! episode, it is said that Dil is four years younger than Tommy, this may be a continuity error, or the writers and directors forgot the Rugrats stayed the same age in the show. That would also make Dil six years old, as Tommy states he is ten.
    • Though there was no episode, Dil was seen as a 1–2-year-old, and 3–4-year-old in the All Grown Up! episode "Truth or Consequences".
    • During the scene of Chuckie's dream in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Dil is seen carrying a flag and running/walking even though he never walks at all in the actual TV series.
    • Throughout All Grown Up!, Dil seems to have a connection to higher-power deities. He quickly became friends with Cupid in "It's Cupid, Stupid". He also seems to have connections to aliens as shown in the episode "Tommy Foolery" in the very end where he is beamed down back to Earth with a slice of pizza at 5:45 PM so he won't miss his laser tag game. And finally, he became friends with Bean, a ghost from Camp Everwood in the episode "Interview With a Campfire".
    • According to the episodes "Brother, Can You Spare the Time?" and "Thief Encounter", Dil is in the fourth grade.
    • In "Brother, Can You Spare the Time?", it is shown that Dil can't get along with his fellow fourth grade peers, as they find him really weird, and he tries to make them do weird stuff like him, such as somersaults and spinning to their next class.
    • In "Brother, Can You Spare the Time?", it is revealed that Dil believes the Earth is triangular.
    • In the episode "Ladies Man", Dil created his own language called "Dilganeese".
    • In "Rachel, Rachel", Dil invented his own religion called "Dil Pickleism".
    • In "Tweenage Tycoons", Dil shows that he doesn't like to let Tommy down as he continued to help him as well as their friends, by making inventions for them so they could have money to get tickets to see The Sulky Boys concert, even though Dil was running out of ideas and losing sleep over it.
    • In "Golden Boy", Dil can speak to fish and leeches.
    • In "Lucky 13", Dil can speak to dolphins.
    • It is revealed in "Golden Boy" that Dil has a clapper switch to turn his room lights on and off.
    • Like Tommy, Dil is Jewish as Judaism is spread through the mother's line. However, the family celebrates both Chanukah and Christmas, as Stu is a Christian.
    • Dil is the first character to feature visible tonsils and esophagus, as shown in "The War Room".
    • He was delivered by Lucy Carmichael (1991) in The Rugrats Movie.
    • He, Chuckie and Susie are the only main characters to not have their birthday celebrated in an episode.
    • Dil makes a cameo appearance in the Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour comic Dimension Intervention along with other Nicktoon characters.
      • Krumm, Darwin and Donnie also make a cameo in the same comic but they don't count as they are only Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and The Wild Thornberrys characters
      • Because of the cameo, Dill, Lou Pickles and Reptar are the only characters so far to appear outside of the Rugrats franchise. Lou makes a cameo appearance in the The Loud House episode, Linc or Swim while Reptar made a cameo in The Loud House Movie on a newspaper.
    • Chuckie's Bachelor Pad, Angelicon, Cooking with Phil & Lil, Piece of Cake, Spike's Nightscare, Cuddle Bunny, The Great Unknown, Bigger Than Life, My Fair Babies, Home Sweet Home, Tell-Tale Cell Phone, Adventure Squad, Talk of the Town, A Rugrats Kwanzaa, Preschool Daze, Quiet Please, The Doctor Is In, The Big Sneeze, Angelica's Assistant, Imagine That, Clown Around, Bug Off, Starstruck, Mutt's in a Name and Hurricane Alice are the only episodes since his debut in season 6 where he doesn't appear.
      • What's Love Got To Do With It?, Chuckie's in Love, Susie Goes Bad Lite, Miss Nose it All and River Rats are the only episodes of All Grown Up! where he doesn't appear.
    • He, Tommy Pickles and Angelica Pickles (1991) are the only main characters to be in every crossover that isn't a part of a Nicktoon game.
    • He wears two different sets of pajamas throughout the series. A set of purple pajamas in the movies, and a set of yellow pajamas in the show.
    • His first word, as said during The Rugrats Movie (1998 film), was "mine".
    • The only characters he knows how to properly say the names of are Tommy and Phil (who he calls by his given name Phillip).
    • Dil has his name in five episode titles which are A Dose of Dil, Dil's Binkie, Dil Saver, Dil We Meet Again and Dil's Bathtime.
    • Dil, Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, Angelica, Kimi, Didi, Harold, Stu, Drew, Lou, Charlotte, Betty, Howard, Kira, Chas, Boris, Minka, Randy, Lucy, Edwin, Buster, Alyssa, Fluffy, Spike, Fifi, Spiffy, Reptar and Cynthia are the only characters to appear in All Grown Up.

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