Premise[ edit ] Clone High is set in a high school in the fictional town of Exclamation, USA, that is secretly being run as an elaborate military experiment orchestrated by a government office called the Secret Board of Shadowy Figures. The school is entirely populated by the clones of famous historical figures that have been created and raised with the intent of having their various strengths and abilities harnessed by the United States military.
The principal of the high school, Cinnamon J. Scudworth, has his own plans for the clones, and secretly tries to undermine the wishes of the Board Scudworth wants to use the clones to create a clone-themed amusement park, dubbed "Cloney Island", a decidedly less evil intention than that of the Board.
Butlertron a parody of Mr. Belvedere , who is programmed to call everyone "Wesley" and speak in two distinct intonations. Much of the plot of the show revolves around the attempts of Abe to woo the vain and promiscuous clone of Cleopatra , while being oblivious to the fact that his friend Joan of Arc is attracted to him.
Kennedy 's clone referred to as "JFK" , a macho, narcissistic womanizer, is also attempting to win over Cleopatra and has a long-standing rivalry with Abe. Gandhi acts in many of the episodes as the comic relief. Also on a few occasions, the characters that we see learn most of "Life's Lessons" the hard way.
Themes and style[ edit ] While the clones derive many character qualities from their ancestors,  much of the humor in the show comes from the large contrast between the personality of the clones and the actual values and legacy of the historical figures they are descended from. For instance, Gandhi is portrayed as a hyperactive jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold whose biggest dream is to be accepted by those around him, in contrast to his historical legacy of calm nonviolence.
Abe Lincoln is similarly portrayed as weak and indecisive, completely lacking the resolve of the President whose DNA he shares. All of the clones are also given mis-matched foster parents who have little in common with them. Gandhi's parents are a stereotypical Jewish-American couple, while JFK is raised by a homosexual , interracial couple ; Joan's "foster grandpa" is an elderly blind musician similar to Ray Charles named Toots, a parody of the stereotypical wise old man role and the magical negro role found in many teen shows, and who begins many of his declarative sentences with the words, "Now, I may be blind, but I can see The show also includes humor based on the historical figures themselves.
For example, the diner the clones frequent is called The Grassy Knoll, a reference to the JFK assassination conspiracy theory about a second shooter, dubbed " The Man on the Grassy Knoll ". Other references seen are the flag at The Grassy Knoll being permanently at half mast and the car on the roof of the diner containing the original JFK's body leaning over the edge. There are pictures of assassinations hanging on the walls of the restaurant, such as the famous Currier and Ives print of the Lincoln assassination though this version is in color and considerably more graphic than the original print.
The genetic ancestors of all of the five main clones died of similarly irregular causes: Other historical figure-based humor includes offhand coincidental remarks to other students, such as Abe mentioning that the clone of Napoleon is so annoying because of " some kind of complex ", or Gandhi telling Catherine the Great to " get off her high horse ".
The show is also a parody of "issue" episodes of high-school themed comedies. Each episode is introduced as a " very special episode. Other episodes tackle drugs smoking raisins , the environment, and underage drinking in a similarly ridiculous fashion. In a clear sign that it is parodying the high school genre, it even ends at prom: Even the prom is a joke however, as we learn it is only the Winter Prom.
There was a running gag that creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wanted to include in the show "where Clone High — being an exaggeration of typical high schools in teen dramas — would have many proms throughout the year".
A Shot in D'Arc", and the winter prom in episode 13, "Changes: Pie of the Storm". He admires his clonefather Abraham Lincoln and feels that he is struggling to live up to him. Abe doesn't notice that Joan has feelings for him and unintentionally mistreats her by reinterpreting it as a sign of friendship. He later realizes his feelings for her too late.
She is an intelligent, cynical and angsty goth. She loves Abe and hates how he ignores her in order to hook up with Cleopatra. She holds liberal political views, and "somewhat naively support[s] every special-interest cause.
He, like Abe, is struggling to live up to his clonefather Mahatma Gandhi. As a result, he reinvents himself as a wild party animal. Kennedy and a handsome, popular, arrogant, and horny jock as well as Abe's on-and-off rival for Cleo's affections.
He later develops feelings for Joan and hates how Abe treats her. At the end of the episode, he and Joan begin a relationship. She is a self-absorbed, vain, and often mean-spirited popular cheerleader who is the object of desire for every male in the school, most notably Abe and JFK. Scudworth voiced by Phil Lord is the literally " mad " scientist and principal of Clone High, who secretly plans to use the clones as attractions for his hypothetical amusement park, dubbed "Cloney Island," and many of the series' subplots surround him trying to find ways to accelerate his plans.
Belvedere -esque sane robotic butler and reluctant sidekick in his stupid schemes. He refers to everyone as "Wesley".