"Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" is the Christmas episode of the Cartoon Network original show Dexter's Laboratory.


Santa with Dexter

Dexter wants to prove to Dee Dee that Santa Claus doesn't exist, so he sets up a monitoring system on the roof. A man in red finally shows up and when he enters the living room, Dexter tries to take a picture to prove that it's just his dad in a Santa costume. When Santa resists, Dexter decides that more drastic measures must be taken, taking the chase from the bedroom to the rooftop to the skies. Santa's sleigh is finally shot down, and Dexter shaves off Santa's beard. Unfortunately for him, he sees his dad behind him, and realizes (too late) that the jolly man is real. Also, the crash has ransacked the living room, Christmas tree and all. As Dexter tries to tell everyone what Christmas is really about, he is shocked to hear it is about the presents.


The episode made its home video debut as a bonus feature on the DVD release of The Powerpuff Girls: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas in 2003. It was later featured on the Cartoon Network: Christmas Rocks DVD in 2005.


  • This episode was received very negatively by fans, mostly because of Dexter's treatment to Santa Claus.
  • In the Powerpuff Girls Christmas special "Twas the Fight Before Christmas", it is revealed Santa Claus has a "Permanently Naughty Plaque". It is implied that for shooting down the sleigh and telling stories with nary an ounce of truth, Dexter will be added to it.


  • Dee Dee takes the microphone from Dexter during his rap. But, in the next scene, the mic on her hand disappears.
  • Throughout the episode, the number of reindeer changed. When we see them on the computer screen, there are only two. When they were on the roof, there was only one, and when Dexter was chasing Santa, there are eight of them.


Voice actor Character
Christine Cavanaugh Dexter
Kat Cressida Dee Dee
Jeff Bennett Dad
Santa Claus
Kath Soucie Mom

External links

Shorts and episodes The Night Before ChristmasGood Will To Men • "Christmas Flintstone" • "A Dickens of a Christmas" • "Baby's First Christmas" • "The Nutcracker Scoob" • "Insanity Claus" • "A Jetson Christmas Carol" • "Happy Howlidays" • "The Ghost of Christmas Paddington" • "Santanapped" • "George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular" • "Santa Klutz" • "Cave Kid Christmas" • "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" • "Twas the Night" • "Happy Baboon Holidays" • "Scary Christmas" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow"
Specials and movies A Christmas StorySilent Night, Holy NightA Flintstone ChristmasCasper's First ChristmasYogi's First ChristmasThe Smurfs' Christmas SpecialChristmas Comes to Pac-LandYogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas CaperThe Little Troll PrinceThe Tom and Jerry Christmas Special'Tis the Season to Be SmurfyThe Town Santa ForgotA Flintstone Family ChristmasA Flintstones' Christmas CarolA Scooby-Doo! ChristmasTom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
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Cartoon Network Studios
"A Space Ghost Christmas" • "George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular" • "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" • "Twas the Night" • "Happy Baboon Holidays" • "Fa-La-La-La-Ed" • "A Johnny Bravo Christmas" • The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas • "Christmas Con Carne" • Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle • "Christmas Evil" • Billy & Mandy Save Christmas • "A Lost Claus" • "Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y." • "Have Yourself a Joyful Little Animas" • "Kamp Kringle" • "Merry Christmas" • "The Class of 3000 Christmas Special" • "Hey, Hey It's Knishmas!" • "Low Tidings" • "Holly Jolly Secrets" • "The Regular Show Christmas Special" • "Christmas" • "Uncle Grandpa Christmas Special" • "Merry Christmas Mordecai" • "Secret Santa" • "Merry Moochmas" • "Christmas Parties" • "Christmas in Space"
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