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* FaceDoodling: Sam's prank to sleeping students whenever Ridgeway High has an all-nighter, snapshot them and upload it in the internet. Carly remarks that Sam's doodles are "accurate".
* FacePalm: Spencer balls his fist onto his face when the European swimsuit models dance goofily.
** Carly slaps her forehead with her palm upon learning Sam's mom has no idea what iCarly is.
* FailedASpotCheck: Gibby in ''iWin a Date'', doubling as ComicallyMissingThePoint .
-->'''Carly''': We have to keep the game clean and fair.\\
'''Gibby''': How would I know which one is Shannon?\\
'''Sam''': Listen. There will be 3 girls: Girl Number 1, '''GIRL NUMBER 2''', and Girl Number 3.\\
'''Gibby''': So, which one is Shannon?\\
'''Carly''': If you want '''TWO''' go on a date with Shannon, you got '''TWO''' choose carefully.\\
'''Carly & Sam''': That is all you have '''TWO''' do.\\
'''Gibby''': O-kaaaaay!
** Freddie in ''iBeat the Heat'':
-->'''Carly''': What's the temperature outside?\\
'''Freddie''': A hundred and four degrees.\\
'''Carly''': Uuuuugh. (runs toward thermostat)\\
'''Freddie''': [[CaptainObvious Try to make it cooler in here.]]\\
(Carly ''glares'' back at Freddie)\\
'''Freddie''': Which is probably what you're doing.\\
'''Carly''': (deadpan) Uh-huh!
** Spencer's overexcitement on the girl he just met at the ending of ''iThink They Kissed'' made him not notice that her little sister and her best friends are duct-taped against each other.
* FandomNod: The first promo for the episode ''iStart A Fan War'' directly uses the PortmanteauCoupleName for both major pairings both in the voice over and graphics. In-universe direct references can be easily justified by the idea that as a popular online webshow, the shipping fan groups would probably actually exist in-universe as well.
** ''iLost My Mind'' has Freddie directly respond to Seddie shippers who ignore Freddie's feelings.
* FanDumb: In-universe, the Creddie and Seddie shippers that go to Webicon. [[invoked]]
* {{Fanservice}}: ''iCarly Awards''. Since half of the episode are FROM fans, the other half is made FOR fans. Let's see: [[MsFanService Carly and Sam in eye-catching outfits]], [[HotMenAtWork dancing shirtless male European models only in trunks]], videos of freaky and unusual abilities, and eyes squirting out milk or extending a snake-long tongue.
** ''iBeat the Heat'' has both [[MsFanService Carly AND Sam]] in very skimpy summer outfits. Very ''HOT'' indeed.
* FanservicePack: Freddie went from being a young StalkerWithACrush to being a rather attractive young man.
** Sam and her transformation that started around Season 3.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Freddie can do this. Using it more often on Carly probably would've helped him seduce her by now.
* FeigningIntelligence: Carly tries this in an attempt to impress a very intelligent (and good looking) boy in ''iQ''.
* FeudEpisode: Each episode where Carly and Sam quarrel.
** ''iDon't Want To Fight'', where Carly gives Sam a handmade iCarly t-shirt (possibly the first ever made, but it's important to Carly), and Sam trades it for concert tickets.
** ''iSaw Him First'', where they fight over a hot guy, complete with sabotage and tricks. The actual conflict is resolved by the guy, who gets sick of their competitiveness, and then falls down an elevator shaft, and after they resolve not to fight over a guy anymore.
** ''iQuit iCarly'' is probably the worst fight between them, when both girls side with different friends. Carly calls Sam lazy and Sam brings up the fact that the show is names after just Carly alone. The two refuse to apologize to one another. It ends with the girls nearly falling off the side of a building after Sam rashly jumps out onto a window cleaners platform to get a good camera shot.
** ''iKiss'' is the first example for Freddie splitting with the girls, as he quit the show because Sam revealed he hadn't kissed a girl. I'm sure you wouldn't be shocked to find out they ended up sharing a FirstKiss with each other at the end to fix it.
** In ''iHire An Idiot'', Freddie threatens to quit iCarly after the girls hire Cort as an intern solely because of his hotness.
* FictionIsntFair: 2 main areas:
** Firstly, how the teachers at the school behave towards the students, but don't get into trouble. One example would be in ''iHave My Principals'' where one of the teachers gives Gibby a detention for ''being too Gibby'', and they introduce uniforms in about a day.
** Secondly, Sam should have been expelled and in juvie by now, even with Carly as a MoralityPet.
* FirstKiss: The subject of an episode regarding Freddie's admittance of not having one (except for Valerie, which he refuses to count for some reason) and Sam mocking him for it ''on the air.'' In the aftermath of the fight about Sam broadcasting it to the world, Sam [[{{Asspull}} reveals]] that she hasn't had her first kiss either, and the two end up sharing their first kiss together later in the episode.
* FirstNameUltimatum: "Gibby!"
* FiveFiveFive: 1-555-SEND-ME-A-SACK
* FiveManBand: See also the PowerTrio entry below.
** TheHero - Carly, also TheHeart and TheChick of the main trio
** TheLancer - Sam, also TheBigGuy or ActionGirl of the main trio
** TheSmartGuy - Freddie
** TheBigGuy - Gibby, also fills up the SixthRanger role
** TheChick - Spencer
* FixFic: Changing the end of several episodes:
** ''iKiss'': Carly and Freddie kiss and not Sam and Freddie.
** ''iSpeed Date'': Freddie notices Sam and runs after her, not the actual ending with Carly and Freddie dancing after not noticing Sam.
** ''iOMG'': Adding a post-script which solves the cliff-hanger. Freddie gently letting down Sam then going after Carly or having Carly come after him, the same but with Carly going after Sam, or just having Freddie respond to Sam positively.
* {{Flanderization}} - Everyone but Spencer, who could be argued started ''off'' Flanderized as the insane artist who constantly burns things, has suffered this:
** In the first season, MyBelovedSmother Mrs. Benson fit the pattern of [[ShownTheirWork classic OCD]]; in the second, [[RuleOfFunny not so much]].
** Sam's tomboyish vibes from Season 1 evolved into various examples of extreme bullying, anti-social and sociopathic behaviour, like her running a child labour sweatshop in Season 4. After that season the writers knew they were going to have Sam continue in the ''Series/SamAndCat'' SpinOff, and attempted to de-flanderize her. YMMV on how much that worked, but they have definitely toned her down for the actual ''Series/SamAndCat'' show.
** A minor character, Officer Carl, went through this. In his first appearance, he was a fair minded police officer who arrested Spencer for causing a huge traffic jam and understandably got mad at him for [[ItMakesSenseInContext putting up a sign that said Pee On Carl]]. Spencer apologizes and explains it was an accident, he even had video proof it was an accident. In later appearances on iCarly.com and the show, he is shown to be a corrupt officer. He still holds a grudge against Spencer for putting up that sign, despite Spencer pointing out he got revenge on him for the by using humiliation as a punishment for an unrelated offense. He also refused to arrest photographers who committed vandalism because they took pictures of his daughter's rabbit no charge. He then gives Carly a ticket for having a car with no license plate, and doesn't nullify the ticket when Carly explains to him the car is a prop.
** Season 5 is horrible for this:
*** Carly has started randomly insulting people, telling off Spencer and being mean spirited.
*** Freddie has started dismissing Carly, ignoring her, blowing her off and generally treating her like shit.
*** Sam's antagonism and fighting with Freddie was blown up in both ''iDate Sam & Freddie'' and ''iCan't Take It''. While she has screwed with Freddie in the past, in ''iCan't Take It'', she sabotages Freddie's science camp simply because he didn't know what time it was when she asked him.
*** Also Carly has become dumber. While she was never [[TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]], she was a good student at the very least, She complained about not getting a well-deserved A in a class. As well as being generally pretty smart, she also worked hard on her schooling to get her first ever straight a's. She was also much more book smart than Sam to the point where she was accepted into a private school that even Freddie wasn't. But now she seems but now she seems just barely smart enough to live. This didn't happen all at once, but gradually over time, coming to a head in season 5. Like in the space episode, she can't pronounce claustrophobic, even though she is claustrophobic. In ''iQ'' she has to fake/cheat being intelligent to try and impress a guy when the old Carly would've have been able to at least hold the conversation easily.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Carly towards Freddie in ''iSaved Your Life''.
* {{Flynning}}: Anyone who has ever seen or participated in ANY form of fencing knows it bears little resemblance to the random swinging that Freddie and Spencer were doing. While this is excusable as they were probably playing around, the actual match against Toder still had them using incorrect equipment and disregarding basic rules of the sport.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Fred/Lucas's pooch, Tibbles, is described by a terrified Spencer as being either a huge dog or a small bear.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''iBeat the Heat'', Freddie states that Sabrina is just a tall girl, not a kind of [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} hideous monster]]; after which he triggered an accident that made his statement figuratively true.
* ForcefulKiss: [[spoiler: Sam did this to Freddie in ''iOMG'']]
* ForScience!: Carly uses this excuse in ''iOMG'' to get Gibby to help her ''electrocute her brother'' for their semester project.
* TheFourLoves:
** Storge (Family): Carly, Spencer and Sam all share these feelings for each other. Carly, Spencer and their father clearly love each other in "iGoodbye".
** Phileo (Friendship): Sam and Freddie both tell each other they love the other after breaking up in ''iLove You''.
** Agape (Unconditional/Self Sacrifice): Freddie towards Carly, who seems to love Carly unconditionally no matter where their relationship lies with regards to Phileo and Eros. He has proven his ability to self-sacrifice for her, being almost killed in order to save Carly from being killed herself by pushing her out of the way of a truck in one episode.
** Eros (Romantic): Carly and Freddie.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Carly is sanguine, Sam is choleric, Freddie is melancholic, whilst Spencer fits into phlegmatic by way of being an artist who rarely interacts with anyone apart from the rest of the trio (his sister's friends), and his one single friend, Socko. He has girlfriends, but all are fleeting.
* FreakOut: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Carly]] is quite susceptible, most notably her hissy fits in ''iThink They Kissed'' and ''iSpace Out''. Minor variations are the instances where she delivers long rants like in ''iSaw Him First'' and ''iDate a Bad Boy''.
** Also, Mrs. Benson will freak out of anything, usually hauling Freddie off for a tick bath, like in ''iFence''.
** Carly is an extreme claustrophobe. When locked in a small room or even a fake Space Shuttle, she can freak out quite spectacularly.
* FreudianExcuse: Sam as part of her AntiHero or DracoInLeatherPants semi-villainous character build. See ''iSell Penny Tees'', for how her mother's behaviour influences her behaviour towards the children.

* FriendlessBackground: Sam fits this best with ''iChristmas'', and ''iTwins'' in mind.
** Freddie also has a lot of friends besides the girls, since he is a member of lots of extra-curricular clubs in school, implied in his blog and ''iMeet Fred''.
** Carly at least was shown working with Wendy for a project in ''iDate a Bad Boy'', as noted by WordOfGod for that episode. Missy also shows up talking about their friendship when Carly lived in California. There is also the possibility that she became friendless after moving from California, until Sam showed up, and then she subsequently gained a wider circle of friends as she grew up.
* FriendlyEnemy: Sam and Freddie in Season 2 onwards, wherein [[WithFriendsLikeThese season 1 they were forced to work together]] out of their [[LesYay mutal]] [[JustFriends interest]] in Carly.
* FriendsRentControl: As stated in ''iPilot'', their loft has 3 floors with its own ELEVATOR. There are various fan theories for how they afford this (their father pays for it, Spencer's art makes a lot of money, etc.).
* TheFunInFuneral: When a local pie shop owner dies in "iPie", Carly has to filibuster a eulogy as Sam and Freddie find the recipes for the pies in the computer to keep the shop open.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In "iPsycho", a clown had an aneurysm and died for an in-episode example. This was played for BlackHumour, so is a literal FunnyAneurysmMoment. [[invoked]]
* FunPersonified: Spencer
* FunTShirt: The various ''Penny Tee's'' that the iCarly crew wear. Examples include ''Peanut Butter Love'', ''Parole Baby'', and ''[[DanSchneider Danwarp Tweets]]''.
** Add ''Bacon Farm'' to that list. It goes to the top of the list - or should we say, [[IncrediblyLamePun to the front?]]
* GamerChick: Sasha Striker in the episode ''iStage an Intervention'' who set the record for highest [[PacMan Pak Rat]] score.
** Sam is also shown numerous times playing rhythm games, and Carly is shown a few times as well.
* GeekyTurnOn: Carly seemed to get pretty turned on by Freddie's tech talk in ''iSaved Your Life'', calling it cute and geeky, and coining the word 'cukey'.
* GenderEqualEnsemble - Interpretation of exactly what 'counts' for the trope can lead to this trope being played straight or averted depending on the cast combination used.
** If you count just the main trio of characters due to their age then the show fails the trope ''until'' Gibby becomes a full time cast member in the later seasons.
** If you count Spencer because he's Carly's brother and that the eponymous web show is filmed in their apartment, Spencer would round out the TwoGirlsAndAGuy cast to achieve the trope before Gibby, but then turns it into an aversion when Gibby eventually shows up to make it 2 girls and 3 guys.
** If you also count Mrs. Benson because she was the only other major character on the show from the start, then it means women outnumber the men until Gibby comes along to make the main cast 3 guys and 3 women.
* GenreSavvy: Sam displays this in a number of episodes.
* TheGhost: Spencer's friend Socko.
** This was the case with Carly's dad, but it has been announced that he will be revealed in the series finale 2-part special ''iGoodbye''.
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: Kind of the basis of ''iDon't Want to Fight'', on one side. It's Carly and Sam's 5th friendship anniversary, and Carly gives Sam a Special T-Shirt, while Sam promises to give Cuddlefish concert tickets, so she trades off the T-Shirt for the tickets to "Ripoff Rodney".
* [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl (or Guy) Of The Week)]]: Each character has had at least a couple of these:
** Freddie: Valerie, Melanie. And strangely enough, Carly.
** Carly: Griffin, Jake, Shane, and Freddie.
** Sam: Jonah, Shane, Pete (with a SnapBack).
** Spencer: Too many to list. Most of those relationships can only imply that Spencer has sex with the girl and she slinks off the next day never to be seen again.
* GilliganCut: ''iWill Date Freddie'' evokes this twice.
** During Freddie's date with Valerie.
--->'''Sam:''' I set up one of Freddie's little webcams and aimed it at the table.\\
'''Carly:''' But that's spying. We can't spy on Freddie on his first date!\\
(cue the girls slumping on beanbags watching the livestream on the monitor)\\
'''Carly:''' We're bad people.
** When Valerie "seduces" Sam to sever her ties from iCarly and join Valerie instead.
--->'''Valerie:''' Don't say anything. We don't want Carly to know about this.\\
'''Sam:''' Believe me, I won't.\\
(cue back at the Shay's loft)\\
'''Carly:''' She '''[[BigWhat WHAT]]'''?!\\
'''Sam:''' That skunkbag tried to steal me too!
** ''iSpeed Date'': Sam refuses to go to the Groovy Smoothie with Freddie, thinking he, Carly and Spencer can handle all the guys themselves. Cut to the Groovy Smoothie with 752 guys...and the whole group.
** Also, from ''iQuit iCarly'', when the Pirates try to take over Spencer's boat:
--->'''Spencer:''' NO! WE'LL NEVER SURRENDER THIS BOAT!\\
(cut to Spencer and Gibby being thrown into a dumpster)\\
'''Spencer:''' (sticks his head out of the dumpster) ...They took over our boat.
** ''iGet Pranky'': Carly tells Spencer not to go getting all prank-happy on people. Spencer says that he won't. Take a wild guess as to what happens next.
* GirlinessUpgrade: The focus of the episode "iMake Sam Girlier".
* GirlNextDoor: Carly is Freddie's female front-door neighbor he fell in love with "at first sight".
* GirlScoutsAreEvil: In ''iOwe You'', [[AlphaBitch the mean teenage]] Sunshine Girls who are rivaling Spencer for their selling spot at the supermarket. Subverted with the [[ShrinkingViolet incredibly-shy]] {{Moe}} Emily who is the daughter of the hot mother Spencer is helping.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: In iOwe You, Sam tells Freddie his relative got hurt, sending him running back to his apartment, so she could cry to Carly without him seeing.
** In ''iQuit iCarly'', Sam distracts Carly's group by calling out Ryan Seacrest. They fall for it, prompting Sam to occupy the scaffolding venue first.
* GiveGeeksAChance: ''iSaved Your Life'' epitomizes this trope. Freddie saves his dream girl's life, and boom, Carly falls head-over-heels toward him. Carly eventually comes around to Freddie in "iGoodbye".
* GlassShatteringSound
* GodivaHair. Non-Nude version for Sam in ''iQuit iCarly''.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The plot of ''iLost My Mind'', regarding Sam's LoveEpiphany.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Carly sees the best in people, but if betrayed or oppressed, will come up with a scheme like having a massive in-school riot to get the good principal back.
** She does enter the StupidGood territory sometimes, like in ''iSell Penny Tees'' where she paid all the kids in advance as part of opposing Sam's methods, causing the kids to disregard the work altogether.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Spencer with his duck pajamas. Then his duck boxer shorts. Sam and her "I love Las Vegas" underwear. Freddie's anti-bacterial underwear would be ''related'' to this trope somehow.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Many characters have a habit of using certain words as substitutes for words they cannot get past the radar (like the Shay siblings' "Shoosh yeah!"). Can be considered an UnusualEuphemism but most of the time, it's a bit surprising what got past the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radar]].
** "Cheese and rice!" Spoken by the ''principal'' himself with the matching accent for the expression it sounds like.
** Freddie's "This is serious chiz!" was controversial enough for some people in Website/YouTube to claim that iCarly had used a swear word. HilarityEnsues if any non-viewer of the show saw the video and thought the swear word is Sam's ''last name''.
** Sam uses "Holy cheese on a chisel!" and "Holy crab!"
** ''Diphead'', ''Dipthong'', ''Dipwad'', ''Skunk Bag'' and so on.
** Mrs. Benson's "What the ''YUCK''?" when she caught Carly kissing Freddie passionately in ''iSaved Your Life''.
** A highlight in ''iMove Out'':
--->'''Freddie''': Oh, my go-\\
'''Mrs. Benson''': You better end that with '''gosh'''.\\
'''Freddie''': Dear gosh, please make her leave.
** "Shoosh yeah" is a common [[UnusualEuphemism euphemism]].
* GrandFinale: ''iGoodbye''.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Carly can't stop Nevel from messing with her website because while his mom goes on a cruise, the only person in charge of him is his grandmother, ''"and she's hopelessly confused."''
** AvertedTrope and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Carly and Spencer's grandfather, who seems to be the sanest member of their family.
** Also averted with Wade Collins' mother, who practically is ''aware'' of her {{Jerkass}} son's actions and instead of punishing him, supports him whole-heartedly on it.
* GRatedDrug: Fat Cakes are treated as such in ''iToe Fat Cakes'' when the group tries to cross the border.
** In fact, the Canadian Fat Cakes are banned from entry in the U.S. for the same reason as whole, unpastureized milk cannot be brought in as well.
* GratuitousSpanish: Starting from the second season with Freddie, it gets to the point where it's annoying with the random phrases.
* GreenAesop: ''iGo Nuclear''. Played with at the very least due to it being forced upon the writers, to the point where it can be interpreted as a SpoofAesop or a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.
* GreenEyedMonster: Freddie suffers this in ''iLike Jake'' and ''iDate A Bad Boy''. Carly also gets this like whoa during the recut version of ''iSaved Your Life''. When a slutty girl comes up to Freddie and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar offers him weekend sex with her]] whilst her parents and brothers are away (or whilst her brother holds a wild no-adults party, it's not 100% clear), Carly grabs Freddie by the shoulder, embraces him and starts French kissing him so the girl will take the hint that Freddie is taken, much to his surprise.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In ''iHalloween'', while the gang were broadcasting their web show in a supposed haunted house, things began to get freaky and they start to leave. Unfortunately, the door got locked. While trying to figure out a way to open the door, Carly suggests hitting it with something. [[KickTheDog Sam promptly proceeds to use Freddie.]]
* GroinAttack: Spencer gets whacked with a ladle by Stu Stimbler's son in ''iStake Out'', then another one in ''iKiss'' when Sam threw the football to Spencer hard but not high enough.
** He gets another one in ''iBeat the Heat'', where [[SitcomArchNemesis Chuck Chambers]] hits him with a rolled up magazine.
*** One of the holes in Spencer's mini-golf course in ''iMight Switch Schools'' involves this on a cut-out. Freddie groans in sympathy.
** Spencer takes a GroinShot in ''iStart a Fan War'' when someone throws his 'longstaff' from a crowd, and in ''iCan't Take It', he gets one from Sam while trying to stop her from beating up Gibby.
* GroundedForever: Spencer, after seeing Carly making out with [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Griffin]], grounds Carly ''[[UpToEleven "for till college"]]''. He also actually follows through on the punishment until he learns AnAesop, up to and including making Carly wear a horrible sweater, and disguising himself as a janitor at her school so he can catch Griffin when he visits Carly's school to make out with her.
* HackerCave: "Well, we found Nevel's nerd cave."
* HalloweenEpisode iScream On Halloween and iHalfoween (although the latter is a celebration of the halfway mark from the previous Halloween to the next Halloween).
* HamToHamCombat: ''iStart A Fan War'' has Spencer vs Jack Black.
* HandsOffParenting: At the very least, Spencer and Carly's father. Possibly their mother, if she's alive. Most of the time Carly is the one taking care of Spencer, so he doesn't really count either. Sam's mom would be a "lives with the child" version of this. Mrs. Benson is the [[MyBelovedSmother exact opposite]].
** ''iSpace Out'' implied that their dad is stationed overseas for so long, he's not even aware that Spencer had dropped out of law school.
** Spencer has his moments of parenting (''iWanna Stay With Spencer'' being a prime example), and he has his moments of HandsOffParenting, like in ''iGot Detention'':
--->'''Spencer:''' Did I hear you say you got detention?\\
'''Carly:''' Yeah.\\
'''Spencer:''' Should I be concerned?\\
'''Carly:''' Not really.\\
'''Spencer:''' Later!
* HandSignals: The broadcasters' countdown (from five with one unspoken and pointing to indicate ("you're live on the air") became Freddie's CatchPhrase. He didn't use the others listed on the trope page because [[FridgeLogic as a webcast they have no fixed time slot or Standards and Practices so "stretch", "finish it up" or "stop NOW!" weren't relevant]].
* HandWave: ''iDate Sam & Freddie'' ends with a serious talk where Carly tells Sam and Freddie they need to sort out their dysfunctional relationship and actually solve problems together. They spent the entire episode fighting constantly. The next episode ignores that plot completely and has Sam and Freddie working together just fine, ignoring and hand waving away that Sam and Freddie have 'worked' on their problem.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: An initial reference was made to this trope when Carly and the gang had to come up with an excuse explaining their invasion of Ms. Briggs' home in one episode: "Let's sing our public domain birthday song!"
** Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as BusmansVocabulary for people who produce user-generated Internet content.
** ''iMake Sam Girlier'', played with this at the beginning when the gang begins to sing said song for Sam's birthday before switching to an altered version of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".
* HappyDance: Sam and Freddie when they win the iWeb Award in ''iGo To Japan''. Carly sort of sways along.
** Also, Carly and Freddie (...and Judge Marla?) in ''iCook''.
** Carly, Freddie and Spencer halfway through ''iFight Shelby Marx'' after Carly and Shelby made up.
** Carly, Sam and Freddie when they watched Nevel's JerkAss video that caused him to be a social outcast.
* HarmlessVillain: Nevel's [[SarcasmMode evil plan]] is to destroy iCarly.
* HarsherInHindsight: If you only watched iWill Date Freddie (from season 1) when it originally premiered, the joke about Valerie wanting to date Freddie that Sam makes isn't harsh at all, just typical Sam versus Freddie banter. But if you've seen iLost My Mind, then watch iWDF it becomes harsher and ironic. Sam tells Valerie ..."to email the address of the mental hospital she is staying in and he'll meet ya there." Implying that someone would have to be crazy to like Freddie. Fast forward nearly 4 years into the future and in iLost My Mind, when Freddie tells( and shows) Sam that he likes her too, guess where he does it. A mental hospital. Why is she there? She thinks she is crazy for liking Freddie. Both occurrences took place live on their webshow. So its possible that fans of the webshow in-universe also might be aware of this.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Nevel ended up being on good terms with the iCarly gang.]]
* HellHotel: '''[[ItMakesSenseInContext Come On Inn]]'''. It's not scary, but the fact that the room Sam reserved is dilapidated by a shootout and a crime scene, coupled by poor maintenance and a hobo waiting outside the window with easy access will sure get the creeps out of anyone.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Carly and Sam, fueling no little source of LesYay.
* HighDefinition: The show aired in SD from 2007 to 2009, but was filmed in HD. All episodes were eventually released in HD format on iTunes.
* HighSchoolDance: Although the actual dance is never shown, ''iSpeed Date'' revolves around the trio finding a date to the Sadie Hawkins/Girls Choice dance and then the aftermath of the dance back at the Groovy Smoothie. [[ShipTease Carly and Freddie end up slow dancing together after their crappy dates leave.]]
* HiddenDepths: ''iEnrage Gibby'' focused on Gibby's UnstoppableRage side, as well as this dialogue.
-->'''Freddie''': You play the ukelele?\\
'''Carly''': Yeah, a little.\\
'''Freddie''': [[LampshadeHanging Wow, that's never been established.]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Sam is a hilariously abusive childhood in progress. It isn't hard to imagine how bad it could be, with a father who has apparently abandoned them, a mother who is most likely an alcoholic at the least, is constantly in jail, just like most of the rest of her family. All played for laughs on the show though.
** One has to remember, though, that Melanie apparently spends most, if not all, of the year in a boarding school. Therefore she'd turn out okay, she doesn't ''have'' to deal with Mrs. Puckett.
** Freddie's childhood is Hilariously Abusive in the [[MyBelovedSmother opposite way.]]
* HilariousOuttakes: ''iBloop'', entirely dedicated to the bloopers and outtakes of the cast throughout the series.
** A sequel (iBloop 2: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakin%27_2:_Electric_Boogaloo Electric Bloopaloo]]) is premiering soon.
* HippieTeacher: Mr. Henning. He loves nature, disproves of modern methods (or rather just major energy wasting ones), and takes students on a Root and Berry Retreat.
-->'''Spencer''': You know, when I was at Ridgeway, I had a teacher who was such a loser! He's a freaky weirdo and smells like rotten wood...\\
'''Mr. Henning''': Spencer? That's me.\\
'''Spencer''': What? (pauses) Oh.
* HiredForTheirLooks: When the PowerTrio need to hire an assistant to help with the eponymous show-within-a-show, Sam and Carly hire a hunky and INCREDIBLY stupid guy. Freddie retaliates by hiring a really dumb girl [[spoiler:though it turns out that she was a college student using the experience as source material for a sociology class]].
* HistoryRepeats: In ''iAm Your Biggest Fan'', Carly recalls Spencer's present for her then 14th birthday is a lava lamp that burst into flames (and then exploded). And when Spencer makes her a gummy bear lamp for her 16th birthday...
* HollywoodNerd: Freddie.
** The Pear store employee Carly develops a crush on in ''iPear Store''. Subverted when she brings him to her apartment and it turns out his nerdy persona was all an act and he's really a CasanovaWannabe.
* {{Homage}}: ''iBelieve in [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti [=BigFoot=]]]'' is a direct homage to Franchise/ScoobyDoo (further lampshaded by Freddie) sans the dog. There are 2 males and 2 females; they are investigating a certain creature; they have a vehicle; and also turns up that the said creature is actually a guy they know, in a costume.
** DanSchneider stated that Sabrina's thrashing of Carly's project in ''iBeat the Heat'' is a reference to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''.
** ''iChristmas'' tops this with a ItsAWonderfulLife premise (a granted wish that gives unexpected circumstances; the protagonist is someone's MoralityChain) with hints of ACharlieBrownChristmas ([[AluminumChristmasTrees Spencer's electromagnetic tree]] and Carly's small Christmas tree).
** The PaintballEpisode ''iSaved Your Life'' with its amusing homage to HBO's TheWire, episode ''Late Editions''.
-->'''Gibby:''' How my hair look, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' You look good, Gib. (Shoots him in the forehead with a paintball)
** The Random Debates at icarly.com have taken place in a wall very much like the iconic ''LaughIn'' joke wall.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Carly Shay full-stop, in terms of her love interests.
** Sam follows the "tomboy" aspect of the trope to the letter, but averts the trope as a whole.
* HotTeacher: Ms. Ackerman and Ms. Fielder.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: iPsycho Part 2. Definitely Gibby's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoA]], mentioned throughout this page. Gibby figures out a hidden code from the iCarly crew, and [[BigDamnHeroes comes to the rescue]]. He finds the kidnapper girl's house, proceeds to ''[[UnstoppableRage break down the front door with a single blow]]'' and engage in a supremely vicious (especially for a Nickelodeon show!) fight to the death with the girl. Furniture is smashed repeatedly, a fireplace poker is used with intent to kill, they fall down a flight of stairs at top speed, proceed to perform a number of technical fighting maneuvers, and ''then'' Gibby starts to bleed. Both of them should be severely injured, but Gibby barely needs a Band-Aid.
* HumiliationConga: [[BaseBreaker Sam]] in ''iSpeed Date''. Insults Freddie about no-one wanting him only to find he had 3 girls ask him. She refuses to ask any boy to the ''Girl's Choice'' dance, until Carly convinces her to ask Gibby out because Sam embarrassed her on the webshow. Sam is then rejected by Gibby and Freddie laughs at her. She tries again to have Gibby take her to the dance, only be rejected a second time and he's got a stunning girl at his house already. Sam stumbles back to the Groovy Smoothie, only to find Carly and Freddie slow dancing together, leaving Sam completely and utterly alone.
** Nevel in ''iPity the Nevel''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Taken to the extreme in ''iPity the Nevel'' by the main trio, most especially their Karma Party for Nevel's "fall from grace" where they serve chicken karm-esan, karma-corn, karma-apples, and later "Karm-again!"
--->'''Gibby''': What do you serve in a Karma Party?\\
'''Freddie''': ''Just desserts''. (Impressed by his own pun) Oh! Oh!\\
(Carly and Sam cheer him on)
* HypotheticalCasting: MirandaCosgrove wants TinaFey to be her MissingMom.
** Along those lines, if you consider the stated background of Colonel Shay, [[Series/StargateSG1 Richard Dean Anderson]] could be a good choice to play him [[DisappearedDad (it really explains why he's never home)]] - but [[Series/{{JAG}} David James Elliot]] wouldn't be a bad choice, either. If you consider why Richard left Stargate SG-1, [[SoMyKidsCanWatch there's a very good chance that this could actually happen.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: The show aired the episode ''iStart A Fan War'', which ended with a dual AuthorFilibuster (as it was directed against a group of in-universe fans but also aimed at the real life fandom by the writer DanSchneider) against {{Shipping}}. The next episode filmed had a huge change in the {{Shipping}} makeup and basically created a LoveTriangle.
* HypocriticalHumor: Many of the episodes use this a lot. Each character even has at least one of these.
** While Gibby walks out of the studio:
--->'''Carly''': Poor kid. It must feel bad to love someone who doesn't love you back.\\
'''Freddie''': (turns to stare at Carly)\\
'''Carly''': Sorry.
** When the gang is cleaning up the mess of the police stakeout:
--->'''Sam''': Some people just have no manners. (throws an empty soda can on the floor for Freddie to pick up)
** Same episode and scene:
--->'''Spencer:''' Do you know what it's like to be harassed ''every day'' by some kid?\\
'''Freddie:''' (turns to stare at Sam)\\
'''Sam:''' ''(grins widely)''
** After Spencer's high-powered sculpture destroyed their longest webcast World Record attempt:
--->'''Spencer''': Hey guys, don't make me look guilty, like it was all my fault.\\
'''Carly, Sam, Freddie''': (ALL stare at Spencer)\\
'''Spencer''': Oh yeah.
** When discussing about the Dingo Channel:
--->'''Spencer''': Aw, I hate that channel! They always make adults look like buffoons!\\
'''Carly''': You forgot to wear pants ''again''.\\
'''Spencer''': Oh my god.
** Same episode, when Sam forcefully invites Gibby for the Bikini Dog Food Fight:
--->'''Sam''': Come on, why won't you wear a bikini?\\
'''Gibby''': Because I have some dignity!\\
'''Sam''': Since when?\\
'''Gibby''': (leaves, but returns shortly) OK. No fighting, no dog food, but I'll wear the bikini top.
* IAteWhat: Done many times. After coming back from a jog with his Girloftheweek, Spencer reaches for a glass of what appears to be water, then spits it out.
-->'''Spencer''': That's not water!\\
'''Veronica''': What is it?!\\
'''Spencer''': I don't know!
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Sugar to Gibby in "iLost My Head In Vegas".
* ICantHearYou: Freddie to Carly in ''iFence'', so she won't stop them from going to the fencing studio.
-->'''Freddie:''' Uh, sorry! Can't hear you! You're breaking up. ''(Opens the door).''\\
'''Carly:''' ''(Gasp)'' But we're not talking on cell phones!\\
'''Freddie:''' Byeeee! ''(He and Spencer run out).''
* IdenticalStranger: Two characters MirandaCosgrove play--Carly Shay and [[Series/DrakeAndJosh Megan Parker]]--share the same universe, since iCarly, [[{{Series/Victorious}} Victorious]], [[Series/DrakeAndJosh Drake & Josh]], [[{{Series/Zoey101}} Zoey 101]] and [[Series/SamAndCat Sam & Cat]] are all interlinked. This is made even funnier when you consider how different they are. Virtually the only thing they have in common (besides their appearances) is that they're both [[GirlyGirl girly girls.]]
** Also true for Shelby Marx, [[{{Series/Victorious}} Tori Vega]], and [[{{Series/Zoey101}} Lola Martinez]], who are all played by VictoriaJustice. The similarity between Shelby Marx and Tori Vega is lampshaded by Sam in ''iPartyWithVictorious.''
-->'''Sam:''' She looks kind of like that Shelby Marx chick, doesn't she?
-->'''Freddie:''' Nah, this girl's way hotter.
** Also true for [[Series/DrakeAndJosh Crazy Steve]] and Spencer, who are both played by Jerry Trainor, as well as both [[{{Series/Zoey101}} Trisha Kirby]] and Sam, who are both played by JennetteMcCurdy.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of the episodes start with a lowercase "i."
* IdiotBall: All of them. Spencer is especially prone, as he can switch between intelligent protective older brother into someone who will build a machine seemingly intended to fling hammers at high velocity at head height, or a "sculpture" which seems tailor-made to catch fire at random.
** Carly in ''iSell Penny Tees''. Why on earth would she pay the kids up front? They were apparently being paid $10 a day, there were at least a half-dozen of them, so she'd have paid out anywhere from $400 to $1000.
* IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime: Spencer's works bursting into flames is a recurring gag that was somehow toned down in Season 3, but becomes another plot device in the Season 4 premiere ''iGot a Hot Room''.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends Carly is a type A while Freddie has shown signs of being a type B.
* ImagineSpot: In ''iFind Lewbert's Lost Love'' Carly and Freddie have a synchronous daydream on how life in the Bushwell will be much better if the irate doorman Lewbert is "a happy man". Carly, Freddie and Lewbert dance around as balloons fall. [[DeadpanSnarker Sam breaks them out of their over-the-top fantasy]].
--->'''Sam''': I really doubt ''balloons would rain down.''
* ImplausibleDeniability: In ''iHave My Principals''
--->'''Sam''': I haven't done one bad thing this week!
--->'''Mr. Howard''': Oh, please! I know you put that big snapping turtle in the teachers' toilet.
--->'''Sam''': You got it on video?
--->'''Mr. Howard''': ...no.
--->'''Sam''': Then I didn't do it.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: ZigZagged: It seems like the food they waste for comedic purposes on the websow is better than the food Carly and Spencer actually eat.
** They used quite a load of expensive cheese making the gibby with cheese and sauce.
** {{Justified}} as their show have high viewership ratings that directly translates to advertising and product endorsement.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Hotel Carlyfornia
* InformedAttractiveness: Kyle and Cort are the most glaring examples. While majority of the earlier [[GirlOfTheWeek love interests]] (usually Carly's) definitely have the looks, Cort's appearance does not really live up to how Carly and Sam praise and drool over him compared to Brad. Likewise with Kyle who only had the fake-Brit accent and the insufferably sophisticated genius attitude up his sleeve.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Being a comedy.. uses these quite often. Specific examples include ''hobo'' to the point it's become unfunny, Gibby being called a shirtless ''potato''. They once used ''doodle'' as part of ''fladoodles'' an invented snack item and ''Yak'' as part of ''Yakima''.
** Also repeated mentions of the word ''ointment'', which the creator himself has admitted is "just a funny word."
* InJoke: In ''iToe Fat Cakes'', Carly says that it's lame that her date's sister is 18 and doesn't have her driver's license. Miranda Cosgrove is 18 and only recently got her license.
* InnerMonologueConversation: In [[ICarly iParty with]] {{Victorious}}, Carly, Sam and Freddie use this to figure out how to get revenge on a cheating boyfriend. Tori lampshades this by asking to be included.
* InSeriesNickname: The ''iCarly'' trio all prefer to be known by nicknames rather than their names: Carly is Carlotta, [[TomboyishName Sam]] is Samantha, and Freddie is [[EmbarrassingFirstName Fredward]]. There's also their classmate Jeremy aka "Germy," the kid with the perpetual allergies.
** Sam is fond of coming up with {{Embarrassing Nickname}}s for Freddie, such as "Fredwad," "Fredwiener" "Freduccini" or "Fredlumps." He does retaliate a few times with lame counter-remarks though (like "Sam-jerk") which only gives Sam a reason to ridicule him more.
** Sam is also quick to shorten the original nickname of Carly to simply Carls instead. Sam uses Carls so much that it's almost a pet name she alone has for Carly.
* InstantWebHit
* InsultBackfire: Freddie in the end of ''iHeart Art''. He takes the insults so well because he gets $5 richer for each insult Sam made as part of their bet, to the point he doubled the $40 Spencer gave him.
* InsultToRocks: In ''iWin A Date'':
-->'''Sam:''' (sees Carly's painting) Who's that? Freddie?\\
(Freddie rolls his eyes)\\
'''Carly:''' No! It's a clown!\\
'''Sam:''' Oops. Sorry, Clown.
* IntoxicationEnsues: In ''iThink They Kissed'' Sam gets high from the dentist's nitrous oxide, and loses the ability to censor herself.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Freddie for Carly in ''iSaved Your Life''. Quite an unusual example, because [[spoiler: Freddie himself pulls out of the relationship in order to make sure Carly would be happy, instead of potentially taking advantage of a situation where she might not really like him but just thinks she does.]]
* IronicEcho: The source of Nevel's outburst is about the last jar of pickles that got shattered. While walking around Seattle suffering the consequences of his action, he sits on a bench displaying an ad of numerous jars of [[{{Tuckerization}} Schneider's Pickles]] while being ridiculed and shouted at by the passers-by.
** Sam sees Carly and Freddie dancing alone in ''iSpeed Date'' is echoed with the end of ''iOMG'' by Carly watching Sam kiss Freddie.
** The Dirshlitts trapped the iCarly gang and let them suffer a birthday party that would go on "forever... and ever... and ever..." . After [[BigDamnHeroes Mrs. Benson and T-Bo rescue them]], Carly says that they'll be going to prison, "forever... and ever... and ever..."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In ''iDo'', Spencer is [[SelfDeprecation more than willing to swallow the kids' insults to him]] to "turn off" the bride Jodi, except...
-->'''Carly:''' Come on! You don't really want Spencer!\\
'''Spencer:''' I'm a mess.\\
'''Carly:''' Such a mess!\\
'''Sam:''' He has no job.\\
'''Spencer:''' Who would hire me?\\
'''Freddie:''' He doesn't hang out with anyone his own age.\\
'''Spencer:''' I've never been popular!\\
'''Carly:''' He drinks milk in the shower.\\
'''Spencer:''' All naked and wet!\\
'''Carly:''' Oh, and he has not a steady girlfriend since high school.\\
'''Spencer:''' Oh, maybe not a steady girlfriend per se...\\
'''Sam:''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And look at his flat butt.]]\\
'''Spencer:''' TOO FAR!
** [[ShipTease Why was Sam looking at his butt anyway?]]
*** Because "It's like two fresh apples back there!" It may just be something she noticed spending time around Spencer, given that she [[DropInCharacter practically lives at the Shay's.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Lampshaded by Freddie in regards to Sam in ''iHurt Lewbert''.
-->'''Carly:''' Lewbert's gonna be okay. Well, not okay but at least back to the way he was before.\\
'''Sam:''' Oh, good. We could've been in so much trouble.\\
'''Freddie:''' Can't you ever think of anyone besides yourself?\\
'''Sam:''' I could, but I choose not to.
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: When looking for information on baby chicks for a science projects, Freddie types "chicks" into the search engine and gets "Chickapedia."
** You also have to wonder how two girls doing random stuff (and not ''that'' kind of stuff) gets tons of viewers.
*** Youtube has all kinds of videos of girls just doing random stuff and getting millions of hits. iCarly just attracts a peripheral demographic as well as their schoolmates, which often features Carly and Sam with bare feet, coconut bikinis, swimsuits, and all sorts of FetishFuel.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "[=iChristmas=]." Somewhat unusual in that it's about someone else other than the person actually experiencing it having key personality traits absent (Carly wishes for Spencer to be "normal").
* ItsPersonal: Trying to take down iCarly.com is one thing.. hurting Carly herself will get your ass kicked by Sam.
* {{ItIsPronouncedTro-PAY}}: "Not Suzie. It's ''Su-ZAY''."
* [[IPhony iPhony]]: The characters on the show, just [[DrakeAndJosh like]] [[{{Zoey101}} in]] [[{{Victorious}} other]] DanSchneider shows, use Pear company products, which is a parody of Apple.
* IProduct: iCarly.
-->'''Freddie:''' ''i'', Internet... ''Carly'', you...
* ItMakesSenseInContext: A group of "bullies" ''invade'' Spencer's prize boat; said group are members of the ''Pirates'' baseball team.
** Sam blows her nose on a handful of noodles, which Gibby and Guppy unknowingly eat later.
-->'''Gibby:''' Whoa! I'm in love with this sauce! What is it?\\
'''Sam:''' Uh, it could be a lot of cheese sauce...\\
'''Carly:''' But it it'''s not'''.
** Carly's expression to Spencer's words clearly invokes this trope in ''iFence'': "He sliced my banana!"
** The "Random Debates" usually start well, then the debaters will suddenly change topic (as early as Round 2), and HilarityEnsues once [[SelfDeprecation their arguments are not anymore related to the topics they defend]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Freddie pulls out of the relationship with Carly in ''iSaved Your Life'' because he doesn't want to take advantage if Carly wasn't thinking straight about being smitten over being indebted to him.
** Aside from ''iDate a Bad Boy'', another example is ''iStart a Fan War''. Freddie is evidently jealous about Carly's flings with other boys, but the latter has him rather being supportive that Carly likes Adam and reprimands Sam to pacify the riot she made. Though Freddie's schadenfreude toward the RomanticFalseLead is still there.
* JapaneseRanguage: The voice-operated Japanese lamp turns on and off by saying "RANPU!" like an angry Japanese man.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sam in her less sympathetic moments, Lewbert the doorman, Nevel, Wade Collins.
** This quote by Sam says it best:
---> "Niceness disgusts me. It took me years to get used to you ''[Carly]''."
* JerkassHasAPoint: Despite her actions, even the school system is forced to listen to Sam and understand why Carly and Freddie puts up with her. Sure many like Mr. Howard and Miss Briggs hates her rebellious ways, but Sam does have her way on reminding them who's also a really {{JerkAss}}, even worst than Sam.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sam, usually under Carly's influence.
* JustForPun: [[PungeonMaster Both Shay siblings]]. They are even aware of the [[IncrediblyLamePun cheesiness of their joke]].
** In ''iNevel'', Spencer is repairing his commissioned statue made of butter.
--->'''Spencer''': "Don't worry, Mr. Toasty, soon you'll be back and ''butter'' than ever."\\
''(Spencer looks around the room)''\\
'''Spencer''': "Thank god no one heard that."
** In ''iFind Lewbert's Lost Love'', Spencer is annoyed because of the recent remote control thefts.
--->'''Spencer''': "What kind of burglar will break into people's apartments just to steal TV remotes?"\\
'''Carly''': ''(stifles laughter)'' "A ''remote control freak''?"\\
''(Spencer sprays whipped cream on Carly's nose bridge)''
** In ''iEnrage Gibby'', Spencer tries to convince Veronica that he is not really "dead", much to the fright of the girl.
--->'''Spencer''': "I am Spencer's twin brother, S-pun-cer!"\\
'''Carly''': "If you had a twin brother, why would his name need to sound similar to yours?"
** In ''iFix A Popstar'', Wade Collins is brought up on the webshow.
--->'''Carly:''' "One might call him... [[ItMakesSenseInContext hobnoxious]]." ''(laughs)''\\
'''Sam:''' "Ohohoho, Carly..." ''(looks away in horror)''
** In ''iQuit iCarly'', as they introduce Fleck and Dave.
--->'''Sam:''' "Their videos are hi-larious."\\
'''Carly:''' "Which is the opposite of low-larious." ''(chuckles)''\\
'''Sam:''' "I begged her not to say that."\\
'''Carly:''' "I should have listened."
** In ''iRue The Day'', Spencer asks Carly which of two pairs of luminescent socks he should wear when the Plain White T's come to iCarly. She distractedly tells him to wear one of each. He loves the idea and congratulates his little sister for "thinking out of the ''socks''." Then he laughs at his own pun, while the trio simply stares.
** ''iPity The Nevel'' has quite a few. Notably, Gibby asks Freddie what kind of food you have at a Karma party (a party where you celebrate the misery of your enemies) and Freddie answers "Just desserts." Even [[WithFriendsLikeThese Sam]] slaps him five for that one.
* JustFriends: Carly and Freddie. Since their first appearance together, in the first episode, Freddie has wanted to be more than friends, whilst Carly just wants to be friends.
** The roles are reversed in ''iSaved Your Life''. Carly is now very willing to be Freddie's girlfriend, but Freddie became aware that she might only have loved him "for saving her", not "as himself". [[StatusQuoIsGod Freddie tells Carly that they remain the way they used to be]] and [[RelationshipUpgrade they both agree that they could resume their relationship once Freddie recovers and if Carly still has her feelings for him]].
*** In "iGoodbye" Carly comes up to Freddie as he's packing up the iCarly studio and she makes her move, finally kissing him and returning his feelings for her.