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Characters: Phineas And Ferb Main Characters
This is a Character Sheet for the five main characters from Phineas and Ferb.

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    Phineas Flynn 

Phineas Flynn

He knows what they're gonna do today.
"I know what we're gonna do today!"
Voiced by: Vincent Martella

A cheerful boy who's always coming up with wild ideas of what to do over summer vacation, from building a humongous roller coaster to traveling into outer space to breeding giant mutant sea-monkeys. Even ordinary activities such as running a lemonade stand or making ice-cream sundaes get taken Up to Eleven when Phineas gets involved.

  • The Ace
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He is cheerful, friendly, will help out anyone, likes everybody he meets, what more could you want?
  • Adorkable: If it wasn't official already, his geeking out (along with Ferb) over the super computer cements it.
  • Allergic to Routine: His projects for the summer are a result of this. Note that all his projects and games tend to be a variant of Calvinball.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguous Disorder
  • Animal Motifs: Fish, present in his bed (a raft with an aquarium with two fish pictures behind it) and bird, present in the totem in his side of the room, in his physical appearance and in his Animal-Themed Superbeing identity ('The Beak').
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: As the Beak.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Candace sees Phineas as this, though he's a rare example where he's not doing it on purpose.
  • Badass
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Bookworm: Not to the same extent as Ferb, but he can wipe out an army of invading robots with a baseball launcher and a robot dog as effectively as anyone else. He also fought an evil dictator from another dimension solo (however briefly) and lived to tell the tale (or not).
    • In Mission Marvel, the brothers are offered an internship at Stark Industries.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Four words: GET. ON. THE. TRIKE!!!
    • And again in The Movie, as well as in "Mission Marvel". The long episodes have a tendency of drawing this out of him.
    Buford: I always told [Candace], don't ever make Phineas angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
    • This manifests itself in other ways too. Phineas is generally oblivious to malice, but once it gets through to him that he's dealing with a villain, being a mechanical genius means that he can quickly produce a contraption for battle and kick ass with it.
  • Birthday Episode: "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!"
  • Break the Cutie/Heroic BSOD/10-Minute Retirement: In "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted", or at least within Candace's dream within Perry's dream.
    • Also in "Summer Belongs To You" and the Christmas Special.
      • In Summer Belongs to You here at about 7:20.
    • It's pretty much safe to say that if the episode runs past 23 minutes, it's gonna involve this trope.
      • Actually, Bully Bromance Break Up proves that he isn't even safe in normal episodes, which might seem to imply he needs to make some crazy invention daily or else he'll lose it.
  • Catch Phrase
    • "I know what we're gonna do today!"
    • "Hey, where's Perry?"/"Oh there you are, Perry!"
    • [Adult: "Aren't you a little young to be editing a TV Tropes page?"] "Why yes. Yes I am."
    • "How serendipitous!" (Though this one didn't last long.)
      • It does get a reference later on when Phineas uses the word "simultaneously" and asks Ferb if it was on their list of S-words rarely said by kids.
  • Characterization Marches On: His slightly snarky and mischievous streak in early episodes (even more so in the show's original pitch) essentially vanished in later ones.
  • Chaste Hero: He is completely oblivious to Isabella's crush.
  • Cheerful Child: He is a innocent little boy with a big and cheerful smile.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Cloudcuckoolander: "A universal law without chance of appeal?! That's despotism!" (About the law of the gravity)
  • Complexity Addiction: Literally—he'll suffer withdrawal symptoms if he has to tackle a difficult task in a straightforward way, without the aid of crazy inventions.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though his "deadpan" is so subtle it can be hard to tell.
  • Determinator: He believes that nothing is impossible and refuses to give up because of this belief.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is ever made of Phineas' biological father.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In "Doofapus", it's revealed that Phineas doesn't like zucchini.
  • The Face
  • Fiery Redhead: In the most innocent way possible.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Fun Personified
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Gag Nose
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Phineas isn't even street enough for that.
  • Guile Hero: Being the geniuses they are, it's not surprising he and Ferb have their moments of this, notably their outwitting of evil!Baljeet and their own trap-infested computer-controlled tower.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of the movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ferb.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A side effect of his near-eternal optimism. He doesn't realize Doofenshmirtz-2 (or for that matter Doof-1, but that was more understandable under the circumstances) is evil until he is told.
    • Not to mention how long it takes him to figure out that Mitch isn't friendly.
    • Nor does he usually acknowledge that Candace is trying to get him and Ferb in trouble, even when she straight up tells them that's what she's trying to do.
    • Apparently averted with Buford; Phineas regularly refers to him as a "bully", but he rarely seems to actually disapprove of Buford's bullying and apparently sees nothing wrong with having Buford in his social circle and letting him pick on Baljeet.
  • Identical Grandson: In "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein".
    • Which is a bit weird, considering how no mention is made of Phineas-stein actually being related to Phineas.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He's almost never intentionally malicious, but his Oblivious to Love tendencies often make him this. There have also been a few rare but noticeable moments where he neglects Ferb's well-being while distracted and injures him by accident. In "Save Summer", the pep talk he gives Candace to help overcome her arachnophobia just makes her more nervous at several points, though it's ultimately successful.
  • Keet
  • Mad Scientist: One of the good ones.
    • He even dresses the part, lab coat, gloves, crazy hair and all, in "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!"
    • Revealed to be addicted to inventing in Bully Bromance Break Up. (He's fairly useless when he's in withdrawal.)
  • Master of the Mixed Message
  • Meaningful Name: Phineas is an energetic boy who tries to make summer as fun as possible while making expert use of Refuge in Audacity. Sounds a lot like another boy named Phineas. However, Word Of God claims that he was named after Phi(n)leas Fogg.
  • Messy Hair
  • Motor Mouth: In contrast to Ferb's silence.
  • Mr. Fixit
  • Mr. Imagination: In one episode, Buford even lampshades Phineas' ability to bend the laws of physics to his will.
  • Nice Guy: Seriously. He has gotten truly angry only a handful of times in the entire series and managed to recover fairly quickly each time. He even agreed to help his sister bust him once without batting an eye just because it would make her happy, and that was on the one occasion where he even acknowledged that she was trying to bust him at all.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He's enthusiastic about everything, including things that would scare most people. Especially on display in "One Good Scare Ought To Do It!", but even in the standard episodes he gets lines like this:
    "In case we capsize, your seat cushions can function as a headstone!"
    • In "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror", his intended ending to his spooky story was that he and his friends get ripped to shreds by the evil platypuses.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: His pet chameleon, Steve.
  • Oblivious to Love: Played with throughout the series, to the chagrin of Isabella. The most prominent example has to be in "Summer Belongs to You", with Isabella singing "City of Love" and all.
    • Oh SO unfortunately for Isabella: He can acknowledge openly every OTHER couple and their obvious attractions to each other, but the idea of Isabella liking him is completely alien to him.
    • In the 2011 movie, he's really happy when Isabella kisses him (albeit really shocked) and it seems like he wants to do/say something else before their memories are wiped, but never gets the chance. The movie just never clarifies whether he liked the kiss but didn't think of it as love, or wasn't really aware of them - which would push his Oblivious to Love status Up to Eleven.
    • Averted by an alternate timeline/universe version of him from ancient China in "Doof Dynasty", who is shown to have a crush on Princess Isabella.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: If he's ever not happy for an extended period of time, you know things have taken a turn for the worst, or sweet platypus, you are screwed.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Aren't you a little young to be (verb)?"
  • The Pollyanna: Phineas has near-constant optimism and a can-do attitude. Because of this, he quite literally can and does achieve the impossible, every episode, with the help of his friends and family. That being said, he can occasionally crack...
  • Pungeon Master: Phineas has hints of this, mostly in "A-G-L-E-T" and "The Beak".
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: You'd think with everything he and Ferb can accomplish over the course of a day, they'd make one of their projects to find a cure to a deadly disease, or to solve world hunger, or something.
    • Of course, they're kids; genius or no, it's not really fair to ask them to start solving global problems when they're only... less than 15. Alternatively, the constantly brought-up theme of making summer last may be Phineas acknowledging that his genius comes with responsibilities, and he wants to have as much fun as he can before he gets old enough that it really becomes time to start living up to them.
    • They helped a jobless dancer once and lots of other people, just not the whole world.
    • Maybe the world isn't nearly as much as a Crapsack World as real life.
    • The future episode does show they do grow out of it.
    • It's also been implied in the show that they do actually make a difference for the Tri-State area with their inventions and schemes. Some of their schemes are wildly successful business ideas, they helped save Christmas for all of Danville once, and it's been implied that the money they make and spend is a great boon to Danville's economy. When asked if they normally wash the house by raising it up and spinning it, Phineas replies that they usually use a giant bathtub, but that it's being currently used by the city as a reservoir.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The reason why their mom never believes Candace.
  • Rules Lawyer: Unintentionally, but Phineas has a tendency to think outside the box and end up coming up with ideas to circumvent restrictions without even realizing he's doing it.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: And on one occasion, when Candace informs him that she's being sarcastic, he's happily shocked and goes off track complimenting her for her believability.
    Phineas: Well, y'know how we do something new every day?
    Candace: (Pulling a priceless false-shocked expression) Noo...
    Phineas: ...Oh, well, we try to build some big project, or do something—
    Candace: I'm aware of the concept, Phineas, I was just being sarcastic.
    Phineas: ...Really? Hey, that was pretty good. Wow, I totally fell for it. Ferb, I totally fell for it!
  • Sibling Team: With Ferb.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Phineas talks like this in "Nerdy Dancin'":
    Phineas: (to Ferb) So, brother of mine, what endeavor shall we engage in today?
    (Jeremy walks up to the both of them)
    Phineas: Hey, Jeremy. What's the haps, big guy?
  • The Southpaw
  • Technobabble: Goes into this from time to time when talking about how their inventions work.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Many people believe that he was being too harsh to Candace in Mission Marvel.
    • Later Lampshaded by Buford in Phineas and Ferb Save Summer.
    Buford: "This must be a Special Episode, he's yelling at his sister again."
  • Vague Age: Lampshaded in The Movie, when Doofenshmirtz-2 says he did anything a puppet said when he was their age. Phineas says, "How old do you think we are?" Doof-2 says it's hard to tell with the one eye.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: With Isabella based on things Povenmire said. May or may not happen offscreen.
    • Except that them screwing with time means the future that suggests these are the possibilities may or may not come to pass.
    • Plus when fans(according to the Pn F wikia) asked will they get together, Word of God just said, "That would be telling.", not giving a definite answer.
  • Vocal Evolution: Wait, is his voice actually getting higher?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Perry in the movie, thinking he was just a cover and that Perry didn't really love him and Ferb, not realizing that Perry had been hiding his secret agent identity to avoid being relocated to another family.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years
  • The Wonka: The kid equivalent. He even gets to dress up as Willy Wonka during a brief Charlie and the Chocolate Parody in "Toy to the World".

    Ferb Fletcher 

Ferb Fletcher

He also does drums. And bagpipes. And the trumpet...
"Wait for it..."
Voiced (when he actually talks) by: Thomas Sangster, Danny Jacob (singing)note 

Phineas's step-brother and best friend. A quiet and stoic boy who usually says no more than one or two lines per episode. He's also a mechanical genius who gladly helps his brother assemble whatever contrived contraption they need for their latest scheme.
  • The Ace
  • Adorably Precocious Child: In the sense that he's the most worldly-wise of the kid characters in the show.
  • Adorkable: If it wasn't official already, his geeking out (along with Phineas) over the super computer cements it.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguous Disorder
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: As the Beak.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Candace sees Ferb as this. Amusingly though, Phineas and Ferb almost never approach Candace on their own, Candace's misfortunes largely being the result of her blindly barging in on their projects or going overboard on her attempts to bust them. They'd be much less of a nuisance to her if she'd just quit obsessing over them.
  • Badass
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Bookworm: Phineas has the ideas, Ferb makes the blueprints.
    • In Mission Marvel, the brothers are offered an internship at Stark Industries.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Ferb may not say much, but it's no reason to underestimate him. See Minored In Ass Kicking.
  • Chick Magnet: He's surprisingly popular with the ladies.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Although his version doesn't exhibit any more craziness than Phineas, as seen in Bully Bromance Break Up. He merely states that he was about to scream from not doing inventions.
    • And even an episode before that have shown that if you channeled into his brainwaves, all you'd see was a psychedelic swirl of color. Judging by this and other brief glimpses we see into his mind, he is one of the few truly stoic examples of this trope.
  • Complexity Addiction
  • Crazy-Prepared: As demonstrated by his Swiss army knife, among other things.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite the fact that he rarely talks, many of his Once an Episode lines are this. He also pulls off the silent version of this trope quite well.
  • Declarative Finger: Ferb is often depicted in this pose, and delivers some of his lines with it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Ferb remains unfazed in the face of things even Phineas reacts to. His "zany serenity" is even lampshaded in "Invasion of the Ferb-Snatchers".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ferb does most of the engineering for their projects.
  • Guile Hero: Being the geniuses they are, it's not surprising he and Phineas have their moments of this, notably their outwitting of evil!Baljeet and their own trap-infested computer-controlled tower.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of the movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phineas
  • Hidden Depths: Who knew he could rap? Plus his mad dancing skills in "Nerdy Dancing". So much that he can moonwalk up a wall!
    • Note that Phineas did not have to look at him when asking about secret second lives.
    • "Put your hand down, Ferb."
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: He's treated as a partner instead of a real sidekick, but otherwise fulfills the role of one, and in that sense he takes this trope Up to Eleven. He can dance, he can rap, he can play almost any instrument, he's great at video games, he has taken down Buford with one move, he can speak Dolphin and Martian, he has Improbable Aiming Skills. Sometimes it looks as though the only thing he can't do is speak for more than 46 seconds, and even then... Emphasized in "It's No Picnic", which shows that, brilliant as he is, Phineas finds it more difficult to carry out his plans without Ferb around.
    • He also ends up as one to Vanessa in "Vanessassary Roughness".
  • Identical Grandson: To Ferb-gor in "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein"
    • He also looks exactly like his grandfather Reginald Fletcher.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In "Ain't No Kiddie Ride", Ferb uses a slingshot to shoot a quarter into the quarter slot of the former children's ride (currently modified to be a working rocket) that Candace was at that moment falling to her doom in.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Ferb can teleport, speaks several languages including Martian, and is able to build anything the plot requires.
  • Innocent Prodigy
  • Kidanova: "And [we do it] for the ladies. Rrrrowr!"
  • The Lancer
  • Let's Get Dangerous
  • Mad Scientist: Ferb isn't actually crazy, but he and Phineas do create things like city-spanning roller coaster rides, time machine and tree houses that convert into Humongous Mechas. Ferb is also implied to be better than Phineas at the engineering side of things. Phineas just thinks of the ideas.
  • Mandatory Line: Once an Episode, he speaks.
  • Manly Tears: He cries in The Movie at the sight of Phineas's second dimension counterpart falsely believing he's reuniting with Perry.
  • May-December Romance: Word of God states that he and Vanessa would end up together when they get older and "that age difference won't be so much."
    • Confirmed in the timeskip episode Act Your Age
  • Messy Hair
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Ferb takes Buford down in one Vulcan inspired move after he "gets in his face". Likewise although "Vanessasary Roughness" focuses on her as Action Girl he had some bad moves of his own.
  • Missing Mom: No mention is ever made of Ferb's biological mother.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A most-likely unintentional example. Despite his age, he's won himself quite a few fangirls, to say the least.
  • Mr. Fixit
  • Nerd Action Hero: Many of his most impressive feats require as much physical skill as creative brilliance. He can climb up a building using only plungers held in his hands, for instance.
  • Non-Singing Voice
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: His pet chameleon, Steve.
  • Not So Stoic: Sometimes.
  • Offscreen Teleportation
  • Omniglot: Knows Dolphin, Martian, Japanese and pretty much whatever else the plot requires.
    • And according to the movie, perfect imitation of Perry. Word of God states that that sound is very hard to do, but Ferb's actor did it spot on.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
    • Lampshaded by Candace in one episode when she states that even she doesn't know his full name.
  • Out of Focus: True to his nature, he mostly serves in a supporting role not just in regular episodes, but also most of the long specials and even the movie. However, he does get his own subplot in "Summer Belongs to You!".
  • Precocious Crush: On Vanessa. Also doubles as Little Boy Seeks Big Girl.
    • It's also an Actor Allusion to actors' previous roles in the movie Love Actually, where Thomas Sangster's character had a similar crush on the character played by Olivia Olson, Vanessa's voice actress.
  • The Quiet One: Lampshaded in "Rollercoaster":
    Isabella: Does your stepbrother ever talk?
    Phineas: Ferb? He's more a man of action.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: See Phineas' entry.
  • Rousing Speech: When his and Phineas' chameleon Steve runs off, and they and Isabella can't seem to find them and are about to give up, Ferb delivers this kind of speech to urge them to keep finding Steve.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to be this for Phineas and Isabella. In Happy Birthday Isabella, he even makes up an excuse so the two of them can spend time alone.
    • On the other hand, in Canderemy, he is as oblivious as Phineas to the fact that Isabella is trying to ask Phineas out alone.
  • Sibling Team: With Phineas.
  • The Silent Bob
  • Silent Partner
  • Silent Snarker
  • The Smart Guy: He's relegated to this role in the movie when Perry joins the team. Notably, while he does get a few awesome moments of his own throughout the movie and helps out in the final battle with everyone else, he's the only protagonist (including Candace and Doofenshmirtz) that doesn't do anything major in the climactic final showdown with Doof-2.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can communicate with dolphins.
  • The Stoic
  • Stuffy Brit: Ferb kinda counts. He has plenty of warmth, he just shows it as often as any emotion, which is very rarely.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: He revealed that he was able to speak Martian during a trip to Mars.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ferb loves himself a good submarine sandwich.
    • Also, haggis, as revealed in "Where's Perry?".
  • Temporarily A Villain: His alternate counterpart in "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars", after being hit by Darthenshmirtz's Sith-inator. Word of God notes that this was the only way they could believably start a fight between him and Phineas.
  • Tuckerization: Named after a friend of Dan Povenmire and Swampy, who is also quite talented in building things.
  • Vague Age: See Phineas' entry.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Possibly.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He has a much deeper voice compared to the other boys; it's more noticeable with his singing voice (which is mostly Danny Jacob, the show's main songwriter).
  • Wise Beyond Their Years
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Oddly, he seems to be the only character on the show who fits this particular trope, and it's never really even commented on, which is even weirder because the shape of Phineas's head is.

    Candace Flynn 

Candace Flynn

Not Candace's natural state, but fitting nonetheless.
"You guys are so busted!"
Voiced by: Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire (allergy-affected voice)

Phineas and Ferb's high-strung older sister. Like most teen-aged girls, she's obsessed with clothes-shopping, pop music, chatting on the phone, hanging with her friends, and boys (in particular her crush, Jeremy Johnson). Unlike most teen-aged girls, she's also obsessed with "busting" her brothers for their outlandish schemes.
  • Accidental Athlete: Happens to Candace fairly often.
  • Action Girl: With the proper motivation... she once wrestled an alligator as part of a bid to get concert tickets.
  • Action Survivor: For most part lacking the inexplicable awesomeness of her brothers (and, much of the time, the ability to casually keep up with them the way their friends often can), she tends to come across as this whenever she gets dragged along on adventures.
  • Adorkable: Especially when fangirling over the Marvel superheroes.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Candace shows multiple signs of having Schizophrenia and/or OCD, but it has never been officially confirmed.
    • The schizophrenia diagnosis gets a leg up in the episode Sleepwalk Surprise when Candace hears a voice that is at first presented like her inner thoughts... until she gets annoyed and starts talking back to it.
  • Animals Hate Her: She was attacked by a lot of animals when she shout random insults to them close to an animal translator.
  • Anti-Hero: Rude, loud, joyless, selfish, and just plain dumb, Candace does, at the end of the day, mean well.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In several episodes, Candace learns that if she just rolled with what her brothers did she would have more fun and less stress. Yet she never stops trying to bust her brothers.
    • There are also several episodes where she's worried that Jeremy will stop liking her or has stopped liking her for specific reasons. The reasons almost always turn out to be things that don't matter to him that much and there are also plenty of incidents where he catches her doing something bizarre or in a bizarre state after taking some Amusing Injuries and he seems to keep liking her anyway. Nevertheless, she remains very insecure about him in later episodes.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: We see in several episodes, including "Dude, We're Getting The Band Back Together", that when Candace isn't trying to bust the boys they have a fairly close, loving relationship. Also, when she 'does' bust them in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", we see how much Candace really cares for them, and values their creativity. Of course, all this was in Perry's dream, anyway, so it may not count.
    • In the two instances where she actually gets a CD of evidence to bust them, she's forsaken it to save Phineas's life (Traffic Cam Caper)/let Phineas enjoy his birthday (Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!).
  • Badass Boast: "I've got a date with destiny and it's not going to end with a kiss."
  • Badass Driver: As seen in "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" and "Bubble Boys".
  • The Beastmistress: Subverting the usual Animals Hate Her trope, she ends up as this at the end of "Where's Perry".
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Gleefully averted.
  • Beneath the Mask: She's a closeted fan of Ducky Momo, which is apparently so embarrassing that she can't even share it with Stacy. Jeremy eventually finds out, but being a nice guy, he's fine with it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She has her moments (see below), especially in "The Chronicles of Meap".
  • Big Eater: It's implied during Phineas and Ferb's Fantastic Voyage into her body, when they come across some tacos that appear to have been swallowed whole.
  • Big Sister Bully: Tries to be one, but fails, much to her dismay
  • The Big Girl: If she's with the Fireside Girls.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She has claimed that one of the reasons she busts is to protect them. She's also quite willing to save them in more conventional ways when they're really in danger.
  • Birthday Episode: "Candace Loses Her Head".
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: At times.
  • Break the Haughty: In "We Call It Maze".
  • Butt Monkey: Averted in "Just Our Luck" when one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's machines gives her good luck for a change.
  • The Cassandra: She is constantly trying to prove to her mother that her brothers build all kinds of crazy projects in their backyard.
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh, you two are so busted!"
    • Bu-bu-bu-but... Bu-bu-bu-but... Bu-bu-bu-but...
    • ... meep.
    • "Mom! Phineas and Ferb are [insert Cassandra Truth here]!"
    • "You've gotta see this!"
    • "Stacy? I'm gonna have to call you back."
    • "Will you keep it down? I'm trying to use the [Insert form of communication here]!
    • "This is the best day ever!" said whenever something good happens to her.
    • Mom. MOM!
  • Character Blog: Yep. (now redirects to the character page on the Phineas and Ferb web site)
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Candace has a few of these.
  • Chewing the Scenery
  • The Chew Toy
  • Childhood Friends: With Stacy.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Candace flips out pretty much any time Jeremy is seen with another girl. Or a guy who kinda looks like a girl from the back, for that matter.
  • Cloudcuckoolander/Only Sane Woman: Both at once, in a way. She's the only person on the show who both sees and identifies the potential dangers of her brothers' antics. Thanks to this, she's more than just a little neurotic. But then she does equally dangerous things to bust them, and if not that, she gets on board. This is rare though.
    • She often considers herself the latter. As described above, she has a point, but given her erratic personality it usually turns out to be ironic.
  • Cool Big Sis: Subverted. Despite the fact that Candace is quite the opposite, the boys still look up to and admire her.
    • Phineas points out in "Summer Belongs To You" how she's always taken part in their adventures and done so many cool things: driving monster trucks, traveling through time, becoming the Queen of Mars, and so on. To them, she is that cool.
  • Cool Loser: She's a cute, athletic, Badass, somewhat intelligent complete loser.
  • Complexity Addiction: Like her brothers, she tends to overcomplicate things. Usually when something doesn't have to do with Phineas and Ferb. When Stacy says she likes Coltrane, Candace brings various ideas to apporach him like hide or pretend to be a talent scout or using a fake moustache. Stacy only suggest just going over and say hi.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The coincidences that stop her from busting her brothers make this the only option. In one episode the space-time continuum itself was warped. In another the entire universe expanded. She's come to call it The Mysterious Force
    • Not only is she not allowed to actually bust Phineas and Ferb, she's not allowed to stop *trying*. Almost all attempts to permanently remedy this compulsion are either thwarted or re-activate the compulsion even worse than before. After all, Status Quo Is God.
  • Creator Cameo: Dan Povenmire does her gruff allergy-induced voice when she comes in contact with wild parsnip.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In contrast to her second dimension counterpart, who is more a straight on Badass, she is prone to panicking and tends to act rather erratically in general. But time and time again she has also shown capable of amazing feats given enough motivation (most commonly when she's trying to bust or protect her brothers).
  • Cry Cute
  • Daddy's Girl: It's not shown too often, but a few episodes suggest Candace has this kind of relationship with her dad, such as "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" and "I Was a Middle Aged Robot". And considering the fact that he's actually her step-dad, it's pretty darn cute.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
  • Determinator: Candace never gives up of her objective of bust her brothers, despite the number of failures.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is ever made of Candace's biological father.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Gertrude.
  • Emo Teen: In "Bee Day", she takes a personality test and finds out she's one of these, and adjusts accordingly with Stacy and Linda's help. At the end of the episode, Stacy reevaluates the test and discovers that Candace is actually a "busting and crush-obsessed older sister type who can't do math".
  • Everyone Has Standards: There are a few instances where she decides it's not worth trying to bust them.
  • Expy: Her obsession with busting a lucky, charismatic brother (and her complete failure to do so every time) is reminiscent of Jeanie from Ferris Bueller
  • Failure Is the Only Option: If she ever succeeded in busting her brothers, there'd be no show. (And several "what-if" episodes illustrate that really, really bad things will happen if she does succeed.)
    • She does succeed in a couple of episodes, but this always ends up being undone almost instantly except for Future Candace, who was only forced to undo their being busted in the present time; in her own time, she gets to bust them and it stays permanent. Even when young Candace tells her mom in the future, all she gains is that her mother finally finds out, but doesn't punish the boys.
    • In other cases, her mom does see what her brothers did, only for her mom not to find any problem with it.
    • She even weaponizes this trope at least once in order to save the day, knowing full well that the threat will mysteriously disappear if she tries to show it to her mom.
  • Fangirl: Of Marvel. She even wrote a fanfiction where she taught Hulk, Spiderman, Thor and Iron Man to ice skate
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Flanderization: An in-universe example occurs when Candace gets split into two. Both Candaces are defined solely by her strongest usually-shown traits: one is completely romantic and obsessed with Jeremy, the other is mean and psychotically obsessed with busting her brothers.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Her blog. (now redirects to the characters page on the Phineas and Ferb web site)
  • Genki Girl: Her energy levels can rival her brothers', for starters.
  • Genre Savvy: She knows perfectly well by now what will (almost certainly) happen when she tries to bust her brothers. Doesn't stop her from trying though.
  • Go Karting with Bowser: Sometimes she willingly participates in one of Phineas and Ferbs activities, though intends to bust them once she's through.
  • Grumpy Bear: Her obsession with busting her brothers has turned her into this.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Ducky Momo, although it's less of a "so bad it's good" guilty pleasure and more of a nostalgic attachment for her.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Somewhat. Albert, Irving's big brother, and arguably Buford have the hots for her.
  • Hero Antagonist: Of the Anti-Hero variety.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stacy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of the movie.
  • Hidden Depths: In-universe, Candace is established as having a very good singing voice beyond just generic participation in the episodic musical numbers.
    • As it turns out, she's also a Marvel fangirl.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Despite how she normally treats her brothers, she won't stand for anyone else being mean to them.
  • Hypocritical Humor: For her coming-of-age, Candace considers herself to be the only mentally mature person in her family, which is ironic given her erratic and obsessive (bordering on selfish) behavior so common on the show.
  • Identical Stranger: Princess Baldegunde.
    • Apparently, some elected official named Kevin from an alternate universe is identical to Candace as well.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In "Unfair Science Fair: Redux", she manages to convince herself that her friends have all spontaneously abandoned her through a combination of them all being involved in prior engagements and the misinterpretation of a text message. She ends up getting stranded on Mars and becoming the Queen of the native martians... who won't leave her alone, which leads to her realizing her moral for the day.
  • Imagine Spot: She's sometimes prone to thinking up highly improbable scenarios in these, such as Phineas and Ferb maliciously tricking her to avoid being busted (even though in real life they don't appear to care either way) or the world exploding after she tries to ask Jeremy out.
  • Improbable Parking Skills: In "Bubble Boys", Candace channels Elwood Blues to pull off a 90-degree Parallel Parking job with her right foot on the dashboard in her mother's temporarily-rocket-powered station wagon.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her hairdryer happens to be a Game Breaker in Phineas and Ferb's video game. She also uses her own health bar at one point.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not a party, it's an intimate get-together!
    Partygoers: (chanting) CANDACE PARTY! CANDACE PARTY!
  • It's All About Me: She tends to fall into this a lot. She'll ditch friends and family alike to spend time with Jeremy, and she'll drop anything for yet another chance at her ill-advised, obviously pointless, and spiteful self-appointed mission of busting her brothers. Even with that aside, though, the beginning of "Candace's Big Day", when she criticizes her aunt's marriage plans because they didn't involve her, take the cake. Even her own mother nearly called her out on that one.
    Candace: What about my needs?
  • It Was Here, I Swear: Used as a Running Gag in the show.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Just how much of a jerk she is depends on the writer. She's often outwardly very mean to her brothers and much of her life revolves around trying to bust them, but on many occasions she shows that she does deeply care for them inside. In fact, she has claimed that one of her reasons for trying to bust her brothers is to protect them from their potentially dangerous activities. However, she isn't exactly a jerk, but can get carried away and wrapped up in trying to bust her brothers.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: Toward her brothers.
  • Large Ham
  • Lawful Stupid: She's obsessed to stopping the kids' "misbehavior" because she thinks she's in charge. Also because she would never get away with it.
    • Which is odd, because in "Perry Lays an Egg", Candace does create a Phineas and Ferb-esque project that Linda sees, and Linda's only response is asking her to clean it up when she's done, which isn't so much a punishment it is a reasonable request. Candace even says "Why did you only see mine?".
    • The reason she is a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars special.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever her brothers are in danger... or occasionally during her attempts to bust them.
  • Limited Social Circle: Lampshaded with prejudice - Candace has only four people on her cell phone phonebook.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Wears the same red top and white skirt in every episode. She even lampshades this at several points.
    • Though, unlike everyone else on the show, she actually has another outfit she's worn on multiple occasions (other characters have worn different outfits for particular events or songs, but no one else seems to have more than one everyday outfit, except Candace) as seen in "One Good Scare Outta do you Some Good" and "Comet Kermillion" (in the former case she's dressing up to go over to Jeremy's house, in the latter on a date with him.)
  • The Load / The Drag-Along: Usually plays one or both roles when she has to team up with Phineas and friends. When she isn't complaining, she's getting into trouble. She has her moments of usefulness, however.
  • Made of Iron
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Mom! Phineas and Ferb are covering my dialogue!"
    • "Sure, sure they are, Dear."
  • Magic Skirt: Thankfully this is being toned down considering all the crazy stunts she does.
    • Lampshaded in "Let's Bounce" , when her mother,after seeing her flip due to Phineas and Ferb's invention, comments "Lucky thing she's wearing a skort."
  • Meaningless Hero Antagonist Victory: She once finally managed to, sort of, bust her brothers in "Love at First Byte" and what came of it? They had to pick up towels.
    Candace: Way to make a mockery of my life goal, mom!
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: She writes fanfiction of Marvel superheroes.
  • Motive Decay: Non-villainous example. Her initial desire to bust her brothers is because she wishes them to be normal. Sometimes, however, her busting obsession comes to the level where Candace is just downright mean, trying to bust them even for crazy ideas that aren't at the level of danger, or going out of her way to yell at them before they've even done anything at all.
  • Motor Mouth
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the two episodes where she actually succeeded in busting her brothers, the results were...unpleasant. One caused her brothers to be put in a reform school run by a sadistic, Drill Sergeant Nasty type. In a subversion, it was All Just a Dream. In the other, she used time travel to go back to the pilot and bust them for the roller coaster, which caused Doofenshmirtz to succeed in taking over the Tri-State area.
    • In "Mission Marvel", her overeagerness switches the superheroes' powers, rendering them ineffective. Later she accidentally gives Baljeet Hulk's powers, which causes Phineas to snap at her - though in a subversion, Hulkjeet actually turns out to be a valuable asset while fighting the villains.
  • Noodle Incident
  • Not so Above It All: Often gets involved in the boys projects in a friendly way even while she's trying to bust them. "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud World" and "Spa Day" are but two examples out of many. Taken Up to Eleven in "Finding Mary McGuffin" when she actually gives them their project. (To be detectives.)
  • Odd Friendship: Sometimes with Isabella, and Vanessa.
  • Official Couple: With Jeremy.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: When you have a brother and step brother who can basically bend reality to their whims, it's bound to happen.
    Candace: Why is it when Phineas and Ferb have an idea, everyone's like "Oh, wow, you guys are really clever!" and when I come up with something everyone's like "What, did you say something, Candace?"
  • Panty Shot: Rocket spinning part of "Ain't no Kiddie Ride" and in "Mommy Can you Hear Me?" when she leaps towards her mom.
    • The ever observant Linda has said that Candace wears a skort, so averted. (So she isn't constantly flashing her brothers and Jeremy.)
  • Pet the Dog: Near literal example to Perry in "No More Bunny Business", after being something of a Jerkass towards him earlier in the episode.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: She is often shown on the phone with best friend Stacy. She seems to carry her cellphone everywhere as well.
  • Princess for a Day:Switches places with Princess Baldegrunde in "Make Play".
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the beginning of the show Jeremy is just "that cute guy," but as the show goes on they start dating, then become exclusive, then refer to themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend (and share their First Kiss) in "Summer Belongs to You."
    • Parodied in "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted", where she claims that she and Jeremy are going steady to Stacy, but she feels no need to inform Jeremy of this.
  • Red-Headed Anti-Heroine
  • Sanity Slippage: It's not gradual and it's not regular like most examples, but it's definitely there. Seriously, this girl needs help. She has a psychological need to bust, it's shown at least twice that she can't go without it. That doesn't smack of good mental health...
    • If it wasn't clear before, the episode "Monster From ID", which takes place largely in Candace's subconsciousness, seals it. Candace's head is one messed up place.
  • The Scream
  • Secret Chaser
  • Series Goal: For Candace: Bust the boys.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A one-sided example against her brothers, though when the boys aren't inventing, the three get along just fine.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Receives Amusing Injuries on a regular basis.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Sometimes with her mother.
  • Squee: Both Candace and Stacy have been known to do this whenever they are about to do something exciting. This is especially true of Candace when Jeremy calls her to go on a date.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: In "Comet Kermillian", Trope Namer.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Candace arguably fits this role, particularly in the early episodes where she does things like photograph Jeremy hundreds of times and watch him through binoculars instead of just walking up and talking to him, not to mention her elaborate lists and scrapbook projects (which are apparently a secret from everyone besides Stacy). It seems it's not in the nature of this family to do things by halves.
    • Not a typical example of this trope in that Jeremy and Candace develop a healthy relationship based on mutual affection. But the affection on the one side continues to be highly obsessive.
  • The Stool Pigeon
  • Straw Loser
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: She certainly thinks of herself as this.
  • Tagalong Teenager: On the occasions where she joins in her brothers' projects (for varying reasons), such as in "Summer Belongs to You!"
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Several, usually due to the fact that her brothers seem to have no animosity towards her despite her busting attempts.
    • Jeremy basically is this trope embodied for her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: As a tomboy, she has a daughter-mother example with Linda, who is more feminine.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Tsundere: Type A with her brothers. She is more deredere with Jeremy.
  • The Unfavorite: Sees are herself as this, although she doesn't moan about it too much, and her parents really do love her.
  • Unfazed Everyman: In spite of her neurotic tendencies, she has seen so many astounding things over the course of the show that they rarely surprise her anymore.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: She and Jeremy have known each other since they were 11.
  • Victory Is Boring: In Phineas and Ferb Get Busted.
    • "The Best Lazy Day Ever", where Candace realizes she is so defined by busting her brothers that she breaks down when they aren't doing anything bustworthy. She gets better about this after getting together with Jeremy, though.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her allergy to wild parsnip causes this.
  • Weirdness Magnet: To an insane and unfortunate degree.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Some of her Imagine Spots in which she successfully busts her brothers imply this.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Heights?: But also...
    • Why Did It Have To Be Squirrels?: Ever since the "Squirrels In Her Pants" incident, she developed a huge fear of them.
    • Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: In the special "Save Summer" is revealed that is afraid of spiders ever since she was 5 years old. Part of the plot concerns Candace tries to overcome her fear.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The entire result of her Cosmic Plaything status, victory is always taken away, right under her nose.
  • You Have to Believe Me: Once an Episode Candance will try (in vain) to convince her mom of her bother's activities.
  • Zany Scheme: Is prone to these. It's especially noticeable in the Christmas Special, with her attempts to find out what Jeremy wants for Christmas, and "The Baljeetles", where she finds out Stacy likes Coltrane, and immediately begins devising one of these to get them together.

    Perry the Platypus 

Perry the Platypus (a.k.a. Agent P)

Everything's better with platypus... especially ones like this.

Phineas and Ferb's faithful pet. He's a platypus, and they don't do much... or so the boys think. Secretly, he's actually a highly skilled secret agent for O.W.C.A. (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym), and he usually slips away Once an Episode to deal with whatever crazy scheme his arch nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, has cooked up.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: "Besides his hat, he wears no clothes"
  • Action Pet
  • All Animals Are Dogs: He displays some dog-like traits in his mindless pet mode, though it might well be intentional on his part.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude
  • Animal Superheroes: Played even straighter in "Mission Marvel"
  • Animal Talk: Apparently, "platypus" and "beaver" are sufficiently-similar languages for cross-species communication. It must be the tails.
  • Anthropomorphic Zig Zag: In universe example.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Doofenshmirtz.
  • Badass Adorable: A skilled secret agent who truly loves his host family.
  • Badass Biker
  • Badass Driver
  • Badass in Distress: Now and then.
  • Bag of Holding: His hat.
  • Being Unable To Communicate Kills: In the movie. He can't tell Phineas that he had to keep his secret agent status a secret to avoid being relocated to a new host family. (He does hand him a pamphlet, but Phineas throws that away instantly.)
  • Berserk Button: In "Journey to the Center of Candace," Doof makes a machine that would destroy anyone who can't make up their mind, which in this episode includes Phineas and Ferb. Perry promptly breaks out of his trap, handcuffs Doofenshmirtz, and calls the O.W.C.A. to take him in. This is the only time in the series that Perry actually makes an effort to defeat Doofenshmirtz for good.
  • Big Brother Instinct/Papa Wolf: He's normally happy to foil Doofenshmirtz's plan and leave him to escape and defeat him the next time, but any time his plan threatens Phineas and Ferb (or the rest of his family), he quickly beats him and once left him handcuffed to be arrested. His daughter actually had to spring him out that one time.
    • Demonstrated again in the Across the Second Dimension movie when he protects the boys from Platyborg, exposing his identity as a secret agent as a result.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Being the most action-oriented character, he does this part quite often when necessary.
  • Clark Kenting: Doofenshmirtz can't recognize him without his Clark Kent style fedora (well, he did recognize him without his hat once, but that's a different story). It's even started to aggravate Perry, about the third time he wasn't recognized, you can see Perry sigh and slap it on. In Doofenshmirtz's defense, he's justified in that all platypuses, platypii, platypeople, whatever, are superficially identical (with Phineas noting Informed Flaws in all the wrong ones).
    • His evil(er) counterpart in Across the Second Dimension even lampshades this by trying to teach him to recognize Perry without the hat. To show how bad Doof-1 is about recognizing Perry, in the movie, he already knew Phineas and Ferb's pet platypus was named Perry and had seen that Perry fighting the Platyborg and that wasn't enough to make a connection. No wonder Perry got aggravated.
    • In the one occasion Doofenshmirtz did recognize Perry without the hat, he was trying to impress his professor, who said Perry couldn't be Doof's nemesis because he "doesn't even have a hat". Even despite insisting that it's a trick, Doofenshmirtz is convinced within a few minutes that the platypus in his trap really isn't Perry the Platypus.
    • When Perry switched bodies with Candace, the hat was what made Doofenshmirtz (and Major Monogram) recognize Perry. "A teenage girl?" "Perry the Teenage Girl!"
    • "A banjo-playing platypus?" Perry puts on his secret agent fedora "Perry the Banjo-Playing Platypus?!"
    • "What kind of a plumber are you?" "A platypus plumber?" "Perry the platypus plumber?" "PERRY THE PLATYPUS!!"
    • "A platypus balloon?" "A Perry the Platypus balloon?"
    • Taken to a ridiculous extreme in one episode where Doof captures Perry and Perry removes his hat while in the trap. Doof coos over the poor little regular platypus that "mean old Perry the Platypus" replaced himself with and springs the release. Perry immediately attacks and puts his hat back on. Doof's reaction? "I don't know how you got out of my trap, or what you did with that other platypus..."
    • Perry was disguised as a temp for Doofensmirtz, when he reveals his disguise. "PERRY THE PLATYPUS!? You're a temp?"
  • The Comically Serious
  • Cone of Shame: Worn in "Hail Doofania!" because he fell into a sandpaper factory.
  • Cool Pet: And the boys think this of him even without knowing about his secret double life.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Movie reveals that Perry has a back-up plan in case things get to be too much for him to handle: hand things over to Phineas and Ferb. And just in case they need something to work with, he has every single invention the boys have built on standby.
  • Deadly Dodging: While saving his fellow agents from Normbots, as well as on various occasions when fighting Doof.
  • Deep Cover Agent
  • Detective Animal
  • Distressed Dude: Once an Episode, though there's a lot of Play-Along Prisoner going on.
  • Elaborate Underground Base
  • Escape Artist: Granted, this is with some cooperation on Doofenshmirtz's part, as Doofenshmirtz has stated that he purposefully designs traps that can be escaped from. Nonetheless, some of Perry's escape methods have been truly mind-boggling.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Perry had thwarted many of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's schemes, no matter how silly they would get. But when his scheme was learning whale speak, just so he could get back at them for stealing his girlfriend, Perry left in disgust.
  • Everything's Better With Platypode
    • Even funnier when it gets lampshaded in the movie, with a song all about how much better their days/lives are with Perry.
  • Faceship: His hoverjet is platypus-shaped.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: It's actually the uniform of the O.W.C.A. agents.
  • Foil: To Doofenshmirtz.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine
  • Friendly Enemy/Vitriolic Best Buds : Doof once even refers to him as his best friend (right before Perry punches him).
    • In "A Real Boy", Doof even claims that Perry feels like family to him.
  • Fur Is Clothing
  • Furry Reminder: He may be fully sapient and his mindless pet behavior an act, but he does get to showcase his platypus characteristics on occasion, particularly his swimming ability. In "Primal Perry" he uses his bill to find a buried rock underwater and reveals that, like real platypuses, he has venomous ankle barbs.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Go Karting with Bowser: He occasionally hangs out with Doofenshmirtz when he's not being particularly evil.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Agent P is very adept with his.
  • Guile Hero: His most prominent skill is his fighting prowess, but it's made clear that he's also smart and does plenty of thinking on his feet.
  • Heroic Mime
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To the rest of the O.W.C.A. He's far more badass than even his fellow agents, as demonstrated during the final battle in the movie. In "Save Summer", Monty outright states that Perry is the best agent O.W.C.A. has.
  • I Work Alone: He is characterized this way in "Sidetracked", even though he hasn't shown much aversion to teaming up with other agents in the past. Justified in that his assigned partner for that episode had botched a previous mission of his or so he thought.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When not busting out judo moves he tends to grab whatever's handy. This has included a screw, an iPod, a purse, a hot dog...
  • Killer Platypus
  • The Lancer: Becomes this in the movie to Phineas.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Or as Doofenshmirtz puts it, a "suave, semi-aquatic personification of unstoppable dynamic fury".
  • Living a Double Life
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Believe it or not. He escapes from one of Doofenshmirtz's traps this way, though the audience doesn't actually get to hear him singing.
  • Manly Tears: Almost always a Tear Jerker when Perry is driven to these, though it has been Played for Laughs at least once.
  • Married to the Job: Once per episode, Perry the Platypus gives Major Monogram a salute.
  • Master of Disguise: Many of his disguises are paper-thin ones, but they work. He does have a few others that are truly remarkable, such as a full-body Ferb suit in "Traffic Cam Caper".
  • Mysterious Protector: In "Mission Marvel" where he shows up to aid the heroes in disguise without any of them knowing his true identity.
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Nice Hat: It requires a special kind of nice for a hat to get its own song.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Doofenshmirtz decides, all on his own, to stop being evil and make cheese instead, Perry causes him to go back to being evil by eating his entire wheel of perfectly aged limburger without permission. Granted, Doofenshmirtz did say it was irresistible.
    • In "This is Your Backstory", he gives Doofenshmirtz the final tragic backstory needed to power the inator of the day when he breaks free from his trap and attacks Doof.
  • Not So Stoic: He has his moments, most notably in "Druselstein Driving Test Waltz".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be a mindless pet when around his owners.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Partially Civilized Animal
  • Phrase Catcher: Perry gets these a lot.
    Dr. Doofenshmirtz: CURSE YOU PERRY THE PLATYPUS!!!!!
  • Pintsized Powerhouse
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Even in cases when he could escape from Doofenshmirtz's traps quite easily, he almost always waits for Doof to finish explaining his plans first before attacking. Doofenshmirtz himself is aware of this, and not only does he get upset if an agent doesn't follow this protocol, he purposely designs traps that wouldn't be too difficult to escape from.
  • Prehensile Hair: Forms his hair into a working key to uncuff himself.
  • Prehensile Tail
    • There's a variation on this one time when Doofenshmirtz traps him in a supposedly inanimate cat costume but he's still somehow able to use the cat's tail to free himself.
  • Sapient Pet: Though he's not allowed to reveal this to his owners.
  • Save the Villain: Often does this when Doofenshmirtz is in life-threatening danger.
  • Secret Keeper: For Monty and Vanessa's relationship.
  • The Silent Bob
  • Silent Snarker: "Don't you roll your eyes at me!"
  • Spanner in the Works: Whenever Candace's plan to bust her brothers is ruined, it's usually an indirect result of Perry ruining Dr. Doofenshmirtz's plans.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal
    • Almost averted when Phineas and Ferb made an animal translator device, Perry, preferring to stay a Silent Protagonist, made a platypus noise in English (The equivalent of a human going Meow) to throw them off thinking the machine was faulty.
  • The Speechless
  • The Stoic
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Played for laughs; He developed some kind of friendship with Doofenshmirtz as the series went on. This was even a plot point in an episode where Peter the Panda becomes Heinz's new nemisis.
  • Tail Slap
  • Team Pet: What the Five-Man Band thinks he is.
  • Toothy Platypus: Real Life platypi at his age would only have horny plates inside their bills.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Across The Second Dimension Phineas is actually pretty upset when they first find out, even if they do get over it by the second act.
    Phineas: So all this time, we're like "Oh, he's a platypus. They don't do much." Well, apparently, THEY DO!!
    Perry: (Gives him a pamphlet)
    Phineas: (Reading) So you just found out your pet's a Secret Agent— I DON'T WANT YOUR PAMPHLET!!!
    • Part of it was because Perry didn't stop them from helping Doofenshmirtz with his plan. The other part being that he believed Perry only saw the Flynn-Fletchers as cover and didn't love them.
      • Well, he did pee on the couch.
      • So that would be agent pee...
  • Willfully Weak: It's evident that he only uses his venomous spurs against truly dire threats, as Doofenshmirtz hadn't even been aware that he had them until being told such. Even on the one occasion when he does use them, it was to escape the grasp of his captor rather than with serious intent to maim.

    Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz 

Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

"I will now destroy this article with my TV Tropes page ruinator!".
"When it comes to havoc, nobody wreaks like me!"
Voiced by: Dan Povenmire

A mad scientist and Card-Carrying Villain who seeks to rule the Tri-State Area... usually. Most of his evil schemes actually involve him building an elaborate invention to wreak low-level havoc (like blowing up billboards that are blocking his view of the city skyline), get revenge for a petty slight (like shooting tires at an ice-cream man who ran over his foot), or make amends for some trauma from his comically-bad childhood in Drusselstein (like dumping sand on the house of a bully who used to kick sand in his face when he was a kid), or some combination of the three.
  • Abusive Parents: He has a pair, Played for Laughs. Note that this does not apply to Doofenshmirtz himself, who if anything tries too hard with his daughter Vanessa. Though "A Real Boy" seems to be playing with the idea of him unconsciously repeating the pattern with Norm.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In "Ain't No Kiddie Ride". It's made funnier by the fact that everyone knows and loves his brother with the same exact last name.
  • Action Dad: He may be an incompetent villain, but don't even try to hit on his underage daughter unless you want to quickly be teleported to another, monster-filled dimension.
  • Adorkable: Always earnest in everything he does, even if all his efforts (often literally) blow up at his face.
  • Affably Evil: More so in The Movie. He's very polite and affable to the boys when they first meet him, after they offer to fix the Other Dimensioninator. Doof even offers them some food from his buffet.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Vanessa.
  • Amicable Exes: With Charlene. He doesn't appreciate her snarkiness sometimes, and lets her have it in his songs, but they do get along the majority of the time. To the point of her calling him when she's tied up and can't pick up their daughter.
  • Amusing Injuries: He has a fire hydrant stuck in his leg. Apparently it's inoperable because it's too close to an artery.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Perry the Platypus.
  • Artificial Limbs: Somehow lost both of his arms. The ones we see in the show are made of titanium.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His slave-turning inventions in Bubble Boys and Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown are rather silly, but apparently effective. And his MakeUpYourMindInator supposedly destroyed anyone who couldn't make up their mind, but knowing Doofenshmirtz, it probably only would have cartoonishly zapped them.
  • Big Bad: Technically, he's pretty much the closest thing this show has to a Big Bad, since he's usually the one causing conflicts, and he's built some pretty dangerous "inators". Tellingly though, multiple episodes have involved more competent villains taking over this role.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He tries, oh how he tries, yet he's just not good enough to get there.
  • Birthday Hater: Seeing as how neither of his parents showed up for his birth.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: There's even an episode where he's got Perry cuffed to a table with a laser slowly moving towards him, admits that he got the idea from a movie but never saw how the movie ended, and then leaves. Presumably, this is meant to imply that he saw a James Bond or similar type of movie where the villain uses this trap and then leaves and Doofenshmirtz didn't keep watching the movie long enough to see that the hero escapes after the villain leaves. If he had finished the movie, he might have realized that not staying to watch and make sure the trap worked was a bad idea.
    • Bit of accidental Genre Savvy to that actually, in Goldfinger Bond only escaped that scenario by talking the villain out of it.
  • Born Unlucky: Quite literally. His parents weren't present at his birth.
  • Butt Monkey: He takes the brunt of every joke, including his own inventions (his face is so hideous that his UglyInator has no effect on him).
  • Bumbling Dad: To Vanessa.
  • Camp Straight
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He treats it like a job description and actually does have a card for an evil organization.
  • Catch Phrase: "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"
    • "Behold! The [WHAT IT DOES]INATOR!"
    • "Ah, Perry the Platypus, your timing is [adjective with prefix], and by '[same adjective with prefix]' I mean COMPLETELY [SAME ADJECTIVE WITHOUT PREFIX]!"
    • "Hey, is that [insert band here]?"
    • "It's working! It is functioning properly!!"
    • There's also this exchange that happens whenever Doof recognizes Perry:
    Doofenshmirtz: A platypus?
    (Perry puts on his fedora)
    Doofenshmirtz: PERRY THE PLATYPUS?!
  • Chaotic Stupid: He thinks he's Chaotic Evil, but he's really just this.
  • Character Blog: He has a Twitter and Youtube Channel.
  • The Chew Toy: Arguably even more so than Candace.
  • Chewing the Scenery
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Conspiracy Placement: His building says "Evil Incorporated" and he has his own evil Jingle. It's the page quote.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness
  • Crazy-Prepared: 99% of the time he has a trap ready to spring on Perry mere seconds after he arrives.
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by Dan Povenmire, one of the creators of the show. He is sometimes used as a variation of Author Avatar, such as being the one to host clip shows and do episode commentaries while remaining in character.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Doof once saved his daughter and her friends from an angry swarm of bees.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In "Backyard Hodge Podge", he started receiving royalty checks for his technology being used in eye checkups, however he was angry that it was being used for good.
    • He is totally OK with gaining money in a legitimate way as long as he can damage people in any other way. Like selling band-aids legally, but using an inator to papercut people.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when he wanted to open his own all you can eat buffet and created an inator to make himself extremely hungry and bankrupt the rest. When someone noticed that he ate tons of food without gaining weight, he said he'd make millions selling his inator as a diet implement. Doofenshmirtz dismissed it as a stupid idea.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Often Played for Laughs.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Despite not having a mustache or hat (and wearing a lab coat instead in keeping with his Mad Scientist role), Doofenshmirtz still has many traits where he would fit this trope: exaggerated nose and chin, hunched posture, elaborate crazy schemes, and over-the-top mannerisms.
    • His historical counterpart at the Danville World Fair, however, more than makes up for it by having the mustache and the predilection for tying nemeses to train tracks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
  • Determinator
  • Didn't Think This Through: He does this a lot.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A lot of his evil schemes.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Professor Poofenplotz.
  • Ditzy Genius: After studying all of his various "-inators", OWCA's researchers still can't decide whether he's a genius or an idiot.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Doofenshmirtz combines this with Bond Villain Stupidity. Norm lampshades this.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Doofenshmirtz finds rice pudding disgusting.
  • Doting Parent: To Vanessa.
  • Drives Like Crazy: During his Drusselstein driving test, to the point Perry was terrified.
    • In most scenarios he drives fine, so it's more likely a quality of the course than of him.
  • Embarrassing Old Video: One where he was skating in his underwear and ends in the toilet. A later episode reveals that a remix has been made.
    Norm: It's got ten billion hits! And there's only seven billion people on the planet!
  • Enemy Mine: Especially when he's off the clock.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does care about his daughter AND arch-nemesis.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In The Movie, compared to his more evil parallel self, who actually succeeded in conquering the Tri-State Area.
    • Meta example: He calls Radio Disney for their fifteenth birthday, and states that while he could wish them a miserable birthday, he won't because he's "not a monster."
    • He also thinks that taking over the world is crazy.
    • He objects to Aloyse Von Roddenstein's scheme to destroy summer and put the world in perpetual winter.
    • Apparently, even he thinks Poofenplotz is more incompetent at being evil than him.
  • Evil Counterpart: Doofenshmirtz is, to all the effects, a Harmless Villain counterpart to Phineas and Ferb, with his Evil Plans being the evi... mean-spirited counterparts to their Big Ideas.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Evil Is Hammy
  • Evil Is Petty: All of his Evil Plans. For instance, mindcontrolling pigeons to poop on his always better brother.
  • Evil Plan: They're listed in his introduction. One of the show's running gags is how his plans always clean up Phineas and Ferb's inventions by some random coincidence.
  • Expansion Pack Past
  • Failure Is the Only Option:Sometimes he successfully achieved his "evil" goals (making a mountain out of the mole hill and getting rid of the lighthouse), but 99.9% times played straight, either by Perry foiling him in traditional fashion, or via Meaningless Villain Victory.
  • For the Evulz: A lot of the "evil" things Doof does are for no reason other than for being evil.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine/choleric
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: He invites viewers to post questions and suggestions on his Youtube clips, for potential use in future videos.
  • Freudian Excuse: Many of his schemes were influenced by stuff that happened to him as a kid. He even says that "Evil science is like undergoing deep Freudian analysis with a theremin constantly playing in the background."
  • Friendly Enemy: With Perry.
  • Funny Foreigner
  • Gadgeteer Genius: For all his apparent stupidity, his inventions do tend to work the way he intends them to, and are often just as improbable as those of Phineas and Ferb's.
  • Genre Savvy: Not dangerously so, but he's well aware of how his typical confrontations with Perry will go and lampshades it to no end. There are times where he even decides to switch up the usual events or asks Perry to help him out so that Perry can defeat him later on. Not too savvy on other aspects of the show, for example, misinterpreting Candace's This Is No Time for Knitting moment in "The Chronicles of Meap").
    • There are rare occasions when he puts his savviness to good use such as in "Robot Rodeo" where he sets the trapped O.W.C.A. agents free, knowing that they will destroy all the other inators at the inator competition, allowing his own entry (completed later than the others) to win by default.
  • Gonk: Crooked teeth? Check. Long nose? Check. Used as counterpart to the Wicked Witch in the The Wizard of Oz parody? Check.
  • Good Parents: For all his doting, Vanessa realizes over the course of the series that he's not so bad a father. She sings a song about it.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In "Bubble Boys", Doofenshmirtz wears a pair of Perry the Platypus print undies.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Though whether he's actually fluent is debatable. If he is, he has a strange sense of humor. His command of the Spanish language is justified with one look at his grandfather, Jose Doofenshmirtz.
  • The Grinch: Inverted. He hates every holiday except Christmas (and Halloween, as we find out later). His Christmas wish is to find a reason to hate Christmas so he can destroy it with proper villainous enthusiasm. It's eventually granted. Which ironically also gives him reason to celebrate the holiday anyway.
  • Harmless Villain: Dr. Doofenshmirtz's schemes don't tend to be particularly harmful.
  • Herr Doktor
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His schemes almost always end up self-defeating, even the ones that Perry does not interfere in.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks like a Palette Swap version of his grandfather, Jose Doofenshmirtz, especially with the mustache Perry gives him in "Perry the Actorpus".
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: He is skilled at making these.
  • Improbable Weapon User
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Was once thwarted by a potted plant he was using as a Companion Cube when Perry didn't show up. The OWCA made the plant an agent in honor of this feat.
  • Informed Attractiveness: When he is hit by his De-Handsome-inator in "Quitest Day Ever".
  • Informed Flaw: Doofenshmirtz's ineptitude is a running gag; the writers often remind us that he purchased his doctorate online. In truth, he single-handedly creates the most powerful inventions in the series. Doof may not have a real doctorate, but he is legitimately brilliant.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Doofenshmirtz once created an inator that turned eggs into dodo eggs because he believed dodos to be like dinosaurs. His reason to sustain that belief was the fact both dodos and dinosaurs were extinct. Makes one wonder how the dodo ended up looking like a dodo instead of a dinosaur.note 
  • Iron Butt Monkey
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Goes back and forth between them. Despite being "evil" and defintley jerkish, he's shown to be a pretty nice guy at times, given how he treats his daughter, Perry (sometimes) and Phineas and Ferb.
  • Joker Immunity
  • Kavorka Man: He's shown to have date some pretty attractive women over the show especially his backstories and over the course of the show. One of his exes being Linda Flynn.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Why some people think he must work at the drugstore.
  • Large Ham: Most often when narrating his evil schemes.
    • Also, in a series that averages at least one musical number per episode, Doofenshmirtz's songs tend to have a full Broadway-style kick line backing him up. There's even a diorama in Danville City Hall of this.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of the movie.
  • Laughably Evil
  • Literal-Minded: Some schemes have included using Norm the Giant Robot Man against Perry, because "The enemy of a platypus is man.", making literal mountains out of literal molehills and leaving a giant carbon footprint with a giant foot made out of carbon paper. One time he painted himself green to be a better gardner until he realized that "green thumb" was a metaphor. Ironically, the green paint missed his thumbs.
    Doofenshmirtz: I know when people say that, they usually mean it figuratively, it's an analogy, bu-bu-but making a point, I can do whatever I want.
  • LOLCats: He reveals in one episode that he's a fan of LOL Cats when he shows them to Perry (who doesn't seem to find them as amuzing as Doofenshmirtz does).
  • Made of Iron
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Why, Perry the Platypus, how [Negative Verb Form], and by [Negative Verb Form] I mean completely [Positive Verb Form]!"
  • Mad Scientist: A nutjob who makes super science machines.
  • Man Child
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Doofenshmirtz" can be rather amusing to viewers with German knowledge because it loosely translates to "stupid pain" in German.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: This tends to be the result whenever he scores some minor success.
  • Medium Awareness: In the commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap".
  • Meta Guy: Doofenshmirtz has become more and more aware of the Fourth Wall as the series has gone along.
    • He live-tweeted the events of "Mission Marvel" on his Twitter during its premiere on Disney Channel and did commentary during commercial breaks when it aired on Disney XD.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doofenshmirtz admitted to obtaining his degree over the internet with his ex-wife's money.
  • Motor Mouth: Especially noticeable considering that the majority of his screen time is shared with a speechless character.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Not all his stories about his childhood fit with each other, especially the one where he was raised by ocelots.
  • Never My Fault: Doof blames Perry for his plans failing, even when he screws them up himself. In "That Sinking Feeling" he curses Perry when his lighthouse rocket ends up lodged in the Evil, Inc. building even though Perry had completely failed to foil him that time.
    • Also, when Doof failed to destroy the adult diaper factory, he blamed Perry despite acknowledging Perry had no role on it whatsoever.
  • Noodle Incident
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Several "what-if" episodes show that, without Perry to stop him, he can potentially take over the the world.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Occasionally, though it can be hard to distinguish from his genuine stupidity.
  • Obviously Evil: In an affable way.
  • Overprotective Dad: In his and Monogram's DVD commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap", he mentions that he doesn't trust Ferb and therefore dislikes the idea of him dating Vanessa.
    • In "Vanessassary Roughness" some random biker hits on her while stopped at a light. He simply yelled "SHE'S SIXTEEN!" and teleports him to another dimension.
    • Lampshaded by Doof himself in "Skiddley Whiffers".
  • Papa Wolf: Don't mess with his daughter. He'll destroy you.
  • Parental Abandonment: Doofenshmirtz's parents couldn't even be bothered turning up for his birth.
  • Persona Non Grata: For some reason, the Albanian ambassador's wife filed a complaint against and he "is never welcome in Albania ever again".
  • Pet The Cat: Perceived when he saves a cat, and later adopts another one and then gives it back to its real owner. (It had been causing him so much trouble that he had to get rid of it anyway, and then the kid came up to him...)
  • Poke the Poodle: One example: building a device that will translate his voice into 'whale speak' so he can insult a whale that stole one of his girlfriends.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He'd never just build a gun and destroy the Tri-State Area because then he'd have nothing to rule.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Increasingly as the show goes on to the point where Major Monogram gets irritated when he calls in sick and sends Perry to start an Evil Plan just so he can stop it.
  • Raised By Ocelots: He claims this in one episode, after his birth family disowns him.
    • Again in The Movie.
    • And mentioned in a second episode, the one where he and Perry follow Vanessa and her friends into the woods on a camping trip.
    • He was even accepted in the OWCA because he is legally one.
  • Royalties Heir: Heinz Doofenshmirtz invented a device that corrects people's eyesight and the royalty checks he receives for this make him feel less uncomfortable about one of his inventions being used to do good.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Doofenshmirtz, following the example Trope Illustrator Agatha Heterodyne, has a big lever as a on/off switch for the lights. He also has an obsession with installing self-destruction buttons and other buttons or dials that actually make it easier for Perry the Platypus to thwart Doof's plans.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: When he becomes handsome in "Quietest Day Ever". Amusingly, he was irritated at first, because the ability to do this was exactly why he hated beautiful people in the first place. Then he realized he could take over the Tri-State Area that way, and so decided to go along with it.
  • Series Goal: For Doof: Take over the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sibling Rivalry: A one-sided one with Roger.
  • Simpleton Voice: Doofenshmirtz has a bizarre voice that not only tells you in a second that he is a total idiot, but also that he is evil.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Several times with Rodney, a prominent rival in doing evil.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Doofenshmirtz has a long nose. Sinister, though...
  • Spell My Name with an S: There is no C in his surname.
  • Superpowered Eviler Side: In "This is Your Backstory", his plan is to become this. He succeeds for a few moments before Perry turns him back to normal.
  • Take Over the Tri-State Area
  • Team Rocket Wins: In Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo, he takes over the world in the Bad Future.
  • Thinginator: Everything he invents.
    • In one episode, he concludes that the thing all of his failed inventions had in common is that they all had the suffix -inator. So he decides to fix this by suffixing his next invention with -NONinator.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Doof's incompetence got himself into serious life-risking cases. Mostly his habit of setting self-destruction buttons where Perry can easily reach them. Once he tried to make a tunnel from Mt. Rushmore to China, forgetting about the lava from the center of the Earth. If not for Perry saving him during those times, he'd have died.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Almond brittle.
  • The Unfavorite: So much that before his brother was born, his father named their dog "Only Son".
  • Unfortunate Names: "Doof" is German for "stupid".
  • Villain Episode: He gets the A-plot of "Hail Doofania!"
  • Villain Song: He explains a number of his plans in song.
  • Villain With An F In Evil: If all his petty schemes weren't proof enough his mentor in evil came by to tell him he was a failure.
  • Villainous Rescue: It's more common for Perry to have to save him than vice versa, but he does have his moments (notably in "Oh, There You Are, Perry" and the end of "Primal Perry").
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Vanessa.
  • Web Video: Doof now has "Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt" on his YouTube channel Doof Daily, where he shares his rant of the day (actually week, but then it wouldn't be as alliterate).
  • "Well Done, Dad" Guy
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Considering how many of his Freudian Excuses revolve around his Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Perry was stuck in Candace's body in one episode and it made their ensuing fight awkward.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Shown especially in The Movie, where Doofenshmirtz-2 has no qualms about it. In fact, the few instances where he does run into some of the main kids (again, The Movie and "Bully Bromance Breakup") shows him getting along rather well with them.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sometimes, such as when he assumes that the reason for his failure is because all his contraptions have the suffix "-inator".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Constantly befalls him.
  • Zany Scheme

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