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Fridge: The Fairly OddParents
Fridge Brilliance
  • Magic (loosely) follows laws of Physics. You see, magic wands explicitly run on some form of energy (plot point of at least 2 episodes) and anything they conjure (spacially displaced or otherwise) can't be destroyed (entire plot of Unwish Island). At the same time, an overlying theme of the series is that magic can't be used to instantly solve all your problems; in other words, fairies aren't omnipotent.
    • This is in fact the plot of the old west episode, when Timmy wished for the deed to the town, Cosmo and Wanda say they can't just make something real appear if they don't know where it is.
    • In fact, careful analysis of the crossover specials with Jimmy Neutron reveals that Jimmy's "science" is closer to what we'd consider magic than anything Cosmo or Wanda have done!
      • Uh no. Jimmy's science can take a long period of time while Timmy's magic always happens in a few seconds. Timmy can basically do everything Jimmy can but have it better and have it take less time. And as for Da Rules, it's there and all fairies must comply to it. In Fairly Odd Baby, Timmy is allowed to wish up Poof because Jorgen hadn't put anything about that in Da Rules yet. The magic itself is able to do anything, just fairies are not allowed to do certain things with the magic.
      • Wishing that two fairies would reproduce is different than rewriting how the universe works.
  • Veronica's crush on Timmy makes perfect sense when you realize it has nothing to do with Timmy. She's obsessed with supplanting Trixie to the point of paranoid delusions. Her crush on Timmy is entirely a manifestation of her desire to become Trixie. Since Timmy has a crush on Trixie, part of supplanting Trixie means becoming the object of Timmy's affection.
    • Or it could just as easily be the other way around; she wants to be Trixie so bad because she's the one that Timmy has a crush on.
    • Considering other kids who view Trixie as popular, it might be the latter.
  • In "The Gland Plan", Anti-Cosmo tries pole-vaulting over a prison wall, but fails because he didn't take the time to measure the stick (which is promptly Lampshaded by Cosmo). But it makes perfect sense for Anti-Cosmo to do something so stupid, even if he is an evil genius... he's the opposite of Cosmo, and since Cosmo's a moron with occasional moments of brilliance, that would make Anti-Cosmo a genius with occasional moments of stupidity!
    • Said episode has a few Visual Puns regarding Cosmo's random transformations. During this scene, for example, when Cosmo mentions how he's stupid, he turns into a dumbbell.
    • Why is Anti-Cosmo the leader of the Anti-Faries? It's because he's the opposite of Cosmo, who is the absolute last person anyone would want in a leadership position.
    • Speaking of episodes with Anti-Fairies in them, Timmy's plan in "Balance of Flour" to switch places with Cosmo after the former had the brownie recipe installed into his head is kinda brilliant, as well as if you look back at the previous events of the episode long and hard. Think about it: when Anti-Cosmo used the tentacle-mouthed vacuum to trap Timmy's fairies when they poofed in, he had actually captured Timmy (disguised as Cosmo) for about 8 seconds before Jorgen poofed in and blasted Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda out of the room, then tried to pull Cosmo's (disguised as Timmy) head, not knowing the recipe was in Timmy's brain until Wanda told him so. And even their impressions of each other are impressively done well (especially considering that Cosmo... well, he's not good at hiding himself sometimes).
  • Mr. Turner has a Dumbass Has a Point moment in "Kung Timmy" when he points out he can't fight Francis since he's a kid. As an adult he could be arrested for it. This is further pointed out in an earlier when an adult Timmy tries to stop him from picking on Chester and A.J.
  • According to Channel Chasers and ignoring the live-action movie, Timmy loses his Godparents when he goes away to college. There are two ways to lose godparents - growing up emotionally, and becoming happy enough to not need them anymore. When he goes away to college, he'll be living independently from his parents and Vicky, the sources of the stress that earned him Cosmo and Wanda in the first place.
  • The reason magic power is rendered useless by butterfly nets is because in a similar way to a Faraday cage these prevent the giant magic wand at fairy world that provides a source of magic to all fairies to charge their wands, and fairies are physically weak so that they can't break through it (and can't transform into something that does due to having no magic power) also is posible that Jorgen is simply affraid of them and doesn't realizes that being the strongest fairy may be able to break free of one.
  • So, re-watching Mandie's debut episode again... Everyone present at the wedding is dressed in their formal wear. Either Bodacions don't believe in dressing based on occasions, or she's been pursuing her runaway husband while still in her wedding dress.
  • In "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker," it's revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Turner had actually expected they were going to have a daughter instead of a son. Maybe they had actually wanted a girl, and so were disappointed when Timmy turned out to be a boy? This could be the reason they treat him with such neglect and indifference.
    • That...actually makes a lot of sense. And is depressing in retrospect.
    • Also, the episode where timmy wishes to have never been born, he see his parents happy and proud about their daughter who is also a movie star, like if they had supported her in reaching her dreams.
      • Well, Mr. Turner did say he would be crushed if the baby was a boy.
  • Mandie being able to be wished away is this: At first it seems like a violation of the rule regarding true love. Cut to the episode "King Chang": The first thing she do after forcing Mark to marrying her is declaring that he had outlived his usefulness and then taking the entire planet for herself. This act of Ship Sinking proves why this wasn't a case of rule breaking but actually a clue of her true intentions.
  • Tad and Chad are the cool versions of Chester and AJ.
  • Cosmo and Wanda being such literal fairies could be because they know that if Timmy ever becomes truly happy they'll have to be separated from him and they don't want that to happen, so they deliberately prevent his life from becoming pleasant.

Fridge Horror
  • The Fairly Oddparents. When godchildren lose their godparents, everything they wished up goes away. Timmy wished up Poof.
    • When Timmy's wishes got unwished, everything he ever wished was sent to a horribly bleak depressing world filled with his murderous wishes. including Poof.
      • Following this logic, that means that whenever Timmy grows up or accidentally reveals his fairies or any of the other possible ways to lose his fairy godparents and have his wishes updone, the same thing will happen again to poor Poof. That means that, if we don't take the Timmy Turner Loophole provided at the end of the live-action movie into account, Poof's expected lifespan outside of that creepy unwished wishes world would be directly connected to how long Timmy can keep his fairy godparents. And, ever since the events of "Timmy's Secret Wish," the kid is going to be perfectly aware of this fact.
      • Okay, Rules Lawyering Justification Here: Timmy specifically wished for Cosmo and Wanda to have their own baby. Maybe Poof just grows up?
      • Also there's an episode explaining that things that get wished away are just sent to an island in the Bermuda Triangle.
      • And now the live action movie, while a little WTF, brings another horrifying layer to the fore: Timmy has two near-omnipotent supernatural guardians who can, within reasonable bounds, cater to his every whim. He's smart, cunning, and lucky enough to deal with every wish gone wrong, every enemy supernatural and real, and to avoid losing his godparents like every other kid does. Why would he ever give that up?
      • Speaking of the movie, Poof is still a baby. What does that mean?
      • It means that fairies age at a different rate than humans. Which is already sort of established since flashbacks have established that the various fairies still looked the same as they do now even as far back as the Middle Ages.
      • Poof doesn't appear in the future of Channel Chasers. Does that mean he won't exist? Or is he visiting Mama Cosmo at the time?
      • Channel Chasers happens before Poof is born, as it aired in 2004, and Fairy Oddbaby aired in 2008, so that is four years before he is born.
      • Considering Timmy has had one birthday in the entire history of the show-plus Timmy's Secret Wish-it's completely nonsensical to think that time goes on the same scale as real life; it's more likely that Poof was wished up later in the same year as Channel Chasers. And either way, the future has Timmy grown up and with kids, far more than four years into the future.
  • It's common for Timmy to endanger the world, only to fix it by the end of the episode and erase everyone's memories. What if every godchild is like that? The world would constantly be in danger.
    • But we'd never know it.
      • There are also a few points where it at least hints at that. Mainly Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad have to go through so many emergencies that they can't rest. Here's a question: how many of them were wished up by other kids, and how many of them would have simply been stopped by a wish had the parents not been doing it?
  • When Timmy nearly ruined both Christmas and the world simultaneously by wishing every day to be Christmas, a new rule was added to Da Rules ensuring that this can never happen again. Cosmo says that you really have to screw up big time to add a new rule. This probably means that most, if not every, rule in the book was the direct consequence of some wish gone horribly wrong. Seeing how many (justifiable) rules there are, it's amazing that irresponsible children with fairies haven't destroyed the world yet.
  • "If they survive, THEY'RE FAIRIES! If not, I HAVE TENURE!" Sure, that line from Mr. Crocker seems funny at first. That is, until you realize what he said essentially means that he's willing to (and probably has) killed people in an attempt to prove that fairies exist.
  • During one of several attempts by Cosmo's mom to get her son back from Wanda, we get to see flashbacks of Cosmo's past; among other things, we learn that he'd always been "clumsy" with his magic wand and was therefore sent to a special academy to be trained by Jorgen. Of course, Cosmo's hopeless and in addition to being clumsy with magic, he also unleashes real cataclysms over human history (the sundering of Atlantis, the destruction of Pompeii, etc.) This could all be handwaved as Played for Laughs, if it weren't for the fact that 1) in a later episode, Jorgen refers again to such cataclysms as having been caused by Cosmo, making it canon and 2) Cosmo occasionally shows signs of being way less stupid and clumsy than he normally is; in one episode, he even keeps hinting that MAYBE he's just acting stupid. So... he killed thousands of people AND it wasn't an accident!?
  • The infamous "It's a Wishful Life". Think about what Jorgen said. Other children have wiped themselves from existence. Willingly.
    • Not only that but Timmy offered to wipe himself from existence to make his friend's and family's lives better, essentially a suicide. That's a very chilling message for the kids!
  • In "Father Time", when Timmy goes back in time to stop his dad from winning the trophy that he destroys with heat vision, his dad gets sent to dictator school. Even after he fixes this, and before he went back in time, someone would have been sent there anyway. Who was it, and why haven't they taken over the world (with smiles) either??
  • In the episode, Vicky Gets Fired, Vicky reveals to Chompy the Goat that the Mayor was at a convention where "Goat Meat" is served in which the mayor apparently enjoyed eating said meat. This infuriates Chompy who begins chasing the Mayor around. Normally this would be taken as a Played for Laughs situation until you realize that we haven't see Chompy's wife and two goat kids since the first season.
  • In "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker", Timmy goes back in time three times to see what is wrong with Crocker and hopefully make him nicer in the future. He goes in time three times, from seeing him starting out as a elementary school teacher, then graduating Dimmsdale college, and finally a student in elementary school. However, each of those points also shows his parents and Dinkleberg in this order; moving into their respective houses with a pregnant Mrs. Turner, Dinkleberg breaking up with his girlfriend because the people watching Crocker's presentation on FAIRY GODPARENTS liked his parachute pants instead, and Dinkleberg and Timmy's Mom being childhood friends on a swingset. If Timmy actually SUCCEEDED in having Crocker keep his fairies, then Dinkleberg wouldn't have broken up with his girlfriend, TIMMY'S MOTHER, and forced himself into non-existance. AGAIN (happened the first time in "Father Time").
  • in the halloween special, Timmy wishes that you can become whatever you are dressed as. I don't think they mentioned what the boundary is, is it in the suburb or is it across the world; In that case, what about all those people in other neighborhoods dressed as other, more murderous people? For all we know, all the people dressed as insane psychotic murderers are all now insane psychotic murderers, to prey on each other, or the people who had the poor judgment to not wear a costume. And continuing on that, most theme park Halloween attractions enforce a strict no costume rule. Unarmed, innocent people are stuck inside mazes filled with murderous psychotics, or worse, for an entire evening
    • Also, Timmy's parents were dressed as each other and it didn't traumatize them to the point of NOT repeating it at Trixie's party in "Take and Fake".
  • In Hastle in the Castle we find out that one of Cosmo and Wanda's past godkids wishes caused WWI (and indirectly WWII) meaning that Cosmo and Wanda are partially responsible for all those deaths.
  • Some episodes imply that Fairy Godparents have the power to kill and revive people. The former is terrifying enough but the later means that when the fairy leave the godkid wouldn't that get unwished too?
    • The first and foremost rule of Da Rules is that you can't kill someone with magic. Da Rules can however be bypassed if the person in charge of enforcing them doesn't (like in that episode where Cosmo was left in charge). This means that any time someone WAS magically killed Jorgen was either unwilling or unable to stop them...
    • Another way to bypass Da Rules when it comes to killing someone is to use magic to help set up a situation where the person gets killed (and not kill the person with the magic directly) That might have been how one of Cosmo and Wanda's previous godkids killed Archduke Ferdinand and started WW1
  • When a godkid grows up and loses his godparents, all of his/her wishes and memories of them are wiped away. Does that mean that godkids essentially forget their whole childhood?!
    • While Timmy was at risk for that, it was said in "Abra-Catastrophe" that it was rare for a child to have godparents very long.
    • "Channel Chasers" presents that like real life childhood memories are vaguely remembered. It doesn't make it horrific or sad. When a child loses their fairy godparent and that fairy previously took on a animal form then that is replaced by a real animal instead. For example when Adult!Timmy's children dug up a time capsule, Adult!Timmy stares at a photo of a two fish in a bowl and smiles. The fish in the photos would have been Cosmo and Wanda, but he doesn't remember them, only the existence of the fish would trigger a happy thought.
  • If Timmy can wish for just about anything, then why doesn't he wish for peace? Or a cure for cancer? Or something like that? Is he a jerk?
    • The same can really be said for any child with Godparents.
    • It is likely that someone has wished for that, at least once. However, if what has been stated a few times above is true, then anything a godkid wishes for is unwished when they finally lose their godparents. The inability to impact the world very much (exceptions may include singular events like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand) leads this troper to the depressing conclusion that despite having all that power, the most that fairy godparents can really do with it is brighten up a child's life (which is great and all, but in comparison there are some seriously missed opportunities here).
  • One of the 2 characters that worked for Flappy Bob said in School's Out: The Musical "I'll get the broccoli and the funnel!". You might think this is Played for Laughs until you realize that they were going to shove funnels up the kids mouths and then shove broccoli into the funnel maybe accidentally choking the kids.
  • Foop is, given Jorgen's description of him in "Playdate of Doom", the ultimate evil genius or something. Obviously this is because he's the opposite of BABY Poof, who is still learning his way around the world. However, Poof should become smarter as he grows up, so will Foop become dumber? Or is Poof destined to have a child's intellect for the rest of his life?
  • Children will lose their godparents when they are not miserable anymore. ("I'm happy and I don't need my godparents anymore). Timmy will go great lengths to keep his, so will he never be quite happy enough to lose his godparents?
    • In the 77 secrets of The Fairly Oddparents revealed actually mentions this piece of fridge horror and says it's true.
    • "Deepest secret: Will never be quite happy enough to lose his fairy godparents.
  • The fairy's job is to make the kid happier. How do they choose to do this? By giving the child basically anything they want, at any time, with minimal restrictions. This makes them (like Timmy) never want to grow up. How many of these kids with fairies turned into spoiled, entitled, brats?
    • Probably very few, considering that the fact that Timmy managed to hold onto his fairies as long as he did is presented as unusual. The plot of Abra-Catastrophe, for example, kick-started because Timmy specifically won a reward (the rule-free wishing muffin) for managing to keep his fairies for a year; as Jorgen points out, most kids don't last that long before blabbing about their fairies to others, and thus losing the fairies as a penalty. So it can be inferred that most kids would lose their fairies before they can hold onto them long enough to be spoiled.
    • Not to mention that the kids have their memories wiped, so they won't remember the time spent with their fairies and getting everything they want.
    • According to "Wishing Well" such kids suffers from Over Wishing Disorder. If the case becomes too severe, Jorgen will take them to a retraining camp, ironically called, "The Wishing Well". Also in "A wish too far" Timmy exploited his fairies so much, that the fairy court took them away. Even after redeeming himself, Jorgen still felt the need to punish him.
  • Imagine how Cosmo and Wanda must feel about all the situations where they are in close proximity to Denzel Crocker and have had to pretend that they don't know him, playing tricks on him and the like to help Timmy. If that doesn't do much for you, now imagine Cosmo and Wanda some time in the future having to help their current godchild ensure that Timmy doesn't do anything to find out about their existence and prove it, him raving like a madman, dedicating his life to proving their existence after they couldn't be his anymore, barely able to remember anything about the few moments of happiness in his childhood. They now have to hide this from their current godchild and play tricks on Timmy, all the while watching all of this happen to their once beloved godchild who is still miserable and now insane. That is every instance in which they are around Denzel Crocker.
    • It's not so bad, considering they can't remember having Crocker as a godchild because their memories were erased along with Crocker's when he lost them. They know now that he used to be their godchild, but they can't remember it, therefore they don't really have that much of a deep connection to him. And hopefully Timmy won't turn out as insane as Crocker when he grows up.
      • Also considering the fact that in the end of Chanel Chasers, Timmy's children, Tammy and Tommy are Cosmo and Wanda's new godkids.
      • Well, Timmy being Tammy and Tommy's parent means that he'll probably be the subject of a few wishes, just like his parents are. Probably nothing too dramatic, though, Cosmo and Wanda will probably actually get some good laughs out of it.
  • "Timmy's Secret Wish" reveals that, to keep his godparents, Timmy wished that no-one would age, 50 years ago. When this wish is undone, the significantly older populace have no new experience. This means that, if this secret wish is permanently undone, every human being will have their lives cut by 50+ years. Timmy's secret wish could very well cause the extinction of humanity.
    • And if the anti-aging wish also applies to animals, plants, and protozoans then possibly the extinction of all life on Earth
      • And prepare some Brain Bleach because as we know from the movie Fairly Odd Baby, there are babies still in diapers and being nursed; imagine a baby who needs changing suddenly aging fifty years!
      • These are pretty easy to disarm - the nullification of that wish doesn't mean it's cancelled from the point it was initially wished, but at the point of nullification. The populace would simply start aging normally rather than be frozen in limbo - still a bit horrifying when you consider they've been in active stasis for that length of time, and will then have to get used to aging again.
    • Another one is the rammifications if Timmy didn't wish for the secret wish. Who would stop the Darkness? I mean, all the constant rejection would have eventually caused it to snap...
  • "Fairly Odd Pet" Sparky shows a portfolio of his previous owner. The one before Timmy apparently "played dead" until Sparky left.
  • A lot of people have pointed out Timmy's Jerkass behavior towards Cosmo, Wanda, and even the likes of Chester and AJ as the seasons have gone on. Let's think about this for a minute: another major Character Derailment has come in the form of Timmy's parents, who slowly went from being busy and overworked to providing comments such as Dad saying the only reason he gives Timmy an allowance is because calling the chores Timmy does "labor" would get him in trouble with the law, and Mom mentioning that she should "maybe...start making dinner for three" when she sees Timmy (technically a fly with Timmy's body) eating from the garbage..."again." Most of this behavior is Played for Laughs, by the way. Now, combine these questionable displays with the fact that most children who are abused end up becoming abusive themselves, and it all adds up to a pretty disturbing conclusion: all the times Timmy acts like a jerk to his Godparents, or even his friends, is because he's copying the abusive behavior his parents give him. Combine that with Timmy's history of neglecting his pets, and that brief glimpse of "Channel Chasers" where an adult Timmy leaves his children with a Vicky-bot while he goes to work (even though his ten-year-old self vowed "not to make the same mistakes [his] parents made"), and you realize that there's a pretty depressing cycle going on here...
  • The fact that fairies became monkey-like when monkeys became the "dominant form of life" on Earth implies that they use A Form You Are Comfortable With instead of being naturally humanoid. It's entirely possible their true forms are nothing like what we've seen and they retroactively change their appearances whenever they move onto a new species. How long have they been granting wishes? Before humans evolved, what Earth creatures must fairies have disguised themselves as? Was there a point when fairies took the form of anomalocaris-like invertebrates in the ocean? Or did they previously cater to various aliens? It really opens a can of worms about what they did before humans, where they actually came from, and what they actually get out of the godparent-godchild arrangement.
  • Dimmsdale has a veterinarian who is so Snip Crazy that he'll gleefully neuter any animal, even if it's medically unsound, dangerous and illogical to do so (as in the case with Vicky's goldfish and parrot).
  • Let's take a closer look at the concept of "The Realm of Kids who make the world a better place by wishing they were never born". It's clearly modeled after hell. If it exists, then it is clear that there are already kids in there. And not adults. Kids, who are all under 13. Who's only crime was making the world a better place. It's really depressing when you think about it.
    • Jorgen says the whole ordeal was just to teach Timmy that he shouldn't expect gratitude for doing the right thing. It's probable that there is no such place. The wish may not even be granted, instead any child wishing it is shown a world to teach them things aren't as bad as they think.
  • In "A Bad Case Of Diary-Uh!", one of Timmy's secret phobias is a fear of feet. View the special "Abra-Catastrophe!", which shows in a flashback how an 8-year-old Timmy got stuck with Vicky as his babysitter. One of the things Vicky forces the young Timmy to do is give her a pedicure while she sticks out her bare feet to receive a coat of toenail polish. So his fear of feet may be a childhood psychological trauma caused by Vicky. Which is not surprising at all, considering she's likely responsible for many more scarring traumas to poor Timmy. Including exploiting said traumas.
Fridge Logic
  • In "That's life!", Timmy wishes for everything in his mother's garden to be alive. The wish should be undone the moment the judges come by the rule of "no cheating for winning competitions."
    • The same applies for when Timmy wished for Chester to be the best baseball player ever.
      • This rule might only apply to Timmy himself, maybe cheating to help others win some is sort of loophole?
      • In response to the above: possibly yes and possibly no. In "Foul Balled" (the Chester example), Timmy's specific wish was "I wish my friend was the best baseball player ever"; Chester only lost his abilities when he declared that Timmy was no longer his friend. Of course, in this case, Timmy was on the team with Chester, so technically, helping Chester helped him win as well.

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