Pac Man Fever: Inverted with the version of Rock Band created specifically for the show. It's very good for what only shows up for maybe half a minute or so once in a blue moon. iSaved Your Life took it to another level, when they created Violin God, with its Bow Power. The first airing of the show had an error where the notes kept being hit even though Carly stopped playing to talk to Freddie, but after that error was pointed out to them, the Re Cut extended episode aired a month later had fixed it.
Not done quite as well with Pak Rat during iStage An Intervention. It seems to be a pre-recorded video set into an old arcade machine box. Spencer and Sasha play it like that type of game actually would, but Carly's actor Miranda Cosgrove probably had no experience with that type of game, and at the end, Carly plays the machine by wigging the control stick around so hard the box keeps shifting, in a way that would be unplayable on a real pac man type arcade game.
Paintball Episode: In iSaved Your Life, the trio and Spencer play a game called Assassin using only blow tube guns (minus wearing goggles). Carly and Freddie had been "eliminated" early on, leaving behind extreme mind games between Sam and Spencer.
Paranoia Gambit: Sam's Assassin strategy against Spencer to lure him to point-blank range in iSaved Your Life.
Parental Abandonment: Carly and Spencer's father is in the military. The whereabouts of their mother, as well as Sam's and Freddie's fathers is unknown, and Sam's mother is a depressed lump who rarely gets up before noon.
Sam's father's abandonment was finally acknowledged in iParty With Victorious. In iGoodbye Sam confirms she doesn't even know who her father is.
Parental Bonus: Episodes may feature homages or Shout Outs to old shows, as well as subtle lines or jokes (green or not) aimed at adult audiences.
Pay Evil unto Evil: In iReunite With Missy, Missy broke Sam's cellphone on purpose and offered to buy her a new one. When Missy wins the 6-month cruise (Freddie is really the one who won it, but he gave it to Missy instead), Carly asks Sam how Missy could still compensate for her phone. Sam then reveals that she stole Missy's phone.
Paying In Coins: Invoked. Carly, Sam and Freddie agree to promote a new sneaker on their show, and got paid $8000 a week. They were to be cut a check, but Sam then insisted on cash. Cue a bunch of ad executives digging in their pockets for $8000 in bills. When they got bought out of the contract for $30,000, Carly then insists on being paid in cash.
People Jars: Comedic version used for Stu Stimbler's kid in iStakeOut. "Watch me spank your daddy!"
Perfect Health: Minor character Jeremy is almost perfect inversion. He sneezes every few seconds, all day, every day (at least when he appears).
Perfectly Cromulent Word: In iAm Your Biggest Fan, Carly tells Mandy that they need "fladoodles" for their web show just to get her off their backs. Sam asks what it is, but Carly says that she just made it up. Even subverted when Mandy actually manages to find them!! Sam blurts out how it happened when they didn't even exist, only for Carly to immediately elbow her in the gut.
In iStakeOut, Freddie tries all his best to hide his tattoo of Sam's face from his mom, to the point of giving an excuse of not taking his shirt off to avoid "cloud burn". Mrs. Benson sends him to several pharmacies to find "cloud block", which she later manages to find and lather her son's face with.
Plot Parallel: iLove You. In the A-Plot, Sam and Freddie were trying to become closer. In the B-Plot, Spencer and his older babysitter (he was 10, she was 15) entered a relationship that got creepy as she started acting like his babysitter again and bossing him around. Carly ends the B-Plot by telling Spencer and the babysitter that their relationship is creepy and weird, and that they were forcing a romantic connection out of their babysitter/child relationship. Sam and Freddie overhear this, and both realize that even though Carly wasn't talking about them, they were forcing their connection into a romantic one. They discuss it, then break up, then declare their love for each other.
Precocious Crush: Sam has a crush on Spencer, that considering her now legal age and development, just barely qualifies for the precocious part of the trope. They don't even need a Jail Bait Wait!
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Attempted by Spencer when he surprises Sam by hiding inside her locker. Sam shuts the locker, and he lampshades the trope:
Spencer: (annoyed at himself) I've gotta quit saying witty things before I blow.
Carly has also been shown watching Megan-centric scenes of Drake & Josh episodes Megan's Revenge and The Peruvian Puff Pepper on TV in the episodes iGet Pranky and iToe Fatcakes respectively, and Spencer has been shown watching a Crazy Steve-centric scene in the Drake & Josh episode The Storm in the episode iGet Pranky. Also doubles as an Actor Allusion since Carly's actress, Miranda Cosgrove, played Megan Parker in Drake & Josh, and Spencer's actor, Jerry Trainor, played Crazy Steve.
Poke the Poodle: Carly and Freddie's attempts (major emphasis on the latter) to misbehave to deliberately get detention prove futile.
Freddie tries to impress Carly with his "dark side" by sending a prank pizza to Ms. Briggs and ends up running away in panic when the pizza store called back.
Poorly Disguised Pilot: In the series finale, a lot of emphasis was put on Gibby taking a ferret from it's abusive owner. Chances of the ferret being back for his show?
Spencer. Scores with every woman on the show older than 18, and younger than Mrs. Benson. Also scored with Mrs. Benson in the Christmas Episode. And a 80 year old guy whilst Spencer was pretending to be a busty old woman. In Locker 239 he may have had a girl in his room at the start of the episode, and then scored with the art teacher at the end of that episode.
Gibby has been doing pretty well for himself.
Porn Stache: Spencer included one in his janitor disguise in iDate A Bad Boy.
Power Trio: Sam, the voracious and meat-loving brawn (id); Freddie, the goody-two-shoes and cool-headed brains (superego); and Carly is the main link of the trio's friendship and mediator between the two (ego). Whenever Carly and Sam gets into a quarrel, Freddie takes over the mediator role.
When Carly finally kissed Freddie on his bed, the show abruptly cuts into a commercial break. When the scene resumes, Freddie became stiff and wide-eyed as he and Carly continue kissing throughout the half-hour absence of his mother. In the extended version, Freddie was dumbfounded and tased himself to prove that Carly had really kissed him.
After he broke up with Carly, Freddie requested for a kiss that would be their "last" for a while, so she gave Freddie a goodnight kiss on the cheek. As he leaves by the elevator, Freddie goes rigid and blurts, "What did I do?"
in iOMG, Freddie also does this when Sam kisses him. He also stutters a little bit.
Practice Kiss: In iKiss, Freddie confesses that he's never had his First Kiss, and is ridiculed for it. He talks to Sam about it, and (even though they usually can't stand each other) they end up kissing just to get it over with, and declare not to tell anyone. Ends up being a plot point several episodes later.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: All over the place. Biggest example would be iMake Sam Girlier. There is a bully who ends up being the villain of the episode. There is zero difference in her actions compared the actions Sam has done in the past and continued to do so, except that Sam is "strong for her size" whilst the bully is physically large, and that the bully picked on Carly whilst Sam bullies on everyone except Carly.
Punny Name: Spencer's friend, Socko, makes cool, light-up socks. His hierarchy of relatives is a Hurricane of Puns of names related to their jobs: His brother, Tyler (tie maker); His cousins Rob (thief), Taylor (tailor), Penny (the Penny Tees creator) and Isaac (optometrist); His uncles Otto (used car dealer) and Dr. Paxil (psychologist); and Freight Dog (air freight forwarder).
Another cousin, Bernie (The Depressed Welder), torches various food items.
iFind Spencer Friends has Socko gone away on a safari with his cousin Hunter.
In iGoodbye, Spencer restores a motorcycle for Socko's cousin Ryder.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Carly towards Freddie or Spencer when making a request with a usual (or variation of) catchphrase "Please, for me?"
Really Gets Around: Rebecca Berkowitz. It's implied in iSpeed Date. Sam's mother also seems to date a lot of different men, and Spencer!
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Carly delivers a "frustrated" version of this trope to Sam and Freddie after they snap her patience after spending the entire iDate Sam & Freddie episode bickering, fighting and dragging Carly into it.
Freddie drops one of Sam after he gets fired in iPear Store.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Principal Ted Franklin. His login name for the school computer system is Big Teddy. Aww. Ted is short for "Tedward," just like Freddie is short for "Fredward."
Recognition Failure: In "iLost My Mind", the main security guard of the mental institution has never heard of the web show iCarly, so he's not impressed when Carly and Freddie try to use the fact they are its stars as credentials.
The sidewalk where Josh ran around in Dinner With Bobo is the same sidewalk Carly rode her electric-powered scooter in iGo Nuclear.
The pathway in The Wedding where Drake and Josh got stranded in their car is also the spot "Somewhere Outside Tokyo" where Carly, Sam, and Freddie were ditched by Kyoko and Yuki in iGo To Japan.
Any big room needed ends up being a redress of the main iCarly studio set. Examples include Freddie's room from iSaved Your Life. And probably Carly's room in iGot A Hot Room.
Actually, Carly's new room is the set used for Spencer's bedroom. iChristmas is the only time I recall them showing the inside of his room. And when you see him room, you'll surprised with how much they didn't change the set. That said, its still possible that both rooms are from the main set.
The school hallway/locker area is a redress of the school set from That's So Raven, with the main difference being the addition of a central wide door entrance, and iCarly not using an extra part of the hallway on the right side of the entrancec. The entire set itself began it's life as the school hallway set on Saved by the Bell.
And if you paint the lockers, it becomes the set for Victorious.
Recut: Nickelodeon aired a special extended version of iSaved Your Life that included an extra seven minutes of previously cut footage.
Other episodes have extended versions, like iPilot, iCarly Saves TV and iSaw Him First. Some are DVD only, and some are only available through online bootleg downloads.
Every school kid who ends up in the plot except Wendy, Gibby and Rebecca Berkowitz. Some of the teachers, too. For some reason, most of the guys (who are usually a love interest) are introduced as seniors, which kinda makes it creepy in the couple seasons when they hit on Carly and Sam who haven't even reached the 'growth' stage of puberty yet. Then they give Chuck Cunningham Syndrome to them all anyway. It's averted once, where Brad is looked over as a new intern to drive the plot of iHire an Idiot then gets re-introduced in iOMG in a way that makes it obvious he's a New Transfer Student.
The most famous example is Sam's identical twin Melanie who Carly and Spencer seemed to know that was at boarding school. Freddie thought she was just Sam but her existence was confirmed.
Replaced the Theme Tune: Avril Lavigne and Drake Bell sang the theme song, titled "Leave It All To Me" — that was until the episode "iRock with Drake Parker" in which Carly sang Avril's vocals at the end of the episode. Then, a version of "Leave It All To Me" by Miranda Cosgrove and Drake Bell became the top-downloaded song on iTunes for the week, and coincidentally, the Avril Lavigne version was dropped starting with "iWill Date Freddie". Promptly, this ended Nickelodeon's aversion of Disney Channel's tradition of Do It Yourself Theme Tunes.
Rescue Romance: Deconstructed as a means of a Reset Button. When Freddie saves Carly and she starts developing feelings for him, he eventually realizes that she isn't in love with him, just what he did.
Reset Button: The way both the Carly/Freddie and Sam/Freddie relationships ended and have never been referenced since.
In iLost My Mind, iCarly broadcast when Carly asks fans what they think about Seddie, the female fan says that Freddie is hot. Carly responds "Let's not get carried away." So not only not reference prior relationships amongst the friends, Carly possibly even find Freddie attractive, anymore. Not sure if she ever did outside of iSaved Your Life.
Unless she said that about Freddie so Sam wouldn't think Carly likes him too.
Retcon: A barely noticeable example is Carly's birthmonth. Earlier versions of the iCarly site stated Carly was born in January, Sam in April (a year before, since she repeated 3rd Grade), and Freddie in February, making Freddie the youngest of the trio. It even makes more sense since Carly mentioned her astrological sign Capricorn in iScream on Halloween. However, before the Season 4 premiere aired, the website changed Carly's birthdate (and birth sign) to July in lieu of Carly's birthday episode airing on the said month, making her the youngest of the three and breaking the continuity of her being a Capricorn.
The Reveal: In a behind the scenes look of the crossover that aired with the extended version, after it ends we find out who's behind that panda suit. Guess who it is? T-Bo.
Mr. Howard has a rant against Principal Franklin, secretly aired live on their webcast. After Howard catches the kids and resumes ranting, the Principal does turns up right behind him.
Griffin hears Carly and Sam making fun of him for his bizarre obsession over Pee Wee Babies, offending him and causing their breakup.
Missy confirms that all the deeds accused to her by Sam are true. Carly then passes behind Missy and overhears the conversation, finally siding with her "meat-loving" best friend she did not believe at first.
Roadside Wave: Happens to Carly, Sam, and Freddie in iGo To Japan.
Also Sam in iOwe You, although the manager was just doing his job.
Romantic False Lead: Carly's love interests Griffin in iDate A Bad Boy and Adam in iStart a Fanwar. Freddie suffers some severe Green-Eyed Monster and schadenfreude towards Griffin, but doesn't sabotage their relationship beyond questioning Carly's choice to date him. Despite his sarcastic groaning on Carly's reactions toward Adam, Freddie rather became supportive of her especially during the Webicon proper.
Freddie: "My mom thinks I'll choke on pills so she pounds them with a mallet and puts them in my fruit sauce." Spencer: "Fruit sauce?" Freddie: "My mom thinks I'll choke on fruit so she pounds it with a mallet—" Spencer: "Okay yeah, we get it." Spencer: "What happened to those flowers?" Mrs. Benson: "I soaked them in bleach and then pounded them with a mallet!"
In iFight Shelby Marx, Carly is VERY worried about the outcome of the match on her facial appearance. She asks them for assurance, but got unanswered twice. She got fed up on the third one.
Carly: "But I won't get hurt, right? Someone say 'right'!"
In the same episode, Spencer accidentally swatting Gibby's popcorn out of his hands.
In iHave My Principals: Carly asks thrice why they were called to the Principal's Office.
Carly: (frantically) "Why are we in trouble?!"
In iQuit iCarly, after Sam & Carly have been pulled inside the building, they burst into tears and Spencer turns them to face one another so that they hug, whilst Fleck & Dave do the same thing. Spencer & Freddie look at each other & shrug, before hugging too.
Running Gag: A LOT. The "could that happen"-"will not happen" exchange between Freddie and Carly; Anything Spencer sculpts or fixes has a high chance of bursting into flames(Season 2 onward); Gibby almost always takes off his shirt in every appearance(Until season 3-4, with Gibby even mentioning he wasn't going to do it anymore); Sam equipping her locker with cooking or entertainment appliances; T-Bo's serves various food items by the stick, someone yells "GIBBY!" if he gets too random or weird.
Every episode has a "unique" gag or dialogue that will be mentioned at least twice throughout that episode. Examples:
In iHave a Lovesick Teacher, when Ms. Ackerman leaves in frustration, just before exiting, she swats the tiny vase off of the bureau and it breaks.
iMust Have Locker 239 has Freddie getting in trouble with Mr. Howard from stuff that Sam does.
iMove Out has the gears in Freddie's apartment turning when someone uses the elevator, etcetera.
The frequent mention of hobos, ointments, Ryan Seacrest and David Schwimmer.
Whenever Gibby visits the Groovy Smoothie's restroom, an elderly Asian guy freaks and runs out of the door.
In later seasons, Gibby saying "Gibbay!", usually as his first line of the episode.
Ruritania: Sam refers to the origin of Norwegian air-conditioners as from Norwegia (Norway).
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The Petographers in iMove Out get away with trashing the iCarly studio because they have bribed Officer Carl by taking free pictures of his daughter's bunny. Not exactly the most expensive bribe ever, but it still counts.
Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: "Spanky" in iStakeout, who used to spank Spencer when they were both kids. It ends with Spencer handcuffing "Spanky" over a couch and spanking him with a broom, much to Spencer's delight. Spanky's son is watching and enjoying it? And yes, the writers do seem to know just how wrong it is, as Carly walks downstairs to get something, sees the scene, and heads right back upstairs.
Shaggy Dog Story: iSpaceOut. The A-Plot and B-Plot. Carly freaks and they lose the chance to go into space, and the freaky little girl just leaves without talking or any explanation about who she is or where she came from.
The Laptop a-plot in iBust A Thief. They find the supposed thief, but it turns out Sam wrote the laptop serial number wrong, and the so called 'thief' has the wrong colour laptop. The ending is Sam finding her laptop in a pizza box in the Shay's fridge.
She Cleans Up Nicely: The focus of the episode "iMake Sam Girlier", both played straight and subverted when Sam is feeling down about her tomboy/Ladette image and decides to get a Girliness Upgrade to impress a boy named Pete. She looks quite good in her more feminine outfit, prompting an audience reaction, and though Pete is quite smitten with her, he reveals that he actually liked her tough girl image better.
However, there have been other times in the series, before and after this episode, that Sam has put a dress on, and she looks quite good in them.
The new and very feminine look for Sam in Season 4 may have been as a result of dating Freddie, but appears to have stuck even after their breakup. Sam now wearing heels all the time is one example of this.
Spencer: Okay. There's two roads in front of you. Road A, and... the-the... one on the left. (Pauses, then runs out of the room).
Also, in iBalls:
Freddie: Uh, if you watched iCarly's 3D webcast tonight, raise your hand. (everyone in the Groovy Smoothie except him, Sam and Gibby do so) Okay...and uh, if you're having vision problems right now, raise your hand. (they do so again) Okay. Well! Obviously this means that there's some- (he, Sam and Gibby frantically run out of the place)
Scully Box: Freddie/Nathan had to use the shoe version in Season 1 due to not having gone through puberty yet. He has massive platform shoes. By Season 2 this was un-neccessary and he was about the same height as Carly/Miranda, by Season 3 he's grown even more, so much that during iSpeedDate Carly/Miranda can place her head in the crook of his neck and it fits perfectly.
Jennette/Sam starts wearing platform shoes during Season 4 for the same reason that Freddie/Nathan did in Season 1.
Security Cling: In iMove Out, Carly grabs onto the back of Freddie and pulls him toward her when a loud noise is heard in Freddie's apartment.
Once again in iBelieve in Bigfoot, Carly backs off and holds close onto Freddie's arm when the gang encounters the alleged "Big Foot".
Self-Deprecation: Some of the iCarly writers themselves cameo in the very weird clips (i.e. shrimps up the nose, biting off heads of dolls) that the trio shows whenever they have a technical difficulty.
Andrew Hill Newman, one of the show's writers plays as Mr. Henning in iGo Nuclear, where his hippie looks garner himself most of the jokes and insults from his students and Spencer, a Ridgeway alumna.Newman himself co-wrote the said episode. Newman also voices George, the "sentient" Bra who tells Ghost Stories (which are actually NOT horror stories) who is also poked fun by Carly and Sam in their webshows.
The iHave a Question segments, which sometimes actually answer a question and usually just poke fun at the webshow's silliness.
Carly never takes baths because she hates sitting in her own wet dirt. A couple of seasons later, her taking a bath is the focus of her entire B-Plot for iToe Fatcakes.
Carly in season 1's episode iPromise Not To Tell has straight A's except for the B-Grade that Sam changes. Season 5, in iQ, she's suddenly a complete moron who needs to cheat to even appear to be smart enough to go out with a worldly British guy.
Sequel Episode: "iStill Psycho" to "iPsycho" featuring the return of crazy fan Nora.
Actually, she prefers the term disturbed.
Serious Business: The webcast seems to have only slightly less cultural impact than Dethklok. Sneaker manufacturers beg Carly to endorse their product. Television producers ransack the show for ideas in two separate episodes. It's watercooler discussion material, even amongst adults.
The school ridicules Freddie after Sam reveals he hasn't yet had his First Kiss, and he ends up missing school and avoiding his mom as a result. Carly claims that Sam ruined his life. Because she did ruin Freddie's life for the remainder of the episode until that moment.
In iFight Shelby Marx, Carly makes some joking comments about being able to "take down" an MMA fighter. Said fighter appears at her doorstep the next day, proposes an exhibition match for charity that is apparently so popular, it fills a stadium and is sold on pay-per-view. Lampshaded when the MMA announcer introduces her as "Carly Shay, who... has a web show."
She Is All Grown Up: In general, puberty has been very kind to all three members of the cast (not that any of them weren't cute, but they all three dodged that Puberty Bullet that can turn cute kids into awkward teenagers).
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Gender Flip version. In iGo To Japan, the check-in clerk at a hotel mistakes the 15-year old pair for a honeymoon couple. Freddie looks at Carly with a grin and eyebrow raise, thereby getting slapped across the face for his stupidity. In iLike Jake, Carly gives Freddie a kiss on the nose for helping her to fix his terrible singing voice, and Jake mistakes their kiss for them being together.
Shipper on Deck: Mrs. Benson seemed to be a Creddie shipper in iWill Date Freddie and through other parts of Season 1.
Mrs. Benson:WHY WON'T YOU LOVE MY SON???!!! Freddie: Mom!
In season 3, she Zig-Zagged and turned against Carly, blaming Carly for Freddie getting hit by the truck in iSaved Your Life and for Freddie deciding to move out during iMove Out:
Mrs. Benson: You're the one who got Freddie interested in girls, and ever since then his boy chemistry's been all out of whack.
Sam's motivations and actions in iSaved Your Life seem to show that Sam would be fine with them being together, as long as it was for the right reasons.
Sam also jokes about their relationship, making her appear to support the relationship without being negative or jealous about it, as well as this line from iStart A Fan War:
Sam: It's true, Carly and Freddie are deeply in love.
Also from iStart A Fan War, Creddie and Seddie fan wars exist in-universe. The episode's main plot involved the iCarly gang trying to pacify a roomful of rabid shippers. Some shippers originated inothershows
Carly has moments where she seems to ship Sam/Freddie, such as when she asked them if they liked their kiss (iThink They Kissed), chanted "SAM LOVES FREDDIE" multiple times when Sam was trying to deny it (iLost My Mind), and interrupted an iCarly broadcast to ask viewers if Sam and Freddie should be together (iLost My Mind). She also looked pleased when Freddie kissed Sam.
Zig-Zagged in iDate Sam & Freddie where Carly clearly thinks the two of them shouldn't be dating because they keep dragging her into their arguments, and tells them directly that if they can't sort out their problems on their own they shouldn't be dating at all.
And finally Carly stops shipping them indirectly as her words about Spencer and his old babysitter apply perfectly to Sam and Freddie, leading both couples to break up.
Just averted with Sam/Freddie in iLove You. Despite the litany of issues with the relationship, it's not completely sunk and their relationship ends in a way that it could come back from.
With the result of the Sam/Freddie story arc, this is still the case for Carly/Freddie. Freddie's feelings die and are explained away as being because of the 'intense' kiss, they break up because they are incompatible. Freddie says he has to be in a relationship with someone closer to him personality wise, that is more 'normal', which is exactly what Carly is. Nowhere during the arc was his feelings for Carly even brought up once. This was likely done deliberately so both shipping pairings could remain 'alive' as the show went on.
With iGo One Direction showing Sam dragging one of the boys into the elevator, and then iOpen A Restaurant showing that Freddie still has a crush on Carly and that Sam smiles when she finds out, it would appear Seddie is done and sunk. Sorry, Seddie shippers. Maybe Sibby has a chance.
Shipping Goggles: In-universe in "iStart A Fan War". A Creddie shipper has a giant iPad knock off full of pictures trying to prove Carly and Freddie loved each other. Ironically, this is a much stronger trait in Seddie shippers. In fact, the entire episode portrays the Creddie shippers more like the 'real life' Seddie shippers.
An in-universe example is that Carly appears to not be averse to giving Freddie Ship Tease for her own satisfaction/ego/amusement, to the point where it seems cruel. The most obvious example of this was asking Freddie if he wanted to taste the lip gloss she just put on, making him close his eyes, then rubbing it over her hand and smashing his mouth with it.
iOpen A Restaurant is full of Creddie and Sibby teasing. Freddie outright states he still has a crush on Carly, that could easily be love.
Dan couldn't resist egging shippers on one last time in the finale "iGoodbye". Seddie gets one brief Ship Tease moment where Freddie is on the phone to Sam, and he makes a joke to Sam about wanting to 'get back together'. It quickly gets out of hand causing him to quickly change the subject perhaps worried Sam will reply in the positive. For what it is worth Sam doesn't bring it up again and the whole exchange is peppered with canned laughter. At the end of episode Carly goes up to the studio to see Freddie and kisses him, he returns the kiss and as they are leaving the room he celebrates. That's cold Dan. Ice cold.
Shipping Torpedo: Several occasions where one of the main characters ruined a relationship for the others:
In "iSaved Your Life", Sam puts the idea into Freddie's head that Carly is only into him because of hero worship after Freddie saved Carly's life.
In "iLove You", Carly torpedoes Spencer's girlfriend of the week relationship with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, which simultaneously causes Sam & Freddie to rethink their own relationship as they overhear the speech and realise it applies to them.
Shirtless Scene: Gibby does this so often he could give Armstrong a run for his money. In Season 1-2 anyway. It was toned down and eventually faded away by Season 4 onward.
iShock America has one to Seinfeld when the group discuss how they're going to get the money to pay the fine. The restaurant is near exactly duplicate of the diner the Seinfeld cast go to. Freddy and Gibby getting into an odd conversation about pickles. Spencer makes an entrance like Kramer and the music even takes a cue from that show.
Shower of Angst: Carly takes showers that can be one or two hours long when she is unhappy.
Carly and her Temporary Love InterestGriffin in iDate a Bad Boy. Carly makes it clear they were in the middle of a pretty heavy fight when she suddenly kissed him.
Sleep Cute: iDream Of Dance. Carly and Freddie, Freddie and Sam, Sam and Carly all have their own moment. With Carly/Freddie and Sam/Freddie, it's textbook shoulder to shoulder. With Carly and Sam however, Sam has her head on Carly's lap, and later Carly has her head NEAR Sam's butt.
Sniff Sniff Nom: Spencer almost does this on more than one occasion, but either he stops himself or Carly has to stop him. Happens with rotten food in "iHatch Chicks" and again when we find out Chuck filled Spencer's helmet with a strange red goop in "iTwins."
Snipe Hunt: In iAm Your Biggest Fan Carly tells Mandy that they need 'fladoodles' for the show to get her off their backs. Mandy eventually finds them.
Sock It To Them: Played with. Sam lays into a writer with a sock full of butter.
Story Arc: A 5 episode arc that starts with iOMG about Sam's feelings for Freddie.
Spit Take: Carly and Freddie in separate skits of the webcast.
Sam spits out her root beer in iOweYou after hearing she owes Carly and Freddie over $500.
Spencer spits out the punch in iThink They Kissed that his prisoner student had prepared... from his own toilet.
Sam, Carly and Shelby Marx did one at the end of iFight Shelby Marx.
A real-life version is in iBloop 2: Electric Bloopaloo where Jerry Trainor makes Jennette Mc Curdy spit out her water.
Stalker with a Crush. Freddie is something of a mild version through Season 1 and parts of Season 2. He and Carly are friends, and the stalker side of things is limited to him waiting for her to come home after school by looking through his peephole (they live in opposite apartments), but it weirds some people out. Limited to Played for Laughs.
From the latter half of Season 2 onwards to Season 3, Freddie has practically eliminated this in relation to Carly, with his crush for Carly perhaps evolving into something more mature. The change has helped Carly and Freddie to become far more comfortable around each other, and they have evolved from being just "buds" with in the pilot, to true best friends.
Status Quo Is God: Every plot that involves a conflict between Carly and Sam, or a certain incident threatens the loss of one of the ˇThree Amigos! ends up being resolved on the same episode.
Straight Man. Carly provides the setup for most of Spencer and Sam's general jokes. Her main comedic role is to deliver rejections to Dogged Nice Guy Freddie, who has a crush on her. Even so, half the time Sam delivers them instead.
Stylistic Suck: Subverted. The episodes present the webshow segments in Freddie's perspective being the one behind the video camera (with a battery charge indicator, frames, etc.) The "uploaded" videos on the actual iCarly website looks quite similar to what is seen on YouTube (with a small rectangle video frame, with comments and the rest of the site around it). Going "full screen" doesn't seem to ruin the quality though.
Sudden School Uniform: In iHave My Principals, Briggs and Howard have a uniform policy in effect at the start of Act III with no indication that more than a day has passed since Act II. And by Act IV it's gone.
Suppressed Mammaries: In between Season 1 and 2, Nathan Kress (Freddie) grew up.. and Jennette McCurdy (Sam) grew ''outward''. Since then, the show has taken to wrapping Sam up in layers of 3 or 4 t-shirts, but she's kept on growing. A few episodes in season 3 they forgot about this, such as the rabbi scene in iSaved Your Life, and it's pretty obvious what they are doing.
By season 4, Jennette has continued growing, to the point that the multiple layers of t-shirts don't really hide her chest anymore, and they can just about get away with looser clothing, but even then...
All pretense of covering her up is gone now, about 1/3 of the way through Season 4.
It is possible this is more of an in character personality trait since Sam is supposed to be somewhat of a tomboy who might want to downplay her assets. The show itself used clips of Jennette/Sam in her fairly skimpy iBeat the Heat outfit for the opening credits even as "Sam" was still being bundled in layers or loose clothing.
Even this has been jossed in iParty With Victorious, as Sam names herself "Regina Goodbody" complete with hand gestures, and it is obvious to the audience as to why she does this.
"Don't mind me. This is just a normal piece of pie that doesn't - record - anything!"
"I was not looking at my peephole waiting for you to come home!"
Sweet Dreams Fuel: iSaved Your Life. Freddie would sacrifice his life to save Carly, Carly realises how much he means to her, they kiss about 8 times in a very cute way. They practically glow with happiness whilst they are together, and the final 'dawww', Freddie has a I Want My Beloved to Be Happy moment because he doesn't want to hurt Carly by taking advantage of her when he's unsure if her feelings are true. Even though it's a minor Downer Ending, it's a very powerful expression of his feelings for her and that it's not just some random teenage hormonal attraction on a show with practically no morals, aesops or lessons
Take a Third Option: In iDon't Want To Fight, on a poll asking whether Sam or Carly is right, the voters Take a Third Option, offered by Freddie. "Carly and Sam are both acting dumb and should just make up and be friends again." It won by around 200 times the other two options combined.
Take That Kiss: In iSaved Your Life, Carly victoriously shuns away a girl who is hitting on Freddie by engaging him in a lengthy French Kiss right in front of the girl.
Take That: The focus of iTake on Dingo is clearly a Take That aimed at Disney (most explicitly a reference to the urban legend about Walt Disney's head being frozen), while the show whose writers are ripping iCarly off of seems to be unseen swipes at Sonny With A Chance and Hannah Montana.
This is especially blatant in iGo to Japan, when Carly snipes (at a Japanese security guard who can't understand them and uses a sign to communicate) "You're 'So Random'!"
When Carly learned that their female guests for the dating special did not show up:
Carly: Why is that whenever there's a popular TV show, they gotta put it ON ICE?!
Carly and Gibby tune Spencer in on Radio Dingo. He complains that the music in it is horrible.
During iFind Lewbert's Lost Love while the iCarly team watches Lewbert and his ex-girlfriend fighting, Sam quips about how that would beat anything on NBC if it were a reality show, mildly poking at the recent ratings troubles of the said actual network.
iFix A Pop Star is one big Take That at Britney Spears, in particular at her VMA Awards debacle which is strange since it was years ago
But given that iPilot aired one day prior to say VMA performance, and the series had developed far enough to just place the iCarly crew in a situation to direct the VMA Awards to take a shot at Britney as soon as it happened. Especially considering the first few episodes were filmed well before they premiered. While it could've been done sooner that two and a half years after the Spears incident, for them to do it early on would have been ridiculous.
But at the same time, Ginger Fox's song is performed, played and sung at random moments on iCarly and Victorious by cast members indicating the song is liked in-universe. Possibly because the song performed by Britney Spears "Gimme More", actually went platinum in five countries and was her highest charted song since "Hit me baby .." and has since been covered by many professional and amateur artists.
The episode iMeet Fred is probably written as a Take That to those people who don't like the Fred videos. However, it just backfired considering on the abuse suffered by Freddie from the hands of Fred fans everywhere.
Talking in Your Sleep: Sam and Freddie's skit "Wake Up Spencer" involve ridiculing Spencer in his sleep in the middle of the night, causing him to talk randomly.
Team Mom: Carly takes the "parental" role towards the other 3 main characters: to Sam in iWas a Pageant Girl, to Freddie in iWill Date Freddie and to Spencer in majority of the episodes. iKiss had her to be a "mom" to all 3 of them in a single episode by motivating Spencer's workout, sympathizing with Freddie and later reprimanding Sam for her on-air attack on Freddie.
Mrs. Benson also fills in this role, most especially in iGo to Japan.
The Tease: When Carly is trying to combine 2 lipgloss flavors into one, Freddie asks if it's working; she seductively replies You wanna find out? Freddie practically faints, closes his eyes and is expecting a kiss. She then smashes his face with her hand after rubbing the lipgloss on it. That is not the way to make someone who has a crush/love for you stop doing it.
Temporary Love Interest: Whenever one of the Power Trio (even Spencer) enters a relationship, their partners only last for a single episode. They disappear afterwards even if he/she also attends the same school as the iCarly trio, though these ex-flames might be referenced in later episodes.
So far, only Griffin has averted this, and he's only shown up once after his original appereance, even though he lives in the same apartment as Carly and Freddie.
Adam could be potentially returning for a future episode, since he was so poorly characterized in iStart a Fan War where he just stood and sat a sitting pretty boy. Griffin garnered more characterization than him being the titular Bad Boy.
Averted with Sam/Freddie. There's going to be at least five episodes devoted to their romantic relationship.
Ten Minutes in the Closet: Played straight in 'iOMG' when Carly and Freddie trick the other students into leaving Sam and Brad alone, and played with (almost to the point of an Inverted Trope) when Freddie goes outside to talk alone with Sam.
Testosterone Poisoning: Freddie's bodyguard Gunsmoke in iSam's Mom " who thinks even drinking lemonade is "for ballerinas"!
The bullrider in iHave My Principals:
Bucky: This ain't a real bull. Real bulls kick, buck and stomp you on the chest until your ribs are broke and you're coughing up blood. And mucus!
That Liar Lies: Spencer talking with Freddie about his fake Galaxy Wars spaceship prop.
Spencer: Okay, you're lying. What makes you lie? Feel like a big boy telling your big boy lies? Freddie: Spencer! Spencer: Yes, little Larry lies a lot?
That Poor Plant: Carly devises a homemade pesticide for her science project and tests it on Spencer's healthy tomato plant. Said plant smokes profusely and withers instantly. Carly exasperatedly deems herself (and later Spencer) as "The Plant Murderer".
The Talk: Spencer tries to give Carly this, only for Carly to shut it down completely. I don't see how much he could explain when her date comes to the door about 10 seconds later. Perhaps it was a reinforcing short version, a "be safe etc".
Theme Tune Cameo: Carly was playing short chords of "Leave It All To Me" on her ukelele.
There Are Only Two Beds: During iTake On Dingo, the trio+ Spencer share a 2 bedroom, tiny hotel room. The floor recently had a dead body on it, so I doubt anyone was sleeping on the floor. No matter who slept in what bed with who (although it's a good chance it was probably Sam+ Carly and Freddie+ Spencer), it would get shippers excited.
Think of the Children!: The girls ask the webshow audience for their coconut cream pie recipes, ending it with this line.
Carly and Sam's beauty pageant Q&A strategy is bringing up "ending world hunger... for the children!"
Parodied on iGet Pranky after the bloody-pickle-prank bit on the webcast.
Sam: When is it not a good time? Carly: When the pickle's children are watching.
Third-Person Person: At times, Sam refers to herself as Mama. Mama knows her fat cakes.Mama does love the meat.Mama came at the right time! and Mama plays to win! She also refers to herself as "Sammy". "Look at Sammy's wad!".
This Loser Is You: iCarly is quite fond of making fun of its audience using in-universe Audience Surrogates who are fans of the web-show. Gilbert, the guy in the yellow shirt who yells "SEDDIE!" constantly in iStart A Fan War and iLose My Mind is a blatant parody of a specific fan who has had some memorable and not always positive interactions with Dan Schneider in the past and was well known for his tactic of spamming "SEDDIE!" into every Word of God blog post.
Those Two Guys: The longer the show has gone on, the more the trio has split into duo's long enough for all three combinations to appear like this:
Carly and Sam are practically inseparable, pre-series and in the first season with only Freddie and very rarely Gibby or Wendy breaking up the Those Two Guys vibe.
Carly and Freddie would have started to be seen like this in Season 2 and 3. Especially after they got together in iSaved Your Life.
In Season 4, Sam and Freddie had been been hanging out together without Carly more and more, although Sam may have had an ulterior motive for that.
Throw the Dog a Bone: iBalls was this for Freddie. After feeling unapreciated due to his lack of creativity, he decides to write a skit with predictable results (even causing a garbage bag filled with yogurt to be more popular than him). After a pep talk from Sam, he decides to test out his 3D technology on the latest webcast. However, it goes horribly wrong when it damages everyone who watched's vision. At the end of the episode, Freddie learns that the 3D webcast helped fix a girl from earlier in the episode's eyesight, something worthy of a Nobel Prize.
Time Skip: Pops up at random, like in iParty With Victorious which has a three month time skip as a way of explaining Carly's feelings for her Guy of the Week.
Took a Level in Badass: Freddie at the start of each new season. In Season 2 he comes back with a noticeable voice drop, and in Season 3 he's strong enough to overpower Carly. In a DanSchneider show, that says a lot.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Sam was a bully from episode 1, but she takes level after level. A couple of her points include the episode she bashed Freddie with a tennis racquet and chucked him out of a treehouse for a differing opinion, and then later starting a basement sweatshop using elementary school kids to mass produce their Penny Tee Shirts.
Freddie takes a level in iCan't Take It; while he is dating Sam, he edits Carly out of a webshow skit (something he never did even to Sam when they hated each other), and taunts her about being jealous of their relationship as well as being dismissive of how him and Sam are excluding Carly.
Carly too. In the early episodes, Carly would normally at least try to keep Sam under control, but later on she just tends to ignore it.
Tonight Someone Kisses: Trailers teased a potential kiss between Sam and Freddie for the episode iTwins. iSaved Your Life didn't bother teasing a potential Carly/Freddie, and showing them actually kissing. Also done that way with Griffin and Carly for iDate A Bad Boy. Melanie and Freddie in iTwins showed their kiss, but teased the idea that Melanie was fake and didn't exist and that Freddie was actually kissing Sam.
Oddly averted for iOMG. Maybe they wanted to preserve the 'mystery' or shock when it actually happened, maybe they were worried about a reaction similar to their trailer fail from iStart A Fan War, but for whatever reason the trailers for iOMG didn't even suggest Sam would kiss anyone.
That was most likely because if they did show the kiss, it would spoil the entire episode.
Carly: You know, it's always been a dream of mine to host the iCarly Awards. Sam: Whoa, too much information! Carly: Hey, don't go there! (much later in the show) Sam: These guys take this (blows through bottle) to a whole new level. Carly: This -- will ''blow'' you away. (laughs) Sam: (shaking her head) Oh, Carly... Carly: Just watch.
Trademark Favorite Food: Spaghetti tacos. More of a meme associated with the series than one character's fave, though. Fat Cakes, and ham, for Sam. Horrible crap like Cucumber Cups with unflavoured yoghurt for Mrs. Benson.
Trailers Always Lie: A number of the trailers shown by Nickelodeon have parts that are cut from the aired episodes themselves.
A longer fight scene in iFight Shelby Marx even had Carly hiding behind the referee.
In iThink They Kissed, Freddie was so ecstatic of Carly's reaction to the revelation of him kissing Sam, prompting him to ask, "Are you jealous?"
Trailers Always Spoil: Any trailer for an upcoming episode marked as a special or movie that usually gives away the premise, The Twist, and everything but the ending. In the case of iSpace Out they gave away the ending by showing that the test finishes when Carly gets Space Madness, smashes the glass window of the testing pod and jumps out of it. This was also the funniest joke in the other wise mediocre episode.
The most egregious example of this was the iGot A Hot Room. They spoiled that it was Carly's birthday, that Spencer burns down the room trying to do something nice for her, that Carly is upset at it, that Carly has a job as part of the episode, that Spencer rushes to re-do the room as a surprise, the fact that Carly loves the new room and what the new room itself looked like.
Inverted or Averted depending on how you look at it, for iOMG. The creators went to great lengths to hide the ending from being leaked, doing a full cast run-through with a fake out ending, then only telling Nathan and Jennette the real ending a week before it was to be filmed, and then filmed it on a closed set, and the trailers continued this. The ending wasn't spoiled, and every clip was about Sam liking Brad, with only some mild subtext that it could be Freddie. They even used Gibby as a trailer Red Herring.
iCan't Take It aired nine minutes of sneak peeks out of a 22-minute show, including the final two scenes of the episode.
Trash Talk: Carly and Sam during iFight Shelby Marx; Aruthor (Spencer) and Aspartamay's taunt war in iStart a Fan War.
Trash the Set: An inversion of sorts. The first time they showed Carly's bedroom was after it had burned up in iGot A Hot Room.They then rebuilt the room and it was shown in a few episodes later on.
Spencer in iHeart Art. Lies down on the dining table with his face in a bowl after being criticized by his art idol.
Lauren Ackerman in iHave a Lovesick Teacher. Curls on the teacher's table and bawls in front of class after her recent bad breakup.
Ricky Flame in iCook. Slumps to the ground after losing in the cooking competition, then once again after Sam pins him down in the wrestling gym.
Lewbert in iFind Lewbert's Lost Love. Traumatized after seeing his abusive ex-fiancee once again, he locks up himself in his office, rocking to and fro in the corner.
In iPear Store Gibby is indecisive about which Pear Phone cover to buy, which gets on salesman Woody's already frayed nerves. When Gibby finally says he has no money to buy one, Woody crawls under the nearest table and engages in said trope.
Truth in Television: The British singer Wade Collins trying to use a sob story to get more votes than his more talented rival, is actually very similar to the various sob stories heard from contestants on the British equivalent to American Idol.
Tsundere: Sam is of the Type A: it's "her thing" to be "abrasive" and "naturally obnoxious." However, she can be very sympathetic when push comes to shove, and makes up to Freddie for exposing on their web show that he'd never kissed a girl by admitting in the next episode that she'd never kissed anyone, either. She then left in the middle to have an uncharacteristically calm and rational conversation with him on his balcony and ending up sharing their First Kiss.
Carly is of the Type B. She is usually sweet, kind-hearted, calm and collected. Just don't let yourself get into her nerves way too much, since things won't get pretty once the fuse of her temper snuffs out. It gets worse if you even try to calm her down.
Tuckerization: Used occasionally, such as St. Schneider's Hospital and Schneider's Convenience Store.
Two Lines, No Waiting: The A-Plot (Carly, Sam, Freddie) and the B-Plot (Spencer, and in Season 4, Gibby) is the formula for dozens of episodes. Their plots occasionally overlap at the end. Most of the other episodes still follow this formula, but mix up the splits up such as Carly/Sam and Freddie/Spencer in iTake On Dingo.
Two Roads Before You: Spencer uses this analogy to help Carly decide between staying at Ridgeway or switching to Briarwood in iMay Switch Schools:
Spencer: Listen, I'm your older brother. So I will help you through this difficult decision. Just... just close your eyes. Carly: Okay. (She closes her eyes). Spencer: Okay. There's two roads in front of you. Road A, and... the-the... one on the left. (Pauses, then runs out of the room). Carly:(Opens her eyes, then laughs) Thank you!
Two-Timer Date: iWon't Cancel the Show features Spencer dividing his time between dating the sophisticated woman Candice and filling in for Sam's (temporarily) vacated co-hosting position in the webshow.