Phineas And Ferb: Tropes Q to Z
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- The Quiet One: Ferb usually gets about one to three lines an episode (singing notwithstanding). Notable exceptions include "The Lizard Whisperer", "What Do It Do?", and "Excaliferb".
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: At the beginning of the second Meap episode, the animators who made its trailers were described as a "ragtag group".
- Raised by Wolves: Dr. Doofenshmirtz claims he was raised by a family of ocelots after his birth family disowned him.
- Raptor Attack: In "Mandace", Doofenshmirtz is turned into a dinosaur that he calls a Velociraptor, but has little specific resemblance to Velociraptor besides its size and generic theropod shape. Then again, knowing Doofenshmirtz he either thought it was cooler to call it Velociraptor or simply doesn't know what Velociraptor really looks like.
- A Rare Sentence: Absolutely tonnes. They're practically a staple of the show. The Clip Show episode "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" sums many of them up nicely, after being prompted by the line "Super-suit-generated egg renderings always make me a bit peckish":"Nothing says 'mother's love' like a gigantic robotic platypus butt."
"Why am I wearing a turtle on my head?"
"I wanna float around! ...like men."
"Am I sweating milk?!"
"Gotta go, Stacy. Good luck with that llama legislation!"
"Run for your lives! It's Gnome-a-geddon!"
"Stickiness is the most underrated of all the -nesses".
"I knew I should have gotten the down payment on the elephant."
"It looks a little like a rhesus monkey wearing a powdered wig."
"Oh no, you did not just tell me to hench."
"What, you think we should have more Bulgarian folk-related elements?"
"I'll be in the dairy section if you want to come yell at some cheese."
"Dad, you might want to wipe the Queen off your face."
"I too feel a certain element of kebab-ism."
"Definitely the giant floating baby head."
"I am to metaphor-cheese as metaphor-cheese is to transitive-verb crackers."
"I just discovered why cows and frogs don't date."
"Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Taffeta... make a note of that."
"I'm calling Mom... and I am not using the banana this time!"
Doofenshmirtz: Oh, Vanessa! Thank goodness you're here! A platypus has tied me up in my own pants!Vanessa: How did my life get to the point where that is not a strange sentence to me?
- From "Candace Gets Busted:"
Stacy: Can't this thing go any faster?!Candace: I got the fennel pedal all the way to the rutabaga metal! And, yes, I know that's a weird sentence.
- From "Der Kinderlumper":
Isabella: OMG, coolest sentence ever! Somebody write that down!Rhode Island Fletcher: *Writes that down*
- From "The Temple of Juatchadoon":
- Reactive Continuous Scream: In "Comet Kermillian", between Candace and a squirrel. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: Phineas' cute meter in "The Chronicles of Meap".
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day" by Bowling for Soup, though it was written for the show.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Averted, especially with Isabella; despite wearing pink and having a fondness for unicorns, she's also beaten Buford at sports, expressed a fondness for gross things and saved her love interest Phineas from trouble about as much as he's saved her. Plus her Fireside Girls' manual includes a lesson on car maintenance.
- Reality Has No Subtitles: Played With in the episode "Tri-Stone Area". The characters speak in cave-man jibberish, and no sub-titles are given. Of course, if you know all the Catch Phrases, Running Gags and things that happen Once an Episode, you pretty much know what they're saying, just from the situation and inflections used. The creators break in in stop-motion animation, and talk about this:Jeff "Swampy" Marsh: Whoa, whoa, whoa. So—so they're just gonna be talking in "cave-talk"?
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least within the show's context, Linda is actually an aversion. She does love her sons, but she's one of the few authority figures shown who has who has the slightest disagreement with the things Phineas and Ferb do. The episode "What Do It Do?" also shows that when the unusual crops up, her ability to go completely bonkers over it can even rival Candace.
- Although they are a bit on the goofy side, Lawrence, Major Monogram, and Phineas and Ferb's two sets of grandparents play this straight.
- Reconstruction: The premise for this show sounds supisciously like all the cartoons you watched back in The Nineties got mashed together in your head, especially the animal superspy and Once an Episode songs part. And damn they do a good job of it!
- Record Needle Scratch
- "That Sinking Feeling" has it when the romantic cruise turns out to be for Baljeet; Isabella had been hoping Phineas finally noticed her feelings.
- Also in "Comet Kermellian" when she says too much about her feelings.
- "Lights, Candace, Action" has it when we get a toes-to-nose shot of Candace in a beautiful gown that ends with her wearing a monster head.
- This is actually quite common. A gentle wake-up scene for Candace gets one when she realizes Perry's on her bed, for instance, or the boys spotting Perry with his fedora.
- Used in "The Wizard of Odd" whenever Phineas and Ferb offered Candace a more fun way to Bustopolis.
- In "When Worlds Collide" there's an actual record scratch when Lawrence takes the needle off of an LP, even though he and Linda are listening on headphones.
- Recurring Extra: The businessman and his nagging wife.
- All eight boys who rode the first rollercoaster with Phineas and Ferb have a goodly number of appearances in crowd scenes. However, only Dimitri Popaunicolas ever plays an important role in any episode: he holds a red balloon in the rodeo in 'Robot Rodeo',angering the mechanical bulls. Buford actually lampshades the group's status (or, at least, the status of the trio formed by Pedro, Dimitri, and the boy who remembers Irving) as extras in the episode with the second rollercoaster, stealing the poster to ride for free, noting that he deserves to ride more than them, because they are extras.
- Django was typically the first person to show up in any crowd for the first season, culminating in his own plot, after which he rarely shows up.
- Re Cut: "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" has an extended edition that restores a cut song.
- Red-Headed Hero: Phineas.
- Red Herring: Quite literally, in "The Lake Nose Monster". But the Red Herring leads them to Nosey, so it's not a red herring, but it is. Gosh, did they just put that in to confuse people? (Why, yes. Yes they did.) Also the pineapple in "Elementary, My Dear Stacy".
- In "Remains of the Platypus", Doofensmirtz has brainwashed Perry to think he's a butler. Carl laments "Oh, if only you had your hat", and there's an entire sub-plot about Linda finding it. It doesn't do anything, and Perry breaks out of the brainwashing because of a Note to Self instead. The song lampshades this!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Phineas and Ferb, respecively. Also, Candace and Stacy.
- Redemption Equals Death: The robot Candace in "Where's Perry?"
- Ballooney in "Meapless in Seattle", though he is "revived".
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Any creation by the boys, Doofenshmirtz, or anyone else will be undone by the end of episode and not mentioned again, even though some of them have incredible world-changing potential, such as a pair of Stargate-style teleportation rings.
- Reference Overdosed: The show as a whole has a lot of shout-outs, many of which count as Parental Bonuses.
- The episodes "Out to Launch" and "The Chronicles of Meap." Try to count all the sci-fi shout-outs (or just the Star Wars ones, if you can't keep up).
- And while we're on the subject, try counting all of the shout-outs in "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" and "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel" too.
- Refuge in Audacity: This is the reason the boys' mom never believes Candace.
- In a meta example, they got a song glorifying weaponry past the radar. And here are the lyrics. They win.
- Regional Riff: Lots of those, for any time the cast members are traveling via imagination or literally.
- Including the Theremin of Outer Space in "My Ride from Outer Space"
- "It's a Mexican-Jewish Cultural Festival!"
- Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Candace traveled through time, wrestled alligators and was once the queen of Mars. Useful bits when Stacy or Phineas need to remind her of her self-worth.
- Repetitive Name: According to the credits, Carl's full name is Carl Karl, apparently as a way to clear up confusion on the topic (his name being spelled differently before).
- Reset Button: Played for Laughs, especially with the convoluted and improbable ways P&F's schemes get undone before their mom can see what happens.
- Retired Badass: The "Doof Dynasty" version of Perry.
- Retroactive Wish: The recurring woman who chastises her husband "Did you think [something they need that was just cast off by Doof or the boys] was just going to fall out of the sky?" is proved wrong again:
- Revealing Cover-Up: In "Where's Perry? - Part 1", Doofenshmirtz had an inator that'd keep everyone's gym equipment locked away so people would be too out of shape to prevent him from taking over. After Perry the Platypus destroyed that inator and left, Doof revealed to Norm that was just to trick Perry into thinking he wasn't up to anything else. Doof's real plan was using another inator to turn Major Monogram evil so he'd take over the O.W.C.A.
- Actually, Perry didn't even get to destroy the -inator. Doofenshmirtz pressed the self destruct button while Perry watched. The expression on his face said: "I missed my family vacation for this?"
- Reverse Polarity: Phineas and Ferb say this in "Doofapus" when they make their smoothie maker able to turn things back into solids.
- Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Although they only do one replay; Perry was trying to determine whether Doof's Dull-and-Boring-inator had fired before being destroyed. It had.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Meap is made of this.
- Baby Perry.
- And Perry in general.
- Also, Mitch, when he shoots himself with a beam of pure cutonium that he had extracted from Dr. D.
- Let's put it simply and make that every darn member of his and Meap's kind.
- The chinchillas in "Der Kinderlumper" (until they are hit by Doofenshmirtz's inator).
- Baby Perry.
- Ridiculously Fast Construction: One episode lampshades this by having Phineas begin building a submarine at the same time Isabella begins making a cheese sandwich. When Isabella returns with the sandwich, Phineas is just finishing up the submarine.
Ferb: It usually takes us a montage.
- Lampshaded again the second time they build a submarine (to search for Buford's missing fish), complete with fourth wall breakage
- Also lampshaded in Candace Disconnected, in which Phineas tells Candace that it took 40 years to come up with cellular phone technology, so they can build her one in 38 minutes. And they build two. With teleporter functionality.
- Not to mention in "Just Passing Through" when Baljeet complains that "You can build a roller coaster in a day, but it takes you 12 minutes to pump up a tire?!"
- Right Behind Me: One of the many reasons Doofenshmirtz has been beaten up by big characters.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: The Spin-Off Take Two With Phineas and Ferb. See Spin-Off below.
- It's been said the theatrical film will feature this.
- The second Musical Cliptastic Countdown has live action hosts/guest stars, unusually for the show.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: The episode "Isabella and the Temple of Sap" chronicles the lengths that the titular character and her Fireside Girls troop are prepared to go through to get an object used by the boys in the previous episode, as well as Pinky the Chihuahua's fight against his evil nemesis, Professor Poofenplotz.
- Rousing Speech: In "Lizard Whisperer", Ferb's apparently been taking lessons from Aragorn and it's his Crowning Moment of Awesome!
- Phineas gets one in "Meatloaf Surprise" as well.
- Candace makes one in "Perry the Actorpus".
- Rousseau Was Right: The Big Bad is not evil.
- Royalties Heir: Heinz Doofenshmirtz invented a device that corrects people's eyesight and the royalty checks he receives for this make him feel uncomfortable that one of his inventions is being used to do good.
- Rule of Funny: Loaded with it.
- Rummage Fail: Doofenshmirtz's remotes in "Lawn Gnome Beach Party Of Terror".
- Running Gag: The show masters this to perfection.
- Particularly the catchphrases. Just look at the entry! Almost all of these things are said once every ten-minute episode!
- Ruritania: Drusselstein.
- Rushmore Refacement: "Candace Loses Her Head".
- Sadistic Choice: In "The Beak", Phineas and Ferb have to pick between Isabella falling to her death or letting a billboard fall on people. Third option? There are two components of The Beak. Phineas (in control of the upper body) somehow gets out to save Isabella and Ferb (in control of the lower body) takes care of the falling billboard.
- Sadist Show: Explicitly averted by the creators as mentioned in this article.
- Sanity Ball: Whenever Candace is in full busting mode, expect her to drop this.
- And during a few of Doof's more absurd schemes, most notably the one in "Perry Lays an Egg".
- Sanity Slippage: Candace is having a sort of series-wide version, due to her busting attempts and hallucinations becoming more and more Flanderized as the the show goes on.
Phineas: ICE CHALET!!! (runs off at the speed of light)
- Played for Laughs in "Bully Bromance Breakup". Baljeet insists on climbing Danville Mountain with only his natural strength. Unfortunately, Phineas and Ferb can't stand not building anything. Eventually...
Ferb: If we hadn't been able to invent something soon, I was going to scream.
- Sapient Cetaceans: The OWCA has whale agents. In addition, a dolphin is apparently one of the world leaders in this universe.
- Sarcasm-Blind: This moment in "The Mom Attractor" shows that Phineas doesn't exactly seem to grasp the notion of it:
- 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-
- Satellite Love Interest: Some fans feel this way about Jeremy when he was first introduced. Later episodes like "Nerdy Dancing" and "The Lizard Whisperer" seem to be trying to develop him a bit more.
- Played straighter by Stacy's boyfriend Coltrane and Vanessa's ex-boyfriend Johnny due to their overall lack of appearances.
- Save the Villain: Them being Friendly Enemies, Perry often saves Doofenshmirtz when the latter is in life-threatening danger.
- Saving Christmas: Subverted, Christmas was never actually in any danger; Santa Claus arranged the entire plot so that, among other things, Phineas could get a shot at doing this.
- Saw It in a Movie Once: Doofenshmirtz uses a villain deathtrap on Perry, saying he "saw it in a movie once."
- He then goes on to add that he "didn't see the end, but it seemed pretty foolproof."
- To be fair, it was the laser scene from Goldfinger, which Bond didn't actually escape (the villain turned it off after deciding to use him in a ploy rather than kill him).
- Also, in "That Sinking Feeling", Phineas claims they've seen a movie about a cruise ship sinking, and it seemed to have worked wonders for the romantic aspect of the film, which is where they got the idea for Baljeet's date with Mishti.
- He then goes on to add that he "didn't see the end, but it seemed pretty foolproof."
- Scare 'Em Straight: Smile Away Reformatory School from "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted"
- Scenery Censor:
- Doofenshmirtz, while explaining his plan to flood the coast and make his house beachfront property, rips off his outfit to reveal... The edges of a speedo peeking out from above the wooden railing in front of him.
- Happened to Ferb once too. Good thing he had that giant spool...
- More than once, actually— it happened again in Swiss Family Phineas.
- Science Fair: The subject of two episodes, appropriately named "Unfair Science Fair" and "Unfair Science Fair Redux".
- Science Marches On: Baljeet says this word for word in "Cranius Maximus", though in context he was expressing the trope For Science!.
- Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Doofenshmirtz, following the example of the mad scientist at the top illustration of the trope page, 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. Even the titular characters aren't completely immune to the self-destruction button obsession as evidenced when they built a Rainbow-inator.
- Schizo Tech: While arguably invoked all the time, the episode "Doof Dynasty" shines a bright spotlight on it. Taking place in 1542 in China, they often talk about Phineas and Ferb using "tech slightly more advanced than we have today."
- Scooby-Dooby Doors:
- In "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!"
- And again in "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation".
- A variation appears in the song "Livin' in a Funhouse".
- Scout Out: The Fireside Girls. A picture of them is at the trope's page.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: From "Lotsa Latkes""I don't have to put up with this, I'm part of the greatest generation!"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Buford, when "Candace" says something weirdly out of character in "Make Play".
- Also done by Perry when he discovers Doofenshmirtz's plan in "Perry Lays an Egg".
- Candace has done it multiple times, with her Catch Phrase "Candace is out. Peace!"
- The Scream: Ashley Tisdale, AKA Candace, is very good at screaming.
- Secret Chaser: Candace.
- Secret Keeper: Stacy, as of "Happy Birthday Isabella".
- Perry (as of "Sipping With The Enemy"), Carl (as of "Thanks But No Thanks") and Stacy (as of "Druselsteinoween") are this in regards to Monty and Vanessa's relationship.
- Secret Ingredient: In "Meatloaf Surprise", the secret ingredient in the Doofenshmirtz family meatloaf recipe is hate. "Usually it's love, but Great-Grandma Gretel had some issues."
- See-Thru Specs: "No More Bunny Business", where Phineas and Ferb created X-Ray Glasses.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Buford and Baljeet occasionally have conversations like this. The most straightforward example would be from "Backyard Hodge Podge", when they discuss what a vegetarian turned zombie would eat.
- Seldom Seen Species:
- Part of Heinz Doofenshmirtz's Hilariously Abusive Childhood involved getting adopted by ocelots.
- In "Tour De Ferb", Doofenshmirtz's part-time job involved posing for an advertisement with a wombat.
- In "Interview With a Platypus", among the animals chasing Candace are a roadrunner and a spotted hyena.
- "Hawaiian Vacation" had a manta ray. Also in the same episode, Perry and Doofenshmirtz briefly get transformed into an Ichthyornis and a mudskipper respectively.
- The red-billed oxpecker from "What'd I Miss?"
- "The Secret to Success" had a manatee.
- "Where's Perry" featured blesbok, bongo, zebu, waterbuck, and ring-tailed lemurs.
- The blind cave salamander from "Save Summer".
- "Der Kinderlumper" had chinchillas.
- The star-nosed mole from "At the Car Wash".
- "It's About Time!" had Alamosaurus and enantiornithes.
- Perry himself, a duck-billed platypus, counts as one.
- Some of the OWCA agents include a mongoose, a great grey heron, and an aardvark.
- Selective Gravity: In this case, gravity applies to most things, but not to Perry's fedora hat, to give an example.
- Self-Deprecation: In Spa Day:Candace: I'm sorry we had to clean up everything we destroyed... and had to rebuild it. I'm especially sorry I made us miss our spa appointment. But most of all, I'm sorry for being a bad friend. I was just trying to impress Jeremy and I lost sight—
Stacy: Okay, you can stop that right now. You're starting to sound like one of those TV shows we like to make fun of.
- Done to cartoon makers in "Out of Toon".
- Also done in "Tri-Stone Area," Dan and Swampy make fun of their budget, studio, and themselves.
- Self-Parody: In "The Wizard of Odd", the credits contain the song "Rusted", a parody of the earlier Phineas and Ferb song "Busted".
- Also "Perry the Teenage Girl" (parodying Perry's regular theme) and "Couldn't Kick My Way Into Her Heart" (parodying "Snuck Your Way Into My Heart").
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Baljeet and Buford, respectively.
- Sensitivity Training: In one episode, the Flynn-Fletchers were sailing and Baljeet and Buford were watching over Perry the Platypus for them, which kept him from responding to Major Monogram's call. Monogram commented he couldn't send another animal agent because all of them were doing sensitivity training.
- In another episode, Major Monogram was doing sensitivity training and his response to Carl saying animal agents were exempt from it suggested what Monogram needed the training for.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Candace think that there's one preventing her from busting her brothers. Whether there actually is one is ambiguous.
- Series Goal: For Candace: Bust the boys. For Doof: Take over the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!!!!!!!!!! And Isabella has confess her feelings to Phineas.
- Phineas and Ferb, by contrast, accomplish their goal every day. As does Perry the Platypus.
- Serious Business: In the Clip Show episode, Perry gets called into the OWCA headquarters so that they can tell him that his performance has been suffering. It turns out that they mean that his entrances have been getting boring, not that his mission performances have been poor. The look on Perrys face indicates that he is very upset by this.Monogram: We should wait before we bring up his exits.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Fireside Girl Gretchen has moments of this, as does Baljeet. Gretchen even used the word 'sesquipedalian'. Phineas dives into this occassionally, mostly when he's announcing his plans to the group.
- Good luck understanding/knowing half of the words Buford and Candace say in "Let's Take a Quiz".
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Future Candace in "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo".
- Who, as often happens, is the one who Made Wrong What Once Went Right.
- Sewer Gator: Candace fights one in "Fireside Girls Jamboree".
- Sex Bot: Baljeet's backup singers in the song "Takin' on the Big Brain" in "Cranius Maximus".
- Shaggy Dog Story:
- Candace earning all 50 patches of the Fireside Girls to get tickets to the Paisley Sideburn Brothers concert, only to learn that Isabella could bring guests with her.
- A lot of episodes end like this for Candace or Doofenshmirtz.
- "Canderemy" is an episode where Stacy challenges Candace's loyalty, demanding the duo spend time together without any mention of Candace's boyfriend Jeremy. Candace becomes literally stuck on Jeremy, and has to hide him while spending the day with Stacy. The two get unstuck just in time to prevent Stacy from seeing him. Immediately after he leaves and it seems Candace has succeeded in hiding him, Stacy anticlimactically reveals she knew he was there the whole time. At first it seems like a subversion since Candace did refrain from calling attention to him, but she definitely devoted more energy to hiding Jeremy than she did spending time with Stacy.
- Shaking the Rump: Unintentionally done by Candace a couple of times because she has squirrels in her pants.
- Intentionally done by the Fireside Girls in "Waggle Dance"
- Shaped Like Itself: The song "Little Brothers". Also, "Space Adventure! It's an adventure in space!"
- "That's a very nice imitation of yourself, Candace."
- Shapeshifter Showdown: Doofenshmirtz and Perry have one in "Phineas and Ferb: Hawaiian Vacation!", though this is a rare example where neither of them have any control of what creatures they turn into, so they just have to make the most of it.
- Shipper on Deck: Candace/Jeremy also gets support from basically everybody but Suzy.
Phineas: Hey, where's Vanessa?
- Judging from this bit, Phineas seems to be a Ferb/Vanessa shipper.
Ferb: She went off with someone else.
Phineas: That's too bad. I thought the two of you, you know, a boy, a girl, alone, in the City of Love -- I thought romance was a forgone conclusion!
- Doofenshmirtz seems to be a Johnny/Vanessa shipper, despite what one would expect. In an in-character DVD Commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap", however, he objects to Ferb hitting on Vanessa.
- The fireside girls are this for Phineas/Isabella, as is Ferb. Act Your Age reveals that Bufford and Baljeet and even Vanessa ship them
- Ship Tease: Phineas and Isabella, constantly.
- It's almost confirmed in "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", when Amanda refers to Isabella as her aunt. A twist is added when Candace points out that Isabella will still be an aunt if she marries Ferb. Then Ferb starts flirting with her.
- This is it, Isabella (and Phinbella shippers)! She's finally going to spend some time alone with Phineas at the end of "Canderemy"!! Oh wait,there was that second Combine-inator beam.
- Midway through "Candace Disconnected", Phineas teleports directly in front of Isabella, so close that his nose is literally touching hers. She acts her normal flirtatious way, but Phineas doesn't get it when he teleports away, as usual. Still, it's the closest those two have ever gotten to a kiss. That they both remember, anyway.
- The creators seem to like teasing lots of different pairings, actually — aside from the Official Couples they've also dropped hints that Baljeet may have a crush on Isabella, Vanessa flirts with Jeremy at one point before quickly losing interest, and Albert's interaction with Candace...
- Baljeet and Ginger get a little in "Bee Day" and "Bee Story". It's the first time we see them actually interact. Baljeet tells Phineas to wait a little while he talks with Ginger. And Ginger actually listed to what Baljeet was talking about where he said earlier most people either leave or fall asleep by that point.
- Show, Don't Tell: Defied in one episode to parody the Silent Bob trope.
- Show Within a Show: "Horse In A Bookcase", as seen in "What A Croc!".
- Shown Their Work: Though they do sometimes forget to do this, there are plenty of examples:
Sometimes photons behave like a wave,But they're particles when you reflect 'em.
- In "Day of the Living Gelatin", Ferb describes that gelatin is extracted from cartilaginous fibers of the bovine patellar structure.
- The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation gag from "Out to Launch". With the obvious exception of the bomb/smiley face punchline, that is what the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation looks like.
- Take this line from the song "X-Ray Eyes".
- The Lion-Tiger-Bear Guy from "The Wizard of Odd". No, it's not just a pun on the famous quote, there is an animal in the original Wizard of Oz book that is a hybrid of all those animals.
- In "Tour de Ferb", it's noted that holding a wombat close to one's face is not a good idea. Considering how strong and aggressive wombats can be in real life, this is Truth in Television.
- In "Doofapus", Doofenshmirtz mentions that platypuses are in the genus Ornithorhynchus and come from eastern Australia.
- In "Where's Perry?", Ferb accurately describes the discovery of the platypus by European scientists, even mentioning that it was George Shaw who wrote the description of the species in 1798.
- The bird that comes to perch on the rhino agent in "What'd I Miss?" is a red-billed oxpecker, a species that is actually known to be symbiotic with rhinos in real life. What it was doing in North America, on the other hand...
- Considering there was a rhino in North America, Rule of Funny is probably responsible.
- "Primal Perry" mentions platypuses having venomous spurs and shows Perry using his bill to probe the bottom of a pond. They also state platypuses and platypi are both correct plural forms for platypus.
- The show sometimes notes that platypuses sweat milk. As female platypuses do not have teats, they secrete milk directly from the skin on their belly, thus, in a way, sweating milk.
- Many of the facts stated about bee biology in "Bee Day" and "Bee Story" are correct.
- The documentary Candace watches in "Perry Lays an Egg" mentions the scientific name of the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas.
- "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" has several characters identifying rabbits as lagomorphs and specifically saying that they are not rodents.
- Though the cave salamander in "Save Summer" is colored more similarly to a surface-dwelling salamander, external gills and lack of eyes are common traits among cave salamanders in real life.
- "Belly of the Beast" mentions sharks having cartilaginous skeletons.
- In "Druselsteinoween", the moat around the castle has a hippopotamus which attacks Doofenshmirtz when he fell into the water. Makes sense when you realize how aggressive and territorial hippos are in real life.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Sphere Eyes: To the point where they try to replicate this in a live-action musical tour. The results aren't exactly pleasant.
- Sibling Rivalry: A one-sided case with Doofenshmirtz and his brother.
- Also a less extreme, but also one-sided example would be Candace against her brothers, though when the boys aren't inventing, the three get along just fine.
- Lawrence has a friendly one with his brother (who doesn't know that Lawrence holds back in all their competitions)
- Sibling Team: The titular brothers, especially when the rest of the gang isn't around.
- Sibling Triangle: Quantum Boogaloo" reveals that Isabella is going to marry one of the Flynn-Fletcher brothers. It will probably be Phineas, but Ferb seems to hint that he's keeping his options open.
- Or maybe not. Amanda could have called Isabella 'Aunt Isabella' in the sense that she's so close to the family that she's like an aunt.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: In many ways, Phineas and Ferb, though they see this a more of an advantage than a drawback. (Well, technically, they're stepbrothers, but they never refer to themselves as such).
- Also, both the boys and Candace.
- Sick Episode: Phineas, Ferb, Isabella and Baljeet are all in bed with colds in "Brain Drain". Buford is just being lazy though. Though Buford ends up catching a real illness by the end of the episode.
- Candace had one in "Put that Putter Away", forcing her to hire Stacy to do the brother-busting for her.,until the end of the episode where Stacy is sick as well
- Doof has been too impaired for efficient evil at least twice; once with a hangover and a second time with a bad cold.
- Sigil Spam: One of the main symbols of the show is the triangle, since Phineas' head is shaped as such. Thus, it's put everywhere when a mono-color background is used (most of the time for a song).
- Silent Bob: Ferb.
- Silent Partner: Ferb, mostly.
- Silent Snarker: Perry is a master at this.Doofenshmirtz: You're not going to tell me? Is this because you don't speak, or are you just being a jerk?
- Ferb could count since he rarely talks, and spends more time rolling his eyes at the weirdness of his peers. He does some Deadpan Snarking too, though.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: In "The Temple of Juatchadoon". Twice."Or we could just hit it with a rock."
- 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 and certifiably insane.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Isabella never had a crush on anyone but Phineas.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Doof and Rodney really have this thing going between them.
- Sinister Schnoz: Doofenshmirtz has a long nose. Sinister, though...
- Skirts and Ladders:
- One of Candace's inventions (long story) is picked up by Doofenshmirtz's hook, she's forced to dangle from the edges while Stacy hangs onto her legs. She glances up her skirt but quickly looks down after that.
- Doofenshmirtz is very close in getting an upskirt view of Candace in The Movie while the main characters dangle in chains above a lava pit, but for most of the time, he was looking down.
- Skyward Scream: During Candace's Big "NO!" from "Gaming the System".
- Parodied in the song "Way of the Platypus"
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Candace gets put through the wringer practically Once an Episode, but like Wile E. Coyote it's only her "busting" obsession that puts her there. The Fireside Girls do a fair amount of physical gags, too.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Extremely idealistic, as long as creativity isn't crushed.
- Slow Clap: Doof in "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon". And Norm, about a minute later.Doof: Way too soon for a callback, Norm!
Monogram: Carl, you slow clapping fiend!
- Also in "Where's Perry"
- Snap Back: Doofenshmirtz seems to get into very compromising situations (some of which seem out-and-out irreversible) and be okay again by the next episode.
- Every object in the Universe is expanded to 9 times its size by Phineas and Ferb's growth elixir in "Attack of the Fifty Foot Sister", but is somehow reversed later offscreen.
- Or not... Once every object in the universe was hit, relative sizes all matched again. If it never got corrected, who would know?
- Candace disintegrating into dust at the end of "The Curse of Candace". (Granted, it's implied that Phineas and Ferb try to fix that one, but that still doesn't explain Candace seemingly being a vampire for that episode.)
- In "It's About Time", Monogram appears to have been hit by Doof's -inator of the day offscreen, turning him into a immobile statue. This isn't shown to be fixed by the end of the episode.
- Invoked in "Agent Doof", where Phineas, Ferb, Linda, and the Fireside Girls are all turned into babies by the end of the episode, causing Candace to hope that everything is back to normal by the next episode.
- Every object in the Universe is expanded to 9 times its size by Phineas and Ferb's growth elixir in "Attack of the Fifty Foot Sister", but is somehow reversed later offscreen.
- Snipe Hunt: In "Undercover Carl", Major Monogram sends Perry on a literal wild goose chase because Phineas and Ferb were allegedly involved in Doofenshmirtz's daily scheme, and he feels that Perry is too close to the case. He finds the goose.
- Snowclone Title: Quite a lot. Heck, there was even one in the Japanese version.
- Something Completely Different: "Doof 101" takes place in school and does not make use of any of the show's typical Running Gags. Phineas and Ferb themselves only get a cameo appearance while Candace does not appear at all, and we instead get a subplot involving talking insects that have never appeared in the series before.
- Sophisticated as Hell: In "Nerdy Dancin'":Phineas: So, brother of mine, what endeavor shall we engage in today?
(Jeremy walks up to Phineas and Ferb)
Phineas: Hey, Jeremy. What's the haps, big guy?
- Left the Background Music On: Stacy's Song "Little Brothers".
- Doofenshmirtz sets up a trap with a piano hanging over the door. As the trap is revealed dramatic music plays ... from a man sitting at the piano.
- Again in "She's The Mayor".
- Solo Duet: Two counts; the first in 'Mom's Birthday' with a recorded version of Candace and Candace singing live. The second is from 'Split Personality' where the two Candaces sing a duet about how happy they are to be separate.
- Something Completely Different: Considering much of the show's humor revolves around deconstructing its own established structure, there have been too many examples of this to list. In particular, the 3rd and 4th seasons have episodes that take place in alternate dimensions/timelines (Ancient China, Indiana Jones, caveman, etc) which let them really change the dynamics.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: "It's a Perfect Day" playing while Candace is being chased by a mob of angry animals.
- To a lesser extent, the spa day was accompanied by a rap song.
- Spaghetti Kiss: Almost done in "Summer Belongs to You"....with Buford and Baljeet.
- Species Surname: All of the O.W.C.A. Agents.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Perry.
- The Speechless: Again, Perry. He is an animal, after all.
- Spelling Song: From "Tip of the Day":
- That is the most prominent example, but it's commonly used throughout the show. "You're Going Down" and "Candace Party" both involve spelling, for instance.
- Spiked Wheels: During "Greece Lightning", Buford has them.
- Spin-Off: A mix of animation and live-action called Take Two With Phineas and Ferb, in which the characters interview Real Life celebrities. To date, they've covered Jack Black, Andy Hawk, Tony Hawk, Taylor Swift, Regis Philbin, Neil Patrick Harris, Randy Jackson, Emma Roberts, Cedric The Entertainer, David Beckham and Howie Mandell. Miss Piggy and Ty Pennington will appear in future episodes.
- There is now a series online called Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt, which involves Doof talking about various online topics.
- Split-Screen Phone Call
- Spoiler Title: "Candace Gets Busted"
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Perry has been getting this treatment lately, with a majority of episodes and merchandise revolving around him. Whether you hate this or not is debatable.
- Squeaky Eyes: Happens occasionally, usually during a Beat. Ferb usually has the squeakiest of all of them.
- Squee: Candace and Stacy have been known to do this sometimes whenever they are about to do something exciting.
- Carl does it once when Monty finally persuades Major Monogram to thank Carl.
- Squirrels in My Pants!: Trope Name-inator.
- 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.
- Stand-In Portrait: Candace in the opening theme. Used again in the episode "Fireside Girls Jamboree".Candace: Who puts a picture-frame on a window?
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Norm and Chloe, who even quote Romeo and Juliet.
- Monty and Vanessa.
- Star Trek Movie Curse: Referenced in "Nerds of a Feather" with the Space Adventure movies.
- Stating the Simple Solution: This is Doofenshrmirtz' thing. Subverted in that it is Doof himself who states the simple solution, only to dismiss it himself because that alternative, truly simpler solution would be "too complicated".
- Status Quo Is God: Whenever Candace realizes that her brothers aren't actually nuisances, she warms up to them. But by the next episode she's back to her normal frantic self.
Doofenshmirtz: And who would have guess it, it all goes back to normal. Explosion....now.
- Of course, one of the biggest jokes of the series is that no matter what happens, it will all go back to normal. Somehow.
- In one episode, the characters actually make the entire freakin' universe grow several times larger in order to return things to normal. That just goes to show how extreme this show goes in order to follow this trope.
- Broken in "Happy Birthday, Isabella", when Stacy discovers Perry's secret identity, but does not have her memory erased and keeps her knowledge a secret from the O.W.C.A.
- Stealth Pun: Love Händel is named in the style of '80s rock bands, and the pun becomes hilarious when one realizes that people who listened such bands in their heyday are now middle-aged.
- In "Lights, Candace, Action!" Candace's personal trainers are a pair of fleas.
- Roger and Heinz Doofenshmirtz's caddies in "She's the Mayor" are Katy and Perry, respectively.
- Phineas solved one of the puzzles in 'Escape from Phineas Tower' by undoing a lock with a bone. That is to say, a skeleton key.
- In "The Belly of the Beast" Ferb pilots a giant mechanical shark from inside a suspended motion-capture shark suit, propelling it forward by agitating the tail. In other words, Phineas may be the shark's captain, but it's Ferb who has to shake his finny ass.
- Stepford Smiler: In musical format, no less. It's really not obvious until the last line:"If you worry 'bout the sound you can always scream into a pillow".
- Sting: Used a lot for comedic effect.
- Stock Audio Clip: Candace: several different screams, "Meep...". Perry: chattering. Isabella: "Whatcha doin'?". Bob Weber: "OK!"
- Stock Footage: Being a remake of the very first episode IN SONG, "Rollercoaster: The Musical" reuses a lot of footage from that episode (though most of the reused lines were rerecorded and some of the jokes were changed).
- Stock Ness Monster: The Lake Nose Monster.
- The Stoic: Ferb doesn't have a whole lot of expression—notably, his face remains completely blank as Phineas employs Puppy-Dog Eyes to persuade Candace to keep Nosey's secret in "The Lake Nose Monster".
- Perry as well, though it's more of a "cool, steely" example than an "entirely emotionless" one.
- The Stool Pigeon: Candace.
- Storybook Episode: "Excaliferb"
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Perry is the former to Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latter.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Occurs often enough, often with an episode's Running Gag.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: In the episode "Make Play", Princess Baldegrunde talks like a German accented Yoda who just suffered a head injury.
- While this initially seems like a result of her not being fluent in English, Ferb reveals that this is the proper syntax for royalty to speak in her country. Then they just shrug it off and continue to assume she's Candace.
- Strictly Formula: And loving it.
- And the creators know just when to break formula, if just for an episode.
- Many, many episodes lampshade this, especially with Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Random objects explode during the fight scene against the Ninja Vampires in "Doof 'n' Puss".
- Stylistic Self-Parody: Carl explains he has no sense of smell since he was born without nostrils, alluding to the way his nose is drawn.
- In the Clip Show episode, Doof tries to use his hand to signal the number 'four' but realizing he wasn't drawn with quite enough fingers, he also stuck out his thumb.
- Several episodes poke fun at Candace's outlandishly elongated neck.
- In "Hide and Seek", Doofenshmirtz sees Phineas and Ferb with their friends on camera and mistakes them for a "kiddie TV show".
- Monogram points out that he can see the smell of Carl's sandwich in "Misperceived Monotreme".
- Monogram and Doofenshmirtz comment on Phineas having a triangle head and Ferb having green hair in their commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap".
- In the halloween episode, Carl notes that his Monogram Desguise isn't complete because he couldn't put both eyes in the same side of the nose.
- Phineas and Ferb even get mistaken for aliens in "Sci-Fi Pie Fly". As it turns out, the real aliens in that episode really do look like them.
- comments on Monogram's eyes-on-one-side and Phineas's triangular head have become a running gag.
- Stylistic Suck: Doof'n'Puss - a show Doof pitched to Seth...er, Jeff McGarland. With an insane premise and ridiculous plot. Even the film stock in those segments is grainy and faded.
- Styrofoam Rocks: Played with. When they are constructing their life-sized replica of Niagara Falls, Ferb (on the ground) picks up a boulder and throws it all the way to the top of the structure. Phineas says that even though he knew that that was paper-mâché, the throw was still very impressive.
- They show up again in "The Great Indoors", when Jeremy tries to explain to Candace that they're just paper-mâché.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: In universe example, "There is No Candy in Me".
- Subverted Catch Phrase: The show's multiple Catch Phrases and Running Gags are bound to be subverted as often as they are played straight.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Doofenshmirtz's rhyme in "Unfair Science Fair".
- The supposed "lost lines" of "The Cat and the Fiddle". Phineas suspects this trope is why they were "excluded by most versions".
- Suck E. Cheese's: "Gunther Goatcheese's! The goatcheesiest place in all of Druselstein!"
- Sudden Anatomy: Perry only has teeth when they're needed for an expression.
- He also only has fingers when he's in his agent mode. Otherwise, his hands are merely little pads.
- Sudden Downer Ending: Specifically for Doofenshmirtz in "Chez Platypus". During the entire episode, he goes on a date with an equally evil girl, falls in love, sings the most adorable Villain Song in history with her, and then says that he has "Never been so happy in his entire life". Then, in literally the last six or seven seconds, he shoots himself in the foot when she is hit by his own abandoned De-Love-Inator and leaves him.
- Summon Backup Dancers: Often. In "Rubber Bands and Rubber Balls" the factory has a breakroom specifically for them. Doof also has back-up dancers during his musical numbers. We see him paying them afterwards.
- Super Cell Reception:
- The title characters use Candace's cell phone in prehistoric times and on Mars. Candace lampshades this in "Unfair Science Fair Redux" by asking "How is it we have bars here?" on Mars.
- In "Candace Disconnected", Candace's new cell phone is broken and her mother wouldn't buy her a new one because she's already lost so many of them. The last one bought couldn't be used for anything other than making and receiving calls. Phineas and Ferb then built one that could even be used as a teleporting device.
- Super OCD: Phineas' obsession with inventing things in "Bully Bromance Breakup" is either this, or a G-Rated Drug.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "It's About Time":Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus! *hides raygun* There's no one else here!
- Swans A Swimming: Perry's 1903 counterpart is a bite-happy (and apparently very foul-mouthed) swan.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: This is how Candace considers herself.
- Synchronous Episodes: "Unfair Science Fair" and "Unfair Science Fair Redux", both shown in the same half hour.
- Again with "Bubble Boys" and "Isabella and the Temple of Sap".
- And "Bee Day" with "Bee Story".
- Take Our Word for It: Doof, Rodney and Lawrence once entered a contest to become leader of L.O.V.E.-M.U.F.F.I.N. (Lawrence misread the address of where he was supposed to go and believed he entered a contest to become king of pharmaceuticals) and, after he was hit by a ray that turned him evil, there was an event where each contestant had to scare the others with their evil glare. We never get to see Lawrence's but all characters who saw it were horrified.
- Take Over The ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!: Doofenshmirtz's goal, unless he has a more petty nuisance bothering him.
- Take That: Squarely aimed at Standards and Practices in "Raging Bully".
"Today on "The Morty Williams Show," "My Kid Is Bad, and I Want to Blame Others!""
- Standards and Practice's cries of the dangers of "imitatable behavior" quickly became a recurring Take That.
- "Look! A sponge and a starfish! There's gotta be something we can do with these... oh, no, that's ridiculous!"
- There was a jab at Moral Guardians in "Quantam Boogaloo". And what a Take That it was!
- There was also one directed quite squarely at parents who blame the media for their kids acting bad instead of their bad parenting in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted".
- "The Doonkelberry Imperative" is one on American politics. And it's hilarious.
- "The Curse of Candace" has several to Twilight.
- Take That, Audience!: In the song "Hey Ferb", Phineas brings up how glad he is not to have spent his summer vacation sitting and watching TV, while "Summer Belongs to You" encourages the audience to "not waste a minute sitting on that chair". Both of these activities are likely to be what the viewer is doing... in order to watch the show.
- The Beak Song states that you really are pretty lame compared to the Beak. (Seriously, what d'ya bench?)
- Taken for Granite: In one episode Doofenschmirtz's Freeze-Inator temporarily petrifies Major Monogram, so Carl has to give Agent P his assignment. Later on it manages to freeze a Tyrannosaurus that our heroes have accidentally brought back from the past, naturally a split-second before it would have eaten them (and Mom would have seen it). Conveniently, it happens to be in the local museum, so everybody assumes it's just a statue.
- Taking the Bullet: The robot Candace in "Where's Perry?" does this for the real Candace.
- Talking Animal: Candace when she switched bodies with Perry (the Platypus).
- The zebra that shows up in Candace's imagination (and rarely outside of it) now and then.
- Bizarrely, an otherwise normal talking rooster appeared in "Cheer Up Candace". It is never explained.
- Somehow, Doofenshmirtz's pet cockroach can speak, at least after being combined with garlic ice cream.
- A horse sings part of the song in "Troy Story".
- In "Lost in Danville" alternate dimension Lawrence is a talking polar bear.
- The insects in "Doof 101", although they're never seen successfully communicating with humans, so Translation Convention may be at work.
- Subverted in "A Hard Day's Knight" when Perry appears to read from a book out loud, but is actually lip-syncing to a recording.
- Talking the Monster to Death: In "The Beak", Phineas and Ferb try this with Khaka Peü Peü (*snicker*) when they realize he was only on a rampage because he had never had a "greatest day ever" himself. However, the attempt fails when it turns out KPP has an opposing concept of a great day than the boys do, and he's instead defeated when a chair is thrown at him from offscreen a few moments later.
- Talking with Signs: Meap before he gets the universal translator from Mitch.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: A variation - in "Meapless in Seattle" Linda was listening to french language learning tape, that described what happen right behind her.
- Taxman Takes The Winnings: In season 4, "Druselsteinoween", when Doofenshmirtz inherits a Drusselsteinian castle from his great aunt, he enlists Perry to help him find a large, hidden treasure that his Great Aunt has placed somewhere within the castle. After they find the treasure, in the form of bags of money, various local officials comes to his castle and makes Doofenshmirtz pay a bunch of fees for owning a castle. He gives each of the officials a bag of money which leaves him penniless.
- Team Rocket Wins: In the episode "That Sinking Feeling" Dr. Doofinshmirtz manages to get rid of the lighthouse thus draging the boats away allowing him to get a good nights rest. He even gets mad a Perry for losing and kicks him out of his house.
- Though, in the Credits Gag, the lighthouse crashes into his building that night, bringing the boats with it, so not a full success.
- The Team Wannabe: Irving, originally. He's now a sorta an unofficial Sixth Ranger.
- Tears of Remorse: In the appropriately titled episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", Candace starts crying when her brothers get their personalities and imaginations cleared because of her actions, as she tells them that she's always been proud to be their big sister and begs them to come back.
- Teleporter Accident: Played straight (complete with Lampshade Hanging and Shout-Out to The Fly) and then subverted via additional phlebotinum.
- Tempting Fate: Phineas is the king of this in "Summer Belongs to You!" where even as bad things keep happening, he won't stop talking.Phineas: We might even arrive in Danville ahead of time! Y'know, barring any unforeseen mishaps. *cue boat falling apart*
Phineas: Looks like a real summer storm! Well, our plan to stand alone in a field with a metal rod is out.
- "You can't stop me, Perry the Platypus! You couldn't stop me with a billion Perry the Platypuses!" Cue Doof falling through a skylight, straight into the assembly line making hundreds of Perry the Platypus toys.
- "This building is so well-constructed, there is no force on Earth that can move it before your mom gets home!" And then it gets hauled away by the moon...
- 10-Minute Retirement: Phineas, of all characters, gets one in "Summer Belongs To You!"
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The reverse-engineered -inator in "What Do It Do?" has long eyelashes.
- The female Aqua Primates are pink/red and have long eyelashes.
- And Perry suddenly has long eyelashes when he switches bodies with Candace.
- That Poor Cat: A bird flying into the latest tall project or getting hit with something a giving a pathetic squawk is an occasional running gag.
- The cat yowl is heard whenever Doofenshmirtz throws something away. He doesn't even have a cat.
- That Russian Squat Dance: Done by Doofenschmirtz's guards in "The Wizard of Odd".
- That Thing Is Not My Son: Subverted, as most of the tropes are. When Doofenshmirtz thinks he's insulted Vanessa by saying he'd rather have a son than a daughter, Norm tries to be a surrogate son. Doofenshmirtz repeated refuses to acknowledge him as such, though.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever Perry does something awesome (i.e.: every other scene he's in), his theme song plays.
- There Was a Door: Very frequently lampshaded, up to the point where, Doofenshmirtz actually convinces Perry to pay for the broken door.
- He gives Perry keys, too, and they are repeatedly mentioned. Doofenshmirtz never fails to praise him for using them. There is still generally a trap, though.
- Prehistoric Doof had a similar problem with Prehistoric Perry. (Along with the Clark Kenting)
- Isabella and the troop could have just as easily "driven" their van through the archway at the park, but NOOOO, they just had to go through the wall, didn't they?
- They Fight Crime: A fugitive semi-aquatic special forces amateur stage magician framed for a crime he didn't commit- the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln - joins forces with a rogue trillionaire inventor extreme fighting champion from the future. Together with the aid of R.I.C.K., their super crime-fighting high-tech talking rickshaw, they'll bring hope, justice, and varying degrees of aquaticness to a tri-state area in peril. Together, they are...Doof 'n' Puss.
- Thinginator: If you watch a marathon of this show, and take a shot for every time you hear the suffix "-inator", you will be fall-down drunk in no time.
Doofenshmirtz: Yeah, I wasn't very clever with names back then so it was just 'Inator'.
- Caution: Avoid the Clip Show if you do this, or you'll be in serious trouble.
- Doof occasionally uses a pair of "-inator" suffixes, with a hesitation before the second one.
- Lampshaded in "Unfair Science Fair" when Doofenshmirtz flashes back to his first science fair and talks about his very first invention, called simply 'INATOR'.
- -inator seems to have been retooled into referring to pretty much any device intended for evil in later episodes. In "Finding Mary McGuffin", Doof refers to his recent purchase as simply an -inator, since he didn't know what it did and couldn't give it a proper name, and in an evil scientist contest, the devices they build are all referred to as -inators.
- Third Line, Some Waiting: Occasionally there's a Candace subplot.
Doofenshmirtz: (on a Mexican Soap Opera) It has three simultaneous story lines that interconnect. Genius!
- Lampshaded (like everything else in this series):
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: G-Rated subversion in "The Chronicles of Meap":
- This Is My Side: Doofenshmirtz tries this when he is stuck on an island with Perry in "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation", but it doesn't last long.
- This Is No Time for Knitting: In the DVD character commentary of "The Chronicles of Meap", Doofenshmirtz is shocked that Candace would play baseball in a life-or-death situation, while Monogram (quite rightly) realizes that she's saving the day.
- This Is no Time to Panic: From "Comet Kermillian", we get this gem:
- This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: From "Journey to the Center of Candace", when the boys find out they're inside Candace's body:Phineas: Yeah, we're inside Candace's stomach.
Ferb: That's creepy on so many levels.
Phineas: Candace is on her date with Jeremy. That means we're on a date with Jeremy.
- And later...
Ferb: Again, creepy on so many levels.
- This Loser Is You: Irving the fanboy in "Hide and Seek" is this personified.
- Actually, he's meant to be merely an affectionate parody of the fans of the show, he just came off as this way to certain people.
- "The Beak's" theme song seems mostly to consist of deriding the listener for not being as awesome as The Beak.
- Those Two Guys: Buford and Baljeet, combined with Friendly Enemies.
- Threatening Shark: The main point of "Belly of the Beast".
- In "Live And Let Drive", one of the sharks from Doofenshmirtz's Shark Pool seemingly eats Perry. But then subverted when it later spits him out, revealing that it was actually an undercover OWCA agent.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb are good friends with each other and with Isabella.
- To a lesser degree, there is also Candace with her boyfriend Jeremy and best friend Stacy.
- Training Montage: "Your opponent is as big as an ape, so if you wanna avoid being mangled..."
- Throw It In: In-universe example in "Lights, Candace, Action!" when Ferb drops the wrong prop during filming, and Phineas decides to keep it in the film anyway.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Candace does occasionally benefit from the boys' ideas and gets with Jeremy.
- Don't ever play Skiddley Whiffers with Candice, because she'll beat you.
- Heck, Jeremy may possibly be the physical manifestation of this trope to Candace on the show. Despite all the horrible things that happen to Candace and her futile efforts to bust her brothers, Jeremy's mere presence (along with a kind word or a helpful gesture) would always lift her spirits up somehow.
- In "That Sinking Feeling", Doof wins. Then it backfires during the end credits.
- Every now and then, good things happen to Doofenshmirtz. Although most of those tend to be yanked away, one of the ones the weren't (and usually one of the most satisfying parts of the series) are the times when Vanessa actually acknowledges that Heinz is actually a pretty decent dad, all things considered.
- A good example is "We're Getting the Band Back Together". While Doof was defeated by Perry, the launch of the giant firecracker burned all the birthday decorations for Vanessa's party, giving the area a gloomy atmosphere that she actually enjoyed. The firecracker also launched him straight to the Love Handel (his favorite band) reunion concert, which he hadn't even been aware was happening and would have missed otherwise.
- In "Finding Mary McGuffin", Doofenshmirtz manages to get out of being beaten by Perry since the -inator he purchased didn't actually do anything evil, and he even seems to get a chance to bond with Vanessa at the end.
- Sadly averted in 'Chez Platypus' when Doofenshmirtz finds his perfect second half with all and a crowning music of awesome, unfortunately, Doofenshmirtz' own De-loveinator drops onto the dock where they are standing and it fires its ray at Doofenshmirtz's date, making her unable to feel love ever again.
- In "Happy Birthday, Isabella", Isabella (with some help from Ferb) gets to have her birthday wish-to have time alone with Phineas-come true.
- Tied Up on the Phone: In the episode "De Plane! De Plane!", Doofenshmirtz manages to trap Perry the Platypus in a phone cord for a while.
- Time Skip: The episode "Act Your Age" takes place ten years in the future.
- Toilet Humor: Not nearly as much as you'd expect from a kid's cartoon, but yes, Doofenshmirtz, Buford, and Baljeet being the main dealers of it.
- The Tri-State Area Is The Center Of The Universe: One of Doofenshmirtz's flashbacks in Season 2 actually explains why he concentrates on just the Tri-State Area. Why everyone else does is probably Rule of Funny.
- Tongue on the Flagpole: Happens to Doofenshmirtz in "Out to Launch".
- Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Doofenshmirtz's utter lack of common sense has, on more than one occasion, put himself into a situation where he would have been seriously injured or killed if he didn't posses Joker Immunity.
- Buford gets this way every now and again.
- Too Fast to Stop: The titular characters invent supersonic shoes and Candace decides to use a pair of those to be able to be at two places at practically the same time. Unfortunately, hers are "unstable prototypes" and she crashed on the memorial her boyfriend's family erected to a Long-Lost Relative. Twice. Fortunately, she accidentally found the relative on the way to the second crash and the Johnsons were too happy to be upset.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Doofenshmirtz creates a rude-inator, which hits the boys AI trap tower. Phineas even comments that the tower is a lot meaner/ruder than it should be.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Buford.
- Toon Physics: Par for the course in western animation, but like everything else in the show it gets a Lampshade Hanging now and then.Baljeet: (in response to Buford weighing down a floating bounce house simply by climbing out of it and hanging onto an attached rope) How is that possible? He weighs no more down there than he did up here!
- The Tooth Hurts: In "Bubble Boys", during Dr. Doofenshmirtz's attempt at country-western singing:Audience Member: This stinks so bad I wanna break somethin'!
(He grinds his teeth together and they shatter with the sound of glass breaking.)
Audience Member: ... Yeah, that really wasn't worth it.
- Toothy Platypus: Perry
- "The Tri-Stone Area" has toothy vultures.
- Birds, turtles, and other toothless animals in the show frequently do this.
- Torches and Pitchforks: The Angry Mob in "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein".
Woman with pitchfork: You brought a torch on our date?
- And in "That's the Spirit."
Man with torch: Hello! Pitchfork!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ferb loves himself a good submarine sandwich. And apparently haggis, as well.
- Doof's love of almond brittle has come up quite a few times.
- Several other(often one-shot) characters as well. The defrosted Neanderthal Kronk and the platypus from "Misperceived Monotreme" are both crazy for sandwiches, Candace and Pinky narrow it down a bit to grilled cheese sandwiches, Steve the Chameleon loves mushrooms, and Dennis(or Mr. Cutie Patootie) was undone by his obsession with carrots.
- Trailers Always Lie: Invoked and Parodied in "Meapless in Seattle"
- Trailers Always Spoil: The promo for "Candace Gets Busted" basically said it all - it ended up as a small get together, but then escalated into an insane party, and shows Linda grounding Candace. Then it gives a clip of the song "Candace Party" from said episode.
- "Where's Perry? Part 2" has fallen victim to this as well. Basically, the promo shows Perry in Africa, when we were supposed to be left on a cliffhanger on what happened to him in Part 1.
- During some reruns of "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne", Disney Channel played a commercial revealing the #1 song on the countdown, spoiling the episode for those who hadn't seen it. (In case you're wondering, the winning song was Everything's Better with Perry.)
- Played with in the preview for "Happy Birthday Isabella" which reveals that somebody would find out Perry is a secret agent but does not say who. It's Stacy.
- Translation: Yes: In Meap's native language, the word "meap" alone can summarize phrases that are much longer in English, such as "Red alert! Red alert! Mitch has the cutonium, and he's on his way there. You must rally the troops, and head him off at the evil fortress. This is war!"
- Translator Microbes: The Universal Moustache Translator in "The Chronicles of Meap".
- Tree Buchet: in "Rollercoaster". There's also an Eiffel Tower-buchet, and a Statue of Liberty-buchet.
- Treehouse of Fun: The boys once rebuilt their and Candace's treehouses, with an additional feature to transform into battling robots.
- Troperiffic: Considering the creators...
- "Oh, this is like one of those sitcoms where somebody says something that's misconstrued and the snoopy next door neighbor gets the wrong package delivered after his in-laws come to visit and somebody has two dates on the same night and they have to paint a white line down the middle of the room. But this isn't a sitcom, Perry the Platypus. This is real life." [Cue both Perry and Doof looking straight at the audience.]
- Any time this happens, there's a 99% guarantee it will be lampshaded.
- Tropey Come Home: "Come Home Perry".
- Tuckerization: In "Dude We're Getting the Band Back Together", the band members are named after series creators Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and Bobby Gaylor.
- Which could also double as Meaningful Name. The Ambiguously Camp Gay Bobbi Fabulous anyone?
- Ferb is named after a friend of the creators, who is also quite talented in building things, but is, "anything but silent".
- Isabella is named after Dan Povenmire's daughter, with the one-time character Melissa being named after his other daughter.
- Linda and her sister Tiana are named for Dan's sisters.
- Tuxedo and Martini: Agent Double 0-0, minus the martini. Agent P has also been seen in a tuxedo a few times.
- The Television Talks Back: Happened with Candace in "Flop Starz"
- Also apparently happened between Lawerence and Major Monogram in "Comet Kermillion", though it's a rare justified example.
- Twitchy Eye: Has happened to Candace on more than one occasion.
- Also happened to Linda in "Split Personality" when Candace's romantic half won't stop talking about Jeremy.
- Two Beings, One Body: Averted in "Canderemy"; Candace and Jeremy are only joined at the hip. Played straight with the fusion between Phineas and Ferb at the end of the episode.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Most of the episodes have the Phineas and Ferb/Candace plotline and the Perry/Doof subplot.
- Two-Teacher School: Jeremy is the only Mr. Slushy Burger/Dog employee we ever see, aside from the manager and a defected employee.
- Twofer Token Minority: Isabella, whose last name is Garcia-Shapiro. implying that she's Hispanic and Jewish. Her mother confirms the Hispanic half (she also says "oy"), and the Jewish half is also confirmed with the Mexican-Jewish Cultural Festival.
- Further confirmed in the Christmas special, when she notes her family celebrates Hannukah.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: The episode "It's About Time!"
- "Troy Story" gives us the Trojan T. rex.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife:
- Well, ex-wife in the case of Dr. Doofenshmirtz, but she's still hot.
- The episode "What Do It Do" hints that Linda is somehow attracted to weird-looking men, not only Lawrence; as demonstrated by the one date she had years before with the Doof out of all people.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz has dated some gals clearly out of his league, but like in Seinfeld he has managed to blow it big with every one of them as lampshaded by one ex-girlfriend, who said that leaving him was the best choice she ever had made (This after suddenly finding him humiliated --once again-- by Perry).
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Vanessa clearly takes after her mother.
- Un-Cancelled: Phineas and Ferb was scheduled to end production after the TV movie and third season but the TV movie reeled in so many numbers that Disney brought the show back for another season.
- Under The Mistletoe: Baljeet with Wendy Stinglehopper in the Christmas Special.
- Also, Candace and Jeremy in a music video.
- The Unfavorite: Dr. Doofenshmirtz, to an absurd degree. It's hinted that Candace might feel this way as well.
- Unfortunate Name: In the episode The Beak, we get Khaka Peu Peu. note
- Which, according to him, translates to "the/that strong fist".
- Buford's last name is Van Stomm. Roughly translated, and adding an extra M, that is Dutch for "of the stupid."
- Jeremy's band is called "Jeremy and the Incidentals". The definition of incidental is "accompanying but not a major part of something", implying that Jeremy's band members are not as important as he is. Poor guys.
- Universal-Adaptor Cast: Notably in the Time Shift episodes and "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein".
- The Unreveal: In "Vanessassary Roughness" we learn that "Ferb" is short for...
- Taken Up to Eleven in "Summer Belongs to You" when it turns out Candace doesn't even know.
- Also, in "The Great Indoors", why Jeremy likes Candace.
- All the flashbacks in "Doof Dynasty".
- Isabella starts flashing back to how the Fireside Girls failed their first attempt at earning their beekeeping patches in "Bee Story", but is stopped by Gretchen.
- Anything to do with "The Academy".
- The full appearance of the chupacabra in "La Candace-Cabra".
- Whatever Phineas had planned for the grand finale of Isabella's birthday party.
- The boys' project in "Blackout!"
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Isabella to Phineas, whose crush on him has as of yet not wavered in the slightest. (Well, it did once in "The Beak", but it was back to normal by the end.)
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Some of the delivery guys parody this with the "Aren't you a little young..." gag, but the citizens of Danville don't seem particularly surprised when, say, a rollercoaster spanning the entire city shows up out of the blue. In particular (though it's completely understandable, being a secret agent platypus and all) Perry's deadpan reaction to seeing the boys (and Lawrence) fly by on their living room floor (in itself, a Shout-Out to Aladdin) was marvelous.
- Just about every citizen of Danville, major or minor, lives this trope in spades, to the point where it would take something as dangerous as an enormous swarm of armed robots attacking everybody in order to faze them. (And even then some of them didn't mind. "It's okay, it's a rental!")
- Up to Eleven: Almost everything the kids do. This leads to hilarity when the boys try this in areas where it doesn't work, such as trying to create a romantic atmosphere by dumping an entire box of flower petals on the scene at once (sometimes including the box as well).
- Almost any trope than can be applied generally to the show that can also be applied to "Summer Belongs to You" got the volume cranked up.
- Urine Trouble: Suzy's poodle to Candace.
- Vague Age: All of the main characters (minus Candace) are described by Word of God as "under 15".
- Verbal Backpedaling: In 'Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown', when Dr. Doofenshmirtz realizes his spiel about his MIND-CONTROL-INATOR was caught on-camera, he quickly says, "I meant, 'Mimes control my gator!'" Cut to two mimes and an alligator.
- Verbal Tic: Captain Bob Webber, the lifeguard. He has a habit of saying "*snaps fingers* Okay!" and he doesn't even seem to realize it. *Snaps* Ok!Candace: (snap) Okay!
Webber: I don't get it.
- He also does it after someone says "Okay?" Even from afar.
- Khaka Peü Peü also has one, thank you very much!
- Perry's chittering counts
- Very Special Episode: Parodied in "Tip of the Day".
- Played straight in "Mind Share", which gives the message of not trusting everything you see on the Internet.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Candace and Jeremy, though they met at a later age (11) than most examples. Implied with Isabella and either Phineas or Ferb in "Quantum Boogaloo".
- Victory Is Boring: Candace goes through this when she realizes she misses her brothers in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!"
"What, you're just going to stand there like a dead fish? I'm giving you a chance to do something here! Honestly, this used to be more fun."
- Plus "The Greatest Lazy Day Ever", where the boys decide to do nothing all day, and Candace can't stand it.
- In "S'Winter", when Doofenshirmtz traps Perry in quick-hardening chocolate, he complains that he's not responding to his gloating, or trying to stop him. He even extends the countdown before firing his laser to give him more time.
- Viewers Are Morons: The feedback the creators got from Hollywood when they were pitching the series was that it was too smart for a kids' show.
- This is particularly funny when Jeff talked about some fans he met who said that the show was "smart". Deservedly, they got a little choked up about it (point starts at 8:58)(dead link).
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The Drill Sergeant Nasty from "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted".
- Villain Episode: "Hail Doofania!" was inverted from the norm in just about every way the creators could come up with.
- Villain Song: Doofenshirmtz has quite a few including "Impress My Professor", "My Goody-Two-Shoes Brother" and "Evil Love."
Poofenplotz: It's important to look your very best when you're doing your very worst / And by that I mean evil.
- Professor Poofenplotz has a short one.
- Carl gets one in "Where's Perry?" after he's turned evil.
- Norm has "Weaponry" in "Norm Unleashed".
- Villains Out Shopping: Literally in "Unfair Science Fair Redux."
"Look, Perry the Platypus, just because I'm evil doesn't mean everything I do is evil!"
- Also in "Vanessassary Roughness".
- Besides the literal examples, he does many other un-evil-relevant things in his spare time. He even lampshades this in "The Ballad of Badbeard":
- Villain With an F In Evil: Doofenshmirtz, to a hilarious degree.
- Villainous Rescue: While usually it's Perry who has to save Doofenshmirtz from some dangerous situation, Doofenshmirtz occasionally gets to do this.
- Visible Invisibility: Steve the Chameleon, who seems only to appear on one episode — so far.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: Inverted with Doofenshmirtz, since his daughter comes to live with him on some weekends. Completely averted with Phineas and Ferb's respective missing parents.
- Visual Pun: Candace admires the way the boys have fitted out her old tree house with all mod cons, and says "And look at all the bells and whistles!", passing by a wall with bells and whistles mounted on it.
Phineas: Pilot's instruments? *looks at the cockpit controls* Check. Co-pilot's instruments?
- In "Summer Belongs to You!" and "Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Max Modem!", Phineas and Doofenshmirtz, respectively, deliver speeches about their intentions on boxes marked 'soap'.
- In "De Plane! De Plane!":
Ferb: *in front of several musical instruments* Check.
- "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford" shows Buford's origins as a bully. The first guy he beats up finishes the fight pinned to a literal clothesline.
- In "Canderemy" Stacey complains that she never gets to hang out with Candace alone anymore,because she's always with Jeremy, i.e. "joined at the hip." Moments later, the Combine-inator causes Candace and Jeremy to become literally joined at the hip.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Buford and Baljeet, hands down. They even have an entire song about it.
- Vocal Dissonance: Meap, when using any of his universal translator mustaches to speak English, has an unexpectedly deep voice.
- This has also been done as a gag with Candace, Isabella, and Gretchen. In Candace's case her allergy to wild parsnip alters her voice, but the other two appear to be able to do it intentionally.
- Vocal Evolution: Phineas. Just listen to how he sounds in the pilot and the title sequence, and compare it to the rest of the series.
- Isabella and Baljeet noticably get higher-pitched voices as the series progressed.
- Jenny, on the other hand, seems to be suffering vocal decay; in some of more recent appearances, she sounds like she has a cold. Finally averted in "The Inator Method".
- Irving's voice also seems to have gone slightly lower in "Not Phineas and Ferb".
- Django, after spending much time as a silent cameo, has a deeper voice in "The Inator Method" due to changing voice actors. Just compare this to his last speaking role from "Oil on Candace".
- Voices Are Mental: When Candance and Perry switch bodies in "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" Cadance can still talk in usual voice, despite the fact the only vocalization she should be able to make is Perry's little growl. Perry, meanwhile, remains mute (though this might be selective) and can still make his platypus noise, even though humans have a completely different set of vocal chords.
- When Candace speaks from Perry's body it sounds perfectly normal to her mom.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Happens to Candace in "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" when she finds out she's been eating worms and insect larvae.
- Voodoo Shark: In "Buford Confidential", we are given the reason why Buford knows how to speak French: He learned it because he was once in love with a French girl. He then says it was pretty easy, because he knew Latin beforehand. This is, of course, lampshaded.
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- "Summer Belongs to You" with Candace during her verse in the ending song "Summer Belongs to You" where she is running off the stage.
- Watch Out for That Tree!: In "Run, Candace, Run".
- Watching the Sunset: "No you're not!" note
- Wave of Babies: Doofenshmirtz attempted to do this in "The Baljeatles", but he failed before acquiring even one baby.
- The end of "Agent Doof", where everybody around Candace gets turned into babies.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Monogram tries to convince Carl that washing his car has this benefit, but Carl doesn't buy it.
- When Perry is helping Doofenshmirtz get over his evil scientist's block in "Fly on the Wall".
- Also referenced in the "Way of the Platypus" training montage, in Doof Dynasty.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sergei the Snail is invulnerable to regular methods of trapping agents due to its small size and adhesive slime, but, being a snail, can be captured by a ring of salt.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Ferb rocks out in style in his Union Jack t-shirt in "The Baljeetles".
- And on his skateboard and in other places. It's as if - with the rarely heard accent - the writers are scared we might forget he's British.
- Weather Control Machine: The Gloominator3000...inator.
- Web Video: Doof now has "Doofenschmirtz'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).
- We Can Rule Together: Doofenshmirtz tries to zap Perry with his Turn-Everything-Evil-Inator. Later he tries the same thing with Major Monogram in "Where's Perry" and again with Perry and Ferb in the Star Wars special. Ferb then turns around and makes the same offer to Phineas.
- We Do the Impossible: Exactly what the two title characters do every day.
- Weirdness Magnet: Candace, to an insane and unfortunate degree.
- Inverted by Linda, who's what yo might call a weirdness repellent. She is possibly the only person in the world who doesn't know about Phineas and Ferb's inventions and adventures.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Even ridiculously-tolerant Phineas is annoyed by Buford being a total crybaby in "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford".
- Wham Episode: On an early minor scale, "Flop Starz" marked the point of decision that every episode would have at least one musical number. It also solidified that all elevator music heard in the series from that point on would be "Gitchee Gitchee Goo". (The previous episode had a scene where the elevator music was "I'm Lindana and I Want To Have Fun".)
- For the shippers, the hour-long special "Summer Belongs to You!" as Candace and Jeremy officially become girlfriend and boyfriend.
- The first part of "Where's Perry?" ends with Phineas, Ferb, and their friends falling into a gorge, Jeremy apparently breaking up with Candace, and Perry suddenly vanishing after being hit by several inators at the same time.
- "Happy Birthday, Isabella". Stacy finds out Perry's status as a secret agent, and doesn't get her memory erased.
- "Night of the Living Pharmacists" has Isabella finally confessing her feelings to Phineas, though it is ambiguous if the two remember the event happening or not.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Said almost word-for-word by Stacy in "Moon Farm", before they cook a dish of lamb cobbler for fifteen minutes at 9000 degrees. Subverted in the sense that nothing actually does go wrong, at least on Candace and Stacy's end.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Parodied in "She's The Mayor", where the crowd believes that everything Candace says is some kind of metaphor, even her "busting" obsession. Of course, this was lampshaded at the end.Old Coot: New Law! If you find any gold it's mine!
Crowd: Yay for finding gold being a metaphor for... uh, I think were supposed to take it literally.
Teens: We all got a platypus controlling us!
- Parodied again in "Brain Drain", in which Dr. Doofenshmirtz at one point gets glued to a turntable and starts an epic freestyle rap about how Perry is controlling his movements using the doctor's own mind control helmet. Of couse, his audience, being a group of teenagers, interpret "there's a platypus controlling me" to mean that there's some kind of authority figure keeping him down.
Doofenshmirtz: No, just me. I'd stop if I was able. I'm not speaking metaphorically, the platypus controlling me is underneath the table.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Some of the destruction wreaked by the boys' and Doof's inventions is never repaired by the end of the episode. One of Doofenshmirtz's rayguns destroyed a dam, releasing all the water behind it. Conk, the caveman Phineas and Ferb thawed out and remained until the end of the episode, and the "Candroid" from the end of another was never seen again. And the Ferbot in the garbage truck...
- Conk has made a number of cameo appearances since, and possibly another brief speaking part.
- In "Run, Candace, Run", Candace has three things to do at the same time: She has to read to kids at the library, attend Jeremy's family picnic, and do... something involving being half of a horse with Stacy. She spends the episode running back and forth between the library and Jeremy’s picnic. So did she just completely blow off Stacy?
- We never find out if Perry and Doofenshmirtz get out of the collapsing temple in The Temple of Juatchadoon.
- What If?: "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted"
- What the Heck Is an Aglet?: The subject of "Tip of the Day", culminating in an in-show awareness concert.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Perry ate all of Doofenshmirtz's cheese, sending him back onto the path of evil.
- Several in The Movie when the boys find out that Perry is a secret agent.
- In Where's Perry Part I, Major Monogram gets it from no one other than Doof, regarding his (unpaid) treatment of Carl: "Are you sure you are not evil?".
- Doofenshmirtz gives one to Monogram again in "Save Summer" after the latter is fired and goes into a Heroic BSOD, leaving the OWCA without adequate leadership.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Doofenshmirtz's answer to every problem is to build a gigantic, gun-like -inator whose only function is to remedy that problem. And even that solution is usually not the reasonable one.
- When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Candace signed an agreement not to try to bust her brothers more than once per day. Her mother considered adding a new clause when Candace took advantage of the fact Midnight marks the beginning of a new day.
- In the New Years episode, Candace relapses and realizes she can try to bust Phineas and Ferb until Midnight, when the New Year officially begins.
- When Things Spin, Science Happens: The TV Tropes entry is referenced in "Primal Perry" when Baljeet is inside a machine built by our heroes to test something or other. When the machine starts spinning Buford asks "Is science happening yet"?note
- Where The Hell Is Danville? In the Tri-State Area, obviously.
- Within driving distance of Mount Rushmore, referenced on maps to be simultaneously near San Franscisco and somewhere on the east coast, and a supersonic paper airplane's flight away from New York. Yes, that totally narrows it down.
- "Just Desserts" may have finally narrowed it down with the song line of 'There's Escanaba, I can see Montreal'. For those who aren't good with geography, that means their house (and the overall Tri-State Area) are somewhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, US.
- Whole Plot Reference: "The Wizard of Odd" has Candace taking on the Dorothy role.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Ferb actually is short (or a nickname) for something. For what, we don't know yet, as he was interrupted before he could tell us.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: "Phineas And Ferb's Cliptastic Countdown": Major Monogram asks who is writing their lines. Carl responds "Agent M, sir". Cue a monkey with a fedora on a typerwriter. Dr. Doofenshmirtz then rants about how none of the kids watching the show are going to know what a typewriter is.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Grandpa Fletcher demonstrates his 'trick knee' with painful consequences.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: "Spa Day".
- Wild Teen Party: The result of Candace's party— er, intimate get-together in "Candace Gets Busted".
- William Telling: "Picture This" has Buford daring the boys to shoot an apple off his head. In typical Phineas and Ferb fashion, they do — but not as expected.
- Will They or Won't They?: "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" raises the question of whether Isabella will marry Phineas or Ferb.
- With Friends Like These...: Arguably, Buford and Baljeet.
- Womb Level: "Journey to the Center of Candace".
- The Wonka: Phineas dressed the part in the 'one hit wonder' episode. Then again he is the unofficial leader of the group
- Word Salad Lyrics: The boys make a song with meaningless lyrics in the episode "Flop Starz"Chicka chicka choo-wopGitchi gitchi goo means I love you
Dance, baby, dance, baby, shake your hipsGo down to the pier and get some fish and chipsGroove, baby, groove, baby, motivate your limbs
- Quite a few songs in the series end up like this. A delicious example is "Dance, Baby" from "Candace Disconnected". The moment the song is sung is random and silly, and the lyrics top it off:
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Dr. Doofenshmirtz refuses to fight Perry in Candace's body because of this.
- Averted by Perry in "Nerdy Dancin'". He disposes of the female members of LOVEMUFFIN with the same amount of force he used on the male members.
- Write Back to the Future: "It's About Time!"
- Writing Lines: During Sensitivity Training, Major Monogram was forced to write "Animals are people too".
- Wrongly Accused: Perry's subplot in "Cheer Up, Candace".
- He also gets this in the Show Within a Show subplot of "Nerds of a Feather"—specifically, he's been accused of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: The DVD character commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap" shows that Doof is Genre Savvy and Monogram is Genre Blind when it comes to their "cartoon universe". (Doof thinks it's ridiculous that Monogram doesn't know what a thought balloon is, for example.) However, Monogram is a little more savvy when it comes to tropes in general, as he ends up predicting the outcome of an obvious case of This Is No Time for Knitting, when Doof thinks Candace has picked a really bad time to be playing baseball.
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- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The guys who sing the "Squirrels in My Pants" song are named 2 GuyZ N the Parque on the soundtrack album (yes, they were in the park and there's two of them). May have been a Shout-Out to *NSYNC.
- Yandere: Suzy Johnson.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Chez Platypus", Doofenshmirtz's girlfriend ultimately gets zapped by the anti-love laser. Especially cruel in that this happens at the very end of the episode, right after the Crowning Love Song Of Awesome.
- Irving gets one in "Not Phineas and Ferb". He manages to trick his haughty older brother into believing Baljeet and Buford are Phineas and Ferb despite Paper Thin Disguises. When he tries to prove it, though, he's foiled by the fact that the holographic Eiffel Tower they had been using as a fake project has since been replaced by the real Eiffel Tower, making Irving look like the stupid one. Then his brother gives him a wedgie and drags him home.
- And Candace, of course, gets one pretty much any time it seems like she'll bust her brothers. And, to a lesser extent, Vanessa busting her father.
- Candace gets a particularly bad one in "Invasion Of The Ferb-Snatchers": Phineas and Ferb are fixing an alien's spacecraft and open an ostentatious launch platform in the backyard. Candace sees this and gets her mother, who even mentions that she can see it...but she's actually a Mobile-Suit Human for the tiny alien.
- Worst one for Candace yet: in "A Real Boy", Candace SUCCEEDS... then Linda gets zapped by Doof's "Forget-inator" while the boys' device is in the air, then when the boys land, Linda sees again, then is zapped while they're out of sight again ...this repeats a few more times until Candace's post-hypnotic suggestion to forget about busting her brothers kicks in again leaving Linda to wander off right after a final zapping.
- "Candace Gets Busted", where she's the one who gets busted. Doof's inator temporarily removes all evidence of the (unintentional) party that'd occurred, only to return it just moments afterward.
- It even happened to a one-shot character: Professor Ross Efrop in "My Fair Goalie". He came up with the idea of Football X-7, but he was forced into hiding because Britain's anti-palindrome atmosphere at the time, with his name being discovered to be a palindrome. He nearly comes out of hiding when his creation was realized, but was forced back when he found out people still rallied against palindromes.
- Anytime when it looks like Isabella is going to a romantic moment with just Phineas, something happens to ruin that moment. Notable examples include Summer Belongs to You and Canderemy.
- She finally gets a moment in "Happy Birthday Isabella".
- In "Love at First Byte", Norm becomes attracted to a Fembot and even manages to impress her. However, it's later revealed that said fembot belongs to Rodney, and the dislike between him and Doof promptly turns the budding romance into a Star-Crossed Lovers situation.
- Ye Olde Butchered English: In "The Belly of the Beast":Lawrence: Let's Check-eth it out!
Linda: Check-eth it out? Really?
Lawrence: I stand by my Old English.
- You Are Grounded: Implied at the end of "Candace Gets Busted" when Candace ends up busted for the intimate get-together and she tells Phineas and Ferb that she will see them in a week.
- Sometimes Stacy is grounded off-screeen to explain why she's absent.
- You Are the New Trend: In Run Away Runway, Phineas and Ferb become designers, with their Summer All The Time collection. The collection consists of the clothes that Phineas and Ferb wear in almost every episode - so Phineas and Ferb are the newest fashion. Later on, when Doofenshmirtz creates his clone army, as they enter the Googolplex Mall, everyone thinks that the outfit he's wearing has become the newest fashion - so Doofenshmirtz becomes the newest fashion.
- You Are Too Late: Parodied Doofensmirtz, of course ("Gaming The System"):Doof: Ah, Perry The Platypus, you are too late! ...Oh, wait. Is it eleven o'clock yet? [checks watch] Now you are too late!
- You Fool!: At the end of "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers", Candace once again fails to bust Phineas and Ferb, and she laments her apparent hubris in believing she could succeed in doing so.
- Also it echos the last line of the movie she was watching earlier in the episode.
- You Go Girl: The episode "Got Game?", though it would have been a tie if the boy's team hadn't cheated, accidentally allowing the girls to win.
- You Have to Believe Me: Candace is the MASTER of this trope.
- Your Head Asplode: Isabella in "Summer Belongs to You", in her daydream.
- You Must Be This Tall To Ride: L.O.V.E.-M.U.F.F.I.N. once held a contest to pick a leader and there was a rule like that for the entrants. Sorry, Doctor Diminutive, they can do that 'cause they're evil.
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Oddly subverted in "Perry Lays an Egg". Perry never actually laid an egg, but Phineas didn't seem to find it odd that his male platypus had seemingly laid one."Congratulations, old boy, you're gonna be a — hey, where's Perry?"
- Zany Scheme: Dr. Doofenshmirtz is all about these.
- Candace on occasion, too.
- Zerg Rush: Baljeet and his copies in "Primal Perry" intend to do this to Buford, but the machine that allows the copies to exist is destroyed before Buford is seriously hurt.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Stacy. Depending on the episode its either Grade B or C. Candace and the Fireside Girls all sport the vastly inferior Grade E although Isabella's is a Grade D, perhaps as a sign of her leadership.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Basically the premise of "Night of the Living Pharmacists".