The Fairly Odd Parents: Tropes A to C
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- Abhorrent Admirer: A one off joke in Tim-Visible. Also, this is how Timmy sees Tootie for most of the series.
- Absurdly Long Limousine: Remy Buxaplenty has one of these.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: In Hail to the Chief.
- Abusive Parents: Timmy's parents both emotionally and financially and Played for Laughs.
- Academy of Adventure: Though in this case, most of the weirdness is caused by Timmy himself.
- Accidental Kiss: Multiple occur in Wishology Part III.
- Accidental Misnaming: A lot of characters get
Empty Bus Seat's Tommy's Timmy's name wrong.
- Ed Leadley does this with Timmy's Dad in the later seasons.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Timmy, a lot of times since A Wish Too Far.
- Adaptive Armor: Crash Nebula.
- Adorkable: Tootie, Cosmo, Timmy, and (sometimes) Wanda
- Adults Are Useless: A main theme, mainly with Timmy's parents.
Mr. Turner: "Hey! She's key-scratching 'Vicky was here' on my car! I punished Timmy for key-scratching 'Vicky was here' on my car!"
- Adult Fear: Imagine leaving your child in the care of an abusive babysitter like Vicky, even if it is Played for Laughs.
- Aerith and Bob: Mark's parents are named King Grippulon and Queen Jibjorulac.
- Aesop Amnesia: Timmy, and to a lesser extent, Cosmo, only seem to learn from their mistakes for the duration of that episode.
- Affably Evil: Anti-Cosmo, HP
- Ageless Birthday Episode: Averted in "Boys in the Band" (as "Abra-Catastrophe" states that he was about 9 when he got Cosmo and Wanda), and A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up Timmy Turner. Played straight in "The Fairy Flu" and "Birthday Wish!" for Tootie and in "Birthday Bashed!" for Timmy.
- The Ahnold: Fairy Sergeant Jorgen Von Strangle.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Future Lost
- The Alcatraz: Abra-catraz
- Alien Among Us: Mark Chang
- Aliens Speaking English: Mark Chang. And it's Totally Radical, dude! And contains AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle.
- The Alleged Computer:
- Mr. Crocker's computer is horrendously slow enough to qualify.
- Averted when Timmy's dad made one himself and it works fine. Unlike his other stuff.
- Alliterative Name: Timmy Turner, Trixie Tang, The Crimson Chin, Doug Dimmadome and the list goes on.
- In the case of Mr. Dimmadome, the alliteration has also become a prevalent Running Gag.
Doug: I'm Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome!
- All-Cheering All the Time:
- Fairly Oddparents had a competition wherein Timmy sabotaged Vicky. Her cheer was all her gross habits. The girl who won improvised a cheer indicating that she had none of Vicky's gross habits.
- In the double-length episode "Timmy's Secret Wish", Timmy wishes for his own groupies that will constantly cheer for him. However, during Timmy's trial, the groupies will not leave Timmy alone with their constant cheering for him.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Every unmarried character is spurned by their crush.
- All There in the Manual: The special The 77 Secrets of the Fairly Oddparents revealed, among other things, Cosmo and Wanda's full names.
- Allergic to Love: Chester gets "the hives" from girls, while Mark Chang's entire species is biologically averse to love or even cuteness.
- One reason why he can't marry Mandie, despite her being against all that is cute and cuddly.
- Almighty Mom: Mrs. Turner tries this occasionally, especially in the earlier episodes.
- To the point where her super-powered persona occasionally wished up by Timmy is named "Mighty Mom", and in the episode where Timmy first makes the "Mighty Mom and Dyno-Dad" wish, their explicit cause for fighting crime is summed up by Timmy's Dad:
Mrs. Turner: "We don't have time for Timmy...we're trying to make the world safe for Timmy!"
- Almost Kiss: Several between Timmy and Trixie in Wishology Part III.
- Alpha Bitch: Trixie.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: "Catman" isn't just a parody of Batman: he was an actual supervillain◊.
- Who was a villainous version of a now-obscure Golden Age superhero by the same name.
- Always Camp: Mr. Bickles, the school drama teacher.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The anti-fairies
- Ambiguously Gay: Cupid, Mr. Bickles, Sanjay
- Also, Catman fell in love with Timmy's Father at a beauty pageant. But he did mistake Timmy's father for a female even though Timmy kept reminding him that he was his dad. Maybe he already knew.
- It is implied that even when Timmy told him it was his dad and a he, he didn't seem to care.
Catman: "Say, think I can get her phone number?"
Timmy: "That's no she, that's my dad!"
Catman: "So you have it then!"
- Given a nod to involving Cupid in one episode while at a Pancake Party.
Cupid: "I'm in love with Jack!... -Flap-jack, that is!"
- Amusing Injuries: Every episode. Mainly Timmy or Cosmo.
- An Axe to Grind: Vicky on occasion.
- And I Must Scream: Every Unwished Wish is put into storage, even if they're sentient. And they live forever... Oddly subverted after Timmy discovers the island where most of his unwished enemies/objects end up. He makes a few wishes to ensure that the island is as comfortable as possible for everyone trapped there. These improvements include luxurious resorts and servants in his image that accept physical violence as payment.
- Animation Age Ghetto/Comedy Ghetto: Both lampshaded In-Universe in "Movie Magic:"
“Because, anonymous voice from nobody, you won [an award] for comedy, and everybody knows that comedy is the lowest form of entertainment... next to animation
- Antagonist in Mourning: Vicky in Wishology, briefly.
- Anticlimax Cut: When Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda entered a scavenger hunt, one of the items was a Pot of Gold from the 15th century. Timmy commented on how leprechauns are usually protective of their gold. Cut to a leprechaun willingly giving them his pot.
- Anti-Gravity Clothing: The fairy crowns.
- Appropriated Appellation: Crash Nebula
- Arch-Enemy: Timmy and Vicky
- Which grows and grows the more wishes he makes turn against him.
- Army of the Ages: Timmy Turner assembles an army of Crimson Chins, each with their own Era-Specific Personality.
- Arranged Marriage: Mark and Mandie
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Crocker's "birthday wish list". What does he want? To rule them all, to make them pay, and...a jet ski.
- In Emotion Commotion: "Just think of it like a dive at your local swimming pool except with fire, ravenous sharks, dangerously sharp scissors and ONE REALLY ANGRY TOURIST."
- In the episode where Wanda was missing (with noir elements), Timmy's dad tries to argue that he could be a suspect because he steals cable, rips the tags off of mattresses, and jaywalks.
- The MERF fires several things at the the rouge destructinator in an attempt to destroy it. The last "weapon" mentioned by name is a ginormous kitchen sink.
- Art Shift: Many, many times.
- A Shared Suffering: Vicky for Timmy and Tootie, and depending on the episode expands it for whoever she's babysitting/watching over.
- As Himself: Adam West Voiced His Character (which is accompanied by people exclaiming, "TV's Adam West!" in one episode)
- Asian Airhead: Trixie Tang.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Timmy and Cosmo
- And at least in the Big Scoop, a Running Gag is that Principal Waxaplax tends to lose her train of thought as soon as food is tossed into her line of sight.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Timmy in The Boy Who Would Be Queen
- Authority in Name Only: The Mayor
- Ax-Crazy Vicky as one of her favorite torture implements
- Babies Make Everything Better: The birth of Poof. subverted with Foop.
- Babysitter from Hell: Vicky, the current picture and demonic patron of this Trope.
- Her heart's a black hole and kindness never showed up for his duty.
- Back to School: episode "The Old Man and the C Minus", Timmy's Dad entered a Game Show titled Are You Brighter than a 4th Grader? and lost because he answered "sea cucumber" to all questions except the one where "sea cucumber" was the right answer. He then admitted he didn't finish fourth grade and his wife forced him to go back to school to set an example for their son.
- Bad Future: The beginning of Channel Chasers, where Vicky has taken over the world.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: The Yugopotamians
- Bad News, Irrelevant News: Mostly done by Cosmo.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Timmy on three occasions.
- Batman Gambit /Tempting Fate: in Tiny Timmy
Dad: Now me and Mom are going out tonight so whatever you do don't break our new $50,000 vase
(several vase breaks and fixes later)
Dad: $50,000 vase! And Timmy! We're home!
(wow, the house is so clean scene and small dialogue)
Timmy: Boring conversation (leans on pedestal holding vase) Can't focus.
Vicky: Alright! Timmy broke the vase!
Mom and Dad: [(Beat)glance] We're Rich!(Beat)Eeeeer
Dad: Vicky, that vase was worth and insured for $50,000. We only bought it for a buck!
Timmy: Where'd you get it for a dollar?
Mom and Dad: Internet.
Dad: And, thanks to Timmy's tiny attention span, we just earned $49,999!
Vicky: *to vase* I hate you.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: An anti-fairy is born for every fairy.
- Balloon Belly: Everybody in "Just Desserts".
- Barbarian Hero: Timmy in Timmy the Barbarian.
- Barbaric Bully: Francis. He's about twice the size of everyone else at his school, he wears heavy chains on his clothes, he has grey skin, he apparently feeds first graders to his dog, and he's brought medieval weapons to school on at least one occasion. You know...just like bullies in real life.
- Bare Your Midriff: Vicky.
- Along with Trixie in her Wonder Gal outfit, Veronica in her Wardrobe Malfunction, and few of the female students in Dimmsdale Elementary are like this too, the school itself has rather lousy dress code for allowing ten year olds walk around with their belly buttons revealing.
- Basement-Dweller: Denzel Crocker and The Geek Who Writes The Crimson Chin.
Crimson Chin: "Who writes this stuff anyway!?"
Timmy: "Some 40 year old dude who lives with his mom."
Crimson Chin:"Any money in it?"
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Lampshaded. "Let's go to the planet of Almost Enough Atmosphere.'
- Beautiful All Along: Tootie, according to Grow Up Timmy Turner.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zig-zagged in "Just Desserts". After everyone has turned fat, the only recurring females we see are Wanda and Trixie. Also, unlike most of the guys and Wanda, Trixie isn't grossly fat.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Invoked by name many times and is the running premise of the show.
- Becoming the Costume: During the second season Halloween Episode.
- The Bermuda Triangle: Cosmo and Wanda put Unwish Island, one giant Mythology Gag that holds all of Timmy's un-wished wishes, inside this region.
- Beggar With A Signboard: used twice. In the Season 1 episode "The Big Problem", Timmy says that one advantage of being an adult is not needing a babysitter. In his Imagine Spot, Vicky is on the street corner, holding up a cup and a sign that says, "Will babysit for food". The handsome adult Timmy stops by and puts a coin in the cup, then pulls it away, as the coin is attached to a string. As he does this, he says, "Psyche!" to Vicky and drives away. In the Season 5 episode "Timmy TV", after his own show, "Leave It to Binky", is cancelled, Binky ends up on the streets holding a sign that reads “Will act for food”.
- Berserk Button: Fairies, for Timmy and Crocker: Timmy, if you do bad things to them; Crocker, if you so much as mention them.
- Poof has one, too: Don't do bad things to his parents.
- Betty and Veronica: Tootie and Trixie. You Doo and Take and Fake are the two only episodes where Tootie is aware of Timmy's crush on Trixie.
- Trixie also has a friend who is actually named Veronica, and the story plays out the same way. Ironically, Veronica seems to play the "Betty" role.
- Big Bad: The Darkness in Wishology.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Anti-Cosmo and HP.
- Big Ball of Violence: often played straight and parodied, but used in a very egregious way in Twistory, when Washington and Arnold beat the crap out of each other, accompanied by the inevitable Unsound Effect: "FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!"
- Big Damn Heroes: Crash Nebula in Spaced Out.
- Big Eater: Chester, Mark, Grippulon.
- Bigger on the Inside: The fairy godparents' home.
- Big "NO!": This is, also, frequently used.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Butch Hartman's trademark.
- Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Magic-based cheating in an otherwise normal game.
- Black and Nerdy: AJ.
- Black Best Friend: AJ again.
- Blackmail: From Vicky
- Blah Blah Blah: Lampshaded in that the opposite sexes need a translator to figure out what the other is saying.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Remy Buxaplenty
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Back to the Norm
- Book Dumb: Debatable. Timmy barely goes beyond an F. However, this could not entirely be his fault, since his teacher, Mr. Crocker, is obsessed with giving everyone in the class F's (save for AJ). In a few episodes he actually does pull out good grades on his assignments.
- Book Ends: So far, the third live-action movie.
Crocker: This assignment is very well written! But I'll give it an "F" Anyway!
- Born Lucky: Dinkleberg, as often referenced by Timmy's jealous Dad
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Chester in Hex Games
- Brain in a Jar: In the Zee Rust episode Future Lost
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When asked about his sudden popularity and flashy new clothes in "A Wish Too Far":
Timmy: Internet? Uh... inheritance? ... I inherited the internet!
- Breakout Character: Dark Laser and by extension his Running Gag Flipsy toy.
- Bright Is Not Good: The Gigglepies.
- British Accents: Anti-Cosmo, to make him sound smart.
- Broken Aesop: It's a Wishful Life, Love Struck! and The Boy Who Would Be Queen
- Any time they bring up the aesop of listening to one's parents, as the very premise of the series is that Timmy's parents are so awful that he got fairies to make life tolerable.
- Brother Chuck: In the first pilot, Vicky had a little brother, which was changed later on to her having a little sister, whom we know as Tootie. Plus Remy and Mark's friends Jeff and Eric.
- Brown Bag Mask: Bucky McBadBat, Chester's father, wears one.
- The Brute: Francis.
- The Bully: Francis again.
- Buffy Speak: "Floaty crowny things!"
- Bumbling Dad: Mr. Turner, Cosmo, and, for one episode, Crocker. Though admittedly, Mrs. Turner isn't much smarter either.
- Butt Monkey: Timmy mostly, plus Crocker, Elmer, Binky, Vicky (when she's not the one causing the humiliation), and Veronica (to a lesser extent).
- Later on, Cosmo to an extent.
- Bystander Syndrome: The response to fairy magic, except when the plot says otherwise.
- Camp Gay: Cupid, Mr. Bickles
- Canon Foreigner: A few characters from the video games
- Canon Immigrant: The Brass Knuckles, the Iron Lung
- The Cape: The Crimson Chin, Catman
- Captain Colorbeard: In "Odd-Pirates", Timmy, Poof, Wanda, and Cosmo encounter a pirate named Dirtybeard.
- Captain Ersatz: Dark Laser, of Darth Vader, Foop, of Stewie Griffin.
- Lampshaded: "I'm the amazing unsue-able Arachnid-Man!"
- Captain Obvious: Many of the show's haters see Timmy as this.
- Captivity Harmonica: Parodied in Wishology. The harmonica turns out to be music coming from a record player, whose turntable is being operated by the captive fairies.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Nearly all of them.
- The Casanova: Juandissimo and Dr. Rip Studwell.
- The Cassandra: Crocker about fairies; Wanda about wishes going wrong.
- Catch Phrase: When Timmy suddenly discovers something useful that helps him in a given situation, he'll use the phrase "Thank you, [concept responsible for whatever helped him]." For example, when he realizes he can escape a gerbil cage he's locked in (episode entitled "That's Life!") because he has thumbs, he quips, "Thank you, evolution!"
- Celeb Crush:
- Chip Skylark: Both of Timmy's parents (yes, the dad too) crush on him. So does Wanda. Vicky did until she found out he was broke.
- Pop Diva Britney Britney: Cosmo has a crush on her.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Chip Skylark in Boys in the Band; Timmy in Timmy TV.
- Censorship by Spelling: Wanda tries to take Cosmo to the D-O-C-T-O-R.
Cosmo: What? Doctor? I thought she was spelling plumber. It's worse than I thought!
- Chaotic Stupid: Cosmo, natch.
- Character Exaggeration: Cosmo got dumber between the Oh Yeah! Cartoons and the actual show.
- Characterization Marches On: Cosmo was only a bit spacey in the early days, and Wanda was somewhat similar. Seeing the early shorts seems weird now.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Hex Games and The Fairly Oddlympics
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Timmy's Heat Vision.
- Chekhov's Gun: Crops up from time to time; played relatively straight in Mind over Magic and in Wishology, though the latter is more of a Chekhov's Death Star due to lack of subtlety.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Dr. Bender
- The Chessmaster: Anti-Cosmo, HP
- The Chew Toy: Binky, Chester and generally Timmy.
- Sometimes Cosmo too. And Crocker.
- Child Hater: Crocker, with the sole exception being Poof. Hinted for Dinkleberg.
- Chick Magnet: Dr. Rip Studwell. Hinted with Timmy himself.
- Chosen One: Timmy, as you'd probably guess.
- He even turns into a Fairy, which no one saw coming.
- Although sometimes by accident, as in part 1 the "Wishology" three-parter, where the intended Chosen One accidentally slept through the attack by the Darkness.
- Chronic Pet Killer: Well, they didn't actually die, no! They just ran away while Timmy was at camp... camp... camp...
- Specifically, Timmy's Dad forgot to feed them while Timmy was at camp... camp... camp...
- Chronic Villainy: Remy Buxaplenty
- Clark Kenting: The Crimson Chin
- Clear My Name: Inspection Detection
- Close-Call Haircut: Yoo Doo!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Cosmo and Mr. Turner. In later seasons, Cosmo becomes a ditz.
- Coincidental Broadcast: Lampshaded by Cosmo in one episode:
Cosmo: You can see all about it in this conveniently placed television.
- Color Character Spoofed with "The Crimson Chin"
- Combat Stilettos: Mandie
- Combining Mecha: The Jack O'Bots/Pumpkinator
- Comically Missing the Point: Cosmo's getting the wrong Aesop for something. Timmy sometimes too.
- Comic Books Are Real: Crimson Chin and Crash Nebula
- Comic-Book Time: None of the characters ever age in the show. Timmy has even had several birthdays throughout the show yet he remains 10 years old. This was cleverly explained in the movie Timmy's Secret Wish, where said secret wish was that everyone would stay the same age forever so that he could keep his godparents. As it turns out, everyone had stayed the same age for FIFTY YEARS.
- Comic Trio: The three main characters (Timmy is The Leader, Cosmo is The Fool, and Wanda is Only Sane Woman).
- Companion Cube: Cosmo's various non-living pets, including a nickel.
- Compressed Vice: Many characters display traits or flaws that they will otherwise never suffer from in subsequent episodes. Some of these character flaws have taken off in fanfiction and other medium, while others are used as ammunition in shipping wars.
- Conspicuous CG: Most of Wishology.
- Continuity Porn: Escape from Unwish Island. It contains references to everything that's happened in the series up to that point.
- When Jorgen appears on TV in Wish Fixers and take a list of bad wishes, all of them were from previous episodes.
- Continuity Snarl:
- The inclusion of Poof as a main cast member has brought up some confusion regarding his absence in the finale of the movie Channel Chasers.
- Also, the addition of Sparky brings on more continuity issues, such as Sparky not being there on the end of Channel Chasers (the same contradiction happened with Poof) and he not being on the live-action movies - A Fairly Odd Movie and A Fairly Odd Christmas - both taking place thirteen years after the events of the main series. In A Fairly Odd Movie, there is even a scene in which Wanda states that Timmy doesn't have a dog.
- Contrived Clumsiness: The "accidental" spill variant gets used by "Icky Vicky" the babysitter. She doesn't just spill a drink, though. It is a significant amount of water, enough to drench the other girl.
- Contrived Coincidence: This show has been RUNNING on these since the beginning, even coming in chains and not letting up throughout the show's lifespan, sometimes growing more unbelievable then necessary. Not just to Timmy, but the town in general at times. They mostly take place to make Timmy more as a Cosmic Plaything though. There's honestly too many to list, and is the show's main running trope.
- One early theme to try to avert this trope is Timmy blaming his magically gotten convenient gains on the Internet. Cause you can get anything with no consequence through the Internet.
- It has been abandoned though later on.
- Cool Hat: Doug Dimmadome has a cowboy hat that, in at least one episode, always extends past the screen.
- Cool Shades: Tad & Chad
- Corrupt Corporate Executive:
- Doug Dimmadome, a parody of Corporate Executive Ted Turner.
- Flappy Bob from Schools Out: The Musical and Hugh J. Magnate Jr. from Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
- Head Pixie is this personified.
- Debatable with Ed Leadley.
- Cosmic Plaything: One gets the feeling the writers revel in tormenting poor ten-year-old Timmy as much as the Spongebob writers revel in doing it to Squidward.
- Cosmo as well to an extent. But he's immortal/has higher pain tolerance, so that must not be as funny to the writers, as there's not as much of this trope played on this dimwitted fairy compared to Timmy.
- Also because tormenting a ten-year-old almost every episode is maybe more funny too.
- Couch Gag: Vicky's head in the intro.
- In all Australian reruns of ALL the episodes (excluding Wishology) season 7, its always the bull gag. Strangely its never been in any other episode.
- Cousin Oliver: Poof
- Cowboy Episode: Timmy Turner goes back in time to the founding of the city of Dimmsdale. As Dimmsdale is in southeastern California and the city was founded in the mid-19th century, Dimmsdale is depicted as a Wild West town.
- Create Your Own Villain: With so much attention given to Superhero Tropes, this is yet another one they point out.
- Timmy and Jimmy do this in Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3. They wanted someone to fight together who could be a challenge. They then play the trope straight when they get bored of him and try to ditch him. He gets mad. The reason was because Jimmy told Timmy to make him 'adoptable' whenever they got bored of him. Unfortunately, Timmy types 'adaptable' meaning it ADAPTS to the situation.
- Also happens in "The Masked Magician". Timmy causes Mr. Bickles to become a supervillain. When he apologizes, Bickles reforms, but the Vegas act he gets ticked off Britney Britney and she becomes his supervillain.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Timmy Turner's real parents were once arrested during a trip to Niagara Falls by cops who confused them with an Outlaw Couple known as "The Souvenir Bandits."
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Adam West actually beat the Crimson Chin
- Cultural Rebel: Trixie Tang, the popular girl, is secretly a comic book fangirl. She also likes dead frogs.
- Cutaway Gag: Occurs subtly in the early episodes, most notably "Totally Spaced Out":
Timmy: Why am I in my Crash Nebula outfit?
Cosmo: It's stretchy and form-fitting!
Wanda: But, most of all, this is the suit you wore the last time you were here, remember?
Timmy: Oh, yeah! You think they'll remember me?
(Cut to Yugopotamians watching Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy's Movements on a Jumbo-Tron)
Yugopotamian (With a thick, Australian accent): It's Timmy Turner! The Earth warrior who ate the dreaded chocolate! He's returned! (Entire audience goes into full panic mode)
Cosmo(through Jumbo-Tron): I'd say that's a "yes".
- Curtains Match the Window: Most fairies. Exceptions include Jorgen, Blonda, and Big Daddy.
- Cyberspace: Three times: an episode where Timmy wishes for an ultra realistic video game, and an episode where he tries to stop a forged love letter email from reaching its destination, and was the main area where it took place in Information Stupor Highway; and once in "Channel Chasers" wherein he and Vicky use magical remotes to modify television.
- Furthermore, when Jimmy Neutron crosses over, he assumes Fairy World is one of these, as he thinks Timmy's fairies are sentient holograms.
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Timmy tells his godparents there's only one piece of pizza left—"really huge, almost-circular piece".