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The Fairly Odd Parents: Tropes A to C
"All of these tropes! Clearly this was the work of... FAIRY GODPARENTS!!"

This page covers tropes found in The Fairly OddParents.

Tropes A To C | Tropes D to J | Tropes K to R | Tropes S to Z | YMMV

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  • Babies Make Everything Better: The birth of Poof. subverted with Foop.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Vicky, the current picture and demonic patron of this Trope.
  • 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
    Vicky: What?
    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?"
    Timmy: "Lives. With. His. Mom."
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Spoofed. "Let's go to to the planet of Almost Enough Atomsphere.'
  • 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: 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.
    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 in "A Wish Too Far"
    Timmy: Inheritance? Internet... 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. 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
  • Buffy Speak: "Floaty crowny things!"
  • Bumbling Dad: Mr. Turner, Cosmo, and, for one episode, Crocker.
  • Butt Monkey: Timmy, Crocker, Elmer, Binky, Vicky (when she's not the one causing the humiliation), and Veronica (to a lesser 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 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 gets 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.
    • 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
  • 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 absense 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.
  • 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.
  • Cosmic Plaything: One gets the feeling the writers revel in tormenting poor Timmy.
  • 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. Strangly 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 tickes 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.
    • and Binky, who is bald.
  • 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 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".

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