Western Animation / Milo Murphy's Law

"Never boring even for a minute, it's my world and we're all living in it!"

Milo Murphy's Law is an animated series on Disney XD, created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb.

Set in a town a couple of neighbourhoods away from Danville, the series stars Milo Murphy, voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic. He's the descendant of the original Murphy of Murphy's Law, which means anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Despite being born cursed, the ever-optimistic Milo takes it all in stride and manages to turn his endless string of misfortunes into exciting adventures.

The first episode aired on October 3rd, 2016. The opening sequence can be viewed here.

This series features examples of:

  • Acquainted with Emergency Services:
    • Because Milo is Born Unlucky and a Walking Disaster Area, the firefighters and police know him to the point that he keeps a framed photograph of them in his room.
    • In "Rooting for the Enemy", it's revealed that his family, mainly Milo and his father, Martin, have their own hospital suite called the "Murphy Suite".
    • In "The Note", the government is fully aware of the Murphy's luck that they dubbed their neighborhood as "The Murphy Sector".
    • In "Worked Day", when Milo's class is having a career day, they meet Melissa's father, who's a firefighter, whose squad just put out a fire at a fish hatchery:
      Mr. Chase: Milo, you weren't here at the fish hatchery this morning, were you?
      Melissa: Dad!
      Mr. Chase: Ha! I kid!... But seriously, you weren't here, right?
      Milo: (cheerfully) Why Mr. Chase, I'm flattered! (suddenly deadpan, visibly irritated) But no.
  • Action Survivor: Milo has to be to survive life. Melissa and Zack to a lesser degree merely by being in proximity to Milo.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Mr. Drako asks Milo to list five historic disasters. Milo includes Drako's haircut on the list, and after remarking on the cattiness of the remark, Drako accepts it as an answer.
  • Adorkable: Milo. He wears a sweater vest and the opening song makes it clear he thinks it's cool.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Played with. Milo's dog is named "Diogee." Say it slowly.
  • Advertising by Association: Advertisements for the show say it's "from the team that brought you Phineas and Ferb".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Zig-zagged. The Brulee twins gush about how "dangerous" Milo is, but he remains the polite, optimistic Adorkable young man we know and love. And they do make enthusiastic note of his sweater vest.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted in "We're Going to the Zoo" where the female ostrich has brown feathers.
  • Arc Words: The pistachio stand with the word "Pistachios" appear in every episode. It's the kind of nuts two time traveling agents Balthazar and Vinnie are tasked to protect. Pistachios are also Dr. Zone and Mr. Block's favorite kind of nut.
  • Arc Symbol: Mixed with Arc Words, primates seem to have a place in the show.
    • An orangutan once tried to steal Milo's pistachios.
    • Melissa recalls a time when an orangutan takes her away during a card game with Milo.
    • A poster in Melissa's room has a primate-like creature (most likely Bigfoot).
    • The presence of Time Ape, Dr. Zone's sidekick.
    • There's a gorilla in a miniature golf course where Sara and Milo played in.
    • Monkeys are featured in one of the zoetropes.
    • Bridgette's vintage t-shirts were stolen by monkeys for Milo, Zack, and Sara to chase.
  • Art Evolution: The show's animation tends to be much more dynamic and fairly smooth, compared to its parent series.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • "Going the Extra Milo" makes the common mistake of portraying wild beehives as resembling a hornet's nest.
    • Pileated woodpeckers are drawn with only three toes, lacking the second backwards-pointing toe in the zygodactyl foot.
    • Ostriches are shown with three toes rather than two (a same mistake made in Phineas and Ferb).
    • The female gazelle in "We're Going to the Zoo" is drawn without horns. Plus there's the fact that it's pink.
    • In "The Llama Incident", Milo claims that woodpeckers eat branches. Most woodpeckers feed primarily on insects, pecking at trees to search for them.
    • Hilariously lampshaded in "We're Going to the Zoo" when Sara wonders why Milo's platypus pajamas are teal when platypuses are supposed to be brown.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: The T. rex model in "The Little Engine That Couldn't" has three fingers on each hand instead of two (again, a same mistake made in Phineas and Ferb).
  • Awesome Backpack: Due to having to prepare for unfortunate circumstances, Milo has to keep a backpack that contains many things to protect him and his friends.
    • Milo actually was gifted his backpack by his former babysitter, Veronica, who was so Crazy Awesome, Milo says she was stronger than Murphy's Law.
  • Bag of Holding: Milo's bag can even hold an anchor.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • If "Sunnyside Up" is any indication, this trope will be averted. Melissa, the class, and even the nearby kickball field, are coated in egg.
    • At the end of "Milo's Lard", Melissa looks like a Shell-Shocked Veteran with wild hair and a Thousand-Yard Stare.
    • The substitute teacher got sucked into a time vortex. When she returned, she was the worst for wear.
  • Been There, Shaped History: It's indicated that past ancestors of the Murphy family have brought bad luck that have led to historical disasters such as the San Francisco Earthquake, the Hindenberg crashing, the sinking of the Titanic, etc.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Diogee practically crossed the country to rescue the Murphys and the Brulees in "Family Vacation".
  • Birthday Episode: "Party of Peril" is about Milo's 13th birthday.
  • Black Best Friend: Zack to Milo and Melissa.
  • Born Unlucky: Milo, having been born with Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law condition (EHML). Though in a twisted way, you could also say he's got a variant of Born Lucky, since he survives everything the world throws at him and he and any companions he has at any given time get out of any situation with minimal injury.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: From "Milo's Lard", Cavendish asks if the pistachio stand is safe from fires or barnyard animals, like pigs. Dakota then asks if it's safe from flaming pigs. Even better, a flaming pig does come by and try to destroy the stand. After being protected once, circumstances have the flaming pig succeed in destroying the stand.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Zack asks Milo if he's some kind of tough guy, Milo says no one's ever called him tough. Then after he's chased off by the sewer pipe, Melissa calls him tough as the reason she thinks he'll make it to school.
    • From the same episode, a super-strong bungee cord that holds construction equipment and a section of pipe find their way to Milo. Later on, at a construction site, the workers note the absence of these items.
    • At the bus stop, Milo tells Melissa he's got a new scar and texts her a photo of it so that she can see it from a safe distance. Later in the episode, a construction worker asks Milo about the new scar.
    • In "Sunny Side Up", Milo's opening story leads Zack to ask where the zoo is. When the egg pod is bouncing around, it ends up in a polar bear habitat, prompting a comment by Zack that that's where the zoo is.
    • In "Party of Peril," there's a Running Gag about ducks attacking people, particularly Elliot. In the next episode, "Smooth Opera-tor," during an Overly Long Gag of things going wrong onstage, Elliot runs out, being chased by a duck again.
    • One that crosses series, the rollercoaster from Phineas and Ferb crashed in Melissa's back yard, as we learn in "Milo's Lard"
    • In "The Note", The General was overly fond of the disintegration ray, with one of the men finding a way to reverse it. In "Family Vacation", that same general shows up, grabbing the Murphy RV. His subordinate asks if it's time to use the disintegration ray, but The General retorts that "there's more buttons than just that one, you know."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Milo's gone through so much that he barely reacts to the improbable occurrences life sends his way. Doubles for most of his classmates and the town as a whole.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Notably averted with Milo. In any other show, he would be this. But with his cheerful outlook and his Crazy-Prepared tendencies, Milo is having none of it.
    • Milo may not be this, but Elliot the crossing guard ("Safety Czar!") certainly seems to be exactly this trope every time he appears.
  • Call Back: As expected for the successor to Phineas and Ferb, this trope is in full effect. In addition to numerous callbacks to Phineas and Ferb, as the episode count for Milo Murphy's Law increases, so do the callback opportunities within itself.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In "Sunny Side Up", each of the main characters gets their own. Zack worries that their device would be destroyed the next morning, Melissa worries the egg will be cracked, and Milo wakes up with absolutely nothing wrong.
  • Character as Himself: Time Ape is credited as himself in "The Doctor Zone Files".
  • Character Tics: Melissa and Dr. Zone are prone to raising one eyebrow, giving justification to make the Dreamworks Face in promotional material. Balthazar is also prone to raising one eyebrow in form of the Fascinating Eyebrow.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Diogee's ability to return home in any circumstance helps the gang get out of a cave. Diogee doubles as Chekhov's Gunman.
    • In "Sunny Side Up", Milo sticks an egg in his pocket. The next day, that egg turns out to be what saves their chances for the science project.
  • Cold Opening: The first episode uses one to establish Milo's character as an optimistic Walking Disaster Area.
  • Companion Cube: Milo's physics teacher has an unhealthy attachment to her desk...
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: The entire Murphy Family display this in "Family Vacation". While the Brulee family is panicking at the prospect of their RV sinking in the raging river, we cut to the Murphys, calmly strapping on life vests and other safety gear.
  • Consolation Backfire: From "Time Out":
    Dakota: Look on the bright side -
    Cavendish: My entire career has been one big, inconsequential joke. Where is the bright side?
    Dakota: The pistachio shipment is here and unharmed.
    • Moments later, Milo, his dad, and the Underwoods are trying to steer a fishing boat to safety:
    Dakota: Hey, at least it can't get any worse.
    • Subverted when the fishing boat barely hits the dock and damages a food shack, leaving the pistachio shipment unharmed for the moment; double subverted when one of the scuba tanks hits and ruins the shipping crate full of pistachios.
  • Conspicuous CG: The meat dinosaur in "Family Vacation" suffers from this badly. Though in general, most cars in this show look a little out of place too.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Many have happened because of Murphy's Law, such as:
    • In "The Doctor Zone Files", Balthazar and Vinnie's pistachio stand made a hole into the theater, letting Milo, Sara, Melissa, and Zack be able to watch "The Dr. Zone Files" Movie.
    • In "The Note", Milo attempting to save Melissa by swinging as caused a series of unfortunate events that saved Melissa.
    • In "Party of Peril", a truckload of cake, ice cream, and some dynamite caused an explosion of ice cream cake as a replacement to the one eaten by Diogee.
  • Cosplay: In the opening, we can see someone cosplaying as Dr. Zone, sans the hat.
    • Various Dr. Zone fans; including Milo and Sara, wore this in "The Doctor Zone Files", while some of them even kept wearing them such as in "Wilder West".
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: In "Rooting For the Enemy", a father is seen covering his son's eyes from watching Milo's cheering.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Because Milo is aware of his terrible luck, he keeps his backpack stocked with supplies to help him out of any bind. The walls of his bedroom are covered with warning signs, and he even has a full-body hazmat suit hanging up by the door.
    • In "Sunny Side Up", Melissa brings a wagon full of egg cartons of 12 stacked 26 high, 4 long and 2 deep. By the end of the testing phase, they were down to just one egg...which itself gets broken the following day. Milo had a spare though.
    • Milo's older sister is often prepared for any mishaps to a degree that even Milo finds to be unneeded.
    • It turns out that Milo's babysitter, Veronica, was the one who gave him his Bag of Holding, and was so Crazy-Prepared that she could handle any catastrophe that Murphy's Law threw at her while she sat for Milo.
  • Dare to Be Badass: In the first episode, Zack (who's starting to get fed up with the danger) asks why Milo's okay with being a living Jinx.
    Zack: How do you live like this?!
    Milo: How do you live like that?
    Zack: What do you mean?
    Milo: I mean, you wanna live like those other kids? They took a bus to school today. A bus. Does that seem like more fun to you?
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Doctor Zone Files Files.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Milo's luck is very notorious in causing these types of situations.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Poor Mrs. Baxter experiences one after being sucked into a wormhole caused by mistake Vinnie and Balthazar's time device for a cell phone.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Not only does Weird Al voice Milo, he also sings the main theme, "It's My World (And We're All Living In It)".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In "The Note", Melissa wants to make a laugh by asking whether Milo was carrying osmium (it's actually a stack of doctor's notes). No one gets the joke, so she had to explain that it's the heaviest chemical element.
    • In "Smooth Opera-tor", when Cavendish doesn't react to Vinnie's lobster bib joke, Vinnie starts awkwardly explaining it, but Cavendish cuts him off.
  • Doom Magnet: Milo being a living one is the premise of the show.
  • Dreamworks Face: Melissa is prone to this as she makes one in the poster and makes one with Zack on the official website.
    • Dr. Zone makes this face in the opening credits of "The Dr. Zone Files".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Milo has a Dr. Zone and Time Ape poster in his room before the characters debuted on the show.
    • Balthazar and Vinnie also appeared in some runs of "The Undergrounders".
  • Easter Egg: In some runs we can see Balthazar and Vinnie appearing as cameos.
  • Egg Sitting: A variant for three in "Sunny Side Up"; Zack and Melissa have to partner with Milo on a project which requires them to build a container that will prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from a height. They break a lot of eggs in the planning stages.
  • Epileptic Trees: Discussed in-universe as fan theories about "The Dr. Zone Files" emerge when Wally says pistachios being Dr. Zone's favorite nut is just a theory and when Melissa had a theory that Dr. Zone and Time Ape are brothers.
  • Expanded Universe: Same art style as Phineas & Ferb, as it's set in the same universe and a few neighborhoods away from Danville.
  • Expy:
    • Milo, personality-wise, is extremely similar to Phineas. Nothing fazes either of them, they tend to do the impossible daily, and one of the early jokes for both of them is having official documentation.
    • Doctor Zone is an expy of the titular character of Doctor Who, with one alien race being mentioned, Trashcandroids, possibly being a mashup of Cybermen and Daleks from that show.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • Milo is the descendant of Edward A. Murphy Jr., the namesake of the original Murphy's Law.
    • Jackie from "Wilder West" is the descendant of Calamity Jane.
  • Flintstone Theming: In-universe example in "The Dr. Zone Files" where the characters abuse the word "time" a lot. Even Dr. Zone's sidekick is called Time Ape.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In "Wilder West," Milo is, naturally, assigned to a horse named "Psycho," who proceeds to buck him off repeatedly. It's quickly revealed that the horse is normally the gentlest of the horses and was given that name as a joke.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In "Sunny Side Up", Melissa only reads out a small portion of her egg hazard list.
    • The Dr. Zone Files has some silliness in the closing credits, but they go by way too fast to read normally.
  • Fruit Cart: Pistachio carts appear to be getting a raw deal to the point time travelers have to protect them.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Rooting For the Enemy", after Jody mentions she just got the cast off, she walks off a few steps before getting hit by a stray football, right during the middle of a conversation.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: "Hey Milo, is that a new scar?" "Yeah. Thanks for noticing."
  • Goofy Print Underwear:
    • Zack seems to have heart-printed underwear in his hamper in "Sunny Side Up".
    • The gecko mascot when he's out of his costume. Also from "Rooting for the Enemy", the quarterback somehow took the underwear from another player.
  • Got Volunteered: When hearing that the class would be breaking off into teams of 3 for their assignment in "Sunny Side Up", everyone in the class besides Milo, Zack and Melissa hide under their desks.
  • Grumpy Bear: Bradley, as a foil to Milo's optimism.
  • Headbutt of Love: Between Milo and Brigette at the end of "Worked Day."
  • Heroic Dog: Diogee, who is responsible for helping Milo out of his more dangerous scrapes.
  • Hero of Another Story: In "The Note", during a scene that is a Shout-Out to a similar moment in Shaun of the Dead, Milo meets a Distaff Counterpart and a pair of Suspiciously Similar Substitutes.
  • Hurricane of Puns: You could make a drinking game out of Doctor Zone's time puns.
  • Immediate Sequel: When asked how long after Phineas and Ferb this show takes place, Word of God responded "Immediately." Since P&F ended on the last day of summer, this implies that "Going the Extra Milo" was the first day of the school year.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: The Brulee twins have this reaction to Milo in "Family Vacation".
  • It Runs in the Family: Not only the Murphy's Law effect, but Milo's Dad has been shown to have the same laid back, calm approach to calamities that Milo has.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • In "Rooting for the Enemy", Melissa says that the stadium used to sell German sausages, but they were the worst/wurst. Cue Rimshot.
    • In "Sunny Side Up", Milo and Zack both begin making egg puns, only for Melissa to angrily order them to stop.
  • Metaphorgotten: Milo is prone to this:
    Milo: Well, people have used the "j" word. But you know what they say: "sticks and stones can damage your vital organs, so always wear body armor."
    • Sometimes, these manifest as "My dad always says..."
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Lampshaded:
    "Swordfish? In freshwater?"
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In "The Math Book", Milo and especially Melissa play up retrieving Melissa's math book after school as a fantastical quest. Though Murphy's Law meant that they did run into several extraordinary circumstances, Zack points out many moments where their supposed quest was perfectly mundane.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Starting in "The Undergrounders", Milo and Melissa make several references to a "llama incident" throughout Season 1. In this case, the trope is eventually subverted, as an entire episode is later spent on them telling Zack exactly what happened.
    • "Sunny Side Up" begins with an elaborate partial story about an orangutan wanting Milo's pistachios. Doubles as a Brick Joke as Zack asks where the nearest zoo is. This gets answered near the end of the episode.
    • Melissa records their misadventures on her phone. She references several incidents we've yet to see in "The Note". Including a kangaroo, a tangerine fight at Mardi Gras, and an asteroid.
    • Due to a series of events that we don't get to hear about, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre is a copy painted by Milo's cousin.
  • Once an Episode: Milo's dog, Diogee, pops up unexpectedly and is told to go home. Milo often justifies this by explaining "He's not supposed to be ______"
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dr. Zone says "button" twice in different ways: one with the glottalized T ("Time Ape, press the button.") and one without ("I've got to hit that button."), indicating that his accent is inconsistent.
  • Outdated Outfit: Cavendish and Dakota, nicely summarized in "Time Out".
    Cavendish: It's all the past. We decided to go with the '70s.
    Savannah: Yes, but one of you is from the 1970's and one from the 1870's.
  • Overly Long Gag: The scraping noises of the chart with the Periodic Table of Elements that Vinnie and Balthazar use for cover in "The Substitute".
    • In "Party of Peril", the crossing guard ("SAFETY CZAR!") being accosted by an affronted duck. It drags on for a long time, with Milo just watching.
    • In "Smooth Opera-tor", the performer's attempt to begin the song constantly being interrupted by pieces of the set collapsing behind him, to the point where he just stops and waits it out as the set completely falls apart and various other calamities occur backstage, only finally starting the song when several seconds pass without anything breaking.
  • The Perfectionist: Amanda. With her and Milo being Ship Teased, this forms a conflict in her personality.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite the chaos that unfolds around him, Milo has so far been shown smiling through it and looking on the bright side of it all. In fact, he pretty much prefers getting past dangerous scrapes just to get to school while the other kids just ride a bus. It's much more fun.
  • Popular Saying But: Dr. Zone, a time traveler, when he is flying off with the Time Bee-hicle:
    Dr. Zone: Time waits for no man, except for me!
  • Reality Ensues: People tend to adapt to new situations, no matter how unpleasant or hazardous. In the event that a person, let's call him Murphy, should be prone to a city destroying level of bad luck, then the people who survive long enough, who also are too stubborn to move, will eventually adapt ways of protecting themselves from the impending doom that is Murphy's presence. Such behaviors are known to include carrying riot shields, keeping the proper authorities on speed dial, and giving Murphy a ten meter radius at all times.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dakota and Cavendish are given a scathing one by their fellow time agents in "Time Out".
  • Refuge in Audacity: In "Rooting for the Enemy", Milo helps his football team win by cheering for the opposing team which causes his bad luck to rub off to them and even dresses himself completely with the opposing team's merchandise. He even sings about it to the opposing team and speculators and they happily go along with it, and he even got their cheerleaders to dance to his song.
  • Running Gag: A herd of llamas, referenced in several Noodle Incidents, and which literally run through the Title Sequence.
  • Seen It All:
    • Milo has been through so much that he barely reacts to anything beyond mild surprise.
    • Most of Milo's peers are fully aware of what happens to him day after day, and just pretty much expect the crazy to occur within his vicinity.
  • Self-Deprecation: In "Worked Day", when Milo is looking at a list of possible careers he could choose for Career Day:
    Milo: And some of these don't even sound like real jobs. Animator? I think it's a typo. But what if that is a real job?
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In "We're Going to the Zoo", after Milo, Sara, and Zack have gone to all the trouble of retrieving Brigette's T-shirts, which they had accidentally donated, it turns out she had planned on donating them to begin with.
  • Shared Universe: As stated, it's set in Swamp City, a neighborhood not too far from Danville, Phineas and Ferb's hometown, and it's been visited a few times throughout the series.
    • "Rooting For The Enemy" features a reference to Football X-7.
    • In "Worked Day", Balthazar is seen with a Danville map as they try to deliver a pistachio truck to its appropriate warehouse.
    • The Dr. Zone fan with the braces in "Wilder West" was a background character in 'Nerds of a Feather' during the "Our Movie's Better Than Yours" song, among the Stumbleberry Finkbat fans.
    • In "Murphy's Lard," Melissa reveals that on the first day of summer, her science project was destroyed by (unknown to her) Phineas and Ferb's falling rollercoaster from the latter's first episode.
    • Milo is seen wearing Perry the Platypus pajamas in "We're Going to the Zoo." Perry's theme is briefly used in the score. In the same episode, one of the rock band T-shirts stolen by the monkeys is for Love Händel and another for Lindana.
    • In "The Substitute" there are two hints. First, one of the zoetropes shows the Klimpaloon dancing. The second is on the mysterious moving periodic table, which has Pzl (for Pizzazium Infinionite) on the 19th column and below the rest of the table.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Played With; while many plots revolve around school, in one episode we find out that with all of the commotion that goes into Milo's everyday life, he can't attend school like any normal person and has a lot of school to make up for, having to bring in a month's worth of doctor's notes to explain his absences.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show Within a Show: The Dr. Zone Files is a show about a time traveler with the same name and his sidekick Time Ape. Milo and Sara Murphy love this show to the point where they would watch it all night.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • In "Going the Extra Milo", Milo correctly points out that bees are responsible for far more human fatalities than wolves are.
    • In "Murphy's Lard", Milo calls a woodpecker "Picidae", the scientific term for woodpeckers.
    • The giraffes in "We're Going to the Zoo" have blue tongues like real giraffes.
  • Sibling Triangle: A minor example, as both Brulee sisters seem infatuated with Milo in "Family Vacation" (though he doesn't seem to notice).
  • Spiritual Successor: To Phineas and Ferb. Instead of making every day awesome with something your parents would clearly disapprove of but never find out about, it's how to find the fun in awesomely bad luck that would send your parents into a frothing panic if they ever found out (assuming they didn't suffer from it themselves).
  • Spy Satellites: A spy drone crosses Milo's neighborhood (dubbed "The Murphy Sector") to check on one of the agent's brother-in-law in "The Note."
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The title sequence of The Dr. Zone Files: The Movie Files has an explosion in an empty desert.
    • The show proper has more than its fair share of this trope, naturally.
  • Stylistic Suck: The Doctor Zone Files have Special Effects Failure to rival some of the classic episodes of Doctor Who, possibly as a Shout-Out
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Smooth Opera-Tor: "What, you think we tied up the guy who usually does this and stashed him in the basement?"
  • Take That, Us: "We're Going to the Zoo" has Milo write off teal platypuses (as shown in Phineas and Ferb) as "someone's idea of artsy".
  • Tempting Fate: The entire show is a giant example of this one, especially when concerning people who haven't been acquainted with Milo. Melissa even name drops it "The Wilder West".
    Melissa: Isn't it dangerous to tempt fate?
  • Those Two Guys: Cavendish and Dakota.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Milo, Melissa, and Zack.
  • Time Cop: Savannah and Brick take care of more serious time-related incidents. Vinnie Dakota and Balthazar Cavendish are also from the future, tasked with protecting the world's Pistachio supply, because it's stated pistachio plants will go extinct.
  • Time Machine: Time travelers use car-shaped time vehicles.
    • Doctor Zone and Time Ape use the Time Bee-hicle, a beetle-shaped car shaped like a bee.
    • Agents Cavendish and Dakota use a near-broken time vehicle that looks like a hybrid between a beetle and a jeep.
    • Agents Brick and Savannah use a limo, possibly driven by a man named Lars.
  • Time Travel: It's a plot element in the Doctor Zone Files Show Within a Show, but it's also a recurring plot element in this series involving a Time Agency.
  • Token Trio: Milo, Zack and Melissa.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Again, Milo, Zack, and Melissa.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Milo is so used to the strange things that happen to him that he barely even reacts. Melissa as well to a certain extent since she has known Milo for a long time to the point that she can accurately predict what will happen and for how long Milo will be held up.
  • Unknown Rival: Initially, Cavendish and Dakota are unaware that Milo triggers all the pistachio-related disasters. As of "Time Out", the roles are reversed, with Milo unaware of their plans towards him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Those who have known Milo for a while tend to be pretty blasé about the weird things that happen to him... as long as they don't get caught up in it.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Milo and Veronica haven't seen each other in 300 fortnights. That's roughly 11.5 years. So, the last time they saw each other, Milo was 3 years old. Since Veronica also recognized Diogee, and said he was bigger than the last time they'd met, we have to assume everyone's favorite stout pooch is also around 12 years old.
  • Villainous Crush: More like Rival crush, as Bradley isn't villainous, per se. But "Sunny Side Up" makes it obvious that he is interested in Melissa, what with >ahem< not naming his team after her, but a different Melissa.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Milo is 13, but due to being voiced by Weird Al, who is in his mid-fifties, sounds much older.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Milo's condition means that his mere presence causes things to go haywire around him.