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Sam: I want to do bad things to that chick. Freddie: You should. Sam: I will.
Ambiguously Gay: Sam is believed to be lesbian or bisexual by some fans. Sam likes guys but none of them ever seem to last past one episode, including the one in "iMake Sam Girlier" that such a big deal was made over. Sam and Carly have a lot of Les Yay. There is also speculation that Carly's brother Spencer might be gay, because of the episode where he was wearing a dress and dancing with cute guys saying, "I think I like it."
Nevel, the little freak that's alway's trying to shut down iCarly. Granted, all his attempts are made so that he can steal a kiss from Carly, but you have to wonder about his odd mannerisms. Maybe it's a front.
Inverted in the episode "iSpace Out", where Carly is suddenly revealed to be aggressively claustrophobic, and breaks the window of a training space station module to escape, despite multiple occasions earlier where Carly is perfectly normal in spaces that are half that size or less. The inversion is that the Ass Pull isn't used to resolve the plot, but in fact to fail the plot and bring about an end to the episode. This was done because the writers knew that having iCarlyin space would be seen as a jumping-the-shark moment and therefore had to find a way to stop it.
Played straight with Sam liking Freddie in iOMG. It's an Ass Pull because of the desire to create a Shocking Swerve season ending Cliff Hanger ending. In iOMG Sam liking Freddie just happens. There's no previous episode arc or foreshadowing or explanation to the audience that Sam likes Freddie. The focus is on protecting a cliff-hanger ending where Sam only reveals she likes Freddie right at the end of the episode, leaving Freddie's response as the cliffhanger. Having any indication that it's Sam and Freddie would kill the swerve. They also use Brad as a Red Herring. In fact, the characters on the show itself make reference to how suddenly and strange it is, as they only mention that Sam's behaviour only started when Brad showed back up, which was only for that episode. Sam showing signs of liking Freddie before it would kill the plot of the episode and spoil the dramatic ending. Later on in the short arc the reason is revealed to have been an incident that was never shown, took place entirely off screen, with no reference as to when it happened.
Bellisario's Maxim: Unsurprisingly, the answer to the Seddie vs Creddie question that was teased in the promo's for iStart A Fanwar is an Author Filibuster which is basically "shut up and just watch the show."
Bizarro Episode: Well, half an episode, specifically Spencer's subplot in iSpace Out involving the creepy little girl.
Creator's Pet: Sam. She bullies people constantly, and especially Freddie on a regular basis, and no one calls her out. Carly doesn't bother stepping in with so much as a "Stop It" on the guy who has a canon crush on her, and who was the reason for them starting the webshow that made them famous. Every character enables her behaviour, even Freddie, who has said that it would be 'weird' if she didn't hurt him. Sam was the only person to really change towards the end of the show as well, only because Sam was going to end up on the Sam & Cat spin-off show and Dan and Jennette McCurdy didn't want people to dislike her behaviour as much as people did before.
It's especially annoying when even episodes that have Sam clearly in the wrong, losing and deserving to lose any way you look at it - see "iWant To Date Freddie" and particularly "iHire An Idiot" in which Freddie (for once) teaches Sam and Carly a lesson - wind up by seeing to it that Sam still gets the last laugh on him.
Designated Hero: Carly and Sam. Sam is known for being an insufferable bully with no karma for her actions. Carly just sits there and spectates while Sam abuses Freddie and emotionally manipulates him. Both stole a prized possession of Gibby's and sold it to a Japanese tourist.
Designated Villain: Mrs. Benson in iCan't Take It. She's only genuinely worried about her son dating an abusive jerk, but everyone treats her as the jerk.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Sam is usually the source of this trope, for example: "Lying is not that bad. Soon you will be able to lie and feel nothing at all."
Once by Gibby, who ends iGot a Hot Room saying "Is there anything money can't do?"
iMeet Fred has one of the worst lesson's about conformity in the history of television. Freddie does not budge from his perfectly acceptable opinion about Fred not being that funny. He is immediately ostracised by the entire school including several of his school groups, parts of his family, even Carly refuses to stand by him. At the end, Sam beats him to a pulp off-screen with a tennis racket, with some horrible noises, so hard she breaks it. Freddie then gives in and withdraws his opinion under the threat of further beatings.
iLost My Head In Vegas: It's okay to steal from a friend if they made a mistake.
Plus the obvious anti-aesop that it's okay to abuse a friend physically and emotionally, show no respect to them, and take it to such a level they end up with Stockholm Syndrome.
And follow it up by having the target of the abuse happy to enter a relationship with the bully, end up being domestically abused, and still not break up with the abuser.
Freak Out: The way Mrs. Benson went off on Carly in iWill Date Freddie, iMove Out and iSaved Your Life. Small wonder, then, why Carly's never really given Freddie an honest shot at romance.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Not a true example of the trope because it's massive popularity in the USA, the show is wildly popular in Australia, the UK and the Philippines, with huge amount of fans following it when aired in the country, and by internet streaming or downloading when they air in the US. If you join the iCarly fandom, you're as likely to encounter someone from these countries as you are someone from the USA or Canada.
Idiot Plot: In iGive Away A Car they believe a random kid who shows up on their doorstep, and claims to be the son of a local car dealership who wants to give them a car to give away as a prize on their webshow for answering a riddle. They never thought to actually call or see the guy's father to check out the car that was supposedly on offer until after Nevel wins the contest after he set the whole thing up.
Moral Event Horizon: Nora and her family gleefully holding Spencer hostage to keep the iCarly gang imprisoned, torturing him if they do anything they don't like. What really pushes this over is Nora's implying that she can and will kill him if they make a wrong move.
She could've also crossed it when she tried to kill Gibby in iPsycho.
Nevel Papperman crosses it in iFight Shebly Marx. After the titular Shelby Marx, who's a female boxer, gets over an argument of Carly accidently pushing her grandmother down, she promises to go easy on her. Nevel would have none of it due to a petty vendetta he has on Carly, so he frames Carly for intetionally pushing down Shelby's grandmother, in hopes that Carly will be injured.
This one is also Played for Laughs but proves a point in iPity Nevel, after Nevel is seemingly redeemed, he yells at a man in a wheel chair for bumping into him for bumping into him and refusing an apology. Now Nevel has done worse, but it proves that even if he tries to redeem himself, he can't fight his nature.
Narm Charm: Carly's delivery of Big "NO!" from iBeat the Heat and Kelly Cooper is so over-the-top it's hilarious.
The latter was probably the point, considering the title was Kelly Cooper: Terrible Movie. Doesn't make it any less hilarious.
Never Live It Down: Considering the premise of Sam & Cat, people are skeptical of Sam being a babysitter considering the time she enslaved children in iSell Penny Tees.
Padding: iFight Shelby Marx could've easily been a half hour episode.
Same with iQuit iCarly. Instead of using Dave and Fleck to cause the Carly and Sam split, they could easily have had a live skit blow up in the opener because Sam didn't bother to rehearse and skip about 15 minutes of pointless filler. Also they could have removed the especially bad webshow skits, and just told the viewer that Dave and Fleck were funny.
iStart a Fan War had a lot of going back and forth between Spencer vs. Aspartamay and the fans ooh-ing and aah-ing about the levels of awesome of that particular debate, and then the iCarlies swearing up and down that there was nothing romantic between them only for the shippers to flat-out refuse to see this. Rinse, lather, repeat.
For a Crossover the Victorious Crossover had very little actual cross over between the two casts.
Then came the even more blatant Sam/Carly undertones. Although the fumble may have been deliberate considering Dan Schneider and his penchant for including hidden Ho Yay and Les Yay in his supposedly teenage focused shows.
Also, Spencer/Sam. People would ship it anyway, but he's nearly twice her age, with her being between 14 to 17 during the show's run and Spencer being 26 to 29. A recent episode had Spencer lean over and tongue Sam's ear so she could hear his pop rocks crackling. In a later episode stated that she had a crush on Spencer.
A meta fumble, with the writers creating two opposing Shipping sects, with the Just Friends Carly/Freddie romance vs the Belligerent Sexual Tension couple Sam/Freddie, and then pushing each in multiple episodes, only to turn around and tell the audience they were watching the show wrong.
Retcon: Some view the attempt by Dan Schneider to muddy the waters of the Carly/Freddie Last Minute Hookup, writing in a blog about how he thinks it might not be romantic, while also contradictorily wondering that it might be romantic, as it could be 'deep love' or 'deep friendship', as an attempt to Retcon the scene to help him keep the Sam/Freddie shippers interested in the Spin-OffSam & Cat, which will only include Sam but may include guest/cameo appearances by Freddie.
Running the Asylum: iOMG and iLose My Mind Sam/Freddie romance arc episodes utterly match several of the biggest Fandom Specific Plot lines and the most common fanfic tropes. Sam and Freddie end up Locked in a Room together at the school. Sam giving Freddie a Forceful Kiss to clear up that Sam actually likes him. Carly becoming a Fixer Sue and a Shipper on Deck and Freddie returning Sam's feelings without any explanation or closure for his feelings for Carly.
Screwed by the Network: Many fans believe the show has fallen into this lately. Recent episodes falling below three million viewers, and they claim Nickelodeon does not care for the show anymore due to a complete lack of promotion. The general feeling is that the network cares only for Victorious which gains far more promotion than any recent episodes of iCarly have, promotes the actors on Victorious much harder, and has yet to decide if they want to make another final series of iCarly or just stick to the final 13 or so episodes that started with iApril Fools.
In the end both shows suffered from this. Nick cancelled Victorious when no-one was expecting it to be cancelled.
Shipping Bed Death: When iDate Sam & Freddie showed how an actual Seddie relationship would look like, this was the reaction of many fans. The generally accepted reason for it is Nathan Kress and Jennette McCurdy's long friendship ruining their ability to show or feel passion for each other. Nathan has said on several occasions statements that show he would prefer Freddie not end up with either of the girls, while Jennette has said that she dislikes filming romantic scenes.
The Untwist: The trailers for iOMG qualify. The first trailer suggested both Sam/Brad and Sam/Freddie as the main possibilities, Sam/Freddie was especially considered too obvious for various reasons, as more trailers came out people shifted to the idea that it was going to be Sam/Brad, making it an un twist when it did turn out to be Sam/Freddie with Brad being a giant Red Herring.
Carly looks like she's kissing Freddie in the promo for "iGoodbye". Everyone speculates it is some kind of Red Herring that helps Freddie decided to move on to Sam. It's not. Carly kisses him. Freddie enjoys it.
The school the kids attend is called "Ridgeway". The Green River Killer, who haunted the Seattle area for almost two decades, was named Gary Leon Ridgeway and it is doubtful that any real school in King County would have that name after his arrest. Whether or not this was intended by the writers as a sort of Genius Bonus or just a coincidence (it wouldn't have the same implication were the series not set in Seattle), the implication remains.
The Woobie: Freddie, mainly due to the sadomasochistic pranks and insults he suffers from Sam, and the usual Will They or Won't They? rejections he gets from Carly. But in iSaved Your Life Freddie looked appropriately battered to the point there was no way Carly wouldn't fall for him.
Sam of all people at the end if iSpeed Date. Being determined to take Gibby to the dance due to Carly's insistence gains her a bit of sympathy as a loyal best friend. But considering her many misdeeds to Gibby and Freddie, this is definitely Sam's comeuppance episode.
Spencer, in iGot A Hot Room when he realises that his birthday present to Carly caused a fire, destroying her room & all of her belongings. The look on Jerry Trainor's face in that scene is enough to make you forget that he's the show's resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander. And for that matter, Carly too.
iCarly has a reasonbly large internet following with a wide Periphery Demographic. Its show runners also encourage the idea by using online blogs, and an extensive tie-in website. These examples are in relation to the fanfiction, fan forums and other community areas that follow iCarly. Arguably, the biggest reasons for this are the Getting Crap Past the Radar humor, the huge Carly/Freddie vs Sam/Freddie shipping war and the continued prescence of the Word of God pitting both sides against each other.
There is occasional cracky Real Person Fic smutfic based around Jerry Trainor, who plays Spencer, being involved as well. Usually with Jennette, who had a crush on him when she was younger. Miranda/Jerry is generally ignored due to Jerry having known Miranda since she was a little kid.
Max Ehric and Jennette McCurdy have in the past created videos together and spent time together giving rise to people who ship them together. This has lead to some Ship-to-Ship Combat between people who bring up that relationship and those who ship Jathan.
James Maslow of Big Time Rush and Miranda Cosgrove have some supporters. This might be one of the more realistic pairings, since James and Miranda have brought up or had each other brought up in interviews. James once opined that their careers would prevent them from giving each other the attention a relationship deserves.
Abandon Shipping: The Seddie (Sam/Freddie) ship seems to lose shippers every time Sam does something of a higher level of Comedic Sociopathy than her previous levels. Examples include throwing Freddie out of a treehouse after delivering to him a harsh beating with a tennis racquet in iMeet Fred and running a child labor sweatshop during iSell Penny Tee's.
Like most pairings that happen then break up, the Seddie arc caused a few Seddie fans to fall away, having seen their relationship happen and not be satisfied with it, and not wanting it to happen again.
The finale that showed Carly kissing Freddie and him celebrating caused many a Seddie shipper to abandon the pairing, blamed on Freddie who is seen by them as a player, or sleazy double timer or simply 'not good enough' for Sam any longer.
Alternative Character Interpretation: Sam Puckett displays classic signs of sociopathy such as a lack of empathy and guilt, a parasitic lifestyle (leeching money off Carly and the gang), impulsiveness, poor behaviour control (always beating Freddy and everyone else), being manipulative (any time she makes up a plan), being emotionally shallow, a poster child of juvenile delinquency, superficial charm, need for stimulation (the eagerness of her wanting to hurt someone or make them suffer) as a way to relieve boredom. Also Carly could know this already and willing to exploit it as she rarely has qualms about Sam beating Freddie mercilessly on any occasion and the fact that in "ILookalikes" she doesn't bother letting Spencer get beat up and go against his wishes a lot of the time. She could be a two-faced bitch that just manipulates people to get the highest ratings on the internet for her show in a smaller case of sociopathy.
The Les Yay on this show is so thick you can cut it with a knife and the entire show can be seen as two girlfriends and their Lez Bro.
The fact that Jonah kissed Carly because Sam wouldn't kiss him or put out speaks alot about Sam's true character: A girl who is brash and mean in public, but doesn't kiss her boyfriend in private, at least until she's gained their trust. Maybe underneath her tough exterior is a very sad, lonely, insecure girl. Or a secret lesbian. Or just a Tsundere.
Is Carly the Alpha Bitch of her school? She has Sam as The Dragon and Freddie, a guy who will follow her to the end of the earth as her clique. The trio are treated very differently by the principal than regular students would. Carly also goes out with the hottest guys at the school who other girls want even if she is younger than them, the trio is legitimately famous, all are incredibly beautiful, other girls know she has Freddie wrapped around her fingers, Carly has a massive apartment, loads of money and freedom from typical parental influence. It's easy to see how the less popular students at the school might envy and/or dislike her, Sam and Freddie.
Ascended Fanon: The colour Purple being the "offical Seddie colour" was around for a long time before it got noticed by the guys in charge. Since it has, every single time the Word of God blogs in relation to Seddie, certain parts are coloured purple. Taken to the show itself iLose My Mind where the entire restaurant that Sam and Freddie go on a date at is covered in purple.
Award Snub: Snubbed so far in every single Emmy award show since it debuted to 13 million people, and followed it up with an 11.2 million episode early in 2010 along with critical acclaim and a fresh outlook on children and teenage television plot, characters and comedy.
Emmy Awards 2008: Where it was not even being nominated for the Best Children's Show Emmy.
Teen Choice Awards 2008: Hannah Montana winning Best TV Show Comedy and Best Comedy Actress for Miley Cyrus, with iCarly getting no nominations at all. Not even the 13 million viewers for iPilot got them a Breakout show nomination.
Teen Choice Awards 2009: Hannah Montana wins Best TV Show Comedy and Best Comedy Actress for Miley Cyrus, again. The Jonas Brothers, being nominated as a group and winning the Best Actor Comedy award over Jerry Trainor (of course, the Jonases were huge at the time, and are far more relevant to their show than Trainor is to his) and other far more worthy nominees.
Kids' Choice Awards 2008: Despite being run by Nickeldeon, Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy were not nominated for Favorite Television Actress. It took till 2009 before the show itself won the Best TV Comedy award, but Miranda Cosgrove lost to Selena Gomez for Best Actress every year since Wizards premiered. Of course, Selena is much more famous than Miranda is; the fact that she has dated Justin Bieber only gave her more of an advantage.
Kids' Choice Awards 2012: While Jennette McCurdy won Favorite Sidekick for the second year in a row note nominated with Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, and Wizards' Jennifer Stone, the show itself lost Favorite TV Show to Victorious, while Miranda Cosgrove again lost to Selena Gomez for Favorite Actress (with the Bieber effect in full swing).
Base Breaker: Sam Puckett, much moreso than Megan, her Creator's Pet-ish counterpart from Drake & Josh, who was almost unanimously hated by the fanbase. Reactions on the character range all the way from "never watching the show again", to "best character ever".
The Sam/Freddie and Carly/Freddie divide eventually shattered the base completely. Even more so than in most series that involve opposing canon couples, there is almost no interaction between the 2 sides and what little there is either a free for all shipping war on Tumblr, or heavily regulated on the iCarly Wiki.
Probably the best example of this is the Groovy Smoothie LiveJournal community. In Season 1 and through most of Season 2, it had become the center of the fandom, and had a large, active fandom, which included the Word of God posting there because of it's size and maturity. From the second half of Season 2 to the start of Season 3, it ended up being perceived as 'pro-Seddie', and was abandoned by Creddie fans who started their own forum. Additionally, the Word of God left to make his own separate blog site, taking even more activity away from it. When Season 3 aired, it contained multiple episodes that advanced the Creddie ship but nothing for Seddie. Which caused the community to dwindle further as Seddie fans left, leaving the community a graveyard for the fandom when the extreme Schedule Slip caused episodes to air months apart. Even though the show has swung back to Seddie, there's hardly anyone left to discuss it.
The Sam/Freddie arc at the start of Season 5 is causing even the Sam/Freddie base to break in parts. Some love it and think it's the best the show has ever done, others are giving up on it, seeing it as Shipping Bed Death and being critical of how Sam and Freddie's relationship is being portrayed.
Beta Couple: Outside the main character and their Ship Mates in fanfic, Jalerie (Jonah/Valerie) is such a couple.
Dear Negative Reader: Danwarp pulled this on a couple of over the top negative Seddie fans who trashed his annoucement of the extended version of iSaved Your Life, writing back long reponses about their negative posts, and then finally telling people who weren't excited to go do something that would excite them, or watch the new episode of Wizards of Waverly Place instead.
The Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things entry about Dan moving to his own personal blog is essentially a Dear Negative Fandom Community, as he lost patience with the prevalent LiveJournal community he was involved with after they bashed him for ruining the vibe of the community.
Before the iSaved Your Life incident, he once said that certain fans could 'throw a parade' because Carly told Freddie to move over a step. He's also made a few extremely sarcastic remarks to the effect of 'I never get tired of people telling me how I should write my show :)' in response to fans who prefer Seddie saying they don't like Creddie.
The When Fans Assume blog is basically venting his annoyance at the storm of negative comments that got in his blog after "leaking" a script for an alleged future episode.
Sam: Seen by some Creddie fans as a villain who "beats" Freddie, stabbed Carly in the back in iSaved Your Life by helping Freddie realize that Carly's sudden love for him was hero worship, and watch the show as if it were Lawand Order SVU.
Carly: Seen by some Seddie fans as a spoiled Mary Sue who kissed Sam's first kiss.
In-universe example in the episode iStart A Fan War — When Carly points out the guy she currently has a crush on, the in-universe Carly/Freddie shippers scream that he's the one who "stole Carly from Freddie!" and attack him.
Double Standard: When a video with Carly and Freddie, or Nathan and Miranda (for example, their recent 'cover of an Elton John song) is uploaded, Seddie fans will then crowd on the new video, flaming the video, making derogatory posts about Carly/Miranda, and perform their usual tactic of voting down non-seddie or pro-creddie comments. Whilst you think the same must obviously apply to the Creddie fans going onto Seddie videos, it doesn't, because all their comments get voted down anyway.
Draco in Leather Pants: Sam gets this treatment by a large part of her and the seddie fandom. Quite unusual example because she's not really a villian so much as someone who acts like a Jerkass most of the time.
Dry Docking: Each of the trio get this treatment. Nathan especially, although Miranda and Jenette get their fair share.
Carly being afraid of thunderstorms. Most prevalent in the Carly/Freddie Fan Fic community.
Certain fans gave the main characters their "full names" that are not canon in the show, though part of the fandom have treated those names like Ascended Fanon in wikis and fanfiction:
Carly is "Carlotta Taylor Shay", where Taylor is Miranda's actual middle name. Sam called Carly "Carlotta" only in one episode, while Ridgeway teachers and school records always called/listed Carly as 'Carly Shay' and never Carlotta.
"Fredward Karl Benson" and "Spencer Gerald Shay" for Freddie and Spencer, where Karl and Gerald are Nathan's middle name and Jerry's real name respectively.
Sam is an interesting example: "Samantha Joy Puckett". Samantha is Sam's canon first name; weirdly enough, she was "assumed" a girly middle name to contrast her tomboyish persona when Jennette herself has TWO feminine middle names: Michelle and Faye. And there's "Melanie Audrey Puckett".
The mother of Spencer & Carly is named Taylor Shay (nee Dorfman), and is usually an artist like Spencer, or a botanist.
Fandom Heresy: Telling someone else you know is a big fan of the show that you ship Creddie is likely to get this response, because a huge majority of the vocal fans are Seddie fans. Also gains plus points for with the plus point that the phrase 'not a true fan' is thrown about with abandon all over the fandom.
A civil war version, Seddie fans who aren't happy or actually dislike the Sam/Freddie relationship arc in Season 5 have been called 'not true fans' by the rest.
iCarly having One Direction as guest stars caused instant drama, mostly on Tumblr. One Direction fans derided the iCarly fandom as being comprised only of "immature 12 year olds" that would somehow swamp the One Direction fandom, iCarly fans shot back with "who are One Direction and why have I never heard of them?", that iCarly is far more popular than One Direction ever will be, and reminding the One Direction fans that the majority of it's fandom are much older due to how long the show has gone for as well as having a lot of mature humour. However, it seems like One Direction have become bigger than iCarly (teen idols do have bigger and more rabid fan bases than TV shows, after all). It's saying something when "iGo One Direction" topped the iTunes chart and became the fifth best selling episode of 2012, whereas other iCarly episodes peaked in the mid teens upon their release.
In "iPsycho", Gibby said he had no other summer plans other then watching "Different Strokes" reruns and the episode aired a week after Different Strokes' star Gary Coleman's death. It happened too close to filming to reshoot, but they did dub in a sympathetic 'aww' sound.
Girl-Show Ghetto: Averted, a lot of boys watch the show and the lead character is girly as can be.
The "relationships" between the three throughout the series. iSaw Him First had Sam say that she would never kiss Freddie even for $9 billion, yet they ended up having their First Kiss. Carly had always shunned Freddie in various episodes with her "not-happening" stint, but she became head-over-heels toward Freddie in iSaved Your Life.
Sam's insult to Gibby in iWin a Date about being himself backfires on her HARD in iSpeed Date, where Gibby gets himself a hot girlfriend by being himself. She also does likewise with Freddie in that episode about not being Carly's date, and later she sees them dancing alone in the Groovy Smoothie.
The shippers had a field day with that last scene. Freddie/Carly shippers because the pair romantically danced. The shippers who pair Sam with either of them from her reaction. (Gaping mouth, drop object in hand, back out slowly)
iDate A Bad Boy has Carly break up with Griffin because he collects Pee Wee Babies, which Carly qualifies as extremely girly. Cue bronies.
Humor Dissonance: Many of the web show's sketches are supposed to be funnier than anything on live-action TV. Seeing some of the show's sketches, it's kind of hard to believe. Granted, the only parts of the sketches seen by the viewing audience are usually the very end, but "Random Dancing" does not seem to warrant the praise the (web) show gets.
Given the live-action TV shows they've shown to exist in universe, it's not as big of a stretch as it may seem.
Internet Backdraft: Apart from the obvious Seddie vs Creddie and Slash issues, you can also start up some delightful flame wars by using the following:
Anyone older than 20 who thinks Sam, Carly or Freddie is hot is a pedophile. Can get hilarious when the dicussion becomes about how characters and actors on the show started off around 13 or 14 years old, and decide which exact episode it becomes "okay" for adults to think they are hot.
Is Shipping Sam and Spencer together sick, perverted, or a natural result of their chemistry, and Spencer's influence on her growing up. Also, how old does Sam have to be for it to be "okay".
The show already has it's own page for the Ho Yay and Les Yay, but is yet to get it's own page the occasional incestuous subtext between Spencer and Carly.
Listen to the siblings' exercise scene in iKiss without watching it.
Spencer picking up Carly and carrying her bridal style up the stairs in iStage An Intervention. Especially if you take the last line of the episode out of context as they head upstairs: 'It's so much fun...'
Jerkass Woobie: Nora was a psychopathic kidnapper who tried to outright murder Gibby, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her. The girl's parents left her alone on her birthday (the way she said it implies that this is a common occurence), she had no friends except her chicken, and her insanity was likely because of it. In-universe, Carly actually feels sorry for her.
That goes out the window in iStill Psycho. Nora tricks the gang into convincing the judge to let her go free and then she and her parents hold the iCary gang hostage. Nora even admits she knows she and her parents are psychopaths and none of them seem to have a problem attempting to kill people! Some fans are now even thinking her parents may have been in on the birthday party in iPsycho.
Sam in iSpeed Date. A case for a Jerkass becoming a Woobie for that episode, rather than a Jerkass who happens to also be a Woobie.
Nevel in iPity the Nevel.
Jumping the Shark: The abysmal ratings for the so called season 4.5 (starting with iLost My Mind, often called Season 5 here and on other sites) qualifies in several parts:
Ratings tanked. The show has lost an average of one and a half million viewers from the consistent 5.5 million+ ratings of Season 2, 3 and 4. It includes two of the bottom three rated episodes.
Character Development: Or more accurately, a lack of it. Sam is given a huge focus in the season but her character changes little except to become even more of a Creator's Pet and/or Jerk Ass Sue. Seddie had their arc and it wasn't well written, suffered Shipping Bed Death and then broke up unceremoniously. They then go on like nothing happened. Carly is sidelined in her own show for the majority of the episodes. Freddie continues to be an extreme doormat, doesn't stand up for himself when Sam hurts/abuses him during the relationship. Spencer remains a complete idiot who appears to be incapable of forming appropriate relationships.
Gimmicks: The First Lady episode. Another blooper episode. Another iPsycho episode. While not a deliberate 'gimmick', two episodes are going to contain zero or very little of the title character because of real life scheduling conflicts with a Miranda Cosgrove music tour. The Seddie arc could be seen as a gimmick intended to tap into the supposedly massive Seddie fanbase. iBalls and it's 3D gimmick.
Plot Development: Recycled plot with the iPsycho sequel, which wasn't that popular to begin with.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Sam. Mostly because she is not related to any of the other main cast like Carly/Spencer and Mrs. Benson/Freddie are. If Carly or Freddie are shipped with a 4th person like Griffin or Valerie, Sam is usually paired with the leftover.
Wendy has been paired up with all 4 of the main cast.
Freddie is the male version. He has been paired with Carly, Sam, Spencer, Gibby, Wendy, Melanie, Shelby, along with several girls of the week, and two reasonably popular Crossover Ship pairings, one with Megan from Drake & Josh, and the more recent one with Cat from Victorious.
LGBT Fanbase. Has large a large LGBT fanbase due to the Carly/Sam pairing.
Loony Fan: Certain shippers on both sides. Creddie and Seddie both have a small vocal group that will make both groups as a whole look bad. The Seddie Warriors are a large sub-group of the overall Seddie fandom whilst Creddie being smaller has no 'named' faction like the Seddie Warriors but does contain some people who are just as strongly for their ship as the Warriors are. On the whole, the biggest supporters on either side don't look too good. There is also the Mc Curdians who are another subset of Seddie fandom that has popped up around Season 4 and 5.
An interview with guest star Max Ehrich, has him discuss how some Seddie fans have seen him on youtube, where he made a few videos with Jennette. He mentions that one Seddie fan said "stay away from her or I will kill you" to him.
Love It or Hate It: Similar to April Fools Blank, "iApril Fools" has been incredibly divisive-it's either an absolutely insane and hilarious episode or a piece of crap, with very little middle ground.
Many fans of the Sam/Freddie relationship claimed that if Freddie chose to be with the "damaged" girl, Sam, instead of the "perfect" girl, Carly, then it would send a positive message to teenaged girls - "You don't have to be perfect to get the guy." These fans never seemed to understand that using Sam and Freddie's relationship as a real life lesson would also convey a seriously Family-Unfriendly Aesop - "You can insult, publicly humiliate, and physically and emotionally abuse somebody for years, and they will not only accept it, but appreciate it, and even fall in love with you. You can even continue the abuse during the relationship, and it will still be fine."
Dan Schneider pandering to the Sam/Freddie ones with his overblown hype and expectations for the Sam/Freddie 5 episode story arc.
A more general example, but he clearly flips pack and forth to pander to the opposite side of whatever ship trolling he's written. Examples include pandering to Seddie fans after iSaved Your Life (A major Creddie episode), then Carly/Freddie fans after iOMG (a major Seddie episode), and then back to pandering for Seddie fans after iOwn A Restaurant had Freddie reveal he still had a crush on Carly.
Also lesser couple Carmel (Carly/Melanie) and Sharly (Shelby/Carly)
Purity Sue: Subverted. Carly exhibits symptoms of being a Purity Sue early in the shows run. Carly grows out of them throughout multiple episodes in Season 2. Full details are included at the iCarly Analysis page.
iSaved Your Life has one of the main characters falling in love with a major character. Anti-Hero character then guilts one of the involved parties that the love may be superficial, forcing them to break-up to satisfy Status Quo Is God. Anti-hero and her friendly enemy character also share a common link in terms of friendship. Let's see... Mindy Loves Josh?
The Scrappy: Sam reaches this level for many people, with her casual violence and complete inability to learn a lesson. Considering she never gets a comeuppance and may be quite likely to never get one, Sam could be said to be a clear Creator's Pet, following Megan's lead from Drake & Josh. Every so often, she seems to do something that brings her right back squarely to this trope, such as beating Freddie in "iMeet Fred" and the child labour sweatshop in "iSell Penny Tees." But she never receives any kind of punishment for her actions. The only real difference between Sam and Megan is that Megan doesn't have half the fandom shipping her with one of the other characters.
Second Verse Curse: The theme song is a full-length song. The full version was on the iSongs page before it was taken down.
Ship Mates: Despite having a quite small circle of characters to ship, it still has a good amount of Ship Mates.
Carly/Freddie pairs with Sam/Spencer. Notable for Spam being a popular fanfic choice when the story progresses past high school. This evolved as a mutal Shout-Out, as both communities are less active than the Seddie ship.
Sam/Gibby has increased in popularity as Ship Mates with Carly/Freddie. It happened as Gibby gained a larger role in the show. In fandom the Sam/Gibby pairing is often used in fic set during high school as an opposite to the Spam ship.
Cam is rarely paired up with Fencer and vice-versa. iCarly hasn't picked much of a Maleslash fandom but it does have a large teen and young adult female based Femslash following. Freddie is often paired with Wendy, Melanie or Shelby.
Seddie fans have had a long-term like for the Carly/Gibby pairing. It stemmed from clinging to a ship that could work on the show itself that also gets Carly away from Freddie. The other 'go-to' pairings are Carly/Griffin, and Carly/Shelby for the Les Yay option.
Some Seddie fans ship Spencer/Marissa (Freddie's Mom), as another way to kill off Creddie in a story or on the show itself.
Before Brad was Brother Chucked, both sides enjoyed the idea of a new potential recurring character that could become Ship Mates for their chosen pairing.
Minor ships include Spocko (Spencer/Socko), Speddiam (Spencer/Freddie/Sam), Spasha (Sasha/Spencer), Frendy/Sandy/Candy (Wendy with Freddie, Sam or Carly), Jalerie (Jonah/Valerie), Cibby/Sibby/Fribby (Gibby with Carly, Sam or Freddie), Sparly (Spencer/Carly), Sharly (Shelby/Carly), Fiffin/Criffin/Siffin (Griffin with Freddie, Carly or Sam), Felanie (Freddie with Melanie).
To give an indication of how big the shipping fandom is, on Fanfiction Dot Net there are over 12,000 fanfics. That puts it in the top 20 of all the TV franchises on the site.
Shipping Goggles: Shippers of the Sam/Freddie pairing fandom are well known for their 'secret Seddie', where they consider any form of interaction, chatting, talking, Sam hitting Freddie, fighting, both having the colours red, blue OR purple on, mentioning the other or just being in the same room together as blatant evidence that they are going to become a canon couple. They examine the 'evidence' so minutely in a show the creator has repeatedly said is about the comedy and not about the Shipping, that the extent they go is pretty much the live action version of Zutara shippers.
Seddie fans are quite prone to this. They regularly screen-cap a single freeze frame of Sam looking at Freddie, call it "eye-sex" and proclaim it canon evidence that they really love each other. The ending of iSpeed Date with Carly & Freddie slow dancing is only about Sam. Not Freddie or Carly, who are props used to show Sam's deep angst about her love for Freddie. The freeze frame tendency was mildly parodied (ironically by using an in-universe Creddie shipper) in iStart A Fanwar.
It got to the point that the whole "Seddie color is purple" thing eventually became Ascended Fanon with the colour being all over the restaurant set for Sam and Freddie's first on-screen date.
Because there is no one "official" fanforum, the war has erupted on LJ, FFN, ((Tumblr)), YT, the forums at TV.Com, IMDB and TWOP. A group of Sam/Freddie shippers known as the "Seddie Warriors" are often the cause of these outbreaks. They are lead by an infamous Big Name Fan, are roughly analogous to the Harmonians in the Harry Potter fandom, and are vocal and militant about their hatred of **eddie.
A Word of God Creddie Ship Tease of a Carly/Freddie kiss required efforts to appease Seddie fans by hinting it wasn't what it appeared, destroying the whole point of getting the Creddie shippers excited about it.
Calmed down for a while, until Word of God set off another fight by deciding to Ship Tease the fans with a very interpretable script fragment that implied Freddie no longer loved Carly. Many interpreted it as the initial stages of a Ship Sinking, and to put it lightly, they were not amused. That caused Ship-to-Ship Combat, followed by turning into a meta-fight about just where the Dan Schneider should draw the line in teasing, and his effect on the fandom. The entire incident caused Dan to quit LiveJournal, delete all his entries there, and open up a seperate blog where his first post bitched about the fans who didn't like what he did.
There is an anti-slash faction in the iCarly shipping community, and they target Carly/Sam (Cam) Les Yay shippers by calling them delusional, implying they are pedophiles, accusing them of destroying the authors work, on some assumption that it isn't 'realistic' if either girl is lesbian or bisexual.
The iSpeed Date episode included a scene at the end with Freddie dancing with Carly. It's looking more and more like the powers that be are setting the stage for a Ship-to-Ship Combat war that makes the Chip vs. Dale/Gadget battles look like a gum-throwing match in comparison.
Word of God has decided to sit on the fence due to crazy fans, and refuses to outright state his real intentions for almost all shippy scenes, and instead gives vague hints designed so people who ship Carly/Freddie or Sam/Freddie can both interpret scenes as supporting their ship. The worst example by far is the end of the iSpeed Date episode.
If you couldn't tell from the name, the episode iStart A Fan War and it's first trailer caused flare ups all over the internet.
iOMG and it's aftermath have brought back the wars to an intensity not seen since iSpeed Date.
Tumblr's tagging feature is the cause of the latest war, as it gives Jerk Ass shippers the ability to instantly piss off every single opposing shipper simply by tagging a hate, anti-Shipping or pro-the other ship post and have it come up in the tag tracker.
The last piece of Ship Tease by Dan in "iGoodbye" (the Sam/Freddie phone scene that comes just before the romantic Carly/Freddie kiss) is unfortunately what most people ended up talking about, not the series being over.
It also continued through to his post-episode blog, which consisted of Ship Tease for the Seddie shippers by his attempts to downplay the romantic Last Minute Hookup kiss moment for Creddie that happened in the finale, so they would continue to watch Victorious and would not boycott the new Sam & CatSpin-Off show.
The Ship's Motor: Seddie shippers use a reply that Word of God left on his blog as their motor. It's along the lines of "their bickering is a game they've been playing since the sixth grade, and maybe they are afraid to stop playing". The 'game' idea has never come up on the show, and the only reference to the sixth grade is that was when Freddie first met and fell in love with Carly. The reasonable idea is that any 'game' is their inability admit they really care for each other. The Sam/Freddie shippers take it as the 'game' is wilfully ignoring romantic feelings for each other because they enjoy fighting, and one-day will stop playing and get together.
Sam being bi is a big piece of fanon that's very useful in bringing out Carly's If It's You, It's Okay feelings for her in the Carly/Sam fandom.
With "iGoodbye" only sinking Seddie because it showed Carly kissing Freddie and him being happy about it the Seddie fans are using the Spin-OffSam & Cat as a post-iCarly motor that could be used to cancel Creddie's supposed canonicity, or to simply over-write the Creddie ending of iCarly with Seddie in that show.
Seasonal Rot: Season 4 started poorly, became reliant on Guest Stars where the show hadn't really used them at all in the past, the jokes weren't as funny, the addition of Gibby to the main cast wasn't done well and the start of shipping arc was handled extremely poorly, with one of the cast suddenly being 'in love' and having a computer program reveal it without any clear foreshadowing.
Season 5 has taken the show to new lows of ratings and quality. While Seasons 2, 3 and 4 were all roughly similar rated on average, Season 5 with it's continuation of Seddie arc dropped the average of the other 3 seasons by millions, and the final episode of the Seddie arc, iLove You, is the 5th lowest documented audience to date. The iBloop sequel was even lower than iLove You.
Season 6 is even worse. iApril Fools only had 3.408 million, the very hyped iGo One Direction only had 3.9 million, and then iOpen a Restaurant had a shocking 2.828 million. The show's lowest documented audience so far is iBattle Chip, which premiered to 2.362 million viewers.
Starboarding: Generally restricted to Freddie -> Carly, and Sam/Spencer, with Spencer refusing to go after Sam because of his age, or Sam doing the same.
Triang Relations: As of iOMG it's type 4 or type 5, depending on Carly's feelings for Freddie.:
Type 4 Sam likes Freddie, who likes Carly, Carly has feelings for Freddie.
Type 5 Sam likes Freddie, who likes Carly, Carly no longer has feelings for Freddie.
The aftermath of iOMG could go through phases of Type 6 (Carly and Sam's friendship overrides feelings for Freddie), Type 9 (Any pairing is put on hold because of the feelings of the other girl), or Type 10 (Freddie and Sam get together but Freddie still has feelings for Carly).
Unfortunate Implications: Not really implications more like said outright. In earlier season Sam, Freddie, and Carly were often amazed by Spencer's artwork and even tried very hard to get him back to doing it after he gave it up. In later seasons, they constantly criticize Spencer not for his art but just for being an artist. They acted like being an artist isn't a career (which a Blatant Lie because there are many fields of art) and many of their comments were very offensive towards aspiring artists or even people who just like art in general.
Debatable, since a good amount of their comments were more about how he simply just didn't do a lot of art projects. The implication was more that he didn't really have a career. Considering that Spencer seems to have a ton of free time, as well as their Friends Rent Control situation in regards to his artistic output, they might be poking fun that Spencer gets by on doing such a small amount of work that seems to have no clear schedule, which is what some people mean by a "real" job.
Vocal Minority: The ratings of the major ship-centric episodes have Creddie rating millions and millions more viewers than the Seddie episodes. Despite this, Seddie fans are a lot more aggressive about their OTP than Creddie or Cam or Spam fans, even though those combined ships are probably larger than Seddie, and thus are a Vocal Minority. Just check the comments on Schneider's blog for how vocal they can be.
What an Idiot: Definitely not absent, people here can be dumb, as typical of the Schneiderverse.
What The Hell, Sam?: She clearly has no respect for the First Lady, who praised her along with Freddie for what they did for Carly, interrupting her mid-phrase about wanting a sandwich.
Win Back the Crowd: iOMG, which turned out to be the something Dan promised the shippers after the iSaFW tragedy.
Fanfic Tropes: This show has a large amount of Fan Fiction, with 13,000+ stories written on fanfictiondotnet alone, a figure which makes it hover around 20th in popularity for television shows on the site, as well as having large LiveJournal communities for the show in the first few years followed by a complete transfer over to Tumblr, it has a long-term fandom and fan output to match.
Accusation Fic: Sam breaking up Carly and Freddie in iSaved Your Life by getting it into his head that Carly's feelings were not real. When Sam kissed Freddie in the season 4 finale some accusation fics were written about the idea that Sam's actions prior were because she was hiding her feelings but didn't want Freddie with Carly. Naturally when Carly puts two and two together in these fics they get dark.
Coming of Age Story: Sam dealing with her mother's poor parenting or her harsh, aggressive nature. Carly and her naieve worldview come in for a hammering, especially in the Les Yay Cam pairing fics where Sam's mom, Carly's parent/grandparents or just society in general don't accept their relationship. Carly/Freddie pairings are often this for both sides, with Freddie growning up and realisng he can't force his feelings on Carly, and Carly realising that even though they are young, Freddie might just be the one she could spend the rest of her life with. Graduation (either from High School, or later from College) itself forces aspects of this.
Darker and Edgier: Domestic abuse pepertrated by Sam's mom or her boyfriends. Alcohol and/or drugs being used and abused by the trio. Carly/Spencer's dad coming back and being a massive Jerk Ass. Sam starting to become actively criminal. Sex. All have been used in this manner, but not always going so far as making them Dark Fic.
Dark Fic: As above, but taken further, with some shocking and dark twists. Eating disorders for Carly. Carly becoming addicted to showing herself in a sexual way online. Freddie becoming suicidal. Sam becoming a hardcore criminal. Being gay and it not going well. Many of the fanfic recs here are Dark Fic.
There are quite a number of fics written based around them being raped, or the aftermath of a rape. Yes, this includes Freddie. Both Sam and Carly have had extra-dark fic written where they kill the rapist who let his guard down after he finishes.
Death Fic: Suicide, accidents, you name it. One of the most well known exponents was Lovely Amelie who wrote several now deleted/removed stories based on the idea.
Dead Fic: It seems like being put on the rec page is the kiss of death for ongoing stories. Pretty much every one of the following stories was being updated when recommended:
iGo To Hospital the longest Gen Fic had 107 chapters updated in the space of roughly a year, then the next took ages, the one after even longer, it's been dead since July 2010.
iDiscover I Have Superpowers, one of the most unique stories ever written for the fandom, updated 13 chapters in about 6 months, then stopped right at a heartbreaking moment of angst between two of the main characters. Has not been updated since the start of 2011.
It has now been updated as of 29th August 2011, with a note by the author that they have outlined the next 5 chapters and know where the story is heading.
But hasn't been updated since that last update.
iNever Knew This Would Be So Hard, a Creddie story which was a continuation of one of the first ever recommended, took a year to publish it's 4 existing chapters, it stopped being updated in July 2010.
The Pact a Creddie story, updated 35 chapters in 10 months. The last update was on New Year's Eve 2010. But it revived! The story updated chapter 36 midway through 2012 then 37 in mid 2013.
Officially complete now, as of June 2013.
The End Of A Dream, a heartbreaking, incredibly evocative and gorgeously written angsty Carly/Freddie story, started in late 2008, updated 6 chapters through to the last update in October 2010.
A Darkened Mind, one of the best and longest angst future fic stories. 3 years of continual updates, the author completely abandoned their entire list of stories in late 2010, then posted an 'author's note' chapter saying they had moved on to other things and that the inspiration for writing the story was gone.
One story averted this: iGrow Up spent an entire year dead, until the author returned and wrapped up the story with one slightly rushed chapter with apologies for not being able to finish it the way they intended.
Not on the rec page though, but iWill Always Love You had a realistic portrayal of Carly suffering from schizophrenia inherited from her mother, it started in June 2010, 29 chapters, 115k words until it's last update only 5 months later in November 2010. Not updated since.
One well known example would be A Darkened Mind. It deconstructs the Seddie relationship.
iCarly's Father deconstructs everything in the iCarly universe. Sam's Jerkass Sue behaviour and Comedic Sociopathy towards Freddie. Carly's possessive yet uncommitted dragging along of Freddie's feelings and her acceptance of Sam's behaviour towards him. Spencer dropping out of Law School but not telling his father, and what amounted to stealing $80,000 from Carly after iGot A Hot Room. Sam's Freudian Excuse being ripped part. The litany of assholes who abused and attacked the iCarly trio. Col. Shay comes into the story and immediately starts acting like the man his rank suggests and begins to sort it out. Yes, he is in some ways a Fixer Sue, but this is very much an example of Tropes Are Not Bad.
Dead Unicorn Trope: Steven Shay, the father of Spencer and Carly being portrayed in fic in a way matches the Canon of the show with Steven as a respected father figure is almost never used due to being kinda boring to write about. Playing with the character however is interesting and as such Steven who shows up in fic is usually some kind of antagonist, often abusive or mean, hating Carly for being cause of Death by Childbirth, being homophobic in stories involving Carly/Sam pairings.
Die for Our Ship: Almost the entire cast is subject to this in fics of the 'opposing' ships. Some of the ways it happens can include:
Carly. Becoming the Alpha Bitch. Turning into a jealous harpie who tries to steal Freddie back from Sam. Going off at Freddie when he tries to tell her his feelings, so Sam can defend him.
Freddie. Reverted to Season 1 'stalker' behaviour. Turned into a 'player' who tries to keep the door open if Carly decides she likes him, whilst simultaneously pursuing Sam.
Griffin/Jonah. Their bad boy behaviour exacerbated to show a terrible lack of respect towards Carly. Sexually pushing Carly to do things she doesn't want to.
Sam. "Sam abuses Freddie" plots where Sam's treatment of Freddie is escalated for drama to the point it's domestic abuse. Using an interpretation of Sam's character which had her deliberately sabotaging Carly/Freddie. Giving her increased levels of sociopathy towards Freddie or just in general.
Sam's mother Pam in all sorts of Sam involved relationship stories to allow Sam to move in with the Shay's/Benson's. Throwing Sam out for being a lesbian/bisexual. Death due to overdose or alcohol poisoning or drink driving. Throwing Sam out for getting pregnant. Just packing up and leaving Sam behind. Her true neglect being realised, and having Spencer/Carly or Freddie take her in.
Real Person Fic in the fandom has lead to this for the two most public partners for the Nathan/Miranda (Niranda) and Jennette/Nathan (Jathan) ships. The first was Nat Wolff who was the boyfriend of Miranda Cosgrove when the show started, and a more recent example is Nathan's current girlfriend, Madisen Hill. You don't even have to read a Jathan fanfic to get this idea, just read the comments on any YouTube video with her and Nathan. It eventually got so bad for Nathan, Madisen and Jennette that eventually the trio blocked a few dozen of the worst pro-Jathan anti-Madisen offenders on Twitter, having Nathan call them out for bullying and harassing them all. Aspects of the Jathan and Seddie fandoms are divided on how 'right' Nathan and Madisen were to do this.
Don't Like, Don't Read: Seddie is Seddie, Creddie is Creddie, and never the twain shall meet. You could tell everyone straight up from word 1, shouting up and down you're story will end as Creddie, the readers would happily read 50 chapters of Carly/OC, Freddie/Wendy or Carly/Griffin until they finally get together, but you put Freddie with Sam for a couple chapters, and you'll get complaints.
Fanfic Fuel: Everyone's parents. Only Mrs. Benson actually appears regularly. Pam Puckett was only referred to until she showed up in a single episode. Spencer and Carly's dad is in the military and only up in one-sided phone conversations. Sam's father, Freddie's father and Carly/Spencer's mother have never even been mentioned.
Why did Freddie end up in Seattle, or more accurately, why did his mother come to Seattle on her own, with him. Often combined with the father question.
iKiss: Carly and Freddie kiss and not Sam and Freddie.
iSpeed Date: Freddie notices Sam and runs after her, not the actual ending with Carly and Freddie dancing with them not noticing Sam.
iOMG: Adding a post-script which solves the cliff-hanger. Freddie gently letting down Sam then going after Carly or having Carly come after him, the same but with Carly going after Sam, or just having Freddie respond to Sam positively.
Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Considering the huge amount of Sam gets pregnant stories, finding a story where Sam does have an abortion is damn near impossible if not actually impossible.
Hypothetical Casting: The iCarly's Father series of related stories has the hypothetical casting of Joe Flanigan as the adult Steven Shay, and Ariana Grande with her natural brunette hair colour as Taylor Dorfman in flashbacks set during her and Steven Shay's romance during high school. The hypothetical resemblance between Taylor and Cat Valentine (Ariana's redhaired character on Victorious) is brought up when Steven meets Cat for the first time. This is not by any means the only story to use hypothetical casting either.
Intimate Psychotherapy: Issues involving character deaths, being dumped by the other part of the trio, being abandoned by their parents, any of these can be solved in the arms of their love interest.
I Knew It: A Spencer/Sam fanfic written called The Way They Are. It predicts side character/Ensemble Darkhorse Gibby being promoted to the main cast, and that Sam has a crush on Spencer. Written a year before either of those events happened, with both being very unlikely until they happened.
Log Fic: Most often done with some kind of 'gossip blog' run by Wendy, with the characters posting messages on the site. Wendy will write an article claiming xyz have happened, and the characters come in so that Hilarity Ensues.
Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: An offhand count of the major writers in the fandom would show a huge majority are female. Carly/Sam and Sam/Freddie are hugely female dominated due to being Les Yay and Slap-Slap-Kiss pairings, with Seddie having a major focus on Sam, the Book Dumb 'strong female' character, whilst Carly/Freddie has a fair amount of male writers, as it's a far more gender-balanced pairing that many guys can relate to.
OC Stand In: Rebecca Berkowitz, seen only once (in an extended rarely seen version of iSaw Him First) and usually mentioned off-handedly. In any fic with her as a character, she's basically going to be an OC with a canon name, if they even bother to develop her past Really Gets Around.
The pairing on their own heading to visit the 3rd member of the trio and falling for each other. An example of this is the Carly/Freddie story iHit The Open Road.
The other type that is less common is the pairing going on a road trip holiday along with the third member and their boyfriend/girlfriend. This variation is mostly used with Freddie/Sam, with Carly/Griffin being a popular choice for the Ship Mates pairing for Carly.
Real Person Fic: Nathan Kress/Miranda Cosgrove (known as Niranda or Mathan) fic was for a time as popular as fic for their on-show couple ship Freddie/Carly on the major Creddie fanforum website. The fans have also developed a Memetic Mutation for Miranda's boyfriend during the earlier years of the shows run, Nat Wolf, who is repeatedly referred to as "The Goober". He also suffers a high amounts of Die for Our Ship, so widespread that writers will often joke about actually making him nice for once.
WAFF: The Carly/Freddie pairing generally averts Darker and Edgier and is often very fluffy. The prevalent way to write sexual activity has Freddie as an Above the Influence, chivalric Celibate Hero pining romantically after Carly, whilst Carly dates and is dumped by bad boys who try to pressure her for sex before she realizes it's respect she needs, not just a smoking hot bf. A Their First Time ending is very much optional and sometimes doesn't happen till college or when they get married.