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YMMV: Phineas and Ferb

  • Accidental Innuendo: "Your hotdog is no match for my bratwurst!"
    • "Wow...Heinz Doofenshmirtz is way too hot, we should get out of him."
    • "Well, Ferb, you sure know how to show a girl a good time." (That one is kinda iffy as far as 'accidental' is concerned.)
    • "Oh yeah, Jeremy, nobody makes a corndog like you."
    • "Here comes the BIIIIG FINISH!", followed shortly by "Ohhh that feels good!"
    • In "Candace Gets Busted", the entire neighborhood has an intimate get together in Doof's pants.
    • One fan decided to look a little too far into the scene in "De Plane! De Plane!" when Candace and Jeremy crash into each other in the dried up pool. The results were, reportedly, scarring, though the video has since been taken down.
    • Perry trying to go through the rubber hose to get into his lair in "Thaddeus and Thor". His movement combined with that noise...Yeah...
    • When Linda calls Candace near the end of "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror!", Candace's practically orgasmic voice really turns the conversation straight to this.
      Linda: Candace, is everything okay?
      Candace: Oh, everything is just wonderful.
      Linda: And... Phineas and Ferb? What are they doing?
      Candace: Oh, such wonderful things.
    • From "Journey to the Center of Candace": "When we're inside, we'll activate the shrinkage."
    • Doof's line from Phineas and Ferb Interrupted: "...new partner, now if you'll be kind enough to point it to my face and blast me, I'll be the most fascinating and charming person in the Tri-State area! And then maybe we'll go to a movie or something."
  • Acceptable Political Targets: In one episode taking place in a Bad Future, it's revealed that Moral Guardians essentially destroyed society by going to Knight Templar extremes and eliminating all traces of fun and creativity. Quite a Take That towards them.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Irving is sort of a Base Breaker in the fandom; some find him annoying, while others identify with him because he's an Affectionate Parody of the viewers.
    • Phineas: Is he really that naïve, or just better than Isabella at hiding his own burning affections as implied by how thrilled he was about Isabella kissing him.
    • Some see the show as Candace's visions of madness, rather than about a show about two brothers who build things.
    • Is Candace a Jerk Ass who deserves all what happens to her for trying to bust her brothers or do we feel sorry about her life where Failure Is the Only Option because she is the only sane girl who realizes that building impossible things in a backyard may end very badly?
    • Some think the O.W.C.A. are a Big Brother analog. Doofenshmirtz can't even go to the park without the agency sending Perry after him! Not to mention they give Perry very few days off or vacations, not even on Christmas.
    • Is Isabella a sweet Girl Next Door kinda neighbor with a crush on Phineas, or is she a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing with an obsessive crush and won't even care what happens to anyone, as long as she has Phineas?
  • Anvilicious: "The F Games"
    • The Flawless Girl plot from "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister".
      • Though they get points for taking a less-cliché approach to the subject than most who tackle it.
    • "The Lake Nose Monster". The fact that the beach-goers don't seem to care doesn't change how heavy-handed it is.
      Phineas: I didn't think it was boring, Ferb.
      • Eh, given that it was one short line in an otherwise delightful episode, it's more of a tap on the shoulder than a heavy hand.
    • The mandatory healthy eating episode was "Candace's Big Day". Interesting in how, if you look at the labels on the "Junkfoodinator", they read "Corn Syrup" (Which Dr. D refers to as "High Fructose Corn Syrup") and "Partially Hydrogenated Coconut Oil", as a bonus for health-nuts out there.
      • Also notable as a "Health Food Episode" that actually makes sense: Doof picks the scheme because he expects everyone to become "overweight and lethargic" as a result of eating only junk food, making it trivial for him to take over. It can also be seen as exactly the kind of plan Doofenshmirtz would come up with.
      • What is also interesting is that Doof grows overweight and lethargic himself from eating health food... dipped in concentrated fat.
    • 'Phineas and Ferb Get Busted', 'Phineas and Ferb Interrupted' and 'Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo' are avid over creativity. But then again...
  • Ascended Meme: As the spectacular opening will tell you, Meapless in Seattle.
  • Ass Pull: Like you got no idea. However, it's due to being a mere parody of making machines that would take 100 expert people 1 year to construct, while two kids construct it in 5 minutes. See also Deus ex Machina.
  • Award Snub: The show has so far lost six times in a row to SpongeBob SquarePants in the Kids Choice Awards. It is Nick's award show after all, and SpongeBob is a much bigger phenomenon than this is, so those losses are understandable. This is obviously ticking some fans off. Made worse in 2014, when a new award pit Perry against Patrick. Patrick won.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Irving's either hilarious or just plain annoying, depending on who you ask. The fact that he only occasionally appears at all helps to keep the fandom from fighting, though.
    • Candace. She has enough fans to be popular, but also many people who see her as The Scrappy. To elaborate, many people hate her for wanting her brothers to get in trouble, even if their project isn't dangerous, blaming them for things that weren't even their fault, and whether or not she's a good friend towards Stacy and Jenny is questionable. Other people don't see anything wrong with Candace busting her brothers since the things they build and the activities they partake in are dangerous and she's just doing it because she fears for their safety and also point out that she can be fun when she wants to be and there are moments when she's actually nice to her Phineas and Ferb like a normal sister towards a normal brother.
    • Isabella. Basically, if one does not ship Phinebella, nor find her cute or likable, then odds are they will consider her a Purity Sue.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: The writers have repeatedly been asked the "What happened to Phineas and Candace's biological father/Ferb's biological mother" question, and their response is always this. This doesn't stop the fans, though.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: All anybody seems to remember about the episode "A Real Boy" is the backup singers in the eponymous song.
  • Better on DVD: Though plenty of entertainment can still be drawn regardless of what order you watch the episodes, watching multiple episodes in a row, especially the earlier ones first, will allow you to understand more of the jokes made in the show, since a huge chunk of its later humor is based on lampshading and subverting the Running Gags and making Brick Jokes and Continuity Nods to other episodes. It would be, if there were more than a dozen episodes (of the over 150 made) available on DVD. Although they are all available on Netflix, it's only in America. Outside of the US, they can be bought on iTunes.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The popularity of the "Gitchie-Gitchie-Goo" song in "Flop Starz" led the higher ups to decide to make the musical numbers occur Once an Episode. That includes when it really doesn't make any sense to have a musical number whatsoever. The writers do their best of course, but sometimes there's just no way to work a song into the plot of an episode. And yet there's one there anyway.
    • Of course, considering that every freaking song on this show is a nuclear-powered Ear Worm, this is definitely an example of Tropes Are Not Bad.
    • The fact that it doesn't make sense for a song to be there makes it even funnier when there is, anyway. Mexican Jewish Cultural Festival, anyone?
    • "Izzy's Got The Frizzies", relating to the above. A completely unrelated 70's funk number crammed in before the credits of "Robot Rodeo". Strangely enough, that episode already had a song.
    • "Dance, Baby" appears at the end of a perfectly normal conversation between Perry and Doof, and it comes completely out of the blue.
    • The Tokyo song in "Summer Belongs To You". It's even lampshaded.
    Candace: [while doing the Caramelldansen movements] I have no idea what just happened.
    • In-universe, Perry & Doof's interference with the main plot comes out of nowhere from the kids' point of view, but they rarely question it and almost never bring it up after the fact.
    Phineas: I don't know what causes it but it sure helps with clean-up.
    • "Phineas' Birthday Clip-o-rama" actually shows a montage of Big Lipped Alligator Moments (courtesy of Baljeet), some of which don't come from any actual episode and are impossible to imagine making sense in any context.
      • Speaking of which, "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama" is littered with clips of events that never actually occur in the series, such as Perry entering his lair as a giant and getting trapped in a metal shell shaped exactly like himself, pose and all, Doofenshmirtz's Blow-Itself-Up-Inator and Inside-Out-Inator, Candace calling for Mom while she and everything around her looks like an abstract painting, a project of Phineas and Ferb's that involves a device apparently being powered by chickens, and, of course, Evil Lawrence and Evil Linda.
    • Major Monogram's brief musical number shows up out of nowhere and disappears within seconds.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Tip of the Day." The lack of another mention is justified as everyone but Candace forgot about the whole thing near the end. (A clip is shown in the clip show, so apparently Irving remembers (if only due to his spy cameras), and that somehow goes for "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" (see Dream Within a Dream).)
    • "Ferb TV".
    • "Lost in Danville" didn't seem to be one at first, but the ending revealed that everything happened in an alternate dimension, being observed by our Phineas and Ferb.
  • Broken Base:
    • The announcement of the Marvel crossover did this.
    • Whether the show has declined in quality or not. Episodes have been getting more mixed reactions, especially the ones that try something different.
      • Similarly, the fanbase is broken on whether the show focusing less and less on the titles characters is a good thing or not.
    • Whenever Phineas gets angry seems to spark a wide range of opinions. In both Across the Second Dimension and "Mission Marvel", Phineas gets angry (the former at realising that Perry was a secret agent, and the latter for Candace's fangirl excitement continuously causing her to screw up the plans for the superheroes to regain their powers), and people either consider it justified given the circumstances or consider it enough of an Out of Character moment that he delves into Jerkass territory.
  • Canon Fodder: Oh boy, "Who is Phineas and Candace's biological father, who is Ferb's biological mother, what happened to them and where are they now?" If there was an earthquake for every fic written related to this, the world would be over in minutes.
  • Cargo Ship: Candace and her Ducky Momo doll.
  • Cliché Storm: Done deliberately with the Doofenshmirtz and Perry subplot. Half their shtick is taking just about every single Hero/Supervillain cliche in the book, and parodying, lampshading, deconstructing, and playing with them to kingdom come.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: There are many episodes that focus specifically on playing with the usual formula and/or build directly on top of previous episodes.
  • Crack Pairing: So many of them get thought up on the Phineas and Ferb Wiki. The constant preferences of nonsensical pairings like Baljeet/Linda and Katie/Doof drives people mad.
  • Crazy Awesome: Phineas and Ferb's schemes, Candace in full flight.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: For an animated program on Disney Channel, this happens with startling regularity— mostly in Harmless Villain Doofenshmirtz's Imagine Spots. An obvious example is the time he planned to found a college of Evilology and, among the projects, the audience was shown the (smoking) skeletal remains of an infant. Another can be found in the episode where he planned to use a space laser (inator) to destroy stuff. Including morning talk show hosts. After (theoretically) using it, the host's arms are still intact, clutching at his mug of coffee. The rest of him is nowhere to be seen.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Too many to list, yet we still did it.
  • Die for Our Ship: Candace/Jeremy shippers don't like Suzy because she doesn't want the two to be together.
    • If you look it in a squicky way, Suzy might have this attitude toward Candace in relations to her brother...
    • Any potential love interest of Vanessa's whose name is not Ferb will become a victim of this.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Professor Ross Efrop's Yank the Dog's Chain moment at the end of "My Fair Goalie".
    • Some fans didn't take the "Three guys from Kenya" joke in "The Curse of Candace" well.
    • Candace being chased by the animals (even though she brought it upon herself) in Interview With a Platypus especially since these things happen in real life.
    • Candace failing to get a piece of rare Ducky Momo merchandise in "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" just for laughs was not taken well by some fans.
    • In the same vein as Professor Ross Efrop, Doof's Yank the Dog's Chain moment at the end of Drusselteinoween.
  • Ear Worm: Have fun. This goes so far as for earworms to be referenced, with Doofenshmirtz saying "Great, now I have this song stuck in my head" upon hearing 'Perry the Teenage Girl'.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: With the fanbase the size as it is, a case can be made for most (if not all) secondary characters, with the Fireside Girls (Gretchen in particular, since some fans pair her with Ferb) being the most prominent examples.
    • Eliza Beckham Fletcher, it is unlikely she will show up again yet she already got a sizable fanbase following less than 2 days after the one episode in which she does aired.
    • Vanessa Doofenshmirtz also has a huge fanbase.
    • As for background characters, the female backup dancer with the brown hair in the "S.I.M.P." song has gotten a lot of attention. To the point where she got a speaking role and a Fanservice Pack in the Halloween special "Night of the Living Pharmacists".
  • Epileptic Trees: A lot of fans were once convinced that Heinz Doofenshmirtz is Phineas and Candace's biological father, to the point where the creators themselves had to step in and give it the boot. Despite this, many fans still believe this theory to be true.
    • Making it worse is that Doof's the only one other than Lawrence who's been seen dating Linda (granted, it was the 80's and ended poorly).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Vanessa, although not technically evil (according to her, anyway).
    • She is eviler note  than almost all the cast, what with her stealing a Vespa, threatening people with a faux deadly weapon, and snatching a doll from a little girl.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Phineas and Candace's never-been-seen-or-spoken-of biological father and, to a slightly lesser extent, Ferb's never-been-seen-or-spoken-of birth mother. It would honestly be accurate to say that at least one-third of all fanfiction written for this series at least touched on this subject.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Ferb and Gretchen has become popular with those who have a hard time overlooking the age gap between Ferb and Vanessa (but have an easy time overlooking the fact that Ferb and Gretchen have hardly interacted at all in the show itself).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Quite a few fans like to pretend that the Laser-Guided Amnesia ending of Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension never happened. Not necessarily because they hate it, but because not doing so would prevent a lot of Fan Fiction ideas.
  • Foe Yay: Doofenshmirtz and Perry seems to be a parody of this, with their interactions being explicitly treated like a romantic relationship at least half of the time.
    • "It's About Time!" was just full of Foe Yay, with Doofenshmirtz getting a new nemesis actually presented as an affair. Perry was heartbroken.
    • You know they had the fans of that pairing just squealing over that moment, during "Swiss Family Phineas", where Perry and Doofenshmirtz get thrown in the 'BIG' laundry... cue costume change, with a wedding dress and tuxedo. Just guess who's in the dress.
    • And in "Gaming the System", after Doofenshmirtz zaps Perry with the Ball-Gown-inator, he can't stop going on about how elegant Perry looks.
    Doofenshmirtz: You know, Perry the Platypus, that dress sort of suits you... you know, you just accentuate the positive, as they say... Um... I'm going to stop talking now, I'm moving into a weird area.
    • In "Nerds of a Feather" after Doofenshmirtz fails to get his show "Doof and Puss" on the air because he wouldn't let the producer give the platypus a girlfriend, we instead get the show "The Platypus And His Girlfriend", with the girlfriend seeming to play the same role as Doof did in the original show.
    • Baljeet and Buford also get their fair share of Foe Yay as well. "Bully Bromance Breakup" essentially throws all subtext out the window.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Summer Belongs to You", Doofenshmirtz's evil plan is to drop a giant water balloon on Tokyo to flood out the Annual Good-Guy Convention. This was almost a year before the infamous quake in Japan that caused massive flooding.
  • Genius Bonus: By the bucketful. In fact, the show's excessive use of "smart" humor was one of the reasons it took so long to get it on the air in the first place.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Jerry Lewis' popularity in France is referenced twice in "Run Away Runway". Also, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension will be shown in theaters in The Netherlands and Belgium.
    • There's an active Japanese fandom as well, if you go to the "overseas cartoon" section on 2ch, there will almost always be a thread for Phineas and Ferb near the top.
  • Growing the Beard: Somewhat expected, considering a lot of the show's humor and wit come from lampooning, subverting and lampshading the conventions and practices that would take a few episodes to establish.
    • Although, in terms of quality though people could spot differences from other shows at the time beforehand, it was Phineas and Ferb Get Busted that arguably showed us just what this show was truly capable of.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Baljeet's "Fail Wail" in The Baljeatles. Seriously, the sound makes you think of some kind of animal, likely a cat, in very severe pain. Even Phineas couldn't stand it.
    • Busting Candace's screech in "Split Personality".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: If you remember a certain Crowning Moment of Funny from Justice League Unlimited, the aglet craze in "Tip of the Day" becomes a million and six times funnier.
  • Ho Yay: Enough to make a page for it.
  • Internet Backdraft:
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: "It's too repetitive" is probably the most common complaint people who dislike the show give, though later seasons have been playing with the show's episode formula quite a bit, so this isn't holding up as well as it was before.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Ferb, Baljeet, and Doof, in particular.
  • Magnum Opus: For Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh, and to an extent, Disney TV animation.
  • Marty Stu: Phineas tends to be able to do anything without repercussions of any kind. One example of Tropes Are Not Bad, though, as this does not seem to make him less likable as a result, and there have been instances where this trait of his has been averted. (The Dream Within a Dream sequence where he finally gets busted springs to mind).
    • This has been played down in later episodes, with Phineas being better developed as a character, along with Ferb to a lesser extent.
    • Isabella could qualify too
    • Ferb as well. Although his quiet personality downplays it, he has more skills and abilities than Phineas. Phineas himself is pretty much constantly going on about how awesome Ferb is (particularly in earlier episodes)
  • Memetic Badass: Perry's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!
  • Memetic Mutation: It's a rather meme-rich show, and they're collected over on our meme-page-inator.
  • Memetic Sex God: Ferb. Yes, he's only ten-ish, but that doesn't stop the fangirls from getting all over him.
  • Moe: Isabella when she makes the effort.
    • As can Phineas.
    • Perry while in pet mode can also count, especially when he's sleeping.
    • Hell, the entire show is Moe. Even Doofenshmirtz can be quite Ugly Cute at times. You have no soul if you don't think at least one scene of this show is cute.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", the Knight Templar Moral Guardians outlaw all fun and creativity. While that could be fairly easily chalked up to being Well-Intentioned Extremist, stuffing their own children into tiny capsules until adulthood is just plain sickening, no matter what the intent.
    • Parallel Doofenshmirtz from The Movie crosses this when he tries to kill Perry, Phineas, Ferb, Candace and normal Doofenshmirtz via a lava-filled death trap. Though he already wasn't far from there, since he brainwashed the Perry of his dimension into being his cyborg slave, his dictatorship of the Tri-State area forced the Parallel Phineas and Ferb to live a sheltered, reclusive life without fun or summer, and Parallel Candace to essentially lose her childhood.
    • Doofensmirtz's parents cross it when forcing him to be the family lawn gnome among many other things.
    • The Drill Sergeant Nasty from "Phineas & Ferb Get Busted". He utterly destroyed the spirits of the title characters just because they were creative. Thankfully, he doesn't actually exist on the show.
    • Liam McCracken from "Primal Perry". Not only did he plan to make Perry into a trophy, but Doofenshmirtz (who hired him to trap Perry) as well.
    • Aloyse Von Roddenstein crosses the line with his plan to destroy summer (which would endanger millions). Even Dr. Doofenshmirtz objects to it.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "Hey Ferb, I know what we're going to do today."
  • Narm: At the climax of "Summer Belongs to You", it may be nice to see Candace become more optimistic, but hearing every one of the kids (except Ferb) encourage her by saying "I BELIEEEEVE!" is pretty cheesy.
  • Narm Charm: Half the times Phineas is sad, angry or just generally morose. More often than not, what he says aren't exactly the most original dramatic lines ever written, but since he's...well, Phineas Flynn, it's still very possible to take him seriously (Unless you're not supposed to).
    • The death of Ballony.
  • Nausea Fuel: In "Hide and Seek", the kids are shrunken to miniature size, and Baljeet is stranded on a ceiling lamp with the air conditioner blowing right at him. He avoids freezing to death by hiding inside the exoskeleton of a dead fly. This probably makes for good Nightmare Fuel, too.
    • "I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO TO SURVIVE!"
    • Baljeet's brain in "Cranius Maximus". It's basically swollen up to the point where it's larger than the rest of his head and barely staying inside his skin.
  • Never Live It Down: Fans seem pointedly fixated on the one time Phineas has ever yelled at anybody (Candace in "Summer Belongs to You"). Case in point, look how frequently it comes up on these pages.
    • Based on this wiki, fans seem to have latched on to Charlene's one-time statement of "No one's evil," taking it absolutely literally as evidence that she's hopelessly naive, rather than accepting it as a simple sweeping generalization meant to dissuade that silly notion of Vanessa's that her father's evil.
      • And considering that she was married to Heinz Doofenshmirz, can you really blame Charlene for not taking self-proclaimed "evil" people seriously?
  • No Yay: Suzy's relationship with Jeremy gives of serious Yandere vibes.
  • Older Than They Think: Buford's character in the parody of The Wizard of Oz is an amalgamation of a lion, a tiger, and a bear (oh my). Few fans seem to realize that the writers of Phineas and Ferb didn't make this up. It's a creature from the ''Wizard of Oz'' novel that was left out of the film (called a Kalidah).
  • Periphery Demographic: It's a Disney Channel show with an 8-14 primary demographic. Don't be surprised at how many people fall out of that range... including Simon Pegg, John Hodgman, Shawn Spencer and Jon Stewart.
    • Whenever someone thanks Dan and Swampy for creating a kids show that parents can enjoy, their response is, "What makes you think it's a kids show?"
    • "Aren't you a little old to be watching Phineas and Ferb?" Yes, yes I am.
    • To put this in perspective: Sluggy Freelance of all places used an obscure Shout-Out to the show.
    • Also notable to be one of the few Disney Channel shows that Cracked likes. In fact the Cracked page links to the character sheet, though they misspelled tropes as "troupe".
    • The fact that it is a Disney channel show that has had 2AM reruns says something about how many adults watch it.
    • Hell, even Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series referenced it in Episode 53. Says something if Seto Kaiba can instantly recognize a P&F reference.
    • Looks like we can add Slash to the list who liked it enough to co-write an insanely epic song for the movie.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Phinbella and Canderemy.
  • Relationship Sue: Jeremy is probably the most tolerant, compassionate boyfriend in existence, what with the crazy ranting and screaming Candace is prone to. His Sue-ishness was more apparent in the earlier episodes. Later, he improves quite a bit.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Irving was this to begin with, but later appearances have redeemed him in some viewers eyes.
  • The Scrappy: Suzy is one once due to how relentlessly cruel (and creepy) she is. Indeed her appearances on the show have become less and less.
    • Some consider Baljeet The Scrappy, since he's a one-joke character and an ethnic stereotype.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some fans of the show think the episodes from the middle of the third (for some, the second) season aren't as good. That said, the show is still quite good - as far as Seasonal Rot goes, P&F manages to get off pretty easy, what with the show still being of a pretty good quality. Overall, it's said to be the best.
  • Ship Mates: A good portion of Phineas/Isabella shippers will just pair off the rest of the boys/girls in the group. The most common ones are Ferb/Gretchen, Baljeet/Ginger, Buford/Adyson, Django/Milly, and Irving/Katie. Notice how they don't take Ferb's Precocious Crush on Vanessa into account.
    • Phineas/Ferb fans will almost always ship Jeremy/Candace.
    • And to a much lesser extent Ferb/Isabella and Phineas/Django.
  • Signature Scene: "Get on the trike!" is easily the most remembered part of "Summer Belongs to You".
  • Something Something Leonard Bernstein: The lyrics of "Ride From Outer Space," despite being pretty damn cool, are so fast that the closed captions usually just refer to the majority of lines as incomprehensible.
  • Special Effects Failure: Usually when a Photoshopped object or background appears. Sometimes played as Stylistic Suck, other times not.
  • Squick: Baljeet hiding inside the corpse of a fly in "Hide and Seek".
    • Candace saying "Barf-a-roni with cheese!"
    • Wicked fans could find Doofenshmirtz and Baljeet's parody characters in "The Wizard of Odd" particularly Squicky, considering that they are the Wicked Witch of the West and the Scarecrow, respectively. (Though the episode was based on the original book and the Judy Garland film.)
    • Probably played for laughs, but the skin on Ferb's face slipping off like a hood as he rides a spaceship (followed by him pulling it back onto his skull without any ill effects).
    • Isabella may be cute, but some people find her obsessive stalking crush on Phineas very creepy.
    • The way the red rubber boots in "Wizard of Odd" have (literally) "grown on" Candace's legs looks rather squicky.
    • "So that's what the inside of a platypus smells like. Could've gone my whole life without knowing that."
  • Stoic Woobie: Ferb can be this at times.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Fans have believed Phineas/Isabella is getting too old and she should just give up on him already.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The "Give Up"-song: Candace gives up trying to bust her brothers (though Comically Missing the Point her aunt was making), only for her aunt to convince her to never give up. While "never give up" is usually a good aesop, when Candace gave up she stopped stressing out and relaxed.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Those with an expansive memory of music in pop culture, as well as a sharp ear, will realize most of the best numbers are heavily-altered versions of already famous songs.
    • Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man is heard in "Rollercoaster" and elsewhere.
    • "He's a Bully" in the episode "Raging Bully" sounds like the Jimmy Hart version of "Eye of the Tiger".
    • The instrumental that plays during Candace's hallucinations in "Badbeard" (with the droning sitar/tanpura and backwards drums) sounds like the Jimmy Hart version of "Open Up Said the World at the Door".
    • The showstopper "Summer Belongs To You" from the hour-long special is clearly ripped from "You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairspray.
    • "Better With Perry" from the TV movie has an arrangement extremely similar to "One More Chance" by the Jackson 5.
    • "A-G-L-E-T" sounds like something the Dave Matthews Band would perform.
    • "Meatloaf", by the Fake Band Tiny Cowboy, is pretty clearly cribbed from "Wonderwall" by Oasis.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Bango-Ru, especially its convention.
    • "Ducky Momo" appears the be this universe's equivalent to Barney the Dinosaur and other such sugary-sweet toddler shows, which is probably why Candace catches so much grief for liking it (or believes she would).
    • Jeremy and the Incidental's song from "The Best Lazy Day Ever".
    • Isabella's pony from "The Magnificent Few".
      • Isabella herself can be this, especially her voice. Lampshade in "Meapless in Seattle".
    • Meap's Planet. According to him, cuteness is valued above all other things on that place.
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Django. A sort of Sixth Ranger to the main group, he even got a full episode focused on him (Oil On Candace) in the first season. Nowadays, he's been overshadowed by Irving and really only appears in cameos.
    • It doesn't help that was kinda bland. Or at least, he didn't have a single defining trait like most of the main cast do.
      • Well, he was good at art.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Candace gets the idea to try and slow down the boys' construction rate in "Mom's in the House". Problem is that once she gets the idea, Phineas and Ferb have already finished building their latest invention.
    • "The Doonkleberry Imperative" features Candace going with Vanessa to Doofensmirtz's apartment to use the scientific method to bust Phineas and Ferb. We never get to see her actually doing this.
    • "Mandace" from the premises seemed to be a Gender Bender episode. Turn out that the plot concerned Candace disguised as a normal pizza-guy through a simple hologram (due to one of the inventions of Doof).
  • Toy Ship: Multiple. The most prominent of these would be Phineas and Isabella.
    • Baljeet and his friend Mishti in "That Sinking Feeling". We'll probably never see her again, though.
    • Some fans also like to ship Ferb with Gretchen (the Fireside Girl who wears glasses).
    • Baljeet and Buford deserve a mention.
    • It should be noted, though, that P&F is only a partial example, as all the characters are canonically "Under 15".
  • Ugly Cute: Heinz Doofenshmirtz. He's a hunchback with crooked teeth, a long nose and crazy hair and has even admitted on screen that he's ugly, but he's still completely adorable.
    • Also, Doof's giant pet cockroach from Canderemy. Awwwwww.....
    • Even Buford could count as well.
  • Uncanny Valley: Balloony. Just look at him.
    • The Best Live Tour Ever!.
    • Regular marionettes already invoke this, but the giant one in "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" ramps it up.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: At least one fan has credited Phineas and Ferb with teaching her how to jumpstart a car. Other potential candidates are the many Shown Their Work moments, even if the show Runs On Nonsensoleum just as often.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Suzy's feelings for Jeremy, while Played for Laughs, would be indicative of something very serious in real life.
    • In We Call It Maze, the girls seem to have consistently gotten the physical challenges while the boys got the mental ones.
      • Of course, in this case the boys's group contained Phineas, Ferb, and Baljeet. Not so much a case of boys being smarter than girls as these particular boys being smarter than pretty much everyone.
    • "Summer Belongs to You" sends the message that it's a good idea to jump a bike over a construction site (if it's to win a bet). The show is full of far-fetched dangerous hijinks, but this is one that impressionable young viewers would be able to imitate.
    • In "The Wizard of Odd", Linda basically tells Candace to ignore the advice given to her by a clearly trusted official in favour of the fun way...that she was morally against the whole time and wanted to see "the wizard" for anyway.
    • A lot of times, they make it seems like Isabella is only about Phineas, not anything else(saying Hi to just Phineas, but not the rest or her friends or even his stepbrother). Whenever she's not trying to get badges. She's only hanging out with the guys just to be with Phineas
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Doofenshmirtz. Loved by fans, but rejected by his family and almost everyone in the Tri-State Area.
  • What an Idiot: In "Candace Disconnected" the boys give Candace a phone with an app that will send her to anywhere she wants just by saying "Go to" followed by the destination. She leaves before they can tell her about the app and then ends up accidentally transported to Easter Island. She just assumes transporting you to Easter Island is the app's one function. Even after being accidentally transported twice, she still hasn't figured out how it happened.
    • Phineas, Ferb, and their friends fail to realize that Candace is wearing a camera in "Leave the Busting to Us," even though she was right in front of them when she put it on and when she talked to the Bust 'Em producer about getting footage of the water slide.
      • Or they just don't care. They don't see anything wrong with their projects, after all.
    • Phineas's Oblivious to Love has always been a bit face-palm inducing, but it officially drops to idiot levels in "Summer Belongs to You". Especially, during the "City of Love" song.
    • Isabella. She doesn't bother to tell Phineas how she feels, because it seems like she waiting for Phineas to 'make the moves first. She should either just admit to Phineas how she feels or just give it up! note 
    • Doofenshmirtz...ugh, where do we even begin...
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Being affiliated with the same writers from Rocko's Modern Life and SpongeBob SquarePants, the show would have some examples. Most of Phineas and Ferb's ideas, Doof's inventions, and background jokes could fall under this.
    • The fact that Klimpaloon is a living, talking bathing suit that lives in the Himalayas.
    • The giant floating baby head, anyone?
  • The Woobie: The main example is Doof. As a child, he had to throw his surprise birthday party. His father named the dog "Only Son". When he was born, neither of his parents bothered to be there. He was raised by ocelots. The list goes on and on ...
    • Candace. One must feel sorry for how hard she has to try to bust her brothers, even if her determination can be irritating to some. Also in "Candace Gets Busted," where she gets punished by her mom for throwing a party that was out of her control and which she legitimately didn't want. But it really comes out in "Nerds Of A Feather".
      • Taken to a new level in "Mission Marvel" where all she wants to do is help, but keeps messing up. It's made even worse by how bad she feels about it, and a horribly sad song.
      • Her crippling self-esteem issues make it impossible for her to accept that Jeremy loves her for who she is and that she doesn't have to keep trying to impress him.
    • An odd one, but Buford in "Voyage To The Bottom Of Buford". In his song, he was shown to be so lonely he was playing ping-pong with his goldfish!
      • Everyone else being too disturbed by his out of character behavior to comfort him just makes it worse.
    • Phineas' obliviousness to love can put Isabella into this territory, especially during her song "City Of Love" in "Summer Belongs To You." She gets over it, and also gets back at him by kissing him right before he was about to voluntarily get all of his memories of the previous day wiped out.
    • Norm becomes one officially in A Real Boy.
    • Phineas, who is normally unbelieveably cheery and innocent, completely breaks down when things start going wrong. (See Summer Belongs to You, Christmas Vacation, and The Movie.)
    • Doofenverse Phineas and Ferb from Across the 2nd Dimension. When DoofenPhineas is hugging Perry if you don't go "Awww." you have no soul.

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