Cindy doesn't hold her fists when she wants to teach Jimmy or any other boy in the show a lesson. In fact, she can be so rough with them it would probably not be allowed in more recent cartoons, due to the audiences' growing awareness of the issue of female-on-male violence in schools compared to that of the 2000s.
Other times, though, averted. Sheen's Hispanic origins, for example, won't save him.
Adaptation Displacement: While The Movie was very popular, and still pops up on Nick every now and again, people often think that it came during the early run of the show.
Banned in China: The Arabic version of the show removess pretty much anything that hints at there being anything more than just plain friendship between child characters. It's done in such a crude manner that entire scenes are reduced to just a few lines of dialogues with an awkward transition to the next and some of the more Ship Tease prone episodes end up downright incomprehensible.
Broken Base: It is debatable whether Flanderizing the characters and making the series slightly mean spirited was a good idea.
Cindy Vortex. While people are fully supportive of her and Jimmy ending up together, some people think Cindy's pride is no excuse for how she treats Jimmy and his friends. This is when people really miss how more sympathetic and friendly she was in the movie. Some good examples would be in "The Incredible Shrinking Town" and her musical number in the Valentines Day episode.
Stated that Australia isn't a continent, not a country (it is both). Of course, he could've just been bluffing and trying to make up an excuse to argue with Cindy.
Called the Cretaceous period the Cretaceous era (the terms aren't interchangeable [even though people do use those words interchangeable], and it was the wrong period to begin with).
Said that Thomas Edison invented electricity (electricity always existed; Edison was one of many to do experiments with it).
Said that as a hamster, he is high in HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, which is bad (shouldn't that be low-density lipoprotein [LDL] cholesterol?).
Saying that creating vaccine for a viral infection by extracting its mitochondrion. Virus has no mitochondrion since it's an organelle found in most eucaryotic cells. No "Jimmy said it was a germ" excuse since they clearly used an image of typical bacteriophage and it's not even a virus known to cause disease in human.
In "Beach Party Mummy" Jimmy translates Egyptian hieroghlypics using a "Sanskrit to English translator with a Rosetta Stone upgrade" built in his watch. While the Rosetta Stone piece makes sense (it was a rock stele covered in an inscription written in three different scripts, including Egyptian hieroglyphics, thus enabling the archeological world to finally decipher a good chunk of them), Sanskrit is an Indo-European language with zero relation to Ancient Egyptian (this one in turn is classified as Afroasiatic, much like Hebrew and Arabic).
The hieroglyphics themselves, when put in Jimmy's translation device, are not only meaningless gibberish, they're actually not even arranged in the correct order. As a rule of thumn, those of the hieroglyphics that are assymetrical actually point to the direction the text should be read from, so, for instance, if the picture of a bird looks to the left, it means this particular passage should be read from left to right (if the hieroglypics are arranged into columns, the same rule applies, only that we need to start from the left column, work our way down and then start from the second to left, and so on and so forth). The text Jimmy scans is uploaded onto his translator as if it was supposed to be read from left to right, yet some of the hieroglyphics "look" to the right instead of left, turning the whole thing into an aesthetical mess.
Designated Hero: Jimmy is not a bad person, but he does cause many of the problems he has to fix. Cindy herself lampshades it.
Designated Villain: Cindy has a tendency to be subject to this trope more often than other characters:
It's especially apparent in "Holly Jolly Christmas". She and Libby are given lumps of coal from Santa at the end and Libby suggests that this is because of their attempting to humiliate Jimmy, smoothly glossing over the fact that the reason Cindy and Libby decided to do it in the first place was to make Jimmy pay for hurting Carl's feeling in class, when Jimmy tried to persuade Carl that Santa Claus doesn't really exist. In that particular scene Cindy is angry at Jimmy not because she necessarily believes in Santa herself but "that's not the point". Later on, she holds Jimmy responsible for ruining Christmas first for Carl, then for everybody else (and she's 100% right about that since it's Jimmy who accidentally knocked out Santa). All in all, Cindy and Libby definitely could have been nicer to Jimmy but seeing them punished and Jimmy rewarded with a precious gift seems unfair to say the least.
In "Best in Show" Cindy has Goddard disqualified from a pet contest on a very solid basis of him not being a real dog and thus not eligible for participation according to the rules which is enough to brand her the asshole of the week. And while that doesn't excuse her not being able to spit out a thank you to either Jimmy or Goddard when the latter saves her life at the end, if Jimmy didn't use the opportunity to rub it in her face how wrong and immoral she was and how much better a person he is, she most likely would have apologized.
Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans tend to ignore the season three episodes and consider "Win, Lose and Kaboom" the true series finale.
First Installment Wins: While the other two seasons are when the show started getting more popular, some people think season one had better humor and character portrayals.
Fountain of Memes: Hugh Neutron, Carl, and even moreso Bolbi have an internet following based on this.
Sheen is also this, to a lesser extent.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In Retroville 9 Jimmy creates high-tech baseball gloves and automatic homerun hitting bats neutronized with the skills of three baseball players for his struggling baseball team. They effectively cheat their way to the little-league finals in Japan. The players Jimmy used were Barry Bonds (an alleged cheater), Mark McGwire (a confessed cheater) and Babe Ruth (dead).
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has its dedicated fanbase within the United States but one could argue it's become relatively forgotten over the years, hardly ever making it to any English-language "Top 10 Best Nickelodeon Shows" video on YouTube. Compared to this, Jimmy Neutron continues to be immensely popular in Latin America.
Growing the Beard: The season two and three episodes tend to stand out more, shedding the spin-off-of-the-movie feel. In the season one finale, Libby had decided to keep her hair braided, making her stand out more as well.
Sheen pretending to be Tee's conscience in "The Incredible Shrinking Town" is funny in light of "League of Villains" (where Sheen is responsible for Tee's Heel–Face Turn).
Jerkass Woobie: Cindy only acts like a jerk to Jimmy to mask her true feelings for him. There's also some hints that she may have a bad home life and the fact she feels inferior to Betty. This is especially more evident in season three where every time she tries to help Jimmy, he ignores her, takes credit for her ideas and blames her for his mistakes.
Life Imitates Art: "Retroville 9", aired 2003, shows Jimmy & Co. going to Nagoia, Japan to participate in the "Junior Baseball World Championships". No such tournament existed back then but a 12U Baseball World Cup was founded in 2011, with a 15U equivalent coming up the following year. Seeing as that was a Season 2 episode, Jimmy and others would have qualified for the former. Japan being the tournament's host also makes sense as baseball is a very popular sport there.
"Hi, i'm Paul!"note A line taken from the DNA Productions Vanity Plate that appeared at the end of the show.
Magnificent Bastard: Meldar is capable of destroying other planets and transmuting matter and energy, thanks to his Matrix generators.
Moral Event Horizon: Evil Jimmy starts off as a simple prankster at first...up until he creates an evil version of Jimmy's planet and attempts to destroy the old one and forces Jimmy to watch, not to mention trap him in his world of darkness.
Meldar may seem like an ordinary game show host, but he threatens to blow up the losing planets and forces the losers to watch.
Eustace makes many Kick the Dog moves to Jimmy and is already an unlikeable jerk, but using Cindy to emotionally crush Jimmy and forcing Jimmy to watch Goddard die? That is way over the line.
King Goobot crossed it when he and the other Yolkians pretended to have reformed and had them all turn against Jimmy, all part of his plan to emotionally crush Jimmy.
Beautiful Gorgeous hypnotizes Jet into killing Jimmy in front of many innocent lives and have him arrested for murder.
An unintentional example, but Jimmy's friends did this when they laughed at Jimmy's height in "The Incredible Shrinking Town" and provoked him into shrinking them. Then, they smashed his trophy that he won fair and square. Sure makes you wonder why they even bothered to make that episode.
Sam. While he was already a Jerkass when the show started, The N Men showed his asshole status Up to Eleven when he sends the kids (minus Jimmy) to Area 52 due to their carelessness. While Jerkass Has a Point stands here, his behavior isn't necessary. It comes even more to an annoyance when Sheen came to him for help in order to get a main component to make Carl burp against Hulk-Jimmy (It Makes Sense in Context), but Sam rudely says no, all while calling Sheen a 'freak', prompting Sheen to just take it and have Sam complain that he owes him a $1.80 for it. And even after thanking him at the end of Jimmy's speech, he's still complaining about the $1.80.
Cindy: Don't listen to them, they're just scared. We'll get out of this.
Jimmy: [continues sobbing]
The scene in "Brobot" where Jimmy tries to deactivate Brobot. When he explains to Brobot what he's doing, Brobot (who, for once, doesn't sound happy or excited at all) says, "But...but then we can't play anymore. And you're my...big brother." Jimmy starts feeling guilty, and sheds a single tear...which lands in Brobot's circuitry and seems to short him out, causing Jimmy to feel even more guilty. It turns out that Brobot's indestructible, and all the tear did was tickle him, but still.
"Normal Boy" has Jimmy feeling insecure and sorry for himself after everybody shuns him for being super smart. Heck! Even Judy says that to his face, out of frustration.
During "Return of the Nanobots," Hugh ends up believing he's the last person on Earth due to everyone else being deleted by the nanobots. When he realizes that he's alone, Hugh laments the loss of Jimmy and his wife (whom he actually calls by her first name, Judy).
In the Valentine's Day episode where Jimmy kicks Cindy out of his lab and calls her disgusting. You can see that Cindy is truly hurt, thinking Jimmy was playing a cruel joke on her all along.
In "Sheen's Brain", Sheen brutally strikes Jimmy and Carl with a lighting bolt after they tell him to put on the helmet one last time. When he sees Carl and Jimmy and believes them to be dead, he realizes he's killed his two best friends. Realizing what a monster he's become, he voluntarily decides to go back to his normal self.
In "The N-Men", when Cindy tearfully apologizes to Jimmy for hurting his feelings and tries to admit she loves him as she's dying and then collapses with Jimmy picking her up and asking, "Cindy what? Like? Loathe? Love?" and then setting her down on the ground as he begins to calm down and realize that Cindy's not so bad after all.
Before Jimmy turns into a monster, he gets furious and wonders why he's helping his so-called "friends" when all they did was treat him like dirt. The way he says it is just plain heartbreaking. You can see that years of insults and hiding his feelings have finally taken a toll on him.
In "Stranded", Cindy begs Jimmy to stay on the island with her so they can be together forever, but sadly they can't.
"The Science Affair"
Jimmy gets unfairly banned from the science fair because he's rendered winning it pointless. Both sides of the story are pretty sad as well; the kids feel inferior to Jimmy and Jimmy feels bad that he can't show people his hard work.
Later, Cindy feels bad about getting Jimmy banned, but of course, denies anything.
You will feel bad for both Jimmy and Cindy at the end; Jimmy lost the Nobel Prize for something that wasn't his fault and Cindy lost the science fair trophy, even though she helped save the day.
"Billion Dollar Boy"
Eustace sadistically mocks Jimmy into betting Goddard in a robot battle. Then, when Eustace's robot starts beating Goddard senseless, Jimmy's friends realize that Eustace was just using them to emotionally crush Jimmy. To add salt to the wound, Eustace does a major Kick the Dog moment and throws Cindy down on the ground and reveals his true colors to her. Then, when Goddard is knocked out, Jimmy is heartbroken, thinking that Eustace's robot has killed Goddard and looks like he's about to cry at any moment.
Eustace's father reveals that his son is a rotten tyrant and he's too wimpy to put his foot down.
In "Make Room for Daddy-O", Jimmy looks at all the photos of the fun times he and Hugh had together and misses having him around.
Several scenes in "Win, Lose and Kaboom" will tug on your heartstrings.
Hugh tries to spend some father-son time with Jimmy by helping his son answer the rock's riddle, but Jimmy condescendingly brushes him off and Hugh sadly walks away. Later, when he arrives on the show, he still thinks Jimmy doesn't want him to help. This is when Jimmy truly realizes how much of a jerk he's been to his friends and Hugh.
Jimmy and Cindy try to vote each other off, for the sake of the planet. Later when Cindy tries to make amends, he brushes her off, unwilling to forgive her.
When the kids have to jump off the abyss, Jimmy still refuses to be a team player, even though it's their best chance of waking up.
Cindy: Trust me!
Earth is saved, but the other team's have to watch their planets explode. You can see that April has tears in her eyes when she thinks Jimmy broke his promise. Luckily, Jimmy convinced his friends to go back and do the right thing.
"Clash of the Cousins" reveals that Jimmy is the black sheep of the Neutron family because of how different he is. Granted, Jimmy does cause trouble, but some of the things Aunt Amanda are downright uncalled for.
Aunt Amanda: Because of you, the Neutron name isn't respectable anymore!
Aunt Amanda: And take that horrible dog with you!
Fans weren't too pleased with the ending of "The Incredible Shrinking Town" which has Cindy smashing Jimmy's well deserved trophy (Base-Breaking Character, anyone)? There's also all the grief Jimmy was getting for his short stature and for something that for once wasn't his fault.
The fact that Sheen is probably stuck on Zeenu forever with no way to get home is just heartbreaking. Not to mention his grandmother and father must be going insane with him gone.
Plus, his friends haven't tried looking for him either. They is if they knew where the rocket landed. For all they know, Sheen could be dead. No Ending? More like Downer Ending.
While it is played for laughs, Nick's cameo in "The League of Villains" where he breaks his leg again is actually really sad. He starts crying and wonders why it keeps happening to him. It's also implied that he now considers himself a loser. See The Woobie below.
You will feel bad for Carl in "Holly Jolly Jimmy" when Jimmy crushes his hopes and dreams by saying Santa doesn't exist.
"Jimmy Goes to College" when Jimmy lies to his parents by telling them he's having good time at college, when he's really miserable and misses his friends. What's more heartbreaking is that his parents pretend not to miss him, which breaks Jimmy's heart more.
The ending to "Who's Your Mommy?" Where Carl has to say a tearful goodbye to his adoptive son.
In "The Junkman" when Jimmy feels bad about not believing Brobot about the Junkman.
Nick. He had a pretty major role in the movie and he's like a big brother to Jimmy. Not to mention he is a perfect foil to Sheen, so you can see a lot of potential in his character. He was going to be part of the gang, but it was dropped for some reason after season one. There were plans to make him part of the main cast in season four, however.
Brittany as well. She could've made a perfect comic foil to the otherwise brainy Cindy and Libby, like Carl and Sheen are towards Jimmy. But sadly, she only played small roles through the series. It helps that she's pretty much the nicest character on the show. If season four did come to be, she would've had a larger role.
In fact, name any other kid in Jimmy's class who isn't himself, Cindy, Libby, Carl or Sheen.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour 3, which was originally was supposed to be a Grand Finale for bothshows. Who didn't want to see a 3D Dimmsdale and a 2D Retroville, Crocker spazzing out in 3D or the alien Mark Chang in 3D? And better yet, send the Gigglepies to Retroville and the Twonkies to Dimmsdale (we wonder if Timmy has learned from the Gigglepie experience?).
Uncanny Valley: While the CGI is by all means decent for the standards of early 2000s computer animated TV shows, a lot of the character designs may get pretty ugly looking at times.
Viewers Are Morons: Considering the show's rather mature take on humor and little emphasis on slapstick, it may come as a surprise when characters (more often than not Jimmy) like to elaborate on scientific facts that any audience should probably be well familiar with or perfectly understandable. It's never too distracting but still.
"Beach Party Mummy" is quite possibly one of the worst offenders, with Jimmy rather unnecessarily explaining the definition of hieroglyphics and mummies.
Jimmy. He always tries to help people, but causes trouble and his parents are the only relatives who care about him and hardly anybody likes him or his inventions. People also laugh at him for being short and don't care if it hurts his feelings. There's also the fact that people show no empathy towards him when he's made fun of. He's also hinted to be lonely a few times. In most episodes you just want to reach out and give him a comforting hug and kiss.
Nick in later episodes. He seems to have no purpose except for randomly breaking his leg to the points where it's just not funny anymore and when you think about it, it's actually really depressing. In the series finale where he breaks his leg again, it's implied he now hates himself because of it. There's also the fact that he had a lot of potential in his character as stated above. Not to mention that he was in a lot of merchandise, but nobody dared to make him relevant to the series, so he might as well be THE woobie of the entire franchise.
Brittany also counts, since Cindy and Libby often brush her off and pick on her when she tries to be nice to them. Sweet, underconfident, innocent and kind to everyone, Brittany is just that one character you wanna hug when things go wrong for her.
Betty in "Vanishing Act".
Carl has his moments in woobiness. He's normally nice, but he's usually the first victim of Jimmy's inventions.
Alternative Title(s):The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron