YMMV / The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Bolbi is a walking Ruritanian stereotype. The fact that he is also a bumbling idiot getting himself and others into trouble wherever he goes doesn't help.
    • Eustace Strych and his butler are evil and German to the core. The latter even does a missile countdown in German.
    • 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.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jimmy's dad; is he really a bumbling idiot, or does he just like causing destruction by abusing Jimmy's technology?
  • Awesome Art: The animation in the series is fine for its time, but pretty dated now, but the CGI in this Chrysler ad featuring the main characters is downright gorgeous.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Go Jimmy Jimmy"
    • "Kids in America"
    • The "Donut Boy" theme song.
    • "Funky Jam Dance Party"
    • Bowling for Soup's rendition of the theme song.
    • "My Valentine"
    • "We Got the Beat"
    • "Sly Spy Guy"
    • Any song that Graystar performs on the show.
    • "I Have the Ring"
  • Banned in China: The Arabic version of the show removes 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 more "edgy" was a good idea.
    • Which was better: the TV series or the movie?
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Hugh Neutron; he's loved by one half of the fanbase for his Cloud Cuckoolander personality and obsession with Pie and ducks, while the other half finds him to be a total idiot with zero-percent responsibility for his mistakes.
    • 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.
    • Bolbi is an Ensemble Darkhorse, but some people want him to shut up and can't stand the memes of him that keep popping up.
    • Despite his infamous spin off, Sheen does still have a few fans who find him funny (in the movie and the original show, anyway).
    • Carl. While some see him as The Scrappy (see below), others at least find him charming and funny and try get past the episodes such as "Carl Wheezer: Boy Genius".
  • Critical Research Failure: Happens all the time, courtesy of Rule of Cool and lazy writing. Kinda surprising, considering how smart Jimmy is. For one thing, Jimmy has 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Bolbi, due to his memetic "Slap Slap Slap, Clap Clap Clap" dance.
    • There's also Nick.
    • Brittany as well, possibly for being a female version of Carl and her navel baring outfit. It helps that she's the kindest character on the show.
    • Elke.
    • There's also that monkey, Paul.
    • If we're counting his inventions, then Jimmy's Hypno Beam/Ray. Yes, that Hypno Ray. People love to make fanart and fanfiction of what they could do with that thing.
    • Skeet, see Unintentionally Sympathetic down below.
    • April the Gorlock
  • Evil Is Sexy: Invoked and parodied with Beautiful Gorgeous.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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.
    • Nick in later episodes. He seems to have no purpose anymore, 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 and he somewhat disappeared from the gang after season one, so it is implied he might be lonely. So he might as well be THE Woobie of the franchise.
    • Tee in "The League of Villains".
  • 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.
  • Memetic Badass: Bolbi.
  • Memetic Mutation: Why helo it is i jimbles notronbo.
  • 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.
  • More Popular Spin Off: It certainly seems that more people view the pilot movie as the series' Big Damn Movie rather than a standalone motion picture.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of an Evil Jimmy isn't new; it was actually first played with in the licensed game Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron in 2002.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Some people get annoyed with Jimmy and Cindy's romantic subplot. Others hail it as one of the show's greatest highlights though.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The show teaches us that some people are ungrateful jerks and will still be mad at you no matter how many times you fix your mistakes.
    • "Win, Lose and Kaboom" teaches us an important lesson about trusting your friends, putting aside your differences and that the leader isn't always right.
    • "Jimmy for President" taught us about honesty and the importance of integrity. Jimmy, Sheen and Libby even lampshade this at the end.
    • "Lady Sings the News" quite brutally shows us how corrupt news reporters can get.
    • "The League of Villains" is a good story about how people can change.
    • "Jimmy Goes to College" teaches us that individuality and standing out is what makes us special and unique. It also quite brutally and harshly shows us that fitting in isn't worth it.
    • "The N Men" has a lesson about treating others the way you want to be treated.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Carl. Primarily because he came off really, really annoying with his Squicky interests in Judy, his whining and his constant complaints about his scapula. It didn't help his character Took a Level in Jerkass later on.
    • 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.
    • Miss Fowl to some due to her treatment to Jimmy.
    • Aunt Amanda's treatment towards Jimmy sure as heck rubbed fans the wrong way.
  • Shipping: You'd be amazed at all the pairings fans make.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most episodes of season three are considered the weakest of the series by some fans.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The title card for "Hypno-Birthday to You" has a copyright-friendly variation of The Beatles' "Birthday" playing over it.
    • The music we hear in the background during the Mt. Incredibly Unstable scene in "The Mighty Wheezers" bears an uncanny resemblance to the theme of the 1989 ''Batman'' movie.
    • Some of the background music in Season 3 episodes like "Fundemonium" and "The Incredible Shrinking Town" sounds very similar to "Hey Ya!" by OutKast.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Twice to Carl.
    • At the end of "Carl Wheezer: Boy Genius", where Jimmy punches Carl in the face after being verbally abused by him.
    • In "Lady Sings the News" where the gang leaves him in a stockhold and his scapula hurts.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page here.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Was falsely accused of doing this to Dexter's Laboratory in its early days, though luckily it developed its own identity by evolving into an adventure show with a slightly larger central cast and a better attempt at Character Development.
    • Somewhat ironically, quite a big part of the fandom will accuse Phineas and Ferb of doing the very same thing in regard to Jimmy Neutron itself.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • 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.
    • Elke from "Carl Wheezer: Boy Genius". While Carl had no right to mistreat his friends and lie to Elke, she could've been a great way to end Carl's annoying and creepy interest in Judy. It doesn't help that there's fan art of her everywhere.
    • 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 both shows. 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?).
  • Ugly Cute: Brittany for some, others see her as human Cheshire Cat in Girlish Pigtails and having More Teeth than the Osmond Family while others see her attractable with her navel baring outfit.
  • 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. Particularly in Love Potion 976/J, where the characters' mouths looked rather off.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Skeet, the dumb McSpankies worker is half-seriously considered understandable for his dislike of Jimmy- not only does Jimmy rub his intelligence in Skeet's face several times (such as the sodium chloride joke), but also Skeet is correct that Jimmy must punch in the customers orders on the tills, as the tills are used to make sure that the correct amount of money is in the register at the end of the shift as well as well as inventory tracking. Of course, he's Right for the Wrong Reasons, employs child workers and underpays them, and is a pretty huge Jerkass, so this sentiment is mostly considered a joke.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: When it first aired, many slammed the show for being too similar to Dexter's Laboratory, and the humor being So Okay, It's Average (just look at some of these reviews from when the show was being aired). However, since being off the air for several years now and a certain infamous fan animation reminding people of the series, people have since rediscovered it and given it a second chance and realize how the show had its own identity. Nowadays, it's often hailed as one of the best Nicktoons ever.
  • The Woobie:
    • 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.
    • Cindy too. See Jerkass Woobie above.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Alternative Title(s): The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron

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