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YMMV: The Fairly OddParents
  • Accidental Aesop: "The Odd Couple" gives us the dangers of going on dating sites. Not everyone is just like their online profiles.
  • Anvilicious: The aesops have a tendency to be this.
    • Parodied in one episode, where Timmy says "I learned that sometimes the only magic words you need are "Please" and "Thank you", followed by a cut to a flashing screen with the words "MORAL OF THE STORY".
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Vicky: a complete psychopath who tortures kids For the Evulz or it is possible that she has a Freudian Excuse for her actions and had Dark and Troubled Past which made her the way she is now. The episode "Snow Bound" suggests that she had rough childhood note .
    • Trixie Tang: In "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" we find out that Trixie secretly loves boy-oriented things and her Alpha Bitch behaviour is an attempt to hide this. Does she have genuine feelings for Timmy but acts like jerk and represses her love for him because she wants to remain popular? Also, it is possible that she is really a Lonely Rich Kid and a Stepford Smiler?
    • Timmy's Jerkass behaviour in season 5 may have been caused by episode "It's Wishful Life" where he finds out that the world was better without him and everyone didn't care about him. He must have felt hurt and humilliated, so he began acting like a Jerkass towards his godparents and friends out of anger and knowing that they don't care him at all and wants revenge against them.
    • This image provides a very worrying interpretation of Timmy, that he essentially ran away from his original life and family to start a second one with is Fairy Godparents and that he risks becoming more and more detached and antisocial.
    • Cosmo: Read the Fridge Horror entry about possibility that he maybe pretending to be stupid and that all the disaster he made WERE NOT ACCIDENT.
    • Wanda: A deadpan snarker who is the only sane fairy, or a psychopath who punishes Cosmo and Timmy for making one slight mistake. "Bad Heir Day" gives an example for the latter.
  • Archive Panic: So far, we've got 132 episodes (and counting), twelve movies, and eight video games. There's no end in sight, either.
  • Asspull: Lots of it. The show usually gets away with this through Rule of Funny.
  • Base Breaker: Cosmo (after his voice change), Trixie, Baby Poof, Sparky.
  • Broken Base: The live action movies and Wishology.
  • Cargo Ship: Referenced in Spaced Out!
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Based on interviews with Butch Hartman, it seems Sparky is headed this way.
    • Crocker appears in almost every episode since Season 7 onward.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • One episode treats the giant squid as a mythological creature. It's a real species.
    • "Fairy Idol" shows penguins living at the North Pole. Not just a few, but a whole rookery (though a lot of American cartoons show penguins as North Pole animals rather than South Pole/Antarctic animals, so it's not that much of a surprise).
    • "Land Before Timmy" has Timmy wishing for a world without technology. This brings the dinosaurs back to life, meaning that the writers think dinosaurs went extinct because of technology.
    • Defcon 5 is not the height of American nuclear readiness; this mistake has been made more than a few times.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: The show has many Crowning Moments, notably the first Wishology movie, "The Big Beginning", in which Timmy solves everything, SINGLE-HANDEDLY, without making a single frickin' wish! (You know, it's the series' premise...) Plus the amounts of Genre Savvy.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Perhaps the best one was in "Mother Nature", where Timmy's mom is busy at her job as a weatherwoman... so his dad decides to make him a new mom, in the form of a hand-puppet. Voiced by Dad.
    Timmy: What would Mom say if she saw you like this?
    Dad: I don't know. Lets ask her while I drink this glass of water. (In Mom voice) I think you're being too hard on Timmy. (Spit-takes, normal voice) Oh, of course you'd take his side.
    Timmy: No amount of therapy will ever make this moment seem okay.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The ending of Bad Heir Day certainly applies. Let's just say the bond that forms between Mr. Crocker and Denzel Jr. DJ Poof is bound to make one go "awww".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • "My Shiny Teeth and Me."
    • As well as "Find Your Voice."
    • "Icky Vicky", anyone?
    • "Gimme the Wand".
    • ALL of the songs from "School's Out! The Musical".
  • Designated Hero: Timmy Turner, for several reasons.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Jorgen in Action Packed, Timmy in Nega Timmy, the popular kids in Scary Godparents.
    • Oddly enough, Timmy is this in "The Masked Magician". Bickles came dangerously close to destroying Dimmsdale simply because Timmy (unknowingly!) showed up his own magic show, and yet its Timmy that's presented as being in the wrong and the one who has to apologize in the end!
  • Die for Our Ship: Many fans of love interests such as Tootie, Trixie, and slash fans, tend to relentlessly bash each other's couples.
    • Missy (Timmy's new love interest) has already gotten this.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Juandissimo isn't necessarily evil, but he's too sexy for his own sexiness.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship, Norm The Genie often deconstructed.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • The majority of the Kafka Komedy Timmy goes through.
    • Timmy's parents will occassionally fall into this trope in their worst moments of neglect toward Timmy and when these actions supposedly are Played for Laughs.
    • And need we forget the cruel Wonderful Life subversion in "It's a Wishful Life".
    • Wanda throwing Timmy to hungry alligators, even though Timmy went through a lot of trouble trying to save Poof, in "Bad Heir Day" was considered a Moral Event Horizon moment by some fans, despite this action being a gag in the episode.
    • Many Cosmo's "marriage jokes" about Wanda.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Timmy is an average kid, who no one understands..."
    • "Shiny Teeth" is far catchier than a song about teeth has any right to be.
    • "Find Your Voice" is catchy in its own right.
    • "V! I! C-K-Y! The sound of her name makes the little kids cry!" Let's face it, any time Chip sings, it qualifies for this.
    • "Adults ruin everything! But kids would run things right!"
    • "We're pixies! We're pixies! Check out our mad wicked mixies!"
    • Get Timmy Turner!
    • "These are the unfundamentals, for us fairy godparentals, who are now devoid of wishing out of mirth!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Norm, Miss Doombringer, Molly.
    • There's also Dark Laser (who's seen as one of the few bright spots in the show post-Seasonal Rot) and Anti-Cosmo for being an awesomely Genre Savvy villain.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Jack O' Bots
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The Wonderful Life Subversion "It's A Wishful Life": Timmy Turner, a proxy for the kids in the audience, is told everyone is better off without him. And if that isn't enough, Jorgen tells Timmy the reason he's a victim of bullying and abuse is because he exists. In other words, blaming the victim. Made even worse by the fact that the things Jorgen shows him make no sense: Mr. and Mrs. Turner have a mansion and a daughter who's won several academy awards, Francis is not a gray-skinned bully, AJ has a full head of hair and graduated from high school when he was 5, Crocker is a purple-haired Harvard professor, Chester has a triple-wide trailer on gold blocks and Cosmo and Wanda for fairy godparents (and they're happy they have an unselfish child who doesn't wear a pink hat), Vicky works in the hospital spraying laughing gas, Elmer doesn't have a boil on his nose, and the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.
    • It also claims that you shouldn't do things to get appreciated, but because they're the right thing to do. Parents all over the world would not be pleased to hear this, and for good reason - being appreciated means that people are grateful for the time and effort you put into doing nice things for them. Doubly so when Timmy himself did nice things for people for both the appreciation, and a simple "Thank You"!
    • Mooooving Day's moral appears to be "Don't drink milk, it will brainwash you." This one might be intentional, though.
    • "Vicky Gets Fired" gives us "If someone is bullying you, up to and including torture and attempted murder, shut up and don't tell anyone, especially not authority figures." (Truth in Television, scarily enough.)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: There's a lot of fans who like to believe everything from after either Abra-Catastrophe or Channel Chasers never existed and that the series ended after one or the other. To a much lesser degree there are those who ignore everything after season 1 or 2.
  • Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Trixie, Norm, and Mandie.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why does the show have plot holes. Hmmm, could it have something to do with tons of kids having REALITY WARPING magical fairies? Though, somehow that inspires a dose of Fridge Horror....
  • Foe Yay: Vicky, and Timmy as Gah
  • Genius Bonus: Catman. His costume is a Shout-Out to an old, throwaway Batman villain of the same name from Detective Comics.
  • Growing the Beard: Most fans agree than Channel Chasers was the high point of the series.
    • The second season where the series grew into it's own. This, along with the third season, is often considered the high point of the series among fans.
    • For half the fandom, it becomes good again after Poof's birth. For the other half, it's the exact opposite.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the end of "The Big Problem," Timmy (after becoming a 10 year old again) is released from jail because according to the guard, it's "for creepy adults, not kids." In the past few years, quite a few kids Timmy's age and even younger have been sentenced to adult prison.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, the President had a button that blew up Pluto. Cosmo pushes it.... and nobody cares.
    • There's another instance of this in another episode, one of the things on Timmy's to do list is checking out the moons of Pluto.
    • And in one episode, they said Pluto is a planet; guess what happened in 2006?
    • The Dinkleberg meme, you know, the one where Dinkleberg is blamed for everything? Well, try to watch the episode where Dinkleberg pretends to actually be evil and try not to laugh harder....
    • One of the (minor) wishes Timmy's made has been for a unicorn, which is a lot funnier when you remember one of the later roles his voice actress wound up taking.
    • In "When Losers Attack", Foop, Crocker, and Dark Laser team up and call their group the League Of Super Evil Revenge Seekers (LOSERS). Those who are familiar with their forgotten Cartoon Network shows will recall a show they ran called League of Super Evil.
  • Ho Yay: Now has its own page.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Timmy. Remy Buxaplenty is also a jerk and a woobie to some, however he lacks the hidden nice side necessary to be a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Jumped the Shark:
    • Season 5 is the point of the series where some fans consider the quality to begin declining. Whether or not you believe this is your opinion, but by the time of Season 6, things have gotten noticeably more surreal.
    • Many fans believed this to be the case when Poof was introduced.
    • The introduction of Sparky, Timmy's fairy dog, has made things even worse.
    • "Fairy Idol"- when you can't get Norm MacDonald in to voice a character created and named specifically for him, that should raise a few flags.
  • Les Yay: Veronica is obsessed with Trixie. Still, oddly enough, this is actually considered a subversion by the fandom. General opinion holds that Veronica's obsession with Trixie is, in turn, due to Timmy being obsessed with Trixie, at the very least an extremely unhealthy case of possessiveness if not outright jealousy. And Veronica likes Timmy with the "burning passion of a thousand suns", as it stands.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Anti-Cosmo's Plan in the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2 When Nerds Collide has shades of this.
  • Memetic Badass: Some think of George Washington in "Twistory" to be this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dinkleberg...
    • "And here's where I'd put X... IF I HAD ONE!"
    • FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!
    • "We're going to read The Little Dolphin Who Cried [insert sound here]."
    • "My shiny teeth and meee..."
    • MUST! CHOP! WOOOOOD!
    • Elmer's boil's favorite pie flavor: "Blueberry! Boisonberry! Take-over-the-world-berry!"
    • "I can see! I...can...FIGHT!"
    • Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome!
    • "I'm both respecting your privacy by knocking but asserting my authority as your father by coming in anyway." [crashes through Timmy's bedroom door with a battering ram]
    • Merging the theme song with "Royals": "'Cause every song is like gold teeth, grey goose, green moose, guava juice, giant snake, birthday cake, large fries, chocolate shake"
  • Memetic Sex God: Juadissimo, the Mexican Fairy Sex God.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Crocker crosses this in Abra Catastrophe, when he kidnaps and tortures Wanda to use as a source of power.
    • Vicky crosses it in the TV film, "Channel Chasers", when she frames Timmy for destroying his family's portrait, burning down his family's grand piano, and writing spray paint on the living room wall just to see Timmy suffering a horrible punishment from his parents.
    • The Pixies crossed this in "School's Out: The Musical" when they kidnap a child and raise him for his entire life as their own personal Tykebomb to try and take over Fairy World and the Earth.
    • The Anti-Fairies crossed this (and if "School's Out" wasn't their's, this certainly is for the Pixies) by using Poof as a weapon to destroy Fairy World for revenge, then choosing to destroy the Earth For the Evulz.
    • The whole gambit Norm pulled in "Fairy Idol". He was already a Jerkass Genie, but the way he ruins Timmy's and Chester's lives is just terrible.
    • Remy Buxaplenty was originally a Villainy-Free Villain who was merely jealous of Timmy's Fairies and happiness, and while he might do an underhanded tactic here and there, like when he tricked Timmy by faking friendship so his life would be too perfect and his fairies would leave him, he never resorted to violence. He becomes a full-on Card-Carrying Villain as of "Operation F.U.N." where he, Juandisimo and Chief Shallow Grave put Timmy and his friends through Training from Hell, running them absolutely ragged and cutting Timmy off from his fairies by having them confiscated in goldfish form. The MOH crossing really comes in when he traps them under a butterfly net, which renders them powerless with a missile ready to obliterate them. He was willing to KILL Cosmo and Wanda!
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Just the Two of Us! for Trixie, Homewrecker for Tootie (over a single spoken line no less), and quite possibly the producers of the show for the episode, It's a Wishful Life, a very sadistic Wonderful Life subversion, as well as the character of Jorgen Von Strangle for very cruelly and sadistically showing Timmy the subversion.
    • Francis is not above hitting girls, but he only ever laid hands on Tootie once - At the end of Kung Timmy, and at least she was openly confronting him at the time. Yet because of that scene, a lot of Fan Fiction writers assume that Tootie is Francis' second favorite victim after Timmy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Stephen Hawking.
  • Paranoia Fuel: To an extent. Plenty of teenagers have freaked out over the thought of what if, just what if they had fairy godparents of their own at some point and have now forgotten all about them, like Da Rules say in the show?
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some fans the new girl Missy, from the upcoming episode "Finding Emo", as a new Love Interest to Timmy. She has traits of the more recurrent Love Interests of Timmy: Tootie and Trixie Tang.
    • Anti-Cosmo has been more or less replaced by Foof, an evil version of Poof who was already a Scrappy. Needless to say fans were pissed.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Sometimes.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seasonal Rot: General consensus is either after the first or second movie or when Poof was born.
    • To a lesser degree some feel the rot started as far back as Season 2 or 3 when Vicky made the switch from a bully of a babysitter to basically Satan in human form
  • Ship Mates:
    • Trixie/Remy and Veronica/Chester for Timmy/Tootie fans.
    • Chester/Tootie and Remy/Veronica for Timmy/Trixie fans.
  • Strawman Has a Point: "It's a Wishful Life", where Timmy receives no appreciation for his good deeds. While the kid can be a jerk, he had every right to be upset with no one appreciating his work. Bickles was ungrateful simply because Timmy used a different shade of blue for a painted background that others wouldn't have noticed or cared about; AJ was ungrateful simply because Timmy bought a computer that was obsolete as of 5 seconds ago, then used the expensive computer as a door stopper; and Timmy's parents were ungrateful simply because Timmy knew nothing about the "dirty yard contest" they were competing against the Dinkleburgs for and spent untold hours (as far as they knew) making the garden beautiful to show his love for them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Norm's "Gimme The Wand" sounds very similar to "Friend like Me" from Aladdin, which was sung by the the Genie.
  • Tear Jerker: See the page.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some felt The Big Superhero Wish and Wishology should have had more action, and that Tootie should have been involved in the latter; also, Trixie fans believe her tomboy nature should have been explored more.
    • A lot of fans cried foul after viewing Escape From UnWish Island, feeling it was horrible use of a potential villain (in this case, Gary, Timmy's former imaginary friend) who wasn't even wished away in the first place and especially the Ass Pull ending the writers came up with.
    • 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?
    • Some fans felt dissapointed that Veronica's secret crush on Timmy was not developed further beyond of "Information Stupor Highway" and "Mind Over Magic" and this sub-plot has not been referenced or supported since Season 3.
  • Toy Ship: Several involving Timmy.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Tootie
    • Mr. Crocker falls under this as well. It's even parodied in-universe in that Timmy's Dad thinks the hunchbacked, scrawny, ear-on-his-neck-for-some-reason teacher is gorgeous.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • When Timmy wishes that his dad were the smartest dad on Earth, he (at first) along with the rest of the Dimmsdale Science Symposium is unable to understand the ideas of love or sadness; apparently, being incredibly smart but not having any children means you have no understanding of basic human emotions.
    • When the Yugopotamians are first introduced, it's made clear that they're terrified of innocent things like chocolate and flowers because it is deadly and poisonous to them, and can burn their flesh. But in later episodes Timmy says they're afraid of them because the aliens are just idiots. That's... a bad way of talking about cultural/biological differences.
    • The episode "Love Struck!" has Timmy wish for both genders to be completed separated by a giant wall round the whole earth. As a result, Cupid begins to lose his power because there is the amount of love in the world is almost zero. So, can people in homosexual relationships can not feel love? The only saving grace is that it never states that there is no love in the world (the dial that measures the amount goes between Nots and Lots). But then there is the fact that Timmy was able to get Cupid's power back by just by making two couples fall in love.
    • Besides the obvious mess of Unfortunate Implications that is "Twistory," there are a lot of jokes made at the expense of Europe. Even in more recent episodes, there are comments about how "everything is weird" there. And then there's the sequence in "Super Zero" where Timmy and Wanda become "boring" British people when Cosmo is busy being a superhero...
    • "It's a Wishful Life". Especially when you realize that 11-13 is pretty much the average age for watching this.
    • Because Sparky wasn't in the show yet, several flashfowards and the first two live action movies don't show him living with Timmy and his fairies, implying something bad may have happened to him. Not that a lot of fans would mind...
    • Winston Dunswort. AKA the embodiment of the most offensive stereotype possible for a British person. As in a snobby, nerdy male teenager with a posh accent, bad teeth, and a penchant for tea and "the hunt".
    • At the beginning of "Fairly Odd-Baby," we have a mother gushing over her precious, adorable baby, and then proclaiming that she couldn't imagine how any couple wouldn't want a perfect little baby of their own. So...apparently couples dealing with infertility or who are simply childless by choice don't exist in the FOP world. The fact that Cosmo and Wanda all of a sudden want a baby after so many seasons of having no desire to doesn't help matters.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Norm the Genie
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Timmy Turner, particularly in early seasons.
    • Tootie also counts.
    • Crocker too.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Poof is a boy. Yes, he wears pink and has purple eyes. Real Men Wear Pink, after all. And he has a water gun.
  • Wangst: "Not on the List" from Merry Wishmas.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: A common complaint about the newer seasons is their over-reliance on using current technology for laughs, like smartphones (i.e. "App Trap" in Season 9).
    • Another example is the Season 9 episode "Viral Vidiots", which parodies YouTube in 2013, similarly to the 2010 Johnny Test episode "Johnny Tube".
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
    • Jason Alexander as Cosmo in the live-action movie. Eventually subverted. It turned out Daran Norris was voicing him. Alexander just appeared as a disguise.
    • Also Drake Bell as Timmy in said movie, who doesn't even look like Timmy Turner. Though given his previous character roles, he is typecast as a slacker, which fit's Timmy's character.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Season 6 and onwards, despite introducing Base Breaker Poof, undid some of the Flanderization. For instance, Timmy's parents aren't huge jerkasses anymore (good examples being the end of "Sooper Poof" and "Meet the OddParents").
  • The Woobie: Tootie.
  • Woolseyism: In the Brazilian dub, in the episode where Cosmo (who is voiced by Guilherme Briggs, the Brazilian Norio Wakamoto) gives birth to Poof (It Makes Sense in Context), he grabs Timmy by the collar and yells: "PEDE PRA SAIR! PEDE PRA SAIR!" ("ASK TO GET OUT! ASK TO GET OUT!"). This is a reference to the Memetic Mutation of the movie The Elite Squad (which, by the way, it's not kid-friendly, but this didn't impede the line to become a meme) and arguably a CMOA for Brazilian voice acting (the original line of the movie is more properly translated as "Ask to quit!" but in Portuguese the word "sair" can mean both cases).

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