These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Acceptable Targets: The show really likes to stereotype British people and make fun of Europe. The episode "Twistory" was even banned from the airwaves for it's depiction of negative British stereotypes.
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".
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 a rough childhood note Possibly retconned as of Channel Chasers which, judging by her baby pictures, she's always been evil.
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 a 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 from knowing that they don't care about 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.
Some fanfics give us the idea that Anti-Cosmo wanted Timmy as his anti-godchild because he actually cared about him and thought that Cosmo and Wanda weren't doing a well enough job caring for him. He's kind of right.
Archive Panic: So far, we've got 132 episodes (and counting), twelve movies, and eight video games. There's no end in sight, either.
"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.
Sparky in his debut episode. He nearly gets Timmy killed twice (once by taking his parachute, and the other by having Timmy rescue him from a burst dam), knowing fully well that in both instances, fairy dogs can't die. He even says so after Timmy "saves" him in the second instance.
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.
"Crock Blocked," the worst episode title ever of the series and for cartoons in general.
One episode has Timmy asked Cosmo and Wanda for a sub for dinner because his parents forgot to feed him (again). Cosmo, being the idiot he is nowadays, thinks Timmy means a literal submarine and poofs into one. Wanda yells at him for a bit and he changes back, and when Timmy asks for dinner again, Wanda mishears him and they both just go to bed. Apparently, Timmy going hungry is supposed to be funny, but it really isn't.
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. The worst part? Remember the theme song: "Timmy is an average kid," So, the world is better off without average kids?
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"!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
In the episode where Timmy visits Atlantis, the mermen eat crabs, sea-stars, and the occasional underwater squirrel. Guess who experienced Seasonal Rot before the other.
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.
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!
Most Annoying Sound: Cosmo's voice has become very high-pitched over the course of the seasons. So when he whines or screams, it can get really irritating.
Most Wonderful Sound: Chip Skylark singing. Helps that he's voiced by guy who's from an actual boy band.
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.
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?
"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.
"Fairly Odd Pet" has two. Timmy is upset about not having a pet, even though the episode, as well as a previous one, show's that he's terrible with pets, many of them either dying due to his stupidity or essentially cannibalism. Then there is Sparky, whose getting returned to the pet store by Timmy is depicted as sad, even though Timmy was in the right, given all of the chaos caused by Sparky (as well as photos of Sparky's past showing the possibility he may have gotten one of them killed).
Suspiciously Similar Song: Norm's "Gimme The Wand" sounds very similar to "Friend like Me" from Aladdin, which was sung by the the Genie.
Take That, Scrappy!: A bit of an odd example as it's not directed towards a character from the show itself, but "Abracatastrophe" has Timmy throwing a character, obviously based on Jar-Jar Binks, off a bridge.
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.
Some fans felt dissapointed that Veronica's secret crush on Timmy was not developed further beyond of "Information Stupor Highway" (and briefly in "Mind Over Magic") and this sub-plot has not been referenced or supported since Season 3.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: We're supposed to feel bad for Sparky for being repeatedly being abandoned by past owners.. But given that a lot of his behaviour in his debut episode and several episodes after involve him being stupid, destructive, obnoxious and generally causing trouble for everyone around him... it really is small wonder that nobody would want him around.
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).