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“The Seer” is the hottest game on the market and no one loves playing it more than the Flynn-Fletcher brothers and their best friends. But when a mysterious stone Phineas finds one day after a playing session with Isabella transports the gang to the real Cantoria, location of the game, they find that it's a whole lot less fun when the quest is for real. As faithful friends face off against foul foes, the Summer Vacation Gang just might discover the true importance of the question “Do you believe in Real Magic?”

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The Seer Phineas and Ferb contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Isabella, natch.
  • Agent Mulder: Phineas.
  • Agent Scully: Ferb, Isabella, Baljeet and Buford. All 4 eventually come around but Ferb takes the longest.
  • All Swords Are the Same: Averted. Although Ferb is familiar with swordplay, he's only done fencing with a rapier, which isn't the same as wielding a longsword.
  • Arc Words: “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.” for most of the story and “When courage fails, hope prevails.” after Twilight Lagoon.
  • Berserk Button: Messing with or upsetting Phineas is a big one for both Ferb and Isabella regardless of who you are.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ferb and Isabella are generally kindhearted and good-natured people but threatening those they care about, particularly Phineas, is a very bad idea. Ferb lampshades this at one point when talking about how even the nicest person has their limits, like his dad did when dealing with his irresponsible birth mother.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Ferb is fiercely protective of Phineas and it's a guarantee you won't like what happens once you trigger this instinct.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Late in the story, the Dark Sorcerer uses his magic to corrupt Phineas, turning him into a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Brick Joke: The Running Gag with fowl meat comes up after the Summer Vacation gang comes back to Danville with Ferb and Phineas being very insistent that their mother not warm up the turkey in the freezer.
  • Capital Letters Are Magic: While magic is mentioned on occasion, it's neither powerful nor considered real. Real Magic on the other hand is not only real but vital to the defeat of the Dark Sorcerer.
  • Cowardly Lion: What Baljeet proves to be. He's scared to death of the mess the group has ended up in but he's also willing to do whatever is needed to protect his friends.
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  • Eureka Moment: During his fight with the Dark Sorcerer in the Labyrinth, Ferb figures out what exactly Real Magic is, allowing him to A) defeat the Dark Sorcerer and B) give Phineas the last little push he needs to complete the Transfiguration.
  • Foreign Queasine: In River Town, Phineas and Ferb discover that the cook's signature dish is platypus, prompting them both to lose their appetites.
  • Fallen Hero: The Dark Sorcerer who was once a Sage before evil corrupted him.
    • Also Raven Thornshaw. Though not an out-and-out villain, Raven has let his anger over the deaths of his party and his best friend embitter him enough to try to convince the Summer Vacation gang that their love for each other is a danger. The only one he convinces is Phineas but that's bad enough.
  • Five-Man Band: The Brotherhood forms one, arranged as follows.
  • Good Parents: All of the parents that appear, both in Danville and Cantoria, are shown to be this trope.
  • Gratuitous Hindi: Baljeet does this when frustrated.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Micah Thornbrush. Admittedly he's only around 6 but this trope still applies.
  • Happily Married: If a married couple shows up in either realm, they're this trope.
  • The High Queen: Queen Mishah to the Twilight Nymphs.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Ferb. Baljeet is also given a sword as a Rope Maker.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ferb ends up in one of these with a brainwashed Phineas; it ultimately pays off.
  • I Call It "Vera": Played With. As a Knight, Ferb is given a sword... that he simply calls "Sword."
  • Insistent Terminology: Phineas only brings up the fact that he and Ferb are stepbrothers to clarify their relationship from a legal/blood standpoint for certain residents of Cantoria. Otherwise he and Ferb don't use the label “step” to denote relationships within their family.
    • Also Baljeet is not a monk; he's a Rope Maker. And it's not just magic; it's Real Magic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rupen.
  • The Mentor: Mage Simeon to Phineas in Seer arts. Rupen to Ferb and Buford in the art of hearing like a Ranger. Mage Xavier to Ferb in the art of swordplay.
    • Queen Mishah of the Twilight Nymphs plays double duty as Phineas' mentor in the art of Feeling and Ferb's mentor in how to best help Phineas in the Labyrinth. As it turns out, both of these proves crucial in defeating the Dark Sorcerer once and for all.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ferb's response to finding out that his having given up on believing in magic has doomed his brother to bearing the burden of being the Seer alone.
  • Oblivious to Love: Phineas is still this trope towards Isabella (who is also oblivious to his growing feelings for her; not that Phineas is aware of this). Rupen outright states that Cantoria refers to people like Phineas as “Too old for crushes, too young for love”.
  • Parental Neglect: While we don't see it, Ferb's biological mother Charlene inflicted this on him to the point he stopped believing in love at age 3!
  • The Power of Love: The brotherly love between Phineas and Ferb is enough to snap the redhead out of the Dark Sorcerer's brainwashing, the only Seer in history to do so.
  • Running Gag: The fact that any time meat is served and/or eaten, it will be some kind of fowl and how thoroughly sick of this the Brotherhood gets.
  • Say My Name: Done several times with Phineas. Unusually for this trope, it's stated to be a bad idea since knowing the Seer's name allows the Dark Sorcerer's minions to find him more easily.
  • The Chosen One: Phineas; he's not happy about it at all.
  • This Is Reality: Turns up several times, with the natives of Cantoria repeatedly pointing out that the game the Brotherhood keeps referencing isn't remotely close to reality.
  • Translator Microbes: One of the Seer Stone's functions. This leads to a couple funny scenes, like Phineas realizing the name for the dish the Nymphs are serving translates to "seabird", referencing the above Running Gag for the umpteenth time, and another scene where a child points at Isabella and says something that isn't translated but makes Phineas go bright red.
  • True Companions: The Summer Vacation Gang, natch.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, not kid exactly but Raven Thornshaw was much nicer prior to his party's demise.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Isabella may not be Phineas' girlfriend yet but she still qualifies for this trope.
  • Wham Line
    • “He's the Seer” at the end of the party's being assigned their roles.
    • During Phineas' stint as Brainwashed and Crazy, Ferb blurts out "Three times we had to restart!"
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Rope Making?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Phineas has 3 fears in this story. Car accidents, ambulance sirens (due to automatically connecting them to car accidents) and a negative future that is set in stone (his only fear for which it is never made clear if he's always had it or just developed it due to the events of the story).
  • Wrong Assumption: At no point does anyone besides Phineas and friends ever actually say that being the Seer is a death sentence regardless of the outcome of the mission. It's Phineas' biggest fear throughout the story, but it's only ever informed by the game he knows, not the actual people like the Sage or the Fae.
  • You Can't Fight Fate/ Screw Destiny: Both tropes manage to be played straight at the same time. A Seer's visions always come true…but that doesn't mean that you know how things are going to turn out.

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