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- Race Against the Clock: In iHatch Chicks, the baby chicks have to be found before four hours pass, or... bad things will happen.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: Happens more and more as the show goes into its fourth season. Notable example being iGet Pranky.
- Real After All:
- The beevecoon in "iBelieve in Bigfoot". The ending also implies Bigfoot itself.
- Subverted with Sam's sister Melanie in "iTwins". The audience knows Sam is right, but Freddie doesn't.
- Reality Ensues:
- In the episode iPromise Not To Tell, Carlys finds out that Sam changed her grade into an A after feeling bad for getting a B. She then feels guilty and she wants her grade changed back into the grade she deserved. When Carly & Freddie attempt to hack into the school system to change it back, the Computer Security Agency (CSA) promptly bursts into Carly's apartment and catches them in the process.
- In one episode, Spencer creates a "Fan of Hammers" that nearly kills Carly after one of the hammers detaches and is flung towards her head. Afterwards, their grandfather makes a surprise visit, only to reveal that he came over because he saw the incident live on the Internet and now he wants to take Carly away from Spencer because he believes that he's an unfit guardian.
- The gang features Principal Franklin as a guest in one of their shows where they have him play a game where he sits blindfolded on Fudgeballs (an in-universe candy similar to a truffle or donut-hole) and has to guess what he's sitting on. The next day, he's forced to resign from his position after the school superintendent learns about his appearance on the show because, as an authority figure, it looks bad when a school principal does stupid things like sit on candy while on a webshow run by his students.
- Most of Nevel's defeats are a result of this trope:
- In his first appearance, Carly meets with him so that the webshow gets noticed by the people who frequent his review site, only for the meeting to go bad when he tries to kiss Carly, who retaliates by smearing tapenade (a caper spread) on his face. As revenge, he posts a negative review of "iCarly" on his site. So how does the gang solve this problem? They tell his mom, who after being told what Nevel did, punishes him and makes him take down the review.
- In his second appearance, Nevel hacks the webshow, preventing the gang from doing anything without Nevel screwing up their webcasts and jeopardizing a chance for the Plain White-T's to preform on the show. Nevel is defeated when the gang sics a friend of Carly's father (both of which are in the U.S. Navy) on him when he hacks the show again while dressed as Carly and singing an embarrassing song about her; the Navy commandos are allowed to break into Nevel's home because cyberattacking a website is a felony, however, the Navy guys are merciful and leave Nevel tied up in their entry ropes instead of arresting him.
- In "iPity The Nevel", Nevel's jerkassery and pettiness comes back to haunt him when a viral video is released of him screaming at a little girl and destroying her lollipop after she accidentally bumped into him at the supermarket and made him drop his jar of pickles. As a result, Nevel ends up being ostracized by everyone he meets after they see his true colors. Out of pity, the "iCarly" gang decide to help him repair his image by having him apologize for his actions and make up with the little girl he mistreated. However, just because Nevel apologizes, doesn't mean he's changed from the petty, selfish jerk he is and ends up defaming himself once more after losing his temper with a handicapped old person who bumped into him.
- In "iHalfoween", which is set after the events of the above episode,
- Really Gets Around: Rebecca Berkowitz. It's implied in iSpeed Date. Sam's mother also seems to date a lot of different men, and Spencer!
- Real Men Wear Pink: Carly finds out that Griffin, the bad boy in "iDate a Bad Boy" in spite of his tough habits and demeanor, has a collection of Pee Wee Babies.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Carly delivers a "frustrated" version of this trope to Sam and Freddie after they snap her patience after spending the entire iDate Sam & Freddie episode bickering, fighting and dragging Carly into it.
- Freddie drops one of Sam after he gets fired in iPear Store.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Principal Ted Franklin. His login name for the school computer system is Big Teddy. Aww. Ted is short for "Tedward," just like Freddie is short for "Fredward."
- Recognition Failure: In "iLost My Mind", the main security guard of the mental institution has never heard of the web show iCarly, so he's not impressed when Carly and Freddie try to use the fact they are its stars as credentials.
- Record Needle Scratch: Parodied.
- Recycled In Space:
- "iSpace Out" is an iCarly episode...IN SPACE! Well, not really.
- Word of God even stated in his blog that the characters doing a webcast in space would be Jumping the Shark.
- Also, iCarly is Lizzie McGuire WITH A WEBSHOW, MINUS HER ANIMATED COUNTERPART!
- Recut: Nickelodeon aired a special extended version of iSaved Your Life that included an extra seven minutes of previously cut footage.
- Other episodes have extended versions, like iPilot, iCarly Saves TV and iSaw Him First. Some are DVD only, and some are only available through online bootleg downloads.
- Red Herring: Brad in iOMG, and if you will count the trailers... Gibby.
- Recycled In Space: iSpace Out is an iCarly episode... IN SPACE! Well, not really. Word of God even stated in his blog that the characters doing a webcast in space will be Jumping the Shark.
- Red Sock Ruins the Laundry: Happens to one of Freddie's loads in "iStageAnIntervention" offscreen.
- Remember the New Guy?:
- Every school kid who ends up in the plot except Wendy, Gibby and Rebecca Berkowitz. Some of the teachers, too. For some reason, most of the guys (who are usually a love interest) are introduced as seniors, which kinda makes it creepy in the couple seasons when they hit on Carly and Sam who haven't even reached the 'growth' stage of puberty yet. Then they give Chuck Cunningham Syndrome to them all anyway. It's averted once, where Brad is looked over as a new intern to drive the plot of iHire an Idiot then gets re-introduced in iOMG in a way that makes it obvious he's a New Transfer Student.
- The most famous example is Sam's identical twin Melanie who Carly and Spencer seemed to know that was at boarding school. Freddie thought she was just Sam but her existence was confirmed.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Spencer is thought to be dead in an episode due to a misleading newspaper article which never explains why they presumed that. It results in Spencer's artwork being worth a lot more money, which causes him to continue the illusion.
- Rescue Romance: Deconstructed as a means of a Reset Button. When Freddie saves Carly and she starts developing feelings for him, he eventually realizes that she isn't in love with him, just what he did.
- Reset Button: The way both the Carly/Freddie and Sam/Freddie relationships ended and have never been referenced since.
- In iLost My Mind, iCarly broadcast when Carly asks fans what they think about Seddie, the female fan says that Freddie is hot. Carly responds "Let's not get carried away." So not only not reference prior relationships amongst the friends, Carly possibly even find Freddie attractive, anymore. Not sure if she ever did outside of iSaved Your Life.
- Unless she said that about Freddie so Sam wouldn't think Carly likes him too.
- Restaurant-Owning Episode: "iOwnARestaurant".
- Retcon: A barely noticeable example is Carly's birthmonth. Earlier versions of the iCarly site stated Carly was born in January, Sam in April (a year before, since she repeated 3rd Grade), and Freddie in February, making Freddie the youngest of the trio. It even makes more sense since Carly mentioned her astrological sign Capricorn in iScream on Halloween. However, before the Season 4 premiere aired, the website changed Carly's birthdate (and birth sign) to July in lieu of Carly's birthday episode airing on the said month, making her the youngest of the three and breaking the continuity of her being a Capricorn.
- The Reveal: In a behind the scenes look of the crossover that aired with the extended version, after it ends we find out who's behind that panda suit. Guess who it is? T-Bo.
- Revenge Fic: Carly Shay, with her being subject to Die for Our Ship often becomes the enemy of writers who use her as the 'enemy' in a fic. Sam is a stand in for the writer, Carly becomes the Alpha Bitch who got the guy the writer wanted. Funnily enough, Miranda Cosgrove who plays Carly Shay portrayed the young Lana Lang in Smallville.
- Right Behind Me: Has been done multiple times.
- Mr. Howard has a rant against Principal Franklin, secretly aired live on their webcast. After Howard catches the kids and resumes ranting, the Principal does turns up right behind him.
- Griffin hears Carly and Sam making fun of him for his bizarre obsession over Pee Wee Babies, offending him and causing their breakup.
- Missy confirms that all the deeds accused to her by Sam are true. Carly then passes behind Missy and overhears the conversation, finally siding with her "meat-loving" best friend she did not believe at first.
- Roadside Wave: Happens to Carly, Sam, and Freddie in iGo To Japan.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Sam in iMake Sam Girlier, and Gibby in iPsycho.
- Also Sam in iOwe You, although the manager was just doing his job.
- Romantic False Lead: Carly's love interests Griffin in iDate A Bad Boy and Adam in iStart a Fanwar. Freddie suffers some severe Green-Eyed Monster and schadenfreude towards Griffin, but doesn't sabotage their relationship beyond questioning Carly's choice to date him. Despite his sarcastic groaning on Carly's reactions toward Adam, Freddie rather became supportive of her especially during the Webicon proper.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Sam and Carly. They even have there own pairing name, Cam.
- Rube Goldberg Device: Spencer builds one so that he won't forget to feed his fish. It works, until Carly tells him that he's going to have to remember to reset the machine every day.
Hey, come check out my automatic fish feeder! I'm making it a lot more complicated than it needs to be! Freddie:
Because it's fun!
- Rule of Three:
Freddie: "My mom thinks I'll choke on pills so she pounds them with a mallet and puts them in my fruit sauce."
Spencer: "Fruit sauce?"
Freddie: "My mom thinks I'll choke on fruit so she pounds it with a mallet—"
Spencer: "Okay yeah, we get it."
Spencer: "What happened to those flowers?"
Mrs. Benson: "I soaked them in bleach and then pounded them with a mallet!"
- In iTwins, Freddie was pranked twice, first into thinking it was Clown Day, and again thinking he got a gift card when it's really lettuce. The third time (Sam's sister visiting), he assumed it was a prank, but this time Carly and Sam are really telling the truth; however, he doesn't believe them.
- In iFight Shelby Marx, Carly is VERY worried about the outcome of the match on her facial appearance. She asks them for assurance, but got unanswered twice. She got fed up on the third one.
Carly: "But I won't get hurt, right? Someone say 'right'!"
- In the same episode, Spencer accidentally swatting Gibby's popcorn out of his hands.
- In iHave My Principals: Carly asks thrice why they were called to the Principal's Office.
Carly: (frantically) "Why are we in trouble?!"
- In iQuit iCarly, after Sam & Carly have been pulled inside the building, they burst into tears and Spencer turns them to face one another so that they hug, whilst Fleck & Dave do the same thing. Spencer & Freddie look at each other & shrug, before hugging too.
- In iToe Fat Cakes, Carly sticks her big toe in the tub spout 3 times to prove that it won't get stuck. Guess what happens the third time.
- Running Gag: A LOT. The "could that happen"-"will not happen" exchange between Freddie and Carly; Anything Spencer sculpts or fixes has a high chance of bursting into flames(Season 2 onward); Gibby almost always takes off his shirt in every appearance(Until season 3-4, with Gibby even mentioning he wasn't going to do it anymore); Sam equipping her locker with cooking or entertainment appliances; T-Bo's serves various food items by the stick, someone yells "GIBBY!" if he gets too random or weird.
- Every episode has a "unique" gag or dialogue that will be mentioned at least twice throughout that episode. Examples:
- In iHave a Lovesick Teacher, when Ms. Ackerman leaves in frustration, just before exiting, she swats the tiny vase off of the bureau and it breaks.
- iMust Have Locker 239 has Freddie getting in trouble with Mr. Howard from stuff that Sam does.
- iMove Out has the gears in Freddie's apartment turning when someone uses the elevator, etcetera.
- The frequent mention of hobos, ointments, Ryan Seacrest and David Schwimmer.
- Whenever Gibby visits the Groovy Smoothie's restroom, an elderly Asian guy freaks and runs out of the door.
- "RANDOM DANCING!"
- In later seasons, Gibby saying "Gibbay!", usually as his first line of the episode.
- Ruritania: Sam refers to the origin of Norwegian air-conditioners as from Norwegia (Norway).
- Sadist Teacher: Miss Ackerman when dumped by her boyfriends.
- Miss Briggs and Mr. Howard are also worth mentioning.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: "Spanky" in iStakeout, who used to spank Spencer when they were both kids. It ends with Spencer handcuffing "Spanky" over a couch and spanking him with a broom, much to Spencer's delight. Spanky's son is watching and enjoying it? And yes, the writers do seem to know just how wrong it is, as Carly walks downstairs to get something, sees the scene, and heads right back upstairs.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Nevel
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The Petographers in iMove Out get away with trashing the iCarly studio because they have bribed Officer Carl by taking free pictures of his daughter's bunny. Not exactly the most expensive bribe ever, but it still counts.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In iMight Switch Schools:
Spencer: Okay. There's two roads in front of you. Road A, and... the-the... one on the left. (Pauses, then runs out of the room).
- Also, in iBalls:
Freddie: Uh, if you watched iCarly's 3D webcast tonight, raise your hand. (everyone in the Groovy Smoothie except him, Sam and Gibby do so) Okay...and uh, if you're having vision problems right now, raise your hand. (they do so again) Okay. Well! Obviously this means that there's some- (he, Sam and Gibby frantically run out of the place)
- Security Cling: In iMove Out, Carly grabs onto the back of Freddie and pulls him toward her when a loud noise is heard in Freddie's apartment.
- Once again in iBelieve in Bigfoot, Carly backs off and holds close onto Freddie's arm when the gang encounters the alleged "Big Foot".
- Self-Deprecation: Some of the iCarly writers themselves cameo in the very weird clips (i.e. shrimps up the nose, biting off heads of dolls) that the trio shows whenever they have a technical difficulty.
- Andrew Hill Newman, one of the show's writers plays as Mr. Henning in iGo Nuclear, where his hippie looks garner himself most of the jokes and insults from his students and Spencer, a Ridgeway alumna.Newman himself co-wrote the said episode. Newman also voices George, the "sentient" Bra who tells Ghost Stories (which are actually NOT horror stories) who is also poked fun by Carly and Sam in their webshows.
- The iHave a Question segments, which sometimes actually answer a question and usually just poke fun at the webshow's silliness.
- Carly admits herself that she considers the webshow's comedy quite pointless and dull in "iStart a Fan War".
- Series Continuity Error:
- Carly never takes baths because she hates sitting in her own wet dirt. A couple of seasons later, her taking a bath is the focus of her entire B-Plot for iToe Fatcakes.
- Carly in season 1's episode iPromise Not To Tell has straight A's except for the B-Grade that Sam changes. Season 5, in iQ, she's suddenly a complete moron who needs to cheat to even appear to be smart enough to go out with a worldly British guy.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Kyle, the British boy Carly dates in iQ, almost entirely speaks this way.
- Sequel Episode: "iStill Psycho" to "iPsycho" featuring the return of crazy fan Nora.
- Actually, she prefers the term disturbed.
- Sequel Hook: The final episode has Carly and Sam have the last iCarly "for a while" as she goes to live with her dad in Italy for an unspecified period of time. The last scene featuring Sam riding her motorcycle out of Seattle marks the start of her own series, Sam & Cat.
- Serious Business: The webcast seems to have only slightly less cultural impact than Dethklok. Sneaker manufacturers beg Carly to endorse their product. Television producers ransack the show for ideas in two separate episodes. It's watercooler discussion material, even amongst adults.
- The school ridicules Freddie after Sam reveals he hasn't yet had his First Kiss, and he ends up missing school and avoiding his mom as a result. Carly claims that Sam ruined his life. Because she did ruin Freddie's life for the remainder of the episode until that moment.
- In iFight Shelby Marx, Carly makes some joking comments about being able to "take down" an MMA fighter. Said fighter appears at her doorstep the next day, proposes an exhibition match for charity that is apparently so popular, it fills a stadium and is sold on pay-per-view. Lampshaded when the MMA announcer introduces her as "Carly Shay, who... has a web show."
- Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In "iGo One Direction" Spencer tells the gang the symptoms of Jungle Worms that Carly has. Each one he tells them about, Carly complains about.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: iSpaceOut. The A-Plot and B-Plot. Carly freaks and they lose the chance to go into space, and the freaky little girl just leaves without talking or any explanation about who she is or where she came from.
- The Laptop a-plot in iBust A Thief. They find the supposed thief, but it turns out Freddie read the laptop serial number wrong (though Sam is blamed for giving them the wrong number), and the so called 'thief' has the wrong color laptop. The ending is Sam finding her laptop in a pizza box in the Shay's fridge.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: The focus of the episode "iMake Sam Girlier", both played straight and subverted when Sam is feeling down about her tomboy/Ladette image and decides to get a Girliness Upgrade to impress a boy named Pete. She looks quite good in her more feminine outfit, prompting an audience reaction, and though Pete is quite smitten with her, he reveals that he actually liked her tough girl image better.
- However, there have been other times in the series, before and after this episode, that Sam has put a dress on, and she looks quite good in them.
- The new and very feminine look for Sam in Season 4 may have been as a result of dating Freddie, but appears to have stuck even after their breakup. Sam now wearing heels all the time is one example of this.
- She Is All Grown Up: In general, puberty has been very kind to all three members of the cast (not that any of them weren't cute, but they all three dodged that puberty bullet that can turn cute kids into awkward teenagers).
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Gender Flip version. In iGo To Japan, the check-in clerk at a hotel mistakes the 15-year old pair for a honeymoon couple. Freddie looks at Carly with a grin and eyebrow raise, thereby getting slapped across the face for his stupidity. In iLike Jake, Carly gives Freddie a kiss on the nose for helping her to fix his terrible singing voice, and Jake mistakes their kiss for them being together.
- Shipper on Deck: Mrs. Benson seemed to be a Creddie shipper in iWill Date Freddie and through other parts of Season 1.
Mrs. Benson: WHY WON'T YOU LOVE MY SON???!!!
- In season 3, she Zig-Zagged and turned against Carly, blaming Carly for Freddie getting hit by the truck in iSaved Your Life and for Freddie deciding to move out during iMove Out:
Mrs. Benson: You're the one who got Freddie interested in girls, and ever since then his boy chemistry's been all out of whack.
- Ship Sinking:
- Just averted with Sam/Freddie in iLove You. Despite the litany of issues with the relationship, it's not completely sunk and their relationship ends in a way that it could come back from.
- With the result of the Sam/Freddie story arc, this is still the case for Carly/Freddie. Freddie's feelings die and are explained away as being because of the 'intense' kiss, they break up because they are incompatible. Freddie says he has to be in a relationship with someone closer to him personality wise, that is more 'normal', which is exactly what Carly is. Nowhere during the arc was his feelings for Carly even brought up once. This was likely done deliberately so both shipping pairings could remain 'alive' as the show went on.
- With iGo One Direction showing Sam dragging one of the boys into the elevator, and then iOpen A Restaurant showing that Freddie still has a crush on Carly and that Sam smiles when she finds out, it would appear Seddie is done and sunk. Sorry, Seddie shippers. Maybe Sibby has a chance.
- Shipping Goggles: In-universe in "iStart A Fan War". A Creddie shipper has a giant iPad knock off full of pictures trying to prove Carly and Freddie loved each other. Ironically, this is a much stronger trait in Seddie shippers. In fact, the entire episode portrays the Creddie shippers more like the 'real life' Seddie shippers.
- Ship Tease: Every viable ship on this show gets teased with the tie in website, youtube, twitter pics and Word of God. Also some made canon in the Christmas Episode alternate universe.
- An in-universe example is that Carly appears to not be averse to giving Freddie Ship Tease for her own satisfaction/ego/amusement, to the point where it seems cruel. The most obvious example of this was asking Freddie if he wanted to taste the lip gloss she just put on, making him close his eyes, then rubbing it over her hand and smashing his mouth with it.
- iOpen A Restaurant is full of Creddie and Sibby teasing. Freddie outright states he still has a crush on Carly, that could easily be love.
- Dan couldn't resist egging shippers on one last time in the finale "iGoodbye". Seddie gets one brief Ship Tease moment where Freddie is on the phone to Sam, and he makes a joke to Sam about wanting to 'get back together'. It quickly gets out of hand causing him to quickly change the subject perhaps worried Sam will reply in the positive. For what it is worth Sam doesn't bring it up again and the whole exchange is peppered with canned laughter. At the end of episode Carly goes up to the studio to see Freddie and kisses him, he returns the kiss and as they are leaving the room he celebrates. That's cold Dan. Ice cold.
- Ship-to-Ship Combat: In-universe, this is the focus of iStart A Fan War.
- Shipping Torpedo: Several occasions where one of the main characters ruined a relationship for the others:
- In "iSaved Your Life", Sam puts the idea into Freddie's head that Carly is only into him because of hero worship after Freddie saved Carly's life.
- In "iLove You", Carly torpedoes Spencer's girlfriend of the week relationship with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, which simultaneously causes Sam & Freddie to rethink their own relationship as they overhear the speech and realise it applies to them.
- Shirtless Scene: Gibby does this so often he could give Armstrong a run for his money. In Season 1-2 anyway. It was toned down and eventually faded away by Season 4 onward.
- iShock America has one to Seinfeld when the group discuss how they're going to get the money to pay the fine. The restaurant is near exactly duplicate of the diner the Seinfeld cast go to. Freddy and Gibby getting into an odd conversation about pickles. Spencer makes an entrance like Kramer and the music even takes a cue from that show.
- Combined with an Actor Allusion in "iO M G" when Principal Franklin announces on the intercom "Study hard and prosper". Tim Russ, who played the principal, also starred on Star Trek: Voyager as Tuvoc, the Vulcan Chief of Security. Vulcans are known for their saying (rather the end of the saying) "Live long and prosper."
- "In iToe Fat Cakes", Carly gets her tow stuck in the faucet of her bath after watching the same scene from The Dick Van Dyke Show
- Shower of Angst: Carly takes showers that can be one or two hours long when she is unhappy.
- Show Within a Show: the iCarly webcast.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Sam to Freddie in iOMG.
- Freddie returns it in iLost My Mind.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Carly and Spencer; Sam and Melanie.
- Signs of Disrepair: In "iWant More Viewers", the sign that Freddie and Spencer hung above a highway originally read "Please go online to iCarly.com." However, after it started shorting out, the bulbs that stayed lit read "Pee on Carl". The officer who came on the scene wasn't too pleased as his name was Carl.
- Single-Issue Wonk: Mr. Devlin, who gives Carly a letter-grade reduction on her history report because he hates three holed paper (officially axing her straight-As).
- Sissy Villain: Nevel
- Sitcom Character Archetypes:
- Square: Carly, Freddie.
- The Bully: Sam (who is also a Wisecracker in her less Jerkass moments).
- The Dork: Freddie.
- Goofball: Spencer (who can also count as The Charmer on occasions), Gibby.
- The Stick: Mrs Benson.
- Sixth Ranger: Played with in terms of the web show itself, and subverted outright in iCarly Saves TV (when the TV exec gets rid of him from the network version of the show.) Even though Sam berates him constantly and occasionally alludes to the fact that he's not as important to the show as herself and Carly (because he does the tech work), the fact is that Freddie actually is the third cast member of 'iCarly' . If iWill Date Freddie, iDon't Want To Fight and iKiss didn't hammer the message home, the upcoming iStart A Fan War proves it beyond all doubt. Otherwise, why would any of the fans care about who Freddie is, what he does on the show, or which of the girls is dating him?
- Skirt over Slacks: Carly and Sam.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Sam and Freddie.
- Carly and her Temporary Love Interest Griffin in iDate a Bad Boy. Carly makes it clear they were in the middle of a pretty heavy fight when she suddenly kissed him.
- Sleep Cute: iDream Of Dance. Carly and Freddie, Freddie and Sam, Sam and Carly all have their own moment. With Carly/Freddie and Sam/Freddie, it's textbook shoulder to shoulder. With Carly and Sam however, Sam has her head on Carly's lap, and later Carly has her head NEAR Sam's butt.
- Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 2 (Status Quo Is God).
- Slower Than a Snail: In "iGo Nuclear", Carly tries to make a battery-powered scooter as an alternative to taking the bus for her Earth Day project. Unfortunately, said scooter only goes at four miles an hour, and a kid with a tricycle and two old ladies manage to move much faster than her, the latter group of which giggles as they speed past.
- Sniff Sniff Nom: Spencer almost does this on more than one occasion, but either he stops himself or Carly has to stop him. Happens with rotten food in "iHatch Chicks" and again when we find out Chuck filled Spencer's helmet with a strange red goop in "iTwins."
- Snipe Hunt: In iAm Your Biggest Fan Carly tells Mandy that they need 'fladoodles' for the show to get her off their backs. Mandy eventually finds them.
- So Bad, It's Good: The show has at least two in-universe examples.
- The parody "Kelly Cooper: Terrible Movie" falls into this category.
- In "iFix a Pop Star", a pop star's comeback appears to be disastrous, since she looks extremely slipshod and does a terrible lipsync job. Everyone loves it anyway.
- Sock It to Them: Played with. Sam lays into a writer with a sock full of butter.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Ginger Fox does this to her own song during rehearsals, triggering a hilarious WTF expression from the trio.
Ginger Fox: Hello, is everybody watching? Before let everybody bla-bla, step right up and na-na-na-na invited!
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: In iBalls Freddie co-hosts the webcast with Sam. His Fred-Bot 3000 sketch invokes this trope.
- Space Madness: Carly manages to suffer from this after a few hours in "iSpaceOut" even though she, Sam and Freddie never go to outer space and are just in a simulation room.
- Speaking Simlish: Every character except Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer and Gibby in the iCarly 2: iJoin the Click! video game.
- Spear Counterpart: Dave is the hotheaded male version of Carly, while Fleck is the male version of Sam albeit less violent.
- Spiritual Successor: To Drake & Josh.
- Spiteful Spoiler: In "iGive Away a Car", two furniture movers Spencer hired triple the usual price because Spencer made them miss a meeting of their book club. When Spencer reveals that he doesn't have enough money, they take the couch back to the storage. As they're leaving, Spencer yells out the ending of the book for them, before locking the door so they can't attack him.
- Spit Take: Carly and Freddie in separate skits of the webcast.
- Sam spits out her root beer in iOweYou after hearing she owes Carly and Freddie over $500.
- Spencer spits out the punch in iThink They Kissed that his prisoner student had prepared... from his own toilet.
- Sam, Carly and Shelby Marx did one at the end of iFight Shelby Marx.
- A real-life version is in iBloop 2: Electric Bloopaloo where Jerry Trainor makes Jennette Mc Curdy spit out her water.
- Spy Cam: Parodied in "iSpy a Mean Teacher". Freddy buys a spy cam that's hidden in a fake pie. Pretty much everyone notes the pie looks fake and the camera lens is large and noticeable. Later played straight with the characters hiding cameras in objects for pranks more effectively and in universe, covertly.
- The Stakeout: In the aptly titled episode iStakeout. Police officers use the Shay residence to spy in the video store across the street.
- Stalker with a Crush. Freddie is something of a mild version through Season 1 and parts of Season 2. He and Carly are friends, and the stalker side of things is limited to him waiting for her to come home after school by looking through his peephole (they live in opposite apartments), but it weirds some people out. Limited to Played for Laughs.
- From the latter half of Season 2 onwards to Season 3, Freddie has practically eliminated this in relation to Carly, with his crush for Carly perhaps evolving into something more mature. The change has helped Carly and Freddie to become far more comfortable around each other, and they have evolved from being just "buds" with in the pilot, to true best friends.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Mandy to the iCarly crew.
- Status Quo Is God: Every plot that involves a conflict between Carly and Sam, or a certain incident threatens the loss of one of the ¡Three Amigos! ends up being resolved on the same episode.
- Story Arc: A 5 episode arc that starts with iOMG about Sam's feelings for Freddie.
- Straight Man. Carly provides the setup for most of Spencer and Sam's general jokes. Her main comedic role is to deliver rejections to Dogged Nice Guy Freddie, who has a crush on her. Even so, half the time Sam delivers them instead.
- Students Playing Matchmaker: The show has "iHave a Lovesick Teacher", where Carly, Sam, and Freddie try to hook their teacher up with Spencer.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Carly and Sam agree: Tasha's hot.
- Stylistic Suck: Subverted. The episodes present the webshow segments in Freddie's perspective being the one behind the video camera (with a battery charge indicator, frames, etc.) The "uploaded" videos on the actual iCarly website looks quite similar to what is seen on YouTube (with a small rectangle video frame, with comments and the rest of the site around it). Going "full screen" doesn't seem to ruin the quality though.
- Sudden Downer Ending: In iGo Nuclear, Carly ends up getting a D- on her Green Week project and seeks help from new neighbor Cal, who assists her in creating a nuclear power generator. When science teacher Mr. Henning changes her grade to A+, it is revealed Cal is wanted by the FBI because the power rod he used for the generators' fuel supply was made by black market uranium, which is extremely illegal. As a result, Carly's project reverts to D- and she is forced to attend the "Root and Berry Retreat" for extra credit.
- Sudden School Uniform: In iHave My Principals, Briggs and Howard have a uniform policy in effect at the start of Act III with no indication that more than a day has passed since Act II. And by Act IV it's gone.
- Suggestive Collision: Happens in "iEnrage Gibby" when Gibby's girlfriend accidentally trips and falls and knocks Freddie down, falling on top of him. Gibby sees the result and gets upset at both of them.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- "Well hello, ladies; we were not just playing with a hand laser from Galaxy Wars; won't you come in?"
- "Don't mind me. This is just a normal piece of pie that doesn't - record - anything!"
- "I was not looking at my peephole waiting for you to come home!"
- Sympathy for the Devil: The plot point of iPity the Nevel. (See also Enemy Mine.)
- The Tag: Sometimes its another regular short scene, others its sent-in videos of kids performing talents for the webshow.
- Take a Third Option: In iDon't Want To Fight, on a poll asking whether Sam or Carly is right, the voters take one offered by Freddie. "Carly and Sam are both acting dumb and should just make up and be friends again." It won by around 200 times the other two options combined.
- Take Our Word for It:
- The B on Carlys history report in iPromise Not to Tell, though we do get to see it for a split second when Mr. Devlin hands it to Carly.
- The neck infection video and Freddies scar in iDate a Bad Boy.
- Carlys first poorly drawn bunny in iMust Have Locker 239.
- The iCarly ripoffs on Totally Teri in iTake on Dingo.
- Gibby's Wardrobe Malfunction in "iShock America" completely avoids showing his crotch area.
- "Take That!" Kiss: In iSaved Your Life, Carly victoriously shuns away a girl who is hitting on Freddie by engaging him in a lengthy French Kiss right in front of the girl.
- Take That!:
- The Talk: Spencer tries to give Carly the talk about sex, only for Carly to shut it down completely. How much could he explain when her date comes to the door about 10 seconds later? Perhaps it was supposed to be a short version, a "be safe" thing.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Sam and Freddie's skit "Wake Up Spencer" involve ridiculing Spencer in his sleep in the middle of the night, causing him to talk randomly.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Played with. Cary and Sam first met when Carly was about to eat her tuna fish sandwich at school when Sam came over and pushed her off the seat to steal her lunch. Carly then got up and retaliated, pushing Sam off the seat, impressing Sam and starting their friendship.
- Team Mom: Carly takes the "parental" role towards the other 3 main characters: to Sam in iWas a Pageant Girl, to Freddie in iWill Date Freddie and to Spencer in majority of the episodes. iKiss had her to be a "mom" to all 3 of them in a single episode by motivating Spencer's workout, sympathizing with Freddie and later reprimanding Sam for her on-air attack on Freddie.
- The Tease: When Carly is trying to combine 2 lipgloss flavors into one, Freddie asks if it's working; she seductively replies You wanna find out? Freddie practically faints, closes his eyes and is expecting a kiss. She then smashes his face with her hand after rubbing the lipgloss on it. That is not the way to make someone who has a crush/love for you stop doing it.
- Temporary Love Interest: Whenever one of the Power Trio (even Spencer) enters a relationship, their partners only last for a single episode. They disappear afterwards even if he/she also attends the same school as the iCarly trio, though these ex-flames might be referenced in later episodes.
- Ten Minutes in the Closet: Played straight in 'iOMG' when Carly and Freddie trick the other students into leaving Sam and Brad alone, and played with (almost to the point of an Inverted Trope) when Freddie goes outside to talk alone with Sam.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Freddie's bodyguard Gunsmoke in iSam's Mom " who thinks even drinking lemonade is "for ballerinas"!
- The bullrider in iHave My Principals:
Bucky: This ain't a real bull. Real bulls kick, buck and stomp you on the chest until your ribs are broke and you're coughing up blood. And mucus!
- That Liar Lies: Spencer talking with Freddie about his fake Galaxy Wars spaceship prop.
Spencer: Okay, you're lying. What makes you lie? Feel like a big boy telling your big boy lies?
Spencer: Yes, little Larry lies a lot?
- That Poor Plant: Carly devises a homemade pesticide for her science project and tests it on Spencer's healthy tomato plant. Said plant smokes profusely and withers instantly. Carly exasperatedly deems herself (and later Spencer) as "The Plant Murderer".
- Themed Party:
- One episode has the characters throwing a "Halfoween" party, as they wanted to celebrate Halloween again despite the holiday being six months away. Everyone is in costume, and the room is decorated not only with Halloween-decor but also "Half"-decor.
- Downplayed in "iPity The Nevel". The gang throws a "karma party" after Nevel's public humiliation. For the sake of a pun, the food served is "just desserts".
- Theme Naming:
- Socko and his relatives. See the Punny Names entry above.
- The names of the chicks in iHatch Chicks are related to eggs: Poachy, Shelly, Yoko (pronounced Yolk-O), Omelet, Huevo (Spanish of 'egg'), and Benedict.
- Theme Tune Cameo:
- Carly was playing short chords of "Leave It All To Me" on her ukelele.
- An instrumental, remixed version of "Leave It All To Me" is played at the end of "iGo to Japan" when the iCarlys win their iWeb Award.
- At the end of the "iParty With Victorious", the cast of both shows sing a mashed up version of both theme songs.
- There Are Only Two Beds: During iTake On Dingo, the trio+ Spencer share a 2 bedroom, tiny hotel room. The floor recently had a dead body on it, so I doubt anyone was sleeping on the floor. No matter who slept in what bed with who (although it's a good chance it was probably Sam+ Carly and Freddie+ Spencer), it would get shippers excited.
- In "iShock America" whenever the iCarlys are introduced, the Roots perform "Leave It All To Me".
- Think of the Children!: The girls ask the webshow audience for their coconut cream pie recipes, ending it with this line.
- Third-Person Person: At times, Sam refers to herself as Mama. Mama knows her fat cakes. Mama does love the meat. Mama came at the right time! and Mama plays to win! She also refers to herself as "Sammy". "Look at Sammy's wad!".
- This Loser Is You: iCarly is quite fond of making fun of its audience using in-universe Audience Surrogates who are fans of the web-show. Gilbert, the guy in the yellow shirt who yells "SEDDIE!" constantly in iStart A Fan War and iLose My Mind is a blatant parody of a specific fan who has had some memorable and not always positive interactions with Dan Schneider in the past and was well known for his tactic of spamming "SEDDIE!" into every Word of God blog post.
- Those Two Guys: The longer the show has gone on, the more the trio has split into duos long enough for all three combinations to appear like this:
- Carly and Sam are practically inseparable, pre-series and in the first season with only Freddie and very rarely Gibby or Wendy breaking up the Those Two Guys vibe.
- Carly and Freddie would have started to be seen like this in Season 2 and 3. Especially after they got together in iSaved Your Life.
- In Season 4, Sam and Freddie had been been hanging out together without Carly more and more, although Sam may have had an ulterior motive for that.
- ¡Three Amigos!: I wonder.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: iBalls was this for Freddie. After feeling unapreciated due to his lack of creativity, he decides to write a skit with predictable results (even causing a garbage bag filled with yogurt to be more popular than him). After a pep talk from Sam, he decides to test out his 3D technology on the latest webcast. However, it goes horribly wrong when it damages everyone who watched's vision. At the end of the episode, Freddie learns that the 3D webcast helped fix a girl from earlier in the episode's eyesight, something worthy of a Nobel Prize.
- Time Skip: Pops up at random, like in iParty With Victorious which has a three month time skip as a way of explaining Carly's feelings for her Guy of the Week.
- Tim Taylor Technology: Spencer's magnetic Christmas tree. He could have just made a regular metallic Christmas tree. Instead he added a supercharged magnetic generator. It caught fire after he left it on during the night.
- He also fixes up a fire extinguisher to "make it more powerful." It turns the fire extinguisher into a flamethrower instead.
- Toilet Humour: At the beginning of "iParty With Victorious", Mr Howard catches Carly and Sam texting back and forth to each other and has them read the messages back to the class. Carly mentions she used the emoticon :P saying it ("colon 'P'). Mr Howard says he knows the colon 'p' emoticon, to which everyone starts laughing, as they heard him saying he knows all about "Colon Pee".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: In their own words, they're the "dirty blonde" and the "sweet (and prissy) brunette".
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The Sack.
- Too Upset to Create: In "iHeart Art", Spencer becomes crushed after his art gets criticized harshly by his artistic idol. He gives up on art altogether and becomes a dental assistant, refusing to do art until the kids convince him that his art is good.
- Took a Level in Badass: Freddie at the start of each new season. In Season 2 he comes back with a noticeable voice drop, and in Season 3 he's strong enough to overpower Carly. In a Dan Schneider show, that says a lot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Sam was a bully from episode 1, but she takes level after level. A couple of her points include the episode she bashed Freddie with a tennis racquet and chucked him out of a treehouse for a differing opinion, and then later starting a basement sweatshop using elementary school kids to mass produce their Penny Tee Shirts.
- Freddie takes a level in iCan't Take It; while he is dating Sam, he edits Carly out of a webshow skit (something he never did even to Sam when they hated each other), and taunts her about being jealous of their relationship as well as being dismissive of how him and Sam are excluding Carly.
- Carly too. In the early episodes, Carly would normally at least try to keep Sam under control, but later on she just tends to ignore it.
- Tonight, Someone Kisses: Trailers teased a potential kiss between Sam and Freddie for the episode iTwins. iSaved Your Life didn't bother teasing a potential Carly/Freddie, and showing them actually kissing. Also done that way with Griffin and Carly for iDate A Bad Boy. Melanie and Freddie in iTwins showed their kiss, but teased the idea that Melanie was fake and didn't exist and that Freddie was actually kissing Sam.
- Oddly averted for iOMG. Maybe they wanted to preserve the 'mystery' or shock when it actually happened, maybe they were worried about a reaction similar to their trailer fail from iStart A Fan War, but for whatever reason the trailers for iOMG didn't even suggest Sam would kiss anyone.
- That was most likely because if they did show the kiss, it would spoil the entire episode.
- "iGoodbye" teases a Creddie kiss.
- Too Much Information: Despite the subtleties, innuendos may be lampshaded in the show time by time.
- In iCarly Awards:
: You know, it's always been a dream of mine to host the iCarly Awards. Sam
: Whoa, too much information! Carly
: Hey, don't go there!
(much later in the show) Sam
: These guys take this (blows through bottle) to a whole new level. Carly
: This -- will ''blow'' you away.
: (shaking her head) Oh, Carly... Carly
: Just watch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Spaghetti tacos. More of a meme associated with the series than one character's fave, though. Fat Cakes, and ham, for Sam. Horrible crap like Cucumber Cups with unflavored yoghurt for Mrs. Benson.
- Trailers Always Lie: A number of the trailers shown by Nickelodeon have parts that are cut from the aired episodes themselves.
- A longer fight scene in iFight Shelby Marx even had Carly hiding behind the referee.
- In iThink They Kissed, Freddie was so ecstatic of Carly's reaction to the revelation of him kissing Sam, prompting him to ask, "Are you jealous?"
- Trailers Always Spoil: Any trailer for an upcoming episode marked as a special or movie that usually gives away the premise, the twist, and everything but the ending. In the case of iSpace Out they gave away the ending by showing that the test finishes when Carly gets Space Madness, smashes the glass window of the testing pod and jumps out of it. This was also the funniest joke in the otherwise mediocre episode.
- The most egregious example of this was the iGot A Hot Room. They spoiled that it was Carly's birthday, that Spencer burns down the room trying to do something nice for her, that Carly is upset at it, that Carly has a job as part of the episode, that Spencer rushes to redo the room as a surprise, the fact that Carly loves the new room and what the new room itself looked like.
- Inverted or Averted depending on how you look at it, for iOMG. The creators went to great lengths to hide the ending from being leaked, doing a full cast run-through with a fake out ending, then only telling Nathan and Jennette the real ending a week before it was to be filmed, and then filmed it on a closed set, and the trailers continued this. The ending wasn't spoiled, and every clip was about Sam liking Brad, with only some mild subtext that it could be Freddie. They even used Gibby as a trailer Red Herring.
- iCan't Take It aired nine minutes of sneak peeks out of a 22-minute show, including the final two scenes of the episode.
- Trash Talk: Carly and Sam during iFight Shelby Marx; Aruthor (Spencer) and Aspartamay's taunt war in iStart a Fan War.
- Trash the Set: An inversion of sorts. The first time they showed Carly's bedroom was after it had burned up in iGot A Hot Room.They then rebuilt the room and it was shown in a few episodes later on.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Since it's a kid-tween show, depressed adults are extremely prone to this trope.
- Spencer in iHeart Art. Lies down on the dining table with his face in a bowl after being criticized by his art idol.
- Lauren Ackerman in iHave a Lovesick Teacher. Curls on the teacher's table and bawls in front of class after her recent bad breakup.
- Ricky Flame in iCook. Slumps to the ground after losing in the cooking competition, then once again after Sam pins him down in the wrestling gym.
- Lewbert in iFind Lewbert's Lost Love. Traumatized after seeing his abusive ex-fiancee once again, he locks up himself in his office, rocking to and fro in the corner.
- In iPear Store Gibby is indecisive about which PearPhone cover to buy, which gets on salesman Woody's already frayed nerves. When Gibby finally says he has no money to buy one, Woody crawls under the nearest table and engages in said trope.
- Truth in Television: The British singer Wade Collins trying to use a sob story to get more votes than his more talented rival, is actually very similar to the various sob stories heard from contestants on the British equivalent to American Idol.
- Tsundere: Sam is of the Type A: it's "her thing" to be "abrasive" and "naturally obnoxious." However, she can be very sympathetic when push comes to shove, and makes up to Freddie for exposing on their web show that he'd never kissed a girl by admitting in the next episode that she'd never kissed anyone, either. She then left in the middle to have an uncharacteristically calm and rational conversation with him on his balcony and ending up sharing their First Kiss.
- Carly is of the Type B. She is usually sweet, kind-hearted, calm and collected. Just don't let yourself get into her nerves way too much, since things won't get pretty once the fuse of her temper snuffs out. It gets worse if you even try to calm her down.
- Tuckerization: Used occasionally, such as St. Schneider's Hospital and Schneider's Convenience Store.
- Two Girls and a Guy
- Two Lines, No Waiting: The A-Plot (Carly, Sam, Freddie) and the B-Plot (Spencer, and in Season 4, Gibby) is the formula for dozens of episodes. Their plots occasionally overlap at the end. Most of the other episodes still follow this formula, but mix up the splits up such as Carly/Sam and Freddie/Spencer in iTake On Dingo.
- Two Roads Before You: Spencer uses this analogy to help Carly decide between staying at Ridgeway or switching to Briarwood in iMay Switch Schools:
Listen, I'm your older brother. So I will help you through this difficult decision. Just... just close your eyes. Carly:
Okay. (She closes her eyes). Spencer:
Okay. There's two roads in front of you. Road A, and... the-the... one on the left. (Pauses, then runs out of the room). Carly: (Opens her eyes, then laughs)
- Two-Teacher School: Averted, with Principal Franklin, and Mrs. Briggs and Mr. Howard as the main recurring teachers. Other teachers like Miss. Ackerman and Mr. Henning have episodes centred around them, whilst others like Mr. Devlin show up as recurring background characters.
- Two-Timer Date: iWon't Cancel the Show features Spencer dividing his time between dating the sophisticated woman Candice and filling in for Sam's (temporarily) vacated co-hosting position in the webshow.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: iHave My Principals.