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Odd Squad is a live-action kids' show that airs on PBS Kids, TVO Kids, Ici Radio-Canada Télé, CBBC, and ABC TV. Premiering on November 26, 2014, it stars 4 main characters being part of a crew called the Odd Squad, a CIA-type agency run by...well, kids: Olive (Dalila Bela), one of the more experienced agents of the crew; Otto (Filip Geljo), her partner, a rookie himself; Oscar (Sean Michael Kyer), the local residential scientist, and Ms. O (Millie Davis), who despite her name is the head of operations. Season Two switches out Otto, Olive, and Oscar with Otis (Isaac Kragten), Olympia (Anna Cathcart), and Oona (Olivia Presti.) The agents help anyone in need when they call them, leading to some crazy cases and even wackier hijinks.

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  • The '80s: When Oprah and O'Donahue were agents. One of the episodes showing their time is 80's themed, complete with the clothes, slang, and hair.
    • The TV movie World Turned Odd has Olympia, Otis, and Oona going back to 1983 when Ms. O was Agent Oprah.
  • Abnormal Ammo: For kid-friendliness. Egregiousness is tied between the teddybearification launcher and Baby Orson taking down Odd Todd with a barrage of ice cream. (Yes, ice cream can cause a technical K.O. in this universe.)
  • Acting Unnatural: In "The Breakfast Club", Delivery Debbie is asked to help Odd Squad track down the Breakfast Club. She is extremely nervous, and when asked by the Club how much the pizza is, she first says it's $1 and then $10,000,000.
  • Action Duo: Olive and Otto. Nearly all of the agents have a partner as well.
  • Adorkable: Oscar
  • Adults Are Useless: Not so much useless as they are not noticed.
    • Inverted with the basketball episode though—Larry and Phyllis are both adults, and they seem to know Olive well. Likewise for the latter.
    • Actually, save the people who need help, this trope applies.
    • The wizard was helpful (he zapped the tornado away), but then, he is from a book.
  • Aesop: C'mon, it's math. Cut us some slack.
    • Not all the aesops are math-based. Case in point: when Olive is telling Otto about Todd's backstory, Otto asks her why she calls him partner, even in past tense, to her clear confusion; then he explains partners help each other, like he and Olive, while Todd just helped himself. That same story also had a subtler one; when Olive wasn't getting things as fast as Todd did, he would insult and belittle her, especially if she tried to question him. In contrast, while Olive gets annoyed with Otto when he delays their missions, she never belittles him and regularly and openly shows she cares for him, having no problem with him contradicting her most of the time.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Olive vs. Otto, respectively.
  • Anachronism Stew: What with dinosaurs, unicorns, the like and a futuristic headquarters.
  • Antidisestablishmentarianism: In World Turned Odd, Oprah and her Ms. O exchange words. Big ones. They include this and others like sesquipedalian.
  • Arc Number: 43. It's the badge number of ex-agent Odd Todd.
  • Arc Villain: The Shadow is being set up to be this for season 3, Mobile Unit. She is an Enfant Terrible who has an inexplicable grudge against Opal.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Shown in "O is Not For Old" in which it was boys vs. girls in the fight for Ms. O's present. The two girls (Polly and Olive) wanted a bike; the three boys (Otto, Olaf and Oren) wanted a trampoline as a gift to give said boss. Thus leading to a fight where the two girls were chanting "BIKE! BIKE! BIKE!" and the boys were chanting "Trampoline! Trampoline! Trampoline!" It took Oscar's nonsensical noises to shut them up. Olive even covered her ears, and Oren even winced.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This quote about Miss O in "World Turned Odd".
    Announcer: Throughout her 100 years of service to Odd Squad, Miss O, also known as Agent Oprah, has battled monsters, brought villains to justice, and proudly recycled both paper and plastic.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Especially since there's one living among the main cast.
    • We can't forget Baby Genius, the only baby who loves pocket lint. Actually, pocket lint is out of season.
    • And we can't forget baby Laralisa. Oh yes.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Hold the Door".
  • Back for the Finale: Larry and Phyllis were absent for about half the season, but they came back in the Season 1 finale.
  • Bad Future: The basic plot of World Turned Odd. Olympia, Otto and Oona travel into the 80's, Oprah gets fired, Odd Todd becomes the leader of the Todd Squad, and all the Squad's past cases are undone.
  • Badass Adorable: The show's premise is an international agency of little kids in suits fighting evil. How is that NOT this trope?
  • Badass Bandolier: Otto wears a bandolier filled with ice cream cones in "Olive Undercover".
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Most of the agents wear suits as their uniforms.
  • Bait-and-Switch: With the audience, about Once per Episode. Usually it's Ms. O going to rip off some poor agent's head...only that she doesn't.
  • Banana Peel: Nana Banana is a villain with the ability to fire bananas out of her hands. The floor of her lair is littered with banana peels, which causes Agent Olympia and the Stitcher to slide crazily when they race in an attempt to grab the Stitcher's notebook in "Who is Agent Otis?".
  • The B Grade: When Olympia receives the satisfaction reports from the villains she has stopped, she receives 10s from all but one. This so incenses her that she sets out to track down who gave her the one. It turns out that the villain actually thought she deserved a 10, but gave her a 1 to bait her into a trap.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Agent Orson (despite being a baby) had helped Odd Squad out of jams several times.
  • Big "NO!": Olive gives one at the end of "Soundcheck" when Ms. O yells at her and Otto that playing "Gonna Add Four" added 4 of most things, and that they needed to play "Gonna Add Four" and "Take Away Four" at the same time, to which Ms. O yells "REMIX!" and begins to dance with Otto. Olive crawls away from the scene. Also counts as a Skyward Scream, minus the camera panning up.
    • Otto gave a cutoff one in "The Zero Effect" when the 0 was taken away from Polly's sign.
    • These keep repeating in "O is Not For Old" when Olaf kept insisting he wanted a potato to give to Ms. O as a present.
    • "Crime at Shapely Manor" had Otto issuing one when Lord Rectangle supposedly "destroyed" the cake by throwing it to the floor. Later turns into a Big "YES!" moment.
  • Binary Suns: At the end of "Soundcheck", Ms. O shows Otto and Olive a slideshow of what resulted from playing the song "Gonna Add Four". The first slide shows a sunset with five suns.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: President Obbs who only appeared in "Oscar Strikes Back". When the episode begin he gave the scientists pins (except Oscar and Oona), and started off as a friend of the hero. But then... he revealed how jealous he was of how little attention his department got, and revealed that the pins were mind-control devices, and got control of the agents, forcing them to help him take over Odd Squad, just so he could get attention.
  • Bookends: The first and last episodes of Season 1:
    • In the first episode, Olive casually says "Quiet day at the squad" in response to what looks like chaos in headquarters. In the last episode, she says the line again, this time in response to all the odd creatures that got unleashed when Otto mistakenly opened all the doors in headquarters.
    • Also in the first episode, Otto invites Olive to his tenth birthday party. In the last episode, Otto is bemoaning how he'll never see Ms. O and Oscar again; but he feels better when Oscar points out that everyone was invited to Otto's upcoming eleventh birthday party.
  • Bound and Gagged: Polly Graph by a spider cat.
  • Brand X: The Schmumber's line of products, developed from Ms. O's old friend Yucks Schmumbersnote  graces everything in the show from juice boxes to magazines.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Weird Team ends up doing this to Odd Squad in The Movie, driving them out of business.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Aside from Oscar and his Training Videos, Welcome to Headquarters Videos and Odd Reports, there have been a few cases of this trope throughout the show. Ms. O is also a great example with her recruitment videos and website-promoting videos.
    • In "Blob on the Job", Olive does this twice and Otto once, both agents saying "no blob".
    • There have been times where the characters try to avoid breaking the fourth wall, as in "Agent Obfusco".
    • In "Switch Your Partner Round and Round", Olive does this multiple times.
    • This jewel:
    Agent Oscar: (throws himself into flashback stance)
    Agent Olive: Uh, I think your story's this way.
    Agent Oscar: Oh. Right. (start flashback)
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: In "Now You Don't See Me", Odd Todd rigs a bucket booby trap to one of his clues so it dumps invisible ink over Otto, turning him invisible.
  • The Butler Did It: In Crime in Shapely Manor, when the butler, maid, and Miss Triangle turn out to be triplets and steal the cake.
  • Call-Back: World Turned Odd is full of these, with references to Slappy the Sun, Future Toast, 80's Odd Squad, Exploding Hiccups, and more.
  • Car Meets House: Otto and Oscar come to Olive's rescue by driving an ice cream van through the wall of a warehouse in "Olive Undercover".
  • Catchphrase: Almost everyone has at least one. Some examples include:
    • Olive says, "Let's go!"
    • Oscar saying "Hey guys!" This doubles as a Shout-Out to Starling's catch phrase in Space Racers, a show that debuted in early 2014 on PBS Kids.
    • Oona saying "Howdy-do!"
    • Ms. O gets three. "Olive, Otto, in my office, now!" Or... "Well, what are you waiting for?! Go!" Or... "Something very odd has happened."
    • Dr. O's "What's next!" and "I'm a doctor!"
    • Olaf: "POTATO!"
  • Chainsaw Good: The Oscarbots who did a massacre on innocent oranges. (But think of the alternative, Ms. O not getting her slushie...)
  • Character Blog: Olympia had a 20 episode Youtube series called Oddtube.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Otto, many times. E.g. when his mastership of paper flyer folding helps to catch the villain of the week.
  • Christmas Episode: "Reindeer Games".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: An odd example concerning the Math Room, which is both a room and a character. As of Season 2, the Math Room no longer appears, and the agents consult snazzy smartwatches instead.
  • Cloning Blues: Oscar goes through a various of this (robots) of this in "Oscar and the Oscarbots."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Potato. I mean, Olaf. Has a moment of The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right in the voting episode: "Bicycle" and "Trampoline" are tied as birthday present for Ms. O, and it needs short before physical violence to make Olaf change from "Potato" to break the tie. Of course it turns out Ms. O would have liked the potato best...
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each department is represented by a color: yellow for maintenance, green for science, teal for medical, blue for security, red for investigation, and purple for management.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Olive (producing a pineapple, probably from Hammerspace, for a weighing problem)
    Oscar: (flabbergasted) "Where did you get that thing from?"
    Olive: "Hawaii."
    • In the episode "Behind Enemy Mime", Ms. O, while on a mission with Olympia and Otis, says that O'Donahue likes his orange juice hot, his eggs raw, and he always leaves a clue behind. This is what Olympia has to say:
      Olympia: Breakfast sounds awful!
  • Confronting Your Imposter: In "Flawed Squad", Shapeshifter changes into Agent Olympia in an attempt to throw off the Odd Squad agents who waiting outside the craft room door for the villains. When she opens the door, she finds herself facing Agents Otis and Olympia. She mutters "Should've chosen a different agent".
  • Continuity Nod: The episode "The Trouble With Centigurps" seems to get a few of these, most notably in "Worst First Day Ever". Could also be counted as a Whole Plot Reference.
    • "Switch Your Partner Round and Round" has one to "Blob on the Job". Not surprisingly, during the week of October 5th when "Odd Squad: Against the Odds" was airing, these two episodes were paired together and shown back-to-back.
  • Cops and Detectives: More detectives than cops, but the kids' appearances hint this trope.
  • Couch Gag: During the slideshow part of the intro, after the slide with just Otto, there is a slide of a random object, with Olive describing what it is.
  • Courtroom Episode: "Disorder in the Court" and "Odds and Ends": Olive and Otis are tried.
  • Cute and Psycho: Some of the cast can be a little off their rockers at times, such as Oona and Orchid.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: The agents sometimes get very loud, and hearing all of them shout at the same time can be very harsh on the ears, especially the girls who can sometimes get very high-pitched. An In-Universe example would be Oona while in a fly's body, which pitches her voice up to near Alvin and the Chipmunks levels.
  • Dancing Theme: "Soundcheck" hints this.
    • "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" has Otto dancing through lasers while listening to—what else?—Soundcheck.
  • Desperate Object Catch: In "Disorder in the Court", Odd Todd throws a shrunken building to distract the agents while he and Shapeshifter make their escape. Olive catches it an inch from the floor in a Diving Save.
  • Disney Death: Olympia turning into a cake in "Extreme Cakeover", which prompted Otis to let out a Big "NO!" before the helmet, which she was carrying at the time and which fell on her, activated, and she turned back into a human.
  • Dramatic Drop: Happens Rule of Three style when Odd Todd returns. Olive and Otto tell Ms. O, who drops her juice box. Oscar comes in carrying a box of marbles, which he drops when Ms. O tells him Odd Todd is back. Oscar is ordered to tell the other agents that Odd Todd is back, prompting shocked gasps and a wide array of noises accompanying the items various agents were carrying when Oscar yelled the news being dropped. The foursome in the office wince throughout.
  • Droste Image: This image has one in the form of the Series Mascot.
  • Edible Ammunition: In "Undercover Olive", Olive, Otto and Oscar attack the assembled villains by flinging ice cream at them. Otto is wearing a Badass Bandolier of ice cream cones.
  • Edutainment Show
  • Emotionless Girl: Oksana in the "Welcome to the Break Room: Part 2" and "Welcome to the Break Room: Part 3" videos.
    • Creepy Monotone: Most definitely so; averted to keep the audience engaged. She makes them laugh with her actions and words instead of her tone.
  • Enemy Mime: "Behind Enemy Mimes" features mimes as villains who despise being referred to as clowns.
  • Enemy Mine: In "Villains in Need are Villains in Deed", the agents team up with Jamie Jam, Mr. Lightning, and Noisemaker to stop an evil robot from destroying the city and the villains' secret evil headquarters.
  • Episode Title Card: The trademark manila folder with the episode name and with Ms. O reading it. Earlier episodes had the writer(s) and director on the title card before showing them on the bottom right when the episode began.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Subverted in "First Day", there is a dentist whose name is literally "Dentist." Double subverted, there's also a woman whose name is Marie, but she says she pronounces it as "Crossing Guard."
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: There's even an episode, "6:00 to 6:05", focused on them.
  • Evil Counterpart: Weird Team in The Movie, who is the polar opposite of Odd Squad in numerous ways. The organization is run by adults instead of kids, they have no proper shtick (their catch phrase is a rather lame and forced "She-boom!" and their team members have no naming scheme, in contrast to Odd Squad's trademark of having all their agent names start with an O), and they use only one gadget as opposed to many. It later happens, however, that even though they claim to fix problems, they don't actually solve them, they just mask them and pretend they fixed them.
  • Extra-Long Episode: Most episodes are about 11 minutes, but some episodes, especially those important to the story arc, like "Training Day" or "O is Not for Over," are double the length.
  • Extended Disarming: In "Failure to Lunch", Olympia hands over all of her gadgets when to the restaurant owner when she goes out to lunch to show she is off-duty. Later , the owner and his brother have to search through a huge stack of gadgets in the cloak room in search of something to undo the oddness in the kitchen.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Weird Tom in The Movie turns out to have gone through this. He started out as an agent named Om, but after messing up a few cases by not thinking things through and trying to get things solved faster, rather than trying to change for the better, he decided to plot revenge on Odd Squad instead by intentionally doing what he used to do as a way to run them out of business.
  • Faction Motto: Contains professional-like words relating to the word "odd", such as "Weirdibus".
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: In "Put Me in Coach" it seemed like the episode ended when Orielle and Oriele "won" the competition for who got to take the case... only for Coach O to say they won the round, not the contest and that at was it was a 2 out of 3 competition and put them in the penalty box for jumping to conclusions and partying early.
  • Fangirl: Olive does this in "Bad Luck Bears". She even made a uniform, and reprimands Otto when he asks "Sorry, who are you?"
  • Fainting: In "6:00 to 6:05", Octavia does this when she realizes she forgot to feed the dinosaurs more than 4 hours ago.
  • Fearsome Critters of American Folklore: The badge of Odd Squad features a jackalope.
  • Flying Books: The librarians, Oren, and Olaf fight a pack of them in "Dawn of the Read."
  • Foreshadowing: Has it own page now.
  • Fourth Wall Psych: In "Good Egg, Bad Egg," the agents are in a possibly dangerous position. Olympia says something along the lines of "We'll be safe, right? I mean, there's so much left in the season." Ms. O is confused until Olympia clarifies she meant one of the four seasons.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Ms. O and Oscar in "Invasion of the Body Switchers". Nothing really changes, though, aside from their personalities.
  • Free-Range Children: Albeit an unusual sort, considering they're children who work jobs like adults do.
  • Freudian Excuse: Why does Flatdam hate cubes? Because he stepped on one as a child.
  • Friendship Moment: Quite a lot, actually.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: This is the purpose of the science department, to make gadgets.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Season 2 episode, The Breakfast Club introduces an incompetent villain trio called... well... The Breakfast Club. Both of which are named after the 1985 film of the same name. A clever reference, only older audiences would pick up on.
  • Ghost Extras: Oh yeah.
  • Give Me a Sword: Ms. Oprah says this to O'Malley in Season One's finale.
  • Grade-School C.E.O.: Ms. O herself is the all-knowing example of this.
    • Grade school employees are the entire base of the Odd Squad. It doesn't help that Ms. O was once an Odd Squad agent herself, and a fruit stand vendor before that.
  • Group Hug: Otis, Olympia, Oona, and Ms. O have one at the end of "Odds and Ends".
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: "Drop Gadget Repeat" has Oona stuck in a time loop of only a few minutes. She ends up bringing two of the other agents into the loop as well, which forces them to figure out how to get out of it in time before it restarts.
    • Also "6.00 to 6.05", where Olive and Otto undo the Big Dino Breakout.
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: In "Flawed Squad", Shapeshifter grabs Father Time's staff and attempts to use it to freeze Odd Squad. Father Time points out that she is holding it the wrong way round just before she activates it and freezes all of the villains.
  • Hammerspace
    • Odd Squad agents can access a variety of odd situation-specific gadgets simply by reaching behind their backs.
    • Presumably where Olive produced a pineapple for a weighing problem.
  • Harmless Villain: Played straight with some (like Noisemaker) and averted with others (like Fladam). Occasionally their gadgets have unharmless side-effects, but Oscar is well equipped for that. They even work together with Odd Squad sometimes to clear their (silly) names.
  • A Head at Each End: The designer of Odd Squad's swimming pool was apparently an example, according to Oscar's discourse on symmetry. A drawing of the architect shows him with two torsos attached end to end.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Otis used to be a villain, but after his duck brothers tried to destroy the world, he ran away and joined Odd Squad.
  • Hero of Another Story: Ms. O in "Hands On A Desk Chair"
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: Otto's predecessor Odd Todd is the main villain of Season One.
  • Heroic BSoD: Otto goes through a brief 2-second one in "Zero Effect" when he realizes that if he and Olive are unable to restore the missing zeroes, he will turn 1 instead of 10 years old the next day. Olive is able to calm him down.
    • Olive also goes through a brief one in "Agent Obfusco". On the contrary, Otto is the one that calms her down.
    • Olympia in "Olympia's Day" though it's more of her hallucinating than having a BSOD. (It's actually a common occurrence known as "slipping into mathness".)
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The pilot episode "Zero Effect" starts with Olive and Otto helping out a woman who has exploding hiccups, where something breaks every time she hiccups. They give her a cure, and report back to headquarters, but she hiccups before drinking the cure, breaking more things.
  • How We Got Here: The Movie opens up with this type of framing device, with the team all dissipated and out of business. Up through the middle, the movie shows how they ended up driven away.
  • If I Had a Nickel: It's subverted in "No Ifs, Ands, or Robots".
    Orchid: If I had a nickel every time someone said that, I would nickels.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Dr. O has done this at least a couple times.
    Dr. O: I'm a doctor, Ms. O! Not a party planner!
    Dr. O: I'm a doctor, not a babysitter.
  • Improbable Food Budget: Oksana requests expensive items (such as gold bars) to make food for the squad. It turns out to be justified.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Ms. O sometimes needs a freaking juice box.
  • In a World...: As noted by this promotional picture.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Otto, as expected, does this in "Crime at Shapely Manor", but has not done puns since. Same goes for any of the other 3 main characters.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Otto, who ate a Shrinker Potato. (Hey, Olaf marked it with "O". Your problem.) By Rule of Funny, you already can guess what happens when the effect is undone (ahem) with a Grower Potato.
  • Insistent Terminology: The Eggmobile, insofar it's a Running Gag that all characters complain that it's just a normal car and neither egg-shaped nor egg-colored. (It's just the owner selling egg sandwiches.)
  • Invisibility: In "Now You Don't See Me", Odd Todd uses invisible ink to all of Odd Squad—except for Olive and Otto who were out of HQ at the time—invisible. Olive and Otto have to track down Todd and take back the revisinator gadget he stole, which is the only way to reverse the effect.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: There is a song about Doctor O that features this line.
    Is there a doctor in the house? Call Doctor O! And she's a specialist in everything that you don't know!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Olive's agent profile lists her as this, "cracking one-liners without cracking a smile."
    • Ms. O's agent profile lists her as a "lovable grump".
  • Kids Are The Real Monsters: In a universe were odd-causing adults cause chaos to the world, these kids prove to be worse than all of them combined:
    • Odd Todd turned into a villain in "Training Day" when he got bored of being an Invincible Hero and thought the city could use more oddness.
    • President Obbs turned out to be another one in "Oscar Strikes Back" when he got tired of never getting credit for the agents' work, and tried taking over all Odd Squads just to get attention.
    • The father of them all has got to be Ohlm, who wanted to gain the role of the Big O, and enviously tried to destroy the universe just because he didn't get the role in the squad he wanted.
  • Kid Detective: The entire cast of the show, save the people who need help.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Take a guess which departments wear these. (Science and Medical)
  • Lampshade Hanging: In "Now You Don't See Me", the invisible ski coach (It Makes Sense in Context) asks Olive and Otto:
    "Have you guys ever noticed you do a lot of math?"
  • Laughably Evil: Let's face it- some of the villains on the show are more comical than evil.
  • Laugh Track: In-universe. The weekly oddness victim suffers from canned laughter accompanying everything he says - even if not remotely funny. Odd Squad's solution is brilliant as always. Headphones.
  • Leader Wannabe: Orzack, to the annoyance of Ms. O. He calls himself a Mr. O and tries to take command of her office. No one takes him seriously.
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Odd Todd uses a classic to demotivate Polly Graph and sell his sour-lemonade-with-side-effects. He defends his lemonade with bar charts that have no labeling.
  • Little Miss Badass: Ms. O is amazingly strong and a good fighter. Most of the female agents could be seen as this as well.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Olive, Orchid, Ms. O, and sometimes Oona tend to slip into this.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the O-Lympiad, Odd Todd is allowed to do the ring throwing for the other agents. This of course makes no sense whatsoever (Oscar closes the hole for the next discipline) and is used by Odd Todd to kick out a random agent from the competition.
  • ManChild/WomanChild. Just about every adult in the series is immature and cowardly. They easily fall for a hop new oddness-solving team, completely unaware they were just hiding the oddness. Any sensible person would check and see if the oddness was actually fixed before honoring the newbies.
  • Mirrors Reflect Everything: In "Perfect Score", Olympia uses her mirror suit to reflect Freeze Ray Ray's freeze ray back at him; freezing him inside a block of ice.
  • The Mole: Agent Ohlm was acting like a fool so he could secretly help the villains take over Odd Squad without drawing suspicion.
  • The Movie: Featuring a uniting of both the Season 1 and the Season 2 cast.
    • The show is having another movie in January 2018, entitled World Turned Odd, where Otis, Olympia, and Oona accidentally undo every odd case Odd Squad's ever solved.
  • Multi-Part Episode: "Reindeer Games", "Crime at Shapely Manor", "6:00 to 6:05" and a handful more others embody this trope.
  • Musical Episode: In "The Cherry-on-Top-inator", Oona is pleased when Olympia and Otis start telling their story about the eponymous device, as she thinks it is going to be a normal story. Instead, it turns out to be a musical about them going undercover in a diner to spy on Puppy Master and Evil Knight.
  • Mysterious Past: Olive's old partner Todd. Otis's past is set up to be the main mystery of Season Two. "Who is Agent Otis?" reveals the backstory. He was raised by evil ducks. When they plotted to destroy the world, Otis quit and, with the help of Ms. O, joined Odd Squad.
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  • New Season, New Name: Season 3 has the subtitle Mobile Unit.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In "Who is Agent Otis?", Ms. O initially assigns the job of getting the notebook of villains to Xena and Xavier because she knows they'd mess it up. Olympia goes behind Ms. O's back and retrieves the notebook, only for Xena and Xavier to reveal that Otis used to be a villain — the reason why Ms. O didn't want the notebook in the first place. Otis is tried in court and fired from Odd Squad along with Ms. O.
    • In "Odd Beginnings", Omar posts a selfie of himself and Opal with 44 clover emojis on Oddstagram, attracting the attention of the Sticky Sisters, leading them to try and find the 44 leaf clover as well.
  • Non Sequitur: At the beginning of every episode, the show starts off with the main agent introducing themselves through slides (Olive in Season 1, Olympia in Season 2), then their partner (Otto in Season 1, Otis in Season 2), then saying something that has nothing to do with anything while showing a slide related to it before getting back on topic. For example, "This is me, Agent Olive. This is my partner, Agent Otto. This is a dream I had the other night. But back to Otto and me." Doubles as a Couch Gag as mentioned above, as the non-sequitur changes in every episode.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: "Odds and Ends" reveals that Ohlm was pretending to be dumb so he could take over Odd Squad.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: This series loves this trope.
    • In "Best Seats In The House" While Olive, Otto, Oren and Olaf were fighting over special chairs. Oscar, Ms. O and Octavia were running a top-secret mission, that involved Oscar getting his hair cut. Then towards the end, we see Octavia walking down the hall with a cat in her hands, and getting a lot of applause. Too bad we didn't see too much of them in action.
    • "Life of O'Brain": Otto taking down a laser chicken without Olive's assistance. Usually he's the goofy one.
    • "O Is Not for Old": So you want to see Ms. O single-handly defeat all the oddities by herself, with nothing but her bare hands? Sorry, it happened offscreen. Admit it, you wish that wasn't an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    • "Three's Company": So, before the main plot occurred, Olympia and Otis had to restore the moon and put it back in orbit, the closest we see to them doing the case is a photograph.
    • Again in "The-Cherry-On-Top-Inator" when Olympia and Otis told a musical story about them going on an undercover mission to spy on The Puppy Master and Evil Knight. Apparently, they were planning on destroying the world, only to be foiled by Olympia and Otis.
    • "Other Olympia": Olympia (no, not the Olympia we know who's a central season 2 character.) and Orzic (who used to be two of Ms. O's assistants) just finished a year-long case involving a villain known as the Sandman. Needless to say, both of them were very happy to finally be back. This would explain their extremely long absence.
  • Older Than They Look: A flashback to Ms. O as a rookie agent in the 80s has her in period fashion and hair, but no younger.
    • Ms. O's flashback in "Fistful of Fruit Juice" shows her before she joined the Squad in the 1870s, and she's still no younger.
    • This also applies to O'Donahue.
  • Oh, Crap!: Quite a lot in the show, especially in "My Better Half".
  • Old-Timey Bathing Suit: Ms. O wears one in "Not So Splash".
  • One Mario Limit: In World Turned Odd, O'Donahue mistakes his former partner Oprah for the talk show host.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted by Glenn the cupcake man and Glenn the drink purveyor.
    • Also averted with Bob, the guy who is in Otto's head, and the middle name Bob used by Kayley and Haley.
    • There is a Dr. O, not to be confused with Ms. O.
      • The episode "Invasion of the Body Switchers" has a Professor O.
      • The head of a nearby city's Odd Squad division is a Mr. O.
    • There are at least three Tonys: the bouncer, the Soundcheck member, and the chef.
    • Olympia is both the name of one of Ms. O's assistants and the female protagonist of the second season.
      • This particular example is lampshaded in one episode.
    • There are 2 Orlas: Olympia's friend from the Academy, and one of the protagonists of season 3.
    • Otis is both the name of Olympia's partner and Todd's dog.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Squad agents are primarily concerned with making things normal, not better, although this usually ends up helping people by default. Seeking power or stealing stuff is only a secondary goal for most of the villains; for most, causing chaos and defying the Squad is much more fun.
  • Overly Long Scream: Otto gives a big one when he finds out he's been cut in half. His screams gradually decrease though, to the point where he gives a faint pleading one when Olive refuses to go find Baby Genius, hence Symmetric Al.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Agent Olive is in big trouble when the Flip-Flopinator changes her from 12 to 21 years old. Since adults are not allowed to work as agents in Odd Squad, Ms. O has no choice but to fire Olive.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Olive is obsessed. It's one of the few things she will visibly lose her cool over.
  • Paper People: Olive, temporarily, by Fladam's devices.
  • Pay Phone: Very unusually in a modern show, Debbie tries to pick up one in The Movie but can't because she has snail feet. The fact that it's unusual is even lampshaded. "That's odd." "I know... Who still uses pay phones?"
  • Pirate Girl: Agent Olive, who suffered from pirate-itis. Technically a subversion, as she turned more into a pirate boy, complete with mustache.
  • Platonic Boy/Girl Heroes: Basically every set of partners that are the opposite gender.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: See above.
  • Plucky Girl: Most of the female agents. This especially goes to Olive and Olympia.
  • Pokémon Speak: Each Oscarbot can only say his number.
  • Pool Scene: In "Skip Day," Dr. O shows Otto a video of Olive swimming at the Odd Squad pool. Since Olive has the skips, she's still wearing her Odd Squad uniform.
    Polly Graph: Looks like she skipped the step where she put on a bathing suit.
    • The end of "Not So Splash", sort of. Ms. O couldn't wait any longer for Olive and Otto to fix the weather problem, so she flooded headquarters.
  • Punny Name: Symmetric Al.
    • Also, Polly Graph. (A polygraph is the advanced version of a lie-detector test.)
  • Put on a Bus: This happens to multiple characters in Season 2 as their actors were aging and couldn't reasonably play children anymore. Particularly noticeable was that the actors for Oscar and Dr. O had gotten significantly taller between Seasons 1 and 2.
    • Olive and Otto are promoted to Ms. and Mr. O of another headquarters in "O is Not for Over."
    • Oscar goes to lead the Science Department in "Oscar Strikes Back."
    • Dr. O leaves for the "Odd Squad Space Station" in "Dr. O: Party Time, Excellent."
    • Mathroom/Carol was completely absent in Season 2 onwards.
  • Raised by Wolves: In the season 2 finale, Otis reveals that he was raised by ducks.
  • Rank Up: In "Odds and Ends", Ohlm gets promoted to Mr. O after Oprah is fired. However, he gets demoted and fired from Odd Squad due to being evil. Then, the Big O announces that since he has to go to kindergarten, Oprah is now the Big O, with Orson becoming the new boss of Odd Squad.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: Otis ends up not knowing what a Halfiversary is because he never read his manual in "Happy Halfiversary".
  • Reluctant Monster: Many. Best example may be Logan, Keeper of the Loganberries. He's a bit scary, but constantly averts the Threshold Guardians expectations:
    Olive: We have to get back to headquarters and-
    Logan: Until we take a selfie together!
  • Red Is Heroic: The main characters, the investigation department, are associated with red.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Play close attention to whenever Ohlm does something really stupid and ditzy throughout Season 2; He's trying to destroy Odd Squad for not being made the Big O upon graduating the Academy, and being The Ditz is just an act so he can sabotage the squad without drawing attention to himself.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: In the beginning of "Totally Odd Squad", Olive, Otto, Oscar, and Ms. O play this to see who gets the last jellybean. The winner is Ms. O.
    • In "Undercover Olive", all the villains in town have a rock-paper-scissors contest to see which of them gets a map of the Odd Squad tube system. Since one of the villains is sick, Olive, being the best RPS player on the Squad according to Ms. O, goes undercover as the sick villain and wins.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Sherman the Ginormouse from The Movie is a white mouse the size of a two-story house.
  • Rookie Male, Experienced Female: Olive and Otto. He's new to the squad, while she's already had a former partner and experienced a betrayal and pienado.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Olive and Otto are the main characters of season 1. Otis and Olympia are the main characters of season 2. Opal, Omar, Orla, and Oswald are the main characters of season 3, entitled Mobile Unit.
  • Running Gag: "You know, when you said Eggmobile, I really thought it'd be shaped like an egg."
  • Sarcasm Mode
    Ms. O: I have an idea. Let's all stop working and talk about how much you love the Bears.
    Olive: Really?!
    Ms.O: NO!!! We have a case to solve!
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Agent Oren does this in Blob on the Job. It only takes a few seconds for Olaf to steal Olive and Otto's blob container and make off with it.
    Oren: Well done. You caught the blob fair and square. Too bad Olaf grabbed it while you were watching me clap!
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Oscar does this in "Bad Luck Bears" when he's scanning the players for 13s as well as in "Zero Effect" describing the number hog. However, in a Behind the Scenes video, Sean Michael Kyer (who plays Oscar) says that his character's gadgets do not contain any speakers necessary to emit the sounds, so he makes the sounds himself.
    • Olive does this in "Reindeer Games".:
    Olive: Oh, I always like to make a "ding" sound whenever I find a coordinate.
    • Another version can be spoken by the same agent.
    Olive: Ring-a-ding-ding.
  • Say My Name: "OSCAR!!!"
  • Series Mascot: A jackalope can be found on the automatic doors throughout the Odd Squad headquarters. A more close-up view is shown in the "Cupcakes" promo.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Olive is deathly afraid of pie, because her old partner, Odd Todd, unleashed a pienado that she had to stop. It didn't help that Oscar had to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, albeit nonlethal, so she could do so.
  • Shout-Out: During transitions, the Series Mascot can be shown moving forward and then moving back to reveal the scene a la Batman.
    • Some fans have also made a callback to this show, calling it the "sequel" to it. There was even a reference.
    • People have made jokes about MLP: FiM references being in the show; this troper even made a Tumblr post about it.
    • In "Best Seats in the House", when Oscar was coming down the slides in the ball pit, he said, "The Eagle has landed!" twice. This makes a possible reference to Eagle's second catchphrase from Space Racers, a show that debuted in early 2014 on PBS Kids.
    • The Shapely Manor episode has three members of The Kids in the Hall, and is a Whole Plot Reference to Clue.
    • The scene in "Undercover Olive" where Fladam orders an ice cream sandwich has Otto, Oscar, and Orson disguise themselves as an ice-cream man. They perform the disguise in a manner similar to the way the Swedish Chef from The Muppets is performed.
    • In the Season 2 opener when Oscar and Doctor O are interviewing candidates to run the Creature Room.
    Oscar: ...and this is Doctor O.
    Candidate: Doctor who?
    Doctor O: Different person.
    • Repeat after me: Centigurps are no Tribbles. No similarity whatsoever. No, sir.
    • There are often references in the title cards, such as "Assistant's Creed" or "Life of O'Brian".
    • Wrenchy from World Turned Odd is one to Microsoft Word's most hated mascot Clippy.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The Confalones go from Bestest Friends to Shouting Match and back in seconds.
  • 6 Is 9: In World Turned Odd, Otis, Olympia, and Oona ruin the future by accidentally knocking the six on the building to a nine, so Oprah misses it and gets fired.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: When Agent Olympia discovers one supervillain has given her a 1 on her evaluation form, rather than the 10 she got from every other villain, she becomes obsessed with finding out who gave her the bad evaluation.
  • Speak in Unison
    Olive and Otto: The directions are missing zeroes because zeroes are disappearing! Stop talking at the same time as me! YOU STOP!
    • Olive and Otto also tend to do this, especially when announcing the name of a suspect in a case, or in Ms. O's words...
    Ms. O: Only when they get really excited.
    • "Jinx" is the embodiment of this trope.
  • Spoiler: Rare in-universe example for "Olive and Otto in Schmumberland". Not very clever of Agent Otto to refuse getting spoiled, as Agent Olive, who knows the content of the comic (into which the two were zapped), can use her knowledge for their benefit.
  • Spy-Tux Reveal:
    • It's shown in The One That Got Away and World Turned Odd that Oprah and O'Donahue keep their suits on under their clothes. They strip the outfit off to reveal the suit when called upon.
      "I never took it off."
    • The inverse happens in First Day. Olympia thinks she's failed as an agent, so she strips off her suit to reveal her academy clothes.
  • Starter Villain: The Sticky Sisters are the antagonists of the season 3 premiere. They later get defeated by the protagonists. [[spoiler:The Shadow is the actual main villain of season 3].
  • String Theory: Oona makes one with her sweater in The Movie.
  • Taken for Granite: In "Dance Like Nobody's Watching", this happens to Olive, who jumped to conclusions and on a tile that triggered Oscar's safety system. (It was reversible, no surprise.)
    • In "Oona and the Oonabots", a creature called the Stone-Turner has turned nearly everyone in Headquarters to, well, stone.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe: A poor man has a rain cloud always hanging over him. Odd Squad comes to the rescue and changes it into a fuzzy-wuzzy sun. The man is not a bit happier.
  • Teen Superspy: Or 'Pre-Teen Superspy' in this case.
  • The Hero's Birthday: The episode "Zero Effect" has one scene where Agent Otto invites Agent Olive to his 10th birthday party the next day, which of course she accepts.
  • Theme Naming: The agents' names all start with O. Lampshaded by Otto in "The Potato Ultimato".
    Otto: How was I supposed to know? Every agent that works at Odd Squad's name starts with an O!
    • It's why former Agent Todd stands out.
    • Agents who are part of the X's have names that start with X instead.
  • The Stinger: In-universe, in Oksana's What-not-to-do-with-food educational video, after probably everybody already turned off after the overlong Credits Gag (consisting of everything being credited to Oksana). In brief, all aforementioned rules are null and void in case of a monster emergency.
  • Thing-O-Matic: Most of the gadgets have names that end in "-inator".
  • To Create a Playground for Evil: The main goal of the villains. They don't really benefit from their crimes, they just seek to make the world weirder.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Oprah loves juice boxes and Olaf loves potatoes.
  • Trust Me, I'm an X: Dr. O always tends to remind other agents that she's a doctor. See I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder above.
  • Truth Serums: Todd sneaks some in Ms. O's drink in World Turned Odd making her tell him where O'Donahue, Otis, Olympia, and Oona went.
  • Tube Travel: Agents travel by being "squishinated" into balls and then fired through a series of tubes to their destination.
  • Turn in Your Badge: In "World Turned Odd", Oprah is fired from the Odd Squad after failing a test.
  • Villain Team-Up: This happens in multiple episodes, but most notably in "Undercover Olive", when all the villains partake in a rock-paper-scissors battle to decide who gets the Odd Squad map.
  • Visual Pun: In "Undercover Olive," Fladam goes to the ice cream truck and orders an ice cream sandwich. Otto, Oscar, and Orson give him a scoop of ice cream between two slices of bread. This is actually what he wanted.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In "Reindeer Games", a fellow agent had Ms. O try a worm cake. Though at first refusing, Oscar (sitting on the side) directs her. She then thanks the agent who offered it to her and runs offscreen to throw up and ask for a bucket.
  • World Tour: Season 3 sees the protagonists travel around the world in their Mobile Unit to solve odd cases.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The hydroclops is immune to all the heavy stuff Odd Squad comes up with. Wisely, Oscar has stored the ultimate anti-hydroclops weapon years ago: an overripe sock. The monsters keen sense of smell is his downfall.
    • The fact that you can knock out a ragtag bunch of villains by throwing icecream balls at them surely counts too.
  • We Can Rule Together: Odd Todd, Olive's old partner, repeatedly tries to get Olive as well as other agents to join his "Todd Squad".
  • Wham Episode: Has its own page.
  • Wham Shot: Odds and Ends: Seeing Ohlm eat his yogurt with the proper side of his spoon, revealing he faked his idiocy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Puppet Show", Ms. O gains a new pet: an Australian Shepherd named Whoops. While Whoops was portrayed somewhat as the secondary antagonist of the show, he has not been seen or heard of since that episode aired.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Evil Teddy is a villain who steals batteries and turns teddy bears into evil robots.
    • Same goes for the Rambunctious Rams.
  • With Catlike Tread: Noisemaker wears a variety of instruments all over his body that makes sounds whenever he moves. When the gang of villains are attempting to sneak through Squad headquarters in "Flawed Squad", the others keep turning to stare at him because of the noise. He thinks it's because of his heavy breathing.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Odd Todd in the O-lympiad against Dr. O. it works.
  • You Are Grounded: In "Odds and Ends", Ohlm is grounded by his parents for trying to destroy Odd Squad.
  • You Say Tomato: The squad solves the fight with "Tomeeeeeeeeeeeto!"


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