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  • Absentee Actor: Cosmo and Wanda do not appear in "The Big Scoop!", excluding a photo of them disguised as Timmy's parents.
  • Absurdly Powerful School Jurisdiction: One episode features Truant Officer Shallow Grave chasing down Timmy and an aged down Adam West, despite the fact Adam is normally an adult and thus wouldn't have been enrolled in Dimmsdale Elementary. Said truant officer is also a Psycho for Hire Bounty Hunter who uses excessive force and has to be reminded he isn't allowed to do anything lethal to the kids. Ultimately justified because of Rule of Funny and Shallow Grave being fired at the end when Timmy stages it to look like he had been with an adult the whole time (which he technically was...just one that was in the form of a kid), implying there are at least some limitations of school jurisdiction.
  • Accidental Dance Craze: In "Mind Over Magic", Timmy writhes in pain on the floor after reading too many minds at once. Chester and AJ think it's a "new birthday dance" and copy him.
  • Accidental Misnaming: A lot of characters get Empty Bus Seat's- er, Tommy- er, Timmy's name wrong.
    • Ed Leadley does this with Mr. Turner, practically spelling his last name wrong multiple times.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Timmy frequently gets cocky after wishing for a lot of power, which usually comes around to bite him in the ass. "A Wish Too Far" is a standout example, since after his wish to become popular, Timmy acts so rude to his fairies that he gets put on Fairy Trial to see if he even deserves to keep them.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • For the Crimson Chin (voiced by Jay Leno), Catman (voicednote  by Adam West), and Dr. Rip Studwell (voiced by show creator Butch Hartman).
    • Darran Norris (the voice of Cosmo, Jorgen von Strangle, and Timmy Turner's dad) plays Gordy the janitor in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. In one episode, he voices two Ken-looking dolls (as well as a female Barbie lookalike), one buff and leathery and the other whipped and effeminate, using his Jorgen Von Strangle voice for leathery and his Cosmo (and Anti-Cosmo) voice for the effeminate and female dolls.
    • In "Big Time Rush", Darran uses his Cosmo voice again when the janitor is knocked out and thinks he's a fairy.
    • In one episode, Chip Skylark (voiced by Chris Kirkpatrick) gives a Non Sequitur, *Thud* of "The album comes out July 24th". N Sync actually had an album coming out on July 24th of the year that the episode first aired.
    • The charades plot of "Pipe Down" seems to have been inspired by Hartman's time as a contestant on the mid-1980s game show Body Language, which revolved around charades.
  • Acrofatic: Principle Waxelplax can be astonishingly lithe, although no snack is safe from her.
  • Actually a Doombot: In "Wish Fixers", Jorgen von Strangle seems to be working with the Pixies, but turns out to be a Pixie-controlled robot. When the real Jorgen finds out, he's not happy.
  • Adam Westing: Adam West guest voices as himself multiple times starting with the "Miss Dimmsdale" episode.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Big Scoop" replays the events of "A Wish Too Far" from Chester and AJ's perspective, as they try to uncover how Timmy suddenly grew so popular. Timmy himself has less than a minute of screentime.
  • Adult Fear: Imagine leaving your child in the care of an abusive babysitter like Vicky, even if it is Played for Laughs.
    • Unfortunately, the parents are fooled by Vicky's Paper-Thin Disguise kind and caring attitude.
  • Adults Are Useless: A main theme, mainly with Timmy's parents.
    Mr. Turner: "Hey! She's key-scratching 'Vicky was here' on my car! I punished Timmy for key-scratching 'Vicky was here' on my car!"
  • Aerith and Bob: The Yugopotamian royal family: King Grippulon, Queen Jipjorrulac, and their son Mark.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Timmy, and to a lesser extent, Cosmo, only seem to learn from their mistakes for the duration of that episode.
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: Averted in "Boys in the Band" (as "Abra-Catastrophe" states that he was about 9 when he got Cosmo and Wanda), and A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up Timmy Turner. Played straight in "The Fairy Flu" and "Birthday Wish!" for Tootie and in "Birthday Bashed!" for Timmy.
  • The Ahnold: Fairy Sergeant Jorgen Von Strangle is the most muscular and powerful fairy around, and has the Germanic accent to boot.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Mark Chang is an alien who speaks normal English, and it's Totally Radical, dude! And contains Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble.
  • The Alleged Computer:
    • Mr. Crocker's computer is horrendously slow enough to qualify. When he tries uploading something, the progress bar goes into the negative percents.
    • Averted when Timmy's dad made one himself and it worked fine. Unlike his other stuff.
  • Alliance of Alternates: In "The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", Timmy called forth the many version of the Crimson Chin from the 30s pulp version to the 80s Edgy version to defeat the Nega-Chin.
  • Alliterative Name: Timmy Turner, Trixie Tang, The Crimson Chin, Doug Dimmadome and the list goes on.
    • In the case of Mr. Dimmadome, the alliteration has also become a prevalent Running Gag.
    Doug: I'm Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome!
  • All-Cheering All the Time:
    • In "A Bad Case of Diary-Uh", there was a competition wherein Timmy sabotaged Vicky. Her cheer was all her gross habits. The girl who won improvised a cheer indicating that she had none of Vicky's gross habits.
    • In the double-length episode "Timmy's Secret Wish", Timmy wishes for his own groupies that will constantly cheer for him. However, during Timmy's trial, the groupies will not leave Timmy alone with their constant cheering for him.
  • Allergic to Love: Chester gets "the hives" from girls, while Mark Chang's entire species is biologically averse to love or even cuteness. This is one reason why he can't marry Mandie, despite her being against all that is cute and cuddly.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Every unmarried character is spurned by their crush.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Very much the ordinary life of Timmy, and one of the reasons why he has Fairy Godparents.
  • All There in the Manual: The special The 77 Secrets of the Fairly Oddparents revealed, among other things, Cosmo and Wanda's full names.
  • Almighty Mom: Mrs. Turner tries this occasionally, especially in the earlier episodes. To the point where her super-powered persona occasionally wished up by Timmy is named "Mighty Mom", and in the episode where Timmy first makes the "Mighty Mom and Dyno-Dad" wish, their explicit cause for fighting crime is summed up by Timmy's Dad:
    Mrs. Turner: "We don't have time for Timmy... we're trying to make the world safe for Timmy!"
  • Almost Kiss: Several between Timmy and Trixie in Wishology Part III.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The anti-fairies, who exist only to cause mayhem.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: "Movie Magic" features Timmy entering and trying to win a film-festival to impress Trixie. He and his friends create a film of them badly reenacting other films, which they liked but the other kids hated. Timmy tries again, having Cosmo and Wanda poof him to where some action is taking place so he can film it, and has "Sylvester Calzone" as the main star. However, his friends are sad at being replaced, so he shows the original film at the festival and wins an award for "best comedy", although Trixie is unimpresses as doesn't think very highly of the genre.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Catman has flirted with a few women over the course of the series, but also fell in love with Timmy's Father at a beauty pageant. He did mistake Timmy's father for a female, but even when Timmy told him that was his dad, he didn't care.
    Catman: "Say, think I can get her phone number?"
    Timmy: "That's no she, that's my dad!"
    Catman: "So you have it then!"
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Cupid, the pink-haired god of love with extremely camp mannerisms who in later episodes spends a lot of time around noted hunk Juandissimo. The only time he showed any attraction to a woman was chasing down Mama Cosma after being hit with one of his own arrows. Given a nod in one episode while at a Pancake Party.
    Cupid: "I'm in love with Jack!... -Flap-jack, that is!"
    • Sanjay, one of the outcasts, who seems very obsessed with Timmy in later episodes (one episode makes a deliberate parallel between him and Tootie, and in one episode he dates a girl named Kimmy who looks a lot like Timmy, which creeps Timmy out.
    • Mr. Bickles, the flamboyant drama teacher who is extremely emotional about theater and art and naturally has never been seen dating a woman.
  • America Is Still a Colony: In the episode "Twistory", which eventually got banned from airing on Nickelodeon as it was considered to take the anti-British sentiment a bit too far. Timmy wishes the founding fathers to appear in his tree house to help him with a history report. Their removal from history, however, turns the US back into a British colony. Everyone gets bad teeth, all the houses of Dimmsdale turn into tudor thatched room cottages (despite construction being very past that point by 1772 in the UK) and there is no electricity due to Benjamin Franklin never discovering it — completely in ignorance of the discoveries in the fields of electromagnetism by the Englishman Michael Faraday. Timmy then has to go back in time to stop Benedict Arnold from convincing the revolutionaries to surrender.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: In "Mind Over Magic", where Timmy wished for telepathic powers. Crocker exploits this trope against him.
  • An Axe to Grind: Vicky on sometimes brings an axe on her babysitting jobs.
  • And I Must Scream: Every Unwished Wish is put into storage, even if they're sentient. And they live forever... Oddly subverted after Timmy discovers the island where most of his unwished enemies/objects end up. He makes a few wishes to ensure that the island is as comfortable as possible for everyone trapped there. These improvements include luxurious resorts and servants in his image that accept physical violence as payment.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Lampshaded in "Movie Magic" when Trixie says the only form of entertainment lower than comedy is animation.
  • Anticlimax Cut: When Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda entered a scavenger hunt, one of the items was a Pot of Gold from the 15th century. Timmy commented on how leprechauns are usually protective of their gold. Cut to a leprechaun willingly giving them his pot.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: The fairy crowns are always shown floating above their fairies' heads.
  • The Anti-Grinch: In "Christmas Every Day", Timmy Turner wishes for Christmas to be every day. This backfires as everyone grows tired of neverending Christmases, and the fairies are unable to cancel the wish as their magic was sent to empower Santa Claus. Only by convincing children all over the world to write letters to Santa and have him end the neverending Christmas was the wish finally broken.
  • Anvil on Head: Actually averted in "Presto Chang-O", Wanda poofed away a split second before she could get Mama Cosma's parting gift.
  • Arch-Enemy: Timmy has Vicky and Mr. Crocker. He has many enemies but these two are at the top of the list.
    • Which grows and grows the more wishes he makes turn against him.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: How Timmy exposes Alden Bitterroot as a witch.
    Timmy: Alden Bitterroot! I accuseth thee of being-eth... a witch! ...eth.
    Bitterroot: Thou art mad! Mad, I say-eth!
    Timmy: Oh? Then why don't your feet touch the ground?
    [the camera pulls back to show Bitterroot is levitating; the townspeople gasp]
    Mayor: You know, some of us were quite perplexed about that.
  • Army of the Ages: In one episode, Timmy assembles an army of Crimson Chins, each with their own Era-Specific Personality.
  • Arranged Marriage: Mark and Mandie. Mark isn't happy about it, leaves her at the altar, and Mandie's appearances all revolve around her trying to drag Mark back to the altar. Or kill him, depending on her mood.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Crocker's "birthday wish list". What does he want? To rule them all, to make them pay, and... a jet ski.
    • In "Emotion Commotion": "Just think of it like a dive at your local swimming pool, except with fire, ravenous sharks, dangerously sharp scissors, and one really angry tourist."
    • In the episode where Wanda was missing (with noir elements), Timmy's dad tries to argue that he could be a suspect because he steals cable, rips the tags off of mattresses, and jaywalks.
    • The MERF fires several things at the rogue destructinator in an attempt to destroy it. The last "weapon" mentioned by name is a ginormous kitchen sink.
    • In "Hassle In The Castle", it's revealed that the three Hall of Infamy children's infamous wishes were Maryann wishing for Archduke Franz Ferdinand to be assassinated, Sammy wishing for tornadoes to always hit mobile homes, and Pierre wishing for the French to always be rude to American tourists.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In one episode, Timmy takes Poof to the rabid animal zoo, which includes rabid alligators. Rabies is a mammalian disease. You do the math.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Lampshaded by Wanda when Cosmo is trying to light candles to complete a candlelit dinner. While inside of Timmy's fishbowl.
    Timmy: Hey, Wanda, what's new?
    [Cosmo successfully lights the candles underwater]
    Wanda: Uhh... the laws of physics?
  • Art Evolution:
    • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, the characters' appearances were slightly different from those in the show itself. For example, many of the characters had stretched heads and bodies, Wanda's skin tone was a little more pink, and Timmy's eyes were always crossed. In an issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, Butch Hartman, the creator, mentioned that Timmy looks much cuter than when he first appeared.
    • About halfway through Season 10, the series switched from traditional animation to Flash animation, and outsourced all of the storyboarding and animation to Elliott Animation, a Canadian animation studio most known for animating the Total Drama series. The same studio also animated another one of Butch Hartman's shows, Bunsen Is a Beast.
  • Art Shift: Many, many times. (For example: "The Good Old Times" when Timmy and his grandpa are poofed into classic cartoons, which they both love.)
  • A Shared Suffering: Vicky for Timmy and Tootie, and depending on the episode expands it for whoever she's babysitting/watching over.
  • As Himself: "TV's Adam West!"
    Adam West: Where?! [chuckles] Man, I never get tired of that.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Timmy and Cosmo.
    Timmy: My name is Timmy. I have a short attention span. And, uh... [pauses for a moment, then just walks off]
    • And at least in "The Big Scoop", a Running Gag is that Principal Waxaplax tends to lose her train of thought as soon as food is tossed into her line of sight.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Timmy in The Boy Who Would Be Queen unknowingly gets the attention of A.J.
  • Award-Bait Song: Cosmo and Wanda's duet "Floating With You" from "School's Out: The Musical" is a slow love ballad parody of this, and was in fact sung to make Jorgen so emotional he wouldn't notice Cosmo and Wanda escape.
  • Ax-Crazy: Vicky. Quite literally, as she uses an axe every now and then as part of her reign of terror over Timmy.

  • Babies Make Everything Better: Poof was born because of this trope, with Timmy seeing Cosmo and Wanda yearning for a child and wishing one into existence. Since then, Cosmo and Wanda are noticably more amicable towards each other. This is subverted with Foop, who made his parents happy in his debut, but makes everybody else miserable.
  • Baby Morph Episode: In "Baby Face", Timmy wishes to be turned into a baby in order to hide from Francis.
  • Baby's First Words: In the climax of "School of Crock", Poof reaches the final stage of Pooferty and utters his first eligible words: "I!...Want!...My!...Rattle!"
  • Babysitter from Hell: Vicky, the demonic patron of this trope vows to make Timmy's life a living hell.
    • As shown in "Tiny Timmy!", her heart is literally a black hole and Kindness never showed up for his duty. And according to "Vicky Loses Her Icky," she constantly has an evil bug up her pants.
  • Backing Away Slowly: In "That's Life!", Mrs. Turner wins a gardening contest and is awarded a prize tulip, which instantly wilts because "Everything I touch DIIIIIIES!" Everyone present takes a step back.
    Mr. Turner: Oh, Dinkleburg! Care to give my wife a congratulatory hand touch?
  • Back to School: In "The Old Man and the C-", Mr. Turner entered a Game Show titled Are You Brighter than a 4th Grader? and lost because he answered "sea cucumber" to all questions except the one where "sea cucumber" was the right answer. He then admitted he didn't finish fourth grade and his wife forced him to go back to school to set an example for their son.
  • Badass Mustache: From "Odd Squad", C.C. Cruiser (a Knight Rider parody) in-universe.
  • Bad Future: The beginning of Channel Chasers, where Vicky has taken over the world.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: The Yugopotamians love garbage and find evil people like Vicky incredibly attractive, but are deathly afraid of sweet things like chocolate and stuffed animals.
  • Balcony Wooing Scene: In "Love Struck", Timmy sings a broadway-esque serenade in front of Trixie's balcony, in hopes of becoming her Valentine. It didn't work.
  • Batman Gambit /Tempting Fate: in Tiny Timmy
    Dad: Now me and Mom are going out tonight so whatever you do don't break our new $50,000 vase
    (several vase breaks and fixes later)
    Dad: $50,000 vase! And Timmy! We're home!
    (wow, the house is so clean scene and small dialogue)
    Timmy: Boring conversation (leans on pedestal holding vase) Can't focus.
    Vicky: Alright! Timmy broke the vase!
    Mom and Dad: [[Beat glance]] We're Rich!(Beat)Eeeeer
    Vicky: What?
    Dad: Vicky, that vase was worth and insured for $50,000. We only bought it for a buck!
    Timmy: Where'd you get it for a dollar?
    Mom and Dad: Internet.
    Dad: And, thanks to Timmy's tiny attention span, we just earned $49,999!
    Vicky: *to vase* I hate you.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: An anti-fairy is born for every fairy.
  • Balloon Belly: Exaggerated in "Just Desserts" when everyone gets huge stomachs after eating nothing but junk food. They have to roll their bodies around to get anywhere.
  • Barbaric Bully: Francis. He's about twice the size of everyone else at his school, he wears heavy chains on his clothes, he has grey skin, he apparently feeds first graders to his dog, and he's brought medieval weapons to school on at least one occasion. You know...just like bullies in real life.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Vicky's shirt exposes her bellybutton.
  • Basement-Dweller: Denzel Crocker and The Geek Who Writes The Crimson Chin.
    Crimson Chin: "Who writes this stuff anyway!?"
    Timmy: "Some 40 year old dude who lives with his mom."
    Crimson Chin:"Any money in it?"
    Timmy: "Lives. With. His. Mom."
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Lampshaded. "Let's go to the planet of Almost Enough Atmosphere." Thing is, fairies don’t need oxygen to survive unless they make themselves human.
  • Beautiful All Along: Tootie, according to Grow Up Timmy Turner where she's lost her glasses and hyperactive attitude and is now a caring beautiful philanthropost.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zig-zagged in "Just Desserts". After everyone has turned fat, the only recurring females we see are Wanda and Trixie. Also, unlike most of the guys and Wanda, Trixie isn't grossly fat.
    • Scenes with fat Mrs. Turner and Vicky (who was going to be the fattest character of all due to her hogging all the dessert) were cut for time.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Invoked by name many times and is the running premise of the show.
  • Bee Afraid: Vicky gets attacked by bees in "Frenemy Mine."
  • The Bermuda Triangle: Cosmo and Wanda put Unwish Island, one giant Mythology Gag that holds all of Timmy's un-wished wishes, inside this region.
  • Beggar with a Signboard: used twice. In the Season 1 episode "The Big Problem", Timmy says that one advantage of being an adult is not needing a babysitter. In his Imagine Spot, Vicky is on the street corner, holding up a cup and a sign that says, "Will babysit for food". The handsome adult Timmy stops by and puts a coin in the cup, then pulls it away, as the coin is attached to a string. As he does this, he says, "Psyche!" to Vicky and drives away. In the Season 5 episode "Timmy TV", after his own show, "Leave It to Binky", is cancelled, Binky ends up on the streets holding a sign that reads “Will act for food”.
  • Berserk Board Barricade: Often, and always useless, as Timmys parents or Vicky have a habit of crashing through the wall. (And completely pointless against Fairies.)
  • Berserk Button: Fairies, for Timmy and Crocker: Timmy, if you do bad things to them; Crocker, if you so much as mention them.
    • The Yugopotamians dislike anything that is sweet and cute. Or any sweets, for that matter.
    • Poof has one, too: Don't do bad things to his parents.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Naturally, only a kid-friendly version in "Super Poof". In the aquarium, an octopussy instantly falls in love with Mark Chang. (Double Standard, octopus on alien...nope, not enough examples for a new subtrope.
  • "Better if Not Born" Plot: In the rather infamous "It's a Wishful Life" episode, Timmy is feeling so underappreciated that he wishes he was never born. He gets poofed out of existence, and Jorgen proceeds to show him how everyone's lives are without him. Timmy assumes that at least one person's life must be worse without him around...but nope. Apparently, if Timmy were never born, his parents would be rich, his friends successful and happy, Mr. Crocker normal, Vicky no longer evil, the Cubs would win the World Series, etc. Timmy manages to reverse his wish and tries to be a better person as a result.
  • Betty and Veronica: Tootie and Trixie. You Doo and Take and Fake are the two only episodes where Tootie is aware of Timmy's crush on Trixie.
    • Trixie also has a friend who is actually named Veronica, and the story plays out the same way. Ironically, Veronica seems to play the "Betty" role.
  • In "Dream Goat," when Timmy is getting chased by an angry mob for setting Chompy free, Chompy comes in time (with his family) to save Timmy.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Cosmo and Wanda's tiny castle in the fishbowl is as big as any real castle when Timmy goes inside.
    • Timmy lampshades this about his room in "Formula for Disaster" when Poof wrecks havoc in it.
  • Big "NO!": This is also frequently used. Nice disproportionate example: Chester wants to play with AJ but AJ just goes off to college "hey, it's just for two weeks!".
  • Black Comedy: Prevalent, even in a family-friendly fantasy-comedy cartoon.
  • Blah Blah Blah:
    • Lampshaded in that the opposite sexes need a translator to figure out what the other is saying.
    • This happens with fairy babies as they go through "Pooferty", when they transition from saying "Poof, poof" to eligible words. During the transition, they will constantly speak nonsense gibberish which nobody can understand.
  • Blatant Lies: The show made a Running Gag of Timmy claiming he got various wish-created items off the Internet.
  • Book Dumb: Debatable. Timmy barely goes beyond an F. However, this could not entirely be his fault, since his teacher, Mr. Crocker, is obsessed with giving everyone in the class F's (save for AJ). In a few episodes he actually does pull out good grades on his assignments.
  • Book-Ends: So far, the third live-action movie.
    Crocker: This assignment is very well written! But I'll give it an "F" Anyway!
  • Born Lucky: Dinkleberg, as often referenced by Timmy's jealous Dad.
  • Born of Magic: Many wishes granted by the Odd Godparents result in a character being magically generated
    • The Crimson Chin was wished into reality from his comic book by Timmy after he was disappointed by poor cosplay.
    • Timmy's imaginary friend Gary was wished into existence, only for him to become Timmy's sworn enemy. After escaping Timmy's mind a second time, Gary rallied the other sentient beings Timmy had wished up, and then wished away—which turned out to mean being sent to a place called "Unwish Island". Somehow, their continued living was portrayed as a Fate Worse than Death, as opposed to being magically poofed out of existence.
  • Broken Pedestal: Chip Skylark is broke and his record company pays all the bills; anyone who finds this out won't love him anymore. Vicky became this to Chip after learning his secret.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Bucky McBadBat, Chester's father, wears one.

  • Captain Colorbeard: In "Odd-Pirates", Timmy, Poof, Wanda, and Cosmo encounter a pirate named Dirtybeard.
  • Captain Obvious: Used in "Knighty Knight".
    Timmy: Y'know what? I wish we were all in the real Middle Ages. (Cosmo and Wanda use their magic) This is great! We're actually in the Middle Ages!
    Wanda: Well, that's what you wished for, Sir Points-Out-The-Obvious-A-Lot.
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: Crash Neblua, protagonist of the Show Within a Show, Crash Nebula.
  • Captivity Harmonica: Parodied in Wishology. The harmonica turns out to be music coming from a record player, whose turntable is being operated by the captive fairies.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • When Timmy suddenly discovers something useful that helps him in a given situation, he'll use the phrase "Thank you, [concept responsible for whatever helped him]." For example, when he realizes he can escape a gerbil cage he's locked in (episode entitled "That's Life!") because he has thumbs, he quips, "Thank you, evolution!"
    • Timmy also has "Uh, internet?" as a catch-all excuse when someone asks where he got something. Usually, it works.
    • In-universe, in "Timmy TV," Timmy is put in a reality TV show in Fairy World. The executives make him have a catchphrase, which turns out to be "What could possibly go wrong?"
  • Celeb Crush:
    • Chip Skylark: Both of Timmy's parents (yes, the dad too) crush on him. So does Wanda. Vicky did until she found out he was broke.
    • Pop Diva Britney Britney: Cosmo has a crush on her.
  • Censorship by Spelling: Wanda tries to take Cosmo to the D-O-C-T-O-R.
    Cosmo: What? Doctor? I thought she was spelling plumber. It's worse than I thought!
  • Vicky herself was tied on railroad tracks in the "Masked Magician" episode.
  • Chainsaw Good: Timmy's Dad makes an impromptu love poem to his chainsaw in "Love Struck". (OK, maybe there is lacking a tad of senseless violence to fully qualify for this trope...)
    • Same goes for "Hairicane", where the barber gives Timmy a haircut with a chainsaw, leaving him a bit mauled and Mirror-Cracking Ugly.
  • Chirping Crickets: The town mayor gets his fair share in "Dream Goat".
    • Likewise, noone shares the enthusiasm of Principal Waxelplax for the Awards Ceremony.
    • Neither for Timmy running for Student Body President...until he switches from his speech written by Shakespeare and begins to improvise.
    • And Thomas Jefferson getting this as Lame Pun Reaction in "Twistory".
    • And Timmy's Greatest Movie Ever in "Movie Magic". (Needs better FX.)
    • And the Clean-O-Bot Transformer, who surely is made of awesome, but everyone is simply too tired for his jokes in "Beddy Bye".
    • And Cosmo thinking he's famous in "Timmy TV", drawn out into a Overly Long Gag.
    • And the April Fool in "Fairy Idol", with all fairies turning into Chirping Crickets.
  • Christmas Every Day: In the first Christmas episode "Christmas Every Day," Timmy wishes for every day to be Christmas. However, the plot goes in a different direction — as a result, snow piles up everywhere, and the banks are closed. This makes people unable to get money or food. Timmy thus needs to find a way to reverse his wish.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: Well, they didn't actually die, no! They just ran away while Timmy was at camp... camp... camp...
    • Specifically, Timmy's Dad forgot to feed them while Timmy was at camp... camp... camp...
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Remy and Mark's friends Jeff and Eric.
    • Various female characters, such as Trixie Tang & Tootie, disappeared after the beginning of season 9 (although Trixie and Tootie did have a few small cameos in Season 10). It's understandable for Trixie, since her voice actress left the show, but Tootie mostly only remained in live-action movies.
    • Probably to bring focus to the new character, Chloe, even the two main post un-cancellation characters, Poof and Sparky, have been absent since the beginning of season 10 (Yet Foop appeared in the season premiere). Not that fans seem to mind... However, Poof did appear in Season 10's "Certifiable Super Sitter."
    • Even though Foop still appears, his parents Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda don't.
  • Circling Vultures: In "Mission Responsible", Timmy claims he could totally babysit Poof. Cut to his pets being circled by vultures.
  • Clark Kenting: The Crimson Chin parodies the trope namer with his alter ego Charles Hampton Indigo (C.H.In. for short) who works at the Daily Blabbity newspaper.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Happens twice to Timmy.
    • In "Just the Two of Us!", while Trixie is attacking Timmy after he breaks up with her, she eventually manages to corner him with a helicopter, and tries slice him in half with the tail rotor. By the time Timmy wishes everything was back to normal, the propeller had started to cut through his hair.
    • In "Yoo Doo!", he has an even closer call. Near the end of the episode, the doll representing him was going through a wood-chipper while he was unwishing the wish. By the time he wished all the dolls were gone, all his hair had been cut off.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Crocker, even though he's absolutely and diagnostically crazy, and jumps to conclusions no grown man should consider as the most reasonable explanation. However, his cacamayme theories are usually what's actually going on.
  • Cockroaches Will Rule the Earth: In the episode "Wanda's Day Off!", Timmy wishes he knew what a cockroach was thinking about. When Cosmo grants the cockroach intelligence and the ability to speak, it immediately stands up on its hind legs and yells "WORLD DOMINATION!" Throughout the rest of the episode, the cockroaches organize, gather weapons, and proceed to Take Over the World, until Wanda comes back and un-wishes the whole mess.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Lampshaded by Cosmo in one episode:
    Cosmo: You can see all about it in this conveniently placed television.
  • Color Motif: Most fairies have one.
    • Cosmo and Jorgen: Green ( Jorgen's is slightly darker and desaturated, through )
    • Wanda and Cupid: Pink
    • Poof and Juandissimo: Purple
    • Sparky: Yellow
    • Tooth Fairy and Mama Cosma: Turqouise
    • Timmy himself is usually associated with pink and sometimes blue.
  • Combat Stilettos: Mandie, Mark Chang's gorgeousledy-dress would-be fiancee who's also constantly out to kill him.
  • Comically Small Bribe: In "Fairly Old Parent", Wanda and Timmy are arrested by the bingo police for suggesting to Mrs. Crocker that she cheat at bingo (It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context). Wanda then offers them a quarter to just forget about the whole thing. She and Timmy wind up in bingo jail.
  • Comic Books Are Real: Crimson Chin and Crash Nebula
  • Comic-Book Time: None of the characters ever age in the show. Timmy has even had several birthdays throughout the show yet he remains 10 years old. This was cleverly explained in the movie Timmy's Secret Wish, where said secret wish was that everyone would stay the same age forever so that he could keep his godparents. As it turns out, everyone had stayed the same age for FIFTY YEARS.
  • Comic Trio: The three main characters (Timmy is The Leader, Cosmo is The Fool, and Wanda is Only Sane Woman).
  • Companion Cube: Cosmo's various non-living pets, including his pet nickel Philip, which he even sleeps with at night.
  • Company Cross References: There are several references to SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • A Running Gag in "Ruled Out" has Timmy's Dad saying "Pants are for squares" and "X is/are for squares, like pants."
    • In "Wish Fixers", Cosmo gives Timmy cheese pants and calls him "Cheeseboy Squarepants".
    • In "Something's Fishy", King Greg says that the merpeoples' diet consists of "crabs, starfish and the occasional underwater squirrel."
    • In "App Trap", a student at Timmy's school has a familiar-looking pair of buck teeth, white shirt, red tie and brown pants.
  • Compressed Vice: Many characters display traits or flaws that they will otherwise never suffer from in subsequent episodes. Some of these character flaws have taken off in fanfiction and other medium, while others are used as ammunition in shipping wars.
  • Continuity Drift: The series has continuity that got looser as it went on, but it did pop up sometimes.
    • In his first appearance in the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, it's implied that Cosmo and Wanda are meeting Jorgen for the first time. The series proper establishes that they've known each other long before hand, and and Jorgen's a prominent figure, making this first interaction strange.
    • In early episodes, losing your fairies did not equate losing your memory of them. This only started in season 3.
  • Continuity Porn: Escape from Unwish Island. It contains references to everything that's happened in the series up to that point.
    • When Jorgen appears on TV in Wish Fixers and take a list of bad wishes, all of them were from previous episodes.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • The inclusion of Poof as a main cast member has brought up some confusion regarding his absence in the finale of the movie Channel Chasers.
    • Also, the addition of Sparky brings on more continuity issues, such as Sparky not being there on the end of Channel Chasers (the same contradiction happened with Poof) and he not being on the live-action movies - A Fairly Odd Movie and A Fairly Odd Christmas - both taking place thirteen years after the events of the main series. In A Fairly Odd Movie, there is even a scene in which Wanda states that Timmy doesn't have a dog.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: The "accidental" spill variant gets used by "Icky Vicky" the babysitter. She doesn't just spill a drink, though. It is a significant amount of water, enough to drench the other girl.
  • Contrived Coincidence: This show has been RUNNING on these since the beginning, even coming in chains and not letting up throughout the show's lifespan, sometimes growing more unbelievable then necessary. Not just to Timmy, but the town in general at times. They mostly take place to make Timmy more as a Cosmic Plaything though. There's honestly too many to list, and is the show's main running trope.
    • One early theme to try to avert this trope is Timmy blaming his magically gotten convenient gains on the Internet. Cause you can get anything with no consequence through the Internet.
      • It has been abandoned though later on.
  • Cool Hat: Doug Dimmadome has a cowboy hat that, in "Odd, Odd West", "Mooooving Day", "Chicken Poofs" and "Crock Talk", extends past the screen.
  • Cool Shades: The popular kids Tad & Chad always wear sunglasses.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • Doug Dimmadome, a parody of Corporate Executive Ted Turner, who callously tears down Mr. Turner's favorite ghost town to put up a mini-mall (referring to himself as a "destroyer of cherished childhood dreams,") and brainwashes an entire town with milk to act as his slaves.
  • The Head Pixie is a parody of droll corporate executive behavior, and frequently uses contract negotiations to con Timmy and others out of having fun. In School's Out: The Musical! he raises Flappy Bob to be just as corrupt, using a complicated legal plan to turn the entire town as well as Fairy World into an unfun haven for pixies.
  • Couch Gag: Vicky's head changes into a different object in every episode (except "Escape From Unwish Island"), usually fitting the theme.
    • In all Australian reruns of ALL the episodes (excluding Wishology) season 7, its always the bull gag. Strangely its never been in any other episode.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!", Timmy tries to stop 70's!Crocker from revealing to have fairy godparents. But if it wasn't for Present!Cosmo turning on those microphones and 70's!Cosmo revealing that he and Wanda are fairies, Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda would've continue with Crocker's problem.
  • Cowboy Episode: Timmy Turner goes back in time to the founding of the city of Dimmsdale. As Dimmsdale is in southeastern California and the city was founded in the mid-19th century, Dimmsdale is depicted as a Wild West town. (This, of course, contrasts with te episodes that portrayed Dimmsdale in medieval times and
  • Create Your Own Villain: With so much attention given to Superhero Tropes, this is yet another one they point out.
    • Timmy and Jimmy do this in Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3. They wanted someone to fight together who could be a challenge. They then play the trope straight when they get bored of him and try to ditch him. He gets mad. The reason was because Jimmy told Timmy to make him 'adoptable' whenever they got bored of him. Unfortunately, Timmy types 'adaptable' meaning it ADAPTS to the situation.
    • Also happens in "The Masked Magician". Timmy causes Mr. Bickles to become a supervillain. When he apologizes, Bickles reforms, but the Vegas act he gets ticked off Britney Britney and she becomes his supervillain.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Timmy Turner's real parents were once arrested during a trip to Niagara Falls by cops who confused them with an Outlaw Couple known as "The Souvenir Bandits."
  • Crossover:
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Adam West actually beat the Crimson Chin
  • Cue the Rain: Seen in "A Mile in My Shoes." Timmy is having an increasingly bad day, and after missing the school bus, he says "Well, at least it's a nice day." Right after saying that, a thunderstorm begins, pouring right on Timmy so much it floods.
  • Cultural Rebel: Trixie Tang, the popular girl, is secretly a comic book fangirl. She also likes dead frogs.
  • Cutaway Gag: Occurs subtly in the early episodes, most notably "Totally Spaced Out":
    Timmy: Why am I in my Crash Nebula outfit?
    Cosmo: It's stretchy and form-fitting!
    Wanda: But, most of all, this is the suit you wore the last time you were here, remember?
    Timmy: Oh, yeah! You think they'll remember me?
    (Cut to Yugopotamians watching Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy's Movements on a Jumbo-Tron)
    Yugopotamian (With a thick, Australian accent): It's Timmy Turner! The Earth warrior who ate the dreaded chocolate! He's returned! (Entire audience goes into full panic mode)
    Cosmo(through Jumbo-Tron): I'd say that's a "yes".
  • Curtains Match the Window: Most fairies. Exceptions include Jorgen, Blonda, and Big Daddy.
    • and Binky, who is bald.
  • Cyberspace: Three times: an episode where Timmy wishes for an ultra realistic video game, and an episode where he tries to stop a forged love letter email from reaching its destination, and was the main area where it took place in Information Stupor Highway; and once in "Channel Chasers" wherein he and Vicky use magical remotes to modify television.
    • Furthermore, when Jimmy Neutron crosses over, he assumes Fairy World is one of these, as he thinks Timmy's fairies are sentient holograms.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Timmy tells his godparents there's only one piece of pizza left—"really huge, almost-circular piece".


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