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  • Death by Irony: Well, actually Amusing Injuries by Irony, but only because rockets don't kill anyone on this show. In "Operation F.U.N.", three rockets are pointed at Timmy's godparents for the case that Timmy, AJ and Chester fail the military obstacle course (it's a long story). AJ can redirect them in time and Remy, Juandissimo and the sadistic drill sarge are Hoist by His Own Petard resp. the rockets with the "U" and the "N" painted on it. This leaves rocket "F"... you have one guess on which head it will land, for once totally undeserved.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Used when they turn the show into a Noire style detective film trying to find out who kidnapped Wanda.
    Jorgen: "And why is that corner of the room still black and white!?"
    • Used twice in "Meet The Oddparents" to the same effect as above.
  • Demoted to Extra: From Season 7 onward, every character who wasn't Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, Crocker, Timmy's Dad, Jorgen, or Foop got this in some capacity.
    • Timmy's best friends, Chester and A.J, went from being two major characters in the early seasons to only appearing very sporadically, often in non speaking roles. For the first live action movie, they appear in three scenes while only interacting with Timmy in the next to last scene.
    • It's most evident with Veronica after Season 5 and Francis after Season 6, both seeming to borderline fade away.
    • After Season 2, this happened to evil dentist Dr. Bender, once a semi-recurring villain, but then only making brief cameos once in a while (and voiced by Butch Hartman attempting to imitate Gilbert Gottfried). He stopped appearing after Season 5.
    • Tad and Chad after Season 6.
    • Trixie Tang suffered from this too, especially after Season 7.
    • Tootie as well besides the live action movies.
    • Don't forget about Vicky. She was the main antagonist in the early years of the show, but nowadays she rarely shows up after the intro.
    • Foop was, for the longest time, the only recurring Anti-Fairy seen since his debut episode. All the others seemed to disappear entirely, only making cameos in the final seasons.
    • Even Poof, despite being Promoted to Opening Credits in Season 9, started to appear less and less, while Sparky appeared more and more. Season 10 only had him make one appearance while his counterpart Foop still made more appearances.
    • Sparky made no appearances in the final season as he was written off due to fan complaints.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Oh no, it's Chester, the worst player on the team! That's how he got the nickname Chester, the worst player on the team!"
  • Depraved Dentist: Dr. Bender
    A.J.: Don't you hear the scary music and the thunder? And see how it's nighttime all of a sudden? He's mean! He's a dentist! He's a mean dentist!
  • Deus ex Machina: Amazingly subverted. You’d think that having fairy godparents would make it so that every problem Timmy ever had could be wished away, but it’s not so. First off, half the problems in the show come from Timmy making a stupid wish, and second, even Fairy magic has rules that, more often than not, prevent Cosmo and Wanda from fixing Timmy’s problems.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Subverted. Pretty much everyone in Dimmsdale knows Vicky is evil, especially her parents. It's mostly Timmy's parents who don't know it. The one time they DO figure it out in "Channel Chasers" Timmy hits the Reset Button.
    • They figure it out again and fire her later on when she tapes over the parents' dance rehearsal video. Contrived Coincidences follow.
  • Disappeared Dad: Cosmo's dad, who got turned into a fly by Cosmo when he was a baby. This is one of the reasons why Jorgen Von Strangle decided to make Cosmo the last fairy that was ever born until 10,000 years later.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: In one episode Vicky becomes nice and summons animals to help her clean the house. It doesn't end well.
    • Happens in the episode "Squirrely Puffs" as Mrs. Turner leads her troop of Cream Puff girls up a mountain, only to be accompanied by all the woodland creatures. They are eventually driven insane by the animals' constant singing, braiding of their hair and moose massages. The animals turn feral.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the Halloween Special, Remy Buxaplenty's father unleashes hounds on Timmy and his friends because he thought their costumes were bad.
  • The Diss Track: "Boys in the Band" is about Vicky wanting to marry Chip Skylark for his money. Timmy rescues Chip, and he performs a song called "Icky Vicky" about her evil nature and bad babysitting service.
  • Ditzy Genius: Crocker can can construct a portal to Fairy World, just by being on-the-edge insane.
  • DIY Dentistry: In the episode "Teeth For Two", as Timmy's loosening buck teeth is literally worth a diamond, Jorgen forcefully tries to pull them out with pliers as a dowry for his fiancee, the Tooth Fairy. When she finds out, she is not happy about it as it's her job to do that, and calls off the engagement. Later, as part of his plan to entrap the Tooth Fairy to reconcile with Jorgen, Timmy has his loose buck teeth pulled out by Dr. Bender though a doorknob and a string. Timmy gladly remarks that it didn't hurt, before the teeth bounces back at him and hits his eye.
    Timmy: And now to Phase Two.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Crocker's freakouts due to his issues with fairies seem a tad... orgasmic. When his therapist Dr. Fancyfree does it as well, it doesn't exactly help the cause.
    • In "Super Bike," Timmy's relationship with his bike resembles an abusive relationship. The bike prevents Timmy from seeing his friends and manipulates him into not destroying him. The bike is too powerful to destroy all at once, resembling the god complex of an abuser, and needs to be taken apart piece by piece.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Vicky and her abuse of Timmy is often Played for Laughs although still not to the extent of most other examples. It is shown that Vicky's abuse does have a negative impact on his life in several instances. Indeed, it is one of the reasons -if not the main reason- he has Fairy Godparents outside of his less than intelligent parents.
    • Inverted in one episode where Timmy wishes to be Vicky's babysitter and gets some revenge. He's completely played out as the bad guy, at least until kid Vicky gets the fairies and goes mad with power, and tries to kill him. Then Timmy's the hero again and tricks her out of it.
  • Double Standard: Violence, Child on Adult: Vicky acts dominating towards her parents, causing them to fear her. This is always Played for Laughs. Imagine the reaction of the audience if the roles were reversed.
  • Downer Ending: "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker." In an effort to prevent Crocker from becoming evil on March 13, Timmy accidentally reveals his fairies to the crowd, traumatizing Crocker into becoming the torturous crazy teacher he is today. Timmy can't even go back to fix it because Jorgen Von Strangle bans him from travelling back in time to that month ever again.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Hair Razor is a superheroine turned evil. She wears a black leather leotard, thigh-high high-heeleed boots, a choker, and a leather jacket.
  • Driven to Suicide: 'VERY close with Timmy in the It's a Wonderful Plot subversion episode, It's A Wishful Life'', although neither the word suicide nor the word death is spoken, Timmy's offer to Jorgen to erase himself from existence to improve everyone else's lives is essentially a clear enough offer to kill himself.
  • Dropped After the Pilot: A very unusual example. In the first Oh Yeah! Cartoons short Vicky had a younger brother whom we heard screaming over the telephone. We never saw his face and subsequent episodes make no further reference to him.

  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the original first season, Timmy was the Only Sane Man, Cosmo and Wanda were equally intelligent, and Vicky feared her parents.
    • In early seasons Timmy losing his fairies didn't include having his memories erased. It wasn't until the Season 3 episode "Origin of Denzel Crocker!" that this became an aspect of losing ones fairies.
    • In the first season episode "Father Time," Timmy uses the heat vision he wished for earlier to win a race. The second season would introduce the "can't use magic to win a competition" rule.
    • Trixie mentions her mother in her debut episode "A Wish Too Far". In future episodes, only her father is ever seen. Her mother isn't even at any of her house scenes.
  • Eating the Enemy:
    • In the episode, Imaginary Gary, Timmy decides to wish back his old Imaginary Friend Gary out of nostalgia. But he unfortunately proves to a be Jerkass that's sour at Timmy for forgetting him. To spite him, he steals all of Timmy's friends and the attention of his parents. Fed up, Timmy tries to wish Gary back into his mind, but Gary being a part of Timmy, is able to wish him there as well. This leads a Battle in the Center of the Mind that Timmy is able to ultimately win by thinking up a monster-sized version of Vicky to eat Gary whole. Unfortunately, after Timmy leaves, the Vicky spits Gary out because she hates the taste of cool.
    • In the episode So Totally Spaced Out, Mark enlists Timmy's help to save his planet Yugopatamia from an Alien Invasion by a race known as the Gigglepies which are cute little bunnies that are disturbingly cute and jolly. However, they prove to be Killer Rabbits as they use their cuteness to make their victims submit and then blow up the victims' planet when they're done. Yugopatamians, being terrified of of all that's cute and nice, are too scared to resist. Timmy and his fairies are unable to resist their cuteness. Just when all seems lost, Cosmo says they're cute enough to eat and actually tries to eat one of them, only to find they're made of manure which coincidentally happens to be a Yugopatamian delicacy. Timmy than wishes for the Yugopatamians to be freed from their cages with a hungry bellies, and they then eat all the Gigglepies.
  • Egopolis:
    • Crocker turns Fairy World into Crocker World in the first Jimmy Timmy Power Hour.
    • Vicky turns Dimmsdale into Vickyland in "Vicky Gets Fired".
  • Election Day Episode: The episode Hail to the Chief. Timmy runs against co-student council presidents Tad and Chad. In a twist Timmy wins but hates being president, so he intentionally gets himself impeached.
  • Elemental Plane: One episode had several. When Timmy wishes to become a fairy and attempts to get to "Fairy World", he first ends up in "Scary World" and "Hairy World". A cow then shows up in Hairy World asking if she's in "Dairy World".
  • Elephant in the Living Room: This series has quite a few, some bordering on Fridge Logic:
    • The series never shows poor and/or starving children in third-world countries with fairy godparents, despite the fact they're obviously more deserving of them than "an average kid who no one understands".
    • Timmy never makes any sort of world-benefiting wish, like no discrimination, world peace, a cure for cancer, etc. While this could be justified in that he's a self-centered 10-year-old child and when he grows up all remnants of his fairies magic will disappear, it seems implausible that he never thought to wish for something like this not even once.
  • Endless Winter: In the TV special "Christmas Everyday!" one of the consequences of Timmy's everyday is Christmas wish is that everyday is a snow day. This made it extremely difficult for him to travel to the north pole to get Santa Claus' help in cancelling the wish.
  • Enfant Terrible:
    • Cosmo and Wanda were former godparents to a girl who abused their powers to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand and kick start World War I.
    • Cosmo himself was shown to be one. HE is the main reason the fairy council put a restriction on fairies having children.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Chip Skylark
    Chip: "Sometimes it's hard being pretty and talented"
    Timmy: "And delicious!"
    Chip: "What?"
    Timmy: "Uh, my dad said that"
    • Also implied for Timmy himself if Sanjay's obsession with Timmy is any indication. When he became Timantha, A.J. became very smitten with him/her. Also when Timmy was aged up to 16 year old super model both Chester and A.J. seemed to swoon over him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Crocker may be obsessed with hunting fairies, but when it comes to Poof, he lets him go back to Cosmo and Wanda. Also in the latest live action movie where they go to Hawaii, even though under the influence of the Abra-Cadabrium, Crocker does not want the destruction of Fairy World either.
    • Also, the one line that Vicky will not cross in regards to her horrible babysitting skills is abandoning her charge or losing sight of her charge, as evidenced by her genuine horror when Timmy seemingly disappeared under her watch.
      • Her only fear was for what'd happen to her because of that. To make things clear, the first thing she did upon finding Timmy was exclaiming "I'm saved!".
    • Dark Laser really loves Flipsy, the toy dog that flips.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Every time someone is about to say Timmy's parents' names, it is muted by a loud noise. For most of the series, they simply go by "Mom", "Timmy's Dad", or variants.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Parodied with Juandissimo Magnifico, who is never in a scene without talking about how muy, muy macho he is. He also has a habit of tearing shirts to shreds by flexing his muscles. And then magicking a new shirt into existence. And then flexing that one to pieces. The lady fairies love him.
  • Everything but the Girl: Timmy's wishing routinely alters the course of human history... but he can't get the girl, because fairies are not allowed to interfere with true love.
    • Timmy finally wisens up enough to make a wish where he and Trixie are the ONLY people on Earth, and thus Trixie will have no choice but to notice him. He quickly discovers Trixie's obsessive NEED for constant attention and tries to do everything in his power to get away from her.
      • With a fantastic moral to go with it.
    Timmy: "Note to self: Never break up with a girl in the Violent Gardening Tool section"
  • Evil Counterpart: The fairies have Anti-Fairies as their evil counterparts
  • Evil Laugh: Every villain in the series loves to laugh dramatically, but special props to the Pixies' monotone version.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke:
    Norm: All right, all right, I'll give you three more wishes. Alright, smart guy, what are your three wishes this time? And seriously, you probably wanna do the teeth thing. C'mon, now, kid, try to outwit me. You can do it. And by that, I mean you cannot do it.
    Timmy Turner: He's right. I can't, not by myself. If I'm going to get Cosmo and Wanda back, and undo all of Norm's tricks, I'm going to need someone as dishonest and devious as a 50,000-year-old magical jerk. I wish I had a lawyer.
    Fairy Mason: Yeah, yeah, five aces. Huh? What?
  • Evil Overlord: As a Running Gag in the Ms. Dimmsdale Pageant episode, the one who receives the prize to be 'Mayor for a day' is imagined to be this. Mr. Turner wins and makes this happen the exact way it is imagined.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Used to varying degrees often enough, but played with most notably in "Grass is Greener" where Timmy's eavesdropping at precisely the wrong moments leads him to run away from home.
  • Exact Words: Timmy's specific wording of his wishes ends up coming back to haunt him quite often when he tries to undo his wish. This is lampshaded in "Odd Ball".
    Timmy: I have got to be less specific with these wishes!
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Timmy has this as part of his dark suit in "The End of the Universe-ity".
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: When Timmy makes a wish where no one had to sleep, everyone in Dimmsdale gets bags under their eyes from fatigue, and various other Gross-Up Close-Up aliments coming from not sleeping.
  • The Exit Is That Way: Mr. Turner is so upset over how unhelpful he was with Timmy's homework he decides to leave Timmy's room. He first enters the closet, then the bathroom, and then he finally leaves Timmy'd bedroom... through the window.
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: this happens in-universe when the Nega-Chin, a villain from a comic book, goes to the writer's house and fights him to get him to write a story where he wins.
  • Eye Beams: Timmy wishes for this in Father Time, and gives it to his parents when they become the super heroes Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad. Timmy uses this power later when saving his parents, friends, and back-up friends in Unwish Island.

  • F--: Timmy gets quite a few of these over the show's run, courtesy of Crocker's love of handing out "F"s. It's even lampshaded.
    Timmy: "Cool, there's a D in here!"
    • In "Deja Vu" his parents starts to grade him this way once he gets home.
    Dad: "Hey, guess what, Timmy! We're gonna start grading you on your performance! We're giving you an A-!"
    Timmy: "An A-minus?!"
    Dad: "Up-bup-bup, questioning the grades, that gives you a B."
    Timmy: "But—"
    Dad: "Talking back, that gives you a C!"
    Timmy: "A C?!"
    Dad: "Raising your voice! D!"
    Timmy: "That's a Q!"
    Dad: "That gives you an F, smarty pants!"
    • What's more hilarious is that after he gets the do-over watch, he does the exact same thing to his dad.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Mary-Ann. You can't get much more demonic than starting the First World War.
  • The Faceless: Timmy's parents in the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts and Remy's parents in the show itself.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The entirely of colonial-era Dimmsdale either failed to notice that Alden Bitterroot was levitating, or just didn't think anything of it. The same could be said for Timmy, who doesn't seem to notice until The Reveal.
  • The Fair Folk: Strangely enough, the show combines this with Fairy Companion, and most magical creatures have this aspect to them.
  • Fairy Godmother: The premise, along with Be Careful What You Wish For / Make a Wish.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Alden Bitterroot in "Which Witch is Which?". He's hailed in Dimmsdale's present for his witch-hunting exploits, but when Timmy goes back in time to Dimmsdale's founding, he learns that the "witches" are just innocent people, animals, and even inanimate objects. Then it turns out Bitterroot himself is a witch.
  • Fallen Cupid: Anti-Cupid is the Anti-Fairy counterpart of Cupid. While Cupid's job is to distribute love all across Earth, it can be presumed that Anti-Cupid does the opposite.
  • Fighting Back Is Wrong: One episode involves Timmy turning Vicky into a kid so he can bully her for once. Though his actions toward her were much less serious than her actions toward him, Cosmo and Wanda chew him out for mistreating her, and eventually become her godparents when he makes her miserable enough. Somehow, though, her using Cosmo and Wanda to get revenge on him isn't seen as wrong.
  • First Gray Hair: Timmy's dad finds one in his nose, triggering a midlife crisis.
  • Flanderization:
    • Over time, Timmy became more and more of a selfish self-centered Jerkass, particularly in Seasons 4-5. Season 6 brought him down a few pegs, with it showing up every now and again, before it came back in full in Season 10.
    • Cosmo was originally a fairly competent goof with a semi-suave voice who knew what he was doing most of the time. Over time, his voice cracked and grew more shrill, while his intelligence dropped to the point where he shouldn't even be able to function, let alone live.
    • In the beginning, Wanda was just another half to Cosmo, but for the most part was a diligent thinker and the smart one. Then she became a naggy know-it-all. Season 10 semi-reverted her back to her original characterization.
    • Momma Cosma originally stated that she hated Wanda because she hates any girl who would date Cosmo, concerned for her son and not wanting him to leave. Now? She'll go so far as to abandon her plans entirely if it would make Wanda miserable.
    • Timmy's parents were originally loving, caring parents that only needed time to themselves. They did have some eccentricities, but for the most part they were stable. Now they're more stupid if anything and just barely give two licks about their own son. They've repeatedly stated that they wanted a girl and even told their own son to his face they never remember his birthday, when earlier on that wasn't the case.
      • Early on in It's a Wishful Life, they have a girl in place of him and celebrate how much better their lives were. Also regarding the birthdays, that may provide a slight defense that Timmy throws more than one per year to make up for their forgetfulness, hence the never aging.
    • Vicky may be one of the worst examples. She was originally more of a schoolyard bully, basically like how Francis was. The worst she would do to Timmy was property damage and blackmail, and even that was rare. She never tried to hurt him directly because her job entailed she keep him in one piece. For the most part, though, she did do her job. That time Timmy wished he was an adult? She was truly worried about where he was and actively tried to find him, even calling the police for assistance. Granted, it was mostly because she wouldn't get paid if she lost Timmy, but still. Now? She's an insane, chainsaw-wielding, cackling bitch that will actively and gleefully try to kill him. In an early episode, when she was watching Timmy at her house and the place got trashed, she was honestly afraid of her parents and knew they'd flip when they saw the mess. Now it's known that her parents fear her, and it's implied she's been evil since she was born. Not to mention the fact that if she lost her job babysitting Timmy the entire universe would feel her wrath. In short, there may be no redeeming her.
    • Tootie at first only had a schoolboy crush on Timmy. Over time, her crush grew into an obsession and while not making her truly evil, she became almost as bad as her sister Vicky in a way.
    • Crocker was at first a hilarious but still very competent fairy hunter who, mind you in Abra-Catastrophe successfully captured Cosmo and Wanda and took over the universe. Later seasons made him more angry, bitter, depressed and crazy rather than evil and crazy.
    • Trixie at first was the rich girl that kept rejecting Timmy's love for the more popular boys, but she still occasionally felt bad for him, and in one episode it was revealed she has a tomboyish side and shares any of Timmy's interests. In short, she was a realistic portrayal of the Alpha Bitch, maybe of the lovable variant. Later seasons made her a spoiled rich girl that would go as far as having Timmy ejected from her property, a stereotypical Alpha Bitch.
    • Chester went from being a lower-middle-class kid, to a hobo that eats garbage.
    • A.J. was originally just considered a kid of above average intelligence, while maybe being the smartest kid in Timmy's class. He ended up becoming a super-genius black mix of Dexter and Jimmy Neutron.
  • Flight: All magical creatures, the Crimson Chin and Nega-Chin, several of the superheroes in "The Big Superhero Wish"... all over the place, really.
  • Flintstone Theming: The "AbraCatastrophe" special does this with ape puns.
  • Flirting Under Fire: In the 3-part episode, Timmy flirts with Trixie and finally kisses her as they're about to be sucked into a black hole.
  • Fluffy Tamer - Cosmo in "This is Your Wish", with a three-headed fire-breathing dragon named Snowball.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Planet Poof" gave us Jeremy, a monstrous multi-eyed tentacled creature. There's also his cranky sister, Heather.
  • Food Based Superpower: In "Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", Timmy wishes for his parents to become superheroes. One of Dyno Dad's powers is "meat vision", which allows him to produce various meat products via Eye Beams.
  • Foo Fu:
    • Teeth Fu in "Shiny Teeth". (Chip Skylark's teeth blind his opponent.)
    • The Sandman Fairy practices Sleep Fu, which appropriately can put his opponents to sleep.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • No matter what, one day Timmy will be too old to have Cosmo and Wanda, and they will go away and he will forget everything about them, and make all the same mistakes his parents did that made him miserable as a kid.
    • Referenced in a very intriguing "plot-important" episode: As it turns out, Timmy secretly wished for the rest of humanity and himself to stop aging so he could keep his fairy godparents forever. When this wish is revealed, it turns out to have been active for over 50 years! Though it's still impossible for Timmy to have known about his future (at least it hasn't been shown on-screen), it almost seems like Timmy made that wish to avoid this Foregone Conclusion).
  • Foreshadowing: Timmy's various conflicts with Princess Mandie never use the "can't interfere with true love" rule as an obstacle. It's later revealed that Mandie's obsession with marrying Mark doesn't stem from any kind of feelings for him — even twisted ones — but a desire to use him to take over Yugopotamia.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Played for laughs in "Escape from Unwish Island", when Wanda reminds Timmy that he asked for heat vision in an earlier episode and never wished the ability away, so he had the superpower all along but never remembered to use it.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: Cosmo believes Wanda is angry at him for no reason and has forgotten their anniversary (which he believed was the 'Styrofoam anniversary'). Turns out, it was the False Anger Anniversary (once every some odd years and was ironically on the SAME day as said anniversary Cosmo planned) and Wanda had remembered, but it's too late - he's gone home to his mom. They work it out anyway, only for Cosmo to forget it was their anniversary at the end of the episode.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Timmy's... every year, by his own parents. Eventually he stops minding because he realizes more birthdays means growing up and eventually having to give up Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof.
    • Special mention to the episode where he forgets his OWN birthday is a day later... The next day might not even be his birthday, on the account that his parents didn't seem that sure either, forgetting his name as they tell him.
    Mrs. Turner: "We'd never forget your birthday, Tommy."
    • What's really sad is that in the episode "Birthday Bashed", it's shown that Vicky actually remembers Timmy's birthday better than his own parents (she even give him a piece of cake, granted it's right before she straps him to a rocket.)
      • In one scene Mr. Turner even says "Why would we throw a party for you?" Just cold.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: A lot of things Timmy wishes for.
    • Arguably, Cosmo and Wanda themselves at times. Justified by Timmy being... not very bright. The show would be much shorter if Timmy made intelligent use of his wishes.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Halloween night is the one time of the year that fairies are able to roam in the open without breaking The Masquerade, as everyone assumes they're just kids in costumes. Even though they're still floating three feet off the ground.
  • Frozen Body Fluids: In one episode, Timmy and Vicky get trapped in a snow cave on a mountain, and whenever Vicky cries her tears come out as ice cubes.
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult:
    • Mr. Crocker has an extensive knowledge of The Crimson Chin because of how many comic books he's confiscated over the years.
    • There's another teacher who confiscated one of the wands, and said it would be given back at the end of the semester.
    • Dr. Bender, the mean dentist, is also a Confiscator. Any toy that ends up in his yard, he gives to his son Wendell as a present. But Timmy's mother took him on to get Timmy's ball back.
  • Funny Background Event: When Wanda tells Timmy what a great cook she is in Foodfight, Poof and Cosmo immediately discard the food that they were eating.

  • Gambit Pileup: Deftly parodied in "Remy Rides Again".
    Timmy: So Jorgen plotted to have Wandissimo plot to have Remy plot to have me lose my godparents.
    Cosmo: Not so fast!
    Wanda: Don't tell me you were behind this whole thing?
    Cosmo: What? No. I said "not so fast". I can't understand any of this. Which one is Remy again?
  • Garrulous Growth: Bob the Boil is a large boil on Elmer's face. Bob is sentient and can talk. His biggest wish is to take over the world. He has control over Elmer, which he also considers his best friend.
  • Gender Bender: Timmy in The Boy Who Would Be Queen going under the name 'Timantha'.
  • Gender-Bender Friendship: Timmy and Trixie in that same episode.
  • Generation Xerox: At the end of the special "Channel Chasers", the future in twenty years is shown along with Timmy and Tootie's kids. Not only do they closely resemble their parents (aside from swapped hair color), but also, like Timmy, they were tormented by their babysitter enough to receive Cosmo and Wanda as their fairy godparents.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Norm—and he wants to get out of it.
  • Genre Savvy: Timmy in "The Big Bash". In Cupid's Scavenger Hunt, Remy beats Timmy by snatching the jewels from an Incan temple. Timmy immediately realises Remy didn't steal the real treasure - because he didn't trigger any booby traps.
  • Geographic Flexibility: Dimmsdale seems to border the ocean, a desert, and snow-capped mountains. Fairy Idol would go on to show that Dimmsdale is actually in southern California. This sort of justifies all 3 environments if you take into account that it's never shown exactly how far anyone ever travels to reach these areas.
    • In other episodes, Dimmsdale is shown to be in Northern California. If this is the case, then this is actually correct because there ARE mountains in California and ironically they're not far from the beach. Uncertain about the desert, though.
      • The southwestern extremes of the Great Basin Desert are within easy driving distance, but it doesn't resemble the deserts seen on the show. There are plenty of cattle sculls, but no saguaros.
    • In the episode "Meet the Oddparents", Jorgen invokes his authority from the city of Whittier, California while erasing Timmy's Parents' memories. Whittier is just south-east of Los Angeles and part of Southern California. It's not much of a stretch to say that Dimmsdale is around this area with all the geographically diverse areas around it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In one episode, while Timmy's parents are watching the "Dr. Bill" show, trying to learn how to be better parents, he says "Does your child take toilet paper up to his room and tell you not to bother him?"
    • There are WAY more examples, but well, yeah, this IS a Nickelodeon show! Right, Spongebob?
    • The most blatant example might be the Cosmo-Con episode, where Britney Britney (the fictional celebrity parodying Britney Spears) introduces herself to the Turner family... alongside her "boys". Then, said "boys" (actually her own dancers) introduce themselves by doing what they do best: suggestive pelvic thrusts. Come on.
    • Another big example comes from Crocker L "Ooh, the slap tango! Mother and I haven't done that in years!"
    • When the children are watching a Tom and Jerry Expy, "Cheezy" the mouse slips "Sleazy" the cat a stick of dynamite, which he eats. After coming to earth again following the explosion, the annoyed cat storms back into the house. Very briefly, the plume of smoke from the internal explosion is seen to be coming not from his mouth but from under his tail...
  • Girls Love Chocolate: Wanda has been shown to love chocolate on several occasions. Specifically:
    • In "Where's Wanda?", Cosmo has been revealed to have hidden Wanda in Chocolate City, Utah. This results in her being put on Level 14 probation.
    • In "Just Desserts", Timmy keeps reminding Wanda of chocolate. This gets her to approve his "All the food in the world is dessert" wish.
    • At the beginning of "Fairy Idol", Norm the Genie bribes Wanda with a hunky chocolate bar as part of his plan to get Cosmo and Wanda to quit being Timmy's fairy godparents.
  • Girl Next Door: Vicky's sister, Tootie mixes this with Stalker with a Crush. In Merry Wishmas, she lived next door to Timmy in the spot Dinkleberg's house normally occupies. This is even more apparent in the live action movie.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tootie.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: In Love Struck!, Timmy made a wish that segregated the sexes in their own society with a wall between them. But when the opposite sexes feel absent of something, Timmy wished for a wall that segregate them to break... except because they were separate for so long that they went into war with each other. It took assistance from Cupid, who's literally dying from no love, to make things right.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: In "Chip Off The Old Chip", a Running Gag involves Timmy's attempts at singing being bad enough to cause glass to shatter, and Chip Skylark's heavenly singing voice fixing the broken glass.
  • Glasses Pull: Parodied with Dr. Rip Studwell, who compulsively does this about once every other line of dialogue.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The Fairly Oddlympics
  • Gone Horribly Right: Verbatim quoted by Norm in his "So you got yourself a Genie!" DVD he shows to the Major. (He also proudly mentions his Cool Hat... is he watching this wiki?)
  • Gorn: Never shown outright, but implied in the Timmy-Jimmy Power Hour; the game "Decimator" is rated Triple-G, that is, Gratuitous Gutwrenching Gorefest.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Jorgen Von Strangle. Even though he is usually a good guy and enforces Da Rulez (the fairy laws) to the letter, he still gets kicks out of causing people (usually Binkie) pain and threatening violence, following his Drill Sergeant Nasty stereotype. He has backed off from it somewhat in recent seasons after marrying the Tooth Fairy.
  • A Good, Old-Fashioned Paint Watching: In "Viral Vidiots", Cosmo posts a video of him watching paint dry (although he gets frustrated and starts yelling at it to dry faster and pounding on the wall). He thinks the video has 1 million hits because people like watching paint dry. Actually, they like seeing the wall collapse on Cosmo.
  • Good Parents: After being humiliated in front of a nationwide audience on a television program called ''The Bad Parent Hunter'', Mr. and Mrs. Turner decide to be this in the episode, Nega Timmy. Unfortunately, ''their'' definition of this trope is "bossier and more overbearing", prompting Timmy to make a wish to do the opposite of what he's told.
  • Good-Times Montage:
    • One occurs in "Shelf Life" as Timmy spends his whole summer having fun instead of writing the mandatory 500-page book report Mr. Crocker assigned.
    • Another In "Just the Two of Us!" as Timmy and Trixie spend time with each other as the only two people on earth.
    • "Love Struck" features one between the male "Himsdale" citizens of the split Earth planet set to the song "Great to Be a Guy".
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: You can't curse on Nickelodeon.
    Dark Laser: CURSES! Flipsy, I'm sorry you had to hear that.
    • The FCC will hunt you down for saying certain words in certain forms of media.
      Timmy: Hey! You can't say "moron" on the radio! You can only say it on TV!
    • Norm the Genie has used "Fez" and "Smoof" as cursewords.
    • Mark Chang has used FLARG.
  • Grand Theft Me: Rare heroic - ahem - example in "Presto Change-O", when Timmy causes a complete swapping chaos to stop Crocker.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence:
    70s Jorgen von Strangle: ...disco?
    Present-day Jorgen: With myself?
    Both: OUTRAGEOUS! [they magically conjure up a disco dance floor, complete with mirror ball, and begin to dance]
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Mrs. Turner hails a Russian submarine.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Action Packed, where Timmy fights ninjas after wishing the world was like an action movie. Also, the ninja bunnies from one of his VR games.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Princess Mandie (she's really yellow).
  • Greens Precede Sweets: In "Just Desserts", Timmy destroys all the vegetables his parents gave him while they aren't looking thinking that he'll get dessert next. His parents just give him carrots for dessert, but they try to manipulate him into eating it by telling him that it's carrot cake without the cake.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Fairly Oddlympics (the disguises of Anti Cosmo & Head Pixie), Cosmo having angry mood swings and giving insanely painful birth.
  • Groupie Brigade: This trope is a one-off joke in the episode "Dadbra-Cadabra". After Mr. Turner's magic act is a huge success, he is followed home by a huge mob of screaming fangirls who try to barge into the Turners' house by breaking into a window. Luckily, Mrs. Turner is able to stop them by boarding them up.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Timmy will eventually lose Cosmo and Wanda. It is revealed that he tried to avert this in Timmy's Secret Wish by wishing that everyone on Earth stayed the same age so he could keep them forever. A wish he made 50 YEARS AGO without anybody knowing.

  • Hair-Trigger Explosive: In one episode, Timmy's Dad rubs 2 sticks of dynamite together trying to make a fire. The sticks explode instead.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Francis in The Big Superhero Wish, Vicky in Timmy the Barbarian
  • Halloween Songs: The Halloween Special "Scary Godparents" features the song "Real and Scary", a song that encapsulates Timmy's wish to make it the best Halloween ever by turning everyone into whatever they are dressed as.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: To keep the power on while Timmy is stuck in a video game in "Power Mad", Cosmo in mouse form runs on a treadmill with a steak hanging at the end to supply energy to the television.
  • Hand Wave: Many fans question why Timmy could never just wish that Vicky was a nicer person, and it was eventually explained that her nastiness would have to go somewhere else.
    • Also, wishing that she got fired would result in her becoming the mayor and eventually an evil overlord, ruling the world - just because she wouldn't babysit him.
    • Part of the reason that Timmy even has fairies is thanks to Vicky.
    • And when Vicky DID get nicer, of course it backfires on Timmy, cause he's Timmy.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: A policy of Mr. Turner when he becomes a dictator.
  • Happily Married: Cosmo and Wanda, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, Jorgen and the Tooth Fairy, depending on the episode.
  • Harmless Villain: The Copper Cranium (in the webisodes).
    • Zigzagged with Shirley, a synthetic villain that Jimmy and Timmy come up with in their crossover "The Jerkinators". He's all powerful...and his first act of evil is that he "steals" Timmys nose. Jimmy and Timmy trample on his feelings to make him really evil. It works.
  • Hartman Hips: Timmy's Mom and the Tooth Fairy, among others. It's the Trope Namer.
  • Hey, You!: Both Timmy's parents lack actual names. His dad even introduces himself in one episode with My name is Timmy's father.
  • Hidden Depths: Mr. Crocker's past was explored in depth in the special episode The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker, which revealed most importantly that Mr. Crocker not only had fairies himself in his childhood, but he had Cosmo and Wanda, and was quite sane and similar to Timmy at age 10. Most later episodes support this fact, but exactly which fairies Crocker had are contradicted.
    • Later on, it's revealed Crocker also had Sparky, whom he planted a chip in to find Cosmo and Wanda when they were taken away from him, even though he forgot he had them in the first place, due to his memory being wiped.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Trixie's Alpha Bitch tenancies are implied to be a facade, as shown in "The Boy Who Would Be Queen". She lets her guard down when her friends are not around.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Timmy Turner's childhood IS THIS. Lowest point is always with Vicky.
  • Historical In-Joke: One of Cosmo and Wanda's previous godchildren used their magic to kill Archduke Ferdinand.
  • Historical Rap Sheet:
    • In an early episode it's revealed that once every few millennia fairies have to be evil for 24 hours, maybe referencing the "Terrible Twos" Poof had. During Wanda's stint she killed the dinosaurs.
    • Though not villainous in intent, Cosmo accidentally sank Atlantis (a consecutive 9 times), destroyed Pompeii, and transformed Xanadu into Pittsburgh.This may be blamed by his growing stupidity though.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: In "The Big Fairy Share Scare!", Chloe's wish that everyone in Dimmsdale should want to share causes Vicky to give her chainsaw to a hulking brute in a hockey mask who proceeds to wreak havoc.
  • Hodgepodge Computer: In Information Stupor Highway, Mr. Turner builds a new computer using a basket with a light bulb in it for a hard drive, an 80's television for a monitor, a typewriter for a keyboard, and Eddie the Gerbil on a wheel as the power supply. Surprisingly, this makes a fully functional computer.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Evil Jorgen in "Action Packed", in which he's absorbed so much magic that he's swollen with HUGE muscles...and is promptly attacked by his cat, and he can't reach up to get it off, because his muscles are too huge, allowing Timmy to gain the upper hand.
    • A brilliant one is seen in 'School's Out: The Musical'. The pixies had a 36 year plan involving Flappy Bob to become a lawyer and signing a contract to make the world as fun as he was as a boring adult lawyer overly concerned with education and safety. Unfortunately, this is backfired on them because Flappy Bob—having the skills of a brilliant lawyer—found a loophole in the contract to make the world defined 'as defined by him'. Now tell me, who raised Flappy Bob to become a lawyer?
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: "Chip Off the Old Chip" reveals that Timmy can't sing, and borrows Chip Skylark's voice just to be in the play with Trixie. Now Chip uses Timmy's voice and can't even sing "The Star-Spangled Banner".
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Timmy wishes for voodoo dolls in You Doo, and Tootie gets a hold of one of them.
  • Homemade Inventions: Mr. Turner's pastime.
  • Horrifying the Horror: "Who gives ghosts and ghouls a fright? Who gives Dracula a bite?" (Icky Vicky, of course. Chip Skylark's grandpa Chippington sung it way back in time.)
  • Housewife: Mrs. Turner, although in the earlier seasons she was portrayed as real estate agent.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: In one episode, Cosmo and Wanda are in their fish forms and Cosmo is trying to light candles inside the fishbowl in spite of the water. When Cosmo actually manages to do it, Timmy shows up to ask what's new and Wanda answers "The laws of physics".
  • Human Shield: In Transparents
    Chester: [holding AJ who's covered in milk] You said 'take cover'.
  • Hurricane of Puns: "Cheese & Crockers" has a lot of cheesy puns, and Crocker never heard of a certain other trope either...
  • Hypnotize the Princess: When Timmy Turner wished: "I wish Trixie Tang loved Timmy Turner" as his second Norm the Genie wish. Norm the Genie made lots of Timmy Turners appear, listed where they were from, what their exact name was and made Trixie Tang kiss them all. Give Norm a Made of Win. Strangely, he phrased the wish that way to be more specific to minimize Norm's meddling, but just saying "I wish she loved me." (while indicating Trixie) probably would have worked far better. Of course if one remembers that Norm is a Literal Genie, it is highly possible that had Timmy had worded his wish like that, Norm would've just made Trixie fall in love with a boy named "Me".
    • Another episode has Timmy gain dark powers and use them to force Trixie to love and kiss him.

  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: According to the title cards, nearly every episode is titled "The Fairly OddParents in: [Episode Name]", with the only exceptions being the pilot short (titled simply "The Fairly OddParents") and some of the specials.
  • I Drank WHAT?!:
    • One episode subverted and justified this. Everybody loved Timmy's lemonade to the fact that their wishes come true, and don't seem to mind that the secret ingredient was Cosmo's magic sweaty socks.
    • Another episode revolved around Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy attending a ceremony and Timmy having a Potty Emergency, trying to find somewhere to pee. The episode ends with Cosmo and Wanda drinking a yellow liquid from a pitcher, and Timmy saying "Speaking of relief, don't drink the punch!" Ewwwwwwwww...
  • I Fell for Hours: More like 400 years in "Which Which is Witch", when selfsame witch comes out of the well again when Timmy is back in his own time. (Or was it the climbing up that took so long?)
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Fairies apparently have lifespans of thousands of years to forever. Poof and Cosmo are the youngest fairies, with Cosmo being (at least) ten thousand years old. A law forbidding fairies from procreating is in place specifically because of Cosmo.
  • Impossible Thief: Dr. Bender in Shiny Teeth. Guess what he steals.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: The Crimson Chin
  • Improbably Predictable: This takes place when Timmy wishes his parents had superpowers, then when he finds they are too busy with fighting evil that they can't take care of him, and wishes that they weren't superheroes, but Cosmo's and Wanda's wands don't work:
    Timmy: Let me guess,
    Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda: They've become so powerful that they are now impervious to magic.
  • Improvised Clothes: In "Shiny Teeth", Chip Skylark's arch rival Skip Sparkypants gets de-pant-sed by Cosmo and Wanda and has to don a rare case of a non-bankrupt Bankruptcy Barrel.
  • Inconvenient Summons: When Norm gave Timmy a lawyer, the lawyer was playing poker. Norm himself is often a victim of this.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Tiny Timmy and the episode "Boy Toy" where Timmy shrinks down to the size of an action figure. Much of the plot is reminiscent of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
    • Mandie also uses a shrink ray to shrink the fairies so they can't help Timmy when she marries Mark.
  • Indestructibility Montage: In "Boy Toy", Vicky gets a hold of Timmy's Crimson Chin action figure and aims to destroy it, but Timmy thinks fast and wishes for his fairies to make it indestructible. This results in Vicky using increasingly violent (and fruitless) methods to destroy it, with the Chin suffering nary a scratch.
  • Inept Talent Show Contestant: Timmy's homemade, crappy film is recognized as a great comedy (though it wasn't intended as such).
  • Individuality Is Illegal
    • The pixies are an entire race who believe this, and are trying to force it on Fairy World and Earth. When they succeed in School's Out! The Musical, they end up chained down Binky when he tried to fly.
    • In "The Same Game", when Timmy wishes that everyone in the world looked the same, he finds himself nearly torn apart when he changes his outer appearance.
    • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Temp", Jeff the Elf is dragged back to the North Pole by Santa, who has several elves mindlessly telling him to "Be one of us!", heavily implying this applies to elves.
  • Inescapable Net: Fairies lose their powers if caught in a butterfly net.
  • Informed Flaw: Tootie is said to stalk Timmy, but this angle has never been elaborated beyond minor gags nor caused Timmy any major plot problems.
    • In one episode Timmy is shown to have a restraining order against her, but as he notes it 'has expired' so it's not in use anymore.
  • Inherently Funny Words: In "Fool's Day Out", Wanda proves every word is funny to Cosmo. "Pudding!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Chip Skylark & Mr.Turner.
  • Insists on Being Suspected: In "Where's Wanda?", when Timmy's school project wins first prize at a movie night contest at school, Wanda gets stolen, and Timmy suspects one of his classmates, Francis, A.J., or Trixie, to have stolen her. When he says that he doesn't suspect his own father to have stolen Wanda, Mr. Turner asks Timmy why he can't be a suspect, and lists a series of minor felonies he did, such as ripping the tags off of mattresses, and jaywalking.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Knighty Knight where Timmy had to fight a dragon to save his parents when they Time Travel to the Middle Ages.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: The Switch Glitch
  • Interclass Friendship: Lower-class Chester, who lives in a trailer park, is best friends with upper-middle class A.J. and middle-class Timmy.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Several times Cosmo has shown attraction to humans. The episode Truth or Cosmoquences suggests fairies don't have any trouble with that since Cosmo pretended to be married to Britney Britney and no fairy had anything to say against the idea of a fairy marrying a human.
    • Mark Chang would really like for this to happen between him and Vicky.
    • In one episode, Foop (an anti-fairy) develops a crush on Vicky (a human) also.
  • Intra-Franchise Crossover: In the episode "The Crimson Chin meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", The Crimson Chin meets several wildly different versions of his Era-Specific Personality, from the 30s pulp-fiction Chin, to the "super-edgy" 1985 Chin, who got cancelled for swearing.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: In The Gland Plan
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Used frequently
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Clean-O-Bot Transformer and his world domination plans in "Beddy Bye".
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Cruelly subverted in "It's A Wishful Life" as a test given by Von Strangle.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Said in "Action Packed", and as the first line in "Super Bike".
  • It Will Never Catch On: In one episode, it was revealed one of Timmy's ancestors (Ebenezer Turner) could have become a railroad tycoon but refused because he thought trains would be just a fad. The job was taken by Orville Buxaplenty.

  • Jerkass: Almost everyone on the show has been a jerk, but the prominent examples are Timmy, Cosmo, Jorgen, Crocker, Wanda (occasionally), and especially Vicky.
    • Vicky is often the most predominant one, with Jorgen in second place, third being Timmy, but they all have moments.
  • Joker Jury: Especially in Escape from Unwish Island, but other episodes have their own fair share.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Timmy never wishing that his godparents would never be seen, so he could keep them forever.
    • If that ever happened it'd naturally be twisted in some way because of Timmy's natural bad luck with wishes. Timmy not being able to see them either, Timmy being the only person who can't see them, and so on.


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