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The second Fairly OddParents Made-for-TV Movie, and the first one to feature Vicky as the main antagonist.

Timmy is fed up with his parents not believing him about Vicky, and after an incident that leaves him waiting in his room to be yelled at by his parents once they get back from the ammo store, he decides that with Cosmo and Wanda's magic, he can run away into television. This way he can never grow up and lose Cosmo and Wanda either; a win win. However, a masked visitor from the future has come to stop Timmy, or he just might throw the U.S. into an apocalyptic world ruled by Vicky.

Stars the main cast members with Alec Baldwin.


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This film provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: This is the only The Fairly OddParents! TV movie in which Jorgen Von Strangle does not appear.
  • Adult Fear: Timmy running away from his parents. What makes it worse, is that they can't go into the TV, so if Timmy decided to live in there forever, they'd never find him.
  • Adults Are Useless: While tensions occur between Timmy and adults in this movie and is a major focus, this trope is particularly lampshaded in The Simpsons expy, when Timmy's attempt to get adult help ends up quite futile.
    Timmy: Oh, come on! Is every adult in this show a moron?
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, Rugrats, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, and many, many more. See the Shout-Out section.
  • Alternate Self: The masked figure turns out being Timmy from the future.
  • Angst Nuke: When Vicky vandalizes the Turners' residence and pins the blame on Timmy, his parents' anger is manifested as a literal explosion, as they furiously exclaim the boy's name.
  • Arch-Enemy: The film firmly sets Vicky as Timmy's worst enemy.
    Timmy: "Every time something cool happens in my life, every time, Vicky ruins it!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Mr. Turner scolds his son by listing everything Timmy has done that warrants punishment. This includes the fact that Timmy accidentally caused him to lose an award to his rival.
    Mr. Turner: You dented a 747, destroyed Mr. Joel's glass house, and worse, Dinkleberg won my plaque!
  • Art Shift:
    • Each TV show Timmy travels to has a different design and, in the cases of Poppyseed Avenue and Clint's Hints, includes Live-Action footage.
    • The Bad Future of Dimmsdale 20 years later has a more realistic art style than the one normally used in the show, with backgrounds lacking lines and future versions of the FOP characters actually having, oddly enough, all five digits on their hands.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Played with. "Carpet Critters" is a parody of Rugrats, though it shows that a cartoon based on the lives of babies wouldn't be as exciting if they were portrayed realistically.
  • Bad Future: Vicky uses the magic remote to travel to the "Dictator Week" documentary, allowing her to alter reality and create a timeline where she rules over the world.
  • Big Bad: Vicky. She constantly bullies Timmy, who grows to resent his parents when they don't believe that he is being abused. This leads the boy to wish for a magical remote to escape into his favourite TV shows. However, Vicky manages to get a hold of the remote, which she then uses to twist reality into a world where she rules everything with an iron fist.
  • Big Damn Movie: The movie is far more serious than the rest of the show. Vicky's abuse is not Played for Laughs, and the action scenes rival Wishology in intensity.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The climactic battle takes place in a Dragon Ball Z parody named Maho Mushi. This is actually Japanese for "Magical Bug". The "Magic" part is rather fitting; the "Bug" part, less so.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Timmy ends up growing up married with a son and daughter and he appears mostly more well-adjusted than his parents were. However, due to having his memory erased he appears to have forgotten everything he's ever learned and makes the same mistakes his parents did, hiring a robot version of Vicky as his kids babysitter. Luckily, both his kids now have Cosmo and Wanda as their fairy godparents.
  • Blatant Lies: Vicky told Mom and Dad that Timmy wrote Vicky Rulez on the walls, and they believed her.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with a Time Skip 20 years into the Bad Future ruled by Vicky, and ends with another to the good future where Timmy has a family.
  • Breaking the Bonds: After spending the last three minutes tied up, Future Timmy broke free when Vicky appeared in a Giant Mecha, saying he could've done that at anytime.
  • Comic-Book Time: Actually becomes a major plot point in this movie. Timmy makes note of the fact that many TV shows run on this, and that if he were to live in one of them, he'd essentially never grow up. Ironically, this show already runs on Comic Book Time, but it would defeat the whole purpose of Timmy running away into TV if that was pointed out.
  • Comical Overreacting: When one of the kids in Walnuts fainted, the offscreen adult assumed that Timmy did something to him and called the police.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Timmy's parents heard Chip Skylark's song "Icky Vicky," they apparently came to the conclusion that it was a song about pumpkins.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "The Big Scoop": Upon learning that Timmy's parents prohibited him from watching TV, Chester said Timmy should have gotten rid of them.
    • "Nectar of the Odds": Doug Dimmadome remembers Timmy as the boy who found his missing son.
    • "Odd, Odd West": Doug also remembers that Timmy tried to prevent him from tearing down Dimmsdale Flats.
    • "Engine Blocked": Doug also remembers his failed attempt to acquire a Striker Z.
    • "Abra Catastrophe": Crocker is shown exiting from the clinic he was sent at the end of that movie.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Jeff, the Steve analogue in the Blue's Clues parody "Clint's Hints", is very clearly insane.
    Jeff: (cartwheels into shot) Hi, kids! I'm Jeff! (rushes up to the camera) Ignore the shaving cut, and the five o'clock shadow, I'm really a kid! Just like you! Hey, let's go find some hints! Some "Clint's Hints"! Come on!
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Inverted: the fact that the remote doesn't have number buttons, only Channel Up and Channel Down, is what prevents Vicky from going straight to the Biographical Channel right away.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After having no luck fighting Vicky in Maho Mushi, Timmy decides to use the remote to make himself older, so he would forget Cosmo and Wanda, and the remotes would no longer function, making it easier for him to fight Vicky. It does cause the remotes to no longer function, but since Timmy lost his memories of ever having Cosmo and Wanda, and everything he ever did with them, this causes him to forget that he is fighting Vicky and just thinks that he is in a football stadium waiting to play a team called the "Cougars," and does nothing to stop Vicky. Thankfully, Wanda poofs Timmy back to his normal age just in time.
    Timmy: Wow, I can't remember a thing! ...so, why am I running?
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Chester believes becoming a Self-Made Orphan is how kids whose parents don't allow them to watch TV should react.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Apparently Mom and Dad are the only ones in the entire town who don't know that Vicky is evil.
  • Final Speech: Future Timmy gives one just before damage to his time belt causes him to return to the future. Subverted as he doesn't technically die.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: When Cosmo hid in a shower he poofed up to avoid telling Timmy about what'll happen when he grows up, Timmy flushed the toilet beside it. To cool off, Cosmo jumped into the toilet.
  • Functional Magic: Vicky thinks the magic remotes use technology to change what's on the TV.
  • Future Badass:
    • Future Timmy. He infiltrates her army to gain access to her technology. To earn her trust, he is forced to fight her elite squad, which he defeats effortlessly.
    • The first scene shows Future Chester and A.J. as they evade Vicky's forces and attempt to use one of her time belts to go back in time. They nearly succeed, but are interrupted mere seconds before they can accomplish the mission.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Future Vicky herself, considering she has no direct involvement in the present. Her role solely consists of ensuring that her past self, the actual Big Bad, manages to achieve her goal, doing so by sending to the past her most trusted soldier (who is The Mole) to guarantee things happen as it should.
  • Growing Up Sucks: One of the reasons Timmy travels into TV world is because doing so would halt his aging, thus preventing him from ever losing his fairy godparents. And when he ages himself up to 18 years old in the Maho Mushi world to stop Vicky's remote, Wanda drops this sad line.
    Vicky: Why isn't [the remote] working?!
    Wanda: Because Timmy's too old for fairies!
  • Heel–Face Turn: Mr. Crocker before Timmy's wish erases all his memory of recent Timmy-related events, despite the fact that one has nothing to do with the other.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Mr. Turner laughs when someone says the name "Deep Toot".
  • Heroic BSoD: Timmy suffers one when Vicky damages his Future self's time belt, banishing him from the current timeline. He screams in frustration and anger, before assuring himself that it's time to face her.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: After briefly commenting to himself on how gullible his future self is after his bullshit explanation for why Cosmo and Wanda keep following them through the TV, Timmy awkwardly notices his glare after he stops talking.
  • Just in Time: Good news, Timmy's aging gambit worked, meaning Vicky can't use the remotes anymore. Bad news, the Fairy Taxi shows up to take Cosmo and Wanda away. Even after Wanda manages to make Timmy 10 again so he can send Vicky away, he only manages to stop the Fairy Taxi by mere seconds.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Timmy is forced through the wringer at the start of the movie thanks to Vicky, made even worse by the fact that his parents flat out refuse to believe his claims that Vicky is at fault.
    • Mere moments after the Frosty expy comes to life, Timmy and crew mow him down on their dog sled.
      Snowman: I'm alive! Happy birthday! (notices dog sled; screams; is flattened)
      • Comet doesn't even bother hiding his hatred of Rudolph, flat out saying he's going to go "make fun of that freak with the glowing red nose".
  • Kids Driving Cars: There's a segment that parodies Speed Racer. Timmy of course ends up racing and wins, but he's then called out by the referee as being "too young to race in this race".
  • Lampshade Hanging: invoked Given the nature of the film, almost no stone is left unturned as Timmy and the fairies travel through the world of television. Just to name certain examples: the Dawson Casting of Blue's Clues, how boring a cartoon about baby adventures would actually be, the violence of Tom and Jerry, the fact that no one in cartoons age, the fact that even The History Channel is Harmful to Minors, and so on, and so on, and so on.
  • Last Stand: Towards the climax of the movie, Future Timmy is forced back to the future due to Vicky damaging his time travel belt, and there was one channel left before she made it to the Biographical Channel. Timmy's last chance to stop Vicky is to face her one on one in "Maho Mushi".
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: With everything that had happened, Timmy wishes for all of the events of the episode to be erased, leading to many people getting their memories wiped.
    "Were we doing something Timmy-related?"
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the Tom and Jerry parody, every instance of physical violence is obscured by either Cosmo or Wanda leaning into frame, remarking on how the level of violence the old-school cartoons got away with.
  • Limited Animation: Lampshaded in The Meatflints and Maho Mushi, which are parodies of The Flintstones and old animes.
    Timmy: Forget it, Vicky! The only way you are getting out of here is over my cold, unmoving, limited animation body!
  • Moment Killer: After Future Timmy saves Timmy from falling off the end credits of Adolescent Genetically Altered Karate Cows, the two have a touching moment, which abruptly ends when Vicky blasts Future Timmy's time-travel belt, which results in him returning to the future.
  • Never My Fault: Timmy's Dad keeps blaming his wife for Timmy running away.
    Mr. Turner: You have to apologize to Timmy!
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Upon traveling through the TV shows, Timmy learns about this trope. One of his main reasons to move in the TV was to invoke this trope for an eternal childhood.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Vicky again makes Timmy look like a hoodlum in front of his parents, they point out the fact that he destroyed the house with a bazooka and turned on his TV despite being grounded means he isn't trustworthy.
  • Professional Wrestling: "Welcome back to POLITICALLY INACCURATE SMASH DOWN!"
  • Race Against the Clock: Sort-of. Part of Timmy's plan to defeat Vicky involves aging himself up enough so that he forgets he ever had fairies. However, the downside to his plan is that the Fairy Cab pops in to take them away. And the driver isn't a very patient guy...
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The show Maho Mushi is known for causing its viewers to mimic the violent stunts it presents. Timmy is one of the viewers who followed suit, and gets grounded as a result. His parents also didn’t want him to watch the show anymore before such, but he ignores them.
    • Vicky catches “Timmy” (really Cosmo in disguise) in front of the TV which is on despite his punishment, she makes more disasters around the house but fakes that Timmy did it, leading his parents to punish him more.
  • Reset Button: At the end of the movie, Vicky is fired by the Turners, but Timmy decides that putting up with her for a few more years is worth it if it means that Cosmo and Wanda will remain with him. This causes him to wish that the magic remotes never existed, restoring the status quo.
  • Recurring Riff: The transition songs between each show turn out to be taken from the invokedCut Song "If I Lived in TV".
  • Run Away Hide Away: Functionally, Timmy's television. He runs away from home, intending to live the rest of his life in the shows that he used to watch.
  • Running Gag:
    • Vicky writing "Vicky Was Here" on every show she visits, including key-scratching the message on Mr. Turner's car and blaming Timmy for it.
    • While in the Maho Mushi world, Cosmo kept accidentally firing Hand Blasts.
  • The Reveal:
    • Done in the parody of Scooby-Doo, where the masked figure turns out to be the monster that chases Timmy and the other characters. Also done for real when the masked figure turns out to be Timmy from the future.
    • Tootie reveals to Timmy's parents that Vicky is a horrible babysitter.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied in the Snooper Dog cartoon, with the bird from The Meatflints lampshading it like he did with Wraparound Background.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Timmy from the future travels back into the past to prevent Vicky from getting a hold of the remote that allowed her to take over the world.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: When it turns out that Vicky is just as knowledgeable in "Maho Mushi" as he is, Timmy's last ditch gambit to stop Vicky is to do essentially this... by aging himself with his own remote until he becomes too old for fairies, as only then will their remotes stop working''.
  • Smart Ball / Idiot Ball: In a brief moment while in the Rankin Bass parody, Cosmo has to tell Wanda not to go after the "chocolate" the reindeer drop as they fly by.
    Cosmo: (as he and Wanda poof up umbrellas) Watch where you step!
    Wanda: Oh, boy! Chocolate!
    Cosmo: I wouldn't if I were you.
  • Skewed Priorities: Mr. Turner was more upset over the fact that Timmy could spell "Dinkleberg" better than "ever" than the fact that he had run away, even though both words were written by Vicky and Cosmo respectively.
  • Status Quo Is God: Timmy hits the reset button because he realizes Vicky is the main reason he got Cosmo and Wanda, and therefore, is a Necessary Evil.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Timmy's kids, Tommy and Tammy. They look similar to both of Timmy's Love Interests, Trixie and Tootie.
  • Stylistic Suck: In the Sesame Street parody, the puppet versions of Vicky, the Timmys, and Cosmo and Wanda are not only clearly thrown into the prop TV, but you can also see people pull them through.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Deep Toot's messages constantly said "I am not Vicky's sister". Strangely, everyone falls for it, even Vicky herself.
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Parodied when one of the shows Timmy ends up on is "Adolescent Genetically Altered Karate Cows".
  • The Talk: When Timmy asked what would happen when he grows up, Cosmo began this, complete with puppets, before Wanda told him he was giving the wrong speech.
  • Tempting Fate: Both of Timmy's parents were doing some pretty important and fragile things at the same time Timmy was bouncing around in an indestructible bubble. Guess what happens.
  • Throwing Your Gun at the Enemy: What ultimately manages to save Cosmo and Wanda from the Fairy Taxi is Timmy tossing both remotes into the cab's door.
  • Time Travel: Future Timmy travels back in time 20 years to prevent the Bad Future.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Timmy His present version goes toe-to-toe with Vicky during the final battle, while his Future self is the masked figure that has been following him for most of the first act.
  • Trapped in TV Land: Timmy tries to invoke this in order to stay as a kid forever.
  • Wham Line: From the ninja that was chasing Timmy throughout the first half of the movie.
    Timmy: Nice try, pal. I'm not afraid of you here! On this show, the good guy always wins!
    Adult Timmy: You young fool. Don't you understand!? (Dramatic Unmask) I AM the good guy!
  • Wraparound Background: While in the Meatflints world, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda are chased by a saber tooth tiger, with Wanda pointing out them already passing by the same furniture and the prehistoric bird lampshading the trope. Timmy thinks the concept is lame.
  • You Are Grounded: Timmy’s parents ground him from watching television for destroying the city with thanks to his Maho Mushi-esque stunt.

 
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