Follow TV Tropes

Following

YMMV / iCarly

Go To

YMMV for the revival goes here

    open/close all folders 
    A-H 
  • Abandon Shipping: The Seddie (Sam/Freddie) ship seems to lose shippers every time Sam does something of a higher level of Comedic Sociopathy than her previous levels. Examples include throwing Freddie out of a treehouse after delivering to him a harsh beating with a tennis racquet in iMeet Fred and running a child labor sweatshop during iSell Penny Tee's.
    • Like most pairings that happen then break up, the Seddie arc caused a few Seddie fans to fall away, having seen their relationship happen and not be satisfied with it, and not wanting it to happen again.
    • The finale that showed Carly kissing Freddie and him celebrating caused many a Seddie shipper to abandon the pairing, blamed on Freddie who is seen by them as a player, or sleazy double timer or simply 'not good enough' for Sam any longer.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    Sam: I want to do bad things to that chick.
    Freddie: You should.
    Sam: I will.
  • Actor Shipping:
    • Elements of the Creddie and Seddie fandoms also like pairing up Miranda Cosgrove / Nathan Kress (Niranda) and Jennette McCurdy / Nathan Kress (Jathan), respectively.
    • There is Jennette McCurdy / Miranda Cosgrove (Jiranda/Minnette) interest amongst Carly/Sam shippers.
    • There is occasional cracky Real-Person Fic smutfic based around Jerry Trainor, who plays Spencer, being involved as well. Usually with Jennette, who had a crush on him when she was younger. Miranda/Jerry is generally ignored due to Jerry having known Miranda since she was a little kid.
    • Max Ehric and Jennette McCurdy have in the past created videos together and spent time together giving rise to people who ship them together. This has lead to some Ship-to-Ship Combat between people who bring up that relationship and those who ship Jathan.
    • James Maslow of Big Time Rush and Miranda Cosgrove have some supporters. This might be one of the more realistic pairings, since James and Miranda have brought up or had each other brought up in interviews. James once opined that their careers would prevent them from giving each other the attention a relationship deserves.
  • All Animation Is Disney: Live-action variant. People magazine once identified Miranda Cosgrove as one of Disney's child stars.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Sam Puckett displays classic signs of sociopathy such as a lack of empathy and guilt, a parasitic lifestyle (leeching money off Carly and the gang), impulsiveness, poor behavior control (always beating Freddie and everyone else), being manipulative (any time she makes up a plan), being emotionally shallow, a poster child of juvenile delinquency, superficial charm, need for stimulation (the eagerness of her wanting to hurt someone or make them suffer) as a way to relieve boredom. Also Carly could know this already and willing to exploit it as she rarely has qualms about Sam beating Freddie mercilessly on any occasion and the fact that in "iLook Alike" she doesn't mind Spencer get beat up and go against his wishes a lot of the time. She could be a two-faced bitch that just manipulates people to get the highest ratings on the internet for her show in a smaller case of sociopathy.
    • The earliest one was that Sam was either Ambigulously Lesbian or Bisexual. Lesbian is probably Jossed as of iOMG.
      • Sam(antha) being in love with Carly, just like Freddie is, and that being the source of their conflict is a very popular Alternative Character Interpretation.
      • The Les Yay on this show is so thick you can cut it with a knife and the entire show can be seen as two girlfriends and their Lez Bro.
    • The fact that Jonah kissed Carly because Sam wouldn't kiss him or put out speaks alot about Sam's true character: A girl who is brash and mean in public, but doesn't kiss her boyfriend in private, at least until she's gained their trust. Maybe underneath her tough exterior is a very sad, lonely, insecure girl. Or a secret lesbian. Or just a Tsundere.
    • Is Carly the Alpha Bitch of her school? She has Sam as The Dragon and Freddie, a guy who will follow her to the end of the earth as her clique. The trio are treated very differently by the principal than regular students would. Carly also goes out with the hottest guys at the school who other girls want even if she is younger than them, the trio is legitimately famous, all are incredibly beautiful, other girls know she has Freddie wrapped around her fingers, Carly has a massive apartment, loads of money and freedom from typical parental influence. It's easy to see how the less popular students at the school might envy and/or dislike her, Sam and Freddie.
    • The gag in "iCarly Saves TV" in which Mrs. Benson holds out screwdrivers for Spencer to grab, warning about the sharp point, with Spencer brushing her off but accidentally stabbing himself with the screwdriver, prompting her to take care of his injury. Mrs. Benson holds the screwdrivers out with the points facing Spencer despite knowing about the danger. Given how much of a Control Freak she is, it's possible she wanted him to grab the screwdriver point-first and stab himself so she would be seen as right and he'd need her to take care of him.
  • Anvilicious: Piracy is bad. One episode had the trio working a sting operation to try to bust some guys apparently selling pirated movies (only for it to turn out the guys they were tailing were making cheesy pirate movies), and one of Spencer's insane love interests is defeated when the group reports her for illegally downloading music off the Internet.
  • Ass Pull:
    • In "iSpace Out", Carly is suddenly revealed to be aggressively claustrophobic and breaks the window of a training space station module to escape, despite multiple occasions earlier where Carly is perfectly normal in spaces that are half that size or less. This noticeably results in the protagonists failing their goal as opposed to achieving it.
    • Sam liking Freddie in iOMG is an Ass Pull because of the desire to create a Shocking Swerve season ending Cliffhanger ending. In iOMG Sam liking Freddie just happens. There's no previous episode arc or more than a minimal amount of foreshadowing or explanation to the audience that Sam likes Freddie. The focus is on protecting a cliff-hanger ending where Sam only reveals she likes Freddie right at the end of the episode, leaving Freddie's response as the cliffhanger. Having any indication that it's Sam and Freddie would kill the swerve. They also use Brad as a Red Herring. In fact, the characters on the show itself make reference to how suddenly and strange it is, as they only mention that Sam's behavior only started when Brad showed back up, which was only for that episode. Sam showing signs of liking Freddie before it would kill the plot of the episode and spoil the dramatic ending. Later on in the short arc the reason is revealed to have been an incident that was never shown, took place entirely off screen, with no reference as to when it happened.
  • Award Snub:
    • Snubbed so far in every single Emmy award show since it debuted to 13 million people, and followed it up with an 11.2 million episode early in 2010 along with critical acclaim and a fresh outlook on children and teenage television plot, characters and comedy.
    • Emmy Awards 2010: Along with Hannah Montana, it was snubbed in 2010 by the Wizards of Waverly Place movie (the series itself was also nominated) for the 2010 Best Children's Show Emmy.
    • Emmy Awards 2009: Where it lost outright to the Wizards of Waverly Place series, along with the only other nomination, Hannah Montana.
    • Emmy Awards 2008: Where it was not even being nominated for the Best Children's Show Emmy.
    • Teen Choice Awards 2008: Hannah Montana winning Best TV Show Comedy and Best Comedy Actress for Miley Cyrus, with iCarly getting no nominations at all. Not even the 13 million viewers for "iPilot" got them a Breakout show nomination.
    • Teen Choice Awards 2009: Hannah Montana wins Best TV Show Comedy and Best Comedy Actress for Miley Cyrus, again. The Jonas Brothers, being nominated as a group and winning the Best Actor Comedy award over Jerry Trainor (of course, the Jonases were huge at the time, and are far more relevant to their show than Trainor is to his) and other far more worthy nominees.
    • Teen Choice Awards 2010: Sonny with a Chance and Wizards of Waverly Place were nominated for the Best Comedy show but not iCarly. The Jonas Brothers, again win the Best Actor Comedy award despite being 3 people, whilst Jerry Trainor wasn't even nominated (neither was Nathan Kress, by the way).
    • Kids' Choice Awards 2008: Despite being run by Nickeldeon, Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy were not nominated for Favorite Television Actress. It took till 2009 before the show itself won the Best TV Comedy award, but Miranda Cosgrove lost to Selena Gomez for Best Actress every year since Wizards premiered. Of course, Selena is much more famous than Miranda is; the fact that she has dated Justin Bieber only gave her more of an advantage.
    • Kids' Choice Awards 2012: While Jennette McCurdy won Favorite Sidekick for the second year in a row note , the show itself lost Favorite TV Show to Victorious, while Miranda Cosgrove again lost to Selena Gomez for Favorite Actress (with the Bieber effect in full swing).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Depending on who you ask, Carly Shay is either a flawed, yet lovable Nice Girl or an unlikable Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who whines when she doesn't get what she wants.
    • Sam Puckett, much moreso than Megan, her counterpart from Drake & Josh, who was near-universally hated by the fanbase. Sam is either the best or worst part of the show, depending on whether or not one finds her funny or wishes that she would get punished for once. The announcement that she wouldn't be returning for the revival has likely pleased some and upset others.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Sam/Freddie and Carly/Freddie divide eventually shattered the base completely. Even more so than in most series that involve opposing canon couples, there is almost no interaction between the 2 sides and what little there is either a free for all shipping war on Tumblr, or heavily regulated on the iCarly Wiki.
      • Probably the best example of this is the Groovy Smoothie LiveJournal community. In Season 1 and through most of Season 2, it had become the center of the fandom, and had a large, active fandom, which included the Word of God posting there because of it's size and maturity. From the second half of Season 2 to the start of Season 3, it ended up being perceived as 'pro-Seddie', and was abandoned by Creddie fans who started their own forum. Additionally, the Word of God left to make his own separate blog site, taking even more activity away from it. When Season 3 aired, it contained multiple episodes that advanced the Creddie ship but nothing for Seddie. Which caused the community to dwindle further as Seddie fans left, leaving the community a graveyard for the fandom when the extreme Schedule Slip caused episodes to air months apart. Even though the show has swung back to Seddie, there's hardly anyone left to discuss it.
    • The Sam/Freddie arc at the start of Season 5 is causing even the Sam/Freddie base to break in parts. Some love it and think it's the best the show has ever done, others are giving up on it, seeing it as Shipping Bed Death and being critical of how Sam and Freddie's relationship is being portrayed.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Emma Stone's cameo in "iFind Spencer Friends".
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • Well, half an episode, specifically Spencer's subplot in iSpace Out involving the creepy little girl.
    • The entire plot of "iApril Fools".
  • Catharsis Factor: In "iCant Take It," Mrs. Benson humiliating Sam on the iCarly webshow when it's live by revealing that Sam sabotaged Freddie's application to a high-end science camp, so as to break the pair up. It doesn't last due to Carly intervening out of guilt at seeing her friends' hearts breaking, but Mrs. Benson's smugness is satisfying as she shows Freddie that someone wrote "looking at clouds and eating poop" as his hobbies on the form submitted in his name. Sam goes Oh, Crap!, stares into the distance, and tries to change the subject by suggesting to Freddie that they go look at clouds. In fact, it's the only time that Freddie being angry at her had any type of emotional impact because she desperately tries to apologize but from her tone, she knows her reason— petty enough that he wasn't able to tell her the time— was no excuse. The next episode goes further by showing that they break up on realizing they're too incompatible.
  • Critical Research Failure: In iStake Out, Freddie gets out of going to a swimming lesson to hide his tattoo on a cloudy day by convincing his mother to go buy cloud block so that he won't get "cloud burn." This is supposed to be an example of how incredibly overprotective she is of him for buying it, but it's actually possible to get sunburn on a cloudy day since clouds don't completely block out ultraviolet rays.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Carly and Sam. Sam is known for being an insufferable bully with no karma for her actions. Carly just sits there and spectates while Sam abuses Freddie and emotionally manipulates him. Both stole a prized possession of Gibby's and sold it to a Japanese tourist (Although it was to bail Sam's mom out of jail, after Gibby accidentally let the money go for a "moon rock"). They will also resort to underhanded tactics to deal with their antagonists. One example was iRocked the Vote. While Wade Collins was an asshole who lied about his mother's condition to fish for sympathy, their course of action was to dox him by telling people what hotel room he was staying at with the intent of him possibly getting beaten up.
    • This created some unintended consequences. For example, in "iParty With Victorious," the audience was expected to hate Steven for cheating on Carly. Many fans did hate him - but not all. Some viewers openly said that, although they disapproved of Steven's lies and cheating, they found it difficult to be outraged on Carly's behalf when there were so many times on the show when Carly should have been punished or called out for something and she wasn't.
    • Similarly, during Season 4, one blogger said that she had hated Jonah for hurting Sam in "iHate Sam's Boyfriend," and cheered when Jonah got his comeuppance. But the blogger went on to say that if she had known just how horrible Sam was going to turn out to be, she wouldn't have bothered to expend so much emotion on Sam's behalf.
  • Designated Villain: Mrs. Benson in iCan't Take It. She's only genuinely worried about her son dating an abusive jerk, but everyone treats her as the jerk. Yes, the way she handled it could've been better but as far as parenting goes, she was completely in the right for trying to put the brakes on her son's relationship with a physically and verbally abusive delinquent. The next episode proves Mrs. Benson right as Sam and Freddie break up.
    • Missy in iReunite With Missy is treated as generally worse than Sam even though Sam probably would do the same things Missy did and probably worse.
    • Spencer in iLook Alike most definitely qualifies. He's supposedly a bad guy and a killjoy for being concerned about the trio's safety? And we're supposed to find his "comeuppance" at the end satisfying in some matter?
      • Also him in iDate a Bad Boy for the same reasons as Mrs. Benson listed above. The guy that Carly's trying to date is a known troublemaker and possible criminal. He has every right to be protective of Carly in this situation. What sane parent/guardian would want their daughter dating someone like that?
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Sam: Seen by some Creddie fans as a villain who "beats" Freddie, stabbed Carly in the back in "iSaved Your Life" by helping Freddie realize that Carly's sudden love for him was hero worship, and watch the show as if it were Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    • Carly: Seen by some Seddie fans as a spoiled Mary Sue who kissed Sam's first kiss.
    • In-universe example in the episode iStart A Fan War — When Carly points out the guy she currently has a crush on, the in-universe Carly/Freddie shippers scream that he's the one who "stole Carly from Freddie!" and attack him.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sam gets this treatment by a large part of her and the Seddie fandom. Quite unusual example because she's not really a villain so much as someone who acts like a Jerkass most of the time.
  • Dry Docking: Each of the trio get this treatment. Nathan especially, although Miranda and Jennette get their fair share.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The gang's friend Wendy was a popular character in the earlier seasons of the show, before she vanished.
    • Gibby! So popular that he eventually became an Ascended Extra.
    • T-Bo has taken up this mantle, being involved in the show much more.
    • Gibby's brother, Guppy seems to have his own fanbase too.
    • Sam's twin sister, Melanie, is very popular for liking Freddie the way he is. She only appeared in one episode of the original series.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: iCan't Take It. Freddie and Sam stay together despite Mrs. Benson's protests and Sam's past mistakes, which is good and all, if it weren't for the fact that Mrs. Benson understandably doesn't want her son dating a physically and verbally abusive delinquent and the fact that Sam's past mistake consisted of her fudging up Freddie's camp application, said camp could've helped him get into any college he wanted to. Sam effectively ruined an amazing opportunity for Freddie (and for not knowing the time, no less), and the show basically shrugs it off as "Oh well" and treats them staying together as a Heartwarming Moment. Many fans did not see it that way.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wade Collins is a big jerk, but he is pretty good looking.
  • Fandom Heresy: Telling someone else you know is a big fan of the show that you ship Creddie is likely to get this response, because a huge majority of the vocal fans are Seddie fans. Also gains plus points for with the plus point that the phrase 'not a true fan' is thrown about with abandon all over the fandom.
    • A civil war version, Seddie fans who aren't happy or actually dislike the Sam/Freddie relationship arc in Season 5 have been called 'not true fans' by the rest.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • iCarly vs Sonny with a Chance: Stems from the idea that Sonny with a Chance was ripped off from an original idea Dan pitched to Disney Channel that eventually became iCarly when Disney rejected it, only to turn around later and produce Sonny with a Chance as a star vehicle for Demi Lovato which just happened to be nearly identical to the original idea for iCarly. The episode "iTake On Dingo" was made as a response to this, with the "Dingo Channel" (a parody of the Disney Channel) stealing ideas from Carly's show to use in its own shows. Interestingly, the shows share an actor- Doug Brochu, who was in a few Season 1 episodes of iCarly and is a supporting character on Sonny.
    • iCarly vs Victorious: Stems from Victorious being the sole reason for Schedule Slip and the heavy reduction in episode orders. They simply can't use the studio because it's shared with Victorious. The other major issues are that all the best ideas, comedy and writing is used on Victorious because Dan Schneider's new favorite girl is Victoria Justice.
    • iCarly having One Direction as guest stars caused instant drama, mostly on Tumblr. One Direction fans derided the iCarly fandom as being comprised only of "immature 12 year olds" that would somehow swamp the One Direction fandom, iCarly fans shot back with "who are One Direction and why have I never heard of them?", that iCarly is far more popular than One Direction ever will be, and reminding the One Direction fans that the majority of it's fandom are much older due to how long the show has gone for as well as having a lot of mature humor. However, it seems like One Direction have become bigger than iCarly (teen idols do have bigger and more rabid fan bases than TV shows, after all). It's saying something when "iGo One Direction" topped the iTunes chart and became the fifth best selling episode of 2012, whereas other iCarly episodes peaked in the mid teens upon their release.
    • iCarly fans (or rather, troll accounts posing as fans) spam on the Twitter accounts of Nintendo or Pokémon GO demanding some kind of crossover between their TV show and generally pissing off the followers of those accounts for no reason whatsoever.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Everyone's parents. Only Mrs. Benson actually appears regularly. Pam Puckett was only referred to until she showed up in a single episode. Spencer and Carly's dad is in the military and only up in one-sided phone conversations. Sam's father, Freddie's father and Carly/Spencer's mother have never even been mentioned.
    • Why did Freddie end up in Seattle, or more accurately, why did his mother come to Seattle on her own, with him. Often combined with the father question.
  • Fanon:
    • Wendy has had her Mister Exposition moments, and blown them up so that Wendy is the Ridgeway equivalent of Gossip Girl.
    • Rebecca Berkowitz Really Gets Around.
    • Carly being afraid of thunderstorms. Most prevalent in the Carly/Freddie Fan Fic community.
    • Certain fans gave the main characters their "full names" that are not canon in the show, though part of the fandom have treated those names like Ascended Fanon in wikis and fanfiction:
      • Carly is "Carlotta Taylor Shay", where Taylor is Miranda's actual middle name. Sam called Carly "Carlotta" only in one episode, while Ridgeway teachers and school records always called/listed Carly as 'Carly Shay' and never Carlotta.
      • "Fredward Karl Benson" and "Spencer Gerald Shay" for Freddie and Spencer, where Karl and Gerald are Nathan's middle name and Jerry's real name respectively.
      • Sam is an interesting example: "Samantha Joy Puckett". Samantha is Sam's canon first name; weirdly enough, she was "assumed" a girly middle name to contrast her tomboyish persona when Jennette herself has TWO feminine middle names: Michelle and Faye. And there's "Melanie Audrey Puckett".
      • The mother of Spencer & Carly is named Taylor Shay (nee Dorfman), and is usually an artist like Spencer, or a botanist.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • iMeet Fred especially among Seddie shippers due to Sam's Jerkass behavior towards Freddie reaching an all-time high as she hits him with a tennis racket due to him not finding Fred's videos funny. Even disregarding that, it's still a full-on Fred torture episode in which everyone turns their backs against Freddie just because he expressed a dislike for Fred's videos, leading the YouTube sensation to retire.
    • The Seddie Arc for some viewers.
  • Fan Wank: Copious amounts related to shipping. One large pro-Seddie group interpret any form of communication or interaction as supporting their ship.
    • The "Seddie is going to happen because Dan said so" shippers. See Shrug of God for why they can never actually back their claim up with any evidence, confirmed with the final episode. No Seddie.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The episode “iFix A Pop Star” straight up mocks Britney Spears’s infamous public breakdown by creating a fake pop star (Ginger Fox) and saying she has no talent, parodying both her hair-shaving incident and her appearance in the 2007 MTV's Video Music Awards. This whole parody became harsher over the years as Spears opened up about the abuse she'd suffered in her career, which led to the breakdowns parodied in the episode.
    • A lot of Sam's quirks become this when Jennette McCurdy wrote about suffering from anorexia and bulimia in 2019:
      • Sam is known to be a Big Eater who jokes about being an Extreme Omnivore. Jennette's eating disorder meant that she was bingeing and purging from the stress of eating and kept getting roles because she was "small" as well as her mother's cancer diagnosis.
      • Second, Sam also lost a tooth from eating corn in-show, due to not having seen a dentist for several years. In real life, Jennette had a tooth fall out due to stomach acids corroding the enamel.
      • Finally, Sam's mom is emotionally abusive and can only make partial progress with her when a therapist traps them in a room. Jennette's mother was the one who encouraged her eating disorder and encouraged her to hide it from a concerned fellow parent, though Jennette maintains that her mother was doing the best she could in competitive Hollywood.
    • "iRock the Vote" is about an American Idol stand-in where instead of David Cook, David Archuleta competes against Wade Collins, who garners sympathy by claiming his mother is sick (similar to how Cook discussed his brother's brain cancer). In reality, Collins' mother is fine — she and Collins are just both jerks. Three weeks after the episode aired, Cook's brother died of brain cancer, and Cook thusly raised awareness and funds for cancer research. Following Cook's loss, the episode looks like a much crueller parody of that Idol season.
    • "iLost My Head in Vegas" has a gag where Chumlee of Pawn Stars fame takes Gibby into a back room to buy Gibby's pants, leaving Gibby in his underwear. Already suggestive, it gains a much creepier undertone since 2016, as Chumlee was accused of sexual assault (though he wasn't charged).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Not a true example of the trope because its massive popularity in the USA, but the show is wildly popular in Australia, the UK and the Philippines, with huge amount of fans following it when aired in those countries, and by internet streaming or downloading when they air in the US. If you join the iCarly fandom, you're as likely to encounter someone from these countries as you are someone from the USA or Canada.
    • This show also has quite a following in Japan. Many Japanese Virtual Youtubers has went on record to say that becoming a VTuber is essentially them being able to live their "iCarly fantasies".
    • Miranda Cosgrove has a huge following in Brazil of all places.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2: Freddie's a much rounder and mature character, old jokes fall into disuse, the plots are better... Season 1 was OK, but season 2 is where the series really got good.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Many of the jokes on Sam's amazing appetite can be this given that in early 2019, Jennette McCurdy revealed she'd been dealing with an eating disorder throughout her entire time on the series.
    • Then there's the episode "iWon't Cancel the Show", where Sam doesn't appear at all due to Jennette being in the hospital during filming. The "Sam-less" episode and the reasoning behind it are both harsher in hindsight due to Sam not appearing at all in the 2021 revival, in large part due to Jennette's personal struggles during the original show (as well as Sam & Cat) leading her to quit acting altogether.
    • Tying into the above, the fact that Sam's mother is emotionally abusive has become this with Jeanette McCurdy's revelation that her real-life mother was exactly the same way throughout her entire entertainment career.
    • The web show's pranks towards Lewbert and others is this thanks to the rise of controversial prank channels online where the hosts harass and humiliate unwitting and unwilling participates on camera and claim that it's all just innocent fun.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The last iCarly webcast in "iGoodbye" mentioning that the show would be on a break due to Carly going to Italy with her father becomes this in December 2020, when it was confirmed that the show would be revived on Paramount+.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A throwaway line in "iKiss" has Sam respond to Spencer's newfound dreams of being an NFL player by saying "If all the other professional football players are eaten by lions." This episode aired at the beginning of 2009, when the Detroit Lions were just about to wrap up one of the worst seasons in NFL history - they went 0-16.
    • The episode iTake on Dingo, was a Take That! to Disney with the studio, Dingo Studios, who plagiarized their webshow. In Real Life, there is a studio called Dingo Pictures that plagiarizes Disney's works. Even more hilarious, the real-life Disney Channel would later debut Bizaardvark, a sitcom very similar to iCarly in its concept.
    • In iBelieve In Bigfoot has Freddie watch a reality show called "Celebrities Underwater" where David Schwimmer drowns, leading to Freddie remarking "I guess there's never gonna be a Friends reunion." There was a Friends reunion on HBO Max.
    • The episode "iFight Shelby Marx," in which Carly accidentally starts a feud with the titular MMA fighter, eventually joining a televised fight. A vlogger going up against a professional fighter was just a joke at the time, but now it sounds like a prediction of the YouTuber boxing trend, particularly the Paul brothers becoming professional boxers.
  • Humor Dissonance:
    • Many of the web show's sketches are supposed to be funnier than anything on live-action TV. Seeing some of the show's sketches, it's kind of hard to believe. Granted, the only parts of the sketches seen by the viewing audience are usually the very end, but "Random Dancing" does not seem to warrant the praise the (web) show gets. Although given the live-action TV shows they've shown to exist in universe, it's not as big of a stretch as it may seem.
    • Sam's actions on the show are very much this. Her abuse of Freddie is Played for Laughs, but it's often seen as quite cruel. She also clearly has no respect for the First Lady, who praised her along with Freddie for what they did for Carly, interrupting her mid-phrase about wanting a sandwich. This was also Played for Laughs. Many viewers just found it unfunny.
Advertisement:

    I-Q 
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Fatcakes YEAH! (Principal Franklin/Sam).
  • Idiot Plot: In iGive Away A Car they believe a random kid who shows up on their doorstep, and claims to be the son of a local car dealership who wants to give them a car to give away as a prize on their webshow for answering a riddle. They never thought to actually call or see the guy's father to check out the car that was supposedly on offer until after Nevel wins the contest after he set the whole thing up.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Nora was a psychopathic kidnapper who tried to outright murder Gibby, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her. The girl's parents left her alone on her birthday (the way she said it implies that this is a common occurrence), she had no friends except her chicken, and her insanity was likely because of it. In-universe, Carly actually feels sorry for her.
      • That goes out the window in iStill Psycho. Nora tricks the gang into convincing the judge to let her go free and then she and her parents hold the iCary gang hostage. Nora even admits she knows she and her parents are psychopaths and none of them seem to have a problem attempting to kill people! Some fans are now even thinking her parents may have been in on the birthday party in iPsycho.
    • Sam is a violent budding criminal, but she comes from a neglectful home, and it's clear that she'd have no stability if not for the Shays letting her hang at their apartment. A few episodes show that she's more insecure than she lets on. One episode in which you feel bad for her is in iOwe You, when she gets a job in a chili restaurant. She has to deal with a rude customer, is forced to apologize to said customer when she fights back, and has to clean the men's room as punishment. Thankfully, she gets all the money she owed Carly and Freddie, and quits in an epic way.
    • Ms. Ackerman from iGot a Lovesick Teacher. While she's not in the right to lash out at her students after a nasty break-up, the woman was still dumped and has obvious issues, with the main characters merely ratting her out to the government for illegally downloading songs instead of actually doing something to help her.
    • Lewbert is a gross jerk who bullies children just for fun, but it's because he hates everything about his life and likely suffers some mental illness. His mother is reportedly cruel to him, and his ex-girlfriend is so abusive that he'd prefer prison to being around her. When the iCarly gang pranks him, it's hard to decide whether to laugh that a jerk like him got knocked down a peg or to feel bad that they knock around a man who's already so miserable.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Some people only really cared about the webshow sketches and Spencer subplots, the quirkiness of which would explain the show's boy fanbase. Younger kids and boys didn't really pay attention to the storylines and otherwise would have brushed it off as another generic girly teen sitcom.
    • The only reason that "iGo One Direction" sold as strongly on iTunes as it did was...take a guess.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Sam. Mostly because she is not related to any of the other main cast like Carly/Spencer and Mrs. Benson/Freddie are. If Carly or Freddie are shipped with a 4th person like Griffin or Valerie, Sam is usually paired with the leftover.
    • Wendy has been paired up with all 4 of the main cast.
    • Freddie is the male version. He has been paired with Carly, Sam, Spencer, Gibby, Wendy, Melanie, Shelby, along with several girls of the week, and two reasonably popular Crossover Ship pairings, one with Megan from Drake & Josh, and the more recent one with Cat from Victorious.
  • LGBT Fanbase. Has large a large LGBT fanbase due to the Carly/Sam pairing.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Fatcakes, YEAH!"
    • The Carly/Freddie fandom have two: Ariana Approves! and the Miranda/Nathan Real-Person Fic sub-forums having Nat Wolf become known as The Goober.
    • There was a troll meme where people would say that Sam was, or was going to get, pregnant with Freddie's baby in a future episode.
    • A clip of Gibby falling from the ceiling later became a popular meme, particularly mashing it up with other scenes of things/people falling.
    • "What's Gibby Thinking About?"Explanation 
    • Gibby hitting Spencer with a stop sign is a common reaction image in response to offensive Internet content.
    • "Whatcha got there?" "A Smoothie".Explanation 
    • Spencer Launches a Bagel into Griffin's Rectum is a famous quotable Youtube Poop that is also included in the Important Videos Playlist. WARNING: It is EXTERMELY loud and flashy. One commonly circulated image is the edit of Freddie's Big "YES!", which is used as a joyful reaction image.
    • "WHO WROTE THIS?! WHO WROTE THIS LIE?!"
    • Freddie snapping his fingers and gaining a leather jacket.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Word of God occasionally implies that all the Shipping nonsense detracts from what the shows core is about, that being the comedy/jokes, and the friendship of the Power Trio.
    • Many fans of the Sam/Freddie relationship claimed that if Freddie chose to be with the "damaged" girl, Sam, instead of the "perfect" girl, Carly, then it would send a positive message to teenaged girls - "You don't have to be perfect to get the guy." These fans never seemed to understand that using Sam and Freddie's relationship as a real life lesson would also convey a seriously Family-Unfriendly Aesop - "You can insult, publicly humiliate, and physically and emotionally abuse somebody for years, and they will not only accept it, but appreciate it, and even fall in love with you. You can even continue the abuse during the relationship, and it will still be fine."
  • Moff’s Law: Dan Schneider, the Word of God and his constant claim to focus on the comedy rather than the romantic vibes of the show amidst the heavy Ship Tease post-season 2 onwards. Done in-universe as well through an Author Filibuster in iStart A Fan War.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Nora and her family gleefully holding Spencer hostage to keep the iCarly gang imprisoned, torturing him if they do anything they don't like. What really pushes this over is Nora's implying that she can and will kill him if they make a wrong move.
      • She could've also crossed it when she tried to kill Gibby in iPsycho.
    • In iPear Store the fire department refuse to answer the Shay's calls because Spencer keeps lighting things on fire (which he appears to have no control over). Now what if one of Spencer's fires spread across the Bushwell Plaza? The Fire Department might just leave them to die. Even worse, that subplot is Played for Laughs.
    • Nevel Papperman crosses it in iFight Shebly Marx. After the titular Shelby Marx, who's a female boxer, gets over an argument of Carly accidentally pushing her grandmother down, she promises to go easy on her. Nevel would have none of it due to a petty vendetta he has on Carly, so he frames Carly for intentionally pushing down Shelby's grandmother, in hopes that Carly will be injured.
      • This one is also Played for Laughs but proves a point in iPity Nevel, after Nevel is seemingly redeemed, he yells at a man in a wheel chair for bumping into him for bumping into him and refusing an apology. Now Nevel has done worse, but it proves that even if he tries to redeem himself, he can't fight his nature.
    • Sam crosses it in iMeet Fred, when she nearly kills Freddie by smashing him with a tennis racket and throwing him out of the treehouse simply because he still won't admit to being into Fred Figglehorn's videos. Once again, Played for Laughs. Plenty of viewers just wanted Freddie to leave Sam after this event.
  • NarmCharm: Purposely invoked in many of the webshow's segments; in particular, Kelly Cooper is so deliberately over-the-top it's hilarious.
  • Never Live It Down: Considering the premise of Sam & Cat, people are skeptical of Sam being a babysitter considering the time she enslaved children in iSell Penny Tees.
  • One True Threesome: Carly/Freddie/Sam. Known mostly as Crediam.
  • Padding:
    • Same with iQuit iCarly. Instead of using Dave and Fleck to cause the Carly and Sam split, they could easily have had a live skit blow up in the opener because Sam didn't bother to rehearse and skip about 15 minutes of pointless filler. Also they could have removed the especially bad webshow skits, and just told the viewer that Dave and Fleck were funny.
    • iStart a Fan War had a lot of going back and forth between Spencer vs. Aspartamay and the fans ooh-ing and aah-ing about the levels of awesome of that particular debate, and then the iCarlies swearing up and down that there was nothing romantic between them only for the shippers to flat-out refuse to see this. Rinse, lather, repeat.
    • For a Crossover, the Victorious Crossover had very little actual cross over between the two casts.
  • Pandering to the Base: Two main ways can be identified for this trope:
    • Dan Schneider pandering to the Sam/Freddie ones with his overblown hype and expectations for the Sam/Freddie 5 episode story arc.
    • A more general example, but he clearly flips pack and forth to pander to the opposite side of whatever ship trolling he's written. Examples include pandering to Seddie fans after iSaved Your Life (A major Creddie episode), then Carly/Freddie fans after iOMG (a major Seddie episode), and then back to pandering for Seddie fans after iOwn A Restaurant had Freddie reveal he still had a crush on Carly.
  • Periphery Demographic: Each season skewed older than the last due to a number of factors:
    • The aging of the main cast from tween to mid/late teens.
    • Along with that of the original target audience.
    • Dan Schneider pursuing more and more references to television shows from decades past.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Creddie (Carly/Freddie), Seddie (Sam/Freddie), Spam (Spencer/Sam, very humorously considering Sam's love of meat), and Cam (Carly/Sam). There's also Crediam/Seddily (Carly/Freddie/Sam) OT3... right.
    • Also lesser couple Carmel (Carly/Melanie) and Sharly (Shelby/Carly).

    R-Z 
  • Relationship Writing Fumble:
    • Carly and Spencer had an incestuous dynamic similar to Justin/Alex or Ellie/Chuck.
    • Then came the even more blatant Sam/Carly undertones. Although the fumble may have been deliberate considering Dan Schneider and his penchant for including hidden Ho Yay and Les Yay in his supposedly teenage focused shows.
    • Also, Spencer/Sam. People would ship it anyway, but he's nearly twice her age, with her being between 14 to 17 during the show's run and Spencer being 26 to 29. A recent episode had Spencer lean over and tongue Sam's ear so she could hear his pop rocks crackling. In a later episode stated that she had a crush on Spencer.
    • A meta fumble, with the writers creating two opposing Shipping sects, with the Just Friends Carly/Freddie romance vs the Belligerent Sexual Tension couple Sam/Freddie, and then pushing each in multiple episodes, only to turn around and tell the audience they were watching the show wrong.
  • Replacement Scrappy: After Chuck's actor outgrew the character, the writers decided to replace him with his younger brother Chip, who was never mentioned before and the writers didn't even try to Hand Wave that. And while Chuck was a deliberate Hate Sink and Spoiled Brat, who at least had his (exaggerated) reasons to attack Spencer, Chip only targeted Spencer because Chuck did it before, and then tried to mess with Carly too, for similarly shallow reasons. Chip was only used for one episode and wasn't missed for the rest of the show.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Freddie's lab partner Duke is played by Doug Brochu prior to joining rival series Sonny with a Chance.
    • Tasha, the girl in iNevel whom Sam wanted to "...do bad things to" is played by Jonas' Nicole Anderson.
    • One of the trio's classmates in iHave a Lovesick Teacher is Ashley Argota, later known in another Nick sitcom, True Jackson, VP.
    • James Maslow who played Shane, the object of Carly and Sam's affection in "iSaw Him First" made into a major starring role in Nick's sitcom Big Time Rush.
    • Eric Nelsen, who played Zeke in iDream of Dance, later played the Jerk Jock Brett in 13.
    • iGo to Japan's Yuki is played by Harry Shum Jr., of Glee and Web Original Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, as well as the Step Up movies.
    • Tori Vega and André Harris played Shelby Marx in iFight Shelby Marx and Harper in iCarly Saves TV respectively. Trina showed up at Nora's party in iPsycho.
    • Brennan Yubberly from "iPilot" would later become the leader of the Dino Charge Power Rangers.
    • Carly accidentally spits in Adam Davenport's eye when asking him to the dance.
    • Emily Ratajkowski's first role as an adult was as Gibby's girlfriend in "iSpeed Date".
    • Justin Prentice played Brad in two episodes of the show before playing Bryce Walker in 13 Reasons Why.
    • Philip Brownley from "iMight Switch Schools" was played by Shanye Topp, who became much more well known as a host on Smosh.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 4 was somewhat less received than the prior seasons as the show became more reliant on Guest Stars (where the show hadn't really used them at all in the past) and Black Comedy; in addition, the start of Seddie arc was handled pretty bizarrely (as seen in Strangled by the Red String below).
    • Season 5 has taken the show to new lows of ratings. While Seasons 2, 3 and 4 were all roughly similar rated on average, Season 5 with it's continuation of Seddie arc dropped the average of the other 3 seasons by millions, and the final episode of the Seddie arc, iLove You, is the 5th lowest documented audience to date. The iBloop sequel was even lower than iLove You.
    • Season 6 for the most part, however, was considered by many to be an improvement due to the more unique plots and the significant downplaying of the Comedic Sociopathy within the characters. Nonetheless, this did nothing to help improve the ratings; iApril Fools only had 3.408 million, the very hyped iGo One Direction only had 3.9 million, and then iOpen a Restaurant had a shocking 2.828 million. The show's lowest documented audience is iBattle Chip, which premiered to 2.362 million viewers.
  • Second Verse Curse: The theme song is a full-length song. The full version was on the iSongs page before it was taken down.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Carly tossing her hat into the air at the end of "iPilot"; this scene is notable for being the only one that stayed in the theme song for the entire show's run.
    • The scene from iMeet Fred with Spencer and the Ostrich is also another scene that stayed in the theme song for the show's run since Season 2.
  • Shallow Parody: "Girly Cow" is meant to be just as absurd as SpongeBob SquarePants, according to Word of God. What little we see from the show, it looks more like a parody of Rocko's Modern Life or Ren & Stimpy instead, especially the latter, since Spencer talks about watching the "uncensored" version.
  • Ship Mates: Despite having a quite small circle of characters to ship, it still has a good amount of Ship Mates.
    • Carly/Freddie pairs with Sam/Spencer. Notable for Spam being a popular fanfic choice when the story progresses past high school. This evolved as a mutal Shout-Out, as both communities are less active than the Seddie ship.
    • Sam/Gibby has increased in popularity as Ship Mates with Carly/Freddie. It happened as Gibby gained a larger role in the show. In fandom the Sam/Gibby pairing is often used in fic set during high school as an opposite to the Spam ship.
    • Cam is rarely paired up with Fencer and vice-versa. iCarly hasn't picked much of a Maleslash fandom but it does have a large teen and young adult female based Femslash following. Freddie is often paired with Wendy, Melanie or Shelby.
    • Seddie fans have had a long-term like for the Carly/Gibby pairing. It stemmed from clinging to a ship that could work on the show itself that also gets Carly away from Freddie. The other 'go-to' pairings are Carly/Griffin, and Carly/Shelby for the Les Yay option.
    • Some Seddie fans ship Spencer/Marissa (Freddie's Mom), as another way to kill off Creddie in a story or on the show itself.
    • Before Brad was Chuck Cunningham Syndromed, both sides enjoyed the idea of a new potential recurring character that could become Ship Mates for their chosen pairing.
  • Shipping
    • The most popular ships are:
      • Seddie (Sam/Freddie), Slap-Slap-Kiss.
      • Creddie (Carly/Freddie), Just Friends.
      • Creddiam (Carly/Freddie/Sam).
      • Cam (Carly/Sam), Les Yay and Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
      • Spam (Spencer/Sam), May–December Romance.
      • Fencer (Spencer/Freddie), Ho Yay.
      • Minor ships include Spocko (Spencer/Socko), Speddiam (Spencer/Freddie/Sam), Spasha (Sasha/Spencer), Frendy/Sandy/Candy (Wendy with Freddie, Sam or Carly), Jalerie (Jonah/Valerie), Cibby/Sibby/Fribby (Gibby with Carly, Sam or Freddie), Sparly (Spencer/Carly), Sharly (Shelby/Carly), Fiffin/Criffin/Siffin (Griffin with Freddie, Carly or Sam), Felanie (Freddie with Melanie).
      • To give an indication of how big the shipping fandom was, on FanFiction.Net it reached the top 20 most written about TV Shows when it had 12,000 stories. It's unlikely it will ever drop below the top 40.
  • Shipping Bed Death: When iDate Sam & Freddie showed how an actual Seddie relationship would look like, this was the reaction of many fans. The generally accepted reason for it is Nathan Kress and Jennette McCurdy's long friendship ruining their ability to show or feel passion for each other. Nathan has said on several occasions statements that show he would prefer Freddie not end up with either of the girls (although once the show was over he commented about how he thought Carly & Freddie would end up together), while Jennette has said that she dislikes filming romantic scenes.
  • Shipping Goggles:
    • Shippers of the Sam/Freddie pairing fandom are well known for their 'secret Seddie', where they consider any form of interaction, chatting, talking, Sam hitting Freddie, fighting, both having the colors red, blue OR purple on, mentioning the other or just being in the same room together as blatant evidence that they are going to become a canon couple. They examine the 'evidence' so minutely in a show the creator has repeatedly said is about the comedy and not about the Shipping, that the extent they go is pretty much the live action version of Zutara shippers.
    • Seddie fans are quite prone to this. They regularly screen-cap a single freeze frame of Sam looking at Freddie, call it "eye-sex" and proclaim it canon evidence that they really love each other. The ending of iSpeed Date with Carly & Freddie slow dancing is only about Sam. Not Freddie or Carly, who are props used to show Sam's deep angst about her love for Freddie. The freeze frame tendency was mildly parodied (ironically by using an in-universe Creddie shipper) in iStart A Fanwar.
    • It got to the point that the whole "Seddie color is purple" thing eventually became Ascended Fanon with the color being all over the restaurant set for Sam and Freddie's first on-screen date.
    • iCarly shippers sometimes had difficulty distinguishing between actual canon and what the shippers believed the canon should be. For example, after "iOMG," many Sam/Freddie shippers insisted that it was canon that "Sam does not have a crush on Freddie, she is IN LOVE with him," despite the fact that the show had never made any such distinction.
  • The Ship's Motor:
    • Seddie shippers use a reply that Word of God left on his blog as their motor. It's along the lines of "their bickering is a game they've been playing since the sixth grade, and maybe they are afraid to stop playing". The 'game' idea has never come up on the show, and the only reference to the sixth grade is that was when Freddie first met and fell in love with Carly. The reasonable idea is that any 'game' is their inability admit they really care for each other. The Sam/Freddie shippers take it as the 'game' is willfully ignoring romantic feelings for each other because they enjoy fighting, and one-day will stop playing and get together.
    • Sam being bi is a big piece of fanon that's very useful in bringing out Carly's If It's You, It's Okay feelings for her in the Carly/Sam fandom.
    • With "iGoodbye" only sinking Seddie because it showed Carly kissing Freddie and him being happy about it the Seddie fans are using the Spin-Off Sam & Cat as a post-iCarly motor that could be used to cancel Creddie's supposed canonicity, or to simply over-write the Creddie ending of iCarly with Seddie in that show.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Really blew up once the iKiss episode featured Sam and Freddie kissing. Nickelodeon's biggest shipping war since Kataang vs. Zutara.
    • Because there is no one "official" fanforum, the war has erupted on LJ, FFN, Tumblr, YT, the forums at TV.Com, IMDB and TWOP. A group of Sam/Freddie shippers known as the "Seddie Warriors" are often the cause of these outbreaks. They are lead by an infamous Fandom VIP, are roughly analogous to the Harmonians in the Harry Potter fandom, and are vocal and militant about their hatred of **eddie.
      • A Word of God Creddie Ship Tease of a Carly/Freddie kiss required efforts to appease Seddie fans by hinting it wasn't what it appeared, destroying the whole point of getting the Creddie shippers excited about it.
      • Calmed down for a while, until Word of God set off another fight by deciding to Ship Tease the fans with a very interpretable script fragment that implied Freddie no longer loved Carly. Many interpreted it as the initial stages of a Ship Sinking, and to put it lightly, they were not amused. That caused Ship-to-Ship Combat, followed by turning into a meta-fight about just where the Dan Schneider should draw the line in teasing, and his effect on the fandom. The entire incident caused Dan to quit LiveJournal, delete all his entries there, and open up a separate blog where his first post bitched about the fans who didn't like what he did.
      • The next war erupted on LJ, and moved to Twitter and Youtube. The cause? Seddie fans taking seriously an LJ post by Creddie fans where they stole the Seddie ship's ''official colour'', that being purple.
      • There is an anti-slash faction in the iCarly shipping community, and they target Carly/Sam (Cam) Les Yay shippers by calling them delusional, implying they are pedophiles, accusing them of destroying the authors work, on some assumption that it isn't 'realistic' if either girl is lesbian or bisexual.
      • The iSpeed Date episode included a scene at the end with Freddie dancing with Carly. It's looking more and more like the powers that be are setting the stage for a Ship-to-Ship Combat war that makes the Chip vs. Dale/Gadget battles look like a gum-throwing match in comparison.
      • Word of God has decided to sit on the fence due to crazy fans, and refuses to outright state his real intentions for almost all shippy scenes, and instead gives vague hints designed so people who ship Carly/Freddie or Sam/Freddie can both interpret scenes as supporting their ship. The worst example by far is the end of the iSpeed Date episode.
      • More Word of God postings in the days before iSaved Your Life episode aired appeared to throw doubt on the idea that Carly and Freddie kissed. This seems monumentally stupid, as the actual episode featured much kissing 7 times, including the first one being a 30 minute long make-out session. It also included Creddie development, didn't sink the ship, and implied they would come back to each other in the future. To pacify the Seddie shippers, the Word of God's blog for that episode barely mentioned the more significant moments of the episode and rather based on interpretations that Dan's "friends" believe Sam was jealous and might have an ulterior motive in breaking-up the two.
      • If you couldn't tell from the name, the episode iStart A Fan War and it's first trailer caused flare ups all over the internet.
      • iOMG and it's aftermath have brought back the wars to an intensity not seen since iSpeed Date.
      • Tumblr's tagging feature is the cause of the latest war, as it gives Jerkass shippers the ability to instantly piss off every single opposing shipper simply by tagging a hate, anti-Shipping or pro-the other ship post and have it come up in the tag tracker.
      • The last piece of Ship Tease by Dan in "iGoodbye" (the Sam/Freddie phone scene that comes just before the romantic Carly/Freddie kiss) is unfortunately what most people ended up talking about, not the series being over.
      • It also continued through to his post-episode blog, which consisted of Ship Tease for the Seddie shippers by his attempts to downplay the romantic Last-Minute Hookup kiss moment for Creddie that happened in the finale, so they would continue to watch Victorious and would not boycott the new Sam & Cat Spin-Off show.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: iChristmas showed that Spencer/Mrs. Benson would have worked if Spencer was more normal.
  • Starboarding: Generally restricted to Freddie -> Carly, and Sam/Spencer, with Spencer refusing to go after Sam because of his age, or Sam doing the same.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The show does this with Sam and Freddie for their brief hook up in season 4. Regardless of whether you are a Seddie or Creddie shipper, and while Sam and Freddie's fighting could be (and definitely was by their shippers) interpreted as Belligerent Sexual Tension, the actual hook up comes off like this. Rather than a convincing Slap-Slap-Kiss, as most BST couples get, all the audience gets is Freddie using his very strange mood app (which receives no explanation) to read Sam's mood, which reveals it as "in love", which Freddie thinks applies to Brad, and when he confronts Sam about it, she suddenly kisses him.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Although the show was definitely more geared toward girls in its early days, that didn't turn males away from the show. They watched it for the quirky webshow skits and Spencer subplots if they weren't interested in the teenage-driven plots, but to cater to both sides the show became more demographic-neutral later on as more episodes focused on Freddie, Spencer, or Gibby while having the girls as the secondary protagonists. Plus, the attractiveness of the two female leads, especially as they grew up, certainly helped surge a male fandom.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Sam's sister Melanie is well-loved for the one episode she did have, but its not hard to feel that she could have been re-used and been mixed up with Sam more often (maybe even as a Running Gag).
    • Wendy, Carly's other friend in school, an energetic Motor Mouth who is always up-to-date. She could have easily been a recurring character or even become an Ascended Extra like Gibby, but she simply stopped appearing for no stated reason.
    • Brad, the group's intern who appeared in two episodes. He had great chemistry with the rest of the cast, but never appeared beyond that, again, for no stated reason.
    • Mandy, the show's Loony Fan who even moves into the same town and school as Carly and Sam to be close to them, but only had two appearances. Unlike Nora, who crossed the Moral Event Horizon, Mandy could've gotten actual Character Development stemming from being a tagalong.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Sam at the end of iSpeed Date. Being determined to take Gibby to the dance due to Carly's insistence gains her a bit of sympathy as a loyal best friend, but if you consider her many misdeeds to Gibby and Freddie, this feels more like she's getting what she deserves for once.
    • Both Sam and Fleck in iQuit iCarly. They brake off their friendships with Carly and Dave respectively because Carly and Dave believe they don't appreciate any of the work they do and Sam and Fleck believe they are to controlling and say no to all their great ideas. The thing is, not only did Fleck paint Dave's Father's car purple without asking, but he had also apparently previously set Dave on fire. As for Sam, the great idea Carly said no to was throwing Freddie into the tiger enclosure at the zoo. While this is obviously meant to be Played for Laughs, the entire argument is based on the idea that both sides are suppose seem unreasonable, which is impossible since nobody would be okay with Sam and Fleck's ideas.
      • And for that matter, while you have to take Dave's word that Fleck doesn't appreciate his hard work, it is very obvious that Sam doesn't appreciate Carly's. Not only are there tons of episodes where Sam shows up late to rehearsal and tries to get Carly to do all the work (she even admitted she wasn't going to help Carly do their science project), the only time Sam shows appritation for Freddie's work is when she had to or he'd quit iCarly. Given all this, it's not unreasonable to believe Carly's complaints about Sam are a lot more valid than vise-visa.
    • Carly is obviously intended to come off as a sweet, lovable Girl Next Door. That being said, she tends to be quite shallow when it comes to dating (especially in "iDate a Bad Boy") and she constantly ignores Freddie's abuse from Sam (even saying at one point that she finds it cute just because she doesn't hit him in the face). The 2021 revival has Spencer call Carly out for the former in "iGot Your Back".
  • The Un-Twist:
    • The trailers for iOMG qualify. The first trailer suggested both Sam/Brad and Sam/Freddie as the main possibilities, Sam/Freddie was especially considered too obvious for various reasons, as more trailers came out people shifted to the idea that it was going to be Sam/Brad, making it an un twist when it did turn out to be Sam/Freddie with Brad being a giant Red Herring.
    • Carly looks like she's kissing Freddie in the promo for "iGoodbye". Everyone speculates it is some kind of Red Herring that helps Freddie decided to move on to Sam. It's not. Carly kisses him. Freddie enjoys it.
  • Vocal Minority: The ratings of the major ship-centric episodes have Creddie rating millions and millions more viewers than the Seddie episodes. Despite this, Seddie fans are a lot more aggressive about their One True Pairing than Creddie or Cam or Spam fans, even though those combined ships are probably larger than Seddie, and thus are a Vocal Minority. Just check the comments on Schneider's blog for how vocal they can be.
  • What an Idiot!: Nevel really let revenge get the best of him if he really thought making his hacking of iCarly known to their audience. Even if Carly didn't have connections to the military, someone was gonna figure out the blatant illegal actions and know exactly where it's coming from, and given Nevel's expertise, he should have known better.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It was actually more marketed to tweens and teens as with most other Nickelodeon live-action sitcoms, but not only did that not stop younger kids from tuning in, but it was also rated TV-Y7 in its early days (the same rating their cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents have). It goes without saying that it pushed the envelope quite a bit to say the least for a sitcom that isn't a TeenNick original. The show got away with a lot of innuendoes, particularly in the first season, where they explicitly mention "boobs" in the context of a female's chest.note  Sam gets away with saying it again in iSpy A Mean Teacher, and in the same episode the teacher puts her glutes on a cardboard cutout of Randy Jackson, and they actually say glutes. Even in the final season, the innuendo still hadn't been toned down, as the entire plot of iShock America is literally about Gibby exposing his privates on television.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: It's actually mentioned in-show and deconstructed. During a later season, Sam and Freddie hook up, but they demonstrate Belligerent Sexual Tension and neglect their webshow duties, annoying Carly to no end and worrying Mrs. Benson. Mrs. Benson tells Freddie bluntly that "Puckett'' will ruin his life. We then find out that Sam sabotaged Freddie's application to a high-end science camp because of a slight oversight, but when Freddie learns he was rejected neither Sam nor Carly confess, instead they exchange a Meaningful Look. Mrs. Benson reveals this on live-TV, smiling in vindication that her suspicions about Sam were right all along. It's only Carly convincing Freddie to forgive Sam, out of guilt on seeing her friends humiliated for the internet to see, that they don't break up then and there. The next episode sinks the ship when Freddie and Sam realize they're too different and break up, though the sabotage definitely didn't help.
  • The Woobie:
    • Freddie, mainly due to the sadomasochistic pranks and insults he suffers from Sam, and the usual Will They or Won't They? rejections he gets from Carly. But in iSaved Your Life Freddie looked appropriately battered to the point there was no way Carly wouldn't fall for him.
    • Spencer, in iGot A Hot Room when he realizes that his birthday present to Carly caused a fire, destroying her room & all of her belongings. The look on Jerry Trainor's face in that scene is enough to make you forget that he's the show's resident Cloudcuckoolander. And for that matter, Carly too.
    • Woody from iPear Store. He makes only $2 for every case he sells, and is deathly afraid of his girlfriend dumping him and dating his brother Bob due to him not making enough money. When we see him we find out he hasn't sold a single case that day. Just when it looks like Gibby is about to buy a case from him, Gibby realizes he forgot to bring money, causing Woody to have a nervous breakdown in front of many customers. Makes you want to give the poor guy a hug.

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report