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  • 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:
  • 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 Freddy 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 "ILookalikes" she doesn't bother letting 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.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Inverted in the episode "iSpace Out", where 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. The inversion is that the Ass Pull isn't used to resolve the plot, but in fact to fail the plot and bring about an end to the episode. This was done because the writers knew that having iCarly in space would be seen as a jumping-the-shark moment and therefore had to find a way to stop it.
    • Played straight with Sam liking Freddie in iOMG. It's 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: Sam Puckett, much moreso than Megan, her counterpart from Drake & Josh, who was hated by much of the fanbase. She is one of the few characters in any media who qualifies as both the Ensemble Dark Horse and The Scrappy and there's no middle ground. Reactions on the character range all the way from "never watching the show again because of her", to "best character ever".
  • 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.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Unsurprisingly, the answer to the Seddie vs Creddie question that was teased in the promo's for iStart A Fanwar is an Author Filibuster which is basically "shut up and just watch the show."
  • 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The amount of Family-Unfriendly Aesops and Comedic Sociopathy can make the main characters less relatable and more unlikable. While this show is generally well-liked by Dan Schneider fans, even they can agree that cruelty can get too much at times, especially when it comes to Sam’s bullying of Freddie.
  • 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.
  • 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 villian 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 Jenette get their fair share.
  • Ear Worm: The title song 'Leave It All To Me'.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wade Collins is a big jerk, but he is pretty good looking.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Sam is usually the source of this trope, for example: "Lying is not that bad. Soon you will be able to lie and feel nothing at all."
    • Once by Gibby, who ends iGot a Hot Room saying "Is there anything money can't do?"
    • iMeet Fred has one of the worst lessons about conformity in the history of television. Freddie does not budge from his perfectly acceptable opinion about Fred not being that funny. He is immediately ostracised by the entire school including several of his school groups, parts of his family, even Carly refuses to stand by him. At the end, Sam beats him to a pulp off-screen with a tennis racket, with some horrible noises, so hard she breaks it. Freddie then gives in and withdraws his opinion under the threat of further beatings. In short, the entire episode says "It's not okay to have an unpopular opinion".
      • Becomes a Broken Aesop as well, as Fred wasn't completely liked when he was popular, and, over a decade later, is seen as one of the more embarrassing things to come out of YouTube's early days, with even Lucas Cruikshank suffering Creator Backlash against the Fred character and brand, with him even saying he has holes in his memory from when he shot the videos and later movies because he didn't enjoy the process, but did it anyways because of the popularity of the brand at the time. So, people who didn't like Fred were Vindicated by History. Hell, if this were the real world, Freddie would make a video expressing that he always thought Fred was unfunny, but only went back on his words because of the reasons listed above, so it only serves to make the Aesop and episode come off worse than intended years later.
    • Plus the obvious anti-aesop that it's okay to abuse a friend physically and emotionally, show no respect to them, and take it to such a level they end up with Stockholm Syndrome.
      • And follow it up by having the target of the abuse happy to enter a relationship with the bully, end up being domestically abused, and still not break up with the abuser.
    • iCan't Take It: "If the person you were dating has done something that has irreversibly ruined your chances of doing something you dreamt of, and for a very petty reason, you should immediately forgive them because they did it before they fell in love with you."
  • 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.
    • 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:
    • In iPilot, Carly and Sam make fun of Ms. Briggs's "crazy pointy boobs", yet Mindy Sterling herself is a breast cancer survivor who underwent major treatment in 1998.
    • In "iPsycho", Gibby said he had no other summer plans other then watching "Different Strokes" reruns and the episode aired a week after Different Strokes' star Gary Coleman's death. It happened too close to filming to reshoot, but they did dub in a sympathetic 'aww' sound.
    • Like with other Dan Schneider shows, a lot of scenes with a focus on bare feet can seem funny and random when you're a kid, as can a lot of the radar-dodging moments, but when you learn about the numerous rumors of Schneider involving his child actors in his foot fetish and of other creepy activities, it gets very uncomfortable.
    • 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. It’s pretty obvious that they were mocking her, The performance she made in the episode was a reference to the presentation that Spears made in the 2007 MTV's Video Music Awards. Since both didn't know how to dance and lip-synched during the entire show. Fox's song, "Hate Me, Love Me," it's a reference to the 2008 Britney Spears song, "If U Seek Amy," in which chorus line is "Love me, hate me, say what you want about me, but all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy". Ginger's ex-husband stayed with the custody of their son, Billy, after they divorced. The same thing happened to Spears when she divorced from her husband, Kevin Federline. The scene where Carly, Sam and Freddie are watching a video of Fox washing her hair with blue cheese dressing while paparazzi's accost her, it's a reference to the video of Spears shaving her head while paparazzi's accost her in 2007. Many people were worried that Britney was going to die during that time, so it wasn’t a very bright decision to mock her. What makes it even worse is that Dan Schnieder actually created a show for Britney’s sister Jamie Lynn. Even more cringy is that Amanda Bynes (another star Dan discovered) had a very similar public breakdown.
  • 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.
    • Miranda Cosgrove has a huge following in Brazil of all places.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Averted, a lot of boys watch the show and the lead character is girly as can be.
  • 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: Carly and Sam makes fun of Ms. Briggs' "crazy, pointy boobs" which was what gave them the idea to start up their own webshow. Her actress, Mindy Sterling, was a breast cancer survivor who had undergo multiple treatments.
    • Many of the jokes on Sam's amazing appetite can be this given that in early 2019, Jeanette Mccurdy revealed she'd been dealing with an eating disorder throughout her entire time on the series.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • The "relationships" between the three throughout the series. iSaw Him First had Sam say that she would never kiss Freddie even for $9 billion, yet they ended up having their First Kiss. Carly had always shunned Freddie in various episodes with her "not-happening" stint, but she became head-over-heels toward Freddie in iSaved Your Life.
    • Sam's insult to Gibby in iWin a Date about being himself backfires on her HARD in iSpeed Date, where Gibby gets himself a hot girlfriend by being himself. She also does likewise with Freddie in that episode about not being Carly's date, and later she sees them dancing alone in the Groovy Smoothie.
      • The shippers had a field day with that last scene. Freddie/Carly shippers because the pair romantically danced. The shippers who pair Sam with either of them from her reaction. (Gaping mouth, drop object in hand, back out slowly)
    • iDate A Bad Boy has Carly break up with Griffin because he collects PeeWee Babies, which Carly qualifies as extremely girly. Cue bronies.
    • One episode had Freddie dressing up as a bear.
    • "iFight Shelby Marx": The idea of a female MMA fighter with A-list celebrity status seemed very weird at the time the episode aired, but this is exactly what happened to Ronda Rousey.
  • Humor Dissonance:
    • While it managed to net a substantial Periphery Demographic in later years, non-fans tended to dislike this show for this reason. It wasn't because it was a "teen girl show" so much as many of them actually gave it a chance and found it painfully unfunny.
    • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Internet Backdraft: Apart from the obvious Seddie vs Creddie and Slash issues, you can also start up some delightful flame wars by using the following:
    • Anyone older than 20 who thinks Sam, Carly or Freddie is hot is a pedophile. Can get hilarious when the discussion becomes about how characters and actors on the show started off around 13 or 14 years old, and decide which exact episode it becomes "okay" for adults to think they are hot.
    • Is Shipping Sam and Spencer together sick, perverted, or a natural result of their chemistry, and Spencer's influence on her growing up. Also, how old does Sam have to be for it to be "okay".
    • How involved should Word of God be in the fandom.
    • Is Sam a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or just a Jerkass?
    • Does the "Seddie" ship own the color purple, and can Creddie steal it off them?
    • The ending of iGoodbye. What should have been a heartwarming ending to the series ending up fanning the flames of all the Shipping conflicts. The last Ship Tease of the series was Carly kissing Freddie in a textbook Last Minute Hookup and heavily suggesting she is finally returning his affections. To the surprise of no one, the militant Seddie shippers went ballistic, which promoted Dan several days later to do the "there's more to it than meets the eye" explanation to placate them. Just in time for Sam & Cat to be greenlighted.
    • Just how dysfunctional exactly was Sam and Freddie's relationship, or for that matter, the other relationships on the show? Nathan Kress himself once dared to refer to Seddie as "abusive," and immediately became the target of a huge wave of hate from Sam/Freddie shippers.
  • 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 in iSpeed Date. A case for a Jerkass becoming a Woobie for that episode, rather than a Jerkass who happens to also be a Woobie.
    • Sam 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.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The only reason that "iGo One Direction" sold as strongly on iTunes as it did was...take a guess.
  • Kid from the Future: Some fans interpret the little girl from iSpace Out as this, for Sam and Freddie.
  • 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.
  • Loony Fan: Certain shippers on both sides. Creddie and Seddie both have a small vocal group that will make both groups as a whole look bad. The Seddie Warriors are a large sub-group of the overall Seddie fandom whilst Creddie being smaller has no 'named' faction like the Seddie Warriors but does contain some people who are just as strongly for their ship as the Warriors are. On the whole, the biggest supporters on either side don't look too good. There is also the McCurdians who are another subset of Seddie fandom that has popped up around Season 4 and 5. An interview with guest star Max Ehrich, has him discuss how some Seddie fans have seen him on youtube, where he made a few videos with Jennette. He mentions that one Seddie fan said "stay away from her or I will kill you" to him.
  • 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 a while back 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.
    • Gibby hitting Spencer with a stop sign.
    • "Whatcha got there?" "A Smoothie"
  • 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. Some people (especially Seddie shippers) even wanted Freddie to just leave Sam after this event.
  • Narm: Carly's delivery of Big "NO!" from iBeat the Heat and Kelly Cooper is so over-the-top it's hilarious.
    • The latter was probably the point, considering the title was Kelly Cooper: Terrible Movie. Doesn't make it any less 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:
  • 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).
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  • 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.
  • 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 Power Rangers in 2015.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 4 started poorly, became reliant on Guest Stars where the show hadn't really used them at all in the past, the jokes were too reliant on Black Comedy, the addition of Gibby to the main cast wasn't done well and the start of shipping arc was handled extremely poorly, with one of the cast suddenly being 'in love' and having a computer program reveal it without any clear foreshadowing.
    • 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.
    • Though many agreed that Season 6's quality was far better and stable compared to the previous two seasons, the ratings were shockingly even worse. 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 so far 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.
  • 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 Brother Chucked, 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 Fan Fiction Dot 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 colours 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 colour 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 Big Name Fan, 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.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In the episode "iStart a Fan War", In-Universe fans of iCarly start the titular war because of shipping, specifically, Seddie (Sam x Freddie) vs. Creddie (Carly x Freddie). Near the end of the episode, the gang explains that while they love and appreciate their fans, they make it clear that iCarly is about comedy and not romantic relationships. They also say that while the fans are free to discuss and enjoy shipping, they shouldn't get too caught up in it, and should enjoy the show for what it is.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Carly in iDateABadBoy. She makes nothing but insensitive comments towards Griffin simply because the latter had a stuffed animal collection. Not to mention that she only dated him because of the fact that he was a "bad boy", so this all makes her come off as shallow and self-centered. Other episodes involving romance (especially with Freddie) and whenever she is unable to stop Sam from harassing Freddie also make her come across as unsympathetic as well.
  • 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 Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Seriously, look at some of their skits... More true of the skits on iCarly.com.
  • 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.

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