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  • Adorkable: Oscar and Oona. Olive and Oswald too, at some points.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The Hydraclops was built up for most of the first season as being a huge threat by being shown in both the intro and some of the show's segments. In the episode it was set to premiere in, however, it gets roughly a minute of screen-time, and is defeated with one of Oscar's socks.
  • Anvilicious: While the math lessons in the show are intentionally written to be subtle for kids, some fans believe that the math lessons hinder the pacing of episodes and dislike them, with some believing that the show would be great, if not better, without the math. Of course, since the show is on PBS Kids, subtlety of educational lessons in shows isn't really an option.
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  • Archive Panic: Over 100 episodes of the main show, 32 episodes of a Spin-Off series, two movies, a podcast, a guidebook, a 90-minute live show (although it's next to impossible to find it in full on the Internet), and four episodes of another Spin-Off series, to date. Yeah, needless to say, that's a lot of content to sift through.
  • Author's Saving Throw: In the first few episodes of the series, Ms. O yells at the agents as a hobby. But as the series progresses, her yelling roles become less and less frequent, making her more likable and relatable. Plus, she would often team up with the agents, and become a victim of oddness, also making her more likable. When you get to know her, she's a pretty nice lady, and being a Management agent is not an easy task.
  • Award Snub: The show has gotten nominated for, and has won, a ton of awards, but the most frequent is the Daytime Emmys.
    • The show was nominated for Outstanding Children's Series in 2015 and 2016. It lost to The Haunting Hour and Sea Rescue, respectively.
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    • Later on, the show got nominated for Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series every year from 2017-2019. It lost to Give in 2017 and Free Rein in 2018, but won in 2019.
  • Bizarro Episode: The show may qualify as a Bizarro Show, but there are plenty of episodes that are completely zany even by the show's standards.
    • "Switch Your Partner Round and Round" is a Sequel Episode to "Blob on the Job" that manages to be even zanier than its predecessor. It involves Olive and Otto becoming mind-controlled by Ms. O using the "What-It-Would-Have-Been-Like-inator" helmets in order to see whom she would have picked for their partners instead of pairing them up together. No villains to stop, nothing insanely odd happening, just two agents finding Happiness in Mind Control because their boss witnessed them being bullied by their Sitcom Arch-Nemeses.
    • "Olive and Otto in Shmumberland" involves Olive and Otto becoming sucked into a Shmumberman comic book, while the eponymous character is sent to the real world in exchange. It's the only episode with primarily non-CGI animation, and when it first aired, it became infamous among the fandom for how bad the character designs of Olive and Otto were. Similarly, it's one of the very few episodes to show a character explicitly dying without trying to dumb it down for the kids watching it, and getting dangerous close to actually doing so.
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    • In Season 2, there's "Olympia's Day", which runs on the same timeline as "Otis's Day", its sister episode, and showcases one of Olympia's Fatal Flaws: her inability to say "no". It involves Olympia asking Ms. O for a room so she can hang out with the Noisemaker, who is going into the Villain Protection Program. However, being that one of her modus operandis is to make her co-workers happy, she begins to let other agents into the room when they find out about it and ask her about it, which causes her to undergo some frighteningly realistic Sanity Slippage. Perhaps the craziest part of the episode is Dr. O confirming that Sanity Slippage, referred to as "descending into mathness", is an actual common occurrence in the world of the show and a known odd condition.
  • Creepy Awesome: Odd Todd may be one of the worst villains in the show whose actions are incredibly egregious, but fans absolutely love him.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Polly Graph from the early seasons is this for being one of the smartest non-Odd Squad characters on the show.
    • O'Donnell of the tube operators.
  • Fanon:
    • Immortality is a frequent topic of discussion in the fandom. One common theory is that the agents' badge phones keep them immortal, but other canon tidbits (like Oprah being able to control her aging as the Big O) contradict it. Despite this, however, the badge phones keeping agents the same ages is an accepted fanon theory.
    • Before Otis was revealed to be a former villain, the Running Gag throughout Season 2 of toast appearing at various points in various episodes was correlated to him, since ducks are known to eat bread crumbs.
    • And speaking of toast, it was a common theory that toast was more than just a mere Running Gag and was going to play a big part in the Season 2 finale.
    • Big Red, one of the citizens of Ms. O's old town in "Fistful of Fruit Juice", is thought by fans to have grown up to become Santa Claus, hence why Ms. O calls him by Big Red in "Reindeer Games".
    • There's quite a bit of fanon surrounding Odd Squad agents having Invisible Parents and living in their own houses, since the show deliberately doesn't elaborate on any character's home lives too much.
    • For a time, some fans believed that Otis was a dog due to the Season 1 episode "Training Day", where another Otis, an Australian shepherd dog, was briefly introduced. Similarly, Ohlm being a dog was fanon due to having similar behaviors (being easily distracted, doesn't answer questions when he's asked them, etc.) and turning himself into a puppy at the end of "And Then They Were Puppies".
    • There was lots of fanon surrounding the true identity of The Shadow, the Big Bad of the first half of Season 3, with theories ranging from her being a dropout of the Odd Squad Academy to her being related to Opal in some way.
    • Orla is often seen as being a lesbian. This is somewhat supported by this image from the OddTube episode "The Button Song" depicting Orla with "rainbow-itis" (which looks like the gay pride flag) as well as a shot from one of the intros for the show which shows Orla and Oswald in the bullpen lit with bisexual lighting.
    • There are a lot of comments stating that Odd Squad, as an organization, is a kid-friendly version of the SCP Foundation.
    • Due to his Mellow Fellow personality, Ocean is usually seen as being constantly high on marijuana.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • There are quite a few fanfics surrounding Olive and her experience with Todd and the pienado. Since it's never revealed what happened to Olive, Oscar and Ms. O directly after she stopped the pienado (the story ends on a freeze-frame of Olive dropping the Triangu-lator and seemingly walking away from the scene while Oscar and Ms. O are left injured and unconscious), her experience with the aftermath of the attack is ripe for exploration.
    • Similarly, Otto's origins and how he became employed with Odd Squad in the first place.
    • Ms. O's life between 1870 and 1983, which is only briefly touched upon in "Fistful of Fruit Juice". Presumably, she was a newspaper delivery girl in Norway and became the queen of Portugal prior to joining Odd Squad, but it's never explained in-depth.
    • Otis's past sparked a few fanfics prior to being revealed.
  • Fan Wank: The timeline of the Odd Squad franchise as a whole is so muddled and so rife with inconsistencies and snarls that fans have attempted to piece it together based on canon facts from numerous media (Ms. O becoming an Odd Squad Director in 1983, the Mobile Unit being formed in 2019, etcetera). It got to such an extent where a timeline was created just to keep track of everything. It's doubly ironic considering that Tim McKeon is a big fan of time travel and the show has had at least one episode where time was the main mathematical lesson being taught.
    • To say nothing of all the continuity errors that fans point out and try to correct — and there are a lot of them. Whether continuity is followed or not seems to be Depending on the Writer, but most of the time writers play fast and loose with it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With a lot of other PBS Kids shows, such as WordGirl and Ready Jet Go!.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show has been noted as doing extremely well internationally in terms of ratings, although it's unknown how those ratings stack up against those from PBS Kids (it garners at least 17.8 million streams a month on the block's video app, but in terms of TV ratings, not much is known since those ratings are not made public).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode "Extreme Cakeover", which revolves around Olympia and Otis attempting to capture a cake-itis virus they inadvertently let loose, takes an entirely different turn considering the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even worse is that unlike with other PBS Kids shows that have Sick Episodes, the episode (which is paired with "A Job Well Undone"), nor any other episodes with similar plots, haven't been pulled.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The sole fact the Ms. O was willing to train Otis to join Odd Squad after he revealed himself to be a former villain.
    • When Olympia, Otis, and Oona tell Ms. O how much they learned from her, and her doing the same. The Group Hug at the end also helps.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Orson is a baby driver. In 2017, a different kind of baby driver appeared onscreen.
  • Idiot Plot: Definitely for the movie. Weird Team's web of lies would have fallen apart in five minutes if one of the adults, any of them, had checked behind Weird Team to make sure their cases were actually solved and not just hidden. Or if they weren't so quick to trust some hip new oddness-solving team they just met over the company they've trusted for years.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Agent Oksana is this. The real agents get to go on exciting and dangerous adventures, while she's stuck in the kitchen making food for the agents, all day and all night. Poor Oksana. Agents are quick to accuse her job of being easy, but anytime they have to be her for the day, they are proven wrong.
  • Moment of Awesome: The Season 1 finale is full of these.
    • Ms. O is made of awesome. She can lift a car, defeat any villain, knows all the agents' strategies, and does excellent on cases as well. To say she's a Pintsized Powerhouse is an Understatement.
    • The sequence of plot twists in the Season 2 finale. Sure some people predicted Otis used to be a villain, but how many of you knew Ohlm would be a villain? Huh? The writers of the program really know their stuff.
  • No Yay: The idea of Olive and Todd dating is generally frowned upon by fans and is likened to an abusive relationship — which makes sense considering that Todd frequently belittles, harasses and even attempts to harm Olive on numerous occasions.
  • Older Than the Demographic: Although the show is generally geared towards the 4-8 age range, a majority of the protagonists are 10-12 years old and are adorably precocious children in the workforce.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show is garnering many fans who are far past the age of your average PBS Kids viewer, mainly because of the surrealism and clever humor that goes over kids' heads. Carryover of existing older fans of Wild Kratts no doubt helps, as the shows often air consecutively and have similar approaches to conveying STEM information mid-adventure.
  • Pop Culture Holiday: May 25th is seen as an important date by fans, as it's when the episode "Training Day", in which the first season's Story Arc comes to a head, premiered. A lot of Odd Todd comments, jokes and memes tend to be shared on this day.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Otive", the name for the Otto/Olive ship.
    • "Oscoona" for Oscar/Oona.
    • "Flatbread" for Fladam/Lady Bread.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Upon debuting in Season 2, Olympia and Otis got some flak for replacing Olive and Otto. However, over time, fans began to appreciate them, especially when it came to Otis's Backstory, which served as the main mystery of the season.
    • Opal, Omar, Oswald and Orla, on the other hand, aren't as well-received. By the time Season 3 premiered, either older fans had stopped watching the show entirely, or newer fans would watch and be more attracted to the past 2 seasons and its characters. It didn't help that the show got a Retool, with the main setting being changed and characters being swapped out for new ones that aren't direct replacements of Olive, Otto, Olympia or Otis (but are still expies to some extent, bar Orla).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ms. O was criticized by parents for being a Mean Boss who yelled at her agents frequently, with a common complaint being that she (among other characters) was teaching their kids that being mean to others is okay. Although her harsh behavior was meant to draw parallels to real-life bosses and CEOs, Season 2 had the writers turn her into a Benevolent Boss — and if her Take That, Critics! line in "First Day" is any indication, it wasn't a move that the writers liked, but were forced to take to prevent further controversy.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dizzy still works for the Odd Squad, after being brought to Auradon.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Be honest, how many of you guys wanted to see at least one of the villains triumph over Odd Squad?
  • The Scrappy: Xena and Xavier. Despite having limited appearances they're both extremely mean-spirited, their laughs are annoying, and one time, they took Olympia's black pen even though they had gold ones because "they made their pens feel better about themselves." Also, they tried to shut down Odd Squad for being over-budget on stuff they needed, while they wasted their money on stuff they bought for themselves they didn't need. All of their appearances are based on them being mean-spirited.
    • The Tube Operators for showing little to no respect for the agents.In "Trials and Tubulations", they are being self-centered and cared about their happiness more than the agents' safety. In "Trading Places", O'Fynne accuses Olive of being an adult criminal breaking into headquarters. Even when she's proven innocent, she thinks Olive's a criminal. What a jerk.
  • Seasonal Rot: While Season 1 and Season 2 are generally well-received by fans, one would be very hard-pressed to find an older fan of the show who enjoys Season 3. During that season, the show went under a Retool, with a new setting, new characters, a new focus on STEM in addition to math, and a new formula of traveling the world to solve cases rather than working in a single town. While there are a few fans both young and old who still enjoy it, a majority of people dislike the season because of the massive changes.
  • Shipping: Boy howdy, does this fandom have a lot of ships. A lot of them are Toy Ships, but there have also been a couple pairings of adult characters.
    • The two main partner pairs: Olive/Otto, and Olympia/Otis. Both serve as the OTPs of the fandom.
    • Oona/Ocean is a popular ship, given the Ship Tease in numerous episodes and their contrasting personalities.
    • Todd/Olive, which is often subject to Dry Docking and has been referred to as an abusive relationship.
    • Oscar/Oona is another popular ship, and was one of the first ships to come out of Season 2.
    • Olive/Oscar, popularized by the fanfic Ships Ahoy! and its spinoff fanfics, most notably Olive's Last Partner.
    • Otto/Dr. O, popularized by the fanfic Opalescence.
    • Ms. O/Oscar, due to Oscar's status of being somewhat of an assistant to Ms. O.
    • Octavia/Oz, since they're partners.
    • In terms of adults, Fladam/Lady Bread and Jamie Jam/Noisemaker are popular ships.
    • Ms. O/O'Donahue, for a similar reason as the Octavia/Oz ship. However, the ship has been popularized by a few fanfics.
    • Opal/Orla, one of the few Season 3 ships which has some extra padding in the form of Orla being viewed as a lesbian by some fans.
    • Oswald/Omar is another popular Season 3 pairing.
  • Shipping Goggles: The Season 3 episode "The Sandwich Project" has Oprah (as the Big O) explaining that Opal kept filming Omar's vlog of the Mobile Unit's 100th case because she knew how much it meant to him, and that he means "the world" to her. Fans were quick to take this comment and run with it since it's blatant Ship Tease, although it's unknown if it was meant to be romantic or platonic.
  • Ship Tease: The character dynamics and emotional scenes are really well done, so a fan can't be blamed if they have a ship.
  • Signature Series Arc: Most fans are in agreement that Season 1's Story Arc with Odd Todd is the series' most memorable arc, since it's what drew them (and draws many new fans) to the series.
  • Special Effect Failure: Being a show that combines CGI with live-action from a studio known for such a type of style, this trope is abundant in many episodes, with some models of odd creatures looking like they belong in Uncanny Valley territory while others look painfully fake. To its merit, however, they aren't completely horrific, and a majority of them look competent.
  • Stealth Pun: Maybe. "Big O" will be familiar to any mathematician.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "The Saddest Song In the World of All Time" from The Movie sounds a lot like "Scream" from High School Musical 3: Senior Year on some notes.
  • Tear Jerker: The scene at the beginning of the movie where Olympia, Otis, Oona, and Ms. O are standing in the middle of a road talking about Odd Squad being shut down, how they're not needed anymore. All four of them look very depressed. Including Olympia and Oona no less. It only gets more depressing in the middle of the film where the scene is revisited and the audience now knows why the scene happened, also it ends with the agents sadly walking back to their homes and Olympia out of all people decided to go last. This scene is without a doubt one of the saddest moments on the show.
    • If the accompanying conversation wouldn't immediately counteract it, that is...Same goes for the "Saddest Song" above, Soundcheck can't make a properly depressive song.
  • They Really Can Act: The child stars are impeccable actors, despite their age. The actor for Otis has now snagged an Emmy for this show.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Odd Todd was a great recurring villain — he was essentially a family-friendly Expy of The Joker, with a Large Ham personality and personal connection to one of the agents. So naturally, instead of keeping him as the Big Bad, he gets scared straight by oddness, undergoes a Heel–Face Return, becomes a gardener and that's the end of that chapter. (Although, he does get one more go-around in the Made-for-TV Movie World Turned Odd, which involved an Alternate Timeline with him in charge of not Odd Squad, but Todd Squad — not to mention his cameo appearance in the Season 2 finale. So it's not all for naught.)
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Dr. O, Ocean, Oona, and Owen in Olympia's Day. Olympia wanted her own room so she could have a conversation with the Noisemaker, but the other agents didn't care about Olympia's problem, they just wanted to invade her space. Little did they know, they would be crammed in their spaces. Plus when there was a piece left over, Dr. O and Ocean wouldn't let Olympia have that piece, they wanted it for themselves! It's her room guys, let her do what she wants, she isn't stopping you from doing your jobs!
  • Villain Has a Point: Odd Todd, who thinks that the universe needs more oddness. You may or may not agree, especially since most of the odd stuff in the series looks rather harmless.
  • What an Idiot!: Enough for its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show has a lot of dark and disturbing moments and implications of death and violence, among other things. It could likely be due to the fact that the show was initially slated to be on PBS Kids GO!, a sub-block of PBS Kids meant for older children (ages 8 and up), before its discontinuation and was originally a drama instead of a Work Com.
  • The Woobie: That poor man with the foot-and-voice problem at the beginning of "No Ifs, And, or Robots" who never got his odd problem fixed, and can't even let them know where he is, or walk towards them.

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