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  • Acceptable Targets
    • The show really likes to stereotype British people and make fun of Europe. The episode "Twistory" was even banned from the airwaves for its depiction of negative British stereotypes.
    • There's also an ongoing theory that Butch Hartman, or someone else on the writing staff, really hates rich people, seeing as they're almost never depicted positively (with the occasional exception of Trixie Tang).
    • Smart people are often targeted as well, being portrayed as Insufferable and Smug if not portrayed as Mad Scientists. In one episode, they're so focused on logic, that they don't even understand the concept of love.
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  • Accidental Aesop: "The Odd Couple" gives us the dangers of going on dating sites. Not everyone is just like their online profiles.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Vicky: A complete psychopath who tortures kids For the Evulz, or it is possible that she has a Freudian Excuse for her actions and had Dark and Troubled Past which made her the way she is now? The episode "Snow Bound" suggests that she had a rough childhood note . Complicated by the fact that she has also been portrayed a nice girl sealing in an evil bug from getting into a position where it can do too much damage.
    • Trixie Tang: In her debut "A Wish Too Far", Trixie runs back to Timmy after everyone else walks offscreen. She tells him that she think it's cool that he stood up for his friends and gives him a kiss on the cheek, before leaving him to go to a party. A few episodes later in "The Boy Who Would Be Queen", we find out that Trixie secretly loves boy-oriented things and her Alpha Bitch behavior is an attempt to hide this. Does she have genuine feelings for Timmy but acts like a jerk and represses her love for him because she wants to remain popular? Also, is it possible that she is really a Lonely Rich Kid and a Stepford Smiler? Granted, all of this was before she was firmly flanderized into a full-time Alpha Bitch
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    • Timmy's Jerkass behavior from Season 5 onward may have stemmed from the episode "It's a Wishful Life", where he finds out that the world would be better without him. He must have felt hurt and humiliated, so he became more cynical and jerkish towards his godparents and friends because he stopped caring about the consequences of his actions. After all, it's not like the world treated him very nicely.
    • This image provides a very worrying interpretation of Timmy, that he essentially ran away from his original life and family to start a second one with his Fairy Godparents and that he risks becoming more and more detached and antisocial. Notably, the live action movies and "Timmy's Secret Wish" support this, during which Timmy either refuses to grow up or wishes that everyone would stop aging all to avoid losing Cosmo and Wanda.
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    • Slightly lessened with the introduction of Chloe Carmichael, meaning Timmy has one good friend to fall back on after he loses his fairies.
    • Cosmo: Read the Fridge Horror entry about possibility that he is maybe pretending to be stupid and that all the disasters he made WERE NOT AN ACCIDENT.
    • Wanda: A Deadpan Snarker who is the only sane fairy, or a psychopath who punishes Cosmo and Timmy for making one slight mistake? "Bad Heir Day" gives an example for the latter.
      • There’s also an even worse possibility: That both interpretations are correct. First, Wanda started out as a reasonable Deadpan Snarker and Only Sane Man, but as the series went on and on(over the course of over fifty years, which is something even she didn’t know at the time), the weird and horrible crap that she, Cosmo and Timmy went through over the years started to slowly drive her insane. It would certainly explain her inscreasingly bonkers characterization over the years. It would also make her story somewhat tragic, because it would make the entire show a story about a perfectly sane(if somewhat strict) pink-haired woman and her loony green-haired husband who slowly starts to lose her sanity as all the strange adventures and horrible things she had to see during her tenure as Timmy’s fairy godparent starts to take a toll on her mind.
    • Some fanfics give us the idea that Anti-Cosmo wanted Timmy as his anti-godchild because he actually cared about him and thought that Cosmo and Wanda weren't doing a well enough job caring for him. He's kind of right.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Like Yin Yang Yo! and Family Guy, this show is hated in France, with Foop's French voice actor even disowning the show similar to how Rob Paulsen disowned Bubsy. For an example of an episode hated worldwide, "Twistory", for depicting the American Independence as the greatest thing to ever happen to the world and claiming the British would have a culturally backwards hold on America. In all honesty, there are even a bunch of American fans who hate this episode too.
  • Anvilicious: The aesops have a tendency to be this.
    • Parodied in one episode, "The Masked Magician", where Timmy says "I learned that sometimes "I'm sorry" can be the only magic words you need", followed by a cut to a flashing screen with the words "MORAL OF THE STORY".
  • Archive Panic: We've got 161 episodes, twelve movies, and eight video games. Have fun trying to binge through it all.
  • Ass Pull: Some of "Da Rules" seem to be made up on the spot to make sure Timmy can't just unwish his problems (all vocal wishes must be made in the voice of the godchild, no breakfast wishes after 10:30am, etc.). Most of Da Rules/the fairies' abilities do not apply to other episodes. Examples:
    • The No wishing for true love or wishing to break it line? Apparently this does not count at the end of "Wishology."
    • Lampshaded in one episode, "Movie Magic" (ironically enough, Timmy didn't want to use his fairies because he knew it was against the rules to use magic to win a competition):
      Wanda: True. But if you just happened to go where cool action stuff was happening...
      Timmy: (catching on) And I brought my film equipment with me and just happened to catch something on film...
      Cosmo: And if I just happen to tear this page out of the rulebook that says we can't help you... [tears out page that reads "You can't help him."]
    • This happened frequently in the last three seasons, to the point where it became utterly ridiculous. One episode, for example, had Timmy unable to wish Sparky back into a dog because he was in love with being human, which somehow falls under "not being able to break true love".
  • Author's Saving Throw: Despite Season 10's reception being mixed, it had some attempts at undoing some fan complaints:
  • Badass Decay:
    • Jorgen, of all people, thanks to Flanderization. In the first five seasons, he was the fairies' strong and sadistic boss who treats almost everyone else like crap (especially Cosmo and Binky). These traits were downplayed from Season 6 onward, where he became a Plucky Comic Relief character who never uses his power in dire times, only his body, while also becoming far less harsh toward the main characters. He also got a bit dumber and sillier as the show went on.
    • Timmy himself in Season 10. Since Chloe's introduction, he went from an adventurous, enthusiastic, and sometimes Jerk with a Heart of Goldnote  but generally nice, to a lazy, whiny, apathetic, and (once again) selfish asshole. It doesn't help that most episodes either treat him as nothing but a Butt-Monkey, useless wimp/jerk, or complete idiot (the episode "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S." being the worst example) or both. Even seasons 4 and 5's Flanderization didn't make him like that.
  • Base-Breaking Character: New additions (except one) and most flanderized characters tend to be this:
    • Poof. He is either an adorable and perfect addition, or a useless Satellite Character that doesn't add anything to the cast.
    • Foop, Poof's Evil counterpart, is either a funny character in the vein of Stewie Griffin or an annoying one-note Replacement Scrappy to his father Anti-Cosmo (and the Anti-Fairy race as a whole). His Villain Decay in the later episodes doesn't help. There are also those in the middle, who like him but find him overused at the expense of the other Anti-Fairies.
    • Trixie Tang, especially her Post-Flanderization self. There are fans who still like her for her tomboyish and nice side and for reasons related to Shipping, and liked her role in "Wishology", but other fans hate her for her Jerkass and snobby behavior and for her many Kick the Dog moments toward Timmy, She is also hated by Timmy/Tootie Shippers. However, both sides agree that Trixie, like many other characters, was wasted.
    • Timmy's Dad, depending on who you ask. He's either memetically hilarious and got better because his relationship with his son got better in later seasons, or an obnoxious Manchild who is seen as neglectful and mean spirited toward his son. Later on, more than a few fans went with the latter.
    • Cosmo was this in earlier seasons. Some people found his ditzy personality funny and endearing, while others found him obnoxious and intolerable for it, such as saying and repeating many random jokes in every episode, being the cause of many problems (notably in "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!" where he causes Crocker to lose his fairy godparents and is never called out for this), Unfortunately, Cosmo later became The Scrappy when his mentioned flaws were turned Up to Eleven.
    • Wanda. Some like her for being the only sane character, others hate her for being a constant nag that gets on Timmy and Cosmo's case over the slightest mistake. Doesn't help that she became dumber and less useful in Season 10.
    • Chloe Carmichael. A large portion of the fandom find her as a Little Miss Perfect who makes Timmy look like even more of a loser by comparison, and who Timmy has to share his fairies with due to a "fairy shortage" despite her not meeting the requirement of being miserable (especially when compared to Chesternote  or Tootienote ). She is also hated for her loudness and her role in every episode she appeared. On the other hand, there are also fans who like that Chloe is a positive female character, since most of the other female characters are either Alpha Bitches (Trixie), irredeemable Jerkasses (Miss Doombringer and Vicky), borderline-criminal stalkers (Tootie), or one-off characters (Molly and Missy), and that she's much less of a Sue after her debut episode. There were even few fans hoping Chloe would become Timmy's new love interest and shipped her with him, though this is subject to whether or not the live-action films are canon.
  • Broken Base:
    • Unlike Abra-Catastrophe and Channel Chasers, Wishology has a mixed opinion surrounding it. Some believe it should've been the series finale, while some think it was unnecessary.
    • Exactly when did the series started going downhill? Was it early at Seasons 2-3, later at Seasons 6-7, or much later at Seasons 9-10? See Seasonal Rot for more information.
    • Season 10 had a mixed to negative reception among fans. Some thought it was a return to form, albeit nowhere near as good as the original seasons, while a large portion of the show's original fanbase considered it the final nail in the coffin, especially with the usage of memes and the abrupt shift to Flash animation halfway through the season, which, along with the move to Nicktoons for the remaining episodes and reruns, was seen as signs of impending cancellation, which were proven correct.
    • The switch to Flash animation in mid-season 10. While many saw it as yet another example of how the show had run its course, some felt that it fit the show better, due to its stylized art direction.
  • Cargo Ship: Referenced in Spaced Out!
  • Cliché Storm: Many plots in later seasons either fall into this or are recycled from some previous episodes.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Denzel Crocker and Timmy's dad became this from Season 7 onward. Butch Hartman himself admitted that they were his favorite characters and he thinks they tend to be used as the main source of humor in the series. As of Season 9, the two might as well have gotten their own Spin-Off called "The Mr. Crocker and Timmy's Dad Show".
    • Mrs. Crocker, Denzel Crocker's mother, also became a minor one. Most fans see her just a plain, boring, and obnoxious old lady and even then for some reason other than being related to Denzel, since Season 7 onward, the writers think that, with her son and Timmy's dad, she is an entertaining and funny character that everyone wants to watch.
    • Based on interviews with Butch Hartman, it seemed Sparky was headed this way... until this was Subverted in Season 10, as Sparky's VA confirmed he wouldn't return.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • "Fairy Idol" shows penguins living at the North Pole. Not just a few, but a whole rookery (though a lot of American cartoons show penguins as North Pole animals rather than South Pole/Antarctic animals, so it's not that much of a surprise).
    • "Land Before Timmy" has Timmy wishing for a world without technology. This brings the dinosaurs back to life, meaning that the writers think dinosaurs went extinct because of technology. That, or or it was just for laughs.
    • Towards the end of "Five Days of F.L.A.R.G.", Mark Chang states his heart is no longer a Defcon 5 threat to Earth. Defcon 5 is not the height of American nuclear readiness; this mistake has been made more than a few times.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Trixie Tang/Buttercup is popular in some circles.
    • Timmy also has several fan fics pairing him with Dani Phantom.
    • A growing pairing for Princess Mandie and Danny Phantom came up during recent years.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The darker and mean-spirited jokes and immoral themes in the later seasons can be off-putting to say the least for some viewers.
    • Timmy is poorly-treated by almost everyone he knows, like being neglected by his parents, his friends betraying and/or ignoring him at times, being babysat by a Jerkass Ax-Crazy teenager and even his fairy godparents treating him bad sometimes; doesn't help that all of these are part of the show's Rule of Funny, even if it goes too far. All these make some fans find the show too harsh.
    • The infamous episode "It's a Wishful Life" reached this on the disturbing level. See Unfortunate Implications for more information.
    • This even happens to Cosmo and Wanda often, especially when the former keeps making constant marriage jokes, to the point where some fans wonder if they'll get a divorce.
    • While Vicky's atrocities are meant to be Played for Laughs, some thought her later actions were going too far, as she went from a petty bully to the reincarnation of all of history's worst villains.
  • Designated Hero: Sparky in his debut episode. He nearly gets Timmy killed twice (once by taking his parachute, and the other by having Timmy rescue him from a burst dam), knowing fully well that in both instances, he'll be able to survive those situations. He even says so after Timmy "saves" him in the second instance.
  • Designated Monkey: Timmy. in later seasons, he (after Cosmo) became a frequent butt of many jokes, this can be more annoying than funny for some.
  • Designated Villain: Timmy is this in "The Masked Magician". Bickles came dangerously close to destroying Dimmsdale simply because Timmy (unknowingly) showed up his own magic show, and yet it's Timmy that's presented as being in the wrong and the one who has to apologize in the end.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Many fans of love interests such as Tootie, Trixie, and slash fans, tend to relentlessly bash each other's couples.
    • Missy (Timmy's new love interest in Season 9) got this too. The fact that neither Tootie nor Trixie appeared in this season doesn't help.
    • Many Timmy/Tootie and Timmy/Trixie shippers were afraid that Chloe would become a new Love Interest to Timmy, in detriment to Tootie and Trixie.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Juandissimo isn't necessarily evil, but he's too sexy for his own sexiness.
    • Anti-Cosmo has a strong fanbase who like to portray him as an attractive, suave vampire fairy and ignore his more negative aspects.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship and Norm The Genie are often deconstructed. Notable that since the later seasons' reversal of the flanderization, the former has been fading out.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Timmy is an average kid, that no one understands..."
    • "Shiny Teeth" is far catchier than a song about teeth has any right to be.
    • "Find Your Voice" is catchy in its own right.
    • "V! I! C-K-Y! The sound of her name makes the little kids cry!" Let's face it, any time Chip sings, it qualifies for this.
    • "Adults ruin everything! But kids would run things right!"
    • "We're pixies! We're pixies! Check out our mad wicked mixies!"
    • Get Timmy Turner!
    • "These are the unfundamentals, for us fairy godparentals, who are now devoid of wishing out of mirth!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Chip Skylark has only had a handful of major appearances. However, him being voiced by Chris Kirkpatrick, along with being one of the few genuinely nice characters in the show has greatly endeared him to fans.
    • Norm the Genie, was a three appearance villain that became a Draco in Leather Pants among the fandom.
    • Ms. Doombringer, a highly competent fairy hunter that appeared in just one episode but has people asking for more.
    • Molly, a girl that showed up for one episode but already has shippers pairing her and Timmy together.
    • Remy Buxaplenty to some degree - he appeared in one episode to challenge and lose to Timmy in a duel, and disappeared after that. All the same he had a fairly significant following and a tendency to be shipped with Trixie Tang - who didn't even interact with him in "Remy Rides Again" when they appeared in the same episode - and years later was brought back for a small handful of new episodes.
    • The Gilded Arches because even though he first appeared in the webtoons, he became popular enough to appear in "Breaking Da Rules".
    • Nega-Timmy.
    • Dark Laser. Initially, he was a one off villain. Then he made an appearance in the fifth season as a continuity nod, but by the sixth season, he'd become a semi-regular, even having a major part in the season finale.
    • Anti-Cosmo is quite popular among the fandom, especially the idea of Timmy being his godchild. No wonder why Foop is seen as a Replacement Scrappy for many fans.
    • Maryann, despite being a one shot character, is one of the show's most memorable villains due to causing World War 1 and, indirectly, every war after that.
    • Timmy's Gender Bender alter-ego, Timantha. Despite only appearing in "The Boy Who Would Be Queen", she eventually became popular enough to appear in Breaking Da Rules as one of Timmy's alternate forms.
    • Gary, Timmy's imaginary friend, who only ever appeared in two episodes (one of which was just a continuity nod) but is also very popular with the fandom.
    • Princess Mandie, who's one of the few competent villains in the series and looks like she came out of Danny Phantom instead. She only appeared in three episodes (plus a cameo in a fourth).
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The Jack O' Bots, who combine to form the equally cool Pumpkinator. They're this in-universe, as well.
    • Anti-Cosmo has a lot of fans, in no small part due to his accent and fashion sense.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Princess Mandie, a hot alien bombshell, whom Mark does not want to marry despite her evilness.
    • Vicky is this to a lot of fans surprisingly, especially when she takes over Timmy's life.
    • Miss Doombringer.
    • Despite being a Base-Breaking Character and borderline Scrappy due to his overexposure and Flanderization in later seasons, especially in Seasons 9-10, Mr. Crocker has a surprising female fanbase for someone so unattractive and crazy. Even Mr. Turner thinks he's gorgeous!
    • Hair Razor.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The Wonderful Life Subversion "It's A Wishful Life": It claims that you shouldn't do good things for others to get appreciated, but because they're the right thing to do. People all over the world would not be pleased to hear this, and for good reason - being appreciated means that people are grateful for the time and effort you put into doing nice things for them. Doubly so when Timmy himself did nice things for people for both the appreciation, and a simple "Thank You"!
    • Mooooving Day's moral appears to be "Don't drink milk, it will brainwash you." This one might be intentional, though.
    • "Vicky Gets Fired" gives us "If someone is bullying you, up to and including torture and attempted murder, shut up and don't tell anyone, especially not authority figures." (Truth in Television, scarily enough.) To put it mildly, parents weren't happy with this one either.
    • In an episode, Timmy wishes his dad wasn't as much of an idiot he was before, inadvertently turning him into a genius. Said genius dad is a near sociopath who thinks nothing about taking his wife's contact lenses, turning all of his son's toys into a lab, and nearly experimenting on his 'fish' (when they're Fairy God Parents). So...idiot equals good and nice but smart equals sociopath? Since none of the scientists can comprehend thinking about others when Timmy's Dad tries to show off his new discovery and stops to not hurt his son? Or that you need to become as smart as Timmy's Dad at that moment to also be good and nice?
  • Fanon:
    • Chompy the Goat's family's Chuck Cunningham Syndrome is because the mayor ate them in the episode "Vicky Gets Fired".
    • Trixie is depicted as either a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak or a Tomboy with a Girly Streak who hides her tomboyish side. Much of her personality is a Jerkass Façade. As a teen and/or adult, she'll become more comfortable with letting her more tomboyish side show.
    • Trixie has an estranged relationship with her mother. This is because only Trixie's father is shown in-series, but Trixie does mention her mother in her debut episode. Trixie's mother is depicted as a major reason why she hides her interest in things like comics.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Depending on the part of the fanbase you talk to, the show's true conclusion is one of its three major animated movies/specials: those being either season three's "Abra-Catastrophe!", season five's "Channel Chasers", or season six's "Wishology!" three-parter. More tolerant fans will view the Season 8 finale "Meet the OddParents" as the stopping point, but no matter what, Seasons 9 and 10 are never to be discussed.
    • To a much lesser degree there are those who ignore everything after the first two seasons.
    • Despite the seasonal rot the show has gone through, "It's a Wishful Life", from its pre-Seasonal Rot days, remains as the series' worst episode in many people's minds, Butch Hartman and his crew included.
    • "Twistory", another episode from the show's early days, receives quite a bit of hate due to its negative depictions that even American fans feel ashamed of.
    • The three live-action movies get this. Big time. Especially the last one.
  • First Installment Wins: Despite the Early Installment Weirdness, Season 1 would be the only FULL season acceptable to all fans.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Timmy's Dad in earlier seasons.
    • "The name's Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome!"
  • Franchise Original Sin: Season 6 began by introducing a mainstay in Poof. While Poof isn't exactly beloved, he's not hated either. Seasons 9 and 10 would also start by introducing main characters, both of whom received largely negative reception; Sparky was essentially a canine Cosmo, and Chloe was a Parody Sue with little self-awareness. Reception toward Chloe improved since her perfection was toned down, while Sparky was removed in response to how poorly he was received.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Timmy TV", after Timmy refused to let the executives replace Cosmo and Wanda, he instead gave a show to his teacher, Denzel Crocker, who proved to be popular with the fairies. It's not as funny to watch now as it was back then, since in the recent seasons, Crocker got lots of exposure and appeared lots of times alongside the main characters, even when the plot didn't need him.
  • Genius Bonus: Catman. His costume is a Shout-Out to an old throwaway Batman villain of the same name from Detective Comics.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The second season is where the series grew into its own. This, along with the third season, is often considered the high point of the series among fans.
    • Most fans agree than Channel Chasers was the highest point of the series.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the end of "The Big Problem," Timmy (after becoming a 10 year old again) is released from jail because according to the guard, it's "for creepy adults, not kids." In the past few years, quite a few kids Timmy's age and even younger have been sentenced to adult prison.
    • In "Timmy TV", the creators of the titular Show Within a Show do not like Timmy's friends Chester and AJ and want to have them replaced by monkeys. Cut forward to the later seasons and you find that although they are not exactly replaced or underwent Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, looking for them is like playing a Where's Waldo game.
    • "Channel Chasers" features a live-action parody of Blue's Clues wherein the Steve expy requests the audience ignore his obvious signs of age. Turns out Steve left the show the year prior because he felt the same about his career.
    • While Sparky disappearing after only one season was most likely due to him not being popular with viewers, it should also be noted that in 2016, Maddie Taylor (Sparky's voice actor) came out as a transgender woman. In 2018, one of the controversies surrounding Butch Hartman involved him making supposedly transphobic remarks, causing some to speculate that this was part of the reason she left. However this is inaccurate as she continued to voice one of the Fair Bears in Season 10.
    • On the topic of Butch Hartman's controversies, his recent behavior has been accused of being, among other things, narcissistic. Thus, some may think it's rather fitting to see him voicing Dr. Rip Studwell, a ridiculously vain character that looks just like him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, the President had a button that blew up Pluto. Cosmo pushes it... and nobody cares. There's another instance of this in another episode, one of the things on Timmy's to do list is checking out the moons of Pluto.
    • The Dinkleberg meme, you know, the one where Dinkleberg is blamed for everything? Well, try to watch the episode where Dinkleberg pretends to actually be evil and try not to laugh harder.
    • One of the (minor) wishes Timmy's made has been for a unicorn, which is a lot funnier when you remember one of the later roles his voice actress wound up taking. Bonus points for both shows having a character named Trixie.
      • Hilarious for the same reason, in the first Crimson Chin episode, Timmy wins a costume contest at the comic con due to his Cleft outfit, the prize he wins being "Pretty Ponies" issue 1 and 2.
      • Double points is that in the first Crimson Chin episode is one of the shows many Superhero Episodes and the title "Pretty Ponies" might lead to this episode.
    • In "Nega-Timmy", the poof cloud whenever Timmy does opposites from his parents says "Foop". Cue the first episode of the seventh season.
    • In "When Losers Attack", Foop, Crocker, and Dark Laser team up and call their group the League Of Super Evil Revenge Seekers (LOSERS). Those who are familiar with their forgotten Cartoon Network shows will recall a show they ran called League of Super Evil.
    • In the episode where Timmy visits Atlantis, the mermen eat crabs, sea-stars, and the occasional underwater squirrel. Guess who experienced Seasonal Rot before the other.
    • This line from "Tiny Timmy": "Emotions are controlled by little people in chairs." Not to mention a later episode in which Timmy wished away all his emotions after being publicly humiliated at a community swimming pool, where said emotions were represented as an uncontrollable hoard of tiny, colorful, anthropomorphic spirits designed accordingly to the individual feelings they embodied (i.e. an anthropomorphic pink heart representing "love").
    • Cat Man, anyone? Also, both the April Fool and the Inappropriate Comedy Tree like to say "What's up with that?"
    • For certain Five Nights at Freddy's and South Park fans, Sparky's name and species can be seen as this.
    • One of Timmy's more minor friends on the show was a kid named Sanjay.
    • One of the timeline differences listed by Jorgen at the end of "It's a Wishful Life" was the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. Guess who won the World Series in 2016.
    • There's one episode that is titled and features a Show Within a Show called The Odd Squad. By sheer coincidence, an edutainment show on PBS would end up having the same name.
    • The episode "Pipe Down" partially revolves around charades. Then you realize this may have been inspired by Butch Hartman's time as a contestant on the CBS game show Body Language, which revolved around charades. (On a side note, Dee Bradley Baker's co-star from another Nickelodeon show, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Kirk Fogg also appeared as a contestant on Body Language.)
    • The Boy Who Would Be Queen was first aired in 2002, but Chester's panicked insistence that boys and girls have different bathrooms because they're different, and his meltdown at seeing Veronica in the boys' room with him, is even more topical more than a decade later as it resembles the transgender bathroom panic.
    • The plot of "Just the Two of Us" is a guy arranges it so that the girl he likes will be trapped with him in a world where they're the only two people around, only for her to eventually snap and turn on him. In 2016, someone decided to turn this 10-minute cartoon episode into a feature length film.
    • In the otherwise lackluster "Timmy's Secret Wish", we find out the titular wish was for Timmy and everyone else to stay the same age, even after 50 years. Fast forward to 2017...
    • The debut episode of the Nega-Chin has Timmy summon all the alternate versions of the Crimson Chin to fight the entirety of the Chin's Rogues Gallery in that episode's climax. Wait, that sounds familiar...
  • Ho Yay: Now has its own page.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The Idiot Plots don't detract from the show since they're a large part of what drives it along, but they're there nonetheless (and, as stated, are a HUGE part of what drives it along). The only reason nobody discovers Timmy Turner's fairies is because of the stupidity of everyone else. Even when they're disguised as ordinary objects, with obvious faces, and they speak while in this state, in front of large crowds. Timmy's parents (and even random people on the street at times) will, instead of questioning Timmy's various talking possessions, simply remark that "That [object that clearly should not be speaking but did] is right!"
    Timmy's Mom: Those gleeful goldfish are right to cheer!
    • A surprisingly good use of this trope is the first episode featuring Norm the Genie. Timmy is explicitly warned by Wanda that the genies are notorious tricksters and that their wishes always bite the users in the butt. The audience knows full well that it won't end well, but how does Timmy rationalize using Norm anyway?
    • Even before the obligatory Reset Button at the end of each episode, people rarely notice or care about the huge, unexplained changes in Timmy's behavior/appearance/life or the city of Dimmsdale as a whole, even if they're personally affected.
    • Even more obvious is how most of Timmy's bad wishes that fuel episode plots could be easily resolved with one counter-wish. (Usually hand waved with "Magic can't affect [antagonist]!" or one of Da Rules blocking the counter-wish.)
    • Most of Timmy's wishes border on Too Dumb to Live territory, but Wanda and Cosmo generally say "okay, your funeral" instead of explaining why his wish is insane; Wanda has repeatedly gone on vacations or personal business alone when she knows that leaving Timmy and Cosmo on their own can and does result in The End of the World as We Know It.
    • One of the worst specific examples is "The Grass is Greener". The entire circus plot would literally have not happened had Timmy not overheard his parents talking about him, or more correctly would have not happened had his parents decided to phrase their opinion in literally any way that wasn't basically "Timmy is a worthless little prick who should have been a girl and then I would be much much happier... [Timmy walks out of earshot, sad, to go make preparations to run away] ...is the exact opposite of how I really feel!"
    • Two episodes had Timmy babysitting Poof, despite the fact that Poof is immortal, so he doesn't need protection.
    • The plot of the episode "Man's Worst Friend" happens almost entirely because of Timmy Taking a Level in Dumbass and not being able to tell Sparky from his anti-fairy counterpart, despite the latter being, you know, completely blue.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Timmy in the later seasons, he's a lazy, selfish jerk but considering how badly he was treated by his own friends and parents, it's hard not to see why he acts like that.
    • Remy Buxaplenty is also a jerk and a woobie to some, however he lacks the hidden nice side necessary to be a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Vicky herself could also qualify in rare occasions before she was Flanderized, like in "The Switch Glitch" where Timmy is basically an ass to her for a few minutes before Vicky does the exact same thing to him. This would be justified if not for the fact Timmy wished her to be 5 years old and uses his god parents to help bully her, meaning he's essentially become his own antithesis. Because of this, Vicky's nice and merciful side seems to come and go so she isn't a Jerkass Woobie for long when it happens.
    • Denzel Crocker, as well. He is an Ax-Crazy Sadistic Teacher who tries to conquer the world and makes Timmy's life miserable constantly. Also, he lives with his mother, is despised by most people, gets viewed as a Cloud Cuckoolander, and he gets beaten and mauled by everyone on a regular basis. Furthermore, he suffered a horrible childhood like Timmy and the loss of his Fairy Godparents was the reason for his Start of Darkness.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Timmy gets shipped with almost everyone. Trixie, Tootie, Chloe, Vicky, Veronica, Chester, AJ, Cosmo, Wanda, Anti-Cosmo, Gary, etc.
  • Les Yay: Veronica is obsessed with Trixie. Still, oddly enough, this is actually considered a subversion by the fandom. General opinion holds that Veronica's obsession with Trixie is, in turn, due to Timmy being obsessed with Trixie, at the very least an extremely unhealthy case of possessiveness if not outright jealousy. And Veronica likes Timmy with the "burning passion of a thousand suns", as it stands.
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • The theory that Timmy is trans (usually a trans boy due to his parents wishing for a girl and dressing him up like a girl as a baby) has caught on amongst LGBTQ fans.
    • Trixie's depiction in "The Boy That Would Be Queen" and her friendship with Timantha has led her to have a fanbase amongst fans who see her as lesbian or bisexual. For similar reasons, some headcanon her as trans.
    • Veronica's obsession with Trixie stems from wanting to be her, not be with her, but fans think that excuse only goes so far. As a result, she has a lot of queer fans.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Anti-Cosmo's Plan in the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2 When Nerds Collide has shades of this.
  • Memetic Badass: Some think of George Washington in "Twistory" to be this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Chip Skylark singing. Helps that he's voiced by a guy who's from an actual boy band.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • "Just the Two of Us!" for Trixie, "Homewrecker" for Tootie (over a single spoken line no less), and quite possibly the producers of the show for the episode "It's a Wishful Life", a very sadistic Wonderful Life subversion, as well as the character of Jorgen Von Strangle for very cruelly and sadistically showing Timmy the subversion.
    • Francis is not above hitting girls, but he only ever laid hands on Tootie once - at the end of "Kung Timmy" - and at least she was openly confronting him at the time. Yet because of that scene, a lot of Fan Fiction writers assume that Tootie is Francis' second favorite victim after Timmy.
    • The addition of new characters to the cast, starting with Poof, is this for the entire series. However, it really became this after the introduction of Sparky, who was written out of the series when audiences got sick of him. And then came Chloe...
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Jorgen von Strangle would fit in quite well among the earliest, intimidating depictions of The Fair Folk.
    • One of the many criticisms of Season 10 is Wanda taking a level in dumbass. However this is more in line with her season 1 characterization where she and Cosmo were "two halves of a whole idiot".
  • One-Scene Wonder: Stephen Hawking.
  • Paranoia Fuel: To an extent. Plenty of teenagers have freaked out over the thought of what if, just what if they had fairy godparents of their own at some point and have now forgotten all about them, like Da Rules say in the show?
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • For some fans, Missy from the episode "Finding Emo" of Season 9 as a new Love Interest to Timmy. She has traits of the more recurrent Love Interests of Timmy: Tootie and Trixie Tang. The fact that neither of them appear in this season doesn't help.
    • Many fans were afraid that Chloe will become this not only for Tootie and Trixie but for Chester and AJ, as well.
    • Anti-Cosmo, and the Anti-Fairies as a whole, were more or less replaced by Foop, an evil version of Poof who was already a Scrappy to some. Needless to say fans were pissed. The fact that Foop has had more appearances in the series than his father doesn't help.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chloe to some extent. Some viewers who didn't like her in her first appearance found her more tolerable from her second appearance and on, where her Parody Sue traits are heavily downplayed, making her a regular Nice Girl instead of a "little miss perfect".
  • Rooting for the Empire: The antagonists of the show such as Mr. Crocker, Norm, Dark Laser, and The Anti-Fairies are often Laughably Evil and sometimes more sympathetic than the so-called heroes in most cases.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Butch Hartman is often solely blamed for what fans consider flaws of the later seasons (particularly the crop of new characters like Poof, Sparky and Chloe) even though he pointed out in an interview that many of the changes in the later seasons (such as the newer characters) were ordered to be put into the show by Nickelodeon. That said, it was still his decision to meet these demands, and he's made it perfectly clear that he was willing to do so if it meant keeping his job.
  • The Scrappy: As the series underwent an undeniable Seasonal Rot, Flanderization gradually took effect, elevating some characters into shameful caricatures of their former selves:
    • Timmy's Dad was always seen as a Scrappy for some fans. In the earlier seasons, he was this along with his wife, especially when their Parental Neglect became downright abusive, such as leaving him with Vicky or ignoring his feelings or well-being. Then Season 7 came and Timmy's Dad became a divisive character, either he got better than before or got worse due to his many (and mostly unnecessary) appearances. He went on to become further intolerant (along with Crocker) to many when he graduated to Spotlight-Stealing Squad status in Season 9. By the next season, the writers had rewritten him into an idiotic, creepy, Lethally Stupid Manchild who causes destruction wherever he goes.
    • Mr. Crocker is really an odd and unusual case, especially for a character like him, but unfortunately, he became more and more of a borderline example, mainly due to his overexposure and Flanderization in later seasons, especially in Seasons 9 and 10, the fans now see him as a loud and annoying shell of a man instead of the Jerkass Woobie he used to be.
    • Even before his introduction, fans already thought of Timmy's new dog, Sparky, as the FOP equivalent to the Trope Namer. As a matter of fact, comparisons to Poochie from the Simpsons were quickly made. By the turn of Season 10, it was revealed that Nickelodeon decided to remove Sparky from the show due to low ratings, being replaced with the more interesting character Chloe, who even has the same color scheme.
  • Seasonal Rot: Has its own page.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • In fanworks, Tootie gets a lot of these. It's worth noticing that a majority of these do not involve The Glasses Gotta Go, as the fans seem to think she looks cute enough with them. She often gets better-looking glasses, though.
    • Cosmo and Wanda are short as Timmy, but some fanworks feature them being tall as regular adults with attractive features. Also, Timmy art features him much taller and looking Bishonen, with some even removing his trademark buckteeth.
    • Anti-Cosmo gets hit hard with Evil Is Sexy. However, Anti-Wanda generally does not.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Trixie/Remy and Veronica/Chester for Timmy/Tootie fans.
    • Chester/Tootie and Remy/Veronica for Timmy/Trixie fans.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The main combatants seeming to be Timmy/Tootie and Timmy/Trixie. However, Veronica/Timmy also has its own devoted fanbase (even though Veronica was only shown to like Timmy in two episodes and she expressed it in a very... interesting way). There is also a minority of Timmy/Vicky shippers, who like it for the Foe Yay Shipping that was presented in earlier seasons.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped / Values Resonance: "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" for saying that it's okay to like stuff outside their targeted gender. In a world which constantly reinforces stereotypical gender roles through advertising and other expectations, this episode became a fan favorite for dropping that particular anvil.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • "It's a Wishful Life", where Timmy receives no appreciation for his good deeds. While the kid can be a jerk, he had every right to be upset with no one appreciating his work. Bickles was ungrateful simply because Timmy used a different shade of blue for a painted background that others wouldn't have noticed or cared about; AJ was ungrateful simply because Timmy bought a computer that was obsolete as of 5 seconds ago, then used the expensive computer as a door stopper; and Timmy's parents were ungrateful simply because Timmy knew nothing about the "dirty yard contest" they were competing against the Dinkleburgs for and spent untold hours (as far as they knew) making the garden beautiful to show his love for them.
    • "Fairly Odd Pet" has two. Timmy is upset about not having a pet, even though the episode, as well as a previous one, shows that he's terrible with pets, many of them either dying due to his stupidity or essentially cannibalism. Then there is Sparky, whose getting returned to the pet store by Timmy is depicted as sad, even though Timmy was in the right, given all of the chaos caused by Sparky (as well as photos of Sparky's past showing the possibility he may have gotten one of his previous owners killed).
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Comparisons between the theme song and "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin have been made. Norm's song "Gimme The Wand" seems to have been more deliberate, what with Norm being a Genie.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Catman is no longer voiced by nor the alter ego of Adam West... which pretty much kills the joke stone dead, and with the real Adam West passing away, this is most likely the case if Catman makes any future appearances.
    • The show's intro and theme song being changed for Season 10 drew a lot of criticism from fans, many feeling that the new song is inferior to the original due to having just two people singing instead of a full chorus and using clips from episodes of the season. Possibly for this reason, since "Girly Squirrely" the original theme song and intro from Season 9 have returned. But it lasted for two episodes as the recent episode, "The Fair Bears", uses the new intro.
    • The switch from hand drawn animation to flash animation in mid-Season 10, which many believe to be yet another sign that the show has run its course. Not helped by the fact that unlike other shows that switched from hand-drawn to flash, the switch was done in the middle of a season that consisted of hand drawn episodes. Sure enough, when Butch announced he was leaving Nickelodeon, it was revealed the show was over and done with (for real this time, he produces the show).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Remy Buxaplenty is an example of a character saved from the waste heap. Remy (and his Fairy Godparent) made such an impression on the fans in one appearance that they clamored for more, and they eventually got three more appearances for him in close succession. However, Remy then stopped appearing while his Godparent still got to make more appearances without him. To date, he has only made ''one'' more appearance, late in Season 9.
    • Ms. Sunshine, AKA Ms. Doombringer. A much more competent fairy hunter, cool design and voice, not too serious and could've been expanded on afterward, maybe even causing Crocker to actually start upping his game to keep his turf. But sadly, the writers who wrote the episode just up and forgot her and she was never seen again. Ironic, since the end of her only appearance has her vowing to someday return. Crocker's line after she says this kinda sums it up:
      Crocker: But not someday soon.
    • Missy; she became Timmy's friend at the end of "Finding Emo", and never appeared again. Some fans think the writers should have used her as the co-star of season 10 instead of Chloe, since they already had some established chemistry.
    • Francis is the only main antagonist who never got an episode revolving around him to explain his bullying, and the fact that he appeared less in the later seasons definitely doesn't help this case.
    • Some see Gary, Timmy's imaginary friend, as utterly wasted potential for a villain. This is a guy who came from Timmy's psyche and likewise knew how he would think which could've provided some challenge for him. Heck "Escape From Unwish Island" was a good example of this, but said episode likewise just gave him an uninteresting send-off where he pretty much gets what he wants.
    • The two other godkids that Timmy went to reform school with, Molly and Dwight, have interesting personalities that bounce of each other and of Timmy pretty well. With them potentially becoming a Power Trio, they could learn from each other to become more and more independent. The fact that their fairies are also shown to have dynamics unique from Timmy's dynamic with Cosmo & Wanda could also be used as material for new episodes. Instead, they disappear from the show, never to be heard from again.
    • Trixie Tang being revealed to be a closet tomboy would've been a lot more interesting to explore then the usual plot of Timmy bending over backwards to impress her.
    • Many characters who were prominent in the first five or six seasons serve as examples of this, with several of these characters (Chester, A. J., Tootie, Trixie, Veronica, Francis, the Cool Kids, Dr. Bender, etc.) being phased out and making no major appearances for several seasons afterwards. To make things more puzzling, Butch Hartman indicated in videos produced after the series ended that the writers hadn't forgotten about any of them, just no longer found them as entertaining as Mr. Crocker or Mr. Turner.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" revealed that Trixie was actually a tomboy, and hides it because she's afraid of what others would think of her if anyone found out. What could've been an interesting Story Arc about Trixie coming to terms with herself was abandoned in favor of her retaining her Alpha Bitch status. It was never mentioned again after that episode, and, thanks to Trixie pretty much disappearing from the show after her VA left the series, probably never will.
    • Some felt "The Big Superhero Wish" and "Wishology" should have had more action sequences, and that Tootie should have been involved in the latter.
    • A lot of fans cried foul after viewing "Escape From UnWish Island", feeling it was horrible use of a potential villain (in this case, Gary, Timmy's former imaginary friend) who wasn't even wished away in the first place, and especially the Ass Pull ending the writers came up with.
    • Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour 3, which was originally was supposed to be a Grand Finale for both shows.. Who didn't want to see a 3D Dimmsdale, Crocker spazzing out in 3D, or the alien Mark Chang in 3D? There was a brief glimpse of a 2D Retroville, but not enough to see what the rest of characters from Jimmy Neutron look like in 2D.
    • Some fans felt disappointed that Veronica's secret crush on Timmy was not developed further beyond of "Information Stupor Highway" (and briefly in "Mind Over Magic") and this sub-plot wasn't referenced or supported since Season 4.
    • It was implied that Vicky had some kind of a Freudian Excuse in "Snow Bound" on why she acts the way she does. Unfortunately, it never explored beyond that.
    • Lots of fans felt disappointed that Trixie and Tootie never got to interact with each other when they appeared in the same episode.
    • The episode "Fairy Idol" shows Norm becoming a Fairy Godparent and being assigned to Chester. Chester learning about Fairy Godparents could be interesting Character Development for him, with him potentially becoming an Ascended Extra. Instead, Chester wishes to have never met Norm after feeling used and wipes everyone's memories, including his own. Him wishing for Cosmo and Wanda to become Timmy's godparents again would've fixed the conflict of the episode while ignoring Status Quo Is God. Not to mention that Chester could keep Norm as his slave, which is probably a more fitting punishment for his actions.
    • This was also a common complaint leveled against Season 10. The premise of Timmy sharing his Fairies with another character would be far more interesting if he was sharing them with an established character such as AJ, Chester, or Sanjay rather than with another new character.
      • Another aspect some fans expressed is that since this apparently carried on after Poof went on to do his own thing, this could've been a good chance to age up Timmy a bit to at least a pre-teen (12) and make him a mentor to Chloe. He would've been slightly older, wiser and had much more experience, as well as being a good transition into finally letting go of his fairies when it came time to do so.
  • Toy Ship: Several involving Timmy.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Tootie, but her live-action version averts this.
    • Mr. Crocker falls under this as well. It's even parodied in-universe in that Timmy's Dad thinks the hunchbacked, scrawny, ear-on-his-neck-for-some-reason teacher is gorgeous.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • There's an episode where after much torture, Timmy gets to be Vicky's babysitter and treats her like complete shit. She eventually gets to cry and even Wanda feels bad for her. Considering the rest of the show and the fact Vicky gets her payback later and is even granted a happy ending, this falls flat.
    • We're supposed to feel bad for Sparky for being repeatedly being abandoned by past owners. But given that a lot of his behavior in his debut episode and several episodes after involve him being stupid, destructive, obnoxious and generally causing trouble for everyone around him... it really is small wonder that nobody would want him around.
    • In "The Boss Of Me", Timmy firing his father is played out like a sad moment. However, earlier in the episode he had rented a kid to go to work with him rather than Timmy and proceeded to tell Timmy this right to his face, while viewing him as an embarrassment. It's hard to give him the pity factor here.
    • One of the reasons why viewers found Chloe so hard to like was the contrivance behind her sharing Timmy’s fairies. The first half of her debut episode is dedicated to making her look as smart, popular, and all-around perfect as possible, with Crocker literally introducing her as “the perfect human” and showing a clip of her removing a wooden spike from a rampaging monster’s foot in an action that was explicitly praised as saving everyone. Much later, we are supposed to believe that Chloe is actually miserable because she often makes mistakes (like the aforementioned monster continuing to rampage after the spike was removed, contradicting Crocker’s statement that she saved everyone) that lead to nobody wanting to befriend her, which is BLATANTLY untrue (Timmy’s the only character who hasn’t been singing praises of her nonstop).
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Timmy Turner, particularly in early seasons.
    • Tootie also counts.
    • Crocker too, although he became more of a Base-Breaking Character due to his overexposure and Flanderization in later seasons, especially Seasons 9-10.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Poof is a boy. Yes, he wears purple and has purple eyes. Real Men Wear Pink, after all. And he has a water gun.
  • Wangst: "Not on the List" from Merry Wishmas.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • Not unlike what The Simpsons did with current events, a common complaint about the newer seasons is their over-reliance on using current technology for laughs, like smartphones (i.e. "App Trap" in Season 9).
    • Another example is the Season 9 episode "Viral Vidiots", which parodies YouTube in 2013, similarly to the 2010 Johnny Test episode "Johnny Tube".
    • Cosmo and Wanda taking selfies and making duck-lips scenes in "The Big Fairy Share Scare" (the Season 10 opener, Chloe's first appearance) is another painful example. Unfortunately, Season 10 in general suffers from this, which has many jokes like this such as Chloe talking like a hipster in "A Sash and a Rash" (as well as the usage of LOL) and her taking selfies with a smartphone in "One Flu Over the Crocker Nest".
  • What an Idiot!: Now has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The show will occasionally make a joke about politics at times. This is most prevalent in Season 10 with newcomer Chloe, who constantly makes references to progressive ideology, and more infamously, having Poof impersonate Donald Trump in "Certifiable Super Sitter".
  • Win Back the Crowd: Downplayed with Season 6, despite introducing Base-Breaking Character Poof, undid some of the Flanderization in Seasons 4 and 5. For instance, Timmy's parents aren't huge jerkasses anymore (good examples being the end of "Sooper Poof" and season 8's "Meet the OddParents").
  • The Woobie:
    • Tootie, because she gets an even more miserable life than Timmy (she is Vicky's little sister, and Vicky always tortures her whenever she is not babysitting, meaning that she is twice as miserable as Timmy) and unlike Timmy she does not have her own Fairy Godparents and apparently her only consolation is her crush for him. She is also one of the few characters in the series who is always consistently nice to Timmy, even more than Cosmo and Wanda (who sometimes are mean-spirited with him for Rule of Funny), even if she acts like a Stalker with a Crush, and this in one of the reasons why she is one of the more popular characters of the series in the fandom.
    • Timmy before he Took a Level in Jerkass. Parental Neglect, sadistic babysitter, villainous teacher (who despite his ineptitude would be a more nurturing parent than Timmy's own), constantly belittled for his appearance, and let's not forget the small fact that he was shown with explicit detail how pretty much the entire world would be far better off without him, which was reality essentially giving him a "Reason You Suck" Speech. How could you NOT want to hug the poor little guy and just make everything better?
    • To a lesser extent Chip Skylark. To elaborate, Chip is one of only consistently nice characters in the entire show being nothing but kind to Timmy and his fans. He's also a very humble celebrity. He's also the Butt-Monkey of various episodes where he is kidnapped for an Ax-Crazy babysitter, loses his teeth, his voice, and occasionally his career all because of something Timmy did.
  • Woolseyism: In the Brazilian dub, in the episode where Cosmo (who is voiced by Guilherme Briggs, the Brazilian Norio Wakamoto) gives birth to Poof, he grabs Timmy by the collar and yells: "PEDE PRA SAIR! PEDE PRA SAIR!" ("ASK TO GET OUT! ASK TO GET OUT!"). This is a reference to the memetic line of the movie The Elite Squad (which, by the way, isn't kid-friendly, but this didn't impede the line from becoming a meme) and arguably a CMOA for Brazilian voice acting (the original line of the movie is more properly translated as "Ask to quit!" but in Portuguese the word "sair" can mean both cases).

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