The colourful and magical show The Fairly OddParents was a staple in many people’s childhoods but a dark fan theory suggests there’s a much more sinister truth behind the story.
The kid’s show aired from 2001 to 2017 and focused on 10-year-old Timmy Turner, a friendly kid with parents who failed to pay attention to him and a cruel babysitter, Vicky, who was determined to make his life hell.
Thankfully, young Timmy had a saving grace in the form of his fish, who were actually his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda.
Check out the trailer for The Fairly OddParents here:
In spite of his disheartening family life, I imagine there were a lot of people out there who were jealous of Timmy purely because of his magical, wish-granting fish. I know I certainly was.
Though most of the youngster’s wishes ended up causing more trouble than good, the concept of having fairy godparents was endearing and, as a child, it was great to sit down in front of the TV after a long, hard day of primary school to see what Timmy got up to.
However, one fan theory suggests the 10-year-old’s misadventures weren’t actually as bright and exciting as they first seemed.
In a post shared on Imgur, the theory suggests Cosmo and Wanda were actually just Timmy’s real pet fish who he imagined to be his godparents, while in reality the youngster’s godparents died in a car crash when he was little.
The theory continues:
As they were the only adults who ever understood him, he finds comfort in imagining they are there to watch over him, since his parents obviously don’t care.
As the magical fairies only exist in Timmy’s imagination, this explains why his wishes never had any lasting consequences in the show, despite the fact they often caused untold chaos and disruption.
Check out the full theory here:
The post then turns its attention on Vicky, the ruthless 16-year-old who is supposed to be in charge of Timmy when his parents aren’t around. It suggests Timmy’s babysitter is physically abusive but the young boy is too afraid to tell anyone about her, which may suggest why his parents are happy to leave him in her cruel hands.
Next up for examination is Mr. Crocker, one of Timmy’s school teachers who, in the show, is determined to find and catch Timmy’s fairy godparents. But instead of an evil, literal fairy-stealing teacher, the theory suggests Mr. Crocker made sexual advances on the young main character.
As a result, Timmy is convinced the teacher is trying to steal his metaphorical fairies, which in ‘real life’ represent his ‘innocence, joy, hope and good wishes for the future’.
There’s no doubt the theory is disturbing but it is well argued – it’s certainly possible the fun show could be a look into Timmy’s self-preservation methods.
However, as it was aimed at young children, it’s unlikely the creators would have developed such an upsetting backstory to Timmy’s life. Though the existence of magical fish is far-fetched, anything is possible in the world of children’s TV.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.