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    Mr. and Mrs. Turner (The Fairly OddParents)

    Mr. and Mrs. Turner
    "Bye, School! Have a nice day at Timmy!"
    — Both Mr. and Mrs. Turner in "Mighty Mom & Dyno Dad".
    Gender: Male (Mr. Turner)
    Female (Mrs. Turner)
    Type: Dimwitted and Gullible Parents
    Age: 40's
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Daran Norris (Mr. Turner)
    Susanne Blakeslee (Mrs. Turner)
    Teryl Rothery (Mrs. Turner; live-action movies)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Fairly OddParents
    First appearance: Oh Yeah! Cartoons (actual)
    The Big Problem (flanderized version)


    Mr. and Mrs. Turner are Timmy Turner's parents and overall one of the recurring characters in The Fairly OddParents. They are both quite dumb and do not sometimes give much attention to their son's well-being, to the point that they do not realize his babysitter, Vicky, is evil. Mrs. Turner is a sometimes unsuccessful real estate woman and also a stupid gardener and cook, while Mr. Turner works at a company called Pencil Nexus and greatly despises his next-door neighbor and coworker, Sheldon Dinkleberg. Their first names remain unknown. They are voiced by Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee, who also voices Timmy's fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda. Daran Norris also played Timmy's dad in the live-action movies, while Timmy's mom was played in live-action by Teryl Rothery.

    In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, Mr. and Mrs. Turner were only visible from the neck down. When The Fairly OddParents became a regular show, their faces were shown, making them both visible in full-bodied form. The reason for this is because, according to series creator Butch Hartman, "it got tough to hide [their faces] all the time."

    Dumb Parents Qualities

    Overall

    1. The way they're written and portrayed is now all over the place. They're supposed to be still busy and clueless, yet smart and supportive parents, they are sometimes portrayed as idiotic, dumb, irresponsible, gullible, and occasionally neglectful parents. Examples include:
      • In "Scary Godparents", where they give away all of their son's video games, CDs, and birthday present money, just so they don't have to be tricked on Halloween.
      • In "That's Life!", where it is revealed that Mr. Turner neglected to take care of and feed Eddie, the family's pet gerbil, while Timmy was away at summer camp, which resulted in Eddie's death and they brush it off as Eddie being a "run-away" to avoid trouble. To make matters worse, Mr. Turner constantly blames his wife for his mistake.
      • In "Engine Blocked", where, after impulsively buying the Striker Z car from Vicky, Mr. Turner soon falls in love with it and spends more time with the car than with his son, which resulted in his son wishing that he was the car itself in a desperate attempt to spend time with his dad anyways.
      • In "Pipe Down!", after realizing Timmy isn't good at playing charades and losing to the Dinklebergs, Mr. Turner yells at Timmy and sends him to his room as punishment, which most likely shows he can't handle criticism or control his anger.
      • In "Homewrecker", when Vicky destroys their house and lies to them, they believe her and they send Timmy to his room TWICE! Later, when they send him to Vicky's house and when Timmy is about to be picked up by them and get in trouble with Vicky, Timmy wishes the house to be spotless after he wished for most of it to be messed up. However, Mr. Turner scolds Timmy because of the shoes Timmy was wearing with his maid's outfit and tells him that a nitwit would be wearing that outfit.
      • In "Channel Chasers", when Timmy was telling the truth about Vicky being evil, they refused to listen to him and took his TV privileges, then when Vicky lied to them about Timmy breaking their vase, shredding their portrait, burning their piano, and writing "Turner Stinks and Dinkleberg Rules" in graffiti, they still believed her, which ultimately got Timmy to run away from home. Also as a running gag that's supposed to be funny, but Mr. Turner refused to accept his part and insisted on blaming it all on his wife.
      • In "Timmy's 2-D House of Horror", after Timmy wished Vicky's house to be destroyed with a laser, they are instantly allowing Vicky and her family to move in with them, which shows that they will accept anything from anyone, even if it's someone they do not know or someone who needed a place to stay. Worse, even after Timmy wishes for Vicky's house fixed, Mr. Turner maniacally re-destroys the same house that Timmy wished was destroyed earlier with a sledgehammer so Vicky's family would stay, and later, they forcibly attach Timmy to a dog leash and make him sleep outside in Doidle's dog house out in the rain because they let Vicky and Tootie sleep in Timmy's room instead.
      • In the infamous "It's a Wishful Life", after Timmy cleans their garden beautifully, they show no appreciation, shun his work, and it turns out that, as a lazy plot twist, they lost yet another contest to the Dinklebergs.
      • In "Open Wide and Say Aaagh!", after taking Timmy to the hospital to have his tonsils removed, they seem aware of what the surgery is and what it entails, yet they brush it off once they get a trip to Hawaii for five nights free.
      • In "Vicky Gets Fired", when they see the footage of their son being tortured by Vicky, they just brush it off, caring more about their reality tape instead. The reason they fired Vicky was that they found out that she erased the tape, instead of her torturing their son. Yes, seriously.
      • In "Farm Pit", where Mr. Turner idiotically thinks that Timmy is a scarecrow and that the actual scarecrow is Timmy, and he forces Timmy to do all the work at the farm while he lays around, while Mrs. Turner just lets this all happen and when Timmy jumps into a tornado to find Cosmo and Wanda, Mr. Turner is not concerned for his son's safety and only cares about making him do all the farm work.
    2. They spend more time with each other as a couple than they do with their son together as a family. For instance, it is revealed in the first TV film, "Abra-Catastrophe!", that two years ago (before the current timeline where Timmy is 10 and Vicky is 16), they (Mr. Turner mostly) tricked their son into having Vicky hired to babysit him anytime, allowing them to goof off and do whatever they want. However, then again, Timmy wouldn't have had fairies if his life went well.
    3. They are often overworked or busy or putting Timmy's needs after themselves while shooing him away whenever he needs or asks for their help.
    4. They are both easily duped by Vicky and other menacing characters in the show. They even show more favoritism towards them than their son.
    5. They never really developed past their stereotypes as the show progressed with a few exceptions, even in the right moments, and were just left flanderized to becoming more idiotic and dumber:
      • The cliché "Idiot Dad" trope, in particular, is way too overused on Mr. Turner, similar to characters like Homer Simpson in The Simpsons, Stan Smith in seasons 10-present of American Dad, and Peter Griffin in seasons 8-present of Family Guy.
      • Additionally, along with Mr. Crocker, he is pointlessly shoehorned in almost all of the episodes in the final two seasons of the series due to him being the creator's pet for cheap laughs and acted a lot more like Peter and Stan. Seasons 7 and 8 had a similar problem but it had only worsened in seasons 9 and 10.
      • Mr. Turner is often shown to be a rather weak and cowardly man, a fact which isn't helped by his high-pitched and girly screech.
      • Mrs. Turner is a huge crybaby, as she often cries over things that aren't even a big deal whatsoever like when the Turners lost to the Dinklebergs in "Pipe Down!".
    6. Going back to DW#8, Mrs. Turner is horrendously underused in seasons 9 and 10, only making a few appearances, with the rest taken up by her husband, who was ironically overused.

    Smart Parent Qualities

    1. While not inherently perfect by any means, their characterizations were much better in the classic era of the series, including the Oh Yeah! Cartoons pilot shorts, where they appear to be more intelligent than they are in the proceeding green-lighted series.
      • Mr. Turner, in particular, especially when you compare his bumbling, yet goodhearted personality in the earlier seasons to his completely idiotic, childish personality in the later seasons.
      • Mrs. Turner is also more tolerable, likable, and nice, and wasn't flanderized as much in seasons 9 and 10.
    2. Despite their stupidity at least they are still decently portrayed in most episodes, even ones after the classic era, as they are still shown to be responsible, competent, helpful, smart, and supportive parents.
      • Despite their stupidity at least they still love their son Timmy Turner very deeply, despite how they sometimes treat him.
      • In the same TV movie as shown in DPQ#1 they did apologize to Timmy and fire Vicky at the end.
    3. They do have their strengths on several occasions:
      • In Mr. Turner's case, he is shown to be a very strong and athletic man on several occasions. One time, he beat up a giant alligator. He occasionally shows knowledge of mechanics and engineering. For example, he once literally rebuilt a car. Another time, he converted his car into a working, milk-powered giant robot. On another, he built a working submarine out of nothing other than bamboo, vines, and what he salvaged from the wreck of his car. He also invented a computer made of junk: an old television screen and a heavy typewriter for the keyboard powered by Timmy's gerbil Eddie. He also built a crop duster from a pile of wood. He has also shown woodwork and craftsmanship skills building many buildings and dozens of large boats in only a few hours out of nothing more than bamboo, wood, and palm treetops, with tools he built out of the same resources, he has also shown to be a great scoutmaster and survivalist as he has previously won over 300 awards for it.
      • In Mrs. Turner's case, she is more recently shown as a lot more competent when on her own and is now more positioned as the rational parent compared to Mr. Turner, and is more likable than her husband, especially in the later seasons. She wasn't flanderized in seasons 9 and 10. She is also the smarter of Timmy's parents. One time Timmy tried to trick her with a Timmybot-9000, however, she was not as easily fooled as her husband was, recognizing that the robot wasn't her son and destroying it. While her cooking is usually described as bad, it was shown in "Food Fight" that despite its looks, it tastes good. Mrs. Turner is shown to be very talented at various points in the series. She is a capable scout leader in the Sugar Cream Puffs as she has earned many badges and is capable of crafting wilderness survival items, as shown in "Who's Your Daddy?", although like Mr. Turner, she too led her scout group into danger in "Squirrely Puffs" after she became annoyed by the singing animals. In "Momnipresent", it is revealed that she used to work for the CIA but was a double agent for Russia and her code name was "Timmy's Mom-a-vich". Despite this, she is hired to work for them again in "Viral Vidiots".
    4. The Fairly OddParents! would likely not be as great as it is without them, as they are major characters with several episodes (mainly in the older seasons) showcasing how big a part they play in the show.
    5. Additionally, Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee still do a good job voicing them like with Cosmo and Wanda.
    6. They both have funny moments sometimes such as
      • Their Idiotic behavior can be admittedly funny and charming to watch sometimes
      • Mr. Turner's rivalry and hatred of Sheldon Dinkleberg can be very funny, such as his "DINKLEBERG!" lines.
      • Mrs. Turner can also be hilarious at times.
    7. While they are still idiotic parents at least they are not as bad as Butter's parents

    Trivia

    • Mr. Turner's lines, "Dinkleberg!" and "And this is where I'd keep my trophy, IF I HAD ONE!" have become internet memes.

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