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    Sparky (The Fairly OddParents)

    Sparky
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    Gender: Male
    Type: Pointless Magical Talking Pet
    Age: Immortal
    Species: Fairy dog (Golden Retriever)
    Portrayed by: Maddie Taylor
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Fairly OddParents
    First appearance: Fairly OddPet
    Last appearance: Pixel Town


    "Sparky the dog... *sigh* I think Sparky... was the beginning of the end. Why do you need a fairy dog? Who thought this was a good idea? Actually, you know what? I know exactly who would prove this, but we'll get into that later. This is a prime example of a show trying way too hard to stay relevant. I get that they wanted to try new things, but they could've at least did it in a way that doesn't feel so pathetically forced, like what is this, Johnny Test?"

    Made2Express


    Sparky is a fairy dog that joined Timmy Turner and his fairy family in the ninth season of The Fairly OddParents. He was introduced in the season 9 premiere episode, "Fairly OddPet", becoming the second addition to the show's main cast after Poof in 2008. However, due to negative reception by the public, Nickelodeon decided to not have the character back for season 10 and was replaced with Chloe Carmichael instead. Sparky was voiced by Maddie Taylor.

    Why He's A Fairly Pointless Dog

    1. He is a completely unnecessary character to be in the show. Why would Timmy need a dog?
    2. Although he is kind and friendly he is pretty dumb and mostly present as a comic relief. Don't we already have Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, and/or Mr. Crocker for that?
    3. He causes a lot of trouble around his owners.
    4. He also gets Timmy in trouble at school by eating his homework, making him even more unnecessary.
    5. In his debut "Fairly OddPet", he leaves Timmy to almost die in a plane crash and destroy Dimmsdale by digging holes everywhere.
    6. Every episode that revolves around him is uninteresting to watch since they are just generic and clichéd "Man's best friend" plots, even to the point that plenty of which were rehashed for the sake of shoehorning him in similar to Timmy's Dad, Mr. Crocker, and even Chloe (season 10). Additionally, his introduction alongside the overall concept of magical animals only added to the plot holes and inconsistencies with Da Rules, further breaking continuity. As an example, who were his previous owners?
    7. In the season 9 finale episode in terms of production order, "Man's Worst Friend", the part where he is thrown out of the picture by being easily duped into fetching some stupid ball and does not return until the very end of the episode is very is anti-climatic, which leaves Sparky a complete waste of potential.
    8. While Maddie Taylor does a passable job voicing him, his voice sounds whiny and can get annoying.
    9. He is a failed attempt for Nickelodeon to boost the show's ratings. Nickelodeon tried to do the same thing a second time by replacing him with Chloe but failed miserably.
    10. For example, in "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie", he was shoehorned in the episode, making him a filler character serving nothing to it whatsoever.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. His design is passable, although it has off-putting white lines.
    2. He did help Timmy at times and unlike Chloe, he never stole the spotlight from Timmy, despite season 9 being more focused on him. There were also a few episodes where he was either a minor character or completely absent.
    3. Despite the flaws and what WH'SaFPD#4 says, Maddie Taylor did a passable job voicing him.
    4. He can be funny at times.

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    Trivia

    • Because of the negative reception he had, Sparky did not return in season 10 and was entirely written out of the show.
    • His voice actress Maddie Taylor, who was known as Matthew Taylor at the time of voicing Sparky, came out as a transgender woman in 2016, after Sparky was thrown out of the main cast.
    • Because there was no explanation for Sparky's removal, it is currently unknown what happened to him.
    • It is also widely rumored that Sparky was removed after season 9 of The Fairly OddParents because Butch Hartman fired Maddie Taylor (the voice of Sparky) after she came out as a transgender woman. If that's the case, that would also mean he's a transphobe.
    • Although Sparky does not appear in season 10, his pictures are still shown in the season's credits and he also appears in a few promotional pictures, which is considered false advertising.
    • Sparky is also referenced in a Season 10 episode called "Chloe Rules!", in which Timmy gives an excuse that his dog ate his homework. Later, Mr. Crocker sees Cosmo as a talking dog.
    • Sparky also makes a cameo appearance in a Bunsen Is a Beast episode named "Beast in Show". He appears alongside Dudley Puppy from T.U.F.F. Puppy.
    • As a result of his removal, he is the first and only character to be removed in the series.

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