Cosmo and Wanda are the wacky, messed-up married fairy godparents of a smart 10-year-old boy named Timmy Turner on the Nickelodeon Network animated series THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS (2001-2014). The series was a spin-off of OH YEAH! CARTOONS (1998-2001).
Set in the town of Dimmsdale, CA, Cosmo Julius Cosma and Wanda Venus Fairywinkle-Cosma (the smarter of the two) live in Timmy’s bedroom disguised as a pair of goldfish.
When Timmy needs help, they leave their fish bowl and transform into humans carrying magic wands. With the help of their magic wands, Cosmo and Wanda let Timmy experience many adventures.
Timmy’s other companions include Chester, A.J., Timmy’s parents (who are “always giving him commands”) and Vicky, a nasty 16-year-old babysitter. When Vicky is mean to Timmy, he has Cosmo & Wanda play tricks on her and turn her head into various objects.
Jorgen Von Strangle, a muscular fairy Drill Sergeant godparent, supervises Cosmo and Wanda on the rules of magic (“Da Rules”).
They must follow these basic rules (among others) when dealing with Timmy.
Rule #1: Fairy Godparents only grant wishes to kids!
Rule #2: Fairy Godparents can’t ever be seen by ANYONE but the kid they watch over!
Rule #3: A kid with Fairy Godparents can’t tell anyone they exist!
Rule #4: Fairy Godparents can’t ever interfere with True Love.
Timmy’s wishes are kid-like and often practical. He doesn’t wish for a million dollars but rather that he could stay up late or turn invisible to hide from the school bully.
When Timmy wanted a pet, he wished for a fairy dog named Sparky who can conjure up bones, fire hydrants, and the like with his magic wand tail.
Once, Timmy wanted to become a comic book character sidekick of his favorite comic book hero, The Crimson Chin (“The Mandible of Might”) and so his fairy god (“odd”) parents inserted Timmy into a comic book fantasy where he became Cleft, the Chin Wonder in the metropolis of Chincinatti.
There he battled such villains as The Bronze Kneecap, The Iron Lung, The Copper Cranium, Gilded Arches, Brass Knuckles and the Giant Doctor Robot (known collectively as The Body of Evil). But when the adventure was over, Cosmo and Wanda (often lacking in the magical skills) found a way to get him back safe and sound, until the next time.
When not tending to Timmy’s needs, Wanda and Cosmo take care of their own loveable, little fairy child named Poof. He was born in the episode “Fairly Odd Baby” after Timmy makes a wish for Cosmo and Wanda who were desperate for a child of their own.
Cosmo and Wanda hail from the magical realm of Fairy World. It is located in the clouds and connected to earth by way of a rainbow bridge.
Residents of Fairy World include Big Daddy, Mama Cosma, Binky, Simon Sparklefield, Blonda, Wanda’s twin sister and stars in a Fairy World soap opera called “All My Biceps”, and The Tooth Fairy, who is the wife of Jorgen Von Strangle.
For every fairy, there is also an anti-fairy who has the opposite personalities and character traits. So, Anti-Cosmo is intelligent, Anti-Wanda is dim-witted, and Anti-Poof’s (called “Foop”) causes mayhem. The Anti-Fairies live in the dark and gloomy place called Anti-Fairy World that features the dull and gray metropolis of Pixies Inc., home of the pixies.
NOTE: Fairy World was first introduced in the Oh Yeah! Cartoons episode “The Temp!” where Timmy Turner and his godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, are called to return to Fairy World for training.
In the episode “Which Witch is Which”, it was revealed that the town of Dimmsdale was founded in the 1630s after Dale Dimm managed to defeat a witch hunter who was secretly a witch named Alden Biterroot (ancestor of Denzel Crocker).
Cosmo and Wanda
c/o Timmy Turner
The Fairly Oddparents (IMDB)
The Fairly OddParents – Cartoon Episode – “Where’s the Wand” (Video)
The Fairly OddParents – Cartoon Episode – “The Temp” (Video)
The Fairly OddParents – Cartoon Episode – “Too Many Timmys” (Video)