|Phineas and Ferb character|
|Created by||Dan Povenmire
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Voiced by||Ashley Tisdale|
|Aliases||Candace Gertrude Flynn (birthname)|
|Family||Linda Flynn (mother)
Phineas Flynn (brother)
|Significant other(s)||Jeremy Johnson|
|Children||Xavier and Fred (future sons)
Amanda (future daughter)
Candace "Gertrude" Flynn is a main character and antagonist of the Disney Channel animated television series Phineas and Ferb, voiced by Ashley Tisdale and created and designed by Dan Povenmire. She first appeared in the series' pilot episode along with the other main characters who star in the A-Plot.
Role in Phineas and Ferb
Candace is part of a blended family, a decision made after an experience Swampy Marsh had in his childhood. In the series, she has two younger brothers, Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, with Phineas being a biological brother and Ferb a step-brother. Her best and most trustworthy friend is Stacy Hirano. Candace speaks in a valley girl accent, most common when talking to Stacy on the phone or whenever the two girls are together. Her birthday is on July 11.
Unbeknownst to her and the other family members, their pet platypus, Perry, is an espionage agent who fights Dr. Doofenshmirtz, an evil genius. She is unaware that his battle with Dr. Doofenshmirtz is the cause of many Phineas and Ferb's inventions' disappearance.
In "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", it is shown that she will have three children in the future - Xavier, Fred and Amanda. In "Great balls of water" it is revealed that she plays 20 different instruments that start with b.
Candace's catchphrase follows, "Mom! Phineas and Ferb are..."
One of the series' running gags revolves around Candace's character. An antagonist, Candace has been noted to hold an obsession over tattletaling the creations of Phineas and Ferb, referred to in the series as "busting". While she repeatedly fails in proving the extravagances to her mother, Candace has remained persistent in the majority of episodes. Whenever Candace carries her mother to the project site, Phineas and Ferb's work unintentionally disappears or is hidden before their mother sees it; the boys then appear to be involved in simple activities deemed normal. Usually, Candace stutters and sometimes, her mother forcibly takes her away, disregarding Candace's actions as crazy and childish.
In some episodes, Candace brings evidence to her mother, but it is misplaced or lost.
While the main reason Candace is motivated to succeed in busting her brothers is described in "Rollercoaster" as proving superiority over them, one reason to bust them is shown in Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, when she tells "the force that stops her from busting her brothers" to stop so she can protect them from themselves. The so-called "force" is Candace's developed superstition for the miraculous disappearance of Phineas and Ferb's projects as she attempts to show them to their mother. A third reason is implied in the song "Busted" sung by Candace and Vanessa, which is to prove she was always right and not crazy as her mother seem to believe.
In "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", it is revealed that if she ever did bust her brothers, it would result in the complete ban of creativity, thus leading to Doofenshmirtz achieving his goal of taking over the Tri-State Area (Plot-B).
Another running gag in the series is that Candace, while typically shown as a reasonably attractive girl, is not at all photogenic. Pictures and videos of her are rarely flattering, showing her in an awkward pose or embarrassing expression... leading to her fear that Jeremy will see them. Unfortunately for her, it seems that the more unflattering the picture, the more public exposure it gets (for instance, a particularly mortifying picture of her was put on the side of a blimp).
Candace has a leitmotif: a frenzied rendition of a child's taunting song.
When not trying to bust Phineas and Ferb, Candace is usually doing something related to Jeremy Johnson, her boyfriend. She often over complicates things in their relationships and worries that Jeremy doesn't like her when in truth he is always shown to care deeply for her: Candace's insecurity blinds her to the fact that she has already won him over.
Candace also gets annoyed with Perry when he gets to her bed while she's sleeping. Although she gets annoyed with Perry, Candace was nice to him in the episodes "Mom's Birthday" and "Traffic Cam Caper". Candace blamed herself for Perry's disappearance in "Oh, There You Are, Perry" when he was actually re-assigned to a more dangerous villain. Candace saw Perry as a secret agent two times while she was dreaming or hallucinating, as it was seen in episodes "The Ballad of Badbeard" and "Wizard of Odd". ("Phineas and Ferb Gets Busted" doesn't count, considering Perry was the one dreaming about Candace dreaming.)
There is a recurring zebra that pops up whenever Candace is dreaming or hallucinating that calls her "Kevin".
Despite being somewhat selfish and often looking down on her brothers as mere annoyances, Candace, loves them at her heart and has shown them affection in episodes like "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together", "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama", "Lights, Candace, Action", and "Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You", where she sings about how proud she is of the boys. Candace also allows herself to enjoy her brother's inventions every so often. Although Candace frequently overlooks the fact that Phineas and Ferb openly care about her, she is shown to care more about their well-being than busting them. In "Traffic Cam Caper," when Phineas is in peril, Candace goes out of her way to save Phineas, allowing a disc containing footage of their projects to be stolen by Perry the Platypus. Also, when Phineas delivers a heartfelt speech at his birthday party thanking his friends, Candace is so touched that she destroys yet another disc that was intended to bust him ("Clipshow"). She is even unable to defend herself against evil robots that merely look like Phineas. In return, Phineas has been shown to go to great lengths to rescue Candace when she is endangered.
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Common Sense Media rated Candace as the 10th worst TV role model, claiming that "her primary motivations are pleasing her boyfriend and getting her brothers in trouble" and she was "a screechy, whiny stereotype of a girl", which could reinforce gender stereotypes.
- Strike, Joe (February 1, 2008). "From Swampy & Dan Emerges Phineas and Ferb", Page 3.". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. "The Geek Dads" Podcast interview with Povenmire & Marsh.
- Strike, Joe. "From Swampy & Dan Emerges Phineas and Ferb", Page 1.". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- Filucci, Sierra (23 May 2011). "10 Worst TV Role Models--Part 2". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 27 May 2011.