"Doing iCarly for you guys has meant so, so much to me. And...it's changed my life."
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Carly Shay (born July 24) is the titular main protagonist of the TV series iCarly, and her own web show, iCarly. She is the younger sister of Spencer Shay and the daughter of Colonel Steven Shay and Mrs. Shay. She lived with her older brother in Apartment 8-C at Bushwell Plaza while their father is stationed on a Navy submarine and her mother is never mentioned. She's the best friend of Sam Puckett and former best friend of Missy Robinson, whom she hung out with during her childhood. She is also the best friend and ex-girlfriend of Freddie Benson, who lives across the hallway (Apt. 8-D) and had a long crush on her, started the day they met, which maybe still lasts.
She has an amazing sense of humor, which is proven with her popular fictional web show. She seems to disapprove of gross-out humor and enjoys creative and loud humor.
She is nice, easy-going and caring.
She gets good grades and usually stays out of trouble.
She has her own personal struggles, like how she has to take vitamins every day to avoid asthma attacks.
She has a decent singing ability.
She tries her best to keep her best friend Sam out of trouble and frequently takes the blame for her pranks.
Her endearing friendship, former relationship and potential current relationship with Freddie.
In "iSaved Your Life", while Carly did date him after he saved her life, Freddie was kinda smart to do the right thing as Carly was in love with Freddie for what he did not because of him, and accepted that they could be just best friends.
Just like in the original run, She has an amazing sense of humor.
She is known for being a bit too soft and prissy at times.
She can be very immature at times.
She is EXTREMELY unlikeable in a couple particular episodes, most notably iThink They Kissed, where she constantly harasses Freddie and Sam when the latter accidentally reveals that they kissed. This isn't a big issue, but she acts like it is, and acts like it was so bad that they kept it a secret from her even though, again, it's really not that big of a deal.
Sometimes she doesn't do anything when Sam bullies Freddie.
She doesn't return Freddie's romantic feelings, at least, not until the finale where she does finally return his romantic feelings with a heartwarming and romantic kiss.
Her jokes are all about food.
She is rotten spoiled and gets angry whenever Spencer acts like a mature adult.
She is particularly awful in this regard in iLook Alike, when Spencer has a perfectly reasonable argument to not let her go to an MMA fight (kids can also only go to those with an adult, which brings more strength to his argument), and she responds by acting like a complete spoiled brat, calling him uncool, and then lying to him and going to the fight, where he ends up getting beaten up.
She has uncontrollably severe claustrophobia, so whenever she is in a confined space, she freaks out and has these unusual panic attacks, and whenever these moments occur, they always end up ruining an ongoing event.
In "iSpace Out", when she, Sam, and Freddie were in the space pod, she freaks out over how confined it is and compares it to being inside a walnut. Her panic attack becomes so bad to the point where she breaks out of the pod and goes home, thus ruining iCarly's chances of going to outer space.
In "iSam's Mom", she has a strange panic attack in the Therapy Box where she makes weird goat noises, pushes the walls, and crawls around the room. Despite it being the main reason why Sam and her mom patched things up, this panic attack ruins the heartfelt vibe of the moment.
She can be seen as a Karma-Houdini, as she gets no comeuppance for her actions.
She got slightly flanderized since Season 3, but improved in season 6 and kept most of her charm.
She can be slightly irritating at times.
Carly is portrayed by at-the-time Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove.
In the final episode of iCarly, iGoodbye, Carly took the difficult decision to move to Italy to be with her father for a period of time ("taking a break for a while").