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[[caption-width-right:200:{{WordGirl}} and her {{sidekick}}, [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Captain Huggyface]]]]

->''"[[ExpositoryThemeTune From the planet Lexicon]]; [[BraggingThemeTune watch out, villains, HERE SHE COMES!]]"''

''[=WordGirl=]'' is an animated television show on Creator/{{PBS}}. The title character is a superhero who fights crime with her powers of literacy as well as her powers as a FlyingBrick. The show is an AffectionateParody of the superhero genre, and uses writers from comedy sketch shows like ''SaturdayNightLive'', plus actors known for adlibbing ability, in hopes of making a show as entertaining for adults as it is educational for kids.

[=WordGirl=] uses her great vocabulary to fend off villains such as The Butcher, Dr. Two Brains, Granny May, Tobey, and Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy. She never reveals her alter-ego to anyone, including her own family. She and Huggy use their crashed spaceship as a secret hideout.

A ComicBookAdaptation with a noticable ArtShift is published by Creator/KaboomComics.
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!!The show provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Prof. Boxleitner. It's what changed him into Dr. Two-Brains!
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Many characters have mistaken Captain [=HuggyFace=]'s name for something like "Captain Hoozywinks" or "Colonel [=HairyFace=]".
** The Whammer could never get Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy's name right.
* {{Adorkable}}: Tobey fits the description perfectly. So does Becky's dad.
* AdultsAreUseless: It's a kids' show. Surprised? Averted, though, with some of the villains. Becky's parents also seem to be getting smarter and more useful as both have shown off the ability to outwit villains when needed.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], Tobey's MechaMooks occasionally refuse to obey him, sometimes even turning against him. Notable in particular with his [=WordBot=] in the episode by the same name, which he programmed to be "devoted" (one of the words of the day) to him, only for it to turn against him when he kept paying too much attention to [=WordGirl=] and decide to be devoted to destruction instead.
* AlienAmongUs: Though her intentions are good!
* AllGirlsLikePonies: [=WordGirl=]'s favorite show is ''The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour'', she has a collection of porcelain unicorns, and even a unicorn poster on her bedroom wall.
** Violet, as well, is a fan of ''Pretty Princess'' and is fond of pegasi.
** Leslie also likes this show.
** Lady Redundant Woman can be seen watching this at her apartment.
* AlliterativeName:
** Becky Botsford, Bampy Botsford, Beatrice Bixby, Seymour Smooth, Hal Hardbargain, and Shelley Smalls are all examples of this.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The two main romances of the show both fit: [[DatingCatwoman Tobey crushes on WordGirl]], who doesn't like him, while ''she'' crushes on Scoops, who [[ObliviousToLove doesn't seem to notice]].
* AllYourPowersCombined: When Victoria Best steals most of the other villains' powers in "Don't Mess With The Best".
* AmbiguousDisorder: Violet Heaslip, she has tenuous grasp on reality around her.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Justified for [=WordGirl=], since that's what the creator of the show was really shooting for. Appropriately enough, her adoptive family are a -different shade- of ambiguous brown.
* AndCallHimGeorge: Eileen's enthusiastic tea party and dressing-up of Captain Huggyface.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: TJ
* ArtInitiatesLife: Lady Redundant Woman can bring pictures to life.
* ASimplePlan: In fact, one of the show's episodes is titled "A Simple Plan."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Eileen in pretty much all of her episodes (first seen in "The Birthday Girl").
** Tobey's gigantic MechaMooks.
* AttackPatternAlpha: [=WordGirl's=] "Emergency Plans".
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Violet can be very easily distracted.
* BadassGrandpa: Bampy, Becky's grandfather, who [[SecretKeeper is the only non-main character to know her secret identity]], and can jump and backflip like nobody's business. He took down a giant robot with just a screwdriver! Twice!
* BadassMustache: Steve [=McClean=] in "The Ballad of Steve [=McClean=]" had a mustache so impressive that various other characters tried to be as snazzy as him with fake mustaches of their own. It even got to the point where Dr. Two-Brains, in an attempt to reclaim his title as number one villain, redubbed himself as Dr. Cool-Brains and had ''two'' mustaches, with one attached to his exposed brain.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: No, you're reading this right. In ''WordGirl and Bobbleboy'' TJ's success in his WordGirl bobblehead dolls business distract our hero so much, that she gets smashed to the ground by Chuck's Crusher!! Luckily she gets better, but the villain featured for the rest of the episode was Dr. Two-Brains and NOT Chuck!]]
* BananaPeel: Captain Huggyface uses one to defeat The Whammer in "Crime in the Key of V."
* BasementDweller: This is [[BuffySpeak Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy]]'s secret villain lair.
** He tried to move into his own lair once, but got too homesick and ended up moving back.
* BeingGoodSucks: Becky frequently misses fun events in her life because of her crime fighting. It even leads to to wish that [=WordGirl=] didn't exist in "A World Without [=WordGirl=]".
* BelligerentSexualTension: Becky and Tobey's "[[FoeYay rivalry]]".
** Though it is just one sided.
* BerserkButton: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy has been shown to be extremely offended by negative comments about sandwiches. The best example of this is in the episode, "Chuck The Nice Pencil-Selling Guy".
** Leslie gets enraged when someone gets the facts of ''The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour'' wrong.
** Lady Redundant Woman will make anyone who messes with her copy machine pay. [[spoiler: When Royal Dandy made the mistake of doing this, she erased him from existence!]]
** Ms. Question hates the phrase "No questions asked."
** [=WordGirl=] gets enraged every time someone breaks her favorite unicorn, Angel Face.
*** Or anything interrupts her watching PPMPPH.
** Eileen wants things her way, if you don't let her, [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever you will be sorry.]]
** Even some of Tobey's robots are seen to go berserk because of things other characters say or do.
* BigRedButton: In "Mecha Mouse", Two-Brains is defeated by one of the self-destruct variety. It's made frustrating by the fact that it was on well-designed power armor. Also, the button was on the exterior, which Two-Brains couldn't touch anyway.
** Then there's the "Holy Cow! Don't Press This Button!" button.
** And the "Merge With Copier" button.
* BigEater: Captain Huggyface/Bob, who nullifies the Butcher's meat attacks by eating them. He sometimes takes his eating to the ExtremeOmnivore level.
** A recent episode has the good Captain eating "an entire dimension's worth" of meat.
* BigWordShout:
--> '''[=WordGirl=]''': Change it BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK !
* BilingualBonus: In "The Fill-In", the fictional ancient city Santa Palabra literally means "Saint Word" in English.
* BigNo: Employed quite a few times in the series.
* BlackComedy:
-->'''Mayor''': "Whoa - a dog from the old days! That dog is probably dead now." -- "Two Brains Quartet"
* BlatantLies: Becky's many excuses whenever she must change into her [[SecretIdentity superhero identity]].
* {{Brainwashed}}: Mr. Big's whole gimmick.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Tobey.
** Nocan The Contrarian is another example.
* BlondesAreEvil: Victoria Best, Lady Redundant Woman, Miss Power, and Leslie can all be considered examples.
* BowtiesAreCool: Tobey wears one. So does Bampy. Both of them are pretty cool.
** So does Dr. Two-Brains, on that note...
* BuffySpeak: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy. The name speaks for itself.
** Not to mention his brother, Brent the Handsome, Successful, Everybody Loves Him Sandwich-Making Guy. Yes that's his full name.
* BumblingDad: Becky's dad...but her mom's just as bad.
* TheButcher: The name of one of the main villains. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when "The Baker" and "The Candlestick Maker" are added to the mix.
* ButtMonkey: The Amazing Rope Guy.
* CallingYourAttacks: Used by the Butcher and occasionally Tobey, and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by [=WordGirl=] in "Book Ends".
** WordGirl herself frequently does this as well. "Monkey Throw!"
* CardboardPrison: Being caught and sent to jail never seems to get rid of the villains. Somewhat justified by the fact that the Warden is one of the most staggeringly incompetent characters on a show absolutely ''stuffed'' with incompetent characters.
* CartoonCheese: Thanks to Two-Brains' cheese addiction, there are more examples of this in the show than you can count.
* CatchPhrase: "Worrrd UP!"
** Warden Chalmers has one too: "...I'll eat my hat!" Made funny by the fact that he actually WILL eat his hat, and seems to enjoy the taste. He actually started having them made out of meat after his first one didn't taste so good.
* CharlieAndTheChocolateParody: "Who Wants Candy?"
* CheatersNeverProsper: Exaggerated in the episode "Two Brains' Quartet." Dr. Two Brains doesn't even ''try'' to win legitimately despite multiple protests from his henchmen that they could probably win and cheating is likely to backfire. They end up disqualified, but the henchmen plead to perform anyway, and their song is amazing -- the mayor outright states that they probably would have won if they hadn't already been disqualified for cheating.
* ChestInsignia: The star on [=WordGirl=]'s superhero outfit.
* ChronicVillainy: "Tobey Goes Good".
* CityOfAdventure
* ClarkKenting: Occasionally lampshaded.
** In "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake," Becky tells both Mr. Botsford and T.J. her [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]]. They [[CassandraTruth don't believe her]].
*** More than "occasionally" lampshaded. By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!; Truth, Revision and the Lexicon Way (newspaper incident)...
* ClearMyName: [=WordGirl=] has had to do this in multiple episodes, notably in "The Wrong Side Of The Law".
* CliffHanger: The two part stories "The Wrong Side of the Law, "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake" and "A Better Mousetrap." It was one of the featured words in the second half of "A Better Mousetrap," with [=WordGirl=] providing the definition.
* CliffhangerCopout: At the end of part 1 of "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake," Mr. Big uses the [[KryptoniteFactor Lexinite]] to disable [=WordGirl=] by clipping a collar around her neck with a star-shaped chunk of it on. No wait, come part 2 a few minutes later, she's actually been put in a Lexinite cage instead.
* ClipShow: "A Better Mousetrap." The first half featured [=WordGirl=] reminiscing with Scoops about the many times that she's defeated Dr. Two Brains. At the end of the first half, Two Brains took over the show, then in the second half he showed a series of clips designed to humiliate [=WordGirl=].
* CloningBlues: In "The Young and the Meatless", one of Lady Redundant Woman's copies falls in love with and starts dating The Butcher, while trying to avoid disappearing.
* CloudCuckooLander: Violet Heaslip.
* ComfortFood: Cheese for Dr. Two Brains - most notably in "The Ballad of Steve [=McClean=]" and "A Game Of Cat And Mouse".
* ContinuityCavalcade: "Showdown at the Super Secret Spaceship Hideout". Dr. Two-Brains discovers the room where [=WordGirl=] keeps mementos of all of her past adventures, including weapons from all of the other villains and a display that has all of the different ray guns Two-Brains has used in the show. The episode even gives a nod to the fact that Dr. Two-Brains once penned the book Superheroes and You: A Practical Guide.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Very, very often with the themed villains. One episode's plot is even based around [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] this trope.
* CoolOldLady: Is there any argument that Granny May's robotic, jet-propelled, air-conditioned supersuit is ''not'' cool?
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Big, more or less
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** "Have You Seen The Remote?" when it turns out Tobey had a tracking device all along
** "Line Lessons With Lady Redundant Woman" when Lady Redundant Woman is told everyone already knows what it's like to be treated rudely
** "[=WordGirl=] Makes A Mistake: Part 2" both when the handy-man had a dictionary and when it turns out Mr. Big already got his casserole dish back
** "Mr. Big's Mini-Golf" when Mr. Big finds out that Guy Rich wasn't really a villain
** "Cleanup In Aisle Eleven" when Lady Redundant Woman realizes the Grocery Store Manager just wanted money for the food she was taking
* CrazyPrepared: [=WordGirl=]
** [[WildMassGuessing How many emergency plans does she have?]]
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-Universe: Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, when he decides to reinvent himself as "The Handsome Panther". It quickly becomes clear that he knows pretty much nothing about "real" panthers, such as the fact that they're nocturnal.
* CuteKitten: Little Mittens in "Meat with a Side of Cute", and Violet's pet cat. Possibly even Bootsy The Cat in "Mousezilla".
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Lampshaded in "When Life Gives You Potatoes...", when Dr. Two-Brains' henchmen ask him why he doesn't just use the gold he steals to buy things, instead of turning it into potato salad and then into cheese. Dr. Two-Brains instantly rejects this idea because [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} it doesn't fit his cheese theme]].
** The Butcher could've been rich if he just ''sold'' the meat at an affordable price. Chuck tries to make a legit life but only to return a life of crime over a small slight.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Tobey in "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robots" comes extremely close to exposing [=WordGirl=]'s secret identity and manages to see through almost all of Becky's attempts at denying it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Rise of Miss Power.
** Subverted in "Don't Mess with the Best." Dr. Two-Brains tells Victoria Best that if she 'really' wants to get rid of WordGirl and prove she's the best villain, she should push that red button on the back of his cheese ray. Turns out [[spoiler: it just sprays Victoria in the face with gunk, causing her to drop it, and allowing Dr. Two-Brains to pick it back up]].
* DatingCatwoman: Tobey rather obviously has a thing for [=WordGirl=], though she continually rebuffs him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Leslie
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Lil' Mittens, originally named "Meat Hook".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lady Redundant Woman is a villainess whose superpower is making copies of herself, and she first sends them out to steal a sofa, a couch, and a futon. She also speaks in this manner (taunting [=WordGirl=]: "You're confused...perplexed...").
** Warden Chalmers talks like this sometimes.
--> '''Warden Chalmers''': Today is a historic day in history, for on this historic day, history will show that we have indeed made history.
** In fact, many of the characters speak redundantly as a means for the show to indirectly teach kids synonyms.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Miss Power in "The Rise of Miss Power."
* DoppelgangerAttack: Basically all of Lady Redundant Woman's attacks.
* DoubleEntendre:
--> '''[=WordGirl=]''': "Hold it right there, ''Butch''...er?"
** In Tobey's very first episode, (back when the series was still comprised of shorts,) we got this fun little exchange:
---> '''Becky''': "You're awfully mischievous."
---> '''Tobey''': "''Mischievous!'' Are you trying to impress me with your vocabulary?"
---> '''Becky''': "I'm not trying to impress anyone."
---> '''Tobey''': "Why didn't you just say I'm a ''naughty'' boy, hmm?"
** In the original shorts, Reginald referred to The Butcher as "smelly wiener man", and the Grocery Store Manager told him he'd have to "leave [his] personal meat at home".
* DoWrongRight: The villains have their own Villain Code rulebook and get angry when one of their own breaks said rules.
* DramaticIrony: In "The Wrong Side of the Law, Pt. 1," it is made obvious to the viewer immediately that the Birthday Girl is the criminal, but nobody else can figure it out. Even [=WordGirl=] doesn't get the answer right away, even though to her it should be obvious.
* DrunkWithPower: As her name suggests - Miss Power. She nearly corrupts WordGirl as well.
** Leslie has a brief moment of this in "Leslie Makes It Big".
* EdutainmentShow: The main purpose of the show, though it is written and acted cleverly enough to attract a large PeripheryDemographic.
* EinsteinHair: Two-Brains, of course.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Eileen
* EmbarrassingFirstName : Possibly an issue for Mr. Big whose real name is revealed to be Shelley Smalls in "Truth, Revision, and the Lexiconian Way".
* EnemyMine: WordGirl joins forces with Dr. Two-Brains in the episodes "Mouse Army" and "Dr. Three-Brains"
** In "The Rise Of Miss Power", [[spoiler: all of the show's villains team-up against Miss Power and help WordGirl defeat her.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Mr. Big in "Mr. Big's Big Plan".
* EpisodeTitleCard: Every single one of them.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Chuck asked [=WordGirl=] if she's allergic to peanut butter before shooting her with it, The Butcher tried to be considerate of readers in the library, among other examples.
** Multiple times the villains have rejected each others' ideas for a crime or for how to commit the crime because they think their way of doing things is better.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: There are quite a few blonde characters.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Captain Huggyface, General Smoochington, and even Colonel Gigglecheeks.
* EvilAlbino: Dr. Two Brains due to a FreakLabAccident involving an albino lab mouse... who was also evil.
* EvilIsHammy: Most of the villains are this way.
* EvilLaugh: Pretty much all of the show's villains have their own.
* EvilMinions: Two Brains' henchmen and also Leslie.
* {{Evil Genius}}: Tobey and Victoria Best, not to mention Dr. Two Brains.
* {{Evil Redhead}}: Eileen AKA the Birthday girl
* EvilTastesGood
-->'''Dr. Two-Brains''': (''munching on his own cheese ball'') I may be bad, but I sure taste good.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, The Butcher, and Dr. Two Brains are a sandwich chef, a butcher, and a guy with two brains, literally.
** Big Left Hand Guy is a (minor) villain who's a guy with... a big left hand.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: [=WorldGirl=] does this to ''herself'' at one point. As she's lecturing the Learnerer about why his VerbalTic of adding suffixes unnecessarily to words is annoying, it suddenly occurs to her that he said that he ''had been learning her moves''!
* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: Victoria Best is a negative example. She's a student forced by her parents to be "the best" at every activity. She's genuinely good at all of them, and flaunts her overachieving, but is a jerk and a SoreLoser.
* FaceHeelTurn: Dr. Two-Brains was actually the Q to [=WordGirl=]'s Film/JamesBond before his FreakLabAccident, in the serial two-minute shorts.
* FacePalm: Dr. Two Brains, [=WordGirl=], and other characters do this from time to time.
** In one of the episodes of "May I Have a Word?," Phil's prize for winning the initial game is a life-size Beau Handsome cut-out, which he says he doesn't want. When he learns that his prize for winning the bonus round is a larger-than-life Beau Handsome cut-out, he facepalms.
* FanBoy: Glen
** AscendedFanboy no less.
** TJ is Word Girl's biggest fanboy.
* FemaleMonsterSurprise: [[spoiler: The Energy Monster is female and is really named Maria]].
* {{Flanderization}}: [=WordGirl's=] arrogance seems to be [[{{UpToEleven}} at a premium]] in season 3.
* FlyingBrick
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Even Wordgirl is not immune to this occasionally.
** We also see the villains in jail frequently, yet nothing is ever done to stop them from using their superpowers except in "The Return Of The Reprise Of Lady Redundant Woman". It's as if they don't have powers while in jail.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Implied in "Vocab Bee," then subverted in "Tobey's Tricks and Treats"
* FormallyNamedPet: That's ''Captain'' Huggyface, to you!
** Also Granny May's cat "Colonel Mustard", and the other two monkeys in the show - General Smoochington and Colonel Gigglecheecks.
* FourFingeredHands: All human characters - and even the ''monkey'' - have four fingers.
* FreakLabAccident: Dr. Two-Brains' origin.
* FreeRangeChildren: Despite Becky's parents showing protective tendencies, she and all her other classmates frequently get to go anywhere and everywhere in the city without an adult around. Even at school or other adult-supervised events, Becky always manages to sneak away without too much trouble. On a few occasions, Becky has even been kept somewhere overnight or very late into the night, and her parents don't seem worried in the slightest.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In one of the original shorts wherein Butcher is attempting to rob the grocery store, you can see the sign above the aisle behind him indicates said aisle has chainsaws, crowbars and zombie-repellent.
* FriendlyEnemy: The Butcher, Dr. Two Brains, and Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy are frequently handled this way, though many of the other villains have their moments -- The Butcher even Lampshades it in "Meat My Dad", commenting that except for fighting, he and [=WordGirl=] get along pretty well.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: Meant to be a remedy for Becky's hiccups in "Word (Hicc)Up!".
* GadgeteerGenius: Tobey. Not much else to say, really.
* GeniusBruiser: Word Girl
* GenreSavvy: When something that might be peril rears its ugly head, [=WordGirl=] knows she's facing a HarmlessVillain who is in no way threatening to her. She even offers the occasional bit of advice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** There is a villain called [[MesACrowd Lady Redundant Woman]]. "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_era#Prostitution Redundant woman]]" was a [[GetTheeToANunnery Victorian-era euphemism]] for a [[TheOldestProfession prostitute]].
** "A Hero, a Thief, a Store and Its Owner" is probably one of the only Creator/PBSKids episodes whose namesake is [[TheCookTheThiefHisWifeAndHerLover an X-rated movie]].
** In the episode "The Invisi-Bill Hand", Invisi-Bill is trying to hail a cab and he said to himself, "Can't an invisible guy get a Taxi around here?" Sounds like a black joke to me.
** [[StalkerWithACrush "I'm going to prove that I'm smarter than you, and then you'll be mine, all mine!"]]
** The episode "Escape Wham" has the museum curator asking Chuck not to spray him with mayonnaise, as it nauseates him. Because he had a bad experience with it. At camp.
** In the episode where Miss Question sends the other villains away. When they return, and everyone battles Miss Question, Wordgirl yells "Butcher, give me some sausage!" That is a word for word quote.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Victoria and her parents have these several times in the episode "Victoria Best"
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Also Dr. Two-Brains
--> '''Dr. Two-Brain's Henchman''': "Stop running, stop!"\\
'''Dr. Two-Brains''': "I can't help it! Mouse brain makes me run!"\\
-- "When Life Gives You Potatoes..."
* TheGoodCaptain: [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Huggyface]], to be precise.
* GranolaGirl: Violet, to some degree.
* GRatedDrug: Most prominently, Two Brains' apparent cheese addiction. He seems to go through serious withdrawal in "A Simple Plan".
* GreenAesop: In "Earth Day Girl", especially during the "[[HardWorkMontage Cleanup Montage]]", which is so campy and over-the-top that it may actually be a StealthParody.
* GroupHug: In the episode "Granny's Book Club" all the villains hug Granny May, one even exclaiming "Hugsies!"
* GirlishPigtails: Victoria Best
** Also Violet and Becky, when they were very young.
* GrumpyOldMan: Scoop's grandpa. He always has the same frown in all of his appearances.
* HairReboot: Seen in "Becky's Birthday."
* HappilyAdopted: While being the only member of her family that seems to remember that she's adopted, Becky shows no inclination to find her birth parents. It's also extremely easy for the viewers to forget she's adopted (aside from the opening theme singing she's "from the planet Lexicon") since it's almost never mentioned and she's very close to her family.
* HappilyMarried: The Botsfords are really the only example of this one the show, but they're a perfect example of it. They contrast with all the other seemingly single parents on the show (The Butcher's father, Great Granny May, supposedly Granny May herself since she has grandchildren, Chuck and Brent's mother, Mrs. Heaslip, Clair [=MacCallister=], possibly Eileen's mom is a single parent as a dad has never been mentioned, etc.). Even the two other married couples, the Mings and the Bests, aren't shown having any measurable degree of chemistry between them.
* HiccupHijinks: "Word (Hicc)Up!," with Mr. Botsford being the one to come up with all the crazy cures. Amusingly, it's one of the villains (Chuck the Evil-Sandwich-Making Guy) who comes up with the solution by telling her to simply hold her breath... only for Mr. Botsford to ruin it by scaring her into starting to hiccup again.
* HighClassGlass: Reginald, the jeweler. Count Cloudy in "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour" also.
* HologramProjectionImperfection: In "Tobey Or Consequences", Tobey makes a holographic projection of himself to trick the babysitter, but it always seems to fizz out a little bit when she isn't looking.
* HouseHusband: Mr. Botsford cooks, cleans, sews, and does most of the shopping.
* HumanAliens: All the way.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: How [=WordGirl=] [[spoiler: destroys Mr. Big's Lexonite machine at the end of "WordGirl makes a Mistake."]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Leslie to Mr. Big.
* HypocriticalHumor: Lampshaded in "Earth Day Girl."
--> '''Birthday Girl''': The Earth is trying to steal my birthday! It's giant, green, and spoiled!\\
'''Narrator''': Hmmm... you could be describing yourself, Birthday Girl.
* IAteWhat: In the rare case where the characters are fully aware of what they're eating and do so purposely, Dr. Two Brains will chew through walls to break out of jail and commit crimes, and Lady Redundant Woman ate paper in "I Think I'm A Clone Now" in order to clone [=WordGirl=] and attempt to clone Captain Huggyface.
** In "Chuck With A Sidekick Of Brent", CHF eats a mud-cake that TJ made before he knew what it was.
** Beans A La Botsford
* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: The various villains with permanent gimmicks.
** Discussed in "The Young and the Meatless". Lady Redundant Woman and The Butcher keep trying to steal the same things because they are both meat and matching or redundant sets.
* ImpactSilhouette: Used a few times when the larger villains, especially The Whammer or Nocan, enters a building to steal something. Sometimes it's combined with a [[ThereWasADoor There Was A Door]].
* IncestSubtext: Becky/[=WordGirl=] and TJ. Averted a bit, because technically she's adopted. [[{{Squick}} She still finds it gross, though.]]
** Now to be fair, TJ has no idea that WordGirl is his sister.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: One of the newsmen has the exact same face as another random townsperson (who wears an orange shirt), but there's no indication that they're the same character. Stranger still, both of them have a striking resemblance to Dave, the manager of the copy shop where Beatrice Bixby works.
* InkblotTest: Used in "Mobot Knows Best" as a joke rather than to make a statement about any of the characters. Becky's art project appears to be a Rorschach test that bears considerable resemblance to The Butcher.
* InSeriesNickname: Todd "Scoops" Ming.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''[=WordGirl=]''': You fiend!\\
'''Mr. Big''': Yes, well when you've got it, you've got it.\\
--"Mr. Big"
* InteractiveNarrator: Often LampShaded or played with. In "Have Snob, Will Travel," [=WordGirl=] tries directly asking the narrator where the Butcher went, since after all, she knows that he knows. The narrator refuses because, after all, there are formal (one of the featured words) rules that they're supposed to follow regarding this sort of thing. [=WordGirl=] manages to get the one-up on him anyway.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Steven Boxleitner and [=WordGirl=], at the beginning of the series.
** Possibly Exposition Guy and Eileen in "The Birthday Girl's Monstrous Gift".
* InterspeciesRomance: Whichever shipping you may prefer, any character with [=WordGirl=] is this. Even with the most-canon shipping, [=WordGirl=] and Scoops, she's still an alien, which might make things slightly... [[ExoticEquipment odd]], if there's any signs of a serious relationship.
* IsThisThingStillOn: In "You Can't Crush City Hall," Chuck shouts at [=WordGirl=] from his giant sandwich press and then "signs off." He then starts singing and dancing to himself, calling himself "Chucky-boo" and "Mr. Handsome," until [=WordGirl=] points out that he left the PA on.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** The new assistant librarian. He's more obsessed with fining late books.
** Dr. Two-Brains' ex-number one Glen Furlblam, after failing to impress his idol.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Bob does this in the episode "Becky's Birthday", and The Butcher does it in "Granny's Book Club".
* {{Kid Hero}}ine: Obviously.
** Deconstructed; see BeingGoodSucks above. It's almost lucky that the only time something happens while Becky is at school is when the scheme itself is at the school.
* KindheartedCatLover: Violet
* KryptoniteFactor: In "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake":
-->'''Mr. Big''': I don't get it, Leslie. [=WordGirl=] has always dominated me in the past, both in her battle skills as well as her flawless way with words. Something... mmm... fishy is going on around here.\\
'''Leslie''': It's the meteorite, sir. It's from her home planet-- Lexicon. Whenever a superhero comes into contact with a meteorite from their home planet, it takes away their superpowers. [[GenreSavvy Haven't you ever read a comic book, sir?]]
* LampshadeHanging: The show ''loves'' to do this.
* LargeHam: The Whammer. '''Wham!'''
** LargeHam? ''No! SMALL HAM!'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Nocaaaaaaaaan! ]]

** The Butcher, as well.
-->'''The Butcher''': Sausage CYCLOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!
-->'''[=WordGirl=]''': Change. It. BAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The episode ''Two-Brains Forgets'', used with MasterOfDelusion.
* LaughablyEvil: All the villains on the show.
** Most notably, Amazing Rope Guy, who even the other villains think is lame.
* LeetLingo: In "Two Brains Highway," the security code for the alarm on the rare cheese exhibit at the museum is 1337.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn : Whenever The Butcher and Dupey interact, romantic music plays. Everyone wonders where it is coming from, then a guy apologizes and turns off his boombox.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Dr. Two Brains organ fugue, or Victoria Best's harpsichord ditty.
** In fact, many of the characters/villains have their own theme music.
** Not to mention the word-defining music and the melodramatic sadness music, just to name a few...
* LightIsNotGood: Miss Power's outfit looks similar to that of DCComics' Power Girl but in [[{{Expy}} appearance]] only.
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded with both Dr. Two Brains and Becky’s wardrobes.
* LivingProp: A large number of the townspeople and pretty much all of Becky's classmates who aren't Violet, Tobey, Scoops, Victoria, or Eileen.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: They keep adding new villains every season to keep the show fresh. The shorts originally had five villains, as of Season 4 the show has about two dozen repeat offenders.
* LoonyFan: A bit of a spin with Glen, who emulates (until he decides to replace) his hero, Dr. Two Brains... who happens to be a villain.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Tobey's threats to destroy the city are usually just out of an attempt to battle (and flirt with) [=WordGirl=].
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Inverted, as Tobey is infatuated with [=WordGirl=] but usually indifferent toward Becky.
** TJ as well.
* LossOfIdentity: Steven Boxleitner is this when his mind merges with that of a demonic lab mouse and he becomes the evil Doctor Two-Brains.
** And played straight with [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling TJ]].
* MadeForTVMovie: "The Rise of Miss Power," which premiered on February 20, 2012.
* MadScientist: Again, Dr. Two Brains.
* {{Malaproper}}: Arguably The Butcher's most notable feature after the meat-based attacks; he ''[[IncrediblyLamePun butchers]]'' [[IncrediblyLamePun words]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Mr. Big to Chuck in "Bongo Rock".
* MasterOfDelusion: See LaserGuidedAmnesia, above.
* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: The Butcher and Dupey (a duplicate of Lady Redundant Woman)]] in "The Young and the Meatless".
* MediumAwareness: The offscreen narrator often converses with the characters, although it's possible that the narrator ''is'' a character (i.e. in their universe an omniscient voice always narrates); at one point, however, Becky gives a thumbs up and winks at the camera. One of her friends then asks her who she's winking at.
* MesACrowd: Lady Redundant Woman
* {{Meganekko}}: Leslie
* MentorShip: Could be loosely implied for the [=WordGirl=]/Dr. Two Brains ship, due to him teaching [=WordGirl=] everything she knows as a hero back when he was Prof. Boxleitner.
* MindControl: Mr. Big's company's mission statement, actually: "We strive to constantly use mind control."
* MindControlEyes
* TheMinnesotaFats: Steve [=McClean=]
* MommasBoy: Tobey and Chuck.
* MoodDissonance: Among other examples, in "The Young And The Meatless" the viewers go from being amused to being sad to being amused again in the ending. Even The Butcher himself temporarily stops being distraught just so he can find out what a word means.
* TheMovie: The Rise Of Miss Power.
* MuggleFosterParents: WordGirl is adopted into a fairly normal human family with no superpowers whatsoever.
* MundaneUtility: Tobey's artistically-gifted robot, as well as his minor-do-gooding robot in "Tobey Goes Good".
** [=WordGirl=] uses her super-speed to clean her room in "Super-Grounded".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone : [[spoiler: Becky has this moment when she wished that [=WordGirl=] would never exist, not knowing that the birthday cake was enchanted due to the Energy Monster's overload.]]
* NarratingTheObvious: There is a minor character, among the fans [[FanNickname he's referred to as]] "[[MrExposition Exposition Guy]]", who is literally the personification of this trope, showing up [[ContrivedCoincidence wherever Becky is, whenever anything of importance is going on, confused and thinking it's the police station.]]
** He does this at the start of "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake, Part 2" after [=WordGirl=] has already been captured. It gets him tossed into the trap with [=WordGirl=].
* NeverSayDie: Becky is almost "Done For", "Finished Off", told "Good-Bye" by a villain preparing to crush her with a giant robot, and we're often told it could be "The End" for [=WordGirl=]. Since the main character is 10 and the target audience is not quite that age, we're never told she's going to be killed by the few dangerous bad guys.
* TheNicknamer: Victoria Best
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Tobey has one of these in the episode "Cherish is the Word" - he draws a Valentine's Day card for [=WordGirl=] picturing him holding hands with her and a robot ready to destroy her in the background.
* NonHumanSidekick: Captain Huggyface
* NoSenseOfDirection: [[MrExposition Exposition Guy]] is the definition of this.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: The Whammer. Ironically, his superpower is repelling objects.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Seymour [[Creator/OrlandoBloom Orlando Smooth]]
* NotADate: "Have You Seen the Remote?", this troper believes, is a fine example. (On [=WordGirl=]'s part, at least.) Because we all know that the most efficient way to search for something is to go to the park and eat ice cream.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: So far none of the characters have seemed to age. Becky herself has had two birthdays in the show so far, yet she still seems to be a 10 year old 5th grader.
* NotBloodSiblings: See NoYay below.
* NotMeThisTime: In "What A Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy" many of the other criminals go to jail, despite declaring their innocence, because The Amazing Rope Guy impersonates their identities and crimes.
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: Becky's dad does this once, and Hal Hardbargain does it in "Rat Trap".
* ObfuscatingDisability: Granny May regularly pretends to be hard-of-hearing.
* ObliviousToLove: Scoops is very blind sighted to Becky's affection.
** WordGirl's awareness of Tobey's crush also fluctuates from time to time.
* OfficialCouple: Sally and Tim Botsford - the only two characters who are consistently and mutually romantic on the show itself.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: In "Yes Monkey," the Mayor does this when he pulls out the wrong note card for a prepared speech in presenting yet another key to the city to [=WordGirl=] and Captain Huggyface.
* OneSteveLimit: While most of the characters, villains or not, have nicknames, this trope is true for the most part. However, it's subverted in "The Ballad of Steve [=McClean=]", most likely for subtle comedic affect in that Steve [=McClean=] takes Dr. Two Brains' Number 1 spot on the Top Villains List, and Dr. Two Brains' original human name was Steven Boxleitner. ([[NotBigEnoughForTheTwoOfUs Fair City isn't big enough for two villains named Steve!]]) After this episode, there is, quite literally, only one Steve because [=McClean=], while showing up for silent background cameos, is never mentioned again.
* OnionTears: It's shown in one episode that [[spoiler: Raul Demiglasse, a chef who challenged others' cooking skills on his TV show, used onion flakes to make his opponents cry.]]
* OnlySaneMan: WordGirl is considered a genius by the other characters - although she is pretty smart, the truth is that ''everyone else in the show is an idiot'' (with a few exceptions, like the Narrator) to one degree or another (the less dumb often manipulate the stupider ones.) The fact the populace is so easily tricked often frustrates the heroine. And this becomes a plot-point in the BigDamnMovie.
** Pretty Princess's magic horse.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: An "in-character" example. Tobey feigns a British accent unless and until he is speaking to his mother.
** There's also Guy Rich, who spoke with a southern accent until [[spoiler: he revealed himself to be an ordinary person, not the affluent man he lead everyone to believe he was.]]
* OpposingSportsTeam: Dr. Two Brains' soccer team "The Cheese-Eaters" who rival Becky's team "The Butterfly-Unicorn-Laser-Gorrilas" in the episode "Becky It Like Becky".
* OrSoIHeard: Becky pulls quite a few of these after accidentally saying something that she'd only know if she was [=WordGirl=], nearly informing others of her secret.
* OutOfCharacterAlert:
** In "What A Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy" when The Amazing Rope Guy is impersonating Chuck and accidentally says that he doesn't really like sandwiches that much.
** Glen Furlblam pretends to be Dr. Two Brains, but he lacks Dr. Two Brains' vocabulary knowledge and doesn't know that melted cheese is called "fondue".
** Becky frequently says things that only [=WordGirl=] would say and vice-versa, nearly revealing her identity.
* OutlawCouple: Leslie and Mr. Big can be an example for this at certain points of the series. They are always cooking up schemes and trying to get away with crime together.
* PaperThinDisguise: The Butcher in "Ch-ch-ch-change Day," wearing nothing but an obviously fake mustache. That, and [=WordGirl=] herself to a degree.
** In "Oh What a Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy", the titular villain uses these combined with his impression skills to pretend to be his fellow villains and commit crimes. Being as stupid as the populus is, they actually believe him to be said villains.
* ParentalBonus/ GeniusBonus: [=WordGirl=]'s home planet is called "Lexicon", a linguistics term that basically means "vocabulary".
* ParentalObliviousness: Even aside from [=WordGirl=]'s parents missing all the clues about her having superpowers, Tobey's mom rarely seems to notice the clues that he's getting into trouble, and Eileen's mom has never even appeared (though she's been mentioned), despite her daughter frequently rampaging through the city and destroying things. Even Violet's mom, for another example, is never present when Violet gets involved with the crime or danger (as in "Becky And The Bard").
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy's password was "mustard," and later the name of his childhood pet.
** In the episode "Lunch Lady Chuck", Chuck threatened to demolish the whole school with a giant sandwich press, and the only way to stop it was with the password... that he forgot. WordGirl literally spends half the episode frantically scouring everywhere Chuck went during the day to try to figure out the password, to no avail... Until Chuck remembers, just in time, the password was "password".
* PerplexingPlurals: Several characters struggle with the plural of the word "thesaurus" in "I Think I'm A Clone Now".
* PerpetualFrowner: Scoop's grandpa.
* PhotoBoothMontage: From the episode "Theme Park WHAM-page".
* PickyEater: In "The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker," a subplot involves Becky desperately trying to obtain a very weird type of birthday cake for her father.
** Chuck's boss in "Chuck The Nice Pencil Selling Guy" hates all sandwiches except grilled cheese.
* PlotDevice: Exposition Guy is a character who shortly shows up after nearly any crime is committed by one of the super villains. He constantly is showing up wherever Becky happens to be at the time, mistakenly thinking he's at the police station. The show actively acknowledges this character is clearly just a plot device. To quote Word Girl herself after one such encounter with Exposition Guy: "Sometimes we need a little help getting the plot moving."
** (Lady Redundant Woman has just taken over City Hall)
-->'''Mayor''': What do we do now?
-->'''Exposition Guy''': I'll take this one. HEEEEEEELLLLLLLP!!! --"Line Lessons with Lady Redundant Woman"
* PluckyOfficeGirl: Mr. Big's assistant, Leslie, is this.
* PoliceAreUseless: Because if they were actually at all useful, then [=WordGirl=] wouldn't have nearly as much to do. Lampshaded pretty blatantly in "Ch-ch-ch-change Day." Becky and Bob are trapped by the Butcher in a bank vault surrounded by customers and are unable to transform into [=WordGirl=] and Captain Huggyface. Pressed for options, Becky suggests with a tone of hopelessness that maybe the police will solve the problem. Outside the bank, one of the police officers asks the chief for direction and he is forced to admit that he doesn't know what to do because normally [=WordGirl=] would have solved the problem by now.
* PoweredArmor: Granny May
* PragmaticVillainy:
--> '''Dr. Two Brains''': I don't know, I mean, I got a whole "mouse" thing going on here. If word got out that I was involved in stealing gold without transforming it into cheese, well, people would think I'm just some ordinary, run-of-the-mill criminal!
* PreppyName: Theodore "Tobey" [=McCalister=] III
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Nocan the Contrarian. See {{Large Ham}} above.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Ms. Libri and Ms. Dewey, who own a book store and manage a library respectively, among many others.
** Hunter Throbheart, Hal Hardbargain, Sonny Days, Guy Rich...
* TheRashomon: "A Hero, a Thief, a Store, and its Owner"
* RealMenWearPink: A large percentage of the men in the city are fans of the Princess Triana book series and/or watch The Pretty Princess And Magic Pony Power Hour cartoon.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Miss Power's speech to [=WordGirl=], and, to a lesser extent, how she talks to everyone.
* RecapEpisode: "A Better Moustrap", Part 1 and 2 are spent showing various clips from many of the previous episodes, mostly centering around [=WordGirl=]'s dealings with Dr. Two Brains.
* ReformedButRejected: Tobey by [=WordGirl=], "Tobey Goes Good".
* {{The Rival}}s: The Ming family are apparently rivals to the Botsfords.
* RivalsTeamUp: Two-Brains and [=WordGirl=] against Glen in "Dr. Three-Brains".
** In the comic, [=WordGirl=] teams up with Tobey against the Coalition of Malice. She teams up with him again in "The Robot Problem", against the Coach.
* RoguesGallery
* SamaritanSyndrome: Causes Becky's frustration in "A World without [=WordGirl=]". It really doesn't help that Bob and the narrator are there to railroad her into saving the day.
* {{Sampling}}: In one episode, a BGM track samples the drums from [[Music/DaftPunk Daft Punk's]] Da Funk.
* SelfDuplication: Lady Redundant Woman
** Two brains has a bit of this kinda art as well.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Rather subverted, since Becky has a great vocabulary, but seems to prefer being understood rather than showing off. One episode even has her telling a villain it's more important to use the "right" word than the biggest.
** Another episode features a villain ''inducing'' this in people in order to ''sell dictionaries''.
*** Except [[OlderThanTheyThink he didn't know dictionaries actually]] ''[[OlderThanTheyThink existed]]''.
** The Walk And Talk [=WordGirl=] doll also uses this, when she's not outright using made-up words or using them incorrectly.
* SexySecretary: Leslie.
* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Beatrice Bixby''' : ''"He's just lucky that my half-hour lunch break is only thirty minutes long."''
* ShoutOut: The names TJ and Becky might ring a bell. A ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' bell.
** "Book Ends" is named after a SimonAndGarfunkel song, "Banned on the Run" is named after a PaulMcCartney song, and "Cherish is the Word" is named after a song by The Association.
*** The following quote from "Kids Action News" may also ring a bell for Wrestling fans and San Diego residents alike
-->'''[=WordGirl=]''': "Huggy, initiate secret plan number '''[=6-1-9=]'''!"
** In "Mouse Brain Take-Over," the scene where Two-Brains lets the mouse take over is straight out of TwinPeaks.
** The [[IncrediblyLamePun Bat]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Signal]], anyone?
** May be unintentional, but [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom "Invisi-Bill".]]
*** Done again with [[EvilCounterpart Miss Powers]] playing Vlad Plasmius to [=WordGirl=]'s Danny Phantom.
** In "Chuck with a Sidekick of Brent", Chuck tries turning the city into a sandwich by squashing it in between two giant slices of bread. His plans are thwarted by [=WordGirl=] (natch) and [[Literature/TheBible the bread ends up breaking into little bits and are shown raining down from the sky and being caught and eaten by the citizens below]].
** The password in "Two Brain Highway" is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet 1337.]]
** Eileen's powers (Grows huge and green when she gets mad) are taken directly from TheHulk.
* ShowWithinAShow: A variation: the WordGirl episodes are followed by a segment featuring a GameShow that stars its own characters (and Captain Huggyface). Like the main segment they're intended to [[{{Edutainment}} teach the meaning of words to the audience]].
** There's also the ''Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour''. The special "The Rise of Miss Power" let viewers watch an episode of it during the interstitials.
* SilentPartner: Charlie, the larger of Dr. Two-Brains' henchmen, never speaks out loud and the smaller of the two henchmen does all of the talking for him.
* SingleMindedTwins: Though not twins, and inverted by the presence of Dupey in "The Young And The Meatless", Lady Redundant Woman's clones frequently exhibit identical movements as their original, while saying the exact same thing. This is likely just a case of reducing animation and voice acting costs, even though it doesn't make sense for LRW's copies to know exactly what she's going to say, how she's going to say it, and how she's going to move while saying it, when she does. They only have their own personalities (such as Dupey) when it's needed for the plot.
* SkywardScream:
** The Butcher provides a prime example of this in "The Young And The Meatless".
* SmarmyHost: Both Beau Handsome and Seymour Orlando Smooth.
* SoLastSeason: When the series made the jump from 2-minute shorts to a full series.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay:
-->'''Becky''': Why did you write "Robots forever"?\\
'''Tobey''': You wouldn't understand.\\
--"Mobot Knows Best"
* {{Spinoff}}: ''[=WordGirl=]'' started as a series of shorts that appeared after ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The premise is similar to ''TheElectricCompany'' short segmnent, "Letterman." and the Electric Company comics had yet another hero named WonderWord.
* SpitTake: Becky and Violet do this in "Mount Rushhere" after trying coffee for the first time and hating it.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tobey.
* StatusQuoIsGod: As of "Invasion of The Bunny Lovers", [[spoiler: it's been averted. Scoops has learned Wordgirl's secret identity and promised to keep it a secret, defying both his own reporter's instincts and the long running tendency of wiping the memories of anyone who learns Wordgirl's identity.]]
* StealthPun: Plenty. For just one example, in "Answer All My Questions and Win Stuff", Captain Huggyface tries to grab Seymour Orlando Smooth, but keeps sliding down his body, as if he were unusually [[spoiler: smooth.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Bummertime", Exposition Guy correctly guesses exactly what has gone wrong with Tobey's robot, Chronos, despite having no clues other than the fact that a robot was rampaging through the city.
* SuperHero
* SuperStrength: [=WordGirl=], Eileen (aka The Birthday Girl), Nocan the Contrarian, the Whammer, and Miss Power all have this superpower.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''The Butcher''': Hi! I'm NOT the Butcher!
** Also commonly employed during Becky's BlatantLies.
* SweetTooth: Tobey, to some degree, as he frequently invites [=WordGirl=] out for icecream, and wanted all the Halloween candy in "Tobey's Tricks and Treats". Many of the other characters are also shown loving dessert, often eating too much at once (e.g. Mr Botsford, The Whammer, etc.).
* TakeAThirdOption: In "Change Day," Becky and Bob are trapped in a bank vault and faced with either letting the Butcher get away with bank robbery or revealing their secret identities as [=WordGirl=] and Huggyface to everyone. They take a third option by tricking the Butcher into opening the vault.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: For [=WordGirl=], when she stops to define a word in the middle of a heated battle.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Dr. Two Brains is guilty of this in the episode "Showdown at the Super Secret Spaceship Hideout".
* TalkLikeAPirate: Captain Tangent with his faked pirate accent.
* TheTeaser: Normally not used, but seen before the title theme in "The Rise of Miss Power" to introduce Miss Power.
* TechMarchesOn: Is intentionally averted. The producers want it to look like it could have been made in the 60s, 80s, or today. No Internet, No Home Computers (the only computers seen take up almost half the room), small corner [=TVs=], a few passing references to home video, and the journalist wannabe works at a newspaper a la Jimmy Olsen. Even the family car looks like a station wagon from the 70s. They claim if cell phones are ever used, they'll be bulky devices circa 1995.
* TechnoBabble: Occasionally used by Tobey and Dr. Two Brains.
-->'''Tobey''': Like I have the time to explain the intricacies of alarm-block-based quantum mechanics to an aggravating nuisance like you.\\
--"Bummterime"
* ThatCloudLooksLike: Done in the end of one of the original shorts - "Living in the Granny's Paradise" (#14).
* ThatWasObjectionable: Refer to the episode "The Wrong Side of the Law".
* ThickLineAnimation: It's the ''page image.'' What do you expect?
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Prof. Boxleitner's reaction when Squeaky is about to push the "Holy Cow! Don't Press This Button!" button.
-->'''Prof. Boxleitner''': "Oh boy. This is gonna sting."
* ThouShaltNotKill: WordGirl doesn't kill or even harm any villain she's up against (Save for [[{{WhatMeasureIsANonHuman}} Tobey's robots and Lady Redundant Woman's copies]]).
** That is the result of a PBS Kids [[JustifiedTrope commandment.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Cheese for Dr. Two Brains, possibly ice cream for Tobey, and Snappy Snaps for the Botsfords and the city in general (it seems to be their default cereal).
* TrainingMontage : Lampshaded in ''Monkey-Robot Showdown''.
** And "I Think I'm a Clone Now".
** And "Earth Day Girl".
** Quite a few episodes have some type of this.
* TreehouseOfFun: TJ and Becky have one, usually used to hold the WordGirl Fanclub meetings.
* TooDumbToLive: Also in "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake, Part 2." A handyman shows up to demand his money from Mr. Big for designing the trap in which [=WordGirl=], Captain [=HuggyFace=] and Exposition Guy are imprisoned. He gets thrown into the trap and doesn't even realize that he too is now a prisoner.
** Seymour Smooth's brothers are also this, to the point where they did not even know the answer to 1 + 1.
* UltimateAuthorityMayor
* UndesirablePrize: The prizes on the ''May I Have a Word?'' game show segments are almost inevitably some form of this.
* TheUnintelligible: Huggyface can only be understood by Becky.
** TJ appears to have an understanding of his "language" in "The Homerun King", and Violet does too in "The Fill-In".
* UpToEleven: Quite literally, as in the episode "Mr. Big Words", Mr. Big turns his mind-control device up to eleven.
* UpUpAndAway: [=WordGirl=]'s standard flight pose.
* VerbalTic: "That is totally WHAMMER!" "Are you whammin' to what the Whammer is whammin'?" "Let's wham this thing!"
* VillainousCrossdresser: Mr. Big disguises himself as an elderly woman in episodes "Big Business" and "[=WordGirl=] Makes a Mistake".
* VillainousCrush: And the Fandom won't let you forget it.
* VillainsOutShopping: Variation - in "Becky's Birthday," [=WordGirl=], while confronting another villain, encounters Dr. Two-Brains, who's just made a trip to the grocery store. He may steal cheese, but he buys the crackers he puts the cheese on.
** In another episode Becky runs into Tobey when they're both shopping with their parents. Who were taking ''forever'', incidentally!
* VillainTeamUp: Featured in, "Mousezilla". Tobey and Dr. Two Brains build a giant robotic mouse. Although it definitely starts out well, the team-up breaks down when they argue about what they should do the trapped [=WordGirl=].
** Also in "Too Loud Crew".
** In "The Fill-In," The Butcher shows up as a temporary fill-in for Dr. Two Brains's henchman, Charlie. Dr. Two-Brains tells him that he's too good to be just a temporary fill-in and tries to insist on one of these instead, but The Butcher turns him down flat because "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they never work]]" and even tells him "ItsNotYouItsMe." He later jets in the middle of a robbery when Charlie returns.
** Chuck teamed up with Nocan in "Nocan the Ingredient Finding Guy" and it worked out about as well as his team-ups with the Whammer.
** In the first issue of the comic book tie in, five of [=Wordgirl=]'s villains form "The Coalition of Malice."
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Granny May and Mr. Big, in particular, tend to gain the blind trust of the citizens, making it harder for [=WordGirl=] to take them down.
** Steve [=McClean=] also had swarms of fans in his episode, despite being a known criminal.
* VisualInnuendo: [From the episode Highway to Havarti.] Dr. Two-Brains crotch-level ‘cactus’ while he’s waiting in the gas station check-out. (This could be an AccidentalInnuendo, but this troper is inclined to think it was intentional.)
* TheVoiceless: Scoop's grandpa hasn't said a single word. If he had, it might not be anything nice due from the look of his perpetual frown.
* WarRoom: Fair City apparently has one, as shown in "Scary with a Side of Butter". Among them are the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and Brent the Handsome Successful Everybody-Loves-Him Sandwich Making Guy.
* WeInterruptThisProgram / ThisJustIn: Virtually every time Becky sits down to watch TV. It's used as a plot device for her to find out when and where villains are causing trouble.
* WellSeeAboutThat: Mrs. Botsford says this to Dr. Two-Brains when he says that he and his henchmen will win the soccer game in "Bend it Like Becky."
** Chuck also uses it on [=WordGirl=] in "Chuck With a Side of Brent" when she tells him "It's over!"
** And T.J. uses it in "Dinner or Consequences" when Becky wants to use a family trial to prove her innocence and get out of being "mega-grounded."
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [=WordGirl=] and Dr. Boxleitner used to be friends until [[FreakLabAccident he transformed into the evil Dr. Two-Brains]].
* [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim What Does Becky See in Scoops?]]: I mean, seriously! Once he guessed Becky's secret identity as [=WordGirl=], he didn't care about her actual feelings, he just wanted to take his kid-reporter career to the next level. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Becky frustrated his desires by losing the Vocab-bee contest on propose, thus keeping her secret safe.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Literally in "Mouse Army", when Dr. Two-Brains creates an army of super-intelligent mice, [[spoiler:they are all reverted to normal in the end...except for one, but we never hear of it again.]]
** [[spoiler: In the episode "Birthday Town", Mr. Botsford is watching TV and the mouse is seen in the news. The mouse seems to further its career in science and is shown that he fused a cat and dog's minds together.]]
** Mouse-Zilla is shown to have [[spoiler: survived [=WordGirl=] [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing it into a lake, but it never returns as well.]]]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Tobey's robots are the only enemies [=WordGirl=] is ever seen punching and kicking. Every other villain she usually just finds some way to subdue or tie up.
** She's even ''hurled them into the sun'' as they cry, "Noooooooooooooo.....!"
** Also Lady Redundant Woman's copies get destroyed right and left, yet in "The Young And The Meatless" and even "Lady Redundant Woman Gets The Blues", it's implied that the copies have separate personalities and even feelings. [[spoiler: Dupey doesn't get turned back into paper in "The Young And The Meatless", most likely because she is actually shown to experience love.]]
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: The many residents in Fair City can go from idolizing their hero to hating her guts in as long as it takes Granny May to get out of prison.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Fair City?]]
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Cats?]]: Since he has a second mouse brain, Dr. Two Brains is very afraid of cats. This fear comes up in a couple episodes, sometimes even showing cats attacking him because he's part mouse.
* WildHair: Two Brains did say he sported the dry look...
* WonderfulLife: "A World Without [=WordGirl=]".
* YouAreGrounded
** In the two-parter "Dinner or Consequences," Becky gets "mega-grounded" after missing two of her father's special dinners. This means that not only does she get sent to her room, but her room has been wiped of all her favorite things and she's basically not allowed to go anywhere or do anything fun.
* YouGetMeCoffee: In "Chuck With a Side of Brent," Chuck's brother Brent resurfaces and apologizes for having been such a bad sidekick to Chuck and begging for another chance. Chuck reluctantly agrees and asks him if he promises to do every evil and villainous thing he tells him. Brent agrees and Chuck tells him "You can start by picking up my dry-cleaning. Oh, and I have some ironing I need done too."
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: TJ consistently tells his sister that her [=WordGirl=] impersonation isn't very good.
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!!The ComicBookAdaptation provides examples of:

* ArtShift: Most of the stories are drawn by Steve Young and Andy Price, whose art styles differ greatly from that of the show's.
* FiveBadBand: [[VillainTeamUp The Coalition of Menace]]:
** BigBad: Mr. Big
** TheDragon: Granny May (she’s too assertive and dominant to be TheDarkChick)
** TheEvilGenius: Professor Two-Brains
** TheBrute: The Butcher
** TheDarkChick: Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy
* InstantFanClub: “Super Fans”
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: In "Fashion Disaster", Mr. Big is apparently in possession of so much [[KryptoniteFactor lexonite]] that he can put a piece of it in each and every one of his mass-produced fashion clothes.
* TakeThat: At LadyGaga, in “Fashion Disaster”:
-->'''Fashion Judge 1: '''Clothes made of meat? Uch! Who would wear something like that?
-->'''Fashion Judge 2: '''Only someone who's totally desperate for attention. Next!
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