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"When I see someone who's in needin', I just gotta help!"Wander is the main character of the show. He's a little orange furry guy who wants to befriend everyone he meets. Sylvia is his best friend, and the feeling is mutual. Wander's personality drives him compulsively to be helpful. His recklessness and impulsiveness often gets him (or Sylvia) in trouble, but they usually come through in the end, whether by karma or by his cunning wit. An eternal optimist who sees the good in everyone, Wander will stop at nothing to help even the cruelest of villains find their way onto the path of good.
Voiced by: Jack McBrayer
- The Ace: Albeit one who doesn't seem to notice that he's the ace, or would even care if he did.
- Season 2 implies that he's this because of a LOT of practice.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: He has a habit of speaking like this, especially as his Boy Wander persona.
- Adorkable: Being voiced by Jack McBrayer only makes him more Adorkable.
- All-Loving Hero: Is friendly to everyone, even the baddies. Averted in "The Helper" when he is actually against Hater and tries to stop him for the first time. However at that point, he had gone just a little bit crazy from helping withdrawal.
- Averted again in "The Boy Wander" where we meet Dr. Screwball Jones, the one villain Wander treats like an actual villain.
- Ambiguously Bi: He's extremely affectionate and quite touchy-feely, which sort of makes it hard to tell where — if anywhere — his interests lie.
- American Accents: Speaks with a heavily pronounced Dixie accent.
- Apologizes a Lot
- Appropriated Appellation: His real name is unknown, and he generally goes by whatever term people choose to call him, whether it be Wander or Tumbleweed.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In "The Prisoner", after outwitting and evading Peepers for the entire rest of the episode, he manages to get tricked into a cell because he can't resist following the glowing dot from a blaster's laser sight and trying to catch it.
- Audience Surrogate: According to Word of God, he's meant to represent the type of person any of us can become.
- Badass Adorable: Defending the galaxy with the POWER OF LOOOOOVE!
- Badass in Distress: Is very strong, fast, agile and capable of handling himself, but many times Sylvia has to save him from danger.
- Badass Pacifist: As demonstrated in "The Troll" in which he defeats the titular Jerkass by simply kicking back and ignoring his insults.
- He's also shown to be very cunning, and often uses his wits to manipulate his enemies and get himself out of trouble.
- Bag of Holding: Wander's hat can store everything he owns, and seemingly conjure anything else he might need (but not necessarily what he wants). Turns out it's a semi-sentient magical artifact that can conjure just about anything. It can be forced into taking requests, but hates being used this way. It's why Wander stole it from its previous owners and keeps it on his head, since he believes that's where it's safest. He also took time to gain its trust and friendship, allowing it to choose what and when to give items, though it will take requests (such as giving Wander his banjo when he wants it).
- Beat It By Compulsion: Obsessive-compulsive type. He's incapable of not being helpful, even when it's against his best interests. The Watchdogs exploit this in "The Fugitives" to get him to reveal his locations. In "The Nice Guy", his need to be helpful keeps him from getting a drink Sylvia wants, which causes him a lot of distress.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: Mainly when Dr. Screwball Jones is involved.
- Big Eater:
- In "The Greatest," he wolfs down lots of hot dogs for a contest (against Lord Hater).
- In "The Lonely Planet" he sure puts away a lot of pancakes, and pie— so much that he looks pregnant by the time he's finished.
- In "The Tourist" he wolfs down the Galaxy's Biggest Hoagie before Sylvia even gets to take a bite, depriving her of dinner.
- In "The Day", he sleeptalks of glowing red cookies and evil pineapple kings, and Sylvia puts strange food-related dreams into his head, such as pie monkeys needing ballet lessons, cheese towers turning into narwhal bacon, and three noodles considering buying pleated khakis, to name a few.
- Big Good: "The Little Guy" indicates that Wander and Sylvia are this without even really trying to be, or at least that Hater thinks they are. Simply by spreading good and kindness around wherever they go, the two of them have become a force for good that's singlehandedly thwarting Hater's plan to fill the universe with "fear and hate". According to Peepers, Hater believes that the only reason good still exists in the galaxy is because Wander still exists - hence the two of them being public enemies #1.
- Even moreso in Season 2: By now Wander and Sylvia are actually rather famous, and there's even stories and folklore about the two of them and the good they've done. "The Secret Planet" reveals that Wander's heroic deeds are well-known and Sylvia's mother keeps a wall in the house full of news articles about their good deeds. "The Legend" takes this one step further by revealing that Wander is actually a LEGENDARY hero, whose heroic exploits over the centuries have become Shrouded in Myth.
- Break the Cutie: Several episodes in Season 1 are dedicated to challenging his belief that it "never hurts to help".
- Suffers an increasingly worse case throughout the Dominator arc, as he's forced to confront the fact that Lord Dominator is genuinely a bad person who doesn't want or need his help. Dominator also tries to invoke this in order to break his spirit in "The End of the Galaxy". She fails
- Cannot Keep a Secret: In "The Picnic", he accidentally (and very loudly) blabs about the embarrassing bodily functions of Sylvia's species to Lord Hater, Emperor Awesome, and their entire armies.
- Cartoon Creature: He can't really be identified, and its unknown if he is part of a species or unique. The season 2 promo calls him a "furry orange spoon", and Sylvia's brothers think he's a monkey, cat, or a monkey-cat.
- Catch Phrase: "Never hurts to help!"
- "Folks call me 'Wander'." when introducing himself.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The "Galactic Adventures" teaser hints that he might have this.
- Confirmed in "The Fugitives"; trying to resist helping others appears to cause Wander great stress.
- Further confirmed in "The Nice Guy"; even when there isn't someone visibly in trouble/need, the possibility or implication of it will still make Wander go out of his way to help.
- Even further confirmed in "The Helper", where the concept of an entire day (or an entire planet) where absolutely no one needs him to do anything is enough to drive him completely out of his mind. The boy is compelled to assist.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Oh yeah.
- The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Frequently. His naive idealism has led to him doing things like giving gifts to all of the Watchdogs, with labels saying they were from Lord Hater, in hopes it will cause them to be nicer. It worked.
- Cuteness Proximity: Very prone to this.
- Fatal Flaw: Temptation. Whether it be not helping people, not partying, or even not looking in a box, Wander's self-restraint is very weak.
- Flanderization: His idealism and optimism is given a significant boost in season two. This is most notable when he tries to pair up Lord Hater and Lord Dominator, believing that love will cause both of them to give up being evil. He never considers that (as Sylvia points out) the two of them could just decide to conquer the galaxy together instead.
- The Fool: Seems to have shades of this, although Craig McCracken has hinted that he is actually pretty clever. This "foolish cleverness" shows somewhat in "The Greatest," where rather than being dimwitted it seems more like he just doesn't care about anything but enjoying life, not even an army of evil minions. He's able to use his brains and his friendliness to convince Hater's army go AWOL and go to a fair, defeat Hater's right hand man with excessive fun, and trick Hater into overcompetitive-ing himself into a meltdown... and the whole time never quite seems to grasp what Hater was actually trying to do. As a general rule, Wander's savviness varies with how idealistic he's feeling. When blinded by cuteness, as seen in "The Egg" and "The Pet" he tends to put himself and others in danger. When he's up against something he knows is dangerous, like Lord Hater or The Troll, he's more in control of his ditzy tendencies, though sometimes that can backfire on him too, as seen in "The Bad Guy".
- "The Big Day" best illustrates his dynamic. In a few seconds, he is able to come up with a plan to stall Hater and prevent his own destruction. However, towards the end of the episode, after seeing all the hard work Hater put in, he completely abandons the original plan, leaving Sylvia to snap him out of it.
- For Happiness
- Fragile Speedster: As demonstrated in "The Fugitives". He's very fast and strong, but he was easy to catch in that episode.
- Freak Out: When he loses his hat in "The Bad Hatter", he goes nuts!
- Freudian Excuse: In "The Wanders" it's revealed the reason he wants to help people is because he knows what it's like to be helpless.
- Friend to All Children: Wander shows a great fondness towards children, which was explored in "The Egg" and "The Toddler".
- Fun Personified: He's a Nice Guy with the amazing ability to have a good time wherever he goes. By way of this alone, he is able to defuse Hater's villainous machinations without antagonizing the guy at all, though this infuriates Hater anyway.
- Good Feels Good: One of his reasons for being so helpful all the time. See the spoiler space under Freudian Excuse for the other reason.
- Guile Hero: Occasionally peeks out from under the lazy idiot disguise. Being a Badass Pacifist, he has a tendency to rely on his wit to get him out of scrapes.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears a hat, shoes and socks. That's it.
- Hammerspace: He's known to hold loads of things in his hat. Whenever Wander is about to sing he pulls his banjo out of nowhere; sometimes it fits in his hat, too.
- Heavy Sleeper: Shown in "The Day"; according to Sylvia, Wander can sleep through anything, and he does in fact sleep through the entirety of the episode and all of the shenanigans involved.
- The Hero
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- He suffers of a brief one in "The Fugitives", when he finds out Sylvia abandoned him and the Watchdogs caught him when he was helping people. It takes him smelling a stink coming from a manhole and Sylvia's arrival to snap him out it.
- He has another one in "The Good Deed" when after another failed attempt at helping someone causes a missile to launch toward the sun. Wander lets himself sink into a mud puddle until Sylvia snaps him out of it.
- Sylvia tries to keep him from falling into this in "The Flower" after they witness Dominator's near-complete destruction of the Galaxy. However, it's ultimately averted as Wander states that even though he WAS sad about it, he hadn't lost hope.
- Hidden Depths: "The Wanders" implies that the reason he's so compassionate is because he feels helpless himself, and judging by the way he recoils when Sylvia tries to re-merge his helpless side he may, on some level, hate that part of him.
- On a more comedic note, "The Matchmaker" reveals he loves old timey candlestick making.
- He can also play a wide variety of musical instruments, such as the piano, the saxophone, the electric guitar, and, of course the banjo.
- I Have Many Names: He seems to actually just go by whatever name people feel like calling him. In another time and place, people called him Tumbleweed.
- Idea Ding: Wander makes the ding himself whenever he thinks of something.
- Ideal Hero:Craig McCracken: Hater represents who we are, Wander represents how we wish we could be.
- Idiot Hero: In some episodes. In others, he seems more oblivious than stupid.
- Immortal Immaturity: "The Waste of Time" reveals that he's over a thousand years old, but he is still a childlike goofball.
- Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: He's sometimes shown to play his banjo with only one hand strumming, without holding it even though it doesn't having a visible strap.
- Incoming Ham:Wander: IT'S ME, WANDER! ARE YOU HERE TO WATCH THE PLANETS ALIGN TOO?! LOOK! *pulls basket from hat* I EVEN PACKED A PICNIIIIIIIIIIC~
- Inexplicably Awesome: In the creator's own words, "I feel the mystery of Wander makes him more magical."
- Karmic Trickster: Although he doesn't seem to be aware of this.
- Large Ham: Yep.
- Leitmotif: An upbeat banjo tune, referencing his positive attitude and signature instrument.
- Living Legend: The many good deeds and heroic acts he has performed throughout the centuries have earned him the moniker "Ther Hero of Legend".
- Love Freak: Seems to be this.
- Magnetic Hero: His selfless and good-natured personality has made him well liked across the universe.
- Man Child: Not as bad as Lord Hater's Psychopathic Manchild status.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sweet, free-spirited Wander as opposed to tough, down-to-earth Sylvia.
- Meaningful Name:
- He's an interstellar traveler who goes wherever the stars take him.
- Also has a tendency to wander off from Sylvia during her many close-up speeches.
- It's revealed in "The Waste of Time" that he chose his name after Sylvia referred to him as a "wandering weirdo".
- Mellow Fellow: Alternates between this and Keet as part of his relaxed, positive outlook on life.
- Morality Pet: To Sylvia. In "The Rider", Sylvia admits that being friends with Wander makes her want to be a better person.
- May qualify as Morality Chain as it's revealed that it was his influence which turned Sylvia away from being a bounty hunter.
- Motor Mouth: In his manic moments.
- Mysterious Past: We never learn his backstory during the show and nobody in-universe seems aware of where he came from. The only hints we get are that he suffered from feelings of helplessness in some way and he's much older than he looks.
- Nice Guy: The promos even call him "The friendliest face in outer space!"
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: During the episode "The It" Wander attempts to distract Hater with a game of tag. And it works until Peepers realizes he can use Hater being "It" to chase the other villains off their planets and take them over. And then, when Hater absent-mindedly high fives one of the watchdogs, the role of it is passed on and gives rise to a new force of evil in the galaxy...Ted from accounting.
- Nice Hat: His Bag of Holding. It also doubles as a sleeping bag. In The Hat it is revealed to be the only sane man or fashion accessory.
- The Noseless: Doesn't appear to have a nose despite being able to smell things.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Wander is actually more than clever enough to outwit the villains he faces without even trying, but even while he's doing it he seems like a fun-loving, oblivious goofball. There are a few times he visibly drops the act for the audience and lets on that he really does know what he's doing, but it's rare enough that it's easy to mistake him for The Fool.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Used with Rule of Funny.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He holds a conversation with himself in "The Greater Hater" where he asks what kind of name "Wander" is and his "reply" seems to be cut off in the middle of saying it's not his real name.
- It's eventually revealed that he once went by "Tumbleweed", though this is likely yet ANOTHER alias. The implication here is that Wander has been through many many names, though his real name remains unknown.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- In "The Boy Wander", you know you're up against purest evil if this little guy treats someone as a legitimate threat. Subverted though. Even though Dr. Screwball Jones is indeed a legitimate threat, he's not much bigger a threat than other villains.
- In "The Greater Hater", Wander agrees with Sylvia that Lord Dominator may not be a good person after all. Besides Dr. Screwball, this is one of the very few times Wander thinks he can't befriend someone.
- Perpetual Smiler: As you could probably tell by the image.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In "The Greatest" he's able to best Hater (who is at least three or four times his size) in every single competition they try - including pushups, a "ring the bell with the mallet" puzzle, and arm wrestling (in which he accidentally breaks Hater's arm off.)
- Platonic Life Partners: With Sylvia. They're an interspecies nomad team who trot the galaxy in tandem, they do everything together and are viewed more or less as an unit by their enemies. Each appears to be the only family the other has.
- The Pollyanna: He's almost always happy and cheerful, even around enemies.
- The Power of Love: His preferred ways of defeating villains. Interestingly, as shown in "The Wanders", without the part of his personality that knows what it's like to be afraid, sad, and hopeless, he abandons these in favor of the more traditional "defeat evil through battle" method.
- Really 700 Years Old: "The Waste of Time" shows that he's seen at least two Galactic Conjunctions, making him over a thousand.
- Redhead In Green: His fur is reddish and he wears a green hat.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Sylvia's blue.
- Sad Clown: Wander is a guy that is always there to cheer and help everybody that he comes across, but in season 2's The Wanders we find out that he does this because he knows what it's like to be afraid, sad and hopeless himself.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: He likes doing this, such as saying "Ding!" when he gets an idea.
- Scatting: He sometimes does this during songs.
- Shipper With An Agenda: Subverted. When he finds out that Lord Dominator is a woman, he sets up a fake Infinity+1 Sword style weapon so Lord Hater can see her and finally get a girlfriend. Even though he does want the two of them to be happy together, a part of the reason he ships them is because he believes that Love Redeems. He gives up in "My Fair Hatey" when Dominator makes it clear that she isn't interested (and tries to murder both him and Hater.)
- Shrouded in Myth: To the extent that, save for the youngest, a group of kids he and Sylvia help during "The Legend" never realize that the titular legend their wildly varying stories describe is the unsuspecting kind-hearted Dixie-accented furry orange being helping them get back to the escape ship and their parents. And he's perfectly happy with that, because even though the stories aren't true, they give people hope.
- Small Annoying Creature: To Lord Hater.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: This is basically Wander's MO. Whenever anyone (usually Sylvia) is explaining to him why he needs to stay put and the camera focuses on their face, you can bet that by the time it pulls back out, Wander will have, well, wandered off by that point. This is lampshaded by Sylvia a few times.
- Averted in "The Heebie Jeebies", where Sylvia assumes Wander had wandered off mid-sentence but discovers that he in fact had not.
- Super Mode: He has one in "The Boy Wander", complete with a deep voice to match.
- Sweet Home Alabama: He speaks in a pronounced Dixie accent, plays the banjo, and is about the nicest guy you could ever meet.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Put him face to face with an evil dictator and his minions, or some bloodthirsty monster? No problem, he'll just annoy them into submission. But put him in a situation in which he needs to resist temptation...
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Possibly. He briefly dresses up as a woman in "The Greatest" and "The Good Deed" and in "The Fugitives," he seems a little TOO eager when Sylvia asks him to play dress up.
- In "The Date", he gets kicked across the restaurant, and emerges literally a second later in a waiter's uniform.
- From the same episode, he dresses up as a quintessential Southern Belle to stop a wedding between Sylvia and Lord Hater.
- In "The Enemies", both Hater and Brad Starlight have dressed as women to try to trick Wander into their respective traps. Wander shows up, happily asks why they didn't tell him they were playing dress-up; then is revealed to be wearing a dress just like theirs with a blue bow on the top of his head.
- In "The Wanders", when his personality is split into sentient fragments, we see that at least two of them are female. Whatever this represents, he's apparently quite comfortable with it.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Wander is afraid of venomous bugs, as shown in "The Night"... Though it may have been because he was pinned down and they were crawling over his face at the time.
- He was also shown in "The Heebie Jeebies" to be afraid of mimes, although it should be noted that the mimes in question were ghost mimes with Slasher Smiles.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: His attitude towards the universe. In "The Prisoner", he says something like that in his sleep.
- He genuinely believes that anyone, no matter how evil, has good inside them and can be redeemed. This becomes a major plot point in season 2 with the appearance of Lord Dominator, who challenges these beliefs. He ultimately keeps his optimistic view of the universe despite her turning down his offer of redemption.
Voiced by: April Winchell
"Oh, it's on, you little scuzz-monkeys!"Sylvia is a member of a beast of burden species called the Zbornak. We don't know yet if her entire race has her aggressive temperament, but we've seen that her family definitely does. She and Wander are inseparable best friends, and she feels protective of him. She also has an appetite as big as her heart; and a temper as big as the galaxy. She's not quite as optimistic as Wander is, but she tries to be patient with his antics, and indulges him lovingly until she is too tired or stressed to go on.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: She wears a saddle and reins. That's it.
- Action Girl: Especially in "The Pet".
- Badass Adorable: Not as much as Wander, but to an extent.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Berserk Button: Competitions are a big one to her.
- Big Eater:
- In "The Fancy Party" she spends the whole party stuffing herself full of finger sandwiches.
- In "The Epic Quest", she wolfs down sandwiches along with Wander.
- In "The Matchmaker", she gets a Balloon Belly from overdining in a restaurant.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: She eats like a horse and runs like the wind, but her species only needs to use the bathroom once every five months. However, it takes them all day to do it, taking her entirely out of the action in "The Picnic".
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Sylvia loves Slarnak's Deli's Jellyfish Pie, but Wander gags at the mere mention of it — and a comparatively tiny slice is enough to make a giant monster upchuck her and Wander off-planet.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's always ready to punch out bad guys, especially if they threaten Wander or any innocents. "The Family Reunion" shows it seems to run in the family: her brothers Bill, Gil, and Phil are even more enthusiastically scrappy than Sylvia is.
- Bounty Hunter: She used to be one, and its how she and Wander first met.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Wander describes her as such in very similar terms in "The Rider".
- Butt Monkey: Particularly in "The Egg", "The Hat" and "Lonely Planet".
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She tries to keep Wander out of trouble. Tries.
- Competition Freak: Her Berserk Button, as seen in "The Time Bomb".
- Contralto of Danger: Courtesy of her voice actress April Winchell, this establishes her as an Action Girl.
- Cool Big Sis: To Wander.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She apparently did all sorts of immoral stuff while adventuring with Ryder. According to her, Wander is the first friend she's ever had that saw good in her and encouraged her to be a good person.
- "The Waste of Time" reveals that she did a stint as a bounty hunter after she split with Ryder, meeting Wander when she kidnapped him for a reward.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a joke to compliment everything Wander and Hater say.
- Determinator: And How!
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Technically she's an alien, but she bears close resemblance to a theropod dinosaur. The tufts on her head and tail even brings feathered dinosaurs to mind.
- Fiery Redhead: She's definitely fiery, and her mane is a reddish-pink color.
- Genius Bruiser: She is very strong, very street-smart, and quite book-smart too.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She's more sensible than Wander and quick to point out the risk from his behavior. Whether or not she's actually right depends on the episode due to the show being so far on the Sliding Scaleof Silliness Versus Seriousness that being sensible often means that she's wrong.
- Good Is Not Nice: She is often very abrasive and apathetic.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Frequently uses phrases such as "Oh grob" or "Flab crammin' ham strangler!" in place of real swearing.
- Heel–Face Turn: "The Waste of Time" reveals that she used to be a bounty hunter and total jerk who only met Wander because she was trying to kidnap him for a bounty. Needless to say she's not very proud of this nowadays.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: If her 'karaoke' in "The Rager" is anything to go by. It even makes Wander of all people want to pull the plug.
- Horse of a Different Color: She is Wander's mount, complete with reins and bridle. However, she can talk and uses the reins herself on occasion for non-saddle related purposes.
- Hot-Blooded: Do not make her angry, especially in competitions.
- Iron Butt Monkey: She can take a lot of punishment as well.
- The Lad-ette: Well, she's certainly no dainty flower.
- Leitmotif: A fast-paced drumbeat, referencing her status as an Action Girl.
- Mama Bear: Whenever she believes Wander to be in danger.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sassy, tough-as-nails personality compared to Wander.
- Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty": She refers to her fists as "Lady Haymaker and the Duchess of Whaling".
- Not So Above It All: When dealing with Hater she can act just as goofy as Wander.
- Old Shame: In-Universe. She considers her time with Rider and as a bounty hunter to be this.
- One Woman Army: Knocks Watchdogs around like they were bowling pins.
- Only Sane Man: She is one of the beings to have common sense.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While Sylvia has always been skeptical of most of Wander’s goal to make enemies his friends, she always goes along with it. However, in the series finale, she, for the first time, decides to not reluctantly agree with Wander’s plan to befriend Dominator.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Wander. They're an interspecies nomad team who trot the galaxy in tandem, they do everything together and are viewed more or less as an unit by their enemies. Each appears to be the only family the other has.
- Prehensile Tail: Even the feathers on the tip of it are!
- Sapient Steed
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Zig-Zagged. Sylvia is well aware she's not conventionally beautiful (as mentioned in "The Day") but she made the effort of formal dress for "The Fancy Party" by adding a string of pearls. In "The Party Animal" she puts on makeup and clothing befitting Emperor Awesome's dress code and looks terrible in it (not that Emperor Awesome thinks so). In "The Date", she mocks up a girly disguise as "Linguini von Breadstick" and is convincing enough that Hater wants to marry her after one date—but Hater is extremely desperate and will later refer to her as either a "four" or a "six," deciding he should hold out for a ten (and asserting that no matter who he finds, they'll have to be better than "those two," the disguised Wander and Sylvia).Sylvia: I better have been the six or I'm gonna go back there and deck him.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Though it's of a Pardon My Klingon variety to fit with the show's rating, she's the most foul-mouthed of the cast by a long mile.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Routinely on the receiving end of comical abuse. She's able to weaponize it in "The Catastrophe."
- Sleep Cute: Of the non-romantic sort with Wander, when they curl up together, or all by herself when she goes nose to tail.
- So Proud of You: "Proud of you, buddy."
- Straight Man: To Wander.
- Tomboyish Voice: She's not at all feminine, as shown by her love of fights, crass language (with her swear words conveniently left untranslated), and Big Eater tendencies, and she has the deep voice (courtesy of April Winchell) to match.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak:
- Spas seem to be her soft point. In "The Ball", she really enjoys herself at one and brings up rebuilding it in her list of things the Balzarians need, and in "The Tourist," she briefly squees over the fact that a hotel they're staying at has one.
- She also goes on a mini-tourist shopping spree in "The Helper".
- Tritagonist: Shares this with Commander Peepers, being Wander's constant companion, and The Lancer to Wander's Hero.
- Tsundere: She's a tough, no-nonsense kind of girl, but she does have a softer side which surfaces usually around Wander or those in need. It's made most apparent in "The Egg".
- Wrench Wench: Hotwired a flying saucer in "The Fugitives" and fixed Stella Starbella's engine in "The Loose Screw."
"A funny thing, Sylvie. Y'see, over the years, I've learned that this hat doesn't give you what you want, it gives you what you need." - Wander.As the name implies, Wander's trademark green hat and holder of his other trademark banjo. But it doesn't just look snazzy, Wander's hat is as alive as it is magic, able to give whoever uses it whatever they need - but not necessarily what they want. Most people who aren't Wander tend to not get the difference, leading to hilarity ensuing. It doesn't say or do much on its own, but it and Wander are very close thanks to Wander rescuing it from a pair of would-be conquerors trying to abuse its power.It had a focus episode Once a Season: "The Hat" in season 1, and "The Bad Hatter" in season 2.
- Animate Inanimate Object: To an extent. It can't move much on its own, but it's definitely alive.
- Apple of Discord: Wander reveals it was this once upon a time between two warlords who fought over it to give it everything they wanted. Wander actually stole it from them to keep the two from fighting and, since he didn't want to abuse its power, it came to willingly be his owner. Indeed when Hater gets his hands on it and Peepers sees its magical potential, they start fighting over it so much that it causes it to overload and flood their ship with items until Wander comes to take it off their hands.
- Bag of Holding: Able to create so many objects that it once flooded Hater's entire ship.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It was once an unwilling Artifact of Doom for a pair of galactic warlords, until Wander rescued it. They've been inseparable ever sense.
- Do-Anything Robot: It has a solution for every situation, though they're sometimes unorthodox. It was, however, unable to do anything about the black hole in "A Hole... Lotta Nuthin."
- Expressive Accessory: Sorta, when not on Wander's head, it's rim can often be drawn like a mouth which can be viewed as smiling or frowning.
- Mundane Utility: It can conjure pretty much anything, including a live unicorn, but spends most of its time acting as a travel pack and occasional sleeping bag.
- Poor Communication Kills: Since it can't talk at all, it can't explain why it gives what it gives. Sylvia spends all of "The Hat" trying to figure out its plan so they can get Wander out of trouble.
- Silent Snarker: Its increasingly insulting (but totally accurate) suggestions to Hater when he tries to get the perfect present for Dominator out of it, especially after he ignores its first few gifts. The best example being when he asked it for whatever Dominator wanted most, and it gave him a primed laser pistol pointed directly at his face. Later, it gives him breath mints.
- The Speechless: Since it's a hat, it cannot speak at all. It's sometimes expressive, but most of the time the only way to understand what it thinks is to figure out why it's giving you whatever it is at the moment.
- Trickster Mentor: While its gifts can lead the user into trouble, especially if they don't use them like they're supposed to, it's always just what they need - even if they have to learn to think outside the box.
- Troll: Mentor though it may be, it clearly has fun messing with people. It even folds its rim into a smirk when it leads people into particularly ironic situations.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With a bit of Fire-Forged Friends thrown in. It and Sylvia don't always get along, but they do care about each other.
Lord Hater and His Army
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson
"I have mangled the minds of MILLIONS, I have tempted forth torrential tides of tears, I have reduced the richest of republics to REVEL and RUIN! Because I... am the greatest in all the galaxy!"Lord Hater is one of several villains in the universe. He seeks to take over and rule the universe, filling it with hate and fear. To aid him in his goal are his major domo, Commander Peepers, and the army of Watchdogs. Hater tends to talk a good game, but has a lot of behaviors in common with an awkward teenage boy.
- Adorkable: When trying to apologize to Commander Peepers in "The Axe", and when he finds out Lord Dominator's true identity at the end of "The Battle Royale".
- Amazon Chaser: Upon learning that Dominator (the top villain who can beat him in a fight) is a girl, Hater immediately has Love at First Sight and calls her "so cool".
- Anti-Hero: Following "My Fair Hatey" he's on a mission to stop Dominator destroying the galaxy, only because he wants to conquer it himself.
- Apes in Space: The final episode's stinger depicts a crashed US space pod with green electricity coming out of it and the sound of monkeys screeching in the background, which blends into Hater's laughter. The implication here is that he was once a space ape who was exposed to...SOMETHING in space that made him who he is now.
- Arch-Enemy: One sided on his end, and deconstructed. When we first meet him he's the most powerful villain in the galaxy, but his increasingly extreme fixation with destroying Wander (who isn't even actively trying to stop him most of the time) leads him lose focus on conquering, constantly humiliate himself and be supplanted by dozens of other villains. If he'd simply took the occasional defeat and largely ignored Wander like the other villains he would still be on top, but by the second season he's a laughingstock because he can't help but be Wander's archenemy, with barely an episode going by without someone pointing it out.
- Artificial Limbs: In Season 2, his right arm becomes robotic after circumstance requires him to cut off the real one to get away from Wander. It doesn't look any different from the original, but it's established the change was permanent.
- Audience Surrogate: As opposed to Wander being the type of person any of us can be, Hater, according to Word of God, is representative of the typical human being.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Hater has a huge army of Watchdogs at his beck and call, however he is considerably more powerful and dangerous, to the point that when he's properly focused he could probably singlehandedly beat them all.
- Badass In Charge: During the last part of "The Picnic" - this is a guy who, in a towering rage, demolishes an army, takes down a giant dinosaur singlehandedly and punches a guy through a planet. This makes his total inability to do anything about Wander that much funnier. As "The Battle Royale" shows, Hater is the only villain in the entire universe capable of taking on Lord Dominator in a one on one fight.
- Bad Boss: He regularly abuses the Watchdogs both physically and mentally, namely Peepers. But he then stop abusing Peepers in Season 2.
- Benevolent Boss: As opposed to the above, he's this compared to Dominator. While Hater, other than the abuse, tends to treat the Watch Dogs like employees (what with fully-stocked facilities, willing to take their input in one episode, and even remembering the names of a few of them), Dominator treats her bots like mere tools (and even destroys them if they fail her even once).
- Berserk Button:
- Wander, just Wander. Everything about him is enough to make Hater lose his cool.
- He also hates being outdone.
- Up until he finds out about her true identity, Lord Dominator is probably the biggest button. In "The Battle Royale", hearing about her becoming the greatest in the galaxy is enough to snap him out of a Disney Death TWICE, something even Wander playfully teasing him couldn't do!
- If somebody picks on Peepers since nobody allowed to do that but him. Emperor Awesome learned the hard way in "The Cool Guy".
- Big Bad: At first, though he's lost a lot of his power by the second season - to the point where he barely has any and is now considered a Big Bad Wannabe.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He and Dominator are this in the second season.
- Big "NO!": In the episode "The Cartoon".
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the second season, although he could qualify as a Villain Protagonist, he now falls into this category, in-universe and out.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Peepers's Brains.
- Breakout Character: Craig McCracken mentioned in an interview that he feels the show is really about Hater.He's the character that has the most to learn over the course of this show and is the one who most needs to grow. [...] I mean, Wander has some flaws. But he's really the guy who's guiding Hater to his future or wherever he's going to end up.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: It's very evident that if he weren't so much of a Man Child and obsessed over destroying Wander, he could easily be a threat greater than Dominator, as seen when he decides get serious.
- Broken Pedestal: In season 2, he's lost respect from Peepers due to spending too much time trying to destroy Wander. Peepers has even called him an idiot and his main goal is to make Hater top villain again.
- Butt Monkey: Full stop. Though he typically brings it on himself due to his role as the Big Bad.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Happily acknowledges he's evil, and is doing this just cause he likes it.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Became this in season 2, but not as close as Wander.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In "The Prisoner", he states that Wander is a "sly and crafty genius". At the time, it's seen as a joke towards Hater's incompetence, but as we learn in Season 2, Wander is in fact smarter and more manipulative than he lets on.
- The Comically Serious: His scary faces are fun to look at, but terrifying in-universe.
- Control Freak: Part of his motivation for conquering all existence is that he can have everything exactly as he likes it.
- Dem Bones: A skeleton in robes.
- According to Word of God, while Wander is the main character, Hater is the protagonist. He qualifies for Deuteragonist status because there's already an established main character, with Hater being the other main character. Despite this, he is absent in a few episodes.
- He becomes more prominently this in season 2 wherein a good number of the season's episodes are ones that focus more on him, some of which don't even involve Wander and Sylvia at all. The main over-arching storyline of the season in fact places him in the protagonist role just as much as Wander in regards to Dominator being the season's Big Bad.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Hater's Propaganda film in the episode entitled "The Cartoon" is rife with this.
- Hater:I have located the all-powerful staff of power. The power is so powerful it can do the impossible:make me even more powerful than I am now. It will do this by charging me with a power, which I will use to power up thus giving me more power than I already have. POWER!!
- The Dreaded: He might be a depicted in a comedic fashion for the most part, but a good deal of the galaxy is justifiably afraid of him. Wander and Sylvia only oppose him as often as they do because they fear him slightly less than the rest of the cosmos.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's an ill-tempered, immature, unstable Control Freak, but he would never abide to destroying the universe.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The stinger for the final episode very strongly implies that he's actually a NASA space monkey that ended up in this galaxy and was exposed to some kind of magic.
- Evil Counterpart: He is the complete opposite of Wander; while his mission is to spread love and help others, Hater's mission is to spread hate and seize control of the universe.
- Evil Is Petty: Once blew up a planet because he didn't like its coloration (see Freudian Excuse).
- Evil Sorcerer: He can fire energy from his hands and has also been shown to teleport, create forcefields, and use minor telekinesis. Whether these powers are magic or some sort of species ability isn't clear yet.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: He's the Evil to Lord Dominator's Oblivion. Hater wants to take over the galaxy so he can rule it, whereas Lord Dominator wants to destroy it. This sometimes leads him into an Enemy Mine with Wander.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Fatal Flaw:
- Often fails due to his arrogance.
- And he's easily agitated by Wander's shenanigans.
- Freudian Excuse: Claims to hate the color purple because a girl he asked out on a date while he was in high school, who just so happened to have purple hair, turned him down. He's gone out of his way to destroy entire planets for just being purple.
- General Failure: When he lets his anger and/or ego get the better of him.
- Genius Ditz: Lacks commonsense, impulse control and barely knows how to do the most basic thing on his own. However in "The New Toy" he not only single handily builds his H.A.T.E.R.V, but it also proves to be powerful enough to take out his entire army (once someone who knows what their doing gets behind the wheel that is).
- In the final episode, he finds the location of the last inhabited planet in the galaxy using his knowledge of gravitation wells and thermodynamics, even determining how it had gone unnoticed and its exact classification.
- Goofy Print Underwear: He wears red eyeball-print boxers under his cloak.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Both literally and figuratively. Hater is a highly possessive, petty, and envious individual. If you have something he doesn't have or thinks he wants, then he'll do everything in his power to take it. His hatred for Lord Dominator is based on the possibility that the villain might be "cooler" than he is.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Hater punches out Emperor Awesome with one of his own fist-headed minions.
- Guttural Growler: His voice almost always has a growl to it, especially when he's yelling.
- Hopeless Suitor: He can't seem to get that Lord Dominator isn't interested. As of "My Fair Hatey" he seems to have given up on winning her over, since her end goal is the total destruction of the galaxy, something Hater can't abide since he wants to rule it. Her Breaking Speech Villain Song outlining in plain English that she is not and never will be interested probably helped change his mind.
- Heroic Heelization Speech: Hater gives one to Wander in "The Hole Lotta Nuthin' It seems to work until he mockingly repeats "Never hurts to help".
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He has developed this in the second season.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Part of a reason he is evil is to cover up for his insecurities by being an intimidating tyrant. Its implied this is one of the reasons Wander tries so hard to be his friend, as he is the only one who sees right through his facade.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Has survived multiple unbelievable events, best demonstrated in "The Birthday" where he manages to survive everything his own doom Arena can throw at him, not that it really doesn't hurt.
- It's All About Me: The way he rules all of his conquered planets.
- Jerkass: Definetly.
- Kick the Dog: His treament of Wander in "The Hole...Lotta Nothing".
- King Koopa Copy: Characteristically, he shares a lot of traits with Bowser, more specifically the Bowser of the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games. Like Bowser, Hater is in control of an army of species-specific minions that are loyal to him and has a tendency to use his power for selfish and petty reasons. Both have a miserable record of failures when it comes to evil plans and tend to be subject to a number of Amusing Injuries and embarrassing situations. They both have bizarre relationships with their arch-enemies that vary from animosity to grudging respect and sometimes even share in recreational activities.
- Large Ham: Evil Is Hammy
- Laughably Evil: His over the top nature, arrogance and childlike habits often push him into this.
- Leitmotif: A heavy metal guitar riff, referencing his Obviously Evil status and signature instrument.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Passive fury is his default temperament, but this trope kicks in whenever he gets really peeved.
- "The Battle Royale" especially shows this.
- As well as "The End of The Galaxy", where he smartens up and defeats Dominator, once he realizes there's only one planet left and it's now or never.
- "L" Is for "Dyslexia": If his letter to Dominator in "The Matchmaker" is anything to go by.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: To the point where he has a megamix of it.
- Meaningful Name: Pretty much hates everything, but especially hates Wander.
- The Millstone: To himself.
- Mind over Matter: One of his many powers.
- Morality Pet: Captain Tim.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: The patron saint of this trope.
- Never My Fault: He blames Peepers on a lot of his problems, namely his lost status as a villain and his lack of an arsenal on par with Dominator. In actuality it's because he wastes his resources and time on other things, namely trying to destroy Wander.
- No Indoor Voice: Shouts just about everything when calm, and when he gets angry, it takes him being sad to talk normally.
- In "The Fancy Party," he has this whenever he's had it with Wander and tries to destroy him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: His childish stubbornness and over the top ego and actions aside, Hater is a genuinely dangerous force commanding a gigantic army, having several incredible powers and having conquered multiple planets at this point. When he ever fully loses it, watch out.
- Even after his Villain Decay, he's still a force to be reckoned with, as Dominator finds out in the series finale.
- Obviously Evil: His name alone is a dead giveaway.
- Offstage Villainy:
- Has successfully conquered at least one planet offscreen.
- He had some unseen person tortured to get sounds for his mix tape.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the only one to make Wander suffer. If anyone else, even Lord Dominator, tries it, he won't take it well.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- In "The Greater Hater", he (initially) thinks of retreating from Lord Dominator. Considering how he always leaps in head-first towards anyone who bests him, this was very out-of-character for Hater.
- In "The End of the Galaxy", Hater acts like a true villain boss — Thinking up strategies, making sure his minions are doing what they do perfectly, and not getting distracted. Even Peepers is impressed.
- Phrase Catcher: "Later, Hater!"
- Politically Incorrect Villain: When he made Wander's hat produce gifts for Dominator, he made sure they were all stereotypical girly things. When the hat gave him self-help books, Hater said that girls don't like to read. He also doesn't recruit girls for his army—although, according to Word of God via Craig himself, this is at least partly because he gets nervous around them."There's girls on their home planet, Peepers just doesn't recruit them. They are backwards thinking bad guys."
- Power Floats: Sometimes during displays of power, he will actually levitate into the air.
- The Power of Hate: The angrier he gets, the more power he uses, and the more powerful he seems. When at maximum hatred, he's pretty much The Juggernaut.
- Primal Stance: It's subtle, but he is almost always hunched over. Which is fitting considering he's heavily implied to be reanimated remains of a chimpanzee.
- Psycho Electro: While not outright insane, Hater does posses very poor impulse control, and signs of megalomania. He likewise can produce incredibly powerful blasts of electricity.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Word Of God is that Hater was originally developed as a child character for a different project. When added to the WOY cast, he was physically aged up to look like an imposing villain... but kept the exact same personality.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As an added bonus, the red is arranged in such a way that it looks like he's covered in blood.
- Reality Ensues: Wander, Hater doesn't want to be your friend. You constantly bothering him and acting like he's your friend isn't going to make him magically befriend you, it's just going to annoy him.
- Satire/Parody/Pastiche: Hater's Cartoon in "The Cartoon" with lots of Captain Ersatz thrown in for good measure.
- Say My Name: Sometimes to a Madness Mantra extent, and always, always malevolent.Hater: WAAANDERRR!
- Shock and Awe: Can shoot green lightning bolts and create electromagnetic forcefields.
- Sickly Green Glow: Always green.
- Spiritual Successor: He has a lot of characteristics in common with Mojo Jojo, another character created by Craig McCracken, such as a flair for the dramatic, admittance toward being evil, and proneness to psychotic breakdowns. It's also implied that he used to be a NASA chimp, until he got exposed to something that made him smarter and more dangerous, like Mojo's own origins as a lab chimp.
- Strong as They Need to Be: He's all over the place in how effective he is. In "Greatest In the Galaxy", Wander humiliates in every competition he challenges him to, including arm wrestling. In "The Picnic" he defeats Emperor Awesome's entire army single handedly and punches Awesome through a planet. In Season 2, Emperor Awesome can sometimes hold his own against him and he once got overpowered by wild animals, but as of "Battle Royal" he's strong enough to fight Dominator on equal terms.
- To the Pain: All the better to provide sound bytes for his torture room mix tape.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Series Finale, once he realizes that there's only one planet left in the entire galaxy, he stops fooling around and concentrates all his effort and firepower into conquering this one planet and doing everything he can to prevent Dominator from destroying it. He succeeds.
- Also compare in season 1 when he was typically a Dirty Coward when threatened, in Season 2 he's the only villain brave enough to fight Dominator.
- Troubled Fetal Position: In the Shorts, when the camera used to broadcast his speech malfunctions and starts freezing footage into humiliating Off Model frames, Lord Hater briefly breaks down and just sits in a corner, quietly rocking back and forth.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Wander saving his life multiple times, he still wants to kill him.
- Villain Decay: A major plot point in season 2 is centered around how his repeated failures to destroy Wander has resulted in him losing his standing as a villain and encouraging other fiends to try and take over the universe.
- Villainous Friendship: His relationship with Commander Peepers turns out to be this. Their shared history goes back to the start of Hater's Evil Empire, and they even have one of those half-heart necklaces. It's not the healthiest relationship, though. In some episodes it shows that deep down Hater does care about Peepers. In "The Fancy Party" he carried him to the Skullship while running away from the laser shooting servants due to The Black Cube sucking out his soul. He would normally ditch a watchdog but not Peepers. He helped freed Peepers from a "happy" Watchdog when he took away a gift he had from Wander. In "The Cool Guy" he was furious when he saw that Emperor Awesome was about to beat up Peepers and abandon his popularity to save him. In The Bad Neighbors you can tell in his voice when Peepers was crying when he realize how awful his plan to stop Lord Dominator, he was being gentle and tried to cheer him up saying his plan can work on Emperor Awesome instead.
- Villainous Valor: For the most part averted, except with regards to Dominator. He's the only character brave to try and fight Dominator face to face, and when he learns that she plans to destroy the galaxy works to try and stop her. In stark contrast the rest of the villains go into hiding and wait to be killed.
- Villain Protagonist: As confirmed by Craig McCracken in this interview. There are plenty episodes without him though, which makes him a sort of Supporting Protagonist at the same time.
- Season 2 looks set to rectify this, as he has appeared or been mentioned in almost every episode so far.
- Villainous Breakdown: Like Mojo Jojo in Craig McCracken's last show, Hater is constantly prone to this, such as when his attempts are foiled and when he's annoyed by Wander, almost every time.
- Was Once a Man: The stinger at the end of the final episode implies he was once an ape- an animal astronaut from NASA that became reanimated and uplifted after his vessel drifted into the galaxy and became exposed to magic.
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
"Sir, we've been over this. You cannot destroy anyone at a dinner party, it's very rude!"Commander Peepers is the highest ranking leader of the Watchdogs. He runs all command operations, comes up with plans for Hater's invasion forces, and tries to assuage Hater's feelings when Lord Hater has been frothed into a rage by Wander or by anyone else, or when Hater drops into a sulk. Peepers, over time, has taken on the best friend/caretaker role, even though he still only ever calls Hater "sir." He is devoted to his job, and to Hater himself.
- Adorable Evil Minions: As usual with the rest of the Watchdogs, with his Adorkable personality to boot.
- Adorkable: He can be nerdy.
- Affably Evil: Downplayed. Because he can be a Jerkass.
- Badass Bookworm: He defeated one of the top ten villains, conquered many of his planets, and punched a missile. He did all of this IN THE SAME EPISODE. He was also the second character in the series to make Dominator lose her cool.
- Bad Boss: Known to zap Watchdogs with his blaster for talking out of turn. He begins "The Bounty" by punching them, kicking them, and forcing one to throw a heavy banner at himself, all in an attempt to prove to Hater how evil he can be.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He's an eyeball with a body.
- Brains and Brawn: Zig-Zagged: while he's officially the brains to Hater's brawn, he's got an improbable set of muscles hidden under his suit and has been known to perform incredible feats of strength when the plot requires him to do so. In his team-ups with other characters he nonetheless generally takes the "brains" role and its accompanying weakness; despite the fact that he's able to fight Sylvia to a stalemate, her strength proves vital to his mission in "My Fair Hatey" when he's unable to break into Dominator's ship without being clobbered by her bots, and in "The Show Stopper" she needs to grab him to help him pull a lever he's unable to budge himself.
- Butt Monkey: Being the Only Sane Man of Lord Hater's army will do this to you.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Character Development: Starts off the show as Hater's second-in-command and a Butt Monkey who is often terrified of his boss. By the start of Season 2, he's brave enough to stand up to Hater and takes on the role of Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder, providing the strategic brains to Hater's brawn.
- The Chew Toy: He exists mainly to be Sylvia and Hater's punching bag. At least until Season 2.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Shown rather hilariously in "The Buddies".
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: The Sylvia to Hater's Wander. Most of his humor in the second season comes from him desperately trying and failing to keep Hater's immature antics from ruining their galactic conquest plans.
- Cry Cute: Quite frequently."But I thought we were buds!"
- Cute Is Evil: Think he's cute? Watch "The Bounty" and see him bully the other Watchdogs in a futile attempt to make a point to Lord Hater, zap a game attendant who gives him a doll, lure one bounty hunter into an enclosure with a vicious animal, and slice another bounty hunter in half from the inside out using the blade on top of his helmet.
- The Dragon: Serves as Hater's second-in-command and is also the leader of the Watchdogs.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Peepers has expressed annoyance with Hater at times, as well as muttered to himself that he should be the one in charge. Plus, Word of God states that he's more serious about evil and universal domination than Hater is. If the Hater Empire were to fall, Peepers would likely start an Empire of his own. He actually gets the chance to do just that in "The Cool Guy", but unfortunately for him, he lacks the intimidation factor that Hater has.
- Unlike your average conniving dragon, however, he cares about Lord Hater in a way that precludes using him only as a weapon. Peepers' scheming, though driven by his need for power, frequently seems to spring from a genuine desire to see Hater succeed at what he does best.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His response to learning Dominator is an Omnicidal Maniac. Peepers is fine destroying planets, but even he is horrified by the idea of wiping out the entire galaxy.
- Evil Counterpart: Just as Lord Hater is one to Wander, Commander Peepers is this to Sylvia. Like her, he forms the more intelligent and rational counterpart to his more eccentric and narrowminded best friend. Both likewise more or less have dedicated their lives to helping their best friends with their life long goal; while Sylvia helps Wander save people, Peepers pretty much runs Hater's empire, allowing him to conquer planets. The two even acknowledge their similarities in "The Battle Royale".
- Evil Genius: He's smarter than Hater himself!
- Faceless Eye: Along with the rest of Hater's mooks.
- A Father to His Men: Played With. On one hand, he lets the Watchdogs hide behind him from Captain Tim in "The Pet", knows the names of individual Watchdogs in "The Little Guy" and "The Gift 2", and chats casually with whom he thinks is a Watchdog holding Sylvia prisoner in "The Day". On the other hand, he zaps and punches minions in "The Bounty Hunter" in an attempt to prove his own ruthlessness, is perfectly willing to just abandon Westley in "The Little Guy", and is just as appalled as Hater at the concept of the Watchdogs being happy (until he's also "infected" with happy) in "The Gift 2".
- Honest Advisor: Frequently at his own peril.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: "The Axe" shows that without him, Hater would be totally incapable of retaining control of any of the planets he conquers.
- Ignored Enamored Underling
- Improbable Weapon User: He can use his lightning bolt-shaped helmet as a weapon. He's done so twice, in "The Bounty" and "The Greater Hater."
- In "The It" he not only defeats Hater by effectively weaponizing the pointer he had been using at a strategy meeting, but later removes his contact lens and throws it like a ninja weapon.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Jerkass: He can be just as bad as Hater.
- Leitmotif: "Commander Peep-ers!"
- He also has a deep marching theme, referencing his strategic and organized mind.
- Mook Lieutenant: Serves as one to the Watchdogs.
- The Napoleon: The platform shoes present in "The Gift 2" implies he would love to be as big and imposing as his boss.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Quite literally.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Say Peepers? You know the whole plan of defeating Dominator by using Frostonium to freeze her and her ship up? Well congratulations, you just made an already fearsome villain even more powerful by accidentally giving her ice powers to go with her lava powers!
- No Hero to His Valet: He respects and lionises Hater's ferocity and strength, but is deeply resentful of his childishness and idiocy.
- Not So Above It All: He can, on occasion, act just as goofy as Hater, like his refusal to let himself be tagged in "The It" or joining in on Hater's dorky victory dance at the end of "The Axe".
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Will not let anyone else capture Wander and Sylvia and allow Lord Hater to finally rule the universe, which causes him to stop bounty hunters from doing just that. Ironically, he allows Wander and Sylvia to escape and gets into even more trouble with Lord Hater.Peepers: Oh, I can't believe this! Those bounty hunters are gonna capture Wander and Sylvia! Then Lord Hater's rule will spread across the galaxy and evil will conquer the universe!Watchdog: But sir, isn't that what we want to happen?Peepers: (beat) NO!!!!! I'M supposed to capture Wander and Sylvia, and THEN Lord Hater's rule will spread across the galaxy and THEN evil will conquer the universe! All because of ME!
- He seems to get over this after "The Bounty," at least to the extent that he wants the Watchdogs to capture Wander and Sylvia; in "The Little Guy" when Westley claims to have captured them he makes a point of taking the ship to check, and in "The Day" he expresses satisfaction with the army for having apparently captured "that hideous zbornak."
- Only Sane Man: Ever since his character development, he became this, along with Sylvia. Although, not all the time.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He snaps at Lord Hater, who is rather surprised at this, when he lets loose how Lord Hater wastes his resources on trivial things and destroying Wander rather than maintaining his status as a villain in "The Greater Hater". This is actually a large part of his Character Development from Season 1.
- Perpetual Frowner: The structure of his helmet makes him appear constantly angry no matter what emotion he's actually feeling. There are times when the front part of the hat disappears when he needs to emote, though.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Zig-Zagged: Sometimes he is much stronger than he looks, other times he is exactly as strong as he looks.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Has only hired male Watchdogs for Hater's army. According to Word of God, this is because Hater gets nervous around girls.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Contrasting with Hater, he's mostly concerned with decisions that will effect Hater's standing as a villain. As such while he dislikes Wander he wants Hater to ignore him.
- Proud to Be a Geek: His speech near the end of "The Cool Guy."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most of the time he's not competent enough for this to be in play (Until Season 2 that is). But if he gets serious...
- Servile Snarker: He has developed this to Hater in the second season.
- Sheathe Your Sword: In season two, he realizes the best way for Hater to salvage his reputation is to stop wasting his time on Wander and do other evil things. Hater agrees at first but keeps doing it anyway.
- So Proud of You: He may discipline Hater like a strict parent and call him out on his shortcomings, but he takes pride in his accomplishments and doesn't hesitate to let him know.
- Theme Tune: Two variants of it, which double as Mood Motif.
- When Peepers has his mojo working, it's a deadly brass thing that ends in a man chorus singing "COMMANDER PEEPERS" in ominous voices.
- When Peepers is out of favor or is suffering humiliation, the same tune is slowed down to a pathetic Failure Horns motif, and the chorus sings "Commander Peeeeeeepers" in almost pitying voices.
- There's a happy, triumphant variation at the end of "The Axe" when a statue of Peepers is erected next to Hater's.
- "The Cool Guy" gives us the Orchestral Bombing variant when he dramatically ascends Hater's throne in his absence.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave a pretty good to Emperor Awesome in The Cool Guy in response to being called a nerd.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He shows some impressive pecs when fighting Sylvia in The Battle Royale.
- Tritagonist: Shares this with Sylvia, being The Leader of the Watch Dogs, and The Dragon to Hater's Big Bad.
- Took a Level in Badass: In season 1, Peepers is very submissive towards Lord Hater, rarely speaks out of turn, and cowers when he is shouted at by him. In season 2; he isn't afraid to call Hater out on his bullshit, counters Sourdough's armada, and even puts up an impressive fight with Sylvia in "The Battle Royale".
- Undying Loyalty: Has stood by Hater despite his frustrating behavior and Villain Decay, believing in his ability to take back the title of Greatest in the Galaxy.
- Vetinari Job Security: Hater's attempt to fire him in "The Axe" lasts only as long as it takes him to realize that he doesn't even know how to operate his own ship.
- Villainous Friendship: Peepers is the best friend that Hater's ever had. To Ho Yay levels in "The Big Day."
- Villainous Valor: Along with Hater, he's the only villain brave enough to try and stop Dominator. This is despite seeing Dominator curb stomp Hater in her The Greater Hater and later defeat all the villains except Hater in The Battle Royal.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite clashing with Hater constantly, mainly over his priorities (or lack thereof), he cares about him deeply, to the point of keeping pictures of him in his room and having a full-blown breakdown when he thinks he's no longer Hater's best friend. This is despite the fact that Hater frequently slights him ("Just kidding! We're not pals! Hater out!"), ditches him to hang out with other people, and at one point even fires him, forces him to crop himself out of all their digital photos and erases his name from the computer system without a second thought (until he realizes Peepers was the one doing all the actual work of conquering the galaxy). That said, a few significant moments make it clear that Hater does care for Peepers in turn, perhaps as much as his naturally self-centered and short-sighted personality will allow.
Army of Watchdogs
- Adorable Evil Minions: Especially when they're given presents.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: How they eat is a constant question among fans. They appear to use their eyes as mouths for eating and speaking.
- Blinding Camera Flash: Being large eyes on small bodies, this is one of the best ways to neutralize them.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the "The Gift" duology, they rescue Hater with the competence of a highly-trained S.W.A.T. team when they feel he's given them positive reinforcement.
- Facepalm: They collectively do this simultaneously (following Peepers and along with Awesome's army) in "The Picnic".
- Faceless Eye
- Friendly Enemy: Wander is surprisingly effective at befriending these guys when he wants to. May overlap with Punch Clock Villain, as both times he did so was while they were on break (though the first time, he was able to convince them to take said break while they were supposed to be in the middle of plundering). Eye on the Skullship implies that, with the exception of Peepers, they all tend to like him.
- The Heart: Andy, who hosts 'The Eye on the Skullship' show, which makes the Watchdogs feel important and special.
- Invisible Anatomy: In "The Greatest" we see a few licking ice cream cones, without any visible tongues.
- Killed Off for Real: According to the animatic at the end of "The Showstoppers" Keith, Gene, Buddy, D.J., Lips, Craig, Eddie, Dave, Franscisco, Sam, Amy, Jack, another Keith, April, Tom, Sara, Jennifer, Noel, Fred, Alex, Leticia, Erik, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Shakeh, Tara, Anthony, Juan, Levon, Roman, Trevor, Brian, Raymond, Chris, Isreal, Jezreel, Katrina, Robert, Liz, Charlene, Vahe, Andy, Jay, Susan, Lauren, Keiji, Jordan, Laurens, Zabrina, Kimberly, Leona, Dawn, Bon, Lisa, Mark, Treasure, Simon, Stiv, Scott, Eric, Mikey and Lamar died as a result of the events that took pace during the episode. It's implied that some were directly killed by Peepers and others by Dominator (Lips to be exact). It should be noted that every inch of the unnamed planet is covered with dogs so the list could very well be referring to some of them, especially given that Peepers does not hire females. Further it was explicitly stated that the concert had been going on for four days and everyone was exhausted. Who knows how many just dropped dead?
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When their morale is up or given the motivation, they can be a very effective army.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Most times we get a look at their personalities, they seem to be generally decent. They're agreeable and even kind at times, get along with the heroes despite their bosses' disapproval, and are mainly evil because they legitimately believe Hater is the best guy ever.
- Monogender Monsters: They're all male, not because they're a One-Gender Race, but because girls make Hater nervous so Peepers doesn't hire any.
- Punch Clock Villain: Although their job is to capture Wander and Sylvia, the Watchdogs seldom attack them unless they're ordered to.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Series Finale, they actually take on Dominator's Mecha-Mooks and win.
Voiced by: Aziz AnsariWestley was the smallest Watchdog recruit, and was generally ignored or kicked around by the rest of the Watchdogs, including Commander Peepers. After meeting Wander and Sylvia and getting to know them a bit (which included saving his life on more than one occasion), Westley captured the pair, then thought better of his deed. He faked his own death to let them escape and has gone wandering off on his own since then.
- Character Development: He becomes a good guy at the end of his episode.
- Faking the Dead: He made it look like he got blown into space trying to prevent Wander and Sylvia from escaping Hater's ship.
- Genre Savvy: Westley knows enough to realize that if he hadn't faked his death, Hater would probably hunt him down second in priority to Wander for letting Wander and Sylvia escape.
- Good Costume Switch: At the end of "The Little Guy", Westley abandons his lightning-topped Hater beanie and wears the star-topped beanie Wander pulled out of his hat.
- Heel–Face Turn: He turns good at the end of his episode.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's stockier and smaller then the rest of the watchdogs.
- Real Men Wear Pink: The pajamas he's given by Wander and Sylvia (likely from Wander's hat) are pink.
- The Klutz: Tends to stumble and fall down a lot, usually into worse trouble.
- The Runt at the End: Is it any wonder he left Hater's army for new friends who actually made him feel like he mattered?
An alien that Wander and Sylvia find in an abandoned space station. After unsuccessfully trying to tame the dangerous creature, Wander gives him to Lord Hater.
- Audible Sharpness: His legs are blades sharp enough to cut through aluminum, and they make this sound.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Possesses thermographic vision, despite not having visible eyes.
- Thermographic POV is often used in nature documentaries to simulate infrared sensing. So alternatively, it has infrared sensing in spite of no visible loreal pits.
- The Captain: Once he joins Hater, Hater officially recognizes him as a captain, technically outranking Peepers as Hater's second in command.
- The Dreaded: A member of the Arachnomorphs, a race of carnivorous spider-like monsters that eat just about anything in the area, with the Watchdogs as its chew toys. Makes sense Hater would love having such a creature for a pet.
- Expy: Of the Xenomorphs.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Wander thinks he is named Captain Tim, who is actually the leader of the missing squad.
- Morality Pet: The only creature that Lord Hater shows any compassion to.
- Pet Monstrosity: Lord Hater adopts this man-eating deadly alien as a beloved pet.
- Poisonous Person: Captain Tim doesn't just spit acid. His urine and excrement are deadly acids as well, and spread quickly.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has a pink collar courtesy of Wander. Captain Tim keeps this when owned by Hater.
- Super Spit: He can spit acid.
- To Serve Man: Heavily implied to have eaten the crew that was at the space station.
Other Galactic Villains
Voiced by: Noël Wells, Fred Tatasciore (in armor)
Big Bad Lord Hater could ever be, which is metaphorically reflected by the similar outfit, name, Mooks, and ship. On the outside, Dominator is a no-nonsense Knight of Cerebus man with an intimidating voice, but on the inside? Dominator is a woman who acts like a dorky teenager. Despite her true personality, she is a sadistic menace through and through. Her goal is to harvest Volcanium X from the cores of planets, which serves as a power source for her ship, powers, and army. This process turns the planet into a desolate wasteland and destroys it, which excites her. Dominator is all about bringing pain, suffering, and torment across the galaxy because she finds it fun and it brings her great pleasure.
Lord Dominator: "That... was... AMAZING! Hahaha! They were all like "Whaaaat!? Who's THIS guy!?", HA! Then I was like serious, and then I was all "ROOOOAAAGH!", and then the lava went "Woooosh!", and they were all "AAAAH, NO, WHY!?", hahahaaa! What a bunch of dorks! This is going to be fun!"
- At the end of her premiere episode, she gleefully gushes about how fun it was to chase Wander, Sylvia, Hater and Peepers all over her ship.
- Near the beginning of "The Battle Royale", Wander catches her out of her armor, doing a goofy victory dance over having made the number one spot on the Villain Leaderboard. Later when she arrives at the asteroid formation where all the villains are fighting she giddily discusses with herself which weapons to use in the battle.
- Always Someone Better: Lord Hater spends the entirety of "The Greater Hater" in furious envy over all the cool evil stuff Dominator has.
- She's this trope for every single villain native to Wander's galaxy. By the time of "My Fair Hatey", Dominator has cowed every villain aside from Lord Hater into acknowledging that she is the 'Greatest in the Galaxy'.
- And Then What?: Finds herself at this position in the finale, with nothing left to dominate.
- Asexuality: She has absolutely no interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with anyone, despite not being afraid to employ feminine wiles to manipulate people.
- Badass Normal: To an extent. Unlike Lord Hater she has no powers whatsoever. All her powers come from her equipment, which she herself designed and built. "The Night Out" also shows that she's a competent fighter even without her equipment.
- Bad Boss: She's even worse than Lord Hater in this respect. In "The Battle Royale" she uses one of her Mecha-Mooks for target practice while picking out her weapon of choice for her big arrival. In "The Bot", she's shown shooting one of her (sentient) robot probes into space and letting it burn up in the atmosphere of a planet for screwing up one too many times.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Beneath the Mask: When Dominator takes off the mask, it reveals she's not only a young woman, but as much of a dorky Psychopathic Manchild as Hater, even if she's much more competent.
- Big Bad: She's the ultimate Big Bad of the series, what with Hater being demoted to being a Big Bad Wannabe.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Lord Hater and the other supervillains, initially, but by the midpoint of Season 2 she is the solitary Big Bad of the series.
- Big "NO!": In "The Bot" upon having the coordinates to a planet she wanted to conquer deleted. Said planet had enough Volcanium X that it could have powered her army forever.
- Break the Haughty: After her ultimate defeat in the series finale, the terrifying Big Bad is reduced to pathetically skulking away from the galaxy in a single orbble, with her ship, armor, and army completely destroyed.
- Brought Down to Badass: She has no special powers without her armor, but is still has excellent fighting skills, a devious wit, and a natural aptitude at causing disasters.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When rattling off a list of her 'friends', she almost forgets that she'd executed Bot 13/Beep Boop several weeks ago.Lord Dominator: "I've got lots of friends! Uh, Bot 79, Bot 108, Bot 13- No, wait, I blew up Bot 13..."
- Card-Carrying Villain: Deconstructed. She enjoys destroying planets and being the greatest villain in the universe, all while acting like a peppy cheerleader about it. Why? She's utterly mad.
- Characterization Marches On: In her first few appearances, she was shown to be completely unflappable and unstoppable in battle, with her goofy private personality being her only quirk. This started to change from "The Bot" onwards, showing that she has a lousy temper, impatience, and overly controlling tendencies.
- Control Freak: She prefers the company of her robots to real people because they don't (usually) disagree with her, refuse orders, or asks for things themselves.
- Convection Schmonvection: Lord Dominator routinely grabs people with her lava arms and only once does anyone mention it being hot. Usually, they just look scared that she caught them and then escape without so much as a singe on their clothes. It's possible she can control the heat of her lava arms. Her ice powers don't seem to suffer from this as the ice block she put Wander in slowly melts over the course of the episode.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The lava-like substance that Dominator's arm shoots and are made of are actually part of the armor just like her helmet.
- Cute and Psycho: She looks like an alien supermodel and behaves like a hyperactive teen girl, but the only thing that brings her joy is causing pain to the others.
- Dark Action Girl: Can easily hold her own against an enraged Lord Hater and all the other villains combined. Plus she can do a standing slide down a banister, launch into a mid-air summersault without slowing down, and finally land on her feet smoothly and exactly where she wants without breaking into a sweat.
- Delinquent Hair: She has a long, white mohawk that drapes over the side of her head. In The Night Out, she styles it into a giant spiked mohawk.◊
- De-Power: Her suit is completely destroyed in the Final Battle, along with her ship and her entire army, leaving her powerless to the point pealing an orange is difficult for her. Since she apparently used up all the Volcanium X in the galaxy, she won't be able to rebuild them either.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Hater, and to a lesser extent Wander (since she's a villain like Hater, but also has some Wander-esque silliness). Also unlike Hater, she doesn't want to conquer the galaxy, she'd rather destroy it.
- The Dreaded: She is far more terrifying compared to the other villains. Even Wander, Sylvia, Hater, and Peepers are afraid of her.
- Dude Magnet: She had both Hater and Emperor Awesome (initially) hitting on her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makes an appearance in The Stinger of the season 1 finale "The Rider".
- Elite Mooks: Her one-eyed robots are an obvious improvement from Hater’s Watchdogs. The former quickly Worfs Sylvia in “The Greater Hater”.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Is unable to understand why Wander would save her when her ship exploded.
- Evil Counterpart: She is similar to Wander (for being energetic and excited), Lord Hater (being evil, dress similar and wear sneakers), Peepers and Sylvia (both being strong and having common sense). However, unlike Wander and Sylvia who are on the side of good and seek to help others, Dominator is on the side of evil and seeks to conquer the universe; and unlike Hater and Peepers, she's more competent and ruthless than either at actually being evil.
- Evil Feels Good: Unlike Hater and other villains, Dominator isn't seeking dominion or glory, she just gets pleasure from destruction and people's suffering.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Both types. She laughs at the misery of others, and her ability to tell jokes is just bad.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Hater and the other villains.
- Faux Affably Evil: While she seems extremely serious and evil on the outside, she actually acts like a dorky, overenthusiastic teenager when she's alone. However, it doesn't change the fact that she's the most competent and dangerous villain shown so far. Her robot minions also get this treatment. Do a good job, she'll act like your best friend in high school. Fail at your job, and well...
- Foil: To Wander. She has Wander's enthusiasm and fun-loving personality, only she focuses it on doing evil rather than good. In addition, she becomes The Dreaded while Wander is revealed to be the in-universe Big Good.
- For the Evulz: Unlike Hater, who's mostly motivated to be an Evil Overlord because he's a Control Freak, Dominator does her villainy for the sheer pleasure of it; she's not in the least upset by the loss of her galaxy-conquering army, she's far too overjoyed by having someone worth tormenting. She knew the "Ring of Invincibility" was really just a candy ring the entire time, but still joined in the fight over it just for fun. In "My Fair Hatey" it's revealed she's trying to destroy the galaxy, not conquer it.
- Freudian Excuse: Completely and deliberately averted. Wander keeps assuming she has one, but if she does we never get even a hint of it and her motivation to wreck things is mainly just for fun. In the season finale, it's revealed that she's lonely. Though it's debatable whether she's mean because she's lonely (as Wander suggests) or if she's lonely because she's so mean.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She single-handedly built her ship, suit, and entire robot army herself. Technology powered by Volcanium X didn't even exist before Dominator came along. To top it all off, Word of God says that she's self-taught!
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Underneath her intimidating armor, Lord Dominator is quite the looker.
- Hates Being Alone: At the end of the season, Wander realizes that she actually wants people to have around and give her companionship, even if it's just through bullying and intimidation.
- Hope Crusher:
- Her entire reason for trying to destroy a single plant in "The Flower" - She wanted to drive home to Wander how total her victory over the galaxy was by that point, by ensuring that not even plants would survive on the dead worlds she'd created.
- This is also the reason why she takes her sweet time in destroying the Secret Planet. She could've just drilled the planet and killed it immediately, but she wanted to savor the horror and despair of her defeated enemies - to the point of capturing Sylvia and placing her exactly where the drill would connect, while Wander watches helplessly from Dominator's ship. Fortunately, this white-knuckle grasping of the Villain Ball is what allows Lord Hater to stop the drill at the last moment.
- "I Am" Song: Combined with an "I Want" Song in the form of "I'm The Bad Guy." Not only does she lay out her plans for total galactic annihilation and absolutely crush Hater's heart, but she sounds like she's having an absolute blast while doing so.
- An Ice Person: After "My Fair Hatey", thanks to Peepers's attempt to finally stop her, he accidentally gives her ice powers along with her lava powers.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Wants companionship, but doesn't understand how to attain it, instead trying to seek comfort in the presence of her bots, and in finding people like Wander and Hater to torment.
- I'll Kill You!: Albeit with 'destroy' instead of 'kill', her Villainous Breakdown in the final episode culminates with Dominator desperately shrieking this phrase at Wander, after the latter's Kirk Summation.
- Insane Troll Logic: This exchange from "The Night Out"Lord Dominator: I command you to stop!Sylvia: Command me? Who do you think you are?Lord Dominator: I thought you were my friend. Friends are supposed to do what you tell them to do.Sylvia: Like a robot? Friends aren't like that. They help each other out, but they're still their own people. Speaking of which, how 'bout helping me fight off this thing?!Lord Dominator: What?! Noone gets to tell me what to do. Fight it off yourself!
Lord Dominator: I'm back! today I learned that friends are dumb and way overrated. They never let you tell them what to do and sometimes they even try to tell you what to do!
- and this summation of the events:
- It's All About Me: Dominator is completely baffled by the idea of someone doing something she doesn't want them to do.
- I Work Alone: She explicitly states in "I'm the Bad the Guy" that she doesn't want anyone's assistance and/or praise. All she wants to do is to destroy everything in her path.
- Jerkass: Even in personal matters, she is consistently arrogant, egocentric, and callous.
- Karma Houdini: Played with. On one hand, she never actually receives punishment for pretty much destroying the Galaxy. Then again, she IS stripped of her ship, armour and bots, and she undergoes a devastating Humiliation Conga.
- Kingpin in His Gym: In "My Fair Hatey" The Stinger shows her vacuuming, taking inventory of her equipment/minions, and polishing her ship's control panel.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first and only character so far that even Wander is completely afraid of. Everything, save for the revelation of her identity, is played straight about this character.
- Unlike the villains we've seen so far, her ultimate goal is not to rule the galaxy, but to DESTROY it and all its inhabitants just for fun.
- Not to mention, she's the first character to actually permanently kill off another character.
- Lack of Empathy: Never shows a sign of any concern for the feelings of anyone else.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After nearly destroying the entire galaxy and rejecting all attempts at forgiveness, when she's finally defeated she ends up completely humiliated with no ship, no minions, no friends, no armour, no powers, inadvertently undid all her destruction when she attempted to Kick the Dog, and didn't learn a single thing from her experience.
- Laughably Evil: In armor form, she is the most frightening being in the universe. In non-armor form, she has an odd sense of humor.
- Lava Adds Awesome: Everything Dominator owns; her armor, her robots, her ship; is made of molten rock that she harvests from countless planets. The lava apparently either can be remotely controlled or has some sort of sentience, because it solidifies and liquifies to adapt to the situation. (i.e. Prison bars instantly regenerate and reinforce themselves when bent or broken.)
- Lean and Mean: When not in her armor.
- Leitmotif: Dominator's leitmotif focuses on electronic and metallic discord, with a heavy bass line.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Her armored form is for this exact purpose. Half the time she’s Laughably Evil; the other half she acts as the show’s Knight of Cerebus, her emotions literally behind a threatening mask. This trope is also Invoked by Dominator as her way of keeping a cool head.
- Lonely at the Top: Dominator has no friends or allies as, in the word of supervising director Dave Thomas, "[loneliness is] the natural side effect of destroying every planet you come across." Dominator still desires the intellectual stimulation of contact with real people—as opposed to sycophantic robots—but doesn't think it's worth those people disagreeing with her. So she goes back to her stupid robots, apparently having deluded herself into thinking they actually understand her.
- Loners Are Freaks: She developed and built all her technology, weapons, and army alone. She became the top villain in the galaxy alone. She's planning to destroy the galaxy for the hell of it, after which she will really be alone.
- Manipulative Bastard: She isn't opposed to using her feminine charms on others in order to further her goals.
- Married to the Job: Evil-doing is all she cares about and all she really knows. This, combined with how much of a complete jerk she is, is the reason why she has no friends whatsoever.
- Moral Myopia: She believes friendship is about friends doing everything she says, yet when the one friend she managed to make asks her to do something, she flat out refuses, and leaves in disgust.
- Morph Weapon: What Dominator’s gloves can’t turn into is only limited to her violent imagination.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about her life prior to becoming a galactic conqueror and the writers have said they're keeping it that way.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Lord Dominator.
- Near Villain Victory: By the end of the season, she has succeeded in destroying the entire galaxy, sans for a secret planet she knew nothing about.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: When her helmet's faceplate is down and her armor is up, Lord Dominator looks and sounds like a fairly typical Galactic Conquerer. Underneath, however, is an excitable Green-Skinned Space Babe who'll gush over her how cool her latest villainous acts were as soon as she's alone. However, the trope is played with in that Lord Dominator is still a complete sociopath, even when she's in private.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "The Flower" her attempt to Kick the Dog by killing the flower accidentally spreads the flower's seeds across the galaxy, bringing life back to the planets she destroyed and undoing all her work.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: As goofy and Adorkable as she can act, every one of her acts of destruction is played straight.
- No Ontological Inertia: Her robots stop working after her ship is destroyed. Averted however, with the rest of the Galaxy, which remains destroyed but slowly grows back.
- The Noseless: Doesn't stop her from being able to sneeze from catching hay fever, though.
- No Social Skills: Isn't very good at interacting with someone when not tormenting them.
- Older Than They Look: Many people believed Dominator to be a teenager when seeing her unmasked for the first time. Despite her youthful appearance, she is in fact a grown woman.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Her true plan is to destroy the galaxy by draining Volcanium from every planet in it.
- One Woman Army: "The Battle Royale" turns into Lord Dominator vs. everyone else. She still wins.
- Outside-Context Problem: In the second season premiere, she suddenly showed up from a completely different galaxy than every established character. It seems likely that she destroyed her own galaxy, and possibly many others.
- Pointy Ears: Has a set of almost elf-like ears.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: She loves causing pain, and she's immature in more than a superficial sense. Ultimately, her genocidal Lack of Empathy stems from an extremely childish form of egomania: she thinks everyone is worthless because they don't instantly obey her without question, so she may as well just destroy them for fun. She never even considered what destroying the galaxy would actually even mean for her—being left in a barren void with no one left to torment or anything else to do.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Similar to Hater's. .
- Redemption Rejection: She refuses to befriend Wander at every turn, even in the finale, where she's stripped of all her power
- The Rival: To Hater, until The Battle Royale.
- Sadist: She tortures, torments, and destroys because she enjoys the suffering, pain, and despair of others. Dominator freaks out when Wander points that means she really does depend on other people, even if it's just to be her victims.
- Samus Is a Girl: The armor she wears gives the appearance of a large, muscular man and a deep male voice.
- Secret Identity Vocal Shift: Wearing her helmet lets her speak with a modified voice provided by a separate voice actor.
- Silent Antagonist: In her debut episode, she never says anything until her reveal scene at the very end.
- Shadow Archetype: Like Lord Hater, they are both determined to become the greatest villain and are the Evil Counterpart to Wander. The difference is that Dominator represents what Hater could be if he were a more ruthless, competent villain who wants to conquer the universe For the Evulz and not because of a Control Freak nature.
- She's Got Legs: The floor-length skirt she wears◊ has slits on both sides that show off her long, curvy legs.
- She Is the King: Called "Lord Dominator" by her own robotic minions.
- Shoulders of Doom: In both outfits that she wears. Note the Spikes of Villainy.
- The Sociopath: She's an even worse boss than Hater, going as far as to destroy her (sentient) bots when they fail a mission. The reveal in "My Fair Hatey" that she intends to destroy the whole galaxy for fun leaves no doubt that there isn't a single drop of empathy on her small black heart.This is also subtly reinforced by the fact that what little emotion her bots can show is constantly referred to as protocol and only invoked when she commands it to be.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She wears armor that makes her look and sound like a man until no one else is around. This is to catch others off guard and gain an upper hand against them, as Dominator is a expert tactician and knows just what to do to manipulate others.
- This Cannot Be!: Her reaction to Lord Hater overpowering her drill before throwing it straight through her ship with the support of the Rebels (who are giving a beatdown to her army along with Hater's army).Dominator: How is this happening?! T-They're just a bunch of goofy idiots!
- Tsundere: Acts like a classic one in her last big scene in the series finale.
- The Vamp: While she usually likes to take out her foes with force, she is not against using her good looks to distract people before finishing them off.
- Victory Is Boring: In the final episodes, Lord Dominator has destroyed almost the entire galaxy, save for a single, hidden planet. She believes she's won, and finds it so boring that she decides to finally grab the Villain Ball and target Wander For the Evulz, which contributes to her ultimate downfall.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- She has one when Bot 13 turns on her near the end of "The Bot", though she regains her composure quickly.
- She has another one in "My Fair Hatey" as Frostonium freezes her ship, but again, she regains her composure when she discovers that the ship actually incorporated the Frostonium, making her more powerful than ever.
- Suffers a rather spectacular one in the series finale when Lord Hater wrecks her ship and Wander figures out that she suffers from crushing loneliness. Then Wander saves her life and offers her his friendship, despite all her attempts to crush his spirit causing her to throw a massive temper tantrum and basically storm away from the Galaxy like an angsty teenager.
- Villain Song: "I'm the Bad Guy," which is all about how she's not the Damsel in Distress, your girlfriend, or someone who can be rescued. She's a bad guy, and she loves it.
- Walking Spoiler: One can't really talk much about Dominator without spoiling the Gender Reveal.
- Weaksauce Weakness: "The Flower" reveals that she has a violent pollen allergy. This not only incapacitates her, but also breaks her speech with constant sneezing; to the point that her robots are incapable of understanding her orders to chase Wander. If that wasn't enough, the sneezing sounds humiliatingly adorable. However, this isn't exactly a practical weakness to be used against her.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Only when she's not wearing her armor is her white hair visible, but her heart is equally black in both forms.
- Wicked Heart Symbol: Her crop top/suit sports a big red heart symbol that looks like its painted in blood.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite her overwhelming firepower, she never destroyed Wander, Sylvia, Hater, or Peepers when she had the chance. Wander figures out in the finale that this is because she wanted their company, even if it was in the form of bullying and tormenting them.
- Woman Child: Her galaxy wrecking tour is basically a bullying power trip.
- Your Makeup Is Running: Her signature look is black makeup dripping from her eyes like tears.
- Youthful Freckles: To add the the disonance of being an Ax-Crazy yet Adorkable person.
Voiced by: Sam RiegelThe shark-headed, lipstick-wearing Emperor Awesome is a Bro from Outer Space, who has the credentials to back up his name. He is another of the main villains in the show, and as such, is engaged in a halfhearted rivalry with Lord Hater (who takes it much more seriously than Awesome does). Awesome has an army of soldiers with fists for heads.
- Affably Evil: Though he can be an arrogant Jerkass, he has the personality of a laid-back party animal.
- Agent Peacock: He's a flamboyant shark-man thing who enjoys tanning and wearing lipstick; he also rides a fire-breathing dinosaur that can also shoot lasers from its eyes in combat and controls a entire legion of "Fist Fighters". He's earned his title, alright.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even he deserves some sympathy after seeing how traumatized he was about his experiences being Dominator's prisoner.
- Anything That Moves: Hits on Sylvia and a sandwich within the span of a single episode.
- In "The Boy Wander", he hits on a boa constrictor (that he is wearing like a feather boa), but it's also not interested.
- Asshole Victim: Downplayed, because he survived. But he was held prisoner and tortured by Lord Dominator.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: His parties are so over-the-top that they destroy planets.
- Especially when he turns this trope Up to Eleven in, "The Party Animal".
- Big Bad Wannabe: Though he can actually be a threat, Lord Hater is a better Big Bad than he. Commander Peepers tells him it's because he spends all of his time doing pointless things like picking on "nerds" and partying, rather than setting any actual goals to strive for as a villain.
- Break the Haughty: Downplayed. He's still as arrogant as ever, but his experiences being Dominator's prisoner has left him too traumatized to do any real villainy.
- Bright Is Not Good: His bright and flashy shows usually end with the destruction of the planet.
- Calling Your Attacks: He does this before he attacks.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His first appearance gives out no mention of him as a villain.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: His party's usually result in this.
- Eviler Than Thou: On the receiving end of this, all the time.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin His fist fighters are exactly that: soldiers with fists for heads.
- Handsome Lech: Those calves might be ready for market, but nobody's buying.
- It's All About Me: He can't begin to comprehend why the crowd on the planet only cheers when he says that he's leaving. He even adds "But I'm never coming back!...ever." The crowd cheers louder.
- Jerkass: Even more so than Hater.
- Leitmotif: Let's Get Awesome
- Made of Iron: He once survived getting punched through a planet.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's heavily implied to have been given one by Lord Hater for belittling and humiliating Commander Peepers.
- Obliviously Evil: He thinks he's the Life of the Party, but to everyone else he's a planet-killing menace.
- Off Stage Villainy: The Party Animal introduces his main villainous behavior, but outside of that none of his appearances having doing much that could considered evil. Despite that in Season 2 he's consistently appeared on the top 10 of the villain leader board.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Probably not as much as Lord Hater.
- Rage Quit: In "The Party Animal." After realizing he's been bested by Wander, he rips the knob off his giant speaker and throws it at his wide screen.
- Real Men Wear Pink:
- He wears lipstick.
- He wears pink pants.
- He has two bands, purple-and-pink, on his muscles.
- Robeast: His cybernetic, fire-breathing, laser-shooting battle dinosaur.
- Shark Man: Is a muscle flexing dude with a shark head.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's convinced he's the single greatest thing in existence and that he's doing planets a favor by having parties that destroy them.
- Sore Loser: After Wander beats him in a dance contest, he leaves the planet, claiming that it's "too lame" for him to party on.
- Totally Radical: He talks like a Frat Bro Surfer Dude.Emperor Awesome: Bro, do you even know how hard I slam?
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson
- Attention Whore: "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!"
- Fat Bastard: He turns into this as more insults are fed to him.
- Make My Monster Grow: By responding to his insults.
- Sheathe Your Sword: The only way to beat him. You give him more attention he'll just keep getting more powerful. But if you ignore him, he shrinks and can be easily dealt with.
- Troll: In every sense.
Sourdough the Evil Sandwich
- Voiced by: Rich Fulcher
- Anthropomorphic Food: For the next 1000 years at least.
- Berserk Button: Desperate suck-ups really piss it off.
- Body Surf: His main ability. Unlike most examples, it appears that he can only use this once every thousand years.
- Catchphrase: EEEVILLLLLLL SANDWIIIIICHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Energy Being: His true form resembles a purple cloud with a head-shaped area for speech.
- Killer Rabbit: While only as physically dangerous as one would expect a talking sandwich to be, he still retains his fleet and is still conquering worlds.
- Meaningful Name: As Queen Entozoa. 'Entozoa' refers to intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.
- No Name Given: While it adopts the name of whatever person (or food) it possesses, the Energy Being itself has no name.
The Black Cube of Darkness
A mysterious... well... black cube that speaks in distorted Latin. He was shown to be down on his luck through most of his life, but despite this, he tends to be a very successful villain.
- Altum Videtur: Speaks in distorted Latin.
- Being Good Sucks: Since he quit villainy, he's living life as a minimum wage worker, feared by everybody, and unable to use his talent of sucking souls. When he rescues one of the punks harassing him, the punk rallies a mob against him.
- Burger Fool: In "The Black Cube", he worked as a cashier at a fast food restaurant with a Mean Boss, and the kids who mocked him before came to order a complicated meal. Out of anger, he destroyed the cash register, causing him to be fired.
- Conspicuous CG: Is rendered in CGI.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He's good at stealing souls and being a cube, neither of which are useful to the life of a normal person.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It's shown his soul stealing ability can be used to temporarily paralyze people nonlethally. He can potentially use this if he got a job as a cop (using it to paralyze criminals).
- Dark is Evil: The Black Cube is feared by most people he interacts with solely from being a being of pure darkness.
- Dark is Not Evil: In "The Black Cube", he is revealed to be misunderstood due to being pure darkness, even when he tries to act nice.
- The Dreaded: On the planet he lives, all his neighbors are horrified of him.
- Eldritch Abomination: Is heavily implied to be this since looking at it will induce a kind of hypnotic state that turns your eyes completely black.
- Freak Out: After a very bad day and confronted by an angry mob, he begins to lose it.
- Harmless Villain: Despite having the power to steal souls, no one takes him seriously, and in reality, he isn't all that powerful. Most of this comes from his lack of hands.
- Despite this, he tends to be high up on the Galactic Villain Leaderboard
- His downfall was due to being unable to obtain the "Ring of Invincibility" (which was actually a fake ring anyways).
- Heel–Face Turn: Goes through one in "The Black Cube"
- Leitmotif: "Just a Little Black Cube of Darkness"
- Meaningful Rename: Got the nickname "Little Black Cube of Sunshine" at the end of "The Black Cube".
- Monster Sob Story: In the episode "The Black Cube", the Cube's life is shown to be very miserable. He lives in a run down apartment (which he barely afford rent to), his girlfriend broke up with him, he is mocked by street bullies for being different, he works as a measly cashier, and he is feared by everyone. This goes on until Wander and Sylvia help improve his life.
- No Biological Sex: He's a black cube.
- Power Floats
- Pure Energy: Implied to be a being of pure darkness.
- Sinister Geometry: Its literally a sinister geometric shape.
- Tears of Joy: Has one at the end of "The Black Cube" note
- Your Soul Is Mine: His power.
Voiced by: G. HanneliusLittle Bits first appears as a stray kitten who's starving in an alien city. Of course, Wander takes pity on her and is soon waiting on her hand and foot. However, Sylvia is suspicious of her, and rightly so—she's actually a Bounty Hunter who plans to turn our heroes over to Lord Hater. She later returns with a new scheme in which she stars in "cute kitten" videos that turn everyone who watches them (except Sylvia) into her brainwashed slaves.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: She has purple fur.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: She starts out as one in her debut episode. When the characters enter rough desert terrain, Wander gives her his shoesnote to protect her "poor exposed little footsies". In later appearances, she reverts to this trope when she wears clothes at all.
- Beware The Cute Ones: She uses her cuteness to her advantage.
- Bounty Hunter: Her actual profession.
- Cats Are Mean: Once we learn who and what she really is.
- Cute Is Evil: She may look cute, but she weaponizes her cuteness to get what she wants.
- Cute Kitten: She plays this trope for all it's worth.
- Cute Mute: She doesn't say anything for the first half of her debut episode.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: She speaks this way, much to Lord Hater's amusement. It rubs off on Sylvia during their confrontation in "The Catastrophe".
- Enfant Terrible: A bounty hunter's gotta be dangerous, even if she is just a child.
- Green Eyes: People she hypnotizes get these.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Little Bits" was a name given to her by Wander. Her real name is unknown.
- Although, she has been shown to answer to this name in Season 2, implying that she may have taken on this as her real name.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Lil' Bits gives a brutal one to Wander before using him as a pillow.She claims to have tested the limits of her prisoner, but with all she put him through, you have to wonder how much of that she did For the Evulz.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: She uses them to hypnotize Wander. Sylvia does the same to try to snap Wander out of it, leading to a face off between her and Little Bits over who can make the biggest puppy dog face.
- Teleporters and Transporters: She plans to use a "teleportation pad" to deliver herself, Wander and Sylvia to Hater's ship. However, the pad takes a long time to charge up, and by the time it's ready to use Sylvia rescues herself and Wander, leaving Little Bits to arrive on Hater's ship alone.
- The Quiet One: She spends the first half of her debut episode communicating with only head shakes/nods and giggles.
- Walking Spoiler
- You Have Failed Me: The end credits show Lord Hater lowering Little Bits into a vat of boiling oil for failing to capture Wander, only for her to hypnotize Lord Hater with her puppy dog eyes.
Dr. Screwball Jones
Voiced by: "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Doctor Screwball if you please! I've got an online Ph.D!"Little is known about the banana-shaped, Bozo-haired, mustachioed alien who goes by Dr. Screwball Jones. He is the only villain to make Wander turn serious and go into cape and mask hero mode. Why? His philosophy is the twisted reflection of Wander's. They both want the universe to be happy, but Screwball believes people can be made happy by force. His doctorate is an online Ph.D taped to the wall of his spaceship laptop and all, and he's quite serious (if he can be said to be serious about anything) about being referred to as Doctor Screwball Jones. He is also an incorrigible punster, so you shouldn't incorrige him; but Wander often does as it's banter-as-battle when the two of them get going.
- Arch-Enemy: To Wander. It seems to be one-sided, however, not unlike Wander with Hater.
- Anthropomorphic Food: He seems to be a giant living banana.
- Badass Moustache: He's one of the few villains that Wander takes seriously, and he has a moustache.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Sylvia finds out the hard way that this guy is more dangerous than he seems.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Beats up Wander while singing.
- He's on the receiving end of this in "The Battle Royale".
- Evil Counterpart: To Wander, both wanting nothing more than to spread happiness across the galaxy (the difference being that Screwball does so by forcing them).
- Expy: Is pretty much The Joker IN SPACE!
- Fun Personified: Well, Screwball thinks he is, and that he and Wander would make a great team together.
- Foil: To Lord Dominator, once you think about it. Dominator wants to spread misery throughout the galaxy through evil means that she loves, while Screwball wants to spread happiness throughout the galaxy through evil means that he THINKS people love. Their Villain Songs reflect that, and while Screwball's is a rather silly where he beats up his enemy physically and wants him to join him, Dominator's is a rather ominous one where she beats up her enemy emotionally and wants him to leave her alone. Both of them deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to their enemy and the rest of the main 4 in their first appearance, only for their enemy to put up a far better fight during their second. Finally, both of their enemies buddies view them in the exact opposite light: Sylvia sees Screwball as a joke that Wander shouldn't take seriously, while Peepers sees Dominator as a deadly threat that Hater should be taking seriously.
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: His M.O.
- Knight of Cerebus: Parodied, considering one of the few villains Wander takes seriously is basically an intergalactic prankster.
- Laughably Evil
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He has an online Doctorate, he's also one of the few villains that Wander treats as a true threat.
- Multicolored Hair: It adds to his Monster Clown appearance.
- Musical Assassin: Has an accordion that is also a laser gun.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sylvia thinks Screwball is just a joke, but quickly admits that endless Tickle Torture really is terrible, even if it's completely stupid. He's also the second most dangerous individual just behind Lord Dominator
- Not So Similar: Tries to tell Wander that they're Not So Different, in that they both want everyone to be happy, but Screwball wants people to be happy against their will.
- Obliviously Evil: Wander says Screwball thinks he's actually doing good by forcing people to be happy.
- Pungeon Master: As befitting an evil jokester. The Stinger has him coming up with new ones.
- Slasher Smile: Gives one to a beaten-up Wander at the end of his Villain Song.
- Shadow Archetype: Like Wander, he's a happy go lucky spacefarer who wants to make everyone happy. The difference is that he represents what would happen if Wander became He Who Fights Monsters, considering he causes the "happiness" through force.
- Shock and Awe: Has a electric hand.
- Villain Song: "Let the Pun Fit the Crime".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All he wants to do is make people happy—even if he has to force happiness on them. Wander even describes him as "doing bad things he thinks are actually good".
- Wingding Pupils: Has spinning spirals for eyes.
Voiced by: Piotr MichaelLord Hater's villainous idol who had a change of heart after meeting someone named Tumbleweed implied (and later confirmed) to be Wander under a different name.
- The Atoner: He became this after his heel-face turn.
- Cool Old Guy: Sort of takes this role towards Hater, trying to guide him in the right direction in life just like he had gone through.
- Heel–Face Turn: He went through one in the past. Thanks to Wander.
- Leitmotif: An ominous and alien-sounding tune, referencing his phenomenal power and (former) menacing status.
- Mind over Matter: Telekinesis, brainwashing, forcefields; he's got it all.
- Mooks: He had an army of purple squid-like creatures, complete with a mustached one that is (presumably) his version of Commander Peepers. Whether they are still with him after he became Jeff is unknown.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Possibly even moreso than Wander!
- Predecessor Villain: Major Threat is Lord Hater's idol and source of inspiration in spite of the two not even living in the same galaxy. Learning that Major Threat or "Jeff" as he currently prefers to be called was "wanderized" makes Hater afraid of suffering the same fate. "The Waste of Time" reveals they share (or rather, shared) many other attributes as well.
- Purple Is Powerful: He wears purple robes and his powers emit a purple aura.
- The Rival: To Admiral Admirable, a unicycle-riding hipster narwhal with literal foot soldiers, who was the Emperor Awesome to his Lord Hater.
- Secret Test of Character: The Face–Heel Turn Hater gets him to go through turns out to be this for Hater.
- That Man Is Dead: He would rather go by Jeff than Major Threat.
- Trickster Mentor: Well, kind of. He ends up having to fake a Face–Heel Turn as a last resort to try and bring out the good in his "student".
Something The So-And-So
An incredibly insecure and pathetic excuse for a villain.
Voiced by: Sam Riegel
- Affably Evil: Due to the fact that he's hardly a villain at all.
- Apologizes a Lot
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implied. Despite his Shrinking Violet nature, Something was able to conquer two planets and be the first one to get to the "Ring of Invincibility".
- Fail O Sucky Name: Being a villain while having a name like "Something The So-And-So" doesn't make him look like a serious threat.
- Harmless Villain: Big time. Wander easily convinces him to give up the supervillain life.
- Improvised Clothes: He wears a beanie, a tea kettle "mask", a mitten, a rubber glove, underwear, a scuba flipper, a green pump, and a blue cape. Yeah.
- Shrinking Violet: Suffers from a lack of self-confidence, which proves to squander his attempts at villainy.
Mandrake the Malfeasant
An old, frail veteran villain with an army of tin-can robots. He's the nemesis to Starbella.
- Evil Old Folks
- Feeling Their Age: His power staff now doubles as a walker, and you can hear his bones moving with him. Poor guy can't even raise his voice or let out an evil laugh without coughing anymore.
- Lean and Mean
- Mecha-Mooks: His steampunk robots, which reflect his seniority.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In "The Battle Royale" he decides that he is too old for this and leaves... slowly.
- Villainous Crush: He actually has one on Starbella.
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke
- Badass Cape: Lovingly crafted for him by his Nana Ba-ba.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Cashmere is noble and kindhearted, but he won't hesitate to fight anyone who harms his people, tries to take their food— or insults his cape.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Extreme Omni Goat: He and the rest of the Baaaaa-hallans. They have everything but the kitchen sink on their feasting table.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's the leader of a race that doesn't take kindly to insults.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Warrior Prince
The Lords of Illumination
Leader voiced by: John Hodgman
Voiced by: Tara Strong
- Dissonant Serenity: See that pretty, sunny smile on her profile picture? Know what she's saying at that very moment?"There aren't any planets left in our system. We have absolutely no idea where we're going. We'll just fly through space until we run out of fuel. Or food. Whichever comes first. How does one fight off cannibals? Some sort of pointy stick, I assume."
- Seen It All: Of the "weary traveler" variety. A giant dog destroyed their planets and forced them to move so many times, she and her people have become apathetic towards it, calling it routine.
- The Stoic: Beeza and the other Balzarians accept that Buster repeatedly destroying whatever planet they're living on is just the way things are.
- Woman in White
A gigantic puppy who plays with planets until he destroys them.
- Adorable Abomination: Buster's a planet destroying Cosmic Horror...that takes the form of an adorable puppy.
- Big, Friendly Dog: He's an oversized puppy who just wants to play.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Known to the Balzarians as the "Planet Buster".
- Genius Loci: He becomes the Balzarians' new homeworld.
- Leitmotif: A carnival-esque diddy accompanied by dog barks to the beat. Counts as Soundtrack Dissonance to his world-ending chewing habit.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: From his point of view, planets are just balls that he loves playing with. He has no inkling of the destruction of entire civilizations this causes.
- Planet Eater: Well, okay, more like Planet Chewer, but close enough.
Sir Brad Starlight
Voiced by: James MarsdenBrad Starlight is a hero. Just ask him, he'll tell you. But to anyone who knows him, he's more a Legend In His Own Mind. Make no mistake, he's got the looks, the muscles, and the skills. It's just his inability to cope with reality — and his rather bratty reaction to it — when it's right in front of him that makes him so awful at what he does.
- Ambiguously Human: He's of the only human characters in the show, or closest to one since he has no nose.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: To Princess Demurra.
- Anti-Villain: While self-serving and delusional as "The Enemies" shows, by token of him genuinely believing he is the hero, it means he will take on and attempt to stop other villains if he meets one. Unless Wander shows up.
- Blatant Lies: In "The Enemies", he claims Wander ruined his "wedding" to Demurra. Actually, he and Wander ruined her wedding to Drakor.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Apparently Demurra wasn't that into him.
- Dumb Muscle: Makes many bad decisions and overestimates his own skills.
- Entitled to Have You: He insists on having Demurra even after she asks him if they can just be friends.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Is incapable of seeing it, even when things don't go in his favor. Not even being unable to pull an ancient sword from stone meant for a hero, that Wander pulls out easily, makes him see that, though that could have been Foreshadowing that he's actually the villain.
- Foreshadowing: He is unable to pull out the Sword of Destiny, while Wander can easily pull it out. This shows he is not the hero who can save Demurra, but Wander is.
- The Hero: In the episode of the same name, which is subverted, he's actually the Wrong Genre Savvy villain. The true hero is Wander.
- Hero with an F in Good: Even he does something that could be considered heroic, he fails at it spectacularly.
- Hopeless Suitor: Apparently, he's pined over Demurra since they were teenagers.
- I Reject Your Reality: He absolutely refuses to accept that Demurra is marrying Drakor of her own free will, and that his "prophecy" is just something he wrote in his diary when he was fifteen. This is taken further in "The Enemies"; Lord Hater points out that Wander (whom they had been trying to capture and destroy all episode) is the definition of a good guy, but Brad still stubbornly believes he is the hero of the piece.
- Jerkass: Towards his "sidekick", even more so to his "steed".
- Knight Templar: Brad genuinely views himself as the hero of a fairy tale. Even though he's absolutely terrible at it.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: As of "The Enemies" it comes with Audible Gleam.
- Light is Not Good: Besides being a complete subversion of fairy tale hero tropes, in a later episode he comes in possession of the light half of an ancient sword (as opposed to Hater's dark half). Then there's also his own name.
- Man Child: Whines whenever everyone isn't following the prophecy right or letting him be the hero.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He turns out to be the actual villain in the end... and the prophecy was actually just his diary.
- Miles Gloriosus: He's not nearly as good at this hero business as he thinks he is.
- Moral Myopia: In "The Enemies", he's still convinced he's a hero, yet he sees nothing wrong with teaming up with Lord Hater to destroy Wander (whom he blames for something he didn't even do).
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite his brawny physique, he's a bit of a wimp. Princess Demurra manages to overpower and tie him up offscreen.
- Never My Fault: He refuses to admit he is ever wrong about anything, instead blaming everyone else for not following the prophecy, aka his diary. He also blames Wander for ruining his marriage to Demurra, unable to accept he was kidnapping someone who was in love with someone else and that Wander was helping him until learning he was a delusional fraud and did nothing else after that.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Demurra, but thinks he's her one true love.
- Walking Spoiler: Though it's only for "The Hero," it goes without saying.
- Wham Line
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks he's the hero of a fairy tale destined to save the princess and wed her. In reality, he's a Stalker with a Crush who lives in delusion because he couldn't take no for an answer. On top of that, he manages to mistake the actual hero for the Sidekick, the Sidekick for the Cool Horse, and the princess' true love for the Big Bad, and refuses to budge from this construction no matter how obvious it becomes that he's got everything wrong.
- Villain Team-Up: With Lord Hater in "The Enemies" (Though he believes he "converted" Hater to the side of good).
Voiced by: Jennifer HaleDemurra is not your typical fairy tale princess. She knows how the fairytale is supposed to go, and knows how to sidestep the tropes.
- Action Girl: In an offstage moment, she rescues herself from Brad.
- Ambiguously Human: Like Brad, it's debatable if she's human due to her missing a nose.
- Babies Ever After: "The Gift" shows that she has had three kids with Drakor.
- Damsel in Distress: Subverted, Princess Demurra voluntary wanted to marry Drakor and dealt with Brad herself.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Friend to All Living Things: She has a trail of animals following her.
- Genre Savvy: Unlike the Wrong Genre Savvy Brad, who thinks life is like a fairy tale, Demurra is smart enough to learn how to avoid tropes associated with them. When Brad kidnaps her, she proves to be competent enough to knock him down and save herself.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Interspecies Romance: With "Drake".
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her dress.
- Soapbox Sadie: Can kinda be this sometimes when not trying to illustrate a point. It's part of her gag though.
Drakor, The Dragon King
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
- Babies Ever After: "The Gift" shows that he has had three kids with Demurra.
- Big Bad: Subverted, Brad is the actual villain.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted. He looks like a stereotypical "ugly" villain, but is in actuality the 'hero', with the more classically good-looking Brad being an arrogant, petty, and childish villain.
- Happily Married: To Demurra.
- Interspecies Romance: With Demurra.
- Jerkass Façade: Turns out he was just tense cause it was his wedding day and he didn't want anything to go wrong.
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
Harvax and Stok
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Harvax, a giant fly.
- Catch Phrase: "Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock!"
- Gonk: With or without the fake proboscis, Harvax is butt-ugly.
- I Shall Taunt You: But if that stops working, they will get serious.
- Jerkass: Both of them.
- Karma Houdini: Averted big time, especially for FHFIF fans.
- Phlegmings: Hey Stok, you need a towel?
- The Rival: To Sylvia.
- Troll: Again, to Sylvia, with simple "tick-tock tick-tocks".
Voiced by: Edie McClurgTrudie Traveller is a little old alien lady of retirement age, who putts along through space on a scooter, seeing the sights of space. She's rosy-cheeked and sweet as pie ... Until she meets up with Wander, at which point she turns "who has seen the most sights in space" into a competition that almost drives the little orange guy out of his mind. It turns out she cheats — with clone/doppleganger/android/hologram duplicates of herself.
- Affably Evil: While she is by no means evil, she did enjoy winding Wander up for the sake of competition. A pretty Cool Old Lady otherwise.
- Always Someone Better: Tries to invoke herself as one of these to Wander during the events of "The Tourist", until The Reveal that she had hired doppelgängers of herself the whole time.
- Cool Old Lady: Despite her evilness, you have to admit that her adventures visiting places make her seem very cool.
- Evil Old Folks: She doesn't make much of an effort to hide her less than pleasant personality.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Wear starshaped glasses.
- Miniature Senior Citizens
- The Rival: To Wander.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her pride becomes more and more blatant over the course of the episode, to the point where she's practically taunting Wander over how many places she's been to.
- Troll: She knew what made Wander tick. She managed to get under his skin— something Lord Hater still has yet to accomplish.
Voiced by: Kari WahlgrenJanet was a dull, lifeless rock of a sentient, talking planet until a visiting Wander found something nice to say about her. Flattered and encouraged by the kindness, Janet began beautifying herself to make Wander feel comfortable and at home. Upon meeting Sylvia and realizing she had a rival for Wander's affections, Janet's friendliness extended to Wander alone; her treatment of Sylvia was passive aggressive, but soon escalated as she realized that Sylvia would not give up and leave Wander with her. Her affection for wander and antipathy for Sylvia reached a fever pitch, at which point even Wander had to admit she was getting scary. She nearly killed the pair with launched volcanic bombs, before realizing she'd gone too far. Breaking down into tears, Janet apologized for her actions, and let the pair depart, ready to resign herself to a lifetime of loneliness. As fate would have it though, Janet's moon, Maurice, is also sentient, and in love with her, so she got her Happy Ending.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Sylvia.
- Happy Ending Override: See Killed Offscreen below.
- Genius Loci: She is self-sufficient, self-aware and knows how to take care of Sylvia.
- Just Eat Him: After several attempts at making Sylvia unwelcome, Janet decides to just eat her.
- Killed Offscreen: It is confirmed by Word of God Dominator killed her while destroying planets.
- Possessive Paradise: She does not let Wander go without a fight.
- Stalker Shrine: Has one to Wander.
- Stealth Pun: Possibly unintentional, but her new love literally revolves around her.
- Yandere: And how!
Voiced by: Owen FaustA giant toddler who gets lost on a mall planet, and attaches to Wander and Sylvia.
The Insurgent Generals
Voiced by: Steve Blum (General Outrage), Kevin Michael Richardson (Clipper), Jeff Bennett (Brainz), and Dwight Schultz (Wild Card)
- Affectionate Parody: Of military heroes like The Dirty Dozen, the G.I. Joe crew and The A-Team.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The other Insurgents never question Wild Card's antics— probably because they never get in the way of their missions and sometimes can actually help (like having a chicken lay an egg on a bomb to set it off).
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Wild Card loves non-sequiturs and silly random things.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Wild Card used a live chicken as a trumpet. Yes, it makes perfect sense.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: They come off as tough, badass heroes, but it turns out their plan was to just inconvenience Lord Hater as they're too scared of him to do anything worse. Their mission was to ruin his bathtub, but they treat it as a great success.
- No Indoor Voice: Let's just say General Outrage is well-named.
- Pungeon Master: Clipper's a real cut-up. He can cut to the quick with his puns, such as "Cut it out!" or "I knew we couldn't cut it." (a line that was storyboarded, but cut from the final product)
- Rated M for Manly: Outrage is all about missions, mayhem, manliness!
- The Squad: A parodic example.
- Sunglasses at Night: Brainz.
- Technicolor Eyes: Wild Card's eyes are stripes of blue, pink, and green.
The Bounty Hunters
A trio of bounty hunters that Hater hires in 'The Bounty' to catch Wander: Rongroffle the Huntress, Kilbot 86, and the Potted Plant'.
Voiced by: Will ArnettSylvia's ex-partner (no, not in that way) who is more tough and adventurous than Wander, but nowhere near as nice.
- Dirty Coward: Sells out Sylvia and bails when Lord Hater and his Watchdogs catch them in his storage facility.
- Foil: To Wander. Wander is innocent, compassionate, and helpful; Ryder is mean, underhanded, and selfish.
- Jerk Ass
- Meaningful Name: He's called Ryder because he used to... ride... her (Sylvia).
Voiced by: Will ArnettA veteran superhero who seems like a Cloud Cuckoolander at first, but is actually a Badass Grandma.
Also known as Probe 13, Beep-Boop is one of Dominator's probes who Wander befriended and turned good.
- Appropriated Appellation: His name is bot 13, but he adopts the name "Beep-Boop " after Wander mistakes it for his name.
- The Ace: The most efficient of Dominator's probes, and she wants the others to take after him.
- Famous Last Words: I...am...Beep-Boop...
- Foil: To Westley. Both obeyed tyrannical villains only to enjoy spending time with Wander. But while Westley was The Runt at the End with a fondness for good views and a desire to prove himself, Probe 13 was hyper-competent and needed to discover how much fun the world he wanted to destroy was. He also further demonstrates Dominator's Eviler Than Thou status by being killed by his master, while Hater briefly mourned Westley's apparent death.
- Heel–Face Turn: Thanks to Wander.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He deletes his data on the planet he met Wander in to protect him and the inhabitants, and as a result Dominator ejects him into space where he burns up.
- Senseless Sacrifice: The End Of The Galaxy implies that Dominator found Seacironicus 5 anyway.
Sylvia's mother: Dorothy, her brothers: Bill, Phil, and Gill, and her grandmother who live back on her home planet. They live together in a stone house that would be perfectly normal in The Flintstones.
- Big Eater: It must be a species trait.
- Disappeared Dad: Its heavily implied that Sylvia's father died.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Everyone. It gets to the point where Wander eventually snaps.
- Jerk Jock: Her brothers.
- Jerkass Façade: Dorothy treats Sylvia like dirt because she knows that Sylvia came back because she is running away from Dominator, rather than trying to stop her like she did with Hater.
- Racist Grandma: Her grandmother calls Wander a "flithy space hippie" and thinks he wants to steal her purse.
- So Proud of You: They are all very proud of how Sylvia has stood up and fought villains like Lord Hater and Dominator.
Voiced by: Jennifer HaleA ruthless hunter of aliens like Captain Tim.
- Action Girl: She can compete with Sylvia and Dominator in this category.
- All There in the Manual: Her first name is Emily.
- Artificial Limbs: She has a couple of them as a result of injuries from arachnomoprhs.
- The Comically Serious: Her hatred of the arachnomorphs is amusingly hammy and exaggerated.
- Expy: Of Ellen Ripley, hence her name sounding like 'ripoff'.
- The Gunslinger: She is in possession of multiple Family-Friendly Firearms.
- The Hunter: She hunts arachnomoprhs.
A group of spectres that haunt a forest in "The Heebie Jeebies".
- Creepy Circus Music: Their Leitmotif, with some sinister drumbeats added in to heighten the terror. They also seem to spontaneously generate it to boot.
- Enemy Mime: As the name would imply, they are spectral mimes.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Combined with Prophet Eyes, their eyes glow a hollow off-white color.
- Implacable Man: They never stop chasing you down, ever, and can seemingly reach places that regular people would have a very difficult time getting to unassisted and stealthily.
- Jump Scare: They live and breath this trope In-Universe and pull a nasty one on the viewer at the end of the episode.
- Nice Hat: They all wear a tall top hat as you might find on a circus ringleader.
- Nothing Is Scarier: All they do for the whole episode is stalk Wander and Sylvia through the forest and bob up and down to discordant circus music. No explanation is given to where they come from and we have no idea what they do to people.
- Painting the Medium: A couple of close-ups on them reveals that they have a film grain filter imposed over them, as one might see in an old horror or Grindhouse style movie.
- Secret Test of Character: This is their purpose; whoever goes through the forest encounters them, and they'll only disappear if you can master your fear of them.
- Slasher Smile: And this is also their default and only expression.
Voiced by: Piotr MichaelAn old woman turtle who controls the fabric of the universe.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Tells Sylvia at the end of the episode to get the snickerdoodles out of her sight or she'll destroy the universe.
- Eldritch Abomination: She's a giant space turtle and apparently weaves the very fabric of the galaxy...whatever that means.
- Extra Eyes: She has 5 of them.
- Larynx Dissonance
- Pals with Jesus: Wander, and later Sylvia, are friends of hers.
- Physical God: As mentioned above, she controls the fabric of existence and can even destroy the universe on a whim.
- Power Glows: She emits a magenta aura whenever she uses her powers.
- That's No Moon!: At first, Sylvia thinks she is on some jagged lifeless planet, but it turns out to be her shell.
- Time Abyss: Calls herself 'the eternal turtle', and considering her abilities, she's probably been around since the beginning.
- Turtle Power: She seems to be a take on the mythological World Turtle.
A pompous geeky wizard in possession of a museum of artifacts.
- Insistent Terminology: There is no such thing as 'zapping' people; its 'translocating' them. Also, his weapon of power is not a 'stick'; its a 'bow staff'.
- Jerkass: Even Wander gets fed up with him!
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: As Wander tells him "Just because you THINK you know everything, doesn't mean you DO!"
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Shouts "magic!" whenever he uses his powers.
- Wizard Classic: A parody version.
A race of tiny red and blue critters in Neckbeard's muesum.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Neckbeard certainly thinks so because they are "too stupid", but that turns out to be far from the case.
- Imprinting: On Wander, who is the first contact of the outside world they get.
- Lilliputians: Their planet alone is only about the size of a tennis ball.
- Red Girl, Blue Boy: At least that's what Wander thinks.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Quite possibly the most adorable creatures in the show.