Characters: Wander over Yonder

Your guide to Wander, Sylvia, and the beings they meet on their travels. Due to some guest characters being Walking Spoilers, beware of unmarked spoilers.

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"When I see someone who's in needin', I just gotta help!"
Voiced by: Jack McBrayer

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. This often gets him (or Sylvia) in trouble, but usually his kindness is repaid in the end, as whoever he and Sylvia help end up grateful and cheerfully willing to repay the help in kind. Wander's personality flaw is that he tends to get too caught up in things, and as a result often forgets about and neglects Sylvia's feelings. But he's nothing if not sincere, and once reminded, makes the effort to do better by her.
  • The Ace: Albeit one who doesn't seem to notice that he's the ace, or would even care if he did.
  • 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.
  • American Accents: Speaks with a heavily pronounced Dixie accent.
  • Apologizes a Lot
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 it's previous owners and keeps it on his head, since he believes that's where it's safest. He also took time to gain it's 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: Obessive-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
  • 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.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens in "The Greater Hater" when he is unable to befriend Dominator.
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "That's amazing!", or something that's similar to it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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: Sometimes peeks out from under the lazy idiot disguise.
  • 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 BSOD:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Inexplicably Awesome: In the creator's own words, "I feel the mystery of Wander makes him more magical."
  • Keet
  • Karmic Trickster: Although he doesn't seem to be aware of this.
  • Large Ham: Yep.
  • Love Freak: Seems to be this.
  • Magnetic Hero: His selfless and good-natured personality has made him well like 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Musical Assassin: His banjo is also a laser gun.
  • Nice Guy: The promos even call him "The friendliest face in outer space!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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.
  • 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.
  • The Pollyanna: He's almost always happy and cheerful, even around enemies.
  • Redhead In Green: His fur is reddish and he wears a green hat.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: He likes doing this, such as saying "Bing!" when he gets an idea.
  • Scatting: He sometimes does this during songs.
  • Shipper on Deck: When he found out 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.
  • Small Annoying Creature: To Lord Hater.
  • 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.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: His attitude towards the universe, and given the world he lives in it's hard to blame him. In "The Prisoner", he says something like that in his sleep.
  • 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", after it's revealed 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, and is revealed to be wearing a dress just like theirs with a blue bow on the top of his head.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Wander is afraid of poisonous bugs, as shown in "The Night".

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 any of the others have her sentience or her aggressive temperament. What we do know is that she and Wander are inseperable best friends, and that Sylvia 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 fun-loving 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.

    Wander's Hat 

"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.

So far it's had a focus episode Once a Season.

  • Animate Inanimate Object: To an extent. It can't move much on its own, but it's definitely alive.
  • 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 Magic Hat: 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."
  • 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 what why it's giving you what it does.
  • 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

    Lord Hater 
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 behaviours 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".
  • 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.
  • 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: During the last part of "The Picnic" - this is a guy who, in a towering rage, demolishes an army, takes down a dinosaur single handedly 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. He might even have won, if he didn't fall in love with her the moment she lost her helmet.
  • 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!
  • 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 Wannabe: In the second season, although he could qualify as a Villain Protagonist, he now fall into this category, in-universe and out.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Peeper's Brains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Evil Is Hammy
  • Laughably Evil: His over the top nature, arrogance and childlike habits often push him into this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: When he sees Lord Dominator's arsenal, he blames Peepers for why he doesn't have anything like it. Peepers rightfully tells him that he wastes his money and resources on trivial things like an arcade, a hot tub, a new hot sauce and a food court instead of actual weaponry.
  • Nice Shoes: He wears sneakers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To the Pain: All the better to provide sound bytes for his torture room mix tape.
  • Villain Decay: A major plot point in season 2 is centered around how his repeated failures to destroy Wander have resulted in him losing his standing as a villain and encouraging other fiends to try and take over the universe.
  • 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.

    Commander Peepers 
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. It rarely works, but Peepers is nothing if not devoted to his job.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: As usual with the rest of the Watchdogs, with his Adorkable personality to boot.
  • Badass: 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.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Hater's Brawn.
  • The Chew Toy: He exists mainly to be Sylvia and Hater's punching bag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: Just the same way Lord Hater is one to Wander, Commander Peepers is this to Sylvia. Like her, he forms the more intelligent and rational one to their more eccentric and narrowminded best friend. Both likewise more or less have dedicated their lives to helping their best friend with their life long goal. However 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".
  • 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 without objection 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".
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: "The Axe" shows that without him, Hater would be totally incapable of retaining control of any of the planets he conquers.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He can use his beanie as a weapon.
  • Leitmotif: "Commander Peep-ers!"
  • 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.
  • 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 allows 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 get into even more trouble with Lord Hater.
  • OOC 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".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most of the time he's not competent enough for this to be in play. But if he gets serious...
  • 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.
  • 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 of 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 a fight with Sylvia in "The Battle Royale".
  • Villainous Friendship: Peepers is the best friend that Hater's ever had. To Ho Yay levels in "The Big Day."

    Army of Watchdogs 

The watchdogs are all the same eyeball-headed race that Peepers comes from. They seem to be mellow little guys when they're not directly under orders to destroy, blow up, or invade.

Voiced by: Aziz Ansari

Westley 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.

    Captain Tim 

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.

A Watchdog who hosts a show about Watchdogs for Watchdogs.

Other Galactic Villains

    Lord Dominator 
Voiced by: Noël Wells, Fred Tatasciore (in armor)
Both of Lord Dominator's forms

    Emperor Awesome 
Voiced by: Sam Riegel

The shark-headed, lipstick-wearing Emperor Aweosome 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 half-hearted rivalry with Lord Hater (who takes it much more seriously than Awesome does). Awesome has an army of soldiers with fists for heads.
  • 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.
  • 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 its also not interested.
  • 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".
  • Calling Your Attacks: He does this before he attacks.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin His fist fighters are exactly that: hands with a pair of legs.
  • Handsome Lech: Those calves might be ready for market, but nobody's buying.
  • Leitmotif: Let's Get Awesome
  • Made of Iron: He once survived getting punched through a planet.
  • Obliviously Evil: He thinks he's the Life of the Party, but to everyone else he's a planet-killing menace.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Probably not as much as Lord Hater.
  • Rage Quit: In "The Party Animal." After realising 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.
  • Shark Man: Is a muscle flexing dude with a shark head.
  • 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?

    Papa Doom 

    The Troll 
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson

    Sourdough the Evil Sandwich 
Voiced by: Rich Fulcher

A body-snatching villain who spent thousands of years building an immense fleet of destructive warships. Due to Wander thwarting his attempt to steal Lord Hater's body, he's now forced to inhabit a sandwich for the next thousand years.
  • 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 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: The only reason we know he's male is that he dated a woman after retiring from evil.
  • Power Floats
  • Pure Energy: Implied to be a being of pure darkness.
  • Sinister Geometry: Its literally a sinister geometric shape.
  • Tearsof Joy: Has one at the end of "The Black Cube" note 
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His power.

    Little Bits 
Voiced by: G. Hannelius

Little 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.
  • 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 

    Major Threat/Jeff 
Voiced by: Piotr Michael

Lord Hater's villainous idol who had a change of heart after meeting someone named Tumbleweed implied to be Wander under a different name.

    Something The So-And-So 
An incredibly insecure and pathetic excuse for a villain.
Voiced by: Sam Riegel

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implied. Despite his Shrinking Violet nature, Something was able to conqueor 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.

Other Characters

    Prince Cashmere 
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke

    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.

    Sir Brad Starlight 
Voiced by: James Marsden

Brad 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-Hero: 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 (who 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).

    Princess Demurra 
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

Demurra is not your typical fairy tale princess. She knows how the fairytale is supposed to go, and knows how to sidestep the tropes.

    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
  • Morality Chain: Destructor wears a sock as a puppet on his right hand, acting as his Imaginary Friend. Without the "sock's" guidance, Destructor turns evil.

    Harvax and Stok 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett (Harvax) and Charlie Adler (Stok)

Gross garbage pickers, Harvax and Stok are frequent participants in the Galactic Conjunction 9000 race. They are also old rivals of Sylvia's, who know her time bomb tendencies well and taunt her with them.

    Trudie Traveller 
Voiced by: Edie McClurg

Trudie 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 Wahlgren

Janet 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.

    Huckleberry Knucklehead 
Voiced by: Owen Faust

A 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-sequitors 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.

    Rongroffle, the Huntress 

  • Oh Crap!: Has this when she catches Wander, only to see a giant tiger ready to maul her.

    Killbot 86 

    The Potted Plant 

Voiced by: Will Arnett

Sylvia'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: Hes called Ryder because he used to...ride...her (Sylvia).

    Stella Starbella 

A veteran superhero who seems like a Cloud Cuckoolander at first, but is actually a Badass Grandma.