WordGirl / Becky Botsford
Voiced by Dannah PhirmanThe main protagonist of the show. She is from the planet Lexicon, but crashed to Earth as a baby, where she was adopted by the Botsfords. As the 10-year-old superhero WordGirl, she defends Fair City with her superpowers and exceptional vocabulary.
- Achilles' Heel: She is hopeless at art, poetry, music, singing, and dancing.
- And Lexonite.
- Alien Among Us: She is an alien from planet Lexicon.
- All Girls Like Ponies: She is a major fan of "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour".
- Ambiguously Brown: Justified for WordGirl, since that's what the creator of the show was really shooting for. Interestingly enough, her adoptive family are a -different shade- of ambiguous brown.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: She can breathe just fine in space.
- Berserk Button: She can't stand it when words are used incorrectly. Especially on purpose.
- Brainy Brunette: She knows the definition of every word that exists.
- Catch Phrase: Whenever she transforms into WordGirl, she cries out, "Word up!"
- Chest Insignia: A star inside a pentagon.
- Clark Kenting: She doesn't wear a mask or change her voice, yet no one connects Becky Botsford and WordGirl together.
- Crazy-Prepared: She and Huggy have deviced numerous emergency plans for different situations.
- Cuteness Proximity: To kittens, unicorns, and other stereotypical cute things.
- Happily Adopted: While being the only member of her family that seems to remember that she's adopted, Becky shows no inclination to find her real parents. It's also extremely easy for the viewers to forget she's adopted (aside from the opening theme singing she's "from the planet Lexicon") since it's almost never mentioned and she's very close to her family.
- Human Aliens: Looks like an ordinary human despite being an alien.
- Insufferable Genius: When it comes to vocabulary.
- Kryptonite Factor: Lexonite, a mineral from her home planet and a parody of kryptonite. It takes away her powers, drains her energy, and makes her misuse and mispronounce words.
- Only Sane Girl: Is often annoyed at how the townspeople are frequently Too Dumb to Live.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Sometimes, she can lift and punch out giant robots. Other times, she can be restrained by ordinary people or objects.
- Superpower Lottery
- Super Breath: Miss Power teaches her how to do this.
Captain Huggyface / BobAn intelligent chimpanzee who was flying the ship that sent baby WordGirl to Earth. He was adopted into the Botsford family as their pet. He is WordGirl's sidekick.
- Big Eater: On occasion, he is seen with food in his hand.
Voiced by Chris ParnellThe Narrator of the story is able to freely interact with the characters. He is biased toward the heroes so he often assists them by giving advice (for example: telling WordGirl which way the bad guy went).
- Interactive Narrator: He tends to talk to the characters, and sometimes vice versa.
- The Omniscient: He can see everything at once and even read minds, but the level of his omniscience varies according to the plot.
Doctor Two-Brains / Professor Steven BoxleitnerFreak Lab Accident merged his brain with that of a mouse's, turning him evil.
- Brainy Brunette: When he was still Professor Boxleitner.
- Child Hater: Somewhat. Specifically WordGirl and Tobey.
- Einstein Hair: After becoming Dr. Two-Brains.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is against causing extreme pain to others.
- Evil Albino: Due to Squeaky being an albino mouse.
- Expy: His characteristics is where the idea for Ice King happened. He is also and expy of Dr. Conners/Lizard from Spider-Man, and the Joker from Batman.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a normal scientist until the awful experiment of reading Squeaky's mind went wrong.
- Oh Crap!: As Dr. Boxleitner, he gives out this expression when Squeaky is pressing the red button that causes his experiment to read his mind turns him into Dr. Two-Brains.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course. A lot of his plans involves stealing cheese or inventing gadgets than turn things into cheese.
- Was Once a Man: Well, he's human when he's Steven Boxleitner until the experiment on Squeaky went haywire that he becomes half-mouse as a result.
- We Used to Be Friends: WordGirl and Dr. Boxleitner used to be friends until he transformed into the evil Dr. Two Brains.
Theodore "Tobey" McCallister III
Voiced by Patton OswaltA genius 10 year-old boy who terrorizes the city with giant robots. He also has an obsessive crush on WordGirl.
- Dating Catwoman: Tobey rather obviously has a thing for WordGirl, though she continually rebuffs him.
- Love Makes You Evil: Tobey's threats to destroy the city are usually just out of an attempt to battle (and flirt with) WordGirl.
- Loves My Alter Ego: He treats Becky as just another citizen, or as something of a rival.
- Momma's Boy: After being defeated, he gets taken away by his mother who grabs him by the ear.
- Villainous Crush: You get no points for guessing.
Voiced by Cree SummerA villain who poses as a sweet, deaf old lady but who in actuality is a master thief who specializes in fooling others and convincing everyone to turn against WordGirl.
- Con Artist: When she's not robbing and stealing outright, she's doing things like tricking people into taking ridiculous coupons or buying useless cure-alls.
- Idiosyncrazy: Averted, especially when compared to a lot of the other villains. She just tries to steal things.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She once attempted to enlist the help of her hulking grandson Eugene, although this was foiled by Violet when she catered to his timid nature.
Voiced by Jack D. FerraioloA large man who dresses like a butcher and has power over meat, which includes conjuring it up and telekinetically controlling it.
- Affably Evil: He's actually pretty nice.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His meat constructs are often strong enough to restrain WordGirl. She usually relies on Captain Huggyface to eat through them.
- Love at First Sight: With Dupey. Interestingly, he hates her template, Lady Redundant Woman and vice versa.
- Malaproper: Often butchers the English language when he talks.
- No Name Given: The other eponymous characters in "The Butcher, The Baker, and The Candlestick Maker" are old friends of his, and refer to him as though Butcher is his actual name.
Voiced by Edward AsnerThe Butcher's father, who has power over potatoes.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: When he teamed up with his son.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Similar to Dr. Evil, he insists on doing stereotypical villain actions.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Similar to his son, his potato constructs are strong enough to restrain WordGirl.
Lady Redundant Woman / Beatrice Bixby
Voiced by Amanda Plummer (first appearance), Grey DeLisleBeatrice Bixby works in a copy shop, and is bitterly jealous of the star employee, Dave. She obsessively cleans and maintains a copy machine, doting on it like it's her child. After curiously pressing a mysterious Big Red Button on the machine, she becomes Lady Redundant Woman and wreaks havoc.
- Achilles' Heel: She needs to touch her nose to use her powers. Also, she can't use her powers if her ink supply runs low or if her ink cartridges are removed.
- All Girls Like Ponies: She can be seen watching "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour".
- Art Initiates Life: By eating or looking at an image, she can bring it to life.
- Berserk Button: Dave receiving praise. Messing with her beloved copy machine. If someone claims copies are no good compared to originals.
- Dark Action Girl: She was able to beat the crap out of Captain Huggyface while her powers were disabled.
- Department of Redundancy Department: She constantly repeats herself in different ways. For example: "You are beaten, defeated, vanquished!" or "Hi, hello, aloha."
- Easily Forgiven: Whenever she's released from jail, Dave gives her her job back.
- The Insomniac: Implied, as she is the only character with lines and dark circles under her eyes.
- Me's a Crowd: Her copies turn into paper when hit and she can make them disappear if she feels like it.
Voiced by Grey DeLisleOne of Lady Redundant Woman's copies, who gained free will and started dating The Butcher, abandoning her mistress. The Butcher gave her her name, and he can easily tell her apart from the original. Sadly, she dumped him and fled the city on a bus. However, she kept a photo of him and seemed to pine for him.
- Love at First Sight: With The Butcher. Interestingly, the original hates him and vice versa.
Voiced by Sergio CilliA prince or nobleman from a painting whom Lady Redundant Woman brought to life. He is very greedy and obnoxious, but he calls Lady Redundant Woman "mom" and claims he is her son. He went on a rampage of mischief and destruction throughout Fair City. He made the mistake of breaking the copy machine. Lady Redundant Woman angrily destroyed him.
- Art Attacker: He can spray blue paint from his hands.
- Cool Horse: Brought to life from another painting
- Killed Off for Real: Or unless his "mom" changes her mind and recreates him.
Evil Malicious WordGirl
Voiced by Dannah PhirmanAn evil copy of WordGirl that Lady Redundant woman created from a picture of her.
Voiced by Grey DeLisleA woman obsessed with questions. She always speaks in the form of a question and she does her best to confuse people to force them to ask questions, usually by spreading chaos. Her lair is very strange, keeping with the theme.
- Berserk Button: The phrase "No questions asked".
- Chewbacca Defense: Relied on this when she was put on trial.
- Easy Amnesia: Can fire a beam that gives whoever it hits temporary amnesia.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: She got her confusion and Sky Surfing abilities after being struck by a bolt of lightning from a question mark-shaped cloud. Lampshaded by the Narrator.
- Sky Surfing: She rides on a giant question mark.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Originally, Ms. Question was just a villain who always asked a LOT of questions. She had no other 'powers' of any kind.
Voiced by H. Jon BenjaminA man with the power to turn invisible at will. His need for attention often ends up ruining every crime he's part of.
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally refers to himself this way.
Big Left Hand Guy
Voiced by Mike O'ConnellA man with a big left hand. He tends to use his large hand to hail one of the few cabs of Fair City to escape after committing a crime.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a guy with a big left hand.
Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy
Voiced by Fred StollerA man with a sandwich-looking head and an obsession with sandwiches. He lives in his mother's basement and plays video games, but he commits crimes either because he's angry or in an attempt to be cool.
- Atrocious Alias: Some other names he considered were "Destructo the Destroyer", "Amazo the Amazing Guy Who's Evil but Not Really That Bad When You Get to Know Him", and "The Handsome Panther".
- Basement-Dweller: He tried to move out once, but got homesick.
- Berserk Button: If someone mocks sandwiches.
- Expy: A possible one of D-list Batman villain Condiment King.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward his brother, Brent.
- Harmless Villain: He gets his occasional Not-So-Harmless Villain moment. Like when he made a giant machine that would fold and press the city like a sandwich.
- Momma's Boy: He listens to his mother.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Without a WordGirl to stop him, he would be ruling the city.
- Start of Darkness: Ridiculing his sandwich presser is apparently what drove him to villainy.
Brent the Handsome Successful Everybody-Loves-Him Sandwich Making Guy
- Always Someone Better: For Chuck, though Brent admits that Chuck is better at video games.
- Chick Magnet: Women swoon whenever he passes by.
- Minion with an F in Evil
Seymour Orlando Smooth
Voiced by Daran NorrisA man who pretends to be a game show host to scam contestants out of their cash and valuables.
- Chain Pain: Wields chains made of fool's gold.
- Improbable Weapon User: He can flick hair gel, which hardens like cement.
- Twinkle Smile: It's so bright it can blind people.
Mr. Big / Shelly Smalls
Voiced by Jeffery TamborA smug businessman who relies on mind control devices to gain the advantage on the competition.
- Berserk Button: If someone claims to be richer or bigger than him.
- Con Artist: Some of his schemes included using mind control to force people to buy his bogus products.
- Cuteness Proximity: For squishy things.
- Embarrassing First Name: Possibly an issue for Mr. Big whose real name is revealed to be Shelley Smalls in "Truth, Revision, and the Lexiconian Way".
- In Love with Your Carnage: He gets really excited when he learns that Leslie Took a Level in Badass and nearly took over the city while he was away.
- Malaproper: He explains that he only ever took business classes.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In "Big Business", he more or less admits that his company doesn't actually do anything besides his mind control schemes.
Voiced by Maria BamfordMr. Big's personal assistant, who does most of the heavy lifting in his schemes.
- All Girls Like Ponies: She is a fan of "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour".
- Beleaguered Assistant: Sometimes expresses that her greatest wish is for Mr. Big to notice her.
- Berserk Button: Getting the name or details of "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour" wrong.
- Characterization Marches On: She wasn't as much of a snarker nor speak monotone in "Mr. Big".
- Dark Action Girl: She knows karate and was a gymnast, and can fight evenly with Captain Huggyface.
- Domino Mask: Starts wearing one in "Leslie Makes It Big".
- Emotionless Girl: She even laughs in monotone. The emotion she is most likely to ever express is annoyance.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "Leslie Makes It Big", everyone assumes she can't possibly be a threat without Mr. Big to guide her. She proves them all wrong.
- Punch Clock Villain: She doesn't seem to care that much whether or not Mr. Big's plans succeed.
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes even more dangerous in "Leslie Makes It Big".
Voiced by Kristen Schaal (speaking), Dev (singing)A child prodigy whose parents expect her to be the best at everything she does.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm THE BEST!"
- Casual Kink: She sure does like trophies...
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: Inverted - she's forced into this by her parents, who expect her to excel and beat the pants off everyone else.
- Evil Counterpart: The members of her family are oddly similar to Becky's in appearance; along with her parents she has a younger brother and an intelligent pet. And when you think about it, Becky's and Victoria's personalities have quite a few comparisons: they are both very competitive, excel in whatever they do, and are particularly arrogant. The only difference is the side they fight on...
- Becky and Victoria both wear sweater-and-skirt-based outfits.
- Eye Beams: They pull whatever they hit into her hands: great for stealing or collecting.
- Freudian Excuse: If you had parents like hers...
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Often leaves with the Catch Phrase, "The Best, out!" continuing the above mentioned Shout-Out.
Voiced by John C. McGinleyA muscle bound man with the power to make powerful sonic booms by bringing his fists together. He inserts "wham" or "whammer" at least once into each sentence. Example: "Wow, that was so whammer!"
- Gale-Force Sound: Powerful enough to shatter rock and send WordGirl flying. It can also cancel out Victoria Best's Magic Music.
- Horny Vikings: He doesn't claim to be a viking, but he wears the helmet.
- No Indoor Voice: He always raises his voice up.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Often annoys fellow villains this way.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may be an idiot, but there's no denying that he's one of the most powerful characters in the series. In "Crime In The Key Of V", he reduces the city to rubble.
- Verbal Tic: "Wham" and "Whammer".
Nocan the Contrarian
Voiced by Daran NorrisA barbarian warrior who speaks and acts in opposites, kind of like Bizarro from Superman.
- Sword Plant: He's so strong that doing this triggers earthquakes.
Birthday Girl / Eileen
Voiced by Pamela AldonA greedy little girl who thinks every day is her birthday. She demands that anyone she meets give her things. If she is refused, she will throw a tantrum and grow into a hulking behemoth.
- Catch Phrase: "MINE! MINE! MINE!"
- Fluffy Tamer: Eventually becomes the Energy Monster's master.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: When she doesn't get what she wants.
- Hulking Out: Her transformation reverses if she does something generous.
- It's All About Me: After all, today's her birthday.
- Morality Pet: Violet. In one episode, during a field trip she chose her as her buddy, calling her her best friend.
Voiced by John HensonAn annoying waiter who is prone to telling boring stories and then going off on even more boring tangents. He becomes a pirate themed criminal after discovering his power.
- The Good Captain: Averted, as he's a villain.
Amazing Rope Guy
Voiced by Larry MurphyA villain who's not so much of a villain and more of a fumbling, comic relief character.
- Butt Monkey: He gets no respect from anyone.
- Giftedly Bad: He was once hired as an entertainer at Becky's school, doing rope tricks. The kids were not impressed.
- Hidden Depths: He can make great dioramas.
- Laughably Evil: Probably the most prominent in the series, which is saying a lot.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The only thing he's good at is impersonations and tying knots.
- Non-Indicative Name: He's... really not that amazing.
Voiced by Jane LynchA new villain introduced in the four-part special "The Rise of Miss Power". She came to Earth, pretending to be a superhero and taking WordGirl under her wing, while preparing to take over.
- Catch Phrase: When she flies, she cries out, "Power up, up, and away!"
- The Corrupter/Evil Mentor: While training WordGirl, she brought out the worst in her, and soon everyone else, turning them into bullies like her.
- Evil Counterpart: She's WordGirl if she was cruel and arrogant, and decided her powers give her the right to take control instead of merely protect others.
- Knight of Cerebus: Completely outclasses WordGirl in power, is much smarter and more serious than the other villains, and nearly took over the world.
- Though, it's implied that she doesn't know what the word "victorious" meant.
- Knight Templar: Probably the only villain to genuinely believe what they do is good.
- Light Is Not Good: Looks like a hero, but acts like a villain.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Of the deception/concealment type.
- Superpower Lottery
- Emotion Eater: She draws strength from negative emotions like feeling upset or uncertain. If everyone is happy and confident, she loses her powers.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once WordGirl finally gets the better of her, she Rage Quits, fleeing Earth while ranting that if she leaves of her own volition, then it doesn't count as losing.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this with WordGirl until she got wise.
Voiced by "Weird Al" YankovicA man who can learn anything and devise counter-measures after observing it once. He has a habit of using suffixes twice. For example: "Learnerer" and "adaptinging".
- Adaptive Ability: His super suit adapts according to his analysis of his opponents.
- Expy: Of Taskmaster from Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Genre Savvy: After being corrected on his suffix usage by Wordgirl, he intentionally continued to misuse them anyway because he knew it would drive her nuts.
- Insistent Terminology: Believes his way of speaking to be the correct way, and gets annoyed at people who speak normally.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: By observing WordGirl's moves, he can easily dodge her despite her Super Speed.
Energy Monster / MariaA creature made of electricity that is driven to absorb electricity and rampage through the city. Eventually, a device made by Dr. Two-Brains allows her to talk and it is revealed that she is female and her name is Maria.
- Killer Rabbit: Its default form is very tiny and cute.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name is actually Maria.
- Size Shifter: It grows larger the more energy it has.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Getting it wet shorts it out.
Voiced by Dannah PhirmanA robot created by Tobey in WordGirl's image and programed to be devoted to him. She has all of WordGirl's abilities, but is slightly more powerful.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She runs on a vulnerable battery pack.
- Yandere: As WordGirl explains to Tobey, "devotion" can quickly become "jealousy".
Voiced by Ryan RaddatzBecky's adoptive father. He's a stay-at-home dad with bizarre mannerisms, and is completely oblivious to his various blunders.
Voiced by Maria BamfordBecky's adoptive mother. She's a district attorney who prosecutes criminals.
- Genius Ditz: She's usually only slightly less goofy and out-of-it than her husband, but the first time we see her in the courtroom she proves terrifyingly competent and composed, not letting control of the trial of Granny May slip for a second and refusing to fall for the sort of tricks she'd likely buy in her home life.
- Let's Get Dangerous: She's defeated a few villains on her own.
- Loves My Alter Ego: As he's oblivious to the fact Becky and WordGirl are one in the same, he has a crush on WordGirl while constantly annoying Becky.
- In one episode where the Botsfords find out Becky is WordGirl, he is mortified and throws away his WordGirl merchandise. He can't get over the fact that someone he looks up to and admires is someone he hates (or vice versa). He even refuses to help her when the entire family is captured by Dr. Two-Brains. In the end, their memories of Becky as WordGirl is erased and he doesn't know why his WordGirl stuff is on the floor.
Voiced by Maria BamfordBecky's best friend. She's a talented artist and poet and has a tenuous grasp on reality.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She doesn't have the greatest grasp on reality or what's going on around her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Violet is a very good-natured and gentle girl, and she has blonde hair.
- Morality Pet: Birthday Girl considers Violet her best friend, and Violet can calm her down.
- Rhymes on a Dime: she's very fond of poetry and tends to speak in rhymes.
- Secret Keeper: Becomes this in the Grand Finale.
- Shrinking Violet: She tends to be pretty shy. Bonus points for her name actually being Violet.
Todd "Scoops" Ming
Voiced by Ryan RaddatzA boy who runs the school newspaper, and the object of Becky's affections.
- Bad "Bad Acting": He can't act to save his life, even Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud, leading to him being cast as a prop in the school play.
- Playing a Tree: He gets cast as a wall. It's an interesting twist, considering he saves the play when the other characters are off dealing with villains by narrating it himself.
- Oblivious to Love: Is completely blind to Becky.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Collects unicorn toys.
- Secret Chaser: He always tries to find out WordGirl's secret identity.
- Secret Keeper: He eventually does.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Fancies himself an awesome writer, but even Becky admits that his articles are dull.
Voiced by Chris ParnellA man with no real purpose besides moving the plot along by running up screaming for help, alerting WordGirl to a crime or disaster. He constantly mistakes random places for the police station. According to "Scary with a Side of Butter", he sets his watch ahead so he can be the first to panic.
- Break the Cutie: He's so annoying that Miss Power snaps and yells at him for being so stupid, causing him to cry.
- Catch Phrase: "Help!" "Is this the police station?"
- The Ditz: Is so scatterbrained that he didn't even recognize his own wife.
- Plot Device: Is actually called this by WordGirl and the Narrator.