Characters / WordGirl

The character sheet for the PBS cartoon, WordGirl.
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The Heroes

    WordGirl / Becky Botsford 
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman

The 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.

    Captain Huggyface / Bob 
An 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.

    The Narrator 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell
The Narrator of the story is able to freely interact with the characters. He is biased toward the heroes, so often assists them by giving advice (for example: telling WordGirl where to find the villain she's after).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • First-Person Smartass: The narrator refers to himself in the first person, and often offers his own (usually unsolicited) opinion on what's happening. Once, when Two-Brains was humiliating Tobey, he joined in.
    Two-Brains: We all know you're just stalling because you have a silly schoolboy crush on [WordGirl]!
    Tobey: Wh- I do not!
    Narrator: Do too, do too!
    Tobey: You stay out of this!
  • Interactive Narrator: He talks to characters all the time.
  • Lemony Narrator
  • The Omniscient: He can see everything at once and even read minds, but the level of his omniscience varies according to the plot.

The Villains

    Doctor Two-Brains / Professor Steven Boxleitner 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
He used to be a benevolent scientist who assisted WordGirl, but a Freak Lab Accident merged his brain with that of a mouse's, turning him evil.
  • Affably Evil: Often has very positive interactions with WordGirl, including stopping in the middle of an evil speech to allow her to explain words, complimenting her on various things, teaming up with her temporarily, and even giving her advice on life issues. Occasionally they reminisce about their past friendship, most notably in "A Game of Cat and Mouse" and "Showdown in the Secret Spaceship Hideout".
  • Beard of Sorrow: Shown with one when he falls out of the #1 villain ranking.
  • Borderline Little Bit Beastly: Due to his brain being fused with a mouse's, he has the albino coloring, whiskers, super smelling sense, and can chew through solid steel. Every now and then he will be drawn with mouse-like teeth, especially when about to bite into a piece of cheese.
  • Body and Host: It's been explored in the show that Dr. Two-Brains, Steven Boxleitner, and Squeaky all exist within one body, with Dr. Two-Brains usually at the front. In "Mouse Brain Take-Over", he allows Squeaky to be in control of the body, which causes him to be far more evil and ruthless than usual.
  • Brain Monster
  • Brainy Brunette: When he was still Professor Boxleitner.
  • Child Hater: Somewhat. Specifically WordGirl and Tobey.
  • Complexity Addiction: An entire episode, "A Simple Plan", revolves around his inability to make a simple plan— he just cannot help himself and adds more and more steps.
  • 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.
  • Evil Genius
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Sounds Raspy
  • Expy: His characteristics is where the idea for Ice King happened. He is also an expy of Dr. Conners/Lizard from Spider-Man, and the Joker from Batman. His name is similar to that of Two-Face, also from Batman.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Fish Eyes: Happens whenever he has a particularly evil laughing session.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a normal scientist until the awful experiment of reading Squeaky's mind went wrong.
  • Helium Speech: When taken over by Squeaky.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Cheese and mice.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine
  • Large Ham
  • Mad Scientist
  • Nausea Fuel: Any time he touches, pokes, or strokes his exposed brain, which throbs and glows in response to how hungry he is.
  • 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.
  • Opera Gloves: Looong rubber gloves that go up to his shoulders.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: If he is wearing an outfit that involves glasses, he usually puts a pair on his brain too.
  • Team Dad: Even though he IS WordGirl's nemesis. Before his lab accident, Steven seemed to be somewhat of a mentor to her, and even as Two-Brains, he often shows signs of this trope. For example, in the episode "A Few Words From WordGirl", he gives her fatherly advice when she can't think of a good speech for Inspiration Day. ("You're WordGirl! Your actions inspire people more than anything you could say.") He also acted this way towards Tobey in "Mousezilla", saying he'd been following Tobey's career and addressing him as "Tobey, my lad", and was proud of his robotic least until they started bickering over how to fight WordGirl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course. A lot of his plans involves stealing cheese or inventing gadgets than turn things into cheese. Sometimes his plans involve turning valuable objects such as diamond or gold into cheese, prompting WordGirl to ask why he doesn't just use the money to buy cheese in the first place.
  • Was Once a Man: Well, he was human as Steven Boxleitner, until the experiment on Squeaky went haywire and he became half-mouse as a result.
  • We Used to Be Friends: WordGirl and Dr. Boxleitner used to be friends, before he transformed into the evil Dr. Two Brains.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Absolutely terrified of cats, due to being part mouse. This is his downfall in a few episodes.
  • Wild Hair
  • Willing Channeler: Allows the mouse brain to take over his personality at times, causing his front teeth to grow longer, his hair to get disheveled, and his eyes to be more wild than usual. Not to mention he gains an appropriately squeaky voice as well.

    Theodore "Tobey" McCallister III 
Voiced by: Patton Oswalt
A genius 10 year-old boy who terrorizes the city with giant robots. He also has an obsessive crush on WordGirl.
  • Fake Brit: In-Universe; he drops the accent only when in the presence of his mother.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: 10-year-old prodigy. Adores sweets.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk
  • 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. Most of the time, he addresses her with casual disdain.
    • In "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!" Tobey accidentally revealed that he may actually have a crush on Becky, too. While trying to get her to admit her secret identity, he lets himself slip:
    You both have the same hairstyle! And color! The same sparkling smile. The same ruby lips! The same... (realizes Becky is staring at him) I realize I've said too much.
  • Momma's Boy: After being defeated, he usually gets taken away by his mother, who grabs him by the ear. Over the course of the series, her ability to tell where her son is at any given time became more and more exaggerated and ridiculous, to the point that one episode has her dropping out of a tree, in the middle of a national park, to haul him back home.
    • Actually, Tobey seems to be somewhat afraid of his mother. The mere mention of her name is sometimes enough to make him jump and look around in terror. In the Miss Power special, Miss Power picks up on this right away and encourages WordGirl to make fun of him for it, which they both promptly do to the point that he has a Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Preppy Name
  • Stalker with a Crush: At first. In the earlier seasons, he has little to no respect for WordGirl's boundaries. Hell, the very first episode has him declaring that once he can prove he's smarter than her, she'll be all his. And the robotic suit he tricks Johnson into giving her in "Go Gadget Go" is rigged so that once she's trapped inside, he can literally control her actions...ew. However, by the end of the show, he thankfully seems to have grown out of this. At the end of "It's Your Party And I'll Cry If I Want To", since he had a change of heart and didn't destroy Katie's birthday party, Wordgirl agrees with his suggestion that they get some ice cream. Later, in "The Robot Problem", when she has to go to Tobey for help defeating a robot, she declares that they make a pretty good team, to which he replies enthusiastically before catching himself. They also treat each other more like frenemies at this point than outright rivals.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!" when Mrs. Botsford tells Tobey he's in big trouble, he scoffs at her and tells her she isn't his mother. Cue the sudden arrival of Mrs. McCallister, complete with ominous lightning flashes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Not to the extent of Two-Brains and cheese, but he is very fond of ice cream.
  • Verbal Tic: From season two onward, the word "robot" is pronounced "robit".
  • Villainous Crush: Tobey rather obviously has a thing for WordGirl, though she continually rebuffs his affections.

    Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy 
Voiced by: Fred Stoller
A big guy with a sandwich for a head and a general obsession with sandwiches. He lives in his mother's basement and plays video games, only committing crimes either because he's angry at something/someone, or in an attempt to be cool.
  • Adorkable
  • Affably Evil: He's mainly soft-spoken and friendly to WordGirl, but he's still a villain. He does go out of his way to make sure WordGirl doesn't get hurt, such as asking her if she's allergic to peanut butter before shooting her with it.
  • Apologizes a Lot
  • 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", "Handsome Eddie" and "The Handsome Panther".
  • Basement-Dweller: He tried to move out once, but got homesick when he realized his mother wasn't there to kiss his booboos or tuck him in. Sleeps in a bunkbed with tons of stuffed animals and has pin-ups of sandwiches on the walls.
  • Berserk Button: Has a few; mainly people mocking sandwiches or simply saying they don't like them, and it is shown many small things cause him to go berserk and try to crush something. (Someone calling his sandwich repulsive, his mother interrupting him while he is doing "evil things," not having a hairnet that fits his head correctly, etc.)
  • Comically Missing the Point: Refuses to believe a "High-Five Sandwich" is not actually a new kind of sandwich that everyone likes better than his, despite being told by multiple people throughout the episode.
  • Disappeared Dad: Word of God says Chuck and Brent have different fathers; both are missing.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Chuck spends the majority of the "Chuck E. Sneeze" episode terrified his mom will find out he's gotten sick, since she makes him stay inside for a month and eat chicken gizzard soup.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Expy: A possible one of D-list Batman villain Condiment King.
  • Fat and Proud: Has a very high opinion of his looks and calls himself handsome quite often.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish one.
  • 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.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Appears to be the case as what we've seen of his mother—her having ears and Chuck/Brent not—she appears to be human.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Sandwiches.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a ray gun that fires ketchup, mustard, and relish, but occasionally switches it up with olive oil, honey mustard, ranch dressing or peanut butter.
  • I Work Alone: Tells the Whammer he's a "lone wolf" when the Whammer offers to be his sidekick.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Subverted; his mother doesn't seem to care about his villainy, and even threatens to take away his "evil villain allowance" if he doesn't stop losing to WordGirl.
  • Momma's Boy: He still lives in his mother's basement. He makes her sandwiches, watches her stories with her, and does chores such as mowing the lawn. His mother refers to him as "Chucky-boo", "Chuckleberry", "Chucky-buttons", and if he is in trouble, "Charles!"
  • My Beloved Smother: His mom babies him and does everything for him, despite Chuck being about 30 years old. Chuck either resents this or loves it depending on his mood.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears a big ole pair of these when not wearing his goggles, and in flashbacks of him as a kid.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Without a WordGirl to stop him, he would be ruling the city, as evidenced by "A World Without WordGirl".
  • Object Head
  • Plant Hair
  • Shared Family Quirks: The entire family seems to have a deep obsession with sandwiches; they eat them for Thanksgiving dinner (with stuffing) and Chuck and Brent get sandwiches in their Christmas stockings.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling
  • Siblings in Crime: His brother Brent becomes his evil sidekick for a couple episodes, although Chuck can't stand how organized Brent is.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: His older brother invented Crustless Bread and is now famous for it. Chuck lives in his mom's basement and is in and out of jail.
  • Unnamed Parent: Not even "Mrs. Sandwich Making Guy", just "Chuck's mom".
  • Verbal Tic: "Oh, I don't know, what's the word...?" Always forgetting the word he wants to use.

    Granny May 
Voiced by: Cree Summer
A 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.

    The Butcher 
Voiced by: Jack D. Ferraiolo
A large man who dresses like a butcher and has power over meat, which includes conjuring it up and telekinetically controlling it.

    Kid Potato 
Voiced by: Edward Asner
The Butcher's father, who has power over potatoes.

    Lady Redundant Woman / Beatrice Bixby 
Voiced by: Amanda Plummer (first appearance), Grey DeLisle
Beatrice 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: She's very bitter and spiteful towards her Benevolent Boss Dave out of jealously and minor faults.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: For Dave.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Copying machines and redundancy.
  • 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 destroyed, and she can make them disappear if she feels like it.

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
One 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.

    Royal Dandy 
Voiced by: Sergio Cilli
A 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.

    Evil Malicious WordGirl 
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
An evil copy of WordGirl that Lady Redundant Woman created from a picture of her.

    Ms. Question 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
A 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.

Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin
A man with the power to turn invisible at will. His need for attention often ends up ruining every crime he's part of.

    Big Left Hand Guy 
Voiced by: Mike O'Connell
A 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 really big left hand.
  • Mundane Utility: Big Left Hand Guy is capable of using his big left hand to perform feats of super strength... but he mainly uses it to hail taxi cabs.
  • Straight Man: Invisi-Bill's hyperactive, happy-go-lucky personality often plays off of Big Left Hand Guy's seriousness.
  • Perma-Stubble

    Brent the Handsome Successful Everybody-Loves-Him Sandwich Making Guy 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Chuck's older brother, who is a popular and successful business man. He also has a sandwich-shaped head. Though he is a legit worker and has no malicious tendencies, he briefly agreed to be Chuck's sidekick.

    Seymour Orlando Smooth 
Voiced by: Daran Norris
A man who pretends to be a game show host to scam contestants out of their cash and valuables.

    Mr. Big / Shelly Smalls 
Voiced by: Jeffery Tambor
A smug businessman who relies on mind control devices to gain the advantage on the competition.

Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Mr. Big's personal assistant, who does most of the heavy lifting in his schemes.

    Victoria Best 
Voiced by: Kristen Schaal (speaking), Dev (singing)
A child prodigy whose parents expect her to be the best at everything she does.

    The Whammer 
Voiced by: John C. McGinley
A muscle bound man with the power to make powerful sonic booms by bringing his fists together. He inserts the word "wham" or variations thereof at least once into each sentence. Example: "Wow, that was so whammer!"

    Nocan the Contrarian 
Voiced by: Daran Norris
A barbarian warrior who speaks and acts in opposites, kind of like Bizarro from Superman.

    Birthday Girl / Eileen 
Voiced by: Pamela Aldon
A greedy little girl who thinks every day is her birthday. She demands that anyone she meets give her whatever she wants. If she is refused, she will throw a tantrum and grow into a hulking green behemoth.

    Captain Tangent 
Voiced by: John Henson
An 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.

    Amazing Rope Guy 
Voiced by: Larry Murphy
A 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.
  • Funny Background Event
  • 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.
    • He is also so good at impressions that the only time he had any success as a villain was when he used his mimicry skills to impersonate other villains.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Rope.
  • Laughably Evil: Probably the most prominent in the series, which is saying a lot considering that the other villains include the likes of Chuck (who, while successful at his job, does not give that impression), Invisi-Bill, and Big Left Hand Guy.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The only things he's good at are impersonations and tying knots.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He's... really not that amazing.

    Miss Power 
Voiced by: Jane Lynch
A 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 secretly preparing to take over and not really caring about the city's wellbeing.

    The Learnerer 
A 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".

    Energy Monster / Maria 
A 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 her name is Maria.

Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
A 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.


    Tim Botsford 
Voiced by: Ryan Raddatz
Becky's adoptive father. He's a stay-at-home dad with bizarre mannerisms, and is completely oblivious to his various blunders, as well as to his daughter's secret identity.

    Sally Botsford 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Becky's adoptive mother. She's a district attorney who prosecutes criminals.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She was able to rally every villain in the city, leading them to break out of prison and rampage through the streets to fight Miss Power. And of course, she led the charge herself, standing on the head of one of Tobey's robots.
    "It's time to show this Miss Power why the rest of the city can't STAND you guys!"
  • 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. She wins the trial, of course.
  • Happily Married
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She's defeated quite a few villains on her own.
  • Muggle Foster Parents

    TJ Botsford 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Becky's adoptive brother. He can't stand Becky, but is ironically WordGirl's biggest fan.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • Bi the Way: Most likely. He seems to have a crush on WordGirl, but Word of God says he and his best friend Johnson are dating by the end of the show.
  • Fanboy
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live

    Violet Heaslip 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Becky's best friend. She's a talented artist and poet and has a tenuous grasp on reality.

    Todd "Scoops" Ming 
Voiced by: Ryan Raddatz
A boy who runs the school newspaper, and the object of Becky's affections.

    Chuck's Mother 
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
Chuck and Brent's mysterious, naggy and New York-accented mother who is only ever seen from behind or with her face obscured. Loves both of her children, but tends to favor Brent.
  • Does Not Like Spam: HATES pineapples. "Pineapple of My Eye" is all about Chuck trying to crush every pineapple in the city for her birthday present. She is thrilled when he goes through with it, saying it was the best birthday present she'd ever received.......after the hammock Brent got her, of course.
  • The Faceless: We see every part of her body except her face throughout the series.
    • Unreveal Angle: Occasionally we see her from the front, but her face is covered by blinds or a door frame.
  • Housewife: Though no husband is present, she is permanently in an apron and oven mitts, even in flashbacks to when Chuck was very young.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: The upstairs of her home is immaculate and nicely decorated; she appears to have no trouble supporting herself and Chuck while also giving him an evil villain allowance.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Subverted: she doesn't seem to care much that Chuck (and later Brent) are criminals.
  • My Beloved Smother: Doesn't allow Chuck to do much on his own and goes so far as to iron his socks for him. Chuck either loves the attention from his mom or hates her for it, depending on his mood.
  • Neat Freak: Demands Chuck keep the house immaculate while she is gone; Chuck is scared enough of what will happen if he doesn't that he goes up against every other villain in the show at the same time to keep his house clean.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The entire family seems to have a deep obsession with sandwiches; they eat them for Thanksgiving dinner (with stuffing) and Chuck and Brent get sandwiches in their Christmas stockings.
  • Unnamed Parent: Not even "Mrs. Sandwich Making Guy", just "Chuck's mom".
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: When we see her hair, it's seafoam green.

    Exposition Guy 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell
A 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.