Heartwarming / Wander over Yonder

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Wander over Yonder has many heartwarming moments brought to you by The Power of Love.
  • In "The Fugitives," Sylvia ends up going back for Wander when the Watchdogs use Wander's Chronic Hero Syndrome to capture him. She even admits that escaping wasn't as important as helping her best friend.
  • Sylvia giving Wander a pep talk when he starts losing hope in "The Good Deed." He wonders whether their stopping the missile headed for the sun will wipe out the universe, and she replies with the following.
    Sylvia: Wander, with the day we've been having, that is entirely possible. But I'm also saying that if doing a good deed leads to the universe getting destroyed... partner, that's not a universe I wanna live in anyway.
  • Wander and Sylvia giving Captain Tim as a pet to Lord Hater, and him being happy about it. And Wander has tears of joy.
  • For all the grief Lord Hater gives him, you got to admire Commander Peepers for sticking by him. Hell, just watching Peepers trying to comfort Hater after his tantrum in 'The Greatest' is adorable, and then there's how he's providing backup in 'The Picnic', even cheering Hater on as he makes his crazy-awesome charge.
  • The ending of "The Bad Guy." Wander and Sylvia finally fess up that they're not bad guys, which results in every single person that was after them revealing that they're all a bunch of softies.
  • In The Hat, some time after Wander and Sylva get separated, Wander calls Sylvia on the can phone. "Hey, Sylvia! I'll always love y—" Wander is certain he's going to die, and he wants to be sure that the last thing he does is tell his best friend he loves her.
    • A similar thing happens in "The Lonely Planet" where Wander and Sylvia are about to be incinerated by Janet.
  • The whole ending of "The Little Guy".
    • There was one moment where Westley was at a small cave with Wander and Sylvia, and he was scared by them at various points, when really they were trying to enjoy the night, and Sylvia, who never wanted Westley to come with them, actually offered him something to eat, and gave him a refill.
    • When they believe that Westley was Killed In Action, Lord Hater and all of the Watchdogs give him a hero's funeral.
      • Of course, that's ruined by the fact that Hater completely forgets who Westley even is in the Stinger, instead crying over losing his nemesis again.
  • In "The Nice Guy" Wander goes through hell just to buy one bottle of Thunder Blazz for Sylvia. But just as he's about to buy the last bottle, he spots a little girl crying about not being able to buy a bottle. He buys the drink... only to give it to the little girl. The kicker? The little girl then gives it to Sylvia.
    Girl: Never hurts to help.
  • Wander's apology to Sylvia at the end of "The Tourist". His little speech about her being the reason he loves wandering moves her to tears.
  • The ending of "The Lonely Planet."
  • A more behind-the-scenes example: Huckleberry Knucklehead, the titular "Toddler," is voiced by Owen Faust... Lauren Faust's nephew!
    Huckleberry: I like lollipop!
  • Wander's little speech when he makes up with Sylvia near the end of "The Void":
    Wander: Y'know, I can imagine a whole bunch of things... a nine-necked banjo, a peppermint puppy, a radical radish, a sweeping lemur, a sun that complements you on your hat... but I can't imagine a better friend than you.
  • "The Stray" shows Wander going to great lengths to help out Little Bits. He gives her his hat (during the rain), his shoes, and some of his fur to make a cozy hat and coat. And when a creature takes her stuffed bear into a cave, Wander runs in and battles with it just to get the stuffed bear back. (And he continues to do it when Little Bits throws it back.)
    • When you're not thinking about the fact that Little Bits is a bounty hunter for Lord Hater, Little Bits herself should count as an example.
  • 'The Gift' showed Wander delivering presents to everyone they met during Season 1. The reactions from them are pretty nice.
    • Keep in mind Emperor Awesome also got one (an autograph of himself signed by Wander). THIS was the guy who was visibly rude and pissed off at the two after their last interaction.
    • Oh, and remember Princess Demura and her husband (The Dragon, keep in mind)? Turns out, they had children! And they're as adorable as they sound.
    • Even the alternate stinger where Captain Tim, the monster from 'The Pet', gets a gift from Wander set to a music box redention of "Silent Night" is adorable.
  • "The Troll" has Prince Cashmere's speech to the goat people after the titular enemy insults them multiple times.
    Noooooo!!! Give! Him! None! Don't you see, my friends? We are – proud, and brave, and strong. We are – good people, with good hearts, and we are all – beautiful on the inside. We know this to be. So, why should we care, what this sad, patetic pitiful creature, thinks of us?!
  • Wander and Sylvia getting back together at the end of "The Rider"
    Wander: Would you say us being friends is the greatest adventure of all?
    Sylvia: No, because that would be way too sappy. But I'm kinda thinkin' it...
  • Sylvia calling Wander "Wandie" in "The Greater Hater".
  • Despite the fact that he had to give him up later many of Wander and Loopy!Hater's interactions in "Fremergency Frontract" were adorable, especially with how happy he is that Hater actually wants to be his friend.
  • The whole scene with Sylvia and Helpless!Wander in "The Wanders".
    Thanks, Syl. That was the most important part.
    • Helpless!Wander's response to being picked up by Sylvia.
      "Home."
    • Before that, while Sylvia is deciding whether or not to re-merge Contrary!Wander, we get the following dialogue between Sylvia and the Wanders.
    Sylvia: Are we sure about this? Because my life is pretty crazy with this one in it. (beat) *sigh* But it would be so much worse without you.
  • At the end of "The Axe" Lord Hater of all people admits that he really does rely on Peepers, and even gives Peepers his own statue next to his.
  • In "The Cool Guy", after neglecting Peepers for pretty much the entire episode, Hater flips his shit and leaps to Peepers' defense when Emperor Awesome bullies him. And it's AWESOME.
    • At the beginning of the episode, there's Peepers and Hater having fun together with little figurines of themselves.
    • The episode shows the development in the friendship since Season 1: Hater, who insisted back in "The Prisoner" that "We're not pals!", now declares, "That's what you get for pickin' on my pal, Commander Peepers!" He also calls Peepers "buddy" earlier in the episode.
  • In "The Battle Royale", after Hater knocks off Lord Dominator's helmet and becomes infatuated with her, he has an imagine spot, one of them features Hater and Dominator having an wedding, with Peepers as best man, Sylvia as bridesmaid and Wander being the one who marries them. Considering his views on Wander this actually says a lot.
  • At the climax of "The Black Cube", Sylvia stands up for the BLACK CUBE OF DARKNESS, defending it from an angry mob after its attempt to save one of the kids that had spent the whole episode picking on it backfired. And this is after THE BLACK CUBE had hit the Rage Breaking Point and nearly sucked out Wander's soul.
    • Wander being in the episode at all. He provides a much-needed ray of optimism and hope in what is otherwise a very bleak story. He first shows up after almost three minutes helping THE BLACK CUBE to pick up its car keys, and it's a huge sigh of relief.
  • The ending of "The Eye on the Skullship": Andy has given up on his show and gone back to his menial security job... when Peepers calls him up and tells him the other Watchdogs are clamoring for more. Andy is filled with glee when he sees how much he's inspired his fellow Watchdogs by making them feel important.
  • The end of the "The Secret Planet" Wander apologizes for his screwup, only to be met with this response.
    Medieval Alien: Wait... you're Wander? Oh we've heard tell of you.
    Schmancies: So have we!
    Cameras: We all have! You've helped so many people. How can we help you?
  • The Reveal of "The Bad Hatter": Wander stole his magical hat from two would-be conquerers who were abusing it for its item-conjuring ability, deciding it would be safest on his head. And, much like with an abused animal, he gave it love and kindness until it befriended him, allowing it to decide when and how it would use its magical item-granting abilities.
  • Seeing Wander and Hater having fun together for once in "The Show Stopper" is definitely this.
  • Beep-Boop betraying Dominator to save his friends in "The Bot". Quickly turns into a Tearjerker.
  • The end of "The Family Reunion". After spending the episode torturing Sylvia with back-breaking chores, Dorothy reveals that she has a room filled with newspaper clippings of Wander and Sylvia and the heroic deeds they've done throughout the galaxy. Dorothy mentions how proud she is of Sylvia, and that her dad would have been proud of her too.
    Sylvia: "You kept all this?"
    Dorothy: "Course' I did. You harassed that Hater jerk something fierce. And now that there's a bigger jerk trying to conquer the galaxy, you're giving up? That's not my fearless, gutsy girl. So, you either go out there and deal with Dominator, or you stay here and deal with Dorothy. Either way, it's not gonna be easy."
  • Peepers consoling a heartbroken Hater when it seems that Lord Dominator and Emperor Awesome are dating in "The Rival".
    Hater: Now they're gonna smooch, get married, and have babies, and I'm gonna be alone forever!
    Peepers: Oh, you're not alone, sir. You have me, and the Watchdogs! Who needs Dominator anyway? Why, if she can’t see that you’re really the greatest in the galaxy, then she doesn’t deserve you!
  • "You're the Greatest", a surprisingly sweet song Hater sings to Dominator in "My Fair Hatey". It's really during this song where Hater's immature crush on Dominator becomes something more. It says a lot that Hater of all people is calling someone else "The Greatest In The Galaxy". Of course, this just makes everything that follows so much worse.
    • When Lord Hater's heart is broken by Lord Dominator, Wander comforts him by singing him a sweet song about the two being buddies. Hater doesn't appreciate it though. Which leads to a different heartwarming moment as Hater blasts his way out of Dominator's prison and starts chasing Wander through the ship in a furious rage, just like old times.
    • The fact that Hater was (more or less) actually getting along with Wander throughout the episode. He even reluctantly "invites" him over to his ship for romantic advice.
    • The Triumphant Reprise of "You're the Greatest"; Hater goes into a slump over both Dominator's rejection and her new powers. Peepers tries to console his boss by singing "You're The Greatest", which quickly gets Hater back on his feet and reasserts his belief that he's Lord Hater, Number One Superstar. Meanwhile, Wander is equally depressed that getting Hater and Dominator together has proven hopeless, but Sylvia assures him that they're now one step to making things better. Both teams decide to take down Dominator and save the galaxy.
  • In "The Legend", despite hearing how Shrouded in Myth Wander and Sylvia have become, they don't bother correcting the kids. Why? Because what's important is that the stories of The Hero, no matter how far from the truth, are giving them hope.
    • Additionally, at the end of the episode, Angela realizes that Wander was The Hero all along and hugs her doll before happily returning to the escape ship with a smile on her face. Aww...
  • "The Waste of Time" reveals how Wander and Sylvia met. It also reveals that Sylvia was the one who inspired Wander to take up his new name after calling him a "wandering weirdo".
    • The fact that Wander's influence effectively turned Sylvia from a hardened bounty hunter to the do-gooder she is today.
    • This exchange:
    Wander: "What's wrong Syl? I knew you were a bad guy! I was there!"
    Sylvia: "Yeah, but I'd rather forget it. I've come a long way since then. I don't want to live in the past, I just want to keep moving forward."
    • Wander and Sylvia spending 50 years on the same planet in order to keep their past (or uh... future) selves from buying Time Orbbles. Then, as the two of them embrace each other and fade away, we get this heartwarming conversation.
    Wander: "Sorry we had to waste our time waiting here."
    Sylvia: "Not a waste of time if I got to spend it with you pal..."
  • The end credits of "The Hot Shot" reveal that Brad and Princess Remora (the lamprey princess) are Happily Married with two kids.
  • "D"'s surprise when Sylvia calls her a "friend". At least until it's revealed that she only sees friends as minions and she decides that friendship is overrated.
    • D appreciating the beautiful view from a rooftop. Which, unlike her view of friendship, seems to be unquestionably genuine.
      • It gets even more heartwarming when you notice the similarity between this moment and another moment from "The Little Guy". Maybe there's hope for Dominator after all.
  • "The Search for Captain Tim"
    • The episode in general is pretty heartwarming as it shows Hater's love and devotion to his pet, and reveals his softer side.
    • Tim makes a habit of cheering up Hater after every failure. Hater treasures all the love bites and injuries.
    • Peepers celebrating with the Watchdogs when they hear Captain Tim is missing. Not So Above It All, eh.
    • Hater putting up LOST signs for Captain Tim and asking people if they've seen him.
    • Wander, Sylvia, and Peepers showing up to save Hater from the Arachnomorph team. They fail, but it's the thought that counts.
    • Captain Tim defeating the other male Arachnomorphs and pretending to seduce the Arachnomorph queen to save his master.
    • Ripov admitting she was wrong in thinking Tim was a mindless killer. He even cuddles with her for a few minutes before trying to devour her heart.
  • "The Heebie-Jeebies"
    • Sylvia keeps assuring Wander that she'll protect him from anything in the forest. And encourages him to play the banjo when he suffers Sanity Slippage.
    • Wander and Sylvia overcoming their fear to protect each other. Which causes the Phantomimes to disappear as they only appear when you're afraid.
    • The Phantommimes being a Non-Malicious Monster species that help Wander and Sylvia overcome their fear.
    • Sylvia admits that she faced her greatest fear: losing Wander.
  • Sylvia taking care of Wander in "The Sick Day".
    • All the good deeds Sylvia does for Wander. Snoozing Lord Hater's alarm, raising Commander Peepers' shoes so that he feels taller, etc. Keep note that Wander does this EVERY MORNING.
      • Even if he might have dreamed it up, the fact that watering Dominator's supposed cactus was on his list counts. Dominator is the cruelest and most dangerous being in the galaxy, and Wander still believes he should do some good deeds for her, even something as small and risky as sneaking onto her ship and dodging her bots just to water a cactus she didn't even have.
    • Even at the expense of his own health, Wander still tries to help people.
    • Miss Myrtle turns out to be a massive space tortoise with incredible cosmic power... who turns out to be a fairly pleasant old lady who cares for Wander a lot and even heals his sickness and tucks him into bed.
      • It's implied that, while Miss Myrtle hates Wander's snickerdoodles, she pretends to enjoy them for Wander's sake.
    • It's minor, but Sylvia tells Miss Myrtle the same joke "D" told her in "The Night Out". It's a very cute callback and it's heartwarming to see that Sylvia does remember her time with Dominator.
  • The Bitties finally being able to experience the universe after a lifetime of being locked up.
    Bitty: "That's amazing!"
    • The Bitties in general are so cute it's hard not to love them.
  • The lengths Sylvia goes to just to save Wander's flower in "The Flower" and give him something to hope for.
    • The entire ending of that episode.
    Wander: "Sylvia, you tried your hardest to save this flower, and it decided to return the favour by saving us. It's not bad to be sad.
    Sylvia: "But I can't have you sad or everything's hopeless..."
    Wander: "Just because I'm sad doesn't mean I've given up hope."
    Sylvia: "You haven't?"
    Wander: "Nope."
    • The flower then disintegrates into pollen grains and scatter through the Galaxy. As Wander and Sylvia ride off, those pollen grains start growing into new plants, and the ruined planets suddenly spring to life once again as the flowers sprout across the almost dead Galaxy. Looks like there is hope for this Galaxy after all.
  • "The End of the Galaxy"
    • Even after Dominator has destroyed every planet in the galaxy, even after she attempted to murder his best friend, even after she's attempted to kill him several times, Wander still sees the good in her, and still saves her life when her ship blows up. The scene where he offers her his friendship is purely heartwarming in and of itself (even if she did turn him down).
    Dominator: "Why did you save me?I tried to kill you! Like, A LOT!"
    Wander: "Because an enemy is just a friend you haven't made yet! And there's a whole BUNCH of potential friends down there! Sure you sorta tried to destroy us, so there'll be a few awkward dinner parties, but if they can cheer for him (Hater), they can accept anybody!"
    • It's then revealed that the flower's seeds from the previous episode have sprouted into beautiful jungles and forests all over the ruined planets, bringing life back into the galaxy. Which means a brand new galaxy to explore! (Or conquer!)
    • And look, when Wander offers Dominator a chance to start over, all the other rebels are looking up at her hopefully. They want her to take up Wander's offer as much as Wander does! And Dominator even hesitates before turning him down! Maybe there's hope for her after all.
    • Who ends up saving Wander and Sylvia when Dominator traps the former in ice and prepares to kill the latter? Only Lord Hater, THE GREATEST IN THE GALAXY!
    • When Dominator tells Hater that no one will ever like him,causing him to weaken, how do the rebels respond? "HATE'S GREAT! BEST VILLAIN! HATE'S GREAT BEST VILLAIN!" Hater, who has only ever wanted to be loved and accepted by others now has an entire crowd of people cheering his name. The people who once loathed and despised him are now hailing him as a HERO. It's enough to bring tears to Hater's eyes, as well as give him the confidence boost he needed to TAKE OUT DOMINATOR'S SHIP.
      • The galaxy's inhabitants now hail Hater like a hero, cheering his name and showering him with gifts, and he is clearly overjoyed. Notably, Major Threat, the ex-villain whom Hater used to worship, is now celebrating HIM.
    • Peepers and Sylvia work together once again, this time without any hesitation.
    • In a heartwarming parallel to the start of the season, Hater chasing Wander for the flag at the end of the episode. They've just survived The End of the World as We Know It and they're wasting no time in returning to their old ways. As Sylvia (happily) and Peepers (exasperatedly put it, "Things never change."

Meta

  • A meta one in Craig McCracken talking about his decision to bring in Weird Al for "The Boy Wander" on Tumblr:
    Since I was a kid Al represented the idea that being goofy or strange wasn’t something to be ashamed of, it was badge of honor to wear with pride! When I created Wander I wanted to instill in him that same unapologetic silliness.
    There were a lot of “what if’s” that actually came true on this cartoon. So I’d not only like to thank Al for being a part of this episode, but for instilling in me and the other goofy, strange kids who grew up to work on this show, with the confidence to… dare to be stupid.
  • In another meta example, Dave Thomas, the supervising producer, talking about how the premise for "The Wanders" was actually thought up by his 5 year old son, and posting a photo of his son with a copy of the script signed by Craig McCracken, Jack McBrayer, and April Winchell.
  • In "The Fremergency Fronfact" there was a scene where Hater lifts up a little girl named Olive. Frank Angones, who wrote the episode, revealed in this tumblr post that Craig had changed the little girl's named to Olive in honor of his daughter, who was born shortly after he wrote the script for the episode.
  • Shortly before the show's premiere, Jack McBrayer and April Winchell gave an in-character interview for Radio Disney. At one point the characters were asked to describe each other, and after Sylvia gave a rather flattering (and accurate) description of Wander, we get this:
    Wander: *sniffling* Sylvia... that... is the most beautiful thing... I have ever heard! *sniff* I love you!
    Sylvia: Awww, I love you too, you big goober...
  • The news of the show getting canned after 2 seasons is by-and-large considered more of a Tear Jerker for those who love the show (meaning fans and show staff alike), but Frank Angones isn't one to let this kind of news be a complete downer. In his tumblr post FAQ regarding the announcement, he ends on a rather touching note telling the fans what they could do to show their appreciation towards Wander Over Yonder:
    Frank: "See, this is why we love you guys. The best thing you can do is love the show. Watch it, rewatch it (I hear it repeats very well), sketch it, fanfic it, ship it, cosplay it, sing the songs, tell your friends about it, make it a thing even after it’s gone, and never forget it. Everybody who worked hard on this show did it because we believe in Craig and what he wanted to say with Wander. We believe the darkest of times calls for the sunniest of smiles, a little bit of silliness can save the galaxy, and everyone deserves a friend. Even maniacal electrical skeleton men. I know things seem rough now, but remember: If the darkness comes a creepin’, and you’re feelin’ down, just Wander Over Yonder and turn your life around…"

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