Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 1 E 5 The Bad Guy The Troll

The Bad Guy

Wander and Sylvia run out of the juice they use to make the space-bubbles they travel in, and are stuck in a planetoid feared for its bandits! They decide to pretend to be bad guys themselves while they negotiate, but Wander gets a little too much in character and gets them both into trouble.

The Bad Guy provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: You don't have to pretend to be someone you're not, even to fit in.
  • All There in the Script: The leader of the Motorhogs is named Oink, according to the credits.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: In Doomstone. Subverted when it turns out the townspeople aren't "real" bad guys.
  • Badass Moustache: Wander wears one while pretending to be tough.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Wander tried to do this. It turns out everyone in Doomstone also.
  • Stealth Pun: The bartender has an apple for a head. He's a bad apple.
  • The Don: Wander and Sylvia are led to a crime-lord's mansion to buy space-bubble juice.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The bartender is the only resident not seen when everyone reveals they faked their badness, possibly meaning they're bad after all.


The Troll

Wander and Sylvia are guests at a feast of the Baaal-Halla Warriors, which is interrupted by a Troll that keeps growing in size! Why is Sylvia willing to help fight it, but not Wander!?

The Troll features examples of:

  • An Aesop: Although it's difficult in real life, ignoring the person insulting you is one of the only ways to stop them.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: The troll is presented in this way.
  • Comically Missing the Point: While the Baaaaa-halla warriors are punching the troll, he begins insulting them saying their punches are like kisses. Their comebacks are based on how kissing is serious and they would never kiss him.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Wander was the only one who knew how to defeat the troll: by sitting out and ignoring everything the troll says.
  • Eureka Moment: When Sylvia realizes the troll shrinks when Wander ignores him.
  • Foreshadowing: Whenever Wander ignores Sylvia, she leaves. Turns out ignoring is the only way to shoo off the troll.
  • Make My Monster Grow: The troll gets bigger as it feeds on people's reactions to his insults.
  • Stealth Pun: The Troll attacks the Baaaaa-hallans by getting their goats.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: While everyone goes out to fight the troll, Wander just curls by the fireplace and takes a nap, ignoring the cries of Sylvia to come and help, who assumes he's being lazy. When the troll comes inside and insults Wander, he continues resting and ignores him, revealing the troll's weakness.
  • Very Special Episode: The episode is based on cyberbullying and internet trolls.
    • The episode even includes word-for-word reference to the saying, "Don't feed the troll," which is used online in response to trolls looking for attention.


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