Recap: Wander Over Yonder S 1 E 9 The Hero The Birthday Boy

The Hero and The Birthday Boy appeared as two halves of the same episode. They first aired on March 31, 2014.


The Hero

Wander and Sylvia are pressed into the service of a buff and brawny hero in his quest to save a beautiful princess from a dragon. It doesn't quite work out for the hero as he hoped.

  • Big "NO!": By Brad, when he refuses Demurra's idea for a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Death Course: Complete with an alternate route and a patterned series of attacks. Not that either do Brad any good.
  • Foreshadowing: A minor example, but Brad is unable to pull out the Sword of Destiny while Wander can. This hints that Brad is not the hero as his prophecy told him; but Wander is the true hero.
  • Last-Second Chance: Demurra gives one to Brad, telling them they can just be friends, but he ignores it and vows to do what his "prophecy" tells him to.
  • Losing Horns: These play as Brad drags himself across the ground after he gets grievously injured by a gauntlet of traps.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Brad Starlight demands Wander add a verse about him fighting a bear into the ballad the latter is making up about him, despite having never done such a thing... or indeed anything remotely heroic whatsoever. He's also a whiny jerk who throws a tantrum when things don't go according to his "prophecy".
  • Mood Whiplash: Every time Brad's dramatic attempts at being a hero are interrupted. Also, Demurra goes from sweetly talking to her fiancee Drakor to snapping "This again?!" at Brad in an annoyed tone.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Brad encounters the Sword of Destiny embedded in a stone. Wander then takes it out no problem and hands it to Brad. Brad demands that he's the one who should remove it, so Wander puts it back and Brad tries to remove it again. Naturally, he can't.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Attempted by Brad, averted by Demurra, because "This isn't a fairy tale."
  • Wham Line: Princess Demurra referring to Drakor as her "beloved".


The Birthday Boy

It's Lord Hater's birthday. The Watchdogs have gotten him a Doom Arena for his present, and Peepers has brought Wander and Sylvia to face their destruction. Wander is delighted to be part of the festivities until he realizes that Hater is not having a good time at his own birthday party. The little orange guy makes it his mission to get Hater to smile.

  • Aside Glance: Hater does one when Wander tames the pit monster.
  • Audience Participation Song: The Watchdogs eventually join in singing Hater's birthday song.
  • Bottle Episode: The whole episode is set at Hater's Doom Arena.
  • Big Red Button: Releases the pit monster.
  • Brick Joke: Three of the buttons Peepers considers at one point activate a giant meat tenderizer, a flame trap, and a pack of flying tigers. At the end of the sequence when Hater falls into the Doom Arena, he gets hit with those same three traps at once.
  • Continuity Nod: Flamethrowers are mentioned again.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Wander tames the pit monster by giving it dog biscuits.
  • Gladiator Games: The Doom Arena has all the basics. Gladiators, beasts, death traps, the works.
  • Ironic Echo: Whatever Wander wants to do is the complete opposite of Lord Hater's ideas.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Sylvia's verse of the birthday song:
    So try not to be so upset 'bout your impending doom
    Someday we'll light birthday candles on your frigid tomb!
  • Never Say "Die": Hater repeatedly talks about Wander facing his "doom" and so on.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Hater falls into the arena and is about to be beaten up, Sylvia sits on his throne and asks for popcorn.
  • Spin the Bottle: Hater tries to kill Wander with a death ray, but Wander thinks it's spin the bottle. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Unsmile: When Wander and Sylvia finally get Hater to smile.