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.

  • An Aesop:
    • Anyone can be a hero, no matter their shape, size or gender.
    • As Demura demonstrates, women can fight their own battles, thank you very much.
    • More to the point, life isn't a fairytale. Things can't always go your way or according to plan.
  • Big "NO!": By Brad, when he refuses Demurra's idea for a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Damsel in Distress: Zigzagged. First starts out as enforced for the plot and discussed by all of our "heros". Then it turns out it was a lie, Brad exploited it for the sake of KIDNAPPING Princess Demurra himself! (Played for drama & maybe inverted for Brad?) Then subverted when she kicks his butt.
  • 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. But ultimately subverted: neither are the hero. Demurra is.
    • The "prophecy" sounds a little too specific, as opposed to the traditional prophecies that are like cryptic riddles. This may hint that Bradley made it all up himself.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Sylvia shudders at Demurra wearing pink, despite that being the same color as her hair/feathers and saddle blanket.
  • I Meant to Do That: Brad's reaction to accidentally breaking the hilt off the Sword of Destiny after trying to pull it out. "It's better this way!" Either that, or it can be interpreted that he means he'd rather have a sword broken off by him, than have a perfectly good sword pulled out by "the sidekick".
  • Interspecies Romance: Demurra (human) and Drakor (dragon).
  • 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.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When Wander and Drakor rush to Princess Demurra's rescue, they find she's managed to escape from and subdue Brad in a matter of minutes.
  • 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.
  • Pink Is for Sissies: For Sylvia. To be fair, Demurra's literally shining pink.
    Wander: She's beautiful.
    Sylvia: And pink. Eugh! *shudders*
  • Rocky Roll Call: A variation:
    Brad: Sidekick! Steed! Hero!
    Guard: Prisoner.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Attempted by Brad, averted by Demurra, because "This isn't a fairy tale."
  • Shmuck Bait: Subverted; the bright and cheery path through the Labyrinth of Delusion looks like an obvious trap, but it turns out to be perfectly safe.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Dragon King's name can be spelt as either "Drakor" or "Draykor", the latter appearing in the closed-captions. Neither of these are mentioned in the credits, as he is simply credited as "Dragon King".
    • The closed-captions also misspell Demurra's name as "Demura".
  • Squee!: Wander, many times. He really enjoys being the hero rescuing the princess.
  • Wham Line: Princess Demurra referring to Drakor as her "beloved".
  • Wham Shot: Demurra embracing Drakor and comforting him.

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. Meanwhile, 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.

  • An Aesop: Sometimes your birthday party doesn't have to be perfect. Those who come have their own ideas.
  • Aside Glance: Hater does one when Wander tames the pit monster.
  • Audience Participation Song: The Watchdogs eventually join in singing Hater's birthday song.
  • Big Red Button: One of these releases the pit monster.
  • Big "NO!": Hater screams it after Wander tames the pit monster and plans to stop him himself.
  • Big "YES!": By Hater near the beginning when Wander and Sylvia appear and he gets to see them grovel up in fear (which won't be happening).
  • Bottle Episode: The whole episode is set at Hater's Doom Arena.
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The "spin the bottle" scene.
  • 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. There's even a scene where Wander explains his goal which is in the same intonation as Hater's, complete with the same close-ups, zooms, and similar background music.
  • Jaw Drop: Hater's jaw literally detaches from his skull three times throughout the episode.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Wander's birthday song eventually touches upon the subject of growing old and dying, especially Sylvia's verse:
    So try not to be so sad about 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: Hater gets a few throughout the episode. His largest one is near the end when Wander explains he actually was afraid he wasn't enjoying the party.
  • 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, hence the shape of it. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Being focused on his plan to get Hater to smile, Wander is completely oblivious that all Hater really wants is for him to grovel up in fear. Only Sylvia realizes this.
  • The Unsmile: When Wander and Sylvia finally get Hater to smile.
  • Unsound Effect: The party-hat bazooka Sylvia fires produces the sound effects "HATS" and "MORE HATS"
  • Wham Line: "I am afraid...I'm afraid you aren't enjoying your birthday party."