Trivia / The Wiggles

  • Acting for Two: In the earlier days, it was not uncommon for the secondary cast (Wags, Dorothy, Henry, and Captain Feathersword) to be played by one of the four main Wiggles during shows.
    • In The Movie, Paul Paddick plays signature character Captain Feathersword, does the costume work for Wags the Dog in some scenes, and also plays the Large Ham lifeguard when the Wiggles visit Henry.
  • The Cast Showoff: Sometimes, in mid-sentence, Greg will break into singing.
    • In the song Blow Me Down, we get the opposite effect.
    Greg: Breathe in deep and fill those lungs... hey, I just realised, I haven't said it yet.
  • Colbert Bump: The Wiggles' rise to fame in America was, in part, thanks to Barney. Lyrick Studios, who created the purple dinosaur, put song clips as trailers on Barney videos and the band was the intermission act for the "Barney's Musical Castle" live tour.
    • Clips of The Wiggles also appeared on Mister Moose's Fun Time (a spinoff of The All New Captain Kangaroo that aired on what was then Fox Family), providing their first American TV appearance.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dorothy the Dinosaur- to the point where she gets her own spinoff.
  • Executive Meddling: Though the group had released VHS tapes, CDs and cassettes through The ABC with no complaint, when the group filmed the pilot for the television show for ABC in the mid-90s the powers insisted that the group drop their skivvies in favour of caps and shorts, among other things. Naturally, the group dropped the pilot due to "irreconcilable artistic differences" and funded their own TV show through profits made from live shows and The Merch. They eventually sold the show to the Seven Network, but seeing their newfound success ABC was all-too-happy to screen their programmes later on.
  • No Budget: For a group— and brand — that has become one of Australia's biggest (and richest) exports, it may shock some to see that in 1992 Dorothy the Dinosaur looked like this and in 1994 the Big Red Car looked like this.
  • One Head Shorter: Emma is this to her band mates. The next tallest just happens to be Lachy, her husband.
    • The current Little Wiggles lineup, however, actually has Emma's child actress taller than the rest by at least an inch.
  • The Other Yellow Wiggle: The Wiggles' fourth TV series, Wiggle & Learn, was produced in 2008, when Sam had replaced Greg. Sam does turn up as a background dancer in some of the earlier series' episodes, though, and even takes on larger non-Wiggle roles (such as Professor Singalottasonga).
    • The Other Marty: Subverted. While the current Wiggles lineup (Emma, Simon, Lachy, and Anthony) have re-done music videos that featured the 2012 lineup to include the current cast, there has been no attempt to hide the original versions, even keeping them alongside the newer versions on their YouTube channel.
  • The Pete Best: Phillip Wilcher, the other original member, who played on their first album in 1991 and was in their first two videos. He left (or was kicked out, depending on whom you ask) the next year, and went on to a successful career in classical music. Effectively Unpersonned from the group, with the first album later re-recorded and the videos redone. He had no color-coding, as he left before the group adopted their trademark shirts.
  • Real-Life Relative: Because many of the performers and crew have families, some of their children or other relatives might appear.
    • Anthony's son is the baby in "The Banana Boat".
  • Romance on the Set: Of Dorothy the Dinosaur, between Sam and Lyn Stuckey, Dorothy's suit actress (now his wife).
    • Lachy and Emma, the current purple and yellow Wiggles, recently revealed they've been secretly dating and in love for over two years. Awwwwww.