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Western Animation: Wander over Yonder

"Oh, Wander over Yonder
And check out this and that
If you Wander over Yonder
Best be sure to wear your hat
All the things that you will see
And you certainly will be free
If you Wander over Yonder,
Just you and me!"

Wander Over Yonder is an animated Disney Channel original series, the third to be created by animation-legend Craig McCracken. Lauren Faust is a co-producer and story editor. A preview aired on August 16th, 2013 following the premiere of Phineas And Ferb Mission Marvel. The first season started on September 13th.

The show is about the exploits of Wander (Jack McBrayer), a furry, orange, extremely optimistic hippie-thing and his faithful steed Sylvia (April Winchell) as they travel across the galaxy spreading freedom and happiness, all while under the watch of the evil Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson), his henchman Commander Peepers (Tom Kenny), and his army of Watchdogs.

The general feel and look of the series pays much homage to animation and popular culture from The Sixties (a pretty standard motif of McCracken's works, really) with the artwork inspired by vintage rubberhose cartoons and Ward Kimball's 1950's space projects for Disney, and it's one heck of a trip.

Now with its own Best Episode Crowner!

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This show contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Acid Trip Dimension: The show itself.
    • The Void is a literal example.
  • Action Girl: Sylvia. She's tough and proud of it.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In "The Greatest".
    Lord Hater: I have mangled the minds of millions! I have tempted forth torrential tides of tears! I have reduced the richest republics to rubble and ruin! Because I am the greatest in all the galaxy!!
    • Wander does this in "The Fugitives".
    Wander: Gentlemen, please. Might I propose a proposition to your perplexing and ponderous peanut problem?
  • Adorable Evil Minions: The Watchdogs
  • Adorkable: Wander, oh so much.
  • Adventure Duo: Wander and Sylvia. Although, Wander, The Hero, is the oddball, while Sylvia, The Lancer, is the serious one.
  • Aerith and Bob: The galaxy has people with names like Sylvia and Marsha, right alongside names like Wander, Bleeblebort and Lord Hater.
  • Aliens Speaking English
    • The carnival ride in "The Bounty" has a voiceover in both English and Spanish, like many do in the USA.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The ending of "The Egg"
  • Angrish: Lots to go around, particularly on Hater and Peepers' parts.
    • Sylvia does a lot of it, too.
  • Ambiguously Human: Brad Starlight and Princess Demurra in "The Hero". If they are human, they're the only ones we've seen so far.
  • Aside Glance: In "The Prisoner", While dancing and bouncing around on Lord Hater's Water Bed in his room. Wander pushes one of the button that played the Big Bad exercising video and gave this to the viewer.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In "The Prisoner" Wander is distracted by Peepers' laser gunsight, chasing the dot as if he were a cat and seemingly oblivious to the fact that Peepers is trying to capture him.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: In Doomstone in "The Bad Guy." Subverted when it turns out the townspeople aren't "real" bad guys.
  • Badass Mustache: Wander wears one while pretending to be tough in "The Bad Guy".
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: When Lord Hater is playing with Captain Tim he coos "Who's a bad boy? Who's a bad boy?"
  • Bag of Holding: Wander's hat. In "The Hat" Wander explains that the hat doesn't give you what you want, it gives you what you need.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Characters can survive in space just by holding their breath, and at times not even that.
    • Though judging by Peepers' brief exposure to space in "The Prisoner", holding one's breath in space can be painful.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Sylvia is basically all three of these rolled into one!
  • Behind the Black: In "The Good Deed" Wander somehow didn't notice the guy holding the stick he took the carrot from.
  • Behind a Stick: combined with Scooby Stack in more than one episode.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Played straight and subverted. In 'The Fugitives', Sylvia's last-minute rescue is foiled because she's outnumbered by Watchdogs. However, the citizens of the planet pull one of their own to repay Wander for helping them throughout the episode, and in later episodes, such as 'The Pet' and 'The Prisoner', Sylvia proves she's more than capable of rescuing Wander on her own if she needs to.
  • Big Eater: Sylvia. Whether it's thinking about food or gorging herself on sandwiches, Sylvia always wants something in her belly.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: The troll is presented in this fashion.
  • Book Ends: The episodes The Day & The Night both end where the other starts, making them effectively some sort of endless loop.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When Wander is speculating the contents of the titular box in "The Box", he thinks it might have a bat, a hat, a bat with a hat or a hat with a bat.
  • Break the Cutie: Wander drives himself mad trying to resist opening the box in "The Box".
  • Carnival of Killers: "The Bounty" has Lord Hater sending a trio of bounty hunters after Wander. They consist of a pig woman, a Killer Robot and...a house plant. That ends up being carnivorous.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In The Fugitives, Hater's minions attempt to draw out Wander by causing multiple accidents that Wander wants to assist people with, but can't due to promising Sylvia that he wouldn't help anyone else due to it constantly causing their escape plans to fail. Wander caves in.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Baaaaa-halla warriors punching the troll, he began insulting them saying their punches are like kisses. Their comebacks are based on how kissing is serious and they would never kiss him.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Whatever planet Hater tries to conquer, Wander and Sylvia will just happen to be there.
    • Well really, it's implied there have been times he's done that without them being there.
  • Creator Cameo: Craig McCracken, caricatured as some kind of alien rabbit, appears in the show's opening in the form of a bust. Can be seen at 0:18 on the far left.
    • McCracken also appears briefly in a black and white live action photo in "The Void", see Freeze-Frame Bonus below.
    • Craig also voices the sock puppet in "The Epic Quest."
  • Credits Pushback: Unfortunately, even though they have animatics playing during them, they are still shrunken down on Disney XD to show promos.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Get away from him, you-" "SYLVIA!"
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Lord Hater is aware that Wander is a major factor preventing him from taking over the universe and is always there to stop him. He views him as a Worthy Opponent of sorts and takes him into account for most of his plans in "The Brainstorm".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The inhabitants of Doomstone look like monsters and thugs, but are actually perfectly nice people... who pretend to be violent villains because they assume everyone else in the town actually is based on its reputation as a Wretched Hive.
    • In "The Hero", the supposedly princess-kidnapping dragon is in a legitimate relationship with said princess. Driven home when the "hero" kidnaps her and it's up to Wander to rally the dragon's demonic forces to go rescue her. Not that it matters, as she rescued herself.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Buster, formally known as "The Worldbuster", the giant space puppy in "The Ball".
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "What's In The Box?" and "Take A Step Inside Your Mind".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Invoked by Sylvia at the end of "The Ball", when Wander explains how he was inspired to save Buster's victims. When they cried "flee", he came up with the idea that they should "flea" - i.e., live like fleas on the surface of Buster himself. Which turns out to be a nice place to live.
  • Dramatic Irony: In "The Pet" the audience sees the alien cut up a teddy bear and put in a cocoon, but when Sylvia finds and opens the cocoon she thinks it's Wander's remains.
  • Drool Hello: In "The Bounty", Commander Peepers lures one of the bounty hunters into the pen of a dangerous creature. She only notices it when it drools on her.
  • Droste Image: Seen in a dream sequence in "The Box". There's an extended animatic version at the end of the episode.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Wander in "The Fugitives", whose compulsion to help anyone in need keeps ruining Sylvia's attempts to escape. The Watchdogs even exploit that to try to draw him out.
  • Egopolis: Lord Hater tried to do this to the Planet Bingleborp in "The Greatest." Hater's a bit of an egomaniac, as evidenced by all the designs (and theme song) on his ship.
  • Elite Mook: Commander Peepers.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: Lord Hater does this in "The Picnic" when he appears behind Wander, about to strangle him.
  • Epic Fail: See Wasteful Wishing below.
  • Evil Overlord: Lord Hater is a parody of this.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Lord Hater does this to Commander Peepers in one episode. Notably, he had just teleported out of his ship. He teleported back in just for the sake of doing it.
  • Eye Scream: In "The Prisoner" Peepers gets accidentally teleported into space by Wander and his eye swells to an enormous size and becomes bloodshot. Considering that Peepers is mostly an eyeball to begin with, this can't be very comfortable for him.
  • Facepalm: Done by Peepers, followed by both Hater and Awesome's armies, in response to Hater accidentally wishing for Wander to leave him alone for five seconds.
  • Face Ship: Lord Hater's base is a spaceship shaped like a skull.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: The Balzarians all do this in unison when Wander suggests they defeat Buster with trash.
  • Flock of Wolves: The "ruthless cutthroats" of Doomstone.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The alien in "The Pet" is given the name Captain Tim by Wander. It was the name of the ship's captain, whose dogtag Wander finds inside its gullet.
    • Fluffy Tamer: Wander does manage to teach Captain Tim some tricks, but he's still too dangerous for him to keep as a pet. He's perfect for Lord Hater, though.
  • Foreshadowing: In "The Fancy Party" Queen Entozoa rejects potential inheritors who she sees as weak. It turns out this is because she is really a parasitic demon who needs a new, strong body to possess. Also she is named after a type of parasite.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Void," Sylvia rapidly opens and closes a door that contains, among other things: Wander's original design (a.k.a. "Sketchbook Wander'' ), a photo of Jack McBrayer, a photo of The Two Man Gentleman Band, Sylvia's original design, a black and white photo of Craig McCracken, and a personal message from McCracken that reads: "Thanks for watching Wander Over Yonder and for taking the time to still frame this!"
  • Ghost Ship: "The Pet" takes place aboard one, naturally containing a monster that wants to eat everything aboard.
  • Gone Behind The Bend: In "The Picnic", Hater chases Wander around a tall narrow rock, until Wander climbs up on it to watch the planets align, leaving Hater to run around the rock until he finds Wander on top and resumes chasing him.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Lord Hater wears brightly colored polka-dot boxers under his robes.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: "The Night", which is a continuation of the previous episode, "The Day", ends exactly where "The Day" began, with Sylvia waking up to discover Wander asleep and they are on Hater's ship.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: "The Picnic" plays it straight with Lord Hater vs. Emperor Awesome, and has a one-sided variation with Hater vs. Wander.
  • Hammerspace: Wander's hat. It won't give you what you want, it'll give you what you need.
    • In "The Picnic", Wander's hat holds the picnic basket, which itself contains multitudes.
    • In "The Greatest" the hat holds Wander's "Greatest in the Galaxy" trophy.
    • Wander also sleeps in his hat, as shown in "The Prisoner".
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Not unlike The Amazing World of Gumball every episode is titled "The (Noun)".
  • Imagine Spot: In "The Bounty" when Wander, Sylvia, and Peepers have been eaten by a carnivorous potted plant, Peepers has one in where Lord Hater gives the plant his job and he's demoted to scrub duty.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The lyrics to the Italian dub actually mention Disney, as in "Disney Wander".
  • I Resemble That Remark: In "The Good Deed" Lord Hater screams that he's not emotionally unstable just before flipping the psychic's table over and vowing revenge on the sun because he was upset over his reading.
  • Jump Scare: In "The Pet" there's one at the end of the credits.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The basis for "The Fugitives." When Wander helps out a lot of strangers instead of trying to escape, those strangers orchestrate his escape at the end.
  • Leitmotif: Lord Hater always seems to be accompanied by heavy metal music.
    • Commander Peepers has his own theme music that is mostly heard in episodes centered on him. It is a march, that often ends with Andy Bean singing, "Commander Pee-peeeeeerrrrrrrs."
  • Lock and Load Montage: Sylvia goes through several in "The Pet".
  • Made of Explodium: When Lord Hater throws Emperor Awesome's dinosaur into space, it inexplicably explodes.
  • Make My Monster Grow: The troll in "The Troll" gets bigger as it feeds on people's reactions to his insults.
  • Mama Bear: Sylvia and the baby's real mother in "The Egg." Sylvia also seems very protective of Wander.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Buster, an innocent space puppy who doesn't realize that the "balls" he's playing with are whole planets.
  • Mistaken For Dog: In "The Pet", Wander comes face to face with a voracious, acid-spewing spider-like monster who has eaten the entire crew of a spaceship... and starts gushing about how cute he is and tries to train it and be his pet.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In the episode "The Egg", Wander finds a giant egg fallen from a nest and concludes this is the case for the monster attacking Sylvia and him. He's wrong, but the egg's real mother is bigger and meaner than the monster that was trying to kill them, and very grateful that they helped her baby.
  • Mood Whiplash: In "The Greatest," we have the scene where an enraged Lord Hater looms over a frightened Wander and Sylvia, proclaiming he's the greatest in the galaxy. Immediately after this tense moment...Wander gives Hater a great big hug with a heart appearing in the background.
    Wander: Well, congratulations! That's amazing!
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The episode with the longest title, "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!", is all about Wander and Sylvia going on an epic quest........to return a missing sock to its owner.
  • Mythology Gag: The first episode, "The Picnic," makes one to the Pilot Movie for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, another McCracken cartoon specifically, with this line:
    Hater: "Slow down, I just wanna destroy you!" note 
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
    Wander: (to the Egg) Oh, don't you worry! We'll get you back to Mama... even if she wants to kill us! Yes she does! She wants to kill us DEEEAAAAAAD!
    • Also, from the exact same episode:
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The episode "The Good Deed" is all about this trope. Every time Wander helps out someone, the circumstances just keep getting increasingly worse. At least the chain ends with Lord Hater and Peepers.
  • Oh Crap: Plenty of moments in the preview alone. Among them:
    Peepers: Sir? SIIIIIR?!
    Hater: WHAAAAAAAAAT?!
    Peepers: THAT! (points to planets aligning at that very moment) And THAAAAT! (points to Awesome's army just a few meters from them)
    • Wander immediately after Hater lowers his forcefield.
    Wander: .... (hands Peepers his popcorn) Here you go. (runs and dodges Hater's lightning bolts)
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Wander and Sylvia.
  • Overly-Long Gag: The animatic that plays over the end credits sometimes extends a scene from the episode into one of these (or an even longer one).
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password for Lord Hater's self-destruct system is "Lord Hater #1 super star".
  • Pet the Dog: Hater normally loves tormenting Peepers, but in "The Fancy Party" he saves Peepers as they're running away from Queen Entozoa's guards. In the credits animatic you can actually see Hater grabbing Peepers as he runs to his ship.
  • Planet of Hats: Seems to describe all the worlds Wander visits.
  • The Power of Friendship/The Power of Love: Possibly. McCracken has said this is less about Good Vs. Evil and more about Love Vs. Hate.
    • Wander also mentions the latter in "The Egg", several times.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Lord Hater. In "The Greatest" alone, he throws a massive hissy fit over not winning Wander's trophy, and completely forgets that he's conquered the planet they're on.
    Peepers: Please, Sir, just let them go! The planet is ours!
    Hater: Shut up, Peepers! Forget the planet; I want that trophy! I'm the greatest in the galaxy!
    • Lampshaded in "The Good Deed" when Lord Hater gets a psychic reading that tells him that he is this.
    Psychic: Wait, the skies have shifted. The stars do not say you will be a strong and powerful leader. Now the stars say you are immature, awkward, and emotionally unstable.
    Hater: I AM NOT EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE! *flips table* You will pay for this, sun!
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Buster from "The Ball." Not from the perspective of the inhabitants whose planets he keeps destroying, though.
  • Right on Queue: A Running Gag on "The Nice Guy", where Wander finds a long line every time he goes to pay, no matter how empty the store seems to be.
  • Sanity Slippage: Poor Wander has already gone through two nervous breakdowns, in "The Fugitives" and "The Box". And they are uniformly caused by the same thing: Wander having to repress his natural urges of curiosity and helpfulness.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Schmuck Bait: Wander and Sylvia use Hater's competitive streak against him in order to defeat him in "The Greatest."
    Wander: Hey, Hater! Final challenge for the win!
    Sylvia: Last one into the town is a rotten egg!
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: The Friz Freleng variation of this gag is used in "The Void".
  • Secret Test of Character: In "The Box", Sylvia and Wander have to deliver a box without opening it first, which Wander finds hard to resist. When they finally make it, they are informed by Sufficiently Advanced Aliens that they were being tested on their integrity. Even when told this, Wander still obsesses over what's in the box, so Sylvia makes the aliens put something in the empty box to keep him from having a Heroic BSOD. The items they put in the box are completely mundane, but they're good enough for Wander.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism:
    • "The Pet": After thinking Wander was eaten by the alien, Sylvia activates the ship's self-destruct to keep the alien from escaping. When she discovers that Wander is still alive, she has to return and get him out before the ship explodes.
    • "The Prisoner": Wander activates the self-destruct in Lord Hater's ship. Hater waits for Peepers to apologize before deactivating it at literally the last second.
  • Seriously Scruffy: Inverted; The titular character suffers stress from being prevented from helping, or from his curiosity being denied but doing so actually clears it up. The stress takes the form of his eyes changing colour, pupils changing size, his fur getting frizzy and brittle, and patches appearing on his hat.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: In "The Troll", Wander realizes that the only reason the troll gets bigger is because he's powered by people responding to his taunts. To beat him, Wander just curls up by a fireplace and ignores him.
  • Shout-Out: So many, they now have their own page.
  • Side Bet: When Wander's first attempt to lure Buster away from the Balzarian's planet in "The Ball", seems to work, we see one slipping another a dollar. He says he didn't think he'd win.
  • The Sixties: The art style—and, thankfully, not the animation—is modeled heavily on the works of Jay Ward and Buck Biggers.
  • Space Is Noisy
  • Stealth Pun: In "The Box", the postman who Wander and Sylvia deliver the box for (after apparently crashing his truck) is apparently a snail: Snail Mail.
    • The Troll attacks the Baaaaa-hallans by getting their goats.
    • Also, the Bad-Guy Bar in The Bad Guy has a bartender with an Apple for a head. He's a bad Apple.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: Bingleborp in "The Greatest" undergoes this once Lord Hater invades at the beginning of the episode.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Wander throughout "The Day".
  • Talking to Themself: Wander has demonstrated on multiple occasions his incredible ability to take on multiple roles at once when needed, once even enacting an entire courtroom scene by himself to stop a feud.
    Sylvia: (Grinning) That made no sense whatever!
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In "The Greatest" during the fair, everyone is singing a wordless version of this.
  • Title Theme Tune: In fact, the title is pretty much the only words to the song.
  • Troll: A literal and personality type at the same time. Like a Internet troll, he gets his strength from people reacting to his insults and offenses and thus Wander reveals the way to defeat him is by not giving in to his hype.
  • Truncated Theme Tune: When "The Fancy Party" premiered on Disney XD, Wander became a victim of this trope. The shortened theme is slightly faster and after the first chorus, Wander does not point ahead. Instead, he points upward in a worried manner and there is different music for Hater's portion and different imagery, then it goes straight to the final chorus.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: The opening does a variation of this.
  • Very Special Episode: "The Troll" 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Wander is quite friendly towards Lord Hater (much to his chagrin).
  • Wanted Poster: Wander and Sylvia have one that says "Wanted: For making Lord Hater look totally stupid!!! And other punishable-by-death type stuff."
  • Wasteful Wishing: At the end of "The Picnic", Wander pesters Hater to the point that he completely botches his wish from the "Celestial Being":
    Hater: I WISH YOU WOULD LEAVE ME ALONE FOR FIVE SECONDS!
    Celestial Being: Yeah, okay, I can swing it out.
  • Watching a Video Game: The race in "The Timebomb" has pads with pointed arrows on them that make the racers speed up when they hit them, like something you'd see in a Sonic the Hedgehog game.
  • What Does This Button Do?: In "The Prisoner", Wander pushes every button and pulls every lever on Lord Hater's ship.
  • When The Planets Align:
    • The plot of "The Picnic" revolves around a planetary alignment.
    • In "The Time Bomb", another alignment creates the race course for the Galactic Conjunction 6000.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "The Pet" is basically Alien and Aliens cleaned up for children's programming.
  • Wretched Hive: Doomstone. Except it's a self-perpetuating myth - all of the people in town are just pretending to be ruthless cutthroats because they assume everyone else is.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lord Hater views Wander in this fashion, as he believes his goofball shtick is just Obfuscating Stupidity.

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