"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 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 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 looks to be one heck of a trip.Now with its own Best Episode Crowner!
This show contains examples of the following tropes:
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.
Break the Cutie: Wander drives himself mad trying to resist opening the box in "The Box".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hater: "Slow down, I just wanna destroy you!" note (The line references, Bloo says "Wait! Stop! I just wanna punch you!" to Eduardo in the first episode of Foster's. Bloo and Lord Hater are both voiced by Keith Ferguson making it an Actor Allusion also.)
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!
Rummage Fail: In "The Hat", Sylvia needs to find Wander using the stuff she takes out of Wander's hat. Everything the hat gives her, however, nearly gets her eaten by a giant worm. Wander had explained earlier that the hat gives you what you need, not what you want, but Sylvia doesn't seem to think so. Subverted in that the hat's goal was to get Sylvia eaten by the worm, because inside the worm is where Wander was.
The Runt at the End: Westley in "The Little Guy". As the shortest of the Watchdogs, he is always being ignored and left behind by the others. In fact, it's his being forgotten after Hater's ship leaves that kick starts the plot.
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.
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!
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 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.
"The Pet" is pretty much a love letter to Alien. It takes place in a dark, enclosed spaceship. Sylvia dress up in an outfit that resembles Vasquez's (complete with face paint). The monster of the story is heavily Alien inspired with the fact that it spits acid and crawls around vents to kill people. At one point Sylvia rides around in an exosuit and quotes Ripley's famous line from Aliensalmost word for word. There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sequence of Captain Tim doing a Captain Kirk-style speech.
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.
Sugar Apocalypse: Bingleborp in "The Greatest" undergoes this once Lord Hater invades at the beginning of the episode.
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.
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.