Western Animation / Wander over Yonder

He's the friendliest face in outer space!

"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 was a co-producer and story editor on the first season. 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 '60s (a pretty standard motif of McCracken's works, really), as well as Ward Kimball's 1950's space projects for Disney. However, in a departure from the flat, rather stylized art normally associated with McCracken, Wander favours a bouncier and more expressive animation style reminiscent of classic Looney Tunes (Eddie Trigueros, one of the show's key directors and storyboard artists, is a modern day master of the style). All in all, it's one heck of a trip.

On March 4, 2016, word leaked out that Disney XD had declined to renew the series for a third season. McCracken confirmed the news the following day. Despite devoted fans Sending Stuff to Save the Show, the final episode aired June 27, 2016.

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This show contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The show itself.
    • The Void is a literal example (literal as in it's a dimension, not as in it has actual drugs).
  • Action Girl: Sylvia. She's tough and proud of it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Eye on the Skullship" focuses on the Watchdogs and their day to day life. In particular it focuses on the Watchdog Andy, who makes an in-house TV show about his fellow coworkers.
  • 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. Peepers gets in on this too.
  • 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.
    • It was hinted in the show itself and outright stated by the Word of God that 'Wander', 'Hater' and so on are only aliases, so it is probably a Subverted Trope.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • The commercial for the H.A.T.E.R.V. in "The New Toy" is one to the cheesy, over-the-top toy commercials from the 1990s.
    • The Silver-7 sequence and the theory sequence in "The Legend" were ones to Gigantor and the fanfiction/fan theories of the show.
  • Allegory: Season 2's Myth Arc as a whole serves as one, according to an official blog post. The struggles the gang faces now that Lord Dominator has stepped up to the plate is a story about how cartoons have developed over the years, and how silly, comedic, and formulaic shows (represented by Wander and Hater's adventures and interactions) stack up against the more serious, story driven works cartoons have transformed into (represented by Dominator). And in the end, they're trying to show that, as much as those kinds of works deserve their merit, there is a place for the silliness somewhere.
  • 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"
    • This back and forth discussion from The Brainstorm:
    Lord Hater: What if Wander throws a picnic, and invites the watchdogs, and because his pie is so gooooood, they all go?
    Commander Peepers: We'll bring giant ants.
    Lord Hater: What if he brings a giant anteater?
    Commander Peepers: We'll bring a giant anteater-eater.
    Lord Hater: What if he brings a...
    Commander Peepers: AND SO ON!
  • Animation Bump: Due to the show's animation switching to Boulder Media Season 2 onward, the show's flash-esque animation has become more smooth and fluid and less jerky, most notable on mouth and body movements.
    • Even the animatics in the credits are animated more fluidly than before.
  • 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.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: In "The Date" Lord Hater coerces his date (actually Sylvia in disguise) into accepting his marriage proposal by threatening to destroy every planet in the universe if she refuses.
    Lord Hater: No pressure.
  • Apocalypse How: Dominator tries to invoke a Class X-3 and effectively SUCCEEDS. She destroys every planet in the Galaxy except for one small planet. However, the destroyed planets do start rgrowing back afterwards.
  • Ascended Meme: One fan of Wander talks about a fanfiction where he's referred to as a "Star Nomad", referencing the out-of-universe fans who claim that as a species name for whatever he is. The "Hater is/was part of Wander's species" theory was referenced in that sequence, too.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bad: Lord Hater.
  • Bigger Bad: During The Stinger after "The Rider", Lord Dominator can be seen watching Hater and Wander and laughing maniacally all the while.
  • 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.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Lord Hater's spaceship.
  • Big Eater: Sylvia. Whether it's thinking about food or gorging herself on sandwiches, Sylvia always wants something in her belly.
    • Wander fits this trope to a tee—see his character profile.
    • Lord Hater is also one in "The Date."
  • Big "NO!": By Sylvia in "The Pet" when she sees what she thinks is Wander's remains but is a teddy bear cut up by the alien and put in a cocoon.
    • In "The Gift II: The Giftening", Lord Hater shouts this as Wander and Sylvia leave and the episode ends.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: The troll is presented in this fashion.
  • Body Surf: In 'The Fancy Party', Queen Entozoa invites villains from across the cosmos in hopes of finding potential heir for her space armada. However, when Lord Hater triumphs over the competition she grabs him and reveals that she really just wanted a new host as her current body was wearing out. Interference from Wander leaves her spirit trapped in a sandwich.
  • Bookends: The episodes The Day & The Night both end where the other starts, making them effectively some sort of endless loop.
    • Season 2 starts with Hater chasing Wander, who has stolen his flag. Peepers, exasperated, states "Nothing. Ever. Changes". This is echoed in the season finale, where Hater once again chases after Wander for stealing his flag and Peepers and Sylvia state "Nothing ever changes".
    • In "The Greater Hater", Wander offers Dominator a fruit basket as a token of friendship. Come "The End of the Galaxy", he once again offers her the same fruit basket, repeating his earlier speech almost word-for-word.
    • The entire series starts and ends with the theme tune.
  • 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".
    • A whole bunch of episodes in the first season seem to be focused on breaking poor Wander's resolve.
    • What Dominator tries to do to Wander in "The End of the Galaxy".
  • Breather Episode: Because of Season 2's greater focus on defeating Lord Dominator in the second half, "The Sick Day" and "The Sky Guy" are these.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Many people abuse or mistreat the Black Cube of Darkness despite him being a Eldritch Abomination who can suck out your soul just by talking.
  • Call Back:
    • Hater sings "If You Wander over Yonder" and brings back Yonder's "Mustard or Mayo?" question in his attempts to annoy Wander during "The Whole Lotta Nothin'".
  • The Cameo: "The End of the Galaxy" has a small one from Blooregard Q. Kazoo himself in one of the crowd scenes. He can be seen here.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: The campfire scene in "The Little Guy." Westley finally starts warming up to Wander and Sylvia (and stops aiming his blaster at them every two seconds).
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Wander:
      • "This place is amazing!
      • Later, Hater!
    • Lord Hater:
      • Lord Hater, number one superstar!
    • Watchdogs:
      • Hate's great! Best villain!
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Explored in "The Helper". Wander, building his life around his altruism and helpfulness, experiences withdrawal during an off-day.
  • Close on Title: In "The Liar" the title doesn't appear until the end.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Sylvia to Wander and likewise Commander Peepers to Lord Hater. In season 2 this leads to some mutual understanding between the two.
  • Clown Car Base: Lord Hater's spaceship is barely bigger then a two-storey house on the outside, but has a dungeon, a zoo full of captive animals, and a mall on the inside. It can even talk for Hater.
  • 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.
  • Crapsaccharine Galaxy: There's a leaderboard for how many planets are conquered by overlords. Where's Galactic Police when you need them?
  • Creator Cameo:
  • 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!"
    • Again in "The Party Poopers."
      Sylvia: It has been a long time since I've really laughed my—
      Wander: SYLVIA! That's just crude.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The kitten in "The Stray" has this effect on Wander. Invoked.
    • Happens again in "The Catastrophe". By the hand of the exact same cat, who has gone from a bounty hunter to a full blown villain.
  • 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".
  • Deconstruction: Season 2's all about this trope. Everything that the crew stands for and does to achieve it is put to the test when they all come across Lord Dominator, a new foe that has taken over most if not all of Hater's territory... as a direct result of his chasing Wander across the galaxy. A good number of Hater's subordinates don't actually respect him, and it looks like Peepers is on his last wits watching his boss hold off conquering the galaxy. Wander's methods of befriending don't actually work on their new foe, and his distracting tendencies don't actually put Dominator off of their goal, and in the end defeats him easily. He also came really close to actually hating someone for the first time in the series. Sylvia just can't blast her way out of the situation like she usually can because Dominator's army is tougher, more powerful, and easily outnumbers them all. In the end, Dominator is revealed to be an extremely childish woman who appears to be spreading terror all over the galaxy for fun, combining elements of both Hater and Wander together.
    • Craig McCracken himself stated that the Season was trying to examine Wander and Hater's interactions in different ways while still getting their basic plot line (Hater wants to destroy Wander, Wander escapes and lives another day) across.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Craig McCracken mentioned in an interview that he feels the show is really about Hater.
    He's the character that has the most to learn over the course of this show and is the one who most needs to grow. [...] I mean, Wander has some flaws. But he's really the guy who's guiding Hater to his future or wherever he's going to end up.
  • Dem Bones: Lord Hater.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "What's In The Box?". Also the end of "The Funk." "Take A Step Inside Your Mind" is a musical variant.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Lord Dominator to Lord Hater.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: During "The Big Day", Hater interrupts his announcement for "Boomapalozza" in order to announce that he's been trying to stay away from obsessing over Wander (or "the 'W' word, as he puts it) before being dragged right back into him, in exactly the same way an addict would.
    • "The Big Day" in general blatantly shows the relationship between Wander and Hater in a romantic fashion by having Wander set up his ultimate demise as a wedding.
    • "The Axe" has the queen of a planet Hater had previously conquered admitting that they let themselves be conquered by Sourdough in a manner similar to a girlfriend trying to say that she's found someone else.
      'Hater: Over? What do you mean it's over? But I conquered you! Your planet belongs to me!
      Alien Queen: Belonged to you. Look, you really haven't been around a lot lately, so we weren't even sure if you were still even ruling us anymore, so we, like, uh, well, we met someone else.
      Hater: Someone else?! Who?! Is it Emperor Awesome? The Black Cube of Darkness? Dominator?!
    • "The Bad Hatter" opens with Peepers disciplining Hater in parental fashion, complete with sending him to his room to "think about what you've done." Hater fumes like a rebellious kid.
  • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the end credits of "The Rider" we see a shadowy silhouette of season 2's Bigger Bad.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing Password: The password to Hater's ship's computer, as set by Peepers? H8rnP33prs4evr.
  • Enemy Civil War: Hater's blind vendetta towards Wander causes him to lose ALL of his territory to his various rivals due to his negligence, embroiling the universe in a titanic civil war as the villains fight each other for even bigger cuts of his former domain.
  • 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.
  • Episode Title Card
  • Evil Overlord: Lord Hater is a parody of this.
  • Expy: Lord Something the So and So is obviously patterned after Marvel Comic's similarly-shabby Not Brand Echh mascot Forbush Man.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Lord Hater does this to Commander Peepers in one episode. Notably, he had just teleported out of the room. 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.
    Peepers: (placing a bandage directly on his eye) That's gonna hurt coming off.
    • In "The Day," one of the Watchdogs is shown shaving his eye.
  • 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.
  • Fade Around the Eyes: In the episode "The Greater Hater", Lord Dominator does this when she decides that the heroes are idiots, and defeating them will be easy. For extra awesomeness, she does it while wearing her power suit, which gives her an electronic deep voice and a glowing green visor. The screen fades to black around her visor as she does an Evil Laugh for terrifying effect.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: The Balzarians all do this in unison when Wander suggests they defeat Buster with trash.
  • Floating in a Bubble: This is how Wander and Sylvia travel from planet to planet.
  • 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.
  • Foul Flower: Potted Plant looks like an ordinary potted flower, but is actually a dangerous bounty hunter. Also, it transforms into a big Man-Eating Plant. (Though it still retains its petals and yellow face.)
    • Janet the Planet manifests herself through a giant flower, which she uses to try and kiss Wander.
  • 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 Gentlemen 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!"
  • Friendship Trinket: The broken-heart necklace Wander attempts to palm off on Hater in "The Buddies," as well as the identical necklace which Commander Peepers himself shares with Hater. Likewise the skull ring which Wander hangs on to after helping a zonked-out Hater win it from a claw machine in "The Fremergency Fronfract."
  • Galactic Conqueror: The vast majority of the shows villains. There's even a leaderboard for how many planets one has conquered.
  • 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.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Wander's fur, hat and shoes are light shades of orange, green and blue respectively, while Lord Hater wears a robe of dark red and black.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Lord Hater wears red eyeball-print boxers under his cloak.
  • "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 that Wander is 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" and "The Lonely Planet".
  • Heart Beats out of Chest:
    • The episode "The Night" has a non-romantic-love example. Sylvia, exhausted from the events of "The Day" has stated that she needs a really quiet night. Wander goes to great lengths to keep the whole planet silent for her. However, once he's done that, he becomes aware of his own heartbeat, which begins hammering through his furry orange chest.
    • The episode "The Fugitives" has Wander's heart beat out his chest as he describes the good feeling he gets from helping others.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Not unlike The Amazing World of Gumball every episode is titled "The (Noun)" (which actually leads to them having several episodes with identical names), though Wander doesn't limit all its titles to two words like Gumball does.
  • 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.
  • Immortal Immaturity: "The Waste of Time" reveals that Wander is well over a thousand years old, with Word of God suggesting that he won't be dying of old age any time soon. But even after being around for so long, he's still a flighty, naive little goofball.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The lyrics to the Italian dub actually mention Disney, as in "Disney Wander".
  • Instant Wristwatch:
    • Wander in The Little Guy and The Tourist
    • Sylvia in The Stranded
    • Lord Hater in The Good Deed
  • The Internet Is For Cats: In one episode Wander lands on a planet where people become enamored with a Cute Kitten (who even does a Shout-Out to Keyboard Cat). Mechanical toys were being sold in vending machines that had cute kitten videos on them. When Wander arrived, most people weren't hooked. He got hooked and then everyone else does. It turns out to be mind-control and the cat is a villain trying to scam people out of their money.
  • 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.
  • Jabba Table Manners:
    • In "The Fancy Party," Wander looks at the many utensils used for eating and, since not knowing which one to use for his meal, scoops up the food with his hands and eats it; shocking everyone at the table (except Queen Entozoa). And later shows everyone that he can balance a spoon on his nose.
    • Lord Hater eats all the food sloppily in front of "Linn" in "The Date."
  • Jump Scare: In "The Pet" there's one at the end of the credits.
    • There's another one at the end of "The Heebie Jeebies".
  • King Koopa Copy: Characteristically, Lord Hater shares a lot of traits with Bowser, more specifically the Bowser of the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games. Like Bowser, Hater is in control of an army of species-specific minions that are loyal to him and has a tendency to use his power for selfish and petty reasons. Both have a miserable record of failures when it comes to evil plans and tend to be subject to a number of Amusing Injuries and embarrassing situations. They both have bizarre relationships with their arch-enemies that vary from animosity to grudging respect and sometimes even share in recreational activities.
  • 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.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The final scene of "The Rider" is accompanied by an instrumental version of the theme song.
  • 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."
    • Wander is usually accompanied by Banjo strings of any sort.
    • The original "Wander Over Yonder" theme song (whose lyrics are quoted at the top of this page) is frequently heard during touching friendship moments between Wander and Sylvia, often played on piano.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "The Gift" has Wander and Sylvia decide to give gifts to everyone they've met over the past season...of their lives. This not only refers to a monthly season, but the show's entire first season.
    • Also, in the between season shorts, Hater complains he's been trying to destroy Wander for "like, a year and a half", which is the runtime of the first season.
    • In "The Matchmaker", Wander tells Something the So-and-So he would normally spend 11 minutes on a fight, referencing the length of a regular episode.
    • Time Travel Episode "The Waste of Time" neatly combines this with a Take That at the typical Clip Show format, which the episode itself thankfully manages to avert.
    Sylvia: Look, buddy, I know you're having fun reminiscing, but we can't just waste our time watching past episodes of our lives. It could be dangerous! And boring!!
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Sylvia's alias for her date with Lord Hater, "Linguini von Breadstick". Wander and Sylvia happened to be at the same Italian restaurant as Hater at the time.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Sylvia goes through several in "The Pet".
  • Love Makes You Stupid: A huge plot point with Hater in the second season. After he figures out that Dominator is a woman, he tries desperately to impress her by giving her gifts, coming up with ridiculous displays of affection, and in general making a fool of himself and his Watchdogs. It takes her finally telling him that it's never going to happen at the end of "My Fair Hatey" to get the message.
  • 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.
  • Meet Cute: Wander causes the events of "The Battle Royale" to happen in order to get him and Dominator to meet on the battlefield where the titular Royale happens. He even calls it as much before the first commercial break.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Buster, an innocent space puppy who doesn't realize that the "balls" he's playing with are whole planets.
  • Mind Rape: In "The Funk," Peepers and Hater get this treatment when they make the mistake of bullying the Mooplexians, a race of extremely powerful psychic beings locked in lethargic, drooling shells.
  • 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 Motif: There are several throughout the show as a whole; some episodes get their own, but these are the ones most prevalent.
    • The Kazoo of Silliness: Wander
    • The Banjo of Adorable Bumpkin: Wander again.
    • The Epic Riff of Epicness: Hater.
    • 133 Sentimental Piano and Strings, which plays in touching or tragic scenes.
  • 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!
    • "The Wanders", a high energy goofball episode involving Sylvia trying to chase down Wander's different personality parts, suddenly takes a turn for the somber when Sylvia comes across Wander's personified helplessness.
  • 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.
  • Musical Episode: Season 2's "My Fair Hatey: a Wander Over Yonder Musical". It turns out to actually be a plot important episode too, since it reveals Dominator's ice powers, sinks the Hater/Dominator ship to the bottom of the ocean, and starts to set up the season 2 finale.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: The show seems to mostly use the Diegetic type, as Wander plays a banjo for most of the songs he sings. Regarding, the Alternate Universe type can be used as well, making Wander's songs half and half.
    • Lord Hater gets one in "The Fancy Party" where he serenades the alien queen, though that could be justified with him just singing with the band.
    • Played With in the Musical Episode, wherein the characters (save, of course, Wander) seem to be pretty confused by the whole setup, although they eventually just roll with it.
    Peepers: Okay, okay, you definitely sang that last part.
    Sylvia: Well, so did you! I was only followin' your lead.
  • 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 
    • In the Disney XD short "The Smile", one of the many faces Wander cycles through before showing a genuine face of fear is the shaggy appearance of McCracken's earlier designs for Wander.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the Comic Con Second Season trailer we see Lord Hater and Commander Peepers fighting which seems like a serious and climatic scene, when the episode "The It", where that event took place, It turns out that they are just playing tag.
  • Never Say "Die": Lord Hater is intent on "destroying" Wander, which gives the viewers a hint he wants to kill him.
    • Averted in "The Egg":
    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:
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Wander's antics eventually free the cosmos from Lord Hater's stranglehold. This in turn allows every other galactic rogue a chance to take it over in season 2.
    • in My Fair Hatey, Commander Peepers and Sylvia throw an ice laser into the molten core of Lord Dominator's ship, freezing her inside. Only for it to unfreeze and give Dominator both lava and ice powers.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Wander is an optimist whose mission is to make friends and help them, Lord Hater is an evil overlord who wants to conquer the galaxy, and Sylvia mediates between the two, due to being abrasive but also as kind as Wander.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: Sylvia and Peepers have a moment like this during "The Battle Royale", where they realize that they're both th Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder to their respective friends. They even almost reconcile and hug it out before realizing what they were doing and begin pummeling each other again.
  • Oh Crap!: Plenty of moments in the preview alone. Among them:
    Peepers: Sir? SIIIIIR?!
    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)
    • Hater and Peepers' reaction in "The Good Deed" when they realize that the missile they aimed at the sun has been turned directly around and is about to hit their ship.
  • 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).
  • Pardon My Klingon: Mostly from Sylvia, who's apparently given to swearing.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": The password for Lord Hater's self-destruct system is "Lord Hater #1 super star".
  • Pet the Dog: Hater formally loves tormenting Peepers, but ever since season 2 came they get along better to the point that Hater sees Peepers as his best friend. Like 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.
    • Also at the end of "The Axe" Hater rewards Peepers with an statue of himself (Peepers) next to his.
    • "The Cool Guy" features some Hypocritical Heartwarming when Hater sees Emperor Awesome, with whom he spent the entire episode hanging out, picking on Peepers and proceeds to beat him to a pulp.
  • Planet of Hats: Seems to describe all the worlds Wander visits.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: "The Gift" and "The Gift 2: The Giftening" tell the same story, the former being told from Wander and Sylvia's perspective, the latter from Lord Hater and Commander Peepers. Funnily enough, "The Gift 2" was released before "The Gift".
  • 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: The normally polite Wander in "The Family Reunion," finally driven mad after listening to Sylvia's family argue all day.
    Wander: Flabdrassit, that's enough!
    Dorothy: Language.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: In a couple of episodes, but not all. Wander takes the crown for this trope, but Sylvia has shown these eyes as well ("The Egg").
    • Used as a weapon of intimidation in "The Stray."
  • 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!
  • Punch Clock Villain: The watchdogs are simply following orders from Hater and Peepers, and they easily befriend him in various ocassions.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "The Liar", Wander tries to rescue a nest of baby birds and their mother from a volcano. As soon as Wander gets close enough to grab the babies, the mother bird attacks him. Do you seriously think a protective mother animal in real life would let her babies be handled by a large, unfamiliar creature?
    • In the season two premiere, Peepers reveals that Hater has wasted so much time and energy chasing Wander that the his empire has fallen apart from neglect and has been snatched up by other villains. Later, when Hater demands to know why they don't have all of Dominator's weapons, Peepers reminds him that he wastes so much money on things like a hot tub, an arcade, and a food court that they can't afford it.
    • In the episode "The Axe" Lord Hater decides he could do better without Commander Peepers and fires him. He actually does better at conquering, and manages to gain back the territory he lost to Sourdough in record time, only to realize that he never actually secured the planets and Sourdough could just take them back without a fight.
    • Despite his attempts Wander can't make friends with Dominator who constantly rebuffs his friendly gestures throughout Season 2. Even at the end of everything, she still refuses. Sylvia even lampshades it, telling him some people are just like that.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Wander is the red to Sylvia's blue, and Hater is the red to Peepers' blue.
  • 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.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Lord Dominator as revealed at the end of the season 2 trailer.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.. 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.
    • "The Loose Screw" uses it twice. Sylvia accidentally activates the self-destruct on Stella Starbella's ship while she's fixing the engine and has to frantically try to guess the password, which Stella herself has forgotten (fortunately it turns out to be just "password"). Later in the episode, Mandrake the Malfeasant is likewise unable to remember his own password after Mittens sets off his self-destruct mechanism and Stella is forced to rescue him before the ship blows up.
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck:Wander, for Lord Hater and Lord Dominator.
  • Shout-Out: So many, they now have their own page.
  • Show within a Show: The Mystery Kids' Mysteries
  • 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 '60s: The art style—and, thankfully, not the animation—is modeled heavily on the works of Jay Ward and Buck Biggers.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: This show is pretty solidly on the idealistic side. In Season 2, it begins to slot somewhere in the middle with the arrival of Lord Dominator, though it still leans heavily on the idealistic side, seeing as how the idea of the second season seems to be that no matter how bad things get, there's always still hope.
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: Wander, a goofy and optimistic humanoid Cartoon Creature with his faithful and no-nonsense steed Sylvia.
  • Space Is Noisy
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Lord Hater and Commander Peepers were always major characters, but in Season 2 they are given just as much, if not more, focus and screen time as Wander and Sylvia, as opposed to the handful of Villain Episodes they had in Season 1.
  • Stalker Shrine: Peepers' Hater-based room decorating scheme isa little over-the-top.
  • 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.
  • Story Arc: The entire second season is centered on this - Lord Dominator, a new villain, is set out to destroy the galaxy.
    • Between the second and third half hours is a smaller arc centered on Hater falling for Dominator.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: A brain-zapped Lord Hater and Wander go to, according to the song, "Gelatinus Bob's," in "The Fremergency Fronfract."
  • 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!
  • Tempting Fate: During "The Greater Hater", Peepers watches Hater chase after Wander while Sylvia dispatches the Watchdogs. Disgruntled and tired, he comments that "Nothing. Ever. Changes." Cue the arrival of the new Number One conqueror of the galaxy...
  • Teens Are Monsters: Those three kids from "The Black Cube" who harassed the Cube. They just end up following him everywhere and make fun of him for almost anything he does.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In "The Greatest" during the fair, we hear a wordless version of this.
    • In "The Rider", the song plays during the final scene as background music.
  • Time Travel Episode: "The Waste of Time."
  • Tin-Can Telephone: In "The Hat", Wander and Sylvia use these to communicate while separated. Unlike the traditional versions, these cans have antennae, meaning they really can communicate over long distances.
  • Title Theme Tune: In fact, the title is pretty much the only words to the song.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sylvia has mentioned jellyfish pie in three episodes.
  • Troll: A literal and personality type at the same time. Like an 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.
  • Villain Decay: Lord Hater's decay was the explicit reason for writing Lord Dominator into the story. It even occurs in-universe. Hater's obsession with destroying Wander is explicitly stated to have caused him to become less threatening. The first third of the second season revolves around Hater trying to reclaim his title as the Greatest in the Galaxy.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In "The Helper", Hater buys pie at a diner, much to Wander's dismay.
  • Visual Pun: One of the bad guys has minions shaped like feet, making them literal foot soldiers.
  • 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":
    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.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Season 2 premiere "The Greater Hater". After doing the same old same old for who knows how long, the status quo shakes up with a new enemy, calling himself Lord Dominator. None of their usual tactics work on them. Slyvia can't beat him or his army up like she usually can with Hater and his Watchdogs, Lord Hater can't even make himself appear to be a threat (since he's now the 29th greatest conqueror in the galaxy), and Wander just can't seem to befriend the guy. Then they all get captured. Dominator manages to do what Hater never could— defeat and subdue Wander— and even with Hater having enough firepower to subdue the giant weapon chasing him for the entire episode, he couldn't defeat it. Luckily they're all able to escape thanks to Peepers, but a new threat is on the rise, and both parties want to take him— or rather, her— down.
    • To a lesser extent, "The Wanders", which gives us our first peek at Wander's backstory.
    • "The Bot" has the titular bot being straight up murdered by Dominator. It's the first episode that shows just how serious a villain Dominator is, despite her quirks.
    • "My Fair Hatey" brings up the revelation that Dominator just wants to destroy the galaxy rather than conquer it. Oh, and did we mention she's imprisoned every single villain in the galaxy? Plus, she now has ICE powers along with her lava powers. The four main characters now have to team up to stop her.
  • Wham Line:
    • "The helper seeks to help because he knows what it is to be helpless...."
    • From "The Good Bad Guy": Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo?"
    • An in-universe wham line as well: "Because this is exactly what happened when I stole it!"
    • "She doesn't want to conquer the galaxy so she can rule it...she wants to DESTROY it!"
  • 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.
  • World of Ham
  • 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. And it is, to a certain extent.