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[[caption-width-right:350: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 Creator/DisneyChannel original series, the third to be created by animation-legend Creator/CraigMcCracken. Creator/LaurenFaust is a co-producer and story editor. A preview aired on August 16th, 2013 following the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel''. The first season started on September 13th.

The show is about the exploits of Wander ([[Series/ThirtyRock Jack McBrayer]]), a furry, orange, extremely optimistic [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]]-[[CartoonCreature thing]] and his faithful steed [[ActionGirl Sylvia]] (Creator/AprilWinchell) as they travel across the galaxy spreading freedom and happiness, all while under the watch of the evil [[BigBad Lord Hater]] ([[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Keith Ferguson]]), his henchman Commander Peepers (Creator/TomKenny), and his army of Watchdogs.

The general feel and look of the series pays much homage to animation and popular culture from TheSixties (a pretty standard motif of [=McCracken's=] works, really), as well as [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen 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 vintage rubberhose cartoons (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 [[AcidTripDimension trip]].


Now with its own [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/WanderOverYonder Best Episode]] Crowner!

Its [[Recap/WanderOverYonder recap page]] could use a little love, and a hug.

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!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

* AcidTripDimension: The show itself.
** The Void is a ''literal'' example.
* ActionGirl: Sylvia. She's tough and proud of it.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: 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?
* AdorableEvilMinions: The Watchdogs
* {{Adorkable}}: Wander, oh so much.
* AdventureDuo: Wander and Sylvia. Although, Wander, TheHero, is the oddball, while Sylvia, TheLancer, is the serious one.
* AerithAndBob: 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 WordOfGod that 'Wander', 'Hater' and so on are only aliases, so it is probably a SubvertedTrope.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
** The carnival ride in "The Bounty" has a voiceover in both English ''and'' Spanish, like many do in the USA.
* AlwaysABiggerFish:
** [[spoiler: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!
* AnimationBump: 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.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Brad Starlight and Princess Demurra in "The Hero". If they are human, they're the only ones we've seen so far.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: In "The Date" Lord Hater coerces his date [[spoiler: 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.
* AsideGlance: 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.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: 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.
* BadGuyBar: In Doomstone in "The Bad Guy." [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out the townspeople aren't "real" bad guys.]]
* BadassMustache: Wander wears one while pretending to be tough in "The Bad Guy".
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: When Lord Hater is playing with Captain Tim he coos "Who's a bad boy? Who's a bad boy?"
* BagOfHolding: Wander's hat. In "The Hat" Wander explains that the hat doesn't give you what you want, [[ComicBook/DouweDabbert it gives you what you need]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: 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.
* BehindTheBlack: In "The Good Deed" Wander somehow didn't notice the guy holding the stick he took the carrot from.
* BehindAStick: combined with ScoobyStack in more than one episode.
* BigBad: Lord Hater.
* BiggerBad: During TheStinger after "The Rider", Lord Dominator can be seen watching Hater and Wander and laughing maniacally all the while.
* BigDamnHeroes: Played straight and subverted. In 'The Fugitives', Sylvia's last-minute rescue is foiled because she's outnumbered by Watchdogs. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 'The Pet' and 'The Prisoner']], Sylvia proves she's more than capable of rescuing Wander on her own if she needs to.
* BigEater: 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 [[Characters/WanderOverYonder character profile.]]
** Lord Hater is also one in "The Date."
* BigNo: 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 [[spoiler:and Sylvia]] leave and the episode ends.
* BigShadowLittleCreature: The troll is presented in this fashion.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: both end where the other starts, making them effectively some sort of endless loop]].
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: 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.
* BreakTheCutie: Wander drives himself mad trying to resist opening the box in "The Box".
* CarnivalOfKillers: "The Bounty" has Lord Hater sending a trio of bounty hunters after Wander. They consist of a [[PigMan pig woman]], a KillerRobot and...a house plant. [[spoiler: That ends up being carnivorous.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Wander:
*** "This place is ''amazing!''
*** Later, Hater!
** Lord Hater:
*** Lord Hater, number one superstar!
** Watchdogs
*** Hate's great! Best villain!
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Explored in "The Helper". Wander, building his life around his altruism and helpfulness, experiences withdrawal during an off-day.
* CloseOnTitle: In "The Liar" the title doesn't appear until the end.
* ClownCarBase: 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.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: 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. [[spoiler: Wander caves in.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The Baaaaa-halla warriors punching the troll, he began insulting them saying their punches are like kisses. Their comebacks are based on how [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext kissing is serious and they would never kiss him.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: 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.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: [[FridgeHorror If you think about it]], the series becomes this. There is no TheRepublic in the galaxy; every major power that rules a chunk of space is a [[TheEmpire malevolent dictatorship with an army of clones.]] One is an aggressive dictatorship led by a psychopathic, skeletal manchild; another is ruled by a cool guy... whose parties ''destroy planets''; the biggest power, as shown in the "Fancy Party", is ruled by a [[spoiler: body-snatching ''demon'']], and Season 2 reveals an empire '''even worse''' than the former three[[spoiler:, with a (wo)manchild even ''bigger'' than the BigBad]]. Who is the only one who could save the galaxy? A furry thing on a zbornak ''that actively buddies up to the'' ''BigBad''. Yep, the galaxy is screwed.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/CraigMcCracken, caricatured as some kind of alien rabbit, appears in the show's opening in the form of a bust. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwN5HLiZ7_o#t=17 Can be seen on the far left in the intro sequence.]]
** [=McCracken=] also appears briefly in a black and white live action photo in "The Void", see FreezeFrameBonus below.
** Craig also voices [[spoiler:the sock puppet]] in "The Epic Quest."
* CreditsPushback: Unfortunately, even though they have animatics playing during them, they are still shrunken down on Disney XD to show promos.
* CurseCutShort: "Get away from him, you-" "SYLVIA!"
* CutenessProximity: The kitten in "The Stray" has this effect on Wander. [[spoiler:Invoked.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: 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 WorthyOpponent of sorts and takes him into account for most of his plans in "The Brainstorm". This is in contrast to Commander Peepers who stays stubbornly insistent that Wander is no real threat, which in turn lands him plenty of abuse.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: 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 WretchedHive.]]
** In "The Hero", [[spoiler: 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 [[DamselOutOfDistress she rescued herself]].]]
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: 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 [[BiggerBad 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 [[NoNonsenseNemesis don't actually put Dominator off of their goal, and in the end defeats him easily.]] He also came ''really'' close to actually [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness hating]] someone for the first time in the series. Slyvia 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 [[spoiler: An [[PsychopathicWomanchild extremely childish]] [[SamusIsAGirl woman]] who appears to be spreading terror all over the galaxy for ''[[ForTheEvulz fun]]'', combining elements of both [[NotSoDifferent Hater and Wander together]].]]
** [[WordOfGod 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.
* DecoyProtagonist: Craig [=McCracken=] mentioned in an interview that [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-hill/craig-mccracken-talks-abo_b_6161784.html 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.
* DemBones: Lord Hater.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "What's In The Box?". Also the end of "The Funk."
* DistaffCounterpart: [[spoiler:Lord Dominator]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=246&v=FbYGGR697y0 Lord Hater.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: 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 way similar to girlfriend trying to say that they've found someone else.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Invoked by Sylvia at the end of "The Ball", when Wander explains how he was inspired to save Buster's victims. [[spoiler: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.]]
* DramaticIrony: 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.
* DroolHello: 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.
* DrosteImage: Seen in a dream sequence in "The Box". There's an extended animatic version at the end of the episode.
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: 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.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In the end credits of "The Rider" [[spoiler: we see a shadowy silhouette of season 2's BiggerBad]].
* {{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.
* EliteMook: Commander Peepers.
* EnemyCivilWar: 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.
* EnemyRisingBehind: Lord Hater does this in "The Picnic" when he appears behind Wander, about to strangle him.
* EpicFail: See WastefulWishing below.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvilOverlord: Lord Hater is a parody of this.
* EyeAmWatchingYou: 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.
* EyeScream: 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 [[spoiler: Hater [[WastefulWishing accidentally wishing for Wander to leave him alone for five seconds]]]].
* FaceShip: Lord Hater's base is a spaceship shaped like a skull.
* FascinatingEyebrow: The Balzarians all do this in unison when Wander suggests they defeat Buster with trash.
* FloatingInABubble: This is how Wander and Sylvia travel from planet to planet.
* FlockOfWolves: [[spoiler: The "ruthless cutthroats" of Doomstone.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: 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.
** FluffyTamer: Wander does manage to teach Captain Tim some tricks, but he's still too dangerous for him to keep as a pet. [[spoiler:He's perfect for Lord Hater, though.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "The Fancy Party" [[spoiler: 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.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: In "The Void," Sylvia rapidly opens and closes a door that contains, among other things: Wander's original design (a.k.a. [[FanNickname "Sketchbook Wander'']] ), a photo of Jack [=McBrayer=], a photo of The Two Man Gentlemen Band, Sylvia's original design, [[CreatorCameo a black and white photo of]] Creator/CraigMcCracken, and [[spoiler:a personal message from [=McCracken=] that reads: ''[[Main/HeartwarmingMoments "Thanks for watching Wander Over Yonder ]] [[LampshadeHanging and for taking the time to still frame this!"]] ]]''
* GhostShip: "The Pet" takes place aboard one, naturally containing a monster that wants to eat everything aboard.
* GoneBehindTheBend: 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.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: 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.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Lord Hater wears red eyeball-print boxers under his cloak.
** Additionally, the two Baaaaa-hallans [[FunnyBackgroundEvent knitting a tapestry from their own wool]] in "The Troll" are wearing heart boxers.
* GroundhogDayLoop: "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.
* HamToHamCombat: "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".
* HeartBeatsOutOfChest:
** 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.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Not unlike ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' every episode is titled "[[TheTheTitle 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.
* ImagineSpot: 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.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The lyrics to the Italian dub actually mention Disney, as in "Disney Wander".
* IResembleThatRemark: 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.
* JabbaTableManners:
** 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."
* JumpScare: In "The Pet" there's one at the end of the credits.
* LaserGuidedKarma: 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."
** Wander is usually accompanied by Banjo strings of any sort.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "[[ChristmasEpisode The Gift]]" has Wander and Silvia decide to give gifts to everyone they've met over the past season...of their lives.
** 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.
* LineOfSightName: 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.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Sylvia goes through several in "The Pet".
* MadeOfExplodium: When Lord Hater throws Emperor Awesome's dinosaur into space, it inexplicably explodes.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The troll in "The Troll" gets bigger as it feeds on people's reactions to his insults.
* MamaBear: Sylvia [[spoiler:and the baby's real mother]] in "The Egg." Sylvia also seems very protective of Wander.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Buster, an innocent space puppy who doesn't realize that the "balls" he's playing with are whole planets.
* MistakenForDog: 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 [[CutenessProximity starts gushing about how cute he is]] and tries to train it and be his pet.
* MonsterIsAMommy: 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* MoodMotif: 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.
* MoodWhiplash:
** In "The Greatest," we have the scene where an enraged Lord Hater looms over a frightened Wander and Sylvia, proclaiming he's [[TitleDrop 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 [[spoiler: Sylvia comes across Wander's personified helplessness]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: 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.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: 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.
* MythologyGag: The first episode, "The Picnic," makes one to the PilotMovie for ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', another [=McCracken=] cartoon specifically, with this line:
--->'''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 ActorAllusion also.)[[/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 [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/90/b4/01/90b401702e42f6a48e10d7e87aa8723f.jpg shaggy appearance]] of [=McCracken's=] earlier designs for Wander.
* NeverSayDie: 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! [[CutenessProximity Yes she does!]] She wants to kill us DEEEAAAAAAD!
** Also, from the exact same episode:
--> '''Sylvia:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Over. My. DEAD. BODY!]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: 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.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The episode "The Good Deed" is [[UpToEleven all about this trope]]. Every time Wander helps out someone, the circumstances just keep getting increasingly worse. [[spoiler:At least the chain ends with Lord Hater and Peepers.]]
* OhCrap: Plenty of moments in the preview alone. Among them:
--> '''Peepers:''' Sir? SIIIIIR?!\\
'''Hater:''' [[NoIndoorVoice 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:''' .... ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext (hands Peepers his popcorn)]]'' Here you go. ''(runs and dodges Hater's lightning bolts)''
* OrangeBlueContrast: Wander and Sylvia.
* OverlyLongGag: The animatic that plays over the end credits sometimes extends a scene from the episode into one of these (or an even longer one).
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The password for Lord Hater's self-destruct system is "Lord Hater #1 super star".
* PetTheDog: Hater normally loves tormenting Peepers, but in "The Fancy Party" [[spoiler: 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.]]
* PlanetOfHats: Seems to describe all the worlds Wander visits.
* POVSequel: "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".
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=]ThePowerOfLove: 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.
* PuppyDogEyes: 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."
* PsychopathicManchild: 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! [[FlippingTheTable *flips table*]] You will pay for this, sun!
* RealityEnsues: 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 [[MamaBear attacks him]]. Do you seriously think a protective mother animal in real life would let her babies be handled by a large, unfamiliar creature?
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Buster from "The Ball." [[EldritchAbomination Not from the perspective of the inhabitants whose planets he keeps destroying, though]].
* RightOnQueue: A RunningGag 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.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Lord Dominator]] as revealed at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=246&v=FbYGGR697y0 season 2 trailer.]]
* SanitySlippage: 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.
* SceneryPorn
* SchmuckBait: 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!
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The Friz Freleng variation of this gag is used in "The Void".
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: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 Alien}}s 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 HeroicBSOD. The items they put in the box are completely mundane, but they're good enough for Wander.]]
* SelfDestructMechanism:
** "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.
* SeriouslyScruffy: 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.
* SheatheYourSword: 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.
* ShoutOut: So many, they now have [[ShoutOut/WanderOverYonder their own page.]]
* SideBet: 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.
* TheSixties: The art style--and, thankfully, not the animation--is modeled heavily on the works of Creator/JayWard and [[WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} Buck]] [[WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales Biggers]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This show is pretty solidly on the idealistic side.
* SpaceIsNoisy
* StealthPun: In "The Box", the postman who Wander and Sylvia deliver the box for (after apparently crashing his truck) is apparently a snail: [[spoiler:Snail Mail]].
** The Troll attacks the Baaaaa-hallans by [[spoiler:getting their goats]].
** Also, the BadGuyBar in The Bad Guy has a bartender with an Apple for a head. He's a bad Apple.
* SuckECheeses: A brain-zapped Lord Hater and Wander go to, according to the song, "Gelatinus Bob's," in "The Fremergency Fronfract."
* SugarApocalypse: Bingleborp in "The Greatest" undergoes this once Lord Hater invades at the beginning of the episode.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Wander throughout "The Day".
* TalkingToThemself: 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!
* TemptingFate: During "The Greater Hater", Peepers watches Hater chase after Wander while Sylvia dispatches the Watchdogs. Disgruntled and tired, he comments that "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Nothing.]] [[StatusQuoIsGod Ever. Changes.]]" [[spoiler: Cue the arrival of the ''new'' Number One conqueror of the galaxy...]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: 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.
* TinCanTelephone: 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.
* TitleThemeTune: In fact, the title is pretty much the only words to the song.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: 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.
* TruncatedThemeTune: 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.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: The opening does a variation of this.
* VerySpecialEpisode: "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.
* VillainDecay: Lord Hater's decay was the explicit reason for writing Lord Dominator into the story.
* VillainsOutShopping: In "The Helper", Hater buys pie at a diner, much to Wander's dismay.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Wander is quite friendly towards Lord Hater (much to his chagrin).
* WantedPoster: Wander and Sylvia have one that says "Wanted: For making Lord Hater look totally stupid!!! And other punishable-by-death type stuff."
* WastefulWishing: At the end of "The Picnic", [[spoiler: Wander pesters Hater to the point that he completely botches his wish from the "Celestial Being"]]:
--> [[spoiler:'''Hater:''' I WISH YOU WOULD LEAVE ME ALONE FOR FIVE SECONDS!]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Celestial Being:''' [[ExactWords Yeah, okay, I can]] [[LiteralGenie swing it out]].]]
* WatchingAVideoGame: 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 Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog game.
* WhamEpisode: The Season 2 premiere "[[NoNonsenseNemesis 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: or rather, ''[[SamusIsAGirl her]]'']] down.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: In "The Prisoner", Wander pushes every button and pulls every lever on Lord Hater's ship.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign:
** 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.
* WholePlotReference: "The Pet" is basically ''Film/{{Alien}}'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' cleaned up for children's programming.
* WretchedHive: Doomstone. [[spoiler: Except it's a self-perpetuating myth - [[FlockOfWolves all of the people in town are just pretending to be ruthless cutthroats because they assume everyone else is.]]]]
* WorthyOpponent: Lord Hater views Wander in this fashion, as he believes his goofball shtick is just ObfuscatingStupidity.
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