[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wander_over_yonder_poster_8641.jpg]]
[[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 was a co-producer and story editor on the first season. 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 classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' (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]].

On March 4, 2016, word leaked out that Disney XD had declined to renew the series for a third season. [=McCracken=] [[http://crackmccraigen.tumblr.com/post/140529754374/wander-over-yonder-over confirmed]] the news the following day. Despite devoted fans SendingStuffToSaveTheShow, the final episode aired June 27, 2016.

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.
----
!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

* AcidTripDimension: The show itself.
** The Void is a ''literal'' example (literal as in it's a dimension, not as in it has [[GRatedDrug actual drugs]]).
* ActionGirl: Sylvia. She's tough and proud of it.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "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.
* 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. Peepers gets in on this too.
* 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.
* AffectionateParody:
** 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 Anime/{{Gigantor}} and the fanfiction/fan theories of the show.
* {{Allegory}}: Season 2's MythArc as a whole serves as one, according to [[http://suspendersofdisbelief.tumblr.com/post/124634892706/on-the-subject-of-wandering-over-yonder 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.
* 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.
* ArcWords: "The Greatest in the Galaxy".
* ApocalypseHow: Dominator tries to invoke a Class X-3 [[spoiler:and effectively SUCCEEDS. She destroys every planet in the Galaxy except for one small planet. However, the destroyed planets do start rgrowing back afterwards.]]
* AscendedMeme: 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.
* 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.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Lord Hater's spaceship.
* 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]].
** Season 2 starts with Hater chasing Wander, who has stolen his flag. Peepers, exasperated, states "Nothing. Ever. Changes". [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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.
* 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".
** 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".
* BreatherEpisode: Because of Season 2's greater focus on defeating Lord Dominator in the second half, "[[SickEpisode The Sick Day]]" and "The Sky Guy" are these.
* BullyingADragon: Many people abuse or mistreat the '''Black Cube of Darkness''' despite him being a EldritchAbomination who can suck out your soul just by talking.
* CallBack:
** 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'".
* TheCameo: "The End of the Galaxy" has a small one from [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Blooregard Q. Kazoo]] himself in one of the crowd scenes. He can be seen [[http://imgur.com/wf5AhVn here.]]
* CampfireCharacterExploration: 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).
* 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.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Sylvia to Wander and likewise Commander Peepers to Lord Hater. [[spoiler:In season 2 this leads to some [[EnemyMine mutual understanding]] [[NotSoDifferent between the two]].]]
* 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.
* [[CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine Galaxy]]: There's a leaderboard for how many planets are conquered by overlords. Where's Galactic Police when you need them?
* 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!"
** Again in "The Party Poopers."
---> '''Sylvia:''' It has been a ''long time'' since I've really laughed my--
---> '''Wander:''' ''SYLVIA!'' That's just crude.
* CutenessProximity: The kitten in "The Stray" has this effect on Wander. [[spoiler:Invoked.]]
** Happens again in "The Catastrophe". [[spoiler:By the hand of the exact same cat, who has gone from a bounty hunter to a full blown villain.]]
* 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. 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 [[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." "Take A Step Inside Your Mind" is a musical variant.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* EmbarrassingPassword: The password to Hater's ship's computer, as set by Peepers? [[spoiler:[=H8rnP33prs4evr=].]]
* 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.
* {{Expy}}: Lord Something the So and So is obviously patterned after Marvel Comic's similarly-shabby ''ComicBook/NotBrandEchh'' mascot Forbush Man.
* EyeAmWatchingYou: 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.
* 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.
** Basically all damage done to Watchdogs is this, and [[AmusingInjuries they take a lot of damage.]] Peepers gets the brunt of it, though.
--> '''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 [[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.
* FadeAroundTheEyes: 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 [[EvilSoundsDeep an electronic deep voice]] and a glowing green visor. The screen fades to black around her visor as she does an EvilLaugh for terrifying effect.
* 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, [[BlackComedyBurst 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.]]
* FoulFlower: Potted Plant looks like an ordinary potted flower, but is actually a dangerous bounty hunter. [[spoiler:Also, it transforms into a big ManEatingPlant. (Though it still retains its petals and yellow face.)]]
** [[{{Yandere}} Janet the Planet]] manifests herself through a giant flower, which she uses to try and kiss Wander.
* 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!"]] ]]''
* FriendshipTrinket: The broken-heart necklace Wander attempts to palm off on Hater in "The Buddies," [[spoiler: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."
* GalacticConqueror: The vast majority of the shows villains. There's even a leaderboard for how many planets one has conquered.
* 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.
* ImmortalImmaturity: [[spoiler: "The Waste of Time" reveals that Wander is well over a thousand years old, with WordOfGod 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.]]
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The lyrics to the Italian dub actually mention Disney, as in "Disney Wander".
* InstantWristwatch:
** Wander in ''The Little Guy'' and ''The Tourist''
** Sylvia in ''The Stranded''
** Lord Hater in ''The Good Deed''
* TheInternetIsForCats: In one episode Wander lands on a planet where people become enamored with a CuteKitten (who even does a ShoutOut to [[MemeticMutation 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.
* 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.
** There's another one at the end of "The Heebie Jeebies".
* KingKoopaCopy: Characteristically, Lord Hater shares a lot of traits with Bowser, more specifically the Bowser of the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' 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 AmusingInjuries 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.
* 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.
* LastEpisodeThemeReprise: 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.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "[[ChristmasEpisode 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.
** TimeTravelEpisode "The Waste of Time" neatly combines this with a TakeThat at the typical ClipShow 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!!''
* 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".
* LoveMakesYouStupid: 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.
* 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.
* MeetCute: 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.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Buster, an innocent space puppy who doesn't realize that the "balls" he's playing with are whole planets.
* MindRape: In "The Funk," [[spoiler: Peepers and Hater get this treatment when they make the mistake of bullying the Mooplexians, a race of [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass extremely powerful psychic beings locked in lethargic, drooling shells]].]]
* 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.
** 133 Sentimental Piano and Strings, which plays in touching or tragic scenes.
* 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.
** Peepers [[ItMakesSenseInContext organizing a barbecue]] in "The Bad Neighbors."
* MusicalEpisode: 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.
* 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.
** PlayedWith in the MusicalEpisode, 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.
* 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.
* NeverTrustATrailer: 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, [[MundaneMadeAwesome It turns out that they are just playing tag]].
* 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.
** 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.
* NiceMeanAndInBetween: 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.
* 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.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Sylvia and Peepers have a moment like this during "The Battle Royale", where they realize that they're both th CloudCuckooLandersMinder to their respective friends. They even almost reconcile and hug it out before realizing what they were doing and begin pummeling each other again.
* 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)''
** 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.
* 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).
* PardonMyKlingon: Mostly from Sylvia, who's apparently given to swearing.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The password for Lord Hater's self-destruct system is "Lord Hater #1 super star".
* PetTheDog: 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" [[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.]]
** Also at the end of "The Axe" Hater rewards Peepers with an statue of himself (Peepers) next to his.
** "The Cool Guy" features some HypocriticalHeartwarming 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.
* 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.
* PrecisionFStrike: The normally polite Wander in "The Family Reunion," finally driven mad after listening to Sylvia's family argue all day.
--> '''Wander:''' ''[[PardonMyKlingon Flabdrassit]], that's enough!''
--> '''Dorothy:''' Language.
* 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!
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: Lord Dominator is a bigger case of this. She's at least more focused on destroying the galaxy than Hater is on conquering it, but she does it for no clear reason other than the fact that she can, her only emotional motivation is that she's seeking any form of attention she can get, and she generally acts like a moody, bratty teenage girl otherwise.]]
* PunchClockVillain: The watchdogs are simply following orders from Hater and Peepers, and they easily befriend him in various ocassions.
* 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?
** 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 [[HypercompetentSidekick 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Wander is the red to Sylvia's blue, and Hater is the red to Peepers' blue.
* RiddleForTheAges: The origins of Wander, Hater and Dominator are never elaborated on.
* 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.
** "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 ([[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish fortunately it turns out to be just "password"]]). Later in the episode, Mandrake the Malfeasant is likewise unable to remember his own password after [[spoiler:Mittens]] sets off his self-destruct mechanism and Stella is forced to rescue him before the ship blows up.
* 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.
* {{Shipper On Deck}}:Wander, for Lord Hater and Lord Dominator.
* ShoutOut: So many, they now have [[ShoutOut/WanderOverYonder their own page.]]
* {{Show within a Show}}: [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls The Mystery Kids' Mysteries]]
* 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. 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.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: Wander, a goofy and optimistic humanoid CartoonCreature with his faithful and no-nonsense steed Sylvia.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The first season had Lord Hater as the BigBad. Though he was very powerful, he was still just an incompetent PsychopathicManChild as Wander often bested him with ease without even engaging him in a fight. By Season 2, he was barely even a threat and had gone from the show's main villain to more of an AntiHero.
** Season 2 introduced Lord Dominator, a sadistic OmnicidalManiac who was more competent than every other villain in the show combined, is the first villain to kill a sympathetic character onscreen and [[spoiler:actually succeeds in destroying most of the galaxy.]]
** While Season 3 was never made due to ExecutiveMeddling, WordOfGod states that the main threat for the third season would be an even greater threat than Dominator.
* SpaceIsNoisy
* SpotlightStealingSquad: 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 Episode}}s they had in Season 1.
** According to WordOfGod, that was actually the plan for Season 1 as well, but the company set down a rule that every episode had to involve Wander and Sylvia in some way. In Season 2, the crew behind the show argued that Hater and Peepers had been developed enough as main characters to have episodes all to themselves.
* StalkerShrine: Peepers' Hater-based room decorating scheme isa little over-the-top.
** Planet Janet creates an entire HOUSE dedicated to Wander. Even Wander is creeped out!
* 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.
* StoryArc: 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.
* 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".
** TheStinger at the end of "The Breakfast" is a NotSoDifferent moment for Sylvia and Commander Peepers, who are both seen asleep:
--> '''Sylvia and Peepers:''' [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder Wait, get back here. [Buddy / Sir], I really need you to stay put and keep out of--wait, where'd you go?]]
* 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...]]
* TeensAreMonsters: 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.
* 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.
* TimeTravelEpisode: "The Waste of Time."
* 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. 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.
* VillainsOutShopping: In "The Helper", Hater buys pie at a diner, much to Wander's dismay.
* VisualPun: One of the bad guys has minions shaped like feet, making them literal foot soldiers.
* 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!!![[BuffySpeak 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-- or rather, ''[[SamusIsAGirl her]]''-- down.
** To a lesser extent, "The Wanders", which gives us our first peek at [[spoiler:Wander's backstory]].
** "The Bot" has [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: 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.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"The helper seeks to help because he knows what it is to be helpless...."]]
** From "The Good Bad Guy": [[spoiler:Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo?"]]
** An in-universe wham line as well: [[spoiler:"Because this is exactly what happened when I ''stole'' it!"]]
** [[spoiler:"She doesn't want to conquer the galaxy so she can rule it...she wants to DESTROY it!"]]
* 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.
* WorldOfHam
* 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. [[spoiler:And it is, to a certain extent.]]
----