WordGirl is an animated television show on PBS. The title character is a superhero who fights crime with her powers of literacy as well as her powers as a Flying Brick. The show is an Affectionate Parody of the superhero genre, and uses writers from comedy sketch shows like Saturday Night Live, plus actors known for adlibbing ability, in hopes of making a show as entertaining for adults as it is educational for kids.WordGirl uses her great vocabulary to fend off villains such as The Butcher, Dr. Two Brains, Granny May, Tobey, and Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy. She never reveals her alter-ego to anyone, including her own family. She and Huggy use their crashed spaceship as a secret hideout.A Comic Book Adaptation with a noticable Art Shift is published by KaBOOM! Comics.
Many characters have mistaken Captain HuggyFace's name for something like "Captain Hoozywinks" or "Colonel HairyFace".
The Whammer could never get Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy's name right.
Adorkable: Tobey fits the description perfectly. So does Becky's dad.
Adults Are Useless: It's a kids' show. Surprised? Averted, though, with some of the villains. Becky's parents also seem to be getting smarter and more useful as both have shown off the ability to outwit villains when needed.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted, Tobey's Mecha-Mooks occasionally refuse to obey him, sometimes even turning against him. Notable in particular with his WordBot in the episode by the same name, which he programmed to be "devoted" (one of the words of the day) to him, only for it to turn against him when he kept paying too much attention to WordGirl and decide to be devoted to destruction instead.
Badass Mustache: Steve McClean in "The Ballad of Steve McClean" had a mustache so impressive that various other characters tried to be as snazzy as him with fake mustaches of their own. It even got to the point where Dr. Two-Brains, in an attempt to reclaim his title as number one villain, redubbed himself as Dr. Cool-Brains and had two mustaches, with one attached to his exposed brain.
The Bad Guy Wins: No, you're reading this right. In WordGirl and Bobbleboy TJ's success in his WordGirl bobblehead dolls business distract our hero so much, that she gets smashed to the ground by Chuck's Crusher!! Luckily she gets better, but the villain featured for the rest of the episode was Dr. Two-Brains and NOT Chuck!
Banana Peel: Captain Huggyface uses one to defeat The Whammer in "Crime in the Key of V."
Berserk Button: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy has been shown to be extremely offended by negative comments about sandwiches. The best example of this is in the episode, "Chuck The Nice Pencil-Selling Guy".
Leslie gets enraged when someone gets the facts of The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour wrong.
Lady Redundant Woman will make anyone who messes with her copy machine pay. When Royal Dandy made the mistake of doing this, she erased him from existence!
Ms. Question hates the phrase "No questions asked."
WordGirl gets enraged every time someone breaks her favorite unicorn, Angel Face.
Even some of Tobey's robots are seen to go berserk because of things other characters say or do.
Big Red Button: In "Mecha Mouse", Two-Brains is defeated by one of the self-destruct variety. It's made frustrating by the fact that it was on well-designed power armor. Also, the button was on the exterior, which Two-Brains couldn't touch anyway.
Then there's the "Holy Cow! Don't Press This Button!" button.
And the "Merge With Copier" button.
Big Eater: Captain Huggyface/Bob, who nullifies the Butcher's meat attacks by eating them. He sometimes takes his eating to the Extreme Omnivore level.
A recent episode has the good Captain eating "an entire dimension's worth" of meat.
WordGirl herself frequently does this as well. "Monkey Throw!"
Cardboard Prison: Being caught and sent to jail never seems to get rid of the villains. Somewhat justified by the fact that the Warden is one of the most staggeringly incompetent characters on a show absolutely stuffed with incompetent characters.
Cartoon Cheese: Thanks to Two-Brains' cheese addiction, there are more examples of this in the show than you can count.
Warden Chalmers has one too: "...I'll eat my hat!" Made funny by the fact that he actually WILL eat his hat, and seems to enjoy the taste. He actually started having them made out of meat after his first one didn't taste so good.
Cheaters Never Prosper: Exaggerated in the episode "Two Brains' Quartet." Dr. Two Brains doesn't even try to win legitimately despite multiple protests from his henchmen that they could probably win and cheating is likely to backfire. They end up disqualified, but the henchmen plead to perform anyway, and their song is amazing — the mayor outright states that they probably would have won if they hadn't already been disqualified for cheating.
More than "occasionally" lampshaded. By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!; Truth, Revision and the Lexicon Way (newspaper incident)...
Clear My Name: WordGirl has had to do this in multiple episodes, notably in "The Wrong Side Of The Law".
Cliff Hanger: The two part stories "The Wrong Side of the Law, "WordGirl Makes a Mistake" and "A Better Mousetrap." It was one of the featured words in the second half of "A Better Mousetrap," with WordGirl providing the definition.
Cliffhanger Copout: At the end of part 1 of "WordGirl Makes a Mistake," Mr. Big uses the Lexinite to disable WordGirl by clipping a collar around her neck with a star-shaped chunk of it on. No wait, come part 2 a few minutes later, she's actually been put in a Lexinite cage instead.
Clip Show: "A Better Mousetrap." The first half featured WordGirl reminiscing with Scoops about the many times that she's defeated Dr. Two Brains. At the end of the first half, Two Brains took over the show, then in the second half he showed a series of clips designed to humiliate WordGirl.
Cloning Blues: In "The Young and the Meatless", one of Lady Redundant Woman's copies falls in love with and starts dating The Butcher, while trying to avoid disappearing.
Comfort Food: Cheese for Dr. Two Brains - most notably in "The Ballad of Steve McClean" and "A Game Of Cat And Mouse".
Continuity Cavalcade: "Showdown at the Super Secret Spaceship Hideout". Dr. Two-Brains discovers the room where WordGirl keeps mementos of all of her past adventures, including weapons from all of the other villains and a display that has all of the different ray guns Two-Brains has used in the show. The episode even gives a nod to the fact that Dr. Two-Brains once penned the book Superheroes and You: A Practical Guide.
Critical Research Failure: In-Universe: Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, when he decides to reinvent himself as "The Handsome Panther". It quickly becomes clear that he knows pretty much nothing about "real" panthers, such as the fact that they're nocturnal.
Cute Kitten: Little Mittens in "Meat with a Side of Cute", and Violet's pet cat. Possibly even Bootsy The Cat in "Mousezilla".
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Lampshaded in "When Life Gives You Potatoes...", when Dr. Two-Brains' henchmen ask him why he doesn't just use the gold he steals to buy things, instead of turning it into potato salad and then into cheese. Dr. Two-Brains instantly rejects this idea because it doesn't fit his cheese theme.
The Butcher could've been rich if he just sold the meat at an affordable price. Chuck tries to make a legit life but only to return a life of crime over a small slight.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Tobey in "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robots" comes extremely close to exposing WordGirl's secret identity and manages to see through almost all of Becky's attempts at denying it.
Subverted in "Don't Mess with the Best." Dr. Two-Brains tells Victoria Best that if she 'really' wants to get rid of WordGirl and prove she's the best villain, she should push that red button on the back of his cheese ray. Turns out it just sprays Victoria in the face with gunk, causing her to drop it, and allowing Dr. Two-Brains to pick it back up.
Dating Catwoman: Tobey rather obviously has a thing for WordGirl, though she continually rebuffs him.
Department of Redundancy Department: Lady Redundant Woman is a villainess whose superpower is making copies of herself, and she first sends them out to steal a sofa, a couch, and a futon. She also speaks in this manner (taunting WordGirl: "You're confused...perplexed...").
Warden Chalmers talks like this sometimes.
Warden Chalmers: Today is a historic day in history, for on this historic day, history will show that we have indeed made history.
In fact, many of the characters speak redundantly as a means for the show to indirectly teach kids synonyms.
In Tobey's very first episode, (back when the series was still comprised of shorts,) we got this fun little exchange:
Becky: "You're awfully mischievous."
Tobey: "Mischievous! Are you trying to impress me with your vocabulary?"
Becky: "I'm not trying to impress anyone."
Tobey: "Why didn't you just say I'm a naughty boy, hmm?"
In the original shorts, Reginald referred to The Butcher as "smelly wiener man", and the Grocery Store Manager told him he'd have to "leave [his] personal meat at home".
Do Wrong, Right: The villains have their own Villain Code rulebook and get angry when one of their own breaks said rules.
Dramatic Irony: In "The Wrong Side of the Law, Pt. 1," it is made obvious to the viewer immediately that the Birthday Girl is the criminal, but nobody else can figure it out. Even WordGirl doesn't get the answer right away, even though to her it should be obvious.
Dr. Two-Brains: (munching on his own cheese ball) I may be bad, but I sure taste good.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy, The Butcher, and Dr. Two Brains are a sandwich chef, a butcher, and a guy with two brains, literally.
Big Left Hand Guy is a (minor) villain who's a guy with... a big left hand.
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: WorldGirl does this to herself at one point. As she's lecturing the Learnerer about why his Verbal Tic of adding suffixes unnecessarily to words is annoying, it suddenly occurs to her that he said that he had been learning her moves!
Extracurricular Enthusiast: Victoria Best is a negative example. She's a student forced by her parents to be "the best" at every activity. She's genuinely good at all of them, and flaunts her overachieving, but is a jerk and a Sore Loser.
Face Palm: Dr. Two Brains, WordGirl, and other characters do this from time to time.
In one of the episodes of "May I Have a Word?," Phil's prize for winning the initial game is a life-size Beau Handsome cut-out, which he says he doesn't want. When he learns that his prize for winning the bonus round is a larger-than-life Beau Handsome cut-out, he facepalms.
We also see the villains in jail frequently, yet nothing is ever done to stop them from using their superpowers except in "The Return Of The Reprise Of Lady Redundant Woman". It's as if they don't have powers while in jail.
Free-Range Children: Despite Becky's parents showing protective tendencies, she and all her other classmates frequently get to go anywhere and everywhere in the city without an adult around. Even at school or other adult-supervised events, Becky always manages to sneak away without too much trouble. On a few occasions, Becky has even been kept somewhere overnight or very late into the night, and her parents don't seem worried in the slightest.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: In one of the original shorts wherein Butcher is attempting to rob the grocery store, you can see the sign above the aisle behind him indicates said aisle has chainsaws, crowbars and zombie-repellent.
Friendly Enemy: The Butcher, Dr. Two Brains, and Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy are frequently handled this way, though many of the other villains have their moments — The Butcher even Lampshades it in "Meat My Dad", commenting that except for fighting, he and WordGirl get along pretty well.
Happily Adopted: While being the only member of her family that seems to remember that she's adopted, Becky shows no inclination to find her birth parents. It's also extremely easy for the viewers to forget she's adopted (aside from the opening theme singing she's "from the planet Lexicon") since it's almost never mentioned and she's very close to her family.
Happily Married: The Botsfords are really the only example of this one the show, but they're a perfect example of it. They contrast with all the other seemingly single parents on the show (The Butcher's father, Great Granny May, supposedly Granny May herself since she has grandchildren, Chuck and Brent's mother, Mrs. Heaslip, Clair MacCallister, possibly Eileen's mom is a single parent as a dad has never been mentioned, etc.). Even the two other married couples, the Mings and the Bests, aren't shown having any measurable degree of chemistry between them.
Hiccup Hijinks: "Word (Hicc)Up!," with Mr. Botsford being the one to come up with all the crazy cures. Amusingly, it's one of the villains (Chuck the Evil-Sandwich-Making Guy) who comes up with the solution by telling her to simply hold her breath... only for Mr. Botsford to ruin it by scaring her into starting to hiccup again.
High-Class Glass: Reginald, the jeweler. Count Cloudy in "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour" also.
Hologram Projection Imperfection: In "Tobey Or Consequences", Tobey makes a holographic projection of himself to trick the babysitter, but it always seems to fizz out a little bit when she isn't looking.
House Husband: Mr. Botsford cooks, cleans, sews, and does most of the shopping.
Birthday Girl: The Earth is trying to steal my birthday! It's giant, green, and spoiled! Narrator: Hmmm... you could be describing yourself, Birthday Girl.
I Ate What?: In the rare case where the characters are fully aware of what they're eating and do so purposely, Dr. Two Brains will chew through walls to break out of jail and commit crimes, and Lady Redundant Woman ate paper in "I Think I'm A Clone Now" in order to clone WordGirl and attempt to clone Captain Huggyface.
In "Chuck With A Sidekick Of Brent", CHF eats a mud-cake that TJ made before he knew what it was.
Now to be fair, TJ has no idea that WordGirl is his sister.
Inexplicably Identical Individuals: One of the newsmen has the exact same face as another random townsperson (who wears an orange shirt), but there's no indication that they're the same character. Stranger still, both of them have a striking resemblance to Dave, the manager of the copy shop where Beatrice Bixby works.
Inkblot Test: Used in "Mobot Knows Best" as a joke rather than to make a statement about any of the characters. Becky's art project appears to be a Rorschach test that bears considerable resemblance to The Butcher.
WordGirl: You fiend! Mr. Big: Yes, well when you've got it, you've got it. —"Mr. Big"
Interactive Narrator: Often Lamp Shaded or played with. In "Have Snob, Will Travel," WordGirl tries directly asking the narrator where the Butcher went, since after all, she knows that he knows. The narrator refuses because, after all, there are formal (one of the featured words) rules that they're supposed to follow regarding this sort of thing. WordGirl manages to get the one-up on him anyway.
Possibly Exposition Guy and Eileen in "The Birthday Girl's Monstrous Gift".
Interspecies Romance: Whichever shipping you may prefer, any character with WordGirl is this. Even with the most-canon shipping, WordGirl and Scoops, she's still an alien, which might make things slightly... odd, if there's any signs of a serious relationship.
Is This Thing Still On?: In "You Can't Crush City Hall," Chuck shouts at WordGirl from his giant sandwich press and then "signs off." He then starts singing and dancing to himself, calling himself "Chucky-boo" and "Mr. Handsome," until WordGirl points out that he left the PA on.
Mr. Big: I don't get it, Leslie. WordGirl has always dominated me in the past, both in her battle skills as well as her flawless way with words. Something... mmm... fishy is going on around here. Leslie: It's the meteorite, sir. It's from her home planet— Lexicon. Whenever a superhero comes into contact with a meteorite from their home planet, it takes away their superpowers. Haven't you ever read a comic book, sir?
Meadow Run: The Butcher and Dupey (a duplicate of Lady Redundant Woman) in "The Young and the Meatless".
Medium Awareness: The offscreen narrator often converses with the characters, although it's possible that the narrator is a character (i.e. in their universe an omniscient voice always narrates); at one point, however, Becky gives a thumbs up and winks at the camera. One of her friends then asks her who she's winking at.
Mood Dissonance: Among other examples, in "The Young And The Meatless" the viewers go from being amused to being sad to being amused again in the ending. Even The Butcher himself temporarily stops being distraught just so he can find out what a word means.
He does this at the start of "WordGirl Makes a Mistake, Part 2" after WordGirl has already been captured. It gets him tossed into the trap with WordGirl.
Never Say "Die": Becky is almost "Done For", "Finished Off", told "Good-Bye" by a villain preparing to crush her with a giant robot, and we're often told it could be "The End" for WordGirl. Since the main character is 10 and the target audience is not quite that age, we're never told she's going to be killed by the few dangerous bad guys.
Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Tobey has one of these in the episode "Cherish is the Word" - he draws a Valentine's Day card for WordGirl picturing him holding hands with her and a robot ready to destroy her in the background.
Not a Date: "Have You Seen the Remote?", this troper believes, is a fine example. (On WordGirl's part, at least.) Because we all know that the most efficient way to search for something is to go to the park and eat ice cream.
Not Allowed to Grow Up: So far none of the characters have seemed to age. Becky herself has had two birthdays in the show so far, yet she still seems to be a 10 year old 5th grader.
Not Me This Time: In "What A Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy" many of the other criminals go to jail, despite declaring their innocence, because The Amazing Rope Guy impersonates their identities and crimes.
WordGirl's awareness of Tobey's crush also fluctuates from time to time.
Official Couple: Sally and Tim Botsford - the only two characters who are consistently and mutually romantic on the show itself.
Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: In "Yes Monkey," the Mayor does this when he pulls out the wrong note card for a prepared speech in presenting yet another key to the city to WordGirl and Captain Huggyface.
One Steve Limit: While most of the characters, villains or not, have nicknames, this trope is true for the most part. However, it's subverted in "The Ballad of Steve McClean", most likely for subtle comedic affect in that Steve McClean takes Dr. Two Brains' Number 1 spot on the Top Villains List, and Dr. Two Brains' original human name was Steven Boxleitner. (Fair City isn't big enough for two villains named Steve!) After this episode, there is, quite literally, only one Steve because McClean, while showing up for silent background cameos, is never mentioned again.
Onion Tears: It's shown in one episode that Raul Demiglasse, a chef who challenged others' cooking skills on his TV show, used onion flakes to make his opponents cry.
Only Sane Man: WordGirl is considered a genius by the other characters - although she is pretty smart, the truth is that everyone else in the show is an idiot (with a few exceptions, like the Narrator) to one degree or another (the less dumb often manipulate the stupider ones.) The fact the populace is so easily tricked often frustrates the heroine. And this becomes a plot-point in the Big Damn Movie.
Pretty Princess's magic horse.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: An "in-character" example. Tobey feigns a British accent unless and until he is speaking to his mother.
There's also Guy Rich, who spoke with a southern accent until he revealed himself to be an ordinary person, not the affluent man he lead everyone to believe he was.
Opposing Sports Team: Dr. Two Brains' soccer team "The Cheese-Eaters" who rival Becky's team "The Butterfly-Unicorn-Laser-Gorrilas" in the episode "Becky It Like Becky".
Or So I Heard: Becky pulls quite a few of these after accidentally saying something that she'd only know if she was WordGirl, nearly informing others of her secret.
In "What A Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy" when The Amazing Rope Guy is impersonating Chuck and accidentally says that he doesn't really like sandwiches that much.
Glen Furlblam pretends to be Dr. Two Brains, but he lacks Dr. Two Brains' vocabulary knowledge and doesn't know that melted cheese is called "fondue".
Becky frequently says things that only WordGirl would say and vice-versa, nearly revealing her identity.
Outlaw Couple: Leslie and Mr. Big can be an example for this at certain points of the series. They are always cooking up schemes and trying to get away with crime together.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The Butcher in "Ch-ch-ch-change Day," wearing nothing but an obviously fake mustache. That, and WordGirl herself to a degree.
In "Oh What a Tangled Knot You Tie, Amazing Rope Guy", the titular villain uses these combined with his impression skills to pretend to be his fellow villains and commit crimes. Being as stupid as the populus is, they actually believe him to be said villains.
Parental Obliviousness: Even aside from WordGirl's parents missing all the clues about her having superpowers, Tobey's mom rarely seems to notice the clues that he's getting into trouble, and Eileen's mom has never even appeared (though she's been mentioned), despite her daughter frequently rampaging through the city and destroying things. Even Violet's mom, for another example, is never present when Violet gets involved with the crime or danger (as in "Becky And The Bard").
In the episode "Lunch Lady Chuck", Chuck threatened to demolish the whole school with a giant sandwich press, and the only way to stop it was with the password... that he forgot. WordGirl literally spends half the episode frantically scouring everywhere Chuck went during the day to try to figure out the password, to no avail... Until Chuck remembers, just in time, the password was "password".
Perplexing Plurals: Several characters struggle with the plural of the word "thesaurus" in "I Think I'm A Clone Now".
Perpetual Frowner: Scoop's grandpa. Even when he's mind-controlled. And he's not even worried when the villains attack.
Picky Eater: In "The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker," a subplot involves Becky desperately trying to obtain a very weird type of birthday cake for her father.
Chuck's boss in "Chuck The Nice Pencil Selling Guy" hates all sandwiches except grilled cheese.
Plot Device: Exposition Guy is a character who shortly shows up after nearly any crime is committed by one of the super villains. He constantly is showing up wherever Becky happens to be at the time, mistakenly thinking he's at the police station. The show actively acknowledges this character is clearly just a plot device. To quote Word Girl herself after one such encounter with Exposition Guy: "Sometimes we need a little help getting the plot moving."
(Lady Redundant Woman has just taken over City Hall)
Mayor: What do we do now?
Exposition Guy: I'll take this one. HEEEEEEELLLLLLLP!!! —"Line Lessons with Lady Redundant Woman"
Police Are Useless: Because if they were actually at all useful, then WordGirl wouldn't have nearly as much to do. Lampshaded pretty blatantly in "Ch-ch-ch-change Day." Becky and Bob are trapped by the Butcher in a bank vault surrounded by customers and are unable to transform into WordGirl and Captain Huggyface. Pressed for options, Becky suggests with a tone of hopelessness that maybe the police will solve the problem. Outside the bank, one of the police officers asks the chief for direction and he is forced to admit that he doesn't know what to do because normally WordGirl would have solved the problem by now.
Dr. Two Brains: I don't know, I mean, I got a whole "mouse" thing going on here. If word got out that I was involved in stealing gold without transforming it into cheese, well, people would think I'm just some ordinary, run-of-the-mill criminal!
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Rather subverted, since Becky has a great vocabulary, but seems to prefer being understood rather than showing off. One episode even has her telling a villain it's more important to use the "right" word than the biggest.
Another episode features a villain inducing this in people in order to sell dictionaries.
There's also the Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour. The special "The Rise of Miss Power" let viewers watch an episode of it during the interstitials.
Silent Partner: Charlie, the larger of Dr. Two-Brains' henchmen, never speaks out loud and the smaller of the two henchmen does all of the talking for him.
Single-Minded Twins: Though not twins, and inverted by the presence of Dupey in "The Young And The Meatless", Lady Redundant Woman's clones frequently exhibit identical movements as their original, while saying the exact same thing. This is likely just a case of reducing animation and voice acting costs, even though it doesn't make sense for LRW's copies to know exactly what she's going to say, how she's going to say it, and how she's going to move while saying it, when she does. They only have their own personalities (such as Dupey) when it's needed for the plot.
Status Quo Is God: As of "Invasion of The Bunny Lovers", it's been averted. Scoops has learned Wordgirl's secret identity and promised to keep it a secret, defying both his own reporter's instincts and the long running tendency of wiping the memories of anyone who learns Wordgirl's identity.
Stealth Pun: Plenty. For just one example, in "Answer All My Questions and Win Stuff", Captain Huggyface tries to grab Seymour Orlando Smooth, but keeps sliding down his body, as if he were unusually smooth.
Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Bummertime", Exposition Guy correctly guesses exactly what has gone wrong with Tobey's robot, Chronos, despite having no clues other than the fact that a robot was rampaging through the city.
Sweet Tooth: Tobey, to some degree, as he frequently invites WordGirl out for icecream, and wanted all the Halloween candy in "Tobey's Tricks and Treats". Many of the other characters are also shown loving dessert, often eating too much at once (e.g. Mr Botsford, The Whammer, etc.).
Take a Third Option: In "Change Day," Becky and Bob are trapped in a bank vault and faced with either letting the Butcher get away with bank robbery or revealing their secret identities as WordGirl and Huggyface to everyone. They take a third option by tricking the Butcher into opening the vault.
The Teaser: Normally not used, but seen before the title theme in "The Rise of Miss Power" to introduce Miss Power.
Tech Marches On: Is intentionally averted. The producers want it to look like it could have been made in the 60s, 80s, or today. No Internet, No Home Computers (the only computers seen take up almost half the room), small corner TVs, a few passing references to home video, and the journalist wannabe works at a newspaper a la Jimmy Olsen. Even the family car looks like a station wagon from the 70s. They claim if cell phones are ever used, they'll be bulky devices circa 1995.
Too Dumb to Live: Also in "WordGirl Makes a Mistake, Part 2." A handyman shows up to demand his money from Mr. Big for designing the trap in which WordGirl, Captain HuggyFace and Exposition Guy are imprisoned. He gets thrown into the trap and doesn't even realize that he too is now a prisoner.
Seymour Smooth's brothers are also this, to the point where they did not even know the answer to 1 + 1.
Villains Out Shopping: Variation - in "Becky's Birthday," WordGirl, while confronting another villain, encounters Dr. Two-Brains, who's just made a trip to the grocery store. He may steal cheese, but he buys the crackers he puts the cheese on.
In another episode Becky runs into Tobey when they're both shopping with their parents. Who were taking forever, incidentally!
Villain Team-Up: Featured in, "Mousezilla". Tobey and Dr. Two Brains build a giant robotic mouse. Although it definitely starts out well, the team-up breaks down when they argue about what they should do the trapped WordGirl.
Also in "Too Loud Crew".
In "The Fill-In," The Butcher shows up as a temporary fill-in for Dr. Two Brains's henchman, Charlie. Dr. Two-Brains tells him that he's too good to be just a temporary fill-in and tries to insist on one of these instead, but The Butcher turns him down flat because "they never work" and even tells him "It's Not You, It's Me." He later jets in the middle of a robbery when Charlie returns.
Chuck teamed up with Nocan in "Nocan the Ingredient Finding Guy" and it worked out about as well as his team-ups with the Whammer.
In the first issue of the comic book tie in, five of Wordgirl's villains form "The Coalition of Malice."
Villain with Good Publicity: Granny May and Mr. Big, in particular, tend to gain the blind trust of the citizens, making it harder for WordGirl to take them down.
Steve McClean also had swarms of fans in his episode, despite being a known criminal.
Visual Innuendo: [From the episode Highway to Havarti.] Dr. Two-Brains crotch-level ‘cactus’ while he’s waiting in the gas station check-out. (This could be an Accidental Innuendo, but this troper is inclined to think it was intentional.)
The Voiceless: Scoop's grandpa hasn't said a single word. If he had, it might not be anything nice due from the look of his perpetual frown.
War Room: Fair City apparently has one, as shown in "Scary with a Side of Butter". Among them are the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and Brent the Handsome Successful Everybody-Loves-Him Sandwich Making Guy.
What Does Becky See in Scoops?: I mean, seriously! Once he guessed Becky's secret identity as WordGirl, he didn't care about her actual feelings, he just wanted to take his kid-reporter career to the next level. Fortunately, Becky frustrated his desires by losing the Vocab-bee contest on propose, thus keeping her secret safe.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Literally in "Mouse Army", when Dr. Two-Brains creates an army of super-intelligent mice, they are all reverted to normal in the end...except for one, but we never hear of it again.
In the episode "Birthday Town", Mr. Botsford is watching TV and the mouse is seen in the news. The mouse seems to further its career in science and is shown that he fused a cat and dog's minds together.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Tobey's robots are the only enemies WordGirl is ever seen punching and kicking. Every other villain she usually just finds some way to subdue or tie up.
She's even hurled them into the sun as they cry, "Noooooooooooooo.....!"
Also Lady Redundant Woman's copies get destroyed right and left, yet in "The Young And The Meatless" and even "Lady Redundant Woman Gets The Blues", it's implied that the copies have separate personalities and even feelings. Dupey doesn't get turned back into paper in "The Young And The Meatless", most likely because she is actually shown to experience love.
What The Hell, Townspeople?: The many residents in Fair City can go from idolizing their hero to hating her guts in as long as it takes Granny May to get out of prison.
Why Did It Have to Be Cats?: Since he has a second mouse brain, Dr. Two Brains is very afraid of cats. This fear comes up in a couple episodes, sometimes even showing cats attacking him because he's part mouse.
Wild Hair: Two Brains did say he sported the dry look...
In the two-parter "Dinner or Consequences," Becky gets "mega-grounded" after missing two of her father's special dinners. This means that not only does she get sent to her room, but her room has been wiped of all her favorite things and she's basically not allowed to go anywhere or do anything fun.
You, Get Me Coffee: In "Chuck With a Side of Brent," Chuck's brother Brent resurfaces and apologizes for having been such a bad sidekick to Chuck and begging for another chance. Chuck reluctantly agrees and asks him if he promises to do every evil and villainous thing he tells him. Brent agrees and Chuck tells him "You can start by picking up my dry-cleaning. Oh, and I have some ironing I need done too."