YMMV: Wander over Yonder

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Wander really a huge ditz, or is he acting ditzy on purpose to stop Lord Hater's evil plans? Or both? OR is Wander simply on drugs? Given the overtones of the show, this is something to seriously consider.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Beeza and her species in "The Ball" had to constantly move from planet to planet to escape from Buster, who practically destroys not only the planet but all the hard work they had done in it. Sure, they treat it as routine, but it gets worse when she mentions that they have no planets left and they will just keep flying until they run out of fuel or food, whichever comes first.
  • Awesome Ego: Lord Hater definitely, but to a lesser extent, Emperor Awesome fits this by trope and even more so by trope name.
  • Base Breaker: Wander, the lead protagonist, has become this. Many fans love him and find his antics entertaining and fun, but others find him incredibly annoying and uninteresting compared to Lord Hater.
  • Bizarro Episode: "The Void", in which Wander and Sylvia visit a white space (think Michael Crichton's Sphere) where anything either of them dream up comes immediately true, and the rules of logic and common sense do not apply. It's pretty much non-stop insanity from start to finish.
  • Crazy Awesome: Wander, continually saving planets by basically acting like a complete goofball. Highlights include stopping a feud in "The Good Deed" by acting out an elaborate courtroom scene by himself and literally confusing everyone into submission, to saving an entire planet by wining a dance off in "The Party Animal".
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Lord Hater's already getting this.
    • Peepers too.
    • Lord Dominator is getting a lot of this based on the previews alone. The reveal that she's actually a Green-Skinned Space Babe under all that junk probably helps a lot.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Emperor Awesome.
    • Commander Peepers.
    • The Tumblr fandom was excited for Westley months before his episode aired. When the episode finally came out, the fans were not disappointed.
    • Heck, all of the Watchdogs could count as this since they get so much love and attention from the fandom.
    • Princess Demurra.
    • When an airdate for "The Enemies" was announced, Brad Starlight got an explosion of fanart.
    • Lord Dominator, and how!
  • Evil Is Cool: Among the things in Lord Hater's army are catapults that launch flaming stone skulls and a giant robot. Emperor Awesome too.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lord Dominator turn out to be quite the Green-Skinned Space Babe under all that armor
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Fanon: Wander is often called a "star nomad". McCracken did call Wander "nomadic" and there's a star on his hat, but he's never been referred to this in canon.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In the Title Sequence, Wander hugs a perplexed Lord Hater while a heart appears behind them. Could also count as Foe Yay, on Hater's side (since Wander doesn't seem to consider him an enemy in any way).
    • There's also quite a bit of kissing between the Bingleborps in "The Greatest".
    • In "The Birthday Boy" Wander is all too eager to kiss Hater in a game of Spin the Bottle.
    • In one of the scenarios in "The Brainstorm," Hater winds up married to Wander, who hugs him while emitting cartoon hearts (though admittedly, this only happens in Hater's mind).
    • The biggest one is at the end of "The Rider" Hater shouts that he hates Wander, while Wander says that he loves Hater back.
    • The way Peepers acts towards Hater, especially in "The Buddies", it wouldn't be farfetched to assume there's a bit of a Bodyguard Crush going on there.
      • Might be reciprocated a little, in "The Funk" Lord Hater reaches out and holds Peppers' hand when faced with the powerful interdimensional beings.
    • When Wander and Lord Hater are stuck on the prison planet together, Lord Hater has a dream that could possibly be laden with symbolism. He sings "You make my heart fill up with sunshine / and rainbows are just around the bend” then after riding the rainbows, Wander and Hater are show wearing necklaces of flowers … also known as leis.
    • "The Big Day" Is an incredibly thinly veiled example of a wedding plot, complete with a "picking-the-dress" scene, invites to all the Watchdogs (except Peepers), several allusions to weddings such as "It's bad luck to see the victim before you destroy them" and "You only get to destroy me once, let's do it right" and a cake! On the other side of things Peepers is depicted as something of "Other woman" even interrupting the "Destruction ceremony" and making a speech to Lord Hater about how he thought what they had was special, topped off with hand holding and gazing into each others' eyes.
  • Inferred Holocaust: While we don't see an owner in "The Ball", Buster does have a dog tag with his name on it. So Beeza and her people have a new home until Buster's owner (or someone else) finds him and decides to give him a bath/flea dip.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Most of the adult interest from this show comes from the fact that Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust are making it, considering their previous work...
    • A lot of Jack McBrayer's fans took an interest in the show in the first place specifically because he voices Wander.
    • A lot of fans who don't like Wander or Sylvia but love Lord Hater will only watch the Lord Hater episodes.
  • Love to Hate: Fans love Lord Hater, with some even saying that he makes a better protagonist than Wander. Craig McCracken eventually confirmed this was his intent.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Commander Peepers!
    • "Lord Hater! Number One Super Star!"
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • From "The Picnic", Wander carefully scooting down the side of the crater.
    • Lord Hater is a reaction face gold mine.
    • Wander taking selfies.
    • It's quite common on Tumblr for fans to take clips from the show (that involve notable movement) and sync them up to popular songs or pieces of music. Usually the first shot of Wander in the opening, where he's walking with changing backgrounds. This meme even resulted in an official Wander over Yonder promo set to Quest to the Hall of the Mountain King
  • One Episode Wonder: Several, due to the many different worlds seen in the show.
    • Private Westley from 'The Little Guy' is extremely popular despite only being in one episode (aside from one cameo in the first season finale.)
    • Beeza from 'The Ball'
    • The two-headed fruit bartender from 'The Bad Guy' has a ton of fanart, moreso than any of the other characters in that episode.
    • The BLACK CUBE from 'The Fancy Party'. It's eerie floating and pseudo-Latin gibberish (as well as the fact that the whole area distorts when it speaks) makes it give off the feeling of being an Eldritch Abomination, making it one of the most memorable of the villains at the party.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Bingleborp till Lord Hater invades it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The opening sequence, showing off the sheer variety to every character and world introduced in the show, repeatedly cycling through different backdrops and aliens- each of which feels different to the last. It's a real testament to the creativity and imagination behind the show.
    • Wander and Emperor Awesome's dance off in "The Party Animal" has some very fluid animation.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The entire show, especially what Wander actually first sees in the titular box of "The Box".