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The Heroes

    WordGirl / Becky Botsford
Word up!
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman

The main protagonist of the show. She is from the planet Lexicon, but crashed to Earth as a baby, where she was adopted by the Botsfords. As the 10-year-old superhero WordGirl, she defends Fair City with her superpowers and exceptional vocabulary.

  • Achilles' Heel: She is hopeless at art, poetry, music, singing, dancing... and Lexonite.
  • Alien Among Us: She is an alien from planet Lexicon.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: She is a major fan of "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour".
  • Ambiguously Brown: Justified for WordGirl, since that's what the creator of the show was really shooting for. Interestingly enough, her adoptive family are a different shade of ambiguous brown.
  • An Ice Person/Breath Weapon
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: She can breathe just fine in space.
  • Berserk Button: WordGirl can't stand it when words are used incorrectly. Especially on purpose.
  • Brainy Brunette: WordGirl knows the definition of every word that exists.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever she transforms into WordGirl, she cries out, "Word up!"
  • Chest Insignia: A star inside a pentagon.
  • Clark Kenting: She doesn't wear a mask or change her voice, yet no one connects Becky Botsford and WordGirl together.
  • Crazy-Prepared: WordGirl and Huggy have 999 different emergency plans.
  • Cuteness Proximity: To kittens, unicorns, and other stereotypical cute things.
  • Expy: Her origin and powers are very similar to that of Supergirl.
  • Flight
  • Genius Bruiser
  • 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 real 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.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her vocabulary.
  • The Hero
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Unfortunately, she happens to fall into this a few times, such as "Down with Word Up", "Swap Meat", "Tiny Big", "I Think I'm a Clone Now", "Bonkers for Bingo", "Wrong Side of the Law", and "Crime in the Key of V".
  • Human Aliens: Looks like an ordinary human despite being an alien.
  • Insufferable Genius: When it comes to vocabulary.
  • Kid Hero: She's 12 years old and goes around defending the city as a superhero.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Lexonite, a mineral from her home planet and a parody of kryptonite. It takes away her powers, drains her energy, and makes her misuse and mispronounce words.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability
  • Only Sane Man: Is often annoyed at how the townspeople are frequently Too Dumb to Live.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: The Botsfords are ordinary humans and have no idea of Becky's secret identity. When they do (temporarily) find out in "Two-Brains Forgets", while shocked at first, they're extremely proud of her.
    Tim: Look, Sally, it's our little girl as WordGirl. Hi, honey!
  • Red Is Heroic: Her superhero suit is mostly red in color.
  • Secret Identity: Keeps her hero side a secret from everyone, even from her adoptive family.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sometimes, she can lift and punch out giant robots. Other times, she can be restrained by ordinary people or objects.
  • Superpower Lottery
  • Super Breath: Miss Power teaches her how to do this.
  • Super Senses: She can hear people talking from miles away, which often sends her into action as WordGirl when she hears anybody who needs help.
  • Super Speed
  • Super Strength: Has exhibited the ability to pick up objects much bigger than she is on several occasions.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: WordGirl isn't so much defeated by a cute little kitten, but rather easily distracted by one. She also compensates for her language abilities by showing a complete lack of competence in art, poetry, and dance.

    Captain Huggyface / Bob
An intelligent chimpanzee from space who once famously served in the Lexicon Air Force, but after a mishap in space ended up on Earth with an infant WordGirl. He was then adopted into the Botsford family as their pet, and fight's along side WordGirl as her loyal sidekick.
  • Ace Pilot: Is the only one to ever pilot WordGirl's spaceship hideout, which is technically his ship.
  • Alien Among Us: He came from Lexicon like WordGirl
  • Apes in Space: He's a chimp, from space.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Bob found himself on the receiving end of this in "The Rise of Miss Power" when he made his disdain for Miss Power's method's clear to Becky, only for her to tell him that she didn't care what he thought and that "You're just the sidekick". The look on his face after hearing this is heartbreaking to say the least.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute little monkey but also a crime fighter.
  • Big Eater: He was once able to eat the entire contents of the Meat Dimension, where the Butcher's meat powers come from. An entire dimension.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wears a blue shirt as part of his superhero outfit.
  • Break the Haughty: "The Rise of Miss Power" and "Monkey Business"
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as bad as The Amazing Rope Guy, but is usually the Botsford who finds himself at the end of most jokes, usually poking fun at the fact that he's a monkey or not nearly as powerful as WordGirl.
  • Civilized Animal: Is seen walking around casually as Bob and as Huggy, he's even attending Becky's school.
  • Depending on the Writer: Just what exactly he's capable of vary's between episodes having some episodes have him capable of taking out Fair City's number #1 villain and his hired help or The Butcher all by himself while other episodes have him unable to handle Leslie, Beatrice, or even an unarmed Tobey.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Absolutely no one gets his name right, or even his SPECIES right, constantly being referred to as an hairy man, an chipmunk, an otter, an oscillate or even an hamster. Even WordGirl forgets about Huggy every now and then when flying off, forcing him to catch the bus home.
    • One episode had shown that WordGirl has left Huggy after battles have been won multiple times in much more danger places than shown before such as in an abandoned lair with a lazer beam about to go off, abandoning him deep in the ocean, and in the arctic with some yeti's. AND for most of that episode WordGirl abandoned Huggy on the out skirts of town and completely forgot about him for the entire day while he was fleeing for his life from an upset Chuck.
    • On top of that, no villain takes him seriously as a crime fighter, usually scoffing at or dismissing him when he arrives alone. Even Chuck, who has no self-esteem, thought a fight with Huggy would be an easy win for him.
  • The Engineer: can be seen tinkering around the ship, and has even built his own tube slide exit on the ship.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: When Becky's done something immoral, Bob makes his disappointment visible.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Technically he's not a monkey, he's a super ace pilot chimp from space, but you get the jist.
  • Formally Named Pet: as Captain HuggyFace, as Bob not so much
  • The Good Captain: He is the captain of the ship that brought Becky to Earth.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: While just how competent a crime fighter he is Depends on the writing but he has shown that he is fairly competent as a hero on his own when needed.
  • Intellectual Animal: Is very intelligent for a chimp, and while WordGirl has more book smarts than him, it's made pretty clear that he's the emotional mature one of the pair.
  • Killer Rabbit: While he looks like a harmless civilized chimp, he's been able to beat The Butcher, Two-Brain's, and his henchmen all on his own.
  • Morality Pet: On those rare times WordGirl does something wrong out of selfishness or rage, Huggy is usually the one to set her straight.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It should be pretty obvious that he's Captain HuggyFace, then again no one seems to pay attention to him as Bob or Captain HuggyFace.
  • Side Kick: He's WordGirl's sidekick, though he likes to consider his and WordGirl's work a team effort.
  • Silent Snarker: Usually sighs or rolls his eyes when Becky does something he finds silly or disapproves of.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Sorta, he squeaks and makes typical monkey noises, but he is clearly communicating but only Becky can understand him.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Some episodes like 'Book Ends' have Captain HuggyFace strong enough to take out multiple of Tobey's robot, and in 'Mr.Big (the episode)' he was even strong enough to over power WORDGIRL but later episodes, like 'by jove you've wrecked my robot' have him unable to take out even one of Tobey's robots and even got beaten by a non-super powered Lady Redundant Woman.
  • True Companions: Has been with Becky since the very beginning, sacrificing his life as an air force pilot to look after her on Earth, doing his best to make sure Becky's happy and safe. Likewise, Becky usually goes to Bob when she needs advise and is the only monkey (or person) she trusts with her secret identity.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter how bad the odds may be, if WordGirl is ever in any kind of danger he'll gladly sacrifice himself for her cause.
  • Name-Face Name: Captain HuggyFace
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Well, technically neither of them are human to begin with (WordGirl is a human alien, but still.
  • White Flag: Does this When WordGirl had been falsely jailed and it was up to him to stop literally every single villain WordGirl's every faced going on rampage all at once. While a capable crime fighter, this proved to be to much for the good captain and soon gave in by waving a white flag.

    The Narrator 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell
The Narrator of the story is able to freely interact with the characters. He is biased toward the heroes, so often assists them by giving advice (for example: telling WordGirl where to find the villain she's after).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • First-Person Smartass: The narrator refers to himself in the first person, and often offers his own (usually unsolicited) opinion on what's happening. Once, when Two-Brains was humiliating Tobey, he joined in.
    Two-Brains: We all know you're just stalling because you have a silly schoolboy crush on [WordGirl]!
    Tobey: Wh- I do not!
    Narrator: Do too, do too!
    Tobey: You stay out of this!
  • Interactive Narrator: He talks to characters all the time.
  • Lemony Narrator
  • The Omniscient: He can see everything at once and even read minds, but the level of his omniscience varies according to the plot.

The Villains

    Doctor Two-Brains / Professor Steven Boxleitner 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Fair City's #1 Villain
He used to be a benevolent scientist who assisted WordGirl, but a Freak Lab Accident merged his brain with that of a evil lab mouse's, turning him into a unhinged scientist who's only goals in life is to eat cheese and to cause as much destruction as possible.
  • Affably Evil: Often has very positive interactions with WordGirl, including stopping in the middle of an evil speech to allow her to explain words, complimenting her on various things, teaming up with her temporarily, and even giving her advice on life issues. Occasionally they reminisce about their past friendship, most notably in "A Game of Cat and Mouse" and "Showdown in the Secret Spaceship Hideout".
  • Beard of Sorrow: Shown with one when he falls out of the #1 villain ranking.
  • Big Bad: He's without a doubt the main antagonist of the entire series.
  • Big Eater: Don't let his thin physic fool you, this guy has eaten entire BUILDINGS worth of cheese and was still ready to eat more.
  • Body and Host: It's been explored in the show that Dr. Two-Brains, Steven Boxleitner, and Squeaky all exist within one body, with Dr. Two-Brains usually at the front. In "Mouse Brain Take-Over", he allows Squeaky to be in control of the body, which causes him to be far more evil and ruthless than usual.
  • Borderline Little Bit Beastly: Due to his brain being fused with a mouse's, he has the albino coloring, whiskers, super smelling sense, and can chew through solid steel. Every now and then he will be drawn with mouse-like teeth, especially when about to bite into a piece of cheese.
  • Brain Monster
  • Brainy Brunette: When he was still Professor Boxleitner.
  • Child Hater: Somewhat. Specifically WordGirl and Tobey.
  • Complexity Addiction: An entire episode, "A Simple Plan", revolves around his inability to make a simple plan— he just cannot help himself and adds more and more steps.
  • Einstein Hair: After becoming Dr. Two-Brains.
  • Enemy Mine: Does this twice with WordGirl once when they had to defeat an army of intelligent rodents he created that over powered him and once when he, and the other villains worked with WordGirl to defeat Miss Power.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is against causing extreme pain to others. Is also against stealing from other villains as he considers it un-creative and shameful
  • Evil Albino: Due to Squeaky being an albino mouse.
  • Evil Genius
  • Evil Laugh: and a great one at that
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: his voice got noticeably more raspy after he became two-brains, and even more so when squeaky was in charge of his body.
  • Expy: His characteristics is where the idea for Ice King happened. He is also an expy of Dr. Conners/Lizard from Spider-Man, and his role in the show and certain mannerisms are similar to that of the Joker from Batman. Though he shares the two (or three!) personalities in one body thing with Two-Face, also from Batman.
  • Face–Heel Turn: from a kind hearted professor to an evil scientist who only interest outside eating cheese is to harm society so much that they see him as the biggest threat in a city filled with psychos in costumes running around.
  • Fish Eyes: Happens whenever he has a particularly evil laughing session.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a normal scientist until the awful experiment of reading Squeaky's mind went wrong.
  • Fusion Dance: Squeaky and Steven, though it remains unclear who has how much control over what, though it obvious and has even been stated out right that both personality are present in Two-Brains.
  • Helium Speech: When taken over by Squeaky.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Cheese and mice.
  • It's What I Do: Usually responds with this when people call him out on his overly complex plans or how ridiculous his obsession with cheese can get.
  • Insult Backfire: When an overly aggressive WordGirl calls his plan stupid, he essentially goes 'and your point?'
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: It's complicated, seeing as he once was a good person he is capable of compassion, like to his henchman, despite the fact that he can be rude and dismissive of the two he has shown that he does care and tries his best to be a decent boss. Even to WordGirl he has shown such as in "A Few Words From WordGirl" that he does care for her and treats her like an old friend, but just as well he was perfectly down with murdering her in "a better mousetrap". According to Word of God this is because on certain days Steven's personality is more in charge of Two-Brains than Squeaky is and hence more friendliness and decent banter versus when Squeaky's more in charge of Two-Brain's as those are the days where he's more ruthless and sadistic.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine
  • Large Ham: I mean, it is Tom Kenny, like c'mon.
  • Lean and Mean: He's pretty thin, and pretty mean.
  • Mad Scientist: Both as Steven and Dr. Two-Brain's
  • Nausea Fuel: Any time he touches, pokes, or strokes his exposed brain, which throbs and glows in response to how hungry he is.
  • Oh, Crap!: As Dr. Boxleitner, he gives out this expression when Squeaky is pressing the red button that causes his experiment to read his mind turns him into Dr. Two-Brains.
  • Opera Gloves: Looong rubber gloves that go up to his shoulders.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When turned in Two-Brain's both his Iris and Sclera were turned red.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: If he is wearing an outfit that involves glasses, he usually puts a pair on his brain too.
  • Team Dad: Even though he IS WordGirl's nemesis. Before his lab accident, Steven seemed to be somewhat of a mentor to her, and even as Two-Brains, he often shows signs of this trope. For example, in the episode "A Few Words From WordGirl", he gives her fatherly advice when she can't think of a good speech for Inspiration Day. ("You're WordGirl! Your actions inspire people more than anything you could say.") He also acted this way towards Tobey in "Mousezilla", saying he'd been following Tobey's career and addressing him as "Tobey, my lad", and was proud of his robotic least until they started bickering over how to fight WordGirl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course. A lot of his plans involves stealing cheese or inventing gadgets than turn things into cheese. Sometimes his plans involve turning valuable objects such as diamond or gold into cheese, prompting WordGirl to ask why he doesn't just use the money to buy cheese in the first place.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Steven and Squeaky are two distinct individuals fused into one to make the weirdly eccentric Dr.Two-Brains!
  • Was Once a Man: Well, he was human as Steven Boxleitner, until the experiment on Squeaky went haywire and he became half-mouse as a result.
  • We Used to Be Friends: WordGirl and Dr. Boxleitner used to be friends, before he transformed into the evil Dr. Two Brains.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Absolutely terrified of cats, due to being part mouse. This is his downfall in a few episodes.
  • Wild Hair
  • Willing Channeler: Allows the mouse brain to take over his personality at times, causing his front teeth to grow longer, his hair to get disheveled, and his eyes to be more wild than usual. Not to mention he gains an appropriately squeaky voice as well.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem with going after WordGirl, though she does have super human powers.
    • BUT he had no issue with letting a group of royally pissed off super villains attack an unarmed Victoria Best because she stole their things.

    Doctor Two-Brains' Henchmen 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell (Meatloaf)
Doctor Two-Brains' bumbling henchmen who always screw everything up for him.

    Theodore "Tobey" McCallister III 
Voiced by: Patton Oswalt
The Boy Genius
A genius 10 year-old boy who terrorizes the city with giant robots. He also has an obsessive crush on WordGirl.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: When not in his villain mode he's very awkward, usually choosing to keep to himself at school.
  • Child Prodigy: He can builds giant city destroying robots, and he's only 10.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as dry as Reginald, but he's pretty close.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Can be his down fall on some occasions, such as not making a robot he brought camping water proof or not giving his robot copy more than 2 phrases to say allowing Becky to catch on to it being a fake.
  • Enemy Mine: Does this with WordGirl twice.
    • Once when the coach stole Tobey's robot design and was using it to threaten the city, forcing WordGirl and Tobey to team up against him.
    • He also does this along with the rest of the villains against Miss Power.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Seems to genuinely care for his mother.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Becky, both are gifted with incredible intellect and talent, Tobey uses his gifts for more selfish needs while Becky uses her gifts more selflessly.
  • Evil Brit: While not exactly evil, he's pretty darn malicious at times and speaks with an upper-class English accent.
  • Evil Genius: It's what he's best at after all.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this from time to time.
  • Fake Brit: In-Universe; he drops the accent only when in the presence of his mother.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's got a few
    • His ego is pretty big, and will usually throw a robotic fit if he feels like he's been insulted.
    • He's pretty insecure behind his ego, and if you shake him enough to get at his insecurities he'll fall apart. (Though WordGirl considers doing this to low for her liking)
    • He tends to over look certain minor details, which on occasion will come back to bite him.
    • He can get distracted by his love for or by WordGirl
    • His mother
  • Gadgeteer Genius: It's literally the only reason he's a threat to the city, though his cunningness certainly helps. If he didn't have this ability, he'd just be known as that weird kid with anger issues.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: 10-year-old prodigy. Adores sweets.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He's hopelessly in love with WordGirl, though the show has illustrated that the two do have similar interests and taste.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's VERY proud of his intellect, and usually boasts to anyone who'll listen.
  • Jerkass: When not terrorizing the city he's being petty, self-entitled, and rude.
  • Love Makes You Evil: While not his main motive there are occasions where Tobey's threats to destroy the city just so he can spend time with WordGirl.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: He treats Becky as just another citizen, or as something of a rival. Most of the time, he addresses her with casual disdain.
    • In "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!" Tobey accidentally revealed that he may actually have a crush on Becky, too. While trying to get her to admit her secret identity, he lets himself slip:
      You both have the same hairstyle! And color! The same sparkling smile. The same ruby lips! The same... (realizes Becky is staring at him) I realize I've said too much.
  • Momma's Boy: After being defeated, he usually gets taken away by his mother, who grabs him by the ear. Over the course of the series, her ability to tell where her son is at any given time became more and more exaggerated and ridiculous, to the point that one episode has her dropping out of a tree, in the middle of a national park, to haul him back home.
    • Actually, Tobey seems to be somewhat afraid of his mother. The mere mention of her name is sometimes enough to make him jump and look around in terror. In the Miss Power special, Miss Power picks up on this right away and encourages WordGirl to make fun of him for it, which they both promptly do to the point that he has a Heroic BSoD.
  • Narcissist: While not as bad as Victoria Best, his ego is pretty big (though semi justified as he is a boy genius) and any time his ego is struck he usually doesn't take it well.
  • Nerd Glasses: and a big pair at that.
  • Not So Above It All: while usually calm and collected, will throw a fit if his ego takes a hit, also tends to drop the calm facade when he's excited or in the company of WordGirl
  • Not So Different: With WordGirl, the two have shown that they are similar, sharing hobbies and taste in media as well as both of them not being any good at art. In fact if Tobey wasn't such a self-entitled egoist, the two would probably be friends.
  • Preppy Name
  • Stalker with a Crush: At first. In the earlier seasons, he has little to no respect for WordGirl's boundaries. Hell, the very first episode has him declaring that once he can prove he's smarter than her, she'll be all his. And the robotic suit he tricks Johnson into giving her in "Go Gadget Go" is rigged so that once she's trapped inside, he can literally control her actions...ew. However, by the end of the show, he thankfully seems to have grown out of this. At the end of "It's Your Party And I'll Cry If I Want To", since he had a change of heart and didn't destroy Katie's birthday party, Wordgirl agrees with his suggestion that they get some ice cream. Later, in "The Robot Problem", when she has to go to Tobey for help defeating a robot, she declares that they make a pretty good team, to which he replies enthusiastically before catching himself. They also treat each other more like frenemies at this point than outright rivals.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of "By Jove, You've Wrecked My Robot!" when Mrs. Botsford tells Tobey he's in big trouble, he scoffs at her and tells her she isn't his mother. Cue the sudden arrival of Mrs. McCallister, complete with ominous lightning flashes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Not to the extent of Two-Brains and cheese, but he is very fond of ice cream.
  • Verbal Tic: From season two onward, the word "robot" is pronounced "robit".
  • Villainous Crush: Tobey rather obviously has a thing for WordGirl, though she continually rebuffs his affections.
  • Villain Respect: Despite the fact that she constantly rebuts his feelings and foils his schemes, he does seem to respect WordGirl.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Although he is ten years old, he is clearly voiced by an adult.

    Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy
yes, his head is a sandwich
Voiced by: Fred Stoller
A big guy with a sandwich for a head and a general obsession with sandwiches. He lives in his mother's basement and plays video games, only committing crimes either because he's angry at something/someone, or in an attempt to be cool.
  • Adorkable
  • Affably Evil: He's mainly soft-spoken and friendly to WordGirl, but he's still a villain. He does go out of his way to make sure WordGirl doesn't get hurt, such as asking her if she's allergic to peanut butter before shooting her with it.
  • Ambiguously Human: No-one's exactly sure just what Chuck is, as he's mostly human, but his head is a sandwich. Apparently he's sensitive about it.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Despite being a villain, he tries his best to be humble.
  • Atrocious Alias: Some other names he considered were "Destructo the Destroyer", "Amazo the Amazing Guy Who's Evil but Not Really That Bad When You Get to Know Him", "Handsome Eddie" and "The Handsome Panther".
  • Basement-Dweller: He tried to move out once, but got homesick when he realized his mother wasn't there to kiss his booboos or tuck him in. Sleeps in a bunkbed with tons of stuffed animals and has pin-ups of sandwiches on the walls.
  • Berserk Button: Has a few; mainly people mocking sandwiches or simply saying they don't like them, and it is shown many small things cause him to go berserk and try to crush something. (Someone calling his sandwich repulsive, his mother interrupting him while he is doing "evil things," not having a hairnet that fits his head correctly, etc.)
  • Big Brother Instinct: Well little brother, but mess with Brent and he'll make sure you pay. Just ask Mr.Big
  • Comically Missing the Point: Refuses to believe a "High-Five Sandwich" is not actually a new kind of sandwich that everyone likes better than his, despite being told by multiple people throughout the episode.
  • Disappeared Dad: Word of God says Chuck and Brent have different fathers; both are missing.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Chuck spends the majority of the "Chuck E. Sneeze" episode terrified his mom will find out he's gotten sick, since she makes him stay inside for a month and eat chicken gizzard soup.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Expy: A possible one of D-list Batman villain Condiment King.
  • Fat and Proud: Has a very high opinion of his looks and calls himself handsome quite often.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish one.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Toward his brother, Brent.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's the main reason he can't become a member of society, it's because his immediate instinct upon hearing something that offends him or hurts his feeling is to flip his shit.
  • Harmless Villain: Subverted, as he's tied with the Butcher for fair city's #2 most fear criminal (behind Dr. Two-Brains) though he can come off as this on occasion.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Appears to be the case as what we've seen of his mother—her having ears and Chuck/Brent not—she appears to be human.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Sandwiches.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a ray gun that fires ketchup, mustard, and relish, but occasionally switches it up with olive oil, honey mustard, ranch dressing or peanut butter.
  • I Work Alone: Tells the Whammer he's a "lone wolf" when the Whammer offers to be his sidekick.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Subverted; his mother doesn't seem to care about his villainy, and even threatens to take away his "evil villain allowance" if he doesn't stop losing to WordGirl.
  • Momma's Boy: He still lives in his mother's basement. He makes her sandwiches, watches her stories with her, and does chores such as mowing the lawn. His mother refers to him as "Chucky-boo", "Chuckleberry", "Chucky-buttons", and if he is in trouble, "Charles!"
  • My Beloved Smother: His mom babies him and does everything for him, despite Chuck being about 30 years old. Chuck either resents this or loves it depending on his mood.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears a big ole pair of these when not wearing his goggles, and in flashbacks of him as a kid.
  • Non-Human Head: Chuck's head is a sandwich, befitting of a villain whose motif is sandwiches.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Without a WordGirl to stop him, he would be ruling the city, as evidenced by "A World Without WordGirl".
  • Plant Hair: Lettuce.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The entire family seems to have a deep obsession with sandwiches; they eat them for Thanksgiving dinner (with stuffing) and Chuck and Brent get sandwiches in their Christmas stockings.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling
  • Siblings in Crime: His brother Brent becomes his evil sidekick for a couple episodes, although Chuck can't stand how organized Brent is.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: His older brother invented Crustless Bread and is now famous for it. Chuck lives in his mom's basement and is in and out of jail.
  • Unnamed Parent: Not even "Mrs. Sandwich Making Guy", just "Chuck's mom".
  • Verbal Tic: "Oh, I don't know, what's the word...?" Always forgetting the word he wants to use.

    Granny May 
Voiced by: Cree Summer
A villain who poses as a sweet, deaf old lady but who in actuality is a master thief who specializes in fooling others and convincing everyone to turn against WordGirl.

    The Butcher 
Voiced by: Jack D. Ferraiolo
A large man who dresses like a butcher and has power over meat, which includes conjuring it up and telekinetically controlling it.
  • Affably Evil: He's actually pretty nice.
  • The Butcher: His main shtick, though not nearly as ax-crazy as the usually example of this trope.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Meat my Dad" he called out his dad for constantly guilt tripping/badgering him into moving back in with him and forming a criminal duo together, something The Butcher made pretty clear he didn't want to do.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He works really hard on them.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Say what you will of their treatment of one another, it's been made pretty clear that The Butcher really does love his dad.
  • Has Two Daddies: Perhaps unintentionally on the writers' part, but in an early episode he mentions that "Mr. Butcher" is his father after being called by that name in an early episode. A later episode shows his father to be Kid Potato, who is obviously not a butcher. Since he's never mentioned a mother, this is entirely possible.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: His meat constructs are often strong enough to restrain WordGirl. She usually relies on Captain Huggyface to eat through them.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Meat.
  • Large Ham: He likes to yell.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He only does what he does out of admiration for his father, a man who raised him from birth to believe Bad is Good and Good is Bad
  • Love at First Sight: With Dupey. Interestingly, he's indifferent her template, Lady Redundant Woman and vice versa.
  • Malaproper: Often butchers the English language when he talks.
  • No Name Given: The other eponymous characters in "The Butcher, The Baker, and The Candlestick Maker" are old friends of his, and refer to him as though Butcher is his actual name.
    • And his father calls him Junior, implying he shares his real name with his father. Unfortunately, we never learn his real name either.
  • Perma-Stubble: And it's beautiful
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Tofu.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All he want's is some sort of positive acknowledgement from his dad.
    • Can also be this towards WordGirl on occasion.

    Kid Potato 
Voiced by: Edward Asner
The Butcher's father, who has power over potatoes.

    Lady Redundant Woman / Beatrice Bixby 
Voiced by: Amanda Plummer (first appearance), Grey DeLisle
Beatrice Bixby works in a copy shop, and is bitterly jealous of the star employee, Dave. She obsessively cleans and maintains a copy machine, doting on it like it's her child. After curiously pressing a mysterious Big Red Button on the machine, she becomes Lady Redundant Woman and wreaks havoc.
  • Achilles' Heel: She needs to touch her nose to use her powers. Also, she can't use her powers if her ink supply runs low or if her ink cartridges are removed.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: She can be seen watching "The Pretty Princess and Magic Pony Power Hour".
  • Art Initiates Life: By eating or looking at an image, she can bring it to life.
  • Berserk Button: Dave receiving praise. Messing with her beloved copy machine. If someone claims copies are no good compared to originals.
  • Dark Action Girl: She was able to beat the crap out of Captain Huggyface while her powers were disabled.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: She constantly repeats herself in different ways. For example: "You are beaten, defeated, vanquished!" or "Hi, hello, aloha."
  • Easily Forgiven: Whenever she's released from jail, Dave gives her her job back.
  • Evil Is Petty: She's very bitter and spiteful towards her Benevolent Boss Dave out of jealously and minor faults.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: For Dave.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Copying machines and redundancy.
  • The Insomniac: Implied, as she is the only character with lines and dark circles under her eyes.
  • Me's a Crowd: Her copies turn into paper when destroyed, and she can make them disappear if she feels like it.

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
One of Lady Redundant Woman's copies, who gained free will and started dating The Butcher, abandoning her mistress. The Butcher gave her her name, and he can easily tell her apart from the original. Sadly, she dumped him and fled the city on a bus. However, she kept a photo of him and seemed to pine for him.

    Royal Dandy 
Voiced by: Sergio Cilli
A prince or nobleman from a painting whom Lady Redundant Woman brought to life. He is very greedy and obnoxious, but he calls Lady Redundant Woman "mom" and claims he is her son. He went on a rampage of mischief and destruction throughout Fair City. He made the mistake of breaking the copy machine. Lady Redundant Woman angrily destroyed him.

    Evil Malicious WordGirl 
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
An evil copy of WordGirl that Lady Redundant Woman created from a picture of her.

    The Coach 
Voiced by: Ned Bellamy
A devious man with no superpowers of his own, he instead manipulates other villains into committing crimes for him. One recurring scam of his was a villain night school, which produced Invisibill and Big Left Hand Guy (as well as Ms. Question, though she didn't graduate).—-
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts nice to his "students" in order to manipulate them, but only acts that way to get what he wants.
  • Jerkass
  • Would Hurt a Child: Or steal one's robot blueprints, then attack him using said robot.

    Ms. Question 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
A woman obsessed with questions. She always speaks in the form of a question and she does her best to confuse people to force them to ask questions, usually by spreading chaos. Her lair is very strange, keeping with the theme.

Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin
A man with the power to turn invisible at will. His need for attention often ends up ruining every crime he's part of.

    Big Left Hand Guy 
Voiced by: Mike O'Connell
A man with a big left hand. He tends to use his large hand to hail one of the few cabs of Fair City to escape after committing a crime.

    Brent the Handsome Successful Everybody-Loves-Him Sandwich Making Guy 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Chuck's older brother, who is a popular and successful business man. He also has a sandwich-shaped head. Though he is a legit worker and has no malicious tendencies, he briefly agreed to be Chuck's sidekick.

    Seymour Orlando Smooth 
Voiced by: Daran Norris
A man who pretends to be a game show host to scam contestants out of their cash and valuables.
  • Alliterative Name: Seymour Smooth
  • Chain Pain: Wields chains made of fool's gold.
  • Con Artist: His raison d'être, literally anytime you see this guy he's trying to con you in one way or another.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Generally frowns upon mind controlling other villains or stealing their things. Isn't to fond of murderous intergalactic dictators as well.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He can flick hair gel, which hardens like cement.
  • The Rival: with Beau Handsome.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His brothers.
    • AND everyone in Fair City,like seriously, count how many times this man has shown up on the air with brand spanking new games shows that definitely not scams, and how many time everyone freaking falls for it.
  • Smarmy Host
  • Smug Snake
  • Twinkle Smile: It's so bright it can blind people. (It's actually a set of false teeth.)

    Mr. Big / Shelly Smalls
Voiced by: Jeffrey Tambor
A smug, childish, and greedy businessman out to line his pockets with even more money than he has, he usually relies on mind control devices to achieve his goals, though on occasion has tried other means to little success.
  • Alliterative Name: His real name, Shelly Smalls, repeats the letter "S".
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT gloat about how much richer or bigger you are than him. He won't take it well.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a big ol' goof who's childishly obsessed with bunnies, but manage to piss him off, and your mind and free will forcibly become his new play thing.
  • Child Hater: Isn't fond of children, though he tries to be friendly to them in public.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is the head of his business but also actively goes out of his way to do immoral deeds to get richer.
  • Con Artist: Not as bad as Seymour, but some of his schemes included using mind control to force people to buy his bogus products.
  • Cuteness Proximity: For squishy things, mainly bunnies.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Could've carried out his scheme in "Ears to You" very legitimately, but threw in mind control just for the hell of it. This was even lampshaded by Mr. Big himself.
    WordGirl: "Now why would you try that..?"
    Mr. Big: "Hey, you can't get to the end of a Mr. Big story and not have any mind control"
  • Domino Mask: Is never seen without it, even on vacation.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Possibly an issue for Mr. Big, whose real name is revealed to be Shelly Smalls in "Truth, Revision, and the Lexiconian Way".
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Leslie has stated out right that Mr. Big has no sense of humor, though this is more out of not understanding the concept of a set up and punch line rather than being a cold-hearted felon.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He chews up the scenery like no other villain, though his hamminess is balanced by Leslie's monotone and dull attitude.
  • Evil Is Petty: Took over the minds of everyone on Earth once, just because his neighbor borrowed his casserole dish for a little too long.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Does this in "Scary with a Side Of Butter" where he takes credit for Leslie's idea, much to Leslie's disappointment.
  • Greed: He's already rich, as he's the head of a multi million company and could live very comfortably. He does what he does because he wants more money, that's it.
    • Also takes time out of everyday to count his money, an activity he looks forward to.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He gets really excited when he learns that Leslie Took a Level in Badass and nearly took over the city while he was away.
  • Malaproper: He explains that he only ever took business classes.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Most of his schemes and episodes featuring him involve this.
  • Mind Control: It's in his business plan.
  • Mind-Control Device: His main weapon, he uses them so much that WordGirl got genuinely confused when he appeared to not have had a mind control device in "Mr. Big's Big Plan".
  • Mister Big: In Villainous Name Only.
  • Never My Fault: When a group of rightfully pissed off super villains, asked Mr. Big why he hypnotized his allies just to build him a miniature golf course, his justification for his actions was to blame Guy Rich (A villain who faked being richer than him) as he put it, if Guy Rich hadn't showed up to brag, none of what happened would've happened.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Leslie, although rather than a romantic partner, she's his overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated assistant.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Uses one in "Banned on the Run" and even WordGirl falls for it, even though this 'disguise' consisted of a fake mustache and top hat.
    • Subverted in "The Talented Mr. Birg" where WordGirl spends most of the episode harassing Mr. Birg, a man who sounds and looks exactly like Mr. Big but with a fake mustache. It was later revealed that this man happened to be his doppelganger.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In "Big Business", he more or less admits that his company doesn't actually do anything besides his mind control schemes.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Doesn't care to do anything legally cause he's richer than anyone.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The guy cleans up nicely.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Leslie who is someone he's shown he absolutely needs. Also with Two-Brains.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's basically the Lex Luthor of Word Girl.

Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Mr. Big's personal assistant, who does most of the heavy lifting in his schemes.

    Victoria Best 
Voiced by: Kristen Schaal (speaking), Dev (singing)
A child prodigy whose parents expect her to be the best at everything she does.
  • Alpha Bitch
  • Abusive Parents: See Moving the Goalposts.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm THE BEST!"
    • Along with "VB, in!", a clear Shout-Out to Ryan Seacrest's sign-off in American Idol.
    • "Eyes on the prize."
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Inverted - she's forced into this by her parents, who expect her to excel and beat the pants off everyone else.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • The members of her family are oddly similar to Becky's in appearance; along with her parents she has a younger brother and an intelligent pet. And when you think about it, Becky's and Victoria's personalities have quite a few comparisons: they are both very competitive, excel in whatever they do, and are particularly arrogant. The only difference is the side they fight on...
    • Becky and Victoria both wear sweater-and-skirt-based outfits.
  • Evil Genius
  • Eye Beams: They pull whatever they hit into her hands: great for stealing or collecting.
  • Freudian Excuse: Really, if you had parents like hers...
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom/Red Eyes, Take Warning: Along with her parents.
  • It's All About Me: She constantly claims she is the best at everything and doesn't care what the others think about her bragging.
  • Magic Music: She hypnotizes people by playing her flute.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Victoria's parents are never happy with anything she does, acting like she's a failure even when she's just done something amazing. They always complain that she isn't doing better, achieving more. They do this to a completely unrealistic extent, for example wondering why she can't just magically develop superpowers better than WordGirl's.
  • Mind Control: Via playing her recorder. She can't control people per se, but her music freezes them in place while she goes about her business stealing their stuff, and then makes them forget about it afterwards.
  • The Nicknamer: Heh. Beckface...
  • The Rival
  • Second Place Is for Losers
  • Sore Loser
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Often leaves with "The Best, out!"

    The Whammer 
Voiced by: John C. McGinley
A muscle bound man with the power to make powerful sonic booms by bringing his fists together. He inserts the word "wham" or variations thereof at least once into each sentence. Example: "Wow, that was so whammer!"

    Nocan the Contrarian 
Voiced by: Daran Norris
A barbarian warrior who speaks and acts in opposites, kind of like Bizarro from Superman.

    Birthday Girl / Eileen 
Voiced by: Pamela Adlon
A greedy little girl who thinks every day is her birthday. She demands that anyone she meets give her whatever she wants. If she is refused, she will throw a tantrum and grow into a hulking green behemoth.

    Captain Tangent 
Voiced by: John Henson
An annoying waiter who is prone to telling boring stories and then going off on even more boring tangents. He becomes a pirate themed criminal after discovering his power.

    Amazing Rope Guy 
Voiced by: Larry Murphy
A villain who's not so much of a villain and more of a fumbling, comic relief character.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets no respect from anyone.
  • Funny Background Event
  • Giftedly Bad: He was once hired as an entertainer at Becky's school, doing rope tricks. The kids were not impressed.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He can make great dioramas.
    • He is also so good at impressions that the only time he had any success as a villain was when he used his mimicry skills to impersonate other villains.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Rope.
  • Laughably Evil: Probably the most prominent in the series, which is saying a lot considering that the other villains include the likes of Chuck (who, while successful at his job, does not give that impression), Invisi-Bill, and Big Left Hand Guy.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The only things he's good at are impersonations and tying knots.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He's... really not that amazing.

    Miss Power 
Voiced by: Jane Lynch
A new villain introduced in the four-part special "The Rise of Miss Power". She came to Earth, pretending to be a superhero and taking WordGirl under her wing, while secretly preparing to take over and not really caring about the city's wellbeing.

    The Learnerer 
A man who can learn anything and devise counter-measures after observing it once. He has a habit of using suffixes twice. For example: "Learnerer" and "adaptinging".

    Energy Monster / Maria 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
A creature made of electricity that is driven to absorb electricity and rampage through the city. Eventually, a device made by Dr. Two-Brains allows her to talk, and it is revealed that her name is Maria.

Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
A robot created by Tobey in WordGirl's image and programed to be devoted to him. She has all of WordGirl's abilities, but is slightly more powerful.

    Rhyme and Reason 
Voiced by: Amy Sedaris (Rhyme) and Tyler Labine (Reason)
A criminal duo who steal things for whatever rhyme with the reasonable thing.


    Tim Botsford 
Voiced by: Ryan Raddatz
Becky's adoptive father. He's a stay-at-home dad with bizarre mannerisms, and is completely oblivious to his various blunders, as well as to his daughter's secret identity.

    Sally Botsford 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Becky's adoptive mother. She's a district attorney who prosecutes criminals.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She was able to rally every villain in the city, leading them to break out of prison and rampage through the streets to fight Miss Power. And of course, she led the charge herself, standing on the head of one of Tobey's robots.
    "It's time to show this Miss Power why the rest of the city can't STAND you guys!"
  • Genius Ditz: She's usually only slightly less goofy and out-of-it than her husband, but the first time we see her in the courtroom she proves terrifyingly competent and composed, not letting control of the trial of Granny May slip for a second and refusing to fall for the sort of tricks she'd likely buy in her home life. She wins the trial, of course.
  • Happily Married
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She's defeated quite a few villains on her own.
  • Muggle Foster Parents

    TJ Botsford 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Becky's adoptive brother. He can't stand Becky, but is ironically WordGirl's biggest fan.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • Bi the Way: Most likely. He seems to have a crush on WordGirl, but Word of God says he and his best friend Johnson are dating by the end of the show.
  • Fanboy
  • Loves My Alter Ego: As he's oblivious to the fact Becky and WordGirl are one in the same, he has a crush on WordGirl while constantly annoying Becky.
    • In one episode where the Botsfords find out Becky is WordGirl, he is mortified and throws away his WordGirl merchandise. He can't get over the fact that someone he looks up to and admires is someone he hates (or vice versa). He even refuses to help her when the entire family is captured by Dr. Two-Brains. In the end, their memories of Becky as WordGirl are erased and he doesn't know why his WordGirl stuff is on the floor.
  • Too Dumb to Live
  • Undying Loyalty: In "Down with Word Up!", he is the only citizen to not turn against WordGirl, as he holds up a pro-WordGirl picket sign.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite being 7-8 years old, his voice sounds much older.

    Violet Heaslip 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Becky's best friend. She's a talented artist and poet and has a tenuous grasp on reality.

    Todd "Scoops" Ming 
Voiced by: Ryan Raddatz
A boy who runs the school newspaper, and the object of Becky's affections.

    Chuck's Mother 
Voiced by: Dannah Phirman
Chuck and Brent's mysterious, naggy and New York-accented mother who is only ever seen from behind or with her face obscured. Loves both of her children, but tends to favor Brent.
  • Does Not Like Spam: HATES pineapples. "Pineapple of My Eye" is all about Chuck trying to crush every pineapple in the city for her birthday present. She is thrilled when he goes through with it, saying it was the best birthday present she'd ever received.......after the hammock Brent got her, of course.
  • The Faceless: We see every part of her body except her face throughout the series.
    • Unreveal Angle: Occasionally we see her from the front, but her face is covered by blinds or a door frame.
  • Housewife: Though no husband is present, she is permanently in an apron and oven mitts, even in flashbacks to when Chuck was very young.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: The upstairs of her home is immaculate and nicely decorated; she appears to have no trouble supporting herself and Chuck while also giving him an evil villain allowance.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Subverted: she doesn't seem to care much that Chuck (and later Brent) are criminals.
  • My Beloved Smother: Doesn't allow Chuck to do much on his own and goes so far as to iron his socks for him. Chuck either loves the attention from his mom or hates her for it, depending on his mood.
  • Neat Freak: Demands Chuck keep the house immaculate while she is gone; Chuck is scared enough of what will happen if he doesn't that he goes up against every other villain in the show at the same time to keep his house clean.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The entire family seems to have a deep obsession with sandwiches; they eat them for Thanksgiving dinner (with stuffing) and Chuck and Brent get sandwiches in their Christmas stockings.
  • Unnamed Parent: Not even "Mrs. Sandwich Making Guy", just "Chuck's mom".
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: When we see her hair, it's seafoam green.

    Exposition Guy 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell
A man with no real purpose besides moving the plot along by running up screaming for help, alerting WordGirl to a crime or disaster. He constantly mistakes random places for the police station. According to "Scary with a Side of Butter", he sets his watch ahead so he can be the first to panic.


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