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The Wiggles are an Australian children's band, founded in 1991 but gained international popularity during the 2000s. Greg Page, Anthony Field and Murray Cook met as early childhood education students at Macquarie University in the 80s, while Field was a member of 80s rock band The Cockroaches alongside Jeff Fatt; the three classmates undertook a university project of their own design intended to create music aimed at children with educational value, and Fatt was brought in as a pianist. A few years and a deal with The ABC later, and The Wiggles were born.
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Over the years they have produced over fifty albums and home videos, several television series and a feature-length film, with another one in the works. The ABC has broadcast all their shows and been in charge of distributing all their albums and videos in Australia. In the United States, the program initially aired on Fox Family, then moved to Playhouse Disney, but was supplanted by Imagination Movers. The Wiggles now have an expanded role on Universal Kids.

It says something about the Wiggles' importance within Australia that when the original yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, left the group, it made national headlines for weeks. The majority of Australians will know at least three of their songs and sing them unashamedly, an almost unique thing in the world when it comes to children's music. They'll also give you the trademark Wiggle finger pointing gesture unashamedly.

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In December of 2012, three original members — Greg, Murray and Jeff — retired from the group (though they continue to be involved in the franchise's development), and were replaced by three younger band members, one of them female. A television series with the new lineup, Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, premiered in August of 2013, and a second new lineup series, Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle!, premiered in October 2017.


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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Dorothy The Dinosaur.
  • Amicable Exes: Emma and Lachy.
  • Back for the Finale: In January 2012, Greg's return to the group was announced with much fanfare, only for him, Murray and Jeff to announce their retirement effective at the end of the year.
  • Big Eater: Anthony.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Wags, of course.
  • Carnivore Confusion:
    • Dorothy's a dinosaur, obviously a tyrannosaurus rex of sorts complete with sharp-looking teeth, but it's okay because she eats... roses. Word of God even gives her species as a "rosasaurus".
    • While not dealing with eating but similar still, Captain Feathersword is a friendly pirate.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: Yellow = the star; red = the musician; blue = the hungry one; purple = the sleepyhead.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In the above image, that's Emma in the yellow skivvy, Simon in the red, Lachy in purple, and Anthony in blue. Greg wore the yellow skivvy until 2006, when he turned his skivvy over to Sam (and then took it back in 2012, only to give it to Emma at the end of the year). Murray wore red, and Jeff in purple, until Simon and Lachy (respectively) came in during 2013.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The ending of "Wake Up Jeff/Lachy"
    Would you keep that noise down? I'm trying to sleep!
  • Cool Car: The Big Red Car
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning:
    • They've done a few covers/adaptations of songs aimed at older audiences, both written by the band themselves pre-Wiggles and by other artists.
    • One that stands out is Monkey Man, originally done by The Maytalls. The original version appears to be about a man telling someone (a girlfriend?) that he's heard rumors of her "hugging up the big monkey man" (implying cheating on the singer) although he can't confirm it. The Wiggles version, featuring Kylie Minogue, is about... an actual "monkey man".
  • "Days of the Week" Song:
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The group originally had five members (including Philip Wilcher) and wore patterned shirts that bore no resemblance to their trademark coloured skivvies. A couple of years later, Anthony donned a green shirt instead of his now-famous blue skivvy.
    • "Desert Dreaming", from the Wiggles' first album, is a droning spoken-word piece. The group's later discography is far less experimental.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Dorothy the Dinosaur.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Everyone, of course.
  • Excited Show Title!: Many of The Wiggles' song and album titles are an example of this, noteably "Wake Up Jeff!" and "Hoop-Dee-Doo! It's a Wiggly Party!".
  • Fake Interactivity: Experimented with on occasion, especially during the early Sam era. However, it isn't used much, with many of their shows and videos relying on sketch-based humor instead. The reason behind this is that Anthony, being the band's co-manager (along with his brother, Paul), believes that The Wiggles shouldn't treat their viewers like morons.
  • Forgotten Theme Tune Lyrics: Once you hear them sing "Turkey In The Straw", you'll recognize the tune that's always been instrumental in older cartoons such as Looney Tunes.
  • Funny Octopus: Henry the Octopus, a supporting cast member. Known for breakdancing with all his legs. He likes to be under the sea, in an octopus's garden, in the shade.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Emma's usual hairstyle. Sometimes she switches to a Prim and Proper Bun.
  • Hair Decorations: Emma usually wears a yellow and black hairbow. She apparently has thousands of them.
  • Heavy Sleeper: WAKE UP JEFF/LACHY!
  • I Am the Band: Anthony Field is arguably this (as both the only original member and the brother of manager Paul Field), although Emma Watkins has since become the band's Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Interspecies Romance: Dorothy and Wags. They even had a wedding... three times!
  • Kent Brockman News: Network Wiggles, their third TV series, included a news segment hosted by Greg, with Dorothy acting as a field reporter, and weather by Captain Feathersword (with his "Weathersword").
  • The Kiddie Ride: One carousel-type, one of the Big Red Car, and one rare Dorothy the Dinosaur swing ride.
  • Those Two Guys: During the first two TV series, Wags and Captain Feathersword were almost always seen together.
  • Long-Runners: Got their start in 1991, and are still well and truly around.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: They kept the same lineup from 1992 to 2006, making them a Type 4.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: You'd be hard-pressed to find an Australian child of the nineties or later who doesn't recognise their signature pointing-wiggling.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens to Dorothy in the Series 2 episode "Directions"; she is at Happy and Sad Street, going past either the happy or sad sign will cause her mood to switch to that respective one.
  • The Movie: A theatrically-released movie, produced in 1997, pretty much cemented them as the world's best-loved children's performers.
  • No Antagonist: Played straight in every series.
  • The Pirate Who Doesn't Do Anything: Captain Feathersword. He's just a big softie who also happens to be the resident Butt-Monkey. The worst he ever gets is tickling people with his sword, which has a large bundle of feathers instead of an actual blade (hence his name).
  • Pun: A lot of the pre-song trivia questions in 'Ready, Steady, Wiggle' do puns on the topic of the episodes. Example, after Simon turns into a duck when he drank Lachy's "Turn You Into A Duck Drink".
    Will Simon duck out for another cup?
    Will the Wiggles send Lachy the bill?
    You just can't beak this episode.
  • Red Shirt:
    • Averted with Greg Page.
    • And, well, Murray Cook.
  • Revolving Door Band: This, especially occuring so soon after this.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Oh no!" "Oh what!?" "Oh no!" "Oh what?!" "Oh no!" "Oh what?!"
    • "Huh?" "Huh?" "Huh?" "Huh?"
    • "Well, blow me down." (Captain Feathersword gets blown down, then gets back up again.) "I gotta stop saying that." "You gotta stop saying what?" "I gotta stop saying 'Blow me down'... Oh no!" (Cue being blown down and getting up again.)
    • With the new group of Wiggles, there are often jokes about Anthony being 'old'. Greg gets this treatment as well during the 2017 version of Go Santa Go.
    • In TV Series 4 & 5, the Wiggles often talk about Bill O' Really... I mean O'Reilly.
  • Self-Deprecation: In interviews, Jeff has said that his role as the one who always falls asleep and needs to be woken up derives from his lack of background in early childhood education, and that it's a way to get him involved in the shows without him actually needing to do anything.
  • Self-Titled Album: The Wiggles' debut album.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Many prominent entertainment industry figures have guest starred in videos or on the TV show, including Slim Dusty, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kylie Minogue, John Fogerty, Christine Anu, Steve Irwin, Leo Sayer, Barry Williams and many more.
  • Show Within a Show: Series 3 has the Wiggles producing a show at their own TV studio, Network Wiggles.
  • Sitting Cutely on a Piano: At one point in the Santa's Rockin'! video, Dorothy does this on a beach chair while eating a rose. Considering that The Wiggles are Australian, and that the video in question is one of their Christmas videos, the beach chair makes a lot of sense.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Dorothy the Dinosaur could have been considered this prior to Emma's arrival. As for Emma's character, the group arguably downplays this trope — while Emma is the only official woman to be a Wiggle, she lacks the overt tokenism often associated with the trope. There have also been other recurring women in the various series, including Kylie Minogue as an honorary "Pink Wiggle", so Emma's arrival only really fits this trope in description.
  • Spinoff:
    • Dorothy had her own spin-off, called... Dorothy the Dinosaur.
    • Emma got her own show in 2015, with Lachy getting his own show a year later. The shows were called "Emma!" and "Lachy!"
    • There were also foreign-language counterparts of The Wiggles themselves, formed overseas (see West Coast Team).
    • There was also the Wiggles-produced show The Kingdom of Paramithi, which featured many of their regulars (including Paul Paddick (best known as Captain Feathersword), as well as current red Wiggle, Simon Pryce) and technically counts as a spinoff.
  • Stage Magician: Greg's shtick before his initital retirement was performing magic tricks, wearing the obligatory magician's hat and cape. However, these tricks had an alarming tendency to go wrong, especially whenever Anthony was involved.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: From 2006 to 2012, the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, was replaced with his understudy, Sam Moran, due to Page's illness.
  • Voices Are Mental: Subverted in the Series 2 episode "The Body"; Captain Feathersword and Wags happen upon "Each Other's Voices Street", which causes them to switch voices.
  • The Voiceless:
    • Wags the Dog... at least, initially. In the second TV series, we can hear his thoughts (similar to Garfield), revealing him to be quite the Deadpan Snarker in the presence of Captain Feathersword's antics, and eventually, he was given the ability to speak aloud around the time of the fourth TV series. Despite this, he hasn't spoken out loud since "Go Santa Go!", the first Christmas video of the new generation, and that was made in 2013, pretty much rendering him voiceless again.
    • Officer Beaples doesn't speak; she only blows her whistle.
  • West Coast Team:
    • There were officially licensed overseas counterparts of The Wiggles in Taiwan and Latin America. They didn't last very long (The Taiwanese Wiggles only ran from 2003 to 2007, and the Latin American Wiggles from 2006 to 2007), in part because much of the Wiggles' appeal outside the Anglosphere was as a tool for learning English. However, if they continued with their efforts, there would've been Wiggles for Japan, Mainland China, Brazil, India and Europe.
    • There's been a recent announcement that they're doing another attempt at a Latin American Wiggles group.

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