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The 2013-present lineup and the Wiggly Friends (from top to bottom, left to right): Captain Feathersword, Henry the Octopus, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon. Not pictured: Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.
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The Wiggles are an Australian children's band, founded in 1991 but who 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.

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 the majority of 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 were eventually supplanted there by the Imagination Movers, after which they moved again to Universal Kids.

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Besides the band themselves, the majority of Wiggles media also includes a secondary cast of friends; Dorothy, a green-and-yellow dinosaur girl that eats roses, Henry, a purple band-conducting octopus, Captain Feathersword, a friendly, energetic pirate, and Wags, a big brown dog. In 2019, the group added a fifth friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.

It says something about the Wiggles' importance within Australian culture that when the original yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, left the group due to an illness in 2006, it made national headlines for weeks. The majority of Australians will know at least three of their songs and sing them, as well as give you the trademark Wiggle finger pointing gesture unashamedly, an almost unique thing in the world when it comes to children's music.

After Greg's departure, he was replaced as the Yellow Wiggle by Sam Moran, who stayed until January 2012, when Greg returned. In December of 2012, however, three of the original members - Greg, Murray, and Jeff - retired from the group (though they continue to be involved in the development of the band), and were replaced by three younger band members, Simon Pryce as the red Wiggle, Lachlan "Lachy" Gillespie as purple, and Emma Watkins as yellow, with Anthony staying.

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Members (Founding members in bold, current members in italic):

  • Jeff Fatt (Purple) - Keyboard, accordion, guitar, vocals (1991-2012)
  • Murray Cook (Red) - Guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, vocals (1991-2012)
  • Phillip Wilcher - Piano, vocals (1991-1992)
  • Anthony Field (Blue) - Guitar, drums, vocals, violin, didgeridoo, banjo, bagpipes, trumpet, bass (1991-Present)
  • Greg Page (Yellow) - Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboards (1991-2006, 2012)
  • Sam Moran (Yellow) - Vocals, guitar, drums, trumpet (2006-2012)
  • Emma Watkins (Yellow) - Vocals, drums, guitar (2012-Present)
  • Simon Pryce (Red) - Vocals, bass, cowbell (2012-Present)
  • Lachlan Gillespie (Purple) - Vocals, piano, guitar, xylophone (2012-Present)

Tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Dorothy The Dinosaur.
  • Adult Fear: Inadvertently during the Jan. 17, 2020 charity gig: Greg suffered a cardiac arrest after the main show. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are extremely deadlynote , and it's likely Greg was medically dead for a moment. The thought of Greg dying is fear enough for most adult fans, but that he could have died after appearing to be fine during a concert cranks it Up to Eleven.
    • On Twitter and in an interview, Anthony brought up that he didn't know enough CPR to have been of any help to Greg. That brings up another Adult Fear: seeing a loved one in danger and being powerless to help.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The man Greg meets in "Desert Dreaming". He can't tell if he's "white, brown or black". Considering he's in the desert and also mentions totems, it's safe to assume the man is an Aborigine.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Officer Beaples is always portrayed by a woman but sometimes sports a mustache. She's been referred to by she/her pronouns in the pastnote , but in 2020, Anthony referred to them by they/them pronouns. note 
  • Amicable Exes: Emma and Lachy.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Dorothy's very existence in modern times is of course an obvious example. Then again, she exists in the same world as a human-sized bipedal dog, a suit-wearing octopus, a pirate, and a unicorn, so...
    • During the Wiggles' performance of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for a radio show, Anthony explains that Dorothy survived the dinosaur extinction... because she ate roses.
    • "Caveland" features the old cliche of cavemen co-existing with dinosaurs. It's been common knowledge for decades that dinosaurs went extinct tens of millions of years before the first humans appeared three million years ago.
  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Greg counts, to the point where his voice is practically iconic in the Australian music industry.
    • In the current lineup, this role is filled by Simon. He's an accomplished opera singer, and boy, does he like to show off his skills.
  • Basso Profundo: Again, Simon, most notably in "Do the Skeleton Scat", where he lowers his voice deep enough to mimic the sound of a trombone.
  • Big Eater: Anthony.
    • Dorothy counts too, at least towards roses. Her eponymous song describes her as such;
    I knew that if mum saw her
    She'd never let her stay
    A dinosaur as big as that
    Needs feeding night and day
  • Big Friendly Dog: Wags, of course.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Greg and Murray were the big to Anthony and Jeff's little. In the current lineup, Anthony, Emma and Lachy are all much shorter than Simon.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Greg.
  • Bowdlerise: The VOD version of The Original Wiggles Concert for Bush Fire Relief ends the concert early, omitting the encore. An example of Tropes Are Tools, as right before the encore, Greg collapsed from cardiac arrest.
    • Unsurprisingly, and understandably, Rolf Harris' guest appearance in the YouTube upload of It's a Wiggly, Wiggly World on the band's channel was removed.
  • Canon Discontinuity: When the Wiggles' "classic" discographynote  was released for streaming on Dec. 5, 2019, none of the albums from the Sam era were includednote .
    • Likewise, their cover of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" was not included on said streaming-based releases of It's a Wiggly, Wiggly World due to Rolf Harris making a guest appearance on it. It was also omitted from the live album Celebration. This version didn't feature an appearance by Harris, however.
  • Carnivore Confusion:
    • Dorothy's a dinosaur, obviously a tyrannosaurus rex of sorts complete with sharp-looking teeth, but she eats... roses. Her species has been designated as "rosasaurus".
    • While not dealing with eating but similar still, Captain Feathersword is a friendly pirate.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: The colours of the Wiggles themselves; yellow = the star; red = the musician; blue = the hungry one; purple = the sleepyhead.
  • Colour 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
  • Cool Old Guy: Anthony is this as he's the only member of the group to have been there for its entire existence, and he's also in remarkable shape for his age. Justified as the group's touring schedule requires him to be in peak physical condition.
  • Cool Shades: Murray, Anthony and Jeff wear them in the video for "Snakes (You Can Look But You Better Not Touch)" from "Wiggly Safari".
  • 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".
    • Their cover of Rolf Harris' "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" makes no mention of the dying stockman whose perspective the song was originally sung from. As such, all references to death are removed and the song merely becomes about animals. They also naturally cut the infamous "abos" note  verse from the original, though Harris himself had already disowned that line by then due to it being considered racially insensitive.
  • Crossover: The current lineup met none other than Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster in this collaboration video, where said Muppets performed "Do the Propeller" with the Wiggles.
  • "Days of the Week" Song:
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Wiggledance! technically features the very first appearance by Emma, as she and her sister can be seen as children in the audience.
  • 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 (except Murray's red polka dotted shirt). 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, of course.
  • 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.
  • Fat and Skinny: Anthony was notably more corpulent than the rest of the group for the first ten or so years of the band's history. He's stayed in shape since the mid-2000's, though.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • 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.
  • Formerly Fat: Anthony has admitted to have been "out of shape and very unhealthy" for much of the band's history, mostly due to his poor diet which consisted mostly of high sugar and starch foods. It made it difficult for him to complete shows and was one of the main reasons he would become so depressed and disillusioned with touring. Thankfully, he changed his diet, began regularly working out and is now much healthier.
  • Funny Octopus: Henry the Octopus, a supporting cast member, likes to be under the sea, in an octopus's garden, in the shade.
  • Gentle Giant: Greg is 6'4'', but like the rest of the band, is a total softie and also has one of the cleanest and most pleasant to listen to singing voices you'll ever hear.
    • Simon is just a little bit shorter than Greg and looks like he should be on the starting lineup for the Australian rugby team, but in reality he is of course a big teddy bear.
    • Likewise, Murray, who's about 6'3'', would look more in line on a basketball team, but, much like the others, is a giant goofball. This clip is plenty proof of that.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Emma's usual hairstyle. Sometimes she switches to a Prim and Proper Bun.
  • Gold Tooth: Anthony sports a rather noticeable one these days.
  • Hair Decorations: Emma usually wears a yellow and black hairbow. She apparently has thousands of them.
  • Heavy Sleeper: WAKE UP JEFF/LACHY!
  • Heroic BSoD / Heroic RRoD: Anthony had no less than three of these after Greg's cardiac arrest:
    • One the night of, once he realized how bad Greg was doing (which lead to panic-induced convulsions);
    • One the morning after, while he was explaining to Greg what happened (inducing more convulsions); and
    • One during the next reunion concert, while the crowd was chanting in support of Greg (causing Anto to break down crying onstage).
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Simon, Greg, and Murray are the huge to Emma's tiny.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Captain Feathersword makes fun of Anthony in the Go Santa Go music video from 2017's "Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas" for not being able to do the dance associated with the song anymore because of his back. He then tries to do it himself and ends up throwing his own back out in the process.
  • I Am the Band: Anthony Field is this as the band was more or less his idea, to begin with and he handles all of the business side of things with his brother (and co-manager) Paul.
  • In the Style of...: "Monkey Man" was originally recorded by The Maytals, but The Wiggles clearly based their cover on the much more well-known version by The Specials. This is made clearer by the band wearing the suits and hats generally associated with The Specials.
  • Interspecies Romance: Dorothy and Wags. They even had a wedding (or at least a pretend 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: The Wiggles have three distinctive types of these; a carousel-type ride, ones of the Big Red Car, and one rare Dorothy-based swing ride that was produced in the late 90s.
  • Large and in Charge: Greg was the tallest Wiggle and the lead singer during his time in the band.
  • Large Ham: Being a children's act, this is more or less a requirement for the group.
    • Jeff took this trope Up to Eleven after he was woken up.
    • Simon is an opera singer, so he's naturally this.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Wiggly Medley" ends with the loud plonking of pianos and a drumbeat that sounds almost like a gunshot. The reverb and the fact that this comes out of nowhere make this verge on jump scare territory.
  • Live Album: The band has two; LIVE Hot Potatoes! and Celebration!
  • 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.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Hot Potato".
  • Made of Iron: Greg has suffered from OI for well over a decade and had a cardiac arrest right at the end of the original lineup's reunion concert in 2020, but he's still alive and kicking!
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Simon displays his ability to go from bass baritone all the way up to a falsetto in "Simon's Cold Water Blues".
  • 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.
  • Metal Scream: Captain Feathersword delivers an impressively high one in "Captain's Magic Buttons".
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a Level 1 or 2, but songs like "Wake Up Jeff!", "Getting Strong", "Romp Bomp a Stomp" and most versions of "Go Santa Go" fall under Level 4.
  • 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 first bush fire relief gig in 2020. The mood went from being happy and jovial to grim and terrifying when Greg collapsed.
  • 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.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Back when Murray voiced Dorothy, her laugh sounded more like this than the childlike giggle she'd have later on.
  • Older Than He Looks: Go back and watch the earlier videos of the band from the 90s. You'd never guess that Jeff was in his late thirties to mid forties. Even today he still looks slightly younger than he actually is.
    • Paul Paddick just doesn't seem to age at all. He looks exactly the same as Captain Feathersword now as he did when he first took on the role.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: This video, hosted by Greg after his collapse at the bushfire relief concert, is incredibly sombre to drive home the importance of CPR and defibrillators.
  • 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).
    Jimmy: Look buddy, I'll give you twenty bucks to get my kid onstage.
    Captain Feathersword: Ho ho! I can't take your money, sir. It wouldn't be fair! Hoohoohoo!
    Jimmy: "Fair"? You're a pirate!
  • 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 and Simon Pryce.
  • 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-Backing Vocalist: Occasionally used early on, as the group could only record vocals with the people they had hired, which at the time was themselves. However, they mostly averted this trope for most of their history, with their in-house backing vocal band "The Manzillas"note  providing backing vocals on all of their albums from Wiggly Safari to Surfer Jeff.
    • Played straight with the new generation, as they've provided all of their own backing vocals since their debut.
  • 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 Wiggles videos or on their numerous TV shows, 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 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 first official woman to be a Wiggle (not counting the foreign-language groups), 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.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Averted with "Snakes (You Can Look But You Better Not Touch)". The Wiggles state that looking at snakes is fine, but firmly state that you should leave them alone and let them get on with their day. Considering that Australia has some of the most deadly snakes in the world, they definitely mean it when they tell you not to touch them.
  • 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.
  • Straight Edge: The band seem to be about as clean as you can get, with none of them ever being linked to drugs or alcohol and also promoting healthy eating and fitness, especially Anthony and Simon who regularly talk about their workout schedules.
  • 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.
    • In the first series, Wigglehouse's door is Door, but for all series after it, he is replaced with the kinder Flora Door.
  • Team Mum: Dorothy is the most responsible and mature of the Wiggles cast, although as she is stated to be 5 years old in the franchise's context, she obviously still has her childlike moments. Despite this, it seems like the band has forgot about her apparent age in recent years.
  • Those Two Guys: During the first two TV series, Wags and Captain Feathersword were almost always seen together.
    • The Wiggles' social media are pushing this trope with Simon and Lachy, as seen in posts like these two.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Anthony's is fruit salad note .
  • Unperson: Founding member Phillip Wilcher only appeared on the band's first album and left/was kicked out soon after. The band re-recorded the album without him later on, and there's never been any mention of him since then.
    • Sam. The band only makes mention of him where legally obligated to do so. See Canon Discontinuity above.
  • 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 snarker in the presence of Captain Feathersword's antics. Eventually, he was given the ability to speak aloud at 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 2005 to 2007), in part because much of the main team of Wiggles' appeal outside the English-speaking world was as a tool for learning English. However, if they continued with their efforts, there would've been Wiggles for Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, Brazil, India, Spain and South Africa.
    • There's been a recent announcement that they're doing another attempt at a Latin American Wiggles group.

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