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Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 2 E 18 The Hot Shot The Night Out

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The Hot Shot


When a mysterious new rebel begins fighting Dominator’s forces, Sylvia becomes jealous.

Tropes appearing in The Hot Shot:

  • Affably Evil: Brad's cousin as he prepares to kill Wander and Sylvia.
  • Babies Ever After: The credits animatic is a flash forward to a future anniversary of Brad and the face-sucking Princess, and they have children.
  • The Bus Came Back: Brad Starlight returns.
  • Butterface: The last princess has this, as Brad finds out a little too late.
  • Call-Back: The episode begins at the Bingleborp Friendship Festival, same as the show's first episode "The Greatest". The King even mentions that he hopes they don't get invaded like the last time.
  • Car Fu: Sylvia beats the real Dombot by ramming Brad's hoverbike through its eye.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Sylvia realizes that she didn't think through taking on the Dombot. She still manages to kick its butt because it turns out to be a fake.
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    • Brad didn't consider the possibility that he might run into a real Dombot.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Hotshot's hat comes off; he is Brad Starlight.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Hotshot turns out to be Brad Starlight, with his cousin posing as a Dombot.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Wander calls Sylvia this. She at first thinks it's a real monster and is willing to fight it, but when Wander explains, she resents the remark.
  • He Knows Too Much: Brad's cousin invokes this after Wander and Sylvia see the charade.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: "I've got a thing, somewhere where there's not a real killer robot!"
  • Lamprey Mouth: The last princess is revealed to have this.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Brad points out his big chin as proof that he's a hero.
  • Left the Background Music On: Wander composes a ballad about Hotshot, to Sylvia's discontent.
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  • Monster Protection Racket: Brad's cousin Chad disguises himself as a Dombot, attacks planets, then Brad shows up and rescues them, getting generously rewarded by loads of money and kissed by princesses.
  • Not in the Face!: When the real Dombot attacks Brad, he complains, thinking it's still his cousin, that he wasn't supposed to touch his face.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Sylvia when facing what she thinks is a standard Dombot
    • Brad's cousin on seeing the real Dombot.
    • Brad when he realizes that he's facing a real Dombot.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Sylvia at first when a real Dombot goes after Brad and the latter mistakes it for his cousin.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Hotshot kisses the princesses of various planets after getting money.
  • Too Good to Be True: Sylvia says this about Hotshot.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sylvia has beaten a real Dombot! Without any enhancing weapons.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: The various rulers whose planets Brad saves all have "Surprisingly Attractive Daughters". Subverted with the Lamprey Princess, who is even less attractive than her father.
  • We Can Rule Together: A heroic example; Wander tells Brad that the four of them— Wander, Sylvia, Brad, and Brad's cousin— can team up and stop Dominator. Brad refuses because he's too cowardly to take on Dominator.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wander to Sylvia when she has her Pass the Popcorn moment.
  • You're Just Jealous: Wander says this about Sylvia.

The Night Out

A disguised Dominator takes a night off to explore a nearby city and makes an unlikely new friend—Sylvia.

Tropes appearing in The Night Out:

  • All Take and No Give: Dominator believes that this is what ideal friendship should be. When she learns that true friendship is quite the opposite, she decides friends aren't worth it.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Sometimes you just gotta cut loose, have a little fun, blow up a sun, leave an entire solar system in a state of darkness and eternal winter as everyone freezes in their last poses of anguish!"
  • Call-Back:
    • Sylvia's need for a break comes back in full force.
    • Once again a villain bent on destruction encounters Wander and Sylvia while not doing anything evil. This time The Power of Friendship doesn't work as it did on Beep Boop.
    • Dominator doesn't understand friendship and shows she would rather run things her way rather than reform for others' benefit, as she explained in "My Fair Hatey".
  • Continuity Nod: Sylvia's karaoke singing comes back into focus.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Sylvia does wild things with "D" but balks at sending a bar owner to his death for understandably wanting recompense to the damage they did.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lord Dominator.
  • Downer Ending: Dominator leaves in a huff and not learning about friendship, and Sylvia belatedly realizes she just hung out with the Omnicidal Maniac that has been chasing her and Wander down while destroying the galaxy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Sylvia won't leave an alien to die even if they are a criminal and harassing her.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dominator fails at understanding friendship.
  • Fed to the Beast: The karaoke bar owner tries to toss Sylvia and Dominator to his pit monster. Dominator turns the tables on him.
  • Foil:
    • In "The Bot," Wander recognized the Probe immediately and nevertheless tried to win it over with success. Sylvia here doesn't recognize Dominator (see Paper-Thin Disguise) and fails at making Dominator see good
    • Sylvia and Dominator bond while running from the bar owner's bouncers, but Dominator shows that she is a villain while Sylvia risks her life to save the bar owner.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode / Go-Karting with Bowser: Both tropes are Played With. It's a Girls' Night Out Episode in the sense that the two most prominent female characters are getting an episode all their own (and even has a song lampshading it) - but the two are mortal enemies on polar opposite sides of the moral spectrum. However, the only reason that Sylvia is Go-Karting with Bowser in the first place is because she has no idea that "D" is actually Lord Dominator in disguise.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Sylvia's voice is out of tune during her karaoke.
  • Hope Spot: For one moment it seems that Dominator responds to Sylvia's kindness. Come a few minutes later, she leaves Sylvia to die.
  • Morality Chain: Wander for Sylvia. While he's busy helping a bunch of aliens cross the street, she gets up to wild shenanigans with Dominator.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Wander helping alien children cross the street gives Dominator enough time to start having fun with Sylvia, that is by trashing the karaoke bar.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sylvia when she recognizes the jacket that Dominator leaves behind as the one that she got with "D".
  • Orphaned Punchline: "...and then the ballet dancer says 'Annihilation? I thought her name was Susan!' And then, y'know, she got annihilated."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted; Dominator changes into punk clothing, wears her hair in a different style and covers her telltale eyes. Not to mention that she saves Sylvia from a karaoke dueler, which Dominator has never done. With that said, Wander does recognize her.
    • Played straight when Sylvia and Dominator are hiding from the cops by wearing fake mustaches.
  • The Power of Friendship: Subverted; Dominator leaves Sylvia to die saving the boss she threw to a monster when the latter refuses to listen to her.
  • Reality Ensues: One night out won't change an Omnicidal Maniac for the better.
  • Save the Villain:
    • Inverted; Dominator saves Sylvia from a karaoke dueler.
    • Sylvia rushes down a pit of doom to save the bar owner that Dominator tossed down to feed to a monster.
  • Ship Sinking: Dominator and Sylvia don't even make it past the friendship stage.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where the slug boss opens up a pit in front of him where a cyclops monster is kept is a reference to Jabba the Hut and the Rancor from Star Wars Episode VI.
  • Sue Donym: Dominator calls herself "D" and nearly gives herself away several times. Sylvia laughs it off.
  • Villain Episode: For Dominator taking a night off.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Dominator again, though she takes precautions to disguise herself.


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