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Welcome to the Wayne is an animated series on Nickelodeon created by Billy Lopez (composer/writer for Wonder Pets, Peg + Cat). The show premiered on July 24, 2017 and is the 39th cartoon in the Nicktoons brand.

Welcome to the Wayne follows the comedic adventures of three friends, Ansi Molina, Olly Timbers, and Saraline Timbers, as they aim to unlock the secrets of their Manhattan apartment building, The Wayne. Each new investigation brings them face-to-face with new characters, creatures, and oddities that they've coined as “Wayne Phenomena,” getting them closer to uncovering the truth about the weird things happening in their building.

The show began life as a six-episode mini series that aired on Nickelodeon's website in late 2014 before being greenlit as a full-length series, making it the second Nicktoon to be based on a webtoon after Making Fiends. During a year-long hiatus (in which the show didn't air at all on American television), voice actress Veronica Taylor revealed that the show had been renewed for a second season, with Nickelodeon planning to air the rest of the first season in a "bomb" format; the remainder of the first season aired on Nicktoons in October 2018.


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Welcome to the Wayne provides examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Vampires don't like spoons, and it's not because they're made of silver.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Dr. Jonah Bishop.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The rainbow gas. So far, it's been seen as a food source for the squidgets and Sleepyhead, medicine for a ferret, a method to imbue life into Gleeco bricks, a 'key' for a bracelet that's forced a WP to be under the Spy's service, and a powerup for Andrei, letting him shoot energy from his hands.
  • Arc Symbol: One that shows up on various plot important items that looks like two cones overlapping at their vertices, symbolizing "The Gyre".
  • Art Evolution: The animation in the television series looks much cleaner and the characters look less off-model than that of the web series it's based on.
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  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Farway, where the Wayne Phenomena go to shop.
  • Big Bad: The Spy from Apartment 8I, who is later revealed to be part of a larger organization named "Calliope" towards the end of the first season.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Some of the spaces inside the Wayne, like the postal system or the library, seem way too big to coexist with the apartments.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The Spy tries to use a shapeshifting WP she's enslaved to break Team Timbers up.
  • Building of Adventure: The Wayne itself.
  • Casting Gag: In "Like No Other Market On Earth", Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, voices the SpongeBob expy SpongeRobert RectangleShorts.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: In "Hit It, Toofus!", Mr. Timbers is about to ask Mr. Molina, a psychiatrist, about something that happens to his body every time he eats asparagus, only for Ansi to cut him off and explain that he's not that kind of doctor.
  • Complete Immortality: So far, Sleepyhead has been obliterated twice, and seems to be coming back for more...
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: The postcards are swiped by a robotic pigeon, which is later revealed to be trying to mail them for the kids. It's even lampshaded.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: It's revealed in episode 8 that Andrei using rainbow gas is this.
  • Easy Amnesia: In "Some Kind of Tap-Dancing, Beekeeping Whaler", Team Timbers erases Wendell's memory of Andrei the vampire.
  • Eternal Engine: The Wayne's crawlspaces and utilities are big and strange enough to count as their own ecosystem, and that's without counting the secret labs and monster hidey-holes.
  • Eye Colour Change: Normas and Normans have their eyes change when suffering from WP exposure induced Go Mad from the Revelation.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Many episodes are very fast paced and backgrounds will flash by, but if you slow things down you can see many things in the hallways and large rooms that are interesting to look at (airplanes, cars, space capsules, the huge number of paintings on the walls, etc).
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Andrei is a fairly friendly dude.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The monster under Ansi's bed in the pilot turns out to be a Metallic Octagonal Non-Static Escape Route, a Tube Travel system that goes through the Wayne.
  • Gasshole: Flowershirt might be hinting he's one of these due to his "powerful gas" comment about Spy's line on the rainbow gas.
    • Olly also seems to have some elements of this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • In the pilot, Olly says that his mother takes "pole aerobics" classes, and says this right before he swings around a large pole on the exterior of the Wayne using is Grapline.
    • Saraline in "Mail Those Cards, Boys!": "you're an ASSet Leif, but you're our asset".
    • Wasserman in "Today Was Wassome", announcing intent to Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "I know there's a vampire somewhere in the Wayne. I'll find it and I'll spoon it." Which causes Olly to wonder: "Do you think he's the little spoon or the big spoon?"
    • The Bobby & Tommy theme song in "It's the Mid-Season Finale": "I could tell you more, but there isn't much to tell / For Bobby and Tommy, life's a living—".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Normal people (or "Normas" and "Normans", according to Saraline) people exposed to Wayne Phenomena tend to, after going into denial, go loopy and blurt out nonsense. If it progresses into its next stage, it can become permanent if not dealt with quickly.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The Wayne has a secret library called the Stanza managed by an elderly lady and a large number of squid-like creatures.
  • Griping About Gremlins: They look a lot like Saraline, and other WPs consider them a food source.
  • Heroic BSoD: Andrei explodes at Ansi, Olly and Saraline at the end of "Swap Shop Hop & Bop" after he feels like they've ruined his one chance at discovering his past.
  • Invisible Mom: While Olly and Saraline's parents made their first appearance in episode 8, and Ansi's father made his in episode 11, Ansi's mother has not yet appeared onscreen.
  • Just for Pun: In "Today Was Wassome", George the doorman says "Nice venting to you" after complaining about an insult through the ventilation shafts.
  • Laughing Mad: "Wayne Brain", the result of a Norma/Norman being exposed to Wayne Phenomena for too long,
  • Meaningful Name: Flowershirt most likely is called that due to the Hawaiian shirt he wears.
  • Mind over Matter: Wendell can control spoons with his mind.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Masterson has one blue eye and one brown eye.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Calliope.
  • One-Winged Angel: Episode one ends with "Sleepyhead" reforming from the goop larger than before and with a single wing on its back.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: While "Masterson" sounds rather namelike the other two individuals he had currently been spotted associating with are known at the moment only as The Spy from Apartment 8I and Flowershirt.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Played With. Initially, Ansi and Wendell encounter what they think is a vampire, but is really a different creature residing in the Wayne, who is apparently mistaken for a vampire by the inexperienced. But then Ansi finds a real vampire, who seems to follow some basic vampire rules, like a lack of a reflection and burning in sunlight, but also has more unusual traits, like green skin that glows in the dark and a spoon phobia.
  • Phantom Zone Picture: Scurians, a type of WP that manifests as a flying squirrel made out of light, can only be captured by taking a photograph of them.
  • Public Secret Message: In several of the episodes encoded messages are seen out in the open. So far, the characters haven't noticed them nor drawn attention to them. Among other locations, one appeared in the hotel's playground at the base of some stairs, and another is in an abandoned hallway where someone used a scaffold to reach high enough to write it.
  • Rite of Passage: In episode 8, Andrei has to fight a large, spectral fish-like entity on the roof of the Wayne as part of one. He gets exposed to the rainbow gas in the process, and gets the ability to shoot beams of energy from his hands.
  • Script Wank: Saraline at the end of "Mail Those Cards, Boys!":
    You know? I think I learned something today. You can't force friendship. Sometimes you have to go to a post office, and fight robots, and... (inspirational music stops) Yeah, I learned nothing today.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Rise and Shine Sleepyhead", Ansi names the squidget whom he befriends "John Keats" after the author of the poetry book the squidget steals from him.
    • Ansi, Olly and Saraline are fond of assigning nicknames based on celebrities to mysterious creatures or objects in the Wayne, such as "Brick Springfield"/"Brick Astley" (a toy Gleeco brick imbued with rainbow gas), "Tony Stanza" (the mysterious knight in The Stanza), and "Kate Moth" (a giant magical moth).
    • The host of the informational video on The Gyre in "Gimble in the Wabe" is named "Judd Hirsch".
    • A chase sequence in "Like a Happy, Happy Bird" is punctuated by the opening notes of "Yakety Sax".
    • In "It's the Mid-Season Finale", as Saraline and Tony Stanza are looking through visions of the past, present, and future:
    Saraline: So let's go back to the future!
    Tony Stanza: I thought this was A Christmas Carol.
  • Speak in Unison: Ansi and Olly tend to do this a lot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Olly and Saraline certainly bear some resemblances to their father and mother respectively.
  • Super Team: "The Gyre", a prophesied group of individuals tasked with protecting the Wayne. Later revealed to be Ansi, Olly, Saraline, and their allies in the expanded Team Timbers.
  • Take Over the World: A running plot point is that whoever takes control of the Wayne may eventually take over the world.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Andrei hums it at the beginning of "Hit It, Toofus!".
  • Time Skip: A short one. The series takes place a few weeks after the events of the miniseries, with Ansi already being friends with the Timbers siblings and aware of the building's oddities.
  • Tube Travel: The preferred method of transportation around the Wayne is the "MONSTER" tube system, which shoots them around the building at neat-sonic speed; see Fun with Acronyms above.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: Wendell Wasserman, to the point of mocking Ansi for sympathizing with the vampire.
  • We Will Meet Again: Tony Stanza tells Team Timbers that despite the failure of her plan to take over the Wayne, The Spy from Apartment 8I will be back.
  • Weirdness Censor: Normal people (or "Normas" and "Normans", according to Saraline) go into denial when they see WP's, before devolving into Go Mad from the Revelation (though it seems that being able to rationalize it as something more mundane, like with Gleecoman, prevents this).
  • You Have Failed Me: The head of Calliope to The Spy from Apartment 8I at the end of the season 1 finale.
  • Youkai: A WP encountered in the Wayne's supermarket looks like a futakuchi-onna.