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  • Angst? What Angst?: You'd think WordGirl would express more sadness over a good friend of hers who wrote the book that taught her what she knows about being a superhero (Dr. Boxleitner) turning into her arch enemy than she does.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Tobey. About half of the fandom thinks he's cute and well-intentioned, while the other half thinks he's a creep and a stalker to WordGirl.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Sandwich World".
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    • "Mouse Brain Take Over".
    • "Two Brains Forgets" may be the most prominent example of this trope on the show, depending on individual's opinions.
  • Cargo Ship: Lady Redundant Woman and her prized copy machine, though considering she calls it her baby in a few episodes, she probably has more maternal than romantic feelings towards it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Reginald- in a world that can get Tastes Like Diabetes, a snarky guy like him is a refreshing change of pace for a lot of viewers.
  • Evil Is Cool: Most of the villains on the show. Special mention goes to Dr. Two-Brains, Granny May, and Miss Power.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Miss Power. Even to the point where a commentator on the WordGirl Wiki asked for someone to draw her in a bikini.
    • Mr. Big is considered this to most fans as well.
    • Tobey might be considered an example of "Evil Is Cute", considering he is a child.
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    • Chuck has a surprisingly large number of female fans and a Discord channel dedicated to him, although again this may be more "Evil Is Cute".
    • Lady Redundant Woman's this, especially with the Self-Duplication powers.
    • Victoria Best, heavily due to Kristin Schaal's voice.
  • Fanfic Fuel: What's Lexicon like? What did the characters do after the show ended?
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Becky/Tobey is easily more popular than Becky/Scoops. Neither one is official, though.
    • Dr. Two-Brains/WordGirl is growing steadily more popular among the older fans. This one would probably need an age-up from Word Girl in order to avoid Squick though.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: TJ and Tim Botsford were shown to be outright obsessive male fans of "The Pretty Princess and Magical Pony Power Hour" several years before My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic aired.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Victoria Best, who is mainly motivated by the desire to make her parents proud.
    • It's hard not to feel bad for Tobey. He has poor social skills, is terrified of his mother, and is primarily motivated by his hopeless crush on WordGirl. Plus, he seems to be one of the few characters to realize he's Surrounded by Idiots, which is why his only friends are robots.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • WordGirl is incessantly paired up with almost all the male characters and quite a few female ones. She is basically the center point for all shippings in the show.
    • Don't forget about the monkey!
    • Browsing through deviantART, Dr. Two-Brains, possibly the fan-favorite villain, can be seen shipped (both jokingly and seriously) with WordGirl/Becky, Leslie, Lady Redundant Woman, Steve McClean, Glen Furlblam, and The Butcher. Many of these ships even include Dr. Two-Brains's previous identity, Professor Steven Boxleitner.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr. Two-Brains and Granny May.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Miss Power trying to kill Dr. Two-Brains.
  • Nausea Fuel: Any time Dr. Two-Brains touches, pokes, or strokes his exposed brain, which throbs and glows in response to how hungry he is.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Right here.
  • No Yay: Squickily enough, it's hard to escape the impression that TJ has a full-blown crush on WordGirl. While she's Happily Adopted, which makes it Not Blood Siblings, Becky doesn't find that any better.
  • Periphery Demographic: It's a vocabulary-based Edutainment Show on PBS targeting six-year-olds. The fact that it even has a TV Tropes page is telling, let alone one this long. Plus, it's on the PBS Kids Go! block, which by default targets older children (meaning instead of six-year-olds, nine-year-olds watch it). Also, Word of God has stated that attracting a periphery demographic was entirely intentional. Its fanbase is still a rather impressive feat.
  • Shipping:
    • There's a lot of shipping amongst the fans of the show (mainly due to the wide range of characters). Most shippings involve WordGirl with any one of the other characters.
    • WordGirl and Tobey, WordGirl and Scoops, WordGirl and Dr. Two-Brains, WordGirl and Huggy, WordGirl and Violet, WordGirl and Victoria Best...
  • The Scrappy:
    • Todd "Scoops" Ming is this to many fans.
    • There are very few fans who actually like Eileen.
    • Coach is a self-absorbed, manipulative Jerkass, and it's rare to find a fan who even remembers him. The ones who do agree he's horrible.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Best are this for expecting their daughter Victoria to be the best at everything she does. They're just as evil as she is, if not worse.
    • Chazz in the episode "All of That Chazz" for being rude, irresponsible, selfish, and downright evil. He's also an Anti-Role Model.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • A few-minute tour of the WordGirl fanart on deviantART is enough to notice that some artists portray her as drastically enhanced.
    • Dr. Two-Brains also gets drawn as Bishounen levels of sexy.
  • Ship Mates: If a fan ships WordGirl and Tobey, it might just as well be required that they also conveniently ship Scoops/Violet. Inversely, the shippers of WordGirl and anyone else are just as likely to ship Violet and Tobey.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The "Miss Powers" storyline. Words have a lot more power then you think they do, so be very careful with how you use them, and "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me" is a load of bull.
  • Talking to Themself: This has happened many times, like in the short "Mouse Trap" when Dr. Two-Brains argues with his former self, Steven Boxleitner, or when he rebukes TJ in "The Homerun King".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • This in fact is what makes Little Mittens so successful at stopping WordGirl in "Meat with a Side of Cute".
    • WordGirl herself is very cute indeed. Her sparkly eyes and the way she plays with her Pretty Princess toys is just too cute to stand.
  • Ugly Cute: The Energy Monster.
  • The Woobie: Amazing Rope Guy. Even the other villains think he's incompetent.


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