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Wander
S1e10b Wander "Still would've been fun"
Other names: Wandy, Wild Wooly Wander
Gender: Male
Occupation: Intergalactic traveler
Goofy sidekick to Sir Brad Starlight (formerly)
Member of the Insurgent Generals (temporarily)
Friends and Family
Friends:
Sylvia (best friend)
Lord Hater (sometimes)
Westley
Beeza
Others
Enemies:
Lord Hater (sometimes)
Dr. Screwball Jones (Upcoming in Season 2)[1]
Trudi Traveler
Ryder (possibly)
Pets: Captain Tim (formerly)
Physical Information
Eyes:
Black
Strong chartreuse green (S1E17B, under Little Bits' hypnosis)
Body:
Light brilliant orange
Outfit:
Hat: Pale, light grayish green with black belt and light brilliant gold star button
Socks: White with black and light brilliant gold stripes
Shoes: Pale, light grayish cerulean with black stripes and white laces
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance:
  "The Picnic"
Voiced by:
Jack McBrayer

"When I see someone who's in needin', I just gotta help!"
— Wander[source]

Wander is the main protagonist; an optimistic, nomadic interstellar feller whose sole purpose in life is to be and help others to be happy. He is the titular character of Wander Over Yonder.

PersonalityEdit

Wander has a very friendly, kind-hearted personality, though some find his boundless energy and optimism to be annoying, notably Lord Hater. He is also somewhat flighty and easily distracted, but always well-meaning, with a very strong moral center. Though he can be naïve, Wander is shown to be very witty and clever when he needs to be, and is capable of problem-solving on the spot and outsmarting his adversaries with little effort. Wander likes everyone he meets and always sees the good in people rather than the bad.

Wander aspires to explore different worlds, try new things, and help people have fun and live free, often clashing against the tyrannical aspirations of Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs evil reign. Wander likes making people happy and jumps at the chance to help anyone out whenever he can. He and his best friend Sylvia travel leisurely all throughout the galaxy, often getting themselves into many exciting and dangerous situations.

Despite Wander's very easygoing nature, there have been times where he has been pushed to his limits. For instance, he had trouble containing his self-control when his curiosity was peaked by the unknown contents of a box he was not supposed to open in "The Box". Wander is also completely unable to stop himself from helping out whenever he can, even when the help is not really wanted or needed, suggesting his need to help others is being driven by a sense of compulsion. He also gets very defensive over people has has formed attachments to, as shown in "The Toddler" when he snapped at some shoppers who insulted his and Sylvia's parenting skills, and the reckless behavior of the toddler they were looking after. His empathetic, protective nature can also make him susceptible to manipulation, as shown in "The Stray".

Abilities, Skills, and ToolsEdit

Musical TalentEdit

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Wander strumming his banjo.

Wander is known to have fair musical talent. He has an excellent singing voice and occasionally breaks into song on many occasions. He is talented on the banjo, which he is most often seen playing. He can also play the drums, kazoo, and guitar, as shown in "The Greatest", "The Tourist", "The Birthday Boy", and the animatic for "The Prisoner", respectively.

Stamina/SpeedEdit

Wander has boundless energy and can move very quickly. One example is during his chase with Lord Hater in "The Picnic" in which he ran so fast, he ended up running over him.

Orbble JuiceEdit

Wander uses orbble juice to create large bubbles which he and Sylvia use for transportation through outer space and otherwise.

HatEdit

Wander's hat contains a plethora of useful items, though it is known to only give the user merely what they need, as opposed to what they actually want.

RelationshipsEdit

Main CharactersEdit

SylviaEdit

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Wander hugging Sylvia

Wander and Sylvia are inseparable friends and travelling companions, roaming across the universe together. They know each other very well and are accepting of each other's strengths and weaknesses, each going out to help the other. Although Wander has ignored Sylvia a few times ("The Troll", "The Tourist"), there isn't a mountain too high, a valley too low, or a river too wide to keep apart a pair of pals like Wander and Sylvia! ("The Lonely Planet").

There is, however, a few times Wander has disagreed or had arguments with Sylvia. One instance was in "The Toddler", when he angrily whispered to Sylvia due to the fact she wasn't caring for Huckleberry Knucklehead the right way.

Lord HaterEdit

S1e9b Wander "We're gonna have so much fun"

Wander telling Hater about all the fun they'll be having

Wander and Lord Hater first met in "The Greatest". Wander believes Lord Hater to be his friend (despite Lord Hater's clear dislike of him). In "The Buddies", Wander explains that he is aware of Lord Hater's reputation throughout the galaxy as the "ultimate evil", though Wander states he truly believes that Hater still had good in him, deep down. Lord Hater however deeply despises Wander's kind nature. He thinks of Wander as a highly skilled adversary, and has hired various bounty hunters to track him down.

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One of few times Wander actually was against Hater.

There have been a few times Wander actually disliked Lord Hater or was against him. One example was when he was crawling away in fear while Lord Hater was ranting. Another was when he was shocked to hear about Westley wanting to take him to Hater instead of have fun. The first time he actually faced against Lord Hater was when he barged into a diner asking for food, and he angrily announced that he won't get what he wants, only to realize he's taking out his lunch ("The Greatest", "The Little Guy", "The Helper").

Commander PeepersEdit

Wander and Peepers met in "The Greatest" like with him and Lord Hater. When Wander saw Peepers and said "Look at you and your little hat. You're so cute I can't stand it! Trade!" Peepers technically wants to capture Wander and make evil spread over the universe because of him. (as revealed in "The Bounty"), Wander thought Peepers was a bad guy, but in "The Bounty", he said he thought Peepers was a good guy all a long, but then Sylvia said it's a trap and they're gonna get taken to Lord Hater, then Wander believes Peepers is bad again, and even mentioned most of his attempts to capture him and Sylvia are a little stinky, he doesn't like Wander and called him a "wandering weirdo" ("The Prisoner", "The Fancy Party")

Recurring CharactersEdit

Emperor AwesomeEdit

Although have seen each other in "The Picnic" and "The Fancy Party", in "The Party Animal", Awesome suddenly has no idea who Wander is, so he challenges Wander to a dance off (long story short), Wander kicks Awesome's butt, he gets mad, so now, Wander is one of Awesome's enemies.

WatchdogsEdit

The Watchdogs do not like Wander and will always try to capture him.

OthersEdit

WestleyEdit

In "The Little Guy", Westley's goal was to capture Wander and Sylvia to Lord Hater, but in the end, he turned good and befriended Wander and Sylvia.

Sir Brad StarlightEdit

In "The Hero", Wander was Brad's "goofy sidekick" to go save Princess Demurra and was always loyal to him until Bras had proven himself to be a bad guy, so Wander tried to save Demurra along witn Sylvia, King Draykor, and his army but Demurra handled it herself. Brad is returning in an upcoming episode entitled "The Enemies".

Trudi TravelerEdit

In "The Tourist", Wander befriends Trudi and is astounded to how many places she's been to. It's unknown how they met, but they did meet each other sometime before the events of the episode started. When Trudi mentions the "flooshy slooshy sloosh", something Wander didn't see. He insisted on visiting it, which stopped his vacation with Sylvia on Ziziks. After going there, Wander became competitive and was determined to visit every place Trudi went to. After visiting several planets, Trudi challenges him to a race to Planet Pharphlung, and he abandons Sylvia to do so. However in the middle of the race, Wander witnesses the birth of a star and is left behind by Trudi, and he realizes what he has been up to. He abandons the race and goes back to Sylvia to apologize, leaving Trudi and several clones of herself to look for him, possibly pointing out that was why she saw that many planets. It's unknown of their relationship as of this point, though it's possible he ended his friendship with her.

Planet JanetEdit

Wander and Janet met in "The Lonely Planet", they were off to a good start, but, she hated Sylvia, and tried to separate Wander and Sylvia. So Janet tried to forces Wander to marry her until Sylvia came in and punched her, Wander and Sylvia try to leave but there's an energy force from keeping them from leaving. She suddenly stops and starts crying, Wander and Sylvia come confort her and she apologizes for what happened and says she wanted a relationship like Wander and Sylvia. Then Maurice the Moon came, made Janet happy, and Wander and Sylvia left in peace. Their relationship is unknown now but it's probably decent.

Queen EntozoaEdit

Wander and Entozoa met each other some time before "The Fancy Party". They had a good relationship, but at the end, it was revealed that a dragon ghost was keeping her alive for all those years, she got transported into a sandwich, and commanded to destroy Wander, Sylvia, Hater, and Peepers, their relationship now is unknown.

Little BitsEdit

Wander found Little Bits in an episode entitled "The Stray", throughout the episode, he was under her spell and did anything she said, including turning himself into Lord Hater, but that was until Sylvia punched him out of it near the end of the episode.

RyderEdit

Wander may not like Ryder because Ryder was partners with Sylvia before Sylvia became partners with Wander.

Dr. Screwball JonesEdit

Dr. Screwball Jones is an upcoming character in Season 2. All that is known about the relationship is that he is Wander's enemy from the past.

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Every episode of Season 1 but does not talk in "The Gift 2: The Giftening".

Season 2Edit

Not known yet

SongsEdit

Season 1Edit

SolosEdit

Solos (In A Duet)Edit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit

Season 2Edit

OthersEdit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit

International VoicesEdit

Main article: List of cast members in other languages

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for Wander may be viewed here.

Background InformationEdit

  • The creator, Craig McCracken's very first sketch of Wander was drawn in 2007. In this sketch, he had more fur on his body, wore a different looking hat, and held a staff.
  • In the sneak peek clip shown at Comic Con 2012, Wander had four hair strands on his head. In the series, he only has three.
  • Jack McBrayer, the person who voices Wander, also voices Fix-It Felix, Jr. from the movie Wreck-it Ralph, Irving Du Bois from the show Phineas and Ferb, and had the Carnival Barker and the Tourist Father in Despicable Me.
    • ​In addition, Jack McBrayer's voice as Wander is highly similar to the one he used for Fix-it Felix, Jr.
  • Wander is attracted to small red lasers like a cat would be, as shown in "The Prisoner".
  • Wander is ambidextrous as shown in "The Egg" when he played the banjo with both hands.
  • Wander's name is based on the verb of the same name, which is a term for exploring, moving, or turning.
  • In "The Fugitives", it's said that Wander doesn't know what a uvula is and refers to it as "the dangly thing in my mouth".
  • He uses his hat as a sleeping bag as shown in "The Prisoner", "The Box", "The Lonely Planet", and "The Night".
  • In "The Bad Guy", he wore a fake mustache and pretended to be a villain, whom he calls himself "Wild Wooly Wander".
  • The episode "The Egg" shows he is really good with caring for children.
  • "The Fugitives" states that helping others gives Wander a feeling that goes like this:
    1. Starts down in his left toe.
    2. Rises up through his "guttyworks" (guts).
    3. Makes his heart all warm and toasty.
    4. Floats up past his uvula (or, as he puts it, "the dangly thing in his mouth").
    5. Ends at the top of his head.
  • He can knit sweaters, as shown in "The Pet".
  • He doesn't like jellyfish pie, as revealed in "The Hat".       
  • Wander can be easily be compared to Banjo from the Banjo-Kazooie series: they both play the banjo, help anyone in need, and though they mean well, they are occasionally naïve.
  • Wander speaks in a heavy Southern accent, and uses a lot of Southern vocabulary (eg: "Howdy, fellas!", "Hungry, little feller?", etc.).
  • Wander has his own background music whenever he is seen, consisting of mainly Country, Vaudeville or Bluegrass.
  • Wander is afraid of poisonous bugs, as shown in "The Night".
  • "The Lonely Planet" also revealed that Wander likes pancakes, waffles, and blueberry pie.
  • Wander can balance a spoon in the middle of his face where his nose should be.
  • Wander likes to dance, as shown in "The Fancy Party".
  • Wander has, on at least one occasion, ripped a door right out of a wall. This shows that he may be stronger than he looks.
  • Wander knows how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
  • So far, he and Sylvia are the only characters to appear in every episode.
  • "The Gift 2: The Giftening" is the only episode so far where Wander does not speak.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"WOW! What a neat little town!"
— First line, "The Greatest"

"Hater! Is that you? It's me, WANDER!!!"
— "The Picnic"

"Howdy, fellas! Folks call me Wander, and we really like your town!"
— To the Watchdogs, "The Greatest"

"Mustard or Mayo?"
— Asking what would Lord Hater like on his sandwich, "The Picnic"

"I'll do it myself, with THE POWER OF LOVE!"
— "The Egg"

"A little lump of love will take the buck out of the bronco!"
— To Sylvia, "The Egg"

"Look at you and your little hat! YOU ARE SO CUTE, I CAN'T STAND IT!!!"
— Referring to Commander Peepers, "The Greatest"

"Later, Hater!"
— When saying he'll see Lord Hater later, "The Greatest", "The Picnic", "The Fancy Party"

"If you start down in the right path, you end up in the right place."
— Wander about doing good, "The Good Deed"

"Shut. Up. THERE'S A FOOD COURT?!"
— "The Prisoner"

"Never hurts to help!"
— "The Nice Guy"

"I've been doing this all wrong."
— Realizing he has become competitive, "The Tourist"

"He may not be my buddy, but I'm still his."
— Referring to Lord Hater, "The Buddies"

"Sylvia, heyyy. I like the pretty bracelets Little Bits made for ya."
— Under Little Bits' hypnosis, "The Stray"

"I'll help you"
— "The Helper"

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