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Huggy Face or Huggyface
Huggy Official Art
Name Huggy Face or Huggyface
A/K/A Bob Botsford
Gender Male
Age Unknown
Occupation Captain of the Lexicon Air Force (former)
Sidekick (current)
Pet (disguise)
Alignment Good
Homeland Lexicon
Race Lexiconian monkey
Friends Becky Botsford
Fluffy
Beau Handsome
Emily
Family Unnamed brother
Abilities Martial arts; Pantomime; his appetite
Voice Actor James Adomian

"Huggy" is WordGirl's monkey sidekick. In his civilian life he is named Bob Botsford[1], though this is usually abbreviated to just Bob.

Etymology

"Huggy" is short for either "Huggyface'" or "Huggy Face. He spells it as a single word on the card he gives to Granny May in Coupon Madness, but PBS' web site spells it as 2 distinct words in a picture of the Daily Courier Gazette Times.

He is often referred to with his rank preceding his name, spelled either Captain Huggyface or Captain Huggy Face, due to his rank as captain as a pilot Lexicon's air force, before he crashed on earth with the infant WordGirl on-board.

Wordgirl has referred to him using the initialism CHF rather than "CH", implying that his name is 2 distinct words, and that the card he gave Granny May was inaccurate.

Description

Unlike WordGirl, Captain Huggyface appears to have no super powers, and often has to take the bus home when WordGirl forgets that he can't fly and doesn't carry him. When not in costume, he is the Botsford's family pet - under the name of Bob. People tend to mistake him for other other types of animals. He has been called a hedgehog, (flying) rabbit, dog, koala, rat, aardvark (in tights), ferret, otter, llama, a hairy kid, and plenty of others. He loves to eat almost anything, even the dreaded Beans à la Botsford, although he hates the repulsive Chicken Liver Fricassee and beef bouillon the Butcher once conjured. He can't speak, but he is good at emoting, and only Becky/WordGirl can understand him perfectly.

According to the official WordGirl website:

Captain Huggy Face is WordGirl's greatest ally! This brilliant monkey is also from Planet Lexicon (he was piloting WordGirl's spaceship when it crashed). Unlike WordGirl, Captain Huggy Face has no superpowers and often has to take the bus home when WordGirl forgets he can't fly. When he's not in costume, he is the Botsford family pet--but most people mistake him for a dog.

Abilities

  • In the first appearance of Becky and Huggy, she uses the word "cumbersome" to describe how Huggy found Violet, as he was struggling to carry her. She explicitly stated that he did not have super-strength like she did (it took a meteor for her to find it cumbersome).
  • Although he can not fly, in A World Without WordGirl when Becky's super abilities are taken away, he is easily able to outpace her while walking on the street, showing that his base speed and cardiovascular endurance is better.
  • He has the ability to eat very large pieces of food and huge amounts of it, expanding his belly. This is usually used to counter The Butcher.
  • He has super-hearing like WordGirl does. On occasion he has reacted to a cry for help before Becky did and squeaked, causing WordGirl to lament "yeah Huggy, I hear it too."

Appearance

The episode "Chuck's Brother" reveals that Captain Huggyface has an older brother back on Lexicon whose achievements he envies.

In the episode "Where's Huggy?", it is revealed that Captain Huggyface's favorite food is hot dogs.

In the episode"Yes Monkey" Huggy wears a Mr. Big Assistant Suit.

On the game show May I Have a Word?, Captain Huggyface presents the prizes - which usually get used, destroyed, or eaten by the end of the show. At the end of the show, he emotes an expression that is asked of him, and then he does his victory dance.

It is mentioned in The Rise of Miss Power that Captain Huggyface knows how to sew.

Gallery

Huggy Fighting!

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References

  1. "Becky and Bob Botsford" in Big's Big Bounce per Mrs. Ripley

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