"Huggy" is WordGirl's monkey sidekick. In his civilian life he is named Bob Botsford, though this is usually abbreviated to just Bob.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
"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 two 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, and as a pilot on the Lexiconian 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 two distinct words, and that the card he gave Granny May was inaccurate.
Description[edit | edit source]
Unlike WordGirl, Captain Huggy Face 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, panda, 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. He can also help WordGirl defeat bad guys with a monkey throw. Also, in the episode "The Power of Whamship", he comes up with the idea of a person throw to stop The Whammer and Invisi-Bill from robbing the jewellery store.
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.
Abilites[edit | edit source]
- 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==n In the episode "Chuck's Brother", Huggy reveals that he has an older brother back on Lexicon whose achievements he envies.
In the episode "Where's Huggy?", it is revealed that Captain Huggy Face loves hot dogs as his favorite food.
In the episode "Yes Monkey", Huggy wears a Mr. Big Assistant Suit.
On the game show "May I Have a Word?", Captain Huggy Face 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 Huggy Face knows how to sew.