Wooton Z. Bassett (called "Snookies" by his mom) is a main character in Adventures in Odyssey. He can relate with all the kids in Odyssey, despite the fact he is in his 30s. Though he is very childish in nature, he takes his faith very seriously.
Wooton has described to himself in different episodes as being overweight; he has also described himself as being 6’1”. Wooton lost twelve pounds when he, Bernard, and Whit were on Connie’s diet in #513: “Do or Diet”. He lost another five pounds in #671: "Fast As I Can", when he fasted eating junk food.
He loves grocery shopping, as he expressed in Tuesdays with Wooton.
Wooton often fills in for the employees at Whit's End for short periods, though he once was fired for being late for his job because of his help at Whit's End.
Wooton is the mailman for Whit's End and a good portion of Odyssey, including Sycamore Lane, the home street of Wooton, the Washingtons’, the Rathbones', and the Straussbergs'. He once delivered to the McKays' street when a mail-lady named Wilma had an operation, in “Back to Abnormal”. He often changes or veers from his intended mail route in order to help his friends, avoid certain people or animals such as a cat in #628: “The Highest Stakes, Part 1”, or to save his time. His altered route has taken him through a pond where he needed a snorkel, a large group of bushes, and the zoo. A dog once attacked him on his mail route in #563: “Tuesdays with Wooton”. We also know that Wooton delivers PowerBoy comics on Tuesdays, as well as oil change coupons.
Wooton often has strange and unusual accidents during his mail route. Some of these mishaps include soaked mail, oatmeal covered mail, mail covered with peanut butter, and a run-in with turtles and bananas. These mishaps can sometimes cause small problems such as in #640: “Rights, Wrongs, and Winners” when he accidentally delivered a package to Harlow Doyle that caused many people, including Harlow himself, to think he wrote the PowerBoy comics.
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Wooton is the recently revealed creator of the PowerBoy comics that he loves so much, explaining why he is often mulling over obstacles that PowerBoy has to overcome. He now writes Captain Absolutely comics and is starting a new comic strip called Drake the Cosmic Copper.
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Wooton is a member of a very wealthy family. His Grandma and Grandpa Bassett are missionaries in Africa.
Wooton also has a twin brother named Wellington who is the exact opposite of Wooton. While Wooton demonstrates a strong Christian faith, a love for everyone and a selfless desire to help people out, Wellington is cynical, greedy, uncaring and snobbish towards everyone, causing him to take advantage of Wooton on several occasions. However, Wellington's daughter, Talia takes kindly towards Wooton.
Wooton's father was revealed in #624: “Wooing Wooton” and like Wellington, Wooton's father is mean and has written Wooton out of the family will.
Wooton and Colby Cabrera made a nativity set in Wooton’s yard out of Popsicle sticks and even won the most original nativity set contest.
He has a tree house with a drawbridge in his backyard that Grady often helps him build. Grady and Wooton almost built a moat around the tree house but decided not to because there were not any alligators. It was while helping Wooton work on his tree house that Grady asked Wooton to help him pray to be saved which was more important to Wooton then receiving a ten-prong fork in the mail.
Wooton once had a girlfriend, Victoria Jamison, but could not marry her because she was not a Christian. Victoria and Wooton seemed to have everything in common from banana splits with the bananas substituted for licorice to the Pool Boys. Wooton and Victoria met at an auction and instantly fell in “like.” It was in the same auction that Wooton would have bought a hideous statue to hang up a ski suit and a full Pool Boys collection if Connie would not have intervened. Wooton currently has a crush on Penny Wise, and she seems to have a crush on him too, but no one knows where the relationship will go for sure.
Wooton can play any instrument, such as the saxophone, banjo, organ, and piano, as long as he plays "Camptown Races". Wooton even uses his saxophone as a toothpick! However, in #675: “A Thankstaking Story”, Wooton proves that he can play more than Camptown Races, at least on his harmonica.
Wooton collects Smiley Meal toys and already-chewed green gum. One of Wooton's favorite things is fresh licorice especially when it replaces the bananas on a banana split. Wooton tries many different recipes including peppermint lemonade that turned out to be a disaster. Wooton invented a ride-able vacuum for Marvin Washington, which seems to be Wooton’s favorite hobby of all, helping people.
Wooton seems to have an attraction to animals were as he has raised and taken care of many different animals, one of which included seven porcupines whose names were Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marsha, Jan, Cindy and Alice. He also raised a duck named Gertrude and a baby owl named Dr. What. Wooton even named a moose Dexter while living in Alaska.
Wooton has tried out for part in a Harlequin Dinner Theatre production. He has also been on the radio on many different accounts. He can make different voices to entertain kids. One time included Wooton co-announcing a baseball game in which the listeners learned that Wooton does not even like baseball. Wooton can get off topic when talking on the radio he once told a story about how he rode a tricycle down a ski slope when the topic was about donating blood. Wooton has even hosted a game show to settle a dispute between Connie and Eugene in #610 Hear Me, Hear Me.
Wooton also likes to joke around.
In #616: “The Other Side of the Glass, Part 1”, Wooton explains that his name is Old English for "village by the wood."
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All who enter Wooton's house must do the "Secret Knock," which requires the person wanting to get in to knock five times fast, and then Wooton responds with two knocks back. Wooton has even been known to require the Secret Knock when he is not at his home, as shown in #516: “Bassett Hounds”. To exit the house, one must go down the exit slide.
Wooton's house is filled with toys that Wooton has collected since adulthood. There are records hanging from the ceiling covered with glitter that spin when the fan is turned on. Wooton lets the kids of Odyssey help him decorate his house.
There are four rooms of Wooton's house revealed in Odyssey. They are his living room, rec room, guest room, and the secret PowerBoy room. Wooton’s house also contains an intercom and has a policy about no Latin at the breakfast table. Guests are even invited to breakfast by a gong that Wooton has set up. In his living room are a trash can chandelier, used-parachute window shades, saddles, the back seat of a car used as a sofa, swings, and a stuffed turtle on wheels (revealed in #628: “The Highest Stakes, Part 1”). His house also has a doorbell that rings outside (#688: “The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 10”) and a porch swing that, if swung hard enough, can launch you into the rhododendron bushes.
The secret Power Boy room is behind a sliding bookshelf. To get inside it, a person must take the book The Exhaustive Guide to Turnips off that shelf. Inside the room are many original Power Boy drawings and storyboards because Wooton writes the Power Boy comics in that room. The room also holds the first ever Sloth Man comic book. Grady McKay discovered this room by accident in #585: “The Poor Rich Guy”.
- He can fit a pair of tongs up his nose. (#506: “For Trying Out Loud”)
- He owns/owned PowerBoy boxers. (“Welcoming Wooton”)
- February is his 7th favorite month. (#572: “Odyssey Sings!”)
- He used bottle rockets to scare away a moose in Alaska.
- He knows anything and everything about barnyard animals. (#599: “Blood, Sweat, and Fears”)
- He has brown eyes.
- He used to be a Boy Scout. (“Tuesdays with Wooton”)
- Wooten often takes weekend trips to Switzerland, because he gets counties and countries confused.
- His favorite food is fresh licorice.
- His favorite animal is a sea monkey.
- Like Eugene, Wooton might have a version of Aspergers syndrome in that he knows a lot about everything.
- In (“Happy Hunting”), it is revealed he is an excellent cook.
- Ever since The Green Ring Conspiracy, Wooton has made an appearance in almost every episode with Penny Wise.
- Wooton once had a pet moose named Dexter.
- He is 6 feet 1 inch. (#572: “Odyssey Sings!”)
- Wooton never jokes about licorice.
- Wooton likes counting how many times jackhammers hit rocks when he is bored. (#725: “Home Again, Part 2”)
- He had 560 box-tops as of #624: “Wooing Wooton”; he claims to be saving up to buy a yacht.
- He always wanted to be called "Xylophone". “Life Expectancy, Part 2”
- He had a owl named Dr. What. (#660: “For the Birds”)
- He has a huge crush on Penny. (#702: “Childish Things”)
- He has a Winnie-the-Pooh™ blanket.
- Wooton once bribed Connie's father with a week's supply of strawberry licorice to get him to stay at his ex-wife's funeral. (“Life Expectancy, Part 2”)
- He had a Irish Setter named Artichoke who ate birdseed. (“For the Birds”)
- He once made a life-sized fort out of Jell-O cubes. (#599: “Blood, Sweat, and Fears”)
- He does not have a tattoo. (#753: “The Ties That Bind, Part 3”)
- He proposed to Penny Wise ( The Ties That Bind, Part 14 )
Wooton has appeared on the back cover of the following albums:
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Wooton & his twin brother, Wellington, at age 10