Waverly appeared during The Loves of Hercules, where he attempted to mingle with Jonah and the Bots during one of their sketches. Tom and Crow took incredible offense to Waverly and did not like how Jonah was attempting to ruin the show's character dynamic by introducing another robot. They then forced Waverly to shut down, ripping his arm off in the process. Despite this, Waverly continues to appear throughout Season 12 in small roles, usually by being lifted in and out of the theater in each episode by Gypsy and occasionally making a riff on the movie.
In the Watch Out for Snakes! Tour, Waverly could be seen sweeping the stage during intermission at the Eegah show, and appeared before Act 2 of the Secret Surprise Film. In the latter appearance, it was revealed that Tom had rebuilt him and intended to keep this a secret from Crow.
M.Waverly made his big return in Season 12, first being lowered into the Theater by Gypsy before getting guided out by Growler. Waverly would make more appearances, sometimes assisting Growler in musical back up in host segments (playing the banjo and the drums.). Continues to be lowered into the theater by Gypsy during the experiments and sometimes even adds a riff or two, before walking off, only to later return and get lifted out by Gypsy again.
Behind the Scenes
The creation of Waverly was revealed during updates to the Kickstarter campaign.
In update #25, a video of a cardboard mock-up of Waverly was shown, but no more information was provided.
In update #27, Joel revealed images of Waverly's maquette, a digital rendering and a video showing a prototype of the puppet in motion. At that time, Joel referred to the robot as "Mr. Waverly", revealing that his name was inspired by the character of Alexander Waverly from The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
- ↑ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringbackmst3k/posts/1488469 The Start of 2016: A First Update About the Not-Too-Distant Future...
- ↑ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringbackmst3k/posts/1548980 RiffTrax Rewards and Production Updates. Plus: Making Mr. Waverly!
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/mysterysciencetheater3000/videos/1271219182925473/ Official MST3K Press Conference: Tom Servo and Crow face the public.