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For the page about Book Dav Pilkey's 2nd grade teacher, see 'Ms. Ribble'.


Tara Ribble (also known as Ms. Ribble and Wedgie Woman) is a English teacher and Homeroom teacher to George Beard and Harold Hutchins at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. She is strict and dislikes George and Harold. She also despises the Captain Underpants comics that George and Harold write. Her name is a pun on the word "miserable", while her full name is a pun on the word "terrible."

She is voiced by Dee Dee Rescher in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and by Laraine Newman in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.

History[]

The Adventures of Captain Underpants[]

Ms. Ribble only appears as a background character and has only one line of dialogue. Her sole speaking role is: "Their teacher kept pinching herself. 'I just know this is a dream,' she said." At the end of the book, Ms. Ribble appears snapping her fingers at George and Harold's pranks while Mr. Krupp is walking by her class, inadvertently transforming him into Captain Underpants. She is never addressed as Ms. Ribble in this book, instead being referred to as simply Teacher.

Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets[]

Tara Ribble is among those of the teachers who bully George and Harold after they are suspended. She later watches Mr. Meaner get eaten by a talking toilet, shortly before being eaten herself. Once the talking toilets are defeated and everything is restored, she, along with the other teachers, are convinced it was all a dream. She is later seen in the detention room writing repetitive sentences with the other teachers who were mean to George and Harold.

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)[]

She and almost the whole school get turned into Evil Zombie Nerds by Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer. They are then rescued by George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants[]

George and Harold are banned from the school field trip to Piqua Pizza Palace and are forced to clean the staff room instead. When the rest of the school comes back from the trip, her and various teachers bully George and Harold, but eventually they get bored and go to the staff room, but they didn't count on the fact that George and Harold had set the place up with pranks. She is later seen when she reads The Pied Piper to the fourth grade class, which gives George and Harold the idea to create the comic book Captain Underpants and the Pied Pooper of Piqua.

Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman[]

Ms. Ribble is the primary antagonist in the fifth book. At the start of the book, she decides to retire, and she forces the class to create her retirement cards. George and Harold make her a comic book instead, which she finds offensive. Ms. Ribble sends them to detention, where they create a fake card for Ms. Ribble. George uses a reverse psychology trick on Mr. Krupp, who takes it from them to deliver to her on his own, but what was written on the card was a message asking her was asking her to marry him, which Mr. Krupp has previously signed after being tricked by Harold. To their dismay, Ms. Anthrope and the other teachers think it's serious and decide to throw a wedding ceremony in the school's auditorium during the upcoming weekend. During the wedding, Ms. Ribble rejects Mr. Krupp, stating that she didn't want to marry him because his nose looked piggish.

After Mr. Krupp snaps out of it, he tells Ms. Ribble that George and Harold were the ones who had pulled the prank on them. Ms. Ribble goes on a rampage and throws food everywhere, yelling that she wants to kill George and Harold. After the disaster at the wedding, George and Harold use the 3D Hypno-Ring – which they had previously used to turn Mr. Krupp into Captain Underpants – on her. They tell her to stop everything and forget it ever happened, but they didn't count on the fact that the Hypno-Ring is only meant for males, and females will do the exact opposite of what you say.

This caused Ms. Ribble to think she was Wedgie Woman, prior to Harold messing around while they were hypnotising her. That night she attacks George and Harold in their treehouse, where she accidentally slams into a shelf, toppling over a carton of Extra Strength Super Power Juice, making its content spill out onto her head and get soaked into her hair and brain.

Her powers, however, were not the same as Captain Underpants' as she had not directly drank the juice. However, this allows her to actually become the Wicked Wedgie Woman, as the juice had given her hair superpowers. The powers allow her hair to turn into several arms, which she uses to kidnap George and Harold and take them back to her house. While there, she uses her new brain power, which she received from the juice, to create robotic versions of them to replace them.

Later the Wicked Wedgie Woman, Robo-George, and The Harold 2000 attack the city. She starts to repeatedly attack and target Captain Underpants, eventually rendering him immobile, while George tricks Wedgie Woman by getting her to spray her hair with hair remover. They then take her back to the school and use the Hypno-Ring by saying the exact opposite of what they wanted, which results in Ms. Ribble becoming the nicest teacher in the school.

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy - Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets[]

Ms. Ribble is now a loving teacher. George and Harold demonstrate how to make "Squishies", where you put ketchup packs under a toilet seat and when someone sits on them, they squirt on their legs. Ms. Ribble then pulls one on Mr. Krupp.

Later, Melvin Sneedly turns himself into The Bionic Booger Boy by accident and disrupts Ms. Ribble's classes unintentionally. When Melvin sneezes, Ms. Ribble persuades him to cover his mouth because he had made such a big booger mess in the room. However, when he sneezes again and covers his mouth, it makes a much bigger mess in the room, and Ms. Ribble is covered with boogers from head to toe.

She takes it in stride and tells Melvin not to cover his nose next time. Ms. Ribble then asks the class if they want cookies. Although she is not seen in the rest of the book, it is mentioned that she got sick with a cold, possibly because of Melvin sneezing on her.

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers[]

Ms. Ribble makes a small appearance in the Ninth Book on page 256. She is seen sitting down with Mr. Krupp in a teachers' conference with Mr. Fyde when Kipper and his friends come running down the hall.

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000[]

Ms. Ribble makes a small appearance in the eleventh book. She is first heard when Ms. Anthrope talks to her over a megaphone to send George and Harold to her office. She is again seen when George and Harold convince all the teachers in the school that they are dreaming and they can do whatever they want. As a result, she, along with nearly all the other teachers, strip down to their underwear and start doing crazy things. The police later arrive, arrest all the teachers, and take them to jail.

For some strange reason, she was shown to have reverted back to her original personality despite the fact that the effects of the Hypno-Ring are probably supposed to be permanent for females, though it is likely that the cold she got from Melvin had something to do with it.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie[]

Ms. Ribble has a minor role in the film, mostly serving as a background character. She appears in the detention room, having been sent there by Captain Underpants.

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