Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers: Summary
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers begins where the last book ends. Tippy Tinkletrousers is chasing George, Harold, and Principal Krupp while they are being taken to jail. However, it is revealed that he is a future version of himself that is time traveling has changed the normal timeline of events. The Banana Pie Paradox is explained, meaning if something is changed in the past it remains in the future.
The story flashes to the natural timeline beforeTIppy Tinkletrousers time travels to chase George, Harold and Principal Krupp. This time, they do not go to jail. Instead, Tippy Tinkletrousers is in still in prison, where he was placed in the fourth book. He is instructed to make a statue depicting the warden of the prison. Tippy agrees to build the statue, but instead of doing as he is told, he constructs a giant robot. When it is finished, Tippy goes to the warden to present his project. He reveals the giant robot, climbs inside and proceeds to freeze anyone blocking his way.
Tippy Tinkletrouser finds Principal Krupp and picks him up, demanding that he take him to Harold and George. Once the two boys are found, he sets Principal Krupp down and demands information from George and Harold about Captain Underpants. Thee boys snap their fingers, Principal Krupp transforms, and Captain Underpants appears. Tippy Trousers begins chasing Captain Underpants. His attempts to freeze Captain Underpants are unsuccessful, and during his struggle, he ends up freezing the robot’s legs instead. Finally, Tippy Tinkletrousers decides to travel back in time five years as a final attempt to escape.
As the story flashes back five years, the reader is introduced to younger versions of Harold and George who are in Kindergarten. The Kindergarten versions of George and Harold have a difficult time in school. Principal Krupp’s nephew, Kipper Krupp is a bully that harasses the boys daily. George and Harold devise a plan to put a stop to Kipper’s bullying. They come up with a number of ways to prank him, including stuffing girly items in his locker, and ordering an extra spicy pizza. Finally, they trick Kipper into believing he sees a ghost to put an end once and for all to the bullying. Kipper is so scared that he flees the school with his friends during a thunderstorm that causes the lights to go out. Outside, they see Tippy arriving as he journeys through time. The robot appears to Kipper and his friends like a ghost. They are terrified and driven to insanity.
Principal Krupp is fired from his position as principal at the school when the police believe he is responsible for the insanity of Kipper and his gang.
His work complete, Tippy Tinkletrousers travels to the future to find a world where Captain Underpants never existed. Because Captain Underpants was created when Harold and George hypnotized him in fourth grade, and Principal Krupp is no longer present to terrify the boys in fourth grade, a world exists where Captain Underpants was never created. Instead, the earth has been destroyed by Evil Zombie Nerds, and is nothing more than a fiery wasteland.
As the book ends, it appears to be the end of the series. Tippy Tinkletrousers is squashed by a pair of Zombie Nerds that are revealed to have once been Harold and George. However, it is revealed that there is another book in the series.
George and Harold create two comics displayed throughout the book. The first revolves around a police officer and his partner, a dog name Greg. As the duo tries to diffuse a bomb, they fail to arrive in time and, as a result, they are injured in the explosion. The doctors announce that the body of the dog is dying along with the policeman’s head. The hospital crew decides to attack the dog’s head to the policeman’s body. The result is a dog/man combination that everyone refers to as “Dog Man”. The result is a police officer who is excellent and sniffing out criminals and still has hands to capture or fight them. His only downfall is that he inherited some dog-like traits such as a fear of the vacuum cleaner. Rip Van Tinkle’s former accomplice, a cat named Petey, discovers the weakness and creates a robot vacuum to rob a bank. The robot vacuum tries to attack Dog Man but eventually dies when it is unplugged. The comic ends as Petey is taken to jail.
The second comic revolves around a character name Wedgie Magee. He is constantly bullied and given wedgies until he cannot take it. He sees fortune teller who gives him an elixir to prevent wedgies. However, once he uses it, his pants turn into a ghost whenever someone tries to give him a wedgie. No one is scared of the ghost and Wedgie Magee dies of embarrassment. The haunted pants swallows the bullies as an act of revenge.
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers explores themes of good vs. evil. It explores the idea of what might happen if history was altered and certain characters didn’t exist. It also explores the topic of bullying, as we discover that George and Harold were victims as children. There is some crude humor and disrespect exhibited by the characters. Discuss the behavior with your children.