Principle Willoughby (Jimmy Neutron)
Principle William S. Willoughby is a supporting character in the franchise and the principal of Lindbergh Elementary School. He can be described as energetic, enthusiastic, and over the top. He seems to be everything an excellent elementary school principal should be. He is voiced by Rob Paulsen.
Why He Rocks
- For a school principal, he is rather jovial and eccentric.
- He is approachable, kind, strict, and has a gentle nature to him, not to mention that he's fairly clueless in most aspects of life. Despite this, he seems to have a knack for his chosen profession.
- He may be a bit too trusting and naive, but he is nevertheless open, fair, and kind to the students of Lindbergh Elementary.
- He seems to genuinely care about his students and has clearly taken the time to get to know each and every one of them.
- In all cases, he always seems to be encouraging the students or possibly saving them from themselves.
- He is high-energetic with a subtle and charming wit to his hamminess.
- He is such a significant character, much to the point that most of what we know about himself is often revealed in the show’s dialogue, so we have to be paying attention or we miss out on some important tidbits about his past.
- Rob Paulsen did a great job at voicing him.
- When we examine Principle Willoughby further, we can see him as an aspiring play-write and composer.
The Only Bad Quality
- He can be rather gullible at times; such as when he bought Sheen's claim of going to the school's "Tanning Salon", hook, line and sinker in the episode "Beach Party Mummy". Though it didn't take long for him to realize he'd been duped.
- "In Out, Darn Spotlight", we learn that Mr. Willoughby and Corky Shimatzu were roommates at Vassar, which is a small private liberal arts college nestled in the Hudson valley about 75 miles north of New York City.
- Principle Willoughby is ever-present at the school’s various extra-curricular events such as student elections and assemblies. In “Jimmy for President”, one can’t help but laugh when Principle Willoughby mumbles, “Can we afford funk every day?” to Miss Fowl after Libby’s speech.