Wyatt Fuller was taking a solar shower at his campground in Big Bear, California, when he heard a click behind him: it was a young woman snapping a photo of Wyatt in the altogether. The girl ran but hit her head; as she came to, Wyatt impulsively kissed her and learned that she was Hope Logan of Forrester Creations. Hope lamented the absence of Liam Spencer, her on-again-off-again boyfriend/fiancé/husband, who was working through being deserted by his wife, Steffy Forrester. Wyatt scoffed at Liam's inattention to Hope and expressed his own interest in her, introducing her to his mother, jewelry designer Quinn Fuller. After noticing that Wyatt's sword necklace was identical to the ones worn by Liam and his father, Bill Spencer, Jr., Hope arranged for Bill and Quinn to run into each other, and it came out that Wyatt was also Bill's son from a long-ago affair with Quinn. Wyatt, who had been told his father was dead, was furious, but eventually forgave his mother.
Wyatt moved in with Liam and Hope, wowed by the trappings that came with being a Spencer. After overhearing Liam and Hope arguing about not being able to marry for six months because Steffy wanted a divorce and not an annulment, Wyatt told Hope she'd never be second best with him. Liam punched Wyatt after catching him kissing Hope. Wyatt increasingly felt that a place at Spencer Publications was his birthright.; also wanting Hope, Wyatt told himself that Liam was the only thing keeping him from both. But Wyatt alienated Bill when he found out that his baby half-brother, Will, would also grow up without a father because of his affair with his wife's sister, Brooke Logan, and Bill threw Wyatt out of the family. Brooke helped Wyatt reconcile with Bill, and, by extension, Quinn.
Wyatt was thrilled when Hope wanted Quinn's company, Quinn Artisan Jewelers, to partner with Forrester Creations to design accessories for its Hope For the Future (HFTF) line. But when Steffy gave Liam his annulment, leaving him free to marry Hope, Quinn worried that Hope would pull out of the partnership, so she sent Wyatt and Hope to Mexico to procure a special diamond for the collection. Wyatt insisted that Hope had feelings for him, and suggested she marry him instead of Liam. Hope called off her engagement to Liam when she anonymously received a tribute video he had made for Steffy; Wyatt learned that Quinn had broken into Liam's e-mail and forwarded the video to Hope. Liam learned of Quinn's deception, but Hope didn't hold Wyatt responsible. Buoyed by Hope's generosity of spirit, Wyatt stepped up his pursuit by pocketing the HFTF diamond so he could impress Hope by “rescuing” it; however, he didn't count on being held up by actual jewel thieves. Wyatt planted the diamond on them and was branded a hero by the Forresters and the media.
Hope remained determined to marry Liam anyway, but ditched him when she saw him talking to Steffy, who was visiting to tell Liam she was no longer barren, which is what drove them apart. Wyatt accompanied Hope to Hawaii, but Liam followed, having discovered that Quinn had brought Steffy to town to ruin the wedding. Though Hope understood, she sent Liam on his way, deciding to date Wyatt. When Bill gave Wyatt his old beach house, Wyatt wanted Hope to move in, but Hope insisted she wasn't ready. Instead, Wyatt whisked Hope away in a vintage trailer, where they made love for the first time on a beach. Liam confronted them with security footage of Wyatt snatching the diamond; Wyatt was relieved when Hope forgave him and convinced her brother, Forrester president Rick Forrester, to keep Wyatt's “theft” under wraps to avoid a media scandal.
Wyatt had an idea that would tie the jewelry collection of departed Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester to an upcoming HFTF showing, and traveled to Paris with Hope to present the idea to the Forrester International office. Everyone, including Stephanie's son, Thorne Forrester, who ran International, loved the idea -- but Thorne's daughter, Aly Forrester, stamped her feet that Wyatt was distracting Hope from HFTF's original purity message. Aly, who had mental issues over traumatically losing her mother, Darla Einstein, at a very young age, slapped Wyatt when he bragged about having had sex with Hope on the plane, and freaked when she walked in on Wyatt and Hope in bed together. Aly learned how Wyatt had “stolen” thee HFTF diamond and went straight to Forrester's CEO: her grandfather, Eric. Wyatt offered to turn himself in to the police, but Eric chose not to go public with Wyatt's misdeeds.
Wyatt was disappointed when Hope had a pregnancy scare but turned out not to be pregnant, and even more so when Liam convinced Hope to date both him and Wyatt. Bill surprised Wyatt by officially making him a Spencer, although Wyatt didn't know that Quinn had forced Bill's hand by threatening to go to Brooke's ex-husband, Ridge Forrester, with a photo of Quinn and Bill in bed if Bill didn't comply. When Quinn told Wyatt she intended to use the photo to break up Brooke and Bill, Wyatt begged her to consider how her actions would impact his relationship with Hope, but Quinn showed Ridge the selfie anyway; Ridge stopped Bill's wedding, but fell from a helicopter and went missing. Wyatt punched Liam for calling Quinn a “vile, manipulative, evil bitch,” but Hope saw the fisticuffs and chose Liam, even after Wyatt proposed.
Forrester Creations terminated their contract with Quinn Artisan Jewelers; having lost Hope and his job because of Quinn, Wyatt told his mother he wanted nothing more to do with her. Wyatt was horrified to learn that Quinn had stabbed Liam in the throat with his sword necklace during an argument, and surprised when Hope's estranged father, Deacon Sharpe, paid him a visit. Wyatt bonded with Deacon as they discussed Hope, not knowing that Quinn had involved Deacon in her latest scheme to win Hope for Wyatt.