->''"That's a joke, I say, that's a joke, son."''

'''''Foghorn Leghorn''''' is a recurring character of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short subjects, created by RobertMcKimson. Despite only starring in 28 short cartoons between [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1946]] and [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1963]], he is still considered a major star of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

The shorts are centered on the eponymous Rhode Island rooster with a Central Virginia accent, with no filter between his mouth and his mind, and very expressive body language. His voice is patterned after a 1930s radio character known as "The Sheriff", with his phrases cribbed from Senator Claghorn, a regular character of the Fred Allen radio show.

Foghorn considers himself the life of the party. He demonstrates this by tricking baby chickenhawks out of capturing him, abusing George a.k.a. The Barnyard Dawg, by beating him with a wooden board and painting his tongue green, or babysitting a genius chick named Eggbert in order to cozy up to his widow hen mother.

Foghorn made several appearances in ''TinyToonAdventures'', made a cameo in the ending of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', and appeared in two of the 1990s Creator/ChuckJones shorts. He also appeared in ''Film/SpaceJam'', and made a brief appearance in ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''.

Currently, ol' Foggy's appearances are infrequent, aside from commercial work for KFC [[note]]Try to think about [[LetsMeetTheMeat the implications]] of that[[/note]], Oscar Meyer, and {{Geico}}. His most recent appearance was in ''TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "The Foghorn Leghorn Story".
!All shorts up to Banty Raids are directed by RobertMcKimson.
* WalkyTalkyHawky (1946)
* Crowing Pains (1947)
* The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
* Henhouse Henery (1949)
* The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (1950)
* A Fractured Leghorn (1950)
* Leghorn Swoggled (1951)
* Lovelorn Leghorn (1951)
* Sock-A-Doodle-Do (1952)
* The Egg-Cited Roosters (1952)
* Plop Goes the Weasel (1953)
* Of Rice and Hen (1953)
* Little Boy Boo (1954)
* Feather Dusted (1955)
* All Fowled Up (1955)
* Weasel Stop (1956)
* The High and the Flighty (1956)
* Raw! Raw! Rooster! (1956)
* Fox Terror (1957)
* Feather Bluster (1958)
* Weasel While You Work (1958)
* A Broken Leghorn (1959)
* Crocket-Doodle-Do (1960)
* The Dixie Fryer (1960)
* Strangled Eggs (1961)
* The Slick Chick (1962)
* Mother was a Rooster (1962)
* Banty Raids (1963)
* False Hare (1964): A BugsBunny cartoon, but Foggy makes a cameo.
* The Yolk's On You (1980): Cameo, part of Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement
* Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit (1988): Cameos in the ending.
* Superior Duck (1996): Cameo appearance.
* Film/SpaceJam (1996)
* Pullet Surprise (1997)
* Tweety's High-Flying Adventuure (2000)
* Cock-A-Doodle Duel (2004)
* GEICO-Foghorn Leghorn (2011)
!!! "That's a trope, I say, that's a trope, son":
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Egghead always outdoes Foghorn at every "manly" activity he tries to teach the kid by utilizing what he's learned in the books he reads. (One cartoon even ends with Foggy asking him if he "has any more" of those books.)
* BigElectricSwitch: Used in "Weasel Stop" and "The High and the Flighty".
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Nowadays, Foghorn mostly calls people "son", most likely because [[ValuesDissonance a Southern rooster calling people "Boy" wouldn't be considered funny anymore.]] This only happens in the English version, as other dubs keep the phrase or adapt it for their respective countries.
* BrattyHalfPint: Henery Hawk.
* BreakoutCharacter: "Walky Talky Hawky" was created as a second starring turn for Henery Hawk, but the loud mouthed shnook stole the show, getting him his own series, and reducing Henery to his adversary.
* ButtMonkey: Foghorn or sometimes Barnyard, depending on who has the upper hand in their EscalatingWar in the short. Prissy is often bullied and alienated by the [[IncrediblyLamePun gossipy hens]] of the pen.
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Prissy:''' Yes.
-->'''Foghorn:''' Pay attention when I'm talkin' to ya, boy!
* ChildProdigy: Egghead Jr.
* CrazyPrepared: Upon having all his feathers blown off in an explosion: "Fortunately, I keep mah feathers numbered for just such an emergency!" He repeats this gag in another cartoon when his feathers are plucked off by a hay bailing machine.
* TheDarkAgeOfAnimation
* DraggedIntoDrag: In ''Banty Raids'', Foghorn is [[BoundAndGagged bound and beak-tied]] and forcibly dressed in drag by a machine, then married to a horny bantam rooster.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and OffModel: In the first Foghorn Leghorn cartoon (which actually focused on Henery Hawk), Foghorn was a tad plumper, had three toes instead of two and four tail feathers. By the second cartoon, Foghorn had two toes, and three tail feathers (though some cartoons depict him with four).
* EscalatingWar: Many cartoons centered on the perpetual Foghorn vs. Dawg back-and-forth. Which character starts the conflict varies from toon to toon, but Foggy usually ends up getting the worst of it.
* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: When his feathers are blown off (see CrazyPrepared, above) he is revealed to have polka-dotted underwear underneath them.
* GossipyHens: The hens of the farm are usually depicted as this, usually with Miss Prissy as the subject of their snide gossiping (out of ear shot or not).
* HypocriticalHumor: He will often accuse others of not listening or talking too much.
* IResembleThatRemark: Even more so than HypocriticalHumor. In fact, he may not be the TropeNamer (GrouchoMarx takes credit for that one) but he's clearly the TropeCodifier.
* {{Jerkass}}: To an extent, Foghorn is an obnoxious loudmouth and a [[ScrewySquirrel prankster]], but does have [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold occasional moments of good intentions]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Camptown Races" for ol' Foggy, either played on the soundtrack or sung by Foghorn himself.
* LooneyTunesInTheForties
* LooneyTunesInTheFifties
* LooneyTunesInTheSixties
* LooneyTunesInTheSeventiesAndOnward
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "Nice kid, but [describes a perceived flaw with an undercurrent of HypocriticalHumor]."
* MeaningfulName: "Foghorn" describes the character's loud, overbearing voice, and leghorn describes a breed of chicken. And both are intended to resemble "Claghorn", the original inspiration for the character.
* TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation
* MotorMouth: Though he would disagree - through, naturally, [[HypocriticalHumor a long winded speech.]]
--> "Okay, I'll shut up. [[BlatantLies I'm not one who has to keep talkin'. Some fellas just has to keep their mouths flappin' but not me!]] I was brought up right. My paw used to tell me shut up and I'd shut up. I wouldn't say nothin'! One time I darn near starved to death." (iris out, Foghorn [[FakeOutFadeOut stops it so he can keep talking]]) "WOULDN'T TELL 'EM I WAS HUNGRY!"
* NoIndoorVoice
* OffWithHisHead: When he made an appearance on ''FamilyGuy'', and PlayedForLaughs:
-->"Well look at that boy, running all around like a chicken with his head cut--[[OhCrap wait a minute]]."
* OlderAndWiser: In one cartoon, he and the dog are senior citizens who have outgrown their feud, and can only look back on it and laugh. Unfortunately, their grandsons now take after them.
* OutOfFocus: Both Henery Hawk and, eventually, The Barnyard Dawg eventually disappeared from the series.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Henery Hawk, who is a speck compared to the mammoth Leghorn, yet can clobber him and effortlessly drag him!
** In ''Walky Talky Hawky'', Henery drags off in a line Foghorn, Barnyard Dog and ''a horse''.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* TheRival[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds[=/=]WorthyOpponent: The Barnyard Dawg to Foghorn.
* RollingPinOfDoom: Miss Prissy tries this in order to get a husband in one cartoon. After she tries it on Foggy, he advises her, "You're going about it all wrong. You don't bat 'em on the bean with a rolling pin. ''(Aside, to the camera)'' [[DeadpanSnarker That comes later.]]"
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Occasionally either Foghorn or the Dawg gets dragged through one of these or has theirs backfire on them.
* ScrewySquirrel: Foghorn seems to enjoy pulling pranks on the dog responsible for keeping him and the other chickens safe, for no reason at all. Although, sometimes the dog ''is'' the one who starts it, and is also often implied to be rather bad at his job, in that whenever a predator lurks the barnyard it's because he is asleep on the job or actually trying to set it on Foghorn as part of their EscalatingWar. In this light Foghorn's animosity to him comes off as a bit justified.
* SouthernGentleman: As mentioned above, a parody of one.
* StalkerWithACrush: Prissy to Foghorn at times.
* StrictlyFormula: Averted for the most part. While his bouts with Henery Hawk often utilized a recurring formula, Foghorn's shorts were rather diverse compared to a lot of other characters in the ''Looney Tunes'' series, never quite sticking to one running scenario for more than two or three instances.
* TalksLikeASimile: "Nice girl, but about as sharp as sack of wet mice."
* VillainProtagonist: Henery Hawk, when the series was initially his own. Depending on his mood, Foghorn himself may lean into this.