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This {{Hanna-Barbera}} series from the 1970s was a SaturdayMorningCartoon version of Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Battle of the Network Stars''[[note]]which also parodies the Olympics, which were held the previous year[[/note]]. The three teams were:
* the '''Yogi Yahooeys''', a team of {{funny animal}}s from Hanna-Barbera's golden age (with the exception of [[WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe Grape Ape]], who was the only post-1962 character in the lineup), led by WesternAnimation/YogiBear and Boo Boo;
* the '''Scooby Doobies''', a team of heroes and [[YouMeddlingKids Meddling Kids]] from Hanna-Barbera's more recent shows, led by ScoobyDoo and Shaggy;
* and the '''Really Rottens''', a team of cheaters led by Mumbly and Dread Baron[[note]]{{Expy}} versions of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''' Muttley and Dick Dastardly[[/note]].

WesternAnimation/{{Snagglepuss}} and Mildew Wolf provided commentary as the teams engaged in various contests of skill and endurance. [[TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] and {{Jabberjaw}} made occasional guest appearances as judges.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AscendedExtra: While the teams mostly consisted of lead stars, a few supporting characters such as Cindy Bear and Scooby Dum were regulars.
* CaptainErsatz: Hanna-Barbera wanted to use Dick Dastardly and Muttley as captains of the Rottens, but MerrillHeatter allegedly still had part ownership of the ''WackyRaces'' characters; one issue of the [[ComicBookAdaptation comic book]] revealed that Dread Baron was Dick Dastardly's brother. Similarly, CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels were allegedly created as substitutes for JosieAndThePussycats (due to clearance issues with "Radio Comics"[[note]]which was just an imprint used by ArchieComics, who had always been the rights holders[[/note]]), and Babu appeared alone because ColumbiaPictures Television[[note]]Now Sony Pictures Television[[/note]] still owned ''IDreamOfJeannie'' (never mind that Jeannie and Babu appeared together on ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies''). Curiously, ABC's print ad for ''Laff-a-Lympics'' in the Sept. 10–16, 1977, issue of ''Magazine/TVGuide'' had Jeannie ''and'' Josie and the Pussycats featured.
** In the second season, Mumbly began to be called "Muttley" once more, so some manner of compromise must have been reached.
*** In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit that parodies ''Film/{{Munich}}'', one of the Really Rottens {{lampshade}}s this fact.
* CartoonPhysics: At one point the Rottens were in a skiing event and when they pass Huckleberry lazing in an armchair on skis they pick him up and pass him back to one another before putting him back. Somehow Huckleberry's skiing armchair stays at the same speed and the Rottens pass it.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The competitors wear their team shirts ''over'' their [[LimitedWardrobe normal attire]] ([[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal where applicable]]). As you [[CaptainObvious may have deduced]] from the intro text, The [=YYs=] are red, the [=SDs=] are blue, and the [=RRs=] are green.
** In Brazil, shirts like that are used as admission tickets to some Carnaval parties. They're called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abadá abadás]]. It is unclear whether Laff-a-Lympics was the inspiration for the scheme, but one Brazilian troper definitely doesn't remember such use from before the show's time.
* ComicBookAdaptation: In the 13-issue comic book series published by Marvel, each story had a central plot with the usual event participation. In the comics, Scooby-Dum (Scooby Doobies) and Sooey Pig (Really Rottens) were left out. A 14th issue, about a vengeful college professor, was not published. A special giant-sized story, "The Man Who Stole Thursday", featured most of the regular stars and cameos from other classic H-B characters.
* CorruptHick: Daisy Mayhem is a female example.
* {{Crossover}}
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Daisy Mayhem, who goes barefoot even in cold and snowy climates.
* [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Dread Baron Stops to Cheat]]: And the Rottens ''want'' to win by cheating. The one time the Really Rottens won legitimately, it left them pissed off.
** The Rottens would legitimately win some events. When the team member does (Mumbly in the burro race, for example), it shows the other Rottens cheering vicariously (by way of stock animation).
* DrivenToMadness: In season two, Mildew has stated that enduring the competition is enough to drive him--and anyone--cuckoo. Sure enough, the end of one episode has him in a strait-jacket and committed to a mental ward.
* {{Expy}}: Most of the [[EvilCounterpart Really Rottens]] were made up of this.
** The Dread Baron is a ridiculously blatant one of [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]].
** Issue #13 of the comic book portrays Dread Baron and Dick Dastardly as being "brothers".
** Three of the Rottens are slightly redesigned members of the Gruesome family from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** Daisy Mayhem, in appearance, is a CorruptHick version of Taffy of the Teen Angels.
* FaceHeelTurn: Mumbly was originally a police detective.
** Though the reversion to the "Muttley" name in season two throws into question whether Muttley and Mumbly were ever distinct characters.
*** The studio attempted to distinguish them by fur color (Muttley was light green, Mumbly light blue), ears (Muttley's were black, Mumbly's were the same color as his fur) and clothing (Muttley a collar then his flying helmet and scarf, Mumbly a trenchcoat).
* GoldenSnitch
* GrandFinale: The final episode moved to the moon, and ended [[spoiler:in a three-way tie]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Mildew Wolf was originally an antagonist, in the "It's the Wolf!" segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats''. On that show, Mildew was voiced by Paul Lynde, who by 1977 was subject to scandal. John Stephenson would voice Mildew on ''Laff-a-Lympics''.
* HumanLadder: The Rottens used one of these to win a "Freestyle Pole Vault" competition; in this case "freestyle" meant "anything goes", so it wasn't cheating, but they sure [[LoopholeAbuse abused that loophole]] for all it was worth.
* IneptMage: The Great Fondoo and Babu most of the time.
* LazyArtist: In way too many episodes, the edges of the cels can be seen during character pans either way. Long cels would normally be used for such instances, but in the case of ''Laff-a-Lympics'', it obviously wasn't so cost efficient as using the standard 10-field cels.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* PantyShot: Teen Angels Dee Dee and Taffy in the Tahiti events; both girls' swimsuits were colored the same as their skirts.
* {{Pseudolympics}}: The whole point of the series.
* RoadSignReversal: The Rottens mistakenly switched the signs back, resulting in disgust from their teammates (although they ''did'' get a 50-point bonus for "chivalry" because the judges thought they did it to help their opponents).
* ShoutOut: Because the series aired on ABC, commentators Snagglepuss and Mildew Wolf were depicted wearing the then-standard yellow sportscoats worn by ABC Sports broadcasters.
** Mildew Wolf referring to everyone as "savages" is a double reference to both his original voice actor, Paul Lynde (who again, originally voiced Mildew), and the Hanna-Barbera series ''WesternAnimation/WheresHuddles'' (CBS, 1970), in which Lynde played Claude Pertwee, a character who often referred to show's football-playing Fred and Barney [[{{Expy}} expies]] as "savages".
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Cindy Bear is the only female member of the Yogi Yahooeys.
* TeamRocketWins: On at least two occasions, the Really Rottens won an episode legitimately, as much to their surprise as everyone else's.
** An issue of the ''Laff-a-Lympics'' comic book had the Rottens--under the presumption that they have now decided to play fair--winning the gold, but they were disqualified for having the Great Fondoo and Magic Rabbit kidnap and impersonate Blue Falcon and Boo Boo Bear, then have them deliberately lose for the Yogis and Scoobys.
* WackyRacing
* WolverinePublicity: The full title is ''Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics'', even though Scooby is barely focused on outside the intro.
** In its original two-hour format on ABC, the show featured two half-hours of Scooby--repeats from ''Where Are You!'' and new episodes (as well as repeats from 1976). That gave the remaining hour to Dynomutt, Captain Caveman and Laff-a-Lympics. When the show aired as simply "Laff-a-Lympics" in 1980 and 1986, only the [=LAL=] segment intro was used.
* WrongParachuteGag: Mumbly switches the tags on Grape Ape's and Yakky Doodle's parachutes during a skydiving competition. The small parachute causes Grape Ape to fall like a stone, while the large parachute leaves Yakky Doodle stranded aloft in a thunderstorm.
-->'''Yakky:''' [[RunningGag Get me down! Get me down!]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: As noted in the Comic Book Adapation trope, Scooby-Dum and Sooey Pig were left out of the Laff-a-Lympics comic book. Neither the Scoobys nor the Rottens seemed to be aware of it.
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