* ArchivePanic: 198 classic theatrical shorts (only 90 of which are on DVD) and 53 modern TV episodes (each of which are split into three segments), and that's not counting tie-in materials such as the comics.
* DorkAge: Pretty much all of the cartoons from 1955 onward, where the animation and art direction not only took a nosedive, but the humor of the cartoons degenerated into boring, witless filler, not helping that Woody got turned into a bland as wheat protagonist. Some even argue the decline began even earlier, right after 1951, when the last Woody cartoon directed by Dick Lundy was made before the Lantz studio was briefly shut down until the next year, but even the early fifties cartoons are held in higher esteem than what came from the mid to late 50s and on.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The newer show had a lot of ridiculous censorship on par with the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon; Woody wasn't even allowed to do his signature move of pecking people on the head!
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Woody is very popular in South America, to the point where his cartoons are ''still'' aired in some parts of it to this day!
* GrowingTheBeard: The early shorts were fun, but sloppy attempts at imitating ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. Things started improving when ShamusCulhane came and improved the direction and art of the cartoons, but the series truly reached its peak when Dick Lundy began directing.
* GeniusBonus / FridgeBrilliance: Woody Woodypecker [[DolledUpInstallment being the star of the video game]] ''Crazy Castle 5'' seems bizarre considering WesternAnimation/BugsBunny was the star of the previous four games--but when you're familiar with the history of both characters, and know that the "Proto-Bugs" from shorts like "Porky's Hare Hunt" was quite similar in personality to Woody (even having a non-sped up take on his famous laugh) and that both characters were (initially in Woody's case) [[MelBlanc voiced by the same actor]] and that both Woody and the Proto-Bugs had Ben Hardaway on board for them, you could say that things came full circle.
* MagnumOpus: Easily the best and most well known cartoons ever produced by the WalterLantz cartoon studio.
* MostWonderfulSound: Woody's famous rat-a-tat laughter.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Woody Woodpecker Racing'' for the GameBoyColor is a surprisingly good kart racer game, with plenty of content, good design and challenge.
** ''Woody Woodpecker: Escape From Buzz Buzzard Park'' for the PS2 got mixed reception, but its usually just considered [[SoOkayItsAverage an average game at worst, and somewhat good at best.]]
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''VideoGame/FeriasFrustradasDoPicaPau'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis is terrible in many ways. The GBA game ''Woody Woodpecker In Crazy Castle 5'' is a really mediocre game as well.
* ScapegoatCreator: Paul J. Smith picks up a lot of flak for the cruddier efforts produced during the 1960s and 1970s. It's debatable how much (if any) of it's deserved; while it's true that Lantz's budgets were pitiful even compared to what the likes of [=DePatie=]-Freleng and [[Creator/ChuckJones Sib Tower 12]] were working with at the time, the general consensus tends to be that the cartoons by Lantz's other director in this period, Sid Marcus, were far better than Smith's output. Either Smith was overwhelmed by the combination of budgetary problems and his (allegedly) failing eyesight, or he just plain gave up trying to make anything decent.
* SeasonalRot: As mentioned above, the series went into a steep decline after the mid 1950's.
* TearJerker: "Born to Peck", featuring an elderly, possibly dying Woody reminiscing about his childhood, is a really stark contrast to a series otherwise loaded with comedy. And the ending even has him attempt suicide!
* ValuesDissonance: "The Screwdriver" has Woody dressing up as a rather politically incorrect depiction of a "chinaboy" with carriage for a gag.
* TheWoobie: Mr. Woodpecker, Woody's father, considering "Born to Peck".
* WhamEpisode: "Born To Peck" sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the series due to its surprisingly depressing content.
** Just to develop, Woody starts as an old Woodpecker who can't peck anymore and he starts remembering everything. When he arrived as an egg, his mom left him and his father. Then, he was born and was a total dick to his dad. Then, he starts aging until he tries suicide. TearJerker doesn't even starts to describe it.