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The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister)
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner
The Warner siblings who are the most prominent stars of the show, and as such, get the most screentime. According to the show's backstory, they were created to serve as comic relief to the very dull Looney Tunes character Buddy, but proved to be so troublesome that they were locked in the Warner Bros. Studio Water Tower.
Tropes that apply to all three of them:
- Aerith and Bob: Unlike the other two, "Dot" can be a real name.
- Badass Adorable: Dot most of all because she's "the cute one".
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the instances where they are wearing full outfits.
- Been There, Shaped History: They've had run ins with several historical figures and had a big influence over their achievements. They've inspired Albert Einstein to write E=MC, helped Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, and inspired Picasso and Beethoven.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They may be goofy and crazy, but do not underestimate them.
- Cardboard Prison: As a result of their antics, the Warner siblings were locked away in the water tower on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, and allegedly hadn't escaped until the series premiere. However, it's shown in later episodes that not only were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot able to get out whenever they wanted, but were even let out more than once while the tower was being fumigated. Furthermore, similar to The Joker's attitude towards Arkham Asylum, they view their so-called "prison" as their home, and always return to it willingly when they're done causing chaos.
- Cartoon Creature: They have red noses, puppy dog ears, and kitty cat tails. Though others often refer to them as "puppy children," they insist they aren't puppies.
- Cloudcuckoolander: They take this trope to extremes, as even their theme song is filled with non-sequiturs and bizarre references. Wakko, however, seems to be the most extreme of the three
- Cultured Badass: Especially Yakko, but all three have a lot of knowledge in many different subjects.
- Deadpan Snarker: Yakko's the most deadpan, but...
- Depending on the Writer: Who sleeps where on their triple-decker bunk bed - or for that matter, whether they have a triple-decker bunk bed or each have a bed of their own.
- Dirty Old Man: (And a woman!) The "old" part only comes in when you realize that they were drawn in the thirties, and just look and act like kids.
- The Dreaded: Played for Laughs.
- Expy: Of Bugs Bunny.
- Fun Personified: They know how to have fun all the time and they are usually annoyingly hyper and cheerful.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Yakko just wears pants, Wakko just wears a shirt, and Dot just wears a skirt. This was lampshaded in a Kids' WB! promo talking about how the block featured cartoons "with pants and with no pants".Jeff Bennett: Animaniacs gives you pants and no pants conveniently in one show!
Wakko: I have pants! See?
Jeff: Liar liar, pants on fire!
Dot: And what's so special about it (the episode)?
- Also lampshaded in the episode "Animaniacs Stew."
Wakko: I'm not wearing any pants!
- Hammerspace: Although Wakko uses his most often (see above).
- Inkblot Cartoon Style: The Warners' design was inspired by this 1930s style; and then justified by giving them an in-universe creation date in the 1930s..
- Karmic Trickster: They will be cheerful and annoying towards anyone, but their antics are generally harmless (in fact, they can be pretty nice and polite kids)... unless someone's being a colossal jerk, who then becomes their "Special Friend" and the mallets come out. In one episode, they're being driven crazy by a parody of the nanny from The Sound of Music... but can't bring themselves to clobber her, because she's not doing anything wrong, something which is lampshaded in the middle of the episode as part of a moral code of sorts. After attempting and failing to provoke a reaction from her, they hire Slappy, who lacks such a code.
- Mouthy Kid: The Warners (especially Yakko and Dot) aren't afraid to put adults in their place or spout out snarky comments about adults' behavior, but most of the adults that they treat with disdain are self-centered jerkasses.
- Naughty Is Good: They are portrayed as heroic characters and usually mischievous with people who deserve it.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: According to an interview with Tom Ruegger, creator and writer of the show, has confirmed that the Warners' biological ages are 14, 11, and 9.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Especially seen in the episode "Taming Of The Screwy" where Dr. Scratchansniff desperately tries to teach them good manners in most of the episode, but at the end it's revealed they are perfectly capable of acting well-mannered and serious.
- Older Than They Look: They had a 65th anniversary special in-universe and they were drawn at their current age back in the 30s so they are pretty much late 70s to early 80s.
- Old Shame: An in-universe example.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: There are plenty of pop culture references.
- Royal Blood: In "King Yakko " and in "Wakko's Wish."
- Screwy Squirrel: At their worst. A lot of what the Warners do could be needlessly cruel to the point of making them unsympathetic, such as stripping Otto (a friendly guy who wasn't being a jerk) in the "Schnitzelbank" song or leaving the woodchuck in the toilet in "Kid in the Lid"... until you remember that everyone's an actor; hardly any of what takes place is "real". The Warners were much guiltier of this in early episodes... as the series progressed, the writers put more effort into showing that, even if their victims weren't specifically mean to them, they'd at least make it clear that they were bad people in general.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Being locked up in a water tower for several decades certainly counts, though the fact several episodes show them venturing through several different time periods (World War II among them, which largely took place a decade after they were supposedly locked up) implies they might not have even been locked up that long.
- Smarter Than You Look: As bizarre and insane as all three of them act, they have an utterly brilliant grasp of geography, history and a host of other subjects. They can recite the nations of the world, all 50 US states and their capitals, and every President of the United States from memory with no difficulty, and can even throw in some random facts about each while they do it.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Played for laughs. Throw them bodily out the door, turn around, and there they are. Hilariously, they're on the receiving end of this upon occasion. Notably from the likes of Pip and Elmyra.
- This Means War!: Push them too far, and they will say (in unison) this variation of Groucho's and Bugs' quote.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Repeatedly.
- The Trickster: Since they are based on Bugs Bunny, this is a given.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Non-romantic variant, obviously.
- White Gloves- All three wears these. In a episode, Wakko's gloves take on a life of their own.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They're afraid of Mr. Director's eccentricity, Baloney the Dinosaur, the public outhouse (that hasn't been washed in years), and hippies.
Tropes that apply to Yakko:
- All Men Are Perverts: Shares this with his brother Wakko, particularly when Hello Nurse is around.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He's based on Groucho Marx and his first name is based on the Yiddish name "Yakov".
- Big Brother Instinct: When Wakko dies after eating too many Swedish meatballs, you better believe Yakko literally goes to Hell and back to rescue him. (Dot too, of course, but she's Wakko's little sister.) Also gets expressed subtly throughout, with things like leading his siblings around by the hand and shielding them from danger. He's straight up Promoted To Parent in Wakko's Wish.
- Bubble Pipe: Yakko occasionally "puffs" on a soap-bubble pipe while parodying highbrow intellectuals.
- Catchphrase: "Goodnight everybody!"
- Cultured Badass: As wacky as he is, Yakko is still the most literate of the three. He is also shown to be capable of speaking proper and actual Japanese, as opposed to the racist and stereotyped barely-Asian-sounding gibberish you usually get in western cartoons.
- Deadpan Snarker: While all of the Warner siblings could indulge in this a bit, Yakko was the standout.
- Determinator: One interesting example is him singing all the words in the English language. He's obviously broken down when shown singing the "Z" words but refuses to quit and doesn't faint until being requested to sing all the numbers above zero.
- The Face: While the trio definitely played off each other, Yakko appeared in the most skits, typically got the most lines, and got to sing the most songs.
- Hidden Backup Prince: To the royal family of Anvilania.
- The Leader: In so far as the Warners can be said to have a leader, Yakko is it.
- Meaningful Name: Of the three Warner siblings, Yakko's certainly the most vocal.
- Motor Mouth: Especially when he starts singing.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's pretty obviously based on Groucho Marx.
- The Southpaw: He's left handed.
- Team Dad: He is the "guardian" of the trio, or the parental figure, as he seems to take charge in many situations, and acts generally in a father-manner towards his siblings (Especially in Wakko's Wish).
- Trouser Space: Yakko keeps lots of things in his pants.
- Unexpected Successor: He's something like a second cousin twice removed to the Anvilanian bloodline.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to say "Uhhhhh..." at the beginning of a sentence. Especially right before a zinger.
Tropes that apply to Wakko:
- Alliterative Name: Wakko Warner.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Whenever drums are needed, such as in a Rimshot gag or "Little Drummer Warners", he's the one who plays them—which could be explained by this trope, the fact that he's based on Ringo, or both.
- All Men Are Perverts: Shares this with his brother Yakko, particularly when Hello Nurse is around.
- Berserk Button: Giving him an F (especially on his hat).
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweet-natured kid, but he's perfectly willing to mallet anyone who annoys him. And when he gets REALLY mad... watch out.
- Big Eater: As the theme song states, "Wakko packs away the snacks". Yakko and Dot might eat their weight in sweets, but Wakko's the type to gobble up everything in the refrigerator, and then eat the fridge for dessert.
- Catchphrase: "Faboo!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Wakko seems to be the most extreme of the three. In one episode where the kids visit a shopping mall, he walks the wrong way on an escalator and declares "Mine's broken." Yakko explains it as "middle kid syndrome."
- Crazy-Prepared: He has almost anything in his Gag Bag.
- Equippable Ally: One scene features Yakko using Wakko as a Gatling gun to shoot malted milk balls at a candy store owner.
- Extreme Omnivore: Wakko can and will eat anything you put in front of him.
- Gasshole: Wakko's ridiculous burping is provided by Maurice LaMarche, who can actually do that on cue.
- Meaningful Name: By a narrow margin, Wakko is the craziest of the Warners (it's the ditziness).
- Middle Child Syndrome: Probably most evident in that Yakko is a Hidden Backup Prince, Dot introduces herself as "Princess", but he has no noble title at all.
- Nice Hat: He wears a red hat.
- Potty Emergency: The Trope Namer and one of his most famous A Day in the Limelight episodes.
- The Quiet One: In some gags, he doesn't even talk.
- Rimshot: One of Wakko's jurisdictions is to supply these as necessary.
- Unexplained Accent: Wakko has a Liverpudlian brogue for absolutely no damn reason — at least not one ever explained on the show. Justified in that he's a cartoon character in-universe and therefore pretty much runs on Rule of Funny. His voice actor, Jess Harnell, explains that Rule of Funny is the only reason why he gave Wakko the accent.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Clown and Out" (another popular "day in the limelight" episode featuring Wakko)
- Younger Than They Look: He's only 7 according to the "Hello, Nurse!" song, but writers have explained that he only said it in order to rhyme with "heaven". Word of God note is that the Warners' ages aren't specified beyond "not old enough to date". 14, 11, and 9 respectively.
Tropes that apply to Dot:
- Badass Adorable: She is a cute little girl in a pink dress with a flower in her hair and she's just as devastatingly annoying as her brothers. She also carries cute little boxes that hold her.. pets.
- Berserk Button: Call her Dottie, and you die.
- Catch Phrase: "And the Warner sister."
- The Cutie:Yakko: I'm Yakko.Wakko: I'm Wakko.Dot: And I'm cute!
- Deliberately Cute Child: She exploits her cuteness for all it's worth.
- Ears as Hair: She wears her ears in a scrunchie.
- The Fake Cutie: She likes to think of herself as The Cutie and takes her cuteness very seriously, but she's hardly innocent.
- Flower in Her Hair: Has a cute flower between her ears.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Most of Dot's "Pets" when she does the "Wanna See My Pet?"
- Genki Girl: She has the same energy of her male siblings.
- Hair Decorations: Dot's flower.
- Hypocritical Humor: A sexy woman walks by, causing Yakko and usually Wakko to shout "Hello, Nurse!", and Dot insults them for it and sometimes has to drag them away. A sexy man walks by, and she responds in exactly the same way her brothers did.
- Insistent Terminology: Whenever someone refers to the Warner Brothers, expect her to pipe up with "and the Warner Sister!"
- "I Am" Song: "I'm Cute".
- Kawaiiko: She might be a Western example of this, as she constantly brags about her cuteness to the point of having an entire song titled "I'm Cute", and being referred to in the theme song as the "cute" one.
- Little Miss Snarker: Not quite to Yakko's level, but Dot can snark quite a bit as well.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Dot is one of the few inversions in western animation that willingly introduces herself as this trope on a regular basis.
- Odd Name Out: She's the only Warner that doesn't have an "-akko" name. Lampshaded in one of the comics, when Yakko says that they should have named her "Dakko."
- Overly Long Name: Her full name is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third. But you can call her Dot. Call her Dottie, and you die.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her skirt.
- Potty Failure: Lampshaded: In the episode with Rasputin, at the end when the moral of the day is revealed to be "Brush your teeth," Dot says, "That makes me feel all warm and squishy. Either that or I need to wear diapers."
- Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Occasionally.
Major and Minor Supporting Characters
Major Supporting and Recurring Characters
Ralph Theodore Guard
Voiced by: Frank Welker
An overweight Warner Bros. studio security guard who is always trying, but never succeeding, to capture the Warners and return them to the water tower.
- Characterization Marches On: He first appeared (without a name) on Tiny Toon Adventures where he was surprisingly competent at keeping the characters from getting into the studios they were trying to visit.
- The Ditz: This guy didn't even notice when the Warners were hiding in the chair he was sitting in.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His Tiny Toon Adventures appearances.
- Fat Idiot: He's dim-witted and very overweight.
- Friendly Enemy: Although most of his screentime with the Warners involves attempting to capture them while they physically injure him in their attempts to escape, they're pretty cordial to each other when not at odds.
- Happily Married: In "A Christmas Plotz" he's shown to have a wife and son.
- Punch Clock Villain: He's a security guard: they're anarchy incarnate. You can see how he'd be pitted against them despite a lack of malice on either side.
- Running Gag: His chasing the Warners into the other characters' segments.
- Simpleton Voice: Daaaahh, he takes a while to begin sentences and, daaahhh, complete his thoughts.
Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff
Voiced by: Rob Paulsen
The Warner Bros. studio psychiatrist. He has the unfortunate duty of trying to tame the Warners, which always leads to him getting utterly frustrated (and in the case of his first sessions with them, tearing out his hair). However, he seems to get along with them well (when he's not being terrorized), and they seem to consider him a father figure.
- All Psychology Is Freudian: He's branched out a little - hypnotherapy, group counseling - but when in doubt he returns to Siggy's methods.
- Butt Monkey: The most regular victim of the Warner's antics.
- Chubby Chaser: He attracted to fat women as shown in "Drive-Insane" where he attempts, unsuccessfully, to make an advance on Frau Hassenfeffer.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To his perpetual woe, Plotz assigned him to try to put an end to the Warner chaos.
- Companion Cube: Mr. Puppethead sometimes begins conversations with Scratchy.
- Einstein Hair: Used to have it. Until he tore it all out during his first therapy session the Warners.
- Friends All Along: When the Warners reveal to the doctor that they're capable of acting normally, he asks them why they put him through so much trouble. All three siblings glomp him and proclaim "Cause we love you!" The doctor's response? A very out-of-character moment by happily gathering up all three Warners in a bear hug.
- Funny Foreigner: Has accent, ya?
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He used to have fluffy Albert Einstein-esque hair before during his first session with the Warners, their antics frustrated him so much he ripped every inch of his hair off his head.
- Herr Doktor: Vaguely Austrian, maybe.
- Meaningful Name: In the German dub, he's Dr. Freudlos, a double pun: It literally means "Joyless", as well as being a nod to Sigmund Freud.
- Nervous Wreck: Like most cartoon psychiatrists, he needs one more than he needs to be one.
- No Respect Guy: He was one of the greatest psychiatrists in Hollywood before the Warners arrived.
- Opaque Lenses: His glasses.
- Parental Substitute: He becomes the closest thing the Warners have to a father figure, and is the one to take them out on outings.
- Team Dad: The Warners seem to view him as this.
- The Von Trope Family: 'Von' just in case you thought he was one of the Hackensack N.J. 'Scratchensniffs'.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
Scratchansniff's ravishing assistant, the frequent subject of Yakko and Wakko's boyish affections. While she's not the Trope Namer for Hello, Nurse!, she gave the trope its current popularity.
- The Ace: According to the "Hello Nurse" song, her list of accomplishments includes winning the Tony, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer, obtaining several Ph.Ds, playing Chopin without rehearsing, singing opera at the Met, starring as the lead role in King Lear, becoming the ambassador to China, and not smoking.
- Action Girl: In the comics she is a secret agent and show fight skills.
- Characterization Marches On: In the beginning of the show, and indeed in some of the early spin-off comics, she didn't have much of a personality and was mainly just there to be sexy — and she had several moments then when she displayed definite traits of a Literal-Minded Dumb Blonde. Eventually, however, she was developed a little more, to become Scratchansniff's extremely intelligent, Hypercompetent Sidekick, and her Dumb Blonde moments completely vanished.
- Dude Magnet: Has men lusting after her constantly, especially the Warner Brothers.
- Dumb Blonde: In the early episodes she could occasionally come across as one, but as her characterization stabilized it was firmly averted; she's as smart as her bosses, emphasized at the end of Wakko's Wish.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: A blonde woman and treated as a sex symbol in-universe.
- French Maid Outfit: She wore this costume in an episode in order to teach the Warner siblings table manners. There really wasn't a reason other than Hello, Nurse!.
- Gainaxing: She is sometimes animated with her breasts jiggling.
- Hello, Nurse!: Trope Namer. Hello Nurse's appearance almost always prompts Wakko and Yakko into exclaiming "Hellooooooo, Nurse!", (one of the show's well-known lines) and jumping into her arms.
- Hospital Hottie: Unsurprisingly (though she doesn't have a hospital to heat up).
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Scratchansniff.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: You see her picture on the trope page!
- Living a Double Life: In the comics, Hello Nurse was also a secret agent. She is an Agent of H.U.B.B.A., wears a white Leotard of Power and fight villains. She has also an Archenemy in Nurse Doom, her Evil Twin with red hair.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the major examples in western animation. She is a sexy and voluptuous woman and the main source of Fanservice in the show.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Like an actress, she is used in other episodes as needed.
- No Name Given: Subverted. Hello Nurse is actually her name.
- Phrase Catcher: "Hello, Nurse!" of course.
- Parody Sue: At least in this song about her.
- Pimped-Out Dress: In the episode "King Yakko", Hello Nurse plays the prime minister of the kingdom, and she wears a magenta dress with ermine trim and a blue cloak.
- Sexy Secretary: Her duties to Dr. Scratchensniff seem more secretarial than anything medical.
- Sexy Stewardess: In two shorts, one with the Warner Brothers and another during a cameo with Slappy Squirrel.
- She's Got Legs: Lampshaded in the musical number "Hello Nurse".
Voiced by: Frank Welker
The CEO of Warner Bros. (in-universe, that is).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's not actually corrupt, but his bad temper, tendency to assign blame at random and money-hungry ways keep him unsympathetic.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Just about any of the Warners' antics will set him off.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Appears to hate the Warners, but enlists their help in times of need. He even hired a clown for Wakko's birthday (despite being absolutely terrified of clowns.) This was before he was aware of Wakko's own fear of clowns so it wasn't out of malice.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He regretted ever making the Warners stars.
- The 65th anniversary special has two in-universe examples of big ones:
- According to him, his biggest mistake was giving them their own cartoons.
- According to Slappy, it was letting Wakko direct one of said cartoons.
- The 65th anniversary special has two in-universe examples of big ones:
- The Napoleon: Plotz is extremely short, with a short temper to match.
- Pointy-Haired Boss
- The Scrooge: He even gets his own "Christmas Carol" episode.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In the episode "Taming of the Screwy," Mr. Plotz is holding a banquet for foreign investors, and said investors want to meet all of the workers at the Warner Bros. studio, including Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Under his orders, Dr. Scratchansniff manages to convince the Warners to keep their lunacy under control so they can attend the banquet... only for Mr. Plotz to force them out of the banquet regardless because he doesn't trust them not to screw things up. Snubbed and insulted, the Warners return to the banquet and ruin it in their usual Karmic Trickster fashion. In a nutshell, if Mr. Plotz had just let them stay since they were behaving, the entire thing would have gone off without a hitch.
- Spoiled Brat: Definitely one as a child. And a Bratty Half-Pint to boot.
- The Von Trope Family: As "Baron von Plotz" in Wakko's Wish.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Though he was known for making bad business decisions and treating some of his employees like crap, Plotz was a step above the average corporate villain and occasionally would get a moment where he'd realize his own foolishness and regret it, thus prompting the Warners themselves to cut him a break and even give him some small reward.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of clowns.
Minor Supporting and Recurring Characters
Voiced by: Paul RuggA crazy director who looks, sounds, and behaves like a young Jerry Lewis.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His craziness and eccentricity is so over the top that even the Warners themselves find him insane.
- Mood-Swinger: He alternates between treating comedy as Serious Business and being a Talkative Loon.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's based on Jerry Lewis.
- Oh God, with the Verbing!: He speaks like this.
- Psychopathic Manchild: When in Talkative Loon mode, he's a shrill, barely coherent idiot.
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Freunleven!
- Take That: They lampoon Lewis' over-the-top antics in his comedy films, and they also make a humorous reference to his unreleased drama film The Day the Clown Cried, about a clown that ends up in a Nazi concentration camp (a shining example of one of the jokes on this shown that children normally wouldn't get).
- You Say Tomato: Mr. Director discusses this trope.Take the word 'animal'. Transpose the letters 'n' and 'm' and you get 'aminal'. That, in a nutshell, is comedy.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeilleA schoolteacher who sometimes tries to educate the Warners, only for them to frustrate her in the process.
- Aside Glance: Once or twice.
- Break the Haughty: Her certainty that she can shatter the Warners' wills and make them good little children turns out to be... a little optimistic.
- Stern Teacher: While rather abrasive, she ultimately wants to educate the Warners, doesn't deliberately make things hard for them, and would probably be less sour if her students didn't always torment her with their usual antics.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: She apparently keeps her marker for giving people F's in her blouse. Quoth Yakko; "Ooh, what else you got in there?"
Baloney the Dinosaur
Voiced by: Jeff BennettA sappy orange and light blue dinosaur who is an obvious pastiche of Barney. One of the few things the Warners are afraid of.
- Anvil on Head: The Warners keep dropping anvils on his head in the episode "Baloney and Kids," but it turns out even this won't stop him.
- Berserk Button: As shown in his appearance on Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, he hates cheating.
- Captain Ersatz: An obvious parody of Barney the Dinosaur.
- Department of Redundancy Department: His "Imagine Song."
- The Ditz: He's not too bright.
- Implacable Man: To the Warners' terror. Nothing can make him stop. Nothing! Not even falling anvils!
- Iron Buttmonkey: He keeps coming back from all the abuse the Warners heap on him.
- Take That: He's obviously a jab at Barney the Dinosaur.Wakko: Are we being punished?Yakko & Dot: Yes.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Took three anvils to the head and still kept moving.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Subversion of the usual portrayal.
Francis "Pip" Pumphandle
Voiced by: Ben Stein
- Ink-Suit Actor: Pip Pumphandle is based directly off his voice actor Ben Stein.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Pip turns the usual Warner Brothers (and Sister) formula on its head, delivering the same exasperation they had dispensed to so many others.
- Stockholm Syndrome: After he leaves, the Warners find themselves missing him and want to hear another one of his stories.
- The Cat Came Back: The Warners find him impossible to get rid of...until he actually leaves and they decide they miss him.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: When the Warners encounter him at a Hollywood party, he starts relating a long, rambling, essentially pointless story about how he once encountered Bob Barker eating a bologna and cheese ball sandwich, and he doesn't leave the Warners alone until he finishes (even practicing Offscreen Teleportation a la Droopy Dog), boring them to tears.
Dot's PetA monstrous creature who is always kept inside a small, white box. The creature's appearance is inconsistent and its color varied, but its most common forms are a large bull-like creature, a plant parodying The Little Shop of Horrors, and a hairy form with enormous teeth. In one case, Mr. Director was her pet.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Often the case.
Professor Otto von Schnitzelbuskrankengescheitmeier
Voiced by: Jim CummingsA fat, jolly German guy who taught the Warners the International Friendship Song.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's ordinarily a nice guy, but when the Warners spend the entire last segment of the Friendship Song stripping him of his clothes and humiliating him he finally snaps at the end and kicks the three of them out of his village.
- Big Fun: He's overweight and tries to sing a song with the Warners about friendship.
- Cameo: In Wakko's Wish.
- Overly Long Name: His surname is pretty long.
Voiced by: Frank WelkerA Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Saddam Hussein who appears as the antagonist of "Baghdad Cafe", a crossover episode starring Yakko, Wakko, and Slappy (the latter in place of Dot).
- Asshole Victim: Apparently, he was to host the Warner Brothers (and Sister) while his country is being curb-stomped by an enemy army.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears being sent to hell in "Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled" before his first formal appearance.
- The Napoleon: He's a world leader who is short in stature.
- Punny Name: His name sounds like "so darn insane".
Voiced by: Richard Libertini
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Warners hound him incessantly to answer their Very, Very, Very, Very Important Question. He just wants an afternoon off to watch Baywatch!!
- Laughing Mad: He starts giggling like a lunatic when it turns out he doesn't know the answer to the Warners' question.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a parody of the Dalai Lama.
Mr. GobbleYakko, Wakko, and Dot's pet turkey who runs and dances to the tune of Turkey In The Straw.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Pretty clever for a turkey, but he's not a talking animal.
- Offscreen Teleportation: He can even appear inside other peoples' hats without being detected.
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He has no shoes.
- Informed Species: He is supposed to be a tern, but he looks far more like a crane or stork.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Howard Stern
- Species Surname: Possibly subverted, since he looks more like a crane or stork than a tern.
The Survey Ladies
Voiced by: Kath Soucie and Deanna OliverTwo women who pester Yakko, Wakko, and Dot with a survey involving George Wendt and Beans.
- Based on a True Story: A retrospective reveals that the annoying survey ladies were based on a real-life encounter that some of the writing staff had not far from the studio.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave:Survey Lady #2: We're persistent!
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
- Alliterative Name: First and last name both begin with F.
- Bald of Evil: Covered by a highly unconvincing hairpiece.Dot (shyly offering it back): You dropped your hair.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: He has a suit and even wears shoes.
- Inexplicably Tailless: He appears to be some kind of weasel, but he has no tail.
- Jerkass: His first scene depicts him laughing off a nun's request that he donate to her charity and literally kicking her out of his store.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He is rewarded for his jerkish behavior by having the Warners torment him and make a mess of his store, getting the crap beaten out of him by a bunch of football players, and turned into a chocolate bunny.
Voiced by: Phil HartmanA conceited news anchorman for the fictitious Newstime Live programme who refused to pay Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for a sandwich he had ordered.
- Jerkass: To ensure that the audience doesn't feel sorry for him suffering the Warners' retribution towards him denying them a tip, his first scene has him angrily fire his makeup assistant for being a smidgen late and yelling at the rest of the news studio that they are useless.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Sam Donaldson
Voiced by: George DzundzaA Jerkass accountant who finds himself sharing an airplane with the Warners and becomes their "Special Friend." An Expy of the notorious stock trader Ivan Bloesky, who was convicted in a 1987 insider trading scandal.
- Jerkass: He's a loud-mouthed asshole, and his entire short goes to great lengths to show this. Immediately after threatening to buy the airline just so he can fire the lady who accidentally got him bumped down to coach from first class, he literally throws a man with a broken leg out of his way, ordering him to "quit faking it and get a job," and then forces his way onto the plane, orders the stewardess to throw everyone in coach off the plane just so he can have privacy, and screams in the stewardess' face to get him 14 bags of peanuts. Needless to say, when Yakko, Wakko, and Dot appear and name him their "Special Friend," he deserves every minute of torture they give him.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeilleA rival newsreader of the fictitious Newstime Live program and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. who appears in the episode "Broadcast Nuisance".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Diane Sawyer
Voiced by: Rob PaulsenA newsreporter for the fictitious Newstime Live program who appears in "Broadcast Nuisance".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Wolf Blitzer
Voiced by: Jess HarnellAn archetypically portrayed Grim Reaper, with black robe, skeletal appearance, and scythe who speaks with a Swedish accent.
- Exact Words: He tricks Yakko and Dot into betting their lives away.
- Fate Worse Than Death: (With apologies for the pun.) The Warners demand to spend the rest of eternity with him, adopt him as their father figure, and call him 'Daddoo.' He gets so fed up with it that he declares them all to be alive and informs them that it will be a long time before he lets them back in his domain again.
Voiced by: Ron Perlman
- Butt Monkey: Probably the only reason Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled was green-lighted. Even for a Yakko/Wakko/Dot villain he comes off as a complete chump.
- Get Out: Eventually gives up on the idea of subjecting the Warners to an eternity in the lake of fire, in favor of never having to see them again.
- Satan: The rather campy, traditional Big Red Guy with a Fork.Yakko: Does George Hamilton know your tan is better than his?
Calhoun Q. Capybara and Who-Who the Ring-Tailed Lemur
- Expy: Of Yogi Bear and Boo-boo.
- Informed Species: Calhoun looks somewhat like a bear, while Who-Who resembles a red panda or a raccoon.
The Tiger Prince
- Misplaced Wildlife: He and his parents are tigers that live in Africa.
Slappy and Skippy Squirrel
Main and Major Supporting Characters
Voiced by: Sherri Stoner
A cranky squirrel who was once a Looney Tunes star (in-universe, that is).
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Slappy only wears a hat (and also a scarf in Wakko's Wish).
- Alliterative Name: Slappy Squirrel
- Alter Kocker: Her accent has traces of this. Also, see below.
- Ambiguously Jewish:Skippy: Could you tell me why there's a bird living on my head?
Slappy: A bird? I thought that was a new yarmulke.
- Catchphrase: "Now that's comedy!"
- Chaste Toons: She lives with her young nephew, Skippy. How he came to live with her is never explained; this is probably intentional, considering the number of other cartoon tropes the show satirized.
- Con Man: Female example.Slappy: Have I ever lied to you?
Skippy: You said Keno was legal in Burbank; you said Magilla Gorilla was a woman; you said -
Slappy: Awright, awright, enough already.
- Cool Old Lady: She's a peach! Just don't get on her list.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just as blunt and snarky as she is cranky.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She doesn't need a reason to unleash an episode's worth of cartoon violence on someone, so much as she needs an excuse. One of the most notorious cases, however, would be in "I Got Yer Can", where she tormented Candie Chipmunk just for lecturing her on dumping her trash in someone else's trash can.
- Drives Like Crazy: Little Old Slappy from Pasadena shows this to the Nth degree, with Slappy driving a souped-up Dodge Viper to Jan and Dean's Little Old Lady from Pasadena. It results in her being surrounded by police ready to arrest her for speeding and being a public nuisance.
- Expy: Reportedly, the creators wanted to use the original Screwy Squirrel for the role, but couldn't get the rights, so they changed his name and gave him a Gender Flip to disguise him.
- Genre Savvy: By her own admission, she's seen and done every trick in the book.
- Grumpy Bear: This is lampshaded in the Slappy Squirrel Theme.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight
- I Was Quite a Looker: And she was too, as evidenced by her Buttermilk ad, which was based off of a early design for Minerva Mink.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Don't let her crankiness fool you, she DOES have a soft side (it just takes a bit of digging to find it).
- Mama Bear: Slappy gets very pissed if you harm Skippy.
- Medium Awareness: Slappy beats the Warners here:
- Never Mess with Granny: A very extreme example. She knows where you live, and she has a rocket launcher.Slappy: Now Skippy: what I want you to learn from this is that if you wanna go on live TV and shred someone's career, you have that right. But if you do that, don't go listin' your home address in the phone book.
- Nice Hat: Her green hat.
- Parental Bonus: A lot of her subtle jokes about menopause, which of course always go right over Skippy's (and the target audience's) head.
- Psycho for Hire: Other characters have occasionally recruited her to cause mayhem on a specific target. The Warners hired her to get rid of their Sound Of Music-inspired nanny, and God Himself tasked Slappy with guarding the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden so the serpent couldn't tempt Adam and Eve.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Slappy's Leitmotif is Dvorak's "Humoresque".
- Retired Badass: The premise behind her segments is that she's a veteran from The Golden Age of Animation, and as a result, is wise to the tricks that cartoon villains pull. (Most of her enemies are from that era too, and bother her out of an obsession for revenge, but they aren't nearly as smart.)
- Rodents of Unusual Size: She's a squirrel who is about the same height as a short human.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: She is sort of a G-rated version of this.
- Screwy Squirrel: Word of God has it that she's meant to be an Expy of the real Screwy Squirrel character, only Gender Flipped.
- So Proud of You: In Bully For Skippy, she wipes away a tear of joy when Skippy announces his desire to get revenge on Duke the bully by shouting "let's get ready to rumble!"
- Species Surname: She is a squirrel.
- The Unfettered: Exploited by the Warners in the episode "The Sound of Warners"; since their moral code prevented them from fighting back against the nanny because she wasn't actually trying to hurt them, merely being annoying, they hired Slappy, who has no such restraints, to get rid of her for them.
- You Remind Me of X: One of her running gags.You remind me of a very young Scrappy-Doo.You remind me of a bad accident at Benihana.
Voiced by: Nathan Ruegger
Slappy's nephew who looks up to her.
- Alliterative Name: Skippy Squirrel
- Beware the Nice Ones: Skippy is much more forgiving than Slappy, but if you push him far enough you'll learn that he's inherited his aunt's talents for slapstick revenge. Just ask Duke, the title character of Bully For Skippy...
- Catch Phrase: Prone to saying "Speeeeeeew!", usually to react to statements that gross him out.
- Cheerful Child: He is Slappy's sweet, cheerful, and adorable nephew .
- Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent that Slappy takes it, but he still gets in quite a few sarcasms as the show moves on.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: His voice actor couldn't keep in tune during the singing segments of 'Wakko's Wish'. Lampshaded by Slappy saying that it was time for her nephew to get singing lessons.
- Like Father, Like Son: In Bully For Skippy, Skippy shows that he's learned a few things from his aunt's old cartoons.
- Nephewism: He does not appear to have any parents, and lives with his Aunt Slappy According to Slappy's creator and voice actress, Skippy's folks are on sabbatical.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute squirrel.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: He's the size of a human child.
- Species Surname: He's a squirrel.
- Vocal Evolution: Nathan Ruegger's voice had to be pitched up in later episodes because he was getting too old for the part. It's particularly obvious in Wakko's Wish.
Walter Wolf, Sid the Squid, and Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison
Voiced by: Frank Welker (Walter Wolf, first appearance), Jess Harnell (Walter Wolf, later appearances), Jackie Burns (Sid the Squid), Avery Schreiber (Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison)
Three of Slappy's old nemesises from her cartoons, who continually plot revenge on her, but still never succeed at doing her in.
Tropes that apply to two or all three of them:
- Alliterative Name: All their names are alliterations.
- Butt Monkey: They're Slappy's Rogues Gallery. They pretty much exist to take abuse. Not that they don't invite it upon themselves...
- Evil Old Folks: They're all just as old, if not older, than Slappy. When they have an Evil Laugh, they finish by coughing.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As Slappy always says, "Now this is just sad". Half the time Skippy is the one to recognize them first, and he's used to seeing them undisguised and young in his aunt's old cartoons.
- Run the Gauntlet: In most cartoons, they all attack Slappy one after another. Beanie always goes first, then Sid, and finally Walter. Naturally, Slappy doesn't have much trouble with them.
- Species Surname: Their surnames also happen to be the kinds of animals they are.
Tropes that apply to Walter Wolf:
- Alter Kocker: He sounds like an elderly Jewish man.
- Arch-Enemy: According to Skippy, he's Slappy's worst enemy.
- Ambiguously Jewish
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears overalls.
Tropes that apply to Sid the Squid:
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: He's a squid.
Tropes that apply to Beanie:
- The Ditz: As his moniker suggests, he's a downright moron.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears shoes and a beanie, but nothing else.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Parodied; Beanie is occasionally referred to with the more PC term "the Cerebreally-Challenged Bison". Slappy, being who she is, sticks with "Brain-Dead".
Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters
Voiced by: Gail Matthius
- Alliterative Name: Her given name and surname both begin with C.
- Butt Monkey: She's put through hell by Slappy just for lecturing Slappy on dumping a can in her trash can instead of her own.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's a neat freak and rather conceited.
- Neat Freak: She won't even let Slappy throw away a can in her recycle bin.
- Sanity Slippage: After Slappy torments her, she becomes psychotic and lashes out on a pair of nuns and Santa Claus under the mistaken belief that they are Slappy and Skippy in disguise continuing their pranks to leave her stuck with Slappy's empty soda can.
- Species Surname: She is a chipmunk and her last name is Chipmunk.
Stinkbomb D. Bassett
- Chaste Toons: Averted. He has a grandson.
- Fur Is Clothing: After his fur is eaten by termites he puts on a new fur suit. Which makes little sense seeing as he pointed out that he'd stopped itching.
- Old Dog
- Species Surname
Doug the Dog
Voiced by: Frank Welker
- Bully Bulldog: He's a bulldog.
- The Unintelligible: He has no real form of speech beside barks and grunts.
Lene Hisskill and Codger Eggbert
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche (Hisskill), Chuck McCann (Eggbert)
- Butt Monkey: Slappy subjects them to a lot of slapstick injuries in retaliation to them panning her cartoons during a review of a Laserdisc collection of Looney Tunes shorts.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are parodies of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
Voiced by: Corey BurtonThe squirrel who bullied Skippy in "Bully for Skippy".
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: All he wears is a leather jacket.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His upper body is huge when compared to his legs.
Voiced by: Jim CummingsThe self-proclaimed 'Best frontiersman that ever lived'. He appears in "Frontier Slappy" and tries to cut down Slappy's hometree to make a front door out of it.
Main and Major Supporting Characters
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche (Squit), John Mariano (Bobby), Chick Vennera (Pesto)Goodfeathers are an Italian American trio of pigeons: Squit (gray), Bobby (turquoise), and Pesto (lavender), influenced by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci's characters in Goodfellas.
Tropes that apply to two or all three of them:
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: They are usually Talking Animals, but in "Star Warners" and a few other episodes, they are given more Funny Animal type roles.
- Butt Monkey: All of them suffer misfortunes while trying to accomplish their goals, though Squit gets the most of it.
- Feather Fingers: Their wing feathers act like fingers.
- Freudian Trio:
- Superego: Bobby — Laid back & easy-going.
- Id: Pesto — Hot-headed & short-tempered.
- Ego: Squit — Young & reasonable.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: Squit (nice), Pesto (mean), Bobby (inbetween)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are parodies of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta. Mostly of their role in Goodfellas, but can also take on aspects of other characters played by those actors (such as Bobby in a parody of Raging Bull).
- Toothy Bird: All three have big toothy grins.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly Squit and Pesto, usually due to Pesto's bad temper.
Tropes that apply to Bobby:
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's the most stoic of the group and is probably the most level-headed. That being said, Pesto is actually scared of him when he gets serious. Perhaps best shown in "Raging Bird". He's on the verge of losing a boxing match against Prettyboy Robin but the moment he starts flirting with his girlfriend, he breaks him with a single punch.
- Only Sane Man: When he's not laughing at Pesto, he tends to be the one to keep him and Squit from destroying each other.
- Parody Names: He's based on Robert De Niro.
- The Leader: Of the Goodfeather pigeons.
- Translator Buddy: He translates what the Godpigeon says.
Tropes that apply to Pesto:
- Berserk Button: More like Berserk Keyboard. He gets furious every time Squit tries to compliment him or point out his problems, which isn't helped by Pesto misinterpretating what Squit meant by his statement and Squit not doing a good job at clarifying his statements.
- Catch Phrase: "THAT'S IT!"
- Expy: Of Tommy DeVito and Joe Pesci in general.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: For obvious reasons.
- Jerkass: He has a violent temper and would always beat Squit up.
- Mismatched Eyes: He has a pink right eye and light green left eye.
- Parody Names: Two letters away from Pesci.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: The smallest of the Goodfeathers, but also the most aggressive. In "Mighty Wakko at Bat", he was in the midst of beating up the umpire, a grown man.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Frequently. Usually when Squit tries to compliment him.
Tropes that apply to Squit:
- Butt Monkey: Even Bobby laughs when Pesto beats him up.
- Catch Phrase: "As far back as I can remember...", which starts every episode.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might not be as shifty and experienced as the other Goodfeathers, but he's still pretty capable.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He once fell for a sparrow named Carloota, only to discover she already had a boyfriend.
- Interspecies Romance: With Carloota the sparrow in "West Side Pigeons", which sadly did not last for this very reason. Soon after, he falls in love with a bluejay despite swearing off girls.
- Naďve Newcomer: He becomes a member of the birds in "Goodfeathers:The Beginning".
- Toothy Bird: The toothiest of the three.
Solley (a.k.a. The Godpigeon)
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
The Don of the Goodfeathers enterprise. Typically enters a scene, dispenses some vaguely wise-sounding gibberish, chuckles a little and leaves. Held in very high regard by the other birds.
- The Ace: Usually able to do in a few seconds what the goodfeathers spent an entire short attempting.
- Big Eater: The first Goodfeathers short even has him swallow a bagel whole.
- The Don: Solley the Godpigeon is a parody. He's modeled after Vito Corleone.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are always closed.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Bobby's the only one who knows what he's saying.
- Mumbling Brando: A given, considering he's a Don Corleone spoof.
- Nightmare Face: The few times he does open his eyes.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Marlon Brando again.
- The Unintelligible: Speaks in elderly-sounding raspy mumble.
- Toothy Bird: Like the goodfeathers, we can see his teeth.
The Girlfeathers, Sasha, Kiki, and Lana
Sasha (red) is Squit's girlfriend and Pesto's sister, Kiki (green) is Pesto's girlfriend, and Lana (purple) is Bobby's girlfriend.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Turns out that Sasha pushes her brother Pesto around effortlessly.Pesto: Are you sayin' that I am adorable?!Sasha (bopping him on the head):' Don't start with that, Pesto!
- Brainless Beauty: Kiki
- Distaff Counterpart: Of the Goodfeathers.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Sasha, just like her brother.
- Love Interest: To the Goodfeathers.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters
Steven SeagullPesto and Sasha's stepfather.
Voiced by: Ivy Austin
- Interspecies Romance: With Squit the pigeon
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted since she has darker colored feathers than the male sparrows.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has eyelashes and a bow in her hair.
Rita and Runt
The Main Duo
Voiced by: Bernadette Peters (Rita), Frank Welker (Runt)
A stray cat and dog trying to find a home for themselves.
Tropes that apply to both:
- Animal Talk: Mostly they aren't shown to be able to talk to humans. It depends on the story whether they understand what humans say to them or not, though as a rule Rita is more likely to at least get the general gist of it.
- Butt Monkey: Both of them can fall into this in their segments.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The both of them disappeared as series regulars after Season 2, to the point that a parody of the Rugrats intro showed a picture of them on a milk carton. They eventually did come Back for the Finale and Wakko's Wish. note
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: The trope pic. However, Runt doesn't realize Rita isn't a dog no matter how many people (Rita included) he hears describing her as a cat.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Runt, a Big Friendly Dog, and Rita, a small cat, are a non-romantic example.
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: They have a similar big dog/little cat relationship, although in this case the little one is sophisticated and the big one is dumb (mistaking the cat for another dog).
- Local Reference: When Rita and Runt go to Poland in "Puttin on the Blitz", Rita sings that it doesn't look like Burbank, more like Van Nuys. (Both are cities in Los Angeles. You can guess which one has higher property values).
- Musical Episode: Rita and Runt have at least one song per short.
- Odd Friendship: An independent and aloof female cat and a big dumb dog.
- Platonic Life Partners: A pair of homeless cat and dog who are always seen together and despite having a desire to find a nice permanent new home, the two manage to live quite comfortably by offering each other a close unbreakable friendship in defending one another for protection and giving moral support
Tropes that apply to Rita:
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Rita is a Civilized Animal cat with a lot of Talking Animal moments would switch between walking on two legs and walking on four legs. In a few cameos and possibly in part of "Kiki's Kitten", she is shown as a Funny Animal, and in a cameo in "The Return of The Great Wakkorotti," she is even fully-dressed.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Rita is very sarcastic, especially with Runt.
- Cats Are Superior: Rita is more of a sympathetic nature, as despite her arrogance and selfishness, most of her misfortunes have been examples of unfair and unequal treatment.
- Cat Up a Tree: In "Up A Tree".
- Ear Notch: Has a notch in one of her ears.
- Foreshadowing: Blink and you'll miss it: In the "Up A Tree" segment, during Rita's first musical number, she goes into a very minor Disney Acid Sequence about the advantages of Chicago as they appear onscreen. One of them is the Sears Tower, which she stands on. Afterwards, she immediately jumps off, and if you look closely at the expression on her face, you can tell that she's clearly acrophobic. Guess what happens later.
- Green Eyes
- "I Am" Song: "I'm Nobody's Mama" and "It's Always the Same Thing With Cats," among others.
- "I Want" Song: Often when she sings a song, it's about how much she wants a home or thinks she's found one.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Runt certainly thinks so. In one war episode, she thought it was disgusting when she thought a man abandoned his kid daughter and in the same episode she gave up chance with good owners and a home, to be with Runt.
- No Sense of Direction: Rita has all kinds of glamorous places she wants to go, but no idea how to get there. Trying to get to Sonny Bono's house lands her and Runt in Egypt. Trying to go to Florida gets them to Alaska. Trying to go to Monterey puts them on a farm in the mid-west.
- Tsundere: Type A.
Tropes that apply to Runt:
- Berserk Button: Mentioning cats to Runt, which leads us to Dogs Are Dumb below.
- Big Friendly Dog: Bigger and and friendlier than his cat friend, Rita.
- The Ditz: Most of the time he's clueless, but he will occasionally subvert the trope and detect danger before Rita.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Runt hates cats. The only reason why Rita is the exception is because he thinks she's a dog: "Rita's a good dog. Definitely, definitely a good dog."
- Heroic Dog: Not shown nearly as much as Buttons, partly because Rita is much more capable of taking care of herself, plus Runt is sometimes oblivious to the possible danger. But if he knows Rita's in trouble, he'll be there for her, guaranteed.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Runt is a takeoff of Dustin "Rainman" Hoffman.
- Simpleton Voice: The same voice of Ralph the Guard who is a simpleton as well.
- Too Dumb to Fool: In one instance, Runt saved his oblivious feline friend from becoming an Egyptian ritual sacrifice. Still, in Rita's defense, she was probably caught completely off-guard because she knew that Ancient Egyptians aren't supposed to do that.
- Verbal Tic: He definitely, definitely has one. Definitely.
Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters
Voiced by: Adrienne Alexander
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: She pronounces her Ls and Rs as Ws.
- Mad Scientist: She tries to create a Frankenstein monster dog to attack a nearby village.
- Skunk Stripe: Her hair is like the Bride of Frankenstein's.
ScoutHe is Dr. Phrankenstein's creation intended to destroy the world, but he is really just a playful dog who wants to have fun.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's green.
- Big Friendly Dog: Much to Dr. Phrankenstein's dismay, all he wants to do is play.
Mr. SqueakDr. Phrankenstein's faithful pet rat.
- Silent Snarker: Doesn't say a word, but can be seen doing the "cuckoo" gesture when Phrankenstein gloats about how much destruction she'll cause with Scout.
- You Dirty Rat: He's a rat.
Voiced by: Paul RuggAn eccentric old lady who constantly hums to herself and appears in the crossover episode "No Place Like Homeless".
- Never Mess with Granny: Attacks Pesto on sight and kicks both Pesto and Runt out after Pesto hurts Crackers.
Crackers the Parrot
Voiced by: Frank WelkerMrs. Mumphead's aggressive pet parrot.
- Feathered Fiend: He isn't nice to Runt.
- Pokémon Speak: He only says his name. Pesto even thought Crackers was calling him "crackers!"
- Speech-Impaired Animal: "Crackers" is all he says.
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
Kitty Litter, Kitty Ducockis, and Cat Ballue
Voiced by: Karen Hartman (Kitty Ducockis), Nancy Linari (Cat Ballue), Lisa Raggio (Kitty Litter)
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kitty Ducockis (the blonde), Kitty Litter (the brunette), and Cat Ballue (the redhead)
- Cats Are Mean: Sort of. They're rather rude to Rita.
- Fat Bastard: Kitty Ducockis is far more obese than the others.
- Fat Cat: Kitty Ducockis again.
- Unfortunate Name: Kitty Litter.
Marabella Maybeloota Missy McCoy
Kiki the Gorilla
Voiced by: Frank Welker
- And Call Him "George"!: Her treatment of Rita is rather brutal, even if she's not intentionally harming her.
- Fluffy the Terrible: An aggressive gorilla with a cutesy name like Kiki.
- Killer Gorilla: Unless pacified with a cat to take care of, she becomes very violent.
- Kindness Button: Cats are this for her.
- Maniac Ape
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her name and obsession with cats are inspired by the Real Life female gorilla Koko.
- Primal Chest-Pound: When she's angry.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: She talks "ape" while Rita talks "cat".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has a ribbon on her head to indicate she's female.
Sykes the Crow
Mindy and Buttons
Mindy and Buttons
Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright (Mindy), Frank Welker (Buttons)A send up of Lassie. Mindy Sadlier is a toddler who constantly wanders off into dangerous situations prompting her dog, Buttons, to keep her out of it at the expense of his safety.
Tropes that apply to Mindy:
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She's very easily distracted by the things she sees.
- Catchphrase: "Okay, I love you, bye-bye."
- Chasing a Butterfly: She tends to follow any cute creature she spots.
- Cheerful Child: Since she's unaware of the dangers she keeps getting into, she's constantly cheery.
- Constantly Curious: Mindy constantly asks questions to people much to their annoyance.
- The Cutie: Cute and innocent like a toddler.
- Damsel in Distress: She always gets herself into dangerous situations, while her dog Buttons tries to rescue her or keep her out of trouble.
- The Fool: Her blithe wanderings into dangerous situations can be explained simply by the fact that she's just a toddler and thus doesn't know better. That said, while Buttons' direct involvement is the most frequent effort keeping her safe, she sometimes just gets absurdly lucky, particularly when Buttons can't get to her in time.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: If this weren't a cartoon, Mindy's parents would lose custody on account of severe neglect.
- Nice Girl: She's shown many times that she absolutely adores Buttons and doesn't have a single mean bone in her body, making it very easy to see why Buttons is so dedicated to making sure she's safe.
- Straying Baby: The whole point of her shorts is that she wanders off while Buttons tries to rescue her.
Tropes that apply to Buttons:
- Badly Battered Babysitter: This is the setup of his segments, where they took an almost sadistic glee in torturing the poor dog.
- Big Friendly Dog: He's much bigger than his child owner Mindy and is very protective of her.
- Butt Monkey: The bad things he saves Mindy from usually end up happening to him.
- The Chew Toy: He gets thoroughly abused trying to keep his charge from getting killed, and then gets yelled at by Mindy's mom for some minor infraction at the end.
- Determinator: Despite all the suffering, Buttons will never let Mindy be hurt.
- Heroic Dog: He's undeniably heroic, charging into danger time and time again to rescue his charge, Mindy, (and getting comically beat up in the process).
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Buttons goes to enormous lengths, risking his own hide to keep Mindy from harm. Every episode ends with Buttons getting in trouble over some (generally minor) misbehavior he performed in the course of his duties. At least till the movie, where he finally got his due.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Mindy, big time. Especially in The Movie, when she and the rest of the characters are being rounded up by the Big Bad's soldiers.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the future episode, after Mindy inadvertently gets clones, he packs up, holds out an "I QUIT!" sign and leaves.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- In the Crossover episode where Elmyra bothers the Warners, they ultimately distract her by introducing Elmyra to Mindy. Mindy wanders off as usual, but when Buttons goes to chase her as usual, the Warners hold him back. Sure enough, Elmyra is chasing Mindy and receiving all the abuse that Buttons usually gets. Buttons effusively thanks the Warners in response.
- At the end of Wakko's Wish, he gets praise and several large steaks from Mindy's parents.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite all the suffering, he loves Mindy.
- Vertigo Effect: Occasionally done with Buttons the moment Mindy escapes.
- The Voiceless: Until the end of Wakko's Wish, which reveals that he actually can speak.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (Mother), Frank Welker (Father)Mindy always calls them "Lady" and "Mr. Man," except in Wakko's Wish, in which she finally calls her mother "Mom."
- Accidental Misnaming: Mindy always addresses her mom as "Lady" (and her father as "Mr. Man").
- The Faceless: The mother's face isn't entirely seen in Wakko's Wish, but she's a brunette.
- Hypocritical Humor: Mindy's mom leaves her alone for going to things like a better parenting conference, the Mother of the Year Grand Finals, or on Oprah, because the topic is "Overprotective Mothers".
- Parental Neglect: Which is probably why she never calls them "mom" and "dad" like they want her to (except in Wakko's Wish) and instead calls them "Lady" and "Mr Man", something she might refer to a stranger as.
- Unnamed Parent: Their names are never revealed.
Voiced by: Julie Brown
A mink who is so beautiful she causes all men around her to go crazy for her.
- Alliterative Name: Minerva Mink
- All Men Are Perverts: Pretty much the entire basis of her shorts, which are very Red Hot Riding Hood-esque. Inverted whenever a male character is hunky enough for her to go absolutely gaga over, as those fellas seem to have an unusually high tolerance for her sex appeal.
- All Women Are Lustful: Minerva tends to berate every schmoe who becomes attracted to her, though she herself tends to go bonkers upon meeting an attractive guy.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Normally she does not wear shoes in her animated shorts. Subverted sometimes in the comics (more for fashion motivations).
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the comics.
- Demoted to Extra: Though she was never much of a major a character. Justified in that the censors found her cartoons Too Hot for TV and scrapped them, but kept the character. She gets a much larger presence in the comics however.
- Depending on the Artist: Her scale changes with the plot. In her first appearance she was shown to be the size of a normal mink (this is in relation to her size compared to Newt, who was shown earlier in that episode only coming up to his master's knee). However, she was most often shown the same size as human beings, only about a head shorter than Hello Nurse.
- Dude Magnet: Especially in the comics where even human males want her.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Although very little of it has to do with her hair...
- Expy: Minerva is very similar to Betty Boop, with her lustful attitude and ability to charm almost any guy. Both characters even share similar development stories (the censors thought both characters were too lustful, and did a little meddling with them.)
- Femme Fatale: Not evil, but she will use her charms to make men do what she wants.
- Flat Character: Minerva was written to be a shallow, materialistic character with Aesop Amnesia.
- Furry Female Mane: She has human-like head hair.
- Gold Digger
- Hello, Nurse!: She drives every male, no matter their species, into wild take-filled Tex Avery-styled conniptions at her beauty. Especially in the comic. She herself has this reaction to cute guys with Lustful Melt included.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Comparated to Newt Averted when Wilford become a werewolf, which in that case, he is just as anthropomorphic as Minerva.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Often uses her sex appeal to her advantage.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is a beautiful and curvy anthropomorphic mink. In her short she appears in a Modesty Towel and has a Shower Scene (with Sexy Silhouette).
- Not So Above It All: She may treat whomever is fawning over her with barely-restrained disdain, but as soon as an attractive guy walks by, she recreates, step-by-step each and every wild take aimed at her previously.
- Petting Zoo Person: Aside from her face, ears, and tail, she basically looks like a human woman.
- She's Got Legs: Especially in the comics. See here◊
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: As revealed in the comics, Minerva has an extremely hard time doing ordinary things like grocery shopping and filing taxes, because every male of every species in the area is panting and hooting at her. She even sings about it in her first appearance.
- Species Surname: Mink.
- Too Hot For Tv: In a rare case of self-censorship, the staff retired the Minerva Mink shorts after only two episodes because the sexual undertones were too blatant (her second and last solo short, "Moon Over Minerva", was slightly edited for content before broadcast). She does make cameos sometimes, including the movie Wakko's Wish.
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: He is a Civilized Animal, but he sometimes a Funny Animal and in "Puttin on The Blitz" (where is a simple guardog) he is a Nearly Normal Animal.
- Distracted by the Sexy: And to his credit, he still keeps trying to catch Minerva, which would make him a Determinator as well?.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Every attempt to capture Minerva or have her end always bad.
Wilford B. Wolf
Voiced by: Peter Scolari
- Alliterative Name: First and last names both begin with W.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Wilford Wolf turns into a hunky werewolf when he sees a full moon, but doesn't remember what he did when in hunky form. Given he knows he's a werewolf (when Minerva finally confronts him about what kind of wolf he is and he says 'were') and doesn't show any problems remembering anything as he shifts between forms it's more a subversion, with his only issue not being aware how attractive his were-form is.
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: He switches between Funny Animal (in his normal form) and Petting Zoo Person (when he turns into a werewolf).
- Chick Magnet: His transformed self earns him attention from a frog, a rabbit, and a bird, who all react the same way their male mates reacted to Minerva.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Minerva, until she sees him in werewolf form.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears only blue pants.
- Lustful Melt: He melts into a puddle to react to Minerva's attractiveness.
- Magic Pants: His pants aren't affected by his transformations.
- Mr. Fanservice: As a werewolf. In this form seem to attract all the female animals and not only Minerva.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He doesn't turn into a vicious beast. Instead, he's quite the well-spoken looker under the full moon.
- Sexier Alter Ego: Wilford is normally a nerdy wolf Abhorrent Admirer who turns sexy under a full moon.
- Species Surname: Wolf.
The Hip Hippos
Flavio and Marita (The Hip Hippos)
Voiced by: Frank Welker (Flavio), Tress MacNeille (Marita)
A rich pair of hippos who speak with Spanish accents who moved out of Africa and into a penthouse. Followed around by a zoologist named Gena Embryo who tries to keep them out of danger since the two are on the endangered list, but usually ends up battered in the process.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Flavio is a light blue hippo, and Marita is a purple hippo.
- Big Fun: They're both obese, being hippos, and they love having a good time.
- Happily Married: A pair of married aristocrats.
- Idle Rich: They're always seen lazing around and enjoying themselves.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted since he's light blue and she's purple.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Flavio and Marita are blue and pinkish-purple respectively.
- Recurring Extra
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: The Hip Hippos tried to do all their own chores when their maid quit, and failed miserably.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Marita differs from Flavio aside from being colored purple instead of blue because she has lipstick and wears a bow.
- Walking Disaster Area: A recurring theme with their shorts—While they're off on their adventures, they're oblivious to the property damage they're causing with their girth and weight, since they're hippos and all. And Gena will be on the receiving end of it whenever she appears.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeilleThe zoologist who follows Flavio and Marita and tries to protect them because she considers the two to be on the endangered species list, but usually ends up battered in the process. She seems unaware that the hippos can look after themselves..
Other Segments and Characters
Voiced by: Laura Mooney
A teenage girl who gets so much stress from her family that she literally turns into a monster in each segment.
- Alliterative Name: Katie Ka-Boom
- Bare Your Midriff: In one segment, she gets angry after her mother objects to her shirt, which shows her belly button.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She was more bad-tempered and impatient then particularly bratty. She did try to obey her parents now and then.
- Burning with Anger: Katie Kaboom does this once a month.
- Catch Phrase: Whenever her parents point out that she's overreacting to the slights and problems that anger her, she always responds with "I am not overreacting! I'm a teenager!"
- Comical Overreacting: Her whole shtick is getting furious over minor inconveniences and such.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Every problem a teen could have (panicking over her date being late, trying to learn how to drive, getting a pimple, etc.) causes her to turn into a monster.
- No Periods, Period: And that's why the writers created Katie Kaboom to explain to innocent little children why their big sister chucks a psycho for NO JUSTIFIABLE REASON WHATSOEVER once a month. Basically, their explanation was Teens Are Monsters.
- Snap Back: Almost all her shorts end with the family home in ruins, but it's back to normal in time for the next short. God knows what her parents' insurance premiums are.
- Standard '50s Father: Katie's dad (who sounds like Jimmy Stewart)
- Teens Are Monsters: Literally. Katie frequently turns into a monster when she's angry.
- Visual Pun: Whenever angered, she turns into a monster. Literally.
TinkerKatie Ka-Boom's little brother.
- Nice Hat: He wears a red baseball cap.
The star of the "Mime Time" segments, who always gets injured trying to silently mimic what the narrator is describing.
- Cosmic Plaything: He pretty much exists only to get abused and injured constantly.Narrator: And so everyone in Acme Falls got his or her wish... [safe drops on Mime] except for the Mime, that is.Yakko: I don't know about him, but that sure was my wish.
- Every One Hates Mimes: The purpose of "Mime Time" sketches is to show a mime going through Amusing Injuries.
- Iron Buttmonkey: No matter how many horrible injuries he suffers, the Mime will always be back for more.
- The Speechless: Justified since he's a mime. He has actually said two words, in the French-themed Buttons and Mindy episode "Les Boutons et le Ballon". "Le owww."
- Your Mime Makes It Real: The Mime mimes something which then comes true. For example he'll mime pulling a rope and it turns out he's pulling a tiger towards him.
Voiced by: Frank WelkerA giant chicken who has a habit of disguising himself as a human.
- The Ace: He's exceedingly good at nearly everything he does.
- Acrophobic Bird: Surprisingly averted for a cartoon chicken. A few shorts show that he is actually able to fly and he escapes some of his pursuers this way.
- Animals Not to Scale: He's a chicken, I tell ya! A giant chicken!
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Chicken Boo is a Nearly Normal Animal, but when he puts on a Paper-Thin Disguise, he becomes something of a Funny Animal.
- Broken Pedestal: When his disguises fails, one person who has already seen through him says "I told you that guy was a chicken!", and everyone who praised Chicken Boo earlier turns against him.
- Kavorka Man: He's attracted the attention of several women (save for the ones who do see through his disguise) and at least one guy.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Exaggerated, to the point where all he needs is a hat to pass as a Southern war general.
- Toothy Bird: Usually averted, except when he needs them to make certain expressions.
- The Voiceless: He's a generally mute character, save his realistic clucking.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He is regularly ostracized seemingly for the sole reason that he is a chicken, regardless of whether he was any good at his job prior to being unmasked.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: His opening theme shows that he doesn't just try to look like human guys. One of the disguises shown is clearly that of a woman.
- You Have to Believe Me: There's always one character who sees through The Masquerade. Only one, though.
Mr. SkullheadThe star of the "Good Idea/Bad Idea" segments.
- Butt Monkey: Whenever this poor skeleton shows up, someone is about to inflict pain on him.
- Dem Bones: Before that he was born doing skits for Tiny Toons, the skull is inspired by Elmyra's skull on her headband.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was a minor recurring character on Tiny Toon Adventures.
- Nice Hat: He wears a gray bowler hat.
- The Speechless: He's a mute skeleton.
- Too Dumb to Live: A lot of the bad ideas he tries in "Good Idea, Bad Idea" are really bad. "Playing cops and robbers in the bank," for instance.
Colin, a.k.a., The Randy Beaman Kid
- The Ghost: He talks an awful lot about his friend Randy Beaman, but we never actually see Randy Beaman himself.
- Motor Mouth: When he's relating a story about his friend Randy, you'll begin to wonder how this kid manages to breathe.
- Nice Hat: He wears a blue cap.
Baynarts "Charlton" Woodchuck
Voiced by: Jeff BennettAn aspiring woodchuck actor from Wheatina, Kansas.
- Butt Monkey: His single starring role, "Hollywoodchuck," is nothing but him suffering one Amusing Injury after another.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Do Not Call Me Baynarts.
- Enemies List: Keeps a list of names of people who, when he's famous, will make a point not to like.
- Prima Donna Director: When directing Slappy in "Nutcracker Slappy".
- Small Name, Big Ego
Voiced by: Luke RueggerA childlike candle flame who shows up at important historical events like Jefferson's authoring of The Declaration of Independence and Longfellow's writing of Paul Revere's Ride.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's a sentient candle flame.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Unlike the rest of the shorts in the series, the Flame's shorts aren't at all comedic. They're drawn very conservatively (as opposed to the wacky, bouncy style of the other segments) and are played completely straight.
Voiced by: Cody RueggerA baby bluebird who hatches while the mother bluebird is away. He sees a F-117 Nighthawk fly by and mistakes it for his mother.
Buddy aka, Mystery Guy in Chair
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
One of the original stars of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio. In-universe, he was upstaged by Yakko, Wakko and Dot, who were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons by bashing him in the head over and over again with a mallet. His sole appearance in the series is in "The Warners 65th Anniversary Special", where he comes back as a villain in an attempt to get revenge on the trio for destroying his career.
- Adaptational Badass: In the Anniversary Special he's not a Flat Character like the original Buddy.
- Adaptational Villainy: The original B&W Buddy wasn't a villain.
- Ax-Crazy: He wants to get even with the Warners for stealing his spotlight, and he intended to do so by planting a bomb in a podium.
- Big Bad: Of the "65th Anniversary Special".
- Butt Monkey: The Warner Bros. and Sister got their starring roles by starring cartoons consisting of whacking Buddy in the head with a mallet over and over again.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Warner 65th Anniversary Special" features the comeback of one of the original Looney Tunes stars, Buddy...as a villain, no less! And voiced by Jim Cummings!
- Cerebus Retcon: Buddy's history was altered to fit the Animaniacs' universe. The Warners' constant abuse of him on the set resulted in him getting fired from Warner Bros. and years of psychological trauma, resulting in his desire for revenge.
- Foreshadowing: In one of his interviews, he looks around suspiciously while he does his signature laugh.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets blown up by the very bomb he planted for the Warners.
- Mood-Swinger: Constantly switches between being cheerful and affable to being very angry.
- Pie-Eyed: His eyes have pupils shaped like pies with a piece missing.
- Sphere Eyes: He has big round eyes.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C. Just look at that picture of him. Of course, he ditches it once it's revealed he's a bad guy.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: As the Warners received their award, they give a big thanks to Buddy for their stardom and that he deserves the award as much as they do, and wish he was at the ceremony. Touched by their speech, he ran up on stage and thanks them for it. He hears the bomb ticking and gets blown up and smashed by a giant hammer. His old schtick with the Warners.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Mary Hart.
Wakko's Wish Characters
King Salazar The Pushy
Voiced by: Paxton Whitehead
- Bad Boss: He treats the Goodfeathers (his minions in the movie) with contempt, prompting them to get the wishing star for themselves to wish for respect.
- Big Bad: He is the movie's main villain.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Most notable aversion among all the characters in the Animaniacs 'verse.
- Jerkass: Especially towards the Goodfeathers. Even more so after he discovered their intentions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Just when he's feeling bad about apparently killing Dot, he starts attempting to shoot Wakko as he reaches out to the star.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's a surprising killjoy...
The Warners' Parentsnote
- Overly Long Name: The Warner Sibs' Mom, Queen Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Second. Although not stated in the movie, we know her name because Dot's full name is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third.
- Posthumous Character: Passed away before the main events of the movie.