Characters / Animaniacs

Meet the Loads and Loads of Characters from the Warner Bros. Steven Spielberg-produced cartoon Animaniacs and its spin-off Pinky and the Brain. They are categorized by which characters starred in which segments. The characters that show up in Pinky And The Brain, including Pinky and the Brain, who started as characters as part of a segment of Animaniacs, should get listed in the Pinky and the Brain Character Sheet.
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The Warner Siblings

    General 
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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.
  • 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 because of their statuses as Karmic Tricksters and being created by Warner Bros.
  • Flanderization: While early episodes made it clear that the Warners are only deliberately annoying to those who are mean to them, several of the show's later episodes had them bother and cause harm to other people when not provoked. This is especially notable in "Toy Shop Terror" (where they wreak havoc in a toy store during closing hours while the owner is trying to sleep) and "Back in Style" (where they ridicule and inflict pain on the stars of the cartoons Warner Bros. loaned them to for money).
  • 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!
    • Also lampshaded in the episode "Animaniacs Stew."
    Dot: And what's so special about it (the episode)?
    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. Despite their origin of being created in the 30's.
  • 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. The people at Warner Bros. Studios have been so ashamed of the Warners that in addition to locking them away in a water tower, they also refused to release any of their cartoons or to publicly acknowledge the trio's existence.
  • 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.

    Yakko 
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Voiced by: Rob Paulsen


  • 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 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.

    Wakko 
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Voiced by: Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche (Wakko's burps in "The Great Wakkorotti" shorts)


  • 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 has him needing to pee after drinking a large soda while at the movies. After a most sadistic search, he finally gets the relief he needs by installing a toilet from his gaggy bag into a room in the very movie he and his siblings are watching.
  • 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.

    Dot 
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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille


  • 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 
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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 
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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.
  • Leitmotif: The episodes "De-Zanitized" and "La La Law" both have an instrumental version of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" serve as Otto's theme music.
  • 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'.

    Hello Nurse 
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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".

    Thaddeus Plotz 
Voiced by: Frank Welker
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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 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

    Mr. Director 
Voiced by: Paul Rugg
A crazy director who looks, sounds, and behaves like a young Jerry Lewis.

    Ms. Flamiel 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
A 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 Bennett
A sappy orange and light blue dinosaur who is an obvious pastiche of Barney. One of the few things the Warners are afraid of.

    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 Pet 
A 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.

One Shot Characters

    Professor Otto von Schnitzelbuskrankengescheitmeier 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
A 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.

    Sodarn Hinsane 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

A 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".

    Wally Llama 
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. Gobble 
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's pet turkey who runs and dances to the tune of Turkey In The Straw.

    Howie Tern 
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

    The Survey Ladies 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie and Deanna Oliver

Two women who pester Yakko, Wakko, and Dot with a survey involving George Wendt and Beans.

    Fermin Flaxseed 
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.

    Dan Anchorman 
Voiced by: Phil Hartman

A 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.

    Ivan Bloski 
Voiced by: George Dzundza

A Jerkass accountant who finds himself sharing an airplane with the Warners and becomes their "Special Friend." He is a parody of the notorious stock trader Ivan Boesky, 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.

    Duanne Sewer 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

A rival newsreader of the fictitious Newstime Live program and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. who appears in the episode "Broadcast Nuisance".

    Wolf Spritzer 
Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A newsreporter for the fictitious Newstime Live program who appears in "Broadcast Nuisance".

    Death 
Voiced by: Jess Harnell

An 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.

    Satan 
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 Lew-Lew the Ring-Tailed Lemur 
Calhoun Capybara voiced by: Jim Cummings
Lew-Lew voiced by: Jess Harnell

    The Tiger Prince 

  • Misplaced Wildlife: He and his parents are tigers that live in Africa.
  • Take That: His segment serves solely as a rather mean-spirited dig towards The Lion King, since Yakko appears in the role of Rafiki and drops the cub after raising him to the sky, faux-innocently remarking that he thought cats always landed on their feet.

Slappy and Skippy Squirrel

Main and Major Supporting Characters

    Slappy Squirrel 
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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:
    Skippy: But that was in a cartoon! This is real life!
    Slappy: *Aside Glance* Don't tell him, he might crack.
  • 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 original 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.

    Skippy Squirrel 
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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 
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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:

Tropes that apply to Sid the Squid:

Tropes that apply to Beanie:

Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters

    Candie Chipmunk 
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 
Voiced by: Jonathan Winters

  • 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: He is a dog who is apparently old enough to be a grandfather.
  • Species Surname: He is a Bassett hound named Bassett.

    Bumpo Bassett 
Voiced by: Luke Ruegger

    Doug the Dog 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

    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.

    Duke 
Voiced by: Corey Burton

The squirrel who bullied Skippy in "Bully for Skippy".

    Daniel Boone 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

The 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.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Played for comedy.
  • Mighty Lumberjack: Subverted, as he is easily outwitted by a squirrel.
  • No Fourth Wall: He has a chorus singing about his attempts to cut down Slappy's tree. Sometimes the chorus starts making a fool of him, resulting in him shouting at them to shut up.

Goodfeathers

Main and Major Supporting Characters

    The Goodfeathers 
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:

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Tropes that apply to Bobby:

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Tropes that apply to Pesto:

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Tropes that apply to Squit:

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  • 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) 
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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 Girlfeathers, Sasha, Kiki, and Lana 
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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (Sasha and Kiki), Gail Matthius (Lana)
Sasha (red) is Squit's girlfriend and Pesto's sister, Kiki (green) is Pesto's girlfriend, and Lana (purple) is Bobby's girlfriend.

Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters

    Steven Seagull 
Voiced by: David Kaufman

Pesto and Sasha's stepfather.

    Carloota 
Voiced by: Ivy Austin

    Krup-Kitty 
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a police officer's cap.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sort of. He's a cat and he tries to eat the Goodfeathers, but he's not really such a bad guy.
  • Fat Bastard: Sort of. He's overweight and he tries to eat the Goodfeathers, but it's a bit of a stretch to consider him a bad guy.
  • Fat Cat: He's an overweight feline.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a police hat.
  • Officer O'Hara: He's portrayed as being like a cop and he speaks in an Irish accent.

Rita and Runt

    The Main Duo 
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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

    Rita 
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  • 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.

    Runt 
Voiced by: Frank Welker
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  • 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

    Dr. Phrankenstein 
Voiced by: Adrienne Alexander

    Scout 
He is Dr. Phrankenstein's creation intended to destroy the world, but he is really just a playful dog who wants to have fun.

    Mr. Squeak 
Dr. 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.

    Mrs. Mumphead 
Voiced by: Paul Rugg

An eccentric old lady who constantly hums to herself and appears in the crossover episode "No Place Like Homeless".

    Crackers the Parrot 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Mrs. Mumphead's aggressive pet parrot.

    Mr. Tristesse 
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)

    Marabella Maybeloota Missy McCoy 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

  • Cat Up a Tree: She got stuck up the tree in 1972 and adapted to living up there. She survived by living off bark.

    Kiki the Gorilla 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

    Sykes the Crow 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

  • Clever Crows: He's a crow and he uses his cunning to catch alleged witches.
  • Feathered Fiend: He aids the witch-hunter in capturing people wrongly accused of being witches.

Mindy and Buttons

    Mindy 
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Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright
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.

    Buttons 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker
Mindy's faithful dog. He is a lot like Lassie but gets in trouble instead of being the hero.

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.
    • An often overlooked example is "Night of the Living Buttons", where Mindy's mother doesn't scold Buttons in the ending. She doesn't even warn Buttons about any kind of misbehavior he'll be punished for, instead remarking how strange it is to see fog over the nearby cemetery.
    • Buttons nearly gets scolded for ruining Mindy's mother's flower bed in "Mindy in Wonderland", but she forgives Buttons after the dog hands her the rose in his mouth.
    • 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.

    Mindy's Parents 
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.

Minerva Mink

    Minerva Mink 
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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 doesn't get much characterization other than being a lustful tease who only has feelings for really handsome guys.
  • Furry Female Mane: She has human-like head hair.
  • Gold Digger: She say that his ideal boyfriend is not only handsome, but has also rich parents.
  • 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.

    Newt 
Voiced by: Arte Johnson

    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.
  • Nerd
  • 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.

    Trudy's Cousin 
Voiced by: Jess Harnell

  • Laser-Guided Karma: Rejects and berates Minerva in the same manner she does so to everyone who has the hots for her.
  • Oral Fixation: He puts a lollipop in his mouth and it's reminiscent of cigarette smoking.
  • Petting Zoo Person: He's basically a hunky guy with an animal face and tail.

The Hip Hippos

    Flavio and Marita (The Hip Hippos) 
Voiced by: Frank Welker (Flavio), Tress MacNeille (Marita)
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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.

Other Segments and Characters

    Gena Embryo 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

The 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..

    Katie Ka-Boom 
Voiced by: Laura Mooney
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A teenage girl who gets so much stress from her family that she literally turns into a monster in each segment.

    Tinker 
Voiced by: Justin Garms

Katie Ka-Boom's little brother.

    The Mime 
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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 Butt Monkey: 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." He also sings in crowd scenes, though his voice is cleverly lost among the throng.
  • 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.

    Chicken Boo 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

A 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. Skullhead 
The 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 
Voiced by: Colin Wells

  • 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 Bennett

An aspiring woodchuck actor from Wheatina, Kansas.

    The Flame 
Voiced by: Luke Ruegger

A 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.

    Birdie 
Voiced by: Cody Ruegger

A baby bluebird who hatches while the mother bluebird is away. He sees a F-117 Nighthawk fly by and mistakes it for his mother.
  • Happily Adopted: In "My Mother the Squirrel", he is shown to be pretty fine with having Slappy as his adoptive mother.
  • Imprinting: In addition to mistaking a jet for his mother in his debut short, "My Mother the Squirrel" has him mistake Slappy Squirrel for his mother.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's one adorable baby bird.

    Buddy 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
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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.

    Mary Hartless 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep and intimidating voice.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Most notable aversion among all the characters in the Animaniacs 'verse.
  • Jerkass: He's a very unpleasant dick, specially towards the Goodfeathers. Even more so after he discovered their intentions to use the wishing star against him.
  • 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.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: The Warners kick him in the rear when they boot him out of the castle in the film's ending.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's a surprising killjoy...
  • Villain Song: At one point, he sings about how much he wants the wishing star.

    The Warners' Parents 
King William the Good and Queen Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Second.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The family portrait seen in the film's ending shows that they look a lot like their children.

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