Characters: Animaniacs

Meet the wacky cast of 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 Brothers (and the Warner Sister) 

Main and Major Supporting Characters

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. Yakko is the talkative, Groucho Marx-esque one who just wears pants, Wakko is the short one with a baseball cap and an extreme appetite, and Dot is the cute one. Voiced by Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille, respectively.

Tropes that apply to Yakko:

  • All Men Are Perverts
  • 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.)
  • Bubble Pipe: Yakko occasionally "puffs" on a soap-bubble pipe while parodying highbrow intellectuals.
  • Catchphrase: "Goodnight everybody!"
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Cultured Badass: Though more on the goofy and wacky side, Yakko is the most media and literature literate of the trio. He is also shown to be capable of speaking proper and actual Japanese, as opposed to the racist and stereotyped barely-Asian-sounding gibberish that is unfortunate norm 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.
  • The Southpaw
  • Team Dad
  • 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.

Tropes that apply to Wakko:

Tropes that apply to Dot:

Tropes that apply to all three of them:

  • Aerith and Bob: Unlike the other two, "Dot" can be a real name.
  • Badass: Since they're Expies of Bugs Bunny, they're definitely this. They have outsmarted Dracula and the Devil, can pull mallets from anywhere, change into anything they want, and in one episode, Wakko is shown to have freed the Germans behind the Berlin Wall.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the instances where they are wearing full outfits.
  • Been There, Shaped History: They have influenced the likes of Beethoven and Michelangelo.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Cartoon Creature: They have red noses, puppy dog ears, and kitty cat tails.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Though Wakko fits this the most.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yakko's the most deadpan, but...
  • Depending on the Writer: Who sleeps where on their triple - decker bunk bed.
  • Dirty Old Men (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
  • 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/Screwy Squirrel: They waver between these two tropes. 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. However a lot of what the Warners do could be needlessly cruel to the point of making them unsympathetic, such as stripping Otto 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".
    • 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. They hire Slappy.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Royal Blood: In "King Yakko."
  • 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: Also played for laughs.
  • ˇThree Amigos!
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Repeatedly.
  • Trickster Archetype
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Non-romantic variant, obviously.
  • White Gloves
  • 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.

Ralph Theodore Guard

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. Voiced by Frank Welker.

  • 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
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His Tiny Toon Adventures appearances.
  • Fat Idiot
  • 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

Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff

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. Voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Hello Nurse

Scratchansniff's ravishing assistant whom Yakko and Wakko have the hots for. As you can guess, she is the Trope Namer for Hello, Nurse!. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Thaddeus Plotz

The CEO of Warner Bros. (in-universe, that is). Voiced by Frank Welker.

Minor Supporting and Recurring Characters

Mr. Director

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

Ms. Flamiel

A schoolteacher who sometimes tries to educate the Warners, only for them to frustrate her in the process. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Baloney the Dinosaur

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

Francis "Pip" Pumphandle

  • 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

A fat, jolly German guy who taught the Warners the International Friendship Song.

Sodarn Hissane

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).

  • Cameo: In "Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled".
  • Jerkass Victim: Apparently he has to host the Warner Brothers (and Sister) while his country is being curb-stomped by an enemy army.
  • The Napoleon

Wally Llama

Mr. Gobble

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

Howie Tern

The Survey Ladies

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

Fermin Flaxseed

Dan Anchorman

A conceited news anchorman for the fictitious Newstime Live programme who refused to pay Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for a sandwich he had ordered. Voiced by Phil Hartman.

Duanne Sewer

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

Wolf Spritzer

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


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.'


  • Acceptable Target: Insurance salesmen, Full House, and "whiny protest songs from The Sixties."
  • 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

The Tiger Prince

    Slappy and Skippy Squirrel 

Main and Major Supporting Characters

Slappy Squirrel

A cranky squirrel who was once a Looney Tunes star (in-universe, that is). Voiced by Sherri Stoner, who was also one of the show's chief writers.

Skippy Squirrel

Slappy's nephew who looks up to her. Voiced by Nathan Ruegger (son of writer Tom Ruegger).

Walter Wolf, Sid the Squid, and 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. Walter was initially voiced by Frank Welker but for his remaining appearances he was voiced by Jess Harnell for unknown reasons, Sid was voiced by Jackie Burns and Beanie was voiced by Avery Schreiber.

Tropes that apply to Walter Wolf:

Tropes that apply to Sid the Squid:

Tropes that apply to Beanie:

Tropes that apply to two or all three of them:

  • Alliterative Name
  • 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

Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters

Candie Chipmunk

Stinkbomb D. Bassett

Bumpo Bassett

Doug the Dog

Codger Eggbert

Lene Hisskill


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

Daniel Boone

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.

  • 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.


Main and Major Supporting Characters

The Goodfeathers

Bobby is the leader of the main three pigeons. Depending on his mood, he can be the Only Sane Man who tries to keep Pesto in line or just sit back and laugh at Squit's misfortune. Pesto is the pigeon with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and is prone to taking offense at any comment given to him, even if it's in a good light, and beats up Squit for it. Squit is the rookie who joins the Goodfeathers in the first short and spends the rest of them surviving day to day life in the constant presence of the ever-violent Pesto. Bobby, Pesto and Squit are voiced by John Mariano, Chick Vennera and Maurice LaMarche, respectively.

Tropes that apply to Bobby:

Tropes that apply to Pesto:

Tropes that apply to Squit:

Tropes that apply to two or all three of them:

Solley (a.k.a. The Godpigeon)

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. Voiced by Maurice LaMarche.

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.

Minor Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters

Steven Seagull

Pesto and Sasha's stepfather.



    Rita and Runt 

The Main Duo

Rita and Runt

A stray cat and dog trying to find a home for themselves. Voiced by Bernadette Peters and Frank Welker, respectively.

Tropes that apply to Rita:

  • Anthropomorphic Zig Zag
  • Cats Are Snarkers
  • Cats Are Superior
  • Cat Up a Tree: In "Up A Tree".
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Ear Notch
  • 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.
  • The Cast Showoff: She's voiced by singer/Broadway performer Bernadette Peters and always sings.
  • Tsundere: Type A.

Tropes that apply to Runt:

Tropes that apply to both:

Supporting, Recurring, and One Shot Characters

Dr. Phrankenstein


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.

Mrs. Mumphead

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

Crackers the Parrot

Mrs. Mumphead's aggressive pet parrot.

Mr. Tristesse

Kitty Litter, Kitty Ducockis, and Cat Ballue

Marabella Maybeloota Missy McCoy

Kiki the Gorilla

Sykes the Crow

    Mindy and Buttons 

Mindy and 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. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright and Frank Welker respectively.

Tropes that apply to Mindy:

Tropes that apply to Buttons:

Tropes that apply to both:

Mindy's Parents

Mindy always calls them "Lady" and "Mr. Man," except in Wakko's Wish, in which she finally calls her mother "Mom." Voiced by Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker.

  • 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".
  • No Name Given
  • Parental Neglect

    Minerva Mink 

Minerva Mink

A mink who is so beautiful she causes all men around her to go crazy for her. Voiced by Julie Brown.


Wilford B. Wolf

Trudy's Cousin

    The Hip Hippos 

Flavio and Marita (The Hip Hippos)

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. Voiced by Frank Welker and Tress MacNeille, respectively.

Gena Embryo

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. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

    Other Segments and Characters 

Katie Ka-Boom

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


Katie Ka-Boom's little brother.

The Mime

The star of the "Mime Time" segments, who always gets injured trying to silently mimic what the narrator is describing.

Chicken Boo

Mr. Skullhead

The star of the "Good Idea/Bad Idea" segments.

Colin, a.k.a., The Randy Beaman Kid

  • The Ghost: His friend Randy Beaman.
  • 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

Baynarts "Charlton" Woodchuck

An aspiring woodchuck actor from Wheatina, Kansas.

The Flame

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. Voiced by Luke Ruegger.

  • Animate Inanimate Object
  • 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.


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. Voiced by Cody Ruegger.

Buddy aka, Mystery Guy in Chair

One of the original stars of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio, Buddy was hastily created by animator Earl Duvall as an ersatz of Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid, and from late 1933 to 1935, he served as the lead star of the Looney Tunes shorts. In real life, the character was reviled by the staff due to his complete and utter lack of personality, only magnified by the dull, plotless cartoons he starred in, and was immediately phased out once Porky Pig became the studio mascot. 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.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Big Bad: Of the "65th Anniversary Special".
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Warner 65th Anniversary Special" features the comeback of one of the original Looney Tunes stars, 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.
  • Flat Character: The original B&W Buddy. The special gives him a little more personality.
  • 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
  • Pie-Eyed
  • Sphere 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

    Wakko's Wish Characters 

King Salazar The Pushy

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.