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 Brothers (and the Warner Sister) 

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner
The Warner siblings who are the most prominent stars of the show, and as such, get the most screentime. According to the show's backstory, they were created to serve as comic relief to the very dull Looney Tunes character Buddy, but proved to be so troublesome that they were locked in the Warner Bros. Studio Water Tower. 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 all three of them:

  • Aerith and Bob: Unlike the other two, "Dot" can be a real name.
  • Badass Adorable: Dot most of all because she's "the cute one".
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the instances where they are wearing full outfits.
  • Been There, Shaped History: They've had run ins with several historical figures and had a big influence over their achievements. They've inspired Albert Einstein to write E=MC, helped Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, and inspired Picasso and Beethoven.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They may be goofy and crazy, but do not underestimate them.
  • Cardboard Prison: As a result of their antics, the Warner siblings were locked away in the water tower on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, and allegedly hadn't escaped until the series premiere. However, it's shown in later episodes that not only were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot able to get out whenever they wanted, but were even let out more than once while the tower was being fumigated. Furthermore, similar to The Joker's attitude towards Arkham Asylum, they view their so-called "prison" as their home, and always return to it willingly when they're done causing chaos.
  • Cartoon Creature: They have red noses, puppy dog ears, and kitty cat tails. Though others often refer to them as "puppy children," they insist they aren't puppies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: They take this trope to extremes, as even their theme song is filled with non-sequiturs and bizarre references. Wakko, however, seems to be the most extreme of the three
  • Cultured Badass: Especially Yakko, but all three have a lot of knowledge in many different subjects.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yakko's the most deadpan, but...
  • Depending on the Writer: Who sleeps where on their triple-decker bunk bed - or for that matter, whether they have a triple-decker bunk bed or each have a bed of their own.
  • Dirty Old Man: (And a woman!) The "old" part only comes in when you realize that they were drawn in the thirties, and just look and act like kids.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs.
  • Expy: Of Bugs Bunny.
  • Fun Personified
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: There are plenty of pop culture references.
  • Royal Blood: In "King Yakko."
    • Also in "Wakko's Wish."
  • Screwy Squirrel: At their worst. A lot of what the Warners do could be needlessly cruel to the point of making them unsympathetic, such as stripping Otto (a friendly guy who wasn't being a jerk) in the "Schnitzelbank" song or leaving the woodchuck in the toilet in "Kid in the Lid"... until you remember that everyone's an actor; hardly any of what takes place is "real".
    • The Warners were much guiltier of this in early episodes... as the series progressed, the writers put more effort into showing that, even if their victims weren't specifically mean to them, they'd at least make it clear that they were bad people in general.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Being locked up in a water tower for several decades certainly counts, though the fact several episodes show them venturing through several different time periods (World War II among them, which largely took place a decade after they were supposedly locked up) implies they might not have even been locked up that long.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As bizarre and insane as all three of them act, they have an utterly brilliant grasp of geography, history and a host of other subjects. They can recite the nations of the world, all 50 US states and their capitals, and every President of the United States from memory with no difficulty, and can even throw in some random facts about each while they do it.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Played for laughs. Throw them bodily out the door, turn around, and there they are.
    • Hilariously, they're on the receiving end of this upon occasion. Notably from the likes of Pip and Elmyra.
  • This Means War!: Push them too far, and they will say (in unison) this variation of Groucho's and Bugs' quote.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Repeatedly.
  • The Trickster: Since they are based on Bugs Bunny, this is a given.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Non-romantic variant, obviously.
  • White Gloves- All three wears these. In a episode, Wakko's gloves take on a life of their own.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They're afraid of Mr. Director's eccentricity, Baloney the Dinosaur, the public outhouse (that hasn't been washed in years), and hippies.

Tropes that apply to Yakko:

Tropes that apply to Wakko:

Tropes that apply to Dot:

    Major and Minor Supporting Characters 

Major Supporting and Recurring Characters

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: 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
  • 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
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.

  • All Psychology Is Freudian: He's branched out a little - hypnotherapy, group counseling - but when in doubt he returns to Siggy's methods.
  • Butt Monkey: The most regular victim of the Warner's antics.
  • Chubby Chaser: He attracted to fat women as shown in "Drive-Insane" where he attempts, unsuccessfully, to make an advance on Frau Hassenfeffer.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To his perpetual woe, Plotz assigned him to try to put an end to the Warner chaos.
  • Companion Cube: Mr. Puppethead sometimes begins conversations with Scratchy.
  • Einstein Hair: Used to have it. Until he tore it all out during his first therapy session the Warners.
  • Friends All Along: When the Warners reveal to the doctor that they're capable of acting normally, he asks them why they put him through so much trouble. All three siblings glomp him and proclaim "Cause we love you!" The doctor's response? A very out-of-character moment by happily gathering up all three Warners in a bear hug.
  • Funny Foreigner: Has accent, ya?
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He used to have fluffy Albert Einstein-esque hair before during his first session with the Warners, their antics frustrated him so much he ripped every inch of his hair off his head.
  • Herr Doktor: Vaguely Austrian, maybe.
  • Meaningful Name: In the German dub, he's Dr. Freudlos, a double pun: It literally means "Joyless", as well as being a nod to Sigmund Freud.
  • Nervous Wreck: Like most cartoon psychiatrists, he needs one more than he needs to be one.
  • No Respect Guy: He was one of the greatest psychiatrists in Hollywood before the Warners arrived.
  • Parental Substitute: He becomes the closest thing the Warners have to a father figure, and is the one to take them out on outings.
  • Punny Name
  • 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
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. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

  • 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
  • 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 this way.
  • 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".
  • Tsurime Eyes

Thaddeus Plotz

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

  • 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
  • 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

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. Voiced by Jim Cummings.

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.

Ivan Bloski

A Jerkass accountant who finds himself sharing an airplane with the Warners and becomes their "Special Friend." An Expy of the notorious stock trader Ivan Bloesky, who was convicted in a 1987 insider trading scandal.

  • Jerkass: He's a loud-mouthed asshole, and his entire short goes to great lengths to show this. Immediately after threatening to buy the airline just so he can fire the lady who accidentally got him bumped down to coach from first class, he literally throws a man with a broken leg out of his way, ordering him to "quit faking it and get a job," and then forces his way onto the plane, orders the stewardess to throw everyone in coach off the plane just so he can have privacy, and screams in the stewardess' face to get him 14 bags of peanuts. Needless to say, when Yakko, Wakko, and Dot appear and name him their "Special Friend," he deserves every minute of torture they give him.

Duanne Sewer

A rival newsreader of the fictitious Newstime Live program and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. 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 '60s."
  • 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". Voiced by Corey Burton.

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. Voiced by Jim Cummings.

  • 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.


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: 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
  • 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".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rita is very sarcastic, especially with Runt.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cast Showoff: She's voiced by singer/Broadway performer Bernadette Peters and always sings.
  • Tsundere: Type A.

Tropes that apply to Runt:

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning cats to Runt, which leads us to Dogs Are Dumb below.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Bigger and and friendlier than his cat friend, Rita.
  • The Ditz: Most of the time he's clueless, but he will occasionally subvert the trope and detect danger before Rita.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Runt hates cats. The only reason why Rita is the exception is because he thinks she's a dog: "Rita's a good dog. Definitely, definitely a good dog."
  • Heroic Dog: Not shown nearly as much as Buttons, partly because Rita is much more capable of taking care of herself, plus Runt is sometimes oblivious to the possible danger. But if he knows Rita's in trouble, he'll be there for her, guaranteed.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Runt is a takeoff of Dustin "Rainman" Hoffman.
  • Simpleton Voice
  • 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.

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:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She's very easily distracted by the things she sees.
  • Catchphrase: "Okay, I love you, bye-bye."
  • Chasing a Butterfly: She tends to follow any cute creature she spots.
  • Cheerful Child: Since she's unaware of the dangers she keeps getting into, she's constantly cheery.
  • Constantly Curious: Mindy constantly asks questions to people much to their annoyance.
  • The Cutie: Cute and innocent like a toddler.
  • Damsel in Distress: She always gets herself into dangerous situations, while her dog Buttons tries to rescue her or keep her out of trouble.
  • The Fool: Her blithe wanderings into dangerous situations can be explained simply by the fact that she's just a toddler and thus doesn't know better. That said, while Buttons' direct involvement is the most frequent effort keeping her safe, she sometimes just gets absurdly lucky, particularly when Buttons can't get to her in time.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: If this weren't a cartoon, Mindy's parents would lose custody on account of severe neglect.
  • Nice Girl: She's shown many times that she absolutely adores Buttons and doesn't have a single mean bone in her body, making it very easy to see why Buttons is so dedicated to making sure she's safe.
  • Straying Baby: The whole point of her shorts is that she wanders off while Buttons tries to rescue her.

Tropes that apply to Buttons:

  • Badly Battered Babysitter: This is the setup of his segments, where they took an almost sadistic glee in torturing the poor dog.
  • Big Friendly Dog: He's much bigger than his child owner Mindy and is very protective of her.
  • Butt Monkey: The bad things he saves Mindy from usually end up happening to him.
  • 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: Buttons does have one moment of reprieve - in the Crossover episode where Elmyra bothers the Warners, they ultimately distract her by introducing Elmyra to Mindy. Mindy wanders off as usual, but when Buttons goes to chase her as usual, the Warners hold him back. Sure enough, Elmyra is chasing Mindy and receiving all the abuse that Buttons usually gets. Buttons effusively thanks the Warners in response.
    • At the end of Wakko's Wish, he gets praise and several large steaks from Mindy's parents.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite all the suffering, he loves Mindy.
  • Vertigo Effect: Occasionally done with Buttons the moment Mindy escapes.
  • The Voiceless: Until the end of Wakko's Wish, which reveals that he actually can speak.

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.

  • Alliterative Name
  • 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: Although Minerva herself tends to go bonkers upon meeting an attractive guy.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the comics.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though she was never all too 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 male want her.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Although very little of it has to do with her hair...
  • Expy: Minerva is very similar to Betty Boop, with her lustful attitude and ability to charm almost any guy. Both characters even share similar development stories (the censors thought both characters were too lustful, and did a little meddling with them.)
  • Femme Fatale: Not evil, but she will use her charms to make men do what she wants.
  • Flat Character: Minerva was written to be a shallow, materialistic character with Aesop Amnesia.
  • Furry Female Mane: She has human-like head hair.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Every male reaction, especially in the comic.
  • 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: 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
  • 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.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Every male who encounters her falls prey to this. Either that or...
  • 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. She does make cameos every often, including the movie Wakko's Wish.


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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Voiceless: He's a generally mute character, save his realistic clucking.
  • Toothy Bird: Usually averted, except when he needs them to make certain expressions.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: His opening theme shows that he doesn't just try to look like human guys.
  • 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.

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.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the Anniversary Special he's not a Flat Character like the original Buddy. Keep in mind, he has the exact same voice as Pete and Dr. Robotnik.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original B&W Buddy wasn't a villain.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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, 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Most notable aversion among all the characters in the Animaniacs 'verse.
  • Jerkass: Especially towards the Goodfeathers. Even more so after he discovered their intentions.
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Just when he's feeling bad about apparently killing Dot, he starts attempting to shoot Wakko as he reaches out to the star.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's a surprising killjoy...

The Warners' Parentsnote 

  • Overly Long Name: The Warner Sibs' Mom, Queen Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Second.
    • Although not stated in the movie, we know her name because Dot's full name is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third.
  • Posthumous Character: Passed away before the main events of the movie.