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"Th-th-th-That's All, Folks!!"The Everyman and Straight Man to the rest of the cast, known for his ridiculously thick stutter. Often played a Deadpan Snarker or Butt-Monkey, usually when paired with Daffy (either role depending on the latter's interpretation)Debut: I Haven't Got a Hat (1935), Friz FrelengTropes related to Porky Pig:
- See Porky Pig.
"You're despicable!"/"WOO HOO, HOO HOO!!!"Was originally The Screwball/Cloudcuckoolander, later Flanderized by Chuck Jones (and Friz Freleng) into a jerkass Small Name, Big Ego, most famously paired with Bugs as the Odd Couple. In this incarnation, used either as a foil for Bugs or to parody action-adventure heroes. Meanwhile, Robert McKimson combined the two interpretations and made Daffy into a Loveable Rogue. Later also joined Sylvester on the hunt for Speedy Gonzales.Debut: "Porky's Duck Hunt" (1937), Tex AveryTropes related to Daffy Duck:
- See Daffy Duck.
"Be vewwy, vewwy quiet! I'm hunting wabbits!"One of only three humans in the regular cast (the others being Yosemite Sam & Tweety's owner Granny). The Butt-Monkey, often Too Dumb to Live. An avid hunter, thus Jones' favorite adversary for both Bugs & Daffy, reaching a peak in the iconic Rabbit Season trilogy. Less popular with the other directors, who found him too wimpy. On a side note, he had an earlier, less distinctive prototype named Egghead, who was sometimes referred to as Elmer.Debut: "Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940), Jones.Tropes related to Elmer Fudd:
- See Elmer Fudd.
"Eehhh... What's up, Doc?"The - well... the Bugs Bunny. No description needed.Debut: "A Wild Hare" (1940), various, notably Tex Avery.Tropes related to Bugs Bunny:
"I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"In Clampett's hands, Tweety was a pink, sadistic trickster who used his wits to get rid of cats. Later, under Freleng, Tweety became yellow (the Hays Office balked because the pink made him look naked), found a recurring adversary in Sylvester, and often depended on an umbrella-wielding Granny or an angry bulldog to get rid of him. Time has made modern generations mistake him for a female. See also Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.Debut: "A Tale of Two Kitties" (1942), Clampett.Tropes related to Tweety Bird:
- Ambiguous Gender: He's officially male, but many viewers were confused by Tweety's gender. Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Arch-Enemy: Sylvester. Tweety and Sylvester are always after each other, much like Tom and Jerry.
- Baby Talk: He talks like this because he is supposed to be a baby bird.
- Badass Adorable: Known as the cutest and smallest Looney Tunes character and also one of the few who manages to defeat his opponent in all of his appearances. In his early shorts he was also very strong.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Space Jam even demonstrated that he can still slip into this time and time again.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cute little tweety bird on the outside, sadistic Karmic Trickster on the inside (though as time progressed, his innocence seemed to become more genuine.)
- "Dat bad old puttytat!"
- "I tawt I taw a puttytat!"
- "I did, I did! I did saw a puttytat!"
- Characterization Marches On: In the Clampett shorts he was a very aggressive character who tries anything to foil his foe, even kicking his enemy when he is down. Although Freleng retained that same flavor in his first few shorts with the character, he gradually turned him into a cutesy bird who often depended on Granny to be saved from Sylvester.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's a guy, but the high-pitched voice and eyelashes often leads to Viewer Gender Confusion, especially in foreign dubs where he is often voiced by a woman (while in English his voice was provided by a man, Mel Blanc). The existence of a short called Ain't She Tweet probably doesn't help any.
- The Fake Cutie: "Aw, da poor puddy tat. He faw down an' go Boom!" This, after carefully arranging poor Sylvester's defeat.
- Hero Antagonist: In his shorts with Sylvester he's a defensive character and the focus is on Sylvester who tries to eat him.
- Hidden Depths: Despite Tweety becoming softer, fans still speculate that he's still a sadistic being on the inside who takes pleasure in seeing Sylvester get hurt.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In his early (pink) appearance his eyes were not blue and he wasn't innocent at all. He later becomes a (seemingly) innocent and naive bird with blue eyes.
- Invincible Hero: Though he had a slightly more vulnerable streak than most other Looney Tunes protagonists, he was one of very few to come out the victor in every appearance he made.
- Jerkass: In Clampett's cartoons and some of Freleng's, pre-Badass Decay.
- Killer Rabbit: In his first cartoons, where he was as cute as violent and sadistic, bordering on Cute Is Evil.
- My Name Is Not Shazam: His first pairing with Sylvester is called Tweety Pie, leading some viewers to (mistakenly) assume that's the character's full name. Possibly confusing the issue is his Tiny Toon Adventures counterpart, whose name really is "Sweetie Pie".
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: One of Tweety's charms was that you could never tell whether he defeated Sylvester via Obfuscating Stupidity or inadvertantly through genuine child-like naïveté and dumb luck.
- Pint Sized Power House: In his earlier cartoons.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Because of his “cute” appeal that makes him popular with girls and young women, he's perhaps the most heavily merchandised LT character.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's far less sadistic in later shorts, though Depending on the Writer he somewhat keeps his malicious streak.
Pepe Le Pew
A Funny Foreigner and Handsome Lech said to be the most foul smelling skunk in the world - or to his own kind, the best smelling - completely oblivious to his body odor problem... and thus to why all the beautiful 'young ladies' keep running from him in disgust.His official pairing is now known as Penelope Pussycat, and she often has the misfortune of having a white stripe painted down her back, making Pepe go quite wild for her. It also seems that when he douses his foul scent and covers his white stripe (or accidentally paints himself blue), she can go quite wild over him, making him quite the Chick Magnet.Debut: "Odor-able Kitty" (1945), Jones.Tropes related to Pepe LePew:
- See Pepe Le Pew
Sylvester J. Cat
"Sufferin' succotash!"A cat with a speech impediment who usually tries to eat Tweety or Speedy Gonzales, with little success. One of the most versatile of the ensemble, prone to neuroses and usually the star of the comic melodramas. Though Freleng's take on Sylvester is the one everybody remembers, other directors also made great use of the character. In Robert McKimson's hands, for example, slobby Sylvester has a hyper-articulate son named Sylvester Jr., whom Dad tries to impress by chasing what turns out to be a baby kangaroo into another room; when he retreats gibbering at the 'giant mouse!' Junior is mortified. Sylvester also starred in Kitty Kornered, one of Bob Clampett's last cartoons for Warners, and in three Chuck Jones-directed cartoons, all opposite Porky Pig. See also Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.Debut: "Life With Feathers" (1945), Freleng.Tropes related to Sylvester J. Cat:
- Anthropomorphic Shift: One-time example in "The Scarlet Pumper Nickel"; Sylvester as the Grand Duke is a full-blown Funny Animal.
- Affably Evil: A vicious predator, but a loving father to Sylvester Jr, and with often the same on-off friendly banter towards his prey as the rest of the Rogues Gallery. He also occasionally goes through the same pangs of conscience as Elmer when he thinks he has succeeded in killing them.
- Anti-Villain: Beside his personal vendetta against his foes (especially Tweety), he's a nice fellow and is portrayed as a good guy in a few cartoons.
- Arch-Enemy: Tweety. Tweety and Sylvester are always after each other, much like Tom and Jerry.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Sylvester was often fond of yelling "AHHHHH SHADDUP!"
- Bumbling Dad: He means well, but his general clumsiness and ineptitude is the cause of Sylvester Jr.'s embarrassment.
- Butt-Monkey: Claimed fewer victories than even Elmer or post-Flanderized Daffy.
- Catch-Phrase: "Sufferin' succotash."
- Cats Are Mean: Though granted it rarely went outside a cat's natural instincts for food, and it doesn't stop sadistic birds, mice and dogs abusing him beyond (or sometimes even without) provocation (eg. Canned Feud, Scaredy Cat).
- Characterization Marches On: Several of his earlier cartoons saw him as a lot more mischievous and hyperactive, with one cartoon (Doggone Cats) even playing him as a Screwy Squirrel character similar to Bugs and Daffy in their earlier days.
- Cool Cat: He occasionally plays with this, particularly in cartoons where Tweety isn't involved.
- Determinator: Just like all the Looney Tunes losers, Sylvester shows much pride and he also never gives up.
- Harmless Villain: When he's a villain against Tweety, Speedy, or Hippety Hopper, he's not much of a threat.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Much like Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, and pretty much all the villains in the series, he's usually depicted as a hopeless Butt-Monkey as likely to fall by his own bumbling (or bad luck) as by the actions of the protaganists themselves.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While hopeless at catching prey like Tweety and Speedy, there are odd cases where Sylvester is forced to protect his potential prey, at which point he is often quite competent (eg. A Mouse Divided, Father of the Bird). He is still usually robbed of a full victory at the end of it though. Such cases also often double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- Species Surname: Sylvester J. Cat.
- Speech Impediment: "Thufferin' Thuccotatch!"
- Suddenly Voiced:
- Inverted. He could usually speak (albeit with his famous speech impediment), but a few Chuck Jones-directed cartoons cast him as Porky's pet, and in these he was a Heroic Mime.
- His speaking role seemed to depend on character; since he was classified as a pet, he usually did not communicate with owners or humans but could make conversations with fellow pet-classified animals like Tweety. For other animals with more human roles like Daffy and Porky it was free-game and Depending on the Writer (though mute in Scaredy Cat and its followups, Sylvester spoke normally to Porky in Kitty Cornered and The Scarlet Pumpernickel, for example).
- Super-Persistent Predator: One of the clip shows and a movie show Sylvester has chased Tweety through the entire world.
- Team Rocket Wins:
- With some assistance from Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester chalks up a win in "A Message to Gracias."
- He successfully eats an Asshole Victim parrot in "Catch As Cats Can" and holds ground in Porky's house in "Kitty Cornered". He also gets the last laugh in "Back Alley Oproar" and "Mouse Mazurka" (even if he literally has to kill himself in the process).
- Villainous Underdog: While Sylvester certainly isn't weaker than Tweety, he's no match for Granny or Hector and has to find ways to sneak past them in order to get at the bird. That's without getting into his fights with Speedy Gonzales or Hippity Hopper.
- Villain Protagonist: In his shorts with Tweety, Hippity Hopper and Speedy.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Most of the episodes that featured Sylvester Jr. were focused around Sylvester trying to earn his son's respect with very little success.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being afraid of dogs, in at least one short he's also afraid to be sent to the violin factory.
"OOOOOHHHH, AHHH HATES RABBITS!!!"A brash little outlaw with handlebar mustachios and a severe temper problem, introduced as 'a more Worthy Opponent' for Bugs than the meek Elmer. Said to be a caricature of his (short, brash, redheaded) creator. Introduced as a cowboy bandit, he eventually became the stock blowhard villain character: Civil War general, Viking, Pirate, The Black Knight (no Python references please), politician, an Arab sheik, etc. Oddly enough, he wears his bandit mask no matter what role he plays and normally lets out a burst of irate Symbol Swearing.Debut: "Hare Trigger" (1945), Freleng.Tropes related to Yosemite Sam:
- See Yosemite Sam.
"What in tha- I say, what in the Sam Hill is goin' on here?"A loud, obnoxious rooster with a Southern accent, based on Fred Allen's 'Senator Claghorn' radio character. Considers himself the life of the party; demonstrates by tricking baby chickenhawks out of capturing him, abusing Mandrake the barnyard dog by whomping his ass with a wooden board and painting his tongue green, or babysitting a genius chick named Eggbert in order to cozy up to his widow hen mother.Debut: "Walky Talky Hawky" (1946), McKimsonTropes Related to Foggy:
- See Foghorn Leghorn.
Marvin the Martian
"I claim this planet in the name of Mars! Isn't that lovely?"An Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who wants to see an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, and is the Trope Namer thereof (albeit invariably foiled by Bugs).Debut: "Haredevil Hare" (1948), Jones.Tropes related to Marvin the Martian:
- Adaptational Badass: The video game Looney Tunes Collector Martian Alert and its sequel Martian's Revenge actually depicted Marvin as much more competent and fearsome character.
- Affably Evil: Marvin was originally conceived as the opposite of Yosemite Sam, so he's always been a quiet, reserved, polite character who can still pose a threat.
- Aliens Are Bastards: He was willing to kill billions of humans just because the Earth was blocking his view of Venus.
- Alliterative Name: Marvin the Martian.
- The Bad Guy Wins: see "Team Rocket Wins" below
- Blue and Orange Morality: Wants to blow up Earth because it's blocking his view of Venus. Ignoring the obvious joke about gender differences, destroying planets because they obstruct astronomic observation is presumably okay in Martian society.
- Breakout Character: Like Taz, he only appears in five of the original shorts (four with Bugs and one with Daffy, exactly like Taz), and gets a prominent role in a later spin-off. These days, he's still among the most popular characters in the series.
- Evil Genius: Somewhat. Like Wile E., Marvin is one of Bugs' (and Daffy's) more intellectual rivals. They are still quite idiotic for supposed geniuses.
- Fantastic Racism: Seems to have a subtle disdain towards Earthlings in general and will sometimes mock or condescend regarding our primitive nature.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sometimes portrayed as this, especially when his goals are more malevolent. He maintains his polite demeanor even as he tries to blow up the Earth.
- Foil: He was deliberately created as a contrast to Yosemite Sam.
- For the Evulz: He said himself that he enjoys spending his spare time pursuing, blasting and destroying small little creatures.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Downplayed from both Elmer and Sam, but still, being a foil for Bugs, he inevitably fails miserably.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: See Aliens Are Bastards.
- No Name Given: He was unnamed in the original cartoons (the model sheets only giving him the moniker of "The Martian") but was officially named Marvin when he they started making merchandise of him.
- No Mouth: His head is basically a black ball with eyes. Duck Dodgers reveals that while all the males of his species look like that, the females (such as the Queen) are somewhat more anthropomorphic, possessing noses, chins, eyebrows... but still no mouths.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: While he's tangled with Bugs, he tends to frequently do battle with Daffy, usually within the shorts related to Duck Dodgers.
- The Sociopath: Utterly remorseless and shameless about what he does—to him, blowing up a planet is given the regard of taking out the garbage.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: To contrast with Yosemite Sam's bluster.
- The Stoic: "This makes me VERY angry."
- Team Rocket Wins: Seemingly achieves his goal of detonating the Earth in the original full-version of Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24th and a Half Century. With Dodgers distracted from his duties and Earth's destruction almost certain, Marvin is left with no choice but to assure the viewers "it's only a cartoon".
- Tranquil Fury: Which goes with his Affably Evil and Soft-Spoken Sadist persona.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Subverted; he has a wide range of facial expressions, despite repeatedly saying this trope word-for-word.
- Worthy Opponent: After Yosemite Sam failed to effectively challenge Bugs. Though still a hapless villain, he was slightly more formidable in that he has genuinely scared Bugs on occasion with his sheer casual destructiveness.
Wile E. Coyote
The coyote who uses a variety of backfiring Acme Company traps and mail-order gadgets to try to catch the Road Runner - 'try' being the operative word. He was named when he had some cartoons facing off against Bugs instead of Roadrunner, where he became "Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius". See also Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner.Debut: "Fast and Furry-ous" (1949), Jones.Tropes related to Wile E. Coyote:
- Arch-Enemy: Road Runner
- Badass Adorable: Inverted with Wile E., as he is neither as threatening, nor as cute, as real-life coyotes.
- Break the Haughty: In shorts where he faces off against Bugs Bunny. Each time he proudly announces at the beginning that he is a "Super-Genius." Always gets his comeuppance by the end, in one short declaring that "My name is Mud" and promptly keeling over unconscious.
- Butt-Monkey: Biggest one of all the Looney Tunes characters, which is really saying something. In fact he never had a chance to be anything butt.
- Catch-Phrase: "Genius, pure genius!" in his shorts with Bugs.
- The Chew Toy: The primary example in the western animation.
- Cosmic Plaything: Several of his traps have failed in ways that clearly defy all physics and in some cases, if they actually worked in a logical way, he might've caught the Roadrunner by now. But what fun would that be for us? Naturally, this contributes to his status as a Butt-Monkey.
- Determinator: Although the entire universe and even the laws of physics are working against him, he never gives up. Never.
- Ditzy Genius: A genius capable of building roadrunner traps, but, if you think about it, wouldn't it be much easier if he just ordered food instead of ordering a bunch of supplies from ACME?
- Embarrassing Middle Name: The "E" stands for Ethelbert. No wonder we just call him "Wile E."
- Epic Fail: Pretty much everything Coyote does ends in this. Hilarity Ensues.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Bugs refuses his offer to get eaten, Wile E. wonders why he wants to do it the hard way.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Never having gotten a single victory, and the closest he ever came was a Yank the Dog's Chain.
- Faux Affably Evil: He first meets Bugs in a nice way, but tries to get him to say his prayers.
- Gadgeteer Genius: if not for the fact that all of his constructions inevitably fail.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Of the Villain Protagonist variety.
- Insufferable Genius: He acts as one in the shorts where he goes after Bugs Bunny. In theory, at least. In practice he's more of a Small Name, Big Ego.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Trope Codifier and page image. He's been crushed, blown up, fallen hundreds of feet, been knocked all the way through earth and back, and that's just the tip of a long list of abuses. He not only survives, but is right back at the same thing again.
- Loser Protagonist: It's one of the rules of the shorts that the audience always wants the coyote to win. Not because he's a good person or because he deserves it, but just because of how thoroughly and utterly the universe refuses to ever let him win.
- Oh, Crap!: Practicaly his default facial expression.
- Punny Name: Wile E. (i.e., "wily") Coyote.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He likes to call himself "Wile E. Coyote: Genius" in the cartoons where he's up against Bugs.
- Smug Snake: More often than not, his ego is the reason why his plans always fail. He even provides the trope image.
- Species Surname: Wile E. Coyote
- Suddenly Voiced: When teamed up with Bugs Bunny (except Hare Breadth Hurry, which otherwise plays like a traditional Road Runner short).
- Super-Persistent Predator: In one short, he actually takes the time out to tell the audience why this is. Apparently, the Roadrunner is super-delicious, with the various parts of its body having flavors such as sponge cake, chop suey, and candied yam.
- Talking with Signs: Both him and the Road Runner have communicated with signs.
- Team Rocket Wins: Yes, the Coyote catches the Road Runner at one point...but he's too small at that point to even eat the bird. He even lampshades it by asking the audience what he should do now.
- The Voiceless: In all his cartoons with the Road Runner. He only speaks during four of his five appearances with Bugs Bunny.
- Villainous Underdog: The cartoons are built around this concept, with the smart, but horribly unlucky coyote being thoroughly overmatched by the super fast, equally smart, and and ungodly fortunate Road Runner. Physics itself was always on the Road Runner's side, meaning Wile E's schemes were doomed from the start. A large part of this was, of course, because in the words of Chuck Jones "The audience's sympathy but always remain with the coyote."
- Villain Protagonist: Wile E. Coyote is trying to eat the Road Runner, and is therefore ostensibly the bad guy. But he's just so adorably persistent in how he goes about it that you can't help but root for him.
- Acrophobic Bird: Like real roadrunners.
- Alliterative Name: Road Runner.
- Arch-Enemy: Wile E. Coyote.
"Meep Meep!""Beep Beep!"
- Flat Character: Being a Living Prop, is nondescript in personality, never serving any purpose outside of being Wile E's victim.
- Hero Antagonist: The Road Runner can be considered the hero of his shorts, being hunted after by a hungry predator.
- Informed Species: He does not resemble the real roadrunner bird in the slightest.
- Invincible Hero: He always wins. Always.
- No Name Given: Only known as the Road Runner. In some foreign countries, viewers actually think that Beep Beep is his name.
- Painted Tunnel, Real Train: He loves this trope.
- Perpetual Smiler: The only time he ever changes from this is when he sees the eponymous giant robot from "The Solid Tin Coyote".
- Super Speed: The Road Runner (accelerati incredibilus) is a famous super-speeder...
- Talking with Signs: On at least two occasions, he holds up a sign that reads "Roadrunners can't read", probably just to trick the Coyote.
- The Voiceless: If you were to count the Road Runner's "MEEP MEEP" as a voice, he would fall under The Unintelligible.
"Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!"Another Funny Foreigner and good-natured Trickster who moves at Super Speed to help his poor Mexican mouse friends get cheese from "el gringo pussygato" (usually Sylvester). Has a lethargic cousin named (inevitably) "Slowpoke Rodriguez" who uses a gun to incapacitate cats instead. For obvious reasons, the Speedy shorts — particularly the late 1960s ones with Daffy as his antagonist — tend not to be received well by animation fans and historians.Debut: "Cat-Tails for Two" (1953), McKimson.Tropes related to Speedy Gonzales:
- See Speedy Gonzales.
The Tasmanian Devil (Taz)
The destructive, hurricane-spinning, feral, Extreme Omnivore who talks in Hulk Speak, when he talks at all. He'll eat anything, buzzsaw through anything, and moves at whirlwind speed.Debut: "Devil May Hare" (1954), McKimson.Tropes related to Tasmanian Devil:
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hair resembles devil horns. He spins like a whirlwind, which is also called a "dust devil".
- Ax-Crazy: He somewhat qualifies considering his maniacal and violent demeanor which combined with his low intelligence make him come across as a murderous brute.
- Big Eater: Taz can and will eat anything he comes across.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: A somewhat Funny Animal with a uni-brow.
- Breakout Character: Despite only appearing in five of the original shorts, he became immensely popular due to later spin-offs and merchandising. He also proved to be quite popular in the classic era; producer Eddie Slezer did not like Taz initially after his debut cartoon, until fan mail began pouring in, requesting to see more of Taz.
- The Dreaded: Several of his cartoons begin by establishing that he's one of the most feared animals in the world, with all other animals running in dread from him.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His main means of getting around is his own personal tornado.
- Extreme Omnivore: It's pretty extreme that Taz can eat dynamite without it killing him.
- Gasshole: Has stared turning into one during the late 90's/early to mid-2000's, where he was the one who brings out most of the burp jokes. As time went on, this lessened a bit in his recent appearances.
- Hulk Speak: When Mel Blanc asked "What does he sound like?" when he first voiced the character and was told, "Nobody has ever heard one." So he was compelled to ad-lib some kind of glottal-guttural gravelly gargle, now lovingly described as "Taz-speak."
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Against Bugs, anyway. He's shown as much more dangerous when he's faced with more minor characters, and though Daffy also beats him in their single short together, he has a much harder time accomplishing this.
- Informed Species: He and his She-Devil mate look absolutely nothing like real Tasmanian devils, which are black-furred for a starter. The differences only get bigger from there.
- Insult Backfire: Considers being called "...a mean, vicious, nasty, no-good, baggy-eyed, marble-headed ignoramorous" quite flattering.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: His weakness.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Can you name any other famous tazmanian devil in media?
- Spin-Off: During the 90s he was given his own show, Taz-Mania, which cast him with a sitcom-like family.
- Too Dumb to Live: A trait that he alone has in his family.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: While never bright, he's gotten a lot dumber over the years.
- The Unintelligible: Most often his speech is simply comprised of snarls, yammering, and raspberries.
- Villainous Glutton: He will eat any species of animal and can devour large quantities of food (and other things) with ease. When he starts spinning, he always sends crowds running away.
- You No Take Candle: In his first appearance, Taz could speak, albeit in somewhat-broken English.
Michigan J. Frog
A frog from The Gay '90s is discovered by a man in modern times. Unfortunately, the frog acts as his Not-So-Imaginary Friend. Listed here as an honorable mention, as he only ever appeared in one cartoon, which he didn't share with any other iconic characters, and was never really iconic himself until he became the mascot for The WB network in The '90s.Debut: "One Froggy Evening" (1955), Jones.Tropes related to Michigan J. Frog:
- Immortality: Strongly implied that this frog can never age or die. (See Really 700 Years Old below.)
- Jerkass: He's been one for his entire existence, screwing around with people by singing and dancing, and then making them look crazy by acting like a normal frog when they try to get other people to see it. Later on, his jerkass tendencies got even stronger in Tiny Toon Adventures, where he taunts (in song) a turtle trying to get away from Elmyra, and as mascot for The WB, where, in early promos, he'd straight up insult the viewers while praising the network's programming as an escape from their crappy lives. And he's hilarious.
- Nice Hat: His top hat, which is all he wears.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: More a trait than the character itself; everyone sees the frog, only one person sees its singing talent.
- One-Shot Character: Well, at least until Another Froggy Evening, decades later.
- Really 700 Years Old: Has survived in a box for several years since the age of cavemen.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Although it wasn't clear until the end of "Another Froggy Evening".
- Species Surname: Its written with an "o" and one "g".
- You Didn't Ask: Seems to be implied in Another Froggy Evening when met by Marvin the Martian, who can speak "Frog"/"Martian" and thus can just ask him to sing for him.
Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid
The original star character of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio, created by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising as the studio's answer to Mickey Mouse. While Bosko had little to no personality, he was fairly popular during the early 30's. He later migrated with his creators to MGM in 1933, where he made a few more appearances (complete with a full on redesign into a black kid) in their Happy Harmonies cartoons before being abandoned altogether. He managed to make one last appearance in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Fields of Honey", although he was redesigned to have dog ears, obviously due to the stir it would cause seeing a cartoon caricature of a black person in today's society.Debut: "Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid" (1929), Harman-IsingTropes:
A shameless Mickey Mouse clone made by former Disney employee Rudolph Ising to be the headlining star of the Merrie Melodies series. Appearance and personality was nearly indistinguishable from Mickey, although Foxy was noticeably more aggressive. Only lasted for three shorts, as Walt Disney quickly got wind of the ripoff and personally asked Rudy to stop using him. However, he made a brief return in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Two-Tone Town".Debut: Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931), IsingTropes:
- Art Evolution: His Tiny Toons appearance completely redesigned him to look less like a Mickey Mouse clone.
- Captain Ersatz: As mentioned already, he is one of the most blatant attempts at ripping off of Mickey Mouse ever done. His image is even adorned on the Captain Ersatz page.
- The Everyman: Foxy was a gallopin', beer guzzling gaucho in his first short, a trolley driver in the next (although that was All Just a Dream) and a traffic cop in his final short.
- Flat Character: Like the character he ripped off in the first place, he's a fairly scrappy character but otherwise devoid of any distinctive personality traits.
- Named by the Adaptation: Neither he nor Roxy are named on-screen in their cartoons. They got their official names years later in their appearance in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Two-Tone Town". An interview with Rudy Ising also leads credence that his girlfriend was originally meant to be named Fluffy, making it a case of Adaptational Name Change as well.
- Retraux: The Tiny Toons episode he and Roxy appear in serves as a throwback to cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation, right down to everything being Deliberately Monchrome.
A Captain Ersatz of Foxy after legal issues forced the former character into early retirement. Like all of Harman and Ising's characters, he was nondescript in personality. He made two appearances in the Merrie Melodies series, in "You Don't Know What You're Doin'" and "Hittin' The Trail for Hallelujah Land". On another note, another character appeared a few years later that was also called Piggy in the Friz Freleng cartoon "Pigs is Pigs" and "At Your Service, Madame" although that character was a gluttonous little kid who had nothing in common with this earlier character.Debut: "You Don't Know What You're Doin'!" (1931), Ising
- Captain Ersatz: Of Foxy.
A happy go lucky pianist with loads of talent and a real crowd stealer. Has an slight resemblance to Goofy, but in this case, Goopy Geer came about a month before Goofy (or, Dippy Dawg as he was known then) appeared in "Mickey's Revue." Only lasted four shorts and was the last attempt of the original Harman and Ising operated animation studio to make an original character. However, he also make a brief comeback along with Foxy in Tiny Toon Adventures "Two-Tone Town".Debut: Goopy Geer (1932), Ising
- Alliterative Name: Goopy Geer
- Captain Ersatz: Averted. Despite whatever impression you'd get from his likeness and name, he predates Goofy's bit player debut (as Dippin Dawg) in Mickey's Revue by a month. Their similarities are purely a coincidence.
- Flat Character: He's giddy and a very talented piano player, but that's about all he has going for him.
A Captain Ersatz of Bosko The Talk-Ink Kid that was hastily created after Harman and Ising split with Leon's studio and took the rights to Bosko with them. His shorts are noteworthy, if only for being some of the blandest, dullest cartoons to come from that time period. He made a brief comeback in the Animaniacs episode "Warners 65th Anniversary Special", in which he tried to inflict revenge on the Warner siblings, who in their universe, destroyed Buddy's career. (they were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons, via hitting him in the head with a mallet over and over again) Voiced by Jim Cummings in the latter special.Debut: "Buddy's Day Out" (1933), Tom Palmer
- Adaptational Badass: In the Warners Special. Keep in mind, when disguised he has the exact same voice as Pete and Dr. Robotnik. The competent Robotnik.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the Warners Special, he becomes the Big Bad.
- Butt-Monkey: In the Animaniacs universe, 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.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Bosko. Bob Clampett even jokingly nicknamed him "Bosko in Whiteface".
- Flat Character: Until his comeback, when he got a little more personality.
- Stepford Smiler: Prior to him revealing his evil plans in the Warners 65th Anniversary Special.
- Supporting Protagonist: Particularly noticeable in his first short, where he isn't even really the main character; his baby brother Elmer fills that role, with Buddy's role mostly being limited to saving the day at the end. Aside from that, in many of his shorts he tends to be a bystander who just serves to link musically-based scenes together.
Beans the Cat
"Beans is the name, one of the Boston beans!"One of several characters made by Friz Freleng in a desperate attempt to reinvigorate their studio, Beans the Cat was meant to be the big star of the studio—only for that position to go to Beans' sidekick, Porky Pig. Beans was initially somewhat popular, likely because he had a rebellious streak that Buddy was sorely lacking, but as that aspect of his personality faded, so did his popularity.Debut: "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), Freleng
- Captain Ersatz: Of Felix the Cat. He even has a girlfriend named Little Kitty (A parody of Felix's girlfriend name, Kitty).
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He only appeared in 11 shorts (2 of them being cameos) during 1935-1936 before being abandoned completely.
- Flat Character: He had at least something resembling a personality when directed by Freleng, or in his sole outing for Tex Avery. Unfortunately, Jack King (who directed most of his shorts) tended to play him as a feline version of Buddy, ensuring that he got eclipsed by Porky.
- Karmic Trickster: In his first couple of shorts.
- Punny Name: He and Porky's names were a play on "Pork N' Beans".
Ham and Ex
Two puppy twins that were part of Friz's attempt to make a batch of star characters for the studio. They appeared in five cartoons, and were promptly forgotten.Debut: "I Haven't Got A Hat" (1935), Freleng
- Always Identical Twins: They look identical to each other.
- Art Evolution: Their cameo appearance in Back In Action slightly redesigns them to be chubbier and more in line with the other Looney Tunes characters, as opposed to the rubberhose style they were originally drawn as.
- The Cameo: Despite being absent from the franchise since the mid-1930s, they make a very brief cameo appearance, playing poker with many other of the Looney Tunes dog characters, in the casino scene of Looney Tunes: Back In Action. They also make brief cameos in the ending of an episode of Wabbit.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They only appear in four shorts.
- Punny Name: Their names are a play on Ham and Eggs.
Debut: "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), FrelengThe fourth member of the batch of characters Friz Freleng made for "I Haven't Got a Hat".
- Alliterative Name: Oliver Owl.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappears after a few shorts.
- Flat Character: You should know by now that the original shorts went through a LOT of dud characters before we got the stars of today.
- The Owl-Knowing One: For all his lack of characterization, he's described as a very competent piano player in his debut, and he seems knowledgeable enough to hold the position of a film director in "Hollywood Capers".
- Species Surname: He is an owl.
Debut: "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), FrelengThe fifth member of Friz's group of characters for "I Haven't Got a Hat". Served as a love interest for Beans on one occasion, as well as the daughter of Porky Pig in one short.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears after a few shorts.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Looks like Beans with feminine clothes and a pink hat.
"Wish I'd stay home, I don't like him anyway."Created as an attempt to serve as a comic foil for Porky Pig, Gabby Goat was a short tempered jerk that was essentially the Looney Tunes answer to Donald Duck in terms of character. However, audiences found him too unlikable to be a hit, and in order for his chemistry with Porky to work, the latter character had to be derailed into a bumbling idiot, which was a no go, so Gabby was quickly phased out, with Daffy Duck serving as Porky's more appropriate foil later down the road. (Which is telling when "Porky's Badtime Story" was remade as "Tick Tock Tuckered" years later, with Gabby replaced by Daffy.)Debut: "Porky & Gabby" (1937), Ub Iwerks
- Alliterative Name: Gabby Goat.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He only appeared in 3 shorts during the late 1930's, due to being perceived as too unlikable, as mentioned previously. Storyboards for "Porky's Party" reveal he was planned to have a fourth appearance, but he was replaced with a penguin in the final cartoon.
- Gender-Blender Name: Gabby is usually a female name.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The Looney Tunes answer to Donald Duck.
- Jerkass: An abrasive, short-tempered jerk who serves as a Foil to Porky.
- Species Surname: He's a goat.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Was intended as the Wise Guy to Porky's Straight Man. Later cartoons would show that Porky works off wackier characters better than meaner ones.
"You don't have to be crazy to do this, but it sure helps!"Originally created by Ben Hardaway as a Captain Ersatz for Daffy Duck, this rabbit character shares many of the same traits as Daffy, but also serves as a very early prototype for the later, more fleshed out Bugs Bunny. But wheras Bugs was more defensive, Genre Savvy and collected, this wild hare was loaded with motivation and energy and went out causing trouble on sheer principle, although Hare-Um Scare-Um showed us that he could be just as resourceful as the later Bugs. This prototype appeared in five shorts: "Porky's Hare Hunt", "Hare-Um Scare-Um", "Presto Change-o", "Patient Porky" (in the opening) and "Elmer's Candid Camera".When Hardaway left Warner Bros. for the Walter Lantz cartoon studio, he would later take the traits of this character and use them to create Lantz's biggest star of the 40's, Woody Woodpecker.Debut: "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938), Ben Hardaway
- Annoying Laugh: In fact, the same laugh that Mel Blanc used when he went on to voice Woody Woodpecker, but not sped up.
- Art Evolution: He started off looking like a tiny white rabbit, but by 1939 he had sprouted apricot fur and started looking more like the Bugs we remember.
- Captain Ersatz: Woody Woodpecker is one of this prototype.
- The Cameo: Popped up early in "Patient Porky", made a blink and you'll miss it cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and was going to appear in Looney Tunes: Back in Action in the original ending until that ending was scrapped (but can be seen as an extra on the DVD).
- Hammer Space: One distinguishing trait this character had was that he could pull objects out of thin air like magic in "Presto Change-O" and "Hare-Um Scare-Um", something that would be integrated into the fully realized Bugs Bunny.
- Jerkass: Especially in "Elmer's Candid Camera", where the Proto-Bugs heckled poor Elmer just because he was taking pictures of wild life. He was probably the reason why Elmer took up hunting in the first place.
- Mad Hatter: In "Hare Um Scare Um", he is unabashably crazy, and proud of it.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He was very small in his first three appearances, but very strong and fast. "Elmer's Candid Camera" brought him up to about as tall as Elmer, however.
- Screwy Squirrel: One of the earliest examples.
- Super Strength: A mild example, but in Porky's Hare Hunt, he snapped Porky's rifle like a twig.
Porky's love interest.Debut: "Porky's Romance" (1937), Tashlin
- Alliterative Name: Petunia Pig.
- Ascended Extra: Although a very minor character in the animated canon, Petunia was all over the place in the Looney Tunes Expanded Universe material from the 30's right through the 80's, from comics to storybooks to merchandise. Then, when Warner Animation began its renaissance in the late 80's, they forgot all about her, and poor Petunia fell back into obscurity.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She vanished after a couple of years. She's gained some popularity again thanks to Baby Looney Tunes.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Porky.
- Girlish Pigtails: In her later appearences (the character did not originally have hair).
- Jerkass: In "Porky's Romance", very much so.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Porky.
- Species Surname: Petunia Pig.
"Ah-ha! Thought you could fool old Granny, eh? Well, I was wise to ya from the beginning!"A seemingly harmless elderly woman; owner of Tweety and occasionally Sylvester (or whatever other animal the cartoon calls for).Debut: "Little Red Walking Hood" (1937), AveryTropes:
- Breakout Character: Is arguably more the lead protaganist of Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries than the title pair.
- Cool Old Lady: Granny is cool in nearly all of her appearances and incarnations. In Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries she works as a detective and in The Looney Tunes Show she's a former spy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Granny is seemlingly harmless, but is much smarter and stronger than she looks.
- Granny Classic: A kind old lady who is protective of Tweety.
- Mama Bear: Do not mess with her pets.
- Never Mess with Granny: She isn't the Trope Namer but she might as well be. Attempt to hurt Tweety and you'll be in for an umbrella of hurt.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Depending on the short, Granny can be extremely wily and perceptive in foiling Sylvester, or completely oblivious that her beloved cat is anything but best friends with Tweety.
- Really 700 Years Old: By the mid-1950s, she was making veiled references to being young during the Revolutionary War!
- Team Mom: In Baby Looney Tunes.
Sniffles the Mouse
This early creation of Chuck Jones is a ridiculously cute, naive little mouse that often obliviously wandered into danger's way. As the shorts transitioned into zanier humor, attempts were made to evolve Sniffles accordingly, Flanderizing him into a Karmic Trickster with a Motor Mouth, though the character was ultimately phased out (though still had a healthy run in the comics.) His motor mouth version made a brief speaking appearance in Space Jam.Debut: "Naughty But Mice" (1939), Jones.Tropes:
- Karmic Trickster: In his later shorts Chuck Jones transformed the cute naive little mouse into this.
- Motor Mouth: Again, in his later shorts. He goes from a Ridiculously Cute Critter to an annoying chatterbox who would just never stop talking.
- Nice Hat: A blue sailor cap.
- Nice Mice: Sniffles is well-meaning, if annoying.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jones created the character during the early period in his career when he was still heavily influenced by Disney's Silly Symphonies shorts.
- Small, Annoying Creature: In his later shorts.
Slow paced (but quick-witted) turtle that rivals Bugs Bunny. One of the few characters to consistently defeat Bugs, in shorts that were based on the fable The Tortoise and The Hare.Debut: "Tortoise Beats Hare" (1941), AveryTropes:
- Affectionate Parody: The three shorts are probably these of the Silly Symphonies version of "The Tortoise and the Hare".
- Always Someone Better: One of the few adversaries to beat Bugs, let alone do so handily.
- The Cat Came Back: Subverted in Tortoise Beats Hare. It wasn't the original tortoise that kept inexplicably escaping Bugs' methods of leaving him behind. It was a series of identical tortoises which the first one bribed to screw with him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Much more cunning than he looks.
- Evil vs. Evil: Both he and Bugs are willing to play crooked in order to beat each other.
- Genre Savvy: He's one of the few Looney Tunes characters to see through a Paper-Thin Disguise (and know that no one else will on top of it).
- Manipulative Bastard: He's played Bugs like a chump every single time. His most notable accomplishment is tricking Bugs into effectively dressing as a tortoise himself, which draws the ire of rabbit mobsters.
- Not So Invincible After All: In "Rabbit Transit", he actually has a tougher time with Bugs, even getting visibly frustrated when he manages to heckle him back. Bugs actually defeats him this time round, though Cecil happily settles for a moral victory.
- Removable Shell: Happens regularly to Cecil Turtle's shell in his cartoons.
- The Rival: To Bugs.
- Species Surname: Cecil Turtle
- Turtle Power: One of the few characters who consistently thwarted Bugs Bunny.
See also the Foghorn Leghorn page.Debut: "The Squawkin' Hawk" (1942), Jones
- Alliterative Name: Henery Hawk
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's a belligerent, loudmouthed little pipsqueak who picks fights with other characters many times bigger than him.
- Out of Focus: "Walky Talky Hawky" was created as a second starring turn for Henery Hawk, but Foghorn Leghorn stole the show, reducing Henery to his adversary. Along with The Barnyard Dawg he eventually disappears from the series.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He can effortlessely take down ol' Foggy, even though he's only a measly few inches high!
- Species Surname: Henery Hawk
- Villain Protagonist: When the series was initially his own.
An absentminded buzzard who lives with his momma in the distant desert. Appeared in three shorts. Came back as a background regular in Space Jam, and made a cameo in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.Debut: "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" (1942), Clampett.
- Alliterative Name: Beaky Buzzard
- Harmless Villain: Within an already pretty incompetent Rogues Gallery, Beaky stands out as being exceptionally moronic and even shy towards his prey.
- Momma's Boy: He lives with his mom.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's significantly more competent in "The Lion's Busy". He also inexplicably wins his fight with the dragon at the end of "The Bashful Buzzard".
- Simpleton Voice: Specifically, a voice like Edgar Bergen's "Mortimer Snerd"; in-house he was alternately known as "The Snerd Bird".
Hubie and Bertie
Debut: "The Aristo-Cat" (1943), JonesTropes:
- Hubie: "Hey, Boit! C'mere!"
- Bertie: "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure.", "Hehehehe... Riot!"
- Driven to Suicide: In "Cheese Chasers", they overindulge in a cheese factory and get sick of the stuff, so they figure they have nothing left to live for and throw themselves to Claude Cat. Claude thinks there's something off about mice wanting to get eaten and becomes frightened of them, so he figures there's nothing left for him to live for, and goes to the dog to get himself killed. The dog, trying to figure the whole thing out, has a breakdown of his own and is last seen running afther the dog catcher.
- Jerkass: Especially in Mouse Wreckers.
- Screwy Squirrel: They are mischievous pranksters.
Debut: "The Aristo-Cat" (1943), JonesTropes:
- Alliterative Name: Claude Cat.
- Cats Are Mean: In later cartoons, after he Took a Level in Jerkass.
- Nervous Wreck: Has a nervous and anxious personality.
- Punny Name: A pun on the homophone "clawed cat".
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After his run with Hubie and Bertie ended, he became a jealous foil for Frisky Puppy and Pussyfoot.
The Three Bears
Debut: "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" (1944), Jones.
- Beary Funny: A Comic Trio of bears.
- Butt-Monkey: Papa Bear and Junior.
- Christmas Cake: Mama Bear, as Bugs discovered to his horror in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears".
- Dysfunctional Family: On the documentary, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, Matt Groening stated that, while his show The Simpsons is credited for showing the all-American dysfunctional family, The Three Bears (and All in the Family) did a better job of showing it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Papa Bear.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Junior is repeatedly punched, insulted, or bludgeoned by Papa Bear for his stupidity while his mother does nothing to stop the abuse.
- Jerkass: Papa Bear.
- Kiddie Kid: Junior is seven years old and still in diapers.
- The Napoleon: Papa Bear.
- Only Sane Woman: Mama Bear is the deadpan middle-bear, while the other two are constantly at each other.
- Simpleton Voice: Again, Junior.
- Spiritual Successor: Baby Huey.
- Too Dumb to Live: Once again, Junior.
A lumbering mass of red hair wearing sneakers. Gossamer almost exclusively plays the role of a nigh invincible monster in his few appearances, and is mostly a brutish foil to Bugs Bunny.Debut: "Hair-Raising Hare" (1946), Jones.Tropes:
- Family-Unfriendly Death: That one time when he gets shaved into oblivion, leaving only his sneakers.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Bugs once scared him off by making him realize that he was currently being watched by possibly thousands of people this entire time (read: the viewers). He proceeded to run screaming to get away. Through several walls.
Rocky and Mugsy
A pair of thugs who appear in a few of the Looney Tunes shorts. It should also be noted that Rocky also appeared in a number of shorts without Mugsy, but other thugs instead.Debut: "Racketeer Rabbit" (1946) (Rocky), "Bugs and Thugs" (1953) (Mugsy), Freleng.Tropes:
- Bad Boss: Rocky isn't very nice to Mugsy. However, this is justified in the short "Bugsy and Mugsy", where Rocky is fooled by Bugs Bunny into thinking Mugsy is trying to kill him.
- Bank Robbery: As seen in "Bugs and Thugs".
- Big Guy, Little Guy: They provide the page image.
- Dumb Muscle: Mugsy is much bigger than Rocky, but also much dumber.
- Jerkass: Rocky
- Laughably Evil: Both of them, though Rocky was initially created as a Worthy Opponent to Bugs just like Yosemite Sam (another Bugs villain created by Freleng).
- Nice Hat: Rocky.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: An absurdly tall hat which obscures his eyes.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Rocky, the short one, is smarter than Dumb Muscle Mugsy.
- Stupid Crooks: Mugsy
- Those Two Bad Guys: A duo of gangsters.
Hyperactive and incredibly clingy mutt that is constantly searching for a home and master. With mannerisms not distant from those of a slick-talking salesman, Charlie goes to extremes to be accepted by his potential master (usually Porky Pig) who are often equally determined to get him off their backs.Debut: "Little Orphan Airdale" (1947), Jones note Tropes:
- The Cameo: Made an appearance in "Dog Tales". However, this appearance was mostly recycled from "Often an Orphan".
- Determinator: He won't take "no" for an answer, EVER.
- Dogged Nice Guy: A non-romantic example.
- Genre Savvy: At the beginning of Often an Orphan, his previous owner tricks him by luring him away during a game of fetch and then drives off, abandoning him on the side of a road. At the very end when Porky apparently caves in and adopts Charlie, Porky attempts the same trick, but Charlie easily sees through it and abandons Porky on the side of a road instead.
- Loveable Rogue: Though like Daffy, he can act less than loveable in his schemes at times.
- Rule of Three: Each of his shorts with Porky has a scene where the Pig attempts to mail him off to a different part of the world, but it never works.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claims to have all sorts of skills and abilities as the perfect dog. In reality, he's a worthless mutt.
- Species Surname
- Too Many Halves: He describes himself this way in a Running Gag.I'm 50% Pointer (There it is! There it is! There it is!), 50% Boxer, 50% Setter (Irish Setter), 50% Watch Dog, 50% Spitz, 50% Doberman Pincher. But, mostly, I'm all Labrador Retriever!
Mac and Tosh, the Goofy Gophers
Debut: "The Goofy Gophers" (1947), Clampett.Tropes
- Ambiguously Gay: Their interactions with each other certainly give this vibe, partly due to Values Dissonance. Gets played up for laughs in The Looney Tunes Show and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run. Back in the day, they were a reference to an old comedy routine poking fun at the then-current stereotype of European gentlemen being intensely polite towards each other.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As seen in "Gopher Broke (1948)", where they casually conduct a gaslighting campaign that leaves D'Brer Dog well beyond a mental breakdown, all so they can easily steal back the vegetables he was guarding.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The whole point of "Gopher Broke (1948)"; how dare you be a farmer's dog sleeping in the barn where the vegetables we want to steal are being kept! We'll drive you insane so we can steal them anyway!
- Moral Myopia: In "Gopher Broke (1948)", they treat themselves as the wronged party even as they gaslight D'Brer Dog, despite the fact that the vegetables that were "stolen" from them actually belong to the farmer, meaning Mac and Tosh were stealing them in the first place before they got harvested!
- Overly Polite Pals: Constantly acting with stereotypical British politeness, especially towards each other.
Debut: "Hop, Look and Listen" (1948), McKimson.
Debut: "Rabbit Punch" (1948), Jones
Debut: "Pop 'Im Pop!" (1949), McKimson.
- Mouthy Kid: A condescending little know-it-all, when it comes to his Bumbling Dad.
- Spoiled Brat: As Sylvester calls him ("Goldimouse and the Three Cats").
- Strong Family Resemblance: Physically, he's a miniature version of Sylvester.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He's often embarrassed by his father's behavior.
The (collective?) name for the poor kitty who finds herself the object of Pepe's affections.Debut: "For Scent-imental Reasons" (1949), Jones.Tropes:
- All There in the Manual: Penelope's name (while refered to in "The Cat's Bah") was inconsistent until promotional art for "Carrotblanca" confirmed it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually timid in personality though can turn violent if harrassed for long.
- Crack Pairing: A pretty much In-Universe example in "Carrotblanca", where because Lola hadn't been created yet Penelope gets paired with Bugs Bunny.
- Cute Mute: She looks cute and never talks in the classic cartoons.
- Shrinking Violet: Usually rather meek in personality, though when smitten she can be as equally brash as Pepe.
- The Smurfette Principle: Until Lola Bunny made her appearance in 1996, she was the only major female character.
Debut: "Frigid Hare" (1949), Jones.Tropes:
- Alliterative Name: Playboy Penguin.
- Berserker Tears: Playboy Penguin with his ice cube tears.
- Cute Mute: A lovable mute baby penguin.
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
Debut: "Rabbit's Kin" (1952), McKimson.
Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog
See also Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog.Debut: "Don't Give Up the Sheep" (1953), Jones.Tropes:
- Blinding Bangs: Sam's got them. In one cartoon Ralph assumes that they impair his vision and tries to take advantage of this. It doesn't work.
- "Woolen Under Where" plays with this — on their way to work, Sam keeps bumping into trees, so Ralph punches him in for him. When Sam got to the cliffside he usually sits at, he nearly falls off.
- The Chew Toy: Ralph.
- Catch-Phrase: "Mornin' Sam." "Mornin' Ralph."
- Early Installment Weirdness: In their first short, Sam is referred to as Ralph, and only the sheepdogs clock in for work. The wolf gets beaten by the sheepdog even at quitting time.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Averted.
- Expy: Originally, Ralph had significant differences from Wile E (Earlier shorts show different feet, more tail, etc) but since they had a similar faces, later animators became lazy and started drawing them the same way.
Debut: "Bewitched Bunny" (1954), Jones.
- Ax-Crazy: Frequently; given that she often chases after Bugs with a meat cleaver.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: When she's alone with no one around to interact she usually speaks to the audience.
- Gag Nose: She has a rather enourmous nose.
- Gonk: She's drawn like the typically "old and ugly witch" stereotype.
- Hotter and Sexier: In the respective endings of "Bewitched Bunny" and "Broomstick Bunny", when her ugliness is turned into beauty.
- Hot Witch: A hot witch rabbit in the end of "Bewitched Bunny". It's played more straight, however, at the end of "Broomstick Bunny". (Her transformed appearance in the latter short took inspiration from June Foray's own looks.)
- The Hyena: She's prone to busting out in cackling laughter at the slightest whim.
- Large Ham: "EEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!"
- Punch-Clock Villain: Has a pretty normal life (for a witch, anyways) when she's not trying to cook Bugs or Daffy.
- Pungeon Master: She tends often to make some comically puns. Sometimes even unintentionally.
- Sassy Black Woman: Witch Lezah, her counterpart in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Wicked Witch: Parody of the trope.
Marc Antony and Pussyfoot
A large dog and a little kitten. The former is very protective of the latter.Debut: "Feed the Kitty" (1955), Jones.Tropes:
- Angry Guard Dog: Marc Antony tries to represent this in their first meeting. It fails miserably.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Poor Marc Antony.
- Big, Friendly Dog: It's no good denying it, Marc Antony.
- Cats Are Mean:
- Averted. Pussyfoot does get Marc Antony in trouble but s/he doesn't seem to do it on purpose.
- In several of their shorts, Claude Cat serves as an antagonist, usually trying to harass or abuse Pussyfoot and pin the blame on Marc Anthony.
- Cute Kitten: Pussyfoot.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Assuming Pussyfoot is female since there's a lot of Viewer Gender Confusion (sometimes it's referred to as "he", in other episodes it's "she") similar to the Tweety example. Many people like to think she's a female cat.
- Gentle Giant: Marc Antony.
- Papa Wolf: Marc Antony.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pussyfoot is downright adorable.
Blacque Jacque Shellacque
A French-accented lumberjack type who's had repeated run-ins with Bugs Bunny.Debut: "Bonanza Bunny" (1959), McKimson.Tropes:
- Badass Mustache: Big black one.
- Expy: Basically Yosemite Sam with a different accent. The Looney Tunes Show puts them forth as cousins.
- French Jerk: Probably French-Canadian, but you get the idea.
Debut: "Cool Cat" (1967), Alex Lovy.
- Alliterative Name: Cool Cat.
- Beatnik: Wears a beret (except in his last two cartoons) and speaks '60s-style beatnik slang.
- Breakout Character: He and Colonel Rimfire are the only characters from the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts era who've continued to be used in any great frequency after that era ended. On top of that, he was popular enough when he first appeared that the studio finally agreed to let the cartoon studio produce shorts outside of the Daffy—Speedy series.
- Cool Cat: Pretty obvious, considering the character he is clearly an Expy of. And no, he's not the Trope Namer.
- Depending on the Writer: Some of his cartoons (including his debut) characterise him as a Bugs Bunny-type Karmic Trickster who remains in control of the situation throughout, while others depict him as a Butt-Monkey who spends most of the cartoon getting abused by Colonel Rimfire and/or some other guest character(s).
- Expy: Of The Pink Panther, blatantly.
- Nice Hat: His beret.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In his debut cartoon at least, where he seems to spend most of the cartoon unaware that he's being stalked by Colonel Rimfire and that Ella is actually a mechanical elephant, but at the end is indicated to have known these things all along.
Merlin the Magic Mouse
Debut: "Merlin the Magic Mouse" (1967), Alex Lovy.
- Alliterative Name: Merlin the Magic Mouse.
- Bad Boss: He insults Second Banana a lot. Poor kid.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
- Nice Mice: Averted.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and appearance are patterned after W.C. Fields.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
Bunny and Claude
Debut: Bunny and Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches (1968), McKimson.Two characters introduced near the end of the original Looney Tunes era, Bunny and Claude are a rabbit Outlaw Couple who are Expies of Bonnie and Clyde, whose 1967 film was a then-recent smash. In their two shorts, these cotton-tailed criminals steal carrots while outwitting an incompetent Sheriff.Tropes Related to Bunny and Claude:
- Abnormal Ammo: Their guns fire carrots, not bullets.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Bunny.
- Cigar Chomper: Bunny often has a cigar in her mouth.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: A mild example.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Claude.
- The Great Depression: When their adventures are set.
- Harmless Villain: Played With; they never physically hurt anyone, but they always escape the Sheriff.
- Just Like Robin Hood: One reason they steal carrots is to share them with their families.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to either the real Bonnie and Clyde or their depiction in the film.
- Nice Hat: They both wear one.
- Outlaw Couple: A kid-friendly example.
- Poke the Poodle: They steal carrots and annoy the Sheriff. That's the extent of their "evil".
- Rascally Rabbit: They're much closer to this than Hair-Raising Hare.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Claude, whose white suit stays immaculate throughout both cartoons.
- The Smurfette Principle: Along with Penelope, Bunny was the only female Looney Tunes protagonist until Lola Bunny was created.
- Train Job: They pull one in their second and final short, "The Great Carrot Train Robbery".
- Villain Protagonist: Although they barely qualify as villains.
"Don't ever call me...doll!"
Debut: Space Jam (1996)Bugs' current girlfriend, and a character in almost every Looney Tunes project since her introduction.Tropes Related to Lola Bunny:
- Action Girl: In Space Jam, she's a strong, athletic lady who can kick the butt of any toon. And don't ever call her...doll.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Her original character in Space Jam was a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and an exaggerated sex symbol who Bugs had to work to get. But in The Looney Tunes Show she's an energetic Cloudcuckoolander who's excruciatingly infatuated by him.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like Bugs, she doesn't wear shoes. Unlike Bugs, an Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal, she's fully clothed otherwise.
- Bare Your Midriff: Exaggerated at first in Space Jam along with her Iconic Outfit, as shown in the image, but was then zigzagged along with other outfits in her later appearances.
- Burger Fool: In DC Comics' Looney Tunes title, she works for Machu Pizza, where she specializes in delivering food to some very unusual customers: Aliens and Monsters, Fish People, gods and other mythological figures, etc.
- Canon Foreigner: Created for Space Jam, she eventually became a Canon Immigrant with analogues in Baby Looney Tunes, Loonatics Unleashed, The Looney Tunes Show, and the OAV Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run.
- Cousin Oliver: Although not an actual kid, she's a "new kid" compared to the older characters of classic cartoons and can sometimes feel shoehorned into the Looney Tunes lineage the same way a Cousin Oliver often is.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bugs. Subverted in The Looney Tunes Show where despite being Bugs' girlfriend, she is similar to Daffy without the Jerkass traits.
- Ears as Hair: She ties her ears into a ponytail, as seen in the trope page pic.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Bugs' crush on her in Space Jam.
- Flat Character: In Space Jam, for some. However, Warner Bros. completely altered her for her return in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Furry Female Mane: She has a tuft of blonde hair on the top of her head.
- Hello, Nurse!: Lola's first appearance in Space Jam has all the toons (and Michael Jordan) pause momentarily, but Bugs... never quite recovers from seeing her the first time.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Looks more anthropomorphic than Bugs Bunny.
- Ms. Fanservice: The first incarnation. A sexy and athletics Tomboy with an Impossible Hourglass Figure who wears shorts and bares her midriff.
- Official Couple: With Bugs Bunny.
- Passionate Sports Girl: A basketball player so talented that even Michael Jordan notes that "the girl's got some skills".
- Petting Zoo Person: Though she is more of a Borderline Petting Zoo Person in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Replacement Love Interest: Has completely supplanted poor Honey Bunny, who had been Bugs's love interest in comics and other media for decades.
- Remember the New Guy: The way Warner's been marketing her since her debut in Space Jam can look like this.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Bugs in Space Jam, where she doesn't do too much other than play basketball and make Bugs act twitterpated. The Looney Tunes Show tries to give her a Denser and Wackier personality, but she's still more or less just "Bugs' girlfriend". Averted in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, in which she's the main character.
- The Smurfette Principle: Almost certainly added to the regular Looney Tunes line-up because of this. Before her, the only real major female Looney Tunes character was Penelope.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a sassy, no-nonsense woman who is good at basketball and hates being called "doll". However, in attitude and mannerisms, she acts like the typical seductive Femme Fatale and her sex appeal is anything but masculine.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears a purple rubber band on both ears like a ponytail.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In The Looney Tunes Show she becomes a ditzy, eccentric Genki Girl.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Lola Bunny wears a pair of short gym shorts as part of her original Iconic Outfit.