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
"I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), Friz FrelengTropes related to Porky Pig:
"You're despicable!"/"WOO HOO, HOO HOO!!!"
Was originally The Screwball
, 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:
"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.
On a side note, he didn't appear as often as most people think
—in fact, he only appeared in about 36 of the original Bugs Bunny cartoons (although he did star in many other character shorts, along with several of his own solo appearances).Debut:
"Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940), Jones.Tropes related to Elmer Fudd:
- Adorkable: Sometimes has shades of this, especially when he falls for Bugs in drag.
- Affably Evil: Generally nice guy when not trying to blast (not-so-) innocent animals with his shotgun.
- Arch-Enemy: Bugs Bunny
- Art Evolution: His early Egghead look, plus his very brief change into a very obese design, before they settled into his standard look.
- Butt Monkey: Even outside antagonist roles his abuse never ends.
- Catch Phrase: "Shhh- be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits."
- Characterization Marches On: Though later shorts established him as a vegetarian, "Easter Yeggs" featured him attempting to cook Bugs into a stew.
- Charlie Brown Baldness
- The Chessmaster: If one is to believe the theory that he faked insanity so he wouldn't get arrested for tax evasion in "Hare Brush". His final line to the audience supports this: "I may be a scwewy, scwewy wabbit, but I'm not going to Alcatwaz!"
- The Ditz
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Trope Namer.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In 'Fresh Hare, one of his earlier appearances, he's an RCMP constable, and is chasing Bugs. At the end, he catches Bugs, who is then tried for several serious crimes and sentanced to death. Elmer asks Bugs what he wants, and he says "I wish..." and the entire scene turns into a blackfaced minstrel of "I wish I Was in Dixie. Though not part of the "Censored Eleven," the ending is often censored in syndication.
- The Everyman: Seemed to replace Porky in this role in the fifties and sixties shorts.
- Harmless Villain
- Hidden Depths: Who would have guessed that the same Elmer Fudd that seemingly can't tell the difference between an actual woman and Bugs Bunny in a dress was an expert in economics? note In Tiny Toon Adventures, outside of being a teacher at Acme Looniversity he also shows up in a several episodes as Mr. Exposition including, in one case, an expert in seismology.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: But of course.
- Idiot Ball: Granted, he is not a very bright character to begin with, but he reaches his peak in the "Rabbit Season" trilogy where he is a complete airhead.
- My God, What Have I Done?: This is pretty much Elmer Fudd's reaction whenever he thinks he's finally killed Bugs. No matter how hard he's been trying throughout the episode to shoot Bugs he always breaks down in tears when he thinks he's finally done it, calling himself a murderer. Which calls into question why he's a hunter in the first place.
- About Elmer being a hunter despite feeling sorry for the animals he killed: in "Rabbit Fire," it was established that Elmer is a vegetarian and he hunts for the sport of it.
- Granted Elmer's usual "kill" amounts to shooting Daffy's bill off, his victim usually unharmed outside being somewhat annoyed.
- Nice Hat
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Had occasional Genre Savvy moments that took even Bugs by surprise. He's outrighted defeated him twice over. Heck, in "Quack Shot", he was actually on top of his game against nearly everything Daffy threw at him.
- Obfuscating Insanity: ''Hare Brush'. Fudd, head of a major corporation, is in a mental hospital because he thinks he's a rabbit. He lures Bugs into taking his place, who is put in hypnotherapy and starts to think he's Elmer. The cartoon ends with Bugs-as-Elmer being arrested for tax evasion, and Elmer says to the audience "I may be a scwewy wabbit, but I'm not going to Alcatwaz!"
- Signature Laugh: "Hehehehe".
- Smart Ball: He is oddly Genre Savvy in "Quack Shot", where he is ahead in Daffy's game several times.
- Speech Impediment
- Team Rocket Wins: Actually got his revenge on "that wascawy wabbit" in Rabbit Rampage and Hare Brush. And then there's What's Opera, Doc?, wherein he seemingly kills Bugs.
- Too Dumb to Live
- Took a Level in Badass: During the mid-50's, became quite a bit more crafty and smart than before.
- Villainous Underdog: A particularly infamous (and unintentional) case, since he was so meek and incompetent against Bugs Bunny that even some of the Warner Bros creative team started to think Bugs was coming across more as a petty bully than a defensive trickster. As such the series went through a long list of more challenging opponents to rectify this, though almost all of them still fit this trope.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: In the episode "Hare Brush" he's is a millionaire who "owns a mansion and a yacht". This becomes a hypnotic mantra a psychologist has him repeat after he has a mental breakdown and thinks he's a rabbit.
"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.Debut:
"A Tale of Two Kitties" (1942), Clampett.Tropes related to Tweety Bird:
- Arch-Enemy: Sylvester
- Baby Talk: He talks like this because he is supposed to be a baby bird.
- Badass Adorable
- 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.)
- Catch Phrase: "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. Freleng turned him into a into a cutesy bird who often depended on Granny to be saved from Sylvester.
- Deliberately Cute Child/The Fake Cutie: "Aw, da poor puddy tat. He faw down an' go Boom!" This, after carefully arranging poor Sylvester's defeat.
- 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.
- Hero Antagonist
- 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
- 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 cartoons, 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.
- 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
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
"Odor-able Kitty" (1945), Jones.Tropes related to Pepe LePew:
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. In Robert McKimson's hands, 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. On a side note, he was technically a creation of Bob Clampett
's unit, as evidenced by him appearing in one of Clampett's last theatrical cartoons, "Kitty Kornered". Obviously, Freleng's take on Sylvester is the one everybody remembers.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.
- Arch-Enemy: Tweety.
- 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.
- Harmless Villain
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- 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
- 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
- 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.
"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
"Hare Trigger" (1945), Freleng.Tropes related to Yosemite Sam:
- Arch-Enemy: Bugs Bunny is this to him, but it doesn't work both ways (Bugs' arch-enemy being Elmer Fudd)
- Bandito: Sam appears as Mexican bandito 'Pancho Vanilla' in the Speedy Gonzales short "Pancho's Hideaway".
- Bad Boss
- Badass Boast: At the start of almost every cartoon he's in.
- Badass Moustache: Yosemite Sam sports these, along with beard.
- Catch Phrase: "I hates rabbits."
- The Chew Toy
- A Day in the Limelight: Honey's Money, the only short to feature Sam as the main protagonist and not contain any other Looney Tunes characters.
- Evil Is Hammy: "I'M THE FASTEST GUN NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, AAAANNNNDDD WEST OF THE PECOS!"
- Evil Redhead/Fiery Redhead
- Expy: The De Patie Freleng Enterprises short Panchos Hideaway features the bandit Pancho Vanilla, in terms of personality, role and design, Pancho's largest differences are his darker facial hair and mexican accent.
- Glass Cannon
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Harmless Villain : Ironically offered as little a challenge to Bugs as Elmer at times.
- Henpecked Husband: In "Honey's Money".
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Deliberately zigzagged. While Sam is still a rather bumbling antagonist, he was designed to be a more belligerent and imposing foe for Bugs by Friz Freleng, who feared the more affable and pitiful Elmer Fudd made Bugs look like a non-defensive "bully".
- Jerkass: Was created largely to get the audience to root for Bugs.
- The Napoleon
- Nice Hat
- No Indoor Voice
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Has appeared in almost every stock villain role throughout his run, albeit always maintaining his bandit mask and western dialect
- Literally in "Lighter Than Hare"
- Worthy Opponent: Created as a more formidable villain compared to Elmer, it didn't ''quite'' last however.
"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), McKimson
Tropes Related to Foggy:
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 lives just because the Earth was blocking his view of Venus.
- Alliterative Name: Marvin the Martian.
- 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.
- The Bad Guy Wins: see "Team Rocket Wins" below
- Breakout Character
- Catch Phrase: "This makes me very angry!"
- The Faceless
- Fantastic Racism: Seems to have a subtle disdain towards Earthlings in general and will sometimes mock or condscend regarding our primitive nature.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Downplayed from both Elmer and Sam, but still, being a foil for Bugs, he inevitably fails miserably.
- 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.
- 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 persona.
- The Stoic: "This makes me VERY angry."
- 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 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.
A speedy bird and the coyote who uses a variety of backfiring Acme Company traps and mail-order gadgets to try to catch him - 'try' being the operative word. The coyote was named when he had some cartoons facing off against Bugs instead of Roadrunner, where he became "Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius" - the Road Runner remains mute to this day (meep-meep!) as he is now the mascot for Time Warner Cable.Debut:
"Fast and Furry-ous" (1949), Jones.Tropes related to Wile E. Coyote:
Tropes related to the Road Runner:
- 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
- Catch Phrase: "Genius, pure genius!" in his shorts with Bugs.
- The Chew Toy
- Determinator: Big time.
- Ditzy Genius
- 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. comments of why does he wanted to do it the hard way.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Averted at the end of one or two episodes, though. See Team Rocket Wins.
- Faux Affably Evil: He first meets Bugs in a nice way, but tries to get him to say his prayers while the said meeting.
- Gadgeteer Genius: if not for the fact that all of his constructions inevitably fail.
- Harmless Villain
- 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.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Protagonist
- 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.
- Species Surname
- Suddenly Voiced: When teamed up with Bugs Bunny (except Hare Breadth Hurry, which otherwise plays like a traditional Road Runner short).
- Super-Persistent Predator
- Talking 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.
"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:
- Arch-Enemy: Sylvester is this to him, but it doesn't work both ways (Sylvester's Arch-Enemy being Tweety Pie)
- Badass Adorable
- Bumbling Sidekick: Oddly enough plays this role for Daffy in Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island.
- Catch Phrase: "Arriba! Arriba!"
- Chivalrous Pervert: His eyes for female mice has gotten him in trouble with the other rodents on occasion.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In Speedy's first cartoon, "Cat-Tails for Two," Speedy looked way different than how he looks now. The "Speedy" in "Cat-Tails for Two" had a gold tooth, a pink shirt with no pants, and came off as more of a Mexican stereotype than his current form.
- Funny Foreigner
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".
- Big Eater
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- Breakout Character: Despite only appearing in five of the original shorts, became immensely popular due to later spin-offs and merchandising.
- 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
- Extreme Omnivore: It's pretty extreme that Taz can eat dynamite without it killing him.
- Flanderization: While never bright, he's gotten alot dumber over the years.
- Fluffy the Terrible
- 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.
- 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."
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: His weakness.
- Seldom Seen Species
- 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
Michigan J. Frog
A frog from The Gay Nineties
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 90's.Debut:
"One Froggy Evening" (1955), Jones.Tropes related to Michigan J. Frog:
Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid
The original star character of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio, created by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising
as the studios 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 noticably more agressive. Only lasted for three shorts, as Walt Disney
quickly got wind of the ripoff and personally asked Rudy to stop using him. He DID made a brief return in the Tiny Toon Adventures
episode Two-Tone Town
Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931), IsingTropes:
- 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.
- Retraux: The episode of Tiny Toons he appeared in, along with his girlfriend Roxy, served as a throwback to cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation, right down to everything being in black & white.
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", although this 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
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
Goopy Geer (1932), Ising
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
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.
- Cute Kitten
- 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. Obviously didn't last long.Debut:
"I Haven't Got A Hat" (1935), Freleng
: "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), Freleng
The fourth member of the batch of characters Friz Freleng made for "I Haven't Got a Hat".
: "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935), Freleng
The 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.
"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
Porky's love interest.Debut:
"Porky's Romance" (1937), Tashlin
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:
Happy Hare/Bugs' Bunny/Bugs Bunny Prototype
"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
"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.
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
"Naughty But Mice" (1939), Jones.Tropes:
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
"Tortoise Beats Hare" (1941), AveryTropes:
"The Squawkin' Hawk" (1942), Jones
- Alliterative Name
- 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
- Villain Protagonist: When the series was initially his own.
Killer the Buzzard/Beaky Buzzard
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
"Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" (1942), Clampett.
Hubie and BertieDebut:
"The Aristo-Cat" (1943), JonesTropes:
- Catch Phrase:
- 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
"The Aristo-Cat" (1943), JonesTropes:
The Three BearsDebut:
"Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" (1944), Jones.
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:
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:
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 GophersDebut:
"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.
- 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.
"Hop, Look and Listen" (1948), McKimson.
"Rabbit Punch" (1948), Jones
: "Pop 'Im Pop!" (1949), McKimson.
The (collective?) name for the poor kitty who finds herself the object of Pepe's affections.Debut
: "For Scent-imental Reasons" (1949), Jones.Tropes:
"Frigid Hare" (1949), Jones.Tropes:
"Rabbit's Kin" (1952), McKimson.
Sam and RalphDebut:
"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.
- Friendly Enemies
- Offscreen Teleportation: Taken to ridiculous levels at the climax of "Ready, Woolen and Able", which culminates in Ralph at a beach full of Sam clones. Ralph promptly goes insane.
- Punchclock Hero and Punchclock Villain: Literally.
"Bewitched Bunny" (1954), Jones.
Marc Antony and Pussyfoot
A large dog and a little kitten
. The former is very protective of the latter
"Feed the Kitty
" (1955), Jones.Tropes:
"Cool Cat" (1967), Alex Lovy.
Merlin the Magic MouseDebut:
"Merlin the Magic Mouse" (1967), Alex Lovy.
Bunny and ClaudeDebut: Bunny and Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches
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:
"Don't ever call me...doll!"Debut: Space Jam
Bugs' current girlfriend, and a character in almost every Looney Tunes
project since her introduction.Tropes Related to Lola Bunny:
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal
- 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.
- Berserk Button: See quote.
- 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 and eventually becoming a...
- The Chick
- Cousin Oliver: Although not an actual kid, she's a "new kid" compared to the older characters of classic cartoons and since her debut she was shoehorned into the Looney Tunes lineage the same way a Cousin Oliver often is. Her descendant is one of the main characters in Loonatics Unleashed and her baby version is already friends with the other Baby Looney Tunes... even though the gang met her for the first time as an adult in Space Jam.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bugs.
- Ears as Hair
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Bugs' crush on her in Space Jam.
- Flat Character: In Space Jam. However, Warner Bros. completely changes that for her return in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Furry Female Mane: She has a tuft of blonde hair on the top of her head.
- Hotter and Sexier: The purpose of her introduction.
- Hello, Nurse!: Lola's appearance has all the toons (and Jordan) pause momentarily, but Bugs... never quite recovers from seeing her the first time.
- Humanoid Female Animal
- Ms. Fanservice
- Official Couple: With Bugs Bunny.
- Petting Zoo Person: Though she is more of a Borderline Petting Zoo Person in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Remember the New Guy: The way Warner's been marketing her since her debut in Space Jam.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation: She made her debut in the last few years of that period.
- Righteous Rabbit
- 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.
- Species Surname
- 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.
- You Go Girl