Characters / Looney Tunes

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Major Characters

    Porky Pig 
"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 Freleng

Tropes related to Porky Pig:

     Daffy Duck 
"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 Avery

Tropes related to Daffy Duck:

     Elmer Fudd 
"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:

     Bugs Bunny 
"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:

     Tweety Bird
"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:

     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:

     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:

     Yosemite Sam 

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:

     Foghorn Leghorn 
"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 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.
  • Catch Phrase:
  • Determinator
  • Evil Genius: Like Wile E., Marvin is one of Bugs' (and Daffy's) more intellectual rivals.
  • The Faceless
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems to have a subtle disdain towards Earthlings in general and will sometimes mock or condescend regarding our primitive nature.
  • Foil: He was deliberately created as a contrast to Yosemite Sam.
  • For the Evulz: He said himself that he enjoys spending time pursuing, blasting and destroying small little creatures in his spare time.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Anti-Villain
  • 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.
  • 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: Of the Villain Protagonist variety.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Trope Codifier.
  • 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
  • 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.

     Road Runner

The fastest bird on Earth who is always one step ahead of Wile E. Coyote. The Road Runner remains mute to this day (meep-meep!) as he is now the mascot for Time Warner Cable. See also Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner.

Debut: "Fast and Furry-ous" (1949), Jones.

Tropes related to the Road Runner:

     Speedy Gonzales 
"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:

     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
  • 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.
  • Flanderization: While never bright, he's gotten a lot dumber over the years.
  • Fluffy the Terrible
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Early Characters

    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-Ising



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), Ising

  • 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".
  • 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

    Goopy Geer

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
  • 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

    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. They appeared in five cartoons, and were promptly forgotten.

Debut: "I Haven't Got A Hat" (1935), Freleng

    Oliver Owl

Debut: "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".

    Little Kitty

Debut: "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.

    Gabby Goat 
"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

    Petunia Pig 
Porky's love interest.

Debut: "Porky's Romance" (1937), Tashlin

    Happy Hare 
"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).
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • 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.

Secondary Characters


"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), Avery


    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.


    Cecil Turtle

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), Avery


    Henery Hawk 

See also the Foghorn Leghorn page.

Debut: "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.

    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.

Debut: "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" (1942), Clampett.

    Hubie and Bertie 
Debut: "The Aristo-Cat" (1943), Jones

  • 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

    Claude Cat 
Debut: "The Aristo-Cat" (1943), Jones


    The Three Bears 
Debut: "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.


    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.


    Charlie Dog 
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 

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Hippety Hopper 
Debut: "Hop, Look and Listen" (1948), McKimson.

    The Crusher 
Debut: "Rabbit Punch" (1948), Jones

    Sylvester Jr. 
Debut: "Pop 'Im Pop!" (1949), McKimson.

    Penelope Pussycat

The (collective?) name for the poor kitty who finds herself the object of Pepe's affections.

Debut: "For Scent-imental Reasons" (1949), Jones.


    Playboy Penguin 
Debut: "Frigid Hare" (1949), Jones.


    Pete Puma 
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.

  • 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.

    Witch Hazel 
Debut: "Bewitched Bunny" (1954), Jones.

    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.


    Blacque Jacque Shellacque 
A French-accented lumberjack type who's had repeated run-ins with Bugs Bunny.

Debut: "Bonanza Bunny" (1959), McKimson.


    Cool Cat 
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.

    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:

    Lola Bunny 
"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:

Alternative Title(s): Bugs Bunny