The male cohost of the show. Looney Tunes counterpart: Bugs Bunny (more specifically the calm, cool and level-headed part of his personality). Voiced by Charlie Adler until the end of Season 3 and the TV specials, when John Kassir replaced him.Tropes:
The female cohost of the show. Looney Tunes counterparts: Bugs Bunny again (particularly the Bugs Bunny that dresses in drag to trick his enemies, and represents the manic and zany part of his personality), and Honey from the Bosko cartoons. (See also "The Original Looney Tunes" below.)(Note: To avoid confusion, LolaBunny didn't exist yet when this show was on the air, so Babs is not modeled after that character, which means Lola is possibly modeled after Babs.) Note that both Babs and Buster apply the Pink Girl, Blue Boy trope directly.) Voiced by Tress MacNeille.Tropes:
Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: Prone to getting hit by an Anvil On Head and many other outright abuses. The amount of constant pain, bad luck and wince-worthy situations that get inflicted on him rival Daffy Duck and it's made all the worse when you consider its a child getting run over by cars, beaten by professional boxers, and crushed under 700lb pigs and sumo wrestlers.
Sidekick: When Plucky is hired as Buster and Bab's sidekick, he complains, "Hamton's a sidekick! He has all the earmarks of a sidekick!" and promptly pulls Hamton's ear to reveal the word "sidekick". Interestingly, Hamton ended up being Plucky's sidekick in a lot of the shorts, most notably the Batman parody, in which he plays "Decoy", Batduck's answer to Robin.
Jerkass: One of the best examples of this is his owning a toy store called Toys 'R' Mine at one point. Any kid who bought something there had to deal with the heartbreak of the giant Max cutout atop the sign stealing it back as they exited.
Start of Darkness: As chronicled in "Citizen Max", Monty Used to Be a Sweet Kid back when his family was poor. He even used to be friends with Buster Bunny. Unfortunately, when his family won the lottery, Max turned into the money-grubbing sociopath the rest of Acme Acres knows and loathes.
Vocal Evolution: Having been voiced by an actual child (Danny Cooksey was prepubescent at the time he voiced Montana Max), Max's voice got a little deeper in the later episodes.
Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The three lead cheerleaders, Babs, Shirley and Fifi, represent three different aspects: Babs Bunny is implied to be fully dressed but goes without shoes. Shirley wears a hairbow and pink sweater but no pants. Fifi, for the most part, wears just a hairbow; there will be times she may wear clothes but is usually "nude".
Hello, Nurse!: Played with. She would knock 'em dead with her good looks... if it wasn't for her scent and her aggressive way of coming on to guys she likes.
Interspecies Romance: Like Pepe, she mistakes other animals for fellow skunks and runs after them. Her hit list has included Furrball, Calamity, Beeper, and Dizzy. She also went to the prom with Hamton, and his interest in her is a gag in several episodes.
Leitmotif: "Alouette." One of the few characters to have one.
Smelly Skunk: Unlike Pepe, she can actually control her scent. At least, to a degree; part of the problem is not only do guys fear that she will start stinking if they let her get close, but sometimes she really does walk around with constant musk flowing from her (the "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" special is a good example). Still, she can control it better than he does; normally she only tends to lose control when she's getting worked up over a cute guy.
Spell My Name with an S: Some people (including some who claim to be the aforementioned fans) still think her name is "Le Fume".
Like Hamton as noted above, this is probably because the credits sometimes misspelled it as "Le Fume".
Looney Tunes counterpart: Melissa Duck. Voiced by Gail Matthius.Tropes:
American Accents: Valley Girl. Justified, as her voice actress played a Valley girl before (though when Gail Matthius played Valley Girl Vicki on Saturday Night Live, it didn't sound as high as it does here. Whether Matthius perfected her Valley Girl voice between her short time on SNL and when she was hired to do TTA or her voice was pitched up after recording her lines isn't known).
Psychic Powers: Has psychic/mystical powers. When she gets angry, it's like a scene out of Carrie (in fact, there was an episode where she went berserk at a prom like in the climax of that work, albeit toned down for the younger crowd [the pig's blood dumped on her was actually fruit punch and she only ended up flooding the gym instead of killing everyone]. Observing this, Babs even namedrops the film for Parental Bonus purposes).
Shout-Out: To actress Shirley MacLaine; by the time this series launched, she had become notorious for her professed beliefs in reincarnation, UFOs, and various New Age phenomena. (The two Shirleys actually meet in one short.)
Spell My Name with an S: Some think her name is Shirley THE Loon. Including the programmers of the Tiny Toons videogame.
Trickster: As Plucky finds out in "Never Too Late To Loon".
Looney Tunes counterpart: Sylvester (although he also shares traits with Penelope Pussycat). Voiced by Frank Welker when voiced at all, except for one episode when Rob Paulsen voiced him instead.Tropes:
Nice Guy: Aside from the few times he's shown chasing Lil' Beeper, (which he doesn't even seem to enjoy or know why he's doing it) Calamity is generally depicted as a perfectly nice person and a helpful friend to the other characters in the show.
Jerkass: He has run over Calamity with a truck for no reason many times (often straight after another painful experience). Even worse is in "A Piece of Mind" — in a flashback, it's hinted that Beeper and Calamity are actually adoptive brothers. Yikes...
Demoted to Extra: It seems like he was originally intended to be a principal character; he gets a fair bit of attention in the Series Bible, he's one of the characters to be mentioned in the theme song, and he plays fairly large roles in the Origin Episode and several episodes early in Season One ("Her Wacky Highness", "Sawdust and Toonsil", etc.). In later episodes he's a very minor character.
Last of His Kind: Referred to as the last of the Dodos in a couple of episodes, though usually only in passing.
Things That Go Bump in the Night: For those scary things, Sneezer is this to them. In the one episode when the "Things That Go Bump" are job hunting, the mention that the job was for his place made them all scatter, save one who was Too Dumb to Live.
Bosko The Talk Ink Kid and his girlfriend Honey, as well as Foxy and Roxy and Goopy Geer. These guys were the original stars for the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the early 30's, and after that time were abandoned and drifted into cartoon limbo for decades...until they were brought back for the episodes "Fields of Honey" and "Two-Tone Town", respectively.
Art Evolution: The characters (sans Goopy Geer) look nothing like they did in their original appearances, looking more like a combination of the 1930s rubberhose style with the '40s pears and spheres style, and with Bosko and Honey getting their species changed into dog-like designs. Although there's a good reason for this — Bosko and Honey were originally caricatures of old time ministrel black people, and Foxy and Roxy were shameless copies of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Goopy was never an ersatz of any character (not even of Goofy; that character first appeared a month after Goopy Geer made his debut) so he only recieved a mild redesign.