!!Woody Woodpecker

[[caption-width-right:300:Woody, in "Smoked Hams" (1947)]]

->''[[ScrewySquirrel Everybody thinks I'm cra-ze-ee-ee!]]''
->''[[IAmWhatIAm Yesiree, that's me, that's me!]]''
->''[[IAmWhatIAm That's what I'm cracked up to be!]]''
->''[[BraggingThemeTune I chop a hole in every tree,]]''
->''[[AllBlueEntry Knock on wood!]]'' (taps on branch)
->''[[RhymesOnADime Well, knock on wo-o-o-o-od!]]''
->''[[ScrewySquirrel So I'm crazy, so what-what can I do?]]''
->''[[NoFourthWall So are YOU!]]''
->-Woody Woodpecker, in his early {{Cloudcuckoolander}} persona.

->''"Is this trip'' really ''necessary? Sure it's necessary!'' '''''I'm''''' ''a [[NecessarilyEvil necessary evil!]]"''
-->--Woody, from the opening of ''Ration Bored'', in his more {{Jerkass}} persona.

!!Debut: ''Knock Knock'' (1940)

A prominent example of the ScrewySquirrel character, Woody Woodpecker was the star character of the Creator/WalterLantz cartoon studio and is the mascot of Universal Studios [[note]]although this position was briefly taken from him by Fievel of WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail in the 80's, he seems to have earned it back[[/note]]. In the earliest cartoons, he was essentially Lantz's answer to WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, being a strange hybrid of the two characters, with the [[ScrewySquirrel energy, looniness]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} and demented nature of Classic Daffy]] merged with hints of the wiseacre attitude of Bugs--also enforced by the fact that they even got ''[[Creator/MelBlanc Bugs' and Daffy's voice actor]]'' for the first three cartoons!

After the first batch of cartoons however, the wiseacre bit of Woody was casually dropped in favor of the more ScrewySquirrel aspects of his character. But things changed when original director Alex Lovy stepped down and ex-Disney animator ShamusCulhane took over direction of the shorts for a few years, ramping up the direction of the previous cartoons considerably, as well as giving Woody his iconic redesign. His take on Woody was much more fleshed out than the previous incarnation -- wheras the original character was just a mindless heckler that went about causing havoc on sheer principle, Shamus supplied Woody with more clearly defined traits so that we could understand ''why'' he was going about causing trouble -- specifically, by estasblishing that he is a selfish, ignorant being who only stands for himself and will not stop at nothing to achieve his goals, regardless of whoever gets in his way. He also helped firmly establish Woody's trait of being a BigEater (which did pop up in early cartoons, but wasn't a central part of the character) which served as the basis for many of his cartoons. However, Culhane's direction, for all of his improvements, made Woody a bit too unlikable, taking him from being a screwy bird to sometimes being flat out ''[[TookALevelInJerkAss malacious]]'' in some episodes (i.e. The Barber of Seville).

But this changed yet ''again'' when Disney veteran Dick Lundy took the directors chair, and toned down Woody considerably, establishing that he cannot go crazy unless given a genuine reason to. During his direction, Lundy essentially turned Woody into an ersatz DonaldDuck, mixed in with Woody's typical ScrewySquirrel tendencies. By the 50s, at the behest of Universal, Lantz softened Woody more into a heroic character, with occasional bouts of his old antics time and time again.

* AlliterativeName: His first and last names both begin with W.
* AnimatedActor: As shown by the live action segments of the original Woody Woodpecker show.
* AnnoyingLaugh: TropeCodifier.
* ArchNemesis: Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Gabby Gator and Ms. Meany. It's not the full list of the enemies he got over the series' lifespan, but those are probably his best known ones.
* ArtEvolution: Woody's early appearance looked like a bizarre, ghoulish mix of a woodpecker and a ragdoll. He eventually got streamlined into more handsome and cuter designs from the mid 40's and onward.
* AttractiveBentGender: He's done crossdressing on a handful of occasions, and he's just as effective with it as WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* BigEater: Woody's appetite was a frequent source of many plots.
* BreakoutCharacter: Woody originally appeared in an Andy Panda short in an attempt by Lantz to deliberately invoke this trope. It worked.
* CaptainErsatz: Of Daffy Duck and the rabbit from "Porky's Hare Hunt", with some traces of Bugs Bunny in the earliest shorts. These aspects were dropped later on, and Woody became more of a playful trickster and foil character in the vein of ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' and ''WesternAnimation/BarneyBear''.
* CatchPhrase: "Guess Who? Ha ha ha HA HA, ha ha ha HA HA, ha ha ha HA HA, hehehehehehehe!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the newer cartoons, Woody is much more relaxed than in his early shorts, where was a manic heckler.
* CompositeCharacter: Originally a hybrid of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in his earliest persona, but became a ScrewySquirrel and DonaldDuck hybrid when Dick Lundy took over the shorts.
* TheDeterminator: Once Woody sets his mind on a goal, no force on Earth will stop him.
* {{Flight}}: Being a avian, Woody is very much capable of flying, although this ability was usually dropped after the early shorts in favor of him using SuperSpeed.
* {{Jerkass}}: Particularly in the shorts directed by Shamus Culhane.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show''
* KarmaHoudini: Happened very frequently in the early shorts.
* NominalHero: In his earliest shorts, he messed with people for no reason and often got away with it.
* PaperThinDisguise: Makes use of this several times.
* ScrewySquirrel
* TookALevelInJerkass: The Culhane shorts.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* VillainProtagonist / HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Prior to Dick Lundy and later Lantz toning down the series, Woody could often be a character with few redeeming qualities - he was a selfish, self-serving troublemaker who wasn't above harassing or hurting other people to get what he wants. However, whether Woody is a AntiHero, trickster or villain really depends on the short and the time period of the character. However, while many shorts portrayed him as causing trouble for others around him, be it knowingly (stealing gas, heckling poppa panda by tearing holes in his roof, breaking into a hotel owned by Wally Walrus, etc.) or just out of carelessness or ignorance, he is seldom portrayed as malicious, and [[KarmicTrickster more mischievous and playful, or just irritated by his hapless foes]], and he rarely instigated the conflicts in the first place. And in the 50's shorts and onward, and in ''New Woody Woodpecker Show'', he was given more sympathetic qualities.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: In "Chew Chew Baby", "Drooler's Delight" and "The Woody Woodpecker Polka".


!!Wally Walrus

[[caption-width-right:320: Woody and Wally, in "The Beach Nut" (1944)]]

!!Debut: ''The Beach Nut'' (1944)

Woody's original set in stone rival of Swedish descent, Wally was made to serve as Woody's short tempered comic foil, as Elmer Fudd was to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, or as Squidward is to WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants. Slow witted, but short tempered.

* AlliterativeName: First and last names both begin with the letter W.
* ButtMonkey
* TheCameo: Wally made a cameo alongside Woody in the ending of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* DemotedToExtra: He was brought onto the "underdog" cast section when other characters, which can be obviously referred to as bad guys, like Buzz, Dooley and Dirty [=McNasty=] came up. At least not until the ''New Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* FriendlyEnemy: Sometimes to Woody in ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* FunetikAksent: Has a thick Swedish accent.
* InterspeciesRomance: He's willing to date women who are ''birds''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean'' has became one for Wally whenever he cooks or has dinner. The first instance of it, ''The Beach Nut'', has both Woody singing this song and Wally happily humming it. Well, it could end there, but then he does the same thing in ''The Dippy Diplomat'' and ''Chew-Chew Baby''.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: He antagonized fellow arctic character Chilly Willy in a few of his 60s shorts.
* WilyWalrus: An antagonistic, stuffy walrus who despises Woody.

!!Buzz Buzzard

[[caption-width-right:300: Buzz and Woody, in "Wet Blanket Policy" (1948)]]

!!Debut: ''Wet Blanket Policy'' (1948)

Woody's ''other'' comic foil, Buzz Buzzard is a sleazy, greedy conman who will stoop to any depths to get what he wants.

* AlliterativeName: B is the first letter of both his given name and his surname.
* CaptainErsatz: Buzz is one of the DonaldDuck character Ben Buzzard, a character director Dick Lundy created for the Donald Duck short ''The Flying Jalopy'' when he was working at Disney.
* {{Jerkass}}: Possibly the only character in the series who is more of this than Woody.
* TheyKilledKenny: Several of the old cartoons ended up with him dying.



!!Winnie Woodpecker


!!Debut: ''Real Gone Woody'' (1954)

Woody's girlfriend. While she only appeared in ''one'' of the original theatrical cartoons (and in a very one-dimensional role at that) she became a recurring character in the comics and became much more prominent in the newer show. Similar in personality to Woody, but much more dignified.

* {{Adorkable}}: In the 1999-2002 series.
* AlliterativeName: Just like her boyfriend, her first and last names both begin with W.
* ArtEvolution: Her post-Real Gone Woody design is just a slight tweak of Woody's design.
* AscendedExtra: Began as a one-shot character in the original shorts before being a regular character in ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* FlatCharacter: Originally, her only role was for Woody Woodpecker and Buzz Buzzard to fight for her affection and she had very little characterization.
* GenkiGirl: In the 1999-2002 series.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: In the 1999-2002 series, all she wears is a skirt and WhiteGloves.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* NonMammalMammaries: She has breasts in her debut, but her redesign in ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'' averts this, as by then she's basically Woody in a skirt.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Aside from wearing a skirt and having her [[NonmammalianHair head feathers bent forward]], Winnie is nearly identical to Woody (in her post-"Real Gone Woody" appearances, however).


!!Knothead and Splinter


!!Debut: ''Get Lost'' (1956)[[note]]theatrical debut--note that they appeared earlier in comics[[/note]]

Woody's Nephew and Niece respectively.

* BrattyHalfPint(s)
* CanonImmigrant: The characters originally appeared in Lantz's ''New Funnies'' comics (1952-), but were later brought into the cartoons.
* ChasteToons
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Splinter is a rare female bird example of shirtless cartoon animal.
* RetCon: In the earliest comics, the kids were Nuthead (sic) and Splinter; both were boys; and the pair were Woody's adopted wards, not his relatives. First Splinter became a girl; then Nuthead became Knothead; then (in the cartoons) the pair became nephew and niece.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Splinter


!!Ms. Meany

An ugly, nasty, and occasionally smart-alecky old lady who often gets the better of Woody if he causes her trouble. First appeared late in the series, but became a regular very fast. Also a frequent player in ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', often as Woody's short-tempered landlady.

!! Debut: ''Calling Dr. Woodpecker'' (1963)

* GrandeDame: Occasionally, depending on the prestige of her job.
* {{Jerkass}}: Especially in ''Bye Bye Blackboard''.
* MeaningfulName: "Meany" would be a rather fitting name for a person who isn't nice.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Sometimes she works for a company or institution (she's a schoolteacher in ''Bye Bye Blackboard'', a sheriff in ''Janie Get Your Gun''); other times, she's just doing something on her own, such as birdwatching or archaeology.
* OldMaid: While the subject doesn't come up very often, an occasional ''New Woody Woodpecker'' episode features her looking for a date, sometimes Wally.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Not even she is safe from Woody's slapstick antics.




!!Debut: ''Life Begins For Andy Panda'' (1939)

Creator/WalterLantz's second star character after the WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit series ran out of gas. Started off as an infant, but gradually grew up to become TheEveryman. Woody Woodpecker made his debut in his 5th short. Phased out by 1949, but made a cameo in the 50's short The Woody Woodpecker Polka. While he wasn't a recurring character of the series, his shorts were usually shown alongside Woody's in the original Woody Woodpecker show. Appeared in 27 shorts total (28 if you count his cameo in The Woody Woodpecker Polka).

* BrattyHalfPint: In his early appearances.
* TheCameo: On a poster in "Wet Blanket Policy" and in the opening of "The Woody Woodpecker Polka."
* CaptainErsatz: Andy's everyman incarnation seems to be one of MickeyMouse.
* TheEveryman
* {{Jerkass}}: Shamus Culhane's very short lived take on the character in the short "The Painter and the Pointer".
* PandaingToTheAudience
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: In his baby appearances.
* SharedUniverse: With Woody Woodpecker. Woody Woodpecker made his debut in one of his early cartoons, and both of them co-starred together in the short "Musical Moments from Chopin".
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Lantz based Andy off of the first baby panda to be born in the US, Su Lin.



!!Debut: ''Chilly Willy'' (1953)

A little penguin living in Fairbanks, Alaska who, oddly enough, hates the cold and goes out of his way to find warmth. While not directly connected to Woody Woodpecker, his shorts were aired alongside his on the original Woody Woodpecker show.

* ArtEvolution: Initially, Chilly just looked like a Woody Woodpecker clone with flippers and black and white feathers. When he directed the second Chilly Willy short, Creator/TexAvery created the much more distinct design that we know and love.
* ButtMonkey: Not as much as his enemies though.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins
* FlatCharacter
* TheGenericGuy: He's adorable enough, but doesn't have much in the way of personality -- which might be why he tends to be shoved OutOfFocus for many of his cartoons, while his antagonists get most of the screen time.
** Better Chilly cartoons make him into a mischievous, almost demonic little squirt. Unfortunately, it's not done often enough.
* MisplacedWildlife: He's a penguin from Alaska.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Even more so than Andy Panda. Just ''look'' at him!
* TheVoiceless: Chilly frequently shifts between this and speaking.