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- Voiced by: Daws Butler (1958–1988), Greg Burson (1988–1999), Jeff Bergman (1990s commercials), Billy West (1990s commercials), Stephen Worth ("Boo Boo Runs Wild", "Boo Boo and the Man"), Dan Aykroyd (2010 live-action film)
- Breakout Character: Originally appeared as a skit for The Huckleberry Hound Show before branching off and eclipsing Huck in popularity.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm smarter than the average bear!"
- Green-Eyed Monster: Yogi can be rather wary to Cindy's advances, but should she set her eyes on someone else, he will suddenly become rather territorial.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Boo Boo.
- Hyperaffixation: He calls picnic baskets "pic-a-nic baskets".
- Karma Houdini: Yeah Yogi's a nice guy overall, but he still often gets off scot free for the mayhem he causes in the park. It's not always a guarantee however, and being a slapstick character, he's destined to be The Chew Toy every now and then. The most notable exception to this is in "A Bear Pair," which ends with Ranger Smith chasing after Yogi while repeatedly clobbering him over the head with a baseball bat. Not because Yogi was breaking any park rules or steeling any picnic baskets, but because he gave America a bad name amongst the French.
- Lovable Rogue: Yogi's a thief and a troublemaker, but easy going and rarely means actual harm. The occasions he isn't in his routine of stealing pic-a-nic baskets he is an outright protagonist helping friends or solving mysteries.
- Voiced by: Don Messick (1958–1994), Jeff Bergman (1990s commercials), Billy West (1990s commercials), John Kricfalusi ("Boo Boo Runs Wild", "A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith", "Boo Boo and the Man"), Tom Kenny ("Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"), Justin Timberlake (2010 live-action film)
- Bow Ties Are Cool: You might say he dressed more stylishly than the average bear.
- Catch Phrase: "Mister Ranger isn't gonna like this, Yogi!"
- Not So Above It All: "Boo Boo Runs Wild" takes his usual role as the Only Sane Man and deconstructs it to abnormal levels.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yogi.
Ranger John Francis Smith
- Voiced by: Don Messick (1958–1994), Greg Burson ("Yo Yogi!"), Corey Burton (Spümcø shorts, Tom Cavanagh (2010 live-action film)
- Catch Phrase: "YOGIIII!"
- Control Freak: John Kricfalusi depicts Ranger Smith as a somewhat neurotic fanatic, obsessed with placing rules and restrictions in almost everything in the forest.John Kricfalusi: I think the story works well for these HB characters, because that's what the whole Yogi Bear series was about. Ranger Smith was always Man butting his nose into the wilderness and making its legitimate occupants obey unnatural laws. This basic conflict made the whole concept of the Yogi Bear show funny to me and your average Joes because we can all identify with the situation.
- A Day in the Limelight: John Kricfalusi created two cartoons starring Smith (even though one of them was more about Boo-Boo), and the Live-Action Adaptation is a Human-Focused Adaptation.
- Depending on the Artist: Ranger Smith's design was inconsistent throughout most of the original show until Hey There, It's Yogi Bear finalized it. Parodied in the Spumco shorts, where he inexplicably switches through his various forms from shot to shot.
- Friendly Enemy: He has been shown to get along with Yogi when the bear isn't causing trouble. In spin offs such as Yogi's Treasure Hunt they are consistent allies.
- Hero Antagonist: He has to be the one to stop Yogi from stealing people's food.
- On One Condition: He once inherited a fortune but had to live in the mansion he inherited. When he got word about Yogi's health condition, he returned to the park.
- Only Sane Man: While often a somewhat pompous authority figure, his contempt towards Yogi is usually provoked.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he understandably does not approve of Yogi causing mayhem and stealing pic-a-nic baskets, he isn't a bad guy, and can be quite nice to Yogi when he's behaving. There are even a few occasions where he actually encourages Yogi to steal a picnic basket or two.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: On occasion, he has overzealous moments, especially under John Kricfalusi's pen, usually he just tries, and fails, to make Yogi to behave.
- Voiced by: Julie Bennett (1961–1988), Janet Waldo ("Yogi's First Christmas"), Kath Soucie ("Yo Yogi!"), Mary Ellen Thomas ("Boo Boo Runs Wild")
- Ascended Extra: Cindy only appeared in a handful of episodes from the original show. She is a regular in most revivals and makes frequent appearances in spin-offs (she is among the few supporting characters to compete in the Laff-A-Lympics and has a leading role in Yo Yogi!).
- Depending on the Artist: Cindy's original design was basically Yogi with a dress and blue fur. Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! gave her a more feminine design with light brown fur that became definitive (though her blue color scheme reappears in odd instances such as the Spumco shorts).
- The Smurfette Principle: The fact she is one of very few female characters representing the early Hanna Barbera works may have played part into her prominence in spin offs. She is the only female in The Yogi Yahooeys team in Laff-A-Lympics for example.
- Southern Belle: Well, she certainly sounds like one.