What Price Porky (LT, Clampett) - In a Porky Pig cartoon.
Porky & Daffy (LT, Clampett) - In a Porky Pig cartoon. Redrawn in color, 1967.
The Daffy Doc (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
Daffy Duck in Hollywood (MM, Avery) - Last Daffy cartoon directed by Avery. A scene at the end of the cartoon is considered to be the Ur YouTube Poop, decades before the the advent of such videos.
Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (MM, Jones) - The first Chuck Jones short to use the character. We also start to see a hint of what Daffy would later become, as he is presented as more thoughtful and calculating than he usually was in his early appearances. Public Domain.
Scalp Trouble (LT, Clampett) - In a Porky Pig cartoon. Remade as "Slightly Daffy" in 1944; redrawn in color 1967.
Wise Quacks (LT, Clampett) - In a Porky Pig cartoon.
Naughty Neighbors (LT, Clampett) - In a Porky Pig cartoon, cameo. - Redrawn in color, 1967.
Arguable due to also being an Unpopular Popular Character. He's not just liked second to Bugs, he gets nothing but cricket chirps and tomatoes in the face. Not to mention if there's another character around for comparison, they'll usually prove more popular as well, sometimes even a similar Butt Monkeyjust to add insult to injury.
Ambiguous Disorder: In The Looney Tunes Show. Bugs describes him as "a mean-spirited, self-absorbed, disturbed little weirdo", and later as "a sociopath, a Narcissist, and probably a psychopath." And as shown in the music video for "The Wizard," he has difficulty telling fantasy apart from reality.
Breakout Character: Intended as a one shot foil for Porky in Avery's "Porky's Duck Hunt". Audiences became fascinated by the character's wacky abrasive personality, leading WB to place him in more shorts. These days he stands as the most prominent Looney Tunes star outside fellow Breakout Character Bugs Bunny.
Bullet Seed: In Muscle Tussle Daffy faces a rival for his gal's affections. At one point his rival bites a chain, chews, and spits out a buch of nails. Not to be outdone Daffy bites a chain, chews, and spits out his teeth.
Butt Monkey: Most later interpretations, especially Chuck Jones' version, to the point of playing the Straw Loser in the series. It gets Deconstructed however, in Back in Action.
Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in earlier shorts, even the later more ambitious versions aren't all that stable at times.
Characterization Marches On: Not only was he not conniving and arrogant in his early appearances, but he actually said Bugs Bunny was his hero. Oh how the times have changed.
Chick Magnet: Not an aspect that is always stressed but Daffy has had plenty of women fall for him. The gorgeous red headed duck Femme Fatale from "The Super Snooper" fell for him at first sight, lavished him with kisses and wanted to marry him right away. Another female in "The Duxorcist" allowed him to kiss her only moments after they met. Even the blonde bombshell german pigeon Hatta Mari in Plane Daffy, who attempted to seduce him got turned on the second time they kissed. The Martian Queen Ty'ranee in Duck Dodgers loved him as well. The Looney Tunes Show pairs him with Tina. Not only that but there have been many times Daffy has been shown to be married to different female ducks with lots of kids. He is easily the most sexually active character out of the entire Looney Tunes crew.
Possibly lampshaded in an old Gold Key comic story ("The Charming Chump") after he gets a talkative Abhorrent Admirer in the form of Debbie Duck:
Depending on the Writer: One of the most notable examples in the series, nearly every director had a unique take on Daffy, some baring little resemblance to others (though this is partially due to the character's Flanderization).
Early-Installment Weirdness: Daffy was originally a mindless heckler who went about his antics for no clear motivation, and was adorned with a pudgy, tiny design. Clampett began fleshing out Daffy's character later on, before Jones, Freleng and McKimson settled into their own interpretations of the waterfowl.
Era Specific Personality: Avery and Clampett developed the "screwball" version of the early period. Jones' version is usually considered the contemporary rendition, a Composite Character is used on occasion however usually in the shorts by Bob McKimson and Frank Tashlin. The adaptations from the 80's onward usually showcased the Jones Daffy with only a touch of Screwball Daffy.
This even got a Lampshade Hanging in "Pronoun Trouble", a Looney Tunes comic book story by animation historian Earl Kress:
Daffy: I'm not a bad sort. Why does this keep happening to me? Oh, sure, I was kind of goofy when I was younger and then went through an egotistical, greedy phase, but I don't deserve this...
Expy: Not long after his conception, director Ben "Bugs" Hardaway took the character of Daffy and made him into a rabbit character called Bugs' Bunny (note the possessive term). This character was ultimately a failure, however, as he was even more obnoxious than Daffy ever was, to the point where the audience was rooting more for the victims rather than the rabbit.
Of course following this "Bugs' Bunny" would supposedly provide inspiration for Bugs Bunny, who maintained a similar (if somewhat toned down) abrasiveness as Daffy. In this case the Expy would become an even bigger hit than Daffy himself and continues being one of the most notable cartoon characters to date.
Femme Fatale: Hatta Mari of Plane Daffy and the unnamed duck suspect in The Super Snooper are both parodies of the type. It turns out that the latter hasn't actually done anything wrong, but she still acts the part.
Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Even after Chuck Jones recreated Daffy as a pompous loser, there were a fair few references to his crazy trickster persona. This is particularly evident in Robert McKimson's work, who even after giving Daffy his later more lucid personality, had him snap back to his heckler persona on several occasions. Even some modern works such as Space Jam or Daffy Duck's Rhapsody blatantly hark back to the original Daffy.
Forgot I Could Fly: A running gag for Daffy, the earliest occurrence being the short "The Million Hare".
He also refers to himself as "a henpecked duck!" in "The Stupid Cupid", probably in reference to the aforementioned cartoon. Pretty much any time he's shown married, he's this. In "The Super Snooper", he actively refuses to get involved with the gorgeous Femme Fatale, even after she proves her innocence, for fear of letting it happen again: "She's got that ol' ball-and-chain look in her eyes!"
Heroic Wannabe: As Duck Twacy, Drip-Along Daffy, The Masked Avenger, Duck Drake, Stupor Duck, China Jones, Boston Quackie, Joe Monday, Doorlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Duck Dodgers, etc.
"Daffy Duck's Rhapsody" begins as this and then segues into an "I Want" Song.
I Have a Family: Used twice as a ploy to get away from Porky. In "Duck Soup to Nuts" he calls out his sobbing "family" to say goodbye to him before Porky shoots him; Porky feels guilty and lets him off the hook, at which point the wife and kids remove their disguises and reveal themselves to be a few of Daffy's duck friends who were paid to get him out of trouble. In "Riff Raffy Daffy", he uses a pair of wind-up toys as his "children". (In the cartoons where he actually did have a family, he never utilized this trope.)
Image Song: "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody", performed by Mel Blanc; recently turned into a 3D short film.
Porky Pig: T-T-That does it! You web-footed, n-n-no good, two-timing, d-d-double-crossing, d-d-double-dealing, unsanitary old snake in the grass! Daffy:Unsanitary!?
Second, in the 1953 short Muscle Tussle, after Daffy's girlfriend dumps him for a bodybuilder:
Daffy's girlfriend: Goodbye, you scrawny little nine-pound weakling. Daffy: How do you like that? Calling me a scrawny little nine-pound weakling, when it's perfectly obvious I'm a scrawny little ten-pound weakling. Hmph.
It Amused Me: Rather consistently in his earlier Screwy Squirrel years. He became more ambitious and "self prethervational" in his callousness in later shorts (though that doesn't mean he doesn't still enjoy it).
Karma Houdini: Limey Louie in "China Jones" receives no comeuppance for being an established hardened criminal and the antagonist of the short; Daffy attempts to get Porky Pig to arrest him, but he's more interested in the duck's unpaid laundry bills...
Porky Pig: Better to press shirt than to press luck.
Loveable Rogue: In a lot of his "transitional" shorts, Robert McKimson played this role with Daffy for the majority of his original run (he could on occasion lean into not-so-lovable Schemer territory though).
Old-Timey Bathing Suit: In "Muscle Tussle", Daffy is shown up at the beach by a Speedo-wearing muscle-builder duck — as the designated nine-pound weakling, Daffy wears an old-timey striped suit and straw boater hat.
Also, the end of "A Star is Bored", where he stars in his own movie, in which he finds out the hard way where all the hunters are — right around him with their guns which they all promptly unloaded on him.
Daffy: I DEMAND TO KNOW WHO WROTE THIS SCRIPT!!! Bugs: I'd like to tell him, but, uh... (chuckles coyly) modesty forbids.
The Resenter: Whenever paired with Bugs Bunny in a short, Daffy becomes this.
Rhetorical Question Blunder: In "Hollywood Daffy", Daffy impersonating a studio director fooling the oh-so-fay Joe Besser-type gate cop into thinking he'll make him a star. Daffy examines him and asks "What's Errol Flynn got that you haven't got?" before quickly interjecting, "Don't answer that!"
Stupid Evil: A lot of his antagonistic bouts against Speedy seemed to lean into this. Most his constant abuse is inflicted by himself rather than Speedy, and could usually be prevented if he wasn't so insistent on spiting the little rodent, who offers a truce nearly every minute or so.
Too Dumb to Live: There's something he doesn't know that Bugs Bunny does in the Duck Season-Rabbit Season trilogy of cartoons. All Bugs has to do is manipulate a little of Daffy's syntax and Daffy's demand to get blasted in the face with Elmer's rifle will be granted. He virtually pleads for it at the near end of "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!"
Took a Level in Jerkass: Under Chuck Jones's direction in the early fifties, making him self centered, neurotic and incredibly narcissistic (this is keeping in mind Daffy wasn't exactly an angel to begin with). Other directors eventually took his redesign and made him even worse. By the De Patie Freleng era, he borders out and out evil. Later productions go in and out with this, though for the most part refer to Jones's selfish egotist Daffy.
Took a Level in Kindness: In Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas in accordance with nearly all variations of the story. Also in Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court, despite taking the role of a greedy king, Daffy is noticeably tamer and bored with his role, passively helping Bugs and even willingly giving him his crown by the end of the film.
Daffy: Who ever heard of a duck being king anyway?
Toothy Bird: Sometimes, although Chuck Jones joked in a few of his "dental" art prints about Daffy being toothless:
Bugs: "But, sir, how can you have a toothache—when you haven't any teeth?"
After having Took a Level in Jerkass, he arguably leaned even further into this trope. In some of his bouts against Speedy and Bugs, he is an outright genuine villain (in comparison to the more playful Screwy Squirrel he usually was in the above examples), but still usually the primary focus.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with Porky, and Bugs, and Speedy... Usually the very people Daffy is trying to victimize in some manner are actually the closest he has to actual friends.
William Telling: "Daffy Duck and Egghead" (1938) has Daffy placing an apple on his head so Egghead can shoot it. But he misses each time, no matter how close Daffy gets to him. Daffy chucks the apple, gives Eggead a tin cup of pencils, a pair of sunglasses and a "Blind" sign around his neck.
Word Salad Lyrics: His Talkative Loon version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" in "Boobs in the Woods". (It's basically a rewrite of a similar song sung by the Bugs Bunny prototype character in "Hare-Um Scare-Um".)
Oh, when they say I'm nutsy, it sure gives me a pain!
Please pass the ketchup, I think it's going to rain!
Oh, you can't bounce a meatball, though try with all your might,
Daffy: Well, Confucius says "Can't squeeze blood from turnip." Porky: (produces heavy club) Confucius also says "Is better to press shirts than press luck."
Worthy Opponent: Subverted against Bugs, where he was even more Harmless than Elmer. Oddly enough played more straight against Speedy, though still bumbling, existing as the sole villain to actually defeat, or even so much as invoke fear into the rodent. Even plays the trope's traditional chemistry, with Daffy, in almost a rare case of continuity, gaining a softer spot for Speedy in later shorts.
Women Prefer Strong Men: In the short "Muscle Tussle," Daffy's girlfriend is swept off her feet by a muscular beach hunk.