Western Animation: Daffy Duck
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"Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are."Daffy Duck
is a Looney Tunes
character created by Tex Avery
(although Bob Clampett
contributed to Daffy's personality) in 1937. He was the first of the new breed of "screwball" characters that emerged in the late 1930s to supplant traditional everyman characters, such as Mickey Mouse
and Porky Pig
. Was originally The Screwball
, later Flanderized
by Chuck Jones
(and Friz Freleng
, even more so) into a Jerkass Small Name, Big Ego
, most famously paired with Bugs Bunny
as the Odd Couple
, but is also frequently set up against Porky Pig, who works as The Comically Serious
and Deadpan Snarker
to Daffy's hijinks. 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.
Daffy has had the third largest amount of appearances in Looney Tunes
history, next to Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny, starring in 129 theatrical cartoons.
Many of the cartoons in which Daffy has starred have been parodies
of movies and radio serials, such as "Duck Dodgers", "Duck Twacy" (in The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
) and "Robin Hood Daffy".
- Porky's Duck Hunt (LT, Avery) - Daffy's first appearance, in a Porky Pig cartoon. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Daffy Duck and Egghead (MM, Avery) - First entry in the "Daffy Duck" series.
- 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.
1940 (All cartoons co-star Porky Pig.)
1941 (All cartoons star Porky Pig.)
- A Coy Decoy (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Public Domain.
- The Henpecked Duck (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Public Domain.
- Conrad the Sailor (MM, Jones) - Co-stars with Conrad the Cat.
- Daffy's Southern Exposure (LT, McCabe) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Public Domain.
- The Impatient Patient (LT, McCabe) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Public Domain.
- The Ducktators (LT, McCabe) Public Domain.
- The Daffy Duckaroo (LT, McCabe) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Public Domain.
- My Favorite Duck (LT, Jones)- In a Porky Pig cartoon. Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Tom Turk and Daffy (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Tick Tock Tuckered (LT, Clampett) - Starring Porky Pig. Remake of "Porky's Badtime Story."
- Duck Soup to Nuts (LT, Freleng) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Slightly Daffy (MM, Freleng) - Starring Porky Pig. Remake of "Scalp Trouble."
- Plane Daffy (LT, Tashlin)
- The Stupid Cupid (LT, Tashlin) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Draftee Daffy (LT, Clampett)
- Ain't That Ducky (LT, Freleng)
- Nasty Quacks (MM, Tashlin)
- Birth of a Notion (LT, McKimson) - Re-issued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Along Came Daffy (LT, Freleng) - Starring Yosemite Sam. Re-issued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- A Pest in the House (LT, Jones) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Mexican Joyride (LT, Davis)
- What Makes Daffy Duck? (LT, Davis) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Daffy Duck Slept Here (MM, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- The Up-Standing Sitter (LT, McKimson)
- You Were Never Duckier (MM, Jones) - Starring Henery Hawk.
- Daffy Dilly (MM, Jones)
- The Stupor Salesman (LT, Davis)
- Riff Raffy Daffy (LT, Davis) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Wise Quackers (LT, Freleng) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Holiday For Drumsticks (MM, Davis)
- Daffy Duck Hunt (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Boobs in the Woods (LT, McKimson)-Starring Porky Pig.
- The Scarlet Pumpernickel (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Henery Hawk, Sylvester, and others. One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
- His Bitter Half (MM, Freleng)
- Golden Yeggs (MM, Freleng) - Starring Porky Pig and Rocky.
- The Ducksters (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Rabbit Fire (LT, Jones) - Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd.
- Drip-Along Daffy (MM, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- The Prize Pest (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Thumb Fun (MM, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Cracked Quack (MM, Freleng) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Rabbit Seasoning (MM, Jones) - Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd.
- The Super Snooper (LT, McKimson)
- Fool Coverage (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Design for Leaving (LT, McKimson) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Quack Shot (MM, McKimson) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- My Little Duckaroo (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Beanstalk Bunny (MM, Jones) - Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd.
- Stork Naked (MM, Freleng)
- This Is a Life? (MM, Freleng) - Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Granny.
- Dime to Retire (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Sahara Hare (LT, Freleng) - In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, cameo
- The High and the Flighty (MM, McKimson) - Starring Foghorn Leghorn.
- Rocket Squad (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Stupor Duck (LT, McKimson)
- A Star Is Bored (LT, Freleng) - Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam.
- Deduce, You Say (LT, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Don't Axe Me (MM, McKimson) - Starring Elmer Fudd.
- Robin Hood Daffy (MM, Jones) - Starring Porky Pig.
- China Jones (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- People Are Bunny (MM, McKimson) - Starring Bugs Bunny.
- Apes of Wrath (MM, Freleng) - In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, cameo
- Person to Bunny (MM, Freleng) - Starring Bugs Bunny.
- The Abominable Snow Rabbit (LT, Jones; co-dir: Noble) - Starring Bugs Bunny.
- Daffy's Inn Trouble (LT, McKimson) - Starring Porky Pig.
- Quackodile Tears (MM, Davis)
- Good Noose (LT, McKimson)
- Fast Buck Duck (MM, McKimson; co-dir.: Bonnicksen)
- Million Hare (LT, McKimson) - Starring Bugs Bunny
- Aqua Duck (MM, McKimson)
- The Iceman Ducketh (LT, Monroe) - Starring Bugs Bunny. Last appearance with Bugs in the original theatrical cartoons.
- It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House (LT, Pratt) - Starring Sylvester, Granny, Speedy. First pairing of Daffy and Speedy.
- Moby Duck (LT, McKimson) - Starring Speedy.
- Assault and Peppered (MM, McKimson) - Starring Speedy.
- Well Worn Daffy (LT, McKimson) - Starring Speedy.
- Suppressed Duck (LT, McKimson)
- Corn on the Cop (MM, Spector) - Starring Granny, Porky Pig. Final pairing of Daffy and Porky.
- Tease for Two (LT, McKimson) - Starring the Goofy Gophers.
- Chili Corn Corny (LT, McKimson) - Starring Speedy.
- Go Go Amigo (MM, McKimson) - Starring Speedy.
1966 (All cartoons co-star Daffy and Speedy.)
- The Astroduck (or Astro Duck) (LT, McKimson)
- Mucho Locos (MM, McKimson) - Clips from "Deduce You Say," "Robin Hood Daffy" and "China Jones" used.
- Mexican Mousepiece (MM, McKimson)
- Daffy Rents (LT, McKimson)
- A-Haunting We Will Go (LT, McKimson) - Starring Witch Hazel. Clips from "Bewitched Bunny" incorporated.
- Snow Excuse (MM, McKimson)
- A Squeak in the Deep (LT, McKimson)
- Feather Finger (MM, McKimson)
- Swing Ding Amigo (LT, McKimson)
- A Taste of Catnip (MM, McKimson)
1967 (All cartoons co-star Daffy and Speedy.)
- Daffy's Diner (MM, McKimson)
- Quacker Tracker (LT, McKimson)
- The Music Mice-Tro (MM, McKimson)
- The Spy Swatter (LT, Larriva)
- Speedy Ghost to Town (MM, Lovy)
- Rodent to Stardom (LT, Lovy)
- Go Away Stowaway (MM, Lovy)
- Fiesta Fiasco (LT, Lovy) Birthday Episode made to mark Daffy's 30th anniversary.
1968 (All cartoons co-star Daffy and Speedy.)
- Skyscraper Caper (LT, Lovy)
- See Ya Later Gladiator (LT, Lovy) - Final theatrical Daffy Duck cartoon until 1980.(LT)
- The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: "Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies"
- "Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals"(Jones) Aired on CBS. Co-starring Bugs Bunny, cameo by Porky Pig. Based on "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns.
- The Yolk's on You (originally part of Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement)
- The Chocolate Chase (originally part of Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement)
- Daffy Flies North (originally part of Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement)
- Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century - First theatrical "Daffy Duck" cartoon since 1968.
- The Duxorcist (MM, Ford/Lennnon)
- The Night of the Living Duck (MM, Ford/Lennon) - Final cartoon where Daffy is voiced by Mel Blanc.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Short cameo in the "dueling piano" sequence against Donald Duck. Voiced by Mel Blanc and animated by Chuck Jones.
- Daffy Duck's Quackbusters - a compilation film.
- Box-Office Bunny (Van Citters) - In a "Bugs Bunny" cartoon, voiced by Jeff Bergman
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Daffy makes several guest appearances, voiced by Jeff Bergman and later by Greg Burson
- (Blooper) Bunny (Ford/Lennon) - In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, voiced by Jeff Bergman
- Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (Ford/Lennon) - In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, voiced by Jeff Bergman
- Animaniacs - Daffy made several cameos, voiced by Greg Burson
- Carrotblanca - voiced by Joe Alaskey
- The Drew Carey Show - Daffy made a guest appearance in the season finale "My Best Friend's Wedding", voiced by Joe Alaskey
- Histeria - Makes several cameos, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker
- Attack of the Drones, voiced by Jeff Bennett
- Duck Dodgers TV series, voiced by Joe Alaskey
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action - voiced by Joe Alaskey
- Daffy Duck for President -voiced by Joe Alaskey
- Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, voiced by Joe Alaskey
- Daffy's Rhapsody, a completely musical short using Mel Blanc's earlier recording. Coincidentally was released two months before Daffy's 75th anniversary.
Daffy Duck (and his cartoons) have shown the following tropes:
- Acme Products: Daffy has been known to use these a few times.
- Alliterative Name
- Always Second Best: Mostly due to 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 Monkey just 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.
- America Saves the Day: The early WW2 cartoons used this.
- Amusing Injuries
- Anti-Hero: Sways between Unscrupulous Hero and Nominal Hero depending on the cartoon in question.
- Ash Face: Most infamously in the short "Rabbit Fire".
- Attention Whore: While the motivation of this trait has changed over the years, this has always been a consistent aspect of the character.
- Ax-Crazy: While his over-the-top insanity was usually fairly harmless, he certainly had his moments of this, especially in "The Daffy Doc".
- Badass: When he beat up Taz.
- Also, when he's Duck Dodgers.
- Badly Battered Babysitter
- "The Up-Standing Sitter"
- Any time he has to watch his own kids ("Wise Quacks") or his eggs ("Quackodile Tears").
- Beware the Silly Ones: In his early cartoons.
- Birthday Episode: "Fiesta Fiasco", in which Daffy attempts to crash Speedy's party, only to find out it's for him (Daffy, somewhat uncharacteristically, forgot his own birthday). The short was made to mark the 30th anniversary of "Porky's Duck Hunt".
- 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 bunch 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.
- Captain Ersatz: The Walter Lantz cartoon star Woody Woodpecker was, shall we way, "inspired" by Daffy's early screwball incarnation. He was even voiced by Mel Blanc in his first few appearances, and his debut cartoon "Knock Knock" ended in the exact same way as "Daffy Duck and Egghead".
- Carnivore Confusion: The Warner Bros. standard. This gets really bizarre in later cartoons like "Duck Soup to Nuts" and "Daffy Duck Hunt", where Daffy is almost as anthropomorphized as Porky.
- Catch Phrase
- "You're desthpicable!"
- "Woo hoo-hoo-HOO-hoo-hoo!" (while bouncing around like a maniac) note
- "Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century!"
- "Sufferin' succotash!" (pronounced "Thufferin' thuccotash!") quite often in earlier shorts, before it was given to the similarly-voiced Sylvester the cat.
- "Mother!" (when something really bad is about to happen to him)
- "What a revolting development this is!"
- "Anyone for tennis?"
- "It's not the principle of the thing, it's the money!" (when he eagerly accepts a task that involves a huge monetary reward)
- 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.
- The Chew Toy
- 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:
"Why am I so irresistible?"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in earlier shorts, even the later more ambitious versions aren't all that stable at times.
- Consolation Backfire: At the end of Daffy Duck's Quackbusters Daffy is completely bankrupt and can't pay his rent, and a repo crew come in to take all his stuff. Daffy then says "One thing's for sure, I've got nowhere else to go but up!", then a wrecking ball crashes in his office.
- Crazy Survivalist: In the "Hunting Trilogy".
"I am a duck bent on self-preservation."
- Depending on the Writer: One of the most notable examples in the series, nearly every director had a unique take on Daffy, some bearing little resemblance to others (though this is partially due to the character's Flanderization).
- Determinator: Like most Looney Tunes characters he'll do whatever it takes to upstage his rival.
- Deuteragonist: Of the Looney Tunes franchise.
- Dirty Coward: A self-confessed "craven little coward", though will occasionally defy his fears if promises of fame and fortune are brought into the situation.
"Like I said, I'm a coward, but I'm a greeeedy little coward."
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Co-Trope Namer
- 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.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Daffy's had several middle names, though none of them official.
- "Good To His Mother" in "To Duck or Not To Duck".
- "Dumas" in "The Scarlet Pumpernickel."
- "Daffy Horatio Tiberius Duck" in Baby Looney Tunes.
- "Sheldon" and "Armando" in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Enemy Mine: With Bugs in "Rabbit Fire", and Speedy in "See Ya Later Gladiator".
- 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:
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...
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Occasionally goes into full-blown Pepe Le Pew mode ("A Coy Decoy", "Duck Soup to Nuts", "The Prize Pest"). He invokes the trope in "The Duxorcist":
"And I thought French was a romantic language!"
- Exact Words: In one story, the Mayor of a Western town promises to pay Daffy fifteen dollars a week if Daffy catches Speedy Gonzales. After Daffy upholds his side of the agreement, the Mayor pays him for the time it takes Daffy to do so (not enough to complete one dollar) and tells Daffy to leave.
- 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.
- Face Doodling: "Daffy Doodles"
- Failure Hero: With the odd spaced exception.
- Fast Tunnelling: Perhaps he learned it from Bugs. In at least one episode he was shown to be tunneling someplace by himself.
- Faux Affably Evil: In contrast to his mere Jerkass or Affably Evil persona beforehand, the De Patie Freleng shorts evolved Daffy into an motivelessly ruthless villain, though with the same bumbling pathos as before. This depended on the scenario however, with some shorts presenting him as more sympathetic antagonist or an outright buddy of Speedy.
- Feather Fingers
- 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.
- Flanderization: Again one of the most notable examples in the franchise (if not the animated scene as a whole), evolving from a slightly bombastic Cloudcuckoolander to a luckless Small Name, Big Ego.
- Foil: To Bugs Bunny
- 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".
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Fur Is Clothing: In "The Wise-Quacking Duck", confronted with the oven, he distracts his antagonist by performing a strip-tease routine with his feathers.
- G-Rated Mental Illness: Early on. In The Looney Tunes Show this gets upgraded to Ambiguous Disorder status.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: The counterintuitive form in "A Star Is Bored."
- Greed: Becomes one of his defining traits later on.
It's MINE, you understand!? Mine, all mine! Get back in there! Down! Down! Down! Go! Go! Go! Mine! Mine! Mine!
- Green Eyes: In the short Daffy's Rhapsody.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Harmless Villain: In most of his antagonist moments with Bugs and Speedy.
- Headless Horseman: One appears in the audience of Daffy's nightclub act in The Night of the Living Duck.
- Helium Speech: Downplayed example. Word of God stated Mel Blanc's voice for Daffy was basically just Sylvester pitch shifted slightly.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He claims to be one in "Plane Daffy". It doesn't stop Hatta Mari from trying to seduce him (and succeeding).
- Henpecked Husband
- In The Henpecked Duck and His Bitter Half.
- 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.
- "I Am" Song: Several.
- Idiot Houdini: "A Pest In The House". As the Golden Collection commentary notes, Daffy for once isn't actively malicious in this short, and is even trying to do his job as bellhop with diligence, his looney nature still manages to be the constant bane of the hotel guest however, who constantly punts Elmer for being disturbed. Notably this is the only Chuck Jones short aside from "Rabbit Fire" where Daffy comes out the victor.
- 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 (a furious Porky overhears and opens fire on all of them). 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.
- Incoming Ham: "It's me again!"
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Took this role more later on.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Happens at least twice.
- First in the 1948 short Daffy Duck Slept Here.
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!
- 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's All About Me: "I'm not like other people. I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
- 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).
"Survival of the fittest—and besides, it's fun."
- It Works Better with Bullets: In "Daffy Duck Hunting", Daffy empties the buckshot out of Porky Pig's shotgun shells, then allows Porky to blast away at him to no effect.
- "I Want" Song:
- "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody" was partially this:
I would read the latest book
Go swimming in the babbling brook
I'd like to fly the seven seas
Play hide and seek among the trees
I'd play hop scotch and double dutch
And this and that and things and such...
- The song he sings in "You Ought to Be in Pictures".
- Jerkass: More and more so as time progressed, Chuck Jones actually revolved his interpretation around the term "Selfish".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does have his moments on occasion though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: And he has plenty of moments that subvert those moments.
- 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.
- Similarly Daffy fails spectacularly to bring in outlaw Nasty Canasta in "My Little Duckaroo" and earns a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for his troubles.
- Daffy himself had moments of this, while his most malicious screwy antics were usually met with a comeuppance, there were times Daffy managed to squirm out of it.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Astonishingly enough, Daffy is actually this to the rest of Speedy Gonzales's Rogues Gallery. While still highly comical in tone, the situations Speedy was placed in were sometimes a lot more dire against Daffy, who stands as the only villain competent (and malicious) enough to hold ground against the mouse, even beating him a couple of times.
- What about whipping poor mice in "Assault and Peppered"?
- And keeping mice from drinking out of a well For the Evulz in "Well Worn Daffy"? (And unlike Sylvester, does a formidable job fending Speedy off).
- The Lancer: Usually to Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig, for various Odd Couple combinations (obviously in later cartoons Porky becomes this to him).
- Large Ham
- Lord Error-Prone: In several Chuck Jones parody shorts.
- Lovable Coward
- 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).
- Mad Hatter: Especially early on, when he'd frequently lampshade the fact that he was crazy. His name was Daffy, after all.
- Madness Mantra
- "The Daffy Doc": "Where's a patient? Where's a patient? I gotta find a patient. I gotta find a patient."
- "The Henpecked Duck": "Yes, m'love. Yes, m'love. YES, M'LOVE. YEEEEESSSSS M'LOVE!"
- Mata Hari: Who else but Hatta Mari?
- Milestone Celebration: The short "Fiesta Fiasco" which ends with Speedy throwing a surprise birthday party for Daffy was made to mark 30 years since Daffy's first appearance.
- Money Fetish: Would do just about anything to get money.
- Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate
- Never Bare Necked: Has always kept his pearl necklace on except for in "Quackodile Tears", a few moments on "The Bugs Bunny Show", the episode "Black Widow", and Baby Looney Tunes.
- Non Sequitur Thud: Most notably "Duck Amuck".
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: He has been known to show skinnier frames under his skin to try to deter those who wish to eat him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He could strive to be semi competent against Speedy at times.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Faked a bad case of Funny Schizophrenia to get the best of Porky in "The Prize Pest".
- Obnoxious Snarker: He goes into Sarcasm Mode very often.
- 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—-made out to be Impossibly Tacky Clothes, although when Bugs wears the same kind of bathing suit, it's fine.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: In "The Duxorcist":
- Phrase Catcher: In the older shorts, someone would always have to lampshade "that duck's" insanity in some way, at which point Daffy would pop up and tell them that they were right.
- Pooled Funds: Any time he got his hands on some cash.
- Pronoun Trouble: Trope Namer.
- Rage Against the Author
- "Duck Amuck"
- 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.
- Rant Inducing Slight: Again, "Duck Amuck"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Bugs's blue.
- 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!"
- Roger Rabbit Effect
- Screwy Squirrel: Daffy Duck pre-flanderization though he still retains it as another part of his personality, also an Ur Example of the entire trope. It's especially prominent in Daffy Duck and Egghead.
- The Scrooge: Plays a modern variant in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Carol.
- Seen-It-All Suicide: "The Scarlet Pumpernickel"
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Porky's Sensitive Guy.
- Show Some Leg: Both Hatta Mari and the Femme Fatale in "The Super Snooper" try this, although the former is more successful.
- Small Name, Big Ego: A light case in early shorts, taken to extremes later on.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite constantly losing against pretty much any foe he fights it must be noted that Daffy is not stupid. He is notable for being among the few characters that can actually see through Bugs' Guile Hero actions and has proven extremely competent against Speedy. Most of his losses come from his being greedy, petty and spiteful rather than being outwitted by his opponents.
- Sore Loser: He can't stand losing to Bugs, at certain points even willing to kill the rabbit just to dispose of the competition.
- Species Surname
- Speech Impediment: His trademark lisp ("You're dethpicable!"), though it was not nearly as pronounced in the early years.
- Straw Loser: Chuck Jones's version, lost miserably to villains Bugs usually defeated without trying and had Porky Pig of all people as his Hyper Competent Sidekick. Other directors portrayed Daffy as a Butt Monkey at this point, though it depended on the scenario whether he was quite as pathetic as the others.
- 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.
- Team Rocket Wins: Even following his Flanderization into a Butt Monkey, Daffy seemed to score more victories than most other fall-guys in the series, knocking out Taz in a Curbstomp Battle in "Ducking the Devil", being the first foe to defeat Speedy Gonzales in "Mucho Locos" to name a few. Counting an obscure Tang endorsement from ''The Bugs Bunny Show'' and Cartoon Network's Big Game from 2001, he has also defeated Bugs twice as well. Also, perhaps due to being created by fans of the shorts and the character, some later features tend to throw Daffy a bone a few times as well, including the very end of Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
- The Dark Age of Animation
- The Golden Age of Animation
- The Millennium Age of Animation
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- This Loser Is You: Chuck Jones dreamed of being Bugs Bunny, then woke up as Daffy Duck.
- Throw the Pin: Speedy Ghost to Town
- The Cameo: Daffy's head can be seen on a building in the movie Cool World.
- 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!"
"SHOOT ME AGAIN! I ENJOY IT! I LOVE THE SMELL OF BURNT FEATHERS AND POWDER AND ACONITE! I'M AN ELK! GO ON, SHOOT ME! IT'S ELK SEASON! I'M A FIDDLER CRAB! WHY DON'T YOU SHOOT ME? IT'S FIDDLER CRAB SEASON!"
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In The Looney Tunes Show.
- 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?
Daffy: Just lucky, I guess.
- Tough Room: The endless victim to one. His complex tap dance in "Show Biz Bugs" earns him nothing but cricket chirps.
- Traveling Salesman: In several shorts.
- Uniformity Exception: A couple of cartoons start with Daffy along with a flock of ducks migrating or paddling in a lake. All the other ducks look more or less realistic, whereas Daffy looks like Daffy.
"Kind of stick out in a crowd, don't I?"
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Villain Protagonist
- In the three Tex Avery Daffys, and some of the Bob Clampett directed shorts.
- 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: 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.
- Wild Card: A self proclaimed self preservationist, and a tall order Screwy Squirrel on top, Daffy has no allegiance but his own.
- 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.
- With Friends Like These...: Again with all of the aforementioned three.
- 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,
Turn on the radio, I want to fly a kite!
- Word Schmord: "Consequences, schmonsequences—'long as I'm rich."
- Work Off the Debt: "China Jones" ends with Daffy being threatened by Porky Pig into working off his debt at a Chinese laundry.
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.
- Wrong Insult Offence: In "Muscle Tussle", Daffy takes offense at his girlfriend calling him a "scrawny little ten pound weakling", because "I'm obviously a scrawny little nine pound weakling."
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Filled the "Scrooge" role in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.
- YouTube Poop: The Ur
Despicable Example. A 1938 short, Daffy Duck in Hollywood, has Daffy editing a film reel, and producing this.