This 65-Episode Cartoon series focuses on the vicious, carnivorous Looney TunesAnti-Villain, the Tasmanian Devil aka Taz. Only now he's not any of the three (unless he's trying to eat the Keewee, but we'll get back to that); instead it just shows Taz in his native Tasmania, a land way under, down under, where the sky is always yellow in the rain or shine. Taz spends time with his family, hangs with his pals, collects bottle caps, works at his job as a bellhop and tries to eat the kiwi. Sure, it may sound boring, but no matter what Taz does, Hilarity Ensues. Also featured:
Jean - Taz's socially active homemaker mother, who is very friendly and kind.
Molly - Taz's sister who is embarrassed by Taz's behavior and constantly threatens him with baths ("Taz hate water").
Jake - Taz's neurotic little brother.
Dog - Taz's pet turtle who acts like a dog.
Drew - Taz's equally laid-back uncle, who appears only in the "Road to ... Tazmania" episodes (playing the role of Bob Hope).
Digeri Dingo - An egotistical bottlecap collector who sometimes cons Taz out of his. His ego often leads to his downfall. A notorious Fourth Wall Observer with a ton of deadpan snark in his system.
Wendell T. Wolf - A neurotic Tasmanian wolf who believes himself to be last of his kind, and who pathetically tries to force Taz to befriend/protect him.
Francis X. Bushlad - The son of the chief of the mudpeople, who hunts Taz to complete his passage into manhood but acts like an Ivy League rich kid.
Bushwacker Bob - The irritable owner of the hotel Taz works at, thinks Taz is a slacker and a screw up.
And his mother called Mum - Bob's mother, treats Bob's workers (including Taz) with kindness while criticizing and insulting her son.
Constance - A heavy-set koala maid for Bob's hotel who has a crush on Taz.
Mr. Thickley - A wallaby tour guide for Bob's hotel who doesn't really know anything.
Bull Gator & Axl - Two hunters who want to capture Taz and send him to a zoo, for all the zoo-going children of the world. They usually fail because Axl "does something stupid", that tends to result in a knock upside the head for Axl, and/or the both of them getting mauled by Taz.
The Platypus Brothers - Timothy and Daniel, two genius inventors who use Taz as their guinea pig.
The Kiwi - A tiny yellow bird that Taz can't seem to eat, because it easily outwits him. It makes the Road Runner look like a snail.
The Bushrats - Rats that attack people and speak in subtitles.
Willie Wombat - A character added to the show later, who is good-natured, says hello to everything and everyone and complains about his role on the show which is a Bugs BunnyExpy.
Have we left anyone out?Oh yeah. Don't forget Taz.So as not to create an entire family of Tazes, despite being the eldest child of three, Taz himself is portrayed as being somewhat backwards, with his family being (relatively) civilised and fully capable of speaking English. However, they too are also fully capable of causing carnage, though they have more self-control. His parents are especially patient and understanding with him... like they would be if he was... you know... special.
Adaptation Distillation: There were a few video games made based on the show, but only Taz starred in them (indeed the first game is the only time we see any other characters from the series, which was Taz's family, and only for the opening cutscene. All of the other characters/enemies were generic alligators, carnivorous plants, rock monsters and others, culminating in a final boss battle with a gigantic seagull).
Francis also appeared as a recurring enemy in this game. Axl and Bull were a stage's bosses in their truck, as well.
The Bushrats also appear as enemies in a few stages.
The Super-NES version focused on Taz's efforts to catch the Kiwi on a busy highway. Some characters from the show would appear as obstacles, and occasionally Digeri Dingo would hand Taz a power-up.
Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The Kiwi is bright yellow and the Platypus Brothers are orange. No members of Taz's family are black like real Tasmanian devils, but are instead red or orange.
Animated Actors: In "But Is It Taz?", Taz gets fed up, rips up his contract and storms off the set.
Annoying Patient: In "Nursemaid Taz", Digeri Dingo fakes a broken leg so he can get Taz's family to wait on him. They soon start killing him with kindness, force-feeding him soup and piling pillows on him till he nearly goes insane.
Anti-Villain: Bull Gator and Axl just want to please to zoo-going children of the world. And get money for doing so.
Art Shift: When Molly is narrating her script idea in "The Taz Story Primer", the story is depicted as animated dooodle.
Asteroids Monster: When Taz blows up the eponymous thing in "The Thing That Ate the Outback", he finds himself facing an army of miniature things; each one as ravenous as the original
Beware the Nice Ones: When Constance finds out her favorite wrestler isn't just putting on an act, and is really and truly beating seven kinds of snot out of Taz, she takes exception to his behavior and thoroughly kicks his ass.
Born in the Theatre: "Retakes Not Included" starts with Bull and Axl running off the edge of the animation and finding themselves standing on a blank page. This is the first of Bull's many complaints about the shoddy production values of this particular episode. At the end of the episode, the traditional 'end-of-reel' markings flash up the screen while the characters continue to bicker.
Bowled Over: In "Yet Another Road To Taz-Mania", Taz and a group of spies get trapped in a pin-setter, set up on the bowling alley, and knocked down by a bowling ball.
Bridge Logic: In "The Bushrats Must Be Crazy", a lightning bolt drops a conveniently placed tree across a chasm to allow the Bushrats to continue their search for the Great Duck. Subverted immediately afterwards as a second lightning bolt strikes the log while they are halfway across.
Chekhov's Gun: Played with in an episode where a large weight dangles precariously above the characters throughout. Later it's revealed that it was All Just a Dream of Francis Bushlad's. Bushlad berates the writers for the lame ending and for not using the weight. The writers retaliate by dropping it on him repeatedly.
Doom It Yourself: The entire plot of "Home Despair" as Taz attempts to repair a hole in the wall before his parents get home.
Driving a Desk: In "To Catch a Taz" (an homage to Alfred Hitchcock films, especially North by Northwest), this is revealed to be happening during a chase scene when Wendal gets out of his car (which is on rollers) and casually walks up to Taz as the scenery continues to race by in the background.
Ejection Seat: One gets installed in the family mini-van (without the Devil's knowledge) in "Yet Another Road to Tazmania". Taz is accidentally ejected from the car while Hugh is trying to turn on the air conditioning.
Epic Fail: One episode started with Taz breaking character and explaining that he was tired and going to take a nap now. Francis X. Bushlad spends the rest of the episode trying to catch him, and does an even worse job of it than usual. Even though Taz is asleep the whole time.
Epileptic Flashing Lights: The intro (at least the long version, as there is a shorter version that takes out the offending parts).
Escalating War: "War and Pieces" consists entirely of an escalating war between Taz and Molly that begins when Molly's loud music causes Taz to drop his sandwich, and he retaliates by eating her CDs.
Executive Meddling: Done in-universe in the episode "Taz Babies." The Vice President of the network makes changes to the show, including truncating scenes of witty dialogue, making Bull Gator the main character, changing Axl into a dog, and eventually turning it into a Spinoff Babies show before deciding to just cancel it entirely.
Extreme Omnivore: Although Taz has shown that he will eat absolutely anything, this trope is pushed to its most extreme point in this show, with him eating sheep, pets, TNT, fridges and other characters, often without chewing.
Face on a Milk Carton: Happens to the Platypus Brothers when they get lost searching for Taz in their attic in "Never Cry Taz".
Falling into the Cockpit: This is how Taz ends up piloting a space shuttle to save earth from a meteor swarm in "Astro-Taz". of course, he thinks it's just a video game.
Felony Misdemeanor: In "The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man", Mr Thickley attempts to persuade Taz to make the mailman his arch-enemy for the heinous crime of delivering junk mail to Taz's family.
Fire-Breathing Diner: Happens in "Francis takes a Stand" when Francis switches Taz's lemonade recipe for a hot sauce recipe. Taz's resulting fire breath scorches Francis like a flamethrower. When Francis tries to turn the tables on Taz and takes a swig of the lemonade/hot sauce, his fire breath acts like a jet engine and propels him into a cliff.
Fluffy the Terrible: One short has Molly adopt a kitten that acts like a sweet little puddytat around her, but is really a psychotic malicious monster.
Furry Confusion: Sapient animals exist in this world alongside humans. But there are also zoos where they are kept, and two hunters responsible for capturing animals for the zoo are anthropomorphic crocodiles.
Genre Savvy: Just about any character, due to there being No Fourth Wall, though notably Willie Wombat, who is all too aware that he's going through the motions of a predator-chases-prey cartoon, and grows increasingly resentful about it as the series goes on.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: One episode involved Francis disguising himself as a young female Tasmanian Devil in order to trap Taz that way. Hilarity Ensues It goes about as well as expected, with Taz falling hopelessly in love. Finally, Francis has just about enough and tries to unzip the costume, but the zip is stuck. Well, that's what the audience sees. What Taz sees is his hot girlfriend trying to unzip her dress in front of him. And his reaction makes it more than clear what he's thinking when he sees this.
The whole concept of Taz. Taz's family is perfectly articulate and self-controlled. They can spin, but don't do so randomly. Even his littlest brother. Despite being the oldest of three, Taz... has decidedly less smarts and self-control. Ah, the joys of strongly insinuating that a popular children's cartoon character has a visible learning disability, possibly Down's Syndrome or a form of autism...
Hammerspace: Taz-Mania used many of the tropes from the Looney Tunes shorts, so Hammerspace was well and truly in effect. In "A Flea for Me", for example, the flea pulls a complete oil well out from under his coat.
Hand or Object Underwear: In "Kee-Wee Cornered", after Taz accidentally rips his own tail off, he covers his butt with a hat.
Informed Species: Wendell T. Wolf is called a Tasmanian wolf◊, but lacks all the visible distinguishing features of the real animal, even its stripes. Taz is also very different from his real-life counterpart and tried to eat Wendell in one episode, while in real life the larger Tasmanian wolves preyed on the devils.
It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Dropped into the middle of one of Wendall T Wolf's neurotic monologues: "..and then the suddenly the jungle gets quiet [insane paranoid Aside Glance] too quiet.."
It Was Here, I Swear: Taz's attempts to convince Bushwacker Bob that someone is trying to murder them in "A Midsummer Night's Scream".
I've Got an X and I'm Not Afraid to Use It: In "The Pied Piper of Taz-Mania", one of Francis' fellow tribesmen mocks his musical aspirations with the words "He's got an accordion and he's not afraid to use it!".
Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: In "The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man", Taz gets arrested for attempting to remove junk mail from someone's letterbox.
The Last Straw: In the first appearance of the Kiwi, Taz and Buddy Boar end up tied to a tree dangling over the edge of a cliff. The Kiwi returns Buddy's lucky coin, which it had stolen earlier, and the extra weight is enough to cause the tree to snap.
Living in a Furniture Store: Being a parody of typcal Sitcom family, the Tasmanian Devils' home is like this. The exception is Taz's room, which is literally a cave whose only furnishing is a rock that he sleeps on.
Low-Speed Chase: In "Return of the Road to Taz-Mania Strikes Back" Hugh, Drew and Taz get involved in a golf buggy chase. At one point Jean, who is on foot, overtakes them to remind them that they still need to buy orange juice.
Medium Awareness: Many characters are aware that they are in a cartoon. Taking to its (il)logical extreme in "Retakes Not Included", which consists largely of Bull Gator pointing out the shoddy production values and amateurish direction of this particular episode. And it's hilarious.
Mirror Monologue: Willie Wombat gives himself one when he is psyching himself up to go in the boss's office and request his own series in "Willie Wombat's Last Stand".
Mirror Routine: A spy (who naturally looks nothing like Taz) does this to Taz in "Yet Another Road To Taz-Mania".
Misleading Package Size: In "Sub Commander Taz", he ordered a nuclear submarine from a comic-book ad. It was delivered in a crate that filled most of the room, but it turned out to be a toy so small it could be dropped into a water glass.
Most Definitely Not a Villain: "Yet Another Road to Taz-Mania" featured two spies who dressed themselves as tourists from Cleveland. Practically every conversation they had included some mention about the place.
Mr. Imagination: Taz is portrayed as this in several episodes, such as "Sub Commander Taz" and "The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man".
Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Francis discovers he has this ability in "Tazmanian Lullaby". The only downside he sees on that is Taz having more artistic sensitivity than the whole tribe together.
Never the Selves Shall Meet: Marvin the Martian's team-up with Taz. For whatever reason, hooking Taz up to some big gyroscope thing allows him to spin them through time. Marvin is always cautioning him not to meet himself, as "It results in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom." Of course, he forgets this advice. The result was somewhat similar to the ending of that Tiny Toon Adventures episode where Buster, Hamton and Plucky drank beer.
Nice Guy: Mr. Thickley, Hugh, Jean, The Platypus Brothers and Willie Wombat
Rage Against the Director: "Retakes Not Included" largely consists of Bull Gator complaining about the direction of that particular episode.
Reaching Between the Lines: In "Taz in Keeweeland'', Taz's repeated pressing of the 'pound' key allows the Keewee to pop out of the handset and pound him on the head with a mallet.
Reading Ahead in the Script: Inverted in "Retakes Not Included". Bull and Axl realise that they have digressed too long and that the plot has moved on without them. They flip backwards through the script in order to catch up and prevent Taz from eating a cute fluffy bunny.
Reality-Writing Book: The script in "Retakes Not Included" appears to be this, as turning back pages allows Bull and Axl to undo events that have already happened.
A Real Man Is a Killer: A child-friendly parody with Francis X. Bushlad, whose father is more than willing to give a more modern and civilized initiation into manhood. He insists on forging his spirit in the tradition of his ancestors, and as such has vowed to hunt Taz.
Rite of Passage: The Mudpeople have three options: Perform a hostile takeover of a Fortune 500 company, accumulate a portfolio of stock with a net yield of no less than 36% per annum or trap a Tasmanian Devil (Francis' choice)
Road Sign Reversal: In "Road to Tazmania", a spy does this to send Hugh, Drew and Taz to the Spy Mart.
Sequel Hook: In one episode, Molly brings a kitty home and the kitty torments Taz behind Molly's back. In the end, the kitty held a sign saying "I'll be back". A later episode did feature the cat returning.
The Shangri-La: The idyllic city of Platy-La, which the Platypus Brothers find in their ridiculously huge attic.
Too Dumb to Fool: Taz may be noisy, short-tempered, impatient and always hungry, but he manages to wear out most people's attempts to trap him, and has outwitted Bull and Axl, and Wendall, on several occasions.
He also outwitted Digeri Dingo in some time like in "A Dingo's Guide to Magic". Although we can say that had involuntarily.
The Unreveal: "Road to Tazmania" ends with Hugh and Taz opening up the carton of orange juice to find out what is inside. As they do so, the episode Iris Outs. Lampshaded when Hugh iris ins long enough to say "Don't you just hate it when that happens?".
"The Amazing Shrinking Taz and Co." when Taz and the Platypus Bros. are being chased by ants, Taz's eyes fill the screen then cuts to the same setting with the ants.
Walk Through The Camera: Close to the beginning of "Nursemaid Taz" with Taz's brother Jake. He and her sister are running towards the table and Jake runs into the screen and then runs out.
Weaponized Car: In one of the "Road to Taz-Mania..." episodes, enemy agents turn the family mini-van into a weaponized spy car after Hugh, Drew and Taz are mistaken for fellow spies.
Weirdness Censor: The wild life documentary host that shows up in some episodes always thinks the animals are stupid and uncivilised even though they speak English, wear clothes and have mastered the use of modern technology.
Though Taz does meet her criteria, somewhat, as she tends to focus on him.