-> '''[[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Sammy Squirrel]]''': [[TastesLikeDiabetes My cartoon would have been cuter!]]\\
''' Screwy Squirrel and Meathead and their OffScreenTeleportation doubles [[EnemyMine together]]''': Oh, brother! NOT THAT!\\
''(cue BigBallOfViolence)''\\
-- The ending of ''Screwball Squirrel''

After quitting [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros. Cartoons]][[note]]then named Leon Schlesinger Productions[[/note]] in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1941]] after a squabble with Leon Schlesinger, director Creator/TexAvery was hired by the [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] cartoon studio to try giving the studio something to offer that wasn't Creator/HarmanAndIsing's cutesy [[WesternAnimation/MGMOneshotCartoons oneshot short subjects.]]

And to say he succeeded with flying colors would be an understatement.

Free of the budget and creative constraints he faced at Warner Bros., and with a staff of skilled animators at his side (some of whom were even ex-Disney employees), Tex Avery went on to make some of the best cartoons of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, or in some cases, some of the most acclaimed cartoons of all time. From 1942 to 1957, he cranked out dozens of classics, many of which would go on to codify the ZanyCartoon and thus serve as an influence to many animators, including master animator Creator/RichardWilliams. The fact that they were constantly reaired in the early years of Creator/CartoonNetwork (and, a generation earlier, syndicated and shown on UHF stations all over the U.S.) only contributed to making him a legend in animation pop culture.

!! Recurring Characters in Tex Avery's works at MGM include:
* '''WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}''': A tiny, very modest Basset Hound that was apparently a master of OffscreenTeleportation and TheCatCameBack, capable of great strength when [[BerserkButton roused to anger]]. Is quite a good samaritan, constantly doing good deeds, especially when it comes to catching criminal wolves. His voice sounds similar to that of Creator/HGWells of all people. Possibly his best short is ''WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice''. Droopy cartoons continued to be made after Tex's departure from MGM, with Michael Lah as director.
* '''Screwy Squirrel''': An insane squirrel that often picked on his antagonists for no reason other than [[RuleOfFunny because it was funny.]] He met his match with Lonesome Lenny in his final short, though, in which he was presumably [[AndCallHimGeorge crushed to death]] by the ''Of Mice And Men''-inspired dog. His series was short lived because Avery never cared for the character much. There are stories of Tex's automatically throwing fan letters depicting Screwy Squirrel into the trash.
* '''George and Junior''': The pair from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' reincarnated as bears. George has a plan, Junior is an idiot, and usually gets a kick in the [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal pants he wasn't wearing]] for his bungling.
* '''Red and Wolfie''': Wolfie made his debut in "Blitz Wolf" as an UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler caricature, but it was in "WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood" that he became the womanizer with off-the-wall wild takes he was famous for being. Red herself was based on pin-up girls of the 1940's, and often would sing and perform in her appearances. Both characters frequently co-starred in cartoons with Droopy, with Wolfie usually being the antagonist. In cartoons of TheFifties, he was replaced by a country bumpkin wolf who speaks with a Southern accent. In those cartoons with Droopy, he was still usually the antagonist, but without Droopy, he was a protagonist instead.
* '''Butch''': Originally named Spike, he had his name changed in order to avoid confusion with a bulldog from [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry another MGM cartoon series]] with [[NamesTheSame the same name]] [[note]] though there is a recurring black cat named Butch in WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry[[/note]]. He would often be the antagonist to Droopy, though he also starred in his own shorts as well. He was often tormented by a SmallAnnoyingCreature with a ScrewySquirrel attitude in his solo shorts. Appearances of note include "Rock-A-Bye Bear," "Magical Maestro," "Millionaire Droopy," and "Cock-a-Doodle Dog."

For other MGM cartoons, see WesternAnimation/HappyHarmonies, WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, WesternAnimation/BarneyBear and the WesternAnimation/MGMOneshotCartoons.
!!Notable Shorts Include:
* ''WesternAnimation/BlitzWolf'': UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominee, runner-up on ''The50GreatestCartoons'' list.
* ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'': No. 7 on ''The50GreatestCartoons'' list.
* ''WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice'': 28 on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary'': No. 10 on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'': 15 on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleRuralRidingHood'': No. 23 on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''Little Johnny Jet'': UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominee.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel Screwball Squirrel]]'': Runner-up on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''Señor Droopy'': Runner-up on ''The50GreatestCartoons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SwingShiftCinderella'': Runner-up on ''The 50 Gre''--oh, you get the idea.
* ''WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro'': Selected for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.


* WesternAnimation/BlitzWolf: Tex's first MGM short, and a biting attack on UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Also the first appearance of Tex's recurring Wolf character.
* The Early Bird Dood It


* Dumb-Hounded: The debut of Droopy, who attempts to capture the convict Wolf.
* WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood: One of his most beloved cartoons, and even holds the spot of #7 on The50GreatestCartoons list. Debut of "Red".
* WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho
* One Ham's Family
* What's Buzzin', Buzzard?


* Screwball Squirrel: First appearance of Screwy Squirrel.
* Batty Baseball
* Happy-Go-Nutty: The second appearance of Screwy Squirrel.
* Big Heel-Watha: The third appearance of Screwy Squirrel


* The Screwy Truant: The fourth appearance of Screwy Squirrel.
* The Shooting of Dan [=McGoo=]: Droopy's second cartoon, and the second appearance of "Red".
* Jerky Turkey PublicDomain.
* Swing Shift Cinderella: A follow up to Red Hot Riding Hood.
* Wild and Woolfy


* Lonesome Lenny: The last appearance of Screwy Squirrel, as he is severely impaired in the end of the cartoon.
* The Hick Chick
* WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice: A remake of "Dumb-Hounded", and also one of Tex's best cartoons.
* Henpecked Hoboes: The debut of George and Junior the bears.


* Hound Hunters
* Red Hot Rangers
* Uncle Tom's Cabana: A parody of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', and one of Tex's more...outdated cartoons, basically his equivilent of Creator/BobClampett's WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs. Red also makes an appearance as Little Eva.
* Slap Happy Lion
* WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary: Another one of his most known cartoons. Number 10 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons.


* What Price Fleadom
* Little 'Tinker
* Half-Pint Pygmy: Another one of Tex's more politically incorrect cartoons. Also the last appearance of George and Junior.
* Lucky Ducky
* The Cat That Hated People: Tex Avery's answer to ''WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland''


* WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie: Number 15 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons.
* Senor Droopy: Notable, if just for the RogerRabbitEffect ending, complete with a cameo of actress Lina Romay!
* The House of Tomorrow: The first of Tex's "Tetralogy Of Tomorrow."
* Doggone Tired PublicDomain.
* Wags To Riches
* Little Rural Riding Hood: Yet another follow up to WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood, with StockFootage from Swing Shift Cinderella combined with a Country Hick plot. Nonetheless, it has wound up on The50GreatestCartoons list.
* Out-Foxed
* The Counterfeit Cat


* Ventriloquist Cat
* The Cuckoo Clock
* Garden Gopher
* The Chump Champ
* The Peachy Cobbler


* Cock-A-Doodle Dog
* Daredevil Droopy
* Droopy's Good Deed
* ''WesternAnimation/SymphonyInSlang'': A short that takes the HurricaneOfPuns trope and milks it for all its worth. It's as funny as it sounds.
* Car of Tomorrow: The second of Avery's "Tetralogy Of Tomorrow."
* Droopy's Double Trouble


* WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro: Preserved in the National Film Registry.
* One Cab's Family: A short that bears a remarkable resemblance to the 30's Creator/FrizFreleng Warner Bros. cartoon "Streamlined Greta Green". It also seems to be the design inspiration for Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. It also came out the same year as the [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Disney]] cartoon "Susie the Little Blue Coupe", which also featured anthropomorphic cars.
* Rock-A-Bye Bear


* Little Johnny Jet: A follow-up/rehash of One Cab's Family, but [[RecycledINSPACE WITH PLANES!]]
* T.V. of Tomorrow: The third of Avery's "Tetralogy Of Tomorrow."
* The Three Little Pups


* Drag-A-Long Droopy
* Billy Boy: A short centered on a baby ExtremeOmnigoat. Also stars a wolf character voiced by Creator/DawsButler.
* Homesteader Droopy
* The Farm of Tomorrow: Fourth and last of the "Tetralogy Of Tomorrow."
* The Flea Circus
* Dixieland Droopy


* Field and Scream
* The First Bad Man
* Deputy Droopy: A partial remake of the short "Rock-A-Bye Bear".
* WesternAnimation/{{Cellbound}}


* Millionare Droopy: The last of the original Droopy cartoons. A remake of "Wags To Riches."


* Cat's Meow: Tex's last MGM short. A cinemascope ShotForShotRemake of "Ventriloquist Cat."


!!Tropes featured:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Red's grandmother in "Red Hot Riding Hood," and her fairy godmother in "Swing Shift Cinderella," just to name a couple.
* AccordionMan: Plenty of times. A literal one that hasn't been flattened appears in "The Cat That Hated People."
* AnachronismStew: Highly abundant and played for laughs in "Jerky Turkey," which alludes, among other things, to the Navy (1775); the Democrats (1830) and Republicans (1854); and cigarettes (the 1830's).
* AndCallHimGeorge: MGM loved ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' even more than Warner Bros.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Screwy Squirrel.
* AnvilOnHead: Common in many cartoons.
** Any time it involved Spike and a tree (or in one case, a main pole in a circus tent), the following dialogue was obligatory:
--> '''Spike:''' '''TIIIIIIIIM--'''
--> Tree: *falls completely the wrong way and smashes down on Spike hard enough for him to go straight through it and not even move*
--> '''Spike:''' --[[MajorInjuryUnderreaction BER]].
* ArtEvolution: Believe it or not, over time Droopy's face becomes less...droopy. Also, MGM cartoons as a whole leaned more and more towards LimitedAnimation as time went on.
** Screwy had a slightly different, ironically more cute design in his first short, which was quickly replaced by his more goofy pinhead design.
** Red kept a consistent appearance in her shorts, but she was slightly shorter in her initial appearance.
* AssInALionSkin: "Little 'Tinker," near the end when B.O. Skunk tries to woo a female by painting his fur like a fox. [[spoiler: The girl fox he meets turns out, after they fall into a creek and their paint washes off, actually to be another skunk in disguise. Cue CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming as they kiss.]]
** George and Junior try this trick in their shorts many times, though it always backfires on them, usually either due to Junior becoming confused and forgetting that George is the one in disguise, or for example in the case of "Hound Hunters" in which they are dog catchers trying to attract dogs by dressing in a cat suit, the scheme works ''too'' well.
* BaseballEpisode: "Batty Baseball," natch.
* BearsAreBadNews / BearyFunny: "Rock-A-Bye Bear" fills both tropes.
** George and Junior fill the latter trope.
* BerserkButton / BewareTheNiceOnes: Whatever you do to Droopy, don't ever, ''EVER'' deface a picture of the girl he loves...or take away his son's milk.
-->'''Droopy:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Y'know what? That makes me mad!]]
* BigShutUp: Joe Bear shouts this a lot in "Rock-a-Bye Bear".
* BloodlessCarnage
* BornInTheTheatre: Definitely a favorite of Tex's, from characters running off of the film they're printed on, to yelling at members of the movie theater audience, to pulling stray hairs out of the theater projectors, to passing the boundary of the Toon universe where Technicolor ends.
* BrickJoke: The pin-up in "Rock-A-Bye Bear". Early on, Spike folds it into a paper airplane to keep from blowing a WolfWhistle and throws it out the window. It comes back at the end, just in time for the other dog to whistle at it and wake the bear.
* BrokenRecord: While Screwy Squirrel was being chased by Meathead.
* ButterFace: Several cartoons use this gag, such as "Big Heel-Watha" and "The Chump Champ".
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Parodied in "WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho" -- a pair of eyes peek through a slot on the door, and when spotted, the slot shuts... leaving the eyes on the other side of it. The eyes proceed to bang themselves on the slot to get it reopened.
* CartoonBomb
* CartoonConductor: In "The Magical Maestro", a magician switches places with a conductor so he can get revenge on a performer during a concert, who disallowed the magician as an opening act. Since the magician was using a ''magic wand'' for a baton, he not only had CartoonConductor power over the orchestra, he could also physically change the performer into whatever embarrassing form he wanted.
* TheCatCameBack: Droopy's Stock and Trade.
* ChekhovsGunman: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary." The hobo cat is about to eat a mouse (which was in a sealed can of cat food, no less), but the mouse tells him, "[[GenreSavvy I've seen this cartoon before]], and brother, believe me if you're smart you won't eat me. 'Cuz before this picture's over, [[AndroclesLion I save your life!]]" The mouse makes good on his word after all (scaring away a dog as a giant), but how does the cat repay him? By attempting to eat him!
* ChristmasEpisode: "One Ham's Family".
* CloudCuckooLand: "The Cat Who Hated People" is this especially but as "Half Pint Pygmy" goes on, the jungle animals become more and more surreal (like two giraffes connected by their necks ''with no head between them''.
* ClusterFBomb: Played with in "Screwball Squirrel," when Screwy is provoking Meathead into chasing him by insulting him through a payphone:
--> '''Screwy Squirrel''': Why, you-- ''(notices audience)'' Oh, pardon me. ''(closes door and... blows a raspberry into the speaker.)''
** This may also have been because at the time the Hays Code prohibited the sound of flatulence in film, even if it was made by blowing a raspberry.
* CockADoodleDawn: In "Cock-a-Doodle Dog", though instead of just crowing at dawn the pesky rooster crows all day long after Butch had no sleep the previous night.
* CountryMouse / CityMouse: The premise of "Little Rural Riding Hood."
* CranialEruption
* CrushingHandshake: In ''Droopy's Double Trouble,'' Droopy's super strong twin cousin Drippy crushes the hand of Droopy's superior, the mansion's head butler, upon extending it for a shake.
* CurseCutShort: At the end of "Blitz Wolf."
* DeadpanSnarker: Droopy, but especially to the Wolf in "The Shooting of Dan [=McGoo=]", after the wolf claims his drink was watered down.
-->''"What do you want for ten cents? Gasoline?"''
* DeliberatelyJumpingTheGun: In "The Chump Champ", Droopy and Spike are competing in sports events. For the first event, the 100 meter dash, Spike has the starting pistol, but after going "On your mark, get set..." he runs to within one step away from the finish line. The moment he yells "Go!" and fires the gun, Droopy instantly zips to the finish line, then tells Spike that he ''might'' be cheating.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Michael Lah is credited in "Cellbound" as both animator and director.
* DerangedAnimation: Particularly in the cartoon "The Cat That Hated People."
** Also, "Half Pint Pygmy"
* {{Determinator}} : In "Magical Maestro", it looks like nothing can prevent Poochini from singing "The Barber of Seville", not even Presto's magical pranks.
** In "Henpecked Hoboes", George and Junior send a rooster flying to the North Pole by rocket, and he spends the rest of the cartoon relentlessly trying to get back to the barn, and is clearly exhausted and worn out by the time he gets back there. Makes the revenge he gets on the hen worth it though.
* DisguisedInDrag: Spike in "Ventriloquist Cat" (female cat) and "The Garden Gopher" (female gopher).
* DisneyAcidSequence: "The Cat that Hated People."
* DisproportionateRetribution: "Magic Maestro" is one big case of this. Presto sabotages the Great Poochini's opera performance solely because he wasn't hired as an opening act -- not that opera is well known for opening with a magic show in the first place, mind you.
* DogFaces: One of the few non-Disney examples.
* DogsHateSquirrels: Being the TropeNamer for ScrewySquirrel, Screwy was often shown making life hell for dogs. In particular his archenemy was Meathead Dog who would try his darn best to get back at the psychotic squirrel only to be painfully fooled each time. In their debut cartoon, ''Screwball Squirrel'', Screwy gets Meathead riled up by calling him yellow for choosing to chase birds instead of squirrels.
* DogsLoveFireHydrants: In one of the starring George and Junior as dog catchers, they dress as fire hydrants to attract a dog they've been trying to catch. They end up being chased by every dog in town.
** In the first Droopy cartoon, he walks behind a hydrant, and after a brief pause, walks out with a look of embarrassment on his face.
* DopeSlap: The tall bandit delivers a few to his shorter partner in "Deputy Droopy". Spike gets one from ''his own tongue'' in "Rock-a-bye Bear".
* DownerEnding: Though all of his cartoons are PlayedForLaughs, he wasn't afraid to end on something of a downer every once in a while. Lampshaded in at least three cartoons where the protagonist meets with a terrible fate ("Batty Baseball," "The Early Bird Dood It," and Screwy Squirrel's last short "Lonesome Lenny"), when a character holds up a sign that says "Sad ending, isn't it?"
* DrivenToSuicide: Though sometimes [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids shocking to modern audiences]], some of Avery's cartoons ended with the main character shooting themselves, such as "Red Hot Riding Hood".
* TheFaceless: Meathead the dog after Screwy Squirrel pulls his face off with flypaper.
* FakeOutOpening: "Screwball Squirrel" starts off with a tongue in cheek opening of a forest with cutesy animals and a squirrel going out for a stroll, complete with a LemonyNarrator complimenting the action as mawkishly as he can. Then Screwy shows up, beats the squirrel to a pulp, and the cartoon officially begins.
** "Red Hot Riding Hood" and "Swing Shift Cinderella" likewise start out mocking the cliché fairy tale cartoons of the 1930's before getting to the real fun.
* FakeRabies: In the Droopy short "Wags to Riches," Spike puts shaving cream on a sleeping Droopy and phones in a report of a mad dog, but a fan blows the foam onto Spike's face just as the dog catcher arrives.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence
* FingerGun: Dinosaur Dan in "The First Bad Man" uses his own finger as a gun when his real gun runs out of bullets. Also used by Spike/Butch in "Wags to Riches" (but not in "Millionaire Droopy") after attempting to shoot Droopy.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Where the [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]-type wolf ends up in after getting killed in "Blitz Wolf".
-->'''Wolf:''' Where am I? Have I been blown to...
-->'''A bunch of devils:''' (in unison) Eh... it's a possibility.
* FlatCharacter: Droopy, depending on the short, tends to be vague and nondescript in personality, which is why the shorts tend to focus more on his adversaries than himself. And in general, Tex Avery's characters tend to be very one-dimensional in personality, [[InvokedTrope and this was intentional on his part]], as he was not interested in the character's personalities, so much as what gags they could carry out or what gags could happen to them.
* FlatJoy: Droopy is TropeCodifier.
* FracturedFairyTale: A lot of his cartoons, such as "Red Hot Riding Hood," "Swing Shift Cinderella," and "Blitz Wolf."
* FurIsClothing
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Red was based off of these. In one of her later shorts she does sing a song with a wartime theme.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress
* GrossUpCloseUp: A possible UrExample occurs in "Cock-A-Doodle Dog", where the camera does a close up on the sleep-deprived Butch's bloodshot eyes (which are made to look like a road map).
* GrumpyBear: A literal example, with Joe Bear in "Rock-a-Bye Bear".
* HardHead
* HatDamage: Amazingly averted in "The Early Bird Dood It". Although the worms' hat is continuously used as a early bird-warning system, it's the only thing in the whole cartoon that ''doesn't'' take damage.
* HelloNurse: Another trope Tex Avery helped codify.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Wolves do, too.
* HeWentThatWay
* HilarityEnsues
* HollywoodHealing
* HospitalHottie: The chicken nurse from the end of "The Hick Chick". Really, she's basically Red if she was a chicken.
* HurricaneOfPuns: While a typical Avery cartoon contains plenty of puns, ''WesternAnimation/SymphonyInSlang'' in particular is nothing ''but'' puns, since the angels interpret the life story of a recently-deceased man [[LiteralMinded literally]] because this man is a hipster who uses a lot of incomprehensible slang terms.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "Little Rural Riding Hood", when the country wolf is unable to control himself at the sight of Red and tries to rush the stage to join her, his cousin, the city wolf, has no choice but to return him home to the country -- only to become equally crazily attracted to the country version of Red, thus prompting the country wolf to [[HereWeGoAgain take him home to the city!]]
** Also, Joe Bear ("Rock-a-bye Bear") HATES NOISE!! IF THERE'S ONE THING HE CAN'T STAND, IT'S NOISE!!
* IncomingHam: From "Rock-a-bye Bear":
* IncrediblyLamePun: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the "reject" crossed animals at the end of "The Farm of Tomorrow". For example, crossing a goat with an owl creates a hootennanny.
** In "The Car of Tomorrow", the narrator groans at a pun about a car with "seal-beam headlights".
* TheInsomniac: Butch in "Cock-A-Doodle Dog", because he's being kept awake by a noisy rooster.
* InstantGravestone: ''Little Tinker'' features this after an elderly rabbit, in a fit of mad lust for B.O. Skunk's Frank Sinatra impression, jumps out of her wheelchair, does cartwheels, jumps into the air and lands in the ground. A tombstone then appears that reads "Oh Frankie!".
* InstantWakingSkills: In "Rock-a-Bye Bear," a dog is house-sitting for a bear that's going into hibernation; but this bear will instantly wake up at the sound of a pin drop and pummel the dog yelling [[NoIndoorVoice "QUIET!! SHADDUP! QUIET!!"]] HilarityEnsues as a rival dog attempts to wake the bear up and steal the watchdog's job.
* InsultBackfire: In "Happy-Go-Nutty", Screwy Squirrel tells the dog to "go lay an egg". He ''does''.
* InteractiveNarrator: "Red Hot Riding Hood" begins this way, with the Wolf, Red Riding Hood and Granny complaining about doing the same story the same way every time.
* IrisOut: Meathead concedes defeat and asks for "Screwball Squirrel" to end, but Screwy holds back the iris and convinces him to go for one last shot a la hide-and-seek.
* IronButtmonkey: Most of the antagonists.
* JustWhistle: In ''Bad Luck Blackie'' a kitten being bullied by a dog makes a deal with a black cat that whenever he blows on a whistle the black cat will come and cross the dog's path, causing bad luck.
* KarmaHoudini: Screwy Squirrel, who had seemingly no motivation besides meanness for torturing the dog and who never got his comeuppance. [[spoiler:Except, in his final cartoon, the ending suggests the dog [[AndCallHimGeorge killed him]] - see DownerEnding]].
* KilledOffForReal: Screwy Squirrel in "Lonesome Lenny."
* KissUpTheArm: In ''Little 'Tinker'', BO Skunk thinks he's doing this to a female rabbit he's trying to woo, but she runs off because of his smell and he ends up kissing along a tree branch before kissing an owl on the beak, who promptly passes out.
* LetsGetDangerous: Droopy, when someone has a laugh at his expense for any reason and is about to be severely punished by him for it.
--> '''Droopy''': You know what? [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry That makes me mad!]]
* LiteralAssKicking
--> '''George''': Junior... bend over.
* MediumAwareness: Many times the cartoons characters in Avery's shorts knew they were in a cartoon.
** This exchange from "The Early Bird Dood It," as the worm and bird pass by a movie billboard with the lobby card of the very cartoon they're in:
--->'''Bird:''' Hey! I hear that's a pretty funny cartoon.
--->'''Worm:''' Well, I sure hope it's funnier than ''this'' one!
** The book the old coot is reading in ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' is titled "Who Killed Who (From the cartoon of the same name)."
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: "Lucky Ducky." No spoken dialogue, a few sound effects, a disclaimer at the beginning. And that's it.
* MixAndMatchCritters: "The Farm of Tomorrow" consists of bizarre cross-breeding experiments such as an ostrich with a chicken (for bigger drumsticks), a duck with a banana (you peel the feathers off instead of plucking), a racehorse with a giraffe (this horse is a cinch to win by a neck) and a dove with a high chair (a stool pigeon).
* MsFanservice: Red is a classic example. She was intended to be a MsFanservice for UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops at the time.
* NapoleonDelusion: Screwy Squirrel had one, and then gave it to his unfortunate antagonist Meathead.
* NarratorAllAlong: The narrator of "The First Bad Man" was [[spoiler:Dinosaur Dan all along.]]
* NoFourthWall: Avery's cartoons were famous for letting the audience know that ''he'' knew they were out there!
* NoIndoorVoice: The bear in "Rock-a-Bye Bear," who ironically hates noise despite the fact that he's always shouting.
* NotSoStoic: Whenever Droopy recieves a kiss from Red, he generally reacts the same way Wolfie would, even ''kidnapping'' her at the end of ''Wild and Woolfy''.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The killer in "Dumb-Hounded" jumps off a tall building to his supposed death, but he has "good brakes" that he uses to screech himself to a halt just before hitting the pavement, on which he lands as gentle as a feather.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: "House of Tomorrow" had a RunningGag about features "for the mother-in-law" that were clearly intended to show she's not welcome.
* OffScreenTeleportation: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Screwball Squirrel":
--> '''Screwy Squirrel''': Uh, you people want in on a little secret? You wanna know how I tricked that guy all through the picture?\\
''(a second Screwy Squirrel appears)''\\
'''Both Screwy Squirrels''': We was switched all the time!\\
''(they both laugh, but then two identical Meatheads walk over and pick them up)''\\
'''Both Meatheads''': So was we! ''(they laugh ''à la'' Screwy Squirrel)''
** Also Droopy's modus operandi.
* OneShotCharacter: Many of the shorts fell into this.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: One of the literal gags in "Symphony in Slang," as the hipster explains that "every time [he] opened [his] mouth, [he] put [his] foot in it."
* PantyShot: The girl flea in "What Price Fleadom?," Red in "Wild And Woolfy."
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: As seen in ''The Magical Maestro'', in which a magician and his rabbits [[DisproportionateRetribution taking revenge on an opera singer after being spurned from being the show's opening act.]]
* PunnyName: Quite a few. "The Shooting of Dan [=McGoo=]" provides the page image.
* RacingTheTrain: The cartoon ''One Cab's Family'', starting around 5:15.
* ReferenceOverdosed: SOOOOOOOOOO many of his cartoons allude to now-obscure radio references.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Many cartoons, making Tex the UrExample if not the TropeNamer.
* SelfDeprecation: Tex had a habit of lampshading his own corny gags as early as his first MGM cartoon, ''Blitz Wolf''.
* ScrewySquirrel: [[TropeNamer duh]].
* SentientVehicle: Occurs twice in two separate cartoons, ''One Cab's Family'' (with cars) and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Little Johnny Jet'' (with planes).
* {{Sexophone}}: Hot Trumpet variant whenever an attractive woman struts onto the scene. Always the same riff too ("Frankie and Johnny").
* ShotForShotRemake: His last two shorts ("Millionaire Droopy" and "Cat's Meow") were remakes of earlier shorts ("Wags to Riches" and "Ventriloquist Cat", respectively) done for Cinemascope.
* SimpletonVoice: Junior, various other antagonists.
* SmellySkunk: "Little 'Tinker"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Flea Circus" is a Creator/TexAvery short InNameOnly, as it features a pathos story that, fleas being protagonists aside, is told without the slightest hint of irony; with virtually none of his breakneck pacing, timing, or post-modernistic quirks.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Just watch any of Wolfie's wild takes.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The ''very'' English fox in the Droopy cartoon "Out-Foxed" lapses into this at one point.
-->'''Droopy:''' Hello, Mr. Fox. Now can I catch you?\\
'''Fox:''' Ah, as they say in America... ''(Brooklyn accent)'' Are you kiddin'?
* SpiritualSuccessor: Many characters had a Hanna-Barbera {{Expy}} since many H-B people (not least the name partners) came out of the MGM cartoon studio.
* StockScream: A lot of the screams were also used a lot in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
* TalkingAnimal
* TakeThat: Tex loved making fun of Disney, as well as Creator/HarmanAndIsing's own "cutesy cartoons" they made for MGM. Just watch the opening of "Screwball Squirrel" for example.
* {{Taps}}: In "The Cuckoo Clock", a cat tries to catch a cuckoo bird. When he finally catches it and eats it, he realizes the sadness of his death and tries to do a MomentOfSilence. The bird - who just fooled the cat into believing he ate him, when it was actually a wind-up toy filled with TNT - starts playing Taps... and then the TNT explodes off-screen and the bird switches to a cheery tune.
** A similar gag is used also in "The Early Bird Dood It".
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Droopy used to say this, almost word for word. Of course, he had to, due to his monotone way of speaking, you couldn't tell how he was feeling.
** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Up until he soundly kicked the villain's ass for making him mad.]]
--> '''Droopy:''' ''You know what? '''That makes me mad.'''''
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: For instance, in his MGM short "WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho", a ghost blushes after being caught in an EekAMouse moment.
* UnlikelyHero: Droopy
--> '''Droopy:''' You know what? I'm the hero.
* UnstoppableRage: When Droopy says he's mad, somebody's in for a world of hurt.
* VagabondBuddies: George and Junior
* VillainProtagonist: Screwy Squirrel.
* VisualPun: It's hard to find an Avery cartoon that doesn't have at least one. "Symphony in Slang" is made ''entirely'' of them.
* WartimeCartoon: Many of his WWII-era cartoons qualify, "Blitz Wolf" being the one that dealt with WWII directly.
* WildTake: TropeCodifier
* WolfWhistle: Tex's cartoons are known for this.
* WolverinePublicity: [[MsFanservice Red]] is prominently displayed in the Droopy DVD sets artwork and packaging, even though she appears in exactly ''two'' of the shorts included on the set.
* WoodlandCreatures: Played with and parodied in "Screwball Squirrel" and "Little 'Tinker".
* ZanyCartoon
* ZeeRust: His "of Tomorrow" shorts, which parodied documentaries about future technology that were popular in the 1950's.
[[LampshadeHanging "Long darn list, isn't it?"]]