Oh, it's just ol' Bugs n' Daffy, Looney-tunin' in the noonday sun...
A show that premiered in 2011 on Cartoon Network, beingyetanother attempt at reviving the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies franchise. This time, the classic characters are placed into a low-key, Slice of Life sitcom, where Bugs Bunny is stuck sharing a house in a suburban neighborhood with a freeloading Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes are all neighborhood friends. Taz is Bugs' pet, Yosemite Sam is the annoying neighbor, and Speedy Gonzales is a stray mouse who inhabits their home (though he later has his own pizza place). Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are still in their own separate shorts in the desert, but are computer animated this time. Both are interspersed with Merrie Melodies original music videos showcasing other characters.After several delays, it finally premiered on May 3rd, 2011. The second season premiered on October 2nd, 2012, where the characters were slightly redesigned and the Merry Melodies music videos and the CG Road Runner cartoons were discontinued, even though songs still appear on occasion.
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Absurdly Sharp Claws: A Wile E. Coyote short has him being cut to ribbons by the Roadrunner's talons in a ninja-style fight.
Accidental Proposal: In "Members Only", Bugs is planning to break up with Lola. as he approaches the table, he trips and drops a mint under chair. As he kneels down to pick it up, Lola assumes he is proposing and immediately accepts.
The Ace: In this show, Speedy has no apparent flaws, is right about everything, owns a cool car, teaches flamenco dancing, gets the girls, saves a restaurant started by Bugs and Daffy that eventually is given to him, and trains Taz to obey him in seconds!
Broken Ace: At one point, Speedy falls in love with Bugs, who is disguised as a woman. When he learns the truth, he can't get over it.
Actor Role Confusion: In "Off Duty Cop", Daffy is unable to understand that his favorite character Steve St. James is actually an actor named Leslie Hunt, so he decides to become Steve St. James himself.
Aerith and Bob: Daffy has a talent for making up lame fake names on the spot for Bugs.
In "Jailbird and Jailbunny", he and Bugs have to sign under fake names while staying at a motel. "I'm Count Leopold von Liechtenstein! ...And this is Randy."
And again in the episode "Reunion", but rather he pulls a strange one-man case of this. Going into the reunion, a man taking roll asks for his name to which he replies once again, "I'm Count Leopold von Liechtenstein!" The man asks him how to spell that and Daffy gives him a blank look before replying, "BobJones." The man asks, "Well, which one is it?" To which Daffy replies nervously, "Both!"
Affably Evil: Marvin the Martian. He believes in being polite, but also shoots people with laser beams.
All Animals Are Dogs: In "Devil Dog", Bugs staunchly insists that Taz is a dog, whom he dubs Poochie. Speedy teaches him a dog-training trick, but cautions that it only works on dogs, and he's not convinced Poochie is one.
Mild example: Daffy wags his tail happily after "trying" to become a better friend on Besties.
The Alleged Car: Daffy's Parade Float. The Merrie Melodies song about it highlights its status with lyrics like Parade Float, the AC blows hot. Parade Float, the transmission is shot. Or It won't go over twenty-five and it tends to catch on fire.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bugs tries to break things off with Lola by dressing up as a woman and pretending to be an ex-girlfriend. This backfires and just makes her want him more.
Played staight in "Rebel Without a Glove", where Bugs Bunny becomes Thugs Bunny, a biker, which makes Lola love him even more still.
Ambiguously Bi: In the episode "Double Date", Porky was quite excited to accept a date from Daffy after the latter won a romantic dinner. (Daffy asked Bugs first, then called Porky.) When Daffy came by in a limo with his chosen (female) date, Porky wasn't upset; in fact, he was happy that Daffy remembered to come by, and had went so far as to buy flowers. (It was only when Daffy took the flowers and left him sitting on the curb that Porky became sullen and said he needed to get a girlfriend.)
Apocalypse How: A class 5 in a Merrie Melody, Drifting Apart. Mac and Tosh imagine themselves as two pieces of hail falling to the Earth but when they hit they explode into a mushroom cloud. When Mac and Tosh get up, it looks like they're the only living creatures in the local area. But they were hail!
And Call Him George: In "Ridiculous Journey", the trope is surprisingly not played by Hugo the Abominable Snowman the Trope Namer and Codifier. It's instead played straight by Junior Bear who Henry implies has happened before.
And Now For Something Completely Different: "Casa de Calma" which resembles more like classic Looney Tunes setup than a sitcom. Also "Ridiculous Journey" which is a roadtrip involving the "pet" characters journeying home ala Homeward Bound while meeting other Looney Tunes characters that haven't been used in the show before, instead of the regular cast of Bugs and Daffy.
Arc Words: In-universe in Foghorn's movie The Foghorn Leghorn Story—the phrase "It's not about the treasure, it's about the quest" is repeated several times.
Art Evolution: Bugs has noticeably gotten closer to his original look just since the first episode.
Porky has also evolved into his more recognizable look.
As of season two, the character's designs are now much closer to how they look in other Looney Tunes shows. For example, Bugs is now gray, and his body is taller and thinner. This is possibly in response to the massive backlash fans gave the creators who never stopped pointing out how "wrong" Bugs looked.
Even Lola has gone through a little bit of change - between Seasons 1 and 2, her design became more rounded (to match the look of the other characters reverting to their traditional looks), she's now shorter than Bugs (much like her Space Jam version), and she's much more curvy (her chest is notably larger in Season 2).
Art Shift: While Bugs tries his hand at running a restaurant, we get a glimpse into the epic life of Daffy the Wizard, showcasing a fantasy style animation better suited for Dungeons & Dragons.
Bugs: My glamor shot! My tennis trophy! My glamor shot of my tennis trophy! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Brick Joke: The show does a lot of it. Especially if Daffy and Lola are involved.
Daffy thinks he's a wizard in the third episode, and it pops up a few times in later episodes. Eventually, it all leads to an epic, Black Sabbath-esque Heavy Mithril fantasy music video with Daffy as an actual wizard.
Brooklyn Rage: Bugs. Not as obvious as it was in the old shorts, but still definitely there.
"Are you really going there? Because if you go there, I will go there. And you do not want to be there when I get there, because when I get there, I will be so there that you will wish that you had stayed right here."
Building Is Welding: Played for Laughs in "Peel of Fortune". There are flashes of arc welding from the garage and Daffy is shown wearing a welding mask just before he unveils his latest invention... sliced bread!
Perhaps the biggest Butt Monkey is Porky Pig himself. Poor pig can't catch a break.
At least not since high school. He peaked way too early.
Calling Me a Logarithm: In "Bugs & Daffy Get A Job", Dr. Weisberg tells Daffy he has a deviated septum. Daffy slaps him in the face and declares "There's nothing wrong with my septum! (beat) What's a septum?".
Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Lola engages in this frequently, since her usual conversational style is to keep droning on and on about any thought that pops into her head, no matter how inappropriate.
Captain Obvious: Chickenhawk's not a chicken/He's just a hawk who eats chicken.
Carnivore Confusion: Lampshaded in "Sunday Night Slice". After their favorite pizza place closes Bugs, Porky, and Daffy go to a restaurant that serves pork ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. When Porky brings up this issue, Daffy reminds Porky that he eats pepperoni all the time. Porky doesn't see the problem (he finds out later, to his horror, that pepperoni is made of pork).
The Casanova: Pepe Le Pew, who has lost his signature stench.
In 'Skunk Funk', it's shown that he still has his stench. Apparently, he only has it when Rule of Funny applies.
Character Exaggeration: Mainly Daffy. In previous adaptations, he's shifted from Butt Monkey to The Chew Toy; however in this adaptation while he's still that, he's neither cunning or conniving as originally. As a result, though entertaining, he is more of a one-dimensional character, thus far.
And Daffy in most of his old starring roles was portrayed as a screwball and just as mischievous as Bugs, more like he's been returned to that version of the character.
Then again, in this show he is dumber than the Looney Tunes shorts. With how greedy he is, he should have easily been able to win the game show.
Plus there's a very wide line between screwball and idiot, and Daffy is the latter.
Bugs on the other hand, was more or less already the Invincible Hero except now he's the Super Mode version of The Ace, him canonically being not just an astronaut, not just a pro football player, not only the former president of Mexico, but also the current/local Batman.
And yet he still has his moments of failure - for all he's accomplished, he's terrible at things like basic home repair.
Character Focus: Just like previous adaptations, Daffy is pretty much the focus of every single episode in the main storylines. His trying to develop a social life is a minor character arc.
This so far affects Lola the most; in Space Jam she was a tomboyish girl who loved sports and didn't take kindly to being hit on or being called "doll", here she's a Cloudcuckoolander with a Motor Mouth, constant mood swings, and a huge crush on Bugs.
The Tasmanian Devil was always a sentient (if generally stupid) creature who was more than capable of giving other characters a fair chase while he tries to eat them. In this series... He's a dog. Nothing more. No speaking, no sentient intelligence. He's still a dangerous wild animal, but he is very quickly tamed and turned into Bugs' pet dog.
Not necessarily canon, but the Merry Melody for "Newspaper Thief" does have him talking.
Reconstructed in "The Ridiculous Journey", where he not only speaks but is back to his classic incarnation. Though it can be attributed to Animal Talk to a degree as the ones he speaks prominently with are Tweety and Sylvester, who themselves only speak directly to Hugo and Beaky Buzzard but no one else in the episode.
Gossamer is no longer an angry, mindless monster and is instead a... polite, naive, little boy?
His mother is also Witch Lezah. She looks like Witch Hazel, but she's not the crackling laughing mad witch always trying to kill someone for an ingredient to her potion anymore. Just a dotting black-sounding mother.
The Chew Toy: The episode "Casa de Calma" puts Daffy back in this trope. All for a girl whose name he can't remember.
Consummate Liar: Daffy, revealed in "Reunion" to be able to make up ridiculous lies right on the spot and tell them with complete conviction. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, he doesn't manage his ability very well—he has to take Bugs to the reunion with him to keep track of all the lies he's told to different people, since they all contradict each other. He's even a convincing enough liar to fully believe his own Self-Serving Memory.
Continuity Nod: A good example is in episode 10, "Eligible Bachelors", when Daffy confuses "literacy" with "littering" and says how it should be a crime. Bugs replies:
Bugs: "It is a crime. Remember you went to jail for it?"
In an earlier episode, when Daffy is trying to help Gossamer win a talent show, he mentions "school is a lot like prison - and I should know, I've been to both".
In "Double Date", Daffy makes business cards that list his job as wizard, a reference to the "Am I a wizard?" joke in "Jailbird and Jailbunny". In the same episode, Bugs mentions inventing the carrot-peeler while practicing some smooth talk while his date's in the woman's room.
In "Members Only", Lola pulls out a tape recorder during her Rummage Fail. In "Double Date", she reveals she had it running when Bugs called himself her "boyfriend."
In "Bugs and Daffy Get a Job", Daffy mentions that his "middle name's Sheldon... I tried going with Armando for a while, but it didn't stick."
After getting a horrifying beak-job, Daffy gets decked by Tina (after calling hers ugly) and yells, "Call Doctor Weisburg!"
"The Foghorn Leghorn Story" has one to "Working Duck" ("He destroyed your company, remember?")
In "Semper Lie", Daffy mentions that he is a licensed cosmetologist (which is call back to "Beauty School").
"Customer Service" has Daffy run down the list of previous jobs he's held in the series, and an interviewer mentions how impressive all of it sounds on paper.
Convenient Decoy Cat: One appears in the copy room of the Spargle company to distract Daffy when he is chasing Bugs in "Off Duty Cop".
Disney Villain Death: Subverted. The final fight of Granny's WWII flashback takes place on top of a blimp and the Nazi general does fall, but Tweety tied a rope around his leg and saved him. Though the same can probably not be said for the Mook he threw out of the blimp earlier...
The Ditz: Lola, and Daffy at times. Also Pete Puma.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Episode 1. Throughout the episode (which was about 'best friends'), Bugs and Daffy go on a game show, lose because Daffy doesn't know Bugs that well, Bugs gets upset, Daffy gets banished to the car and is not made breakfast in the morning, Daffy becomes a Stalker with a Crush and tries to shower Bugs with gifts, and at the end the two make up.
Episode 4 had Yosemite Sam stay over, which is like a friend staying over with a married couple. Seriously. Even Sam says to both of them Yeh know he means the world to yeh!
In episode 19, Bugs becomes so addicted to a soft drink he breaks into Sam's home, since he sold him the drink, and threaten him for more, disturbingly similar to a drug addict's behaviour. The drink is strangely amphetamine-like, causing Bugs to go crazily over-productive and literally ask "You guys feeling itchy?". Subverted in that it turns out the soft drink was an illegal drug, referred to as "highly addictive chemicals".
Daffy and Porky's attempts to stop him entail a battle with office supplies played exactly like a shoot-out, ending in Bugs holding Porky hostage, pointing a marker at his head, and threatening to write on his face if they don't hand over the Spargle. Porky is alarmed because it's permanent ink.
In one episode, Daffy is convinced that the reason he is disliked by society is simply because he is a duck and tries to improve ducks' image.
Dumbass Has a Point: Lezah wants Bugs to make friends with Gossamer and talk to him, but Daffy points out the flawed logic in that. This helps Lezah decide that he's the one that should help Gossamer.
Daffy: You want Bugs to talk to him? He doesn't know the first thing about making friends. He was born with friends! He's got too many friends! The only person who can help a weirdo like Gossamer is another weirdo.
Egomaniac Hunter: This is what Blacque Jacque Shellacque appears to be in "Ridiculous Journey".
Elevator Gag: In "Butte E. Fail", Wile E. Coyote is climbing a cliff to get at the Roadrunner. He feels around for a hold and stumbles onto an elevator on the cliff wall, which he then takes to the top.
Enemy Mine: Sylvester and Tweety work together to escape the Tasmanian Devil when it gets inside Granny's house.
Similarly in the episode "Semper Lie" when Bugs is in prison for suspicion of being an Albanian spy The US Marines (and Daffy) armed with actual assault rifles rescue him all while being shot at by Albanian guards with AK-47s; Daffy even throws an actual grenade at them.
Also with Yosemite Sam, whose trigger-happy tendencies are no longer tolerated by authorities, and he's forbidden to use his classic cowboy-style pistols or any other gun.
Fawlty Towers Plot: "Semper Lie". Bugs' lie to get out of going to the peach festival with Porky snowballs until he ends up in an Albanian prison. At one point Speedy warns Bugs against going through with it.
Daffy's entire code of ethics. (Which only apply to everyone else in the universe, not himself.) He spent a whole episode accusing all the neighbors of stealing his newspaper and trying to pin down the criminal (actually, he forgot to keep paying for his subscription) and dramatically ended his friendship with Porky because Porky ate some of his french fries, thinking they were for the table. ( They were for the table.)
In "Jailbird and Jailbunny", Daffy gets arrested for tossing a soda can into the Grand Canyon. He tries, pathetically, to dig himself out during his trial, and he and Bugs end up getting into a soda-spitting fight. They both get thrown into prison for contempt of court and are forced to work in a chain gang. (To be fair, they were warned.)
Flanderization: Daffy Duck is an example of this. Every episode he seems to be getting more idiotic and more of a Jerkass.
Flopsy: "The Shell Game" has Cecil get hit by Bugs's car and have his shell cracked. Bugs soon uncovers that Cecil is always running into people's cars while wearing a cracked shell so he can sue or guilt-trip them out of thousands of dollars to get his shell "fixed".
Food Slap: Daffy remembers doing this to Porky at high school by pushing a plate of cake into his face. As it turns out, it was actually Big Man on Campus Porky who pushed the cake into Daffy's face.
For Want of a Nail: In "Best Friends Redux", it turns out that Bugs becoming friends with Rodney Rabbit was a huge factor in Daffy becoming friends with Bugs. Daffy and Bugs first met each other in a post office when Bugs was delivering a letter to Rodney. Thus when Daffy went back in time to prevent Bugs and Rodney from becoming friends in the episode, he effectively Ret Gone himself from Bugs' memory as Bugs never went to the post office to deliver a letter. In extension, Daffy Ret Gone himself from most of his friends and neighbors' memories as well since they only knew about Daffy since he was friends with Bugs.
Four-Fingered Hands: Played straight and averted in the same scene (the scene where Daffy takes Zachary to see a war movie instead of Marty the Whale) in "That's My Baby."
Freudian Excuse: In "Newspaper Thief," Bugs seriously considers this to be the case for Daffy.
"What did your parents do to you?"
In "Fish and Visitors":
Daffy: (about getting Yosemite Sam to leave) We need to fill this house with fighting, and resentment, and so much tension that no one could stand to live there! ...At least that's what my parents did.
Friends Rent Control: Addressed in "Peel of Fortune." Daffy asks where Bugs gets all his money and Bugs explains he invented the carrot peeler. We see him get a check for $1,750 dollars in the mail during the episode, making it quickly obvious how Bugs can afford to not work and still buy whatever he wants when he wants. The same episode implies if he need to, he could invent other things to cash in on.
The Friends Who Never Hang: Bugs and Tina barely interacted in the show and when they do interact it was brief. There hasn't been an episode where it focuses on them together although their Distaff Counterpart, Daffy and Lola,do.
Furry Denial: Tina Russo's sister's baby, Zachary, is never referred to as a duckling even though he is one. He is instead always referred to as a baby as if he were a human baby. Also, he's drinking milk, which human and other mammal babies drink, not ducklings or any other baby bird for that matter.
Furry Reminder: In "Best Friends", Daffy eats a raw fish and swallows it whole like a real-life duck would.
Gender-Blender Name: In the resort episode, Bugs and Daffy go in for massages. Daffy insists that he get a massage from Leslie while Bugs gets stuck with Joe...so of course, it turns out "Joe" is Josephine (an attractive woman) and Leslie is a giant hairy man who twists Daffy into a metaphorical pretzel.
Indeed, there are multiple minor characters in the show named "Leslie". Every single one so far has been male.
Genius Ditz: Apparently, Lola. In Season 2, Episode 11, she makes a passing remark that she babysat as a way to pay for medical school.
Give Geeks a Chance: Played with in the 'Table for One' video. Speedy tells Porky that the reason he's dateless is because of his geeky interests, including comic books, video games and Harry Potter, and that he'll do better if changing his image and mentality. In the end, Porky gets surrounded by several sexy women who like him already, and Speedy can only grin sheepishly and admit Porky's way might work for the pig after all.
Go-Karting with Bowser: Reportedly the major premise of the show is that everyone in the Looney Tunes world is friends and they live in the suburbs together.
Most notably, Bugs's rival Yosemite Sam is their annoying-but-friendly next-door neighbor, and Taz is now his pet.
Also, Elmer Fudd is the local news anchor.
Averted with Sylvester and Tweety, the former still consistently trying to eat the later.
Wile E. and Road Runner haven't changed much, except they're now in CGI. (Though Wile. E Coyote has been shown as normal animation, in Witch Lezah's psychiatry waiting room reading a self help book called "What are you really chasing?")
Good Old Fisticuffs: In "The Foghorn Leghorn Story" episode two fights break out—Foghorn with Daffy and Bugs with Sam.
Goofy Print Underwear: In "SuperRabbit", Superabbit (Bugs) rips a suit of powered armour off Lex Luthor (Elmer Fudd) to reveal that Lex is wearing boxers with the Superman symbol on them.
G-Rated Drug: An energy drink called Spargle. Buying it gets treated like a drug sell—actually, it's even called a "deal".
Averted, it turns out it actually is an illegal drug.
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The writers seem bent on Lampshade Hanging and parodying this with Porky Pig, though the situation previewed leads to the mental conundrum of what state of dress Bugs and Daffy are supposed to be in.
In one episode, Daffy wears pants that he calls "mall pants" to the mall, but he doesn't wear a mall shirt along with it. When he loses his mall pants, Bugs notes that he forgot to put on mall underpants.
And subverted in "Eligible Bachelors" in which Bugs forgoes his normal mode of dress (which is to say his birthday suit) and puts on a tuxedo for the bachelor auction. Porky remains in his normal partial dress, and Daffy doesn't bother changing.
In "Spread Those Wings And Fly" Daffy becomes obsessed with becoming a pilot and starts wearing the uniform. When Bugs asks why Daffy says he's dressing for the job he wants instead of the job he has. Bugs observes Daffy has no job, to which Daffy replies "That's why I'm usually nude."
Handcar Pursuit: In "Ridiculous Journey", Blacque Jacque Shellacque uses a handcar to chase the pets after they hop aboard a freight train.
Hand or Object Underwear: Yosemite Sam covers himself with a cardboard box while fleeing naked from the FBI through the Spargle building in "Off-Duty Cop".
Helium Speech: Daffy starts speaking like this in "Mr. Wiener" after he inhales a tank of helium to stretch is stomach to win a hotdog eating contest.
Here We Go Again: The end of "Jailbird and Jailbunny" has Daffy throwing a can of soda out of the car after just being released from prison. The cops (and Porky, promptly bringing out his pants) notice.
Honor Before Reason / I Owe You My Life : Yosemite Sam hates owing things to others, so he tries to repay Bugs for changing his smoke detector's battery by baking him a carrot cake... which ends in a fire that Bugs has to save Sam from. The short cowboy even references these troops.
Hotter and Sexier: The Merrie Melodies appear to parody this often, whether with Sam's backup singers for "Blow My Stack", the female bird aliens dancers in "I'm a Martian", or Fudd's attempt to be seductive with "Grilled Cheese."
Humor Dissonance: In-universe. In Year of the Duck, Porky tells the old "I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired" gag. Lola finds this joke so funny that she spends the next 30 seconds crying in laughter and even falling out of her chair as if it was the funniest thing she ever heard in her life, all while explaining the punch line. Bugs, on the other hand, doesn't even chuckle.
Hypocritical Humor: Daffy spends all of one episode despising Porky because they went out for lunch one day and Porky ate some of the french fries (Daffy insisted they came with his sandwich; Porky thought they were for the whole table). At the end of the episode, Speedy reveals that Porky was right; Daffy shrugs, then takes a bite out of Porky's pizza. Pretty much what you'd expect from his Jerkass behavior in this series.
As a matter of fact, Daffy runs on this trope, though it's hard to say how much of it he owes to his Jerkass side and how much to his Cloud Cuckoolander side.
Irrevocable Message: In "You've Got Hate Mail", Daffy accidentally sends a hate-filled email to everyone he knows (except Porky). He then attempts to delete the email from Tina's computer before she can read it.
It Makes Sense in Context: The episode "Semper Lie" is this. Basic summary; Bugs tells Porky a lie to avoid going to the Peach Festival that ends up with Daffy joining the Marines and Bugs being arrested for suspicion of being an Albanian spy.
It's Been Done: In "Peel of Fortune", Daffy tries to come up with an invention that will make him rich. His first three inventions are sliced bread, toilet paper and the suitcase.
Jerkass: Daffy Duck. Still self-absorbed as he was in the post-1948 cartoons, now with 50% more Rabbit-agitating.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Daffy does retain all his vices, he's shown a nicer side as well. For example, he could have easily abandoned Bugs upon learning truth behind Taz, but his first reaction instead of running away is to save Bugs. Upon seeing what Taz means to Bugs, he helps them escape instead while using himself as distraction. Also, his time spent with Granny shows this side of him again. And even though he robbed Bugs, who had to sell his house, Daffy doesn't hesitate to buy it so they can continue living together. And of the second season premiere, realizing that winning isn't everything after becoming a coach to Gossamer and his friends, happy that his kids are having fun.
Cecil Turtle on the other hand, is a to-the-core jerk.
Jerk Jock: Porky Pig, of all people, at least during high school (his chief target of abuse was Daffy).
Kangaroo Court: In "SuperRabbit", the tribunal sitting in judgement on Zod, Faora and Thumpinator pronounce them guilty before Jor-El has finished his opening statement. Jor-El, who is prosecuting, expresses his exasperation that they keep doing this.
Karma Houdini: Daffy in "The Float". Sure, the yacht that he bought with Porky's money gets sold and the money is returned to Porky, but Porky still has to help Daffy rebuild his float, even though he donated his kidney to Daffy in spite of everything and is still weak from the surgery.
Lola in "The Black Widow".
Karmic Trickster: Bugs reverts to this characterization when Cecil Turtle pushes him too far.
Left the Background Music On: Porky is carrying a tape player in his coat pocket, which provides the music for the next scene with all of Daffy's shenanigans in "Off-Duty Cop".
In "Itsy Bitsy Gopher", Daffy makes a dramatic statement regarding Tosh's fate to Mac, accompanied by a dramatic organ sting. Daffy and Mac look round to she Lola playing the organ in the corner of the antiques store.
Lower Deck Episode: "Ridiculous Journey" which is a roadtrip involving the "pet" characters journeying home ala Homeward Bound while meeting other Looney Tunes characters that haven't been used in the show before, instead of the regular cast of Bugs and Daffy.
Lucky Rabbit's Foot: In a nod to several of the old shorts, Bugs gets into a football game by offering his "luck" to Yosemite Sam, who's participating in the field goal contest.
Meaningful Echo: In "Double Date", Daffy keeps using the phrase "hook it up", and Bugs tells him that nobody says that. It turns out that Tina does.
Memetic Badass: In-universe, Daffy claims to be this. He's a pathological liar though. Bugs is the real deal, having been among other things an astronaut, the (interim) President of Mexico, a medal-winning Olympic athlete, and Batman.
Not to mention a Nobel prize winner and inventor of the carrot peeler.
Foghorn Leghorn sings about his badassedness in his Merry Melody, "Cock of the Walk."
Mirror Monologue: Used quite a bit; Bugs in "Members Only" and "Double Date", Porky in "Beauty School" (pretending to have a conversation with himself), and Daffy in "To Bowl or Not to Bowl" (in a dark window instead of a mirror).
Mistaken for Cheating: In "Beauty School", Lola sees a woman (actually Bugs in drag) leaving Bugs' house and getting into Bugs' car and immediately assumes that Bugs is cheating on her.
Mistaken for Gay: In an attempt to get sent back to jail, Bugs asks an officer why he isn't suspicious about Daffy and he being chained together. He responds with "Your personal lives are your business."
Mistaken for Murderer: In "The Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder", Daffy becomes convinced that Porky is the Suburban Strangler and that he has been selected as the Strangler's next victim.
Mistaken for Spies: The lies Bugs tells to get out of going to the Peach Festival in "Semper Lie" ultimately leads to him being arrested as a spy in Albania.
Moment Killer: In "Eligible Bachelors" once Bugs gets Lola to stop talking they get to share a romantic montage together, but then Lola ruins the mood by talking again.
Money Fetish: After becoming rich in "Peel of Fortune", Daffy is shown rolling around in a pile of cash on his bed.
Monumental Theft: In "Eligible Bachelors" Colonel Frankenheimer attempts to steal the Eifel Tower by hooking it to a zeppelin and flying it to Germany.
Morality Pet: As noted in the Jerkass entry, Bugs seems to be the only one that Daffy shows any REAL sign of compassion to. As well as Tina, he once put on a whole lie to prove to her father he was successful, not for the sake of his ego, but because he was afraid of losing her. Gossamer and Foghorn also tend to bring out the hidden gold in Daffy's heart.
Most Common Card Game: The 'clueless player' variant. One episode opens with Daffy asking Bugs if he has any threes. They're playing chess.
My Eyes Are Up Here: Both Daffy and Speedy end up saying this to different women in "The Shelf" - the former when he loses his towel in front of Tina after coming out of the shower, and the latter after Lola claims to have X-ray vision.
Mythology Gag: Bugs' birthday is July 27th. This is the date that his short A Wild Hare premiered in 1940, also establishing his long running rivalry with Elmer Fudd. Daffy's birthday, April 17th, is determined by his own theater debut in Porky's Duck Hunt.
The first episode is full of this. There are pictures hanging on the walls in the background of some of the original shorts, and Bugs is a fan of Groucho Marx, an actual inspiration for the character.
In "Blow My Stack", Yosemite Sam is seen in an anger management help group comprised of notable to obscure Looney Tunes characters all known for their short tempers.
Lola ending up with Pepe Le Pew at the end of her episode may have been a reference to the 90's short Carrotblanca, where due to the severe lack of female Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny was paired with Penelope, the cat that Pepe is always chasing after.
Near the end of "We Are in Love" Bugs and Lola are riding the same unicorn Bugs (while in drag) rode in on in What's Opera, Doc?.
In "Off-Duty Cop", when Bugs moves all Daffy's stuff into the kitchen, among the items is a signthat says "Rabbit Season". Additionally, the storyline with Daffy and Porky pretending to be a TV cop and his "chauffeur" is a Shout-Out to pretty much any of the old shorts in which they were teamed up to parody action heroes. There's even a subtle allusion to "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery":
Daffy: You're all under arrest!
The "restraining order" bit at the beginning of "Reunion" is taken straight from Duck Dodgers, which was also created by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone.
Daffy's reactions to his sudden cash injection in "Peel of Fortune" are just one big Shout-Out to "Ali Baba Bunny"—complete with the Pooled Funds bit and "It's mine, all mine!"
One bit of animation from a scene of Bugs dancing is outright recycled from Ken Harris's animation of Bugs singing "Camptown Races" in "Mississippi Hare".
Bugs still pronounces "moron" as "maroon" like he does in the old shorts.
Daffy: You're from the planet Krypton!?!
Bugs: No you maroon! That's the story of Superman.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Bugs spends an entire episode trying to get Porky to be more assertive and not agree to every up-sell that comes his way (including paying $10 for free stickers). When does Porky finally assert himself? Refusing insurance on his rental car. Three guesses what happens next, and the first two don't count.
Similarly, he tries to help Porky have more fun at work, and Porky ends up having too much fun and gets fired.
Bugs indirectly does it in "Gribbler's Quest," Yosemite takes Daffy to group therapy because of his online shopping addiction and as Daffy keeps attending he becomes a better person, much to the enjoyment of his friends. Meanwhile, Bugs gets addicted to a video game that takes up most of his time. Daffy thinks that Bugs has a video game problem so he tries to help him. But Bugs reveals that he doesn't play the game because he has a problem but because he finds it fun to play. So this leads Daffy into thinking that he doesn't shop online because he has problem but because he thinks it's fun. Because he thinks there's nothing wrong with himself, Daffy goes back to his regular self.
In "SuperRabbit", Superabbit (Bugs) balls up Lex Luthor (Elmer Fudd)'s power suit and bats it into outr space. Lex points out that he has just sent an unstable nuclear power source into orbit. Sure enough, the suit explodes freeing Zod and the others from the Phantom Zone.
No Escape But Down: Daffy and Bugs escape from the prison guards by jumping off a cliff into the river in "Jailbird and Jailbunny". (Or rather Daffy jumps off the cliff and Bugs goes along because they are shackled together.)
Non-Singing Voice: Marvin the Martian's speaking voice is Eric Bauza, but his singing voice is Damon Jones.
Foghorn Leghorn's speaking voice is Jeff Bergman, but his singing voice is also Damon Jones, which is weird because Jeff Bergman does his own singing for Bugs and Daffy.
Speedy Gonzales is voiced by Fred Armisen, but in "Queso Bandito," his singing voice is Mike Smith. Strangely enough, in Speedy's nexy two Merrie Melodies ("Pizzarriba" and "Table For One"), his singing voice is- guess who- Fred Armisen.
Possibly because "Queso Bandito" potrays Speedy at a younger age. And to be fair, Mike Smith does make Speedy sound higher pitched than usual.
This has yet to be confirmed, but Henery Hawk's singing voice is once again Damon Jones. His speaking voice is rumored to be Joe Alaskey.
Noodle Incident: Bugs has a Nobel Prize, but we never learn what he got it for.
Not to mention his stint as Interim President of Mexico.
Not Listening to Me, Are You?: In the first episode, when Bugs tries to tell Daffy about his childhood, he switches to Superman's origin story to get his attention. It succeeds, but backfires when Daffy believes every word.
"You're from the planet Krypton?"
Not so Above It All: In one episode, Daffy and Porky get into a fight over french fries. Bugs tries to fix things, and even sends fake apologies to each of them... not because he wants them to be friends again but because Porky just got tickets to the big football playoff.
Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: According to Granny, the neighborhood was quite boring before Daffy moved in. The fact that he livens things up makes Granny enjoy having him as a neighbor.
Object Ceiling Cling: Daffy accidentally flings a carrot pie onto the ceiling - where it sticks - at the start of "Newspaper Thief". It becomes a Brick Joke at the very end of the episode.
One-Hour Work Week: Averted in a pretty amusing way; Bugs invented the carrot peeler and gets enough checks delivered every week to buy whatever he wants. (Daffy doesn't work because he keeps getting fired from jobs, so if the plot requires him to purchase anything, he steals from Bugs or Porky.)
Only Sane Man: Bugs and Tina are arguably the most normal characters of the show.
Season 2 sees Bugs shying away from this trope.
While having their own quirks, Porky and Speedy can usually be counted on to provide sensible advice.
The Operators Must Be Crazy: "Customer Service". Cecil Turtle disconnects Bugs' cable service just so he can screw with him when he calls.
Organ Autonomy: Yosemite Sam's moustache in the Merrie Melodies song "Moostache" in "Itsy Bitsy Gopher".
Out of Order: "The Foghorn Leghorn Story" (which aired ninth) almost definitely took place after "Working Duck" (which aired twentieth), since Foghorn's assistant references the events of "Working Duck" in the former. This is the most obvious example, but it's not the only one. It's not a huge problem, due to the show's episodic nature, but what continuity there is can get a bit screwy at times.
In "Gribbler's Quest," Bugs changes the password on his computer so Daffy won't go online shopping but Daffy correctly guess the new password is "carrot". So Bugs change it again and Daffy correctly guess it was "carrot1". By the end of the episode, Bugs new password is "carrot3", which Daffy correctly guessed again.
Phoney Call: Bugs does this is "Semper Lie", calling up Speedy and pretending to be speaking to his (non-existent) sister Viola. Speedy is Genre Savvy enough to work out what is going on and play along.
Pin-Pulling Teeth: Daffy does while storming an Albanian prison to rescue Bugs in "Semper Lie".
Reality Ensues : Yosemite Sam can't carry his pistols anymore due to guns control's laws.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: During their first date, Daffy obviously lies about himself to try to impress Tina. Tina responds by simply guessing what Daffy's like - accurately listing all of his flaws. Daffy isn't the slightest bit insulted.
The most obvious is Jeff Bergman, who reprises his role of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety and Foghorn Leghorn from Tiny Toon Adventures, plus Box Office Bunny, Invasion of the Carrot Snatchers, Blooper Bunny and even Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
After a long time, Petunia Pig will finally make her appearance in The Looney Tunes Show. To top it all off, Grey DeLisle will be reprising her role from the Looney Tunes webtoons.
Rule of Symbolism: Parodied in a flashback, where Daffy releases rats in celebration of Columbus Day.
Daffy: What? The rats represented the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. If they didn't get it, that's their problem.
Running Gag: Daffy has taken to asking, "What is this, communist Russia?" or "What happened to this country?" when someone requests simple information from him.
People commenting that Bugs makes for an ugly woman when he dresses in drag.
Sanity Slippage: Porky Pig to varying degrees, especially in “Bugs & Daffy Get a Job”.
Bugs gets this in "Off-Duty Cop" after being addicted to a Coffee Alternative called Spargle, only to run out.
Bugs gets another one in "The Shelf." All that attempt to work on a mere shelf for his Nobel Prize, only to go so far as to destroying his own home and looking like he came out of a Slasher movie. Thankfully, Tina managed to rebuild Bugs' house.
Sassy Black Woman: Witch Lezah is technically green, but she has the voice and mannerisms of one.
Satellite Love Interest: Unlike Lola and Tina, Petunia has no definable characteristics beyond being her male counterpart's girlfriend.
Saving Christmas: In "A Christmas Carol", Lola attempts to restore the town's Christmas spirit by staging a production of A Christmas Carol, while Foghorn Leghorn attempts to save Christmas by installing a giant fan at the North Pole (It Makes Sense in Context).
Scrabble Babble: In "Itsy Bitsy Gopher", Daffy attempts to play "dovarg", before announcing that he is going to the kitchen as he feels totally "dovarg". In a Strange Minds Think Alike moment, we later learn that Lola invented a type of sandwich that she calls a dovarg. And, at the end of the episode, Dr. Weinstein mentions it is the name of an anti-inflammatory preparation.
Sdrawkcab Name: Witch Lezah backwards is Witch Hazel, who was the original Looney Tunes witch.
Semper Fi: Dafyy joins the Marine Corps in "Semper Lie".
Serious Business: Daffy, in this show, takes everything way too seriously. He thinks that getting his newspaper is more important than anything (he doesn't read it, he makes his parade float with it) and thinks that if it doesn't arrive one day that means someone stole it, which is justifiable for a neighborhood intervention. He nearly ends his friendship with Porky Pig because he took some fries from his basket- the fries were for everyone.
Shout-Out: Bugs uses this trope to get Daffy's attention by telling Superman's origin, except with Bugs Bunny replacing Superman. It backfires, big time.
There's actually several shoutouts to DC Comics: Daffy claims to be Batman, also wears the costume, there's a similar looking Wonder Woman mannequin in Bugs and Daffy's home, and Bugs mentions the magic word "Shazam" from Captain Marvel. (And Bugs apparently is Batman.)
Just before telling the Superman story, Bugs references the story told in "A Hare Grows in Manhattan" almost word for word.
The horror movie Daffy watches in the above ep is one from Box Office Bunny.
In the Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner episode "Silent But Deadly" both Road Runner and Wily are locked into a direct confrontation with each other, it's laced with Mortal Kombat overtones - Wily's costume akin to Scorpion's outfit, destructive weapons, a dark moonlit night with a fatality to frost the cake!
Another Coyote-Roadrunner short "Another Bat Idea" has Wile E. Coyote dressed up in a Batman suit complete with explosive Batarangs, Bat Grappling Hook, a cape that flies, and a small shoutout to Adam West.
So Okay, It's Average: invoked Porky in "Monster Talent", Speedy's in the midst of making a commercial, while Porky does succeed in working in the production, Bugs ultimately ends up in the final edit as his personality just flows better in the ad.
Speedy: This guy's [Porky] okay but I wanna party with this guy! [Bugs]
The Merrie Melody song, "We Are In Love," is basically "Stalker with a Crush: The Song". Among other tendencies of this trope, Lola stands outside Bugs' house in the rain while sporting a Slasher Smile.
She even went crazy for Daffy of all people, and after he read to her from a list of pickup lines that SHE WROTE for him in order to teach him how to date. She gets upset after Daffy lets her know she's dating Tina and in response breaks into his bedroom and confronts him in an attempt to dissuade him. And also leaves the ladder at his window "just for later".
Heck, Daffy became this towards Bugs... in the first episode, because their friendship hit a rough patch.
Stealth Pun: In "Bugs and Daffy Get a Job", Bugs gets a job working in Porky's office, but Daffy doesn't. The subplot involves Daffy getting his beak redone.
Stock Footage: One scene of Bugs dancing reuses animation of him dancing from "Mississippi Hare".
Stock Scream: In the episode "Eligible Bachelors", Granny has a flahback of WW2 in which a Nazi general pushes a subordinate out of a blimp, who subsequently lets out what seems to be a Wilhelm scream.
Straw Loser: Daffy pretty much exists to make Bugs (and everybody else) look better.
That being said, he's a talented cosmetologist. The trope is played straight in his license acceptance speech, where he admits he has been placed in the world to make other people look better.
The reason Daffy hangs out with Porky Pig, Pete Puma and Marvin the Martian is that they're lame enough to consider him the cool one. Of course, he does everything in his power to keep Bugs from joining their bowling team.
Strawman Political: Daffy applies as a conservative straw, thinking that everyone's siding with the "communists". Daffy was even compared once with then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (the same comparison related Bugs with Barack Obama).
Bugs: Did you sleep well? Daffy: Are you implying that I wet the bed?
Table Space: Happens in "The Shelf" when Daffy is having dinner with Tina. The kicker is that it isn't even Daffy's house; it's Porky's and he is forcing Porky to act as his butler. It ends with Daffy flinging bread rolls at Porky and Tina storming out.
Take That: First jab at Disney: In Daffy's Merrie Melody, "The Wizard," one of the frozen beasts that Daffy roasts resembles Pumbaa from The Lion King.
Talkative Loon: Both Daffy and Lola. After delivering a particularly outlandish monologue in "Working Duck", Daffy had to ask Bugs what the heck he was talking about. (Bugs, of course, had no idea.)
This Is My Boomstick: In "Peel of Fortune", Daffy attempts to impress a group of cavemen with the miracle of toilet paper. It doesn't work. (Throwing the roll at their heads probably didn't help.)
Those Wacky Nazis: Appears in Granny's WWII flashback. However, they're played far less sterotypically than one might expect. Granny also never refers to them as Nazis, just Germans, plus the closest to Nazi symbolism shown is an Iron Cross.
In Merrie Melodies, "Stick to My Guns", Yosemite Sam sings about all the dumb decisisons he makes throughout his life. Like wearing ankle weights during the "Running of the Bulls", declaring a vendetta on the Mafia, and paying $27,000 for one rhinestone.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Bugs Bunny in "Rebel Without a Glove," who became Thugs Bunny after acquiring a new set of gloves.
Trailers Always Lie: The teaser for "Off Duty Cop" made it look like when the FBI agent said, "It's pathetic, but it's not illegal" he was referring to Daffy. He was actually talking to Porky about pretending to be a chauffeur. Turns out what Daffy was doing actually was illegal.
Under The Truck: Much to his own amazement, Wile E. Coyote pulls this trick off in the short "Vicious Cycles". Of course, he is flattened immediately afterwards by a truck going in the opposite direction.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Sylvester and Tweety chasing each other, fighting, wrecking furniture, appliances, wallpaper, and windows around the kitchen, living room, dining room, and entry way? Granny and others couldn't care less.
Unwanted Rescue: In "Itsy Bitsy Gopher", Bugs dashes into a house full of poison gas to rescue what he thinks is Gossamer's pet spider. However, it turns out not to be Gossamer's pet, but instead a deadly African sand spider which bites him in the hand.
Vitriolic Best Buds: As quoted from Bugs, "Daffy, you're a mean-spirited, self-absorbed, disturbed little weirdo, but for whatever reason you're my best friend."
Porky and Daffy too, though the vitriol mostly comes from Daffy—Porky is simply desperate for a friend. Daffy actually calls both Bugs and Porky his best friend at different times, usually when he needs to flatter one of them, and at one point lampshades the fact that he's not too clear on which of them really is his best friend.
We Want Our Jerk Back: In episode 1, Daffy vows to become Bug's best friend ever and becomes... stalker-ish.
What the Hell, Hero?: In "SuperRabbit", Jor-El calls out Superrabbit for this; pointing out that most of his current problems he has brought on himself because of his arrogance.