Western Animation / Yogi's Gang

Yogi's Gang is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon series from 1973 with a made-for-TV movie, Yogi's Ark Lark from 1972, serving as a pilot.

In the series, Yogi Bear and his friends travel around the world and meet villains who want to spread their faults and vices.

Tropes:

  • An Aesop: The pilot movie teaches people to take care of their homes instead of simply moving away to look for a "perfect place". Each episode of the series has an aesop regarding the vice represented by the villain.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Yogi and his friends defeat Hilarious P. Prankster by trying to see if he can take as much as he gives.
  • Big Fancy House: Mr. Waste's manor. He's so wasteful that, since the manor is too big to be thrown away, he keeps adding new rooms so he'll never have to use the same more than one night. He eventually abandons it and the island where it's located to look for a new home after wasting the island's resources.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Hothead of Hothead Enterprises. He has a device that turns people into hotheads and uses it on Yogi's Gang as part of a plan to force Cindy to sell her dude ranch. He later sabotages the ranch's water supply.
  • The Corrupter: Each Villain of the Week wants to make people have the character flaw they're named after.
  • Crying Wolf: In "Mr. Fibber", the titular villain convinces the animals to become liars like him and they come up with fake emergencies to trick Yogi into landing so they can stop to buy things like lemonade or ice cream. When a tornado shows up, Yogi thinks they're lying again. Fortunately, everyone survives and the animals learned a lesson about lying. Fibber doesn't learn.
  • Driven by Envy: The Envy Brothers. Whatever they want, they want because other people have it. They have a magic ring that can make people driven by their envy.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After cheating Yogi out of his ark, Peter D. Cheater learns about the gang's treasure map and, believing it to be real, offers to trade the ark back to Yogi for the map. When Yogi tells Peter the map is fake, Peter assumes it's a trick to keep him away from the treasure and makes the trade anyway. Yogi later states that people who cheat a lot end up expecting others to do the same.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The target audience for Peter D. Cheater's school is made of people wanting to get rich quick.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Envy Brothers. They want to take over the circus where they work because they're envious of their boss for owning it and try to accomplish it by using a ring to make everyone envious. Bonus points for wearing green and making their victims' eyeballs green. When that fails, they try to go to outer space because they're envious of astronauts for doing so.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: In the Yogi's Gang theme song, "If those big goons were out of the way / the world would be so bright and gay."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Sheik of Selfishness wants to spread selfishness through the world. He ends up locked out of his own home because he never leaves a key under the doormat so nobody will share his stuff and his subordinates won't help him to reach a window because he taught them to never share.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Peter D. Cheater's school has a course on how to run those.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode of Yogi's Gang was named after the Villain of the Week.note 
  • Insistent Terminology: Yogi takes it for an insult if his hobo friend Smiley is called a "bum". Justified because, as Smiley explains it, a hobo looks for work and that makes them different from bums.
  • Just the First Citizen: Smokestag Smog. He lives in a castle made of smog and convinced the people of Smog City to think the smog from his factory is a good thing but, as he claims whenever someone asks if he's the Mayor, he's really just the number one citizen. Another character is later revealed to be the Mayor and Smog is never shown to have anything to do with how the city is ruled.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The pilot is Hanna-Barbera's first time having a wide range of their characters in one story.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Each villain has a name that represents their respective character flaw. Some of them come up with fake names to trick the heroes.
    • Smiley, Mr. Cheerful and the Sheik of Sharing are non-villainous examples.
    • Smog City is the polluted wasteland its name suggests it to be. Two of the city's streets are named "Dingy" and "Dirty".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Yogi and his friends are ready to leave Smog City, Smokestag Smog tricks them into installing a motor that'll make their ark spread smoke through wherever they go. Once they wise up, they throw the motor away at the local dump, inspiring the townsfolk to stop polluting their atmosphere. Mr. Smog is even more responsible for his undoing because his smog is what ruined Yogi's gang's banana supply and made them land in Smog City in the first place.
  • Polluted Wasteland: Smog City is this thanks to Smokestack Smog's smog factory.
  • Riddle for the Ages: When Peter D. Cheater cheats Yogi out of the ark, he makes the whole gang leave, including Magilla, who powers up the ark's flying mechanism by running on a treadmill. In spite of not having anyone to replace Magilla, Peter somehow makes the ark fly.
  • Rule of Three: In "Mr. Fibber", there are three times when Yogi is asked to land because of some emergency. He initially refuses during the third time because the other two turned out to be lies.
    Yogi Bear: You fooled me twice. Three times isn't nice!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Villain of the Week: Each episode features a different villain or team of villains.