YMMV: Bugs Bunny


  • Accidental Innuendo: In Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, Bugs sticks the Nudnik copies into a burlap sack, but the exact dialogue when he starts:
    "Get in the sack, Evil Twin. I've got plans for you."
  • Artistic License Biology: In real life, rabbits do not eat carrots (in the wild at least). Bugs is a large part of the reason humans think they do now.
  • Broken Base: While almost everybody agrees that the Bugs from 1945 through 1954 is awesome, there tends to be debate over his characterization in earlier and later cartoons:
    • The 1940-1944 Bugs: A hilarious Screwy Squirrel or an outright bully who torments people for no reason other than personal pleasure?
    • The 1955-1964 Bugs: An Adorkable protagonist or calm and easygoing to the point of being a Flat Character?
  • Character Rerailment: Some of Bugs' entries in the early 60s reverted him slightly to his earlier more hyperactive persona. According to director Robert Mckimson this was deliberate, as some of the creative team thought Bugs had become too reserved and bland.
  • Crazy Awesome
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Was originally intended as a one-shot character, but became an Ascended Extra and eventually the studio's mascot due to positive response.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Bugs and Mickey Mouse have been the face of two competing animation studios for decades and several pieces of satirical media have depicted the two as enemies... even though they've been known to parachute jump together.
  • Foe Yay: Elmer is always smitten by Bugs' cross dressing antics. It says something when at least two cartoons end with Bugs marrying Elmer.
    • The icing on the cake is that Bugs doesn't seem to mind at all to kiss him or be held by him, in fact, he seems to enjoy it. Then again, he is a savvy, iconic trickster and a Magnificent Bastard to boot...
    • This does not only happen with Elmer. There has been Foe Yay moments with any of his opponents at some point (Yosamite Sam, K-9 etc.)
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Falling Hare", Bugs narrowly stop the Gremlin from crashing into a pair of identical twin skyscrapers by flying in between them. Not sixty years later...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 'Rebel Rabbit' bugs finds out that the reward for Foxes is $50, but the reward for rabbits is $.02. When he goes to Washington to complain about this, he's told its because Foxes are destructive, but rabbits are harmless... Maybe Bugs decided to prove them wrong by sending some relatives down under.
    • Bugs interrupting the Oscar ceremony in "What's Cookin' Doc" might remind you of certain memes...
    • "Bully for Bugs" features Bugs attempting to burrow to the Coachella Valley for "the Big Carrot Festival" before he misses his left turn at Albuquerque and ends up in Spain. 50 years later, making a pilgrimage to a music festival in the Coachella Valley would become an annual occurrence for a lot of people.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Perhaps the most magnificent in all of animation.
  • Memetic Mutation: All together now; "What's up, doc?" Also, "Of course you realize, this means war."
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: "What's up, doc?" was much funnier upon release, because no one expected such a Casual Danger Dialogue.
  • Sophomore Slump: The second official Bugs cartoon, "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" is commonly regarded as one of the worst in the series, owing to Bugs' extreme Jerk Ass behavior, off-model use of yellow-colored gloves, a voice that doesn't sound anywhere close to his iconic semi-Brooklyn accent, as well as the sloppy timing that Chuck Jones's earlier efforts suffered from.
    • In fairness, "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" is only nominally considered to be a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Warner Bros. slapped a "Bugs Bunny" title card at the beginning of the cartoon to quickly exploit the unexpected success of the previous A Wild Hare. In actuality, both cartoons were in production at the same time using different variations of the goofy grey rabbit Looney Tunes had been using in numerous cartoons at that point. "Tortoise Beats Hare" is the more proper second Bugs cartoon.
  • Ugly Cute: Witch Hazel in "Bewitched Bunny". Her reaction to Bugs finding Hansel and Gretel ("Call it a weakness.") is almost Moe.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: An example self admitted by the creators themselves. Director Friz Freleng was convinced Elmer Fudd was such an incompetent pushover that Bugs came off as bullying him, creating the far more belligerent Yosemite Sam to rectify this.
    • And then it started to lean too much the opposite way, with Bugs becoming so laid back it became hard for writers to even put focus on him anymore and essentially made him a Hero Antagonist in his own series (Robert Mckimson even stated outright he thought Bugs had no personality during the fifties). Finding the middle ground was apparently very difficult, though given his popularity, they must have gotten right for the audience a good few points.
  • Values Dissonance: "All This and Rabbit Stew", and most infamously, "Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips". The latter even got the first "Golden Age of Looney Tunes" laserdisc set recalled when it was included on it, replacing it with Racketeer Rabbit. If you can find an unaltered copy of that laserdisc set with the Nips cartoon on it, you've got a nice collectors item on your hands.