YMMV / Speedy Gonzales

  • Badass Decay: Marginal case. Speedy was still Badass in the De Patie Freleng shorts, but his Super Speed wasn't completely impenetrable, having more moments he was overpowered, and in rare cases even lost altogether. To compensate, Speedy also became a more cerebral trickster, able to use wits to win as often as his speed.
  • Fair for Its Day: While he was somewhat stereotypical and depiction of other characters has aged poorly, Speedy himself was an intelligent, heroic minority character in an era infamous for racism. This is much of why Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales.
  • Designated Hero: While Speedy had a much cleaner track record than the other "heckler" protagonists of the Looney Tunes series, there were still a handful he was nominally heroic. He is portrayed as a home wrecker in "Gonzales Tamales" for example, with Sylvester only seeking him out of mistaken claims by the other vengeful mice. Incidentally, subverted totally with "Moby Duck", which is essentially a remake of "Canned Feud" retooled to make the mouse character incredibly sympathetic.
  • Dork Age: Speedy's bouts against Daffy Duck are often considered the lowest point of the original Looney Tunes series.
  • Guilty Pleasure: They have some fans however. Almost nobody will defend See Ya Later, Gladiator, though.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Trope Namer. His Mexican voice actors are actually really good at their jobs, and Speedy himself is a crafty little guy when you get right down to it; he actually holds up as a character beyond being a Token Minority in the Looney Tunes ensemble.
  • Saved by the Fans: What ultimately got his cartoons back on the air.
  • The Woobie: He's this in Moby Duck. All he wanted was to nicely share the can food with Daffy, which was enough for both of them. Even when he gives the can opener to Daffy out of pity, the latter still refuses to share anything with him. Laser-Guided Karma strikes at the end however.
    • A similar deal happens in "Well Worn Daffy" and "Snow Excuse", with Speedy already starting off pretty worn down and Daffy showing No Sympathy. It doesn't help that Daffy is much more formidable against Speedy than usual in these cases.
    • Speedy himself lampshades this in "Daffy's Diner".
    Speedy: How do I get into things like this ? I never hurt anybody.