YMMV: The Looney Tunes Show

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some see Daffy as a plain old Jerkass (his torment of Porky), others see him as a Jerkass Woobie (he hasn't had the best life, he's suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder, and it's implied he's from a Dysfunctional Family) or even an Strawman Political (with Daffy usually questioning "bureaucracy", comparing it to the Soviet Union). That he suffers a lot from Depending on the Writer only adds to this trope.
    • In "Double Date," was Lola really stupid/crazy enough to fall for the lines she'd just fed Daffy, or was it all a Batman Gambit to get Bugs to call himself her boyfriend? Or both?
  • Base Breaker: "Casa de Calma." Some fans liked it for how it harkens back to classic Looney Tunes formulas, but at the same time, it was hated by other fans for that reason as well.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Daffy, Tina, Bugs, Lola, Yosamite Sam and Speedy dancing in Daffy's disco room at the end of "Daffy Duck Esquire".
  • Broken Base: Lola Bunny has been a Base Breaker since she was introduced in Space Jam. Her incarnation here is seen by her original detractors as being a great improvement, while others who grew up with and liked her from her introduction fifteen years earlier generally see her original self as superior.
    • This whole show is one between those who hate it because they feel it is nowhere near as good as the original shorts or Tiny Toon Adventures, and those that love it for the different direction it is taking from the older cartoons.
  • Cargo Ship: The songs have this as a theme: Elmer Fudd x grilled cheese sandwiches: Marvin the Martian x his laser cannon.
  • Crazy Awesome: Daffy the Wizard, and you know it!
    • Lola can sometimes be this.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Some fans see the "Grilled Cheese" video by Elmer Fudd as unsettling...but incredibly hilarious. One commenter put it best:
    "Why was that so wrong yet so hilarious?"
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The way Daffy treats Porky. The writers were probably going for a Cartman/Butters dynamic, but failed horribly.
    • Probably the worst offender with that is the infamous episode "The Float" in which Daffy told Porky he needed a kidney transplant, Porky being the gullible doormat that he is, gave him all of his money, ending up broke and hungry, while Daffy used the money to buy a Yacht. In which when Porky found out he was furious beating him up on the yacht causing it to float out to sea. In the end Daffy almost drowned and ended up actually needing a new kidney for real. After which he convinced Porky to give him one of his, and then made Porky wash his new car.
    • The fact that Porky's (fairly realistic) loneliness and depression is usually Played for Laughs.
    • Some of the jokes about Daffy being mentally ill can cross the line.
  • Ear Worm: Looking back on the show after its cancellation, it seems likely that the Merrie Melodies segments are the ones that will dwell in Youtube for decades to come, because almost all of them fit this trope. I'm a Martian, Chickenhawk, Table for One, We Are In Love, Be Polite, Robot Love, Chintzy, Blow My Stack, Cock of the Walk, and of course Daffy Duck the Wizard are all solid contenders.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pepe Le Pew.
    • Marvin the Martian as always.
    • Tina Russo.
    • Lola, after being given a personality much more fitting to the franchise than she had in Space Jam.
      • But see Base Breaker - fans of the 'centerfold feminist' Lola are very angry about 'scatterbrained stalker Pollyanna' Lola.
    • Foghorn Leghorn
    • Lola's mother Patricia has sparked quite a lot of... mature fan art.
  • Growing the Beard: What some fans think about Season 2.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Daffy makes a big deal about Porky stealing his fries. Doesn't that remind you of a couple of other Cartoon Network shows?
    • In "Members Only", Lola misperceives Bugs to be a bad boy after a failed attempt to get Lola to break up with him. In "Rebel Without A Glove", Bugs really does become a bad boy by way of leather gloves.
  • Ho Yay: You could easily say the premise is that Bugs and Daffy are married, and nothing would change at all. It doesn't help that in the first episode they're on an Expy of The Newlywed Game. And of course their opponents, the Goofy Gophers, have long been an embodiment of Ambiguously Gay.
    • After 'Double Date,' we should just make a separate page for this. Here's the short and long of it: Daffy wins an romantic evening for two, so who is the first person he asks? Bugs. If that wasn't enough, when Bugs clarifies that a 'romantic evening' means a date, Daffy calls and asks Porky to a date. The kicker is when Porky accepts. And waits outside his house. With flowers. Even the SONG from that episode, 'Be Polite,' had gratuitous amounts of Ho Yay, but that's to be expected when you're dealing with Mac and Tosh.
      • With respect to the two latter, the song "You like/I Like" takes things even further.
      • Their other song, "Drifting Apart", has all the earmarks of a failing marriage.
    • Tweety and Sylvester in "Ridiculous Journey." They spend the episode bickering like an old married couple, have a Sleep Cute moment, then an Aw Look They Really Do Love Eachother moment towards the end. Sylvester denies it ever happened, of course, but it doesn't stop Tweety from gloating about it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Daffy, in earlier episodes. The writers weren't sure if we should hate him or pity him.
  • Love It or Hate It: The series is lauded as an amazing show or a slap in the face to the classic Warner Brothers shorts and characters and a sign that Cartoon Network can't create a good animated series anymore.
    • It's possible to love both, of course, but their comedic styles are very, very different. Almost like comparing Seinfeld to the The Marx Brothers.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, Foghorn Leghorn seems to have this opinion of Daffy. He's a Horrible Judge of Character.
    • Foghorn in the "Cock Of The Walk" song
    • Daffy "The Wizard" Duck in "The Wizard" song.
  • Memetic Mutation: It has spawned a couple:
    • I took a gander at the millage page, saw that Double M was missing so I built up my rage and Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I BLEW MY STACK!!!
    • [Bad thing happens.] But the Wizard is undeterred!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Cecil crosses this in "The Shell Game" when he plans to shoot Bugs and Porky in order to keep them from exposing his scam. It's not even played for laughs. Not even Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd in this incarnation or any other would go this far.
    • Daffy also crosses the MEH in "The Float". He takes every cent of Porky's money, saying he needs it for a kidney operation. After going bankrupt, Porky eventually discovers that Daffy used the money to buy a yaht and attacks him for it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sam's backup singers and Carol (Leghorn's blonde secretary).
  • Paranoia Fuel: 'We R In Love.'
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Lola has been better received in this show because she actually has a something of a Looney Tunes-appropriate personality now, rather than the Ms. Fanservice tomboy she was before. Now she is the huge opposite, which happens to be a modestly dressed Motor Mouth and Valley Girl who owns a Hammerspace Purse that throws Bugs for a loop.
    • Daffy in Season 2 is showing signs of becoming a well-intentioned idiot with the occasional Jerkass moments.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Oh COME ON! Is Bugs going out with Lola? Or are he and Daffy in a rocky marriage?
  • The Scrappy: Daffy, for his Too Dumb to Live moments and It's All About Me persona and being a Straw Loser. The writers pretty much go out of their way to make him unlikable.
    • He also seems to be a caricature of people with mental problems, something many viewers find to be Dude, Not Funny!.
      • Made even worse because in earlier episodes he was actually funny, (kinda) sympathetic, and was implied to be going through some major Character Development ("That's My Baby" and "Beauty School" were huge Pet the Dog moments). Then came the aforementioned Kick the Dog in "The Float" and all hope was lost. And he's getting worse, to the point where he's arguably an Anti-Sue in Season 2.
    • Lola's starting to become this to some who think her blatant stupidity and stalker tendencies are less endearing now. And she, like Daffy, caused Porky to fail his Driver's Test twice.
    • Bugs is this to a few viewers, for having a vastly different persona than what we're used to (a Straight Man instead of a Karmic Trickster), and the fact that most other characters are Straw Losers to him.
    • Cecil from "Customer Service". He has no redeeming qualities and purely exists to bother people like Bugs by randomly cutting out their cable. While this seems small, the smug way he goes about it and his Jerkass attitude tend to push him into this way for most viewers.
      • The guy reaches a new low in "The Shell Game". Not only does he extort Bugs by faking an injury, but it's also revealed that he's been doing the same to others countless of times. When Bugs finds out he's also extorting Porky and the two of them try to expose him, he plans to shoot them in order to keep them quiet.
  • Seasonal Rot: The 2nd half of the first season isn't considered as good as the 1st, a rare case of this happening within a season. "The Float", which aired in the second half, is considered the low point of the series by some.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Oddly, while the main show has attracted a Love It or Hate It debate, nobody seems to care one way or the other about the new Road Runner / Wile E. Coyote shorts that follow some episodes. Unlike the main show, they kept to the classic formula - yet the folks that 'miss the classics' aren't delighted and the ones who 'love the new formula' aren't criticizing.
    • And although you obviously won't hear much from them on the Internet, a lot of people watched the show and had a So Okay, It's Average reaction.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In "Bobcats On Three!", the kids throw Daffy into the pool while he exclaims he can't swim. Bugs, being fat, is the only one who knows this, and runs off to jump into the pool in slowmotion to save him. During that time, a song is playing sounding similar to Vangelis "Titles".
    • The Merrie Melodies "Laser Beam" is a slow power ballad that's (probably deliberately) a Guns 'N' Roses sound-alike.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Lola's treatment in-show is possibly this, as her original debut was reviled by many fans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Online fans of the classic shorts and 90's revivals were skeptical about this update. Then they saw the leaked images, and they were not pleased. This also happened months before the show premiered. Cartoon Brew is a classic case—it covered the show in several blog posts, each receiving 200-plus replies!
    • The news that Joe Alaskey wouldn't be returning to voice Bugs Bunny (or indeed, anyone) got this reaction. It would probably have been a lot worse if not for the fact that they brought back Alaskey's predecessor, Jeff Bergman to pick up the role — although Alaskey is near-unanimously regarded as the better voice artist, Bergman still has plenty of fans.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The show producers intentionally lead this series in a different direction from the original shorts in an attempt to avert being compared to them, similar to how James Cameron shifted the Alien series from horror to action with the second film—this was because the producers had accepted that it was impossible to live up to the original cartoons. Also like The Batman which went as far out of its way as it could to avoid Follow the Leader status, towards Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Uncanny Valley: Daffy's "beak job". It's also this in-universe.
  • The Woobie: Bugs Bunny has pretty much become this in the show, being stuck as the Only Sane Man.