YMMV: Tiny Toon Adventures

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Watching Elmyra cry is either this or the Most Annoying Sound.
  • Anvilicious:
    • Given its era, the show often tried to give Aesops, which often as not wound up Anvilicious. Pro-environment aesops were common ("Whale's Tales", the Toxic Revenger shorts, etc.). There was also an episode about why meat-eating is bad that leaned towards parody with an end-cap gag that involves the characters declaring their new-found adherence to vegetarianism and tucking into a veggie tray, only to have the vegetables scream in horror and run away, and an episode about the fur industry that was played a bit more straight. "One Beer" openly parodied these Aesops.
    • "One Beer" reportedly angered a number of parents and censors who believed the episode, which was designed to poke fun at moral of the story episodes, was in fact making fun of drunk driving. As a result of these complaints it was pulled from syndication for some time, at least until it appeared on the season three DVD set and aired uncut and uncensored on The Hub, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network (Latin America).
  • Awesome Music: This was the first cartoon in ages to use a fully orchestrated score for every episode, just like in the good ol' days.
  • Crazy Awesome: Gogo Dodo and Babs. Buster can show signs of this as well: how else can you describe hitching a ride on a meteor just to make sure he wasn't late for school?
  • Crossover Ship: There's a surprising amount of Tails X Fifi art and Fan Fics on the net. One could argue that there's more of it than Fifi X Hamton, Fifi's canon pairing.
  • Designated Monkey: Fifi, despite being the show's Ensemble Darkhorse, to the point some theorized she got this status thanks to how popular with the fans she was, what with the writers not being afraid to issue Take Thats to the show's more obsessive fans. Still, even if she didn't get this status due to being popular and the writers pulling a Writer Revolt at it, there's still the fact that her shorts often ended with her in tears where the object she was chasing got away, while Pepe was usually along the lines of "Eh, there are other fish in the sea" when Penelope got away, and the infamous episode where she got captured by Elmyra, and it's still easy to see why she gets this status regardless.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Fifi La Fume. Her predecessor may have been a Base Breaker, but Fifi is one of the main things people remember about this show, a fact that the writers lampshaded on occasion. With how much the show use to pick on it's more obsessive fans, it's theorized her status as this is part of the reason she became the show's Designated Monkey.
    • Lampshaded in "Night Ghoulery".
    World's Biggest Fan: And when is Fifi going to get her own series?
    • Furrball is also one of the more popular ones too, in no small part thanks to being part of the Fan-Preferred Couple with Fifi, and being a general woobie.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In canon, Fifi and Hamton are in a relationship. Looking at fanon, you would hardly know this, as most usually pair Fifi up with Furrball, and to a far lesser extent, Calamity. Reasons for this vary, but the common reasons seem to be because Fifi and Hamton fell victim to Pair the Spares, being the third odd one out of their respective power trios, and not having anywhere near as much relationship screen time as Buster and Babs, or even Plucky and Shirley. Similarly, TTA didn't have a Penelope note  Expy, and both Furrball and Calamity filled that role for Fifi once, so fans quickly latched on to it. As said, Furrball is generally more popular thanks to being a cat like Penelope, but Calamity is still more common than Hamton is.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the two 1994 prime-time specials, Pinky and the Brain make cameo appearances: both of them in scenes prominently featuring Elmyra, shown as being among Elmyra's caged pets in the Spring Break special, and in the Night Ghoulery special. Four years later, Pinky, The Brain, and Elmyra would be together as part of a show that no one likes or wants to remember (and what's worse is that it got a DVD release).
    • In one episode, Max claims, "There are laws to protect the rich, you know!" Then when you look at how some of the richest corporations and biggest banks have gotten away with some of the greatest financial fraud in history in recent years and it's as if he's right.
  • Genius Bonus: Only older viewers or those big on pop culture trivia will know what Hamton's referencing in "Kon Ducki" when he says, "I'll take Charley Weaver to block!" This is a reference to Cliff Arquette, a regular on The Hollywood Squares who appeared in character as Charley Weaver, a character he played on The Tonight Show and other shows of the era.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerk Sue: Elmyra. Granted she doesn't know that what she's doing is wrong, but she rarely experiences any karma for it.
  • Memetic Sex Godess: Fifi.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Julie Bruin. She is memorable for perhaps unwholesome reasons, as well as being a spoof of her voice actor, Julie Brown.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Averted; the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Gameboy games were fairly decent efforts. Specifically, Buster Busts Loose for the Super Nintendo is considered by many to be an example of a good licensed game. It should come as no surprise, since the game was developed and produced by Konami. The PS2 game by Treasure is also decent, but was sadly never officially released and can only be played on a emulator, and the GBA game by them is also good, and challenging.
    • Played straight with the later games by Warthog and Terraglyph, however, such as Plucky's Big Adventure and The Great Beanstalk.
    • Buster's Hidden Treasure plays this trope straight for its long passwords (on top of a particularly lengthty game), bad jumping controls, and the Sonic-like gameplay contrasting with the Mario-like level design, especially in the cave levels.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Elmyra. Most fans didn't like her appearance, voice, personality and especially the way she treated the more well-liked characters. But apparently, somebody on the writing staff couldn't get enough of her, deliberately giving her more screen time than fan-favorite Fifi La Fume (sometimes even having Elmyra abuse her) out of spite and, years later, shoehorning her into Pinky and the Brain at the objection of everyone involved.
    • A meta, non-character example would be Kennedy Cartoons, one of the studios that produced animation for the series. They actually got fired because their animation was not up to par, and fans still brand the Kennedy-animated episodes of TTA as bad episodes animation-wise. Not that it doesn't have its fans, however. Kennedy Cartoons is still slightly better than Encore Cartoons.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: A strange example in that everything that this show laid the groundwork for (lush animation, orchestral score, sophisticated writing) would be done twice as well with Steven Spielberg's next cartoon Animaniacs. TTA, while it had plenty of jokes for grown ups, was still, first and foremost, a children's show and is considered to be tame compared to it's successor.
    • Though it should be noted that when it first aired it was very popular with college students despite being a "kids show" where as Animaniacs was more liked by children than adults.
    • Part of the reason for this was the humor style. The "more adult" writing of Animaniacs was at times just being vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. The consummate joke in particular was essentially just 30 seconds of WE'RE MENTIONING SEX IN A KIDS CARTOON ITS FUNNY!!! In contrast, Tiny Toons was just very well written and clever which is why more adults probably liked it more than Animaniacs.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Elmyra getting chased by zombies in "Night of the Living Pets."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Voice acting-wise, this is what happened with the voices of the Looney Tunes' characters in the Venezuelan Spanish dub, since it was the first time they were voiced by non-Mexican voice actors. The controversy was so bad, that WB decided to exclude anything related from them from being dubbed in Venezuelan Spanish and dubbing them in Mexico since then, regardless how much they have to pay for the dub.note 
    • Voice acting-wise in English-speaking countries, there are those who feel that the show went downhill when John Kassir voiced Buster Bunny after Charlie Adler quit (even though the episodes Kassir was in were the last new ones to be made before Animaniacs premiered).
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: In "Prom-ise Her Anything", Montana Max is being legitimately stalked by Elmyra, who wants him to go to the prom with her. He does not have feelings for her, and does not even want to go to the dance. But because Max is the Designated Villain he is shown as being in the wrong for rejecting Elmyra.
  • Vindicated by History: This show was often overlooked in favor of the other WB cartoons back in its time. It even got unfavorable reviews because it was a watered-down version of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons (though not as much as The Looney Tunes Show) Despite this, the show was popular at the time, scoring a surprisingly large number of fans in the college set, but when it was discontinued and replaced with Animaniacs the latter series came to overshadow it, causing it to disappear into obscurity for a time...until cable channels and DVDs brought it back to prominence. Now a days, it's considered one of the very few true successors to the Looney Tunes shorts of old, and still has a quite a big fandom that's trying to get new episodes being made again.
  • The Woobie: Furrball, who alternates between being homeless and one of Elmyra's pets. There are times where he's Mary Melody's pet.