YMMV / Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

  • Death of the Author: While Chuck Jones "Rules" of how the series was written is somewhat well known, his contemporary Friz Freleng considered his account of the series rules apocryphal, saying he made up the rules long after the original shorts were finished. Considering how often some of the "rules" were broken in the original shorts, there may be some grain of truth in that. Writer Mike Maltese also confirmed that there were no "rules" when they made the original shorts either.
  • Epileptic Trees: Cracked presents the theory that Wile E. Coyote has a clone army, and the coyote who talks is the real one. It's surprisingly plausible.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Rudy Larriva's eleven Road Runner shorts (and, arguably, Robert McKimson's two efforts along with the Sylvester/Speedy crossover directed by Friz Freleng) tend to be considered part of WB's Dork Age.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Far more common than you might think.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Feeling sympathy for Wile E. Coyote was the point of the shorts from the start.
  • Iron Woobie: The Coyote.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Rudy Larriva Road Runner shorts sometimes veer into this territory, with their Deranged Animation and ominous background music cues.
  • Rooting for the Empire: An odd intentional example. The first rule of the skits was that the audience's sympathies must always lie with Wile E. Coyote - not tough, considering what a Butt-Monkey he became, even by Looney Tunes standards.