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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Yosemite Sam was created to push Bugs into one. While Bugs was usually a defensive character, earlier on he picked on blatantly unthreatening antagonists and often had no issues against taking it [[DisproportionateRetribution above the line of self defence]] or sometimes even [[ScrewySquirrel skipping the mentality altogether]] ForTheLulz. Sam was a more malicious and challenging foe to Bugs, and also had the habit of [[KickTheDog picking on other characters]], allowing Bugs to look more outright heroic in his trickery.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Yosemite Sam was created to push Bugs into one. While Bugs was usually a defensive character, earlier on he picked on blatantly unthreatening antagonists and often had no issues against taking it [[DisproportionateRetribution above the line of self defence]] self-defense]] or sometimes even [[ScrewySquirrel skipping the mentality altogether]] ForTheLulz. Sam was a more malicious and challenging foe to Bugs, and also had the habit of [[KickTheDog picking on other characters]], allowing Bugs to look more outright heroic in his trickery.



* MenaceDecay: Bugs was always a KarmicTrickster, but in the early shorts he was much more hyperactive and relentless about it, and didn't mind taking things [[DisproportionateRetribution above and beyond self defence]] either. As the creative team felt a greater need to make Bugs look more heroic, he became tamer and laid back, rarely that proactive unless a foe was antagonising him at that very moment.

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* MenaceDecay: Bugs was always a KarmicTrickster, but in the early shorts he was much more hyperactive and relentless about it, and didn't mind taking things [[DisproportionateRetribution above and beyond self defence]] self-defense]] either. As the creative team felt a greater need to make Bugs look more heroic, he became tamer and laid back, rarely that proactive unless a foe was antagonising him at that very moment.


** Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.



* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.
** Not to mention "WesternAnimation/BuckarooBugs".
* TookALevelInKindness: More consistently however, Bugs became a lot softer in the later cartoons, evolving further away from an abrasive {{Troll}} and more a laid back FriendlyEnemy.

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* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.
** Not to mention "WesternAnimation/BuckarooBugs".
* TookALevelInKindness: More consistently however, Bugs became becomes a lot softer in the later cartoons, evolving further away from an abrasive {{Troll}} and more a laid back FriendlyEnemy.


* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. [[Values Dissonance Not screened on TV due to racial content.]]

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. [[Values Dissonance [[ValuesDissonance Not screened on TV due to racial content.]]


* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. Not screened on TV due to racial content.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. [[Values Dissonance Not screened on TV due to racial content.]]


* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. Not screened on TV.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. Not screened on TV.TV due to racial content.



* Which Is Witch (LT, Freleng) - Rarely screened on TV[[HollywoodNatives due to racial content]].

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* Which Is Witch (LT, Freleng) - Rarely screened on TV[[HollywoodNatives TV [[HollywoodNatives due to racial content]].


* Which Is Witch (LT, Freleng) - No longer screened on TV.

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* Which Is Witch (LT, Freleng) - No longer Rarely screened on TV.TV[[HollywoodNatives due to racial content]].


* {{Troll}}: In several early shorts, Bugs would harass outmatched opponents for the sheer fun of it. The creative team soon eased him out of it by making his opponents this, though were fearful pitiful adversaries such as ElmerFudd weren't provocative enough and were still leaning him dangerously into this trope.

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* {{Troll}}: In several early shorts, Bugs would harass outmatched opponents for the sheer fun of it. The creative team soon eased him out of it by making his opponents this, though were fearful pitiful adversaries such as ElmerFudd WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd weren't provocative enough and were still leaning him dangerously into this trope.


-->-- '''Creator/BobClampett''' on Bugs Bunny, written in first person.

''Bugs Bunny'' is the modern American {{T|heTrickster}}rickster and easily the most famous star of the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies]] cartoons, as well as ''the'' most famous cartoon character in the world (well, [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse second]] most). This character as FunnyAnimal is found in many cultures' mythologies, including Literature/ReynardTheFox, Anansi the spider, American Indian spirit Coyote, and Bugs' great-grandfather, [[Film/SongOfTheSouth Br'er Rabbit]]. Bugs is specifically a KarmicTrickster: harmless when left alone, but gleefully ready to dish out poetic justice whenever he perceives the need. There is an element of education in his revenge.

Like many of his peers, Bugs' origins are unclear, lost in the mists of time and memory. Before him, Creator/TheMarxBrothers were the premier American tricksters, and traces of their influence can be found in many of his best known mannerisms. (In fact, many people [[WeirdAlEffect aren't aware]] that Bugs' saying, "Of course you realize, ''dis'' means ''war!''" originated in films such as ''Film/DuckSoup'' and ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera''.)

More directly, shy, timid prey unexpectedly turning on the pursuer was a common theme at the Creator/WarnerBros animation studios in the early days -- WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck made his debut in the same way. Director Ben "Bugs" Hardaway introduced the notion of this character as a "scwewy wabbit" in "WesternAnimation/PorkysHareHunt" (1938), and the same small white hare appears in various later shorts, notably Chuck Jones' "WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera" (1940). His name, first seen on-screen in the credits for 1941's "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", derives either from Hardaway's -- model sheets were said to have been tagged with "Bugs' Bunny" -- or the contemporary Brooklyn slang "bugs", meaning "crazy". Or both. Creator/TexAvery, Creator/FrizFreleng, as well as Robert Givens, however, adamantly insist that Hardaway's Bugs was a completely separate character from the Bugs we know and love, that the name and species is all he shares in common with the real Bugs.

However it's generally accepted that Creator/TexAvery produced the prototype of the smart, suave, on-the-ball wabbit we know and love today, in "WesternAnimation/AWildHare" (1940). Creator/ChuckJones later made him more sympathetic by giving Bugs that iconic attitude of live-and-let-live, right up until he's [[BerserkButton pushed just that]] ''[[BerserkButton one step]]'' [[BerserkButton too far]], and then, it's war -- "at which point [he] retaliates in every way he can imagine, and he is a very imaginative rabbit."

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-->-- '''Creator/BobClampett''' on Bugs Bunny, written in first person.

'''Creator/BobClampett''', writing as Bugs.

''Bugs Bunny'' is the modern American {{T|heTrickster}}rickster and easily the most famous biggest star of the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies]] cartoons, as well as cartoons. In fact, he's one of ''the'' most famous cartoon character characters in the world (well, [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse second]] most).world. This character as FunnyAnimal is found in many cultures' mythologies, including Literature/ReynardTheFox, Anansi the spider, American Indian spirit Coyote, and Bugs' great-grandfather, [[Film/SongOfTheSouth Br'er Rabbit]]. Bugs is specifically a KarmicTrickster: harmless when left alone, but gleefully ready to dish out poetic justice whenever he perceives the need. There is an element of education in his revenge.

Like many of his peers, Bugs' origins are unclear, lost in the mists of time and memory.unclear. Before him, Creator/TheMarxBrothers were the premier American tricksters, and traces of their influence can be found in many of his best known mannerisms. (In fact, many people [[WeirdAlEffect aren't aware]] that Bugs' saying, "Of course you realize, ''dis'' means ''war!''" originated in films such as ''Film/DuckSoup'' and ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera''.)

More directly, shy, timid prey unexpectedly turning on the pursuer was a common theme at the Creator/WarnerBros animation studios in the early days -- WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck made his debut in the same way. Director Ben "Bugs" Hardaway introduced the notion of this character as a "scwewy wabbit" in "WesternAnimation/PorkysHareHunt" (1938), and the same small white hare appears in various later shorts, notably Chuck Jones' "WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera" (1940). His name, first seen on-screen in the credits for 1941's "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", derives either from Hardaway's -- model sheets were said to have been tagged with "Bugs' Bunny" -- or the contemporary Brooklyn slang "bugs", meaning "crazy". Or both. Creator/TexAvery, Creator/TexAvery and Creator/FrizFreleng, as well as Robert Givens, however, adamantly insist that Hardaway's Bugs was a completely separate character from the Bugs we know and love, that the name and species is all he shares in common with the real Bugs.

However it's
modern version.

It's
generally accepted by all parties that Creator/TexAvery Avery produced the prototype of the smart, suave, on-the-ball wabbit we know and love today, in "WesternAnimation/AWildHare" (1940). Creator/ChuckJones later made him more sympathetic by giving Bugs that iconic attitude of live-and-let-live, right up until he's [[BerserkButton pushed just that]] ''[[BerserkButton one step]]'' [[BerserkButton too far]], and then, it's war -- "at which point [he] retaliates in every way he can imagine, and he is a very imaginative rabbit."


* BadassNormal: See above.

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* %%* BadassNormal: See above.



* FastTunnelling: One of Bigs Bunny’s skills.

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* %%* FastTunnelling: One of Bigs Bugs Bunny’s skills.



* FourFingeredHands: Bugs bunny’s hands.

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* FourFingeredHands: Bugs bunny’s Bunny’s hands.



* FunnyAnimal: A very amusing bunny.

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* FunnyAnimal: A very amusing bunny.%%* FunnyAnimal



* ReachingBetweenTheLines: One of Bugs Bunny’s abilities.

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* %%* ReachingBetweenTheLines: One of Bugs Bunny’s abilities.



* {{Slapstick}}: Usually one of Bugs Bunny’s tricks.

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* %%* {{Slapstick}}: Usually one of Bugs Bunny’s tricks.



* WhiteGloves: Bugs Bunny’s hands.

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* %%* WhiteGloves: Bugs Bunny’s hands.


%%* AnimatedActors

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%%* AnimatedActors* AnimatedActors: What he is on-screen.



%%* BadassNormal: See above.

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%%* * BadassNormal: See above.



* CommunityThreateningConstruction:

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* CommunityThreateningConstruction:*CommunityThreateningConstruction:



%%* FastTunnelling

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%%* FastTunnelling* FastTunnelling: One of Bigs Bunny’s skills.



%%* FourFingeredHands

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%%* FourFingeredHands* FourFingeredHands: Bugs bunny’s hands.



%%* FunnyAnimal

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%%* FunnyAnimal* FunnyAnimal: A very amusing bunny.



%%* {{Hammerspace}}

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%%* {{Hammerspace}}* {{Hammerspace}}: His tendency to pull things out of nowhere for an advantage.



%%* ReachingBetweenTheLines

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%%* ReachingBetweenTheLines* ReachingBetweenTheLines: One of Bugs Bunny’s abilities.



%%* {{Slapstick}}

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%%* {{Slapstick}}* {{Slapstick}}: Usually one of Bugs Bunny’s tricks.



%%* StreetSmart

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%%* StreetSmart* StreetSmart: Bigs Bunny is very street smart and clever, it’s how he lasted so long.



* WhiteGloves

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* WhiteGlovesWhiteGloves: Bugs Bunny’s hands.

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* HeliCritter: "Lighter Than Hare."


* Rabbit Every Monday (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.

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* Rabbit Every Monday WesternAnimation/RabbitEveryMonday (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.


%%* ScrewySquirrel: His initial appearances.

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%%* * ScrewySquirrel: His In his initial appearances.appearances under Tex Avery and especially Bob Clampett, Bugs was much less of a KarmicTrickster and more of an egotistical {{Jerkass}} who would mess with people for its own sake. It wasn't until Chuck Jones got the character that Bugs [[CharacterizationMarchesOn got over this]].


* Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy. Third of the "WesternAnimation/DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

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* Duck! Rabbit, Duck! WesternAnimation/DuckRabbitDuck (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy. Third of the "WesternAnimation/DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.



* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Bugs also took the role of the sadistic animator in ''WesternAnimator/DuckAmuck'', one of the only roles that he tormented Daffy just for fun. While Daffy is powerless to stop him in the cartoon, in ''Rabbit Rampage'', he ends up paid back in his own coin by Elmer Fudd. Fittingly Bugs had a history of heckling Elmer unprovoked and getting off scot free in earlier cartoons as well (eg. "WesternAnimation/WabbitTwouble").

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* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Bugs also took the role of the sadistic animator in ''WesternAnimator/DuckAmuck'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'', one of the only roles that he tormented Daffy just for fun. While Daffy is powerless to stop him in the cartoon, in ''Rabbit Rampage'', he ends up paid back in his own coin by Elmer Fudd. Fittingly Bugs had a history of heckling Elmer unprovoked and getting off scot free in earlier cartoons as well (eg. "WesternAnimation/WabbitTwouble").

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