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The Warner siblings who are the most prominent stars of the show, and as such, get the most screentime. According to the show's backstory, they were created to serve as comic relief to the very dull Looney Tunes character Buddy, but proved to be so troublesome that they were locked in the Warner Bros. Studio Water Tower.


  • Aerith and Bob: Unlike the other two, "Dot" can be a real name.
  • Badass Adorable: Dot most of all because she's "the cute one".
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the instances where they are wearing full outfits.
  • Been There, Shaped History: They've had run ins with several historical figures and had a big influence over their achievements. They've inspired Albert Einstein to write E=mc^2, helped Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, and inspired Picasso and Beethoven.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They may be goofy and crazy, but do not underestimate them.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The only characters of the series who have this eye style.
  • Cardboard Prison: As a result of their antics, the Warner siblings were locked away in the water tower on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, and allegedly hadn't escaped until the series premiere. However, it's shown in later episodes that not only were Yakko, Wakko, and Dot able to get out whenever they wanted, but were even let out more than once while the tower was being fumigated. Furthermore, similar to The Joker's attitude towards Arkham Asylum, they view their so-called "prison" as their home, and always return to it willingly when they're done causing chaos.
  • Cartoon Creature: They have bright red noses, puppy dog ears, and kitty cat tails. Though others often refer to them as "puppy children," they insist they aren't puppies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: They take this trope to extremes, as even their theme song is filled with non-sequiturs and bizarre references. Wakko, however, seems to be the most extreme of the three
  • Cultured Badass: Especially Yakko, but all three have a lot of knowledge in many different subjects.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yakko's the most deadpan, but...
  • Depending on the Writer: Who sleeps where on their triple-decker bunk bed - or for that matter, whether they have a triple-decker bunk bed or each have a bed of their own.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs.
  • Everybody Has Standards:
    • While at best the Warners tend to be manic and at worst absolute lunatics, they do have standards and morals of sorts. In spite of the havoc they wreak, they are fundamentally good kids that just don't know how to calm down. They will never go out of their way to be malicious or cruel with their antics UNLESS you are a major Jerkass either to them or to other people who don't deserve it. After that, you become their "Special Friend". They also can't bring themselves to harm someone who, regardless of personal annoyance or irritation to the Warners, hasn't actually done anything bad or harmful to them or others. In "The Sound of Warner," the nanny is being overly friendly to the kids and singing lame songs that are absolutely driving them nuts. But the Warners can't bring themselves to harm her because she's truly trying to care for them in a kind (albeit saccharine) way. The Warners may be Jerks but their hearts are solid gold on the inside.
    • It should be noted that while they do keep to this code it only goes as far as preventing deliberate malice from them. There can be a lot of overlap between what they deem to be harmless fun and driven up the wall madness, as a lot of what happens to Scratchansniff shows. Their code also isn't so binding that they're above bringing in someone who doesn't have their limitations to solve problems, as seen when they recruited Slappy Squirrel to deal with the nanny mentioned above.
    • The Warners may delight in bugging and bothering people—especially jerks—but they definitely have a limit as to what they find annoying. It's most notable in "Survey Ladies," when the titular characters won't leave them alone and keep finding them at every possible turn to pepper them with questions ("WOULDJA LIKE TAH TAKE A SUR-VEY?"). By the end of the short, all three are begging them to stop.
  • Expy: Of Bugs Bunny because of their statuses as Karmic Tricksters and being created by Warner Bros.
  • Flanderization: While early episodes made it clear that the Warners are only deliberately annoying to those who are mean to them, several of the show's later episodes had them bother and cause harm to other people when not provoked. This is especially notable in "Toy Shop Terror" (where they wreak havoc in a toy store during closing hours while the owner is trying to sleep) and "Back in Style" (where they ridicule sore and inflict pain on the stars of the cartoons Warner Bros. loaned them to for money).
  • Fun Personified: They know how to have fun all the time and they are usually annoyingly hyper and cheerful.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Yakko just wears pants, Wakko just wears a shirt, and Dot just wears a skirt. This was lampshaded in a Kids' WB! promo talking about how the block featured cartoons "with pants and with no pants".
    Jeff Bennett: Animaniacs gives you pants and no pants conveniently in one show!
    Wakko: I have pants! See?
    Jeff: Liar liar, pants on fire!
    • Also lampshaded in the episode "Animaniacs Stew."
    Dot: And what's so special about it (the episode)?
    Wakko: I'm not wearing any pants!
  • Hammerspace: Although Wakko uses his most often (see above).
  • Inkblot Cartoon Style: The Warners' design was inspired by this 1930's style; them being designed differently compared to the other characters is explained by them actually being created during the 1930's In-Universe.
  • Karmic Trickster: They will be cheerful and annoying towards anyone, but their antics are generally harmless (in fact, they can be pretty nice and polite kids)... unless someone's being a colossal jerk, who then becomes their "Special Friend" and the mallets come out. In one episode, they're being driven crazy by a parody of the nanny from The Sound of Music... but can't bring themselves to clobber her, because she's not doing anything wrong, something which is lampshaded in the middle of the episode as part of a moral code of sorts. After attempting and failing to provoke a reaction from her, they hire Slappy, who lacks such a code.
  • Mouthy Kid: The Warners (especially Yakko and Dot) aren't afraid to put adults in their place or spout out snarky comments about adults' behavior, but most of the adults that they treat with disdain are self-centered jerkasses.
  • Naughty Is Good: They are portrayed as heroic characters and usually mischievous with people who deserve it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The often hug and kiss the people (male or female) they interact with.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: According to an interview with Tom Ruegger, creator and writer of the show, has confirmed that the Warners' biological ages are 14, 11, and 9. Despite their origin of being created in the 30's.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Especially seen in the episode "Taming Of The Screwy" where Dr. Scratchansniff desperately tries to teach them good manners in most of the episode, but at the end it's revealed they are perfectly capable of acting well-mannered and serious.
  • Old Shame: An in-universe example. The people at Warner Bros. Studios have been so ashamed of the Warners that in addition to locking them away in a water tower, they also refused to release any of their cartoons or to publicly acknowledge the trio's existence.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: There are plenty of pop culture references.
  • Pungeon Master: They love playing with words and making puns (even used occasionally to hide dirty jokes) and often rely on Hurricane of Puns, especially when dealing with Dr. Scratchnsniff.
  • Royal Blood: In "King Yakko " and in "Wakko's Wish."
  • Screwy Squirrel: At their worst. A lot of what the Warners do could be needlessly cruel to the point of making them unsympathetic, such as stripping Otto (a friendly guy who wasn't being a jerk) in the "Schnitzelbank" song or leaving the woodchuck in the toilet in "Kid in the Lid"... until you remember that everyone's an actor; hardly any of what takes place is "real". The Warners were much guiltier of this in early episodes... as the series progressed, the writers put more effort into showing that, even if their victims weren't specifically mean to them, they'd at least make it clear that they were bad people in general.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Being locked up in a water tower for several decades certainly counts, though the fact several episodes show them venturing through several different time periods (World War II among them, which largely took place a decade after they were supposedly locked up) implies they might not have even been locked up that long.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As bizarre and insane as all three of them act, they have an utterly brilliant grasp of geography, history and a host of other subjects. They can recite the nations of the world, all 50 US states and their capitals, and every President of the United States from memory with no difficulty, and can even throw in some random facts about each while they do it.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Played for laughs. Throw them bodily out the door, turn around, and there they are. Hilariously, they're on the receiving end of this upon occasion. Notably from the likes of Pip, Baloney the Dinosaur, and Elmyra.
  • This Means War!: Push them too far, and they will say (in unison) this variation of Groucho's and Bugs' quote.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Repeatedly.
  • The Trickster: Since they are based on Bugs Bunny, this is a given.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Non-romantic variant, obviously.
  • White Gloves: All three wears these. In a episode, Wakko's gloves take on a life of their own.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They're afraid of Mr. Director's eccentricity, Baloney the Dinosaur, the public outhouse (that hasn't been washed in years), and hippies.
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    Yakko 
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Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (English), Ryusei Nakao (Japanese), Rafael Monsalve (Latin American Spanish)


  • All Men Are Perverts: Shares this with his brother Wakko, particularly when Hello Nurse is around.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He's based on Groucho Marx and his first name is derived from the Yiddish name "Yakov". He and his siblings enthusiastically celebrate Christmas, though.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Wakko dies after eating too many Swedish meatballs, you better believe Yakko literally goes to Hell and back to rescue him. (Dot too, of course, but she's Wakko's little sister.) Also gets expressed subtly throughout, with things like leading his siblings around by the hand and shielding them from danger. He's straight up Promoted to Parent in Wakko's Wish.
  • Bubble Pipe: Yakko occasionally "puffs" on a soap-bubble pipe while parodying highbrow intellectuals.
  • Catchphrase: "Goodnight everybody!"
  • Cultured Badass: As wacky as he is, Yakko is still the most literate of the three. He is also shown to be capable of speaking proper and actual Japanese, as opposed to the stereotyped barely-Asian-sounding gibberish you usually get in western cartoons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While all of the Warner siblings could indulge in this a bit, Yakko was the standout.
  • Determinator: One interesting example is him singing all the words in the English language. He's obviously broken down when shown singing the "Z" words but refuses to quit and doesn't faint until being requested to sing all the numbers above zero.
  • The Face: While the trio definitely played off each other, Yakko appeared in the most skits, typically got the most lines, and got to sing the most songs.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: To the royal family of Anvilania.
  • The Leader: In so far as the Warners can be said to have a leader, Yakko is it.
  • Meaningful Name: Of the three Warner siblings, Yakko's certainly the most vocal.
  • Motor Mouth: Especially when he starts singing.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's pretty obviously based on Groucho Marx.
  • The Southpaw: He's left handed.
  • Team Dad: He is the "guardian" of the trio, or the parental figure, as he seems to take charge in many situations, and acts generally in a father-manner towards his siblings (Especially in Wakko's Wish).
  • Trouser Space: Yakko keeps lots of things in his pants.
  • Unexpected Successor: He's something like a second cousin twice removed to the Anvilanian bloodline.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to say "Uhhhhh..." at the beginning of a sentence. Especially right before a zinger.

    Wakko 
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Voiced by: Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche (Wakko's burps in "The Great Wakkorotti" shorts) (English), Yuu Mizushima (Japanese), Giset Blanco (Latin American Spanish)


  • Adorkable: Wakko is an adorable, precious goofball, through and through.
  • Alliterative Name: Wakko Warner.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Whenever drums are needed, such as in a Rimshot gag or "Little Drummer Warners", he's the one who plays them—which could be explained by this trope, the fact that he's based on Ringo, or both.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Shares this with his brother Yakko, particularly when Hello Nurse is around.
  • Berserk Button: Giving him an F (especially on his hat).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweet-natured kid, but he's perfectly willing to mallet anyone who annoys him. And when he gets REALLY mad... watch out.
  • Big Eater: As the theme song states, "Wakko packs away the snacks". Yakko and Dot might eat their weight in sweets, but Wakko's the type to gobble up everything in the refrigerator, and then eat the fridge for dessert.
  • Catchphrase: "Faboo!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Wakko seems to be the most extreme of the three. In one episode where the kids visit a shopping mall, he walks the wrong way on an escalator and declares "Mine's broken." Yakko explains it as "middle kid syndrome."
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has almost anything in his Gag Bag.
  • Equippable Ally: One scene features Dot using Wakko as a Gatling gun to shoot malted milk balls at a candy store owner.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Wakko can and will eat anything you put in front of him.
  • Gasshole: Wakko's ridiculous burping is provided by Maurice LaMarche, who can actually do that on cue.
  • Meaningful Name: By a narrow margin, Wakko is the craziest of the Warners (it's the ditziness).
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Probably most evident in that Yakko is a Hidden Backup Prince, Dot introduces herself as "Princess", but he has no noble title at all.
  • Nice Guy: Wakko is a trickster like his siblings but he's sweet-natured and the most polite out of all the Warners.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a red hat.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue Boy to Dot's Pink Girl. He wears a blue turtleneck, while Dot wears a pink skirt.
  • Potty Emergency: The Trope Namer and one of his most famous A Day in the Limelight episodes has him needing to pee after drinking a large soda while at the movies. After a most sadistic search, he finally gets the relief he needs by installing a toilet from his gaggy bag into a room in the very movie he and his siblings are watching.
  • Potty Failure: In a special Japanese-themed issue in the comic series, Wakko has to go potty, but can't because he didn't go before he and his siblings left the pagoda. Then, when a herd of bandits run into the Warners, Wakko lampshades this by saying he doesn't have to go potty anymore.
  • The Quiet One: He's the least talkative of the Warners. In some gags, he doesn't even talk.
  • Rimshot: One of Wakko's jurisdictions is to supply these as necessary.
  • Unexplained Accent: Wakko has a Liverpudlian brogue for absolutely no damn reason — at least not one ever explained on the show. Justified in that he's a cartoon character in-universe and therefore pretty much runs on Rule of Funny. His voice actor, Jess Harnell, explains that Rule of Funny is the only reason why he gave Wakko the accent.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Clown and Out" (another popular "day in the limelight" episode featuring Wakko) shows that he has a fear of clowns. Also, according to the Topps trading card game for the show, he also fears potty emergencies.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only 7 according to the "Hello, Nurse!" song, but writers have explained that he only said it in order to rhyme with "heaven". Word of God note  is that the Warners' ages aren't specified beyond "not old enough to date". And course they're technically in their 60s.

    Dot 
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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (English), Ikue Otani (Japanese), Elena Prieto (Latin American Spanish)


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Usually averted, but she ends up annoying both her brothers during the "I'm Cute" song and annoying Yakko throughout "I'm Mad."
  • Badass Adorable: She is a cute little girl in a pink dress with a flower in her hair and she's just as devastatingly annoying as her brothers. She also carries cute little boxes that hold her... pets.
  • Berserk Button: Call her Dottie, and you die. She says herself in the song "Macadamia Nut" (a "Macarena" parody) that "if you call me Dottie, I'll have to hurt you."
  • Catchphrase: "And the Warner sister."
  • The Cutie:
    Yakko: I'm Yakko.
    Wakko: I'm Wakko.
    Dot: And I'm cute!
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She exploits her cuteness for all it's worth.
  • Ears as Hair: She wears her ears in a scrunchie.
  • The Fake Cutie: She likes to think of herself as The Cutie and takes her cuteness very seriously, but she's hardly innocent.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Has a cute flower between her ears.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Most of Dot's "Pets" when she does the "Wanna See My Pet?"
  • Genki Girl: She has the same energy of her male siblings.
  • Hair Decorations: Dot's flower.
  • Hypocritical Humor: A sexy woman walks by, causing Yakko and usually Wakko to shout "Hello, Nurse!", and Dot insults them for it and sometimes has to drag them away. A sexy man walks by, and she responds in exactly the same way her brothers did.
  • Insistent Terminology: Whenever someone refers to the Warner Brothers, expect her to pipe up with "and the Warner Sister!"
  • "I Am" Song: "I'm Cute".
  • Jerkassto One: With Wakko, she is only sometimes picking on him.
  • Kawaiiko: She might be a Western example of this, as she constantly brags about her cuteness to the point of having an entire song titled "I'm Cute", and being referred to in the theme song as the "cute" one.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Not quite to Yakko's level, but Dot can snark quite a bit as well.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Dot is one of the few inversions in Western animation that willingly introduces herself as this trope on a regular basis.
  • Odd Name Out: She's the only Warner that doesn't have an "-akko" name. Lampshaded in one of the comics, when Yakko says that they should have named her "Dakko."
  • Overly Long Name: Her full name is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third. But you can call her Dot. Call her Dottie, and you die.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: As she likes to point out all the time, she's the only girl of the Warner siblings.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink Girl to Wakko's Blue Boy. Wakko wears a blue turtleneck, while Dot wears a pink skirt.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her skirt.
  • Potty Failure: Lampshaded. In the episode with Rasputin, at the end when the moral of the day is revealed to be "Brush your teeth," Dot says, "That makes me feel all warm and squishy. Either that or I need to wear diapers."
  • Proud Beauty: The most fervent admirer of her own cuteness, to Narcissist levels. Especially during her "I Am" Song where she states "I'm simply a goddess".
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Occasionally.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: She's extremely vain and concerned with her appearance, far more than her brothers.

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Major Supporting Characters

    Ralph Theodore Guard 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker (English), Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese/regular voice), Kōzō Shioya (Japanese/few episodes)

An overweight Warner Bros. studio security guard who is always trying, but never succeeding, to capture the Warners and return them to the water tower.


  • Characterization Marches On: He first appeared (without a name) on Tiny Toon Adventures where he was surprisingly competent at keeping the characters from getting into the studios they were trying to visit.
  • The Ditz: This guy didn't even notice when the Warners were hiding in the chair he was sitting in.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His Tiny Toon Adventures appearances.
  • Fat Idiot: He's dim-witted and very overweight.
  • Friendly Enemy: Although most of his screentime with the Warners involves attempting to capture them while they physically injure him in their attempts to escape, they're pretty cordial to each other when not at odds.
  • Happily Married: In "A Christmas Plotz" he's shown to have a wife and son.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's a security guard while the Warners are anarchy incarnate. You can see how he'd be pitted against them despite a lack of malice on either side.
  • Running Gag: His chasing the Warners into the other characters' segments.
  • Simpleton Voice: Daaaahh, he takes a while to begin sentences and, daaahhh, complete his thoughts.

    Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff 
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Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (English), Koichi Kitamura (Japanese/first voice), Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese/rest of the series)

The Warner Bros. studio psychiatrist. He has the unfortunate duty of trying to tame the Warners, which always leads to him getting utterly frustrated (and in the case of his first sessions with them, tearing out his hair). However, he seems to get along with them well (when he's not being terrorized), and they seem to consider him a father figure.


  • All Psychology Is Freudian: He's branched out a little - hypnotherapy, group counseling - but when in doubt he returns to Siggy's methods.
  • Butt-Monkey: The most regular victim of the Warner's antics.
  • Chubby Chaser: He attracted to fat women as shown in "Drive-Insane" where he attempts, unsuccessfully, to make an advance on Frau Hassenfeffer.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To his perpetual woe, Plotz assigned him to try to put an end to the Warner chaos.
  • Companion Cube: Mr. Puppethead sometimes begins conversations with Scratchy.
  • Einstein Hair: Used to have it. Until he tore it all out during his first therapy session the Warners.
  • Dodgy Toupee: In "Drive-Insane", he wore a very obvious toupee on his date. Made even more obvious seeing that it was several sizes too small for his immense head. When the Warners come to crash his date, Yakko at one point comments, "By the way, something died on your head."
  • Friends All Along: When the Warners reveal to the doctor that they're capable of acting normally, he asks them why they put him through so much trouble. All three siblings glomp him and proclaim "Cause we love you!" The doctor's response? A very out-of-character moment by happily gathering up all three Warners in a bear hug.
  • Funny Foreigner: Has accent, ya?
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He used to have fluffy Albert Einstein-esque hair before during his first session with the Warners, their antics frustrated him so much he ripped every inch of his hair off his head.
  • Herr Doktor: Vaguely Austrian, maybe.
  • Leitmotif: The episodes "De-Zanitized" and "La La Law" both have an instrumental version of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" serve as Otto's theme music.
  • Meaningful Name: In the German dub, he's Dr. Freudlos, a double pun: It literally means "Joyless", as well as being a nod to Sigmund Freud.
  • Nervous Wreck: Like most cartoon psychiatrists, he needs one more than he needs to be one.
  • No Respect Guy: He was one of the greatest psychiatrists in Hollywood before the Warners arrived.
  • Opaque Lenses: His glasses.
  • Parental Substitute: He becomes the closest thing the Warners have to a father figure, and is the one to take them out on outings.
  • Team Dad: The Warners seem to view him as this.
  • The Von Trope Family: 'Von' just in case you thought he was one of the Hackensack N.J. 'Scratchensniffs'.

    Hello Nurse 
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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (English), Lilo Schmid (Latin American Spanish/first voice), Edilú Martínez (Latin American Spanish/rest of the series)

Scratchansniff's ravishing assistant, the frequent subject of Yakko and Wakko's boyish affections. While she's not the Trope Namer for Hello, Nurse!, she gave the trope its current popularity.


  • The Ace: According to the "Hello Nurse" song, her list of accomplishments includes winning the Tony, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer, obtaining several Ph.Ds, playing Chopin without rehearsing, singing opera at the Met, starring as the lead role in King Lear, becoming the ambassador to China, and not smoking.
  • Action Girl: In the comics she is a secret agent and shows fighting skills.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the beginning of the show, and indeed in some of the early spin-off comics, she didn't have much of a personality and was mainly just there to be sexy — and she had several moments then when she displayed definite traits of a Literal-Minded Dumb Blonde. Eventually, however, she was developed a little more, to become Scratchansniff's extremely intelligent, Hypercompetent Sidekick, and her Dumb Blonde moments completely vanished.
  • Dude Magnet: Has men lusting after her constantly, especially the Warner Brothers.
  • Dumb Blonde: In the early episodes she could occasionally come across as one, but as her characterization stabilized it was firmly averted; she's as smart as her bosses, emphasized at the end of Wakko's Wish.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A blonde woman and treated as a sex symbol in-universe.
  • French Maid Outfit: She wore this costume in an episode in order to teach the Warner siblings table manners. There really wasn't a reason other than Hello, Nurse!.
  • Gainaxing: She is sometimes animated with her breasts jiggling.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Trope Namer. Hello Nurse's appearance almost always prompts Wakko and Yakko into exclaiming "Hellooooooo, Nurse!", (one of the show's well-known lines) and jumping into her arms.
  • Hospital Hottie: Unsurprisingly (though she doesn't have a hospital to heat up).
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Scratchansniff.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Parodied in Wakko's Wish where she designs a bottle for Scratchansniff's elixir that is said to be popular because of its more attractive shape. The bottle happens to have a shape similar to Hello Nurse's curvaceous figure. See her picture on the trope page!
  • Living a Double Life: In the comics, Hello Nurse was also a secret agent. She is an Agent of H.U.B.B.A., wears a white Leotard of Power and fight villains. She has also an Archenemy in Nurse Doom, her Evil Twin with red hair.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the major examples in western animation. Hello Nurse is a sexy and voluptuous blonde woman. She is the main source of Fanservice in the show over whom Yakko and Wakko continually fawn.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Like an actress, she is used in other episodes as needed.
  • No Name Given: Subverted. Hello Nurse is actually her name.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Hello, Nurse!" of course.
  • Parody Sue: At least in this song about her.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the episode "King Yakko", Hello Nurse plays the prime minister of the kingdom, and she wears a magenta dress with ermine trim and a blue cloak.
  • Sexy Secretary: Her duties to Dr. Scratchensniff seem more secretarial than anything medical.
  • Sexy Stewardess: In two shorts, one with the Warner Brothers and another during a cameo with Slappy Squirrel.
  • She's Got Legs: Lampshaded in the musical number "Hello Nurse".

    Thaddeus Plotz 
Voiced by: Frank Welker (English), Takeshi Watabe (Japanese)
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The CEO of Warner Bros. (in-universe, that is).
  • Bad Boss: His bad temper, tendency to assign blame at random and money-hungry ways keep him unsympathetic.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just about any of the Warners' antics will set him off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Appears to hate the Warners, but enlists their help in times of need. He even hired a clown for Wakko's birthday (despite being absolutely terrified of clowns.) This was before he was aware of Wakko's own fear of clowns so it wasn't out of malice.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He regretted ever making the Warners stars.
    • The Warners' 65th anniversary special has two in-universe examples of big ones:
      • According to him, his biggest mistake was giving them their own cartoons.
      • According to Slappy, his stupidest mistake was letting Wakko direct one of said cartoons.
  • The Napoleon: Plotz is extremely short, with a short temper to match.
  • Older Than They Look: Not that he looks young, but the Warners' 65th anniversary special reveals that he was already head of the studio when they were created, which means he must be in his mid 80s at the very least, though he seems no older than 70. And the Christmas Future scene in "A Christmas Plotz" shows him still alive and well about 40 years in the future.
  • Punny Name: His surname is Yiddish-American slang meaning "to explode" or "to collapse."
  • Pointy-Haired Boss
  • The Scrooge: He even gets his own "Christmas Carol" episode.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In the episode "Taming of the Screwy," Mr. Plotz is holding a banquet for foreign investors, and said investors want to meet all of the workers at the Warner Bros. studio, including Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Under his orders, Dr. Scratchansniff manages to convince the Warners to keep their lunacy under control so they can attend the banquet... only for Mr. Plotz to force them out of the banquet regardless because he doesn't trust them not to screw things up. Snubbed and insulted, the Warners return to the banquet and ruin it in their usual Karmic Trickster fashion. In a nutshell, if Mr. Plotz had just let them stay since they were behaving, the entire thing would have gone off without a hitch.
  • Spoiled Brat: Definitely one as a child, according to "A Christmas Plotz." And a Bratty Half-Pint to boot. As a newborn baby he threatened to sue the doctor for spanking him and at age 5 he brings a team of lawyers to demand a long list of presents from Santa (including a horse, not a pony).
  • The Von Trope Family: As "Baron von Plotz" in Wakko's Wish.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Though he was known for making bad business decisions and treating some of his employees like crap, Plotz was a step above the average corporate villain and occasionally would get a moment where he'd realize his own foolishness and regret it, thus prompting the Warners themselves to cut him a break and even give him some small reward.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of clowns. Shares this with Wakko.
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Minor Characters

    Mr. Director 
Voiced by: Paul Rugg
A crazy director who looks, sounds, and behaves like a young Jerry Lewis.

    Ms. Flamiel 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
A schoolteacher who sometimes tries to educate the Warners, only for them to frustrate her in the process.
  • Aside Glance: Once or twice.
  • Break the Haughty: Her certainty that she can shatter the Warners' wills and make them good little children turns out to be... a little optimistic.
  • Stern Teacher: Mr. Plotz hired her because she's a stern, abrasive disciplinarian whom he thinks will keep the Warners in line. Still, she's a fairly reasonable example, who genuinely wants to educate the Warners, doesn't deliberately make things hard for them, and would probably be less sour if her students didn't always torment her with their usual antics.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She apparently keeps her marker for giving people F's in her blouse. Quoth Yakko; "Ooh, what else you got in there?"

    Baloney the Dinosaur 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
A sappy orange and light blue dinosaur who is an obvious pastiche of Barney. One of the few things the Warners are afraid of.

    Francis "Pip" Pumphandle 
Voiced by: Ben Stein

  • Ink-Suit Actor: Pip Pumphandle is based directly off his voice actor Ben Stein.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Pip turns the usual Warner Brothers (and Sister) formula on its head, delivering the same exasperation they had dispensed to so many others.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: After he leaves, the Warners find themselves missing him and want to hear another one of his stories.
  • The Cat Came Back: The Warners find him impossible to get rid of...until he actually leaves and they decide they miss him.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: When the Warners encounter him at a Hollywood party, he starts relating a long, rambling, essentially pointless story about how he once encountered Bob Barker eating a bologna and cheese ball sandwich, and he doesn't leave the Warners alone until he finishes (even practicing Offscreen Teleportation a la Droopy Dog), boring them to tears.

    Dot's Pet 
A monstrous creature who is always kept inside a small, white box. The creature's appearance is inconsistent and its color varied, but its most common forms are a large bull-like creature, a plant parodying The Little Shop of Horrors, and a hairy form with enormous teeth. In one case, Mr. Director was her pet.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Often the case.
  • Shout-Out: Whenever a Xenomorph appears and Dot brings out her pet, it will mimic the tendency of the second mouth/head in the originals mouth. Yes, this includes the above-mentioned Mr. Director.

One Shot Characters

    Professor Otto von Schnitzelbuskrankengescheitmeier 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
A fat, jolly German guy who taught the Warners the International Friendship Song.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's ordinarily a nice guy, but when the Warners spend the entire last segment of the Friendship Song stripping him of his clothes and humiliating him he finally snaps at the end and kicks the three of them out of his village.
  • Big Fun: He's overweight and tries to sing a song with the Warners about friendship.
  • Cameo: In Wakko's Wish.
  • Dub Name Change: In the German dub his name is Aloysius Bierpichlersemmelknödelmeier.
  • Overly Long Name: His surname is pretty long.

    Sodarn Hinsane 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

A Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Saddam Hussein who appears as the antagonist of "Baghdad Cafe", a crossover episode starring Yakko, Wakko, and Slappy (the latter in place of Dot).


  • Asshole Victim: Apparently, he was to host the Warner Brothers (and Sister) while his country is being curb-stomped by an enemy army.
  • Dub Name Change: Inverted in the Venezuelan Spanish dub: He was "renamed" as "Saddam Hussein", albeit his last name is pronounced more or less the same way as it should be pronounced in Arabic, rather than Spanish or English.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears being sent to hell in "Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled" before his first formal appearance.
  • The Napoleon: He's a world leader who is short in stature.
  • Punny Name: His name sounds like "so darn insane".

    Wally Llama 
Voiced by: Richard Libertini

    Mr. Gobble 
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's pet turkey who runs and dances to the tune of Turkey In The Straw.

    Howie Tern 
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

    The Survey Ladies 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie and Deanna Oliver

Two women who pester Yakko, Wakko, and Dot with a survey involving George Wendt and Beans.


  • American Accents: They have a Midwestern twang to their voices—"WOULDJA LIKE TAH TAKE A SUR-VEY?"
  • Based on a True Story: A retrospective reveals that the annoying survey ladies were based on a real-life encounter that some of the writing staff had not far from the studio.
  • Beyond the Impossible: They are so obnoxious and persistent that even the Warner Siblings, who absolutely love bothering people, can't stand them.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Their survey begins with two normal, if disjointed, inquiries: "Do you eat beans?" and "Would you like to see a new movie starring George Wendt?" They then proceed to ask an endless array of questions combining the two ideas: "Do you eat beans with George Wendt?" "Would you like to see George Wendt eating beans in a movie?" "How many bean-eating movies have you seen with George Wendt?" "Do you eat beans at George Wendt-bean-eating movies?" The short ends with them showing no signs of slowing down.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Inverted. Most people who bother or irritate the Warners get a taste of their own wacky antics and medicine—but in this case, the Warners are so annoyed by the Survey Ladies that, after a bit of fun at their expense, they start running from them and screaming for them to stop.
  • The Cat Came Back: They're everywhere in the mall. Everywhere.
    Survey Lady #2: We're persistent!
  • Determinator: They'll stop at nothing to complete their survey, and chase down the Warners, and anyone who'll listen, until they do.
  • Fat and Skinny: One is a tall, auburn-haired thin woman, while the other is a short, fat blonde.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Though the Survey Ladies look like average middle-aged human women, they possess the powers of teleportation, changing size (as demonstrated when they appear in a music box and cash register) and form (as revealed when they hide in a bottle of cologne), and are annoying enough to bother the Warners themselves.
  • No Name Given: Never referred to by anything but "Survey Ladies."
  • Offscreen Teleportation: They can travel from location to location instaneously, without any sign of how they do it.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Even the Warner Siblings, masters of irritation, find them incredibly annoying, and can't escape them no matter how far they run.

    Fermin Flaxseed 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

  • Alliterative Name: First and last name both begin with F.
  • Bald of Evil: Covered by a highly unconvincing hairpiece.
    Dot (shyly offering it back): You dropped your hair.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: He has a suit and even wears shoes.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: He appears to be some kind of weasel, but he has no tail.
  • Jerkass: His first scene depicts him laughing off a nun's request that he donate to her charity and literally kicking her out of his store.
  • Kick the Dog: He is within his rights to deny donating his candy to orphans and asking the Warners to leave his store if they're not going to buy anything. It's just he's such an asshole about it, laughing loudly in the Nun's face before kicking her out and being disgusted by the sight of the Warners before they've even entered his store, that warrants his Humiliation Conga.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He is rewarded for his jerkish behavior by having the Warners torment him and make a mess of his store, getting the crap beaten out of him by a bunch of football players, and turned into a chocolate bunny.
  • Villain Has a Point: Much of a jerk as he is he does have the legal right to deny the nun and the Warners their requests. He's also able to save his skin from the nuns when they're about to attack him by pointing out they aren't supposed to resort to violence, which they agree with. Until the nuns pray for the Notre Dame football team to take care of it for them, which they do.

    Dan Anchorman 
Voiced by: Phil Hartman

A conceited news anchorman for the fictitious Newstime Live programme who refused to pay Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for a sandwich he had ordered.


  • Jerkass: To ensure that the audience doesn't feel sorry for him suffering the Warners' retribution towards him denying them a tip, his first scene has him angrily fire his makeup assistant for being a smidgen late and yelling at the rest of the news studio that they are useless.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Yes, he is incredibly conceited and abrasive, but if a delivery person ate the sandwich you ordered right in front of you and then demanded a tip, wouldn't you be pissed too? The Warners were lucky he didn't call the shop to complain!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Sam Donaldson. Originally named Slam Fondlesome until they were forced to change his name to something less risque-sounding. The new parody name sounds more like Dan Rather.

    Ivan Bloski 
Voiced by: George Dzundza

A Jerkass accountant who finds himself sharing an airplane with the Warners and becomes their "Special Friend." He is a parody of the notorious stock trader Ivan Boesky, who was convicted in a 1987 insider trading scandal.


  • Jerkass: He's a loud-mouthed asshole, and his entire short goes to great lengths to show this. Immediately after threatening to buy the airline just so he can fire the lady who accidentally got him bumped down to coach from first class, he literally throws a man with a broken leg out of his way, ordering him to "quit faking it and get a job," and then forces his way onto the plane, orders the stewardess to throw everyone in coach off the plane just so he can have privacy, and screams in the stewardess' face to get him 14 bags of peanuts. Needless to say, when Yakko, Wakko, and Dot appear and name him their "Special Friend," he deserves every minute of torture they give him.

    Duanne Sewer 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

A rival newsreader of the fictitious Newstime Live program and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. who appears in the episode "Broadcast Nuisance".


    Wolf Spritzer 
Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A newsreporter for the fictitious Newstime Live program who appears in "Broadcast Nuisance".


    Death 
Voiced by: Jess Harnell

An archetypically portrayed Grim Reaper, with black robe, skeletal appearance, and scythe who speaks with a Swedish accent.


  • Chess with Death: Well technically checkers with death, this was made at the request of Yakko and Dot.
  • Exact Words: He tricks Yakko and Dot into betting their lives away.
  • Fate Worse than Death: (With apologies for the pun.) The Warners demand to spend the rest of eternity with him, adopt him as their father figure, and call him 'Daddoo.' He gets so fed up with it that he declares them all to be alive and informs them that it will be a long time before he lets them back in his domain again.
  • Norse by Norsewest: He speaks with a Swedish accent and "lives" in Sweden. The holes where his eyeballs would be are also blue.
  • Shout-Out: His design and accent are a clear reference to the classic Swedish film The Seventh Seal.

    Satan 
Voiced by: Ron Perlman

  • Butt-Monkey: Probably the only reason Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled was green-lighted. Even for a Yakko/Wakko/Dot villain he comes off as a complete chump.
  • Get Out!: Eventually gives up on the idea of subjecting the Warners to an eternity in the lake of fire, in favor of never having to see them again.
  • Satan: The rather campy, traditional Big Red Guy with a Fork.
    Yakko: Does George Hamilton know your tan is better than his?

    Calhoun Q. Capybara and Lew-Lew the Ring-Tailed Lemur 
Calhoun Capybara voiced by: Jim Cummings
Lew-Lew voiced by: Jess Harnell

  • Expy: Of Yogi Bear and Boo-boo. Also with elements of Hokey Wolf and Ring-a-Ding (who themselves were very similar to Yogi and Boo-Boo).
  • Informed Species: Calhoun looks somewhat like a bear, while Lew-Lew resembles a red panda or a raccoon.

    The Tiger Prince 

  • Misplaced Wildlife: He and his parents are tigers that live in Africa.
  • Take That!: His segment serves solely as a rather mean-spirited dig towards The Lion King, since Yakko appears in the role of Rafiki and drops the cub after raising him to the sky, faux-innocently remarking that he thought cats always landed on their feet.
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