The Everyman and Straight Man to the rest of the cast, known for his ridiculously thick stutter. Often played a Deadpan Snarker or Butt-Monkey, usually when paired with Daffy (either role depending on the latter's interpretation)
Debut: I Haven't Got a Hat (1935), Friz Freleng
Tropes related to Porky Pig:
- See Porky Pig.
Was originally The Screwball/Cloudcuckoolander, later Flanderized by Chuck Jones (and Friz Freleng) into a jerkass Small Name, Big Ego, most famously paired with Bugs as the Odd Couple. In this incarnation, used either as a foil for Bugs or to parody action-adventure heroes. Meanwhile, Robert McKimson combined the two interpretations and made Daffy into a Loveable Rogue. Later also joined Sylvester on the hunt for Speedy Gonzales.
Debut: "Porky's Duck Hunt" (1937), Tex Avery
Tropes related to Daffy Duck:
- See Daffy Duck.
One of only three humans in the regular cast (the others being Yosemite Sam & Tweety's owner Granny). The Butt-Monkey, often Too Dumb to Live. An avid hunter, thus Jones' favorite adversary for both Bugs & Daffy, reaching a peak in the iconic Rabbit Season trilogy. Less popular with the other directors, who found him too wimpy. On a side note, he had an earlier, less distinctive prototype named Egghead, who was sometimes referred to as Elmer.
Debut: "Elmer's Candid Camera" (1940), Jones.
Voiced By: Danny Webb or Cliff Narazzo (Egghead era), Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Dave Barry, Hal Smith, Roy Firestone, Jeff Bergman, Greg Burson, Joe Alaskey, Tom Kenny, Frank Welker, Noel Blanc, Billy West
Tropes related to Elmer Fudd:
- See Elmer Fudd.
The - well... the Bugs Bunny. No description needed.
Debut: "A Wild Hare" (1940), various, notably Tex Avery.
Tropes related to Bugs Bunny:
In Clampett's hands, Tweety was a pink, sadistic trickster who used his wits to get rid of cats. Later, under Freleng, Tweety became yellow (the Hays Office balked because the pink made him look naked), found a recurring adversary in Sylvester, and often depended on an umbrella-wielding Granny or an angry bulldog to get rid of him. Time has made modern generations mistake him for a female. See also Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.
Debut: "A Tale of Two Kitties" (1942), Clampett.
Tropes related to Tweety Bird:
- Ambiguous Gender: He's officially male, but many viewers were confused by Tweety's gender. Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Arch-Enemy: To Sylvester. Tweety and Sylvester are always after each other, much like Tom and Jerry.
- Baby Talk: He talks like this because he is supposed to be a baby bird. Which often makes his tune pretentiously innocent.
- Badass Adorable: Known as the cutest and smallest Looney Tunes character and also one of the few who manages to defeat his opponent in all of his appearances. In his early shorts he was also very strong.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Space Jam even demonstrated that he can still slip into this time and time again.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cute little tweety bird on the outside, sadistic Karmic Trickster on the inside (though as time progressed, his innocence seemed to become more genuine.)
- "Dat bad old puttytat!"
- "I tawt I taw a puttytat!"
- "I did, I did! I did saw a puttytat!"
- Characterization Marches On: In the Clampett shorts he was a very aggressive character who tries anything to foil his foe, even kicking his enemy when he is down. Although Freleng retained that same flavor in his first few shorts with the character, he gradually turned him into a cutesy bird who often depended on Granny to be saved from Sylvester with his aggression being much more subtle.
- Distressed Dude: At his worst. At times he can be clever enough to trick Sylvester by himself, but other times he's helpless, like in Tom Tom Tomcat ("Granny! Help!") or other shorts where he needs to be saved by Granny or Hector.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's a guy, but the high-pitched voice and eyelashes often leads to Viewer Gender Confusion, especially in foreign dubs where he is often voiced by a woman (while in English his voice was provided by a man, Mel Blanc). The existence of a short called Ain't She Tweet probably doesn't help any.
- The Fake Cutie: "Aw, da poor puddy tat. He faw down an' go Boom!" This, after carefully arranging poor Sylvester's defeat. His phony naivete and pity is actually dripping with sarcasm if the self-satisfied smile doesn't clue the viewer in.
- Hero Antagonist: In his shorts with Sylvester he's a defensive character and the focus is on Sylvester who tries to eat him. While he occasionally uses hammers, saws and dynamites he is just as often a living trophy for Sylvester without much of a role outside staying in his cage.
- Hidden Depths: Despite Tweety becoming softer, fans do notice that he's still a sadistic being on the inside who takes pleasure in seeing Sylvester get hurt.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In his early (pink) appearance his eyes were not blue and he wasn't innocent at all. He later becomes a (seemingly) innocent and naive bird with blue eyes.
- Invincible Hero: Though he had a slightly more vulnerable streak than most other Looney Tunes protagonists, he was one of very few to come out the victor in every appearance he made.
- Jerkass: Originally out-of-the-cage. In Clampett's cartoons (where he's pink) and even in the first few of Freleng's (like Tweetie Pie and I Taw a Putty Tat), he's sadistic and often violent towards his aggressors, including Sylvester. Then he goes through Badass Decay and becomes a somewhat more naive Distressed Dude who only occasionally does anything to defend himself (Sylvester will usually screw up due to his own foolishness or the interference of other characters).
- Killer Rabbit: In his first cartoons, where he was as cute as violent and sadistic, bordering on Cute Is Evil, if mostly in the Pay Evil unto Evil sort of way.
- My Name Is Not Shazam: His first pairing with Sylvester is called Tweety Pie, leading some viewers to (mistakenly) assume that's the character's full name. However in the song "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat", Tweety does introduce himself as Tweety Pie. Possibly confusing the issue is his Tiny Toon Adventures counterpart, whose name really is "Sweetie Pie".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He often seems like The Fool who only wins by dumb luck, but a good part of his naivety is definitely just an act, seeing how he can easily outwit Sylvester.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: One of Tweety's charms some of the time was that you could never tell whether he defeated Sylvester via Obfuscating Stupidity or inadvertantly through genuine child-like naïveté and dumb luck.
- Pint Sized Power House: In his earlier cartoons.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Because of his cute appeal that makes him popular with girls and young women, he's perhaps the most heavily merchandised LT character.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's far less outwardly sadistic in later shorts, though Depending on the Writer he somewhat keeps his malicious streak.
His official pairing is now known as Penelope Pussycat, and she often has the misfortune of having a white stripe painted down her back, making Pepe go quite wild for her. It also seems that when he douses his foul scent and covers his white stripe (or accidentally paints himself blue), she can go quite wild over him, making him quite the Chick Magnet.
Debut: "Odor Able Kitty" (1945), Jones.
Tropes related to Pepe LePew:
- See Pepé Le Pew
A cat with a speech impediment who usually tries to eat Tweety or Speedy Gonzales, with little success. One of the most versatile of the ensemble, prone to neuroses and usually the star of the comic melodramas. Though Freleng's take on Sylvester is the one everybody remembers, other directors also made great use of the character. In Robert McKimson's hands, for example, slobby Sylvester has a hyper-articulate son named Sylvester Jr., whom Dad tries to impress by chasing what turns out to be a baby kangaroo into another room; when he retreats gibbering at the 'giant mouse!' Junior is mortified. Sylvester also starred in Kitty Kornered, one of Bob Clampett's last cartoons for Warners, and in three Chuck Jones-directed cartoons, all opposite Porky Pig. See also Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.
Debut: "Life with Feathers" (1945), Freleng.
Voiced By: Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bergman, Bill Farmer, Terry Klassen, Jeff Bennett
Tropes related to Sylvester J. Cat:
- Anthropomorphic Shift: One-time example in "The Scarlet Pumper Nickel"; Sylvester as the Grand Duke is a full-blown Funny Animal.
- Affably Evil: A vicious predator, but a loving father to Sylvester Jr, and with often the same on-off friendly banter towards his prey as the rest of the Rogues Gallery. He also occasionally goes through the same pangs of conscience as Elmer when he thinks he has succeeded in killing them.
- Anti-Villain: Beside his personal vendetta against his foes (especially Tweety), he's a nice fellow and is portrayed as even a good guy in a few cartoons.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tweety. Tweety and Sylvester are always after each other, much like Tom and Jerry. Okay Sylvester is always after Tweety.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In "Twick or Tweety", where he ate Tweety Bird for the first time.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Sylvester was often fond of yelling "AHHHHH SHADDUP!" when other characters tried his patience too much one big example being Foghorn Leghorn who ended up clobbered.
- Bumbling Dad: He means well, but his general clumsiness and ineptitude is the cause of Sylvester Jr.'s embarrassment.
- Butt-Monkey: Claimed fewer victories than even Elmer or post-Flanderized Daffy.
- Catchphrase: "Sufferin' succotash."
- Cats Are Mean: Though granted it rarely went outside a cat's natural instincts for food, and it doesn't stop sadistic birds, mice and dogs abusing him beyond (or sometimes even without) provocation (eg. Canned Feud).
- Characterization Marches On: Several of his earlier cartoons saw him as a lot more mischievous and hyperactive, with one cartoon (Doggone Cats) even playing him as a Screwy Squirrel character similar to Bugs and Daffy in their earlier days.
- Cool Cat: He occasionally plays with this, particularly in cartoons where Tweety isn't involved.
- Chaste Toons: Double Subverted while Sylvester Jr. is his son as opposed to the industry standard Nephewism, we never see the mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: His angry quips and abrasive outbursts are a trademark of his and are most often directed at Tweety by calling him some variation of meal like little yellow morsel.
- Determinator: Just like all the Looney Tunes losers, Sylvester shows much pride and he also never gives up.
- Dirty Coward: He can be quite the tough and wise guy against his prey and enemies who can't reach him. When the enemies do reach him though he displays his true colors which are mostly yellow.
- Drama Queen: One of the most verbally expressive and overreacting characters of the cast, whether he expresses fear of being hurt, scoffing at his opponent's weakness or slobbering over the possible recipes that he can cook his victim. Its his mental breakdowns often caused by his inner turmoil and his huge potential in Bathos that do it.
- Evil Gloating: His biggest flaw is that he is quick to brag at his antagonist's face when things seem to turn in his favour: smirking, poking his tongue, insulting them and throwing things on their head is all part of the course for him before the main course. Of course fate doesn't need a lot to be tempted by him.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: More than any other LT, this cat is the character to go for emotionally conflicted and one who alternates between wanting to eat his quarry and deciding to spare and save it. And then wanting to devour it once again.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's not much of a threat. Much like Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, and pretty much all the villains in the series, he's usually depicted as a hopeless Butt-Monkey as likely to fall by his own bumbling (or bad luck) as by the actions of the protaganists themselves.
- Karmic Trickster: Got the rare chance to play one against Elmer Fudd in Back Alley Oproar
- Laser-Guided Karma: While hopeless at catching prey like Tweety and Speedy, there are odd cases where Sylvester is forced to protect his potential prey, at which point he is often quite competent (eg. A Mouse Divided, Father of the Bird). He is still usually robbed of a full victory at the end of it though.
- Nervous Wreck: Sylvester often starts off serene enough, but thanks to either personal obsession or him getting threatened, will eventually start suffering from panic attacks and become increasingly high-strung. By the end of the short the only thing that usually ends up consumed is him by paranoia.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: In Bell Hoppy he never gets dissuaded by the fact that the villainous cats of the Loyal Order of Alley Cats Mouse and Chowder Club that he worships treat him like garbage and is thrilled at the prospect of being accepted by swell characters which is why he mindlessly goes along with their plans, which aren't too bright either. These also includes his team up with Wile.E.Coyote which meant that he went along for the ride (aka the trap setting going horribly wrong and blowing up in their faces). Though he gets hungry in an evil way on his own most of the time.
- Slave to PR: When he gets upset with himself over sparing a bird as he dreads the boys at the lodge, that he is apparently a member of, hearing about this.
- Smug Snake: Downplayed as he is not that disdainful on average, but he nonetheless has the tendency to understimate his opponent's ability to fight back and pays the price for it.
- Species Surname: Sylvester J. Cat.
- Speech Impediment: "Thufferin' Thuccotatch!"
- Suddenly Voiced:
- Inverted. He could usually speak (albeit with his famous speech impediment), but a few Chuck Jones-directed cartoons cast him as Porky's pet, and in these he was a Heroic Mime.
- His speaking role seemed to depend on character; since he was classified as a pet, he usually did not communicate with owners or humans but could make conversations with fellow pet-classified animals like Tweety. For other animals with more human roles like Daffy and Porky it was free-game and Depending on the Writer (though mute in Scaredy Cat and its followups, Sylvester spoke normally to Porky in Kitty Cornered and The Scarlet Pumpernickel, for example). Possibly the only human he's actually spoken with is Elmer in Back Alley Oproar
- Sudden Name Change: In his first short with Tweety (Tweetie Pie), he was called Thomas.
- Super-Persistent Predator: One of the clip shows and a movie show Sylvester has chased Tweety through the entire world.
- Sycophantic Servant: When seen with other antagonists whom he doesn't perceive as rivals for his quarry, he becomes a toady who tries to earn their approval. He acted as Yosemite Sam's spy in the Christmas Special and as Wile.E. Coyote's stooge who followed on with each of Coyote's plans to capture the Roadrunner hoping that he would get him Speedy too.
- Team Rocket Wins: Rarely as a villain and never against Tweety. Until the web-cartoons.
- With some assistance from Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester chalks up a win in "A Message to Gracias."
- He successfully eats an Asshole Victim parrot in "Catch As Cats Can" and holds ground in Porky's house in "Kitty Cornered". He also gets the last laugh in "Back Alley Oproar" and "Mouse Mazurka" (even if he literally has to kill himself in the process).
- Villainous Underdog: While Sylvester certainly isn't weaker than Tweety, he's no match for Granny or Hector and has to find ways to sneak past them in order to get at the bird. That's without getting into his fights with Speedy Gonzales or Hippity Hopper.
- Villain Protagonist: In his shorts with Tweety, Hippity Hopper and Speedy.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Most of the episodes that featured Sylvester Jr. were focused around Sylvester trying to earn his son's respect with very little success.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite being afraid of dogs, in at least one short he's also afraid to be sent to the violin factory.
A brash little outlaw with handlebar mustachios and a severe temper problem, introduced as 'a more Worthy Opponent' for Bugs than the meek Elmer. Said to be a caricature of his (short, brash, redheaded) creator. Introduced as a cowboy bandit, he eventually became the stock blowhard villain character: Civil War general, Viking, Pirate, The Black Knight (no Python references please), politician, an Arab sheik, etc. Oddly enough, he wears his bandit mask no matter what role he plays and normally lets out a burst of irate Symbol Swearing.
Debut: "Hare Trigger" (1945), Freleng.
Tropes related to Yosemite Sam:
- See Yosemite Sam.
A loud, obnoxious rooster with a Southern accent, based on Fred Allen's 'Senator Claghorn' radio character. Considers himself the life of the party; demonstrates by tricking baby chickenhawks out of capturing him, abusing Mandrake the barnyard dog by whomping his ass with a wooden board and painting his tongue green, or babysitting a genius chick named Eggbert in order to cozy up to his widow hen mother.
Debut: "Walky Talky Hawky" (1946), McKimson
Voiced By: Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bergman, Greg Burson, Bill Farmer, Frank Gorshin, Billy West, Jeff Bennett, Scott Innes
Tropes Related to Foggy:
- See Foghorn Leghorn.
Debut: "Haredevil Hare" (1948), Jones.
Tropes related to Marvin the Martian:
- Adaptational Badass: The video game Looney Tunes Collector: Martian Alert! and its sequel Martian's Revenge actually depicted Marvin as much more competent and fearsome character.
- Affably Evil: Marvin was originally conceived as the opposite of Yosemite Sam, so he's always been a quiet, reserved, polite character who can still pose a threat.
- Aliens are Bastards: He was willing to kill billions of humans just because the Earth was blocking his view of Venus.
- Alliterative Name: Marvin the Martian.
- The Bad Guy Wins: see "Team Rocket Wins" below
- Blue and Orange Morality: Wants to blow up Earth because it's blocking his view of Venus. Ignoring the obvious joke about gender differences, destroying planets because they obstruct astronomic observation is presumably okay in Martian society.
- Breakout Character: Like Taz, he only appears in five of the original shorts (four with Bugs and one with Daffy, exactly like Taz), and gets a prominent role in a later spin-off. These days, he's still among the most popular characters in the series.
- Determinator: Calling him impertubable would be very accurate seeing as he never deviates from his original goal. For him getting his weapon of mass-destruction stolen is just a delay.
- Disproportionate Retribution: If you insult, defy or in general go against him, his response is just as straightforward and swift as the ray with which he is gonna turn you into ashes.
- Evil Brit: He started out with a nasally American voice, but then was given a snooty, sort-of upper-class English accent. This trope is so naughty, he could just pinch it!
- Evil Genius: Somewhat. Like Wile E., Marvin is one of Bugs' (and Daffy's) more intellectual rivals. They are still quite idiotic for supposed geniuses.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sometimes portrayed as this, especially when his goals are more malevolent. He maintains his polite demeanor even as he tries to blow up the Earth.
- Foil: He was deliberately created as a contrast to Yosemite Sam.
- For the Evulz: He said himself that he enjoys spending his spare time pursuing, blasting and destroying small little creatures.
- Game Show Host: In Mysterious Phenomena of the Unexplained, he is the host of Who Wants To Be A Martianaire.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Downplayed from both Elmer and Sam, but still, being a foil for Bugs, he inevitably fails miserably.
- Insectoid Aliens: Very downplayed, but the basis of the Martian design is meant to look ant-like, according to Chuck Jones.
- No Name Given: He was unnamed in the original cartoons (the model sheets only giving him the moniker of "The Martian") but was officially named Marvin when he they started making merchandise of him.
- No Mouth: His head is basically a black ball with eyes. Duck Dodgers reveals that while all the males of his species look like that, the females (such as the Queen) are somewhat more anthropomorphic, possessing noses, chins, eyebrows... but still no mouths.
- Puny Earthlings: Seems to have a subtle disdain towards Earthlings in general and will sometimes mock or condescend regarding our primitive nature.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: While he's tangled with Bugs, he tends to frequently do battle with Daffy, usually within the shorts related to Duck Dodgers.
- The Sociopath: Utterly remorseless and shameless about what he does—to him, blowing up a planet is given the regard of taking out the garbage.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: To contrast with Yosemite Sam's bluster and self-important, scene-stealing attitude, he is very blase about all the horrible things that he wants to do, treating them as insignificant and mundane. It says a lot about his character that it takes Bugs a (unusually long) while to fully comprehend the meaning of his words thanks to the off-handed way that he mentioned them.
- The Stoic: Whenever he loses his cool, it is something so noteworthy for him that he needs to state it, even though his tone hardly suggests that he really lost it. "This makes me VERY angry."
- Team Rocket Wins: Seemingly achieves his goal of detonating the Earth in the original full-version of Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24th and a Half Century. With Dodgers distracted from his duties and Earth's destruction almost certain, Marvin is left with no choice but to assure the viewers "it's only a cartoon".
- Tranquil Fury: Which goes with his Affably Evil and Soft-Spoken Sadist persona, he declares emotions in detail that he doesn't really express, apart from his very heavy breathing.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Subverted; he has a wide range of facial expressions for someone with No Mouth and no nose, despite repeatedly saying this trope word-for-word. Still somewhat used with his voice which he very rarely raises, even when he is delivering death threats.
- Vocal Evolution: Mel Blanc gave him a notably different voice in his first appearance.
- Worthy Opponent: After Yosemite Sam failed to effectively challenge Bugs. Though still a hapless villain, he was slightly more formidable in that he has genuinely scared Bugs on occasion with his sheer casual destructiveness.
Debut: "Fast And Furry Ous" (1949), Jones.
Tropes related to Wile E. Coyote:
- Arch-Enemy: To the Road Runner, although a very hapless one. He's always trying to catch that bird.
- Badass Adorable: Inverted with Wile E., as he is neither as threatening, nor as cute, as real-life coyotes.
- Break the Haughty: In shorts where he faces off against Bugs Bunny. Each time he proudly announces at the beginning that he is a "Super-Genius." Always gets his comeuppance by the end, in one short declaring that "My name is Mud" and promptly keeling over unconscious.
- Butt-Monkey: Biggest one of all the Looney Tunes characters, which is really saying something. In fact he never had a chance to be anything butt.
- Catchphrase: "Genius, pure genius!" in his shorts with Bugs.
- The Chew Toy: The primary example in the western animation.
- Cosmic Plaything: Several of his traps have failed in ways that clearly defy all physics and in some cases, if they actually worked in a logical way, he might've caught the Roadrunner by now. But what fun would that be for us? Naturally, this contributes to his status as a Butt-Monkey.
- Determinator: Although the entire universe and even the laws of physics are working against him, he never gives up. Never.
- Ditzy Genius: A genius capable of building roadrunner traps, but, if you think about it, wouldn't it be much easier if he just ordered food instead of ordering a bunch of supplies from ACME?
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Sometimes Coyote's traps will simply fail to do anything instead of backfiring on him. They only backfire when Coyote either forcibly tries to trigger them or otherwise figure out what happened. Lampshaded in one cartoon when Coyote's falling rock trap doesn't trigger and he tries to set it off while standing right underneath it. Coyote suddenly realizes what's happening, and holds up a sign saying "In heaven's name, what am I doing?" and opens up a little umbrella right before the rocks fall on him.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Chuck Jones has stated that Wile E. could stop chasing the Roadrunner at any time, except for the fact that he is a fanatic about it. In describing Wile E., Chuck Jones would frequently quote Santayana: "A fanatic is one who redoubles his efforts while forgetting his aim."
- Embarrassing Middle Name: The "E" stands for Ethelbert. No wonder we just call him "Wile E."
- Epic Fail: Pretty much everything Coyote does ends in this. Hilarity Ensues.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Bugs refuses his offer to get eaten, Wile E. wonders why he wants to do it the hard way.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Never having gotten a single victory, and the closest he ever came was a Yank the Dog's Chain.
- Faux Affably Evil: He first meets Bugs in a nice way, but tries to get him to say his prayers.
- Gadgeteer Genius: if not for the fact that all of his constructions inevitably fail.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: All his gadgets and tricks always turn against him.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Of the Villain Protagonist variety.
- Insufferable Genius: He acts as one in the shorts where he goes after Bugs Bunny. In theory, at least. In practice he's more of a Small Name, Big Ego.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Trope Codifier and page image. He's been crushed, blown up, fallen hundreds of feet, been knocked all the way through earth and back, and that's just the tip of a long list of abuses. He not only survives, but is right back at the same thing again.
- Loser Protagonist: It's one of the rules of the shorts that the audience always wants the coyote to win. Not because he's a good person or because he deserves it, but just because of how thoroughly and utterly the universe refuses to ever let him win.
- Oh, Crap!: Practicaly his default facial expression.
- Punny Name: Wile E. (i.e., "wily") Coyote.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He likes to call himself "Wile E. Coyote: Genius" in the cartoons where he's up against Bugs.
- Smug Snake: More often than not, his ego is the reason why his plans always fail. He even provides the trope image. It is much more obvious when he starts speaking in a pseudo-intellectual, pretentious, self-satisfied and self-assured New England acccent.
- Species Surname: Wile E. Coyote
- Suddenly Voiced: When teamed up with Bugs Bunny (except Hare Breadth Hurry, which otherwise plays like a traditional Road Runner short).
- Super-Persistent Predator: In one short, he actually takes the time out to tell the audience why this is. Apparently, the Roadrunner is super-delicious, with the various parts of its body having flavors such as sponge cake, chop suey, and candied yam.
- Talking with Signs: Both him and the Road Runner have communicated with signs.
- Team Rocket Wins: Yes, the Coyote catches the Road Runner at one point...but he's too small at that point to even eat the bird. He even lampshades it by asking the audience what he should do now.
- The Voiceless: In all his cartoons with the Road Runner. He only speaks during four of his five appearances with Bugs Bunny.
- Villainous Underdog: The cartoons are built around this concept, with the smart, but horribly unlucky coyote being thoroughly overmatched by the super fast, equally smart, and and ungodly fortunate Road Runner. Physics itself was always on the Road Runner's side, meaning Wile E's schemes were doomed from the start. A large part of this was, of course, because in the words of Chuck Jones "The audience's sympathy but always remain with the coyote."
- Villain Protagonist: Wile E. Coyote is trying to eat the Road Runner, and is therefore ostensibly the bad guy. But he's just so adorably persistent in how he goes about it that you can't help but root for him.
The fastest bird on Earth who is always one step ahead of Wile E. Coyote. The Road Runner remains mute to this day (meep-meep!) as he is now the mascot for Time Warner Cable. See also Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner.
Debut: "Fast And Furry Ous" (1949), Jones.
"Voiced" by:: Paul Julian, Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Dee Bradley Baker
Tropes related to the Road Runner:
- Acrophobic Bird: Like real roadrunners.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's blue, rather than brown like real roadrunners.
- Alliterative Name: Road Runner.
- Arch-Enemy: To Wile E. Coyote, a Super-Persistent Predator who is always trying to catch him.
"Meep Meep!""Beep Beep!"
- Flat Character: Being a Living Prop, is nondescript in personality, never serving any purpose outside of being Wile E's victim. Apart from certain cartoons, most of the time viewers have trouble in seeing him as anything more than a normal animal.
- Hero Antagonist: The Road Runner can be considered the hero of his shorts, being hunted after by a hungry predator.
- Informed Species: He does not resemble the real roadrunner bird in the slightest, instead bearing resemblance to an ostrich or a cassowary.
- Invincible Hero: He always wins. Always.
- Jump Scare: If he's standing behind the Coyote at the edge of a cliff, this is usually how he'll make him leap off; he's also done it to Sylvester, of all characters.
- Karmic Trickster: Whenever he becomes anything more than a moving prop he turns out to be behind some seemingly coincidental obstacles that the Coyote encounters.
- No Name Given: Only known as the Road Runner. In some foreign countries, viewers actually think that Beep Beep is his name.
- Painted Tunnel, Real Train: He loves this trope.
- Perpetual Smiler: The only time he ever changes from this is when he sees the eponymous giant robot from "The Solid Tin Coyote". The rest of the time nothing can spoil his mood.
- Silly Animal Sound: "Beep beep!" Real roadrunners don't sound like that.
- Super Speed: The Road Runner (accelerati incredibilus) is a famous super-speeder...
- Talking with Signs: On at least two occasions, he holds up a sign that reads "Road runners can't read", which only makes sense if he is just messing with the Coyote.
- The Voiceless: If you were to count the Road Runner's "MEEP MEEP" as a voice, he would fall under The Unintelligible.
Another Funny Foreigner and good-natured Trickster who moves at Super Speed to help his poor Mexican mouse friends get cheese from "el gringo pussygato" (usually Sylvester). Has a lethargic cousin named (inevitably) "Slowpoke Rodriguez" who uses a gun to incapacitate cats instead. For obvious reasons, the Speedy shorts particularly the late 1960s ones with Daffy as his antagonist tend not to be received well by animation fans and historians.
Debut: "Cat Tails For Two" (1953), McKimson.
Voiced By: Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Eric Goldberg, Billy West, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Tim Dababo, Dino Andrade
Tropes related to Speedy Gonzales:
- See Speedy Gonzales.
Debut: "Devil May Hare" (1954), McKimson.
Tropes related to Tasmanian Devil:
- Angrish: When Mel Blanc asked "What does he sound like?" when he first voiced the character and was told, "Nobody has ever heard one." So he was compelled to ad-lib some kind of glottal-guttural gravelly gargle, now lovingly described as "Taz-speak."
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hair resembles devil horns. He spins like a whirlwind, which is also called a "dust devil".
- Ax-Crazy: He somewhat qualifies considering his maniacal and gluttonous demeanor which combined with his low intelligence make him come across as an impetrenable force of nature.
- Big Eater: Taz can and will eat anything he comes across.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: A somewhat Funny Animal with a uni-brow.
- Breakout Character: Despite only appearing in five of the original shorts, he became immensely popular due to later spin-offs and merchandising. He also proved to be quite popular in the classic era; producer Eddie Slezer did not like Taz initially after his debut cartoon, until fan mail began pouring in, requesting to see more of Taz.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Considers being called "...a mean, vicious, nasty, no-good, baggy-eyed, marble-headed ignoramorous" quite flattering,...but not enough to spare Bugs.
- Conjoined Eyes: Zigzagged. It depends on the artist and not just during a Wild Take either.
- The Dreaded: Several of his cartoons begin by establishing that he's one of the most feared animals in the world, with all other animals running in dread from him.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His main means of getting around is his own personal tornado.
- Extreme Omnivore: It's pretty extreme that Taz can eat dynamite without it killing him.
- Fluffy the Terrible; True the Devil surname doesn't downplay the threat that he poses (quite the opposite actually) but his nickname Taz surely doesn't do an omnivorous beast justice.
- Gasshole: Has stared turning into one during the late 90's/early to mid-2000's, where he was the one who brings out most of the burp jokes. As time went on, this lessened a bit in his recent appearances.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Against Bugs, anyway. He's shown as much more dangerous when he's faced with more minor characters, and though Daffy also beats him in their single short together, he has a much harder time accomplishing this.
- Informed Species: He and his She-Devil mate look absolutely nothing like real Tasmanian devils, which are black-furred for a starter. The differences only get bigger from there. He does sound rather like one, though.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: His weakness.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Can you name any other famous tazmanian devil in media?
- Silly Animal Sound: Averted; despite all the Artistic License that was taken with him, his growls and hisses sound a lot like a real Tasmanian devil.
- Spin-Off: During the 90s he was given his own show, Taz-Mania, which cast him with a sitcom-like family.
- Too Dumb to Live: A trait that he alone has in his family.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: While never bright, he's gotten a lot dumber over the years.
- The Unintelligible: Most often his speech is simply comprised of snarls, yammering, and raspberries.
- Villainous Glutton: He will eat any species of animal and can devour large quantities of food (and other things) with ease. When he starts spinning, he always sends crowds running away.
- You No Take Candle: In his first appearance, Taz could speak, albeit in somewhat-broken English.