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Porky's love interest.
Debut: "Porkys Romance" (1937), Tashlin
Voiced By: Bernice Hansen, Bonnie Baker, Jane Webb, Grey DeLisle, Jodi Benson, Chiara Zanni, Katy Mixon, Jessica DiCicco, Lara Jill Miller
- Adaptational Ugliness: Her character design is much less appealing in Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production. But then again, so is Porky's.
- Alliterative Name: Petunia Pig.
- Ascended Extra: Although a very minor character in the animated canon, Petunia was all over the place in the Looney Tunes Expanded Universe material from the 30's right through the 80's, from comics to storybooks to merchandise. Then, when Warner Animation began its renaissance in the late 80's, they forgot all about her, and poor Petunia fell back into obscurity. She is, however, one of the main characters in Baby Looney Tunes (oddly enough, since Porky hardly ever appears on the show), and Looney Tunes Cartoons gives her the starring role in the short "Pigture Perfect".
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She vanished after a couple of years. She's gained some popularity again thanks to Baby Looney Tunes.
- A Day In The Lime Light: She's given her own starring role for the first time in the Looney Tunes Cartoons short "Pigture Perfect".
- Depending on the Writer: In her debut episode she's a Jerkass, but eventually evolves into a generic love interest. In Baby Looney Tunes and The Looney Tunes Show, she's a sweet Nice Girl, but in Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, she's introduced as an annoying Genki Girl, similar to LTS Lola.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Porky in looks although most definitely not in personality.
- Girlish Pigtails: The character did not originally have hair in her first 3 shorts (by Tashlin). She has pigtails in her last two shorts (directed by Clampett) and eventually keeps this hairstyle even in the comics and almost all her modern appearances.
- Jerkass: In "Porky's Romance", very much so. She surely seems to embody every fear about marriage and commitment, by treating her potential spouse like dirt and caring only about her self-gratification so much that Porky suffers from a nightmare concerning their matrimonial life that makes him run for the hills.
- The Pollyanna: In Looney Tunes Cartoons, she suffers many, many injuries and ends up in a body cast but still sees the positives in the situation.
- Satellite Love Interest: To Porky on her good days. On her bad more like a love interest on collision course.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: In the Looney Tunes Cartoons short "Pigture Perfect", she shares the same amount of slapstick as Porky. She's trying to get the perfect photo of a squirrel, but goes through a series of injuries and ends in a cast in the processs.
- Species Surname: Petunia Pig.
A one-shot character who appeared in Bob Clampet's Porky in Wackyland and its color remake Dough for the Do-Do, Porky hunts this one of a kind bird for a large fortune. Despite having only two appearances, he became a fan favorite and left an invaluable legacy in the form of his son Gogo Dodo in Tiny Toon Adventures. He also makes occasional appearances in the comic books including the DC-Looney Tunes crossover where he teamed up with Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Debut: "Porky in Wackyland" (1938), Clampett.
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
- Deliberately Monochrome: Whenever he shows up in collectible artwork or the comics he's always in his original greyscale as opposed to his color look.
- Informed Species: He looks nothing like a real dodo.
- Last of His Kind: Supposedly he's the last of his kind, which is why Porky is hunting him.
- Mad Hatter: Everyone in Wackyland is looney, but Dodo is the looniest of them all.
- Named by the Adaptation: He finally got a name — Yoyo in the video game Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal.
- Reality Warper: Even by cartoon physics rules, he's quite a character: — he can do whatever he wants in Wackyland.
This early creation of Chuck Jones is a ridiculously cute, naive little mouse that often obliviously wandered into danger's way. As the shorts transitioned into zanier humor, attempts were made to evolve Sniffles accordingly, Flanderizing him into a Karmic Trickster with a Motor Mouth, though the character was ultimately phased out (though still had a healthy run in the comics.) His motor mouth version made a brief speaking appearance in Space Jam.
Debut: "Naughty But Mice" (1939), Jones.
Voiced By: Margaret Hill-Talbot, Sara Berner, Marjorie Talton, Kath Soucie, Colleen Wainwright
- Karmic Trickster: In his later shorts Chuck Jones transformed the cute naive little mouse into this.
- Motor Mouth: Again, in his later shorts. He goes from a Ridiculously Cute Critter to an annoying chatterbox who would just never stop talking.
- Nice Hat: A blue sailor cap.
- Nice Mice: Sniffles is well-meaning, if annoying.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jones created the character during the early period in his career when he was still heavily influenced by Disney's Silly Symphonies shorts.
- Sidekick Creature Nuisance: In his later shorts.
Slow paced but quick-witted turtle who not only rivals Bugs Bunny, but is one of the few characters to consistently defeat him. Cecil appears in shorts that were based on the fable The Tortoise and the Hare.
Debut: "Tortoise Beats Hare" (1941), Avery
Voiced By: Mel Blanc, Frank Welker, Joe Alaskey, Jim Rash, Jeff Bergman, Matt Craig
- Affectionate Parody: The three shorts are probably these for the Silly Symphonies version of "The Tortoise and the Hare".
- Always Someone Better: One of the few adversaries to beat Bugs, let alone do so handily.
- The Cat Came Back: Subverted in Tortoise Beats Hare. It wasn't the original tortoise that kept inexplicably escaping Bugs' methods of leaving him behind. It was a series of identical tortoises which the first one bribed to screw with him.
- Evil vs. Evil: Both he and Bugs are willing to play crooked in order to beat each other.
- Genre Savvy: He's one of the few Looney Tunes characters to see through a Paper-Thin Disguise (and know that no one else will on top of it).
- Manipulative Bastard: He's played Bugs like a chump every single time. His most notable accomplishment is tricking Bugs into effectively dressing as a tortoise himself, which draws the ire of rabbit mobsters.
- Not So Invincible After All: In "Rabbit Transit", he actually has a tougher time with Bugs, even getting visibly frustrated when he manages to heckle him back. Bugs actually defeats him in a race this time round, though Cecil happily settles for a more pragmatic victory (Bugs gets arrested for running well past the speed limit).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Much more cunning than he looks. Behind his sleepy eyes, his unassuming tone and his Simpleton Voice lies a calm and patient schemer who enjoys acting ignorant while his opponents are driven up the wall.
- Removable Shell: Happens regularly to Cecil Turtle's shell in his cartoons.
- The Rival: To Bugs. And he is the only one who has REALLY bruised and battered his ego to the point of Bugs being the one who antagonizes and openly declares his rivalry with him.
- Species Surname: Cecil Turtle.
- Swapped Roles: The basic point of Cecil is to have a character that can do to Bugs what Bugs does to his other antagonists, complete with Bugs typically becoming the aggressor in Cecil's shorts as apposed to his usual Karmic Trickster.
- Troll: He remains aggravatingly calm (for Bugs) and says the right things to get under his hare skin matter-of-factly and in a fakely foolish way to sound as if he really believes them.
- Turtle Power: One of the few characters who consistently thwarted Bugs Bunny.
See also the Foghorn Leghorn page.
Debut: "The Squawkin Hawk" (1942), Jones
Voiced By: Kent Rogers, Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bergman, Ben Falcone, Damon Jones
- Alliterative Name: Henery Hawk
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's a belligerent, loudmouthed little pipsqueak who picks fights with other characters many times bigger than him.
- Catchphrase: "Are you coming quietly, or do I have to muss you up?"
- Out of Focus: "Walky Talky Hawky" was created as a second starring turn for Henery Hawk, but Foghorn Leghorn stole the show, reducing Henery to his adversary. Along with The Barnyard Dawg he eventually disappears from the series.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He can effortlessely take down ol' Foggy, even though he's only a measly few inches high!
- Species Surname: Henery Hawk
- Villain Protagonist: When the series was initially his own it was through his (not-so-hawklike) POV that his hunting efforts were observed.
Debut: "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" (1942), Clampett.
Voiced by: Kent Rogers (first appearance); Mel Blanc (all other appearances)
- Alliterative Name: Beaky Buzzard.
- Dumb Muscle: In terms of brute force Super Strength sums it up perfectly. Its his lack of initiative, passion and intelligence that keeps him back.
- Harmless Villain: Within an already pretty incompetent Rogues Gallery, Beaky stands out as being exceptionally moronic and even shy towards his prey.
- Momma's Boy: He lives with his mom and he is somewhat vocal about not wanting to leave the nest."Nononononononononono.Nononononono.No."
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's significantly more competent in "The Lions Busy". He also inexplicably wins his fight with the dragon at the end of "The Bashful Buzzard".
- The Runt at the End: He is the youngest, smallest and always gets left behind as compared to his brothers he is not very active or enthusiastic about hunting.
- Simpleton Voice: Specifically, a deep, low voice like Edgar Bergen's "Mortimer Snerd"; in-house he was alternately known as "The Snerd Bird".
- Shrinking Violet: He is very shy of the outside world which becomes an issue when this includes his supposed prey.
- Species Surname: He is a young turkey vulture (a bird commonly called "buzzard" in the United States).
- Super Strength: Like his brothers, he's strong enough to carry something as large as a dragon back to his nest.
- Too Dumb to Live: That said, he can catch a baby bumblebee.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc; Stan Freberg
- Hubie: "Hey, Boit! C'mere!"
- Bertie: "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure.", "Hehehehe... Riot!"
- Driven to Suicide: In "Cheese Chasers", they overindulge in a cheese factory and get sick of the stuff, so they figure they have nothing left to live for and throw themselves to Claude Cat. Claude thinks there's something off about mice wanting to get eaten and becomes frightened of them, so he figures there's nothing left for him to live for, and goes to the dog to get himself killed. The dog, trying to figure the whole thing out, has a breakdown of his own and is last seen running after the dog catcher.
- The Prankster: They are mischievous pranksters.
- Alliterative Name: Claude Cat.
- Cats Are Mean: In later cartoons, after he Took a Level in Jerkass. And towards no less than kittens.
- Nervous Wreck: Has a nervous and anxious personality.
- Lovable Coward: A complex case, but Claude Cat can be this when he is heroic and cares for others.
- Punny Name: A pun on the homophone "clawed cat".
- Species Surname: Like a majority of his animal co-stars his name reminds the audience that it is a story about animals.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After his run with Hubie and Bertie ended, he became a jealous foil for Frisky Puppy and Pussyfoot.
- In "Mouse Warming," he's a menacing-yet-ineffectual foil for two lovesick mice. However, at the end of the short, we are introduced to Butcher the Bulldog, a petty, ruthless, merciless and sadistic dog who beats up Claude for being tricked into coming in his doghouse, thus making a very small mistake, would you mind (it is worth noting, however, that Butcher does get his comeuppance in "To Itch His Own", which stars a tough, yet slightly sympathetic flea named Mighty Angelo).
Voiced by: Billy Bletcher (Papa Bear); Bea Benaderet (Mama Bear); Stan Freberg (Junior)
- Beary Funny: A Comic Trio of bears.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Junyer is the Big, Mama is the Thin, and Papa is the Short.
- Butt-Monkey: Papa Bear suffers a lot, often due to Junyer's stupidity.
- Catchphrase:Papa Bear (crying in frustration): Why did I ever do to deserve such a family ?!
- Christmas Cake: Mama Bear, as Bugs discovered to his horror in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears".
- Comic Trio: Papa is the bossy one, Junyer is the idiot, and Mama is the sane one who's ignored.
- Dysfunctional Family: On the documentary, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, Matt Groening stated that, while his show The Simpsons is credited for showing the all-American dysfunctional family, The Three Bears (and All in the Family) did a better job of showing it.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Papa would usually punch or kick Junyer if he says or does something stupid.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Papa Bear.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Junyer is repeatedly punched, insulted, or bludgeoned by Papa Bear for his stupidity while his mother does nothing to stop the abuse.
- Jerkass: Papa Bear is tempermental and an abusive father.
- Kiddie Kid: Junyer is seven years old and is still in diapers.
- Manchild: Papa Bear constantly complains, whines and throws tantrums, despite being the head of the family.
- The Napoleon: Papa Bear is very short and has a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- New Technology is Evil: The short, "Bear Necessities" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Fairy Tales For the 90's" depicts The Three Bears in a then-modern-day retelling of the Goldilocks story. While Papa likes the idea of modern houses and technology, Junyer certainly thinks modern technology is evil and misses his old life living as a wild bear in the forest. It isn't hard to see why, since Junyer tries to make friends with a computer, who in return, demands lunch money and fires floppy disks at him.
- Only Sane Woman: Mama Bear is the deadpan middle-bear, while the other two are constantly at each other.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story:
- "The Bee-Devilled Bruin" Has Papa and Junyer try to get honey from a beehive when they run out of honey. After many unsuccessful attempts to get the honey and some Amusing Injuries to Papa, Papa decides to have bacon and eggs with ketchup for breakfast. Mama gets him the ketchup from the cupboard, revealing it to have many honey jars inside it. When Papa becomes furious upon seeing this, Mama tells him that she tried to tell him they had plenty of honey all along.
- In "Bear Feat", the Three Bears train for a Trick Bear act for the Mingling Bros. Circus when Papa finds a want ad in the newspaper. After much Hilarity Ensues (as do many Amusing Injuries to Papa), Papa decides the family is ready to perform, only to find out that the newspaper with the want ad is 21 years out of datenote . Mama tells Papa that she tried to tell him the newspaper was out of date, but he kept interrupting her.
- Simpleton Voice: Junyer has the oafish type that marks him as older than his dress code suggests.
Debut: "Baby Bottleneck'' (1946), Clampett.
Debut: "Racketeer Rabbit" (1946) (Rocky), "Bugs and Thugs" (1953) (Mugsy), Freleng.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Bad Boss: Rocky isn't very nice to Mugsy and he often uppercuts him for saying or doing something dumb. However, this is justified in the short "Bugsy and Mugsy", where Rocky is fooled by Bugs Bunny into thinking Mugsy is trying to kill him.
- Bank Robbery: As seen in "Bugs and Thugs" it is their standard source of income.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: They provide the page image. Rocky is the little guy and the leader and Mugsy is the big Dumb Muscle, who co-exist in an entirely symbiotic relationship.
- Dumb Muscle: Mugsy is much bigger than Rocky, but also much dumber.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: Rocky was noticeably taller in his first appearance.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Rocky has an absurdly tall hat which obscures his eyes.
- Laughably Evil: Both of them, though Rocky was initially created as a Worthy Opponent to Bugs just like Yosemite Sam (another Bugs villain created by Freleng).
- Nice Hat: Rocky has a big hat that covers his eyes and accounts for nearly half his height.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Rocky, the short one, is smarter than Dumb Muscle Mugsy.
- Small Guy, Big Gun: One episode has the diminutive Rocky firing a full-sized Tommy Gun, which is practically longer than he is tall. The recoil is such that he is forced to brace himself with a 2 x 4, lest it cause him to slide backwards across the floor.
- Stupid Crooks: Mugsy lives up to it to the extreme, but naturally Rocky isn't too far behind either.
- Those Two Bad Guys: A duo of gangsters.
Debut: "Walky Talky Hawky" (1946), McKimson
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Butt-Monkey: The guy usually gets his butt handed to him, often literally, courtesy of Foghorn and a wooden fencepost.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, especially when talking directly to the audience.
- Foil: He tends to serve as one for Foghorn, Daffy, or Porky.
- Literal Ass-Kicking: Foghorn usually provokes him by slapping his behind with a wooden fencepost.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He acts as one to Foghorn Leghorn.
Debut: "Little Orphan Airdale" (1947), Jones note
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- The Cameo: Made an appearance in "Dog Tales". However, this appearance was mostly recycled from "Often an Orphan".
- Determinator: He won't take "no" for an answer, EVER.
- Genre Savvy: At the beginning of Often an Orphan, his previous owner tricks him by luring him away during a game of fetch and then drives off, abandoning him on the side of a road. At the very end when Porky apparently caves in and adopts Charlie, Porky attempts the same trick, but Charlie easily sees through it and abandons Porky on the side of a road instead.
- Loveable Rogue: Though like Daffy, he can act less than loveable in his schemes at times.
- Rule of Three: Each of his shorts with Porky has a scene where the Pig attempts to mail him off to a different part of the world, but it never works.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claims to have all sorts of skills and abilities as the perfect dog. In reality, he's a worthless mutt.
- Species Surname: He probably would find it more profitable if he had a specific breed's name though.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Just try to eject him from your house/business/life once he's decided he belongs.
- Too Many Halves: He describes himself this way in a Running Gag."I'm 50% Pointer (There it is! There it is! There it is!), 50% Boxer, 50% Setter (Irish Setter), 50% Watch Dog, 50% Spitz, 50% Doberman Pincher. But, mostly, I'm all Labrador Retriever!"
Debut: "The Goofy Gophers" (1947), Clampett.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc; Stan Freberg (some appearances)
- Ambiguously Gay: Their interactions with each other certainly give this vibe, partly due to Values Dissonance. Gets played up for laughs in The Looney Tunes Show and Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run. Back in the day, they were a reference to an old comedy routine poking fun at the then-current stereotype of European gentlemen being intensely polite towards each other.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As seen in "Gopher Broke (1948)", where they casually conduct a gaslighting campaign that leaves D'Brer Dog well beyond a mental breakdown, all so they can easily steal back the vegetables he was guarding.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The whole point of "Gopher Broke (1948)"; how dare you be a farmer's dog sleeping in the barn where the vegetables we want to steal are being kept! We'll drive you insane so we can steal them anyway!
- Moral Myopia: In "Gopher Broke (1948)", they treat themselves as the wronged party even as they gaslight D'Brer Dog, despite the fact that the vegetables that were "stolen" from them actually belong to the farmer, meaning Mac and Tosh were stealing them in the first place before they got harvested!
- Overly Polite Pals: Constantly acting with stereotypical British politeness, especially towards each other.
- Alliterative Name: Hippety Hopper.
- Badass Adorable: He has no problem beating up Sylvester at all while genuinely playing around.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Just see above. And not even deliberately as he doesn't seem to understand the extent of his opponents hostility.
- Cute Mute: A playful, innocent, mute baby kangaroo.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't talk (except for an only speaking line).
Debut: "Rabbit Punch" (1948), Jones
Debut: "Haredevil Hare" (1948), Jones.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Alien Animals: Is simply like a standard dog, but green and dressed like a Roman like his owner.
- Canine Companion: For Marvin.
- Dogs Are Dumb: He may be a Martian dog but he is still just as much of a typical rabbit-hunting dog as the earthling hounds.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Zigzagged. Early episodes portrayed him as idiotic compared to his master, while others play him as more aware than him.
- Punny Name: Of "canine".
- Strange Salute: His is a variation of a standard military salute...only using his ears instead of his paws.
- Suddenly Speaking: Inverted. He was able to talk in his debut, but later went silent, only speaking in barks.
- Talking with Signs: Some episodes that have him voiceless instead has him talk with either signs or notes.
- Uncatty Resemblance: While he doesn't have black skin/fur like his master, he does wear an outfit similar to Marvin's, including a helmet, skirt, and even tennis shoes.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Mouthy Kid: A condescending little know-it-all, when it comes to his Bumbling Dad.
- Spoiled Brat: As Sylvester calls him ("Goldimouse and the Three Cats"). Though, he is not really spoiled in most, if not almost all of his other shorts with his father.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Physically, he's a miniature version of Sylvester.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He's often embarrassed by his father's behavior.
The (collective?) name for the poor kitty who finds herself the object of Pepe's affections.
Debut: "For Scent Imental Reasons" (1949), Jones.
- Alliterative Name: Penelope Pussycat.
- All There in the Manual: Penelope's name (while refered to in "The Cat's Bah") was inconsistent until promotional art for "Carrotblanca" confirmed it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually timid in personality though can turn violent if harrassed for long.
- Catchphrase: "Le mew~"
- Crack Pairing: A pretty much In-Universe example in "Carrotblanca", where because Lola hadn't been created yet Penelope gets paired with Bugs Bunny.
- Cute Mute: She looks cute and never talks in the classic cartoons.
- Funny Animal: What she is 95% of the time. Interestingly, the rare time Penelope isnt this she is surprisingly voluptuous.
- Out of Focus: In many of the follow-up cartoons and series she's either absent or relegated to cameo appearances.
- Satellite Character: Her only role is to be Pepe's perpetual stalking victim, while Pepe himself has had many appearances outside of his cartoon, Penelope never appeared on her own without Pepe around. It took a long time for the writers to establish her as an individual, such is the case with her name, see above. Due to being The Voiceless, her personality is also rather vaguely defined, all that has been shown is that she's somewhat nervous, soft-spoken and nice, most of which only comes from her appearance in Carrotblanca.
- Shrinking Violet: Usually rather meek in personality, though when smitten she can be as equally lovesick as Pepe.
- Species Surname: A cat named Penelope Pussycat.
- Suddenly Voiced: While she would get the occasional "mew' or "purr" in the classic toons, Carrotblanca is the first time she actually speaks. She's voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- The Voiceless: A rare example of a mute animal character until she was Suddenly Voiced.
- Swapped Roles: Occasionally Penelope would be smitten with Pepe, and she would start chasing him. Pepe becomes just as terrified when he's the one being pursued.
- Alliterative Name: Playboy Penguin.
- Berserker Tears: Playboy Penguin with his ice cube tears.
- Cute Mute: A lovable mute baby penguin.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Or they may not be for anyone that he unintentionally gets into trouble by trying to protect him.
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just looking into his big, drooping, sad eyes is enough to make an even slightly empathetic character become invested in his well-being.
Debut: "Drip-Along Daffy" (1951) Jones
Voiced by: Mel Blanc (Drip Along Daffy and My Little Duckaroo); Daws Butler (Barbary Coast Bunny)
- The Bad Guy Wins: In his second ever appearance.
- The Dreaded: Especially when placed against Daffy, who never scored a victory of his own against him.
Voiced by: Stan Freberg
- Alliterative Name: Pete Puma
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In an inversion to the idiocy displayed by most Bugs Bunny antagonists, he is shown by him being the one to use a Paper-Thin Disguise and expect others to fall for it without a single consideration about how convincing it is.
- Species Surname: A puma named Puma.
- Buffoonish Tomcat: Of the Butt-Monkey category. For all of his intelligence, he is easily prone to tons of slapstick.
- Butt-Monkey: Everything always goes wrong for him, whether he deserved it or not.
- Cats Are Mean: An feline who is very arrogant and rude to Benny because of his stupidity and is the antagonist towards Speedy Gonzales.
- Expy: He is based on George himself from Of Mice & Men
- Smug Snake: He's devious and has a bit of an ego and has some hostility towards Benny, yet George fails in spectacular ways.
Voiced by: Stan Freberg
- Beware the Silly Ones: An slow-witted lummox who can be Lethally Stupid and is also shown to use some strength out of his dim-witted persona like when he told Sylvester that he'll do mean things when he has to like stroking his fur the wrong way when Sylvester was telling that there were was a 'giant mouse' and Benny thought Sylvester was just goofing off in the "Hoppy-Go-Lucky" episode.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to George and Sylvester's Little Guys.
- Buffoonish Tomcat: His dim-witted, goofy nature allows him to be easily prone to buffoonery in a typically comedic fashion or resulting in this from occasional clumsiness.
- And Call Him "George"!: Literally the Trope Namer before Hugo The Abominable Snowman was created. Benny's affection is seen and is always presented as unintentional danger.
- Cute Little Fangs: An rather cartoonish example with being gap-toothed as seen above to present his goofy appearance.
- Dumb Muscle: Benny being The Big Guy along with his evident idiocy towards George and Sylvester shows this in him.
- Expy: He is based on Lennie from Of Mice & Men.
- Fat Idiot: An pretty tall and rotund cat, who's also not very bright.
- The Glomp: He gives this to Sylvester when telling Sylvester how excited he was to get a mouse (See And Call Him "George"! Above).
- Kindhearted Simpleton: BIG TIME. He's incredibly dopey and lacking intelligence, but he is very sweet-hearted, innocent, and quite warmhearted towards both George and Sylvester (especially towards other animals), regardless of how comically if reasonably abrasive George and Sylvester can be because of Benny's usually unintelligent remarks he can make from time to time.
- Simpleton Voice: An bit like Disney's Goofy, he has a deep and an exaggeratedly stupid dialect to his voice in order to match his comically dim-witted nature.
- Verbal Tic: Calling anyone "George" (e.g Sylvester in "Hoppy-Go-Lucky") because of the running gag.
Debut: "Don't Give Up the Sheep" (1953), Jones.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Blinding Bangs: Sam's got them. In one cartoon Ralph assumes that they impair his vision and tries to take advantage of this. It doesn't work. "Woolen Under Where" plays with this — on their way to work, Sam keeps bumping into trees, so Ralph punches him in for him. When Sam got to the cliffside he usually sits at, he nearly falls off.
- Butt-Monkey: Ralph. Sam possess sufficient strength to incapacitate him with a single punch.
- Catchphrase: "Mornin' Sam." "Mornin' Ralph."
- Dogs Are Dumb: Averted with Sam who may look apathetic but is actually always several leagues ahead of the wolf.
- Expy: Originally, Ralph had significant differences from Wile E. (earlier shorts show different feet, more tail, etc.) but since they had similar faces, later animators became lazy and started drawing them the same way.
- Friendly Enemy: They'd talk amicably, punch the clock, and share lunch together. However, when they were on the clock, it was Ralph's job to try and steal sheep and Sam's job to stop him at all costs. While it got comically brutal (this was Looney Tunes, after all), the characters recognize that it was just business.
- Identical Stranger: Ralph looks identical to Wile E. Coyote. The only difference is the red nose in place of the Coyote's black one.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Taken to ridiculous levels at the climax of "Ready, Woolen and Able", which culminates in Ralph at a beach full of Sam clones. Ralph promptly goes insane.
- Punch-Clock Hero: This, and Punch-Clock Villain. From 9 to 5, Ralph tries ever-more-outlandish schemes to catch a sheep, and Sam thwarts Ralph with minimal effort and maximum punishment. But as soon as that 5 o'clock whistle blows, the two punch out and walk home together, ready to do it all over again tomorrow.
Debut: "Feed the Kitty" (1955), Jones.
- Angry Guard Dog: Marc Antony tries to represent this in their first meeting. It fails miserably.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Poor Marc Antony.
- Big Friendly Dog: It's no good denying it, Marc Antony.
- Cats Are Mean:
- Averted. Pussyfoot does get Marc Antony in trouble but s/he doesn't seem to do it on purpose.
- In several of their shorts, Claude Cat serves as an antagonist, usually trying to harass or abuse Pussyfoot and pin the blame on Marc Anthony.
- Cute Kitten: Pussyfoot.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Assuming Pussyfoot is female since there's a lot of Viewer Gender Confusion (sometimes it's referred to as "he", in other episodes it's "she") similar to the Tweety example. Many people like to think she's a female cat.
- Gentle Giant: Marc Antony.
- Papa Wolf: Marc Antony.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A large dog and a little kitten.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pussyfoot is downright adorable.
A frog from The Gay '90s is discovered by a man in modern times. Unfortunately, the frog acts as his Not-So-Imaginary Friend. Listed here as an honorable mention, as he only ever appeared in one cartoon, which he didn't share with any other iconic characters, and was never really iconic himself until he became the mascot for The WB network in The '90s.
Debut: "One Froggy Evening" (1955), Jones.
Tropes related to Michigan J. Frog:
- Breakout Character: Only appeared in one short during the franchise's original series of animated shorts, and yet it became one of the most popular and well-received of them all. Steven Spielberg himself refers to it as "the Citizen Kane of animated film."
- The Casanova: One of his early promos for The WB had him proclaim that he's "wanted by every lass" while declaring love as a hassle.
- Immortality: Strongly implied that this frog can never age or die. (See Really 700 Years Old below.)
- Jerkass: He's been one for his entire existence, screwing around with people by singing and dancing, and then making them look crazy by acting like a normal frog when they try to get other people to see it. Later on, his jerkass tendencies got even stronger in Tiny Toon Adventures, where he taunts (in song) a turtle trying to get away from Elmyra, and as mascot for The WB, where, in early promos, he'd straight up insult the viewers while praising the network's programming as an escape from their crappy lives, and was occasionally depicted as a stuck-up Mean Boss to the stars of the WB. And he's hilarious.
- Nice Hat: His top hat, which is all he wears.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: More a trait than the character itself; everyone sees the frog, only one person sees its singing talent.
- Really 700 Years Old: Has survived in a box for several years since the age of cavemen. And will survive in time for a far future.
Debut: "Bonanza Bunny" (1959), McKimson.
Voiced by: Mel Blanc
- Badass Mustache: Big black one.
- Expy: Basically Yosemite Sam with a different accent. The Looney Tunes Show puts them forth as cousins.
- French Jerk: Probably French-Canadian, but you get the idea and certainly a criminal jerk.
- Alliterative Name: Cool Cat.
- Ascended Extra: He, Colonel Rimfire, and Spooky are the only characters from the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts era who've continued to be used in any great frequency after that era ended. On top of that, he was popular enough when he first appeared that the studio finally agreed to let the cartoon studio produce shorts outside of the Daffy—Speedy series.
- Beatnik: Wears a beret (except in his last two cartoons) and speaks '60s-style beatnik slang.
- The Bus Came Back: Returned almost 30 years later in cameos in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Tweety's High Flying Adventure and then 20 years after that in Looney Tunes Cartoons.
- Cool Cat: Pretty obvious, considering the character he is clearly an Expy of. And no, he's not the Trope Namer.
- Depending on the Writer: Some of his cartoons (including his debut) characterise him as a Bugs Bunny-type Karmic Trickster who remains in control of the situation throughout, while others depict him as a Butt-Monkey who spends most of the cartoon getting abused by Colonel Rimfire and/or some other guest character(s).
- Expy: Of The Pink Panther, blatantly.
- Nice Hat: His beret.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He retains his Hanna-Barbera-like design which looks nothing like the style of the other Tunes when he returns in Sylvester & Tweety and Looney Tunes Cartoons, making him stand out a lot more.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In his debut cartoon at least, where he seems to spend most of the cartoon unaware that he's being stalked by Colonel Rimfire and that Ella is actually a mechanical elephant, but at the end is indicated to have known these things all along.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (first appearance); Larry Storch (all other appearances)
- Alliterative Name: Merlin the Magic Mouse.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, sometimes. Mostly with Second Banana, when Merlin is not a Mean Boss.
- Mean Boss: He insults Second Banana a lot. Poor kid. Though he is occasionally shown to have a soft side towards him. This trope is played to a "T" in "Shamrock and Roll", however.
- Morality Pet: Second Banana. See Pet the Dog below.
- Nice Hat: His top hat.
- Nice Mice: Averted, although Merlin is nice to some people he meets in his shorts at times as well as Second Banana.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and appearance are patterned after W.C. Fields.
- Pet the Dog: Has some towards Second Banana, although Merlin can be quite strict towards the guy.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Shamrock and Roll", he is more meaner to Second Banana than usual, to the point he actually hits him in the beginning of the short! note Though later on, we have O'Reilly the Leprechaun, who is an even bigger asshole than Merlin (and he even gets off scot-free at the end of the short).
Debut: Bunny And Claude We Rob Carrot Patches (1968), McKimson
Voiced By: Pat Woodell (Bunny), Mel Blanc (Claude)
Two characters introduced near the end of the original Looney Tunes era, Bunny and Claude are a rabbit Outlaw Couple who are Expies of Bonnie and Clyde, whose 1967 film was a then-recent smash. In their two shorts, these cotton-tailed criminals steal carrots while outwitting an incompetent Sheriff.
Tropes Related to Bunny and Claude:
- Abnormal Ammo: Their guns fire carrots, not bullets.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Bunny.
- Cigar Chomper: Bunny often has a cigar in her mouth.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: A mild example.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Claude.
- The Great Depression: When their adventures are set.
- Harmless Villain: Played With; they never physically hurt anyone (except for Amusing Injuries), but they always escape the Sheriff.
- Just Like Robin Hood: One reason they steal carrots is to share them with their families.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to either the real Bonnie and Clyde or their depiction in the film.
- Nice Hat: They both wear one.
- Outlaw Couple: A kid-friendly example.
- Poke the Poodle: They steal carrots and annoy the Sheriff. That's the extent of their "evil".
- Rascally Rabbit: They're much closer to this than Hair-Raising Hare.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Claude, whose white suit stays immaculate throughout both cartoons.
- The Smurfette Principle: Along with Penelope, Bunny was the one of the few female Looney Tunes protagonists until Lola Bunny was created.
- Train Job: They pull one in their second and final short, "The Great Carrot Train Robbery".
- Villain Protagonist: Although they barely qualify as villains.