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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Pepé Le Pew in most (if not all) of the cartoons he was in (though there were times when the roles were reversed and Pepe became the hunted; and the only cartoon where he wasn't an Abhorrent Admirer was Arthur Davis's "Odor of the Day"); Daffy Duck in Frank Tashlin's "The Stupid Cupid"; the Mama Bear in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears"; and the portly Slavic-accented female bunny Millicent from "Rabbit Romeo." Pepe and Penelope Pussycat are special cases; Penelope freaks out at his interest mainly because he's a skunk, with all the attendant odor problems. When the tables are turned (often from Pepe either having his stench covered or removed), her attitude flips around as well and she becomes even more aggressive than Pepe was, intimidating him.
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  • Absurdly Long Limousine: Done in a lot of shorts. Often the gag would be further reinforced with a secretary or switchboard operator at the halfway point of the limousine.
  • Accidental Misnaming: From "Hoppy Go Lucky":
    Bennie: Are ya gonna show me how to catch mouses in the warehouse, George? Are ya?
    Sylvester: Okay, so we're gonna catch mouses in the warehouse. And stop callin' me George! My name is Sylvester.
    Bennie: But I can't say Sylvester, George.
    Sylvester: Okay, so I'm George.
  • Accordion Man: Some characters are subject to this.
  • Accidental Athlete: Happens to Cool Cat in Bugged by a Bee. Subverted in that the bee gets all the credit in the end and not Cool Cat.
  • Activation Sequence: In "Compressed Hare", Wile E. Coyote activates a 10-billion-volt electromagnet (to catch Bugs Bunny after he eats a fake metal carrot). It takes several seconds to power up the magnet, including activating what appears to be a power generator.
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  • Actor Allusion: Bugs Bunny mentioning Cucamonga is a reference to when Mel Blanc was the announcer on Jack Benny's radio show and would shout, "Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga!". It's funny because that's physically impossible for a single train to do.
  • Adaptation Species Change: There's a short where Goldilocks is a mouse and the Three Bears are replaced with the Three Cats (Sylvester and his family).
  • Adipose Rex: A lot of the medieval-based Looney Tunes portray their kings as fat (and often Fat Bastards).
  • Affably Evil:
    • Marvin the Martian most notably, who was intentionally created to be incredibly dangerous but very softspoken and polite.
    • Elmer Fudd, on occasion.
    "Gowwy, Mr. Wabbit. I hope I didn't hurt you too much when I killed you."
    "One mustn't be rude, even to one's breakfast."
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  • Agony of the Feet: In "Cheese Chasers," Hubie and Bert, hell-bent on ending their own lives after eating too much cheese, hit Claude's foot with a hammer, trying to provoke him into eating them.
  • Alcohol Hic: The tunes use Mel Blanc's very recognizable, comic hiccup when a character is drunk - most notably in "High Note", where the drunk note hiccups throughout most of the short as he stumbles around.
  • Alien Invasion: Bugs accidentally causes an alien apocalypse on Earth at the end of "Hare-way to the Stars".
    Bugs: Run for the hills, folks, or you'll be up to your armpits in Martians!
  • Alliterative Name: Most, if not all of the Looney Tunes characters (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, Porky Pig, Cool Cat, etc).
  • All Just a Dream: The ending of "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!", parodied in "The Mouse That Jack Built", plus "Water, Water, Every Hare", "Scrap Happy Daffy" and "The Wearing of the Grin".
    • "Scrap Happy Daffy" was more of an "Or Was It a Dream?", considering Daffy wakes to find the goat and a group of nazis stranded at the top of his scrap heap.
      "The next time you dream, INCLUDE US OUT!"
    • "A Cartoonist's Nightmare", as suggested by the title.
    • "A Waggily Tale" plays with this; Junior wakes up from his nightmare of being a dog and is relieved. He goes to hug his dog, who tells the camera, "That's okay with me, 'cause I'm not a dog, neither. I'm really another little boy having a dream."
  • All Psychology Is Freudian
  • Amoral Attorney: Lawyer Goodwill from "The Case of the Stuttering Pig" who plans to kill Porky Pig and all his relatives in order to inhert their property.
  • Amusing Injuries: A huge part of the series' comedy falls into this category.
  • Anachronistic Soundtrack: Since the series was a Long Runner, certain songs being used years (in some cases, decades) after they were made was inevitable. Justified in that many came to be closely associated with the Looney Tunes series, especially if they were used for leitmotifs. As writer Jaime Weinman explained:
    Jaime: But eventually, while the cartoon scores remained great, they sounded less contemporary. There were various reasons for this: Stalling was getting older; WB was making fewer musicals and selling off its music-publishing holdings; there was a longer time lag between the production and release of the cartoons; musical styles were changing in directions that weren't compatible with the Stalling cartoon-music style. (When Friz Freleng wanted a distinctively late '50s musical sound for "Three Little Bops," he turned to an outside musician, Shorty Rogers, to do a score in a decidedly non-Stalling style.) So the WB cartoon music after 1951 or so doesn't use a lot of contemporary music, and doesn't have a sound that anchors it in its time the way the sound of the "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves" score screams early '40s, or the way Bugs' rendition of "It's Magic" (in 1951's "Rabbit Every Monday") tells us we're in the era of Doris Day. By 1962, which was the last year of cartoons scored by Stalling's lieutenant Milt Franklyn, the Stalling song library was starting to sound a bit anachronistic: it's the '60s and the cartoon scores are still quoting Raymond Scott and Billy Rose.
  • Angrish: Yosemite Sam is the rackin-frackin' KING of this trope.
    • Bugs Bunny goes into an Angrish tirade in Rabbit Rampage before the unseen animator (Elmer) erases his head.
    • Daffy spouts some angrish in "Fast Buck Duck" after one of his failed attempts to enter the mansion's yard.
      • He also loses it in Duck Amuck
    • This seemed to be The Tazmanian Devil's default mode.
  • Angry Collar Grab:
    • In "Fresh Hare", Humphrey Bogart asks waiter Elmer Fudd for an order of fried rabbit. Elmer tells him that they're fresh out of rabbit, but Bogart grabs him by the collar and gives him one hour to get him that rabbit, or else.
    • Played with in "Tortoise Beats Hare", where Bugs Bunny grabs Cecil Turtle by the shell, which comes right out.
  • Animal Athlete Loophole: Bobo the Elephant in "Gone Batty", Bugs Bunny in "Baseball Bugs". The latter in particular had Bugs invoke Loophole Abuse everywhere.
    • Boulevardier From The Bronx (Freleng, 1937) is a baseball film, but the only athletes present are two roosters (Claude and Dizzy Dan) and a turtle as catcher who uses his shell as a chest protector.
      • The backs of Dan's outfield can be seen prior to the start of the game, a pig is Dan's first strikeout victim, and a dachshund scores an inside-the-park home run.
  • Animal Nemesis: The "Rabbit Season/Duck Season" cartoons (and some of the Bugs/Elmer cartoons that are a remake of "A Wild Hare") invariably contain variants on this.
  • Animal Sweet on Object:
    • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Greyhounded Hare", Bugs attends a dog race and falls in love with the mechanical rabbit, which is designed as a female. Seeing the dogs chase after "her", Bugs turns chivalrous and attacks them.
    • The Wartime Cartoon "Ding Dong Daddy" is about a dog falling in love with a statue of a greyhound named Daisy. Every time he tries to kiss her, the statue gets struck by lightning, which makes him think she's a great kisser. When the statue gets smelted to make ammunitions, the dog wanders the factory until he finds the shell that Daisy got turned into. He gives the shell a kiss and it explodes. "She hasn't changed a bit!"
  • Animated Actors: "You Ought To Be In Pictures," "Duck Amuck," "Rabbit Rampage," "This is a Life?", "A Star is Bored," and "Blooper Bunny"
  • Animated Anthology: Several of these have popped up over the years, including The Bugs Bunny Show (network television), Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends (syndication), the aptly-titled Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon, and The Looney Tunes Shownote  (Cartoon Network).
  • Animation Bump: Just about all of Chuck Jones early shorts, which often have very tight, solid animation (especially shorts like Old Glory) especially in contrast to the other directors. Bob Clampett shorts (once he was handed Tex Avery's unit in the 40's) also had some of the most lavish animation in the studios history, and Tex Avery's shorts were already undergoing this in the early 40's.
    • Going in the opposite direction, the animation generally became less nuanced after the brief shutdown of the studio in 1953, due to tighter budgets. Bob McKimson's unit suffered the most; during the shutdown, nearly his entire animation staff, most of them inherited from the Clampett unit, jumped ship, leaving him with less experienced animators who would just inbetween McKimson's layout poses and leave it at that, rather than go the extra mile and push the actions further, as Clampett animators like Rod Scribner or Bill Melendez would.
  • Anti-Climax: "The Wild Chase" is about Speedy Gonzales and Road Runner racing each other. The cartoon ends with Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote crossing the finish line instead.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: In the short "Frigid Hare", Bugs Bunny stifles an Eskimo's sneeze this way to keep the ice ledge they're on from breaking. And then Bugs sneezes.
  • Anti-Villain: Elmer Fudd, Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote.
  • Ant War: "The Fighting 69 1/2th" featured red and black ants fighting over a picnic lunch.
    • Some ants declare war on Elmer Fudd in "Ant Pasted."
  • Anvil on Head: An iconic feature of Looney Tunes.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bugs and Elmer, Sylvester and Tweety, Coyote and Road Runner.
  • Art Evolution: The earliest shorts had a very strong Disney influence in their animation (no surprise, considering the studio was founded by Harman and Rudolph Ising, as well as Friz Freleng, all of who were former employees of Disney) but in the mid to late 30's Tex Avery and Bob Clampett slowly but surely began trying to veer off into a less Disney like cartoon style. Chuck Jones initially did VERY Disney like shorts with his Sniffles cartoons, until he decided to drop the saccharine stuff and do funny cartoons-and while Bob and Tex had already abandoned most of the Disney-esque art by the 40's, Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson personal art styles wiped out any remaining trace of the original Disney influence that was clinging to the studio at that point.
    • Character-specific example: Speedy Gonzales, in his 1953 debut, looked much different than the version by Friz Freleng's unit in 1955. The latter design (which downplayed the visual stereotypes like buck teeth and greasy black hair) stuck, and is the one most people remember today.
    • Robert McKimson's unit went through a significant art evolution; when he started directing in 1946, his characters had a lot of girth. Around 1950 or 1951, his unit began to slim the characters down; Bugs, for example, actually began to look like the model sheet McKimson himself had created.
  • Artifact Title: The Merrie Melodies series used to be reserved for the cartoons that were just animated musicals with thin, simplistic plots (in an attempt at copying the "Silly Symphonies" series from Disney). By the late '30s, Merrie Melodies began to feature cartoons that weren't centered around advertising a song from the WB music library. The name difference became even more meaningless in 1944, when Looney Tunes (originally a black and white series) fully switched to color, and recurring characters also began to be used in Merrie Melodies as well. By then, the only difference in the two series was the title and theme music. In fact, Friz Freleng outright commented on the fact that he never initially knew whether the short they'd be creating was a Merrie Melody or a Looney Tune, and it didn't matter anyway.
    • When The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show began, it largely stuck to the show's title by having at least one Bugs and/or Tweety short in each episode. Over time, this rule waned.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Roadrunner, Daffy, Tweety, Hatta Mari, the large-chested female pigeon spy from 1944's Plane Daffy, and the Dodo in "Porky in Wackyland" look nothing like the real animals do.
    • Lampshaded in Chuck Jones biography "Chuck Amuck", where when he discusses how people have told him that his characters are "realistic", he compares the characters to their real life counterparts, ending with Tweety compared to a real canary, with Jones sheepishly admitting that the only similarity he was able to find being that they're both birds.
  • Artistic License – History: Bugs's account of the American revolution to his nephew Clyde, in "Yankee Doodle Bugs".
    • Actually, a lot of historical-themed Looney Tunes shorts have this, but get away with it because of the Rule of Funny.
    • Many shorts relied on Hollywood History, or the overly-patriotic American history taught widely in schools at the time (i.e. giving Christopher Columbus a Historical Hero Upgrade, Native Americans a Historical Villain Upgrade, etc.)
    • In "Southern Fried Rabbit", Yosemite Sam claims to be holding the Mason Dixon Line, not letting any 'Yankees' across it. When Bugs tells him that the Civil War is long since over, Sam says he's no clock watcher. Later on, he catches some Yankees, but they're actually the New York Yankees — though they were in Chattanooga—so perhaps they were a Yankees minor league affiliate.
    • The short "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur", with a caveman set along a dinosaur.
  • Art Shift: "Bartholomew versus the Wheel" isn't drawn in the typical style (looking more like something from Harold and the Purple Crayon).
    • Neither is "Senorella and the Glass Huarache," which seems to resemble a mid-60s or '70s De Patie-Freleng cartoons. (Not much of a surprise, as many De Patie-Freleng staff members worked on this short.)
    • Look at any number of Freleng's cartoons of the 40s and 50s and you'll see contrasting animators styles within each film. In The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (1942) you'll see Jack Bradbury, Cal Dalton and Gerry Chiniquy's styles (Bugs' face in each cartoon is wildly inconsistent); in "Show Biz Bugs" (1956) has Chiniquy, Virgil Ross and Art Davis' styles (less jarring).
      • Bob Clampett's cartoons even more so, to the extent that Clampett would intentionally play up the contrast of Rod Scribner's loose, wild animation and Robert McKimson's more subtle, Disney-like animation.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Bugs Bunny was given the honorary rank of Master Sergeant in the US Marine Corps after the cartoon "Super Rabbit"
  • Ascended Meme: The official WB Kids YouTube channel uploaded "Elmer Fudd's Restful Retreat" in full, and used "Big Chungus" as the thumbnail. Whoever was in charge of the channel also put a "You're welcome" in the video description.
  • Ash Face: A regular gag whenever firearms or explosions are involved. Sometimes the basis for a Blackface gag.
  • Aside Glance
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Hitler's speech in Russian Rhapsody which includes bizarre references to Friz Freleng, Heinrich (German version of Henry) Binder (Henry Binder was one of the associate producers of WB cartoons when Leon Schlesinger was there), "What's Cooking, Doc?", someone named "Tim O'Shenko"note , ordering saurkraut from a delicatessen, and the chattanooga choo-choo (a shout out to the classic big band tune from the 40's).
  • Asshole Victim: The dog in "Chow Hound". After ruthlessly exploiting and violently bullying a cat and mouse into stealing food solely for him and helping him run a money laundering scheme, he ends up blowing his dough at a deli and overeats so much meat there that he's reduced to an immobile blob of fat. The Cat and Mouse then give the dog his just desserts by force feeding the already overstuffed hound a huge jug of gravy, which is implied to make him explode offscreen.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Very common, with rabbits as ducks (and vice-versa), cats as skunks, pigs as eagles, dogs as chickens, coyotes as roadrunners...
  • Assumed Win:
    • The whole premise of the 1943 short "What's Cookin', Doc?". Bugs assumes he's going to win an Oscar, but it ends up going to James Cagney instead. Bugs tries to convince the Academy to give him the Oscar instead.
    • Also seen in the 1955 short "This is a Life?". Daffy assumes the program will be a retrospective about himself, when instead it's about Bugs.
  • Ate the Spoon: Bugs does this in "Hare Brush."
  • Author Existence Failure: It's interesting to imagine what Milt Franklyn might've come up with for the remaining 3-4 minutes of "The Jet Cage" had he not died while scoring it.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: Bugs causes guns to do this in a variety of implausible ways, once by simply moving the iron sight to the other end of the barrel....
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The bar from "Lady Play Your Mandolin". This short was made and is obviously set during Prohibition, and the patrons of the bar proudly proclaim themselves as sinners.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Dan Backslide in "The Dover Boys"
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • "What's Opera Doc?", though granted Elmer is too remorseful to savour it, and Bugs isn't really dead.
    • "Fresh Airdale", big time.
    • "Little Red Riding Rabbit" sort of has one too, in which by the end of the short, even Bugs is getting tired of Red Riding Hood's constant interruptions. He then switches the Big Bad Wolf, who was about to fall onto red hot coals because of all the furniture Bugs threw on him, with Red. Bugs and the Wolf, arms around each other and sharing a carrot, watch proudly as Red soon gets what she deserves.
    • "Tortoise Beats Hare", "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", and "Rabbit Transit". Though Bugs could also be considered the bad guy, considering how much of a jerk he was to Cecil Turtle in the first place.
    • Although never shown actually eating his prey, nearly every Henery Hawk short ends with him carrying off Foghorn Leghorn so he can eat him.
    • "Mice Follies", which ends with the cat successfully scaring Morton, Ralph, Alice and Trixie out of their own home.
    • "Daffy's Diner" is an odd example of this, as Daffy is technically in an antagonistic role but loses to an even more antagonistic character (El Supremo the cat).
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Hare Remover, Elmer Fudd is trying to create a Jekyll & Hyde formula and tests it on Bugs Bunny. After going through a few seconds where it seems the formula worked, Bugs uncovers his face to reveal... his regular face. "No soap, Doc."
  • Balloonacy:
    • Bushy Hare
    • Hypo-Chondri-Cat
    • averted in Fastest with the Mostest
    • Ralph uses toy balloons to fly in an attempt to snatch a sheep in ''A Sheep In The Deep". Unfortunately for him, Sam has a peashooter.
  • Banana Peel: Examples include “Tweet Zoo,” “To Hare Is Human,” and “A Sheep in the Deep.”
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: One of the Indians in "Westward Whoa" is only wearing a loincloth that does a poor job of covering his nether regions, but thankfully there's nothing there to see.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Happens near the climatic end of the Bugs Bunny short "Knights Must Fall".
  • Batty Lip Burbling:
    • In "The Stupid Cupid", Daffy is hit by a giant arrow from Cupid, which hits him with such force that he ends up with his beak stuck through a board. He struggles to lift his arm just to burble his lips.
    • In "Falling Hare", Bugs Bunny burbles after being knocked out by the Gremlin.
    • Porky's hunting dog burbles after hitting his head on a tree in "A Corny Concerto".
  • Beary Funny: The Three Bears.
  • Beatnik: Sylvester Jr. briefly talks like one in "The Slap-Hoppy Mouse":
    Sylvester Jr.: Hey man, you're not broken down, you're one cool cat.
    Sylvester: (confused) Uuuuummmm... yeah.
  • Being Watched: One of many fourth-wall breakers ("Did you ever have the feeling you was being watched?").
  • Belly Dancer: In the 1935 short "Buddy of the Legion", a young boy named Buddy imagines himself leading a regiment of the French Legion. As they march through the Sahara Desert, a nearby village of Amazon women get ahold of the soldiers' presence, sending out a dancer to lure all the men into the village and make them into their personal working slaves.
  • Benevolent Genie: In "A Lad in His Lamp" and "Ali Baba Bunny". Although the first one ("Smokey") did have a thing about being summoned too many times in a row (especially when it interrupted his making out with a female genie), and the latter didn't care much for being stomped on.
  • Berserk Board Barricade: Expect to see all levels of barrier and then the villain standing right behind you
  • Berserker Tears: Playboy Penguin with his ice cube tears.
  • Beware Of Hitch Hiking Ghosts: The ghost in the Porky Pig cartoon "Jeepers Creepers" tries to hitch a ride in Porky's police car towards the end. Porky stops, backs up and holds up a sign that says "No Riders."
  • Big Ball of Violence
  • Big Eater: Occurs many times. One such example is the rival chicken in "Cock-a-Doodle Duel" downing dozens of hot dogs at once.
  • Big Little Man: One short inverts this. Beaky Buzzard finds a small reptile peeking through some rocks. Noting that the creature seems shorter than him, Beaky tries to grab it and take it home for dinner. Turns out "Shorty" is just the small head of a huge dragon.
  • Big "NO!": A few shorts have this:
    • The Chuck Jones Warner Brothers cartoon Duck Amuck:
    Daffy: All right. Let's get this picture started.
    (iris out and THE END appears)
    Daffy: Nooooo! Nooooo!
    • The Friz Freleng cartoon "Bucaneer Bunny" has Yosemite Sam (a.k.a. Pirate Sam) say a couple of Big No's when Bugs attempts to throw a matchstick inside his pirate ship which is filled with gunpowder.
      • It is reused in a similarly-themed cartoon "Captain Hareblower".
    • Also one near the end of the McKimson short "Sleepy Time Possum" in which Paw Possum, disguised as a dog, gets catapulted by his son
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Usually phrased as "AAAAAAHHHHH, SHADDUP!"
  • Bird-Poop Gag: Defied when Bugs lets Elmer shoot him in front of a tree but notices two birds and steps aside to avoid being pooped on.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "Nelly's Folly" - Nelly the giraffe has lost her fame and fortune due to infidelity, but she falls in love again.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: "My Bunny Lies Over the Sea"
  • Black Comedy: The Chuck Jones shorts are often quite cynical and jaded in their humor, and Jones was quite fond of using Chew Toy characters such as Wile E. Coyote, and portraying his interpretations of the characters as more nasty and flawed than the other directors (such as his iconic Straw Loser take on Daffy Duck, turning Bugs into a more vengeful, passive aggressive trickster with somewhat less playfulness, creating Marvin, an alien villain who wants to destroy the earth for blocking his view of Venus, etc.). Even some of his oneshots like Fresh Airedale and Chow Hound run on this. Ironically, as the Looney Tunes franchise ran its course, Jones toned down this aspect of his cartoons to be lighter and sometimes even sentimental in tone.
    • "Mice Follies" has shades of this; Alice and Trixie are beaten up by a cat who's invaded their home, but because it's in the dark, they think it's their husbands, Crumden and Morton, who are furious at them for staying out too late.
  • Blind People Wear Sunglasses: In the short Daffy Duck and Egghead, Daffy responds to Egghead's inability to shoot him by giving him sunglasses and a cupful of pencils, and also puts a "BLIND" sign around his neck.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite the high levels of violence in several cartoons, there was never any blood, although Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck would sometimes cover himself in ketchup pretending that he's bleeding in order to throw off his enemies, squeeze a tomato, or pour red ink (as seen in "Hare Trigger").
    Sam: (gets angry, then demurely) Why did you pour ink on my head? (gets angry again)
    • One particular example is in "The Whizzard of Ow", wherein during the climax, Wile E. Coyote's mode of transportation turns into a crocodile, which proceeds to bite the Coyote's nose off.
  • Bomb Whistle: Used to punctuate a character, particularly the Coyote, taking a long fall (though there have been exceptions).
  • Book-Ends: "Feather Finger" begins and ends with Daffy begging for money.
    Daffy: Gifts, donations, charity... ANYTHING!
    • "The Ducksters" begins with Porky on a conveyor belt headed for a bandsaw; the ending turns the tables by having Daffy on the conveyor belt.
  • Born in the Theatre: Most Looney Tunes, classic or modern, aired in theaters before they aired on television, and they often have gags messing with the Fourth Wall of Film.
  • Bowdlerization: When aired on television (and sometimes, home video — usually gray-market, public domain videos; the official release videos and DVDs try to make it as uncut as possible. If there are any missing scenes, it's because some of those scenes were lost long ago), a lot of the violent and politically-incorrect scenes and gags will be altered or cut. There's a website dedicated to tracking down what cartoons were edited and what channel edited them: [1]
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: On Bugs Bunny's first regular appearance, A Wild Hare, Elmer uses such a trap to try and get Bugs, but catches a Smelly Skunk instead.
    • Elmer tries it again in "Hare Remover". Bugs finds the trap amusing ("My grandfather told me about these things, but I never thought I'd see one.") and decides to humor Elmer and get trapped, since he went to such trouble to make one.
    • Elmer uses the trap a third time in "Pests for Guests", this time on the Goofy Gophers Mac and Tosh. As soon as the trap falls, the sounds of a car driving are heard from inside, followed by a loud car crash. An alarmed Elmer lifts the box to see what happened, accidentally letting the gophers out.
    • Wile E. Coyote often tried the deadfall trap on the Roadrunner, and at least once on Bugs. You can probably guess how those turned out.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The damage done to it ranges from large cracks to pulverizing it to a fine powder. On more than one occasion, near the end of a cartoon, the film suddenly breaks, leaving the screen white. A character from the cartoon then steps out onto the white screen and says, "Ladies and gentlemen, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to continue with this picture."
  • Breakout Character: THE WHOLE SERIES has lived and breathed this trope. It all started with Friz's Batman Gambit in 1935 to jump start Leon's ailing cartoon studio with several new cartoon characters in the short "I Haven't Got A Hat"-two pups named Ham and Ex, Kitty, Oliver Owl, Beans the Cat and Porky Pig. Porky was an instant hit with audiences, even though the studio thought for some reason that Beans would be the studio's next bankable star-but he too quickly faded into obscurity while Porky became the studio's star—THEN, two more stars broke out from Porky's cartoons-a little Daffy Duck from "Porky's Duck Hunt" and the Bugs Bunny prototype "Happy Hare/Bugs' Bunny" from "Porky's Hare Hunt", "Hare-Um Scare-Um" and "Presto-Change-O." Oh, and Bugs Bunny himself obviously.
    • The Tasmanian Devil, despite only appearing in five of the original shorts, became immensely popular due to later spin-offs and merchandising. Essentially nearly every mainstream character was decided this way, having usually been cast as a one-timer or side role alongside a an intended star before becoming popular with the audience.
      • In "Bill of Hare": When Taz is right behind Bugs:
    Bugs: (to audience) Eh... did you ever have the feeling you were being watched?
    • Marvin the Martian, like Taz, appeared in only five of the original shorts, whom would later be prominently featured on the post-1969 material and merchandise.
    • Foghorn Leghorn also qualifies. He originally served a supporting role to Henery Hawk. However, it was Foghorn who got the most attention, quickly morphing the Henery Hawk series into the Foghorn Leghorn series, where Henery himself sometimes showed up as a foil to Foghorn.
  • Brick Joke: Lots of Looney Tunes cartoons will have gags/characters that don't really add to the story until the big punchline later in the film. A lot of Road Runner cartoons run on this (a perfect example is a retractable wall from "Stop, Look and Hasten" (1954, Jones)). An example from "Little Red Walking Hood" (1938, Avery), which had Egghead walking past the action randomly:
    Wolf: Hey, bud. Just a minute, bud. Just who the heck are you anyway??
    Egghead: Who, me? I'm the hero of this picture! (clobbers wolf with a mallet)
    • The Dover Boys has a gag similar to the "Little Red Walking Hood" one: a strange, mustached man in a sailor suit wanders through the cartoon several times, looking like a walking Big-Lipped Alligator Moment and nothing else. That is until he ends up hooking up with the girl the heroes had been trying to save the entire cartoon.
    • At the beginning of "Often an Orphan", Charlie Dog sees a car coming up, then adopts Puppy-Dog Eyes, remarking, "Big, soulful eyes routine. Gets 'em every time." However, the car passes by without notice. At the end of the cartoon, Porky does the same thing, and it worked for him.
      • The vehicle that picked him up as a dog catcher truck.
  • Broken Record: Two instances: In 1933's "Bosko's Mechanical Man", when a record keeps skipping at "white as..." in "Mary Had a Little Lamb"; and 1961's "Daffy's Inn Trouble" when Daffy's record keeps skipping during "The Latin Quarter", which prompted the audience to throw fruits and vegetables at him in disgust.
    • Also, in the 1991 short "Blooper Bunny", one of the outtakes involves the background music skipping the same five notes over and over.
    Bugs: (to crew) Ehhhh, what's up, doc??
  • Brother Chuck: Except for Daffy Duck, a lot of Porky's old sidekicks seem to have disappeared. Anyone remember Gabby the Goat? How about Beans the Cat, Ham and Ex, and/or Oliver Owl? Oh, and what happened to Porky's love interest, Petunia Pig?
    • Throughout the 1930s and 40s, it seemed WB were experimenting with numerous new recurring characters and scenarios to use as a mainstream cast, as time passed the cast was narrowed down to a select few that were developed or renovated (e.g., Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester) while many other previous established characters got the shaft (e.g., Hubie and Bert, Charlie Dog). Others such as Henery Hawk and Porky himself also got taken Out of Focus somewhat, but still had minor roles on occasion.
    • In the 70s, Ralph Heimdahl and Al Stoffel revived Petunia for some occasional appearances in the Bugs Bunny newspaper comic strip. She was the sweet kid Robert Clampett reimagined her as, not the uppity diva Frank Tashlin created her as. She was also a regular castmember in the old Gold Key and Whitman comics for decades, along with Porky's nephew, Cicero, and both appeared in all the Looney Tunes merchandise of the era (coloring books, toys, etc.). Petunia also made a handful of obscure animated reappearances (one in "Daffy Duck ad Porky Pig Meet The Groovie Goolies" and also recently in some of the official site's flash cartoons).
    • Another prominent Expanded Universe character that few remember these days is Bugs's girlfriend, Honey Bunny. Honey Bunny got displaced by Lola Bunny when Space Jam came out.
  • Bullet Hole Spelling:
    • In A Feud There Was, a boy mocks the hillbillies on the other side of the boundary line, prompting them to shoot "DO YA MEAN IT? onto the other side's wall. They shoot back to spell "YAS WE MEAN IT!".
    • In My Favorite Duck, Daffy, after finding out that duck season has opened, tries to make a shotgun-wielding Porky show mercy by holding up a white flag. Porky shoots, instantly putting holes in the flag spelling "START PRAYING DUCK".
    • The title card for the first Bunny & Claude cartoon We Rob Carrot Patches is spelled out with bullet holes.
    • In "An Egg Scramble", bank robber Pretty Boy Bagel looks out the window of his hide out and tells the cops that they can't get him. The cops fire at the window, leaving "Wanna bet?" in bullet holes on the window shade.
    • In Easter Yeggs, Bugs Bunny is fleeing the home of a Bratty Half-Pint whose family is a bunch of shotgun-toting thugs. As they fire at him, they leave "And Stay Out!" spelled on the door.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Daffy Duck advertises one in The Stupor Salesman adding, "Guaranteed to get your money back if it fails to work!"
    • Similarly, in the Duck Dodgers short where he meets Marvin the Martian, he has a disintegration proof vest that was indeed not disintegrated by Marvin's gun. Unfortunately, the rest of Daffy was not so lucky...
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost every single character falls victim to these two very painful tropes. Some, like Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Roadrunner are smart enough to stay out of harm's way (though not always); others, like Daffy Duck (the greedy narcissist, not the manic screwball), Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Wile E. Coyote are the worst offenders.
  • Burp of Finality:
    • The Porky Pig cartoon "Who's Who In The Zoo" (1942) concludes with an ice cream truck and its vendor being flagged down by a zoo's lion who presumably wants an ice cream bar. The vendor walks out of the scene towards him. We hear the lion roar, then we see the lion with a Balloon Belly and the vendor's hat, licking his lips and giving out with a very satisfied hiccup.
    • 1943's "Puss 'N' Booty" starts off with house cat Rudolph hiccupping out the feathers of the last bird he ate. At the conclusion, when Rudolph turns up missing, his owner asks new bird Dickie Bird where he is. He says he doesn't but then he hiccups out Rudolph's ribbon.
  • Butt Sticker: in the cartoon "Rabbit Punch" Bugs Bunny lifts the Champ over his head, but can't hold him up for long and is crushed. When the Champ sits up, Bugs is flattened on his back.
  • Cactus Person: "Flowers for Madame" features a parade of anthropomorphic flowers. One entry is a cactus who gets laughed at by the float judges, but saves the day when a wildfire breaks out.
  • The Cameo: Bugs Bunny at the end of "Porky Pig's Feat" (in his only black and white appearance, no less), "Crazy Cruise," "The Goofy Gophers" and "Duck Amuck." Foghorn Leghorn at the end of "False Hare." Daffy at the end of "Sahara Hare" and "Apes Of Wrath." Elmer at the end of "Rabbit Rampage." Tweety in "No Barking" and "Heir Conditioned." Pepe Le Pew in "Dog Pounded."
  • Captain Ersatz: Foxy the Fox and Roxy the Fox from the first three Merrie Melodies shorts, who were very obviously patterned after Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (he's even the page image for Captain Ersatz), but with pointier ears and a bushy tail. Walt Disney got wind of the ripoff and forced Rudy Ising to stop using the character. Foxy was immediately replaced by the character of Piggy note  for two shorts.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: In A Day at the Zoo when a lady feeds the monkey a banana. The monkey scolds the lady "Can't You Read?" and points to the sign that reads "Do not feed the animals!"
  • Cartoon Bomb
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In some of the 30's shorts, especially the ones with Porky Pig as the protagonist, the series tended to fall back on generic, one-note villains whose only purpose was to be complete menaces to anyone they encountered, including such punny cyphers as I. Killum ("Polar Pals") Nick O'Teen ("Wholly Smoke") Ali Mode ("Little Beau Porky"), Boris Karloff (a burlesque of Frankenstein's Monster and Boris Karloff in "Porky's Road Race") the legion of cartoon bad guys in "A Cartoonist's Nightmare", Mr. Viper from "Milk and Money", and so on. As the franchise progressed and characters more willing to dish out more than they took like Bugs Bunny came about, the use of such clear-cut villains was downplayed in favor of more shaded, but still arrogant, wrongheaded or just plain dimwitted villains just begging to get their just desserts, such as the momma's boy Killer/Beaky the Buzzard, ill-tempered man child Yosemite Sam, the sociopathic but oddly polite Marvin the Martian, or the haughty Giovanni Jones. Many shorts just dropped the idea of having villains at all and just had the characters in playful or ridiculous conflict with each other (i.e. many of the Foghorn Leghorn shorts, where Foggy and Barnyard Dawg's rivalry stems from the loudmouthed schnook's attempts to prove to the bratty Henery Hawk that the dog is a chicken and not him, Wile E. Coyote's and Sylvester's fanatic and ineffectual attempts to catch the Road Runner and Tweety, etc.).
  • Cartoon Conductor: Seen in "Long-Haired Hare" and "Baton Bunny".
  • Casanova Wannabe: Pepé Le Pew (often mixed in with Handsome Lech). In a subversion, Pepe does succeed in catching his unwilling target, whether implied (as seen in the endings to "Wild Over You," "A Scent of the Matterhorn," "Touche and Go," "Heaven Scent," "Two Scents Worth," and "Louvre Come Back To Me") or directly stated/shown (as seen in "The Cat's Bah" and "Scent-imental Over You")
  • The Case Of:
    • "The Case of the Stuttering Pig" (a Porky Pig cartoon, natch).
    • The Bugs Bunny cartoon "Case of the Missing Hare" (about a mysterious magic trick, not detectives).
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: The narrator of "Each Dawn I Crow," sadistically insinuating to John Rooster that his goose is cooked.
  • Catapult Nightmare: The ending of "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!".
  • Catapult to Glory: Coyote tried this a lot, most notably in the overly long ending gag in "To Beep or Not to Beep. Guess what happens.
  • The Cat Came Back
  • Catchphrase:
    • "What's up, Doc?"
    • "Ain't I a stinka'?"
    • "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. I'm huntin' wabbits."
    • "Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo!
    • "Wasscaly Wabbit"
    • "That's All Folks"
    • "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"
    • "Sufferin' succotash!"
    • "That's a joke - ah say - that's a joke, son!"
    • "I'm only three-and-a-half years old."
    • "I like him, he's silly."
    • "I'M the rootinest, tootinest, fallootinest, shootinest hombre north, south, east AND WEST!!"
    • "Meep Meep!!"
    • ..."YOU'RE... deeeeeesthPICable!"
    • "Andale, andale! Arriba, arriba! Eeee-ha!"
    • "Duck Dodgers In the 24 1/2 Century"
    • 'turn out that light!!!'
    • "I KNEW I shoulda made that left turn at Albuquerque!"
    • "Of course you realize, dis means war!"
    • And as a group: DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT!!, EAT AT JOES, and AAHHH, SHADDUP!
  • Cat Stereotype: Sylvester is the codifier for the unsuccessful black and white cat stereotype.
  • Cats Are Mean: Ironically, Warner Bros. was much more egalitarian about this trope than other studios like Disney. Outright subverted in shorts like "The Night Watchmen", "We, The Animals Squeak", "Fresh Airedale", "Chow Hound" and the Porky/Sylvester trilogy.
  • Caught in a Snare: Foghorn Leghorn sees Henery building a snare trap and points out how a smart chicken like him would just jump over it... which is just what Henery wanted, as the spot Foghorn lands is where the trap door was.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: A gag in "Unnatural History" involves a chameleon who proudly showcases his ability to change his color over any background. Then, he comes to plaid and breaks down.
  • Character Focus: Because he's a spotlight-stealer by nature (literally, in one case), most adaptations post-1960 are less about the whole Looney Tunes ensemble and more about Daffy Duck finding himself!
  • Characterisation Click Moment:
    • While Daffy Duck would retain shades of his Cloud Cuckoo Lander persona for many years after, the Looney Tunes short "You Ought to Be in Pictures" is the first defining moment of his more devious, glory obsessed characterisation of later shorts, duping Porky into leaving Warner Bros so he can take his place in the spotlight. From this point on, Daffy would slowly evolve into a more ambitious and self-centered character, with "Rabbit Fire" cementing his transition into a jealous Butt-Monkey rival for Bugs.
    • Bugs Bunny himself started out as a character known at the studio as Happy Hare, who was identical in personality to Daffy Duck. He was given a calmer demeanor in the cartoon "Elmer's Candid Camera", but it wasn't until "A Wild Hare" that the character we now recognize as Bugs — the unflappable, wisecracking Karmic Trickster — started to gel. Specifically, it was the moment he steps up to the hunter and calmly and casually introduces himself with what would become his Catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?"
    • The same cartoon was also the Click Moment for his longtime nemesis Elmer Fudd. He began life as Egghead, an odd-looking patsy who first acted as a Butt-Monkey Everyman, then was treated as a walking Non Sequitur who would interrupt the action before providing the punchline for the closing gag. Again, "Elmer's Candid Camera" started establishing his present personality, as well as his distinctive voice, but it's in "Wild Hare" that Elmer as we now know him makes his first true appearance.
  • Chariot Pulled by Cats: In "Kiss Me Cat" (a sequel to "Feed the Kitty"), Marc Anthony tries to get Pussyfoot to catch the mouse that has been raiding the kitchen. Instead, the mouse hitches Pussyfoot to a wagon and uses him to get more food.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: Played straight in the 1934 Merrie Melodies short "The Miller's Daughter". At the end of the cartoon, the lady of the house angrily lashes out at the cat, thinking it had broken a lamp. The two statues watch with pleasure as she chases the cat out of the house and into the distance.
    • Porky may exist as the only consistent example that rarely brings it upon himself.
  • Chirping Crickets: Occurs in "Show Biz Bugs" after Daffy dances to "Jeepers Creepers" and the audience is silent.
    Daffy: Ingrates.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives", "Gift Wrapped"
  • Christmas Special: 1979's Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales, which featured three shorts: "Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol" (featuring Yosemite Sam as, who else, Scrooge), "Freeze Frame" (a Road Runner short set at wintertime), and "Fright Before Christmas" (a Bugs/Taz short). The first and last segments were directed by Friz Freleng, while the Road Runner short was by Chuck Jones.
    • There was also a modernized speical called Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, which is A Christmas Carol but with Daffy as Scrooge.
  • Cigar-Fuse Lighting: In "Catty Cornered", Sylvester the Cat hides Tweety under an empty can. When the mobster Rocky finds Tweety under the can, he lights a firecracker with his cigarette and places under the can for Sylvester to find.
  • Circling Birdies: Often the result of falling anvils, falling boulders, mallet hits, falling pianos, fights covered up by the big, dusty ball of violence. Birdies don't always circle around the character's head — sometimes it's stars, sometimes it's brightly-colored dots or orbits, sometimes it's something completely different (like kings as seen in 1949's "Rabbit Hood.")
  • Cliff Stack: Pretty much created the trope.
  • Clip Show: "His Hare-Raising Tale", "This is a Life?", "Feather Bluster", "Tweet Dreams", "Hare-Abian Nights", and "Freudy Cat".
    • "Devil's Feud Cake" was probably the most blatant of all, as it contained very little original footage — it was actually a drastically cut down version of an episode of The Bugs Bunny Show.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Subverted in "Fast and Furry-ous" (Wile E. Coyote wears a superhero outfit, only to learn the hard way that just because you wear it doesn't mean it grants you the ability to fly). Lampshaded in "Goofy Groceries," "Super Rabbit" and "Stupor Duck."
    • Although batman capes do allow Sylvester, Sam, and Wile E to fly at different points - but don't protect them from collisions of course.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: The premise of "Bugs' Bonnets": Every time a new hat blows onto Bugs or Elmer, they change their personality to reflect the hat.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Daffy, especially in the earlier shorts. Even later he isn't the most stable of beings at times.
    • The demented flying fish in the Porky Pig film "The Sour Puss" certainly qualifies.
    • And literally, with the Dodo.
    • Some non-Tweety cartoons had Sylvester showing signs of mischievous irrationality (Back Alley Oproar, Doggone Cats, Kitty Kornered).
  • Clown Car Base: Sam's wood-burning stove holds a 1950s New Years' Eve party (and, in a later clip show, a late 1970s disco party), in "Rabbit Every Monday".
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: In "Hare Trigger", Bugs Bunny briefly hides from some rabbits waiting alongside the railroad tracks.
    Bugs: '"A few of my poor relations. They're always ready for a touch."
  • Cold Opening: While not a cold opening in the strictest sense, many Road Runner shorts from the late '50s and early '60s (particularly "Beep Prepared" and "Hopalong Casualty") featured a bit of action before the title of the cartoon was displayed.
    • There's also "Porky's Romance", in which an introduction to Petunia Pig is made before the title card is shown. She keeps tripping over her lines and becomes increasingly desperate.
      Off-stage voice: Shhh! Petunia, don't get excited, don't get excited...
      Petunia: EXCITED?!? WHO'S EXCITED?!? I'M NOT EXCITED--!!!
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: The basis of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoon "Birds Anonymous", in which Sylvester goes through this when he tries to give up eating Tweety.
    • For bonus points, the first thing he sees after he gets back from the BA meeting is a cooking show talking about how to prepare a turkey.
    • In another Sylvester and Tweety cartoon, after various failed attempts to catch Tweety, Sylvester decides to swear off birds, after which a flock of birds perch themselves on Sylvester's shoulders. The cat gripes, "Sufferin' succotash! What a fine time I picked to go on a diet!"
  • Comic Trio: Chuck Jones' Three Bears shorts.
    • Bugs, Daffy, and Elmer in Jones' "hunting trilogy".
  • Company Cross References: A few of the shorts reference Casablanca, such as (to name one example) Bugs Bunny humming "As Time Goes By" in the 1944 short Hare Force. Both Looney Tunes and Casablanca were produced by Warner Bros..
  • Construction Zone Calamity: "Skyscraper Caper".
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In "Bee-Deviled Bruin" and "Bear Feat", Mama Bear tries to inform Henry of something, but Henry keeps shouting at her to "shut up". If he hadn't shut her up and let her talk, the plots would have been avoided.
  • Covered in Kisses: Happens in a few WB cartoons:
    • In "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears", Bugs flirts with Mama Bear to escape harm from the other Bears. But he does too good a job, and she becomes the Abhorrent Admirer and eventually has her way with him resulting in this trope.
    • In "The Super Snooper", the Femme Fatale turns out the lights and we hear kissing noises. When Daffy Duck turns them back on he has lipstick marks all over his face which she gently wipes off.
    • In "A Gander at Mother Goose", a cartoon based on various children's rhymes, features a segment with Jack and Jill. When the narrator gets to the part about Jack falling down the hill, nothing happens. He repeats the line a few more times before Jack rushes back down, his face smeared with lipstick, tells the narrator to forget about going up the hill to fetch a pail of water, and rushes eagerly back up the hill.
    • The trope also happens at the end of "Katnip Kollege" during the iris out when Kitty Bright covers Johnny Cat with kisses leaving lipstick marks on him.
    • Every cat painted with stripes (Penelope Cat, Sylvester, etc.) experiences this when Pepe Le Pew encounters them smothering them with kisses.
  • Cranium Chase: On the short "Mouse Menace", a robot cat loses its head. It feels around for it but picks up a toaster and puts it on for a while before eventually stumbling into its own head.
  • Credits Gag: "Wabbit Twouble" featured the crew members' names written in Elmer Fudd speak.
    • Similarly, "A Scent of the Matterhorn" featured the crew members' names written in faux French.
    • "Nutty News" features upside down opening credits.
    • "Tortoise Beats Hare" has Bugs Bunny reading the credits before reaching the title and freaking out.
  • Crossover: Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, Mama Bear, Henery Hawk and Porky Pig all appear in Daffy's The Scarlet Pumpernickel. Daffy appears in Foghorn Leghorn's The High And The Flighty.
    • Daffy and Taz are paired together in Ducking the Devil, their only classic cartoon together.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Chester from the two Chester And Spike shorts. Also a Pintsized Powerhouse.
  • Crying Wolf: In "Westward Whoa", Ham and Ex the pups pretend Indians are attacking Porky, Beans the Cat and the other settlers. After a lecture from Beans, they try it again, but end up getting attacked by an actual Indian. None of the adults believe them when they run back to the camp that they're attacking—until the indians start firing arrows at them anyway.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: frequently, with various characters, and often with cake.


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