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Droopy, Master Detective was a spinoff of the Droopy and Dripple shorts from Tom & Jerry Kids.

It aired from October to December 1993 on Fox Kids, and lasted for 13 episodes, with Three Shorts to each episode. The show heavily parodies detective films, with Droopy and Dripple as the main characters. It also brought back Screwy Squirrel, now called "Screwball Squirrel," in his own shorts in between. Along with containing shorts that featured characters from Tom and Jerry Kids, some shorts also introduced original characters that have not been featured in previous works.


Tropes found in Droopy, Master Detective include:

  • Absentee Actor: Notably, the last episode does not feature Droopy, Dripple, or their supporting characters. Each of the three shorts was instead devoted to other segments: Wild Mouse, Screwball Squirrel, and Lightning Bolt the Super Squirrel.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Screwy Squirrel is called "Screwball Squirrel" in this show.
  • Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation: Inverted with the Yolker, who was a chicken in Tom and Jerry Kids before becoming a human in a chicken costume in this show.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing / Ass in a Lion Skin: Done literally in "Sheep Thrills" three times:
    1. The title card.
    2. The short scene after Droopy and Dripple agree to help Little Bo-Peep (Miss Vavoom) guard her sheep
    3. As one of his schemes. This time, he dresses up as a young female sheep.
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  • Beggar with a Signboard: "Dueling Detectives" features Miss Vavoom as such a good detective she drives Droopy, Dripple and McWolf out of business. Droopy and Dripple are last seen with a signboard reading "We'll solve cases for food" and McWolf has one reading "I'll do it for free".
  • Big Little Brother: In "The Case of Pierre Le Poulet", when Le Poulet said his little brother would rescue him from jail, the viewers probably expected somebody even smaller than already small elder Poulet. The little brother turns out to be huge.
  • Character in the Logo: As seen in the page image, the eponymous character stands behind the logo.
  • Detective Animal: Droopy and Dripple, of course!
  • Detectives Follow Footprints:
    • Lampshaded in "Sherlock Droopy Gets Hounded" when Droopy spots a trail of footprints belonging to a woman. Dripple asks how he knows, with Droopy replying that a woman's footprints are "cute".
    • There is also a piece of promotional art for the show that depicts Droopy and Dripple following a trail of footprints up the side of a building!
  • Distaff Counterpart: "A Screwball Romance" ends with Screwball meeting and hitting it off with a wisecracking female squirrel.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Rumpley to a tee.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After getting badgered by Auntie Snoople the first time around, McWolf happily remarks she reminds him of his mother.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In "Mighty McWolf," after McWolf tries to save Miss Vavoom from the reporters. Later gets a Heel Realization at the end of the short.
  • Fight Unscene: Parodied in "Mushu McWolf." A fight between Droopy and McWolf consists of the two bowing and McWolf flying out the window. When demanding an explanation, Dripple shows a recording of the fight in "super slow motion" which is basically the two bowing, Droopy turning into a blur around McWolf, then stopping, then McWolf flying out the window.
  • Friendly Enemy: Screwball inflicts all sorts of slapstick on Rumpley, but he helps him out now and then: helping him hit it off with Fifi ("A Screwball Romance") and getting him his job back ("Everybody Out").
  • Funny Foreigner: Dweeble, the German park attendant in the Screwball shorts.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: In "Shadowman and the Blue Pigeon", a mysterious woman flirtatiously asks Droopy if she can trust him. Droopy's heart then pounds out of his chest and he literally crosses his heart as he agrees to help her.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Almost every Droopy short features an attractive woman (either one of Miss Vavoom's guises or a one-shot character) that gets an excited reaction from Droopy, Dripple, and/or McWolf.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Screwball usually gets away with antagonizing the park employees, but "Squirrelicus Obnoxiousness" had him pretend to be an innocent endangered animal so that Edna Evergreen (the head of the Endangered Species Committee) will protect and fawn all over him. Then she overhears Screwball boast about tricking her. Edna proceeds to chase Screwball to pummel him, which amuses Dweeble and Rumpley.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: One episode has McWolf being sentenced to 199 years after being captured by Droopy.
  • Lustful Melt: Happens to Rumpley in the Screwball Squirrel short "A Screwball Romance", when he sees the cute poodle Fifi.
  • Married to the Job: "Sheep Thrills" ends with Miss Vavoom asking Droopy to stay with her, but he says he can't because his job is to bring in lawbreakers.
    Droopy: Son, did I just turn down Miss Vavoom?
    Dripple: You sure did, Papa.
    Droopy: Better bring me my medication.
  • Monster of the Week: Unlike Tom & Jerry Kids, there are a lot more one-short villains in this show, from a fish superstar who wants to take over the ocean to a monster mob that wants to sabotage Droopy and Dripple's fun. Still, McWolf is the recurring villain like in Tom and Jerry Kids.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Mighty McWolf attempts to help a gorgeous female celebrity get away from the press she was claiming she wanted to leave her alone. She proceeds to beat him with her purse for wrecking her publicity stunt.
  • Screwball Squirrel: Guess who? Screwball's shorts had him antagonize Dweeble and Rumpley at every turn. Whether or not it was karmic depended on the given story. Some shorts did have one-off antagonists that did deserve the torment Screwball that dished out.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: The Droopy segments. Most were set in a present-day city, but a few had Droopy and Dripple in other settings (e.g. the stone age, Victorian England, the future) still as detectives.
  • What's a Henway?: In "Auntie Snoople", McWolf uses this trick twice on two separate sets of guards.
    McWolf: "Eh, you guys got cooking on your uniforms."
    (guards let go of McWolf and proceed to pat themselves down)
    Guards: Cooking!? What's cooking!?
    McWolf: (already away from the guards) "Nuthin'! What's COOKING WITH YOU!?"