Porky Pig was the first true star character to be adorned on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies franchises,note and an icon of animation. This lovable swine has earned recognition for his cute looks, his legendary stutter, and his many escapades with fellow screwball Daffy Duck. He has starred in the second most cartoons in the franchises, with 159 appearances in the original theatrical cartoons, second only to Bugs Bunny's 168 short lineup and ahead of Daffy Duck's 129 short lineup (although he shared 42 shorts with Daffy).
Porky Pig as a character was instrumental in saving the Warner Bros. cartoon studio from going under—by 1935, the studio had been in the doldrums after studio founders Harman and Ising left, taking early star character Bosko The Talk Ink Kid with them to MGM, leaving them with four things the names "Looney Tunes", "Merrie Melodies", "That's All, Folks!", and the virtually worthless, hastily cooked up Expy for Bosko, the incredibly bland Buddy. Suffice to say, the studio was in serious need of a kick in the pants, so in an effort to save the studio, Friz Freleng cooked up a batch of Funny Animal characters based on the Our Gang series of shorts, as well as his childhood memories, who all made their debut in the Merrie Melodies cartoon "I Haven't Got a Hat": the troublemaking Beans the Cat, cute little Kitty the Cat, Ham and Ex the twin puppies, Oliver Owl the bookworm, and a pudgy little piglet with an uncontrollable stutter, intended as the sidekick for Beans.
While he barely had over a minute of screentime in said short, Porky was an immediate hit with audiences the first real star character the studio had. However, the studio seemed to think that Beans the Cat was going to be their next big character, so they tried a second cartoon, "Gold Diggers of '49", with young director Tex Avery at the directing helms, starring Beans and a heavily redesigned Porky as his sidekick. Once again, the pig won out as the next big thing, thus establishing him as the official mascot of the studio, while Beans and other "Our Gang" deriative ensemble quickly faded away soon after. He even replaced Bosko's farewell to the audience at the end of the proper Looney Tunes series and immortalized "Th-th-th-th-th-that's all, Folks!", even to this day.
However, Porky's popularity was not to last—for another star stole his thunder two years later, in one of Porky's most beloved cartoons: Porky's Duck Hunt. The star in question was a crazy darnfool Daffy Duck.
Around the late 30's, Porky would start becoming a more fleshed out character, especially in the hands of Bob Clampett, who made him a more peppy, youthful individual who frequently went on adventures across the world, resulting in some very interesting trips, especially his journey to the home of the fabled Do-Do bird in "Porky in Wackyland". Frank Tashlin would also make several shorts with Porky, portraying him as an innocent every-man type personality.
While Daffy foreshadowed Porky's downfall in popularity, when Bugs Bunny arrived in 1940, it became clear that Porky's days as a major star were coming to an end. Fortunately, he still managed to appear in plenty of his own shorts, and eventually became the tagalong of Daffy Duck, starring classics like "Robin Hood Daffy" and "Duck Dodgers". He's currently appearing in Looney Tunes Cartoons, so at least he's getting a bit of work.
Here's a bit of interesting trivia for you: there are only THREE (or depending on how you feel about "Porky's Hare Hunt" and "Dumb Patrol", five) of the original theatrical cartoons that have starred Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny together "A Corny Concerto", "Porky Pig's Feat", and Any Bonds Today?.
On a side note, Harman and Ising had already cooked up their own pig character in the early 30's as a Expy for their Mickey Mouse wannabe Foxy, called "Piggy", although this character was just another non-descript run of the mill Mickey Mouse clone, with nothing in common with Porky.
Joe Doughtery (a man with a real stutter) was his original voice. He was quickly taken over by Mel Blanc. Unlike the rest of his co-stars, who have had various actors voice them depending on the director and producer, Porky has the unparalleled distinction of almost always being voiced by Bob Bergen, and has been for decades.
All Merrie Melodies cartoons up to "Nothing But The Tooth" and color Looney Tunes ("My Favorite Duck" to "Little Orphan Airedale") were syndicated to TV through a.a.p. (Associated Artists Productions). The black-and-white Looney Tunes ("Golddigers Of '49" to "Porky's Cafe") were part of the Sunset/Guild package. All others were either shown on network TV (The Bugs Bunny Show or The Porky Pig Show) or syndicated through the Porky Pig And Friends package.
- I Haven't Got a Hat (MM, Freleng) - Porky's first appeareance
- Into Your Dance (MM, Freleng) - Cameo in early "story sketches" instead of the stuttering dog which appeared in the final print.
- Gold Diggers of '49 (LT, Avery) - Porky co-stars along with Beans the Cat. Tex Avery's first directorial effort at the Looney Tunes studio.
- Plane Dippy (LT, Avery) - First cartoon in the "Porky" series, instead of the "Beans" series; Redrawn in color 1967.
- Alpine Antics (LT, King) - "Beans" series, cameo
- The Phantom Ship (LT, King) - "Beans" series, cameo; with Ham and Ex
- Boom Boom (LT, King) - "Beans" series
- The Blow Out (LT, Avery)
- Westward Whoa (LT,King) - final appeareance of Porky in the "Beans" series
- Fish Tales (LT, King) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Shanghaied Shipmates (LT, King)
- Porky's Pet (LT, King)
- Porky The Rainmaker (LT, Avery) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porkys Poultry Plant (LT, Tashlin) - Carl Stalling's first cartoon which he scored, credited directorial debut of Frank Tashlin; redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Moving Day (LT, King) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Milk and Money (LT, Avery) - first LT cartoon to use musical notes background on opening title and "Fat Porky" image (though the "Beauty And The Beast" musical theme was still used)
- Little Beau Porky (LT, Tashlin) - redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Village Smithy (LT, Avery) - Believed to be the first cartoon to use off-screen narrator and the characters talking back at him. Also the first to use "Porky Sig(nature)" as the opening theme. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky in the North Woods (LT, Tashlin)
- Porky the Wrestler (LT, Avery) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Road Race (LT, Tashlin) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Picador Porky (LT, Avery) - This is the first episode featuring Mel Blanc (as Porky's buddies the bull was voiced by Billy Bletcher). Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Romance (LT, Tashlin) - The last time Joe Dougherty voiced Porky, first appearance of Petunia Pig. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Duck Hunt (LT, Avery) - This is the first episode that Porky was voiced by Mel Blanc, first appearance of Daffy Duck. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky and Gabby (LT, Iwerks) One of two Looney Tunes directed by Ub Iwerks and first of four parceled out to his studio. Debut of Gabby Goat. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porkys Building (LT, Tashlin)
- Porky's Super Service (LT, Iwerks): The second of the four Looney Tunes parceled out to the Ub Iwerks studio. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Badtime Story (LT, Clampett): Directorial debut of Bob Clampett. Third of four cartoons parceled out to the Ub Iwerks studio. First cartoon to have an "outro" theme. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Railroad (LT, Tashlin) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Get Rich Quick Porky (LT, Clampett) - Last of the cartoons parceled out to the Ub Iwerks studio. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porkys Garden (LT, Avery) - Last cartoon to use the "Fat Porky" opening and "Porky Signature" theme; Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Rovers Rival (LT, Clampett) - first Looney Tunes cartoon with Porky Pig's drum ending and first to use "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" as the opening theme (as well as the slimmer, cuter Porky design in the opening). Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Case of the Stuttering Pig (LT, Tashlin) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Double Trouble (LT, Tashlin) - Last cartoon to use the stout Porky image throughout the whole short.
- Porky's Hero Agency (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porkys Poppa (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky at the Crocadero (LT, Tashlin) - Last cartoon to have the stout Porky image (though a number of scenes also show him with a slimmer/cuter design).
- What Price Porky (LT, Clampett)
- Porky's Phoney Express (LT, Dalton/Howard) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Five and Ten (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Hare Hunt (LT, Hardaway) - Prototype Bugs Bunny's first appearance. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Injun Trouble (LT, Clampett) - only cartoon in this year to feature the 1940-1946 Porky Pig drum ending. Remade in 1946 as "Wagon Heels." Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky the Fireman (LT, Tashlin) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Party (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Spring Planting (LT, Tashlin) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky & Daffy (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Wholly Smoke (LT, Tashlin) - Copies of the 1967 redrawn edition of this cartoon was dubbed in Spanish and got dropped into the U.S. syndication package.
- Porky in Wackyland (LT, Clampett) - One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
- Porky's Naughty Nephew (LT, Clampett) - First appeareance of Pinky Pig. First cartoon with redsigned Petunia Pig. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky in Egypt (LT, Clampett)
- The Daffy Doc (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky the Gob (LT, Hardaway) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Lone Stranger and Porky (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- It's an Ill Wind (LT, Hardaway/Dalton) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Tire Trouble (LT,Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Movie Mystery (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Chicken Jitters (LT, Clampett)
- Porky and Teabiscuit (LT, Hardaway/Dalton) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Kristopher Kolumbus Jr. (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Polar Pals (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Scalp Trouble (LT, Clampett) - Remade in 1944 as "Slightly Daffy." Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Old Glory (MM, Jones) - first Porky Pig cartoon made in 3 strip Technicolor process (he first appeared in a 2 strip Technicolor cartoon from Merrie Melodies series "I Haven't Got a Hat " )
- Porky's Picnic (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Wise Quacks (LT, Clampett) - final cartoon with the 1937-39 Porky Pig drum ending.
- Porky's Hotel (LT, Clampett) - first cartoon with the new version of the Porky Pig drum ending. - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Jeepers Creepers (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Naughty Neighbors (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Pied Piper Porky (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky the Giant Killer (LT, Freleng) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Film Fan (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Last Stand (LT, Clampett) - with Daffy Duck.
- Africa Squeaks (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967. Albeit not a part of the Censored Eleven this short is not often shown on televison owing to the racial caricatures but when the redrawn and colorized version shown on Nickelodeon in the 90's all scenes with the African natives were removed along with the scene with the continent Africa bidding farewell as a blackface caricature, making for a really incoherent cartoon. The short is now uncut, uncensored, and in its original black-and-white form on the Porky Pig 101 DVD set.
- Ali Baba Bound (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Pilgrim Porky (LT, Clampett)
- Slap Happy Pappy (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Poor Fish (LT, Clampett)
- You Ought to Be in Pictures (LT, Freleng) - first appeareance of Porky in the "Daffy Duck" series. One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
- The Chewin' Bruin (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Baseball Broadcast (LT, Freleng) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Patient Porky (LT, Clampett) Semi-follow up to "The Daffy Doc". Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Calling Dr. Porky (LT, Freleng) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Prehistoric Porky (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Sour Puss (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Hired Hand (LT, Freleng) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Timid Toreador - (LT, Clampett/McCabe) - Directorial debut of Norm McCabe, who co-directed this cartoon with Bob Clampett. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Snooze Reel (Clampett/McCabe) - first cartoon to feature a new version of the Porky Pig drum opening title. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Bear Facts (LT, Freleng) - first LT cartoon to feature faster instrumental of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Preview (LT, Avery)
- Porky's Ant (LT, Jones) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- A Coy Decoy (LT, Clampett) - "Daffy Duck" series. - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Prize Pony (LT, Jones) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Meet John Doughboy (LT, Clampett)
- We The Animals Squeak (LT, Clampett) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- The Henpecked Duck (LT, Clampett) - "Daffy Duck" series. Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Notes to You (LT, Freleng) - Would later be remade as the Sylvester / Elmer Fudd cartoon "Back Alley Oproar". Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Robinson Crusoe Jr. (LT, McCabe) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Midnight Matinee (LT, Jones) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Pooch (LT, Clampett) - Debut of Charlie Dog. Would receive a semi-remake by Chuck Jones several years later as "The Awful Orphan". Redrawn in color, 1967.
- Porky's Pastry Pirates (LT, Freleng)
- Who's Who in the Zoo (LT, McCabe)
- Any Bonds Today??
- Porky's Cafe (LT, Jones) - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- My Favorite Duck (LT, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series. Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Confusions of a Nutzy Spy (LT, McCabe) - first Porky LT cartoon to use concentric rings in opening titles.
- Yankee Doodle Daffy (LT, Freleng) - " Daffy Duck" series
- Porky Pig's Feat (LT, Tashlin) - Final Daffy/Porky pairing to bill Porky above Daffy. Final appearance in a black and white cartoon. - Redrawn in color, 1967.
- A Corny Concerto (MM, Clampett) - Public domain. One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
- Tom Turk and Daffy (LT, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Tick Tock Tuckered (LT, Clampett) - Shot For Shot Color Remake of "Porky's Badtime Story", but with Daffy replacing Gabby. Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Swooner Crooner (LT, Tashlin) - Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Duck Soup to Nuts (LT, Freleng) - "Daffy Duck" series. Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Slightly Daffy (MM, Freleng) - Color remake of "Scalp Trouble"; "Daffy Duck" series
- Brother Brat (LT, Tashlin)
- Trap Happy Porky (LT, Jones) - Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Wagon Heels (MM, Clampett) - Slightly revamped colorized version of "Injun Trouble".
- Baby Bottleneck (LT, Clampett) - "Daffy Duck" series; reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Daffy Doodles (LT, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series; reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Kitty Kornered (LT, Clampett) - with Sylvester.
- The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (LT, Clampett) - "Daffy Duck" series. Makes a very brief cameo.
- Mouse Menace (LT, Davis) - Reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- One Meat Brawl (MM, McKimson) - only "Porky" cartoon of 1947
- Little Orphan Airedale (LT, Jones) - "Charlie Dog" series; reissued as a Merrie Melodies film.
- Daffy Duck Slept Here (MM, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Nothing But the Tooth (MM, Davis) - First "Porky" cartoon since January 1947. Rarely airs due to the American Indian being a racial stereotype.
- The Pest That Came to Dinner (LT, Davis)
- Riff Raffy Daffy (MM, Davis) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Scaredy Cat (MM, Jones) - with Sylvester.
- Awful Orphan (MM, Jones) - "Charlie Dog" series. Semi-remake of "Porky's Pooch".
- Porky Chops (LT, Davis)
- Paying the Piper (LT, McKimson)
- Daffy Duck Hunt (LT, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Curtain Razor (LT, Freleng)
- Often an Orphan (LT, Jones) - Final appeareance of Porky in the "Charlie Dog" series
- Dough for the Do-Do - (MM, Freleng, uncredited) Shot-for-Shot Remake (with some minor deviations) of Porky in Wackyland by Friz Freleng, but in color.
- Bye, Bye Bluebeard (MM, Davis)
- Boobs In The Woods (LT, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series
- The Scarlet Pumpernickel (LT, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series, cameo
- An Egg Scramble (MM, McKimson)
- Golden Yeggs (MM, Freleng) - "Daffy Duck" series, cameo
- The Ducksters (LT, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Dog Collared (MM, McKimson)
- The Wearing of the Grin (LT, Jones) - Final cartoon in the "Porky" series
- Drip-Along Daffy (MM, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series
- The Prize Pest (MM, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series
1952 (All of Porky's appeareances between 1952 and 1953 form part of the "Daffy Duck" series)
- Thumb Fun (LT, McKimson)
- Cracked Quack (MM, Freleng)
- Fool Coverage (LT, McKimson)
- Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (MM, Jones)
- Claws For Alarm (MM, Jones) - "Sylvester Cat" series
- My Little Duckaroo (MM, Jones) - "Daffy Duck" series
- Jumpin' Jupiter (LT, Jones) - "Sylvester Cat" series
- Dime to Retire (LT, McKimson) - "Daffy Duck" series
All remaining cartoons during the golden era featuring Porky (except the 1964 Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam cartoon Dumb Patrol) form part of the "Daffy Duck" series
- Rocket Squad (MM, Jones)
- Deduce, You Say (LT, Jones)
- Boston Quackie (LT, McKimson)
- Robin Hood Daffy (MM, Jones)
- China Jones (LT, McKimson) Does not air often due to the Chinese stereotypes but shown on Nickelodeon in the 90's, albeit with the scene with China Jones being held prisoner in Charlie Chung's laundromat ranting "Help! I'm being held prisoner in a Chinese laundry" being omitted.
- Daffy's Inn Trouble (LT, McKimson)
- Dumb Patrol (LT, Chiniquy) - Cameo; called "Smedley."
- Corn on the Cop (LT, Spector)
- The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: "Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies"
- Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol - "Bugs Bunny" series
- Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century - "Daffy Duck" series
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Does his trademark "That's all, Folks!" at the end. Final time Mel Blanc voiced Porky.
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Voiced by Bob Bergen and Greg Burson.
- The Earth Day Special - Voiced by Jeff Bergman
- Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers - Voiced by Jeff Bergman
- Toon Marooned - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- Mysterious Phenomena of the Unexplained - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- Planet of the Taz - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- The Junkyard Run - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- Sports Blab - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- Duck Dodgers TV series as Eager Young Space Cadet, voiced by Bob Bergen.
- Looney Tunes Back In Action - Voiced by Bob Bergen.
- My Generation G-G-Gap - first entry on the "Porky" series since 1951, voiced by Billy West.
- Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, voiced by Bob Bergen.
Tropes R-re-r-rel-re-re-rel-re-re-pertaining to the Character:
- Alliterative Name: As with many of Warner Bros.' animated characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
- Art Evolution: He was slimmed waaaaaaay down after the Thirties.
- Badass Adorable: Porky's not really the fighting type, but on rare occasions where push comes to shove, he can and will fight back. "Porky's Poultry Plant" is one occasion where Porky not only doesn't cower in fear, but actually takes the initiative to save his hens from a flock of vultures—by chasing them down in an airplane, equipped with machine guns! And he wins. "Little Beau Porky" is another shining hour, where Porky singlehandedly and successfully defends his French Foreign Legion post from Ali Mode and his thieves. "Porky the Gob" has him singlehandedly defending his battleship from an enemy submarine.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Generally a nice guy and has a long fuse, but set that temper off, and you better get clear. "The Ducksters" is the clearest example: even before he wins his prize money, Porky is enraged enough to be ready to punch out Daffy when he is threatened and when Porky does win, he immediately buys out the radio company and gets his sweet revenge with all the sadism he suffered now being lashed out in return.
- Big Eater: In his early appearances, his appetite was often his defining characteristic. As he was converted into The Straight Man however, this trait mostly vanished (though still popped up in some comic books).
- Brainy Pig: He's often shown to be very intelligent, especially when paired with Daffy Duck.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Porky's nephew in "Porky's Naughty Nephew". He constantly messes with his uncle for kicks, such as swatting him with a toy shovel (and unwittingly smacking him with a real shovel), pretending to drown in shallow water and then laughing at Porky when he falls for his trick, and then dumping a truckload of sand on top of him. That said, he does help his uncle win a swimming race by tricking him into thinking his toy sailboat is a shark fin and then reveals his charade after he won—or rather, tries to, as it turns out to the horror of both of them that there really was a shark in the water.
- Breakout Character: Porky barely had any screen time and a small role in "I Haven't Got A Hat", and was meant to be a sidekick to Beans, but his likable Straight Man role and distinct voice made it clear who the real star was.
- Burning with Anger: In "My Favorite Duck", where he literally ignites into a full-on fireball after being wound up by Daffy too many times.
- Butt-Monkey: Porky wound up as this often, especially in his later cartoons. This got toned down as his co stars started to gain their own luckless streak. He played The Fool when paired with Sylvester and became Daffy Duck's Hyper-Competent Sidekick after the former evolved into a luckless Small Name, Big Ego. In comparison to these two, Porky generally took very few lumps in his later years. Until The Looney Tunes Show and Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production where he's shows signs of this again.
- Casting Gag: In both Japanese and Mexican Spanish dubs, Porky's respective voice actors (Naoki Tatsuta and Ernesto Lezama) are also the voice of Oolong, another talking pig.
- Catchphrase: "Tha-th-th-tha-th-th...go home, folks."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Most of the supporting characters created for Porky, such as Beans the Cat, Gabby Goat, and Petunia Pig, met this fate. Daffy averted this by doing the complete opposite.
- The Comically Serious: Specially when he interacts with Daffy.
- Crazy-Prepared: Along with a fishing licence and a dog licence, he also has a licence to sell hair tonic to bald eagles in Omaha, Nebraska and a licence to use Daffy Duck as a motor.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Killer, in "Porky's Double Trouble".
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when paired with Daffy.
- Demoted to Extra: As noted above, he was the first big star to emerge from the Warner stable and headlined a number of shorts. Even after Daffy Duck first appeared, he was still a star, but his leading roles began to decrease by 1942. While he had a long successful partnership with Daffy, 1943's "Porky Pig's Feat" was the last short to give him top billing over the duck. Much of his mid-40s and onward work consisted of Porky playing sidekick to zanier characters, with his own series limping to an end in 1951. In the 1960's, he only appeared in three more shorts in the classic era. Even into the 21st Century, his screentime is severely trumped by the other characters. Animator Mike Fontanelli (who works for Warner Bros.) claims that Porky's current downplaying is a result of an unexplained dislike of the character by many Warner Bros. executives.
- Depending on the Writer:
- Though often placed as The Everyman of the franchise, many shorts placed Porky with some distinctive traits, ranging anywhere from a rather naive and somewhat doormat-ish figure to a neurotic and occasionally violent tempered fuddy duddy (since both extremes were often provoked by his co stars, which persona was used usually depended how sympathetic they wanted them to be in comparison, especially with Daffy).
- In the 1930s shorts, Porky Pig appeared variously as a young child or as a grown-up.
- Determinator: In "Duck Soup To Nuts", he uses a pail to bail out an entire pond in pursuit of Daffy.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference:
- Those of you who are used to watching his 40's and 50's cartoons may be quite surprised to see how different Porky was in his 30's cartoons, where he was a little kid, as well as morbidly obese in his early appearances. In Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production he's noticeably a bit tubbier, similar to his original design from 1935.
- This could also apply to the first version of the That's All, Folks! drum ending, where his design is radically different, especially when you compare that version to the newer, streamlined version used from late-1939 to 1946.
- The Everyman: In contrast to his prankster co-stars Bugs and Daffy, Porky's an everyday average Joe sort of character. This ultimately came to bite him, as he became increasingly perceived as "the dull one" by comparison.
- The Finicky One: Certain cartoons, particularly in his later years, portray him more like this, as a way to make him funnier but still evoke his original status as The Everyman.
- The Fool: When paired with Sylvester in Chuck Jones' shorts.
- Freudian Trio: The Spock Porky Pig is a sensible and intelligent straight man but despite being mild-mannered, he will often lose his cool if provoked or irritated. He doesn't really plan on creating mischief, unlike like Bugs and Daffy.
- Grumpy Bear: Depending on the Writer, Porky can sometimes be rather curmudgeonly and sarcastic, and even prone to acts of extreme violence to get peace and civility. Granted how justified he is in this behavior varies (especially given the people he is usually paired against).
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears an open vest and a bow tie, but is otherwise naked.
- Hero Antagonist: As Daffy became more and more the star of the series, Porky started to take on this role in their rivalry. This is particularly evident in shorts where he is an authority figure who is just trying to stop Daffy causing trouble (eg. "Daffy Doodles", Riff Raffy Daffy"). Depending on the level of Daffy's lunacy however, there's sometimes a shade of He Who Fights Monsters.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Daffy Duck in some of Chuck Jones' later shorts (somewhat in contrast to his other appearances, especially alongside Sylvester by the same director).
- Inn of No Return: "Claws for Alarm", part of the Porky & Sylvester horror trinity, involves them visiting a run-down inn that's infested with murderous mice, who try their hardest to kill any visitors.
- Later Installment Weirdness: "Daffy's Inn Trouble", since Porky has the advantage over Daffy the whole time- the Running Gag of the short is that Daffy keeps bungling his efforts to drive business away from Porky's hotel. Also, his trademark stutter is toned down severely, with none of the "swapping words" jokes that were featured in many of his '40s shorts.
- Motor Mouth: In his early cartoons, where his stutter was played up considerably.
- Nice Guy: Generally, Porky tends to play the kind, even-tempered Straight Man to his fellow toons' wackier personalities.
- No Respect Guy: A Running Gag in his cartoons is how little respect just about everybody gives him.
- Only Sane Man: Especially whenever alongside Daffy.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: By both Bugs and Daffy.
- Pie-Eyed: In his black-and-white shorts.
- A Pig Named "Porkchop": He is a very well-known example, as he is Porky Pig. He provides the page image.
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: His characteristic and iconic stutter makes him the Trope Namer.
- Precision F-Strike: Says "son of a bitch" after hammering his thumb in a short clip not intended for general audiences.You thought I was gonna say 'son of a bitch,' didn't ya? Heh heh.
- The Protagonist: Until Bugs Bunny was arrived in 1940.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: More so in his early appearances.
- Running Gag: Anytime he stumb-b-b-b, uh, stumb-b-b-b, er, stumb-b-b-b...has trouble with a word and uses similar word (or phrase) instead.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Daffy's Manly Man.
- Shout-Out: In "Porky In Egypt", the camels nervous breakdown was inspired by the film The Lost Patrol. In the same scene, the camel references Rudyard Kipling's poem "Boots". The scene where he's bathing in an oasis mirage has the camel imitate Hugh Herbert's laugh.
- The Smart Guy: As a secondary character, this is usually his prominent trait. It's especially prominent in his many, many stints as Daffy's sidekick, where he tends to be the smarter, saner member of the duo and thus is exempt from the slapstick.
- Species Surname: Just like the other two big stars of the Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, he follows this theme be being called Porky Pig.
- Stealth Pun: There are a number of shorts where he's a police officer. Think about that for a second...
- The Straight Man: While Porky was the first Warner Bros. character to actually have a distinctive personality, he was concieved and usually portrayed as a meek straight man, which made him a rather inflexible lead character for the directors. They usually had to rely on secondary characters to make his cartoons truly interesting, which eventually led to Porky becoming a secondary character himself once characters like Daffy Duck became the headlining star of the studio.
- That's All, Folks!:
Trope NamerTrope Codifier, as Bosko is technically the Trope Namer, since he said the lines first. When Porky first became the star of the Looney Tunes, Joe Dougherty had such a hard time saying Porky's lines that this tag had to be replaced with the words being wrriten onto the screen. When Mel Blanc took over as Porky, he took over saying the lines.
- Tritagonist: Ever since Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny showed up.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the Porky/Sylvester "horror trinity" of "Scaredy Cat", "Claws For Alarm" and "Jumpin' Jupiter", Porky's status as The Straight Man is amped up to the point that he refuses to believe anything weird or dangerous is going on, slowly Flanderizing into borderline I Reject Your Reality levels by the final instalment. This actually gets increasingly creepier; in "Scaredy Cat", he is forced to admit that Sylvester was right and Sylvester saves him (only to be knocked out by one last mouse whilst Porky's thanking him), but in "Claws for Alarm", he's never clued into the danger but manages to get away safely (The Stinger that some of the killer mice have stowed away with them besides). Finally, in "Jumpin' Jupiter", he winds up getting himself and Sylvester stranded on an alien planet because he never figured out he was being abducted by an alien, even insisting after seeing it face to face it could be nothing more than a "friendly Nava-Joe".
- Took a Level in Badass: There are rare occasions where Porky will man up and fight his foe toe to toe, even managing to come out on top. "Porky's Poultry Plant" and "Little Beau Porky" are two such examples.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: From the early 40's to early 50's (see Grumpy Bear above). This may be one of the reasons that directors eventually saw him as The Scrappy.
- Vague Age: In his earlier cartoons, Porky's age was all over the place. Some cartoons, including his debut, I Haven't Got A Hat, depict him as a child. In others, he's an adult (one of which, he even had an adult daughter). Later cartoons seemed to settle on him being an adult.
- Villain of the Week: The early Porky shorts occasionally had oneshot bad guys for Porky to deal with, such as the Streamline Train driver from "Porky's Railroad", the vultures from "Porky's Poultry Plant", Ali Mode from "Little Beau Porky", Sub Zero from "Porky the Gob", and so on.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Daffy.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice also sounded different in his initial '30s cartoons, where his stutter was more apparent. This is due to the fact that his original voice actor, Joe Dougherty, had an actual stutter problem. Mel Blanc initially replicated Dougherty when he first took the role, though started adding his own comedic pacing by the 40s.
- Weirdness Magnet: Seems to attract all sorts of demented characters, much to his dismay.
- White Gloves: Usually wears these, though there have been occasions where his hands have been bare.