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Droop-a-Long and Ricochet on the job.

Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-A-Long Coyote was a cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera that aired as the middle segment on the Magilla Gorilla show.

The cartoons chronicled the adventures of Ricochet (Don Messick), a sheriff in The Wild West, and his deputy, a coyote named Droop-a-Long (Mel Blanc). While Ricochet could launch himself off random objects like a ping pong ball, Droop would always fail miserably trying to duplicate the feat, often breaking a window in the process. But in the end, the team usually saved the day.

As with many H-B characters, Ricochet and Droop-a-Long showed up in several of the studio's Massive Multiplayer Crossover films and series, including Yogi's Ark Lark, Yogi's Gang, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, and the Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment of 2 Stupid Dogs. Their later appearances include episodes of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law ("X Gets the Crest", in which Ricochet was voiced by Mark Hamill) and Wacky Races (2017) ("Slow and Steady", in which Ricochet was voiced by Tom Kenny). They've also been announced to join the cast of Jellystone!.


Compare with Quick Draw McGraw, Hanna-Barbera's other Western Series starring Funny Animals.

Ping-ping-pingggg! Tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Ricochet has plenty.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Droop wears a hat, neck scarf and gun holster.
  • Alliterative Name: Ricochet Rabbit.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Droop-a-Long has purple fur.
  • Bad to the Last Drop: A Running Gag with Deputy Droop-a-Long's coffee. In "Atchinson, Topeka and Sam Jose", he makes a batch that has to be hacked to pieces with a saw. He later comments that he's "gotta stop using that hard water". In another episode, it's so thick, it has to be cut with scissors when it's poured. Then again, his coffee's hinted to not be so good anyway.
    Ricochet: Is that coffee I smell, or is somebody burnin' an old boot?
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Once they tried to protect a baby, but it turns out the baby was the criminal they were standing guard against the whole time.
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  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Some of the supporting furry characters.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: Again, Ricochet's bullets.
  • Book Dumb: Droop-a-Long in general, though Ricochet has the (rare) occasional moment. In "School Daze", it's revealed that neither of them can do basic math.
    School Marm: Now, what is 2+2, Sheriff?
    Ricochet: Uh, let's see, uh...5? 6?
    Droop-a-Long: 14? 12?
  • Butt-Monkey: Droop-a-Long tends to be the unlucky one of the pair, although Ricochet occasionally falls into this.
  • Cast as a Mask: Averted in "Two Too Many"; when the crook Half-Pint Pinto, voiced by Daws Butler, disguised as Ricochet Rabbit to frame him and give him a bad image, when imitating Ricochet's voice, Butler would still voice him (and his Ricochet imitation would bear an uncanny resemblance to Elroy Jetson's voice as a result), contrasting with Don Messick voicing the real Ricochet.
  • Catchphrase: The plucky bunny lawman shouts “Ping, ping, pingggg — Ricochet Rabbit!” as he goes bounding off hard surfaces.
  • Clueless Deputy: Droop-a-Long, full stop.
    Ricochet: Lucky that Droop-a-Long's so lovable, 'cause he's got nothin' else goin' for him.
  • Corporal Punishment: In the beginning of "Good Little Bad Guy", Mumbleweed is shown spanking his son.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ricochet started as an antagonist in a Touché Turtle and Dum Dum cartoon in 1962.
  • Epic Fail: Most of Droop-a-Long's attempts to imitate Ricochet, or do anything in general, resulted in this.
  • Full-Body Disguise/Latex Perfection: In "Two Too Many," the dwarf criminal Half-Pint Pinto disguises himself in a full Ricochet Rabbit suit and mask to frame the real Ricochet and give him a bad name. Though to give himself the ricochet power, Pinto installed coil springs on the bottom of the costume's feet, but no one else would seem to notice the visible springs.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Ricochet Rabbit wears a hat, vest and gun holster.
  • I Am Not Weasel: In "Red Riding Ricochet", Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother accidentally hits Droop-a-Long due to mistaking him for a wolf. He corrects her that he's a coyote.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Ricochet Rabbit was the king of this.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The stories featured a mix of Funny Animals and humans.
  • Manchild: Mumbleweed's son is a grown man, but he's quite dopey and acts like a toddler at times.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Mumbleweed's son is forced to help his dad out with outlaw stuff, but isn't good at it. He even ends up putting his dad in jail.
  • Mirror Routine: In "Two Too Many," Ricochet intentionally sets this up as a plot to try and capture Half-Pint Pinto disguised as him.
  • Name and Name: The title consists of the two characters' names with "and" in between.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The episode "El Loco, Loco, Loco, Loco Diablo" featured the titular mad horse that Ricochet and Droop-a-Long had to catch. And then, it turns out that the horse they caught was named El Loco, Loco, Loco, Loco, Loco Diablo, the son of the original. Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Droop-a-Long's voice is modeled on that of another deputy, Festus from Gunsmoke.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: In "School Daze", Ricochet and Droop-a-Long once act as truant officers to take Dastardly Dolton to school. (He's a suspected criminal as well but nothing has been proven.) Once they catch him, the teacher reads the records and finds out they also haven't finished school.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Droop-a-Long's nephew Tag-a-Long doesn't get involved in the heroes' adventures.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Ricochet Rabbit started out inspired by this but only really kept the trickster part of this trope. His bullets could do all kinds of tricky things.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Ricochet is a rabbit and the main hero.
  • Ring Around the Collar: Like most Hanna-Barbera characters from this time, Droop-A-Long wears an accessory around his neck (a bandana in this case) to facilitate animation shortcuts. The top of Ricochet's vest pretty much serves the same function.
  • Run for the Border: In "Sheepy Wolf" Ricochet chased El Loco Lobo to the Mexican border, where the outlaw thought he was free — until Ricochet called his cousin, Ricochet Chavez.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Happened on several occasions near the end of the cartoons.
  • The Sheriff: Ricochet Rabbit is a Sheriff, Droop-a-Long is his deputy.
  • Species Surname: Both our leads.
  • Talking Animal: Our leads.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: Inverted. Droop-a-Long is the opposite of wily, being slow and clumsy in contrast to Ricochet.
  • Three Shorts: Ricochet was the middle short on the Magilla Gorilla Show.
  • Trick Bullet: If you haven't figured out how this trope applies yet, you've probably already been hit with one.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: Whenever Ricochet takes off no matter what he hits there are "pings", hence his nickname "Sheriff Ping Ping Ping!"
  • White Bunny: Ricochet is one, except for his tan muzzle.