Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird are two of the most well known characters in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies stable. They had dozens of cartoons together, with Tweety encountering Sylvester at least 48 times during their heyday.
Obviously, these shorts have achieved much popularity, second only to the big three stars of Looney Tunes. One version of the classic series The Bugs Bunny Show even gave Tweety Bird top billing along with Bugs in "The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show". They were even popular enough to get their own TV Spin-Off, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. Tweety also recieved his own Direct-to-Video movie, Tweety's High Flying Adventure.
While Tweety was almost always seen opposite Sylvester, Sylvester sometimes had other opponents, like Hippety Hop the kangaroo or Speedy Gonzales.
Nowadays, the characters aren't quite as active, but are still a central part of the Looney Tunes cast, currently making appearances in The Looney Tunes Show.
- A Tale of Two Kitties: Official debut of Tweety Bird (although he was named "Orson" on the original model sheet).
- Birdy and the Beast: Second appearance of Tweety Bird, and the first one where he is given his name.
- A Gruesome Twosome: Third appearance of Tweety.
- Life with Feathers: Official debut of Sylvester (his prey is a suicidal love bird who wants Sylvester to eat him because his wife threw him out).
- Peck Up Your Troubles: In this short, Sylvester does battle with a woodpecker and doesn't speak at all.
- Kitty Kornered: First time Sylvester and Porky appear in the same short. Runner-up on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list.
- Tweetie Pie: First time Sylvester and Tweety appear in the same cartoon. First time Tweety appears with his yellow feathered look. Sylvester is called "Thomas" throughout the short.
- Crowing Pains: Only cartoon to co-star Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn
- Doggone Cats
- Catch as Cats Can
- Back Alley Oproar: First cartoon to co-star Sylvester and Elmer. Semi-remake of an earlier short "Notes To You". Rare example of a cartoon in which Sylvester wins.
- I Taw a Putty Tat
- Hop, Look and Listen: First cartoon to have Sylvester and Hippety Hopper co-star.
- Kit for Cat: With Elmer.
- Scaredy Cat: First of three cartoons with Porky and Sylvester visiting strange places (the others are Claws for Alarm and Jumpin' Jupiter).
- Mouse Mazurka
- Bad Ol' Putty Tat: Starring Tweety
- Hippety Hopper: Starring Tweety
- Home Tweet Home: Starring Tweety
- The Scarlet Pumpernickel: With Porky and Daffy.
- All a Bir-r-r-rd: Starring Tweety.
- Canary Row: With Tweety.
- Stooge for a Mouse
- Pop 'Im Pop!: Starring Hippety. First appearance of Sylvester Jr.
- Putty Tat Trouble: Starring Tweety.
- Room and Bird: Starring Tweety.
- Tweety's S.O.S.: Starring Tweety
- Tweet Tweet Tweety: Starring Tweety.
- Who's Kitten Who?: Starring
- Gift Wrapped: With Tweety.
- Little Red Rodent Hood
- Ain't Shenote Tweet
- Hoppy Go Lucky: Starring Hippety.
- A Bird in a Guilty Cage
- Tree for Two (Sylvester without Tweety)
- Snow Business
- A Mouse Divided: First appearance of Friz Freleng's drunken stork character (there was a drunk stork character in Bob Clampett's Baby Bottleneck, but he was a One-Scene Wonder that may or may not have inspired Freleng's version of the character)
- Fowl Weather
- Tom Tom Tomcat: Hardly seen on American television due to the Native American stereotyping
- A Street Cat Named Sylvester
- Catty Cornered
- Cats A-Weigh: Starring Hippety and Sylvester Jr.
- Dog Pounded
- Bell Hoppy: Starring Hippety.
- Dr. Jerkyl's Hide
- Claws For Alarm
- Muzzle Tough
- Satan's Waitin'
- By Word of Mouse
- Lighthouse Mouse: Starring Hippety.
- Sandy Claws
- Tweety's Circus
- Jumpin' Jupiter
- A Kiddies Kitty
- Speedy Gonzales — Sylvester vs. Speedy Gonzales in the latter's debut
- Red Riding Hoodwinked
- Pappy's Puppy
- Too Hop to Handle: Starring Hippety and Sylvester Jr.
- Tweet and Sour
- Tree Cornered Tweety
- The Unexpected Pest
- Tugboat Granny
- The Slap-Hoppy Mouse: Starring Hippety and Sylvester Jr.
- Yankee Dood It
- Tweet Zoo
- Tweety and the Beanstalk
- Greedy for Tweety
- Mouse-Taken Identity: Starring Hippety and Sylvester Jr.
- Gonzales Tamales
- A Pizza Tweety Pie
- A Bird in a Bonnet
- Trick or Tweet
- Tweet and Lovely
- The Cat's Paw: Starring Sylvester Jr.
- Here Today, Gone Tamale
- Tweet Dreams
- West of the Pesos
- Goldimouse and the Three Cats: Starring Sylvester Jr.
- Hyde and Go Tweet
- Trip for Tat
- Cannery Woe
- Hoppy Daze: Starring Hippety.
- Birds of a Father: Starring Sylvester Jr.
- D'Fightin Ones
- The Rebel Without Claws
- The Pied Piper Of Guadalupe — Sylvester vs. Speedy Gonzales
- The Last Hungry Cat
- Fish and Slips: Starring Sylvester Jr.
- Mexican Boarders
- Mexican Cat Dance
- Chili Weather
- Claws in the Lease: Starring Sylvester Jr.
- A Message to Gracias
- Freudy Cat: Starring Hippety and Sylvester Jr.
- Nuts and Volts
- Hawaiian Aye Aye: Final team up of Syl and Tweet.
- Road to Andalay
- It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The House
- Cats and Bruises
- The Wild Chase
- A Taste of Catnip
- Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol
- The Yolk's On You
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Tweety in his original design appears in the Toontown skyline (nesting on a flagpole), and inexplicably reverts back to his original design and appears along with Sylvester in the ending.
- Father of the Bird
- Tweety's High-Flying Adventure
- Twick or Tweety: Sylvester finally eats Tweety in this one.
- Museum Scream
- Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.
- Big Bushy Mustace
- I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat - short before Happy Feet Two
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Freleng's first few cartoons with Tweety have him wearing a sailor hat.
- All Men Are Perverts: The plot of "A Gruesome Twosome" begins because the two cats are fighting over a female cat. Also, when she closes her eyes and gets ready to kiss one of them, the other pulls him away to fight. It's then that a dog suddenly appears."Ladies and gentlemen, I don't actually belong in this picture, but I can't pass up a chance like this!" [kisses her]
- Angry Guard Dog: Sylvester was constantly at the mercy of a large bulldog (collectively referred to as Hector in later media). In some cartoons he is directly intent on protecting Tweety.
- Anti-Villain: Sylvester.
- Art Evolution:
- Tweety originally was a pink, featherless baby bird, but the Hays Office insisted that he don a yellow feather coat, due to objections of Tweety being "naked".
- In his initial appearences Sylvester was intended to resemble a baggy-pants comedian with a round belly, a low sagging pair of hips and an overly large red nose. This was toned down later, as the early design was hard to animate.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: One short in which Sylvester and Tweety are Snowed-In features a mouse who hasn't eaten in so long he "forgot what food looks like." He takes one look at Sylvester and decides to have him for dinner.
- Ass in a Lion Skin: In attempts to catch Tweety, Sylvester has disguised as dogs, a goat, a chicken, a polar bear and a skunk, all with variable levels of realism and/or success.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In "Greedy For Tweety", whenever Hector starts barking at him, Sylvester beams his bandaged foot with a Big "SHUT UP!". Later on when Sylvester tries this again, Hector beats him to the punch and whacks his bandaged foot.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tweety. Space Jam even demonstrated that he can still slip into this time and time again.
- The Big Bad Wolf: In Red Riding Hoodwinked, Sylvester the Cat teams up with the Big Bad Wolf so that he could get at Tweety Pie, whom Little Red Riding Hood brings to her grandmother. Of course, the Big Bad Wolf is constantly forgetful of Little Red Riding Hood's name and gets prompted by Sylvester from time to time. However, Little Red's grandmother is no pushover, as she knocks both the Big Bad Wolf and Sylvester off the bus she's driving at the end of the story.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Sylvester was particularly fond of an obnoxious "AAHHHHH, SHADDUP!!!", most often to Hector barking furiously at him.
- Black Comedy: Used unabashedly in "Satan's Waitin'".
- Breakout Character: Both Granny and the bulldog character (later coined as Hector) made occasional appearances in initial shorts, and gradually became as much mainstream as the main duo. They are near equally prominant in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.
- Bully Bulldog: Hector Depending on the Writer. In some instances he just wants Sylvester to leave Tweety alone, or Sylvester makes the mistake of bullying him first. In other cases though, he just likes pounding on the cat.
- Bullying the Dragon: Sylvester frequently tries to get cheap shots at Hector whenever he seems to get the upper hand. These nearly always end with a mauling. Perhaps the most glaring case happens in "Tweet Zoo", where Sylvester 'beams a caged lion roaring at him and yells at him to pipe down. Guess how secure that cage is....
- Butt-Monkey: Unlike other variations of the chase formula such as Tom and Jerry (where the cat was frequently granted Laser-Guided Karma when the victim rather than the bully) Sylvester nearly always lost, whether his protagonist instigated the feud or not. Ironically the few times he was the victor of the short was when he was dishing out the Comedic Sociopathy (eg. heckling Porky or Elmer in cartoons such as "Kitty Kornered" or "Back Alley Oproar").
- The Cameo:
- Catch-Phrase:Tweety: I tat I taw a putty tat. I did! I did thee a putty tat!Sylvester: Sufferin' succotash!noteTweety: Bad ol' putty tat!
- Characterization Marches On:
- Tweety in his earliest appearances was a sadistic trickster who actively fought back against his aggressors. Although Friz Freleng initially went with this characterization in his own Tweety cartoons, Tweety became a genuinely innocent, very passive character later on.
- Played with for Sylvester. His character was pretty much fully developed in his first appearance in "Life With Feathers" however as other directors took shots at the character he went through several different directions before returning to his original characterisation. Bob Clampett portrayed him as an extroverted Screwy Squirrel in "Kitty Kornered", while Art Davis used a dopier, more deadpan variant.
- Chimney Entry: In "A Mouse Divided", where Sylvester the Cat is the protective father of a baby mouse, a cat tries to enter into the house through the chimney, pretending to be Santa Claus, only it's the wrong time of the year, so Sylvester sends a balloon up the chimney stack with a stick of dynamite attached to it and blows the cat up through the stack and away from the house.
- Comedic Sociopathy: When Sylvester appeared without Tweety, he sometimes was made a helpless victim of an evil Villain Protagonist. In "Tree for Two", two dogs decide to beat up Sylvester for no reason, although the big one at least gets his comeuppance when he encounters a wild panther instead of Sylvester. Even more disturbing as far as victimization of Sylvester goes is the unpleasant "Canned Feud". In this one, Sylvester's owners go on vacation and forget to put him out. Sylvester finds a cupboard full of canned cat food—but the only can opener is in the possession of an evil mouse, who denies Sylvester the can opener for no damn reason, presumably to starve him to death.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Granny is seemlingly harmless, but is much smarter and stronger than she looks.
- Demoted to Extra: Tweety became less active in later shorts, the main bulk of which revolved more around a bodyguard or alternate adversary guarding him from Sylvester (usually Granny or Hector).
- Determinator: In his pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
- Died Happily Ever After: Sylvester, who gets the last laugh on his foes in the afterlife in "Back Alley Oproar" and "Mouse Mazurka".
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Given Tweety's falsetto voice, many are the people who still don't know he's a boy. Despite that he's been seen swooning over women.
- It doesn't help in almost every foreign-language dubbed version, Tweety is voiced by women who sometimes don't bother to make him sound remotely male.
- Nor does it help that one of the cartoons is titled "Ain't She Tweet".
- Thanks to Tweety's notorious history of this, The Looney Tunes Show decided to make a gag out of giving him an Ambiguous Gender. Sylvester doesn't even know what gender Tweety is until he's told in a whisper, at which point he exclaims, "I was wrong!"
- In an episode of The Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries Tweety flies into a bird house restroom labeled, "Men". Tweety sticks his head out briefly to explain, "See, folks! I am a boy!"
- Early-Bird Cameo: A bird identical to Clampett's Tweety in all but voice appears in "Wacky Blackout". There are also several early shorts which are considered to have prototypical versions of Sylvester.
- Enemy Mine: "Tweet and Sour" varies the formula by having Sylvester protect Tweety from being eaten by a rival cat, as Granny threatened to turn Sylvester into violin strings if anything happened to Tweety while she was out.
- Escaped Animal Rampage:
- Many cartoons have Hippety Hopper, a kangaroo, escaping from the zoo, causing Sylvester and his son to think that he is actually a large mouse.
- One of these cartoons had a panther escape from the zoo, just as a Bully Bulldog is chasing Sylvester. Hilarity Ensues when he mistakes the panther for Sylvester.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Hector's imagine spot in "Fowl Weather" of Granny shooting him to death, which is cut from certain TV airings. Granny even warns this to Hector before she leaves at the start of the cartoon...Granny: Hector, don't let anything happen to Tweety or (imitating machine gun) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: As seen in "Satan's Waitin'".
- Flanderization: Tweety started out as a character that was cute but violent and hilarious at the same time in Bob Clampett Tweety cartoons. Although Friz Freleng's first few Tweety cartoons, like I Taw a Putty Tat (1948), retain that same flavor, the little yellow bird gradually became a character that played cute only for the sake of being cute.
- Gone Horribly Right: In one story, Sylvester paints a white stripe on his back so the dogs guarding Tweety will mistake him for a skunk and flee. He does scare the dogs away but now has to put up with Pepé Le Pew.
- Harmless Villain: Sylvester, at least in the shorts with Tweety.
- Hidden Depths: Despite Tweety becoming softer, fans still speculate that he's still a sadistic being on the inside who takes pleasure in seeing Sylvester get hurt.
- Invincible Hero: Tweety. Though he had a slightly more vulnerable streak than most other Looney Tunes protagonists thanks to being diminutive, physically weak and with no special powers, he was one of very few to come out the victor in every appearance he made along with Roadrunner and Cecil Turtle.
- Latex Perfection: Sylvester has done this a few times, such as his female dog suit in "Muzzle Tough" (so convincing it fooled a dog catcher!) and goat mask in "Fowl Weather" (but Tweety wasn't fooled by it.)
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Surprisingly enough, despite his Chew Toy status, Sylvester got himself a moment of utter badassitude in "Scaredy Cat". After barely escaping the killer mice inhabiting the diaplidated old mansion Porky Pig has bought, and more or less deciding "Screw This, I'm Outta Here!", his conscience appears to him and reminds him of how Porky raised him from a kitten, and then of "the difference in size between a cat and a mouse", prompting Sylvester to grab an entire log and run off to take on all the mice despite their murderous nature. And he wins.
- Light-Flicker Teleportation: "Greedy For Tweety" did this: Sylvester is in a hospital bed and can't move, having been given sleeping pills. Every time he opens and closes his eyes, the dog appears closer and closer, wielding a club. It's prime Nightmare Fuel.
- Long Runner
- Motive Decay: Later cartoons put more spotlight on a protective bulldog (later named Hector in Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries) who guarded over Tweety. As such more emphasis was put on Sylvester trying to dispose of the dog to reach Tweety. Some cases evolve more into a vengeful Escalating War for his constant pummellings that he seems to forget about going after Tweety (eg. "Greedy For Tweety").
- Mugged for Disguise: Sylvester was fond of doing this to achieve a Paper-Thin Disguise.
- Musical Episode: "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat", a modern CGI short that essentially acts a music video for one of Mel Blanc's old Capitol records.
- Never Mess with Granny: Might very well be the Trope Codifier.
- Nice Mice: Usually played straight against Sylvester with characters such as Speedy. Exceptions occur in cartoons such as "Canned Feud", "Claws for Alarm", and "Snow Business", where Sylvester is tormented by sociopathic vermin for no established reason.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Babbit and Catsello from "A Tale of Two Kitties" are shameless parodies of Abbott and Costello. One cat in "A Gruesome Twosome" is a caricature of Jimmy Durante.
- Not What It Looks Like: To avoid being blamed when another cat captures Tweety, Sylvester spent most of the episode trying to rescue Tweety from the other cat. In the end, while Sylvester was placing Tweety back in the cage, Granny reappeared and wrongly concluded Sylvester was capturing Tweety again. Quickly accepting she'd never believe the events prior, he prepares for his trip to the violin factory.
- Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: In "Greedy For Tweety" when the both of them are strapped to hospital beds, Sylvester drills a hole in Hector's foot cast and drop a stick of dynamite inside, with shots of Hector perspiring increasingly as the process continues.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Sylvester does this from time to time; a very pitiful example is his attempt at disguising as a chicken in "Fowl Weather," using a red rubber glove and a plunger with feathers over his tail. A tough rooster in the coop wasn't fooled by it one bit.
- Pet Heir: Sylvester is left a fortune (and all of its attendant problems) in "Heir-Conditioned".
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Just how innocent Tweety is in his dealings with Sylvester is part of the gag. Granny's awareness of Sylvester antagonizing Tweety also varies from short to short.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Tweety in his earlier appearances, particularly the Clampett films.
- Punny Name: Tweety is sometimes referred to fully as "Tweety Pie" due to the cartoon of that title (a play on his speech impediment).
- Satan: A bulldog version of him appears in "Satan's Waitin".
- Speech Impediment: Sylvester's lisp and Tweety's Baby Talk.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Tweety in "Birdy and the Beast".Tweety: Aw, da poor putty tat. He faw down an' go BOOM!
- Team Rocket Wins: Sylvester never won against Tweety, though he got the last laugh in a handful of alternate appearances. He succeeded in eating an Asshole Victim parrot in "Catch As Cats Can" and outwitted Porky in throwing him out for the night in "Kitty Cornered".
- This Is Gonna Suck: Sylvester does this in "Muzzle Tough" after trying to show a dog catcher, whom caught him in a realistic female dog suit and mask (to try and trick Hector so he can gain access to Tweety), that he's really a cat, he notices a bunch of dogs angrily staring at him in the dog catcher's wagon, turns white and melts down...
- Threatening Shark: Towards Sylvester, that is, in the latter-day short "Hawaiian Aye Aye", who tries all he can to keep Tweety safe.
- Villain Protagonist: Sylvester, in his shorts with Tweety and Hippity Hopper.
- Villainous Underdog: While Sylvester certainly isn't weaker than Tweety, he's no match for Granny or Hector and has to find ways to sneak past them in order to get at the bird. That's without getting into his fights with Speedy Gonzales or Hippity Hopper.
- Wartime Cartoon: "A Tale of Two Kitties" has a Victory Garden appear, Tweety sics Anti-Aircraft cannons on Catsello in the ending, and tells the duo to TURN OUT THOSE LIGHTS.