Yakky Doodle, like many of his fellow Hanna-Barbera characters, started out as a supporting character that got their own line of shorts. Yakky's cartoons specifically were a supporting slot to Yogi Bear.
Yakky is a small duck who doesn't have a Momma and often gets himself into adventures — a lot of which involve someone trying to eat him (usually Fibber Fox or Alfy Gator). His best friend is a dog named Chopper.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Chopper just wears a neck tie. Alfy wears only a collar and bowtie.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In his establishing supporting roles, Yakky was occasionally more blue and black, and even once purple and black.
- Catchphrase: Yakky was originally prone to asking "Are you my Mama?" to dubious candidates for that role. This was later dropped.
- Civilized Animal: Chopper, Alfy, and Fibber count as examples. They fulfill their species roles (the last two as predators), live outside (or in Chopper's case in a doghouse), and tend to behave like animals. However, the first two are examples of an Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal while Fibber is a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal — and they do talk.
- Enemy Mine: In their only appearance together, Fibber and Alfy end up teaming up.
- In Tom and Jerry, Hanna and Barbera had pretty much made a template in Little Quacker to the point that very similar little ducks popped up among various HB cartoons until this more firm Yakky Doodle character emerged.
- The song Disco Duck by Rick Dees And His Band Of Idiots describes a character who morphs into a duck on the dance floor. He sounds a lot like Yakky and even uses the word Mama similarly.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Fibber Fox does not handle the Voices Are Mental episode very well.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Fibber wears only a sweater.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Yakky often tries to sing and in one episode, his lack of ability to do so was a plot point. He seems to have a particular predilection for the old Vaudeville song "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay."
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Alfy Gator is clearly based on Alfred Hitchcock. He even explains his duck traps as Hitchcock would introduce an episode of his show. In addition, the voice of Fibber Fox is close to that of Shelley Berman, while Chopper's is modeled on Wallace Beery. Not to mention that Yakky sounds quite a bit like Donald Duck.
- Outlaw: Yakky encounters an old west outlaw in "Baddie Buddies", and he naively destroys his criminal career while pursuing his friendship throughout the entire short.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: While Yakky himself appeared in one (the Yogi Bear short "Slumber Party Smarty"), Hanna-Barbera had hopes for Alfy Gator to be a star of his own line of shorts. This never came to fruition.
- Protagonist Title: The show is named after the title character.
- Ring Around the Collar: Yakky is unusual in that he has a naturally-occurring neck feature that facilitates animation shortcuts, a colored ring of feathers. The other recurring characters all have more traditional examples: Chopper (necktie), Alfy Gator (collar and bowtie), Fibber Fox (top of a sweater).
- Rogues Gallery: Fibber Fox, Alfy Gator, and a cat who talks just like Fibber all try to cause trouble for Yakky.
- The Rustler: In the short "Baddie Buddies", Yakky encounters a rough and tough wild west outlaw and cattle rustler, who despite claiming to be a merciless cutthroat has too much of a soft heart to shoot an innocent duck, so he lets Yakky wander on unharrassed. Yakky, thinking that he's cool, repeatedly tries to befriend the man, to the outlaw's annoyance since Yakky is distracting him from his criminal acts and putting him at risk. After Yakky finally gets him imprisoned, the two do wind up spending some time together in jail.
- Talking Animal: Yakky is a rare example of a Hanna-Barbera Three Shorts character who fits this trope. He does not wear clothing, lives outdoors, and behaves almost like a real duck would, except he talks (to both humans and other animals).
- Three Shorts: Traditionally the third for The Yogi Bear Show.
- Voices Are Mental: In this case a mad scientist switches Yakky and Chopper. The voices go with them.