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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Some see Daffy as a plain old Jerkass (his torment of Porky), others see him as a Jerkass Woobie (he hasn't had the best life, he's suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder, and it's implied he's from a Dysfunctional Family) or even an Strawman Political (with Daffy usually questioning "bureaucracy", comparing it to the Soviet Union). That he suffers a lot from Depending on the Writer only adds to this trope.
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    • Lola, in general. Some people think she's a Dumb Blonde, but others claim she's just crazy but not stupid.
      • In "Double Date," was Lola really stupid/crazy enough to fall for the lines she'd just fed Daffy, or was it all a Batman Gambit to get Bugs to call himself her boyfriend? Or both?
    • In "Bugs and Daffy Get a Job", was Daffy annoying Bugs with his snoring on purpose?
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Classic Looney Tunes fans ripped it apart for its tone being completely different from a regular Looney Tunes show. Despite that, the first several episodes of the show got high ratings with Season 1 regularly meeting or getting close to the 2 million viewer mark. Eventually they dipped, but even then, the lowest rated episode ("Super Rabbit") still gained a million viewers.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lola Bunny has been this since she was introduced in Space Jam. Those who weren't fans of her original one-note Ms. Fanservice personality incarnation see this Denser and Wackier version as a vast improvement, while those more nostalgic for her original version (or felt that it needed, at best, a little improvement) find her blatant stupidity annoying and her stalker tendencies outright offensive.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Daffy, Tina, Bugs, Lola, Yosemite Sam and Speedy dancing in Daffy's disco room at the end of "Daffy Duck Esquire".
  • Broken Base:
    • "Casa de Calma." Some fans liked it for how it harkens back to classic Looney Tunes formulas, but at the same time, it was hated by other fans for that reason as well.
  • Cargo Ship: The songs have this as a theme: Elmer Fudd x grilled cheese sandwiches: Marvin the Martian x his laser cannon.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Some fans see the "Grilled Cheese" video by Elmer Fudd as unsettling...but incredibly hilarious. One commenter put it best:
    "Why was that so wrong yet so hilarious?"
    • In Reunion, the real history shows after Porky pushes Daffy's face into a piece of cake, everyone else just picks him up, chants "Daffy Dork", and toss him into the Mashed Potatoes. It's so cruel that it's hilarious.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Marvin the Martian as always.
    • Tina Russo thanks to her strong personality and snarking attitude.
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    • Foghorn Leghorn and his blonde secretary, Carol.
    • Both of Lola’s parents are liked for their ditzy but warm personalities and brutally subverting the overprotective parents tropes and becoming quite close to Bugs. Lola's mother Patricia especially is liked for her design which has sparked quite a lot of... mature fan art.
    • Faora, the Zod/Daffy girlfriend from "Super Rabbit".
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2. Daffy is less of a jerk, Bugs gets more screentime, Lola is funnier and less of a creepy stalker, no more CG shorts of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, a redesign of all characters and better plots in general.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The background art in "Tasmanian Meltdown" resembles the one used in season 2.
    • Daffy makes a big deal about Porky stealing his fries. Doesn't that remind you of a couple of other Cartoon Network shows?
    • In "Members Only", Lola misperceives Bugs to be a bad boy after a failed attempt to get Lola to break up with him. In "Rebel Without a Glove", Bugs really does become a bad boy by way of leather gloves.
    • The scene which Daffy questions why there's a name plate with the name "Darvin" on it is this, since some fans who ship Daffy/Marvin call the ship "Darvin".
  • Ho Yay: You could easily say the premise is that Bugs and Daffy are married, and nothing would change at all. It doesn't help that in the first episode they're on an Expy of The Newlywed Game. And of course their opponents, the Goofy Gophers, have long been an embodiment of Ambiguously Gay.
    • After 'Double Date,' we should just make a separate page for this. Here's the short and long of it: Daffy wins an romantic evening for two, so who is the first person he asks? Bugs. If that wasn't enough, when Bugs clarifies that a 'romantic evening' means a date, Daffy calls and asks Porky to a date. The kicker is when Porky accepts. And waits outside his house. With flowers. Even the SONG from that episode, 'Be Polite,' had gratuitous amounts of Ho Yay, but that's to be expected when you're dealing with Mac and Tosh.
      • With respect to the two latter, the song "You like/I Like" takes things even further.
      • Their other song, "Drifting Apart", has all the earmarks of a failing marriage.
    • Walter (Lola's dad) seems to approve of Bugs a bit too much.
    • Tweety and Sylvester in "Ridiculous Journey." They spend the episode bickering like an old married couple, have a Sleep Cute moment, then an Aw Look They Really Do Love Eachother moment towards the end. Sylvester denies it ever happened, of course, but it doesn't stop Tweety from gloating about it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Daffy, in earlier episodes. The writers weren't sure if we should hate him or pity him.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • In-universe, Foghorn Leghorn seems to have this opinion of Daffy. He's a Horrible Judge of Character.
    • Foghorn in the "Cock of the Walk" song
    • Daffy "The Wizard" Duck in "The Wizard" song.
  • Memetic Mutation: It has spawned a couple:
    • I took a gander at the millage page, saw that Double M was missing so I built up my rage and Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I BLEW MY STACK!!!
    • [Bad things happens.] But the Wizard is undeterred!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Cecil crosses this in "The Shell Game" when he plans to shoot Bugs and Porky in order to keep them from exposing his scam. It's not even played for laughs. Not even Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd in this incarnation or any other would go this far.
    • Daffy also crosses the MEH in "The Float". He takes every cent of Porky's money, saying he needs it for a kidney operation. After going bankrupt, Porky eventually discovers that Daffy used the money to buy a yacht and attacks him for it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sam's backup singers.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Lola's stalker-centric song, "We are In Love" was just filled to the brim with Yandere undertones. She going far as infiltrating his security system, invading his private space, going into stalker territory, and following him wherever he goes.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • While not everyone is sold, Lola has been better received in this show by those who didn't like the flat, eye-candy character she was in her first appearance, saying she had a more Looney Tunes-appropriate personality here as a modestly dressed Motor Mouth and Valley Girl who owns a Hammerspace Purse that throws Bugs for a loop. It's most evident in season 2, where she's still Looney, but with more common sense and no longer a stalker.
    • Daffy in Season 2 is showing signs of becoming a well-intentioned idiot with the occasional Jerkass moments.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Oh COME ON! Is Bugs going out with Lola? Or are he and Daffy in a rocky marriage?
  • Seasonal Rot: The 2nd half of the first season isn't considered as good as the 1st, a rare case of this happening within a season. "The Float", which aired in the second half, is considered the low point of the series by some. Fortunately, the show would hit its stride after this.
  • Signature Scene: The Grilled Cheese music video. Where else are you going to find Elmer Fudd sensually singing about eating his Trademark Favorite Food?
  • So Okay, It's Average: Those who don't love or hate the show generally say it had an okay setup and a weak execution. And both sides felt this way about the new Road Runner / Wile E. Coyote shorts that follow some episodes. Unlike the main show, they kept to the classic formula - yet the folks that 'miss the classics' aren't delighted and the ones who 'love the new formula' aren't criticizing.
  • Squick: "Daffy. Are you tellin' me that you don't use toilet paper?"
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • In "Bobcats on Three!", the kids throw Daffy into the pool while he exclaims he can't swim. Bugs, being fat, is the only one who knows this, and runs off to jump into the pool in slowmotion to save him. During that time, a song is playing sounding similar to Vangelis "Titles".
    • "The Wizard" has nearly the exact same guitar tab as Black Sabbath's "Children of the Gave"
    • The Merrie Melodies "Laser Beam" is a slow power ballad that's (probably deliberately) a Guns 'N' Roses sound-alike.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Porky going berserk and curb-stomping Daffy in "The Float". And about time.
    • Granny punching Daffy in "You Got Hate Mail".
    • People who hated Cecil the turtle were pleased to see Bugs finally get the better of him.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Online fans of the classic shorts and 90's revivals were skeptical about this update. Then they saw the leaked images, and they were not pleased. This also happened months before the show premiered. Cartoon Brew is a classic case—it covered the show in several blog posts, each receiving 200-plus replies!
    • The news that Joe Alaskey wouldn't be returning to voice Bugs Bunny (or indeed, anyone) got this reaction. It would probably have been a lot worse if not for the fact that they brought back Alaskey's predecessor, Jeff Bergman to pick up the role — although Alaskey is near-unanimously regarded as the better voice artist, Bergman still has plenty of fans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character
    • The more purist Looney Tunes fans have said that, while the idea of putting wacky, over-the-top characters in a banal sitcom setting is a funny idea, the fact that they basically act like sitcom characters anyway, rather than their original "looney" selves, ruins the joke.
    • Despite being planned to appear early in the show's run, with early production art showing two different designs, Petunia ended up not appearing until towards the end of season 2 and only for two episodes.
    • A lot of original Looney Tunes characters such as Sylvester, Tweety, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian and Wile E. Coyote have minor roles in the first season and are all but forgotten by the second season. However, Sylvester and Tweety get an important role in "Ridiculous Journey" along with Taz while Bugs and Daffy are reduced to minor roles. Daffy, in particular, has only one speaking line in the entire episode.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The show producers intentionally lead this series in a different direction from the original shorts in an attempt to avert being compared to them, similar to how James Cameron shifted the Alien series from horror to action with the second film—this was because the producers had accepted that it was impossible to live up to the original cartoons. Also like The Batman which went as far out of its way as it could to avoid Follow the Leader status, towards Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Uncanny Valley: Daffy's "beak job". It's also this in-universe.
  • Vindicated by History: Opinions on the show were rather mixed, both when it was announced and while it was out. After a few years, it's become more praised and seen as one of the more ambitious Looney Tunes projects.
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