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  • Acceptable Targets: Moral Guardians and soft, bland, condescending children's entertainment — Tiny Toon Adventures had a deep, unapologetic dislike for both.
  • Adorkable:
    • Hamton is a naive, nervous pushover with an optimistic and likable personality.
    • Calamity is very nerdy, lovable and endearing most of the time.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Watching Elmyra cry is either this or annoying.
    • A meta example; when Elmyra was confirmed by her voice actress to not be appearing in Tiny Toons Looniversity, fans of Elmyra lamented her loss while a number of folks who legitimately disliked the character admitted that Elmyra did add something to the show at the end of the day, was at least funny in small doses, and that it would feel weird to have Tiny Toon Adventures without her. This fan art perfectly displays the situation Elmyra can find herself in.
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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Plucky really a self-centered, greedy Jerkass, or is he a mistreated, flawed woobie who just wants to be noticed? On the flip side, are Buster and Babs the actual heroes of the show, or are they unsympathetic, smug jerkasses with a serious Lack of Empathy or conscience? This blog shows it the most.
  • Anvilicious:
    • Given its era, the show often tried to give Aesops, which often as not wound up Anvilicious. Pro-environment aesops were common ("Whale's Tales", the Toxic Revenger shorts, etc.). There was also an episode about why meat-eating is bad that leaned towards parody with an end-cap gag that involves the characters declaring their new-found adherence to vegetarianism and tucking into a veggie tray, only to have the vegetables scream in horror and run away, and an episode about the fur industry that was played a bit more straight. "One Beer" openly parodied these Aesops.
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    • "One Beer" reportedly angered a number of parents and censors who believed the episode, which was designed to poke fun at moral of the story episodes, was in fact making fun of drunk driving. As a result of these complaints it was pulled from syndication for some time, at least until it appeared on the season three DVD set and aired uncut and uncensored on The Hub, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network (Latin America).
    • Then there was the episode where Moral Guardians sap the "tooniness" out of the show. Even "Whale's Tales" wasn't this ham-handed.
  • Awesome Music: This was the first cartoon in ages to use a fully orchestrated score for every episode, just like in the good ol' days.
    • The theme song, sung in full voice by the entire cast and orchestrated with an infuriatingly catchy melody, is one for the ages.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Fifi. Half the fandom loves her and views her as the show's Ensemble Dark Horse. The other half are sick of her because of the half that loves her, feeling as if she steals the attention away from the show's memorable humor and writing, as well as a vast portion of the main cast in a vast majority of fanworks, in addition to most of said fanworks falling under a Fandom-Specific Plot usually involving her being paired with someone.
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    • Furball, albeit it to a lesser extent than Fifi. He's the second most popular character in fanworks, mostly thanks to being the Fan-Preferred Couple with Fifi, and as a result tends to get caught in the crossfire of the above Fifi wars.
    • By the end of it, Elmyra can count as this. While she was quite The Scrappy that eventually got stuffed to another show that destroyed Warner Bros' good will, there were many that considered her also part of the 90's nostalgia and acknowledged that if not overly used, she could be funny. Cree Summer, her voice actress, later confirmed that she won't be returning in Looniversity, and the fanbase broke. Her fans declared that the revival was ruined because of this and Elmer Fudd, an iconic Looney Tunes character, would be left without a protegee this time; while others acknowledged that WB had to do some damage control after what she did at that other show and considered her an acceptable sacrifice, and that if they want, WB can create a new student for Elmer while taking notes at their mistakes with Elmyra for improvement.
  • Bizarro Episode: At least by the show's standards, "Slugfest" (from the episode "Mr. Popular's Rules Of Cool" is rather weird, starting off with Plucky and Hamton dressing up as the Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs and just going on from there.
  • Broken Base: Apparently, "Toon TV" was this when it first aired. Reactions have calmed since then, but it's still an occasional debate about whether it or "Tiny Toon Music Television" is superior. Per the TTA Reference Guide:
    Editor: Alright already! This one generated more extreme reactions than the (in)famous FIELDS OF HONEY, it seems. Personally I'd recommend it as a Must See Episode(tm) — the MTV-style mockery was in full force, some *priceless* moments, and the Wang animation was spot-on. However, many folks were annoyed by the archaic choice of song material, the literal interpretations, the absence of They Might Be Giants — in short, the departure from the slick attitude of TTMTV. It was reported that a TTA staff member, guesting at a convention, said it was their intent to move away from TTMTV's hip angle. Love it or hate it, you best check it out when it next airs ...
  • Crazy Awesome: Gogo Dodo and Babs. Buster can show signs of this as well: how else can you describe hitching a ride on a meteor just to make sure he wasn't late for school?
  • Creator's Pet: Someone at Warner's clearly really liked Elmyranote . First, there are a couple A Day in the Limelight episodes where the characters and formula were retooled for an obvious Backdoor Pilot for a spinoff called Elmyra's Family (which never materialized). Then she was gracelessly stuffed into Pinky and the Brain in a bout of Executive Meddling that neither the writers nor the audience appreciated. After this, she was excluded from the reboot and given a Take That! in a diss track in the Animaniacs (2020) segment "Gift Rapper".
  • Crossover Ship: There's a surprising amount of Tails X Fifi art and Fan Fics on the net. One could argue that there's more of it than Fifi X Hamton, Fifi's canon pairing.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Buster and Babs, who are supposed to be the heroes of the show, but are not above tormenting and heckling others just for fun, even if said person did nothing to deserve such treatment.
      • Such examples include stealing Montana Max's money, among other things, in "Lifestyles of the Rich and Rotten", when the worst thing Montana Max did to them was rudely change his mind about interviewing them, raining anvils down on Plucky and blasting him with cannons during "The Anvil Chorus" even though he had just spent the entire episode up to that point tied up, putting Plucky in their place to get beat up by the wolverine that was chasing them in "Washingtoon", and placing bunny ears on him in the Spring Break Special in order to make Elmyra think he's the Easter rabbit just to get her off their skins and they show no concern for Plucky's fate at the hands of her and just crack jokes about it.
    • The Just-Us league in "The Just-Us League of Supertoons" are presented for being in the right for rejecting Plucky and Hamton from the team, but they really come off as selfish and shallow jerkasses who only allow people with superpowers, but it's not really Plucky's fault since he doesn't have super powers like Batman since he's wearing Batman's costume and acts like him, (same with Hamton as he is wearing Robin's costume and acts like the sidekick to Plucky) and only uses high-tech weaponry and gadgets and is only a Badass Normal and rejects him and Hamton just for Plucky clog-dancing and just thinks of him as "a puny, egotistical green duck". They even say that "they're better off without Plucky", even after witnessing his abilities. When Monty invades their headquarters, they soon get zapped by Monty who takes all their powers, and then Monty zaps Plucky and soon learns he has no powers, but just his enormous ego which makes him weak and it gives Plucky the chance to defeat him and give the team their powers back.
    • Sweetie is no innocent character herself, she continuously and sadistically torments Furrball nonstop for no reason and finds joy in doing so.
    • Little Beeper is also a jerkass who isn't above sadistically tormenting Calamity by running him over with a truck plenty of times and doing other kind of assholish things.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Plucky, he may be a self-centered, rude, and narcissistic jerk, but there is the somewhat common occasion where he isn't being a jerk or bothering anyone, yet even during those moments the show still wants us to see him as a spiteful jackass who deserves every bit of what happens to him.
      • Examples include "The Anvil Chorus", where he is tangled up in a rope as Buster and Babs' puppet and gets trampled by the Elmyra clones at one point, and later gets anvils dropped on him and cannons fired at him by the duo, and in "Washingtoon", where he is shown in the wrong for joining forces with the Adults Against Funny Cartoons Chairperson, but he has good reasons to get back at Buster and Babs as they intentionally placed Plucky as the victim of the wolverine when it was chasing them and having it beat him up when he wasn't even in the cartoon!
    • Furrball is somehow treated as the villain in cartoons starring him and Sweetie, but most of the time, he's just minding his own business and Sweetie usually goes out of her way to make Furrball's life a living hell.
    • Even Calamity, he's usually a nice guy and is never sadistic, but is constantly a victim of Little Beeper's sadistic pranks and he gets run over by a truck with Little Beeper driving it plenty of times and somehow he's treated as the villain since coyotes chase roadrunners.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Julie Bruin, who only appeared in one episode but is quite popular.
    • Despite her recent Base-Breaking Character status, Fifi is again the more popular character. She appears infrequently in episodes and only has 4 shorts of her own, but is by far the most popular character with the fandom, for obvious reasons, and many fans wish that she had a bigger role. Being a Ridiculously Cute Critter and a sympathetic character also helps. This is probably also why she got cameos in Animaniacs.
      • Lampshaded in the special ''Night Ghoulery".
      World's Biggest Fan: And when is Fifi going to get her own series?
  • Fandom Rivalry: Although they were mostly Friendly Fandoms for years, with the announcement that Animaniacs was getting a reboot, something fans had hoped for decades would happen to Tiny Toons, more than a few Tiny Toons fans have become outright antagonistic towards anyone who admits to liking Animaniacs as a result. Thankfully, this may die down now that Tiny Toon Adventures is getting a reboot as well.
  • Genius Bonus: Only older viewers or those big on pop culture trivia or game shows will know what Hamton's referencing in "Kon Ducki" when he says, "I'll take Charley Weaver to block!" This is a reference to Cliff Arquette,note  a regular on The Hollywood Squares who appeared in character as Charley Weaver, a character he played on The Tonight Show and other shows of the era. (At that time, it was still believed the majority of the original run of Squares was wiped by NBC; thankfully, in 2002, someone uncovered a bunch of episodes in storage that were forgotten somehow.)
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is surprisingly popular in Russia and Japan. Not a coincidence in Japan's case. All seven Tiny Toon video games released during the '90s were made by Konami, while Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Bad Dream and the never-released Tiny Toons: Defenders of the Universe were made by Treasure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: This is probably the single biggest criticism of the series. Many of the show detractors point out that most of the Tiny Toons are, more or less, carbon copies of their Looney Tunes counterparts and half the show's humor comes from rehashing the same gags and jokes from the original Warner Bros. shorts.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Plucky. Just look at the torture Hamton's family puts him through in the movie, not to mention the devastating amount of pain he goes through on the show itself.
  • Love to Hate: Montana Max's obnoxious behavior towards others and loudmouth personality is exactly what fans of the show like about him since he makes great use for entertainment, and some of the shorts revolving around him are considered interesting to say the least. It helps that his voice actor is Danny Cooksey.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Water go down the hoooole!"
    • "The audience is now deaf." Often used in youtube comments in response to when a video is extremely loud.
  • Moe: The main cast is a bunch of cute Puni Plush Toons based on Looney Tunes characters. What did you expect?
  • Older Than They Think: For some viewers, it is easy to assume that Babs is the Tiny Toon equivalent of Lola Bunny; however, Tiny Toon Adventures actually predates Space Jam (Lola's debut) by a few years.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Zig-Zagged; the Konami games were regarded as decently developed, as was the GBA game by Treasure that also happened to be challenging. The Warthog and Terraglyph games, on the other hand, were considered to be of poor quality.
    • The Terraglyph and Warthog games are especially bad, since they were largely made as preschool games...when they came out years after the show ended its original run. The last one in the PlayStation trilogy in particular came out when much of the show's original target audience would've been in high school or college at the time of release. You would think they would've used the extra time to work on a game fans of all ages could enjoy, but nope!
  • Retroactive Recognition: In later seasons, Buster was voiced by The Crypt Keeper, Raymundo Rocket and Monsoon.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off:
    • Most of the Tiny Toons, aside from a few such as Montana Max, are this when compared to the original Looney Tunes.
    • Despite being Elmer Fudd's counterpart, Elmyra is almost exactly like Suzanne from A Kiddies Kitty.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Elmyra originally averted this, as she was actually well-liked early on in the show's run, and is the definition of a character who is enjoyable in small doses. And that's the problem — as the show went on, the network higher ups couldn't get enough of her, pressuring the writers to give her more screen time, including a couple of Poorly Disguised Pilots about her out-of-nowhere family, all the way up to shoehorning her into Pinky and the Brain at the protest of everyone involved years after Tiny Toons ended. This constant attention led to people getting a disdain for her voice, appearance, and abuse towards more popular characters of the show, and frequently faced no comeuppance for it.
    • Sweetie sometimes falls into this. Mostly due to the fact that unlike her adult counterpart, Tweety, she acts less like a Karmic Trickster, and more as an aggressor. This is especially prominent in her cartoon, "Let's Do Lunch", where her rival, Furball, was actually trying to ignore her, and not try to eat her. Furball being The Woobie doesn't really help with Sweetie's likability either.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Everything that this show laid the groundwork for (lush animation, orchestral score, sophisticated writing) would be not only repeated but improved upon with Steven Spielberg's next cartoon Animaniacs. TTA, while it had plenty of jokes for grown ups, was still, first and foremost, a children's show and is considered to be tame compared to it's successor. Ironically, Tiny Toons had a dedicated college-aged fanbase when it aired, while the more "adult" Animaniacs was mostly popular with kids.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The eponymous song in "Elmyra's Round the World" sounds remarkably like "It's A Small World After All". (Which was probably intentional.)
    • Dizzy's spinning theme is very similar to the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov piece "Flight of the Bumblebee".
    • Many times in the series, a soundalike to the Raymond Scott piece "Powerhouse" is used.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Elmyra getting chased by zombies in "Night of the Living Pets" and then getting a taste of her own medicine after she gives the monster part of her own brain causing the monster to become like her and make her into a pet in "Night Ghoulery". Later on she would guest star in the Animaniacs episode Lookit the Fuzzy Heads, which was an extended Take That! against her.
    • Little Beeper ends up being chased off by Fifi at the end of "Love Stinks", and Calamity actually wins at the end. For those who see Calamity Coyote as The Woobie (so pretty much, like, 95% of the fanbase), this is immensely and utterly satisfying to see.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Voice acting-wise, this is what happened with the voices of the Looney Tunes' characters in the Venezuelan Spanish dub, since it was the first time they were voiced by non-Mexican voice actors. The controversy was so bad, that WB decided to exclude anything related from them from being dubbed in Venezuelan Spanish and dubbing them in Mexico since then, regardless how much they have to pay for the dub.note 
    • Voice acting-wise in English-speaking countries, there are those who feel that the show went downhill when John Kassir voiced Buster Bunny after Charlie Adler quit (even though the episodes Kassir was in were the last new ones to be made before Animaniacs premiered).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For Fifi fans, "The Undersea World of Fifi", since it's only narrated by Fifi; she doesn't star in it and only makes a brief appearance. It's also a case of Non-Indicative Title, since Elmyra is the real star of the short.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • In "Prom-ise Her Anything", Montana Max is being legitimately stalked by Elmyra, who wants him to go to the prom with her. He does not have feelings for her, and does not even want to go to the dance. But because Max is the Designated Villain he is shown as being in the wrong for rejecting Elmyra.
    • Plucky in the Spring Break Special. He is minding his own business and just tries to get a girl to like him. Buster and Babs are running from Elmyra and just as he's about to get his girl, they use him as bait. Only this time, he didn't do anything to deserve it. After it happens, rather than show any care for Plucky like they would, Buster and Babs make jokes about it.
      • He comes off as this in "The Anvil Chorus" as well. After spending the entire episode tied up, Buster and Babs rain anvils on him and blast him with cannons despite him not doing anything to deserve it.
      • He especially comes off as this in the movie. Not only does he go through way more slapstick than usual (pretty much all of it undeserved), he also wastes his entire summer on the road trip from Hell with Hamton's family, nearly starves and dies from thirst while alone in a hot car, and is also stalked by a deranged serial killer. And then there's the Yank the Dog's Chain with "Happy World Land", and then the fact that Hamton gave the killer Plucky's address. Plucky's situation is supposed to be funny but when you fully realize the severe onslaught of torment he went through just because he wanted to go to an amusement park, he ends up being nothing but The Woobie.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Elmyra, and not just in "Prom-ise Her Anything" (see above). She's Obliviously Evil and doesn't want to hurt animals, but her idiotic mannerisms annoy people; her victims also make it quite clear that they want her to stop strangling them, but she doesn't seem to pay attention. Her Stalker with a Crush tendencies towards Monty (again, see above) can also tick people off, but not as much.
    • Buster and Babs can come across this at times. While they mean well and are the protagonists of the show, they do questionable acts that make them look unlikable. Examples include abusing Plucky throughout the episode "It's Buster Bunny Time" where Plucky is tied up and is supposed to be their "puppet" and in "The Anvil Chorus" where they rain down anvils on Plucky and have him blasted by cannons for the "1812 Overture" despite him doing nothing to deserve it and in the Spring Break Special, they place bunny ears on Plucky's head, which causes Elmyra to mistake him for the Easter Rabbit and take him away, all just to get her off of their hides.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Plucky, like his mentor Daffy Duck is a huge Butt-Monkey In-Universe, but is famous outside of the show and loved immensely by a large majority of the fanbase, he even got a spin-off called The Plucky Duck Show.
    • Furrball is an unwanted stray cat who is often abused and unable to find a home with anyone but Elmyra (who's the most frequent source of said abuse). His status as the show's resident Butt-Monkey is epitomized in the lyrics to the opening theme, "Furrball's unlucky," complemented by a piano falling on him as he's happily sniffing a flower. Yet he's quite popular for a relatively minor character, with numerous fanart and fanfiction devoted to him. Being both a Ridiculously Cute Critter and The Woobie probably helps a lot, as quite a few YouTube commenters on his shorts express their desire to see him get a home.
  • Values Dissonance: Since a lot of the comedy is based on Looney Tunes, it was inevitable that this would end up popping up. While not as bad as some of the Looney Tunes shorts of old since most of the comedy came from lampooning then current celebrities and movies, a few gags that slipped over from the Looney Tunes era have become this.
    • Buster and Babs, as well as several other characters, deployed the 'cross-dressing for comedy' gag that was used a lot in the Looney Tunes era. While this was considered harmless and funny in the 90s, growing awareness of the LGBTQ+ community can make a lot of these gags come off as downright offensive to them.
    • Much like her predecessor, Fifi has been gaining quite a bit of complaints about how her shorts were handled, as, with the exception of "The Undersea World of Fifi", they are merely Gender Flipped version of Pepe's shorts of old. Back in the 90s, this was seen as more 'acceptable' due to Fifi being female and her targets male, something which wouldn't be viewed as 'acceptable' today.
    • There’s also the fact that it shows some characters, even young teens, smoking. This would not fly well into children’s media today.
  • Vindicated by History: During its initial run, Tiny Toon Adventures received criticism for being a watered-down version of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons, and was often overlooked in favor of other WB cartoons. Upon being discontinued, the show was overshadowed by Animaniacs, and it ended up disappearing into obscurity for a time. Tiny Toon Adventures came back into prominence via reruns on cable channels as well as home video releases, and is now considered one of the better successors to the Looney Tunes shorts of old, right down to still having quite a big fandom.
    • The Kennedy Cartoons-animated episodes. They had a big hatedom during the early days of the internet, but that has decreased considerably. It probably helps that, for all of Kennedy Cartoons' problems, their animation on Tiny Toons still at least looks visually interesting and there were other animation companies attached to the show that had even worse animation than Kennedy's could get even on Kennedy's worst of days.
  • The Woobie: Fifi La Fume was supposed to be the Distaff Counterpart of Pepé Le Pew whose gag was about being outrageously persistent in pursuing love to the point of abhorrence, but she turns out to be a very sympathetic character. Unlike her other Acme Acres classmates, she is much more poorer, living in a wrecked car junkyard, and she's just as hopelessly romantic like her predecessor, but being a teenage girl, this means that her heart is much more fragile, leading her to many genuine bouts of crying whenever she's rejected, feeling that no one would love her. Being in Tiny Toons means that even her sad state and gender does not save her from slapstick, she got a lot of abuses and at one point, blatantly shown to have been captured by Elmyra to be her pet despite her best efforts to prevent it. And during her vacation, when she tried to pursue her favorite movie star Johnny Pew, she ended up being mistreated by him in an actually non-slapstick manner, he revealed himself to be an unbelievable jerk and sent her past her Rage Breaking Point. A major part of how many fans love her is due to how the fans feels so sorry for her.
  • Woolseyism: The Norwegian dub of the show sported some creative translations, where American references that Norwegian children wouldn't get were often replaced with Norwegian ones. Plucky was especially likely to reference Norwegian celebrities (for some reason he seemed particularly fond of name-dropping Kjell Magne Bondevik, the leader of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party), though the most famous one is probably from Buster in the How I Spent My Vacation movie. In the original English, Buster's line is "You know, Babsy, in this moonlight you look just like... Morey Amsterdam!" Since nobody in Norway knows who Morey Amsterdam is, the Norwegian dub instead had him compare her to Gro Harlem Brundtland, who was the Norwegian Prime Minister at the time.

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