Archive Panic: 198 classic theatrical shorts (only 90 of which are on DVD) and 53 modern TV episodes (each of which are split into three segments, and exactly one episode has seen a DVD release), and that's not counting tie-in materials such as the comics.
Dork Age: Pretty much all of the cartoons from 1955 onward, where the animation and art direction not only took a nosedive, but the humor of the cartoons degenerated into boring, witless filler, not helping that Woody got turned into a bland as wheat protagonist. Some even argue the decline began even earlier, right after 1951, when the last Woody cartoon directed by Dick Lundy was made before the Lantz studio was briefly shut down until the next year, but even the early fifties cartoons are held in higher esteem than what came from the mid to late 50s and on.
Gorgeous Gal, a female, rich and older bird who fell in love with the Woodpecker instantly. She flirted, kissed him many times, chased after him, tried to seduce him, and finally trapped and marrying him (all against his will).
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Woody is very popular in South America, especially in Brazil, to the point where all of his cartoons are still aired there to this day (even the post-1955 ones)! Brazilian TV Record even has become infamous for having the toons frequently in their programming, as the sole feature of their children's block, and particularly before the night news (it got worse as the Woody Woodpecker reruns aired after - and at times instead of - their 2012 Olympic Games coverage). He even got a live action/CGI hybrid film that was released theatrically in Brazil!note And a few other Latin American countries. It later came out straight to DVD abroad.
Growing the Beard: The early shorts were fun, but sloppy attempts at imitating Looney Tunes. Things started improving when Shamus Culhane came and improved the direction and art of the cartoons, but the series truly reached its peak when Dick Lundy began directing.
Genius Bonus/Fridge Brilliance: Woody Woodpecker being the star of the video gameCrazy Castle 5 seems bizarre considering that Bugs Bunny was the star of the previous four games—but when you're familiar with the history of both characters, and know that the "Proto-Bugs" from shorts like "Porky's Hare Hunt" was quite similar in personality to Woody (even having a non-sped up take on his famous laugh) and that both characters were (initially in Woody's case) voiced by the same actor and that both Woody and the Proto-Bugs had Ben Hardaway on board for them, you could say that things came full circle.
Scapegoat Creator: Paul J. Smith picks up a lot of flak for the cruddier efforts produced during the 1960s and 1970s. It's debatable how much (if any) of it's deserved; while it's true that Lantz's budgets were pitiful even compared to what the likes of DePatie-Freleng and Sib Tower 12 were working with at the time, the general consensus tends to be that the cartoons by Lantz's other director in this period, Sid Marcus, were far better than Smith's output. Either Smith was overwhelmed by the combination of budgetary problems and his (allegedly) failing eyesight, or he just plain gave up trying to make anything decent.
Seasonal Rot: As mentioned above, the series went into a steep decline after the mid 1950's.
Tear Jerker: "Born to Peck", featuring an elderly, possibly dying Woody reminiscing about his childhood, is a really stark contrast to a series otherwise loaded with comedy. And the ending even has him attempt suicide!
Values Dissonance: "The Screwdriver" has Woody dressing up as a rather politically incorrect depiction of a "chinaboy" with carriage for a gag.
Chinese,American Indians and other racial caricatures have been featured in more than one shorts such as Scalp Treatment,Barber of Seville,and The Screwdriver.
The Woobie: Mr. Woodpecker, Woody's father, considering "Born to Peck" establishes that his wife left him to raise a Jerkass son all alone.
The 2017 film
Audience-Alienating Premise: The idea of a film centered around a cartoon character that is now virtually unknown (at least in the US, not so much in Brazil) due to the fading popularity of his cartoons didn't exactly appeal to many people. This wasn't helped by the trailers indicating that it would be a Cliché Storm like previous cartoon-to-live-action film adaptations.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Woody's short rap about himself. It's there for no reason other than reviving the classic song from his starring debut "Everybody Thinks I'm Crazy".
Memetic Psychopath: Due to his over-the-top antics and the film's inability to create a world where cartoony humour can work, this version of Woody recieves this treatment.