T-LAB – Top 15 Looney Tunes Characters

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Oh the Looney Tunes…you’re one awesome Warner Bros. franchise that brought many generations to laugh and enjoy your cartoons. I am a fan of golden age cartoons myself and obviously, the Looney Tunes is one set of animated shorts that I’ve really enjoyed as a kid and still appreciate today. I agree with many people that Looney Tunes really holds up well for its huge list of distinctive characters that brought memorable comedy on the big screen.

I think it’s about time that I finally reveal my Top 15 Favourite Looney Tunes Characters. Keep in mind that these choices are my personal preferences. So please don’t go bananas if you don’t see your favourites on the list. Now on with the countdown you crazy varmints!

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15. Taz

Taz

Taz is the character that became huge in the 90s and 2000s when he appeared in more films, videos games from Warner Bros, including having his own TV series “the Taz-Mania Show”. Taz is wildly fun that he really shines that reckless behaviour when he became much popular than Bugs Bunny at one point. He’s lower on the list just because of the mixed incarnations of the character throughout the years, like him being Bugs’ pet dog in the New Looney Tunes Show for instance…Yeah…

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14. Miss Prissy

Prissy

Prissy may not say much except for “Ah-Yesssssssssssss”, but she is such a sweet heart to me. She becomes the outcast from all the other chickens on the barn and I feel like some audiences like myself do want to root for this fine gentle hen. It’s either we see her trying to succeed in laying her first egg or get the man of her dreams (i.e. Foghorn Leghorn). The best part of this character that even if she can’t speak much, she can deliver some great slapstick humour.

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13. Granny

Granny

Granny may look fragile and sincere, but when you mess with her and her Tweety bird, things get real and feisty for the elderly woman. I simply adore her gentle spirit, but also her tough attitude when she becomes overly protective to those she cares about (even though I don’t give too shits about Tweety from time to time). She can really surprise audiences with her roles in modern Looney Tunes shows, like being a detective in Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries or seeing a younger version of her WW2 in The New Looney Tunes Show.  That’s what makes Granny pretty cool.

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12. Goofy Gophers

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The Goofy Gophers have this polite whit that aren’t like any other characters from the Looney Tunes roster. These guys have the tendency to cause mischief in a classy fashion, like teaching a dog not to bury his bone in their home or get their tree back from a logging factory. Their shorts were always memorable every time I watch The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show back when I was a kid. Even their latest revision in the New Looney Tunes Show are perhaps the best characters on that show, despite what naysayers say about that Looney Tunes incarnation.

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11. Wile E Coyote

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You probably thought I’ve forgotten to add Road Runner with Wile E Coyote on this list…Nope. That’s no mistake. I can understand the popularity of the Wile E Coyote and Road Runner cartoons, I just prefer Wile E alone because he can do more than chase the Road Runner down, like getting Bugs Bunny for example. Plus he is the only cartoon character that I can tolerate that can speak unlike other muted cartoon icons from the 30s-60s. Some people hate when Wile E speaks, but I find it amusing, especially when he brags so much about his intelligence.

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10. Pete Puma

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He may have only appeared in one cartoon, but Pete Puma has made cameos in other Looney Tunes shows like The New Looney Tunes Show and Tiny Toons Adventures. His dumbfounded voice and his “Eeeeeeeeee” squeal is what gets me every time whenever I see this character. This is one underrated puma that I wished he had more cartoons back in golden age of animation, but at least he’s been recently appearing in modern Looney Tunes shows.

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9. Witch Hazel

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Witch Hazel is pretty much my favourite female character in the Looney Tunes roster. Her energetic cackling and quick fleeting animations is what made her a really fun character overall. Okay her villainous actions were by far more sinister than other witch characters, but she would present them in a fun cartoony fashion. Even if she does portray some typical witch cliches in her actions and features, but you really got to thank June Foray’s energetic performance for making Witch Hazel a pretty likable character.

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8. Elmer Fudd

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Elmer Fudd is those characters that’s marked as the baddie in the Looney Tunes roster, but at the same time can make audiences sympathize for the poor guy, especially the things he didn’t deserve from that waskeley wabbit. Elmer Fudd’s vocal tone is what makes him pretty iconic, from his fun chuckle to his memorable speech impediment that fans like to imitate. He maybe in a position that I don’t fully support (me no like animals being hunt down for sport), but it’s nice to see Fudd in other roles that’s outside hunting.

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7. Blacque Jacque Shellacque

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Of all of the obscure characters that are in Looney Tunes roster, Blacque Jacque Shellacque is my favourite underrated character. He may have appeared in two cartoons from the late 50s to early 60s, but he have made small appearances in modern Looney Tunes shorts and shows. But what gets me to like Blacque Jacque Shellacque a lot is his thick French Canadian accent. Interesting enough that Canadian TV networks would air his two only shorts more often on The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show than in the U.S. Guess we Canadians like short guys with thick mustaches.

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6. Foghorn Leghorn

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Whether you find this triangular drawn shaped rooster a big loud mouth schnook, he provides a lot of comedic lines and animation timing that’ll get audiences chuckling. Foghorn Leghorn is those character that you love to hate, especially acting like a big jerk to the Dog or other characters on the barn. Even when he’s trying to help other animals out with his advises, he’s got some smart ass thing to say behind their back. I like Foghorn Leghorn’s “I say, boy” catchphrase and informing others that he made a joke, even if he presents it in a “loud mouth schnook” tone.

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5. Daffy Duck

Daffy

Shocker! Daffy isn’t number one! I can understand the praise for Daffy Duck for always being the runner up character beside Bugs Bunny and tend to feel sorry for the unlucky duck. He has provides the best lines and comedy in the 40s and 50s shorts. However, there are times where I can get somewhat annoyed by Daffy’s jealously and jerk-ass attitude at times. But for the most part, his selfish, wacky, greedy and other trickster antics can get me chuckling out loud. Like Foghorn Leghorn, he’s a character that you love to hate, except you sometimes feel sorry for him.

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4. Sylvester

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Sufferin’ succotash! Sylvester is high on my list! What made Sylvester ranked higher was having other roles in his shorts besides trying to snatch Tweety. He has tried to teach Sylvester Jr. to catch big giant mice or paired with Porky Pig as a big scaredy cat. I like the varied traits that Sylvester has been shown in the shorts, but his pride and persistent attitude is what people remember Sylvester the most. I used to root for Tweety over Sylvester when I was a kid, but as I’ve gotten older, it became the other way around. Just eat the damn bird Sylvester! You know you want to.

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3. Yosemite Sam

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I may have mentioned a few rivalry and villainous characters from Looney Tunes on this list, but the one that can’t top them all is Yosemite Sam. He definitely has the personality of a villain for his fierce voice and violent spirit, which makes him incredibly memorable. I especially enjoy the imaginative roles he has become when challenging Bugs Bunny in the past, like being a pirate, a knight, a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy and many others. He had to be higher on the list for the vocal work that the late Mel Blanc had put into this character. It sure wasn’t an easy voice for Mel to do.

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2. Bugs Bunny

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You can’t go wrong with the wise intellectual, cool calming rabbit that instantly became Warner Bros. iconic mascot. Bugs Bunny is one of the most refine and unique characters that I’ve seen from my childhood, with his New York accent, clever antics and his “What’s up, Doc?” catchphrase. While I am not a fan of his earlier designs and vocals, the look and voice that people know Bugs Bunny today easily makes him extremely memorable. He maybe a little too perfect who always wins (except for a few times), but he’s got one fun personality you simply cannot avoid.

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1. Porky Pig

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Of all the characters in the Looney Tunes roster , I’ve chosen the oldest at number one. Porky Pig is one of those characters that plays the every man role, but also can be very enjoyable as a sidekick or even a rival (especially when a character this innocent can bring out a wicked tone to the audience). Some people may hate his severe stuttering, but I find it rather cute that suits his design perfectly. Porky Pig will definitely remain to be one of my favourite characters from the Golden Age era of animation shorts, especially being the only cartoon character during that time where he actually said “bitch” in a blooper reel.

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And that’s my list of my favourite Looney Tunes characters ever. You’re welcome to mention your favourites by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading and stay tune for more animation, cartooning fun.

LEGIT!

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One Comment on “T-LAB – Top 15 Looney Tunes Characters”

  1. thehande Says:

    Awesome list. I didn’t even know about Pete Puma but he looks like a funny fella. I really love Taz, Daffy and Bugs. Also, I’ve always liked Sylvester and Tweety a lot too. =D


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