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The Tiny Toon Adventures animated television series features an extensive cast of characters. The show's central characters are mostly various forms of anthropomorphic animals, based on Looney Tunes characters from earlier films and shows. In the series, the characters attend a school called Acme Looniversity, set in the cartoon community of Acme Acres.
Buster Bunny (initially voiced by Charlie Adler and later by John Kassir) is a main character of the show along with Babs Bunny. Buster is a young, blue-and-white male rabbit with a red shirt and white gloves. Bugs Bunny is his mentor. In the last episode, It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Christmas Special, Babs states that Buster is indeed her boyfriend. Adler voiced Buster in the cancelled video game Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe.
Babs Bunny (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is a main character of the show along with Buster Bunny. Babs dislikes being addressed by full name, Barbara Anne Bunny. She is a young, female pink rabbit with a yellow shirt, violet skirt, and violet bows. She can change her attire by spinning around and can also do impressions of celebrities including Mae West, Popeye, and Jessica Rabbit and a few others. In an episode of Animaniacs, she and Buster arrive to a party and Buster affirms in the reception, "Buster and Babs Bunny, no relation" to Bugs Bunny. Her role model is Honey, the girlfriend of the early Looney Tunes character Bosko.
Plucky Duck (voiced by Joe Alaskey at his "normal" age and Nathan Ruegger as a baby) is a young, green male duck in a white tank top. Much like his Looney Tunes counterpart and idol, Daffy Duck, he is portrayed as greedy, selfish and egotistical, often engaging in various schemes with the goal of personal glory. However, Plucky does have moments of heroism and goodwill and is more often than not shown to care about his friends and value their feelings. Plucky is friends with Hamton J. Pig and Buster Bunny (although he frequently annoys Buster, again much like Daffy does with Bugs). Plucky constantly pines for the love of Shirley McLoon though she has extremely little patience for him. Also like Daffy Duck, Plucky is capable of flying with his wings but very rarely does so.
Hamton J. Pig (voiced by Don Messick in the TV series and Billy West in video games) is a young, pink male pig with blue overalls. Based on Porky Pig, Hamton's role in the series is as a straight man, often against Plucky's antic. The only difference is that Hamton never stutters much like his mentor and idol, Porky. Hamton is also shown as an overeater obsessed with cleanliness. Since Don Messick's death in 1997, Billy West took over the role of Hamton in a few video games since 1998's "Tiny Toon Adventures: Toonenstein".
Elmyra Duff (voiced by Cree Summer) is a redheaded girl. She wears a blue blouse, a white skirt, black Mary Janes over white socks and a blue bow with a skull at the center. Based on Elmer Fudd, she is a total role reversal of Elmer; instead of hunting animals, she cares for them to selfish lengths and falls into the stereotype of the "spoiled and piercing-voiced girl." She is one of the few human characters in the series, and like the animal characters, she attends Acme Looniversity where she also serves as the nurse to the point of sometimes duplicating herself like in The Acme Bowl where two Elmyras are skipping happily carrying injured players off the football field in the game against Perfecto Prep. In one episode, Elmyra's family is shown, including her mother, inventor father, typical 90's teen sister, a brother about the same age as her, a super strong baby brother, and a maid.
Elmyra is obsessed with having animals as pets, and will chase them or trap them in order to take them to her house. Despite everything, she is utterly oblivious to the abuse she is inflicting onto animals. (This could make her a bit of a parody of Hugo the Abominable Snowman as well.)
In several episodes, it is revealed that she wears a wig. Her baldness provides further connection with Elmer Fudd. Her last name, Duff, is the backwards pronunciation of "Fudd".
Montana Max (voiced by Danny Cooksey), often nicknamed "Monty," or "Maxy" is a young, brown-haired boy and the main antagonist. Based on Yosemite Sam, he is bad-tempered, loud-mouthed, money-hungry tycoon. Like Elmyra, he is a human and attends Acme Looniversity. He is portrayed as a very wealthy character, living in a mansion and not having any friends, just a stubborn little boy. However, he does have a very rarely ever shown sweet side and has at least once been shown to have a good imagination. Elmyra likes Monty a lot, though he usually feels nothing but annoyance towards her. Monty is shown to be an only child and was the very first villain of the series as seen in the pilot episode.
Fifi La Fume (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a young, purple and white female skunk with a pink bowed ribbon in her hair. Based on Pepé Le Pew, she shares his character traits of having a French accent and aggressively seeking romance, only to find the object of her affection repulsed by her odor. Fifi often chases and unsuccessfully attempts to woo boys who have ended up with white stripes painted down their backs, such as Furrball the cat. She lives in a striped 1959 Cadillac in a wreck yard.
Gogo Dodo (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young, green male dodo with blue shoes, and a pink and purple umbrella sticking out from the top of his head. Gogo is noted for performing various bizarre sight gags or stunts. Unlike the other characters who attend Acme Looniversity, Gogo made his home in the Daliesque realm known as Wackyland, a surreal land where backgrounds changed constantly and the entrance to which was located across a bridge on the outskirts of the city of Acme Acres, the usual setting of Tiny Toon Adventures.
According to series writer Paul Dini, Gogo is the only member of the Tiny Toon Adventures cast who was a direct relative of one of the Looney Tunes characters; He was the son of the original dodo from the 1938 Looney Tunes cartoon Porky in Wackyland later named Yoyo Dodo. His catchphrase is "It's been surreal!"
Shirley "the Loon" McLoon, a young female loon, is a citizen of Acme Acres featured in Tiny Toon Adventures.
Shirley is one of the few characters of the show not directly inspired by an existing Looney Tunes character, though her appearance lends to comparisons to Daffy Duck's main love interest, Melissa Duck. She speaks with a thick Valley girl accent and, although she seems reasonably intelligent, is obsessed with superficial New Age paraphernalia. Her name is derived from fellow New Age aficionado Shirley MacLaine, while the latter part of the name is an obvious pun. She appeared in an episode of Animaniacs next to MacLaine. More often than not, characters refer to Shirley as "Shirley the Loon" rather than "Shirley McLoon." She appears not to notice the negative connotations of the nickname, and, in fact, the mantra she recites while meditating is "Oh, what a loon I am. Oh, what a loon I am." Shirley is often pursued romantically by Plucky Duck and Fowlmouth, more often than not choosing the former, as it is often mentioned in passing in several episodes that they are together. When not meditating or fortunetelling, Shirley hangs out with her Acme Looniversity classmates Babs Bunny and Fifi La Fume. She also appears to be a skilled sorceress, as in one episode, she used her powers to give Plucky the IQ of Einstein to help him ace a test.
In "Love Disconnection", while attending a high school dance, Shirley gets doused with red punch (driving her into a tranquil fury as seen in the movie Carrie), then proceeds to flood the gym with her telekinetic powers.
Despite her annoyance with Plucky, Shirley does seem to care for him and does date him on occasion.
Shirley is a keen ballerina who has to face prejudice when attending an upmarket ballet school otherwise attended exclusively by Perfecto Prep swans. Jealous at her superior dance skills, they mock her accent and try to sabotage her performance at their recital, but are soon thwarted by Shirley's nimble moves and a behind-the-scenes Babs, staging a sabotage of her own.
Shirley is voiced by Gail Matthius.
Furrball (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young, blue male cat with a hole on his right ear and a bandage on his tail. Furrball is usually depicted as living in a cardboard box in an alleyway, although other times he is shown as one of Elmyra's pets and briefly had a home with Mary Melody. He is often a quite peaceful and innocent character, but he is also one of the most unfortunate characters in the show, since he is almost always chased, abused or bullied, often by being squashed. For example, during the intro credits, he gets crushed flat by a falling upright piano to the lyric of "Furrball's unlucky" while sniffing a flower peacefully. He is less anthropomorphic in nature than the other animal characters, generally walking on all fours and almost always a mute, except for typical cat sounds.
He is based on Sylvester and often chases Sweetie Pie, who is based on Tweety. Unlike Sylvester, Furrball rarely speaks and therefore mostly resembles the Sylvester of the Chuck Jones cartoons, who is silent. In one speaking role (Cinemaniacs), he was voiced by Rob Paulsen in a mockup of Leonard McCoy from Star Trek. He also has another very brief speaking role in the episode "Buster and the Wolverine."
Dizzy Devil (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is a young and lavender male Tasmanian devil with a yellow propeller cap, as well as one pink eye and one green eye, and is also crosseyed. He is based on Taz, and like him, he spins around in circles and eats constantly. Also like Taz, his speech is generally monosyllabic or composed of random noises. But unlike Taz, he has no ears, horns, or a tail. Dizzy is also adored and sometimes accompanied by a trio of young ladies, who often make the other guys, even Montana Max, go crazy. Dizzy meets them in an episode where Dizzy fell in love with a little tornado, thinking that is another Tasmanian Devil, but when the tornado leaves the city, Dizzy falls into depression and then the trio of young ladies got moved and decide to pet him.
Sweetie Pie (voiced by Candi Milo) is a young, pink female canary with a light blue ribbon bow in her plumage. She is based on Tweety Bird, and is regularly pursued by Furrball as Tweety is pursued by Sylvester. Sweetie in turn chases Bookworm with about the same success as Furrball. Sweetie's pink coloring and mean-spirited personality seem to be a throwback to Tweety's depiction in the Bob Clampett-directed cartoons. In one of her appearances, she is shown to be cared for by an eagle, that at the beginning thought that she was also an eagle, only to find out that she was indeed too maniac and dangerous to care of. In some instances, she switches from her baby-ish voice to a louder, more obnoxious voice.
Calamity Coyote (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young, gray male coyote with pink high tops. He is based on Wile E. Coyote. Calamity never speaks, instead communicating through noises and through signs which he pulls out from behind his back. Calamity is also shown to be scientifically proficient, constructing random devices for the other characters. He also pursues Little Beeper unsuccessfully. Like Wile E. Coyote, Calamity's devices also frequently malfunction, although not nearly as frequently as with his mentor, and some are actually successes where Wile E. Coyote has far fewer to his name. Calamity is less antagonistic than Wile E., preferring to work on his various inventions rather than chase Little Beeper..
Little Beeper (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young roadrunner with red and orange feathers and blue sneakers. Much like his Looney Tunes counterpart, Road Runner, Beeper spends most of his time outrunning and dodging the efforts put into capturing him by Calamity Coyote. Unlike the Road Runner, Beeper can laugh and make other sounds, but he doesn't speak.
Li'l Sneezer (voiced by Kath Soucie), is based, by name, on the classic animated mouse Sniffles from the Looney Tunes shorts. However, his extremely talkative personality is based on Little Blabbermouse (hence his name being based on aspects of both characters). He is a young, gray male mouse who wears a diaper. He is shown to be allergic to many objects, even those to which no normal person would typically be allergic. His allergies trigger exaggerated, explosive, gale-forced sneezes capable of seriously damaging or destroying buildings as Elmyra had the misfortune of finding out. He is the youngest of the students at Acme Looniversity, as he is the only one seen wearing diapers. Due to his small size, he is sometimes seen spending time with other smaller students like Sweetie.
Arnold the Pit Bull (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a white, muscular, and male pit bull with a pair of black sunglasses, parodying Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is one of the few characters who does not attend Acme Looniversity. Arnold is shown as having various jobs, including lifeguard, doorman, zoo-keeper, security guard, bouncer, and gym owner. He hails from Romania, mentioned in the episode "It's Buster Bunny Time" and that he should move back there because it is safer, which explains his strong accent. His love interest is another white muscular pit bull interestingly named "Arnolda".
Byron Basset (voiced by Frank Welker) is a brown, black and white male basset hound, generally portrayed as being slow and lazy. He is based on Barnyard Dawg. One sight gag involves him turning around: to do so, he pulls his head and tail inside the folds of his body, and out the other side. He is also shown to be capable of flight, seen in the Tiny Toons movie "How I Spent My Vacation", using his stretchy skin to glide on a waft of air. Byron is sometimes shown to be one of Elmyra's pets as well.
Byron's end tag is a simple "Woof!".
Buddy Fowlmouth' (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a young, white male rooster with a blue, short-sleeved shirt. He is based on Foghorn Leghorn, though speaking in a New Yorker accent as opposed to a Southern United States accent. Buddy is shown to be very polite when in his calm demeanor, but when his short temper is provoked, he launches into a bleeped-out swearing tirade. In his first appearance, he was even shown to pepper all of his sentences with profanity, but curbs this when children are around. But other appearances show him using euphemisms instead, likely due to Buster's efforts to train him out of swearing in his premiere episode. His general profane word used in all other appearances is "Dadgum".
Mary Melody (voiced by Cindy McGee in her debut episode "Cross-Country Kitty", and Cree Summer in all other appearances) is a young, female, African-American human. Her name is a parody of Merrie Melodies and she may be based on Granny. As with the other human characters in the series, she attends Acme Looniversity. Melody sometimes hangs out with Babs, Shirley and Fifi. Mary has a sweet disposition with almost everybody and is also a bit more realistic about her surroundings than her human counterparts. She also prefers to blend into her surroundings and with her peers rather than kick them out like Montana Max or squeeze them to death like Elmyra Duff (also voiced by Cree Summer). Mary lives in an apartment building in the city of Acme Acres.
Bookworm is a green male worm with large glasses. He is based on the bookworm companion of Sniffles. He works at the Acme Looniversity library and is shown to be well-read, as well as proficient on the computer. In some scenes, he is pursued by Sweetie. Bookworm does not speak. He does, however, say something just before the football game in Buster Busts Loose on the SNES.
Concord Condor (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a young, purple male condor. He attends Acme Looniversity and lives in Acme Acres. He is based on Beaky Buzzard. Concord Condor is shown to be shy and dimwitted, often ending sentences in "nope nope nope nope" or "yup yup yup yup". He lives at Acme Zoo, where he spends most of his time relaxing in his nest and watching TV.
Barky Marky (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young, brown, and tan male dog. He is based on the Looney Tunes character Marc Antony. Barky Marky is portrayed as a typical canine who loves to play fetch as well as various other sports and activities. Even though Barky starred in his very own short entitled Go Fetch with Elmyra Duff, as well as making many cameo appearances on other episodes, appearing in the special Tiny Toon Adventures: Spring Break Special and the movie Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Barky Marky was still referenced and mocked for his lack of appearances on the Saturday Night Live spoof Weekday Afternoon Live. When Buster Bunny is reading the news out loud from the viewers complaining about him not being in enough episodes, Babs Bunny, posing as a Tiny Toons casting director, asks "Who's Barky Marky?"
The faculty of Acme Looniversity are classic Looney Tunes characters that some of the students are based on:
The following characters have made occasional appearances in this show:
Tyrone Turtle (voiced by Edan Gross) is a little green male turtle with a hard shell, based on Cecil Turtle, a minor Looney Tunes character. Tyrone Turtle is seen in a few episodes such as Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow, and The Wide World of Elmyra.
Roderick and Rhubella Rat are minor characters and students from Perfecto Prep, a rival school of Acme Looniversity. Roderick and Rhubella are rivals of Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny, and voiced by Charles Adler and Tress MacNeille respectively, who also voice Buster and Babs. They're said to be inspired by Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They are portrayed as snooty, rich brats who believe they are above everyone else, but always get outdone and outsmarted by the bunny duo. Both Rubella Rat and Margot Mallard are two of the three quite unenthusiastic cheerleaders for Perfecto Prep.
Danforth Drake and Margot Mallard (voiced by Rob Paulsen and Kath Soucie), like Roderick and Rhubella Rat, are minor characters and students of Perfecto Prep. They're said to be inspired by Disney characters Donald and Daisy Duck (ironically, both Kath Soucie and Tress MacNeille would end up later to voice Daisy). Danforth Drake and Roderick Rat are roommates, and both are members of Perfecto Prep's Sports Teams. Both Rubella Rat and Margot Mallard are two of the three quite unenthusiastic cheerleaders for Perfecto Prep.
Banjo Possum (voiced by Rob Paulsen), originally called "Woodpile Possum," is one of the minor characters on the show. He first appeared in the movie. He is a young, gray and white opossum with blue overalls, a brown and red hat and a banjo. He lives in the swamps and backwoods with his kinfolk, who, unlike himself, tend to capture and prey on innocent travelers who wind up wandering into their territory. He silently bonds with Buster over the way he can play his banjo, and through this friendship, he later rescues him, Babs, and Byron from a mob of predators pursuing them late in the movie. Because of his friendship with them, he ultimately decides to enroll at Acme Looniversity at the end of the movie to get some "edumacation" and spend more time with them. Since his debut, he makes other appearances, both speaking and voiceless.
Banjo is roughly based on the character Lonnie from the movie Deliverance.
Witch Sandy (voiced by Sally Struthers) is a witch based on Witch Hazel, and had a one-time appearance on the show in a parody of Hansel and Gretel. She lived in a house made out of carrot cake and drew the attention of Buster and Babs. She tried to use the two in a recipe like Hazel, turning Babs into a non-anthropomorphic white rabbit and summoning her cutlery to try and kill Buster, but she got turned into a goldfish. Sandy wears a cute disguise, but she is actually as hideous looking as Hazel.
Saul Sheepdog is a blueish green sheepdog puppy based on Sam Sheepdog. He is a silent character. He makes cameo appearances in a few episodes such as The Acme Bowl and the short Duck Trek (parody of Star Trek) from the episode Cinemaniacs.
Chewcudda (voiced by Frank Welker) is a bull and a minor character on the show. He only appeared in one episode, A Quack in the Quarks, a parody of Star Wars. Chewcudda was a parody of Chewbacca, except he is a bull and not a wookiee like Chewbacca. He is based on the Looney Tunes character Toro the bull from Bully for Bugs.
Chewcudda goes along for the ride with Plucky and Frank and Ollie (two young alien ducklings who came to earth seeking a savior, but instead found Plucky), as they set off to try and take down Duck Vader (a parody of Darth Vader) and his versions of stormtroopers (with armor shaped in the form of a duck). Plucky mistakes him for a bean bag at first and sits on him, but Chewcudda reveals himself and yells at Plucky. Plucky sticks out his tongue at the large bull, and this makes Chewcudda furious. He charges into him. Chewcudda charges into anything (or anyone) when he sees the color red, as Ollie states, "It's the bull in him."
Later, he is captured by the stormtroopers and his feet are tied up together by rope. He chews on grass (hence the pun "Chew" in his name) and spits it at a couple of the stormtroopers, knocking them over. When Frank throws a bottle of ketchup at Duck Vader, it busts and covers him in it, causing Chewcudda to break free from his rope and charge into Vader, sending him across the room and knocking him unconsciousness.
The Wackyland Rubber Band is what the name implies, a band of animorphic rubber bands that are residents of Wackyland. Capable of shaping themselves into various instruments from drums to horns, this lively quartet can play almost anything and is usually featured in large or important events, such as the halftime show of the football game in The Acme Bowl or the source of the music at the junior prom in Prom-ise Her Anything.
Lightning Rodriguez is a rejected mouse character based on Speedy Gonzales. According to creator Tom Ruegger, Rodriguez was conceived as a Latino character with speed as his main trait. But the staff of the show decided they already had a fast character in Little Beeper, so the character would be superfluous. Creating a younger version of Speedy was not a high priority. The Speedy Gonzalez series were already attracting criticism for their characters' ethnicity, and it was feared Rodriguez would be seen as an ethnic stereotype.
Despite this, Rodriguez actually made 2 appearances on the show; one was in The Acme Bowl, where he is seen singing with the other 'Tiny Toons' around a campfire at night before playing against Perfecto Prep. His other appearance is in the episode You Asked for It, where Plucky displays a machine that shows which character the fans want to see (Rodriguez is one of the characters that passes by on the machine's screen).
Lady May (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a pink female pig based on Petunia Pig. She only appeared at the beginning of Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian, where Hamton stars in his own segment Fleche de Lard (meaning "arrow the lard"). When they are about to kiss, Buster and Babs interrupt the segment. Lady May ends up kissing Plucky.
In the segment itself villainous Lord Sebastian (a wild boar) tells Lady May (the damsel in distress) that he plans to take her as his wife. Then "Sir Hamton the Prudent" comes to the rescue, challenging the villain to a sword duel. Hamton calls for Plucky as Knave Pluck to give him his sword. He battles Lord Sebastian, defeats him, and chases him away. Hamton thus saves Lady May. She and Hamton are about to kiss, only to be interrupted by Buster and Babs, who complain about not being in the cartoon. She is last seen in the background, kissing Plucky while Hamton tells them that this cartoon was his vehicle to stardom.
Egghead Jr. is a one shot character who greatly resembles Elmer Fudd (who himself had evolved from an earlier character named Egghead). In Plucky's Dastardly Deed, he is "the smartest kid in class", whom Plucky aims to swap tests with. Egghead Jr. is based on the obscure Looney Tunes character, Egghead. The former's head is a bit larger and his nose is smaller. The latter was never officially seen on Tiny Toon Adventures.
Julie Bruin (voiced by Julie Brown) is an attractive anthropomorphic female bear and a caricature/parody of her voice actress Julie Brown, who appears in the episode "Tiny Toon Music Television" in a segment called "Just Say Julie Bruin" which is a parody of Brown's MTV Music Video show Just Say Julie.
She first appears after the opening credits of her sketch, where she is laying down what seems to be a version of Twister. She then tells the viewers that she's having a 1960s-style tango party with Buster and Babs, who said they invited Madonna to her party. When Buster and Babs arrive, they seem to be alone. Buster and Babs tell her that they did not say Madonna but Fuddonna (Elmer Fudd in drag).
Julie puts on a music video starring Montana Max singing, Money (That's What I Want). She later makes a non-speaking appearance in the same music video on Monty's cruise ship, where he tosses her into the ocean. He throws a lifesaver for her to float on, but she gets hit in the head with it instead.
Gotcha Grabmore (voiced by Joan Gerber) is an evil businesswoman who kills wild animals to make cosmetics. She only makes two appearances in Raining Daze , trying to kill a seal and Whale's Tales, trying to kill a whale.
Gotcha first appears in the segment Fur-Gone Conclusion as the main antagonist. When Buster and Babs take a wrong turn on their way to Aruba and end up in Antarctica, Babs gets frozen in a block of ice and is defrosted by a baby seal. Gotcha captures the baby seal and attempts to skin it, so Babs and Buster disguise themselves as the Vanderbunnys in an attempt to save it. Gotcha returns in the episode, Whale's Tales, again as the main antagonist. She builds a new cosmetics factory and teams up with a crew of octopi pirates, led by Octavius. Together, they capture a mother whale, leaving her baby in the hands of Elmyra Duff. Buster and Babs rescue the baby whale and he takes them to Gotcha's factory. Gotcha plans to kill the mother whale to use her blubber for her cosmetics. She even threatens to kill the baby, to "make baby oil."
Gotcha makes a cameo appearance in the A Cat's Eye View episode segment, Party Crasher Plucky, where she is one of the celebrities seen attending Shirley MacLaine's party.
Sappy Stanley is a green elephant and very jealous at Bugs Bunny. He has made only one appearance in "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?" which is a parody of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Sappy Stanley is a parody of Terrytoons character, Sidney the Elephant, a.k.a. Silly Sidney. Sidney was created by Gene Deitch.
As a baby, Stanley discovered he had the ability to make others laugh, when chimpanzees threw coconuts at his head and laughed at him. Throughout the 1950s, Stanley starred in many classic cartoons. His best cartoon was Which Way to the Arctic?, which involved him getting hit by coconut-throwing chimpanzees. The film was nominated for the Hollywood Shloscar (a parody of the Oscars), but lost to Knighty Knight Bugs (1958). Outraged, Stanley moved to Paris, where he became a national star, but slowly began building up his revenge against Bugs Bunny.
The historical background to the episode was the nomination of Silly Sidney's second short, called Sidney's Family Tree (1958), for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It lost to Knighty Knight Bugs.
The Coyote Kid (voiced by Frank Welker) is a brown coyote who is an outlaw and is the main antagonist of "High Toon". He closely resembles Wile E. Coyote, not to be confused by him.
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