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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, each one based on a different Looney Tunes character (with the exception of Arnold the Pit Bull). In the series, the characters attend a school called Acme Looniversity, set in the cartoon community of Acme Acres.
Buster Bunny (voiced by Charlie Adler, later by John Kassir) is the 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. On several instances in the show, Buster has indicated that 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. Charlie Adler was Buster's voice actor until the end of season 3, when he was replaced by John Kassir. Buster resembles the intrepid and intelligent side of Bugs Bunny, sometimes being incredibly ingenious compared to his mentor.
Babs Bunny (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is the second main character alongside Buster Bunny. Babs' full name is Barbara Anne Bunny but she dislikes being addressed by it. Babs is a young, female pink rabbit with a yellow shirt, violet skirt, and violet bows. On plenty of occasions, she can change her attire by spinning around and she can also do impressions of celebrities including Mae West and Jessica Rabbit. In an episode of Animaniacs, she and Buster arrive to a party and Buster affirms in the reception "Buster and Babs Bunny, no relation", implying that after the end of the series, they remain as boyfriend and girlfriend. She represents the crazy and maniac side of Bugs Bunny, though in "Fields of Honey" it is also revealed she drew inspiration from Honey, the girlfriend of the early Looney Tunes character Bosko. Her constant changes of attire and her imitations of fellow characters is a homage to the tendency of Bugs Bunny to disguise himself to fool other characters.
Plucky Duck (voiced by Joe Alaskey at his "normal" age, 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. Plucky is friends with Hamton J. Pig and Buster Bunny (although he frequently annoys Buster, again much like Daffy does with Bugs).
Hamton J. Pig (voiced by Don Messick) 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 being obsessed with cleanliness, as well as being an over-eater.
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 falling 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.
Elmyra is obsessed with having animals as pets, and will chase them or trap them in order to take them to her house.
Montana Max (voiced by Danny Cooksey), often nicknamed "Monty," or "Max" is a young, brown-haired boy. 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 seeking romance, only to find the object of her affection repulsed by her odor. 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 female duck, 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. Although she seems reasonably intelligent, she speaks with a thick Valley girl accent and 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. 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, I'm a loon." Shirley is often pursued romantically by Plucky Duck and Fowlmouth. When not meditating or fortune-telling, 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 squashed flat by a falling piano. 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 as well as Penelope Pussycat.
He is based on Sylvester by chasing Sweetie Pie who is based on Tweety. Unlike Sylvester, he rarely speaks. Therefore he mostly resembles the Sylvester in the Chuck Jones cartoons, who is silent. He is also based on Penelope Pussycat as he is chased by a romantic skunk, Fifi La Fume (who is based on Pepé Le Pew). In one of these speaking roles (Cinemaniacs), he was voiced by Rob Paulsen in a mockup of Leonard McCoy from Star Trek.
Dizzy Devil (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is a young, purple male Tasmanian Devil with a yellow beanie, as well as one pink eye and one green eye. He is also crosseyed. He is based on Taz, and like him, spins around in circles and eats constantly. Also like Taz, his speech is generally monosyllabic or composed of random noises. 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 the young ladies 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 fall depressed 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 bowed ribbon in her hair. She is based on Tweety Bird, and is regularly pursued by Furrball as Tweety is pursued by Sylvester. Sweetie's pink coloring, devious grin, and mean-spirited personality seem to be a throwback to Tweety's early appearances. 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 frequent as his mentor and some were actually successes where Wile E. Coyote has far fewer to his name. He is also slightly less antagonistic toward Beeper, preferring to work on his various inventions to chasing after the young roadrunner.
Little Beeper (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young roadrunner with red and orange feathers and gray 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 was able to laugh & make other sounds, but he doesn't speak.
Li'l Sneezer (voiced by Kath Soucie), based on the classic animated mouse Sniffles from the Looney Tunes shorts, is a young, gray male mouse who wears a diaper. Sneezer is shown to be talkative, like Little Blabbermouse, as well as allergic to many objects. 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 Loo, as he is the only one seen wearing diapers.
Arnold the Pit Bull (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is a white, muscular, 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 Summer 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!".
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. Fowlmouth 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 Cathy Cavadini 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 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 in to 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 are portrayed as snooty, rich brats who believe they are above everyone else, but always get outdone and outsmarted by the bunny duo.
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. 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) is one of the minor characters on the show. He first appeared in the movie. Banjo Possum is voiced by Rob Paulsen. Banjo is a young, gray and white opossum with blue overalls, a brown and red hat and a banjo. He attends Acme Looniversity and lives in the swamps and backwoods with his kin folk. He 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 real 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 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.
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. (They first appear in "Dough For the Do-Do", a late 40s color remake of "Porky in Wackyland")
Lightning Rodriguez is a rejected mouse character based on Speedy Gonzales. Despite this, he 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).
Patmay K. Pig (voiced by Debi Derryberry and Kath Soucie in "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian") is a pink female pig based on Petunia Pig. She wears an Acme Looniversity cap when she goes to school. She usually wears a green blouse and a pink skirt. She has brown pig tails with pink matching bows on. She appeared at the beginning of "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", when Hamton starred in his segment, which got interrupted by Buster and Babs.
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." also appears in Hog Wild Hamtom, but this time is redrawn as the actual Egghead Jr. baby chick from the Foghorn Leghorn series.
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.
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