List of Animaniacs characters
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot – the "Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister)", voiced by Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille. Yakko (the oldest) is a fast-talking smart aleck, he has the many of the mannerisms of Groucho Marx Wakko (the middle child) has a huge appetite and a gag bag filled with tricks. He often adopts a scouse accent modeled by Harnell after a younger Ringo Starr). Dot (the youngest) is cute and sassy, and uses her apparent innocence to manipulate and torment those who stand in her way. Within this fictional reality, the siblings were created in 1929 and often appear in other characters' skits, usually being chased by Ralph the security guard; most other characters are confined to their own segments.
- Major supporting characters
- Dr. Otto Scratchansniff – The German-accented studio psychiatrist, voiced by Rob Paulsen, who attempts to force the Warners to be less "zany." He often loses patience with the Warners and goes insane, pulling all his hair out. Since then, he has been bald. He eventually starts to grow fonder of them and takes up more responsibility over the Warners, occasionally even acting as a substitute father figure to them.
- Hello Nurse – The buxom blonde studio nurse (though she has a habit of appearing in various other occupations as well), voiced by Tress MacNeille, over whom Yakko and Wakko continually fawn. Her appearance almost always prompts the boys into lustfully exclaiming "Hellooooooo, Nurse!" and (usually) jumping into her arms, while the poor nurse mutters "Uh-oh" or "How did I get myself into this?". They will also call out her name if they see a beautiful female creature as shown in the episode Meet Minerva. Dot does likewise when an attractive man enters the picture. She also appears in a few Slappy cartoons, as part running gag where her response to one of Slappy's jokes or sarcastic comments is "Huh, I don't get it?" (sometimes this followed by the sudden appearance of the Warner Bros. who chase her off), which is consistent which her portrayal stereotypical dumb blonde. In at least two of Slappy cartoons, she is shown working for an airline once as a stewardess in "Bumbie's Mom" and airline ticket seller in "Gimme A Break". In Wakko's Wish, it's revealed that her "mean IQ [is] 152" (compare to Albert Einstein's IQ of 160). In the latter characterizations, she laments that she is respected only for her looks and not her mind.
- Ralph – A dim-witted Warners Studio security guard charged with recapturing the Warners and confining them to the water tower. He first appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures known as the Fat Guard, that made cameos here and there.. He is voiced by Frank Welker. In the movie Wakko's Wish, Ralph is referred in the opening credits as "Ralph T. Guard."
- Thaddeus Plotz – The height-impaired, hot-tempered, money-grubbing CEO of the Warner Bros. Studios, voiced by Frank Welker.
- Minor supporting characters
- Slam Fondlesome – A conceited news anchorman for the fictitious Newstime Live programme who is a parody of Sam Donaldson who refused to pay Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for a sandwich he had ordered. Appears in Broadcast Nuisance. His name was changed to Dan Anchorman after the episode got censored between its Fox and Kids WB airings. The episode itself was edited and truncated to make the Warners less cruel to the character. Voiced by Phil Hartman.
- Duanne Sewer – A rival newsreader of the fictitious Newstime Live programme featured in Broadcast Nuisance and a parody of Diane Sawyer. She is the anchorwoman in Washington DC, and her rival in Slam Fondelson / Dan Anchorman. She was voiced by an uncredited Tress MacNeille.
- Wolf Spritzer – A newsreporter for the fictitious Newstime Live programme. Appears in Broadcast Nuisance and is a parody of Wolf Blitzer.
- Mr. Director – A caricature of Jerry Lewis (voiced by Paul Rugg) who first appears in Hello Nice Warners; in later episodes he parodies Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now and appears as a clown who scares Mr. Plotz and Wakko in the episode, "Clown and Out." He is often heard uttering nonsensical pseudo-Yiddish words such as "Flamiel" and "Freunlaven".
- Ms. Flamiel – the Warners' prim and easily frustrated schoolmarm teacher. When she is angered, she is notable for giving people F-grades in a wild, illogical manner. Shipped off in a crate. Later returned on the episode Wakko's America. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Dot's Pet – Dot's pet is a monstrous creature always kept in her pocket inside a small white box. The creature's appearance is inconsistent, changing with every episode, though sometimes appearances recur, though not consecutively. The most common forms of the creature included a large bull-like creature, a plant parodying The Little Shop of Horrors, and a hairy form with enormous teeth (though the color of the creature varied). Dot's pet usually appears in one of two situations, when an antagonist tries to intimidate the Warners. In one of these cases, Mr. Director was her pet. However, in "Space Probed," Dot's pet and the Xenomorph fell in love with each other.
- Miles Standish – The Pilgrim antagonist from the Thanksgiving special, Turkey Jerky. Voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
- Mr. Gobble – The pet turkey of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot who runs and dances to the theme of Turkey in the Straw. Appears in Turkey Jerky.
- Sodarn Insane – A parody of Saddam Hussein. Appears in a cameo role in Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled and later as the antagonist in Baghdad Cafe, a crossover episode between Yakko, Wakko and Dot and Slappy Squirrel. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Francis "Pip" Pumphandle – A dwarf-like man who annoys Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in Chairman of the Bored with a very long story involving boloney and cheeseball sandwiches and Bob Barker. His voice is always in a dull monotonous tone, and while speaking, he generally tends to go off-topic about his story and talks about certain parts of his story, voicing his own personal opinion about them. The Warners develop an attachment. Voiced by Ben Stein.
- The Survey Ladies – Two women who pester Yakko, Wakko, and Dot with a survey involving beans, movies, and George Wendt appear in Survey Ladies. Voiced by Deanna Oliver and an uncredited Sherri Stoner.
- Wally Llama – Parody of the Dalai Lama. Appears in Wally Llama. Voiced by Richard Libertini
- Satan – The Prince of Darkness and the ruler of Hades who Yakko, Wakko & Dot encounter and driving him totally nuts in the process. Voiced by Ron Perlman
- The Protestor – A parody of Bob Dylan who sings 1960s protest songs as a form of torture for victims of Satan. Appears in Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled. Voiced by Jess Harnell.
- Professor Otto von Schnitzelpusskrankengescheitmeier – A fat and jolly German (Bavarian) who taught the Warners the international friendship song. The Warners make fun of his weight, and he takes that in stride, but when they rip off his clothes, he loses his temper and ejects them from his village. The Warners, oblivious to their own misbehavior, simply remark that was "some international friendship song". His only other appearance was the 1999 film, Wakko's Wish. Voiced by Jim Cummings
- Baloney the Dinosaur – A spoof of Barney the Dinosaur. Yakko, Wakko and Dot fear him due to his being immune to their annoying, abusive, and anvil-dropping ways. In this debut appearance Baloney and Kids, the Warner trio are forced to be on his show and make numerous attempts to get rid of him, but with no success. Voiced by Jeff Bennett.
- Howie Tern – A stork who is a parody of shock jock Howard Stern who Yakko, Wakko & Dot get the better on him and teaches him a lesson for not being nice to his radio audience. Voiced by Maurice LaMarche. Despite the bird-pun name, he is not a tern.
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain – An imbecilic white mouse and his genius companion, voiced by Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche. Despite the name of the pair placing Pinky first, the Brain is clearly the leader; he continuously launches attempts to take over the world, but something always goes wrong with his plans (usually, it is at least partially Pinky's fault). The Brain and his environment evoke Orson Welles and Citizen Kane. The series is quite famous for Brain's line "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" and Pinky's non sequitur replies. In 1995, their adventures were spun off into a dedicated series.
- Supporting characters
- Snowball – A genetically altered hamster, who also plans to take over the world, thus becoming Brain's rival. In the end of the three-part "Brain Drained" saga, he loses his intelligence and becomes a normal hamster. Only appeared in Pinky and the Brain spin-off, not the Animaniacs shorts. Voiced by Roddy McDowall.
- Billie – A female mouse with whom both Brain and Snowball are in love (although she is more interested in Pinky); she first appeared in The World Can Wait. In the episode "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town Again", it is revealed that Brain is married to Billie (who in real life is Sheila, and hates playing Billie), who pretty much only agreed because he's famous, and eventually kicks him out and makes Brain live in his restaurant. It is later revealed that the events were just a dream. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Pharfignewton – A white race horse, and Pinky's girlfriend. Vocals by Rob Paulsen and Frank Welker. Her name is a combination of references, namely the racehorse Phar Lap, Fig Newtons cookies, and "Fahrvergnügen", an advertising slogan used by Volkswagen.
- Slappy Squirrel – Slappy Squirrel is a grumpy cartoon veteran squirrel with an New York accent, who starred in metafictional Looney Tunes cartoons (see also Screwy Squirrel, an actual cartoon from MGM which featured a character with a similar predisposition). Today, she lives in a tree with her cute and chipper nephew, Skippy Squirrel. Often, she faces old enemies from her past, like Walter Wolf. Other situations see her facing common nuisances, like annoyingly perky neighbors (I Got Yer Can) and Skippy's emotional traumas (Bumbie's Mom). Usually she solves her problems with exaggerated cartoon violence, even blasting of the Warners' annoying new nanny out of Warner Bros. Studio when the Warners could not do it themselves because of their moral beliefs (The Sound Of Warners), ending the cartoon with her famous end line, "Now that's comedy!" The music played during the title cards and her segments is an excerpt from Antonín Dvořák's "Humoresque No. 7". Slappy is voiced by series writer Sherri Stoner.
- Skippy Squirrel – Skippy is Slappy's young nephew, voiced by Nathan Ruegger, whose chipper personality is the polar opposite of his aunt's. His characterization varied from appearance to appearance, from slightly naive (Slappy Goes Walnuts) to complete innocent (Bumbie's Mom) to complicit partner in Slappy's classic cartoon tactics (Critical Condition), but his idolization of his famous aunt remained constant. His catchphrase is "Spew"!, usually said when he sees something disgusting. In later episodes, Ruegger's voice had noticeably changed, having been digitally edited to a higher-pitched tone.
- Supporting characters
- Walter Wolf – Slappy Squirrel's longtime nemesis and pastiche/parody of The Big Bad Wolf characters of both Disney and MGM/Tex Avery. His name Walter Wolf may be a play on one of the names of Tex Avery's Wolf, Wally Wolf. His design and clothing resembles that Disney's Zeke Wolf. In "Justice For Slappy" he has an adult grandson is a prosecutor/attorney who along with Walter tries to get Slappy sent to jail for hurting him. He is often foiled by Slappy's expert knowledge of various old cartoon gags/cliches he often employs. He sometimes teams up with fellow villains, Sid the Squid & Beanie the Bison to take on Slappy, usually acting as the leader of the three. Voiced by Frank Welker in his first appearance, and Jess Harnell for the remainder of the series.
- Sid the Squid – A recurring villain who appeared in only three Slappy cartoons, Hurray for Slappy, Scare Happy Slappy, and Rest in Pieces, and was later seen in non-speaking cameos in Star Warners and Macadamia Nut. Voiced by Jack Burns.
- Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison – Another villain much like Pete Puma. He appeared only three times in Hurray for Slappy, Scare Happy Slappy, and Rest in Pieces, where he was voiced by Avery Schreiber. Schreiber pulled out of the project in 1994 due to illness, but Beanie still made two non-speaking cameos in Macadamia Nut and Star Warners. Sometimes referred to as "Beanie the Cerebrally Challenged Bison" as a politically correct version of his original name.
- Bumpo Bassett – The pesky grandson of Stinkbomb, has a running gag with wanting to smell his grandfather. Voiced by Luke Ruegger, the younger brother of Nathan Ruegger who voiced Skippy Squirrel. Appears in Smell Ya Later.
- Stinkbomb D. Bassett – A one-off Slappy Squirrel foe (voiced by Jonathan Winters) who supposedly co-starred with Slappy in an old cartoon from the 1940s, in which he is led into a cave filled with skunks, and "never smelled the same." Appears in Smell Ya Later.
- Candie Chipmunk – The conceited and self-centred neighbour of Slappy Squirrel who is driven insane after an argument with Slappy over a can that Slappy tossed in her recycling bin. An excerpt of "Dance of the Reed Flutes" from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite can be heard when she appears. She only appears in I Got Yer Can. Voiced by Gail Matthius.
- Charlton Woodchuck – A cartoon director and former child actor known by his nickname "Baynarts" but prefers to be called Charleton. He had a clause in his contract that allowed him to direct when he was older, a clause which is also apparently in Skippy's contract. He appears in "Nutcracker Slappy" directing a cartoon where Slappy and Skippy work to crack a walnut which they comically try to break open, only to discover in the end to be empty. This angers Slappy as it isn't comedy and stuffs him inside said walnut.
- Codger Eggbert – Parody of Roger Ebert who gives Slappy Squirrel a poor review and faces the consequences in Critical Condition. Voiced by Chuck McCann in Critical Condition and Billy West in Hurray for North Hollywood (Part II).
- Lene Hisskill – Parody of Gene Siskel who gives Slappy Squirrel a poor review and pays the price in Critical Condition. Voiced by Maurice LaMarche
- Doug the Dog – A one-off Slappy Squirrel foe featured in Slappy Goes Walnuts. He is a large bulldog with no real form of speech other than barks and grunts. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Vina Walleen – An old friend of Slappy who played Bumbie's mom in Bumbie, The Dearest Deer. At first, Skippy didn't believe Slappy about Vina playing the part until Vina reenacted the Bumbie's mom scene in front of Skippy. Vina is also friends with Ms. Flamiel and used to date George Jetson. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Daniel Boone – The self-proclaimed 'Best frontiersman that ever lived'. He appeared in Frontier Slappy and wanted to cut down Slappy's home tree to make as part of his cabin's front door, which resulted in him getting comically abused. Everything Daniel Boone did was accompanied by a chorus (The Dover Boys) singing about the deed(though the last two choruses ended up discrediting him much to Boone's embarrassment). Voiced by Jim Cummings.
- Duke – He is a school bully. Most of the time he beats up Skippy. He is Skippy's first own enemy. Skippy tried to solve his problem with no violence, but later Skippy used the same methods as his aunt Slappy. Duke became afraid and was no longer a bully. He appeared in the episode Bully for Skippy. Voiced by Corey Burton
- Goodfeathers – An Italian American trio of pigeons: Squit (gray), Bobby (turquoise), and Pesto (lavender), voiced by Maurice LaMarche, John Mariano and Chick Vennera, influenced by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci in the movie Goodfellas. As they try to get food and earn respect from other birds, Pesto frequently loses his temper at an innocuous remark by Squit and starts beating him up, with Bobby standing by and laughing at both of them. This gag in itself grew from Goodfellas; it was based on the film's famous exchange between Pesci and Liotta: "How am I funny? Like a clown? I amuse you?" Squit narrates the series, like Ray Liotta's character from Goodfellas did. Many episodes begin with the line "As far back as I can remember," which are Liotta's opening narrative lines in Goodfellas.
- Supporting characters
- The Godpigeon – A parody of Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather he is a large, obese pigeon with an old-man voice, who serves as the boss of the Goodfeathers. While he rarely joins the three principal characters, he sometimes appears momentarilly to lend a hand, usually accomplishing in seconds whatever task the trio have spent the entirety of the episode incompetently attempting to complete. Upon appearance he extends his foot for Bobby, Pesto and Squit to kiss and offers advice in a gibberish language that only Bobby and Pesto understand. Bobby usually interprets the Godpigeon's words; Pesto only translates on a few occasions when Bobby isn't talking or isn't present.
- The Girlfeathers are their girlfriends. One, Sasha voiced by Tress McNeille, is Squit's girlfriend and Pesto's sister, her temper being just as flare-fire as his is. Lana voiced by Gail Matthius is Bobby's girlfriend, a sultry-voiced parody of Cathy Moriarty's character from Raging Bull, and lastly Kiki, Pesto's girlfriend, is the stereotypical dumb-blonde type (although she is smart enough to trick Pesto into agreeing to marry her in "Pigeon on the Roof").
- Pipsqueak – a tiny great horned owl who eats pigeons. He tries to capture the Goodfeathers until he is reminded his flock is not authorized to hunt Goodfeathers. Voiced by Gabriel Luque.
- Ma – Pesto & Sasha's mom who now resides in Miami Beach Florida
- Steven Seagull – Pesto and Sasha's stepfather and a parody of Steven Seagal. In the episode where he's introduced to the Goodfeathers, Pesto was disapproving of his mother's marriage to him and often landed himself into trouble trying to outdo Steven. When Pesto's efforts eventually make it necessary for Steven to rescue him, Pesto reluctantly approves him. It's never revealed what Sasha thinks about him. Steven, as his surname suggests, is a seagull. Voiced by David Kaufman
Rita and Runt
- Rita and Runt – A singing cat (voiced by Bernadette Peters, vocal effects by Frank Welker) and a loyal but stupid dog (voiced by Frank Welker) who thinks Rita is a dog, who travel together looking for a place to call home. Rita has a world-weary, cynical attitude, and a stereotypical New York twang, while Runt speaks with the vocal mannerisms made famous by Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. His catchphrase is to describe something twice, the second time with "Yup, definitely ..." added, as in "You're a good dog, Rita. Yup, definitely a good dog."
A well-known characteristic of Rita and Runt is that, in each episode they were featured in, there was always at least one scene where Rita would sing a short song, and the mood of these songs would range from sorrowful and heartfelt to cheerful and upbeat. Another characteristic of the duo was that quite a few of their episodes were parodies and satires of famous literature, such as Of Mice and Men and Les Miserables. While it is apparent that Rita and Runt are only just loyal best friends, fans have pointed out that a few episodes suggest that the pair actually secretly have a strong romantic bond in their relationship. However, none of the show's creators have ever fully elaborated on this speculation.
Like Minerva Mink, these segments were discontinued. In this case, the reason was the difficulty of writing a top-quality song for Rita to sing in each episode and the salary Bernadette Peters was paid. Peters' costar Frank Welker, however, remained a series regular, having voiced multiple other Animaniacs characters. Rita and Runt would return toward the series' end.
- Supporting characters
- Dr. Phrankenstein – A stubby mad-scientist. She pronounces her "r"s as "w"s like Elmer Fudd. She is an apparent combination of the roles made famous by Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Voiced by Adrienne Alexander. Appears in Phranken-Runt.
- Scout – Dr. Phrankenstein's creation intended to destroy the world. In truth, Scout is a playful dog who only wants to have fun. He turns on his master and Mr. Squeak when they pop his favourite ball. Voiced by Frank Welker. Appears in Phranken-Runt.
- Mr. Squeak – Dr. Phrankenstein's faithful pet rat who speaks in high-pitched squeaking. Appears in Phranken-Runt.
- Pinky – Appeared in a very short crossover episode where Rita eats him. Unlike many of the episodes featuring Rita, this had no songs, and Rita remarks it was her most favorite as she had a roof over her head in Acme Labs.
- Mrs. Mumphead – An eccentric old lady who constantly hums to herself. Voiced by Paul Rugg. Appears in No Place Like Homeless.
- Crackers the Parrot – Pet of Mrs. Mumphead with aggressive tendencies and only says his name. Voiced by Frank Welker. Appears in No Place Like Homeless.
- Pesto – Paired with Runt in No Place Like Homeless, a special crossover episode. Pesto is more blunt than Rita, more used to being out on the streets and telling Runt they need to plug along until they find a place to rest. Unlike Runt, who is loved by Mrs. Mumphead, she hates pigeons and forces Pesto out. Pesto breaks in and fights Crackers when it is obvious he seeks to instigate Runt, causing both of them to be banished by Mrs. Mumphead. Pesto ends the episode by humming an Italian song, since Rita is absent and to placate Runt.
- Kiki the Angry Ape – A very ill-tempered gorilla who calms down by seeing Rita and making Rita her Pet Appears in Kiki's Kitten Kiki is based on Koko the gorilla and is modelled from the female gorilla characters from the Warner Bros. cartoon Gorilla My Dreams and Apes of Wrath. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Missy "Ma" McCoy-An elderly farm cat who Rita meets while being stuck in a very tall tree after being chased by a farm dog. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Mr Politician- A Parody of H. Ross Perot who they met in Alaska when he was headed to Fairbanks for a fundraiser. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Schnapsie – A Schnaser dog who is owned by a Nazi SS commander. When the Nazi officer sees Rita and Runt are helping the little girl Katrina, he orders Schnapie to attack them. However the dog is thrashed by Rita.
Buttons and Mindy
- Buttons – a Rough Collie that takes care of Mindy. He is basically a modified (and gender changed) version of the famous canine "Lassie" who was famous for getting her human family out of sticky situations. The theme music for the segment is even a variation of "Greensleeves", the theme from the Lassie TV series. He will follow Mindy where ever she goes trying to keep her out of trouble, which she is always getting into. Buttons tries desperately to keep Mindy safe and he always succeeds, except he seems to get in trouble himself with Mindy's mom and on very rare occasions with her dad. Despite getting in trouble, Mindy sometimes cheers him up. Another time in a crossover he was told by Yakko they took care of his "Mindy chase", and in his final appearance he was rewarded for his looking out for Mindy by being given a huge quantity of steaks. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Mindy – a little girl who is always getting into all kinds of trouble. She finds some way out of her harness when her mom is not looking and goes running after something. If it was not for her loving dog Buttons (who keeps her out of trouble) she would have been a goner long ago. Mindy is a cute little three or four-year-old girl with blond hair and overalls. Often she would try asking grown-ups questions, and for each answer they gave, she would ask "Why?", get another answer, and then ask "Why?" again. Once the adult was fed up with her, she would say "Okay, I love you, bye-bye," and leave. She refers to her mother as "Lady." She also called her father "Mr. Man". She will cheer up Buttons on some occasion when Button gets in trouble. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright.
- Supporting characters
- Mindy's Mother – A woman who briefly appeared in the Mindy and Buttons segment, and is usually referred to as "Lady" by Mindy (except in Wakko's Wish, in which Mindy finally calls her "Mom"). Much like Baby Herman's mother in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and its spin-off short films, you cannot see Mindy's mother's face either. She always misjudged her dog, Buttons for getting into trouble in the end of almost every episode.
- Mindy's Father – A man whose face like his wife is never seen. He also has the same attitude towards Buttons. Mindy always calls him "Mr. Man".
Minerva Mink – An attractive anthropomorphic young mink, voiced by Julie Brown, with the ability to seduce and charm any and every male creature around her into the state of a babbling idiot, often inducing Tex Avery-esque wild takes. Just as every male creature lusts after Minerva, she lusts after every handsome looking male she sees and goes crazy when she sees one. She has a loose attitude and behaves like a primadonna. She was named Marilyn Mink in pre-production.
She starred in the least number of shorts of all the ensemble cast, allegedly because the content of her episodes was so overtly sexual that it was decided that it would be inappropriate for the intended predominantly young audience.
Both Minerva and Newt appeared in several issues of the Animaniacs comic book (with Minerva's sexuality a bit watered down, but Newt still his ever-blundering self). She also appears in Wakko's Wish as an ensemble member, but has a couple solo lines to herself.
- Supporting characters
- Newt – is a faithful dachshund to his owner, but is one of Minerva's admirers. Newt had appeared previously in "Puttin' on the Blitz", set in 1939 Poland, opposite Rita and Runt. There, he was called "Schnappsie" (after schnapps, a sweet German liquor. "Schnapp sie" also means "catch them" in German). Voiced by Arte Johnson (Newt) and by Frank Welker (Schnappsie).
- Wilford B. Wolf – A nerdy wolf who was constantly trying to ask Minerva on a date. He eventually gave up, but as it turned-out he transformed into a handsome werewolf when the moon was full. By having Minerva see him like this, he finally won Minerva's selfish interest with him. He is voiced by Peter Scolari.
Other supporting characters
- Baynarts "Charlton" Woodchucks – An aspiring woodchuck actor (voiced by Jeff Bennett) from Wheatina, Kansas. In Hollywoodchuck, he landed the part of Franklin the Friendly Woodchuck in a True Life Adventures-style narrative. The experience proved far too painful to endure however, and the woodchuck quit acting shortly thereafter and returned home. Baynarts is seen again in The Kid in the Lid, however, fulfilling the role of the too-responsible goldfish from The Cat in the Hat. The woodchuck is again the subject of much pain and ridicule, being forgotten in a toilet bowl by the short's close. He also appears as a director in a Slappy Squirrel cartoon based around the nutcracker.
- The Baby Bluebird AKA Birdie – Voiced by Cody Ruegger. Featured in a short where a bluebird's nest hatches while the mother bluebird is away and a baby bird sees a F-117 Nighthawk fly by, to which it mistakenly thinks that must be its mother and follows it to a military base, where it is participating in a bombing exercise. The baby bluebird eventually returns to the nest and meets its mother, and tells his newly hatched siblings that airplanes are not their mother. He later appears in the second season singing his own version of the 12 days of Christmas, (He only repeats the verse about "turtle doves") and in another cartoon where he hatches similarly to his first episode, and imprints on Slappy Squirrel.
- Bossy Beaver & Doyle – Characters that never made it onto the screen; listed as supporting characters for the show in the series pre-production outline.
- Chicken Boo – A six-foot-tall chicken (voiced by Frank Welker) who is curiously successful at imitating humans despite minimal efforts at disguise (e.g. nothing but a false beard). In his skits he's usually praised as a particularly talented human. Only one of the characters seems to be aware of the blatantly obvious fact that Chicken Boo is a giant chicken, a fact that remains curiously unbelievable to everyone else, until the barest disguise gets accidentally removed, at which point, everyone seems shocked at the revelation. Usually, after his disguise is removed, the character who pointed out he was a chicken reappears and says, "I told you that guy was a chicken!". The other characters then turn against Chicken Boo in spite of the fact that he has demonstrated actual talent and at times even maul him. In one episode where he loses a job as a department store Santa; he is saved by the real Santa Claus who says for once Chicken Boo will get a good ending.
- Steven (voiced by Frank Welker) – The show's executive producer. Often mentioned by the cast.
- Mr. Director – A character who is spoof of comedian/actor Jerry Lewis. He is best known for his high energy personality, speaking in a variety of Jewish words in silly contexts and saying multiple Jerry Lewis-type sayings such as "Hello nice lady!". Every time that he is shown, he is always a constant annoyance for the Warner Brothers. Voiced by Paul Rugg.
- Colin (a.k.a. The Randy Beaman Kid) – A wide-eyed boy who relates improbable stories that allegedly happened to his (never-seen) friend Randy Beaman.
- The Flame – A childlike candle flame (voiced by Luke Ruegger) who is present at important historical events such as Jefferson's authoring of the Declaration of Independence, Longfellow's writing of Paul Revere's Ride and witnessing Francis Scott Key writing the "Star Spangled Banner". Although it was largely a remark on history, one scene briefly showed the importance of fire prevention when the Flame gets knocked off his candle and spreads onto paper, but the other feral flames are extinguished by Jefferson and the Flame returns to his candle, remarking to be careful as "my wild cousins cannot be trusted".
- Flavio and Marita – also known as "the Hip Hippos", a wealthy, Spanish hippo couple (voiced by Frank Welker and Tress MacNeille) obsessed with being trendy. Sometimes they have been in dangerous situations, but usually remain unaware of it and rarely suffer harm, mainly due to their large frames. They are usually pursued by a zoologist who considers the hippos an endangered species and makes attempts to protect them, often getting herself hurt in a slapstick manner. The zoologist seems unaware that the hippos can look after themselves.
- Dr. Jane Embryo-The zoologist who studies the Hip Hippos and tries in vain to protect them with disastrous results. She is a composite parody of zoologists Joan Embery and Jane Goodall. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Mr. Skullhead – A mute skeleton, seen in the short series Good Idea/Bad Idea, in which he demonstrates a beneficial "Good Idea" activity and a slightly altered "Bad Idea" version that leads to disastrous results. These clips are narrated by humorist and Motel 6 spokesman Tom Bodett. He was also featured in a parody of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. Mr. Skullhead first appeared on Tiny Toon Adventures as an ornament on Elmyra's bowtie. In one episode that featured the Warners attempting to escape from ladies asking them about a survey, the Warners enlist the aid of Mr. Skullhead to stand in front of the women and bob his head, which fools them for some time.
- The Mime – A nameless mime who mainly appeared in brief clips titled "Mime Time"; the mime would usually begin a demonstration of some miming technique (e.g. "walking against the wind" or "trapped in a box"), only to be inexplicably maimed. His exploits are also narrated by Tom Bodett.
- Katie Ka-Boom – A teen-aged girl, voiced by Laura Mooney, who greatly overreacts to trivially upsetting situations and turns into a comically violent and destructive monster, usually leaving the family home in ruins. She provides a parody of stereotypical teenage behavior, obviously modeled and parodied on the Incredible Hulk or She-Hulk. She lives with her mother and father (whose voice and appearance strongly resemble Jimmy Stewart) and her younger brother Tinker, who appears briefly in the entire segment. During her transformation she will deny her family's statements that she is a monster, saying "I am not overreacting, I am a teenager!". Her parents were voiced by Mary Gross and Rob Paulsen. Her brother Tinker is voiced by Justin Garms.
- Mary Hartless – A pastiche of Mary Hart. She appears as a newsreader with alternating hairstyles in Hurray for Slappy, Chairman of the Bored, Bubba Bo Bob Brain and Critical Condition. Voiced by Valri Bromfield and sometimes Tress MacNeille
- Death – The archetypically portrayed Grim Reaper, with black robe, skeletal appearance, and scythe. In Meatballs or Consequences, the Warner siblings challenge him to a game of checkers. He sports a Swedish accent, which, along with the checkers game, are references to the chess game against Death in Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's 1956 film The Seventh Seal.
- The Narrator – An off-screen narrator whose voice is based on that of Sterling Holloway, who was the original voice of Winnie The Pooh. The Narrator appeared in the episodes "Nighty Night Toon", "Gift of Gold", and "Warners and the Beanstalk". He is voiced by Jim Cummings, the current voice of Winnie The Pooh.
Wakko's Wish characters
- King Salazar – The antagonist. The dictator-king of Ticktockia, and the one who invaded Warnerstock. He is also the main adversary for the Warners. Upon conquering the kingdom, he sent the Warners, the true heirs to the throne, away, thinking he'd never see them again. He relies on Plotz, his taxman, to gather the heavy taxes in Warnerstock. When he learns of the wishing star, he orders Plotz to secure it for him. Somehow arriving at the star before the other characters, he has them imprisoned, and interrogates the Warners, who trick him into thinking they know something about the star. Although more serious than other characters, even he is driven nuts by the Warners, and orders them to be executed. Luckily they escape, but he fires the cannon personally, and appears to mortally wound Dot. He is then defeated when Wakko Warner makes his wish, two ha'pennies (half penny coins). When the Warners' royal heritage is revealed, he is kicked out of the palace (literally) and attacked by his own dogs.
- The Warners' parents – King William the Good and Queen Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Second (so named as her daughter is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Third) only appear in a picture near the end of Wakko's Wish. After William's death (either by natural causes, disease or assassination) the country fell into uproar, before being conquered by Salazar. The Queen's fate is unknown, but it is likely she died too (although whether she died via natural causes, disease or in the uproar is unknown).
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