Tiny Toon Adventures/YMMV

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Anvilicious: Given its era, the show often tried to give Aesops, which often as not wound up Anvilicious. Pro-environment aesops were common ("Whale's Tales", the Toxic Revenger shorts, etc.). There was also an episode about why meat-eating is bad that leaned towards parody with an end-cap gag that involves the characters declaring their new-found adherence to vegetarianism and tucking into a veggie tray, only to have the vegetables scream in horror and run away, and an episode about the fur industry that was played a bit more straight. "One Beer" openly parodied these Aesops.
  • Non Sequitur Scene: From How I Spent My Vacation:

Buster: Byron can fly!
Babs: Who knew?
(Keep in mind, Byron is a basset hound.)

  • Cargo Ship:
    • The very first scene in the series has Bugs wooing his Schloscar award.
    • Gogo takes a fire hydrant to the prom. Named Susie.
    • In "Journey to the Center of Acme Acres", Montana Max steals a gold nugget from the gremlins, names it Goldie, and dramatically confesses his love to it.
  • Creator's Pet: Elmyra, who received plenty of screentime and eventually got 2 entire episodes of her own with none of the other Tiny Toons in them except for Furrball and Byron. It got even worse when Executive Meddling saw her added to Pinky and The Brain for a season against the writers' will.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: This was the first cartoon in ages to use a fully orchestrated score for every episode, just like in the good ol' days.
    • The theme song, and all of its episode-specific mutations.
  • Ear Worm: "We're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little looney..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fifi La Fume (much like her predecessor, Pepe Le Pew).
    • Lampshaded in Night Ghoulery".

World's Biggest Fan: And when is Fifi going to get her own series?

    • Also Julie Bruin.
    • Let's not forget Baby Plucky.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Ask any serious fan of the show who they think Fifi should be with; answers will typically vary between Hamton, Furrball, and Calamity, due to the episodes "Prom-ise Her Anything," "Aroma Amore," and "Love Stinks" respectively.
  • Fridge Logic: In the 7-minute short "Falling To Pizzas", Calamity is unable to purchase pizza selling for $1.50 a slice—yet is apparently able to purchase gadgets as expensive as a solar-powered helicopter from the Acme Shopping Network! One wonders if he holds a credit card that can only be used exclusively for Acme products...
    • Fridge Brilliance: The show practically has No Fourth Wall, so it makes sense that Calamity, modeled after Wile E. Coyote, would have considerably less trouble getting Acme products than his inspiration did. After all, technically Wile E. should have had to pay for shipping, too, while Calamity can probably just go to the AcmeMart.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: In the two 1994 prime-time specials, Pinky and The Brain make cameo appearances, both of them in scenes prominently featuring Elmyra; they're shown as being among Elmyra's caged pets in the Spring Break special, and in the Night Ghoulery special, Elmyra tells Brain that she'll "play with [him] later." Four years later, Elmyra was added to their show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Plucky's Batduck sketch "Bat's All Folks" (first aired in November 1990) is not only written by Paul Dini but features an Attention Whore duck parodying Batman. Guess what show premiered a year later. Maybe they weren't joking about that spy from Disney in the Wonderful Life parody...
  • Ho Yay Shipping: There are hints of this between Plucky and Hamton.
    • Heck, more than that..! One time, Hamton was suckered into skinny dipping in Max's pool, and when he starts stripping, Plucky starts hooting and hollering like Hamton's a call girl, shouting for him to "take it all off". Another time, Plucky wraps a whip around Hampton, yanks him over, and kisses him full on the mouth, with a big red heart popping from it. And then there's how Hamton always acts like such a subservient spouse to Plucky, readily making him meals, never objecting to him coming over at ungodly hours, sharing his bed...face it, they're practically canon.
    • In a valentine's day episode, Little Beeper falls for Calamite Coyote and chases him through the streets. Alas, we only see this through live action Viewfinder stills.
    • In the "How I Spent My Vacation" special, Babs briefly crossdresses as a male fireworks salesman in an attempt to free Buster from a family of alligators and one of the female alligators releases heart marks, circles around Babs, and asks her if she's married in a flirtatious manner. Babs gets her to back off by saying "Sure am!" before grabbing Byron, the dog, who she had dressed up in a red dress, and declaring "Meet the misses!" In response, the female alligator walks off looking upset.
    • There's also Elmyra's relentless pursuit of Fifi; sure, she wants anything cute and furry, but Elmyra persists even after getting skunked several times, and even dressed as Pepe le Pew, Fifi's crush, to lure Fifi to her.
    • One short called Can't Buy Me Love has Elmyra meet an evil little girl called Rhoda. Elmyra sees hearts and positively MELTS when Rhoda says she'll let her be her best friend, and spends the rest of the picture bending over backwards to make Rhoda like her. It plays VERY much like any episode where Elmyra chases Max, only way more seriously, and heck, Elmyra even lets Rhoda HAVE Max (who doesn't want him after mere moments). And after she learns her lesson about not needing to give someone something so they'll like you, Rhoda comes by her window and says she'll be her friend again if Elmyra steals her mom's car keys and drives her to Utah. Instantly Elmyra says "okay" and rushes off eagerly to Rhoda's side. So not only is Elmyra completely infatuated with Rhoda, but apparently Rhoda can't leave Elmyra alone for five minutes, even after Elmyra dumped her. Honestly, these two were meant for each other.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Plucky. Just look at the torture Hamton's family puts him through in the movie.
    • To say the least, it's nothing compared to his fate in the Spring Break special. See Moral Event Horizon below.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Trope go down the hooooollleeeee..."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Elmyra goes over the line big time in the short "Out of Odor", in which she has her heart set on having Fifi La Fume, whom she mistakes for a cat, as a pet. Of course, she has to find a way to get rid of Fifi's scent, so after doing some research in a book, she discovers that a skunk's scent can be erased by tomato juice, and then, in the most unthinkable feat of trickery ever pulled by her in the entire series, Elmyra disguises herself as Pepe Le Pew, since somehow Elmyra knows that Fifi has a crush on Pepe, and prepares a box of tomatoes to splatter all over her. Unfortunately, this trickery pays off and Fifi is unable to use her scent. To make matters worse, during a brief car chase, though Fifi does regain her scent by going through a car wash which washes off the tomato juice, Elmyra suffers an allergic reaction to the roses that were part of the car she was driving. Upon realizing her newfound inability to smell anything, Elmyra is now able to capture poor Fifi, as Fifi says sadly "Zis ending stinks!"
    • In the Spring Break Special... Plucky is minding his own business and just tries to get a girl to like him. Buster and Babs are running from Elmyra and... just as he's about to get his girl, the bunnies use him as bait. This was not because Plucky did anything wrong, but because he was unfortunate enough to be there. After it happens, they don't show regret or even pretend it didn't just happen... instead they MAKE JOKES ABOUT IT! How are we supposed to root for these guys anymore!? Most people, fans of the little green duck or the blue rabbit... lost all sympathy for the two stars of the show after seeing that scene. The only uplifting part is Hamton gets the girl in the end. Even that is really up to you to be happy or sad about.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted; the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Gameboy games were fairly decent efforts. Specifically, "Buster Busts Loose" for the Super Nintendo is considered by many to be an example of a good licensed game. It should come as no surprise, since the game was developed and produced by Konami. The PlayStation 2 game by Treasure is also decent, but was sadly never officially released and can only be played on a emulator, and the GBA game by them is also good, and challenging.
    • Played straight with the later games by Warthog and Terraglyph, however, such as "Plucky's Big Adventure" and "The Great Beanstalk".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Done in the episodes "Fields of Honey" and "Two-Tone Town", in which the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies stars, Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid and Foxy respectively (and their girlfriends Honey and Roxy as well) were brought back after being stuck in cartoon limbo for well over 50 to 60 years. However, Bosko was slightly redesigned to look more like the characters of the then upcoming Animaniacs show, on account of his original design being suspiciously similar to that of a ministrel black face character, and Foxy was given a full-on makeover to look like an Animaniacs character, as his original design was a blatant copy of Mickey Mouse.
    • Actually, Word of God is that Yakko, Wakko and Dot from The Animaniacs were inspired by "Two-Tone Town," not the other way around.
  • Russians Love Tiny Toon Adventures: Also, the Japanese as well.
  • The Scrappy: A meta, non-character example would be Kennedy Cartoons, one of the studios that produced animation for the series. They actually got fired because their animation was not up to par to say... TMS, and it is still criticized by fans. Not that it doesn't have its fans, however... Kennedy's episodes still had better animation than, say, K-On!.
  • Too Good to Last: The show sadly only lasted 3 seasons, being cancelled to make way for Animaniacs. Despite its massive popularity and the fans requests, WB still refuse to revive or reair it.
  • Unfortunate Implications: "Happy Birthday, Hamton" in "Playtime Toons" featured a fictional virtual reality video game called "Tutor Shooter" where, if you shot enough teachers, you got a free hall pass. Um... yeah.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: For a minor character, Furrball enjoys quite a bit of popularity in the fandom, despite his Butt Monkey status on the show.
  • Villain Decay: Many characters (Furrball, Dizzy, Calamity) started out as villains but quickly became neutral or sympathetic. Even Montana Max underwent a serious mellowing out after the first season (in the storylines, as a result of his parents asserting themselves in his life; in reality, because his young voice actor complained about being "the bad guy".)
  • Vindicated by History: This show was often overlooked in favour of the other WB cartoons back in its time. Nowadays, however, it has become extremely popular, being considered by many fans to be the true successor to Looney Tunes.
  • The Woobie: Furrball, who alternates between being homeless and one of Elmyra's pets.
    • Also Fifi, who lives in the junkyard and is usually lonely and upset because of all the boys running from her because she is a skunk.