List of Animaniacs characters

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Animaniacs had a wide cast of characters. Shown here are the majority of the characters from the series.

This is a list of characters from the Warner Bros. animated television series Animaniacs.

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot[edit]

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 alec, reminiscent at times of Groucho Marx. Wakko (the middle child) has a huge appetite, a gag bag filled with tricks and often has his tongue sticking out (and a scouse accent modeled by Harnell after a younger Ringo Starr), and Dot (the youngest) is cute and sassy, and uses her apparent innocence to manipulate and torment those who stand in her way as well as chasing Leading Men from Hollywood (like Mel Gibson) around. The Warners 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[edit]

Minor supporting characters[edit]

Pinky and the Brain[edit]

Main article: 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, accompanied by Pinky, but something always goes wrong with their 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[edit]

Slappy Squirrel[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

The Goodfeathers[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Rita and Runt[edit]

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, but because of (1) the difficulty in writing a top-quality song for Rita to sing in each episode, and (2) the salary Bernadette Peters was paid for each episode. 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[edit]

Buttons and Mindy[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Minerva Mink[edit]

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[edit]

Other supporting characters[edit]

Wakko's Wish characters[edit]

See also: Wakko's Wish


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