Daffy Duck (character)

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Daffy Duck
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Species Duck (American Black Duck)
Gender Male
Member of Tune Squad
Looney Builders
Affiliation Bugs Bunny
Porky Pig
Elmer Fudd
Marvin the Martian
Tina Russo
Occupation None
Father Unnamed father in The Looney Tunes Show
Mother Unnamed mother in The Looney Tunes Show
Other relative(s) One descendent, Danger Duck, in Loonatics Unleashed
Marital status Single
First appearance LT: Porky's Duck Hunt (1937)
Played by Mel Blanc (1937-1989)
Jeff Bergman (1990-1993, 2011-2018)
Joe Alaskey (1990-2014)
Maurice LaMarche (1991)
Greg Burson (1992-1997)
Frank Gorshin (1996)
Dee Bradley Baker (1996, 2016-2020)
Billy West (1999)
Jeff Bennett (2003-2004, 2006)
Eric Bauza (since 2018)
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Screwball Daffy in Porky's Duck Hunt
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Daffy as Duck Dodgers.
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Tiny Toon Adventures
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Space Jam
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Baby Looney Tunes (season 1)
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Baby Looney Tunes (season 2)
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Duck Dodgers
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The Looney Tunes Show
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New Looney Tunes
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Space Jam: A New Legacy
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CGI Daffy in Space Jam: A New Legacy
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Looney Tunes Cartoons
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Bugs Bunny Builders
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Tiny Toons Looniversity

Daffy Duck is an anthropomorphic duck and a main character of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts, in which he is usually depicted as a foil for either Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig or Speedy Gonzales. Created by animators Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, he was the first of the new "screwball" type characters that emerged in the later part of the 30s to replace traditional everyman characters who were more popular earlier in the decade. His voice was originated by Mel Blanc.

Daffy starred in 130 shorts in the golden age of American animation, making him the third-most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs' 167 appearances and Porky's 153 appearances. Daffy's personality and roles varied with virtually every Warner Bros. cartoon director; Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones notably made extensive use of two versions of the character, depicting him as either a wild, lunatic vigilante or a greedy, fame-seeking foil, respectively.

Daffy has a space hero persona called Duck Dodgers, and his protégé in Tiny Toon Adventures is Plucky Duck.

Character description


TV series




Main article: List of Daffy Duck shorts


Video games

Theme parks



Original Shorts

The Porky Days

Wartime Era

Duck Season, Fire!

Other Personas

Chasing with Speedy

It's a Looney, Looney, Looney, Looney, World

Fantastic Island

1000 Rabbit Tales

Who Ya Gonna Call?

We're All a Little Looney

Come On and Slam! And Welcome to the Jam!

Duck Dodgers of the 24th and One Half Century

The Baby Looney Tunes Way

Daffy Gets Modern

In The Looney Tunes Show, he is Bugs Bunny's freeloading roommate and best friend.

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Back to Basics

Jamming in the Serververse


It's Hard Hat Time

Educating in Looniversity

Daffy Sells Out

Daffy has a cameo in the opening of The Drew Carey Show episode "My Best Friend's Wedding," asking the title character for a reporting job, which he is denied because they don't hire ducks. He kisses Mimi Bobeck, who slaps him in return, and as a parting gift to Drew, leaves TNT in his office.


Daffy in the Funny Books


Daffy first appeared in Porky's Duck Hunt, released on April 17, 1937, [1] and directed by Tex Avery and animated by Bob Clampett. Duck Hunt contained a standard hunter/prey pairing, but Daffy (who had barely been more than an unnamed bit player in this short) was something of a new concept to moviegoers: an assertive, completely unrestrained, combative protagonist. Clampett later recalled:

"At that time, audiences weren't accustomed to seeing a cartoon character do these things. And so, when it hit the theaters it was an explosion. People would leave the theaters talking about this daffy duck."[2]

The early Daffy in this short was less anthropomorphic and more or less resembles a normal black duck. In fact, the only aspects of the character that have remained consistent through the years are his voice characterization by Mel Blanc; and his black feathers with a white neck ring.

The origin of Daffy's voice, specifically his lateral lisp, is a matter of some debate. One oft-repeated story was that it was modeled on producer Leon Schlesinger's tendency to lisp. In Mel Blanc's autobiography That's Not All Folks!, he contradicts that conventional belief, writing, "It seemed to me that such an extended mandible would hinder his speech, particularly on words containing an s sound. Thus 'despicable' became 'desth-picable.'"[3]


Main article: Daffy Duck/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Behind the scenes

  • In Baby Looney Tunes, Daffy is credited as "Baby Daffy."
  • Since Teen Titans Go! To the Movies in 2018, the Warner Bros. Animation logo has Daffy coming out of the logo, going crazy, messing with the logo and running around while laughing before hitting the screen and being pulled away by Porky.
    • For Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge instead of Porky pulling him away, it's Scorpion. The original idea was to have Daffy be stabbed in the head by Scorpion's Kunai, although it was rejected by Warner Bros.

In popular culture

  • Daffy famously appeared alongside Donald Duck in the 1988 Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? where he is seen challenging Donald to piano duel at the bar.
  • In the 1989 film UHF, starring Weird Al Yankovic, there is a poster of Bugs and Daffy in his character's apartment.
  • In the July 7, 1994 episode of Top of the Pops, a teenage girl wears a Daffy t-shirt while dancing to Aswad's "Shine."
  • In the Full House episode "Taking the Plunge," Joey attempts to intimate the Queen's royal guard by doing a Daffy Duck impression, and says, "Sufferin' succotash! You, sir, are inscrutable!" Joey gets kicked by the guard in response to his threat.
  • In the Family Guy episode "The Story on Page One," after Meg is blown up by a bomb, she suddenly has a beak, which is turned upside down just like Daffy's in Rabbit Fire.
  • In the Only Fools and Horses 2001 Christmas special, If They Could See Us Now, Del catches Rodney wearing a gladiator costume to role-play with his wife who is dressed as a police officer. He is supposed to look like Russell Crowe as Spartacus from the movie Gladiator, which Del agrees with, right before leaving the flat, and immediately says to himself how Rodney looks more like Daffy Duck.
  • On June 10, 2003, Daffy, as Duck Dodgers, appears on the NASA Mars Rover Exploration patch.
  • In the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog, Tom helps three ducks cross the street, naming them Donald, Daisy, and Daffy.
  • In the 2023 film The Flash, the alternate 2013 version of Barry Allen has a Looney Tunes background screen on his computer, which includes Daffy, Sylvester, Bugs, Road Runner, Wile E., and Tweety.
  • In the Velma episode "Private Velmjamin," Fred wants to return a nativity miniature model with the Looney Tunes to Father O'Rourke, after Fred briefly became Catholic. Elmer Fudd is baby Jesus, Sylvester as Joseph, Granny as Mary, and Daffy, Porky, and Bugs as the three wise men.

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "Rodiggiti:" During "8 Carrot", Daffy is the host of Bugs and Elmer's Rap Battle.
  • "Immortal:" In the skit "Porky's", Bugs and Daffy mistake a strip club called Porky's for a place that Porky Pig owns, only to be proven wrong. Although they were appalled by what they saw in the strip club, they immediately go back in.


  1. Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 55. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. Schneider. "That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation": 150.
  3. Blanc, Mel; Bashe, Philip (1989). That's Not All, Folks!. Clayton South, VIC, Australia: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-51244-3.