|“||Shh! Be vewy, vewy quiet. I'm huntin' wabbits! Hahaha!||„|
|~ Elmer's catchphrase.|
Elmer J. Fudd is a character in the Looney Tunes franchise. He remains the villain that is most associated with Bugs Bunny and the rivalry between the two has become legendary.
Elmer is portrayed as a (mostly bald with a blonde curl above his forehead) child in certain parodies of children's songs and the episode "Bully for Bugs" in Baby Looney Tunes.
He serves Mr. Chairman and is one of the supporting antagonists in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Elmer is Bugs' arch-nemesis in the Bugs Bunny cartoons and Bugs' most recurring enemy. He is a hunter who wishes to trap Bugs, but the intelligent hare always tricks him and wins. Elmer first appeared in the cartoon "Elmer's Candid Camera". Comedian Arthur Q Bryan provided the character's voice.
Despite being a villain, Elmer Fudd is not very evil as he has good intentions sometimes. Elmer is forever willing to try and hunt Bugs Bunny (and Daffy Duck, to a lesser extent), his actions often lead to Bugs tricking him in many ways and this angers Elmer to the point he has threatened to kill the rabbit - though it's worth noting whenever Bugs tricks Elmer into believing he has succeeded in this Elmer shows great remorse, suggesting that he doesn't truly wish to kill Bugs at all.
It is worth noting that Elmer, despite his incompetence, is actually among the few antagonists to outright defeat Bugs in a cartoon. He spent the entirety of "Rabbit Rampage" tormenting Bugs with the artist's pen (something of a karmic throwback to Bugs doing the same to Daffy in "Duck Amuck"). After the two suffer a slippage in sanity in "Hare Brush", Elmer undergoes a role reversal with Bugs, convinced they are now in each other's respective roles. The cartoon ends with Bugs arrested over the massive debts "he" has left since Elmer lost his mind while "Bugs" shows relief at least this screwy wabbit won't be going to Alcatraz. He has also been victorious over other protagonists such as Daffy Duck in many other cartoons.
Bugs also used female drag disguises to fool Elmer. In 'Rabbit Fire', Bugs disguises as a female hunter and kisses Elmer in his nose. In 'Rabbit Seasoning', Bugs dressed as a sexy young lady and kissed Elmer in his nose again. In the 'What's Opera Doc', Bugs disguises as Brunhilde and tricks Elmer again. In 'Rabbit of Seville', Bugs dresses as a temptress and dances for Elmer. In the same short, Bugs offers Elmer some flowers, chocolates and a ring. Happily wanting Bugs to marry him, Elmer dresses as his blushing bride. Delighted, Bugs dresses as a groom and the couple marries. Bugs runs with his 'beautiful bride' into a long flight of stairs and he throws Fudd into a wedding cake. Bugs and Elmer married again in 'Bugs Bonnets', although, this time, Bugs has really fell in love with Elmer.
Elmer Fudd is famous for pronouncing "r" and "l" as "w", especially when he says "wabbit" and "hewwo." In fact, this trait alone is what many people associate with Elmer: of particular fame is his catch-phrase: "Be vewy, vewy quiet! I'm hunting wabbits!", followed by a signature laugh. It's worth noting Elmer breaks the fourth wall when doing this phrase and talks directly to the audience.
Elmer Fudd is depicted, in all forms, as a human, always bald, and is almost always a hunter of some description - though it is doubtful how experienced he is since he seems incapable of utilizing skills associated with hunting - though he does have a shotgun and seems to know some basic tracking-skills via identifying "wabbit tracks". He is occasionally depicted as having other jobs, including being a farmer, prospector, surveyor, and even a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Attempts to hunt down Bugs Bunny and/or Daffy Duck on numerous occasions.
- In Looney Tunes: Back In Action, he was one of Mr. Chairman's minions, and he tried to kill Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
- In the Looney Tunes Show episode "Super-Rabbit", he was one of the villains who tried to defeat Bugs Bunny (Super-Rabbit).
- In a number of New Looney Tunes episodes, he was the leader of The Hazmats, who captured Claudette Dupri who was later rescued by Pepe Le Pew.
- In "Back-Alley Oproar", he tried to kill Sylvester, because he wanted to sleep, and Sylvester's song was disturbing him, but he makes Sylvester just more sing and annoy him.
- In "Hare Brush", he pretended to suffer from a mental illness thinking he is a rabbit only to get away from getting exposed and arrested for tax evasion by an IRS agent, as he didn't pay $300,000 in back taxes without filing for his return. (Adjusting for inflation and given that the cartoon was released in 1955, this is slightly over $2.87 million in modern currency.) Which to begin with, is what lead to his company's future facing a serious threat.
- In "Ant Pasted", he intentionally harasses a group of innocent ants by chucking out firecrackers through their anthills. Amused by their complaints, he throws in more to injure more ants, and break down their anthills into pieces. Causing the ants to declare a war against him.
In other media
Elmer Fudd serves as the anti-heroic protagonist of the crossover. He dates Silver St. Cloud until she is supposedly killed by Bugs "The Bunny". He decides to kill Bugs, until Bugs claims Bruce Wayne hired him to kill St. Cloud. He shoots Wayne and attempts to kill him but fails. He later fights Batman, before teaming up to find St. Cloud's killer. It is eventually revealed St. Cloud faked her death to unite Fudd and Batman, to see what would happen.
- Elmer is Bugs's most classic foe, as he appeared as the main antagonist in the Bugs Bunny cartoons more often than anyone else.
- While Bugs usually manages to outwit, outfox, and-or make a fool of Elmer, he managed to get the better of Bugs in "Rabbit Rampage", "Hare Brush", and maybe "What's Opera Doc?", depending on the viewer's interpretation. He seems to have a lot more luck when his foil is someone else, like Daffy, whom his success rate with is about even.
- Elmer's non-threatening disposition was the subject of criticism for many of the Warner Bros creative team, particularly director Friz Freleng, who thought Elmer's mild mannered and dimwitted personality made it harder to place him against Bugs without the latter coming off as a bully rather than a retaliating trickster. As such several other, more menacing adversaries such as Yosemite Sam and Marvin the Martian were created to take his place. Despite this, Elmer remained a recurring antagonist in many Bugs cartoons, though their rivalry became somewhat more laid back.
- According to the Looney Tunes fans, there are various songs where the lead singer vaguely sounds like Elmer including "Let's Dance" by David Bowie, "Sweating Bullets" by Megadeth, and "Someday" by Sugar Ray.
- In 2000, Mark V. McCollum had recorded the song called "Kill The Wabbit" (which is apparently based on the Looney Tunes short "What's Opera, Doc?") and named Elmer being the lead singer as Ozzy Fudd. Live at the Comedy Tonight club in San Francisco 1992 (which is from the VHS tape), Mark is seen on the stage asking the audience, "Speaking of dudes, what would it be like if Elmer Fudd had a punk sun? And his punk sun was into heavy metal and Ozzy Fudd had a hit video on MTV. Did you ever think what there would be like? I have!", and performing the song as he portrays the voice impression of Elmer. While it is currently unknown whatever happened to Mark V. McCollum, the song is often credited to other bands such as Metallica and Megadeth.
- In Family Guy, Elmer Fudd succeeded in killing Bugs Bunny.