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Why, everybody knows me. I'm Yosemite Sam! The meanest, toughest, rip-roaring-est, Edward Everett Horton-est hombre what ever packed a six-shooter! That's who I am!
~ Yosemite Sam introducing himself in his debut cartoon Hare Trigger.
Yeah, Yosemite Sam. The roughest, toughest he-man stuffest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande. An' I ain't no namby-pamby. Now all-a-you skunks clear outta here!
~ Yomesite Sam.

Samuel Michelangelo Rosenbaum, or more better known as Yosemite Sam, is one of the main antagonists of the Looney Tunes franchise. He is one of the archenemies of Bugs Bunny.

He was created because creator Friz Freleng needed a tougher figure to be Bugs Bunny's enemy since he considered Elmer Fudd too soft.


Yosemite Sam is usually depicted as a human cowboy with a fiery temper and a hatred of rabbits to match. He is also very trigger-happy and will start firing his [trademark] revolvers, rifles, flintlock guns, etc. at any moment, he isn't the brightest of villains though - in fact he can probably be considered extremely stupid at times and is easily tricked into humiliating and/or painful situations. Like any good villain, Yosemite Sam keeps coming back despite his continual failings but he doesn't seem to be any wiser for it, still falling for the same old tricks - of course this is a trait common to many cartoon villains, not just Yosemite Sam.

Sam has also been given names like Square-Deal Sam, Sea-goin' Sam/Sam the Pirate (his name in France instead of Yosemite Sam), Sam-Duke of Yosemite, Riff-Raff Sam, Sam Schultz, Sam Von Schmam the Hessian, Yosemite Sam of Outer Space, K'chutha Sa'am, and many other aliases.


Sam is mostly an evil, grumpy, explosive, bad-tempered, greedy and loud man. Sam quickly became just as hopeless as Elmer Fudd, though he is more dangerous as a gunslinging villain and is only a bit smarter than Fudd. Sam fared no better against Bugs Bunny and was soon to become hopelessly tricked by the rabbit continually. Yosemite Sam, unlike Elmer Fudd, does not fall for the same trick twice. Sam even goes to the point to shoot "Santa" if he did not give him some presents, in the 2015 spinoff New Looney Tunes, and once threatened the audience in "Rabbit Every Monday (1951)" and forced a member of the movie theatre audience featuring the film, to stay in their seats and forced everyone to watch what he's gonna do with hunting Bugs.

In other media[]


  • In Space Jam, Sam teams up with Michael Jordan and the Tunesters to beat the Monstars into a basketball game.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Sam becomes a manager of his own casino and serves Mr. Chairman of the ACME Corporation (who is one of the main antagonists of the second film). He tries to obtain a play card and then kill D.J. and Daffy while chasing them through the streets of Las Vegas in Jeff Gordon's car, but failed. He served as one of the four major antagonists alongside Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, and Taz.
  • In Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, Sam is the secondary antagonist, though he has more screentime than Marvin.
  • In Looney Tunes: Blam-a-Rooney, he teams up with other Looney Tunes characters to beat various villains at times.


  • Sam's role in "Honey's Money" is similar to Daffy's role in "His Bitter Half". However, while Daffy was the hero of "His Bitter Half", Sam was the villain of "Honey's Money".
  • Sam's role in "The Fair-Haired Hare" is similar to Butch Dog's role in "Wags to Riches/Millionaire Droopy". Both showing off one of their most villainous deeds to selfishly keep what they want to themselves and take advantage to kill the protagonist (Yosemite Sam to Bugs Bunny; and Butch to Droopy) upon the revelation that the desired prize will revert to the one that survives, but fail miserably.

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action
Mr. Chairman | Bob Smith | Daffy Duck | Elmer Fudd | Sylvester | Marvin the Martian | Yosemite Sam | Nasty Canasta | Cottontail Smith | Wile E. Coyote | ACME | Robo Dog | Metaluna Mutant | Ro-Man | Triffid | Daleks | Fiend Without a Face | The Man from Planet X | Pod People
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(2020): Nils Niedhart | Dwayne LaPistol | B.R.A.I.N. | Dr. Walter Grubb | Julia | Starbox | Nicklewise | Emperor Nero | Christopher Columbus | Dr. Doppler | Mrs. Kettle | Baldo Billions | Phoenicia Leatherpants | Benjamin Franklin
Tasmanian Devil | Bull and Axle
Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers | Martian Commander X-2 | Martian Queen | Martian General Z-9 | Instant Martians | The F.U.D.D. | K'chutta Sam | Nasty Canasta | Tasmanian Devil | Happy Cat
Loonatics Unleashed
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The Looney Tunes Show
Daffy Duck | Elmer Fudd | Tasmanian Devil | Sylvester | Yosemite Sam | Marvin the Martian | Pete Puma | Wile E. Coyote | Gossamer | Henery Hawk | Cecil Turtle | Zod Duck | K-9 | Instant Martians | Witch Hazel | Colonel Frankenheimer | Blacque Jacque Shellaque | The Crusher | Shropshire Slasher | Nasty Canasta | Rocky and Mugsy
Wabbit/New Looney Tunes
Daffy Duck | Elmer Fudd | Wile E. Coyote | Yosemite Sam | Carl the Grim Rabbit | Viktor | Claudette Dupri | Hazmats | Foxy Foxworth


See Also
Animanics Villains | Loonatics Unleashed Villains | Space Jam Villains | Who Framed Roger Rabbit Villains