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How ‘Looney Tunes’ Characters Represent The Seven Deadly Sins

Updated November 18, 2019 84.0k views7 items

These dreaded vices pop up in everything from acclaimed literature to cartoons and sitcoms. The seven cardinal sins are so ingrained in our subconscious that many sets of characters reflect them in one way or another. Looney Tunes may be one of the most beloved cartoons of all time, but the animated series also follows this formula. If you look closely, you'll find, amid its cast of perpetually-struggling rivals, characters whose defining personality traits can be linked directly to the seven capital sins. 

Numerous analyses of the cartoon characters and their mannerisms, as well as countless internet fan theories, have given rise to the idea that the Looney Tunes characters represent lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

  • Lola Bunny is a relatively new addition to the Looney Tunes family, having first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam. Since that initial appearance, she's been in numerous cartoons including Tweety's High-Flying AdventureThe Looney Tunes Show, and many more. If there's one defining aspect of her character, it's her constant desire to be with Bugs Bunny.  

    Lust is an intense desire that leads a person to focus entirely on the object of their affections. In Lola's case, it has always been Bugs. The two dated in several episodes of The Looney Tunes Show. In just about every scene they share, Lola spends all of her time and energy in pursuit of Bugs.

  • There are plenty of characters in the Looney Tunes catalog who covet their co-star's items, but the one who stands out the most is Daffy Duck. Throughout the character's 80+ years, Daffy has been in a constant state of yearning for more and more money. Just being around cash makes him a little crazed, which is why he so perfectly personifies greed.

    Greed is an intense desire for material possessions. For greedy individuals, nothing matters besides the acquisition of wealth or other people's things. Fortunately, Daffy doesn't go around robbing his fellow toons, but he'll turn on anyone to acquire whatever catches his fancy, making him the perfect embodiment of greed.

  • While watching the various cartoons in the Looney Tunes library, you'll notice each character is often actively participating in some form of physical or intellectual activity. After all, who wants to watch someone sit around? Foghorn Leghorn, however, is an exception. He's more than happy to get others to do his work for him and will pursue any avenue that gets him out of a task.

    He's one of those characters who hides his lazy lifestyle behind his loud, boisterous voice. He often takes a smaller critter under his wing and offers the sage advice nobody wants. In this way, he establishes a sort of false mentorship and gets the little guy to work for him.

    There is no better example of sloth among the Looney Tunes gang.

  • When animators first introduced Taz, he wasn't much of a talker. He was, however, quite fond of chaos. As the character developed, his role became clear - he's the Looney Tunes representation of gluttony. An over-indulgence in food and drink marks gluttony, and there's no toon as hungry as Taz.

    As Taz spins about the screen, he's quick to help himself to whatever food is around. This guy doesn't take a bite or a sample, though - he wolfs down entire platters of food in one gulp. His eating habits make sense considering the amount of energy he needs to spin all over the world. However, Taz could also choose to eat regular portions and walk - although he'd hardly be the Taz we know and love.