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How ‘Looney Tunes’ Characters Represent The Seven Deadly Sins

Updated November 18, 2019 84.1k 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.

  • Everyone has that one friend who thinks they are better than everyone else. For the Looney Tunes gang, that individual is Bugs Bunny. This is a rabbit who not only knows he's smarter than those around him, but he's also more than happy to prove it.

    How prideful would someone have to be to continually chew on a carrot with such nonchalance it evokes anger in almost any toon he encounters? Considering that's the character's trademark, it's easy to see how Bugs and pride go together like rabbits and carrots.

  • Have you ever wondered why Wile E. Coyote spends all his time devising traps that fail to catch the Road Runner? While coyotes may snack on birds in the wild, there's no reason to assume this coyote needs to ascertain the Road Runner for sustenance. Think about it for a second: He can order any contraption from the Acme Corporation and have it at his fingertips within seconds, so why wouldn't he be able to afford a steak dinner?

    It's pure envy driving Wile E. Coyote to chase after the Road Runner. Here we have an intelligent and hardworking coyote who regularly sees this roadrunner zipping around the desert without a care in the world. Who wouldn't be envious of that? He sees someone with a life that's easier and more carefree than his, and he wants to snuff it out. 

  • Wrath is all about anger and uncontrollable rage. People who succumb to wrath often attempt to ruin their enemies. Yosemite Sam may be a parody of folks from the Wild West, but he's more than that - he's wrathful. Whenever he doesn't get his way or becomes even the slightest bit frustrated, he pulls out his six-shooter and starts firing.

    These are incredibly disruptive behaviors. Fortunately, Yosemite Sam is limited by the rules of animation. He has a short temper and is somewhat slow-witted, which doesn't help keep his rage in check. Of all the Looney Tunes characters, he's easily the most volatile.