Daffy Dumas Duck is an animated cartoon character featured in Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, often running the gamut between being the best friend or arch-rival of Bugs Bunny. Introduced in the 1937 Porky Pig short Porky's Duck Hunt, Daffy was the first of the new breed of "screwball" characters that emerged in the late 1930s to supplant traditional everyman characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Popeye, who were more popular earlier in the decade. Daffy would appear in 129 shorts in the Golden Age of Animation, making him the third most frequently-appearing character in the series, behind Porky Pig's 152 and Bugs Bunny's 166 appearances.
Virtually every Warner Bros. cartoon director put his own spin on the Daffy Duck character, who could be a lunatic vigilante in one short but a greedy gloryhound in another. Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones both made extensive use of these two very different versions of the character. In 2002, Daffy was voted #14 on TV Guide's list of top 50 best cartoon characters.
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