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Rabbit Fire

Bugs using reverse psychology on Daffy

Reverse Psychology is a common antagonistic act seen in Looney Tunes. It often involves "reversed arguments," and occasionally even "pronoun trouble."


Looney Tunes

  • Duck Soup to Nuts - Perhaps the first cartoon to ever use this gag, Daffy tricks Porky into believing that he is an eagle rather than a pig when Porky refuses to believe that Daffy is a fish.
  • Baseball Bugs - Bugs trick the player (dressed as the umpire) into saying "safe" instead of "out".
  • Mexican Joyride - Daffy tricks the bull that Daffy isn't hiding in the third sombrero, and when both Daffy and the bull make a bet, it turns out that a second Daffy indeed is hiding under the third sombrero, which causes the bull to lose the bet and breaks down crying because that he has lost all of his money in betting.
  • Haredevil Hare - K-9 tricks Bugs into taking the dynamite stick.
  • The Hunting Trilogy - The plot of the 3 cartoons centers around Bugs using reverse psychology to get Elmer to shoot Daffy. These gags are even repeated in Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (albeit without Elmer involved) and in the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

Tiny Toon Adventures

  • Born To Be Riled - Babs: "No, I'm the real Plucky; I'm the green duck with an ego the size of Cleveland!"

Plucky: "I'm the green duck with an ego the thize of Cleveland!"