Yosemite Sam - Looney Tunes Wiki (2024)

Yosemite Sam

Say yer prayers, rabbit!
Member ofTune Squad
OccupationOutlaw, cowboy, and many others
Sibling(s)One brother, Yosemite Jack in New Looney Tunes
First appearanceMM: Hare Trigger (1945)
Played byMel Blanc (1945-1983; 1989)
Joe Alaskey (1988-1992; 1995-1997; 2010-2011)
Jeff Bergman (1990-1992, 2014, 2021)
Charlie Adler (1990)
Greg Burson (1991-1997)
Maurice LaMarche (1992-2016)
Jim Cummings (1996-2000, 2014)
Bill Farmer (1996)
Frank Gorshin (1997)
Jeff Bennett (2003-2004)
Fred Tatasciore (since 2017)
Eric Bauza (2018)
File:TTA Yosemite.png
Tiny Toon Adventures

Space Jam
File:BiA Yosemite.png
Looney Tunes: Back in Action

The Looney Tunes Show
File:NLT Yosemite.png
New Looney Tunes
File:LTC Yosemite.png
Looney Tunes Cartoons

Tiny Toons Looniversity

Yosemite Sam is western-type character and recurring antagonist in the Looney Tunes animated franchise. He is usually potrayed as one of Bugs Bunny's most agressive antagonists, and his archenemy in similar vein to Elmer Fudd. His voice was orignated by Mel Blanc using a Southern accent.

Sam first appeared as Bugs' antagonist in the 1945 Looney Tunes short, Hare Trigger, and has been subsequently shown many times in both the theatrical cartoons and the Looney Tunes franchise, sometimes in different roles and other aliases. He appeared in a total of thirty-three shorts made between 1945 and 1964, during the original run of the Warner Bros. cartoons.

His protégé in Tiny Toon Adventures is Montana Max.


  • 1 Character Description
  • 2 Appearances
    • 2.1 TV series
    • 2.2 Movies
    • 2.3 Shorts
    • 2.4 Comics
    • 2.5 Video games
    • 2.6 Theme parks
  • 3 Biography
    • 3.1 Original shorts
      • 3.1.1 Feuding with the Varmint Rabbit
      • 3.1.2 Miscellaneous Feuds
    • 3.2 It's a Looney, Looney, Looney, Looney, World
    • 3.3 Fantastic Island
    • 3.4 We're All a Little Looney
    • 3.5 Come On and Slam! And Welcome to the Jam!
    • 3.6 The Baby Looney Tunes Way
    • 3.7 Duck Dodgers of the 24th and One Half Century
    • 3.8 Back in Action
    • 3.9 Yosemite Sam Gets Modern
    • 3.10 Going Down the Rabbit Hole
    • 3.11 Back to Basics
    • 3.12 Slamming in the Serververse
    • 3.13 Keeping Looniversity Safe
    • 3.14 Yosemite Sam in the Funny Pages
    • 3.15 Yosemite Sam Sells Out
  • 4 Development
  • 5 Gallery
  • 6 Toys and merchandise
  • 7 Behind the scenes
  • 8 In popular culture
  • 9 References

Character Description

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, Hare Trigger

Yosemite Sam is often depicted as a cowboy or an outlaw with a short, firery temper. In comparison to Elmer Fudd—who is often potrayed as a passive, yet bumbling antagonist—Sam is a much tougher foe to Bugs, and is potrayed as being mean-spirited, reckless, egotistical, and extremely violent. As such, he also has a tougher accent, and a higher, fiercer voice. Sam is a highly assertive person, proudly calling himself as "the roughest, toughest he-man stuffest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande", among many other boastful titles. He is also quicker to learn from his mistakes and never falls for the same ploy twice.

In spite of his tough, formidable personality, Sam doesn't prove himself to be any brighter than Fudd when encountering Bugs. His cantankerous noise contrasts the rabbit's calm demeanor. Sam's co*ckiness tends to get the best of him, portraying him as a bumbling idiot, with Bugs seeing that he is incapable of turning down a challenge. Sam is incredibly short-tempered and hates it when he is wrong; so much that he would either use his revolvers at random targets (which seem to comically not hit at anyone), or get himself into trouble through his stubbornness.

In some cartoons, (such as in From Hare to Heir, Honey's Money, and Dumb Patrol), he also has a foul mouth; cursing unintelligibly when angry and saying phrases like "rackin' frackin' varmint," either loudly or when mumbling to himself.

Sam is very much a short-sized fellow; His height was first lampooned in the debut short Hare Trigger, where a train he tries to hold up passes right over him without harm. While Sam's basic character is that of a cowboy, he wears a black Domino mask to show that he is an outlaw. This is so associated with his persona that he even wears the mask in other roles such as a pirate, a riff, or a Viking. As a cowboy or in any other Western-type role, he wears a large cowboy hat, bandana and cowboy boots.


TV series

  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Animaniacs (1993)
  • Duck Dodgers
  • Baby Looney Tunes
  • The Looney Tunes Show
  • New Looney Tunes
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons
  • Animaniacs (2020)
  • Tiny Toons Looniversity


  • Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (cameo)
  • The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
  • Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales
  • Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
  • Space Jam
  • Tweety's High Flying Adventure
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas
  • Looney Tunes: Rabbit's Run
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy


  • Merrie Melodies
    • Hare Trigger
    • Along Came Daffy
    • Bugs Bunny Rides Again
    • Bunker Hill Bunny
    • Ballot Box Bunny
    • Hare Trimmed
    • Captain Hareblower
    • This Is A Life?
    • Hare-abian Nights
    • From Hare to Heir
    • Lighter Than Hare
    • Devil's Feud Cake
    • (Blooper) Bunny!
  • Looney Tunes
    • Buccaneer Bunny
    • High Diving Hare
    • Mutiny on the Bunny
    • Big House Bunny
    • Rabbit Every Monday
    • The Fair Haired Hare
    • 14 Carrot Rabbit
    • Hare Lift
    • Southern Fried Rabbit
    • Sahara Hare
    • Roman Legion-Hare
    • Rabbitson Crusoe
    • A Star Is Bored (cameo)
    • Piker's Peak
    • Dog Tales
    • Knighty Knight Bugs
    • Wild and Woolly Hare
    • Horse Hare
    • Prince Violent
    • Honey's Money
    • Shishkabugs
    • Dumb Patrol
    • Carrotblanca
    • From Hare to Eternity
    • Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol
  • Invasion of the Carrot Snatchers


Video games

Theme parks

  • Six Flags
  • Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi
  • Warner Bros Movie World


Original shorts

Feuding with the Varmint Rabbit

Miscellaneous Feuds

It's a Looney, Looney, Looney, Looney, World

Fantastic Island

We're All a Little Looney

Come On and Slam! And Welcome to the Jam!

The Baby Looney Tunes Way

Duck Dodgers of the 24th and One Half Century

Back in Action

Yosemite Sam Gets Modern

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Back to Basics

Slamming in the Serververse

Keeping Looniversity Safe

Yosemite Sam in the Funny Pages

Yosemite Sam Sells Out



Main article: Yosemite Sam/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Behind the scenes

  • His name is taken from Yosemite National Park in California.
  • Without his cowboy hat (or any kind of headwear), Yosemite's head varies from being a full set of hair or completely bald.

In popular culture

WARNING: The following section contains content that may be seen as mature or offensive to some readers. Reader discretion is advised.

  • In the Full House episode "The Return of Grandma," it is a Saturday morning and Stephanie wants to watch Bugs Bunny, but Joey who would prefer to watch Yogi Bear, says Bugs Bunny is kid's stuff and that every episode is the same. He then does impressions of the usual routines of Elmer and Yosemite shooting at him. Joey thinks Bugs has a death wish and wonders why he even pokes his head out his rabbit hole. Despite this, Stephanie thinks it's less boring than watching Yogi always steal picnic baskets.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Tale of a Third Grade Nothing," Sam is trying on pants when he suddenly shouts about how it's the most "tightest, penis-compressingest, sperm-killingest, testicl*-grippingest" jeans he's ever tried on.
  • In the Drawn Together episode "Charlotte's Web of Lies," Sam can be seen in Ling Ling's support group next to Marvin the Martian.
  • In "Wooper," the Robot Chicken skit of the episode "Snarfer Image", Sam makes an short appearance after Elmer kills his future self, pleading him to "have what he's having" before being shot.


Retrieved from ""

Yosemite Sam - Looney Tunes Wiki (2024)


What is Yosemite Sam's catchphrase? ›

You rackin' frackin' varmint!” – Yosemite Sam

He's also the character with the strongest personal dialect – he almost has too many good catch phrases to count.

What is Yosemite Sam's real name? ›

In the episode "Daffy Duck, Esq.", it is revealed that his full name is Samuel Rosenbaum and thus established him as being Jewish (both his creator Friz Freleng and original voice actor Mel Blanc were also Jewish, though there is no evidence that Freleng had ever explicitly intended Sam to have been a Jew).

What kind of accent does Yosemite Sam have? ›

In “The Looney Tunes Show” Yosemite Sam is both short and short-tempered. He is an arrogant man with a western accent who is shown as an antagonist to Bugs and Daffy alike due to his mooching and all around snobby attitude.

Who is Yosemite Sam's rival? ›

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.

What does Yosemite Sam curse say? ›

Original Version: Get outta there, you rassa-frassin' fur-bearin' critter! Censored Version: Get outta there, you wrestle-freezing, forebearing creature! Original: Ya no-account, bush-whackin' barracuda! Censored: Ya NorCal, tush-spankin' barracuda!

Did Yosemite Sam say tarnation? ›

That said, Yosemite Sam did utter the word tarnation on at least a few fairly recent occasions.

What disorder does Yosemite Sam have? ›

He is irritable and aggressive, resulting in frequent fights or assaults. Sam shows little regard for his own safety or that of others. Yet his impulsiveness and failure to plan appropriately frequently frustrate his efforts. Sam's a typical antisocial personality disorder, cluster B, diagnostic code 301.7.

What does Yosemite Sam call bugs? ›

6 Varmint. I reckon this is the most characteristic Yosemite Sam word: He is the patron saint of calling critters varmints. The term has referred to vermin since the 1500s.

Who is Yosemite Sam's twin brother? ›

S3 E39: Yosemite Sam's twin brother Yosemite Jack comes to visit and encounters folks angry at Sam and they take it out on Jack.

Who inspired Yosemite Sam? ›

Was Yosemite Sam based on a real person? - Quora. Writer Michael Maltese said that he based him on director Friz Freleng. Friz was short (Jack Warner always called Chuck Jones and Freleng “Mutt and Jeff” because of their heights), red headed, had a mustache, and was notoriously short tempered.

Which Looney Tunes character has a lisp? ›

Like Daffy, Sylvester is known for having a sloppy lisp.

How tall was Yosemite Sam? ›

He is allergic to cheese, as in Fish and Visitors, as he buys soy cheese nachos. In Peel of Fortune, it is revealed that Yosemite Sam is 19 inches tall. His career includes being a sales representative and a driving instructor. The car in Yosemite Sam's driveway has a license plate that says "LU ZR" (loser).

Who hunts Bugs Bunny? ›

“Looney Tunes” cartoon character Elmer Fudd was inseparable from his rifle when hunting “wabbits.” Of course, while hunting Bugs Bunny, he usually ends up injuring himself.

Did Yosemite Sam have a girlfriend? ›

Svetlana was Yosemite Sam's love-interest whom he met online, due to a "profile picture" miscommunication. Sam eventually dumped her due to personality differences.

Is Elmer Fudd evil? ›

Despite being a villain, Elmer Fudd is not very wicked as he has good intentions sometimes.

What is a famous quote from Yosemite? ›

In The Yosemite, published in 1912, he wrote: “But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life.”

What does Samity Sam say? ›

When you try to think of his dialogue, the first line that comes to mind is probably that iconic Yosemite Sam catchphrase, "I'm the meanest, roughest, toughest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande - and I ain't o namby-bamby!" He certainly has some colorful descriptors in his vocabulary, as is the case with the ...

What does Yosemite Sam say when he's mad? ›

Ooooooooooooooooooooo!” “Shut up shuttin' up!” “Whoa camel! Whoa!”

What does Tasmanian devil say? ›

Only occasionally would Taz actually speak, usually to utter some incongruous punchline (e.g. "What for you bury me in the cold, cold ground?"), and yet the character is capable of writing and reading.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Maia Crooks Jr

Last Updated:

Views: 6591

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (43 voted)

Reviews: 90% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Maia Crooks Jr

Birthday: 1997-09-21

Address: 93119 Joseph Street, Peggyfurt, NC 11582

Phone: +2983088926881

Job: Principal Design Liaison

Hobby: Web surfing, Skiing, role-playing games, Sketching, Polo, Sewing, Genealogy

Introduction: My name is Maia Crooks Jr, I am a homely, joyous, shiny, successful, hilarious, thoughtful, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.