The Mad Hatter.
The Mad Hatter is a fictional character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Although never referenced in Carroll’s books as ‘The Mad Hatter’, The Hatter is portrayed as such as and when Alice arrives at the tea party, the Hatter is characterised by switching places on the table at any given time, making short, personal remarks, asking unanswerable riddles and reciting nonsensical poetry, is fond of puns and rude jokes, all of which eventually drives Alice away!
Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel, it has often been claimed that the Hatter’s character may have been inspired by Theophilus Carter, an eccentric furniture dealer. Hatters were said to go mad because of their exposure to mercury, a which was used in the manufacture of the hats they sold – Mad Hatter Disease, hence the term “as mad as a hatter”. The Hatter has been featured in nearly every adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to date and he is usually the male lead.
Plankton is an antagonist in SpongeBob SquarePants. Plankton’s life goal is to put his former best friend Mr Krabs out of business by obtaining his secret Krabby Patty formula. A running gag throughout the series is the fact that Plankton is much smaller than the other main characters, so he is easily stepped on andis often sent flying back to his restaurant Chum Bucket with a mere flick of the finger.
Garfield is a fictional cat and the title protagonist from the Garfield comic strip created by Jim Davis. Overweight, lazy, arrogant and sarcastic with a passion for lasagna, Garfield enjoys mocking the actions of his awkward owner Jon Arbuckle, and Odie, Jon’s dimwitted dog. Although lazy, Garfield is very mischievous and enjoys teasing Odie and the other neighbourhood dogs, and playing pranks on Jon, particularly waking him up.
Although the Minions are not a singular character, I have decided to include them as they often act as a collective, being minions and all. As little yellow rascals from the Despicable Me franchise, they are impulsive creatures with little self-control, but with a wide-eyed wonder and an odd innocence that endears them to viewers and makes them relatable. With generic names such as Dave, Stuart and Phil, the Minions do the things we all would like to do – but don’t, such as; clowning around at the office, speaking back to their boss and knowingly causing mayhem. Their humour is quite childish and they find anything having to do with buttocks extremely funny, such as photocopying their derrière.
Bugs Bunny, or Wascally Wabbit as Elmer Fudd would say, is my classically favourite rascal. If you need an example of a Trickster, Bugs Bunny is it,” says Robert Thompson, director of a Syracuse University pop-culture studies program. “He defies authority. He goes against the rules. But he does it in a way that’s often lovable, and that often results in good things for the culture at large”.
Bugs’ creators – Tex Avery, Bob Givens, and Mel Blanc drew inspiration for character design from the witty Groucho Marx and Bugs’ nonchalant, carrot-eating manner was inspired by a scene in It Happened One Night, when the fast-talking Clark Gable snacked on carrots while leaning on a fence. Bugs Bunny is characterized as being clever and capable of outsmarting anyone who antagonizes him, including Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian and Wile E. Coyote amongst a host of others. Bugs almost always wins these conflicts, all the while holding an air that is equal parts mischievous, nonchalant and rascally.