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Breaking the fourth wall is a comedy device that is used in animated shows which a character acknowledges the fact that they are a character in a movie or television show, and are actually aware of being such. When it comes to the Animaniacs franchise, the fourth wall has been pretty much shattered.

Animaniacs (Original Series)[]

Season 1[]

  • "The Monkey Song (Song)"- Slappy then smiles at the audience.
  • Episode 2: Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big: After Wakko finishes yodelling, he looks at the viewers and says, "Sorry! It’s the chocolate talking."
  • "H.M.S. Yakko" -At the beginning of the song "I am the Evil Pirate Captain Mel", Captain Mel uses an arrow down for the camera to zoom down in and explains to the viewers about him being the evil pirate.
  • Episode 5: Taming of the Screwy: When Dr Scratchansniff tells the Warners, "Stop playing with my bust!", Yakko turns to the audience and remarks, "Mwah! Goodnight, everybody!"
  • Episode 6: Flipper Parody/Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?: When Mr Plotz demands Wakko to give back his paperweight, Wakko tells him that he’s gonna have to wait a while, Yakko remarks, "Mwah! Goodnight, everybody!"
  • Episode 8: The Warner's Lot Song/The Big Candy Store/Bumbie's Mom -
    • After the Warners appear in Roman outfits, riding a bus like a chariot, they stop at a red light and Yakko remarks, "How’s that for an entrance?", and when the singers are heard as the sunshine shine on Flaxseed's Totallity of Candy, Yakko remarks, "One of these days, I'm gonna find those singers!"
    • Two fourth wall breaks happen in Bumbie's Mom:
      • Slappy tells the camera man to "Dissolve to the next scene quick" before Skippy Squirrel barfs.
      • At the end of the cartoon when Skippy is crying again, Slappy says "Fade out already! We get the joke."
  • Episode 11: No Pain, No Painting/Les Miseranimals: When Pablo Picasso says "Oui oui!", Yakko comments, "The things they're getting away with on kids' shows these days."
  • Episode 13: Hello Nice Warners/La Behemoth/Little Old Slappy from Pasadena: As the Warners were running away from Ralph, they skid to a halt and grinned at the camera before running into the audition building. Later, when Mr Director said that the Warners are going to be in his movie, the Warners said, while looking at the camera, "Movie?", Mr Director wonders who they were looking at and Yakko responds, "The people watching on TV.", and Mr Director remarks, "Peoples, what peoples? Hello nice people in the TV! I don't see any.", before wondering where the Warners get to. And at one point before the scene fades to black, the Warners remark to the audience, "Be afraid! Be very afraid!"
Warners on the Run

Warners grinning at the camera in "Hello Nice Warners".

She's a Good Dog

Runt telling the audience, "Don't worry! She’s a good little dog, deep down inside."

Just a Little Thing I Do

Dot remarks, "Just a little thing I do!"


Yakko remarks, "Don't you love it when we sing the plot?"

Am I In This Cartoon Too?

Rita remarks, "Oh. Am I in this cartoon too?", after Runt picks her up.

Season 2[]


Season 3[]

  • Episode 72:
    • "Rest in Pieces":
      • While Slappy cries and mourns over Walter Wolf's "passing" at the funeral, she turns to the viewers and remarks, "That stuff’ll look great in the promos."

Season 4[]

  • Episode 83: In the stinger, Slappy yells at the viewers, "It's ovah! Go away!"

Season 5[]

Slappy "Boo!"

Slappy surprising the audience by shouting, "Boo!".

Pinky and the Brain[]


Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain[]

Theme Song[]

  • The theme song features the lyric "It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?". This is a nod to how the network ordered this series, much to the crew's chagrin.

Wakko's Wish[]

Animaniacs (Reboot)[]

Season 1[]

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Gold Meddlers Title of the Sketch

Season 2[]


Season 3[]

Animaniacs (1993-1998)
Series OverviewEpisode Guide (Compilation Episodes) • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot MarathonHooray for North HollywoodAnimaniac Attack! MarathonThe Ultimate Animaniacs Super SpecialSeries BibleSongsAlbumsCharactersSegmentsVideo GamesBooksDC Comic SeriesHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Pinky and the Brain (1995-1998)
Series OverviewEpisode Guide (Compilation Episodes) • BrainwashedThe Ultimate Animaniacs Super SpecialWendy's CampaignSongsAlbumsCharactersVideo GamesDC Comic SeriesHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (1998-1999)
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Wakko's Wish (1999)
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Animaniacs (2020-2023)
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