|Full Name||Ralph Theodore Guard|
|Segment||Yakko, Wakko, and Dot|
|Voice Actor||Frank Welker|
Ralph Theodore Guard or Ralph the Guard is the main antagonist of the Animaniacs series. He is the dim-witted security guard at Warner Bros. Studios who is the archenemy of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner. He always tries to capture theme by putting them back into the water tower, but always fails in his duty. In A Christmas Plotz, he was revealed to have a wife (who looks and sounds like him) and an adopted son who is smarter than both of them. He often is seen eating donuts and is quite fat. The Warners outsmart and out run him easily. A running gag is that he chases the Warners in the backgrounds of other segments.
Ralph originates from Tiny Toons Adventures, where he guarded the Warner Bros. Studios, and was often at odds with the Tiny Toons, usually Plucky Duck. In that show however he was a far more capable guard. In Tiny Toons, he was known as "the fat guard that come around". In one episode, Ralph is shown working with Scratchansniff and Hello Nurse to help catch the Warners.
Based his appearance in "Newsreel of the Stars," it seems that Ralph (or a relative or lookalike) worked at the studio in the 1930s.
Ralph will be returning for the Animaniacs reboot, with Frank Welker reprising his role.
- Ralph was named after one of series creator Tom Ruegger’s best childhood friends, Ralph Mayo.
- Ralph was visually modeled after Bob the Guard, the real life head-guard at Hanna-Barbera for many years.
- The evolution of Ralph goes as follows:
Tiny Toon Adventures
- How I Spent My Summer Vacation (direct-to-video film) (nonspeaking)
- Tiny Toon Spring Break (1994 post-series special) (nonspeaking)
- Newsreel of the Stars (nonspeaking)
- Main Title (nonspeaking)
- The Monkey Song (nonspeaking)
- Nighty-Night Toon
- Win Big (run-through)
- Wheel of Morality (nonspeaking) (Episodes 2, 4)
- Slappy Goes Walnuts (run-through)
- Goodfeathers: The Beginning (run-through)
- Tower Returns (nonspeaking) (Episodes 4, 7)
- Taming of the Screwy
- Flipper Parody (nonspeaking)
- Operation: Lollipop (run-through)
- Piano Rag