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Ralph is surprised

— Ralph T. Guard

Ralph Theodore Guard, usually referred as Ralph the Guard, is a recurring character and a rival of the Animaniacs series. Voiced by Frank Welker, he is the dim-witted security guard at the Warner Bros. Studios and the character who Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are arguably at odds with the most. He always tries to capture them by putting them back into the water tower, but always fails in his duty; the Warners outsmart and outrun him easily.

Ralph returned for the Animaniacs reboot, with Frank Welker reprising his role. In "23 and WB", he is revealed to be related to Nora Rita Norita, who is Latina, and her family. He served as the Chairman of Warner Bros. after winning Flora Dora's estate competition until "Season 3 and WB Part Two," where he is fired then "promoted" to a higher security position.


A running gag in the series is that he chases the Warners in the backgrounds of other segments. In Piano Rag, he, Dr. Scratchansniff, and Hello Nurse all worked together to try to catch the Warners. 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 is often seen eating donuts and other sugary treats.

An early version of Ralph, still voiced by Welker but with a less-cartoonish design, was first introduced in an episode of The New Scooby Doo Mysteries series. Ralph in his most recognizeable design first appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures, where he guarded the Warner Bros. Studios, and was often at odds with the Tiny Toons, usually Plucky Duck. This same design would later be reused for Animaniacs.

Judging by his presence in "Newsreel of the Stars," it seems that Ralph (or rather a relative or lookalike; possibly Ralphonzo) worked at the studio in the 1930s.

Physical appearance[]

Ralph is quite fat. He has a fair skin color and stubble. His design remains the same in the reboot series, only his uniform is a more realistic warm-tinted grey instead of blue with his stomach slightly peeking out, and he has five fingers on each hand instead of four. In the holiday special, he wears a ill-fitting Santa suit. In formal events, he wears a tuxedo that isn't strapped on correctly while retaining his security guard cap.

In the Animaniacs reboot, Ralph's design is largely unchanged, although his blue outfit has been replaced by a brown one of similar design.


Ralph can best be described as, brusque, dim-witted, naive, immature, humble, forgiving, calm, patient, persistent, and good-natured. Despite his intense persistance, he is easily duped, which the Warners frequently take advantage of to elude him. His kind nature is shown in "A Christmas Plotz," when issues arose with his job, he does not talk to his adopted son about revenge, but about having a good Christmas. Ralph's defining trait is his stupidity; he often makes dumb decisions and is greatly incompetent. For example, in "Wakko's Gizmo," he pulls out a phone in an attempt to stop an armor suit, which results in chaos happening across the lot. He also speaks in a language of horribly mangled English, further adding to his impression of low intellegence.

In his early appearances in Tiny Toon Adventures, Ralph was much the same as his Animaniacs counterpart, but was considerable less incompetent at his job as a guard.


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  • Despite Ralph being labeled as the main antagonist, he is actually friendly and is often shown to be on good terms with the Warners. If anything, Ralph is just doing his job as the security guard to keep the lot in order.
  • Frank Welker's voice for Ralph is deeply similar to his voice for Runt, the biggest difference being Runt's speech patterns are heavily patterned after Dustin Hoffman's performance in Rain Man.
  • Ralph was named after one of the series creator Tom Ruegger’s best friends from childhood, Ralph Mayo.
  • Ralph's original design from The New Scooby Doo Mysteries 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:
    • Ralph the Guard (aka Ralph Dimwittie)- The New Scooby Doo Mysteries Episode 12a- A Scary Duel with a Cartoon Ghoul (this Ralph is a different individual, but they share the same voice actor).
    • Ralph the Guard/Ralph T. Guard- Tiny Toon Adventures Episode 7- Hollywood Plucky.
    • Ralph the Guard/Ralph Theodore Guard- Animaniacs Episode 1- De-Zanitized.[1]
  • Frank Walker based his vocal performance of Ralph on Lon Chaney Jr.'s interpretation of Lennie in the 1939 film adaptation of Of Mice and Men.


  • "I think mine is an M." - The Scoring Session (referring to music theory notes. A to G are the only letter bases)
  • "This little donut went to markets, this little donut had a date. This little donut had roast beef, and this little donut got ate. (munches donut) Yums!" - The Party
  • "Hey, yous! There's no Goodyear Doughnut!" - Karaoke-Dokie (after the Warners tricked him into thinking there was a Goodyear Doughnut)