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Bonkers D. Bobcat is the titular protagonist of the 1993-1995 Disney animated television series with the same name.
Originally featured on Raw Toonage, he is a former star of cartoon shorts at Wackytoon Studios. He is an overly energetic and hyperactive, out-of-work, somewhat foolish, and not-so-bright Toon bobcat who works in the Toon Division of the Hollywood P.D. as a police officer. In the 'Miranda' episodes, he's portrayed as a rather clumsy, somewhat foolish character who ends up being the shows' punching bag. In the Lucky episodes, he's less of a buffoon and more of an Inspector Clouseau-type, in control of himself (though still hyperactive), and carries extensive knowledge about the Toons and their behavior, which is an asset on cases dealing with rogue Toons (Lucky would very rarely acknowledge this, although he knows it deep inside). The joke is his lack of law enforcement experience and procedure is still his "Achilles' heel."
He is voiced by Jim Cummings.
Why He Wasn't a Good Cop
Note: This only applies to his character as depicted in the "Miranda Wright" episodes of Bonkers since he has been flanderized as time passed on, as his prior appearances in both Raw Toonage and the "Lucky Piquel" episodes of Bonkers are passable.
- He's a Roger Rabbit clone, but without Roger's competence and likability.
- Unlike his characterization from the Lucky episodes and his more likable inspiration, he is quite the goof. He is a complete fool who's always blundering himself with ideas or decisions that usually make no sense, especially when his bumbling antics always reach to Jar Jar Binks levels of annoying.
- Whenever he does make sense, it generally comes out of nowhere and is ultimately useless more often than not (mainly because of poor writing since Bonkers is supposed to be similar to a dumb clown) and when it's vice-versa, it often makes him look dumber than how he is shown to be capable of being very resourceful with cartoon logic.
- He became too much of an overly hyperactive Butt-Monkey, even more than in the previous Lucky episodes.
- His oddball voice becomes more grating since he gets even more talkative than he was before.
- It especially becomes pretty hard to tolerate listening to him when he speaks insanely fast-paced and in such a way that can be incomprehensible sometimes, or when he portrays childish behavior like pointless wailing and complaining that is still played for laughs sometimes.
- The absolute worst offenders of this are when he cries and wails, it is very ear-grating to listen to.
- Everything he does is generally very weird, senseless more often than not, somewhat annoying, sometimes creepy or even unlikable at times, and most of the time, it's simply unfunny.
- Not to mention that there are several characters that have demonstrated how irritated they are when Bonkers is around when they're in a problem (even around Miranda at times, who's usually levelheaded and tolerating everything Bonkers does or says, compared to the other cops).
- His sense of humor can be even more passé, uninspired, and at times bland than beforehand.
- In many episodes, as a result of his naivete and shortcomings; he often does things that can be problematic and gets all of his partners into tons of destructive misadventures, whether he knew what he was doing or not.
- He has had moments where he was significantly more childish than usual, an example of this was when he was constantly complaining like a child when he was asking Miranda what did he do wrong in a very immature way.
- Just like Jar Jar Binks; he means well, and Bonkers has shown to care a lot about his friends most of the time even if he is sometimes childish, pitiful, or fallible to a fault.
- He can also be quite compassionate and pleasant to those he interacts with (when he isn't annoying other characters with his overly clownish antics). Not to mention he can be supportive of those with problems that are taken seriously or when it comes to actually trying to help others at the right time without acting like a total wacko. This is better shown in his cutesy brother-sister relationship with Miranda, where he's shown to care a lot about her.
- Speaking of which, when Bonkers isn't relying on dumb luck to get him out of situations, he can pull through to save the day when it counts the most and he can be practical when he needs to be, this one is a prime example. Albeit seldom when it does occur.
- While he happens to be the brunt of the slapstick mayhem that ensues, he is still earnest about his screwups.
- With that said, this shows how he isn't as aggravating as another cartoon bobcat.
- Speaking of cute, his design still has effort put into it (even if he still looks like a rejected Looney Tunes character).
- He was a much better character prior to his flanderization, and massively redeemed himself when the show ended.
- In spite of his apparent unfunny sense of humor and clumsiness, special moments of his klutzy and buffoonish behavior can be genuinely entertaining to watch. Which shows how Bonkers can provide some amount of fun and charm every once and a while.
- Bonkers made cameos in two episodes of the 2017 reboot of Ducktales.
- He first made a silent cameo in the episode Let's Get Dangerous!, in which he was portrayed as a comedic klutz.
- He also made a cameo in the series finale.
- Because his show was having difficulties with production, it was cancelled and Disney attempted to scrap the character from all public consciousness.