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    Freddy the Fly (The Wacky World of Tex Avery)

    Freddy the Fly (The Wacky World of Tex Avery)
    "Hiya Toots!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: A Detestable, Overly Sadistic and Mean-Spirited Insect
    Species: Fly
    Portrayed by: Billy West
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Wacky World of Tex Avery


    Freddy the Fly is the titular character from the Freddy the Fly segments on the notorious DIC Entertainment show The Wacky World of Tex Avery. He is voiced by Billy West.

    Why He's Super Gross

    1. Despite that he is supposed to be the main protagonist of his self-titled segments, he is incredibly sadistic towards Amanda Banshee, as he enjoys making Amanda suffer from everything all the time for no real reason other than petty enjoyment. He is (or was) the reason she became mean-spirited. And somehow, we are supposed to root for him.
      • Speaking of which, the writers did a very awful job representing the characters' roles in these Freddy the Fly cartoons of The Wacky World of Tex Avery. Amanda Banshee is depicted as the villain even though she's minding her own business only for her daily activities to be ruined by the sadistic Freddy, Freddy, despite being the protagonist, was the one responsible for all the troubles that happened to Amanda because he sadistically provokes the latter for no reason. These cartoons try to force viewers to like the protagonist and to despise the villain without giving the usual proper characterization to them as a reason to do this.
      • Unlike many other protagonists from famous cartoon rivalries such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Hubie and Bertie, Goofy Gophers, Tweety, Road Runner, Speedy Gonzales, Screwy Squirrel, Droopy Dog and Charlie Ant from the Ant and the Aardvark where it was usually justified for them to fight off and humiliate their antagonists due to their antagonists starting the conflict in the first place, Freddy the Fly starts his and Amanda's rivalry rather than vice versa.
      • On that topic, similar in vein to The Wacky World of Tex Avery's own Khannie the Panda, Freddy is someone we are supposed to root for since he is ripping off the heroic ideal of various screwball cartoon characters from the 1940s such as Screwy Squirrel from the Tex Avery MGM cartoons, both Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes and Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker. But he is barely well-intentioned and doesn't have anything we should like about him tormenting Amanda daily, much to the point that he usually comes off as more of an irredeemable sadist and much more of a villain than Amanda is made out to be.
      • In fact, he is so recklessly cruel, malicious, and sadistic that he even makes Sledgehammer O'Possum, the worst version of Jerry and even Herman look like absolute angels in comparison.
      • Granted, while Herman is usually a sadistic jerk to Katnip who likes to torture him for no apparent reason other than for sheer malice, he has been kind and helpful to a few other characters such as Henry the Rooster since he has tried to help him deal with his abusive wife Bertha.
    2. Most of his gags are gross-out jokes.
    3. Just like Herman from Herman and Katnip, Gene Deitch's version of Jerry, and The Wacky World of Tex Avery's own Khannie the Panda, some of the injuries he inflicts onto Amanda are more realistic, hurtful, exaggerated and brutal than cartoonish and funny.
    4. He is incredibly annoying and never shuts up whenever he appears onscreen.
    5. Just like most of the other characters from The Wacky World of Tex Avery, his design is ugly.
    6. His character is a stereotypical hobo-type character.
      • Speaking of which, he is said to be based on Homer Flea, a stereotypical hobo flea character who appeared in two MGM cartoons "The Homeless Flea" (1940, directed by Hugh Harman) and "What Price Fleadom" (1948, directed by Tex Avery), except that he has none of the charm and likability that the Homer Flea character did.
    7. He often causes a lot of destruction around Amanda's mansion whenever Amanda tries to kill him.
    8. He (alongside Khannie) is one of the many reasons why The Wacky World of Tex Avery is mostly poorly received by critics and audiences alike.
    9. He is a karma houdini as well and never gets punished for his actions.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He did receive comeuppance a couple of times.
    2. Billy West put a lot of effort into voicing him.
    3. To be fair, he was made to be unlikable like this due to his sadistic and torturous personality.

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