Daffy Duck was the first of the new breed of "screwball" characters that emerged in the 1930s Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. and supplanted traditional "everyman" characters.
Daffy is also one of the most difficult cartoon characters to adequately define. Virtually every Warner Bros. animator put his own spin on the duck; Daffy may be a lunatic vigilante in one short, but a greedy glory hound in the next. Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones especially made extensive use of two very different versions of the character. As of today a third version of the duck exists in The Looney Tunes Show only in this version he is portrayed as a mixture of Screwball, Greedy, and Stupid.