Yosemite Sam Original and Limited Edition Art
Yosemite Sam is Bugs Bunny's western enemy, created by Friz Freleng. He is commonly depicted as a gunslinging prospector, outlaw, pirate or cowboy with a hair-trigger temper and an intense hatred of rabbits. With his short stature, fiery, irascible temper and fiery red hair, Sam is the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny, along with Elmer Fudd. Sam was created to be a more worthy adversary for Bugs Bunny. Up until Sam's introduction, Bugs' primary foe was Elmer Fudd, who was so dim-witted and mild-mannered that Freleng thought Bugs was effectively a bully for duping him. Yosemite Sam, with his explosive temper, violent nature and large voice and ego, acted as a greater enemy to Bugs Bunny. In cartoons with non-Western scenes, he uses various aliases, including "Chilkoot Sam", "Square-deal Sam", "Riff Raff Sam", "Seagoing Sam", and "Shanghai Sam", among others. He first appeared in the the 1945 cartoon Hare Trigger.
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