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Hero Overview

Knock It Off!
~ One of Hokey's most notable lines.
Chuck Wagaon, Ding, Chuck Wagon! Get with it! The spirit of the old west Ding, is never give up!
~ Hokey convincing Ding-a-Ling to conintue to attempt to steal food from a cowboy, after many unsucessfull attempts in the episode: Chock Full Chuck Wagon
The newspaper Ding-Ding. Especially on the be kind to animals week!
~ Hokey in the first episode: Tricks and Treats

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Hokey Wolf is a smooth-talking anthropomorphic wolf and the main title character throughout each Hokey Wolf cartoon. His main hobby in life was to outsmart and coax the clueless out of free meals or places to stay, much of which he seemed to do so with ease, despite possible consequences later on.

In his original cartoon (and in some later appearances), he was voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Phil Silvers.

History

He made his debut in his own segment on "The Huckleberry Hound Show" called "Hokey Wolf" in 1961. In which he appeared as the protagonist of his own series. He was a con artist wolf with his sidekick: Ding-a-Ling who joined Hokey nearly though out all of his misadventures. However, as soon as The Huckleberry Hound Show ended, Hokey seems to have appeared by himself with the exception being "Yogi's Ark Lark". Not much is known about Hokey's backstory, and how it is that Ding ended up with Hokey in the first place.

Hokey would usually trick his life into a simple life. He usually does his con artists ways while doing so, however it usually backfires on him at the end.

Appearance

Hokey is a large fully grown brown-furred wolf standing on two feet, he has a peach-colored snout. He has a big bushy tail, pointed ears, and has two whiskers on each side of his snout, Hokey dresses somewhat similarly to Yogi, only that he sports a pale purple pork pin hat, as well as a white collar with a teal-colored bow tie.

Personality

He was portrayed as a smooth talking con artist; his personality would later be recycled for fellow Hanna-Barbera characters, "Top Cat", and "Yogi Bear" who starred in a prime-time sitcom that ran from 1961 to 1962 that followed a very similar concept. However while acting villainous in some Hokey Wolf episodes (but still doing some heroic acts at the same time), he doesn’t seem to actually do much villainous actions outside his own show, with the exception of his villainous actions in some Yogi's Treasure Hunt episodes. However no other villainous acts were shown, he likely redeemed himself in Laff-a-Lympics as he did no villainous actions and was a member of one of the good teams. He has also done heroic acts in Yogi's Ark Lark where he joined Yogi's Gang a heroic group that teaches kids versus things, he was also joined by his sidekick Ding-a-Ling. He and Ding also appeared in The Yogi Bear Show episode Yogi's Birthday Party as one of the guests' who could make it to Yogi's Party, alongside their other friends: Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Yakky Doodle, Pixie and Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Quick-Draw McGraw, Baba Looey, Snooper and Blabber, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy.

In his later appearances, he appears to be lesser villainous then he was in his own series. This may imply that he likely redeemed himself, and stopped conning people. However he can sometimes appear villainous in some episodes of Yogi's Treasure Hunt (but still not as much as his actions in his own show).

Bio

Hokey is a smooth talking con-artist wolf. whom is usually trying to cheat his way into the simple life. He is often accompanied alongside by his young, diminutive, sidekick, Partner in Crime Ding-a-Ling. Together the two go on various Misadventures.

Goals

His main goal in life is to out smart the clueless into getting free meals, or places to stay he and Ding-a-Ling always try doing schemes, usually hokey does the work, and Ding-a-Ling tags alongside Hokey. Hokey seems to get though very easily, but sometimes doesn’t seem to get though on his fast taking work it the end. He seems to do both Heroic acts and Villainous acts making him an Anti-Hero. While he does most of the work and seemingly getting though with it and managing to outsmart the clueless. It usually backfires on him at the end. His most notable role is in The episode "Chock Full Chuck Wagon" where he and Ding-a-Ling try to steal a cowboys Chuck Wagon, while he did villainous acts in the episode, he managed to succeed at the end, intell a real stampede emerged then he and Ding-a-Ling ran for it. Another notable role is in the episode "Hokey Dokey" in the episode Hokey tricks the three little pigs out of there home, so he and Ding-a-Ling can have a "Nice cozy home for the winter" but it backfires on him again after the three little pigs found out that the "Big Bad Wolf" didn't burn up in the fireplace and turned over a new leag, and the three little pigs and the big bad wolf give him a "lesson" by blowing the brick house down with Hokey and Ding-a-Ling inside.

Heroic acts

  • Hokey did save Ding-a-Ling in the episode "Who's Zoo", where he and Ding try to steal a Lion's stake. While he mostly did villainous acts in the episode. One attempt was for Ding to "Swin though the gate and grab the stake". This attempt failed and resulted in Ding getting eaten by the Lion. Then Hokey had to use the Lions tail. (pulling it up and down like a lever), opening the Lion's mouth, and freeing Ding-a-Ling.
  • Hokey has saved Ding-a-Ling's life a few times.
  • Hokey has helped Ding-a-Ling a few times.

Family

While most Hanna-Barbera characters family members never appear. Hokey once mentioned his mother in the episode "Movies Are Bitter Than Ever". in this episode after the farmer found out that Hokey was tricking him again. As He was going to shoot Hokey with a gun, Hokey told Ding-a-Ling to write a message to "a loved one" (his mother). Making the farmer cry, and also making Hokey and Ding-a-Ling get away with the farmer shooting them. (which he does afterwards, when he realizes that Hokey tricked him again).

Voice actor

He was voiced by Daws Butler (who also did the voices of characters such as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Wally Gator, Quick-Draw McGraw, Snooper and Blabber Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Scooby-Dum, Reddy, Augie Doggie, Peter Potamus, Baba Looey, Lippy the Lion, Elroy Jetson and Peter Perfect) in the Series and other Series he appeared in with the except of Yo Yogi!, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

Other Appearances

While Ding-a-Ling appears in every episode alongside Hokey in the Hokey Wolf cartoon. Hokey appears by himself in Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Laff-a-Lympics and The Good, The Bad, and The Huckleberry Hound and also some comics. Hokey appears in the Laff-a-Lympics TV Series as a Member of The Yogi Yahooeys. He appears again in The Good, The Bad, and The Huckleberry Hound as The mayor of the town and also as a recurring character in Yogi's Treasure Hunt. He also appeared in Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper, With other characters such as Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Snooper and Blabber, Quick-Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. However he appeared by himself (without Ding-a-Ling). in that movie. He also appears twice in Yo Yogi! as Mayor Hokey, only this time he appears with Ding-a-Ling.

Trivia

  • He was voiced by Daws Butler.
  • Hokey's personality is very similar to that of Top Cat, as both often act as the anti-villain in some episodes, both create schemes to get what they want, and both talk very similar to one another.
  • The original model sheet of Hokey actually shows his Name was originally supposed to be Wacko Wolf. But due to another similar looking character from Bozo The Clown sharing the same name at the time, Hanna-Barbera had to quickly change His name to Hokey Wolf.
    • This may likely imply that Hokey was originally named Wacko Wolf (or at the very least based on the same character).
    • Hokey also looks alot similar to Wacko. Only Wacko fully wears clothes. While Hokey only wears a pork pine hat, a collar and a teal colored bow-tie (This is likely done to avoid people mixing up the two).
  • in the Laff-a-Lympics comic issue 6, it was revealed that Hokey is a expert roller skater.

see also

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