Gossamer is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The character is a hairy red monster. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his heart-shaped face is composed of only two oval eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers. The monster's main trait, however, is bright uncombed red hair. In fact, a gag in the 1980 short Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 241/2th Century lampoons this by revealing that Gossamer is, in fact, composed entirely of hair.
The word "Gossamer" is derived from the Middle English gossamer (a soft sheer gauzy fabric), from "gos" meaning goose and "somer" meaning summer, which translates to something light, delicate, or insubstantial. The name is meant to be ironic, since the character is large, menacing, and destructive. In fact, he is so terrifying that, in his first appearance, his own reflection flees from him. It is also revealed that he's afraid of people.
Video game appearance
Gossamer appeared in the 2001 video game, Sheep Raider. He is also a playable character in the 2007 game Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal, and the 2003 game Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and an enemy in the 1996 game Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble, the 1994 game Taz In Escape From Mars, and the 2002 game Taz: Wanted.
- Originally, he was voiced by the late Mel Blanc, and has been voiced by Joe Alaskey, Jim Cummings, and Kwesi Boakye.