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Lightning Rodriquez as he appears on the screen in the episode "You Asked for It"

Lightning Rodriguez is a minor character on Tiny Toon Adventures. Rodriguez is a young brown mouse who wears a blue and white hat and hi-tops and a light blue shirt. His name is a parallel to Speedy Gonzales and, as confirmed in an interview with Tom Ruegger, Lightning was indeed created as a potential Tiny Toon counterpart to Speedy. Lightning shares his surname with Speedy's slow cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, but it is not known if he would have been related to the two Mexican mice (or at least Slowpoke) had he been developed into a proper character. Lightning Rodriguez appears only twice in the show, and one of those two appearances is a still shot.

Appearances

He appears in the episode, You Asked for It, where Plucky displays a machine that shows which character the fans want to see (Rodriquez is one of the characters that passes by on the machine's screen).

His other appearance is in The Acme Bowl, where you see the back (and quick front view) of him with the other Tiny Toons around a campfire at night before playing against Perfecto Prep. He is wearing a blue and white jersey with the letter "A" on it (for Acme Looniversity) along with the rest of the toons in support of their football team.

Media

Creator Tom Ruegger speaks of him in an interview-

Interviewer: "What about this one character I've heard was created, but tossed during production...Lightning Rodriguez, the Tiny Toons equivalent of Speedy? Was he nixed because of ethnic sensibilities?"

Tom Ruegger: "That name never made it very far. I think it was jotted in as a possibility only. We already had a fast character in Little Beeper, so having a young Speedy wasn't a high priority. The 50's and 60's Speedy Gonzalez cartoons were already encountering some trouble (criticism) as far as the characters' ethnicity goes, and we were not about to create any problems for ourselves. A Latino character was certainly viable, but we weren't in the market to create any ethnic stereotypes, especially potentially negative ones." [[1]]

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