With his large build and clumsy demeanor, Lucky Piquel has been depicted as the traditional bumbling police officer. While he can never fully understand Bonkers or any of the Toon partners who have become his allies, he tries hard to help the Toons look up to him, as he has thought of himself as the senior officer in the Toon Division. However, because of his by-the-book beliefs and procedures, the Toony antics from his partners sometimes prove too much for the newly promoted detective lieutenant, and as such, he has a very short temper which has driven him close to insanity numerous times.
Role in the series
Lucky Piquel first appeared in the pilot episode Going Bonkers, where he was a nightly patrolman dreaming of making his mark in the Hollywood Police Department. He'd had his chance (or, at least, he'd thought he'd had his chance) when Bonkers was credited for rescuing Donald Duck from a mugger. In reality, Lucky had made the collar, but Chief Kanifky (who always seemed to mispronounce Lucky's last name as "Pickle") recognized Lucky's large build in the newspaper photo and figured the patrolman had assisted Bonkers in the mugger's capture. As such, Lucky was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant, and senior officer in a newly founded "Toon Division", partnered with Bonkers D. Bobcat and several other Toon objects.
With Bonkers having lost most of his assets upon being let go from the Hollywood Studios, Lucky offered him a place at his house, with the rest of the Piquel family. At first, he was about to change his mind about Bonkers living with him (after realizing that Bonkers was a toon actor), but his daughter, Marilyn, and his wife, Dilandra Piquel ("Dyl" for short), both grew to love Bonkers almost instantly.
Several cases would be solved by the Toon Division before Lucky found himself being offered a transfer to Washington, D.C., to work with the FBI. Realizing that this was the big break he was waiting for, he readily accepted, and moved himself and his family to the nation's capital, being accompanied by several of the Toons from his office—including Broderick the Radio, Bonkers' pet horn Toots, and Fall Apart Rabbit.
- He is very similar to Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the sense that both of them have sidekicks that annoy them and also hate Toons, but both eventually warm up to them.
- His job as a police detective, overweight appearance and bumbling demeanor also make him very similar to Detective Harvey Bullock from the Batman universe, notably the incarnation from Batman: The Animated Series.
- Gwumpki the restaurateur in Quack Pack has an extremely similar build to Lucky.
- As revealed in "Once In a Blue Toon," his middle name is Shirley, a name he got from his father. He also has a 53" waistline.
- He once dreamed of being a horror writer in "The Dimming".
- He used to hate Christmas in "Miracle at the 34th Precinct," but after getting the new pair of slippers he wanted, he began to like Christmas.
- He also dreamed of opening his own amusement park, as revealed in "Fall Apart Land."
- At the beginning of "The Day the Toon Stood Still," it is shown that Lucky suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as he undergoes a PTSD flashback to trauma he received in 1974. In this scene, Lucky wears a wastebin like a soldier's helmet and military music is heard, implying that he received this trauma during military service.
- As revealed in "Stressed to Kill," whenever Lucky's stress levels go up, he begins to behave animal-like.
- He was voiced by Jim Cummings, who also voiced the series' titular character.
- Also revealed in "Stressed to Kill," bringing in the criminal he is assigned to stop is his only most effective way to lower his stress.