Breed: The list of “Famous Dogs” identifies him as a terrier, while I always thought he was some kind of bulldog. Wikipedia refers to Bandit as a small white bulldog.
Original Appearances: The Jonny Quest animated series, naturally!
Other Appearances: Bandit also appeared in Jonny Quest comic books and other books. He was immortalized in plastic in a Jonny Quest action figure set produced by McFarlane Toys.
Biography: Primarily used as comic relief, let's face it... Bandit was not present as protection for his master, Jonny! However, one cannot igore the fact that he's usually pretty brave for such a small dog, even if his curiosity gets him into trouble often. Since he accompanies the Quests, Race Bannon and Hadji everywhere, he is probably the most well-traveled dog in any Hanna-Barbera cartoon with the exception of Scooby-Doo and probably Astro from The Jetsons.
Powers: Bandit has an amazing ability to understand human speech, especially Jonny's.
Group Affiliation: The Quest family.
Miscellaneous: Series creator Doug Wildey appearently wanted Jonny to have a monkey as a pet, but was overruled by Hanna and Barbera. An alternative version of Bandit was used in “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest,” although he was portrayed straighter, without comic relief.
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