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Top 50 Cartoon Characters

Modern and Classic Cartoon Characters


Cartoon characters are as endearing to adults as children. Many times we can relate to them. Most of the time we just love to laugh at their antics and misfortune. Following is the list of top 50 cartoon characters of all time, judged for their influence, their popularity and their hilarity.

50. Bobby Hill

Bobby Hill
Twentieth Century Fox
Bobby Hill is my favorite character on King of the Hill, which aired on FOX from 1997 to 2009. He's the SpongeBob of the group, always optimistic, a dreamer. He starred in my favorite episode, the Emmy-nominated "Bobby Goes Nuts." If I could ask creator Mike Judge one question, it would be, "What will Bobby Hill be when he grows up?" He has so many aspirations, I just can't imagine the answer.

49. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
Turner Broadcasting
Before those snappy drawers called Underoos were made, back when underpants looked like, well, underpants, I just took red and blue markers to my own white bottoms (as any 5 year old will) and made my own Wonder Woman costume. Wonder Woman gives little girls their own superhero, one who is strong and gorgeous with lots of cool toys. She stars in Super Friends, Justice League of America and Young Justice.

48. Daria

Daria Morgendorffer was first introduced to MTV audiences on Beavis and Butt-head. In 1997, she earned her own half-hour animated comedy. She's smart and witty, a teenage girl trying to figure out how to be her own person and still have a boyfriend at the same time, while dealing with stressed-out parents.

47. Batman

Turner Broadcasting
Can you imagine a time when Batman wasn't the Dark Knight we know now? Hard to believe the many transformations this superhero has seen through the years, especially on television. The caped crusader has had several of his own cartoons: Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008), The Batman (2004), Batman Beyond (1999), Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and Beware the Batman (TBD).

46. Superman

Superman is the ultimate superhero because of his unerring loyalty to doing good. But is he a true superhero since he only has powers because he's an alien, from another planet? Or is he just a guy who fell to ground on the right planet? I'm sure fanboys debate this issue frequently, but as long as any incarnation of Superman includes a broad chest, incorruptible morals and old-fashioned chivalry, I'm there. Like his other DC Comics friends, Superman starred in Super Friends and Justice League of America. His own series have been Superman (1988) and Superman: The Animated Series (1996). But who could forget The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967)?

45. George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle
If you doubt the popularity of George of the Jungle, just watch the new cartoon on Cartoon Network, or rent the DVD of the live-action film starring Brendan Fraser. George of the Jungle originated in 1967, a parody of the Tarzan story. He's known for swinging on vines and slamming into trees, as well as his rhythmic theme song, "George, George, George of the Jungle... watch out for that tree!"

44. Spider-Man

Spider-Man is the everyman superhero. He started out as the geek next door and was transformed into a mega-strong, mega-agile dude. Spidey first starred in 1967's Spider-Man, then came Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981), Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995) and Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003).

43. The Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff Girls
Cartoon Network

Girl power times three. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup keep Townsville, USA safe from evil, while dealing with the pressures of kindergarten. The visual style of The Powerpuff Girls sets it apart, though, along with the abundance of tongue-in-cheek humor. It's part high art and part drug-induced pop art. The Powerpuff Girls first premiered in 1998 and can still be seen on Boomerang.

42. Angelica Pickles

Why do bullies get all the good lines? Angelica Pickles is the bossy, spoiled toddler from Rugrats. She is the most familiar character from Rugrats, but possibly only because she is the meanest and talks the most. (She's older than the babies.) Rugrats crawled onto Nickelodeon in 1991. The lil' crew went on to star in The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris and Rugrats Go Wild.

41. Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat: Golden Anniversary Edtiion
Classic Media
Felix the Cat is a black and white cat created during the silent film era of the early 20th Century. His simple form and face make him easily recognizable, and his magical bag helps him create all sorts of mischief. He was also the first cartoon character to gain enough popularity to award him a feature film in 1928.
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