The wise-cracking wascally wabbit is one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time. Even though today I place Homer above him, as a child Bugs was my number one obsession (well he and Toy Story). I had everything Bugs Bunny: toys, clothes, bedsheets, mugs, figurines, even framed artwork. That's not to say I didn't love Homer, I did, but Bugs was my favourite. As I gradually grew up my love shifted to Homer as I was able to appreciate and understand his character more.
I felt sorry for Daffy as he was the underdog. Things rarely went his way and he would usually crack. I felt even more sympathy for Wile E Coyote. I really wished he would catch the roadrunner. At least just once. Poor guy...
The same thing applies to Sylvester. I just felt sorry for the poor guy. I wish he'd catch Tweety or Speedy Gonzales. As it stands, his misery, along with Daffy and Wile E's, made for some great entertainment.
Randy is the man, but South Park's next best character is Cartman. He's absolutely evil, even more than Mr. Burns. As the series progressed Cartman has evolved from spoilt, foul-mouthed kid to spoilt, foul-mouthed, evil bastard. He is too funny to resist.
I had to choose them together. Whilst many would choose Bart above Lisa, I like the two equally. They're both great in their own right, but I love it when they're together. They remind me of me and my sisters. They fight and argue, but ultimately love each other.
I just love how he's this super nice guy who is a devout Christian, does only good, and yet Homer hates him. Well, he doesn't hate him, I suppose... But Homer is extremely envious of Flanders and gets very annoyed by his good-guy personality. It's great comedy.
He's a bartender, and yet he's so much more than that. Homer spends a lot of time at Moe's bar, so he does feature a lot in the show. But as time went on, Moe became one of the more prominent supporting characters, with his surly attitude and weaselly personality.
The legendary Phil Hartman voiced several characters in 'The Simpsons', and possibly the most popular is Troy McClure. I personally prefer Lionel Hutz, the inept Lawyer whom the Simpsons keep on hiring despite his incompetence. He's just ridiculously funny.
Ok, so a lot of people comment on how fat and stupid Homer is, but look at Chief Wiggum. He's both fatter and stupider than Homer. He's a terrible police officer really, but the show's creators make every character crazy, especially those with power.
That's right, Bart Simpson has an arch-nemesis, and he is brilliant. He's kind of like a modern-day Wile E. Coyote. He's a criminal mastermind that somehow always gets outwitted by a seemingly stupider being. Some of the best episodes are the Sideshow Bob episodes.
What a great character! Butters started off as more of a background character, but as he developed he went from innocent naive side character, to innocent main-character. Butters is now able to hold an episode on his own because he produces great comedy. I actually like him more than the other main boys, with the exception of Cartman.
Here's another fat and stupid character. Even though nothing comes close to the brilliance of Homer during his peak, Peter is probably the funnier character between the two at the moment. He's a loveable idiot.
He's an extremely popular character, and he gets a decent placing on my list. The Griffin baby acts more like an intelligent adult, speaking fluently with an English accent. He started off as a criminal mastermind whose goal was to kill his own mother. He's less evil these days, but more crude and flamboyant. I think he's at his best when he shows his true colours as a baby. Even though he acts like an intelligent adult, he's still a baby. Hilarious.
I've been a Batman fan since I was a kid, and this series was a major reason why. This version was very true to the comic books, and continued with the dark atmosphere that Tim Burton re-introduced with his two Batman films. Batman is just bad-ass.
After the success of 'Batman: The Animated Series", Warner Brothers then tried to do the same thing with Superman. It was a great result, and the Superman character was a fine adaptation, much like Batman was.
He was created specifically for Phil Hartman, but unfortunately Phil would never get the chance. In steps Billy West and delivers a performance uncannily similar to Hartman's work on 'The Simpsons', most notably Troy McClure. He's a self-absorbed moron, a terrible captain and strategist, who bosses around his assistant Kiff and lusts after Leela, who wants nothing to do with him. Somewhat of a parody to Captain Kirk of Star Trek. A hilarious character.
The Joker is one of the greatest villains in pop culture, and this was a great version of him, voiced by none other than Luke Skywalker himself! This series was very true to the comics, and the Joker was no exception. Batman's greatest opponent embodies anarchy and chaos.
The fact that he's a talking dog does not seem to surprise or impress anyone on the show, as everyone seems to treat this as normal. While technically a pet, Brian is as much a member of the Griffin family as the others. His role in the show is usually the voice of reason, or to give an intellectual, sober take on the show's ridiculous shenanigans, much like Lisa on 'The Simpsons'. However, he is not without his own flaws and misfortunes as he makes some really stupid decisions as well. He started out as Peter's best friend, but as the show progressed he has paired off with Stewie.
Marge, although one of the main characters on 'The Simpsons' is one of the most underrated. She kind of gets overshadowed by Bart, Lisa and of course, Homer, but in her own right she is a terrific character. She's a silly caricature of old fashioned housewives. She normally serves as the voice of reason to Homer and I think her best scenes involve her and Homer's conversations in bed. Homer can get pretty ridiculous and her reactions to him are comedy gold. I actually feel really bad that I've placed her this low on my list because I actually think she's great.
Stan is probably my favourite of the three, but I'll let them feature on the same placing. Cartman and Butters of course complete the group, but I love them both a lot more which is why they feature higher on the list. As for these three, I think they're all great. Stan is the ultimate straight guy, Kyle is the smartest and a great foil to Cartman, while Kenny is his own unique character. He started out as a recurring gag where he would die in every episode, but he has since become more than that, even though he is hardly used.
Bart Simpson's best friend. He is such a loser, and although he is constantly bullied, at least he isn't as bullied as Martin Prince. He loves Lisa, but to no avail. You have to feel for poor Milhouse.
To be completely honest, Raphael is my favourite of the Turtles, but I don't want to split them up. They're a pretty random crazy bunch of heroes but as a kid you don't think about how ridiculous it is, you get fully engaged in how cool it all was.
Spoils her son like no other television parent. She even brings a bucket to him because he's too lazy to get off the computer and go to the bathroom. She acts like his slave, it serves as a great satire to bad parenting. She's hilarious.
His recurring joke of "Hi I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such films as..." was always good for a laugh. It wasn't until season seven in the episode 'A Fish Called Selma" that the character was fully developed. He's a complete douche who marries Marge's sister just to enhance his acting career. His performance in the 'Planet of the Apes' musical is a series highlight.
Even though I like Peter Griffin more, Stan Smith is a great character in his own right. He's not your average cartoon spy. He's an idiot, a result of post-9/11 America who also has a big heart and cares for his family even though he usually puts them in harm's way. Even though he's the man of the house and can get angry and aggressive at times, he has those child-like innocent qualities that are also seen in Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson that are just so appealing.
I didn't want to include movie characters, but thankfully Aladdin had his own spin-off show. I could put Genie on this list too, but it wouldn't be Robin Williams, so I'm going to give him a miss. Anyway, Aladdin's kind of like the traditionally cool smart-alecky, quick thinking hero. He was better in the movie, but he was still pretty cool in the show.
The bear who stole picnic baskets was one of my favourites when I was a kid, and definitely my favourite Hanna-Barbera character. If this list was made during my childhood he would be near the top. Now that I'm an adult I have moved on from Yogi somewhat, but I'll always have fond memories, which is why he's here on the list.
I think there are better characters that follow a similar formula, like Sylvester and Tweety/Speedy Gonzales, or Wile E.Coyote and the Roadrunner, but Tom and Jerry did it well and provided many laughs with charm.
I love Spider-Man, but truth be told, I love Venom just as much. Growing up in the 1990s this show was a popular one. Not quite as good as the Batman, Superman or X-Men animated series, but it was still pretty damn good. Spider-Man was the star, but Venom was a great villain. So rather than split them up, here they both are.
I've wanted to make this list for a long time. I was raised on cartoons, and my opinion is that some of the best fictional characters are in fact cartoon characters. I've put off doing it for so long because there are so many to choose from, but I think I've come up with a pretty accurate list which reflects my taste. There are a lot of Simpsons and Looney Tunes characters here. I can't help it, I love them the most. So, enjoy.