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My 100 Favourite Cartoon Characters

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People who added this item 5028 Average listal rating (3543 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.8
The Simpsons (1989)
Homer Simpson

Television, no wait, scratch that, HUMAN BEINGS have never produced a better creation.

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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
A Wild Hare (1940)
Bugs Bunny

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.

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Daffy Duck

Played a huge part in my childhood, and I appreciate him even more so now as an adult. Bugs was always my favourite Looney Toon, but Daffy was not far behind.

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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Wile E. Coyote

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...

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Sylvester

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.

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People who added this item 3536 Average listal rating (2708 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.8
South Park (1997)
Randy Marsh

This man is a legend and a severely underrated character from the hit show 'South Park'.

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People who added this item 2362 Average listal rating (1454 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Citizen Kane (1941)
Charles Montgomery Burns

My second favourite Simpsons character after Homer. He's evil, but awesomely over-the-top and old fashioned.

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Eric Cartman

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.

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Bart and Lisa Simpson

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.

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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Ned Flanders

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.

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People who added this item 804 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Cheers (1982)
Moe Szyslak

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.

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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Lawyer (1970)
Lionel Hutz

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.

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People who added this item 225 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Cops (1989)
Chief Clancy Wiggum

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.





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People who added this item 1476 Average listal rating (1028 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Cape Fear (1991)
Robert Terwilliger (Sideshow Bob)

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.

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People who added this item 334 Average listal rating (233 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Goof Troop (1992)
Goofy

My favourite of Disney's classic characters. He's just so much more fun than Mickey and Donald.

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Leopold "Butters" Stotch

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.

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People who added this item 3895 Average listal rating (2773 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Family Guy (1999)
Peter Griffin

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.

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People who added this item 549 Average listal rating (413 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Darkwing Duck (1991)
Darkwing Duck

Another childhood favourite. I was obsessed with him, almost as much as I was with Bugs Bunny. Disney's brilliant tongue-in-cheek parody of Batman. "Let's get dangerous"

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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

We've all said it, "Thank you, come again". I love this guy, he's a simple convenience store clerk but he has such a massive role in the show.

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Stewie Griffin

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.

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People who added this item 1026 Average listal rating (831 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 9
Batman

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.

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People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Superman

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.

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Foghorn Leghorn

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Zapp Branigan

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.

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People who added this item 4651 Average listal rating (3202 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Batman (1989)
The Joker

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.

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People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.7
Pervert! (2005)
Glenn Quagmire

One of Television's biggest perverts, and one of the funniest. "Giggity"

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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.6
Krusty the Clown

The Simpsons are great at satirising society, and here they give us a children's entertainer who smokes, drinks, swears, is overweight, crude, bossy and greedy. Brilliant.

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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
White Dog (1982)
Brian Griffin

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.



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People who added this item 3258 Average listal rating (2423 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Futurama (1999)
Phillip J. Fry

The Homer Simpson of Futurama. A loveable moron.

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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
La marge (1976)
Marge Simpson

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.

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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Pepe Le Pew

A hilarious character, even if he is a French stereotype who wouldn't stop harassing the girl he likes.

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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Principal (1987)
Principal Seymore Skinner

The Simpsons creators are geniuses. They really are. They show that boring can be funny. Skinner is the right amount of boring and funny. It makes fun of the boring and makes it entertaining.

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People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Stan Marsh, Kyle Brofloski, Kenny Mcormack

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.

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People who added this item 1170 Average listal rating (806 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Lenny and Carl

Television's best bromance? Maybe. They're great friends but they also have a disdain for each other. Great duo.

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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Abraham Simpson

'The Simpsons' are great at making fun of old people, as they do with most things, and Grandpa is usually who they use to do it. Senility can be hilarious when done right.

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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Milhouse Van Houten

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.

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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Herbert Garrison

I don't know what I can say about him. He's so.... disgusting. Hilarious, unique character, perhaps the most layered in the entire series. His voice alone makes me laugh.

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People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (241 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Grinch

The best character ever seen in a Christmas special. Adapted from the Dr Seuss classic and given life by Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff, the Grinch is a most interesting cartoon character.

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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
Archer (2009)
Sterling Malory Archer

What a legend.

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People who added this item 3326 Average listal rating (2300 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Jessica Rabbit

The sexiest animated character, ever. Even though she's a movie character, I deem her eligible for the list because she appeared in some Roger Rabbit shorts... Come on, she's gotta be here!

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People who added this item 911 Average listal rating (675 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
The Turtles

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.

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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Leanne Cartman

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.

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People who added this item 1482 Average listal rating (1027 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Troy McClure

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.

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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Elmer Fudd

Actually a very underrated character. While Bugs and Daffy get most of the spotlight, Elmer produces just as many laughs. "Be wery wery quiet. I'm hunting wabbits." I love that!

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People who added this item 1538 Average listal rating (1220 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
American Dad! (2005)
Stan Smith

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.

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People who added this item 565 Average listal rating (385 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Aladdin

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.

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People who added this item 524 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Yogi Bear

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.

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People who added this item 2043 Average listal rating (1582 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Tom and Jerry

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.

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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 5.4
Dr. Zoidberg

He's so pathetically lonely. A ridiculous doctor, it's a wonder how he's got the job. He's the guy that everyone else in the show despises and constantly puts down. We the viewers, love him.



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Spider-Man and Venom

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.

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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.

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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 1 16:23
Lots of good choices here. Nice to see Archer, The Tick, Johnny Bravo, Earthworm Jim, and Dastardly & Muttley. :)
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Feb 23 2:13
What a gigantic effort! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all these characters - it was a pleasure to read. Not a bad character out of the hundred. ;]
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Feb 28 17:17
Amazing list!
Randy Marsh in the top 10....Can I get a hallelujah :D
Dastardly and Muttley were my favourite in Wacky Reces too ;p
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at May 8 7:33
Great characters. Alot of Looney Tunes because they're the best. Mr. Burns is hated but we love his character.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 4 5:58
Many great choices...some I never watched though. I was never really into South Park though to be honest. :)
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 8 10:52
Didn't realize you'd made one of these when I was compiling my own. I see you're much more a fan of the more-recent 'toons than I (especially The Simpsons!) but still there's much love for the classics here, as well. You make me want to go back and take the time to add some personal thoughts to my own selections now. :)

Great job!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 8 18:27
Oh, great choices and the descriptions. I'm glad to see so many Simpsons characters which I also love the most!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 10 2:53
Pretty good list. Scrolling down the list, I was waiting to see family guy.... There he was Peter Griffin at #17

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