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Top 25 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

There is no doubt that fictional characters have made such an indelible impression in the entertainment industry over the years. This post of Pouted online magazine will be revealing 25 of these cartoon characters, which have managed to attain legendary status over the years. Watch out for your most favorite cartoon characters.

[su_dropcap size=”2″]1[/su_dropcap] Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny has existed since the late 1930s with Leon Schlesinger Productions, the brain behind its existence, which would later become Warner Bros. Cartoons. Bugs bunny was a rabbit known to have played numerous starring roles. Its most notable catchphrase back then was ‘What’s up, Doc?’ It has successfully taken part in various funny cartoons. This rabbit knew how to get the last laugh from every scene.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]2[/su_dropcap] Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson is a cartoon character synonymous with entertainment. Ever since it made its debut in the year 1987 in the popular Tracey Ullman Show, it has gone from strength to strength. Its creator, Matt Groening, truly deserves all the credit. Simpson has also got a catchphrase of its own known as “D’oh!”, which is an expression of frustration. His personality is that of laziness, stupidity, selfishness, and immaturity.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]3[/su_dropcap] Spongebob

There is no doubting the fact that Spongebob made lots of headlines amongst Nickelodeon fans once it got released for the first time in 1999. Even with the death of its creator (Stephen Hillenburg) in 2018, this popular cartoon character never stopped thrilling its fans all over the world. It didn’t only enjoy living in the Pacific Ocean but also embarked on various adventures with friends. His passion for cooking shouldn’t be overlooked.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]4[/su_dropcap] Scooby-Doo

There is something similar about the Scooby-Doo series. It is the fact that they would always be hunted by someone familiar. The creators of this legendary cartoon character are ken spears, Joe ruby, and Iwao Takamoto. There is always one more mystery to be resolved, and Scooby-Doo knows how to save the day.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]5[/su_dropcap] Jerry Mouse

This fictional character is a household name in various parts of the world. In case you haven’t heard of the famous Tom and Jerry, there is every chance that you must have been living in a cave all this while. After being created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, Jerry mouse made its first appearance in 1940 in the famous “Puss Gets the Boot”. Although jerry is very agile, it is always remembered for its intellect.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]6[/su_dropcap] Mickey Mouse

This cartoon character hit the scene for the first time in 1928 in a popular series known as Steamboat Willie, which would later come to an end in 1953. This mouse can be described as being cheerful as well as mischievous. In order to overcome its adversities, it tends to rely on its great athleticism. Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney are the brains behind its creation.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]7[/su_dropcap] Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson is also a part of the Simpsons. He is known for his lack of respect and complete disregard for everyone. This fictional character has been legendary ever since it started in 1987. At the slightest chance, Bart is always looking for how homers can be tormented. Matt Groening is also its creator.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]8[/su_dropcap] Charlie Brown

The comic strip known as Lil’ Folks, which was put together by Charles Schulz’s newspaper in the year 1948, brought this fictional character to the scene. Its increase in popularity doesn’t seem to know any bounds. This is because it gets syndicated in both daily as well as Sunday newspapers. Although Charles Monroe Schulz passed on since 2000, he will always be remembered for this famous cartoon character. It is known to be very shy with lots of anxieties.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]9[/su_dropcap] Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone has definitely got to make his way to this list due to his legendary status amongst other cartoon characters. Fred was the major character in the cartoon series known as “The Flintstones,” which hit the scene in 1960. Its creators are William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. This animated character is known for its loving and generous heart. For instance, it cares a lot about its family and neighbor, Barney Rubble.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]10[/su_dropcap] Shaggy Rogers

Shaggy played an important role in popular Scooby-Doo. Instead of getting mysteries solved, he is known to love eating. Also, he is known for his cowardly moves in the cartoon series. He was created by Casey Kasem. His first appearance was in 1969 in the popular series known as “What a Night for a Knight”.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]11[/su_dropcap] The Grinch

Dr. Seuss has been the brain behind lots of fictional characters. However, The Grinch seems to be the most successful amongst them. Ever since it got aired in the year 1966, it has been touching lives around the world. This could be due to how its storylines relate to the Christmas season. His personality can be said to be cynical. His cat-like facial appearance shouldn’t be forgotten too.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]12[/su_dropcap] Popeye

Just like most animated characters you hear of today, Popeye can be said to have originated from one of those comic strips. It was created by E.C. Segar and had its debut on screen in 1929. Popeye became very popular for his spinach-loving behavior. It would later go on to enjoy bigger success as major brands started putting on their screens from 1934. It always feels energized by spinach.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]13[/su_dropcap] Mojo Jojo

This name is similar to the popular Powerpuff Girls, which is one of the cartoon series shown on Cartoon Network. It is a chimpanzee acting as the Powerpuff girls’ rival. In a nutshell, he was playing the villain character in the cartoon series with the ambition of ruling the world. Mojo Jojo got created by Sennari Interactive in 2000.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]14[/su_dropcap] Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear is a very popular cartoon character that has managed to make some appearances in movies, TV shows, and comic books. Its developers are William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It played a supporting role in Huckleberry Hound in 1958 before the “Yogi Bear Show” would be created in 1961. This character is popular for its criminal behavior.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]15[/su_dropcap] Jimmy Neutron

After Nickelodeon achieved incredible success through Jimmy Neutron, the series would later be canceled. One of the reasons is that it wasn’t generating much as it used to.  John A. Davis and Keith Alcorn are the developers of this animated character during the 1980s. Jimmy was highly passionate about scientific discoveries. He was super intelligent with an abnormal IQ level.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]16[/su_dropcap] Porky Pig

Most people love Porky Pig due to his endearing stuttering as well as popular catchphrase “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” He remains one of the most successful animated characters of Looney Tunes. Its creators are Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin. 1935 was when it made its debut appearance in the series titled “I Haven’t Got a Hat.” In every film, its personality changed. For instance, it was a pig that as chubby, little, and naive. At some point, he would grow up to become an intelligent adult pig.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]17[/su_dropcap] Arnold Shortman

Craig Bartlett is the creator of this animated character, which would later go on to become very popular amongst kids and adults. One striking feature of Arnold is his ability always to remain optimistic regardless of the situation. He always wants to do things the right way.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]18[/su_dropcap] Smurfette

This animated character has its origin from The Smurfs, which is a popular comic series. It is amongst the protagonist characters and was created by Pierre Cullimore. She had a striking appearance like her white dress as well as high heels, long eyelashes, and blond wavy hair. Other smurfs really loved her.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]19[/su_dropcap] Cosmo and Wanda

Butch Hartman will be long remembered for his contribution towards the creation of these legendary animated characters. After getting released by Nickelodeon in 2001, it became a major hit. Cosmo and Wanda played the role of fairy godparents for a godchild known as Timmy Turner. These parents would grant all the wishes of their godchild. However, every good stuff usually comes with a price. They love creating lots of disasters for the boy.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]20[/su_dropcap] The Brain

The brain is an animated character who managed to become more popular than imagined when it first got created. It is a character that was obsessed with taking over the world through some scientific discoveries. It featured in a popular series known as “Pinky and the Brain” on cartoon network and other stations. It was a combination of an intelligent mouse with his dumb sidekick. All the credit goes to Warner Bros.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]21[/su_dropcap] Penelope Pitstop

Penelope Pitstop is definitely amongst one of the most popular fictional characters of all time. The first season was released in 1969, and since then, it has grown from strength to strength. She had a catchphrase known as “Help! Help!!” She had a way of getting into trouble with the Hooded Claw and later screaming for help. She was created by Jerry Eisenberg and Iwao Takamoto.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]22[/su_dropcap] Batman

There is no doubt that kids loved batman for his heroics after being created by Bob Kane. Even until now, they still can’t get enough of him. The first animated batman series got released in 1992, and it was very successful. His behavior to save the day endeared him to lots of fans all over the world.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]23[/su_dropcap] Mr. Magoo

This fictional character is unique amongst others on this list. For instance, he was a wealthy retiree who would never admit there is a problem. Its creators are Sherm Glas, Willis Pyle, John Hubley, and Millard Kaufman. His kindhearted nature shouldn’t be ignored too.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]24[/su_dropcap] Son Goku

Son Goku is probably the favorite animated character of most people. This could be due to his fighting skills and great athleticism. Since 1984, Son is a popular character in the Dragon Ball series.  It is a warrior with funny-looking hair and also one of the characters which brought Akira Toriyama, its creator, to the spotlight.

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[su_dropcap size=”2″]25[/su_dropcap] Underdog

Although this fictional character only existed between 1964 and 1973, it was able to leave an indelible impression on fans. It was created by Watts .W. Biggers and Joe Harris. Underdog had a secret identity and loved fighting crimes in the city.

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