Top 10 Best Cartoon Characters

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10. Goku

Son Goku (addressed only as Goku in most English adaptations) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. He first appears in the manga chapter Bulma and Son Goku  first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on December 3, 1984. He is loosely based on Sun Wukong, a central character in Journey to the West. However, Toriyama changed some of his characteristics to be more original. Goku is introduced as an odd, monkey-tailed boy who practices martial arts and possesses superhuman strength. As the story unfolds, he is revealed to be from a fictional race of extraterrestrials called Saiyans, said to be the strongest warriors within the fictional universe.

Goku has starred in most of the episodes, films, and specials of the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Z Kai, as well as many of the spin-off video games. Outside of the Dragon Ball franchise, Goku has had cameo appearances in Toriyama’s self-parody series Neko Majin Z. He has also been the subject of other parodies, and has appeared in various special events and in American pop culture. -Wikipedia.org

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9. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse (short for Michael Mouse) is a cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and voiced by Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Company celebrates his birth as November 18, 1928, upon the release of Steamboat Willie, although Mickey had already appeared six months earlier in Plane Crazy (Steamboat Willie being the first Mickey Mouse Cartoon with sound). The anthropomorphic mouse has evolved from being simply a character in animated cartoons and comic strips to become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Mickey is currently the main character in the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”. Mickey is the leader of The Mickey Mouse Club.

In late 2009, The Walt Disney Company announced that they will begin to re-brand the Mickey Mouse character by moving away from his pleasant, cheerful image and reintroducing the more devious side of his personality, starting with the newly released Epic Mickey. -Wikipedia.org

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8. Super Mario

Mario is a fictional character in his eponymous video game series, created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo’s mascot and the main protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, Mario currently appears in varied video game genres such as racing, puzzle, role-playing, fighting, and sports.  

Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian-American plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. He repeatedly stops the turtle-like villain Bowser’s numerous plans to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the Mushroom Kingdom. He also has other enemies and rivals, including Donkey Kong and Wario. Since 1995, Mario has been voiced by Charles Martinet. -Wikipedia.org

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7. Scooby Doo

Scoobert “Scooby” Doo is the eponymous character and the protagonist in the Scooby-Doo animated television series created by the popular Hanna-Barbera franchise. Scooby-Doo is the pet and best friend of Shaggy Rogers and in many iterations, including the original series, is regarded as a unique Great Dane dog who is able to speak in broken English, unlike most other dogs in his reality.

Other incarnations, such as A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, present talking dogs like Scooby as quite common.  The head of children’s programming at CBS, Fred Silverman came up with the character’s name from the syllables “doo-be-doo-be-doo” in Frank Sinatra’s hit song “Strangers in the Night”.-Wikipedia.org

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6. Naruto

Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto created by Masashi Kishimoto. Naruto is the main protagonist and titular character of the series. When creating Naruto, Kishimoto wished to keep the character “simple and stupid”, while giving him many attributes of Son Goku, the main character from the Dragon Ball franchise. However, Kishimoto also added his dark past to make him unique. Naruto’s initial design has been changed several times by Kishimoto, providing the character with different clothes to make him more appealing to Western audiences, in addition to being easier to draw and color.  

In the series, Naruto is a ninja affiliated with the fictional village of Konohagakure. The villagers ostracize Naruto because the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, a malevolent creature that attacked Konohagakure, is sealed within his body. As such, Naruto has ambitions of becoming the village’s leader, the Hokage, in order to gain recognition amongst his peers. Nonetheless, Naruto maintains a cheerful and boisterous personality, allowing him to befriend several other Konoha ninja throughout the series, as well as ninja from other villages. He builds an especially close relationship with Team 7, the ninja team where he belongs, treating them as his family. Naruto appears in all of the series’ films, as well as in other media related to the franchise, including all video games and original video animations. -Wikipedia.org

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5. Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is an American fictional character who starred in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1944. Bugs starred in 163 shorts in the Golden Age of American animation, and made cameos in three others along with a few appearances in non-animated films.  

According to Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, he was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York in a warren under Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was actually created by many animators and staff, including Tex Avery, who directed A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny’s debut, and Robert McKimson, who created the definitive Bugs Bunny character design. According to Mel Blanc, the character’s original voice actor, Bugs Bunny has a Flatbush accent. His catchphrase is a casual “Eh…what’s up, doc?”, usually said while chewing a carrot. Other popular phrases include “Of course you realize, this means war”, “Ain’t I a stinker?”, “What a maroon!” (a twist on “moron”), “What a rube!”, and “I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque.” He is the most prominent of the Looney Tunes characters as his calm, flippant insouciance endeared him to American audiences during and after World War II. He is a mascot of the Looney Tunes series, and sometimes of Warner Brothers in general. -Wikipedia.org

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4. Stewie Griffin

Stewart Gilligan “Stewie” Griffin is a main character of the animated series Family Guy voiced by Seth MacFarlane. Once obsessed with world domination and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin. His older siblings are Chris and Meg.  Stewie is considered to be the show’s breakout character. Wizard magazine rated him the 95th greatest villain of all time. -Wikipedia.org

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3. Spongebob Squarepants

SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional main character in the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He is voiced by Tom Kenny and first appeared on television in the series’ pilot episode “Help Wanted” on May 1, 1999. SpongeBob was created and designed by cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg shortly after the cancellation of Rocko’s Modern Life in 1996. Hillenburg intended to create a series about an over-optimistic sponge that annoys other characters.

Hillenburg compared the concept to Laurel and Hardy and Pee-wee Herman. As he drew the character, he decided that a “squeaky-clean square” (like a kitchen sponge) fits the concept. His name is derived from “Bob the Sponge”, the host of Hillenburg’s comic strip The Intertidal Zone that he originally drew in 1989 while studying at the California Institute of Arts. SpongeBob is a naïve and goofy sea sponge who works as a fry cook in the fictional underwater town of Bikini Bottom. -Wikipedia.org

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2. Eric Cartman

Eric Théodore Cartman is a fictional character on the American animated television series South Park. One of the four main characters along with three protagonists Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick, he is often portrayed as the series’ main anti-hero as well in opposition to his friends, who commonly refer to him by his last name. He debuted on television when South Park first aired on August 13, 1997; he had earlier appeared in The Spirit of Christmas shorts created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 1992 (Jesus vs. Frosty) and 1995 (Jesus vs. Santa).  

Voiced by Trey Parker, Cartman is an overweight, spoiled, foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, sociopathic, narcissistic, and ill-tempered fourth-grader living with his mother in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado, where he commonly has extraordinary experiences not typical of conventional small-town life.  

Cartman is one of the most popular characters on the show, and has remained one of the most recognizable television characters ever since South Park became a hit during its first season. Parker and Stone describe the character as “a little Archie Bunker”, and state that he is their favorite character, and the one with whom they most identify. During its fourteen seasons, South Park has received both praise and criticism for Cartman’s tendency to be politically incorrect and shockingly profane. Prominent publications and television channels have included Cartman on their lists of the most iconic television and cartoon characters of all time. -Wikipedia.org

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1. Homer Simpson

Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons and the boorish father of the eponymous family. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared on television, along with the rest of his family, in The Tracey Ullman Show short “Good Night” on April 19, 1987. Homer was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks’ office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. He named the character after his father, Homer Groening.

After appearing for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Simpson family got their own series on Fox that debuted December 17, 1989.  Homer and his wife, Marge, have three children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. As the family’s provider, he works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Homer embodies several American working class stereotypes: he is crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, lazy and ignorant; however, he is also fiercely devoted to his family. Despite the suburban blue-collar routine of his life, he has had a number of remarkable experiences. -Wikipedia.org

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