The Most Intimidating-As-Hell Cartoons From The ’90s And ’00s

Growing up as a ’90s or ’00s kid was a great thing, right? There were many accessories and the fashion of that time was pretty interesting, to say the least. Sometimes it was a bit questionable, yet us girls would always find a way to make fashion work. Other outstanding memories we have from that time are cartoons. Yes, there were many characters that were the coolest bad girls you could ever think of. Don’t miss our slideshow featuring the 20 most intimidating girls from your favorite cartoons!

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#20. Misty – Pokémon

When we first met Misty, she didn’t seem so approachable and was a bit intimidating, especially when she decided to chase Ash everywhere so as to get her bike back. Talking about being determined, right?

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As the story continues, we get to know the real Misty, though. She is kind and cares about her friends’ feelings. She doesn’t hesitate whenever she has to help them and is also very gentle towards people and her pokemon.

#19. Blossom – The Powerpuff Girls

The leader of The Powerpuff Girls represents the “everything nice” part of the trio. Liked by everyone in the city and admired by her sisters, Blossom is always willing to give love and happiness to everyone around her.

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In spite of that, she’s very determined and isn’t afraid of facing her enemies or defending her sisters of the city. We all wanted to grow up to be like her, am I wrong?
Slide to see which of her sisters made it into our list!

#18. Buttercup – The Powerpuff Girls

Oh, our beloved Buttercup! If her sisters represent the “sugar” and “everything nice” part of the trio, there’s no doubt that this Powerpuff Girl represents the “spice” part! She’s definitely a badass!

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Buttercup is intimidating for all the right reasons! She’s the toughest of the three and loves fighting crime. She is a bit of a tomboy, yet every girl admired her for the way she stood up for everyone!

#17. Judy Funnie – Doug

Growing up, there wasn’t a single girl who didn’t enjoy watching almost every show Nickelodeon had to offer, and that includes Doug. Despite being a show with many male characters, it still had some pretty amazing female characters as well.

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Judie Funnie was one of them. She was cool and the most amazing fashion icon in the cartoon world. Everyone was obsessed with her. How can we not? She was the definition of EXTRA… And we love it!

#16. Sharon Spitz – Braceface

Sharon Spitz was one of that characters that we were glad to have as an inspiration. She was going through what every teenage girl was going through at that time, so many of us felt we could identify with her.

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She was really kind, so we all secretly wanted to be friends with her. Plus, she was voiced by Alicia Silverstone, another one of our favorite icons from the ’90s!

#15. Gemini “Gem” Stone – Sabrina The Animated Series

We’re sure most of our readers grew up watching at least one of the many versions of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, right? And some of us are still pretty obsessed with everything related to Sabrina, and are therefore fans of not only the old shows but of the new series too!

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As true fans, we know every character and that’s why we can’t leave Gemini Stone out of our list. She was smart and, although she was rude to Sabrina, there were times when she looked cool and intimidating as hell, right?

#14. Nanette Manoir – Angela Anaconda

She was one of the ultimate not-so-kind girls on TV. Nanette Manoir was a French girl who could be pretty annoying at times, but we can’t deny she made us laugh.

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She was really mean at Angela sometimes and that was definitely intimidating. She was also the teacher’s pet. Ugh, intimidating and annoying. We all had someone like her in our middle school class, right?

#13. Trinket St. Blair – Pepper Ann

How could we describe Trinket St. Blair? A rich and spoiled girl who made you feel uncomfortable seems like a good way to start, right? She may not be our favorite character, but we have to accept that in spite of everything, she was an interesting part of the show.

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Trinket would always be worrying about the way she dressed, thriving to be the chicest girl in school. She was also kind of spoiled since she loved to spend her father’s money behind his back, but even though she could be annoying at times, she definitely made us laugh.
Slide to learn why we put one of our favorite redheads on the list!

#12. Kim Possible – Kim Possible

Kim Possible was all kinds of intimidating, and all of them were good! She was this beautiful, smart teenager who also fought crime. What an unusual combo, who wouldn’t want to be like her?

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Kim also got to do it with her best friend, all while being able to have amazing hair and to keep up with the daily struggles of being a teenager at high school. Kind of like a TV version of The Incredibles!

#11. Miranda Killgallen – As Told By Ginger

She was one of the meanest girls on Nickelodeon, and the way she behaved was definitely intimidating. We all had someone like Miranda who we hated at school, am I wrong?

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Her mean girl attitude was pretty well hidden behind all her passive-aggressive comments, yet we’re pretty sure she would make even the meanest girl cry with a single word. Talking about being intimidating, right?

#10. Courtney Gripling – As Told By Ginger

Speaking of Miranda, here comes her best friend, Courtney. She was the most popular girl at school, and every girl wanted to be as popular as she was.

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Even though she was a bit of a mean girl as her friend Miranda, there was something about her that made everyone like her. Intimidating? Yes, but also kind-hearted. Maybe that’s why we still like her!

#9. Penny Proud – The Proud Family

Cute, loud and proud, she’s no other than Penny Proud! Someone with that name could probably make more than one person feel a bit intimidated, right?

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Penny was a straight-A student, who was also a member of the football team and part of the staff of the newspaper. Those are a lot of activities for such a young girl, don’t you think? No wonder we once felt intimidated by her!

#8. Debbie Thornberry – The Wild Thornberrys

The Thornberrys were a damn cool family. They were a family of hippie nomads who would travel the world to shoot documentaries about wildlife. You can’t deny it, their adventures were amazing!

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However, Debbie was definitely the character we could all relate to, Right? She was the baddest girl around, and even though she couldn’t believe she had been born into a family of nerds and complained a lot about that, we’re still amazed by how sassy she was.

#7. Ruth – Hey Arnold!

This show was one of our favorites! There was not a single episode we missed. Among the many female characters on the show, Ruth was certainly one of the most outstanding ones.

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She landed a boyfriend in no time and then decided she wasn’t that into him. What an icon, LOL. I wish I had such levels of self-confidence back in middle school!
Slide to see which other Hey Arnold! character made it into our list!

#6. Olga Pataki – Hey Arnold!

Olga Pataki was everything we ever wanted to be: beautiful and smart. Every boy from the show was in love with her, and every girl wanted to be like her. Well, except for her sister, obviously. Yikes…

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As if being pretty and smart wasn’t enough for her, she even had the nerve to be IN COLLEGE! Every young girl watching Nickelodeon at home would definitely dream about becoming someone like her.

#5. Susie Carmichael – Rugrats

The first thing that comes to our mind when we hear the name of a Rugrats’ character is the show’s catchy tune. Does this happen to you too? Personally, one of my favorite characters from Rugrats was Susie Carmichael!

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She was definitely one of the most adorable characters from the show. Who would have thought that there could be so much wisdom and niceness in such a young girl, right?
Slide to see which other Rugrat made it into our list! We’re pretty sure she was one of your favorites!

#4. Angelica Pickles – Rugrats

Oh, Angelica. How could we describe her? She was sometimes mean to the rest of the children, yet her good side would always emerge.

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This tiny toddler was always scaring us, though. She had the most epic comebacks and would always find a way to intimidate us. If you grew up with a younger brother or sister who would always play pranks on you, then you probably know how it felt like to be Tommy!

#3. The Ashleys – Recess

If you didn’t want to be a member of the Ashleys, did you even know the meaning of the word SCANDALOUS? The Ashleys were the most fashionable clique of girls at Recess, so everyone wanted to be part of their gang.

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They were mean and intimidating and used to antagonize the Recess Gang a lot. However, we can bet that if your name is Ashley, there is a high chance that you would have wanted them to accept you as one of them. If you were a cartoon, of course.

#2. Ashley Spinelli – Recess

And since we’re talking about the Ashleys, it’s time to bring Ashley Spinelli to the conversation. She disliked the Ashleys so much, that she refused to go by her name, just because she didn’t want to be associated with them.

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She is a different kind of intimidating and most certainly the kind of girl you didn’t want to upset, as she was the most antagonistic kid of the show. She was kind of like the weirdo that many of us could relate to.

#1. Reggie – Rocket Power

Purple hair and one of the coolest names ever, there’s no doubt she was going to be the number one on our list! Did we tell you she had no problems talking to boys? I wish I had had her levels of self-confidence in my middle school years!

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Not only did we love her, but we wanted to be like her as well! She was an awesome athlete and always proved to be a very mature girl. Besides, she was super nice to all of her friends. What’s not to like and admire?

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