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Top 50 Best 90s Cartoon Characters Of All Time
Shivam-Updated Oct 30, 2022
Growing up as a kid in the 1990s was a lot of fun. Why? Because technology was not as advanced and the two best sources of entertainment for children were outdoor games and cartoons.
Most of us from the '90s did not have a lot of options other than to watch whatever they showed on the television.
The cartoons then were super cool, the music was popular and original, the clothes were good, and there was a sense of commonality among people; especially the children.
The fact that some of the cartoons that materialized in the '90s continue to charm us even to this very day is a testament to the fact that the '90s was indeed the best time to watch cartoons.
That said, a lot of young parents have tried to familiarize their kids with the cartoons of that era; perhaps to inculcate the innocence and magic of them in their children.
Needless to mention, the cartoon characters from the '90s were authentically humorous without even trying to be so.
So, revisiting them does not only gives us warm nostalgic vibes of the beautiful era that has gone by in no time, but it also makes us remember a lot many special memories from our respective childhoods.
So, let us try to go down memory lane today and check out some of the best cartoon characters from the Golden Age of animation; characters that have managed to delight viewers across the globe and have cemented an irreplaceable place each in their hearts.
50. Yakko Warner (Animaniacs)
The eldest of the Warner siblings, Yakko is not only responsible for executing many of their plans, but he is also a parental figure to the other two.
He is a fast-talker and a big brother that one should be blessed with. Known for his humor and fantastic use of wordplay, Yakko Warner can also get presumptuous and absurd when he wants to.
However, it does not negate the fact that he is quite determined if he sets his mind to something.
In addition, what is most noticeable about Yakko Warner is the fact that he is barely ever still; primarily because he is hyperactive and he loves being so.
Warm as he may be at heart, Yakko wastes no time in expressing his distaste for adulthood and its many burdens.
49. Stimpson J. "Stimpy" Cat (The Ren & Stimpy Show)
One of the central characters of 'The Ren & Stimpy Show', Stimpy is a fun-loving cat who likes to live and go on enjoyable adventures with his best friend Ren.
Since Stimpy is someone who loves to spread joy, he is often seen uttering his catchphrase, "Oh, joy!" Even though Stimpy can come across as dim-witted at times, he is certainly always happy and ever ready for unpredictable expeditions.
That said, he can also get quite resourceful when he wants to be and has a positive vibe to his personality.
What makes Stimpy look adorable is the fact that his tongue can often be found sticking out.
Not only that but his childlike attitude and affinity for cartoons make his viewers believe that he is a human kid in the skin of the animated cat.
48. Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel (Batman: The Animated Series)
Harley Quinn is the third character from the iconic 'Batman: The Animated Series' to make it to this list.
The point to be noted here is that this extremely popular character of pop culture made its debut not in a comic book, but in this very series, thus, making it even more iconic.
A fine friend of Poison Ivy and Joker's loyal girlfriend, Harley Quinn has gone on to establish herself as a much sought-after villainess today and has become a permanent member in the rich universe of Batman.
Harley Quinn is also someone who is acrobatic and has decent fighting skills. Also, one has to mention the fact that the dark tone of Batman: The Animated Series and its iconic characters, including that of Harley Quinn, have managed to make an impression on the minds of young Batman fans of the '90s.
47. Maximilian "Max" Goof (Goof Troop)
Our next protagonist on the list is Max Goof; someone who seems to be embarrassed by his father, Goofy.
Whether he appreciates it or not, Max is often told by people that he resembles his daddy in more ways than one.
That said, like most people in the real world, Max Goof's personality seems to have matured over time.
One has to understand the fact that through his character sketch, the makers try to make a very subtle commentary on the changing dynamics of a father-son relationship.
This is because just like Max Goof, most of us grow up really close to our father but as we age, a certain degree of distance becomes palpable.
However, this does not negate the fact that his character is immensely enjoyable and one worth including on this list.
46. Philip J. Fry (Futurama)
Popularly known by his surname Fry, this character from 'Futurama' is also popular for being incredibly sluggish at work.
He spends maximum time in the office watching the television or slurping Slurm. Philip J. Fry is so absurd and immature that he gets himself involved in tight situations. Lucky for him, Leela is often seen coming to his rescue.
Be that as it may, he is a really sensitive man who leaves no stone unturned in helping his friends whenever they need him to be around.
Also, Fry is very resilient as an individual and is a video game player par excellence.
45. Eric Cartman (South Park)
Our next protagonist on the list is not someone in whose company females would not prefer it to be.
However, it does not negate the fact that he is popular enough to make it here.
Even though he can come across as both repulsive and racist, Eric Cartman is someone who does not let defeats get the better of his personality.
Eric Cartman can also be sadistic when he wants to be. Despite the aforementioned traits, he manages to retain his excellent oratory skills and leadership qualities.
Also, nothing can stop Eric if he sets his mind to something. He will use all means possible to get his hands on that what he wants.
It is not surprising then that Eric Cartman is an anti-hero of sorts. However, he does manage to make the viewers root for him as the series progresses.
Also, courtesy of his ludicrous catchphrases, he can even afford to provide mild comic relief from time to time.
44. Wakko Warner (Animaniacs)
Our next protagonist on the list is Wakko Warner; one of the three main characters on the television series 'Animaniacs'.
Wakko, who is the middle child of the Warner siblings, is known for his knack for slapstick comedy.
Even though he speaks in a non-American accent, he is known for taking everything literally.
Sweet and good-natured, Wakko Warner loves to play pranks and is amused by almost everything.
Needless to say, his character sketch is rather energetic and laughable and he is barely ever disheartened by anything; something that makes him unique in his own way.
In addition, Wakko Warner is almost always hungry. Kind as he may be, he also has his bad days when his reflex action allows him to get surprisingly aggressive.
43. Rocko (Rocko's Modern Life)
Rocko is not only the titular character of the hit animated show titled 'Rocko's Modern Life', but it is also one of the most relatable and perhaps even sorted characters in cartoon history itself.
Our protagonist Rocko, who is mostly found to be in the company of his two friends Heffer Wolfe and the turtle Filburt, has a warm heart; something that is far too obvious because Rocko only tries to see the good in others even if they are being ignorant and unpleasant towards him.
He is obsessed with cleanliness, although at first, he described his neighbors as loud and messy, later he seems to be accepting them.
Also, Rocko is a competently animated character sketch who has an affinity for rainbows and comic books.
42. Thomas "Tommy" Pickles (Rugrats)
Another character to make it to our list from the successful animated series 'Rugrats' is the brave and adventurous Tommy Pickles.
This central character of the show is quite affectionate and articulate and is often seen in a t-shirt and a diaper.
Since Tommy Pickles is only a year old baby toddler, he translates everything that makes sense into baby gibberish.
Also, he is very protective of his brother and his close friends. Not only that but Tommy can also afford to take matters into his own hands if his foes try to get on his nerves and test his patience when they should not.
41. Pinky (Pinky and the Brain)
This animated television series thrives on the escapades of its two characters, namely Pink and the Brain.
We include Pinky on this list because even though he is a bit fragile at heart, he is always trying to be affectionate towards his friend Brain.
Pinky's white and slender body with a pink tail and big blue eyes give him an adorable outer appearance.
Even though Brian comes across as the smarter one among the two, it is Pinky whose imagination gets the better of his companion's smartness from time to time.
That said, what makes Pinky even more lovable is the fact that he is inquisitive and never mean to anybody.
40. Bender Bending Rodríguez (Futurama)
While Bender, as he is popularly known, may not exactly be an ideal character, he certainly is famous.
This futuristic robot from the hit animated series titled 'Futurama' drinks an insane amount of liquor to rejuvenate his cells.
Bender is an attention-seeker of sorts and it only elevates his swollen ego if he is the center of attraction wherever he goes.
That said, since he is a machine, Bender is often also seen radiating "flaming burps" and why not?
After all, he apparently drinks and smokes like there is no tomorrow. Notwithstanding his bizarre activities, Bender Bending Rodríguez is also extremely fond of cooking; even though he is oblivious to human taste buds.
He also thrives on his sardonic sense of humor and barely ever quits if he sets his mind to anything.
39. Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin (Family Guy)
One of the main protagonists of the animated series 'Family Guy', Stewie Griffin has managed to make an impression on his viewers not only because of his catchphrase that says, "Victory is mine", but also because of his sensational antics.
What is noteworthy about Stewie Griffin is not only the fact that he is a one-year-old child, but also that he is already able to speak fluently in English and that too with a bizarre accent.
Needless to say, his uniqueness made him the breakout character of the show and, therefore, helped it grab thousands of eyeballs across the globe.
Having said that, what has added to Stewie Griffin's enormous popularity is the fact that the character sold a whole lot of merchandise.
Let alone air fresheners, Stewie could also be found on key rings, clocks, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and baseball caps among other things.
38. Kyle Broflovski (South Park)
One of the main attractions of the series 'South Park', Kyle Broflovski is a first-class student and one of the members of the only Jewish family in South Park; two reasons that often end up making him more than noticeable to the others.
Smart as he may be, Kyle Broflovski can also come across as ignorant from time to time.
However, the writers have to be given due credit for trying to project the Jewish culture on screen.
For this purpose, they utilize Kyle's character sketch to the fullest and portray how it is like a Jewish child to grow up in a community that does not have a lot many Jews.
That said, his personality may not exactly be ideal as he is seen committing a lot many crimes as the series progresses.
Having said that, it has to be mentioned that Kyle Broflovski is quite athletic and has tried his luck in a number of sports like Football, Dodgeball, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball among others.
37. Charles Crandall Norbert "Chuckie" Finster, Jr. (Rugrats)
Chuckie Finster from 'Rugrats' is a shy and loyal lad whose only fear in the world is getting left behind by his loved ones.
Often motivated to be courageous by his best pal Tommy Pickles, Chuckie now seems to be unafraid of the world's harsh ways so long as he is going on a series of adventures with other adventure-seeking babies.
Like most young ones, Chuckie Finster also likes girls and is often seen dressing up well to get their attention.
Even though he is someone who can easily get anxious, Chuckie would never leave his friends alone when they need his moral support.
Needless to say, he is known for his kind demeanor and is someone who does not like misbehaving with people.
36. Krusty the Clown (The Simpsons)
As fancy as "Krusty the Clown" sounds, it is only the stage name of Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky.
The fourth character from the 'The Simpsons' animated series to make it to our list, Krusty the Clown is one of the better characters to appear on the show.
Our protagonist Krusty the Clown has had a great impact on the mind of Homer Jay Simpson's son, Bart.
It is not surprising then that Bart Simpson is seen confessing that he is willing to base his entire life on the teachings and preachings of Krusty the Clown.
However, Krusty the Clown may not exactly be an ideal role model to follow. This is primarily because this bizarrely exciting character sketch has an affinity for a number of things young adults should stay away from - cigarettes, prescription drugs, gambling, alcohol, and even pornography.
Krusty the Clown, who has apparently been married fifteen times, is also living a depressing life of a washed-up star.
However, there is one person that he can find solace in and that is none other than the fourth-grader who goes by the name of Bart Simpson.
35. Butt-Head (Beavis and Butt-Head)
A rebel without a cause, Butt-Head is the exact opposite of his closest pal, Beavis.
As the show steadily progresses, it becomes clear to the viewers that it was perhaps crucial for the makers to demonstrate that one personality dominates the other.
Needless to mention, it was Butt-Head who took the onus on himself to overwhelm Beavis.
Even though both Butt-Head and Beavis are stupidly funny, it is the former who is far more reckless in comparison.
Some of Butt-Head's favorite pastimes include troubling Beavis at all times with the unnecessary slaps and insults, making prank calls, and talking about good-looking girls whenever he finds a chance to.
In addition, our protagonist Butt-Head is smarter and more social. Be that as it may, it barely ever stops him from taking pleasure in unrest.
34. Joker (Batman: The Animated Series)
In any show or feature film, if the villain is weak, things become way too easy for the hero and far too monotonous for the viewers.
Thankfully, that is not the case with 'Batman: The Animated Series'. This is because the character of Joker from the show was not only popular because he was Batman's arch-rival, but because his character sketch was meaty and important enough to strike a chord with the audience.
Joker is a very stylish and magnetic evildoer who both horrifies and intrigues the viewer.
Negative as he may be, he has his own backstory that is as enigmatic as his persona.
That said, Joker from Batman: The Animated Series is one of the better screen portrayals of the character.
Even though one can feel that Joker is someone who is looking for emotional connections, one has to realize that he is adept at manipulating those connections for his personal gain.
And, if he dislikes you, he can harm the ones close to you to unnerve you.
33. Ashley Funicello Spinelli (Recess)
Ashley Funicello Spinelli, who is popularly known as Spinelli, is probably the deepest of all character sketches from 'Recess'.
Tough as she may be, Spinelli also has her insecurities. What sets her apart from not only her group but also from the other characters on this list is the fact that she is as original and unapologetic as they come.
Despite being moody and someone who could easily be annoyed, Spinelli has a warm heart.
That said, she dislikes it when her mother coerces her to look more "girly". Not only that but it seems like she despises her first name as well.
This is mostly because the school snobs (Ashleys), unfortunately, share her first name. Even though she roots for the underdogs and is usually considerate, Spinelli can easily resort to physical violence if her patience is tested.
Lucky for her, one of her friends is always around to calm her down.
32. Angelica Pickles (Rugrats)
Another prominent character to make it to this list from Nickelodeon's flagship show 'Rugrats’ is Angelica Pickles.
Bossy as she may be, Angelica Pickles finds it hard to get herself dressed. She is a little tyrant who knows how to get her way around things.
Since her parents are barely ever around, she is mostly found in the proximity of her uncle and aunt.
One can say that because her parents cease to be around, Angelica Pickles can be seen bullying kids and being as irritating as she possibly can.
Like most people in this world, all Angelica Pickles is searching for is love; perhaps because she does not get enough of it from her parents.
It is not surprising then she already has a few preschool crushes. That being said, Angelica Pickles is also someone who always wants to be the center of attention, and unlike most of us, it seems that she already knows where she is headed in the world.
Even though she can be a troublesome child, these traits are more than enough for us to include her on this list.
31. Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Our next protagonist on the list is Leonardo; someone who lives with his brothers in what one would call a chaotic harmony.
This teenage mutant ninja turtle is a born leader. Even though he enjoys partying as any normal teenager would, he is certainly made for more than just that.
Leonardo is a proper team player. Along with his brothers and under the guidance of his mentor, he drives out of the sewer to battle criminals at night.
Aside from fighting miscreants at night, Leonardo also has the responsibility of keeping his group together, thus, making him the glue that makes his squad click.
Leonardo has his priorities set and he comes across as someone who is always focused.
He tries to be as respectful and ethical as he can and stresses the importance of training.
It is not surprising then that he practices with the sharpest samurai swords in his team.
30. Bubbles (The Powerpuff Girls)
Bubbles is one of the three main characters in the hit animated television series, titled 'The Powerpuff Girls'.
Even though Bubbles is bubbly, cute, and shy and is known for the joy that she manages to spread, she can also come across as difficult when she wants to act that way.
What makes Bubbles super smart is not only the fact that she can converse in Japanese and Spanish as well but also the fact that she is seen speaking to animals.
Often the people who come across as adorable tend to lose it badly if their patience is tested.
The case is no different with Bubbles for she can put her guard up and defend herself aggressively when she needs to.
Needless to say, Bubbles is a very relatable character sketch and the show may perhaps not be the same without her amiable presence.
29. Louis Kalhern "Grandpa Lou" Pickles (Rugrats)
Grandpa Lou Pickles is someone who loves playing with his grandkids and the other infants.
Caring and considerate as he may be, Grandpa Lou can also get grumpy like most of our grandparents.
Since Grandpa Lou is a cheerful old man, he does his best to coddle all the Rugrats kids; especially the ones who are not always in the vicinity of their parents.
The makers of the show did a commendable job to include the characters of grandparents who end up taking responsibility for their grandchildren in a world where parents find it difficult to attend to their kids for whatever reason.
These subtle additions go beyond the jurisdiction of entertainment for they also manage to educate both the kids and adults watching the show; something that gives both the show and characters a definite edge.
Also, the fact that several issues on the list are problems that a large number of people have been found discussing in the age of social media helps the show and characters come across as both relevant and thought-provoking.
28. Donald Duck (DuckTales)
Even though 'DuckTales' culminated at the beginning of the '90s, kids across the world could enjoy this much-loved animated series for at least a decade more without any hesitation.
This is because the show and its characters were so popular that children were not willing to just let them go.
Our next protagonist on the list is someone who belongs to both the Mickey Mouse and DuckTales universes, respectively.
Donald Duck is very temperamental and one is certain that the first emotion that he is going to exhibit is that of anger.
That said, he is never truly cruel or apathetic. He has a clean heart and all he yearns for is love.
However, even though Donald Duck is arguably the most popular duck in the world, he also has his qualms.
He is someone who ceases to hold on to his jobs for a long time and continues to battle the pain that he received from his sister going missing in space years ago.
27. Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin)
One of the most competent characters to make it to this list is that of Tintin.
He is a multi-talented lad who has no issues while multitasking either. It is not surprising then that Tintin not only works as a skilled reporter but is also an adventurer and explorer par excellence.
The central protagonist of the animated television series 'The Adventures of Tintin', Tintin is as spirited and determined as they come.
Even though he is ethical and generous, the reporter aspect of his persona does has its vices.
In addition, Tintin is also modest and loyal to his friends. Since Tintin's adventures are entertaining and energetic, they have they fair dose of humor that makes the series even more watchable and his character far more likable.
That said, Tintin has a smart personality and his appeal is truly international in the true sense of the word.
26. Plucky Duck (Tiny Toon Adventures)
Plucky Duck, who is mentored by Daffy Duck, is yet another adorable character that deserves to be on this list.
Plucky Duck is competent enough to fly with his wings but he is rarely ever seen doing so.
Also, his dreams, which are mostly about him reaching an insane level of fame and power, are not able to be fulfilled because he often ends up falling prey to his own plans.
That said, Plucky Duck can also be very selfish and, yet, imaginative when he really wants to be.
However, this does not negate the fact that he can get irked in a jiffy and is seen avoiding work whenever he can.
Why most of us are perhaps able to relate to Plucky Duck is the fact that he is an ocean of emotions.
While he can be easily excitable at times, he is someone who can also get jealous of someone's bank account or intelligence.
Nowhere is this more apparent than when he is seen losing out to Buster Bunny in a series of entertaining adventures.
25. Mosquito “Skeeter” Valentine (Doug)
Popular for his catchphrase "Honk, honk!", Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine is the titular character's best friend and is, therefore, an significant supporting character in the Nickelodeon and Disney animated series 'Doug'.
Our protagonist Skeeter's depth in the animated series can be gauged from the fact that he is someone who introduces the central character to some of life's greatest joys; like dancing or visiting a restaurant to have a decent meal.
That said, one has to realize that Skeeter stands apart from the rest in the crowd not only because he is blue-skinned with only a little hair on his head, but also because he has a perfect IQ score.
Be that as it may, he is quite an average learner at school. What is also worth mentioning is the fact that Skeeter’s rock squad 'The Beets' was basically a satirical reference to The Beatles band; and without taking anything away from the character, it is perhaps one of the reasons why we are including him in this list.
24. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
'Sonic the Hedgehog' is one of the very first illustrations of how a video game, courtesy of its popularity, was developed into a cartoon series for children.
However, if one carefully observes the trend today, it is mostly seen that popular movies and cartoon series are often turned into video games post the successful reception that they receive.
Our protagonist Sonic the Hedgehog has an affinity for spins. Not only can he spin dash, spin attack, and spin jump, but he can also speed dash if and when he wishes to.
It is not surprising then that the kids back than desired to be blessed with the superhuman abilities of Sonic the Hedgehog.
That said, Sonic believes that every person deserves to be free, which is why he does not function too well when he feels that he is being prohibited to do something.
Also, he is someone who forgives people easily. Not only that but Sonic the Hedgehog also understands the fact that nobody is an enemy.
He takes everyone else around him to be a competition of sorts and leaves it to that.
23. Blue (Blue's Clues)
The chief protagonist from 'Blue's Clues' and our next addition to this list is a female dog who every single child can identify with, and that is this character's unique selling point.
Since she is a puppy, Blue tries to communicate with her owners by barking and does her best to ensure that they understand her expressions and tone to get to the gist of things.
This highly educative show had preschoolers as its target audience as the motive was to prepare them for their long educational voyage.
A rare combination of entertainment and education, Blue is an extremely joyful and creative character sketch that everybody who gets familiar with would admire.
That said, what separates Blue from the rest of the puppies is not only her obvious and attractive body color, but also the fact that, unlike other puppies, she has an affinity for drawing, making music, and reading.
22. Wolverine (X-Men: The Animated Series)
Our next protagonist on the list is as deadly as he is attractive. One of the most cherished characters on this list, Wolverine is a mutant and a member of the X-Men.
While many would consider Wolverine to be good-looking, his appearance is elevated once he lets his claws do the talking.
That said, what makes him far more different than any mortal could ever be is the fact that his injuries heal faster than one could imagine.
Not only that but Wolverine is also blessed to have intensified senses and an unmatched ability to heal his injured organs; something that makes one wonder if he ages like a normal human at all.
Even though Wolverine is super strong and has animal-like senses, he is not a superhero like the likes of Spiderman or Superman.
This is precisely what makes him a balanced combination of a mortal human and a superhuman.
21. Ed (Ed, Edd n Eddy)
One of the three main protagonists of the insanely popular animated comedy television series 'Ed, Edd n Eddy', Ed commands a loyal following.
He has a dual personality. While he can be the strongest of the three, he is also probably the dumbest of the lot.
Our beloved protagonist Ed is too kind and naive for the world that we live in today.
It's a good thing that we met him in the second half of the '90s when people were kinder and far more tolerant towards each other.
That said, Ed may not be bright but he is someone whose clean heart and innocent mannerisms are more than enough to win you over.
Now, Ed may be a troublemaker of sorts but he is also superbly funny. A genuine friend to his friends and a highly optimistic character, Ed is good to people so long as they do not make him angry and allow him to turn into a total badass.
20. Beavis (Beavis and Butt-Head)
The next character to make it to this list is that of Beavis. Not only is Beavis one of the main protagonists of the show, but, for good or for bad, he also happens to be Butt-Head's closest friend and confidant.
Beavis, who is popular for his battleship bow chin, is often seen having a fixated gaze on his face.
Perhaps, he is always thinking? Or maybe, just maybe, he likes to make us think about what he may be thinking?
Be that as it may, Beavis is often seen playing second fiddle to Butt-Head. However, as the show progresses, he turns out to be dynamite of sorts and holds his own in the face of his best friend's dominant persona.
Timid as Beavis may be, he has his limits, and his dissatisfaction with Butt-Head does come to the fore after he is poked unnecessarily by him.
That said, Beavis is nicer when compared to his companion and he is often the one who comes across as both humorous and encouraging.
19. Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)
Daria Morgendorffer is the eponymous protagonist of the much-admired animated television series, titled 'Daria'. Daria is someone who is known for her sarcasm, seriousness, and a rather cynical approach towards life.
She is a reticent individual who is not easily excited. That said, for one to truly appreciate Daria Morgendorffer and her unique personality and perspective, one would also need to have a great understanding of dry wit and deadpan sarcasm themselves.
There is a reason why a lot many smart children, and especially girls, grew incredibly fond of this character.
Daria was not only someone who was defined by her intelligence, but she was also someone who believed that one does not have to depend too heavily on another to sail through life and its many hardships.
This is precisely the reason why she never surrounded herself with too many people and rather worked on refining her unquestionable intellect.
Having said that, what is interesting about Daria Morgendorffer's character sketch is the fact that her personality evolves depending on the kind of attitude that her peers project towards her throughout the series.
18. Peter Parker (Spider-Man: The Animated Series)
Based on the Marvel Comics' superhero Spider-Man, this hugely acclaimed animated series set television sets ablaze back in the '90s.
Focusing on Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker, the show was one of the bigger hits for the channel Fox Kids.
Our protagonist Peter Parker might come across as your average college guy but he is much more than that.
He is reticent as an individual and loves photography. While Peter is usually nice to everyone close to him, he can do anything to keep his friends and family safe and happy.
Even as Spider-Man, Peter battles the wrongdoers and attempts to be there for the city whenever it needs him.
Having said that, Peter Parker is also very emotional and understanding. At first, he does get aggressive following his uncle's untimely death but once he realizes that he may have been partially responsible for it, he becomes regretful and starts helping as many people as he can after turning into a superhero.
17. Tarzan (Tarzan)
The incredible story of an orphan who was brought up by mountain gorillas made quite an impression on the minds of the kids back in the '90s.
The impact of 'Tarzan' was so huge that movies inspired by the story continue to rake in moolah at the box office even to this very day.
Since our protagonist Tarzan has been cared for by the apes, he has commonly come to be known as Ape Man.
Not only that but he has also sworn to protect both the apes and the jungle from outside interference.
That said, because Tarzan has matured in the wilderness itself, he has no opinion of the outside world.
Tarzan is a sympathetic and honest man who can go to any length for his family and friends.
Even though he felt like an outsider when he was a kid, he grew up to be fond of Jungle and animal friends. He uses his intelligence to fight some of the deadliest animals who would otherwise have the strength to defeat him easily.
Brave and inquisitive as he may be though, Tarzan also has a soft heart that allows him to be romantic once he stumbles upon the beautiful Jane Porter.
16. Theodore J. "T.J." Detweiler (Recess)
For many kids like me, the first introduction to a school playground was through an animated series that focussed on six elementary school students and their escapades in the school playground during recess.
To be honest, the list would have looked incomplete without the inclusion of a character or two from 'Recess'.
Therefore, T. J. Detweiler is our next addition to this list. The fearless leader of the Recess gang has been the friends with each of its other members since kindergarten.
Rational, confident, and cheerful, T. J. is not exactly the brightest kid in the class.
However, once you place him in the schoolyard, there is just no stopping him. Often seen wearing his trademark baseball cap that sets him apart from the rest in the group, T. J. is a heartthrob of his squad who also cares about every kid in the ground, and especially the underdogs.
15. Johnny Bravo (Johnny Bravo)
Our next character on this list is Johnny Bravo; someone who is as confident and good-looking as humanly possible.
Often seen wearing sunglasses and in a black shirt and blue jeans, Johnny Bravo is more than convinced that every woman in the world craves his attention.
Superficial and brash as he might be, Johnny Bravo has a great body and he barely ever lets go of an opportunity to flaunt it in front of the ladies.
He also has a remarkable trait; one that compels him to make women somehow believe that he is a positive individual and that he has no bad qualities whatsoever.
Needless to say, it makes him come across as both goofy and a true-blue narcissist.
However, one has to give Johnny Bravo the credit for trying his luck with the ladies.
This is because no matter how tough the circumstances are if Johnny likes a girl, he can go to extreme lengths to ensure that they end up liking him as much as well.
That said, he is someone who would not be too proud of his intelligence or level of maturity.
14. Thomas Tom Cat (Tom & Jerry Kids)
The characters of Tom and Jerry that were developed more than eight decades ago have inspired a lot of spin-offs over the years.
Not only have some motion pictures tried to depict the love-hate relationship between the two beloved characters but there also have been several video games that have strived to do the same successfully.
Needless to say, Tom Cat continues to remain one of the most special cartoon characters in the history of cartoons.
Even though Tom Cat is more like a kitten than a cat in the popular 'The Tom and Jerry Kids' show of the '90s, he continues to be his adorable self and goes hammer and tongs in chasing who he is known for chasing.
However, hunting Jerry is not the only thing Tom Cat is popular for. He also has quite a few love interests.
That said, Jerry may get the better of Tom Cat every now and then but it does not negate the fact that our beloved cat is smarter than any cat that one could ever afford to find.
13. SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Since the creator of the 'SpongeBob SquarePants' series, Mr. Stephen Hillenberg, was a marine biologist himself, it was not surprising that his creation would be a sea sponge; but one that lives in a pineapple.
Absurd as it may sound, both the series and the character connected with the younger generation of the '90s in a big way and turned into a sensation each.
Kiddish, playful, and extremely likable, SpongeBob is a one-of-a-kind character who loves to be in the company of his best pal, Patrick.
One of the biggest dreams of his life is to get himself a boating license.
However, as luck would have it, SpongeBob is a careless driver and gets the jitters every single time he takes charge of a boatmobile.
That said, our beloved SpongeBob can not only be sneaky and over-smart when he wants to be, but he also has a great singing voice and is a good climber.
Oh, and how can one forget to mention the fact that the gap between his teeth allows him to whistle flawlessly.
12. Douglas Yancey "Doug" Funnie (Doug)
The main protagonist of the Nickelodeon and Disney animated series of the same name, Douglas is a modest and yet clumsy individual.
This average-looking guy is someone who can be susceptible at times. However, what makes him stand apart from the rest in the crowd is the fact that he always strives to do the right things, and even his constant failures barely ever halt him in trying to do so.
Needless to say, Douglas Funnie is special not only because he is a talented artist or someone warm at heart, but also because through his character sketch, a lot is said about different sectors of our social life itself.
Douglas helped a lot many young adults adjust to their school lives and romantic connections; all while casting an important light on how to deal with bullies.
These are the topics that have found themselves to be the center of attention on social media today, years after Douglas first brought them on the screen.
These ever-so-relevant sub-plots in the show were also aided by the projection of self-esteem through Douglas's character sketch.
11. Batman (Batman: The Animated Series)
'Batman: The Animated Series' is not just a great show that debuted in the early 90s, but it is also one of the greatest animated television series of all time.
Voiced in the most spectacular way possible by Kevin Conroy, the series both revamped and revolutionized the titular character for generations to come.
Needless to say, Batman is a superhero whose grit, determination, and strength allow him to get the better of his enemies.
That said, his character in this series has been sketched in such a manner that it makes him more relatable than any Batman ever before.
Therefore, it is safe to assert that not only is Batman arguably the world's finest detective, but he is also someone who has battled a disastrous past and dedicated his precious life to the eradication of crime.
10. Bob the Builder (Bob the Builder)
Our next protagonist on this list is Bob the Builder from the well-known animated television series, 'Bob the Builder'.
Now, the characters in the show are all good enough to be included in this list but we choose Bob because he is just the perfect personality for our compilation.
Bob the Builder is as determined as anyone could get in the real world. He is helpful and that is hands down evident from the fact that he goes all out in helping the people around him.
He is assisted by his very capable and endearing team of talking work vehicles. Bob the Builder is both committed and caring and it shows throughout the show.
No matter what the obstacles, Bob has no love lost for those who make excuses; this is primarily because he does his best in ensuring that he finishes the work that he and his team are duly assigned.
Therefore, not only does Bob give an important lesson in teamwork, but his outstanding character also strives to convey that nothing is impossible if one works truly hard to achieve their respective goals.
9. Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island)
Our next character on this list is arguably the most popular on-screen portrayal of a canine of all time.
Both the cartoon and its characters have been so popular that their absence can make one feel that a lot is missing from one's life; especially from the lives of the kids who grew up watching Scooby-Doo shows and movies in the '90s.
Scooby has a magnetic charm to him. Even though he chickens out easily and is almost always apprehensive, he is quite cheerful and as humane as possible.
Scared as he may be, Scooby also trusts the instincts that allow him to show a touch of bravery in difficult circumstances.
This Great Dane has an affinity for good food and he can do just about anything to get his hands on "Scooby Snacks".
Easy-going, sympathetic, and charming, Scooby is one character that our readers would love to have on this list as much as we do.
8. Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
The fact that this is the third character from 'The Simpsons' animated series that we are adding to the top 10 of this list is a testament to the show's unquestionable greatness.
The smartest of all The Simpsons characters, Lisa Simpson is an intellectual of sorts. Even though she comes across as reserved and a tad unapproachable at first, she has a warm heart that often allows her to even be vulnerable.
She has a passion for things that require creativity and productivity; things that not a lot many people excel at.
That said, it would be safe to actually assert that a lot many smart kids and real-life toppers would have had a great time both watching and relating to Lisa Simpson's well-thought-of character sketch.
Needless to say, Lisa is an original personality who is also very gentle. However, if one tries to mess with her, she will have no qualms about putting them in their place.
That way, she can also be condescending if she loses it.
7. Arnold (Hey Arnold!)
'Hey Arnold!' traces the adventures and misadventures of a fourth-grader who lives with his grandparents.
And oh, he has a football-shaped head which somehow makes him come across as super adorable.
Arnold is someone whose parents go missing for reasons unknown to the audience, as a result of which, he is sent to stay with his beloved grandparents.
What makes the young adults empathize with Arnold is the fact that living with one's grandparents has turned out to be a trend of sorts in the contemporary world.
This is primarily because a lot many parents have started working in the 21st century.
The credit has to be given to the makers of Hey Arnold! in ensuring that they manage to relate to kids who are going through what Arnold in this animated series does.
Also, the character is shown to be someone who always tries to be there for his friends and helps them in dealing with their respective life issues; something that is both essential and educative for the kids to see.
6. Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
How often have you found species who are named Courage to not be courageous at all?
Courage may be easily scared and is often found to be nervous, but he is someone who would go to extreme lengths to protect his owners, Muriel and Eustace.
Courage is perhaps the most commendable projection of a canine on-screen. Not only is he loyal and loving, but he also tries his best to muster courage when his owners are in danger.
That said, like most dogs, he can smell that something is amiss from a respectable distance.
This gives him just about enough time to bring his selfless face to the fore and risk his life to save his caretakers.
Even though his other owner Eustace is not as kind to him as his beloved wife, Courage is not disturbed by his harsh words and has, in fact, gotten accustomed to his temperamental behavior.
Notwithstanding Eustace's cruelty, Courage is also seen worrying about his safety; something that makes him stand apart from the rest of the characters on this list.
5. Buster Bunny (Tiny Toon Adventures)
The 'Tiny Toons Adventures' is very similar to the 'Looney Tunes' cartoon series. In fact, a lot many people would go on to assert that the former can easily be dubbed the Looney Tunes of the 1960s.
Buster Bunny headlines the Tiny Toons Adventures and does so adventurously. He is a young and enthusiastic male rabbit who also happens to be a commander of sorts for the Tiny Toons.
Be that as it may, Buster also has his own set of problems. Not only does he has to deal with a complex school curriculum, but he also has to tackle bullies from time to time.
However, what makes Buster Bunny likable is the fact that, like most kids, he also has a lot many dreams to follow; something that makes him relatable to every child watching him on the screen.
He is also someone who loves to be mischievous. Not only that but he even manages to convince his pals to join him on his wild schemes.
4. Taz (Taz-Mania)
This Tasmanian Devil had become so popular after having come up in the earlier cartoons that a lot many fans believed that there needed to be an animated sitcom exclusively dedicated to it.
It is not surprising then that in the early ‘90s, the 'Taz-Mania' cartoon series had been developed to try and meet the demands of Taz fans.
Often in several cartoons, Taz has been revealed to be a beast who is always famished.
However, this is exactly what appealed to the kids who were brought up in the early '90s for they were barely ever not starved.
That said, Taz also comprised a lot many traits that the teenagers back then could relate to; one of which was to have a dialect of his own.
Devious as he may have been projected to be, Taz was also incredibly adorable; something that used to become even more obvious when he tried to frame sentences that hardly made any sense.
Also, this dim-witted Tasmanian Devil had quite a temper. Be that as it may, he would go all out to eat anything that he could get his hands on.
3. Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory)
What one must have noticed about television series and cartoons is the fact that every generation of them has had a boy genius headlining the show.
While 'Young Sheldon' seems to be the fan-favorite genius today, it was Dexter who was the original and ultimate genius of the 90s.
Short as he may be, Dexter's intelligence and knack for new inventions make him not only the smartest person in his family but also a renowned inventor of the world.
He is credited with creating a plethora of extraordinary machines and is someone who keeps experimenting with the very many ideas on his head.
That said, what the viewers must have noticed about Dexter is that his nationality is never made clear throughout the show.
He shares a love-hate relationship with his annoying sister and most of the events that happen in his life reflect his bond with his sister, Dee Dee.
2. Bartholomew JoJo Simpson (The Simpsons)
If the father Homer Simpson can come across as lazy to many, his son, Bart, is a rebel of the highest order.
Not only is Bart Simpson mischievous, but he is also someone who can easily be bullied.
However, what makes Bart Simpson special is the fact that he believes in the power of unity and ensures that those who wrong him are wronged in return.
Bart Simpson is Homer's only male child but he alone is enough to set the stage, or in this case, the house on fire.
One of the most loved characters of 'The Simpsons' animated series, Bart is a darling, and he has an adorable voice.
What gives him a definite edge over the others on this list is the fact that he can make one laugh even if they have had the toughest possible day.
Even though Bart Simpson's intelligence fluctuates throughout the series, he is smart enough to play pranks at Springfield Elementary; ignoring the fact that it can often lead to unwanted consequences.
His catchphrases “Eat my shorts!” and “Flunk me? Flunk you!” had only made this series even more popular after its inception on television.
1. Homer Jay Simpson (The Simpsons)
Homer Simpson might be chubby, lethargic, and often unaware of what all is happening in the world, but his character sketch is one of the finest to have ever hit the world of animation.
Just like people in the real world, Homer Simpson also comes with his set of shortcomings, but that does not take away the fact that he is also very loving and caring towards the people that he adores.
Homer Simpson's catchphrase 'D'oh' has not only become a part of the American television culture but a lot many of his character traits and sequences that transpire in the series cast a light on the socio-economic scenario in the United States of America.
One reason why 'The Simpsons' connected massively with the audience worldwide is because of this family patriarch.
The writers of the show ensured that through Homer Simpson's character sketch, a lot was said about the traditional family norms, parenting in the 90s, relationships the people of the family shared, and even the idea of machismo among other things.
Even though Homer Simpson is an animated character, he has a lot of depth to him.
Needless to say, his character sketch may not be perfect, but it is a reflection of society at large.
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