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Classic Cartoon Characters

Cartoons! Funny, entertaining, and a respite from mundaneness. This is especially true for classic cartoon characters. In this article we list out some of the best of the lot.
"Making cartoons mean very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all." - Joseph Barbera

Cartoons are my favorite genre on television. On any given day, I will probably be happiest watching one of the many cartoon shows on television, especially those that star classic cartoon characters. There are so many cartoons that have become a part of our intrinsic memories, that it becomes difficult to list out the best of the lot. In this article, we try to give you a list of the classic cartoon characters of all time.

Top Ten Classic Cartoon Characters

When it comes to famous cartoons, everyone has their own favorites. From classic female cartoon characters like Minnie Mouse to classic male comic characters like Superman, there is not a single person on the planet who does not have a favorite amongst the many cartoons. Given below is a subjective list of our favorite classic cartoon characters.

Bugs Bunny
The star of hundreds of cartoons, this Warner Brothers' creation is probably one of the most famous classic cartoon characters of all time. Created in 1940, Bugs Bunny, as the name suggests is a rabbit who can be seen chomping carrots perennially. He is the main character of most Looney Tunes cartoons, thanks to his wits and fast thinking abilities.

Mickey Mouse
You cannot list out classic Disney cartoon characters without naming the mascot of the group, Mickey Mouse. He is one of the first cartoon characters that most people remember from their childhood, and along with other members of his extended friend circle remains one of the most famous cartoon characters of all time.

Garfield
Lazy and sarcastic - there is nothing that defines this cat better. He captured the imagination of the world when the strip was first introduced in the 1978 and has since then continued to entertain people on a daily basis. Other than Garfield, this strip also stars Jon, his owner, and Odie, a dog who is a pet in the same house. You cannot make a list of classic cartoon characters without Garfield.

Homer Simpson
The patriarch of the Simpson family and probably the reason behind the enduring popularity of The Simpsons. Lazy, crass, fat, and irreverent, Homer Simpson is everything that you would not want to be. Combine that with his constant fights with his son and you probably have the reason for the series' popularity.

Batman
The Caped Crusader, the protector of Gotham city, Batman first burst on the scene in the year 1939. The creators of the comic book superhero, Bob Kane and Bill Finger, gave him the perfect reason to become a superhero - to avenge the death of his parents. And along with that they gave him all the resources that he would need, thanks to being the sole heir of Wayne Enterprises.

Scooby Doo
Who does not know Scooby Doo? The talking dog which is scared of everything that moves and with his four teenage friends, solves mysteries involving fake ghosts. A Hanna Barbera creation, it was first created as Sunday morning cartoon series. Scooby Doo remains one of the most famous cartoon characters .

Fred Flintstone
The blast from the past, The Flintstones, the most famous prehistoric family, first made their appearance in the year 1960. Fred is the loving father and husband who provides the series with many of its funny moments. A blue collar worker, who loves his wife, lives next door to his best friend, and has the cutest pet in the form of a dinosaur is one of the funniest classic cartoon characters. Think Yabba dabba doo.

Dennis the Menace
First published in 1951, Dennis the Menace remains one of the most popular classic cartoon characters ever. Based on the creator, Hank Ketcham's son, the focus of the show are the many escapades of Dennis, a precocious and mischievous boy. The series also often focuses on his relationship with his neighbor, George Wilson.

Popeye
If your mother always forced you to eat Spinach by giving you a reference from the world of cartoons, then you know Popeye. Created in 1929 by Elzie Crisler Segar, each cartoon revolves around his overcoming his troubles by gaining superhero strength after eating a can of spinach. A list of cartoon characters cannot be complete without Popeye.

Jerry
You could question the exclusion of Tom from this list, but the fact remains, that according to us, without Jerry, none of the situations that make the series so hilarious would exist. The premise of the series remains the same, a cat and mouse chase. But the stories are amusing, always entertain, and well, Jerry has to be the cutest mouse on the planet.

Classic Cartoon Character Names

The list of cartoon characters given above are just the ten best, classic cartoon characters according to us. Given below is an all-encompassing list of famous cartoon characters. These cartoon characters have been popular with different generations and retained the charm that they exert on their viewers.

Classic Cartoon Characters
A-Z Name of Cartoon Character
A Aladdin
Alice
Alvin
Angelica Pickles
Archie
Arthur
Astro
Atom Ant
B Bambi
Bamm-Bamm
Barbar
Barney Rubble
Bart Simpson
Batman
Beavis and Butthead
Beetle Baily
Betty
Blondie
Bobby Hill
Bod
Boo Boo
Boris Badenov
Bugs Bunny
Bullwinkle
C Calvin
Captain America
Captain Planet
Cartman
Charlie Brown
Charlie Tuna
Chester Cheetah
Chicken Run
Chip and Dale
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
D Daffy Duck
Dagwood
Daisy Duck
Danger Mouse
Daria
Dilbert
Dino
Donald Duck
Droopy Dog
Dudley Dooright
Dumbo
E Ed, Edd n Eddy
Elmer Fudd
Elroy Jetson
F Fat Albert
Felix the Cat
Flash
Foghorn Leghorn
Fritz the Cat
Frosty
G Genie
Goofy
H Hagar the Horrible
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Heckle and Jeckle
Hello Kitty
Hobbes
Hong Kong Phooey
Huckleberry Hound
J Jasmine
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Quest
Josie and the Pussycats
Jughead
MMarmaduke
Minnie Mouse
Mowgli
Mr. Magoo
Muttley
N Nancy
O Olive Oyl
P Pebbles
Penelope Pitstop
Piglet
Pink Panther
Pinnochio
Pluto
Pokemon
Popeye
Porky Pig
Princess Mononoke
R Richie Rich
Road Runner
Rocky
Roger Rabbit
Rugrats
S Sad Sack
Scobby Doo
Shaggy
Shrek
Smurfs
Snoopy
South Park
Speed Racer
Spiderman
SpongeBob SquarePants
Superman
Sylvester
T Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Gummy Bears
The Incredibles
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Powerpuff Girls
The Professor
The Snowman
Thundercats
Tigger
Tintin
Tom and Jerry
Tom Terrific
Tony Tiger
Top Cat
Tweety
U Underdog
W Wallace and Gromit
Watership Down
Wile E. Coyote
Willo the Wisp
Winnie the Pooh
Wonder Woman
Woodstock
Woody Woodpecker
Y Yogi Bear

There are many more such famous and funny cartoon characters that are favorites with their viewers regardless of their age. While we generally tend to believe that cartoons are aimed at children, there are many adults who would rather watch a funny cartoon over a melodramatic soap opera any given day. The classic cartoon characters listed in this article are a testimony to the enduring popularity of cartoons.
By Tulika Nair
Last Updated: 9/23/2011
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