Most Famous Cartoon Characters

If you're searching for some of the most famous cartoon characters ever created, you have certainly come to the right place. The evergreen characters mentioned here have been around for years, and they are all legends in their own right...
Since time immemorial cartoons have entertained and amused us, and some of the most famous cartoon characters around signify different things to different people. People often say that cartoons are only for children and young adults, but this is certainly not true. In the cartoon world, there is something for absolutely everyone around.

There are thousands of different cartoon characters that have been with us for many years, and some of them are far more recognizable than others. Many people have grown up with certain characters, and seeing these faces now only brings up a lot of memories and makes them nostalgic. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the most famous cartoon characters of all time. Please note that this is a mix of cartoon characters from cartoon series and comic books.

Top 10 Most Famous Cartoon Characters

Homer Simpson
Homer is the lovingly stupid character from The Simpsons, which is a 22 year old cult series about an American family. The animated series is a satirical look at all aspects of American culture, and it was created by Matt Groening and first aired in 1989. Homer is the creators vision of a stupid, fat, lazy, ignorant, alcoholic, incompetent and crass working class man, but he is still one of the most loved and revered characters around, and this is one of the most watched famous cartoons around.

Popeye the Sailor is a very famous cartoon character, who first came under public eye in 1929. Created by Elzie Crisler Segar, Popeye has become a very successful franchise. Each snippet of the character is about his overcoming of certain troubles by eating a can of Spinach, which gives him superhuman strength and intelligence. One of the most interesting facets of the series is his long standing rivalry with Bluto, for the affections of Olive Oyl.

Mickey Mouse
There is no list of most famous cartoon characters that can ignore the impact that Mickey Mouse has had on popular culture. He has now become a mascot for the Walt Disney company, and is one of the most recognizable characters all around the world. He was born in 1928, and the cartoon series tells the adventures of Mickey Mouse, along with his group of lovable friends.

Jim Davis first created Garfield for a comic strip, and he has now gone on to embody an entire multi-million dollar franchise. The first strip of this famous cartoon comic released in 1978, and it tells the tale of Garfield the cat, Odie the dog and Jon Arbuckle, their geeky and socially awkward owner. Garfield is a sarcastic and overweight cat, who loves nothing better than food, sleep and an occasional snide remark about Odie or his owner.

Eric Cartman
Lovers of 'The Simpsons' have developed a strange fondness for the animated series 'South Park' as well. This is another foul mouthed parody that first aired in 1997, and it was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Cartman is the antagonist of the show, and he is certainly one of the most memorable cartoon characters ever. He is foul mouthed, he hates Jews and hippies, he is selfish, bad tempered, has sociopath tendencies and he studies in the fourth grade. If you're looking for a different take on all social matters, look no further than Cartman.

Tom & Jerry
Tom & Jerry are easily two of the most famous cartoon characters around. The series are short stories that tell the hilarious tale of Tom the cat trying to catch Jerry the mouse. The results are extremely amusing, as they go head to head in a number of different situations, that never fail to make us laugh. This is another great creation by Hanna-Barbera, the legendary duo, and the series first began in 1940.

Archie Andrews is the main character in the famous Archie Comics, that were created by Bob Montana and first surfaced in 1941. Archie is a redheaded teenager living in the town of Riverdale, and the series is all about his managing of various different factors in his life like his school life, his love life, his friends and his parents. The character is a direct reference to the way teenagers lived their lives in the 40s and 50s.

Fred Flintstone
Fred is the protagonist from the very popular animated series, 'The Flintstones' created by the famous Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series first aired in 1960, and it has become a long running favorite amongst many people. The tales are about the Flintstones family, who live in the town of Bedrock in the Stone Age. Fred is a free-spirited blue collar worker, who gives off an anti-social air. But in reality, he is a very caring and loving husband and father, and he is loved by children and adults alike.

Spiderman is a fictional superhero from the Marvel Comics Universe who lives in New York. The face behind the mask of this vigilante is that of Peter Parker, who was bitten by a radioactive spider, and this gave him superhuman strength and spider-like abilities. The story of Spiderman balancing his love life, his studies, his job and his crime fighting antics is a very endearing one, and this makes him one of the most famous cartoon characters of all time. Spiderman was created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny is Warner Bros. Cartoons' most famous character. Since his birth in 1940, Bugs has starred in hundreds of different cartoons, and he has been named the most famous character by a variety of sources. Bugs Bunny is a witty and fast-thinking rabbit who loves carrots, and he has become a mascot of the Looney Tunes series. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous cartoon characters ever made.

These were just some of my personal favorites, and there are many many more where these came from. So the next time you're feeling low, try watching some of these cartoons to cheer yourself up.
By Rahul Thadani
Last Updated: 9/22/2011
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