55 Best Iconic Cartoon Characters of All Time

Best Cartoon Characters of all time
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Do you want to know the best cartoon characters ever? No need to scroll anywhere. Because we are here to help you out. We have compiled a list of more than fifty best characters. Yes, you read it correctly. These characters have been ruling the hearts of fans for decades. They have a massive fan following, and they have also appeared in theme parks and toy merchandise.

Moreover, there have been various channels and universes like Disney, MCU, Nick, and Cartoon Network where these characters were born. We have added the best to the list, from Tom and Jerry to Mickey Mouse to He-Man to Peppa Pig, you will get to know the 55 best characters. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go and find out the best ones. Here we go.

1- Bugs Bunny

Cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is one of the most popular characters. He gained popularity in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. He gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His popular catchphrase is “Eh… What’s up, doc?” Other than that, Bunny appeared in several movies, comics, and shows as well.

2- Jerry


The next is the brown mouse Jerry from the most famous Tom and Jerry franchise. He debuted with the series “Puss Gets the Boot”. Jerry doesn’t fall for Tom’s tricks and has the guts to chase him. He likes cheese a lot. However, Jerry is a less talkative figure, different people have voiced him throughout the years.

3- Donald Duck

Donald Duck

Donald Duck has been popular since his debut with The Wise Little Hen. He is an impulsive duck who wants to do everything according to his mood. Donald possesses loyalty, bravery, and determination. He appeared in several animated shorts, comics, and films including Donald’s Nephews, The Three Caballeros, and Fantasia 2000.

4- Mickey Mouse

Cartoon characters: Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is another of Walt Disney’s iconic characters. He quickly gained worldwide popularity, starring in a variety of animated cartoons, comic strips, and television series. His upbeat personality and timeless charm drew in people of every generation. Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular Disney’s fictional characters.

5- Tom


Tom debuted alongside Jerry in the animated short film “Puss Gets the Boot.” In this short, his name was Jasper, but in future cartoons, he got the name, Tom. Tom and Jerry quarrel with each other relentlessly. However, Tom occasionally expresses empathy or sympathy with Jerry, particularly when they work up against a shared opponent.

6- Winnie-the-Pooh


The adorable bear Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in A.A. Milne’s book. He is a cute, curious, and kind-hearted bear who loves honey. Christopher Robin, Piglets, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, and Kanga are his friends. Pooh received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

7- Spongebob Squarepants

Cartoon characters: Spongebob Squarepants

SpongeBob SquarePants is a yellow sea sponge that lives in a pineapple beneath the sea in the fictitious underwater city of Bikini Bottom. He is one of the best cartoon characters of all time. He is constantly ready to help people, even if his efforts occasionally backfire or result in trouble. Spongebob also appeared in comics, movies, and other media.

8- Tweety


Here is the little yellow canary character Tweety. He appeared in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. Tweety looks like a female bird but actually, he is a male. He appeared in more than forty cartoons during the golden age of American Animation. Sylvester and Tweety are among the most liked duo in animation.

9- Popeye


Remember, Popeye the Sailor Man? Popeye made his debut appearance in the comic strip Thimble Theatre. He gained prominence for his strong build, squinty eyes, and corncob pipe. Popeye is loyal to his friends, especially Olive Oyl. As she is his love interest. His famous catchphrase is “I yam what I yam, and that’s all what I yam.”

10- Pikachu

Cartoon characters: Pikachu

Pika Pika Pikachu! Yes, it’s the yellow anthropomorphic creature Pikachu from the renowned series Pokemon. Pikachu is one of the most popular Pokemon creatures ever. He has mighty electric moves like Thunderbolt and Thunder. Pikachu has appeared in manga series, movies, video games, and trading card games.

11- Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is a fictional character from the titular series. His famous catchphrase is Scooby-Dooby-Doo! He is the buddy of inept detective Shaggy Rogers. Scooby adds the letter R at the beginning of every word. He is famous for his wacky and lovable nature. He hides behind his friends when he gets scared.

12- Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone is a famous animated character and the primary protagonist of the iconic Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Flintstones. He is impulsive and puts himself into humorous situations. He often says Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Flintstone appeared in several series, movies, specials, and video games.

13- Daffy Duck

Cartoon characters: Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck makes his debut in Porky’s Duck Hunt, an animated short film. Daffy Duck is distinguished by his crazy and unpredictable personality. He is well-known for his outrageous demeanor, and catchphrases like “You’re despicable!” and “It’s mine, mine, all mine!”. TV Guide ranked Daffy 14th on its list of top 50 best cartoon characters.

14- He-Man


He-Man made his first appearance in the television series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” He is the alter-ego of Prince Adam. Mark Taylor designed the character. He is a courageous and noble being who protects the planet Eternia and its inhabitants from evil forces.

15- Pink Panther

Pink Panther

Pink Panther rarely speaks and communicates via physical humor and expressive gestures. The Pink Panther is a master of disguise, and he outwits his opponents with smart tricks. The character’s success spawned various spin-offs, including the popular “Pink Panther” series. He is very curious and enjoys learning about and trying new things.

16- Woody Woodpecker

Cartoon characters: Woody Woodpecker

“Guess Who?”, It’s the famous catchphrase of Woody Woodpecker. Woodpecker made his debut with the short Knock Knock. Mel Blanc was the first voice of Woody. Afterward, several voice actors voiced him including Danny Webb, Grace Stafford, Kent Rogers, and Ben Hardaway.

17- Snoopy


Snoopy is a popular character in the comic strip “Peanuts.” He became the breakthrough character of the comic. Snoopy is a reliable, creative, and kind beagle who imagines fantasy lives. He imagines himself in different roles like a student, artist, author, and flying ace.

18- Garfield


Garfield is the main character of Jim Davis’s comic strip “Garfield.” He is a sluggish and cynical cat. He is fond of lasagna but he hates Mondays and doing workouts. Garfield has a big appetite but he has nightmares of having much food before sleep. He cares for his owner Jon and his pet dog Odie as well.

19- Homer Simpson

Cartoon characters: Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson is an overweight, bald character from the series The Simpsons. He is a typical father of three children Bart, Maggie, and Lisa. He is also a caring person towards his family while being lazy and ignorant at times.

20- Patrick Star

Patrick Star

Patrick Star is one of the popular characters from the television series Spongebob Squarepants. He is the best friend of Spngebob. He is quite a dim-witted starfish who gets himself into humorous situations. Patrick also appeared in The Patrick Star Show. Patrick is an expert in the “art of doing nothing.”

21- Goofy


Goofy made his debut in the short Mickey’s Revue as Dippy Dawg. He is one of Mickey Mouse’s close friends. His first solo appearance cartoon was Goofy and Wilburg by Walt Disney. He has appeared in several solo animated shorts, along with Mickey Mouse TV series and movies.

22- The Road Runner

Cartoon characters: The Road Runner

The Road Runner made his screen debut with the short “Fast and Furry-ous.” Michael Maltese and Chuck Jones created the character. He makes the “Beep Beep” sound when he speeds away from rival Wile E. Coyote. Paul Julian, Mel Blanc, Keith Scott, and others provided the voice of The Road Runner.

23- Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty is a Sanrio character created by Yuko Shimizu. She debuted with the television series “Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater”. The image of Hello Kitty is one of friendliness and kindness. She likes to explore the world, meet new people, and bake cookies.

24- Shaggy Rogers

Shaggy Rogers

Shaggy Rogers made his debut with the series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” He is a charming foodie who fears ghosts and other supernatural beings. Moreover, Shaggy can eat large amounts of food at a time due to his ample appetite. He is a coward who gets scared quickly and is reluctant to join the group in their missions.

25- Charlie Brown

Cartoon characters: Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown is one of the most famous animated characters. He is the protagonist of the comic strip Peanuts. He wears a zigzag-printed shirt. Charlie deals with feelings of inadequacy and insecurity about himself, especially when compared to his more assured classmates.

26- Sylvester The Cat

Sylvester The Cat

Sylvester the Cat is a renowned character from the series Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. He appeared in more than a hundred cartoons in the golden age of American animation. Sylvester is a rigorous predator who is constantly looking for birds, especially Tweety. The chasing sequences between Tweety and Sylvester fascinate viewers.

27- Dora


Dora is the protagonist of the popular cartoon series Dora the Explorer. As the name implies, Dora explores the world with her buddies Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, and Benny. She helps the person in need and asks questions to the audience related to a suitable idea, tool, or object.

28- Yogi Bear

Cartoon characters: Yogi Bear

Next up is the Yogi Bear who debuted with The Huckleberry Hound Show. Then, he appeared in the titular show “The Yogi Bear Show”. Bear is famous for his pleasant attitude, quick wit, and food appetite, particularly picnic baskets. He frequently gets into trouble with his food heists.

29- Richie Rich

Richie Rich

Who doesn’t know this iconic character? It’s Richie Rich, the world’s wealthiest child. Richie Rich is one of the most popular cartoon characters. He has a lavish lifestyle with unlimited riches and lavish things. Richie is a modest and genuine child who is ready to use his fortune to help others.

30- Minnie


Minnie Mouse is a well-known and adored Disney character. She is popular for her nice and generous nature, polka-dotted dress, and signature bow. She was also seen in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie’s Bow-Toons, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, House of Mouse, and Mickey and Friends Trick or Treats.

31- Tigger

Cartoon characters: Tigger

Tigger appeared in Disney’s animated versions of Winnie the Pooh. He is a bouncing and cheerful tiger figure recognized for his enthusiasm and energy. He also starred in his film, The Tigger Movie. Tigger has orange and black stripes and a spring-like tail. He believes “Bouncing is what Tiggers do best.”

32- Kim Possible

Kim Possible

Kim Possible is the main character of the titular Disney animated series. She is a teenage crime fighter, special agent, and spy. She embarks on missions to fail some stupid harmful plans of scientist Dr Drakken. Kim believes in doing what’s right and is always eager to help others.

33- Tommy Pickles

Tommy Pickles

Tommy Pickles is a year-old boy in the Rugrats cartoon series. He frequently leads his friends and siblings on fantastic escapades and risky expeditions since he is constantly eager to go on new adventures with them. Voice actress E.G. Daily voiced Tommy Pickles.

34- Doraemon

Cartoon characters: Doraemon

Doraemon is a robotic cat who appeared in the manga series Doraemon. He is wise and humble. Doraemon is fond of eating dorayaki. He uses his advanced devices to help Nobita solve difficulties and impart valuable life lessons. He is always eager to lend a helping hand.

35- Lola Bunny

Lola Bunny

Lola Bunny made her debut appearance in the movie Space Jam. She has blonde bangs and tan fur. She wears purple-blue shorts, and a cropped white tank top, with matching rubber bands tied in a ponytail. Lola is a competent basketball player who is capable of competing against men on the court. She is Bugs Bunny’s love interest.

36- Eric Cartman

Eric Cartman

Eric Cartman is a popular character from the series South Park. He is one of the four main characters in the show, along with Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick. Cartman is a self-centered, immature, sarcastic, furious youngster. Additionally, he appears to enjoy other people’s suffering and lacks empathy in general.

37- Arthur

Cartoon characters: Arthur

Arthur Timothy Read is the central character in the television series Arthur. He is a kind and caring aardvark, who likes to try and explore new things. Arthur wears blue pants, a white dress shirt, a yellow V-neck sweater, and red and white sneakers.

38- Shin-chan


Shin-chan aka Shinnosuke Nohara is the lead character of the manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan. He is a curious and aggressive five year child He gets into trouble because of his impulsive nature. Sin-chan loves eating snacks, mostly chocobi. His antics have on multiple occasions helped individuals around him find solutions to their issues.

39- Dexter

Cartoon characters: Dexter

Here comes another famous animated character, Dexter from the series Dexter Laboratory. He is a genius person and has a secret laboratory behind his bookshelf. He performs several experiments regularly. Dexter was influenced by Albert Einstein. Even though Dexter is brilliant, he frequently fails at the tasks he sets out to complete.

40- Pluto

Cartoon characters: Pluto

Disney’s character Pluto is famous for the Mickey Mouse series. He is Mickey’s best friend and he doesn’t like cats at all. He has an amazing sense of smell, he could find anything with that sense. Unlike other dog characters like Goofy, he doesn’t talk in the series.

41- BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is the main character of the series. He is a selfish, complex, and depressed person. BoJack faces challenges related to identity, self-worth, and the consequences of his past actions. Voice actor Will Arnett voiced the character. Despite his cynical behavior, he is one of the popular animated characters.

42- Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat first appeared in Feline Follies. Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer created Felix in 1919. Felix is a black cat with big eyes and a white snout. He is quite mischievous but also has a kind heart. He can solve issues with his intelligence and magic bag. In some instances, you can also see him helping the needy person.

43- The Grinch

Cartoon characters: The Grinch

The Grinch is a green, furry creature from the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” He lives in a cave in the suburbs of Whoville. He doesn’t like Christmas and its celebrations. Grinch also appeared in the television series How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Halloween Is Grinch Night,  The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

44- Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo is a muscular man who became popular for the titular television show. He believes that every woman likes him despite his flirty nature and overconfidence. He wears a black shirt with a blue bottom styled with sunglasses. Johnny can do anything to grab a woman’s attention and win her heart.

45- Stewie Griffin

Stewie Griffin

Stewie Griffin is a one-year-old who debuted with the Fox television series Family Guy. He is a clever, outrageous infant who plots for whom he holds grudges or feels envious. He shares his secrets with his teddy Rupert including his mischievous acts.

46- Powerpuff Girls

Cartoon characters: Powerpuff Girls

The next ones on the list are none other than Powerpuff Girls. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are girls with superpowers in Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls. These cute little girls are famous for protecting the residents from monsters and other dangers.

47- Jimmy Neutron

Jimmy Neutron

Jimmy Neutron is one of the most intelligent fictional characters. Debi Derryberry voiced the character since its debut. He appeared in the film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the television series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.

48- Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is a playful pink pig in the Nick television series of the same name. She enjoys playing with buddies, jumping in muddy puddles, and relaxing with her family. Peppa likes to learn new things and explore new places. She also participates in school events and adventurous activities.

49- Yakko


Yakko is one of the main characters in Animaniacs alongside Wakko, and Dot. He is clever and leads the trio in the series. In addition, he is a gifted singer and entertainer who frequently bursts into song. Yakko can keep several stuff within his trousers.

50- Courage the Cowardly Dog

Cartoon characters: Courage the Cowardly Dog

Courage is a fearful dog from the television series Courage the Cowardly Dog who gets easily scared. After being separated from his parents, his owners kept him as a pet. When it comes to his owner’s safety, he can do anything to save them no matter how horrific the situation is.

51- Betty Boop

Betty Boop

Betty Boop is another beautiful character who made his debut in Dizzy Dishes. She wears hoop earrings, a short red dress, and stiletto heels. She is popular for her charm, humor, and confident personality. Margie Hines was the first to voice Betty Boop. Afterward, several voice actors provided their voices including Bonnie Poe, Ann Rothschild, and Kate Wright.

52- Angelica Pickles

Angelica Pickles

Angelica Pickles is the antagonist in the animated series Rugrats. Well, antagonist characters also become popular because they play important roles in the plot. Angelica is smart, she can trick the grownups in her life and fulfill her wishes.

53- Casper The Friendly Ghost

Casper The Friendly Ghost

As the name implies, Casper is a friendly ghost who doesn’t want to haunt someone. He is a famous Harvey Comics character. He likes making new friends and helping out others. Apart from television series, Casper also appeared in films like Casper Meets Wendy, Casper, and Casper’s Haunted Christmas.

54- Phineas Flynn

Phineas Flynn

Phineas Flynn is a savvy young boy from the television series “Phineas and Ferb.” He became one of the most recognizable cartoon characters. Despite facing the most formidable challenges, he always stays calm and maintains an optimistic perspective on the situation at hand.

55- Ben Tennyson

Cartoon characters: Ben Tennyson

Ben Tennyson is the lead character from the popular Ben 10 franchise. His life gets changed when he finds the Omnitrix, an extraterrestrial gadget that lets him change into many alien forms. He acquires his powers and battles villains with a sense of adventure.

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