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Famous Cartoon Characters

Famous Cartoon Characters from Comic Books, TV Shows & Movies

List of famous cartoon characters including the Marvel comic superheros (mostly now Hollywood movie stars) along with classic and ground breaking cartoons such as Prince Valiant which Edward, The Duke of Windsor, called the greatest contribution to English literature in the past hundred years.

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Famous Cartoon CharactersAuthor/sSinceBackground / Plots / TriviaRelated characters from the original comics
Asterix
René Goscinny & Uderzo Alberto1959French cartoon set in a village in Gaul around 50 BC.Sidekick Obelix. Druid Getafix, Chief Vitalstatistix, dog Dogmatix, Julius Caesar.
Batman & RobinBob Kane and Bill Finger1939Set in fictional US Gotham city Batman, alias Bruce Wayne, fights with sidekick Robin against evil foes.Batgirl, reporter Vicki Vale. Foes included The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Professor Hugo Strange, Clayface and others.
Beavis and Butt-headMike Judge1993Animated TV series about two socially inept teenagers living in the fictional town of Highland, Texas with no parental input. They’re dim-witted, bored, rock fans. They watch rock videos which are either “cool” or “sucks”.At Highland High School: Nerdy alt rock girl Daria Morgendorffer, Stewart Stevenson, a fat wimpy nerd and wannabe friend, teacher David Van Driessen, who tries to be helpful, Coach Bradley Buzzcut hates them, as does Principle McVicker. There’s also Tom Anderson their elderly neighbor and Todd Ianuzzi a deadbeat criminal.
Benjamin the ElephantElfie Donnelly1977German animated children’s TV show about Benjamin, a talking elephant in Newtown Zoo, who takes on new roles and discovers new places.Friend Otto. Zoo director and animal lover Herr Tierlieb. Karl the keeper.
Bibi BlocksbergElfie Donnelly1980German animated TV show (originally a radio drama) following the magical adventures of Bibl, a mischievous witch, and her friends.Parents Bernard and Barbara (also a witch), Grandma Grete. Friends Moni and Florian. Antagonist is the mayor of Neustadt.
Bugs BunnyChuck Jones, T. Avery1938Bugs Bunny is a rabbit with a punchline “What’s up Doc?”Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales.
CalimeroToei Animation1963Follows the mystery solving adventures of Calimero, an anime chicken that wears half an eggshell as a hat, and his friends. Originally Italian, popular in Japan and some european countries.Priscilla, Calimero’s girlfriend. Mr Owl, Deppa and Buta.
Captain FutureEdmond Hamilton
Nedor Comics
1940 & 1978Captain Future, alias Curtis Newton, was a pulp magazine superhero with superpowers who flew through space overcoming problems and space villians.
In 1978 an anime version of Captain Future, based on the original, was produced in Japan and broadcast worldwide.
Nedor Comics also created Captain Future, the alter ego of scientist Andrew Bryant, who used his superpowers to fight crime with the help of his girlfriend.
Professor Simon Wright, robot Grag, android Otho, Joan Randall, Marshall Ezra Gurney and Ul Quorn.
Grace Adams of the Agatha Detective Agency, girlfriend of Andrew Bryant.
Doctor SnugglesJeffrey O’Kelly
(Richard Carpenter, Paul Halas, Douglas Adams, John Lloyd, Loek Kessels)
1979Animated British TV show about the amiable and elderly inventor Doctor Snuggles who travels on a talking umbrella and pogo stick and in a wooden spaceship called “Dreamy Boom Boom” while dealing with his arch enemy Professor Emerald.Housekeeper Miss Nettles, Dennis the badger, Knobby mouse, Matilda the housekeeping robot. Professor Emerald, crazy magician and arch enemy.
Donald DuckWalt Disney1934Cheeky animated cartoon duck character with a distinctive voice generated using the inner cheeks (Buccal speech). Typically dressed as a sailor and starred in a comedy trio with Goofy and Mickey Mouse. His nickname is “Don” and his full name is “Donald Fauntleroy Duck”.His fiancée is Daisy Duck. Nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Uncle Scrooge McDuck. Cousin Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys. Inventor Gyro Gearloose, crook John Rockerduck, witch Magica de Spell. Arch enemy Black Pete.
Flintstones, The
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera1959Animated comedy cartoon set in the stone age in a town called Bedrock centered around the Flintstone family. Fred’s “yabba dabba doo!” became a hallmark of the show.Fred (main character), Wilma (wife), Pebbles (daughter) Flintstone, Barney (neighbor and best friend) and Betty Rubble, Dino (sauropod dinosaur/family pet).
Flash GordonAlex Raymond1934Handsome and debonair cartoon superhero Flash Gordon, together with his companions, helps saves earth.Companion Dale Arden (Camille is some countries) and scientist Doctor Hans Zarkov. Princess Aura, Prince Vultan, Prince Barin. Arch enemy Ming the Merciless.
GarfieldJim Davis1978Garfied is a lazy and greedy cat that annoys its owner, Jon ArbuckleOdie the dog and Arlene the cat. Best friend: Pooky the teddy bear.
Inspector GadgetAndy Heyword, Jean Chalopin, Bruno Bianchi1983Tongue in cheek animated TV series (and movie) following the adventures of Inspector Gadget, a dim-witted detective with gadgets built into his body.The village policeman Gadget, his niece Penny and Brain the dog. Dr. Claw is his nemesis.
Bolek and Lolek
(Bennie and Lennie, Jym & Jam)
Alfred Ledwig1962Animated Polish TV comedy (and films) about two brothers who go on mostly outdoor adventures around the world.Tola, a cute girl with orange hair and pigtails who lives in the forest, is the love interest for both brothers.
Little Mermaid, TheHans Christian Andersen,
Walt Disney Company
1837,
1989
Originally a fairy tale about a mermaid who gives her life for the love of a human prince and a soul. Released as an animated Disney film in 1989.Ariel, her father, King Triton, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish and Scuttle the seagull.
Lucky LukeMorris (de Bevere)1946Belgian comic book set in the American west starring cowboy Lucky Luke who could shoot faster than his shadow.His horse Jolly Jumper. Rantanplan his stupid dog. He deals with the bumbling Dalton brothers, Joe, William, Jack and Averell and meets many historical wild west characters including Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane.
Mickey MouseWalt Disney1928First appeared in a short film called Steamboat Willie in 1928 then as a comic strip character in 1930.Originally intended as “Mortimer” after childhood pet. Girlfriend Minnie, friends Goofy, Daisy, Donald, Pluto the dog, enemy Black Pete.
Minnie MouseWalt Disney1928Minnie first appeared in a comic strip in 1930Father Marcus Mouse introduced her as Minerva Mouse, although this is rarely used.
One Hundred and One DalmatiansWalt Disney Company1961Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita have 15 puppies and Cruella De Vil offers to buy them but their owner Roger refuses so she has them kidnapped.Pongo, male dalmatian and Perdita female dalmatian have 15 puppies. They are helped by Colonel, a sheepdog, Sergeant Tibbs, a tabby cat and Captain, a gray horse. The villian is Cruella De Vil.
PeanutsCharles M. Schulz1947American comic strip which enjoyed worldwide success centered around timid eight year old Charlie Brown and a host of charactersCharlie’s sister Sally Brown, his pet dog Snoopy, Woodstock, a small bird and friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Marcie, Pigpen and Franklin.
Popeye the Sailor ManElzie Crisler Segar1919Adventures of Popeye, a sailor who loves spinach which gives him superhuman strengh.Mistress Olive Oyl, baby Swee’ Peam friend Wimpy and arch enemy and rival for Olive’s affections Bluto aka Brutus.
Prince ValiantHal Foster1937Popular and long running US comic strip loosely set in the days of King Arthur and Camelot. This epic tale follows Val, exiled from Thule to Britain from a young boy to fatherhood. It’s still published today.
Various adaptations include a 1954 film and an animated TV series called “The Legend of Prince Valiant”.
Val is the son of King Aguar. Val marries Aleta, Queen of the Misty Isles. His friends include Sir Gawain, King Arthur and Merlin the magician. His “Singing Sword” has featured in a Bugs Bunny “Prince Violent” cartoon and features in a scene in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?“.
Pumuckl

Ellis Kaut1978Pumucki is a young red-haired Kobold (Imp) who is invisible to everyone apart from Meister Eder, an elderly carpenter, with whom he lives and formed a close friendship. First popularized in a German radio play.Mrs Eichinger and Mr Bernbacher.
Road RunnerChuck Jones, Michael Maltese1949Cartoon centered around the roadunner (fast running ground bird) that chirrups “beep beep”, while being relentlessly chased, but never caught, by a coyote.Wile E. Coyote.
Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, The
Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott1959Cult TV series set in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota (based on International Falls, Minnesota). It’s a variety show which follows the adventures of Bullwinkle moose and Rocky the flying squirrel and other segments.
There’s also a film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) and a video game.
Flying squirrel Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel and his easy going but dim-witted best friend Bullwinkle J. Moose fight villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, agents of Pottsylvania, who work for Mr Big and Fearless Leader. Peabody’s Improbable History segment features Mister Peabody, a smart beagle dog, who adopts an orphan boy called Sherman and they travel through time together. There’s also little green men from the moon: Gidney and Cloyd. Captain (of S.S. Andalusia) Peter “Wrongway” Peachfuzz, onlookers Edgar and Chauncy and more.
Pink Panther, TheFriz Freleng & DePatie1963The Pink Panther cartoon character features in the title and closing sequencs of the Pink Panther comedy movies starring Peter Sellers which led to Pink Panther comic books and television cartoons series.Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau, Dudu, the Ant and the Aardvark.
Porky PigBob Clampett1936The stuttering Porky Pig often and his adventures with Daffy Duck.Daffy Duck.
Powerpuff Girls, The
Craig McCracken1998American animated TV series which follows the crime busting exploits of three girls with superpowers Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup who were created by their “father” Professor Utonium. The action is cenered on the fictional US city of Townsville where they help the Mayor fight crime using their superpowers.
  • Blossom: Long red hair with a red bow (personality ingredient: everything nice, color: pink, unique power: her breath can freeze objects) is the commander and leader.
  • Bubbles: Short blonde hair with two pigtails (personality ingredient: sugar, color: blue, unique power: her voice can emit supersonic waves) she loves animals and can communicate with them and speak foreign languages. She’s the joy and the laughter.
  • Buttercup: Tomboy with short black hair in a flip (personality ingredient: spice, color: green, no unique power) she’s all action and the toughest fighter.
Simpsons, TheMatt Groening1987Animated sitcom centered on the Homer Simpson, the father of the dysfunctional middle class Simpons family living in the fictional american town of Springfield.Homer’s wife is Marge Simpson, children Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson, the family pet dog Santa’s Little Helper and pet cats Snowball I and II. Neighbors Edna Krabappel and Nedward Ned Flanders. Homer’s Boss Mr Burns.
Smurfs, ThePierre Culliford (Peyo)1958The Smurfs, originally Belgian comic characters, are a colony of fictitious small blue gnome-like creatures living in mushroom shaped house in a forest. Their comical adventures have since featured in Smuft movies and TV shows.100 Smurfs including Papa, Grandpa, Smurfette and wizard Gargamel.
South ParkTrey Parker and Matt Stone1997Surreal animated TV sitcom featuring adult language and black comedy. Set in the small fictional town of South Park, Colorado it follows the adventures of four boys who often act as the voice of reason when the adults panic.Stan Marsh is an average American 4th grader and best friends with jewish Kyle Broflovski. Eric Cartman is a loud, obese, racist whose anti-semitic views puts him increasing at odds with Kyle. Parka wearing Kenny McCormick dies in most episodes only to return in the next without explanation.
Speedy GonzalesRobert McKimson1953Animated cat and mouse chase cartoon series featuring Speedy Gonzales “The fastest mouse in Mexico” sporting a sombrero chased by Sylvester the cat.Sylvester the Cat who, in related cartoons, also chases Tweety Bird and Hippety Hopper.
Spider-ManStan Lee & Steve Ditko1962Marvel comic story centered on costumed superhero Spiderman, alias orphan Peter Parker, who struggles to come to terms with his web superpowers and fight crime.Father Richard, Mary Jane (ex-wife). Enemies: Green Goblin, Kingpin, Sandman, Lizard etc.
SpongeBobStephen Hillenburg1998Animated TV series about the adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants living in Bikini Bottom, a fictional underwater city.SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star (starfish), Squidward Tentacles (octopus), Mr. Eugene H. Krabs (crab).
SupermanJ. Siegel & Joe Shuster1938Costume superhero Superman, alias journalist Clark Kent, lives in the fictional city Metropolis. His superpowers can be weakened by green kryptonite. There are many cartoon, TV and movie superman stories and spin-offs.Loves colleague Lois Lane. Enemies include Lex Luthor, Brainiac and Mr Mxyzptik.
Tintin, The Adventures ofHergé (Georges Remi)1929Follows the adventures of Tintin, a novice reporter set in 20th century Belgium aided by his dog Snowy.Snowy (originally Milou) his fox terrier dog, cynical Captain Haddock, hard of hearing Professor Calculus and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson (originally Dupont et Dupond)
Tom and JerryW. Hanna & J. Barbera1940Animated cat and mouse chase cartoon series featuring Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. Most of the time Tom chases Jerry but sometimes the tables are turned.Spike and Tyke bulldogs, alley cat Butch.
Vicky the VikingRuner Jonsson1972Animated TV series popular in Germany, Austria, Holland and Japan. Centered around the life and advertures of Vicky, a clever boy, who helps his fellow Vikings outwit their rivals at every turn.His father Halvar, mother Ylva, love crush Ylvie. Tjure and Snorre. Rival Lord Sven the Terrible.
Wile E. CoyoteChuck Jones1949Coyote who chases the Road Runner setting traps using supplies from the fictional Acme Corporation which never quite work as expected with predictable results.The RoadRunner, bird.
Winnie the PoohA. A. Milne,
Walt Disney Company
1966The original stories are set in Ashdown Forest, near London, England about Pooh, a “hunny” loving bear, his human friend Christopher Robin (named after the author’s son), and his animal friends. The animated Disney productions include various TV shows and feature flims.Christopher Robin (human) and animal friends, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore (donkey), Tigger (who loves to bounce) and Rabbit.
Yogi BearWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Ed Benedict 1958The Yogi Bear Show included comic books, animated TV shows and films. Set in Jellystone Park where fast-talking Yogi thinks he’s “smarter than the av-er-age bear!” as he steals “pic-a-nic baskets” – but he’s probably not!Boo-Boo bear is Yogi’s best friend and companion who always tries to keep Yogi out of trouble. Girlfriend Cindy bear, speaks with a Southern accent. Antagonist head Ranger Smith.

Your Favorite Cartoon Character Isn’t Listed?

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3 responses to “Famous Cartoon Characters”

  1. Natasha says:

    Oh I see, I suppose you should have a popular cartoon page as well as a famous one?

    Thanks Natasha

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for your comments Natasha!
    Most of the films you mention are too recent to be famous already BUT we’ll add Toy Story and keep an eye on the others.
    I’ve always hated South Park but when I was adding the plot line I was almost tempted to watch a few episodes!

  3. Natasha says:

    Could you please add some more modern Cartoon characters from movies? How about Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Toy Story and where’s Frozen? Olaf the snowman is just awesome! My other favourite is Despicable Me because they have thousands of minions and I want to know the most popular minion name. Is it Kevin or is it Dave? However, I’m really liking this list because some of the cartoons take me back to my childhood,

    Thanks

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