Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

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Little children giggle out in the middle of nothing, while remembering the humor from their loved cartoons. Cartoons are creative but imaginative depictions of fancy, which have cogent attraction for children. Cartoons are the best gifts of creative imagination and are full of expressive ideas about fun, frolic and satire. Bubbling with healthy content with inventive ideas, cartoons have remained firm in their position, despite the emergence of several entertainment mediums. Based on their popularity, the list of classic as well as modern cartoons is given below.

(10) What’s opera, Doc?

This unforgettable cartoon was made in the year 1957 by Warner Bros. Based on a story by the great writer Michel Maltese, the cartoon story had character Elmer Fudd running after Bugs Bunny.

Elmer Fudd Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

The wonderful theme was based on a parody by the classical composer Richard Wagner’s operas. This cartoon is still considered as director Chuck Jones’s tour de force. Film critics, makers and fans of Warner Bros. films still regard this as the best cartoon made by Warner Bros.

(9) Mickey Mouse

As it is said that true art does not need any language, the immortal character called Mickey Mouse was created in the year 1928. This adorable character of fun and wit has won appreciation of generations of people. Interestingly, the Mickey Mouse was voiced by Walt Disney himself.

Mickey Mouse Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

Being the world’s most loved and irresistible cartoon character, Mickey Mouse is only character in the cartoon films to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although a century old, Mickey Mouse still retains its popularity, even though it went through many transformations.

(8) Homer Simpson

The year 1987 had brought one of the most successful cartoons of the world. It was Homer Simpson. This unique cartoon on television ran for 20 seasons, which was a record at that time.

Homer Simpson Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

It has so far been a classic cartoon in the history of television shows, which was done by the maker Matt Groening. Based on a storyline centered on a character called Bart, it amusingly tells the story of a person, who is a patriarch in the family and tries to guide his family members by his quotes from the wisdom.

(7) Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone is another distinguished name in the history of cartoon films. In the plot, the character Fred acts as the husband to Wilma and father to pretty tiny pebbles. Made by Hanna and Barbara, this character went on to become one of the most successful films in cartoon film making.

Fred Flintstone Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

Particularly, Fred Flintstone has an interesting character as his best friend-Barney Rubble, who is extra-ordinarily funny. However, Fred Flintstone still enjoys the reputation of being the most loved cartoon of children and adults alike.

(6) Eric Cartman

Although, this cartoon was created with the intention of giving wholesome entertainment to the adult audience, the film “South Park” was a super hit within a very short time.

Eric Cartman Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

Especially the main character Eric Cartman was idle, spoilt and disobedient with few other qualities that can be judged as positive in life. This amusing characterization based on a negative theme struck a chord among the public and the cartoon was a hit.

(5) Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is almost 71 year old and considered as one of the most Looney characters in the cartoon film characters.

Bugs Bunny Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

Although full of personality, Bugs Bunny loves to play pranks to his equally famous opponents. This septuagenarian character goes forever strong in its animated naughty things with its immortal dialogue- “what’s up doc”.

(4) Scooby Doo

Being one of the Hanna Barbara productions, Scooby Doo was kicked off as an American franchise that was made in various Scooby Doo cartoon films.

Scooby Doo Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

The more recent versions like “Pup named Scooby Doo” and “What’s new Scooby Doo” are very successful as cartoon shows now-a-days.

(3) Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget is a cyborg policeman, who has in his possession innumerable gadgets as weapons that help him in fighting crime. But that does not make him an efficient policeman as he is inept and inefficient.

Inspector Gadget Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

The animation on this character went on to become a popular character in the cartoon film and the based on the cartoon character, a full-fledged movie starring Mathew Boderick was also made in the Hollywood. But unfortunately that was not so successful.

(2) Tom and Jerry

“Tom and Jerry” enjoys an unrivalled position in the history of cartoon films. Based on a uniquely thought out characterization of a mouse and cat, this cartoon show remains a darling of the masses till today.

Tom and Jerry Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

Unbelievably, the adventures of Tom and Jerry with their naughty pranks and inordinately funny chases were made in to 114 short films during 1940-1958, which the children find simply irresistible even today.

(1) Batman

The “Batman” has found success both as a cartoon and feature film. It is unbelievable but true that innumerable scripts have been written on this image over this character, making him extremely successful as a superhero both in the film and cartoon.

Batman Top 10 Most Popular Cartoon Characters of All Time

The masked fighter has gone through several characterizations in the cartoon films in the last decades. The examples are The Brave and Bold in the year 2008, the Batman in 2004 and the Batman beyond in the year 1999. All these Batman cartoon films had super success.


Srikant Mohanty is an MBA from Symbiosis, Pune and MA in Journalism from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. At present, he is working for the newspaper "The News Insight" as a senior correspondent and also writing for many websites and journals in India.

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