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Character Gush: Western Animation
Characters from Western Animation that are just that... totally... Awesome.

  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik, from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. God Almighty. Incredibly well-acted, hilarious, smart, inventive, Memetic Badass...what more could you want?
    • SnooPING AS usual, I see?
    • Something needs to be said for Scratch and Grounder. They're both hilarious, and the way they alternate from bickering and insulting each other to getting along so well it's almost Ho Yay is a joy to watch. I'm not alone on this, since they were so influental to the franchise as a whole that they were expied twice. Often imitated, never duplicated.
  • From Adventure Time, Marceline. No, it's not the voice. She just may very well be one of the most cleverly played cartoon characters I've ever seen.
    • Finn and Jake themselves pretty much kick ass. This troper finds it appealing that Finn is not portrayed as a moral, sensible and always nice protagonist. He has his share of jerkass moments, he's impulsive, uncomposed and prone to solving all problems with violence. All the time remaining completely lovable and unpredictable.
    • Princess Bubblegum is a short-fused Cute and Psycho girly-girl princess who Minored In Ass Kicking and has rescued the heroes before. And her Angrish is just hilarious.
    • Lumpy Space Princess. That is all.
    • Poor Ice King is never getting any love.
    • Flame Princess may start off as seeming like a Hair-Trigger Temper Broken Bird, until you get to know her just a little more. Then, she melts your heart with her adorableness, and yet still manages to be a Badass.
    • The Lich for being a genuinely frightening villain, who aspires to simply destroy the entire universe. While wrong by itself, the Lich somehow manages to make the destruction of all life in the universe seem cool. There's also the fact that he was created from an atomic bomb.
    • Beemo! Every time he/she/it appears on screen, you can bet that something hilarious or adorable is about to happen.
  • Roger. Just Roger. Everything about him is hysterical: his voice, his disguises and personae, his snarking, his Comedic Sociopathy, even the way he walks.
    • Second!
  • Dagget! I mean, if it isn't enough that he's a talking beaver who watches scary movies and dreams of being a poodle groomer, he's voiced by Richard Horvitz.
  • A lot of great characters on Animaniacs, but the best is probably Slappy the Squirrel.
  • Stanley friggin' Chan. One of the wackiest characters ever to grace American animation, funny and crazy and corny and goofy and it's impossible not to laugh when he's on screen. Plus, he's rather attractive in his own right...not like Henry, but easy on the eyes nonetheless.
    • Also, his younger sister Anne. She's quite adorable and plays off her girly sister and brainy brothers very well, sort of a foil but not so much that there's uncomfortable friction between them. She's a tomboy done right, not a Straw Feminist who rejects all things girly or obligated to cry "ohhh woe is me I'm so awkward and jealous of my pretty sister".
    • Tom. This troper has always had a weakness for nerds and dorks, and Tom is one of the cutest animated nerds ever. His Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness is done in the most endearing way and he can be pretty funny despite being the Straight Man nerd archetype. And the best part? He's not shoehorned into the role of the puny wimp or an Extraverted Nerd like most TV geeks are.
  • Toph Bei Fong. Cute Bruiser, Little Miss Badass, and Little Miss Snarker.
    • Really now, her blind jokes are just awesome.
      • Almost as incredible as her kung fu Earthbending. This troper wants to learn what her style of kung fu is (Southern Praying Mantis?) just so he can do her moves right. Hail Tophgod!
      • Fourthed. I freaking love Toph. She's just such an amazing, well-rounded character that I can't relate to-but could totally see going out with. No, no PSL here-I just think she's a really cool person.
    • Ye gods, Azula. Female MagnificentBastards are hard to come by - especially those still in their teen years - but she pretty much epitomizes the image.
    • Mai is just as awesome with her dry wit, especially when she's playing off Zuko's dorkiness.
      • This Troper thinks Mai - that cool, calm, collected Ninja -is the greatest female character on this show! She's the only one to totally pwn Azula when she's her sane, Magnificent Bastard self... without lifting a finger! An action that caused the Manipulative Bastard herself to "miscalculate!" The Power of Love has never looked so badass.
      • This troper is a Zutarian who thinks Mai is one of the coolest characters in any show.
    • Same goes for Ty Lee. Ozai's Angels for the win!
      • Please don't use that horrid, cringeworthy nickname - the Fire Trio deserve better, being the most badass characters in the entire series. But, yeah ...
    • EVERYONE in Avatar is Made of Win.
      • Sokka included!
      • Oh, absolutely Sokka. In a series where he's overshadowed by awesome of his gifted friends, his frequently unusual ideas, determination, and courage show pretty consistent development throughout, and it is wonderful to see. Deciding he's the 'warrior' of the southern tribe in his father's absence and facing down Zuko's ship was at once terribly reckless and immensely brave; even when his attempts were unsuccessful, Sokka kept on trying. What's more, his taking a level in badass doesn't somehow eclipse (hah) his initial characterisation, but re-enforce the positive traits he already had. People adore and admire Katara for good reasons, but Sokka deserves respect (and a bit more confidence in himself). And an honourable mention to Hakoda, for as far as we see, he's a smart warrior too, and comes across as a decent, caring father to his children in spite of his very small role.
      • Not to mention that, for all their bending prowess, the Gaang is pretty much completely lost without Sokka. He's not the idea guy for nothing! (And my, but he looks good with his hair down...)
      • And Prince Zuko especially! Truly one of the best Anti-Hero characters I've ever seen. He's got a well-written sympathetic background and redemption story, and he's a total badass on the outside while being a total dork on the inside (and sometimes the outside). And a Woobie, too.
      • Absolutely Zuko, oh my gosh. Never have I cheered so loudly for a two-dimensional drawing! He seems almost like a real person, with all his flaws and insecurities and strengths and character development that makes me as a writer squee in delight. Being drop-dead sexy is just the cherry on the top.
    • Have we forgotten Iroh? The kids are all great, true, but Iroh is a rare example of an adult in a children's series who makes growing up look like something well worth doing.
      • YES, YES, YES. From his first badass act of tricking the guard into touching his super-heated handcuffs, to the scene where we see him working out in prison, refusing to lay down and die despite his obvious pain over Zuko, to his burning the fire-nation flag in Ba Sing Se. Absolute best character on the show, and possibly in anything. Ever.
      • Kudos to a show that can make so many Badass old people. Iroh, Pakku, Bumi, Jeong-Jeong...
      • I totally agree, but would like to add an extra dose of seconding to Bumi. He's one of the oldest characters in the show (Over 100!) and still manages to be one of the most badass. He can earthbend with just his face. That is all.
    • The titular character, Aang, throughout the whole series as he grew, developed, and became steadily more badass with each episode. Especially in the finale, where he manages to stay true to his values AND save the world (with a display of bending and self-restraint nothing short of spectacular), without making either look cheap.
    • Katara. A girl with so many wonderful qualities that make you worship her but also visible flaws that make you want to shake her is the mark of an extremely well-rounded character.
      • Indeed. Her flaws don't make her unlikable and her strengths don't make her a Mary Sue either. One of the most well done animated heroines ever!
      • Not only that, but she's also beautiful.
    • Ursa and Kya really don't get enough love from the fandom. One killed to protect her child and the other was killed to protect her child - and neither was onscreen for long, but I dare you to find more awesome mothers in animation.
    • You know, I think we've gushed about every single main and secondary female character in the show except for Suki. How did this happen?! C'mon, she ran up a wall! And then later she saved Toph and Sokka at the last minute. She might not have been there for very long, but if 75% of your screentime involves you being awesome, then you have it made.
      • Seconded. "Did boomerang come back?" "No, Suki did!" Pure awesomeness.
    • One word: Jet. Jet to the bitter end.
    • We may as well face it. If there's any even slightly important character who is not at least slightly made of awesome, that character is not in Avatar
      • Absolutely true, this is a show that made us love a guy who only says "MY CABBAGES!", one who never says anything but foams at the mouth, and of course we can't forget the {{Badass} Action Girl bounty hunter with a giant rat thing June.
    • I think we're forgetting someone... Someone very important... Where's Momo and Appa?
  • Caractacus P Doom of Avenger Penguins is a villain who definitely Needs More Love. He's a cooler Transatlantic Equivalent of Dr Robotnik, he can wonderfully go from Laughably Evil to Magnificent Bastard at the drop of a hat, has one of the best comedians of Whose Line Is It Anyway? as his voice and of course, is one of the most enjoyable hams in all of animation.
  • Batman: The Animated Series has the best versions of The Joker and Mr. Freeze ever. And though it catches much flak from the Fan Dumb, The Batman has the best versions of The Riddler and Poison Ivy ever as well.
    • And Superman: The Animated Series gave us the best versions of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Metallo and Mxyzptlk.
    • This series gave us one of the more fun renditions of Clark, Lois, and Kara ever to exist. These are the versions I think about when I think of the characters.
      • LOBO. Oh sweet zombie Jesus, Lobo. He is the only reason this troper even bought the DVD of STAS.
      • True, although it kind of pissed off this troper that they left out his trademark hook-and-chain thingy.
    • Harley Quinn is almost as good a solo character as Mistah Jay, and the relationship between her and him is one of the most well done in any cartoon I've ever seen.
      • Though some prefer her paired with the DCAU's Poison Ivy...sure, it's blatant Fanservice, but at least it's a (moderately) healthy criminal partnership!
  • Terry McGinnis. If this troper ever ends up loving a real person as much as she loves this sexy Deadpan Snarker badass, she will be happily married for life.
    • Seconding the Terry love. He's not a Bruce Wayne clone and he doesn't have to be. He's a worthy successor to the Batman legacy while doing it his own way.
  • The Music Meister. A one-time musical villain voice by Neil Patrick Harris who seems to be as much about entertainment as he is for villainy, considering he turned all his schemes into musical numbers. I mean, sure, at heart, he's a thief with mind control, but at least he wanted to make sure everyone had some fun under his bidding when he could have easily had them mining or groveling at his feet or otherwise doing horrible things. Screw that, get up, dance, sing, and have a good time! ...And leave the valuables where instructed.
  • Beast Wars: Optimus Primal, Megatron (yeeess!!!), Dinobot, Rhinox.
    • And Inferno. Seriously, an Axe Crazy, fanatic, Pyro Maniac, Large Ham of an ant? Who calls Megatron 'my Queen'? And kicks major ass? How can you not like him?
    • WHUT. Primal is here, but Prime isn't? Does not compute! My personal favorite version is Animated's. Anyone can fight a Megatron when they're supreme Autobot leader. It takes REAL ball bearings to fight - and BEAT - Animated's very effective Megs when you're half his size - and a REPAIR BOT. (Granted, he WAS in the Academy, but he'd been told more than once at that point that he was no hero.) And of course, Prowl is a damn cool ninja with the saddest pre-Heroic Sacrifice expression in possibly all of Transformers. Jazz is adorable, especially his temporary terror of Sari, who also happens to be the best token human Team Pet in Transformers and gets one or two great CMOAs after Transwarped. Bulkhead is a sweetheart Gentle Giant and something of a Genius Bruiser when it comes to space bridges who I just want to hug. Blitzwing makes everyone laugh in the space of a ten-second introduction and then doesn't show up again until the third-to-last episode of the season and is STILL loved, and is also one of Those Two Bad Guys with Lugnut, who has the epic Punch of Kill Everything. Adorable Motor Mouth Blurr runs across the galaxy when he has something serious to tell Cybertron and kicks off the journey using Thundercracker's face. Omega Supreme is pure epic, and Wreck-Gar is full of references and is huggable to boot. "I am a hero" indeed.
    • Personally, I think Blitzwing and Lugnut deserve a special mention. They're the whole reason I first started watching Animated, and every single appearance, either together or solo, is either a Crowning Moment Of Awesome or a Crowning Moment of Funny. That's pretty hard to beat.
    • As you can see, the whole cast is pretty much Made of Win. Don't forget Swindle the hilarious shady arms dealer (But Wait, There's More!), and Perceptor the genius who sounds just like Stephen Hawking.
  • Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice was a depressed goth in the movie; in the cartoon she's reimagined as a sweet goth. She had me in the debut episode after Beetlejuice unfurls a picture of her to us, and after she sings "The Banana Boat Song".
  • On the hero side of things, Grandpa Max from Ben 10 owns all. I mean, he's got the voice of the Colonel from Metal Gear Solid! And on the villain side of things, Charmcaster is bitchin' awesome.
    • How has there not been any mention of any other Ben 10 characters on this Page?! There are plenty of awesome Characters in this series. Ben himself is pretty awesome. The man who Wields the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix. It is the most powerful weapon in the Universe. He's saved the human race several times, saved other races multiple times, Heck he's saved the highbreed race when they were trying to exterminate all other life forms in the universe. His all time best line comes from the episode "The Purge".
    Maybe you forgotten something: I'm Ben Tennyson, wielder of the most powerful weapon in the universe. I stopped the Highbreed invasion, I defeated Vilgax in hand-to-hand combat and I've beaten the Forever Knights more times that I can count. Here what's going to happen: you're going to release these prisoners, you're going to crawl back to whatever hole you came from and you're going to stop hunting down aliens because if you don't, I promise, you'll regret it for the rest of yourvery. short. lives.
    • Despite what the sequels did to her, Gwen Tennyson of the classic Ben 10 series is a snarky badass with a great Love/Hate relationship with our hero Ben, and learning to use magic made her even cooler.
  • Bugs Bunny. He's always on top of things, always knows just how to outsmart his foes, and even looks great in a dress and wig. Daffy Duck deserves some love too, poor guy having to play the second banana. As Chuck Jones put it, we dream of being Bugs, and we wake up as Daffy.
  • Snap from ChalkZone. He's really cute with his big eyes, and of course, he has that awesome Brooklyn accent!
    • And Rudy's so cute, too! Especialy in the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, but that doesn't mean he's not as lovable in the actual show. On top of that, he's done by E.G Daily!
    • Don't forget Penny! She's utterly adorable with her glasses, adorkable personality, and sugary-sweet voice courtesy of Hynden Walch!
  • Gadget Hackwrench of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is perfection personified. Sweet, smart, stunningly beautiful and incredibly caring and compassionate, not only for her friends but for anyone in need.
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  • Odd Della Robbia. Not always as funny as he could be, but super-adorable, AND his dub voice is some of the best dub work I've ever heard, ever. And most, if not all the characters on that show are great for all their little quirks and flaws...
    • Let's show Yumi and Aelita some love, too. Two strong, smart, young and kind female badasses, one who knows kung fu and another with a genius IQ. Not enough characters can be such walking CMOA's and also be such well-developed characters.
      • And Jeremie. He's a computer programmer and usually plays Mission Control, but he's also the leader of the team and gets his girl before anyone else on the show. There is a reason for that.
      • And Ulrich. He's also shown that you're not supposed to bring lasers to a sword fight.
      • Sissi and William. The former is one of the best developed and ultimately genuinely [1] this side of Cordelia Chase, and the latter gave XANA a much needed edge as a dark Lyoko warrior in the fourth season.
      • Nothing for Milly and Tamiya? They got the first lines of the whole series! Seriously, these two put a much more realistic edge to the whole school scenario, and Milly's little rivalry with Sissi (a kind of a love-hate relationship for the both of them) keeps me interested in them. I really love the fact that both of them are kind of hopeless suitors to Ulrich...
      • I think there's someone who's been forgotten about here....but I'd rather not talk about it.
  • *ahem* I'd like to elect all of the characters from Codename: Kids Next Door! And that's a lot of characters! First we have Mr. Boss, a great father but a mean bad guy. Then we have Father himself, who I actually like more when he's in his Ben form. He can also shapeshift! Then we have Grandfather, the villain to end all villains. Then we have Sector V themselves, namely Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 5. Then we have Numbuh 86 and Numbuh 362. And last but certainly not least we have... SECTOR Z!!! Badass, great outfits, whoops serious behind, etc!
    • ...You know what? Fuck it. This show has my favorite cast of characters in any cartoon. Ever.
  • The titular dog from Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • Cybersix and Lucas of...well Cybersix. Cybersix is a kicass Artificial Human who genuinely doesn't know how "human" she is and often feels inferior because of this, yet she still constantly puts herself on the line to save her town from her Mad Scientist creator and his various monsters because it's the right thing to do. Lucas, who is completely human and has no idea what is going on half the time, gets into fights and situations just because he loves Cybersix even racing to save her from a giant bomb in the series finale, although he doesn't make it...possibly.
  • VLAD FUCKIN' MASTERS. Sex on Legs. Clever badass. Suave voice. Even if he suffered serious Character Derailment in Season Three, he is still awesome.
    • Usually This Troper doesn't think Danny Phantom is all that watchable The episodes that feature Vlad are the exception. That's how cool he is.
    • Jazz and her Character Development is simply beautiful and realistic, and I can relate to her very much. And Valerie can kick so much ass, plus she's got her own development and she's a very complex character for a cartoon.
    • Obligatory Dark Danny example. Just one episode and already he remains one of the most popular DP character.
      • Oh god yes. Such an awesome villain. And yes, that voice is kinda hot. There is nothing quite as terryfying as seeing him change into the form of the 14-year-old Danny Fenton, reminding us that still, this is what could have happened to the Danny we all know and love. And he has some lines that are just plain awesome.
    • Clockwork, too who also has some killer lines. He is exactly the kind of God-like figure I like to see in the media: a firmly neutral individual who can make or break a hero. Clockwork is bound by no rules and he can leisurely do what he pleases. As far as I know, if he thought Danny turning evil was the true path, he would do it. He's wily, calm, and quite possibly the best The Chessmaster out of all the DP characters—yes, including Vlad, because he will always, always be six steps ahead. Plus, David Carradine voicing him? Yum.
    • Not a huge fan of DP, but Ember is awesome! You will remember my name...
    • I think Valerie is one of the best Anti Heroes ever, especially since well-written female Anti Heroes are so rare, for whatever reason.
    • How can no one list Danny himself? He's probably the cutest kid on the show.
    • Tucker is awesome. He reminds me of me.
    • And how about Maddie Fenton, one of the best combinations of Hot Scientist and Action Mom on TV?
  • Without Jane Lane, Daria wouldn't have been half as interesting. Sure, it would have been interesting, but Jane was the best best friend that Daria could have ever had. And maybe something * ahem* more...
    • Daria Morgendorffer. She was a voice to teenage girls (hey, teenagers in general) everywhere whose adolescent woes were fixated not upon the shallow, materialistic, petty concerns of the commercialized mainstream, but on issues of self-identity, life, death, God (or really [life without God best friends, and understanding that just because other people find you unusual doesn't mean there is something wrong with you, or that you can't love yourself. Jane's's pretty badass, too.
    • This Troper thinks Quinn deserves a mention. Even early on there were hints that she had Hidden Depths beyond a fashion-obsessed idiot, and she grew more as the show went on. She makes a great foil for Daria in both their similarities and differences.
  • Muttley. I still think Muttley is secretly on Yankee Doodle Pigeon's side.
  • Doug Funnie. He's a great role model for the kids that watch the show, he's very creative, similar to everyone (yes, you, you, and you in the back), very, very sweet, and well, is just darn likeable! (And I have to admit, sometimes he can be cute)
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. Heavily flawed, blind to the fact that his scams are imperfect, ready to sacrifice nearly everything to become popular and liked... yet his character is so brilliantly developed and expanded. This troper can barely contain the admiration she has, and always had, for this character. As much as she dislikes Jerkass Woobie characters, she can feel nothing but relation and love for Eddy. He's exceptional. And he's had the best visual acting in the whole show!
    • No love for Edd? Heís sane, sweet, smart, and the voice of reason. He goes through a lot of crap and gets punished for things that arenít his fault, and he still stays humble.
    • I may be in the minority, but as wimpy as he is, Jimmy is an awesome character in a way. Jimmy's not afraid to lash out against gender stereotypes and be himself. Sure he's girly, but his character teaches kids that it's okay to have your own unique hobbies and that it's okay for guys to enjoy things that are for girls. He's also a find brand of Camp Straight and The Chessmaster.
    • Rolf is the wackiest and the nicest guy ever. Sure his customs are weird, but he's one of the best-written characters with the funniest lines, and you know he's going to make you laugh when he appears on screen.
    • Ed deserves love too, ya know. He's my favorite Cloudcuckoolander in history! He even goes badass when he saves his friends from danger.
  • Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda from The Fairly Oddparents, pre-Flanderization. Timmy's adorable and funny, Cosmo's plain hilarious, and Wanda is probably one of the best mother figures I've seen on TV. Plus, I just loved (pre-flanderization) Cosmo and Wanda's relationship.
    • Cosmo (pre-Flanderization) is a strange combination of awesome and adorable.
    • Don't forget Crocker who, despite being an antagonist is actually more funny than evil.
  • Bruce the Performance Artist. I don't know how a minor character can be so awesome and fun to watch. Probably because he's so understated, he doesn't need wacky stunts and a million catchphrases to be amusing or an extensive past to be interesting. And he's got kind of a sexy voice.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum is a pretty mediocre show, but Kyle gives this troper a reason to watch it. His lines are hilarious, he's got a well-developed personality, even with his huge teeth and braces he looks better than half the cast, and he's all in all a brilliant character. It's like they took him from some other, more sensible show and stuck him here instead, which makes sense given his Fish out of Water status.
  • A magazine article on the 10 sexiest female cartoon characters awhile back listed Betty Rubble of The Flintstones and qualified it: "A prehistoric Snow White eternally betrothed to a man half her size and twice her girth. Not the brightest light on the porch, but unlike Wilma, she's not a nag when she argues with Barney." When the series came to where the Rubbles adopted Bamm-Bamm, the emotional fragility Betty showed in that episode just melted me. Bea Benaderet was perfect to reflect her sweetness and common sense.
  • Wilt. He is just too darn shweet for his own good... I might even have a bit of a crush on him. I am ashamed. :(
    • Mac however, is the definition of the word cute. I mean, look at him! He's soooooooo adorable!!
    • Frankie is such a cool, compassionate, hardworking 22-year-old girl who deserves to be appreciated for putting up with so much insane crap and cleaning up after everyone else at Foster's while still keeping her sanity intact (or at least three-fourths of it)... and she's HOT!
      • Not to mention cute.
    • This troper's favorite childhood character was Bloo. Sure, he's one of the biggest jerkasses on the show, but he's a lovable one at that. He still provides some of the most memorable moments (this troper can quote the entire "It's hot in Topeka" scene from memory). And he's just as cute as any of the other characters, if not more.
  • No love for Bender?
    • or Zoidberg?
    • And Philip J. Fry. He's such a nice guy, one of the most lovable characters on TV. A huge part of this is because Billy West's great voice work.
    • Leela is the only reason the characters are still alive at this point. She is easily the most competent person at Planet Express.
    • And how about the professor, the prophet of "good news!"?
  • XANATOS IS MY GOD. I shouldn't even have to explain why. Owen is also; he gets cooler as the series goes on, especially his Crowning Moment of Awesome in The Gathering. You know the part I mean. "It's such a good explanation — I brought visual aids!"
    • This Troper has started to rewatch this series for the first time since he was a kid, and I have to just be astounded how in-depth this show is. Puck is just hilarious, and if you watch the series knowing Owen's secret everything he does just becomes more interesting. Xanatos would probably rank second for me, of course.
    • Gargoyles was just cram-packed full of awesome characters. Besides Xanatos and Owen / Puck, walking CMOAs in their own right, there's Goliath, Elisa, Brooklyn, Macbeth, Fox, Demona, and even Titania. All tied for the top of this troper's list of Best Character Ever, though there's not a one of them I don't have something good to say about.
  • PJ from Goof Troop is too awesome for his own good. Being The Woobie (on purpose) and the No Respect Guy at the same time is actually quite impressive by itself, but he also plays with many, many other trope assumptions. He's an Extreme Doormat with rational opinions, a Shrinking Violet Fat Best Friend whose insecurities stem from other sources than his weight and he's not a Satellite Character (usually). He's a cynical Nice Guy; he is The Drag-Along and has Undying Loyalty at the same time. He is both fat and In Touch with His Feminine Side and isn't made fun of for them much at all. He is on equal footing with Max and is portrayed more sympathetically than he is, and is extremely likable and relatable, having no major unsympathetic flaws but many, many major sympathetic flaws. Also, he is not a Fat Bastard, a Fat Slob, a Fat Idiot, or a Fat Comic Relief character, and he's adorable. I just love him so much.
  • This troper likes all the kids from Gormiti: The Lords of Nature Return. But Jessica is his undisputed favourite - finally, an Action Girl who can hold her own as much as the guys, is treated equally by the writers, and is not just there to look good and introduce sexual tension in the team! Plus, she is quite probably an Expy of Izumi Orimoto, and that's a big plus in my book!
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer may not be the best written or animated holiday special out there, but its watchable entirely for Cousin Mel. She combines all the right villain tropes into one semi-unsuspecting character, and her voice is like the syrup on top of a stack of pancakes. Oh, and did I mention she's a fucking sex goddess?
  • Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls, I just love that guy! Mabel is equally awesome, as well.
    • Don't forget Grunkle Stan! Now, who wants to put on some some blindfolds and get into his car?!
    • Soos is probably the most well-done man children this troper's ever seen on TV!
  • Dan of Dan Vs. definitely deserves to be mentioned here. Seriously—the guy's a sociopathic hate monger on a revenge melee, he shows virtually no compassion for the only people in his life that willingly tolerate him, he's out to destroy everything you care about, yet he still manages to manipulate you (and any other poor sap who gets sucked into the program) into loving him and finding his antics as adorable as they are downright disturbing.
    • Also his bumbling, lovable sidekick Chris, and his Ugly Cute cat Mr. Mumbles.
  • This troper is disgusted that noone has mentionned yet the greatest character of all fucking time. Coach McGuirk his ability to be such a complete and utter jerkass no matter what the situation. Not to mention keeping a straight face all the while delivering his twisted advice to the main cast. It's just too awesome to be ignored.
  • I submit for your consideration a pair of powerful and adorable heroes who carried my heart away for several months to the tune of bagpipes: How to Train Your Dragon's Hiccup and Toothless.
  • Buck from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is easily the most badass (and most crazy) heroic weasel in a cartoon film. Every scene involving him is awesome and funny at the same time, and not to mention he has a giant albino Baryonyx as his archenemy
  • Invader Zim is a wonderful Genius Ditz, his plans continually balanced on that precipitous line between blindingly stupid and epically brilliant, and GIR is without question the most adorable Non-Human Sidekick ever ("GIR? What does the 'G' stand for?" "I... don't... know...").
    • Dib. Just... Dib. Despite being hated, mocked and abused because of his ridiculously zealous interest in the paranomal, he always manages to pick himself up again and keep opposing ZIM. Oh, and save the world, too. Well... for the plans that ZIM wasn't going to mess up on his own, anyway.
      • Seconded on both above examples. And while we're at it, Gaz and Tak. Gaz is Little Miss Badass that can inflict a horrible Mind Screw on anyone who enrages her, and Tak is an awesome Foil to Zim and one of the coolest Ensemble Dark Horse to ever be in a cartoon.
    • What I like about Zim is that he's not all that stupid. The only thing really keeping him from being a legitimate threat to the planet Earth are his suicidal overconfidence, and his devotion to petty revenge. If not for the former he'd have enough humility to rethink and perfect the stupid plans he instead assumes are brilliant, and if not for the latter he would've destroyed the Earth at least three times already ("The Wettening", "Megadoomer", and "Battle of the Planets"). There's something inherently hilarious about a Harmless Villain who is defeated again and again not not by his idiocy but by his crippling social flaws.
    • The Almighty Tallest steal the show for me. Whether they spend their time abusing their power, eating snacks, shooting people they don't like into space, watching puppet shows or trying to get rid of Zim they are always a ton of fun to watch. And who can forget the delicious hamminess of Professor Membrane! The man without whom this world falls into chaos and the inventor of SUPER TOAST!
    • Countess Von Verminstrasser is a Crazy Awesome Knight Templar who takes her job to terrifying extremes, yet still manages to to protect those under her care from a bigger danger, and make a great female foil to Dib as well.
  • Heloise is the major reason why I love Jimmy Two-Shoes. A totally Ax-Crazy Enfant Terrible Mad Scientist, absolute sadist, Crazy Awesome...and yet still manages to be totally moe. Bonus points for being Meganekko whenever she wears her Nerd Glasses.
  • Nobody fits the G-Rated Lovable Sex Maniac title than Johnny Bravo's very own Johnny Bravo.
  • The Question. Smart as a whip. Dresses sharp. Can weaponize anything within reach. Willing to sacrifice life and reputation for the good of the team. Makes conspiracy theorists look cool. And that voice . . .
    • And when working with Huntress... dawww
    • The Godamn Batman. So nice, we listed him twice.
    • And Superman. And The Flash. And Hawkgirl. Screw it, everyone in the whole damn show.
      • Seconding the whole badass show. I can't think of anyone who isn't amazing.
      • I third the whole show, but also second The Flash. He's hilarious! And he's one of the nicest superheroes around.
    • Vigilante. Cowboy, smartass, badass, and voiced by Nathan Fillion just to seal the deal.
    • Shining Knight! Even after all of his teammates fell and he was practically dead on his feet, he kept getting back up to try and stop Eiling.
    • Green Arrow. So awesome he hums his own Leit Motif.
  • I personally really love June from KaBlam!!. Why? Well, she's funny, cool, and she reminds me of myself. And did I mention how cute she is?
    • I also love Loopy. She's really cute. And I've got a cousin who reminds me of her.
    • And Henry. He's the kind that you'd wanna hug when he's upset.
  • Shego. This Troper has started to believe that Kim Possible would most likely be a really boring and generic series if it wasn't for Shego. Dangerously Genre Savvy, The Supreme One, Evil Counterpart, Not So Different, Ho Yay, Foe Yay, Mud Bath, Beach Episode without the beach, Hypercompetent Sidekick, Evil Is Sexy. And played by Nicole Sullivan!!!
    • I love Yori... she kicks a lot of butt and does it while being one of the calmest characters in Western Animation. She's also very graceful.
    • Honestly, this troper wishes she had her own Ron Stoppable. He's goofy, adorable, and supportive. All the makings of the perfect Heterosexual Life Partner or just plain dorky boyfriend material.
      • This troper absolutely loves Ron Stoppable and wants her own. He's so cute with his messy blond hair, freckles, brown eyes, and the fact that he's skinny yet a bit soft in the middle. And he's got such a cute personality! He's extremely childlike, optimistic, the way he loves his Bueno Nacho, he's not afraid to be himself, he's got a great sense of style, he's so funny and silly, he's got a cute voice, and he's very sweet. And he's so sickeningly adorable (in a good way, of course) and cuddly!!!! Boo-YAH!
    • In my opinion, Dr. Drakken is the breakout star of this show. He's funny, a perfect foil for Shego, and incredibly quotable... the perfect supervillain.
    • Kim herself is a lot more capable than most girls in their own series are permitted to be.
  • The Legend of Korra
    • Lin Beifong is my hero. Not only is she one of the toughest characters in a World of Badass, she's also a deeply complex and beautiful person. Grumpy, snarky, clueless with kids, moody, no-nonsense, and even a bit bitter, but still deeply, heart-breakingly idealistic and compassionate. Her devotion to her city, to the Avatar, and to the last Airbenders is inspiring.
    • Korra herself! Her fantastic character design, undisputed Action Girl street cred, and her contradictory mix of sweet perkiness and fierce hot-headedness make her initially intriguing, but the real treat is watching her learn and grow.
      • Korra is, in my opinion, one of the best protagonists of any animated show. At first glance, she appears to be another headstrong kid with a good heart, which we've all seen a million times. But she's shown to be more nuanced than your average fiery shonen protagonist. She's clearly inexperienced in romance, and even displays some nervousness about her love life. Much more importantly, however, is this: she comes to fear Amon. It's amazing how much depth this adds to her character. It humanizes her and makes her relatable; it also provides an excellent inner conflict between her outward fearlessness and eagerness to take Amon down and her inner terror at the thought of having her bending stolen. In addition, it makes her seem more vulnerable, adding a layer of tension to every subsequent fight she has with Amon. Korra is an incredibly well-written character, and I look forward to seeing how she grows further over the course of season 2.
      • What's great about Korra is that she ends the season similarly to how she began it, but with a big difference, and it's just excellent character development. She starts out confident and sure of herself to the point of cockiness and arrogance. She's never a jerk about it, always very friendly with people, but it's more shown by how she jumps into things without thinking clearly, which is a VERY bad idea with a character like Amon. Because of this, she's constantly beaten down and suffers many defeats at the hands of him and his followers until he brings her down to the lowest point possible, which brings her to call on her spiritual abilities for the first time. After an entire season of Amon destroying her confidence in herself, she finally gets it back at the end, but in those last few minutes, comes off as much more mature than she initially started. It's a great character arc, especially for what was originally only a 12 episode miniseries.
    • Amon is simply one of the best villains in years. Incredibly mysterious and extremely charismatic, maybe even a little too charismatic. He also achieved Magnificent Bastard status in record time, showing himself after only three major appearances to be one of the most competent and effective villains in the history of Western Animation. This and his ability to take away peoples' bending and resist bloodbending makes him horror incarnate and puts the fear of god into Korra. Steve Blum's superb voice acting doesn't hurt either. A great case of Villain Has a Point while still making you want to see him beat and mixing an utter Badass who fights with his men and a Dangerously Genre Savvy Chessmaster, plus an incredibly tragic backstory that only adds greater depth, paradoxes, and mystery to his motivations makes him one to remember.
    • Another awesome character to add to the awesome pile, Bolin! Taking up the comic relief mantle from Sokka, He's just as likable and funny. Even though he gets put through all kinds of crap, he still manages to persevere. He's a really Nice Guy as well.
  • Almost all the characters from Legion of Super Heroes. Bouncing Boy being my favourite... he's just the guy with the lame power fitting in with the cool kids and he has all the good lines. Also Brainiac 5, favourite plaything of the shippers.
  • Flapjack. Pure sunshine and joy. I dare you not to smile at his wacky hijinks!
    • Seconded. With so many cartoons making young male protagonists as cocky jerkasses, Flapjack is an exceptional. He's pure, sweet, kind, and absolutely adorable. Sure, he may get into his share of troubles, but I view it mostly due to his young, naive age who admires K'nuckles (who really, really isn't a good role model). Overall, he is such a little darling that even my cynical personality can't help but squeal every time he does something cute.
    • Also, K'Nuckles. He's basically a G-rated version of Murdoc. You can't not love him.
  • Coop. And the giant robot he pilots. Combining two of This troper's favorite things in the world — Humongous Mecha and New Jersey. Oh, and wanton, reckless abandon and destruction. What more could a guy ask for?
  • Toki from Metalocalypse. He's just so innocent and naive compared to the other band members that you can't help but love him.
  • Dude, guys...Mickey Mouse. He's been a staple of American pop culture for over 80 years and remains as popular as ever. He's been everywhere and done everything with a near-infinite versatility as a hero, and he's still fundamentally the same pure-hearted Everyman, coming home after his adventures to (or with) the same girlfriend, dog, and best friends as he has for decades. All that, and he's badass on top of it.
    • I agree with the above Troper. Cartoon characters have come and gone unnoticed over the past 80 years, but it's hard to imagine us without Mickey Mouse.
      • Also he is adorable.
  • Michelanne Mazinsky. She's a rough, snarky who's willing to get her hands dirty, yet she's also very sweet, talented and friendly. She's the girl you always want to be around.
  • Reverend Putty is just amazing. I never thought I'd ever feel that much sympathy for a conservative american christian, and yet I do. He is by far the most open minded of all Christians in the disgusting hell-hole Moralton is, and while he did Kick the Dog a few times its impossible to not like him. Plus his (overcome later in the series, of course) sexual frustration is hilarious.
  • Miss Giggles in The Mr. Men Show, really, her laugh is just freakin' adorable.
  • On the subject of My Little Pony, there are some really great characters from the first show I love. Wind Whistler, Megan, and Rosedust in particular are wonderful. Wind Whistler is The Spock, and a badass to boot. Megan is a badass too, who has taken on evil in fights and commands the powerful magic of the Rainbow of Light, with which she killed the first villain. But more than that, she's got the strength of will and character to not abuse the Rainbow's power, as well as manage to negotiate a favorable bargain from a bad position. At the same time, she's loving and compassionate, and willing to risk life, limb, and soul for her friends without hesitation. And Rosedust... She Needs More Love. She did initially refuse to go destroy the Smooze, saying "It's not our fight", true - but she had a good reason. By getting involved and making it the Flutter Ponies' fight, she would risk bringing Hydia's wrath down upon her own subjects. Since she cared about them, that's not a risk she wanted to force onto them. But when Morning Glory and then others argued against that decision, meaning they accepted the risk, she immediately ate her refusal and led the charge against the Smooze, winning the day. And when her fears came to pass, she did not resent the ponies of Dream Valley or Megan for it, instead just focusing on dealing with the problem, for she was a very kindhearted being - so much so that she could even forgive Queen Bumble when Bumble decided to make a Heel-Face Turn. And later in "Bright Lights", she led her army against the evil sorcerer Erebus, and damn near disintegrated him to force him to return her friends' souls. Just awesome.
  • No surprise, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is filled with many wonderful characters:
    • Twilight Sparkle is a great character for a number of reasons: Very intelligent and talented, but also very modest and doesn't like to outshine her friends, with a dash of Adorkable thrown in for good measure.
      • Really, even if Twilight somehow isn't your favorite pony, it's damn near impossible to NOT like her. She's such a wonderful combination of funny, smart and adorable it's intoxicating.
      • Guess what? She's become an alicorn, but I'm not angry at all. Its just wonderful to see her personal growth over the past 65 episodes and I'm brimming with liquid pride over here.
    • This troper loves Fluttershy. She's so cute!
      • Her "nibbling the scenery" ("yay!") is not only adorably funny, it makes her actual scenery chewing in the Grand Galloping Gala absolutely hilarious.
      • I've gotta get my own Flutter-love out there! Honestly, I cannot state in mere words how much I love Fluttershy! I just think that she is adorable, and it's really cool to see her become more confident as the show goes on, without losing the "shy" part of her character. And, of course, she gave a BEAR chyropractic therapy! That's just awesome!
      • And now she managed to top that feat by befriending Discord and making him turn good. All just by being her sweet adorable self. Kudos to Fluttershy!
    • Come on, you guys know Rainbow Dash is Twenty Percent Cooler than everyone else on this page. She's tough, brave, loyal and caring; not to mention she's the only one who's ever pulled off a sonic rainboom - a stunt once thought to be impossible. And she's done it twice - once as a filly (which would be comparable to a five year old jumping 15 flaming school buses on a tricycle) and the second time she saved the lives of three of her heroes and one of her best friends. The best part? Her first rainboom led to all her friends getting their cutie marks. If she's not a legend in Equestria yet, she should be.
      • Seconded by this troper-I've been a Rainbow Dash fanboy ever since her first appearance. She's a good contender for the most Badass character on the show, and that's saying a LOT. She also manages to be a very likable character, despite constantly bragging about herself. This troper usually can't stand bragging characters, and so making Rainbow Dash my favorite character on the show is quite an accomplishment. All in all, she really earns the title of Best Pony in my eyes-not that I don't love the other characters too, of course.
    • Rarity deserves a mention here for a very good reason: Most cartoons aimed at girls have at least one character that's obsessed with fashion. Nine times out of ten, such characters are basically shallow consumer-whores with little characterization beyond that. Rarity outright defies this expectation by being a trend-setter rather then a trend-follower. She genuinely cares about how others feel and is willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to make others feel good about themselves. Not to mention how hammy she can get, which is always funny, even when she's at her worst.
      • Rarity, oh Rarity. After her first scene, Spike's response annoyed me, and I was convinced any further appearances would be painful. My initial reaction couldn't have been more wrong. More Rarity!
    • No love for Pinkie Pie? Understandable since "Party of One" gives her more screen time than all the other season 1 episodes combined. But she's so silly and lovable it's impossible not to smile when she's onscreen. This troper aww'd quite a bit when Pinkie Pie revealed that she doesn't approve of playing even harmless pranks on the equally adorable and timid Fluttershy.
      • Her song "Smile Smile Smile" is really... infectious. In a good way.
      • The scene that really defines her best for me is in "The Last Roundup" where Pinkie suddenly sped in and gave that mailpony cake for his birthday after everyone else had all but shunned him. Underneath all that zaniness and hyperactivity she's a total sweetheart, and I love her for it.
      • Not to mention the cutest damn scene ever in "Too Many Pinkie Pies" when she tackle hugs Twilight The Glomp
    • You're all crazy, Applejack is best pony! Badass Normal, Team Mom, Nice Hat. Oh, and she's from the original G1 My Little Pony pilot episode. She's old-school!
      • Also treats saving lives like it's nothing ("Spike At Your Service") and as of "Apple Family Reunion", is confirmed to have no living parents. And how does she react to this fact? Why, she becomes a true motherly figure for Applebloom and has risen up to the responsibility. Not only a Badass Normal, but also an Iron Woobie.
      • Don't forget her big brother, Big Macintosh. He may be a pony of few words, but he's grown on many a troper . . . e-yup.
    • Of course, Spike makes the perfect counterbalance for the rest of the mane cast by being the only main character who isn't a pony or female. A lot of people can really empathize with him, and he has the best one-liners.
    • Discord is without a doubt one of the most entertaining cartoon villains ever. He's an evil reality warping chaos god perfectly voiced by Jon "Q" De Lancie in all his hammy glory. Every moment he's on screen is pure TV gold. Too bad we probably won't be seeing him again...
      • And then we got to see him again after all. But this time, his heart grew several sizes that day and is now friends with the Ponies... Maybe.
    • WHAT? No love for the Cutie Mark Crusaders? I've always loved these fillies ever since. They're so cute and stay determined to achieve their goals. I love Apple Bloom because I can relate to her, Sweetie Belle because of her talent of singing, and Scotaloo for her tomboyish ways. I hope these three stay friends and never split up.
    • This troper is going to go out and say it. She fricking loves the Flim Flam brothers from Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 They had quite possibly one of the catchiest and best songs in the series so far. I for one would love to see them come back every now and then with a new plan, machine and maybe even a song. They could be like the shows own version of Team Rocket or something, only the members are related and they're ponies. Plus they're awfully attractive for ponies.
      • For this Tropette, when she first heard that song, she immediately thought of "Trouble" from The Music Man, which, is one of her all time favorite musicals. From that point on, she absolutely adored Flim and Flam, and thinks that they Need More Love as characters. That said, she seconds the idea of a "Team Rocket" thing.
    • No love for Derpy? She was already an adorable, funny Cloud Cuckoo Lander in fanon, and now that she's an Ascended Meme, I can safely say that she's a symbol of the power of fanon. Can you believe she started off as an animation in-joke that caught the eyes of a few fans? Also, what little we've seen of her canon personality has her come off as incredibly sweet - I aww'd quite a bit at the fact that she was willing to help clean up the mess that she made.
    • These characters are all fine, but they just don't have the show-stopping ability of the Great and Powerful Trixie!
    • Fancypants. He's like the Good Guy Greg of Equestria.
    • Queen Chrysalis, leader of the changelings, is probably the greatest villain we've had so far. While the others didn't really have any plans outside of Evulz Chrysalis used cunning and trickery to come close to toppling the capital of Equestria. All in the name of trying to feed her changelings with love. She's also the first villain to actually succeed in removing the Elements of Harmony as a threat AND directly defeat Celestia in combat. Not to mention her singing and design were both beautiful.
    • King Sombra. Sure, he had very few lines and he is closer to those generic evil emperor villains. However, what I genuinely appreciate about him is that he tried really hard. Unlike Nightmare Moon, Discord, Chrysalis, all of whom near the end just stops doing anything at all, even until the point of his defeat, he never stopped trying. For that alone he earns my respect.
    • This far down the page and absolutely no mention of Princess Celestia!? The ultimate ponyfication of Light is Good and Royals Who Actually Do Something, a kind and caring ruler for her subjects and mentor to Twilight Sparkle? She has always been one of this tropers favorite ponies just because of the simple fact that she puts her subjects' happiness and well-being above her, even willing to banish her own sister when she became a threat despite clearly being broken up over the whole thing.
    • Cadence is a pink pony who's both a princess and a Love Goddess. That's enough to convince me.
    • There's a surprising lack of love for Coco Pommel here. Being one of the sweetest characters on the show hands-down is one thing, but it's that not just that that makes me. On one hand she's a tougher cookie than she looks, enduring Suri's demands throughout "Rarity Takes Manehattan" and moving on to bigger and better things seemingly without holding even the slightest hint of a grudge. You can't help but root for her all the way. On the other: This is Coco. Yep. If not the singular cutest character in the entire series (on a show full of them!), she's definitely one of them. She could break your television or a Priceless Ming Vase and you still couldn't be angry with her. All in all, she's the best qualities of Fluttershy and Rarity merged together into a very strong contender for best pony. (If you're able to attract a legion of fans within minutes of your first appearance, you're clearly doing something right!)
  • Kowalski from The Penguins of Madagascar He's slightly nerdy and awkward, and a Commando! And you just have to love his tirades about science, coupled with a "slightly skewed" (read: completely off the wall) scientific method. Plus he's voiced by Jeff Bennett.
    • Other fan favorites: Julien (tall, sleek, Ambiguously Gay ringtailed lemur who can dance and often gives bedroom eyes), Mort (The Chew Toy with bright eyes and a MAJOR foot fetish) and... Marlene (the Only Sane Man of the group, and pretty well built).
      • No love for Maurice? His position as the (other) Only Sane Man makes it easy for this troper to relate to him (and at times, sympathize with him). He also gets some pretty funny lines, and don't even get me started on that voice. I'd totally go furry for it.
  • "Who's that girl? What's her name? Is she cool? Is she lame?"
  • Oh, and how about Penelope Pitstop? I loved how she often managed to get herself out of trouble AND rescue the Ant Hill Mob.
  • Doctor Doofenshmirtz is one of the most genuinely amusing and enjoyable Harmless Villains ever made and a big reason for watching the show. Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporaaaateeed!
    • His nemesis Perry the Platypus is certainly no bore either, an Animal Superhero with a Nice Hat, The Speechless and he has his own theme song! He's a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action!
      • And together, they embody Foe Yay!
      • Perry has the best lines I've ever seen from a character without functional vocal cords. Plus he's a total badass and one smooth operative.
    • Doofenshmirtz is awesome? Seconded, seconded, and oh so seconded.
      • His songs are easily the best in the show. It takes a special song indeed to show up one of Doof's.
    • If you don't ever feel a need to hug Doofenshmirtz because of simply how adorable he is while doing his thing (as long as they don't actually succeed), you probably need to check in case your heart is a plastic replica.
    • Ferb is walking awesome.
    • Phineas is such a sweetheart and matches his step-brother's walking awesome.
    • Doof's daughter Vanessa is just cool.
    • Candace is totally cool, as is her friend Stacy (and they're both often hilarious, too!)
    • Isabella is just as cool as everyone else. Most of the kids in this show are.
    • Irving is awesome. So is Albert (He can handle nun chucks, for crying out loud!)
    • This troper absolutely loves Norm. His lines are absolutely hilarious and his relationship with Doofenshmirtz is just so good. And boy was he awesome in Norm Unleashed...
  • Popeye the Sailor. This is a guy who fight for what's right, whether it be protesting his girlfriend from a big bully or going on the front lines to defend our country. A real American hero.
  • One word: BRICK!
  • T.J. Detweiler from Recess. Cool, funny, cute, sweet, and totally badass. This troper wishes she could've had a friend like him in elementary school.
    • Gotta give good ol' Mikey Blumburg a mention here.
    • She may be really nerdy, but Gretchen Grundler is really cute and sweet, and is one of this troper's favorite characters.
    • Forget his Broken Base; I really love Gus Griswald. He's such a little sweetie, gets too much crap from life.
    • Vince, he's flawed, he has his issues but he's real and such a loyal friend.
    • Spinelli must be mentioned. A cute bruiser (and can be beautiful when she has to be, and that means absolutely has to be) with great artistic skills and is much smarter than she's at times given credit for, not to mention her razor sharp wit. She's concentrated awesome, no doubt about it.
      • Seconded on so many levels. She's tough, cute, witty, what more could you ask for?
    • Miss Grotke is a sweetheart and downright walking awesome.
    • What, no love for Randall Weems? He's the only character in the whole show to regularly make me laugh.
  • Benson, who is one of the only examples of a Hair-Trigger Temper character who isn't totally annoying, in my opinion. Also Mordecai, who has much more common sense than Rigby and seems to have the more interesting life of the two.
    • Benson takes it to a whole new level. See here.
    • Oh yes, most definitely Mordecai. The best way to describe him is "the one that reminds me of someone with whom I'd be friends." Sure, he gets into trouble a lot (albeit mostly with Rigby), but he still seems pretty responsible, levelheaded, and smart for someone who just wants to have a little fun. His yin-yang relationship with energetic Rigby is perfect and pretty much makes the show the greatness that it is. Out of a show filled with all sorts of characters (no offense to any of the other characters, I love them all) he is the only one who feels human. Think about that for a second. Even with a bunch of actual humans running around, the most human character in the show is a friggin' 6-foot-tall, socially awkward, anthropomorphic blue jay with a So Cal accent. This speaks volumes about the kind of show this is.
    • You may love him, or you may hate him, but Rigby gets my stamp of approval. Despite his Jerkass tendencies, there's no denying that he is just a fun presence when he's at his best. He's a miniature ball of nuclear-powered energy, and his excitability and yes, childishness balances extremely well with the more reasonable side of Mordecai. Plus, Rigby's just too adorable that I can't help but love him. Any time I see him acting like a dork or breaking out his trademark "shark face", I can't help but smile.
  • What?! No mention of Ren yet?! The Mexican accent, Large Hamminess, Jerkassery, the expressions... dear God, the expressions!, the psychotic tantrums, the violence, the insults and "Space Madness" might just be one of the greatest cartoons made in the history of animation. Will you ever be able to forget the soap-eating scene? The psychotic rambling? Or his (unintended) Catch Phrases, like "You sick little monkey!" and variations thereof, "You EEDIOT!" or "You bloated sack of protoplasm!"?
  • May I be the first to add a fangirl favorite to the list by the name of Jack Frost? He has a fandom for a reason. As much as he's an Audience Surrogate he's got rather a vivid characterization that's pieced together really well over the course of the movie. Honestly if this tropette hadn't spoiled it for herself, she might never have seen the film.
    • Seconded. Hilarious, kind-hearted, charming, GORGEOUS, seriously cool (literally!), a certified Badass and an amazing big brother figure to boot, there's a reason why he's this tropette's favourite character. He also happens to be everything I look for in a guy. The fact that he's voiced by Chris Pine doesn't hurt, either.
  • May I talk about the movie Robots for a moment? Yes Fender and Rodney and all the good guys were cool and all but the one character I truly like from this film is Ratchet. He's like this d-bag that's just so full of himself to the point where you want to punch him in the face but can't help but be entertained by him, every scene with him are some of the best, whether hes being an amusing d-bag or acting like an overgrown child he just steals a majority of the scene. Along with having a rather oddly adorable breakdown moment. Lastly he's actually rather rather attractive for a robot. But that could just be me.
  • The titular dog from Scooby-Doo, no questions asked.
  • Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson. All three of them have distinct personalities, and they all manage to be entertaining. They're awesome because most of the time, they know more than the adults do, and they use that advantage in different ways, and yet they're still kids with interests in comic books, dolls, action figures, and just having fun.
  • The Fresh TV embodiments of Spoiled Sweet: Caitlin Cooke and Lo Ridgemount. Both pretty, both sporting adorable voices, and both some of the nicest girls ever due to The Power of Friendship.
  • Cartman.
    • Stan and Kyle. Being the only sane people in the world really must suck for them (especially if you're only fourth graders) but I love them for it.
      • Agreed. This troper especially loves Stan. People always look at me weird when I tell them he's my favorite character, but I think he's awesome. So there.
    • And then Butters, who is the only character on the show who actually acts the age they're supposed to be, and he's given some of the best material. Lu lu lu I've got some apples...
      • Not to mention he's absolutely ADORABLE to boot!
      • Thirded. *hugs imaginary Butters plushie*
    • Timmy. Just ... TIMMY! Honestly, you can't help but root for the disabled kid with a heart of gold whenever he appears. Especially the episode when he adopts that turkey - it gave him Crowning Moments of Awesome, Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, AND Tear Jerkers.
    • For this troper, it's Kenny all the way! This troper finds him strangely endearing... Even more so than Butters! He's very flawed yet he's proven time and time again to be one of the, if not the, most heroic figure on the show. But the #1 reason that this character is gush-worthy: he sincerely cares for his friends.
  • Gwen Stacy is a big reason why I watch Spectacular.
    • I must agree. There's a chance that Gwen Stacy has virtually crushed any future I have of getting married.
    • Gwen's cool, but Mary Jane is even cooler! And so much fun. damn, she's the embodiment of why Heroes Want Redheads!
    • And I will take Black Cat any day. That battle banter that rivals the web-head's, the sexy yet classy outfit, the graceful moves that remind one of a dancer on stage. It reminds me of how much I loved her back in the 90s animated show!
    • I love the episodes with Harry in it the most. He's a woobie, has a lot of character development, and works hard to become awesome and figure out that The Norman Osborn next to him is really the Chameleon in the series finale.
      • Seconded. Part of what makes Harry the most interesting (to This Troper) is that his personality is much less "set." You know Peter is ultimately going to be The Hero, you know Gwen is going to hold the group together, but Harry, being so unsure of himself and reacting to his circumstances, can go from nice guy to rage-fueled maniac throwing his father across the room to Magnificent Bastard in that final scene. My biggest regret about the show is that it didn't run long enough to see if he really would make the transition to full villain.
    • Quentin Beck/Mysterio is a unique and interesting example of a villain who puts work into a secret identity, having a totally different persona in costume than out of it. Beck, with his Moe Howard haircut looks like he'd be a random mook couldn't be more different than Mysterio, a Fake Brit Large Ham, but they are the same person (and have the same voice actor). Mysterio may be the first villain for whom being a ham is a carefully controlled act, and shows him a seemingly ridiculous character can actually be a cunning villain.
    • Norman Osborn is a Magnificent Bastard once again. His plan to throw off suspiscion was brilliant and horrifying at the same time.
      • Seconded. This may very well be the single greatest incarnation of Norman Osborn ever. As the single-nastiest villain in the show, he is able to casually outgambit every character in the series, both in and out of costume. For Christ's sake, he managed to seize control of New York City's criminal underground virtually overnight without even having his own gang. This was one hell of a bad guy.
    • I'm going to say this now: Spectacular's version of Peter, bar none, is easily the absolute best portrayal of his character ever, even moreso than his original comic self. As opposed to several other portrayals of his character, the comics included, he's a lot more optimistic and has a bit more self-esteem, though not to the levels of a Wide-Eyed Idealist. When things don't go his way, he doesn't immediately give up, and even after suffering a really bad day can often find something about it that still makes everything worthwhile. Not to mention he doesn't repeatedly suffer from Aesop Amnesia and try to hang up the tights and forgetting why he's begun fighting crime in the first place. He slightly suffers a case of this once early on over the course of the show but even after toying with the option of quitting knows the good he does overlaps anything else, and by the time of the first season finale he's permanently dropped the notion of him ever giving up the good fight.
  • This troper would like to gush about two characters: the title character of SpongeBob SquarePants, and Slinkman of Camp Lazlo. They're both completely awesome. SpongeBob's dedication to his job is the only thing keeping the Krusty Krab alive, and if Slinkman weren't around, well, all the Bean Scouts would be dead. This troper's bedroom is graced by SpongeBob toys and bedclothes, along with original, autographed artwork of Slinkman greeting her. * sniff* Thank you, Joe Murray!
    • Speaking of Joe Murray, let's not forget Rocko, Ed Bighead, Heffer, and Filburt.
    • Never mind the Seasonal Rot, SpongeBob SquarePants is still the most adorable character ever in this page. You got a character who still sticks with people who wouldn't mind murdering him just to get him off their backs, loves a job where he gets less-than-less-than normal pay from a totally vile boss, and hangs out with an adorable dim-witted starfish. He's an entirely optimistic sponge, where almost nothing can destroy his cheerful nature.
      • The SpongeBob before The Movie is one of this troper's favourite cartoon characters ever. This, of course, was before his horrific Character Derailment.
    • "Dear people, Please help, I'm 20 years old and I can't get a better job than at a fast food place. I'm socially awkward, and my only co-worker hates me. I'd complain, but my boss only cares about money. I'd leave, but I can't pass my drivers test, or any test I've ever taken. I'm in love with one of my only friends; she's a smart, athletic, gorgeous southern belle, but, I'm stuck in the friend zone. My only other friend is this guy who i'm pretty sure only talks to me, because he's mentally handicapped. To top it all off, I live in a freaking pineapple. Sincerely, Spongebob S Pants."
    • His best friend Patrick also counts too. Despite his utterly ridiculous stupidity, he's a starfish you would love to have for a life partner because he'll always be by your side, through the thick and thin of things.
    • Add Squidward and Sandy to that. Between them, Spongebob and Patrick, they're probably my favourite characters in all of fiction.
    • Before his just tragic Character Derailment, Mr. Krabs was actually a likeable, hilarious character.
  • Strawberry Shortcake's lady villain, Sour Grapes, was an Ensemble Dark Horse character since her debut in 1982. Brazen, intelligent, feminine without being too cutesy and yet still maintaining a place in a cutesy show by way of being a Dark Chick Deadpan Snarker Genki Girl Harmless Villain (who has her successes outside of screen time), and it worked. She was brought back for the franchise's 2003 remake by the year 2006, this time as all of the aforementioned as well as a Genre Savvy Anti-Villain. She was recreated as more insecure and timid than before, while the main cast was more tomboyish and go-get-'em than they had been in the '80s. Again, Sour Grapes was a darkhorse character, wearing leather pants (justifiably) more than ever. She was THE Rounded Character of the show, needing a place in the world for herself while also needing her Genre Blind Visionary Villain brother's happiness, and her Heel-Face Revolving Door adventures made her even more sympathetic as opposed to less. Character Development lead her to become an odd type of Parental Substitute (in a world where none of the main characters have parents), Crowning Moment of Heartwarming— but the heel face revolving door was still not set to end any time soon. Complicated woman. In both incarnations, Grapes was a fantastically rare blend of common sense and the lack thereof, something unusual for any character and all the more unusual for a female. And yes, she resides in a show created for little girls.
  • The titular SWAT Kats. I mean, come on — how could you not love T-Bone and Razor?
    • You can, but only if you're an idiot. Or Ted Turner, apparently, seeing as he's the one who Screwed the show. Knock-knock, Teddy-boy, there's a reason SK has a higher rating than Spawn on imdb!
  • 2003 'toon Donatello will always have a special place in my heart. He's easily one of the nicest characters on the show, but, as his trip to the Bad Future clearly showed, he's also willing to kill for his family, despite his distaste for fighting. Though he doesn't get as much attention as his brothers note  it manages to be satisfying, in a way— he fills his duty as The Reliable One and then lets one of the others take the spotlight from there on out, content to work in the background. He's a character that even the most shy and attention-avoidant of us can relate to... plus, he's awesome and adorable!
  • In Teen Titans, the animated version of Terra by far surpasses her comic book counterpart in being a likeable, fascinating, and awesome character. I enjoyed her in both her good and bad phases and her character arc got me very emotional for her. Truly well done for a character who only had five episodes!
    • Ah heck, this troper loves all the Titans, Titans East and the Honorary Titans included. Every single one has their own distinct personality and unique character design and the way they interact with each other is so much fun. If she had to pick a favorite though, it would be Robin. I loves me some Badass Normal team leaders. The fact that he's cute doesn't hurt either.
    • Starfire can go from being absolutely adorable and sweet and naive one minute to drop-dead kickass the next. Just try to tell me that's not awesome.
    • Of course you can't forget all the memborable and brilliant villains can you?
    • One word: SLADE.
      Demon Guard: You cannot hope to defeat pure evil.
      Slade: Actually, I'm not such a nice guy myself.
    • And Raven. Born the daughter of the ultimate demon, destined to be his key to universal domination, and she still found the strength to flip him the metaphorical finger and be a hero, even though her natural instincts all tended towards evil. Then, after all this has been revealed to the audience in Season Four, you realize that her standoffish, hostile attitude towards the team in earlier season wasn't because she didn't like them, but because she was trying to keep them at arm's length because she knew she was dangerous and didn't want them to get hurt.
      Raven: Fathers are kind. Fathers protect you. Fathers raise you. I was protected by the monks of Azarath. I was raised by my friends. They are my family, this is my home, and you are not welcome here!
    • How about Beast Boy? He can TURN INTO ANY ANIMAL. Even dinosaurs. Even alien animals. And sometimes a werewolf. I can't possibly think of a cooler power. And throughout the whole series, he was often overshadowed by his teammates, but he kept on going with them, at every once in a while he'd get a chance to show off his true colors and it was invariably EPIC!
    • There is no mention of Cyborg here. The guy gets so little love from the fandom!
      • Yeah, Cyborg is awesome. There's not much else to say but....BOO-YAH!
    • Jinx. That is all.
    • Red Star and Argent were pretty awesome, and I second Slade and Robin. Slade is my favorite villain ever, and Robin's obsessiveness and yet his kindness to his teammates was what made him a great hero, and a great leader.
      • Not to mention his greatest moment, when he nearly killed himself to keep his friends alive. Let me clarify. He infected himself with the same poison nanites his friends had to keep Slade from destroying his friends and himself. And he did it with his greatest quote ever. All because he knows how similar he is to Slade. "And I know how you hate to lose! If that's isn't worth this page, I don't know what is.
  • Scott Tracy is my favorite Tracy brother in the Thunderbirds series. It's probably the eyes, or that voice, or those dimples, or the fact that he looks like a young Sean Connery... So handsome...
  • Izzy, the living incarnation of Crazy Awesome.
  • Brock-Fucking-Samson.
    • Rusty Venture, for being a Deadpan Snarker cynic whose apathy belies his actual intelligence.
    • Doctor Orpheus. He has an interdimensional portal in his daughter's closet.
    • Shore Leave. Camp Gay and Badass is an entirely too rare combination.
    • There is not a single character on this show that I dislike, Sgt. Hatred is a much different style of bodyguard from Brock—he's much more gung-ho, more willing to plan and whatnot (as opposed to Brock who by-and-large just jumps into any given scenario and starts bashing heads), and is actively training the boys to take care of themselves. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Brock fan, but Hatred is still pretty strong character on his own merits. As for the Moppets, there's something about their creepily gleeful disposition towards slaughter that makes them absolutely hilarious, but more-so is how other people react to them. I think Brock's "Yeah...this was kind of a stupid idea" upon realizing that getting the Moppets to non-fatally injure Dermott was futile is one of the funniest line reads Warburton's ever given.
    • The titular characters themselves are very well put together. It's nice seeing them develop over the series, especially Dean after he finds out he's a clone.
  • This Troper must admit to being guilty of Character Gush; namely for SF-A2 miki from Vocaloid. I swear, whoever thought up her being an alien is a genius; it adds so much to her character and gives so much more room for character development; you can spend HOURS just figuring out what her culture is like. And since there's no official anything on her—no backstory, no personality, no nothing—there's really endless possibilities with what you can come up with.
    • Also, Rin and Len Kagamine are pretty freaking epic. I swear, just listen to ONE of their songs and your head will CAVE IN from the sheer awesomeness put into both the songs themselves and the stories and illustrations that go with it.
  • Gromit is one of the most interesting, endearing and consistently entertaining animated characters I have ever seen. The fact he has no mouth and cannot speak only adds to this. Wallace is awesome in his own right, but the shorts would be nothing without the mouthless, facepalming canine sidekick.
  • The Warden or Jared. There's PLENTY of reasons to list for these guys. The Warden is brilliant, hillarious, colorful, has a wonderful imagination, and just an amazing Wonka , even if he does have his moments of JerkAssery. He's too busy being Crazy Awesome to notice. Not to mention he becomes a friggin ''Dictator'' in the future. As for Jared, well lets see: he is recovering from just about every addiction imaginable, he suffers frequent abuse, and has had overall a really crappy life, yet he still manages to run the jail without a hitch almost single handedly, and still manages to be the sweetest, nicest little midget ever. He's also a decent sniper.
  • Roger Rabbit. A film icon every ounce as much as a fantastic homage to classic American animation.
    • Seconded! He's absolutely hilarious, adorable, and easily the nicest character in the movie. Oh, and he's the titular character of a masterpiece partly responsible for kicking off The Renaissance Age of Animation.
    • And I think we all know that Jessica Rabbit was invented to be gushed at. He steaming hot body was already enough before you add her seductive voice on top of it. Not to mention her character is also very well-fleshed out.
  • Let's get some Rogue love in here, please. Evo-Rogue is the best Rogue ever.
    • I couldn't agree with you more if I were you and we held the same opinion due to being each other.
    • I third that agreement, and also submit Quicksilver. That boy is just too much fun, quirky, and completely out of control!
    • Fourthed. Also, how can we forget Toad? He was awesome! Especially in the later seasons, with his Character Development and hopelessly faling in love with Wanda, which actually made him funnier, far more entertaining, and more sympathetic all at the same time. An example of some really good Woobie-fication writing. (Say it with me: Tee-Oh-Aye-Dee, TOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!)
    • Gambit. Oh jeez. He's awesome (in his own right) in Evo for not being a main character. There's so much I could say about him, even though he didn't get a lot of screentime, which shows how much I can gush about him. The eyes, the coat, the accent! How can he be so cool/sexy and not be real?! (I guess that's the point though, yes?) One time I wrote so much crap about him on a forum about how hot I thought he was, someone basically told me to shut-up. And it was an X-Men:Evo forum.
    • Nightcrawler. Shadowcat. Wolverine. Charles fricking Xavier. Jean. Scott. Scarlet Witch. Avalanche ... you know what? Let's just say that EVERY character with substantial development is Made of Win. Even Spyke gets it when he's finally Rescued From the Scrappy Heap.
    • I second Nightcrawler. He's a Nice Guy, especially when he's keen to forgive Mystique when Rogue isn't, he's Fun Personified, his interactions with Kitty are adorable, and he's just enough of The Woobie. Seriously, Nightcrawler is my favorite X-man in all adaptations, but this one especially helped seal the deal.
    • Wolverine Wolverine Wolverine Wolverine. Oh Lord....there are no words for his awesome. And Nightcrawler, that precious little fuzzy blue angel. So cute and sweet! With his own moments of badassery as well, of course.
  • Young Justice did such an amazing job of interpreting (and inventing) DC characters, that they need a shout out her. For example, take Artemis, a Broken Bird whose a Badass Normal that holds her own on a team of super-heroes. We get to watch her grow out of her own hatred for her past, learn to trust others and love and become such an amazing character.
  • Yeah,yeah Ultimate Spiderman is not the greatest adaptation of the wallcrawler,but this show version of Harry Osborn is just wonderful:not onlyhe puts the sweet in Spoiled Sweet,but at the time passes he became a tragic figure who lose his father and feels like the world is completely turning on him.And yet he still mantain the heroic qualities he showed in the first episode when he tried to save Mary Jane.Plus in this version he became Venom,and is actually a frightening Knight of Cerebus Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Leonardo from the new [2] cartoon is the best version of the character ever.I have already talked about how much I love the fact that they actually act as teenagers,and he is the best example of it:he is as honorable and as noble as always,but the way he feels the preassure of being a leader and being less of Splinter's boy makes him much more likable and relatable.
    • Also, Karai. Just...Karai. Not only is she a fun character and villain, but the twist of her actually being Splinter's daughter is such a bold move on the writers' parts and it makes her just that much more complex and interesting.
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