50 Most Famous Cartoon Characters & Mascots

Could you name fifty famous cartoon characters off the top of your head? I didn’t think I could … until I got started. I’d wager if you are over 30 years old, you would recognize and know every single one of these characters. For real, every single one. In writing this post I came to realize the sheer volume of cartoon characters that have permanently infiltrated my brain. A famous cartoon character or mascot design seems to have one thing in common: they are incredibly sticky. Like it or not, they invade your head space, and never leave.

If you are like me, some of these characters you grew up with as a kid, others you will have gotten to know and love as an adult. The one’s that made it on this list did so because of their enduring greatness to last beyond mere fad and pull up a permanent place both in popular culture and in our minds. In no particular order, let’s get this started! And naturally, all characters are copyright of their respective owners. Don’t steal them m’kay?

  1. Mickey Mouse

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    Joyful, vulnerable, lovable. Mickey came into our hearts and minds decades ago and still reigns supreme. He’s like the Jesus of cartoon characters.

  2. Eric Theodore Cartman

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    Eric showed up in the 90’s and will forever leave us laughing … and emotionally scarred.

  3. Homer Simpson

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    Homer made us all feel A-OK about being overweight, gluttonous and idiotic. Thanks buddy.

  4. Popeye

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    Popeye showed us that all you need is a heart of gold and you’ll be just fine. A pair of killer pipes don’t hurt either.


  5. Joe Camel

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    Hey smoking is cool! Right? Er … well, it used to be. Thanks Joe.

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  7. Garfield

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    Mischievous, scheming and adorable. Garfield has had us grinning for years and years.

  8. Charlie Brown

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    Yet another vulnerable and lovable icon. Charlie made being neurotic totally cool.

  9. Alvin

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    Furry, friendly and gifted at turning a catchy tune.

  10. Tweety Bird

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    Feathery, friendly and gifted at the art of escape!

  11. Tom & Jerry

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    Polar opposites providing some great laughs during their constant fighting.

  12. Toucan Sam

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    One of the original cereal icons, Toucan Sam has gone on to grace much more than a cereal box.

  13. Archie

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    You can’t stand in a supermarket checkout line without seeing Archie getting into trouble with the girls.

  14. Fat Albert

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    In 1967, Bill Cosby introduced us to Fat Albert and his friends. They’ve been making us laugh ever since.

  15. Linus van Pelt

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    Brother of Lucy. Friend and unusually smart sidekick to Charlie Brown. Linus showed us we all need our comfort “thing” in some way, shape or form.

  16. Bart Simpson

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    Enough said.

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    Mighty Mouse

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    Rocked up in the 1940’s and was one of the original cartoon super stars. Mighty made many things possible for many characters who followed in his footsteps.

  18. Lucy van Pelt

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    Bossy, crabby and bad tempered. For all her bad vibes, Lucy had a romantic side that would emerge regarding a certain boy called Schroeder.

  19. Capt’n Crunch

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    Introduced in 1963, the Captain has thrived for decades amidst growing competition for our cereal dollars.

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  • Aaron

    Yeah … I knew every single one and it got me thinking about lots that didn’t make your list.

  • http://YourWebsite Marcell

    lots of memories. nice pic

  • http://YourWebsite Pulane

    lots gr8 memories,bt u need 2add mare what about gummi bears,shera n lots more

  • http://YourWebsite dhara

    hey it is awesome…..
    i found it very cute ….
    i got all the well known cartoons at one place it is great…..

  • http://none jasper

    Calvin and Hobbes, what a great book

  • http://YourWebsite ben10

    i luv all cartoon bt my fav carton iz baby luny tuns

  • http://PositiveAtheism.org CliffWalkinFool

    Aye, what a great collection! Did ye not git permission to portray The Brothers Rice (as they are officially called) or was it simply a fact of not finding them because their name is spelled with a “K” instead of a “C”: Rice Krispies, of course! Now, why didn’t Alfred E Neuman make the cut? He doesn’t do any *less* than Hello Kitty or a number of others who did make the grade! Also, any list of cartoon characters is remiss without Marvin the Martian. And what about the Keep On Truckin’ guys? They don’t have names, but everybody’s seen them, to be sure! From the same artist we have Mr Natural and Fkakey Foont, Fritz the Cat, and Devil Girl. (You’ll have to read the story about the creation of the latter yourselves,. as I don’t know y’all and it is racy.)

  • Hany

    i love you ! ! ! ! ? ? ?

  • http://www.ovi.com Anastasia

    Those cartoons are really stucks in my heart. Miss my childhood.

  • http://YourWebsite alka sharma

    I LUV MICKY SO WHY I DON”T LIKE ALL THESE.
    REALLY I LIKE ALL THESE CARTOONS.

  • http://YourWebsite sonia

    these all are my favourite

  • http://YourWebsite amy

    I love these

  • http://YourWebsite amy

    I love these cartoons

  • http://YourWebsite Monica

    I love all of these characters. Snoopy is my favorite character even though he isn’t listed here.

  • http://yahoomail jonah

    tweety is my favorite !! yifpi

  • http://YourWebsite Ellen

    Your Comments: What about Underdog. “There’s no need to fear Underdog is here!”

  • heik

    Where is Woody woodpecker???????? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • logesvari

    i agree with u……..

  • http://YourWebsite mmmmm

    snoopy you 4got snoopy

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    que paso con la pagina que esta mierda

  • http://YourWebsite ejaz

    i love cartoons, i miss my childhood so much. very happy seeing all this .

  • scoobydoobydoo

    Oh btw, it is scooby tht is the worlds most famous great dane and not shaggy ! and you forgot snoopy ! and the woodpecker!

  • http://YourWebsite Emily

    So cute!!!!!

  • http://YourWebsite holly

    i love all of them

  • http://oliveoly jessica

    so sweet

  • http://n/a Graham

    Great choices but many were left out and you could easily make it 100 choices, if not a thousand.

  • http://erhfrkjffkj.COM jason

    what about the three eds from ed edd n eddy?

  • http://YourWebsite Silvester

    Nice pics all of that are my favourite cartoons exept the girls cartoon like betty boop

  • http://YourWebsite patrick

    i love south park homer bart mickey elmer fud brings back funny memeeroys lol

  • http://www.mickeymouse.com Mickey Mouse

    I love Mickey Mouse no #1

  • http://www.dobox.com/ Bruce

    Oh btw, it is scooby tht is the worlds most famous great dane and not shaggy ! and you forgot snoopy ! and the woodpecker!

  • http://YourWebsite Reva

    PETER GRIFFIN?!!!!!!!

  • http://YourWebsite constantinos stavropoulos

    sorry but all this text is false!!!!!because it is missing most people’s favourite character goku,gohan,vegeta…….in dragonball !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://facebook.com/evilspid3r21 carlos

    i miss the cartoon character like mighty moouse lol :) ahhahaha… the old cartoon character… 😀

  • http://google vasntvel

    I am love in cartoon I like it an the cartoon

  • http://YourWebsite hamza

    Nice pics come with nice characters , i used to adore this characters when i was young !!!!! and i still 😀

  • http://YourWebsite mickey fan

    Your Comments love mickey and other cartoons thought minie and daisy duck might of been there too!

  • Moazzam and Mukarrasm (Roze & Roshi)

    i love cartoon characters, specially Dora, Mickeymouse and Babyjackoqua

  • http://YourWebsite rabail

    I love these all. nice pics.

  • http://YourWebsite Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    Your Comments
    I agree w/ those of you who say Woody Woodpecker should be there. He’s one of my favorite cartoon characters, though I don’t care much for the original Woody. That Woody’s pretty annoying! By the way why isn’t Woody Woodpecker as popular as Bugs Bunny! I understand people like Bugs so much because he’s so smart & Woody’s very smart too!

  • Debapriya Koley

    I JUST LUV THOSE PICTURES. SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

  • http://YourWebsite priyanka

    so sweet …………….

  • http://YourWebsite ujj

    Hey evryone!!!
    Very nice n fascinating collection…….
    I guess…chota bheem (the indian cartoon character can be a part of this too)..

  • http://YourWebsite clarissa

    you forgot about the jetsons, and yogi bear and boo-boo

  • http://YourWebsite jia from pakistan

    hey.nice……………….but where is mugli???????????pink panther and tom and jerry is the best ever and ever

  • http://YourWebsite MILLICENT

    Your Comments
    i love them all they remind me off my old days back them more especially WINNIE THE POOR

  • http://www.igrice123.org Igrice 123

    I think by now, we can add winx too. My girls at home are absolutely wild about them. And yeah, no power rangers?

  • Pri

    With Snoopy and Stewie (Family Guy) in the list…..it would have been perfect. Still….awesome collection! Brought back memories :)

  • http://YourWebsite somu shekar

    i love spidy too much as a fan of him

  • http://www.meenagunahonada.webs.com imran

    i want good pictures of the cartoons so that the child can understand it am doing my GCSE’s so please be good i want to get A* or A** or A*** or A**** thanks for sharing it with me thnaks so much
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  • http://YourWebsite GRRRRRR

    “i luv all cartoon bt my fav carton iz baby luny tuns”

    I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish!

  • http://YourWebsite Aanchal arya

    i like all the cartoons but i most like Garfield

    i am sorry those cartoons who r left !!!!!!

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    nice site got some nice graff charicters off ya cheers

  • http://YourWebsite rain

    Your Comments i love the old cartoons. kids are really missing out today. i am looking for the cartoon character in a safari outfit who wears big round glasses. if you could send me a picture, i would be very happy. thanks

  • lion king

    its all about old school cartoons…
    tom and jerry ha xD

  • http://YourWebsite Stephen Rhodes Treadwell

    Your Comments It’s weird but this morning I found on google a list of smartest cartoon characters & Woody Woodpecker wasn’t on it! Why would that be? He’s definitely one of the smartest! Wile Coyote on the other hand was on the list & shouldn’t have been. He’s not very smart at all!

  • http://YourWebsite darii

    i love kenny -sout park ;d is great :)

  • VISITOR

    Excuse me(: wheres SPONGEBOB!<33

  • http://YourWebsite Tyler

    kenny mccormick is way better than 46????? and wheres kyle stan and butters

  • http://YourWebsite rowena latayan supan

    its a great feeling looking at these characters…back remembering my childhood….though missing some great character!!!

  • http://watchcartoon.magnify.net/ Cool

    I love everyone that you mention, great!

  • http://YourWebsite RoseAnnSubayno

    its nice…its help me remember my childhood days….but i like tazmanian i like the way it looks

  • http://YourWebsite alleycat

    Your Comments how about felix the cat and mr. magoo and gumbie and the canadian officer who saved the girl on the r/r. fighting that ugly vilan ?

  • http://www.nadya.dk Nadya

    Such a lovely collection! 😀 you described the characters very well. I really enjoyed reading this entry :I thank you

  • http://YourWebsite agent2468

    i love those cartoon character who inspired people especially children to do the write things that’s why some of the cartoon character are still existing in man’s heart and mind as well. its really overwhelming to see those cartoon character again. how i wish i can reminisced all my childhood memories. thanks to the world of animation.

  • http://YourWebsite katie

    Well, I don’t know if I completely agree with the order but there wasn’t a single unrecognizable character on the list so good job.

  • http://nonewebsite sunjey kumar

    i love all of this cartoons

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    haha alla r so swt i wish 2 see dam in real 😀 HAS LOV ALL CARTOON:) 😉 <3 :O 😀

  • http://YourWebsite rwe

    big sam :(

  • http://YourWebsite dont have one

    DONT 4GET THE BOONDOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://google raghav

    these character’s are nice but their should be more

  • http://nainadave@gmail.com naina dave

    Your Comments i like all this character but where is mandrak the magician & archi

  • http://YourWebsite aika pots

    like it :)

  • http://YourWebsite andy

    Your Comments remember giagantor and what abot speed racer

  • http://www.sgi-int.com Alex

    Really cute. I love all of them. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://window7ultimat josileen

    i love tom and jerry i am proud to be famous with that cartoon other than
    spiderman n superman my brother say no monkey can touch
    TOM N JERRY

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    TOM N JERRY MY FOV CARTOON
    MY BROTHER SAY NOMONKEY CAN TOUCH
    TOM N JERRY

  • ahmed

    where the hell is spongebob and patrick

  • richie

    I’m glad Snoopy’s not on the list, He wasn’t that great and funny I don’t think otherwise I found him annoying first and then I could not even stand him at all at last.

  • http://YourWebsite minnie mouse

    hi I love this helped heaps for an assignment for school thanks!

  • The Troll

    YAY!! So many memories from my childhood are right here… They will never die!!! Ever!!!!!!!

  • http://littlesweetspots.tumblr.com/ earthy

    Calvin and Hobbes first love for sure, Jughead a close second. I love that Jughead rarely ever has his eyes open. Creative genius, I think.

  • http://worldbeautifulthing.blogspot.com/ World Beautiful Things

    all time best cartoon characters… nice collection

  • http://YourWebsite preeti

    i love tweety d MOST..:*

  • http://wonderwoman jhanvi

    I like wonder woman she is superb.

  • http://groove2dolphins.wordpress.com/ gr8 cartoons

    Kids are really missing out all kids care about now are video games, T.V. shows with explosions and lasers, and electronics. Mine won’t even go outside and we have a huge tree for climbing a basketball hoop and a swimming pool what more could you need!

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    ok so im drawing many different cartoon characters on a canvas and you know i had to throw micky mouse on it. im actually doing it for this girl who goes to my school . i wish i could show all you guys how its coming out. but i guess i just hope she likes it. so far i got micky, domo, kenny, pikachu,hello kitty, and gir. Next will be like tweety, yoshi, one of those characters from dispicable me, snoopy, oh and jack and sally (: <3

  • http://www.earthlink.net KAITLYN

    Shaggy and Donald RULE!!!!!!

  • http://YourWebsite cyclops

    you forgot 2 icons…. Felix the Cat and the Jetsons

  • http://www.innominds.com dimitrijon8

    I like very much these cartoons

  • http://bashooka.com/ Bashooka

    What? No Beavis and Butthead?!

  • http://www.lucek-namjestaj.com/ Kuhinje

    Aye, what a great collection! Did ye not git permission to portray The Brothers Rice (as they are officially called) or was it simply a fact of not finding them because their name is spelled with a “K” instead of a “C”: Rice Krispies, of course! Now, why didn’t Alfred E Neuman make the cut? He doesn’t do any *less* than Hello Kitty or a number of others who did make the grade! Also, any list of cartoon characters is remiss without Marvin the Martian. And what about the Keep On Truckin’ guys? They don’t have names, but everybody’s seen them, to be sure! From the same artist we have Mr Natural and Fkakey Foont, Fritz the Cat, and Devil Girl. (You’ll have to read the story about the creation of the latter yourselves,. as I don’t know y’all and it is racy.)

  • http://YourWebsite Cat

    How could you not include SpongeBob?!
    Other than that major omission, the list was great :) Especially love Calvin and Hobbes and the pic you have is adorable 😀

  • http://YourWebsite Shahrukh

    I lové Tom & Jerry