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.


    1. Joe Camel

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

 

ART FROM YOUR DNA

 

    1. Garfield

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

    2. Charlie Brown

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

    3. Alvin

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      Furry, friendly and gifted at turning a catchy tune.

    4. Tweety Bird

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      Feathery, friendly and gifted at the art of escape!

    5. Tom & Jerry

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      Polar opposites providing some great laughs during their constant fighting.

    6. 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.

    7. Archie

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

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. Bart Simpson

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      Enough said.


    11. ART FROM YOUR DNA

       

      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.

    12. 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.

    13. Capt’n Crunch

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

106 Comments

  1. 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.)

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

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

  4. i love cartoon characters, specially Dora, Mickeymouse and Babyjackoqua

  5. 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!

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

  7. With Snoopy and Stewie (Family Guy) in the list…..it would have been perfect. Still….awesome collection! Brought back memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 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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  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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 โ€œKโ€ instead of a โ€œCโ€: Rice Krispies, of course! Now, why didnโ€™t Alfred E Neuman make the cut? He doesnโ€™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 Truckinโ€™ guys? They donโ€™t have names, but everybodyโ€™s seen them, to be sure! From the same artist we have Mr Natural and Fkakey Foont, Fritz the Cat, and Devil Girl. (Youโ€™ll have to read the story about the creation of the latter yourselves,. as I donโ€™t know yโ€™all and it is racy.)

  17. How could you not include SpongeBob?!
    Other than that major omission, the list was great ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially love Calvin and Hobbes and the pic you have is adorable ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. You forgot Stewie, SpongeBob, Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Peter, Patrick, Phineas, Ferb, Perry, and thats all you forgot.

  19. I am only 14 and I recognized all but one of those characters. I am amazed at how many cartoon characters I knew, it all comes down to having a grandpa and a dad who were (and still are) addicted to cartoons. And my dad being an artist, has a book of cartoon characters that you can be thought how to draw. I love cartoons and will continue loving them.

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  21. In words:
    Two people fall in love, the they get married. After, they have sex(his dick goes in her pussy and they fuck and make out), and the sexy ass girl gets pregnant. Then she goes to the the hospital and the baby comes out of her vagina. Now they have a family.