33 Most Iconic Cartoon Characters of All Time

There are many great icons of cartoons, but none is more famous than Winnie-the-Pooh. A. Milne created this overly dramatic cartoon character in 1924, and the character is now an icon in its own right. The series starred Donald Duck, who is also known as “Doc McStuffins.” Another popular character is Jimmy, a lovable over-the-top monkey. The famous book Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926. He and his friends served as a gateway to sci-fi for many kids in the early 2000s.

Tom is an example of an iconic cartoon character. A funny, helpful, and lovable character, he is a great role model for children. The fictional character has many traits that make him stand out among other cartoon characters. He also has a strong affinity for honey and is the title of the popular Tom and Jerry films. Although he may seem a little strange to some, he embodies the qualities that most children relate to and make them laugh.

The characters in this cartoon series are all recognizable to young children and adults alike, and they are fun to watch as a family. Even adults love them! There are countless shows and movies featuring these characters. The most popular ones are Disney, Pixar, and Nickelodeon. Regardless of your age, you can find a cartoon that is sure to appeal to your child. These classics are essential for the development of childhood and should not be ignored.

Here are 33 most Iconic Cartoon Characters of all time in no particular order.

1. Fred Flintstone

Created: 1960
Creators: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Voices: Jeff Bergman and Alan Reed, as well as a variety of others

Fred, the patriarch of his modern-day stone-age family was a strong advocate for cartoons. Although it may appear tame today (and the Flintstones are better known for their cereal and vitamins promotion), the original series was one of the most controversial shows on television in the 1960s. 

The cartoon character Fred Flintstone is not the best-drawn cartoon character ever. Although he's not a great fighter, he's very likable and loyal to his wife, Wilma. The character carries a boulder of granite on his shoulders and has shown no fear of sabotaging his relationship with his wife and kids. A caveman, he's still a hominid, and has superhuman strength and agility.

The show's protagonist, Fred, is a short-tempered caveman with a big nose. He works for a company that builds bronto-cranes, has thick eyebrows, and a deep sky blue necktie. His address has changed over the series, from 1313 Cobblestone Way to 345 Cave Stone Road. He's also a stubborn, accident-prone, and selfish character. He often yells out, “Wilma! “, causing confusion among his fellow workers.

In the show's final season, the fictional town of Bedrock is home to a mysterious woman. The mystery woman was a real person who snatched Fred's inheritance. During his honeymoon, he fantasized about a mystery woman who was staying in the same hotel as him and Wilma. Hence, the famous yell “Yabba dabba doo” became a popular catchphrase.

While Pebbles, Fred's mother, has a childish nature, he is also aggressive and has an obstinate nature. Unlike the pebbles, the baby puss has a violent and obstinate nature. He has a tendency to make a mess of everything. His brother, Bamm-Bamm, is the only person who has gray hair. Aside from his own personality, the naive character in the show is the titular Fred.

2. Mickey Mouse

Created: 1928
Creators: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Voices: Walt Disney, BretIwan, and other voices

It is easy to forget about Mickey Mouse, the Disney mascot. There might not be a Disney kingdom without the joys of an adventurous, enthusiastic mouse. The public domain will see the mouse in 2024, nearly a century after Disney's “Steamboat Willie”, the iconic Disney short. This seems fair, however, after launching an unprecedentedly rich $130 billion empire.

The iconic cartoon character Mickey Mouse was first introduced in 1928 by Walt Disney. His distinctive red shorts and white gloves have made him one of the world's most recognizable fictional characters. His large, yellow shoes are also a familiar sight, and he usually wears a white glove and a white hat. Aside from wearing white gloves and shorts, Mickey also wears a pair of white gloves. In addition to these uniforms, he also wears a large red bow tie, which makes him a versatile character.

The original version of the character portrayed Mickey as a lovable, sarcastic mouse with a quirky sense of humor. The cartoon was based on the stories of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, which are considered classic Mickey adventures. Although the show features modern elements, it retains the likability of the original character. As a result, fans are likely to feel a connection to the iconic cartoon. This is especially true when Disney uses an older-styled, more adult voice.

In 1983, Disney brought back the “Three Stooges” characters. In this adaptation, Chris Diamantopoulos played Moe. In the film, Mickey reprised his slapstick antics. The series ran for four seasons. In 2015, Disney re-introduced the animated series with a remake of the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. In the 1980s, Mickey and the Sleuth stories were revived.

3. SpongeBob Squarepants

Created: 1999
Creator: Stephen Hillenburg
Voice by Tom Kenny


Although the sponge's nautical nonsense may not have been what most parents would like, two decades of broadcasting has cemented Tom Kenny’s famous laugh in the minds of viewers around the world. This was more evident when Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show, died in 2018. It sparked a movement to remember him at the Super Bowl with “Sweet Victory,” a song from “Band Geeks” that has been played over 500,000 times. While some may be disappointed, Hillenburg's legacy lives on through the sponge's unwavering popularity.

The SpongeBob Squarepants series has been popular for over 30 years. It's a cartoon about a yellow sea sponge named Patrick who is passionate about life. He is a fry cook at the Krusty Krab and has a full-furnished pineapple home. He's best friends with Patrick, who is also his best friend. The show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, recently announced that it won't be cancelled, despite his diagnosis of ALS.

The characters are generally likable and harmless. While some of the show's songs deal with controversial subjects, many are based on real-life situations. The series has been criticized for depicting children as rude, obnoxious and even defiant, and for taking a lot of sarcastic language. While the show is generally fun, its messages can sometimes be controversial.

While SpongeBob may seem immature and un-adult, he's actually a young adult. He's a working adult who lives on his own and works a full-time job. In fact, SpongeBob would have been 13 when the series first premiered in 1999. According to his driver's license, he was born July 14, 1986. Although he may not have been a teenager at the time, it's obvious that he's a teenager.

As with other TV shows, SpongeBob's popularity has soared over the years. The series has garnered multiple awards. In 2007, it won the Golden Goose award for best animated series. The same year, the show was also nominated for Best Comedy Series. The series' success has continued to grow, and the cartoon's popularity continues to grow. The UK's British Academy Children's Awards has been a popular venue for the show.

4. Tom and Jerry

Created: 1941
Creators: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Voices: William Hanna and various other voices

Silent film was mostly lost with the advent the talkies. However, Hanna and Barbera's Tom and Jerry did not require dialogue to charm generations of children. These 114 shorts were made between 1940 and 1958. However, they still feel like part of my childhood in late '70s. They'll also feel like a part my children's childhoods when they see the 2014 adaptation of the classic cat/mouse hijinks.

A series of comedy short films starring the two titular characters is a classic American animated media franchise. The series, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940, is perhaps most famous for the 161 theatrical short films produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In addition to the theatrical features, the series has spawned numerous video games and merchandise. It is still one of the most popular franchises in history. Regardless of what version you watch, you'll find many hours of enjoyment in these films.

The original shorts feature a cat named Tom, and a mouse named Jerry. The two rarely get along, but often they are genuinely happy with each other and even laugh at each other's misfortune. In each short, the two try to catch the other. This is an attempt to make the other one unhappy, but rarely succeeds. The series has become an Academy Award-winning hit for both actors and audiences.

During the early years of the show, Tom and Jerry were a very small character. There were a few differences between them and the humans that starred in it. The first one was more focused on the mouse than on the human cast, but that made it more interesting. The second one focused on the mouse's sneezing and his nervous gulps. The second one was more realistic and contained more emotion.

5. Homer Simpson

Created: 1987
Creator: Matt Groening
Voice: Dan Castellaneta

The first two seasons The Simpsons focused on Bart. But, as the show became more Homer-centric, it was truly remarkable. He is the everyday man at our most laziest, hungriest, dumbest, drunkest and stupidest. He's still the hero, thanks to his good heart, which is hidden under all the doughnuts. This status quo has survived for over 30 years and more than thirty Halloween “Treehouse of Horror specials. The 30th of these specials aired as the 666th episode.

Aside from proving that he loves Marge, Homer is an accomplished musician. He can play guitar and piano and has even won a Grammy for barbershop music. However, his greatest musical talent is probably his powerful operatic voice, which he uses to perform in his band, Babysitter Bandit. His singing voice has earned him recognition from audiences across the world, and he has been in dozens of bands.

His relationship with Maggie has also earned him praise. Lisa's love of him is well documented in the episode “The Way We Was,” which details the teen Homer and Barney's drug-addicted days. The principal of Springfield, a strict man, busts them, and they have a falling out. In the 1991 season, Homer's first kiss came from Marge, who had recently taken his children away.

The show's main character, Homer, has always been a foodie. Despite being overweight and inept, Homer's diet has been a staple of American comedy. He even ate a poisoned eclair, and has tried numerous diets. A lot of his meals are fatty, and he often ends up reverting to old habits. In the movie, he joins the grunge band Sadgasm, and eats a whole bag of donuts in a day.

Another instance where Homer ate his own son Bart is in the Treehouse of Horror XVIII. He reacted with a jovial delight, but he didn't notice that the other members of his family were anti-gay. The episode's final episode saw Homer eat a deer. Although Homer may have suffered a short attention span, his passions are usually short-lived. He also has a tendency to strangle his son, Lisa, and Maggie.

6. Charlie Brown and Snoopy (Peanuts)

Created: 1950
Creator: Charles M. Schulz
Voice: Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins and other.

Although not all characters made it to TV, Charlie Brown and Snoopy were able to come to life through a few TV specials and subsequent series. Children loved Snoopy's Red Baron dreams and friendship with Woodstock. They also liked Lucy's crush. Older audiences bonded with Charlie. Charlie Brown, Hapless Charlie Brown, is as sympathetic as any animated character. We pull for him, knowing that it will all be for nothing.

The Peanuts Gang is an iconic group of cartoon characters that include Charlie Brown and Snoopy. If you haven't heard of these two cartoon heroes yet, you've probably seen them before. These two are part of the famous Peanuts series. They are beloved children's characters and adored by many people. If you're a fan of the classic cartoon, there are many ways you can honor them.

Although they are not the same species, Charlie Brown thinks of Snoopy as a wonderful pet. He often hugs and kisses him, which can be surprising, because Snoopy is a different species. Often, Charlie Brown does things for Snoopy to make him feel better, but he doesn't realize that he's doing the same for him. In return, Snoopy sometimes shows gratitude to him.

The newest movie adaptation of the classic cartoon, “Charlie Brown and Snoopy,” is being released this month. The trailer teases how the two will be reunited as adults. As children, you can see Snoopy soaring through the sky and enjoying the sights and sounds of the “Peanuts gang.” They're also starring in a reimagined version of Disneyland's Snoopy Castle, which opened in January 2017.

Another common misconception about the duo is that Snoopy is Schulz's alter ego. The duo was married in 1973 and were very close until the last few years. Their relationship ended abruptly when Peggy Jean moved away from him. Despite this, it's clear that the chemistry between the two was strong. In terms of their love lives, they're a perfect match. You'll find many references to Schulz in popular culture, and you'll soon see the similarities.

7. Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)

Created: 1940
Creators: Ben Hardaway, Tex Avery
Voices: Mel Blanc, Jeff Bergman and other voices

A rabbit is the coolest cat cartoon history. Or a hare. This slight taxonomic distinction was not addressed in his many antics. But he maintained an enviable insouciance throughout them all, whether he was hunting with Elmer Fudd’s shotgun, Yosemite Samantha's pistols, or Marvin Martian’s ACME Disintegration Gun. Warner Bros.' familiar face had one problem: poor direction sense, especially when tunneling through New Mexico.

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character that was created by Leon Schlesinger Productions in the late 1930s. He was voiced by Mel Blanc and has appeared in several short films and television series. The first Looney Tunes episode was aired in 1933. It was the first short cartoon produced by Warner Bros. During this period, the series had a strong fan base. While many children were enamored with the show, others were captivated by the characters and the stories.

The name “Bugs Bunny” has a very long and storied history in the world of cartoons. The character made his first appearance in the movie ‘Herr Meets Hare.' He then went on to make several appearances on television shows, including Looney Mozart and ‘Any Bonds Today?' Another Bugs Bunny cartoon is ‘Ack, Bugs,' a spoof of the popular Disney cartoon.

Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes is a classic animated cartoon series that is well worth watching. The cartoon strip is based on the adventures of a hapless penguin who tries to get back home. He is a compassionate, kindhearted guy who solves various absurd situations by leveraging tricks and wacky props. He also pays homage to Groucho Marx.

8. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers

Created: 1969
Creators: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
Voices: Don Messick, Casey Kasem and a variety of others

Although they don't explicitly state it, we're certain there's something… hallucinogenic about those “Scooby Snacks.” Shaggy and Scoob are pretty useless. They eat and lounge around most of the time, and scream in terror when they're confronted by anything scary. They are the most easy to love. This duo of man-dog remains timeless, despite all the Scooby-Doo‘s many variations.

You might have heard of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. In the Scooby-Doo franchise, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers is a fictional character. He is best known as the cowardly slacker and detective Scooby-Doo always has a conversation with. This cowardly slacker also happens to be Scooby-Doo's friend and best pal.

The two main characters of Mystery Incorporated are Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. Both are adopted from the same puppy farm, and the names of their parents are similar. The two meet at a diner where they meet a hippie-chick named Crystal and her golden retriever, Amber. Their fathers have a love-hate relationship, and Scooby and Shaggy end up falling in love.

The story of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy has been a popular one for a long time. Both have strong personalities and chemistry, and they share common interests. They are both fond of different kinds of food, and the two are best friends. The movie ended up with the character settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In the second part of the film, they become a couple, and Fred and Daphne encourage Shaggy to kiss his nephew.

Although Scooby-Doo is the most popular character in the franchise, Shaggy is second in popularity. He is the only character to appear in all iterations of the series. His name is Shaggy, and he is the only one who has appeared in all movies. It is believed that this character's real name is M'Lady Moonbeam. The episode “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” featured him in the movie's premise.

9. Winnie the Pooh

Created: 1926
Creators: A. A. Milne, E. H. Shepard
Voice: Sterling Holloway. Hal Smith. Jim Cummings

Winnie-the Pooh's Disney adventures were beloved as much as his books. Winnie-the-Pooh was known for his generous heart and sweet nature. He also accepted a sweet tooth.

The anthropomorphic teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most well-known children's books. The book is written by A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The story tells of Winnie's friendship with Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Rabbit, Piglet, Roo, Owl, and Tigger.

During the First World War, British soldiers were tasked with creating a new type of bear to help them with their training. This was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh, the first cartoon bear. His creator, the Canadian veterinarian Harry Colebourn, based his character on a female black bear who lived in White River, Ontario. Since then, Pooh has appeared in several Disney films, including Mickey's Magical Christmas and The Three Little Pigs.

Later, Stephen Slesinger took over the Winnie the Pooh character, and obtained the rights for both the American and Canadian markets for $1,000. Slesinger used this license as a means to take the book out of the book and into the mass market. It spawned a sequel, “The Many Adventures of Pinocchio.” And in 2010, a live-action feature film based on the story was released.

In contrast, Pooh's appearance in real life was very different from the cartoon version. He was not a red-shirted cubby. He was a regular old, fluffy bear. His story is based on the bear who lived in the London Zoo. The swan, named Piglet, was rescued by the animal's tail. Aside from the cartoon, Milne had also left his literary copyright rights to his four beneficiaries.

10. Pinky & the Brain

Created: 1995
Creator: Tom Ruegger
Voices: Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche

While there are many cartoon characters who have aspired to world dominance, none of them could ever imagine being a benevolent dictator like The Brain. The Brain may have constant headaches from Pinky, his not-so-reliant sidekick, but his enthusiasm is infectious and loyalty makes him easy to love.

You might have heard of the cartoon series, Pinky & the Brain. This animated adventure is a hilarious blend of cartoon chaos and brainy mouse humor. The brainy mouse is a genius and a lovable sidekick who tries to take over the world each night. The story follows the two as they work to conquer the world. The show is a family favorite and can be found on Netflix.

The first season of the series features a recurring caricature of the late Christopher Walken, as the character Brain. It was a slapstick comedy that satirized the plight of those without families. It also references the sad and unlovely existence of mice, which has led to the creation of the Animal Wrongs Group. The second season is based on a true story, in which a cat rescues the duo and turns it into a paradise.

After the Animaniacs episode, Pinky and the Brain have become homeless. They eventually find shelter in a turtle, named Mr. Shellbutt, and are adopted by Elmyra Duff. The show is one of the most popular children's cartoons of all time. It was the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation, and the show was the first to air in Dolby Surround.

11. Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig

Created: 2004
Creators: Neville Astley and Mark Baker
Voice: Lily Snowden-Fine, Harley Bird

Peppa Pig is the most popular character on the list. However, the charming piglet's British accent as well as gentle humor has won over adults all across the pond.

The animated series Peppa Pig is a favorite with little girls. As the younger sister of George, Peppa Pig is a very popular choice for preschoolers. She has a variety of adventures to explore with her friends, including Candy Cat and Suzy Sheep. The show's episodes are designed to help children understand new emotions and experiences, and the show's long-running popularity is evident. The show also helps children learn about new feelings and how to deal with them.

The character is cute and innocent, and is often a role model for many young girls. Although Peppa Pig is a little spoiled, she enjoys showing off and is a good sport. Her older cousin is also very popular, and she idolizes him. She's cheeky, enjoys mud puddles, and pouts if she doesn't get her way. She's not a good friend of babies, but is friendly with her friends and parents.

In addition to Morwenna Banks, a number of other actresses have provided Peppa's voice. Since its debut, the show has been adapted for all ages. The first season featured a song called “Expert Daddy Pig,” which documents the daily activities of the pig family. The series' recent rise to popularity is largely attributed to the music album. During the show's production, a track called “Expert Daddy Pig” documented the everyday lives of Lily's dad.

12. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)

Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)

Created: 1999
Creator: Seth MacFarlane
Voice: Seth MacFarlane

While other evil geniuses don't have to be hindered by their youth, Stewie, a one-year-old baby, doesn't let his age stop him. Despite being over 20 years old, Stewie is still a year old.

The fictional character “Stewie” Griffin is a lovable but irritating ogre who appears in the animated television series “Family Guy”. He is voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane. Originally appearing on the show in a 15-minute short on December 20, 1998, Stewie has gone on to become a staple of the family's comedy. Aside from his appearances on the show, he is also a popular meme.

In the show, Stewie Griffin's mother was actually killed by his brother, Brian, when he accidentally threw a baseball at him. As a result, Brian asks Stewie to switch places with him for fun, but the zany nerd becomes more flamboyant and abusive as the series progresses. Although his love for his mother is mostly harmless, he still harbors hatred for many people.

The show's creator, Nick Delluomo, says that he owes Stewie's intelligence and evil behavior to Satan during his development in the womb. The clumsy, oafish Griffin once ate Maggie Simpson's hair. In later seasons, he became more openly bisexual and less murderous. However, his mother's name was wrongly attributed to Peter Griffin.

While Stewie was once a crazed, evil baby, he gradually accepted his sexuality and developed an affinity for men. He used his brain to build torture devices, as well as construct advanced fighter-jets and robots. Throughout the series, Stewie became more accepting of himself and his sexuality, as he was attempting to take over the world and kill his mother. In addition to his love life, Stewie has built a shrinking pod, a teleportation device, a time machine, and a mind control device.

13. Yogi Bear

Created: 1958
Creators: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Ed Benedict
Voices: Daws Butler, Greg Burson, various others

Yogi is smarter than any bear. But it's not his intelligence that makes him great. Every episode is a classic because of his joy at harmless mischief.

There are several animated series featuring Yogi Bear, but the most popular one is The Huckleberry Hound Show, which debuted in 1958. Aside from that, Yogi Bear has been featured in comic books and films as well. There are various comic books and films featuring this anthropomorphic animal character. However, there are also countless cartoons and television shows featuring the character. Here are a few facts about this cartoon character.

‘Yogi Bear' was created by Gene Hazelton and first appeared on TV in 1958. It was a successful comic series and was a favorite among kids. The comic strip was also very famous and popular for its humorous and silly antics. It featured Yogi, an exuberant, lovable bear that is a famous character in Hartsville, South Carolina. Unlike other cartoons, it was a hit with audiences, and was modeled after a famous comedian of the same name.

“Ah do declare” is a popular expression for the character. This expression is used to fake surprise. It is commonly used by Cindy Bear to win over Yogi. As an anthropomorphic creature, he resembles a cartoon animal. The cartoon's trademark image is a bear with an ear. In some episodes, he is a dog. When a child plays Yogi, he will tell a story, which is a common theme among children.