Most Annoying Cartoon Cliches


The Top Ten

1 Too much satire & cultural references

Baby Blues mentioned Steve Wynn's Mirage hotel in one episode, and in the Disney's Hercules episode "The Return of Typhon", Hermes said "Cloud 33" which is a reference to Disneyland's Club 33

I wish people would realise that pop culture references aren't as funny as they are seen to be - kempokid

Adult cartoons were a perfect example of adding reference to medias.

2 Over done plots
3 The winners keep winning and the losers keep losing

I wish that Squidward won more often. He usually does so once per season (out of 20 to 26), if at all. - KalloFox34

4 Dumb characters

How did they survive childhood?

Dexter and Dee Dee are sooo rude in Rude Removal!

Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, Patrick, Lindsay, Stimpy, Timmy's Mom. - PatrickStar3

Lindsay: Oh no I can’t know anything, I’ll get killed by Heather
Lindsay: WAAAH
Heather: Beth we did it we got her
Beth: But
Heather: No buts

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5 Cute & funny sidekicks

Those sidekicks who are only created to be the comic relive or who are comply useless in every situation. - egnomac

6 Characters who impersonate other actors and characters

One character who comes to mind when I think of this is Babs Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures who always does impressions of other actors and comedians like Groucho Marx they start off funny but becomes really annoying and tiring over time. - egnomac

7 The main character being better than everyone else and always succeed just because their the star of the show

Nickolodeon in a nutshell

8 Characters never aging

Funny thing is that certain cartoons REVERSE a character's age in the T.V. series than the movie. For example, in Disney's Hercules, in the movie he goes from a baby to a 16 year old to and 18 year old at the end of the movie, and then in the animated series, they make him 2 years younger and turn him back into a 16 year old!

The Simpsons, The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants. - PatrickStar3

20 years, and Ash is still 10 years old. - FluffyBanana

Eleven, because he is able to participate in the island challenge. - Synchronocity

Here are some that don't age that will be Scaredy and Sway Sway

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9 It was all a dream sequence
10 Body switching

Freaky Friday this is not. Quit this madness.

This concept has been done to death. - egnomac

The Newcomers

? Siblings/Family all being jerks to each other

The Contenders

11 Characters wearing the same clothes

Basically All Cartoons - 23windomt

And for babies and toddlers. no clothes at all except for a diaper only or no pants.

There’s something called clothes shopping which is something I’m sure that most cartoon characters don't do. Even if there r some clothes changes it rarely happens.

For examples: The characters of The Loud House, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, etc.

This creeps me out when animals wear clothes... 😨 - Fandomstuck

12 The dumb dad and the mom who's too good for him

Like in The Fairly OddParents. - Fandomstuck

Both of the Parents are kinda stupid so their perfect for each other - 23windomt

13 Character speaking a different language but there are no subtitles

Thank god I'm not the only one who finds this crappy.

Examples are Schnitzel from Chowder and Coco from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

And lady rainicorn from adventure time - Lunala

14 Gross-out humor

Too many times 0-0

15 Four finger characters

Eh, it's easier to draw and animate. That said, I usually give my human characters five fingers. - KalloFox34

And toes, too

For example: The Loud House, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, etc. - Fandomstuck

They do this to make a larger profit, though. - Mariomaster63

16 Celebrities popping out of nowhere

I do like modern Simpsons, but they rely too much on guest stars now. - KalloFox34

Parry Gripp and Kelly Clarkson in Phineas and Ferb, and Gordon Ramsay in TDA

17 Everyone starts laughing at the end of an episode

Hercules and the Long Nightmare

Peppa Pig. - PatrickStar3

18 Don't know simple concepts

For example:

Special Agent Oso: Kid don't know how to drink out of water fountain, calls agent for help

EXACTLY SPECIAL AGENT OSO THEN HEAD LADY (Know the name but won’t tell you) SINGS A STUPID SONG ABOUT 3 special steps. The KID CRIES

19 Talking dogs

Examples: Scooby doo

And Jake, Snoopy, Sparky, Scrappy, Spike and many more like too many. - PatrickStar3

20 Do you see the...

Dora in a nutshell

21 Too much crying


22 Too much laughing

No wonder why Tickle Me Elmo had to exist

23 Characters all laughing at the end

Examples: Angelina Ballerina
Whisker Haven

In the Disney’s Hercules episode “Hercules and the Long Nightmare” all the gods laughed at the end when Phantasos mentioned a suggestion to the gods to make “naked at school” dreams.

24 Only appealing to children

What about adult cartoons, like the Simpsons, South park, etc

25 Good guys vs bad guys
26 Overuse of surrealism
27 We're suddenly a sitcom
28 Noticeable innuendos
29 Evil comic relief trio
30 Brooding, edgy androgynous villain
31 Tiny, annoying comic relief
32 Villainous hyenas

This is only in Lion King So... - 23windomt

33 Heroic lions

The Lion King hater strikes again, folks! 🤦‍♂️ - KalloFox34

34 Heroic honey badgers

Bunga does not deserve to be heroic. He's more of a villain than a hero in my opinion. Plus he is annoying.

35 Only cute animals are good guys, and only ugly or vicious animals are villains

This is such a repetitive and annoying trope, to be honest with you.

36 Talking pets
37 Rude characters

Allen Gregory is a shining example of why rude does not equal funny. - KalloFox34

38 Stupid 3D animation

More Examples: Blaze and the Monster Machines
PAW Patrol
Little Charmers
Mike the Knight
Sofia the First
Doc McStuffins
Rainbow Rangers
Hermit and Friends

Examples: Bubble Guppies
Shimmer and Shine

39 Talking vegetables

That was just one show. - KalloFox34

40 Everyone starts screaming so much you go deaf
41 Floating Chibi critters

For example: Waybuloo

42 Chibi eyed critters
43 Only relying on comedy

Steven Universe is more of a drama than a comedy, so here you go. - KalloFox34

44 Characters catching colds
45 All characters cry in sad scenes

Well, what would you do if you were caught in a heartbreaking scene? Exactly.

46 Too many jokes

Examples: Magical DoReMi
Hello Kitty

47 Kissing humor
48 All characters dance
49 All characters are lost
50 All characters having a sad day
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