Top 10 Cartoon Heroes With a Philosophical Message

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Philosophy is "the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life". On the other hand, the same source defines a cartoon as "a series of drawings that tell a story". Thus, there is no wonder why we tend to give philosophy some sort of solemnity while we consider cartoons frivolous and associate it with children entertainment and shallowness.

However, we miss to understand that the very foundation of philosophy is based on simplicity and innocence and Friedrich Nietzsche pointed it out best in his famous statement - "a man's maturity: that is to have rediscovered the seriousness he possessed as a child at play".

Let’s see below a list of 10 cartoon heroes who carry a great philosophical message.

The Top Ten

1 Son Goku – Dragon Ball series (1986 – 1997)

True he actually is basically pure of heart great cartoon role model for children who really have no one but a box if comics or manga she is an awesome loved character and he seems to love everyone even though he has to kill bad guys awesomeness

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2 Homer Simpson – The Simpsons (1989 – present) Homer Simpson – The Simpsons (1989 – present) Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

"The Simpson and Philosophy, The D’oh of Homer “ is in fact a famous book so our hero’s philosophical side is well known. And, as we all know, he always has something hilarious to say and all his sayings reveal a deep level of insight. But we will not talk here about his lines but his generic message.

Homer is the embodiment of mediocrity. He is a middle class, plainly stupid, fat man with loads of problems in his family life. Sound like a recipe for disaster or, at least a very miserable life. But it is not…despite his short bursts of anger, Homer is always happy at the end of the day. No matter how many problems he created, he does not mind kicking back with a cold beer.

So you don’t need to have everything to be happy. Happiness does not come from the outside but from within. And if you picture your life as a happy one, it will be because, after all, as Immanuel Kant said “happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination”.

3 Wolverine – X men (1992 – 1997) V 1 Comment
4 Popeye – Popeye the Sailor (1960 - present)
5 Capt. John Smith – Pocahontas (1995)
6 Ariel – The little mermaid (1989) V 1 Comment
7 Snow White – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) V 1 Comment
8 Shrek – Shrek (2001) Shrek – Shrek (2001) Shrek is a character debuting in the 2001 animated movie of the same name. The popular franchise has 4 films and the character himself has become recognizable to people of all ages. He has since spawned into what is most likely the most widely recognized internet meme to ever come into the world.

"A foreigner who knew about faces once passed through Athens and told Socrates to his face that he was a monster " that he harbored in himself all the bad vices and appetites. And Socrates merely answered: “You know me, sir! ” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Gods.

Unlike Socrates, who was incredibly ugly, Shrek is actually a real monster but like Socrates, he is not bothered at all by it. He is actually confident and proud of himself and that makes him beautiful. That makes Princess Fiona fall in love with him and makes him one of the most likable cartoon heroes of all times.

Self-confidence is a powerful tool and mastering it will open the gates to a happy life, that’s what Shrek is really teaching us.

9 Pinocchio – Pinocchio (1940)
10 Rocko - Rocko's Modern Life (1993-1996) Rocko - Rocko's Modern Life (1993-1996) Rocko is the eponymous fictional character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.

Philosophical message according to both the show's intro and the show itself: "Life sucks." - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Bloom - Winx Club (2003)
12 Beast – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
13 Aang - Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) Aang - Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) Avatar Aang is a fictional character and the protagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen. Aang is the last surviving Airbender, a monk of the Air Nomads' Southern Air Temple.
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Top Remixes

1. Son Goku – Dragon Ball series (1986 – 1997)
2. Homer Simpson – The Simpsons (1989 – present)
3. Wolverine – X men (1992 – 1997)



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