Top 10 Cartoon Heroes With a Philosophical MessageAccording 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
"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”.
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 awesomenessV 1 Comment
"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.
Philosophical message according to both the show's intro and the show itself: "Life sucks." - xandermartin98
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2. Homer Simpson – The Simpsons (1989 – present)
3. Wolverine – X men (1992 – 1997)