I looked at what I considered to be bad cartoon protagonists but now I'll be looking at what I consider to be good cartoon protagonists. Also a quick reminder anime characters will be excluded. And no background/ side characters or villians.
1 Arnold Shortman - Hey Arnold
Definitely top 5 material in my eyes.
2 Homer Simpson - The Simpsons
Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.
He should be 1
Even though the Simpsons isn't as great as it used to be Homer is one of the only good things about newer episodes of the show.
Why is he not #1!? - TrueWolf99
He's ok but not number one material in my eyes.
3 Danny Fenton - Danny Phantom
Daniel "Danny" Fenton is a human version of Danny Phantom from the Nickelodeon show, "Danny Phantom" by Butch Hartman. Unlike Danny Phantom, he is an average, clumsy, and awkward unpopular teenager who hates bullies in his school.
Cliche I know but as a protagonist his pros and cons are evenly ballanced out which truly makes him stand out.
4 Dipper Pines - Gravity Falls
Dipper Pines is the main character in Gravity Falls which the show aired from 2012 to 2016.
He is the brother of Mabel Pines
Quirky but decent overall and well written.
5 Batman - Batman the Animated Series
Lincoln Loud is above this. Wow. - 445956
GET HIM ABOVE LINCOLN LOUD - 445956
6 Samurai Jack - Samurai Jack
"Jack" (also known as Samurai Jack or simply The Samurai) is the alias taken by a Japanese warrior (with an unknown birth name) who acts as the titular protagonist of the cartoon Samurai Jack. Throughout the series, he is voiced by Phil LaMarr.
Self explantory to be honest.
7 Lincoln Loud - The Loud House
One of the best protagonist yeah he does act selfishly at times but he does realizes his mistakes and does everything he can to fix things especially when it comes to his sisters. - egnomac
Of course Loud House Haters would have a problem with Lincoln being on this list, I personally think he's a great protagonist a hell of a lot better than Timmy Turner.
Hell yeah he's a great protagonist
Terrible protagonist. Egnomac, you are a great user. Don't ruin yourself - 445956
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8 Gumball Watterson - The Amazing World of Gumball
Gumball Watterson is a twelve-year-old blue cat who is prone to causing mischief across the town due to not staying inside of the box. He is fairly egotistical and a veteran snarker; despite this, Gumball has a big heart and is surprisingly selfless. Although Gumball can be intelligent at times, he ...read more.
Gumball is the best cartoon character ever he knows what's best for him he's kind hearted he loves toys candy comic books video games and his mom and he knows about Mario and he loves having fun
Even though the show went downhill Gumball still is a great protagonist.
The show stayed good and this character went downhill. BoredJeff02 what are you talking about? - 445956
9 SpongeBob SquarePants - SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.
10 Ben Tennyson - Ben 10
Excluding the awful Ben 10 reboot... he generally is a likable protagonist in the original Ben 10 series.
11 Korra - Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Avatar Korra is the title lead character in Nickelodeon's animated television series The Legend of Korra, in which she is depicted as the current incarnation of the Avatar, responsible for maintaining peace and balance in the world.
She starts of completly arrogant but throuout the series she learned from her mistakes and does everything to better herself as the Avatar. - egnomac
12 Philip J. Fry - Futurama
13 Stan Marsh - South Park
Stanley "Stan" Marsh is a main character of the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on series co-creator Trey Parker.
14 Mickey Mouse - Disney
Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928.
15 Dexter - Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of the Cartoon Network animated series, Dexter's Laboratory.
16 Jonny Quest - Jonny Quest
17 Rick Sanchez - Rick and Morty
Rick Sanchez is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.
A bit too high R & M is ok but definitely not top 10 material.
18 Jake The Dog - Adventure Time
Jake the Dog is, along with Finn the Human, a fictional character and one of the main cast in the American animated television series Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward.
19 Robin - Teen Titans
Robin, also known as Tim Drake, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.
Unlike his awful GO contintuation, the original TT Robin was a leader that was strict but enjoyable from the first episode to the last episode of the series.
20 Finn The Human - Adventure Time
Finn 'the Human' Mertens is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American animated television series Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward.
He's a very likable protagonist that struggles but still pulls through. Even though the episodes centering around him loving someone aren't generally my favorite kind of episodes...
Jake is so annoying
Jake for the win - 445956
21 Jenny Wakeman - My Life as a Teenage Robot
Jennifer "Jenny" Wakeman (designated robot name: Global Robotic Response Unit XJ-9) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American animated series My Life as a Teenage Robot created by Rob Renzetti for Nickelodeon.
22 Phineas Flynn - Phineas & Ferb
Phineas Flynn is one of the protagonists of the animated television series Phineas and Ferb. Voiced by Vincent Martella and created and designed by Dan Povenmire, Phineas first appeared along with the rest of the series' main characters in the pilot episode "Rollercoaster." Phineas, along with his stepbrother ...read more.
I know that I'll flack for having a P & F character on here but he generally is a decent protagonist.
23 Aang - Avatar The Last Airbender
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.
24 Steven Universe - Steven Universe
You're kidding me right? He's the most unlikable CN protagonist since Chowder.
25 Bunsen - Bunsen Is a Beast
26 Blossom - The Powerpuff Girls
Blossom is the leader of The Powerpuff Girls and one of the three main protaganists of the show. She was created in 1992 by Craig McCracken. She has long, red hair up in a ponytail with a giant red bow, pink eyes, pink dress with black belt, and white socks with Mary Jane shoes. She is intelligent, ...read more.
27 Peter Griffin - Family Guy
Peter Griffin is the main protagonist and titular character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy.
Get this off the list. NOW. - 445956
28 Fat Albert - Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert is a fictional character created and voiced by Bill Cosby and the main protagonist of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids as the leader of the Junkyard Gang. He is an obese African American who acts as both leader and the voice of reason who's always willing to help others in need. His singing ...read more.
This is a joke. It has got to be a joke. - 445956
29 Alvin - Alvin and the Chipmunks
30 Kyle Broflovski - South Park
Kyle Broflovski is a main character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on co-creator Matt Stone.
31 Vash the Stampede - Trigun
Vash the Stampede, also simply referred as Vash, is the main protagonist and the titular character of Trigun, an anime and manga series created by Yasuhiro Nightow.
32 Gene Starwind - Outlaw Star
33 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
34 Star-Lord - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
35 Randy Marsh - South Park
OH, I'M SORRY, I THOUGH THIS WAS AMERICA! - Sop
36 Oishi Kawaii - Oishi High School Battle
37 Panty - Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
38 Wirt - Over the Garden Wall