Best Cartoon Writers

The Top Ten

1 Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, voice actor, and marine biologist who was best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He also contributed to Rocko's Modern Life as a director and producer. more.

He created a cartoon that would become well-known. Sadly, he passed away. - JoeBoi

Former marine biologist and creator of Nickelodeons greatest legend: sponge bob square pants!

He Created A Cartoon Legend, SpongeBob SquarePants - JPK


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2 Craig McCracken Craig McCracken Craig McCracken is an American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for Cartoon Network, as well as writing and storyboarding for Oscar's Oasis and Dexter's Laboratory in Kids' WB. more.

He gave us Original Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Wander Over Yonder!

3 Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky is a Russian American animator, director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and co-creating Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011, Tartakovsky joined Sony Pictures Animation, more.

Gotta get back. Back to the past. Samurai Jack. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

4 Butch Hartman Butch Hartman Elmer Earl Hartman IV, better known as Butch Hartman, is an American animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator and actor, best known for creating the Nickelodeon shows The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast.
5 Alex Hirsch Alex Hirsch Alexander Robert "Alex" Hirsch is an American animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and television producer. He is best known as the creator of the Disney XD animated television series Gravity Falls, where he voices some of the characters.

Alex just plain awesome. He's created wonderful characters, has a great sense of humor, and managed to create a cartoon enjoyable for literally anyone.

I love Gravity Falls, so I'm picking Hirsch as my favorite writer (after all, he did wrote all episodes except two episodes) - truespongebobfan

Genius - JPK

He made a show that will forever be in our hearts

6 John R. Dilworth John R. Dilworth Jonathan "John" Robert Dilworth, a.k.a. "Dilly", is an American animator, director and actor. He is best known as the producer, director, writer, and creator of the animated television series Courage the Cowardly Dog.
7 Danny Antonucci Danny Antonucci Daniel Edward "Danny" Antonucci is a Canadian animator, director, producer, and writer. He is known for creating the Cartoon Network animated comedy series Ed, Edd n Eddy. He also created Lupo the Butcher, Cartoon Sushi, and The Brothers Grunt.
8 Maxwell Atoms Maxwell Atoms Maxwell Atoms is an American animator, screenwriter and voice actor. Atoms was best known as the creator of Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy franchise.

Genius. Thanks for Billy & Mandy.

9 Lauren Faust Lauren Faust Lauren Johanna Faust is an American animator, screenwriter, director, and producer, best known for developing Hasbro's animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as well as working frequently with her husband Craig McCracken.

Wrote Fantastic Episodes Of Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, And Last But Not Least, Created My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - JPK

10 Joseph Barbera Joseph Barbera

The Contenders

11 J. G. Quintel
12 C.H. Greenblatt C.H. Greenblatt Carl Harvey "C. H." Greenblatt is an American cartoon screenwriter, producer, and storyboard artist. He has worked on the hit TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, and on the Cartoon Network's series The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne. He is best known as the creator of Chowder, as well more.

While Chowder was pretty bad, the rest of the shows he worked on were great! Harvey Beaks is second best only to Star vs. The Forces of Evil as best 2015 cartoon - KalloFox34

One of the best writers of SpongeBob. I love his writing and drawings in those episodes (although he did everyone's least favorite pre-movie episode, I'm with Stupid). I enjoyed every show he worked on except Fish Hooks. Chowder is good and is certainly the best show on Cartoon Network during its dark age (although its wasn't my favorite because of the flaws). Harvey Beaks is better. - truespongebobfan

An amazing writer/storyboard artist! He's the reason I want to become a writer/board artist myself in the future.

He did an amazing job with SpongeBob and Billy & Mandy. I always liked him. One of the best cartoonist ever.

13 Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Rea Sugar is a Jewish American animator, composer and director. She is best known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, which has made her the first woman to independently create a series for the network.

Amazing song writer I love her I really do - BreakFastBeast2005

This is the person behind some of Adventure Time's best moments.

The mastermind and stellar songwriter behind Steven Universe. Need I say more?

She made the masterpiece Steven Universe and wrote for Adventure Time

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14 Tom Ruegger
15 Kent Osborne

He Wrote "Jake The Brick" for Adventure Time, "Chocolate With Nuts", and "The Krusty Krab Training Video" both for Spongebob

16 Chris Savino Chris Savino Christopher Mason "Chris" Savino (born October 2, 1971 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American animator, writer, producer, director, and storyboard artist. He is best known as the creator of The Loud House on Nickelodeon.

He's my favorite!


17 Daron Nefcy Daron Nefcy

Star vs the forces of evil

18 Matt Groening Matt Groening Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor best known for creating the famous television shows, The Simpsons and Futurama.

The guy who created the Simpsons. A well-known cartoon family watched by millions every year. - JoeBoi

The Simpsons is awesome. - Goatworlds

19 Daniel Chong Daniel Chong
20 Paul Tibbitt Paul Tibbitt Paul Harrison Tibbitt is an American animator, television producer, writer, storyboard artist, songwriter, and voice actor, best known for working on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
21 Dan Povenmire Dan Povenmire Daniel Kingsley "Dan" Povenmire is an American television director, writer, producer, storyboard artist, and voice actor associated with several animated television series, best known as the co-creator of the Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb in which he also voiced the show's villain, Heinz Doofenshmirtz. more.

There were hardly any bad episodes of Phineas and Ferb written, and it looks like Milo Murphy's Law will follow suit.

22 John Kricfalusi John Kricfalusi Michael John Kricfalusi /ˌkrɪsfəˈluːsi/, better known as John K., is a Canadian animator, voice actor, producer, writer, and director best known for creating The Ren & Stimpy Show and founding the animation company Spümcø.


23 Jhonen Vasquez Jhonen Vasquez Jhonen C. Vasquez is an American comic book writer, cartoonist and music video director. He is best known for creating the comic book Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, with its spin-off comics Squee! and I Feel Sick, and the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim.

Created Invader Zim his good

Two words: Invader ZIM.

A god, I love JtHM and Invader Zim. He is truly a king, and his word play is excellent. He has a dark sense of humor and a rad style, and Nny is so cute! ~

24 Craig Bartlett Craig Bartlett Craig Michael Bartlett is an American animator best known for writing for Rugrats and creating the television series Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train. He also voiced various recurring characters in Hey Arnold!

I enjoy everything he's worked on.

25 Aaron Springer Aaron Springer Aaron Springer (born September 5, 1973) is an American cartoon director and storyboard artist. He is best known for his work on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Springer has collaborated with various animation veterans such as Genndy Tartakovsky, Paul Rudish, Rumen Petkov, Stephen more.

Amazing writer! He wrote Band Geeks, The Krusty Krab Training Video, Have You Seen This Snail, and even directed many Gravity Falls episodes. Sure, he's written some bad new Spongebob episodes, but his season 2-3 gold definitely makes up for it. - Noobelli

Also, he's created Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer.

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27 David Feiss David Feiss
28 Pendleton Ward Pendleton Ward Pendleton "Pen" Ward is an American animator, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor who works for Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. He created the Emmy Award-winning series Adventure Time and the internet series Bravest Warriors.

He made Adventure Time, I watched that show when I was 8-12 years old

Get this above Piss Savino! - 445956

29 Jeff Swampy Marsh Jeff Swampy Marsh
30 Kaz

He's a great writer. I enjoyed his work from SpongeBob (seasons 3, 9 and present), Camp Lazlo (the whole run), and Phineas and Ferb (seasons 2-4). People should be happy that he's back on SpongeBob - truespongebobfan

Another good Spongebob writer. He wrote many season 3 episodes, and I'm glad he came back for season 9 and 10. He definitely improved the show. - Noobelli

31 Jim Davis
32 Kyle McCulloch

He wrote a lot of great episodes of Season 9B like Patrick the Game, Sold and The Whole Tooth! Most of them feel like Pre-Movie episodes.

33 Vincent Waller
34 Derek Drymon
35 Bill Watterson

Wrote a clever little comic strip called Calvin and Hobbes... at least needs to be ahead of Jim Davis.

36 Patrick McHale
37 Johnathan Rozanski (MysteriousMrEnter)

He's not a cartoon writer, get him off the list please.

Definitely check him out. His Animated Atrocities review series is very entertaining.

Yes, he is a cartoon writer. Technically speaking.

38 M.A. Larson

Wrote some of the most loved episodes of MLP, including Sonic Rainboom, Return of Harmony, and Amending Fences.

39 Meghan McCarthy
40 Amy Keating Rogers
41 Corey Powell
42 Josh Haber
43 Jack Pendarvis
44 Ennio Torresan, Jr.
45 Peter Hastings
46 Paul Rugg
47 Sherri Stoner
48 Randy Rogel
49 Trey Parker Trey Parker Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer.

Guy who created South Park and does some of the male voices in the show. - JoeBoi

Co-creator of South Park,how not here? - ad48

50 Michael Dante DiMartino Michael Dante DiMartino Michael Dante DiMartino is an American animation director best known as the co-creator, executive producer, and story editor of the animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, both on Nickelodeon.
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Alex Hirsch
2. Craig McCracken
3. Lauren Faust
1. Alex Hirsch
2. Daniel Chong
3. J. G. Quintel
1. Stephen Hillenburg
2. Genndy Tartakovsky
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