1 Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.
One of my favorite shows. - Miauzer
The plot is straightfoward, but the world-building that happens is the real star of the show. - keycha1n
THE REAL DEAL
THE REAL STEAL.
MOST COMPLEX N BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECE OF ART
2 Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.
3 Batman Beyond
4 Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity ...read more.
The best in overall
One of my favourite shows and has a great story
It has a surprisingly good story, it’s pretty entertaining and the ending was amazing!
5 Invader Zim
Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.
6 Steven Universe
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.
Steven Universe has evidence of its plots in its surroundings. The main characters all contribute to the story and the emotions between them. This. Is. A. Masterpiece!
If your looking for a show with a lot of plot, This is the right cartoon to pick. Season 1 is mainly charecter development, season 2 has way more plot and lots of mystery, season 3 has even more plot and action, season 4 has lots of new themes and season 5 is more space themed.
Really surprised that I like this. Some twists make me super excited and for a 21 year old college student... I like it
This show is so complex and incredible. And so emotional!
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7 Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.
8 Kim Possible
Kim Possible is an American animated children's television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel.
9 Young Justice
AMAZING! The most complex and thought-out plot I’ve ever seen in a cartoon.
10 Danny Phantom
Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world ...read more.
11 Adventure Time
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape ...read more.
Really nice story with memorable characters!
Adventure time had one of ththr most complex story lines ever not just for a cartoon for a T.V. show over all there's so many different dimensions and plot lines and look holes.
Very complex plot line
liked it a lot, benchwatching now lol
One of the best cartoons I've ever watched!
I love the plot and how they explore other characters' stories.
12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
13 The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network from 2012 to 2014. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Korra is a bad show
14 Star vs. the Forces of Evil
"Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her ...read more.
15 Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.
16 Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.
Um, last I checked, Sword Art Online is a Japanese anime series, not an American cartoon. Eh, either way, Sword Art Online actually has a good and decent story despite all the garbage the haters have been going on about with their salty SAO hate parade. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
It does have a pretty decent plot.
Also, to those who say this is not a cartoon, I have some big news for you.
It is a cartoon, just a japanese one. They never said the results on this page were limited to western animation.
17 Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is an American animated mystery comedy-drama series; the series serves as the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo media franchise created by Hanna-Barbera, as well as the first that was not originally run on Saturday mornings.
As far as surprisingly complex, this one takes the cake. - BeatlesFan1964
It's the greatest show ever! I couldn't stop watching after season 1. I wanted there to be a season 3, but the series finished.😢
Ok I have absolutely NO idea why I did not put this in the top 5! >:O
lol I have binge watched the series so many times.
the art, the charecters, and the story, all fabulous! - moonwolf
18 Teen Titans
Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.
19 JoJo's Bizarre Adventures
Super manly not gay I swear
20 Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim.
Speechless... this is the most incredible and intellectual comedy cartoon that’s ever been created. This is what inspired me to do animation.
21 Samurai 7
22 Ok Ko: Let's Be Heroes!
23 The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-Australian-German-American-Irish children's animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.
24 Regular Show
Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.
25 Ben 10
Ben 10 is a media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The franchise revolves around a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires a watch-like alien device, the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into ten different alien creatures.
26 Generator Rex
Generator Rex is an American science fantasy action animated television series created by Man of Action for Cartoon Network.
It is the best thing I ever watched
Fantastic underrated series
Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series features a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn to stone during the day.
28 Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival ...read more.
29 Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful ...read more.
What was amazing about this show was the DIALOGUE, not so much the actual "plot" itself - xandermartin98
30 The Loud House
The Loud House is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the chaotic suburban everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, to which he survives as the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children. ...read more.
31 Æon Flux
32 Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house.
33 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and is the 14th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons (albeit namely when it was part of Grim & Evil; the show is considered separate from Cartoon Cartoons ...read more.
Used to love this show. - Miauzer
34 We Bare Bears
An animated comedy show by Daniel Chong about three different species of bears - Grizzly, Panda and Ice bear (polar bear). Since they were little, they wanted to get adopted by owners separately. But then they missed each other too much, so they reunited again. Now as adults, they now live in a cave ...read more.
35 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a children's animated fantasy television series developed by Lauren Faust, produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media Vancouver . Despite the target demographic of young girls, Friendship Is Magic has also gained a large following of older viewers, mainly young and ...read more.
36 Transformers: Animated
At first it sparked controversy, but was provened to be awesome
How is this surprising? YuGiOh! is amazing and everyone knows that. - Miauzer
38 Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.
39 Viva Piñata
40 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
41 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
42 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc.
How has this not been added yet. Amazing show.
43 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Such a good super hero show
Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.
45 Code Lyoko
Code Lyoko is a French animated television series created by Thomas Romain and Tania Palumbo and produced by Moonscoop.
Code Kyoto is that French animated program that everyone thinks is an anime that used to air on Cartoon Network's TOONAMI block. The show is about a group of boarding school students that find an abandoned factory that contains a supercomputer that gives them access to a virtual world known as LYOKO, LYOKO is infected with an intelligent virus named XANA that is powerful enough to affect the real world, so the kids band together as the Kyoto warriors to fight it. It sounds pretty simple and I guess it kinda is, but the lore goes a lot deeper than you would think but if you want to give this show a try I can't really say anything else without spoiling so just trust me when I say it goes beyond just being a real-life video game. The show has aged pretty well! but some of the scenes may drag on a little longer than you would like so I guess you can say that the pacing is a little dated, also the entire first season was written very episodically to help attract new viewers ( Still giving ...more