Top 10 Animated Characters Who Were Raised By Single Parents

For this list, we will be looking at the top 10 animated characters from movies, cartoons, and anime who, for the most part, were raised by single parents. This can be due to the other parent being dead, divorced, separated, or for any other reasons. Adopted parents and legal guardians can also be included.
The Top Ten
1 Max Goof - Goof Troop Maximilian "Max" Goof is a fictional character who is the son of the Disney character Goofy. He first appeared in the 1992 television series Goof Troop as a preteen.

In both the Goof Troop series and the movies, Max is mostly raised by his single father, Goofy. However, we are never really given any information about Max's mom.

A Goofy Movie was my childhood!

2 Nemo - Finding Nemo

Raised by his father, Marlin, after his mother and the rest of his siblings were devoured by a barracuda in the opening scene of Finding Nemo, the event led to Marlin becoming overprotective of Nemo. This eventually caused Nemo to rebel, resulting in his capture by divers. As a result, Marlin embarks on a journey to find him.

3 Ginger Foutley - As Told by Ginger

Throughout the series, it has been shown that Ginger and her younger brother, Carl, are raised by their mother, Lois, after their father, Jonas, left the family shortly after Carl was born. Jonas has not been there for them, although he does eventually make more appearances later in the series, usually to offer Ginger fatherly advice. While Ginger tries to have some sort of relationship with him, Carl still acts pretty cold towards him for walking out on them.

4 Chuckie Finster - Rugrats

Before Rugrats in Paris, Chuckie was raised by his father, Chas. It was revealed in the Mother's Day episode that Chuckie's mom died when he was very little. Leading up to the episode, Chas tried to keep Chuckie from finding out about her, fearing that he would miss her.

5 Ronnie Anne Santiago - The Loud House Ronnie Anne Santiago is a fictional character from The Loud House as one of Lincoln's best friends and Bobby's younger sister who was first mentioned by name in the episode "Heavy Meddle" as a girl who relentlessly harassed Lincoln in which his sisters convince him that her bullying really meant that... read more

It was revealed in The Loud House Season 4 episode Friended! that Ronnie Anne's parents are separated. For the most part, she was raised along with Bobby by their mother as a single parent before moving to the city to be with their extended family.

So Ronnie Anne Loud have a single parent? Geez, how much stuff I did not know about Loud House

6 Buster Baxter - Arthur

Many Arthur episodes have touched on Buster's parents being divorced, such as in the episode Arthur's Faraway Friend. In this episode, Buster finds out that he's going to be staying with his father for a few months. In another episode, 1001 Dads, Arthur worries that Buster is sad about not having his dad around during the Father's Day Picnic. Arthur tries to find a new dad for Buster to go to the picnic with. However, Buster later has a talk with Arthur and tells him that even though it's hard not having his dad around, he still enjoys the time he does have with him. Buster emphasizes that even though his parents aren't together anymore, he still has a family.

7 Eric Cartman - South Park Eric Theodore Cartman, often referred to just by his surname, is a main character, as well as a major antagonist and occasional antihero in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Parker. He is one of four central characters in South Park, along... read more
8 Sherman - Mr. Peabody & Sherman

In both the movie and cartoon, Sherman is adopted by Mr. Peabody. However, in the movie, their relationship is explored more as an actual father and son dynamic. During the movie, a child protective service agent questions Mr. Peabody's ability to raise a child after an incident where Sherman bites a student named Penny. The agent believes Sherman's behavior stems from being raised by a dog.

9 Pepper Ann Pearson - Pepper Ann
10 Homer Simpson - The Simpsons Homer Jay Simpson is the main protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

Was raised alone by his father after his mother was forced to go on the run. She was singled out by Mr. Burns when she and her friends destroyed his germ lab. From there, Abe told Homer that his mother was dead. However, it is revealed in Mother Simpson that Homer's mother is still alive and remains a fugitive.

The Contenders
11 Roger Klotz - Doug Roger Klotz is the main antagonist of Doug. He is Doug Funnie's enemy and later friend, and often goes to great extents to bully him or make him look stupid in front of his crush, Patti Mayonnaise.

Despite being your typical bully, Roger has shown that there is more to him than meets the eye. For starters, it is revealed in an episode called "Doug and Patti P.I." that Roger's parents are divorced. Additionally, he sabotaged the father-son wheelbarrow race.

12 Steven Universe - Steven Universe
13 Johnny Bravo - Johnny Bravo
14 Mavis - Hotel Transylvania

Raised by her over protective father Dracula after her mother was killed by humans.

15 Dumbo - Dumbo
16 Wendy Corduroy - Gravity Falls Wendy Blerble Corduroy (born ca. 1997) is a major character in the animated series, Gravity Falls. She is a tall, laid-back teenager working a part-time job at the Mystery Shack. Fun-loving and rebellious, she frequently shirks responsibility for activities that she finds more enjoyable, such as hanging... read more

I'm honestly curious as to if it's ever mentioned that she has a mother or not. I don't think so, I still love her as a character though.

Her father raising her alone made her more masculine and into fighting

17 Kubo - Kubo and The Two Strings

Such an underrated movie this was.

18 Nelson Muntz - The Simpsons Nelson Mandela Muntz is a fictional character and the lead school bully from the animated TV series The Simpsons.
19 Jim Hawkins - Treasure Planet

His bond with John Silver is arguably as strong as that with his own mother if not stronger.

20 Belle - Beauty and the Beast Belle is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991) and in the live action remake Beauty and the Beast (2017). Belle is the intelligent and selfless young daughter of an inventor who does not conform to the normal ways of her small... read more
21 Bambi - Bambi Bambi is the title character in Felix Salten's 1923 novel Bambi, a Life in the Woods and its sequel Bambi's Children, as well as the Disney animated films

Strangely, Bambi is initially raised alone by his mother, while his dad is somewhat absent. However, after she is killed by the hunter, Bambi's father shows up, tells him that his mother is dead, and proceeds to raise Bambi from then on.

22 Gosalyn Mallard - Darkwing Duck
23 Tiana - Princess and the Frog Princess Tiana of Maldonia is a fictional main character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 49th animated feature film The Princess and the Frog.

Was raised by both parents until her father died.

24 Adrien Agreste - Miraculous Ladybug Adrien is a deuteragonist in the show, Miraculous Ladybug. His hero self is Chat Noir. Ironically, unlike Chat who is snarky, active, and have too many freedom, he is opposite of Chat, kind, polite, calm, and cool. He is born and live in rich family, however, despite he is rich, he is really kind to... read more
25 Ariel - The Little Mermaid Princess Ariel is a fictional character and the title character of Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated film The Little Mermaid.

Was raised along side her 6 other sisters by their father King Triton after their mother was crushed to death by pirates.

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