Top 10 Most Important Animated Characters

From classic cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny to modern-day anime heroes like Goku and Naruto, the world of animation has given us some of the most beloved and memorable characters in pop culture history.

Whether you grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons or binged on animated movies and TV shows as an adult, there's no denying the impact these characters have had on our lives. They've made us laugh, cry, and even taught us important life lessons. And while we all have our personal favorites, there are certain characters that have stood the test of time and cemented their place in animation history.

But who are these characters? Which animated icons are truly the most important to the world of animation? It's a question that's sure to spark some debate, but that's what makes this list so exciting - it's open to your input! If you see a character that you believe should be on this list, feel free to add them and make your voice heard.
The Top Ten
1 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. The first cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse was the iconic "Steamboat Willie" released in the year 1928.

I mean this guy means a lot, even if you're not a huge Disney fan. I used to make fun of Disney until I put my pride aside. Now I realize how big this mouse is.

If Mickey never existed anime wouldn't exist because he was inspiration for the first anime character ever, Astro Boy.

Made Disney a better company.

Of course, the best

2 Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros.) He is one of (if not) the most famous cartoon characters, and he is in the show Looney Tunes. His famous quote is "What's up doc?". He is a gray colored bunny with big teeth and big feet. His favorite food is carrots.

While Porky may have been the first major Looney Tune character Bugs Bunny surpassed all of them and become the face of Looney Tunes.

His voice was hilarious

3 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.
4 Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones) Frederick "Fred" Flintstone, is the main character of the animated sitcom The Flintstones, which aired during prime-time on ABC during the original series' run from 1960 to 1966. Fred is the husband of Wilma Flintstone and father of Pebbles Flintstone.
5 Pete (Disney)

Without him Mickey Mouse wouldn't have existed, Donald wouldn't have existed, Goofy wouldn't have existed even all the Disney villains owe it to the original Disney villain.

He made his first appearance in the Alice comedies by Walt Disney as an antagonist 3 years before the debut of Mickey Mouse.

6 Felix the Cat (Felix the Cat) Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combine to make Felix one of the most recognized cartoon characters in film history.

First appeared in 1919. Felix was one of the first images ever to be broadcasted on television. Also, he was the first animated character popular enough to draw movie audiences.

Sorry if I'm taking this too far, but should he be higher than Mickey.

Felix the cat was the first cartoon star and deserves more attention

7 Snoopy (Peanuts) Snoopy is a character in comic strip Peanuts. He first appears in the strip from October 4 1950. He often sleeps on the top of his dog house. He belongs to Charlie Brown. He was created by Charles M. Schulz. He also appears in all the specials and the 2015 Peanuts Movie.
8 SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants) SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.

I spent my childhood watching this show, so naturally, when I hear "animated character," Spongebob's the first thing that comes to mind.

Perhaps no other Nickelodeon character is more iconic or had so much success as the yellow sponge himself.

9 Betty Boop (Betty Boop) Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick.
10 Private Snafu (Snafu)

Voiced by non other then Mel Blanc.

The Contenders
11 Porky Pig (Looney Tunes) Porky Pig is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.

Without him Bugs Bunny wouldn't have existed, Daffy Duck wouldn't have existed heck all of the Looney Tune characters wouldn't have existed without Porky Pig.

12 Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls) Mabel Pines is one of the lead characters of the Disney XD animated series Gravity Falls. The character is voiced by Kristen Schaal, and designed by the series creator, Alex Hirsch. She is inspired by Hirsch's own twin sister, Ariel Hirsch. She is a caring, boy-crazy 12 year old girl that spent the summer in the strange town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. She is very emotional and cares a lot for her brother Dipper.

Original and funny.

13 Fritz the Cat (Fritz the Cat)

Before there was South Park, Rick and Morty, Family Guy or even Drawn Together there was the character that started the whole adult cartoon genre back when the idea of a cartoon for adults was unheard of brought to life by the one and only Ralph Bakshi, Fritz the cat who explored the world of sex, drugs and violence.

14 Bart Simpson (The Simpsons) Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is the oldest child, and the only son, in the 1987 show The Simpsons. He was created by Matt Groening. His hobbies are pranking people including Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson.
15 Larke Tanner (Beverly Hills Teens)
16 Tennessee Tuxedo (Tennessee Tuxedo & His Tales)
17 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 with Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick. Cartman first appeared, originally in prototypical form in a 1992 animated short Jesus vs. Frosty, and a 1995 animated short Jesus vs. Santa, and first appeared on television in the pilot episode of South Park, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", on August 13, 1997.

How is a bad role model important?

18 Batman (Batman: The Animated Series)
19 Pikachu (Pokemon) Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation. A mascot of the Pokemon franchise, it's considered to be the most iconic character of all Pokemon species, as well as a major character in Japanese pop culture, due to its companionship with Ash Ketchum in the anime series. Pikachu has been featured in movies such as Pokemon Detective Pikachu as well as music videos - most notably Katy Perry's "Electric" in 2021.
20 Goku (Dragon Ball Z) Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. His real name was suppose to be Kakarrot because that's his Saiyan name, and he is the son of Badrock, and Gina. His brother was Raditz. When they sent Goku (Kakarrot) to Earth his grandfather Gohan took care of him. Later on Goku didn't realize it when he was a kid, but he killed his grandfather Gohan because it was a full moon, and Goku looked at it, so he turned into a giant ape.

While not technically a cartoon character, he is still animated. And come on, it's the true legendary Super Saiyan himself! He's pretty much the reason why so many people are into anime. I might as well even consider him a modern-day Superman in a way, and possibly even better than the Man of Steel himself.

For most people Dragon Ball Z was their introduction to anime and no other anime character is more iconic than Goku.

21 Rose Quartz (Steven Universe)
22 Lincoln Loud (The Loud House)

Are people just going to put anything on this list?

I love all the characters from the Loud House!

23 Arnold Shortman (Hey Arnold)
24 Tom (Tom & Jerry) Thomas "Tom" Cat is a fictional character and one of the title characters in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films.
25 Jerry (Tom & Jerry) Gerald "Jerry" Mouse is a fictional character and one of the title characters in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films. He is a mouse that gets chased by Tom, but tries to trick Tom so he won't catch him.
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