Top 10 Common Cartoon Cliches
The Top Ten
I hate this so much! It also sends an untrue message that if you are a good person, nothing bad will happen to you.
Ahh, I hate this cliche. - WoolenArale
One word: Pokemon - FluffyBanana
However, there are a few exceptions, like Steven Universe, where many of the good characters were poofed and destroyed/shattered.
This has Johny Bravo written all over it! Laugh out loud - NerdyPweeps
They're actually pretty funny.
South Park, The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Etc.
AKA The cheapest way to write jokes.
Baby Blues: Mirage Las Vegas and Steve Wynn reference in 1 episode
Hercules: the Animated Series: Hermes says “Cloud 33” in the episode “Return of Typhon” (reference to Disneyland’s Cloud 33)
OK, this just screams sexism in SO many ways. This isn't actually a cliché, this is now a stereotype. Come on, girls have brains and it's even IMPOSSIBLE for a woman to let someone snatch her and stuff her in a cage in the real world. Reality talk, please!
Girls are the best and boys don’t need to come into it all! How about for once girls are NOT in jail and are NOT the ones in trouble for no reason
I want to hit my head against the wall every time I see a really weak character who needs saving. Like- come ON! If you want to put a girl character in danger, at least don't make her stupid enough to get into it! Make her put up a fight or something- realistically, people don't just let you grab them and throw them into cages. Or don't do it at all! Here's an idea- what if she gets captured and then escapes *without* the hero's help?
This literally tells kids that women are weak. Almost every show has a damsel in distress in it that the main character (of course, a guy) has to constantly save. I mean, come on. Give the woman powers and the guy a break already.
This cliché has been existing for too many damn YEARS. I mean, the villain could at least have the knowledge of hiring smart and serious henchmen. And I noticed that this has been used for "comedic purposes". Definitely NOT comedy for me!
Argh! Why not get a real smart henchmen dudes!?! It’s real annoying seeing that the smart villain has a stupid guy following him EVERYWHERE
It doesn't even make sense to hire incompetents!
All fat and dumb imbeciles talking in slow motion. Why are they normally bald?
Um, this isn't really a cliche. It's just kind of how stories work. The interesting part of the movie is finding out WHY the good guys win, how it happens, and if they loose anyone in the process.
Seriously, sometimes movies let the bad guy win but this is to much these bad guys have thing that are 10 times better then them. But then boom the good guys win, how does this even work? Seriously I hate this.
I know that the good guy is SUPPOSED to win, however sometimes the bad guy will lose so much that he will be a complete failure. (Hint Doofinshmirtz and Perry)
I mean the bad guys need to to have glory at least SOMETIMES.
It's weird how "The Fairly Oddparents" can demonstrate this cliche so easily. That...and all the others listed.
I grew up with this one since I was a formerly known Tom & Jerry super fan when I was a kid. And let me say this: everybody probably grew up with this.
Example: Tom and Jerry, Wile E Coyote and The Road Runner. - egnomac
Poor Team Rocket...
This. Happen. So. Many. TIMES! I hate this, what WOULD be cool to see is the traps and weapons ACTUALLY WORK!
I am aware this saves time for the animators. Instead of having to come up with a lot of character sheets references wearing all the different clothes they just need one(or a lot fewer) but it would be nice to see what different characters' style of clothing would be! That's also a way to learn to know a character. Like in Sailor Moon, the characters wear different clothes, and damn do I love me some good Sailor Moon fashion.
It was funny when the characters in The Amazing World of Gumball made fun of this cliche in their own show
Agreed, one of the worst! Seriously, doesn't it stink? And I'm bored seeing this! Example: Mickey Mouse, from 19's to this day. His shorts must stink by now.
I feel like the character designer should at least have them wear 4 or 5 differenent clothes.
Has anyone ever seen Ed, Edd'n Eddy Parents or even Beavis and Butt-heads parents for that matter. - egnomac
And even when they're around they never seem to keep an eye on their kids.
The backyardigans but we never see their parents. - Ilovestephanie
That should be number 1! because it s very sexist - Iamcool
Marge and Homer, Peter and Lois, Timmy's Mom and Dad, Richard and Nicole Watterson. It just gets old. - PatrickStar3
Lois is a terrible wife and Timmy's mom is just as dumb as his dad. - RobertWisdom
Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Hugh Neutron, Goofy, Billy's Dad from Billy & Mandy, the list goes on!
Bob and Linda aren't perfect, but they're there for each other. I like that.
Yeah. Mickey Mouse in the 2013 series, for example, doesn't deserve any of the abuse he goes through
Hate this one! Stop with this, it's just sad.
Only two little words:Modern and Spongebob
This has Timmy Turner all over it - 23windomt
This isn't a bad cliche to be honest. it's just for the humour - Ohno
They hang there in mid-air.
Nothing bad happens to them or they go to the hospital for 2 minutes.
New episode. - Miauzer
The only greedy person that I know is Angelica pickles from rugrats because she can be really annoying
Greedy characters: Scrooge Mcduck, Mr. Krabs, Mr. Burns, Montana Max & Cat from Catdog. - egnomac
Scrooge isn't that greedy; at least not in the reboot. I never watched the original so I don't know. - 23windomt
You see these all the time in cartoons, with regular civilians carrying torches and pitchforks against the main character
Of course! They always try to kill someone over the littlest things!
The Loud House. Lincoln and Ronnie Anne (or whatever her name is), Lori and Bobby. Period.
What the heck kinda cartoons are you guys watching? LMAO - RobertWisdom
*WARNING, SPOILER. DO NOT READ BELOW. JUST IGNORE IT.*
In Star vs. The Forces of Evil, it is confirmed the protagonist has a crush on her bestfriend, which is a Latin-American.
Realistically, no one would boast about how evil they are unless they are a sadist. Usually, if someone is going against you, they would have reasons. Those reasons do not include taking over, or destroying the world. These reasons are usually the villain doing what they think is the right thing to do, and defending what they need to defend. So, a villain wouldn't boast about how evil he is because he's doing what he believes is right. Unless he's a sadist.
Yeah, characters need to be round, not flat with one stereotypical trait.
There is nothing which grinds my gears more than a good guys vs. bad guys plot. Such plots are black and white, portraying the main characters like they are perfect and their enemies like they are completely evil. Despite what many people want to think, real life is nothing like this! People in real life start wars because they want to protect their own interests, not because they feel like they have a moral obligation to get rid of the "bad guys". Although real-life people we label as "bad guys" tend to be terribly mislead or brainwashed, it is still extremely naïve to say that they are purely evil. Also, it is possible to make an action genre without a good guys vs. bad guys plot. This can be done by depicting both sides of a conflict neutrally.
I agree so much with the one below! Like in Pokémon I liked Team Rocket more than Ash and his friends because Team Rocket had more personality, they dared be rude, silly and they never gave up even though they kept failing. It was more motivational than Ash's journey of becoming a Pokémon master It felt sad when most of all sad, awkward and dumb things happened to Team Rocket just because they are supposed to be the bad guys. We need a grey cartoon(this sounds more boring than what it is)!
Examples include Kim Possible, Totally Spies, Atomic Betty, etc.
Starfire can fight crime! - DynastiSugarPop
Heck its not even just Girls,how many Cartoons have you seen about a Kid/Teenager that was Born with Superpowers/Achieved Superpowers that is Fighting Crime and a Silly Villain that has a Moronic Sidekick which is the reason why his Plans Backfire at him
this Cliche started around the Late 90s with the Powerpuff Girls and started Rocketing in the 2000s with Cartoons such as Kim Possible,Teen Titans,MLAAR,Totally Spies,Ben 10,Danny Phantom,American Dragon and Others
this Cliche isn't bad its actually good and enjoyable - MarsBlast
Johnny Test, Snoopy, Paw Patrol, 101 Dalmatians, Jake from Adventure Time, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Toy Story (with reason), Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show is a chihuahua, The Fairly Odd Parents recently got a dog, Pound Puppies.
Adventure Time, Scooby Doo, The Fairly OddParents, Tom and Jerry, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Family Guy. - PatrickStar3
Rita and Lynn Sr from the loud house have their faces shown idiot
Mammy Two Shoes, Rita and Lynn sr Loud. - PatrickStar3
Sorry, I meant Dr. Claw.
Mrs. Sara Bellum from PPG. - starryrcad
Just imagine a villain with a really cute laugh
Some laughs are good but sometimes, it needs to stop. - WoolenArale
Evil laughing is amazing when it's done right. - Miauzer
The Backyardigans minus Pablo. He has mitten like flippers. - Ilovestephanie
Steven Universe doesn't
The Loud House is a perfect example! - DynastiSugarPop
I know it makes it easier to animate but it's very ugly :(
This isn’t a cartoon trope. Many live-action shows have Christmas specials too. - ParanormalFantasy
What's wrong with Christmas Specials - 23windomt
To be honest I love Cosmo and Patrick Star as they were before. SpongeBob was good until season 4 came. Pranks a lot was the last awesome episode of SpongeBob. Rip
Examples: Cosmo, Patrick Star, Stimpy etc.
Patrick, Cosmo, Timmy's Dad, Homer, Bart, Ed, etc. - PatrickStar3
Pablo from the Backyardigans. - Ilovestephanie
This is so annoying. Cheerleaders can be nice too :c
Bonnie Rockweller is this. - DynastiSugarPop
Lincoln Loud in "A Novel Idea" and "Cover Girls". - DynastiSugarPop
Patrick from Spongebob SquarePants in the episode That’s No Lady and SpongeBob in the episode The Slumber Party
Oh boy this has Lindsay written all over it
Lindsay: Is Tyler writing this
Lindsay cries and runs away
It got old long ago.
Liv and Maddie - Miauzer
Leni, Lindsay, Dee Dee. - PatrickStar3
Ed Edd n Eddy
Yea this happy but you got to admit the expressions the character makes when this happens is usually hilarious.
There's Dr. Two-Brains from the Wordgirl show on PBS Kids.
Jimmy Neutron, Dexter, Lisa Loud, etc. - 23windomt
Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory is a scientist, not sure about a 'mad' one however. Mad scientists aren't as common in cartoons than in real-life shows or movies.
Luan Loud is this trope! - DynastiSugarPop
I always saw those scenes all the time in Snow Episodes, I hope that's got to be A Cartoon Cliche
Listed twice. - DynastiSugarPop
Seen this so many times and it never gets old
ICONIC - 23windomt
Freaky Friday - 23windomt
Seriously! Swapping bodies isn’t always good! It’s frustrating to watch characters whine if they recently swapped bodies. Also, why should it even be a plot?! It should’ve stayed on fan art!
There’s always one danger being faced until the characters get caught in a river, and once the going gets good, there’s a giant waterfall with a calm pool at the bottom.
The fat boy who is always talking about food
Examples- Patrick star, Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks, etc
Owen from TD
Gravity Falls. - PatrickStar3
*cough* Happy Tree Friends. *cough* - DynastiSugarPop
Like that Teen Titans Go! Episode Ghost Boy - 23windomt
This is just like a book about Brer Rabbit I read. - Miauzer
Total Drama World Tour's the only one I can think of. - PatrickStar3