Most Controversial Cartoon Episodes

Cartoon episodes that caused a lot of controversy and garnered negative reception leading to most of them being banned.

The Top Ten

1 Electric Soldier Porygon From Pokemon

The international dubbing has made several edits. They could've easily removed the flashing lights and replace them with a single color (white or yellow) lightning bolt as they used to do in other episodes. Really, they didn't need to ban a 22 minute episode for a 3 second moment that could have easily been edited. - Martin_Canine

It caused seizures so bad, over 600 Japanese people had to be sent to the hospital. Apart from being banned from television after it's one airing, this caused the show to stop airing for four months.

Ironically even though Pikachu was the one responsible for the effect they never again showed Porygon on an episode of Pokemon. - ZZDOORAL

My Eyes!

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2 Rude Removal From Dexter's Labatory

The swearing in this one was edgy but it shouldn't be taken seriously because many other children's cartoons had episodes using the same method, such as SpongeBob, Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats, and Tiny Toon Adventures. The title card for Rude Removal goes a bit beyond that, though, showing Dee Dee holding up the middle finger - Mcgillacuddy

Was banned due to the constant use of profanity - egnomac

This happens to be my favorite episode from Dexter's Laboratory. But what is shocking to me is for kids and they swearing going around this episode and never aired. But, SpongeBob did it too and they did aired it and it's still getting aired on T.V.. - CartoonsGirl

That's because in Dexter's Laboratory, it was clear what they were saying - PeeledBanana

Here are the shows with swearing episodes:
Who Said That? - Baby Looney Tunes
The Bleep Episode - Arthur
Potty Mouth - The Loud House

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3 200 From South Park

Along with the second Part 201 was controversial mainly because once again the shows creators had the Prophet Muhammad involved in the story line both Parker and Stone received threats from the Revolution Muslim. - egnomac

It likes a very natzni schock jews cartmann is likes hitler

Real Shame It Was Banned
It Was A Really Good Episode

4 Man's Best Friend From The Ren & Stimpy Show Man's Best Friend From The Ren & Stimpy Show

I am a big fan of the Ren and Stimpy Show (I watch full episodes online), so I was interested in hearing about their banned episode. But what the heck was this?! Tobacco references were all over the place, but what really got it banned was the scene where Ren beats his owner with a paddle. It was INCREDIBLY violent and definitely went too far for a kid show. - Garythesnail

I don't understand why Nickelodeon banned Ren and Stimpy because of this episode... Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network are MUCH worse than this now and Ren and Stimpy have worse episodes than this one. Like Ren's Pecs, where they actually show blood during Ren's operation.

I don't know why it was banned. I mean, there was no blood in it at all.

Too violent? This? I beg to differ. I've seen much worse than this! Also, the infamous scene actually makes me laugh. Also, George Liqour was asking for it. - Svampbob164

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5 Trapped In the Closet From South Park

Not surprisingly the shows creators came under fire from sociologist even Issac Hayes the voice of Chef quit when they refused to pull the episode. - egnomac

You can blame this episode for chefs death - yk1ll3r

I see this episode is gay

6 Super Best Friends From South Park

You can actually get killed just for watching this episode because of the whole your not allowed to show an image of Muhammad thing which they did for the first and only time. - ZZDOORAL

This is the only episode that actually shows an image of Muhammad. - egnomac

7 One Beer from Tiny Toon Adventures One Beer from Tiny Toon Adventures

I watched the actual episode. The episode consists of the friends getting drunk, and then driving a car down a clift.

This episode teaches a great lesson in a horrible way

They reaired it on the Hub Network.

8 Dark Harvest from Invader Zim

I love this show and this episode, I have it downloaded and it's amazing despite its disturbing imagery

Needs to be higher

9 Partial Terms of Endearment from Family Guy

This episode was banned in the United States because of the plot involving the subject of abortion. - kcianciulli

10 Barbequor From Dexter's Labatory

Silver Spooner reminds of Fred Lou from Outlaw Star

This episode was actually banned because of the featured villian characters were being used without the permission of the silver surfer comics - Bunearylove75

I saw the episode on YouTube today and I'm gonna guess why it was banned: It had to do with a supervillain, Silver Spooner portrayed as a stereotypical homosexual. Not to mention that Krunk got drunk; ironic because it rhymes.

The Newcomers

? Straight Illin from Clarence

Was banned after it's one airing. - kcianciulli

The Contenders

11 Blame It On Lisa From The Simpsons

Unfaithful recreation of Brazil insinuating the country is full of rats, monkeys and robbers. No wonder which is one of most controversial episodes from Simpsons.

Brazil was so infuriated by the episode they actually threatened to sue Fox - egnomac

What is the plot?

It decipts Brazil terribly

12 Burning Clouds of Sand from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Controversial due to an infamous scene where Kira and Flay have some X with each other - PerfectImpulseX

13 I Dream of Jesus from Family Guy

It uses the f word 7 times and the n word once. - RalphBob

14 Surf's Up from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

Controversial due to the tsunami that happened in India at the time - PerfectImpulseX

15 Life of Brian from Family Guy

This isn't controversial in the sense it should be banned but controversial to fans of the show as (SPOILER ALERT) the show kills of a fan favorite, Brian. - micdanchris

Really upset over this episode.

16 Candibalism from Viva PiƱata

I'm shock that 4kids would do that!

The dance scene was a clear incest joke.

17 Usagi's Love! The Moonlight Lights up the Galaxy from Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars
18 Extra Large Medium From Family Guy

Chris dates a girl with down syndrome and at one point she says her mother was the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was outraged over the episode claiming they were making fun of her son who has Down Syndrome. - egnomac

Is the only reason for this episode being controversial because of that girl with down syndrome?

I don't like sarah palin but this was just rude and sick. I hate family guy so much - thedeadthebadandthedexter00

The Girl with Down Syndrome was played by an actual girl with Down Syndrome. - kcianciulli

19 Der Fuehrer's Face from Donald Duck

Donald duck is Nazi

Der Fuehrer's Face (also known as Donald Duck in Nutziland) is a propaganda cartoon created by Walt Disney back in WW2. It shows Donald Duck being a Nazi and works on a missle factory and somehow salutes Hitler inside the picture. But Hitler (in his voice) convinced Donald that he will be going on vacation IF he will work harder and harder then it was completely messed up until the story was just a dream. Donald hugging the Statue Of Liberty as he loves being an American.

This short did won an Oscar for Best Pictures but screw that award because the way Oscar give an accolades to Frozen.

I'm glad this won't aired on T.V..

20 Pause From The Boondocks

Only aired one time and was taken off the air after Tyler Perry was infuriated by his depiction in the episode. - egnomac

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1. Man's Best Friend From The Ren & Stimpy Show
2. One Beer from Tiny Toon Adventures
3. Life of Brian from Family Guy
1. Rude Removal From Dexter's Labatory
2. Barbequor From Dexter's Labatory
3. Man's Best Friend From The Ren & Stimpy Show
1. Electric Soldier Porygon From Pokemon
2. Burning Clouds of Sand from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
3. Surf's Up from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

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