Most Controversial Cartoon Episodes

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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

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

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.

My Eyes!

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2 200 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

This is the worstthing South Park has ever done, South Park just put their worst of the worst ideas for that controversial cartoon episode.

It likes a very natzni schock jews cartmann is likes hitler

Real Shame It Was Banned
It Was A Really Good Episode

3 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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4 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.

Ren and Stimpy is a pointless piece of garbage with no moral. I hate Ren because he always violently abuses Stimpy and calls him nasty names. What's up with that?

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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 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

7 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

8 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.

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 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 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

Fans Got So Angry That They Brought Brian Back - JPK

Really upset over this episode.

14 I Dream of Jesus from Family Guy

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

15 Surf's Up from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

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

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

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..

Donald duck is Nazi

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

21 Arthur's Big Hit from Arthur
22 Beauty and the Beach From Pokemon

It was the Japanese version of the episode that garnered the most controversy. - egnomac

A boy had boobs

This episode is very sexcist

23 Gary Takes a Bath from SpongeBob SquarePants

And it's also controversial for a certain little joke SpongeBob made trying to get Gary in the bath...

While the episode used continuous dirty jokes, the one that got it banned was the scene where Spongebob hands Gary two bars of soap and says "Don't drop them."

That girl... Don't remind me...

Watch Jungle Jail on Youtube and see what I mean. It's a lot worst than this episode.

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24 Buffalo Gals from Cow and Chicken

Got banned for portraying the Buffalo Gals as lesbians. - egnomac

As weird as the show is already, it isn't surprising to see this episode on the list.

25 One Coarse Meal from SpongeBob SquarePants

The worst SpongeBob episode. This episode made me feel sick and disgusted that such a serious issue of suicide could be made fun of. Yes Plankton is a villain but this episode really made me feel bad for him. Whoever wrote this episode clearly was an idiot.

This one was the worst I'd ever seen. I loved Plankton even though he's a villain - mind you, when I love a movie character, it's almost always the villain I loved. But this was worse than "The Splinter" - and that was the episode which haunted my nightmares! - redhawk766

Hate this one. Plankton commits suicide - Goatworlds

Mr. Krabs was literally Hitler in this episode. - kcianciulli

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26 Daffy the Commando from Looney Tunes
27 Episode 12 from School Days

Is School Days is an anime horror?

Makoto is killed by Sekai because he cheated her. Konotoha behead the corpse of Makoto, kills Sekai and open her uterus to see if she is pregnant from Makoto. In the end, Konotoha goes to a trip in her boat, embracing Makoto's head.

28 Turban Cowboy from Family Guy

Don't Forget The Scene Where Peter Runs Over Boston Marathon Runners. - kcianciulli

I Think Seth Himself realized he went too far on this one. - kcianciulli

It Makes Fun of Terrorism. - kcianciulli

29 The Ducktators from Looney Tunes

Main character is Hitler as a duck. - egnomac

30 Excel Saga Episode 26

So bloody and lots of nudity

31 See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey from The Powerpuff Girls

Banned due to Communist views. - egnomac

It was actually banned because of flashing lights that could lead to seizures. - AliciaMae

Banned, mostly due to seizures. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

32 Blue Cat Blues from Tom and Jerry

It ended with the two of them committing suicide

Tom and Jerry commit suicide by trying to get run over by a train - Ajkloth

33 When You Wish Upon a Wienstein From Family Guy

The whole "I need a Jew" song. That wasn't the only thing. This episode was so offensive Fox refused to air it for two years

Well It's Certainly Controversial For A Second Reason Now Since What Weinstien's Been Doing - JPK

34 Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q from Family Guy

This episode disgusts me with its portrayal of domestic abuse.

Plus, Kaitlin Olson did a horrible job voicing Brenda, she made Brenda act completely different from her appearance in "Jerome is the New Black" when Nana Visitor voiced her. - kcianciulli

35 Leap Frogs From Rocko's Modern Life

Although nearly every single minute of this show (including this episode) was pure animation gold, I'll admit that this one in particular was disturbing. However, "Camera Shy" was more controversial in my opinion due to the pornographic film of Rocko walking down a staircase naked (followed by an obvious masturbation innuendo).

36 The Splinter from SpongeBob SquarePants

Behold! One of my worst SpongeBob nightmares. I like SpongeBob, but why did the creators have to throw in something so disturbing? Every little detail of how SpongeBob got the splinter, blood and pus, then we watch Patrick put garbage over it to infect it. Gross. When PhantomStrider reviewed it, I covered the screen of my phone with my hand. I hate "The Splinter". - redhawk766

I can't watch this without gagging or covering my eyes. I hate this episode with a burning passion. However, it doesn't really fit under controversial.

I agree. This episode is gross and makes me wince every time!

This is my least favorite episode of all time. - Datguyisweird666

37 Seahorse Seashell Party from Family Guy
38 Camera Shy from Rocko's Modern Life

No, that's not the creepy part. The creepy (and hilarious) part is that his best friends were actually hiding outside his window, EAGERLY filming it without his permission. - xandermartin98

Apparently, the episode depicted Rocko walking downstairs, naked.

Apparently privacy isn't a thing where I'm from... - Rocko

39 Fresh Heir from Family Guy

Peter Marries His Son, Enough Said. - kcianciulli

40 Man's Best Friend from the Ren and Stimpy Show

It's already on here... - Goatworlds

41 The Hunger Strike From The Boondocks

Got banned for portraying the B.E. T network as an evil organization bent on the destruction of black people. - egnomac

42 Bleep from Arthur

I didn't get it at first, but then I realized what the episode was about.

What is bleep has to do with.

D.W. overhears a curse word from a teenage boy. She begins to fear saying it because something might get broken. The Tibble twins claim that a person then becomes a zombified slave. D.W. then tells another friend which gets her into big trouble.

43 To Love a Patty from SpongeBob SquarePants

Watch the clams part and you'll see what I mean.

Fun Fact:
This episode was controversial according PETA.

44 The Return of Slade from Teen Titans Go

It's a total ratings trap, but at least it wasn't disturbing.

Oh-Kay... How In Any Way Is It Controversial?

45 Catatonic from The Mighty B!
46 Meet Minerva from Animaniacs

It was banned due to sex references

47 Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs from Warner Brothers

I think it's the most controversial cartoon. Its offensive considering all the extremely racist stereotypes it has, but at the same time the cartoon was kind of the creators' way of celebrating African American music.

I think the creators wanted to make a "modern" spin on the classic Snow White tale, and seeing as how jazz and stuff was big, and some people found black culture, or at least what they thought was black culture, cool, they decided to go with that.

So its not entirely racist, and may have good intentions, but I can see why its offensive and really is very controversial.

Disney had won the Snow White lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment. - playstationfan66

48 Boys of Bummer from The Simpsons

Again, like one coarse meal, it tries to make suicide funny

49 Their Place from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
50 Donna Cruz's Island from Mobile Suit Gundam
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