Top Ten Darkest Cartoon Shows Ever Created

Shows with darkness and add horrific scenery we still remember to this day.

The Top Ten

1 Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.

It may be dark, But this Cartoon is still awesome! - nintendofan126

Never thought of it as a dark show - Matt92647

Watching it ruined my sleep. - TriggerTrashKid

Return the slab

2 Invader Zim Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.

This sparked my love for mystery and horror, I am grateful this show ever came to air

Great show, just very dark - htoutlaws2012

It should be number 1

It sucks this show got cancelled. On season 1 - Matt92647

3 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is an American animated television series created by Thurop Van Orman for Cartoon Network that premiered in North America on June 5, 2008. It stars creator Thurop Van Orman as the voice of Flapjack, a naive young boy who was raised by a whale named Bubbie and more.

All I remember is that creepy cat with just a close up of black eyes like huh. - htoutlaws2012

This show is a bit of a blur to me but I still remember it. Well most of the creepy parts about it - Matt92647

4 Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Has some dark tones with humor. - htoutlaws2012

It's pretty dark it show be higher on the list - Matt92647

Its dark, I'll admit. But this show is still a part of my childhood. - nintendofan126

This is the greatest masterpiece in the pathetic history of mankind and plus Mandy is the greatest cartoon character ever written, this is should be number 1!

5 Mr. Meaty Mr. Meaty is a Canadian-American television series created by Jamie Shannon and Jason Hopley. The show centers on two lazy teenage boys named Josh Redgrove and Parker Dinkleman, who work at a fast food restaurant.
6 Salad Fingers

I love rusty spoons

7 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity more.

Pause at the scene where soos and Wendy think bipper is dipper his eyes disappear and start to glow. - RockStarr

8 The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.
9 Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape more.

Mis-adventure time is so disturbing because mi-stakes is so disturbing!

Princess Cookie, Lemon grab, the list goes on

10 Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

This cartoon is great but it's not all dark and edgy. But it doesn't have to be. It knows what it is.

The Contenders

11 Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon

No not the beloved show from nick, the Spike T.V. messed up version - htoutlaws2012

12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 Version) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series based on the fictional superhero team. It aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017.

The 2012 one is just as terrifying - 445956

The utrom shredder is by far the darkest villain ever

13 Goosebumps Goosebumps is a Canadian-American horror anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's best-selling Goosebumps book series.

Um, Goosebumps is not a cartoon.

Goosbumps is not a cartoon, and the quality is so bad that it is more comedic than what it's supposed to be.

14 Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is an American animated mystery comedy-drama series; the series serves as the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo media franchise created by Hanna-Barbera, as well as the first that was not originally run on Saturday mornings.

Spoilers* Everyone but the gang technically dies - flash101

15 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful more.
16 Rick and Morty Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim.
17 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival more.

I think it's pretty dark, but, still, cool! 💙 I've even made a video with it!

18 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. more.

There was an episode (Slide Whistle Stooges) where someone flat out tells Squidward "GO ASSAULT YOUR OWN BABY! " if you listen closely. I'm not even joking, this is for real. And it's hilarious. - KalloFox34

This show does get quite dark. The most notable one, in my opinion, is "Squid's Visit". - Rocko

In seasons 1-3 and a few post-movie episodes, this got... Pretty dark.

Dark? One of the dumbest cartoon shows ever created.

19 Happy Tree Friends Happy Tree Friends is an adult animated flash series created and developed by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff for Mondo Media.
20 Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network.

This cartoon definitely deserves more love. The whole cartoon practically screams symbolism from riding a ferry, wherein you need pennies to ride, to the skeleton pumpkins saying that "You'll join us someday".

The villains kinda creeped me

21 Hey Arnold

Very. It got into many dark things. Still my favorite show to this day.

22 Cow and Chicken Cow and Chicken was an American animated comedy television series created by David Feiss for Cartoon Network, and the third of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.

And it also copied Ren and Stimpy - KalloFox34

23 Ben 10 Alien Force

It's one of those CN shows that can have dark moments and is aimed at a older audience- but it can be pretty funny

24 Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

Why is this not number one, the show’s themes are mature and dark
Involving drug dealing, loss, revenge, grief, crime, social classes, death, and the guns fire bullets. There is blood occasionally, and frequently in TNBA and some inappropriate scenes. I would definitely rate it PG 13 and one of the darkest cartoons of all time

25 The Loud House The Loud House is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the chaotic suburban everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, to which he survives as the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children. more.

It's not only that dark when Clyde's African-American mother died, but was raised by a Caucasian dad named Howard that Clyde's mother was replaced with. Creepy. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

26 Batman Beyond Batman Beyond is an American animated television series developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett and produced by Warner Bros.
27 Regular Show Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.
28 The Animals of Farthing Wood The Animals of Farthing Wood is a children's animated series commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union between 1992 and 1995, and is based on the series of books written by English author Colin Dann.

It's not the darkest kids show, but it's my favorite dark kids show

Literally all the annoying character's survive sadly, well apart from Mr pheasant.

29 Star vs. the Forces of Evil "Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her more.
30 The Brothers Grunt The Brothers Grunt is a Canadian animated comedy television series by Ed, Edd n Eddy creator Danny Antonucci that originally aired from August 15, 1994 to April 9, 1995 on MTV.

I never even new about this. So I looked it up right now - Matt92647

This is so disgusting - KalloFox34

A disgusting mess of a show from the creator of Ed, Edd n Eddy.

what - Crizz

31 Star Wars the Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc.
32 Family Guy Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie more.
33 Milo Murphy's Law Milo Murphy's Law is an American animated television series from the creators of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, which premiered on October 3, 2016 on Disney XD.

Again, this show is lighthearted. - KalloFox34

34 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world more.

Two words: NOT DARK

35 Drawn Together Drawn Together is an American adult animated sitcom which ran on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 to November 14, 2007. The series was created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting.

This needs to be higher, it is also one of the few adult shows with total adult content that has both morals and is actually clever, good, funny, etcetera.

36 Steven Universe Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.

Hear me out this show has some incredibly dark moments and some of the symbolism Is extremely adult (I'd argue not well done in parts)
This is a kids show that has an episode symbolizing being drug raped by a trusted friend (sardonyx), abuse by a partner (Laps and Jasper), colonialization of a disenfranchised people, gentrification, obsessive love, and sex. Whether all this works though is another story - Masochismismagic

37 We Bare Bears An animated comedy show by Daniel Chong about three different species of bears - Grizzly, Panda and Ice bear (polar bear). Since they were little, they wanted to get adopted by owners separately. But then they missed each other too much, so they reunited again. Now as adults, they now live in a cave more.

The show is actually pretty lighthearted - KalloFox34

38 Growing Up Creepie
39 Stressed Eric
40 Recess Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, with animation done by Grimsaem, Plus One Animation, Sunwoo Animation, and Toon City.
41 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
42 Robotomy
43 Transformers: Prime
44 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
45 American Dad American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
46 Dragons: Race to the Edge
47 Bunnicula
48 Alfred J Kwak
49 Rugrats Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.
50 The Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The main characters of this show are Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. The show is about the Professor Utonium creating three little superhero girls that save the day from villains. more.
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