Top 10 Main Protagonists from Animated Shows

Every TV show has a main protagonist or two, and on this list, we'll be counting down the best main protagonists from animated TV shows. Do not add supporting characters like Patrick Star, Grunkle Stan, Zuko, etc. because they are not the main protagonists, they are supporting protagonists. Oh, and also if a show has a villain protagonist, they're aloud on this list too because they're still the main character, example: Zim (Invader Zim). So basically any main character from an animated TV show is aloud on this list. SPOILERS AHEAD.

The Top Ten

1 Aang - Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar Aang is a fictional character and the protagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen. Aang is the last surviving Airbender, a monk of the Air Nomads' Southern Air Temple.

So basically, you all probably know by now that Avatar: The Last Airbender is my favorite cartoon. Twinkle Toes is my second favorite character from the show. He is brave, heroic, and optimistic. He defeated the fire lord at age 12 (technically age 112 but you get the idea). Oh, and he's sort of inspiring. - PeeledBanana

Aang is one of the most likable and well developed characters in Avatar, and especially in all of animation. - Jackamalio


I’m so used to bland main characters in pretty much every show, movie, book, etc (Sorry Stranger Things, but even Mike suffers from this), but then there’s Aang, the most realistic protagonist in any show ever. Especially one about the ability to bend (simplified) elements and a flying bison.

2 Mordecai - Regular Show Mordecai is one of the two main protagonists of Regular Show, along with his best friend Rigby. He made his debut in the non-canon short "2 in the AM PM" as a human cashier, who then morphs into a prototype Mordecai-like character with a fanny pack. He later makes his first official appearance in the more.
3 SpongeBob SquarePants - Sponge Bob Squarepants SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.

SpongeBob is a very famous character, no where near the fame of Bugs Bunny but still very famous, he is a happy-going sea sponge who is very lovable even though he is annoying sometimes and acts like a complete douchebag! sometimes *cough cough A Pal for Gary cough cough*. But still, he has his gold moments in the first three seasons, especially season 2. - PeeledBanana

4 Dipper Pines - Gravity Falls Dipper Pines is one of the main characters from the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls which aired from 2012 to 2016. He is the twin brother of Mabel Pines
5 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 more.

Dipper is better but Mabel is still awesome! Mabel is sometimes selfish but is still a very kind character who will help Dipper to the end, they're a great sibling duo. - PeeledBanana

6 Finn - Adventure Time Finn 'the Human' Mertens is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American animated television series Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward.
7 Phineas Flynn - Phineas and Ferb Phineas Flynn is one of the protagonists of the animated television series Phineas and Ferb. Voiced by Vincent Martella and created and designed by Dan Povenmire, Phineas first appeared along with the rest of the series' main characters in the pilot episode "Rollercoaster." Phineas, along with his stepbrother more.
8 Dexter - Dexter's Laboratory Dexter is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of the Cartoon Network animated series, Dexter's Laboratory.
9 Bugs Bunny - Looney Toons Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros.) He is one of 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 more.

Bugs Bunny! Everyone's favorite classic rabbit including mine! He is very famous now and first appeared in the 1930s! Wow! This bunny has so many famous quotes/lines and I bet you can quote one right now. "What's up doc? ", " Gee, ain't I a stinker? ", and many more quotes/lines! He is impossible to hate and arguably the most recognizable cartoon character of all time! - PeeledBanana

10 Blossom - The Powerpuff Girls Blossom is the leader of The Powerpuff Girls and one of the three main protaganists of the show. She was created in 1992 by Craig McCracken. She has long, red hair up in a ponytail with a giant red bow, pink eyes, pink dress with black belt, and white socks with Mary Jane shoes. She is intelligent, more.

The Contenders

11 Ezra Bridger - Star Wars Rebels
12 Homer Simpson - The Simpsons Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.
13 Rigby - Regular Show Rigby is a character from the cartoon Regular Show created by JG Quintel. He's best friends with Mordecai (A talking Blue Jay). Together they slack around and have fun in the park. A place where they work and have the risk of being fired from.

Even though I like Mordecai better, Rigby is still awesome! He may sometimes seem like a jerk who doesn't care and is selfish but he's proven he's a hero and he has a heart multiple times - PeeledBanana

14 Ash Ketchum - Pokémon Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. Ash is training to be a Pokemon Master, with his buddy Pikachu. Ash tries to stop the evil Team Rocket from stealing his Pikachu.
15 Twilight Sparkle - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Twilight Sparkle is the primary main character of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. She is a female unicorn pony who transforms into an Alicorn and becomes a princess in Magical Mystery Cure.
16 K.O. - OK K.O.: Let's Be Heroes!
17 Peter Griffin - Family Guy Peter Griffin is the main protagonist and titular character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy.
18 Jake The Dog - Adventure Time Jake the Dog is, along with Finn the Human, a fictional character and one of the main cast in the American animated television series Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward.
19 Kim Possible - Kim Possible Kimberly Ann "Kim" Possible is a fictional character who appears in the animated television series Kim Possible, voiced by American actress Christy Carlson Romano.
20 Batman - Batman: The Animated Series Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael more.

Batman: The Animated Series is one of the best superhero T.V. shows ever! The Joker is an excellent main antagonist and Batman is an excellent main protagonist! He is Batman and has The Joker as a villain, what is there more to say? - PeeledBanana

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22 Robin - Teen Titans Robin, also known as Tim Drake, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.
23 Sanjay Patel - Sanjay and Craig

As Bill Cipher said, "It's funny how dumb you are! " Sanjay does NOT deserve a spot on this list.

24 Arthur Read - Arthur Arthur Timothy Read is the titular protagonist of both the book series and the PBS children's television show Arthur, created by Marc Brown.
25 Sonic - Sonic X
26 Tommy Pickles - Rugrats Thomas "Tommy" Malcolm Pickles is a fictional character that appears in the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats and its spin-off All Grown Up! as the protagonist of the shows.
27 Rocko - Rocko's Modern Life Rocko is the eponymous fictional character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.
28 Harvey Beaks - Harvey Beaks
29 Lincoln Loud - The Loud House
30 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. more.
31 Steven Universe - Steven Universe
32 Stan Smith - American Dad Stanford Leonard "Stan" Smith is the main protagonist of the adult animated sitcom American Dad!. He is voiced by the series' co-creator and executive producer, Seth MacFarlane.
33 Bob Belcher - Bob's Burgers
34 Hank Hill - King of the Hill Hank Rutherford Hill is a fictional character and the main protagonist on the animated television series King of the Hill.
35 Huey Freeman - The Boondocks Huey Freeman is one of the main protagonists and antihero in The Boondocks syndicated comic strip written by Aaron McGruder, as well as the animated TV series of the same name.
36 Rick Sanchez - Rick and Morty Rick Sanchez is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.
37 Morty Smith - Rick And Morty Mortimer "Morty" Smith Sr. is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.
38 Charlie Brown - Peanuts
39 Riley Freeman - The Boondocks Riley Freeman is a character from the syndicated comic strip The Boondocks written by Aaron McGruder and its TV series adaptation.
40 Sterling Archer - Archer Sterling Malory Archer is a fictional character on the American adult animated sitcom Archer, which aired on the basic cable network FX from 2009 to 2017 and is currently broadcast on sister network FXX.
41 Doug Funnie - Doug
42 Otis - Back At The Barnyard
43 Ruby Rose - Rwby

Everyone's favourite silver eyed scythe wielder - TwilightKitsune

44 Oishi Kawaii - Oishi High School Battle
45 Panty - Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
46 Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Surprised he wasn't on here from the start

47 Optimus Prime - The Transformers Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. Optimus Prime is consistently depicted as having strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision-making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, powerful martial arts, and advanced alien weaponry.

Awesome. Just...awesome.

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