Top Ten Most Disturbing Animated Shows

The Top Ten

1 Courage the Cowardly Dog 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.

I love this show so I guess I am a disturbing little girl who will show up in your nightmares or maybe courage is great and I surrounded by crazy people

Most of the shows on this list are on Adult Swim. I'm thinking this list should be made for kids' animated shows - that's what makes it even more disturbing. Courage the Cowardly Dog.. I grew up with this show. Creepy as hell. Especially the "Return the Slab" and "Freaky Fred" episodes?

I was so scared of this show when I was younger. Some of the episodes were just plan disturbing and surreal. I don't know how they got on Cartoon Network.

This cartoon is disturbing but disturbing in the good way - Spongehouse

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2 Happy Tree Friends 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.

It is so messed up and very disturbing
I mean bunnies getting stuck in a tree hanging by its eye

This show is bull crap, It's shown as a kids show but has people getting DECAPITATED and giant thumbtacks getting stabbed into their heads, NEVER ever watch this show, no matter what, it made it onto the evolution of cartoon violence list twice, for 2003 and 2009, thank god it ended last month

Don't let the cute, cuddly creatures fool you, this show is like Conker's Bad Fur Day. Flippy holds a Machete covered in blood, and soon the forest will be covered in blood and guts.

I like this show

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3 Salad Fingers

"I love it when the red water comes out" that line literally had me up for 3 days straight and had to go to the doctor's for staying up for that long. It's creepy yo

Really weird, there's an idea that he's radioactive and it's easy to see some of it is in his head. Though he's lonely so it makes sense he has imaginary friends.

This is just about the creepiest show out there. Salad Fingers talks to inanimate objects and actually enjoys to feel pain.

Disturbing and bizarre. - Lunala

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4 Mr. Pickles Mr. Pickles Mr. Pickles is an American animated television series created by Will Carsola and Dave Stewart for Adult Swim. The series revolves around the Goodman family, especially their 6-year-old son named Tommy and the family's border collie, the demonic Mr. Pickles. The series was picked up for 10 quarter-hour more.

Brother just showed me this show should be number 1 and should when a Emmy

No dip its disturbing! The most disgusting and messed up cartoon ever created! Deserves to be number one - Spongehouse

This should be number 1!

This is not helping my already strong fear of dogs...

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5 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay and Craig Sanjay and Craig is an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon. The show is about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay Patel who owns a talking pet snake named Craig. It ran from May 25th, 2013 to July 29th, 2016.

There was an episode where they stuck their tongues in each other's bellybuttons and started eating the lint and sloshed it around in their mouths. - Seddeu

This show is creepy. Craig kind of looks cool, but the rest of this is so disgusting. What is American television coming to.

Breadwinners, Teen Titans Go! Your new sibling is here! Sanjay and Craig! - mayamanga

I love it - Breadwinnersislofe

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6 Invader Zim 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.

I remember there was this one episode that I never wanted to see. But I remember it was disturbing like hell

The dark harvest episode alone probably gave it this spot.

That one episode where he steals kids' guts scarred me for life. Bonus points for the chicken costume episode and the one with the fast food pig. So disgusting I hate it

I love the dark humor and plot lines in this show. I mean, Zim has attempted to murder Dib at some points. That is terrifying, mainly because Dib is my favorite haha.

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7 Adventure Time 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.

A kid and a dog in a universe where everything is possible. But all these random possibilities are creepy and disturbing mostly the song that plays at the end.

It's REALLY disturbing, there are creepy scenes and everything is connected in a dark way. it's very hopeless, as the characters all lose their sanity / humanity. also, it's hopeless in the sense that the world can't be rebuilt, there is no afterlife, and there are mutants everywhere that will try to kill you.

I don't really think this show is that disturbing. Except that episode where everyone disappears, that was a nightmare fest. And where the witch turns into an apple and when the other witches eat it there are BONES in it. Creepy. But mostly this show is silly and funny - SammySpore

It's insane, weird and unique, but not really creepy, scary or disturbing. It's up there with cow and chicken, though that one could be called disturbing. - AdrianVandoom

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8 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" Ren & Stimpy

Episodes like Naked Beach Frenzy or Ren Seeks Help do count in deed.

Ren Seeks help legit ruined my day when I watched it...

Ren Seeks Help ruined life for me - redhawk766


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9 South Park South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.

Blood and gore and woodland creatures that give birth to the anti-christ is just plain creepy.

Too much controversial stuff, shouldn't have even been made.

It's not a kid's show. Just to comment, I had to vote (I didn't want to). Not, it went from number 3 to number 2. Sorry... - bunnyluv070

I can't believe why this isn't higher. Anyone remember the Scott Tenorman episode?

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10 King Star King King Star King King Star King is an American animated web series created by JJ Villard and Eric Kaplan for Adult Swim. The series aired on the network's online video streaming service Adult Swim Video on June 15, 2014.

Makes me want to barf! - Spongehouse

Awesome show!

The Contenders

11 Breadwinners Breadwinners Breadwinners is a 2014 animated comedy television series produced by Nickelodeon. It is about the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two ducks who drive in a rocket van delivering bread to their customers.

This proves that "animators" today want to make kids dumb and learn about butts... Such a disgrace

2 Retards delivering bread... - BreadWinnersSuck

Gross, gross, grosser. - BubbleBear01


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12 Mr. Meaty 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.

This show scared the hell out of me as a kid! It was so creepy!

This show honestly scared me as a child.

The characters look terrifying, and the plots are horrible. Enough said. - Powerfulgirl10

It gave me nightmares.

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13 Peppa Pig Peppa Pig

Why is this here? - Extractinator04

14 Rick and Morty Rick and Morty Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim.

This show can be disturbing at points, but Like Courage the Cowardly Dog it's the good kind of disturbing - Spongehouse

15 Robot Chicken Robot Chicken Robot Chicken is an American stop motion sketch comedy television series, created and executive produced by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich along with co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root for Adult Swim.

Dolls that kill each other, blood and gore.

When I was about 7-10, the intro disturbed me. I was so frightened by the scientists eyes and just his animation

Messed up I saw it when I was 10

Which I was younger I ran into this show on the umm... toy story 4 thing... I didn't understand but when I saw buzz getting his head cut I was disturbed as hell for a couple days. P.S even my parents didn't know what the f robot chicken was.

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16 The Ren & Stimpy Show 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.

"Adult Party Cartoon" is already on the list but that and the Nicktoons version of "Ren and Stimpy" are two almost completely different things stupid.

There were some real screwed up moments in this, like ren saying "I could kill him, with these hands, but I love him" or don't wiz on the electric fence but it's still great though

There was a banned episode about the duo and a fat man smoking!

This is already on the list stupid.

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17 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack 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.

I just hate it what can I saw. Its stupid and it makes me feel like the younger kiddos will grow up with some mental problems.

Lord hotcakes was one of the scariest parts of the show. He looked so dang creepy!

The ugly close ups of the characters and strange voices always freaked me out

"Grow up? I'm 38 years old! "

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18 Rabbids Invasion Rabbids Invasion Rabbids Invasion (French: Les Lapins Crétins : Invasion) is a French/American animated television series which premiered on August 3, 2013, on Nickelodeon. The series began airing on Nicktoons during its second season in late 2015. On June 23, 2017, the series finale ended during its third season. more.

Rabbids are overused. - Extractinator04

19 Family Guy 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.

How is this so low on the list?!? - Spongehouse

People Only Hate This Show Because Of That Hypocrite Mr.Enter

10 Reasons why this show disturbing.
1.Quagmire's extreme sexuality
2.Herbert the Pervert.
3.Peter trying to marry Chris in one episode.
4.Chris teaching his grandfather how to masturbate.
5.Chris masturbating to his own mother.
6.Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.
7.Brian once tripping out on magic mushrooms.
8.Peter disemboweling a beached whale with a forklift.
9.Lois once starring in a porno.
10.Quagmire trying to have sex with dead bodies.

20 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Never heard of this, but the guy on the bottom left looks like Pop Fizz, the guy at the top looks like Eye Five, and the guy on the right looks like he has a dildo for a head. - Extractinator04

Aaahh! what is that?! My eyes are bleed!

21 Beavis and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-Head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television.

I really like the animation style and the look of the characters besides the two main, also the characters are actually seem to be like real world people and are quite well thought out, all except the two main. Yep, they are pretry disturbing.

Get this one off the list! Beavis and Butthead is funny! (You spelled beavis wrong. )

Keep it on the list, American's fail at humour.

22 The Cramp Twins The Cramp Twins

I don't understand why people find this show scary or creepy, it's really not. This is however a weird show in the sense that there is nothing like this out there, combining weird, flat humour with a serious set up makes this a unique show that is very underrated. What makes this show weird and unique is the fact that is actually serious though it's comedic. And also the comedy is very different from what we saw before. However it is not and never was disturbing, scary or creepy, just unique and weird. - AdrianVandoom

This show has toilet humor

23 The Brothers Grunt 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.

(Reaction to watchin this)
What is this yet alone going on?

24 Catdog Catdog CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a dog.

Where does the cat and the dog potty at because they need butt-tucks and genitals to poop and pee with? Using their mouths are a lot gross compare to Johnny Knoxville's Jack*ss!

The Splat actually made theories about that on Bark Week. Literally. - Powerfulgirl10

That's what peter griffin described catdog. "That would be like a living hell brian! "

The animation is enough to give you nightmares

How do they crap? Do their crap just dissolve in them?

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25 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Aqua Teen Hunger Force Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an American animated television series created by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim.

While a very funny show, most of the time, it's a creepy as Hell.

There's an episode where the Aqua Teens go on vacation and Carl has to baby-sit Meatwad's dolls, AND HE GETS HIS SKIN RIPPED OFF!

Yeah, screwed up show. But great. - MattBoo

Totally disgusting. Should be number one.

I'll never wanna eat at McDonald's again with taliking skakes, fries and a meat ball that hasn't cook over a year! Gross!

26 Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa is an American animated television series created by Peter Browngardt for Cartoon Network that premiered on the network on September 2, 2013. The series is based on Browngardt's animated short of the same name from The Cartoonstitute.

Uncle grandpa is a molester, enough said

Uncle Grandpa is Tyga because he is a Pedophile. - AlphaQ

A show with pedophile references. Enough said. - redhawk766

A show about some random, rainbow clothed, gay whore.

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27 Oggy and the Cockroaches Oggy and the Cockroaches Oggy and the Cockroaches is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company.

This show is as disturbing as happy tree friends. Only no blood and veins are in it.

They had a picture of a naked lady in one episode.

28 Futurama Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
29 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

I hated the scene where the three boys beat Lucy's dog to death. It was so cruel, and then lucy got mad and killed everyone.

This one of the most disturbing shows out there even worst than adventure time.

Plain disgusting!
Other teen thought it was cool...

It's so sick!

Why is anime on the list? If any anime should be on here, it’s Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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30 Teen Titans Go

Guys! Please Take This To Number One!

Ugh. This show is terrible. - Powerfulgirl10

I saw two episodes. It was okay. But what I heard about it, it is the WOR$T - Extractinator04

31 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and is the 14th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons (albeit namely when it was part of Grim & Evil; the show is considered separate from Cartoon Cartoons more.

One of the most disturbing, scariest and creepiest shows I have watched as a kid. Don't know for sure how it holds up today, but I had a decent age when I watched this show, so I guess is still one of the most disturbing kids shows up there. - AdrianVandoom

I loved this show as a kid and I still love it now, but that to me when I was a kid was like the conjuring to me now it was satisfyingly creepy

This show scared me for life as a kid. Just watch it for yourself and see what I mean.

Loved the show when I was younger and I still do now. It is pretty weird in retrospect but hey, its funny lol.

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32 Hero : 108

This show has got have one the ugliest characters models in shows period. Also the fights, are not cool, seriously who wants to see a animal's butt get kick by some humans. Now that's ANIMAL ABUSE. Also they can't even make a realistic rabbit or lion. And yes, it's horrible and I've seen episodes of it.

That is one dumb move right there for Cartoon Network! They decided to put a crappy superhero show that was made by Germans! Thanks a lot, Hitler! Can't wait till this distrubing show gets cancelled soon!

Hey! This show was my childhood! - IceFoxPlayz

Don't call this one guy an idiot you jerk! He probably did not know! U r a dickhead!

33 Arthur Arthur Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for PBS.

Maybe its on this list because it has one episode with someone getting cancer

Uh... what?

34 Drawn Together 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 show is really sick gross-out humor.

This show is just, messed up

Barf! - Spongehouse

35 Rocko's Modern Life 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.

Now, now, I really appreciate the cartoon, but you shouldn't show this to your children. - redhawk766

36 Mega Babies Mega Babies Mega Babies is a Canadian animated series created by the Tremblay brothers, Christian and Yvon, who previously had made the H-B's show SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.

I swear, the creators of this show literally have a fetish for using literally as much gross-out humor as humanly possible. - xandermartin98

Your City, USA. No I live in Britain. These brats should just kill themselves with their nappies exploding.

Imagine Rugrats with powers but it was toilet humour.

Mega Babies is snot funny... - redhawk766

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37 The Powerpuff Girls 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.

What episode had blood in it? I need seen any blood in this show.

Wait isn't this show like for ages 3-12

How is this scary or disturbing

Buttercupp kicks a villan in the theme song. then there's all kinds of blood

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38 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The show is about a kid scientist named Dexter that has a sister named Dee Dee that keeps breaking into his lab.

This is one of my favorite shows, but paper rout bout is EXTREMELY disturbing

I take back what I said earlier, this show is crap

39 Gregory Horror Show
40 Chowder Chowder Chowder is an American animated television series created by C.H. Greenblatt for Cartoon Network. The series follows an aspiring young child named Chowder and his day-to-day adventures as an apprentice in Chef Mung Daal's catering company.
41 Spoilsbury Toast Boy

What so seriously someone please answer this. How is Futurama disturbing? Salad Fingers isn't that scary I watched them all and love them the one I voted on isn't even bad I just thought it was the only one that deserved to be on the list. I don't know maybe I have a severely messed up mind. - happyhappyjoyjoy

42 Pickle and Peanut Pickle and Peanut Pickle and Peanut is an American animated television series that premiered on Disney XD on September 7, 2015. The series was created by Noah Z. Jones, creator of Fish Hooks and Almost Naked Animals.

A weird cartoon about a pickle with a big butt and a peanut that's always farting and listening to rap music

More like Penis and Nuts. Never seen this show. Just seeing the adds makes me wanna KMS. - Extractinator04

43 Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer (2000 - 2014) is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner in which Dora goes on adventures with her friend, a monkey named Boots.

Disturbing? Oh because a seven year old decides to go out exploring. She talks to the toddlers who talk to her back. Everything talks the monkey, backpack, map, fox. - What age is this for again? She speaks Spanish? I remember a show from when I was little but the characters were puppets one spoke French. The name of the show actually told you what age it was for.

This Show Is Godawful

Why do people hate this? It's A FVCKING KIDS SHOW!

44 SpongeBob SquarePants 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 19 years, and is beginning its 11th season. more.

Sandy grosses me out the most, especially the hibernating Sandy.

A Pal FOr Gary was disturbing, - Extractinator04

45 Archer Archer

Acheris an excellent adult cartoon, Produced by FX and created by the same people as Frisky Dingo, there is something for everyone in this show, from Raunchy humor to an in depth story.

46 Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network.

This wasn't on here? - 445956

Come wayward souls

Made me have nightmare

47 Ed, Edd n Eddy Ed, Edd n Eddy Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network, and the sixth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series revolves around three preteen boys: Ed, Edd "Double D," and Eddy—collectively known as "the Eds"—who live in a suburban more.

The Halloween episode has one of the most disturbing scenes especially the scenes where Ed hallucinates and sees people as monsters.

It's a bit disturbing, because the characters look a little creepy, but Ed, Edd n Eddy is still a cool show!

Couldn't be anymore disturbing than it's production card:-/

When they are eating the jawbreaker.

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48 Pinky & The Brain
49 Growing Up Creepie
50 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

What this show was a little bloody but it's SO GOOD like my favourite show of all time

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1. Courage the Cowardly Dog
2. Salad Fingers
3. Invader Zim
1. Mr. Pickles
2. King Star King
3. Courage the Cowardly Dog
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2. Breadwinners
3. Peppa Pig


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