Top 10 Most Popular TV Cartoon Characters

While the 70s and the 80s are considered as the golden age of cartoons, some of the more famous characters made it big way before, and enjoy popularity all over the world. Most of the cartoon characters we know today were created decades ago, and survived through generations. Cartoons have evolved, and while there is too much violence in some of the animated features today, there are some which mesmerised the hearts of their viewers without the blood and gore. Our top ten most popular TV cartoon characters have been listed in his article.


  • 1

    Mickey Mouse

    Disney’s Mickey Mouse is no doubt the most popular TV cartoon character till this day. Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, this character is a mouse with red bottoms, big yellow shoes and white gloves. Being the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company, it is also the most recognizable cartoon character in the world.

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    Bugs Bunny

    This cartoon character is best known for its appearances in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series produced by Warner Bros. This is the second most popular cartoon character in the world.

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    Donald Duck

    Created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions, Donald Duck is the third most popular cartoon character almost all over the world. However, its popularity is sometimes confused with Daffy Duck. Having a mischievous and irritable personality, Donald soon became a hit among kids and adults. With his semi-intelligible speech, he is a delight to watch.

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    Created by DC comics, Superman is the world’s most famous and well known super hero/cartoon character. Generations all over the world have grown watching and reading this character. Superman is the sign of hope and justice. Due to the huge success and popularity, this character was developed for TV and Film.

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    Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and has appeared in comics and television cartoon shows. In 1929, this character appeared for the first time in King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre.

    In 2002 it was ranked at number 20 in TV Guide’s "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time" lists.

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    Daffy Duck

    While also produced by Warner Bros, Daffy Duck falls behind Bugs Bunny in popularity. Nonetheless, this character still managed to make our top ten list. The character has also made appearances in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies and is sometimes known as the best friend and arch rival of Bugs.

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    Also known as Pluto the Pup, this character was created by Walt Disney Productions in 1930.

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  • 8

    Tom and Jerry

    Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Tom and Jerry was initially produced from 1940 to 1957. In 2000, it was named as one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.

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    Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther is another very popular cartoon character among kids and adults all over the world. A pink coloured panther walking on two legs with no dialogues makes this cartoon unique.

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    This franchise saw the peak of its popularity in the 1980s and through the 1990s. The cartoon involve four mutated turtles trained by a ninja master to fight crime.

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