Hello, and welcome back to yet another fun, engaging, and knowledgeable blog of AnimationProLabs.
Almost two months ago, we wrote an article asking our team about their favorite animated characters and compiled them into a list.
However, those were from films only.
We’re doing the same today, except the names in today’s blog are from animated TV shows, old and new. And the roster isn’t based on factors like popularity or design.
Instead, we’ve included the following characters because they’re our team’s favorites.
You’d think that, in a show called Dextor’s Laboratory, Dexter would be the fan-favorite character. But that’s not true.
Instead, it’s Dee Dee who steals the limelight whenever she comes on the screen.
Dexter’s Laboratory, also called Dexter’s Lab, is about an ingenious 8-year-old boy with a secret lab in his room. It’s filled with highly advanced technological inventions that he uses to conduct various experiments.
Dee Dee, Dexter’s older sister, couldn’t be more different from him. If he’s an introvert, she’s an extrovert. If he’s a genius, she’s dim-witted. If he’s aggressive, she’s friendly.
The sheer difference in the siblings’ personalities often pits them against each other. For starters, Dee Dee makes it her life’s mission to annoy the hell out of Dexter, and him being an easy target makes the scenes thoroughly enjoyable.
But that’s not to say Dee Dee is entirely evil.
In many episodes, Dee Dee helps Dexter take down villains.
All these characteristics prove that, despite not having the show named after her, Dee Dee was the soul of the show.
Iconic Quote: “Oooooh! What does this button do?”
It’s hard to imagine that Johnny Bravo was a children’s show. The humor must’ve passed over our heads when we were children, but boy, do we get things now.
But kid-friendly or not, you can’t deny that watching Johnny Bravo was loads of fun, thanks largely to the titular character. He is inconsiderate, ill-mannered, and always looking for ways to woo women, even though he fails miserably almost every single time.
One of the best things about Johnny Bravo is that he isn’t meant to be a role model, and the show makes it pretty clear from the start.
That said, you can’t help but appreciate Johnny Bravo’s perseverance, so to speak. Like, in an episode, a woman he hits on rebuffs his advancements and says, “How many times do I have to tell you I have a boyfriend?”
Johnny Bravo, undeterred, replies, “Well, you look like the kind of girl that could use two.”
Interestingly, Johnny Bravo is not all misogynistic. The fact that he’s super obsessed with himself, in some ways, is constructive.
How many cartoon characters can you remember taught you to love yourself? In that regard, Johnny Bravo passes with flying colors.
Iconic Quote: “But enough about me. Let’s talk about me. What do you think of me?”
Rugrats is about a bunch of toddlers and takes viewers through what they do in their daily lives. One would think that a show about children wouldn’t have a villain.
But that’s where you’re mistaken.
Rugrats doesn’t only feature a mean, self-centered, and spoiled antagonist, but it happens to be none other than the protagonist’s – Tommy’s – cousin.
We’re talking about Angelica Pickles.
Angelica is only three years old in the show, yet she’d scare even the most tyrannical ‘bad guys.’ In most cases, her victims are Rugrats’ leading children – Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil.
And Angelica carefully chooses how to manipulate or torture the kids psychologically. For example, she tells the kids that Santa Claus is a fake.
Can you imagine?
Saying Santa Claus isn’t real to kids waiting for him to deliver their Christmas presents?
You might not think of doing something like this, but Angelica does. Oh, and she definitely understands that growing up is a trap.
Whenever Angelica feels done with life, she says, “Getting old is nothing but misery and woe!”
Iconic Quote: “Sometimes, I wish I could be you so I could be friends with me.”
Let’s be honest.
SpongeBob SquarePants wouldn’t have been as fun if it weren’t for the titular character’s best pal, an overweight coral-pink starfish, Patrick Star.
To say that Patrick is stupid or silly would be an understatement. He believes being ugly is a medical disease, for crying out loud.
Despite Patrick’s low intelligence, he’s arguably the best part of the show. In fact, it’s his sense of humor and true understanding of friendship that make him so likable.
While other characters on TV shows seem to get more mature with time, that’s not the case with Patrick. He gets dumber as the show progresses, and we’re all here for it.
Though there’s not much one could learn from Patrick, when it’s about being a loyal pal to SpongeBob, he could definitely teach a lesson or two.
After all, who wouldn’t want to be friends with someone who always manages to make you laugh with their foolish antics?
The truth is, we all need a buddy like Patrick.
So, lucky you, SpongeBob SquarePants.
Iconic Quote: “Is mayonnaise an instrument?”
And she keeps losing her glasses at the most inconvenient times.
Yup, you’ve got that right.
For our final pick, we’ve chosen our designer’s favorite (and a universally beloved) character, Velma Dinkley.
Velma is one of the main protagonists of the Scooby-Doo franchise; others rounding up the group are Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, and Fred.
Together, the group solves mysteries involving supernatural beings (spoiler alert: it’s always humans wearing masks of otherworldly creatures).
But in most cases, wearing an orange turtleneck sweater and black square glasses, Velma deduces the identity of the ‘monster.’ Because of her Sherlock Holmes-like reasoning abilities, she’s called the ‘brains’ of the batch.
And if you think only science is Velma’s forte, you couldn’t be more wrong. She also possesses Hulk-like strength. And it’s displayed occasionally in the show when the entire group jumps into Velma’s arms. She’s then seen supporting and running with them.
Iconic Quote: “Jinkies!”
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for the Next Group
These were just a few of the many names that our team provided when we asked them about their favorite animated characters. We’re sure there are a lot more, but let’s save them for another day.
Let us know what names you would have included on this list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.