Top 10 Socially Awkward Cartoon Characters

Script written by Jamie Leslie Awkward experiences are rough, but getting the chance to live vicariously through them with some of your favorite animated characters might actually make them hilarious. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Socially Awkward Cartoon Characters. For this list, we’re looking at animated or cartoon characters that unable to effectively interact with the outside world, whether it be due to their introversion, illiteracy with social cues or just plain unpleasantness. Also note that we'll be covering only one character per franchise. Special thanks to our user Watchmojyguy for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Awkward experiences are rough, but getting the chance to live vicariously through them with some of your favorite animated characters might actually make them hilarious. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Socially Awkward Cartoon Characters.

For this list, we’re looking at animated or cartoon characters that are unable to effectively interact with the outside world, whether it be due to their introversion, illiteracy with social cues or just plain unpleasantness. Also note that we'll be covering only one character per franchise.

#10: Raven
“Teen Titans” (2003-06)

This mistress of the dark arts proves to be one of the most integral members of her super-hero team, but may have missed the memo on the whole “team” concept. As the most secluded and distant member of the Teen Titans, Raven appears rather emotionless when she’s interacting with others – when she’s interacting at all. In her defense, she actually has to safeguard her emotions because, if they were to become compromised, they could cause her powers to respond erratically and harm others unintentionally. She is commonly found meditating in her room, but the wise would know not to disturb her.

#9: Steve Smith
“American Dad!” (2005-)

Oh, who wasn't an awkward teen? The baby of the Smith family, Steve embodies every adolescent outcast with the signature thick-rimmed glasses and deep interest in chemistry. When he isn't getting himself into trouble, Steve can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends or doing any number of nerdy things. His unconfident behavior primarily stems from his desperate need for approval from his neoconservative Republican father Stan. Attempting to raise Steve to become like himself, the senior Smith only succeeds in breaking his son’s self-esteem, which obviously doesn’t help him around other kids and in social situations.

#8: Gus Griswald
“Recess” (1997-2001)

It's never easy being the new kid at school, especially when you're as socially inept as this character. With his father in the military, Gus has found it incredibly hard to make friends throughout his young life, as he’s frequently had to switch schools. Thanks to the amicable recess crew that befriends Gus on his first day at Third Street Elementary though, he is quickly accepted and able to learn the stringent rules of the playground. However, despite his natural good-naturedness, Gus has the tendency to become quite the tyrant when he is put in positions of power - and don't even think about giving him a dodgeball.

#7: Dean Venture
“The Venture Bros.” (2003-)

One of the 2 boys of Rusty Venture, enthusiastic Dean is as quaint as he is naïve. Because he goes on full-time adventures with his father and his fraternal twin Hank, Dean and his brother haven't been able to interact with kids their own age. This unsurprisingly leaves them less than perceptive to normal social cues. They are also home-schooled through subliminal learning aids installed in their beds. Even though Dean is portrayed as the more nerdy of the two, his awkwardness allowed him some success in peaking the interest of his crush Triana Orpheus, who is probably the only friend he's made his own age.

#6: Butters Stotch
“South Park” (1997-)

Never has there been a kid so hopelessly optimistic that you almost feel sorry for him. Being severely sheltered his whole life, Butters is quite the impressionable young boy, and thanks to his peers, he often finds himself in some of most uncomfortable predicaments within the “South Park” series. Despite his natural innocence and good nature, he suffers from his own gullibility, which inevitably lands him, more often than not, to be punished by his parents – which is his biggest fear. Poor Butters.

#5: Earl of Lemongrab
“Adventure Time” (2010-)

In “Adventure Time,” the ruler of the Earldom of Lemongrab manages to successfully become a social pariah with his inability to connect with people. He is a failed experiment of Princess Bubblegum’s and is eventually banished from the Candy Kingdom - so while he could be considered a victim of his own circumstances, his brash behaviour and short-temperedness allow those around him to little to no sympathy for him. Lemongrab is high-strung and has a total disregard for basic social cues, and this is what leaves the lone dictator basically friendless.

#4: Meg Griffin
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

Meg is usually considered the most uninteresting, depressed, and disliked character in the Griffin household and she is relentlessly harassed for it. Whether it’s because she's the oldest, or the only daughter, her whole family has mutually decided to treat her as an outcast. This is especially true of her father, who is quick to quip “Shut up Meg” whenever she gets on his nerves - which is pretty much always. The self-conscious and insecure Meg hasn't been able to make many friends outside of the house either, as her obsessive behavior tends to scare people away.

#3: Milhouse Van Houten
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

What's a mischievous little troublemaker without his bumbling awkward friend? Milhouse just so happens to be that friend to Bart Simpson, who lives to exploit the kid's naiveté to his advantage. Neither can particularly say how they became friends, but when the two aren't committing pranks, Milhouse is frequently seen striking out with the ladies. His social anxiety doesn’t only keep him from finding a girlfriend for a long time, but he's also usually the butt of some cruel jokes.

#2: Tina Ruth Belcher
“Bob's Burgers” (2011-)

The life of a hopeless romantic is tough, especially when that person comes off with little to no social skills. Tina's a sweet soul just looking for some lovin', but her uncomfortable fetishes and fantasies leave her as unapproachable as they come. Tina's favorite hobby is demonstrated by her love for writing fan fiction,especially “zombie romances”. What keeps most people from connecting with her is Tina's tendency to stay inside her own head, although she can be seen letting out her signature awkward moan when she's distressed.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Dexter
“Dexter's Laboratory” (1996-2003)

Edd (Double D)
“Ed, Edd n Eddy” (1999-2009)

Daria Morgendorffer
“Daria” (1997-2002)

Bill Dauterive
“King of the Hill” (1997-2010)

Morty Smith
“Rick and Morty” (2013-)

#1: Kif Kroker
“Futurama” (1999-2013)

Being an unconfident nervous guy in the 31st century has got to be tough, but being that as well as the personal lapdog to douchebag space captain Zapp Brannigan has gotta be worse. Kif is an Amphibiosan who is rarely seen away from the 25-Star General, and all too often bellies up to doing some of the really degrading tasks demanded of him. Clearly unhappy in his position, Kif is far too stifled to stand up for himself or to seek out friends of his own. The first officer has only displayed any sense of assertiveness when it has come down to the well being of his one true love, Amy Wong, so at least he’s got that as his saving grace.
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