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Top 10 Cheap Ass Characters From Animated Shows

VO: Rebecca Brayton
You don’t get rich by being generous! Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 cheap-ass characters from animated TV shows. For this list, we’re looking at those small-screen cartoon characters that are stingy, greedy, or mostly unwilling to give to others; as well as those who are generally selfish and all-around self-centred. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.

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You don’t get rich by being generous! Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 cheap-ass characters from animated TV shows.

For this list, we’re looking at those small-screen cartoon characters that are stingy, greedy, or mostly unwilling to give to others; as well as those who are generally selfish and all-around self-centred.

#10: Cosmo G. Spacely
“The Jetsons” (1962-63; 1985-87)

One of the most prominent characters of “The Jetsons” outside the Jetson family themselves, Cosmo G. Spacely is the head honcho at Spacely Space Sprockets. Voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, Spacely is known for his short temper, which is displayed every time he yells “JETSON!” at his employee George Jetson. But more than that, Spacely is motivated wholly by greed, going so far as to nearly allow a planet to be destroyed for his own financial gain. However, he’s proven several times that he does have a heart, which makes him far more complex and three dimensional than his Hanna-Barbera counterpart on “The Flintstones,” Mr. Slate.

#9: Eddy
“Ed, Edd, n Eddy” (1999-2009)

This power-hungry young scammer is the self-proclaimed leader of the Eds. Most episodes focus on his various schemes, in which he manipulates Ed and Double D, as well as many other kids from the cul-de-sac. He holds a particularly high opinion of himself, perhaps even to the point of delusion. In truth, he’s actually disliked by most of the show’s characters, as he pales in comparison to his more successful scamming older brother. Eddy may be cheap, but that doesn’t mean he’s actually good at what he does.

#8: Mort Goldman
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

The owner of Goldman’s Pharmacy, this character is a play on the stereotypical Jew – hey, we didn’t say it was an accurate stereotype. Along with his wife Muriel, Mort would cheat customers to earn their living at their pharmacy; however, things changed when Muriel was unexpectedly murdered. Of course, making money by selling products didn’t quite make sense to this stingy character, so with Peter and Quagmire’s help, he plots to burn down his store for the insurance money. He ends up getting arrested, of course, but is freed soon after, and later re-opens his pharmacy. So, despite his greedy ways, things do seem to be working out okay for this cheap-ass. Except for the murdered wife thing…

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

This sourpuss really, REALLY doesn’t like sharing. What’s most disturbing is that not only does this philosophy work for him, he actually believes he’s doing some good by taking things from people. The leader of the Earldom of Lemongrab, he is one of Princess Bubblegum’s failed experiments, though she refuses to give up on him. Voiced by “Rick and Morty” creator Justin Roiland, his selfishness is almost psychotic. He is the ruler of an area full of lemon-based creatures like himself, and his extreme stinginess repeatedly runs his Earldom into the ground, becoming the source of some of Adventure Time’s most disturbing moments. Talk about unacceptable!

#6: Dr. Thaddeus Venture
“The Venture Bros.” (2003-)

The patriarch of the Venture family is...flawed, to say the least. He’s a drug-addicted, neurotic mad scientist who fails to live up to the success of his father. Though he’s extremely persistent, it’s usually for his own selfish reasons, like that time he created an army of unpaid grad students to help with an ambitious project...but then they turned into mutants. It’s hinted that Dr. Venture’s selfishness is due to some deep-seated insecurities originating from his father’s scientific success. Whatever the reason, we’re perfectly happy to watch his cheap-ass antics.

#5: Stan Pines
“Gravity Falls” (2012-16)

Great uncle – also known as Grunkle – to twins Mabel and Dipper, Stan Pines runs the Mystery Shack in the strange town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. His business epitomizes the term “tourist trap” as he nickel and dimes every visitor to his shack. Though at first he seemed to just be a greedy old man, he actually turns out to be one of the more multidimensional characters on this list, as he shows a genuine care for his dependents and is mysteriously involved in the supernatural goings-on of the titular town. Hey, we never said being cheap was a BAD thing.

#4: Montana Max
“Tiny Toon Adventures” (1990-95)

In case you had any doubt about this character’s greedy tendencies, his doorbell literally says “MON-EY” when you ring it. This young, spoiled child is known for his tantrums and cruel behavior towards others. Case in point: according to the episode “Citizen Max,” which is a parody of “Citizen Kane,” Max was actually poor until his family won the lottery– which was ultimately how his selfish ways began. He may be cheap when it comes to spending money to benefit other people, but in terms of his own desires, he’ll gladly waste money on his own weird hobbies – like landscape deforestation. His favorite way to use his money, though, is to ruin kids’ fun anyway he can.

#3: Eugene H. Krabs
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

One of animation’s most famous crabs, Mr. Krabs is one of Bikini Bottom’s most talented entrepreneurs and owner of the Krusty Krab. Greed is his most obvious characteristic, as money manages to play a role in every appearance he makes in the series. Despite being blinded by his appetite for money, he’s probably one of the show’s smartest characters, as we can see when he manages to overcome his arch nemesis, Plankton, time and time again. His other weakness, of course, is his love for his daughter, Pearl, though even that has its limits when it comes to cold, hard cash.

#2: C. Montgomery Burns
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

This classic TV boss was also listed in The Forbes Fictional 15, ranking the richest fictional characters, in 2013. You’d think someone with so much disposable income could stand to be a little generous...but you’d be dead wrong. Mr Burns is old and owns many Springfield companies, but his primary title is owner of the Nuclear Power Plant, where he torments his employees and scams the town over and over again. There are few things he’s actually willing to spend his precious money on – but, of course, he must have an ivory back scratcher.

#1: Scrooge McDuck
“DuckTales” (1987-90)

No one on this list is more money-hungry than the Scrooge himself. This wealthy Scottish duck proved that his nephew Donald Duck’s hot headedness was genetic. His first starring role was in “DuckTales,” which paired him with Huey, Dewey, and Louie in a plethora of moneymaking schemes – to varying degrees of success. Sure he’s thrifty, but that’s because he understands the value of hard work and honesty, which makes him more honorable than most characters on this list. With a revival on the horizon, we’ve far from seen the last of this ultimate cheap-ass.

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