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Top 10 Worst Cartoon Characters

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Joey Turner
Sometimes there’s always that one animated character that you just can’t stand… and they almost ruin the show for you. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Cartoon Characters. For this list, we’ll be trudging through the cartoon players that have been universally panned by fans, or within the show itself; whether for their bad portrayal, annoying personalities or habits, or because of their utter uselessness. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but not everyone’s a winner in the animation industry.
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Sometimes there’s always that one animated character that you just can’t stand… and they almost ruin the show for you. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Cartoon Characters.

For this list, we’ll be trudging through the cartoon players that have been universally panned by fans, or within the show itself; whether for their bad portrayal, annoying personalities or habits, or because of their utter uselessness. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but not everyone’s a winner in the animation industry.




#10: Elmyra Duff “Tiny Toon Adventures” (1990-92)


This character - for reasons beyond our comprehension - is not only supposed represent the next generation of Looney Tunes characters, but also somehow appeared on a “Pink and the Brain” spin-off. First of all, if you’re not a fan of Elmer Fudd, well… sorry to tell ya, but little Elmyra is based off of him (yep, she’s even been shown to be bald underneath that wig!) Except that instead of hunting furry creatures, she wants to take care of them and love them... to death. Literally. As most of the time, the way she shows her “love” for them is closer to abuse. And because she’s just a little girl, she doesn’t even realize she’s hurting them most of the time!




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


This Canadian-American show follows the titular preteen boys who all live in a cul-de-sac in the suburbs. Their adventures mainly revolve around their attempts at trying to get more jawbreakers, but since they’re just a couple kids, they continuously have to conceive of ways to get more money. Sarah is Ed’s younger sister, and what she lacks in years she makes up for in manipulation. She knows how to get what she wants, and will resort to tantrums and snitching to her parents if that’s what she has to do. Because of her personality, she not only makes older bro tremble, but also causes her crush Edd to feel harassed from time to time. She certainly doesn’t make herself easy to sympathize with.




#8: Orko “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (1983-85)




Cringer may be a pussycat, but at least he makes up for it as Battle Cat. Unfortunately, Orko can’t say the same. In addition to hiding his face – which by itself is irritating enough – he also possesses magic that backfires on him almost every time… and it’s never made clear why it keeps happening. Prince Adam and the others might call his bumbling nature amusing, but Man-At-Arms isn’t laughing – and neither are we. To his credit, though, what he lacks in skills, he does make up for in loyalty – having saved Adam and Cringer once or twice. He returns in the 2002 remake, but this time he’s slightly more competent.










#7: Uncle Grandpa “Uncle Grandpa” (2013-17)



Even just saying his name is stupid. Uncle Grandpa is everyone in the world’s Uncle and Grandpa – because of course he is, and when he comes to town… reality turns to putty in his hands. He doesn’t mean any harm – quite the opposite; he mostly just wants to have fun and maybe teach a few lessons along the way. Unfortunately, his approach on having fun is a little… TOO zany, usually involving a rather dimwitted way at approaching a problem, with said problem usually ending in his favor. His irritating voice coupled with the often-creepy visuals do nothing to help, and make most of us dread the day he came to Cartoon Network.




#6: Patricia "Patty" & Selma Bouvier “The Simpsons” (1989-)



You ever have that mean family member that just loves to watch you squirm? Well, what if you had TWO of them? Patty and Selma are Marge’s elder twin sisters who are almost exactly alike – which includes their mutual hatred of their brother-in-law, Homer. While Homer isn’t keen on them either, he at least TRIES to tolerate them for Marge’s sake. These two have no second thoughts about ridiculing him, torturing him, and even trying to break him and Marge up any chance they get… with no regard for the consequences. Admittedly, they have their own struggles –Patty finally coming out and Selma unable to give birth, but that doesn’t excuse their hostile behavior.




#5: Randall J. Weems “Recess” (1997-2003)



When the bell for Recess rings, the grouchy Ms. Finster can’t be everywhere at once. So, she has her personal stool pigeon, Randall, ready to snitch on kids. Nobody likes a tattletale, or a teacher’s pet, but Randall delights in being both – he lurks in the shadows looking for kids to report to his teacher, and everyone is fair game –including a certain gang. Unfortunately, tattling doesn’t make you very popular, and Randall has become a playground pariah. Even if he does get a taste of popularity, a leopard can’t change its spots, and Randall can’t stop being Ms. Finster’s lapdog or a traitor to his fellow kids.




#4: Dora Márquez “Dora the Explorer” (2000-15)



Dora is a cheerful bilingual girl who teaches the viewers Spanish while going on exciting adventures with her best friend, Boots the Monkey. While teaching kids a second language and engaging with them are not bad ideas… Dora sometimes acts DEPENDENT on the audience. She’ll pause creepily to wait for the viewer to answer questions – staring at them the whole time, and constantly asking them to point out things that are RIGHT BEHIND her… not exactly top-notch exploring there, Dora. She doesn’t change much in her new spin-off – older and with new friends, but still needing “our help” to accomplish anything. Unfortunately, the success of the show means that she’ll continue to pervade pop culture, even if the original show has come to an end.




#3: Caillou “Caillou” (1997-2010)




Caillou is a 4-year-old boy with a big imagination learning about the ways of the world. Sounds pleasant enough, but we, unfortunately, barely see this side of him. What we DO see is this little brat crying, whining, and throwing a temper tantrum… and occasionally ABUSING his infant sister. His parents are no help either – they just smile, shrug off, and give in to his horrible attitude. Worst of all, young viewers have been reported mimicking said behavior under the false assumption that it’s okay to act so bratty. By the time the show ended, the damage was done, and Caillou became the scourge of parents everywhere.




#2: Snarf “ThunderCats” (1985-89)



How do you water down a show as badass as “ThunderCats?” Once you meet Snarf, it won’t be much of a mystery. Snarf is an elderly cat-like creature, and Lion-O’s childhood nursemaid – and the series’ unfunny comic relief. While he DOES care deeply for Lion-O and the others, Snarf is just pathetic – a stout worrywart speaking in a whiny shrill voice… and of course, that oh-so-aggravating catchphrase. He also hates his real name, “Osbert”… yeah, because “Snarf” is a name you want to brag to your friends about. In the 2011 remake, Snarf is reduced to a cute pet-like companion who can’t speak… which is probably for the best.







Before we unveil the most hated of them all, here are a few dishonorable mentions.



Arnold Perlstein

“The Magic School Bus” (1994-97)






Angelica Pickles

“Rugrats” (1991-2004)




#1: Scrappy-Doo “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo” (1979-80)



Taking the number one spot is what happens when you try to fix what wasn’t broken. With low ratings threatening to end Scooby-Doo’s career, Hanna-Barbera saw fit to introduce a new character – Scooby’s nephew, Scrappy-Doo. He was the polar opposite of his uncle – welcoming danger and eager to face it head-on. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before Scrappy overstayed his welcome – he took away his Uncle’s spotlight, broke the series’ status quo, rendered Velma, Daphne, and Fred obsolete… and don’t get us started with the catchphrases. After one last antagonistic role in the live-action film, Scrappy virtually disappeared from the franchise, never to darken our televisions again

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