I decided to make a list of my top ten personal favorite cartoon characters of all-time, selecting only one from each animated series. All of these characters have impacted my life in some form over the years as I have always been easily influenced by cartoons. Whether you agree with this list or not, you have to admit these are some pretty great characters.
A strange choice, yes. But I loved Ickis as a kid. I could easily relate to his personality, and his voice, provided by Charlie Adler, was magnificently done. I loved Ickis so much I used to watch AAAHHH!!! Real Monsters and type his dialog on an old-fashioned type-writer. I realize this is a stranger hobby than the character himself, but there is no running from my past time-killers (a lot like this list).
Tom & Jerry are perhaps the ultimate chase after the coyote and road runner. What I love about the pair is that they are friends and foes at the same time. Tom isn't out to eat Jerry, he just wants to play and tease him. This is the main thing that separates the cat and mouse from so many other "epic chase" characters. It is why the duo is still so loved today.
8.) Killface (Frisky Dingo)
Killface is an even weirder choice than Ickis, but he is just so damn funny I had to include him. He has some of the greatest quotes of any cartoon character. Frisky Dingo is always good for a laugh. It truly never gets old. And if that isn't true I will eat my hat.
7.) Captain Murphy (Sealab 2021)
Captain Murphy is quite similar to Killface because they were both created be the same geniuses. Unfortunately, when Harry Goz died so did the character and Sealab 2021 as a whole. Some of the greatest cartoon timing comes out Captain Murphy quotes. Uh-huh. Okay.
6.) Master Shake (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
With the unique voice of Dana Snyder even a plastic cup can be hilarious. His never-ending insults towards Meatwad are reason enough to sit through eleven minutes of a totally ridiculous and pointless show. Master Shake truly is forever and immortal in my book.
5.) Beavis & Butt-head
As much as I wish this pair didn't influence me as a kid I cannot escape it. I recall watching it at my grandpa's house all the time, laughing my ass off and driving my mother crazy. Though their dialog can be quite repetitive, some how it always remains funny. Mike Judge did a perfect job in voicing and creating this dumbass duo. In other words, he doesn't suck.
4.) Plucky Duck (Tiny Toon Adventures)
Joe Alaskey, one of my favorite voice actors ever, is what makes this character so unique. If I could do the voice of any cartoon character I would want it to be the little green duck. I see so much of myself in his greed and quest for stardom I can't help but make him fourth on my list.
3.) Homer J. Simpson (The Simpsons)
In the early seasons of The Simpsons Homer was a ground-breaking character, but over the years he has become dumbed down and predictable. I prefer to remember Homer as the stupid, son strangling father who is still smart enough to realize the importance of his family. Though the series has lost its heart, Dan Castellaneta continues to give Homer one of the most original cartoon voices in the business.
2.) Eric Theodore Cartman (South Park)
Cartman will do anything to get his way. Even if it is giving his Jewish friend AIDS or making someone eat their parents. His character development is one of the best in the history of writing. He went from being a fat and stupid little asshole to a sneaky, conniving, fat and smart little asshole. It also helps that he says "fuck" a lot. That earns him brownie points. Tubby should be happy with anything involving brownies.
1.) Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies)
Bugs Bunny is the one cartoon character who took animation in the best direction it could have gone. Forget Mickey Mouse, Bugs is out-of-control and complete (super) genius from the minds at Termite Terrace. If it weren't for Bugs Bunny we would still be watching cartoons with singing bug-eyed trees. Thank you so much Bugs for giving us the best cartoons ever made. I hate singing trees.