The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time
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15. Bobby Hill (King of the Hill)
Creator: Mike Judge
Voice: Pamela Adlon
Hank might think his boy ain’t right, but he’s just fine by us. We like his self-confidence that doesn’t depend on innate talent or beauty. He’s comfortable in his own skin, and that often makes his daddy uncomfortable.
14. Fat Albert (Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids)
Creator: Bill Cosby
Voice: Bill Cosby
Hey, hey, hey… Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert could never be swayed from his natural good sense and good heart.
13. Pinky & The Brain (The Animaniacs)
Creator: Tom Ruegger
Voice: Rob Paulsen
Plenty of cartoon characters have had ambitions for world domination, but no one else just wanted to be a benevolent dictator like The Brain.
12. Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
Creator: Matt Groening
Voice: Yeardley Smith
OK, we partly love Lisa because we think of her as the Simpsons character most likely to read Paste… or at least listen to NPR. This eternally eight-year-old vegetarian feminist is out of place in the suburbs of Springfield, but her idealism and innocence make for great TV.
11. Wile E. Coyote (Looney Tunes)
Creator: Chuck Jones
Voice: Mel Blanc
Charlie Brown will never kick his football, and Wile E. will never catch the Roadrunner. These are among the first truths learned by any kid in America, even as they’re exposed the beauties of the Western desert. His clever plans and box of oft-malfunctioning ACME tricks resulted in our favorite coyote falling off cliffs, getting crushed by stones, and at the center of crater-inducing explosions; no cartoon character suffered more for our entertainment.