The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time

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20. Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
Created: 1987
Creator: Matt Groening
Voice: Nancy Cartwright

Every principal’s nightmare, this merry prankster’s only two real talents are skateboarding and troublemaking.

19. Daffy Duck (Looney Tunes)
Created: 1937
Creators: Tex Avery, Bob Clampett
Voice: Mel Blanc

Daffy can himself be despicable, but he’s endearing all the same.

18. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)
Created: 1999
Creator: Seth MacFarlane
Voice: Seth MacFarlane

Other evil geniuses aren’t hampered by their youth, but one-year-old baby Stewie doesn’t let that stop him.

17. Ren & Stimpy
Created: 1991
Creator: John Kricfalusi
Voice: John Kricfalusi & Billy West

Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. “Stimpy” Cat pushed the boundaries of ridiculous cartoon violence in ways that two decades later seem quaint.

16a. Phineas Flynn (Phineas and Ferb)
Created: 2007
Creators: Dan Povenmire, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Voice: Vincent Martella

“Hey Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today,” Phineas says each show before launching into his latest ambitious plan to pass the summer days, whether it’s building a giant tree house that transforms into a giant robot or filming a movie or creating a time machine. And even though the stepbrothers’ grand plans escape the attention of their parents and drive Candace nuts, Phineas remains completely guileless. Hard to believe this is on the Disney Channel.

16b. Mighty Mouse
Created: 1942
Creator: Izzy Klein
Voice: Roy Halee Sr.

He’ll swallow your bullets and spit them right back at you. He’s like a rodent Chuck Norris.

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