8 Amazing And Very Popular Cartoon Characters

Jerry Run Away From Tom

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Jerry Run Away From Tom

1. Jerry

Jerry is a fictional character and one of the title characters (the first being Tom) in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Jerry is a brown house mouse, who first appeared as a mouse named Jinx in the 1940 MGM animated short Puss Gets the Boot. Hanna gave the mouse’s original name as “Jinx”, while Barbera claimed the mouse went unnamed in his first appearance. Jerry is a small brown house mouse who always lives in close proximity to Tom.

“Tom” is a generic name for a male cat. Jerry possesses surprising strength for his size, lifting items such as anvils with relative ease and withstanding considerable impacts with them. Despite the typical cat-eats-mouse scenario, it is surprisingly quite rare for Tom to actually try and consume Jerry. Most of his attempts are just to torment or humiliate Jerry. Despite being very energetic and determined, Tom is no match for Jerry’s brains and wits. By the final “fade-out” of each cartoon, Jerry usually emerges successfully, while Tom is shown as the loser.

2. Tom

Thomas “Tom” Cat is a fictional character and one of the title characters in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom is a blue/grey anthropomorphic domestic short-haired cat who first appeared in the 1940 animated short Puss Gets the Boot. Tom was originally known as “Jasper” during his debut in that short however, beginning from his next appearance in The Midnight Snack and onwards, he is known as “Tom” or “Thomas”.

He is very rarely heard speaking with the exception of a few cartoons such as “Tom & Jerry Tales’ League of Cats” and “Tom and Jerry: The Movie”. His only notable vocal sounds outside of this are his various screams whenever he is subject to pain or panic. He is continuously after Jerry Mouse, for whom he sets traps, many of which backfire and cause damage to him rather than Jerry. Apart from chasing Jerry, Tom has multiple love interests with female cats. Their names all begin with “T”.

Tom Catches Jerry

momokacma /CC BY 2.0 | Tom Catches Jerry

3. Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) and voiced originally by the “Man of a Thousand Voices,” Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros.

Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray hare or rabbit who is famous for his flippant, insouciant personality, a pronounced New York accent, his portrayal as a trickster and his catch phrase “Eh… What’s up, doc?”, usually said while chewing a carrot. Since his debut, Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides and commercials. He has also appeared in more films than any other cartoon character.

Bugs Bunny

jlmaral /CC BY-SA 2.0 | Bugs Bunny

 4. Shin-chan

Shin Chan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui. He is the main character, a kindergarten-aged boy whose antics are the basis for the series. His affectionate name by relatives is Shin-chan and by friends Shinno. He is five and loves chocolate biscuits, especially “Chocobi” and a TV superhero named “Action Kamen”, but he absolutely hates green peppers. He is a very good singer and pretty good baseball and football player. Sometimes he changes the words of a song, making it very funny.

He often exhibits deep affection for his friend Kazama. Some of his strange activities include dressing up. He also causes trouble for others and then criticizes their efforts in covering for him. In general, he is outspoken and very curious. He has little shame. On rare occasions, he displays bouts of selfless kindness, but these are often immediately followed by antics that negate the goodwill others feel. In a few rare instances he shows that deep down he really does care for his family, although he usually behaves badly with them.

Crayon Shin-Chan

Net Sama /Public Domain | Crayon Shin-Chan

5. Doraemon

Doraemon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by the manga writing team Fujiko Fujio. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi. Doraemon is the titular character of the series. He is a cat-like robot created by the Matsushiba Robot Factory and is sent back in time by Sewashi to aid Nobita.

He possesses a fourth-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets and playthings from a future department store. He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of unrelated household items.

Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita’s antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita’s family and acts like a second son to Nobita’s parents since despite being a robot he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita’s bedroom.

6. Scooby-Doo

Scoobert “Scooby” Doo is the eponymous character and protagonist of the Scooby-Doo animated television franchise created in 1969 by the American animation company Hanna-Barbera. Scooby is regarded as a unique Great Dane dog who is able to speak in broken English and usually puts the letter “R” in front of words and noises made. In all versions of the character, Scooby and Shaggy share several personality traits, mostly being cowardly and perpetually hungry. But their friends encourage them to go after the costumed villains, usually with “Scooby Snacks”, a biscuit-like dog treat or cookie snack.

Scooby is brown from head to toe with several distinctive black spots on his upper body and doesn’t seem to have a melanistic mask. He is generally a quadruped, but displays bipedal ‘human’ characteristics occasionally. Scooby also has opposable thumbs and can use his front paws like hands. He has a black nose and wears an off-yellow, diamond-shaped-tagged blue collar with an “SD” (his initials) and has four toes on each foot.

Scooby Doo War Card Game

Mark Anderson /CC BY 2.0 | Scooby Doo War Card Game

7. Donald Duck

Donald Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934, at Walt Disney Productions. Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs and feet. He typically wears a sailor shirt and cap with a black or red bow tie. Donald is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech and his mischievous and temperamental personality. Donald’s two dominant personality traits are his short temper and his positive outlook on life. Many Donald shorts start with Donald in a happy mood, without a care in the world until something comes along and spoils his day.

His anger is a great cause of suffering in his life. Donald’s aggressive nature has its advantages, however. While at times it is a hindrance and even a handicap, it has also helped him in times of need. When faced with a threat of some kind, for example Pete’s attempts to intimidate him, he is initially scared, but his fear is replaced by anger. As a result, instead of running away, he fights with ghosts, sharks, mountain goats, giant kites and even the forces of nature.

Magical Donald Duck

JD Hancock /CC BY 2.0 | Magical Donald Duck

8. Cowardly Dog

Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network and the ninth of the network’s Cartoon Cartoons. The Cowardly Dog follows Courage, an easily frightened, pink beagle dog. He was abandoned as a puppy after his parents were forcibly sent into outer space. He lives in a farmhouse near the fictional town of Nowhere, Kansas with Muriel Bagge, a sweet-natured Scottish woman and her husband Eustace, a grouchy, selfish, greedy farmer who constantly harasses Courage.

Courage was found in an alleyway by Muriel, who took him up as her own. Courage, Muriel and Eustace frequently run into monsters, aliens, demons, mad scientists, zombies and other supernatural perils from myths and legends that Courage must fend off to save his owners, unbeknownst to them. Ironically, given his name, Courage is a genuine coward, but still goes to great lengths to protect his owners.

Courage The Cowardly Dog

John R. Dilworth /CC BY-SA 4.0 | Courage The Cowardly Dog

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