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The Top 50 Cartoon Characters - They Aren't Your Favourite, They're Just Drawn That Way


I put Aku above Jack in my list since I gave priority to characters who were animated in interesting ways, but if you tell me to think of an animated fight scene, it's going to be something with Jack.

But the scene that will always strike me is his prep to fight the Three Blind Archers:

Also wanted to point out that I am including the final season which came out years later in my nomination. It changed the characterization of Jack quite a bit due to seeing him fail but I thought it added a lot to him.


Plastic Vampire
I remember when Samurai Jack first started airing on CN, and you could really feel the weather changing. Moreso than Genndy's earlier works, watching SJ made me feel like I was watching a cartoon made for all ages. It started airing in 2001 right when the U.S. anime boom was exploding, and Cartoon Network was basically ground zero for that boom. Jack felt right at home with the other stuff that was blowing our teen minds at the time.

I've long meant to revisit the show, and especially the final season.

Johnny Unusual

4. Toph Beifong


149 Points, 4 Lists, #1 Positronic Brain

“The obedient, helpless little blind girl that you think I am just isn’t me. I love fighting. I love being an earthbender.”

Source Material: Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra

Voice Actor: Jessie Flower (in Avatar: The Last Airbender), Kate Higgins (in Books One and Three of The Legend of Korra), Philece Sampler (in Book Four: Balance of The Legend of Korra)

Toph Beifong is an earthbender from the Earth Kingdom. Earthbenders can control the Earth, including rocks and gravel and Toph is an exceptionally strong bender. Born blind from birth, Toph was treated as fragile from her loving but overprotective parents and at age five, she met some badgermoles who taught her the secrets of earthbending. Toph become skilled and eventually lead a double life as “the Blind Bandit”, a successful participants in earthbending fighting tournaments. Toph eventually ran away from home when she decided her true calling was to be a fighter and to this end decided to teach the Avatar Aang how to earthbend, so that he may fight against the tyranny of the Fire Nation.

Toph is curt, stubborn, and often combative, valuing her strength and independence. She teaches the Avatar the power of hard work and she herself puts real brute force into her abilities. Despite this, she is a clever fighter and one who is extremely precise and swift in her moves. In addition to earthbending, she uses her abilities and senses to feel vibrations on the Earth, able to sense where he opponents are (though to this end, forgoes footwear of any kings). She is very “Earthy” and though she knows about the proper etiquette of high society, she eschews it to be the person she wants to be, even if it puts some people off with her bluntness. Though her attitude can lead to reckless behaviour, her steadfast mentality allowed her to evolve a new form of earthbending, which became invaluable in the cause of stopping the Fire Nation.

No shortage of votes for Avatar characters on this show and when it comes to most, their styles of bending reflect who they are. Aang learns by being learning new facets of himself but Toph is one who increases her strength of body and mind, digging deeper into the strength that is there already and pushing past her own limits. She’s immovable and if you have her on your side, you couldn’t imagine a better companion to have your back when things get tough. And as fun-loving as she can be, she’s also the person to be completely straight with everyone, for better or worse not sugar-coating. She is also the most badass member of Team Avatar. Nuff said. Wait, there is more.


A confident earthbender who learned her trade from badgermoles. What's not to love?


A wise-ass blind girl who can kick your ass makes for a very fun character.





“Toph might sink her fingers into flesh but she ain’t no masseuse.”
Some catchup commentary:

  • Porco Rosso: I had Porco at #18 on my list. The film that's titled after this character is probably a top 10 film of all time for me. It's just Miyazaki at his most self-indulgent and in the prime of his career. And a lot of the charm of the film is in Porco, being a lovable crank with a surprising amount of depth. And it's just fascinating to consider him as a semi self-insert for the author. This pick was mostly on personal emotions.
  • Homestar Runner: I probably would have voted for Strongbad or Homsar over the main man, but he's a great character. Just really fun. I'm honestly a little sad for the creators. They kinda were born a little too early. Had Homestar been a thing in the YouTube era, they'd be easy millionaires and probably had the show picked up by networks by now.
  • Darkwing Duck/Donald Duck: I love both of these ducks. They're in my top tier of Disney characters. Both are just a lot of fun. I've always gravitated towards the Ducks in the Disney pantheon over the mice or dogs. Felt like a zagg move when everyone else was zigging. But I guess I wasn't so alone after all!
  • Chihiro: I picked other Ghibli heroines to represent on my list, but Chichiro is a pretty solid pick and I get why she's beloved. If I wanted to pick a coming-of-age-hero/ine I would have reached for Future Boy Conan or Kiki, but Chihiro has a pretty exhilarating journey and her maturation as a character is honestly very rewarding.
  • Brock Samson: Glad to see some more Venture Bros representation on the list, even if I think Brock is one of the lesser interesting characters on the show. He's still a lot of fun though, and Patrick Warburton really makes the character.
  • Vash the Stampede: My blurb was stated before, but he's fantastic. He's not an anime-original character, but I made sure to throw him on my list specifically because his show managed to elevate the source material into something truly special that can stand on its own proudly.
  • Marceline: She's just cool, I like her. I most Adventure Time stuff, I liked her more before the show became so lore focused. But she's consistently a lot of fun and one of the better characters on the show.
  • Scooby-Doo: Time does weird things to the brain. Because I vividly remember being annoyed by Scooby-Doo being such a useless coward as a kid, but as an adult I have nothing but the warmest of fuzzy memories and nostalgia for the character. He's just such a lovable dunce. Also, it goes without saying, a very good dog.
  • Korra: I have a lot of critical feelings about her show, but Korra herself is a great character. That first season especially was just magical.
    [*]The Genie: I mean, it's Robin Williams being Robin Williams. What's not to love?
  • Wile E. Coyote: Love the character. Lots of people have already touched on how uncanny and unique it is to want to root for the guy. But for me personally, I think he just typifies the Chuck Jones ethos. He's just so incredibly expressive and imaginative in everything he does. Coyote just is super important to the history of animation.
  • Convoy: My G1 Optimus toy was my pride and joy as a kid. It was a really sad day when I lost one of his hands.
  • Coach McGuirk: Home Movies is ugly as fucking sin, but I loved the show. I thought it had a decent sense of humor, and I admired the tenacity of the small staff to make a cartoon in flash for TV. H. Jon Benjamin is always a tour de force, and I'm extremely happy the people involved in this finally hit a homerun with Bob's Burgers. (Surprised there hasn't been much Bobs representation yet, that cartoon slaps.)
  • San: San was #8 on my list. I wanted a bit of diversity on my list so I made a conscious effort to limit the Ghibli representation on it, otherwise it just would have been my whole list. I remember someone earlier in the thread saying they liked Lady Eboshi more, and I think Eboshi has a complexity that San lacks. But I went with San because she's the co-protagonist, and the titular character of a top5 all time movie for me. And while Eboshi might have more texture, San is just a fantastic character I want to root for always. That she overcomes her pride and biases in the film is what puts her over the top for me. When I think of strong Ghibli heroines, she's at the very top for me so that's why she's on my list.
  • Steven Universe/Garnet: Never been a big fan of this show, but these two are fun characters. Though I think bird-mom is my favorite of the bunch.
  • Wall-e: best garbage can #1 usa
  • Scrooge McDuck: I can't abide by this character. Making a greedy asshole billionaire a lovable and personable hero is definitely the most Disney thing ever.
  • Bugs Bunny: I empathize a lot with VV's perspective on Bugs a bit. Bugs is an asshole and frequently made me uncomfortable as a kid. Especially the racist parts. But I still liked him and his cartoons because there was such artistry and craftsmanship to many of his classic Looney Tunes. And I also found some of his more violent tirades enthralling. Like, probably more than any character, Bugs represents the mentality of "fuck around and find out" where he just goes absolutely psychotic warpath on someone and delivers to them divine punishment for being a dickhead. There's something weirdly cathartic about the kind of revenge he gets on characters. It's the times where he messes with people who don't deserve it that rubs me the wrong way.
  • Bender: Futurama is hands down my favorite cartoon of all time that's made by white people. And Bender is the crown jewel in that show. John DiMaggio is an absolute legend. Had my list included or been about Western cartoons, Bender would have been an easy top 2.
  • Samurai Jack: I have very little good to say about this show. But what I will say is that Phil LaMarr is a god damned national treasure.
  • Toph: Best character in Avatar. It's kind of a shame the show isn't about her and she entered the scene relatively late.


Summon for hire
Toph! There's too dang many amazing characters in Avatar, but Toph easily landed in my top 10 anyway. She da best. Tells it like it is and has the skills to back it up. She can get cocky sometimes, but is also extremely practical and gets shit done. In the end she has her friends' backs and just wants everyone to be honest with each other.

Johnny Unusual

3. Strong Bad


181 Points, 7 Lists, #1 Issun

“Guess what? Nobody calls you Coolio da Fabio, AKA Quit Makin' Up Nicknames For Yourself! I'm just gonna call you "Dealin' Burgers", which I assume doubles as an accurate job description.”

Source Material: Homerstar Runner

Voice Actor: Matt Chapman

Strong Bad is a “wrestleman” living in Free Country, USA. He lives with his brothers Strong Mad and Strong Sad, and his pet, The Cheat. Strong Bad works in an office of unspecified nature but most often is seen answering e-mails from his fans, often with sassy results. Strong Bad once considered himself the “rival” of Homestar Runner, a “terrific athlete” but more often sees him as a nuisance best ignored. Despite this, Homestar often considers Strong Bad his friend, much to Strong Bad’s annoyance. Strong Bad also creates comics, the “Teen Girl Squad”, about teens who are girls. Strong Bad also “rules” a field in town which he calls “Strong Badia”, though it is mostly barren save for a fence and a car tire. Strong Bad spends a lot of time playing video games and engaging in projects to build his own myth, with varying results.

Strong Bad often tries to build up his own reputation, that of a villain, a lady’s man and a cool dude. He does seem to be somewhat popular around town, though it is not uncommon for his self-made mythos to be deflated by embarrassments and questionable decisions. Though he tries to be a trend maker, his friends (though he wouldn’t call himself that) are often hesitant to follow that path. Strong Bad often likes to torment his friends for laughs, particularly Homestar, Strong Sad and Marzipan, though his plans are not always as effective as he expects. He is often sarcastic, answering questions from fans in an acerbic manner, though if they have a good idea for him, he’s usually quick to admit it and follow it through. Strong Bad has a good relationship with Strong Mad and the Cheat, though sometimes makes the mistake of tormenting them, which rarely ends well for him.

The break out character in the Homestar universe was easily Strong Bad, who quickly became the star of the show with his “Strong Bad E-Mails”, his weekly e-mail cartoon. What began as 1-2 minute shorts quickly grew in popularity and in ambition, essentially creating a complex Strong Bad multiverse of sorts, spawning side characters and memes. Strong Bad himself might play the ‘bad guy’ but more than that, he has clear “1980s big brother” energy with his love of metal and obsession with being perceived as cool. But beyond that, he also acts as a sassy mouthpiece from the creators, getting to mock the fans and their spelling in a way that feels delightful rather than mean-spirited and also complaining about pop culture stuff. Like the entire Homestar universe, it somehow became in references within references and a weird language cadence all its own in the way it plays with words. Strong Bad might want to make trouble but he’s also the most fun guy and despite his questionable takes, is probably the most down to Earth despite attempting to present himself as amazing.


does he type with boxing gloves on? We still don't know, but no animated person and very few live action peoples have entertained me like he has. Strong Bad is magical.


How often does a cartoon make their own cartoons? Teen Girl Squad was a jam.


He's a funny jerk who wears boxing gloves and answers fan e-mail. Fun, wholesome humour that feels vanishingly rare these days.


El Santo


“The fact is, the plaintiff's sainthood is unrecognized by the church.”


Had him at #8. My car is named Trogdor, because it's an orange colour I call Burninating and the Suzuki logo is an S with a more different S.

Possibly my most quoted cartoon character? I just sang this one to my spouse yesterday:

I legitimately forget sometimes that there were other parts of Homestar Runner than the sbemails.

Johnny Unusual

2. Daffy Duck


199 Points, 7 Lists, #1 Beta Metroid & Johnny Unusual

"You're deth-picable!"

Source Material: Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies

Voice Actor(s): Mel Blanc (originally), Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey, Greg Burson, Maurice LaMarche, Frank Gorshin, Dee Bradley Baker, Billy West, Sam Vincent, Jeff Bennett, Eric Bauza

Daffy Duck is a duck who lives in an unspecified body of water in the United States. He speaks with a distinctive lisp and is known for his greed, avarice and, most notably, desperate need for attention. To this end he is often both friend and rival to popular cartoon star Bugs Bunny, though he is also known for his contentious acquaintance with Porky Pig and somewhat lesser known but still relevant, a brief rivalry with Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico.

Originally appearing as extremely wacky and erratic, where he first acted as a foil for established straight man Porky Pig. Popular cartoon characters who preceded Daffy were often everyman characters by comparison and included the aforementioned Porky, as well as Mickey Mouse and even Popeye (remember, this is *by comparison*). Daffy was part of a line of characters who were more “screwball” characters of the next generation, wild, unrestrained trouble makers who would throw the world of their opponents into complete chaos. Daffy’s unhinged behaviour made him an instant hit among theatre goers who loved that “daffy duck”, according to animator Bob Clampet. Daffy wouldn’t officially get a name until the cartoon “Daffy Duck and Egghead”.

During the war, Daffy’s chaotic powers were put to use as an enemy of the Nazis in various cartoons and following the war, he was more frequently paired with Porky Pig, often tormenting the stuttering everypig. But Daffy’s character slowly evolved overtime and eventually the wacky screwball angle was dropped in favour of a greedy, glory-seeking version of the character. He was still teamed up with Porky quite often and still sometimes tormented him but often Porky would be a dutiful sidekick watching on as Daffy’s own bad behaviour got him into serious trouble.

What’s more, with Bugs’ becoming the most popular star of the theatrical shorts, the more pathetic Daffy was often put in stark relief. As Daffy would come up with craven schemes and/or desperately plead, cajole and trick his way into popularity or success of some kind, Bugs would usually and with ease win the day and/or the audience. Chuck Jones is credited with evolving this aspect of Daffy, as well as giving him a scrawnier, scruffier look.

Daffy is a character that means a lot to me because I feel like Looney Tunes is great at someone with as many negative traits as Daffy as someone we can care for. Daffy is a jerk, selfish, greedy, glory-hungry. And he is often the loser. He loses hard. I feel like there is a long history of characters who are jerks who never win but I think the beauty of Daffy is while Bugs is cool, smart, funny and someone we want to be, Daffy is born to runner up. There’s a sort of beautiful tragedy to that. We might want to be Bugs but we might fear we are Daffy. That’s not to put down his other incarnations where he is a purveyor of mayhem or simply a weird bully but I feel like Daffy’s wants and needs are sort of my own basest ones, the need to be validated, the desire to be seen as special only to make a fool out of myself. He might never win but I don’t know if I’d love him as much if he did.


The estate of Leon Schlesinger



“Thankfully, this case is more or less decided for us. In Mel Blanc’s autobiography, That's Not All Folks!, Mel Blanc claims the distinctive lisp was not inspired by Leon Schlesinger but simply the observation that having a very long mouth might well give someone a lisp. I simply need to borrow that book from the library and hope they let me in again after they found out I replacing the cards in the card catalogue with my business cards.”
Strongbad is awesome. He's a stupid jackass, but he's such an ineffectual, wholesome version of that trope that you don't feel guilty for a single moment liking the man.

Daffy is indeed the best duck, and the best Looney Tune. He's very similar to Bugs in his antics, but he's got an underdog mentality, an undeserved ego, an inferiority complex, and a bunch of manerisms and personality that's just delightful. Add it all up and he's just really fun to watch get into trouble. Great pick for #2.

So we're all agreed #1 has to be Homer Simpson right? It can't be anything else knowing TT.


Daffy was my LT vote. Bugs handles adverse situations with ease and cool. Daffy just loses his shit. Like Johnny said, Bugs is who we want to be, Daffy is who we are. There's a good reason why Duck Amok is often considered the best short in a vast library of them besides the meta aspect of it.

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
Homestar himself was my pick from… well… Homestar Runner, but I agonized whether to pick him or Strong Bad.

Daffy is the best Loony Tune. There is no room for ambiguity in this area


Homestar himself was my pick from… well… Homestar Runner, but I agonized whether to pick him or Strong Bad.
I picked both. Honestly, one of the main reasons I limited myself to a couple per toon is because my list could easily have ended up with over half of it being HR characters.


Plastic Vampire
Strong Bad was my #5.

Sure, Homestar’s name was in the title, but we all went to the site for Strongbad. He was rude and funny and occasionally vulnerable. There was nothing better to do in 2002 than see whose email Strongbad was going to answer this week.

Homestarrunner dot com goes down with places like Neopets, Ebaums World, and Newgrounds as websites that defined the early 2000s web experience, but of those it's one of the few that I think will stand the long test of time, and Strong Bad is a huge part of the reason why.


definitely not a robot
(He/Him + RT/artee)
Hot take: Daffy is the original Waluigi (to Bugs's Luigi (don't ask who Mario is in this equation)).

So we're all agreed #1 has to be Homer Simpson right? It can't be anything else knowing TT.
I feel like we've seen all the characters from the Simpsons that we're gonna see in this list. In terms of vaguely similar characters, I feel like Hank Hill has a better chance at taking the top spot.

EDIT: lol i got owned quick
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Johnny Unusual

1. Captain Wacky


251 Points, 9 Lists, #1 The Lumber Baron

“You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try!”

Source Material: The Simpsons

Voice Actor: Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson is a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. He lives in Springfield with his wife Marge and his kids Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Homer was raised by his father, Abe, after his mother ran away from the law, and met Marge in high school. They decided to marry after they got pregnant and Homer got a job at the power plant, as it was one of the few well-paying jobs that didn’t require a college education. Homer spends free time at home but also spends a lot of time drinking at Moe’s Tavern (and a lot of his work hours, too). Homer lives a little class lifestyle where he gets paid enough for a nice house but often has to scramble to make ends meet in a crisis.

Homer Simpson is lazy, obese, stupid, ignorant (not stupidity but close), rude, obnoxious and reckless. His favourite activities are drinking beer at home in front of the TV or at the bar. Homer has a love of food and is extremely gluttonous, even to the extent that an “all you can eat” buffet felt compelled to kick him out for being a “remorseless eating machine.” He is often thoughtless and even downright mean to his loved ones and certainly to his neighbor Ned Flanders, who he despises for being “perfect”. Despite his sloth, Homer is often inspired to take up a new vocation or project and often follows through with shocking enthusiasm and sometimes success. When properly motivated, he can be extremely successful, though often this doesn’t last and when he is given reason to move on, he defaults to his normal lifestyle. Also, while he often takes them for granted, Homer loves his family and is willing to put himself in personal jeopardy to protect them.

Homer’s place on the list probably isn’t a surprise to many of you. The Simpsons as a show is extremely influential on the comedy that comes later, a perfect mix of differing humour types to create a wonderful little show… for sort of ten years. And the characters play a big role in that. While Bart’s trouble making attitude created “Bart-Mania”, it was Homer is soon took over as the show’s most popular character, due to being the most overtly buffoonish. While the character began as a grumpy dad-type, he soon evolved into sort of the ur-text for the modern TV buffoon, with the characters finding new ways to top himself in absurdity. Despite the fact that he often appears quite shallow, Homer is a character with a lot of dimensions to him and despite the fact that many seem contradictory, they all paint a tapestry of the same man. A man of great indolence yet great enterprise, a man of great sin and great kindness. He’s Springfield’s greatest bane and greatest citizen. He’s the modern man, the American, for better AND worse. And it wouldn’t work if for all his problems, we care about Homer Simpson. We want him to be better and when he proves to have a deep wealth of sweetness that borders on aspirational on rare occasions. Homer is our favourite cartoon man (collectively speaking).


I tried really hard not to vote for Homer. Honest, I did. He's such a tired choice, and the writers have long since pushed him way past lovable flawed goofball into irredeemable caricature. But any list of my favourite cartoon characters has to include him. He's just given me too many laughs over the years. I love this dumb jerk, even when he is written as implausibly dumb.




“We might be able to bribe the jury with frosty chocolate milkshakes.”

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
My actual favorite Simpsons character is Lionel Hutz, but there was no way I couldn't vote for Homer.

So I voted for both.


Post Reader
I would say Homer is the most important animated character, at least in terms of cultural impact in the English language, of the last 40 years. He's also very funny.


Not at all surprised to see Homer topping the list, nor doing so by such an absurd margin.

What does surprise me is how the list in general wasn't more Simpsons-dominated. While I was largely swinging for the fences, I had both Disco Stu and Troy McClure way over Homer, but I think the only characters who made the list are all main family members? And most of the rest relatively low at that.

For that matter I'm surprised how few sources had more than one or two representatives in general. After seeing Brock and Dr. O I figured there was going to be a big flood of other Venture Bros. characters near the top. I figured Zanatos heralded Goliath and maybe Demona. Really interesting how many unique series ended up listed.

Also nice to see Daffy win out over Bugs for once!

Also since I assume we're at this point,
1- The Monarch (Venture Bros.)
2- The Tick (The Tick)
3- Franklin Sherman (The Critic) ((That's the dad if anyone else actually nommed him and forgot his name))
4- Goliath (Gargoyles)
5- Grimlock (Transformers)
6- Duke Phillips (The Critic)
7- Dr. Mrs. The Monarch nee Girlfriend (Venture Bros.)
8- The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight! Yeah Baby! Yeah! (The Tick)
9- Demona (Gargoyles)
10- Disco Stu (The Simpsons)
11- Troy McClure (The Simpsons)
12- Optimus Prime (Transformers)
13- Starscream (Transformers)
14- Molotov Cocktease (Venture Bros.)
15- D'Compose (Inhumanoids)
16- Hank Venture (Venture Bros.)
17- Truckules (Venture Bros.)
18- Dr. Rusty "Doc" Venture (Venture Bros.)
19- Ed Wuncler Sr. (The Boondocks)
20- Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
21- The Question (Justice League Unlimited)
22- Bugs Bunny (various short films)
23- Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
24- Zim (Invader Zim)
25- Skeeter (Muppet Babies)


Oooh yes sharing time! I think the only thing I'm surprised by is that there wasn't any TMNT representation, I expected that.
  1. Yakko (Animaniacs)
  2. Wile E Coyote (Looney Tunes)
  3. Scar (Lion King)
  4. Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
  5. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
  6. Aku (Samurai Jack) (honorable mention)
  7. Genie (Aladdin)
  8. Strong Bad (Homestar Runner)
  9. Cartman (South Park)
  10. Mulan
  11. Satsuki (Totoro)
  12. The Brain (Animaniacs)
  13. Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove)
  14. Splinter (TMNT)
  15. Ginko (Mushi-shi)
  16. Danger Mouse
  17. Lana (Archer)
  18. Samurai Jack
  19. Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)
  20. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
  21. Linka (Captain Planet)
  22. Starlite (Rainbow Brite)
  23. Princess Sylvia (Muzzy)
  24. The Chipettes
  25. Bob a Bobek
And my almost-made-its:

Donatello (TMNT)
Plucky Duck
Daffy Duck
Darkwing Duck
Marge Simpson
Slappy (Animaniacs)
Gadget (Chip and Dale)
Cruella de Vil
Lady Eboshi


????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
  1. Bugs Bunny
  2. Freakazoid
  3. Daffy Duck
  4. The Brain (of Pinky and The Brain)
  5. Bender (Futurama)
  6. Batman (DCAU)
  7. Garfield (1980s)
  8. Tom (of Tom & Jerry)
  9. Darkwing Duck
  10. Duckman
  11. Beast (X-Men & X-Men Evolution)
  12. The Grinch 1966
  13. Bart Simpson
  14. Inspector Gadget
  15. Rogue (X-Men Evolution)
  16. Doctor Orpheus (The Venture Brothers)
  17. Mentok the Mindtaker (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law)
  18. Joseph Joestar
  19. Myron Reducto (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law)
  20. Wakko Warner (Animaniacs)
  21. Jerry (of Tom & Jerry)
  22. Mako Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)
  23. Underdog
  24. Optimus Prime (Transformers G1)
  25. Doctor Weird (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
I can't believe I forgot The Critic. Woe is me.

Not at all surprised to see Homer topping the list, nor doing so by such an absurd margin.
Don't blame me! I voted for Kodos. (Not actually.)


Summon for hire
High-five for the Danger Mouse, VV!
And thanks for a fun list Johnny!

Here's mine:

*01. Korra (The Legend of Korra)
*02. Garnet (Steven Universe)
03. Uncle Iroh (Avatar the Last Airbender)
04. One-One (Infinity Train)
05. Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
*06. Toph Bei Fong (Avatar the Last Airbender)
07. Maximillian Jenius (Macross/Robotech, Macross 7)
08. Milia Fallyna Jenius (Macross/Robotech, Macross 7)
09. Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)
*10. Nausicaa (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
*11. Genie (Aladdin)
*12. Zuko (Avatar the Last Airbender)
*13. Optimus Prime (Transformers)
*14. Darkwing Duck (Darkwing Duck)
*15. Wile E. Coyote (Loony Tunes &c)
16. Danger Mouse (Danger Mouse)
~17. Arsene Lupin III (Lupin III (animated version))
18. Yomiko Readman (Read or Die)
*19. Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
*20. Wall-E (Wall-E)
~21. Coraline (Coraline)
22. Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas)
23. Jeremy the Nowhere Man (The Yellow Submarine)
24. The Count of Monte Christo (Gankutsuou) {a unique animated version of the literary character}
25. Link (The Legend of Zelda TV, who is definitely different from any other Link you might see around)

Curious whether Iroh or One-One got any other votes...