Cartoon characters can be attractive. While everyone liked Johnny Bravo and Fred from Scooby Doo, there are a lot underrated, cute cartoon guys. Some of them, you used to totally crush on hardcore. Others, they were your tightly-kept secret. Either way, there is no judgment here.
Twister, Rocket Power
We were probably supposed to crush on Otto Rocket, but he just didn’t do it for us looks wise. Plus, Otto was super competitive and a jerk 90% of the time. Twister was goofy and cute and almost always nice.
Max, A Goofy Movie
So technically, Max isn’t a human. But with Goofy as his dad, it’s pretty hard not to be surprised by how cute Max turned out. A crush is only fair.
Danny Phantom, Danny Phantom
Danny made life tough. Did we like him better with dark hair or his white, ghost-fighter hair? Those are decisions too tough for a preteen to make. Also, blue eyes or green eyes? We were never able to choose.
Tommy and Dil, All Grown Up!
The Pickles brothers turned out really cute. Dil was kind of young for us to consider, but we admired his looks and quirky personality. But Tommy, well he was right around our age (since he technically turned 1 in 1991) and we really loved that purple hair.
Chuckie and Phil, All Grown Up!
Tommy and Dil weren’t the only ones who upgraded to major cuties. Once Phil stopped eating worms, you were able to put him in the crush category. Chuckie's new glasses were actually pretty chic, too.
Edd, Ed, Edd, n Eddy
With Ed and Eddy as his competition, it really wasn’t hard for us to pick Edd. He’s a cartoon crush we kept a secret for many years.
T.J. Detweiler, Recess
T.J. gave off a bad boy vibe, but not bad enough to actually be a bad guy. He loved recess, you loved recess. You two would have been a match made in kick ball heaven.
Cosmo, Fairly Odd Parents
Cosmo was not very bright. He’s actually the dumbest character on the show, which seems hard since Timmy and his dad are both equally dim, but Cosmo was easily everyone's favorite. His hair and matching eyes added to his cutness.
Alden was cute. There is no question there. But this show was vastly underrated, so he might not have been on your friends' radars. He certainly was on yours. If you had braces back in 2001, Alden gave you hope that boys would still find you cute.
Shaggy, Scooby Doo
Fred might have had his ascot, but Shaggy had unlimited amounts of goofy charm. His red pants and green shirt combo is what stole our hearts.
You can have ours. Any day. We still want to be Pokémon trainers and could really use the help. Ash was too annoying to be considered cute.
Gerald, Hey Arnold
This boy was smooth. We don’t care if his best friend was blonde, with a football-shaped head. Gerald was the interesting one. We would have hung out with him any day.
The Professor, The Powerpuff Girls
Thinking the professor was cute was pretty much same thing as finding your best friend’s dad cute. You didn’t tell anyone, but you couldn’t help how you felt.
Did we miss any cartoon characters that you crushed on? Sound off in the comments below!
There have been many, many great sit-com characters over the decades. Here are 10 that were the cream of the crop.
Sophia Petrillo: The Golden Girls
The show was an ensemble, but Petrillo and her sharp tongue and wit often stole the spotlight. She often told long-winded tales that began with "Picture it... " but behind her acerbic demeanor was a woman who fiercely loved her daughter, Dorothy. The interplay between the two often was the funniest part of the show. Shady Pines' loss was our gain.
Dr. Perry Cox: Scrubs
The man gave primers on how to give the best long-winded, angry rants that were simultanously hilarious. John C. McGinley was able to show this doctor who had the shortest fuse with anything that he perceived as incompetent as being capable of then turning around and espousing some wisdom that showed the way for people to figure things out. I am still mad though that they couldn't have a Cox-Dr. Gregory House face-off.
Louie DePalma: Taxi
The dimunitive Danny DeVito gave a heart and personality that was twice his size. In a show that featured such out-sized actors like Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufman, DeVito outshone them both.
Frasier Crane: Cheers/Frasier
Kelsey Grammer imbued humanity on someone who could have been viewed as merely pompous. Frasier was someone who often was unable to let his brain and his feelings reconcile while in the pursuit of romance. It didn't help that he had a neurotic brother who was in the middle of his own romantic crisis.
Cosmo Kramer: Seinfeld
Sure, Kramer was a nut, but Michael Richards added layers to the zaniness. The main lesson that I learned from him though is: Always lock your front door. I never understood why Seinfeld always had the door open. What is it with people who leave their front doors unlocked? Oops. I'm going off on a Seinfeld stand-up joke tangent...
Barney Stinson: How I Met Your Mother
Stinson may be a complete womanizer and near-sociopath, but he's also loyal to his friends at the very end. He may have been the archetype of hedonistic bachelorhood, but now we'll find out if he commits to a life with Robin? What makes Barney so great is that while he is a total self-centered buffoon, there's that little, tiny sliver of humanity in him too.
Archie Bunker: All in the Family
In this ultra PC world, I don't think Carroll O'Connor would have been allowed to even play the character, even with the depth that he displayed. Actually, he could, but it would have to be on a cable channel like FX. He's probably be another character on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Cliff Huxtable: The Cosby Show
Here's a man who gave a portrayal of a smart and very involved family man - who was black. That hadn't been seen that often on TV before and Cosby rightfully is hailed for doing so. This was the happy Cosby, not the grumpy one from that different Cosby show that aired years later on another network.
Ralph Kramden: The Honeymooners
One of the first sitcom archetypes -- the loud, blowhard husband. Jackie Gleason, made the character his own, though, and no one else could touch the part. Cedric, I'm looking at you. People might not like that "Bam, to the moon!" threat nowadays, but even back then, you just KNEW that if he had actually laid a hand on Alice, he would have wound up wearing his bus steering wheel around his neck.
Roseanne Connor: Roseanne
Sure, her character was supposedly the product of a writer's imagination, but she was a darn good mother and person on the show, despite her sassy mouth. Under that hard exterior beat a heart of gold. I always loved the back-and-forth with her and Jackie.
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