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Which of these cartoon characters did you look up to as a kid?

Jem, She-Ra, Michelangelo…all heroes in their own right.
Jul 7th 2013, 3:00 PM 3,161 11

CARTOONS PLAY A major role in your life when you’re a kid.

You are passionate about the ones you like, as well as the ones you don’t and are fiercely loyal to your favourite characters.

Some of them you like simply because they’re silly and funny, but others you actually hope you can someday be like.

Like these guys, for example…

The Scooby Gang


There was someone for everyone in the Scooby Gang.  If you hoped to be a dashing gentleman, you’d be Fred.  A clever glamourpuss?  Daphne.  The smartest cookie in the packet?  Velma.  Class clown?  Shaggy.

Those guys were living our dreams right in front of us.


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Wilma Flinstone


While Fred was bumbling around the place making a mess, Wilma was keeping it together at home and beyond.

Smart, stylish and an excellent mother, many a little girl looked up to her.



He’s the bad boy of the Disney heroes, and who doesn’t want to be a bad boy?

Robbing to keep himself going, and still managing to bag the princess?  HERO.


See also:  Robin Hood

The Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles


These guys are similar to the Scooby Gang in that there was someone everyone would feel an affinity with.

From Michelangelo’s capacity to party, to Raphael’s biting wit, Donatello’s smarts and Leonardo’s ability to keep the show on the road, they truly were heroes.



She was a rock star with pink hair.

Need I say more?



Popular Nostalgia

First of all, SuperTed was Welsh, and it’s hard not to feel an affinity with out Celtic brothers and sisters.  But that probably wasn’t at the top of your head when you were a kid.

It’s more likely that you admired his superpowers, secret magic word and rocket boots.

What a guy.

Captain Planet


Captain Planet’s wry sense of humour and leadership skills impressed many a youngster in the 90s.

He also had a pretty bitchin’ green mullet.

Top Cat


Top Cat truly was the coolest of the cool.

He never got stressed about anything, despite living in a bin and constantly getting into trouble with the law.  What a role model.

Vinnie from Biker Mice from Mars


Vinnie was definitely the coolest of the three mice, and they were all bikers so you can imagine what kind of cool standard we’re talking about here.

He also had a way with the ladies, and that is not to be sniffed at.


Peg from Lady and the Tramp


Her maturity and confidence was very appealing.

We didn’t know it at the time, but what we admired was her #SWAG.


Bucky O’Hare

He lived in space, had loads of friends and a great costume.

He was also a lot cooler than all the other rabbit cartoon characters on the scene making him seem edgy.

Who were your cartoon role models?  Tell us in the comments.

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