Their problems can be quickly resolved in less than 30 minutes and most of them seem to be fairly stable “people.” But these characters don’t interest me. The cartoon characters that I truly enjoy are the ones with problems, the ones who don’t quite fit in with the rest. I identify with them and their social quirks.
Here are a few cartoon characters that most people can probably identify with:
1. Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.
This grey donkey is gloomy, pessimistic and unabashedly depressed. These sort of qualities could easily make the character unpleasant, but the opposite winds up happening. All you wanna do is give him a hug and let him know things’ll turn around (even if they won’t).
2. Jimmy from Ed, Edd, n Eddy.
Now I’ll admit, I hated Jimmy as a kid. He was whiny and insecure and annoying, but now I realize it was just because of how much social anxiety the character had. When he’s away from his closest friend, Sarah, he finds it hard to function.
Something I can identify with as a person who gets extremely nervous in situations where I know no one.
3. Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog.
This old man was equal parts sassy and cranky. He’s basically me when I’m on my period. While his treatment of Courage was a bit off-putting, you had to hand it to the man for being so tough when the world repeatedly beats down on him.
4. Denzel Crocker from Fairly Odd Parents.
This character is suspicious of everyone and everything and has an awful habit of getting himself into ridiculous situations. His character is considered unstable, but that’s only because all the other characters in the show don’t know about fairies.
How would you act if you knew aliens existed? Probably just like Mr. Crocker.
5. Chuckie Finster from Rugrats
Chuckie was always one of my favorite characters in Rugrats. He wasn’t bossy like Tommy or whiny like Angelica, he was just a nervous kid who didn’t want to get in trouble–something I can definitely identify with.
6. Squidward Tentacles from Spongebob Squarepants
I’m disappointed in the fact that I wound up more like Squidward than Spongebob. He’s grouchy, cynical and fairly manipulative, but when you delve into his backstory a bit, you understand why. He was an aspiring musician and now he’s working as a restaurant cashier, that could make even the nicest octopus a pain in the ass.
7. Spike from The Land Before Time.
Spike’s parents wind up leaving him behind because he’s too lazy to wake up, so he spends most of this movie napping or eating. Sound familiar?
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