How Well Do You Remember These Popular Cartoon Characters?

By: Lauren Lubas
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
How Well Do You Remember These Popular Cartoon Characters?
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About This Quiz

Though many believe that cartoons are just for children, others know that there are hidden messages in some of our favorite animated shows from childhood. Besides, these days, cartoons are created specifically for adults (and are not suitable for children). If you watched cartoons on Saturday morning as a kid and you saw the original airing of the first "The Simpsons" episode in 1989 (or even on DVD later), then you probably know a thing or two about cartoons. But you might not know who made those shows, what the characters did in memorable situations, or how those characters evolved.

We'll warn you now; this quiz isn't going to be easy. We're diving deep with cartoon experts to really get to the heart of what your favorite cartoons meant to you. You may see some questions about specific episodes, or even a character or two that you don't recognize. Either way, we need to separate the fans from the fanatics here. Do you think you have the cartoon knowledge to pass a quiz about some of the most famous cartoons of all time? Here are 35 questions that will show you just how good you are.

Bugs Bunny
Cartoon Network
Which cartoon character is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers Productions?
Bugs Bunny
Yosemite Sam
Sylvester the Cat
Buster Bunny
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Bugs Bunny may be one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in history, but few people know that he got his start in 1938, and his accent comes from a mix between the Bronx and Brooklyn (where he was "born").

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Wile E. Coyote
Cartoon Network
What does the "E." in Wile E. Coyote's name stand for?
Ernie
Ethelbert
Edward
Edgar
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This one was a little tough. In the cartoons themselves, we never really learn what that "E." stand for, but in a comic from 1975, we learn that Ethelbert is this clumsy character's middle name.

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Mickey Mouse
Disney
Who was the original voice of Mickey Mouse?
Ub Iwerks
Roy Disney
Walt Disney
Mortimer Anderson
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

While Walt Disney didn't voice many characters as he ran his studio, he decided to take over Mickey Mouse, since he was the only one who really knew how to get that squeak out of his voice box.

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Tweety bird
Cartoon Network
In what year was the Tweety character changed from a female to a male?
1978
1986
2001
He was always a male.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Though many believed Tweety was a female (long eyelashes and a shrill voice helped create that assumption), he was always considered a male character. As a matter of fact, his original name was Orson.

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Casper
Famous Studios
Do you know what Casper the Friendly Ghost's last name is?
McFadden
Madden
Handlen
Jennings
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

We don't often think about what Casper's last name is, mostly because ghosts don't need last names. Created in the 1930s, this character is always looking for someone to play with, with minimal luck. His last name was revealed In a 1995 live-action movie.

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Winnie The Pooh
Disney
Can you tell us what Winnie the Pooh's original name was?
Wendell Bear
Edward Bear
Morgan Bear
Christopher Bear
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

We all know him as Pooh Bear or Winnie the Pooh. However, his name was once Edward Bear. This cartoon character was originally created by A.A. Milne and he was fist seen in a 1926 book.

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Garfield
How Well Do You Remember These Popular Cartoon Characters?
Who created Garfield?
Jim Henson
Charles Schultz
Jim Davies
Morgan Andrews
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jim Davies originally created the lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat in 1979. Garfield's birthday is on June 19 of that year, making him about 40 years old now ... which is quite the lifespan for a cat.

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Scooby and Scrappy-Doo
CBS and ABC
Scooby-Doo has a cousin. Do you remember his name?
Scrappy-Dog
Muggy-Doo
Chubby-Dog
Scrappy-Doo
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Scrappy-Doo was named after his personality. He's the kind of puppy that has no problem getting into trouble, and he'll walk right into a fight because he always thinks he's going to win.

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Shaggy Roger
CBS and ABC
What is Shaggy's real name?
Norville Rogers
Danville Jones
Ragville Andrews
Sherman Alexi
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

It's hard to believe that a character we've known as Shaggy all our lives has a given name that is very different from his persona. It's like one of those friends you only know by nickname, and you get a little weirded out when you hear his given name.

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Snoopy
France 3, Rai Gulp and Cartoon Network/Boomerang
In the Peanuts cartoons, what is the dog's name?
Woodstock
Snoopy
Pig Pen
Linus
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Snoopy is a dog with a true imagination. He sleeps on top of his dog house, and he doesn't mind pretending that said dog house is an airplane. His personality and happy dance make everyone return to his cartoons year after year.

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Tasmanian Devil
Cartoon Network
Do you know another name for the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes?
Richard
Raz
Taz
Robert
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Taz is one of the characters that people love for his complete chaotic nature. He's wild and likes to break through things. He is also hungry all the time and wants nothing more than to eat while he's in tornado frenzy mode.

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Jerry
CBS
What kind of animal is Jerry from "Tom and Jerry"?
Bulldog
Cat
Bird
Mouse
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Tom is the cat, and Jerry is the mouse in the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon. which originally aired in 1940. These characters were created by the cartoon masters William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

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Bebop and Rocksteady
Nickelodeon
Which two henchmen can you find in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon?
Bebop and Rocksteady
Noris and Moris
Lou and Gru
April and Chazz
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Though Bebop and Rocksteady are interesting characters (to say the least), they were created for the sole purpose of making more toys for the franchise. While it seemed like a money-grab, these two characters were also a great addition to the cartoon itself.

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Goofy
Disney
Walt Disney was said to hate the Goofy character. So why did he keep the character going?
It made funny toys.
It gave work to animators.
It wasn't an actual animal.
It had a funny laugh.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

While Disney liked to keep his crew intact. He also wanted to make sure everyone was working. That meant he had to keep the characters coming in. These days, Goofy is a profitable character in Disney productions, having several movies and shorts dedicated specifically to his life.

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Ren and Stimpy
Nickelodeon
Can you name the slightly gross cartoon that included an angry Chihuahua and a simple cat?
"Rick and Morty"
"Pierce and Joyce"
"Ren and Stimpy"
"Mark and Hammer"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"Ren and Stimpy" was one of those cartoons you watched for the sheer genius of it. It rarely had memorable story lines, but you could see the creativity seeping through every scene.

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Spike
CBS
Who is the dog from the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons?
Samson
Murphy
Ted
Spike
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Spike is also known as Killer or Butch throughout the show's run, but for the most part, he is called Spike. He wears a spiked collar and oftentimes saves Jerry from Tom. Although there are episodes where he is after both of them!

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The Simpsons
Fox
Which cartoon series is said to predict the future?
"The Simpsons"
"Rick and Morty"
"The Boondocks"
"The Flintstones"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"The Simpsons" first aired in 1989, and with 30 seasons under their belts, they have quite a few episodes about the future (in their world). From the near cel-by-cel pre-enactment of Donald Trump going down an escalator, to the end of the "Game of Thrones" series, it is bizarre to watch.

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Donald Duck
Disney
Why was Donald Duck reportedly banned in Finland?
He swears in their language.
He never wears pants.
He gets too angry.
They can't understand him.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Donald Duck sure does have a temper, but he is also a very interesting character. Most fans and viewers have noted that he wears nearly every article of clothing, except pants. It he has to cover his top, why doesn't he have to cover his bottom? As for being banned in Finland, this is an urban legend with a bit of truth. In the late '70s, a Helsinki councilman suggested that city funds were not to be used to pay for subscriptions of the comics for its youth centers. The story was somewhat embellished, and the myth lives on!

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Mickey chasing hat
Disney
Do you know why Mickey Mouse wears gloves?
Roy Disney suggested the add.
It made Mickey look cleaner.
Lillian Disney couldn't see his hands.
Walt Disney thought they would make the character more human.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

When Walt Disney was first creating this character, he really focused on the face. However, as he started to draw out the rest of Mickey's body, it became clear that the mouse couldn't have anatomically correct hands by any means. This also helped the hands stand out from the rest of the character's body, especially during the early days when everything was in black and white.

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Rick and Morty - Summer
Adult Swim
Who is Morty's sister on "Rick and Morty"?
Summer
Autumn
Spring
Juniper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"Rick and Morty" is an adult cartoon that has creative characters and plots. With an entire multiverse theory to work with, show runners have years and years of material to keep us entertained for seasons to come!

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SpongeBob SquarePants
Nickelodeon
In which cartoon can you find the characters Patrick, Mrs. Puff and Karen?
"Ed, Edd and Eddie"
"SpongeBob SquarePants"
"The Fairly Odd Parents"
"Ren and Stimpy"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"SpongBob SquarePants" is a Nickelodeon show about what it's like to live under the sea. The main character is a sponge who has a starfish for a best friend, a snail as a pet and a crab for a boss.

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Stewie Griffin
Fox
Stewie Griffin begins the "Family Guy" series trying to commit what heinous crime?
Patricide
Grand larceny
Matricide
Money laundering
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Stewie spends a lot of time trying to kill Lois throughout the beginning of the series. However, show runners decided that this bit was getting a little old, so they turned Stewie's attention and genius to other endeavors.

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Brian Griffin
Fox
What makes Brian Griffin so special?
He's a flying fish.
He's a talking cat.
He is a NASCAR driver.
He's a talking dog.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Talking dogs aren't unheard of in the cartoon world, but in the world of "Family Guy," Brian Griffin is one of very few dogs that can talk. The best part about this character is that he still has dog-like moments, and will use his voice to say things we all think dogs are saying when they bark.

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Timmy Turner
Nickelodeon
Who is the little boy on "The Fairly Odd Parents" (2001)?
Timmy Turner
Tommy Toner
Keith Wreath
Reese Michaels
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"The Fairly Odd Parents" first aired as shorts, but it became a full-on series in 2001. The series includes two crazy fairy god parents and a little boy who learns about being careful of what he wishes.

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The Jetsons flying car
ABC
Which cartoon series included flying cars in every episode?
"Tom and Jerry"
"The Jetsons"
"The Flintstones"
"Animaniacs"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"The Jetsons" was a show about a family living in the future. They lived in a high-rise (because the ground didn't really exist in that show), and they had a robot maid to serve them whatever they wanted.

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Pinky and The Brain
Kids' WB and Nickelodeon
Can you finish these lyrics to the "Pinky and the Brain" theme song? "One is a genius, the other's ________."
A rat
Inane
Insane
About fame
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Though we have all thought that Pinky was the insane one and Brain was the genius, many have speculated that Brain's attempts to take over the world and Pinky's random thoughts flip the script. This would make Brain insane and Pinky the genius.

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Rugrats - Tommy Pickles
Nickelodeon
What is Tommy's last name in the "Rugrats" cartoon?
Nickles
Freckles
Chuckles
Pickles
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Tommy Pickles and his friends are babies who go on adventures together. Later in the series, we Tommy gets a little brother named Dill (get it? Dill Pickles?). The show's antagonist, the mean Angelica, was spoiled and liked to bully the babies.

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Super Mario Brothers Super Show!
First-run syndication
How did each episode of "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" begin?
With a live-action segment
By pressing start
With a child playing the game.
With Mario playing the game.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"The Super Mario Bros. Super Show" was a little bit odd to watch. Most children simply dragged through the first act, which was live-action. But they really just wanted to see the cartoon.

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Dopey
Walt Disney Productions
Of the seven dwarfs, one was nonverbal but was originally‚Äč supposed to have a lot of dialogue. Which one was it?
Grumpy
Dopey
Sleepy
Doc
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

While creating "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), writers decided that Dopey would have quite a few lines. However, they simply couldn't find a voice actor who fit Dopey's personality, and so the character doesn't speak.

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Spongebob makes Krabby Patties
Nickelodeon
Where does SpongeBob work?
Squiddies World
A Pineapple Under the Sea
The Krusty Krab
Joe's Crab Shack
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

At the Krusty Krab, Spongebob makes Krabby Patties. He is a dedicated worker and loves to do a good job, while his boss, Mr. Krabs, is constantly looking for ways to make more money.

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Hey Arnold! Arnold and Helda
Nickelodeon
In the "Hey Arnold!" series, who bullies Arnold and secretly loves him?
Gerald
Phoebe
Mr. Simmons
Helga
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

It's obvious that Helga has a little bit of trouble understanding her emotions when it comes to being in love. She wants Arnold's attention, but she doesn't know how to get it, so she simply makes him feel uncomfortable.

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Launchpad McQuack
Disney Channel
Where do we first meet Launchpad McQuack?
"DuckTales"
"Darkwing Duck"
"Talespin"
"Launchers"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

While we first meet Launchpad on "DuckTales," he is also seen in a few other shows, including "Darkwing Duck." However, Tad Stones, the creator of "Darkwing Duck," has said that they are different shows with different universes.

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The Powerpuff Girls
Cartoon Network
Who are Buttercup, Bubbles and Blossom?
Scrooge McDuck's nieces
The Powerpuff Girls
Mickey's nieces
Ariel's daughters
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"The Powerpuff Girls" was a show that really highlighted girl power. These young fighters were intelligent and had super powers. It was a show that girls of the 1990s ran to whenever it was on.

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Recess The Ashleys
ABC, UPN and Toon Disney
What was the name of the group of mean girls from "Recess"?
The Nicoles
The Mod Squad
The Ashleys
The Mean Girls
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The Ashleys weren't the nicest people on the show, but they were definitely interesting. Giving the group of girls this name is reflective of how cliques get tribe mentalities over small things like first names.

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Family Guy - Brian and Jasper
Fox
Can you name Brian's cousin from the "Family Guy" series?
Bruce
Horace
Jimmy
Jasper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jasper is Brian's openly gay cousin. He enjoys singing and dancing and making himself as known as possible. He befriends Lois for a time, and very closely resembles Brian (except Jasper has nicer hair).

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