Kids love their cartoons, and parents can often plop down on the family couch with a child in their lap and find themselves equally drawn in and amused. However, there are some characters many moms find themselves despising. Perhaps it is an irritating voice, a bad message they send to children, or an annoying, repetitive catch phrase, but whatever the reason, there are some cartoon stars that are hard to tolerate. Here are the top ten most hated cartoon characters among moms, which they are forced to stomach for the sake of their kids’ happiness. (This list was reproduced with permission from nationalnannies.com.)
- Caillou – Caillou is a four year old boy from Canada who attends playschool, hangs around with his friends and spends time with his family and pets. Many kids around the same age become captivated by this show because it does a good job showing day to day events that toddlers can relate to from their point of view. However, Caillou annoys many parents because he comes across as whiny and spoiled. There have been episodes of the show where Caillou has thrown himself down on the floor and kicked as a result of not getting his way. His parents never seem to mind his antics and often give into him, thus enabling his behavior. When they do, Caillou does not thank them, he just runs off cheering, “Yay!” While children enjoy the show, many moms see it as a bad influence and cringe at the idea of what kind of person Caillou will grow up to be!
- Spongebob Squarepants – It has to be said that Spongebob is often enjoyed by adults and children alike. It is extremely well written and amuses people of all ages. Many moms have been brought to hysterics during some of the episodes. However, Spongebob seems to always be on television and children never get tired of watching him. The star, Spongebob Squarepants himself, can be a little much after a while with his annoying laugh and high, nasally voice. The character is meant to be annoying, so he will often repeat phrases and songs over and over again, much to the dismay of the other characters in Bikini Bottom and to moms everywhere. There is truth to the phrase “too much of a good thing” and Spongebob Squarepants is a prime example. It is extremely hard to escape from this porous guy; even when you leave the house he can be found everywhere from snack boxes in the supermarket, to books in the library, to rides in amusement parks! Moms experiencing Spongebob overload often begin to find themselves groaning, much like Squidward, at the sight of him.
- Lucy Van Pelt – In watching the popular Peanuts cartoons, no character is quite as enraging as Lucy. She bullies her little brother, often threatening him with physical violence, gives horrible psychological advice and hates animals (“Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog!”). Worst of all is how she constantly convinces poor Charlie Brown to try to kick that football, building up his hopes only to render him once again without an ounce of self-esteem. From a mom’s point of view, there is nothing redeeming or even funny about Lucy’s behavior. It’s because of people like her that we have the anti-bullying campaigns we have today.
- Angelica Pickles – The popular ‘90’s cartoon, Rugrats, had a character most moms wished they could ban in Angelica Pickles. While most of the main characters on the show were babies, Angelica was the slightly older cousin who went out of her way to scare and sabotage her younger counterparts. Although she filled the villain role nicely on this unique children’s show, she was also a terrible role model for kids. There is nothing more anti-mom than a character that hates babies!
- Candace Flynn – The older sister from Disney’s popular hit series Phineas and Ferb, Candace Flynn not only annoys moms, she also has them scratching their heads in confusion. The show itself is excellent, with very smart running jokes and interesting characters. Phineas and Ferb are two step brothers who decide to make the most of their summer vacation. They do this by coming up with ingenious ideas each day, such as inventing a device that translates animal language into English and constructing a giant robot tree house. They implement these ideas right in their own backyard. Phineas and Ferb teach kids to believe in themselves, use their imagination and, most importantly, that being smart is cool. But then there is their teen sister Candace, who wastes her summer away by obsessing over “busting her brothers.” With each new project or invention that Phineas and Ferb undertake, Candace tries to get her mom to see what the boys are doing so that they will finally get in trouble. Of course, in one way or another, Mom never sees what the boys are up to. Most moms agree that Candace is a spoilsport and that if they found out their kids were building space crafts and engineering rollercoasters, punishing them would be the furthest thing from their minds! How can creativity and imagination be wrong? Shame on you Candace Flynn!
- Woody Woodpecker – An old classic that can still bring chuckles to kids everywhere, if you can find it, is Woody Woodpecker. However, his laugh is even worse than Spongebob’s! Who can ever forget that melodic, “Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!” It always seemed to be accompanied by a mother’s troubled sigh. When he wasn’t laughing and driving someone crazy, both on screen and off, he was loudly pecking away. After a long night with a crying baby or a sick child, those sounds could go right through a mom. It’s no wonder they don’t show this one much anymore.
- Dora the Explorer – Moms of preschoolers everywhere have been saturated with Dora the Explorer. The show has been applauded with many awards, and it takes over a year to produce a single episode because of all the hard work that is put into the educational quality of the show. However, this does not change the fact that over time even cheery little Dora can become hard to take. Much like Spongebob, Dora is everywhere, so there is no eluding her. If you have a preschooler, you will see Dora even without cable TV. She is smiling at you from your grocery cart, other children’s t-shirts and on shows in over 25 countries outside of the US. Many preschoolers enjoy watching Dora both on TV and on her many DVD’s, over and over again. Over time, her voice, her constant questions and those same songs she sings on every single episode start to pluck on a mother’s fragile nerves. Dora often asks the children questions on her show and she pauses for what seems like an eternity, giving them the chance to answer. Even some children appear impatient at these silent parts when they yell out the answer and have to wait for Dora to finally respond.
- Scrappy Doo – Back when nephews on cartoons were all the rage in revamping an aging series (remember Donald’s Huey, Dewey and Louie and Popeye’s Papeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Pipeye?), Scooby Doo introduced us to his own nephew, Scrappy Doo. Scrappy changed the dynamic of the show from a groovy and mellow mystery by adding his own brand of hyperactivity and aggression. His catch phrases “Let me at ‘em! Let me at ‘em!” and “Puppy Power!” were irritating to say the least. Now, instead of observing the Mystery Machine Gang using their brains to try and figure things out, children and moms were forced to listen to bad one liner jokes blurted out by a rambunctious pup. Scrappy was not simply added to the show, he became the show, dominating almost every scene and becoming the hero in the end. For Scooby fans, this was unforgivable. The anti-Scrappy feeling was so prevalent that it was reflected in the 2002 film adaptation of Scooby Doo when it turned out that Scrappy was the villain!
- Wonder Pets – The Wonder Pets hit the preschool TV circuit in 2006. The show is about three classroom pets that double as superheroes when school lets out. They rescue primarily baby animals, forever singing as they complete each mission. If this sounds adorable, remember again the “too much of a good thing” rule. There is only so much cuteness a person can take, even a mom. Like Dora, the Wonder Pets sing the same songs to the same melody each episode. The songs have gotten stuck in many a mom’s head and they have found themselves singing these cloying tunes at the most inopportune of times. For that reason, Linny, Tuck and Mimi have all made this list.
- Max – Max and Ruby is a cartoon based on the popular book series by Rosemary Wells. Max and Ruby are young rabbits who live together in a house in a quaint little town. Ruby is the older sister. She is quite active in Bunny Scouts, and often undertakes other worthy pursuits such as music and writing. Max is her three-year-old brother. He doesn’t talk much, but manages to thwart Ruby’s plans each episode. Ruby is eternally forgiving and things usually work out okay in the end, but in the meantime, many moms feel for Ruby, wondering, “Where are these bunnies’ parents?” Although they have a grandmother who looks in on them from time to time, Ruby is primarily responsible for putting her brother to bed, cooking meals and doing the shopping with her uncooperative younger sibling. This seems like an awful lot of pressure for a seven-year-old Bunny Scout. Max usually only speaks one word at a time, and that word is usually some sort of demand that goes against whatever Ruby is trying to accomplish. If she asks him not to touch something or to wait patiently for just a few moments, Max is guaranteed to disobey. Often Ruby’s hard work is ruined by Max, and this is difficult to watch. It may be all in the name of entertainment, but moms do not approve!
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