Cartoons heroes had a big impact on people’s lives when they were kids. There was a time in every kid’s life when all he ever wanted to be when he grew up was to wear a mask, a cape, maybe even tights and save the world.
I think sometimes some grown-ups still have that dream, minus the tights maybe. You can’t really blame them. The power and appeal of cartoon heroes is a force to be reckoned with.
As kids we all loved to watch cartoons and most of the time we always rooted for the good guys, the cartoon heroes. We followed cartoon series the way grown-ups obsess about their favorite soap operas.
We absolutely loved our cartoon heroes. They were our idols and we felt for them. Whenever they saved the day, we celebrated. When they got hurt during a battle, we yelled at the bad guys on the TV screen. We were so attached to the cartoon heroes that we wanted to be like them.
I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of the top cartoon heroes that every child wished to be like. Here’s my list of the top cartoon heroes.
12 Strongest Cartoon Heroes Every Kid Wished They Could Be
I was thinking at first maybe I should arrange this list according to best hero costume, but then I figured cartoon heroes should be ranked according to their super powers and level of “badass-ness.” We can do the best-in-costume some other time.
Here are the top 12 strongest cartoon heroes every child wanted to be.
12. Jorgen Von Strangle
This is a pretty new hero from the cartoon Fairly Odd Parents. He’s also not the typical human hero because he’s actually a fairy! In fact, he’s the strongest of all fairies and he’s the big boss of all fairies. His wife also just happens to be the Tooth Fairy. He looks like an army general with big muscles and an army hair cut. At first he wasn’t one of the good guys but eventually he became one.
McBain is an action movie hero who is a parody of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the popular series The Simpsons. He is a former cop who takes down the bad guys. In the cartoon series, he is played by an actor named Rainier Wolfcastle. McBain is the stereotypical action hero who says stereotypical hero lines.
10. George of the Jungle
This character was obviously inspired by Tarzan. George is a simple man with a huge heart and is the hero of the jungle animals. His appeal comes from the fact that he is not the smartest guy but he is dependable and is always there for his animal friends. George is known for his swinging from vine to vine.
9. He Man
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a popular series. He-Man was the alter-ego of Prince Adam, a prince who was usually portrayed as lazy and unexciting. Unbeknownst to many, Prince Adam transforms into the strong and brave He-Man through the powers of the Castle Grayskull. Prince Adam had a cowardly pet tiger named Cringer who also transforms with him. Cringer became Battle Cat, He-Man’s fierce partner. He-Man and Battle Cat worked together to defend their realm against all evil.
G.I. Joe started out as a line of action figures. They represent your typical American soldiers. In the cartoon series, the G.I. Joe team defended the world against the evil Cobra Command which was intent on taking over the world. The G.I. Joe team members all had their own specialization like explosives, weapons and martial arts and they helped each other during missions. It’s easy to see why a lot of kids wanted to be a G.I. Joe.
7. The Hulk
The Incredible Hulk is more known as the big green giant. He is the alter-ego of scientist Dr. Bruce Banner who, after being exposed to a gamma bomb blast, involuntarily transforms into the exceedingly strong and large Hulk whenever he gets angry. He is also a member of the Avengers, helping them battle the evil guys intent on wreaking havoc on the world.
Here’s another cartoon hero with a secret identity. To the public, Bruce Wayne is an American billionaire, industrialist and philanthropist. Then he puts on his suit and mask and fights crime as Batman. I think the appeal of Batman comes from the fact that he doesn’t actually have super powers, but what he does have are mad skills and an assortment of specialized and unique weapons. He also happens to drive the coolest car among cartoon heroes – the Batmobile.
5. Captain America
Captain America used to be a frail skinny guy named Steve Rogers who was turned into the perfect super soldier by an experimental serum. This was set during World War II and Captain America helped in the war efforts. He was actually the first ever Avenger. Captain America tugs at the patriotic heartstrings of every person and is one of the most popular cartoon heroes ever.
This guy is probably the most popular among the X-Men, what with his accelerated healing ability, his adamantium claws, and his totally badass attitude. He’s one of the cartoon heroes who aren’t necessarily all nice and polite. He’s tough and aggressive and unafraid to use force when necessary. It’s a good thing he fights with the good guys.
Lion-O, the leader of the Thundercats, is one of your typical great leaders. He’s a bit different from the other cartoon heroes on this list in the sense that he led a team while most of these guys worked solo most of the time. Lion-O led his Thundercats against the forces of Mumm-Ra who, like all villains, wanted to take over the world.
Who doesn’t love Popeye the Sailorman? Popeye was just your regular guy who gained super strength after gulping down spinach. He wasn’t your typical hero. You know, tall, handsome and perfect. He was just your average guy and he was pretty funny, too.
And number one on this list is none other than…
Superman, a.k.a. the man of steel, has got to be one of the best cartoon heroes ever invented. I think the idea of an indestructible high-flying super strong man with human emotions appeals to every one, man or woman alike. Boys or men wanted to be strong and indestructible, and girls or women wanted to be saved by a super strong man with feelings.
Superman has a universal and timeless appeal. Even if he was introduced to the world several decades ago, everyone still knows and admires him until now.