The 1990s are generally thought of as a glorious time in animated entertainment and it's easy to see why. It seems like every single channel was beginning to offer up the style as a serious brand of entertainment. With Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network taking form as outlets for original content that brought joy and imagination to kids everywhere and factions of people proving that adults could enjoy cartoons too, it truly was a renaissance of kid cartoons.
There were many aspects that made the shows great from hilarious dialogue to, in some cases, energetic action sequences. And there were others that specialized in the weird, creating some of the most bizarre characters in pop culture. And it was the characters everyone truly fell in love with. They became icons for good reason, whether the show lasted two years or is still going strong.
One must only look to the endless amounts of merchandise for some of them to know how beloved they are. Though there are others that belong to forgotten gems of cartoon history. Whichever category they fall under, these characters play key roles in the nostalgia of many. But only people with the best memory can remember the names of all of them.
1What is the name of Pokemon's mascot?
One of the most popular fictional creatures in the world debuted within Pokemon, a pop culture empire that exploded into the collective minds of kids during the mid-90s. This adorable electric rodent was the mascot of the anime series, which only strengthened the manga and video games it was taking inspiration from. As soon as the show started, every child everywhere immediately wanted to become a Pokemon trainer with their own powerful pocket monsters to travel with. What is the name of Pokemon's mascot?
2Who is this cartoon dad?
Though the show this cartoon father appears in debuted in 1989, it was the following decade when it really hit its stride. And proved for the one of the first times that animation was not just something that was meant for children. Viewers from around the world tuned in to watch this dopey dad and the shenanigans he and his family would get into. He and the rest of them are such emblematic figures that the show has continued on, currently in its 30th season. Who is this cartoon dad?
3What are the names of the Powerpuff Girls?
When a lonely scientist decided to make himself three children to look after, he included all of the ingredients required. Sugar, spice and everything nice. But an accidental spill in the lab added Chemical X to their formula, creating the most powerful girls in existence. With the powers of flight, super strength, and super speed, these three now protect the city of Townsville from any wrong doer that comes through. And while they may all share the same genetic code, their personalities are vastly different. What are the names of the Powerpuff Girls?
4What is Batman's real name?
After Tim Burton's first "Batman" film proved that dark superhero stories could be told well, Warner Bros. decided to turn the Caped Crusader's adventures into an animated series that was a bit gloomier than standard cartoons. "Batman: The Animated Series" it still thought fondly of for its fun action scenes and terrific voice casting of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker. The series recently received a blu-ray collection so fans could relive these adventures in hi-def. But what is Batman's real name?
5What is the name of this boy genius?
Animation director Genndy Tartakovsky made a name for himself with his work on Cartoon Network, which often featured self-referential humor and bold outlines for his characters. He created "The Powerpuff Girls," "Samurai Jack," and this series about a boy genius who kept a secret lab in his house with his family none the wiser. Except for his annoying older sister, who was constantly finding ways to sneak into his lab. He may have been a genius, but there were some things even he couldn't figure out. What is this boy genius's name?
6What is Spider-Man's real name?
Spider-Man is one of the more relatable superheroes Marvel has ever created, as his secret identity is just as important as his hero one. He constantly has to balance crime fighting heroics with his every day life, which includes his massive amount of school work and taking care of his Aunt May. Even though it's a struggle, he always manages to put others in front of himself. While WB Kids featured the DC lineup, Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes could be found on Fox Kids. What is Spider-Man's real name?
7What is the name of this Pokemon trainer?
Pikachu may be the most adorable, powerfully electric mouse around, but the show wouldn't be much without the Pokemon's bond with his trainer. Although, it took a bit of time for it to get there. When they first met, Pikachu wanted nothing to do with the boy and it took some time to gain his trust. But their loving relationship is the heart of the show and it has helped the series to continue for more than twenty years. What is the name of Pikachu's trainer?
8What is the name of this macho cartoon character?
The success and humor of this character's show came from his total delusion about how cool he was. With his muscular bod, sunglasses, and slick hair, he worshiped himself and thought others should do the same. He never missed an opportunity to show off in front of a girl, but his lack of intelligence meant he never got very far. The character was a hit with kids who watched Cartoon Network in the late 90s, and he even teamed up with the Scooby Doo team once. What is his name?
9What is the name of this wallaby?
Nickelodeon cartoons in the 90s embraced the weird as much as possible and this next character's show is a perfect example of that. This wallaby was the lead character on his show, where his neighbors were toads and his best friends were a a cow raised by wolves and an extremely self conscious turtle. Each episode saw him go on a hilarious misadventure as he tried to adjust to his new life (wallabies are from Australia). What is the name of this character?
10What is the name of Spongebob's best friend?
Spongebob Squarepants is always a source of laughs, but his best friend definitely adds a lot too. This pink starfish lives two houses down from Spongebob and the sad sack Squidward has the misfortune of living in between them. More often than not, this character will always go on an adventure if Sponegbob asks him. He's certainly not the brightest character on the show, but that's part of his charm and humor. He and the show debuted in 1999 and have caused giggle fits for kids ever since. What is the name of Spongebob's best friend?
11What is the name of the spoiled older child in Rugrats?
"Rugrats" was one of Nickelodeon's first cartoons, premiering all the way back in 1990. It was also one of the longest running shows to air on the channel and was incredibly popular. The charm came from seeing how the babies thought and how they processed what was going on in their world, contrasted with the plot lines of their parents. One of the small children was a spoiled girl who was older than the rest of them. She took immense joy in bossing the other's around. What was her name?
12Who is this foul mouthed little boy?
"The Simpsons" proved that cartoons weren't just for kids, but "South Park" took it to a whole other level. The show focuses on four kids in Colorado who love going on adventures. Only these adventures take the show to some pretty Un-PC places. Each boy has their own personality, but this character is probably the most popular. He cusses way more than he should and has no problem taking advantage of others. He's voiced by Trey Parker, one of the show's creators. What is his name?
13Who is the main character of The Wild Thornberrys?
Having the ability to talk to and understand animals while you go on adventures around the world with your family is about the coolest life a kid could ask for. The main character of "The Wild Thornberrys" got to live this fantasy with her strange family. This naturally led to many exciting events in the girl's life, though some were more dangerous than others. The show premiered on Nickelodeon in 1998 and was popular enough to get a feature film crossover with "Rugrats." Who is the main character of "The Wild Thornberrys?"
14What is the name of the Griffin family's pet dog?
Following suit about a decade after "The Simpsons" debuted, "Family Guy" featured a similar basic plot about a dopey husband and his entertaining family. Only it was a bit more bizarre. One of the stranger things about this show was the family dog, who could talk and walk on his hind legs. He basically acted like a human being until one of his dog-like characteristics would come out, clashing humorously with his classy demeanor. What is the name of the Griffin's family dog?
15What are the names of these two mice?
WB kids featured a lot of cartoons that were linked together within the same world. These two characters first appeared on "Animaniacs" before becoming so popular that they were given their own show in 1995 (which in turn got its own spin-off).. They were two genetically spliced mice (one dumb, the other a genius) who tried to take over the world every night. These plans never went well, of course, but that never stopped them from trying. What are the names of these two mice?
16Who is this boy with a football-shaped head?
The show that this character starred in was made popular by including many unique and interesting characters from different racial backgrounds. But it didn't hurt that the show was funny, too. It focused on the day-to-day events of this fourth grader as he hung out around his neighborhood with his best friends. He earned his nickname, "football head," from Helga, who was actually secretly in love with him. The show aired on Nickelodeon in 1994 and ran for years. What is his name?
17Who is the main character of Dragon Ball Z?
There are many current anime fans who could probably trace their love of the medium all the way back to watching "Dragon Ball Z" as a kid. Everyone wanted to see the incredible fight sequences, some of which could span multiple episodes. The main character of this show was a Saiyan, an immensely powerful extraterrestrial being. He's such a staple of pop culture now that he received a float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. What is the name of the main character on "Dragon Ball Z?"
18Who is this cowardly dog?
The show this dog could be found on was one of the darker shows that aired on Cartoon Network in the 90s. It focused on the cowardly canine and the elderly couple he lived with in the middle of nowhere. While they lived in a desolate place, strange and unworldly things always seemed to befall them. He would do his best to look after his owners and was successful in most cases. But he was never not terrified. His name is actually ironic given how he generally acts. What is his name?
19Who is the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in the 80s, yes, but they were EVERYWHERE in the 90s. From toys to video games to movies to this animated series, they were one of the biggest things around. Kids loved watching the brothers stop bad guys with various ninja implements. They each used different ones and each wore a different colored mask. The leader and most capable of the four wore a blue mask and used two swords. Which one of the four was the leader?
20Who is this boy?
While many of Nickelodeon's best shows focused on something bizarre, this one featured a coming of age story about a kid in high school. He narrated the show by writing in his journal and dealt with problems that every kid could relate to, like fitting in and acting around a crush. And everywhere he went, his pet dog Porkchop went too. The show aired in 1991 and ran throughout the rest of the decade, receiving a feature length film to end it. What is the name of this boy?
21What is the name of this kooky teacher?
While it's understandable that a kid may not want to watch something educational, "The Magic School Bus" is something that many welcomed. This kooky teacher always took her class on the best field trips as the bus could fly and change size. There were episodes where the teacher would take her class inside living organisms or even outer space. The show was based on a book series and was revived not too long ago as "The Magic School Bus Rides Again." Who is the teacher from "The Magic School Bus?"
22Who is this environmentally friendly superhero?
Earth, fire, wind, water, and heart. Five unique teens were each given special rings with different powers that they could use to stop villains who would seek to do harm to the Earth. And together, these kids could summon a superhero in the most desperate of cases. The show was famous for teaching kids important lessons through fun action sequences. After each episode, the characters would address the viewers with helpful tips about how they could help out the environment. What is the name of the superhero the five kids could summon?
23Who are these three troublesome kids?
This show may have debuted late in the 90s, but it still featured all the zany adventures the decade had become known for. It focused on a neighborhood full of kids with seemingly no adults around. These three were the main characters and their names were all eerily similar to each other. One of them was always scheming on how to get money for gobstoppers, one was always nervous about getting in trouble, and the third was too dumb to know what was going on half the time. What are their names?
24Who is Superman's arch-nemesis?
"Batman: The Animated Series" set the standard for adapting DC comics for kids, and Superman's show followed suit. While there had been shows for both heroes before, these two were seen as a perfect blend of fun and danger for kids to enjoy. Every great hero needs a great villain and Superman has this villainous genius. He would later appear in "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited." He's voiced by Clancy Brown who also voices Mr. Krabs on "Spongebob Squarepants." What is this villain's name?
25What is the name of Dexter's annoying sister?
She's the only one who ever knew her little brother was hiding a giant lab underneath their house. And while she never told their parents about any of it, she did love to relish in the fact that she could make it in there and play with his things whenever she wanted. It's almost as if the two aren't related as their personalities and I.Q.s are so different. Whenever she goes into her brother's lab, things tend to end up messy. What is the name of Dexter's sister?
26What is the name of this Powerpuff Girls villain?
"The Powerpuff Girls," like any show featuring superheroes, had a terrific lineup of bad guys for the girls to face off against. One of the most memorable and frequently occurring was this genetically enhanced monkey. He was always trying to take over the city and was intelligent enough to almost pull it off on several occasions. It was eventually revealed that he gained his vast intelligence from the same lab mishap that created the Powerpuff Girls as he used to be the professor's pet. What is his name?
27Who is the protagonist of Futurama?
After Matt Groening had so much success with "The Simpsons," he created his next show which took place a thousand years in the future. A lot of the humor that came from "Futurama" was due to the lead character experiencing everything for the first time since he was frozen in 1999. Just like Homer Simpson, this protagonist isn't too bright. But he has a lot of heart and each episode showed him trying to grapple with some futuristic problem much to the delight of the viewers. What is his name?
28What are the names of the Angry Beavers?
Nickelodeon proved time and time again with their cartoons in the 90s was that all it took were wacky characters and funny plots. "The Angry Beavers" focused on these two brothers after they left their dam to live on their own. While one was hyperactive and had a tendency to blow a fuse, the other was sarcastic and greedy. These personalities played well off of each other and provided a lot of laughs for kids, though the two brothers often made each other miserable. What are their names?
29What is the name of this Rocket Power character?
The majority of the main characters on "Rocket Power," a show about a group of friends who loved to experience adrenaline through extreme sports, were boys. But this girl proved she was tougher than all of them. Being the oldest of the four, she was also the most responsible. The group were always looking for competitions to show off their skills. But no matter the thrill, they knew their friendship was what was most important. What is this character from "Rocket Power" called?
30What is the name of Courage's owner?
The owner of Courage the cowardly dog is the very essence of a sweet old lady. But that sweetness sometimes led her to be naive, which meant she had to be rescued by her pet a lot. She was very unlike her husband, who loved to scare the dog as much as possible. But he usually ended up needing saving as well whenever some strange creature threatened them. Though he's not the bravest, this character knows she can always rely on her little dog. What is the name of Courage's owner?
31What is the name of this wacky superhero?
Not every superhero needs to be brave or have a sad backstory and this character is a perfect example of that. After an overloaded chip inside his computer malfunctioned, dorky Dexter Douglas was turned into a manic superhero. He only has to utter the phrase, "Freak out!" to be gifted with incredible abilities. The computer absorbed Dexter where he was uploaded with all the information on the internet as well as powers like super strength and speed. But it also made him a bit crazy. What is this hero's name?
32Who is the King of the Hill?
"King of the Hill" was a satirical look at the everyday life of the Hills, a blue collar family living in Texas. But unlike other grown-up oriented animated sitcoms like "Family Guy," "South Park," or "The Simpsons," this show took a more realistic approach to its story. There were no strange events or characters. Just a regular guy who sold propane and tried to understand the ever changing world around him. Who is the main character on "King of the Hill?"
33Who is this super-powered talk show host?
Though he may have superpowers, this character preferred to spend his time doing something else: hosting a talk show. He was originally a character from the 1960s, though when his show premiered in the 90s he seemed to have put that life behind him. It was meant more for adults and was one of the strangest talk shows around. Whenever he'd have guests on, they'd appear on a TV screen next to him, un-animated. What is the name of this superhero talk show host?
34What is the name of this young adventurer?
While reboots and remakes may seem like commonplace by today, the 90s saw their fair share of revitalized shows as well. This character first debuted in the 1960s on a science-fiction action adventure show. He'd go on adventures with his scientist father, each more dangerous than the last. The show was rebooted in the 1990s with a unique animation style that blended that of the traditional cartoon with 3D technology. Though the rebooted series only ran for two seasons, it was part of a larger franchise that has made the character popular. What is his name?
35Which Ed, Edd, n Eddy character carried around a plank?
Ed, Edd, and Eddy were entertaining characters in their own right but the supporting cast was just as good. They each had their own fun quirks such as Ed's sister Sarah who was always screaming at the boys for doing the wrong thing. There was also the boy who carried around a piece of wood named Plank and had conversations with him. He'd even sometimes prop up books for Plank to read. What is the name of this "Ed, Edd, n Eddy" character?
36What is the name of this MTV character?
The 1990s are when MTV began to move away from only being a source for music. And one of their earliest and most well-received shows followed an apathetic and cynical teenage girl who didn't seem to fit in with the world around her. But she liked it that way. It was a great show to capture the teenage disinterest that was thriving in pop culture during the 90s. Recently, a reboot was announced to be coming back to MTV. What is this character's name?
37Who created the Powerpuff Girls?
Every super powered person needs an origin story. And in the case of the Powerpuff Girls, their story involves an intelligent professor who longed for a family. While they may have incredible abilities that never stops their father from worrying about their safety. He's been known to provide the girls with worthwhile inventions, such as a giant mech suit they can all use to stop bigger foes. He's also very polite and respectful towards everyone he meets. What is the name of the person who created the Powerpuff Girls?
38Who is the main character on Gargoyles?
For kids who wanted a show a bit darker and a whole lot less funny than some other cartoons, "Gargoyles" offered a great alternative. It focused on the group of mystical beasts after being frozen in stone for 1,000 years and reawakening in 1994 New York City. Keith David voiced the lead gargoyle, who was a lot less carefree about the situation than some of his friends. The show ran for three years and produced its fair share of action figures. Who is the lead character in "Gargoyles?"
39Who takes the mantle of Batman up in the future?
"Batman Beyond" took the gritty Gotham City and transported it into 2039. A 16-year-old teen stumbles upon Wayne Manor after being chased there by criminals. And after fighting them off together, he discovers an elderly Bruce Wayne's secret. The mentor-mentee relationship between the two didn't begin on a positive note. But the teen eventually became a great Batman in his own right. He's voiced by Will Friedle, who also voices Starlord in the animated "Guardians of the Galaxy" series. Who takes up the mantle of Batman in the future?
40Who is the protagonist of Cowboy Bebop?
"Cowboy Bebop" was one of the most respected anime series to come out of the 1990s. It followed a ragtag team of bounty hunters in 2071, traveling around various planets after a dangerous event left Earth desolate. The main character was a former hitman who began working as a bounty hunter after a fallout with the Red Dragon Syndicate. He was an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and was an incredibly skilled pilot. It was recently announced that this show was getting a live-action reboot. Who is the main character of "Cowboy Bebop?