Cartoons are an American Saturday morning tradition. And when Black girl cartoon characters are added to the mix, Saturday mornings be popin’!
Black cartoon characters have been a big part of cartoon history, from Franklin (Peanuts) in the 1960s to Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) in the 2010s. If you can’t think of that many Black girl cartoon characters, take a seat. Because we got a list for you.
13 Black girl cartoon characters that we absolutely love. But not all of these cartoons are for kids.
1. Garnet (Steven Universe)
Garnet from Steven Universe is a Black superhero and the leader of the Crystal Gems. Now, we know that there aren’t numerous black superheroes out there; and the fact that she’s a girl is even more amazing.
Garnet doesn’t talk a lot, but that’s exactly what many say makes her extremely interesting. But when she does talk , she speaks with a British accent. Interestingly, Garnet is voiced by British singer Estelle.
Steven Universe is an action coming of age cartoon that run from 2013 until 2019 on the Cartoon Network. It was created by Rebecca Sugar and tells the story of a young boy, Steven Universe, who lives with aliens in the fictional town of Beach City. One of the aliens with magical powers is Garnet. The show has been praised for great characters, design, and music. The animated series won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Program in 2019, which made it the first animated series to win the award.
2. Susie Carmichael (Rugrats)
Susie is probably one of the first Black cartoon characters in a mainstream media. She is really smart, having multiple other characters look up to her.
Susie even makes Angelica, her frenemy, a bit envious of her due to her talent and intelligence.
Rugrats is an extremely popular cartoon series that ran from 1991 to 2004 on Nickelodeon. It was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. The show is about a group of toddlers and their day to day lives and adventures. The show amassed popularity after it began to rerun constantly on Nickelodeon after 1996.
3. Go Goo Go (Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends)
That hair and that fast talking!
What makes Go Goo Go really stand out is her wonderful imagination. She is a very imaginative and expressive character who isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. This black girl cartoon character is just too funny!
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, also known as Foster’s, is set in a world where imaginary friends co-exist with humans. It was on the Cartoon Network and ran from 2004 to 2009. It became one of Cartoon Network’s most successful original series. It received 5 Annie Awards and 7 Emmy Awards. It was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best Cartoon Network shows.
4. Numbuh Five (Codename: Kids Next Door)
Numbuh Five (Abigail Lincoln) from Codename: Kids Next Door is talented, relaxed, and knowledgeable, which definitely makes her into the coolest character of the show.
And the fact that you can rarely see her eyes adds a sprinkle of mystery to her image and personality.
Codename: Kids Next Door ran on Cartoon Network from December 2002 to January 2008. The show follows the adventures of a diverse group of five 10-year-old kids who operate from a high-tech treehouse. They fight against teen and adult villains with advanced technology. Two video games came off the series as well as a trading card game and comic books.
5. Lana Anthony Kane (Archer)
Lana Anthony Kane (voiced by Aisha Tyler) is a beautiful and strong agent from Archer, an animated sitcom for adults. She is the top female special agent of the intelligence agency ISIS during the Cold War.
This character is funny, her outfits are stylish, and her hair is always on point. In the show, she is the one that gets them out of sticky situations all the time.
“Archer” is an animated television show created by Adam Reed. It premiered on FX Network in 2009 and has since run for 11 seasons. The show is a spy comedy that follows the adventures of Sterling Archer, an undercover agent working for the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), as he embarks on various missions and deals with his colleagues and personal life. The show is known for its quick-witted humor, pop culture references, and voice cast, which includes H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, and Jessica Walter.
6. Libby Folfax (Jimmy Neutron)
Libby is a fascinating and genuine character that, in short, minds her own business. She is polite, nice, and somehow manages to get along with everybody.
Libby is laid back and many agree that she is the voice of reason in their class, hence there’s a lot to learn from her.
“Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” is a computer-animated television show that first aired in 2001. It was created by John A. Davis and produced by DNA Productions. The show follows the adventures of Jimmy Neutron, a young and talented inventor, who uses his creations to solve problems and save the day. He is joined by his friends and family as they explore different worlds and have fun in their hometown of Retroville.
The show was praised for its humor, imaginative storytelling, and educational value. It was a popular show among children and families and spawned several spin-off media, including a feature film and video games.
7. Penny Proud (The Proud Family)
The main character of The Proud Family franchise, Penny Proud is a normal teenager that loves hanging out with her friends and gets into some trouble here and there.
She is entertaining to watch, as her life is exactly like any real-life teenager’s out there. Penny has a flawless logic for her age and maintains good friendships with her peers.
“The Proud Family” is an animated television show that originally aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2005. The show was created by Bruce W. Smith and is set in a fictional city called Wizville. It follows the adventures of a young girl named Penny Proud, who is navigating the challenges of adolescence with the help of her family and friends. The show is known for its strong representation of African American characters and its positive messages about family, friendship, and growing up.
The show centers around Penny and her diverse group of friends as they deal with various problems and situations. The Proud family, which includes Penny’s parents, Oscar and Trudy, and her twin siblings, Bebe and Cece, are depicted as a loving and supportive unit. The show also explores issues such as peer pressure, self-esteem, and conflict resolution in a comedic and relatable manner. The humor of “The Proud Family” appeals to both children and adults, and the show has become a classic among fans of animated television.
In addition to its positive themes, “The Proud Family” is also notable for its talented voice cast, which includes Kyla Pratt as Penny, Tommy Davidson as Oscar, and Jo Marie Payton as Trudy. The show also features guest appearances by notable musicians and celebrities, including Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, and Steve Harvey. “The Proud Family” continues to be a popular and beloved show, and it remains an important part of the Disney Channel’s history. The show continues to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages and is considered a classic in the world of animated television.
8. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Tiana is the protagonist in Disney’s movie entitled The Princess and the Frog. She is a talented and gifted cook who lives in New Orleans during the Jazz Age.
Tiana’s biggest dream is having her own restaurant and delighting her customers with her dishes. And she is the first Black girl cartoon character leading her own Disney movie!
The Princess and the Frog grossed over $270 million worldwide and was nominated for three Oscars, including best animated feature.
9. Donna Tubbs (The Cleveland Show & Family Guy)
Donna Tubbs is a complex character with an interesting, amorous life. She is the second wife of Cleveland Brown. She’s the principal’s assistant at Stoolbend High School and is a mother of three. Donna is Southern and her Southern expressions are often used for comedic effect.
Dona’s hilariously voiced by Sanaa Lathan!
“The Cleveland Show” is an animated television show that originally aired on Fox from 2009 to 2013. It is a spin-off of the popular show “Family Guy,” and it follows the adventures of Cleveland Brown as he moves with his family from Quahog, Rhode Island to Stoolbend, Virginia. The show is a mixture of comedy and family drama, and it features Cleveland’s interactions with his new neighbors and extended family. The humor of “The Cleveland Show” is similar to that of “Family Guy,” with a focus on pop culture references and cutaway gags.
“Family Guy,” on the other hand, is an adult animated television show that first aired in 1999. It was created by Seth MacFarlane and is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. The show follows the adventures of the Griffin family, which consists of Peter, Lois, their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie, and their talking pet dog Brian. “Family Guy” is known for its irreverent humor, cutaway gags, and parodies of popular culture. The show is also noted for its use of pop culture references and its satirical take on politics and current events.
Both “The Cleveland Show” and “Family Guy” have been highly successful and popular among audiences. They have both received critical acclaim for their humor and animation style, and they have both spawned merchandise and spin-off media. “Family Guy” has been especially successful, having run for over 20 seasons and becoming one of the longest-running American sitcoms of all time. Both shows continue to be popular and remain staples of the Fox network’s lineup.
10. Monique (Kim Possible)
As Kim Possible’s best female friend, Monique teaches the audiences some important lessons about true friendship. She has a kind heart, a straightforward attitude, as well as a good eye for fashion.
“Kim Possible” is an animated television show that originally aired on Disney Channel from 2002 to 2007. The show was created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, and it follows the adventures of Kim Possible, a teenage girl who moonlights as a secret agent. Kim is joined by her best friend and sidekick, Ron Stoppable, as they thwart villains and save the world. The show is known for its combination of action, humor, and teenage drama, and it appeals to a wide audience of both children and adults.
The voice cast of “Kim Possible” includes Christy Carlson Romano as Kim, Will Friedle as Ron, and Nancy Cartwright as Kim’s robotic sidekick Rufus. The show was highly praised for its animation style and character design, and it received several awards and nominations during its run. “Kim Possible” continues to be a popular and beloved show, and it remains an important part of Disney Channel’s history. The show continues to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages and is considered a classic in the world of animated television.
11. Trixie Carter (American Dragon: Jake Long)
Trixie Carter is very good at keeping her friends’ secrets, as she is one of the four non-magical humans who know that Jake Long is the American Dragon.
She is a bit of a tomboy and she has a vivacious, bold personality.
“American Dragon: Jake Long” is an animated television show that originally aired on Disney Channel from 2005 to 2007. The show was created by Jeff Goode and is set in a magical version of New York City where mythical creatures and creatures of folklore live among humans. The show follows the adventures of Jake Long, a 13-year-old Chinese American who discovers he is a dragon and must use his powers to protect the magical community from evil forces.
The voice cast of “American Dragon: Jake Long” includes Dante Basco as Jake, Keone Young as Grandpa, Madison Davenport as Trixie, and Mae Whitman as Rose. The show was praised for its imaginative world-building and character design, and it received positive reviews for its representation of Asian American characters. “American Dragon: Jake Long” remains a popular and beloved show among fans of animated television, and it continues to be an important part of Disney Channel’s history.
12. Shanelle Spencer (Beverly Hills Teens)
Shanelle is the only black character of the Beverly Hills Teens series and the most practical of them all.
She is a top student, a hard-working entrepreneur, and maintains her sanity, most of the time.
“Beverly Hills Teens” is an American animated television show that originally aired in 1987. The show was produced by DIC Animation City and was created to appeal to a younger audience. The show is set in the wealthy and upscale community of Beverly Hills, California and it follows the adventures of a group of wealthy teenagers as they navigate their way through high school, romance, and adventure.
“Beverly Hills Teens” was notable for its time for its focus on high-end fashion, wealth, and consumerism. The show was popular among younger audiences, and it spawned merchandise and spin-off media. While “Beverly Hills Teens” is not as well-known as some of the more recent animated shows, it remains a beloved and nostalgic show for those who grew up with it.
13. Jodie Landon (Daria)
Jodie Abigail London is a is a character from the MTV show Daria. She attends Lawndale High and is one of the few black students there. Jodie often mentions the lack of diversity at the school and feels like she has to be a perfect example for African Americans.
This pressure ultimately leads Jodie to want to apply to a historically black college so that her college years won’t be a repeat of her high school years.
Jodie is intelligent, social, and well-adjusted.
The video below discusses how iconic this black girl cartoon character is.
Whether they’re cracking jokes or they’re more on the serious side, or fighting crime, there’s no doubt that these animated characters have memorable personalities that represent all shades of black girls and black women.
What are some of your favorite black girl cartoon characters? Let us know in the comments.
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