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Top 10 Anthropomorphic Cartoon Superheroes of the 1990s

Updated on April 14, 2011

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The 1990's was the golden age of cartoons and I remember looking forward to watching them on a Saturday morning or during the weekdays after school. They were dynamic and entertaining with a blend of humor and satire. Every once in a while I like to think back to the cartoons and the anthropomorphic superheroes of the 90's that made me laugh. Anthropomorphic Superheroes are still my favorite genre when it comes to cartoons. The artists and writers that created these cartoons, including the voice actors behind the characters, were very talented and all of them did a wonderful job. They have inspired me and shown me what cartoons are all about. Here is a list of my ten favorite anthropomorphic cartoon superheroes from that decade; you might remember some of them.

#10 Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars

Captain Bucky O'Hare and his crew of the Righteous Indignation battle the Toad Empire and an evil sentient computer program known as KOMPLEX which intends to eradicate all mammals in the alternate dimension called the Aniverse. The cartoon was created in 1991 and was based upon the original comic book.

The popularity of this cartoon lead to a line of action figures and the developmet of a few video games based on the animated series.

#9 Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys

Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys ran from 1996 to 1997 and only made 26 episodes due to the fact that the show ended up being canceled. Captain Simian's crew consisted of a mountain gorilla named Gor-illa, Splitzy the orangutan, Spydor the spider monkey, and Shao Lin, a Chinese golden monkey.

Captain Simian and his crew defend the universe from Lord Nebula. He is an unusual supervillain due to the fact that he is half human and half black hole. He despised his human side so much that he wanted to find the power he needed in order to become a complete black hole and destroy the universe so that he could create his own twisted version of it.

What I liked most about this cartoon series was the humor and spotting some of the references made to different science fiction films and other themes. My favorite character out of the group is Splitzy. He had a split personality, one moment he speaks with a large vocabulary, sounding like a university professor with an english accent, and the next moment his facial expression completely changes and he starts talking with a southern drawl. It was amusing how both personalities would respond to the same thing differently.

#8 Street Sharks

Four brothers are kidnapped by the mad scientist, Dr. Paradigm who conducted an experiment, transforming them into anthropomorphic sharks. Each brother is a different species of shark. Together, they defend their city against Dr. Paradigm and his mutated experiments. Street Sharks went on the air in 1994.

It was an enjoyable series for me since I always enjoyed science fiction.

#7 Biker Mice from Mars

Three anthropomorphic mice from Mars after their home was invaded by the Plutarkians. They later end up crash-landing on Earth only to discover a Plutarkian masquerading among the humans as a prominent industrialist named Lawrence Limburger. This series aired in 1993 to 1996.

What I liked most about this series was the personalities of the biker mice. The show had some interesting flashbacks that told a little bit about their past experiences with some of the supervillains.

#6 The Mighty Ducks Animated Series

The Mighty Ducks are groups of anthropomorphic ducks from an icy planet where their favorite past time was ice hockey. Their base of operations was an ice hockey rink in California. They battled a group of reptilian aliens called the Suarians that had attacked their planet when they learned that a group of them were stranded on Earth. This show aired in 1996.

Tim Curry did the voice for the main villain in the series. Having seen him before in other movies, it was fun listening to him voice acting in this cartoon.

#5 Earthworm Jim

This cartoon was based on the original video game of the same name. A few of the villains from that video game appear in the cartoon. This show appeared in 1995 and starred Earthworm Jim as the main character. He was a normal earthworm until he crawled into a space suit that turned him into an anthropomorphic earthworm. Many of the characters in this cartoon are bizarre and they have unusual names, too.

Earthworm Jim goes on strange adventures as he battles odd supervillains such as Professor Monkey-for-a-head and Queen-Slug-for-a-Butt. His sidekick, Peter Puppy, sometimes transforms into a berserk monster, flying into a rage and attacking Earthworm Jim.

I remember this series being completely nonsensical and wondering why they thought of a worm of all things to make a superhero out of.

#4 The Adventures of T-Rex

This cartoon aired from 1992 to 1993 and it was a co-production between American and Japanese animation studios.

Five wise-cracking anthropomorphic dinosaurs perform as entertainers on stage. Their secret is that they are a superhero team called T-REX. As a team, they fight Big Boss Graves and his crim organization throughout Rep City.

Big Boss Graves has a pet peeve. He gets angry at his associate, Little Boss, when he calls him "B.B." instead of saying his full name. Big Boss often ends up yelling at Little Boss, "Don't call me B.B.!" There were also a few running gags that I remember being the funniest no matter how many times they were used. Big Boss getting mad when he was called B.B. was my favorite line.

#3 Darkwing Duck

Drake Mallard is a single father raising his spunky daughter, Gosalyn, while he defends the city of St. Canard from criminals and supervillains with his sidekick, Launchpad, who was a character from the series Duck Tales. This animated series aired in 1991.

I enjoyed watching this series mainly because Launchpad was my favorite character out of all the others.

#2 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron

 This awesome cartoon series aired from 1993 to 1995 and it is still one of my favorites today that is still aired on television. It had memorable supervillains, most of which had interesting backstories that defined their character, and the art work had a comic book feel to it. I also like how they made the best of the situation that they were put in and showed Commander Feral a thing or two.

Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, also known as T-Bone and Razor, respectively, were pilots for the law enforcement department of Megakat City. Due to an accident in mid-flight which their commanding officer, Commander Feral, was completely at fault for causing, resulted in the destruction of the headquarters. Commander Feral was quick to pin the blame on T-Bone and Razor, who happened to be the two pilots that were the victims of the accident.

Discharged from the Enforcers, they were forced to pay off their debts by being assigned to work in the city junk yard. Deciding to take matters into their own paws and defend Megacat City their way, they used their ingenuity to turn the junk yard into their own secret base of operations. Much to the annoyance of Commander Feral, they do a better job at stopping the villains than he can.

#1 Wild West C.O.W. Boys of Moo Mesa

This cartoon series of the weird west combined with steampunk, anthropomorphic bovine, and other animals aired in 1992 and it was created by comic book artist, Ryan Brown, who worked on the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 1980s. This is the cartoon series that made waking up early Saturday morning worth it.

Marshal Moo Montana, Cowlorado Kid and Dakota Dude uphold the law and justice as they deal with outlaw gangs, a corrupt mayor, and a corrupt sherriff who serves as the mayor's right hand. 


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    • kung fu_librarian profile imageAUTHOR

      kung fu_librarian 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Simone Smith and L.L. Woodard!

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      My kids must not have watched most of these cartoons because I remember only seeing one or two of the characters. Interesting cast of characters though.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Boy, does this ever bring back memories! Hehee! Fun Hub!


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