12 ’90s Cartoon Characters We Have A Crush On

Is it weird to have a crush on a cartoon character? If so, then I guess I’m super weird – because I’ll totally admit to crushing on a bunch of different cartoon characters. Admit it, you have too! Just because they’re not actually real doesn’t mean they can’t be charming and adorable.

Here’s a list of ’90s TV cartoon characters who I wish were real… just so I could meet them and try to win them over. Who cares if they’re not exactly human? These guys and girls are all funny, awesome and crush-worthy. Check out my favorites and then let us know: which cartoon character do you have major hearts for?


Doug Funnie from Doug

Doug was a little (okay, a lot) awkward and maybe he was kind of a nerdy dude – but he was THE coolest nerdy dude ever. Seriously, how can you not have a crush on Doug?! I can’t even decide what’s cuter – his love for Patty Mayonnaise, his Quailman alter-ego or his love of music. Doug would make an awesome, if clumsy, BF.


Daria from Daria

Daria is that sarcastic, cynical girl who you’re kind of intimidated by, but who you also wish you could be like. She’s never afraid to say what she feels, and her attitude is all about not caring what anyone else thinks – which is exactly what has always made her one of our Gurl crushes.


Arnold from Hey Arnold!

Is it weird to have a crush on a nine-year-old cartoon character? Um… okay, well, let’s just pretend he’s older than that. Arnold might be a total goofball with a football-shaped head, but I can totally see why Helga is so into him – he’s the sweetest football-head ever!


Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys

Eliza can speak to animals. I shouldn’t have to explain any further than that. I can’t decide if I want to be her, if I have a crush on her, or if I just want to be her BFF. It’s pretty much a combination of all three. Plus, Eliza makes braces and pigtails look cooler than anyone else.


Max Goof from Goof Troop

I can’t be the only one who had a huge crush on Max, whether you watched him in Goof Troop or the amazing movie A Goofy Movie. And I also can’t be the only one who was seriously jealous of Roxanne. I mean, who doesn’t want a dude who sings songs about you?


Pepper Ann from Pepper Ann

Pepper Ann is seriously the coolest redhead with glasses ever (besides Eliza, of course). She’s strong-willed, brave and never afraid to speak her mind – all of that makes her total crush material.


Otto Rocket from Rocket Power

I’ll admit, I have a weakness for dudes who skateboard (come on, who doesn’t?!), and Otto is no exception. Okay, so maybe he’s a little into himself, and maybe he gets himself into a lot of trouble… but it’s fine. I can forgive that. Plus, he always does the right thing when it comes down to it – and he can surf and skate board. Major points!


Gerald from Hey Arnold!

We’ve already established that Arnold is crush material, but his best friend Gerald is right there with him. He’s always the voice of reason, and of course, his huge hair is seriously cool. I have to admit, I was always a little jealous of his crush on Phoebe.


Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon wears the coolest outfit ever, has awesome hair even when she’s fighting evil and kicks some serious butt. What’s not to love?! Oh, and she has a talking cat. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.


T.J. Detweiler from Recess

He might not look like much in his old baseball hat, but T.J. has the potential to be a total babe when he gets older. He was my hero as a kid, always going against the rules of school and adults. I mean, nobody doesn’t like T.J. – he makes sure of that.


Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls

It was a tough choice between Bubbles, Bubbles, and Blossom, but Bubbles came out on top… she proves that you can be adorable and girly and still kick ass when fighting off the bad guys.


Reggie Rocket from Rocket Power

When I was younger, a bunch of my guy friends used to say that they had a cartoon crush on Reggie – and I can totally see why. Reggie can skateboard and surf just as well as any dude on that show – maybe even better. And what about her magazine, The Zine? She’s a total inspiration.


Which of these cartoon characters do you have a crush on? Who did I miss? What’s your favorite ’90s cartoon? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Kyle

    I have the HUGEST crush on reggie rocket. <3 call me crazy but it's true lol

  • Courtney

    Dude! Now, this is a fun thing to comment on. haha! Rocket Power Otto? How about Twister? Now, I just adored him when I was 8! And Pepper Ann’s Milo was the cartoon crush on the show for me.

  • rosy

    to MAX with love!

  • rosy

    i had a crush on many of them
    max goof
    otto rocket

  • a

    Trent from Daria.

  • Rissy

    But Usagi/Serena is so hopeless Y_Y
    She’s a clumsy, dumb, crybaby. I mean, fair enough if you’re crushing on her for that, but she’s a very hopeless superhero most of the time.

  • iseedeadpeople

    Don’t forget Tuxedo Kamen! <3

  • Saviannah

    Dude, totally had one on Max Goof haha

  • becky

    Smosh is cool

  • Veronica

    ASH KETCHUM! from Pokemon! duh! haha, and Inuyasha 🙂 <3

    • Shy

      Haha! I was more of a Sesshoumaru kinda girl 🙂

  • Seth

    All the videos are in the wrong places