Some of our earliest memories and most unforgettable depictions of friendship comes in the form of cartoons. When it comes down to it, they teach us a lot about the meaning of friendship, what a good friend looks like versus a crappy one and they even teach us what to do if or when a friendship ever goes sour.
Now that I think of it, what cartoon doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on the importance of friendship and teamwork?
There are so many great cartoon friendships that really resonate with us even years after we’ve stopped watching them, but here are 10 of our favorites, from outcasts to queen bees.
Daria And JaneOpposites don't always attract, and that's definitely the case with Daria and Jane. Sure, they didn't have the exact same personalities, but their sardonic outlook and outcast status definitely makes them the perfect pair. Source: Fanpop
Arnold And GeraldWas there anything more natural and sincere than these two? They just flowed so well and they really made me want to create my own secret handshake with my friends. Unfortunately, I was never cool enough to really pull that off but it's never too late. Source: YouTube
Helga And PhoebeAnother Hey Arnold gem! Sure, with Helga's bossy attitude and Phoebe's tendency to be a little shy, it's easy to think that this friendship was nothing more than Helga taking advantage of Phoebe's kindness. But in reality, these two girls really do care about each other and watch each other's backs. Source: YouTube
The Recess KidsWhat's so amazing about this crew is that they were all so different and they acknowledged it. , but those differences didn't get in the way of being friends. Seriously, how were these kids not the coolest kids on the playground? Source: Fanpop
Penny And DijonayThere really isn't enough love for The Proud Family out there, honestly. But my favorite friendship from the show was definitely the one between Penny and Dijonay. Penny's practical nature definitely contrasted with Dijonay's wild approach to, well, everything. But they were a great team. Source: Proud Family Wiki
The Scooby-Doo GangWould I want to be in the Scooby-Doo crew? Absolutely not, because I don't have the patience to go to haunted houses that aren't really haunted unless I'm getting paid. But at least I enjoyed watching them interact with each other, even if most of those interactions involved being chased after "monsters" with a fun '70s jingle in the background. Source: Fanpop
Doug And SkeeterSkeeter was Doug's first friend and it's no surprise that they stayed besties throughout Doug. Also, when you think about it, they were both a little weird--in the best way, obviously--so it makes sense that they're pals. Source: Fanpop
The RugratsWithout watching the Rugrats gang interact with each other, I wouldn't know the meaning of teamwork, compassion, or friendship. Okay, maybe I would (eventually) but this show definitely sped up the process. Source: Fanpop
Courtney And MirandaWhen you think about it, Courtney and Miranda has a pretty unique dynamic compared to most mean girls friendship cliches. Miranda wasn't just the sidekick because she was the primary schemer. And while Courtney was definitely the leader, she showed more moments of weakness. Either way, as a duo they were such a force, and I have a lot of love for badass friends. Source: YouTube
Spongebob And PatrickThis is pretty obligatory. Does anything really need to be said? Didn't think so. Source: Fanpop
Which of these friendships would you want to be part of? What are some of your favorite cartoon friendships? Tell us in the comments!