30 Black Animated Characters We Love

Animated. Often duplicated. Forever celebrated.

Photo credit:Photo: Cartoon Network

| February 20 2017,

6:38 pm

Representation is a major key. Seeing an image or a character that directly correlates to your very special narrative can be so liberating and inspiring. There's something special, though, about animated characters of color who push the boundaries while in their two-dimensional and third-dimensional worlds. While they're living in this imaginative worlds, avoiding a break in the fourth wall, they've got us captivated. Since we were mere youths, cartoon characters have been impacting our lives on a level that we don't realize until we get older.


We've gathered 28 of the illest animated characters this side of the drawing board. From the serious to the sassy, the chill to the proactive, these characters had such a role in shaping the generations that have tuned in every week. 


Sit back, scroll through the list, and get your nostalgin' on.


Susie Carmichael (Rugrats)



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Animated and ahead of her years.


Jodie Landon and Mack Mackenzie (Daria)



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Animated and educated.


Huey, Riley, and Robert Freeman (The Boondocks)



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Animated and revolutionary.


Gerald Johanssen (Hey Arnold)



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Animated and swagged out.


Penny Proud and Dijonay Jones (The Proud Family)



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Animated and aspirational.


Franklin (Peanuts)



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Animated and OG.


Lana Kane (Archer)



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Animated and trained-to-go.


Keesha Franklin (The Magic School Bus)



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Animated and inquisitive. 


Afro Samurai (Afro Samurai)



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Animated and 'bout it.


Valerie Brown (Josie and the Pussycats)



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Animated and groundbreaking.


Gaia (Captain Planet)



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Animated and earthy.


Garnet (Steven Universe)



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Animated and enigmatic.


Cyborg (Teen Titans)



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Animated and technologic.


Fat Albert (Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids)



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Animated and ample.


Michiko Malandro (Michiko and Hatchin)



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Animated and bad-ass.


Doc McStuffins (Doc McStuffins)



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Animated and adorable.


Waynehead (Waynehead)



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Animated and classic.


Monique (Kim Possible)



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Animated and candid.


Fillmore (Fillmore!)



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Animated and dexterous.


Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach)



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Animated and fierce.


LaShawn, Khalil, Pee Wee (Bebe's Kids)



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Animated and rambunctious.


Numbah Five (Codename: Kids Next Door)



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Animated and resourceful.


Static Shock (Static Shock)



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Animated and righteous.


Cita (Cita's World)



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Animated and legendary.


Who are some of your favorite animated characters in television or film? Share with us in the comments!