Saturday morning cartoons were a major event when I was a kid — what better way to celebrate a day off from school than by loading up on sugary breakfast cereal and sitting down to watch six hours of quality programming? Unfortunately, even the best shows sometimes falter when it comes to their lineup of characters. Take a look at some of the absolute worst.
Angelica Pickles, “Rugrats”
Has their ever been a nastier, bossier, brattier, and more manipulative cartoon character than Angelica Pickles? Even the masturbating grandpa couldn’t rescue this show from the obnoxious clutches of Angelica.
Prince Adam and Cringer, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”
Contrary to popular belief, as a child, the night before Christmas was not when time seemed to slow down the most. It was during the early part of every episode of “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” before the insufferable duo of Adam and Cringer would transform into He-Man and Battle-Cat.
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, “The Flintstones”
While The Great Gazoo might be the most obvious choice for worst character from “The Flintstones,” he gets a pass for only appearing in a very small amount of episodes during the show’s final season. Besides, despite the fact that many fans point to Gazoo’s first appearance on October 29, 1965 as the moment the show “jumped the shark,” it’s more accurate to say that it happened the previous month.
In September 1965, an episode entitled “No Biz Like Show Biz” aired, and it featured to the heretofore gibberish-speaking babies repeatedly singing the most obnoxious song ever penned, “(Open Up Your Heart) And Let the Sunshine In.” I’ve had this song stuck in my head for decades now, people. Make it stop.
Scooter, “Challenge of the Gobots”
Worthless — that’s the only way to describe Scooter and his contributions to the Guardians. In comparison to the others he was tiny, weak, and cowardly, and his voice — provided by the ubiquitous Frank Welker — was squeaky and weird, much better suited to Slimer and Nibbler than to a major player in the war to save GoBotron.