The Women of Cartoon Nation

1
Wonder Woman
2
April O'Neil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
3
Lady Lovelylocks
4
Sailor Moon
5
Daphne, Scooby Doo
6
Velma, Scooby Doo
7
She-Ra, Princess of Power, 1985
8
Mary Jane Watson, Spiderman
9
Popeye and Olive Oyl, 1960
10
Betty and Veronica
11
Minnie Mouse, The Gallopin' Gaucho, 1928
12
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
13
Minnie and Mickey Mouse
14
Smurfette, The Smurfs
15
Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble, The Flintstones, 1960
16
Judy and Jane Jetson, The Jetsons, 1963
17
Gwen Stacy, Spiderman
18
Sandy Cheeks, Spongebob Square Pants
19
Jem and the Holograms
20
Powerpuff Girls
21
Betty Boop, 1930
22
Gadget, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, 1989
23
Cheetara, Thundercats, 1985
24
Hello Kitty
25
Linka, Captain Planet
26
Gaia, Captain Planet
27
Gi, Captain Planet
28
Josie and the Pussycats
29
Lois Lane, Superman
30
She-Hulk
31
Daria and Jane
32
Patti Mayonnaise, Doug
33
Jessica Rabbit
34
Catwoman
35
Enid, Ghost World
36
Marge Simpson
37
Luanne Platter, King of the Hill
38
Rogue, X-Men
39
Storm, X-Men
40
Batgirl
41
Princess Mononoke

The press tour for the live-action The Amazing Spiderman 2 has begun—continuing the age-old practice of everything that was once only two dimensions expanding into three. Because you know what can't charm various late-night hosts and model head-to-toe Prada on a step-and-repeat? A cartoon. The new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was just released, and April O'Neil went from an intrepid young reporter with a cute ginger lob and penchant for yellow jumpsuits to...Megan Fox, in all her usual foxiness. And it was just announced that Archie, after many years of chasing Betty and Veronica through Riverdale, will meet his end in the final issue of Life with Archie this summer. So long, flat friends.

So before they figure out how to make a summer blockbuster out of our beloved Hello Kitty or cast Kate Upton as Luanne Platter (wait...would that be awesome?), we revisit the most adorable young women from our favorite Saturday morning (and Sunday evening) cartoons, the overtly sexy super heroines of older brothers' comic collections, and every other hot lady that came to life through the working end of a felt-tip pen.

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  • Meredith

    Oh my god. I just stopped at Lady Lovelylocks. Does anyone remember the doll version of her? I loved those little clip-on animals with colorful long hair for tails. Wow, I haven't thought about her in decades. Makes me nostalgic for my 80s childhood. :-)

    • Jessica

      Yesssss, those clip-on squirrels with the long pink or or blue or purple hair.

      I loved them so.

  • gravygravygravy

    I know it was 100% not the point of this post, but seeing all these images from my childhood and NOT seeing a Skydancer was pretty difficult for me, emotionally.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    She-Ra was my ultimate hero growing up! Jem and Lady Lovelylocks weren't far behind. And as I grew up to be a more disgruntled teenager, Daria filled that space nicely :)

  • Bella

    One thing is clear, a cartoon superheroine would sooner be an animal than a black woman!

  • Veronica

    RIP Luanne :'(

  • http://taliawaynebeauty.blogspot.com/ Talia Wayne

    Personal major comic book heroine inspiration was and always will be Wilhelmina Murray from Alan Moore's "League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen". And of course Talia al' Ghul, which was the inspiration for my blog!

  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    For some reason I just feel like Kate Mara would have been such a better April O'Neil

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