30 Hottest Cartoon Characters of All Time (RANKED)

30 Hottest Cartoon Characters of All Time (RANKED)

Today we offer you something different, something unrelated to a particular series, but rather related to the entire cartoon genre. In this article, you can find some of the most beautiful heroes and heroines of the cartoon world. We’re going to be ranking hot fictional characters based on both their personality and looks. Stay with us until the end to see who is the hottest cartoon character of all time.

30. Flynn Rider (Tangled)

30 Hottest Cartoon Characters of All Time (RANKED)

Eugene Fitzherbert, who later renamed himself Flynn Rider, is a fictional character from Disney’s 2010 animated feature Tangled, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel.

Well-known for his pleasantness and speedy thinking, Flynn earned a notorious reputation as a thief. Eventually, though, he returned home and fell in love with Rapunzel, the lost princess of Corona.

Her story, after stealing a crown, was loosely based on the story of Rapunzel from the Brothers Grimm. Rapunzel had blackmailed him into taking her to see the kingdom’s floating lanterns on her eighteenth birthday, so she transforms his view of his girlfriend as she gradually turns into an honest as he discovers he’s true feelings for her.

She was developed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, who thought that Rapunzel needed a chaperone. He was spawned in contradistinction to the traditional courtier character, and in order to achieve this goal, he was constructed as a scoundrel rather than a proper nobleman.

Evolving into a swashbuckling bandit made him a swashbuckling thief, Flynn is ultimately based on Gene Kelly and Errol Flynn, who were both swashbuckling actors before their employment in the movies.

29. Sinbad (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas)

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This character is known from the movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, from 2003, produced by DreamWorks Pictures. Sinbad was a pirate who traveled the sea with his dog and his loyal crew. 

He attempted to steal the Book of Peace, a sacred treasure of the city of Syracuse of which its power was used to keep the chaotic powers of Eris, the Ancient Greek goddess of discord and chaos.

28. Eris (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas)

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Who says only good characters have to be hot and good-looking? The character of the already mentioned Eris is a simple proof of the contrary.

Real malevolence and pure evil Eris inherited from her mother Nyx the goddess of the Night and Erebus the God of darkness. She promised Sinbad she would make him rich and famous if he brings her the Book of Peace.

27. Li Shang (Mulan)

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This tall, muscular Chinese man with tanned skin, dark brown eyes, and shoulder-length black hair tied in a bun is the protagonist of Disney’s 1998 animated feature movie Mulan.

Shang planned to eventually aspire to be the next in line to lead “China’s greatest troops”. When Shan Yu, the despotic leader of the Hun Army, seizes control of China, his wildest dreams come true.

26. Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

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With her medium brown skin, long raven-black hair, and emerald green eyes, Esmeralda is another attractive, gorgeous, and beautiful Disney character from the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1996.

Esmeralda is a Romani (“Gipsy”) street dancer, who’s fighting against ruthless Parisian justice minister Claude Frollo.

She’s the only person to ever show kindness towards the deformed and naïve Quasimodo, the kind-hearted bell-ringer of Notre Dame.

25. Aladdin (Alladin)

30 Hottest Cartoon Characters of All Time (RANKED)

Another character little girls have a crush on is certainly Aladdin, the main character of Disney’s 1992 animated feature film of the same name.

The Aladdin movie is based on the character of the Aladdin folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. 

He was an orphan who lived on the streets in the city of Agrabah, stealing food to survive, with his only companion, monkey Abu. 

Aladdin always had an inferiority complex, which gave him the impression of being worthless and that he does not deserve to be loved, until he met a wish-granting genie and beautiful Jasmine, as well.

24. Princess Jasmine (Alladin)

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Speaking of Aladdin, we cannot miss his beautiful companion and love, Princess Jasmine. This beautiful girl with olive skin, brown eyes with full eyelashes, and straight, lush hair reaching her thighs will definitely warm your heart.

Because of her status as a princess, she was unfortunately forbidden to ever leave the palace walls, spending her life sheltered within the confines of the royal home. 

As the future Sultana, Jasmine has a strong sense of obligation to her kingdom. Refusing to be treated like a sheltered object, Jasmine desperately aspires to diverge from her societal confines, to live a life where she is free to make her own choices. One of them was Aladdin.

23. Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)

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This good-looking teenager with silvery-white hair and striking blue eyes is the main protagonist of DreamWorks’ 2012 animated feature movie Rise of the Guardians.

Jack is a loner, an immortal, intelligent, and very handsome guy. 

With the coming of winter, he’s proven to be able to manipulate ice and snow and summon icy winds as well. After discovering his astonishing powers and his purpose behind them, he became a real guardian.

22. Rei Hino a.k.a. Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon)

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This amazing female character is one of the protagonists of the 1992 television anime series Sailor Moon. 

Rei is one of the Sailors (actually the second Sailor Guardian of love and justice), a group of supernaturally gifted female soldiers who work to protect the Solar System from dark forces.

She possesses powers that have to do with fire and mental clairvoyance.

21. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

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Speaking of villains, here is another one – Maleficent, from Disney’s 1959 animated feature movie Sleeping Beauty.

With her tall, slender figure, pale green skin, and narrow face, this beautiful and elegant woman became one of the most popular and recognizable Disney Villains of all time.

As an incarnation of pure evil, Maleficent was responsible for all misfortune in King Stefan’s kingdom. 

Using the pretense of taking offense at not being invited to the christening of the little Aurora, she cursed the princess for a hundred-year-old dream, in which she would fall by stabbing herself on a spindle.

20. Cinderella (Cinderella)

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This character certainly has a place in this article, whether we’re talking about its beauty, or the year movie came out. In 1950 Walt Disney produced the movie, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault.

We are all familiar with this amazing story. When we were children we were enchanted and in love with this beautiful and kind young girl. 

After her mother’s death, her father remarried. Soon, her father died and her life became hell.

Despite the bitterness of her stepfamily, she’s gracious, charming, and remained physically and emotionally unharmed. Her devoutness and enduring faith motivated Cinderella to ascend from servant to princess.

19. Prince Charming (Cinderella)

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Mentioning Cinderella, it is inevitably to speak about Prince Charming, her husband. 

Of course, he is also beautiful with his fair skin, dark brown hair, and brown eyes. Young girls love it!

Coming from a distant kingdom, with his dashing and handsome appearance, Prince was infatuated by a lovely lady whom he first met by chance. One glass slipper left behind, on the royal ball night, changed his life forever. 

He has demonstrated that he was a humorous and romantic person with a simple desire – to have the same type of love as his parents had. And he had it.

18. Megara (Hercules)

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Megara is the deuteragonist of Disney’s 1997 animated feature movie Hercules. 

Once, she was a free-spirited, independent, and quick-witted woman. But when she became a servant of Hades for paying her debts, Megara started to be suspicious of other people, with only one wish – to be left alone in solitude. 

When she finally met Hercules, she’d seen that there was good in the world and people as well.

17. Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! On Ice)

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Yuri!!! On Ice is 2016 Japanese sports anime television series about figure skating. The series was produced by MAPPA Co., Ltd., a Japanese animation studio.

This skinny guy with blond, chin-length hair and viridian-colored eyes (because of it, he was nicknamed the Russian Fairy) appears as a very ambitious person, who is determined to become the best.

Unfortunately, Yuri’s behavior is not quite good as his appearance.

Yuri has a single-minded desire to achieve perfection in figure skating. Despite the fact he is an amazing figure skater, once he steps out of ice, he becomes a rude and foul-mouthed person, so he has earned another “cute” nickname – the Russian Punk. In achieving his goal to get what he wants, he will not hesitate to threaten or intimidate others to get it. 

Anyway, it doesn’t matter. We are here because of their good-looking.

16. Sterling Archer (Archer)

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Simply known as Archer, as the title of the animation series for adults, he is the main character of the show who is considered to be the world’s deadliest spy.

Speaking of appearance, Archer is a very handsome tan-skinned man with thick dark-black hair and beautiful light blue eyes.

According to his personality, Archer is an extremely narcissistic, arrogant, selfish, and insensitive man who is constantly focused on himself and his own needs and desires. 

15. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

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Levi is one of the characters from the 2013 Japanese dark fantasy anime television series. He is the squad captain of the Special Operations Squad and is widely known as humanity’s strongest soldier.

Besides his good-looking appearance, we can describe him as a “clean freak” because he prefers an extremely clean environment instead of dirt or soiled equipment. Despite his habit to wipe down his blades while still on the battlefield, he will not hesitate to get dirty if necessary.

14. Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)

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Motoko Kusanagi is the main protagonist in Masamune Shirow’s anime series. 

She serves as the head of the Public Security Section 9 of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, earning her rank of major.

Since she is a full cyborg, she cannot be certain of her afterlife: her soul is fully electronic. She presumes she is completely synthetic, with the likelihood that she has memories that have been programmed to make her believe she was once human.

13. Asami Sato (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)

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The fact that female characters can have something more than a beautiful face and body (even in animations) is proven by this character.

Asami Sato, the protagonist of the animated television series The Legend of Korra is a businesswoman, industrialist, and engineer. 

Even though she wasn’t a bender, when she found out that her father was involved with the Equalists, she opposed the campaign with open rebellion. Following her father’s imprisonment, she became the CEO of the company, intending to revitalize it and restore its reputation.

12. Lana Kane (Archer)

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Lana Kane is a deuteragonist in the Archer series, for adults only.

She is a tall, beautiful black woman with dark brown hair, dark emerald green eyes, light pink lips, and a stunning appearance. 

Lana is a field agent at the spy agency called ISIS (The International Secret Intelligence Service).

She’s a good character – she’s powerful and well-conditioned. She will use violence when it is necessary, however. We can consider Lana to be highly sarcastic, slightly ruthless, loyal, and maybe even bloodthirsty, but still sympathetic, given her uncertain values.

11. Takashi Komuro (Highschool of the Dead)

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Highschool of the Dead is a 12-episode anime adaptation of Japanese manga series known as Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of the Dead. 

The main protagonist of the series is a second-year student of Fujimi Academy, Takashi Komuro.

Takashi is usually kind to the other members of his group and he does not hesitate to save people who are in serious trouble. 

Despite his kindness, we can also describe him as a cold-blooded person but only because of his life priority – survival of his team and his own, as well.

10. Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman (Batman: The Animated Series)

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Despite the fact she’s a thief, stealing precious items, she conducted undercover investigations, even using her animal-costumed alter ego to catch businesspeople violating the rights of animals.

Catwoman’s crimes were efficient until Batman came. Though he failed to catch her, Catwoman was very impressed with the Dark Knight.

9. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

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Mikasa is one of the characters of the 2013 Japanese dark fantasy anime television series, adapted from the manga of the same name.

She is a tall and physically fit girl with lined-up muscles, which helps her to deal with military problems.

Although she only wanted to live a peaceful life with his friend Eren, after her parents were murdered, Mikasa chose to follow him to the military, where she is regarded as the best soldier in the 104th Cadet Corps.

8. Lola Bunny (Space Jam)

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You will notice that this is the first (and only one) character we are talking about who is not “human”. Actually, Lola is a bunny but not an ordinary bunny – she is very hot and sexy. We just couldn’t help but mention it. 

Lola Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon character created by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1996 for the Space Jam movie. She is also a Bugs Bunny’s girlfriend.

She is a tough-talking, independent and self-reliant person, highly athletic and seductive at the same time. Her catchphrase is: “Don’t ever call me ‘Doll”.

Lola’s personality is a combination of the Hawksian woman (the archetype of the tough-talking woman like in Howard Hawks’ movies), tomboy (a term for a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy), and femme fatale archetypes.

Just to mention that in July of this year comes the sequel to a movie called Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. Guess what – Lola Bunny has a new look.

Warner Bros. decided after 25 years to replace its seductive look with the sporty, modern one with which they wanted to send a slightly different, more appropriate message to society. The goal is to show her sporting ambition instead of sexualizing a female character, where physical appearance is irrelevant.

7. Light Yagami (Death Note)

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Light Yagami is the main protagonist of the Death Note anime series. After discovering the Death Note, he goes on the mission to use it and rid the world of criminals.  

With such brilliant problem-solving and mapping skills, Light is an incredible organizer. He may have had high general intelligence from the start, but that knowledge only magnified his arrogance, giving him an advanced level of hubris once he obtained the notebook.

Light’s main goal is to create a new world that is free of injustice, due to his idealistic thoughts, who is willing to use extreme measures for defending it. 

6. Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)

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Sebastian is the main character from the Black Butler anime series, adapted from the Japanese manga series of the same title. He is the demon butler of the Phantomhive household.

Sebastian is highly skilled in any area and handles every task, no matter how impossible it is.

This handsome man with black hair, red eyes, pale skin, and black fingernails is devoted to Ciel, the current head of the Phantomhive house.

From an objective standpoint, Sebastian is flawless. He constantly obeys orders, succeeding with remarkable efficiency, ease, and politeness. Nonetheless, he is a heartless and vindictive creature. He has his main objective: to try to claim Ciel’s soul.

5. Claude Faustus (Black Butler)

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Another character from the Black Butler series caught our eye. He is the demon butler of the Trancy household.

Claude is a tall, bespectacled, and handsome man with short, black hair and golden eyes. We don’t know if this is hot but his tongue is remarkably long so he can lick the bridge of his nose. Astonishing, isn’t it?

Despite being distinctly apathetic, speaking and acting without emotion, he is simply gorgeous.

4. Zero Kiryu (Vampire Knight)

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Another interesting and extremely hot character is coming from the Vampire Knight anime series. His name is Zero Kiryu and he is a vampire hunter and an ex-human vampire. 

Put simply, he is breathtaking. He has the whitest skin and amazing lavender eyes we’ve ever seen. Five silver earrings and a Hunters’ Seal on his neck give him an eccentric and interesting look. 

As a gifted intelligent vampire hunter, he becomes cold and hostile towards the other vampires, but genuinely he is a kind and gentle person. Once being a vampire made him struggle with his desire for blood and equally strong desire to kill all the existing vampires. 

3. Betty Boop (Talkartoon series)

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We believe that there are not many people in the world who do not know about this cute little girl with a child’s face in a little black dress, high-heels, and a garter. Of course, the younger generations could not be familiar with her character and work, but they had to hear it from the older ones who would mention her in various situations, generally referring to the beauty of a woman.

Betty Boop is the popular heroine of the Talkartoon cartoon series, produced by Fleischer studios between 1930 and 1939. She is the first highly eroticized cartoon character and is a kind of parody of the Hollywood pin-up beauty.

Betty was created according to the character of American singer Helen Kane at the request of producer Max Fleischer. Kane was an extremely popular actress and singer in the 1920s, and not only did she look but she also sounded like Betty. Her catchphrase was “boop oop-a-doop” so you’re probably guessing where the animated character’s name comes from.

Unfortunately, Helen Kane was not thrilled with this animated dedication. What’s more, she sued the cartoonists, but it all ended badly for the actress so today more people know about Betty Boop than about Helen Kane.

The character of Betty Boop greatly scandalized American citizens and provoked a sharp moralistic campaign, due to which the series finally had to be canceled.

2. Kaname Kuran (Vampire Knight)

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What is happening with these vampires, they are on the top of the list. Surprised? We don’t think so. Through the years, vampires were always good-looking.

Kaname Kuran is one of the characters from the Vampire Knight anime series. He is the Head of the Kuran family, one of the seven remaining Pureblood vampire families. 

10 000 years old Kaname is astonishingly beautiful with his dark brown hair, red-brown eyes, and his usually calm and tranquil facial expressions. As a very authoritative and strictly disciplined person, he gets softened and completely different in the presence of his girlfriend Yuki Cross, becoming gentle and warm.

Kaname never denies that all he is doing is for Yuki because his worst fear is losing her. So who would not love him?

And finally, our number one is:

1. Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

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If you ask who is the hottest cartoon character of all the time, many people would tell you without thinking that it was her – one and only Jessica Rabbit.

Jessica Rabbit is Roger Rabbit’s Toon human wife who appears in Disney/Touchstone’s 1988 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

When asked how she would describe herself, she will respond “I’m not bad, I’m drawn that way.” That is correct, she proves herself to be selfless in every way. Although she may appear aloof and unapproachable, she has a soft spot for Roger. She adores him with all her heart and can’t do anything but love him. Despite what others may believe, she has only eyes for Roger.

As a character, she shows fearlessness, quick thinking, and interpersonal skills; she dares to put herself in harm to save her beloved one.

But, since we put her in the first place, we have to tell you a little bit more about her physical appearance.

Jessica is an astonishingly beautiful woman with broad hips and a slender waist. Her skin is light and she has amazing red hair which most of it hangs in front of her eyes, covering her right eye. Her long and sexy eyelashes are accentuated by fine purple eyeliner. An outfit she’s wearing features a short red sequined dress that’s left open at the front with a sweetheart neckline, as well as a short skirt that shows off her thighs. When she wears purple stilettos, she also wears golden earrings and pink gloves.

We can’t deny it, she deserves to be the number 1 on this ranking list, whatever other people think of it. Even though it is just a cartoon character, we are sure most women would “kill” to look like Jessica Rabbit.

We have reached the end of this “hot” journey. If you have stayed with us so far, thank you so much. We hope you enjoyed reading, as we enjoyed doing the research.

It was wonderful to recall some of the older characters we remember from our childhood, like Cinderella or Alladin. As we said before, we have compiled a list of our choice, so now you can start to compile your own and compare it.We admit that at first, the theme sounded a little weird, e.g. how can you say “Cinderella is so hot”. It’s at least awkward, you can’t discuss it with children. But, we accepted the challenge, that’s why you have Jessica Rabbit at 1st place and a bunch of drop-dead attractive anime characters. Enjoy!

  • Hrvoje Milakovic

    Hrvoje, based in Osijek, Croatia, with a Master's degree from the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, is a co-founder of Incomera, a media company that has launched several entertainment sites including Fiction Horizon, Game Horizon, and Anime Horizon. He is also a co-owner of...