Ignoring the laws of animation, in which people don’t seem to age (lucky bitches), I calculated the ages of these cartoon characters of your youth. Damn. People be old.
2. Daria would be 31.
When the series debuted in 1997, Daria was a sophomore in high school. It should be noted, however, that her character was first introduced on Beavis and Butt-head, so depending on which version you take, she could be a couple years older.
3. Doug Funnie would be 33.
He also has a birthday coming up! August 22nd. It should be noted that there is a bit of a discrepancy between the Nick version of the show and the Disney version. In the Nick version, which began airing in 1991, Doug is described as 11. In the Disney version, which began airing in 1996, Doug is 12. Obvi, I went with the Nick age.
4. Jem, aka Jerrica Benton, would be 47.
Jerrica’s age is hardly referenced in the show, which began airing in 1985. There are, however, references to years and ages in regards to events of Jem’s past and obsessive fans have determined that Jem would have been born in 1966.
8. George Jetson would be 91.
His character was 40 when the Jetsons first aired in 1962. Or, depending on how you think about it, he hasn’t even been born yet considering the show took place in the year 2062.
10. Allegra (from Allegra’s Window) would be 22.
(OK. Not technically a cartoon, but in case you were wondering.)
11. Sailor Moon would be 36.
Sailor Moon has usually been described as a 14-year-old girl, so if you take the date of the original Japanese manga series (1991), this puts Sailor Moon’s birth year at 1977.
12. Penny from Inspector Gadget would be 40.
She’s 10-years-old in the first animated series.
13. In people years, Hello Kitty would be 47.
Hello Kitty made her debut in 1974, which means she’s been around for 38 years. However, she’s described as being in the third grade, which would mean she was 8 when she appeared, putting her “birth year” at 1966.
14. Beavis and Butt-head would be 35.
Beavis and Butt-head’s ages are a bit murky (they’re in high school so most have guessed anywhere between 15 and 17), however in 2011, creator Mike Judge told Rolling Stone, “I think Beavis and Butt-Head, if I were to give them an age, it would be probably be 15.”
15. Wheeler from Captain Planet would be 40.
Wheeler is supposedly 17 when the series first started in 1990.
16. Strawberry Shortcake would be about 39.
This is calculating her age using the first animated special, which came out in 1980 (not the greeting card character). She’s described as being “about six years old.”
17. Arthur would be 25.
Going off of the series, which debuted in 1996, in which Arthur is 8 years old.
18. Pepper Ann would be 27.
[Note: It has been pointed out that this image of Pepper Ann has what appears to be a vibrator up her pants. Whoops. And also: WTF, indeed.]
19. The Powerpuff Girls would be 20.
This post inspired by this tweet.