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    19 Front-Facing Cartoon Characters That Have Frankly Strayed Too Far From God's Light

    I'm sorry, but Pearl from Spongebob should never try anything other than a three-quarter angle.

    If you've been on the internet for a while now, you've probably seen a couple of *deeply* uncomfortable front-facing cartoon images. I love how unfamiliar it makes well-known animated characters look — here's a list of my fave examples!

    1. I think about front-facing Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show all the time:

    Cartoon Network

    For reference, here's how they usually look:

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    Cartoon Network / Via youtube.com

    2. This still of Roger from American Dad lives rent-free in my head:

    Fox

    Here he is in his usual form:

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    3. I can't believe *this* was the photo that Speckle from Tuca and Bertie chose to frame:

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    Here he is in the form nature intended:

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    4. This pic of Lenny from The Simpsons is absolutely haunting:

    Fox

    Cleanse your eyes and mind with a video of his regular face:

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    Fox

    5. And Moe isn't looking too hot either:

    Fox

    His usual face looks pretty great now, right?

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    In fact, almost every Simpsons character has been done dirty by the animators:

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    If you're as obsessed by these as I am, I *highly* recommend checking out this Tumblr page that's dedicated to front-facing characters from The Simpsons.

    6. You'll never look at Phineas and Ferb the same away again after seeing them nose-on:

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    The relief of seeing them drawn as they should be is so sweet after that:

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    Disney Channel

    7. If I ever seem distracted, there's a 90% chance that I'm thinking about forward-facing Pearl from Spongebob Squarepants:

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    Here's the only way she would be allowed to look if we lived in a just universe:

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    8. Lois from Family Guy *knew* that her full face was news-worthy:

    Fox

    Even if her regular face is much more stunning:

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    9. Though TBH, she was bested by Brian:

    Fox

    Here's some proof that he should only be shown with his nose to the side:

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    10. Oh, AND Joe:

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    I'm honestly glad that we usually get to see more of his magnificent chin:

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    11. I truly think that Fry's nose is more offensive than this outfit in this frame from Futurama:

    Fox

    Shout out to Reddit user u/wen_bakefield for spotting this!

    Especially when we consider how cute it's meant to look:

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    Fox / Via youtube.com

    12. Respectfully, this is NOT the look for Pearl from Steven Universe:

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    I mean, why would anyone tamper with this gorgeous creation?

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    Cartoon Network / Via youtube.com

    13. I think the bravest thing that Courage the Cowardly Dog ever did was show himself front-on:

    Cartoon Network

    I mean, imagine looking at his regular form and thinking 'yes, this needs to be more unsettling':

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    Cartoon Network / Via youtube.com

    14. I just want you to think about the fact that this is what Olive looks at before she kisses Popeye:

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    To be fair though, she probably stays with him for his normal rugged looks:

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    CBS / Via youtube.com

    15. This image of Gumball from The Amazing World of Gumball completely changed my worldview:

    Cartoon Network

    I mean, those cheeks are made to be seen from the side:

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    Cartoon Network / Via youtube.com

    16. I demand a support group for people who have seen this pic of Beavis and Butt-Head:

    MTV

    But failing that, you can always watch this video that shows them as they're meant to be:

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    MTV / Via youtube.com

    17. The animators of Pinky and the Brain must have been having a tough day when they showed The Brain front-on:

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    You can soothe your *own* brain by looking at his usual form:

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    Kids' WB / Via youtube.com

    18. This image of Fred Flintstone shaving makes me glad they didn't have bathroom mirrors in Stone Age times:

    ABC

    I mean, why would you yabba-dabba-do that to him?

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    ABC / Via youtube.com

    19. And last but not least, Gretchen from Recess did absolutely nothing to deserve this angle:

    ABC

    She was meant for this three-quarter head turn IMO:

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    ABC / Via youtube.com

    Do you think we missed a truly compelling example? Let us know your fave front-facing cartoon character image in the comments below!

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