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19 Cartoon Characters Every Black Kid Grew Up Admiring

Cyclops? I'm out. Give me Storm any day.

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1. Storm, the very best part about X-Men.

Nobody else from the X-Men made mutant abilities look better.
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Nobody else from the X-Men made mutant abilities look better.

2. Virgil Hawkins was very much someone like us in Static Shock.

Whether it was the comic book or the TV series, Static was a great character.
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Whether it was the comic book or the TV series, Static was a great character.

3. J may have been impulsive, but he was exactly what Men in Black needed.

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And J from the cartoon was just as great as Will Smith's J from the movie.

4. Cyborg was half man, half machine—and 100% fun in Teen Titans.

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And he's also pretty cool in the new Justice League movie.

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5. Spyke was the toughest dude on X-Men: Evolution.

Storm's nephew was as awesome as his aunt.
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Storm's nephew was as awesome as his aunt.

6. Susie Carmichael was the only one capable of standing up to Angelica on Rugrats.

Not to mention she was one of the most mature characters on the show.
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Not to mention she was one of the most mature characters on the show.

7. Skeeter was always the smoothest character on Doug.

And truth be told, Skeeter was MUCH cooler than Doug.
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And truth be told, Skeeter was MUCH cooler than Doug.

8. Panthro was easy the most skillful of the Thundercats.

The only sensible Thundercat and, on top of it all, his nunchaku was rad as hell.
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The only sensible Thundercat and, on top of it all, his nunchaku was rad as hell.

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9. Diana from Dungeons and Dragons (remember Dungeons and Dragons?!) gave better advice than the Dungeon Master.

And she was the greatest acrobat in the history of '80s cartoons.
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And she was the greatest acrobat in the history of '80s cartoons.

10. Nobody could handle Jerry's gadgets better than Alex on Totally Spies.

And are you going to try and tell me she wasn't the coolest of the Totally Spies?!
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And are you going to try and tell me she wasn't the coolest of the Totally Spies?!

11. Brock had all the best pokémon on Pokémon.

And even though he was a bit of a creep, he was still chill.
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And even though he was a bit of a creep, he was still chill.

12. Goofy and Max starred in the best kids movie of the '90s: A Goofy Movie.

The definitive guide to parenthood.
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The definitive guide to parenthood.

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13. Dhalsim was one of the best reasons to wake up on Saturday mornings to watch Street Fighter.

Also the best character in the game. Don't @ me.
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Also the best character in the game. Don't @ me.

14. No other character embodied leadership better than Garnet from Steven Universe.

Also a great icon of representation in popular media.
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Also a great icon of representation in popular media.

15. Nothing could rattle John Stewart on the Justice League cartoon.

Hands down the best of all the Green Lanterns.
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Hands down the best of all the Green Lanterns.

16. Gerald was the coolest kid on Hey Arnold, and there were a lot of cool kids on Hey Arnold.

He always knew how to deal with day-to-day problems.
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He always knew how to deal with day-to-day problems.

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17. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog was the most under appreciated Disney princess.

Such a great movie. Everyone should see it.
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Such a great movie. Everyone should see it.

18. Piccolo was not the mentor that Gohan wanted, but he was the mentor Gohan needed on Dragonball Z.

What would any of us be without Piccolo's guidance?
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What would any of us be without Piccolo's guidance?

19. Nightcrawler from X-Men never had to ask for anything in his life.

And he taught us to like ourselves the way we are.
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And he taught us to like ourselves the way we are.

This post was translated from Portuguese.