Cartoon Crushes Ladies Aren’t Afraid to Admit

Let’s face it, there are some fine looking dudes out there in the world. Too bad they’re animated and, y’know, not real. Growing up there was always at least one to five chartoon crushes, animated male characters for whom we secretly pined. We wanted to be the object of his affection instead of that skank he was talking to. We kid, most of the time we liked the heroine too. Most of the time. (Puberty, you strange.)

We took to Facebook and Twitter and asked a bunch of ladies which male cartoon character they had (or have) a huge crush on. Some of the choices are pretty typical, but there are some that are so hilarious and wrong that we just have to share with you.

Trent Lane (Daria)

Trent Lane

He had a driver’s license and a guitar. What more could a girl ask for? What made Trent the most appealing to us was that he pretty much embodied every other crush you had on a friend’s older brother.

Doug Funnie (Doug)

Doug Funnie

Yeah, we don’t get it either. He’s kind of like a version of Charlie Brown who mellows out as he gets older. But we gotta give credit where credit’s due: the guy wasn’t afraid to put on tighty whities on the outside of his shorts whenever he became The Quail.

Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle)


Oh Howl, what a lady killer. Despite his hilariously awful bouts of vanity, this wizard is probably the top-most ranked charmer in the history of ever. Who else has the ability to sweep a girl off her feet and get her to walk on air?

Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid)

Prince Eric

We don’t usually think of Disney princes as anything else but an ancillary character who saves the day at the very end. But when you’ve become the sole reason why a girl leaves her family and kingdom to be with you, the audience needs a little more from you than just being really, really good looking. Like Ariel, Eric is a bit of a dreamer and an explorer. He also seems to be an accomplished helmsman and fishman, as proven during the final showdown with Ursala. Nothing more attractive than seeing your man brave a giant, magic-wielding octopus and a whirlpool for save you.

Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty)

Speaking of Disney princes, Prince Phillip is another dude to grab a hold of our little hearts. Unlike Prince Charming, who was nothing more than just some guy who pops up in the right place at the right time, Phillip actually got some screen time. He was funny, assertive, and utterly determined to fight through humungous thorn bushes from hell to save his lady love. Oh and let’s not forget that he managed to slay the evil Maleficent all by himself. Did we mention he’s a great singer? That scene where he and Aurora first meet in the woods made us want to be in the middle of that duet.

Keith and Sven (Voltron)

Keith and Sven

This is some old school crushing here. That’s all we really have to say about this. We don’t really remember much of Voltron.

Darien Shields/Mamoru Chiba (Sailor Moon)

Oh, Darien/Mamo-chan. You captured many, many tween hearts back in the day. Just thinking about him even today gets the ladies all hot and bothered.

Inuyasha and Sesshomaru (Inuyasha)

Sesshomaru and Inuyasha

Inuyasha and Sesshomaru provided that delicate balance between puppy love and furry love.

Aladdin (Aladdin)


Hmm, let’s see. A sweet underdog who turned his own world upside just to be the girl he fell in love with. Oh! And he has a magic flying carpet? Sold. Let’s fly over to Paris for a romantic brunch.

Pepe Le Pew (Looney Toons)

Pepe Le Pew

Yeah…we got nothin’. The woman who owned up to this one swears up and down that she’s not a furry.

Charlie (All Dogs Go to Heaven)

Charlie All Dogs Go to Heaven

We’re pretty sure the biggest reason some girls had a crush on Charlie was Burt Reynolds. C’mon, who doesn’t find that guy devilishly charming? On top of all that, he takes care of a single mom with voracious puppies and sacrifices himself to save a little girl. Yeah, you can’t not love this dog.

Shang (Mulan)


We believe this picture explains it all.

Nightwing (BtAS)


In a time before Teen Titans and Young Justice, the girls of the 90s had Batman: The Animated Series. That was when they became very aware of Dick Grayson when he shed his childood colors and donned the manly black and blue as Nightwing. We were so enamored with this version of Nightwing that we didn’t even care he had mullet.

Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)

Terry McGinnis

Without Nightwing to glom onto, the next best thing was Terry McGinnis. He turned out to be a pretty compelling character on his own, struggling to keep a normal life while working for the richest man in Gotham.

Heero Yuy and Duo Maxwell (Gundam Wing)

Heero Yuy and Duo Maxwell

Heero had just enough stoicism, intrigue, and an implied tragic past for girls to want to jump through the TV screen and take care of him. The only thing stopping them (besides reality) was that he could probably kill you if you got in his way. As for Duo, he could cut through the enemy with his mech’s giant scythe while maintaining his carefree personality. For some reason, that was really appealing.

Prince Zuko and Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Zuko and Sokka

Geez, do we even need to talk about these two?

Mako (The Legend of Korra)



Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon 2)


It’s amazing what five years and some dragon training can do to a goofy-looking kid like Hiccup. This is one of those cases where the awkward kid turns into a budding hunk, taking us all by surprise. We’re not even afraid to own up to this one, he’s legal now (20).

Dimitri (Anastasia)


Try to watch this movie and not swoon. It’s impossible!

The Author

Christina Janke

Christina Janke

Host of "Intro to Geek" on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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