My Seven Favorite Supporting Primetime Cartoon Characters of All-Time

There are so many “small part” characters in shows out there that it’s really tough to classify what they are exactly.  I mean we know that they enhance the show in some way.  But what is considered just a supporting character and what is a bit character?  It’s not an easy thing to deduce but I will try in today’s topic.

Today I wanted to focus on supporting characters in prime time cartoons.   So these would fall in the realm of “regular” recurring characters but not ones you’d consider the “stars” of the show.  So for example. anyone outside the Simpsons family would quality, and so on.

Anyway, here are my seven favorites of all time….

Leopold “Butters” Stotch – South Park

Man, does it get better than Butters?  He has slowly developed into what I’d consider one of the best all-time characters on South Park.  What makes him so funny is yes, he’s gullible.  We know that.  But there’s an almost “smart” quality, a recognizable awareness of his character that comes out at times and it’s simply hilarious.   I freakin’ love Butters.

Glenn Quagmire – Family Guy

If I had to take a guess I would say every single male out there would agree with me on this one.   Quagmire is the ultimate bachelor.  He’s really a reformation (a better one) of Larry from Three’s Company.   I’ve never seen a character more degrading to women in such an “acceptable” way in all my life.   Alllllright!

Carl Brutananadilewski – Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Well there are two reasons for this selection.  One.  I still think this character goes down as one of the best Halloween costumes ever.  Second, he’s actually pretty damned funny.   Well, funny to look at.  Still though, Carl will always be in anyone’s heart who likes ATHF.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – The Simpsons

That’s one hell of a last name isn’t it?  Of all the Hank Azaria sidebar characters I’d have to go with Apu the most.   I mean there are just so many on the Simpsons that it’s really really hard to pick one but Apu is a staple on the show and always will be.   Sure it’s a bit stereotyped but come on.  Apu is awesome.

  • Nick

    Some good picks but no love for Archer’s supporting cast?

    Krieger and Pam make me laugh so much.

  • My man Dale Dribble from King of the Hill is hilarious too. His insight on life and conspiracy theories always cracks me up. Good list!

  • Cheryl

    And here I thougth from the first picture you were going to pick Spider Pig from the Simpsons =) Or I guess you could have gone Harry Plopper (I just watched that movie again the other day…not the greatest but I loved that pig)

  • jack

    what? no love for randy? easily better than timmaaayyyyyyy

  • Nilsilly

    Soooo you like Family Guy and South Park basically.

  • felixthecat

    Klaus from American Dad. Seemingly over-looked by just about everyone, his subtle racism, his trickery, his scams, and his lechery are hilarious.

  • Bender is also one of the best supporting cartoon character ever. Bender is Fry’s Robot friend in Kim Possible cartoon series.