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7 Most Controversial Cartoon Characters

It's difficult to say that all cartoons are made for kids when it comes to shows like these, notorious for their controversial characters.

Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson was the original cartoon character bad boy of the early 1990s and even drew criticism from President George Bush for being a bad role model.

Ren and Stimpy

Ren and Stimpy

Ren and Stimpy were controversial cartoon characters because of the gross-out humor of their show and occasional implied homosexuality.

Porygon

Porygon

While not offensive to traditional values or morals, the character Porygon from "Pokemon" caused several Japanese children to go to the hospital due to the animation effects of its battle scene with Pikachu.

Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone

While "The Flintstones" was an innocuous cartoon, Fred Flintstone at one point appeared in an advertisement for Marlboro cigarettes.

Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin

The "Family Guy" series relies on shock humor to entertain audiences, and the Peter Griffin character is one of the most criticized cartoon characters by the Parents Television Council.

Stan Marsh

Stan Marsh

While Eric Cartman is a racist, sexist and morally-devoid character on "South Park," Stan Marsh drew criticism from the Church of Scientology for revealing the secrets of the religion to the public in an episode titled "Trapped in the Closet."

The Ambiguously Gay Duo

The Ambiguously Gay Duo

Robert Smigel, writer for "Saturday Night Live," introduced the Ambiguously Gay Duo in an animated short in the 1990s that many conservative Christian groups derided as going against traditional morals.

While many believe cartoons are for children, many popular animated series like to cross the line and poke at sensitive cultural issues.

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