The Hottest Male Animated Characters Ever

Lists like these are hardly new. But really, I’ll take any excuse to turn my day job into Googling pictures of hot cartoons.

Yep. Hot cartoons. Don’t deny you have some long-held nostalgia crushes on these inked fellows. Long before any of us knew what sex was, we felt stirrings in the loins for the drawn boys we saw on our TV and movie screens.

There are some obvious choices missing from this list, namely because I tried to focus on pure hotness and disregard any sort of personality exceptions (I see you, Beast, but you’re only hot for like 2 seconds at the end so…) Let’s be shallow. Lord knows, if Jessica Rabbit can exist then dudes are fair game too.

Kocoum from Pocahontas

Pocahontas / Amazon

He’s got paw-print tats on his boobs like the rapper Eve and he’s not the movie’s strapping leading man, but who cares? Have you seen Kocoum? What the hell was Pocahontas complaining about? Boy is built. His chest is the size of the willow tree’s entire trunk. Okay, so he’s a serious bummer and he accidentally strikes Pocahontas while trying to attack John Smith, but going by looks alone? I will paint with all the colors of the wind — with my tongue on his ab muscles.


The Lion King / Amazon

I blame this on young Simba being voiced by 90s sexpot Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Sure, he’s a lion (and the internet is already too creepy) but he’s a good soul who bravely weathers family tragedy, grows up and becomes king. What’s not to find hot?

Trent Lane

Daria /

Daria, girl. No one blames you for figuring out you had human emotions by falling for one Mr. Trent Lane. He’s dark, he’s aloof, he plays in a band. He’s pretty much the archetype for swooning hearts everywhere. Oh, Trent. So inaccessible. So dark. So…guitar-playing. Break my heart, Trent Lane. Break all our hearts.

Prince Eric

The Little Mermaid / Amazon

Prince Eric has all my weaknesses — dark eyebrows and a big, white smile. He’s the most traditionally handsome of the Disney princes and so maybe that makes him easy to overlook or boring. But he’s also the kindest and the happiest. Look at him playing with that big shaggy dog and try not to fall in love. (His arms while rowing that “Kiss The Girl” boat don’t hurt either.)


Futurama / Amazon

The hero of Futurama is a slacker hottie. Sure he’s just a pizza guy with an immature sense of humor, but he’s also caring and kindhearted and can rise to the challenge when necessary. He’s got a sort of Xander-from-Buffy-class-clown charm. Plus, he’s a skinny ginger, one of my many niche types. The James Dean red jacket doesn’t hurt either. Love it.

Dean from The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant / Amazon

Beatnik hippie artist voiced by Harry Connick Jr.? Hell yes. Dean wears flow-y yin-yang robes and sports a soul patch. He likes strong coffee and has an even stronger jawline. I don’t care if he’s a cartoon. Dude is straight-up handsome.

Bruce Wayne from Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series / Amazon

It’s natural to find the brooding caped crusader hot in any form, so his cartoon counterpart isn’t a big leap. Though for me, The Joker always stole the show in Batman: The Animated Series, which I rediscovered in high school while babysitting for two rambunctious little boys, Bruce Wayne has the chiseled jawline and dark features to win over many a villainous (and non-villainous) female.

Li Shang from Mulan

Mulan / Amazon

Let’s get down to business….in my pants. Byeeeee.

Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT / Amazon

Granted all the Ninja Turtles pretty much look alike aside from their colorful bandanas, but Michelangelo always struck me as waaaay cooler than the other turtles. He’s probably down to chill, smoke some turtle weed and munch on a whole pizza. I bet he’d loooove watching Planet Earth and cuddling around the bong. Sweet.


X-Men: The Animated Series / Amazon

Never has a Cajun accent been so sexy. Gambit’s a real piece of work personality-wise, but in the looks department — daaaaamn. I have to think Gambit’s rogueish charms and hair and face and body were all part of a ploy to make kids find cartoons attractive. It’s messed up how hot he was. On the real.

Dimitri from Anastasia

Anastasia / Amazon

Okay, so Dimitri kind of sucks. He’s got a smart mouth and he’s a liar and a con artist. But, but, but…look at him! He’s unnaturally handsome. (Probably because he’s not real, Gaby.) He’s got perfect features and he’s voiced by John Cusack. This whole film is basically an affront to historical accuracy but I can get behind it as long as it resulted in Dimitri’s existence.

Max from A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie / Amazon

Did it take anyone else way too long to fully accept that Max isn’t human? In the past, Goofy has skated the line between dog and human, but Max just always felt like a real teenage boy. (He probably reminds you of your high school boyfriend, right?) His earnest longing for hottie Roxanne in A Goofy Movie makes him vulnerable and likable, but it’s his spiked hair, love of music and baggy red hoodie that makes him an ultimate nostalgia crush. So what if Max isn’t human? He’s hot.

Tulio and Miguel from The Road to El Dorado

The Road To El Dorado / Amazon

Tulio and Miguel have become somewhat unintentional gay icons due to the ambiguous and close relationship they share throughout their journey in The Road to El Dorado. (I can’t believe this is a sentence I just typed.) If you can get in between that little yin-yang aesthetic they have going on, more power to ya. They are drawn gorgeously. (Am I officially a creep yet?)

David from Lilo and Stitch

Lilo and Stitch / Amazon

What. A. Hunk. Sometimes you just need a sweet, understanding surfer boy. Get out of my dreams and onto my waves?


Aladdin / Amazon

Every single person I mentioned this list to enthusiastically shouted “ALADDIN!” Damn, Disney. Did you mean to create the ultimate cartoon heartthrob? He’s a rogue, a rebel, a thief, a con artist and best friends with a monkey. His tousled hair is charming. Those pantaloons are yummy. And his devotion to Jasmine and to seeing the world is admirable. Aladdin is the ultimate animated hottie. TC Mark

image – Daria / Amazon


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  • gems

    You missed Scar from The Lion King. SO much better than Simba.

    • Yes


    • Jessi

      I love this comment.

    • Lady

      I’ve had a crush on Scar since 1994.

    • Suzana

      Of Scar’s little stepson bastard thing – Kovu. Disney sure know how to draw a damn good-looking lion.

  • Lana (Del Lee) (@shhake)

    I don’t know, I kind of thought Beast was hotter before he turned human.

    • nunudeen

      I agree. It was quite the bummer at the end.

    • Frances E. Dinger

      Word. That gravelly voice.

    • annie

      spot on

      • Zye

        Completely. I was so disappointed (at the age of ten) when he finally turned back into a prince.

  • jesshett (@jesshett)

    Those pantaloons are yummy.

    …I DIE.

  • lbcolumbiagirl92

    or Mako . . .

    • Probably Going to be Played off Like a Super Creep, but...

      Yes to Zuko! And don’t forget ol’ Sokka. Screw Mako, though. He’s a jerk. Bolin, on the other hand…

    • Cat


  • LT

    Kovu from The Lion King 2 is hotter than Simba AND Scar.

    • Chelsea

      THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS. creepy? yes. not sorry? definitely.

  • Rachael

    I had a huge crush on Milo from Atlantis. Even at 10 years old I had a thing for cute guys in glasses.

    • Denise

      ditto, he was so nerdy hot.

    • FC


      • Ennie

        SAME! Miloooo!!

  • Lee

    The fact that Gaston from Beauty and the Beast isn’t on here is APPALLING.

    • Joana Aleixo

      go check your eyes, man

    • TheGreenDoor

      Insert Jackie Chan “wtf” reaction face here. The fact that anyone finds him attractive (besides the blonde triplets in Beauty and the Beast) is APPALLING.

    • Rebecca Spence


  • boalyssa

    The fox version of Robin Hood, anyone? Or Kovu from the Lion King 2.

    • Probably Going to be Played off Like a Super Creep, but...

      Yes yes yes to Robin Hood!

    • Gaby Dunn

      OH man. My apologies. The Robin Hood fox was foxy.

    • rosiegeneral

      That fox! Yes. I had to hide my attraction to him for years out of fear of being outcast as a freak! Now I say it loud and proud!

      • rusty

        OH MY GOD! EXACTLY! I though there was something wrong with me..

    • Rhys

      I loved that foxy archer so much. He made a cute crane too, or was it stork?

  • Probably Going to be Played off Like a Super Creep, but...

    Yes! Thank you for this; I no longer feel like the biggest creep in the world. Well, maybe I am, but at least I’m not alone. I’m also glad you threw in some less popular ones like Fry (not that he’s not popular, but he rarely comes up in this type of conversation) and Tulio and Miguel (two of my favorites growing up — especially Miguel, with his winning Kenneth Branagh accent).

    May I throw in a more recent addition? The Onceler from The Lorax. Voiced by Ed Helms, he sings and play guitar — what’s not to love?

    • Mindy

      Dude yes his big doe eyes! :D…

  • Emily

    This is amazing. Love.

  • Joana

    Aladdin and Eric have always been my favorites. Li Shang could get it. But tbh my mind is blown by the fact John Cusack gave voice to Dimitri. Whoa.

    • Kierste

      And meg ryan was anastasia

  • Michaelwg

    My voice cracked for the first time when I saw Jasmine. I literally did 4 years in the army for the express purpose of seeing if middle eastern women looked like that. Hint: they don’t. Fuck you Disney, fuck you.

    • london

      Jasmine was Egyptian.. not middle eastern lol I’ve met a lot if Indian women and Egyptian women. They have that oval face, long thick hair and doe eyes :)

  • Oliver Miller

    Scrooge McDuck. Money makes you sexy, plus he’s a self-made man. No homo.

  • Jessa

    No Danny Phantom?! This list is invalid.

    • Casye

      Jesus Christ, this!

    • Chelsea

      duh nuh nuh nuh nuh he’s a phantom

  • Antonio Watson

    Men need more lists like this so we can design GOOD male characters that appeal to a wide range of people instead of just power fantasies.

    And shallow or not, props to you for appreciating well-drawn art.

  • jean

    what about Thomas from Pocahontas? He’s adorable, and voiced by Christian Bale! -what more could you ask for?

    • FC

      so glad i’m not the only one who noticed that. my favorite from that movie.

  • Nadia (@Nadiaaa87)

    Ryu from Street Fighter…anyone?

  • jordana bevan

    dimitri and i made a baby

  • cloux

    Where is Terry McGinnis??!!??!!!!

    • Dominique Zamora


      • grace

        HOT STUFF.

    • Gaby Dunn

      We sure like ’em dark and handsome around here.

    • Ariana- Syracuse University

      And I thought I was the only one that immediately thought of him.

  • dan

    i would add moses from the prince of egypt

    • Gaby Dunn

      So wrong. So right.

    • Neo the One

      HELL YES

    • soy

      SO RIGHT. Thank you for mentioning this as I was about to :)

    • KT

      I am laughing so hard

  • Leeza

    i was in love with dimitri back in the day. full fledged crush. and more than simba did anyone else find kovu (lion king 2) attractive…?

  • dani

    omgggg suuuuuch a crush on Trent

  • maybeemily

    Where is my boy, the GREAT fucking MOUSE DETECTIVE? He was all the swoon of my childhood.

    • filofthefuture

      Basil of Baker Street! So wrong but YES.

  • M

    how is it possible that you did not list darien from sailor moon? you use “animated” in the title, yet you totally forgot about anime!!

    • Gaby Dunn

      I actually don’t really know anime and didn’t want to pretend I did because that’d be icky and disingenuous. Point me in the right direction!

    • AGREE


    • Katrina

      YES OMG. Tuxedo Mask is so dreamy. /swoon

    • Anon

      Darien basically set the standard for what my future type would be.

  • Gaby Dunn


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