31 Animated Characters You Totally Have A Crush On

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Crushes are one of the most amorphous, free-flowing concepts in existence. They range from innocent to palpitation-inducing — from logical to lacking any sort of explanation. It’s hard to predict who or what will give you the stirrings. You develop crushes for a variety of reasons that aren’t always sexual in nature. You may even have them before you know to identify them as crushes.
Ask anyone about his or her first crush, and the answer will come with a wistful, nostalgic smile. These first objects of attraction are integral to who you are. During your formative years, all sorts of things will strike your fancy. And, since children are heavily influenced by the characters they see in books, movies, and television, it’s natural to develop a fondness for certain characters.
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We asked R29 staffers which animated creatures caught their attention when they were younger. We know you’ve got some, too. Give in to your feelings. As Jennifer Paige once sang, “It’s just (ahh) a little crush (crush).”
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Dimitri from Anastasia

"Dimitri starts off as a charming scoundrel, and ends the movie as a charming good-guy. Anastasia changes him. I'd be lying if I didn't think that was very attractive. Weirdly enough, that's also the principle quality of Anastasia Steele in the 50 Shades series. The ability to change Christian Grey. Do I sense a conspiracy?" — Elena Nicolaou, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin

“By falling for a shoplifting street rat like Aladdin, Princess Jasmine gave hope to rebels, loners, and outsiders from the bazaars of Agrabah and beyond.” — Daniel Barna, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Murakami-Wolf-Swenson.
Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was more my little brother's thing than mine, but I admit that repeat watchings of the cartoon gave me a strange appreciation for Donatello. You know, the purple one. Raphael was too aggro, Leonardo seemed too obvious, and Michelangelo (my second-favorite) came off as maybe a bit too childish for my super-mature, grade-school self. Donatello, though, was smart, likable, and very down-to-earth — for a crime-fighting turtle living in the sewer, anyway. What do you say, babe? Pizza date for two?” — Erin Donnelly, London contributor

[Ed. note: Cowabunga, dude.]
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Photo: Courtesy of FOX.
Bart Simpson from The Simpsons

"My brother got me into The Simpsons when I was five, and I thought Bart Simpson was IT. He had his own cool catchphrases, made hilarious prank phone calls, wrote amusing things on the blackboard during detention, and underneath his bad boy exterior was a secret heart of gold. He was pretty much my ideal man as a kid." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond

“I was 12 when I fell in love with Terry, who was Batman/Bruce Wayne's intern. He was a beautiful loner who stood up against bullies but was still cool and popular. He had great style and was sensitive, but he had a wonderful sense of humor, and warmed old Bruce Wayne's heart. His best friend is a black woman/computer whiz who helps him fight crime, and she has a purple buzz cut. So, she is basically me — minus the computer skills.” — Everdeen Mason, SEO editor
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Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid

“He had a dog and great hair. Are there other qualities we're supposed to look for in a man?” — Vanessa Golembewski, associate entertainment editor
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Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“It's not that I had a crush on Esmerelda, but it was more like I wanted to be Esmerelda. She had some sick moves and tambourine skills. Plus, her hair was Garnier-levels of wow. A true goddess, really." — Hayden Manders, assistant entertainment editor
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Photo: Courtesy of MTV.
Daria Morgendorffer from Beavis and Butt-head and Daria

"Daria was too cool for school before I even started self-identifying as wanting to be too cool for school. You know she went on to do great things, even if her parents and sister Quinn didn’t understand her brilliance. This is also one of my favorite exchanges of all time:

Party dude 1: Hey. Partying hard or hardly partying?

Daria: Hardly interested.

Party dude 2: So, where you girls been all our lives?

Daria: Waiting here for you. We were born in this room, we grew up in this room, and we thought we would die here...alone. But, now you've arrived, and our lives can truly begin." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
The Beast from Beauty and the Beast

“I am of the school that thinks the Beast is cuter in beastly form than princely. He just looks so cuddly — and who doesn't love a diamond in the rough? Plus, those eyes! Yes, you can argue he was a bad guy and all that stuff about Belle and Stockholm syndrome. But, really, he's a cartoon character. Let's not overthink this too much.” — Lindsey Stanberry, entertainment editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures.
Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

"I imagine Jessica Rabbit was an animated sexual awakening for many, many people. I personally was more intrigued by how she must have poured herself into that dress, which appeared to be a second skin made of red sequins. I’m glad she was in the movie, though, because my only other memory from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the terrifying steamroller/Judge Doom death scene." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Casper

“I think it’s safe to say Casper McFadden was my first real crush, at age six. What drew me in were his big, bright blue eyes. This may or may not be when I realized I’m a sucker for nice eyes. He was a ghost, but with the voice of a human and a friendly and outgoing demeanor — who knew that existed!? The fact that he turns into Devon Sawa at the end of the movie is just the icing on the cake (I mean, who doesn’t love Devon Sawa?)” — Hayley Squire, production assistant
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Robin Hood from Disney’s Robin Hood

“Perhaps it's obvious to say that Robin Hood was a fox, but those animators knew what they were doing when they drew that dude. He's all leaning against trees, hitting bullseyes like NBD, and generally being the badass of Sherwood Forest. He's like the Fonze, but way, way more sexy and orange.” — Kelsey Miller, senior features writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Archie Comics.
Jughead Jones

"My bunk at camp was seriously into Archie comics when we were in middle school. Most of my friends were all about Archie or Reggie, but I was always asking everyone to consider Jughead. Think about it: You wouldn’t be fighting over him with Betty and Veronica like you’d have to do with Archie. He’s not a rich asshole like Reggie. All Jughead would want you to do is eat burgers and fries with him. He also loves napping. Eating and sleeping are two of my favorite things, too, Jughead." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Cartoons.
Bugs Bunny in a dress

"In the SNL-spinoff Wayne’s World , there’s a moment of reflection after two hard-partying hockey fans consider the titular character’s new crush, Cassandra. Wayne’s best friend, Garth, agrees that Cassandra is indeed a babe. And, as the two gaze at the stars, Garth asks, out of nowhere: 'Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?'

'No.' Wayne cracks up laughing, 'No!' He reiterates.

'Neither did I,' Garth rep(lies), 'I was just asking.'

Garth, my friend, you are not alone." — Chris Kaye, executive west coast editor
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Basil of Baker Street from The Great Mouse Detective

“I know Basil is a mouse, but he is the Benedict Cumberbatch of mice. He is a genius — which makes him an asshole with a heart of gold. He is mischievous, a master of disguise, and very meticulous, but manages to build friendships. He also saves the the mouse queen of England, so he is a hero.” — Everdeen Mason, SEO editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Li Shang from Mulan

“What can I really say about Li Shang except he's the hottest Disney prince...or whatever the equivalent of what an emperor's son is. I'm sure some of this has to do with CLEAR homosexual subtext between him and Ping (and please no one tell me that he knew that Ping was actually a girl all along).” — Michael Brown, community manager
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Young Simba from The Lion King

“To be fair, I was sort of into all adolescent boys at the time, but Simba just came out as such a sweetheart with a smooth, smooth voice. And, he loved/respected his adopted parents and ultimately became the king, which, if you know me, makes sense as something that would get my attention.” — Julie Bogen, assistant social media editor
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century FOX.
Leela from Futurama

"Leela is the captain of the ship, and everyone who sees her has an instant crush on her. It only makes sense; she's a total babe." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of FOX.
John Redcorn from King of the Hill

"John Redcorn was the first animated character who struck me as being a bit of a player. To start, he's a massage therapist (or a 'Licensed New Age Healer'), and this proud Native American has 'healed' many a woman in Arlen, TX. He drives a Jeep Wrangler, is the lead singer in a band called Big Mountain Fudgecake, was a former roadie for Winger, plays a whole lot of Foreigner, has affairs — oh, and an illegitimate child. And, yet...there is something so damn attractive about him. Nancy Gribble had the right idea.” — Cindy Augustine, entertainment content editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Nickelodeon.
Arnold from Hey Arnold!

"Let's just cut to the chase: Nerds are sexy. And, what's sexier than a dude who's figured out how to power his alarm clock with two potatoes? Don't even talk to me about that controlled sofa bed and glass roof for star gazing." — Laura Hibbard, social media editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Tramp from Lady and the Tramp

"Dude knows how to hustle, and he’s super scrappy, which comes in handy when times are rough. Plus, he’ll always give you the last meatball. What a gentleman." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty

“When I was in elementary school, I was convinced Disney's animated princes were the hottest men in the world, and Prince Phillip was one of the hottest of those hot men. But, even then my main attraction was that he was good with words. When he fell in love with Briar Rose (really, Aurora, but hey, let's ignore the fact he couldn't recognize the girl he was betrothed to), he thought she was a peasant. Yet, he was able to convince his dad, the king, that he should be allowed to marry the woman he loved despite her background. And, beyond that, he could dance. A man who knows exactly what to say and can dance? He's a winner. This is also probably why he is one of the only Prince's to basically steal all the screen time and carry a Disney princess movie.” — Rebecca Smith, SEO Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Toei Animation.
Trunks from Dragon Ball Z

“I was around 10, and Trunks was the hottest thing to ever happen to Toonami. First, he has totally dreamy purple hair. He is a very powerful Super Saiyan and has amazing sword skills, and is cold and a loner because of his tragic childhood. He goes back in time to save the world, so he is obviously very noble and amazing. Also, like all Saiyans, he has seven million muscles.” — Everdeen Mason, SEO editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Television Animation.
Gadget Hackwrench from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

"There’s apparently a cult in Russia that worships at the altar of the Rescue Rangers pilot and mechanic, Gadget Hackwrench. According to Oddity Central, 'They pray to posters of her, gather to talk about how incredibly great she is, compose songs about her, and spread stickers of Miss Hackwrench, wherever they go.' There are even pictures of their rituals honoring Gadget. They are well worth your while." — Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation.
Lola Bunny from Space Jam

“If there's one anthropomorphic character that's allowed to be sexy, it's Lola Bunny. She's an athletic femme fatale who doesn't need a man — except for that lame scene at the end of the movie where Bugs has to save her, but that's just poor writing. Honestly, is there anything better than a weirdly human-shaped rabbit who totally pushes the boundaries of sexuality allowed to be expressed in a PG film? How could you not have a crush on her?” — Michael Brown, community manager
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Photo: Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation.
Moses from The Prince of Egypt

“Look, I'm not really ready to parse out my potential sexual attraction to the actual Biblical figure, but I can tell you with no hesitation that the cartoon version is fine. Whether he's in his prissy Egyptian royal wig, sporting a transitional goatee, or in full-on shaggy-haired, bearded mode, I'm all about it, and I will fight Tzipporah for him if necessary.” — Lexi Nisita, social media director
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Photo: Courtesy of MTV.
Trent Lane from Daria

“As a teenager, I didn't really jump on the cool cartoon bandwagon. I didn't watch Ren and Stimpy or Beavis and Butt-head, and I was always super annoyed when there were Aeon Flux marathons on MTV. But, Daria was different. I thought the title character was the coolest girl on TV (forget about Angela Chase), with her snarky attitude and love of reading and her amazing best friend, Jane. But, it was Trent Lane — Jane's older brother and Daria's crush — that kept me watching. That I married a man that looks like a real-life Trent is probably a total fluke. At least that's what I like to tell myself.” — Lindsey Stanberry, entertainment editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Toei Animation.
Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon

“I was seven, and he was the dreamiest person in the world to me. I still maintain that this influences my choice in men today; I am a total sucker for a bro in a tuxedo. He is the only man in the world who could call me meatball head and get away with it. Put that in my quote. Because it is true. ” — Maria Del Russo, beauty writer
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Adult Simba from The Lion King

“Simba's like that ginger kid you knew when you were young and never thought much of until you come home one year and you're like, 'Well, someone completed their growing up montage!' Suddenly, he's got a cool beard and a little chest hair — and he's gotten kinda strong. It also doesn't hurt that he has a solid moral compass and a big inheritance.” — Ben Reininga, senior editor, features & contributors
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Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX USA.
Betty Boop

This one is self-explanatory.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cartoon Network.
Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing Zero

“Now that I think about it, Heero may have been a terrorist. But, he became a good guy later once he got to Earth so I think he's fine. He was a beautiful loner with a noble heart, he fought in an awesome giant robot, and inexplicably wore biker shorts like that was a reasonable thing to do — and still looked hot. He was a cold-hearted killer whose heart was warmed by a beautiful woman, even while he was fighting in a war. He also had dreamy hair.” — Everdeen Mason, SEO editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation.
Velma from Scooby-Doo

"You know who else I like that didn't get much play? Velma from Scooby-Doo. She was cool. She was a hip, hip lady." — Stoner Guy in Can't Hardly Wait
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