Cartoon Crushes

By Donnie | Japanese Anime


I wanna tell you about this girl that I used to do date.
When I was little younger. I’m not old now. I’m still young, but when I younger…there was this girl I used to date.

And…Wow, what can I say about her? She was everything I wanted in a girl. She was really smart, she was cute, wasn’t high maintenance whatsoever. She just liked to hang out. She didn’t need anything special. We just enjoyed being in each other’s company and that was enough.

But one day she came up to me and she said “Donald, I’m sorry but I can’t see you anymore.”
I was devastated. With tears in my eyes I pleaded with her: “Please don’t do this! I thought we were having a good time. What’s wrong?”

“Donald, I think we were having a good time, too.
But…I’m a cartoon…I’m a cartoon, Donald.”

This is Donald with and today let’s talk about CARTOON CRUSHES!

Now don’t lie. I know somebody knows what I’m talking about. Somebody out there had a crush on a cartoon and you just don’t wanna admit it. But I’m gonna admit it. I’m gonna put everything on the table right now. I had a cartoon crush, and today and I’m gonna tell you about the first three (well the third one wasn’t really a crush but we’ll talk about that later). I’m gonna tell you about the first cartoon crushes I can remember.

Number one: I had a crush on Inspector Gadget’s niece, Penny Gadget. In my little five year-old, six-year-old brain (or whatever year it was) I just didn’t make the connection that you couldn’t BE WITH a cartoon. You know?

I just saw this cute little girl on TV talking. And at five or six I’m not thing “Man I wanna have sex with Penny Gadget.” I’m not thinking that in my head. I’m just thinking “Man, she’d be really cool to hang out with.”

She was the one that was always saving the day. Let’s face it, if we left saving the world up to Inpsector Gadget, we’d all be dead right now…because he was a screw up.
But Penny, would always save the day. She had the cool watch. She was smart. She was cute.

And we know she wasn’t high maintenance because she wore the same clothes everyday. Now I do hope in real life, if she was real, that she wouldn’t stink, you know? Because, I guess if you’re wearing the same clothes all the time…but I’m sure she washed them. She seemed like the type of girl who was always on top of her business. So, yeah, my first cartoon crush was Penny Gadget.

Cartoon Crush Number 2: …

Uh, I’m just gonna get into it. I’m not gonna try to explain anything.

Did you ever watch the cartoon “Heathcliff” back in the 80s? Well, if you didn’t, Heathcliff was this rambunctious cat that was always getting into fights and always getting into trouble. And there was this other gang of cats that he would always get into fights with (I wanna say it was five other cats, maybe?).

But the boss/leader of that gang of cats, who I suspect was a pimp because he had a cane and a really cool hat…his girlfriend was this really sexy cat named Cleo. Cleo was one of the first cartoons I remember that had curves. Yeah she was a cat! Hey, don’t…don’t judge me! Don’t judge me! Yes she was a cat! Okay?!

You know what, we’re gonna look at the picture right now:

Tell me...YOU TELL ME  this cat is not sexy!  C'mon.

Tell me…YOU TELL ME this cat is not sexy! C’mon.

She had the 80s leg warmers that were kinda hot back in the day, she was tall, curvy, she wore eye shadow. She was always looking cute. And What topped it off was…you know how sometimes when a girl has long hair?… When she wears it down, it’s cool. When she wears it in a ponytail, it’s cool. But there’s something just slightly exotic about a woman who puts the hair on one side…

Right? RIGHT!? No?…You don’t know what I’m talking about? Nobody agrees because it’s a cat…

But you know what? I’m just trying to be honest. I thought the cat was sexy.

But…does that make me a pervert? Does that make me a pervert or a weirdo? Because if I said that to you in real life. If I was like “Hey man! That cat look sexy don’t it? That is a sexy cat!”

You’d probably think “Umm, I don’t need to talk to you anymore, Donald, because I suspect you’re into bestiality.”

And I’m not into bestiality! But am I in the wrong for thinking a cartoon cat is sexy. I’m just saying…

Number three is not a cat, it’s not even a girl. It’s a machine.

The first Japanese anime I ever watched, and I guess I completely forgot about it, was a cartoon called Tranzor Z. I think in Japan…I wanna say the name of it was different. I think it’s Mazinger Z? Something like that? But anyaway…

There were two main robots in this anime series. One of course Tranzor Z (I think that was the name) and the lady robot was named Aphrodite. And the cool thing about Aphrodite was that she had missile boobs

…missile boobs.


Now I didn’t have a crush on the robot per se, but I think that cartoon really got me interested in female anatomy. When she (Aphrodite) was in the heat of battle she could shoot off a breast. They could come off independently of each other.

As I kid I was like “WHOA! Is that what breasts can do! JESUS! That’s awesome!”

And ever since that cartoon I was fascinated with breasts…still am.

Okay, so I poured my soul. I embarrassed myself with my cartoon crushes. And NOW I wanna hear yours.

What are your cartoon crushes? Because somebody out there is an adult with a cartoon crush…AND THAT’S ALRIGHT! I’m not gonna judge you! I may laugh a little in private, but I’m not gonna judge, you know? Let’s all laugh together! 😀

So…I wanna hear what your cartoon crush or crushes are/were.

I don’t care if it’s an animal, if it’s a plant, if it’s a sexy dog. I don’t know…I don’t know what you’re into.

You can leave them in the comments section below and I’ll see you next time.

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  • PinkBarry says:

    I’ll admit it – I had a slight crush on the woman in that obnoxiously cute milk commercial that’s been airing lately. I was, of course, dismayed to later find out that she was an actual person.

    • thejapanguy says:

      Hahaha! Nice one. I’ve definitely seen human personalities that seem more cartoonish than real.

  • DJ says:

    If laughter is the best medicine you’ve made me healthier :-). Thank you. I bought your 47 questions book but I see I should follow your site more. All the best

  • Kayli says:

    Growing up I used to love watching Sailor Moon… heck, I’m in my 20s now and still love it! I definitely had a big crush on Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask back then.

  • Clive Bugle says:

    I love Misato Katsuragi from Evangelion. Its not a childhood crush, its happening right now.

    • thejapanguy says:

      Clive! I can TOTALLY see that one. Happening right now, huh? Fair enough, if she’s hot, she’s hot.

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I hear chloroform doesn’t work on cartoon characters! Heheheheh.

  • Sidney says:

    I had a crush on Vash from Trigun and that time I only saw like 5 minutes of the show (I still can recall the exact scene). I was 4 when I saw it. I remember thinking “maan that guy is soo cool and handsome”. I never saw the anime again until years later but I had that guy on my mind all the time and I used to draw him whenever I could. Years later I finally saw the entire series and I loved it by the way.

    I am an aspiring concept artist, many years of drawing made me realize that’s what I wanted to do with my life…maybe my cartoon crush changed my life? 😉

  • Nanami says:

    Oh jeeze, I had a ton. Herculese, Prince Valiant, He-man, Raphael, She-ra, that guy from Dark Waters.. XD *laugh* I had a lot of book character crushes too, but that’s because I spent so much time reading fantasy novels when I was little. When I was little I was going to grow up to be She-ra and Jem while writing the great American novel. Also, Heathcliff was awesome!

  • Marisa Ileana Delgado says:

    I remembered mine!!! Sesshomaru from Inuyasha!!!

    • thejapanguy says:

      Yep, I knew you were an Inuyasha fan. Now I finally get to hear the character crush. Thank for sharing, Marisa-chan!

  • Bia says:

    oh man this reminded me of the cartoon crush I had as a kid living in brazil. One of the first anime I ever saw was Majokko megu-chan.

    Bia was the first magical girl I ever saw, and she was very sexualized in the series as well. Of course as a 10 year old I went crazy for it. It probably explains my enjoyment of magical girls all through my teen years.

  • Royce Sabaduquia says:

    Mine is Tae Shimura / Otae from Gintama. I have always loved a “one-san” type of woman. You know what i mean right? hehe

  • Lily says:

    Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk! Most people prefer Rukawa, but Sakuragi is forever my guy! He’s the reason why I got interested in basketball (but, only watching not playing. LOL!) and even got myself into watching NBA.

  • Andrew says:

    “Number three is not a cat, it’s not even a girl. It’s a machine.”

    Wow that line made me laugh so much. Thanks for this article. I don’t think I have had a crush on any cartoon character, but if I was a girl I would absolutely have a crush on the detective – L, from death note, who is my favourite animated character of all time. I’m not gay by the way.

  • ecchiaddict101 says:

    iv had a crush on the same anime character for the past year, its ikoras from heavens lost property shes just amazing in every way….. how amazing it would be if we could merge the anime world with the real world.its just so depressing that anime characters and people cant be together. being 16 sucks and i wish i was in the anime world with her. life is really lonely huh

  • Spencer says:

    Look up Ty Lee from Avatar, first major cartoon crush, but still is my crush 🙂 im almost a sophomore. Good times

  • Banshee says:

    I…like Woody Woodpecker. XD

  • Wes says:

    Here goes. It’s gotta be Hinata from Naruto. P.S. Thanks for all the cool stuff you put on here, it’s great for getting my daily dose of laughter!

  • Ace says:

    Well, I’m 24 right now and I have a crush on Pearl from Steven Universe, some years ago on Rukia from the anime Bleach, and when I was child I had a crush on Phoebe from Hey Arnold!, and a lot more trough the years.

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