2012 TVF Bracket Tournament: Cartoonology

We welcome you all back for the 4th Annual TVF Bracket Tournament. This year the decision was not easy. There was debate between all writer as to what we should all choose. We debated what was more more significant for all those that hang out at this site. We wanted to reach to all ages and all sexes. That is when we decided (and when I say we, I mean me) that this years topic for voting would be cartoon characters.

This in itself became a debate. We raged back and forth as to what qualified as a cartoon. Do superhero’s count? Is claymation a cartoon? Are evening sitcoms really in the same category? We almost went with just cartoons, but since we just did sitcoms a couple years ago, we figured that the Simpsons themselves were already heavily featured. Once we narrowed it down to all animated characters as being available for the tournament, the selection committee got together and hammered a list out. Once the original list was made, Big D and myself made some changes and began the ranking process.

For those wanting to know why 2 characters are listed at times, it is because one character couldn’t exist without the other. Rocky doesn’t matter without Bullwinkle, and Davey needs his Goliath. Scooby and Shaggy were iconic on their own accord. If I say Shaggy, your first thought is a tall, gangly, screechy voice cartoon character, not a terrible pop music singer. Where as Rocky is said, one thinks of a boxer, real or fake.

We know that there are going to be issues with entrants and seeding, and that is half the fun of this. So, look at the bracket and let us know what you think. Click on the bracket to enlarge and zoom. You can also click on the regional links below the full bracket

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Warner Bros Region

Nickelodeon

Hanna-Barbera Region

Disney Region

64 thoughts on “2012 TVF Bracket Tournament: Cartoonology

  1. BATMAN A TWO SEED!!?!?! He’s a comic book/movie guy who happened to have a cartoon.

    Lame.

  2. Holy shit this seeding is garbage. Spongebob gets a 3 seed? WTF?? Wolverine is a 13 seed?

  3. Because we’re always trapped in the now, I suspect Serling Archer will take out He Man when in fact that would be a crime against humanity.

    Oh…and HOW THE FUCK IS G.I. JOE NOT IN THE FIELD???

  4. Superman, The Joker and Batman have no place in this. Neither does Wolverine, really. If you’re going to have Optimus Prime, you have to have Megatron. The committee deserves a shot to the nuts after this abortion.

  5. Holy fucking shit. Yosemite Sam was left out, too? So was Wile E. Coyote? What the hell is going on here?

  6. Batman. Worst two seed since the committee admittedly & accidentally put Tennessee in that spot in 2006.

  7. Ok…I think my search function is not working. I see Megatron and Cobra Commander, so that’s nice. How Phineas and Ferb (??) made this list is a real god damn mystery though.

  8. Batman TAS is one of the best cartoons ever written.

    GI Joe? Which one? Duke? Because when I say “Duke” you think of a basketball school. When i say Cobra Commander, ya think of the show

  9. GI Joe? Which one? Duke? Because when I say “Duke” you think of a basketball school. When i say Cobra Commander, ya think of the show

    I suppose I can handle that, but how the fuck does Phineas and Ferb, Bender, Daria/Grape Ape, The Joker, Batman, Superman, Wolverine Lion-O, Doug Funny and Hank Hill make it over Hall of Famers Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Yosemite Sam?

    EGREGIOUS!!!

  10. Dude. Batman cartoon might have been well written but no one considers Batman a top 8 cartoon character. Not will they ever. Not should they ever. He deserves to be in the field, bu much lower 5-6 seed

  11. Also, I guess you wanted to have more cartoons represented (not sure why) but Bart Simpson has to be involved. This would be like having sit com characters and only including Jerry Seinfeld and not Kramer, too.

  12. Bart’s a two seed…

    I think I would agree. I actually think I’d have Bart as a 2 seed or even a 1 seed while I would put Homer on the 3 line with him being a favorite to take the title.

  13. really? Everyone knows who Spongebob is. EVERYONE.

    WHo fucking cares. Everyone knows who Nickelback is. Doesn’t make them a 3-seed in modern bands bracket. Sponge Bob is a 7-seed, tops.

  14. parrish – this year’s selection committee created nothing short of an abomination.

    Abomination didn’t make the list.

  15. Popeye on the 6-line is another one that jumps off of the page. Dude should be on the 3-line at worst.

  16. WHo fucking cares. Everyone knows who Nickelback is. Doesn’t make them a 3-seed in modern bands bracket. Sponge Bob is a 7-seed, tops.

    general popularity and pop-culture impact count more for this. Spongebob’s is huge.

  17. general popularity and pop-culture impact count more for this.

    You mean to tell me Popeye had less of an impact on pop culture than Sponge Bob? Don’t get trapped by the now, my man. You might as well call this a culture bracket like Jace if you want to judge what’s good by what moves the needle.

  18. Don’t get trapped by the now, my man.

    yes. spongebob movie made ridiculous amount of money and merchandise sales are threw the roof. i win again. keep going.

  19. yes. spongebob movie made ridiculous amount of money and merchandise sales are threw the roof. i win again. keep going.

    You win by saying Spongebob is more culturally important than Popeye? Are you high? I guess because your kids watch that abortion of a show it means more, but Popeye is a Hall of Fame character.

    You lose…again

  20. Also, how did you forget about Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner and Yosemite Sam? I mean, Tennessee Tuxedo made the list for crying out loud. You mean to tell me Underdog is more culturally relevant compared with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. I mean, I’m pretty sure I just saw a commercial with those two in it for some insurance company, so that has to knock their Q rating up a bit, no?

  21. Tennessee Tuxedo had a terrible RPI rating but got hot and won their conference tourney

  22. Look again Parrish, the Coyote is seeded…

    Then he must have changed it now, because I have the original one still up and he’s not in there. Since we’re apparently changing this on the fly, how about adding Yosemite Sam, too?

  23. Then he must have changed it now, because I have the original one still up and he’s not in there. Since we’re apparently changing this on the fly, how about adding Yosemite Sam, too?

    He was in Trey’s post this morning

  24. Holy hell. It was just brought to my attention that Bibleman is in fact a cartoon character. How Kippe left this legitimate badass off of the list is worthy of a discussion.

  25. He was in Trey’s post this morning

    That was just Trey trying to predict what would happen, and of course any sane, rational prediction would have the Coyote in it. How the committee screwed this up will be a debate for years to come.

  26. parrish – I’m not seeing coyote either. Nor credibility.

    Johnny Quest? Nope.
    Hong Kong Phooey? Nope.
    The Oblongs? Nope.
    Josie & The Pussycats? Nope.
    Jabberjaw? Nope.

    Nope. Nope. Nope.

  27. parrish – I’m not seeing coyote either. Nor credibility.

    Tennessee Tuxedo clearly greased some palms up in this bitch. No other explanation.

  28. yes. spongebob movie made ridiculous amount of money and merchandise sales are threw the roof. i win again. keep going.

    Then where the f**k is Garfield?

  29. Then where the f**k is Garfield?

    He’s a 4-seed because he didn’t earn enough money at the box office.

    /Kippe’d

    • Garfield’s success was more due to the comic strip than the actual animated version.

  30. This site has Bart No. 4 all time with Homer No. 2. I think calling Bart an afterthought is a bit much, personally.

    Bart’s the one that sold the video games that I loved playing.

    I’m wondering where Tiny Toons and/or Animaniacs are…they could sub in at a couple spots.

  31. ren/stimpy? adventure time? teen titans!!!? samurai fucking jack?

    ask for help from us multiple kid folks next year

  32. Had I taken the time to actually read this post, I’m sure I would have concluded that this list is complete shit.

    Spent last night watching Yosemite Sam and Tom and Jerry with my 5 year old daughter. She belly laughed about 10 times. Damn near made the ol’ man cry. I felt the need to say, “you know we can’t really hit people with shovels, right?” She rolled her eyes at me and said, “I know, DAD.”

  33. groin, every parent should try to get their kids to like the toons we liked. got kids onto little rascals and old popeye. waiting awhile for 3 stooges…they bash each other enough as it is

  34. Garfield’s success was more due to the comic strip than the actual animated version.

    LIKE BATMAN!??!?!?!?

  35. Couldn’t agree more, Vez. I was amazed at how these cartoons from the 1940′s and 50′s made her laugh.

    Pissed me off that I couldn’t find my all time favorite cartoon episode on Youtube. The one where Bugs Bunny visit’s Yosemite Sam’s castle and deducts money from Sam’s winnings each time he gets mad.

  36. Space Ghost vs Foghorn Leghorne in round one is completely asinine. That could easily be a final four matchup.

  37. LIKE BATMAN!??!?!?!?

    well, Batman TAS was insanely popular. Garfield and Friends didn’t have the clout. Batman is consistently ranked as 1 of the best cartoons of all-time. Entertainment Weekly, IGN, whatever. Every time someone else does a Batman cartoon, it is compared to that one. Kevin Konroy mastered a Bruce Wayne/Batman voice difference

  38. If my daughters did the brackets, Calliou would be the overall 1 seed. God I hate that little bald Canadian kid!

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