One of the main cable stations I watched when I was younger was Cartoon Net Work. My siblings and I used to sit in the living room analyzing all of the shows and discussing who our favorite characters were and why. We also talked about which characters contributed more to the show and analyzed their final arc. At the end of the day, a lot of these character arcs were so random and I’m going to rank some random characters favorite to least based on the show’s ending and how I personally felt about them.
Gumball Waterson is one of the funniest characters to me. At the age 12 he was one of the most relatable children ever, especially with the topics that concerned school and school’s social life. When discussing his development, it was interesting. I loved how in the beginning of the sitcom Gumball was just a simple awkward kid who hung out with his brother mostly at school, but his traits of being a troublemaker and a goofball with questionable morals is what made him standout to the audience. There were many moments when we wondered if we would make the same choices he made in certain situations, especially when looking at how he treated his friends, like Tobias and Banana Joe for example. He didn’t have to prove things to them, but he did it anyway because of peer pressure and his choices took it to the extreme and made hard life so unnecessary. Anyway, as I rate based off of the ending of the show, everything before “The Inquisition” episode was okay. Now, I don’t want to spoil it, but if you know, you know; and we all know they did us dirty.
# 2 Mordecai and Rigby
The reason why I put these two together is because I’ve always seen them as the pair that just needed each other in order to make a good show. I love them both, but would I watch an episode with just Mordecai? No, not really even though there have been some. The same also goes for Rigby. I have loved this show since I was 7, which probably wasn’t a good thing at my age, but I mean, who didn’t watch what they shouldn’t have? Their dynamic was relatable to me because I could see my older sisters and their bond within them, that’s probably why they watched it with me. Mordecai’s intelligence and maturity matched well with Rigby’s hyper activeness and childish ways. I loved how they interacted with everyone else at The Park and it just made my day. The best moments were the small ones when Rigby taught lessons to Mordecai by accident and Rigby also learned things from himself. Mordecai’s character arc was mostly him going through girlfriends and figuring out what he wants and life, while Rigby learned more responsibility. There might’ve been more, but I stopped watching the show once they got to outer space, which brings me to the ending rank. Personally, to me, the ending was horrible. They didn’t have to do Pops that way, also the future epilogue with their lives did not do them justice. Especially with Mordecai, his was just, NO. I couldn’t do it, second place it is.
# 3 Courage
I really don’t know what to say about him. He was adorable and he was brave, that’s about it. He could be my dog if he wanted to. I just really liked the show, that’s why he’s up here.
# 4 Fire Princess
I’m kind of sticking random ones here now until I get to the least one, but what happened to her? Y’all should tell me because I didn’t finish the Adventure Time series because I got older and school life got more complicated, then I had to choose which show would stay in my schedule and I chose Regular Show. From the few shows I did watch with her in it, she became a favorite character of mine. I don’t remember why, but I remember my kid self really loved her powers. Yep. That seems about right.
# 5 Anais
I actually really love her. She reminds me of who I wanted to be as a child, but she was mean and cleverer than me. She also reminds me of my niece, she used to be so sweet and innocent as a baby, and now she’s dangerous and a little gremlin (I still love her though). I don’t think she has any specific arc development, but there were times when she allowed herself to have fun and appreciate her hard work. Also, Gumball and Darwin needed to listen to her more, she knew what she was talking about. Especially when she hid that remote, they knew it was time to fear her. Anais was petty but petty in a way that made you feel that she was in the right. I don’t remember her ending of the show, but I think she stayed the same.
Bonus: Favorite episodes they were in.
Gumball – “Dodge or Dare”
Mordecai and Rigby – “This is my Jam”, Quote: You can’t touch music, but music can touch you.
Courage- “The Shadow of Courage”
Anais- “Responsible Babysitters”