25 Essential Life Lessons We’ve Learned From Cartoon Characters

Lessons learned from cartoons Scooby Doo taught us that real monsters always turn out to be humans.

Watching cartoons turned out to be very educational. Here are 25 important life lessons we’ve learned from our favorite animations…

1. Courage the Cowardly Dog taught us that it's fine to be scared.

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Life is frightening, but we have to confront it. And you can defeat anything, especially when you’re fighting to protect the people you love. Just take that step, no matter how scary, and you can become the hero you’ve dreamed to be.

2. Dexter taught us to love science.

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From Dexter, we’ve learned that science is cool, and being a genius can help you achieve a lot of awesome things.

3. Scooby Doo taught us that the real monsters are humans.

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Every time the gang caught a monster and took off its mask, they realized a person was hiding underneath it. And that’s because there are no ghosts, bogeys, or monsters. The evil in this world is always inside humans.

4. Winnie the Pooh taught us to love ourselves.

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We are all unique. The one thing we have in common is that none of us are perfect. We are flawed, and we have quirks, but we must love ourselves and be proud of who we are.

5. The Powerpuff Girls taught us that people fear what’s different.

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People fear what’s new and different to them because they don’t understand it. But through learning, they will understand they have nothing to be afraid of, and so prejudice and discrimination will eventually go away. 

6. The Smurfs taught us to respect the elders.

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We must value our elders because they’ve already been through life. They have answers to many questions we’re yet to ask, and they know how to solve problems we haven’t encountered yet. 

7. Richie Rich taught us to always be down to Earth.

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No matter how much money you will have (and I hope it’s a lot), no matter how big your success, always stay humble. Take a look outside your bubble, and stay real. 

8. Tom and Jerry taught us that size doesn't matter.

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The big guy doesn’t always win, and that’s just one of the many life lessons we’ve learned from Tom&Jerry. Even if you’re small, as long as you’re brave, smart, and fast, you have a good chance to win against those who seem undefeatable.

9. Ed, Edd, and Eddy taught us that everyone finds the right friends eventually.

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Even if you’re not like the rest, you are not alone. You’ll find the right people eventually.

10. Johnny Bravo taught us that you need more than good looks to impress a lady.

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And, us ladies, we’ve also learned how to spot the kind of guy we don’t want around.

11. Wonder Woman taught us that girls can be superheroes too.

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Wonder Woman was just one of the cartoon characters who taught us that girls can be just as powerful as boys. 

12. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby taught us that with good friends around, there's no mystery you can't solve.

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Life will throw many mysteries, problems, and obstacles our way. But as long as we have the right people around us, there’s nothing we can’t overcome.

13. Hey Arnold taught us to be positive.

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When you’re an optimist, problems seem less threatening and easier to solve. We often have the impression that the obstacles we meet in life are larger and impossible to overcome. But when you look at them with hope and faith, it’s easier to find your way. 

14. Captain Planet taught us to take care of Earth.

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Sadly, not everyone has watched enough of Captain Planet. Those of us who loved those cartoons have learned a lot about the importance of recycling, taking care of the environment, and protecting Mother Nature.

15. Charlie Brown taught us to be kind.

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From Charlie Brown, we’ve learned to be kind, even towards those who hurt us. He taught us to be grateful, hopeful, and to find joy in the smallest things. 

16. Popeye taught me to eat my veggies.

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Spinach gave Popeye superpowers, and thanks to those cartoons, I still love eating it, today. Growing up, my parents used Popeye’s example to encourage me to eat my veggies, and it worked. Even today, I make sure to eat spinach as often as possible. 

17. SpongeBob SquarePants taught us to see the good in everything.

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From SpongeBob, we’ve learned to seek the good in everyone and find the bright side in everything we do. Life is hard enough, but if you do things with love and optimism, you can turn any activity into fun.

18. Bob the builder taught us to fix what's broken.

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Can we fix it? Yes, we can! I think we too often give up on things that are broken, and quickly replace them instead of fixing them. That includes both objects and relationships. So many of the things we throw away could be easily fixed, saving us money, and protecting the environment. And so many of the relationships we give up on could be repaired, if only we put in the effort.

19. Timon and Pumba taught us to worry less and enjoy life more.

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Hakuna Matata! means ‘no worries for the rest of your days’, and it should be everyone’s motto. Let’s put aside the worries, the rules, the expectations, and the plans, and enjoy life more.

20. Bugs Bunny taught us to be cool.

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Bugs Bunny was the coolest character we saw growing up. He taught us that being awesome means being smart, funny, and quick-witted. 

21. Tom & Jerry taught us about friendship.

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Even though they teased, chased, and annoyed each other, they couldn’t live without each other. And as different as they were, their relationship went on forever.

22. Alladin taught us to be ourselves.

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The most important lesson we’ve learned from Alladin is: Be yourself because being someone else will not work in the long run. Discover your true self, and everything will become possible. 

23. Flintstones taught us how to be happy.

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Even without all the comfort and amenities, you can still find a way to be happy. Life comes with all kinds of obstacles, and it’s up to you to turn them into opportunities and live happily, with your family and best friends.

24. Olaf taught us that some people are worth melting for.

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Some relationships are worth it all. When you truly love someone, no sacrifice is too big. 

25. Lilo & Stitch taught us that everyone belongs.

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A beautiful life lesson we’ve learned from this animation: “Ohana” means family. And family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. 

At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt like outsiders. But we all have our place in this world, and by surrounding ourselves with people who love us, we will find our home.

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