10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love)

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10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love)

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) Intro

Nowadays, despite the content, a lot of the cartoons on TV end up appealing to both genders and various age groups – but that wasn’t always the case. Many of us hid our affection for such awesome shows as Sailor Moon because of their labeling as a "girls shows," with some series even being branded as too girly for even girls to admit liking - but I say, no more!

The Olympics may have recently given the world a healthy dose of manly (and womanly) feats of strength - but now the time has come for the everyday man to prove his intestinal fortitude by proudly standing up and confessing to some of our hidden cartoon loves.

Care Bears

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Care BearsOriginal Run: 1985 – 1988Number of Episodes: 100 + 3 Related MoviesThe Story: Alright, at first glance this may seem like a fairly gender neutral series, but trust me, even at the tender age of six, rocking a Care Bears lunch box to school was a great way to get a toilet bowl face wash. (Don’t ask me how I know.)The Care Bears originally started off as greeting card characters created by American Greetings back in 1981. The TV series we all know (and secretly love) didn’t kick off 'til 1985, following a few warmhearted movie specials, but later became a huge market success. The weak premise - small talking bears whose primary goal was to spread love to the world - may sound like cheesy hippie nonsense, but as a kid you really don’t tend to remember that.In December 1983, American Greetings lost a lawsuit against Easter Unlimited, who created similar toys known as "Message Bears." According to New York City judge Leonard B. Sand, the Message Bears lacked the "heart-shaped 'toushee tags'" used to identify the Care Bears.Fun Fact: To keep the Care Bears secret until they were ready to be advertised, American Greetings called them "Project II" because Care Bears were the second group of characters American Greetings created - the first being the well-known and hugely successful Strawberry Shortcake.

Kim Possible

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Kim PossibleOriginal Run: 2002 –2007Number of Episodes:  87 + 2 Related TV MoviesThe Stitch: Kim Possible was tagged as the girl that could do anything! Well, except for fly, read minds or any other thing that requires superpowers – but she was cool nonetheless. Kim Possible (Christy Carlson Romano) is a high school cheerleader who became a crime-fighter due to a typo on her babysitting Website. Joined by her quasi-useless sidekick Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle) and her Tech-hermit, Wade (Tahj Mowry), Kim travels the world punching in the evil faces of mutants, mad-scientists and megalomaniacs - while still making it back in time for Mr.Barkin’s first period gym class.The Emmy Award-winning series was the brainchild of screenwriters Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who claim they created the show in an elevator. As they both tell it, McCorkle turned to Schooley and said, "Kim Possible: she can do anything." To which Schooley immediately replied, "Her partner is Ron Stoppable: he can't do anything".Kim Possible currently holds the title of the longest-running Disney Channel Original Series in terms of duration, airing for five years and three months.Fun Fact: Neil Patrick Harris (Before his How I Met Your Mother revival) auditioned for the role of Ron Stoppable.

Pippi Longstocking

Original Run: 1997-1999Number of Episodes:  26 + 2 Related MoviesThe Story: Created by Swedish author and screenwriter Astrid Lindgren in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is your typical guy’s girl – except with super strength. After initially being rejected by its first publisher, the original Pippi Longstocking books later bred many shows and movies featuring the plucky ginger daughter of an old sea captain - including the much-loved 1997 animated movie, which spun off into the series’ first animated TV show.While not as popular as the film (which was highly praised for its original music) The 1997 Pippi cartoon followed the story of Pippi returning home from adventures at seas to Villa Villekulla, along with her pet horse and her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, to wait for her father. While at first the townsfolk are less than thrilled to have the uneducated wild child back in the community, they soon warm up to her sweet and refreshingly honest nature.Fun Fact: Pippi’s full name is: Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking (try saying that 10 times fast!)

My Little Pony

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - My Little PonyOriginal Run: 1984 – 1987Number of Episodes:  63 + 8 Related SpecialsThe Story: Bred from Hasbro’s less-colorful My Pretty Pony toy series, My Little Pony was one of the most popular collectibles in the 1980s. Hailing from the magical Ponyland, which is home to all kinds of magical creatures, The Little Ponies live peacefully in their Paradise Estate. Between merry song and playful games, The Little Ponies like to spend their time hoof-stomping the odd Ogre, Troll or Witch that try to destroy or enslave them.There are many out there that think the idea of prancing pretty ponies is solely a girls domain, but an ever-growing subgroup known as "Bronies" would say a collective "Neyyyy!" to that! A blended of "bro" and "pony," Bronies hold a fan convention known as BroNYCon every few months in New York City. In just one year, BroNYCon has shot up from a mere 100 to a whopping 4000+ attendees, and has even featured special celebrity guests like voice acting superstar Tara Strong and Star Trek’s John de Lancie.Fun Fact: There was a set of male My Little Pony toys marketed to boys in 1986. In North America they were called Big Brother Ponies (Adventure Boy Ponies in the UK). The Big Brother ponies are larger than other ponies, and have shaggy hooves like Clydesdale horses.


10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Card CaptorOriginal Run: 2000 – 2002 (North American)Number of Episodes:  70 + 3 Related SpecialsThe Story: 10-year-old Sakura Avalon’s life changes forever when she unintentionally releases the mystical Clow Cards from an ancient and magical book. Each Clow Card holds a powerful and somewhat dangerous spirit, each with its own unique and remarkable powers. Now unleashed in the real world, Sakura (as the one who let them out) takes up the mantel of Card Captor and must "seal" each spirit back into card-form before it can wreak too much havoc.Cardcaptors first aired in the US on Kids' WB in June of 2000, and like a lot of Japanese anime was heavily edited, with episodes being reordered or even left out entirely. The editing to the original dub was done to remove controversial subjects such as same-sex relationships, and to refocus the series to be more action oriented to appeal to male viewers, as they were seen as the largest audience of animation at the time.Fun Fact: There's a Dragon Ball Z connection: The English voice actors that played Sakura's dad and best friend Madison also voiced the English versions of Vegeta and Bulma, respectively, in the popular Dragon Ball series.

Totally Spies!

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Totally Spies!Original Run: 2001 – 2010, 2013 -Number of Episodes:  156 + 1 Related Movie + 1 Related Spin-OffThe Story: Produced by Franco-Canadian company Marathon Production, Totally Spies! follows the glamorous missions of three teenage valley-girls (Sam, Alex, and Clover) turned stylish super-spies. The dynamic team combats global terrorism on behalf of clandestine spy agency, The World Organization of Human Protection (or W.O.O.H.P.), which is led by the British founder and administrator known only as "Jerry".The series currently sits at five seasons as of 2010, with a full-length animated film, which hit French theaters in 2009. Cartoon Network aired the first four seasons in the US, but the contract expired, preventing the channel from airing the show's fifth season. Due to the show's success, Cartoon Network re-licensed Totally Spies! and its spin-off, The Amazing Spiez! for €16 million ($21.5 million US), as well as Totally Spies! The Movie, for another $20 million US. In December 2011, Marathon announced that the series will be continued with Season 6, to air in 2013.If you think about it, this could actually be a cool live-action movie if executed correctly. The comedic mix of action, loveable characters and strong storylines has worked well for the popular animated franchise, and could easily translate well to the big screen.Fun Fact: Seasons 3–4 featured a willful super computer called G.L.A.D.I.S. whose ability to annoy Jerry and the girls was added as comedic relief – but her ability to annoy fans caused so many overwhelming complaints that she was written out of the series entirely.

She-Ra: Princess of Power

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - She-RaOriginal Run: 1985 – 1986Number of Episodes:  96 + 1 Related Special + 1 Related SeriesThe Story: Anyone who thinks girls can’t fight in a miniskirt and heels should talk to She-Ra. A spin-off of the popular He-Man and The Masters of the Universe, She-Ra revolves around the adventures of Adora and the Great Rebellion, as they battle against Hordak and the Evil Horde. Stolen as a baby from the kingdom of Eternia by Hordak, Adora not only never knew her family, she actually fought against them as a member of the Evil Horde. Now free of Hordak’s thrall, she reunites with her brother He-Man to fight evil by taking up the title of She-Ra, Princess of Power!In the ultimate display of girl power, most key characters on She-Ra: Princess of Power were predominantly female (with the exception of the villain Hordak). The few male characters (Bow and Sea Hawk) were usually portrayed as weaker or as comic relief to counter the powerful and authoritative female leads. Compared to He-Man there was less violence on the She-Ra, and the animation was more vibrant and colorful in an attempt to make the show more appealing to girls.Fun Fact: Despite her acrobatic tendencies, She-Ra's skirt never moves throughout the entire series. This is because female directors and animators on the show found it very inappropriate for the lead character's skirt to fly up on a children's television show.

Sailor Moon

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Sailor Moon ROriginal Run:1995 – 2000, 2013 -Number of Episodes:  200 + 3 Related MoviesThe Story: C’mon now, we all remember the theme song, "Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight. With the Sailor Scouts to help fight; she is the one named Sailor Moon!" – which pretty much sums up the entire story of the whiny Serena Tsukino, who finds out she’s the princess of the Moon and must now battle the evil alien enemies sent to kill her.The English adaptation of Sailor Moon was produced in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the well-received Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. After a huge bidding war, DIC Entertainment (which was owned by The Walt Disney Company at the time) acquired the rights to the first two seasons of the Sailor Moon franchise in early 1995, and was the first English adaptation of an anime series intended for young female audiences. The final season, "Sailor Stars," was never dubbed into English due to America losing licensing rights to Sailor Moon.The series was one of the most censored English anime/manga adaptions ever to air. To make the show age appropriate, several episodes were completely dropped and scenes with too much skin were touched up. The most notable changes were to the show's strong depiction of same-sex relationships – to counter this, several androgynous characters had their genders flipped (Zoycite (male to female), Fisheye (male to female), and Zirconia (female to male).  The US also altered the relationship between Sailors Uranus and Neptune from lesbian lovers to cousins.At a July 6, 2012 event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, it was announced that a reboot of the Sailor Moon anime was in production. It is scheduled to begin broadcasting in Summer 2013 for a simultaneous worldwide release.Fun Facts: Despite his penchant to do so in the TV series, Tuxedo Mask never once throws a rose as an attack in the original manga.

Jem! and the Holograms

Original Run: 1985 – 1988Number of Episodes: 65The Story: Jem was the queen of holographic performances long before Coachella’s Tupac hologram made it cool. When her father dies, young Jerrica Benton inherits not only his record company, Starlight Music, but his super-secret ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer known as Synergy. With the help of Synergy, as well as her friends, Jerrica adopts the persona of Jem (Samantha Newark (speaking voice) and Britta Phillips (singing voice)) to save Starlight Music - and a girls home Jerrica runs - from the evil Eric Ramon and his wicked girl group, The Misfits.Created by a three-way collaboration of Hasbro, Sunbow Productions, and Marvel Productions, Jem! was designed as an attempt to cash in on the growing popularity of MTV. Originally the main character was named "M" (as in MTV), but was eventually replaced with Jem since you cannot trademark a single letter (and to avoid a lawsuit). However, the MTV theme lived on in the series, with a mandatory 3 music videos per episode format.In honor of the show's 25th anniversary, Integrity Toys, Inc. released a brand-new series of collectible fashion dolls based on Jem! at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The special edition Hollywood Jem! doll went for $135 a pop and sold out on Day 2 of the Con.Fun Facts: Besides appearing in Jem!, the character of reporter Hector Ramirez would appear in various TV shows made by Sunbow, including G.I. Joe, InHumanoids, and The Transformers. He was the only character to crossover.

The Powerpuff Girls

 10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) -  Powerpuff GirlsOriginal Run: 1998 – 2005Number of Episodes:  78 + 2 Shorts + 2 Related Specials + 1 Related MovieThe Story: There’s no shame confessing to this one; The Powerpuff Girls has been a hit on Cartoon Network for years, and we all had our favorites on the show (mine was Bubbles). The story follows the lonely and childless genius Professor Utonium, who sought to create the perfect little girl using a mixture of sugar... spice... and everything nice. But the bumbling professor accidentally added an extra ingredient known as "Chemical X", instead creating three perfect little girls who had pretty much had the powers of Superman.Created as a college project by animator Craig McCracken, the color-coded girls didn’t hit the TV screen (and our hearts) until 1998, when McCracken (then working on Dexter’s Lab) resurrected the idea to Hanna-Barbera (now Cartoon Network Studios) as part of their What a Cartoon! Show shorts program. The Powerpuff Girls was the highest-rated premiere in Cartoon Network's history (at the time) and consistently scored the highest rating each week for the network's demographic. While the super-powered girls were depicted as kindergarteners and dealt with childhood issues (sibling rivalries, bed wetting etc.), many episodes often contained obscure references to older pop culture.For the series' tenth anniversary, McCracken and Cartoon Network released an all-new special, titled "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!" which aired in the US on January 19, 2009, as part of its 10th anniversary marathon.Fun Fact: The Powerpuff Girls were originally called "The Whoopass Girls."In  McCracken's original '90s college short titled Whoopass Stew! The Whoopass Girls in: A Sticky Situation, instead of "Chemical X," Professor Utonium accidentally added a can of Whoop-Ass to the concoction.

Honorable Mentions

10 Girl Cartoons (That Guys Secretly Love) - Honorable MentionsOur main list may be at an end, but let’s do a quick shout-out to the live-action girl shows we lovingly watched alone, but dared not tell our friends about for fear of mockery.Punky Brewster: Punky Brewster was pretty much a modern (for the time) retelling of little orphan Annie, but despite the strong similarities, the series really took off on its own. Many remember having their hearts stolen by the precocious Penelope "Punky" Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye), and the series even got itself a live-action and cartoon spin off.Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Many of us met one of our first TV crushes the magical day Melissa Joan Hart hit our television screens as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. If Sabrina’s face is what brought you, the cherished TGIF sitcom format and her wisecracking cat Salem is what kept you. Sabrina started as a spin-off character from Archie comics, and even dated everyone’s favorite animated ginger – who surprisingly got around a lot in that fictional town of his.Sister, Sister: Before there was Zack and Cody we had Tia and Tamera. Real-life twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry play fictional twin sisters Tia Lowery and Tamera Campbell, who reunite after 14 years apart. ABC canned the show after two seasons, due to what they claim was "low ratings," but The WB quickly swooped in and saved the show for another four years.Blossom: In my opinion, Blossom was one of the best sitcoms of the early '90s, whose theme song may or may not be on my iPod. Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory) starred as Blossom Russo, a quirky teenage girl living with her father and two brothers. Besides loving Joey’s (Joey Lawrence) trademark "Whoa!" Blossom also featured many popular celebs at the time - like ALF, Will Smith and Mr.T.So gents (and gals) there you have it, our list of "girl" shows we as men can now proudly admit to loving! If your secret love didn’t make the cut, and you now feel comfortable enough to share it in this circle of brotherly trust, do so in the comment section below - or feel free to reminisce on your favorite moments from the truly outrageous shows we already mentioned.


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  1. I noticed in the original run for Sailor Moon, you have 1995-2000 and 2013-. Does that mean a new series is coming out next? Or hopefully they might be re-releasing the original series unedited? Watching the Japanese versions of Dragonball Z years ago taught me, American TV always cuts out the best parts of anime. Its always better when its left intact.

    • I heard their remaking it, or theres going to be a new american one which could be good like the new thundercats series.

    • Yup, a new anime series will be released in 2013. It was officially announced during the 20th anniversary event.

      • They’re making a NEW series not a remake. The new series (unlike the 1st anime) will actually follow the manga/comic books more closely than the 1st anime.

  2. Care bears wasn’t for girls…that’s a load of crap. Jem and She-Ra we’re awesome the rest the chicks can have…

  3. Hi there

  4. Middle-aged guy, Powerpuff Girls Fan, Kim Possible Fan. Wrote fanfics for both. I loved how PPG pushed the envelope and had endless fun with wordplay. No apologies, and no shame!!! ^_^ (I also brought home a Totally Spies DVD once, but it never really clicked with me.)

  5. powerpuff girls wasss awesome

  6. the p.p.g. episode, meet the beat alls was incredible writing. when my wife and i first watched it with our then 7 year old daughter, we were rolling on the floor laughing our guts out. naturally, our daughter was wondering why.

    plus, all the other little things they snuck in that only adults would bet. when bubbles is getting out of a pile of clothes, she is for a moment dressed like cartman. miss cerebellums address is 69 yodelinthevalley lane. there are others too many!

  7. 10 to 7 I don’t care for at all. I wish you had used the Japanese name Cardcaptor Sakura. The dub was a horrible butchering of the original. There’s 70 TV episodes, 2 movies, and 3 specials that if you bought the series in Japan you could get them on VHS tape (they run about 5 minutes each), this does not include the Movie edition of Kero-chan Check that ran with the 2nd movie.

    Sailor Moon clearly ranks ABOVE the powerpuff girls. Clearly the ranking of the titles on this is subjective.

  8. Good list but I would find a place for Pepper Ann, Braceface, and W.I.T.C.H. on it.


  10. The Powerpuff Girls and Kim Possible aren’t just for girls though. People assume this because the show’s main characters are females, so that means South Park, Rugrats, SpongeBob.etc are boys cartoons?! I find it a little bit sexist on the writers behalf.

  11. I’m not entirely sure calling it “Cardcaptors” is a valid choice for this, as it was originally titled “Card Captor Sakura”. The Americanized version is a sliced diced watered down hodge podge of the original series, presented in such a way that Syoaran Li (renamed Li Showran, as the original characters referred to him by his last name as a sign of respect and it made it a pain for the dubbing) would play a larger role, as well as downplaying the ‘questionable’ romantic interests of the various characters. If you ever get a chance to see the subtitled version, do it, but try not to judge it too harshly (Syoaran isn’t gay, but Tomoyo might be).

  12. Another fun fact about Sailor Moon: It was revamped as a live action series in Japan, with about 40+ episodes and a special ‘movie’ finale. Tuxedo Mask also never once throws a rose, and Sailor Moon actually fights instead of constantly running away screaming. Admittedly, it is a little on the campy side, with Power Ranger-esque monsters occasionally showing up (but thankfully never going giant size) and Luna and Artemis being turned into living toy cats . . . but hey, it’s still fun to watch!

  13. I’m glad Neil Patrick Harris didn’t get the role for Ron Stoppable. Ron was a little too gay as it was.

  14. Oh, and what Bronies like is the extremely and extensively revamped version of My Little Pony created by Lauren Faust, co-producer of the Power Puff Girls. That picture you used is of the OLD version of the ponies, who, even as a kid, I thought pretty much sucked.

  15. My Little Pony should be changed to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and should be put at #1 position. The fanbase for it is freaking ENORMOUS, and just about everyone who’s seen the Powerpuff Girls is in it, but not nearly all of them have seen the latter.

    Also, really, Kim Possible is not a ‘girl’ show. It never was.

  16. I do not see MLP:FIM picture at #7; instead, MLP G3 picture.


  17. Hahha….cool han female cartoon that guys secretly love. Need to ask my fiance this question!!!

  18. Personally, I would have had My Little Pony at the top, and it would have been the current generation, not the other generations.

  19. Powerpuff Girls is one of my all time favorites.
    My Little Pony, heck yeah, I’m a Brony.
    She-Ra, Thanks to having older siblings who recorded t.v. shows I got to see this classic.
    CareBears, I liked the original show and we had the first two movies that came out.
    Kim Possible, Totally Spies and Sailor Moon I also liked a lot. Sailor Moon was pretty cool though. I like the humor in Totally Spies and Kim Possible, was just good fun all around.
    I guess I would have to say that liked the Powerpuff Girls more though.
    And the new My Little Pony show is the best it’s ever looked, and it’s funny. Just recently I went to a pony convention in Strongsville, OH. They called it, Canterlot Gardens.
    It ain’t no secret that I’ve always liked these shows, and I never tried to hide the fact that I’m a Brony. BROHOOF FTW!

  20. Powerpuff Girls were cool. My favourite episode is “Meet The Beat-Alls” where practically every line and reference were related to a Beatles song lol. So yeah it wasn’t obviously aimed at young girls.

  21. Josie and the P*ssycats.

    Remember them?

    Early 1970′s. It’s one of those crime-fighting one’s like Captain Caveman and Scooby Doo only with cnicks with guitars and a drumkit with music making it a bit more toon diva-ish.

    Well yeah I liked it, lol.

  22. I can’t believe I can’t say p*ssycats with the letter u without being labelled a spammer, LOL

    Anyway, a slight typo in my last comment. I meant to say chicks (not cnicks), I have no idea what cnicks are so please don’t ask.

  23. There’s one you forgot to include on the list: PUCCA, from Korea-based VOOZ Animation.

  24. Question for anybody here:

    With the countless “boy” shows out there, are there any cartoon shows these days starring female protagonists?

    My favorites from the list are Totally Spies and Kim Possible. (I was so angry when Disney decided to pull KP and not go forwards with the live action film version.)

  25. They have the wrong My Little Pony there.
    Guys love the NEW one. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

    Girls like me, like it too.
    It’s a really cute show.

  26. OK. As a 45 y/o married father of 3, I will admit to watching and liking 4 out of 10 on the list.

    Power Puff Girls
    Kim Possible
    Sailor Moon
    Totally Spies

  27. Our daughter is 20 now. She was (still is) the BIGGEST Power Puff girls fan ever. She even had a subscription to the comic book as a child. In 2006 we took her to Comicon in San Diego and we ended up wandering over to a booth with all Power Puff girls stuff. Immediately she recognized the man behind the counter as Philip Moy, the artist. He couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as this 14 year old kid not only knew who he was but appreciated his work. Even today she wishes they’d bring it back.(Of course now she gets all the ‘adult’ humor that her dad and I use to laugh hysterically at.)

  28. I LOVED ALL THESE,only now that im an adult do I understand most of the humor on these shows,I rewatch them all the time and appreciate what the 90′s and early 2000′s had to offer.Also,for those die-hard PPG fans they released a japanese remake of the PowerPuff Girls,re-invisioned as an anime called “PowerPuffGirlz Z”,actually making it something simalar to Sailor Moon,with transformations and all that jazz(it’s really good,not as hard core as the original was though)

  29. One thing you didn’t mention in your Honorable Mention of Sabrina:

    Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)joined the cast as Roxie King