Stuff We Miss: Anthropomorphic Cartoon Heroes


Recently, my friend wrote in an e-mail that ModCloth was “ridiculously ‘jawesome!'” Where did this term originate? If you know the nostalgic roots of “jawesome,” then you’re one ‘shark’ individual. It was coined by a troupe of crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks from the mid-Nineties TV series Street Sharks!

Similar to how boy bands took over the radiowaves in the ’90s, cartoons of that decade were all about anthropomorphic action heroes. Other than Street Sharks, can you guess which other animated animal heroes we miss?


Darkwing Duck
The only thing dangerous about this show is its insanely catchy theme song; don’t be surprised if you find yourself breaking out soulful bursts of “Darkwing Duck” in public!


Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures
Proof that big things come in little packages (dressed in a yellow bodysuit with a red cape)!


Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers
True heroes, Chip & Dale rescued many an afternoon of my childhood!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
You didn’t think we’d leave TMNT out of the mix, did you?

That’s my list! Who would top your list of heroic animal ‘toons?


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    rhea 07/13/2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

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    sarahnargle 07/13/2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Street Sharks! There is no problem that cannot be solved by biting.

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    Jo 07/13/2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Awwww…I watched all of these shows almost every Saturday morning!! I miss them!! XD

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    Eia 07/13/2010 at 3:03 pm #

    DinoSaucers and Duck Tales are where it’s at!

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    C 07/13/2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I love these shows! And I have a vague memory of Pizza Cats? Pizza-loving armored cats fighting evil? Oh and the original Chipmunks (not the horrible new one)!

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    Sarah (ModCloth) 07/13/2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Oh, man! I thought my friends and I were the only ones who used the word, ‘jawesome’! I’m so glad it’s catching on!

    Great post, Julie!

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    Sophie 07/13/2010 at 10:48 pm #

    haha, THIS is jawesome!
    I remember some show about these two cats who were mechanics or something… the planes or cars or whatever they worked on turned into crime fighting machines! I think it was called Swat Kats

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    Brittany 07/13/2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Amazing. How about Thundercats! Or Gummi Bears?!

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    ashley 07/14/2010 at 12:51 am #

    :O I LOOOVED Darkwing Duck. There was also Gargoyles. 😀

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    Flobot 07/14/2010 at 3:41 am #

    Omg, yes, Street Sharks and Darkwing Duck!

    Another one that pops into my mind (despite never having really watched an episode) was Biker Mice from Mars! In retrospect, it’s pretty amazing someone came up with that…rofl!

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    Imogen 07/14/2010 at 4:20 am #

    Haha, you can’t leave out Thundercats! And Biker Mice from Mars is a personal favorite. And carebears!
    Theres just so many…

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    Amanda 07/14/2010 at 10:27 am #

    Ok, yea. For a minute there I *WAS* scared you’d forgotten TMNT!

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    steph 07/14/2010 at 3:40 pm #

    There were also the Gummy Bears! (bouncing here and there and everywhere!) They were always on at the same time as Chip And Dale and it was the BIGGEST childhood dilemma for me!

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    frinny 07/17/2010 at 8:19 am #

    how could you forget biker mice form mars?! This is so weird. My sister and I just went on a trip down memory lane a few weeks ago looking up old cartoon intros. <3

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    Kenzie 07/22/2010 at 10:20 pm #

    People who don’t know where jawesome originated should be educated by watching all seasons of Street Sharks ever made. Consecutively.

    Anything less is a crime.

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    Amber 11/02/2010 at 9:28 am #

    I was always a big fan of Talespin – Baloo from The Jungle Book fighting against a band of air pirates led by Don Karnage. Also, the animated Batman series was really good. And we can’t leave out Animaniacs and Tiny Toons Adventures!

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    Christy A. 11/02/2010 at 11:40 am #

    Oh, Rescue Rangers, how I loved thee. My sisters and I always fought over who would be Gadget when we played! You’ve gotta love Duck Tales (a-WOO-ooo!) and Gummy Bears (bouncin’ here and there and everywhere!)

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