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21 “All-Grown-Up” Versions Of Your Favourite Childhood Cartoons

Most cartoon characters are created at a certain age suitable for children. It ranges from 12 to 14 years old. If you were in this age group, your childhood must have been filled with cartoons. Well, I watched a lot of cartoons when I was a kid. And I used to feel extremely worried and concerned about my favorite character and even feel sad if I missed an episode. Now, it’s worth remembering how wonderful those days were. And there is a fact that when we’re grown up, they all stay young. Dil Pickles, for example, has remained a baby for over 24 years. So, what would those cartoon characters look like if they all grew up?

Don’t overthink it, because we’ve gathered some incredible sketches created by a professional artist, Isaiah Stephens. He shows us what those characters would look like if they all aged! Let’s take a look at the artist’s creations right away!

#1 Kim Possible

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Kim Possible is the titular protagonist of Disney’s 2002-2007 animated television series of the same name. She’s your basic average girl and she’s here to save the
world with the support of her best friends. The Disney Channel series depicts a high school teen who was an undercover spy while trying to maintain a regular life.

Now it’s time to see the grown-up versions of the characters in this movie. They look like Marvel heroes.

#2 The Powerpuff Girls

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005),  an American animated television series starring a trio of preschool-age girls who possess superpowers. In the picture, we can see a world away from their previously innocent and short-statured characters. They look like realistic modern-day superheroes. One thing is for sure, though: no one would mess with this team.

#3 Hey Arnold

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Arnold, a fourth-grader, experienced several obstacles in navigating inner-city life, but he always had his street-savvy pal Gerald at his side. Bully Helga struggled valiantly to hide her actual affections for him despite her taunts. Always willing to help a friend in need, Arnold often was joined by his eccentric collection of classmates when it came to his adventures.

#4 Ed, Edd n Eddy

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

It appears puberty did little to alter the character’s personality in this cartoon, especially the main character, Dimwitted Ed. He still appears to have a glazed look in his eyes while Edd appears to have embraced his intelligence, sporting a tie and smartwatch. 

#5 The Fairly OddParents

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Nickelodeon series followed the antics of young Timmy as he tried to liven up his boring existence by making difficult wishes that inadvertently made things worse. Timmy later asks for his godparents Cosmo and Wanda to have a child, whom they name Poof, later in the episode.

The characters in Stephens’ series don’t change much as they mature.

#6 Rugrats

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated comedy film, based on the Rugrats TV series. It featured the imaginative adventures of a group of toddlers curious about life beyond their playpen. It can be seen that the precocious toddlers have grown up into stylish versions of their former selves in Stephens’ series. 

#7 Recess

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Recess portrays the lives of six-fourth graders at Third Street Elementary School, where students have set up a microcosm of traditional human society. It’s great to see them mature in this style.

#8 Doug

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Doug, which first aired on Nickelodeon in 1991 before being bought by Disney in 1996, centered on the lives of its protagonist as he dealt with normal middle school challenges including self-esteem, bullying, and gossip. Doug acted as the story’s narrator, bringing his own distinct imagination throughout each recounting. Several episodes focused on his attempts to impress his sweetheart, Patti Mayonnaise.

#9 Proud Family

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Proud Family was an American animated comedy sitcom that aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 until 2005. This show was as entertaining as any live-action sitcom of the time. Suga Mama is incentive enough to see, but Penny was the epitome of a relatable adolescent.

#10 Pokemon

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Pokemon began as a Japanese anime series that gained international acclaim, particularly in the United States, where it has grown into a hugely popular phenomenon. The film follows Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old boy, and his friends on their journey to become Pokemon masters.

#11 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy tells the story of two pals and how they persuaded the evil Grim Reaper to become their best friend for eternity. Billy and Mandy produce all kinds of mayhem and hilarity in Endsville with Grim and his magical scythe at their disposal. They frequently come with supernatural creatures from the Underworld, legendary beings, and magical items, all of which result in amusing outcomes.

Take a look at the photo above and see how they change as adults.

#12 Dexter’s Laboratory

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Everyone’s beloved and quirky kid genius, Dexter, is featured in Dexter’s Laboratory! Dexter keeps his secret lab carefully concealed from his parents while he conjures up new devices and concoctions to defeat his arch-rival Mandark, whose lab is as brilliant as Dexter’s. If you enjoy a little science fiction with your adventure, Dexter’s Laboratory is for you!

#13 South Park

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The curious, adventure-seeking, fourth-grade group of 10-year-old boys, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny, all join in in buffoonish adventures that sometimes evolve nothing. Everything is unusual in South Park, a little mountain village, and the guys always find a way to make sense of it.

It’s hard to recognize the characters in the adult version without looking at their familiar clothes.

#14 Rocket Power

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Rocket Power was a famous Nicktoon produced by Klasky-Csupo that aired from 1999 to 2004. It was about a group of four youngsters from Ocean Shores, California, and their adventures. The show’s hook was that the four main characters were all into extreme sports, and practically every episode featured one as the central event.

Despite being grown up, the group has still managed to keep their cool.

#15 As Told by Ginger

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

As Told by Ginger is an American teen drama animated series that was aired on Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2006. The story follows Ginger Foutley, a middle schooler who, with the help of her pals, aspires to be more than a social geek. It also dealt with mature topics such as friendship, jealousy, sadness, mortality, and much more. Let’s see how much these characters change as they mature.

#16 Totally Spies!

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Totally Spies premiered in 2001, centering around three teenage girls trying to balance their high school life with their undercover secret agent identities.

This is absolutely the case with Isaish Stephens’ interpretation of Totally Spies’ three female characters. While they are still identifiable, their outfits resemble those worn by superheroes.

#17 The Magic School Bus

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Magic School Bus was an educational series based on the Scholastic book series of the same name. It followed the fanatical adventures of quirky Ms. Frizzle, who takes her children on scientific expeditions.

It’s interesting to see fan-favorites like Dorothy Ann, Carlos Ramon, or Arnold Perlstein grow up. These characters are given a second life in this picture.

#18 The Wild Thornberrys

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Wild Thornberrys Movie is a 2002 American animated adventure film based on a television series of the same name.

Not surprisingly, Stephens portrays the characters in an adventure style. It seems like they went on to become an explorer of the jungle.

#19 The Weekenders

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Source: Isaiah Stephens

The Weekenders (2000-2004) was a Disney animated series about the weekend life of four diverse misfit 7th graders in middle school: Tino Tonitini, Lor McQuarrie, Carver Descartes, and Tish Katsufrakis.

Stephen’s work shows a more updated version of these classic characters. Do you recognize them in this fashion?

#20 Waldo and Carmen Sandiego

Source: Isaiah Stephens

It’s not hard to spot this couple, right? They are characters in the action-adventure animated movie with educational elements, named Carmen Sandiego, which has been released since 2019.

#21 Pepper Ann

Source: Isaiah Stephens

Pepper Ann first appeared in 1997, and it followed the ups and downs of students at Hazelnut Middle School. It was Disney’s first animated series to be developed by a woman, and it was hailed for its outward showing of strong femininity.

Pepper Ann’s frizzy hair, loose shirts, and gangly body still remain. Moreover, we get to see a grown-up version of this character, who has gone from being a teacher’s pet to a stylish hipster.

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