Ever since Adult Swim debuted when I was in high school–a fact that makes either you or me feel really old, depending on who you are–I’ve spent countless late-night hours in front of the TV with it. And now, all that wasted time has paid off, as Complex.com has gotten me to put together a list of the top fifty–yes, FIFTY–Adult Swim characters of all time!
I’m a huge Adult Swim fan–well, I’m a fan of everything except Xavier: Renegade Angel, which I’m pretty sure was conceived and executed as a punishment for unruly viewers–but until I sat down to do the research for this article (ie, cartoon-watching), I’d sort of forgotten how good a lot of that stuff is, whether it’s the surreal immaturity of Sealab 2021, the sharp, surprising complexity of the Venture Bros., or that last season of Moral Orel, which is hands-down the most jaw-droppingly depressing thing I have ever seen in my life.
Two quick notes about the list: First, as you’ll notice if you go through the list, I limited myself to shows that were made for Adult Swim, not just the shows they picked up later. It simplified things, but c’mon, nobody from The Oblongs or Baby Blues was gonna end up on a list of top anythings.
Second, this list represents my opinion, so if you disagree with it, you are objectively wrong and probably a bad person.