Since the days of "Steam Boat Willie," cartoon characters have become a pillar of popular culture. Cartoons have provided a source of joy and laughter for children and adults alike. There are many decades worth of cartoon characters to choose from, but some of the best are featured here. 

Bugs Bunny. Bugs Bunny is one of the most famous cartoon characters of all time. Bugs, like the rabbit he is, is always being taunted and hunted down by hunters, wizards, martians, mobsters and other shady characters. Bugs thwarts each of these characters through zany trickery. Bugs has a big bag of tricks such as transforming his thumb into a cigarette lighter and dressing up like a woman and seducing his antagonists

Deputy Dog. Deputy Dog entered the cartoon world in 1960. Long before the days of Rosco P. Coltrane, Deputy Dog was chasing other cartoon characters around the midsouth of the USA. He never seemed to catch up with Muskie the Muskrat, Ty Coon or Vincent Van Gopher. Instead, he endlessly chased these hooligans through chicken coops, farm plots and swamps. 

Betty Boop. Everyone loves Betty Boop. Her immense cleavage shocked many mature grownups and even had real men drooling. It's probably quite embarrassing to drool over a cartoon character, but the truth is that this is one of America's dirty little secrets. Betty did other things other than showing off her boobs, but no one seems to remember what those other things were. 

Droopy. Rivaling even Bugs Bunny, the ultimate Taoist master of the cartoon characters thwarted his adversaries with no effort whatsoever. Whatever these thugs tried to do to this sappy little dog, they ended up screwing themselves instead. In one episode, Droopy found some gold. His buddy plotted to kill him and keep the gold. While the plot kept backfiring, Droopy was convinced that his buddy was being a loving and generous friend. Cartoon characters really don't get much cooler than this. 

Shaggy. Shaggy is probably the most talked about cartoon character of "Scooby Doo." While the rest of the tribe of meddling kids were solving mysteries, Shaggy and his dog Scooby were usually looking for food. They typically found more ghosts than food. Since the birth of the cartoon series in 1969, Shaggy has become the stoner icon of cartoon characters because of his shaggy hair, hip lingo and a constant case of the munchies.