10 Best Cartoon Superhero Teams

Cartoons have hosted many great superhero teams. From Cartoon Network to Warner Bros. Entertainment, these heroes remain in the hearts and minds of their fans. They may not always start out as the superheroes their worlds depend on, but they’re always ready to stand up to villainous threats and injustice.

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A hero can take many forms, from a few children wanting to do good to inanimate objects coming to life. No matter where they come from, they all have interesting stories to tell and a world to save. In cartoon form, these teams of superheroes can go anywhere, creating memorable moments their fans can enjoy for years to come.

10/10 The Kids Next Door made for a unique team

Code name: Kids Next Door

In the early 2000s, Cartoon Network aired an espionage-centric series titled Code name: Kids Next Door. Over the course of the show’s six seasons, a group of five children have worked together to foil evil plots hatched by adults, teenagers and the elderly. These crimes were both petty and serious, but the group still came together to save the day.

The children next door the characters were unique and versatile. The five main characters, often referred to by their code names (one, two, three, four, and five), were completely different from each other. Their distinct personalities ensured that there was a solution to every problem, and despite their differences, they could always rely on each other.

9/10 Ladybug and Cat Noir have embraced the value of teammates

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, is a two-person show in the early seasons. The main heroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, have spent previous seasons battling their adversary, Hawkmoth, on their own. It’s only when their powers fail to defeat their enemies that Ladybug seeks out other allies to help them.

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Usually in the form of her friends and classmates, Ladybug and Cat Noir embrace new heroes. Giving away the magical jewels known as “Miraculous” to people she trusts, the former superhero duo embrace a new team. As Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir continues, each Miraculous is assigned a support, and the defenders of Paris go from a team of two to a team of seventeen.

8/10 Gargoyles kept New York safe

Disney Gargoyles

A fan favorite show from the 1990s, Gargoyles features inanimate objects that come to life. This Disney series follows the story of cursed gargoyles who have been taken from their home in medieval Scotland to modern-day New York City. After spending thousands of years in a petrified state, they assume the role of secret night guardians of the city.

Gargoyles continues to be popular thanks to its use of dark shades and intricate storylines. The Gargoyles become a nocturnal team of saviors as they simultaneously adjust to their new lives and eliminate many supernatural threats.

7/10 The X-Men capture their comic counterparts

X-Men: The Animated Series

X-Men: The Animated Series was Marvel’s attempt to bring the famed superhero team into the world of animation, introducing Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and others to many young fans. Running five seasons, the series contained both original storylines and storylines loosely adapted from the comics.

X-Men: The Animated Series isn’t the only series featuring the X-Men, but it stands out for its commentary on social issues. While battling various threats to the human race, the X-Men also face personal struggles such as relationships, religion, and the loneliness that comes with being a hero. These serious shades of the show are a perfect match for the X-Men and the comics that inspire them

6/10 Toxic slime, pizza and martial arts create unlikely heroes

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continue to delight their fans through multiple anime adaptations. Their fan base spans generations and they remain an unlikely group of heroes that people love to watch. While their first series focused on turtle humor and absurdity, other series, such as the 2003 animated reboot, contain more serious intrigue and nuance.

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No matter what genre or form they come in, one thing remains the same, and that’s the acts of heroism the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles perform for New York City. Hiding in the shadows, they use their martial arts training and brotherly bonds to defend themselves against various threats, whether it’s a mad-eyed scientist or their nemesis, the Shredder.

5/10 Voltron can overcome its differences

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron Paladins Return to Defend the Universe in Netflix Voltron: legendary defender. This modern tale follows a group of teenagers as they leave their home on Earth to become the next defenders of the universe. The diversity of characters creates an interesting dynamic, and while they’re here for different reasons, they come together as one force against the tyrannical Zarkon.

In Voltron: Legendary Defender, each paladin is as unique as the mechanical lion they pilot, and this allows the team to strike a solid balance. Each character can help the others grow in some way, and they manage to save the universe by looking out for their differences and coming together for the greater good.

4/10 Crystal gems are full of heart

Steven Universe

A very popular series among anime fans is Steven Universe. The series follows the life of a boy of the same name as he attempts to live up to his late mother’s legacy. Steven joins a group known as the Crystal Gems, and together they become the Defenders of Earth. The group of once self-proclaimed Guardians transform into true heroes through various acts of bravery.

While the Crystal Gems had been around for thousands of years, they reach new heights once joined by Steven Universe. He quickly becomes the heart of the group and encourages each member to embrace new sides of themselves, creating a sincere, family-driven superhero team.

3/10 The Teen Titans refuse to be upstaged

Teen Titans (2003)

Teen Titans is one of Cartoon Network’s most acclaimed series and features various DC Comics heroes and villains. The original team – Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy – stand apart from the heroes that came before them as teenagers trying to find each other while defending their home in Jump City.

It would be easy for the Teen Titans to be overshadowed by others, but they refuse to back down as they thwart various threats. Many storylines in the series are adapted from the comics, and the Titans remain indomitable against Slade Wilson, Brother Blood, and even the demon Trigon.

2/10 The Avengers are still Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Meeting vigilantes

Marvel took the Avengers back to their roots in Meeting vigilantes. This animated version of the famous team of heroes aired for five seasons and featured Falcon as he began his journey as Falcon. In his new adventures as a hero, Falcon joins the Avengers as they face both personal and intergalactic threats.

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Meeting vigilantes remains popular with fans for its witty writing and character buildup, as many Marvel Comics heroes and villains make appearances throughout the series. This includes Red Skull, Ultron, and Thanos, who are no match for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

1/10 The Justice League stands together

Justice League/Justice League Unlimited

In the series Justice Leagueand Justice League: Unlimited, heroes from across the DC Universe come together to form the universe’s greatest crime-fighting force. The original members consisted of heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but their numbers have grown to include over thirty superheroes.

It can be tough for big teams like the Justice League to stick together, but the versatile members of the group keep everyone on track. With so many heroes watching over each other, they can maintain peace and justice around the world.

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