The Biggest List of Green Cartoon Characters Ever

Like Kermit once sang, "It's not easy being green." Or is it? These green cartoon characters have had great success on TV, whether they're starring in their own series or just showing up in a handful of episodes. This list isn't strict, meaning the character's skin doesn't have to be green. I've also included characters, like the Green Lantern, whose overall appearance is green. Scroll down to see who else is on the long list of green cartoon characters.

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Hulk

Planet Hulk - The Hulk
Planet Hulk - The Hulk. Lionsgate

Greenest of the green characters is Hulk, a.k.a. Dr. Bruce Banner. He leapt from the comic books in 1966 when he starred in Marvel Super Heroes. Since then Hulk has been in several other cartoons, including The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk/Amazing Spider-Man HourThe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and , not to mention the live-action TV series and various Marvel feature films.

Origin

Dr. Banner's experiments with gamma rays went awry and transformed him into the Hulk, but only when he's angry. Sometimes he's portrayed as an uncontrollable monster. Other times he is able to keep his head when he shifts into green mode. His favorite pastime? Like Captain America says in The Avengers, "And Hulk? Smash."

See also: , "It's a Wonderful Smash," Profile of The Hulk in comic books

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Beast Boy

Beast Boy - Teen Titans Go!
Beast Boy - Teen Titans Go!. Warner Bros. Animation

Beast Boy is a member of the Teen Titans, a group of DC superheroes, led by Robin (of Batman and Robin). Beast Boy has appeared in Teen Titans and Teen Titans in Tokyo. Now he stars in Cartoon Network's Teen Titans Go!. He uses his great sense of humor to hide the pain of his past.

Origin

As a boy, Garfield Logan nearly died. His parents saved his life by giving him an experimental serum, which gave him the ability to transform into an animal he has seen.

See also: Teen Titans Go!

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She-Hulk

She-Hulk
She-Hulk. Marvel

She-Hulk, a.k.a. Jennifer Walters, is the female version of The Hulk. Unlike The Hulk, she can control her transformation. She's been a team member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four (taking Thing's place for a time). She's appeared in Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of Smash, The Super Hero Squad ShowFantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes and The Incredible Hulk.

Origin: Jen Walters is the cousin of Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk). When she was shot by a crime lord, who was out for revenge against her sheriff father, Banner gave her a blood transfusion to save her life. His blood, which contained gamma radiation, mutated her into She-Hulk.

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Kang and Kodos

Kang and Kodos
Kang and Kodos. FOX

Kang and Kodos are the green aliens on The Simpsons. They have appeared in every "Treehouse of Horror" episode, the annual Halloween special. In 2015, we discovered Kang and Kodos are females in "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner."

Origin

In the very first "Treehouse of Horror," Kang and Kodos kidnap the Simpsons in a segment called "Hungry Are the Damned." Lisa accuses the aliens of fattening them up to eat them.

See also: "Treehouse of Horror" 101

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Green Goblin

Green Goblin
Green Goblin. Marvel

Green Goblin is a foe of Spider-Man. Sometimes he is drawn to have green skin, other times it's only his bodysuit that's green. He flies on a glider and his weapons of choice are bombs disguised as pumpkins. He's appeared in the original Spider-Man TV cartoon, as well as Spider-Man and his Amazing FriendsSpider-Man: The Animated SeriesSpider-Man UnlimitedThe Spectacular Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Origin

Norman Osborn became the Green Goblin when he used an unstable super-serum that had been developed by his own Osborn Industries. He gained amazing strength and speed, at the price of his sanity.

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Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter. DC Comics

Mad Hatter is a Batman villain whose real name is Jervis Tetch. He frequently wears a green suit, complete with an over-sized top hat, that looks like the one from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. He has appeared in The Batman/Superman HourBatman: The Animated SeriesThe New Adventures of Batman and Superman: The Animated Series.

Origin

Jervis Tetch is a patient at Arkham Asylum who has an unhealthy obsession with Alice in Wonderland. He is a neuroscientist and an inventor. He uses mind-controlling hats to wreak havoc at Arkham Asylum and in Gotham City.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'. Nickelodeon

Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo are four brothers who happen to be ninja turtles. Under the tutelage of Master Splinter, they become stronger and smarter fighters, helping protect the residents of New York City from enemy mutants. These green reptiles have been through several incarnations, including the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV cartoon, some made-for-TV specials, the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a live-action feature film.

Origin

These pizza-loving turtles in the half shell started out as just turtles. When they were hit with a special serum, they mutated into the four ninjas we know and love.

See also:  at Comic-Con

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Plankton

Plankton
Plankton. Nickelodeon

Plankton is the green, one-eyed nemesis of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants. He has tried and failed several times to steal the Krabby Patty formula. Not only has he been the villain in several episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, but he also starred in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and its sequel, .

Origin

The not-so-proud owner of the Chum Bucket in Bikini Bottom.

See also: 11 Characters We Love on SpongeBob SquarePants

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Yoda

Yoda
Yoda. Turner Broadcasting

Yoda is the Jedi master in the Star Wars universe. He appeared in all but the fourth Star Wars movies. He also appeared in the TV cartoons  (by Genndy Tartakovsky), Star Wars: The Clone Wars ( from Dave Filoni), and the Lego cartoon.

Origin

For over 800 years, Yoda trained Jedi Younglings and Padawans. He played a key role in the Clone Wars. Toward the end of his life, he trained Luke Skywalker to defeat his father, Darth Vader.

See also: Your Complete Guide to Lego TV Cartoons

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Kermit

A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa
A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa. © NBC Universal, Inc

As Kermit so famously sang, "It's not easy being green." Kermit is mostly known in his Muppet form, but he was an animated character in Muppet Babies, which ran for 107 episodes.

Origin

Kermit the Frog is perhaps the most famous creation from Jim Henson. Kermit has starred in Sesame StreetThe Muppet Show, and several feature films, including Muppets Most Wanted in 2014.

See also: 7 Best Fantasy Cartoons

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Mr. Gus

Uncle Grandpa
Uncle Grandpa. Cartoon Network

Mr. Gus (pictured center) is the dinosaur friend of Uncle Grandpa, on the cartoon of the same name. He helps Uncle Grandpa with the heavy lifting when he feels like it.

Origin

Mr. Gus is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)

See also: Complete Guide to 

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Gamora

Gamora
Gamora. Marvel

Gamora is the beautiful, but deadly, green-skinned member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. She has appeared in several Marvel TV cartoons, including Ultimate Spider-Man, ​and Hulk and the Agents of Smash. She will play a big part in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy TV cartoon.

Origin

Thanos found Gamora as a baby and raised her to be an assassin. But when she realized his true nature was evil, she left him and began working toward peace in the universe.

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Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom. Marvel

Doctor Doom has psychic power, as well as the ability to cast bolts of energy. This Marvel villain is listed here thanks to his trademark green cloak. He has appeared in TV cartoons like Fantastic FourSpider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesIron Man: Armored Adventures and Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

Origin

Born in Latveria, Victor von Doom was the orphaned son of a witch and a doctor. He trained himself in his mother's mystic ways while educating himself to become a brilliant scientist.

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Green Lantern

Blue Hope - Green Lantern: Animated Series
Blue Hope - Green Lantern: Animated Series. Warner Bros./Cartoon Network

The Green Lantern uses his ring of power to make any weapon he can think of out of pure energy. As a member of DC's Justice League, he's battled villains all over the universe. He has appeared in The All-New Super Friends HourSuper FriendsSuperman: The Animated SeriesBatman BeyondJustice League, and then starred in his own show, Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Origin

Hal Jordan was determined to follow in his late father's footsteps and become a great pilot. But when an alien crash-landed on our planet and bestowed his ring to Hal, he became part of the Green Lantern Corp., a trained organization that keeps the peace in the universe.

See also: Interview with Josh Keaton (Hal Jordan in 

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Iron Fist

Iron Fist
Iron Fist. Marvel

Iron Fist has amazing martial arts skills, as well as the ability to completely control his nervous system and focus his chi, allowing him to heal himself and become immune to pain. He has appeared in The Super Hero Squad ShowAvengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesLego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Origin

Daniel Rand watched his father die and his mother sacrifice herself to save his life. He was taken in by a mystical group at K'un-Lun, who taught him martial arts. Eventually he fought and defeated Shou-Lao and gained the power of the Iron Fist.

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Green Arrow

Green Arrow
Green Arrow. DC Comics

Green Arrow is like Batman, in that he is a human who has trained himself to be a hero. As a member of the Justice League, he brings his exceptional aim as an archer and his mad skills in martial arts. He has starred alongside his DC buddies in Super FriendsJustice LeagueThe Batman and Young Justice.

Origin

Oliver Queen was a spoiled billionaire brat who was left for dead on a remote island when his sailboat crashed. He came back to Starling City and began using his abilities to save people.

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy. DC Collectibles

Poison Ivy is a seductress bent on protecting plant life in Gotham City, no matter who gets hurt. Batman usually winds up entangled in her schemes. She uses her botanical knowledge and toxic kisses in her attempts to take over Gotham. She has appeared in Batman: The Animated SeriesJustice LeagueThe Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Origin

Poison Ivy, a.k.a. Dr. Pamela Isley, was poisoned by her botany professor. She didn't die (although it was close) but instead developed an immunity to plant toxins. Her kiss and her blood can be deadly.

See also: 11 Cartoons Perfect for Binge-Watching

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Green Ninja

LEGO Ninjago: The Final Battle App
LEGO Ninjago: The Final Battle App. LEGO

The Green Ninja was a hero of legend on Lego Ninjago, destined to defeat Lord Garmadon. Cole, Kai, Zane and Jay -- the four main Spinjitzu warriors -- were surprised when the Green Ninja was revealed to be Lloyd.

Origin

Lloyd is actually the son of Lord Garmadon. Ouch!

See also: 6 Coolest Lego Ninjago Games, Intro to Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

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Ben 10

Ben 10
Ben 10. Cartoon Network

Ben 10 is so named because he uses his Omnitrix (a watch-like device) to transform into one of ten aliens for a span of ten minutes. He uses his powers to help people and fight other aliens. There have been several versions of Ben 10, including Ben 10: Alien ForceBen 10: Alien SwarmBen 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omnviverse.

Origin

Ben Tennyson is ten years old (natch) when he finds the Omnitrix.

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Loki

Loki
Loki. Marvel

Loki, the adopted brother of Thor, is the reigning prankster in Asgard, as well as other realms. His forest green suit and cloak is what landed him on this list. (Favorite nickname? Reindeer Games, courtesy of Tony Stark in Avengers.) He has god-like strength and longevity, but he is also a sorcerer. He has been the central villain in many Marvel cartoons, including Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsThe Super Hero Squad ShowThe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesLego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, Hulk and the Agents of Smash and Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

Origin

When Thor's father, Odin, defeated the Frost Giants, he discovered a baby who had been abandoned. He adopted Loki and brought him home to Asgard. Loki grew up jealous and resentful in Thor's shadow.

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Wembley Fraggle

Fraggle Rock
(L-R) Boober, Mokey, Wembley, Red and Gobo. Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Wembley (pictured center) is the Fraggle who loves to panic. He usually imagines the worst case scenario for every situation. Fraggle Rock was a TV cartoon that only lasted 24 episodes. It was based on a puppet-filled series that ran on HBO.

Origin

The Fraggles are a group of tiny creatures who live under the basement of an old man named Doc, and his dog, Sprocket. Occasionally they venture into "outer space," which is just the cellar.

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Cragger

Cragger and Laval 'Legends of Chima'
Cragger and Laval 'Legends of Chima'. LEGO / Cartoon Network

Cragger is the crocodile character on Legends of Chima, the Lego TV cartoon.

Origin

He and Laval, the prince of the Lion Tribe, used to be best friends. Once he got his first taste of Chi, he became power hungry and competitive.

See also: Your Complete Guide to Lego TV Cartoons