Cartoons aren't just for kids! Even TV shows that are created for toddlers can be twisted into something for a crowd who is a little bit older, like the female cartoon characters on this list. And as innocent as their young female characters might have been once upon a time, children grow up. Since we don't actually get to see them all grown up in films or TV shows, we have to take it upon ourselves to get a little creative. All of the cartoon women on this list are better known for how they looked as kids, in their usual form. As kids, we knew them well. Now, as adults, we have found cartoon versions that keep with their hairstyles, colouring, and the clothing they typically wear. Keeping in mind all of those similarities, it will be easy to see the resemblance between the child cartoon you know and love and their grown-up selves that you just might love even more.
Female cartoon characters are a dime a dozen, but only a select few are our favourites, and even fewer would look good enough as an adult to have someone somewhere actually create them as older people. So if you're lacking a little imagination, not to worry — we've got you covered!
16 Angelica Pickles From Rugrats
We bet you hardly recognize the spoiled brat that is Angelica Pickles from Rugrats and All Grown Up! For the record, in All Grown Up!, Angelica is really only 13 years old. Today, in 2017, she would be 29, which is still pretty young, by most people's standards. In this cartoon, she looks like she is in her late teens or early twenties, and still has that bratty look to her. Angelica as a child was mean, manipulative, bossy, and suffered from a clear case of only child syndrome (OCS). I could see this grown-up Angelica being the same way; she looks like one of those popular mean girls. Angelica Pickles as a teen would be an absolute nightmare for any parent, so it's a good thing she only managed to get to the age of 13 on the show. Although, watching her during her teenage years would have been undoubtedly entertaining.
15 Trixie Tang From The Fairly OddParents
Trixie Tang is a character in the animated series The Fairly OddParents, which has been on the air since 2001. The show is about 10-year-old Timmy Turner who is being raised by two fairy godparents after having been tortured and humiliated by a babysitter. The fairy godparents can grant him almost any wish, something that could prove dangerous for a 10-year-old boy. He has a crush on the most popular girl in school, Trixie Tang, who is also 10. She is very wealthy and acts like a spoiled brat most of the time. But she's cute, we'll give her that. Her good looks do nothing to help her vainness, however, and from the looks of it, she will only get prettier with age.
14 Boo From Monsters, Inc.
Who doesn't love Boo from Disney and Pixar's Monsters, Inc.? The movie is great all by itself, but one thing that makes it all the better is little Boo. Her real name is Mary Gibbs, but Boo fits her personality so much better, even as an "adult." As you can see, even all grown up, Boo retains that cuteness that she radiated throughout the movie. Pigtails and pink were super adorable on her as a kiddo, and as a grown-up, they are attractive in a different way. In Monsters, Inc., Boo is shown to be very curious and naïve, but advanced for her age in certain ways — being potty-trained at the age of two is pretty impressive. Big Boo seems like she is all of those things, too. This cartoon creation is perfect.
13 Lucy Van Pelt From Peanuts
Lucy van Pelt is one timeless character; she goes all the way back to the early 1950s when she first appeared in the Peanuts comic strip. Since then, she has been a part of countless other Peanuts projects — movies, television shows, cartoons, and more. Most recently, she was in the 2015 movie The Peanuts Movie, which was the latest production starring Charlie Brown. She is known for wearing white and black saddle shoes, a blue dress, and having dark black hair. This imagination of her as an adult is spot-on. The creator of Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz, said he created Lucy as an outlet for his darker personality. She is a character who is crabby, bossy, vain, stubborn, and has a terrible temper. She can even be violent. But we love her, anyway.
12 Starfire From Teen Titans
Starfire, who is also sometimes just called "Star," is one of the founding five members of the Teen Titans. She is an alien princess and the love interest of Robin. She has tons of superhero special abilities that aid her in fighting crime alongside the other Teen Titans. The show Teen Titans was on the air from 2003 to 2007, and since 2013, the spin-off show Teen Titans Go! has filled the void for those who missed the original animated series. It is based off the DC Comics characters of the same name. Obviously, given its title, the five members of the Teen Titans are all teenagers, and of course, they always stay the same age. The photos above show Starfire as her young self, and how she might look if she were just a few years older.
11 Tina Belcher From Bob's Burgers
If you have ever watched Bob's Burgers, you will recognize this girl as Tina Belcher, the daughter of restauranteur Bob Belcher, who runs a burger joint along with his wife and three children. Since 2011, Tina has entertained audiences with her awkwardness. She is caught between childhood and adolescence, which makes for some pretty funny times. For example, although she loves horses, unicorns, and other kid stuff, she also likes to write erotic fiction and has crushes on boys. She is socially awkward and obviously not the cutest girl in the world. However, like most people, she looks better as an adult. Tina Belcher would really grow into herself, if she were not a cartoon character and actually could grow up. We're hoping for the best for this weird teen.
10 Patti Mayonnaise From Doug
For those of us who grew up in the 1990s, Doug was probably a favourite cartoon to watch. It was on the air from 1991 to 1994 and revolved around sixth-grader Doug Funnie. Patti Mayonnaise is the secret love interest of Doug. Even though Patti experienced a trauma when she was a young child, she tries to live life to the fullest and maintain a positive attitude. She is talented in various sports like baseball, basketball, bowling, weightlifting, and ballet. As you can see in the above photos, the animation on the right looks exactly like what Patti would likely look like as an adult. The middle photo is a more real-life interpretation of what Patti might grow up to look like. Both are great, and we can totally see either creation being Patti Mayonnaise.
9 Pebbles From The Flintstones
Little Pebbles Flintstone was an adorable baby, and she is pretty cute all grown up, too. She is the only child of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, who were, of course, the stars of the animated series The Flintstones. The other stars were their fellow modern-day Stone Age family, the Rubbles. Even though she is most famous in baby form, Pebbles' life story was told later on. She was portrayed as a rebellious teenager and then later on as an adult, married her best friend Bamm-Bamm Rubble. We even got to see the two of them become parents to twins.
8 Helga G. Pataki From Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! was a cartoon that lasted an impressive 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. In 15-minute episodes, it tells the stories of the everyday life of Arnold, a fourth-grader who lives in a boarding house with his grandparents and a bunch of oddball neighbours and friends. Helga Geraldine Pataki is one of the main characters and is someone who is emotional, intelligent, cynical, clumsy, bossy, and somewhat of a bully. She is also a tomboy who is head over heels in love with the main character, Arnold. Helga is nine years old in the show, and is in the fourth grade. In the movie Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, she has graduated to the fifth grade. An unattractive child, one might think that she would be an ugly adult, as well, but it is clear from the picture above that she just might be able to shed the awkward kid look and grow into someone more normal looking, and dare I say, even cute!
7 Rainbow Brite
For many little girls, Rainbow Brite was their favourite show growing up. It only ran for two years in the 80s, but thankfully, made a comeback. In 2014, the new version of Rainbow Brite began entertaining a new generation of little girls. Rainbow Brite, Starlite, Murky Dismal, Lurky, and everyone else were back, but it seems as though they only stuck around for a few episodes. Maybe this generation does not appreciate the colourful, spunky little girl as much as those in the 80s did. Voiced in 2014 by Hannah Montana actress Emily Osment, the character of Rainbow Brite is an eight-year-old girl, and as you can see in these cartoon drawings, she has the potential to grow into quite the stunning young lady.
6 Little Suzy From Johnny Bravo
This grown-up likeness to the Johnny Bravo character Little Suzy is pretty close to perfect. Little Suzy is a very young girl who can be recognized by her bright red hair, green jumper, white shirt, and green headband, all of which the big Little Suzy also has. The grown-up version of Suzy has a much more detailed face, as the young Little Suzy's eyes are literally just black dots. But both are quite pretty. Johnny Bravo was an animated series about a dumb blond egomaniac, who was also Little Suzy's neighbour. Little Suzy is a sweet, cute, fun, friendly little girl who is much more likeable than Johnny Bravo, who usually referred to her as "Little Neighbour Girl."
5 Dora The Explorer
Okay, so while Dora the Explorer is not one of your favourite cartoons, she is so darn cute we just had to include her on this list. And that cuteness goes for her seven-year-old self as well as her grown-up self. Her show has been around since 2000, making it one of the longest-running shows of Nick Jr. It is an educational cartoon that follows the Mexican-American Dora, her talking purple backpack, and her talking monkey Boots while they go on various adventures. There have been numerous Dora the Explorer television specials, and a live-action movie is scheduled to be released in 2019. In it, Dora will likely be a teenager, not a seven-year-old little girl. No word yet on who will play her, but hopefully she looks just as much like the animated character as this older Dora does!
4 Eliza Thornberry From The Wild Thornberrys
Elizabeth (Eliza) Thornberry is from the show The Wild Thornberrys, which is about a family that travels the world in their RV. Unlike many of the shows on this list, the main character is a girl, a 12-year-old tomboy to be exact, who gained the unique ability to communicate with animals after an encounter with an African shaman when she was 10. Her quirky travel partners include her nature-loving parents, her teen sister Debbie, her pet monkey Darwin, and her foster brother Donnie. Young Eliza is by no means a looker, with glasses, freckles, braids on steroids, and braces over buck teeth. But somehow, her more attractive adult version still manages to look a lot like her. They are clearly the same person, separated only by time. The Wild Thornberrys was on the air from 1998 to 2004, and there was also a 2002 movie called The Wild Thornberrys Movie.
3 Daphne And Velma from Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo's Daphne and Velma are two iconic cartoon characters. The two friends are one half of the mystery-solving team that also includes their other friends, Fred and Shaggy. The fifth member of the team is a talking dog named Scooby-Doo. The teens and their furry friend travel around solving mysteries in their van they call the Mystery Machine. The cartoon first premiered in 1969 and went on to become one of the most successful cartoon franchises in television history. There have been numerous specials, books, movies, and variations of the original show since it was created. Daphne and Velma will go down in history (and really, already have) as beloved cartoon favourites for people of all ages. In the cartoon, Velma is supposed to be 15 years old, and Daphne is supposed to be 16. And while the adult version of Daphne looks just as pretty as her teen self, Velma finally owned her look and has become quite the gorgeous hipster.
2 Penny From Inspector Gadget
Penny is the niece of Inspector Gadget who secretly helps him on his missions. Over the years, there have been several television shows and movie adaptations of Inspector Gadget, both animated and live action. The most recent movie was 1999's Inspector Gadget, starring Matthew Broderick and Michelle Trachtenberg as Penny. But the most recent project of the franchise is the 2015 animated television series. It is still on the air and is on its second season. Penny was likely an easy character to create an older version of because her bright blonde pigtails and easy-to-replicate outfit are pretty standard and simple. Whoever made this adult Penny did an awesome job; it looks just like the original Penny!
1 Lisa Simpson
No one would probably ever think of Lisa Simpson as a character that would look good as an adult, and yet, someone did! The Simpsons has been around since 1989, making it one of the longest-running cartoons there is. Therefore, Lisa Simpson has also been around for 28 years and yet, she is still, and will forever be, an eight-year-old girl. Luckily, several people have taken it upon themselves to create an adult version of the practical middle-child, Lisa. These are two of those creations, and we must say, she looks a lot better than anyone probably would have ever imagined. The moral compass of the Simpson family does not look it as a grown-up, but that's fine with us!