When we're kids, we watch cartoons or movies from a completely different viewpoint. Once we grow up, though, everything changes. We notice some characters who seemed like douchebag grinches were actually the unsung heroes. These 13 characters were completely different once viewed from adult lenses:
1. He's pure evil.
Frollo in Disney's Hunchback of Norte Dame
Child: He really doesn't like Esmeralda
Adult: How the FUCK is this guy in a Disney movie?
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2. Team Rocket grows on you.
As a kid they were just the goofballs appearing constantly for slapstick humor and episode drama.
Rewatching the series as an adult they are actually a lot more endearing pair than any of the main cast and get a fair amount of development and depth throughout the series. And that's not including the puns and jokes that slipped by me in my childhood.
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3. We should all hope not to encounter a Dennis as an adult.
Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace. That kid really is a destructive force of nature, and his parents don't do shit to stop it.
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4. Daniel, you are a mess.
Daniel Hillard from Mrs. Doubtfire
Kid Me thought it was unfair that his wife would leave him and take the kids when he was such a hilarious, fun guy.
Adult Me thinks "Yeah, there are multiple good reasons why she divorced you, Daniel."
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5. I, too, am lazy and boring.
Donald Duck. As a child I thought he is lazy af and just boring. The older I get, the more I can identify with him.
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6. Stupid football head.
Not sure if this has already been mentioned but Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold. As a kid, I thought she was an ugly weird girl. As an adult, my mind was blown when I realized how neglected she was. Her mom was an alcoholic and her dad was a narcissist who favored Olga and made her the golden child. Most of the characters have pretty sad stories honestly. That show was deep and I never realized it as a child
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7. Hank Hill is a model citizen.
Hank Hill. Growing up I thought Hank was just kind of an ass to his kid for no reason. Now I realize that he's got a whole host of emotional issues caused by his upbringing, even if he doesn't do much to address them. He's really doing the best he can and usually comes around in the end.
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8. Yeah that must suck.
Every parent in every Disney movie. They're just trying to get through life and they have to deal with 15 year old magical princesses and shit.
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9. Ariel, please just be safe that is all he wants.
King Triton. As a kid, you look at him as the powerful and oppressive father who is preventing Ariel from getting what she wants. As an adult, you realize more and more how stupid Ariel is and how much he is trying to actually protect her.
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10. It turns out all these parents were underrated.
Nani from Lilo & Stitch.
As a kid she was the overly strict "mother", and always overly angry, while Lilo was the poor lost kid who was blamed for everything.
As an adult, the film is heart-breaking. Nani is herself a young kid doing her best to keep her family together, under the worst circumstances, and she's become one of my favourite characters of all time just for how relatable she is
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11. Calvin, stop pissing on emblems or you're grounded.
I used to read Calvin and Hobbes through Calvin. Now I see it through the parents.
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12. I mean Red is still kinda a jerk though.
Red from That 70's show. I used to think he was a total jerk. Now I realize Eric was a dumbass. I feel old.
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13. Bart, get your shit together.
I used to think Bart Simpson was cool. Now I'm sure he's heading straight into a lifetime of incarceration.