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Top 10 Most Annoying Cartoon Voices

VO: Rebecca Brayton

Written by Q.V. Hough

They may be well-animated but for some reason they’re still deeply annoying. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Annoying Cartoon Voices on TV.

For this list, we’re focusing on animated characters from television, but we’re excluding creations like “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange,” because it has so much live action. The characters we are including can be intentionally or unintentionally annoying, however, so anything that makes us cringe is fair game.

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They may be well animated but for some reason they’re still deeply annoying. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 annoying cartoon voices on TV.

For this list, we’re focusing on animated characters from television, but we’re excluding creations like “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange,” because it has so much live action. The voices we’re including can be intentionally or unintentionally annoying, however, so anything that makes us cringe is fair game.

#10: Augustus St. Cloud
“The Venture Bros.” (2003-)

This quirky scientist doesn’t have the best fashion game, but even if he did, St. Cloud would still be annoying as ever with that meandering slow drawl of his. Somewhat reminiscent of Dr. Evil, with an equally irritating inflection that never seems to fade, this is the kind of super-villain you want to nail to the curb - not for his wicked deeds, but for the painful melody of words that spill out of his mouth. We’re not kidding when we say we’d rather listen to The Monarch ramble for hours on end instead of this guy; at least it wouldn’t want to make us bash our own heads in.

#9: Toad
“The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” (1989-91)

Back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, viewers were thrilled to see their favorite Nintendo gang make the transition from the console to the television screen. However, given that the pitch of Toad’s voice was taken to painful heights, it soon became evident that nostalgia could only factor into our enjoyment of the show to a certain degree. Nothing against the little guy personally, because he always came through as the mushroom-cap assistant to the Mario Brothers… eventually. We just preferred him when he was helping save Princess Peach and using his inside voice. Or when we turned the TV to mute.

#8: Uncle Grandpa
“Uncle Grandpa” (2013-)

We can look past the zany misadventures, bizarre wardrobe choices and often-creepy visuals, but it’s a stretch when our protagonist has a voice that’s more like sandpaper than it is soothing. Uncle Grandpa is never mean-spirited and his moral messages can hit home every now and again. However, the impact dramatically goes down when we have to struggle to understand what he actually has to say. Honestly, the longer we listen to the fanny-pack wearing protagonist the more he starts to sound as irritating as nails on a chalkboard.

#7: Dee Dee
“Dexter’s Laboratory” (1996-2003)

She’s the obnoxious sister of the titular boy genius, and let’s be honest: at some point you openly hoped that Dexter would zap Dee Dee into another dimension. Why? Well that sound-barrier shattering voice might have something to do with it. Her favorite pastimes are singing, living life to the fullest and sharing a laugh with her brother. The problem is that her singing is so bad that Dexter has even tried to silence her with science, her fun often causes chaos, and her laugh will not only make you want to change the channel as fast as possible, but it can also be, in some cases, quite unsettling!

#6: Elmyra Duff
“Tiny Toon Adventures” (1990-95)

Believe it or not, this toon not only attends Acme Looniversity; she also stands to be the future of the Looney Tunes franchise. But while Elmyra Duff will hopefully grow out of her awkward stage - with that hair poppin’ off her head during a sneeze and all - most viewers agree that her scratchy voice will forever make people of all ages wince in pain. Sometimes it’s not even clear just what she is saying. We’re hoping her senior year doesn’t involve too many speeches, because the only thing other toons will be taking away from those are headaches, and lots of them.

#5: SpongeBob SquarePants
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

There’s no denying the cultural impact of this beloved cartoon character, but even so, we DO have to question what’s in the water down in Bikini Bottom to make SpongeBob sound the way he does. The yellow sea sponge’s voice box emits a relatively normal sound – or at least a bearable one – that is until he finds something incredibly funny and lets loose a laugh that may charm you to begin with… but after a couple hundred episodes or so it really starts to wear you down. Almost to the point where we side with Squidward!

#4: Snarf
“ThunderCats” (1985-89)

Considering this guy’s name, it only makes sense that such a creature would have a voice to match the sound. Coming from a race of “cat-like creatures” known for their kind ways, Snarf has a longstanding relationship with the confident and heroic Lion-O, but his severely annoying voice conveys an uptight and unconfident vibe. We know all felines can’t be as badass as the leader of the ThunderCats or pull off a tight uniform like that, but did they really have to have this sorta-cat say his name so much that we could only associate Snarf with an annoyingly shrill sound?

#3: Lois Griffin
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

In the early days, Alex Borstein gave her character more of drawn-out, nasally sound. While that may have been cringe-worthy during the show’s inception period, nowadays Mrs. Griffin has broadened into a deeper vocal range. Sadly, her dialogue only makes her voice more annoying, as everything she says seems to be a permanent nag. We’re not saying it’s unwarranted (living with Peter Griffin must be tough!) but unfortunately, her voice becomes even less tolerable when she goes off one of her rants, is startled or is desperately trying to discipline her husband.

#2: Scooby-Dum
“The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour” (1976)

This relative of ol’ Scoobs doesn’t exactly have what you would call either “street smarts” or even “book smarts.” However, he does react to the word “clue” and desperately wants to be a legit police dog. But, with that voice, it’s kind of hard to take him seriously as he sounds like someone trying to speak underwater while slowly dying. To his credit, Scooby-Dum IS full of life - even if his little doggy brain is somewhat tiny. Well, at least he’s got a partner in crime in the equally odd and whiny-voiced Scrappy Doo.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

- Kendra Krystal Krinklesac
“The Cleveland Show” (2009-13)

- Toby Determined
“Gravity Falls” (2012-)

- GIR
“Invader Zim” (2001-06)

#1: Earl of Lemongrab
“Adventure Time” (2010-)

He’s the heir to the Candy Kingdom Throne and the rightful King of Annoying Cartoon Voices. We could go and on about the life story of this lemonheaded candy person, but for the sake of our list, let’s just say that his voice belongs in a time capsule for future generations to study on the art of annoyance. He screams constantly and appears to be suffering from some type of personal issue that only he can fix with his incessant screeching. Life with lemon-textured skin can’t be easy, but for all of our sakes, couldn’t Finn just turn him into lemonade with a well-placed sword swing?

Do you agree with our list?? What do you think is the most annoying cartoon voice? For more mind-blowing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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