47 Adult Jokes in Cartoons You Didn’t Get As A Child

Do you ever go back and watch that you liked as a kid, only to discover a subtext or inappropriate moment you didn’t understand when you were knee high to a grasshopper? Are you just now getting jokes your older siblings laughed at in your favorite show? If not, then get ready to have your mind blown by this list of pop culture moments and in kid’s shows that you didn’t catch when you were growing up. A lot of theĀ best cartoons of the ’90sĀ are actually full of adult humor.

We’re not talking about the Powerpuff Girls referencingĀ The Big LebowskiĀ or Freakazoid quoting an Ed Wood film (although both of those super weird and totally 90s things definitely happened). This list covers the stuff you can’t believe animators and writers were able to get on the air. Sex, drugs, and honestly mostly sex – everything was fair game. Some of the shows on this list seemed to be nothing more than a vessel for raunchy humor and obscure innuendoes, while others were more than likely the work of a disgruntled illustrator sticking it to the man. And still, a few of the items on this list are so dark that it’s hard to comprehend how the episodes went to air. Maybe Hanna and Barbara had a secret deal with the FCC? Maybe they were just gross old creeps (most adults are).Ā 

This list is certain to make you go back and binge watch all the cartoons you loved as a kid to see what pop culture references you wouldn’t have thought twice about when you were growing up.


Daffy Duck Does Some Light Reading





The Flash Gives TMI About His Love Life






The Doctor on Rocko’s Modern Life





Cute Little Accident





Whoa, That’s Pretty Forward





The Rugrats Movie Takes on Circumcision





The Three Little Pig’s Father





The Most Watchable Scene In The Rescuers





When the Bus Driver in Hocus Pocus Hits on the Witches





The Hooker In Toy Story. Get It?!





Jessica Rabbit’s Upskirt Shot



How many VCRs were destroyed trying to find this freeze frame?



Dexter’s New Assistant’s Answer After He Asks Her To Dance





The Note In Edd’s Bathroom



For those of you squinting to read, it says “Don’t Touch Yourself.”



Lord Farquaad Gets Called Out for Having the Castle Equivalent of Truck Nuts





What Else Would It Be?



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That Time Rocko Moonlighted as a Phone Sex Operator





Helga’s Poem





Where Can I Find a Copy of Lonely Space Victims?





Shaggy’s Favorite Name





Suck Your WHAT?





This One Is Filthy





Spongebob’s Sea-Themed ~Adult Entertainment~ Addiction





When the Animaniacs Made a Handplay Joke





Life Lessons from Rocko’s Modern Life





He Reads It for the Articles





Who Doesn’t Like a Good Prison Shower Joke?





Grandpa’s Hippie Days on Hey Arnold!





Well This Happened…





This Can’t Be Unseen





Well That Is How It Works



The Powerpuff Girls really had to deal with some creeps.Ā 



Rocko’s Modern Life Gives Kids Some Great Advice





Patrick’s Genius Is Showing





Maybe That Note Was There For Good Reason…





Topanga’s No Fun





I’ll Pass…





When Heffer Gets Milked on Rocko’s Modern Life


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That Time Tom and Jerry Committed Suicide



From the rarely aired episode, “Blue Cat Blues.” Tom and Jerry allow themselves to be run over by a train after they see their girlfriend’s cheating on them. They should have just started a emo band.



Phil and Lil’s Dad Goes Away for Some Male Bonding and Stu Makes This Gesture





Cow & Chicken’s Carpet Munchers



I’m just going to leave this here.



Chowder’s Phallic Architecture



It’s not a Frank Lloyd Wright but it’ll do.Ā 



I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Does…





The All Scottish Show!





My Favorite Restaurant





When Rocko Looks Like a Gigolo





Why Does That Look Familiar?





Felch Donuts



I’ve always preferred Boston cream.