Cartoon Characters in Real Life

Most of us grew up watching cartoons; stuffing our brains with mindless junk while growing to love a whole host of crazy characters from SpongeBob to Phineas and Ferb – but would you ever want to meet them in the real world? Here are some real-life imaginings of cartoon characters which are true childhood-ruiners….

Peppa Pig

One eagle-eyed Peppa Pig viewer recently noticed that the friendly pink adventurer is only ever seen from the side. She took to Twitter to reveal what she might look like head-on… you can’t un-see it now.

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Brazilian 3D artist Yan Blanco takes this re imagining a step further. Here is a nauseating peek at little Peppa all-grown-up, and boy does it look like she’s fallen on some hard times.

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Homer Simpson

The Simpsons are a staple of American culture, but have you ever considered what these popular cartoon characters would look like in human-form? Professional character artist Miguel Vasquez does just that in this nightmarish 3D-model of Homer. It really draws attention to the family’s recognisable bug-eyes – the poor man doesn’t even have eyelashes.

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I’m holding on to hope that human Homie would look more like this guy.

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Or perhaps Hollywood actor Paul Giamatti –you know, able to blink?


Marge Simpson

I couldn’t possibly forget about Marge, could I? Thankfully Miguel Vasquez has covered all Simpsons-related bases by offering an IRL glimpse into the blue haired TV icon.

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Somehow her towering mass of wool-like hair isn’t the most disconcerting thing here. At least she’s got eyelashes… but what is going on with the mouth? I don’t care what anyone says about the Kardashians, because Marge is clearly the OG lip-filler queen.

Mr Burns, Ned Flanders & Grampa

Wrapping up The Simpsons saga – if you weren’t scared enough – here’s the devious Mr Burns by DeviantArt user MataleoneRJ.


Somehow, the horrifyingly unnatural neck-to-head ratio of that 3D rendering is still no match for this real-life Mr Burns lookalike who’s definitely rubbing his hands together somewhere in this photo.


Speaking of lookalikes, this guy is about 10 seconds away from hopping over the fence and inviting me to the church bake sale.


Even this 3D Flanders by Z-brush artist Amroosi looks over-eager to please.


And check out this 3D-rendering of the loveable Grampa by Manosart from a Worth 1000 contest… he looks like he’s seen some stuff.


Nigel Thornberry

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This real-life imagining of cartoon character Nigel Thornberry by Miguel Vasquez is borderline demonic – you could land a small helicopter on that beak. And what’s the deal with the bulging, bloodshot eyeballs? Poor guy looks like he’s desperately trying not to blurt out “smashing!” for the 100th time….


A talking-sea sponge. What would he even look like IRL? Well, Vasquez has come to the rescue with this rendering…or not.

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Somehow the loveable chump is staring deep into my soul. It only gets worse in this unsettling re-imagining by DeviantArt user Bawarner – this dude looks like he’s been bathing in Krabby Patty oil twice a day…but hey, at least he doesn’t have human legs this time.



Who would SpongeBob be without his pals? First up is Patrick who – according to this Miquel Vasquez intimidating creation – has become a pro-wrestler, just look at those guns.

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If you’re looking for a friendlier rendition, how about this Mona-Lisa-like smirk by digital artist Ugly-guy-45 (left), or maybe the viral meme (right)… never mind.

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Squidward tentacles is the grumpy anti-hero we all grew up to become, so its nice to see his irritable energy carried over into the real world by artist Habibity Nickerson, right down to the arched eyebrow.

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Remember that one episode with handsome Squidward? Vasquez has already got you covered… and he’s as beautiful and unnervingly shiny as ever.

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Beavis and Butthead

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You only have to glance at these life-like sculptures by prosthetics artist Kevin Kirkpatrick to imagine how unbearably annoying a real-life Beavis and Butt-head would be. The look on Beavis’ face is that of a total psychopath, and for a pair of delinquents with two brain cells between them those are some pretty large foreheads.


This comparison with Benedict Cumberbatch and Neil Patrick Harris is plausible if not entirely insulting, but if you ask me Beavis and Butthead manifest themselves pretty nicely in Leanne and Angie from Orange is the new Black – if you know, you know.


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You may have already seen of the loveable extra-terrestrial Stitch which sent Twitter into a total meltdown amidst rumours they were promo images from a planned live-action Lilo and Stitch movie. People were unable to comprehend the possibility that the charming experiment 626 could look like a rabid blue koala on steroids in real-life but honestly, I kinda dig it. Alas, these were just some cool concept images created by Berlin-based character artist Boris Kiselicki, but never say never.

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown is everyone’s favourite loveable loser and – to be honest – we all grew up to relate to his penchant for awkwardness and social anxiety. This nervous four-year-old from the Peanuts comic strip won the hearts of many, but have you ever considered the cartoon character’s real-world counterpart?

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This lifelike drawing by illustrator Tim O’Brien really brings out the sadness in the child’s eyes and boy does this creepy basketball headed freak hit you right in the feels…

Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb would have no hope of survival in the real world with their alphabet-shaped heads and ever-dangerous stunts, but Miguel Vasquez has stepped up to the plate once again with these real-life renderings.

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Somehow their noses seem even bigger than in cartoon form, and the mischievous stepbrothers seem to have aged considerably –Ferb is giving off some serious math-teacher vibes. As for the creepy human balloon named ‘Baloony’, are Sam Smith or Steve Buscemi not already enough?

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Pikachu was already brought to life for the live-action Detective Pikachu movie, but this 3D concept art by Colorbleed studios takes a more realistic approach to the non-descript fuzzy creature. Looking far more intimidating than adorable, this rendering seems to imagine Pikachu as a rabbit-fox crossbreed with some pretty nasty teeth and claws.

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Alternatively, this digital painting by 3D artist Lindsey Wakefield imagines Pikachu as some sort of oversized hamster … 10/10 would still pet.

Mike Wazowski

The popularity of Monsters Inc is down to its so-called monsters who are far dorkier than they are scary… but what if that wasn’t the case in real life?

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This toothy 3D model of Mike Wazowski by Vasquez is pure nightmare-fuel, and this digital painting by artist Dan Luvisi isn’t much better.

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It offers a dystopian look at a blind and homeless Wazowski complete with a genius ‘will strike fear 4 beer sign’ –what good is he without his one massive eye? Speaking of, have you ever wondered how Mike Wazowski cries, or what he’d look like with two eyes? Thankfully, Twitter has the answers.

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Surely, no real-life reimagining of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie could tarnish their radiant happiness and general excitement for life? Wrong. Check out this terrifying glimpse at human Bert created by an artist called Nacho Diaz using silicone, which really brings out his eyes…I mean really.

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From the unnervingly awkward smile to the single tuft of hair sprouting from the top of his pine-cone shaped head, thanks to this horrifying creation I am never sleeping again.

Finn and Jake

Adventure Time is home to all manner of wacky characters,but the Finn and Jake double-act are undoubtedly fan-faves. Sure, Finn might seem human, but have you ever taken the time to really study his cartoonish features and imagine how that might translate into real life? I give you: Finn by Miguel Vasquez.

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This terrifying realistic model brings to your attention a whole host of abnormalities; like why are Finn’s eyes so far apart? Why does he have no nose and an ever-missing tooth? And I shudder to think what’s under that hat. Meanwhile, his super-powered canine companion Jake has been reimagined here by digital game sculptor Thomas Lishman as a buff, tatted-up crime-buster, which I am all for.

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Stewie and Peter Griffin

Stewie Griffin is the Family Guy cartoon character we all love, but what would he look like IRL – something like this maybe?


Not according to blogger Pixeloo who has created this lifelike rendition which literally looks like the crafty kid has swallowed a rugby ball.


Meanwhile, Peter – whose human doppelganger has been turning up all over the place online – has also been reimagined by Pixeloo as well as 3D artist Will Hughes… neither of which were too forgiving with his err, unusually-shaped chin.

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I know what you’re thinking: Mario is already human. Indeed, some real-life imaginings of Mario like this one by Korean 3D artist Soojong Kim seem to present him as a pretty passable plumber, but this 3D-model by Pixeloo stays truer to his original exaggerated facial features.


That nose could give Nigel Thornberry a run for his money. Recently, an American Olympic curler has been hailed online as the real-life incarnation of Super Mario, so I guess we’ll settle for that instead.

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Hey Arnold!

Some cartoon characters bear close enough similarities to us humans that they could feasibly exist in our world, but where do you start with a boy as oddly shaped as Hey Arnold? Unsurprisingly, Miguel has given it a go and it’s not a pretty sight.

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Between his ridiculously useless cap and eyes which seem feet apart, this is not someone I’d like to hang out with. Will Hughes’ interpretation of the football-headed freak doesn’t fare much better either– this zit-covered humanoid seems to have wheat for hair and looks more like a greasy deflated balloon than a human being.

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Stimpy & Courage the Cowardly Dog

Surely these childhood-wrecking 3D renderings couldn’t do as much damage to cartoon animals as humans, right? Let me introduce you to Will Hughes’ version of Stimpy the dog from the Ren and Stimpy cartoon, which quite frankly looks more like the ogre from the basement in Harry Potter than any dog I know.

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If that didn’t prove my point enough, here’s Courage the Cowardly Dogreimagined by Miguel … if there’s anything this pink pup should genuinely be afraid of, it’s his own stomach-churning appearance.

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Timmy Turner

Here’s another ‘human’ cartoon who theoretically shouldn’t look too terrifying in real life – especially as far as the awful live-action film was concerned – but this un-tooning by DeviantArt’s MataleoneRJ beats all odds by giving us Timmy in full horrifying glory.


The rabbit-like front teeth and soul-seeing eyes are enough to scare off any babysitter, so it’s no wonder Vicky never stuck around.

Fry and Professor H.

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This lifelike rendering of Fry from Futurama by Spanish character artist Miguel Miranda is enough to make you question what exactly is he supposed to be? With bug-eyes and over-puckered lips he seems more fish human, but the red human hair makes it all the more confusing.

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His take on Professor Hubert J. Fansworth takes the uneasy overhanging lip a step further, while this real-life prof by artist Carlos Lopez could pass as human.

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I guess the closest we’ll come to the truth is this ingenious prosthetic by Frank Ippolito.


Bananas in Pyjamas

Ever wondered what the Bananas in Pyjamas have been up to since they disappeared off our TV screens in 2001? No need!

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By the look of this 3D-rendering by Yan Blanco, the fruity fellas – now approaching their sell-by-date – have spent their retirement suffering from serious insomnia and smoking a 20 pack a day… and I seriously doubt those PJ’s have ever been washed, either.

Rick & Morty

Rick and Morty has been a total network smash and surely a live-action movie will be in the pipeline soon? If William Dafoe can’t play Rick, then maybe David Cronenberg? They seriously need to make this movie.

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Now let’s take a moment to imagine what the nutty scientist and his fretful grandson would look like in real life. This digital portrait of Morty by Will Hughes shows every blackhead and pore in incredible detail, and those haunting ghoulish eyes definitely have a touch of Tim Burton to them.

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Meanwhile Rick (left) is looking err…a little burnt out, and that signature spiky blue hair looks like the product of an unfortunate electrical mishap. Other realistic paintings (right) come close, and to be honest, I’m a little disturbed he’s going to steal my Szechuan sauce.

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Ed, Edd and Eddy

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There’s no denying Ed, Edd and Eddy weren’t normal kids – besides their confusing names – their four-fingered hands, thinning hair and unhealthy obsession with jawbreakers was a dead giveaway. But nothing can prepare you for Miguel Vasquez’ rendition of the trio of Eds, which is horrifying beyond your wildest dreams.

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Honestly, it looks like these kids have been hanging out on the wrong street corners, where jawbreakers aren’t the only form of currency. Ed is in the running for most chins ever recorded, ‘double D’ seems to be suffering from serious PTSD while Eddy has transgressed humankind, becoming a sugar-guzzling beast – be right back while I go claw my own eyes out!

How many of these real-life cartoon characters do you wish you could permanently erase from your brain? And which one did you think was the best rendition? Let me know in the comments down below, and thanks for reading!

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