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8 Times Super Heroes Were Actually Really Offensive

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What we as adults tend to find offensive, kids barely even seem to notice. This is especially true for cartoons, movies, and comic books. It is only when we look back at some of the shows that we used to love to watch that we begin to notice things like stereotypes playing prominently throughout the stories.

Here are eight of the most offensive super hero cartoons to ever make it onto television.

1. Captain Planet

The basis for this show was great, saving our planet by being environmentally conscious, there were always teachable moments from every episode. The long and the short of it is, the five "Planeteers" would summon Captain Planet, using their special rings, to help them fight eco-villains. The problem was, each of the "Planeteers" was from a different region of the world, but each of them was a total stereotype of the region they called home, if for no other reason than the terrible, over-done accents to drive the point home.

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2. The PowerPuff Girls

You might be asking yourself, "what could possibly be offensive about the PowerPuff Girls?" To be honest, you don't even notice it until you begin to look, and when that happens it hits you like a ton of bricks; the PowerPuff Girls and virtually every character in their universe is white. Go ahead, try and find a character of color.

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3. G.I. Joe

I don't know a single man that I grew up with that didn't watch G.I. Joe. The team of special forces soldiers were great at kicking ass, and we all loved to watch them do it. It is the pinnacle of 80's cartoons. The language that was used to describe both Middle Eastern enemies and allies is so bad that I don't think I would be allowed to write it in this post, but at the time it was considered completely appropriate for children of all ages.

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4. Jonny Quest

Jonny Quest was a brilliant kid who would travel the world solving mysteries and finding long lost treasures. Honestly, it was a lot of fun, but boy was it racist. Any character that wasn't white was either a villain or a full blown stereotype. Even the name of Jonny's best friend is used as a racial slur today. The show started its run in the 60s, making it easy to understand how something could be so blatant without anyone actually caring.  

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