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11 Cartoons We Never Realized Were Messed Up Until We Saw Them As Adults

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There were plenty of times that a particular cartoon might forget it was intended for children, but some shows in general just seemed to revel in showing us things that were either horrifying, gross, or just plain weird. In particular, these 11 cartoons were the biggest offenders.

Courage The Cowardly Dog

Cartoon Network

A show that was entirely about showing the most messed-up things possible, Courage had to constantly save his adoptive parents from all the terrors that routinely showed up in Nowhere. The show was pure nightmare fuel.

Cartoon Network

Inhumanoids

Hasbro

The characters in the title are actually the villains, and man did Hasbro ever go out of their way to make them unsettling. Not only that, but it was really gory and brutal for a kids show, leading to complaints from parents groups. Of course, we just loved it more for it.

Hasbro

Ren & Stimpy

Nickelodeon

More on the humor side of "messed up" than the creepy side, Ren & Stimpy had some of the most whacked-out imagery this side of an acid trip. Pretty sure that's why kids loved it so much, but still, WTF?

Nickelodeon

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Nickelodeon

A show about a society of creepy-yet-adorable monsters whose jobs are literally to go to the human world and scare children, this was like the substantially weirder prelude to Monsters Inc. The show was great, but in retrospect, what was this doing to us?

Nickelodeon

Spongebob Squarepants

Nickelodeon

Yeah we mostly know the show for silly voices and wacky antics, but it really isn't afraid to get weird at times. Anybody remember the episode with monster footage from the 1922 horror movie Nosferatu? Yeah, that happened.

Nickelodeon

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