10 cartoon helpers who got in the way

In most cartoons, the protagonist usually has a helper who helps him in his mission or provides emotional support. Throughout the protagonist’s journey, some helpers remain the target of every joke, but others learn to grow and develop into a stronger character.



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Character development takes time, and most companions are usually more of a hindrance than a help, no matter how good their intentions are. While the protagonist tries his best to complete his mission, he usually gets sidetracked or temporarily gives up his goals in order to save his friends. Some cartoon heroes wonder why they even have a helper if they constantly get in the way.

10 Penfold was codenamed The Jigsaw (Danger Mouse)

Dangerous MouseHamster’s lovable assistant Penfold has been codenamed Jigsaw from his friends and employer because he falls apart every time he faces a problem or inconvenience. In most of the Danger Mouse missions, Penfold always complained that he was dragged away.

Penfold thought only of himself and almost always slowed down Danger Mouse. On more than one occasion, Danger Mouse’s enemies have seen how much of a hindrance Penfold was. Hence, they used him as a pawn in their plans.

9 Mandy was just a spy for a day (Totally Spies)

Mandy was the well-known antagonist of the fashion hero show Totally Spies. However, in the episode “Evil Coffee Shop Much?” Mandy became a spy for Whoop and was put on Sam, Alex and Clover’s team for his training.

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Throughout the episode, Mandy constantly complained, refused to fight, didn’t use her gadgets, and even tried to brag to several people that she was a spy. Mandy became such a stumbling block for Whoop that she was removed from the team by the end of the episode. Her memories of her were erased so that she could never tell anyone about her escapades.


8 Monterey Jack was addicted to cheese (Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers)

Monterey Jack was the muscle of the Rescue Rangers team, leaving the invention to Gadget and the detective work to Chip and Dale. There have been many times Monterey Jack was helpful, especially when he used his superior strength to help his team.

However, Monterey Jack’s only big weakness was its love of cheese. Whenever he saw a piece of cheddar or smelled a smell of brie, he made eating his new mission. The bad guys often lured and captured him using his love of cheese, separating him from his team and making him the target of his friends’ rescue work.


7 Tough Luck Chuck was a malfunctioning robot (Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy)

In Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy, Tough Luck Chuck was the test robot made for Rescue Bot Recruits and was used as a mannequin. Despite advanced Cybertronian technology, Chuck was built only with the most basic parameters in mind. As such, it was never made to last through all of the rookie training missions.

Since the very first episode of Rescue Bots Academy, Chuck was prone to malfunctions. This led to recruits on impromptu rescue missions as they tried to keep living cybertronian technology out of the prying eyes of the public.


6 Constantly Caused Fault Blunk (WITCH)

With his unique talent for smelling portals between worlds, Blunk has become a valued helper to the Guardians of the Veil. However, most Guardians didn’t want Blunk anywhere near them. Despite his loyalty to heroes, he spent most of his time causing trouble for his allies.

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With a mischievous nature and sticky fingers, Blunk’s thief ways often led him into battles he wasn’t prepared to handle. Without notable fighting skills, Blunk also needed to be rescued on many occasions. If he hadn’t been able to locate the portals, he would have been expelled from the Guardian squad without hesitation.


5 The herd hindered the horse as much as they helped it (Centaurworld)

On her mission to return home to Rider, and later defeat the Nowhere King, Horse has found herself constantly sidetracked by her new pack. The pack cared little about serious things and often just wanted to have fun. Horse needed her herd to navigate the Centaurworld, but she didn’t make things easy for her.

Wammawink never wanted Horse to leave, so he created distractions to keep Horse with him. Zulius was too self-centered to pay attention to Horse’s needs. Glendale was often misled by her thieves, who usually did more harm than good. Ched tried to make Horse suffer. Durpleton was too stupid for his sake, he needed all the protection he could get to avoid dying silly. With friends like that slowing Horse down, she didn’t need enemies to hinder her further.


4 Scrappy Doo was too eager to fight (Scooby-Doo)

Despite being part of the mysterious gang of Scooby Doo, young Scrappy-Doo cared little about solving mysteries. Instead, he was more focused on delivering his own personal brand of justice by threatening to fight all the bad guys he met. Although Scrappy had good intentions and was always on the side of heroes, his tenacious attitude caused more problems for his friends than he did.

Being young, inexperienced and small in stature, Scrappy-Doo was never able to finish the fights he had started. Once he learned this, the brave puppy was eager to volunteer his uncle Scooby to fight in his stead, despite Scooby’s wishes to escape the conflict.


3 Howard wanted Randy to use his powers for personal gain (Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja)

With the NinjaNomicon as his guide, Randy Cunningham was the ninja of his school’s ninth grade, and often protected the building from the forces of evil. The NinjaNomicon taught him that his powers should only be used when needed.

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At the same time, Randy’s best friend Howard told him there was no point in having powers unless he used them for personal gain every now and then. Randy’s missions tended to go wrong when Howard was involved because as far as his comrades were concerned, Howard was self-centered, mischievous and never did what he was told.


2 Soos was easily distracted (Gravity Falls)

In Gravity falls, Soos was the faithful handyman of the mysterious shack. Here she has learned many weird and niche skills that have occasionally helped Dipper and Mabel on their adventures. Most of the times Soos helped her friends of hers was by accident because she came across things she didn’t realize were clues.

As loving and loyal as Soos was, he was also clumsy and foolish. These qualities usually led him and his friends into dangerous situations. Although Soos always had good intentions, his friends couldn’t help but get annoyed with him when he got in the way of adventures.


1 Ron Stoppable always needed to be saved (Kim Possible)

In a show all about girl power, it makes sense that Ron Stoppable would be the clumsy companion and would always need his friend Kim Possible to come to his rescue. For the most part, Ron was around to be his emotional support.

While Kim was venturing out as a super spy heroine, Ron was usually the target of the villain’s joke. On several missions, Ron got in the way of Kim’s goals and was captured by villains on multiple occasions. However, viewers hate thinking about where Kim would be without her partner.

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