Pop culture is packed to the brim with animals of all shapes and sizes across numerous mediums. From memes to movies, TV and anything else you can think of, there are innumerable iconic dogs, cats, horses, and other animals that have made their mark. Some of these animals are remembered for how downright cute they were, others for the way they accompanied iconic human characters, and still others for how absolutely terrifying they were. As beloved as these creatures are, some of them are no longer with us anymore, but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about them.
This list features all the famous animals from pop culture that made their mark, and subsequently passed on to the other side. Many different genres and eras are represented, ranging from the Golden Age of American cinema to the recent surge in Internet memes. However, they all have one thing in common: they are animals that will absolutely never be forgotten for the impact they ]made on the lives of millions of people around the globe.
Vote up the famous cats, dogs, and other animals you miss the most, and most memorable and be sure to pay your respects to these icons.
While many dogs portrayed the iconic pooch over the years, they all came after Pal, the original rough collie to be called Lassie, who saved kids who had fallen down wells. After living a long, full life (in dog years) Pal passed away in June 1958.
The iconic dolphin from Flipper was essentially a modern update of the classic Lassie series. Tragically, the dolphin that portrayed Flipper - named Kathy - killed herself in her tank by refusing to surface for air years after the show ended.
The Taco Bell Chihuahua
Real name Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua became iconic for the catchphrase "Yo quiero Taco Bell?" Following the famous ad campaign, the dog was also featured in 2003's Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde before dying in 2009.
Any '90s kid worth his or her salt remembers the titular dog from Air Bud. When a young boy struggles to adapt to moving to a new town after the death of his father, he soon learns that his dog can play basketball (and arguably better than he can!). The resulting popularity of Air Bud boosts the boy's confidence and allows him to open up to his peers. Sadly, Air Bud passed away in his sleep in 1998.