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21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime 

Crystal Brackett
Updated September 30, 2019 47.9k votes 7.5k voters 100.1k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite non-Japanese cartoons which exude the qualities of an anime.

When a cartoon on American television looks like anime, the average person usually assumes it's anime. Given anime's ever-expanding global popularity, it's easy to deem shows with anime characteristics as authentic forms of the genre. But in order to be anime, the series must be made in Japan, and the titles below, though stylistically influenced by anime, are not. But hey, that was the intention, right? These popular series are American shows that seem like anime. They're inspired by the anime genre's physical attributes, fight scenes, and of course, beautiful women.

From full-fledged series on popular channels such as Cartoon Network to titles on streaming services such as Netflix, these Western cartoons that look like anime definitely fooled someone into believing they were actually anime at some point or another.

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker & Mae Whitman (Nickelodeon)
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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Hynden Walch, Scott Menville & Greg Cipes (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão)
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The Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne & David Faustino (Nickelodeon)
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Phil LaMarr, Mako & Kevin Michael Richardson (Cartoon Network)
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RWBY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
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Code Lyoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Sharon Mann, Barbara Scaff & Mirabelle Kirkland (France 3)
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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Regina King, John Witherspoon & Gary Anthony Williams (Adult Swim)
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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy & Lauren Tom (Kids' WB)
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Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Tara Strong, Paul Eiding & Meagan Smith (Cartoon Network)
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Totally Spies! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Jennifer Hale, Andrea Baker & Katie Griffin (Nickelodeon)
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Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Starring Ami Ohnuki, Yumi Yoshimura & Grey Griffin (Cartoon Network)
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Keith David, Richard Dysart & Dominique Jennings (HBO)
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Megas XLR is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Megas XLR Starring Clancy Brown, Kevin Michael Richardson & Steven Blum (Kids' WB)
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W.I.T.C.H. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
W.I.T.C.H. Starring Kelly Stables, Candi Milo & Liza Del Mundo (Jetix)
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Super Robot Monkey Team ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Mark Hamill, Corey Feldman & Clancy Brown (ABC Family)
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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Snoop Dogg, Michael Jai White & Kym Whitley (Cartoon Network)
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Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Martin Mystery Starring Sam Vincent, Kelly Sheridan & Teryl Rothery (Vrak.TV)
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Ōban Star-Racers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Gabrielle Jeru, Chiara Zanni & Junko Noda (Jetix)
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Halo Legends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
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Kappa Mikey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Starring Jesse Adams, Michael Sinterniklaas & Sean Schemmel (Nickelodeon)
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Neo Yokio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 21 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime
Neo Yokio