Total Nerd The Most Influential Characters in Furry History  

Jacob Shelton
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Even though the furry fandom has only recently received mainstream press, fans of anthropomorphic animals have been attending science fiction and fantasy conventions since the early '80s. But the fandom really exploded when millennials raised on cartoon properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Space Jam, and the early '90s Disney films grew up and started melding their favorite furry characters with elements of cosplay.

As with every type of fandom, there’s an undercurrent of eroticism running through the world of furries that makes sense when you take a second look at children’s cartoon characters like Cheetara or Lola Bunny. If this is your first peek into the bizarre world of furries, say goodbye to any SFW thoughts you had about your favorite animated characters. This insight into some of the most influential and hot furry characters just might make you go out and buy a giant fox costume.

Artists have been drawing hot cartoon characters since the first cave drawing. But it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that cartoon characters started getting freaky-deeky. Most of the early furry influences come from underground comic creators like Ralph Bakshi and Dan O’Neill who were playing with the form of comic strip characters from their youth, which happened to be anthropomorphic animals. They probably didn’t intend for their work to spawn the furry lifestyle of full-body cosplay and sexualized animals, but when you look back at the original work, it’s easy to see how young fans made the connection.

Take a look at these influential characters that have a big NSFWFF (not safe for work furry fandom), and leave us a comment if there’s a cartoon character that you find particularly captivating.
Lola Bunny is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Characters in Furry History
Photo: Warner Bros.

Lola Bunny first appeared in Space Jam, seemingly coming out of a marketing executive's brain nowhere and beckoning furries with her siren-esque basketball skills. We honestly didn't think she was that big of a deal in the furry community until we stumbled across a Reddit thread arguing about the way her character has changed from Space Jam to The Looney Tunes Show

Furry 1: Shame they made her into a psychotic bimbo in The New Looney Tunes, not that it isn't a good show.
Furry 2: I'm gonna disagree with you about Lola on The Looney Tunes Show. She was totally hot and sexy in Space Jam, BUT she hardly had any personality, or flaws for that matter. She was just the token chick, and a lot of the time she was kind of stereotypical and bland.

And the conversation goes on and on until the earth dies its eventual heat death. 

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Cheetara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Characters in Furry History
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Cheetara is the lone female member of the Thundercats, and there's something about a woman that could tear you to ribbons at any moment that's just really sexy, you know?

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Characters in Furry History
Photo: Disney
There were cartoon animals before Disney's Robin Hood, but the titular character from the 1973 animated film opened the door to the idea of saucy anthropomorphic characters in a way that Mickey Mouse never could. Robin may have been the first cartoon hero that men wanted to be and women wanted to be with. 

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Bugs Bunny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Characters in Furry History
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Everyone loves Bugs Bunny. Furries, normies, norm-furs, it doesn't matter what kind of fandom you're tangentially connected to; some part of you is subconsciously attracted to Bugs' nihilism. 

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