Top 10 Unexpectedly Dark Episodes in Kids’ Cartoons

  • Published on Jun 17, 2018
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    Well, these TV episodes were awfully dark for a kid’s cartoon. For this list, we’ll be looking at episodes of kids’ cartoons with dark elements that were mostly uncharacteristic to the rest of the series. We’re also taking into consideration how messed up the plot of the episode was and will be excluding anime. Our list includes episodes from TV shows like Phineas and Ferb, The Powerpuff Girls, Young Justice, Invader Zim, Adventure Time, and more. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Unexpectedly Dark Episodes in Kids’ Cartoons.
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    #10. “The Ultimate Enemy”
    #9. “Web World Wars”
    #8. “Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!”
    #7. “Way of the Dee Dee”
    #6. “Twisted Sister”
    #5. “Haunted”
    #4. “Holly Jolly Secrets”
    #3, 2, 1: ???

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  •  10 months ago +245

    Want more dark moments from kids' cartoons? Check out this video by MsMojo!

  • kinotrees 2.0
    kinotrees 2.0 18 hours ago

    Future Danny = fused zamasu

  • datbig304
    datbig304 Day ago

    Bunny kind of reminded me of Adelaide... Turned away because she was "different" and not "like the other girls", despite having a beautiful soul. Kind of made me cry

  • datbig304
    datbig304 Day ago


  • Anarchy Pony
    Anarchy Pony Day ago

    I watched Dark Harvest when it first aired. It was hilarious. Get off my lawn!

  • AzItIz Ahmad
    AzItIz Ahmad Day ago

    The teen tittan episoid remind me of the supermarket book by bobby hill

  • Tclbmx
    Tclbmx 2 days ago

    adventure time is not a kids show btw

  • Ismail Hasanzade
    Ismail Hasanzade 3 days ago

    Was goin to ask where is episode from "Courage the Cowardly Dog", then I remembered that all of episodes there were messed up! though my fav show from my childhood!

  • TinGamerTV Productions

    The Powerpuff Girls show was re-released in 2016 and is still available today.

  • Braun Stacey
    Braun Stacey 3 days ago

    Man i like pokemon

  • Alyssa Stella
    Alyssa Stella 3 days ago

    Powerpuff girls are my fav

  • JeaIous
    JeaIous 3 days ago +2

    #1 - The entire series of Courage the Cowardly Dog

  • Justin Lee
    Justin Lee 3 days ago

    How about, like, every Steven Universe episode?

  • Sara McMurtrie
    Sara McMurtrie 3 days ago +1

    Birthmark Teen Titans

  • Sara McMurtrie
    Sara McMurtrie 3 days ago +1

    The Smurfs Squeaky because it over going over death. Smurfs is using a lighthearted, fun series. But this episode was one of the darkest in smurfs. Also the most depressing.

  • Xipe Totec
    Xipe Totec 3 days ago

    Beast Wars: TRansmutate and Dinobots death

  • Big Boy
    Big Boy 4 days ago

    Courage the cowardly dog???????

  • tangsang limbu
    tangsang limbu 4 days ago

    Bunny really made me sad too!

  • Kyuukayayoi327
    Kyuukayayoi327 4 days ago

    That invader Zim episode made paranoid for months.

  • Lauren Elder
    Lauren Elder 4 days ago

    Forgot that episode of Spongebob when Squidward had "depression".

  • AnimeChibi90
    AnimeChibi90 4 days ago

    Bunny do good! Bunny do good! 😭😭😭😭

  • Fabo Andolini
    Fabo Andolini 4 days ago

    8:12 I remember that episode so well, yikes

  • Cyber Warrior Jayswal

    The whole avatar the last airbender is not a kids show

  • The Bridge
    The Bridge 5 days ago

    Invader zim is top 3 darkest cartoons ever.

  • Mark Gonzales
    Mark Gonzales 5 days ago

    The rugrat one was a good one.

  • FW911
    FW911 5 days ago

    I shouldn't be watching this stuff at midnight on a work night, but hey here we are.

  • Pieces Animates
    Pieces Animates 5 days ago


  • Mario Villa
    Mario Villa 5 days ago +1

    hey I'm stuck in a Wendy's ad but I can just tell you the powerpuff girl episode when the sister passed away absolutely destroyed me as a kid and still does till this day.
    :/ such a great show

  • David
    David 5 days ago

    Dark Harvest is the best :D ...

  • FrostBitey10
    FrostBitey10 6 days ago

    Teen Titans was a dark show in a lot of episodes. "The End", which was a two-parter, was darker in my opinion. Raven trying to make her friends' last day as good as possible before her father destroys the world.

  • Marcel Porof
    Marcel Porof 7 days ago

    The darkens of kid shows

  • Steven Joshua
    Steven Joshua 7 days ago

    the Danny Phantom one gives me the feel of Grant Gustin's The Flash and Savitar

  • Sub On Me Fam Pls
    Sub On Me Fam Pls 7 days ago +1

    Why not Blurr's death in Transformers Animated?

  • Sergio del Río Reyes

    07:42 lol they're aliens themselves

  • alexandriusgirl
    alexandriusgirl 7 days ago +1

    Yaaaaay! ATLA is in the list 😍😍😍😍

  • ssoftcheck
    ssoftcheck 8 days ago

    This person has never seen a lich episode in adventure time

  • Bao Nguyen Quoc
    Bao Nguyen Quoc 8 days ago

    Hurt Incantation of Rapunzel

  • Ota Kun
    Ota Kun 8 days ago

    The darkest kids' cartoon was when my TV light bulb went out

  • Logan Bedenis
    Logan Bedenis 8 days ago

    Bruh Invader Zim has a kid’s eyes being plucked out and replaced with robotic versions, simply to get a kid to leave Zim alone. Fucked up shit was Invader Zim’s entire thing. And I loved every single second of it.

  • Dustin Nunn
    Dustin Nunn 8 days ago +1

    The Day the Ed Stood Still was one of the funniest Ed, Edd n Eddy episodes! And by the way, it would have been nice if Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup recreated Bunny instead of grieving over her death in the Powerpuff Girls episode "Twisted Sister" (Not to be confused with the heavy metal rock band Twisted Sister).

  • anon green
    anon green 8 days ago +23

    "we will be excluding anime" immediately shows anime

  • selmalover
    selmalover 8 days ago

    PPG has darker episodes than Twisted Sister; Speed Demon, Powernoia, Knock It Off

  • Sankets
    Sankets 8 days ago

    Theres an anime named "XXXholic" which is darker than the most darkest animes/cartoons put together

  • pizzabroodje
    pizzabroodje 8 days ago

    Bunny bunny bunny bunny bunny bunny bunny... oh god the tears......

  • Jared Scott
    Jared Scott 8 days ago

    What about the episode of power puff girls where HIM invades their dreams...

  • K G
    K G 8 days ago

    @BlameItOnJorge is the OG RU-clip channel which discusses cartoons and darkest moments, life lessons, and serious issues in kids shows

  • kurtis creech
    kurtis creech 8 days ago

    Death of kid flash? Starfire going to the dark future? You guys didn’t even try?

  • The Dee
    The Dee 9 days ago

    About ReBoot... I beg to differ that the darkest it ever got was four episodes later in Game Over when Enzo lost the Mortal-Kombat-Like game and his sister Dot was convinced he had died.

  • John Bartholomew
    John Bartholomew 9 days ago

    Fail safe was dark but secrets was darker.

  • Ben Benton
    Ben Benton 9 days ago

    Welcome to Watch Mojo.
    Where you can ironically do penile_masturbation while watching the Powerpuff Girls trivia

  • Lowell Lucas Jr.
    Lowell Lucas Jr. 10 days ago none of the 2012 TMNT episodes made it eh? No Moms a secret Krang monster, no Super Shredder resurrection? You guys need to do some digging.

  • louis martin
    louis martin 10 days ago

    what about Born Again from Spongebob

  • molly mcmurtrie
    molly mcmurtrie 10 days ago +5

    I shocked Teen Titans Birthmark wasn't on the list. It should be. Because that was dark.

  • molly mcmurtrie
    molly mcmurtrie 10 days ago +5

    Teen Titans Birthmark should be on the list.

  • Sam Samson
    Sam Samson 11 days ago

    *Watch the NEW Season 2 Netflix SHE-RA trailer for clear skin.*

  • animelovers000
    animelovers000 11 days ago

    Back when cartoons were cartoons.

  • Bunny Letters
    Bunny Letters 11 days ago +2

    My head and heart felt some kinda way when you showed Bunny. I definitely was low key traumatized by that episode.

  • Some random Guy
    Some random Guy 11 days ago

    How was anything in invader zim unexpectedly dark? That was the whole show

  • ʀᴇᴅᴡᴏʟғᴛʀᴀsʜ ᴏɴ Tᴜᴍʙʟʀ

    i’m so happy my mind repressed most of that PPG episode

  • ShadowNny
    ShadowNny 11 days ago +1

    Wrong. The darkest episode of Adventure Time is when they forced a shitty LGBT ship to force a progressive agenda and denied the main character who strives for relationships the entire show, a relationship. Avatar Legend of Korra did the same shit. Its just a way for the creators to go on twitter and wank themselves off saying "Look how progressive we are! Give us good ratings!"
    Also notifications are off, good luck replying.

    • hope cancups
      hope cancups 10 days ago +1

      i completely agree. While i dont mind LGBT, i dont want it shoved in my face in every show i watch

    AKAIO 11 days ago

    theres 2 anime in this list, dont @ me

  • Wiratama
    Wiratama 12 days ago +8

    The darkest episodes are when electricity goes out for 2 days in my town

  • Synewsho
    Synewsho 12 days ago +1

    i definitely remember watching that teen titans episode and not understanding what it first meant back when i was a kid. today i completely understand how dark it was. god damn i really miss that show

  • Luke Perkins
    Luke Perkins 12 days ago +1

    Invader zim always scared me and I never quite understood it.

  • Jack Oni Hare
    Jack Oni Hare 12 days ago

    Surprised I didn’t see anything out of the KND animated show. I’m sure they had a good few dark episodes in there.

  • jesslynn
    jesslynn 12 days ago

    umm Raven's story in 4th season of teen titans????????

  • Pedro Barella Borges
    Pedro Barella Borges 12 days ago

    Any Ren & Stimpy episode make any of this looks like Peppa Pig stuff.

  • Black Rainbow
    Black Rainbow 12 days ago

    3:58 I wanna rock (ROCK!)

  • AlexealVongola
    AlexealVongola 13 days ago

    8:29 that episodes dark? I laughed my ass off on that episode

  • Rainbow_Domino Gaming
    Rainbow_Domino Gaming 13 days ago

    I legitimately thought that the title said dank and not dark

  • Baji Scipio Dārayav Aurelius Julian Venizelos Nalwa

    i only know 4 of the cartoons

  • hardwire
    hardwire 13 days ago

    pfft thats what the tall ones want you to believe

  • Max Lai
    Max Lai 13 days ago

    All invader ZIM episodes

  • family guy fg
    family guy fg 13 days ago +1

    Avatars one was the most darkest in this video

  • family guy fg
    family guy fg 13 days ago

    I like the woman voice more

  • Adan Reyes
    Adan Reyes 14 days ago

    When Stu is in the basement with the chocolate pudding at night was a rough scene

  • Gary Naccarto
    Gary Naccarto 14 days ago

    Invader Zim harvesting organs? Thats some crazy s**t I know harvesting organs is something that happens in real life(usaully for them to be sold on the black market) but the fact that it would actually be shown on a kids show is crazy by the way I actually seen that episode of invader Zim.

  • Logan Record
    Logan Record 14 days ago

    Number 1: Every episode of teletubbies

  • Mark Kerce
    Mark Kerce 14 days ago


  • XdarkXritualX
    XdarkXritualX 14 days ago

    Apparently you don't understand the irony of using a series by Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as #1 on a list of "unexpectedly dark kids episodes."

  • stephanie
    stephanie 14 days ago

    um what about tom and jerry where they killed themselves?

  • DragonStar Productions
    DragonStar Productions 15 days ago +8

    I'm sorry, Unexpectedly?
    For the #1 pick?
    You DO know what that show WAS, right?
    Who made it?
    "Unexpectedly" is the opposite of the adjective I'd use for Invader Zim.

  • Iyanna McLeod
    Iyanna McLeod 15 days ago

    Bunny deserved better

  • Bigmaggot 2001
    Bigmaggot 2001 15 days ago

    This vid is pretty much stealing blameitonjorge's vid of the same name.

  • antonio godinho
    antonio godinho 15 days ago +1

    "excluding anime"

  • wildefice1
    wildefice1 16 days ago

    Can someone please erase that episode of rugrats from my memory :'( that just wasn't right.

  • SeaJay Oceans
    SeaJay Oceans 16 days ago +1

    4:02 In Loving memory of Bunny. :-( Saddest, most painful Power Puff Girls ever .... :-( poor BUNNY ! ! ! Never Forget Her.

  • Ajay
    Ajay 16 days ago +1

    There's a far scarier episode of Powerpuff Girls. The one where the professor's old college buddy made a whole bunch of knock-off Powerpuff Girls and bloody nearly almost killed the real ones.

  • ndisfoshiz
    ndisfoshiz 16 days ago +15

    That powerful girl episode was pushed to the back of my mind! Why would you remind me of it

  • DJ Collin
    DJ Collin 16 days ago

    Return the slab or suffer my curse

  • MinAh
    MinAh 16 days ago

    the ppg episode still makes me cry

  • Jordan Stevens
    Jordan Stevens 17 days ago

    I remember the Phineas and Pherb episode and I knew as a kid that shit was messed up.

  • Derpy Neon Turtle
    Derpy Neon Turtle 17 days ago +2

    The fact that I was a broke Nibba and only saw the worst episode or the sad ones when I went with my babysitter😂

  • ambrawl
    ambrawl 17 days ago

    The powerpuff girls one messed me up

  • moto vaper
    moto vaper 17 days ago +1

    you clearly haven't watched "Night on bald mountain - Fantasia" by Walt Disney...

  • Missing Flanders
    Missing Flanders 17 days ago

    TMNT "The Darkness Within"

  • Future Trunks
    Future Trunks 18 days ago +3

    I knew the avatar puppet master would have been on this list such a dark episode gave me nightmares when I was 8

  • septemberthe1loner
    septemberthe1loner 18 days ago

    That teen titans episode messed me up when i was a kid

  • Yeesty Yeesty
    Yeesty Yeesty 18 days ago

    I remember I cried the first time I saw the Bunny episode of Powerpuff Girls

    I liked her a lot

    • Yeesty Yeesty
      Yeesty Yeesty 18 days ago

      OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah
      I just thought The was weirdly adorable. Not sure why.

    • OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah
      OrdinaryServingOfJell-O Nah 18 days ago

      I saw it when it aired too.. I thought of her like an unfinished frankenstein.

  • Sanam Begum
    Sanam Begum 18 days ago +5

    Dark episodes...

    So the cartoon is dark but i still see the screen