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Left handed cartoon characters

While most cartoon characters are either right-handed or change hands to fit whatever makes the best pose for a particular frame, we have noticed that there seem to be quite a few cartoon characters that are clearly and consistently left-handed. Examples include:

  • Bart Simpson, Ned Flanders and Mr Burns from The Simpsons (and, occasionally, Marge)
  • (The show's creator, Matt Groening, is himself left-handed)
  • Chuckie from Rugrats
  • Link – the sword-wielding hero from The Legend of Zelda
  • Chris Griffin from Family Guy
  • Doug Funnie from Doug
  • Arnold from Hey Arnold!and if we include puppets as well:
  • Kermit the Frog from The Muppets
    (a creation of the late Jim Henson, also left-handed)
  • Bear in the Big Blue House

We are sure you know many more examples and if you do please add them as a comment to this article below and if you can put a link to a page where there is a picture of them being left-handed that would be great and we will build up our list.

What is it that makes the artist or animator draw a left-handed character? We would be very interested in your thoughts:

Is it because the artist is left-handed?

Are there more left handed cartoon artists than you would expect from the 10% or so of left-handers in the population?

Is there anything special about animation that makes a left handed character easier to draw than the right handed ones?

Is it because when a cartoonist is drawing them he draws their writing hand on the same side as his writing hand (his right, their left)?

Are there deliberate reasons for making some characters left-handed – to seem a bit “quirky” or rebellious (Bart?)

Left handed puppets are interesting. The Big Blue Bear is left-handed on the show; he seems to do most things with his left hand. This is because the head controls are important and a right-handed puppeteer's right hand is busy moving the head and mouth and has to do other things with their left hand. In a similar fashion, a lot of Muppets are left-handed, because their puppeteers are right-handed, so the right hand is almost always used to operate the puppet's head.

What about left-handed puppeteer's – is it really hard to do as the puppets are designed for right-handed use?

We would also be interested in inks to cartoons about being left-handed. Here is one page we found (though not particularly funny!)
http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/l/left_handed.asp
Here are a few more – I am sure we can find funnier cartoons than these?
http://www.shereebradfordlea.com/coollinks.html

Please post your views on this and any other left-handed characters you can find as comments below

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Posted in March 2012

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36 comments on “Left handed cartoon characters
  1. Saiyan says:

    It’s a little underground but both Ruby Rose and Weiss Schnee from the web series RWBY are left handed. The creator of the show, Monty Oum, has stated that they are both left handed because he himself, is left handed.

  2. ForgottenScar M says:

    Dilbert. In one of the episodes when he goes to a different country, a man says that using your left is not allowed.. And he was found using his left at the dinner table.

  3. Eden Rhodes says:

    Lying I and Frisk from Undertale are both left handed as well! I am too!

  4. Aiden says:

    You should write an article about left handed video game characters and actors/actresses. Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy and Mrs. Incredible from the Incredibles are two examples. Thank you for taking my ideas into consideration- Aiden

  5. Kaleb says:

    On Gravity Falls, I saw Stan’s Brother, Ford, write in the Journal with his left hand, so he should be on this list.

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