5. Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh
The original emo cartoon character (If you Google “emo Eeyore” you get 102,00 results), Eeyore was emo before it was cool. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if his oft-quoted line “Thanks for noticing me” inspired Chris Carrabba to write “Again I Go Unnoticed.” He even had a bit of an emo swoop going on with his unruly mane of black hair.
6. Ginger Foutley from As Told By Ginger
(As Told By Ginger aired on Nickelodeon from 2000-2006.)
Ginger was the girl in junior high who wasn’t at the top or the bottom of the food chain; she just floated around the middle. She had aspirations of popularity, but was actually much cooler than she gave herself credit for. Like Doug, she was an avid journal-keeper and six-stringed instrument player. Come to think of it, Ginger and Doug would have made an awesome couple. And even if things didn’t work out, they would have left us with some great mix CDs.
7. Helga Pataki from Hey, Arnold!
(Hey, Arnold! aired on Nickelodeon from 1996-2004)
Don’t let her tough exterior fool you: It was all a façade to hide her insecurities. When she wasn’t berating her true love, Arnold, she was writing poetry about him and making a bubblegum sculpture of his football-shaped head. Granted, that last one may be more weird than emo, but you have to give her credit for finding unique ways to express her often overwhelming emotions.
8. Squidward Tentacles from SpongeBob SquarePants
(SpongeBob SquarePants began airing on Nickelodeon in 1999.)
When he isn’t dodging SpongeBob’s attempt at friendship, Squidward can be found offering some dry, no-fucks-left-to-give remark about those around him or his somewhat depressing life. He also plays the clarinet, which is definitely the most emo woodwind instrument.