The Cartoon Illuminati By Adam Withers

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As I was bouncing around StumbleUpon this afternoon I chanced upon this wonderful and humorous illustration by Adam Withers over on deviantART depicting “a collection of the greatest geniuses in the history of cartoons, all brought together to decide the fate of the world in secret!”

“The Cast (Clockwise from top center): Daria Morgendorffer (Daria), Susan and Mary Test (Johnny Test), Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo), Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory), Edd (Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy), Nigel Uno (Codename: Kids Next Door), and Jimmy Neutron.”

Cartoon Network? You kind of have to make this a television show now…because I want to watch it!

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65 Responses to The Cartoon Illuminati By Adam Withers

  1. McK says:

    Like the art, not a big fan of the choices. I had never heard of “Johnny Test” in my life. I’ve only heard the name “Codename: Kids Next Door.” All I know of “Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy” is that I was too annoyed by it to watch more than 5 minutes.

    I’d prefer some more “classic” choices that people over 15 years old might know.

    Donatello? Gyro from Duck Tales? The Brain of Pinky & The Brain? Brainy Smurf? Simon of the Chipmunks? Gadget of the Rescue Rangers? Penny and Brain of Inspector Gadget?

  2. Alexandra says:

    Ah, but to be fair to the new generation, McK, this group of characters has been chosen to appeal to younger eyes already very familiar with the Cartoon Network of today. What would be interesting if a group like yours competed with the group this artist rendered…I would watch that.

  3. Alexandra says:

    However, I agree with you. Classics of all kinds are undervalued in this society, no matter if it’s Pinky and the Brain (repetitive yet somehow with a comedic soothing touch) or if it’s Don Quixote (got to love a novel with a delusional hero and a donkey, right?). But few people pay attention to “the old dead guys” now, sadly. I think I heard Saint-Saens crying.

  4. VicSage says:

    @Alexandra There are still places you can visit that pay attention to “the old dead guys”, friend. ;)

  5. Shadowulf1 says:

    Of course there are good choices that were not included here. And yet I think he or she was going for human geniuses (unlike the animal characters mentioned before), as well as characters who were modern. Though, yes I do agree, some very valid choices were left out.

  6. Jeron says:

    I like the choices made…if this cartoon would ever take place whether it be a comic book or full anime…it would be very interesting to see the development of the characters. True I am not familiar with all of the characters but…I know a lot of them. Who to say that the other unmentioned characters won’t make appearances or become a rival group. The artist took a very innovative role in changing the age appearance to make the characters look like they could work together. Imagine…Velma actually working with a group of people where she might actually can be able to spark a love interest..lol!

  7. VBall says:

    $10 bucks says she gets it on with Daria.

  8. John McK says:

    Never heard of Susan and Mary Test, But was Johnny not quite clever himself? Also as far as I know he turned to Raj quite a bit when in trouble.

  9. Pippe21 says:

    I think that this is a good selection of characters. It seems that the selection was mainly based off of characters from popular CN shows, with an exception or two.

  10. Fred savage says:

    Smart was the requirement here. Geniuses. They made Velma loo hot!

  11. Brittany says:

    I love this! In the comments I saw where someone said that only people 15 and under would recognize these characters. WRONG. I’m 20 and I watched every single one of these shows. Hell, Dexter’s Laboratory hasn’t been on the air for a very long time. And Daria? She’s from the 90′s.

    Also, great job on Jimmy Neutron. I always knew he’d grow up to be a cutie.

  12. truth says:

    Jimmy Neutron could also double as Fry from Futurama.

  13. Matty says:

    Double D looks like a bad ass haha I love all of these

  14. guest says:

    No way. I won’t let you ruin my favorite childhood cartoons. Leave them as they are!!

  15. Gabi A says:

    I Think this is pretty legit, :DD Maybe us 17 year olds find it alot more interesting and appreciative of the characters, Nice job though (:

  16. VicSage says:

    Nah, Friends. I don’t think it is just “young people” who enjoy the idea of the Cartoon Illuminati, you just have to enjoy nice art. :)

  17. Jake says:

    I really like this, I dislike the Johnny Test show but it seems the author wanted a mix of brand new to slightly old characters (meaning back to the 90′s). I didn’t care for Jimmy Neutron but I think I’d like him in this show, as long as he isn’t so arrogant like he was as kid (most likely still is). Double D is definitely my favorite, he looks like a delinquent which gives the sense that hanging out with the other Ed’s finally caught up with his morality. If this was a show my favorite episode would be when the other Ed’s followed Double D to the secret base, hid somewhere and then caused disasters when the Illuminati group wasn’t around.

  18. CJ says:

    I think that Lisa Simpson should be added to this as well

  19. aa says:

    I imagine that Jimmy Neutron, Dexter and the Test girls would be in a constant battle over who had the better secret lab.

  20. Mike says:

    Why is Daria in the pic? She wasn’t intellectual or inventive. She just complained a lot and assumed everyone around her was stupid.

    I guess the artist was just desperate to round out the girl to guy ratio a bit.

  21. Jonnie says:

    I like the list of characters. We have old school Velma, boy geniuses Jimmy Neutron (his head should be bigger IMO) and Dexter from the 90s, wiseass Daria from Beavis and Butthead (as well as her own show) fame, Double D from the late 90s, and the Test twins from the late 2000s.

    I am twenty-four years old, and I’ve seen all these cartoons. I like the idea of all the other smarty characters but I think this guy was going more for current cartoons. I thought he tried to please the oolder masses by bringing in older characters: Velma, Daria, and Dexter (Dexter came on in the mid-90s) and they’re still pretty rememberable to most people today. Then again, these may be the characters the guy enjoyed the most!

    Finally, someone mentioned Johnny and Raj. This isn’t Johnny Quest. It’s Johnny Test, which is a completely different show. I’d explain it, but it’s not worth it.

  22. Stefano says:

    I think you nailed what Dexter would look like. IMO, Gretchen Grundler or even TJ Detweiler from Recess would’ve been good additions. Like the picture though!

  23. VicSage says:

    Hey friends, it is like I’ve said…we are proof that this show could work, we just need to get Cartoon Network to see the light. Ha, ha. :)

  24. Guest says:

    Most of these cartoons are pretty old. KND started a decade ago and that was a decent show…Also, Jimmy neutron is a nick show so this love fest will, sadly, never happen.

  25. Lavon says:

    I remember watching all of those shows! That is a wonderful illustration!

  26. Johnny says:

    Haha! Dexter raging as always

  27. David says:

    this seems like a decent show.. the idiot that bashed the show then suggested all animals should realize that they’re trying to make this a realistic show.. surely animals wouldn’t decide the fate of the world – they had the smart people from all recent cartoons. also i’d like to point out that i’m over 15 and have heard of all but the girl off the first show listed. If you feel the need to respond just know that I won’t read it so you’ll just look like an idiot. thank you and have a nice day

  28. Brice says:

    I thought Jimmy was Captain N at first.

  29. Dar says:

    This is actually impossible, as Jimmy Neutron belongs to Nickolodeon.

  30. Nineties says:

    Da#$ Jimmy Neutron is one hot genius…

  31. n8 says:

    here’s a couple to add: Robin from Teen Titans, and Gretchen from Recess

  32. Joi says:

    I love the artwork, but honestly even though I’d love to see some older cartoon characters up here…I would much rather leave the fate of the world in the hands of humans rather than a sociopathic lab rat and his compatriots.

  33. Shaggy02 says:

    I’d totally buy a poster of this.

  34. MakiLotus says:

    Ever thought about making this into a fan comic?

  35. VicSage says:

    I would certainly buy a comic based on this team!

  36. jtgero says:

    Those whores from johnny test do NOT belong in here.

  37. me, myself, and I says:

    I love this, as a conspiracy freak. It makes sense to use this crowd. And, as some of you said, there are quite a few others who would make this team come together.

  38. Ema says:

    …That is totally amazing. I knew all of the characters without reading the caption. I love this picture so much.

  39. Kimberly says:

    why is it called illuminati though…….? O_o

  40. VicSage says:

    Kimberly, I think Adam Withers was playing off the Marvel Comic’s Illuminati team:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminati_%28comics%29

    I for one would rather read about this Cartoon Illuminati. :)

  41. Hannah S. says:

    That’s not the Jimmy Neutron I remember.

  42. Melanie says:

    HAH Double-D looks like my weirdo drummer ex boyfriend.
    I absolutely love this.

  43. Brady says:

    You guys, the point of this was to have the characters relate to all age groups. The only reason I even know who Daria is is because of the internet, and I’ve only seen like, 4 episodes of dexter’s lab. But to judge me on what TV shows I had when I was little is bullsh*t. Like, really. Just because I’m more familiar with Jimmy Neutron and Numbah One doesn’t make this a bad thing. It was supposed to have generations in cartoons. It was supposed to have familiar characters. And for you to ask for all classic characters is just as unfair as me to ask for all newer characters.

  44. Drahken says:

    I recognized all except neutron (just way too different from the normal version. It looks more like that generator rex guy) and numbuh 1.
    I always liked daria (both the cartoon & the character).

  45. Drahken says:

    Also, in regards to neutron being a nick show; Daria was an MTV show, which is a viacom network, right alongside nick. As such, daria couldn’t be in the show either (although she & neutron could be in one together).

  46. AR says:

    @McK I am only 15 and I have heard of everyone you mentioned, they were all on when I was younger and I loved them and thought they were awesome shows, and I do miss them, but you don’t have to complain that you don’t know some of these people

  47. ana says:

    uhh where’s Blossom from the Power Puff Girls??? hahaha love the Illuminati concept. also Jimmy Neutron is FINE

  48. Izzy says:

    For thos e of you saying tha tthis couldn’t happen because Jimmy Neutron is a Nick show…he looks different enough, all they’d have to do is never give away his last name lol.

  49. Maliwan says:

    Just remove that Johnny test crap awesome, though i don’t know who daria is.

  50. Ian says:

    You. Are. Awesome.

  51. Ryan says:

    I think that there could also be Mandy (grim adventures of billy and mandy), AJ (Fairly Oddparents), and I also think that Kim Possible was pretty smart (even though she had a nerd backing her up).

  52. john jacoby says:

    Its Dexter from Dexter’s Lab, not Jimmy Neutron…

  53. Keith says:

    John, Jimmy Neutron’s in the back in the red and black jacket.

  54. Callie says:

    Jimmy neutron is from nickelodeon

  55. this would be a good show but you would have to have characters from one network like cartoon network. nick ect… you could have more than one team like the brains and the muscle going at it and you could also make up characters after all thats how all good shows started

  56. Captain Bravo says:

    You forgot Johnny Bravo bro,
    You’re welcome

  57. dgr8chimichanga says:

    Eddy doesnt have hair….

  58. wiznation says:

    @dgr8chimichange Not Eddy, That’s Double D dude!

  59. anika engelbert says:

    i never heard about illuminati. but the drawings are way cool!!!! i wish i could draw that good! :-)

  60. Fajas says:

    Eddy looks kinda weird to me.

  61. Stacy124 says:

    Why is it called illuminati???? They’re too cool to be a part of that!

  62. Sal says:

    Daria was awesome but a genius? I must’ve missed the episode establishing that.

    Needs some Princess Bubblegum.

  63. Peace12654 says:

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove Jimmy Neutron!!!!

  64. Very Awesome…
    I like scooby doo

  65. RobAlister says:

    Some people just don’t get the point. Why in the world would Johnny Bravo be a part of this team? He’s the opposite of smart. Also I’m pretty sure this is a parody of the Marvel Illuminati not the Illuminati made up by conspiracy theorist. There is also the original Illuminati who I’m pretty sure were enlightened people and not some front for the new world order.

    Now onto what I think of the art. I think it’s amazing but I question Daria and Numbuh 1 being there. Daria was smart but is she Susan and Mary Test smart? Or even Velma Dinkley smart? And Numbuh 1 wasn’t exactly known for his smarts. He was a good leader and had good ideas but Numbuhs 5 and 2 were smarter than him when you think about it. But it’s your art so you can have whoever you want in it.

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