With that in mind, I'd like to present the "Child of TV" series, an alphabetic tribute to your favorite animated/puppet TV characters from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Since focus here was on television, I tried to stick to characters who originated in a TV series or shorts. This meant limiting characters who originated in a movie (so no Penguins of Madagascar or Yoda). Particularly for the most recent decades, I also limited characters aimed specifically at preschoolers (sorry Barney and Dora) or adults (so no Adult Swim, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill or Simpsons).
Also, some criteria: I limited each show to one character. I considered a character to be part of a specific decade if (a) the show I'm representing debuted within one year prior to the start of the decade and (b) if the majority of the series ran in that decade. So there may be a character who debuted in 1999, for example, but since his show was most popular in the 2000s, this is where he falls.
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CHILD OF THE 60S ALPHABET
CHILD OF THE 70S ALPHABET
CHILD OF THE 90S ALPHABET
CHILD OF THE 00S ALPHABET
Legend (1960s): Atom Ant, Batman, Casper, Deputy Dawg, Elroy Jetson, Frankenstein Jr, George of the Jungle, HR Pufnstuf, Igoo (Herculoids), Jonny Quest, King Friday XII (Mr. Rogers), Lucy, Mr. Magoo, Natasha (Rocky and Bullwinkle), Olive Oyl (Popeye), Penelope Pitstop (Wacky Races), Quick Draw McGraw, Ricochet Rabbit, Top Cat, Underdog, Veronica (The Archies), Wilma Flintstone, Racer X (Speed Racer), Yogi Bear, Zorak (Space Ghost)
Legend (1970s): Alice (Wait Till Your Father Gets Home), Bill (Schoolhouse Rock), Captain Caveman, DynoMutt, Elmo (Funky Phantom), Fat Albert, Goober (Goober and the Ghost Chasers), Hong Kong Phooey, Inch High Private Eye, Josie, Kermit, Lassie, Michael Jackson (Jackson 5ive), Nancy Chan (Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan), Oscar the Grouch, Pink Panther, Quacula (New Adventures of Mighty Mouse), Road Runner, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Tom, Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), Velma (Scooby-Doo), Wheelie (Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch), Madame X (The Houndcats), Yankee Doodle Pigeon (Dastardly and Muttley)
Legend (1980s): Alf, Boober (Fraggle Rock), Chairy (Pee-Wee's Playhouse), Danger Mouse, Egon (The Real Ghostbusters), Fat Cat (Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers), Garfield, He-Man, Inspector Gadget, Jem, Kermit (Muppet Babies), Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Mr. T, No Heart (Care Bears), Optimus Prime (Transformers), Pacman, Q-Bert, Rainbow Brite, She-Ra, Theodore (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Uncle Scrooge (DuckTales), Vanity Smurf (The Smurfs), WilyKat (Thundercats), Xamot (G.I. Joe), Yes-Man (Silverhawks), Zummi Gummi (Gummi Bears)
Legend (1990s): Arnold, Baby (Dinosaurs), CatDog, Dexter, Eliza Thornberry, Fall Apart Rabbit (Bonkers), Gosalyn Mallard (Darkwing Duck), Hampton (Tiny Toons), Ickis (Aaahh Real Monsters), Johnny Bravo, Kit (Talespin), Lil (Rugrats), Patti Mayonnaise (Doug), Norbert (Angry Beavers), Professor Oak (Pokemon), Pinky, Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series), Rocko, Stimpy, The Tick, Professor Utonium (Powerpuff Girls), Vince (Recess), Wheeler (Captain Planet), Xanatos (Gargoyles), Yakko (Animaniacs), Zack (Power Rangers)
Legend (2000s): Aang (Last Airbender), Bubbie (Flapjack), Courage the Cowardly Dog, Danny Phantom, Ed (Ed, Edd n Eddy), Fillmore, Ghandi (Clone High), Hugh Test (Johnny Test), Izzy (Total Drama Island), Samurai Jack, Kim Possible, Leonard (Teacher's Pet), Mandy (Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy), Numbuh 1 (Kids Next Door), Oscar Proud (The Proud Family), Phineas, Betty Quinlan (Jimmy Neutron), Robin (Teen Titans), Spongebob Squarepants, Timmy Turner (The Fairly Oddparents), Uncle (Jackie Chan Adventures), Asajj Ventress (Clone Wars), Wilt (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), XR (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), Julie Yamamoto (Ben 10), Invader Zim