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    Who's the Mickey Mouse of anime?

    Who's the Mickey Mouse of anime? A character who is synonymous with anime, and known even by people who don't watch anime?

    Maybe Goku?

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    never heard of goku, but i know there's a corgi in cowboy bebop

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastletonSnob View Post
    Who's the Mickey Mouse of anime? A character who is synonymous with anime, and known even by people who don't watch anime?

    Maybe Goku?
    Pikachu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    never heard of goku, but i know there's a corgi in cowboy bebop
    Goku is from Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT, and Dragonball Super.

    I agree with OP. Most people I discuss anime all know of Goku simply because Dragonball or Dragonball Z was their introduction to anime. Hell even the Dragonball Super finale had massive gatherings to watch the final episode (can Youtube to see it) with crowds chanting. The only other character I can think of would be Pikachu but that's it.

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    its goku or pikachu

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackofwind View Post
    Pikachu

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    Yeah, I'd say Pikachu. If I were to ask my father, he wouldn't know who or what Goku is, but I bet he would recognize Pikachu.
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    Goku or Pikachu 100%

    I'd give the edge to Pikachu too

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    Either Pikachu or Goku

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    never heard of goku, but i know there's a corgi in cowboy bebop
    How is it possible to have never heard of Goku?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgottenone View Post
    Goku is from Dragonball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT, and Dragonball Super.

    I agree with OP. Most people I discuss anime all know of Goku simply because Dragonball or Dragonball Z was their introduction to anime. Hell even the Dragonball Super finale had massive gatherings to watch the final episode (can Youtube to see it) with crowds chanting. The only other character I can think of would be Pikachu but that's it.
    Dragon Ball is so popular in Mexico that during the Tournament of Power arc, Goku vs. Jiren was being advertised like a boxing match, and the Mexican government hosted the event.

    That's insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastletonSnob View Post
    How is it possible to have never heard of Goku?

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    Dragon Ball is so popular in Mexico that during the Tournament of Power arc, Goku vs. Jiren was being advertised like a boxing match, and the Mexican government hosted the event.

    That's insane.
    my first thought was Goku but I reckon a lot more people have watched/played Pokemon than have watched the Dragonball series. like millions more. so yeah would definitely be Pikachu as others have suggested

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastletonSnob View Post
    Dragon Ball is so popular in Mexico that during the Tournament of Power arc, Goku vs. Jiren was being advertised like a boxing match, and the Mexican government hosted the event.

    That's insane.
    I guess it might be a regional thing then, because I'm pretty sure we've never had anything like that. Goku is pretty much nowhere to be seen, but Pikachu is, or at least was, in many places. I don't remember seeing Dragon Ball on TV, ever, but Pokemon was a lot. And then there is also all the merchandise that featured Pokemon or more specifically, Pikachu. But never Dragon Ball.
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    Pikachu, for sure.

    Goku may be synonymous for "anime" among anime fans, but EVERYBODY has seen, heard, or watched Pikachu in some way. Pikachu was a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katchii View Post
    Pikachu, for sure.

    Goku may be synonymous for "anime" among anime fans, but EVERYBODY has seen, heard, or watched Pikachu in some way. Pikachu was a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.
    Goku was a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon too.



    Goku was also the ambassador for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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    There is none. Anime is too broad of a genre (more accurately: supergenre) for one character to be synonymous with all of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastletonSnob View Post
    How is it possible to have never heard of Goku?
    Gen X didn't grow up with anime? So no, never heard of goku, or whomever

    But I do know who Pikachu is, because of all the memes

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    Pikachu. Pokemon is the biggest media franchise ever. Everyone knows it. They may not know what an anime is, but they will know pikachu as a cartoon on the level of bugs bunny renown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastletonSnob View Post
    Goku was a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon too.
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    https://macysthanksgiving.fandom.com/wiki/Pikachu

    So was the Pika
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpules View Post
    That's what they were responding to, someone saying Pikachu was in the parade.

    It's definitely Pikachu by a landslide. But it's a bit unfair since Pikachu has so many different media that's wildly popular, meanwhile Goku gets flops with even video games sometimes.


    Also, to be more on the nose, both Pikachu and Mickey are mice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    Gen X didn't grow up with anime? So no, never heard of goku, or whomever

    But I do know who Pikachu is, because of all the memes
    Older Gen X may not have...but younger Gen X totally did.
    Isms bore me. I think they are only brought by people who seek to marginalize the potential of each ism to provide something meaningful. Name it, Capitalism, Socialism, even Communism-- all contain something of merit towards structuring a society. The biggest flaw in human history has been the need to take the worst of a system along with the best. It doesn't have to be all of one and none of another.

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