They have started popping up more in anime, but I honestly haven't seen many in recent Western cartoons.
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is pretty much all about terrorist groups and such.
Shows like The Simpsons and South Park make fun of current events and that includes terrorists but its always charicatures of either real people or nondescript stereotypes as opposed to original recurring characters.
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I can't believe nobody has yet to mention the definitive terrorist organisation - Cobra from GI Joe. And for a bit, we may want to add the fictitious nation of Carbombya from Transformers.
The five heroes of Gundam Wing are all terrorists, yet are depicted in a righteous light because you see the war from their perspective. Also, their terrorist actions are considerably less extreme than their original orders (to drop a colony to Earth, etc), so it's easier for the audience to sympathize with their fight.
This doesn't change the fact that they were indeed terrorists, though. Or, "freedom fighters," if you prefer.
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In an episode of Digimon, it's revealed that the destruction caused by Parrotmon and Greymon was blamed on terrorists.
I remeber reading on yojoe.com that there was a planned episode called, I believe, "The most dangerous man" where they would introduce the idealogical founder of Cobra, their Karl Marx so to speak, before Cobra Commander took over and preverted their goals.
Instead hasbro had them do that ridiculous 5 parter where they create Serpentor.
The Gundam Wing argument for the win though, so true and yet I've never really thought about it that way in the first place.
The Planeteers from Captain Planet and the Planeteers are eco-terrorists. They are an anti-capitalist, anti-free-market paramilitary force that opposes any new manufacturing technology that doesn't meet their impossibly "green" standards. They never negotiate with the owner of the plant or factory, never examine any of the potential benefits (economic revitalization, jobs, higher standards of living for the indigenous population, etc.), they simply pass judgement and attack. And despite wrapping themselves in a cloak of fairness and justice, have never reimbursed any of the owner for the damage they do.
Superman did offer to pay for messing up Lex Luthor's city this one time on Justice League but I just know that Wayne is going to end up with the bill.To be fair, how many animated heroes actually foot the bill for collateral damage?
Well, yeah, but you're not supposed to pay attention to that part. You're supposed to be absoutely terrified that the Joes might actually get a paper cut or something from the Cobra Commander's manila folder.Cobra is not a terrorist organization... they're a travelling circus with missiles that never hit anything.
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