Rugrats will go down in history as one of the most unheralded pieces of feminist media to grace TV screens.
OK, OK, OK, OK, everyone calm down for a second and think about it.
Really think about the shows narrative, who the cast is and how they interact with each other. Think about who makes the bold moves and who youd want in your corner during a bar fight or some law-ish thing. (Trial. Im trying to say law trial. I have no idea why I referred to it as law-ish thing.)
For me, Rugrats’ feminist strength all comes down to its characters. The women in Rugrats were mentally stronger, prouder and more equipped to deal with the world than the men in the show sans Tommy who is probably running NATO at this point in the Nicktoon-iverse.
Here is a quick breakdown of every dude in rats:
Chuckie Finster is hair goals. pic.twitter.com/g1pPansS7A
El Nio Divino (@UrbanGenius_) August 10, 2016
Overly anxious, paranoid, manic, depressive.
Tfw u feel like Stu Pickles heating up miso soup at 7AM pic.twitter.com/vdjv8dxChb
neopets hustler (@hkappzz) August 4, 2016
Barely motivated man-child who refuses to accept parenting responsibilities to any substantial degree. He also has breakdowns like every four episodes.
Drew Pickles (Rugrats) pic.twitter.com/3B9AMuQzHj
rt ur cinnamon roll (@rt_cinnamonroll) July 11, 2016
Im sure he was a decent finance bro at some point, but now he is just a broken-down shell of a man who probably has one joy in life: fantasy baseball.
I feel as bad as Grandpa Lou did when he needed that new mattress. pic.twitter.com/6Md54W0Sy7
captain. (@DovahkiinDabber) May 3, 2016
WW2 vet with crippling undiagnosed PTSD (re: his connection to that mattress he tripped over to get him discharged from the army).
Howard Deville is my spirit animal. pic.twitter.com/j8H6Oi7NCe
Billy Sullivan (@JustABilly) April 19, 2016
Arguably the most forgettable person on the planet.
younggifted&BLACK (@reallifedemo) January 16, 2016
Guy throws a shit fit over smudged glasses at a Passover seder and then makes everyone, INCLUDING CHILDREN, listen to his thoughts on Passover as an allegory about the Holocaust.
*NOTE: I didnt include Phil in this. As far as Im concerned, he and Lil are one unit so it is impossible to split them.
Useless, terrifying, useless, useless, preachy.
The women in this show, though, kick absolute ass. Each is proud, independent and really only held back by the men in their lives.
This meant a lot to me as a kid. I went to an all-boys Jewish school, which meant my only exposure to women were my mom (who is whatever the Jewish version of a saint is), my sisters, the school nurse, my moms friend Lorraine and my aunts. Seeing women who werent related to me be the alphas on TV was beyond important.
Check this squad:
#InMyChildhood bullies were like her
Angelica, Rugrats pic.twitter.com/F3WHJohwgx
Tayyba (@Tayyba_Babar) July 22, 2016
You may look at this face and see a devious toddler trash human, but you know what I see?
I see a girl who goes out and gets what she wants. She is not pushed around ever by anyone and knows how to manipulate any system to her favor. Angelica is the original Claire Underwood and we all need to start recognizing her as the brilliant phoenix she is.
Diane Didi Pickles
Machinima (@Machinima) April 14, 2016
I have no idea how she keeps her shit together but GABLESS THIS BEAUTIFUL FRIGGIN SOUL.
Her husband is a toy inventor with the emotional maturity of a Hot Pocket and her son is a textbook example of a kid who will go on ADHD meds at some point in the future. She is the glue behind this familyand does not get nearly enough credit for her efforts.
Audrey Batchelor (@audreybatchelor) April 15, 2016
Part powerlifter, part conversation bull, part mom.
Betty Deville is not someone you wanna screw around with. Shes the ultimate mama bear. Shell pound you into the ground for dissing her or her family one moment and will turn around to offer you some food or a joke the next. Betty Deville simply does not have time to deal with the incompetent men in her life, so she doesnt. She has beat her husbands soul into submission and will beat yours, too, if you wanna play games in her court.
I love Charlotte Pickles Beyonc pic.twitter.com/czkkaxmbdd
Nigel Zeff (@nigelandrewzeff) August 25, 2016
Charlotte Pickles will wheel and deal her way to getting what she wants. She is exactly what we all assume Angelica will eventually become and it is breathtakingly terrifying. She is the one fictional character Id be petrified of going into court against. I can only assume Charlotte Pickles eventually became a Senator or like in charge of Enron or something.
Dr. Lucy Carmicheal
amanda (@undiesofwondy) August 12, 2012
Harvard educated and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Dr. Lucy Charmicheal is the kind of woman I want to see on currency in the future.
There needs to be less Anne Hathaways and Scott Disicks in the world to make way for all the Dr. Lucy Carmicheals we have coming up the chain. She is introduced later in the series so we dont know much about her, but everything we do know is great and if she was to join The View tomorrow it would make the world a better place.
Rugrats is pure feminist iconography. God bless you, Nickelodeon. Youre doing the lords work. #ImWithHer
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