There is nothing quite like a magical tale of heroes
vanquishing a great evil. Over the years, our TV screens have been blessed with
a near endless stream of quality fantasy content. Even in 2020 when audiences
will never stop fretting over the logic behind storylines and character decisions,
this simple archetypal template can still make for some of the best viewing
Animated shows occupy a very special place in the fantasy
spectrum. In past decades they gave us children’s classics and family
favourites. In today’s entertainment world, they have been largely updated for
more mature, complex content, while still retaining many of the classical
tropes that made them popular in the first place.
Perhaps it is this versatility that makes animated fantasy
shows so special. From teaching children to not talk to strangers to
normalizing same sex couples, these shows have absolutely done it all.
But, having said all that, just which of these shows have
made the biggest mark on their audiences? From trapped in a world of dragons to
fighting to save dragon royalty, these, are the 10 best animated fantasy shows,
A bit of a disclaimer: this list is limited to western shows
and does not cover anime, in which case it would of course have looked very
After battling Galactus and pinning Hulk Hogan in the main event of Wrestlemania, I've taken a break from living in fantasy worlds, to focus on writing about them. I'm a comic book geek, a wrestling mark, a break dancer, and a scientist. One of those things may not be true.