Ted is one of my favorite characters from the comic book series Bone. If you were to mashup The Lord of the Rings with Ducktales, you'd come up with something reasonably close to Bone.
It follows the adventures of three cousins, Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone as they come upon a map, drawn by a child, which leads them on an unbelievable journey into a valley filled with a variety of creatures, ranging from stupid rat creatures to bees the size of a Volkswagen, to giant mountain cats, to dragons.
I followed Bone throughout it's run, first coming across it around 1991 (I think) as I read about it in a Previews magazine. My best friend was the one who really discovered it, and I caught on soon thereafter.
Humor was a definite trademark of the early issues, with the highlight being the Great Cow Race. Later issues delved into much darker territory. The end, though, was satisfying. One of the great things, though, was that I actually came to know the characters, and was devastated when they died or suffered tragedies.
Ted could have been a throwaway character, based upon his introduction, as he seemed to be just a visual gag, which paid off a couple of issues after his debut. Ted, though, continued to appear, with some randomness, but every appearance was fun and lively. He didn't seem to let whatever situation the main characters were facing get the best of him, and he found the good in every circumstance. I'd like to be a bit more like Ted. Except the part about being a leaf bug.