Nightmare Fuel: Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon may be a "kids network", but that sure as heck doesn't stop them from adding plenty of frightening moments all over place, whether it be in their shows or even their own bumpers/station IDS.

Shows with their own pages


Many of the network's earlier bumpers have been remembered as quite terrifying to young viewers, who are now old enough to use TV Tropes.

  • The one most commonly cited seems to be the "Pinchface" bumper, which features a Nightmare Face made by floating dentures with eyes and glasses, which screams "NICKELOOHHH-DEE-AAAAHHHH!!" over an insanely loud disco rendition of the Nickelodeon theme. Not to mention, there's all sorts of flashes all over the place. Who knew a 10-second Ad Bumper could be this frightening?
  • The "Box" bumper is the unholy lovechild of said "Pinchface" bumper and Klasky-Csupo's 1998 logo (despite predating the latter by a few years). The entire thing feels like it was made on LSD.
  • The "Compilation" bumper features characters and scenes from a lot of Nickelodeon's even older bumpers. While many consider this an awesome bumper, there's so much weird noises and crap flying at you that a few children were profoundly creeped out by it.
  • To some, Face, the old Nick Jr. mascot, is somewhat unsettling. He's essentially a talking face that takes up the entire TV screen and makes weird faces and sounds.
  • Inside-Out Boy. YMMV, but the concept of the thing is just a little creepy.
  • The "Egg and Spoon" bumper shows an egg turning into an Uncanny Valley monster that scares a spoon, which turns into a chicken scared out of its own wits. Then, the egg monster eats up the entire screen, leaving us with a CGI Nickelodeon uvula and a creepy, Darth Vader-esque breath.
  • In October 2007, when the channel received a "Shocktober" theme, before and after commercial breaks they would show some rather unsettling images of Nicktoon characters done in a twisted monster movie style. Some of them looked mostly innocent, while others...fell a bit more into the creepy side of things. Examples included one image of Katara as an evil water spirit and a surprisingly graphic one of the skeletal corpse of Aang in chains.