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 yells out the network name (voiced by Tom Kenny) over a loud Balkan brass rendition of the Nickelodeon theme. Not to mention, there's all sorts of flashes all over the place.
  • 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) with Shrek ears. 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 (especially when The Nostalgia Critic plays along with it), 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, Kirby-esque face that takes up the entire TV screen and makes weird faces and sounds. YMMV, some may find him cute.
  • 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.
  • The "Opera" bumper, with a huge female opera singer wearing a HUMONGOUS Nickelodeon-logo wig, along with a few close-ups of her face, and the creepy-looking conductor and his face at the end as his glasses break from the high note.
  • 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.
  • Similar to the one above, Nickelodeon update the bumpers for October 2016. Some bumpers were innocent note , while some were pretty horrifying. An example is the bumper created for The Loud House, where Lincoln tells the viewer that there's nothing to be afraid of... then we see his sisters eyes in the background, and Lincoln is still smiling.
  • This 1986 Nickelodeon bumper (also shown in the UK during closedown) is creepy in its own rights, with wolves howling on a solid white background with an eerie noise.
  • "Sleeping Boy". The boy isn't scared by the fact that the Nickelodeon logo keeps stalking him throughout the bumper.
  • The bumper sequence with the mannequin sillhouettes, flashes, and creepy minimal jazz music.
  • This petite bumper has a coffee dispenser drink the tea with its nose... ...before its hair shrinks in and its skin dissolves, revealing 3 fish. This can be elevated for those who hate early CGI animation, because this and the aforementioned egg bumper are just abysmally ugly.
  • This bumper called "A Show of Hands." Namely, the beginning where a group of disembodied white hands form together to create a Nightmare Face comprised of a giant pair of eyes and a mouth, against a empty black background. Not helping matters is the high-pitched sounding voice that introduces the bumper (and yes, the mouth does move in conjunction with the words). The rest of the bumper is actually not too bad, as it shows a comedic routine of a few hands trying to tie a present, but to say the introduction does not make a nice first impression is putting it mildly.
  • Perhaps even worse than any of the above is "Nick is Kids". Nothing but a Heartbeat Soundtrack, unnerving sound effects, voiceovers with very long pauses, and dark images of Nick series and stars. It has been described as what would happen if David Lynch made a Nickelodeon bumper.
  • This one has very soothing music... and creepy claymation kids that come straight out of the Uncanny Valley.

Shorts and other Non-Ident Material

  • Inside-Out Boy. YMMV, but the concept of the thing is just a little creepy.
  • Nickelodeon's Short Films by Short People showcased shorts created by kids, including one of which the kids who saw it on TV wouldn't forget: "Attack of the Giant Vulture", which revolves around a giant vulture chasing three kids around Chinatown with the intent of eating them. Those who didn't find the short silly were terrified by the eponymous vulture (as the comments in the linked video will attest to), and even the short's ending (where the kids turn the tables on the vulture and eat him instead) comes off as somewhat disturbing, too.