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 floating eyes and glasses, which screams "NICKELOOHHH- DEE- AAAAHHHH!!" over an insanely loud disco rendition of the Nickelodeon theme. The face is voiced by Tom Kenny, but that is just a tiny amount of Nightmare Retardant. 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, like the "Pinchface" bumper, feels like it was made on drugs.
- The "Compilation" bumper features characters and scenes from a lot of Nickelodeon's even older bumpers. There's so much weird noises and crap flying at you that children are likely to at least be profoundly creeped out by it.
- 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.