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Nicktoons is the term used to describe Nickelodeon's slate of original animated series.

The first three Nicktoons aired in 1991, as Nickelodeon's attempt to break into the market for creator-driven, original animated series. Ever since, the Nicktoons have remained one of the most popular aspects of Nickelodeon.

If you are looking for the channel that shares the same name, see here.

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The list of media pertaining to Nicktoons:

TV Shows
  1. Doug (1991-1994) — A Slice of Life show about a Ridiculously Average Guy solving problems with a vivid imagination. Was later bought by Disney, with a retooled Sequel Series airing on their channels.
  2. Rugrats (1991-2004) — The first and by far most successful Klasky-Csupo production stars a bunch of babies doing what a baby's gotta do as they observe the world around them. It was Nick's first Flagship Franchise, and to date their only production to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  3. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996) — The demented brainchild of John Kricfalusi tells the tales of a psychotic chihuahua and oafish cat. A major game changer for the world of animation in many, many, ways, eventually receiving a short-lived not-for-kids continuation.
  4. Rocko's Modern Life (1993-1996) — A mild-mannered wallaby immigrates to O-Town and finds every day in his life to be a very dangerous day, especially when the friends and neighbors get involved. Rivaled Ren & Stimpy in many departments.
  5. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994-1997) — Another Klasky-Csupo original where a Power Trio of hideous disgusting monster students go on misadventures in a secret society of monsters for which scariness is a way of life.
  6. Hey Arnold! (1996-2004) — From Craig Bartlett comes a show about a 4th-grade humanitarian, his Black Best Friend, a Loving Bully, and many others in the mean streets of Hillwood. Fondly remembered for its ability to handle heavy themes about mundane life.
  7. The Angry Beavers (1997-2001) — Hilarity Ensues with an Odd Couple of ad-libbing beaver brothers. Just so we're clear, it's a kids' cartoon.
  8. CatDog (1998-2005) — The eternal Cat/Dog Dichotomy reaches new heights when they're A Head at Each End alone in a Crapsack World.
  9. The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) — This Klasky-Csupo series revolves around a family who travels the world filming a nature documentary series, not knowing their adventurous younger daughter secretly Speaks Fluent Animal.
  10. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-present) — An optimistic, naïve, and kind-hearted sea sponge causes nautical nonsense in his underwater hometown. It's the oldest Nicktoon still running today, for a very good reason.
  11. Rocket Power (1999-2004) — This Klasky-Csupo original about four youths getting into trouble was made at the height of the extreme sports craze, and it shows.
  12. As Told by Ginger (2000-2006) — A Klasky-Csupo Slice of Life show about a girl navigating life in Junior High. A favorite of TeenNick.
  13. The Fairly OddParents! (2001-2017) — The flagship series of Butch Hartman, and Nick's second longest-running show. Stars an average kid who no-one understands gaining two Fairy Companions who help him survive the miseries of childhood.
  14. Invader Zim (2001-2006) — Jhonen Vasquez tells the Cyberpunk tale of a defective, egomaniacal, and all-around Ax-Crazy Irken reassigned to an Insignificant Little Blue Planet. While his efforts are easily thwarted, the only one who bothers to do so is an unheeded Dork Knight who gets no respect for his efforts. A Cult Classic if there ever was one.
  15. ChalkZone (2002-2008) — Introverted artist Ruby Tabootie discovers Magic Chalk that allows him to enter a world where all things drawn from a chalkboard come to life, and create anything within it, setting the stage for all sorts of adventures with his two best friends.
  16. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002-2006) — The channel's first All-CGI Cartoon stars an preteen Child Prodigy coming up with a number of crazy inventions and adventuring with his friends.
  17. All Grown Up! (2003-2008) — Klasky-Csupo's last major production for the network Time Skips the Rugrats babies into preteens dealing with tweenager problems.
  18. My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003-2009) — Set 20 Minutes into the Future, A Fembot built to protect the earth just wants to be normal, and juggles life as the high school reject with the duties of fighting bad guys.
  19. Danny Phantom (2004-2007) — Butch Hartman's second series revolves around the 14-year-old son of wannabe ghost hunters who accidentally activated their experimental portal to the Ghost Zone. Now imbued with ghostly powers secret to all but his few friends, Danny must battle all manner of ectoplasmic threats on top of the usual high school struggles.
  20. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) — From Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino comes a show quite unlike most other Nicktoons, set in an Animesque Constructed World defined by the Four-Element Ensemble, with one individual, the Avatar, able to harness the power of all four. The current Avatar is a boy who's the last surviving member of his people, reawakening to a world ravaged by war. With only a few friends, Aang must travel the world and master the elements to stop the war before it's too late.
  21. Catscratch (2005-2007) — A show very loosely based on Gear by Doug TenNapel stars three cats who inherit their owner riches, getting into all sorts of weird situations.
  22. The X's (2005-2006) — Just your average Nuclear Family... except they're top secret super-spies opposing a Nebulous Evil Organisation while trying to blend in to everyday life.
  23. El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007-2008) — The newest member of a long, proud lineage of superheroes and supervillains struggles to choose between following his father as an Ideal Hero, or his grandfather as a Card-Carrying Villain.
  24. Back at the Barnyard (2007-2011) — A madcap series where farm animals act like human beings when no-one's looking.
  25. The Mighty B! (2008-2011) — Amy Poehler pens and stars in this kooky series about a hyperactive Honeybee Scout who aims to earn every last merit badge under the belief that the first to do so will transform into a superhero.
  26. Making Fiends (2008) — Once a humble web-toon by Amy Winfrey, this short-lived show is about a vile little Enfant Terrible trying to destroy an air-headed optimist with monsters of her own creation.note 
  27. Fanboy and Chum Chum (2009-2014) — Two boys who constantly dress as superheroes go on bizarre adventures.
  28. T.U.F.F. Puppy (2010-2015) — Butch Hartman's third series is about a dimwit dog joining a secret agency in a World of Funny Animals.
  29. Planet Sheen (2010-2013) — An absurd Spin-Off of Jimmy Neutron in which Sheen accidentally hijacks one of Jimmy's rockets and lands on planet Zeenu, becoming quite popular with the natives.
  30. The Legend of Korra (2012-2014) — The Sequel Series to Avatar: The Last Airbender set in the world's equivalent to The Roaring '20s stars the Avatar after Aang, whose own tribulations to bring balance to the world diverge greatly from that of her predecessor.
  31. Robot and Monster (2012-2015) — Something of a Network Red-Headed Stepchild, this show stars a typical Smart Jerk and Nice Moron duo from a strange and imaginative world.
  32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2017) — The beloved Heroes in a Half-shell make the debut into the Nickelodeon world with this fresh take on a well-known setup: Leonardo with the swords, Donatello with the bo staff, Raphael with the sai, and Michelangelo with the nunchucku, joined by Master Splinter, April O'Neil, and Casey Jones, oppose the Shredder and his Foot Clan.
  33. Sanjay and Craig (2013-2016) — Crazy adventures with a boy and his talking snake. Try not to judge it based on the first season.
  34. Breadwinners (2014-2016) — In a World... of ducks, Heterosexual Life-Partners run a bread mining and delivery service.
  35. Harvey Beaks (2015-2017) — A Super OCD Nice Guy and two impish Wild Children have adventures in a Tree Top Town of Woodland Creatures.
  36. Pig Goat Banana Cricket (2015-2018) — Four fittingly named college roomies go wild.
  37. The Loud House (2016-present) — The ups and downs of living in a household with one brother among ten sisters. The most successful show of Nick's Dork Age.
  38. Bunsen Is a Beast (2017-2018) — The final and shortest-lived work of Butch Hartman stars a wacky beast trying to fit in with human society.
  39. Welcome to the Wayne (2017-present) — ¡Three Amigos! slowly uncover the mysteries of their eponymous apartment complex.
  40. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018-present) — With the 2012 series wrapping up, it's time for another Continuity Reboot, one that shakes up a few traditions. For starters, the Turtles are lot greener (metaphorically speaking) and display some more Divergent Character Evolution.


  • Glitch Techs (2019) — A boy and a girl battle dangerous video game monsters who found their way to the real world.
  • Pony (2019) — The life and adventures of a girl and her talking horse.
  • Wonder Park (2019) — An imaginative young girl uses her imagination to explore the wonders of an amusement park.

There is a Broken Base on whether or not the following are a part of the Nicktoons canon or not for varying reasons.

  • KaBlam! (1996-2000) — Henry and June host an Animated Anthology from the pages of a comic book, cramming as many cartoons into a half-hour as possible. note 
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998-2001) — Another Animated Anthology as produced by Frederator Studios, designed to give budding talent a chance to make their mark in the industry. note 
  • The Brothers Flub (1999-2000) — Two bickering alien brothers work as couriers, traveling to strange worlds. note 
  • Action League Now (2001-2002) — Living Toys form a team of Super Zeroes. Previously a segment on KaBlam! and All That, done in "Chuckimation". note 
  • Pelswick (2000-2002) — A paraplegic, yet otherwise normal 13-year-old goes through life and learns An Aesop from his Guardian Angel. note 
  • Mr. Meaty (2005-2009) — Two teens work in a food-court — and if you're wondering, the designs of the puppetry is the least bizarre thing about the show. note 
  • My Dad the Rock Star (2005-2006)note  — The 14-year old son of a Hot-Blooded Rock Star portrayed by Gene Simmons tries to blend in with society. note 
  • Wayside (2007-2008) — Based on the Wayside School book series. A New Transfer Student attends the eponymous 30-story school, and is subject to all its eccentricities. note 
  • Kappa Mikey (2006-2008) — An American teenager gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move to Animeland and star in the hit Sentai show, LilyMu. note 
  • Tak and the Power of Juju (2007-2009) — A video game series turned Nicktoon about a young shaman-in-training who must battle evil in service to a number a strage spirits called the Jujus. note 
  • Rugrats Pre-School Daze (2008) — This very short-lived and lesser-known second Spin-Off of Rugrats has Angelica and Susie attending preschool.note 
  • Random! Cartoons (2008-2009) — Frederator's second Animated Anthology for Nick, with 39 different shorts to choose from — all of which have failed to be greenlit excluding three of them.note 
  • The Penguins of Madagascar (2008-2015) — The Ensemble Dark Horse-turned-Breakout Character penguin spy squad of Madagascar star in this Alternate Continuity, doing missions in the Central Park Zoo. note 
  • Winx Club (2011-2016)note  — A fairy warrior and her friends attend (and later graduate from) an Academy of Adventure, where they train to fight magical villains.note 
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011-2014) — Po and the Furious Five have continued adventures. note 
  • Wild Grinders (2012-2015) — Rob Dyrdek of Rob & Big and Ridiculousness, both from fellow channel MTV, created and stars in this cartoon about a group of skateboarders and their dog, led by Lil' Rob.note 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens (2013-2014) — The monsters have continued adventures. note 
  • Rabbids Invasion (2013-Present) — The Raving Rabbids continue to run amok and cause all manner of problems. note 
  • Mysticons (2017-present) — Four girls become legendary warriors and use their new powers to battle the forces of evil.note 
  • The Adventures of Kid Danger (2018-present) — Dan Schneider's last addition to the Nick Verse stars an average middle schooler who becomes a Kid Sidekick. note 
  • Pinky Malinky (2018-present) — A Token Trio, but with a a talking weenie instead of a White Male Lead.note 

Animated Feature Films

Live-Action Adaptation films

Video Games

Theme Park Attractions

  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003-2011)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D (2004-2013)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue (2013-present)
  • SpongeBob SubPants Adventure (2015-present)


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