Nickelodeon has created some of the most memorable children’s entertainment including live action series, animations, and theatrically-released movies. From Rugrats to Spongebob Squarepants and Avatar: the Last Airbender, it’s safe to say that almost everyone has experienced the greatness of what Nickelodeon is capable of.
Of course, with how much people love superheroes, Nickelodeon has created their fair share of them as well, whether they’re created to star in their own series or just to be used as side characters in other series. Here is a list of just some of the most memorable superheroes Nickelodeon has ever created for their iconic programming.
Whenever a VCR, bathroom sink, or just about anything was broken, Repairman would appear to fix it. That may sound painfully lame, but the Repairman sketches were some of the funniest recurring skits of the popular comedy series All That. In one of his best roles, Kel Mitchell played Repairman who would do much more destroying than repairing. He’d crash through ceilings to help those in need, but would break furniture, electronics, and more instead.
The Repairman sketches were absolutely hilarious due to the slapstick, Kel’s over-the-top performance, and the reactions of those around him as he smashed their things. If you’re wondering, yes, he is a superhero. He’d fly in from the sky whenever needed, had a cool superhero logo, and even once had a sidekick named Repair Boy. Overall, Repairman is a solid superhero parody that answers the question “what if a superhero was bad at helping people?”
El Tigre is an especially interesting case as he’s the son of a superhero and grandson of a supervillain. This forces a tough decision on him; should he be a hero or a villain? This allowed the series, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera to provide interesting ethical themes and be incredibly entertaining. For a thirteen year-old, El Tigre has a badass super suit that allows him to have plenty of attacks and powers, like retractable claws, super strength, super jumping abilities, and more.
El Tigre even used special moves depending on if he was acting more as a villain or a hero. He does have some villainous acts to his name, which does prevent him from being the best hero out there.
If you’ve seen The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, then you’d recognize Ultra Lord as the superhero that Jimmy’s friend Sheen is overly obsessed with. Ultra Lord typically wears cool purple space hero armor that protects him in his battles against the likes of Robo-Fiend and other baddies. He uses his Ion Ray, Power Fist, Nuclear Knees, and other gadgets to battle evil in the galaxy. He’s so cool that Sheen feels the need to bring his Ultra Lord action figure to show and tell seven weeks in a row.
As cool as Ultra Lord is, he’s only a TV show and video game character in the world of Jimmy Neutron. In fact, the majority of his feats are only briefly mentioned by Sheen rather than having the audience actually see it.
Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man is the crime fighter and cereal mascot in The Ren and Stimpy Show. He combats evil-doers like Waffle Woman while also being the spokesperson for Powdered Toast cereal. He can fly like other superheroes, but he does so backwards. His other powers include shooting high-velocity raisins from his mouth, firing hyper-corrosive croutons from his armpits, producing fully formed powdered toast by flicking his wrists.
Powdered Toast cereal may taste like sawdust, but he makes it delicious by farting on it. He once even saved America by helping the president with a painful zipper problem. He may be one of the most hilariously ridiculous heroes out there, but he gets the job done.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
Spongebob’s favorite crime fighting duo is Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. They were once well known and successful superheroes and defenders of the deep, but then they got old. Now, they often need Spongebob’s help taking down the likes of the Dirty Bubble and Man Ray thanks to their bad backs and hips.
During their heyday, the duo was able to throw water balls, swim at high speeds to create the Raging Whirlpool, and had a belt that could shrink people and objects. They may have just been made as a parody of other comic book heroes like Batman and Aquaman, but they became well-developed and beloved characters all their own.
The Crimson Chin
The Crimson Chin may just exist in comic books in the world of The Fairly Odd Parents, but he is one of the most remembered characters from the series. This may be because Timmy Turner is often able to interact with the hero with the help of his magic fairies. The Crimson Chin, voiced by Jay Leno who’s famous for having a large chin, has a slew of powers and abilities he uses to battle villains like the Nega Chin, Iron Lung, Brass Knuckles, and Bronze Kneecap. He has super strength and speed, heat vision, baggage vision to summon his baggage with beams from his eyes, and can pull convenient gadgets out of his chin.
The Crimson Chin episodes are some of the most fun in The Fairly Odd Parents. It makes one wonder how he never received his own spin-off series.
XJ-9, better known as Jenny Wakeman, serves as the robotic protector of Earth while also navigating life as a teenager. With countless weapons and gadgets in her arsenal, no supervillain is a match for her. If anything, fighting bad guys comes easier to her than surviving high school.
With high octane superhero action, relatable teen drama, and big laughs, My Life as a Teenage Robot will always be a greatly entertaining Nicktoon, and Jenny was the perfect protagonist for the series.
Action League Now!
The Action League made their debut in stop-motion shorts during All That and KaBlam!, but were so entertaining and popular that they eventually got their own series simply titled Action League Now!: The Series. The Action League consisted of heroes known as the Flesh who is super strong and super naked, Thunder Girl who can fly like thunder, Stink Diver who’s a scuba diver with a disgusting odor, and Meltman who has the power to melt.
These characters have brought some of the biggest laughs to Nickelodeon, as well as usually being able to save the day. Sure, there are times when their hijynx get in the way more than anything, but everything comes together in the end.
Danny Fenton’s parents are ghost hunters who are obsessed with the paranormal. They created a Ghost Portal to enter the Ghost Zone, and an accident occurred when Danny stepped inside. This gave him tremendous ghost powers and transformed him into Danny Phantom. Now Danny can phase through walls, fly, turn invisible, and shoot ecto-energy beams.
With his ghost powers, Danny is able to prevent a seemingly endless array of ghosts trying to wreak havoc on the living world. He has taken on everything from undead bounty hunters to evil Christmas trees.
Quailman only exists in the imagination of a daydreaming kid named Doug, but he is the most fun superhero created by Nickelodeon. Wearing underwear over his shorts and a belt on his head, Quailman is the hero that Doug dreams to be, helping those in need and impressing his crush Patty Mayonaise. With his powers of flight, speed, intelligence, and the Quail Eye, and along with his trusty sidekick Quaildog, Quailman takes on fos like Dr. Klotzenstein to save the day.
What makes Quailman so interesting is that he allows the audience to relate to the show. Just about everyone has envisioned themselves as a hero at some point when they were a kid. Quailman shows Doug that he can do anything, proving to the audience the same with them.
Of course, there are so many Nickelodeon-created superheroes that they aren’t all able to make the list. Heroes like Really Really Big Man, Crash Nebula, and Kid Danger must not be forgotten either. Which Nickelodeon superheroes are your favorites?