9 Adorable Baby Nicknames Based on 80s Cartoon Characters

My wife has always had the uncanny ability to assign a cute but oddly fitting nickname to each of our children and every pet we’ve ever had. She’s outdone herself with our 6 month old, whom she affectionately calls “Shipwreck”.

The nickname mostly refers to his baby-typical behavior and poses, especially when he’s completely smashed on milk and looks like a sleepy drunk, but I can’t help but think of the beloved G.I. Joe character of the same codename every time I hear it. It’s gotten me thinking about other 80s cartoon character names that could make great baby nicknames:

Trap Jaw (Masters of the Universe) – particularly when teething.

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Cherry Cuddler (Strawberry Shortcake) – actually, this list could have consisted entirely of Strawberry Shortcake characters: Blueberry Muffin, Plum Puddin’, Lucky Bug, Mr. Longface and Apple Dumplin’ all work as well.

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Bumblebee (Transformers) – though considerably less adorable, “Starscream”, “Kickback” or “Tantrum” might be more fitting when they’re tired and cranky.baby bumblebee_opt


Pizzazz (Jem) – for those mini-Misfits about to rock.

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Pidge (Voltron) – if you use “pidge” as short for “pigeon”, it’s kind of a terrible baby nickname. If you use it in homage to the pilot of Voltron’s green lion, you are rad.



Mayhem (M.A.S.K.) – I lobbied hard to name our baby “Mayhem” after Dean Winters’ hilarious character featured in Allstate ads, but a nickname could do as well. Once the name has stuck, you can tell your fellow children of the 80s it’s based on V.E.N.O.M.’s leader, Miles Mayhem.


Jokey (The Smurfs) – tell me this guy doesn’t look like he’s just brimming with anticipation for the payoff of a joke. “Go ahead, check the diaper!”

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Chuckles (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero) – because laughter is the best everything. While certainly a unique G.I. Joe figure, “Chuckles” functions as a great nickname for a little one, which incidentally is what my friend Mark calls my son Charlie. Between “Chuckles” and “Shipwreck”, we have G.I. Joe classes of ’85 and ’87 covered.

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Snarf (Thundercats) – how could you not want to nickname a baby after this guy? #teamSnarf

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Hit the comments with other 80s cartoon character names would make great baby nicknames!

top image by Chad Fuller

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