17 Ways Nickelodeon Taught You To Be A Total Badass

Nobody did “cool” better than the SNICK generation. Let them show you a thing or two.

1. Have a weird and exotic pet.

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Like Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All, preferably name it after a deceased Rock n’ Roll musician.

2. Keith Haring is your god.

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…and should account for roughly 75% of your tee shirt collection.

3. Be a troublemaker.

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Take a note from Welcome Freshman . Oh, you got detention for talking during class? Hello popularity.

4. Wear plenty of flannel.

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Bonus points for cutting off the sleeves like this guy from Roundhouse .

5. Dye your hair a crazy color.

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Or five, as long as it’s edgy! Catalina from Space Cases knows what’s up.

6. Buy an instrument.

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Girls love musicians. If you could win one on Double Dare, even better.

7. Keep up with current events.

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Like Linda Ellerbee of Nick News , smart people are super hip. How else would you be able to write sad and existential coffeehouse songs?

8. Have plenty of awesome hats.

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Try to aim for a bigger collection than hat enthusiast Alex Mac from The Secret World of Alex Mac .

Seriously.

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…Bonus points if you wear them backwards.

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Thumbs-up are also particularly awesome, as we can see from this meeting of the Midnight Society on Are You Afraid of the Dark? .

9. Double bun it.

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This is the 90’s, your hair has to say “Hey, I’m young and totally eccentric!” Even more cool-weirdo points for harboring an alien in your attic like in The Journey of Allen Strange.

10. Only wear denim that looks completely destroyed.

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New looking clothes are totally lame, take it from teen crime investigator Shelby Woo from The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo .

11. Leather is better, be a tough guy.

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Pop on a pair of Oakleys and watch the dates come pouring in.

12. While you’re at it, get a tattoo.

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It’ll show people that you’re tough, but that you also have a sensitive side that really appreciates the arts. Just like young Pete from The Adventures of Pete and Pete .

13. Don’t let the man get you down.

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Stand up for your rights as a human being.

14. Hang out with other cool people.

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Your friend from school’s dad happens to be Iggy Pop? They are now your new best friend.

15. Take up a sport.

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But only an extreme one.

16. Be a lone wolf.

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Play it cool, dude. Bobby Budnick from Salute Your Shorts doesn’t care, why should you?

17. Slime. Rules. All.

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Learn it, live it, and love it.

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