16 TV Characters We Wanted To Be Growing Up (Don’t Front, You Know You Wanted to Be Them Too!)

We don’t know about you guys, but Kerry Washingtons Scandal character, Olivia Pope, has us feeling nostalgic about all of the characters we wanted to be when we were growing up. Did you want to live at the Banks residence and hang with Will Smith, have a long lost twin like Tia and Tamera, or slay vampires like Buffy?

Check out 16 TV characters we just adore.

Claire, Rudy and Denise Huxtable

Claire was the best mom on TV, Rudy was the cutest, and Denise was always so hip.

Punky Brewster

A personal favorite, Punky Brewster inspired our love for all things denim. Couple that with her mixed family in bustling NYC, and she’s a bright childhood memory for ’80s babies.


Smart, fast-talking Blossom was a fave for the bookworm girls growing up. And who didn’t rock a Blossom hat back in the day?

Doogie Howser

Doogie is the only male to crack our list, and for very good reason. For once, a kid got to be in charge!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy was a force with her wooden spear, and we loved watching her romance with Angel.

Ashley Banks

With the coolest big cousin on the planet, Ashley Banks had it made!

Laura Winslow

When Stefan Urkelle came out of that machine looking all dapper and fine, every girl wanted to be Laura Winslow.


Another girl who kicked major butt, Xena was our superwoman.

Tia and Tamera

Imagine finding your long lost twin, and all the trouble you could get into!

Kelly Kapowski and Lisa Turtle

Kelly was the head cheerleader, and Lisa had the flyest clothes on Saturday morning television. We loved them both.

Olivia Pope

So Olivia Pope is new to our world, but we can’t get enough of her. From her power suits to her executive moves, the Scandal character is a fierce woman we can’t help but admire.


    Punky Poweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer! I loved me some PB when I was a kid. Matter of fact, I went as her this past Halloween.  

  • Leciab27

    Omg all of them where my fave,,, I really love MPH The twins and Xena,, Buffy was the best, omg the episode of SBTB when Zack kissed lisa was the best,,, And Joey’s whoooooa!!!! Lol, I wished u guys would have added Sabrina since u added the last two which are recent characters to be on tv

    • Jimmywoo

      Family Matters, Cosby Show, Buff the Vampire Slayer, Step by Step, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, Girlfriends, Save By the Bell, Boy Meets World…you name it

  • Love Spell

    I wanted to be Wonder Woman

  • Oh really

    ugh if we can just turn back the hands of time. these were the best years of television. I miss TGIF on ABC.Waking up on Saturday watching Save by the Bell. Now all we have is reality television and the Kardashians. *sighs* smh

    • Back Then

      I always dressed like 
      Punky Brewster in Elementary. Always had the mix matched chucks and socks on, pig tale (bunds) …I thought she was fresh to death back then, they used to  call me Punky 

    • Jimmywoo

      I know right? What a shame! Back then we had a reason to watch tv and enjoy it..now you don’t even want to turn on the t.v.

  • NEMO

    Moesha. DUH!

  • Mssweetlady14

    When I was younger I wanted to be like Rudy&Laura. Now that I’m older, I want to be like Clair Huxtable.

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  • Joe

    Punky Brewster was set in Chicago…not NYC

  • lucascott

    just for the record, Katniss is NOT a tv character

    and how the heck can you have a list about who we wanted to be growing up and put barely on the scene Olivia Pope but not Jem.

  • SP1

    Wasn’t Punky Brewster set in Chicago and not NYC?

  • Steve P

    How in the world can you leave “The Fonz” off of this list? Go sit on it!!!! Aayyy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Hamari/100000076759308 Melissa Hamari

    Um. Wooden spear?! No one here ever watched Buffy, not even once.
    It’s called a wooden stake, people. Wow. Spear. What a moron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Lynch/100001588398865 Jerry Lynch

    I wanted to be Buffy’s boyfriend.

  • nicalycab

    punky lived in Chicago and what “mixed family” did she have?

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