Women Reveal Their Most Bizarre Childhood Crushes (You Know You Had 'Em Too)

Jamie Snider | Feb 20, 2017 Celebrities

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Admit it: You had an odd crush or two when you were a kid. It might've been a cartoon character -- and maybe an animal one, at that -- but you definitely had one. And guess what? It's totally normal! Don't believe it? Well, check out the childhood crushes these women revealed ... recognize any of your own in there? Which ones would you add?

Click on! Come on, you know you're curious. 

And even though there's nothing to be ashamed of, some of these names have been changed (by request) to protect identity!

  • Leonardo


    "My first-ever crush that I can remember was Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I found his demeanor comforting and I just wanted to be held by him. By a turtle. Looking back, I think that would have been ... painful." -- Mae B.

  • Robin Hood (the fox!)


    "I had the strangest crush on the Robin Hood fox from the 1973 cartoon. He had the most charming British accent and was the classic rapscallion with a heart of gold!" -- Eliza B.

  • Bill Clinton


    "During Bill Clinton's first run, I had a crush on him. (Whatever -- I was 8.) I liked his smile and his Arkansas accent." -- Mae B. 

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  • Long John Silver


    "I wouldn't call this a crush exactly, but I was definitely charmed by Tim Curry's Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island. Of course it was all part of his evil plan, but he takes Jim under his wing, teaching him about sailing, navigation, and, in a way, the freedom of growing up and making up your mind about the world. Who could resist such a pal on the high seas?" -- Lydia K.

  • Goliath


    "My childhood crush was Goliath from the Disney animated series Gargoyles. That sexy voice, that comforting knowledge that he was up all night keeping my city safe, those 'chiseled' features ... What more could a girl want?" -- Carolyn K.

  • Sam


    "In seventh grade, we studied the American Revolution and had to read My Brother Sam Is Dead as part of our lesson plan. I was INFATUATED with Sam (on the cover of the book). For a year straight, I would daydream scenarios of certain encounters together (PG ones, mostly). I wanted to become the missing element of the book." -- Mae B.

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  • Fred Jones


    "Fred from Scooby-Doo. I liked that he was the leader, the strong one who could take care of and protect the girls. He was well dressed, smart, and still loved adventure. I thought he was the whole package ... until He-Man came along." -- Lia B.

  • He-Man


    "I don't know if I would call it a crush because I was so young, but I was very much fascinated by He-Man. I loved when Prince Adam would turn into He-Man. I would always yell with him -- 'I HAVE THE POWER!' -- as he transformed. I was then glued to the TV until the cartoon was done." -- Jenn A.

  • Dodger


    "I had a weird thing for Dodger, the street-smart, sausage-stealing dog from Oliver and Company. His carefree attitude and intimate knowledge of '80s New York was everything my lonely suburban childhood was not. I wanted to run around the Lower East Side with him, singing songs about our adventures and ripping off hot dog vendors. I think my childhood crush on Dodger spawned an interest in a homeless, ragamuffin lifestyle that led to later crushes on the kid from Free Willy, Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, and several grunge musicians." -- Michelle E.

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  • Garry Shandling


    "I was a teenager when It's Garry Shandling's Show first aired and I had such a crush on him. I thought he was hilarious -- and what a head of hair! I remember my mother was horrified when we were watching one night and I said 'I love him!' because he was at least 25 years older than I was. What can I say, I've always loved comedians." -- Liz A.

  • Alvin


    "Alvin had three things going for him: He could sing, he was a mischievous bad boy, and he was a CHIPMUNK. My 4-year-old self was smitten. His version of 'School's Out for Summer' spoke to me..." -- Katie P.

  • Darkwing Duck


    "I'm a little embarrassed to admit it now, but I so had a crush on Darkwing Duck. Yes, the cartoon duck superhero. Whatever, I thought he was badass." -- Jo F.

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  • Link


    "[My crush was] Link from Legend of Zelda, both the video game and cartoon. And my sister dressed me up in old curtains and I had a wedding ceremony (to what? nothing) in my backyard." -- Kayley H.

  • Bob Newhart


    "Even at the age of 5, I knew Bob Newhart was a very special guy. I loved his dry sense of humor and the fact that he was totally unflustered no matter what came his way. And, he was always reading the newspaper, which made him seem extra smart and worldly. Plus, he was such a cute height!" -- Liz A.

  • Batman


    "I had a crush on Batman from the early '90s cartoon. Mysterious, rich, and with a dry sense of humor that would show up just now and then -- if you think about it, he'd make a pretty solid romantic lead in a period piece!" -- Lydia K.

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  • John Smith


    "I was obsessed with John Smith when I first saw Pocahontas. So much so that I convinced my mom to buy me Pocahontas-themed pillow cases and I'd make sure to sleep on the pillow that his face was on." -- Marissa P.

  • Tarzan


    "I thought Tarzan from the animated Disney movie was pretty hot when I was in elementary school. He was tan, muscular, and swung in trees to that catchy Phil Collins soundtrack. A girl's dream guy, amiright?" -- Leilah P.

  • Turnip Head


    "Although he is silent throughout the majority of the movie, the perpetual smile on Turnip Head's turnipy face [in Howl's Moving Castle] and his daring, gracious nature that ultimately, I think, saves the day in the end had me swooning when I was a teenager." -- Marisa F.

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  • Danny Phantom


    "[My crush] was Danny Phantom because I have eyes and he's hot as hell." -- Caroline O.

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