Babies in the Workplace: Which Rugrats Character Are You?

A while back I wrote a blog about the ‘90s Are All That on Teen Nick. The blog threw everyone in the office into a fit of joyful nostalgia over a time when kids’ TV shows were simpler. A time before iCarly and her web show dominated the air waves, and before Hannah Montana’s double life. A time when six babies going on adventures was enough to keep us entertained for hours.

Those babies were of course, the Rugrats. I remember watching Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, Susie, and Angelica every morning as a kid. Now that I’m “all growed up,” I can still apply what I learned from that show to my everyday life. And chances are, so can you! You can probably identify with at least one of these characters, and you most likely experience all of these personalities at work on a daily basis.

Tommy Pickles

The Leader: Tommy Pickles

Tommy was born to be the leader of the pack. He always has a level head, has tools at the ready for any project, and isn’t afraid to take some risks. His motto: “A baby’s gotta do, what a baby’s gotta do.” Tommy is never afraid to take charge of the group, and he was great at reassuring others when they were scared. You’ll need a leader like Tommy if you want a successful team.

Chuckie Finster

Chuckie Finster

The Follower: Chuckie Finster

Chuckie would be lost without Tommy’s direction. He is afraid of new things and sometimes needs a little bit of extra encouragement to motivate him to take any sort of risk. However, with a little bit of reassurance from the right leader, Chuckie can make great contributions to your team.

Phil and Lil Deville

Phil and Lil Deville

The Jokester: Phil & Lil DeVille

Phil and Lil are here to have a good time. They are reliable, but also easily sidetracked. Phil and Lil are very competitive. You may be able to focus their energy by helping them set specific goals. The best thing about Phil and Lil is that you can always count on them to look at the bright side of things. Sure, your bucket might be full of worms, but hey, those worms could make delicious snacks! (OK, maybe not.)

Angelica Pickles

Angelica Pickles

The Dictator: Angelica Pickles

Angelica is bossy and borderline evil. It’s her way or the highway. She can be difficult (and nearly impossible) to get along with, but she’s probably just misunderstood. She can really get a team moving if she is given a leadership role for a specific task. With a good team, Angelica won’t really be a problem at all.

Susie Carmichael

Susie Carmichael

The Mediator: Susie Carmichael

You can always count on Susie when the going gets tough. She can be a neutral mediator in any situation. Susie will be your go-to gal when you need help settling any office drama. She is sensitive and understanding, but firm, so she will be able to help the team reach a compromise that works for everyone.

Hopefully every workplace has a little bit of each of these personalities. Every team needs a leader, and in turn, some followers. A dictator can be helpful when you’re trying to get a project done on deadline, you’ll need a mediator to smooth things out after the dictator stomps through, and you’ll need some jokesters to lighten the mood when things get stressful. All of these personalities together create an unstoppable team.

What do you think? Which Rugrats character are you? Are there any other characters or personalities that I left out?

Image credit to OEVB and the Rugrats Facebook Page.

Jenna Markowski

Jenna has a much easier time writing about the media and pop culture than she does writing about herself. She enjoys the simple things in life, like puns and typography. She is an avid fan of pop-punk, Halo 3, Spider-Man and origami, with a slight Taco Bell obsession. Her spirit animal is either a bulldog or a panda bear. You can also connect with Jenna on Google+.


  1. Amy Swanson

    Just call me ‘Susie Carmichael’ 🙂 I’m always that person in a group who tries to make both sides happy by giving suggestions of compromise. Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t, but you have to at least try.

    After reading your post all the other characters started coming to mind: Angelica’s mom, her assistant (Jonathon), Grandpa, ugh, so many character but so little time! Great post, Jenna!

    • Jenna Markowski

      You are definitely a Susie! You’re right — it’s always good to have a mediator with a positive attitude around. 🙂

      Haha, I forgot about Jonathon! Plus, I didn’t even get into all of the new characters that were added after the movies: Dill, Kimi, Kimi’s mom, etc. Thanks, Amy!

  2. Joseph Giorgi

    Another wonderfully nostalgic post, Jenna! God, I miss 90s Nicktoons! I’d spend so many hours a day watching those when I should have been outside enjoying the kinds of adventures that the Rugrats enjoyed. Looking back, though, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

    I always admired Tommy as a kid, but strangely enough, I think I’ve got a little bit of a Phil and Lil vibe going for me these days.

    • Jenna Markowski

      Thanks, Joe! I miss them, too! I remember waking up at the crack of dawn every day when I was little (HOW did I do that?) just to watch Nickelodeon. Rugrats was definitely my favorite.

      I always wanted to be like Tommy, too, but it just didn’t turn out that way. Haha, I think a lot of us here at QLP fall into the Phil and Lil category! 😀

  3. Mandy Kilinskis


    In all seriousness, I think I’m most like Lil. I was definitely a Tommy in college, but now that I have a job and can relax a little, I’ve become a Lil. I can also be called upon to put on a mediator/Susie hat, but I would rather diffuse the situation with a joke.

    • Jenna Markowski


      Haha, I can definitely see you as a Lil. I’m pretty sure that I would be, too. I totally agree with you: I CAN be a mediator, but I’m much better at lightening the mood with my hilarious jokes and witty banter. 😀

  4. JPorretto

    I’m going to say I’m…

    52% Tommy
    27% Susie
    21% Phil & Lil

    And if I tell anyone that breakdown who hasn’t read this blog they’ll think I’m 100% cRaZy!

  5. Jill Tooley

    I’d like to think I’m a Tommy or a Susie. In college, I was usually the one who was thrown into the leadership role and ended up motivating others to get moving when deadlines tightened (and as a manager now, I hope Tommy and I still have plenty in common!). However, I sometimes play the peacemaker in situations as well (work-related and non-) so I could be a Susie.

    We’ve got to have a Chuckie somewhere at QLP, right? If not, I know plenty outside of work. Like you said, they’re awesome collaborators with the proper guidance…they just need that little extra push to make it happen.

    Bret is totally Angelica! (J/K)

    I admire Phil and Lil’s sense of humor, but eating worms was SO 25 years ago… 😉

    Fun post, Jenna!

    • Jenna Markowski

      A healthy balance of Tommy and Susie seems like the perfect combination! And I agree, I think you’ve got a little bit of both!

      I’m not sure if we have any Chuckies here at QLP…we’re all pretty out there!

      Thanks, Jill! 🙂

  6. Jen

    Fun post Jenna! I love the Baby breakdown.

    When I was a kid I was totally a Chuckie! I was very shy and followed the crowd. But as I got older I think I grew into a Suzie. I am very level headed and calm in stressful situations. I can be a leader, but I would rather help make decision and execute them with others.

  7. Marisa

    My only question is: When will 90’s Nick air Rugrats? hahehaho.

  8. lizzie

    I’m with Jill…I think I’m 1/2 Tommy, 1/2 Susie. The important thing isn’t that, though. It’s that the Rugrats are AMAZING. I’m still catching up on Netflix and revisiting it.

  9. Amanda

    What a fun post Jenna! Rugrats was one of the best shows from the 90’s for sure! I don’t know anyone who didn’t watch it like crazy! =) I have been watching 90s on Nick on and off since it’s been on. I love that they are bringing all these shows back.

    I can’t decide which baby I am. I think I’m a mix of Tommy, Susie, Phil & Lil, and Chuckie LOL.

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