Name Your Child’s Super Power Contest

Photo showing four children wearing Little Capers outfits.

This contest has ended. The winners are listed below. Thanks for playing!

Photos front and back of the three Little Capers shirts and capes that the three winners selected for their kids.

The Name your Child’s Super Power Contest was tough to judge. Two trusted brains, and I, independently chose our favorite twelve super powers/hero names out of 91 submissions, then we compared notes. In our lists of 36 submissions, there was only one overlap between us. After much gnashing of teeth and discussion, we whittled the list to a final twelve and submitted them to Little Capers to pick the three winners.

The winners of Little Capers costumes (in no particular order):

  • Jeannie from Ashburn, VA (Pink Star Hero)
  • Tracey from Springfield, MA (Blue Earth Hero)
  • Kevin from Glendale, AZ (Red Star Hero)

Their entries:

Charmstrong possesses the ability to effortlessly force opponents to bend to her whims, voluntarily wrapping themselves around her dainty little finger, using naught but her charming smile and disarming giggle. – Jeannie

The Clencher – What better way to stop a thief but to grab onto their leg and not let go. This has been proven by history to be a very effective way to stop  parents. – Kevin

Captain Action has the keen ability to be constantly in motion, forever alert and awake and certainly never tired or in need of a rest.  Captain Action is a literal blur of color and sound as he races past at super human speed.  Always moving, always active, never slowing, that is Captain Action’s superpower! – Tracey

The runners-up who begrudgingly have to buy their own super hero costumes:

The Hypnotist – Simply by catching their eyes, he can thaw anyone’s heart with his beatific smile and flirtatious ways. Criminals have no chance against this power that makes even confirmed baby haters smile and coo. – Kelly

"Little Triple F" – being of course the Fantastic Food Flinger – A mild mannered young girl was sitting in her high chair one day when radioactive oatmeal somehow found it’s way onto her place setting. Forever changed, she now has the ability to throw ANY food stuff with *outstanding* speed and aim. Watch your eyes, ears, mouth and dress pants bad guys. She in hungry and ready for action. – Hawkfeather

Gummy Girl – Able to crush any object – be it Cheerio, daddy’s finger or mommy’s bits – with a single, toothless chomp! Also able to melt hearts with a single, gummy grin. – ikate

The Power of the Dramatic Pause – Anytime we’re playing pillow fight my 2 year old gets hit, falls dramatically onto the bed and then lays there for a good 10 seconds. Completely still until he feels the proper level of drama has been reached. It’s hilarious. – Julie Frais

Block Buster – He has the ability to bust up any type of block tower in his path. Not just knocking the blocks down, but hurling them into space. Pow! – Shelly

Captain Catapult – Once bitten by a unique breed of alien monkey, Captain Catapult inherited the ability to climb to the top of anyone or anything in a split second and hurl herself off without breaking any teeth or bones. –Roxanne

The Inquisitor – a 4-year old able to reduce his foes to a quivering mass before the onslaught of his interminable questions. – Earl

Half-Pint Houdini – This flexible super hero has the uncanny ability to contort himself and escape from strollers and highchairs. No straps can bind him. No crib can hold him. – Linda

The Communicator! With her superhuman verbal skills, the Communicator enriches friends with fascinating tidbits and fantastical ideas, artfully dodging the obstacles of bedtime, naptime, the telephone and computer. This superhero can wear down her enemies with a torrent of words and confuses them with incessant questions, leaving the listener brain dead and zombie-like. It is no use to cover the ears or run away, because The Communicator can achieve a volume of amazing  proportions. She will be heard, just give in! – Jennifer

If your submission didn’t rank in the top 12, tell yourself you were surely in the top 36 and that the judge who originally picked your entry just didn’t lobby for it effectively with his two nitwit comrades. Thanks for playing!


For posterity, the original contest details and all of the contest submissions are archived below.

This is an opportunity for three contest entrants to win a super baby or toddler outfit.

"Little Capers are fun and stylish alternative Super Hero T-shirts that come with detachable capes. The non-violent and non-commercial shirts encourage children to imagine their own superpowers. Little Capers are 100% cotton shirts made in the USA in a non-sweatshop environment. Little Capers inspire big imaginations!"

Children’s sizes range 2 to 8, and there are options for "littlest heroes" who are 6-to-12, 12-to-18 and 18-to-24-months-old.

Photo of the Lightning Hero costume.

The company calls these things T-shirts. They look like cool costumes to me. We’ll find out later this month when I review them. (Cart before the horse, I know, but in time to influence your prize choice if you win!)

What to do: Imagine your child as a super hero. Tell us his or her amazing super power(s).

Each submission should follow this format:

Super power name or hero name : description of the super power.

For example:

  • Super Yell: The ability to silence a restaurant with a single scream.
  • Dynamic Drooler: Immobilizing friend and foe alike in a pool of sticky goo.

Submit super powers as often as you like via the comment form located at the bottom of this article. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address (it won’t be published, but will be used to contact the winners)!

The contest ends 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2007.

Copycat submissions are frowned upon, but it is possible multiple people will submit similar super powers conveying
the same ideas and/or using similar words. If anyone feels cheated by
the selected winners, sorry, but you are subject to the whims of personal taste.

The top three submissions will each win one Little Capers outfit. Twelve finalists will be selected by Thingamababy, with Little Capers selecting the three winners. The remaining seven will bask in the non-material glory of having been thought almost, but not quite, good enough to win a prize. D’oh!

Thank you to Little Capers, LLC for sponsoring the contest—times three!

Comments

50 Responses to “Name Your Child’s Super Power Contest”

  1. Kelly says:

    One entry per household, per child, per ability per child? I have two boys, both of whom have many superhero-like attributes, but I’ll restrain myself as necessary for the contest! = )

    July 6th, 2007 at 8:04 am

  2. Kelly says:

    Oh… = ) it says as often as you like… unlimited then? Where is the sheepish smiley when I need it?

    July 6th, 2007 at 8:10 am

  3. AJ says:

    Yes, enter as often as you like. In terms of not looking like a copycat, it’s better if you enter early rather than saving up to submit near the end of the contest.

    July 6th, 2007 at 8:13 am

  4. Kelly says:

    Rattling repitition: The power to break the strongest concentration with incessantly repetitive phrases…”outside? OUtside? OuTside? OutsiDE? Outside? ”

    July 6th, 2007 at 9:36 am

  5. Beckie says:

    Nerve Girl ~ The power to stay perfectly balanced, while jumping, on your last nerve

    Jumping Jack Flash ~ The ability to stun his foes (and fans) alike with his lighting fast diaper removal, and streaking tendencies!

    July 6th, 2007 at 9:45 am

  6. Kelly says:

    Fatal Attraction: the ability to miraculously teleport seemingly distant dangerous objects into his grasp…

    “What? Where did you get that from? ”

    July 6th, 2007 at 9:46 am

  7. hawkfeather says:

    The Mega Obfuscator!!
    The power to single handidly make you forget why you were just telling her *no…*.. the power is all encombassing- a blink of the eye..a toothy grin..sometimes you barely see her coming.. and WHAM- before you even know it she some how has a popsicle in her hand- how ‘does’ she do it?

    July 6th, 2007 at 10:20 am

  8. hawkfeather says:

    Opera Gurl-
    Sounds harmless yes?
    With the power to shatter shop windows with sheer decimels- The screech on this super hero can stop any villan- evil do-er, the occasional grandma- dead in their tracks..
    Some never recover..

    July 6th, 2007 at 10:24 am

  9. hawkfeather says:

    Mz.Whinetastic.

    Here she comes to rule the day-
    Everything must go her way!

    She is pretty sure that cookie is hers-
    She doesn’t care who stole your purse.

    Stopping all who cross her path-
    all while avoiding tonite’s bath-

    Sure I migth give in- But i am no sap-
    but please excuse me- mommy needs a nap.

    Here she comes to rule the day-
    Everything must go her way!

    July 6th, 2007 at 10:30 am

  10. Lacey says:

    The Cracker: The ability to make younger sibling crack-up with one look.

    July 6th, 2007 at 10:31 am

  11. Lacey says:

    The spininator: With her trusty “spin skirt” she is able to spin away the grumpy day.

    July 6th, 2007 at 10:36 am

  12. Donna Bowman says:

    Apple Girl: Packed with the power of every delicious apple in the world, she sweetens her immediate environment and juicifies her foes with Crunchinating Action ™!

    July 6th, 2007 at 11:12 am

  13. Kate says:

    Captain Destructo — Capable of demolishing any semblance of order within his Zone of Awareness.

    … and his faithful assistant, CHAOS — Ever present to provide a cheerful, “Go for it, Destructo!”

    July 6th, 2007 at 11:18 am

  14. hawkfeather says:

    little miss NUM

    has the awe inspiring two year old ability to drain a breast in seconds flat- giving her super strength!!! (not un like popeye i would say).
    She can even enlist sheer acrobatic stylingz to accomplish death defying feats of milk-tastic proportions.. she has even been known to eat an entire meal totally up side down!!!

    July 6th, 2007 at 11:20 am

  15. Jeannie says:

    Charmstrong possesses the ability to effortlessly force opponents to bend to her whims, voluntarily wrapping themselves around her dainty little finger, using naught but her charming smile and disarming giggle.

    July 6th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

  16. Becky says:

    Abbiecadabra: Because her smiles are magical

    July 6th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

  17. Kevin says:

    My son could drop an entire army to their knees with one of his stank bombs. The U.S. army is working with us in developing something similar over in Iraq. Things are looking very promising.

    July 6th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

  18. Kevin says:

    errr forgot his super hero name.. It would be Rotten Rear Rylan of course.

    July 6th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

  19. Kevin says:

    The Clencher – What better way to stop a thief but to grab onto their leg and not let go. This has been proven by history to be a very effective way to stop parents.

    July 6th, 2007 at 4:03 pm

  20. kelli says:

    PottySkipper: With a bladder the size of Texas, he refuses to sit on the potty for what seems like days on end.

    July 6th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

  21. Kelly says:

    The hypnotist: Simply by catching their eyes, he can thaw anyones heart with his beautific smile and flirtatious ways. Criminals have no chance against this power, that makes even confirmed baby haters smile and coo.

    July 7th, 2007 at 1:07 am

  22. Maureen Meadows says:

    Water Entry Man: Water Entry Man, Water Entry Man, he’ll get in however he can, Water Entry Man. Whether it’s the bathtub, shower, or your friendly mild mannered pool, Water Entry Man will be there — three feet of solid nerve. Whether it’s plunging from the three meter board, or slip and sliding across the shower floor on his stomach, he’s ready with the moves you need to save you from water entry boredom.

    July 7th, 2007 at 1:47 am

  23. Kelly says:

    The Innovator: Superhuman ability to use mundane objects in new and fascinating ways enables him to out wit any foe with his MacGyver like skills…

    July 7th, 2007 at 2:51 am

  24. Kelly says:

    The dragonfly: He is either dragging his heels or flying off in front… never just hanging with the pack.

    July 7th, 2007 at 4:28 am

  25. Nicole Carter says:

    Mr. Destructo ~ The power to level everything in his path. I mean everything!

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:19 am

  26. The Hurricane says:

    Known to blow in at any time of the day with the ability to Instantaneously destroy a clean room at the speed of light.

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:35 am

  27. The Urinator says:

    A boy with the super human powers to daze his captor/diaper changer with his charms-rendering them powerless-and running to the cleanest spot and propelling his super pee everywhere.

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:38 am

  28. thordora says:

    Yappy Pants the Girl Wonder-able to stun her foe into sleep by her seemingly unending monologue.

    Def-Con Toddler-able to move silently and unnoticed through any terrain, so long as there is food at the end.

    July 7th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

  29. Linda says:

    The Flirt: Is able to instantly gain the attention of all females in a room and pull them towards him with his magnetic personality and charm

    July 7th, 2007 at 7:53 pm

  30. hawkfeather says:

    “little Triple F”- being of course the Fantastic Food flinger-
    A Mild mannered young girl was sitting in her high chair one day- when a radioactive oatmeal somehow found it’s way onto her place setting- Forever changed- she now has the ability to throw ANY food stuff with *outstanding* speed and aim-
    watch your eyes ears mouth and dress pants bad guys- she in hungry- and ready for action..

    July 7th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

  31. Linda says:

    The Great Grunt: The ability to sonically stun any child contesting against Man-Child for a toy.

    July 7th, 2007 at 7:58 pm

  32. hawkfeather says:

    The Insatiable C-
    Her thirst for vengence can never be clenced-
    Just when you thought that juice container was full- it has vanished- Leaving no sippy cup un-turned- Leaving no juice box intact.. She will drain your resources- leaving her enemies dehydrated and very much foiled.

    July 7th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

  33. hawkfeather says:

    the Piddler.

    Able to leap small potties in a single bound…yes bypassing them entirely and making her way for the hardwood- new rug- couch or daddy’s lap.. she will wee her way into your heart.

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:02 pm

  34. Linda says:

    I know this is supposed to be for heroes, but let’s not forget that super heroes need super villains….

    Introducing:
    Darth Continence — Sith Lord in Training (Pants)

    His finely tuned ability to use the Force allows him to control nearly everything. With a notable exception…

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:05 pm

  35. Linda says:

    Half-pint Houdini: This flexible super has the uncanny ability to contort himself and escape from strollers and highchairs. No straps can bind him. No crib can hold him.

    July 7th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

  36. Linda says:

    Remote Sensing: The uncanny ability to unerringly know where Mom or Dad has hidden the television remote controls.

    July 8th, 2007 at 6:30 am

  37. Linda says:

    Nick-Picking: This ability enables Man-child to rename any person, pet, or object whose name is too long, hard to say, or difficult to remember. (Usually lost in adolescence, this ability is still employed by the arch hero?/villain? The Decider. )

    July 8th, 2007 at 6:34 am

  38. Megan says:

    Super Entertoddler-Able to drop his foes to their knees in a fit of giggles, turning the most serious crime into a laughing matter!

    July 9th, 2007 at 5:39 am

  39. Jennifer says:

    Think your computer/phone or any electronic device might have a “bug” in it? Send for the “Bodacious Bug Finder”. With his amazing ability to quickly take apart any device in the blink of an eye…just be warned, it may not ever work like it did before he got his hands on it.

    July 9th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

  40. ikate says:

    Gummy Girl: able to crush any object – be it Cheerio, daddy’s finger or mommy’s bits – with a single, toothless chomp! Also able to melt hearts with a single, gummy grin.

    July 9th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

  41. Linsey Knerl says:

    Pins and Needles – Possessing the ability to cause Mom’s milk let down at the slightest whimper.

    July 10th, 2007 at 5:08 am

  42. Julie Frais says:

    The Power of the Dramatic Pause. Anytime we’re playing pillow fight my 2 year old gets hit, falls dramatically onto the bed and then lays there for a good 10 seconds. Completly still until he feels the proper level of drama has been reached. It’s hilarious.

    July 10th, 2007 at 5:16 am

  43. txhorns says:

    Super Shut-Off: Can turn her tears and flailing on or off depending on how successful the last tantrum has been.

    July 10th, 2007 at 9:58 am

  44. shelly says:

    Block Buster

    He has the ability to bust up any type of block tower in his path. Not just knocking the blocks down, but hurling them into space. Pow!

    July 10th, 2007 at 10:09 am

  45. Erica says:

    The incredible NUM: Able to survive and thrive on a diet of dirt, bugs, and carpet lint.

    July 10th, 2007 at 5:27 pm

  46. Erica says:

    Super shoe caper:
    Flies through space with as many shoes in his hands as possible. Missing a shoe? Just call out, “where’s momma’s shoe?” From out of the depths he will bring it to you!

    July 11th, 2007 at 5:34 am

  47. Earl says:

    The Inquisitor – a 4-year old able to reduce his foes to a quivering mass before the onslaught of his interminable questions.

    Jack the Gripper – this 8-month old’s lightning-quick reflexes ensure his ability to snag and cling to any item that comes within reach. He laughs in the face of the popular “No, no, not for baby” deterrent.

    July 12th, 2007 at 6:37 am

  48. Kelly says:

    The amazing immitator: with the superhuman ability of perfect imitation… from his baby brothers whines and cries to the dogs barking… he’ll confound and confuse any foe.

    July 12th, 2007 at 7:05 am

  49. chris says:

    Fartella: the ability to clear a whole room with one single fart (my daughter’s name is ella; her father’s family gave her this incredible claim to fame).

    July 13th, 2007 at 11:55 am

  50. chris says:

    Samurrhea: the ability to clear a whole house, after one dose of mashed carrots, by slinging his mushy diaper above his head and catapaulting it across the room (his twin is Fartella — you can see the family resemblance as this super tot feat is based on the truth)

    July 13th, 2007 at 11:58 am