How to Start a Kid Gang

Kid gangs come in many forms and there are many reasons that you might need to start a kid gang. If monsters are invading your town, form a kid gang. If you are a member of a sports team who against-all-odds has to win the championship this year, you’d better have a kid gang. To be a successful kid gang, you have to have the right kind of talent. To understand the list of the prerequisite roles you’ll need to form your own kid gang, we look to the greatest kid gang of all time: The Goonies.

Michael “Mikey” Walsh: The Leader

Every group needs a leader, and Mikey is the unofficial captain of the Goonies. Like any good leader, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of his friends, from asking Data for a flashlight to handing Chunk the frame that contains the map.

The leader of a kid gang must be someone others look to for answers and direction, someone who can give inspiring speeches when the gang is thinking about quitting, someone with the vision to save the goon docks. Other famous leaders include:

  • Sean Crenshaw in The Monster Squad
  • Gordie Lachance in Stand By Me
  • Sam Emerson in The Lost Boys
  • Amanda Wurlizer in The Bad News Bears
  • Becky “The Icebox” O’Shea in Little Giants
  • Kyle Broflovski in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Stan Marsh in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Benjamin “Benny the Jet” Franklin Rodriquez in The Sandlot
  • Bart Simpson in The Simpsons Movie
  • Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks
  • George “Spanky” McFarland in The Little Rascals
  • Ben Crandall in Explorers

Clark “Mouth” Devereaux: The Loudmouth

No kid gang is complete without a loudmouth, obnoxious slickster. Mouth, as denoted by his nickname, plays his role superbly. He possesses the boldness that is
required to lie directly to parents, the authorities,
or even the Fratellis.

  • Patrick in The Monster Squad
  • Teddy Duchamp in Stand By Me
  • Tanner Boyle in The Bad News Bears
  • Michael “Squints” Palledorous in The Sandlot
  • Nelson Muntz in The Simpsons Movie
  • Peter Mark in The Mighty Ducks
  • Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer in The Little Rascals

Richard “Data” Wang: The Brain

On more than one occasion Data’s contraptions saved the day. Pinchers of Power, Slick Shoes, the Threat-Alerted Boxing Glove all worked when it mattered. You’ll never achieve your goal without gadgetry. What would James Bond be without Q?

  • Gordie Lachance in Stand By Me
  • Edgar & Alan Frog in The Lost Boys
  • Alfred Ogilvie in The Bad News Bears
  • Nubie in Little Giants
  • Scotty Smalls in The Sandlot
  • Millhouse in The Simpsons Movie
  • Lester Averman in The Mighty Ducks
  • Wolfgang Müller in Explorers

…and The Minority

  • Ahmad Abdul Rahim in The Bad News Bears
  • Rashid Hanon in Little Giants
  • Token in Southpark: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Kenny DeNunez in The Sandlot
  • Lewis in The Simpsons Movie
  • Jesse Hall in The Mighty Ducks
  • Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas in The Little Rascals

Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen: The Fat Kid

What do you get when you combine being overweight and clumsy? Comic
relief! Whether it’s the Truffle Shuffle or a simple splitting of the pants,
your kid gang will need a fat kid. Also, the clumsiness proved
to be beneficial in more than one occasion.

  • Horace in Monster Squad
  • Vern Tessio in Stand By Me
  • Mike Engleberg in The Bad News Bears
  • Rudy “The Neighborhood Gasman” Zolteck in Little Giants
  • Eric Cartman in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Hamilton “Ham” Porter in The Sandlot
  • Ralph Wiggum in The Simpsons Movie
  • Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks
  • Eugene “Porky” Lee in The Little Rascals

Brandon “Brand” Walsh: The Big Brother

Brand didn’t want to spend his day chasing his brother around town; he had a date with Andy. But all kid gangs need a keeper–some older brother type who is charged with the duty of keeping his sibling and friends in line.

  • Rudy in The Monster Squad
  • Chris Chambers in Stand By Me
  • Michael Emerson in The Lost Boys
  • Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears
  • “Benny the Jet” in The Sandlot
  • Junior Floyd in Little Giants
  • Fulton Reed in The Mighty Ducks
  • Darren Woods in Explorers

Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli:
The Monster

Hidden in a dark and dreary basement is a monster who,
after a couple candy bars and some ice cream, becomes
the gang’s greatest friend. The once mysterious beast
turns out to be generally misunderstood and
becomes a member of the gang, a mascot.

  • Frankenstein’s Monster in Monster Squad
  • Ray Brower “The Body” in Stand By Me
  • Michael Emerson in The Lost Boys
  • Satan in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Hercules “The Beast” in The Sandlot
  • Adam Banks in The Mighty Ducks
  • Wak in Explorers

The Fratellis: The Evil Gang Copper Bones Bonus!

Dressed in black and led by the crackling voice of Ma Fratelli, this evil gang devises a plan to go after the Goonies and steal the rich stuff right out of their hands (or in some cases, a mouth). And they would have gotten away with it too, had it not been for these meddling kids!

  • Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy & Gill-man in The Monster Squad
  • Ace Merril & His Gang in Stand By Me
  • Vampires Led by Max & David in The Lost Boys
  • The Yankees in The Bad News Bears
  • The Cowboys in Little Giants
  • M.A.C. “Mothers Against Canada” in
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • The Tigers in The Sandlot
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
    in The Simpsons Movie
  • The Hawks in The Mighty Ducks
  • Butch & Woim in The Little Rascals
  • Aliens & Robots in Explorers

Triple Stones Bonus!
Goonies: The iPad Game

Race your friends in a battle against the Fratellis and One-Eyed Willie’s
booby traps in a quest to save the Goondocks from the evil developers.

Play Now!


This post has 40 comments.

  1. Dan says:

    Wow, this is the best yet. You guys totally outdid yourselves. This looks great, the illustrations and the iPad game are top notch. Hats off gentlemen!

  2. Kyle Steed says:

    Another home run fellas. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Data is definitely my favorite out of all the illustrations. Just the fact that the lights look real is amazing. I think you need to do Kevin Bacon next. ;) Everybody FOOT LOOSE!

  3. Sam Allen says:

    Awesome movie and illustrations! I have been waiting in anticipation since you posted that this would be next! These are so fun! Thank you, keep it up!

  4. Joey says:

    You guys really need to start offering wallpapers for your posts. The illustrations are awesome. I love it. I’m going to feature this on my site… again!

  5. Dave Rupert says:

    @Joey, thanks man! glad you liked it! Rumor has it that wallpapers (and more?!?) may actually happen. Follow @themanyfacesof_ and you’ll probably hear about it there first.

  6. Kris Noble says:

    Great work once again! Think this will be the most popular yet.

  7. Harry Ford says:


    Best yet guys I love it this is awesome. I actually watched the Goonies last night then found you did them as your latest faces.

  8. Yea! The Illustrations are the best yet! and the Type is awesome! This gets better and better. Although this is only a tiny detail I must say the comment box let’s it down a bit :)
    Keep up the good work guys, you are awesome!

  9. JJ Nold says:

    Brilliant, yet again!

  10. says:

    This is so perfectly made… I’m amazed every time I’m coming here ! Can’t wait for another “Many Faces of”.

  11. Absolutely love it!

    One of my favourite movies growing up. If anyones planning on starting a kid gang after reading this post, sign me up as the mascot (Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli)

  12. Bradley says:

    haha, I watched this movie the other night. I was the fat kid in the gang. The gang I was in was 1 boy and 4 girls. Not sure if that qualifies as a gang or a tea party, regardless, stuff was awesome. I’m passing it along as it was passed along to me.

  13. linabean says:

    love, Love, LOVE!!! serious greatness! the illustrations are beyond awesome! can’t wait to see what’s next… i second the kevin bacon idea!

  14. Hey you guys….. pulled it off again, keep it up. Love it

  15. Hey you guys….. pulled it off again, keep it up. Love it

  16. Jessie says:

    This is hysterical! I don’t know how you continually pick items that I love (especially Alan Rickman) but keep it up!

  17. Glytch says:

    Loved this… just one problem. There was no kid gang in the Simpsons Movie, there have been in episodes of the show (especially Lemon of Troy) but not in the movie. I know it’s nit-picky but I just had to point it out.

  18. Florian says:

    Hey.. The Movie was These days in Swiss tv and i was reminded of the past. You did an amazing Job!

  19. Ellen says:

    Brilliant, as usual. Waiting for the next one, definetely! But John Cusack’s is still my favorite one… love your work!

  20. Beautifully done, and so true of all coming-of-age movies from the 80s and 90s.

  21. Mark Collins says:

    Well tickle my scrotum. Great illustrations!

  22. Ute says:

    Oh, how cool is this? I grew up with those kids and now my 11-year-old daughter loves the movie just like I did, when I was 14. Thanks a lot for these wonderful illustrations. Greetings from Germany!

  23. Emily says:

    what i love is that Corey Feldman is actually the Loudmouth in more then just goonies… I totally think he was the “mouth” of the Frog brothers in Lost Boys!

  24. Jay says:

    Great article, just one mistake. You have pinchers of power written, they are actually called pinchers of peril.

  25. SarahMer says:

    Quite brilliant! How awesome that you reference Monster Squad…a great 80′s movie that is often swept under the rug!!

  26. JJ Nold says:

    Please do Top Gun next!

  27. Would you be able to add Boo Radley from the book To Kill a Mockingbird to the monster category?

    Great stuff. I use this site with my students and they love it.

  28. haidy says:

    this was gr8 i love it u put did it looking forward for the coming sooon

  29. Creepy stuff guys…! This site gives me goosebumps, with those weird graphics! Sloth is an excellent character in the film and is equally creepy on here!

  30. Chris says:


    I’m a lifelong Goonies fan and I love your site. I’m also a designer and was wondering what process you used to get that comic book look for the characters. Even just a point in the right direction would be much appreciated. Thanks!


  31. shanda says:

    Where the ladies at?

  32. DBC says:

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    Keep up the excellent work!

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  34. Eric Johnson says:

    You totally should have listed Chet from ‘Weird Science’ in the older brother characters

  35. Sosia says:

    WOW! What a masterpiece!! Gotta love the Many Faces of Leo, but all are fantastic. This is really impressive.

  36. Selena Gomez says:

    I love the Goonies! Too bad I didn’t have a guide like this growing up lol I would have started my own kid gang!

  37. mercadee says:

    “We give them an opportunity to just be kids,” Jackson said, in an October interview with Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc.’s weekly publication Sync. “To be kids and be around other kids.

  38. Wow I was trying to figure out which one was my favorite but they are all amazing. What amazing illustrations!

  39. Riona says:

    Well writen and detailed! I knew my “kid” gang was missing something…

    Oh, I’d suggest adding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the list of examples. They’re perfect.
    Leonardo = reliable leader
    Raphael = sarcastic loudmouth
    Donatello = the brains and inventor
    Michelangelo = comic relief

  40. Sr. Wences says:

    If you are going in this direction, you can’t miss with…

    wait for it…

    …the Captains of Star Trek.


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