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24th Jun '17 8:22:21 PM creader
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rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.



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24th Jun '17 8:21:47 PM creader
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** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would
rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.

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** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would
would rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.
24th Jun '17 8:21:06 PM creader
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** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would.

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** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would.would
rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.
24th Jun '17 8:20:05 PM creader
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** Quasimodo due to his kind loving heart and his grotesque but unique appearance

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** Quasimodo due to his kind loving heart and his grotesque but unique appearanceappearance.
24th Jun '17 8:19:35 PM creader
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* ''Film/StarWars''
** [=C-3PO=] and [=R2-D2=] served this role in the original trilogy. Unlike Jar Jar though, they didn't alienate adult viewers.
** Jar Jar Binks from the {{prequel}}s is a wacky, goofy and slapstick character with a funny way of talking, making him a very obvious attempt at the trope. He was highly unpopular with adult viewers.
** The Ewoks of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are living teddy bears. They play a major role in the climax of the series.
** BB-8 in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is small, cute and makes for a very popular toy.
* The ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' film series:
** The twins in ''Film/RevengeOfTheFallen'', as Creator/MichaelBay [[WordOfGod states]], were meant to be this (hell, they're even stuck with Bumblebee for much of the movie)... in spite of being violent {{Jive Turkey}}s who keep beating up each other. Their toy bios essentially say that being among the few Autobots who made it to Earth made them living their dream of working directly alongside Optimus Prime, which is certainly a common trait for this type of character. Their immature wrestling and talking about being "quiet like a ninja" also highlights their relative youth.
** In the third film, Bumblebee's kid-friendly nature gets taken advantage of by [[spoiler:Laserbeak]], who turns into a mini pink Bumblebee to convince a little girl to let him in [[spoiler:so that he can assassinate her father]].
** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.

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* ''Film/StarWars''
** [=C-3PO=] and [=R2-D2=] served this role in the original trilogy. Unlike Jar Jar though, they didn't alienate adult viewers.
** Jar Jar Binks from the {{prequel}}s is a wacky, goofy and slapstick character with a funny way of talking, making him a very obvious attempt at the trope. He was highly unpopular with adult viewers.
** The Ewoks of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are living teddy bears. They play a major role in the climax of the series.
** BB-8 in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is small, cute and makes for a very popular toy.
* The ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' film series:
** The twins in ''Film/RevengeOfTheFallen'', as Creator/MichaelBay [[WordOfGod states]], were meant to be this (hell, they're even stuck with Bumblebee for much of the movie)... in spite of being violent {{Jive Turkey}}s who keep beating up each other. Their toy bios essentially say that being among the few Autobots who made it to Earth made them living their dream of working directly alongside Optimus Prime, which is certainly a common trait for this type of character. Their immature wrestling and talking about being "quiet like a ninja" also highlights their relative youth.
** In the third film, Bumblebee's kid-friendly nature gets taken advantage of by [[spoiler:Laserbeak]], who turns into a mini pink Bumblebee to convince a little girl to let him in [[spoiler:so that he can assassinate her father]].
** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would
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rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.


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** Margo, Edith, and Agnes are this to a lesser extent. They are usually helpless in action-packed moments, but have unique personalities and vulnerable moments that make them lovable.


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* ''Film/StarWars'':
** [=C-3PO=] and [=R2-D2=] served this role in the original trilogy. Unlike Jar Jar though, they didn't alienate adult viewers.
** Jar Jar Binks from the {{prequel}}s is a wacky, goofy and slapstick character with a funny way of talking, making him a very obvious attempt at the trope. He was highly unpopular with adult viewers.
** The Ewoks of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are living teddy bears. They play a major role in the climax of the series.
** BB-8 in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is small, cute and makes for a very popular toy.
* The ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' film series:
** The twins in ''Film/RevengeOfTheFallen'', as Creator/MichaelBay [[WordOfGod states]], were meant to be this (hell, they're even stuck with Bumblebee for much of the movie)... in spite of being violent {{Jive Turkey}}s who keep beating up each other. Their toy bios essentially say that being among the few Autobots who made it to Earth made them living their dream of working directly alongside Optimus Prime, which is certainly a common trait for this type of character. Their immature wrestling and talking about being "quiet like a ninja" also highlights their relative youth.
** In the third film, Bumblebee's kid-friendly nature gets taken advantage of by [[spoiler:Laserbeak]], who turns into a mini pink Bumblebee to convince a little girl to let him in [[spoiler:so that he can assassinate her father]].
** In ''Dark of the Moon'' the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would.
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21st Jun '17 11:12:42 AM DragonRanger
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See also TagalongKid, BrattyHalfPint, KidSidekick, PluckyComicRelief. The BumblingSidekick and GratuitousAnimalSidekick are two common ways of appealing to kids. In a sequel, expect this character to become a KidHeroAllGrownUp. Compare CousinOliver or SpinOffBabies. ParentalBonus is the inverse. Contrast ToylessToylineCharacter.

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See also TagalongKid, BrattyHalfPint, KidHero, KidSidekick, PluckyComicRelief. The BumblingSidekick and GratuitousAnimalSidekick are two common ways of appealing to kids. In a sequel, expect this character to become a KidHeroAllGrownUp. Compare CousinOliver or SpinOffBabies. ParentalBonus is the inverse. Contrast ToylessToylineCharacter.
20th Jun '17 4:39:16 PM DragonRanger
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If the Kid-Appeal Character is a member of a FiveManBand, they're probably TheChick or TheHeart as the moral center of the team, always considering the little guys. It's also possible that they're TheSmartGuy instead, more adapted to modern technology than their older teammates. They won't often be TheLeader, TheLancer, or TheBigGuy, though, as they rarely have enough strength for any of those roles (strength of personality for the first two and physical strength for the third). A smart leader is often fully aware that the Kid-Appeal Character is not a strong front-line warrior and will assign them roles better suited towards their skills, such as being a scout (like [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] did with the former TropeNamer, Bumblebee). On the other hand, they may be explicitly ''not'' part of the team, being a TagalongKid (or in nonhuman cases, a TeamPet) at best. This doesn't preclude showrunners from trying to appeal to kids by giving the character their own subplots, taking care of something the main heroes are otherwise too distracted with (see the ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers'' and ''Bionicle'' movies described below).

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If the Kid-Appeal Character is a member of a FiveManBand, they're probably TheChick or TheHeart as the moral center of the team, always considering the little guys. It's also possible that they're TheSmartGuy instead, more adapted to modern technology than their older teammates. They won't often be TheLeader, TheLancer, or TheBigGuy, though, as they rarely have enough strength for any of those roles (strength of personality for the first two and physical strength for the third). A smart leader is often fully aware that the Kid-Appeal Character is not a strong front-line warrior and will assign them roles better suited towards their skills, such as being a scout (like [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] did with the former TropeNamer, Bumblebee). On the other hand, they may be explicitly ''not'' part of the team, being a TagalongKid (or in nonhuman cases, a TeamPet) at best. This doesn't preclude showrunners from trying to appeal to kids by giving the character their own subplots, taking care of something the main heroes are otherwise too distracted with (see the ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers'' and ''Bionicle'' movies described below).
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These characters don't have to necessarily be in media targeted towards children to qualify. The characters just have to have traits and qualities that would appeal towards children even if such characters are actually characters who are part of media that is more mature and aimed towards adults.

See also TagalongKid, BrattyHalfPint, KidSidekick, PluckyComicRelief. The BumblingSidekick and GratuitousAnimalSidekick are two common ways of appealing to kids. Compare CousinOliver or SpinOffBabies. ParentalBonus is the inverse. Contrast ToylessToylineCharacter.

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These characters don't have to necessarily be in media targeted towards children to qualify. The characters just have to have traits and qualities that would appeal towards children even if such characters are actually characters who are part of media that is more mature and aimed towards adults.

adults. Conversely, just being younger than the rest of the cast isn't enough to qualify; they actually have to ''have'' said traits and qualities.

See also TagalongKid, BrattyHalfPint, KidSidekick, PluckyComicRelief. The BumblingSidekick and GratuitousAnimalSidekick are two common ways of appealing to kids. In a sequel, expect this character to become a KidHeroAllGrownUp. Compare CousinOliver or SpinOffBabies. ParentalBonus is the inverse. Contrast ToylessToylineCharacter.


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* The trope was discussed by the creators of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. When pitching a possible movie adaptation, the studio execs insisted that there be a kid protagonist involved; even though the creators argued that it wouldn't make sense for a child to be employed by Tesladyne, and that Robo himself would theoretically appeal to kid viewers enough as a big friendly robot. Eventually, they came up with the idea of a kid being swept up in an adventure through their Science Fair project. The movie fell through, but the concept was later turned into a Free Comic Book Day side-story -- which ends with [[RealityEnsues Robo gently telling the kid that given the hyperdangerous science shenanigans that Tesladyne regularly deals with, it would be illegal and unethical for him to hire her no matter how smart she is]].


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* Discussed in the ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' review of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. While Linkara considered Justin a well-executed character, he took issue with the idea that kids ''needed'' someone their own age to relate to; noting that the show had already done just fine without one for four seasons at that point.
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** The trope is also referenced when Varrick launches the motion picture industry, saying he'll have "romance, action, some... funny animal stuff for the kids".
21st May '17 3:20:47 PM nombretomado
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* Ironically enough, TheWasp from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. She's small (even without her shrinking powers), brightly colored, a FragileSpeedster, and generally more childlike than her teammates. Incidentally, she's quite popular with the older fanbase and the show's EnsembleDarkHorse.

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* Ironically enough, TheWasp ComicBook/TheWasp from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. She's small (even without her shrinking powers), brightly colored, a FragileSpeedster, and generally more childlike than her teammates. Incidentally, she's quite popular with the older fanbase and the show's EnsembleDarkHorse.
18th May '17 10:02:34 PM Tonnia
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* ''Anime/BeybladeBurst'': Valt Aoi is a really silly, but powerful kid who's good at his favorite sport: Beyblade. He may be [[TheCutie cute]] and [[DorkKnight dorky]], but his pride is the reason why kids love him and the anime.


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* ''Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight'': Our own Mighty Sun Fighter, Gao Mikado, is a very incredible kid. He's a twelve-years-old kid who good at kung-fu and more importantly Budddyfight.
17th May '17 11:56:44 AM reppuzan
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* ComicBook/SuperSons stars the sons of Superman and Batman: Jon Kent "Superboy" and Damian Wayne "Robin". Jon is a {{Subversion}} of the Weak but Lovable variety; he's super strong like his father, his genes make his powers, namely invulnerability, inconsistent so he's usually cautious in combat. Damian is more of a straight TeenGenius, but more emphasis is put on his immaturity and arrogance.

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* ComicBook/SuperSons ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' stars the sons of Superman and Batman: [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Jon Kent "Superboy" "Superboy"]] and [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne "Robin". "Robin".]] Jon is a {{Subversion}} of the Weak but Lovable variety; he's super strong like his father, his genes make his powers, namely invulnerability, inconsistent so he's usually cautious in combat. Damian is more of a straight TeenGenius, but more emphasis is put on his immaturity and arrogance.
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