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17th May '18 11:01:35 PM DiamondJim
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* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Princess Drusilla, a.k.a. ComicBook/WonderGirl. Debra Winger was even offered her own series in the role, but she didn't find playing a [[ActionGirl superheroine]] to be a good career path. Three [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward oscar]] nominations have made it difficult to second guess her decision.
11th May '18 6:19:02 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** According to UnreliableNarrator Mephisto, many of the other early Kid Sidekicks during World War II were actually adult, but youthful-looking, OSS operatives wearing costumes to make them seem even younger. These 'sidekicks' were actually acting as handlers for the 'flag heroes', who were actually SuperSoldier candidates sent on home front missions to test their combat effectiveness.

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** According to UnreliableNarrator Mephisto, many of the other early Kid Sidekicks during World War II were actually adult, but youthful-looking, OSS operatives wearing costumes designed to make them seem even younger. These 'sidekicks' were actually acting as handlers for the 'flag heroes', who were actually SuperSoldier candidates sent on home front missions to test their combat effectiveness.
11th May '18 6:17:52 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** According to UnreliableNarrator Mephisto, many of the other early Kid Sidekicks during World War II were actually adult, but youthful-looking, OSS operatives wearing costumes to make them seem even younger. These 'sidekicks' were actually acting as handlers for the 'flag heroes', who were actually SuperSoldier candidates sent on home front missions to test their combat effectiveness.
** The laws against kid sidekicks after the mid-1950s don't stop some superheroes - or thugs calling themselves 'heroes', such as Jack Rabbit - from trying to have a Kid Sidekick anyway. Jack Rabbit in particular has this ugly habit picking up recently-manifested mutant teens and using his mind control powers (from a PowerGem he possesses) to brainwash them into what is essentially an audience for his 'heroism'. The fact that at least two of these have been killed due to this, and a third permanently crippled, only seems to feed Jack's psychotic delusions of grandeur.
19th Apr '18 1:22:54 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. Short Round is Indiana Jones's partner, friend and nag. Indiana met him when he was a street orphan trying to pick Indy's pocket. His parents were killed during the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1932.
6th Apr '18 3:05:17 PM Gamermaster
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* Hayate's partner, Reinforce Zwei in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Her non-FunSize form looks around ten, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots with her actual age]] [[YoungerThanTheyLook being younger]].

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* Hayate's partner, Reinforce Zwei in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Her non-FunSize form looks around ten, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots with her actual age]] [[YoungerThanTheyLook being younger]].
23rd Feb '18 5:55:45 PM janktomes
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* The titular protagonist of ''Webcomic/MissMelee'' has a kid sidekick who happens to be her own kid.
20th Jan '18 7:00:13 PM JM1982
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] frequently serves as this to his father Homer by helping Homer with his {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s.
3rd Jan '18 3:54:53 AM lillolillo
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* In the Silver Age, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} played it straight at the beginning, but she eventually subverted it. She was Franchise/{{Superman}}'s sidekick and emergency secret weapon while he was training her, but when he revealed her existence to the world, he made clear that she was his partner. Before that, in ''Action Comics #288'', Kara becomes invulnerable to Kryptonite for a while, and Superman seriously regards her as superior to him, and wonders if he should become ''her'' sidekick. During the Silver and Bronze Ages both cousins interacted as equals, but in the Post-Crisis universe, teen Kara became his sidekick again.

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* In the Silver Age, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} played it straight at the beginning, but she eventually subverted it. She was Franchise/{{Superman}}'s sidekick and emergency secret weapon while he was training her, but when he revealed her existence to the world, he made clear that she was his partner. Before that, in ''Action Comics #288'', Kara becomes invulnerable to Kryptonite for a while, and Superman seriously regards her as superior to him, and wonders if he should become ''her'' sidekick. During the Silver and Bronze Ages both cousins interacted as equals, but in the Post-Crisis universe, teen Kara became his sidekick again. In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', she dislikes being called Supermanís sidekick because she is supposed to be his partner.
29th Sep '17 10:09:02 AM lillolillo
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* Wonder Girl only ended up being an example of this through retcon. She was originally introduced in the ''Wonder Woman'' comic as Diana herself as a teenager, in flashback stories set during her youth. Because of her popularity, there were then a few "[[{{Elseworld}} Impossible Stories]]" written in which both versions of Diana teamed up. When the ''Teen Titans'' comic was created as a team book featuring the Kid Sidekicks of the main Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica members, the original writers assumed that Wonder Girl was an ordinary kid sidekick to Diana, and treated her as such. The attempts to sort this out and give Wonder Girl a separate identity and backstory as "Donna Troy" ended up creating one of the most notorious {{Continuity Snarl}}s in superhero comics history.

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* Wonder Girl ComicBook/WonderGirl only ended up being an example of this through retcon. She was originally introduced in the ''Wonder Woman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' comic as Diana herself as a teenager, in flashback stories set during her youth. Because of her popularity, there were then a few "[[{{Elseworld}} Impossible Stories]]" written in which both versions of Diana teamed up. When the ''Teen Titans'' comic was created as a team book featuring the Kid Sidekicks of the main Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica members, the original writers assumed that Wonder Girl was an ordinary kid sidekick to Diana, and treated her as such. The attempts to sort this out and give Wonder Girl a separate identity and backstory as "Donna Troy" ended up creating one of the most notorious {{Continuity Snarl}}s in superhero comics history.


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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour''. Fury wants to fight crime alongside her mother, the Golden Age Franchise/WonderWoman, but Diana makes clear she's NOT taking a sidekick.
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20th Sep '17 5:03:22 AM Morgenthaler
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A character, often an adult or sometimes teenager, has a considerably younger {{Sidekick}}. Traditionally the kid will often act as TheWatson for the main character, and/or as [[KidAppealCharacter someone for younger audiences to identify with]]. Sometimes the kid acts as a MoralityPet or as a WishFulfillment personification, which goes some way to explaining the [[FridgeLogic implausibility]] of a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop responsible adult putting a young child in dangerous situations]]. Sometimes the sidekick will be a TeenGenius (or younger) in an attempt to justify their presence, or even a CuteBruiser. Other times, they're TheLoad and a DamselInDistress.

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A character, often an adult or sometimes teenager, has a considerably younger {{Sidekick}}. Traditionally the kid will often act as TheWatson for the main character, and/or as [[KidAppealCharacter someone for younger audiences to identify with]]. Sometimes the kid acts as a MoralityPet or as a WishFulfillment personification, which goes some way to explaining the [[FridgeLogic implausibility]] of a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop responsible adult putting a young child in dangerous situations]]. Sometimes the sidekick will be a TeenGenius (or younger) in an attempt to justify their presence, or even a CuteBruiser. Other times, they're TheLoad and a DamselInDistress.
DamselInDistress. May overlap with JuniorCounterpart.
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