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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.
6th Sep '17 10:53:15 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has the main characters being sidekicks to members of the Justice League (Robin to Franchise/{{Batman}}, Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, Kid Flash to TheFlash and Speedy/Red Arrow to ComicBook/GreenArrow). Other characters who aren't sidekicks in the comics canon are reimagined as such here, such as Miss Martian being Martian Manhunter's niece and Bumblebee being the Atom's student, while Beast Boy is linked to Miss Martian. The only character who doesn't have a mentor is Blue Beetle... because the previous Blue Beetle was killed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has the main characters being sidekicks to members of the Justice League (Robin to Franchise/{{Batman}}, Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, Kid Flash to TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash and Speedy/Red Arrow to ComicBook/GreenArrow). Other characters who aren't sidekicks in the comics canon are reimagined as such here, such as Miss Martian being Martian Manhunter's niece and Bumblebee being the Atom's student, while Beast Boy is linked to Miss Martian. The only character who doesn't have a mentor is Blue Beetle... because the previous Blue Beetle was killed.
20th Aug '17 12:51:05 PM DaibhidC
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** Other kid sidekicks to Batman: Spoiler (sometimes), some Batgirls more than others. The original Bat-Girl (Betty Kane) was originally the kid sidekick of Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} (Kathy Kane), until Kathy was retconned away and Betty became Bette Kane, a Robin fangirl who called herself Flamebird. Then in ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' Kathy was reintroduced, and so was Bette's time as Bat-Girl. She was last seen as the sidekick to her cousin, the Kate Kane Batwoman, as Hawkfire.



* Other kid sidekicks to Batman: Spoiler (sometimes), some Batgirls more than others. The original Bat-Girl (Betty Kane) was originally the kid sidekick of Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}, until she was retconned away and she became Bette Kane, a Robin fangirl who called herself Flamebird. Then in ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' Kathy was reintroduced, and so was Bette's time as Bat-Girl. She was last seen as the sidekick to her cousin, the Kate Kane {{Batwoman}}, as Hawkfire.
20th Aug '17 12:49:52 PM DaibhidC
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* Following the Franchise/{{Batman}} formula, other younger sidekicks to adult superheroes include Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} to Franchise/{{Superman}}, Speedy to ComicBook/GreenArrow, and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s various sidekicks, usually of the young girl type (ComicBook/KittyPryde, Rogue, X-23, Jubilee).
** Also on the sidekick squad: Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. Kid Flash to ComicBook/TheFlash.
** ComicBook/WonderGirl to ComicBook/WonderWoman, Spoiler, Flamebird ([[CanonDiscontinuity or not]]).
** Atlee and ComicBook/PowerGirl, some Batgirls more than others
** They even tried to give Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} a sidekick named Catgirl. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome It didn't take]].

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* Following the Franchise/{{Batman}} formula, other younger sidekicks to adult superheroes include Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} to Franchise/{{Superman}}, Speedy to ComicBook/GreenArrow, and ComicBook/GreenArrow.
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ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s various sidekicks, usually of the young girl type (ComicBook/KittyPryde, Rogue, X-23, Jubilee).
** Also on the sidekick squad: * Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.
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Kid Flash to ComicBook/TheFlash.
** ComicBook/WonderGirl * Other kid sidekicks to ComicBook/WonderWoman, Spoiler, Flamebird ([[CanonDiscontinuity or not]]).
** Atlee and ComicBook/PowerGirl,
Batman: Spoiler (sometimes), some Batgirls more than others
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others. The original Bat-Girl (Betty Kane) was originally the kid sidekick of Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}, until she was retconned away and she became Bette Kane, a Robin fangirl who called herself Flamebird. Then in ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' Kathy was reintroduced, and so was Bette's time as Bat-Girl. She was last seen as the sidekick to her cousin, the Kate Kane {{Batwoman}}, as Hawkfire.
* Atlee (the third? Terra) to ComicBook/PowerGirl.
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They even tried to give Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} a sidekick named Catgirl. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome It didn't take]].
9th Aug '17 9:33:31 AM StFan
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* Johnny Bates, AKA Kid Miracleman, from the comic ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}''. (Originally known in the UK as Kid Marvelman and ''Marvelman''.) Creator/AlanMoore's 1980s revival of the series not only aged the character to adulthood but gave him one of the most horrific {{Face Heel Turn}}s in comic book history. There was also the Teen Sidekick Young Marvelman.

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* Johnny Bates, AKA a.k.a. Kid Miracleman, from the comic ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}''. (Originally known in the UK as Kid Marvelman and ''Marvelman''.) Creator/AlanMoore's 1980s revival of the series not only aged the character to adulthood but gave him one of the most horrific {{Face Heel Turn}}s in comic book history. There was also the Teen Sidekick Young Marvelman.




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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', a little kid named Buddy really wants to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick. When Mr. Incredible declines the offer, Buddy [[NotGoodWithRejection does not take it well]].
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* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', Adric filled this role. Susan and Vickie were likewise younger and less mature than most. Of course, given the Doctor's full age, almost every companion is a kid to him, unless they're Timelords too.
** WordOfGod has it that they deliberately went out of their way to avoid straight examples of this trope because "children don't want to watch any child character who's younger than themselves", so companions are almost never any younger than their mid-teens and most often in their late 20s or early 30s

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* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', Adric filled this role. Susan and Vickie were likewise younger and less mature than most. Of course, given the Doctor's full age, almost every companion is a kid to him, unless they're Timelords too.
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too. WordOfGod has it that they deliberately went out of their way to avoid straight examples of this trope because "children don't want to watch any child character who's younger than themselves", so companions are almost never any younger than their mid-teens and most often in their late 20s or early 30s30s.



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%%* Junior (possibly Henry Steele, Jr.) in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.

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* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', TheResistance consists of 34-year-old Katrina and her 17-year-old sidekick Lucy (who turns 18
in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.
the penultimate episode). At various times their relationship can be catgeorized as being either a (very small) RagtagBunchOfMisfits, [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]] and her mentee, or OddCouple.



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* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', TheResistance consists of 34-year-old Katrina and her 17-year-old sidekick Lucy (who turns 18 in the penultimate episode). At various times their relationship can be catgeorised as being either a (very small) RagtagBunchOfMisfits, [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]] and her mentee, or OddCouple.

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* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', TheResistance consists of 34-year-old Katrina and her 17-year-old sidekick Lucy A feat in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' lets you have one (who turns 18 can be any of the {{Sidekick}} tropes, but guess which one is most common except among obsessive powergamers). There are also a few in the penultimate episode). At various times their relationship can be catgeorised as being either a (very small) RagtagBunchOfMisfits, [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]] and her mentee, or OddCouple.Freedom City setting, most notably Arrow (Speedy to the Bowman's ComicBook/GreenArrow, in [[LegacyCharacter several incarnations]]).



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* A feat in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' lets you have one (who can be any of the {{Sidekick}} tropes, but guess which one is most common except among obsessive powergamers). There are also a few in the Freedom City setting, most notably Arrow (Speedy to the Bowman's ComicBook/GreenArrow, in [[LegacyCharacter several incarnations]]).

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* A feat in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' lets you have one (who can be any of the {{Sidekick}} tropes, but guess which one is most common except among obsessive powergamers). There are also a few in the Freedom City setting, most notably Arrow (Speedy to the Bowman's ComicBook/GreenArrow, in [[LegacyCharacter several incarnations]]).

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* Gordito Delgado from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. The Doctor even compares himself to Batman when he decides to take Gordito in. Of course, the Doctor compares himself to Batman regardless. Note that Gordito's origins - a child of a family of circus performers who was orphaned mid-show - is a tribute to Dick Grayson's.

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* Gordito Delgado from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. The Doctor even compares himself to Batman when he decides to take Gordito in. Of course, the Doctor compares himself to Batman regardless. Note that Gordito's origins - -- a child of a family of circus performers who was orphaned mid-show - -- is a tribute to Dick Grayson's.



* In TheAdventuresOfGynoStar, Gyno-Star's sidekick is a teenager named Little Sappho.

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* In TheAdventuresOfGynoStar, ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfGynoStar'', Gyno-Star's sidekick is a teenager named Little Sappho.






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* In the {{backstory}} of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII superhero Champion had two: Miss Champion and Champion Junior. In a ShoutOut to the way heroes age in ComicBooks, Miss Champion only aged (from then on) at about one-fourth normal, which really messed up her social life. Miss Champion is still around, and one of the important side characters of the universe.
** Subverted in the present, where kid sidekicks are specifically banned by a law that the former Miss Champion was instrumental in getting enacted

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* In the {{backstory}} of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII superhero Champion had two: Miss Champion and Champion Junior. In a ShoutOut to the way heroes age in ComicBooks, Miss Champion only aged (from then on) at about one-fourth normal, which really messed up her social life. Miss Champion is still around, and one of the important side characters of the universe.
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universe. Subverted in the present, where kid sidekicks are specifically banned by a law that the former Miss Champion was instrumental in getting enacted
enacted.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', a little kid named Buddy really wants to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick. When Mr. Incredible declines the offer, Buddy [[NotGoodWithRejection does not take it well]].
* In WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents, The Crimson Chin's sidekick, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder, is a ten-year old. Makes sense, because his alter ego is actually none other than [[spoiler:Timmy Turner]] himself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', a little kid named Buddy really wants to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick. When Mr. Incredible declines the offer, Buddy [[NotGoodWithRejection does not take it well]].
* In WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents,
''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', The Crimson Chin's sidekick, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder, is a ten-year old. Makes sense, because his alter ego is actually none other than [[spoiler:Timmy Turner]] himself.



* Spoofed with Barnacle Boy, Mermaid Man's sidekick on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', who is still treated as a child even though both of them are now old men. One episode has him doing a FaceHeelTurn because of it.

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* Spoofed with Barnacle Boy, Mermaid Man's sidekick on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', who is still treated as a child even though both of them are now old men. One episode has him doing a FaceHeelTurn because of it.



* The Franchise/{{Transformers}} have a bad habit of dragging young humans into their battles - young humans who tend to have no powers or skills that make letting them within a mile of Decepticons anything less than criminal negligence. Giving them a reason to be around ''at all'' is relatively new to the franchise.

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* The Franchise/{{Transformers}} have a bad habit of dragging young humans into their battles - -- young humans who tend to have no powers or skills that make letting them within a mile of Decepticons anything less than criminal negligence. Giving them a reason to be around ''at all'' is relatively new to the franchise.
7th Jun '17 7:21:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{backstory}} of the WhateleyUniverse, the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII superhero Champion had two: Miss Champion and Champion Junior. In a ShoutOut to the way heroes age in ComicBooks, Miss Champion only aged (from then on) at about one-fourth normal, which really messed up her social life. Miss Champion is still around, and one of the important side characters of the universe.

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* In the {{backstory}} of the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII superhero Champion had two: Miss Champion and Champion Junior. In a ShoutOut to the way heroes age in ComicBooks, Miss Champion only aged (from then on) at about one-fourth normal, which really messed up her social life. Miss Champion is still around, and one of the important side characters of the universe.
19th Apr '17 8:22:57 PM MagnusForce
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* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet''. Joey seems like one at first to AP, and is treated by the egotistical superhero-turned-HandPuppet as one, despite Joey being the key to unlocking AP's former superpowers. As the series progresses though, AP starts to treat Joey as more of a partner-in-crimefighting than a kid sidekick.
12th Apr '17 2:15:57 AM XenMon2
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has Barbara Gorden (a highschool girl in this continuity), and then later Dick Grayson. Joker gets his own in one episode, although this being Joker it doesn't take long before he's trying to throw said sidekick into a vat of acid.
10th Apr '17 11:17:28 AM nombretomado
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6th Feb '17 4:58:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Jim Hawking in ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* Radical Edward of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Sailor Chibi Moon of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.

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* %%* Radical Edward of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
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* Lin and Bat in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.

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* Yukine in ''Manga/{{Noragami}}''
* Pogo in ''Anime/GenmaWars'' to the [[NobleFugitive exiled]] WarriorPrince Loof.

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* Kenny from ''Film/{{Gamera}}''
* Short Round from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.

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* Lex and Tim Murphy from ''Film/JurassicPark''.

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* %%* Lex and Tim Murphy from ''Film/JurassicPark''.



* Patsy Murphy and Chick in John R. Coryell's ''Literature/NickCarter''.

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* %%* Patsy Murphy and Chick in John R. Coryell's ''Literature/NickCarter''.



* Junior (possibly Henry Steele, Jr.) in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.

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* Franchise/ProfessorLayton gets Luke. Flora may also count.

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* %%* Franchise/ProfessorLayton gets Luke. Flora may also count.



* Alamand to Soli of ''Webcomic/TheMeek''.
* Sunspot to Stardust in Webcomic/AttackOfTheSuperWizards.

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* %%* Alamand to Soli of ''Webcomic/TheMeek''.
* %%* Sunspot to Stardust in Webcomic/AttackOfTheSuperWizards.



* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.

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* %%* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.



* Jan and Jace, from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
* Spinner (and his dog Paddlefoot) of ''WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo''.
* And the ComicBook/WonderTwins probably count, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.

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* %%* Jan and Jace, from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
* %%* Spinner (and his dog Paddlefoot) of ''WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo''.
* %%* And the ComicBook/WonderTwins probably count, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
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