Created By: GoopsWorld on April 27, 2013 Last Edited By: GoopsWorld on August 27, 2014
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Baby Morph Episode

An episode of a show where one or more of the characters is turned into a baby

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Sometimes, in an animated series, an episode will come along where, through some means, one or more than one of the characters is transformed into an infant, requiring their friends to find a way to turn them back. Often overlaps with Parents for a Day.

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Comic Book

Film
  • Royal Pain's evil plan from Sky High involves this.

Western Animation
  • Egon is slowly transformed into a baby in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Three Men and an Egon".
  • An episode of Donkey Kong Country had Donkey Kong become Baby Kong after drinking one of Cranky's potions.
  • An episode of Monsters vs. Aliens had the President become a baby after being hit with Dr. Cockroach's Youth Ray.
  • Princess Toadstool became a baby in an episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show after falling into the Fountain of Youth.
  • Jimmy Neutron accidentally transformed his own grandmother into a baby in one of the earlier episodes.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Kid Stuff", Morgaine le Fey transforms Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern into 8-year-olds after Mordred uses his magic to remove all adults from Earth and keep children on the Earth.
  • The Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" features the Planet Express crew grow younger after falling into a pit of rejuvenating tar.
  • One episode of Spongebob Squarepants featured Plankton turning everyone into babies to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
  • There's an episode of the Lilo & Stitch: The Series cartoon series that featured an experiment that did this, transforming all of Lilo's family into babies. Once that was reversed, she sent the experiment to the animal shelter where she first adopted Stitch so it could make older dogs young again and more likely to be adopted.
  • Dexter's Laboratory. Dexter accidentally turns his parents into babies after creating a machine that was supposed to age up Dexter and Deedee.
  • The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby" involves Professor Ludwig von Drake's invention turning Goofy into baby and the rest of the cast looking after him. The Sequel Episode "Goofy Babysitter" reversed the roles — now it's Goofy trying to look after his transformed friends.

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  • April 27, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    We have a trope called Fountain Of Youth that covers plots like this, but I honestly would like this trope to split away from the existing one.

    There's an episode of the Lilo & Stitch cartoon series that featured an experiment that did this, transforming all of Lilo's family into babies. Once that was reversed, she sent the experiment to the animal shelter where she first adopted Stitch so it could make older dogs young again and more likely to be adopted.

    This was also Royal Pain's evil plan in the movie Sky High.
  • April 27, 2013
    WackyMeetsPractical
    • Dexters Laboratory: Dexter accidentallly turns his parents into babies after creating a machine that was supposed to age up Dexter and Deedee.

    I believe this trope is distinct enough from Fountain Of Youth to be it's own trope. Often combined with Parents For A Day. In fact, there might be some examples on that page.
  • April 28, 2013
    Arivne
    Comic Books
  • April 29, 2013
    MetaFour
    Web Animation:
    • In the Ultra Fast Pony episode "Makin' Babies", Sweetie Belle abuses her newfound knowledge of where babies come from (magic, of course) to cast a spell that transforms most of the main cast into children. The kids run off and do a whole lot of nothing, and the episode ends with them still stuck as kids.
  • April 30, 2013
    foxley
    Sergeant Benton is transformed into a baby in the Doctor Who serial "The Time Monster".
  • May 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized the OP example work titles.
  • May 1, 2013
    NESBoy
    • The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Goofy Baby" involves Professor Ludwig von Drake's invention turning Goofy into baby and the rest of the cast looking after him. The Sequel Episode "Goofy Babysitter" reversed the roles -- now it's Goofy trying to look after his transformed friends.
  • June 7, 2013
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • In Issue #33 of Superman's Girl Friend: Lois Lane, Lois turns the tables on Superman when he becomes a baby.
  • June 12, 2013
    Arivne
    We've had this on YKTTW before as Baby Episode.

    Comic Books
    • This happens to Batman in this issue of the Batman comic, entitled "Batman becomes Bat-Baby!"
  • June 12, 2013
    MrRuano
    • The Ultimate Spider Man episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider" has Loki utilize his Norn Stones to turn Spidey, his team, and Thor all into little kids (Represented in the series' Chibi art style), all so he could claim himself the elder brother. The example is twisted a bit, as the characters all act and think the exact same, just a lot smaller.
  • January 17, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    An episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo had Scooby and Shaggy temporarily turned into babies after Scrappy forgets to take them out of a steam machine at the gym.
  • January 18, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Why does it have to be limited to animation?

    • In Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator Grandpa George and Grandmas Josephine & Georgina take overdoses of Wonka-Vite, which deages George & Josephine to babies and Georigina becomes minus 2 years old.
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