Created By: DhanaRagnarokJune 21, 2013 Last Edited By: DhanaRagnarokJune 26, 2013
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Shoulder Teammate

One's shoulder is another's favorite means of transportation.

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Kenpachi never goes anywhere without his Yachiru. Too bad they have no idea ''where'' they are going...

Whenever someone (usually a tall, large Badass, although pretty much anyone can do it) carries a small kid or their speaking animal sidekick on their shoulder wherever they go. Maybe it is to help the smaller one travel faster, or a sign that the two characters share a close (figurative or literal) familial bond. Not to be confused with Parrot Pet Position, which is about Loyal Animal Companions, rather than actual characters.

Often overlaps with Morality Pet and Badass And Child Duo. See also Head Pet.


Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Baby Beel, alias Beelzebub, tends to favor Oga's shoulder whenever they travel together. Which is pretty much always, given you can't really afford to let the Demon King's son wander around.
  • The trope image is Kenpachi from Bleach carrying his adoptive daughter Yachiru. She only leaves his shoulder for three reasons: To eat, to play, or to play.
    • Worth mentioning that he actually carries pretty much everyone this way. Ask Orihime.
    • Ichigo followed his example for a while with Nel.
  • In Claymore, Riful sometimes sat upon the shoulder of her much larger boyfriend, Dauf.
  • In Dragon Ball, even though Puar can fly, he'd rather stay on Yamcha's shoulder.
  • In a flashback in One Piece, Tony Tony Chopper is seen a few times hanging on Hiluluk's shoulder(s) while in his cutesy, chibi-sized "Brain Point".
  • The first two mooks (a huge one with a hammer, and a very fast midget) in Samurai Deeper Kyo are introduced this way.

Film

Video Games
  • In Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, two of the Big Bad's minions follow this trope, with Pic (the diminutive Fragile Speedster part of the duo) riding on the shoulder of Gorc (a huge Mighty Glacier).
  • When Yuna summons Ifrit in Final Fantasy X, it bursts from underground and catches her this way before letting her down.
  • In the Jak And Daxter series, the latter of the titular characters has the habit of riding on the shoulder of the former. Though, considering what kind of a person Daxter is, you might disagree about him being cute in the true sense of the word.
  • Starting from Gun-Jack, the killer robots created by Jane in Tekken carry her this way. We actually see her jump on Gun-Jack's shoulder as soon as she realizes he won the King of Iron Fist Tournament in his ending cutscene.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 21, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Parrot Pet Position does this with animals. Since giants and big people can do this for all manner of humans too I don't think the name should revolve around only kids.
  • June 21, 2013
    Elbruno
    That name needs to be changed, the wiki does not accept the use of the word loli, especially in titles. Shoulder Child sounds straightforward enough.
  • June 21, 2013
    KZN02
    See also Head Pet.
  • June 21, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^ Shoulder Child is a bit awkward in my opinion. How about Shoulder Mascot, since this doesn't seem to be limited to humans only.

    EDIT:

    Video Games
  • June 21, 2013
    DhanaRagnarok
    Edited name to Shoulder Mascot. Given that Parrot Pet Position is for "normal" animals, I'm keeping the examples with talking animals, although I suppose the Pokemon example must go...Hmm...
  • June 21, 2013
    wanderlustwarrior
    I think the laconic could use some work.
  • June 21, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^^ The pokemon example is miscatagorized anyway.
  • June 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • June 22, 2013
    MorganWick
    Should the name make clear that this is only for mascots who talk?

    Also, I believe "shows how it's done" captions are frowned upon.
  • June 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I think it's enough if you add a note: "Not to be confused with Parrot Pet Position, which is about Loyal Animal Companions, rather than actual characters."
  • June 22, 2013
    5206252049
    The kid's name in The Iron Giant is Hogarth, not Harold. That's Hogarth. (Quoting his line after the FBI agent calls him "Hobart".)
  • June 22, 2013
    DRCEQ
    yeah. If you put "Kenpachi shows how it's done" as a caption, it WILL be removed without discussion.
  • June 24, 2013
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^^ God, can't believe I wrote Harold...Gotta go seppuku myself, I'd deserve it...

    ^Darn, gotta be more up-to-date with the current unspoken rules of trope making...I still remember when "xxx shows how it's done" was the default caption people would use when they didn't know what to put there...Hopefully the new one (that I just made up :p) will be more appropriate^^'

    EDIT: Alright...Doesn't seem like it WANTS to be edited. YOU WILL OBEY, DARN IT!

    EDIT (again...): Okay, so I must edit the title, the laconic and the description separately...And yet the laconic doesn't change...My head hurts (@_@)

    Alrighty....Alternate Laconic: "The Big Guy's shoulder is the Tagalong Kid favorite means of transportation."
  • June 24, 2013
    Chabal2
    • The first two mooks (a huge one with a hammer, and a very fast midget) in Samurai Deeper Kyo are introduced this way.
    • When Yuna summons Ifrit in Final Fantasy X, it bursts from underground and catches her this way before letting her down.
  • June 24, 2013
    kjnoren
    Please remove references to The Big Guy and Tagalong Kid in the laconic - for that matter I think gratuitous Bad Ass references should be pruned.

    Where should the actual line be drawn with relation to Parrot Pet Position? Eg, should the dividing line be in intelligence, or species, or something else?

    Some possible examples (note that depending on how you want to limit and use the trope these might not be actual examples):

    Film:

    Literature:

    • An adopted (or more properly mind-bonded) treecat in Honor Harrington prefer to ride on the shoulders of their human companion.
    • Poplock, an intelligent toad in Phoenix Rising, often rides on Tobimar's shoulder once they team up.
  • June 25, 2013
    KingZeal
    • In Claymore, Riful sometimes sat upon the shoulder of her much larger boyfriend, Dauf.
  • June 25, 2013
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^^ I think this trope should be used mostly for humans and sentient, speaking creatures that are more a team member than a Team Pet. For example, in the Pokemon anime, Pikachu falls under Parrot Pet Position while Meowth (if he qualified) would be a-ok for this trope.
  • June 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The Mad Max example is a Zero Context Example.
  • June 25, 2013
    MattStriker
    Another video game example:

  • June 25, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Fixed namespaces in the draft examples.

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