Created By: TheBlackGhost on October 12, 2011

I'm coming with you!

A tagalong or secondary character insists on coming with the hero, or finding some way to do so against the hero's wishes.

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I dont mean the phrase "I'm coming with you" specifically, but the concept that when the main character is going on a big quest, some secondary character will want to tag along--against the main character's wishes. Sometimes this secondary character will be a love interest or potential love interest, or maybe a companion that wasnt deemed to be "important" or "can't take care of himself". Sometimes that character will do everything in their power to get on the quest too--like Sam following Frodo in the lord of the rings. Sometimes that character is sent home after they are on the quest, sometimes they die, and sometimes they save the hero's life.
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  • October 12, 2011
    Avinite
    An example would be Sue from Grandia, who stows away aboard the Steamer ship without Justin knowing, after he had asked her specifically to stay, in order to follow him on his adventure.
  • October 12, 2011
    GreenMachine
    • Needs Confirmation: I'm pretty sure Amy did this a few times in Archie Comics' Sonic The Hedgehog comics. Probably moreso earlier than later. I think a few times even Tails qualified.
    • Needs Confirmation: Also, I remember one of the Pokemon Movies (or possibly the anime series) doing this with Ash and Pikachu. If it's a movie, it would either be the first one, 2000, or the third one. If it's the anime series, it would most likely be in the first season.

  • October 12, 2011
    Dawnwing
    • In the second series of Warrior Cats, four cats were chosen by the spirits of their ancestors for a mission. Two more cats went along, however: Stormfur wanted to take care of his sister, and Squirrelpaw didn't want to be left out of something so exciting (plus she'd been arguing with her father a lot lately.)
  • October 12, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

  • October 12, 2011
    Wntermute
  • October 13, 2011
    IuraCivium
    This is going to get shot down fast unless it gets a non-dialogue title...seems kind of like a variant on The Load.
  • October 13, 2011
    Koveras
    • Dandelion does it to Geralt in The Witcher Saga at least twice: in the end of The Last Wish and again in Times of Contempt.
  • October 13, 2011
    Arivne
    Tagalong Demand? Wants To Come Too?

    If the character is a child, may result in a Little Stowaway situation.

    Western Animation
    • Jonny Quest does this twice. In both '"Pursuit of the Po-Ho" and "Terror Island" Jonny demands to go along with Race Bannon to rescue his missing father Benton Quest. In both cases Race refuses, but Jonny and Hadji manage to get involved anyway: in the first case by following Race through the jungle, and in the second by stowing away on Race's speedboat.
  • October 13, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • Shrek - Donkey insists on tagging along with Shrek
  • October 13, 2011
    gneissisnice
    In the Dragonlance novel Time Of The Twins, Tas wants to tag along with Caramon, who is being sent back in time, and he enters the spell at the last minute in the form of a rat. It turns out that this has major consequences, since time can't be altered by humans due to the nature of the spell, but it can be altered by kender, like Tas.
  • October 13, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Anime and Manga:
    • In Gall Force, Mitty tries to join the attempt to sneak into the MME citadel. Fortunately, Sandy convinces her to "stay and guard the entrance".

    Webcomics:
    • In Drowtales, Ariel planned to go look for Faen accompanied by a pair of bodyguards, but Liriel, Chiri and Kyo insist on going along.
  • October 13, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    In the book version of The Lost World: Jurassic Park Malcolm's (adopted?) daughter and her friend stow away on the RV he's prepared to go to the island.
  • October 14, 2011
    oztrickster
    Unwanted Follower, to expand it to game examples where certain characters will join you, despite the character or player wanting to refuse.
  • October 14, 2011
    Dawnwing
    Insistent Tagalong? Not all are unwanted.
  • October 14, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Won't Be Left Behind?

    Literature:
    • Duncan says as much in the Deryni novel The King's Justice after the combined forces under Kelson and Morgan come to his rescue and plans are made to go on to Laas to confront the last of the Mearan leaders. Morgan assures him he won't be left behind, but insists Duncan travel via litter, due to his injuries.
  • October 14, 2011
    selltown88
    Jackie Chan Adventures - Jade insists on coming along with her Uncle Jackie on his missions, while Jackie wants to keep her out because she is too young and he's afraid she would get hurt. Still, she usually finds a way to go with Jackie and the results are varied, sometimes she screws things up, sometimes she saves his life, but if there is a constant on this show, it's that Jade WILL go with Jackie.
  • October 14, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    I think we already have something like Tagalong Kid.
  • October 14, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    Sam in the 1st Lord Of The Rings film.
  • October 14, 2011
    MishFish
    ^ Also Merry and Pippin earlier on.
  • October 15, 2011
    LeeM
    In Rudyard Kipling's Inuit story "Quiquern", when young Kotuko is the last hunter with the strength and courage to try to find food for his starving tribe, his girlfriend insists on going with him. He doesn't put up an argument, but simply points out that they're probably both going to their deaths.
  • October 15, 2011
    oztrickster
    This isn't Tagalong Kid
  • October 15, 2011
    nman
  • October 15, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: Season 2, "The Serpent's Pass". Suki volunteers to come with the Gaang as they lead a pregnant lady and her husband through the deadly route. Sokka objects, but quickly acquiesces when Suki questions that he would object to her coming along.
  • October 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • October 16, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • In Thud!, Sam Vimes is going to Koom Valley, and is explaining to his wife that he'll be fine, and it's perfectly safe. Then she says she's coming too, and he instantly shifts into reverse, explaining that it's far too dangerous. Lady Sybill calmly points out that in the current political climate, it's also dangerous to stay in Ankh-Morpork.
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