[[caption-width-right:205:Probably one of the best known examples. Awwwwwwwwwwww.]]

-> ''A thing, accompanied by a smaller version of that thing, is always cute.''
--> -- #07 on '''Cute Overload''''s [[http://cuteoverload.com/rules-of-cuteness/http://cuteoverload.com/rules-of-cuteness/ Rules Of Cuteness]] [[note]] Warning: Site is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Even the most jaded tropers may experience CutenessOverload.[[/note]]

How do you make an animal instantly cute and endearing? Have it being followed by babies. Usually these babies are miniature versions of the parent. Sometimes there's [[TheRuntAtTheEnd a runt at the end]].

One can make any kind of predator into a monster by targeting either the parent or one of the children. Strangely, however, even said predator can become cute once again if [[MonsterIsAMommy followed by babies of its own]].

Don't you dare get in between [[MamaBear the mother and her children]].

[[folder:Film --Animated]]
* In the "Pastoral" segment of the 1940 version of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', [[http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2623641881/ the pegasus foals]] fit this trope.

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Way_for_Ducklings Make Way For Ducklings]]''
* The ''Literature/{{Madeline}}'' books have a variation of this, in that the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" are following a teacher rather than a parent.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In the AnimatedCreditsOpening of ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' the family is represtented as a mother partridge and her five children following behind her.

* Every creature in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.
* The Blooper Nanny in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''.
* The Huffin' Puffins, a species of duck-like critters in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', are generally followed by a line of smaller ones. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential You can bump off the parent and use the children as egg substitutes.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a Plainstrider (a large flightless bird) named Mazzranache, who's followed around in Mulgore by three little ones that look like him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin 2}}'', Spotty Bulbears may be followed by Dwarf Spotty Bulbears. This isn't cute at all and only serves to make a DemonicSpider even more demonic. Bulbmin may also have smaller Bulbmin, but fortunately, you can get them to your side if you defeat the parent.

* In the "Blue Danube" segment of ''WesternAnimation/ACornyConcerto'', a mother swan and her cygnets meet a [[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck little black duck]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', had the fire truck rushing to a fire only to be delayed by a mother duck crossing the road with a lot of ducklings.
-->'''Apu''': You ducks are really trying my patience!... but you're so cute!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has scenes in both "Griffon the Brush-Off" and "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" where [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] is seen helping a mother duck lead its ducklings. Unfortunately in the former episode, [[{{Jerkass}} Gilda]] doesn't give a damn and scares them all away.

* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the psychological effect of ducklings following their mother is ''[[UpToEleven so strong]]'' that they are used as an emergency barrier during a car chase. Even the bad guys treat them like they are a completely impenetrable wall and make no attempt to continue the chase once they are cut off.

* Will the ducklings be rescued? See a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACzJ-QVv2Bs here]]!
* Taken UpToEleven [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18580147 here]].