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->''I don't know how the public accepted all these heroes' infant sidekicks. Besides the Catholic church, no other organization hires 10 year old assistants. Being a superhero is a lot like being a cop, and if we were watching Cops and one of the policemen was chasing a car thief with a kid dressed up as a little cop sitting next to him, we would think that was crazy.''
-->-- '''{{Seanbaby}}'''

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.

Compare TagalongKid, KidAppealCharacter, BrattyHalfPint and BakerStreetRegular. Contrast OlderSidekick.
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!!Examples:

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* Jim Hawking in ''OutlawStar''.
* Radical Edward of ''CowboyBebop''.
* Sailor Chibi Moon of ''SailorMoon''.
* Doc ''Black Jack's'' sidekick, nurse, and surrogate daughter Pinoko.
* ''LoneWolfAndCub'' is the epitome of this trope. Ogami Ittou's sidekick is ''three years young''.
* Lirio from ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' is a loli sidekick to BadassNormal Ricardo.
* Hayate's partner, Reinforce Zwei in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Her non-FunSize form looks around ten, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots with her actual age]] [[YoungerThanTheyLook being younger]].
* Lin and Bat in ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Wendy Garret of ''GunXSword'' is a teenage example of this. She very rarely helps out in battle, but she's better at thinking than Van is. She functions as a manager, handling the money and making travel arrangements.
* Eve of Manga/BlackCat is one, but she hardly has trouble keeping up.
* Subverted in ''ChronoCrusade'' with Chrono and Rosette. Chrono looks like (and sometimes acts like) a twelve-year-old, but it's soon revealed that he's [[OlderThanTheyLook really a demon that's probably at least a century old]], making him actually Rosette's OlderSidekick. Also played somewhat straight with Azmaria, a 12-year-old apprentice in the Order who is assigned to work with Chrono and Rosette.

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* ComicBook/{{Robin}}, sidekick of Franchise/{{Batman}}, is the UrExample, and is retained in almost every incarnation of Batman, no matter how DarkerAndEdgier, simply because [[GrandfatherClause of tradition]]. These days the concept is subject to ReimaginingTheArtifact, justifying Robin's presence by saying that either the kid is so damaged that he'd become self-destructive (or just plain destructive) without Batman supervising his crimefighting (probably the case with Jason and definitely for Damian), or that ''Batman'' is the damaged one and needs a surrogate son (all but said was the case for Tim).
** In ''TheDarkKnightReturns'', when the new police commissioner tangles with Batman and spots the young Carrie Kelly as Robin with him, she adds Child Endangerment on the warrant for him.
* Okay, JimmyOlsen is more of a Teen Sidekick for most of his appearances, but he's still much younger than his [[{{Superman}} hero.]]
* Step forward Rick Jones. For decades Rick has been MarvelComics' stock sidekick. He has been partners with TheHulk, CaptainAmerica, two [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captains Marvel]], and ROMSpaceKnight. Must be some kind of record.
* Following the Franchise/{{Batman}} formula, other younger sidekicks to adult superheroes include [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Supergirl]], Speedy to GreenArrow, and {{Wolverine}}'s various sidekicks, usually of the young girl type. (Kitty Pryde, 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]].
* DC thrives under this trope. Darkly parodied with Kid Devil, whose adult counterpart and idol ComicBook/BlueDevil was barely aware of his existence, despite having made a DealWithTheDevil to be a {{superhero}} with him.
* TheClock, a very first [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero (last seen in 1944) and his kid sidekick Butch (a girl). Butch, incidentally, originally wanted to be the Clock's "moll", much to the hero's mortification. She eventually got over it.
* 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.
* BuckyBarnes was this to CaptainAmerica in WorldWarII. On the Invaders as well was the first HumanTorch, who had sidekick Toro, with near identical powers.
* Oddly enough, MoonKnight had an adult sidekick (or at least young adult) who was [[DeathIsCheap temporarily killed off]] and [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt]] as an [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul evil cyborg]] named Midnight.
* German detective ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'' had Toni Knatter, in one story. The MeaningfulName was {{lampshaded}} by our hero.
* Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} started as a deliberate subversion of this trope. StanLee had grown sick of teen sidekicks, so he decided to create a series that featured a teenager as the main star, rather than as support to an adult hero. Everyone thought that ItWillNeverCatchOn...but it did.
** Marvel eventually gave him his own teen sidekick, "Alpha", for a MilestoneCelebration storyline. It didn't last, as the [[SmugSuper powers went to the kid's head]] and Spidey had to depower him before he became a threat.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with GoldenAge teen hero the Star-Spangled Kid, and his adult sidekick Stripesy.
* [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]] serves as [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter's]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderMen'', though this consists mostly of Peter watching his back and saving his life and Miles occasionally doing something awesome to make up for it.
* Viciously parodied in Rick Veitch's controversial miniseries ''Brat Pack'', which had transparent [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]] of various Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica figures physically, mentally and sexually abusing their sidekicks in various ways, including killing them off to get public sympathy.
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* Kenny from ''Film/{{Gamera}}''
* Short Round from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' even has the Kid Sidekick refer to himself as the 'Comedy Sidekick', which should be a sub-trope of sidekick.
* The Jedi in ''StarWars'' pair up young padawans with older Jedi to teach them the way of the force. The difference here is that they often remain padawans into their twenties, making them former Kid Sidekicks by that age. They are usually [[SidekickGraduationsStick Knighted]] after that, and soon begin the cycle again by choosing their own padawan. Generally padawans and their masters are sent on diplomatic missions, but with the way the StarWars universe works, and with the advent of the Clone Wars, it's almost a given that the [[ChildSoldiers padawan will be forced to fight]].
* Lex and Tim Murphy from ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl from ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}''. Subverted by the fact that she is much more competent than the protagonist.
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* Patsy Murphy and Chick in John R. Coryell's ''NickCarter''.
* The Red Lama and Kim in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Kim''. Interestingly Kim is TheSidekick to several different characters including the Red Lama, Mahbub Ali, and so on as well as being TheHero.
* ''Literature/DocWilde'', a ''DocSavage'' parody, has his two kids who he's been raising to be [[BadAss badasses like himself]] come up with him on his adventures.
* In ''WearingTheCape'', Hope (18 years old) becomes Atlas' sidekick in order to learn the butt-kicking ways of [[FlyingBrick Atlas-type heroes]]. The whole mentor/sidekick angle is played up for the media (her costume is even color-coordinated to match his), but it's clearly understood to be a temporary arrangement, more like an apprenticeship.
* Discussed extensively for laughs in the ''Literature/HowToBeASuperhero'' chapter "The Problem With Boy Wonders". Not that ''Girl'' Wonders aren't without their own problems...
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* Mark Hollander to the titular ''AceLightning'' (albeit sometimes reluctantly).
* Rather bizarrely on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar temporarily gained one of these in the form of Luke, a troubled teen with the inexplicable desire to go on a road trip with a super-powered serial killer. And keep annoying him. His survival is something of a miracle. The series strongly implied at the time that Luke is Sylar's brother. [[spoiler:As with most things on the show, this turns out to not have been the case when it's later learned that Sylar is a Petrelli.]]
* In {{Nickelodeon}}'s U-Pick Live segment, they held a contest where the winner would be added to the show as Pick Boy's new sidekick. Something must have gone wrong backstage though, because no kid was ever brought in.
* On ''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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* Junior (possibly Henry Steele, Jr.) in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''

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* A feat in ''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 GreenArrow, in [[LegacyCharacter several incarnations]]).

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* ''HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'': Cole, for Henry Hatsworth. [[spoiler:He's later revealed to be a WellDoneSonGuy and in actuality the BigBad in disguise.]]
* ''{{Kirby}}'': [[MeaningfulName Sword and Blade]] to Metaknight.
* Maya Fey, the main assistant in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games may or may not count, as she starts 17 but becomes 19 by ''Trials and Tribulations'', although she tends to act like a little kid sometimes. Phoenix also had Ema Skye in one case when she was 16, and ''ApolloJustice'' has Trucy, who is 15.
** 8-years-old Pearl Fey may also count in the missions where she plays a sidekick to Phoenix.
** It's tradition for the protagonist of the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' games to have a cute young girl for a sidekick. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Or Gumshoe]]. Even Edgeworth teams up with Kay Faraday... and then it gets sent up when he's helped by [[WhipItGood Franziska]] [[{{Jerkass}} Von]] [[SiblingRivalry Karma]]. (who also briefly and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilariously]] becomes Phoenix's sidekick in the third game).
* Miles 'Tails' Prower, sidekick of ''SonicTheHedgehog'', is of the GadgeteerGenius variety and has abilities that complement Sonic's. Later games introduced Cream the Rabbit (who has her own {{Sidekick}}, the [[{{Mon}} Chao]] named Cheese), who serves as more or less the [[DistaffCounterpart female counterpart]] to Tails (hence why they are often [[ToyShip shipped together]], despite almost never interacting). She started as a sidekick to Amy, but in ''Sonic Rush'' she acted in this capacity to Blaze. In ''Sonic Rush Adventure'', Blaze gets her own sidekick in [[LandDownUnder Marine the Raccoon]].
* ProfessorLayton gets Luke. Flora may also count.
* The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]-inspired ''Freedom Force'' computer games give us ''Liberty Lad'', sidekick to SuperPatriot ''The Minuteman.'' Young Nick Craft, founder and president of the Freedom Force Fan Club, tags along after the team as they try to bring down mobster-turned-supervillain Pinstripe. Naturally, he gets shot.
-->'''Pinstripe:''' Now youse gotsta choose, heroes. Come afta me, or save da brat! Mentor reports that he needs an immediate transfusion... ''or he'll die!'' Minuteman, feeling responsible for the plucky youngster, valiantly volunteers to give his own blood to the boy. Mentor warns him that they have no idea what will happen, because Minuteman's blood is infused with... ''Energy X''.
-->'''Minuteman:'' By the Constitution, Mentor, '''there's no time!''' The Energy X in Minuteman's blood gives Liberty Lad super strength and agililty and a penchant for red, white and blue tights. He's one of the more fun and effective characters in the game.
** And from the same game, we have ''Man-O-War'' and his preteen sidekick, ''The Sea Urchin.''

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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.
* ''Nip and Tuck'' has an arc that shows a ''Film/{{Serenity}}''-inspired [[ShowWithinAShow movie]] featuring a kid sidekick.
* Alamand to Soli of ''Webcomic/TheMeek''.
* Sunspot to Stardust in AttackOfTheSuperWizards.
* In TheAdventuresOfGynoStar, Gyno-Star's sidekick is a teenager named Little Sappho.
* Tween superheroine Sparky of ''Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky''.

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* From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUNiverse'', [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero Barnstormer was always accompanied by his KidSidekick Tailgunner.
* In the {{backstory}} of the WhateleyUniverse, the pre-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 ''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 The FairlyOddParents, 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.
* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* 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.
* Jan and Jace, from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
* Spinner (and his dog Paddlefoot) of ''WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo''.
* And the ComicBook/WonderTwins probably count, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
* 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.
* ''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 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.
* The Cadets in ''VoltronForce'' are a fairly good example. They bring considerable talents to the team - Vince's {{Technopathy}}, Larmina's martial arts talent and Daniel's piloting skills and agility (both physical and mental) complement, rather than overshadowing, the rest of the Voltron Force.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' the 4 main characters are kids in sidekick school, who will soon be sidekicks to superheroes, Eric hopes to be the sidekick of his superhero Maxum Man.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': Timothy Drake deconstructs the KidSidekick as a WellDoneSonGuy pathetically trying to please TheHero because [[IJustWantToBeYou He Just Want to Be Him]]. When that doesn't happen, there comes the FanDisillusionment:
-->''Me and the others gave everything, but it just wasn't enough for the old man. I used to think, if I went on long enough, someday he'd retire and I'd... ah, the heck with it. Capes, costumes, bad guys -- it was kid's stuff! Bruce probably did me a favor. By the end, I was so sick of it I never wanted to see that stupid Robin suit again...!''
* Initially averted in ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which is only notable because Batman and Robin are, as noted above, the UrExample of this trope. The series implies that Robin ''was'' a KidSidekick for some time, but the series begins with him already college-aged and away at school for most of the week. Later played straight after the series was uncancelled, with Tim Drake brought in as a KidSidekick to shake things up and let them explore that aspect.
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