->''[Annie has smuggled Molly onto the ship which she and Daddy Warbucks are leaving for England on]''\\
'''Miss Hannigan''': ''[running onto the dock as the ship departs]'' Stowaway! Stowaway!\\
'''Warbucks''': Isn't that Miss Hannigan?\\
'''Annie''': Why yes, it is. She's coming to see us off.\\
'''Miss Hannigan''': Stop that ship! Stowaway!\\
'''Warbucks''': What's that she's saying?\\
'''Annie''': I think she's saying... ''[thinks]'' ..."Stay awhile! Stay awhile!"
-->-- ''Film/AnnieARoyalAdventure''

In fiction, children have a habit of hiding on ships, airplanes, spaceships, etc., whenever they decide to [[JumpedAtTheCall go on an adventure]].

When they are discovered, the adults are frequently unable to leave them behind, for some reason or other.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

%%* Spridle and Chim Chim of ''Anime/SpeedRacer''.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Kyon's little sister hides in his travel bag to go with him on a vacation. Of course, she is instantly discovered, but in the anime version, they ultimately allow her to go with them.
%%* Thorfinn in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''.
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' isn't exactly a stowaway (blackmailing the crew by taking ''remote'' control of the piloting), but fits the trope in terms of how most of the crew regard and treat her: yet another unwelcome/annoying passenger and the final straw for the "No women, no pets, no kids" policy.
%%* Gruelle in ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates''.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Violine stows away on an oil tanker.
* [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Jon Kent]] sneaks onto an Air Force transport plane to save his maternal grandfather, Sam Lane, from execution at the hands of [[{{Qurac}} Logamban]] military forces. He's also hiding from his mom, who has stowed away on the same plane and would not approve of him following her into a war zone.


[[folder: Fan Fics ]]

* Annabelle in the ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' fic ''[[FanFic/BlackCrayons A Child's Innocence]]''.
* In ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'', [[spoiler:Binbeat ran away from home and stowed away on a circus train that was really a front for the Etherium. Yeah, they did things differently before Eiender had a change of heart and went from Dimension Lord to Shadow Dictator.]]
* In MegaCrossover ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures'', Nadia and Jean of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' become accidental stowaways on the SDF-17 when it makes an emergency landing on their homeworld.
* In the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''[=/=]''[[Anime/CardCaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]'' fanfic ''[[FanFic/StarlightSeries A Trip To Japan]]'', Experiments 419 and 426 hide in briefcases so they can tag along on the family vacation. Meanwhile, Kero (as per usual) hides away in Sakura's backpack.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Russell in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', though accidentally.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' - the kids stow away on the jet when Helen goes to rescue Bob. By the time she finds out they are there, it's too late - their plane is shot down.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'': Mike and Amy stow away on board the moonlander, and thus accompany Mike's grandfather to the moon.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In ''Stowaway to the Moon'', a pre-teen boy stows away on an Apollo mission.
* Malcolm's daughter in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''.
* ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace''
* The film version of ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' has a little girl stow away on the ship to be with her father.
* The Creator/ShirleyTemple film titled ''Film/{{Stowaway}}.'' It's by accident--HeartwarmingOrphan Shirley dives into the trunk of a rich guy's car to escape the rain, then falls asleep, and manages to sleep through the car being hauled onto the boat that the rich guy is sailing away on.
* The Creator/ShirleyTemple film titled ''Film/BrightEyes'', in which Shirley's godfather is an airline pilot, which of course leads to Shirley stowing away on his plane.
* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', the hero refuses to take his daughter with him to the mysterious location, so she hides under a blanket in his car. By the time he notice her, it's too late to send her back and both continue the journey together.
* An adult version in ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot''. Eddie is told to stay behind but sneaks onto the boat and thus becomes part of the nightly MacGuffinEscortMission.
* The French film ''En Solitaire'' (released as ''Turning Tide'' in the US), is about a young refugee who stows away on a yacht taking part in a race around the world. As the sailors are supposed to be making the trip solo, the captain of the boat has to keep him hidden when others are watching.
* Laura in ''Film/{{Logan}}'' escapes the Reavers and sneaks offscreen into the trunk of Logan's car which brings her to his hideout.
* Yet another sci-fi version in the 1929 silent movie ''Film/FrauImMond'' (aka ''Woman in the Moon''). Twelve-year-old Gustav hides on the rocket so he, too, can see the Moon.
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. Tony Stark refers to 16 year-old Peter Parker as this (being the youngest and least experienced member of our heroes) on finding he's also hidden on the spacecraft taking them to Thanos, after Tony supposedly sent him back to Earth because he thought it was a SuicideMission.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Dolphin Island'': A cargo hover ship makes an emergency landing in the United States and a teenager named Johnny Clinton stows away aboard it. A few hours later it crashes into the Pacific Ocean and Johnny is rescued by dolphins, who take him to safety on an inhabited island.
* Arkady Darell in ''Literature/SecondFoundation''. At the end, we learn [[spoiler:that she probably wasn't acting entirely of her own volition]].
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Marilyn is a twenty-something year old girl who wants to join her brother in creating new space colonies. When the ship she's stationed on makes a stop by the planet he's on, she hides on the ship that's sent to land. [[spoiler:The pilot is forced to send her out the airlock, because they don't have enough fuel to land with an extra person on board.]]
* The boy in ''Literature/MyFathersDragon'' does this to get to the island of the animals.
* Esk in ''Discworld/EqualRites''.
* Joan Nixon's 1968 children's book ''The Mystery of the Secret Stowaway'' centers around one of these.
* In Francisco Coloane's novel ''"El último grumete de la Baquedano"'' ("The last cabin boy of the Baquedano"), the protagonist Alejandro is a 15-year-old who stoves away in the Baquedano ship to fulfill his two life dreams: to be a sailor like his DisappearedDad, and to search for his long-lost older brother Manuel. He's found out soon and, after some deliberation, soon is taken by the crew in as cabin boy. [[spoiler: After several adventures Alejandro locates his brother, who's living in the Extreme South after GoingNative, and returns home more or less happily.]]
* The hero of ''Literature/CastawaysOfTheFlyingDutchman'' ends up on the Dutchman when fleeing his abusive stepbrothers, where he is set to work with the cook.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is how Adric got on the TARDIS in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Many fans would not have objected to him being ThrownOutTheAirlock, though.
** And Zoe. It seems to be a mathematician thing.
*** Also Toby stows away on his father's pirate ship in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot The Curse of the Black Spot]]''.
* Lupus is a stowaway on Marcus Flavius's ship on the TV adaption of ''[[Series/TheRomanMysteries The Secrets of Vesuvius]]''.
* The ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' episode "Homesick" features a young ChildProdigy named Matthew, who stowed away on board of Terra Venture, but got home sick and tries to hack the ship's controls to make it fly back to Earth. When he is caught, he is told that going home is no option and he is put in the care of Damon (the Green Ranger). When Matthew helps stop Furio from accessing Terra Venture's control base, the gratefull rangers give him a ride back to Earth in the Astro Megaship.
* In the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' episode [[Recap/ThunderbirdsS1E26SecurityHazard "Security Hazard"]], a young boy named Chip stows away on ''Thunderbird 2''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* This is how Sothe originally joins your party in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance''. He's stowed away on your party's ship when they sail to [[TheEmpire Begnion]].
* A SideQuest in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' involves a girl who had been kidnapped by the Mandalorians, escaped, and stowed away on the ''Ebon Hawk''. Your options are to tell her to leave, learn to communicate with her (she speaks a garbled form of Mandalorian which appears to consist of one line over and over) and reunite her with her family, or wait until she leaves on her own.
* In ''SamAndMax: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak'', Sam and Max's great-grandfathers Sameth and Maximus discover that Baby Amelia Earhart has stowed away in their luggage on the Disorient Express.
* A 17 year old Lara Croft does this in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles''.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', Marco stows away on the Delphinus because he's tired of living in Lower Valua. He winds up becoming the first official non-playable member of Vyse's crew.
* [[{{Tsundere}} Maribel]] attempts to stow away on her father's fishing boat at the start of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII''. TheHero has to blow her cover and get her kicked off the boat, setting the scene for her to join the ''real'' adventure later.
* In ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', Katida Lanco sneaks onboard the player's ship after being rescued. Unfortunately, she suffers from a medical condition that makes long-term space travel almost impossible.
* [[CatGirl Meracle]] of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' is one in her BackStory. She is from a primitive world, and snuck on board a visiting space ship because it smelled good. That is the start to the chain of events that leads her to join the party.
* Kira Carsen's backstory in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has her escaping Korriban by stowing away on a slave transport when she was 10.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' features [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00683.html a kid stowaway]].
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib092.html how Mac gets on the airship.]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Reynir hid in a crate of food intended for the crew exploring a ForbiddenZone, while thinking it was destined to his ideal vacatation destination. The crew couldn't send him back because he isn't TheImmune and there is no procedure in place to get people in his situation back from ThePlague-ridden areas, which means that all that can be done is pick him up along with the crew once they're done with their mission.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Film/ProjectMillion'', Mikey Insanity stows away in LC's suitcase in order to get to Florida.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Jade of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' does this. A lot.
* As does Penny in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', though she always hides herself from her Uncle (and often gets caught by the villains instead).
* Lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Terror Island". When Race Bannon arrives at the island by boat, he says that the boys (Jonny and Hadji) can come out now. When they ask how he knew they were there, Race says that they've pulled the "stowaway bit" so often that he's come to expect it.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart hides in [[Film/ThePerfectStorm a fishing boat that gets in a storm]] and Homer discovers him just before the GiantWallOfWateryDoom gets in the ship.
* Iceman (who is around 14 in this continuity), in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', stows away in the X-Jet so he can fight with the X-Men vets. It works partially - he managed to hitch his ride, but Professor X knew he was there all along.
** It was also an excuse to have a team made up of the Original Five X-Men from the comic books for an episode. MythologyGag for the win!
** Another episode ''Grim Reminder'', have Shadowcat and Nightcrawler, worried about Wolverine, stow away on the X-Jet when he goes back to the site of Weapon X.
*** That's not as much stowing away as being taken accidentally - Kitty was looking for a quiet place to write her parents an e-mail, and Kurt just showed up to mess about with her.
* Adult version (well... ManChild version) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''; Pam and Cheryl stow away on a ''space flight'', largely as an excuse to put the comic relief characters in the episode even though it's implausible enough that the main cast are there...
** Pam and Cheryl stowing away onto missions is a series-long RunningGag to the point that eventually they're brought onto missions simply because they'd sneak aboard anyway.
* In the four-part ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurfquest", Sassette stows away while Papa, Grandpa, Handy, Hefty and Greedy Smurf go on a quest to recover elements in order to renew their long-life stone. They're none too pleased, but she comes in handy after all.
* [[{{Tomboy}} Bernice]] from ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose''.
* Occurs a few times in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth''. In most cases, it's Kshin (the youngest of the Defenders) and his alien companion, Zuffy, who stow away. However, in "The Would-be Defender", Earl Sump, a young wannabe superhero spending the day with the Defenders, smuggles himself onto Flash's ship and ends up endangering both himself and Flash.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* In 1999 a 17 year old boy stowed away on flight from Boston to London, allegedly because he wanted to impress the Israeli intelligence service, resulting in a huge embarrassment for Airport Security and British Airways. There was no official word on whether the Mosad was impressed or not.
* In 2010 a 16 year stowaway fell out of the wheel well of a US Airways jet as it made its final approach into Boston (what is it about Boston?) The exact cause of death was never determined, but he would have died from hypoxia even if the landing gear hadn't crushed him.
* The Shackleton Arctic expedition (1914-17) saw a young, unqualified friend of one of the crew stow away. He ultimately proved his worth, hanging on a lot better than several of the trained sailors; he survived along with the rest, although he lost all of his toes to frostbite.