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->''We played Nintendo!\\
This was her very first date\\
I didn't wanna make it seem [[TotallyRadical too fly]].\\
We ate cereal!\\
She couldn't stay out at late\\
Her mother told her to be home at nine!''
-->-- '''Another Bad Creation''', "Iesha"

Awww! Don't they make a cute couple? C'mon! You know they were totally [[RedStringOfFate made for each other!]]

What do you ''mean'' they're both only eight years old?

Sometimes it happens that two characters display a startling amount of chemistry, even though they're both barely old enough to be interested in dating -- heck, in an opposite-sex example they might even be making an exception to "[[GirlsHaveCooties Boys/girls have cooties!]]" (Which may help explain their proneness to the CrushBlush; it's embarrassing!) It may be attempted by the authors if the show deals with characters of that age group, but still wants to add in a romantic subplot.

This trope can be TruthInTelevision as many people get their first crush sometime during elementary school.

Please note that this does not automatically qualify as {{squick}} since most examples involve innocent childhood crushes between the two. Most writers let these characters age a bit before making moves. Some... don't.

Sometimes a couple that's a bit older will reference this as their backstory; one partner (usually a woman) says she started chasing the other (usually a man) back when they were kids, and that "it took me [x] years to catch him- but it was worth it."

May be due to a RelationshipWritingFumble or the fact that MostWritersAreAdults.

A SisterTrope to ToyShip (the {{Shipping}} version), ChildhoodMarriagePromise, KidAnova. May develop into a ChildhoodFriendRomance as the characters age.

Compare PrecociousCrush (kid having affection for someone older), FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother.

Contrast DecemberDecemberRomance
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Chris and Joy, in ''{{Superbook}}'' of all places. She even mentions that they will get married when they grow up.
* Similarly, hints of Justin and Angie in ''FlyingHouse''.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'': Erio and Caro are set up as this, up to and including their CrashIntoHello. This would make it one of the few overt (and straight) relationships in the fandom, and yet the theme of TrueCompanions is so strong in the series they aren't even aware of being set up for a date at one point. Then again, Erio also doesn't seem to notice he's the [[TheOneGuy only boy]] either... Subsequent stories make it clear that Caro was aiming for him all along, and has been managing a three-year plot to ''get'' him. She succeeds.
* [[GenkiGirl Bu-ling]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Taruto]] in ''TokyoMewMew''. She kisses him at the end of the manga.
* Mamoru and Hana in ''GaoGaiGar''. One episode even mentions a possible ChildhoodMarriagePromise... even though they're still ''in'' their childhood. At the end of the anime, [[spoiler: all the other little kids get Hana into full wedding regalia]].
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura and Syaoran. Then again, this type of pairing is child's play for Creator/{{CLAMP}} ([[PungeonMaster pun intended]]).
* ''{{Inuyasha}}'': Kagome's brother Souta and his girlfriend Hiromi (might be Anime only).
** More definitely, Kohaku and Rin, [[spoiler: though the ending is ambiguous.]]
* ''AxisPowersHetalia'': Chibitalia and the Holy Roman Empire. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/43.gif They even kissed in canon]]. And lots of hints point at them being together ''[[NewOldFlame again]]'' as adults, LaserGuidedAmnesia [[spoiler: and [[DudeLooksLikeALady HRE apparently mistaking Chibitalia as a girl]] thanks to the maid outfit]] notwithstanding.
* ''DaaDaaDaa'' includes Momo, age 3, who has a crush on Ruu (or Luu), a ''baby''. Ruu's inability to speak in sentences makes it hard to say whether he reciprocates. Somehow, Ruu also...[[BrotherSisterIncest involved with his]] {{Not Blood Sibling|s}} in the Sequel ''Shin! Daa! Daa! Daa!'' (set after huge TimeSkip).
* Inverted in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' with [[CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel]]. While they are two young kids in a pretty loving relationship, it is played ''purely'' for {{squick}} value.
* Kisa and Hiro in ''FruitsBasket''. Hiro had even confessed his love for her to Akito. [[spoiler: Alas, Akito did not approve of the relationship... and severely injured Kisa. That was the start of Hiro's problems...]]
* Al and May in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. May is understandable since she looks to be about eight and girls usually have crushes by that age. He's 14, but his voice and mind are stuck at 10 due to his soul being trapped in a suit of armor. Although the ending seems to imply that [[spoiler: they may be together, as they're both shown in a family fotograph along with Ed, Winry and their children.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s Natsu and Lisanna play family. Even after she came back from [[spoiler: Edolas]], nothing much else has happened between them so far, and lately she seems to have gotten rather close to [[LesYay Juvia]].
* In ''CandyBoy'', Kanade and Yukino have this going on during the flashbacks of their early childhood. Notably they're [[{{Twincest}} sisters]].
* Keitaro and [[spoiler:Naru]] started this way in ''LoveHina'' when they met and fell in love they were both BELOW grade school age. [[spoiler:Naru however later forgot.]] Also [[spoiler:Mutsumi and Keitaro or perhaps even Mutsumi and Naru]] considering she may well have been in love with both.
* ''SonicX'' had Tails and Cosmo, [[TearJerker and it ended tragically]].
* Hayate and Athena in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' had this when they were six. (Or at least he was. She might be ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.) When they met again ten years later, Hayate still loved her.
* [[spoiler: Prince Juda (14) and Princess Alexandra (13)]] in AnatoliaStory.
* Esteban and Zia from ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold.''
* The five chapter manga ''Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku'' has two eleven year old elementary schoolers falling for each other.
* The main couple of ''Manga/ManOfManyFaces'' are a nine-year-old GentlemanThief and a five-year-old [[TheOjou Ojou]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''AmeliaRules'', despite being great in most other respects, abuses this trope and seems to have built later parts around it. Although occasionally averted or lampshaded, this trope is mostly played straight; the eponymous character (who is nine years old) has two love interests (also nine).
* Calvin and Susie from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' have [[BelligerentSexualTension Toy Belligerent Sexual Tension]], of all things.
* Jason Fox and Eileen Jacobson in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. They're 10.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}'': Dennis Mitchell and Gina Gillotti.
** [[LoveTriangle And Margaret]].
* ''LoveIs'' is ostensibly cutesy expressions of love illustrated by cherubim. However, it also fits [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson's]] description: "It's about two naked eight-year-olds who are married."
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'': Nemo and the Princess.
* [[http://comics.com/nancy/ Nancy]] and Sluggo.
* Ten-year-olds Viola D'Amore and Petey Otterloop in ''CulDeSac''.
** And Dill has already said that he plans to marry Alice when they grow up. They're '''four'''!
* ''{{Peanuts}}'' has several, although they're all unrequited crushes.
** Charlie Brown is in love with the Little Red Haired Girl.
** Lucy is in love with Schroeder, to the point of fantasizing about them being married.
** Sally is in love with Linus.
** Both Peppermint Patty and Marcie have shown interest in Charlie Brown.
* ''JourneyIntoMystery'' has [[ComicBook/{{Loki}} kid Loki and the mistress of Hel's handmaiden]], Leah. Like [[CalvinAndHobbes Calvin and Susie]], they also show a degree of [[BelligerentSexualTension sexual tension]], though Loki insists that they're "B.F.F."s. [[spoiler: After Leah re-merges with Hel, a distraught Loki snaps that "I don't care about the stupid kissing. She was much more important than that."]]
** When, later, [[spoiler: Leah returns from the dead as a servant of Surtur, Kid Loki deliberately gambles both Asgardia's fate and his reputation among the other Asgardians to increase the odds of freeing and saving her. She is impressed enough]].
** Afterall, to him, she was [[spoiler: "The stern girl whose few kind words were more precious than the Asgard's whole treasury"]]
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': {{Child Prodigy}}s Valeria Richards and Bentley 23 (child clone of The Wizard).
** Lampshaded: [[spoiler: When Bentley admits her love to her, Valeria quips that's she's only three years old. Bentley just asks her to avoid spoiling the mood]]
* The Chilean line of Daily Planners with comic storyline ''Pascualina'' and ''Artilugia'' are based on this. ''Artilugia'' even more so, because the plot is about Aldonza, a girl of about 10-11 years old (and the [[SheIsAllGrownUp now teen-aged]] Pascualina's younger sister) that, after moving back to the town she used to live some years ago, discovered that Bruno, the boy she extorted a ChildhoodMarriagePromise back then, is now being approached by the AlphaBitch of their class and seems to return her affections... In a attempt to seduce him back she creates the alternate persona of "Artilugia", essentially a more extroverted and eccentric version of herself. With the irony that now she is in a sort of TwoPersonLoveTriangle, because Bruno is truly in love with Aldonza and now is falling too for Artilugia, but StatusQuoIsGod so he's too dense to realize both are the same person.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Franklin Richards and Maria Stark in ''[[http://kijikun.livejournal.com/855334.html All That Remains]]'', an ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' fanfic by Kijikun.
* There exists a fanfic of Cody and Penny from ''TheRescuers'' and ''Down Under'' titled ''Adventures in the Outback''.
* Lian Harper and Ceridian (Tempest's little boy) in ''Roleplay/DCNation''.
* A combination of reveals around series 4 of ''{{Skins}}'' has resulted in a clutch of fics exploring Naomi and Emily's Toy Ship potential (the book notes that Emily's been in love with Naomi since middle school (approx. ages 8 to 12), while the [=S4=] finale reveals that Naomi fell in LoveAtFirstSight when she was 12).
* The ''KaBlam'' story ''FanFic/GoodbyeJune''. The fact that Henry and June (also listed under Western Animation) like each other was mostly hinted at on the show, but this story has them separated and heartbroken because they miss each other so much. [[spoiler: It ends with them reuniting, at which point they declare their love for each other (Henry's only recently started crushing on her, but June's crushed on him since preschool!) and kiss. They even propose marriage to each other in advance, although Henry does mention that [[LampshadeHanging it's a ways off and they're way too young to be having this conversation]]. Though if the characters aged in real time, they would probably be in their early teens around the time this story is set.]]
* ''FanFic/PhoenixsSSBBCaseFiles'' has a case where Pearl has an obvious crush on [[KidIcarus Pit]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Deserving}}'', by way of an epic RelationshipWritingFumble, [[http://szaleniec1000.livejournal.com/tag/toddlerslash introduces one between two toddlers.]]
* It's fairly common in Literature/HarryPotter fanfics for an original character to start crushing on, if not outright dating one of the main characters (usually Harry or Draco), despite the fact that they've just started school and are therefore only eleven. Admittedly, this is not limited to relationships. In fics that fall into this trap, the eleven year old children tend to act more like eighteen.
** There is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6125036/1/bonded Bonded]], where [[OneTrueThreesome Harry, Ginny and Hermione]] form an unbreakable [[MindlinkMates soul bond]] between them when Harry is about '''six'''. Admittedly, Dumbledore doesn't expect any action for the next nine years or so...
* A number of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fics pair Micah with Molly. They do have a fair amount in common, especially after [[spoiler: Micah's parents are both killed.]]
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6350913/1/Harry-Potter-The-New-Marauders The New Marauders]]'' by [=PotterFanSteve=] has Al Potter and [[OriginalCharacter Carolyn]], who are pretty clearly [[NoLovesIntersect destined for each other]] from the age of two (actually three, as Al continually reminds everyone) when Carolyn plants a (childish, innocent) kiss on him on Valentine's Day. It's kind of adorable and not really squicky, mostly because the story makes it pretty clear that Carolyn was imitating Harry and Ginny. After that the two are just best friends until they're twelve and eleven, respectively, and even when they start dating not much more than cuddling and a bit of kissing goes on until the two really hit puberty.
* For one episode, a LoveTriangle emerges in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' between [[NotSoAboveItAll Andy]], who is in love with [[OneShotCharacter Maria]], but she has eyes for [[HeManWomanHater Calvin]], who doesn't want to be any part of this scenario at all. [[SubvertedTrope Andy gets over it by the end, and Maria never appears again.]]
* Any instance of the Tails and Cream ship from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise.
* It's deconstructed in ''{{Literature/Wonder2012}}'' where the pre-teen protagonists decide they're too young to be dating. This also justifies why August and Summer are {{Implied Love Interest}}s.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[RebelliousPrincess Eilonwy]] and Taran in ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.
* Cecelia and Louie from ''Film/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
* Appears in ''JungledyretHugo'', between Hugo and the fox Rita. Doubles as an InterspeciesRomance.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** The first movie contains strong hints that Simba and Nala also feel this way about each other. One gets the sense they aren't necessarily telling the truth when exclaiming how "disgusting" it would be.
** ''Simba's Pride'' has Kovu and Kiara as young cubs. Kovu shows some reluctance, though probably since he's unused to affection, but Kiara's terribly flirty.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega''
** In the prologue of the first movie, Kate and Humphrey are shown to have some degree of cute chemistry when they're younger. Then again, Humphrey's been smitten with her since they were cubs.
** A literal example occurs in ''Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games'' between Humphrey and Kate's daughter Claudette and a Northern Region cub named Fleet who become fond of and try to help each other despite being competitors in the titular games.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/ForrestGump'': Jenny and Forrest as children.
* ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]'' Wednesday and Joel
-->'''Wednesday''': Joel, I may never see you again. There are forces tearing us apart - Gary, Debbie, 7th grade.
* ''Film/PeterPan'' The 2003 movie. A lot of critics were creeped out. To be fair, this one is in the book. Peter never grew up so he doesn't understand this, but Wendy and Tinkerbell are not competing to be his best friend... hence the whole thing with the "kiss".
* ''ThePhantomMenace'' gives us 9 year old Anakin and 14 year old Padme. This, of course, gets reciprocated; but not until he's much older.
* ''LittleManhattan'' is Puppy Love: The Movie, as it's about a 10-year-old boy who falls in love with his 11-year-old friend.
* ''ALittleRomance'' is also Puppy Love: The Movie. Lauren and Daniel are about twelve and attempt to conduct their affair as mature partners would, even going to Venice with an adult friend. One of Diane Lane's first pictures, and some still think her best.
* Francois Truffaut loved this and used it in ''SmallChange'' and ''PeppermintSoda''.
* ''TheBlueLagoon'' (film, more than book) starts out this way.
* The main plot of ''MoonriseKingdom'' is about two twelve-year-old misfits who fall in love as penpals and decide to run away together. [[spoiler:They even get "married". By a Boy Scout leader.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' is loaded with this, seeing as it's a book about puberty.
* ''TheBabysittersClub'' In a Valentine's Day-themed book, the girls discuss how cute the crushes that a couple of kids they regularly sit for have on each other are.
* The ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' series has several cases that Encyclopedia solves involve friends of his or other kids around the same age as him and their love interests.
* ''HisDarkMaterials'' Will and Lyra -- At the close of ''The Amber Spyglass'', they are (implicitly) thirteen, and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent their daemons]] have ''just'' "settled", indicating they are on the verge of puberty. Some fans are a little put off by this, especially because, to fulfill ThePowerOfLove, after a slow, tense, sensuous buildup to their FirstKiss, the two touch each other's daemons, a powerfully forbidden and intimate act on par with having sex.
* ''How to Get Married... by Me, the Bride'', a picture book, by Sally Lloyd Jones and Sue Heap.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Bran and Meera. She's sixteen, and he's ''nine''. Although this might count more as a PrecociousCrush on Bran's part, since Meera doesn't seem to treat him as anything more than a friend.
** Arya, around ten years old, for Gendry, around fifteen. And despite that, they do share some UST.
** Jaime and Cersei. [[{{Twincest}} Well,]] [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior technically.]]
** Also Cersei's [[spoiler:(well, Jaime's too)]] daughter Myrcella and Dornish prince Trystane Martell.
* ''The Things They Carried'' Tim O'Brien's semi-autobiographical novel features the story of Timmy and Linda, quite possibly the saddest story in a novel centered around The Vietnam War.
* PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians starts off this way between Percy and Annabeth in the beginning, but their relationship doesn't actually begin until they're both sixteen.
* A pretty weird example in a short story called ''The Brushwood Boy'' by RudyardKipling, it follows the life of a man named George Cottar from chldhood to a glittering public school career and finally distinguished army service in India. Thoughout it all he remains totally uninterested and unaware of women, despite them constantly throwing themselves at him. However, since early childhood he's nightly had dreams about a girl he met once at a pantomime, sharing adventures with her in an unchanging dreamscape. He thinks she's a figment of his imagination, but, when he's on leave from the army decades later, his mother invites an old friend and her daughter (who's just composed this charming song about dream adventures she's has all her life with an imaginary boy) to tea... Long story short, it ends the day after she arrives with the two of them lamenting the fact that they need to go through the formality of getting engaged before marrying.
* Matteo and Ruth in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', though it's by no means the main focus of the book.
* Tom and Becky in ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', who get "engaged" shortly after meeting. Before he met her, Tom was "engaged" to another girl named Amy Lawrence, which causes no small amount of trouble between them when Becky finds out.
* Scout and Dill in ''ToKillAMockingbird''.
* Most of ''{{Redwall}}'''s main characters and their love interests are about thirteen years old, and Matthias and Cornflower were actually engaged at that age and had a kid within a year (though, being mice and there being timeline issues throughout the series, it's possible that was the equivalent of four years in a human lifespan).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''El Club de los Tigritos'' was big at this. Venezuelans old enough to have been a kid in TheNineties would remember all the [[SoapOpera tween soaps]] this show spawned, especially the ones done as kid salsa orchestra ''Salserín'' vehicles. It seemed that once you surpassed the eleven years old mark you could engage in your first LoveTriangle.
* ''{{Carrusel}}'' and other Mexican kid soapies since it, while more subdued than other examples, tend to have a sub plot of this kind.
** ''{{Carrusel}}'' in particular had several, seeing that around 80% of the cast was formed by kids no older than 10[[DawsonCasting -12]]. The most notorious ones were [[DoggedNiceGuy Cirilo]]'s onesided crush on [[{{Tsundere}} Maria Joaquina]] as well as [[NiceGuy David]] and [[{{Meganekko}} Valeria]] (and the brief love triangle with [[NewTransferStudent Margarita]]).
* ''EverybodyHatesChris'' Chris and his big love, Tasha (although the other Wiki describes their relationship to be deliberately ''platonic''). To strengthen their newly-forged friendship (which he had been looking forward to for more than a season), he invites his notary public with a stack of documents. Ironically, [[spoiler: it is Chris, who ultimately breaks up with Tasha. In the same episode.]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' The episode "Two Stories" subverted its usual formula of opening with a scene of someone doing something and then someone (sometimes the same person, sometimes someone else) falling extremely sick, instead focusing on a pair of kids about to make out behind the school at recess when a teacher catches them...and then when they get taken to the principal's office, Dr. House is there as well and is in trouble for some shenanigans at Career Day. Most of the episode is then told in flashbacks, and upon seeing the class that House was talking to, it becomes quite obvious that this is an ''elementary school''. (It eventually comes to light that these characters-of-the-day are fifth graders, which is actually about the right time for kids to begin putting aside their "girls/boys are yucky" feelings from when they're younger.) The kids then manage to show that they're much more mature than House when it comes to handling relationships.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' Although he doesn't start high school until the 4th season, Malcolm has quite a few girlfriends and love interests before then.
* ''TheNanny'' occasionally has moments of this with Grace and boys her age, as well as with Brighton while a pre-teen and girls his age.
* ''Dårfinkar & dönickar'' (''Loonies & Phonies''), a Swedish TV series from 1989 about a 12-year-old girl, Simone, who goes to school as a boy. Simone and her classmate Isak fall in love, while another classmate, Kattis, crushes on the boy she thinks Simone is, and Isak and Kattis have a brief flirtation. Two other kids in their class, Anna and Pepsi (yes, Pepsi is a nickname, not an actual Swedish name) also seem to have a thing.
* ''Livet enligt Rosa'' (''Life According to Rosa''), another Swedish kids' TV show, portrays its 12-year-old protagonist having crushes on five guys and relationships with three of them before [[spoiler: she realises her best friend Ville was the one for her all along.]]
* In ''Ebba och Didrik'', also a Swedish kids' TV show, 9-year-old Ebba and her best friend and sweetheart Philip love one another devotedly. They are building a house together in the woods and plan on living there, till Ebba meets Martin, a poor little rich boy with lots of flashy toys.
* ''Eva & Adam'', yet another Swedish kids' TV show, follows the romantic fortunes of its title characters, about 11-13 years old, who become a couple early on. Their classmates have various romantic entanglements too; indeed, Eva and Adam ship their respective best friends as a couple and try to get them together. [[spoiler: It...almost works.]] Yes, Swedish kids' TV loves this trope.
* On ''HappyDays'', Joanie suffers a case of puppy love when Potsie (in a practice session) sings "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" to her.
* Ned and Chuck of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' first fell in love as children.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AfTl5Vg73 A Lambada]]'' by Kaoma. The little blonde waitress and the dark-skinned percusionist boy featured in the video.
* ''Iesha'' by Another Bad Creation, the song quoted above. One of the stranger examples. [=ABC=] were a preteen quartet discovered by Michael Bivins, and the song recounts the lead singer meeting Iesha at the playground and falling in love with her "on the monkey bars". It's a little... odd.
* '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaPBCBjSVc Tighten Up]]'' by The Black Keys.
* "Europa and the Pirate Twins" Thomas Dolby, a song about [[UnfortunateImplications very young lovers]] separated by war. Possibly allegorical.
* "Rebecca Lynn" by Bryan White. It's about two children, including the title character, who fall in love "long about the start of second grade", and grow up to become each other's VictoriousChildhoodFriend.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtNYA4pAGjI&feature=channel Concrete Angel]]'' by Martine [=McBride=]. The little neighbor boy falls for the little girl protagonist. It [[AbusiveParents doesn't]] [[OffingtheOffspring end]] [[TooGoodforthisSinfulEarth well]]. [[TogetherinDeath Or it might.]]
** [[EpilepticTrees Or is that boy her guardian angel?]]
* "Puppy Love" by Paul Anka. Donny Osmond did an immensely saccharine cover of it in 1971.
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[[folder: Theater]]
* Barfée and Olive in ''[[TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.]]''
* Winthrop and Amaryllis in ''Theatre/TheMusicMan.''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' One of the imperfect endings suggests a likely relationship between Carrie and Malus. It would be cuter if Malus wasn't, [[{{Dracula}} you know...]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has [[OfficialCouple Ness/Paula]]. ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' has Pippi strongly hinting a crush on Ninten, but he eventually goes with Ana.
* ''HarvestMoon''/''RuneFactory'' In some of the games, you essentially take part in this yourself if you decide to ship your first character's child with another child.
** There are more conventional examples throughout the series: Stu and May in ''Back to Nature'' and ''Friends of Mineral Town'', Hugh and Katie in ''A Wonderful Life'' and ''HM DS'', Charlie and Eliza in ''Island Of Happiness'', Rahi and Ying in ''The Tale of Two Towns'', Cecilia and Nicholas in ''Rune Factory'' and Candy and Marco in ''RuneFactoryFrontier''.
** In ''RuneFactory 2'', you can invoke this for your own character - the game's second half has the progatonist's child as the player character. He or she can "get married"[[note]]explicitly referred to as "playing married", however[[/note]] to one of their friends. One of your options is a pair of CloudCuckooLander twin sisters who don't really get the whole thing and think "marriage" [[MakesSenseInContext has something to do with toast.]]
* This is partly what has earned Link (at least the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' version) his reputation as a Kirk-level ladies' man. Saria (Being a possible example, since Kokiri look like children all their lives, there's no telling how old she actually is) and Princess Ruto both had crushes on him (though how much he reciprocated those crushes varied, he seems more afraid of Ruto than anything). There is also the fact that one of the Gossip Stones talks about how Malon is waiting for a "Knight in Shining Armor" to come sweep her off her feet. Link carries a shield and sword and is possibly either the founder or related to the Knights of Hyrule. Her father offers to let Link marry her when he's young as a joke, with the player given the option to say yes or no (with the same result either way).
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' Lili and Raz end up kissing, even though both are 10 years old. Lili and Raz far from the only pairing. It almost makes one suspect that psychic powers accelerate development. After all, understanding other people would be much easier and you'll probably pick up ''[[DirtyMindReading details]]'' from nearby adults.
* ''SengokuBasara'' -- Ranmaru Mori and [[TokenMiniMoe Itsuki]] often hang around together and Itsuki sometimes does scenes on him. She acts bit of {{tsundere}}, fighting him and in the end making him dinner (in ''Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes'').
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', one of the towns has a house with a pair of married children.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' manages to take this up a level by mixing it with LesYay. Latooni Subota and Shine-hime have some very ''interesting'' dialogue, not to mention their combination attack in the [[ElegantGothicLolita Faerlions]].
* The ''TalesSeries''. ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' Genis and Presea. Although, [[spoiler: Presea is actually 28 (30 in the sequel). However, she's still got the body of a 12/14 year old. [[PrecociousCrush This really didn't stop Genis too much after he found out]].]]
* ''{{Pac-Man}}'' Junior fell for a ghost named Yum-Yum in one game. It's also a case of StarcrossedLovers, since the two species hate each other (and ghosts apparently eat Pac-people).
* Herve and Cecilia in ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' are a particularly sad and sweet case. Even though both of them were only children, [[spoiler: she risked her life and soul to save him, and in the end he gave his life willingly to save hers.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': According to Riki, he briefly had a crush on Rin in middle school [[GreenEyedEpiphany when he realised that other guys were starting to notice her]]. It didn't really last, though.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''KevinAndKell'': Nigel and Coney, seemed to have this (until Nigel was written out of the comic).
* MaxOveracts: Max and Janet. [[spoiler: And Max towards Auryn.]]
* From ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', Jinx and Kasi, though at present the feeling is somewhat [[GirlsHaveCooties one-sided]] on Jinx's part.
* The two protagonists of ''Webcomic/TheBoyInPinkEarmuffs'' are this, though a rare case of two boys.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Lisa and her ongoing BelligerentSexualTension with Milhouse, yet both of them have been through plenty of other relationships, one well known one being Samantha Stanky in the episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love"
** Also applies to Bart,to the point that there was an episode recently starring practically ''all'' the relationships he's been through.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Kai, the girl Ben had a crush on for one episode despite being of the opinion that GirlsHaveCooties most of the rest of the time.
* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' loves this trope (it has to, with all its heroes under the age of 13). As the show usually parodies action and sci-fi movies and shows, it would not be complete without romantic subplots.
** KND even has a rare ''villain'' example of this trope: Numbah Three's mean baby sister Mushi and the self-proclaimed King Sandy. They get bonus points for being even younger than the other couples.
* ''{{Doug}}'' had Doug and Patti, who were both in sixth grade when the series began and just finishing up seventh grade when it ended. There was also Skeeter and Beebe.
* ''TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy Turner, despite being ten-years-old (and mentally [[IdiotHero even lower]]), repeatedly sought a relationship with the resident RichBitch Trixie and was sought after by two other girls, Tootie and Veronica. Trixie and Tootie are the two most likely to get Timmy, and they've both had their moments with him. According to WordOfGod, both are likely candidates.
* ''KaBlam'': Henry and June, it's rather obvious that they have crushes on each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': A canonical example would be Stan and Wendy, who actually are "boyfriend and girlfriend".
* ''CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' Casper and Wendy anyone? In the old comic books, they're ambiguously canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': In one episode, Gus/Cornchip Girl. There's also the kiss episode between T.J. and Spinelli, with the implication that there's a lot more chemistry than either admits.
** In another episode, Spinelli's mom even mentions that T.J.'s the one Spinelli has a crush on.
* A Website/{{Google}} logo made for ValentinesDay featured a short animation about a young boy who was trying to impress a girl jumproping outside by looking up Valentine's Day-related items and gifts like flowers and chocolate, but the girl refuses them and continues to jumprope. The boy continues to give the girl more items, but she still refuses and continues her jumproping, until finally the boy gives up and brings his own rope to jumprope with when the girl immediately drops her jump rope, hugs him, and start jumproping together with the boy's jump rope.
* JonnyQuest: The 80's animated series had two TV movies (''Jonny's Golden Quest'' and ''Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects'') both of which featured Race's daughter Jesse. She and Jonny appear to be about 10 to 12 years old. She kisses him in both movies.
** The early 90's series has both Jonny and Jesse as teenagers. Theyre' still a buttload of ShipTease between them.
* ''AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': It's hinted at times that Cavin and Calla nurse crushes on each other.
* ''MoralOrel'': Orel and Christina. Unfortunately, due to their families, they're also StarCrossedLovers.
* Li'l Gideon's one-sided crush on Mabel in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' [[spoiler: starts out as this. Once his [[AxCrazy true]] [[{{Yandere}} nature]] is revealed, it turns into a VillainousCrush.]]
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