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->''"What are you trying to feed the child -- sanitized pablum? Li'l Death? Li'l Morpheus? Revolting!"''
-->-- '''Cain''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman''

Cartoons have a tendency to get spun off into new shows with younger versions of the original characters. No one is quite sure why producers do this, aside from the opportunity to make a new franchise for a new demographic out of an older, successful property. Often the concept of the original show is dropped entirely and replaced, but sometimes it's adapted to an elementary- or middle-school setting. Frequently parodied, due to the absurdity of some of the examples.

Note that those are usually ''not'' {{prequel}}s, and not part of the original show's continuity. It's usual for people who supposedly met for the first time in the original show to meet in the "younger" show, or for characters with notably different ages in the original show to be babies/middle-schoolers at the same time. If they are descendants, then it's SpinOffspring.

Related to RecycledInSpace and HighSchoolAU.

Contrast TimeSkip, which tends to make the characters older instead. Compare YoungFutureFamousPeople, which does this with real people.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In America, Toonami aired the 1989 ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' five years before the original 1986 ''Manga/DragonBall'', making this come off as this to some viewers who didn't know the original order. The first thirteen episodes of ''Dragon Ball'' had aired in syndication in 1995, but it didn't do well.
** The whole manga get a colored SuperDeformed spin-off, called ''Dragon Ball SD''.
* ''SDGundamForce'' is the closest you're going to get with to this trope with HumongousMecha.
* ''Panyo Panyo DiGiCharat'' features an even younger Digiko and Puchiko having adventures on Planet Di Gi Charat. It's not immediately clear if it's actually a prequel, or an alternate continuity. As usual, if a prequel, it messes with the previously-established continuity a bit -- they're still known as Digiko and Puchiko, even though these are supposedly just aliases they go by on Earth, and Piyoko appears, even though no-one seemed to have any idea who she was when she "later" appeared in one of the specials for the original series. Also, Dejiko is more optimistic and cheery instead of being a lazy {{Jerkass}}, and Piyoko is pure evil instead of just wanting to kidnap Dejiko for ransom. Given how silly ''Di Gi Charat'' is, this isn't as big a deal as it could be, though.
* ''PetitEva'', a LighterAndSofter adaptation of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider SD'', a joke OVA that depicted horrifically adorable, super-deformed versions of the Kamen Riders (from [[Series/KamenRider Rider 1]] to [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Black RX]]). In retrospect, it deliberately makes ''[[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]]'' look like ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlack Black]]''.
* There's a MahouSenseiNegima [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/negiho_ito_bun/ spin off]][[note]][[AdaptationOverdosed Go figure]][[/note]] that [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]] a bit by featuring [[note]] [[KidHero the normally 10 year old]][[/note]] Teenage!Negi as 3-A's kindergarten teacher.
** He and Kotarou (also aged up to late teens) are listed as classmates, so it's likely some sort of work study program. Most of his class still have (age-appropriate for their new age) crushes on him, and as of the fifth chapter, no character who was an adult in the original (including Evangeline) has been seen at all.
* ''Anime/TheAdventuresOfMiniGoddess'' is taken from the fact that the Goddesses in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' have the ability to divide into FunSize multiples of themselves (great for catching wayward spirits).
* The ''TokyoMewMew'' manga contained {{Omake}} depicting all the characters in a fantasy kindergarden.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has the [[HighSchoolAU Middle School AU]] spin-off manga ''Attack! Titan Junior High''. It is pure, unfiltered ''crack'' involving the main cast going to school with the Titans, and deals with it as a SliceOfLife comedy. It gleefully parodies the primary canon, as well as including numerous {{Shout Out}}s to popular memes and aspects of the fandom. Eren still hates the Titans, but the trauma of his mother being EatenAlive is replaced with his cheeseburger lunch being stolen on the first day of school.
* ''Anime/DDFistOfTheNorthStar'' is a chibified FistOfTheNorthStar where Kenshiro and company live on a peaceful Earth where the nuclear apocalypse never happened.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Possibly the earliest comic book example is ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, the young persona of Comicbook/{{Superman}}, whose adventures were published as early as the 1940s. This was adapted into ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', among other things.
* Franchise/ArchieComics actually did this YEARS earlier than ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in the 1960s, to be exact) with "Little Archie", taking place in the gang's Elementary School years, but it didn't have many copycats. "The New Archies" (both a cartoon series and a comic, both short-lived) came in the 1980s, and was based around their pre-teen Middle School years. The former appears to actually be in continuity (told nowadays as flashbacks), but the latter, with several replacement characters (Eugene for Dilton, among others), is mostly forgotten.
** One final attempt (so far) of reviving "Little Archie" was ''New Little Archies'' in the early nineties, when the concept was redesigned.
** And when the Archie characters became superheroes in the [[SoBadItsGood so-bad-it's-not-too-bad]] "Pureheart the Powerful" storylines, their younger selves became superheroes, too.
** In July 2013 Archie Comics announced yet another effort at this, with a cartoon series called ''It's Archie'', once again setting the gang in middle school.
** Still Archie Comics, but not Archie-centered: ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' had two specials devoted the concept of "Sonic Kids". These were stories of the Freedom Fighters as kids, before they went around smashing Robotnik's robots.
* ''TinyTitans'' is an elementary school themed spin off of ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''
** Pre-dating Tiny Titans is Teeny Titans, an in-universe parody from the early 1990s involving babified versions of Nightwing, Starfire, Panthra, Changling, and Baby Wildebeest (turned into a magic transforming doll) and their battles against evil Mr. (Slade "Deathstroke") Wilson. The fictional "Teeny Titans" came about when the New Titans were strapped for cash and decided to whore themselves out via merchandising deals and was largely played for shock value as far as the team being horrified at how their cartoon show was a slapstick kiddie show.
** The {{crossover}} title, ''Tiny Titans/Little Archie''
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbeng! Zbeng!]]'', an Israeli comic about a group of teenagers (featured in a teen magazine), had a children spin off called "Zbengale" (which featured in a children's magazine).
* ''Le Petit Spirou'' is a spin-off of Franco-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'', starring a younger, and markedly more impertinent and irreverent version of the main character. Some of the one page gags are {{flashback}}s to the protagonist years as a toddler (rather than an elementary school kid) which centers mostly on the many hazards awaiting the dangly bits of a small child running half naked around the house. Has a bad, ''bad'' case of ComicBookTime, the first albums were set in the 60s/70s with a grandfather who'd been in WWI, nowadays the gags are modern (and the grandfather still the same age).
* The French ComicBook ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' (''Wake'') has a spin-off series called ''Nävis'', which is about the title character's childhood on a jungle planet and is written and drawn in a more humorous style than the parent series.
* Even older then the Archie example, Disney did a young Davy Crockett comic series in the 1950s called "[[http://www.2719hyperion.com/2006/12/what-character-lil-davy.html Lil' Davy]]" that even teamed him up with [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Crockett]].
* ''Disney Babies''.
* Brazil inverted this trope, by making Spinoff Teenagers of two NotAllowedToGrowUp series: local work ''[[http://joanasalvador.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/turma_da_monica.jpg Turma da Mônica]] ([[http://www.ocaldeirao.com/arquivos/imagens/monica_jovem3.jpg Monica's Gang]])'' and the internationally known ''[[http://www.universohq.com/quadrinhos/2009/imagens/Luluzinha_Teen_e_Sua_Turma_No1_by_Lamzao.jpg Little Lulu]]''.
** While baby versions of the Monica characters do exist, they don't really have a spinoff of their own, being mostly featured in a line of baby care products.
* Gail Simone's run on the ''Gen13'' reboot had [[TheAuthority the Authoriteens]]... who, it turned out, hailed from an ''entire universe'' of SpinoffBabies.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** After the X-Men temporarily died, evil alien TV mogul, Mojo, filled their broadcast spot with the chibified X-babies, with much LeaningOnTheFourthWall [[InvokedTrope invocation]].
** Back in 2004 there was [[http://marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=viewstory_current.php&id=1209 talk]] of "[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_D4d9PTkUZlM/S68QptYRI4I/AAAAAAAAEFc/0jXxn4NP4AA/s1600/31_18.jpg Marvel Babies]]"; infant versions of Marvel characters such as ComicBook/SpiderMan and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. The most baffling part of the whole thing (and there was plenty to choose from) was the decision to have Spidey villain the Rhino as [[TheBigGuy the Big Dumb Guy]]. Because there isn't a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk major Marvel hero the general public have actually heard of]] who could have fit that role. Thankfully, the concept seems to have died (although not before they [[http://www.ninthart.org/display.php?article=1030 sold the rights to "Marvel Babies" brand clothing]]), and been replaced by ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow''.
** And then that was later [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by the Skottie Young and Gurihiru produced spin-off to ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', ''[[FunSize A-Babies vs. X-Babies]]''.
* In the late 1970s, DCComics introduced the "Super Juniors," baby versions of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. While these characters only appeared in comics once (a digest-sized one-shot), they appeared on a considerable number of licensed products (toys, linens, nursery furnishings, etc.) in the early 1980s.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' re-envisioned the team as teenagers, including members who were adults when they joined in the proper canon. The one exception is Wolverine, who, like his ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' counterpart, is still 150 years old, which made his affair with 16-year-old Jean a tad bit creepy. It's worth remembering that the original ComicBook/XMen ''were'' teenagers, so with the UltimateUniverse being a ContinuityReboot, having the team start at that age while shuffling the original lineup makes sense.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho Adventures'' kids' magazine has a strip called "Alien Babies" with main characters Blun the Slitheen, Simon the Cyberman, Strup the Sontaran, Eldast the Silurian and Chas and Chelsea the Weeping Angels. Other babies come and go, often a baby version of the monster in the previous week's episode (taken to a ridiculous extreme in the issue following [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhAten "The Rings of Akhaten"]], which featured a character actually called "Baby Grandfather").
* Some comic books feature ''Itty Bitty ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Disney has been publishing a line of pre-teen-orientated ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' novels about Jack's teenage years since 2006.
* ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' was a pastiche of ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' supposedly telling the early life of Holmes and Watson when they first met as teens. And apparently before Holmes figured out how to solve crimes by logical deduction.
* The Danish (original) movie series ''Film/OlsenBanden'' (''Olsen gang'') and the Norwegian ''Olsenbanden'' and Swedish ''Jönssonligan'' (''The Jonsson gang'') remakes had spin-off movies with the titular gang as kids.
** Which was set in TheFifties even though the characters were middle aged during original films - which were released and took place in TheSeventies and TheEighties. It might just work for Benny, who was quite younger than Egon and Kjeld (in the Danish version at least), but that just screws up the premise further.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The original ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels spun-off into the book series ''Literature/YoungBond'' by Charlie Higson.
* A variation is Disney's successful line of preteen-oriented novels about the adventures of the teenage [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]].
* ''SweetValleyHigh'' has spun-off two "kiddie" versions of the characters: Sweet Valley Twins (set when the characters were in middle school) and Sweet Valley Kids (when they were in elementary school). The former was well received and heavily promoted via a retcon character Amy, who was Elizabeth Wakefield's best friend in the "Twins" book but her mortal enemy in the main "Sweet Valley High" book and ultimate led to a villain-based spin-off series based off of the "Unicorn Club". The later was reviled by fans as being soulless tie-in. Reversed with ''Sweet Valley University'', which put the twins in college.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Starfleet Academy novels focus on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' cast members as Starfleet officers in training.
* The ''HardyBoys'' have two, the discontinued Clues Brothers and the currently running Secret Files, which feature Frank and Joe at 9 and 8 years-old.
* NancyDrew got in on it as well, with "The Nancy Drew Notebooks" and "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew."
* The ''Amber Brown'' series of books revolves around a third grader, who eventually becomes a fourth grader. The spinoff "A for Amber" versions are aimed at second graders and is LighterAndSofter in tone. It takes place before the original so Amber's parents aren't divorced.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Example that never was: The CBBC wanted the current production team to make them a ''Young Series/DoctorWho''. The idea horrified Creator/RussellTDavies, so he pitched ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' to them instead.
** FanWebComics example ''[[http://tw-babiez.livejournal.com/ Torchwood Babiez]]'' also starring Rose and The Tenth Doctor, putting a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' spin on things. Though technically [[spoiler:they're clones]].
** MetaFic FanFiction example: ''[[http://www.ttrarchive.com/lookwhostalking.html Look Who's Talking]]'', the Doctor Who day care center outside continuity, with toddler versions of every Doctor Who character, from the FanFic/ThisTimeRound setting. Best known for the ''Story Time'' series, casting the ''adult'' Who characters in fairy tales for the kids...
* In possibly the most bizarre example, long-running British sitcom ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' spawned a spin-off called ''First Of The Summer Wine'', featuring the main cast as teenagers in the 1930s. This included both (at the time) {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s for the third man of the ComicTrio, despite the fact that, in ''Last'', Compo barely remembered one of them was at the same school, and the other one was clearly established as a newcomer to the village. Since this is a show about drunk and arguably senile elderly Brits, you could chalk it up to UnreliableNarrator
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies got the TV spin off ''TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', which showed Indy as a young lad working alongside his father.
* ''Sesame Beginnings'', a direct-to-DVD EdutainmentShow for kids younger than the ''SesameStreet'' demographic (ie the under-2s), starring Baby Big Bird, Baby Cookie Monster, Baby Elmo and Baby Prairie Dawn.
* Series/AntAndDec's Saturday Night Takeaway had a segment featuring "Little Ant And Dec". Thankfully not an UnusualEuphemism, this featured a pair of kids who ''slightly'' resembled Big Ant And Dec interviewing somebody in a faintly rude fashion.
* The short-lived ''Series/YoungHercules'', directed at teen and younger viewers, featured the semi-sterilized adventures of an adolescent[[DawsonCasting ish]] [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] through ancient high school.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' got two of these. There was a set of short cartoons between the shows where it showed Shawn and Gus as children. Then at the next season, Shawn and Gus appears in shorts clips as teenagers during the mid 90's during the commercials.
* Like many other tropes, this one was parodied on ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', when a tape of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and a tape of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (yes, in-universe) got tangled together, resulting in the sketch "Seinfeld Babies".
* Parodied briefly on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000''; in the episode "The Killer Shrews", during the invention exchange, Joel presented albino baby dolls which he called "Jim Henson's Edgar Winter Babies"

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/BabyPacMan'', a pinball[=/=]videogame hybrid featuring the infant of {{Pac-Man}} and Ms. Pac-Man.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* 'Newborns' is a popular way for characters in a line of toys to get even smaller and cuter, e.g. Pound Puppies and Puppy In My Pocket.
* Teenie Beanies, which were available at [=McDonald's=] for several years, were this to Toys/BeanieBabies. Some Teenie Beanies were even given diminutive names of their larger counterparts; e.g., the Teenie version of Ants the Anteater was called "Antsy."
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'''s "So Soft" line, which oddly styles the baby ponies more after human infants instead of equine ones. This is even the case in the toys based on ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'', which explicitly shows ponies, babies or otherwise, to be quadrupedal.
* In one of the most bizarre examples (which in hindsight, was also tactless and kinda stupid) the already-young Cabbage Patch Kids had a line of Cabbage Patch Preemies, even smaller versions of the dolls. In a move that everybody except the Cabbage Patch People saw coming, making a cute little doll out of frail and weak premature babies '''infuriated''' a lot of people. Discussed in number 2 of [[http://www.cracked.com/article/137_7-hilariously-failed-attempts-at-politically-correct-toys_p2/ this article.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' features the Yoshi tribe trying to keep baby versions of the regular [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] characters safe from Kamek and Baby Bowser. Its sequel has the current-day Bowser and Kamek traveling to the past in a search for a MacGuffin Baby, terrorizing the Yoshis and babies of that time period in the process. No, the plot doesn't make any sense.
** Incidentally, ''Yoshi's Story'' was all about Baby Yoshis saving the day for the grown-ups.
** ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]'' stars the older Mario Bros. teaming up with their baby selves to save the past, present, and future from AlienInvaders.
** Spin off baby versions of Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach and Daisy have appeared in the VideoGame/MarioKart series.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' often introduces pre-evolved forms of [[PopularityPower popular]] {{Mons}} in each new expansion of the Pokedex.
* ''VirtuaFighter Kids'' is a combination of this and SuperDeformed.
* ''[[EccotheDolphin Ecco Jr.]]''
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'', IF and Compa, two of the playable characters in the previous two games now appear as babies due to Neptune traveling back in time.
* SquareEnix did this with a couple of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. Most of these characters were originally in their late teens or early 20s in their respective ''Final Fantasy'' games, but their ''Kingdom Hearts'' [[AlternateUniverse counterparts]] are in their early to mid teens. This includes Zack from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''[[note]]Actually, Zack makes his first appearance in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', which takes place 10 years before the [[{{VideoGame/KingdomHearts}} original game]]. So, he's likely in his 20s in the present, just like his ''Final Fantasy'' counterpart.[[/note]], Selphie, Seifer, Fuu (Fujin), and Rai (Raijin) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', and lastly, Tidus and Wakka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Squall Leonheart is an exception, as he is instead aged up to his twenties.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* TheBookOfBiff had a week of comics showing Biff as a kid as that week's theme. Unlike most examples of this trope, it was actually funny. [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2009/04/06/735-onager/ See for yourself]].
* ExterminatusNow had one strip of this, consisting of a baby Lothar Hex floating in a tank. It ends with "Well that was crap..."
* From ''{{Narbonic}}'' comes ''Li'l Mell''
** One ''Li'l Mell'' [[http://girlamatic.com/mell/2009/03/18/page-10-2/ story]] appears to suggest her class [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether also contains]] [[SkinHorse Li'l Julie Rome, Li'l Tip, Li'l Virginia Lee and Li'l Nick Zerhakker]] (and [[AuthorAvatar L'l Shaenon and Li'l Jeffrey Channing Wells]] in the back row). Probably not really, though, especially since [[http://girlamatic.com/mell/2009/05/06/page-15-2/ later strips in the same storyline]] show Shaenon and Jeff as teachers. Earlier, there was a cameo by [[http://girlamatic.com/mell/1999/01/01/filler-strip-1-mell-delivers-a-beating/ Li'l Dave]].
* ''Little Saiyalings'' ([[http://saiyalings.comicgenesis.com/ here]]), which is what you get when you put Manga/DragonBall together with a little bit of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' and ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* [[http://jl8comic.tumblr.com/ JL8]], formerly 'Little League', gives the JusticeLeague this treatment, relocating the main cast (and villains!) to elementary school. However, the style is more evocative of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' than the more cliché [[RecycledInSpace recycled IN SCHOOL!]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', the example that [[TropeCodifier kicked off the trope]], features pre-K versions of the core cast of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', though [[AffirmativeActionGirl to increase the ratio of female characters to male]], they gave Scooter a tomboyish fraternal twin sister named Skeeter.
** The whole series is actually based on a scene in ''The Muppets Take Manhattan'', where Piggy wonders what things would have been like if they knew each other as children.
** And ''Muppet Babies'' is surprisingly awesome (its opening credits actually features [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's TIE Fighter]] and Franchise/IndianaJones; this is not a common feature for a kids' TV show).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' became ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstoneKids''.
** And then there's the largely forgotten WesternAnimation/CaveKids.
* "[[YouMeddlingKids Those meddling kids]]" from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' went from their late teens to their preteens for ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''.
** The live-action made-for-TV movie ''Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins'' had them in high school.
* The [[TotallyRadical painfully hip]] ''YoYogi'' had pre-teen versions of WesternAnimation/YogiBear and a few other {{Hanna-Barbera}} characters, hanging out in Jellystone ''Mall'' and working as amateur detectives.
* Done fairly well to the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' with ''TinyToonAdventures'' (though the Tiny Toons were technically [[{{Expy}} early-teen counterparts]] of the original Looney Tunes, with the originals teaching at their school and making cameos), and not so well with ''BabyLooneyTunes'' (which was actually just a ripoff of MuppetBabies but with ''less humor'' and more {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}}s).
** For the record, ''Baby Looney Tunes'' started off as a line of merchandise, further exemplifying the need to wring every dollar out.
*** There are at least two shorts where the Elmer/Bugs rivalry started as kids. One of them is part of a movie, in which Bugs thinks they must have been the youngest... and then sees a baby Coyote in diapers chasing a Road Runner egg with legs.
*** Done in 1944 in Creator/BobClampett's "The Old Gray Hare" and in 1980 in Creator/ChuckJones' "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Bunny". And arguably even earlier in 1943 in Clampett's "A Corny Concerto" - depends on whether the Ugly Duckling character is a representation of Daffy as a baby or not (and that's up to you).
*** One other short starred a baby Wile E. Coyote and baby Road Runner called "Little Go Beep", though unlike Baby Looney Tunes's show, it was more in the spirit of the actual cartoons from the Golden Age.
* The characters from the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons and other characters created by the same company were put into ThreeShorts format for ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids''.
* ''[[ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]] and Sons'' focused on that character's two offspring and their friends.
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' TimeSkip spin-off ''AllGrownUp'', by having the main Rugrats characters age 10 years ''from'' being babies.
** Done straight when ''All Grown Up'' itself got spun-off as ''Angelica and Suzie's Pre-Skool Daze''
*** For those of you who missed it, the Rugrats was already about babies, it got a spin-off in the form of ''All Grown Up'' and then that got its OWN spin-off, completing the vicious cycle of over-milking a once good idea.
* And then there's the ''Film/JamesBond'' spin-off series: ''[[AnimatedAdaptation James Bond Junior]]'', though in that case Bond, Jr. was the original Bond's nephew.
** [[ExpositoryThemeTune He learned the game from his Uncle James...]]
* The weirdest example ever: there was an animated spin-off of this kind from '''''YoSoyBettyLaFea'''''. Where almost all the characters were elementary students, and had wacky adventures in OffModel animation. If you don't believe me [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/bettytoons.html see a sample and brace yourselves]].
* The 2000s series of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'' changes George from a full-grown man to a teenager.
* When the producers of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' were told to do a "teenage Batman" show, at first they seriously thought about quitting but instead they came up with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' (a sequel series featuring Bruce Wayne's successor).
** BruceTimm has stated that before doing ''Batman Beyond'', the network had initially wanted them to do a series focusing on Batman mentoring teen versions of the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. Thankfully, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was nowhere near as bad as we feared.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Goo Goo Gas" provides a variation: Plankton invents a gaseous substance that turns anyone who comes in contact with it into a baby. Naturally, this results in Mr. Krabs, [=SpongeBob=], Squidward, and the rest reduced to adorable babies for most of the episode.
* The Disney ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' cartoon, who was technically that age during the movie, but not for most of it (it happens in-between Hercules being accepted as Phil's apprentice and the completion of his hero training).
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', in which most of the featured characters are re-imagined as [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld teenagers attending]] [[HighSchoolAU high school]]. This wouldn't completely count considering that many of the characters in the show were teenagers when first introduced in the comics (especially the original five), and some of the older characters (Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Magneto, etc.) retained their canon ages.
* ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' had ''Clifford's Puppy Days''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' featured the adventures of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch at about age twelve, with Melissa Joan Hart's little sister as the title voice. Harvey was a skateboard nut (that could explain a few things, actually), and replaced the live action show's AlphaBitch with a new alpha bitch named Jem Stone, who was the old antagonist, but twelve and vaguely gothy. The theme song is eager to point out that Sabrina's "the greatest" and has "super magic", but, since she's the protagonist of a show directed at preteens, she's predictably sort of a loser.
** As with many examples of this trope, the series also ignored the original canon. In the pilot special, Sabrina didn't even know she was a witch until she was sixteen.
** Well, the ''actual'' original canon, the ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' comic book, shows that Sabrina had her powers and was a witch since at least grade school (per several "Little Archie" stories).
* Disney's Jungle Cubs which was a spin off of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' featuring the animal characters as preteens and Kaa and Shere Khan as their allies.
* ''Little Rosie,'' NotQuiteStarring an animated [[{{Roseanne}} Roseanne Barr]] and featuring, in one episode, an animated John Goodman. LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain.
* They tried taking this tangent with StrawberryShortcake a few times, most notably in with the 2003 series by way of the launch of the StrawberryShortcake Baby line, featuring baby Strawberry Shortcake, kitten Custard, a younger puppy Pupcake and an unnamed teddy bear being prominently displayed on products meant for infants and toddlers. The show tried going down the path with just one episode [[spoiler:[[HandWave hand waved]] to be Apple Dumplin's dream]], but featured baby Ginger Snap, baby Orange Blossom and baby Angel Cake. The baby books added baby Blueberry Muffin. A baby Huckleberry Pie was designed, but very infrequently used.
* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'' Tony, Pepper, Rhodey, and the BigBad The Mandarin are all re-imagined as teenagers in high schools.
* My First DisneyPrincess, which essentially portrays the Princesses as toddlers.
* In {{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}}, the characters are in their preteens/early teens (Wicket being about 12 and the others slightly older), in contrast to those of them appearing in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' being young adults.

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* In the GagDub of ''SgtFrog'', at the end of episode 9 the narrator wonders if the [[FountainOfYouth still-deaged]] Giroro heralds the beginning of a spinoff called "Sgt. Frog Babies."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY0fzHSkb2Y One of the]] {{Omake}} of ''Anime/{{Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As}}'' is a RealTrailerFakeMovie called ''Iryou Shoujo[[note]]Medical Girl[[/note]] Medical Shamal'', a MagicalGirl parody featuring the normally adult Shamal as a 10 year old.

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* The Mojo/Longshot arc of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' comics, which featured the mad ruler of a world based around film and television creating the "X-Babies".
** The X-Babies were largely based on (and identically drawn as) a brief appearance of the ''actual'' X-Men reverted to childhood forms in the original introduction of Longshot to the team (Annual #10). They did a decent (though not perfect) job of keeping the relative ages of each member scaled to the others. Created two annuals later, the "official" X-Babies (who are clones, not altered originals) were cheekily introduced with a [[CoversAlwaysLie "they're back"]] blurb on the cover.
** Eventually, X-Baby ''villains'' were created, and an X-Baby version of ''Apocalypse'' destroyed the Mojoverse.
* ''ElfQuest'' included some self-parody strips featuring the regular characters drawn in the style of ''TinyToonAdventures''.
* GailSimone's ''{{Gen13}}'' introduces [[TheAuthority The Authoriteens]]; Kid Apollo, Daybreaker, Nestling, the Contractor, the Intern and Jack Hatfield (the Spirit of Small Towns).

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* A popular riff of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in which the riff would be "Creator/JimHenson's Babies". They have even quipped, "Film/{{Solarbabies}} Babies!" and "Muppet Baby Babies!"
** Joel's invention exchange of "Jim Henson's Edgar Winter Babies" even stopped Dr. Forrester from [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up the Earth]]!
* A ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' sketch, where two tapes of old network shows got tangled together, resulting in the creation of "Series/{{Seinfeld}} Babies".
* An episode of ''Series/WonderShowzen'' features a sketch titled "Wonder Showzen Preemies" with the regular cast as babies in an obvious ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' spoof (Nanny even appears, shown from the socks up as a large pair of lips on legs -- in keeping with the style of ''Series/WonderShowzen'', the preemies actually have [[HasTwoMommies "two nannies"]]). At the end of the sketch, the children watch their own favorite show, "Wonder Showzen Embryos".
* A ''TV Funhouse'' sketch, "Fetal Franchise/ScoobyDoo", in which fake hauntings were exposed by a gang of prenatal detectives.
* On ''Series/{{Community}}'', Abed imagines a baby spin-off of the study group, ''Greendale Babies''.

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* Parodied by the [[WebAnimation web cartoon]] ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail140.html high school]], where Strong Bad claims he, Homestar, Strong Mad, and Marizpan were "a team of super sleuths" in high school, then goes on to claim "In middle school, we were a bunch of melon-headed babies with giant eyes and enormous imaginations! ... And going even unnecessarily further back, we were all a bunch of plucky parameciums! ... Before that we were... Romans. In Roman times. And Creator/DonKnotts was always showing up."
** Similarly, episode 7 of ''Teen Girl Squad'' (supposedly Strong Bad's independently-published comic book) was "Teeny Tiny Girl Squad".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOHJUrcVdJk The Adventures of Lil' Cthulhu]] by Zachary Murray.

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* Parodied in [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20061013.html this filler strip]] from ''ExterminatusNow'', depicting a SpinoffBabies version of the webcomic starring Lothar. Because Lothar was [[ArtificialHuman artificially grown]], the result isn't very exciting.
* ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'' has [[http://lightningblitzanswers.tumblr.com/ Lightning Blitz Answers]], with a donation-based update system.
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/gallery/sketch.php?date=20070624 This sketch]] from the makers of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. "Little Klaus" is especially awesome.
** Ironically, September 2009 brings flashbacks featuring Little Gilgamesh and Little Tarvek.
* [[Webcomic/DinosaurComics T-Rex and Utahraptor]] disagree on how good an idea [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001058.html "Dino babies"]] is.
** [[http://www.tv.com/dino-babies/show/15559/summary.html?q=dino%20babies&tag=search_results;title;1 Don't look]], [[HilariousInHindsight they actually made one]], '''in the 90s'''. Although it got ScrewedByTheNetwork as well.
* Given a DarkerAndEdgier treatment in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08312003.shtml this]] ''SomethingPositive'' strip.
* Parodied in ''{{Insecticomics}}'', with ''[[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/v4/390.html Michael Baybies]], featuring a combination of kids-friendly action and huge explosions in an obvious jab at Creator/MichaelBay.
* [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1974 Baby]] {{Sinfest}}!
** And now it's time for [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4172 Kid]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4198 Jesus!]]
* ''{{Narbonic}}'' had a ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=47077 Narbonic Babies]]'' guest week, as well as ''Li'l Mell''.
* PotLuck Comics had a ''[[http://www.interrobangstudios.com/potluck/index.php?strip_id=959 WatchBabies]]'' comic.
* Two comics in the old {{Cat Nine}}.

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* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Kaiba has a flashback to his and Mokuba's childhood in the orphanage. Upon the cut-away from the present, you see the title ''Jim Henson's Kaiba Babies'' and hear littlekuriboh singing the Muppet Babies theme song.
* TheGuild posted a joke trailer for a spin off for "The Guild Babies". But because Bladezz is so much younger than the rest of the characters already, he is a fetus.
* There is a parody nostalgia website for the nonexistent show The Adventures of Li'L Bill & Hill And Friends. What makes it actually funny is the executives' claim that any resemblance to a Presidential administration is entirely coincidental, although we the fandom are too smart to fall for that!

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* Comedy Central's series ''Li'l Bush'' turns George W. Bush and other figures from American politics into grade-school kids, and in doing so it works according to exactly the same rules as other examples of SpinoffBabies.
* In the spirit of the above, but played straight in Europe with of all people, Pope John Paul II and Padre Pio, in ''Piucci and Lolek''. For no real reason they're still dressed the same but now in boyish form, offering spiritual help to troubled children.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in which Milhouse asks Creator/AlanMoore to sign his copy of ''[[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen Babies]] In: [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V For Vacation]]''. (pictured above)
-->'''Milhouse:''' Mr. Moore, will you sign my DVD of ''Watchmen Babies''? Which of the babies is your favorite?
-->'''Alan Moore:''' You see what those bloody corporations do? They take your ideas and they suck them! Suck them like leeches until they've gotten every last drop of marrow from your bones!
** Variations are featured in [[http://gunshowcomic.com/d/20090309.html these]] [[http://gunshowcomic.com/d/20090310.html five]] [[http://gunshowcomic.com/d/20090311.html rather]] [[http://gunshowcomic.com/d/20090312.html out-of-continuity]] [[http://gunshowcomic.com/d/20090313.html comics]]. There's also [[http://www.splitreason.com/product/758 this]] FunTShirt.
* In ''KidsNextDoor'' "Operation C.A.B.L.E.T.V.", the show lineup for a tv network is shown to be ''Rainbow Monkeys'' followed by ''Rainbow Monkey Babies'' followed by ''Rainbow Monkey Teens''.
* ''IAmWeasel'' had this as a part of an episode focusing on parodying outdated animation tropes, as the {{animated actor}}s heavily protested against using them in their show.
** As did ''TazMania''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' did a SpinoffBabies episode, complete with theme song. Since this is [[CrapsackWorld Drawn Together]], it's actually one of the more horrific episodes.
* Parodied in ''LooneyTunesBackInAction'' with ''Film/LethalWeapon Babies'', described by an executive as "A ''Lethal Weapon'' I can take my grandkids to."
* The ''PowerpuffGirls'' spoofed this in the "City of Clipsville" episode by depicting a flashback where Professor Utonium accidentally turns the girls into babies, then he does it on the rest of Townsville. There's another flashback later on that spoofs the TimeSkip variant, by having the girls speed up time and give up fighting crime to become air-headed teens, as have the Rowdyruff Boys.
* Satirized in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, a questionable incident that occurred in pre-school prompts the boys to flash back and look [[http://z.about.com/d/animatedtv/1/0/g/I/sp810_Preschool_1.jpg adorable]].
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodied this with Terminator. "Come with me, the Terminator Baby, if you want to live!" At the end, Sarah Connor comments about how Skynet must be running out of ideas for terminators.
** WesternAnimation/RobotChicken also did [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aytQJzdhILM Lil' Hitler]] which was semi accurate[[note]]Germany occupied Czechoslovakia ''then'' Poland before war was declared by Britain and her allies[[/note]], well from the US perspective.
* Lampshaded in one episode of the ''GarfieldAndFriends'' animated series. Jon was looking into marketing Garfield for TV. Using AppliedPhlebotinum and a MagicalComputer, the network executive Jon was talking to showed off various ideas of TV shows he has to Jon, among them a baby Garfield [[spoiler:complete with Lorenzo Music making cute cooing sounds]]. The executive also mentions that it was the latest craze.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did this in the "Li'l Griffins" short story in "Family Guy Viewer Mail 1" parodying TheLittleRascals.
** There was also the ''Film/StandByMe'' parody where the Spooner Street neighbors are childhood friends.
* In ''SheepInTheBigCity'' they ran a fake commercial for ''Secret Military Organization Babies'' wherein General Specific, Private Public, and the Angry Scientist were babies.
* Sort of parodied in the ''[[JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "[[http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Kid_Stuff Kids' Stuff]]". Four of the main heroes get turned into 8 years olds and act like smaller versions of themselves mixed with typical little kid archetypes. It's a funny episode for a lot of reasons.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' with ''Lil' Series/{{Entourage}}''.
* An In-Universe example in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' reveals that Chuckie's favorite TV show is "[[Series/StarTrek Space Trek]] Babies". Tommy absolutely cannot stand it.

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