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[[caption-width-right:202:Except [[BewareTheNiceOnes he's not as much of a load as he seems]].]]

Typically the youngest member of a group, the Tagalong Kid is usually the Hero's or the Chick's younger brother. He gets to save the day about [[OnceASeason once per season]], but in the worst case scenarios he'll end up being TheLoad or DesignatedVictim in every other episode.

If the kid is part of TheTeam instead of just a tag-along, the kid might sub in for just about any role but with the proper tropes behind him or her.

* TheHeart -- ChildrenAreInnocent. A CheerfulChild can operate as the team's moral compass and emotional center. At worst, they serve as the [[DesignatedVictim designated kidnap victim]]. Might be the least likely Team Kid to be the BrattyHalfPint, though it does happen.
** If given combat ability, they tend to use their youthful energy and small size to fight as a FragileSpeedster. Alternatively, they may use some form of ranged weaponry to strike from a safe distance as a GlassCannon. Slingshots and other throw weapons are more common than relying on archery or [[TheGunslinger firearms]].
** Older kids may instead be a HotBlooded teenager. He or She will still be the most [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]] one on the team, but her/his combat ability tends to be a KidSamurai or a YoungGun.
* TheSmartGuy -- TeenGenius, or maybe [[ImprobableAge preteen]]. The BrattyHalfPint can also fill the "smartass" variation of this role.
* TheBigGuy -- Stronger than he first appears, the kid is a CuteBruiser capable of benchpressing ten adult men.
* TheFace--Younger and less mature but possessing [[WiseBeyondTheirYears certain]] [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes insights]] their older companions lack.

Contrast TokenAdult. Compare ImprobableAge, ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, KidAppealCharacter, KidSidekick, TheTeamNormal, TheTeamWannabe. TokenMiniMoe is sort of the inverse trope; a cute kid added to appeal to older viewers through {{Moe}} in its purest form.

Not to be confused with a child who's just part of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagalog_people an ethnolinguistic group of people of the]] UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Isidro from ''{{Berserk}}''.
* Bat from ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'', as well as Lin.
* Genki Saotome from ''Manga/GetterRobo''. Although he [[spoiler:was transformed in Kei saotome]] in Getter Robo Armageddon.
* Mayumi from ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'', [[TheHero Hiroshi's]] little sister. She was more endearing and more lovingly naive than her counterparts of other GoNagai works.
* Shiro Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. ''UFORoboGrendizer'' -the third series from the ''Mazinger trilogy''- also had a Tagalong Kid: Goro, Hikaru Makiba's little brother.
* Chibi-usa of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is one of the BrattyHalfPint variety.
* Mokuba Kaiba and Rebecca Hawkins of ''Anime/YuGiOh''
* Akira of the Shiseiten in ''SamuraiDeeperKyo.''
* ''GetBackers'' offers a subversion in the form of [[TeenGenius 14-year-old MakubeX]], who in flashbacks is shown to be something of a tag-along to Ginji. But upon the latter's departure from their hometown, he goes on to become its ruler and has several adults working for him. Some of the said adults "tag along" for their own purposes, while the others are devoted followers who would go to the ends of the earth for him.
* Clare is Teresa's Tagalong Kid in ''Manga/{{Claymore}},'' and Raki becomes hers.
** Raki gets one himself after the TimeSkip, citing Clare's treatment of him as his motivation. [[spoiler: Of course his happens to be Priscilla, the single most powerful Awakened Being in existence]].
* Jinpei from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. As [[TheChick Jun's]] adopted brother they grew up in the same orphanage together, and Jun literally required that Jinpei joined her when she accepted [[TheMentor Dr. Nambu's]] offer to join the Science Ninja Team. Thus he serves the role of being the smartass BrattyHalfPint variant of TheSmartGuy.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[BloodKnight Zaraki Kenpachi]] has [[CuteBruiser Kusajishi Yachiru]], his vice-captain (and it's hinted that she may be deadlier than him).
** In later arcs, we also have Nel.
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', [[GenkiGirl Yotsuba]] is ''everyone's'' Tagalong Kid...when she's in the mood for it.
* [[CuteBruiser Goku]] of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has the personality and relationships of a BrattyHalfPint down pat -- but he's the closest thing the series has to a genuine hero, and it's his relationship with Sanzo/Konzen that is the impetus of...pretty much everything that happens in the plot.
* Alphonse Elric and May Chang in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are barely teenagers, but they are both very skilled fighters, and Alphonse happens to be a soul attached to a giant suit of armor, making him among the largest and toughest characters.
* Shiro in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.
** Honey looks like he should be, but he's [[OlderThanTheyLook actually the oldest member of the club]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes a martial arts master]].
* Mamoru in ''{{GaoGaiGar}}'', although it's quite ''necessary'' that he tag along. And Mamoru proves his worth a few times outside his usual specialty, like during his DynamicEntry / BigDamnHeroes / {{Throwing Down the Gauntlet}} moment in episode 40.
-->'''Mamoru:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Fight me, Primevals!]]
** In fact, by the time ''FINAL'' rolls around, Mamoru has arguably [[TookALevelInBadass Taken a Level in]] KidHero; when he reappears late in the series, his purification abilities have gained [[HolyHandGrenade some real destructive power]], he gets his own FinalBattle with one of the Sol Masters, and his ultimate {{Determinator}} moment in said battle empowered the rest of the team's G-Stones when the good guys were on the knife's edge of defeat. The series would almost certainly have had a DownerEnding if Mamoru hadn't been there and hadn't been as {{Badass}} as he was.
* Max from the ''Advance'' seasons of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}''.
** Team Rocket got a Tagalong Kid in the Sinnoh Arc, in the form of James' Mime Jr.
** Bonnie in the Kalos arc.
* Conan Edogawa of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' was first considered by the Detective Boys as such, but... [[TeenGenius his intelligence]] could hardly be covered.
* Chiru from ''Xabungle''... by that show's standards.
* Antonio from ''RomeoXJuliet'', though he's quite GenreSavvy and competent as well.
* July in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', first to November 11 and April and, in the second season, to Hei. However, despite the ExtremeDoormat attitude, he's actually an important member of the group; as a Doll, he can do reconnaissance without anyone having to actually get in the line of fire.
* Nieble from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' is introduced as a child Sieg knows who instantly starts following him around. Once [[spoiler: Sieg passes away]] he ends up with Belnika at all times.
* Rua from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is this to the main team. He's the same age as his twin sister, Ruka, but not having any Signer powers he tends to default to this role. [[spoiler:Much later on he TookALevelInBadass and becomes a Signer himself.]]
* Kosuke Kita from ''CombattlerV'' and Hiyoshi Go from ''VoltesV''. Both are TheSmartGuy and underaged.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' main narrative, Takamichi is a BadassTeacher and ReasonableAuthorityFigure who acts as a mentor to Negi and outside help to his group, the Ala Alba. In flashbacks, he was the Tagalong Kid for Negi's father's group, the Ala Rubra.
* Son Gohan of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' starts off as this in the early arcs, [[spoiler:only to invert it in the Cell arc when he becomes the most powerful character in the story]]. After Gohan grows up, [[CheerfulChild Goten]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Trunks]] share the role.
* Capella of ''[[ZeroSevenGhost 07-Ghost]]'' becomes this after Teito and Frau rescue him from slavery. [[spoiler:He later leaves the group when he is reunited with his mother.]]
* In ''DigimonAdventure'', Takeru and prior to Hikari joining the team, his Digimon Patamon only evolved to Adult and fought, twice. Once Hikari joins the team he becomes a lot more active. Ironically, Patamon's evolutions were the most powerful of the team, which is why they didn't appear much ([[BestForLast He was always the last to evolve]] -- [=HolyAngemon=] didn't debut until 3 episodes before the end!).
** In ''DigimonTamers'' we had Jianliang's little sister Xiaochung. Her partner Lopmon didn't get too much action in the final arc partly because of this; the other bits being the SpotlightStealingSquad.
** In ''Digimon Frontier'' we had Tommy/Tomoki.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' loves this trope. Part 1 has Poco, a kid who is rescued from vampires by the heroes. Part 2's is Smokey Brown, a kid who is rescued from a DirtyCop. Part 3 features an unnamed girl who is rescued from an assassin sent by the BigBad (seeing a pattern here?). Parts 4 and 5 finally break the trend with Koichi Hirose and Narancia Ghirga, respectively, who actually have some combat skill. Part 6 then returns to form ''while'' subverting it with Emporio Alnino, a kid hiding out in the prison where the story is set. [[spoiler:His ability is arguably the weakest in the entire series, but due to circumstance he ends up being the one who finally defeats the arc's BigBad.]] Part 7 finally breaks the trend; the entire cast is composed of adults and no-one is anyone's tag-along.
* [[CloudcuckooLander Edward]] is this in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', as nobody actually intended for her to join the crew after she helped them out once. She also fills the role of [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guy]].
* David in ''BloodPlus'' sees Kai and Riku as this. Riku [[spoiler: [[OutWithABang is raped and killed]] by Diva]]. Post-timeskip, Kai [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and proceeds to make himself useful.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Shippo. After his father is killed, Kagome decides to let him come along with her and Inuyasha on their adventures.
** Sesshomaru has his own tagalong kid/MoralityPet in the form of [[CheerfulChild Rin]].
* Yuli/Jun in {{Ronin Warriors}}/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers.
* In ''GallForce'', Mitty. However, her knowledge of [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer air ducts and sewer systems]] as a {{Delinquent}} [[PlotTailoredToTheParty proves useful]] to the military.
* Wendy of ''Manga/FairyTail'' started to become this to series' resident FiveManBand Team Natsu shortly after joining Fairy Tail, and while she is a de facto member now, considered equal with the others in-universe, she is still largely a Tagalong Kid to the readers. She has since graduated to being TheChick, sharing this role with Lucy, who also spends time as TheSmartGuy.
* Cattleya's son Rana in ''QueensBlade'', who turns himself into a MoralityPet for Airi after [[spoiler:his mother is petrified]].
* The main cast of ''Anime/HighschoolOfTheDead'' thinks it's perfectly safe to run around killing zombies with a little girl in tow. Though to be fair, Alice probably ''really is'' a lot safer with them than [[CrapsackWorld anywhere else in the world]].
* Doctor Tenma from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' has Dieter for a large chunk of the plot who insists on following people.
* [[spoiler:Ako Shirabe/Cure Muse]] in ''SuitePrettyCure'' turns out to be this. She acted as a masked AloofAlly most of the time, but pretended to be [[spoiler:older and taller than she is]]. Despite her age, she's very smart and GenreSavvy. Of course, she's similar as strong than other Pretty Cures. She's even the first to become a Pretty Cure. However, she the only one who has not a Belltier or another rod.
* The Selfish Trio from ''DokiDokiPrettyCure'' has Ira, a villainous example. Unlike his teammates, he relies on brute strength instead of smart plans. Even the MonstersOfTheWeek he summons are usually dump and simple.
* [[WhatAnIdiot Sealand]] of ''Anime/AxisPowersHetalia'' usually ends up as this when he tries to involve himself in the affairs of the ''real'' nations. He generally gets chased off because nobody is willing to recognize him.
** He almost managed the obligatory one-time-Tagalong Kid-rescue in TheMovie, but [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments nobody acknowledges him then either]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Isabel from ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'', the stewardess whom Red Hood takes on a date, is accidentally teleported with the rest of the team onto the Tamaranean space ship. She reacts as well as you'd expect.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Woody in ''Film/SkyBlue''. He suffers.
* Alice in ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''.
* {{Averted}} in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Nala was intended to have a brother who was even younger than her that was a Tagalong Kid however he was scrapped in the final product.
* Skippy the rabbit in ''[[Disney/RobinHood Disney's Robin Hood]]''. He even has a sister called "Tagalong".
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Trish from ''AngelsRevenge''.
* Short Round in ''{{Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom}}''.
* Scott Larson in ''MidnightMadness'' He was picked up by one of the teams when he was trying to run away. [[spoiler: He ends up saving the day twice, once by enabling the team to beat a video game, and also by using his retainer to restart a stuck elevator.]]
* Frankie Muniz's character in ''StayAlive''.
* It seems to be a "rule" of the ''Film/JurassicPark'' series that the main characters must always be accompanied by at least one kid. ''Jurassic Park'' kids tend to be TheLoad most of the time, but will nevertheless probably have a ChekhovsSkill which will prove useful about once in their film.
* Kid from Six-String Samurai. Yes, Kid is actually his name.
* Brandon from the ''NoahsArc'' movie.
* Chekov in the 2009 prequel/reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'' is only seventeen, and thus some of the other characters (who are mostly [[BlatantLies very mature individuals]] in their twenties) seem to regard him as this. Which he is, to an extent, but he's also pretty clearly gearing up to be TheSmartGuy as well.
* Defied in ''Film/IronMan3''. Tony Stark brushes away Harley in his attempts to bring him so he can keep him safe from danger.
-->'''Harley''': So now you're just gonna leave me here, [[DisappearedDad just like my dad?]]\\
'''Tony''': (''{{Beat}}'') [[BluntYes Yep.]]
* ''That Man From Rio'' - Adrian, pursuing his kidnapped girlfriend to Rio, is befriended by Sir Winston, a young street kid who saves Adrian's hide a couple of times.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Merry and Pippin fill this role in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', both being younger cousins of Frodo.
* Ponyboy of ''TheOutsiders''. He's only considered a "member" of the gang because of his older brothers.
* [[spoiler:Lupine Wonse]] is a literal Tagalong Kid in ''[[Discworld/GuardsGuards Guards! Guards!]]'' The skipping run he developed to keep up with the big boys in his gang is how Vimes recognizes him as an adult leaving the scene of a crime.
* Allie in ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie''.
* ''Literature/DocWilde'', a ''DocSavage'' parody, brings his kids with him on his adventures. He's been raising them to be just like him.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is an inversion. Sure, Dorothy's not a native, and at 11, she's likely the youngest of the bunch. Still, it's obvious that she's [[TheLeader the one in charge]].
* Gavroche in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' is this to the students at the barricade. [[spoiler: He is killed after a few pages.]]
* Adam's younger brother James in ShatterMe who he and Juliette have no choice but to take on the run with them to stop Warner from harming him.
* "Runt" in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' is the little brother to Zane's host. Zane [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses to leave the herd]] at first until he's kicked out to fetch Runt. Then he encounters the other formerly human characters, and he can't leave the little guy alone, so...
* Murky of [[Literature/OrigamiYoda the Origami Yoda series]] is this. He mostly just hangs around with his older friends and makes comments.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Cousin Oliver was never given much to do except be Bobby and Cindy's sidekick.
* River Tam on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. She has a much bigger role in the movie.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[BrattyHalfPint Dawn]] [[TheChick Summers]], [[MacGuffinGirl though she is essential to the plot]] in Season 5, where she first appears.
** Principle Snyder after regressing to his adolescent self. ("Band Candy").
* Justin in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' is literally a kid who tagged along and was given Ranger Powers. For reasons that are never adequately explained in the series, [[StockFootage he morphs into a fully grown adult blue Ranger]], unless he takes off his helmet, which shrinks him down to his normal size until he puts it back on.
* Robin's younger brother Much from ''{{Robin of Sherwood}}''.
* Kate from ''Series/RobinHood''. Her age was unclear, yet the [[DawsonCasting thirty-year old actress]] seemed to be channelling a bratty teenage girl.
* Des from ''{{Republic of Doyle}}''.
* Alexis Castle on ''Series/{{Castle}}''. She also doubles as TheSmartGuy[=/=] TeenGenius and provides lots and lots of helpful insight to her ManChild father. And when she shows up at the police station, everyone minds their language.
* Dustin in ''{{Zoey 101}}''
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'': Boxey ends up being this in "Gun At Ice Planet Zero" and "The Magnificent Warriors" but contributes a little in "Fire In Space", thought Muffit proves more useful.
* Gary's little brother Tucker on AreYouAfraidOfTheDark.
* Damien in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vaan in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXII'' -- a bit unusual in that he's the viewpoint character. Gameplay-wise (and keeping in mind that there's a large amount of GameplayAndStoryIntegration) Vaan is out and out the best character on the team, assuming you use him at all. This would seem to imply that Vaan is a [[TheBigGuy monster killing machine]] the team fortunately has lying around.
** Later games show Vaan has gone into business as a [[ImpossibleThief god-like thief]] and have him be a skilled enough fighter to hold off a PhysicalGod for a long time. So, the FFXII team probably [[MagikarpPower didn't know what they had on their hands]]. As incidental as Vaan's inclusion on the team maybe, he's probably the single most powerful weapon at their disposal, if not instrumental to their success.
** Penelo went through a similar change. She played an even less of a role in Final Fantasy XII than Vaan did and her only purpose for tagging along was to make sure Vaan was staying out of trouble since he was the only family she had left. Her role was expanded upon in the spinoffs, but she's still mostly portrayed as Vaan's partner who make sure he doesn't cause too much trouble.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', winning all Arena matches saddles you with the "Adoring Fan", a small boy who follows you around gushing about your deeds.
* Petey in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''.
* ''FireEmblem : Seisen no Keifu'' : You've got two of them in the First Generation : Oifaye, who's the army's TeenGenius [[TheStrategist Strategist]], and Shannan who starts as a JamesBondage. Both of them become {{badass}}es in the Second Generation.
* Rolf and Mist start as these in ''FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' until they join the army proper.
* Adell's younger siblings, Taro and Hanako, from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' fill this role, while also acting as ThoseTwoGuys for the party. Taro and Hanako double as TheBigGuy (gameplay-wise) and TheSmartGuy (story-wise), respectively.
* Mission Vao and Zaalbar from ''{{Knights of the Old Republic}}''. Mission is more obvious, being HotBlooded and a FragileSpeedster (her dexterity is very high), with a bit of the "genius" as her true strengths come from being more well-rounded in the skills department than the droids. She's also higher on the KarmaMeter than ''the party's Jedi'' (tied with Carth, surprisingly). Zaalbar is definitely TheBigGuy, who's actually marginally higher on the KarmaMeter than Jolee, but still light-sided. He doesn't really appear to be a kid (Wookiees age differently than humans), but his interactions with Mission, and the fact that he's constantly referred to as "young" mean you likely have two adolescents along for the ride.
* Pearl from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'', who, in the second game, is pretty much Maya when Maya isn't being [[DamselInDistress framed for murder or kidnapped]].
* By exploiting a glitch, you can get six-year-old Bumble to tag along after you throughout ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* Hope of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a civilian that was unlucky enough to be caught up in the Purge. He stubbornly follows [[TheHero Lightening]] for the bulk of the game. Unlike some kids, he's incredibly useful, because he has the [[SquishyWizard highest magic stat]] in the game.
* Aila to Geddoe's mercenary group in ''SuikodenIII'', at least in the mercenaries' opinion. She ''was a warrior in her [[DoomedHometown home village]], but still young and naive compared to the rest, and at the end of the game [[spoiler:Geddoe doesn't let her join the group officially, but he does let her stay around, making her an official Tagalong Kid]].
* Ken Amada from ''{{Persona 3}}'' who fits the AdorablyPrecociousChild trope to a T. He most idealistic of the group, and in battle serves as a CombatMedic, with empathsis on the OneHitKO [[LightEmUp Hama]] skills. [[spoiler: However, this is post-CharacterDevelopment after he gives up his vedetta against a party member who [[YouKilledMyFather killed]] [[AccidentalMurder (accidentaly)]] [[YouKilledMyFather his mother.]]]]
* Riki from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. All the other party members have a good reason for wanting to fight [[MechanicalMonster the Mechon]], be it to avenge or to rescue loved ones. Riki suffered none of these problems, and is pretty much roped into going along with them. Of course, that's not to say he's just TheLoad, [[PintSizedPowerhouse far from it!]]
** Riki has many debts because of his dozens of kids, [[OnlyInItForTheMoney so if he saves the world people will idolize him and he would become rich.]] He is the tag along kid just in spirit,weg5 ironically, [[{{Manchild}} Riki is the oldest member of the party.]]
* Ellie from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this. She was born into the CrapsackWorld that the U.S. has become, so she's effectively known from birth that she needs to pull her own weight and be just as useful/capable as adults in order to survive. She also knows not to be a NeutralFemale, helping out Joel when and how she can.
* Toad plays this role in certain ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' games, including ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gordito in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. A 12-year-old Mexican [[TheGunslinger GunSlinger]]... with a full-grown mustache. At one point, the good Doctor highlights that Gordito does not merely "[[{{Badass}} tag along]]".
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]:''' Do you think I run around with a ''twelve-year-old boy'' just because I like his inferior grasp of girls and higher level math? Do you think I left him with my psychotic parents because I wanted him to die? No, you undead pale ponce! Gordito is the effing ''badass kid''.
* In [[RescuingDara Rescuing Dara]], Dara has to come along with the team for their plan to work, and she does help [[http://www.espetrellcomics.com/rescuingdara/?p=348 sometimes]], but she still is this trope.
* Freddy in ''TheDreamer''. He's getting better, though.
* Rico and Ellaine in ''{{Minion}}''.
* Meela in {{Strays}}.
* Mia from ''{{True Villains}}''
* Donny has this role in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves''. Much to Tanna's despair (since she has to look after him), he's also a CheerfulChild.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Jade, from the WhateleyUniverse, looks 11. She's actually 14 and most people who meet her think she's the Tagalong Kid and TheLoad of Team Kimba. She's not actually.
* Matt, Leo and Mark in the first season of ''OmegaGuardians''. Andy could also count as well, even though he was treated an equal part of the team depending on the episode.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Theo Anders, son of the Nazi supervillain Kaiser but who lacks powers of his own, is generally brought along by his stepmother Purity with her group, the Pure, because he serves as a caretaker for his half-sister Aster.
* Instead of sending her on a plane to Hong Kong, the Runaway girl follows the Joestar group in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''.
* Gamecrasher from {{TvTomeAdventures}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Tommy (alias Number T) of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' -- was [[SixthRangerTraitor almost]] promoted to SixthRanger. In other cases he gets in {{The Team}}'s way by tagging along.
* Dil of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. One episode revolves around the older babies giving him an initiation into "the big babies".
* Hiroki and Johnny in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''.
* Enzo in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', at least the first few seasons.
* Ray Thompson, in the episode "Legends" from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. For the most part, he's a useless sidekick who cheers on the heroes featured in that episode, the Justice Guild. [[spoiler: The twist here is that the Guild and in fact the entire city are an illusion created by Ray, who in reality is a mutated psychic child living out his fantasies by warping the world to his whims.]]
* Tails on ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', which provides for some CharacterDevelopment as he trains under his BigBrotherMentor to become a more effectual Freedom Fighter.
* Sheila's younger brother Bobby, from the animated ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'', is a Tagalong Kid of the CuteBruiser variety.
* Sari, for the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' episode "The Legion of Super Writers" has Loud Kiddington play this role to the team of the episode's title.
* Creator/HannaBarbera had a lot of these in their heyday.
** Jan and Jace in the original ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' cartoons essentially were two kids who went along on Space Ghost's adventures.
** Jonny Quest himself, in the original ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' cartoon. When he aged up to teenhood in the later series ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', he was much more actively involved in the adventures. Though he got into many scrapes as a kid, too.
** Pete, Dr. Quinn Darien's nephew on ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'', although he has the benefit of being the main means of talking with Godzooky and, by proxy, Godzilla.
* Spinner in the ''WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo'' cartoon series. Why did Clutch need to look after a little boy anyway?
* The Thunderkittens in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''. They do have some useful skills.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Spike the baby dragon serves as assistant and de facto little brother to Twilight Sparkle, and frequently comes along on the ponies' adventures. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that the ponies rarely bring up his age and he's shown to be just as capable as the adult ponies, except for one instance in which he had to miss out on an adventure because he was too young to stay up all night.
** Played cutely straight in the openings of seasons 1-3, where Twilight easily jumps out of the balloon basket, but Spike has to climb out and run after her.
* Max [=LeBlanc=] in ''WesternAnimation/NightHood''. Might also qualify as a child's version of a DistressedDude, due to getting into trouble every other episode and having Lupin come and save him. One episode revolved around him getting kidnapped and Lupin had to rob Fort Knox in order to get him back.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' with the added twist that [[OlderAlterEgo nobody realizes that he's a kid]]. The team assumes he's spying on them for the Justice League, when in reality he's an AscendedFanboy hanging out with his real age group.
* Howleen Wolf of ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'', especially in the ''Fright On!'' special. She often deals with her wish to be treated less like her siblings' tagalong but wanting to be like them at the same time.
* Apple Dumplin' from ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' in the 2003 series.
* Toad in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3''.
** Let's not forget the other tagalong of the Mario Bros., which is Oogtar in ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is an odd example where this character is the protagonist--it centers around a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-magical]] [[KidSidekick kid]] who lives with the Crystal Gems, a team of magical guardians whom his mother used to be a part of.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina'' has Henry, Angelina's younger cousin, as the tagalong in the original books and the 2002 series. Polly, Angelina's little sister, takes over this role in the 2009 CGI series.
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* RealityIsUnrealistic -- The Iwakura Mission of Meiji-era Japan was a Japanese tour of the world intended to help the country modernize, so that it would be able to compete with the Western nations. Because it was a mission of modernization, almost all the passengers were adults, who were sent off to study at Western universities so they could use that knowledge to improve their own country. Yet despite this, one of the passengers was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuda_Umeko Tsuda Umeko]], a ''six-year-old girl''. She was dropped off in the United States and taken in by an American couple to be educated there, but the fact that she was there at all is bizarre considering the mission's purpose. (It is possible that this is the reason there are so many examples of this trope in Japanese works, but more likely than not that is just because of Japan's [[UsefulNotes/{{Kawaisa}} cultural obsession with cuteness]], which ironically [[NewerThanTheyThink did not exist in Tsuda's time]].)
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