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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. The "tagalong" part of his role almost always occurs after being told he's MostDefinitelyNotAccompanyingUs.

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}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Isidro from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Once he gets a useful weapon (and accepts that he's neither the right size or age to swing a {{BFS}} like Guts) he's actually useful in combat situations.
* Bat from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', 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 Creator/GoNagai works.
* Shiro Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. ''Anime/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 ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo.''
* ''Manga/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.
* Gimmy and Darry start out as Tagalong Kids in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. They do become major characters after the TimeSkip, but right at first they just stick around and watch the grownups do their thing.
* 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 who's just as bloodthirsty as Kenpachi but holds back so he can enjoy himself. In later arcs, we also have Nel.
* For such a LongRunner, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has relatively few examples (disregarding filler arcs); the most prominent so far have been the Usopp Pirates from the Kuro arc, Aisa from Skypeia, Chimney (and Gonbe) from the CP-9 saga, and Momonosuke from the Pirate Alliance saga.
* 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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/CombattlerV'' and Hiyoshi Go from ''Anime/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 ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' becomes this after Teito and Frau rescue him from slavery. [[spoiler:He later leaves the group when he is reunited with his mother.]]
* In ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' 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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/{{Ronin Warriors}}''[=/=]''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers''.
* In ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has Ira, a villainous example. Unlike his teammates, he relies on brute strength instead of smart plans. Even the MonstersOfTheWeek he summons are usually dumb and simple.
* [[MadeOfIron Sealand]] of ''Webcomic/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]].
* Eto, from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', is a villainous example. A member of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]], she is a child Ghoul in bandages and a cute floral scarf that skips around following the leaders of the organization. She's easily ignored, and doesn't seem like much of a threat in comparison to the group's many seasoned killers. [[spoiler: This is a '''very intentional''' ploy on her part. In reality, she's OlderThanSheLooks and uses the guise of a child to avoid drawing attention to herself. She's actually the BigBad]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Tyler from ''ComicBook/JurassicStrikeForceFive'', the son of a scientist who gets caught up in the various fights between the Strike Force dinos and Zalex's Reptilians. He's surprisingly very helpful to the heroes.
* 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.
* For most of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'', Vima Sunrider doesn't do much but get towed along in her ActionMom's wake and being told by various Masters that she'll be a great Jedi, not surprising since she's about kindergarten age. It isn't until "Redemption", which takes place when she's a teenager, that she acts independently.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/PowerRangersOceania'' features Hannah. A college student who likes to hang around the Ocean Rangers, she begins the story like this since she is not a Ranger herself and seems to be the youngest (her parents have even commented on her spending time with adults rather than people her own age). She quickly grows out of it by being an excellent diver.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Woody in ''Animation/SkyBlue''. He suffers.
* Alice in ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''.
* Skippy the rabbit in Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' is the Tagalong Kid to Robin Hood, while his sister called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Tagalong"]] is this to him.
* Private is seen by the others (especially Skipper) as a cute version of this in ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar''. Somewhat justified when he was a newly-hatched chick, but not after he's fully grown.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Trish from ''Film/AngelsRevenge''.
* Short Round in ''Film/{{Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom}}''.
* Scott Larson in ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/NoahsArc'' movie.
* "Button" from the 2003 Western, ''Film/OpenRange''. His backstory is told by gunslinger/cowboy Charley at one point, saying that Boss Spearman's crew met him in a small Texas town a few years prior to the movie. He was "living off café garbage and couldn't speak a word of English" and they "took him on, thinking [they] were doing him a favour". But they still haven't learned what his real name is.
* 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.]]
* ''Film/ThatManFromRio'': 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.
* Minya from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies could be considered this for Godzilla and his allies, most notably in ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' where he spends most of the story on the sidelines while the other monsters are mind controlled by aliens and later battle King Ghidorah.
* Nao from ''Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial'', who happens to be the little brother of Zero's human host for the movie. He's actually pretty useful and gets to pilot a HumongousMecha in the final battle.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward treats his sister Ciarra as tagalong kid, even though she's just three years younger than he is. (She's sixteen, which would make her an adult in many cultures.) She is mute, which may contribute to this. Of course, she's technically the only kid who tags along; Ward is on the run from the authorities, the proper adults in the group are his father's valet and the stable master, who just accompany him out of loyalty, and a runaway slave who has her own reasons for running away.
* Merry and Pippin fill this role in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', both being younger cousins of Frodo. They are not ''children'', but they're considered very young adults (hobbits are considered to be mature and responsible only when they hit their thirties). They fulfill this role in ''Fellowship'', tacking themselves onto the quest to support Frodo but without standing out too often. In ''The Two Towers'' they break out of it. Then in ''Return of the King'' they both feel like this and TheLoad to Rohan (for Merry) and Gondor (for Pippin), but take actions that end up being very important.
* Ponyboy of ''Literature/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!]]''; he was TheSmartGuy in their street gang mostly to stop them beating him when they got bored. 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 ''Franchise/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]].
* [[PluckyComicRelief Gavroche]] in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' is this to the students at the barricade. [[spoiler: He is killed collecting bullets, DefiantToTheEnd.]]
* Adam's younger brother James in Literature/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.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', the PowerTrio is by the second book officially comprised of ''four'' members, with the addition of [[TheKirk Nastasia's]] {{fangirl}} Joy O'Keefe, who insists on coming and can't [[StayInTheKitchen politely]] be excluded.
* Tailchaser from ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' intended to go on his journey alone. Early on he noticed that Pouncequick, an orphaned kitten peer of his, was following him. Tailchaser didn't have the nerve to send the kitten back through the dangerous forest all alone, so he let Pouncequick tag along. Tailchaser soon finds that he prefers having company on his task. Pouncequick is TheHeart[=/=]CheerfulChild variety.

[[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]], though she is essential to the plot in Season 5, where she first appears.
** Principal 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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'': 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 Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark.
* Damien in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* ''Series/{{Thunderstone}}'' has Chip, who is the youngest of the main cast at maybe 10 years old. He wants to go out on adventures but is told to stay back as he's "too young to keep up". He really should heed this advice, as his attempts to sneak out and prove himself as useful almost always end with him getting captured or, on one occasion, trapped in quicksand.
* Mimoso Ratón in ''Series/OdiseaBurbujas'', a baby mouse.
* ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' had Isamu Hoshino (or Hoshino Fuji in the original English dub), an 11-year-old boy who often visits Science Patrol while they're in their headquarters. He starts off as TheLoad, but eventually proves himself useful and is made an official member, complete with his own Science Patrol uniform. Unfortunately, he suffers from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not too longer afterwards
** The 70s ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' usually have one, like Jiro Sakata from ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'', Dan Umezu from ''Series/UltramanAce'' (although he only appears in episodes 29 through 43), Kenichi Shiratori from ''Series/UltramanTaro'', and Tohru and Kaoru Umeda from ''Series/UltramanLeo''. The mainly serve as just a point-of-view character for younger viewers and a little brother stand-in for the heroes.

[[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}}''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', you've got two of them in the First Generation: Oifey, who's the army's TeenGenius [[TheStrategist Strategist]], and Shanan, who starts as a JamesBondage. Both of them become badasses in the Second Generation.
** Rolf and Mist start as these in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius 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 ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', who, in the second game, is pretty much Maya when the latter's unavailable.
* By exploiting a glitch, you can get six-year-old Bumble to tag along after you throughout ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* Hope in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a civilian that was unlucky enough to be caught up in the Purge. He stubbornly follows [[TheHero Lightning]] 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 ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', at least in the mercenaries' opinion. She ''was'' a warrior in her [[DoomedHometown home village]], but is 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 ''VideoGame/Persona3'' 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 (accidentally)]] [[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, 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''.
* Exaggerated quite stupendously in ''VideoGame/FurFighters''. Tweek the baby dragon is only ''one day old'' before the events of the game force him to take up arms alongside his older war veteran buddies. In other words, he ReallyWasBornYesterday.
* Chico and, to a lesser extent, Paz, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes''. As lampshaded by [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]] [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation review of the latter]]:
-->'''Yahtzee:''' ...But there's these two kids who hang around his base, either by the same principle as those two kids that used to hang around with the WesternAnimation/SuperFriends, or because it's like those little birds that live in crocodiles' mouths, and he hires them to pick bits of cornflake out of his beard.

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* 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 "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 [[Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''. He's getting better, though.
* Rico and Ellaine in ''Webcomic/{{Minion}}''.
* Meela in Webcomic/{{Strays}}.
* Mia from ''Webcomic/{{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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* Jade, from the ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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''.
* In almost all of ''LetsPlay/VanossGamingAndCompany'''s animated adventures, [=LuiCalibre=] is made into one of these due to his "squeaker voice".

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* Tommy (alias Numbuh 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.
** ''WesternAnimation/MightyMightor'' had Little Rok (or just plain Rok), who was the younger brother of Sheera, the love interest of Mightor's alter ego Tor Basically, Little Rok was an annoying little boy who was a big fan of Mightor, the guardian of their tribe, completely unaware that he was the older alter ego of his sister's friend Tor; in fact Little Rok admired Mightor so much that, whenever there was trouble, he would put on a horned mask resembling the one worn by Mightor, pick up a giant wooden toy club carved to resemble the club used by Mightor, and would fly into battle on his pet bird loudly screaming Mightor's name and boasting that he would either defeat all the bad guys by himself or that he would help Mightor defeat the bad guys (when he followed Mightor into battle that is). Sometimes he actually did help, if only by accident (such as getting in the villain's way just long enough for Mightor to thwart the villain's plan) but most of the time he was just TheLoad in the fight whom Mightor would have to rescue (and allow Little Rok to think he had beaten the threat by himself) or think up some fake "order" to get the dumb kid to stay put and stay out of his way so he could do his job.
** The "Three Musketeers" segments from ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'' had Tooly who followed the musketeers on their adventures, usually after being forbidden from doing so.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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. He actually holds a great deal of fear that he'll never become powerful enough to be ''anything'' but the TagalongKid, and forever live in his mother's shadow. By the end of the first season, however, he's matured into TheHeart.
* ''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.
* On ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', Max is often this, though probably at least half the time he'd rather ''not'' be because he's been dragged along to whatever girly activity Ruby and her friends are doing.
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'': Being old enough to be Ivanhoe and Rowena's daughter and three years younger than Wamba, Rebecca most certainly qualifies. "The Four Black Knights" shows the negative parts of this trope when Rebecca tagging along nearly costs Harold his life.
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' has pre-teen orphan Kshin (a young protege of Mandrake the Magician) who, especially in early episodes, is [[TheTeamWannabe keen to prove himself as a Defender]], but regularly gets into trouble because of his [[ChildrenAreInnocent naivety]]. He does occasionally help to save the day, though.
* ''Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion'' has S.W.E.E.T. leader Nate's little sister Lily.
* 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]].)