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In real life weapons are similar to music instruments... [[InstrumentOfMurder no, not like that]]. What we mean is, no matter what someone's WeaponOfChoice may be, using it is a finely honed art that they must practice, [[CripplingOverspecialization to the point where using another weapon might prove problematic]].

In fictionland, however, if someone with an IconicItem WeaponOfChoice is [[SpinoffBabies shown as a child]], [[FollowInMyFootsteps has a child]] or meets a younger counterpart (a {{fanboy}} who wants to grow up to be [[IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery just like them]], perhaps) then you can expect them to own a toy or weapon with some perceived similarity to it.

The nature of this "WeaponJr" and how functional it is can vary. It might be a literal toy version (wooden swords are popular, as are more high tech toys, like dart guns) or it might be an actual weapon that people wouldn't mind a kid having (BratsWithSlingShots, Slings, etc) which might actually be dangerous in RealLife (but not necessarily in fictionland). Whether it's just kids playing at soldiers, or children [[ChildSoldiers actually being forced into combat]] depends on the series.

Some stock examples of WeaponJr include;

* Bows: [[BratsWithSlingshots Slingshots]] are the most common one, however [[SufferTheSlings slings]][[note]]Which makes no sense at all, since they require considerable skill to use, are very damaging, and turn up in cultures that lack bows.[[/note]] and crossbows[[note]]Which makes ''some'' sense, since it requires less training than a bow... but they're still martial weapons.[[/note]] are also popular.
* [[TheGunslinger Guns]]: This is much more likely to be justified, since gun-like toys are extremely common, including WaterGunsAndBalloons as well as dart guns and popguns. Not to mention air rifles and BB Guns are only different in their underlying mechanism and power, and indeed are classed as actual weapons in many jurisdictions. In real life, there also exist fully-functional "youth" versions of rifles and shotguns in less-powerful calibers (.410 bore and .22 LR are among the most common), though one is very unlikely to see such guns used by kids in fiction (unless it's set at a Boy Scout camp or similar).
* [[HeroesPreferSwords Swords]] ([[ILikeSwords and other blades]]): Wooden swords are the most common, followed by [[BatterUp baseball bats]], but a simple stick or any object longer than it is thin will also do. More [[{{Delinquents}} violent children]] might instead use a [[KnifeNut smaller blade until they're older]]. Bonus points if they also use a trash can lid as a shield.
* [[CarryABigStick Clubs]] and [[DropTheHammer Hammers]]: More or less the same deal as swords. Pretty much anything smaller than the grown up weapon really. Maybe a pillow or squeaky hammer if they're ''really'' young.
* [[SimpleStaff Staves]] and [[XOnAStick Polearms]]: A mop or any similarly shaped everyday object. Weapons that resemble tools (like [[SinisterScythe scythes]]) can also have smaller versions of said tools.
* [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]]: An actual axe, but of the domestic, firewood chopping variety.
* InstrumentOfMurder: While it might make sense to see the younger SpoonyBard training with their "weapon" at a young age, RuleOfFunny demands that a simpler instrument be used (recorders and harmonicas being popular because of their being thought of as "children's instruments"). Toy versions work as well.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: This tends to be harder to "kiddyfy", but adorable oversized gloves, handwraps, safety gear or a simple martial arts uniform (especially if they don't wear one or [[NonUniformUniform customise it]] when they're older) can have the same effect.
* [[ThrowDownTheBomblette Grenades]]: WaterGunsAndBalloons can go here too, as can [[ProducePelting eggs or fruit]], rocks or anything else that can be thrown. A more [[EnfantTerrible troublesome child]] might make use of cans of accelerant or fireworks.
* [[ArmourIsUseless Armour]]: Generally this takes the form of either a costume or ImprovisedArmour made from scraps. Sometimes they might just wear an outfit which resembles it somewhat. Helmets tend to become a BucketHelmet.
* [[FunctionalMagic Magic]]: Expect a future magic user to use a wand (actually magic or not), or own a young stage magician's kit (or see below). Especially if they come to carry a MagicStaff. Mops and umbrellas work for the latter as well.
* [[StockSuperpowers Superpowers]]: Finally, expect a child who will grow up to become a SuperHero ([[SuperVillain ...or]] perhaps [[UsedToBeASweetKid not]]) and has [[PubertySuperpower yet to]] manifest their powers play with or own some trinket that suggests them, such as a lighter for a [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] or "grabby thing" for telekinesis.

Specifically designed training weapons can also count if they're in the hands of children.

If this is used in a flashback, expect it to be milked for "UsedToBeASweetKid" points if they aren't an EnfantTerrible. If older versions of the protagonists using more advanced "weapons" show up then it's GenerationXerox or FutureBadass. A video game might have your character wield them in a JustifiedTutorial. In an RPG they might serve as StarterEquipment. May be wielded by a KidSidekick. This can be either a CallForward or {{Foreshadowing}} depending on when it's revealed who the child in question grows up to be. If children are actually being given weapons to played with (as toys or not) then it's MyLittlePanzer (although it still counts as this trope if the owner of it "upgrades" when they're older). Often turns up in AMinorKidroduction.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Berserk}}'', Guts used a full sized sword as a kid, as the mercs raising him didn't have any kid-sized weapons...but as an adult he also scales up his weapon and uses a {{BFS}}.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', small wands are used for magic training and as emergency magical foci. [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] even describes them as beginner wands.
* In ''OnePiece'', Yasopp uses a rifle to snipe at his foes. His son Usopp uses a slingshot for the same purpose. Usopp seems to have no intention to graduate beyond a slingshot, however, and by the looks of things, does not need to use anything more advanced.
** That's because he advances the slingshot itself instead, notably with Skypea's superpowered seashells to the point where he can hit targets a normal rifle can't reach.
* Flashbacks in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' show that Teana had a toy gun when she was a kid trying to emulate her older brother, [[spoiler:which she still keeps as a TragicKeepsake after he died during a mission]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* "Training lightsabers" can be seen in use in ''AttackOfTheClones''. The ExpandedUniverse elaborates on these lightsabers: they are built using the "kiddy" Bondar crystal which produces a merely zapping blade, rather than a deadly blade produced by the lethal, adult Ilum crystal. There's also a middle-ground crystal, called an Adegan Kathracite, which produces a cutting blade, but not as powerful as the real deal; Padawans tend to use these crystals in their sabers.
* In ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'', much of Sam's "survival gear" consists of child-size versions of outdoors equipment, including a BB rifle.
* In the extended edition of ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', after a long prologue sequence told by old Bilbo on the eve of his going-away birthday party (featured in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing''), he recounts his first meeting with Gandalf, as a child at one of the Old Took's parties. Kid Bilbo hits Gandalf's legs with a wooden sword, foreshadowing his acquisition of his Elvish Shortsword, Sting, when he goes on his own journey instigated by Gandalf.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'''s opening cutscene shows a picture of the {{Player Character}}s as children; [[FriendlySniper Mordecai]] has a slingshot, [[TouchedByVorlons Lilith]] has a bubble wand, [[TheBigGuy Brick]] has a glove and [[StillWearingTheOldColors Roland]]... has a map (although he does wear an approximation of the armour he wears as an adult).
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' Link gets the slingshot, and uses it until he can get the bow (which he can only use as an adult). ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' takes the trope even further, with Link (only an adolescent in this game) [[JustifiedTutorial showing off]] his aiming skills with a slingshot, and his sword skills with a wooden sword.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the tutorial has the player learn to shoot with a BB gun on their 10th birthday.
* In ''KingdomHearts'' which featured child versions of several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters had sword-wielding Tidus use a wooden pole, and nunchaku-wielding Selphie had a jump rope. Wakka may count too, if you consider some of his spikier [[ImprobableWeaponUser Blitzballs]] in FFX.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' had a teenaged version of Axel, when his name was Lea, wielding a pair of frisbees.
** Many of the Keyblade wielding protagonists used wooden toy swords before having a Keyblade, either for training or just play fighting. Terra, however, had a wooden toy ''keyblade''.
* At the end of ''MetalGearSolid4'', Raiden meets [[spoiler: his son]] who uses a toy sword to perform the same moves he does.
* ''SuperMario'': In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', Bowser used his Koopa Clown Car in his showdown against Mario. In VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii, Bowser Jr. uses his own, miniature version of the Koopa Clown Car in his attempts to take out Mario (and Luigi, Blue Toad, and Yellow Toad).
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' shows the armor variant of this trope briefly; TheHero Dart wears a red vest (similar to his red curaise) and his LoveInterest Shana wears a white dress which is exactly the same shape as her armour (minus her MiniDressOfPower). There is also a kid who's a fan of Lavitz in his hometown who wears a BucketHelmet and carries a hoe (Lavitz wields BladeOnAStick).
* In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', the [[CreepyChild Overlad]] wields a little club that can't really hurt anything except annoying baby seals. As an adult, he can wield somewhat more lethal blunt instruments.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s "Hearthfire" expansion you can buy wooden swords for the children you adopt. They are also equipable weapons.

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* Roy Greenhilt of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had, as a kid, a toy mockup of his family's [[AncestralWeapon ancestral sword]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html as seen in a flashback]] when the real one is [[WreckedWeapon broken]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an episode of ''Disney's Disney/{{Hercules}}'' [[RecycledTheSeries series]], in which Hercules initially scoffs at being forced to train with a basic training javelin rather than a more heroic weapon. But at the end of the episode, he uses a basic javelin to bring down the big bad guy (having been offered his choice of any weapon by Athena) and turns down the offer of a proper spear from an (actual) AmazonianBeauty.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''The Old Gray Hare'', there's a flashback where Baby Elmer has a pop-gun which he fires at Baby Bugs. The episode also begins with an elderly Elmer obtaining a RayGun.
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