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->''"Now listen, honey, Mommy has to go to a 'better parenting' conference. You stay right here and play."''
-->-- '''Mindy's Mother''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''

One of the classic comedy plots, most often seen in cartoons. A babysitter [[BabysittingEpisode is left in charge of an infant]] (who, despite being so young, turns out to be [[StrayingBaby incredibly mobile]]). As soon as the infant's parents are off-stage, the babysitter begins a [[HumiliationConga gauntlet of pain and anguish]] of which, somehow, the infant is the ultimate cause.

There are some common variations. The baby may wander away from the home, with the babysitter giving chase. In others, the baby itself turns the home into an [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom obstacle course of doom]] using the furnishings, appliances, water pipes, electrical outlets, and pretty much everything else in the house. Or it is possible that the baby is unusual in some way, and thus is physically dangerous, and will inadvertently (or not so inadvertently) hurt the babysitter in the course of "playing". Regardless, in the end [[AmusingInjuries grievous bodily harm]] comes to the babysitter (and quite often the home itself is wrecked)... but the baby itself is [[InfantImmortality safe and sound, and utterly unhurt]].

When the parents -- who frankly should be locked up for negligence -- return home, they are either totally unaware that anything untoward has happened, or [[SelectiveEnforcement chastise the babysitter for something trivial]], like tracking mud on the carpet, not knowing that the sitter has suffered massive AmusingInjuries keeping their child safe.

A version of the story (below) goes right back to ancient Welsh folklore -- making this trope OlderThanPrint.

Note that [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible the "babysitter" need not be an actual babysitter, nor the "infant" an actual infant]]. This trope works any time a supposedly responsible individual is left in charge of an innocent, and ends up paying for it physically.

Compare NoSympathy, EscortMission.

BabysitterFromHell is the inversion of this trope, but this trope sometimes comes into play as a karmic punishment. It also works the other way around.



* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgFV-XXPG9g this commercial]] for Energizer batteries featuring Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', The Energizer Bunny wanders through the Jade Palace's training hall. Po chases after him to try to protect him, but while the Bunny ends up unharmed, the same can't be said for Po.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Estonia from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' ends up being this [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter to the mochis]].
* Happens to ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' in a filler episode, when Conan's stuck taking care of a two-year-old boy named Santa whose mother Shigeko is one of Kogoro's clients. [[spoiler: And then Shigeko is kidnapped...]] [[spoiler: And in the end, it turns out that Santa's real name is Haruka... [[GenderReveal and that she's a little girl]].]]
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', season 3, episode 14: The Angel-tai are [[FountainOfYouth turned into children]] due to LostTechnology disguised as candy, and the Twin Stars must play the babysitters. The danger here, though, comes less from wandering into danger and more from Ranpha and Forte's frankly sadistic tendencies.
* One chapter of ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'' has [[TokenMiniMoe Yukino]] take care of the [[strike:illegitimate child]] [[RunningGag nephew]] of her mother's bird friend. Yukino is a FriendToAllLivingThings, but even she becomes this trope.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' manga, when Nepgear, Uni, Rom and Ram are de-aged into babies, Neptune had a pretty hard time looking after them. She wasn't put through as much physical abuse as other examples on this page, but she did have to put up with straining stuff.
* A second flashback in ''Manga/OnePiece'' introduces the reader to Curly Dadan, Luffy and Ace's foster mother. Forced into taking care of the brothers under threat of imprisonment for her banditry by Garp, she wonders whether or not jail time would be worse than putting up with the D children.
* Alice Sakaguchi is this to Rin Kobayashi briefly in the beginning of ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'', but Rin turned out to be... well, a different kind of special from what Alice expected.
* Ash's Pikachu from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' became this sometimes when little Togepi wandered off. Misty actually did notice something dangerous the egg was doing and managed to rescue it from being killed a couple times, though.
** It also happened once with Pachirisu and Happiny.
*** ''Sun and Moon'' looks to be bringing it back if the stinger after [[spoiler:Nebby]] was introduced is any indication -- he tried to save it from crawling off a ladder...but this Pokemon can float, so Pikachu ended up sending himself to the ground.
** A similar incident happened to Pika in the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga. Here, the role of baby was taken by Kitty, Yellow's recently caught Caterpie who Yellow told Pika to look after while she went on a quick errand. Kitty then decided to follow a drifting leaf from one danger to another, much to Pika's horror.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' anime, [[PluckyGirl Tomoka]] [[GenkiGirl Osakada]] is implied to fall into this trope when she [[PromotiontoParent has to take care of her two baby siblings.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Son'', the titular DoorstopBaby, once tanked up on Magic Potion, becomes more than a match for any would-be babysitter, tossing people around like rattlers. When a Roman legionary disguised as a rattler pedlar offers to watch the baby...
-->'''Asterix:''' Do you think we ought to take the risk, Obelix?
-->'''Obelix:''' It's the pedlar who'd be taking a risk!
* Franchise/TheDCU comic book ''{{Elseworld}}s 80 Page Giant'' was pulled from the shelves for "Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter", a BadlyBatteredBabysitter sequence in which a baby Clark Kent survives various cartoonish hazards, including accidentally microwaving himself, thanks to his invulnerability. The story was later reprinted in ''Bizarro Comics''.
** It was also pulled for other things, like the implication that the Kents hired the babysitter so they could have a quiet night together. Also played with a bit at the end where the Kents get home, see the wrecked house, and compliment Letitia and ask if she's available next week. Another thing that irked the censors was a scene where little Clark gets himself a drink of milk straight from the udders of a cow.
* A variation happens in ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio: Panade à Champignac'', the two heroes are the battered babysitters of the grown-up Zorglub, who suffers from amnesia and acts like an 8-month-old baby.
* ComicBook/{{X23}} is assigned the task of watching after [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Richards kids.]] Said kids open a temporal window and unleash a dragon. It gets complicated from there.
** In the humorous, out-of-continuity series ''Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius'', Herbie the Robot is this to the titular son of Reed Richards (thankfully for Herbie, Franklin's super-genius sister does not appear), who is a rough counterpart of [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] with almost unlimited access to all the technology on hand in the Fantastic Four's headquarters. Though Herbie comes off as high-strung and neurotic, it's usually his quick (and desperate) thinking that prevents destruction, disaster and Franklin being grounded for life.
* Shows up a couple times in ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'': once when Wonder Girl and Arrowette babysat a child who was hypnotized by a children's video into attempting to kill them, and again when the young and old superheroes switched ages, forcing the now-adult sidekicks to babysit their now-child mentors. During the midst of the latter situation, Wonder Girl even mentions the former one, lamenting how she'd promised never to babysit again afterward.
* In ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'' Tim's friend Ives gets so badly bruised after taking a job as a mascot at a SuckECheeses that Tim thinks he's being abused, it turns out the injuries are from the kids and his lack of mobility in his GoofySuit.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', the main cast takes on this role trying to babysit Calvin's younger cousin, [[ItMakesSenseInContext climaxing in a water park.]]
* One story of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' involves this when [[spoiler:Danny and Sam are turned into five-year-olds and Tucker and the rest of the Fentons must deal with their ghost powered mischief. According to Jazz, Danny was like this the first time he was five years old]].
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Tiesel Bonne has to look after his rambunctious baby brother...who pilots a mech suit.
* In ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries Trunk's New Look]]'' the titular character takes on this role when babysitting Goten and his younger self. This eventually results in him ending up in his mother's PlayboyBunny outfit. Suffice to say after all of that he never takes a babysitting job again.
* Invoked in ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'' Silver the baby Lugia is normally perfectly well-behaved, but his parents need to keep three rambunctious legendary birds busy while they help save the world. So they tell the birds to take care of Silver "on pain of laser", then tell Silver to keep the birds busy. Cue a "rampaging" Silver engaging in all sorts of mischief, including carving his name in islands with ''[[WaveMotionGun Aeroblast]]''.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'' has Malucia's trog guardian, Grodlin. He's ''supposed'' to be looking after her while her parents are gone, but can't rein her in.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' is this in a nutshell: a mammoth, a sloth and a sabre-toothed tiger protect a Palaeolithic baby from ice storms, ice caves, icicles and a lava field. Baby has fun. Caretakers? Not so much.
* The short film ''Jack-Jack Attack'' (special featured on the ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' DVD) features a slightly ditzy but responsible girl (Kari) babysitting Jack-Jack Parr. Jack-Jack proceeds to [[RandomTransportation teleport about the house]], [[PowerFloats defy gravity]], chew through a wooden "cage" (actually an inverted playpen), [[IntangibleMan phase through walls]], set the house on fire while '''[[WreathedInFlames being on fire]]''', and [[EyeBeams shoot Kari with lasers]] (which is the page image). [[MeanwhileBackAtThe This actually happened WITHIN the time-frame of the movie, off-screen]].
** Her frantic calls to Mrs. Parr, and the ease/eagerness with which she handed the kid off to a [[BigBad complete stranger]] that belatedly identified himself as the replacement sitter, tied into the main plot as well.
*** To her credit, she never tried to leave Jack-Jack before the "replacement sitter" showed up (and Helen had told her she'd be calling a replacement), and she was stressed out and sleep-deprived at that point.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', Simba entrusts Timon and Pumbaa to watch Kiara -- something they don't know the first thing about. Considering that their attempt to raise Simba as shown in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' wasn't any better, either.
** In the first movie, Zazu gets trampled by a herd of animals twice and shoved into a volcanic vent by hyenas while babysitting Simba and Nala.
* When Kala [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uB4K0_Wjo discovers and rescues]] Disney/{{Tarzan}} from the tree house.
* This is Roger's role in the ''WesternAnimation/RogerRabbitShorts'', as well as in the movie.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Creator/AbbottAndCostello often had to deal with the repellent [[ManChild Stinky]], played by Joe Besser of [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges fame]]. The fact that Stinky was almost as big as Costello and usually dressed up like Little Lord Fauntleroy only made the whole thing even more ridiculous.
* ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' is made of tweaks to this trope. The babysitter has to go out to the big scary City, dragging her (multiple) charges along, and they get into truly ridiculous amounts of trouble, but always manage to escape more or less unharmed.
* In the movie ''Film/BabysDayOut'', the titular baby is kidnapped, escapes from his three abductors, and makes his way safely through a very busy day in which the kidnappers take such a beating that their eventual arrest is a relief to them, since it puts them well away from the baby.
* Deconstructed in the horror film ''Film/BabysitterWanted''. A wholesome Christian girl is left in charge of little boy out in the country when an intruder breaks in and tries to kill him. She manages to fight the intruder (a priest) off and save the little boy's life, only to find out later that [[spoiler:the parents who left her in charge are actually killers who butcher young virgins to feed them to the little boy, who is revealed to be the [[Main/EnfantTerrible spawn of Satan]]. At the end of the movie, the kid remains alive, and well, and truly ''is'' the reason why the babysitter goes through all sorts of torture and abuse.]]
* Sarah is a form of this in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', though it was [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor her fault that goblins took her baby brother away.]] She has to go through a fairy biting her, lots of running, falling down traps, enduring the Bog of Eternal Stench, [[VillainousCrush being hit on by the villain,]] and going up against a goblin army. And their parents are none the wiser.
* In the Wrestling/HulkHogan film ''Mr. Nanny'', Hulk's character Sean Armstrong is made the bodyguard of businessman's son and daughter, who have made a habit of chasing off nannies hired by their loving-but-too-busy-with-work father with outrageous- and possibly deadly- pranks. when we first see them they've caused their current nanny's hair to burn by rigging her hairdryer, and somehow caused the one before that to break her arm. According to Corrine the cook, the number of nannies they've sent packing goes into the ''dozens''. Of course, Armstrong takes their first traps in stride before telling them that enough is enough, because HE'S. NOT. LEAVING. This ironically wins their respect.
* Film/TheThreeStooges got into several of these messes, most famously one that involved a couple fighting over their child, an [[EnfantTerrible adorable tyke]] who, among other stunts, belted the Stooges and his father [[DropTheHammer with a hammer]].
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' abused its titular character as he attempted to babysit Baby Herman in a film-short-within-a-film. This 'plot' was carried over to subsequent WesternAnimation/RogerRabbitShorts.
* A PlayedForDrama example happens in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Logan returns to the Xavier Institute just in time for the Professor to ask a small favor of him watching the students for the night while Xavier and Scott visit Magneto, and Jean and Storm track down the mutant that attacked the White House. The problem for Logan doesn't lie in his charges, but rather with William Stryker's forces assaulting the Institute that very night.

[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
* OlderThanPrint: In a [[Myth/CelticMythology Welsh]] folktale, Prince Llywelyn the Great returns from a day out to discover his baby son's cradle overturned, the baby missing, and the guard dog Gelert with blood around his mouth. Llywelyn drew his sword and killed Gelert, who let out a final dying yelp. Then he heard the baby's cries and found it under the cradle, unharmed, along with a dead wolf which had attacked the child. Gelert had killed it, and the blood had been the wolf's -- and his own, from wounds received in the child's defense.

* ''Good Dog, Carl'' and its sequels feature a Rottweiler who is, in each book, left to take care of the baby. Subverted in that Carl often assists the baby -- such as when he gives baby a boost to crawl into the laundry chute (there was a full basket of soft laundry at the bottom), or takes baby out to go window shopping and meet Santa.
* Several ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories revolve around Bertie being asked to keep an eye on or take care of someone, generally by Aunt Agatha. The people he's asked to watch always turn out to be utterly irresponsible and impossible to control. Similarly, in "Episode of the Dog [=McIntosh=]" he has to look after Aunt Agatha's dog, in what turns out to be "a guardianship fraught with peril".
--> It's a rummy thing. Aunt Agatha is the one person in the world I daren't offend, and [[LampshadeHanging it always happens that everyone she sends to me with letters of introduction gets into trouble of some sort.]] And she always seems to think that I ought to have watched over them while they were in New York like a blend of nursemaid and guardian angel. Which, of course, is a bit thick and pretty scaly.
* A very dark version in the novel ''Literature/LetsGoPlayAtTheAdams'' by Mendal Johnson. A young woman babysits a family of teenagers. They tie her to a bed and things go downhill from there. Some elements are based on the Sylvia Likens case.
* "The Ransom of Red Chief", a short story by Creator/OHenry, features two kidnappers in the Depression-era South abducting the son of a wealthy man. By the end of the tale, the kidnappers wind up ''[[PityTheKidnapper paying the father]]'' a ransom in order to get the kid out of their hair.
* In a [[Literature/SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley Twins]] book, Jessica gets a hefty dose of LaserGuidedKarma after stealing Elizabeth's babysitting job when the amount of kids to look after goes from one to four and they all turn out to be brats.
* The Literature/LittleCritter book ''Just Me and My Babysitter'' involves something like this; the parents go out for the evening and leave Little Critter and Little Sister in the care of an elderly female sitter. The kids make her job a hassle, by not wanting to eat the dinner she prepares, going crazy with [[BathsAreFun bathing Little Sister]], having a pillow fight, repeatedly making messages, watching a movie on TV the babysitter isn't crazy about, and not going to bed when told to. The book ends with the parents returning at one in the morning to see the kids watching TV while the babysitter is sleeping on the couch.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' : Quinn and Puck babysit and end up tied to a chair with a skipping rope. They turn it around, though.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': In need of money, Lucy answers an ad for a babysitting job that pays five dollars an hour (a large sum in the 1950s). She is suspicious of why she is being paid so much, and finds out that she is taking care of two badly-behaved twin brothers. They are very demanding, constantly screaming and kicking her, and at one point tie her up to burn her at the stake while playing CowboysAndIndians.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Desperate for concert ticket money, Bud rents Kelly out as a babysitter. During the evening, she's tied to a chair, peed on, and threatened with scalping. (They even threaten to ''lynch'' her, but she escapes that, somehow.)

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Very averted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', where Rosalyn comes close to a BabysitterFromHell at times, being one of the few people Calvin is truly afraid of. First, every time the parents hire Rosalyn to watch over Calvin, he's always the one to get lectured (at the very least) for the pranks he pulls on her. He once tried to run away, and didn't get very far before she brought him back. Rosalyn can generally take what he dishes out and come down hard on him for it. Even during the times Calvin "won", it would always be a PyrrhicVictory at best, as he was the one to get in trouble for it. Second, she commands ''princely'' sums (even getting advances) as she's the only one who will put up with Calvin. Third, the parents are all too aware of Calvin's antics themselves, so Rosalyn never has to worry about [[CassandraTruth not being believed]]. Lastly, in Rosalyn's final appearance, she and Calvin make peace with each other after bonding over a game of {{Calvinball}}.
** Although, one strip suggested that the reason Rosalyn is willing to babysit Calvin is because ''every other babysitter'' who his parents have hired have fallen victim to this Trope.
* Done with a twist in the "ComicStrip/CloseToHome" books by John [=McPherson=]. A babysitter, after a hellish evening with her charges, (which ended in a wrecked house), states to the child's parents that not only will she never babysit for them again, but it will cost them an extra $100 just for her to keep her mouth shut and not tell other sitters to avoid them.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}''
** Paige Fox has suffered mild versions of this, but most of the time it's her own fault. Once she fell asleep because she was working herself too hard on babysitting jobs, and the girl she was supposed to be watching cut up her new dress with her mother's scissors (As Paige says herself, it could have been much worse). Another time she fed a toddler a huge piece of chocolate cake right before bedtime, and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensued]] when she began quite literally bouncing off the walls.
** Her brother Peter, on the other hand, has actually suffered serious injury dog-sitting an extremely small dog with extremely sharp teeth and a NapoleonComplex.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace}}''
** This was pretty much a regular trope for this strip, especially when Hank Ketchum was alive doing it, and Dennis was much more 'menacing'.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks falls victim to this trope in "Babysitting for Three", "Babysitting New Year's Eve" and "Measles".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The mythic babysitting campaign in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' All star jam is this taken up to eleven. You play as a babysitter taking care of underage gods and/or demons, werewolf puppies, kid geniuses, boy wizards or little witches and the children of superheroes and villains. There's a reason the benefits package for the babysitters includes free resurrection for babysitters killed in action.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One level of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' has the titular Jim protecting Peter Puppy from danger, mostly by whipping him over obstacles. If Peter ever gets hit, it causes him to mutate into a horrifying monster which proceeds to beat the crud out of Jim for his failure and drag him backwards through the stage.
* One of the scenarios in ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' involves a cat trying to protect his owner's infant son as the hapless baby chases a butterfly through an [[NoOSHACompliance inexplicably peril-laden construction site]]. The ''very first song'' has a sitter trying to control a terrible trio of uncooperative children.
* In ''VideoGame/JumpStartAdventures3rdGradeMysteryMountain'' and ''Jump Start Typing'', Botley played this role. This aspect of his character seems to have been abandoned since then.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', Claire Redfield's daring heroics for Sherry's sake.
* Although not babysitting, two SNES video games follow the same plot -- ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife: Spunky's Dangerous Day'' and ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' both centered around the title (playable) character ensuring the safety of the individual they're watching over (a dog for the former, his large girlfriend and an old lady for the latter)
* The platform game ''Sleepwalker'' had the player controlling a hapless dog tasked with stopping his master from waking up as he sleepwalked all over the city.
* A parody of this occurs in the ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6'', in which the hopelessly naive 1-Up wanders into "[[LethalLavaLand The Lava Zone]]" to look for a kidnapped Pan-Pan. Stinkoman doesn't care until he realizes 1-Up took his "Power Crunch," at which point he must follow and protect 1-Up to ensure he gets his item back.
* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' has a multicolored tribe of Yoshis ferrying Baby Mario through the whole game, and rather ridiculous obstacles. (You think they could just leave the baby with someone at home and go clear the way on their own?)
** Or maybe have all eight Yoshis travel together rather than pass the baby like a relay baton?

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Poor Benny in the "Wolves" comic from Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf.
* Implied to happen with whoever is in charge of the Västerström children in ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent''. The first line of the woman who was babysitting the Västerström children while their parents were away is "I quit". Later, Onni goes into a magical trance while in the same room as these same children and later regains awareness to a new haircut, a very small part of his upper ear missing and one of the children complaining that "the new babysitter is boring".

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* This happens to Spot in the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians: The Series'' episode, "Wild Chick Chase", when she's forced to babysit Peeps, a baby chick.
* This is the setup used by the "Buttons and Mindy" segments on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', where they took an almost sadistic glee in torturing the poor dog. And the poor dog [[TheWoobie always winds up getting chewed out]] by the oblivious mother.
** The overuse of this trope is {{Lampshaded}} in one cartoon where Mindy winds up in a construction site, where {{Captain Ersatz}}es of WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry are trying to save an unknown baby, and a {{Popeye}} CaptainErsatz is trying to save [[strike:Swee' Pea]] Green Bean.
** In one episode, the Warners have met up with [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Elmyra]] and are trying to get rid of her. They do so by convincing her to follow Mindy. After the Warners stop him from automatically trying to interfere on Mindy's behalf, Buttons ''really'' enjoys seeing someone other than himself taking all the pain for a change.
** This was taken UpToEleven in a HalloweenEpisode where Buttons chased her into a zombie-infested graveyard (Mindy apparently knew what zombies were, but just didn't realize they were ''dangerous'') ending in a {{Homage}} to Music/MichaelJackson's ''Thriller''. (Sort of a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] for Buttons.) At least this time, Buttons didn't get yelled at by Mindy's parents.
** And in ''Film/WakkosWish'', he finally gets his reward: a pile of steaks.
** Most of the shorts also tend to end with Buttons getting a big hug from Mindy, showing that while the girl's parents treat him like dirt, said girl really adores him. So his torment isn't entirely without its rewards.
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' when Arthur has to take care of the terrible [[BrattyHalfPint Tibble Twins]].
** They're a semi-regular gig in later seasons since a couple of them start with him heading off to sit for them and making plans to keep them out of trouble (these usually [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption fall flat]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (the animated series), [[PerkyGoth Lydia]] was babysitting someone, and money-grubbing Beej decides to copy this for a get-quick-rich scheme in the Netherworld (taking the concept of [[LiteralMetaphor Baby sitting]] literally). He ends up calling Lydia for help when he realized it wasn't easy, and some how turned into a baby himself, leaving Lydia having to watch over three monstrous babies, baby Beej, and her own charge, and trying to not let them cause ''too'' much havoc.
* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' does this in the "Chicken Jane" animated sketches, where Chicken Jane saves her two young (and very ditzy) charges by writing words to them, just in time for them to act and to miss being harmed, only to get hit herself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', this is Tina's fate pretty much every time that she is assigned to act as a babysitter to Gene and Louise. Her parents seem to know that it's a bad idea, but then again, there's almost no possible outcome to anyone babysitting the Belcher children that ''doesn't'' involve this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Home Alone", we see a montage of bad experiences involving Huey, Riley, and some babysitters who were hired by their Granddad; including a teen girl who was {{pistol whip}}ed with an airsoft gun by Riley, and a professional "role model" who was somehow driven to tears by the boys' behavior (another babysitter, a British {{Supernanny}}, was left unscathed but was fired for a stupid reason). Later in the episode, Huey and Riley fire airsoft guns to scare their latest {{babysitter| from hell}}, [[{{Jerkass}} Uncle]] [[SitcomArchnemesis Ruckus]], out of the house.
* Happens to Marion in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' with a alien child who keeps randomly changing ages.
* Examples from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': The booby baby in "Three Men and a Booby", Jeremy in "Bearing Up Baby", and Bink (and Tammy) in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is constantly putting himself in harm's way to protect his elderly and largely oblivious owners from danger. A full-fledged example of this takes place in "Little Muriel", where Muriel is inexplicably de-aged to about three years old by a tornado, and drives Courage up the wall before he finally decides to find a way to get her back to normal.
* {{Averted}} to amusing effect in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' She expects the ridiculously sweet, well-behaved children to [[DeliberatelyCuteChild turn into monsters]] once the parents are gone, but no, they're actually like that all the time. Daria considers this worse.
* A {{Downplayed|Trope}} example in ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' when Cam has to babysit his “evil little sister”, Angelina. He has to yell at her to not microwave the goldfish and gets hit in the head with both a water balloon and soccer ball, and presumably more offscreen. In the end, though, it's not so bad, considering they're just acting like siblings usually do and not causing anyone real harm. Except the goldfish, that is.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had Timmy chasing after magically powered fairy infant Poof. Including the obligatory construction girders.
** If it counts, this also applies to Vicky in the pilot episode (except in her case she's a JerkAss [[TeensAreMonsters who clearly deserves it]]).
* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]'' devoted an episode to this trope, where Fievel is forced to babysit his little sister Yasha, who then escapes and gets into trouble.
* A series of Donald Duck shorts on ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' and ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' depict Donald having to watch a mischievous baby turtle, lest Don face the mother's wrath.
** Baby Shelby's mischief was even the plot (if ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' could ever really be said to have plot) of one actual ''episode''.
** His nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie were introduced in a badly battered babysitter-type cartoon (his sister Dumbella leaving them in his care).
** Another, older cartoon has Daisy Duck trying to protect her boyfriend from harm while he's sleep walking.
** Donald himself had a long-suffering guardian angel who put up with all sorts of abuse from her devilish counterpart until she got fed up and a CurbStompBattle ensued.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s niece's dog, Brain, was always doing the leg work and getting the worst of the situations Gadget got into on cases. Gadget himself was [[InspectorOblivious not aware of this]] in the least.
** Taken to its logical conclusion in ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis''. The sequel series, taking place two years after the first show, shows that Brain had a breakdown between shows and was moved to a riverside house. He's fine around Penny, and warms up to the robot sidekicks that took his place, but is terrified to see Gadget or even hear the word gadget.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** In the episode "Adventures in Rufus-Sitting", Kim watches Rufus while Ron and his parents go on vacation. Rufus ends up swallowing a microchip that is wanted by everyone, and three different villains come after him for it. After Rufus is kidnapped, Kim tracks him to France, where, ironically, Ron is vacationing, and has to save him from the hands of the Shego, Duff Killigan, and Monkey Fist, without letting Ron know.
** In the beginning of the episode "Oh No! Yono!", Ron has to babysit his little sister, Hana. Hana proceeds to crawl on the walls and ceiling, and destroy the house. Then a couple nights later, Ron and Kim both babysit Hana, and the same thing happens, with Hana even climbing on top of the refrigerator and jumping off. Luckily, Ron catches her.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Babyfier" had most of the characters, including Lilo's older sister, turn into babies, forcing Lilo to baby-sit.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The ''Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot'' cartoons had a gruff but softhearted bulldog protecting an oblivious kitten.
** ''The Up-Standing Sitter'' has WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck as one of these.
--->"Life is bitter for I am a sitter\\
and put little kiddies to bed.\\
While I tuck the sheet around their feet,\\
they're busy slappin' my head.\\
They throw their trains and rattle my brains;\\
my head is full of dents.\\
No wonder I'm sour; goes on by the hour!\\
And each hour I earn fifty cents."
** "Brother Brat" is a WartimeCartoon where a factory worker has Porky watch over her sack-o'-hell baby.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': One episode had Stumpy try to [[ItMakesSenseInContext babysit Quack Quack to earn money]]. It did not end well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'': In the short, "Hey, Hey, They're The Monkeys!" Marsupilami and Maurice babysat those three baby monkeys who were trying to take over Marsupilami's nest.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Leslie]] in ''WesternAnimation/MegaBabies''.
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw.'' Naturally, [[BornUnlucky Milo]] was the "unusual child" variant, with his old babysitter, Veronica, being the only person outside of the family CrazyPrepared enough to keep [[HereditaryCurse Murphy's Law]] from killing him. Milo's AwesomeBackpack of supplies was actually a gift from her.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Fluttershy gets run ragged trying to look after the Cutie Mark Crusaders in "Stare Master", and Pinkie Pie struggles to keep up with the Cakes' newborn twins in "Baby Cakes". Spike also spends some time as a Badly Battered ''Pet''sitter in "Dragonshy," though the audience only witnesses the aftermath.
** Spike gets another turn when he looks after ''all'' of the Mane Six's pets in "Just for Sidekicks". Like last time, Angel gives him hell.
** "Baby Cakes" reverses the traditional ending: Mr. and Mrs. Cake are very pleased with the job Pinkie did... And ask if she can babysit for them on a regular basis.
-->'''Pinkie:''' [[OhCrap Hm- Ah- lemme check my schedule!]] [[ImNotDoingThatAgain I should be available a week from... never!]]
** "The Crystalling" is an unusual case in which the ''parents'' are on the receiving end of this. Not the ''only'' ones on the receiving end, mind you, but they're certainly right there. A [[GooGooGodlike baby alicorn]] isn't easy to manage.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the penguins go after a lost baby when his carriage is knocked out of the zoo and into the streets. Kowalski even points out the inevitable construction site, although here it turns out to be a ''demolition'' site for a change.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Subverted in the episode "Suddenly Suzy". When Candace has to take care of her boyfriend's evil and sadistic sister Suzy, she's sure she's in for this... only for Suzy to explain that if Jeremy isn't there, [[PunchClockVillain she's off the clock]].
** However, Candace did end up being one in "Agent Doof" where her brothers are reduced to little babies.
* The babysitter isn't always an animal -- the earliest variation on this theme is one of the old Fleischer ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoons, with either the titular sailor himself or Poopdeck Pappy sitting the errant babe. Many of the other examples on this page are probably homages to the Popeye cartoons.
** This was probably a variation of the 1934 Popeye cartoon "A Dream Walking," in which Popeye and Bluto tried to protect a sleepwalking Olive Oyl from the dangers of a construction site.
* Father Nicholas from the short-lived ''Popetown''. The "kid" he takes care of is actually a PsychopathicManchild... and ''UsefulNotes/ThePope''.
* An incredibly weird variation occurs in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The girls are given a random babysitter who, by chance, is their ArchNemesis Mojo Jojo, who believes that as their babysitter he can demand that they help him take over Townsville. The girls are deliberately the worst kids ever, eventually escalating to a direct NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, ultimately driving him completely insane.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', In "Dead at Eight", Mordecai and Rigby has to babysit Death's kid, Thomas, or he will take Muscle Man's soul. Despite being a baby, Thomas is revealed to be 300-years-old and can talk and his parents are not aware of this.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAndScrappyDooShow'', after Shaggy and Scooby accidentally get turned into babies, Scrappy isn't ''battered'', per se, but he is completely and utterly battered from chasing them around.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Did It. Bart has actually abused so many babysitters that the family is effectively blacklisted by every one in Springfield (and one who is convinced to come back has post-traumatic flashbacks on seeing Bart and runs away screaming). All deliberate attempts on Bart's part to make sure he has absolutely no supervision at home so he can have free reign of the house.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
** This happened to Peewit in spades in one episode. While the king had to discuss a ''very'' delicate peace treaty with another king, Peewit got stuck watching the visiting king's bratty son. But it got worse. The young prince started messing around with Peewit's alchemy equipment, [[AlchemyIsMagic and turned himself into a chicken.]] Then [[FromBadToWorse it got even worse]]; before Peewit could change him back, he ran away, and got caught by the ogre Big Mouth, who was in the mood for chicken soup. Peewit had to get some help from his smurf friends to outsmart the ogre into letting the prince go, and fortunately at the end, the prince's dad took his son's claims for an overactive imagination.
** A late-season has the Smurflings volunteer to look after Bigmouth's infant son, which they soon regret, as looking after a baby ogre (who clearly inherited his dad's huge appetite) is difficult and exhausting, even when the other Smurfs help, not to mention a drain on their supply of smurfberry juice. Bigmouth's warning that he'd be ''very'' angry if anything bad happens doesn't make it easier.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Tssst!", Cartman takes down two reality-show nannies. One ends up in a straitjacket.
* In the ''Series/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode 'Two Plumbers and a Baby', Princess Toadstool turns into a baby after falling in the FountainOfYouth, and the Marios wear themselves out trying to keep the infant royal under control until they find a way to age her back to normal.
* Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen become this in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E13MonkeyFun Monkey Fun]], with the twist that they're watching a monkey, Titano. After keeping him for a week, an exhausted Lois presses Jimmy into service. Titano throws things (including the refrigerator) at him.
* Parodied to the extreme by ''WesternAnimation/TVFunhouse'' in its "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdBg2rs7mUw The baby, the immigrant, and the guy on mushrooms]]" sketches (where mom leaves the cat in charge of the titular baby, immigrant, and guy on mushrooms).
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' short "Butterfly Blues" is about Snarf watching Lion-O, until he gets distracted by a butterfly, leading to Snarf trying to get him back home.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'': ''Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventures'', spent an episode taking care of a eagle chick named Baby Earl. Baby Earl's mama had decided to nest right on the edge of a cliff, and Baby Earl himself decided he wanted to try "flying the coop"...literally. This was not helped by the fact that the only reason Timon and Pumbaa were stuck looking after the kid was because [[MamaBear the mother]] caught them stealing food from her precious baby, and so forced them to watch him as punishment, with the condition that if [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "ONE. SINGLE. SCRATCH"]] was found on Baby Earl, that Timon would be crushed. [[HilarityEnsues And then there was the semi that randomly showed up...]]
** In the episode, "Sitting Pretty Awful", Timon and Pumbaa babysit a set of human triplets. It starts out with the usual hijinks, such as Timon getting hit on the head by a bowling ball and throwing a lit match into a pile of dynamite while trying to keep the triplets safe, but towards the end of the episode, Timon injures himself in various ways on purpose to get them to laugh.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' did ''two'' of these. There is one episode where at the end Tom and Jerry are ''arrested for kidnapping''. Though it at least seems at the end that they might get off, since the interrogating officer notices the baby wandering off ''again''. There was also another where it ends with the baby mischievously winking at the camera, suggesting he does it ''on purpose''. During both of those cartoons, the babysitter spends the entire time talking on the phone and sees the moment Tom puts the baby back on his crib. She then hits Tom or throw him out of the house, thinking he was harassing or harming the baby.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}},'' Jim volunteers to babysit Claire's little brother Enrique, whom he suspects of being replaced with a Changeling. Naturally, he's right--Not-Enrique first manages to hide Jim's iron horseshoe and lock him out of the house, and when finally forced into his true form, wrecks havoc before the rest of the family returns.