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->''"I don't know how the public accepted all these heroes' infant sidekicks. Besides the Catholic church, no other organization hires 10 year old assistants. Being a superhero is a lot like being a cop, and if we were watching Series/{{Cops}} and one of the policemen was chasing a car thief with a kid dressed up as a little cop sitting next to him, we would think that was crazy."''
-->-- '''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}'''

A character, often an adult or sometimes teenager, has a considerably younger {{Sidekick}}. Traditionally the kid will often act as TheWatson for the main character, and/or as [[KidAppealCharacter someone for younger audiences to identify with]]. Sometimes the kid acts as a MoralityPet or as a WishFulfillment personification, which goes some way to explaining the [[FridgeLogic implausibility]] of a [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop responsible adult putting a young child in dangerous situations]]. Sometimes the sidekick will be a TeenGenius (or younger) in an attempt to justify their presence, or even a CuteBruiser. Other times, they're TheLoad and a DamselInDistress. May overlap with JuniorCounterpart.

Compare TagalongKid, KidAppealCharacter, BrattyHalfPint and BakerStreetRegular. Contrast OlderSidekick.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Jim Hawking in ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
%%* Radical Edward of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
%%* Sailor Chibi Moon of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* Doc ''Manga/BlackJack's'' sidekick, nurse, and surrogate daughter Pinoko.
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' is the epitome of this trope. Ogami Ittou's sidekick is ''three years young''.
* Lirio from ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' is a loli sidekick to BadassNormal Ricardo.
* Hayate's partner, Reinforce Zwei in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Her non-FunSize form looks around ten, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots with her actual age]] [[YoungerThanTheyLook being younger]].
%%* Lin and Bat in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Wendy Garret of ''Anime/GunXSword'' is a teenage example of this. She very rarely helps out in battle, but she's better at thinking than Van is. She functions as a manager, handling the money and making travel arrangements.
* Eve of ''Manga/BlackCat'' is one, but she hardly has trouble keeping up.
* Subverted in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' with Chrono and Rosette. Chrono looks like (and sometimes acts like) a twelve-year-old, but it's soon revealed that he's [[OlderThanTheyLook really a demon that's probably at least a century old]], making him actually Rosette's OlderSidekick. Also played somewhat straight with Azmaria, a 12-year-old apprentice in the Order who is assigned to work with Chrono and Rosette.
* In 1989 OVA two-parter ''Explorer Woman Ray'', twin girls Mai and Mami are (according to some reviewers) to the titular heroine what Short Round was to Indiana Jones (see below).
%%* Yukine in ''Manga/{{Noragami}}''
%%* Pogo in ''Anime/GenmaWars'' to the [[NobleFugitive exiled]] WarriorPrince Loof.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Robin}}, sidekick of Franchise/{{Batman}}, is the UrExample, and is retained in almost every incarnation of Batman, no matter how DarkerAndEdgier, simply because [[GrandfatherClause of tradition]]. These days the concept is subject to ReimaginingTheArtifact, justifying Robin's presence by saying that either the kid is so damaged that he'd become self-destructive (or just plain destructive) without Batman supervising his crimefighting (probably the case with Jason and definitely for Damian), or that ''Batman'' is the damaged one and needs a surrogate son (all but said was the case for Tim).
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', when the new police commissioner tangles with Batman and spots the young Carrie Kelly as Robin with him, she adds Child Endangerment on the warrant for him.
** Other kid sidekicks to Batman: Spoiler (sometimes), some Batgirls more than others. The original Bat-Girl (Betty Kane) was originally the kid sidekick of Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} (Kathy Kane), until Kathy was retconned away and Betty became Bette Kane, a Robin fangirl who called herself Flamebird. Then in ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' Kathy was reintroduced, and so was Bette's time as Bat-Girl. She was last seen as the sidekick to her cousin, the Kate Kane Batwoman, as Hawkfire.
* Okay, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is more of a Teen Sidekick for most of his appearances, but he's still much younger than his [[Franchise/{{Superman}} hero.]]
* Step forward, Rick Jones. For decades Rick has been Publisher/MarvelComics' stock sidekick. He has been partners with [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, two [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captains Marvel]], and ComicBook/ROMSpaceKnight. Must be some kind of record.
** The Hulk also had Jim Wilson, the nephew of ComicBook/TheFalcon.
* Speedy to ComicBook/GreenArrow.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s various sidekicks, usually of the young girl type (ComicBook/KittyPryde, Rogue, X-23, Jubilee).
* Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.
* Kid Flash to ComicBook/TheFlash.
* Atlee (the third? Terra) to ComicBook/PowerGirl.
* They even tried to give Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} a sidekick named Catgirl. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome It didn't take]].
* In the Silver Age, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} played it straight at the beginning, but she eventually subverted it. She was Franchise/{{Superman}}'s sidekick and emergency secret weapon while he was training her, but when he revealed her existence to the world, he made clear that she was his partner. Before that, in ''Action Comics #288'', Kara becomes invulnerable to Kryptonite for a while, and Superman seriously regards her as superior to him, and wonders if he should become ''her'' sidekick. During the Silver and Bronze Ages both cousins interacted as equals, but in the Post-Crisis universe, teen Kara became his sidekick again. In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', she dislikes being called Supermanís sidekick because she is supposed to be his partner.
* ComicBook/WonderGirl only ended up being an example of this through retcon. She was originally introduced in the ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' comic as Diana herself as a teenager, in flashback stories set during her youth. Because of her popularity, there were then a few "[[{{Elseworld}} Impossible Stories]]" written in which both versions of Diana teamed up. When the ''Teen Titans'' comic was created as a team book featuring the Kid Sidekicks of the main Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica members, the original writers assumed that Wonder Girl was an ordinary kid sidekick to Diana, and treated her as such. The attempts to sort this out and give Wonder Girl a separate identity and backstory as "Donna Troy" ended up creating one of the most notorious {{Continuity Snarl}}s in superhero comics history.
* DC thrives under this trope. Darkly parodied with Kid Devil, whose adult counterpart and idol ComicBook/BlueDevil was barely aware of his existence, despite having made a DealWithTheDevil to be a {{superhero}} with him.
* The Clock, a very first [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero (last seen in 1944) and his kid sidekick Butch (a girl). Butch, incidentally, originally wanted to be the Clock's "moll", much to the hero's mortification. She eventually got over it.
* Johnny Bates, a.k.a. Kid Miracleman, from the comic ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}''. (Originally known in the UK as Kid Marvelman and ''Marvelman''.) Creator/AlanMoore's 1980s revival of the series not only aged the character to adulthood but gave him one of the most horrific {{Face Heel Turn}}s in comic book history. There was also the Teen Sidekick Young Marvelman.
* ComicBook/BuckyBarnes was this to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. On the Invaders as well was the first ComicBook/HumanTorch, who had sidekick Toro, with near identical powers.
* Oddly enough, ComicBook/MoonKnight had an adult sidekick (or at least young adult) who was [[DeathIsCheap temporarily killed off]] and [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt]] as an [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul evil cyborg]] named Midnight.
* German detective ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'' had Toni Knatter, in one story. The MeaningfulName was {{lampshaded}} by our hero.
* Franchise/SpiderMan started as a deliberate subversion of this trope. Creator/StanLee had grown sick of teen sidekicks, so he decided to create a series that featured a teenager as the main star, rather than as support to an adult hero. Everyone thought that ItWillNeverCatchOn... but it did.
** Marvel eventually gave him his own teen sidekick, "Alpha", for a MilestoneCelebration storyline. It didn't last, as the [[SmugSuper powers went to the kid's head]] and Spidey had to depower him before he became a threat.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] teen hero the Star-Spangled Kid, and his adult sidekick Stripesy.
* [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]] serves as [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter's]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderMen'', though this consists mostly of Peter watching his back and saving his life and Miles occasionally doing something awesome to make up for it.
* Viciously parodied in Rick Veitch's controversial miniseries ''Brat Pack'', which had transparent [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]] of various Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica figures physically, mentally and sexually abusing their sidekicks in various ways, including killing them off to get public sympathy.
* Played with during Matt Fraction's run on Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} where the titular hero's teen sidekick was also [[LegacyCharacter Hawkeye]], specifically Kate Bishop from the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''. Aside from sharing the same superhero monicker, Kate is actually the better Hawkeye of the two.
* Played with in ComicBook/{{Morbius}}' Marvel NOW! series with the teenager Becky, who keeps saying she's his sidekick but Morbius insists she's not.
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%%* Junior (possibly Henry Steele, Jr.) in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour''. Fury wants to fight crime alongside her mother, the Golden Age Franchise/WonderWoman, but Diana makes clear she's NOT taking a sidekick.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', a little kid named Buddy really wants to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick. When Mr. Incredible declines the offer, Buddy [[NotGoodWithRejection does not take it well]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Kenny from ''Film/{{Gamera}}''
%%* Short Round from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' even has the Kid Sidekick refer to himself as the 'Comedy Sidekick', which should be a sub-trope of sidekick.
* The Jedi in ''StarWars'' pair up young padawans with older Jedi to teach them the way of the force. The difference here is that they often remain padawans into their twenties, making them former Kid Sidekicks by that age. They are usually [[SidekickGraduationsStick Knighted]] after that, and soon begin the cycle again by choosing their own padawan. Generally padawans and their masters are sent on diplomatic missions, but with the way the StarWars universe works, and with the advent of the Clone Wars, it's almost a given that the [[ChildSoldiers padawan will be forced to fight]].
%%* Lex and Tim Murphy from ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl from ''Film/KickAss''. Subverted by the fact that she is much more competent than the protagonist.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. Short Round is Indiana Jones's partner, friend and nag. Indiana met him when he was a street orphan trying to pick Indy's pocket. His parents were killed during the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1932.

%%* Patsy Murphy and Chick in John R. Coryell's ''Literature/NickCarter''.
* The Red Lama and Kim in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Kim''. Interestingly Kim is TheSidekick to several different characters including the Red Lama, Mahbub Ali, and so on as well as being TheHero.
* ''Literature/DocWilde'', a ''Franchise/DocSavage'' parody, has his two kids who he's been raising to be badasses like himself come up with him on his adventures.
* In ''Literature/WearingTheCape'', Hope (18 years old) becomes Atlas' sidekick in order to learn the butt-kicking ways of [[FlyingBrick Atlas-type heroes]]. The whole mentor/sidekick angle is played up for the media (her costume is even color-coordinated to match his), but it's clearly understood to be a temporary arrangement, more like an apprenticeship.
* Discussed extensively for laughs in the ''Literature/HowToBeASuperhero'' chapter "The Problem With Boy Wonders". Not that ''Girl'' Wonders aren't without their own problems...
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Miss A is sidekick to the Original, who is probably her father. She's also a complete {{Jerkass}}, with the Original apparently being just as bad, and Penny's parents don't think most other heroes with sidekicks are much better. Not that there's something wrong with sidekicks, it's just that for some reason it attracts all the jackasses.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Amp was Lone Star's sidekick when younger.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mark Hollander to the titular ''Series/AceLightning'' (albeit sometimes reluctantly).
* Rather bizarrely on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar temporarily gained one of these in the form of Luke, a troubled teen with the inexplicable desire to go on a road trip with a super-powered serial killer. And keep annoying him. His survival is something of a miracle. The series strongly implied at the time that Luke is Sylar's brother. [[spoiler:As with most things on the show, this turns out to not have been the case when it's later learned that Sylar is a Petrelli.]]
* In Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s U-Pick Live segment, they held a contest where the winner would be added to the show as Pick Boy's new sidekick. Something must have gone wrong backstage though, because no kid was ever brought in.
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', Adric filled this role. Susan and Vickie were likewise younger and less mature than most. Of course, given the Doctor's full age, almost every companion is a kid to him, unless they're Timelords too. WordOfGod has it that they deliberately went out of their way to avoid straight examples of this trope because "children don't want to watch any child character who's younger than themselves", so companions are almost never any younger than their mid-teens and most often in their late 20s or early 30s.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Princess Drusilla, a.k.a. ComicBook/WonderGirl. Debra Winger was even offered her own series in the role, but she didn't find playing a [[ActionGirl superheroine]] to be a good career path. Three [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward oscar]] nominations have made it difficult to second guess her decision.

* In ''Radio/WelcomeToOurVillagePleaseInvadeCarefully'', TheResistance consists of 34-year-old Katrina and her 17-year-old sidekick Lucy (who turns 18 in the penultimate episode). At various times their relationship can be catgeorized as being either a (very small) RagtagBunchOfMisfits, [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]] and her mentee, or OddCouple.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A feat in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' lets you have one (who can be any of the {{Sidekick}} tropes, but guess which one is most common except among obsessive powergamers). There are also a few in the Freedom City setting, most notably Arrow (Speedy to the Bowman's ComicBook/GreenArrow, in [[LegacyCharacter several incarnations]]).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'': Cole, for Henry Hatsworth. [[spoiler:He's later revealed to be a WellDoneSonGuy and in actuality the BigBad in disguise.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'': [[MeaningfulName Sword and Blade Knight]] to Meta Knight. At least, in the [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime]]. This was eventually carried over to ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar [[VideoGameRemake Ultra]]'''s Meta Knightmare Ultra mode, in which Meta Knight could summon either Blade or Sword to assist him on his journey.
* Maya Fey, the main assistant in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy'' may or may not count, as she starts 17 but becomes 19 by ''Trials and Tribulations'', although she tends to act like a little kid sometimes. Phoenix also had Ema Skye in one case when she was 16, and ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' has Trucy, who is 15.
** 8-years-old Pearl Fey may also count in the missions where she plays a sidekick to Phoenix.
** It's tradition for the protagonist of the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' games to have a cute young girl for a sidekick. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Or Gumshoe]]. Even Edgeworth teams up with Kay Faraday... and then it gets sent up when he's helped by [[WhipItGood Franziska]] [[{{Jerkass}} von]] [[SiblingRivalry Karma]]. (who also briefly and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilariously]] becomes Phoenix's sidekick in the third game).
* Miles 'Tails' Prower, sidekick of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', is of the GadgeteerGenius variety and has abilities that complement Sonic's. Later games introduced Cream the Rabbit (who has her own {{Sidekick}}, the [[{{Mon}} Chao]] named Cheese), who serves as more or less the [[DistaffCounterpart female counterpart]] to Tails (hence why they are often [[ToyShip shipped together]], despite almost never interacting). She started as a sidekick to Amy, but in ''Sonic Rush'' she acted in this capacity to Blaze. In ''Sonic Rush Adventure'', Blaze gets her own sidekick in [[LandDownUnder Marine the Raccoon]].
%%* Franchise/ProfessorLayton gets Luke. Flora may also count.
* The [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]-inspired ''Freedom Force'' computer games give us ''Liberty Lad'', sidekick to SuperPatriot ''The Minuteman.'' Young Nick Craft, founder and president of the Freedom Force Fan Club, tags along after the team as they try to bring down mobster-turned-supervillain Pinstripe. Naturally, he gets shot.
-->'''Pinstripe:''' Now youse gotsta choose, heroes. Come afta me, or save da brat! Mentor reports that he needs an immediate transfusion... ''or he'll die!'' Minuteman, feeling responsible for the plucky youngster, valiantly volunteers to give his own blood to the boy. Mentor warns him that they have no idea what will happen, because Minuteman's blood is infused with... ''Energy X''.
-->'''Minuteman:'' By the Constitution, Mentor, '''there's no time!''' The Energy X in Minuteman's blood gives Liberty Lad super strength and agililty and a penchant for red, white and blue tights. He's one of the more fun and effective characters in the game.
** And from the same game, we have ''Man-O-War'' and his preteen sidekick, ''The Sea Urchin.''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gordito Delgado from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. The Doctor even compares himself to Batman when he decides to take Gordito in. Of course, the Doctor compares himself to Batman regardless. Note that Gordito's origins -- a child of a family of circus performers who was orphaned mid-show -- is a tribute to Dick Grayson's.
* ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' has an arc that shows a ''Film/{{Serenity}}''-inspired [[ShowWithinAShow movie]] featuring a kid sidekick.
%%* Alamand to Soli of ''Webcomic/TheMeek''.
%%* Sunspot to Stardust in Webcomic/AttackOfTheSuperWizards.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfGynoStar'', Gyno-Star's sidekick is a teenager named Little Sappho.
* Tween superheroine Sparky of ''Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky''.
* The titular protagonist of ''Webcomic/MissMelee'' has a kid sidekick who happens to be her own kid.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUNiverse'', [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero Barnstormer was always accompanied by his KidSidekick Tailgunner.
* In the {{backstory}} of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII superhero Champion had two: Miss Champion and Champion Junior. In a ShoutOut to the way heroes age in ComicBooks, Miss Champion only aged (from then on) at about one-fourth normal, which really messed up her social life. Miss Champion is still around, and one of the important side characters of the universe. Subverted in the present, where kid sidekicks are specifically banned by a law that the former Miss Champion was instrumental in getting enacted.
** According to UnreliableNarrator Mephisto, many of the other early Kid Sidekicks during World War II were actually adult, but youthful-looking, OSS operatives wearing costumes designed to make them seem even younger. These 'sidekicks' were actually acting as handlers for the 'flag heroes', who were actually SuperSoldier candidates sent on home front missions to test their combat effectiveness.
** The laws against kid sidekicks after the mid-1950s don't stop some superheroes - or thugs calling themselves 'heroes', such as Jack Rabbit - from trying to have a Kid Sidekick anyway. Jack Rabbit in particular has this ugly habit picking up recently-manifested mutant teens and using his mind control powers (from a PowerGem he possesses) to brainwash them into what is essentially an audience for his 'heroism'. The fact that at least two of these have been killed due to this, and a third permanently crippled, only seems to feed Jack's psychotic delusions of grandeur.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', The Crimson Chin's sidekick, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder, is a ten-year old. Makes sense, because his alter ego is actually none other than [[spoiler:Timmy Turner]] himself.
%%* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Spoofed with Barnacle Boy, Mermaid Man's sidekick on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', who is still treated as a child even though both of them are now old men. One episode has him doing a FaceHeelTurn because of it.
%%* Jan and Jace, from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
%%* Spinner (and his dog Paddlefoot) of ''WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo''.
%%* And the ComicBook/WonderTwins probably count, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
* The Franchise/{{Transformers}} have a bad habit of dragging young humans into their battles -- young humans who tend to have no powers or skills that make letting them within a mile of Decepticons anything less than criminal negligence. Giving them a reason to be around ''at all'' is relatively new to the franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has the main characters being sidekicks to members of the Justice League (Robin to Franchise/{{Batman}}, Aqualad to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, Kid Flash to ComicBook/TheFlash and Speedy/Red Arrow to ComicBook/GreenArrow). Other characters who aren't sidekicks in the comics canon are reimagined as such here, such as Miss Martian being Martian Manhunter's niece and Bumblebee being the Atom's student, while Beast Boy is linked to Miss Martian. The only character who doesn't have a mentor is Blue Beetle... because the previous Blue Beetle was killed.
* The Cadets in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' are a fairly good example. They bring considerable talents to the team - Vince's {{Technopathy}}, Larmina's martial arts talent and Daniel's piloting skills and agility (both physical and mental) complement, rather than overshadowing, the rest of the Voltron Force.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' the 4 main characters are kids in sidekick school, who will soon be sidekicks to superheroes, Eric hopes to be the sidekick of his superhero Maxum Man.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet''. Joey seems like one at first to AP, and is treated by the egotistical superhero-turned-HandPuppet as one, despite Joey being the key to unlocking AP's former superpowers. As the series progresses though, AP starts to treat Joey as more of a partner-in-crimefighting than a kid sidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': Timothy Drake deconstructs the KidSidekick as a WellDoneSonGuy pathetically trying to please TheHero because [[IJustWantToBeYou He Just Want to Be Him]]. When that doesn't happen, there comes the FanDisillusionment:
-->''Me and the others gave everything, but it just wasn't enough for the old man. I used to think, if I went on long enough, someday he'd retire and I'd... ah, the heck with it. Capes, costumes, bad guys -- it was kid's stuff! Bruce probably did me a favor. By the end, I was so sick of it I never wanted to see that stupid Robin suit again...!''
* Initially averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which is only notable because Batman and Robin are, as noted above, the UrExample of this trope. The series implies that Robin ''was'' a KidSidekick for some time, but the series begins with him already college-aged and away at school for most of the week. Later played straight after the series was uncancelled, with Tim Drake brought in as a KidSidekick to shake things up and let them explore that aspect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has Barbara Gorden (a highschool girl in this continuity), and then later Dick Grayson. Joker gets his own in one episode, although this being Joker it doesn't take long before he's trying to throw said sidekick into a vat of acid.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has Kit Cloudkicker, with whom Baloo often brings along on his missions, some of which are very dangerous.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' themselves are to some extent a deconstruction of this trope, Dean being intelligent and eager-to-please but timid, Hank energetic but rebellious and invincibly stupid. Their father, an ex-sidekick, blames his seemingly inexhaustible supply of character flaws on the experience. His participation in a support group for "ex-Boy-Adventurers" doesn't seem to have helped him much, but it ''has'' introduced us to the likes of an ex-Wonderboy (one of Captain Sunshine's multiple such dropped at eighteen years of age) who memorably claims that it left him unable to get an erection unless he were 'tied to a chair with a bomb strapped to [his] chest'.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] frequently serves as this to his father Homer by helping Homer with his {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s.