and his Five-Man Band
are gearing up for the Final Battle
, heading for the airport for the latest trip to a Temple of Doom
, or taking the ransom money to meet the kidnappers. The Tagalong Kid
, Annoying Younger Sibling
, or the Kid-Appeal Character
prepares to go likewise. The Hero
tells him or her in no uncertain terms that there is no way they are going to be allowed to go along.
! Anybody unequivocally ordered to stay behind never does
. Lock them in their room? They escape with a Bedsheet Ladder
. Leave someone to supervise them? Five seconds later, they're a Bound and Gagged Badly Battered Babysitter
. Keep every tarp, trunk, suitcase, or any area of empty space constantly visible to your eye 24/7, or it will
be used as a hiding place — often with the intention of the stowaways showing themselves once there's simply no way they can be safely sent back.
This can also be said to The Hero
by well-intentioned but misguided mentors
trying to keep him or her Locked Out of the Loop
. It might also be done to someone not in on the Masquerade
, making the motivation not so much their safety as protecting secrets.
The Trope Namer
is Basil in Disney's The Great Mouse Detective
to Olivia, which accomplishes the trope with a Gilligan Cut
. Compare Just a Kid
and Stay in the Kitchen
, where someone is ordered to stay out of the conflict because of her gender rather than age.
- Corin in The Horse and His Boy sneaks into the battle he was told to avoid. He beats up the dwarf assigned to keep an eye on him, disguises himself, and keeps out of sight until the battle starts, when he reasons that everyone will be too busy to notice him.
Queen Lucy: But where is his goosecap, highness?
King Edmund: Not in the front line, and that's good enough for now.
- In The Last Battle, King Tirian tries to send Eustace and Jill home after they release him and Jewel, before he and his allies go into battle against the Calormenes. Jill refuses, but she feels like Eustace ruins the drama of the conflict by pointing out that they have no way of getting back to their world even if they wanted to.
- Violet and Dash stow away on Helen's plane in The Incredibles — each claims it was the other's idea.
- Played with in Up, where Carl accidentally takes Russel along with him (Carl never had to tell Russel to stay behind and it's likely that Russel didn't intend to go on a trip) and realizes there's no way to get Russel home. Although Carl contemplates using the Bedsheet Ladder to lower him to the ground, he concludes that isn't gonna work.
- Although Scrooge McDuck was only too eager to take his nephews along on his adventures in the comics, the triplets were sometimes the victims of this trope in DuckTales, Webby even more so:
Webby: Huh? Why not?
Because keeping an eye on poor Huey, Dewey, and Louie
is the most important job in the world. Now, who could I trust to do that?
Webby: Oh, I can do it!
Scrooge: Oh, I don't think so.
- Gosalyn repeatedly on Darkwing Duck.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, after Flint makes the plan to stop the Meateroid, Brent asks what he can do. Flint makes him "President of the Back Seat", then heads out with Sam, but Brent is quick to follow.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Meriadoc (Merry) is told by Theoden that he'll have to stay behind at the camp rather than participate in the battle at Minas Tirith, despite his protests. He ends up riding to the battle with Eowyn, who herself was forbidden to ride into the battle and does so by wearing a helmet with a face mask.