"We played Nintendo!Awww! Don't they make a cute couple? C'mon! You know they were totally made for each other! What do you mean they're both only 8 years old? Sometimes it happens that two characters display a startling amount of chemistry, even though they're both barely old enough to be interested in dating—heck, in an opposite-sex example they might even be making an exception to "Boys/girls have cooties!" (Which may help explain their proneness to the Crush Blush; it's embarrassing!) It may be attempted by the authors if the show deals with characters of that age group, but still wants to add in a romantic subplot. This trope can be Truth in Television as many people get their first crush sometime during elementary school. In most cases, those relations are completely devoid of sexual stuff, and won't qualify as squick for the audience. The simpler way is to ignore it completely, but it can also be used for humor. For example, the kids are so completely in the dark about sex, that they will do something completely trivial and think that that was sex. In other cases, they may discover what is sex really about, and react with some Disgust Tropes. Kissing? Who would want to taste the spit of someone else? Sometimes a couple that's a bit older will reference this as their backstory; one partner (usually a woman) says she started chasing the other (usually a man) back when they were kids, and that "it took me X years to catch him—but it was worth it." May be due to a Relationship Writing Fumble or the fact that Most Writers Are Adults. A Sister Trope to Toy Ship (the Shipping version), Childhood Marriage Promise, Kid-anova. May develop into a Childhood Friend Romance as the characters age. Compare Precocious Crush (kid having affection for someone older), Father, I Want to Marry My Brother. Contrast December-December Romance
This was her very first date
I didn't wanna make it seem too fly.
We ate cereal!
She couldn't stay out at late
Her mother told her to be home at nine!"
This was her very first date
I didn't wanna make it seem too fly.
We ate cereal!
She couldn't stay out at late
Her mother told her to be home at nine!"
— Another Bad Creation, "Iesha"
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- Chris and Joy, in Superbook of all places. She even mentions that they will get married when they grow up.
- There are hints between Justin and Angie in Flying House.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS: Erio and Caro are set up as this, up to and including their Crash-Into Hello. This would make it one of the few overt (and straight) relationships in the fandom, and yet the theme of True Companions is so strong in the series they aren't even aware of being set up for a date at one point. Then again, Erio also doesn't seem to notice he's the only boy either… Subsequent stories make it clear that Caro was aiming for him all along, and has been managing a 3-year plot to get him. She succeeds.
- Bu-ling and Taruto in Tokyo Mew Mew. She kisses him at the end of the manga.
- Mamoru and Hana in GaoGaiGar. One episode even mentions a possible Childhood Marriage Promise… even though they're still in their childhood. At the end of the anime, all the other little kids get Hana into full wedding regalia.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura and Syaoran. Then again, this type of pairing is child's play for CLAMP (pun intended).
- Kagome's brother Souta and his girlfriend Hitomi (anime only).
- More definitely, Kohaku and Rin, though the ending is ambiguous.
- Shippo with Satsuki, Koume, Mizuki and possibly Soten (all anime-only). Things didn't end well with Mizuki, however.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: Chibitalia and the Holy Roman Empire. They even kissed in canon◊. And lots of hints point at them being together again as adults, Laser-Guided Amnesia and HRE apparently mistaking Chibitalia as a girl thanks to the maid outfit notwithstanding.
- Daa! Daa! Daa! includes Momo, age 3, who has a crush on Ruu (or Luu), a baby. Ruu's inability to speak in sentences makes it hard to say whether he reciprocates. Somehow, Ruu also… involved with his Not Blood Sibling in the Sequel Shin! Daa! Daa! Daa! (set after huge Time Skip).
- Inverted in Black Lagoon with Hansel and Gretel. While they are two young kids in a pretty loving relationship, it is played purely for squick value.
- Kisa and Hiro in Fruits Basket. Hiro had even confessed his love for her to Akito. Alas, Akito did not approve of the relationship… and severely injured Kisa. That was the start of Hiro's problems…
- Al and May in Fullmetal Alchemist. May is understandable since she looks to be about 8 and girls usually have crushes by that age while Al is 14. The ending seems to imply that they may be together, as they're both shown in a family photograph along with Ed, Winry and their children.
- Fairy Tail's Natsu and Lisanna play family. (Though after she came back from Edolas nothing much else has happened between them so far, and lately she seems to have gotten rather close to Juvia.)
- Keitaro and Naru started this way in Love Hina when they met and fell in love they were both below grade school age. Naru however later forgot. Also Mutsumi and Keitaro.
- Sonic X has Tails and Cosmo, an 8-year-old kit and a vaguely aged but similarly loved anthropomorphic flower. It ends tragically.
- Hayate and Athena in Hayate the Combat Butler had this when they were 6. (Or at least he was. She might be Really 700 Years Old.) When they met again 10 years later, Hayate still loved her.
- Subverted by Prince Juda and Princess Alexandra in Anatolia Story. They meet when they're very young teenagers, but don't fall in love and marry until quite a while later.
- Esteban and Zia from The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
- The five chapter manga Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku has two 11-year-old elementary schoolers falling for each other and running of together.
- The main couple of Man of Many Faces are the 9-year-old Gentleman Thief Akia and the 5-year-old Ojou Utako.
- Wandering Son being mainly set in late elementary and middle school has quite a sum of this. Riku and Maho begin dating by their second year of middle school and stay together even to the end, when they're roughly 19. Likewise Nitori begins dating Anna when she's around 11 to 12 but Anna is at least 2 years older. Saori has a huge crush on Nitori however it is very unrequited; Saori in turn has her own admirer in Fumiya but she hates him until they begin dating in high school.
- Avoided in Gunslinger Girl. One episode has Rico sparking a bond with a boy named Emilio on an assassination mission. Nothing ever becomes of it because she kills him later that day in order to Leave No Witnesses.
- Nate from Yo-kai Watch is an elementary boy who has an unrequited crush on his classmate Katie.
- Kanna and Saikawa from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, with a dash of Mayfly-December Romance. Although, their relationship is far more adult in nature than is the standard for elementary school kids. Saikawa had an orgasm when Kanna said that she liked her, and Kanna… well…
Kanna: I wanted to ████ her.
- A flashback chapter in Detective Conan reveals that Shinichi fell for Ran when they met in preschool, when he first saw her smile at him.
- Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note:
- A straight example happens in the 12th novel (episode 13), when second-grader Nako says she's going to give Chocolate of Romance to a male classmate over Valentine's.
- As for the main recurring cast (all of them being seventh graders), despite most of them still cast their relationships in friendship terms, it's the kind of friendship where Green-Eyed Monster can occasionally occur. As a result, older readers tend to see a case of Reverse Harem from this tween series.
- In the Pokémon X and Y adaptation of the Pokémon anime 10-year-old Serena has a huge crush on Ash. True to his nature, Ash is completely ignorant of her feelings.
- There's quite a bit of romantic tension in Pokémon Adventures despite most Pokedex Holders being under 14 (at first at least, since the series averts Comic-Book Time):
- Misty has an unrequited crush on Red. They first met when they were both 10 but, though Red did seem to like her at first, Red is a Chaste Hero.
- Yellow has a crush on Red but whether he likes her back is left ambiguous.
- Ruby and Sapphire are all but an Official Couple. They like each other and confess their feelings however Ruby forgetting the confession puts a dent in them currently being a couple,
- 12-year-old Lacktwo broke up with his girlfriend Yancy at the start of his arc. The games did feature a romance option between his game counterpart (Nate) and Yancy, however Nate is implied to be a little older than 12.
- The protagonists of Bokura no Hentai start the manga as middle schoolers. With just the main trio in mind, Ryousuke makes a girlfriend that he later dumps while Marika is in love with the slightly older Parou. The characters aren't presented as completely chaste despite their young ages, unlike many examples of this trope.
- In the final episode of the 1980s version Astro Boy Astro falls for a robot girl named Nyoka (Niki in English). Astro was sent on a spy mission in a foreign country to find the blueprints to a prototypical version of himself that had a bomb built in. The robot turned out to have already been built and was Nyoka. Nyoka doesn't make it past the episode due to being unable to disarm the bomb inside her. In memory of her, Astro decides to replace his legs with Nyoka's after her death. Considering Nyoka is based off an earlier version Astro Boy, this can be seen as Brother-Sister Incest.
- In Dr. Slump Obotchaman is deeply in love with Arale. (Both are Ridiculously Human Robots with the shapes and minds children)
- Nurse Angel Ririka SOS:
- Ririka turns ten in the first episode. She bumps into Nozomu and falls for him instantly.
- Nozomu is a Chick Magnet and has his own fanclub. The Alpha Bitch Miyuki has feelings for him, which makes her get along with Ririka even less.
- Ririka herself has an admirer in her childhood friend Seiya however she doesn't notice his affections. Dewey also gains a crush on Ririka after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Ririka's younger brother has a crush on a girl in his kindergarten class. However, she likes Dewey instead.
- The topic of young love is discussed in episode 7. Ririka's father believes ten year olds are too young for crushes and should spend time playing instead. One of Ririka's classmates tells him that he's old fashioned and asks him if he had crushes at that age. She convinces him that ten year olds are old enough to be infatuated.
- In both Mazinger Z and Shin Mazinger, Kouji's younger brother Shiro (no older than 10) has a huge crush on the New Transfer Student Lorelei Heinrich who's around his same age. And she quite likes him back, too! Then she turns out to be a Robot Girl and a Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, built to fight Mazinger Z. It ends in tears.
- Amelia Rules!, despite being great in most other respects, abuses this trope and seems to have built later parts around it. Although occasionally averted or lampshaded, this trope is mostly played straight; the eponymous character (who is 9) has two love interests (also 9).
- Journey into Mystery:
- Kid Loki and the mistress of Hel's handmaiden, Leah. Like Calvin and Susie, they also show a degree of sexual tension, though Loki insists that they're "B.F.F."s. After Leah re-merges with Hel, a distraught Loki snaps that "I don't care about the stupid kissing. She was much more important than that."
- When, later, Leah returns from the dead as a servant of Surtur, Kid Loki deliberately gambles both Asgardia's fate and his reputation among the other Asgardians to increase the odds of freeing and saving her. She is impressed enough.
- Afterall, to him, she was "The stern girl whose few kind words were more precious than the Asgard's whole treasury"
- Fantastic Four: Child Prodigys Valeria Richards and Bentley 23 (child clone of The Wizard). Lampshaded: When Bentley admits her love to her, Valeria quips that's she's only 3 years old. Bentley just asks her to avoid spoiling the mood
- Romance develops between young Carl and Sophia in The Walking Dead. Averted in the TV series as Sophia dies early on in it.
- Tiny Titans features some of this. For example, Beast Boy is head over heels for Terra however Terra hates him and frequently throws rocks at him.
- The Little Archies spinoff of Archie Comics features younger versions of the characters. Betty, Veronica, and Betty aren't over 9 but have a love triangle going on.
- Calvin and Susie from Calvin and Hobbes have Toy Belligerent Sexual Tension, of all things.
- Jason Fox and Eileen Jacobson in FoxTrot. They're 10.
- Dennis the Menace: Dennis Mitchell and Gina Gillotti. And Margaret.
- Love Is... is ostensibly cutesy expressions of love illustrated by cherubim. However, it also fits Homer Simpson's description: "It's about two naked 8-year-olds who are married."
- Little Nemo: Nemo and the Princess.
- Nancy and Sluggo.
- Cul de Sac:
- 10-year-olds Viola D'Amore and Petey Otterloop.
- And Dill has already said that he plans to marry Alice when they grow up. They're 4!
- Peanuts has several, although they're all unrequited crushes.
- Charlie Brown is in love with the Little Red Haired Girl.
- Lucy is in love with Schroeder, to the point of fantasizing about them being married.
- Sally is in love with Linus.
- Both Peppermint Patty and Marcie have shown interest in Charlie Brown.
- The Chilean line of Daily Planners with comic storyline Pascualina and Artilugia are based on this. Artilugia even more so, because the plot is about Aldonza, a girl of about 10-11 years old (and the now teenaged Pascualina's younger sister) that, after moving back to the town she used to live some years ago, discovered that Bruno, the boy she extorted a Childhood Marriage Promise back then, is now being approached by the Alpha Bitch of their class and seems to return her affections… In a attempt to seduce him back she creates the alternate persona of "Artilugia", essentially a more extroverted and eccentric version of herself. With the irony that now she is in a sort of Two-Person Love Triangle, because Bruno is truly in love with Aldonza and now is falling too for Artilugia, but Status Quo Is God so he's too dense to realize both are the same person.
- Franklin Richards and Maria Stark in All That Remains, an Avengers fanfic by Kijikun.
- There exists a fanfic of Cody and Penny from The Rescuers and Down Under titled Adventures in the Outback.
- Lian Harper and Ceridian (Tempest's little boy) in DC Nation.
- A combination of reveals around series 4 of Skins has resulted in a clutch of fics exploring Naomi and Emily's Toy Ship potential (the book notes that Emily's been in love with Naomi since middle school (approx. ages 8 to 12), while the S4 finale reveals that Naomi fell in Love at First Sight when she was 12).
- Phoenix's SSBB Case Files has a case where Pearl has an obvious crush on Pit.
- Deserving, by way of an epic Relationship Writing Fumble, introduces one between two toddlers.
- It's fairly common in Harry Potter fanfics for an original character to start crushing on, if not outright dating one of the main characters (usually Harry or Draco), despite the fact that they've just started school and are therefore only 11. Admittedly, this is not limited to relationships. In fics that fall into this trap, the 11-year-old children tend to act more like 18.
- A number of Heroes fics pair Micah with Molly. They do have a fair amount in common, especially after Micah's parents are both killed.
- The Harry Potter fanfic The New Marauders by PotterFanSteve has Al Potter and Carolyn, who are pretty clearly destined for each other from the age of 2 (actually 3, as Al continually reminds everyone) when Carolyn plants a (childish, innocent) kiss on him on Valentine's Day. It's kind of adorable and not really squicky, mostly because the story makes it pretty clear that Carolyn was imitating Harry and Ginny. After that the two are just best friends until they're 12 and 11, respectively, and even when they start dating not much more than cuddling and a bit of kissing goes on until the two really hit puberty.
- For one episode, a Love Triangle emerges in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series between Andy, who is in love with Maria, but she has eyes for Calvin, who doesn't want to be any part of this scenario at all. Andy gets over it by the end, and Maria never appears again.
- Any instance of the Tails and Cream ship from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
- It's deconstructed in Wonder2012 where the preteen protagonists decide they're too young to be dating. This also justifies why August and Summer are Implied Love Interests.
Films — Animation
- Eilonwy and Taran in The Black Cauldron.
- Cecelia and Louie from We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.
- Appears in Jungledyret Hugo, between Hugo and the fox Rita. Doubles as an Interspecies Romance.
- The Lion King:
- The first movie contains strong hints that Simba and Nala also feel this way about each other. One gets the sense they aren't necessarily telling the truth when exclaiming how "disgusting" it would be.
- Simba's Pride has Kovu and Kiara as young cubs. Kovu shows some reluctance, though probably since he's unused to affection, but Kiara's terribly flirty.
- Alpha and Omega
- In the prologue of the first movie, Kate and Humphrey are shown to have some degree of cute chemistry when they're younger. Then again, Humphrey's been smitten with her since they were pups.
- A literal example occurs in Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games between Humphrey and Kate's daughter Claudette and a Northern Region cub named Fleet who become fond of and try to help each other despite being competitors in the titular games.
- Toy Story That Time Forgot: Trixie the triceratops is, at most, 4 years old, note and Reptilus Maximus has only been out of his packaging for 2 days. He does his best to make her feel like a real dinosaur, she shows him what it means to be a toy, and they're both absolutely adorable.
- The theatrical animated film based on the Tintin book "Prisoners of the Sun" has a very touching, Played for Drama one between Zorrino, a poor little boy, and Mahita, the young princess of the hidden Inca city.
- A literal example occurs in Lady and the Tramp II between Scamp and Angel, who actually are puppies.
Films — Live Action
- Forrest Gump: Jenny and Forrest as children.
- Addams Family Values Wednesday and Joel
Wednesday: Joel, I may never see you again. There are forces tearing us apart—Gary, Debbie, 7th grade.
- Peter Pan The 2003 movie. A lot of critics were creeped out. However, this one is from the book. Peter never grew up so he doesn't understand this, but Wendy and Tinkerbell are not competing to be his best friend, hence the whole thing with the "kiss". The actors playing Peter and Wendy were in their early teens so realistically the characters could be experiencing actual crushes.
- The Phantom Menace gives us 9-year-old Anakin and 14-year-old Padme. This, of course, gets reciprocated; but not until he's much older.
- Little Manhattan is Puppy Love: The Movie, as it's about a 10-year-old boy who falls in love with his 11-year-old friend.
- A Little Romance is also Puppy Love: The Movie. Lauren and Daniel are about 12 and attempt to conduct their affair as mature partners would, even going to Venice with an adult friend. One of Diane Lane's first pictures, and some still think her best.
- Francois Truffaut loved this and used it in Small Change and Peppermint Soda.
- The Blue Lagoon (film, more than book) starts out this way.
- Melody (S.W.A.L.K.) is this with 10-and-a-half-year-olds Daniel Latimer and Melody Perkins, complete with an unofficial wedding and elopement at the end, which came decades earlier than Moonrise Kingdom and helped inspire it.
- Moonrise Kingdom is mainly about two 12-year-old misfits who fall in love as pen pals and decide to run away together. They even get "married". By a Boy Scout leader.
- The Little Rascals has Alfalfa and Darla. The short "Hearts Are Thump" has the boys scoffing at Valentine's Day and saying they hate women, to the point where they start the He-Man Woman Haters Club. Darla then walks by and Alfalfa becomes smitten with her, ignoring his oath.
- The second Stuart Little features a romance between Stuart and a bird named Margalo. The characters voices muddle up their ages but Stuart is treated as the younger son in the Little family.
- Super 8 has this between Joe and Alice - something muddled up because their fathers intensely dislike each other (Alice's dad indirectly caused Joe's mum's death) and because Joe's best friend also likess Alice.
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. is loaded with this, seeing as it's a book about puberty.
- 'The Babysitters Club In a Valentine's Day-themed book, the girls discuss how cute the crushes that a couple of kids they regularly sit for have on each other are.
- The Encyclopedia Brown series has several cases that Encyclopedia solves involve friends of his or other kids around the same age as him and their love interests.
- His Dark Materials Will and Lyra—at the close of The Amber Spyglass, they are (implicitly) 13, and their daemons have just "settled", indicating they are on the verge of puberty. Some fans are a little put off by this, especially because, to fulfill The Power of Love, after a slow, tense, sensuous buildup to their First Kiss, the two touch each other's daemons, a powerfully forbidden and intimate act on par with having sex. It does help that neither of them really act as young as they really are, though.
- How to Get Married… by Me, the Bride, a picture book, by Sally Lloyd Jones and Sue Heap.
- The Reynard Cycle: Lionel has a very obvious crush on Precieuse, his personal doctor/hairdresser/future mistress. She's 14. He's 8.
- 'A Song of Ice and Fire:
- The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien's semi-autobiographical novel features the story of Timmy and Linda, quite possibly the saddest story in a novel centered around The Vietnam War.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians starts off this way between Percy and Annabeth in the beginning, but their relationship doesn't actually begin until they're both 16.
- A pretty weird example in a short story called The Brushwood Boy by Rudyard Kipling, it follows the life of a man named George Cottar from childhood to a glittering public school career and finally distinguished army service in India. Thoughout it all he remains totally uninterested and unaware of women, despite them constantly throwing themselves at him. However, since early childhood he's nightly had dreams about a girl he met once at a pantomime, sharing adventures with her in an unchanging dreamscape. He thinks she's a figment of his imagination, but, when he's on leave from the army decades later, his mother invites an old friend and her daughter (who's just composed this charming song about dream adventures she's has all her life with an imaginary boy) to tea… Long story short, it ends the day after she arrives with the two of them lamenting the fact that they need to go through the formality of getting engaged before marrying.
- Matteo and Ruth in Someone Else's War, though it's by no means the main focus of the book.
- Tom and Becky in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, who get "engaged" shortly after meeting. Before he met her, Tom was "engaged" to another girl named Amy Lawrence, which causes no small amount of trouble between them when Becky finds out.
- Scout and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird—although it's rather ambiguous if they acutely have crushes on each other, or are just claiming they do as part of acting grown up.
- Most of Redwall's main characters and their love interests are about 13, and Matthias and Cornflower were actually engaged at that age and had a kid within a year (though, being mice and there being timeline issues throughout the series, it's possible that was the equivalent of 4 years in a human lifespan).
- In Dragon Blood it is mentioned that Ward was in love with a servant girl when he was about 15, followed her everywhere like a puppy, and carried her things for her. His brother Tosten (about 12 at the time) was jealous because he had a crush on the girl. The reasons of this are not quite so cute; the girl was shoved into Ward's room by his aunt, to protect her from being raped by his father. His following her around may have been out of devotion, but likely it also was to protect her from a second rape attempt. People made fun of it because Ward was Obfuscating Stupidity at the time, and everyone thought he was mentally retarded.
- El Club de los Tigritos was big at this. Venezuelans old enough to have been a kid in The '90s would remember all the tween soaps this show spawned, especially the ones done as kid salsa orchestra Salserín vehicles. It seemed that once you surpassed the 11 years old mark you could engage in your first Love Triangle.
- Carrusel in particular had several, seeing that around 80% of the cast was formed by kids no older than 10-12. The most notorious ones were Cirilo's onesided crush on Maria Joaquina as well as David and Valeria (and the brief love triangle with Margarita).
- Everybody Hates Chris Chris and his big love, Tasha (although the other Wiki describes their relationship to be deliberately platonic). To strengthen their newly-forged friendship (which he had been looking forward to for more than a season), he invites his notary public with a stack of documents. Ironically, it is Chris, who ultimately breaks up with Tasha. In the same episode.
- House: The episode "Two Stories" subverted its usual formula of opening with a scene of someone doing something and then someone (sometimes the same person, sometimes someone else) falling extremely sick, instead focusing on a pair of kids about to make out behind the school at recess when a teacher catches them… and then when they get taken to the principal's office, Dr. House is there as well and is in trouble for some shenanigans at Career Day. Most of the episode is then told in flashbacks, and upon seeing the class that House was talking to, it becomes quite obvious that this is an elementary school. (It eventually comes to light that these characters-of-the-day are fifth graders, which is actually about the right time for kids to begin putting aside their "girls/boys are yucky" feelings from when they're younger.) The kids then manage to show that they're much more mature than House when it comes to handling relationships.
- Scrubs: J.D. and Turk try to hook up their children with each other even when they are still infants, mostly so the two fathers could spend more time together as soon as possible. The finale of the eighth season has J.D. visioning his son affiancing with Turk's daughter.
- Malcolm in the Middle: Although he doesn't start high school until the 4th season, Malcolm has quite a few girlfriends and love interests before then.
- The Nanny occasionally has moments of this with Grace and boys her age, as well as with Brighton while a preteen and girls his age.
- Dårfinkar & dönickar (Loonies & Phonies), a Swedish TV series from 1989 about a 12-year-old girl, Simone, who goes to school as a boy. Simone and her classmate Isak fall in love, while another classmate, Kattis, crushes on the boy she thinks Simone is, and Isak and Kattis have a brief flirtation. Two other kids in their class, Anna and Pepsi (yes, Pepsi is a nickname, not an actual Swedish name) also seem to have a thing.
- Livet enligt Rosa (Life According to Rosa), another Swedish kids' TV show, portrays its 12-year-old protagonist having crushes on five guys and relationships with three of them before she realises her best friend Ville was the one for her all along.
- In Ebba och Didrik, also a Swedish kids' TV show, 9-year-old Ebba and her best friend and sweetheart Philip love one another devotedly. They are building a house together in the woods and plan on living there, till Ebba meets Martin, a poor little rich boy with lots of flashy toys.
- Eva & Adam, yet another Swedish kids' TV show, follows the romantic fortunes of its title characters, about 11 to 13, who become a couple early on. Their classmates have various romantic entanglements too; indeed, Eva and Adam ship their respective best friends as a couple and try to get them together. It almost works.
- On Happy Days, Joanie suffers a case of puppy love when Potsie (in a practice session) sings "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" to her.
- Ned and Chuck of Pushing Daisies first fell in love as children.
- Gotham has Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as a preteen and an early teenager respectively. As is the norm they hit it off.
- Stranger Things has Mike and Eleven. With Big Damn Kiss and invite to the school dance included in the first season finale.
- The video for A Lambada by the Brazilian band Kaoma has an adorkable Afro-Brazilian percusionist boy as the sort-of Team Pet of the band, and he falls for the just as young blonde waitress of the beach local they're playing in. The girl's boss slaps her when she skips off to dance with the boy, but by the end of the video they do it again and the singer of the group convinces him to dance with her and let the kids have fun.
- Iesha by Another Bad Creation, the song quoted above. One of the stranger examples. ABC were a preteen quartet discovered by Michael Bivins, and the song recounts the lead singer meeting Iesha at the playground and falling in love with her "on the monkey bars". It's a little… odd.
- 'Tighten Up'' by The Black Keys.
- "Europa and the Pirate Twins" Thomas Dolby, a song about very young lovers separated by war. Possibly allegorical.
- "Rebecca Lynn" by Bryan White. It's about two children, including the title character, who fall in love "long about the start of second grade", and grow up to become each other's Victorious Childhood Friend.
- Concrete Angel by Martine McBride. The little neighbor boy falls for the little girl protagonist. It doesn't end well. Or it might.
- "Puppy Love" by Paul Anka. Donny Osmond did an immensely saccharine cover of it in 1971.
- The point of that song is really that "this is not a puppy love" (as he says in the last line). He wrote it after he and Annette Funicello were forced to break off their romance because her handlers were afraid it would hurt her image. They were both in their late teens at the time—old enough that they should have been able to make their own decisions up to a point at least.
- "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder; the song starts out describing this trope and how it evolves into a Childhood Friend Romance.
- The music video for "Everything Has Changed" by Taylor Swift.
- The Israeli song "Bad Boy" is about a girl just short of ten, in love with a somewhat younger boy. What she describes is a rather clear case of Domestic Abuse.
- Castlevania 64 One of the imperfect endings suggests a likely relationship between Carrie and Malus. It would be cuter if Malus wasn't, you know…
- Ness and Paula of EarthBound is implied, though the only true Official Couple of the series is Ninten/Ana in EarthBound Beginnings.
- Harvest Moon & Rune Factory:
- In some of the games, you essentially take part in this yourself if you decide to ship your first character's child with another child.
- There are more conventional examples throughout the series: Stu and May in Back to Nature and Friends of Mineral Town, Hugh and Katie in A Wonderful Life and HM DS, Charlie and Eliza in Island Of Happiness, Rahi and Ying in The Tale of Two Towns, Cecilia and Nicholas in Rune Factory and Candy and Marco in Rune Factory Frontier.
- In Rune Factory 2, you can invoke this for your own character—the game's second half has the protagonist's child as the player character. He or she can "get married"note to one of their friends. One of your options is a pair of Cloud Cuckoo Lander twin sisters who don't really get the whole thing and think "marriage" has something to do with toast.
- This is partly what has earned Link (at least the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time version) his reputation as a Kirk-level ladies' man. Saria (Being a possible example, since Kokiri look like children all their lives, there's no telling how old she actually is) and Princess Ruto both had crushes on him (though how much he reciprocated those crushes varied, he seems more afraid of Ruto than anything). There is also the fact that one of the Gossip Stones talks about how Malon is waiting for a "Knight in Shining Armor" to come sweep her off her feet. Link carries a shield and sword and is possibly either the founder or related to the Knights of Hyrule. Her father offers to let Link marry her when he's young as a joke, with the player given the option to say yes or no (with the same result either way).
- Psychonauts Lili and Raz end up kissing, even though both are 10. Lili and Raz are far from the only pairing. It almost makes one suspect that psychic powers accelerate development. After all, understanding other people would be much easier and you'll probably pick up details from nearby adults.
- Sengoku Basara: Ranmaru Mori and Itsuki often hang around together and Itsuki sometimes does scenes on him. She acts bit of tsundere, fighting him and in the end making him dinner (in Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes).
- In Secret of Mana, one of the towns has a house with a pair of married children.
- Super Robot Wars manages to take this up a level by mixing it with Les Yay. Latooni Subota and Shine-hime have some very interesting dialogue, not to mention their combination attack in the Faerlions.
- Tadpole Treble stars Baton, a tadpole who Really Was Born Yesterday. The level Midnight Bayou is home to fellow tadpole, Sonata, who sings a heartfelt love song to Baton as that stage's musical score. The whole thing is played for laughs. The game even points out that Sonata thinking that Baton is the most beautiful girl he's seen in his life doesn't mean much when his entire life only extends to yesterday.
- The Tales Series. Tales of Symphonia Genis and Presea. Although, Presea is actually 28 (30 in the sequel). However, she's still got the body of a 12/14-year-old. This really didn't stop Genis too much after he found out.
- Pac-Man Junior fell for a ghost named Yum-Yum in one game. It's also a case of Starcrossed Lovers, since the two species hate each other (and ghosts apparently eat Pac-people).
- Herve and Cecilia in Folklore are a particularly sad and sweet case. Even though both of them were only children, she risked her life and soul to save him, and in the end he gave his life willingly to save hers.
- Little Busters!: According to Riki, he briefly had a crush on Rin in middle school when he realised that other guys were starting to notice her. It didn't really last, though.
- Kevin & Kell: Nigel and Coney, seemed to have this (until Nigel was written out of the comic). Eventually replaced by Lin and Wendell (Coney's cousin).
- Max Overacts: Max and Janet. And Max towards Auryn… Klaus and Becky… possibly Max and Chieka… Ronny and Racine… oh, pretty much the whole comic. It's hilarious and rather touching.
- Played with by Max and Moonchild
- Unusually, most if the child characters come from happy, heterosexual married households. Ms Cheng the teacher appears to be a lesbian, but it's low-key and mostly a joke about the characters not understanding what's happening. Andi is a largely conventional teenager, there's a rather sweet subplot about one of the childminders getting together with a boy she fancies. Ronny's father is divorced, we learn, but Ronny clearly doesn't think much of his decision.
- Also rather sadly, Max being let down none-too-gently by a slightly older girl during a lakeside holiday.
- From The Whiteboard, Jinx and Kasi, though at present the feeling is somewhat one-sided on Jinx's part.
- The two protagonists of The Boy In Pink Earmuffs are this, though a rare case of two boys.
- Sarah from The Princess attracts the attention of a neighborhood boy however he bullies her due to her being transgender and because he has an abusive mother.
- A Google Logo Gag made for Valentine's Day 2012 features a short animation about a young boy who was trying to impress a girl jumproping outside by looking up Valentine's Day-related items and gifts like flowers and chocolate, but the girl refuses them and continues to jumprope. The boy continues to give the girl more items, but she still refuses and continues her jumproping, until finally the boy gives up and brings his own rope to jumprope with when the girl immediately drops her jump rope, hugs him, and start jumproping together with the boy's jump rope. Can be found here.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears: It's hinted at times that Cavin and Calla nurse crushes on each other.
- Gumball/Penny from The Amazing World of Gumball. Even his mom Nicole seems to think they're cute together.
- Ben 10: Kai, the girl Ben had a crush on for one episode despite being of the opinion that Girls Have Cooties most of the rest of the time.
- Casper the Friendly Ghost: Casper and Wendy anyone? In the old comic books, they're ambiguously canon.
- Codename: Kids Next Door loves this trope (it has to, with all its heroes under the age of 13). As the show usually parodies action and sci-fi movies and shows, it would not be complete without romantic subplots. KND even has a rare villain example of this trope: Numbah Three's mean baby sister Mushi and the self-proclaimed King Sandy. They get bonus points for being even younger than the other couples.
- Doug had Doug and Patti, who were both in sixth grade when the series began and just finishing up seventh grade when it ended. There was also Skeeter and Beebe.
- The Fairly Oddparents: Timmy Turner, despite being a 10-year-old (and mentally even lower), repeatedly sought a relationship with the resident Rich Bitch Trixie and was sought after by two other girls, Tootie and Veronica. Trixie and Tootie are the two most likely to get Timmy, and they've both had their moments with him. According to Word of God, both are likely candidates though Tootie is currently the canonical future wife of Timmy.
- Though Franklin and Samantha from the Franklin special Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure start out having a somewhat antagonistic relationship, by the end of it they definitely seem like they might be in puppy love.
- Li'l Gideon's one-sided crush on Mabel in Gravity Falls starts out as this. Once his true nature is revealed, it turns into a Villainous Crush.
- Hey Arnold! has many examples:
- Helga/Arnold is the most notable couple on the show, although Helga takes it more seriously than most people of her age. Hints are dropped several times that there will be a future relationship between the two. Had the cancelled "Jungle Movie" been made (it is now, better late than never), the series would have ended with Arnold and Helga as an official couple.
- Gerald/Phoebe. This is more of a hinted couple, but it is clear from some of the moments they have that they like each other. They hold hands, go to school dances together, and they have even gone to the Cheese Festival together.
- Harold/Rhonda or Harold/Patty. Harold has been paired with both girls, and Word of God has confirmed that Harold and Rhonda have a reciprocated crush on each other, but Rhonda won't admit it. Harold's friendship with Patty is still a friendship, but they have been called a couple and seem to work well together. Before they met, Harold claimed that he didn't even like girls.
- Jonny Quest: The 80's animated series has two TV movies (Jonny's Golden Quest and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects) both of which feature Race's daughter Jesse. She and Jonny appear to be about 10 to 12. She kisses him in both movies. The early 90's series has both Jonny and Jesse as teenagers. Theyre' still a buttload of Ship Tease between them.
- KaBlam!: Henry and June, it's rather obvious that they have crushes on each other.
- The Legend of Korra: Kai and Jinora start off as this. They're 12-year-olds when they first meet. After a timeskip they're a little older but still together.
- Martin Morning: Martin and Roxanne. Roxanne even gives Martin a kiss on occasion, although it's always on the cheek.
- Moral Orel: Orel and Christina. Unfortunately, due to their families, they're also Star-Crossed Lovers.
- Much comedy in the series Phineas and Ferb comes from Isabella's crush on Phineas, which he doesn't (yet) reciprocate. Their ages are ambiguous, but "somewhere between 9 and 13".
- After the Time Skip episode "Act Your Age", they are finally together.
- Rainbow Brite:
- Between Brian (who is explicitly 10) and Rainbow Brite. The first episode ends with Rainbow throwing Brian a kiss while she leaves, and him blushing. He shows jealousy when Rainbow compliments Red Butler and comments that he knows why red isn't his favorite color.
- Lala Orange has a huge crush on Red Butler.
- Recess: In one episode, Gus/Cornchip Girl. There's also the kiss episode between T.J. and Spinelli, with the implication that there's a lot more chemistry than either admits.
- In another episode, Spinelli's mom even mentions that T.J.'s the one Spinelli has a crush on.
- South Park: A canonical example would be Stan and Wendy, who actually are "boyfriend and girlfriend".
- Steven Universe: Steven and Connie. Their relationship is close enough that it manages to activate Steven's Bizarre Alien Biology and fuse the two of them together into a single entity briefly. Despite both being too young and clearly knowing nothing whatsoever of romance or the icky stuff it leads to, they manage to go through several quite mature relationship-driven episodes.
- The Simpsons:
- Lisa and her ongoing Belligerent Sexual Tension with Milhouse, yet both of them have been through plenty of other relationships, one well known one being Samantha Stanky in the episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love"
- Lisa also has more than a few episodes where she's paired off with Nelson.
- Applies to Bart, to the point that there was an episode recently starring practically all the relationships he's been through.
- In the Animated Adaptation of Rosemary Wells's Timothy Goes to School. Yoko and Timothy are best friends and have tons of moments like this. This also shows up in the original books, which is implied that Timothy and Yoko have a crush in each other.