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Shoulder Teammate
Kenpachi never goes anywhere without his Yachiru. Too bad they have no idea where they are going...

Whenever someone carries a small kid, their speaking animal sidekick, or a very small friend on their shoulder wherever they go. Maybe it is to help the smaller one travel faster, or a sign that the two characters share a close (figurative or literal) familial bond. Not to be confused with Parrot Pet Position, which is about Loyal Animal Companions, rather than actual characters.

Often overlaps with Morality Pet and Badass and Child Duo. See also Head Pet.


Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Baby Beel, alias Beelzebub, tends to favor Oga's shoulder whenever they travel together. Which is pretty much always, given you can't really afford to let the Demon King's son wander around.
  • The trope image is Kenpachi from Bleach carrying his adoptive daughter Yachiru. She only leaves his shoulder for three reasons: To eat, to play, or to play.
    • Worth mentioning that he actually carries pretty much everyone this way. Ask Orihime.
    • Ichigo followed his example for a while with Nel.
  • In Claymore, Riful (in her human form) sometimes sat upon the shoulder of her boyfriend Dauf (in his much larger awakened form).
  • In Dragon Ball, even though Puar can fly, he'd rather stay on Yamcha's shoulder.
  • In a flashback in One Piece, Tony Tony Chopper is seen a few times hanging on Hiluluk's shoulder(s) while in his cutesy, chibi-sized "Brain Point".
  • The first two mooks (a huge one with a hammer, and a very fast midget) in Samurai Deeper Kyo are introduced this way.
  • YuYu Hakusho: The elder of the two villainous Toguro brothers is often seen riding around on his much larger (but younger) brother's back. Kuwabara even insults him by calling him a "shoulder monkey" at one point.

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Literature
  • An adopted (or more properly mind-bonded) treecat in the Honor Harrington books prefer to ride on the shoulders of their human companion. They started as borderline examples of the Parrot Pet Position, but their in-story development puts them clearly within this trope.
  • Poplock, an intelligent toad in Phoenix Rising, often rides on Tobimar's shoulders (he switches shoulder regularly) once they team up.

Video Games
  • In Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, two of the Big Bad's minions follow this trope, with Pic (the diminutive Fragile Speedster part of the duo) riding on the shoulder of Gorc (a huge Mighty Glacier).
  • When Yuna summons Ifrit in Final Fantasy X, it bursts from underground and catches her this way before letting her down.
  • In the Jak and Daxter series, the latter of the titular characters has the habit of riding on the shoulder of the former. Though, considering what kind of a person Daxter is, you might disagree about him being cute in the true sense of the word.
  • Starting from Gun-Jack, the killer robots created by Jane in Tekken carry her this way. We actually see her jump on Gun-Jack's shoulder as soon as she realizes he won the King of Iron Fist Tournament in his ending cutscene.
  • Big carries Amy and Cream on his shoulder in Sonic Heroes.

Western Animation
  • In The King Kong Show cartoon Kong carries his kid buddy Bobby Bond sitting on his shoulder.
  • In Mighty Man And Yukk! Mighty Man is an Atom-like tiny superhero who travels on his dog Yukk!'s shoulder. (The exclamation point is a part of his name.)
  • The title character in the Classic Disney Short "Morris the Midget Moose", a small moose with full-grown antlers, meets Balsam, a regular-sized moose with tiny antlers. With Morris standing atop Balsam's shoulders, they both become one complete moose.
  • Snail on Franklin, for convenience, usually on Franklin's shoulder. Snail is fully anthropomorphic in his own right, not a pet.
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