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A staple of 1980s adventure cartoon shows, the Small Annoying Creature
is a type of Sidekick
. The Small Annoying Creature is there to be cute, provide comic asides and occasionally get into trouble and need rescuing. Often a "merchandising critter" *
. Sometimes it's crossed with the Nonhuman Sidekick
. It frequently has a Verbal Tic
- and truly obnoxious nails-on-blackboard voice talent.
There was a time when even the most straight-faced of animated adventure serials had a Small Annoying Creature
to provide a bit of slapstick in the background.
Saw a revival in the mid-2000s when CGI
became the norm for children's animation, with many films featuring them prominently in advertising material.
Note that this trope is for characters who are annoying to the other characters,
not just to the audience
See also Weasel Mascot
, Talking Animal
, Cute, but Cacophonic
, Exposition Fairy
. If the Small Annoying Creature
is a dog, it's a Mister Muffykins
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- Momo, Fuu's small flying squirrel pet from Samurai Champloo is the former trope namer
- Nono, "small robot you know, friend of" Ulysses 31.
- Meowth in the Pokémon anime.
- The Ojama Trio in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are supposed to irritate the hell out of people - such as
Manjoume Chazz, to whom they're attached and who is absolutely horrified about it.
- Giru from Dragonball GT.
- EXCALIBUUUR! EXCALIBUUURRR! From the United Kingdom...
- Most people feel that Puck from the Berserk manga would fit this trope pretty well.
- Parodied in the Magical Project S installment of the Tenchi Muyo! multiverse. Magical Project S and the Pretty Sammy OVAs are the only installments of the franchise where Ryo-Okhi talks. After a few episodes, one quickly realizes why she doesn't talk in the other series. As Magical Project S and all of the Pretty Sammy series are a direct parody of Sailor Moon, Ryo-Okhi is supposed to be annoying.
- Emusa in Transformers Zone.
- The Tyke Bomb flying squirrel in Zettai Karen Children. Fortunately he's not around very much.
- Guvava, Mylene Jenius's pet in Macross 7.
- Aria Pokoteng, the president cat from ARIA, arguably fits here. Many fans still accept or even enjoy his role in the manga, since he has no speaking role and generally doesn't divert too much attention from the main characters. His loud and obnoxious habit of chewing scenery in the anime puts quite a few viewers off though.
- Kon from Bleach devolved into this as soon as they put him in a stuffed animal.
- Strangely, he looses this trait every time he possesses Ichigo's body.
- Chiefly because the intent is for him to do the fighting on Ichigo's behalf. Kon is some kind of renegade who isn't fully compliant to whatever arrangement souls like him are normally part of, which is why they keep him in a harmless stuffed toy while he's not in use (which is why he turns into this trope; he can't really fight, and thus has no meaningful contribution to anything).
- Happosai from Ranma OneHalf.
- Angel-Gozen from Busou Renkin.
- From InuYasha, there's Shippou. He's small and he's annoying. However, he seems to be the Only Sane Man sometimes.
- In the TV adaptation of Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Maruru the "fairy advisor" plays this trope very, very straight. She/he/it has a grating voice and comes with a Verbal Tic: appending "maru" to the ends of sentences.
- Kitty Pryde's tiny pet dragon Lockheed.
- Any of the Super Pets, really.
- Any of the Preservers from ElfQuest, but especially Petalwing.
- Their annoyingness is intentional, and their preserving cocoons do have a serious purpose.
Films — Live-Action
- Frank the Pug from the first and second Men In Black films.
- The small alien creature in the film Lost in Space that Penny finds. It's whole role in the film was to be cute and provide some slapstick.
Live Action TV
- Parodied in the Charlie Brooker show How TV Ruined Your Life where he talks about the fictitious Saturday morning kids show Wo-Gan (based of the life of Terry Wogan). In it he's accompanied by "JR", what appears to be a poorly draw ghost, who manages to annoy you dispite the fact he's only on screen for around 30 seconds. See it here