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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" note
. 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
. Often overlaps with Gratuitous Animal Sidekick
, Robot Buddy
and Kid-Appeal Character
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- 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.
- 7-Zark-7, introduced to pad out the gaps left by censorship in Battle of the Planets. Then he gets 1-Rover-1, a robot's robotic pet! Who eats nuts and bolts, yet!
- Most people feel that Puck from the Berserk manga would fit this trope pretty well.
- 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).
- Angel-Gozen from Busou Renkin.
- Sumomo from Chobits is a Small Annoying Robot Girl. She talks in an unbelievably grating high-pitched voice, and her Catch Phrase is "WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!"
- Giru from Dragonball GT.
- From Inuyasha, there's Shippou. He's small and he's annoying. However, he seems to be the Only Sane Man sometimes.
- Guvava, Mylene Jenius's pet in Macross 7.
- Parodied in Magical Project S. 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.
- 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.
- Meowth in the Pokémon anime.
- Happosai from Ranma ˝.
- Momo, Fuu's small flying squirrel pet from Samurai Champloo.
- Soul Eater: EXCALIBUUUR! EXCALIBUUURRR! From the United Kingdom...
- Despite how annoying he is, he still ends up near the top of the popularity polls. FOOL!
- Emusa in Transformers Zone.
- Nono, "small robot you know, friend of" Ulysses 31.
- 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.
- The Tyke Bomb flying squirrel in Zettai Karen Children. Fortunately he's not around very much.
- Murugu from YuYu Hakusho. She's even considered an annoyance In-Universe.
- Any of the Preservers from ElfQuest, but especially Petalwing.
- Their annoyingness is intentional, and their preserving cocoons do have a serious purpose.
- Kitty Pryde's tiny pet dragon Lockheed.
- Any of the Super Pets, really.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The small alien creature in the film Lost in Space that Penny finds. Its whole role in the film was to be cute and provide some slapstick.
- Frank the Pug from the first and second Men In Black films.
- The Star Wars movies have 2 characters who fit into this profile, despite being man-sized:
- Jar Jar Binks fits this trope in Episode I. His antics get him into trouble, after which someone smarter needs to save him.
- C-3PO also fits this trope in that he is annoys the other good guys with his constant complaining. Especially during tense situations. Chewbacca even turned him off once, to the delight of Leia.
- Salacious Crumb (that horrible little cackling thing that hangs out with Jabba the Hutt) is another deliberately annoying character from Return of the Jedi who mocks the heroes when they get their death sentence and later pokes out C-3PO's eye. Thankfully, he's not in the film for long, and he gets blown to smithereens when Luke blows up Jabba's barge.
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.
- Zuffy from Defenders of the Earth.
- Pip the mouse in Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds and Tico the...hamster? in Around the World with Willy Fog, though the latter had a bigger role and more developed character than most.
- The Great Gazoo in The Flintstones.
- Uni in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Poof on The Fairly Oddparents.
- Filmation was for some unholy reason addicted to this trope:
- Mr Cool, Fonzie's dog in The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.
- Nibbler in Futurama. He at first appears to be a small annoying brainless pet with a voracious appetite, but it eventually turns out he's a member of the ancient race of Nibblonians, who (somehow) predate the universe itself by 20 minutes or so. When Nibbler actually speaks, he turns out to have a deep, resonant (if somewhat overdramatic) voice and to be smarter than the rest of the cast put together. He fits the trope because the other characters don't know he's intelligent for quite a while, and most of them find him quite annoying, especially Bender.
- Godzooky from the series The Godzilla Power Hour. It doesn't help that he's an Expy of Minya either.
- Oon in Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
- When The Jetsons was brought back in syndication, the major change was the addition of one of these, in the form of Orbity, that little spring-legged unintelligible alien who changed colors depending on his mood. Granted, in a futuristic sitcom, a cute fuzzy alien pet wasn't entirely out of place.
- Bleep, the alien cotton ball with legs, on Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.
- Many years before Navi came about, The Legend of Zelda's animated series occasionally had the fairy Spryte tag along with Link, and it can be argued that of the two fairies, Spryte is the more annoying. It doesn't help that she's constantly hitting on Link.
- Mort the mouse lemur in Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar.
- Slimer in The Real Ghostbusters. He was toned down for Extreme Ghostbusters.
- Parodied in Robot Chicken when the creators of Star Trek: The Next Generation decide to create an even worse character than Wesley Crusher to make him look better. Turns out, the more annoying character becomes loved and people still want the writers to kill off Wesley.
- Robot Chicken also parodied the Filmation examples as Snarf and Orko are in an elevator together thinking about how they can't stand each other. Then Gleek walks in and they both get annoyed by him. Gleek leaves the elevator only to get stuck in line with the most irritating sidekick of all: Andy Richter.
- Scooby-Doo: Scrappy-Doo, of course!
- Parodied in South Park with Niblet in "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery."
- Snarf in ThunderCats. They later added his even smaller and more annoying nephew, Snarfer. Humorously enough, Snarf's annoying nature is decried by a fan in the DVD extras. The fan in question is Wil Wheaton.