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...
- 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 — Live-Action
- 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.
- 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 3 PO 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.
- 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.