Just a bit more moe than some others.
During the development phase, it was said that "Caster turns into a loli with hyper power", but we only need one loli!
The Token Mini Moe is a young or young-looking
member of a cast designed to appeal to one of two predominant demographics. The first is those who simply find the character absolutely adorable
and/or endearing and feel protective
towards him or her. The character allows this sort of fan to act as and live out the role as an idealized
older brother or sister (or parent) cheering their little sister on and helping her achieve whatever goals the setting deems important. The second are the Lolicons
, who take an erotic or romantic interest in the character. Needless to say, these two groups are often at each other's throats
over the character.
What defines a Token Mini Moe is a number of factors. First, they appear prepubescent, regardless of whether they are actually children or not. Why someone so much younger appearing is mixed in with a group of older looking people may be addressed, but it's just as likely that it will be noted and then the story will move on. In a harem series where they are used as a love interest, they will almost never be the main one and are frequently overshadowed, their arcs amounting to a Precocious Crush
that is gently rebuffed. Since they are the Token Mini Moe, if there are other similarly young looking characters in the cast then it is probably not this trope.
Compare Tag Along Kid
and Kid-Appeal Character
, who are kids designed to act as Audience Surrogates
for younger viewers.
In anime, these characters have a tendency to be referred to as "token loli" and "token shota", but these words still have Unfortunate Implications
elsewhere which we want to avoid
— so please don't use them in this website — and hence this page being renamed from Token Loli (that and the fact that, because of the definition shift, female examples of Kid-Appeal Character
and Tagalong Kid
referred to as token lolis).
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Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball GT has one in the form of Pan, a 10 year old who is likely stronger than every human on Earth. Unfortunately for her, this still makes her weak in comparison to Trunks and especially Goku.
- Seth Nightroad of Trinity Blood. Though she enjoys running around town doing odd jobs, she is eventually revealed to be both a Krusnik who is Really 700 Years Old, and Empress Augusta Vradica of the Methuselah Empire. The latter is not common knowledge because all of her public appearances are delegated to a more-mature-looking proxy.
- Sasami, from Tenchi Muyo!. Naturally enough, she tends to behave more maturely than her elders....
- In Magical Project S, the villain team (known variously as the Lovely Madams, Team Sexy Mrs, or Hitozuma-tai [Married Woman Squad]) has one member, Chisato or Mrs. Roku (literally "Mrs. Sixth", as the sixth member recruited), who is somewhere between kindergarten and junior high. She is the only unmarried member of the villain team, although she has an arranged marriage. One of the soldiers confronting the villains was heard to exclaim "She's supposed to be a wife?!"
- Divergence Eve has Kotoko-01, a support android that looks like a little girl for no appreciable reason.
- Please Teacher! has Ichigo Morino, although the fact she actually looks like one and is probably a draw to someone is only pointed out in the second season.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has too many to count for this trope in the present no matter how you divide the cast up but in the past, Asuna played this role for Ala Rubra.
- Shinobu serves as this in Love Hina. A second, even younger character later joins the cast, but she's neither a main character nor a haremette.
- Pia in Dragon Half. It should be noted she's completely androgynous, at least until the epilogue.
- Caro and Vivio in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S. Kind of odd, as the first two seasons were full of Mini Moe girls. On the villain we have Lutecia and Cinque, the latter ironically one of the oldest members of the Numbers group.
- Sendou Yukari in Rosario + Vampire, of the kid genius type. She's the Token Mini Moe of the harem, though Moka's little sister also happens to be one.
- Vandread's Team nurse Paiway Underberg. Besides the three captured men, the grandma-like captain, a robot, and Paiway, all of the hundreds of crew members aboard the space ship Nirvana are young women. . Why an eleven-year-old works as a ship's nurse is Hand Waved by a statement in the first episode that they were understaffed and had to take on a bunch of rookies in various positions. When Duero takes over as Doctor, there are surprisingly few complaints (other than him being male, in a setting where the two genders are literally from different worlds, wage war against each other, and reproduce by cloning) and Paiway is demoted to comic relief.
- Chika from Ai Yori Aoshi. She's had more exposure to the male lead than any other character, although he thankfully disinterested, and thus it's played for comedy. She's still nonetheless very popular despite having the fewest appearances.
- It seems like the mangaka of Chrono Crusade was trying to appeal to pretty much any demographic he could, so of course the show has a Token Mini Moe in Azmaria. A joke in one of the Omakes actually shows what Chrono would have been like if he'd been one of these, as well.
- Athena from Cosplay Complex, who seems to function mostly as a device to let lolicon Jenny have massive nosebleeds over her.
- Azumanga Daioh: Chiyo Mihama (pictured above) is a Child Prodigy who starts 10th grade at age 10, while all her classmates are 15 or 16. She's a parodic deconstruction — the series is all too quick to point out the problems with such a small girl in a much older group, and then plays it up for laughs.
- Klan Klang from Macross Frontier. She's a Meltrandi, and in her normal form is anything but little — but a quirk in her micronization process means that, when she shrinks down to human size, she looks like a little girl.
- Hinako Ninomiya from Ranma ˝ should be in her twenties at least, but a severe illness when she was four (and an unorthodox "treatment" from Happosai) has slowed her aging to the point where she has the body of a ten year-old girl. She can only regain her (extremely buxom) adult form by absorbing the Battle Aura of people and animals, but it goes away after a while.
- Murasaki in Kure-nai is a seven year old girl who is being body-guarded by the title character.
- Asami in Mezzo DSA. Being specialists in danger, the DSA don't actually encourage her to hang around, but they can't shake her.
- Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ had Elpeo Puru note , whose name was even a play on words based on the Lolicon magazine Lemon People.
- Kokoro from School Days is Katsura Kotonoha's younger sister that hangs out with Kotonoha and Makoto, and is the only person in the show under a certain age. In the Summer Days spinoff, she's a viable option. This was considered too far.
- Shizuku from Omamori Himari — the only Mini Moe girl in the Harem. There are two others, but neither is actually a major character as of yet.
- Mahou Tsukai Ni Taisetsu Na Koto has Runa, who for some unexplained reason like to hang out in the salsa club owned by Yume's magic instructor.
- Variable Geo features a cast full of hotties... and one runt: Manami Kusunoki. Despite what her pint-sized stature and childish behavior would lead you to believe, she's actually a 16 year old Idol Singer. Though she spends most of her screentime stuffing her face with sweets and groping Yuka and Jun's boobs.
- Dia from Kiddy GiRL-AND, with the added twist that she regularly kisses the main characters. Okay, it's mainly to turbo-charge their powers and it's treated more as something between sisters, but she seems to enjoy it very much.
- Wendy from Fairy Tail, and it's almost Lampshaded when she's included in Fanservice covers that only otherwise use Fairy Tail members. Then she joins them, and those covers turn into spoileriffic foreshadowing.
- Minamo from Sketchbook, who only appears in the anime version as Daichi's little sister.
- Miyako from Melty Blood. At first glance, she doesn't appear to even be wearing pants. (Though she really is wearing very short cut-off jeans.) The other little girl in the cast, Len, actually has plot relevance. Miyako on the other hand seems to have been added to fill out a quota.
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Rossiu lampshades this about Nia in the manga, before the timeskip.
- "Does this mean..... that in this day and age, flat-chested lolitas tend to be more universally popular among the consumers?"
- Sailor Moon:
- Chibiusa Tsukino, A.K.A. Sailor Chibi-Moon and Hotaru Tomoe, A.K.A. Sailor Saturn. The former spends most of her first arc being chased by the bad guys only to be Mind Raped by the arc's Big Bad and turned into an evil adult version of herself; in the manga she also qualifies for Older Than They Look. The latter spends most of her initial arc as a carrying case for the Big Bad's final lieutenant, who in the end bodyjack's her to fight the heroes until Hotaru herself destroys the Eldritch Abomination from within, then winds up turned back into a baby as a result of using her most powerful move against aforementioned Big Bad in order to destroy him.
- In the Stars anime season Hotaru's age seems somwhere between baby and teen (due to rapid aging at the start). There's also ChibiChibi.
- Although she rarely appears in the show itself, Kyon's Little Sister from Suzumiya Haruhi is treated like that in some of its advertising. More notably in that picture.
- Yuma is this for Puella Magi Oriko Magica, and, by extension, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Maybe Puella Magi Kazumi Magica as well, though that one is more seperate.
- There's also Madoka's baby brother, who seems to exist solely for the d'aww-whatta-cute-widdle-toddler factor. Though he's also the only person who can still see Ascended!Madoka in the ending, because Children Are Innocent.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion has Nagisa Momoe, who seems to be taller than Yuma but shorter than the other magical girls.
- Ouran High School Host Club: Honey is a little cutie who looks about six and plays up his childishness and cuteness to appeal to the patrons of the titular Host Club. In fact, he's 18 and a senior, older than most of the rest of the gang.
- Nymph and Chaos from Heaven's Lost Property fits the role quite nicely, however the latter is a little special case.
- Kid-Appeal Character and/or Bratty Half-Pint Mint Labule/Annie LaBelle from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA is thirteen (making her the youngest member of the main cast to begin with) and looks half that.
- Ruka Essenpolka from Idol Project is this among a cast of tall, scantily-clad teenage girls.
- Yuuki Kataoka and Koromo Amae from Saki both qualify as this, even for the standards of that series.
- Yuniko Kozuki from Accel World, but don't let her cute appearance fool you.
- Penned by the same author from Accel World, Silica from Sword Art Online.
- Tooru from A Channel, but she isn't very happy about it.
- Momiji is a male version in Fruits Basket. He does grow out of it eventually, though, so perhaps he just hit puberty late because he's the bunny.
- In Madan no Ou to Vanadis, the Vanadis Olga is this; Tigre meets her in Volume 6.
- Clement's little sister Bonnie from Pokémon XY serves as this. Her outgoingness serves as a contrast to her older brother.
- Cardcaptor Sakura has that one girl called Akane that calls Kero No-No in the episode, Sakura and Kero Big Fight.
- Haruka Kotoura of Kotoura-san is a Downplayed version in the mini department. She is Two Heads Taller than Dai'chi Muroto, but she is still significantly short when compared to the other ESP Society members who have more realistic heights. However, Haruka is most definitely The Cutie of the group whereas Dai'chi has no Moe traits at all.
- Leopard serves as this for her generation's version of the Doronbo Gang in Yoru No Yatterman.
- Poplar in Working serves this role: she's seventeen years old, but everyone mistakes her for a grade-school student on account of her height, bubbly personality and general looks. While her large chest offsets the prepubescent look, this is not often that noticeable and never detracts from the girl's cuteness or her apparent youth, much to her chagrin and Takanashi's delight.
- Trapped on Draconica: Lydia is an adorable little girl that Daniar fawns over. The only reason she's involved in a Save-The-World plot is because her grandfather uses her as The Mole to spy on Daniar.
- Flute from David Eddings' The Elenium books qualifies, even if she's a goddess incarnated and counts as The Chessmaster for the good guys.
- The observational Realians and Kirschwassers in Xenosaga, which like Divergence Eve, are androids that look like little girls (with MOMO being the actual Token Mini Moe since she's a regular castmember).
- Iris from Sakura Taisen.
- Not to mention Coquelicot in the third and fourth games and Rikaritta/Rosarita in the fifth.
- Carol in Wild ARMs 5.
- Shinatama, the Simulated Living Doll (Almost-human Android) from Oni, as a rare Western video game example. An heavily anime-inspired Western example, though.
- Sakura in Da Capo. She's really the same age as the main character, though.
- Momo from Project Justice. She's well aware of her size and uses it to get under the skin of her Huge Schoolgirl classmate Natsu for the affections of Shoma.
- The Tales series seems to love these things a bit too much, in both male and female versions.
- Suzu, Tales of Phantasia
- Chelsea, Tales of Destiny
- Chat, Tales of Eternia
- Presea, Tales of Symphonia (which also had male version Genis)
- Male version: Mao "Tales of Rebirth"
- Harriet, Tales of Legendia (she is not playable, but is a major character, and fits the bill)
- Anise, alongside a male version, Ion, Tales of the Abyss, and her PsychoRanger counterpart Arietta the Wild. Arietta's teammate Sync might also qualify as a male version, especially when he has his mask off, since he's a clone of Ion.
- Hermana, who gets ToyShipped with Chien, Tales of Innocence
- Beryl, Tales of Hearts
- Karol (male version) from 'Tales of Vesperia''. And with the PS3 port, the player-character pirate Patty Fleur.
- Poisson, Tales of Graces, hops every times she turns, it doesn't get any more "moe" than that. Also, though not playable, Lambda count as a male version.
- Elise, Tales of Xillia
- Similarly, the Star Ocean games (the second also has a male version) have one as well: Perisie in the first, Precis in the second, and Peppita in the third (amusingly, their names all begin with the letter P).
- The third game also has a male version in Roger S. Huxley.
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope proudly continues the token mini moe tradition with Lymle Lemuri Phi, who is actually around 15, but appears and generally acts about 6. Lymle's actual age is only mentioned in the manual and in-game dictionary, and why she looks so young only in the latter.. If you haven't happened to read that, the UST between her and Faize looks a hell of a lot creepier.
- Kooh from Pangya. She's a ten-year-old captain of a pirate ship.
- May from Guilty Gear, also the (junior) captain of a pirate ship, with a crew comprised of almost all girls to boot.
- And another game from Arc System Works, BlazBlue, has Rachel Alucard. When Mori Toshimichi was asked in an interview about the designs of the characters in the game, his first comment on Rachel was "Well, every Japanese anime and/or game is required to have the obligatory gothic-loli character". And then there's Platinum the Trinity.
- Maria in the Castlevania series. For some reason, her chibi version has appeared far more often than the grown-up incarnation in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
- In Luminous Arc (for DS), we've got Mel, the precocious little Witch girl (she's a Water-elemental character). NPC versions are Alice and Therese... I think.
- In Luminous Arc 2 (also for DS), there's Pop (full name: Potpourri), who fills in for Mel. She's a bratty Nature-elemental Witch, who has a love of crab. Her twin brother, Pip (a.k.a. Phillip) joins the party earlier, as the Token Shota. Remember Alice and Therese from the first game? They join your party in this one, and they make adorable comments (such as "You're gonna be a pie!" or "You're going to be toast with butter!").
- Luminous Arc 3 got Sara.
- Misha in Ar tonelico. At least at first. Cocona fills this role in the second game.
- Saki from The Oneechanbara series. She's the little sister implicit in the title (it roughly translates to "The Big Sister Swordsman"). She's 16, but — like some real-life Asian teens — has a more childlike appearance. She's also the first of the series' Big Bads, before pulling a Heel-Face Turn.
- In Shin Megami Tensei series.
- Maiko is the female Token Mini Moe Social Link in Persona 3. Ken Amada is the male version.
- Persona 4 has Nanako Dojima. Also Ayane, one of the two choices for the Sun social link. She might be a better example given the player can eventually date and sleep with her
- Among the demons, there is Alice the recurring Cute Ghost Girl. Although she's mostly potrayed as Creepy Child rather than moe. Another example is Moh Shuvuu, who, in Strange Journey, even has minor character with a lolicon crush on her, and tries to justify it with the Really 700 Years Old trope. According to Moh Shuvuu's reaction, she isn't really that old.
- The Witch mercenary in Atlantica Online.
- Luste Teuber and Schwer-Muta Casasola Merkle in RosenkreuzStilette. Luste wears very little and worries about even less. Schwer-Muta wears a full-body catsuit and does double duty as the resident Creepy Child.
- Various Original Generation characters from the Super Robot Wars series. Classic timeline has Presia Zenosakis and Mio Sasuga. Alpha timeline has Irui Guneden. While Compact 2 is lacking of Mini Moe characers, Impact added Einst Alfimi. Original Generation timeline has Princess Shine Hausen and Latooni Subota (Mai Koyabayashi is sometimes counted, but she's actually sixteen (just really petite).); its spin-off Endless Frontier also has Kyon Feulion. A stand-alone titles Super Robot Wars W has Mihiro Ardygun and R has Tiz and Despinis (no Laria is not). Most of them can be consider as Little Miss Badass, for they're pilots of Humongous Mecha.
- Sailor outfit-sporting Sherry Birkin in, of all things, in Resident Evil 2.
- Aruruw in Utawarerumono. One of only three girls not to be sexualized in the game, and also one of only two who doesn't love the lead. Romantically, anyway. Yeah.
- Dear lord, Ernula from Wartech: Senko No Ronde. She acts in an exaggerated, hyper-moe "childish" manner, her mecha actually has bunnies painted on it, and her costumes are split between Moe appeal and full-out Lolicon Fetish Fuel.
- Ojou, the final heroine in Suika looks to be about ten years old. She's also incredibly naive.
- Fire Emblem is another series that's chock full of them, usually with at least one regular young girl per game and sometimes a Really 700 Years Old Cute Monster Girl as well. So far:
- Lilith from Darkstalkers. Younger version of Morrigan and still full of Fetish Fuel.
- Infinite Space has the Garner twins, who are Valley Girl Idol Singers, who are some of the most useful crew members you can get.
- Most Square Enix / Final Fantasy games (and some related Squaresoft games) have one Token Mini Moe, although they've aged up in later games. In chronological order:
- Mitsumete Knight has the (at the start of the game) 12-year old Laury Callwell as the Token Mini Moe and youngest character in the whole cast, girls and boys included. And considering this game's setting is a Crapsaccharine World, she's stalked by a creepy Lolicon foreigner who eventually kidnaps her, and, if the player doesn't save her, kills her by strangulation.
- Annie from League of Legends, 'thou she's less cute and more crazy.
- Hagino in Canvas 2.
- Himi in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, nonromantically.
- Touhou has a few. Not nearly as many as the memes would have you think, particularly considering the size of the rest of the cast. It should be mentioned all of them are Really 700 Years Old... though some of them don't act like it.
- Rumia, Cirno, Remilia, and Flandre in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
- Chen in Perfect Cherry Blossom.
- Suika in Immaterial and Missing Power.
- Tewi in Imperishable Night, who more than once is regulated to dwarf sized in fan art.
- Medicine in Phantasmagoria of Flower View.
- Suwako in Mountain of Faith.
- Kisume in Subterranenean Animism.
- Nazrin in Undefined Fantastic Object.
- Kyouko in Ten Desires.
- Sukuna in Double Dealing Character.
- ZUN's art style tends to make everyone look a bit young, though, which is another source of its reputation.
- The Disgaea series has Hanako and Yukimaru (the latter happens to be 20 years old with a much younger appearance) in the second game, Raspberyl in the third, and Desco in the fourth.
- And from the tradition by the same guys who made the Disgaea series, Marona from Phantom Brave.
- Luna from Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility embodies this trope well. Despite being old enough to be considered an eligible bachelorette, her diminuitive stature when compared to other adult characters in the game, extremely youthful appearance, and love of plushies makes her seem half her actual age.
- Similarly, Dirk is the token shota in Grand Bazaar, being a bachelor despite looking like he should be in middle school at the highest. Interestingly, he was easily the most popular bachelor of that game.
- In Rune Factory 4 Amber and Xiao Pai are bachelorettes, and Kiel is a bacholer, but like Luna from their sister series, all seem around nine-twelve years old appearance-wise. Xiao Pai even implies that she is older than the player character.
- Lina from Riviera: The Promised Land is the youngest looking of the team, and also the resident Genki Girl and Bratty Half-Pint. Despite appearances, she claims to be older than her best friend, the Only Sane Man in the party.
- Rhyme from The World Ends with You
- Sunny Gurlukovich from Metal Gear Solid 4 is the first time the series had one of these (unless you count Emma).
- Cecille in Arc Rise Fantasia is twelve, and packs serious power behind her punches. Bonus points for being in full Elegant Gothic Lolita attire and sporting a pair of Mega Twin Tails.
- Rico in Duel Savior Destiny is the token mini moe of the main cast, the rest of which significantly older. Crea, who also looks really young, gets a promotion to love interest in the rewritten final route, however. She's still not really part of the main cast though.
- Roll from the classic Mega Man series, especially in the comic book series and Mega Man Powered Up
- In the classic PS1 Crash Bandicoot series, Coco was this.
- Mirai from Senran Kagura, especially when placed next to the other characters. Later games introduced Minori to fill a similar role, though even she has more well developed body than Mirai.
- Michiru from AIR is a spirit, but still doesn't have her own route in the Visual Novel, probably for squick reasons.
- Fuuko in CLANNAD is the Token Mini Moe astral projection who has her own route. While there is another little girl in the cast (Sunohara Mei) she isn't part of the main cast.
- Angie in Shikkoku No Sharnoth should be about 20 or so, but looks and acts like a little girl.
- Illya in Fate/stay night. She doesn't get her own path even though it is that kind of game, (it was cut out before the game was released, though some of its backstory was eventually adapted into Fate/Zero) and she's revealed to be slightly older than Shirou. One Tiger Dojo has Illya mention those bad end HCGs where she rapes Shirou were also left on the cutting room floor due to time constraints.
- In ONE: To The Radiant Season Shiina fills this role.
- Len, from the Tsukihime sequel Kagetsu Tohya. Unlike Illya though, Len does get her own HCGs. Despite her young form she's actually a Really 700 Years Old succubus.
- Higurashi: When They Cry has both Rika and Satoko. However, for Rika the "moe" aspect is an act, since she's mentally much older and much more cynical than she appears.
- In Umineko: When They Cry, we have nine-year-old Maria Ushiromiya. Thing is, the younger member here is very creepy (to hilarious extremes, sometimes).
- Primula from SHUFFLE!.
- Suzushiro in the Ero-game Princess Waltz is the same age as the main character, but her height and build let her fill out this position, so to speak.
- Mint Blancmanche from Galaxy Angel, who is supposed to be a teen but looks younger than ten. She does have her own route in the game, but it's not that kind of game.
- Nano-Nano Pudding in the sequel.
- Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na, with a route for the Really 700 Years Old alien Wreathlit and the "she's fourteen, and not your blood sister, honest!" Mai.
- ''Gakuen Heaven": Biology teacher Satoshi Umino, who looks and acts cute and childlike despite being the oldest member of the main cast.
- Katawa Shoujo features high school aged characters in the main cast, so the closest to this trope is Shizune's little brother Hideaki. Though Hisao does mistake him for a girl for his girlish looks and wardrobe.
- Emi had a much younger appearance before some art updates, making her the Token Mini Moe of the main cast.
- Kokoro from School Days. She doesn't get a route in the original game, but does have it in the Summer Days "sequel"... including two (very rape-like) sex scenes. The Japanese media was NOT amused.
- Mana in Sharin No Kuni, where she acts as a Morality Pet for Sachi.
- Coco in Ever17 is 15 years old (technically 32 in the True End), looks 10, and acts 5. Most of the time, at least.
- Hisui from Jewel Knights Crusaders. She's stated to be 18, but neither her looks nor behaviour support that.
- Tsuzura from Akai Ito, she looks like a little boy and generally acts like a little boy, but she's actually the most experienced (human) member of the cast.
- Following Key's tradition of having one of these, LittleBusters has Kud.
- Cross Channel has Miki Yamanobe, albeit she's a more mature and sociopathic example. In her route, she's assumed to be a year older than when she entered the loop due to avoiding the reset for years, but she still looks pretty much the same.
- Wataru Asahina from Brothers Conflict.
- Yuka of Corpse Party. It doesn't help that she tries to be a Deliberately Cute Child, and succeeds.
- Jacquline from SamuraiPrincess is so much of a mini moe, the site named a the Jacquline themed skin off of this fact.
- Yuki, a middle-schooler frequently involved with the antics of adults and high-schooler Robot Girl-oids in Megatokyo, may count. The other characters her age don't usually affect the story, except by influencing Yuki's actions.