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/Shotacons, 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 are also referred to as token lolis).
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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.
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.
Merrill in Rune Soldier Louie is not actually appreciably younger than the other females in the cast. But she is shorter, less developed, and acts younger, making her the Token Mini Moe. She also qualifies as a Shorttank.
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.
Rimone in Simoun, who is also not exempt from performing the kissing ritual to start the titular aircraft.
Although she does it in a subdued way that fits her age.
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.
Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daioh is a Child Prodigy who starts 10th grade at 10 years old 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.
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.
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.
Viola from Kiddy Grade, who pilots her battle spaceship while hugging a plushie.
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.
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.
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 Starsanime season Hotaru's age seems somwhere between baby and teen (due to rapid aging at the start). There's also ChibiChibi.
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.
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.
Pyeran, the youngest Trap victim in Hivefled; the ghost of a twelve-year-old troll.
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).
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.
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.
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!").
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.
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 LoliconFetish Fuel.
Ojou, the final heroine in Suika looks to be about ten years old. She's also incredibly naive.
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.
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.
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.
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.