Token Mini-Moe

aka: Token Moe Child
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/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).


Examples:

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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.
  • 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.
  • Somedays Dreamers 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 Haruhi Suzumiya 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Yatterman Night.
  • 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.

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    Literature 
  • 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.

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  • Mimi from Frivolesque is said to be in 4th grade, being slightly out of place among the rest of the cast who are all twenty-something and older.
  • Jacquline from Samurai Princess 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.


Alternative Title(s):

Token Moe Child, Token Mini Cutie, Token Cute Child, Token Cute Kid