: A child character who is introduced mid-series.
- Straight: In season 5 of Long Runner, Billy becomes the Sixth Ranger.
- Exaggerated: Billy becomes a one-kid Spotlight-Stealing Squad
- Downplayed: Billy is introduced, but is mostly a background character.
- Alice was Put on a Bus when she had a baby, but The Bus Came Back, and she now has a little boy with her.
- Billy is actually relevant to the plot.
- Subverted: Billy makes his first appearance and has A Day in the Limelight, but is then promptly Put on a Bus or Demoted to Extra.
- Double Subverted: Billy ends up Commuting on a Bus.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: No child characters are introduced.
- "We need to keep our characters "fresh" and possibly open up new plot possibilities".
- The executives thought it'd be a good idea to add a Token Mini-Moe.
- Lampshaded: "Nothing has been the same since that meddling kid joined our team!"
- Invoked: Alice and Bob, the two protagonists, have a baby.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: ???
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: Billy upsets the character dynamic, especially if he's the only child character, and especially if he's something of a Mouthy Kid or other annoyingly bratty type of kid.
- Played For Drama: Billy is a Living Macguffin.
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