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* Parodied and {{Justified|Trope}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' with Dawn. Buffy comes home at the end of an episode and [[spoiler: suddenly has a little sister, when previously she'd been explicitly an only child. Everyone, including Buffy herself, [[RememberTheNewGuy acts like she'd had a sister all along]], and no one notices anything strange - except crazy people. An episode passes like this. Then another. And another. Eventually we learn that Dawn is there because of [[CosmicRetcon a magic spell which altered everyone's memories]] (including her own) and that she's actually a CosmicKeystone in human form]].

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* Parodied and {{Justified|Trope}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' with Dawn. Buffy comes home at the end of an episode and [[spoiler: suddenly has a little sister, when previously she'd been explicitly an only child. Everyone, including Buffy herself, [[RememberTheNewGuy [[BackstoryInvader acts like she'd had a sister all along]], and no one notices anything strange - except crazy people. An episode passes like this. Then another. And another. Eventually we learn that Dawn is there because of [[CosmicRetcon a magic spell which altered everyone's memories]] (including her own) and that she's actually a CosmicKeystone in human form]].

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* ComicBook/KittyPryde was originally one of the more famous examples in Creator/MarvelComics. She was introduced to the cast of ''ComicBook/XMen'' just as the five original X-Men were hitting their mid-20s, and after the team had been {{retool}}ed as a group of adult superheroes. She was just a teenager in her first appearance, and essentially played the same AudienceSurrogate role as ComicBook/JeanGrey in the very first issue. Fans generally agree that this [[TropesAreTools wasn't a bad thing]]; in fact, Kitty pretty quickly became [[BreakoutCharacter one of the series' most popular and prominent characters]], and she's fondly remembered as one of Creator/ChrisClaremont's best contributions to the franchise.


* Parodied and {{Justified|Trope}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' with Dawn. Buffy comes home at the end of an episode and [[spoiler: suddenly has a little sister, when previously she'd been explicitly an only child. Everyone, including Buffy herself, [[RememberTheNewGuy acts like she'd had a sister all along]], and no one notices anything strange - except crazy people. An episode passes like this. Then another. And another. Eventually we learn that Dawn is there because of [[CosmicRetcon a magic spell which altered everyone's memories]] (including hers) and that she's actually a CosmicKeystone in human form]].

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* Parodied and {{Justified|Trope}} on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' with Dawn. Buffy comes home at the end of an episode and [[spoiler: suddenly has a little sister, when previously she'd been explicitly an only child. Everyone, including Buffy herself, [[RememberTheNewGuy acts like she'd had a sister all along]], and no one notices anything strange - except crazy people. An episode passes like this. Then another. And another. Eventually we learn that Dawn is there because of [[CosmicRetcon a magic spell which altered everyone's memories]] (including hers) her own) and that she's actually a CosmicKeystone in human form]].



** The grandkids Winnie and Nelson got more screen time as well--numerous scenes of Cliff or Claire interacting with them.

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** The grandkids Winnie and Nelson (Sondra's twins) got more screen time as well--numerous scenes of Cliff or Claire interacting with them.



* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn), who was added as a character in season 4. However, by the end of the season [[PutOnABus Alexandra was gone when her archelogist father retrieved her]].

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* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn), who was added as a character in season 4. However, by the end of the season season, [[PutOnABus Alexandra was gone when her archelogist archaelogist father retrieved her]].


* ''Series/{{Amen}}'' did an older version of this as well, with Clarence, a street-wise kid whom Deacon Frye took under his wing showing up in the final season of the show. And there was Jeanette, a foster child of Thelma's, who showed up in the ''first'' season rather than later on, unlike most examples of this trope.
* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn) who was added as a character in season 4 however by the end of the season [[PutOnABus Alexandra was gone when her archelogist father retrieved her]].

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* ''Series/{{Amen}}'' did an older version of this as well, with Clarence, a street-wise kid whom Deacon Frye took under his wing showing up in the final season of the show. And there was Jeanette, a foster child of Thelma's, who showed up in the ''first'' season rather than later on, later, unlike most examples of this trope.
* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn) Vaughn), who was added as a character in season 4 however 4. However, by the end of the season [[PutOnABus Alexandra was gone when her archelogist father retrieved her]].



* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'' the Winslows adopted 3J, a streetwise little orphan. Since there already was a kid in the show, little Richie, they merged into a single split-personality Cousin Oliver ("Maybe we shouldn't do this." "Oh, come on, it'll be fun!").

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* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'' the Winslows adopted adopt 3J, a streetwise little orphan. Since there already was a kid in the show, little Richie, they merged into a single split-personality Cousin Oliver ("Maybe we shouldn't do this." "Oh, come on, it'll be fun!").



* Penny from ''Series/GoodTimes''. Introduced to give Wilona someone to care for, since the Evans kids weren't really kids anymore.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two: Chrissy, the youngest Seaver daughter, and then later Leonardo Dicaprio's homeless-kid character.

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* Penny from ''Series/GoodTimes''. Introduced (Creator/JanetJackson) on ''Series/GoodTimes'' was introduced to give Wilona someone to care for, since the Evans kids weren't really kids anymore.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two: Chrissy, the youngest Seaver daughter, child, and then later Leonardo Dicaprio's homeless-kid character.



** The final seasons featured a hilarious number of random "adorable" orphans shoehorned into the Little House after the original kids left home. Albert (adopted off the streets of the Big City), James and his sister Cassandra (parents killed in a wagon crash), Jenny (left on Laura's doorstep by her dying brother-in-law), etc. This is despite the show ''already'' having two younger Ingalls sisters in Carrie and Grace. Oddly enough, as more than one fan has remarked in alarm, Pa Ingalls never did build an addition onto his two-room shanty.
** The Olesons' adoption of street urchin Nancy, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute who just happens to look and act a lot like Nellie]]. This is a mild subversion, in that Nancy is added to be the ''AlphaBitch'' as opposed to a beacon of cuteness. Even more interesting, this is an invoked example--Harriett Oleson deliberately adopted the brattiest, most misbehaved child in the local orphanage to replace Nellie.
** Incidentally, Jenny, introduced a year after Nancy, may have been made the age she was in order to have a little girl around Nancy's age to butt heads with.

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** The final seasons featured feature a hilarious number of random "adorable" orphans shoehorned into the Little House after the original kids left home. These include Albert (adopted off the streets of the Big City), James and his sister Cassandra (parents killed in a wagon crash), Jenny (left on Laura's doorstep by her dying brother-in-law), etc. This is despite the show ''already'' having two younger Ingalls sisters in Carrie and Grace. Oddly enough, as more than one fan has remarked in alarm, Pa Ingalls never did build an addition onto his two-room shanty.
shanty.[[note]]It's worth noting that although the series is based on the books by the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, and many of the characters in the show are taken from the source material, these kids are not.[[/note]]
** The Olesons' adoption of street urchin Nancy, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute who just happens to look and act a lot like Nellie]]. This is a mild subversion, in that Nancy is added to be the ''AlphaBitch'' as opposed to a beacon of cuteness. Even more interesting, this is an invoked example--Harriett Oleson deliberately adopted the brattiest, most misbehaved child in the local orphanage to replace the grownup Nellie. Nellie herself lampshades it in one episode, worrying that Nancy may feel like she's not really wanted in the family since she was specifically chosen for her resemblance to Nellie.
** Incidentally, Jenny, introduced a year after Nancy, may have been made the age she was in order to have a little girl around Nancy's age to with whom she could butt heads with.heads, much like Laura and Nellie years earlier.



* In ''Series/MyThreeSons'' they formally adopted Chip's orphan friend Ernie. Justified, sort of, by the need to maintain the accuracy of the show's title after Mike was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome chucked from the show]]. But then the show lasted so long that Ernie eventually became a teen and the producers decided to add step-sister Dodie.

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* In ''Series/MyThreeSons'' they formally adopted Chip's orphan friend Ernie. Justified, sort of, by the need to maintain the accuracy of the show's title after Mike was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome chucked from the show]]. But then the show lasted so long that Ernie eventually became a teen and the producers decided to add step-sister stepsister Dodie.



** Not quite Her personality was due to having a tense relationship with her overbearing mother, who was in the process of a divorce from her father. Going to Downton was an escape for Rose. She matured in seasons 5 and 6 by taking up charity work and getting married.

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** Not quite quite. Her personality was due to having a tense relationship with her overbearing mother, who was in the process of a divorce from her father. Going to Downton was an escape for Rose. She matured in seasons 5 and 6 by taking up charity work and getting married.



* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' introduced a rare adult version in the final season in the form of Jack Scalia, who joined the series at the 11th hour as an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer who becomes a romantic rival for Laura's affections. Although on the surface he doesn't seem to meet the criteria, the character had much of the same impact in terms of alienating the audience who were already upset that series star Creator/PierceBrosnan had lost out on playing Film/JamesBond thanks to NBC unexpectedly renewing the series for a short six-episode season, adding insult to injury by adding the Scalia character.

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* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' introduced a rare adult version in the final season in the form of Jack Scalia, who joined the series at the 11th hour as an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer who becomes a romantic rival for Laura's affections. Although on the surface he doesn't seem to meet the criteria, the character had much of the same impact in terms of alienating the audience who audience; many viewers were already upset that series star Creator/PierceBrosnan had lost out on playing Film/JamesBond thanks to NBC unexpectedly renewing the series for a short six-episode season, so the series was adding insult to injury by adding the Scalia character.



* Not even ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' of all shows was immune from this! As the ninth and final season introduces a 9-year-old distant relative named Stephanie Mills who was abandoned on their doorstep after her father extorted some money, most likely done because while Gloria and Mike had a baby named Joey during Season 6 in a similar ratings ploy, they wanted somebody who was an actual character rather than a LivingProp. She was also a recurring character in ''Archie Bunker's Place''.

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* Not even ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' of all shows was immune from this! As the ninth and final season introduces a 9-year-old distant relative named Stephanie Mills Mills, who was abandoned on their doorstep after her father extorted some money, money. This was most likely done because while Gloria and Mike had a baby named Joey during Season 6 in a similar ratings ploy, ploy; they wanted somebody who was an actual character rather than a LivingProp. She was also a recurring character in ''Archie Bunker's Place''.



* Dr. Katie Herman [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a Cameron Howe wannabe]] in the final season of ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'' possibly counts as this.

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* Dr. Katie Herman Herman, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a Cameron Howe wannabe]] in the final season of ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'' ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire,'' possibly counts as this.



-->'''Jay:''' Well I find you "wepulsive" and "wepugnant"!\\

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-->'''Jay:''' Well Well, I find you "wepulsive" and "wepugnant"!\\



* Bubba the Cave Duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales|1987}}'' became this so quickly he was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Brother Chucked]] ''straight after his introductory episodes.''

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* Bubba the Cave Duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales|1987}}'' became this so quickly quickly, he was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Brother Chucked]] ''straight after his introductory episodes.''



* Spildit of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' qualifies to some degree. She has most of the traits, younger, mischievous and rather obnoxious. She avoids disturbing the dynamic too much by only making the occasional appearance however, and gains at least some positive cred for being about the only character to ThrowTheDogABone for [[TheChewToy Sgt Blob and his men]].

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* Spildit of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' qualifies to some degree. She has most of the traits, being younger, mischievous mischievous, and rather obnoxious. She avoids disturbing the dynamic too much by only making the occasional appearance appearance, however, and gains at least some positive cred for being about the only character to ThrowTheDogABone for [[TheChewToy Sgt Blob and his men]].



* The Smurflings were added in the eighth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. They are basically kid versions of the Smurfs; more accurately, Nat, Snappy and Slouchy were de-aged previous Smurfs, and Sassette was created by Gargamel like Smurfette. They also added a villainous kid, Scruple, as Gargamel's apprentice.

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* The Smurflings were added in the eighth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. They are basically kid versions of the Smurfs; more accurately, Nat, Snappy Snappy, and Slouchy were de-aged previous Smurfs, and Sassette was created by Gargamel like Smurfette. They also added a villainous kid, Scruple, as Gargamel's apprentice.


* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Louis in Season 12.

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* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Louis in Season 12. 12 and to a lesser extent Charlie's long-lost daughter Jenny.



* On ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', there was the youngest child Devante despite Bow being pregnant with him in season 3 and more recently Kyra, a homeless teenage who was taken in by the family after Zoey left for college until [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment her father Perry reappeared]] to regain custody of her]].

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* On ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', there was the youngest child Devante despite Bow being pregnant with him in season 3 and more recently Kyra, a homeless teenage teenager who was taken in by the family after Zoey left for college until [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment her father Perry reappeared]] to regain custody of her]]. her]].
* Dr. Katie Herman [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a Cameron Howe wannabe]] in the final season of ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'' possibly counts as this.


* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn) who was added as a character in season 4 however by the end of the season Alexandra was gone [[PutOnABus when her archelogist father retreived her]].

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* On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn) who was added as a character in season 4 however by the end of the season [[PutOnABus Alexandra was gone [[PutOnABus when her archelogist father retreived retrieved her]].


%%* Peter Cooksley, a Lawrence kid clone.

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%%* Peter Cooksley, * On ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'' there was Alexandria [=DeWitt=] (played by Countess Vaughn) who was added as a Lawrence kid clone.character in season 4 however by the end of the season Alexandra was gone [[PutOnABus when her archelogist father retreived her]].



* Penny from ''Series/GoodTimes''. Introduced to give Willona someone to care for, since the Evans kids weren't really kids anymore.

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* Penny from ''Series/GoodTimes''. Introduced to give Willona Wilona someone to care for, since the Evans kids weren't really kids anymore.



* On ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', there was the youngest child Devante despite Bow being pregnant with him in season 3 and more recently Kyra, [[spoiler: a young homeless woman]] who was taken in by the family after Zoey left for college.

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* On ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', there was the youngest child Devante despite Bow being pregnant with him in season 3 and more recently Kyra, [[spoiler: a young homeless woman]] teenage who was taken in by the family after Zoey left for college.college until [[spoiler: [[ParentalAbandonment her father Perry reappeared]] to regain custody of her]].


%%** Andy and Pippa.

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%%** Andy and Pippa.** And also Andy, who was adopted by Beverly Ann.

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* On ''Series/{{Blackish}}'', there was the youngest child Devante despite Bow being pregnant with him in season 3 and more recently Kyra, [[spoiler: a young homeless woman]] who was taken in by the family after Zoey left for college.


* Billie Jenkins was an extra witch added onto ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' who came out of nowhere and became like a sister to the Halliwells.

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* Billie Jenkins was an extra witch added onto ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' who came out of nowhere and became like a sister to the Halliwells.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': Parodied in "Family Troubles", which reveals that Grizzly starred in a struggling Canadian sitcom as a cub, until they tried to replace him with a new kid character: the hip, skate-boarding cousin Lorenzo.


* Subverted in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Despite Hikari appearing much later than the other Digidestined there was already a younger child on the team with Takeru. ''Digimon'' is good at avoiding this. The child character in a show about teens or young adults is often bound straight for {{Scrappy}}dom from the word go, but the Digimon kids usually escape it.


* This trope can be a variation on having a KidSidekick and is very prone to happen when a live-action series is turned into an animated one; this is usually done for Saturday morning TV or the local equivalent, so the thinking is that kids want to watch other kids involved with the heroes. A classic example is ''[[Franchise/{{Emergency}} Emergency +4]]'', in which the paramedics and fire-fighters from the show ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' were saddled with a bunch of 4 kids who got to chase the grown-ups around in a van labelled "+4". The network that commissioned the ''WesternAnimation/{{Star Trek|The Animated Series}}'' animated series was reported to want to introduce a similar bunch of young "cadets" on the ''Enterprise''. Thank Finagle Roddenberry said no... at least until TNG and the CreatorsPet Wesley.

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* This trope can be a variation on having a KidSidekick and is very prone to happen when a live-action series is turned into an animated one; this is usually done for Saturday morning TV or the local equivalent, so the thinking is that kids want to watch other kids involved with the heroes. A classic example is ''[[Franchise/{{Emergency}} ''[[Series/{{Emergency}} Emergency +4]]'', in which the paramedics and fire-fighters from the show ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' were saddled with a bunch of 4 kids who got to chase the grown-ups around in a van labelled "+4". The network that commissioned the ''WesternAnimation/{{Star Trek|The Animated Series}}'' animated series was reported to want to introduce a similar bunch of young "cadets" on the ''Enterprise''. Thank Finagle Roddenberry said no... at least until TNG and the CreatorsPet Wesley.

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* ''Series/StrongMedicine'': In the show's second-to-last season, Dr. Kayla Thornton joined the staff. Despite being an adult, she is clearly this, as a rookie physician as opposed to the more experienced ones.

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* ''Series/WonderWoman'' launched an Oliver gambit in season 3. "The Man Who Could Not Die" moved Diana Prince to the Los Angeles field office of the IADC and introduced T. Burton Phipps III, a wisecracking black kid who was inexplicably free to wander the halls of a federal agency unescorted and with impunity. Ultimately averted by the series not returning for season 4.

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