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* Subverted by Malicia in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', who is clearly familiar with the trope, but very bad at the actual sneaking around. People stop what they're doing to ''watch'' her sneak around.

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* Subverted by Malicia in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', ''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', who is clearly familiar with the trope, but very bad at the actual sneaking around. People stop what they're doing to ''watch'' her sneak around.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Several episodes have Dipper Pines (and, to a lesser extent, his sister Mabel) investigating some weird goings-on in town, ranging from [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E3Headhunters tracking down a vandal who stole the head from a wax dummy of Grunkle Stan]] to [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure finding out the truth about the founding of Gravity Falls]] to [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E7SocietyOfTheBlindEye confronting a memory-stealing cult]].



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* [[TheProtagonist P.T. Wilkie]] of ''Literature/WelcomeToWonderland'' hid and listened in on other peoples' conversations quite a bit in "Home Sweet Motel". It's how he learns that Mr. Pompano and Arnold want to tear down the motel and build a bunch of condos on the land, and how he and Gloria learn that [[spoiler:Johnny and Bob Jones are the Sneemer Brothers, and that they've returned to the Wonderland to find the diamonds Sheila hid after the diamond heist they pulled back in 1973]].


* The main characters of ''ScoobyDoo'' were [[YouMeddlingKids treated this way]], despite the fact they clearly weren't little kids[[note]]they were all teenagers[[/note]]. Hanna-Barbera made up for this with actual kids in most of their subsequent Scooby-clones (See: ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', and the 80's cartoon called ''A Pup Named ScoobyDoo'' that followed the same characters when they were children.)

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* The main characters of ''ScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' were [[YouMeddlingKids treated this way]], despite the fact they clearly weren't little kids[[note]]they were all teenagers[[/note]]. Hanna-Barbera made up for this with actual kids in most of their subsequent Scooby-clones (See: ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', and the 80's cartoon called ''A Pup Named ScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' that followed the same characters when they were children.)


If the kid does more investigative work than just eavesdropping, they're a KidDetective. DoNotTryThisAtHome - tell a responsible adult or call the cops if you see something suspicious!

YouMeddlingKids can result once the bad guy is caught.

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If the kid does more investigative work than just eavesdropping, they're a KidDetective. If they actually foil the bad guys' plot, they're a KidHero. YouMeddlingKids can result once the bad guy is caught.

DoNotTryThisAtHome - tell a responsible adult or call the cops if you see something suspicious!

YouMeddlingKids can result once the bad guy is caught.
suspicious!


* Arya Stark from "Game of Thrones" Arya is ususally sneaking around somewhere, trying to find out the baddies plans.

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* Arya Stark ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bran Stark. He goes exploring during King Robert's visit to Winterfell, and stumbles upon the king's wife, Cersei, [[BrotherSisterIncest having sex with her twin brother Jaime]]. To keep the boy's silence, Jaime [[WouldHurtAChild throws him from "Game of Thrones" Arya is ususally sneaking around somewhere, trying to find out the baddies plans.
window]]. Bran survives but is left crippled for life, and this act is what kicks off the plot.


* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby fulfilling this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose," "Hotel Strangeduck," "Duckman of Aquatraz," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".

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* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby fulfilling this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose," "Hotel Strangeduck," "Duckman of Aquatraz," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".


* Antimony from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' carries around a set of lock-picks (and knows how to use them) [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=49 for this very purpose]].

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* Antimony from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' carries around a set of lock-picks (and knows how to use them) [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=49 for this very purpose]].purpose.]]



* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby fulfilling this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", "Hotel Strangeduck", "Duckman of Aquatraz", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".

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* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby fulfilling this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", Gearloose," "Hotel Strangeduck", Strangeduck," "Duckman of Aquatraz", Aquatraz," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".


* Ben from "Ben 10" Ben is usually found snooping around, eavesdropping on bad guys in his kid form, though sometimes when he is caught he transforms into one of his alien shape shifting forms. This only lasts for a little while though, shortly expiring after, making him realize he's still just a kid

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* Ben from "Ben 10" Ben is ''WesternAnimation/Ben10''. He's usually found snooping around, eavesdropping on bad guys in his kid form, though sometimes when he is caught he transforms into one of his alien shape shifting forms. This only lasts for a little while though, shortly expiring after, making him realize he's still just a kid
kid.


* The main characters of ''ScoobyDoo'' were [[YouMeddlingKids treated this way]], despite the fact they clearly weren't little kids[[note]]they were all teenagers[[/note]]. Hanna-Barbera made up for this with actual kids in most of their subsequent Scooby-clones (See: ''Clue Club'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', and the 80's cartoon called ''A Pup Named ScoobyDoo'' that followed the same characters when they were children.)

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* The main characters of ''ScoobyDoo'' were [[YouMeddlingKids treated this way]], despite the fact they clearly weren't little kids[[note]]they were all teenagers[[/note]]. Hanna-Barbera made up for this with actual kids in most of their subsequent Scooby-clones (See: ''Clue Club'', ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', and the 80's cartoon called ''A Pup Named ScoobyDoo'' that followed the same characters when they were children.)

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