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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[ComicBook/SuperSons]]]]²²->'''Sonic:''' It's Cream and Cheese!\²'''Chris:''' Friends of yours?\²'''Sonic:''' More like obligatory kid appeal characters.²-->-- ''WebVideo/SonicF''²²The Kid Appeal Character is typically the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin character designed to appeal to a younger demographic]]. Cute, popular, tiny, likely to be TotallyRadical, and almost always the youngest character on TheTeam, he's invariably obnoxious and thinks he's so totally cool, in a frantic effort to convince viewers that this is a family friendly show.²²As well as that, the Kid Appeal Character is all too often portrayed as seeing TheHero and/or TheLeader of the Good Guys as his Father Figure. If the Leader is also quite young, chances are he'll see him as his Big Brother. In the same regard, he may look at TheLancer as being his uncle. If a color is associated with the character, then that color would be, if not yellow (if the character is female, she'll almost certainly be {{pink|ProductPloy}}), then frequently brightly colored at any rate.²²Depending on how young he is, how nice he is, or how old his father/brother figure is, the Kid-Appeal Character will usually take one of these roles:²²* Clown. Not just any clown either, this is the Kid Clown, who hurls humor at every available point. He may be funny, he may be clumsy, or he may just be the joker of the team, playing pranks, making wisecracks and sometimes just whining about all the problems that are going on. Usually PlayedForLaughs, but may have a serious side.²* Weak but Lovable. Often getting into trouble, whether it's with the enemies or with the badass members of the good team. He's still kid-appeal heavy, but less of a prankster. Their bravery as a RecklessSidekick often backfires on them, but they have just enough nobility or good intentions to avoid being written off as [[DamselScrappy useless]].²* Ankle Biter. Mega-brave young character who's awfully gutsy for his (or her) puny age, puny height, or puny strength. They may be swatted aside by the more powerful enemies, but their [[TheDeterminator determination]] will not let them stay down. Sometimes they'll make them a CuteBruiser so he can match the big guys, or a FragileSpeedster in combat.²* TeenGenius (or Pre-Teen Genius). The Gen-X[=/=]Millennial type who is more tech savvy than the older generation.²* TheTeamWannabe. If there is a group, this kid will want more than anything to join, and may learn some lessons in how to eventually be a proper member.²* Some combination of all of the above.²²The Kid-Appeal Character tends to stand out, especially in a story largely involving adult characters. Because of this any version can become TheScrappy, which is fitting since the '''original''' [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Scrappy]] was one of these. The ways this can happen is: The Clown is obnoxious as well as a KarmaHoudini, the Weak But Lovable one [[TheLoad never shows any real sign of helpfulness]], the Ankle Biter slowly takes up prominence in the story over the primary characters, and as for the TeenGenius... have you ever heard the name "[[CreatorsPet Wesley]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Crusher]]"? The wannabe can easily come across as a whiner, and become TheLoad. Slightly more common is for the character to acquire a PeripheryHatedom: loved by his intended fanbase, hated by everyone else.²²[[TropesAreNotBad However, that doesn't mean this type of character should never be used.]] In fact, they can be enjoyable when written well.²²If the Kid-Appeal Character is a member of a FiveManBand, they're probably TheChick or TheHeart as the moral center of the team, always considering the little guys. It's also possible that they're TheSmartGuy instead, more adapted to modern technology than their older teammates. They won't often be TheLeader, TheLancer, or TheBigGuy, though, as they rarely have enough strength for any of those roles (strength of personality for the first two and physical strength for the third). A smart leader is often fully aware that the Kid-Appeal Character is not a strong front-line warrior and will assign them roles better suited towards their skills, such as being a scout (like [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] did with the former TropeNamer, Bumblebee). On the other hand, they may be explicitly ''not'' part of the team, being a TagalongKid (or in nonhuman cases, a TeamPet) at best. This doesn't preclude showrunners from trying to appeal to kids by giving the character their own subplots, taking care of something the main heroes are otherwise too distracted with.²²If the [[KillTheCutie Kid-Appeal Character is]] [[KilledOffForReal killed off]] at the beginning or the middle of the series, this guarantees to [[CerebusSyndrome lead to a much more]] [[DarkerAndEdgier serious route]].²²Kids love to purchase his {{toys}}. {{Fanfic}} writers love to give them [[LauncherOfAThousandShips massive sex roles]] and [[SlashFic pair them up with their father figure]].²²These characters don't have to necessarily be in media targeted towards children to qualify. The characters just have to have traits and qualities that would appeal towards children even if such characters are actually characters who are part of media that is more mature and aimed towards adults. Conversely, just being younger than the rest of the cast isn't enough to qualify; they actually have to ''have'' said traits and qualities.²²See also TagalongKid, BrattyHalfPint, KidHero, KidSidekick, PluckyComicRelief. The BumblingSidekick and GratuitousAnimalSidekick are two common ways of appealing to kids. Compare CousinOliver or SpinOffBabies. ParentalBonus is the inverse. Contrast ToylessToylineCharacter.²----²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* ''Anime/BeybladeBurst'': Valt Aoi is a really silly, but powerful kid who's good at his favorite sport: Beyblade. He may be [[TheCutie cute]] and [[DorkKnight dorky]], but his pride is the reason why kids love him and the anime.²* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Ed, being the youngest and most playful plays Kid Appeal Character to Spike Spiegel's Hero, Jet Black's Lancer.²* Digimon has a history of having team members significantly younger than the rest of the group, usually with a yellow or pink partner Digimon. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' had T.K. and Kari, ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' had Cody, ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had Susie, and ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' had Tommy.²* Seira, the TokenMiniMoe of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', pumps up the kid appeal and has a whole season revolving around her.²* Sailor Chibimoon of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' does this, and became a one-girl SpotlightStealingSquad in season four after two seasons with her hanging around the older girls and playing with sparkly wands to match [[KidFromTheFuture her mom's]]. Sailor Mercury came close, so she's a type 4.²* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':²** Ash's [[{{Mascot}} Pikachu]]. Its species isn't that strong (though the [[StatusBuff Light Ball]] makes this debatable), and particularly in the first season, it got beaten by pretty much every Gym Leader at least once, but it always got back up. It's far and away the most popular character, and it's yellow. Later seasons downplay the child-like aspects, and now it behaves more as a TeamDad among Ash and his friend's Pokemon. Other Pokemon like Togepi, Piplup, Axew and Dedenne have stepped to these roles in Pikachu's place.²** Jigglypuff, a reoccurring Pokemon who the main cast used to run into time and time again mostly appeared to provide humor in the form of a running gag. Every time it encounters anyone, it'll try to sing a song that had a side effect of putting them to sleep. It would then get mad and draw on the victim's face.²** As far a human characters are concerned, there's Max, the younger brother of May. He is too young to train his own Pokémon, but he travels along with the rest of the cast because he loves Pokémon that much. ''Pokémon X and Y'' introduces Bonnie, the younger sister of Clemont, who fulfills a similar role.²* Chopper from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is the youngest, most innocent, and easily the most ''adorable'' member of the Straw Hats.²* Hwang Bu-ling/Mew Pudding of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' fits here: eight years old, wears bright yellow, equal member of the team, and dove right into danger even before she or anyone knew she had any powers. Even her VerbalTic (nano da!) screams cute exuberance.²* Manga/{{Naruto}} is a rare occasion where the Kid-Appeal Character is the main character. Brightly colored, often obnoxious and alternatively very weak and ridiculously strong, and to top it all off, his leader [[ wears a mask over]] [[ the lower part of his face]]. This is even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the story itself, as a few characters make the snarky observation that Naruto is the kind of person who would never be the main character in some story. ²%%* Nearly all of the seasons in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' have at least one of these:²%%** The original ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has Takeru (T.K.). In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', he demoted the role which has been offered to Iori (Cody).²%%** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has Terriermon, Calumon and Suzie.²%%** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Tomoki (Tommy).²%%** Before his evolutions kick in, Agumon fits the bill very nicely in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', while his tamer is TheHero and his "Big Brother".²* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Simon is this in the first half, as a teenager who looks younger in a cast of young adults.²* Goten and Present Trunks in the later arcs of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' bring a good deal of levity and irreverence compared to the increasingly self-serious adult characters. They treat gaining planet-cracking martial arts powers and fighting ancient {{Eldritch Abomination}}s as a lark.²* In ''Anime/GoLion'', Hiroshi "Chibi/Shorty" Suzuishi is the youngest at 12, plus he's always trying to prove himself and gets excited so easily.²%%* Kosuke Kita in ''Anime/CombattlerV'', who also [[{{Expy}} inspired Hiroshi]]. ''Anime/VoltesV'' has Hiyoshi Gou.²%%* Yahiko the KidSamurai in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. His quest to be a real man appeal to ten boys.²%%* Happy from ''Manga/FairyTail''.²* Jinpei from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' is often boastful, sometimes capable of taking out bad guys and sometimes not, and makes stupid jokes. He has occasionally felt the need to prove himself, and gone to deal with the villains. The various derived characters in adapted versions of the show have the same characteristics.²%%* Kon from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.²* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', in comparison to the rest of the cast Gai is younger, more energetic, less mature, fun and inquisitive, and to top it off has yellow and dark brown hair.²%%* Vanilla H in ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''.²* Chiyo-chan in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is a ChildProdigy with orange GirlishPigtails who has skipped up to high school. She's a source of much of the series' cuteness and humor. Chiyo has some aspects of "weak but lovable" mixed with being a "preteen genius". ²%%* [[ShapeShifting Cyborg 007/G.B.]] was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced into this role]] in the '60s adaptation of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''.²* [[SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome Hana-chan]] from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''; she's a combination between type 1 and 2, despite being established as having some very powerful magic. Justified since she really ''is'' [[YoungerThanTheyLook a toddler in an eleven-year-old's body]].²* ''Franchise/PrettyCure''²** Yayoi Kise/Cure Peace from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure!'' is this. Timid yet happy, sports a yellow dress and blonde hair, and obsessed with superheroes.²** Emiru Aisaki/Cure Ma'Cherie from ''Anime/HugttoPrettyCure'' is an even straighter example, since she's the youngest of the Cures (being in elementary school while the others are in middle school) and has elements of TheTeamWannabe since she secretly dresses up as a Cure and wishes she could be one before [[AscendedFangirl joining the team for real]].²* Deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' with the floating mouse thing named Koyemshi. He is a sociopath JerkAss who WasOnceAMan with deadly powers (like teleporting you or your body parts to another dimension). He conveniently forgot the Zearth kids that piloting that robot will kill them because their reaction amused him. He shows readers that appearances can be deceiving.²** Even though ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is a show that is more mature rated, the character Pen-Pen looks appealing towards kids due to the fact that he is a penguin.²* The Tachikomas from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. BadassAdorable CuteMachines with adorable high pitched voices and childlike personalities that provide most of the show's comic relief, though they can get philosophical at times. The fact that they're [[SpiderTank spider tanks]] doesn't make them any less lovable.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''Comicbook/XMen'':²** Comicbook/KittyPryde started out this way.²** Comicbook/{{Jubilee}}, particularly in the 90s: young, fun-loving, sarcastic, one of Wolverine's many sidekicks, and (appropriately) known for wearing a ''lot'' of yellow. ²** In ''[[Characters/NewMutants New X-Men]]'', Pixie was one of the youngest, had brightly colored wings, and was otherwise comic relief, for the few issues that focused on her before BreakTheCutie (which really didn't break her very much at all).²** [[Characters/XMen2010sMembers Gabby Kinney / Honey Badger]] is the younger sister of Comicbook/{{X 23}}, and serves much the same role to her that Jubilee served to Logan, and is primarily the Ankle-Biter variety. She's a cute and peppy smart-alleck to contrast with Laura's [[TheStoic stoicism]], has an interminably upbeat demeanor, and is a font of humor with her off-kilter and observant humor. She even has a TeamPet in the form of Jonathan the actual wolverine.²%%* Jolt was this in the early years of ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.²%%* Impulse in ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' and Kid Flash in ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', perhaps. ²* [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 The original Bumblebee]] is usually portrayed in comics as being the sort who keeps trying to "prove himself" to his bigger, stronger teammates, and usually gets into trouble because of it. (Prime, for his part, thinks Bumblebee has proven himself well enough in his given role of a spy that he shouldn't feel like this.)²* ComicBook/{{Robin}} was originally the weak-but-lovable sidekick to Batman, and even has the yellow cape. In fact, [[FountainOfExpies most comic-book sidekicks]] in the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver]] Ages ([[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]], [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Speedy]], ComicBook/WonderGirl, [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Aqualad]], [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel]], ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, etc.) were [[FollowTheLeader created specifically]] to give younger readers a character to identify with.²* The Human Torch in the ComicBook/FantasticFour is the teenager in a cast of adults. Early on in the series, he was extremely popular and was the BreakoutCharacter with his own {{spinoff}} within a year after the series started. His popularity was one of the reasons why Marvel created other teen superheroes like Franchise/SpiderMan and the ComicBook/XMen.²* Speaking of Spider-Man, when he is put into a team dynamic, such as Comicbook/TheAvengers, he usually fits this trope as a combination of the Clown and the Smart Guy; in fact there have been team-ups where he has out and out ''stolen'' this role from Johnny Storm, to the point where he's temporarily taken Johnny's place on the FF!²%%* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': ²%%** Dilton Doiley was technically this. He's possibly one of Riverdale High's shortest students.²%%** Also Jughead's baby sister Jellybean and Veronica's cousin Leroy, as well as Li'l Jinx and her friends.²* Kimber from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' appeals to the teenage demographic of the comic. She has an almost pink shade of red hair, is the youngest major character at eighteen, is the [[GenkiGirl spunkiest]] by far, and is the most into pop culture. She even dressed as the Superbowl sharks for the HalloweenEpisode. ²* The comic series ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' is a series that is not for kids, but Ghus, who is a harp seal-like alien, looks a lot like a character that would appeal to kids due to his appearance, his kind personality, his yellow overalls, and the fact that he doesn't use profanity unlike the rest of the characters.²* ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' stars the sons of Superman and Batman: [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Jon Kent "Superboy"]] and [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne "Robin".]] Jon is a {{Subversion}} of the Weak but Lovable variety; he's super strong like his father, but his genes make his powers, namely invulnerability, inconsistent so he usually has to play it safe. Damian is more of a straight TeenGenius with traits of the Ankle Biter since more emphasis is put on his immaturity and arrogance.²** The pre-Crisis Superboy (i.e., Superman as a boy) was also meant to be a kid appeal character, debuting in 1945's ''More Fun Comics'' #101.²* The trope was discussed by the creators of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. When pitching a possible movie adaptation, the studio execs insisted that there be a kid protagonist involved; even though the creators argued that it wouldn't make sense for a child to be employed by Tesladyne, and that Robo himself would theoretically appeal to kid viewers enough as a big friendly robot. Eventually, they came up with the idea of a kid being swept up in an adventure through their Science Fair project. The movie fell through, but the concept was later turned into a Free Comic Book Day side-story -- which ends with [[RealityEnsues Robo gently telling the kid that given the hyperdangerous science shenanigans that Tesladyne regularly deals with, it would be illegal and unethical for him to hire her no matter how smart she is]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Fiction]]²* Unsurprisingly, taking example from all versions prior, Bumblebee is again this in ''Transformers Meta''. Customarily, he is yellow, the youngest on the team, and fast (his peds are actually ''wheels''). But his kid appeal factor is accentuated in his eccentrically childish, whimsical, and optimistic personality. He is the Ankle Biter on the team, but occasional tendencies qualify him as Weak but Lovable.²** He is a Fragile Speedster, as Hound's analysis of him indicates when they were training in the fifth episode.²** Despite his naivety, he has proven competent in battle when he [[spoiler:almost got the upper hand over Barricade in the third episode]] and when he [[spoiler:helped fight Starscream and ended up overcoming Waspinator]], which also makes him somewhat of a Cute Bruiser.² * To some extent, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Mariko and Chiyoko]] from the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fanfics ''Fanfic/HolidayVacation'' and ''Fanfic/LuckyStarAfterStory''. The former for being a BadassAdorable GenkiGirl and the latter for being an {{Adorkable}} TokenMiniMoe.²[[/folder]] ²²[[folder:Films - Animation]]²* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':²** Genie serves as comic relief for the film due to his glowing blue colored skin, flamboyance, eccentricity, and his witty personality. He was also voiced by Robin Williams, an actor who appeared in many kids movies. ²** The magic carpet also qualifies due to its brimming colors and its tendency to be mistaken for a blanket by younger kids. ²** Iago becomes this in the sequel films and series due to his sarcasm and the fact that he is voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. ²* Chip from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (though he didn't originally have more than one line; the makers were impressed by the actor and wanted to see more, while also noting it as a useful chance to have kid ''access'' if not mandated kid ''appeal'').²* ''Disney/BigHero6'':²** Baymax, in his design of a robot that looks like a huggable, plush marshmallow was clearly designed to attract children, not to mention his likable and kind personality. Many plush toys based on him are popular. His super suit also adds some flavor into him when it comes to action figures.²** Fred is also this due to his laid back and carefree personality as well as his unique super suit that looks like a monster ripped off from Japanese monster films. His super suit is also popular in plush toys and action figures.²* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' has [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Gurgi]] and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil the Creeper]]. Things become more serious when Gurgi performs a HeroicSacrifice.²* The Detention Kids from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. Trouble-making rascals who get invested in the story.²* The Minions from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' of the Clown variety. They're annoying, they're yellow and they make Illumination millions.²** Margo, Edith, and Agnes are this to a lesser extent. They are usually helpless in action-packed moments, but have unique personalities and vulnerable moments that make them lovable.²* Olaf from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is a clown variety. He is a very chipper and naive snowman that Elsa accidentally brought to life. He sings songs about how he loves summer, despite being a snowman (he doesn't understand the concept of melting yet), and generally acts like a young child with a man's voice. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen In development]] the writers toned down his original personality because he was deemed too annoying instead of amusing. Olaf ended up appealing well to both younger and older audiences.²* Olivia from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' is the weak, but lovable type. She even does her best to help Basil and Dawson solve the case.²* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'':²** Quasimodo due to his kind loving heart and his grotesque but unique appearance.²** The gargoyles Victor, Hugo, and Lavernne as they are the main source of comic relief in a Disney film that has very dark and mature themes.²* Po Ping, the title character of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', is a cute, fluffy panda warrior who constantly shouts catchphrases and is generally much more upbeat than his more serious teammates. Though CharacterDevelopment and [[TookALevelInBadass taking multiple levels in badass]] does give him some adult appeal.²* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' are the laidback adoptive parents of Simba after he runs away. They're the source of many of the lighthearted moments after the movie hits CerebusSyndrome thanks to [[spoiler:Mufasa's death.]]²* Flounder from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', for being a young fish with a bright yellow and blue color scheme, in addition to his LovableCoward personality.²* Mushu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is a small dragon who serves as most of the comic relief for most of the film. The fact that he is voiced by Eddie Murphy also helps.²* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':²** Louis the Alligator appeals towards kids due to the fact that he is an oddball alligator as he has a sensitive personality, has a huge body, plays a small trumpet, and is one out of few alligators in an animated film to be one of the good guys.²** Ray the Firefly also served as this due to his Cajun accent and personality as his tendency to make farts jokes out of his ability to glow due to being a firefly. Some audiences were upset when Ray gets murdered by Dr. Facilier, the movie's villain, which caused the film to briefly go into CerebusSyndrome.²* Skippy Rabbit from Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/RobinHood'' falls into the Ankle Biter category, with the titular Robin Hood as the object of his HeroWorship.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films - Live-Action]]²* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':²** Spider-Man fills this role in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. ''Civil War'' is one of the MCU's darker films, but while most of the adults are wrapped up in angst-ridden plots about superhero politics, divided loyalty, grief, and revenge, Spider-Man is a wisecracking teenage fanboy who's just excited to be there. ²** Princess Shuri in ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''. Shuri's a grown woman in the comics, but in the movie, she's a cheerful, meme-loving TeenGenius who provides much of the film's humor.²* Denny is the only kid-like character in ''Film/TheRoom'' ([[KiddieKid he is 18 years old but looks and acts]] ''[[KiddieKid much]]'' [[KiddieKid younger]]). Not that kids are even supposed to be seeing the movie, which is rated R, making him one of the many inexplicable things about it.²* ''Film/StarWars'':²** [=C-3PO=] and [=R2-D2=] served this role in the original trilogy. Unlike Jar Jar though, they didn't alienate adult viewers.²** Jar Jar Binks from the {{prequel}}s is a wacky, goofy and slapstick character with a funny way of talking, making him a very obvious attempt at the trope. He was highly unpopular with adult viewers.²** The Ewoks of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are living teddy bears. They play a major role in the climax of the series. ²** BB-8 in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is small, cute and makes for a very popular toy.²* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'':²** The twins in ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]'', as Creator/MichaelBay [[WordOfGod states]], were meant to be this (hell, they're even stuck with Bumblebee for much of the movie)... in spite of being violent {{Jive Turkey}}s who keep beating up each other. Their toy bios essentially say that being among the few Autobots who made it to Earth made them living their dream of working directly alongside Optimus Prime, which is certainly a common trait for this type of character. Their immature wrestling and talking about being "quiet like a ninja" also highlights their relative youth.²** In ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', Bumblebee's kid-friendly nature gets taken advantage of by [[spoiler:Laserbeak]], who turns into a mini pink Bumblebee to convince a little girl to let him in [[spoiler:so that he can assassinate her father]].²** In the third film, the character type is also embodied by the duo of Wheelie and Brains, who are small robots and basically act like kids during the course of the movie. Unlike Skids and Mudflap, though, they have relatively little screen time and would rather be chilling at Sam's home watching TV instead of being involved with the RobotWar.²* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has four for the price of one. Toto, for being Dorothy's dog, the Scarecrow for being a clumsy comic relief, the Tin Woodsman for being a GentleGiant and the Cowardly Lion for being the comedic talking animal sidekick who gets scared easily.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Gavin Darklighter plays this role in the first four books of the Literature/XWingSeries. He starts out as a sixteen-year-old FarmBoy from Tatooine who is utterly naive and gets taunted by the rudest of his fellow Rogues, who for the most part are five to ten years older than he is. So he serves to be the newbie trying to find his place and being surprised by things that the older pilots find commonplace. While his subplots are pretty much in the background, he does go through CharacterDevelopment and grow and mature. Eventually, by the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', he's the leader of Rogue Squadron.²* Gavroche, from ''Literature/LesMiserables'', of the plucky ankle-biting variety. His reaction to getting shot at by the military is to make up on the spot a song insulting French intellectuals! Then, this being ''Les Misérables'', RealityEnsues.²%%* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Neville Longbottom is the kid appeal character due to his panicking. He turns brave later, though.²%%* If a set of mythology can feature a Kid-Appeal Character, [[KingArthur Perceval]] definitely counts.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* While several ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have Kid Appeal elements, few really seem to go so far as to be a viewpoint character kids are "supposed" to identify with. One that definitely does, though, is Justin Stewart from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', currently the only one who was a Ranger as a kid when most are in their late teens or early twenties. Other good candidates include:²** Max Cooper from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. The definite kid of the group (high school age when the others were in college at a minimum) and had childlike enthusiasm to match, but got a lot less focus than your standard example.²** Ziggy Grover from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', a LovableCoward, the weakest fighter on the team (he became a Ranger [[FallingIntoTheCockpit by accident]]), best buds with and sidekick to the TroubledButCute {{Lancer}}, and something of a viewpoint character as a MetaGuy. However, he was the same age as the other Rangers and didn't come off as all that "childlike" in comparison, being in trouble with [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily organized crime]] and showing hints of being a ChivalrousPervert.²** Also from ''RPM'', {{Sixth Ranger}}s Gem and Gemma, who ''were'' extremely childlike (even seeming to be developmentally a year or two ''behind'' the target audience). They're more of a subversion, really; rather than being audience surrogates for kids, their immaturity came off as them being [[CreepyTwins very]] [[StepfordSmiler very]] [[CuteAndPsycho screwed]] [[PsychopathicManchild up]].²** Another blatant one was Fred in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie''. While the Rangers fought off the monsters he rallied Angel Grove's kids ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Bulk and Skull]]) to rescue their parents. Made all the more obvious because he's the only "civilian" character who wasn't part of the show's regular cast.²* Franchise/SuperSentai indulges in this.²** The Kid Appeal Ranger is typically the youngest male Ranger on a team, especially if he's neither TheHero nor TheLancer of the FiveManBand; as such, Yellow and Green Rangers fill this role more often than other colors. One such example is ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Don (Gokai Green), who lacks the confidence and dash of his teammates and has a bumbling, comical fighting style. Ironically, the only two actual child Rangers in the franchise's history don't quite fit this trope; [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Kou/Kibaranger]] was a BrattyHalfPint who engaged in DirtyKid antics early on, while [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Kotaro/Koguma Skyblue]] is essentially a standard Ranger who just so happens to be a kid, possessing a surprising amount of maturity for someone as young as he is.²** On occasion, the Red Ranger will be made the Kid Appeal Character, since naturally every kid wants to be TheHero; however, this tends to produce characters who are incredibly unpopular with Sentai's older fanbase. One infamous example is Takaharu from ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', an IdiotHero with basically zero CharacterDevelopment whose only real skills seemed to be [[TheDeterminator bull-headed enthusiasm]] and a CatchPhrase he shouted at the top of his lungs every ten minutes, but who still gets treated by the other Ninningers as the strongest member of the team and the one person they could never surpass. Nagi from the same series is a more traditional KAC, being the team's "baby" who feels somewhat inadequate because he has to keep up with his more accomplished cousins.²** ''Series/ResshaSentaiToqger'' is a rare case where the entire team is like this, being enthusiastic, child-like, and possessing {{Imagination Based Superpower}}s. [[spoiler:Near the end of the series it's revealed that all five of the core [=ToQgers=] are actually children who've been imagining themselves as teenagers all this time, justifying their childish personalities.]]²%%* It is pretty much law that every Disney Channel show has to have at least one kid character in order to appeal to the network's youngest demographic. They usually appear in the form of a precocious/bratty/wisecracking kid brother or sister whose job consists of being obnoxious to both the main characters and, unfortunately, the viewer (see AnnoyingYoungerSibling). Examples include Matt on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', Cory on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Pim on ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'', Rico on ''Series/HannahMontana'', Sophie on ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'', Max on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', and Flynn on ''Series/ShakeItUp''.²%%* Matthew in ''Series/NewsRadio''. ²* Mark [=McCain=] in ''Series/TheRifleman'' definitely falls into this trope. He's sweet'n'innocent, but he can be pretty scrappy if the situation calls for it. But usually, he's there to provide a kid's perspective of the situation and to allow Lucas to become MrExposition.²* ''Series/SesameStreet'' is a show already aimed at children ([[ParentalBonus and their families]]) but even in that context, Elmo is a character designed to represent and appeal to the youngest members of the show's target demographic. He's the smallest cast member, has the most child-like voice, and is generally the voice of innocence and naivete.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'' often uses companions for this:²** When Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert were conceptualizing their new science fiction serial, Newman told her that the Doctor needed a friend who was 'a [[KidSidekick kid who gets themselves into trouble]]' to appeal to the child audience, which they decided should be a teenage girl. Since it was important that it didn't appear that anything creepy was going on, she was made into his granddaughter. Verity Lambert eventually created Susan Foreman, a weird, CreepyGood alien ActionGirl, but Newman had her {{Retool}}ed into a 'normal girl' in between the unaired pilot and "An Unearthly Child" to make her more appealing to the child audience.²** Susan's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Vicki was much the same, being even younger and having a [[FluffyTamer cuter personality]], as well as resembling a futuristic ScooterRidingMod.²** Jamie - very young, naive, a bit stupid, loveable and resembling a trendy 1960s teen as much as possible considering his 18th Century origins. He was written into a pure historical serial as a very minor character, but was added to the permanent cast at the last minute because the crew realised a cute teenage Scottish warrior would be appealing to children and [[MrFanservice young teenage girls]]. Frazier Hines even described his job at one point as being 'paid to get the girls back from the disco'.²** The Fourth Doctor companion K-9, a [[CuteMachines cute]], LiteralMinded, brilliant but naive RobotDog, was added for this reason.²** The Fourth and Fifth Doctor companion Adric was something of a failed attempt at one of these. He appears as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for K-9 and was a TeenGenius conceived to represent both the child demographic and the growing cult fandom, but was notoriously unpopular due to a combination of the actor's limitations, [[DependingOnTheWriter inconsistent scripting]], and a heavy dose of ThisLoserIsYou.²** A weird instance where the Doctor was retooled into a Kid Appeal Character was the Seventh, who was written at first as a silly, bumbling, FunPersonified clownlike figure who did magic tricks and danced and made you laugh, because the executives were aiming for a much younger audience at the time. [[CharacterRerailment It didn't stick.]]²** The Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor pseudo-companion Strax, a [[WhiteSheep good Sontaran]] and MinionWithAnFInEvil who is [[TheDitz mindbogglingly stupid]], does {{Slapstick}} and doesn't understand human concepts like gender or hair.²* Klus from {{Creator/Studio100}}'s ''Series/KabouterPlop'' series is very popular with children in Belgium. This might be due to his trickster and fun personality he has compared to the other gnomes from the show. [[ Here's an example from a live show in Plopsa Indoor Hasselt.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/RingoStarr of Music/TheBeatles has often been seen this way. Completely unintentional, of course, but between the fact that he was the "funny" Beatle and the fact that his solos were all rather whimsical, sweet songs about things like octopus's gardens and ThePowerOfFriendship (while his bandmates were singing about sex and drugs), it's an understandable [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]].²* Emma Bunton is the youngest [[Music/SpiceGirls Spice Girl]], since her nickname was Baby Spice. She's also weak but lovable.²%%* Chico Music/DeBarge.²* Music/Blink182's popularity exploded after they got their second drummer Travis Barker, whose sense of style and drumming ability was the epitome of cool for many 11 year olds in the late 90s and early 2000s, causing them to form their own bands.²* Ryuto, Kagamine Rin, and Kagamine Len are this for Music/{{Vocaloid}}. Ryuto is based on a popular kids character with a silly voice and has the youngest official age of any Vocaloid released. The Kagamine duo are the youngest of the Crypton Vocaloids, have youthful, cutesy voices, give energetic performances in official concerts, and even have the yellow color scheme.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* Wrestling/SatoruSayama, the first man to bring Manga/TigerMask to life in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling(Samson Kutsuwada did it earlier but in Korea). Despite having a style nothing like Tiger Mask, who was submission/power wrestler rather than a technical/high flier, it worked well enough for New Japan to try again with Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, this time using ''Anime/JushinLiger'' as the reference, obviously.²* El idolo de los Niños, better known as Atlantis in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{Michinoku Pro| Wrestling}} and [[Wrestling/DragonGate Toryumon]]. Notably he ''wasn't'' been cheered by older fans for awhile into his career, when he was doing text book rudo work. But the kids still loved him. For a further bit of irony, he's never been the youngest man on any roster.²* Chigusa Nagayo drew deafening crowds of chanting girls into Wrestling/{{A|llJapanWomensProWrestling}}JW. Unfortunately, she and Crush Gal partner Wrestling/LionessAsuka [[ChristmasCake had to "retire" at 25]], leading to a FaceHeelTurn and several of those [[AscendedFanboy inspired girls]] growing up to get mercilessly beaten by their former hero.²* Tiny Tammy Jones, The Superheroes Thunderbolt & Lightning and every Farmer's Daughter in Wrestling/{{GLOW}}.²* The Wrestling/WorldWrestlingFederation repackaged Wrestling/HillbillyJim as one, and kept as a baby {{face}} his entire run there.²* Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr isn't the youngest in WWE and isn't (too) obnoxious, but he fulfills every other requirement as the Ankle Biter subset. He's tiny, wildly popular with kids, frequently wears ridiculously bright clothes, and gets picked on by the bad guys a lot. He's even had several of the bigger faces in WWE (Dave Wrestling/{{Batista}} most noticeably) in a big brother role at one point or another. Compared to his uncle, the original Rey Misterio, you could say he's always been this.²** Rey plays directly to very little fans on his ring entrance. If there are kids on the sides next to the ramp during his entrance wearing merch masks, he'll walk right over and touch his forehead to theirs. One special kid will actually get Rey to take off his peel off part of his mask and put it on them, ala when Wrestling/BretHart used to take off his sunglasses and put them on a child in the front row.²* Command Bolshoi, trained by the Japanese Women's Pro-Wrestling Project, veteran of Wrestling/{{All Japan| Womens Pro Wrestling}}, also known as [[IHaveManyNames Bolshoi Kid, U.S.shoi, Dotonborishoi, Santa Bolshoi and Piko]]. She stands at only 4'11 imperially, has a mask with a clown nose but has a successful career as an ankle biter.²* After unmasking, Wrestling/{{Konnan}} became one in CMLL, and was enough of an ankle biter to be their first ''World Heavyweight Champion'' when they decided to introduce new titles higher than the national level.²* Wrestling/JeffHardy, being a brightly colored dressing high flier who paints himself. Unfortunately, WWE decided to focus on his legal and substance abuse troubles, and ''positively'' contrast him against UsefulNotes/{{straight edge}} wrestler Wrestling/CMPunk.²* Wrestling/GregoryHelms as the Hurricane, though the every classy WWE named his side kick the '''S'''uper '''H'''ero '''I'''n '''T'''raining. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Old habits diehard it seems.]]²* Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH did this with Taiji Ishimori, giving him lots of shiny, bright colored sets of ring gear and lots of lucha libre inspired moves, including Rey Mysterio's 619. It helps that he's only 5'4.²* Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick on WWE Smackdown and Velocity, excepting that time Spanky went streaking.²* [[Wrestling/JohnCena John Cena's]] Never Give Up not even really a gimmick would fit this. The only people it really appeals to besides kids are [[MrFanservice women]]. Wrestling/RandyOrton accidentally added fuel to this fire by suggesting only women and kids cheered Cena.²* Wrestling/HulkHogan (as a babyface at least) with his BoringInvincibleHero shtick and habit of telling kids to "Train hard, Eat their vitamins, Say their prayers and Believe in themselves."²* ''Wrestling/BobbyLashley'' was molded into one after being called from OVW to WWE, with the camera routinely zooming in on a father and his child chanting "Lashley, Lashley" whenever he made an entrance.²* [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene Dinsmore]] as he debuted on Monday Night Raw as a wrestling savant who was a big fan of legendary wrestlers such as the [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.²* Even though they were {{jobber}}s The Norkfolk Dolls attracted quite a few cheering girls in Real Quality Wrestling, likely because [[KidHero they were practically children themselves]]. [[KidHeroAllGrownUp They'd grow out of the jobber roll in time]], [[Wrestling/{{Paige}} Britani]] before Melodi..²* Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} became an example after his presence failed to make Finley hated, fitting many of the same characteristics Mysterio does except he's much less competent, is either the youngest man on the roster or close to it, and is about a foot smaller than Mysterio is. And Mysterio's 5'3".²* Wrestling/KofiKingston has been one almost his entire WWE run following his departure from WWECW. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Though Kofi has a temper, which is hard to provoke but very frightening once awakened.]]²* Tiger Mask's kid appeals status was parodied in Wonder Ring STARDOM with "Yuzupon Mask", who fought a child in her "[[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown debut]]".(that child being Haruka, a straight example)²* [[Wrestling/RubyRiott The]] Buddy [[Wrestling/SoloDarling System]] of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}[==]SHINE, with Marti Belle sarcastically crediting the {{tag team}}'s existence to everyone being twelve.²* Wrestling/{{Bayley}} behaves the way one would expect a younger fan to on NXT, and to drive the point home she has been [[SuppressedMammaries bound]]. Uniquely for this type of character, she's beloved by plenty of adult fans too. Bayley is also most likely to hug a few children during her walk to the ring.²* Alexa Bliss showed signs of being this type of character. Given the gimmick of a PluckyGirl who loves [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles glitter and sparkles]], she proved very popular with younger fans. As a face she was a TokenWholesome, but received a FaceHeelTurn to become HotterAndSexier.²* Wrestling/{{Sting}} was this before becoming DarkerAndEdgier in the mid-90s. Even though he was a 6'2" ex-bodybuilder, he wore the bright colors, fought all the much larger bad guys, did a lot of charity work, was popular with children and was well-respected in the locker room. Wrestling/TheBigShow even compared him to John Cena. However, unlike Cena, Sting was also popular with adult male fans as well.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* Takua in the first years of ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. While the Toa were the main heroes - and the ones that actually got the action figures - Takua started out as the FeaturelessProtagonist of the first few video games (one before the Toa arrived, and the other as the HeroOfAnotherStory). After the games he remained a major character and his character was developed as adventurous and loving to explore, but knowing to leave the real fights to the Toa. All this culminated in the ''Mask of Light'' movie, where he was the main character and became a Toa himself (renaming himself "Takanuva").²* ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' tends to give short, pink, girly Draculaura a ton of screentime and merchandise as she's popular with kids. Howleen also fills this role as she's the TagalongKid, particularly in ''Fright On!''. Each was also given [[ADayInTheLimelight her own]] TV special with a plot of "we have to save (Draculaura/Howleen) from (new character X)": ''Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love'' and ''13 Wishes''.²* ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' gave us Barbie's sisters Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, Kelly, or whatever sister Mattel decides to use at that time. Skipper was conceived as a character more similar to the actual target audience's age than Barbie, however she has since been aged into a teenager. As Barbie leans more towards a young adult than she originally did, Skipper has taken over as the "teenager" doll while her younger siblings are the "child" (and sometimes "baby") characters. Skipper is more tech savvy than Barbie and is a PhoneaholicTeenager.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Imoen in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''. Nothing like as sexy as other female characters, Imoen is certainly the most innocent, and one of the best (and nicest) thieves you'll find. Pretty much a sister figure to the main character. [[spoiler:And it turns out you're right, by the way.]]²* The Lunar series has adorable high pitched, wisecracking [[spoiler: baby dragons]] [[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Nall]] and [[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Ruby]], with Nall being the clown (albeit more of a DeadpanSnarker than other examples, but still very naive) and Ruby being the Ankle Biter. Well, before CharacterDevelopment, anyway.²%% * ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':²%% ** Tails is probably the first Kid Appeal character Creator/{{Sega}} made. ²%% ** Charmy came later, and was followed by Cream and Cheese.²* Pal-18 from ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'' is a toy robot (though his owner has upgraded him with weapons and hacking systems) with a squeaky voice and a hip personality. You actually obtain his best weapon by letting him play in a playground for four hours (real time). Also, his theme color (relevant to the magic system) is yellow...²* Relm from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is an extremely sassy ten-year-old girl who, despite her grandfather's best efforts, keeps insisting on jumping into the fray. And [[CuteBruiser she holds her own]]!²%%** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.²%%* The Scout is one of these that stopped trying to convince people that ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a family-friendly game. He's all the better for it.²* Sakura Kasugano from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' series. She was always out to prove herself against older, better-trained, and often bigger fighters.²%%* Akari Ichijou in ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''.²%%* The ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' series had several of these. Kinta and Clara are the most prominent.²%%* Bao in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series.²%%* The Blues (ankle biters) from ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', so did Bubbles (clown) and Stella (weak but lovable).²%%* Skate from VideoGame/StreetsOfRage is between nine and twelve years old.²%%* El Stingray is the shortest wrestler in ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters''. He's 5'6''.²%%* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series had plenty of those that fit in the trope, including the Toads and the Koopalings, both of which are groups of these.²* Slippy Toad from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series, being (and very much sounding like) the youngest squad member. As a pilot, he's constantly in need of saving, but he pulls his weight as a [[TheSmartGuy mechanic]].²%%* Marie Rose from ''[[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5 Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade]]''.²* Meta Knight from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]; he appeals to older players in this adorable, beginner-focused series through his cool design and mature personality. In the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games, he fits right in with the cast of ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' as seen when he teams up with Marth and Ike, and nobody bats an eyelid at his cartoony design or diminutive stature.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* Discussed in the ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' review of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. While Linkara considered Justin a well-executed character, he took issue with the idea that kids ''needed'' someone their own age to relate to; noting that the show had already done just fine without one for four seasons at that point.²* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Bear, Duck, Balloon, and to a lesser extent, Snake. All of them are child characters who get into mischief as kids will do.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}²** Bumblebee from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' was the original TropeNamer. Down to originally transforming into a Volkswagen. Every single version of him - ever - is a kid-appeal character. They even partnered him with the ''human'' kid on the show.²*** After the [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie animated movie]], the kid appeal role was taken on by [[TheScrappy Wheelie]] for the third series of ''Generation 1'' (which paired ''him'' with the ''son'' of Bumblebee's partner, though not quite as often) and all of ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters''.²*** This role was then taken over by Holi in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'', who was blue but otherwise a combination of all this trope's aspects.²** Cheetor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is also yellow, fast and the youngest one on the Maximal Team. And if that weren't enough to tell that he's the kid of the team, he's got ''freckles''. Unlike Bumblebee however, he is actually quite a competent warrior and [[CharacterDevelopment later became]] TheLancer to Optimus Primal. In ''Beast Machines'', he's replaced in this role by Nightscream. It, uh, [[TheScrappy kinda didn't work]].²** Wedge, from ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]'', is small, orange and gutsy, but where the typical Bumblebee-type in Transformers is fast, Wedge's assets are strength and engineering know-how. (That, and being the leader of a team that forms a CombiningMecha.)²*** Side Burn also fills the role, a clown who [[RunningGag constantly tries to hit on non-sentient red sports cars]] driven by the ButtMonkey bystander.²** Hot Shot, from ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', also yellow, falls under the third version. A bit of a goofball but [[LetsGetDangerous surprisingly competent in battle]]. His role was handed off to Ironhide in ''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Energon]]'' and then 180'd right back to him in ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]''.²** This is all parodied in the [[ComicBook/TransformersTransTech Botcon script reading]] [[ "Bee in the City,"]] where Bumblebee from ''Animated'' is identified as the kid-appeal character and is asked if he's a Bumblebee or a Hot Shot (also referencing how he was originally supposed to be a new Hot Shot). Over the course of the program various characters also called him Wheelie, Side Burn, Cheetor, and even [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} T-Bob]], much to his annoyance.²** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Bumblebee became the Ankle Biter, in accordance with the show's more serious tones, being based more on his film counterpart. But he's still paired with the youngest of the human characters. By [[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise RID]], he's basically all grown up, and his role is passed on to Sideswipe.²** [[ According to]] WordOfGod, in BizarroUniverse ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'', Soundwave is intended as filling the Kid Appeal Character role.²** Wiki/TFWikiDotNet even has [[ its own article on the subject]].²%%* And on that note, T-Bob from ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' fits here as well.²%%* Scooter from ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots''.²%%* Flash from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.²* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.''²** Kid Flash serves as a clown type. He's a jokester, dresses in a yellow costume, and has red hair.²** Robin is the youngest of the team and has a VerbalTic. This aspect of his character is abandoned in ''Invasion'', where he is now an adult that goes by ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}.²** Beast Boy applies in ''Invasion'' as a clown type. He is also brightly colored (being completely green) and is the youngest member.²* Marcia Mouse of ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' easily fits the ankle biter type, being a fiery PluckyGirl of the bunch.²* Scrappy-Doo from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' was one of the Ankle-Biter variety (though he was surprisingly strong for his size, edging towards CuteBruiser territory). That said, when he isn't around it's usually Shaggy and Scooby himself who get into silly antics in the midst of monster-hunting.²* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. She's not powerful enough to be a solo hero and regularly ends up getting into trouble, but she's adventurous and determined and usually finds a way to be useful.²* Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is a clown type. He's always trying to be funny and is clearly the least mature, and he usually seems to be the weakest fighter on the team. ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Usually.]] [[BerserkButton Usually.]]''²* Tuck from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' as he's the only character in the show under 10 in a cast largely made of teenagers.²%%* Chameleon Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' SpiritualSuccessor ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''. Funny that they're both shapeshifters.²* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'': [=WilyKat=] and Kit. In the latter they are, as a BrotherSisterTeam of TricksterTwins, Clowns and Ankle-biters. As {{Artful Dodger}}s, teasing, trickery and theft ''are'' their forms of attack, from baiting monsters into tripwire to stealing others' weapons.²* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', an adorable IneptMage. He didn't exist in [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse the original toyline]], Creator/{{Filmation}} created him to appeal to younger kids.²%%* Buji from ''Mi Familia es un Dibujo'' (originally introduced in the movie ''Dibu: La Película'').²%%* Upita from ''Patoruzito''. In the original comic book, there was no such character, there was only Upa.²%%* Wasabi from ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack''.²* Enzo from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' was [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling written in specifically for this purpose]]. The producers of the show admitted that during pre-production they were instructed to put a kid in the show by the execs and they were against having a kid "mess up our kick-ass action show." But they came to love the character, feeling he was the heart and soul of the show, and after he received a PlotRelevantAgeUp, they worked to bring back [[CloningBlues the original kid (for a certain value of "original")]] because they missed him.²* Ahsoka from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' helps give the show a kid-perspective in a series filled with adults. CharacterDevelopment in later seasons has her grow into a competent (if still young) hero in her own right.²* Richie Foley in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. He replaces Frieda Goren as Static's best friend because the show was geared towards a younger audience than the comics were. He's the second definition of Kid Appeal Character. He was also given superpowers because the writers were having a hard time keeping him in the episodes, but often his attempts at defeating the enemy don't work. He's been kidnapped at least four times and he's been turned into a mind slave twice.²* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', android Buzzwang is the Rangers' PluckyComicRelief RobotBuddy--and a substantial portion of the fanbase will never forgive him for it.²* Rusty the Boy Robot in ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot''. He's seriously determined to be a hero and actually has enormous powers, but his inexperience is always getting in the way.²* Ironically enough, ComicBook/TheWasp from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. She's small (even without her shrinking powers), brightly colored, a FragileSpeedster, and generally more childlike than her teammates. Incidentally, she's quite popular with the older fanbase and the show's EnsembleDarkHorse.²%%* ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers'' goes much, much further. Due to a mishap most known Marvel heroes and villains are essentially turned into summonable {{Mon}}s, so you've got a group of kids as the show's leads and in many ways the Avengers are ''their'' sidekicks.²%%* Snap from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''. ²* Meelo from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', as he is the instigator of almost all of the show's ToiletHumor, which places him firmly in the "Clown" category.²** The trope is also referenced when Varrick launches the motion picture industry, saying he'll have "romance, action, some... funny animal stuff for the kids".²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':²** [[PowerTrio The Cutie Mark Crusaders]]. ''Friendship Is Magic'' is itself a kids' show, but the main cast are young adults([[VagueAge ish]]). The CMC are a lot closer to the age of the target demographic, and thus are easier for said audience to relate to.²** [[OneOfTheKids Pinkie Pie]] also has an above-average amount of kid appeal (she's basically Creator/TheHub's mascot at this point), though the show often uses her as a means to [[TakeThat take shots at]] the mentality underlying many uses of this trope (for example, [[ "The Piggy Dance,"]] which [[ParodiedTrope parodies]] the overly simplistic and repetitive nature of many children-directed songs, and seals the deal by causing the infant Cake twins to [[IntendedAudienceReaction cry in response to it]]).²** Spike appears to be this for younger males who may watch the show. He's a little boy, that's a dragon, that gets to go on adventures with older girls all day.²* Gus Griswald from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the small, cute SixthRanger to the main group of kids, and is weak and cowardly, but warmhearted and lovable. ²* Michelangelo of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', and thanks to his reception, became a BreakoutCharacter amongst the brothers. He's the goofiest brother, likes to party and [[FunPersonified have fun]], and wears an orange headband.²%%* Nibbles (or Tuffy depending on the short), the little gray mouse Jerry adopts in some shorts, filled this role in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', though the series itself was originally meant to appeal to a more general audience.²* Jay in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' is the least serious character on the original four-ninja team, constantly making jokes even during stressful or dangerous situations as well frequently ranting about the problems that the team have to face. He also has a love of video games, and seems to be a bit younger and shorter than the others overall (not counting Lloyd).²%%* Cody and Cowarado Kid seem to [[DependingOnTheWriter take turns]] filling this role in ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa''.²* Broadway from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' appeals to kids due to being a sensitive guy, his love for modern culture, his big body, and his role as comic relief in a TV series that has dark themes. ²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is wacky, acts like he just got out of third grade, and is yellow.²%%* Buzzbee on [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]]'s ''WesternAnimation/TheHive''. This trope ''did'' used to be called The Bumblebee.²* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MrIncredibleAndPals'' (presented as a ShowWithinAShow in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' universe), where Mr. Incredible and Frozone are joined by the bunny Mr. Skipperdoo, whose contribution to the plot is looking cute and occasionally bouncing up and down. When the "real" Mr. Incredible and Frozone watch it, neither one is impressed, to say the least.²-->'''Mr. Incredible:''' The rabbit is cuddly! Kids like little cuddly sidekicks! I mean, the rabbit... it's a time-tested... okay, the rabbit bites.²%%* Ma-Ti in ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''.²* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is presented as TheCutie of the group, is treated as the youngest despite the sisters all being "born" at literally the same time, and has the softest color palette (baby blue). She might seem "weak but lovable" (at least compared to her sisters) however [[BewareTheNiceOnes when angered]] it's shown Bubbles is quite possibly the most powerful of the triplets. Bubbles is the KidAppealCharacter in a different way in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016''. She's the most GirlyGirl of the girls, has the softest color palette, is a {{fangirl}} prone to squealing and WingdingEyes, and is the most internet culture savvy. Her "cute" aspect is downplayed to emphasise her excitable aspects.²* Kimber from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has bright red hair, has a catchphrase ("[[TotallyRadical Outrageous!]]"), is considerably less mature than the others, and is the youngster major character.²* Sheegwa from ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'' is the youngest and most cheerful character in the show.²* Bunga from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' is a clown type. He is loud, occasionally gross, rash, and has a catchphrase he uses at least once an episode. He is hated by most of the PeripheryDemographic due to this characterization.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'':²** Pinkie Pie is pink colored, friendly, and loves fun. She was ascended to TheLeader in the "Core 7" soft-reboot and was treated as the mascot to G3. ²** Minty is a light green color, is Pinkie's best friend, has an unusual character tic of loving socks, and is one of the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} characters.²* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'':²** Alien warriors [[HeterosexualLifePartners Memnock and Zenblock]]. This is because of their very cool reptillian appearances as aliens as well as the fact that both of them [[ManChild behave very immaturely and act like kids a lot]]. Memnock is more of a kid appeal character than his comrade, Zenblock due to Memnock's cute little fangs, yellowish skin, and his appeal towards kids of both genders due to his [[CampStraight love for cooking and any activity whether masculine, feminine, or childish]].²** Roach is also such a character due to his hairstyle that covers his eyes as well as his carefree and laid back personality.²* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': Since the titular character, Johnny can be very hard to root for at times, his dog, Dukey is designed to appeal towards kids due to his ability to talk, hilarious laughing and personality, and his quirkiness.²* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':²** Owen, a contestant in the first season, was designed to appeal towards kids due to his likable and oafish personality as well as his flatulence and toilet humor. He was used to promote the show a lot and he even won the first season in his ending. ²** Noah, a fellow contestant and Owen's buddy qualifies due to his sarcasm, wit, and the massive popularity and acclaim that he received from viewers.²** DJ is also an appeal character too due to his bead eyes, likable personality, and love for animals.²** Cameron, a season four contestant is much smaller than any of the other contestants as he looks more like a kid than a teen and sounds like one too. His high intelligence and good personality also appeals towards kids.²** Shawn takes this role in "Pahkitew Island" due to his eccentric behavior and obsession with zombies²* ''WesternAnimation/TheRidonculousRace'':²** Junior takes the role due to the fact that he is the youngest contestant on the show and looks a lot like Justin Bieber²** Carrie and Devin also fill in this role due to fact that they were featured in many promotional images of the show and that their budding romance is one of the main plot points of the show²** Geoff and Brody are also this due to their immature and eccentric behavior.²* ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'':²** Gee is an example of this due to his oafish personality, love of food, and role as comic relief for the show when it starts to get into darker themes.²** Any of the characters who are kulipari also fill in this role due to the fact that they glow and emit very beautiful colors when they use their powers. They include but not limited to Ponto and Darel's little siblings.²* Otto from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' is the youngest member of the team at the age of eight and he provides the educational value of the show due to his vast knowledge of history.²* On ''WesternAnimation/BeatBugs'', Buzz is of the "bumblebee" type. She gets her name in part because she is always buzzing with enthusiasm, and she tends to be up for just about anything. She is also the youngest of the group, easily, and designed with a cute, lovable child look with GirlishPigtails.²* Mindy from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', who was originally not in the show, [[ExecutiveMeddling but was added to appeal the younger demographic]][[note]]Believe it or not, the show wasn't originally intended for preschoolers, but the team didn't want to completely lose them[[/note]]. Mindy embodies curiosity, as she often asks questions that drive the episodes' plots and prompt Jet, Sean, and Sydney to go to space to look for an answer. This is a successful example, as Mindy became a very popular character within the show's target audience. However, in season 2, this prompted the writers to [[SpotlightStealingSquad make everything revolve around Mindy]].²[[/folder]]²²----


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