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1[[quoteright:330:[[Manga/{{Bleach}} https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shoulder_teammate_0.jpg]]]]²[[caption-width-right:330:[-Kenpachi never goes anywhere without his Yachiru. \²[[NoSenseOfDirection Too bad they have no idea where they are going...]]]]-]²²->''"I always have to respect a man who knows the importance of a shoulder loli."''²-->-- '''[[http://gairon.deviantart.com/art/BHTSY-5-09-324017481 Kenpachi Zaraki,]]''' ''Webcomic/BleachHappyToServeYou''²²Whenever someone carries a small kid, their speaking animal sidekick, or a very small friend on their shoulder wherever they go. Maybe it is to help the smaller one travel faster, or a sign that the two characters share a close (figurative or literal) familial bond. Not to be confused with ParrotPetPosition, which is about {{Loyal Animal Companion}}s, rather than actual characters.²²Often overlaps with MoralityPet and BadassAndChildDuo. See also HeadPet. ²²----²!!Examples:²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* Baby Beel, alias Manga/{{Beelzebub}}, tends to favor Oga's shoulder whenever they travel together. Which is pretty much ''always'', given you can't really afford to let the Demon King's son wander around.²* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':²** The trope image is Kenpachi carrying his adoptive daughter Yachiru. She only leaves his shoulder for three reasons: To eat, to play, [[BloodKnight or to play.]] Worth mentioning that he actually carries pretty much ''everyone'' this way. Ask Orihime.²** Ichigo followed his example for a while with Nel.²* Much like the books [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Fili]] rarely leaves [[JunglePrincess Jasmine]]'s shoulder in ''Anime/DeltoraQuest''. ²* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', Riful (in her human form) sometimes sat upon the shoulder of her boyfriend Dauf (in his much larger awakened form).²* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', even though Puar can fly, he'd rather stay on Yamcha's shoulder.²** Kid Gohan is often seen [[https://giffiles.alphacoders.com/141/14102.gif taking a ride]] on his father Goku's shoulder in the anime openings. ²** [[GentleGiant Android 16]] is large enough that 18 can [[https://ncache.ilbe.com/files/attach/new/20150521/377678/321009562/5856162644/64f692142f988078cf1b867a98219a8f.jpg ride]] his shoulder pad on the manga cover. ²* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Lin is often seen taking a ride on Kenshiro's shoulder in the anime and video games. ²* In a flashback in ''Anime/OnePiece'', Tony Tony Chopper is seen a few times [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwrlfAAV4AAaTb5.jpg:large hanging on Hiriluk's shoulders]] while in his cutesy, chibi-sized "Brain Point".²** Chibi-Chopper does the same thing with [[https://i.gifer.com/4NDQ.gif Zoro]] as well as [[https://data.whicdn.com/images/95231564/original.jpg Sanji]] and [[https://d.wattpad.com/story_parts/35/images/13fea17f7927d5f2.jpg Franky]] in the main story. ²** Nami does it with Luffy while flying on Billy in [[Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld Strong World]]. Later in Whole Cake Island she does it more comfortably [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/37/ce/15/37ce15b65837bc4e3fc06853a9f06239.png with Jimbei]].²** Robin is seen sitting on [[HumongousMecha General Franky]]'s shoulder in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ''.²** Mansherry rides Rebecca's shoulder in the epilogue of Dressrosa. ²** Perospero rides on his mother Big Mom's shoulder during her UnstoppableRage towards the Strawhats at the end of Whole Cake, pretty brave considering she could kill him at any moment. ²* The first two mooks (a huge one with a hammer, and a very fast midget) in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' are introduced this way.²* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': The elder of the two villainous Toguro brothers is often seen riding around on his much larger (but younger) brother's back. Kuwabara even insults him by calling him a "shoulder monkey" at one point.²* Martial artist Jim Mazinger and his young spotter Kouji Kabuto of ''Manga/ViolenceJack''. While they are indeed close allies, it is also justified as Jim is blind and needs Kouji to see for him. This, in turn, references their original source material, ''Anime/MazingerZ'', where Kouji would pilot the title robot in a similar fashion.²* One episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' features this with two guest characters, the small and timid Briar and the much larger Beauregard.²* In ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' Sumomo was often carried this way. ²* Yui in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', when in Navigation Pixie form, likes to ride on Kazuto's or Asuna's shoulders when she's not in their pockets for fast travel or going as a HeadPet.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''ComicBook/XMen'' [[TeamPet Lockheed]] the dragon always perches on ComicBook/KittyPryde's shoulder or ComicBook/{{Colossus}} if Kitty isn't around.²** Hell Colossus himself is known to give shoulder rides to Kitty and [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/7/79529/2085023-uncx2011007cov_col.jpg Illyana]] his little sister. ²*** Strong Guy from ''ComicBook/XFactor'' being TopHeavyGuy does with his teammates namely [[https://www.writeups.org/wp-content/uploads/Strong-Guy-Marvel-Comics-X-Factor-Guido-Carosella-b.jpg Polaris]] and [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35200000/Strong-Guy-Guido-Carosella-x-men-35222229-1217-992.jpg Wolfsbaine]].²** Most [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrinking characters]] will sit on their fellow heroes' shoulders e.g [[https://www.cuartomundo.cl/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/kingdom-come-126-doll-teentitans1.jpg?w=253 Superman and Doll Girl]] in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.²** ComicBook/{{Spiderman}} is small enough to ride on [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]'s shoulders in [[https://2.bp.blogspot.com/3-KuxsRG4Q6qizu-12NcwWs40k1UCX9F-UOA1fBQp3UlWUh32dRl-k-be6UQWXgqCwXxSkc4O1vX=s1600 most]] [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11114/111143954/3867425-0437581500-hulk-.jpg team]] [[https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1496/3582/products/print_hulk_spiderman_gab_lithograph.jpg?v=1514472343 ups]]. ''It's pretty adorable'' though Hulk will throw him off, if "Bug Man" gets too annoying. ²*** Spidey once [[https://i2.wp.com/www.comicsbulletin.com/main/sites/default/files/reviews/images/1111/avengingspiderman1a.jpg took a ride]] on Red Hulk as well, much to Ross's irritation.²** Rocket Raccoon and Groot from ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' naturally [[https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/3669125.jpg do this]], Rocket does it [[https://www.writeups.org/wp-content/uploads/Rocket-Raccoon-Guardians-Galaxy-Marvel-Comics-h8.jpg to Mantis]] as well. Though [[https://nothingbutcomics.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/rocket-raccoon-groot-8-chase-michael-walshcrop.jpg?w=474 subverted]] with ''ComicBook/GwenPool''.²[[/folder]] ²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant occasionally carries Hogarth on his shoulder. It helps that he's, well, ''a giant''.²* One of the alien pirates in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' is revealed as two when the "head" gets off the shoulders of his larger companion, who has his face in his chest.²* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'', King Shark carries Killer Frost on his shoulder while the squad is threading through the sewers. Used for ShipTease.²* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Zazu occasionally sits on Mufasa's shoulder.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* [[BigGuyLittleGuy Master and Blaster]] in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. [[TheDividual Together]], they are [=MasterBlaster=]!²* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':²** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Rocket Raccoon climbs on top of his teammate Groot during the prison escape, first to seek protection against the drones, and then taking advantage of the higher viewpoint to indulge in MoreDakka once he gets his paws on a gun.²** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': In an inversion of their dynamic in the first movie, now it's Baby Groot's turn to ride on Rocket's shoulder while the rambunctious raccoon delivers MoreDakka. Groot later finds a nice lil' perch on Yondu's shoulder, too.²** In ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', [[https://media.comicbook.com/2019/03/avengers-endgame-spoilers-rocket-raccoon-war-machine-1163076-1280x0.jpeg Rocket rides on War Machine's shoulder]]. Rocket can also be seen riding on Thor's shoulder near the end of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* An adopted (or more properly mind-bonded) treecat in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books prefer to ride on the shoulders of their human companion. They started as borderline examples of the ParrotPetPosition, but their in-story development puts them clearly within this trope.²* Poplock, an intelligent toad in ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', often rides on Tobimar's shoulders (he switches shoulder regularly) once they team up.²* In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' a [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] joins the Watch; Vimes first sees him when he's sitting on the shoulder of a troll. ²* After a new healer joins the titular guild in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', she's usually seen glued to the back of the tank.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight]]'', two of the BigBad's minions follow this trope, with Pic (the diminutive FragileSpeedster part of the duo) riding on the shoulder of Gorc (a huge MightyGlacier).²* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry5'' V can ride on the shoulder of his GuardianEntity Nightmare, allowing the player to control it's actions. ²* Atreus scrambles on his father Kratos's shoulders during climbing sequences in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4''. ²* Used as a gameplay mechanic in a late ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' boss. [[spoiler: Sickly Prince Lothric rides around on the shoulders of his giant brother Lorian during the second phase of their boss battle. Also played with in that by this point, Lothric's magic is all that's holding Lorian up.]]²* Barret frequently gives his adoptive daughter Marlene a ride on his shoulders in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. ²* When Yuna summons Ifrit in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', it bursts from underground and catches her this way before setting her down.²* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', General Raubahn, a burly Highlander Hyur, often carries his Sultana Nanamo, a Lalafell, on his forearm.²* ''VideoGame/TheGirlAndTheRobot'': The robot can carry the girl around on its shoulder.²* Felicia takes a ride on Haggar's shoulders in the trailer for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. ²* Ferra and Torr from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' are a symbiotic pair, where Ferra constantly rides on Torr's back.²* In the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series, [[WeaselMascot the latter]] of the titular characters has the habit of riding on the shoulder of [[TheHero the former]]. Though, considering [[DeadpanSnarker what]] [[CasanovaWannabe kind of]] [[MilesGloriosus a person]] Daxter is, you might disagree about him being cute in the true sense of the word.²* Starting from Gun-Jack, the killer robots created by Jane in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' carry her this way. We actually see her jump on Gun-Jack's shoulder as soon as she realizes he won the King of Iron Fist Tournament in his ending cutscene.²* Big carries Amy and Cream on his shoulder in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''.'²* Big Daddies in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' do this with their Little Sisters but only when you attack them. Big Sisters in ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' also carry the Little Sisters but in a cage attached to their back as they're not as big as their counterparts.²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':²** While the player carries her on Link's back (as a wolf) for most of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Midna sits on Link's shoulder in one scene.²** In two cutscenes in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', [[TheBigGuy Darunia]] is showing carrying [[MakingASplash Princess Ruto]] on his bicep.²* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'': A [[EliteMook Gargantuar]] is rarely seen without an [[DepravedDwarf Imp]] on his back. One variety of Gargantuar in [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2 the sequel]] carried ''[[RuleOfThree three]]'' Imps on his back instead of one. In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesHeroes'', there were other variations on this team-up-- one with just Gargantuars, one with just Imps, and even one with the ''[[RussianReversal Gargantuar]]'' [[RussianReversal being carried by the]] ''[[RussianReversal Imp]]''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* ''Webcomic/BleachHappyToServeYou'', The page quote is Zaraki (who also provides the page image) approving of Starrk and his Shoulder Loli Lilynette. Ichigo is also a member of the Shoulder Loli club with Nel, and [[spoiler: when Zaraki was young, he was the Shoulder Shota to Unohana.]]²[[/folder]]²[[folder:Web Original]]²This pixiv image of giant heavily armored dragon warrior with a small catgirl on his shoulder: https://www.zerochan.net/463568#full .²[[/folder]]²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheKingKongShow'', cartoon Kong carries his kid buddy Bobby Bond sitting on his shoulder.²* In ''Mighty Man and Yukk!'', Mighty Man is an Atom-like [[PintSizedPowerhouse/WesternAnimation tiny superhero]] who travels on his dog Yukk!'s shoulder. (The exclamation point is a part of his name.)²* The title character in the [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Classic Disney Short]] "Morris the Midget Moose," a small moose with full-grown antlers, meets Balsam, a regular-sized moose with tiny antlers. With Morris standing atop Balsam's shoulders, they both become one complete moose.²* Snail on ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'', for convenience, usually on Franklin's shoulder. Snail is fully anthropomorphic in his own right, not a pet.²* This briefly happens in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Back to the Moon." When Pearl and Garnet fuse, Amethyst is hanging out on Sardonyx's shoulder. ²* While he only rode on Groot's shoulder once during the movie, Rocket can be frequently seen riding on Groot's shoulder in the ''WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' animated series, even to the point where posters and other promotional materials show him frequently being on Groot's shoulder.²[[/folder]]²----

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