KaiYves on Dec 19th 2013 at 5:16:07 PM
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Synchronicity on Mar 14th 2018 at 4:49:31 PM
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Similar to the Military Brat and Circus Brat, this character spent their childhood traveling across the world of the story, probably having many adventures— but in their case, it was on expeditions or research trips with their parents or guardians, one or both of whom were scientists of some sort. Like those character types, they may have picked up languages and other skills in places they've visited, as well as having science and tech skills learned from their parents. Common in media for children, as it provides an excuse for a young character to be Walking the Earth and having adventures involving exotic technology, although examples can show up elsewhere, and established adult scientist characters may be revealed to have had this as their background.
- Cady from Mean Girls grew up traveling through Africa because her parents are wildlife biologists. It doesn't come up much beyond being the reason she has No Social Skills.
- Tash and Zak Arranda from Galaxy of Fear, except that they're traveling with their uncle rather than a parent. Needs more context
- In The River, Lincoln Cole was this growing up, but he didn't enjoy it very much, causing him to hate both his father and fieldwork.
- Indiana Jones himself was this early in his life, as shown in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Zero-Context Example
- Jonny Quest, in both the original series (Jonny Quest) and Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures. He traveled around the world with his Omnidisciplinary Scientist father Dr. Benton Quest having all sorts of adventures.
- Alex O'Connell from The Mummy: The Animated Series. Zero-Context Example
- Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys is fascinated by the animals her family encounters on their travels, as her father Nigel is a zoologist and naturalist. (This technically applies to her siblings Debbie and Donnie as well, although they show less interest in wildlife biology than she does.)
- Rusty Venture from The Venture Bros. is a deconstructive parody of this, living his entire life in the shadow of his Super Scientist dad, and ending up depressed, neurotic and abusive of his own children.
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