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"How'd you like to take a break from that fine lead-based paint and learn about dodgeball?"
Jimmy: Mr. McClure?
Troy McClure: Oh! Hello Bobby.
Jimmy: Jimmy. I'm curious as to how meat gets from the ranch to my stomach.
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Little Jimmy is a young character without any distinguishable traits other than complete unawareness related to the subject at hand. Most likely found in educational films, commercials, and public service announcements (or parodies thereof). Their only job is to represent the young and unaware viewers of the film who know nothing about common sense and would very well get into a car with a stranger offering candy unless some superhero or other fictional character comes along and tells them that it's wrong.

He's typically young, white and freckled.

Compare Constantly Curious and Curious as a Monkey, both of whom have an insatiable curiosity and are quite willing to indulge it on their own. See also Naïve Newcomer, The Watson, Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket, Easy Evangelism.


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    Comic Books 
  • One issue of Action Philosophers! features Karl Marx giving an explanation of communism, as he originally interpreted it, to a Little Jimmy character.
  • Used quite frequently in the Chick Tracts, one prominent example being the child in "The Missing Day" who has the "true" meaning of Thanksgiving explained to him by his fundamentalist uncle, leading him to convert. There is also a reoccurring character named Li'l Suzy who might fit this trope as she does go to her fundamentalist grandfather for explanations for things like Islam, but then more often than not she's the one explaining things to her naive and uninformed classmates, so she could be a subversion.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Trope Namer is the kid from Mr Wizard, a neighbor boy who'd come to see Mr. Wizard's science tricks.
  • The Barney-esque series Hip Hop Harry featured Scott, a boy whose ignorance often lead to him asking what a dried apple is among other rhetorical questions, usually so that the titular rapping bear can explain the subject at hand to younger viewers. Taking note of Scott's outstanding lack of common sense, Joel McHale of The Soup nicknamed him "Stupid Scott."
  • The Daily Show's "Midterm Elections" Schoolhouse Rock parody.
    Jimmy: Sounds like midterm elections are a chance to really change things!
    Grandpa: Are you listening to a goddamn word of this? Out of 535 seats we'll be lucky to get ten new people!
  • Ask Mr. Lizard, the Show Within a Show from Dinosaurs, has Timmy. Who is killed in every episode, leading Mr. Lizard to say "We're going to need another Timmy."
  • Police Squad! had a running gag where the squad's forensic scientist would explain what he's doing to his young assistant.
  • Zigzagged with James "Jimmy" Flynn, the youngest of the bunch in Kid Nation. Having volunteered for the the show to kickstart his aspiring career as an actor, Jimmy is lost on why he and thrity-nine other kids are being brought out into the middle of New Mexico by a TV personality he doesn't know, thrown in a scenario much more real than the one his mother signed him up for. Despite not understanding the grim bureaucracy of the television industry, Jimmy shows a noteworthy amount of awareness when he immediately recognizes the potential child endangerment and opts out of the show at the first opportunity.

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    Music 
  • The "Little Jimmy" Skits in Kanye West's The College Dropout album present Jimmy as a naive child who was implied to be entirely impressionable due to his father's "influence".

    Radio 
  • Parodied by Bob & Ray in the multiple installments of their "Mr Science."
    • "I feel as though one of nature's eternal secrets has just been unlocked before my very eyes."
    • "You wouldn't try to slip me the old rubber peach just because I'm a gullible child, would you, Mr. Science?"
  • The kid (always Jimmy Schwab) would attempt to replicate Mr Science's experiments, with disastrous results.
    • "Don't do that, Jimmy. The contents of that bottle must never be exposed to heat!"
      • "Today's broadcast was the last in our current series."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • R-Truth, after a Face–Heel Turn, said that he was sick and tired of all his younger fans, referring to them as "Little Jimmies". As his Sanity Slippage progressed, he became convinced that all the Little Jimmies were in on a conspiracy to prevent him from holding a title belt.
    • After turning face again, he claimed that he and Little Jimmy had made peace with one another after an absence due to injurynote .

    Web Comics 
  • Captain Broadband: Captain Broadband's nameless partner exists solely for this purpose. Captain Broadband provides him with explanations of events solely for the sake of providing explanations for events. Apparently it doesn't even matter what he's explaining as long as he's explaining something. No matter how gibberish it can be.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Lisa the Vegetarian", Lisa begins to have doubts about eating meat, so her school shows her class a propaganda video from the meat industry titled "Meat and You: Partners in Freedom". It features our good friend Jimmy as he is "educated" (and traumatized) about the wonders of the meat industry.
    • Similar videos show up every now and then, with earlier ones featuring Troy McClure.
  • Futurama has a similar video where a little girl is taught about Global Warming. The same clip is also used in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero features And Knowing Is Half the Battle segments in which dumb kids do things they shouldn't and the heroes have to come along and tell them not to.
  • This trope was parodied in an Invader Zim episode, where ZIM is sent to judgement for his actions. In it, Tallest Red tells "Little Timmy" what an Irken PAK is... but when he's done, Tallest Purple promptly orders a pair of guards to drag him kicking and screaming to the dungeons because He Knows Too Much.

"SHUDDUP, LI'L JIMMY!"
 
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Refund the World

To convince Larry to give them a refund, Gumball and Darwin make a video about "Little Jimmy" (played by Anais) and how his life degenerated after not being given a refund.

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