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A young child or adolescent who aspires to be a Ninja, but has a long way to go and a lot yet to experience before they become a real ninja. Of course, some of them can already be a ninja and kick ass.

Compare Kid Samurai, Young Gun, and Kung-Fu Kid. Contrast Child Soldiers.


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    Anime 
  • Naruto, along with many other characters from that series.
  • Nintama Rantarou is about the school life of playful ninja students.
  • The Narutaki Twins from Mahou Sensei Negima! could be this trope.
  • Black*Star from Soul Eater isn't called a ninja In-Universe, but he fits the trope.
  • Shinobu from Ninin Ga Shinobuden is a total airhead. It doesn't help that she has a terrible teacher.
  • Ninja Hattori-kun centres around a young Ninja who befriends the main character.
  • One Piece: The Wano Arc gives us Tama, a little girl who not only aspires to be a "bewitching" kunoichi, but to also join Ace's pirate crew. Sadly, by the time the plot makes it to Wano, Ace had been already killed in the Paramount War Arc. While she has no fighting ability, she does have a Devil Fruit power where she can create dango, and if an animal eats that dango they become her friends.
  • In Tamagotchi, Gozarutchi is a school-going boy who comes from Gozaru Village, which has a huge population of ninjas. Gozarutchi does have quite a few ninja techniques down, such as walking on water, but he still practices with his ninja toad friend Gamanosuke and only gets the hang of the "Art of Shadow Cloning" when he has to save Kikitchi and has no other choice.

    Comic Books 
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in most media. Michelangelo seems to fit this trope best of them in the later incarnations. Occasionally there are also flashbacks to the turtles' childhoods, when they were small adorable ninjas-to-be.
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    Film 
  • All of the new students attending at Ninja Academy.
  • Spritle in the film version of Speed Racer, but he doesn't pull it off very well.
  • The three protagonists from the 3 Ninjas film series.
  • The Filipino film, Ninja Kids.

    Live-Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • El Hijo del Ninja, El Ninja Jr and Último Ninja on the Mexican circuit, the latter of whom debuted in his preteens. All three grew up to be respectable luchadors.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Garu and Tobe from Pucca.
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    Web Comics 
  • In Marilith, Yulia's granddaughter Monika wants to be a ninja when she grows up.
  • Robin's brother in The Wotch, due to being a Naruto fan.
  • The McNinja family in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja have been trained as ninja since birth, although by the time the story begins both the Doc and his little brother Sean have aged out of this trope.

    Web Original 
  • In Game Grumps, Ninja Brian's daughter Ninja Audrey (age two) is more powerful than he is, although unlike him she doesn't have a Ph.D.


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