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Just a bit more moe than some others.

"During the development phase, it was said that 'Caster turns into a loli with hyper power', but we only need one loli!"
Taiga, Fate/stay night: Taiga dojo #22note 

The Token Mini Moe is a young or young-looking member of a cast designed to appeal to one of two predominant demographics. The first is those who simply find the character absolutely adorable and/or endearing and feel protective towards him or her. The character allows this sort of fan to act as and live out the role as an idealized older brother or sister (or parent) cheering their little sister on and helping her achieve whatever goals the setting deems important. The second are the Lolicons / Shotacons, who take an erotic or romantic interest in the character. Needless to say, these two groups are often at each other's throats over the character.

What defines a Token Mini Moe is a number of factors. First, they appear prepubescent, regardless of whether they are actually children or not. Why someone so much younger appearing is mixed in with a group of older looking people may be addressed, but it's just as likely that it will be noted and then the story will move on. In a harem series where they are used as a love interest, they will almost never be the main one and are frequently overshadowed, their arcs amounting to a Precocious Crush that is gently rebuffed. Since they are the Token Mini Moe, if there are other similarly young looking characters in the cast then it is probably not this trope.


Compare Tagalong Kid and Kid-Appeal Character, who are kids designed to act as Audience Surrogates for younger viewers.

In anime, these characters have a tendency to be referred to as "token loli" and "token shota" (if they are a token), but these words can imply sexualization of children, so please don't use them in this website. Hence, this page was renamed from Token Loli (that and the fact that, because of the definition shift, female examples of Kid-Appeal Character and Tagalong Kid are also referred to as token lolis).



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  • Chika from Ai Yori Aoshi. She's had more exposure to the male lead than any other character, although he thankfully disinterested, and thus it's played for comedy. She's still nonetheless very popular despite having the fewest appearances.
  • In Anne Happy: Anne Hanakoizumi takes this role; not only is she flat-chested and shorter than the rest of the cast, she also has the personality of a Cheerful Child and talks like one.
  • Mai "Ino" Inose in Asteroid in Love. She is the only member of the cast that is cute in a childish way, and her body is not helping matters.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Chiyo Mihama (pictured above) is a Child Prodigy who starts her first year of high school at age 10, while all her classmates are 15 or 16. She's also a parodic deconstruction — the series is all too quick to point out the problems with a girl as young and small as her attending high school, and then plays it up for laughs.
  • Charmy Pappitson from Black Clover is the only member of the Black Bulls who looks like a child. Blatantly lampshaded by Charmy herself when she finds out Dorothy is actually twenty-seven years old:
    "She's older than me?! Oh, no! My role as the 'little cutie who's actually older'!"
  • Mafuyu Hoshikawa of Blend-S was hired at Cafe Stile specifically to be the cafe's "little sister" type. She's like Poplar Up to Eleven - even smaller (and built like a middle-schooler, which she does not like being reminded of) than Poplar, but actually a college student. While she plays it up on the clock, she's much more sarcastic and short-tempered when she isn't working.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura has that one girl called Akane that calls Kero No-No in the episode, Sakura and Kero Big Fight.
  • Cells at Work!:
    • The Platelets in The original series are the only cells that are personified as cute little boys and girls, in contrast to the other cells that are depicted as teenagers or adults. Justified, since real platelets are smaller than most working cells.
    • This dynamic is inverted in Cells at Work: Platelets! — the Platelets had a token role in the original series, but here they're the main focus of the manga.
    • Cells at Work: Baby!: The dynamic is maintained despite this series taking place in the body of a newborn infant and all of the normally-adult cells being presented as children or preteens as a result. This is because the Platelets are outright toddlers, complete with ever-present pacifiers. They are still every bit as competent in their job as their adult counterparts, in some cases moreso than the bigger cells, who are still working out what everything is.
  • It seems like the mangaka of Chrono Crusade was trying to appeal to any demographic he could, so of course the show has a Token Mini Moe in Azmaria. A joke in one of the Omakes actually shows what Chrono would have been like if he'd been one of these, as well.
  • Athena from Cosplay Complex, who seems to function mostly as a device to let paedophile Jenny have massive nosebleeds over her.
  • Divergence Eve has Kotoko-01, a support android that looks like a little girl for no appreciable reason.
  • Dragon Ball GT has one in the form of Pan, a 9 year old who is likely stronger than every human on Earth. Unfortunately for her, this still makes her weak in comparison to Trunks and especially Goku. About the power part, however, it can be noted that in Dragon Ball Super, Pan as a toddler is shown to know things her father Gohan took an entire year of Training from Hell to learn at age four.
  • Pia in Dragon Half. It should be noted she's completely androgynous, at least until the epilogue.
  • Suika in Dr. Stone is much younger than the rest of the Kingdom of Science (in their late teens) but still helps them any way she can. She's adorable and easily the most moe character in the series.
  • In Endride, Mischa is considerably younger than even the teenage protagonists, never mind the rest of the cast, and her design is classic moe. She's introduced trying to assassinate Emilio, but they bring her on to the team instead.
  • Wendy from Fairy Tail, and it's almost Lampshaded when she's included in Fanservice covers that only otherwise use Fairy Tail members. Then she joins them, and those covers turn into spoileriffic foreshadowing.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has Mei Chang, who's 13 but looks like she's 9. She becomes part of a Badass and Child Duo with Scar, and later joins the Elric brothers as a Tagalong Kid.
  • Kid-Appeal Character and/or Bratty Half-Pint Mint Labule/Annie LaBelle from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA is thirteen (making her the youngest member of the main cast to begin with) and looks half that.
  • Although she rarely appears in the show itself, Kyon's Little Sister from Haruhi Suzumiya is treated like that in some of its advertising. More notably in that picture.
  • Heterogenia Linguistico has Susuki, the adorable half-werewolf girl who's Hakaba's guide. She looks about 10 at the oldest, and he's in his 20s, but they're the only two main characters.
  • Silvia Silkcut in Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia is a middle-school student, while her teammates are all in high school. To compensate for her small stature, her Heart Hybrid Gear Taros is a Mini-Mecha.
  • Ruka Essenpolka from Idol Project is this among a cast of tall, scantily-clad teenage girls.
  • K has Anna Kushina of HOMRA, an 11-year-old Elegant Gothic Lolita empath in a clan of pyro gangsters. In the movie, she becomes their King, succeeding Mikoto - one more element forming his death into an homage to another famous Requiem.
  • Dia from Kiddy GiRL-AND, with the added twist that she regularly kisses the main characters. Okay, it's mainly to turbo-charge their powers and it's treated more as something between sisters, but she seems to enjoy it very much.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Kanna, who looks up to Kobayashi as a mother. There are two other child characters (Saikawa and Shouta), but they don't show up as often.
  • Haruka Kotoura of Kotoura-san is a Downplayed version in the mini department. She is Two Heads Taller than Dai'chi Muroto, but she is still significantly short when compared to the other ESP Society members who have more realistic heights. However, Haruka is most definitely The Cutie of the group whereas Dai'chi has no Moe traits at all.
  • Murasaki in Kure Nai is a seven year old girl who is being body-guarded by the title character.
  • Shinobu serves as this in Love Hina. A second, even younger character later joins the cast, but she's neither a main character nor a haremette.
  • Klan Klang from Macross Frontier. She's a Meltrandi, and in her normal form is anything but little — but a quirk in her micronization process means that, when she shrinks down to human size, she looks like a little girl.
  • In Lord Marksman and Vanadis, the Vanadis Olga is this; Tigre meets her in Volume 6.
  • Caro and Vivio in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Kind of odd, as the first two seasons were full of Mini Moe girls. On the villain we have Lutecia and Cinque, the latter ironically one of the oldest members of the Numbers group.
  • Miyako from Melty Blood. At first glance, she doesn't appear to even be wearing pants. (Though she really is wearing very short cut-off jeans.) The other little girl in the cast, Len, actually has plot relevance. Miyako on the other hand seems to have been added to fill out a quota.
  • Asami in Mezzo DSA. Being specialists in danger, the DSA don't actually encourage her to hang around, but they can't shake her.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ had Elpeo Puru note , whose name was even a play on words based on the Lolicon magazine Lemon People.
  • Shizuku from Omamori Himari — the only Mini Moe girl in the Harem. There are two others, but neither is actually a major character as of yet.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Honey is a little cutie who looks about six and plays up his childishness and cuteness to appeal to the patrons of the titular Host Club. In fact, he's 18 and a senior, older than most of the rest of the gang.
  • Pani Poni Dash! has Rebecca "Becky" Miyamoto, an eleven-year old girl who is also an MIT graduate and the homeroom teacher of Class 1-C.
  • Please Teacher! has Ichigo Morino, although the fact she actually looks like one and is probably a draw to someone is only pointed out in the second season.
  • Pokémon
    • May's little brother Max in the Hoenn saga.
    • Clement's little sister Bonnie from XY serves as this. Her outgoingness serves as a contrast to her older brother.
    • Sun & Moon has two examples: Sophocles and Lana are both much shorter and younger-looking than the rest of their group (Ash, Kiawe, Mallow, and Lillie).
  • Yuma is this for Puella Magi Oriko Magica, and, by extension, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Maybe Puella Magi Kazumi Magica as well, though that one is more seperate.
    • There's also Madoka's baby brother, who seems to exist solely for the d'aww-whatta-cute-widdle-toddler factor. Though he's also the only person who can still see Ascended!Madoka in the ending, because Children Are Innocent.
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion has Nagisa Momoe, who seems to be taller than Yuma but shorter than the other magical girls.
  • Hinako Ninomiya from Ranma ½ should be in her twenties at least, but a severe illness when she was four (and an unorthodox "treatment" from Happōsai) has slowed her aging to the point where she has the body of a ten year-old girl. She can only regain her extremely buxom adult form by absorbing the Battle Aura of people and animals, but it goes away after a while.
  • Sendou Yukari in Rosario + Vampire, of the kid genius type. She's the Token Mini Moe of the harem, though Moka's little sister also happens to be one.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Chibiusa Tsukino, A.K.A. Sailor Chibi-Moon and Hotaru Tomoe, A.K.A. Sailor Saturn. The former spends most of her first arc being chased by the bad guys only to be Mind Raped by the arc's Big Bad and turned into an evil adult version of herself; in the manga she also qualifies for Older Than They Look. The latter spends most of her initial arc as a carrying case for the Big Bad's final lieutenant, who in the end bodyjack's her to fight the heroes until Hotaru herself destroys the Eldritch Abomination from within, then winds up turned back into a baby as a result of using her most powerful move against aforementioned Big Bad in order to destroy him.
    • In the Stars anime season Hotaru's age seems somewhere between baby and teen (due to rapid aging at the start). There's also ChibiChibi.
  • Yuuki Kataoka and Koromo Amae from Saki both qualify as this, even for the standards of that series.
  • School Days:
    • Kokoro is Katsura Kotonoha's younger sister that hangs out with Kotonoha and Makoto, and is the only person in the show under a certain age. In the Summer Days spinoff, she's a viable option. This was considered too far.
    • Also, Setsuna may count as the Older Than They Look version.
  • In the School-Live! manga Yuuri rescues a quiet little girl from an elementary school infested with zombies. She names her after her sister and uses her as a Replacement Goldfish. It's later shown that the girl is a delusion of Rii's that her friends are going along with. "Ruu" is really a teddy bear Yuki left behind and Rii began viewing as a child due to stress.
  • Sekirei: Kusano "Kuu" is the youngest member amongst the main cast (and youngest Sekirei period). She certainly stands out being a small child among the older, more voluptuous Sekirei.
  • Minamo from Sketchbook, who only appears in the anime version as Daichi's little sister.
  • Someday's Dreamers has Runa, who likes to hang out in the salsa club owned by Yume's magic instructor.
  • Silica in Sword Art Online is the youngest member of the cast, and is looked after like a little sister by everyone else. Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, she proves to be as capable as the rest.
  • Symphogear has Kirika Akatsuki and Shirabe Tsukuyomi, making their debut in the second season.
  • Sasami, from Tenchi Muyo!. Naturally enough, she tends to behave more maturely than her elders....
    • In the spin-off series Pretty Sammy, the villain team (known variously as the Lovely Madams, Team Sexy Mrs, or Hitozuma-tai [Married Woman Squad]) has one member, Chisato or Mrs. Roku (literally "Mrs. Sixth", as the sixth member recruited), who is somewhere between kindergarten and junior high. She is the only unmarried member of the villain team, although she has an arranged marriage. One of the soldiers confronting the villains was heard to exclaim "She's supposed to be a wife?!"
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Rossiu lampshades this about Nia in the manga, before the timeskip.
    "Does this mean..... that in this day and age, flat-chested lolitas tend to be more universally popular among the consumers?"
  • Seth Nightroad of Trinity Blood. Though she enjoys running around town doing odd jobs, she is eventually revealed to be both a Krusnik who is Really 700 Years Old, and Empress Augusta Vradica of the Methuselah Empire. The latter is not common knowledge because all of her public appearances are delegated to a more-mature-looking proxy.
  • Vandread's Team nurse Paiway Underberg. Besides the three captured men, the grandma-like captain, a robot, and Paiway, all of the hundreds of crew members aboard the space ship Nirvana are young women. . Why an eleven-year-old works as a ship's nurse is Hand Waved by a statement in the first episode that they were understaffed and had to take on a bunch of rookies in various positions. When Duero takes over as Doctor, there are surprisingly few complaints (other than him being male, in a setting where the two genders are literally from different worlds, wage war against each other, and reproduce by cloning) and Paiway is demoted to comic relief.
  • Variable Geo features a cast full of hotties... and one runt: Manami Kusunoki. Despite what her pint-sized stature and childish behavior would lead you to believe, she's actually a 16 year old Idol Singer. Though she spends most of her screentime stuffing her face with sweets and groping Yuka and Jun's boobs.
  • Poplar in Wagnaria!! serves this role: she's seventeen years old, but everyone mistakes her for a grade-school student on account of her height, bubbly personality and general looks. While her large chest offsets the prepubescent look, this is not often that noticeable and never detracts from the girl's cuteness or her apparent youth, much to her chagrin and Takanashi's delight.
  • Due to being an Older Than They Look The Ingenue, Saku "Loli" Momoi from Wasteful Days of High School Girls is the whole school's cinnamon bun. However, this is not something she particularly enjoys.
  • Leopard serves as this for her generation's version of the Doronbo Gang in Yatterman Night.
  • Lily Hoshikawa in Zombie Land Saga, being the youngest of the zombies in both the mental/physical (age 12) and chronological (age 19) sense.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Lucky Star fanfics Holiday Vacation and Lucky Star: After Story, original character Chiyoko Sakamoto, who stands at only 136 centimeters (only about 4'6") definitely qualifies for this.
  • Pyeran, the youngest Trap victim in Hivefled; the ghost of a twelve-year-old troll.
  • In Sugar Plums the protagonist is this as a result of entering the academy three years earlier than the rest of her class as well as early childhood malnutrition making her look even younger. At twelve years old she's only 127 centimeters tall (4'2"), making her six inches shorter than Naruto (who is in Konoha the shortest member of his class). Despite her height she is the leader of her group and a close range fighter. Occasionally she'll use it to her advantage but most the time she get's pissed off if people assume she is either inexperienced or incompetent because of her age or height.
  • Normandy SR-2 in Fleet Of The Homeward Bound. Her frigate designation means she has a younger-looking form than the other shipgirls and her much smaller size only compounds the effect, being roughly half the height of the second smallest of the fleet (theYamato). Her quiet demeanor and impish personality only makes her seem cuter.

  • Deconstructed with Sprite from Eternals. While the others can all pass for human adults, Sprite is the only one stuck as a kid, which she resents. This leads her to turn on the team out of envy, and when given the chance to Become A Real Girl even if it means she will age and die, she immediately takes it.

  • Flute from David Eddings' The Elenium books qualifies, even if she's a goddess incarnated and counts as The Chessmaster for the good guys.
  • On the Edge of Eureka has this with Aleskynn. While the rest of the cast is at least 15 or 16, Leski is 13, and the main character's little sister. Due to her young age and inexperience, she winds up being indoctrinated by the Movement. The prequel Enlightenment has this as well: The main cast consists of teenagers, except the littlest Davis child, the eight-year-old Cosette.
  • Nako, Aya's little sister in Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note. Even Aya is slightly envious about her cuteness and innocence.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Lydia is an adorable little girl that Daniar fawns over. The only reason she's involved in a Save-The-World plot is because her grandfather uses her as The Mole to spy on Daniar.

    New Media 
  • Quite a few Vocaloid companies will have a product designed to invoke this. Ah-Soft's Kaai Yuki and Power-Fx's Oliver are the most obvious examples, with Crypton Future Media's Kagamine Rin and Len and V-Singer's Zhiyu Moke being downplayed examples as they're 14.

    Video Games 
  • Sunny Gurlukovich from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the first time the series had one of these (unless you count Emma).
  • Roll from the Mega Man (Classic) series, especially in the comic book series and Mega Man Powered Up.
  • Mitsumete Knight has the (at the start of the game) 12-year old Laury Callwell as the Token Mini Moe and youngest character in the whole cast, girls and boys included. And considering this game's setting is a Crapsaccharine World, she's stalked by a creepy paedophile foreigner who eventually kidnaps her, and, if the player doesn't save her, kills her by strangulation.
  • Saki from Onechanbara series. She's the little sister implicit in the title (it roughly translates to "The Big Sister Swordsman"). She's 16, but — like some real-life Asian teens — has a more childlike appearance. She's also the first of the series' Big Bads, before pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Shinatama, the Simulated Living Doll (Almost-human Android) from Oni, as a rare Western video game example. An heavily anime-inspired Western example, though.
  • Panel de Pon has Lip, Windy, Sherbet, and their expies/successors from the Nintendo Puzzle Collection sequel.
  • In Persona series.
    • Maiko is the female Token Mini Moe Social Link in Persona 3. Ken Amada is the male version.
    • Persona 4 has Nanako Dojima. Also Ayane, one of the two choices for the Sun social link. She might be a better example given the player can eventually date and sleep with her
    • Persona 5: Futaba Sakura, the youngest member of your party, is considerably shorter and less physically developed than both your male and female party members.

    Visual Novels 
  • Pearl Fey in the Ace Attorney games is very childish and cute when first introduced (the main cast was late-teens to mid-twenties). Even in Spirit of Justice, when she's supposed to be 18, she still looks and acts young.
  • Michiru from AIR is a spirit, but still doesn't have her own route in the Visual Novel, probably for squick reasons.
  • Tsuzura from Akai Ito, she looks like a little boy and generally acts like a little boy, but she's actually the most experienced (human) member of the cast.
  • Wataru Asahina from Brothers Conflict, a 10 or 11-ish boy in a cast with mostly teenage or adult men.
  • Hagino in Canvas 2.
  • Fuuko in CLANNAD is the Token Mini Moe astral projection who has her own route. While there is another little girl in the cast (Sunohara Mei) she isn't part of the main cast.
  • Yuka of Corpse Party. It doesn't help that she tries to be a Deliberately Cute Child, and succeeds.
  • CROSS†CHANNEL has Miki Yamanobe, albeit she's a more mature and sociopathic example. In her route, she's assumed to be a year older than when she entered the loop due to avoiding the reset for years, but she still looks the same.
  • Sakura in Da Capo. She's really the same age as the main character, though.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Subverted with Hiyoko Saionji, the Ultimate Traditional Dancer from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. She looks like a cute little girl, but she's actually the same age as the rest of the high school-aged cast, and she's a foul-mouthed brat who constantly bullies almost everyone.
    • Played straight with Chihiro Fujisaki from the first game and Himiko Yumeno from the third game with the former being a very kind sweetheart and the latter being a Cute Witch.
  • In ClockUp's Euphoria, Rika seems like a straight case at first but it is quickly Deconstructed. She is petty, greedy, childishly annoying despite being only one year younger than the other teenagers and The Load, as unlike the other girls Keisuke has to drag her to the "Keyhole" rooms and she absolutely never helps herself or the others in anything, using her cuteness as crutch.
  • Coco in Ever17 is 14 years old (technically 32 in the True End), looks 10, and acts 5. Most of the time, at least.
  • Illya in Fate/stay night. She doesn't get her own path even though it is that kind of game, (it was cut out before the game was released, though some of its backstory was eventually adapted into Fate/Zero) and she's revealed to be slightly older than Shirou. One Tiger Dojo has Illya mention those bad end HCGs where she rapes Shirou were also left on the cutting room floor due to time constraints.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia: Makina looks a lot younger than the other girls. Twelve, if you ask Yuuji.
  • Gakuen Heaven: Biology teacher Satoshi Umino, who looks and acts cute and childlike despite being the oldest member of the main cast.
  • Hisui from Jewel Knights Crusaders. She's stated to be 18, but neither her looks nor behaviour support that.
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • The novel features high school aged characters in the main cast, so the closest to this trope is Shizune's little brother Hideaki. Though Hisao does mistake him for a girl for his girlish looks and wardrobe.
    • Emi had a much younger appearance before some art updates (only her sprites though, the CG images are not changed), making her the Token Mini Moe of the main cast.
  • Following Key's tradition of having one of these, Little Busters! has Kud.
  • In ONE: To The Radiant Season Shiina fills this role.
  • Suzushiro in the Ero-game Princess Waltz is the same age as the main character, but her height and build let her fill out this position, so to speak.
  • Kokoro from School Days. She doesn't get a route in the original game, but does have it in the Summer Days "sequel"... including two (very rape-like) sex scenes. The Japanese media was NOT amused.
  • Mana in Sharin no Kuni, where she acts as a Morality Pet for Sachi.
  • Angie in Shikkoku no Sharnoth should be about 20 or so, but looks and acts like a little girl.

  • Mimi from Frivolesque is said to be in 4th grade, being slightly out of place among the rest of the cast who are all twenty-something and older.
  • The Jungle Elders in The Legend of Maxx has among them Elder Acorn, who looks like a little girl compared to the older Elders.
  • Yuki, a middle-schooler frequently involved with the antics of adults and high-schooler Robot Girl-oids in Megatokyo, may count. The other characters her age don't usually affect the story, except by influencing Yuki's actions.
  • Jacquline from Samurai Princess is so much of a mini moe, the site named a the Jacquline themed skin off of this fact.

Alternative Title(s): Token Moe Child, Token Mini Cutie, Token Cute Child, Token Cute Kid