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Basic Trope: A child character who is introduced mid-series.

  • Straight: In season 5 of Long Runner, Billy becomes the Sixth Ranger.
  • Exaggerated: Billy becomes a one-kid Spotlight-Stealing Squad
  • Downplayed: Billy is introduced, but is mostly a background character.
  • Justified:
    • Alice was Put on a Bus when she had a baby, but The Bus Came Back, and she now has a little boy with her.
    • Billy is actually relevant to the plot.
  • Inverted:
    • Billy was part of the cast from the beginning.
    • Alternatively, a Cool Old Guy (or other adult character) is added to the roster, in a series (such as a Kid Com or a Teen Drama) where most of the characters are children or teenagers.
    • From his point of view, Billy feels he's pretty normal. It's his own cousin and the main cast he views as the Cousin Oliver.
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  • Averted:
    • No child characters are introduced.
    • No new characters are introduced, period.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Nothing has been the same since that meddling kid joined our team!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob, the two protagonists, have a baby.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "No no! You tell Aunt Alice I am not babysitting my cousin Billy. In fact, I'll buy them both a bus ticket back to their home town!"
    • "But Mom! I don't wanna tag along with these stuffy grown-ups."
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  • Deconstructed: Billy upsets the character dynamic, especially if he's the only child character, and especially if he's something of a Mouthy Kid or other annoyingly bratty type of kid.
  • Reconstructed: Billy meets another local kid in the neighborhood who's relevant to the story, someone his age whose personality can bounce off his, someone who can make him relevant to the story as well.
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  • Played For Drama: Billy is a Living Macguffin.

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