Small Annoying Creature

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A staple of '80s adventure cartoon shows, the Small Annoying Creature is a type of Sidekick. The Small Annoying Creature is there to be cute, provide comic asides and occasionally get into trouble and need rescuing. Often a "merchandising critter".[1] Sometimes it's crossed with the Non-Human Sidekick. It frequently has a Verbal Tic - and truly obnoxious nails-on-blackboard voice talent.

There was a time when even the most straight-faced of animated adventure serials had a Small Annoying Creature to provide a bit of slapstick in the background.

Saw a revival when C.G.I. became the norm for children's animation with a lot of films using them in advertising material.

Note that this trope is for characters who are annoying to the other characters, not just to the audience.

See also Weasel Mascot, Talking Animal, Cute but Cacophonic. If the Small Annoying Creature is a dog, it's a Mister Muffykins.

Examples of Small Annoying Creature include:


Anime[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Momo, Fuu's small flying squirrel pet from Samurai Champloo is the former trope namer
  • Nono, "small robot you know, friend of" Ulysses 31.
  • The Ojama Trio in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are supposed to irritate the hell out of people - such as Manjoume Chazz, to whom they're attached and who is absolutely horrified about it.
  • Giru from Dragon Ball GT.
  • EXCALIBUUUR! EXCALIBUUURRR! From the United Kingdom...
  • Most people feel that Puck from the Berserk manga would fit this trope pretty well.
  • Parodied in the Magical Project S installment of the Tenchi Muyo! multiverse. Magical Project S and the Pretty Sammy OVAs are the only installments of the franchise where Ryo-Okhi talks. After a few episodes, one quickly realizes why she doesn't talk in the other series. As Magical Project S and all of the Pretty Sammy series are a direct parody of Sailor Moon, Ryo-Okhi is supposed to be annoying.
  • Emusa in Transformers Zone.
  • The Tyke Bomb flying squirrel in Zettai Karen Children. Fortunately he's not around very much.
  • Guvava, Mylene Jenius's pet in Macross 7.
  • Aria Pokoteng, the president cat from Aria, arguably fits here. Many fans still accept or even enjoy his role in the manga, since he has no speaking role and generally doesn't divert too much attention from the main characters. His loud and obnoxious habit of chewing scenery in the anime puts quite a few viewers off though.
  • Kon from Bleach devolved into this as soon as they put him in a stuffed animal.
    • Strangely, he looses this trait every time he possesses Ichigo's body.
      • Chiefly because the intent is for him to do the fighting on Ichigo's behalf. Kon is some kind of renegade who isn't fully compliant to whatever arrangement souls like him are normally part of, which is why they keep him in a harmless stuffed toy while he's not in use (which is why he turns into this trope; he can't really fight, and thus has no meaningful contribution to anything).
  • Happosai from Ranma ½.
  • Angel-Gozen from Busou Renkin.
  • Averted with Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece. He is a small creature, but is far from annoying.
  • From Inuyasha, there's Shippou. He's small and he's annoying. However, he seems to be the Only Sane Man sometimes.


Comics[edit | hide]


Films — Live-Action[edit | hide]

  • Frank the Pug from the first and second Men In Black films


Video Games[edit | hide]

Actual Poshul quote: Me will use my Pwetty-Miwacle-Power-X! Me will do it, Sergeipoo!


Webcomics[edit | hide]


Western Animation[edit | hide]

Frozone: And that rabbit is getting on my LAST nerve!

Donkey: "I'm sorry, the position of Annoying Talking Animal has already been taken!"

  1. especially in 1990s Disney animated films