Kidfic

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: kid!fic, kiddiefic, next-gen, babyfic
Related: de-age, ageswap, futurefic, next generation, pregnancy, mpreg, pre-series
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Kidfic is a diverse sub-genre of fanfic that features children in some way. The children may be the canonical children of canon characters, original characters written in to be the children of canon characters, or characters who are adults in canon. Stories from sources where the principal characters are children, such as Harry Potter, are not usually regarded as kidfic unless they involve a trope such as de-aging.

The plots of kidfics vary widely. Rewriting an adult character as a child could involve de-aging them as a plot point or simply changing the character's canon age to make the story an AU. Fanfic that explores the canon backstory of a character's childhood can also be described as kidfic. When the kid is an original character, they are often merely a plot device to get the fan author's OTP together. In an AU one character might be the kid's babysitter or teacher and fall in love with the kid's single parent. Or, one canon character finds a baby left on their doorstep, and their friend helps them raise it (aka babyfic).

Harry Potter fandom is particularly known for next generation fic, stories that explore the lives of Harry's children, mentioned only briefly in the epilogue.

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In which the kids are original characters:

In which the kids are adults in canon, but de-aged for the purposes of the story:

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