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22nd Oct '17 12:41:48 PM bt8257
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Although the causes might not be clear, the effects are. The Man Child, a term invented by Creator/WilliamFaulkner, is usually an adult who possesses a very childlike or childish demeanor. He's emotionally both simple and fragile; he prefers (although does not always ''need'') to have a parent figure to look after him. He usually [[WideEyedIdealist isn't very worldly]] and is typically pretty [[TheIngenue gullible]]. The Man Child's interests are usually what most people consider to be immature or childish, sometimes even in comparison to actual children.

The character is almost AlwaysMale. This is (presumably) to contrast the differences between him and "normal men" with the normal responsibilities and wisdom of adulthood. The female version is usually split between TheIngenue, the GenkiGirl, or other tropes which highlight an adult woman's child-like attributes rather than her grown-up persona. Manchild has many more negative connotations than TheIngenue; the manchild's immaturity and lack of outward adult behavior is emphasized as being a bad thing versus being an emphasized good thing like TheIngenue's purity and idealism. This is also because of the DoubleStandard most societies have, which exist for various reasons, where they [[MenAreTheExpendableGender expect more from men]] [[MenActWomenAre than they do from women]]. On the BrainChain, the Man Child occupies a space between The CloudCuckoolander and TheDitz, but without necessarily becoming TheFool. He usually does not have TheFool's [[BornLucky luck]], but he doesn't necessarily play the role of the ButtMonkey either. Although the Man Child is commonly portrayed as being mentally challenged he does not necessarily have to be. In many cases, the character may be very intelligent, and even leave the [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] aside and be very shrewd in business or career, but this only throws him deep in the UncannyValley when others [[PsychopathicManchild find out his emotional immaturity]]. Alternatively, his childlike qualities/way of thinking, when intelligently applied, can be a ''basis'' for his success as a businessman, in which case he's also TheWonka.

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Although the causes might not be clear, the effects are. The Man Child, Man-Child, a term invented by Creator/WilliamFaulkner, is usually an adult who possesses a very childlike or childish demeanor. He's emotionally both simple and fragile; he prefers (although does not always ''need'') to have a parent figure to look after him. He usually [[WideEyedIdealist isn't very worldly]] and is typically pretty [[TheIngenue gullible]]. The Man Child's Man-Child's interests are usually what most people consider to be immature or childish, sometimes even in comparison to actual children.

The character is almost AlwaysMale. This is (presumably) to contrast the differences between him and "normal men" with the normal responsibilities and wisdom of adulthood. The female version is usually split between TheIngenue, the GenkiGirl, or other tropes which highlight an adult woman's child-like attributes rather than her grown-up persona. Manchild has many more negative connotations than TheIngenue; the manchild's immaturity and lack of outward adult behavior is emphasized as being a bad thing versus being an emphasized good thing like TheIngenue's purity and idealism. This is also because of the DoubleStandard most societies have, which exist for various reasons, where they [[MenAreTheExpendableGender expect more from men]] [[MenActWomenAre than they do from women]]. On the BrainChain, the Man Child occupies a space between The CloudCuckoolander and TheDitz, but without necessarily becoming TheFool. He usually does not have TheFool's [[BornLucky luck]], but he doesn't necessarily play the role of the ButtMonkey either. Although the Man Child Man-Child is commonly portrayed as being mentally challenged he does not necessarily have to be. In many cases, the character may be very intelligent, and even leave the [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] aside and be very shrewd in business or career, but this only throws him deep in the UncannyValley when others [[PsychopathicManchild find out his emotional immaturity]]. Alternatively, his childlike qualities/way of thinking, when intelligently applied, can be a ''basis'' for his success as a businessman, in which case he's also TheWonka.
20th Oct '17 3:08:25 PM bt8257
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11th Oct '17 11:41:01 AM DVB
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* Downplayed and explained in ''{{FanFic/A Growing Affection}}'' by Naruto. Most evident when he's giddy at the prospect of building sand castles. At age 16. However when Ino tries to lampshade it, Naruto points out his [[AllTheOtherReindeer childhood.]] Ino immediately [[ShuttingUpNow shuts up.]]

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* Downplayed and explained in ''{{FanFic/A [[DownplayedTrope A downplayed example in]]''{{FanFic/A Growing Affection}}'' by Naruto. Most evident when he's giddy ''giddy'' at the prospect of building sand castles. At age 16. However when Ino tries to lampshade it, Naruto points out his Painfully justifed because of Naruto's [[AllTheOtherReindeer lonely and damaged childhood.]] Ino immediately [[ShuttingUpNow shuts up.up when Naruto points this out.]]
11th Oct '17 11:39:13 AM DVB
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** Ironically enough, James and Lily were ''only 21'' when [[FridgeHorror they would've been killed]] (Rowling herself didn't realize how young they were until later on in the book series.)

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** Ironically enough, Keep in mind that James and Lily were ''only 21'' when [[FridgeHorror they would've been killed]] (Rowling killed]], so the comment is not impactful as imagined. [[WordOfGod Rowling herself didn't realize how young they were it until later on in the book series.)years later.]]
6th Sep '17 6:22:35 PM R.G.
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* ''ComicStrip/InSecurity'' has Sedine, a CloudCuckoolander GenkiGirl who is so childish she make Sam seem more like her babysitter than her husband, then there's Sedine's cousin Roy . . .

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* ''ComicStrip/InSecurity'' has Sedine, a CloudCuckoolander GenkiGirl who is so childish she make makes Sam seem more like her babysitter than her husband, then there's Sedine's cousin Roy . . .
6th Sep '17 6:21:43 PM R.G.
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* ''ComicStrip/InSecurity'' has Sedine, a CloudCuckoolander GenkiGirl who is so childish she make Sam seem more like her babysitter than her husband, then there's Sedine's cousin Roy . . .
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14th May '17 1:44:30 AM sorako
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* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' gives us Arthur Shappey, the relentlessly cheerful and optimistic steward of the aeroplane who is gullible to the point of idiocy, gets ridiculously excited over Christmas, [[MommasBoy still lives with his mother]], genuinely thinks it's possible for something to be [[CloudCuckoolander bigger than the box it's in]], has discovered the secret to true happiness, and thinks everything and everyone is utterly [[CatchPhrase ''brilliant'']]. And who once killed a man.
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* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' gives us Arthur Shappey, the relentlessly cheerful and optimistic steward of the aeroplane who is gullible to the point of idiocy, gets ridiculously excited over Christmas, [[MommasBoy still lives with his mother]], genuinely thinks it's possible for something to be [[CloudCuckoolander bigger than the box it's in]], has discovered the secret to true happiness, and thinks everything and everyone is utterly [[CatchPhrase ''brilliant'']]. And who once killed a man.
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Saber is, we are told, not actually fifteen; after receiving her sword [[spoiler:and becoming KingArthur]], she didn't age over the next ten years, and she's really in her twenties. Not only does nobody mention how strange it is for her to have a romance with the seventeen year old main character, but she's as naive emotionally as a real seventeen year old, which is {{Hand Wave}}d by claiming that [[spoiler:as the king]] she had no personal life, or more specifically, she spent so much time [[TheStoic keeping her emotions bottled away for the greater good]] that when put into a situation where she actually uses them leaves her vulnerable, not helped by the fact that her romance with the main character is one of the first times [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove she legitimately felt romantic love for somebody else]].
* Kyousuke from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is a benevolent, more subtle example: because he's so obsessed with finding fun things to do, tends to be overdramatic and switch between extreme emotions, and doesn't always possess the greatest amounts of common sense (though that's not unusual in this game) he's commonly compared with a child.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' has a similar situation to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber's]] going on, but in that case it's actually lampshaded in Kagetsu Tohya.
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14th Feb '17 10:37:49 PM tsstevens
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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' portrays Nappa as this. In this story, he is a borderline retarded PsychopathicManchild whose dialogue mainly consists of [[CloudCuckooLander non-sequiturs]] and random annoyances to his partner [[TheComicallySerious Vegeta]] to the point that "Goddammit, Nappa!" has become his CatchPhrase.

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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' portrays Nappa as this. In this story, he is a borderline retarded disabled PsychopathicManchild whose dialogue mainly consists of [[CloudCuckooLander non-sequiturs]] and random annoyances to his partner [[TheComicallySerious Vegeta]] to the point that "Goddammit, Nappa!" has become his CatchPhrase.



* Tobias Ragg from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' can be played several ways, and this is one of them. Bonus points if he is still childish because of insanity and/or mental retardation, both common portrayals. TheMovie made him an actual pre-pubescent boy, a method that is much harder to pull off on-stage, mostly because labor laws require underage performers to be doubled.

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* Tobias Ragg from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' can be played several ways, and this is one of them. Bonus points if he is still childish because of insanity and/or mental retardation, handicap, both common portrayals. TheMovie made him an actual pre-pubescent boy, a method that is much harder to pull off on-stage, mostly because labor laws require underage performers to be doubled.
19th Dec '16 2:31:03 PM Discar
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In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child [[AManIsNotAVirgin is not necessarily a virgin]], but only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance.

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In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child [[AManIsNotAVirgin is not necessarily a virgin]], virgin, but only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance.
10th Nov '16 1:44:08 AM techhead7890
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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[NotAllowedToGrowUp intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Maybe it's the result of brain damage or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[NotAllowedToGrowUp [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Maybe it's the result of brain damage or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?
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