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11th Oct '17 12:07:07 PM DVB
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* '''Series/SchoolOfRock'' has Mr Finn. He lives with his father and is a failed musician who was kicked out of his former band. The students can associate with him more as he is more on their level.

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* '''Series/SchoolOfRock'' has Mr Finn. He lives with his father and is a failed musician who was kicked out of his former band. The This does work to his advantage though, since when he starts teaching, he's better able to relate to the students can associate with him more as he is more on by being at their level.level.
11th Oct '17 12:05:21 PM DVB
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** Another is where he answers said girlfriend when she asked how his dad went, he mentions watching ''Phineas and Ferb'', having a snack and then napping.
11th Oct '17 12:04:19 PM DVB
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* Shawn Spencer from ''{{Series/Psych}}'', especially in the episode ''Ghosts'': Shawn responds to his mother's unexpected appearance by hiding out in his old bedroom while on the phone with Gus, a conversation during which he becomes enamored with an unopened box of Shrinky Dinks, a teen magazine in pristine condition (which he tries to read to Gus over the phone) and playing with an old Furby. The latter one is especially telling as he would have to be 21 at the youngest to have previously owned a Furby.

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* Shawn Spencer from ''{{Series/Psych}}'', especially in the episode ''Ghosts'': Shawn responds to his mother's unexpected appearance by hiding out in his old bedroom while (though this has more weight to it: it's bringing up memories of the divorce his folks went through, which led toa BrokenPedestal with his dad.) While on the phone with Gus, a conversation during which he becomes enamored with an unopened box of Shrinky Dinks, a teen magazine in pristine condition (which he tries to read to Gus over the phone) and playing with an old Furby. The latter one is especially telling as he would have to be 21 at the youngest to have previously owned a Furby.



*** Justified, in that [[spoiler: there was an engagement ring for said girlfriend hidden in the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS]].
** It's hinted that a good deal of Shawn's childish moments was due to the strict upbringing by Henry; despite having an involved childhood, he still missed out on opportunities to do things his way (his father heavily disapproved of superhero comics for how they make cops look) and most acitivites are molded to serve as learning experiences for Shawn to become a cop, so he could be just doing what he wants.
** To a lesser extent, but still prevalent, is his best friend Burton Guster. While he does play the StraightMan to his antics, holds a respectable job and is overall more serious, he has plenty of moments where he indulges in fun with Shawn and he has been seen in pajamas with trains. Other moments include their love of bunnies and he is also pretty sensitive. He depends heavily on Shawn and vice versa.

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*** Justified, in that [[spoiler: there was an engagement ring (that's a family heirloom no less) for said girlfriend hidden in the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS]].
** It's hinted that a good deal of Shawn's childish moments was due to the strict upbringing by Henry; despite having while he did have a fulfilling childhood that his dad was an involved childhood, active part of, he still missed out on opportunities to do things his way he wanted (his father heavily disapproved of superhero comics for how they make cops look) and look). Furthermore, most acitivites are molded to serve as learning experiences for Shawn to become a cop, so he cop. So it could be just doing be that Shawn's childish acting out is a way to indulge in being free to do what he wants.
** To a lesser extent, but still prevalent, is his best friend Burton Guster. While he does play the StraightMan to his antics, holds a respectable job and is an overall more serious, serious man, he has plenty of moments where he indulges in simple fun with Shawn and Shawn. Heck, he has even been seen in pajamas with trains. Other moments include their love of trains on them. He loves bunnies much like Shawn does and he is also actually pretty sensitive. sensitive emotionally. He depends heavily on and Shawn and vice versa.are pretty co-dependent on one another (though in Shawn's case, it's because Gus was one of the few constants in his life.)
27th Sep '17 4:24:21 PM WillBGood
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** April of the same show fits as a WomanChild. Since she and Andy are married and live in the same house, which they never cleaned, repaired, or paid for, Ben has to babysit for them.

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** April of the same show fits as a WomanChild.Woman Child. Since she and Andy are married and live in the same house, which they never cleaned, repaired, or paid for, Ben has to babysit for them.



** '''Mozzie''' (exasperated, after Neal steals a painting despite the fact that it would be obvious that it was him): [[LampshadeHanging You're like a child.]]

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** '''Mozzie''' --->'''Mozzie''' (exasperated, after Neal steals a painting despite the fact that it would be obvious that it was him): [[LampshadeHanging You're like a child.]]
27th Sep '17 4:20:11 PM WillBGood
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** Joey is almost as bad in this regard. He constantly mooches off Chandler (with everything from rent payments to acting classes), he refuses to maintain a steady romantic relationship even when he's well into his mid/late-30's, and he's hopelessly idealistic about his acting career despite clearly being a pretty lousy actor. As the show went on these traits were Flanderized for him, and by the final season he was buying Franchise/CabbagePatchKids dolls, being entertained by a book intended for preschoolers, and had a written letter of his being mistaken as one written by an actual six-year-old.

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** Joey is almost as bad in this regard. He constantly mooches off Chandler (with everything from rent payments to acting classes), he refuses to maintain a steady romantic relationship even when he's well into his mid/late-30's, and he's hopelessly idealistic about his acting career despite clearly being a pretty lousy actor. As the show went on these traits were Flanderized {{Flanderized}} for him, and by the final season he was buying Franchise/CabbagePatchKids dolls, being entertained by a book intended for preschoolers, and had a written letter of his being mistaken as one written by an actual six-year-old.
18th Sep '17 8:42:17 PM Mortvana
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** Tom and John-Ralphio also fit. They started Entertainment 720 together so they could look cool. The business tanks into debt in about 2 months because they didn't know that companies have to make money.

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** Tom and John-Ralphio Jean-Ralphio also fit. They started Entertainment 720 together so they could look cool. The business tanks into debt in about 2 months because they didn't know that companies have to make money.
14th Sep '17 10:37:16 PM fairlyfelonious
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* [[LovableRogue Neal Caffrey]] from ''{{Series/White Collar}}'' shows shades of this. When Peters tells him it's wrong to have nice things you haven't earned his reaction is a childish "why not?". Also, whatever mistakes he makes always seem to because he can't keep his feelings in check.
** Multiple characters also lampshade his tendency to fail to completely think through the consequences of his actions, and inability to grow up. Sara, his ex/current girlfriend, tells him that he has a tendency to live with his head in the clouds, and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Peter]] tells him he can either be a con or a man, not both, in an effort to encourage him to get his life on track. In fact, he and his wife [[ParentalSubstitute often give him advice that a parent normally would]], despite the fact that they are not actually old enough to be his parents. Because he's so immature, in some ways, and didn't have much of a relationship with his real parents, this still works.

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* [[LovableRogue Neal Caffrey]] from ''{{Series/White Collar}}'' shows shades of this. When Peters Peter tells him it's wrong to have nice things you haven't earned his reaction is a childish "why not?". Also, whatever mistakes he makes always seem to because he can't keep his feelings in check.
** Multiple characters also lampshade his tendency to fail to completely think through the consequences of his actions, and inability to grow up. Sara, his His ex/current girlfriend, girlfriend Sara tells him that he has a tendency to live with his head in the clouds, and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Peter]] Agent Peter Burke]] actually calls him Peter Pan several times early in the series, and tells him he can either be a con or a man, not both, in an effort to encourage him to get his life on track. In fact, he and his wife [[ParentalSubstitute often give him advice that a parent normally would]], despite the fact that they are not actually old enough to be his parents. Because he's so immature, in some ways, and didn't have much of a relationship with his real parents, this still works.
12th Sep '17 10:34:26 PM fairlyfelonious
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** '''Mozzie''' (exasperated, after Neal steals a painting despite the fact that it would be obvious that it was him): You're like a child.

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** '''Mozzie''' (exasperated, after Neal steals a painting despite the fact that it would be obvious that it was him): [[LampshadeHanging You're like a child.]]
12th Sep '17 10:32:00 PM fairlyfelonious
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* Neal Caffrey from ''{{Series/White Collar}}'' shows shades of this. When Peters tells him it's wrong to have nice things you haven't earned his reaction is a childish "why not?". Also, whatever mistakes he makes always seem to because he can't keep his feelings in check.

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* [[LovableRogue Neal Caffrey Caffrey]] from ''{{Series/White Collar}}'' shows shades of this. When Peters tells him it's wrong to have nice things you haven't earned his reaction is a childish "why not?". Also, whatever mistakes he makes always seem to because he can't keep his feelings in check.check.
** Multiple characters also lampshade his tendency to fail to completely think through the consequences of his actions, and inability to grow up. Sara, his ex/current girlfriend, tells him that he has a tendency to live with his head in the clouds, and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Peter]] tells him he can either be a con or a man, not both, in an effort to encourage him to get his life on track. In fact, he and his wife [[ParentalSubstitute often give him advice that a parent normally would]], despite the fact that they are not actually old enough to be his parents. Because he's so immature, in some ways, and didn't have much of a relationship with his real parents, this still works.
**'''Mozzie''' (exasperated, after Neal steals a painting despite the fact that it would be obvious that it was him): You're like a child.
30th Aug '17 4:17:13 AM WillBGood
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** The First Doctor. He sees himself as a dignified old man but his maturity level is closer to that of a fourteen-year-old, loving showing off to girls, being surly to authority figures, struggling with social skills, incredible self-centredness, gleeful meddling and boundless curiosity (not to mention his somewhat [[DesignatedParents vertical relationship with Ian and Barbara]] and his [[OneOfTheKids incredibly parallel relationship with Vicki]]). Later canon pretty much states the 'old man' aspects of his character were actually just a childlike attempt to look important. All this said, all of his later incarnations trust him to the point of seeing him as an authority over them.

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** The First Doctor. He sees himself as a dignified old man but his maturity level is closer to that of a fourteen-year-old, fourteen-year-old: loving showing off to girls, being surly to authority figures, struggling with social skills, incredible self-centredness, gleeful meddling and boundless curiosity (not to mention his somewhat [[DesignatedParents vertical relationship with Ian and Barbara]] and his [[OneOfTheKids incredibly parallel relationship with Vicki]]). Later canon pretty much states the 'old man' aspects of his character were actually just a childlike attempt to look important. All this said, all of his later incarnations trust him to the point of seeing him as an authority over them.
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