Created By: Hello999 on February 11, 2011

Not Good With Children

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This character is not a Child Hater. They just don't know how to interact with children, usually because they only ever interact with other adults. In an especially ironic twist, this character may be an actual child who has trouble with other children, but is fine around adults.
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  • February 11, 2011
    jate88
    The title and the mention of Child Hater evoke two different impressions of the kind of person you're describing.
  • February 12, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Child Hater is primarily used for villains who hate children. This trope can be used with characters of pretty much any alignment.
  • February 17, 2011
    Hello999
    If you need an example to start this, the Picard example under Child Hater, would fit better under this trope.
  • March 3, 2011
    Hello999
  • March 3, 2011
    Jmacq1
    Comics Example: Used to hilarious effect with Bane in Secret Six.
  • March 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Family Guy: Stewie says he's bad with children. Stewie himself is one year old.
  • March 3, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    I agree with separating this from Child Hater. Dr. Zelenka (not to mention McKay) on Stargate: Atlantis is an example.

    Also Granny Weatherwax of Discworld.
  • February 28, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • February 28, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Good trope idea! We don't have this?

    There's an episode of Friends where Rachel teaches Ben a load of pranks just because she didn't know not to!

    Would Lisa Simpson count as a child example?
  • February 28, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • March 1, 2012
    littlemissmuffet
    Rainbow Dash isn't very good with children either, at least according to Fi M Flam Filosophy in his abridged series. Even wrote a song about it. (Sorry, this computer won't let me do links.)
  • March 1, 2012
    KingZeal

  • March 1, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Star Trek The Next Generation: We are informed early on in the show's run that Jean-Luc Picard is not comfortable with children, but in his interactions with various youngsters, especially Wesley, over the course of the series he is depicted as dealing with them fairly well.
  • March 2, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    How can a My Little Pony not get on well with children? That's a Mind Screw...
  • March 2, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    ^ Well, Rarity just doesn't like the noise and mess than children create. And Rainbow just doesn't have a good sense of responsibility regarding kids. (You wanna jump in the middle of a roller derby? OK! You wanna jump off a cliff with just a kite strapped to your back? Cool! I'll join you!)

    • Not that the loud, frentic Pinkie Pie is very good with children either. Really, she's a child herself. When she tries to babysit, she ends up scaring her young charges and making them cry.
  • March 3, 2012
    TBeholder
  • March 9, 2012
    TBeholder
    @ BraveHoratio Not her.
    Magrat liked to think she was good with children, and worried that she wasn't. She didn't like them very much, and worried about this too. Nanny Ogg seemed to be effortlessly good with children by alternately and randomly giving them either a sweet or a thick ear, while Granny Weatherwax ignored them for most of the time and that seemed to work just as well. Whereas Magrat cared. It didn't seem fair.

  • March 9, 2012
    cygnavamp
    OK, on a better computer! Here's the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naylFylZAR8
  • March 10, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Actually Pinkie Pie excels at entertaining children and playing with them. It took her a little bit of time to get the hang out of responsibly caring for them, but she got better at it. She is still fairly childlike though, in every other way.

    Fluttershy, like Pinkie, is good with one aspect of being around children, but had to get the hang of the being responsible for them part. She got very good at it, though, to the point the Cutie Mark Crusaders will listen to her without having to repeat herself or raise her voice.

    And Rarity is not good with children. She finds they don't listen to her, and that frustrates her. They do things without asking, and that upsets her, and then there's the noise and mess.

    Rainbow Dash is too obsessed with looking and being perceived as cool. The only time we see her interacting with a little filly or colt is when Scootaloo offers to be her servant.

    Twilight, on the other hand, is good with children. She's apparently helped rear Spike since she hatched him. And she's one to go research something if she doesn't know the answer. Her tendency to miss social cues is not usually an obstacle because kids do the same thing.

    Applejack appears also to be good with children, as seen in how she treats Apple Bloom and the rest of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

    That's all mane six.
  • March 10, 2012
    fulltimeD
    re: Captain Picard: An example of Character Development.
  • April 14, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • At the end of the Star Trek episode "Friday's Child" Spock showed reluctance to hold the baby Bones just delivered. The baby's own mother seems a bit ambivalent about motherhood herself.
  • April 14, 2012
    Surenity
    Basil of Baker Street in The Great Mouse Detective is very uneasy around Olivia and dislikes having her around, at least at first.
  • April 14, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Groo of Despicable Me is so not good with children he treats them like puppies at first. He does get better, though.
  • March 10, 2016
    DoctorCooper
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