Created By: Rilkar on January 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Rilkar on January 24, 2011
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What Do You Mean It's Not For Little Girls

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So you find a new show and it has an all female cast, lots of pastel colors, and Tastes Like Diabetes levels of cuteness. And you think "this would be a perfect show for my eight-year-old sister."

And then you discover that the show airs at three AM and has a fandom that's mostly 16 to 40 year-old males who consider the girls to be lesbians. After the initial shock is over you start to wonder why any man would even consider watching a show like this. Well, it's because men like cute girls.

Though it's not to say that this show would be inappropriate for your little sister, it's just that it's not specifically intended for little girls to watch. If fact these kinds of shows often have a size-able female fanbase.

A subtrope of What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?. Not to be confused with a Subverted Kids Show which is meant for High Octane Nightmare Fuel or a show that is for little girls but has an older male fanbase.

See also Moe and Values Dissonance. Can be a problem if a Moral Guardian shows this to a child and it's a Yuri show. Compare with Multiple Demographic Appeal.

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  • January 18, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    May also be related to Periphery Demographic if lots of little girls watch the show anyway but is not the majority of the audience. Totally Spies is an example, as it can be viewed on two levels: As a cheesy espionage animated series, or as softcore porn.
  • January 18, 2011
    smashingmelons
    Yeah, there are plenty of Magical Girl series for kids that are also appreciated by older viewers, like Tokyo Mew Mew. On the flip side, I've seen a review of Ichigo Mashimaro on Amazon that said it would be "cloying" for anyone over a certain age, and I've heard of me who think Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is for girls.
  • January 19, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Don't use Most Triumphant Example on a trope page. That's a subjective trope. It might be your MTE, but it has no place on an objective page.
  • January 19, 2011
    Vaded
    The manga series Love Hina and Pretty Face could also fit in with your examples
  • January 20, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I don't know about Love Hina. Most of the stuff mentioned in the OP is slice-of-life stuff with little or no romance that could easily be mistaken for actually being aimed at the ten-and-under crowd (or, in the case of Azumanga Daioh, at least at teenage girls). I don't think there's much chance of that mistake with a series whose entire premise is "there's this dude who lives in a bathhouse with a bunch of hot chicks who beat him up all the time for being an Accidental Pervert".
  • January 20, 2011
    Chabal2
    There's a video of a five-year-old girl singing "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" from Moulin Rouge, presumably the train of thought was "It's about dancing, right? Girls love dancing!". Too bad the song's title is litterally "Do you want to sleep with me tonight".

  • January 20, 2011
    Koveras
  • January 20, 2011
    troacctid
  • January 20, 2011
    0dd1
    Does anyone know anything about that new My Little Pony show? I don't, but I've heard that it could fit this trope.

    Chabal2, the song is called "Lady Marmalade" (by LaBelle) and it's a classic in its genre. I mean, yes, that line still means that, but...I'm just being a snob here. Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters.
  • January 20, 2011
    sainatsukino
    one Canadian TV shows had kids from 4 to 10 singing popular songs. Cute eh? No so much when the songs they sing ends up translating to "I want to do the etc. with you" of the "do you want to sleep with me tonight" mentionned above
  • January 20, 2011
    Rilkar
    troacctid + 0dd1, Both The Powerpuff Girls and the new My Little Pony ARE indented for little girls. This trope is for shows that appear to be for little girls but really aren't. For The Powerpuff Girls and My Little Pony you want Periphery Demographic. And I've checked they're already there.
  • January 21, 2011
    Fanra
    Robot Chicken had a sketch where Sailor Moon changed costume and her enemy got a hard on.
  • January 21, 2011
    Rilkar
    Fanra, I think that's a Subverted Kids Show.
  • January 21, 2011
    Fanra
    Fanra, I think that's a Subverted Kids Show.

    Could be, I'm not sure about the definition of this trope anyway. Leave that example off if it doesn't fit.
  • January 22, 2011
    RoninCatholic
    I don't think we need a new page for this sub trope.
  • January 23, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    The Powerpuff Girls was not originally intended for little girls. Craig McCracken created it as a parody of the Magical Girl genre, as he was getting sick of Sailor Moon playing on Cartoon Network every day. As a Take That, he set the girls' age very low, had them do very un-elegant things, and made the villains cheesier than Kraft dinners. The intended audience for it was the same as Dexters Laboratory: Animation fans in their teens, 20s, and 30s, but had to be child-appropriate due to there being no Adult Swim yet. A show like this naturally attracted little girls though. Cartoon Network seeing this, someone there created a marketing empire catered for them.

    The fact that you, who created this article, fell victim to "What do you mean it's not for little girls?" shows how strongly it fits in this list.
  • January 24, 2011
    Rilkar
    Do you think this is ready to be launched?
  • January 24, 2011
    JoieDeCombat
    Not sure Kuragehime counts. "Princess Jellyfish" is a valid translation even if reversing the order would probably be more accurate... similar to "Princess Mononoke." There's not much about the show itself that fits the description given here.
  • January 24, 2011
    Rilkar
    Not sure Kuragehime counts. "Princess Jellyfish" is a valid translation even if reversing the order would probably be more accurate... similar to "Princess Mononoke." There's not much about the show itself that fits the description given here.

    Actually, if you just saw the pictures on Funimation's video portal you might mistake it for a Shoujo show. And Clara is a cute animal mascot. Thought on the other hand there is the title of the first episode.
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