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Lolicon or shotacon are terms for a particular type of pedophilic character (a lolicon targets girls, and a shotacon, boys) most commonly found in JapaneseMedia. The names are derived from ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' and the main character from ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' respectively, while "-con" is short for "complex"; the term "lolicon" entered the Japanese lexicon by way of Russell Trainer's pseudopsychological work, ''The Lolita Complex''.

Sometimes, a work's creator wishes to overlook the damaging aspect of pedophilia and use a pedophile character for comedic purposes. Therefore, rather than being played to repulse the audience, a lolicon or shotacon in mainstream works is normally treated as being a little creepy, but ultimately harmless. [[ValuesDissonance Because of Western media views]], you are highly unlikely to see a lolicon or shotacon outside of Japan-derived works - while Western media can and will use pedophilia for jokes, it tends to contain stronger elements of BlackHumor. Note that the terms do not refer to ''any'' pedophile regardless of portrayal, nor does the existence of this trope imply that the Japanese are more approving of pedophilia.

Compare/contrast PaedoHunt for portrayals of pedophilia as a villainous trait, and MistakenForPedophile for ''false allegations'' of pedophilia being PlayedForLaughs. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion Japanese fashion style]] called "Lolita" and our trope ElegantGothicLolita are only tangentially related. Lolicon and shotacon may also refer to the actual paraphilia of pedophilia, as well as works with lolicon/shotacon themes or fanservice, which are not what we are looking for on this wiki.
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