Corruption by a Minor
Corruption of a Minor, in which adults coerce or help children to commit crimes. This is the inverse. Sometimes children can convince adults to break the law. But they're such innocent little darlings! How on earth is that possible? They could turn on the charm, particularly on a gullible adult or one with low self-esteem, or one who just likes kids and wants to be nice, or maybe one who sees the kid as an equal or a friend. Other times, the kid simply bribes the adult. This is pretty much the favourite technique of the Enfant Terrible. See also Troubling Unchildlike Behavior, Kids Are Cruel, Deliberately Cute Child, From the Mouths of Babes, Corruption of a Minor, and Enfant Terrible.
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Anime & Manga
- Not suprisingly, many Loli and Shota hentai have a plot along these lines.
- Negi Springfield of Negima! has, unintentionally, turned about a third of his class into Shotacons.
- In a strange reverse, Kotaro has slowly been turning Ayaka towards hating kids.
- Johann in Monster.
- Rokudo Mukuro in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, to Lancia.
- The film Little Sweetheart plays with this, having a normal nine year old girl, Elizabeth, being corrupted by the slightly younger Thelma, who is an amoral psychopathic chessmaster.
- In Lawn Dogs, 10 year old Devon and 21 year old Trent become friends... at Devon's insistence. Devon later convinces Trent to accompany her while they steal chickens from a barn, and convinces him to moon her father and a police officer.
- The movie Matchstick Men does this, though the girl isn't actually a minor.
- The not-too-notable Disney film No Deposit No Return features a pair of kids who talk a couple of honest, inept crooks into kidnapping them to pay off some not-so-honest crooks.
- In the original Lolita book, the pedophile protagonist Humbert Humbert claimed he was seduced by the titular girl, who had known about sex well before she met him. A not uncommon reading of the story has the reader believe Humbert's claim, even though he's an Unreliable Narrator who was just trying to justify his molestation of the girl in question.
- In Maryrose Wood’s Why I Let My Hair Grow Out, the fifteen-year-old protagonist tries to seduce a man in his twenties, who suddenly becomes very opposed to deflowering her as soon as he discovers she’s a minor (i.e., when she accidentally lets her age slip while she’s undressing in front of him). His insistence that they wait a few years doesn’t stop her repeated attempts throughout that book and the next to tempt him into sleeping with her.
Live Action TV
- Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle does this every so often.
- There was a bit in The Man Show where the Man Show Boy stood outside a liquor store asking the patrons to buy him beer, telling one guy he had a hottie back at his treehouse. In the end, one guy did get him a six-pack. There was also another segment where the boy was actually selling the beer like a lemonade stand.
- On Shameless (US) Carl convinces a female camp counselor to expose her breasts to the other boys in the camp. It is a camp for kids dying of cancer so it is not hard for him to play on her sympathy and convince her to give the boys their 'wish'.
- In one episode of CSI, a twelve-year-old boy convinced his... siblings all four were conceived from the same egg via in vitro fertilization, but to different families and at different times, who were in their thirties, to murder his father the doctor who'd re-used the embryos without the biological mother's consent. Though the adults each had criminal records of their own and didn't take much convincing.
- Dahlia Hawthorne got her start at an early age in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by convincing/seducing Terry Fawles into conspiring with her to fake a kidnapping.
- Somewhere in the Kingdom Hearts continuity, scientist Ansem the Wise's youngest apprentice (8-year-old Ienzo) was the one who convinced him to build a laboratory designed specifically for studies of Darkness and the heart, with varying levels of cruelty. For the record, the result was Ienzo and the other Apprentices condemning Ansem to a world of nothingness after their experiments got too inhumane and he started to take a stand against it.
- It could be argued that this is what happened to Artie of Concession, as Chelsie was revealed to be hypersexual, and Artie wasn't capable of understanding what he was doing when he slept with her. However, Artie was at the time under the psychic influence of Joel, which probably had a bigger impact on his behaviour.
- Happens in a cartoon by Swedish morbid cartoonist "Gurr"; a little girl comes up to a man and politely says that if he will "follow her into the woods", she'll give him a beer!
- Underaged children sometimes ask adults to illegally buy liquor and/or cigarettes for them at stores ("Shoulder Tapping"). The police are aware of this, and usually respond with organized sting operations, in which they recruit an underaged kid and tell him to ask adults to do this: those who say "yes" get busted on the spot.
- Likewise, underaged kids sometimes try to persuade store clerks to sell them the liquor/cigarettes illegally.
- The same principle applies to Murder Simulators as well. Children get either get clueless parents to buy games for them or try to buy them directly. Games industry trade associations even organize stings to catch shopkeepers that sell adults-only games with no questions asked.
- It is not technically illegal for a child to see a US R-rated movie without a parent or guardian, but it is a universal policy that is treated almost as if it were. So similar to the above, we have children trying to convince employees or adults to sneak them into movies.
- In 1950s England, there was the notorious Bentley case (portrayed in the movie Let Him Have It), where 19-year-old Derek Bentley (who however had a mental age of about 11) and his 16-year-old accomplice Chris Craig were interrupted by police in attempting to burgle a warehouse. Craig shot and killed a policeman (it has also been claimed that PC Miles was actually killed by a stray bullet from a police gun), and both Bentley and Craig were found guilty of this; Bentley was hanged because Craig was too young. This case is said to have helped lead to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.