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Legal Jailbait

Evangeline: Why don't you like me?
Nagi: Eh, I'm not into little girls.
Evangeline: What?? I'm over a hundred years old, you know!
Nagi: Well, then it's because you're an old hag.

There are Moe characters whose youth and innocence attract a fanbase of sexual lust in spite of an author's intentions and then there are characters who are meant to appeal to Lolicon tastes. That's what we call paedopandering and it is a bad thing.

Girls (and occasionally boys) who ascribe to this trope are invariably Older than They Look adults, or supernatural beings that are Really 700 Years Old. The narrative takes great pains to remind the audience that they are adults, thereby (poorly) attempting to justify the sexualization of their apparent innocence and youth. Their being technically adults serves as a tenuous excuse to alleviate the reader of possible guilt.

It's not just the guilt of the readers; there are countries where publishing works with drawn underage sex is illegal. This is sometimes as close as the publishers can legally get if they want to sell their work in those countries. Note, however, that countries have differing laws on the matter, and what may be an effective legal dodge in one country may equal jail time in another.

Finally, this trope is also more often than not played for drama as well; the stigma of being a "forbidden object of lust" trapped in a "child's" body when one is an adult with sexual desires is a veritable goldmine of angst-driven drama and plot.


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