Lolicon or shotacon are terms for a particular type of pedophilic character (a lolicon targets girls, and a shotacon, boys) most commonly found in Japanese Media
. The names are derived from Lolita
and the main character from 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. 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 Black Humor
. 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 Pædo Hunt
for portrayals of pedophilia as a villainous trait, and Mistaken for Pedophile
for false allegations
of pedophilia being Played for Laughs
. The Japanese fashion style
called "Lolita" and our trope Elegant Gothic Lolita
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.