Playing With: Adorably Precocious Child

Basic Trope: A cute kid character who tends to act like an adult.
  • Straight:
    • Michael, a 10-year-old boy, feels that he has adult responsibilities to uphold. He occasionally lapses into childish behavior, though.
    • Michelle is a young girl that feels the need to act more mature.
  • Exaggerated: Michael is a toddler that feels the need to be the head of his household. His behavior relapses to that of an infant.
  • Downplayed: Michael is noticeably more mature than the other characters his own age, although he doesn't quite behave like a fully grown adult.
  • Justified: Michael is faced with a situation such as Parental Abandonment that would require him to behave more like an adult.
  • Inverted:
    • Michael is an adult that tries to embrace his youth, but his adult tendencies get in the way.
    • Man Child
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Michael never seems to lapse into childish behavior... until you take him to a toy store.
  • Parodied:
    • Michael and Michelle have a schedule plan so they don't end up being childish at the same time.
    • Michael wears a suit and behaves like a stereotypical adult. Anyone who mentions his age is met with a childish outburst.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the Writer, Michael can act very mature and adult-like, or he can act just like any other kid.
  • Averted: Michael does not try to act older than he actually is.
  • Enforced: Kid-Appeal Character.
  • Lampshaded: "For such a little kid, he sure does act grown-up..."
  • Invoked: Michael deliberately tries to act more like an adult in order to get people to gush over how cute he is.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Michael hates the idea of growing up, so he refuses to act like one.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Michael falls to depression because absolutely no one will take him seriously, even when it's crucial. He begins to hate himself for his childish tendencies.
    • Alternatively, Michael remains baby-faced despite going through, if not having gone through puberty believing he has come of age. He ends up becoming jaded, cynical and nostalgic because of this.
  • Reconstructed:
    • His parents begin to listen to him more and treat him more like an adult after seeing how horribly he's been torn apart.
    • Michael finally manages to achieve something great that earns him the respect he always wanted.

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