Playing With: Animation Age Ghetto
Basic Trope: Silly Man Child, animation is for kids!
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- Seamus O'Taku loses his girlfriend because she is embarrassed to be seen with someone who still watches animation and collects action figures.
- Or he loses his job because he went to an Anime Fan Convention, and his boss thinks that having an employee who is into cartoons is bad for the company's image.
- Crazy Toons is an animated show aimed at kids.
- Seamus O'Taku is with nothing but contempt by everyone because he still likes animation.
- Alice buys her children a copy of a Hentai, even though it explicitly says "Not For Children," and features a suggestive picture on the cover, because "It's animated, and kids like cartoons, so it must be for kids!"
- Downplayed: Seamus O'Taku gets a funny look when he buys a DVD copy of Adjective Noun Fred.
- Justified: Seamus never really grew out of eating a box of cereal while watching Saturday-morning cartoons.
- Seamus O'Taku avoids animation like the plague.
- Crazy Toons is a show aimed strictly at adults.
- Crazy Toons has a lot of Parental Bonus or spends a lot of time Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Crazy Toons has a large adult fanbase, or Multiple Demographic Appeal.
- Crazy Toons is on late at night, after most kids are presumably in bed.
- Crazy Toons is not stigmatized as childish.
- Seamus is actually buying Adjective Noun Fred as a gift for a child he knows.
- Double Subverted:
- It's in the Comedy Ghetto
- Crazy Toons is seen as "immature," and by extension, so are its fans. Its fans (accurately or otherwise) are assumed to be Basement Dwellers.
- The adults are merely a Periphery Demographic.
- Crazy Toons is on not during Prime Time, but at Otaku O'Clock; the only ones who would presumably be up at that ungodly hour are unemployed Man Children living in their mothers' basements, or perhaps college students who have yet to enter the Real World, not Civilized People with work schedules to obey.
- But rather as "perverted" due to its bawdy humor, or use of Panty Shots.
- The child to whom Seamus intends to give the DVD is still a little older than the work's target audience.
- Alternatively, when Seamus explains that he's giving Adjective Noun Fred to a kid, he is all too easily Mistaken for Pedophile.
- Parodied: Alice mocks Seamus for liking cartoons in an even more childish manner.
- Zig Zagged: Some cartoons are geared towards adults, some towards teens, some towards children. Some adults and teens are stigmatized for watching "kids' shows," others are not.
- Lampshaded: "Aren't you a little old to be watching cartoons?"
- Invoked: Seamus takes — and bombs — an IQ test just after his twelfth birthday so adults won't wonder why he's watching a show he should have given up watching seven or eight years ago.
- Exploited: The makers of Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs advertise their product during kids' cartoons, so that the viewers will beg their parents to buy the product.
- Defied: "I'm a grown man; I can watch whatever I want to. And right now, I'm feeling just a little bit childish..."
- Discussed: "A mark of a good show is that anyone can find it entertaining. It's got simple morality and life-lessons for the kids, some action, and a plot smart enough not to insult their intelligence (and engage their parents/older siblings)."
- Conversed: ???
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