: A child character acts younger than their stated age.
- Straight: 12-year-old Cody sleeps with a teddy bear and is a big fan of Barney & Friends.
- Exaggerated: Cody speaks in Baby Talk and goes around wearing a diaper and baby bonnet.
- Downplayed: Although he's in seventh grade, Cody reads a book intended for sixth graders.
- Kids develop at different rates.
- Cody has a developmental disorder.
- Inverted: Most Writers Are Adults, Little Professor Dialog
- Subverted: Cody only acts that way to get what he wants.
- Double Subverted: But his real level of maturity isn't much higher.
- Parodied: Bob is fifteen, but acts like a small child from a '50s sitcom. His Catch Phrase is "gee willikers!"
- Zig Zagged: Cody's maturity level constantly varies Depending on the Writer.
- Averted: Cody acts like a normal 12-year-old.
- Enforced: "If Cody isn't innocent enough, we'll be hearing from the Moral Guardians."
- Lampshaded: "Cody acts a bit young for his age."
- Invoked: Deliberately Cute Child.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Most real 12-year-olds try.
- Discussed: "Are you sure Cody doesn't have some kind of disorder?", "No, he's just like that."
- Conversed: "What kind of 12-year-old would get that excited about the merry-go-round? I was starting to notice girls at that age!"
- Deconstructed: Cody turns out to have a developmental disorder.
- Reconstructed: Cody seems to be lagging behind his peers, but it turns out he's just a late bloomer.
- Played For Laughs: Cody is played as The Ditz.
- Played For Drama: Cody has a serious developmental disorder.
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