Playing With / Kiddie Kid

Basic Trope: 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.
  • Justified:
    • 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: ???
  • 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."
    • "Are you sure Cody doesn't have some kind of disorder?", "No, he's just like that."
  • Invoked: Deliberately Cute Child.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Most real 12-year-olds try.
  • Discussed: ???
  • 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:
  • Played For Drama:
    • Cody has a serious developmental disorder.
    • Cody is a Child Progigy who is ashamed of his intelligence and tries to hide it, but overcompensates.

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