Playing With / One of the Kids

Basic Trope: An adult character becomes more childish due to spending time with children.
  • Straight: Bob, a teacher, becomes more like his students because he hangs out with them a lot.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob likes to spend time playing with kindergarten kids. He likes to play with glitter.
    • Bob becomes a Manchild as the result of his job.
  • Downplayed: Bob may act like his students sometimes, but focuses on his job.
  • Justified: Bob's job requires him to have some level of interaction with kids.
  • Inverted:
    • 8-year-old Charlie becomes more mature because he hangs out with adults.
    • Bob is a full-blown Manchild, and he works so well with kids because he identifies with them.
  • Subverted: ???
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't spend time with kids.
    • Bob's maturity doesn't drop whenever he's around them.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Why is Bob so childish?" "I'm not sure, but maybe it has to do with the kids he spends time with."
  • Invoked: Bob is a Manchild who decides to work as a kindergarten teacher, so that his childish behaviour don't seem so off-putting.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Bob keeps his maturity no matter what.
    • Bob quits his job.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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