Downplayed: Adam is a twelve-year-old who's widely regarded as extremely cool. Unlike his peers, he has no zits or braces, and he's got a girlfriend and good grades. He even has a job as junior coach of the Pee-Wee Teeball Team. He also wears Cool Shades and gets a ride to school on his dad's Cool Bike. However, aside from the teachers all being friendly to him, it's obvious that no adult gets that he's totally cool.
Zig Zagged: Adam shows up and heroically rescues the cast in a dramatic over-the-top fashion, only to reveal after the fact that he was really scared crapless of the whole ordeal and only acted that way to one-up the villain. He then leaves the rest of the cast to their ordeals, stating that his heart won't take much more... Then, the moment the heroes are out of sight, Adam immediately leaps off to save someone else in a similar fashion. He only acts weak and insecure after the fact because he doesn't want the rest of the cast to feel inferior and unnecessary.
Averted: There's no Ace in the cast. The heroes are the most heroic people around.
Enforced: The writers respond to accusations by their audience that their characters 'aren't heroic enough' by adding a character who overcompensates and then some.
Return to The Ace here. Adam could of course burst in there heroically and do it for you, but is that really worth the risk that he'll end up accidentally seducing your girlfriend/boyfriend/you in the process?