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Playing With: The Jailbait Wait
Basic Trope: A character waits for his/her Love Interest to reach the age of consent.
  • Straight: Bob is in love with 16-year-old Alice, but waits until her 18th birthday to reveal his feelings for her.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has been waiting for Alice since before she reached puberty
    • Bob actually sets a clock to count down to the exact second Alice's 18th birthday begins.
    • Bob is Really 700 Years Old and knew he and Alice were meant to be long before Alice was even born.
  • Downplayed: Alice is only a few days away from her 18th birthday when Bob falls in love with her.
  • Justified:
    • Bob doesn't want to get charged with statutory rape for getting involved with Alice.
    • Bob wants to actually marry Alice, and needs to wait until she turns 18 so he can legally marry her without having to get parental consent.
    • Bob doesn't think Alice is emotionally ready for a serious relationship yet.
  • Inverted:
    • 16-year-old Alice waits until her 18th birthday to confess her feelings to Bob.
    • Bob desperately races to reveal his feeling to Alice before her 18th birthday.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob confesses his feelings for Alice - with a nod to how she is underage, of course.
    • Alice and Bob are engaged as teenagers. (May or may not be an Arranged Marriage.)
    • Alice only looks like a teenage girl, she's Really 700 Years Old.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But tells her he'll wait for her to turn 18...
    • But they have to wait until they're old enough (whatever that means in the time and place in which they live) to legally marry.
    • Bob doesn't know that, and decides to wait until she's older.
    • Alice is 16, but the age of consent in the area in which Alice and Bob live is 15.
  • Parodied: Bob has been waiting since the night Alice was conceived!
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Small Reference Pools, SoCalization, an attempt to avoid Squick.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice, you 18 yet?"
  • Invoked: Bob has recently turned 18, and just notices Alice.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob live in a place with "Romeo and Juliet Laws" that state that teenagers who are within 3 years of one another agewise would not be charged with statutory rape for "interacting" with members of their peer group.
    • Even if such laws don't exist in their jurisdiction, Bob believes Alice is fair game because he and she are both in High School.
  • Discussed: "Does wanting her make me a creep?" "Not if you're so willing to wait for her."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob spend all their time pining for one another.

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