0 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

Playing With / The Jail Bait Wait

Basic Trope: A character waits for his/her Love Interest to reach the age of consent.
  • Straight: Adult Bob is in love with sixteen-year-old Alice, but waits until her eighteenth 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 eighteenth 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 eighteenth 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 actually wants to marry Alice, and needs to wait until she turns eighteen so he can legally marry her without having to get parental consent.
    • Bob considers Alice emotionally unready for a serious relationship yet.
  • Inverted:
    • Sixteen-year-old Alice waits until her eighteenth birthday to confess her feelings to Bob.
    • Bob desperately races to reveal his feeling to Alice before her eighteenth 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 he tells her he'll wait for her to turn eighteen...
    • But they have to wait until they're old enough (whatever that means in the time and place in which they live) to marry legally.
    • Bob doesn't know that, and decides to wait until she's older.
    • Although Alice is sixteen, the age of consent in the jurisdiction in which Alice and Bob live is fifteen.
  • Parodied: Bob has been waiting since he and Alice met as kids!
  • Zig Zagged: Bob confesses his feelings for Alice, but says they should wait until she's eighteen. Alice suggests they just use contraceptives, though Bob doesn't want to risk making her a teen mom. Alice says they could just date, yet Bob...
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Small Reference Pools, SoCalization, an attempt to avoid Squick.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice, you eighteen yet?"
  • Invoked: Bob has recently turned eighteen, and just notices Alice.
  • Exploited: Alice tempts Bob rather brazenly and makes him do all sorts of out-there things for her.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob live in a place with "Romeo and Juliet Laws" that provide for teenagers with an age difference of three years or less not to 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.
    • Alice and Bob refuse to let anyone limit their love for each other, deciding only their own opinions matter.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: Does wanting her make me a creep?
    Jim: Not if you're so willing to wait for her.
  • Conversed: "Waiting for a minor to become an adult is creepy and a massive waste of one's time." "Love comes in all forms, and legallity isn't some natural compulsion to meet. Frankly being willing to wait years to be with their beloved just to satisfy arbitrary human laws is commendable patience."
  • Implied: Though Bob seems to be fond of Alice, there's numerous important factors requiring his attention. Thus it isn't certain if he's explicitly waiting, or just too busy to actually strike up a relationship.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob waste years just waiting to make their relationship legal, cheating on each other as they waited as they became sexually frustrated. Ultimately by the time they can be together, they've moved on to people they were legally allowed to be with.
  • Reconstructed: Though Alice and Bob may have to wait to "better their understanding of each other", they otherwise act as any other couple and regularly hang out together. They also deliberately do abstinence to make it even sweeter once they're legally allowed to be together.
  • Played For Laugh: Bob has clearly marked Alice's eighteenth birthday on his calendar, yet unwittingly ignoring the clearly impatient Alice in the meantime.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Alice and Bob spend all their time pining for one another.
    • Alice underwent very precocious puberty, meaning if Bob waits she'll have gone through menopause by the time their relationship would be legal.

Back to The Jail Bait Wait
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/PlayingWith/TheJailbaitWait