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Sandbox: Lolicon

A lolicon or shotacon is a term for a particular type of pedophilic character (a lolicon targets at girls and a shotacon boys). The names are derived from Lolita and the main character from Gigantor respectively.

While almost always played as the villain for obvious reasons, sometimes the author wishes to briefly overlook the damaging aspect of pedophilia and use a pedophile character as a comedic character or portray them as harmless. Thus the lolicon and shotacon. Lolicons and shotacons are thus treated as being a little creepy, but ultimately harmless. Rather than being played to repulse the audience, a lolicon is normally a humorous figure. Because of Western media views, you are highly unlikely to see a Lolicon outside of Japan-derived works such as Anime, Visual Novels or Video Games. While Western media can and will use pedophilia for jokes, it tends to contain stronger elements of Black Humor.

Note that lolicon/shotacon does not refer to any pedophile, nor does the existence of this trope imply that the Japanese are more approving of pedophilia.

Compare/contrast Pædo Hunt. The Japanese fashion style called "Lolita" and our trope Elegant Gothic Lolita are only tangentially related. In some circles lolicon and shotacon may also refer to lolicon/shotacon themes or fanservice, which is not what we are looking for on this wiki.
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