Rename (alt titles crowner 2/24/12): Cute Shotaro Boy get usage counts
edited 16th Apr '11 9:25:48 PM by Heatth
edited 26th Mar '11 9:24:27 AM by Raso
edited 26th Mar '11 12:58:26 PM by chihuahua0
edited 14th Apr '11 11:08:41 PM by Raso
edited 17th Apr '11 8:08:11 AM by Sackett
edited 17th Apr '11 12:36:41 PM by SakurazakiSetsuna
Distaff Cute Shotaro Boy These young girls are in situations far over their head played as Rule of Cute. These girls are always trying their best, they might be living on their own, holding a job such as Child Teacher or dealing with a Useless Parent or pressured by their parents to do tons of work or take over the family business. Possibly Wise Beyond Their Years or are trying to be as there are moments when their armor cracks leading to breakdown or showing their real age They might be a proto Yamato Nadeshiko. Distaff to Cute Shotaro Boy See also Abusive Parents, Parental Abandonment Iron Woobie and The Woobie.
The most important point is the personality they have to be kind of serious, always have to be trying their best and giving it their all and attempting to put a face of Wise Beyond Their Years even if they are not which can crack leading to a breakdown / The Woobie moment or a real moment where they lose themselves and act their age and have fun. Girls tend to get The Woobie moments more than the guys. (  These two pages from Negima describe the trope pretty well IMO and explain what girls see in him.) The trope name isn't a bad one but it can lead to confusion "Cute" it has to be played for that. "Shotaro" is pretty much the Ur-Example in anime as he was out saving the world with his robot buddy and acted like this (always in a suit too) and "boy" well that's required too. The major issue is the character did get the raving Fan Girls on him so much so that liking boys in general became Shotacon in the same way Kirk/Spock became a slash fic. I am not opposed to a rename due to massive misuse and other issues but I do understand where and why this is named it.
edited 17th Apr '11 1:36:11 PM by Raso
edited 18th Apr '11 3:04:26 AM by Raso
edited 18th Apr '11 10:44:59 AM by Raso
Polar opposite of Bratty Half-Pint. These calm little boys run entirely off Rule of Cute and usually draw a large female fanbase. When placed in a show with everyone else an adult they might be Tagalong Kid or Token Shota. When placed in a situation that is way over their head such as holding a job they are New Trope. Named after Shotaro from Giagantor who is loved for being in this trope much that it became part of the pourmantou Shotacon as a spear counterpart to Lolicon. See also Moe, Cheerfully Cute Child, And Keet the extreme Genki Guy version of this.
Should we get a crowner going for options? (nobody seems tocare though)
- Clean up all misuse of Cute Shotaro Boy. Which is a hell of a lot.
- Split off described trope to something new and rewrite.
- If split cover everyone that is in this situation.
- or split supertrope for the situation and subtrope for the Shotaro Archetype which is personality + situation.
- or keep them gender split
edited 18th Apr '11 10:23:51 PM by Raso
edited 9th May '11 4:46:49 AM by Worldmaker
Alternative Titles: Cute Shotaro Boy 2
24th Feb '12 9:33:44 AM