In a recent discussion in Image Pickin', it became clear that the trope What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?
is misused very often for What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?
. The vast majority of examples on the former page are incorrect, and belong on the latter. Indeed, the page image
on the former is incorrect (it's an example of the latter, and that's why it's on IP) and several tropers in the IP thread took some time before catching the difference.
The trope What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?
is people mistaking a show that has adult content for a children's show; good examples include the movie Watership Down
and any adult-oriented comic book. That one is pretty clear, actually.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?
sounds like its opposite, but it's not. There is a trope for when adults enjoy a children's show, and that trope is Periphery Demographic
. The most common examples are Lego and the Brony movement. This page here is actually an Audience Reaction
: "adult fans of a kids show are offended when it's called a kids show"; it's essentially a subtrope of Fandom Berserk Button
So something needs to be done here. At the least, most of the examples from It's For Kids should be moved to It's Not For Kids. But given how confusing the two names are, I think a good case could be made for renaming this trope. Alternatively, I'm not convinced that this is meaningfully different from Fandom Berserk Button
, so a merge would avert future issues. Thoughts please?
edited 12th Apr '13 5:46:15 AM by Spark9
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