By right, this trope should be pretty clear - it's about an adult character who often behaves childishly because they interact well with children. It's different from Manchild because, unlike the latter, the former is capable of conversing/behaving like a normal adult. It's only when younger characters are involved that they behave like Manchildren. However, as someone pointed out in the IP thread, most of the examples listed on this page are simply "people who behaves childishly".
SF-81A Black KnightCan we see some misuse stats please? Name's a bit vague, which may be contributing.
Apparently it was renamed from Adult Child, so maybe that has something to do with it. As for wick check...
So what't the proposal? Clean up examples?
Tropes Are Flexible stick and clean up the misleading language in the description.
edited 17th Dec '13 10:53:16 PM by troacctid
Rhymes with "Protracted."
In that case, how is this trope distinct from Manchild? The latter already covers 'Adults behaving like children' aspect. I think this trope is more related to Friend to All Children, in which interaction with children causes adult to behave like them, but otherwise is capable of behaving like a normal adult.
A Wizard boyNope. This trope is about a specific reason why adults behave like children - because they are among them. Man Child is the more generic trope and usually implies some kind of immaturity.
Manchild often shows up in more adult contexts—e.g. Fry from Futurama and Peter Griffin from Family Guy (the first two examples in the Western Animation section). This line in particular:
This character shows up most often in anything aimed at younger audiences, where they are Played Straight so as to be more appealing to kids....gives me the impression that it's unique.
Rhymes with "Protracted."
Not sure if the adult vs. children context is necessary, but otherwise the distinction seem pretty clear. The name is rather ambiguous though, and I'm quite certain some of the misuse is caused by this being a redirect to Adult Child and Absurd Adolescent, both of which are more synonymous to Man Child rather than this trope.
With Mod Hat OnThis clock ran out a while back and the thread hasn't gotten very far. Locking.
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