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FairyDreamer
topic
12:56:07 PM Apr 25th 2013
May I ask why the real life examples of just about every trope seem to be slashed?
ccoa
moderator
topic
07:15:46 AM May 8th 2012
Pulled a Zero-Context Example:

Please flesh it out and return it to the page if it fits.
GintaxAlvissforever
topic
01:32:42 AM Mar 18th 2012
Why did the name change? Precious Child can refer to both genders and this trope only referred to little boys?! Just stupid...
lebrel
12:44:04 PM Mar 18th 2012
The trope can refer to both sexes. That's why a gender-neutral name was chosen.
BrendanDRizzo
05:19:15 PM Mar 21st 2012
If the trope can refer to both sexes, yet the vast majority of examples are male, then is it okay if I change the uses of "she/her" in the description back to "he/him"?
lebrel
06:13:34 AM Mar 22nd 2012
I'd prefer not. The examples are mostly male because the trope was originally written as male-specific, we're trying to make it clear that it can also apply to female characters so that people will start adding female examples.
AkiraxAtsukifan
05:34:59 PM Mar 30th 2012
But if for little girls is Token Mini-Moe (or whatever the new name is) and boys are Cute Shotaro Boy, I don't see the point of making a gender neutral name when they were two separate tropes to begin with.
Oreochan
05:39:50 PM Mar 30th 2012
edited by Oreochan
But Token Mini-Moe is unisex now and a different trope. It's when qoute the trope's article "a young or young-looking member of the cast designed to appeal to one of two predominant demographics. The first is those who simply find the character absolutely adorable and/or endearing and feel protective towards him or her. The second are the Lolicons/Shotacons, who take an erotic or romantic interest in them."
lebrel
01:34:18 PM Mar 31st 2012
edited by lebrel
Cute Shotaro Boy is not and never was the Spear Counterpart of Token Loli. They are different tropes (although they may overlap). They are both unisex, and they both now have unisex names so that people will use them both for both sexes, as they should. One of the reasons for renaming Token Loli was so that people would stop insisting it was Always Female.
Stoogebie
topic
08:09:01 AM Mar 13th 2012
They changed this now?!
ccoa
moderator
08:15:03 AM Mar 13th 2012
You do know that there is no "they", TRS discussions are open to everyone, right?
DAN004
topic
06:26:46 PM Mar 8th 2012
Um, about how this trope is defined... Isn't it just "Wise Beyond Their Years"? I think I need a clarification on how to differentiate it.

Just a side note: Cute Shotaro Boy (the trope's former name) is more of an audience reaction trope, so I think it's still valid as a trope, but they should be put in YMMV. Any thoughts?
lebrel
09:47:22 AM Mar 9th 2012
The difference, as hashed out in the TRS thread, is that the Adorably Precocious Child is considered cute because they try to be mature and responsible, and often is not taken seriously by the other characters. Typically the APC is also less effective at being mature / responsible and is more likely to lapse back into kid behavior. If the overall effect is "aww, how cute, he's trying so hard", the character is more likely to be a Adorably Precocious Child, whereas if the overall effect is "this kid is as mature and competent as the adults" it's more likely to be Wise Beyond Their Years.

If you want to make an audience reaction trope that would cover the things Cute Shotaro Boy was misused for, take it to YKTTW. Currently, Cute Shotaro Boy is a redirect to Adorably Precocious Child and should be used only for the definition given there.
DAN004
01:17:44 AM Mar 11th 2012
Alright, point taken. Thanks =)

Not sure if I'm gonna make a YKTTW for that for the time being, though.
ThatHuman
topic
05:11:37 PM Mar 7th 2012
In case anybody wants to look it up later: here is the TRS thread.
ccoa
moderator
topic
12:27:34 PM Mar 5th 2012
These examples have Zero Context or appear to be misuse. Please re-add with more context if they fit:

  • Daisaku from Giant Robo.
  • Obotchaman from Dr. Slump.
  • The effeminate-looking Junior in the Read or Die TV series.
  • Hippo's human form in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
  • Erio Mondial from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
  • Bleach
    • Ukitake's zanpakutous in the recent filler arc are represented by twin shota kids.
    • If young Byakuya in the "Past" arc doesn't fit this trope, I'll eat my hat! Too bad we only get a few minutes.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse Elric was this before his soul was placed in a suit of armor.
    • Selim Bradley from the same. In the first anime, he's a straight example. In the manga, he's actually a centuries-old shota from hell.
      • Double Subverted; after Ed reduces him to his true form, he loses all his powers and memories and is being raised by his adoptive mother as a straight example of this trope.
    • Edward was this for the beginning of the series, since he wasn't even a teenager yet, and when we see him as a kid; likewise Alphonse's and Ed's great-grandsons are this in the OVA. Al is also this at the end of the first anime and The Movie, but at the end of the manga and Brotherhood, he retains the memories and age he had gained as a suit of armor and becomes a Bishōnen instead. Wrath from the anime is a zigzagged version; initially he was this but he quickly subverted the trope.
  • Yukiteru from Mirai Nikki most definitely.
  • Kohta from Elfen Lied. Later grows into something of a Bishōnen.
  • Kota Shinyoji in Midori no Hibi, who gets kidnapped by a gang of female delinquents, who promptly fall in love with him when they see how adorable he looks in a dress.
  • Gon and Killua from Hunterx Hunter, and especially Gon fit this troupe to a T.
  • Chrono from Chrono Crusade looks (and sometimes even acts) like he's one of these, but he's a demon that's Really 700 Years Old and looks like a Bishounen in his true form.
  • The three younger knights in Prétear.
  • Would Kunikida of Suzumiya Haruhi count? Despite him being in high school he looks and sounds like he should be in middle school.
  • Tadase from Shugo Chara!. He's even compared to a prince, even thought if you call him that, you're dead.
  • Syrup from Yes! Precure 5's sequel Yes! Precure 5 Go Go. For some reason.
  • Loki (yes, the god) gets turned into one in Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok.
  • "One day, Sealand-kun will be a huge empire that even that jerk England will bow to!"
    • Latvia counts as well.
    • The Holy Roman Empire also counts.
    • Iceland is an older version of a Cute Shotaro Boy.
    • Many of the nation-tans have been portrayed as this as children. America, Canada, England, the Italies (subverted in that everyone thought North Italy was a girl back then), Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Japan, France, China (recently on the Author's Blog), and Spain for a slightly older version...
    • The gender flipped versions of Taiwan and Liechtenstein count too.
  • Gundam stuff:
    • Quatre Raberba Winner in Gundam Wing, who only looks like a kid. Cemented by the end of Endless Waltz, where his hard hat falls over his eyes.
    • Prayer Revirie of Gundam SEED X Astray, who takes Uso's place as the youngest Gundam protagonist (about eight or nine), plus some Ill Girl mixed in.
    • Flit Asuno from Gundam Age is also another example, since that even though at the tender age of 14 he engineered his own Gundam, is initial lack of experience in piloting is often made fun of by Woolf Eneacle. To his credit, he doesn't lose composure. Much.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Also, Yugi himself. Such big expressive eyes... Yugi follows Momiji's example above, since he's sixteen years old, but looks much younger.
  • Kuroshitsuji's Ciel Phantomhive is a sort of creepy version of this.
  • On that note, Near from Death Note is along that vein, only he's actually in his late teens by the time the series ends.
    • Teru Mikami as a kid totally fits this trope as well.
  • Nai from Karneval most certainly qualifies. Just look at this. Instant "D'AW." His default chibified face is an even worse offender, though...
  • Akito from Air Gear is a good example, he even wears a wedding dress in one occasion, although most of the time we only see his Super-Powered Evil Side Agito
  • Tsuna from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has most certainly evolved into this. It's impossible not to notice his blatant moe-ness in later chapters.
    • Ranking Fuuta and Ginger Bread are also one of these.
  • Arguably, Schrodinger from Hellsing.
  • Garcia Lovelace from Black Lagoon. The closest thing to a Cool Big Sis for him, though, happens to be a killer maid from hell.
    • Hansel also counts, though in his case the trope is subverted as both he and his sister like using their cuteness to fool their victims into a false sense of safety before they kill them. And then there's the fact that he may or may not be a girl some of the time...
  • From a bit of questionably-canon Star Wars manga, we have Tao, Vader's second and very much younger secret apprentice. (How many illegitimate apprentices did this guy have, anyway?!) ...Honestly, it's kind of creepy.
  • Sousuke from Full Metal Panic! when he was young. Very Moe. You seriously just want to hug him. Ironically, even after he's sixteen, people still treat him like a kid and don't take him seriously.
    • That would be because he's sixteen, Ie, a kid, albeit a slightly taller one with a greater chance of not screwing up and coming out of trauma a bit better. Those who actually know he's a child soldier tend not to treat him as a kid, of course.
  • Arguably, Emile from Count Cain, Although he is possibly to messed up to fit this exactly.
  • All of the three main characters in the Boku No Pico series.
  • Ascot from Magic Knight Rayearth.
    • Same with Clef. Who would believe that the kid is actually Really 700 Years Old and the most powerful mage in Cephiro?
  • Conan Edogawa of Detective Conan. Glasses + bowtie + blue blazer + matching shorts = kawaii.
  • InuYasha:
    • Kohaku fits the trope better, as most of the fandom would say.
    • Sota Higurashi, Kagome's little brother. Especially when he's mimicking Inuyasha's moves, and in particular, dressed up like Conan (see above) for his date.
  • The human form of Sakutaro from Umineko no Naku Koro ni, seen in the fourth arc. Seriously, look at him.
  • One of the most Bad Ass ones: Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man. Over time, he's shifted a bit from "most adorable thing ever" to "most adorable and hot thing ever," but he certainly started out as one and still cuts it close.
  • Darker Than Black has two: July and Maki. July is extremely cute (as well as the male equivalent of an Emotionless Girl), but Maki kind of subverts it by being a sociopathic Yandere nutcase.
  • Karluk Ayhan from Otoyomegatari pretty much epitomizes this archetype physically, being a cute twelve-year-old. But the story takes this one step further, in that his wife is twenty. However, this avoids being creepy for anyone involved as they live in 19th century Turkey.
  • Satoshi from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni manages to be this, mixed with Bishōnen, even though he's sixteen years old. Not that he sounds like it in the Japanese version.
  • The other Satoshi, Ash from Pokémon tends to be this at times.
  • Mamoru Amami from GaoGaiGar also deserves a mention here. If he wasn't cute enough, he's a Space Fairy that really adds some heartwarming charm to what was otherwise a hot-blooded Super Robot show.
  • One of the several ambiguously gay characters from Hana-Kimi, Shotaro Kadoma, qualifies as this for sure. He's a freshman in Japanese high school, but the only way he could really pass as male is if that male were 12 years old. Hilarity ensues when you consider that his name is considered incredibly masculine by Japanese standards.
  • Nata of Gamerz Heaven.
  • The protagonist's cousin, Io Azuma, manages to be this in Moonlight Lady, despite being well into his teens. Also, some of his charm may or may not stem from his being a "pretty boy" and not a "hunk".
  • Most of the men in Code Geass appear to have been Cute Shotaro Boys when young. Rolo, however, deserves special mention in that he manages to be one at the age of sixteen.
  • clone!Hitler and clone!Einstein from Afterschool Charisma. Justified, in that they're clones of the originals, but really, cute shotaro Hitler?!
  • Pretty much every single character from Inazuma Eleven
  • Bobby from Serendipity the Pink Dragon, who looks weirdly like Mac from FHFIF.
  • Takeru and Koushiro from Digimon Adventure.
  • Masaru from Karakuri Circus. Not sure if it applies after he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Toboe from Wolf's Rain
  • Syaoran from Card Captor Sakura
  • It's easier to ask what male character in Wandering Son doesn't fit this. The title character is interesting, since he also fits Moe part of the time.
  • Kyousuke from Puella Magi Madoka Magica kinda straddles the line between this trope and Bishounen. He's got a voice and - in the anime - the looks of the former, at least.
  • Kimba from Kimba the White Lion.
  • Siddharta Gotama, aka Shakyamuni Buddha, in Buddha by Osamu Tezuka.
  • Kuroe from Kunisaki Izumo No Jijou.
  • Taro from Hanaukyo Miad Tai.
  • Luca from Macross Frontier
  • Dragon Ball had Goku during its early issues, and later added Krillin. When it eventually got to the point where the timeskips made them adults, they moved out of the role, though Krillin had the misfortune of never growing very tall, to the point where Goku's son Gohan (who played the Adorably Precocious Child until the Majin Buu Saga) was taller than him despite being a pre-teen.
  • Chirin from Chirin No Suzu is the furry equivalent of this for most of the movie.
ccoa
moderator
12:27:40 PM Mar 5th 2012
edited by ccoa
    Comics 
  • Carl, Rick's 7 year old son in The Walking Dead, became one of these after the zombie apocalypse.
  • In a more comedic and mischievous sense, Jason from FoxTrot.
  • The new Ultimate Spider-Man, grade school aged Miles Morales.

     Film (Animated) 

Film stuff:
  • Midshipman Blakeney in Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World. Being a midshipman in the Napoleonic-era British navy, he also counts as a Child Soldier.
  • Chekov in the reboot Star Trek film manages this, and young!Spock plays it completely straight.
  • The Artful Dodger in the 1968 musical movie Oliver!. (He was specifically described as being a rather ugly child in the book, but movie adaptations always use cute kids.)
  • The younger kid, Alexandre Motier (Didier Haudepin's acting would be scary-good at any age) in Les amitiés particuličres usually released in English as This Special Friendship. If there's already a trope for European boys' boarding-school romances (another example Another Country, albeit with a mid-twenties actor as half the couple) then I've yet to encounter it, but feel free to contradict/enlighten me.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has nerdy little Nick Szalinski. In Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, which takes place 3 years after the events of the first movie, he is a Keet.

Literature:
  • While on the subject of Diana Wynne Jones' books, Ceri in Power of Three.
  • And Eric Chant in Charmed Life. Especially the latching-on-to-older-sister part, poor boy.

Live Action TV:

    Music 

Video games: Earlier examples include Nils from Rekka no Ken, Rei and Lugh from Fuuin no Tsurugi, Corple from Seisen no Keifu, Asvel from Thracia 776, and Ewan from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
  • Tales:
    • Though in Mithos's case, he's really 4,000+ years old and looks more like an adult when he isn't manipulating his appearance to look more like his 12-13 year old self.
    • Also see Karol from Tales of Vesperia. Given how anime trope-heavy the Tales Series is, more will doubtless follow.
      • You forgot Mao from Tales of Rebirth.
      • What, no Ion?
      • How could we forget the shotaro who happens to be the main character of his respective game, Luca Milda from Tales of Innocence ? Really people.
    • Amusingly enough, Tales of Graces starts out with 3 of the main characters as shotas in the prologue.
  • Machi Tobaye from the 4th game in the Ace Attorney series. It doesn't help either that he was originally meant to be designed as a girl.
    • Lil' Edgeworth also counts, if the flashbacks from case 1-4 are to be believed.
    • Yumihiko Ichiyanagi Ace Attorney Investigations 2 may be a teenager but his shortness and attitude qualifies...and then there's the fact no one takes him seriously and thinks he's an idiot.
  • Laliar in Super Robot Wars R and Original Generation, being the only boy in Duminuss' creations. The rest are lolis.
    • Elma, Selena's assistant from Alpha 3, would fit this trope to a T if he were human (or at least human-shaped).
  • Beat from Eternal Sonata is the poster boy for this trope.
  • Pop N Music has countless examples; the best are Timer and Hugh.
  • Brian of Quest 64.
  • Nasir of Lagoon is somewhat older, unlike his brother Thor.
  • Flower, Sun and Rain has a character actually named Shoutaro. He fits the aesthetic visually, but is closer to a Bratty Half-Pint in personality — although everyone except the main character and player seems to think he fits this trope, instead. He's also an egregious Fourth Wall Breaker in a game already full of Breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • Edward in Clock Tower 2 (known as just Clock Tower outside Japan).
  • Tails of the Sonic the Hedgehog games qualifies as a notable furry version with a sizable fanbase to match. Charmy Bee also counts, being one of the two youngest characters in the entire series (the other one being Cream, who can qualify as a Token Mini-Moe).
    • Charmy is actually a subversion of sorts. He was originally 16 in Knuckles Chaotix, but as a part of his Retcon (as well as Espio's and Vector's) for Sonic Heroes, he was de-aged to 6. Combine that with his Keet personality in the game, and you have this trope.
  • Bugsy from Pokémon Gold and Silver. Yes, he's a boy. Look at him, he's so..Cute.
    • Possibly Gold Hibiki Ethan, Lucas, and Pearl among other trainers.
      • Red is this in all his incarnations, even when he's entered puberty generation 2 wise.
    • Don't forget Wally. D'aww.
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Your son as a kid in A Wonderful Life, and most of your sons actually. Almost every game has a Cute Shotaro Boy from the get-go too, Tim and Hugh being most well-known.
  • Seere in Drakengard, who sacrificed his "Time" (his ability to age) in order to form a pact with a Golem. He also has the incredible luck of being in a party with a pedophile and a Baby Eater.
    • And Caim. Of course, in this regard he's just as lucky as the rest of the party, since Caim hates them all equally.
  • The titular Little King(whose default name is Corobo) from Little King's Story. He can grow a Badass Beard despite his age in the hardest difficulty however.
  • Caillou in Recettear.
  • Emil from Nier. At least until the second half of the game...
  • The Onion Knight in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, the best way to describe his personality is "know-it-all brat"

    Webcomics 
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl, Justin is a pretty standard example of this trope.
  • In APT Comic Inferno is this (There's even a link on his character page), and Ammika is sure to remind him of it.

    Web Original 

Western Animation:
lebrel
12:35:16 PM Mar 5th 2012
edited by lebrel
Questionable examples from the Anime/Manga section; if you think these fit, please explain in terms of the trope definition (which is not just "cute little boy"):

  • Haré from Haré+Guu probably counts. He was mistaken for a girl once and even crossdressed (against his will) once.
  • Miharu in Nabari No Ou who is very much aware of his own cuteness and is not above using it to his own advantage, or just to torment people. Shotazawa, later on.
  • His Holiness Alessandro XVIII, 399th Pope of Rome, from Trinity Blood, is a Adorably Precocious Child constantly being scolded by his mean, aggressive big brother.
    • What about Ion Fortuna? Sure he's much older, but he's young as Methuselah go, and his awkwardness around Esther smacks of first love.
  • Takumi, youngest of the few boys in Mai-HiME, fulfills most of the requirements. He's gentle, domestic, needs caring for, affectionate to his older sister, whose friends also enjoy him being in a pseudo-Ho Yay relationship with Akira.
  • Parodied with lolishota type Mitsukuni "Hani" Haninozuka in Ouran High School Host Club, who, despite being the oldest member, uses his over-the-top childish looks and behavior (plus a stuffed bunny he always carries around) to get the club's customers to fawn over him. Later, Renge coaches a decidedly less cutesy Mouthy Kid into a rascal type she thinks will appeal to big sisters.
  • The title character from Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! has a slightly older, slightly taller girl demand that he go out with her due to his falling into this trope. thank god this was in the first episode...
  • In a similar vein, Kanokon has its girls falling over this character type. His name (Kouta) even rhymes with shota.
  • Simon, Rossiu or Gimmy in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are possible examples (and the first two both became Bishōnen after the Time Skip), but according to the last Parallel Works video when freaking Lordgenome of all people was a kid he was one of them. Hell, he practically looked like a somewhat masculine version of his daughter Nia.
  • Train from Black Cat temporarily reverts back to being a child (due to being shot with a Lucifer bullet). He is so incredibly Moe Moe, it's not even funny. This is milked for what it's worth in the anime, where it's complete with his original clothes falling off of him because they're suddenly too big for him, he blinks innocently several times, and says "eh?" in a very cute, high voice. Later, he's even shown to be forced to wear Eve's dress temporarily, since no one else had clothes that were his size. It's an interesting thought as to what Creed would've done if he had seen Train like that...
Monsund
10:08:53 PM Mar 7th 2012
Hare is very responsible in that he often has to take responsibility for his Young Drinking Mom. He also plays the straight man in the comedy.
ccoa
moderator
06:08:23 AM Mar 8th 2012
edited by ccoa
Ah, now I get the PM! It was so out of the blue and non-sequitur-ish. Please do return the example to the page with the proper context. :)
Stoogebie
topic
11:40:35 AM May 11th 2011
Is it possible for this trope to apply to a female character too? I mean, the page for Distaff Counterpart has Token Loli listed, but that trope doesn't specifically deal with a young, cute little girl who often acts very grown-up...Or Does It?
lebrel
11:38:59 AM Apr 13th 2012
Yes, it does. It is not the Spear Counterpart to Token Mini-Moe, they are both gender-neutral tropes.
Vidor
topic
04:30:37 PM Nov 6th 2010
Yet another article that desperately needs to be renamed as something in English.
gfrequency
10:03:28 PM Nov 29th 2010
Not everything can be accurately renamed in English. There are concepts that just don't have a convenient one-word equivalent in English.

That said, even if it did, why change it? The wiki's already annoyingly edit-happy with its page titles.
Potman
08:16:38 AM Mar 23rd 2011
What'd be wrong with just Cute Kid?
gfrequency
06:48:10 PM Jun 27th 2011
Cute Kid doesn't really have the same connotation. This trope is basically the male version of Token Loli. "Cute Little Girl" wouldn't work for that one either.
Skulljoker
11:17:46 AM Apr 13th 2012
edited by Skulljoker
I am kind of disappointed with the new name. I mean, even though I know where it comes from, I get that it might have been wise to change the name, but using the unisex word "child" could confuse tropers and trope readers. Heck, even I'm confused. Wasn't this a boys only trope?
lebrel
11:42:29 AM Apr 13th 2012
It was originally written as a boys-only trope. It isn't anymore. If you have a female example, please list it; we need more of those.
MagBas
topic
06:27:28 AM Jun 9th 2010
  • Son Goten of Dragon Ball Z is an extremely sweet and cuddly Generation Xerox of his father's younger self, with the rough-edges removed and replaced with good manners.
    • That fact that he grows up to be dead sexy doesn't hurt at all either.

Preoccupied with responsability? Treat things seriously? When Goten made this?
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