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01:09:48 PM Jan 5th 2016
edited by Chyre
It seems like this trope has evolved into a catch-all for characters with childlike traits, even when they are otherwise responsible and mature. By contrast, the description emphasizes a Manchild's immaturity, and implies an inability to function without assistance.

Given this contradiction, I think we should either:

(a) Explicitly require dependence on parental figures to qualify as a Manchild.


(b) Merge this trope with Adult Child/One of the Kids, and broaden the combined description to cover all childlike behavior in adults.
10:29:02 AM Nov 30th 2017
Strongly agree on this; it seems like anybody who shows any joy in the world around them is lumped in here. I favor option A.
10:13:33 PM Aug 27th 2015
I'm not sure if it belongs with Man Child or Psychopathic Man Child but a lot of times when professional athletes are charged with felonies during the court proceedings, their attorney will argue that they are an overpaid Man Child who didn't understand the consequences of his actions.
03:46:54 AM Aug 28th 2015
Real Life example, yes? I think they are best omitted here.
04:14:37 PM Dec 25th 2013
What would be the contrasting trope title? You know, kids who think & act like adults. I can already think of a handful of examples, I just don't know the trope name.
08:21:59 AM May 26th 2013
So, a Manchild is an adult that acts like a kid, whilst One of the Kids refers to someone who acts childish because they spend a lot of time around kids. The page image for Manchild shows an adult in a classroom whereas the page image for One of the Kids shows... a Manchild. Surely these images should be swapped around? What do you think?
04:33:31 PM Sep 29th 2012
Someone needs to clean this, Chris-Chan is on both this and Psychopathic Manchild
08:17:05 PM Oct 29th 2011
I don't know if I can add this. There is a 17 year old character from Kuroshitsuji named Soma. He'll be an adult in less than a year, but shows no signs of growing up. He leaves India to look for his nanny, is completely dependent on his butler for everything, throws tantrums, cries a LOT, & spends time trying to play games with a younger boy (ironically a very adult child who also happens to be his employer).
03:17:17 PM Sep 18th 2010
I'm still confused as to how this is different from Adult Child
01:44:04 PM Mar 5th 2011
edited by ading
This is about adults who act like children, Adult Child is about adults who spend a lot of time around children and act like children as a result.
03:43:15 PM Jan 14th 2012
Then we might need to prune some of the Adult Child potholes and fix them to point at Manchild instead. Case in point: Misato from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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