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* [[DownplayedTrope A downplayed example in]]'' {{FanFic/A Growing Affection}}'' by Naruto. Most evident when he's ''giddy'' at the prospect of building sand castles. At age 16. Painfully justifed because of Naruto's [[AllTheOtherReindeer lonely and damaged childhood.]] [[ShuttingUpNow After questioning him on this, Ino shuts up once Naruto reminds her of said childhood.]]

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** Arcueid is a textbook example after she opens up with Shiki.


->''"Why can't my grandpa act his own age?"''
-->--'''Candace Flynn''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!"



OneOfTheKids is related, in where their childishness is caused by spending a lot of time around children.

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OneOfTheKids is related, in where their childishness is caused by spending a lot of time around children.
children. When events will force him to be independent, he will be NotUsedToFreedom.


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]], who don't pressure them to get a job and move out, enabling their laziness or childishness instead. Maybe they never received any kind of proper discipline growing up, and now that they're adults, it's too late and they're set in their ways. Maybe they're a SpoiledBrat who's learned to manipulate their parents into doing what they want, and the parents have learned that it's just easier to indulge them than to fight about it. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe they were ''literally'' RaisedByWolves. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]], who don't pressure them to get a job and move out, enabling their laziness or childishness instead. Maybe they never received any kind of proper discipline growing up, and now that they're adults, it's too late and they're set in their ways. Maybe they're a SpoiledBrat who's learned to manipulate their parents into doing what they want, and the parents have learned that it's just easier to indulge them than to fight about it. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe they were ''literally'' RaisedByWolves. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more more]] [[PsychopathicManchild sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{ResurrectedMemories}}'': Ember is one of these. Despite having been a ghost for 30 years, she has not grown passed her rebellious teenage mentality.


* The late Creator/MichaelJackson is often said to be one, due to his building a personal amusement park in his home, Neverland Ranch (whose name also connotes this trope) and from being badly abused and denied a childhood when he was young.

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* The late Creator/MichaelJackson Music/MichaelJackson is often said to be one, due to his building a personal amusement park in his home, Neverland Ranch (whose name also connotes this trope) and from being badly abused and denied a childhood when he was young.

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* ''Fanfic/TheTyrantAndTheHero'' has Black Alice, who wears a "dress that wouldn’t have looked out of place on someone ten years younger" and owns a teddy bear. The plot is kicked off by her mother sending her on a journey around the world in order to gain some maturity.


In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child is not necessarily a virgin, but [[AllMenArePerverts only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance]]. If he ever gets married, it's likely that [[ParentingTheHusband his wife will end up being a mother-figure, not only to their children, but to him as well, doing all the "emotional labor" needed to keep the household afloat while he just coasts along and drags her into all sorts of wacky hijinks]].

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In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child is not necessarily a virgin, but [[AllMenArePerverts only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance]]. If he ever gets married, it's likely that [[ParentingTheHusband his wife will end up being a mother-figure, mother-figure not only to their children, children but to him as well, well,]] doing all the "emotional labor" needed to keep the household afloat while he just coasts along and drags her into all sorts of wacky hijinks]].hijinks.


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe they were ''literally'' RaisedByWolves. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]].father]], who don't pressure them to get a job and move out, enabling their laziness or childishness instead. Maybe they never received any kind of proper discipline growing up, and now that they're adults, it's too late and they're set in their ways. Maybe they're a SpoiledBrat who's learned to manipulate their parents into doing what they want, and the parents have learned that it's just easier to indulge them than to fight about it. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe they were ''literally'' RaisedByWolves. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?


* [[DownplayedTrope A downplayed example in]]'' {{FanFic/A Growing Affection}}'' by Naruto. Most evident when he's ''giddy'' at the prospect of building sand castles. At age 16. Painfully justifed because of Naruto's [[AllTheOtherReindeer lonely and damaged childhood.]] Ino [[ShuttingUpNow shuts up when Naruto points this out.]]

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* [[DownplayedTrope A downplayed example in]]'' {{FanFic/A Growing Affection}}'' by Naruto. Most evident when he's ''giddy'' at the prospect of building sand castles. At age 16. Painfully justifed because of Naruto's [[AllTheOtherReindeer lonely and damaged childhood.]] Ino [[ShuttingUpNow After questioning him on this, Ino shuts up when once Naruto points this out.reminds her of said childhood.]]


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe they were ''literally'' RaisedByWolves. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast.MarsAndVenusGenderContrast, or they live in a society with certain gender roles, where one sex is expected to be [[CloserToEarth the responsible one]], and the other is not expected to be (and is not always ''taught'' to be). Who can say?


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage damage, [[AmbiguousDisorder an intellectual disability or developmental disorder]], or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?


In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child is not necessarily a virgin, but only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance.

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In [[ComedyTropes comedic works]], he usually plays the role of TheDitz. In [[DramaTropes dramatic works]], he could be the JerkWithAHeartOfGold due to his simplicity or immaturity, or he could be [[EnsembleDarkhorse the sympathetic character]] we come to love. Sometimes the Man Child embarks on a late-in-the-day ComingOfAgeStory, which ushers him into true adulthood. Note that usually SexAsRiteOfPassage works only some of the time. In many instances, A Man Child is not necessarily a virgin, but [[AllMenArePerverts only sees sex as a tool of pleasure and does not recognize its emotional significance.
significance]]. If he ever gets married, it's likely that [[ParentingTheHusband his wife will end up being a mother-figure, not only to their children, but to him as well, doing all the "emotional labor" needed to keep the household afloat while he just coasts along and drags her into all sorts of wacky hijinks]].


Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe it's the result of brain damage or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?

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Sometimes people just fail to develop into social or intellectual maturity. Maybe it's due to a very loving but confining {{m|yBelovedSmother}}other or [[OverprotectiveDad father]]. Or maybe they just didn't want to [[MommasBoy leave the nest]]. Maybe they've been [[MeddlingParents intentionally secluded]] from learning about the world. Or they grew up as a neglected orphan without a proper education or any guidance towards adult life. Maybe their parents simply failed to teach them how to do things like cook for themselves, keep their home clean, balance the checkbook, make and stick to a budget, [[DoomItYourself do minor home repairs]], or change a tire. Maybe it's the result of brain damage or something [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil more sinister]]. Perhaps they just never had [[InnocenceLost a life-changing moment]] involving [[DeathByNewberyMedal a shotgun and a beloved pet]]. Maybe it's just a form of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Who can say?

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