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Basic Trope: Children are innocents in need of adult protection and are never evil.

  • Straight: Nine-year-old Alice is very naïve and would never think to deliberately harm someone.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • At times, Alice seems surprisingly worldly, but there are also those moments which remind you she's still a kid.
    • Alice would hurt someone, but not severely, and only for childish reasons.
  • Justified: Children's minds are still developing, as is their understanding of the world.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • This was caused by Demonic Possession and the real Alice is innocent.
    • She is only "creepy" because (by virtue of her youthful innocence) she is able to experience and perceive the supernatural in a way that adults and teens cannot.
  • Parodied: This trope is applied to a childlike spirit which is Really 700 Years Old.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice's innocence is ambiguous — the narrator certainty thinks' she's a Deliberately Cute Child, but he's a Unreliable Narrator and very paranoid, so you can't be sure. It could be that Alice really is innocent and he is just suspicious of her because he's suspicious of everyone.
  • Averted: Alice is no more innocent than the adult characters.
  • Enforced: "The Moral Guardians will hurt us if we don't make Alice happy and innocent".
  • Lampshaded: "How could you hurt Alice, Bob?! She's only nine!"
  • Invoked: Carol ensures that Alice stays innocent by only letting her watch G-rated movies...
  • Defied: Carol trains Alice to be a Little Miss Badass so that she'll be able to fend for herself.
  • Exploited: Alice deliberately acts cute in order to manipulate adults.
  • Discussed: "We can't let Alice be exposed to this because it'll ruin her development".
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  • Conversed: "Why is Alice just sitting there when they need as many people as possible to pull on the rope? She should be able to handle that even if she's just a kid". "She thinks they're playing a game and she wasn't invited."
  • Deconstructed: Bob knows that Alice is evil and a threat to society, but no one takes him seriously since it looks like he's just picking on an innocent child.
  • Reconstructed: Alice is found to be disturbingly capable of great crimes. She's not considered truly responsible because she's a child and she's successfully rehabilitated through therapy.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice says the darndest things.
  • Played For Drama: Alice must be protected from a villain who Would Hurt a Child.

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