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Basic Trope: A character ends up in an awkward situation and is embarrassed by a child pointing it out.

  • Straight: Alice is in the shower and sees her cat Fluffy on the road. Worried, she runs out into the road naked, but Fluffy runs away, leaving Alice in the road naked, with all the cars having stopped and are beeping their horns, and then Bob and Carol walk past with their six-year-old son Dave, who says, "Daddy, why is that lady in the nude?". This embarrasses Alice.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A whole busload of children embarrass Alice.
    • Whenever Alice gets herself into an awkward situation, little Dave is there to point it out.
  • Downplayed: Alice was just in a Modesty Towel or her underwear, but little Dave points it out anyway.
  • Justified: Alice is the kind of person liable to get embarrassed rather than to laugh awkward incidents off, and Dave is Curious as a Monkey.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice shrugs it off, but Dave is embarrassed.
    • Dave is the one who was in the shower and went out to save Fluffy, who, despite not being his cat, was, well, a Cute Kitten, and he gets embarrassed by Alice saying to Bob, who went out to protect Dave, "Why is your son naked?"
  • Subverted: Dave says, "Daddy, why..", but then Bob says "Shh", to which Dave says, "I was only wondering why the sky was blue".
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob says, "I don't know", and then Dave turns to Carol and says, "Do you know, Mommy? And while we're at it, can you tell me why that lady's naked?"
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    • Bob explains why the sky is blue note  and then Dave says, "And by the way, why is that woman naked?"
  • Parodied: Dave asks "Why is the sky blue?" and Alice still looks embarrassed
  • Zigzagged: After the incident with Dave, Alice runs down the street naked, past several children, some of whom point her out, and some of whom don't.
  • Averted:
    • Alice never ends up in awkward situations.
    • Children never point out Alice's awkward situations.
    • Alice never gets embarrassed.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Ugh, why must kids always be around to witness my awkward moments?"
  • Invoked: For whatever reason, Bob and Carol see Alice walking down the street naked and walk Dave past her so he would ask.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice puts some clothes on hastily before going out to get Fluffy.
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  • Discussed: "What should I do if a kid sees me naked?"
  • Conversed: "Why do these characters always end up with kids witnessing their embarrassing moments?"
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice gets arrested for public nudity, and possibly gets Mistaken for Pedophile since she was around a kid.
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Cringe Comedy.
  • Played for Drama: ???

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