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Basic Trope: An adult character becomes more childish due to spending time with children.

  • Straight: Bob, a teacher, becomes more like his students because he hangs out with them a lot.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob likes to spend time playing with kindergarten kids. He likes to play with glitter.
    • Bob becomes a Manchild as the result of his job.
  • Downplayed: Bob may act like his students sometimes, but focuses on his job.
  • Justified: Bob's job requires him to have some level of interaction with kids.
  • Inverted:
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    • 8-year-old Charlie becomes more mature because he hangs out with adults.
    • Bob is a full-blown Manchild, and he works so well with kids because he identifies with them.
    • Tagalong Kid
  • Subverted: Bob's friends expect this to happen, but it doesn't.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until Bob settles in, that is.
  • Parodied: Bob physically turns back into a child after spending time as a teacher.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob acts more childish sometimes, but seems to keep control of it.
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't spend time with kids.
    • Bob's maturity doesn't drop whenever he's around them.
  • Enforced: The writer is trying to thank a childish teacher they had who was a good influence on them.
  • Lampshaded: "Why is Bob so childish?" "I'm not sure, but maybe it has to do with the kids he spends time with."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is a Manchild who decides to work as a kindergarten teacher, so that his childish behavior don't seem so off-putting.
    • Advertisement:
    • Someone suggests Bob should work with kids so he can loosen up.
  • Exploited: Ads for education degrees proclaim, "Feel like a kid again! Become a teacher!"
  • Defied:
    • Bob keeps his maturity no matter what.
    • Bob quits his job.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob is a Manchild and a teacher, but it's not clear which came first.
  • Deconstructed: Bob's kids don't respect him because of his childishness, and never do what he says.
  • Reconstructed: Bob's childish style means they don't see him as an authority figure, and they see no need to rebel against him.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is fired by the administration for being too childish.

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