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Sep 5th 2018 at 5:12:02 PM •••

\"Man Child\" always sounded to me kinda... derogatory? It sounds a lot like some monster\'s name from a b-movie. \"He\'s a man... he\'s a child... Watch tonight, the Attack of the Horrifying Man-Child!\"

Jan 5th 2016 at 1:09:48 PM •••

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.

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Nov 30th 2017 at 10:29:02 AM •••

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.

Dec 10th 2018 at 10:15:32 PM •••

Absolutely. There needs to be a very strong qualifying trait singled out for this trope, because any man that\'s happy, whimsical or bright automatically gets slapped with it. (A) works best, maybe place a Note at the foot of the description section?

Edited by Raho
Aug 27th 2015 at 10:13:33 PM •••

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.

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Aug 28th 2015 at 3:46:54 AM •••

Real Life example, yes? I think they are best omitted here.

Dec 25th 2013 at 4:14:37 PM •••

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.

May 26th 2013 at 8:21:59 AM •••

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?

Sep 29th 2012 at 4:33:31 PM •••

Someone needs to clean this, Chris-Chan is on both this and Psychopathic Manchild

Oct 29th 2011 at 8:17:05 PM •••

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).

Mar 5th 2011 at 1:44:04 PM •••

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.

Edited by ading
Jan 14th 2012 at 3:43:15 PM •••

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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