♦ self-absorbed

♦ downright nasty.

Their main function is usually to perform tasks that cannot be handled by the child characters, like operating heavy machinery or signing legal documents, to provide the humour or to be rescued as necessary.

The adult character may also provide the problem to be overcome but is rarely of much practical use. Children need to be able to relate to the characters in their stories and allowing an adult to take control is tantamount to selling-out to the enemy.

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