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An illustration of an older female character attracted to a shota, characteristic of shotacon.

Shotacon, sometimes shortened to shota (ショタ) is a Japanese slang portmanteau of the phrase Shōtarō complex (正太郎コンプレックス). A Shotacon is described as a person who is attracted to fictional boys 16 or younger, or who is attracted to fictional boys who have the appearance of a character who is 16 or younger. See also: Shotacon

the girl version is called Lolicon