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21st Jun '16 8:26:12 AM Whitewings
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* The titular witches in the short story "Witches War" by Matheson. Young girls with magical powers being used as weapons in a WW setting. And it's very disturbing.

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* The titular eponymous witches in the short story "Witches "Witch War" by Richard Matheson. Young girls with magical powers being used who use them as weapons in a WW WWII setting. And it's very disturbing.
17th Jun '16 12:35:45 AM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a few child characters, mostly [[StreetUrchin thieves]], Mages in training (and a few full fledged mages) and exiled royalty (often TheHero), or [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]] who are Really700YearsOld. Older ones around 16-17 are very common. The youngest [[TheHero lord]] is Roy of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 6]], who was put in charge of an army initially consisting mainly of members who look barely older than him at age 15; but for units in general it is taken to extremes by [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Rolf and Mist]], who are put on the battlefield as an archer and a healer, respectively, while looking barely 10 or 11 years old (well, Rolf at least; according to some sources, Mist is [[OlderThanTheyLook only a year younger than Ike, i.e. sixteen]] in ''Path of Radiance''), and further by Nah of VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening, who, considering Manakete aging, must be around the physical age of an early elementary schooler at most, [[WiseBeyondTheirYears (but still has the maturity of someone much older)]].

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has a few child characters, mostly [[StreetUrchin thieves]], Mages in training (and a few full fledged mages) and exiled royalty (often TheHero), or [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]] who are Really700YearsOld. Older ones around 16-17 are very common. The youngest [[TheHero lord]] is Roy of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 6]], who was put in charge of an army initially consisting mainly of members who look barely older than him at age 15; but for units in general it is taken to extremes by [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Rolf and Mist]], who are put on the battlefield as an archer and a healer, respectively, while looking barely 10 or 11 years old (well, Rolf at least; according to some sources, Mist is [[OlderThanTheyLook only a year younger than Ike, i.e. sixteen]] in ''Path of Radiance''), and further by Nah of VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', who, considering Manakete aging, must be around the physical age of an early elementary schooler at most, [[WiseBeyondTheirYears (but still has the maturity of someone much older)]].



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games usually play this for drama. The younger members often have some tragic backstory that forces them into war. A few examples: Amelia, Ross, and Franz from VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones all have a MissingMom. The latter two suffering from varying degrees of DisappearedDad. Amelia's mom was kidnapped by bandits, [[FridgeHorror whatever that may lead to]] [[spoiler:Though, if you support Amelia with Duessel, we learn that her mom got better]]. Ross's mom got sick and died, and his father, who had left them to join the army, retired to raise his son. Franz's mother got sick and died as well, his father, a knight, died fighting bandits. We also have Colm and Neimi. Neimi was raised by her grandfather, and when he died, Colm was the only other person she had. Naturally, those two are the fastest support in the game, usually able to get to A level by the 8th chapter.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games usually play this for drama. The younger members often have some tragic backstory that forces them into war. A few examples: Amelia, Ross, and Franz from VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' all have a MissingMom. The latter two suffering from varying degrees of DisappearedDad. Amelia's mom was kidnapped by bandits, [[FridgeHorror whatever that may lead to]] [[spoiler:Though, if you support Amelia with Duessel, we learn that her mom got better]]. Ross's mom got sick and died, and his father, who had left them to join the army, retired to raise his son. Franz's mother got sick and died as well, his father, a knight, died fighting bandits. We also have Colm and Neimi. Neimi was raised by her grandfather, and when he died, Colm was the only other person she had. Naturally, those two are the fastest support in the game, usually able to get to A level by the 8th chapter.
2nd Jun '16 12:00:08 PM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Several characters like Kaji highlight that NERV is using kids to fight giant alien monsters, and the Eva pilots have an awful deal, but unfortunately the survival of mankind demands sacrifices. Even so, Shinji is understandably bitter about it.
-->'''Shinji:''' You are asking a fourteen year old child to put his life on the line, going into combat against things that tear through divisions of crack troops.
1st Jun '16 10:40:15 AM Pichu-kun
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* Mana Tatsumiya in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is (supposedly) 14/15 years old, but has been fighting in various trouble spots around the world since her childhood. Her old Pactio card actually shows her, around 10 years old, with [[GunsAkimbo Desert Eagles Akimbo]].

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Mana Tatsumiya in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is (supposedly) 14/15 years old, but has been fighting in various trouble spots around the world since her childhood. Her old Pactio card actually shows her, around 10 years old, with [[GunsAkimbo Desert Eagles Akimbo]].


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* One of the enemy types in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' are bird chicks who are soldiers.
30th May '16 5:51:48 PM tweelin
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* Benjamin Soderer in [[http://lostcausewebcomic.com/ Lost Cause]] joins the Confederate Army at 16 years old, thinking it will prove his own bravery at such a young age. However, it only proves how unready he is to face the Hells of war.
24th May '16 5:55:34 PM erraticegomania
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* The Lambsbridge Gang in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' begins the story as a group of kids barely into the double digits, with the implication that they've been acting as a wetworks team for the AcademyOfEvil for several years already.
12th May '16 1:13:28 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' starts off as a simple MagicalGirlWarrior anime about a group of middle schooler {{Kid Hero}}es who are assigned by the government to fight monsters and protect the planet. Later revelations show that being a Hero is less innocent than originally depicted. It isn't ''lethal'' ([[spoiler:literally]]) but it certainly is dangerous. [[spoiler:[[CompetenceZone "Pure", young girls]] are the only ones who can be used as {{Human Sacrifice}}s to the WorldTree. As they continue to fight their bodies become [[BlessedWithSuck more disabled with time]] as they undergo [[NextTierPowerUps Mankai]].]] The youngest of the {{Magical Girl}}s were elementary schoolers when they began. [[spoiler:One died, another became bedbound, and the third (who is Togo) [[ForgotTheCall lost her memories]] but is ''still'' [[ShellShockedVeteran nervous]] when she's made to become a Hero again.]]

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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' starts off as a simple MagicalGirlWarrior anime about a group of middle schooler {{Kid Hero}}es who are assigned by the government to fight monsters Vertexes and protect the planet. Later revelations show that being a Hero is less innocent than originally depicted. It isn't ''lethal'' ([[spoiler:literally]]) but it certainly is dangerous. [[spoiler:[[CompetenceZone "Pure", young girls]] are the only ones who can be used as {{Human Sacrifice}}s to the WorldTree. As they continue to fight their bodies become [[BlessedWithSuck more disabled with time]] as they undergo [[NextTierPowerUps [[NextTierPowerUp Mankai]].]] The youngest of the {{Magical Girl}}s were elementary schoolers when they began. [[spoiler:One died, another became bedbound, and the third (who is Togo) [[ForgotTheCall lost her memories]] but is ''still'' [[ShellShockedVeteran nervous]] when she's made to become a Hero again.]]
12th May '16 1:09:50 PM Pichu-kun
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* Bowser's army in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' features multiple young Koopas, including the Koopalings and his own son.

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* Bowser's army in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' features multiple young Koopas, including the Koopalings Koopalings, Koopa Kids, and his Bowser's own son.son Bowser Jr.



* The [[MagicalGirlWarrior Heroes]] in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' are eventually revealed to be closer to this than to {{Kid Hero}}es. [[CompetenceZone Only]] "pure", young girls can become Heroes. They fight Vertexes to protect the world [[spoiler:but in return they [[BlessedWithSuck lose body functions]] whenever they undergo [[NextTierPowerUps Mankai]].]]

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* The [[MagicalGirlWarrior Heroes]] in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' are eventually revealed to be closer to this than to starts off as a simple MagicalGirlWarrior anime about a group of middle schooler {{Kid Hero}}es. [[CompetenceZone Only]] "pure", young girls can become Heroes. They Hero}}es who are assigned by the government to fight Vertexes to monsters and protect the world [[spoiler:but in return planet. Later revelations show that being a Hero is less innocent than originally depicted. It isn't ''lethal'' ([[spoiler:literally]]) but it certainly is dangerous. [[spoiler:[[CompetenceZone "Pure", young girls]] are the only ones who can be used as {{Human Sacrifice}}s to the WorldTree. As they continue to fight their bodies become [[BlessedWithSuck lose body functions]] whenever more disabled with time]] as they undergo [[NextTierPowerUps Mankai]].]] The youngest of the {{Magical Girl}}s were elementary schoolers when they began. [[spoiler:One died, another became bedbound, and the third (who is Togo) [[ForgotTheCall lost her memories]] but is ''still'' [[ShellShockedVeteran nervous]] when she's made to become a Hero again.]]
10th May '16 7:26:18 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The oldest member of the [[Anime/SoRaNoWoTo 1121st Helvetian Tank Platoon]] is 18 years old. The youngest is 14.

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* The In ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', the oldest member of the [[Anime/SoRaNoWoTo 1121st Helvetian Tank Platoon]] Platoon is 18 years old. The youngest is 14.
10th May '16 7:26:23 AM SkyHavenPath13
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' the PowerCrystal of the Fiefdom of Rubrum only grants the power of magic to [[ChildrenAreSpeical the young]] and as the population ages their skill with magic wanes. The protagonists are teenaged students of a combination WizardingSchool and MilitaryAcademy that is drafted to fight in the war.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' the PowerCrystal of the Fiefdom of Rubrum only grants the power of magic to [[ChildrenAreSpeical the young]] young and as the population ages their skill with magic wanes. The protagonists are teenaged students of a combination WizardingSchool and MilitaryAcademy that is drafted to fight in the war.
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