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24th Aug '16 6:43:14 PM PaulA
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* The second book in ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, ''Drowned Ammet'', introduces Mitt, a boy whose family is forced off its farm and into the city slums because they can't pay the earl's rising taxes. Then Mitt's father joins a society of revolutionaries and dies, which prompts Mitt to join the society himself, and then he gets the brilliant idea to blow up the earl.....

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* The second book in ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'' In ''Literature/DrownedAmmet'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, ''Drowned Ammet'', introduces the protagonist is Mitt, a boy whose family is forced off its farm and into the city slums because they can't pay the earl's rising taxes. Then Mitt's father joins a society of revolutionaries and dies, which prompts Mitt to join the society himself, and then he gets the brilliant idea to blow up the earl.....earl...
22nd Aug '16 1:20:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ImperialRussia had the cantonists, who were the children of the soldiers; in 1827, Nicholas 1st decided Jews and other minorities should be subjected to draft, starting to 12, [[AssimilationAcademy so as to make them good Russian Orthodoxs]]; they would be sent in cantonists' batallions, where they would be subjected to brutal training and forced conversion until their 18, when their 25 years term of service would begin.

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* ImperialRussia UsefulNotes/ImperialRussia had the cantonists, who were the children of the soldiers; in 1827, Nicholas 1st decided Jews and other minorities should be subjected to draft, starting to 12, [[AssimilationAcademy so as to make them good Russian Orthodoxs]]; they would be sent in cantonists' batallions, where they would be subjected to brutal training and forced conversion until their 18, when their 25 years term of service would begin.
14th Aug '16 1:11:28 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the horde includes children brainwashed into becoming silent killing machines, sowing terror among heroes' army mainly because of how horrid the whole thing is, rather than because of their effectiveness.
13th Aug '16 10:15:19 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* ComicBook/{{X23}} from the Comicbook/XMen was artificially created to be a perfect killing machine, this meant learning to kill from birth on and being send on messy assassinations by the age of 12.

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* ComicBook/{{X23}} from the Comicbook/XMen was artificially created to be a perfect killing machine, this meant learning to kill from birth on and being send on messy assassinations by the age of 12. The [[TrainingFromHell nature of her training]] qualifies her as an example of the tragic sort as well.


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* Three of the Paladins from ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' are teenage MilitaryAcademy students[[note]](one of whom apparently lied about their age as well as their name/gender when enrolling)[[/note]], while a fourth was a peer who got kicked out due to discipline issues. Too be fair to the alien princess that [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude shanghaied them into war against a galaxy-spanning evil empire]], Allura did not have any real option at the time.
2nd Aug '16 10:25:30 PM JackG
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* ''Film/AndStarringPanchoVillaAsHimself''. Pancho Villa conscripts children into his army, which doesn’t stop the Hollywood moviemakers from [[WouldHurtAChild lambasting the Federals for shooting them.]]

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* ''Film/AndStarringPanchoVillaAsHimself''. Pancho Villa conscripts children into his army, which doesn’t stop the Hollywood moviemakers from [[WouldHurtAChild lambasting the Federals for shooting them.]]


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* ''Film/AndStarringPanchoVillaAsHimself''. The Hollywood producers making a movie that casts General Villa's revolution in a heroic light lambast how his evil Federal opponents don't discriminate in killing children. No mention is made that Villa was conscripting those children into his army and sending them to attack Federal machine guns.
2nd Aug '16 10:21:06 PM JackG
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* ''Film/AndStarringPanchoVillaAsHimself''. Pancho Villa conscripts children into his army, which doesn’t stop the Hollywood moviemakers from [[WouldHurtAChild lambasting the Federals for shooting them.]]
2nd Aug '16 2:40:32 PM margdean56
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* ''Aubrey-Maturin'' is not the only example -- middies in Napoleonic naval fiction are commonly in action. Richard Bolitho destroys a pirate ship at sixteen, while Literature/HoratioHornblower captured a French privateer at seventeen. Lord Ramage took to sea at thirteen. The minimum age in the Royal Navy was twelve for midshipmen, and eighteen for lieutenants. These restrictions were commonly relaxed, especially for members of prominent families. Mitigating this, midshipmen were frequently carried on the ship's books a few years before they were actually carried on the ''ship''. If a boy's father had been in the navy, some sources say that the minimum age was NINE. As the Midshipmen, there were also the ships boys, many of who were born on board ships (possible origin for the term "son of a gun", being born between the guns) and would be used in action as soon as they were able to start running powder and shot from the magazine to the guns. "Topmen" too would usually be closer to boys.

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* ''Aubrey-Maturin'' is not the only example -- middies in Napoleonic naval fiction are commonly in action. Richard Bolitho destroys a pirate ship at sixteen, while Literature/HoratioHornblower captured a French privateer at seventeen. Lord Ramage took to sea at thirteen. The minimum age in the Royal Navy was twelve for midshipmen, and eighteen for lieutenants. These restrictions were commonly relaxed, especially for members of prominent families. Mitigating this, midshipmen were frequently carried on the ship's books a few years before they were actually carried on the ''ship''. If a boy's father had been in the navy, some sources say that the minimum age was NINE. As well as the Midshipmen, there were also the ships ship's boys, many of who were born on board ships (possible origin for the term "son of a gun", being born between the guns) and would be used in action as soon as they were able to start running powder and shot from the magazine to the guns. "Topmen" too would usually be closer to boys.
2nd Aug '16 2:31:42 PM margdean56
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* David Westheimer's alternate history novel about a 1945 invasion of Japan features a Japanese schoolteacher leading his his malnourished class against American tanks. Tragically, it's implied that the teacher is so fanatical that he ignores his charges' youthful status; at one point the night before the attack, he hears children sobbing and debates whether or not to order his 'troops' to look for them. When they do rush the American tanks with inadequate satchel charges, the US tankers are briefly surprised, thinking they are being attacked by midgets, then open fire and kill them all.

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* David Westheimer's alternate history novel about a 1945 invasion of Japan features a Japanese schoolteacher leading his his malnourished class against American tanks. Tragically, it's implied that the teacher is so fanatical that he ignores his charges' youthful status; at one point the night before the attack, he hears children sobbing and debates whether or not to order his 'troops' to look for them. When they do rush the American tanks with inadequate satchel charges, the US tankers are briefly surprised, thinking they are being attacked by midgets, then open fire and kill them all.
21st Jul '16 2:36:04 AM rjd1922
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** Thane mentions training as an assassin since the age of six, with his first kill taking place when he was ''twelve''
* Ayame from VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} counts, as she's only 14 during the events of Tenchu 2
* Spirits are raised from birth to be soldiers in VisualNovel/EienNoAselia. Birth doesn't appear to start at infancy for them, however.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise has Frank Jaeger [[spoiler: a.k.a. Null a.k.a. Gray Fox a.k.a. the Cyborg Ninja.]] Although his exact age is unknown, he fought in the Mozambican War of Independence around the age of 7 or so. Armed only with a knife, he got his name by his method of killing: he deceived the enemy with "the frankness of a young boy" and moved in for the close kill. He was known as the 'Frank Hunter,' which became 'Frank Jaeger' because he could speak a little German. During the events of Portable Ops, his chronologically first appearance, Frank [[spoiler:was still only a teenager when subjected to sensory deprivation treatment in order to make him the emotionless 'Perfect Soldier,' Null.]]

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** Thane mentions training as an assassin since the age of six, with his first kill taking place when he was ''twelve''
''twelve''.
* Ayame from VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' counts, as she's only 14 during the events of Tenchu 2
''Tenchu 2''.
* Spirits are raised from birth to be soldiers in VisualNovel/EienNoAselia.''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia''. Birth doesn't appear to start at infancy for them, however.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise has Frank Jaeger [[spoiler: a.[[spoiler:a.k.a. Null a.k.a. Gray Fox a.k.a. the Cyborg Ninja.]] Although his exact age is unknown, he fought in the Mozambican War of Independence around the age of 7 or so. Armed only with a knife, he got his name by his method of killing: he deceived the enemy with "the frankness of a young boy" and moved in for the close kill. He was known as the 'Frank Hunter,' which became 'Frank Jaeger' because he could speak a little German. During the events of Portable Ops, ''Portable Ops'', his chronologically first appearance, Frank [[spoiler:was still only a teenager when subjected to sensory deprivation treatment in order to make him the emotionless 'Perfect Soldier,' Null.]]
8th Jul '16 10:31:19 PM lavendermintrose
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** The Karlstein agents also have number-letter [[YouAreNumberSix codenames instead of names]], and only one of their [[NoNameGive names is revealed]] in the series.

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** The Karlstein agents also have number-letter [[YouAreNumberSix codenames instead of names]], and only one of their [[NoNameGive [[NoNameGiven names is revealed]] in the series.
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