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26th Feb '17 11:56:13 PM shadowbeast
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* The ''Literature/Lockwood&Co'' series is presented as a light adventure version of this trope, so not Plain Tragic, though it would be with a different tone to the writing. The UK is in the grip of a disaster in the form of ghosts appearing, which have a touch which will set a living human inexorably and incurably dying, which will affect everyone while only children can see them. The children sometimes become sensitives, which do not fight but see the ghosts, or agents, which combat the ghosts; washouts from the agent recruitment become night watch, who can do nothing but fend off the ghosts with iron pokers. The larger agencies have well-equipped units of children with the most psionically-talented teens at the front, usually with an adult overseer, leading from behind as it is rare for an adult to retain the ability to see the ghosts. The protagonists are a crew of three.

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* The ''Literature/Lockwood&Co'' ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo'' series is presented as a light adventure version of this trope, so not Plain Tragic, though it would be with a different tone to the writing. The UK is in the grip of a disaster in the form of ghosts appearing, which have a touch which will set a living human inexorably and incurably dying, which will affect everyone while only children can see them. The children sometimes become sensitives, which do not fight but see the ghosts, or agents, which combat the ghosts; washouts from the agent recruitment become night watch, who can do nothing but fend off the ghosts with iron pokers. The larger agencies have well-equipped units of children with the most psionically-talented teens at the front, usually with an adult overseer, leading from behind as it is rare for an adult to retain the ability to see the ghosts. The protagonists are a crew of three.
26th Feb '17 11:54:51 PM shadowbeast
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* The ''Literature/{{Lockwood&Co}}'' series is presented as a light adventure version of this trope, so not Plain Tragic, though it would be with a different tone to the writing. The UK is in the grip of a disaster in the form of ghosts appearing, which have a touch which will set a living human inexorably and incurably dying, which will affect everyone while only children can see them. The children sometimes become sensitives, which do not fight but see the ghosts, or agents, which combat the ghosts; washouts from the agent recruitment become night watch, who can do nothing but fend off the ghosts with iron pokers. The larger agencies have well-equipped units of children with the most psionically-talented teens at the front, usually with an adult overseer, leading from behind as it is rare for an adult to retain the ability to see the ghosts. The protagonists are a crew of three.

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* The ''Literature/{{Lockwood&Co}}'' ''Literature/Lockwood&Co'' series is presented as a light adventure version of this trope, so not Plain Tragic, though it would be with a different tone to the writing. The UK is in the grip of a disaster in the form of ghosts appearing, which have a touch which will set a living human inexorably and incurably dying, which will affect everyone while only children can see them. The children sometimes become sensitives, which do not fight but see the ghosts, or agents, which combat the ghosts; washouts from the agent recruitment become night watch, who can do nothing but fend off the ghosts with iron pokers. The larger agencies have well-equipped units of children with the most psionically-talented teens at the front, usually with an adult overseer, leading from behind as it is rare for an adult to retain the ability to see the ghosts. The protagonists are a crew of three.
26th Feb '17 11:53:54 PM shadowbeast
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* The ''Literature/{{Lockwood&Co}}'' series is presented as a light adventure version of this trope, so not Plain Tragic, though it would be with a different tone to the writing. The UK is in the grip of a disaster in the form of ghosts appearing, which have a touch which will set a living human inexorably and incurably dying, which will affect everyone while only children can see them. The children sometimes become sensitives, which do not fight but see the ghosts, or agents, which combat the ghosts; washouts from the agent recruitment become night watch, who can do nothing but fend off the ghosts with iron pokers. The larger agencies have well-equipped units of children with the most psionically-talented teens at the front, usually with an adult overseer, leading from behind as it is rare for an adult to retain the ability to see the ghosts. The protagonists are a crew of three.


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* ''Literature/LiveFreeOrDie'' features a group of French kids in occupied Paris, playing at resistance, as they are just not going to be allowed to join the French Resistance. They have collected real weapons (a piecemeal array of old civilian weapons at best) and decided they are good enough to do it for real... when the time comes to liberate the city, [[CurbStompBattle they are all promptly slain]].
15th Feb '17 4:23:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* Kazuma Shudo of ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' is a teenage mercenary who's been in the business ever since demons killed his sister and his dreams of being a KidSamurai. He's broken, burned out and sufferring from severe {{shell shock|edVeteran}}. One could argue that Child {{Ninja}} Fuwa, [[TheHunter demon-hunting]] [[BadassPreacher initiate]] Shiranui, and {{Tykebomb}} Goki are also this.

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* Kazuma Shudo of ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' is a teenage mercenary who's been in the business ever since demons killed his sister and his dreams of being a KidSamurai. He's broken, burned out and sufferring from severe {{shell shock|edVeteran}}. One could argue that Child {{Ninja}} Fuwa, [[TheHunter [[DemonSlaying demon-hunting]] [[BadassPreacher initiate]] Shiranui, and {{Tykebomb}} Goki are also this.
15th Feb '17 8:14:13 AM jamespolk
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Munro}}'' is a satirical animated short about a four-year-old boy who receives a draft notice and gets inducted into the U.S. Army, much to his distress.
8th Feb '17 10:25:16 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* In ''Literature/TheReader2016'', pirate lord Serakeen is said to be kidnapping young boys from across the land of Kelanna to turn them into these for his army. Sefia is able to free one of them, name him Archer, and rehabilitate him into her companion.
7th Feb '17 12:36:46 PM starlight9
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* Discussed in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries''. The Resistance is severely undermanned and everyone is needed in the fight, but their commander refuses to let anyone under sixteen fight. Opinions on this policy vary among Resistance warriors.


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* Discussed in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries''. The Resistance is severely undermanned and everyone is needed in the fight, but their commander refuses to let anyone under sixteen fight. Opinions on this policy vary among Resistance warriors.
7th Feb '17 12:35:45 PM starlight9
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* Discussed in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries''. The Resistance is severely undermanned and everyone is needed in the fight, but their commander refuses to let anyone under sixteen fight. Opinions on this policy vary among Resistance warriors.
21st Jan '17 3:22:10 PM viking1911
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** Many of the main antagonists (though not the BigBad) are also teenagers.
13th Jan '17 4:39:16 AM Hanz
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** If you go to the Legion fort, you can find little boys training to be full-on Legionnaires. It's horrifically implied that those children are expected to enter combat very soon, what with the battle against the NCR over Hoover Dam on the horizon. What's worse, in the NCR, troopers can sign up to join the active military at 16 - Chief Hanlon says that any Legionnaire who survives 10 years is considered an exception veteran, as many, ''[[WeHaveReserves many]]'' die long before then. [[FridgeHorror That means that]] many of the lower-ranking Legionnaires you gun down in droves [[TeensAreMonsters probably aren't very old at all]].

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** If you go to the Legion fort, you can find little boys training to be full-on Legionnaires. It's horrifically implied that those children are expected to enter combat very soon, what with the battle against the NCR over Hoover Dam on the horizon. What's worse, in the NCR, troopers can sign up to join the active military at 16 - Chief Hanlon says that any Legionnaire who survives 10 years is considered an exception exceptional veteran, as many, ''[[WeHaveReserves many]]'' die long before then. [[FridgeHorror That means that]] many of the lower-ranking Legionnaires you gun down in droves [[TeensAreMonsters probably aren't very old at all]].
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