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21st Jan '18 2:50:43 PM megagiga43
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* The protagonist and titular character of ''Anime/VioletEvergarden''. She has served as a child soldier for so long that she has no idea how to function in civilian life and views herself as nothing more than a weapon.

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* The protagonist and titular character of ''Anime/VioletEvergarden''. She has served as a child soldier for so long that she has no idea how to function in civilian life and views herself as nothing more than a weapon.weapon whose only purpose in life is to follow orders.
21st Jan '18 2:47:07 PM megagiga43
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* The protagonist and titular character of ''Anime/VioletEvergarden''. She has served as a child soldier for so long that she has no idea how to function in civilian life and views herself as nothing more than a weapon.
21st Jan '18 1:01:43 PM nombretomado
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* The song ''Little Weapon'' by LupeFiasco is about child soldiers, but also video games.

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* The song ''Little Weapon'' "Little Weapon" by LupeFiasco Music/LupeFiasco is about child soldiers, but also video games.
17th Jan '18 11:33:37 PM SilentStranger
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* Played straight, then parodied in ''FamilyGuy'', when Peter and his father-in-law Carter visit Africa (due to Carter attempting to retrieve the money he lost in a Nigerian Prince Scam). They come across a village that's being held hostage by a brutal warlord, who says he's going to pressgang all the boy children as child soldiers. Peter is understandably horrified, until the warlord starts using "hamburger" as a punchline after everything he says, like standup comedian Alonzo "Hamburger" Jones, which makes Peter forget the monstrousness of what he's witnessing.
17th Jan '18 11:27:20 PM SilentStranger
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''AmericanDad'' when Stan gives Steve an AK-47 for Christmas despite promising Francine he wouldnt (he got around it by wishing Steve a "Merry Wednesday" instead). Steve is uncertain at first, then states that if "coked out child soldiers in the Congo can do it", he can too. Unfortunately, it leads to him accidently killing Santa, who comes back to life and swears a blood oath against the Smiths, forcing them to spend Christmas Eve fighting for their lives. Despite having sworn off guns after shooting Santa, he picks it back up during Santas attack, and immediatly turns out to be almost as good as his CIA agent father.



* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. At 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms.

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* The training of a Medieval [[KnightInShiningArmor knight]] was usually begun at the age of seven (7), and it was claimed ''after twelve, the boy is fit only for a priest''. When a [[KidSamurai young nobleboy]] made 13, he was expected to serve his master on battlefield as a valet. At 17, he would serve as a fully armed man-at-arms.
15th Jan '18 6:55:38 AM jamespolk
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* In the 1959 German movie ''Die Brücke'' (''Film/TheBridge''), a group of seven Hitler Youth tragically try to defend their hometown from American tank troops. All but one get killed.

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* In the 1959 German movie ''Die Brücke'' (''Film/TheBridge''), (''Film/{{The Bridge|1959}}''), a group of seven Hitler Youth tragically try to defend their hometown from American tank troops. All but one get killed.
10th Jan '18 9:48:36 AM Gairyuki
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** The franchise's source material, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' is not without its own preteen Rangers. In fact, one predates Justin by about 4 years, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy's White Ranger]] counterpart, [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger the bratty 9-year old KibaRanger, Kou]]. Other examples include the [[Really700YearsOld physically preteen]] [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Riki]], [[spoiler: [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger the V-Cinema only successor to the late Shurikenger, Tenkai]]]] [[spoiler: the core five [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger ToQgers]], and especially, given the setting of the Rangers being LaResistance to a galactic empire, [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger Kotaro Sakuma/Koguma Skyblue]].

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** The franchise's source material, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' is not without its own preteen Rangers. In fact, one predates Justin by about 4 years, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy's White Ranger]] counterpart, [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger the bratty 9-year old KibaRanger, Kou]]. Other examples include the [[Really700YearsOld physically preteen]] [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Riki]], [[spoiler: [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger the V-Cinema only successor to the late Shurikenger, Tenkai]]]] [[spoiler: the core five [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger ToQgers]], ToQgers]]]], and especially, given the setting of the Rangers being LaResistance to a galactic empire, [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger Kotaro Sakuma/Koguma Skyblue]].
10th Jan '18 9:47:55 AM Gairyuki
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** The franchise's source material, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' is not without its own preteen Rangers. In fact, one predates Justin by about 4 years, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy's White Ranger]] counterpart, [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger the bratty 9-year old KibaRanger, Kou]]. Other examples include the [[Really700YearsOld physically preteen]] [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Riki]], [[spoiler: [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger the V-Cinema only successor to the late Shurikenger, Tenkai]]]] [[spoiler: the core five [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger ToQgers]], and especially, given the setting of the Rangers being LaResistance to a galactic empire, [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger Kotaro Sakuma/Koguma Skyblue]].
** However, when one thinks about it, the original teens and their initial successors can all count as these, by virtue of the oldest among them being Jason at 17. It's just not as obvious as with Justin and the Sentai kid Rangers because of all the DawsonCasting involved. Hell, any Ranger from either side of the Pacific that are in their teens count.
9th Jan '18 3:52:09 PM DustSnitch
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*** As in so many other things, [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] are the exception. They take in valorous young men on the brink of death, usually in their twenties (leading the population of their planet Fenris to see their order as a WarriorHeaven in itself, but that is neither here nor there). Although we're never given figures on the success rate, the [[HonorBeforeReason wisdom]] of this is uncertain; when Leman Russ was found by the Emperor, his [[BandOfBrothers associates]] all volunteered to become Space Marines, and over half died from implant rejection. On the other hand, few of them were young in any way, and several were downright [[BadassGrandpa elderly]].

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*** As in so many other things, [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] are the exception. They take in valorous young men on the brink of death, usually in their twenties (leading the population of their planet Fenris to see their order as a WarriorHeaven in itself, but that is neither here nor there). Although we're never given figures on the success rate, the [[HonorBeforeReason wisdom]] of this is uncertain; when Leman Russ was found by the Emperor, his [[BandOfBrothers associates]] all volunteered to become Space Marines, and over half died from implant rejection. On the other hand, few of them were young in any way, and several were downright [[BadassGrandpa elderly]].elderly.
5th Jan '18 1:39:23 PM Derkhan
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* Cotillion and Shadowthrone's army of orphans in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. In a show of BlackHumour, the children were rescued from crucifixion and "given" to the two, which was not appreciated due to their preference for acting from the sidelines.

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* Cotillion and Shadowthrone's army of orphans in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. In a show of BlackHumour, the children were are rescued from crucifixion their crosses after crucifixion, physically healed and "given" to the two, which was is not appreciated due to their the two gods' preference for acting from the sidelines.sidelines. Most of them eventually die when they are put to the task of defending the Throne of Shadow from intruders. The only one of them shown in detail in the series is Panek, who has bonded with demon Apt and had, in a show of even more BlackHumour, his eye sockets molded into one by Shadowthrone during the healing process to more resemble said demon.
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