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* ''Series/OldHarrysGame'': Children are morally pure and cannot be sent to Hell. When a baby ''is'' sent to Hell by mistake, a series-long StoryArc concerns Satan's efforts to return it to the living world.
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22nd Nov '16 6:25:34 PM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', most kits are portrayed as innocent, energetic young cats who contrast with the hardened, shell-shocked, and weary warriors. Even Tigerstar (basically cat Hitler) was adorable and innocent as a kit. It's only when the kits start training to become warriors that they lose their innocence. Subverted with Brokenstar in ''Yellowfang's Secret'' and Shrewclaw in ''Tallstar's Revenge''. You can see the seeds of Brokenstar's evil right from his kithood, and Shrewkit is a bully who picks on Tallkit and calls him a worm.
9th Nov '16 5:35:21 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Transcedence]]'', Ungannis declares that humanity is unspeakable and only was endurable when mortal, because then those guilty of crime would die and the children, temporarily innocent, took their place. Then, she's TheResenter.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Transcedence]]'', Ungannis declares that humanity is unspeakable and only was endurable when mortal, because then those guilty of crime would die and the children, temporarily innocent, took their place. Then, she's TheResenter.
4th Nov '16 8:29:32 AM SLOOGOVS
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* subverted in a scene when ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}'' talks with a mother who believes in this trope, while at the same time the kids play with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler dolls and throw [[AtomicFBomb atomic]] {{Cluster F Bomb}}s at each other.

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* subverted Subverted in a scene when ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}'' talks with a mother who believes in this trope, while at the same time the kids play with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler dolls and throw [[AtomicFBomb atomic]] {{Cluster F Bomb}}s at each other.



* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has Minato cite this as one of the reasons he sealed the Nine-Tails in Naruto; as an innocent baby/child, he would be more resistant to the demon's influence.

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* FanFic/AGrowingAffection ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' has Minato cite this as one of the reasons he sealed the Nine-Tails in Naruto; as an innocent baby/child, he would be more resistant to the demon's influence.



* Jim Butcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles

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* Jim Butcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':



* Literature/TheLittlePrince, who always comes to the conclussion that adults are strange after watching their usual behavior.

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* Literature/TheLittlePrince, ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', who always comes to the conclussion conclusion that adults are strange after watching their usual behavior.



* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/TimePatrol" stories:
** In "Brave To Be A King", Manse prevents an infanticide by telling the king that, among other things, that he must not shed the children's innocent blood.
** In "Delenda Est", when they threaten revenge, Deirdre pleads not the children, they had nothing to do with it.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's "Wonders of the Invisible World", Cotton Mather cites this.

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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/TimePatrol" ''Literature/TimePatrol'' stories:
** In "Brave ''Brave To Be A King", King'', Manse prevents an infanticide by telling the king that, among other things, that he must not shed the children's innocent blood.
** In "Delenda Est", ''Delenda Est'', when they threaten revenge, Deirdre pleads not the children, they had nothing to do with it.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's "Wonders ''Wonders of the Invisible World", World'', Cotton Mather cites this.



* Averted in ''{{Painkiller}}'': Battle out of hell. The first level is called 'orphanage' and features some of the most disturbing enemies in the game, most of which are children.
* Averted in ''RuleOfRose'': the game revolves around the Byzantian machinations and rivalries of the "Red Rose Aristocrats Club", a group of children living in an orphanage, pretending to be powerful and magnificent. Each of the children in this clique is utterly vile, completely pathetic yet still at least somewhat sympathetic due to a variety of {{FreudianExcuse}}s.

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* Averted in ''{{Painkiller}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'': Battle out of hell. The first level is called 'orphanage' and features some of the most disturbing enemies in the game, most of which are children.
* Averted in ''RuleOfRose'': ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'': the game revolves around the Byzantian machinations and rivalries of the "Red Rose Aristocrats Club", a group of children living in an orphanage, pretending to be powerful and magnificent. Each of the children in this clique is utterly vile, completely pathetic yet still at least somewhat sympathetic due to a variety of {{FreudianExcuse}}s.



* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''averts this trope. Ellie is in her early teens, but she grew up in an [[AfterTheEnd After]] [[ZombieApocalypse Z-Day]] scenario, and boy is that apparent from the way she acts. She's [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[AllWomenAreLustful lustful]] and [[LittleMissBadass definitely capable of handling herself]]. Also, Sarah in the game's ActionPrologue may be far more normal, but she still snarks about selling "hardcore drugs" to raise money for a birthday present for Joel. For a good idea of how this is, here's probably the funniest cutscene in the game:

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* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''averts ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' averts this trope. Ellie is in her early teens, but she grew up in an [[AfterTheEnd After]] [[ZombieApocalypse Z-Day]] scenario, and boy is that apparent from the way she acts. She's [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[AllWomenAreLustful lustful]] and [[LittleMissBadass definitely capable of handling herself]]. Also, Sarah in the game's ActionPrologue may be far more normal, but she still snarks about selling "hardcore drugs" to raise money for a birthday present for Joel. For a good idea of how this is, here's probably the funniest cutscene in the game:



* Shelley, from ''FiveKidsAtFreddys'' seems to be completely unafraid of being trapped in the pizzeria, and believes all of the animatronics are real. The other kids are slightly more savvy, but with the possible exception of Tracey, all of them trusted the guy in the Freddy suit implicitly.

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* Shelley, from ''FiveKidsAtFreddys'' ''Webcomic/FiveKidsAtFreddys'' seems to be completely unafraid of being trapped in the pizzeria, and believes all of the animatronics are real. The other kids are slightly more savvy, but with the possible exception of Tracey, all of them trusted the guy in the Freddy suit implicitly.



* WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow: Emily-Prime.

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* WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow: ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow'': Emily-Prime.
10th Oct '16 6:54:29 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authorit; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]

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* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authorit; Authority; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]
19th Sep '16 8:15:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheWoobie 'Cita]] in the {{Petaybee}} books, oddly enough. She was raised by a cult where children are married by ten and beaten regularly, but she still believes people are naturally good and trusts easily.

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* [[TheWoobie 'Cita]] in the {{Petaybee}} ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' books, oddly enough. She was raised by a cult where children are married by ten and beaten regularly, but she still believes people are naturally good and trusts easily.



* DomingoSantos' story ''The First Day of Eternity'' (published in ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'') has the InnocentAliens befriend the children of the colonists first.
* ''LeftBehind'' uses this, no doubt due to the conundrum of "what of people who were not raised Christian or were too young to understand what it really means", and similar. The writers being pro-life, they also raptured children in the womb, and there is surprisingly little angst when every child under twelve (the cutoff point) suddenly vanishes.

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* DomingoSantos' Creator/DomingoSantos' story ''The First Day of Eternity'' (published in ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'') has the InnocentAliens befriend the children of the colonists first.
* ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' uses this, no doubt due to the conundrum of "what of people who were not raised Christian or were too young to understand what it really means", and similar. The writers being pro-life, they also raptured children in the womb, and there is surprisingly little angst when every child under twelve (the cutoff point) suddenly vanishes.



* ''HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authorit; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]

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* ''HisDarkMaterials''.''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authorit; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':



* SergeyLukyanenko's ''KnightsOfTheFortyIslands'' is a case of PlayingWithATrope. Aliens abduct teenagers ([[spoiler:duplicates, actually]]) and distribute them among the forty islands connected by bridges. They are told that the group that manages to conquer all forty islands gets to go home. The kids are supplied with wooden swords that turn into metal whenever they get aggressive (i.e. fight). TheProtagonist quickly learns that this is not a game, and people really die here. Very quickly, the teens realize that it is simply impossible to conquer all forty islands, as each island only has no more than a dozen people. Eventually, the protagonist suggests allying with the nearby islands in order to be able to achieve their goal. While this works at first, it later turns into a disaster, as their former allies turn on them, kill the boys, and [[RapeAsDrama rape]] the girls. In fact, they find remains of children from UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo era who have tried the same thing with the identical results. This novels seems to be about breaking every child stereotype to claim that, under the right circumstances, even a child is capable of anything. The worst thing is, [[spoiler:[[TheCakeIsALie the aliens never planned to release anyone]]]].

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* SergeyLukyanenko's ''KnightsOfTheFortyIslands'' Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/KnightsOfTheFortyIslands'' is a case of PlayingWithATrope. Aliens abduct teenagers ([[spoiler:duplicates, actually]]) and distribute them among the forty islands connected by bridges. They are told that the group that manages to conquer all forty islands gets to go home. The kids are supplied with wooden swords that turn into metal whenever they get aggressive (i.e. fight). TheProtagonist quickly learns that this is not a game, and people really die here. Very quickly, the teens realize that it is simply impossible to conquer all forty islands, as each island only has no more than a dozen people. Eventually, the protagonist suggests allying with the nearby islands in order to be able to achieve their goal. While this works at first, it later turns into a disaster, as their former allies turn on them, kill the boys, and [[RapeAsDrama rape]] the girls. In fact, they find remains of children from UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo era who have tried the same thing with the identical results. This novels seems to be about breaking every child stereotype to claim that, under the right circumstances, even a child is capable of anything. The worst thing is, [[spoiler:[[TheCakeIsALie the aliens never planned to release anyone]]]].
14th Sep '16 11:36:02 PM PaulA
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* ''EndersGame'' plays with this trope. Valentine and Peter are angel and demon, respectively. Ender is [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ender]].
* In JohnCWright's books

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* ''EndersGame'' ''Literature/EndersGame'' plays with this trope. Valentine and Peter are angel and demon, respectively. Ender is [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ender]].
* In JohnCWright's booksCreator/JohnCWright's books:
13th Sep '16 5:16:35 PM Collectionchange
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** Subtly exploited by [[spoiler: the Survey Corps]] during [[spoiler: Eren's trial]]. Several groups wanted Eren dead immediately but Levi suddenly started beating the crap out of him in front of everyone [[spoiler: as part of Erwin's gambit]]. While those groups wanted to kill Eren as [[spoiler: a human titan]], they were visibly horrified seeing Eren getting savaged as [[spoiler: a human child]].

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** Subtly exploited by [[spoiler: the Survey Corps]] during [[spoiler: Eren's trial]]. Several groups wanted Eren dead immediately but Levi suddenly started beating the crap out of him in front of everyone [[spoiler: as part of Erwin's gambit]]. While those groups wanted to kill Eren as [[spoiler: a human titan]], they were visibly horrified seeing Eren getting savaged as [[spoiler: a young human child]].man]].
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* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' embodies this trope to a tee, at least in the early seasons.
-->'''Stewie:''' All right, yes, bring me ice cream. But no sprinkles! For every sprinkle I find, ''I shall kill you''.
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** In Season 6 we are introduced to Baby Flurry Heart, the baby filly of Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. She's a CheerfulChild who giggles at everyone she meets. She wasn't even scared when she met the changeling Thorax, even when she saw his true form she giggled at him like everyone else.
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