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29th Oct '17 3:24:04 AM StFan
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/{{The 100}}''. While most of the 100 are in their late teens, it's twelve-year-old Charlotte, seemingly the youngest of the group, who's the first to commit murder on the Ground. However, while the 100 are ready to lynch Murphy (who appears to be sixteen or seventeen) when they think he's the murderer, they're suddenly not so willing when they find out it was Charlotte. Murphy thinks this is unfair, and demands Charlotte be executed just like he almost was. Much of an episode is spent trying to protect her from Murphy; even friends of the person she killed come to her defense. Charlotte, however, doesn't think she deserves this protection, and ultimately kills herself.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/{{The 100}}''.''Series/The100''. While most of the 100 are in their late teens, it's twelve-year-old Charlotte, seemingly the youngest of the group, who's the first to commit murder on the Ground. However, while the 100 are ready to lynch Murphy (who appears to be sixteen or seventeen) when they think he's the murderer, they're suddenly not so willing when they find out it was Charlotte. Murphy thinks this is unfair, and demands Charlotte be executed just like he almost was. Much of an episode is spent trying to protect her from Murphy; even friends of the person she killed come to her defense. Charlotte, however, doesn't think she deserves this protection, and ultimately kills herself.



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* OlderThanFeudalism example from [[Literature/TheFourGospels the Gospels]]: UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}'s followers are squabbling over who will be greatest in the coming Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus responded: "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven", so he meant "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint It's not about being high up and powerful]], but [[HumbleHero humbly accepting truth]]".
* Other religions similarly use children as symbols of being innocent and receptive, such as Daoism: "If you receive the world, the Dao will never leave you, and you will be like a little child."
* Some religions go as far to preach being like something even younger than a child, like the Zen koan: "What did your face look like before your parents were born?".
* Most mainstream Christian Denominations believe that children are incapable of committing major sins by virtue of their youth. It is also generally believed that all baptized children who die immediately go to Heaven (what happens to unbaptized children is debated). In the Catholic Church, those who have not yet reached maturity are considered to be unable to commit mortal sin on the basis that they lack reason (and by extension lack full knowledge, one of the requirements necessary for a sin to be mortal). Additionally the Catholic Church holds that any baptized person who dies before attaining reason goes to Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church concludes that while it can't be said for sure what happens to baptized children, there is good reason to believe that God has mercy on them (perhaps even letting them into Heaven) on the basis that Jesus was a FriendToAllChildren.
* In Islam, children who have not yet reached maturity are one of the three categories of people for whom "the pen has been lifted" (i.e. Allah does not hold them accountable for wrongdoings). Additionally it is held that all children who die before maturity go to Heaven, even if non-Muslim children.
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* The introduction of ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' depicts adults in general as judgemental, unaccomplished and cowardly. The only admirable ones are those with childlike hearts.
-->We learned that growing up isnít about suddenly being able to do everything you ever wanted; itís mostly about learning how stupid you were when you were young. (...) Our potential was replaced with reality.

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* The introduction of ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' depicts adults in general as judgemental, judgmental, unaccomplished and cowardly. The only admirable ones are those with childlike hearts.
-->We -->''We learned that growing up isnít isn't about suddenly being able to do everything you ever wanted; itís it's mostly about learning how stupid you were when you were young. (...) Our potential was replaced with reality.''



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* OlderThanFeudalism example from [[Literature/TheFourGospels the Gospels]]: UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}'s followers are squabbling over who will be greatest in the coming Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus responded: "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven", so he meant "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint It's not about being high up and powerful]], but [[HumbleHero humbly accepting truth]]".
* Other religions similarly use children as symbols of being innocent and receptive, such as Daoism: "If you receive the world, the Dao will never leave you, and you will be like a little child."
* Some religions go as far to preach being like something even younger than a child, like the Zen koan: "What did your face look like before your parents were born?".
* Most mainstream Christian Denominations believe that children are incapable of committing major sins by virtue of their youth. It is also generally believed that all baptized children who die immediately go to Heaven (what happens to unbaptized children is debated).
** In the Catholic Church, those who have not yet reached maturity are considered to be unable to commit mortal sin on the basis that they lack reason (and by extension lack full knowledge, one of the requirements necessary for a sin to be mortal). Additionally the Catholic Church holds that any baptised person who dies before attaining reason goes to Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church concludes that while it can't be said for sure what happens to baptised children, there is good reason to believe that God has mercy on them (perhaps even letting them into Heaven) on the basis that Jesus was a FriendToAllChildren.
* In Islam, children who have not yet reached maturity are one of the three categories of people for whom "the pen has been lifted" (i.e. Allah does not hold them accountable for wrongdoings). Additionally it is held that all children who die before maturity go to Heaven, even if non-muslim children.
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26th Oct '17 2:54:34 PM Eolewyn1010
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** Tis trope is also the reason why on Naboo [[AChildShallLeadThem the monarchs are generally elected from amongst pre-teens and teenagers]] for the Naboo people believe that children have an uncorrupted kind of wisdom. Padmé Amidala, one of the most beloved queen Naboo ever had, began her reign at age 14. One of her successors, Apailana, was elected at only 12.

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** Tis This trope is also the reason why on Naboo [[AChildShallLeadThem the monarchs are generally elected from amongst pre-teens and teenagers]] for the Naboo people believe that children have an uncorrupted kind of wisdom. Padmé Amidala, one of the most beloved queen queens Naboo ever had, began her reign at age 14. One of her successors, Apailana, was elected at only 12.
26th Oct '17 2:52:57 PM Eolewyn1010
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** Tis trope is also the reason why on Naboo [[AChildShallLeadThem the monarchs are generally elected from amongst pre-teens and teenagers]] for the Naboo people believe that children have an uncorrupted kind of wisdom. Padmé Amidala, one of the most beloved queen Naboo ever had, began her reign at age 14. One of her successors, Apailana, was elected at only 12.
3rd Oct '17 10:10:58 PM N1KF
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-->-- '''[[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 18]]''', ''Literature/TheBible''

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-->-- '''[[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 18]]''', ''Literature/TheBible''
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28th Sep '17 6:02:46 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', Allie is surprised by a question of whether she cast a curse, and (truthfully) denies it -- the target's just a little boy.

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* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', ''Literature/MagicToTheBone'', Allie is surprised by a question of whether she cast a curse, and (truthfully) denies it -- the target's just a little boy.
21st Sep '17 9:39:33 PM Griffonmender
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* The pretty, doll-like, children in the works of Creator/SuehiroMaruo are usually sexually aware and amoral, if not downright sadistic and depraved.

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* The pretty, doll-like, children in the works of Creator/SuehiroMaruo are usually sexually aware and amoral, if not downright sadistic and depraved.
1st Aug '17 1:25:16 AM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is complex. While Link and Aryll are still innocent, Tetra defies it with all her might. After all, a pirate captain has no need of such a thing. Then she turns into innocent Princess Zelda who takes up a bow and helps Link kill Ganondorf rather in an incredibly brutal way. When the fight is over, the King of Hyrule calls the gods themselves out to this trope, refering to Link and Tetra. Also, many players have noted that, aside from Link and Aryll, most of the children in the game behave like small adults, especially (aside from Tetra) Medli. Yeah, ''Wind Waker'' just loo~ooved to screw with this trope.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is complex. While Link and Aryll are still innocent, Tetra defies it with all her might. After all, a pirate captain has no need of such a thing. Then she turns [[spoiler:turns into innocent Princess Zelda who takes up a bow and helps Link kill Ganondorf rather in an incredibly brutal way. When the fight is over, the King of Hyrule calls the gods themselves out to this trope, refering to Link and Tetra. ]] Also, many players have noted that, aside from Link and Aryll, most of the children in the game behave like small adults, especially (aside from Tetra) Medli. Yeah, ''Wind Waker'' just loo~ooved to screw with this trope.
6th Jul '17 3:01:23 PM Nononsensecapeesh
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* In ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', the eponymous Totoro (a benevolent forest guardian) only appears to children. (The same applies to the cat-bus.) Adults might experience a rush of wind, but will ''never'' actually see Totoro, even if they're benevolent and open-minded like Kusakabi-sensei. Mei is the first one to see Totoro. Her older sister, Satsuki, is initially skeptical, but Totoro appears to her as well.

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* In ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', the eponymous Totoro (a benevolent forest guardian) only appears to children. (The same applies to the cat-bus.) Adults might experience a rush of wind, but will ''never'' actually see Totoro, even if they're benevolent and open-minded like Kusakabi-sensei. Mei is the first one to see Totoro. Her older sister, Satsuki, is initially skeptical, but Totoro and he later appears to her older sister Satsuki as well.
4th Jul '17 8:36:24 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/PeterRabbit'', whenever one of the show's predator characters goes after Peter Rabbit's [[BunniesForCuteness cute little sister]] Cottontail, wanting to eat her, she generally doesn't get it and treats it as a fun game. She thinks it's great fun when an owl swoops her up and takes her for a flight and usually the predators have to act very overtly mean for her to get scared, and even then it doesn't last long, assuming she even recognizes it for what it is. When Mr. Tod the fox places her in his cookpot with Shrew, she spends most of her time in it giggling and when he tosses in vegetables for flavoring, she eats some of the carrot slices.
30th Jun '17 8:01:46 AM Minni128
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*Played with in ''Lost,Found'', with Ryuuko and Nui, who have very little understanding as to why they were being experimented on and can only speculate, along with knowing the consequences. While they do have some understanding of how wrong their treatment was, they could do very little to affect it.
**In a later chapter, Nui, when telling of her (and Ryuuko's) experiences at the "orphanage", she describes a vivisection before asking what it was, however, she seems to have a clue as to what "euthanasia" was, as she mentioned, ďI got to stay because they were low on kids.Ē
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