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* ''StarWarsRebels'' has Kanan, who experienced [[ThePurge Order 66]] when he just began his Padawan training and deployment into the Clone Wars, and because of that, he never grew past the thinking process of a teenager until the events of the show. His defining trait is focus, but this also means that he cannot multitask without worrying that the task he is currently on will never work, leading him to become oblivious to others' opinions or more practical methods, like becoming unaware of Hera's worry when he has to leave for Malachor soon, or his {{Determinator}} [[PapaWolf behavior]] to keep Ezra under control and safe rather than putting faith in him. It usually takes for [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot someone to tell him about taking the obvious solution for him to snap out of it]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has Ahsoka, who grows from snippy and aggressive to open-minded and wise.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has Ezra and Sabine, as a {{Deconstruction}} of the KidHero genre. The former having been alone for years and finds himself becoming surrounded by both good and bad people, while the latter has already been caught between all sorts of people and ''wants'' to be alone. Both believe they have seen the worse of the Galaxy, unaware of the burdens that come with becoming leaders and soldiers in a fight where everything seems to be against them. As WordOfSaintPaul puts it for Sabine, she is a character that 'must sacrifice who she is now for who she must become'.
23rd Aug '16 11:06:37 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Series/VeranoAzul'' is one of these, as it centers around a bunch of Spanish children and pre-teens who spend a whole summer in a beautiful beach town and as the days pass, learn many things about themselves and others. [[spoiler: Plus their CoolOldGuy mentor dies right at the end.]]



* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone’s myth]] is sometimes interpreted as a story of moving from girlhood to womanhood. Persephone leaves her mother’s side (albeit unwillingly) and takes on new responsibilities as a wife and Queen of the Underworld. The Eavan Boland poem 'Pomegranate' uses the myth as an allegory for a mother learning to let go of her daughter - and it ends with the mother willingly giving her daughter the pomegranate to eat[[note]]Persephone was forced to spend a month in the Underworld for every pomegranate seed she ate while captive[[/note]].

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* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone’s myth]] is sometimes interpreted as a story of moving from girlhood to womanhood. Persephone leaves her mother’s side (albeit unwillingly) (whether unwillingly or not, it depends on the version) and takes on new responsibilities as a wife and Queen of the Underworld. The Eavan Boland poem 'Pomegranate' uses the myth as an allegory for a mother learning to let go of her daughter - and it ends with the mother willingly giving her daughter the pomegranate to eat[[note]]Persephone was forced has to spend a month in the Underworld for every pomegranate seed she ate while captive[[/note]].captive: in some versions she's forced or tricked into it, in others she does it willingly to prove that she's willing to stay in the Underworld[[/note]].
20th Aug '16 10:59:14 AM fearlessnikki
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%%* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''

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%%* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is a pretty dark version. The rich heroine Sara Crewe is left an orphan [[CinderellaCircumstances and has to work as a servant to survive]]. Throughout the story, she learns to hold onto her kindness and use her imagination to survive the bad days.



%%* A perennial subgenre is the teenaged ensemble comedy. Examples include:
%%** ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''

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%%* * A perennial subgenre is the teenaged ensemble comedy. Examples include:
%%** ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''** ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' was the TropeCodifier for the nostalgia version of this type of film. It's a RandomEventsPlot involving teenagers at the end of summer vacation in the early 60s. Most of the film is based on George Lucas's own memories of growing up in that era.



%%** ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
%%** ''Film/StandByMe''
%%** ''TheOutsiders''
%%** ''Film/DazedAndConfused''
%%** The ''Film/AmericanPie'' franchise

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%%** ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
%%** ''Film/StandByMe''
%%** ''TheOutsiders''
%%** ''Film/DazedAndConfused''
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** ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' follows a group of high school students over the course of one year as they all grapple with issues of impending adulthood.
** ''Film/StandByMe'' starts out as a road movie where four boys walk a few miles to see a dead body, but morphs into this as the boys talk about their hopes for the future. Also subverts the NostalgiaFilter hard as it shows that 1950s suburbia was far from {{Arcadia}}.
** ''TheOutsiders'' deals with a feud between two rival gangs - Greasers and Socs.
The protagonist is a teen who has to deal with running away from home, attempted murder, rebuilding his relationship with his brothers and [[spoiler: the deaths of two friends]].
** ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' manages to be this despite an ExtremelyShortTimespan. It follows the lives of high school students on the last day of school in 1979.
** The first
''Film/AmericanPie'' franchisefilm deals with four teens on the verge of graduating high school, who view SexAsRiteOfPassage and want to all lose their virginity together. Throughout the film, JerkJock Oz discovers a sensitive side, Kevin realises that his relationship probably won't last after school and nerdy Jim realises there's more to life than just sex.



* ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'' has a shallow party boy falling in love with a {{Geek}} girl and learning that there is more to life than just having fun and living "in the now".



* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone’s myth]] is sometimes interpreted as a story of moving from girlhood to womanhood. Persephone leaves her mother’s side (albeit unwillingly) and takes on new responsibilities as a wife and Queen of the Underworld.

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* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone’s myth]] is sometimes interpreted as a story of moving from girlhood to womanhood. Persephone leaves her mother’s side (albeit unwillingly) and takes on new responsibilities as a wife and Queen of the Underworld. The Eavan Boland poem 'Pomegranate' uses the myth as an allegory for a mother learning to let go of her daughter - and it ends with the mother willingly giving her daughter the pomegranate to eat[[note]]Persephone was forced to spend a month in the Underworld for every pomegranate seed she ate while captive[[/note]].
11th Aug '16 6:28:03 AM WillBGood
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* ''GranTorino'': Walter Kowalsky, even when he is a senior who has raised a family, still lives emotionally as [[ShellShockedVeteran the young soldier that crossed]] the MoralEventHorizon at the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. He must [[HeelRealization assume]] he is a GrumpyOldMan JadedWashout CrankyNeighbor RacistGrandpa who has alienated his own family and now that his wife has died is completely alone, so he can be a real BadassGrandpa PapaWolf.

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* ''GranTorino'': Walter Kowalsky, even when he is a senior who has raised a family, still lives emotionally as [[ShellShockedVeteran the young soldier that crossed]] the MoralEventHorizon at the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. He must [[HeelRealization assume]] acknowledge]] he is a GrumpyOldMan JadedWashout CrankyNeighbor RacistGrandpa who has alienated his own family and now that his wife has died is completely alone, so he can be a real BadassGrandpa PapaWolf.
11th Aug '16 6:26:49 AM WillBGood
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* {{Creator/HBO}}'s ''Series/{{Rome}}'' contains a few examples. Brutus goes from a half drunk socialite controlled by the whims of fate and his manipulative mother to a self possessed stoic cutting the straps from his armor as he walks alone against an entire platoon. Octavian meanwhile goes from a geeky wimp at the start of the series to a very, very, creepy MagnificentBastard in the close.

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* {{Creator/HBO}}'s ''Series/{{Rome}}'' contains a few examples. Brutus goes from a half drunk half-drunk socialite controlled by the whims of fate and his manipulative mother to a self possessed self-dpossessed stoic cutting the straps from his armor as he walks alone against an entire platoon. Octavian meanwhile goes from a geeky wimp at the start of the series to a very, very, creepy MagnificentBastard in the close.



* ''Film/FailureToLaunch''. Doubly subverted. Tripp is presented to the audience as a 35-year old who has failed to transition into adulthood, as are all his overgrown-child friends. By the end of the movie, however, we find that Tripp's apparently juvenile behavior is not "failure to launch" but because [[spoiler: his finacee died]] and his friends' situations are also not as they seem.

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* ''Film/FailureToLaunch''. Doubly subverted. Tripp is presented to the audience as a 35-year old who has failed to transition into adulthood, as are all his overgrown-child friends. By the end of the movie, however, we find that Tripp's apparently juvenile behavior is not "failure to launch" but because [[spoiler: his finacee fiancee died]] and his friends' situations are also not as they seem.
10th Aug '16 8:34:55 PM nombretomado
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* A number of major characters come of age in the {{Deryni}} works. A partial list:

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* A number of major characters come of age in the {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} works. A partial list:
27th Jul '16 11:54:24 AM fearlessnikki
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%%* ''BlackSwan'' Nina is close to 30, yet acts very childishly.

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%%* * ''BlackSwan'' Nina is close to 30, yet acts very childishly.still lives with her mother and is quite sexually naive. This makes her perfect to play TheIngenue White Swan in the production of ''Swan Lake''. But she must embrace her sexuality and grow up to be able to play the FemmeFatale Black Swan.


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* ''{{Film/Sirens}}'' has this happening to a repressed Edwardian housewife as she visits real-life artist Norman Lindsey, and meets his free-spirited models. The models engage in a CorruptTheCutie with her and a maid in the household - but it's shown as a sign of positive character growth.
* ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints'' constantly flashes back to the protagonist's life as a teenager, but his actual coming of age doesn't happen until he's in his thirties and finally revisits the father he ran away from.
22nd Jul '16 7:49:31 AM WillBGood
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* ''Film/TheThirdMan'': [[ManChild Holly Martins has remained mentally a child his entire life,]] his books are [[{{Escapism}} cowboys tales]] with a BlackAndWhiteMorality and only in Viena, at his 35 years, [[HeelRealization he at last will have to face reality]] [[{{Mooks}} of his relationship with]] [[BigBadFriend his best friend Harry]].

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* ''Film/TheThirdMan'': [[ManChild Holly Martins has remained mentally is something of a child his entire life,]] his ManChild: the books he makes a living writing are [[{{Escapism}} cowboys tales]] {{Escapis|m}}t westerns with a BlackAndWhiteMorality and only BlackAndWhiteMorality. His naive search for justice in Viena, at his 35 years, [[HeelRealization he at last will have to face reality]] [[{{Mooks}} the death of his relationship with]] [[BigBadFriend his best friend Harry]].[[BigBadFriend Harry Lime]] forces him to come to terms with a WorldHalfEmpty.
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