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14th Jul '17 9:17:06 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. The Avatar is supposed to be located at a young age and then informed when they're sixteen, by which point they'll be ready to handle the responsibility. This is demonstrated with Avatar Roku in a flashback. In both series, the protagonist ends up learning too early and thus has problems reconciling their own life with that of being the Avatar.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. The Avatar is supposed to be located at a young age and then informed when they're sixteen, by which point they'll be ready to handle the responsibility. This responsibility (this is demonstrated with Avatar Roku in a flashback.flashback). In both series, the protagonist ends up learning too early and thus has problems reconciling their own life with that of being the Avatar.



** In ''The Legend of Korra'', Korra has the opposite problem. Korra figured out how to bend three different elements at the age of four, whereupon she was taken in by the White Lotus and spent the next twelve years being raised to be the Avatar. As such, Korra's entire life revolves around being the Avatar, and a recurring theme in each Book is the villain threatening to take that away from her.

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** In ''The Legend of Korra'', Korra has the opposite problem. Korra figured out how to bend three different elements at mastered waterbending, firebending and earthbending by the age of four, whereupon she was taken in by the White Lotus and spent the next twelve thirteen years being raised to be the Avatar. As such, Korra's entire life revolves around her being the Avatar, and a recurring theme in each Book is the villain threatening to take that away from her.
1st Jul '17 1:46:59 AM Divra
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* At the age of 16 you are officially allowed to drink alkohol without brandy (such as beer, wine and champagne) in Germany.

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* At the age of 16 you are officially allowed to drink alkohol without brandy (such as beer, wine and champagne) non-distilled alcoholic beverages in Germany.
28th Jun '17 3:15:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Creator/JackLChalker's ''Literature/HorrorsOfTheDancingGods'': Both Lampshaded and Averted as a sign of the generally high level of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] endemic to the setting: The heroine quizzes the LivingMacGuffin about her birthday before she realizes that the girl (who has been kept in hiding for nearly her entire life) probably doesn't even know her real birthdate anyway.

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* Creator/JackLChalker's ''Literature/HorrorsOfTheDancingGods'': Both Lampshaded and Averted as a sign of the generally high level of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] intelligence endemic to the setting: The heroine quizzes the LivingMacGuffin about her birthday before she realizes that the girl (who has been kept in hiding for nearly her entire life) probably doesn't even know her real birthdate anyway.
31st May '17 10:30:09 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* In the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ninth and tenth]] ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games, the [[HalfHumanHybrid branded]] can safely hide among the Beorc until their aging process slows down at the age of sixteen.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': If you choose the "Colonist" background for your character, Shepard is sixteen years old when their home colony of Mindoir is attacked by slavers and their parents killed.

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* In the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ninth and tenth]] ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' ''FireEmblem'' games, the [[HalfHumanHybrid branded]] can safely hide among the Beorc until their aging process slows down at the age of sixteen.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': ''Franchise/MassEffect''
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If you choose the "Colonist" background for your character, Shepard is sixteen years old when their home colony of Mindoir is attacked by slavers and their parents killed.killed.
** Kaidan Alenko was sixteen when he received his [[FlawedPrototype L2 biotic implant]] [[BlessedWithSuck and all the problems that came with it]].
27th May '17 3:33:20 PM N8han11
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1st May '17 5:16:54 PM mlsmithca
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There are some Real World reasons why 16 is often chosen as The Age At Which Crap Happens. Although the hormonal hell known as puberty actually started a few years earlier, sixteen tends to be when the teenager finally has those changes under control and starts to act (somewhat) more like an adult, which is reflected in how teenagers' bodies sexually mature (on average) by 16; thus, in many cultures, 16 was the effective age of majority. Even though Western culture prefers to wait until 18 to confer legal adulthood, in the U.S. 16 is still the minimum age for a driver's license and many types of employment (both very important milestones of adulthood, independence, and/or general social status). 16 is actually the official age of consent in 31 states. [[note]] Pennsylvania, despite having it at 16, in practice, has it at 18; several states allow loopholes for 15 or 14 year olds; and several other states have provisions that allow 16 and 17 year olds to consent to sex with adults under 23.[[/note]] On the flipside, in many jurisdictions 16 is the minimum age at which a minor accused of a crime may be tried and punished as an adult rather than through the juvenile justice system. And in Asian media, let's not forget that 16 is [[FourIsDeath four times four]].

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There are some Real World reasons why 16 is often chosen as The Age At Which Crap [[PrecisionFStrike Shit]] Happens. Although the hormonal hell known as puberty actually started a few years earlier, sixteen tends to be when the teenager finally has those changes under control and starts to act (somewhat) more like an adult, which is reflected in how teenagers' bodies sexually mature (on average) by 16; thus, in many cultures, 16 was the effective age of majority. Even though Western culture prefers to wait until 18 to confer legal adulthood, in the U.S. 16 is still the minimum age for a driver's license and many types of employment (both very important milestones of adulthood, independence, and/or general social status). 16 is actually the official age of consent in 31 states. [[note]] Pennsylvania, despite having it at 16, in practice, has it at 18; several states allow loopholes for 15 or 14 year olds; and several other states have provisions that allow 16 and 17 year olds to consent to sex with adults under 23.[[/note]] On the flipside, in many jurisdictions 16 is the minimum age at which a minor accused of a crime may be tried and punished as an adult rather than through the juvenile justice system. And in Asian media, let's not forget that 16 is [[FourIsDeath four times four]].
22nd Apr '17 7:39:26 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the day of the school trip (when the abductions took place) is that of Jacob Starr's sixteenth birthday.

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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the day of the school trip (when the abductions took place) is that of Jacob Starr's sixteenth birthday.
8th Apr '17 7:45:35 AM LostInOblivion
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There are some Real World reasons why 16 is often chosen as The Age At Which [[PrecisionFStrike Shit]] Happens. Although the hormonal hell known as puberty actually started a few years earlier, sixteen tends to be when the teenager finally has those changes under control and starts to act (somewhat) more like an adult, which is reflected in how teenagers' bodies sexually mature (on average) by 16; thus, in many cultures, 16 was the effective age of majority. Even though Western culture prefers to wait until 18 to confer legal adulthood, in the U.S. 16 is still the minimum age for a driver's license and many types of employment (both very important milestones of adulthood, independence, and/or general social status). 16 is actually the official age of consent in 31 states. [[note]] Pennsylvania, despite having it at 16, in practice, has it at 18; several states allow loopholes for 15 or 14 year olds; and several other states have provisions that allow 16 and 17 year olds to consent to sex with adults under 23.[[/note]] On the flipside, in many jurisdictions 16 is the minimum age at which a minor accused of a crime may be tried and punished as an adult rather than through the juvenile justice system. And in Asian media, let's not forget that 16 is [[FourIsDeath four times four]].

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There are some Real World reasons why 16 is often chosen as The Age At Which [[PrecisionFStrike Shit]] Crap Happens. Although the hormonal hell known as puberty actually started a few years earlier, sixteen tends to be when the teenager finally has those changes under control and starts to act (somewhat) more like an adult, which is reflected in how teenagers' bodies sexually mature (on average) by 16; thus, in many cultures, 16 was the effective age of majority. Even though Western culture prefers to wait until 18 to confer legal adulthood, in the U.S. 16 is still the minimum age for a driver's license and many types of employment (both very important milestones of adulthood, independence, and/or general social status). 16 is actually the official age of consent in 31 states. [[note]] Pennsylvania, despite having it at 16, in practice, has it at 18; several states allow loopholes for 15 or 14 year olds; and several other states have provisions that allow 16 and 17 year olds to consent to sex with adults under 23.[[/note]] On the flipside, in many jurisdictions 16 is the minimum age at which a minor accused of a crime may be tried and punished as an adult rather than through the juvenile justice system. And in Asian media, let's not forget that 16 is [[FourIsDeath four times four]].
2nd Apr '17 11:55:03 AM Pamina
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* Even though ''Literature/Sleeping Beauty'' is the TropeCodifier in popular culture, different versions of the tale vary on whether they use this trope or not. In Charles Perrault's 1697 version, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall asleep at any time, but it eventually happens when she's sixteen, though not specifically on her birthday. In the Brothers Grimm's 1812 version, the curse comes to pass on her ''fifteenth'' birthday. Most retellings combine the two versions, though, and have her specifically cursed to prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday.

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* Even though ''Literature/Sleeping Beauty'' ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'' is the TropeCodifier in popular culture, different versions of the tale vary on whether they use this trope or not. In Charles Perrault's 1697 version, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall asleep at any time, but it eventually happens when she's sixteen, though not specifically on her birthday. In the Brothers Grimm's 1812 version, the curse comes to pass on her ''fifteenth'' birthday. Most retellings combine the two versions, though, and have her specifically cursed to prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday.
2nd Apr '17 11:54:41 AM Pamina
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* OlderThanSteam: In Perrault's 1697 version of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", it was on her sixteenth birthday that she was due to prick her finger and die.

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* OlderThanSteam: Even though ''Literature/Sleeping Beauty'' is the TropeCodifier in popular culture, different versions of the tale vary on whether they use this trope or not. In Charles Perrault's 1697 version of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", it was on her sixteenth birthday that she was due version, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and die.fall asleep at any time, but it eventually happens when she's sixteen, though not specifically on her birthday. In the Brothers Grimm's 1812 version, the curse comes to pass on her ''fifteenth'' birthday. Most retellings combine the two versions, though, and have her specifically cursed to prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday.
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