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13th Dec '17 10:28:57 PM PaulA
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** For pure terror, however, the first episode of ''Walking With Beasts'' shows a baby terror bird that is still hatching when it is devoured by ants.

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** For pure terror, however, the first episode of ''Walking With Beasts'' ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' shows a baby terror bird that is still hatching when it is devoured by ants.
2nd Dec '17 9:01:25 PM maylove25
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** [[spoiler:Yuuki]], [[spoiler:the protagonist's little brother]], ends up dying near the end of the serie due to cranial bleeding combined with dehydration.

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** [[spoiler:Yuuki]], [[spoiler:the protagonist's little brother]], ends up dying near the end of the serie series due to cranial bleeding combined with dehydration.



** It's not gone into detail but several {{youkai}} appear to have died as children. For example, Toiletta (Hanako-san in Japan) most likely died during a bomb raid in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII just like the urban legend she's based on.

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** It's not gone into detail but several {{youkai}} Yo-kai appear to have died as children. For example, Toiletta (Hanako-san in Japan) Toiletta most likely died during a bomb raid in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII just like the urban legend she's based on.
2nd Dec '17 1:17:04 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Both invoked and averted. The killer's means of killing [[spoiler:Minami]] turn out to have initially been intended for [[spoiler:Midori]] because they considered that the latter still being a minor (as opposed to the person they actually killed) would have attracted more sympathy.
30th Nov '17 4:14:09 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': Macduff's wife and children are murdered -- including a son, who is murdered on-stage.

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* Shakespeare's Shakespeare includes this trope fairly often, which isn't that surprising as he lived during a time when child mortality was fairly common:
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''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': Macduff's wife and children are murdered -- including a son, who is murdered on-stage.on-stage.
** The title character in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' arranges the (offstage) murders of his nephews, which are then described to us by the killer. This is depicted as Richard's MoralEventHorizon.
** Mamillius in ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'' dies of an unspecified illness, implied to be caused by the gods punishing his father for insisting that his wife was guilty of adultery even when an oracle says otherwise. Leontes (the father in question) also believes for most of the play that he's had his infant daughter killed (although the audience knows otherwise).
** Arthur in ''Theatre/KingJohn'' dies from a fall while trying to escape from prison.
** The Boy in ''Theatre/HenryV'' is killed when a group of the French attack the luggage train he's guarding.
** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' centers around the deaths of young people, of course: Juliet is only thirteen when she commits suicide, and Romeo's age is never stated but presumably he's not much older.
24th Nov '17 6:32:06 PM Pichu-kun
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* This occurs in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' as a ShoutOut to ''Astro Boy''. Dr. Fuji's daughter, Amber, died in a car accident according to ''The Birth Of Mewtwo'' radio drama (in the animated adaptation her death scene doesn't occur on-screen). He decides to create a clone as a ReplacementGoldfish, however Ambertwo also dies prior to waking up (which was shown in the film).

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* This occurs in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' as a ShoutOut to ''Astro Boy''. Dr. Fuji's daughter, Amber, died in a car accident according to ''The Birth Of Mewtwo'' ''Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo'' radio drama (in the animated adaptation her death scene doesn't occur on-screen). He decides to create a clone as a ReplacementGoldfish, however Ambertwo also dies prior to waking up (which was shown in the film).
23rd Nov '17 8:54:14 AM Oecchi
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* In ''Manga/InThisCornerOfTheWorld'', [[spoiler:Keiko's daughter Harumi]] is killed by a time-delayed bomb after an air raid. This continues to haunt the other characters for the remainder of the story, and it also shows how much UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is now intruding on their everyday lives.
21st Nov '17 4:20:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' has a premise which revolves around {{Child Soldiers}} so this is expected. By the end [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll every one]] of the protagonists]] have died, some on-screen and some rather peacefully during the twenty year [[DistantFinale timeskip]]. The first gen Cyborgs were all essentially terminally ill from the first chapter and not expected to live longer than four years, if they weren't killed in combat.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
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has a premise which revolves around {{Child Soldiers}} so this is expected. By the end [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll every one]] of the protagonists]] have died, some on-screen and some rather peacefully during the twenty year [[DistantFinale timeskip]]. The first gen Cyborgs were all essentially terminally ill from the first chapter and not expected to live longer than four years, if they weren't killed in combat.combat.
** Jose and Jean's kid sister Enrica died long before the manga began. Jose uses Henrietta as a ReplacementGoldfish for her.



* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' does this several times, to brutal effect.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' does this several times, to brutal effect. effect:


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* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'':
** Right at the prologue, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Burn]] tosses a soon-to-be-hatched dragon egg down a cliff before killing the dragon that tried to take it.
** Peril's brother was killed shortly after hatching by his mother, Kestrel, who was forced to kill him so that Peril could live.
19th Nov '17 7:55:51 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/CanyonPassage'', a female settler and her baby are cut down onscreen by the Indians, and when Logan and his arrive at the Dance homestead, they learn that Ben Dance and his 10 year old son Asa have been killed.
19th Nov '17 7:46:04 PM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' does this several times, to brutal effect.
** When Yamori becomes bored of simply torturing Kaneki, he decides to switch things up by bringing in a mother and child. He tells Kaneki that [[SadisticChoice he]] has to decide which one will die. When Kaneki refuses to cooperate, Yamori strangles the child to death before killing the mother. This serves as the final straw that pushes him over the edge. Notably, the anime changes the victims into a pair of adult lovers.
** Investigator Koutarou Amon was raised by an infamous ChildEater, Donato Porpora. Witnessing one of his friends being eaten by his father is what caused Amon to become a KnightTemplar as an adult.
** In the sequel, the [[ChildSoldiers Oggai]] make their debut in the field by ripping a mother and child to pieces.
** In Chapter 144, this is the tipping point. [[spoiler: A mortally-wounded Kaneki resolves to survive no matter what it takes, resolving to kill humans for the first time. He kills 12-year old Hajime before turning on the other Oggai, killing and eating them all in a mindless frenzy. This is exactly what the BigBad wanted, feeding the children to Kaneki in order to create a monstrous being he dubs "Dragon". During the resulting slaughter in the streets of Tokyo, several children are shown to be among the victims it devours]].
16th Nov '17 6:12:27 PM iroanxi
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* Creator/HenryDarger has many in''Literature/InTheRealmsOfTheUnreal'' since it's about a huge war sparked by a child slave rebellion and the graphic murder of its leader Annie Aronburg. [[LittleMissBadass Miss Aronburg was five at the time]]. While there's a CivilWar ambiance to the whole thing, the children's heroic martyrdoms are like those of early PatronSaints; Darger was devoutly Catholic so most of the good guys are as well. He explicitly compares some of his girl heroes to Little Eva.

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* Creator/HenryDarger has many in''Literature/InTheRealmsOfTheUnreal'' in ''Literature/InTheRealmsOfTheUnreal'' since it's about a huge war sparked by a child slave rebellion and the graphic murder of its leader Annie Aronburg. [[LittleMissBadass Miss Aronburg was five at the time]]. While there's a CivilWar ambiance to the whole thing, the children's heroic martyrdoms are like those of early PatronSaints; Darger was devoutly Catholic so most of the good guys are as well. He explicitly compares some of his girl heroes to Little Eva.


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* In ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'', the SerialKiller's victims are poverty-stricken boys from Payatas.
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