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19th Sep '16 12:58:21 PM twilicorn
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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into obscurity for a while until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.
10th Sep '16 5:57:51 AM twilicorn
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** Averted with the actors who played the other two children on the show: Joelle Clarke, the oldest, moved to England and became a stage actress, and Bradley Hitler-Smith, the middle child, went on to own a hardware store.




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* Jack Garratt started performing as a kid (he participated in the UK's 2005 preselection for Junior Eurovision), and successfully avoided the trappings most former child stars face as he won BBC's "Sound of 2016" poll and found himself performing many music festivals in adulthood.
6th Sep '16 9:31:48 PM jamespolk
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* Creator/ElizabethTaylor, going from a child star in movies like ''LassieComeHome'' to one of the most famous film actresses '''ever'''. Her private life, however, was notably less successful: she was notorious for her large number of weddings and divorces (eight, including two to Creator/RichardBurton), and was treated for alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.

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* Creator/ElizabethTaylor, going from a child star in movies like ''LassieComeHome'' ''Film/LassieComeHome'' to one of the most famous film actresses '''ever'''. Her private life, however, was notably less successful: she was notorious for her large number of weddings and divorces (eight, including two to Creator/RichardBurton), and was treated for alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.
1st Sep '16 10:39:25 AM twilicorn
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* Intentionally played with by Music/MileyCyrus. She was a Disney Channel star playing the squeaky-clean ''Series/HannahMontana'', had semi-nude pictures of her on the internet at age 15, danced on a pole at the Teen Choice Awards, became known for her taste for drugs when a video of her trying [[GRatedDrug salvia]] spread online, and made a transparently symbolic music video of her dressed as a giant SteamPunk bird being goggled at by creepy Victorians before breaking out of her cage. The single bombed, and everyone was expecting her to slide further into substance abuse and obscurity. Then she made an internet video of herself twerking to hip-hop in a unicorn onesie, [[ImportantHaircut cut off her hair]], and made a new album with a heavy hip-hop influence and references to all the drugs she was doing, for which she did a {{Squick}}tastic SoBadItsGood FanDisservice performance at the [=VMAs=] with a lot grinding on teddy bears, slapping the buttocks of women in teddy bear costumes, fellating a foam finger, and daggering on Creator/RobinThicke, to say nothing of her flapping her strangely white tongue around the whole time - she also smoked a spliff on stage at the European [=VMAs=]. Obviously it was an attempt to invoke this trope as a conscious artist image. However, Miley, by all accounts, is quite well-adjusted out of {{kayfabe}} - she says the drug-addled trainwreck persona is, while closer to the truth than her child star personality, just something she does on stage; she has stated her interest in feminism, made fun of the moral panic about her, and even mentions she sticks to [[TheStoner social, non-addictive drugs]] (ecstasy and weed) rather than the cocaine, booze and heroin that has ruined the lives of so many child stars. Dolly Parton, her father Billy Ray Cyrus, and Snoop Dogg, amongst loads of journalists and interviewers, all say that she's actually a very normal, intelligent girl.

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* Intentionally played with by Music/MileyCyrus. She was Music/MileyCyrus, most famous as a Disney Channel star playing the squeaky-clean ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana''. By age 18 she had semi-nude pictures of her posted on the internet at age 15, internet, danced on a pole at the Teen Choice Awards, and became known for her taste for drugs when a video of her trying [[GRatedDrug salvia]] spread online, and made a transparently symbolic music video of her dressed as a giant SteamPunk bird being goggled at by creepy Victorians before breaking out of her cage. The single bombed, and everyone online. She was expecting her expected to slide further into substance abuse and obscurity. Then she made obscurity... before ''Bangerz'', an internet video of herself twerking to hip-hop in a unicorn onesie, [[ImportantHaircut cut off her hair]], and made a new album with a heavy hip-hop influence and references to all the drugs she was doing, was released, for which she did a famously {{Squick}}tastic SoBadItsGood FanDisservice performance at the [=VMAs=] with a lot grinding on teddy bears, slapping the buttocks of women in teddy bear costumes, fellating a foam finger, and daggering on Creator/RobinThicke, to say nothing of her flapping her strangely white tongue around the whole time 2013 Video Music Awards - she also smoked a spliff on stage at the European [=VMAs=]. Obviously it was an attempt to invoke this trope as a conscious artist image. However, Miley, by all accounts, is quite well-adjusted out of {{kayfabe}} - she says the drug-addled trainwreck persona is, while closer to the truth than her child star personality, just something she does on stage; she has stated her interest in feminism, made fun of the moral panic about her, and even mentions she sticks to [[TheStoner social, non-addictive drugs]] (ecstasy and weed) rather than the cocaine, booze and heroin that has ruined the lives of so many child stars. Dolly Parton, her father Billy Ray Cyrus, and Snoop Dogg, amongst loads of journalists and interviewers, all say that she's actually a very normal, intelligent girl.
31st Aug '16 9:53:15 PM damus2300
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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where its shown that Elroy Jetson is a barfly and Bam Bam from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' drives a cab.

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where its shown that Elroy Jetson from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' is a barfly and Bam Bam from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' drives a cab.
28th Aug '16 1:13:23 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Most of the cast of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' (the original short films, also known as ''Our Gang''), giving rise to the rumour of the "Our Gang Curse." Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) was murdered over a gambling debt at the age of 31. Chubby died at the age of either 18 or 22 depending on the report, after a massive weight loss following surgery. William Laughline (Froggy) died in a scooter accident at the age of 16. Kendall [=McCormas=] committed suicide at age 64. Mickey Daniels died alone in a hotel room, of cirrhosis of the liver. Matthew Bear (Stymie) led a life of crime and drugs. Scotty Beckett died of an overdose. And so on. Even Buckwheat (William Thomas) and Darla (Darla Hood), who went on to lead normal lives, died relatively young (49 and 47 respectively) of health problems. Several of the other cast members lived lives of crime and drug addiction and died young, making this a straight version of the trope.

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* Most of the cast of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' (the original short films, also known as ''Our Gang''), giving rise to the rumour of the "Our Gang Curse." Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) was murdered over a gambling debt at the age of 31. Chubby died at the age of either 18 or 22 depending on the report, after a massive weight loss following surgery. William Laughline (Froggy) died in a scooter accident at the age of 16. Kendall [=McCormas=] committed suicide at age 64. Mickey Daniels died alone in a hotel room, of cirrhosis of the liver. Matthew Bear Beard (Stymie) led a life of crime and drugs.drugs, though he successfully cleaned up sometime in the '60s. Scotty Beckett died of an overdose. And so on. Even Buckwheat (William Thomas) and Darla (Darla Hood), who went on to lead normal lives, died relatively young (49 and 47 respectively) of health problems. Several of the other cast members lived lives of crime and drug addiction and died young, while others mainly existed on menial jobs, making this a straight version of the trope.
11th Aug '16 12:21:48 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Filipino actor Jiro Manio was a child prodigy whose career peaked at the age of 10-11, when he appeared in the film ''Magnifico''. Unfortunately, he became a drug addict as he hit his teens, and as the acting roles dried up, he was largely considered as a has-been before he reached the age of 20. He had recently made headlines after being found in a disheveled state, wandering around in Manila's airport after running away from home about four days prior. As of this writing, he remains in rehab.
* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star," but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, this convicted murderer did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.
11th Aug '16 11:58:48 AM 3rdStringPG
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** Goober, the annoying house guest in ''Horsin' Around'' didn't turn out too well in adulthood either. The actor who played him (as [=BoJack=] so helpfully pointed out to Todd in one episode) ended up molesting some Laker Girls, and in the third season, it's revealed that he's become a sleazy nightclub owner and a drug dealer. Ironically, he's voiced by Fred Savage, a former child star who's had a well-adjusted adulthood despite not being as popular as he was in ''Series/TheWonderYears''.
6th Aug '16 9:22:38 PM damus2300
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* One of the recurring themes in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers]]'' is that this ends up happening to ''all'' "Boy Adventurers" when they grow up. WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest himself, for example, is now a paranoid junkie. Rusty also attends a therapy session that features a Comicbook/{{Robin}} like former sidekick with an eating disorder, an Manga/AstroBoy looking robot with anger management problems, and two ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''-like former boy detectives who almost certainly killed their father. The whole experience actually leads Rusty to realize that by the standards of his peers he made out pretty good.

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* One of the recurring themes in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is that this ends up happening to ''all'' "Boy Adventurers" when they grow up. WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest himself, for example, is now a paranoid junkie. Rusty also attends a therapy session that features a Comicbook/{{Robin}} like former sidekick with an eating disorder, an Manga/AstroBoy looking robot with anger management problems, and two ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''-like former boy detectives who almost certainly killed their father. The whole experience actually leads Rusty to realize that by the standards of his peers he made out pretty good.
6th Aug '16 9:21:32 PM damus2300
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* Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture from ''The [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Brothers]]'' applies to this in a non-acting sense: he was a boy adventurer a la ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', but has been met with failure after abject failure in his attempt to "adventure" post-adolescence.
** This could also apply to supporting character "Master" Billy Quizboy, who won big on a game show as a kid. Other characters vaguely remember him as a minor celebrity from 20+ years ago.
** One of the recurring themes in the show is that this ends up happening to ''all'' "Boy Adventurers" when they grow up. WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest himself, for example, is now a paranoid junkie. Rusty also attends a therapy session that features a Comicbook/{{Robin}} like former sidekick with an eating disorder, an Manga/AstroBoy looking robot with anger management problems, and two ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''-like former boy detectives who almost certainly killed their father. The whole experience actually leads Rusty to realize that by the standards of his peers he made out pretty good.

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* Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture from ''The [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Brothers]]'' applies to this in a non-acting sense: he was a boy adventurer a la ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', but has been met with failure after abject failure in his attempt to "adventure" post-adolescence.
** This could also apply to supporting character "Master" Billy Quizboy, who won big on a game show as a kid. Other characters vaguely remember him as a minor celebrity from 20+ years ago.
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One of the recurring themes in the show ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers]]'' is that this ends up happening to ''all'' "Boy Adventurers" when they grow up. WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest himself, for example, is now a paranoid junkie. Rusty also attends a therapy session that features a Comicbook/{{Robin}} like former sidekick with an eating disorder, an Manga/AstroBoy looking robot with anger management problems, and two ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''-like former boy detectives who almost certainly killed their father. The whole experience actually leads Rusty to realize that by the standards of his peers he made out pretty good.
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