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26th May '16 3:02:52 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One of the most popular strips in {{Zits}} has Jeremy's mom grabbing him, unzip his body to reveal his six-year-old self. Then they spend several panels doing whatever activities a six-year-old would do with his mother (but a teen wouldn't be caught dead doing) before going back in his body and zipping it back up.

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* One of the most popular strips in {{Zits}} ComicStrip/{{Zits}} has Jeremy's mom grabbing him, unzip his body to reveal his six-year-old self. Then they spend several panels doing whatever activities a six-year-old would do with his mother (but a teen wouldn't be caught dead doing) before going back in his body and zipping it back up.
18th May '16 2:07:36 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Epitomized in this monologue from ''NightCourt'': "I don't know what's real anymore. When I was young, my mother told me Santa Claus was real. But when I got older... she told me he wasn't. One book says Jesus is real; one book says he isn't. We're living in the greatest country in the world... and we're murdering each other in the streets. What did they expect when they made us believe in the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny then gave us the nuclear bomb to play with. Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle is a lie like all the rest, the astronauts killed the man in the moon, growing up took care of the rest." Made sadder because the speaker is a friend of Harry's dad Buddy-- and mentally ill (he spends most of the episode not talking at all).

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* Epitomized in this monologue from ''NightCourt'': ''Series/NightCourt'': "I don't know what's real anymore. When I was young, my mother told me Santa Claus was real. But when I got older... she told me he wasn't. One book says Jesus is real; one book says he isn't. We're living in the greatest country in the world... and we're murdering each other in the streets. What did they expect when they made us believe in the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny then gave us the nuclear bomb to play with. Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle is a lie like all the rest, the astronauts killed the man in the moon, growing up took care of the rest." Made sadder because the speaker is a friend of Harry's dad Buddy-- and mentally ill (he spends most of the episode not talking at all).
6th May '16 12:40:54 PM Pichu-kun
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* A touching scene from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' shows this trope from a different angle when we learn the past of [[AffirmativeActionGirl Jessie, a toy cowgirl]]. She started off being Emily's best friend, but as the girl grows up, Jessie is forgotten and eventually donated. Being reminded that Andy will eventually outgrow him is enough to temporarily convince Woody that living on display in a toy museum is better than being loved temporarily by a child.

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* ''Franchise/ToyStory'':
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A touching scene from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' shows this trope from a different angle when we learn the past of [[AffirmativeActionGirl Jessie, a toy cowgirl]]. She started off being Emily's best friend, but as the girl grows up, Jessie is forgotten and eventually donated. Being reminded that Andy will eventually outgrow him is enough to temporarily convince Woody that living on display in a toy museum is better than being loved temporarily by a child.









* In ''HisDarkMaterials'', the changeover from childhood to maturity is marked not with a loss of the child's powers, but that of their daemon -- they lose their ShapeShifting ability and remain in one form for their rest of their life. Given that the daemon is an anima/animus of the child, however, this development is directly linked to their bonded human rather than the daemon. Most likely a metaphor for "becoming set in your ways", the lack of prejudice and adaptability children are supposed to have being sacrificed for the reassurance of a firm identity - and this is treated as a joyous occasion by the two main characters.
** If anything HisDarkMaterials subverts. The entire theme of the series is pretty much "Growing up has its compensations."
** Although [[spoiler:Lyra does lose the ability to read the alethiometer, and of course only grown-ups are vulnerable to the Spectres]].

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* In ''HisDarkMaterials'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', the changeover from childhood to maturity is marked not with a loss of the child's powers, but that of their daemon -- they lose their ShapeShifting ability and remain in one form for their rest of their life. Given that the daemon is an anima/animus of the child, however, this development is directly linked to their bonded human rather than the daemon. Most likely a metaphor for "becoming set in your ways", the lack of prejudice and adaptability children are supposed to have being sacrificed for the reassurance of a firm identity - and this is treated as a joyous occasion by the two main characters.
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characters. If anything HisDarkMaterials ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' subverts. The entire theme of the series is pretty much "Growing up has its compensations."
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" Although [[spoiler:Lyra does lose the ability to read the alethiometer, and of course only grown-ups are vulnerable to the Spectres]].



* In the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' book series, everyone in the world is born with the ability to communicate telepathically with animals and to remember the strange spiritual journey which led them to their moment of birth. People lose this ability and forget everything that happens to them in their early infancy once they begin talking. (Mary Poppins has somehow managed to retain both her early memories and abilities, which is how she communicates with both animals ''and'' with the younger, pre-toddler-age Banks children.)
** It's always vaguely implied (and definitely Fanon) that while the Banks family and the world they live in is human, Mary herself is supernatural. A popular theory is that she's a fairy of some sort, temporarily exiled from her usual world (which is why she comes and goes from the Banks' lives like she does). It would certainly explain a lot about her, if it's true.

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* In the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' book series, everyone in the world is born with the ability to communicate telepathically with animals and to remember the strange spiritual journey which led them to their moment of birth. People lose this ability and forget everything that happens to them in their early infancy once they begin talking. (Mary Poppins has somehow managed to retain both her early memories and abilities, which is how she communicates with both animals ''and'' with the younger, pre-toddler-age Banks children.)
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) It's always vaguely implied (and definitely Fanon) that while the Banks family and the world they live in is human, Mary herself is supernatural. A popular theory is that she's a fairy of some sort, temporarily exiled from her usual world (which is why she comes and goes from the Banks' lives like she does). It would certainly explain a lot about her, if it's true.









* "I Won't Grow Up" from Creator/{{Disney}}'s {{film}} and musical of ''Theatre/PeterPan''.
** Rendered as a cheerily anarchic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12IV1I0lqXg punk rock tune]] by The Fools, and by Sloppy Seconds.

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* "I Won't Grow Up" from Creator/{{Disney}}'s {{film}} [[Disney/PeterPan film]] and musical of ''Theatre/PeterPan''.
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''Theatre/PeterPan''. Rendered as a cheerily anarchic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12IV1I0lqXg punk rock tune]] by The Fools, and by Sloppy Seconds.


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* "The Happy Birthday Song" by Arrogant Worms is a very negative but [[LyricalDissonance cheerful]] birthday song about how life becomes boring and repetitive the longer you live, and that you will die someday.
4th May '16 7:34:17 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Shounen Note'' is about a [[ChildProdigy prodigious]] boy soprano at the cusp of puberty. His voice will pretty soon start cracking and he'll loose his talent. He says he can still sing but another boy soprano notes it won't be the same as it was when he was a soprano.
* Manga/OyasumiPunpun has a ''very'' dark take on this. It treats growing up as a process of disillusionment for many of the characters, where they lose sight of their dreams, realize ugly truths about themselves, and suffer from personal loss and doubt. This is especially noticeable with the protagonist, who gradually loses his innocence due to the abuse, indifference, callousness and pettiness he experiences growing up and becomes a much worse person as a result.

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* ''Shounen Note'' ''Manga/ShounenNote'' is about a [[ChildProdigy prodigious]] boy soprano at the cusp of puberty. His Yutaka's voice will pretty soon start cracking and he'll loose his talent. soprano abilities. He says notes he can still sing but another Vladimir (who is also a boy soprano soprano) notes it won't be the same as it was when he was a soprano.
* Manga/OyasumiPunpun ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' has a ''very'' dark take on this. It treats growing up as a process of disillusionment for many of the characters, where they lose sight of their dreams, realize ugly truths about themselves, and suffer from personal loss and doubt. This is especially noticeable with the protagonist, who gradually loses his innocence due to the abuse, indifference, callousness and pettiness he experiences growing up and becomes a much worse person as a result.
26th Apr '16 5:48:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is basically one big metaphor for growing up. Said "growing up" apparently includes enduring terrible pain, sacrificing yourself for your best friend, then being [[UnPerson erased from existence]]. [[MindScrew Or something.]]
** MAYBE subverted if you look at it from the angle that the reason all of these characters suffer so horribly is [[spoiler: because they ''won't'' grow up and face their emotional problems. And when Utena does, she [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] and is shortly followed by her best friends.]] [[MindScrew Or something.]]

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is basically one big metaphor for growing up. Said "growing up" apparently includes enduring terrible pain, sacrificing yourself for your best friend, then being [[UnPerson erased from existence]]. [[MindScrew Or something.]]
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]] MAYBE subverted if you look at it from the angle that the reason all of these characters suffer so horribly is [[spoiler: because they ''won't'' grow up and face their emotional problems. And when Utena does, she [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] and is shortly followed by her best friends.]] [[MindScrew Or something.]]


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* Ren from ''Sazanami Cherry'' is a WholesomeCrossdresser with an AmbiguousGenderIdentity. He doesn't like the fact that puberty will hamper his androgynous, girly looks and change his voice.
6th Apr '16 1:36:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).

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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as (as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).
5th Apr '16 11:49:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
** Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).

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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
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''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).



* Used somewhat in an episode of ''ShugoChara''. After [[TroubledButCute Ikuto]] breaks an X-Egg (a negative Heart's Egg), he goes on to say he doesn't feel bad about breaking Heart's Eggs and children's dreams because, as they grow older, children begin to think more realistically about their dreams and deem them impossible to succeed, ultimately giving up their dreams and losing their Heart's Egg (which is the place all people's dreams, wishes, and their 'would-be-selves' are located) and growing up to be dull, dreary, and tired faced adults who are living unhappy and unfulfilling lives.

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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'':
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Used somewhat in an episode of ''ShugoChara''.episode. After [[TroubledButCute Ikuto]] breaks an X-Egg (a negative Heart's Egg), he goes on to say he doesn't feel bad about breaking Heart's Eggs and children's dreams because, as they grow older, children begin to think more realistically about their dreams and deem them impossible to succeed, ultimately giving up their dreams and losing their Heart's Egg (which is the place all people's dreams, wishes, and their 'would-be-selves' are located) and growing up to be dull, dreary, and tired faced adults who are living unhappy and unfulfilling lives.



* After the girls in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' start watching part of the new version of [[ShowWithinAShow Lovely Chocolat]], their old favorite TV show, Sae notes that they're [[FanHater still watching it]] even though they're in high school. (and are therefore supposed to be out of the FleetingDemographic). Upon hearing this, Hiro's [[ExpressiveHair hair]] falls flat, and she laments about how growing up is no fun.

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* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'':
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After the girls in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' start watching part of the new version of [[ShowWithinAShow Lovely Chocolat]], their old favorite TV show, Sae notes that they're [[FanHater still watching it]] even though they're in high school. school (and are therefore supposed to be out of the FleetingDemographic). Upon hearing this, Hiro's [[ExpressiveHair hair]] falls flat, and she laments about how growing up is no fun.



* Mentioned in the short, oneshot manga ''Cotton Candy Love''. The protagonist says to a young [[{{transsexual}} trans girl]] that she is prepubescent now but one day her androgyny will dwindle. When asked whether she still wants to live as a girl she says "yes".
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is full of middle schoolers feeling pubescent angst. The fact the {{crossdresser}} characters are masculinizing is mentioned several times. It's in fact the reason why Satoshi stopped wearing the girls uniform to school [[spoiler:though Tamura eventually convinces him that even if he doesn't pass perfectly he can still look pretty]]. Marika is a transgender girl and looming puberty is a worry of hers. She isn't on any hormone blockers or hormone treatment apparently and her classmates talk about her behind her back. Hachi was OneOfTheBoys growing up but when she hit puberty earlier than her peers suddenly her male friends were adverse to her. Marika's friend Akane feels stressed because she has no interest in boys [[spoiler:until she falls for Tamura]] and dislikes the start of her menstruation cycle.






* Every Christmas, [[ArchieComics Archie and friends]] get a visit from a fun-loving elf named Jingles whom only they and people younger than them can see. Because the grown-ups don't believe in Santa Claus and other such creatures, they can't see him.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Every Christmas, [[ArchieComics Archie and friends]] friends get a visit from a fun-loving elf named Jingles whom only they and people younger than them can see. Because the grown-ups don't believe in Santa Claus and other such creatures, they can't see him.
28th Mar '16 3:07:56 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''SakuraTaisen'', Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. [[spoiler:The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty.]]
** Though in the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. Infact it seems to be more about using your powers (as Ratchet was part of the Star Division back in World War I and Sumire was the first to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor in the first OVA).

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* In ''SakuraTaisen'', the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. [[spoiler:The The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty.]]
duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
** Though in the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. Infact In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers (as ([[spoiler:as Ratchet was part already had a long history of the Star Division back in World War I service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor in the first OVA).armor).
23rd Feb '16 5:40:38 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.
23rd Feb '16 11:19:28 AM WhatArtThee
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In Ye Olden Days, cartoon characters were immortal. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse would never have to worry about paying a mortgage, raising a family, or collecting their pension... except for the odd one-shot gag, where the ResetButton was immediately pressed at the end.

This is no longer the case. Many modern Western Animation shows, and some books, insist on reminding the viewers that childhood doesn't last forever. Not only will this be implied throughout the show's narrative, the KidHero themselves will probably be all too aware of this fact, and refer to it openly, with varying degrees of acceptance or dread.

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In Ye Olden Days, cartoon characters were immortal. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse would never have to worry about paying a mortgage, raising a family, or collecting their pension... except for
Several works involving children as
the odd one-shot gag, where the ResetButton was immediately pressed at the end.

This is no longer the case. Many modern Western Animation shows, and some books,
protagonists insist on reminding the viewers that childhood doesn't last forever. Not only will this be implied throughout the show's narrative, the KidHero themselves will probably be all too aware of this fact, and refer to it openly, with varying degrees of acceptance or dread.
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