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14th Apr '18 2:36:07 PM number9robotic
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* Music/KeroKeroBonito regularly addresses this as a common theme in their music, mostly in their first mixtape, ''Intro Bonito''. While they have a consistent sound of innocence and nostalgia, there's usually an undercurrent of anxiety with the idea of adulthood, with some songs also tackling increasingly relevant "mature" topics such as sexism, racism, loneliness and depression, parenting, and death. An excerpt from "Let's Go To the Forest:
--> Hey, let's all go into the forest\\
Nobody will notice for a while\\
There we can visit all the creatures\\
Maybe they can teach us facts of life\\
[...]\\
[[WhamLine Oh wait, the forest got demolished]]\\
When they built the airport years ago\\
But we can still go see the ocean\\
Cause they put it in a bowl at the mall
** Its follow-up, ''Bonito Generation'', also addresses the idea of growing up, but is [[TookALevelInIdealism conversely a far more idealistic take]], acknowledging that its various troubles exist, it can still be approached with joy and innocence.
11th Apr '18 12:12:03 PM Pichu-kun
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* 10-year old Nate in ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' is a boy who can interact with {{youkai}} using his Yo-Kai Watch. As he grew up he found he lost this ability. In ''Anime/YokaiWatchShadowsideTheReturnOfTheOniKing'', [[SpinOffspring Nate's 13-year old daughter]] Natsume and two of her peers [[ChangingOfTheGuard are the new owners of their own Yo-Kai Watches]].
10th Apr '18 1:03:29 PM Twiddler
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* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is full of this. Friendships changing, people changing, new feelings occuring, puberty, the whole deal. The main problem is that the two protagonists are {{Transsexual}} and puberty is typically a horrid time when you're trans (many have described it as essentially being a living nightmare).

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* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is full of this. Friendships changing, people changing, new feelings occuring, puberty, the whole deal. The main problem is that the two protagonists are {{Transsexual}} {{transgender}} and puberty is typically a horrid time when you're trans (many have described it as essentially being a living nightmare).



* 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".

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* Mentioned in the short oneshot manga ''Cotton Candy Love''. The protagonist says to a young [[{{transsexual}} [[{{transgender}} 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".
29th Mar '18 3:24:01 AM Killerweinerdog
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Try again in thirty years; itís not so fun no more.\\

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Try again [[TimeSkip in thirty years; years]]; itís not so fun no more.\\
28th Mar '18 9:39:59 AM Killerweinerdog
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--> Counting is a lot of fun if you are under four!\\
Try again in thirty years; itís not so fun no more.\\
You will find that thereís a lot of boring things to count,\\
Count them, count them, count them,\\
You must have the right amount!\\
Calories, and speeding points, and pennies in your purse,\\
Count your blessings too, because [[FromBadToWorse it daily gets much worse!]]\\
12th Mar '18 9:29:44 AM CourtDogs
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* ''Western/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcM5degIRw Gumball and Darwin's song]] in "The Faith" is both of the "growing up sucks" and "life just sucks". In it, the brothers try to show Alan how to find the good in life. It starts off pessimistic, however, it ultimately becomes optimistic.

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* ''Western/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcM5degIRw Gumball and Darwin's song]] in "The Faith" is both of the "growing up sucks" and "life just sucks". In it, the brothers try to show Alan how to find the good in life. It starts off pessimistic, however, it ultimately becomes optimistic.
4th Mar '18 3:47:14 PM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. Rika really wants to grow up. [[spoiler: [[GroundhogDayLoop You can't blame]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld her]] either]]



* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Every Christmas, 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'': ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'': Every Christmas, 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.



* Referenced in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', where this is preached to the protagonist by one of the mentor figures... who had spent his entire adult life as an amnesiac hobo. Somehow, he doesn't quite have an unbiased say in the matter.
** That said, the former hobo knows what he's talking about in this case. Soma, the protagonist, finds out the AwfulTruth behind his nature and has to deal with people attacking him to either steal his power or to make him miserable enough to become evil, and they're willing to attack his loved ones either way. Kinda makes you want to go back to being a kid...

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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', where this is preached to the protagonist by one of the mentor figures... who had spent his entire adult life as an amnesiac hobo. Somehow, he doesn't quite have an unbiased say in the matter.
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matter. That said, the former hobo knows what he's talking about in this case. Soma, the protagonist, finds out the AwfulTruth behind his nature and has to deal with people attacking him to either steal his power or to make him miserable enough to become evil, and they're willing to attack his loved ones either way. Kinda makes you want to go back to being a kid...






* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' really wants to make sure we're depressed about growing up judging by how ''[[{{Uncanceled}} both]]'' SeriesFinale address the issue. ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'' deals with [[ActionGirl Kim]] and [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] growing up and apart. [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] even starts to go into a monologue about how "Maybe I don't want to grow up". Their RelationshipUpgrade at the end makes for an optimistic upswing though. "Graduation" deals with... graduation, and the uncertainties of the future. While dealing with some rough patches there is still an optimistic ending plus positive points from the WordOfGod.
** The key theme of the GrandFinale is [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] seeing graduation as "the end of the world". An AlienInvasion seems to back him up on this, but what he's really worried about is [[ActionGirl Kim]] shooting off into a glittering future and leaving him in the dust.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' really wants to make sure we're depressed about growing up judging by how ''[[{{Uncanceled}} both]]'' SeriesFinale address the issue. ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'' deals with [[ActionGirl Kim]] and [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] growing up and apart. [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] even starts to go into a monologue about how "Maybe I don't want to grow up". Their RelationshipUpgrade at the end makes for an optimistic upswing though. "Graduation" deals with... graduation, and the uncertainties of the future. While dealing with some rough patches there is still an optimistic ending plus positive points from the WordOfGod.
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WordOfGod. The key theme of the GrandFinale is [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] seeing graduation as "the end of the world". An AlienInvasion seems to back him up on this, but what he's really worried about is [[ActionGirl Kim]] shooting off into a glittering future and leaving him in the dust.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' had T.J. bonding with the Kindergarten kids. The rest of the main characters remind him that one year later they'll leave this life.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
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An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' had T.J. bonding with the Kindergarten kids. The rest of the main characters remind him that one year later they'll leave this life.



* Many parents were very angry when {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} announced that they will be introducing a new ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' series, set with Dora being 12 years old instead of 8. The main reason is because she's left her rural area for a city, abandoned her adventures, and become more conventionally feminine.


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* ''Western/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcM5degIRw Gumball and Darwin's song]] in "The Faith" is both of the "growing up sucks" and "life just sucks". In it, the brothers try to show Alan how to find the good in life. It starts off pessimistic, however, it ultimately becomes optimistic.
2nd Mar '18 10:16:47 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''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.
* 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".

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* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' 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.
* Mentioned in the short, 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".



* The song "Photosynthesis" by Music/FrankTurner has an interesting twist on this kind of subject; the song basically goes into how the singer has accepted that he's getting older and watching fads pass by and friends grow up. However, he doesn't see what's so great about all the things that come along with being an adult, like mortgages and ditching all your dreams. Although he thinks it's fine if you like that stuff, he'd rather stay a kid at heart. The title of the song comes from him telling the listener that, if all you do with your life is sit around and photosynthesize, then you deserve every moment you waste, just thinking about when you're going to die.
** In a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]], the music video has Frank Turner and his band singing this song with a class of kindergartners.

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* The song "Photosynthesis" by Music/FrankTurner has an interesting twist on this kind of subject; the song basically goes into how the singer has accepted that he's getting older and watching fads pass by and friends grow up. However, he doesn't see what's so great about all the things that come along with being an adult, like mortgages and ditching all your dreams. Although he thinks it's fine if you like that stuff, he'd rather stay a kid at heart. The title of the song comes from him telling the listener that, if all you do with your life is sit around and photosynthesize, then you deserve every moment you waste, just thinking about when you're going to die.
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die. In a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]], the music video has Frank Turner and his band singing this song with a class of kindergartners.



* The Music/{{MGMT}} song "Kids" from ''Music/OracularSpectacular'' is about how, in the grand scheme of things, childhood is completely pointless and yet it's depressing how natural it is to transition out of it. [[LyricalDissonance All the while it is sung to a light and fun yet trippy electronic beat]].

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* Music/{{MGMT}}:
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The Music/{{MGMT}} song "Kids" from ''Music/OracularSpectacular'' is about how, in the grand scheme of things, childhood is completely pointless and yet it's depressing how natural it is to transition out of it. [[LyricalDissonance All the while it is sung to a light and fun yet trippy electronic beat]].



* "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.

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* "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.Graham mostly averts this trope. The protagonist starts as a lonely 7 year old and sings about his life as he grows up. Near the end he wonders if when he's old whether he'll be lonely again or have a large family.


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* AJR's "Sober Up" has this as its theme:
-->''Won't you sober up?\\
Growing up, it made me numb.\\
Won't you help me feel something again?''
24th Feb '18 9:44:51 AM Veanne
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--> ''Memories fade, like looking through a fogged mirror.''
--> ''Decision to decisions are made and not bought''
--> ''But I thought this wouldn't hurt a lot.''
--> ''I guess not.''

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--> ''Memories -->''Memories fade, like looking through a fogged mirror.''
-->
''\\
''Decision to decisions are made and not bought''
-->
bought''\\
''But I thought this wouldn't hurt a lot.''
-->
''\\
''I guess not.''



-->Once in a while, I act like a child to feel like a kid again.
-->It gets like a prison in the body I'm living in
-->'Cause everyone's watching, quick to start talking. I'm losing my innocence
-->Wish I were a little girl, without the weight of the world

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-->Once in a while, I act like a child to feel like a kid again.
-->It
again.\\
It
gets like a prison in the body I'm living in
-->'Cause
in\\
'Cause
everyone's watching, quick to start talking. I'm losing my innocence
-->Wish
innocence\\
Wish
I were a little girl, without the weight of the world



--> Sooner or later
--> They all will be gone.
--> Why don't they stay young?

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--> Sooner -->Sooner or later
-->
later\\
They all will be gone.
-->
gone.\\
Why don't they stay young?



-->So here I am in my new apartment
-->In a big city, they just dropped me off
-->It's so much colder than I thought it would be
-->So I tuck myself in and turn my night light on
-->Wish I'd never grown up
-->I wish I'd never grown up
-->Oh, I don't wanna grow up
-->Wish I'd never grown up
-->I could still be little
-->Oh, I don't wanna grow up
-->Wish I'd never grown up
-->It could still be simple

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-->So here I am in my new apartment
-->In
apartment\\
In
a big city, they just dropped me off
-->It's
off\\
It's
so much colder than I thought it would be
-->So
be\\
So
I tuck myself in and turn my night light on
-->Wish
on\\
Wish
I'd never grown up
-->I
up\\
I
wish I'd never grown up
-->Oh,
up\\
Oh,
I don't wanna grow up
-->Wish
up\\
Wish
I'd never grown up
-->I
up\\
I
could still be little
-->Oh,
little\\
Oh,
I don't wanna grow up
-->Wish
up\\
Wish
I'd never grown up
-->It
up\\
It
could still be simple



-->Oh, my friends, we're older but no wiser
-->for in our hearts the dreams are still the same

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-->Oh, my friends, we're older but no wiser
-->for
wiser\\
for
in our hearts the dreams are still the same



-->I miss those days and I miss those ways
-->When I got lost in fantasies,In a cartoon land of mysteries
-->In a place you won't grow old, in a place you won't feel cold

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-->I miss those days and I miss those ways
-->When
ways\\
When
I got lost in fantasies,In a cartoon land of mysteries
-->In
mysteries\\
In
a place you won't grow old, in a place you won't feel cold



--> ''You're grown-up, told what to do''
--> ''Your suit can't hide the truth''
--> ''You're a fool!''
--> ''And I refuse to be like you!''

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--> ''You're grown-up, told what to do''
-->
do''\\
''Your suit can't hide the truth''
-->
truth''\\
''You're a fool!''
-->
fool!'' \\
''And I refuse to be like you!''



--> ''where did we lose the way to do nothing? somewhere in the childhood wood.
--> where has our soft-glow gone? to sleep within our hearts.
--> grow up, grow up, grow up -- oh dear
--> i want my naivety back
--> look at the children...''

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--> ''where did we lose the way to do nothing? somewhere in the childhood wood.
-->
wood.\\
where has our soft-glow gone? to sleep within our hearts.
-->
hearts. \\
grow up, grow up, grow up -- oh dear
-->
dear\\
i want my naivety back
-->
back \\
look at the children...''



-->Wish we could turn back time to the good ol' days
-->When our momma sang us to sleep, but now we're stressed out
-->We used to play pretend, give each other different names
-->We'd build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
-->Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
-->Saying "Wake up, you need to make money."

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-->Wish we could turn back time to the good ol' days
-->When
days\\
When
our momma sang us to sleep, but now we're stressed out
-->We
out\\
We
used to play pretend, give each other different names
-->We'd
names\\
We'd
build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
-->Used
away\\
Used
to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
-->Saying
face\\
Saying
"Wake up, you need to make money."


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* Andale from ''AudioPlay/StrayAmi'' is a small LonelyRichKid wistful about her earlier childhood, when her parents had time for her.
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