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9th Dec '17 5:33:42 AM SkylaNoivern
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the Eevium Z sidequest. It starts off with a man named Kagetora, who had to give up his goal to defeat the best Eeveelution trainers 30 years ago to settle down with a family and get a job as a cashier at a megamart. He tells you to go find and defeat the trainers instead. The sidequest starts to come to this when you realize what happened to the Eeveelution trainers; The Glaceon trainer decided to settle down and live with her family, the Leafeon trainer is trying to maintain her beauty and youth via various treatments but is slowly coming down with arthritis, the Jolteon trainer has forgotten about Kagetora and appears to have Alzheimer's, the Vaporeon and Flareon trainers became janitors, the Espeon trainer remained as a Janitor at the power plant, and the Umbreon trainer is chronically ill, and Sylveon trainer died a year before the game event's, leaving her Sylveon with her granddaughter. After beating all of them, they tell a somber anecdote about life and then tell you that they asked how Kagetora is doing. When you finally defeat Kagetora, he thanks for doing what he failed to do years ago and leaves you his Eevium Z. The sidequest shows how life doesn't always go to plan, and shows how one can't rely on Pokémon battling to make ends meet.
31st Oct '17 6:22:50 PM PaulA
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* In ''The Ugly Truth'', the most recent DiaryOfAWimpyKid book, Greg has a talk with his grandmother where he learns that the ugly truth is Growing Up Sucks. And once you do grow up, all you do is get old.

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* In ''The Ugly Truth'', the most recent DiaryOfAWimpyKid book, ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheUglyTruth'', Greg has a talk with his grandmother where he learns that the ugly truth is Growing Up Sucks. And once you do grow up, all you do is get old.
31st Jul '17 5:14:38 PM VeryMelon
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** Shies away from them for about two episodes, because he's trying to be more adult and react appropriately to his responsibilities, only to find out he's a bit misguided on that (the bad stuff will still happen at the Academy, he just won't be there to stop it, whereas he thought it would follow him). And after that, spends six episodes helping his three closest friends still at the Academy figure out what they want to do with their lives and helping them get the courage to do it. Growing up involves not clinging to other people for support, and he helped them stand on their own two feet instead of everything revolving around him. He dueled fairly regularly throughout the season, too. I think there are maybe five or six episodes where he doesn't.
10th Jul '17 9:58:38 AM Piterpicher
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* "The Logical Song" by {{Supertramp}}

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* "The Logical Song" by {{Supertramp}}Music/{{Supertramp}}
4th Jul '17 12:37:13 PM ectostar
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* According to many {{anime}} the reward for a young woman "growing out of" the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, a relationship built on years of trust and communication, is that she has become mature enough to be with an AccidentalPervert that she has [[StrangledByTheRedString little in common with.]]

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* According to many {{anime}} the reward for a young woman "growing out of" the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, a relationship built on years of trust and communication, is that she has become mature enough to be with an AccidentalPervert that she has [[StrangledByTheRedString little in common with.]]with]].



* ''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.]] 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.]]something]].



** Everyone gets to return in the last book, however, because [[spoiler: they've died in an accident in their world and arrived in Narnian heaven]]. Everyone, that is, except Susan, who [[AgentScully refuses to believe in Narnia any more,]] [[spoiler: and wasn't with them when they died, though she'll probably join them once she does]].

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** Everyone gets to return in the last book, however, because [[spoiler: they've died in an accident in their world and arrived in Narnian heaven]]. Everyone, that is, except Susan, who [[AgentScully refuses to believe in Narnia any more,]] more]], [[spoiler: and wasn't with them when they died, though she'll probably join them once she does]].



** K.M Peyton was one writer who did this to death, with the heroines giving up horses to become wives and mothers. Generally, the horse is seen as a substitute for a boyfriend. The Pennington/Fly-by-Night series is pretty blunt about it as well - one character reflects that she preferred horses who were wild and unpredictable, and that's how she likes her men. [[{{Squick}} Thanks for that image, Ms. Peyton.]]

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** K.M Peyton was one writer who did this to death, with the heroines giving up horses to become wives and mothers. Generally, the horse is seen as a substitute for a boyfriend. The Pennington/Fly-by-Night series is pretty blunt about it as well - one character reflects that she preferred horses who were wild and unpredictable, and that's how she likes her men. [[{{Squick}} Thanks for that image, Ms. Peyton.]]Peyton]].



* Double subversion: "Robbie", a science fiction short story by Creator/IsaacAsimov, has young Gloria, who gets a robot nursemaid named Robbie. When publicly available robots were the newest craze, her mother basked in the prestige of owning Robbie. However, anti-robot sentiment quickly rises throughout the world and suddenly Mrs. Weston becomes concerned about the effect a robot nursemaid would have on her daughter, since Gloria is more interested in playing with Robbie than with the other children. She eventually badgers her husband into returning Robbie to the factory. Gloria refuses to forget about Robbie, constantly badgering her parents about him. Finally, one day during a tour of the factory, Robbie saves her life. Her mother gives in at that point and agrees that Robbie can stay "until he rusts". It is a double subversion because the story mentions that many years later Gloria had to give up Robbie as privately owned robots were outlawed on Earth, but by then [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman she was grown up and was supposedly not as attached to him.]]

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* Double subversion: "Robbie", a science fiction short story by Creator/IsaacAsimov, has young Gloria, who gets a robot nursemaid named Robbie. When publicly available robots were the newest craze, her mother basked in the prestige of owning Robbie. However, anti-robot sentiment quickly rises throughout the world and suddenly Mrs. Weston becomes concerned about the effect a robot nursemaid would have on her daughter, since Gloria is more interested in playing with Robbie than with the other children. She eventually badgers her husband into returning Robbie to the factory. Gloria refuses to forget about Robbie, constantly badgering her parents about him. Finally, one day during a tour of the factory, Robbie saves her life. Her mother gives in at that point and agrees that Robbie can stay "until he rusts". It is a double subversion because the story mentions that many years later Gloria had to give up Robbie as privately owned robots were outlawed on Earth, but by then [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman she was grown up and was supposedly not as attached to him.]]him]].



* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'' is a ComingOfAgeStory for both Lila and Zal, who both go through some serious bad things as they grow up. Malachi wants to protect Lila from growing up. By the end, [[spoiler:[[EarnYourHappyEnding it's a subversion.]]]]

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* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'' is a ComingOfAgeStory for both Lila and Zal, who both go through some serious bad things as they grow up. Malachi wants to protect Lila from growing up. By the end, [[spoiler:[[EarnYourHappyEnding it's a subversion.]]]]subversion]].]]



*** It was shown in the episode where he wishes himself into an adult that [[LoopholeAbuse an adult who acts like a child can have fairies.]]

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*** It was shown in the episode where he wishes himself into an adult that [[LoopholeAbuse an adult who acts like a child can have fairies.]]fairies]].



** However, some characters like [[spoiler: Numbuh One's dad, the former Numbuh Zero,]] present the idea that growing up to be good parents to the current children is good and important enough for them to give up their adventures as KND operatives.

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** However, some characters like [[spoiler: Numbuh One's dad, the former Numbuh Zero,]] Zero]], present the idea that growing up to be good parents to the current children is good and important enough for them to give up their adventures as KND operatives.



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls"'':

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3rd Jul '17 10:46:01 PM dannylightninglightner
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** ''"Soos and the Real Girl"'' has Soos retreat to a kiddie arcade to relax and riding a train simulator after getting stressed out over horribly botching every attempt at meeting a girlfriend he mskes. He meets a lady who has the same mindset; their first date is at the local SuckECheeses. They both agree it was more fun when they were little.

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** ''"Soos and the Real Girl"'' has Soos retreat to a kiddie arcade to relax and riding a train simulator after getting stressed out over horribly botching every attempt at meeting a girlfriend he mskes.makes. He meets a lady who has the same mindset; their first date is at the local SuckECheeses. They both agree it was more fun when they were little.
25th Jun '17 1:02:38 AM Piterpicher
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** The LiveActionAdaptation, ''AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', shows him continuing to act like a child, despite having now aged to 23, and somehow still keeping his fairies.

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** The LiveActionAdaptation, ''AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', shows him continuing to act like a child, despite having now aged to 23, and somehow still keeping his fairies.
28th May '17 4:45:34 PM WillBGood
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** And another example of this series that is hinted at, but not explicitly stated: once a child whose Heart's Egg has given birth to a guardian character grows into an adult who will be able to reach their dreams, their guardian character will go back into their Heat's Egg and back inside them to slumber because now the child has the ability and encouragement to become who they want to be on their own. While not 100% negative, it is sad to see a guardian character, who most kids become very close to and grow to love, say goodbye.

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** And another example of this series that is hinted at, but not explicitly stated: once a child whose Heart's Egg has given birth to a guardian character grows into an adult who will be able to reach their dreams, their guardian character will go back into their Heat's Egg and back inside them their Heart's Egg to slumber because now the child has the ability and encouragement to become who they want to be on their own. While not 100% negative, it is sad to see a guardian character, who most kids become very close to and grow to love, say goodbye.
28th May '17 4:39:35 PM WillBGood
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Happens ''a great deal'' in the real world when someone leaves adolescence and their teen-age years behind and realizes that while childhood is not always a picnic; things are different when mom and dad aren't paying their bills anymore, and they have to find a place to live, buy health insurance, work at a job they may not like in order to have money in the bank, and otherwise deal with all the things that made their parents so uncool and boring. One of the first steps into being a full-fledged adult is realizing all the sacrifices your parents had to make and the insane hoops they had to jump through to keep a roof over your head and food on the table...

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Happens ''a great deal'' in the real world when someone leaves adolescence and their teen-age years behind and realizes that while childhood is not always a picnic; picnic, things are different when mom and dad aren't paying their bills anymore, and anymore: they have to find a place to live, buy health insurance, work at a job they may not like in order to have money in the bank, and otherwise deal with all the things that made their parents so uncool and boring. One of the first steps into being a full-fledged adult is realizing all the sacrifices your parents had to make and the insane hoops they had to jump through to keep a roof over your head and food on the table...
29th Apr '17 10:59:24 AM nombretomado
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* In ''A Coming of Age'' by TimothyZahn, people are born with powerful telekinetic powers, and lose them at puberty. Adults keep them in line by controlling all technology and knowledge (even reading), but kids can [[IBelieveICanFly fly under their own power]], so it's clear who has the better end of the deal.

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* In ''A Coming of Age'' by TimothyZahn, Creator/TimothyZahn, people are born with powerful telekinetic powers, and lose them at puberty. Adults keep them in line by controlling all technology and knowledge (even reading), but kids can [[IBelieveICanFly fly under their own power]], so it's clear who has the better end of the deal.
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