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28th Aug '16 3:31:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.

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* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.
21st Aug '16 4:55:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[BritsWithBattleships The Royal Navy]] still has a midshipman rank, but most of their training takes place at the lower rank of "Officer Cadet" and is a bit less on-the-job; in practice, "middies" are more the EnsignNewbie. Literally, in fact; there's no longer an "ensign" rank between Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant. The ''de facto'' minimum age of enlistment is also now 18 years of age, because all Officer Cadets are expected to have completed their A-Levels.
* George VI was this during WorldWarI. He was promoted Sublieutenant in time to serve at the Battle of Jutland.

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* [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships The Royal Navy]] still has a midshipman rank, but most of their training takes place at the lower rank of "Officer Cadet" and is a bit less on-the-job; in practice, "middies" are more the EnsignNewbie. Literally, in fact; there's no longer an "ensign" rank between Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant. The ''de facto'' minimum age of enlistment is also now 18 years of age, because all Officer Cadets are expected to have completed their A-Levels.
* George VI was this during WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. He was promoted Sublieutenant in time to serve at the Battle of Jutland.
21st Aug '16 4:54:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheKingsSpeech George VI]] was this during WorldWarI. He was promoted Sublieutenant in time to serve at the Battle of Jutland.

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* [[TheKingsSpeech George VI]] VI was this during WorldWarI. He was promoted Sublieutenant in time to serve at the Battle of Jutland.
21st Aug '16 4:54:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Skewered by [[SpacePirates Ork Freeboota Kaptin Bluddflagg]] of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II Retribution''; Bluddflagg always refers to his Kommando Nob as "young Master Spookums" and treats him exactly in accordance with the trope, blithely ignoring that Spookums is a sadistic, bomb-obsessed eight-foot murder-machine.

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* Skewered by [[SpacePirates Ork Freeboota Kaptin Bluddflagg]] of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II Retribution''; Bluddflagg always refers to his Kommando Nob as "young Master Spookums" and treats him exactly in accordance with the trope, blithely ignoring that Spookums is a sadistic, bomb-obsessed eight-foot murder-machine.

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9th Jul '16 9:06:06 AM Divra
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* Skewered, along with any number of other WoodenShipsAndIronMen-related tropes, by [[SpacePirates Ork Freeboota Kaptin Bluddflagg]] of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWarIIReribution''; Bluddflagg always refers to his Kommando Nob as "young Master Spookums" blithely ignoring that Spookums is a sadistic, bomb-obsessed eight-foot murder-machine.

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* Skewered, along with any number of other WoodenShipsAndIronMen-related tropes, Skewered by [[SpacePirates Ork Freeboota Kaptin Bluddflagg]] of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWarIIReribution''; ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II Retribution''; Bluddflagg always refers to his Kommando Nob as "young Master Spookums" and treats him exactly in accordance with the trope, blithely ignoring that Spookums is a sadistic, bomb-obsessed eight-foot murder-machine.
9th Jul '16 9:04:52 AM Divra
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* Skewered, along with any number of other WoodenShipsAndIronMen-related tropes, by [[SpacePirates Ork Freeboota Kaptin Bluddflagg]] of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWarIIReribution''; Bluddflagg always refers to his Kommando Nob as "young Master Spookums" blithely ignoring that Spookums is a sadistic, bomb-obsessed eight-foot murder-machine.
15th Jun '16 8:44:25 PM nombretomado
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* Emily Roland from the ''{{Temeraire}}'' books. While she only made midshipman (or rather the dragon-crew equivalent, midwingman) in the latest book she starts as one of Laurence's runners and is later promoted to ensign.

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* Emily Roland from the ''{{Temeraire}}'' ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' books. While she only made midshipman (or rather the dragon-crew equivalent, midwingman) in the latest book she starts as one of Laurence's runners and is later promoted to ensign.
31st Jan '16 8:59:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' featured plucky Midshipmen Blakeney and Calamy, who look to be about twelve and fourteen years old, respectively (and the former serving as the trope picture). During the climactic battle, Blakeney is actually in command of the ship at one point and leads a boarding party of adult sailors in a boarding action. Calamy is given the mission of freeing prisoners, gets a HeroicSacrifice moment, and is promoted to Lieutenant posthumously. (He died an acting third lieutenant, and his status at death would have been recorded as such on the ship's muster.) Subverted with Hollom, who is nearly thirty and has no hope of further advancement due to his incompetence and lack of leadership qualities.

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* ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' ''Film/MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' featured plucky Midshipmen Blakeney and Calamy, who look to be about twelve and fourteen years old, respectively (and the former serving as the trope picture). During the climactic battle, Blakeney is actually in command of the ship at one point and leads a boarding party of adult sailors in a boarding action. Calamy is given the mission of freeing prisoners, gets a HeroicSacrifice moment, and is promoted to Lieutenant posthumously. (He died an acting third lieutenant, and his status at death would have been recorded as such on the ship's muster.) Subverted with Hollom, who is nearly thirty and has no hope of further advancement due to his incompetence and lack of leadership qualities.
12th Oct '15 9:44:58 PM sgamer82
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* The {{Safehold}} series takes place in a setting where Weber can use the original version of this trope. Midshipman Aplyn is eleven years old at the Battle of Darcos Sound.

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* The {{Safehold}} ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series takes place in a setting where Weber can use the original version of this trope. Midshipman Aplyn is eleven years old at the Battle of Darcos Sound.
20th Sep '15 5:31:16 PM nombretomado
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* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.

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* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.
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