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7th Oct '17 7:34:17 AM Byzantine
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If they're targeted by bullies, expect them to later gloat [[WhosLaughingNow Who's Laughing Now?]], though when they realize the extent of the damage they've caused, they're especially prone to wondering MyGodWhatHaveIDone and going through a HeroicBSOD and/or HeelRealization, assuming their {{Ubermensch}} mentality cracks enough to let them see it. These characters often [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption die young]], seemingly "burned out" by their own genius, though a Young Conqueror who lives to adulthood can either continue down their path to AntiVillain status (or sometimes simply become the BigBad, deluded by their own idealism), or they can become a {{mentor}} who issues {{Jacob Marley Warning}}s to other youngsters in their former position.

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If they're targeted by bullies, expect them to later gloat [[WhosLaughingNow Who's Laughing Now?]], though when they realize the extent of the damage they've they have caused, they're they are especially prone to wondering MyGodWhatHaveIDone and going through a HeroicBSOD and/or HeelRealization, assuming their {{Ubermensch}} mentality cracks enough to let them see it. These characters often [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption die young]], seemingly "burned out" by their own genius, though a Young Conqueror who lives to adulthood can either continue down their path to AntiVillain status (or sometimes simply become the BigBad, deluded by their own idealism), or they can become a {{mentor}} who issues {{Jacob Marley Warning}}s to other youngsters in their former position.
7th Oct '17 7:32:30 AM Byzantine
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In some cases, may obtain or be born with some [[SuperpowerLottery special power]] to help them achieve their goal. Whether they do or not, the key difference between the Young Conqueror and TheHero is that instead of [[TheyFightCrime fighting crime]] on a case by case basis or having to face an already existing BigBad, they have a much bigger vision and will try to TakeOverTheWorld in a belief that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. However, if these ideas are already a quick way for ''adult'' characters to go merrily JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, being a young, frustrated rebel, complete with the standard [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb emotional immaturity and sometimes flat-out childish fantasies]] you'd expect out of someone this age only makes things worse. Consequently, they often end up as a WellIntentionedExtremist type of AntiHero, or even a(n) ([[AntiVillain Anti]])VillainProtagonist.

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In some cases, he/she may obtain or be born with some [[SuperpowerLottery special power]] to help them achieve their goal. Whether they do or not, the key difference between the Young Conqueror and TheHero is that instead of [[TheyFightCrime fighting crime]] on a case by case basis or having to face an already existing BigBad, they have a much bigger vision and will try to TakeOverTheWorld in a belief that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. However, if these ideas are already a quick way for ''adult'' characters to go merrily JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, being a young, frustrated rebel, complete with the standard [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb emotional immaturity and sometimes flat-out childish fantasies]] you'd you would expect out of someone this age only makes things worse. Consequently, they often end up as a WellIntentionedExtremist type of AntiHero, or even a(n) ([[AntiVillain Anti]])VillainProtagonist.
7th Oct '17 7:30:57 AM Byzantine
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[[WideEyedIdealist Youthful idealism]] can be a beautiful thing. There are few things audiences love more than the idea of a gifted [[TeenGenius teenager]] (or sometimes simply a young adult) who can see what's wrong with the world and, after initially feeling [[SamaritanSyndrome overwhelmed and powerless]] in the face of a CrapsackWorld, deciding that they need to do something about it.

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[[WideEyedIdealist Youthful idealism]] can be a beautiful thing. There are few things audiences love more than the idea of a gifted [[TeenGenius teenager]] (or sometimes simply a young adult) who can see what's what is wrong with the world and, after initially feeling [[SamaritanSyndrome overwhelmed and powerless]] in the face of a CrapsackWorld, deciding that they need to do something about it.
28th Sep '17 6:29:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Not that young but Tony Montana from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' climbs to the top of the drug dealing community almost as fast. [[spoiler:He falls.]]

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* Not that young (he's supposed to be 30, but Creator/AlPacino was actually quite a bit older as well) but Tony Montana from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' climbs to the top of the drug dealing community almost as fast. [[spoiler:He falls.]]
22nd Sep '17 12:09:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': Played for laughs when a little princess is given an army for her birthday, which she then uses to go on a campaign of conquest against a candy factory. Then her army is besieged by the forces belonging to a different princess, and she starts wishing for an assassin on her next birthday.
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9th Aug '17 7:04:22 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Caesar of Caesar's Legion was once this, having founded the Legion at around 21, though he's in his fifties by the time you meet him.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Caesar (and presumably Joshua Graham) of Caesar's Legion was once this, having founded the Legion at around 21, though he's in his fifties by the time you meet him.
31st May '17 7:12:30 PM nombretomado
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* Gulcasa in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', though rather than having the standard prideful {{Ubermensch}} personality he's a MessianicArchetype driven by [[BrokenHero PTSD]]. He becomes emperor of Bronquia at age 17, deems continental conquest to be the most efficient way to destroy societal prejudice, and [[CuttingOffTheBranches in the canon end of the games]] dies at age 20 after ruining his health and losing all of his loved ones to his own wars. In ''YggdraUnison'', where it's possible for him to succeed, he settles down as a benevolent world leader [[TheExtremistWasRight after making his ideals reality]].

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* Gulcasa in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', though rather than having the standard prideful {{Ubermensch}} personality he's a MessianicArchetype driven by [[BrokenHero PTSD]]. He becomes emperor of Bronquia at age 17, deems continental conquest to be the most efficient way to destroy societal prejudice, and [[CuttingOffTheBranches in the canon end of the games]] dies at age 20 after ruining his health and losing all of his loved ones to his own wars. In ''YggdraUnison'', ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'', where it's possible for him to succeed, he settles down as a benevolent world leader [[TheExtremistWasRight after making his ideals reality]].
8th May '17 9:50:17 PM StrixObscuro
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* Hunter Rose aka ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', genius writer by day and hitman by night, takes control of a criminal empire spanning from Atlanta to Montreal with NYC at the centre.

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* Hunter Rose aka ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', genius writer by day and hitman by night, takes control of a criminal empire spanning from Atlanta to Montreal with NYC at the centre.center.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', [[spoiler:Alex Wilder]]'s plan is to play [[spoiler:his]] team and the Pride against each other so that the Pride doesn't fall apart from infighting, thus allowing them to complete their plan to remake the entire world into a supposed paradise. And [[spoiler:he]] nearly succeeds at it, and [[spoiler:he]]'s not even old enough to drive.



* Michael Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''
* Not that young but Tony Montana from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' climbs to the top of the drug dealing community almost as fast. [[spoiler: He falls.]]

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* Michael Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''
''Film/TheGodfather'' starts off as a young war hero reluctantly pushed into the mafia world by his family, but discovers that he has an aptitude for the business and becomes a Don by age 35.
* Not that young but Tony Montana from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' climbs to the top of the drug dealing community almost as fast. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He falls.]]
8th May '17 9:24:45 PM karstovich2
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* Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II earned the title Fatih ('The Conqueror' in Turkish) at age 19 by taking the ancient Byzantine capital of Constantinople, which had resisted several previous sieges in spite constant decay of the Byzantine Empire's power over the centuries and increasing number and potency of neighbouring threats. Given that he inherited most of the Balkans and about half of Anatolia, while Constantinople was a half-abandoned LandOfOneCity at this point, this was not objectively ''[[CurbStompBattle quite]]'' as impressive as it sounds--although Mehmed did go on to do a bunch of conquering after that (completing the Ottoman conquest of Anatolia and taking even more of the Balkans), so the trope still applies.

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* Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II earned the title Fatih ('The Conqueror' in Turkish) at age 19 by taking the ancient Byzantine capital of Constantinople, which had resisted several previous sieges in spite constant decay of the Byzantine Empire's power over the centuries and increasing number and potency of neighbouring threats. Given that he inherited most of the Balkans and about half of Anatolia, while Constantinople was a half-abandoned LandOfOneCity at this point, this was not objectively ''[[CurbStompBattle quite]]'' as impressive as it sounds--although sounds. That said, Mehmed did go on to do a bunch of conquering after that (completing the Ottoman conquest of Anatolia and taking even more of the Balkans), much of it before he turned 30, so the trope still applies.
8th May '17 9:21:16 PM karstovich2
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* Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II earned the title Fatih ('The Conqueror' in Turkish) at age 19 by taking the ancient Byzantine capital of Constantinople, which had resisted several previous sieges in spite constant decay of the Byzantine Empire's power over the centuries and increasing number and potency of neighbouring threats. Given that he inherited most of the Balkans and about half of Anatolia, while Constantinople was a half abandoned LandOfOneCity at this point, this was not objectively ''[[CurbStompBattle quite]]'' as impressive as it sounds.

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* Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II earned the title Fatih ('The Conqueror' in Turkish) at age 19 by taking the ancient Byzantine capital of Constantinople, which had resisted several previous sieges in spite constant decay of the Byzantine Empire's power over the centuries and increasing number and potency of neighbouring threats. Given that he inherited most of the Balkans and about half of Anatolia, while Constantinople was a half abandoned half-abandoned LandOfOneCity at this point, this was not objectively ''[[CurbStompBattle quite]]'' as impressive as it sounds.sounds--although Mehmed did go on to do a bunch of conquering after that (completing the Ottoman conquest of Anatolia and taking even more of the Balkans), so the trope still applies.
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