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3rd May '16 2:35:05 AM PaulA
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* The title character of the Creator/DCComics series ''Prez'': Prez Rickard, 18 year old President of the United States.
24th Apr '16 8:31:46 PM karstovich2
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* The [[UrExample earliest inarguable example of whom we have any record]][[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargon_of_Akkad Sargon the Great of Akkad]] may have qualified, but he is so far back in history we cannot determine with any certainty how old he was when he conquered his empire other than saying he was at least young-ish.[[/note]] is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thutmose_III Thutmose III]], Pharaoh of Egypt (reigned [[OlderThanDirt 1479 BCE-1425 BCE]]), ran the Egyptian Army during his joint reign with his stepmother/aunt Hatshepsut as soon as he was of age (some time in his mid-teens, apparently). After Hatshepsut died, the Canaanite city-state of Kadesh tried to take advantage of the transition and the new Pharaoh's youth (Thutmose was only 21) to swipe some territory they had lost to Egypt; instead, Thutmose crushed them, and then began a massive campaign of conquest that saw Egypt build an empire stretching from Syria to Nubia. During his campaigns, Thutmose proved himself a tactical and strategic genius, and modern military historians often compare him to UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Unlike many young conquerors, however, Thutmose lived long enough to enjoy the conquest; he lived to the then-ripe age of 55 and had more or less full control of the country for over thirty of them.

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* The [[UrExample earliest inarguable example of whom we have any record]][[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargon_of_Akkad Sargon the Great of Akkad]] may have qualified, but he is so far back in history we cannot determine with any certainty how old he was when he conquered his empire other than saying he was at least young-ish.[[/note]] is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thutmose_III Thutmose III]], Pharaoh of Egypt (reigned [[OlderThanDirt 1479 BCE-1425 BCE]]), ran the Egyptian Army during his joint reign with his stepmother/aunt Hatshepsut as soon as he was of age (some time in his mid-teens, apparently). After Hatshepsut died, the Canaanite city-state of Kadesh tried to take advantage of the transition and the new Pharaoh's youth (Thutmose was only 21) to swipe some territory they had lost to Egypt; instead, Thutmose crushed them, and then began a massive campaign of conquest that saw Egypt build an empire stretching from Syria to Nubia. During his campaigns, Thutmose proved himself a tactical and strategic genius, and modern military historians often compare him to UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Unlike many young conquerors, however, Thutmose lived long enough to enjoy the conquest; he lived to the then-ripe age of 55 (which was not remarkably old but old enough back then) and had more or less full control of the country for over thirty of them.
1st Feb '16 2:32:13 AM GrammarNavi
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* The {{Branion}} historical fantasy series features an entire royal family prone to this. Starting with the kingdom's founder in the backstory, who made a pact with a god and used its power to conquer the realm -- since she reigned for 63 years, she must have been pretty young to start with.

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* The {{Branion}} ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' historical fantasy series features an entire royal family prone to this. Starting with the kingdom's founder in the backstory, who made a pact with a god and used its power to conquer the realm -- since she reigned for 63 years, she must have been pretty young to start with.
4th Nov '15 7:32:47 PM shiro_okami
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* Prince Arslan of ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' is literally this, raising an army to retake his kingdom's cpital city at the age of 14.

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* Prince Arslan of ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' is literally this, raising an army to retake his kingdom's cpital capital city at the age of 14.
4th Nov '15 7:31:57 PM shiro_okami
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* Prince Arslan of ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan is literally this, raising an army to retake his kingdom's cpital city at the age of 14.

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* Prince Arslan of ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' is literally this, raising an army to retake his kingdom's cpital city at the age of 14.
4th Nov '15 7:31:14 PM shiro_okami
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* Prince Arslan of ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan is literally this, raising an army to retake his kingdom's cpital city at the age of 14.
7th Oct '15 7:37:01 PM SSJMagus
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* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte (borderline: he wasn't a teen anymore, but he became a general at 24, and was only 30 when named First Consul of France).

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* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte (borderline: he wasn't a teen anymore, but he became a general at 24, and was only 30 when named First Consul of France).France; he waited until the ripe old age of 35 to declare himself Emperor Napoleon I).
5th Oct '15 12:58:10 PM FF32
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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 TheBigBad, 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 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 TheBigBad, 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.
19th Sep '15 10:03:51 PM karstovich2
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** In something of a variant of this, Alexander was in fact being groomed to be a conqueror by his father who was a MagnificentBastard in his own right.



* During the Three Kingdoms Era of China, Sun Ce - founder of the Kingdom of Wu - fits this trope. He was known as the 'Little Conqueror' because of it - taking control of the prestigious Sun-family after the death of his famed father, Sun Jian, when he was barely out of his teens - and with skill and courage, seizing vast quantities of land. (Sadly, at the age of 25, he died young as well. So it goes...)
** In something of a variant of this, Alexander was in fact being groomed to be a conqueror by his father who was a MagnificentBastard in his own right.

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* During the Three Kingdoms Era of China, Sun Ce - founder of the Kingdom of Wu - fits this trope. He was known as the 'Little Conqueror' because of it - taking control of the prestigious Sun-family after the death of his famed father, Sun Jian, when he was barely out of his teens - and with skill and courage, seizing vast quantities of land. (Sadly, at the age of 25, he died young as well. So it goes...)
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) His "Little Conqueror" nickname was something of a variant of this, Alexander tribute to Xiang Yu (who also died young, although Xiang Yu was in fact ''also'' famous for being groomed to be a conqueror by his father who was a MagnificentBastard in his own right. giant.)
19th Sep '15 10:02:04 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.














* 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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