Created By: peccantis on January 13, 2011 Last Edited By: peccantis on January 29, 2014

Too Young To Die

Character laments being too young and inexperienced in life to die yet.

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Seen It a Million Times, Cant Believe We Missed This

You Don't Want to Die a Virgin, Do You? is about Very Bad Situations where one character uses the trope title to persuade another character to have relations before it all ends. Some of the examples there fit better what is described below.

And then there are Not So Bad But Definitely Scary Situations, where a character yells or realises "I Dont Wanna Die A Virgin" or "Im Too Young To Die!" -- whether there are other characters present or not. Frequently Played for Laughs.

Tropable? This is meant to hold all similar expressions of regret for dying before getting to experience a full life, or at least the most exciting parts.

Anime and Manga
  • In Love Pistols the main character, Norio, gets into a scooter accident. As he realises his life is in danger, he quickly realises he doesn't want to die a virgin, "without ever knowing the soft, sweet figure of a woman, and tasting--"... well, he gets detailed.

Live Action TV
  • Played for laughs in the Red Dwarf episode "Future Echoes", where Dave Lister goes into details about all the things he'd always meant to do but won't if he dies now. "And I've never read... a book."
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • January 13, 2011
    troacctid
    Too Young To Die avoids the annoying ptitle.
  • January 13, 2011
    MorganWick
    Seems to me that You Dont Want To Die A Virgin Do You is more of a subtrope than a sister trope.
  • January 13, 2011
    PaulA
    • Played for laughs in the Red Dwarf episode "Future Echoes", where Dave Lister goes into details about all the things he'd always meant to do but won't if he dies now. "And I've never read... a book."
  • January 13, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^I'd still keep the full form even if it has to be I Am Too Young To Die, so as to keep the title immediately recognisable as a full phrase and a private sentiment.
  • January 14, 2011
    bluepenguin
    In Zuleika Dobson, when the whole university decides to commit suicide for love of the eponymous lady, Noaks keeps saying that he's too young to die, despite the fact that half of the suicides-to-be are in fact younger than him.
  • January 14, 2011
    Arivne
    IMDb for "I'm too young to die!"

    Film
    • Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
    Alex Rider: I'm too young to die!
    Darrius Sayle: You're never too young to die.
    Rat #2: I don't want to die. I'm too young to die!

    Looney Tunes
    • The Wabbit Who Came to Supper. Bugs Bunny has been locked outside.
    Bugs Bunny: Hey, I'm getting pneumonia! Open up! I'll die. [frantic pounding on door] I'll die! No, I'm too young to die! Please... please let me in! Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award.

    Western Animation
    Sokka: I'm too young to die!
    Fisherman: I'm not, but I still don't wanna!
    Miss Solstice: No! Please! I'm too young to die!
    Calendar Girl: Honey, you're never too thin and you're never too young.
  • March 9, 2011
    peccantis
    Will launch in about a day if no further comments.
  • March 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Too Young To Die is a better title, because it's still distinct enough to recognize, but doesn't restrict itself with a gratuitous pronoun.
  • March 9, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ ok
  • August 14, 2011
    SteamGoth
    I've seen variations where a word or two is added, usually something implying ridiculous vanity that is Played For Laughs: "I'm too young and popular/hot/sexy/handsome/gorgeous/talented to die!"
  • August 14, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

  • August 14, 2011
    Xtifr
    Wait till you get hats before launching. Also, if this is interpreted as a stock phrase, it may be discarded or cut without warning. A title that's more obviously not a stock phrase will give this a better chance of survival. Looking at the examples so far, this is deep in stock-phrase-y territory. Here's another that won't help in that regard. :)

    Music:
    • The Eagles song, James Dean, about the well-known actor, is all about how he was "too fast to live, but too young to die".
  • August 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
    A Stock Phrase is only risky if it sounds irrevocably like a line of dialogue, or if it attracts "moments in fiction where this line was uttered" as examples.
  • August 15, 2011
    labellementeuse

    Literature

    • This is the central source of tension in the second Young Wizards novel, Deep Wizardry. The protagonist accidentally signs herself up for a Heroic Sacrifice and gets practically a whole page of quite lovely verse on the central dilemma: "Not old enough to love as yet, / But old enough to die indeed." Averted in the end when the guy who eventually performs the Heroic Sacrifice is really, really old - like just-out-of-the-Primordial-Slime old.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    So is this a trope or a Stock Phrase? Anyone see value in this and want to take it over? Or discard bin?
  • February 18, 2012
    troacctid
    This is probably just a Stock Phrase.
  • February 19, 2012
    peccantis
    IMHO it's a trope but sadly enough there's also a stock phrase conjoined...
  • March 28, 2012
    Manateehugs
    Anime/Manga in Fullmetal Alchemist, during the lowest point of their training, Alphonse says he doesn't want to die because there is so much he still hasn't done that he wants to.

    Hayley ^_^
  • August 13, 2012
    captainsandwich
    does this have anything to do with Infant Immortality?
  • August 15, 2012
    polarbear2217
    From the Goosebumps book "Vampire Breath".

    Cara: I'm only twelve. I'm not ready to die and then live forever!
  • August 15, 2012
    MrRuano
    "I'm Too Young to Die!" is the name of Doom's easiest difficulty setting.
  • August 15, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • Every single Lurlene McDaniel book.
  • August 15, 2012
    Waterlily
    Isn't this what young people almost always say when they're dying (or at least somebody close to them)? That said, before Johnny from The Outsiders dies, he says that, although he used to talk about killing himself, he now realizes that sixteen isn't old enough to do all the things he wanted to do.
  • August 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: When everyone on Burns' yacht gets hijacked by Ruthless Modern Pirates, Moe is sure they're all going to die and laments "I never even tasted cantelope!"
  • October 4, 2013
    BlueGuy
    Bumpity.
  • October 4, 2013
    NESBoy
    • In the episode "Pooh Day Afternoon" of The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, when Skippy the Dog runs off after hearing Tigger exclaiming, "Squanky! Squanky!" Piglet, gets pulled along, exclaiming, "No, stop! I'm too young to fly!"
  • October 4, 2013
    DAN004
    Yes, this is Stock Phrase. But I think it's quite common enough.

    BTW
    • Doom 2's name for its easiest mode is "I'm Too Young to Die".
  • October 5, 2013
    XFllo
    We already have Sorry That Im Dying, but the description focus on situations when it's Played For Drama.

    This draft collects examples when it's Played For Laughs.

    Are they distinct enough? Or should we merge that somehow?

    I'm adding a tag "Already have?" and taking away a hat because the draft description is in no way ready and there are not all examples copied. Giving a hat means it's in launcheable quality. It's not a way of saying it's tropeworthy or praising the concept.

    (BTW, No New Stock Phrases is a rule for a reason. It doesn't matter if it's common or not. The thing is that there are many ways of saying it, and sometimes the phrase is never uttered, but the trope is implied or clearly present anyway. The problem is that Stock Phrases had very bad write-ups and poorly written examples.)
  • October 5, 2013
    DAN004
    "The problem is that Stock Phrases had very bad write-ups and poorly written examples."

    So what, just because of Sturgeons Law we shouldn't have Stock Phrases? Are we what, researchers? As far as I know we don't use case studies to determine whether something is tropable or not. We're just diving into the fundamentals.
  • October 5, 2013
    robinjohnson
    This is a stock phrase, whether the title sounds like one or not.
  • October 5, 2013
    XFllo
    DAN, please read No New Stock Phrases. Or ask a moderator if you don't believe me.
  • October 5, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I agree. This is just a Stock Phrase and in itself not tropable.
  • October 5, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Yeah, this seems to be primarily built around the phrase. Motion To Discard submitted.
  • October 5, 2013
    MrThorfan64
    Perhaps the page quote could be from Alex Rider, where he says 'I'm too young to die' and Alan Blunt says 'You're never too young to die.'
  • October 5, 2013
    DAN004
    So we are fucking researchers. Noted.

    Too Young To Die does convey that someone is cowardly and immature. What doesn't make it a trope?
  • October 5, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ DAN 004, calm down, will you? No need for that language. Tropers are not researchers, but shaping up a trope and writing the article does resemble essay writing or fiction research if you will.

    I personally think this concept might be tropeable, but it needs a good name, a couple of well-written examples and distinction from other related tropes. Namely I suggested Sorry That Im Dying which I think is very close.

    I also think facing death while young doesn't make the character cowardly or immature.

    Consider the example from Red Dwarf's "Future Echoes". Dave Lister just saw himself die and from other events they witnessed he knows it will happen very soon. He feels 25 years is a young age to go and he's obviously shattered. Who wouldn't be? His "I've never read... a book" is played for laughs, but other moments were kind of sad.
  • January 29, 2014
    XFllo
    Any progress?
  • January 29, 2014
    LeeM
    Let's not forget Jethro Tull's song "Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die". The Old Rocker dies anyway, but in a blaze of glory.
  • January 29, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Film
    • Averted in Shrek, where Fiona points out Shrek having an arrow stuck in his butt, to which Donkey begins to panic, and even exclaims, "I'm too young for you to die!"

    Western Animation
    • Alvin And The Chipmunks: In various different situations where The Chipmunks fear they may die - such as being trapped in a burning house, or are about to crash into an oncoming vehicle - Alvin will exclaim that he's too young, too handsome, too talented, too popular, et al to die. On one occasion, he even adds having a full head of hair as a reason for being too young to die.
    • Ed Edd N Eddy: Much like Alvin, if the Eds find themselves in a desperate situation, either at the mercy of the Kanker Sisters, or even the other cul-de-sac kids, Eddy will will cry, "I'm too young... and handsome!"
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