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->''"Son of man, look to the sky\\
Lift your spirit, set it free\\
Some day you'll walk tall with pride\\
Son of man, a man in time you'll be!"''
--> -- '''''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''''', "Son of Man"

A story featuring an adolescent making the mental leap from child to adult. In real life, this happens over the course of several years. Literature and some television are media that have the space to show the story at a slow pace. But for a movie, things have to be compressed to several months at the most, so expect some ''really'' accelerated character development. Tends to happen to a character anywhere from 13 to 20 years of age.

'''Usually includes some combination of the following:'''
* AdultFear
* BittersweetSeventeen
* DeathByNewberyMedal
* DownTheRabbitHole
* TheHerosJourney
* First disagreement with parents.[[note]][[CaptainObvious Outside of things like "I don't want to go to bed", that is.]][[/note]]
* First experimentation with drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any combination of the three.
* GrowingUpSucks
** Having OneLastFieldTrip
* The divorce of the main character's parents.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage
* ComingOutStory
* [[StrengthEqualsWorthiness Combat]] (often replaced with sports in more peaceful times)
* [[ARealManIsAKiller Hunting]] or the main character getting his or her first job
* Finally seeing one's ParentsAsPeople
* Trying to stand out, paradoxically, [[IJustWantToBeNormal by fitting in]]
* [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Wanting to have friends or be popular]]
* First crushes or relationships
* Receiving TheTalk
* Going through some kind of RiteOfPassage
* If TheProtagonist is female, possibly some WomensMysteries
* Sometimes involves AesopCollateralDamage
* First experience with [[FiveStagesOfGrief grief, loss, death, rejection, etc]].
* BreakTheCutie
* [[HormoneAddledTeenager Puberty and developing sexuality]]
* Leaving one's parents
* Questioning religious beliefs, or [[AppealToTradition societal traditions/rules/customs]]. Perhaps even doing away with any one of them, or changing them.
* First experience with [[GenderAndSexualityTropes sexism]], [[RaceTropes racism]], [[QueerAsTropes homophobia]], or other prejudice (either their own, or that of others)

An increasingly popular comedy subversion is the ''Delayed Coming of Age Story'', in which the person has remained [[ManChild mentally a child]] his entire life and only finally experiences these things sometime between his late 20s and mid-40s.

Mainstream film coming-of-age stories tend toward {{dramedy}}. Independent film or novel stories lean toward drama, sometimes jumping headlong into {{Wangst}}.

The word ''bildungsroman'' (Ger. "educational novel") or ''bildungsgeschichte'' (Ger. "educational story") are sometimes used to describe these kinds of stories. A note on the translation: the terms originated in the Age of Enlightenment, when "Bildung" meant not only "education" but also "self-improvement" (cf. English "building"). In other words, it's not a "novel to educate the readers" but a "novel about the hero becoming someone".

See also AgeProgressionSong, OdeToYouth.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The entire subplot of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is essentially Gohan growing up with adventures similar to Goku's, his father, albeit far more violent. Like its predecessor, ''Manga/DragonBall'', the series ends when Gohan [[spoiler:is married and has a family of his own.]]
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'' covers Candy's whole life since she was taken in by Miss Pony and Sister Maria as a baby, until she's at least in her twenties.
%%* ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''
* ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'' shows the title character's growth from the least talented ''and'' least loved ninja in his village to a fully recognized prodigy who has saved thousands of people and faced down some of the worst criminals the world has to offer. Also (to an extent) Sasuke, who has matured from being the [[TheRival Rival]] to being homicidally crazy.
* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' TV shows (''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', and ''Anime/MacrossDelta'') all feature this, with Hikaru Ichijo of ''SDF'' being the first in the franchise to fit this trope. He starts off not wanting anything to do with the military, but the death of [[spoiler:Roy Fokker]] forces him to mature and become a great pilot.
* Amuro Ray of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was probably the best of the earliest examples in mecha anime. Amuro got [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan/{{Gundam}} slapped very often by Bright Noa]] and this helped shape him into a man. Even Bright explicitly tells him that a good smacking would force him to become one.
** Kamille Bidan in the sequel ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' is forced to mature to an even greater extent, as he faces the harsh circumstances of warfare, starts having a romantic relationship, and loses many of his loved ones.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', but since it's made by Creator/StudioGainax, it's a coming of age story combined with HumongousMecha, a MindScrew plot, and loads of confusing and gratuitous sexual symbolism and [[RuleOfFunny humor.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Zig-Zagged. For a while it seems like the characters are ''failing'' to come of age and are suffering for it, but most of them play it straight in the end. Shinji overcomes his self-hatred and resolves to continue living in order find happiness- [[spoiler: rejecting [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] in the process]]. Misato accepts her love for Kaji and fulfills her role as Shinji's guardian, saving his life [[spoiler:at the cost of her own]] and motivating him to continue living. Rei affirms her individuality by abandoning Gendo and subsequently becomes a god-like entity and SpiritAdvisor to Shinji. Even Asuka is hinted to have changed for the better when she gives Shinji the equivalent of a CooldownHug [[spoiler:as he strangles her]] at the end of TheMovie- the first genuinely nice thing she's done for him.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', also made by Creator/StudioGainax, plays this straight with its main character, Simon. Specially the first arc, where it's pretty much the whole point of the story.
* If you boil all the UnwantedHarem bits and leave only the core of the plot, you can see that ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is basically a story of Negi growing from good-natured and smart but somewhat clumsy and socially awkward kid into a great hero, a true successor to his legendary father. Only with magic and kung-fu. It's also a literal coming of age story, as his constant use of Evangeline's YearInsideHourOutside resort has presumably aged him up by at least a year.
* ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}''. Shiina copes with loss and tragedy and learns a great deal about friendship, love, and the complexities of people and the world. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Then she and her partner/ShadowArchetype, Mamiko, wipe out all of mankind together]].]]
%%* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''
%%* ''Anime/{{Piano}}''
* ''Manga/{{Mokke}}'', where ghosts are being used to illustrate [[AnAesop lessons about life]].
%%* ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari''
* The main premise of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' centers on Yuno's desire to be seen as mature. {{Lampshaded}}, as she becomes overjoyed every time someone compliments her on her supposed maturity.
%%* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', {{Lampshade}}d so many times by so many characters you'd think they're paid for it.
%%* ''Anime/WindyTales''
* ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}'': Shy school girl—check. Situation that forces change—check. Affectionate friends to help her—check. It's still very well done, though.
%%* ''Anime/DiamondDaydreams''
%%* ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica''
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', when it boils down to it. It's really mostly about [[ButtMonkey Tsuna]] being shaped and [[TrainingFromHell trained]] by Reborn into becoming a real man fit for being the 10th Generation Vongola boss.
* ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'': It starts when Nadja has to leave the only home she has known, travelling with the Dandelion Troupe to find her origins and grow up...
%%* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' showed the maturation of several characters, even beside the protagonist Renton.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' seems to be a coming-of-age story for Rosette, particularly in the manga. It might be one for Chrono as well, although he'd be a "late bloomer" example as he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
%%* ''Manga/AoiHana''
%%* Most Creator/StudioGhibli movies, including ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' and ''Anime/TheCatReturns''. Creator/HayaoMiyazaki loves this trope as this can also apply at least partially to ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', and ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.
* ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' started out as a parody of ''Manga/DeathNote'' with fapping. However, it gradually turns into a coming-of-age story once the titular character realizes the consequences of his dispensing of "justice" (i.e. masturbating on the clothes of female students who bully one particular girl who caught him fapping in the first place). "Coming"-of-age never sounded so dirty.
* ''Manga/{{Real}}'' heartbreakingly deals with teenagers forced to grow up because of the disabilities that they've suddenly had to accept in order to deal with the world around them.
* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' deals with the protagonist, Mitsuki, having to grow up while dealing with the fact that she doesn't have much time to live.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is a coming-of-age story, among other things, for [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits just about all the good guys]]--especially Miaka. While it takes somewhere between a few weeks to a few months for them to finish their journey in the book, it's only [[YearInsideHourOutside two days in the real world]].
%%* ''Manga/CrossGame''.
%%* A main point in ''Anime/NieaUnder7'', at least for [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mayuko]].
%%* ''Anime/UtaKata''.
%%* ''Anime/NanakaSixSeventeen''.
* ''Manga/SakendeYaruze'' is basically a ComingOfAgeStory for Nakaya that runs parallel to a ChildrenRaiseYou story for his father Shino.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' is a coming of age story for Wendy. It's not the main plot, but it's a pretty important subplot.
%%* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'': The story is centred around Fu and her friends learning of their aspirations for the future, and in Fu's case, coming to terms with her own interests and her father's memories.
* Almost all of the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series are Coming of Age-stories, but it's played the straightest in ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', where Anne visually [[AnimationAnatomyAging gets older]] as the story progresses.
%%* ''Manga/{{Galaxy Express 999}}'' is sometimes described as being a sci-fi bildungsroman.
* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'', at least the first part. It contains elements of most of the examples from the top of this page and [[spoiler:ends on a decidely [[DownerEnding negative]] [[CrapsackWorld note]]]].
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has this, but the anime and manga portray it in a different way. The anime seems to be more so about kids learning to be comfortable with their bodies and growing up, apparently changing the protagonists from {{Transgender}} to {{Wholesome Crossdresser}}s. The manga isn't nearly as obvious as the anime, but it's still apparent. The manga began in late elementary, and follows the protagonists as they graduate high school. They develop as they grow up. For example, Nitori starts as a sensitive child prone to TenderTears but matures over the course of the series and becomes more confident in herself.
* ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8'' is about a [[BrattyTeenageDaughter bratty]] thirteen year old girl named Mirai who, along with her CheerfulChild brother Yuuki, get stuck while visiting a museum due to earthquakes. Mirai's CharacterDevelopment has her maturing out of her [[BigBrotherBully aggressive]] and cynical personality.
* Once you look past the FanService, many of Creator/MasakazuKatsura's works turn out to be this. Specially obvious in ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' and ''Manga/{{Is}}'': both of them feature highschool students dealing with their friendships, viewpoints in life, and their first romantic and sexual experiences.
* Aside from the UnwantedHarem elements, ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is this for Tsukune. He starts of as a directionless OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, but gradually becomes a more mature and confident individual, and dedicates himself to promoting peaceful relations between humans and monsters.
%%* In ''Manga/{{Ciguatera}}'' the main character matures greatly by the end of the story.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' boils down to the main character growing out of his wimpy kid mold and becoming a man (albeit a rather wimpy man).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' features this in the first two generations with their protagonists, Flit and Asemu Asuno, respectively, though their development differs wildly (Flit develops from a MessianicArchetype into [[spoiler:a DarkMessiah]], whereas Asemu develops from a WellDoneSonGuy into [[BeYourself his own person]]).
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' is very much a coming of age story for not only Jeremy and Ian, but also for many of the supporting characters, like Vivi, Nadia, William, Cass, and Marjorie. However, the story focuses mainly on how Jeremy and Ian break into adulthood after the trauma of Jeremy's RapeAsBackstory and Ian dealing with the fact that Jeremy killed his father.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' is essentially one for the protagonist Rei Kiriyama, as many of the story arcs build upon his Character Development with the events that transpire in both the world of shogi and his home life, as well as with the life lessons he learns from them.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has this as a subplot, specifically Waver Velvet, a mage with great potential only marred by his belief of his genetics limiting him and his self-hatred due to how he was treated by others. He learns to stand up for himself, by entering the Holy Grail War and teaming up with a BoisterousBruiser version of Alexander The Great, who functions as Waver's mentor figure.
** In a sense, the main character Kiritsugu Emiya could be seen as going through this as well. Though Kiritsugu is an adult, he still clings to childish beliefs about dividing the world into clear cut good and evil, as well as believing that he needs to become a "Hero of Justice" who can destroy all evil and create world peace, [[WellIntentionedExtremist at any cost]]. Kiritsugu in his backstory started to question this ideal because of the tragedies he saw while fighting what he deemed evil but in the main plot, does his best to believe that world peace and becoming a true "hero" is attainable. [[spoiler:In the end, Kiritsugu finds out from the Holy Grail that world peace is not possible and morals are extremely complex, to say the least. By this point, Kiritsugu has sacrificed everything from his ideals to his wife and best friend for a shot at world peace, just to get nothing out of it. Kiritsugu does manages to save the world but not give it peace and is left saddened by the fact he needs to grow up and accept the world as it is, as well as how he lost everyone he cared about.]]
** In addition, Kirei Kotomine, the {{Foil}} to Kiritsugu, goes through this as well. Kirei, despite being highly intelligent and capable at almost anything he ever tried, has never felt as if his life is worth living or indeed any life if worth living. There is nothing that brings him joy so he does whatever anyone else tells him to do, and due to this is nothing more than a pawn of the Church and its AncientConspiracy. He also has childish aspects in how he tries to cling to simple beliefs about good and evil, specifically any beliefs about good and evil that the Church tells him, all while ironically being an assassin for the Church and also being taught ThouShaltNotKill. Kirei eventually finds himself questioning why as an adult he still listens to his father and mentor figure, and does not think for himself. Kirei meets Gilgamesh, who teaches him [[BeYourself how to figure out what he truly desires]], which Kirei knows deep down but is fearful to accept. [[spoiler: Kirei accepts that the only thing that brings him the desire to live and happiness is causing other people to suffer and die. From that point on, he fights in the war for himself and [[ItAmusedMe his own]] [[ForTheEvulz amusement]], except for wanting to meet and defeat Kiritsugu, who he believes is like him]].
** Arguably, many of the main characters are going through this in varying ways, not just the ones above.
* This is the main plot for ''Anime/MyDaddyLongLegs'', which chronicles Judy's development from a young teenager to an adult.
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' is a particularly dark (and strange) example about a boy ([[NonstandardCharacterDesign who is stylized like a cartoony bird]]) and his development as he grows into an adult. He starts off as an optimistic, rather innocent elementary schooler but very quickly takes a downhill journey into cynicism and depression as he ages. The other characters don't fair much better.
* ''Manga/RingNiKakero'' doubles as this and as a sports manga. Ryuuji and Kiku, the main characters, escape as children from an abusive household and decide to fulfill their shared dream to have Ryuuji become the best boxer in the world. In their way they grow not just as a boxer and his trainer, but as persons as well.
* Come to think of it, more than one sports manga serves as this as well. Many protagonists tend to be kids who are either DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife or have difficulties making friends, then find their life goals and/or new relationships via entering the school clubs.
* ''Manga/SeishunKouryakuhon'' revolves around this, being a SliceOfLife manga focusing on the four main characters' journey to high school graduation.
* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoAria'' is one set in UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, where future ElegantClassicalMusician Aria Kanbara begins a rocky journey to stardom and to love.
* ''Manga/CatStreet'' focuses on protagonist Keito's mental development, overcoming her DarkAndTroubledPast as a child actress and finding out how she wants to live her life from now onwards.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' is describe by Oda as a coming of age story. Namely, what it is to become a man.
* ''Manga/KokounoHito'' is a story about the main character, a highly introverted and lethargic young man, reaching manhood, struggling to get by life as a "solo climber" but finding out that it isn't that easy to just turn your back on society and be a hermit.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Not only is the show a uniquely female coming of age story (which tend to be more rare), but it's [[UpToEleven cranked up until the knob pops off]]. Blood as a metaphor for menstruation, as well as other body image issues? Senketsu is a sailor uniform that drinks Ryuko's blood to transform into a superpowered garter-belt bikini thing. Bullies that the adults never do anything about? The StudentCouncilPresident runs the school like a dictatorship, and everyone--including the teachers--are under her control. Feel like the entire school is against you? At Honnoji Academy, literally the entire school is actually trying to kill Ryuko. Worried about living up to your parents' expectations? [[spoiler:Ryuko and Satsuki (who are sisters, by the way) were designed by their parents to be weapons in various ways. And high and mighty Satsuki is the ''failed'' version]]. Feel out of place among your peers? [[spoiler:Ryuko is a HalfHumanHybrid]]. And of course, ThePowerOfFriendship saves the day at the end, and everybody learns that not only does everybody have their own reasons, but they have their own crazy friends.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is three coming of age stories crammed into one story. It revolves around three middle schoolers who meet on a website for {{crossdresser}}s. The story takes place over the course of three years and has their personalities develop and mature. For example, Tamura has to overcome his DarkAndTroubledPast and the lingering mental trauma it has caused him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/SpiderMan, in nearly all his incarnations. Spiderman's origin story includes Peter Parker getting superpowers, using them for profit, then failing to help stop a criminal who later kills his Uncle Ben. This causes Peter to realise that with great power comes great responsibility. Note that as a coming of age story, Spiderman's origin story is lopsided. It includes the decision to be an adult, but not the learning to be an adult.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is about six teenage kids who discover their parents human weaknesses and sins, then immediately strike out to support themselves independently.
%%* ''ComicBook/XMen'', with a heavy dose of PubertySuperpower.
%%* ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'', for all three of the stories.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': Barry Allen died just when Wally West was transitioning into adulthood. Wally's CharacterDevelopment as the the new Flash thus played out like this.
* In ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'', the last arc, "Redemption," centers around Vima Sunrider when she becomes old enough for Jedi training. She starts as a rash and lonely girl, but with the help of the Force, seeks out Ulic Qel-Droma as her teacher and gains the maturity she needs to be a Jedi.
* ''ComicBook/{{Plutona}}'' shows a bunch of high school kids discovering one of their heroes is mortal and dealing with the first adult decisions and responsibilities of their lives.
* ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' gives Pia one in the background of issue 22. She crash-lands without adult protection and survives by securing a political engagement and negotiating a peace agreement between the warring tribes. Grant is shaken by how much she's grown when he catches up to her.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' is this for the ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' character Beth Lestrade, who is fifteen when we first meet her, seventeen next time... And then we follow her for nearly a year, 'til she finally [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earns Her Happy Ending]] and marries a certain [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Great Detective]]... Her five episodes constitute a complete [[TheHerosJourney Hero's Journey]].
* ''FanFic/DontKeepYourDistance'' serves this purpose for a group of young Mobians traveling across the world eleven years after the ending of ''Anime/SonicX'': they leave their home village behind on a quest to meet Tails and do a lot of growing-up on their journey.
* The ''[[Fanfic/LegacySeries Legacy]]'' Series is an {{Series/Arrow}} NextGenFic that focuses on Oliver and Felicity's son Jonathan as he takes up his father's bow and becomes the hero of his own story.
* This is the plot behind the entire series of ''Fanfic/PokemonTheGreatAdventure''. Ash travels across the régions with a mysterious mentor and learns to become a stronger Trainer and Aura Guardian while growing up and facing the reality of life.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11622152/1/The-Ragged-Lady The Ragged Lady]]'', a ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fic, portrays the first manifestation of a wizard's magical talent as something akin to this trope.
-->Everything felt different now. When Molly was a child, she was sure she'd feel like a completely different person when she started her first period—she'd be a woman, she'd be almost grown up. But a period turned out to be messy and just another chore. But this… this was what she'd been looking for, trying out new clothes, reading new books, hanging out with new people. She'd been searching for it the last two years, she thought, when she'd first felt restless and out of place. This was it. It was ''here'' and it was ''now''.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4012733/1/Knight-Errand Knight Errand]]''does this for Antoine D'Coolette as he goes on a knight errant to find himself, a classic example of [[TheHerosJourney The Hero's Journey]].
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8442201/1/Glory-Days Glory Days]]'' serves as this for Ty, Buzz, Warp and Rocket during their days at the Space Ranger Academy.
* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' covers Harry Potter/Thorson's progression both in terms of CharacterDevelopment and [[TookALevelInBadass growing into his powers]]. He starts out as a somewhat average 13-year-old SquishyWizard, and will one day be a PhysicalGod and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking King of Asgard]]. The story covers his physical, mental, and emotional progress in between those stages.
* ''FanFic/TheBridge'' prequel story "Godzilla meets King Kong" serves as one for [[BigGood Godzilla Junior]], starting with him arriving on Skull Island as a child and growing up in size, skill, and strength under the mentorship of King Kong.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Many interpret ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' as this for the main character Tack, who begins the story skinny, pale, and mute, but by the end [[spoiler: becomes muscular, tan, is much more confident in himself and has the voice of Sean Connery!]]
* The main themes of the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy revolve around growing up, moving on, and that nothing lasts forever. Andy goes from being a carefree young boy to [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 a young man heading off to college]], and his toys realizing, and eventually facing the fact that Andy will inevitably outgrow them.
-->"How long will it last Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college? Or on his honeymoon? Andy's growing up...and there's nothing you can do about it."
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' is a college campus coming-of-age story mainly for Mike Wazowski as well as Sully, as they study to be scarers, while trying to figure out if they're really meant to be scarers.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' has Hiccup who is not sure of his place in the world at the beginning of the film and is unwilling to take up the mantle of chief that his father Stoick is trying to force upon him. But by the end of the film, after his father's death, Hiccup finally finds his place, and is now ready and willing to become the Chief of Berk.
* Downplayed but present in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. Riley is twelve, and during the course of the movie the landscape of her mind changes in ways to indicate she is maturing. For instance, large sections of her imagination are demolished [[spoiler:and her imaginary friend is erased]], replaced by a machine that spits out idealised, devoted boyfriends. It also shows many of her oldest memories being lost as she moves away from her early years, and [[spoiler:her idyllic, happy core memories and the personality islands they created are replaced by a wider selection produced by multiple emotions, showing her developing beyond "happy kid who likes hockey".]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Punch}}'' is about a high-school senior in Korea trying to find a direction in life, while simultanously bonding with the MissingMom who abandoned him as a baby.
* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is a pretty dark version. The rich heroine Sara Crewe is left an orphan [[CinderellaCircumstances and has to work as a servant to survive]]. Throughout the story, she learns to hold onto her kindness and use her imagination to survive the bad days.
%%* ''Film/DrivingLessons''
%%* ''Film/BreakingAway''
%%* ''Film/AgeOfSummerhood'', despite the hero being just 9.
%%* ''Film/SLCPunk''
%%* ''Film/EdgeOfSeventeen''
* The "Apu Trilogy" of Bengali films directed by Creator/SatyajitRay, based on the novels ''Literature/PatherPanchali'' and ''Film/{{Aparajito}}'', follow the coming of age of the protagonist Apu Roy over thirty years. It is often considered one of cinema's greatest ''bildungsroman'' stories.
%%* A fairly large portion of Australian movies are examples of this. They also tend to be rather samey--''Film/DecemberBoys'' is probably the most notable example of recent years, only because it had Creator/DanielRadcliffe in it, and [[NeverTrustATrailer promoting largely used his role in it even though it was relatively minor.]]
* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope]]'' and ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' for Luke, Leia, Anakin, and Padme. Luke and Anakin Skywalker leave their home and family to begin their training as Jedi Knights while Princess Leia and Padme Amidala have to prove themselves as successful leaders.
%%* ''Film/NowAndThen''
* ''Film/TheGraduate'' is about directionless college student Benjamin Braddock trying to find himself and escape the suburban ennui that his parents and his girlfriend's parents have found themselves in. He more or less fails.
%%* 17-year-old Baby goes through this in ''Film/DirtyDancing''.
* The overriding plot of ''Film/ABronxTale'', where teenage Italian-American youth Calogero grows up in the changing and divided world of the 1960s while trying to find his way. Influences pulling him in different directions include, but are not exclusive to his OpposedMentors, (one being his honest, hardworking and poor immigrant father, the other being the intelligent AffablyEvil and wealthy Mafia capo who is like a [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]] to him) his racist, thuggish neighborhood friends, and his black love interest.
* A perennial subgenre is the teenaged ensemble comedy. Examples include:
** ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' was the TropeCodifier for the nostalgia version of this type of film. It's a RandomEventsPlot involving teenagers at the end of summer vacation in the early 60s. Most of the film is based on George Lucas's own memories of growing up in that era.
%%** ''CooleyHigh''
** ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' follows a group of high school students over the course of one year as they all grapple with issues of impending adulthood.
** ''Film/StandByMe'' starts out as a road movie where four boys walk a few miles to see a dead body, but morphs into this as the boys talk about their hopes for the future. Also subverts the NostalgiaFilter hard as it shows that 1950s suburbia was far from {{Arcadia}}.
** ''Film/TheOutsiders'' deals with a feud between two rival gangs - Greasers and Socs. The protagonist is a teen who has to deal with running away from home, attempted murder, rebuilding his relationship with his brothers and [[spoiler: the deaths of two friends]].
** ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' manages to be this despite an ExtremelyShortTimespan. It follows the lives of high school students on the last day of school in 1976.
** The first ''Film/AmericanPie'' film deals with four teens on the verge of graduating high school, who view SexAsRiteOfPassage and want to all lose their virginity together. Throughout the film, JerkJock Oz discovers a sensitive side, Kevin realises that his relationship probably won't last after school and nerdy Jim realises there's more to life than just sex.
%%** Many of Creator/JohnHughes' 1980s films (''Film/SixteenCandles'', ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'') could be regarded as examples of this.
%%* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' is the Coming of Age Story for three eighteen year old men who still act and behave like seven year olds.
* ''Film/{{Super8}}'' is the tale of a young boy and the girl he likes coming to grips with a shared family tragedy... while a scary escaped alien runs amok in their town.
%%* ''Film/{{Stilyagi}}''.
%%* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''.
%%* ''Film/MouthToMouth''.
%%* ''Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild''
* ''Film/TheWayWayBack'': Summer vacation, first job and a family crisis.
* ''Film/TheWiseKids'' involves CrisisOfFaith and dealing with sexuality in a heavily Christian small town.
* ''Film/RenaissanceMan'' treats several of the Army students in Mr. Ringo's class in this manner.
* ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'''s more accurate title is ''Life of Adèle: Chapters 1 and 2'' rather than ''Blue Is the Warmest Color'' as [[ComicBook/BlueIsTheWarmestColor the comicbook]]. The film is more of a chronicle of how Adèle transitions from adolescence to adulthood rather than a lesbian love story even though their relationship is the centerpiece of Adèle's life.
* ''Film/TheWayHeLooks'' deals with both sexuality and wanting to be independent, with being handicapped as an obstacle.
* ''Film/SecondhandLions'': A boy is left with his two crotchety uncles while his mother goes out of state to work. At first it's all awkward discomfort, but then they warm up to each other, and one of the uncles tell the boy stories about their "[[UnreliableNarrator past exploits.]]" By the end he has grown from his shy awkward self, to a self-confident young man determined to take charge of his own life.
--> '''Tagline:''' Every boy deserves an adventure.
* ''Film/WildBoysOfTheRoad'' is a pretty dark example of this trope. Two fresh-faced, golly gee-whiz teens hit the road as hobos during TheGreatDepression because their families don't have enough money to feed them. They suffer through things like brawls with railroad goons, brawls with police, [[RapeAsDrama rape]], and [[AnArmAndALeg losing limbs in railroad accidents]].
* ''Film/ForKeeps'' tackles the topic of teen pregancy where Stan and Darcy are forced to drop out of school and take up jobs to support their child.
* ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'' has a shallow party boy falling in love with a {{Geek}} girl and learning that there is more to life than just having fun and living "in the now".
* ''Film/{{Moonlight|2016}}'' is a coming-of-age story about a young black boy who struggles with bullying and his sexuality.
* ''Film/HandsomeDevil'' deals with the coming of age of nerdy outcast Ned and star athlete Conor at a rugby-mad boarding school, when they're forced to share a room together.
* ''Film/TheWanderers'' is about a youth gang in the Bronx. The story focuses on their coming of age in the social turmoil caused by the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War.
* Given its genre ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' has a very nuanced and coherent coming of age story. Diana starts the movie with a strong moral core and a desire to do make the world a better place, but she is also impulsive, prone to BlackAndWhiteMorality, and judgmental. Throughout the movie she learns more about the world and about herself, and by the end of the movie she has applied the lessons. Some of the key lessons she learns are:
** Forgiveness
** Seeing the difference between a person and the role they act or are forced into
** The relationship between fear and courage
** She herself can fail to uphold her ideals
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is about Kal-El growing into his role as the guardian of Earth, Superman, while also going through hardships that come with the territory, where he learns the value of faith in others and hope.
* ''Film/CallMeByYourName'' is about a young Jewish-American boy in 1980s UsefulNotes/{{Sicily}} who develops into an adult through a same-sex romance with his father's summer guest.

* Subverted in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', the impact of Owen on Johnny is a major part of his life, but Johnny hasn't really changed much since Owen left his life. In fact, he is much worse off.
* Most--but not all--winners of the UsefulNotes/NewberyMedal. %%please add a short list of indented examples, with a brief description for each
* Each book in ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore'' is this, for different reasons:
** In ''Gifts'', Orrec and Gry grow up in a society that values magic powers for their ability to dominate and wage war on their neighbors--something neither of them are interested in doing, putting them in an uncomfortable position with their families.
** In ''Voices'', Memer grows up hating the Alds for [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry their brutal occupation of her city]], but slowly comes to realize that simple revenge won't help, and they're really NotSoDifferent.
** In ''Powers'', Gavir's various illusions about the world and the people in it are shattered when his comfortable HappinessInSlavery is destroyed by war and personal tragedy, forcing him to travel far and wide (and learn even more hard lessons).
%%* ''Literature/ASeparatePeace''
%%* ''Literature/AudreyWait''
%%* ''Literature/CityOfThieves'' is a coming of age story. Takes place in WWII, eastern front. (and no, the main character is not on the front lines)
%%* ''Literature/TheChosen''.
%%* ''Literature/{{Thumbsucker}}''.
%%* ''Literature/RunningWithScissors''.
* Nearly anything written by Creator/JudyBlume.
* ''Literature/TheConfusionsOfYoungTorless'' is one of these, with a heaping helping of expressionism, aristocratic teen angst, and [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors violence]].
%%* ''Literature/TheSoundOfWaves''.
%%* ''Literature/BlackDogs'' is a version of this trope that takes place in a fantasy setting.
%%* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''.
%%* ''Literature/FunnyBoy''.
%%* ''Literature/{{Holes}}''.
* ''Literature/BriansSaga'': A teenager gets literally stranded in the woods. In order to survive, he has to become a self-sufficient adult.
%%* ''Literature/AboutABoy''.
%%* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' features this as a recurring element throughout the various novel series.
%%* ''Literature/TheRottersClub''
%%* ''Literature/StarterForTen'' - verging on Delayed, it's the character's first year at university.
%%* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'' - Both for Lila and Zal, who figure out how to let people in again.
* The Bengali novels ''Literature/PatherPanchali'' and ''Literature/{{Aparajito}}'' follow the coming of age of the protagonist Apu Roy over thirty years. It was adapted into ''TheApuTrilogy'' of films by SatyajitRay.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The seven books each cover a year of the eponymous Harry Potter's life, primarily showing ages 11 through 17. Although the series is ostensibly about Harry's struggle against the evil wizard Voldemort, his growth from a child through adolescence into adulthood is a major theme, and the bulk of each book is about his time as a student at the strange but wonderful Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
%%* ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' and ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen''. In fact, the Tiffany Aching books are an extended Coming of Age for Tiffany.
* A number of major characters come of age in the Literature/{{Deryni}} works. A partial list:
** Cinhil Haldane's surviving sons come of age in the ''Heirs of Camber'' trilogy.
** Kelson's tale is unfolded over two trilogies ''The Deryni Chronicles'' (which covers the hectic first eight months of his reign, beginning at age 14) and ''The Histories of King Kelson'' (which draws from the next three years).
** The ''Childe Morgan'' books cover the early lives of a number of characters, with the first volume discussing Donal Haldane's children as well as the Corwyn heirs (Alyce, [[spoiler: Vera]], Marie, Ahern). The second and third books add the next generation of Corwyn's ducal house.
** Liam-Lajos [[EndOfAnAge postpones taking on his royal status as King of Torenth until after he makes one last court visit to Coroth as a squire.]]
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables.'' She grows the most in the first book, and the last book is a Coming Of Age of her daughter, Rilla.
** ''Literature/InterpreterOfMaladies'' has two stories, "Mrs. Sen's" and "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine". Both involve children who become fascinated by an adult, and when the adult leaves them in the end, they lose their naivety toward the world.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'' is all about how the title character transforms from angry, poor, unwanted little girl into an emotionally and financially secure woman who is the equal (and perhaps the better) of her love interest, Mr. Rochester.
%%* ''Literature/{{Sabriel}}'', when it's not a story of a BadassBookworm fighting off killer zombies.
* ''Literature/OfHumanBondage'': Chronicling [[AuthorAvatar Philip Carey]]'s struggles as an orphan with a club foot being raised by his strict aunt and uncle, being sent to BoardingSchool, hating it, running to Germany to complete his education, and struggling to find love and purpose in late-Victorian and [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] England.
* ''Literature/FeverPitch'': The book, not the movies. Describes the author's own coming of age through his relationship with [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] and his favourite club.
%%* ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is this for protagonist Simon, concurrent to his involvement in a cataclysmic war.
* ''Literature/OrangesAreNotTheOnlyFruit'' deals with a young evangelical girl who grows up to find that she's a lesbian, and how this contrasts with her religion.
* ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus'': Kambili and her brother Jaja learn to deal with [[AbusiveParents their father's abuse]], civil unrest and eventually [[spoiler: their father's murder.]]
%%* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* The ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' is this in a SwordAndSorcery setting. Garion is a teenager through most of the story, but the first book covers his childhood from the beginning. As Garion is painfully IgnorantOfTheCall, the series deals largely with his coming to terms with being special. LoveInterest Ce'Nedra is also forced to grow up, maturing from spoiled princess to responsible queen.
%%* ''Literature/TheChangeover'' has the protagonist, Laura's journey to womanhood illustrated a bit more literally than some, with a ritual designed to help her 'cross over' and become a witch. It's bluntly stated at some point in the book that being magical is almost solely a woman's domain.
* Everything in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''.
** ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' has Alanna learning to enjoy being a girl and stop fearing love while she faces numerous dangers to herself and the realm.
** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' is about Daine moving beyond the sudden death of her mother, finding new friends, mastering her wild magic and gaining unlikely allies with animals and the "monsters" invading Tortall.
** ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' has Keladry following in the footsteps of Alanna and dealing with misogyny and other kinds of prejudice, teenage crushes, and deciding what chivalry means to her (for the answer, take another look at the title of her series).
** Aly of ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' is the daughter of a legend and leads a life that's both idle and frustrated until she's dumped into another country's burgeoning civil war, where she gains a real sense of maturity about spywork.
** In ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', Beka goes from a ShrinkingViolet to a tough cop who manages to get justice despite the corruption, logistical, and bureaucratic difficulties of Tortall's nascent police force.
%%* ''Literature/AShadowGirlsSummerOfLoveAndMadness''
%%* ''Literature/GivesLight for both of the main characters.''
* ''Literature/ZahrahTheWindseeker'' begins with Zahrah's parents celebrating her becoming a woman (her menarche), which is followed by a quest as well as a journey of self-discovery in the [[HungryJungle Forbidden Greeny Jungle]].
* ''Literature/{{Idlewild}}'' is the story of a teenage boy who realizes his world has been shaped by lying adults and is faced with the responsibility to support himself and others. Also, there's an apocalypse.
* ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan'' follows the struggles of AuthorAvatar Stephen Dedalus as he tries to grow up and not to be shackled down by the political and familial situations he was born into.
* Author Creator/SarahDessen specializes in these. All of her novels are coming of age stories for her protagonist, usually following their last school year or last summer before college as they come to terms with their messed up families, gain some true friends and/or fall in love for the first time (sometimes all three).
* ''Literature/DamnatioMemoriae'' by Laura Marcelle Giebfried follows Enim Lund as he is [[DarkandTroubledPast rather forced]] to leave the last bit of his childhood behind.
* Molly Carpenter is not the protagonist of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', but her life mentor is, so this trope is depicted through a different lens. ''White Night'' and ''Ghost Story'', in particular, focus on her assumption of responsibility as a sorcerer and an adult. [[spoiler:To her dismay, however, SexAsRiteOfPassage is not played straight.]]
* ''Literature/{{Pharaoh}}'' follows Ramesses's personal growth from an irresponsible prince to the ruler of all Egypt. [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope - his development is superficial, he remains ruled by his impulses and gets murdered because of TheVamp. And politics, but TheVamp was the immediate cause.]]
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': For both Colin and Mary.
* [[Creator/MalgorzataMusierowicz Jezycjada]] is a Coming of Age in modern Poznań series.
* The series ''Literature/MayBird'' is one for the titular character, the third book in particular as it features her [[spoiler: finally becoming the strong warrior she saw herself as in the first book.]]
* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' books in the main series follow an adolescent dragon POV as they mature over the course of the book. Definitely the compressed development variety, since the timespan of a ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' book tends to be a few weeks at most, with some only lasting a few days.
* ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth'' is basically a story about a girl named Terra graduating high school and enlisting in a [[TimeTravel time traveling]] army. She leaves her home for the first time and enters a strange new world that constantly challenges her assumptions. Part of Terra's growth actually comes from her realization that she is not special and that she has to struggle and work hard to gain anything.
* In ''Literature/MinecraftTheIsland'', what little the protagonist remembers of their life before arriving in Minecraft is sedentary and without challenge, and they find great joy in doing things themselves instead of having someone to take care of them.
* Creator/StephenKing is fond of this trope, though, because it’s [[NightmareFuel Stephen King]], they’re usually incredibly dark examples. This includes:
** ''Literature/{{It}}'': Half the novel revolves around the Losers’ Club bonding over their shared social isolation and learning about courage, loyalty and the PowerOfFriendship…whilst battling a malevolent entity that feeds off their fear and eats kids. Some of the kids learn to stand up to their abusive or overbearing parents and Beverly comes to terms with her burgeoning sexuality (which she was previously afraid of due to her creepy father)[[spoiler: …by having sex with all the boys in the Club to maintain their bond]].
** Literature/{{Carrie}}: The title character stands up to her abusive, zealot mother and learns not to be ashamed of her body, gaining the confidence to dress up and attend prom where she finally feels accepted…only for the school's AlphaBitch to pull a nasty prank on her, causing her to snap and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge unleash telekinetic hell on her tormentors]].
** ''TheBody'' (which later became the film ''Film/StandByMe'') revolves around a group of boys bonding and standing up to bullies over the summer…whilst searching for the corpse of a missing kid.
* ''Literature/GoTellItOnTheMountain'' is this for its protagonist, John, who is closely based on the book's author, Creator/JamesBaldwin. Each of the flashback sections also serves as a mini coming-of-age tale for the other members of John's family.
* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', C.J.'s journey of growth involves him literally transforming from caterpillar to butterfly and, in doing so, symbolically letting go of what's holding him back and embracing his new life.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Nellie and Willie Oleson both do this in the later years of the series, shedding their mama's pampering – much to her chagrin – to become responsible, hard-working adults. Nellie did this in the Season 6 finale, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," while Willie's stories gradually came in the final two seasons over multiple episodes..
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' depicts Franchise/{{Superman}}'s teenage years, and deals with both his and his friends' maturation into adults. Along the way, many a monster is defeated.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses this as a common theme. Most of the companions go through a coming of age brought about by their travels with the Doctor. %%Examples, please.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'' chronicles the life of Rae, a 16-year old girl suffering from both mental health problems and obesity. %%Expand a bit, please
* {{Creator/HBO}}'s ''Series/{{Rome}}'' contains a few examples. Brutus goes from a half-drunk socialite controlled by the whims of fate and his manipulative mother to a self-dpossessed stoic cutting the straps from his armor as he walks alone against an entire platoon. Octavian meanwhile goes from a geeky wimp at the start of the series to a very, very, creepy MagnificentBastard in the close.
%%* ''Series/SugarRush''
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** The series as a whole revolves around the eponymous Malcolm and his journey through adolescence; as a genius-level teenager, he is often under pressure by those around him, and struggles to find a healthy balance between living up to his potential and doing teenager stuff. His older brother, Reese, is an unintelligent bully who gradually comes to realise that his antisocial behaviour won't work in real life. The oldest brother of all, Francis, was sent to military school for his [[WackyFratboyHijinx destructive pranks]]; he was just as bad when he was in military school, but became more mature when he travelled to work in an Alaskan logging camp and then on a cowboy ranch.
** One episode revolved around Malcolm trying to help his classmate Dabney get into a paintball match despite the resistance of [[MyBelovedSmother Dabney's overbearing mom.]] Once Dabney unleashes years of repressed aggression, his mom comes around to try to drag him off.
--> '''Dabney''': I'm not your little boy anymore. I'm your little ''man''!
* Troy has one in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E10MixologyCertification Mixology Certification]]". Over the course of the night on his 21st birthday, his idolization of Jeff and Britta is replaced with the realization they can be just as ignorant as he is at times. Jeff even explicitly tells him he is a man now.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' is about an eleven year old who doesn't understand anything about his entire life but is told love is worth it. As he grows up he learns to understand life and love until he reaches the point where he and his life partner set out into the unknown together.
* The SequelSeries to ''Boy Meets World'', 'Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' is about Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley facing the same life challenges that her father did when he was her age.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had one in the episode 'Holoship'. Rimmer seems to realize that he doesn't want to be an officer. He wants someone who will love him. Hence why he's not super-excited when he becomes one, and he immediately gives it up when he realizes the woman he loves can't be with him.
* Season 4 of ''Series/TheWire'' has one of the darkest examples of this with the boys of summer. Despite following middle-school students versus high school, the characters all end up in much darker places.
** Dukie [[spoiler: looks like he [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned his happy ending.]] Except now, he is too scared of high school and drops out to become a corner dealer. In Season 5 he later become a heroin addict.]]
** Randy [[spoiler: knows of a murder, which he uses to try to get out of trouble. Only to be outted as a snitch thanks to the police slipping during an investigation. This leads to numerous beatings, isolation from friends and even his foster home getting firebombed. Afterwards, he is put into a group home, where the beatings continue. In season 5, Randy is now a cold and hardened child.]]
** Michael [[spoiler: after his abusive step-dad is murdered thanks to Chris Partlow. Michael is drafted into Marlo's ranks. By the end of the season, Michael has become cold to his friends (except Dukie) and a killer. This keeps up until he is betrayed in season 5.]]
** Namond [[spoiler: is lucky enough to get the happiest ending of his friends. After constant pressure from his mother to be a drug dealer, Bunny Colvin is able to step in and adopt him. Through out season 4, Colvin had helped Namond become more mature. In season 5, a high-school age Namond is giving an award-winning speech on AIDS, showing he is fully out of the game.]]
* ''Series/VeranoAzul'' is one of these, as it centers around a bunch of Spanish children and pre-teens who spend a whole summer in a beautiful beach town and as the days pass, learn many things about themselves and others. [[spoiler: Plus their CoolOldGuy mentor dies right at the end.]]
* ''Series/EverythingSucks'' features a group of high schoolers trying to figure out their place in the world.
* ''Series/OnMyBlock'' revolves around a group of black and Hispanic kids growing up in rough Los Angeles neighborhood and all the complications that come with it. Most notably, Monse deals with sexually harassment after [[ShesAllGrownUp her body changes]], Cesar is pressured to join a gang, and Olivia has to face adolescence without her parents to help because they were deported.

[[folder: Music]]
* Avicii's "Wake Me Up" describes one such story:
->''So wake me up when it's all over\\
When I'm wiser and I'm older\\
All this time I was finding myself\\
And I didn't know I was lost''
* Green Day's album titled American Idiot is about a character named the Jesus of Suburbia who tires of small town life and seeks fulfillment in a new life in the city. After much heartache and some self-destructon, he finally comes to terms with life and matures from a rebellious youth to a jaded, but functional adult.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone’s myth]] is sometimes interpreted as a story of moving from girlhood to womanhood. Persephone leaves her mother’s side (whether unwillingly or not, it depends on the version) and takes on new responsibilities as a wife and Queen of the Underworld. The Eavan Boland poem 'Pomegranate' uses the myth as an allegory for a mother learning to let go of her daughter - and it ends with the mother willingly giving her daughter the pomegranate to eat[[note]]Persephone has to spend a month in the Underworld for every pomegranate seed she ate while captive: in some versions she's forced or tricked into it, in others she does it willingly to prove that she's willing to stay in the Underworld[[/note]].

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/MisspentYouth'' is a game where you play as a rebellious youth. Predictably, growing up is a central theme, and is even a central mechanic of the game. A player can Sell Out one of his or her Convictions to--amongst other choices--grow up, losing the Conviction permanently, but hopefully winning a conflict. The game ends when a player runs out of Convictions--potentially having grown up completely.
* ''TabletopGame/MasksANewGeneration'' puts a {{Superhero}} twist on this trope by having the characters be a SuperTeam of rookie superheroes, with the game mechanics focusing on the development of their self-image. Advanced abilities are even referred to in the rules as "Adult Moves".

* The musical ''Theatre/AChorusLine'' crams sixteen coming-of-age stories into the montage "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love".
* ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' is the literal version of this since it is about the main character's Bar Mitzvah. Of course he is forced to grow up and figure out who his real friends are when he moves to a new town and tries to have the biggest party ''ever''.
* ''Theatre/{{Vanities}}'' follows three women from high school in 1963 to college in 1968, and adulthood in 1974, and the musical version adds a fourth act set in the 1980's.
* Shakespeare's four plays, ''Theatre/RichardII'', ''Theatre/HenryIVPart1'', ''Theatre/HenryIVPart2'' and ''Theatre/HenryV'' either depict the wayward Prince Hal's coming of age and taking the throne as a triumphant warrior king, or it depicts Prince Hal tricking everyone into believing it's his coming of age story.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/MegaManStarForce'' seems to be one of these, as the main character (Geo) starts out by [[HikikoMori shutting out the world]] in the first game, then grows up through the second game, so that by the third he is able to step up and take charge of the gang when [[ClassRepresentative Luna Platz]] has been [[DisneyDeath datafied]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' this is [[BloodKnight Grunt's]] loyalty mission. As a young member of his species, and a tank-bred clone for that matter, finding an identity is important to him. Being a Krogan, Grunt's coming-of-age ceremony relates to him learning to control his innate aggressions; on a more abstract level, he is often seeking the advice and approval of those around him, and interactions with him typically entail helping him sort out his identity and making him a valuable member of his current group.
* Both the A and B routes of ''Videogame/BlazeUnion'', which deal with Gulcasa and Aegina respectively. The A route goes over more of the [[GrowingUpSucks traditional]] [[SexAsRiteOfPassage story]] [[ComingOutStory elements]] covered by this trope, whereas Aegina's path deals more with coming to terms with grief and the truth and finding one's place in the world.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games play with this. Ostensibly, a meek kid from a town in the middle of nowhere becomes powerful and confident, growing more mature over their journey and becoming a battle protégé. The first installment in the series even refers to the protagonists journey as this. From the player's perspective, the PlayerCharacter, who is largely [[FeaturelessProtagonist featureless]], is mostly a receptacle for other characters to speak into, with your rival(s) receiving the actual character development; the player is left to imagine the player character's maturation for himself.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is often seen as one. After all, your player character goes from a teenager in a fallout shelter to being the hardened survivor of the wasteland.
* ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasyXI}}'': One could make a case for every expansion being this--along with the base game's three overlapping storylines--but ''Wings of the Goddess'' hits all the key notes so hard it sings. For the first time, you're not just [[Main/RightManInTheWrongPlace a random adventurer who got pulled into a world-shaking crisis]]. You're {{Main/TheChosenOne}} of [[spoiler:Altana Herself]], charged with [[spoiler:going back in time and putting an end to the Crystal War to stop the Goddess's sorrow.]] Not that you know any of this [[Main/DownTheRabbitHole starting out]]--in fact, it's [[Main/NiceJobBreakingItHero your actions]] that spur the villains' plans into motion, and nobody in [[spoiler:your time]] knows about the crisis except a plucky heroine. After a long, arduous journey frought with battles, ending with the salvation of reality itself, only two people know anything happened--one's you, and the other [[spoiler:had to erase herself from existence.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' for Luke. He starts out as a self-centered, sheltered brat, goes through phases of {{Jerkass}}, HeroicBSOD, TheAtoner and various identity complexes, and ends up declaring his independence from the quasi-father-figure BigBad and saving the world. Yay!
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is also ''technically'' a coming of age story, due to the prologue-maingame-future arc structure, but the development is spread across five characters - Asbel, Cheria, Hubert, Richard ''and'' Sophie - so it ends up a little less focused.
** "VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia" acts as a moral coming-of-age for all its characters as well.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'' is essentially a story of Jodie evolving from shy child, through angsty teenager, to badass adult, all the while learning to cope with her otherness and loneliness resulting from it.
* ''VideoGame/BrothersATaleOfTwoSons'' becomes a coming of age story for the younger brother, the catalyst for growth being [[spoiler:his older brother's death.]] Near the end, he overcomes his fear of water [[spoiler:by swimming across a river alone. Made more powerful by the fact that this is triggered by the action button that is normally reserved for the older brother.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Oxenfree}}'' has been described as a coming-of-age story for the protagonist Alex and her friends.
* ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' starts with the main protagonist [[HeroicMime Link]] going through his small, sleepy fishing village's rite-of-passage on his twelfth birthday, the day he's officially considered an adult. He's forced to do a lot of growing up quickly when [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore his world is turned upside down]] by the [[DamselInDistress sudden kidnapping of his younger sister, Aryll]], and he's forced to combat a malevolent and frighteningly powerful entity that [[AfterTheEnd destroyed the ancient world]]. By the end of the game, he's [[spoiler:defeated and killed the BigBad Ganondorf, and sets off to establish an entirely new kingdom with Tetra and her pirates.]]
* The purpose of Social Links/Confidants in the [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona series]] starting the third game function as this, especially if the character of interest is one of the Protagonist's schoolmates. By interacting with the Protagonist through the events, the person develops some Character Development and learns how to cherish the things that are important to them, putting the past behind them and what they want do to in the future.
** Even during the first game focus on this, with many characters the party met asking them what are their purpose for fighting the BigBad or continue living.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is largely the story of how Riki, a rather meek and unconfident young man constantly following after his friends, manages to become stronger and more able to handle things on his own. To a slightly lesser extent, the same is also true for Rin.
* All three of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s routes, each corresponding to a different one of the ThreeFacesOfAdam. The first two (corresponding to the hunter and the lord) leave some of his future developments open. The last route, ''Heaven's Feel'' (corresponding to the prophet), follows it to its inevitable conclusion.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Invoked in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The game Sburb is designed to force its players to grow as people, and the protagonists are playing it together. Some characters are challenged to face their fears ([[spoiler:Tavros, Eridan, Dave]]); others are...[[SinkOrSwimMentor encouraged]] to overcome insecurities or flaws ([[spoiler:Vriska, Kanaya, Nepeta]]).
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': This is happening to all four younger members of the crew. Emil starts out as NewMeat, Reynir as a ShelteredAristocrat and the Hotakainens, while no strangers to the hardships of the real world by comparision to them, are still going against their guardian's wishes for the first time by joining the expedition.
* ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'': Masako starts out as a rather naive teenager unsure of her place in the world but discovers several surprising things about herself over the course of her journey.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has a rather subtle story arc featuring Brooklyn changing from a wild-hearted hipster into an effective second-in-command and a brilliant tactician, yet a romantically frustrated character. The episode ''Kingdom'' highlights this.
* The CharacterDevelopment of Sokka, Katara, but especially [[KidHero Aang]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy Zuko]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' involves a lot of this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The show has been toying with these in later seasons. "You're Getting Old" and "Assburgers" plays this mostly straight for Stan; "1%" flips this trope around in its handling of Cartman.
** "Smug Alert!" has the town realize that their own smugness caused a terrible storm and that driving hybrid cars was the sole cause of it, even though Kyle points out that it's possible to drive a hybrid without being a douche about it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"]], which shows how the Mane Six discovered their own special talents and earned their cutie marks, which fans agree is [[BlatantLies definitely not a metaphor for adolescence]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' episode "Horn Sweet Horn". It features a pony who [[TransNature wants to be a unicorn]]. Near the end his mother arrives with a gang of unicorns and informs him she needs to tell him something, but she needed to wait until he was old enough and had gone on "an intense journey of adolescent self discovery". His mother reveals that she's a unicorn, and then pulls back his mane to show that he had a horn the entire time but didn't notice it due to having MessyHair.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Steven, who grows from a TagalongKid to becoming an equal member of the Gems, while also fulfilling the same role his mother had in protecting the Earth.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has Ahsoka, who grows from snippy and aggressive to open-minded and wise.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has Ezra and Sabine, as a {{Deconstruction}} of the KidHero genre. The former having been alone for years and finds himself becoming surrounded by both good and bad people, while the latter has already been caught between all sorts of people and ''wants'' to be alone. Both believe they have seen the worse of the Galaxy, unaware of the burdens that come with becoming leaders and soldiers in a fight where everything seems to be against them. As WordOfSaintPaul puts it for Sabine, she is a character that 'must sacrifice who she is now for who she must become'.
* ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats1985'' is all about Lion-O growing up to be a worthy Lord of the Thundercats. Made interesting because in the beginning of the series his age suspension capsule malfunctioned, leaving him mentally a child in a buff adult body. The entire series shows his mental age catching up to his physical age.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicPudding'': Bunyip's adventure begins literally on the day he comes of age.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PeppermintRose'' Rose learns through her journey to put others' needs before her wants, and grows into the caretaker of the magical world.

!!Examples of Late Bloomer Subversions:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Like many {{shojo}} manga, ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''. Only, since it's Ai Yazawa, the characters' motivations for maturing and growing are mainly their dreams and aspirations of becoming graphic artists and fashion designers.
** The same goes for ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' and ''Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' features a reasonably realistic delayed coming of age story amongst the {{Gendercide}}, war, cloning, cultists and conspiracies going on all over the place.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' has this with the titular character Scott Pilgrim. Having lived more or less the same, his life becomes more dangerous and everything is shaken up when he meets LoveInterest Ramona. While fighting her Evil Exes, he (along with Ramona herself) end up recognizing their faults and troubles and learning how to overcome them. Scott's friends also have this a lesser extent (Kim overcoming the tension between her and Scott since high school, Steven [[spoiler: coming out of the closet]], Knives becoming a young woman and so on.) Notable in that everyone hasn't finished growing, but they're on the right track.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Simba of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' becomes convinced by Timon and Pumbaa to live a [[HakunaMatata carefree hedonistic lifestyle]] that carries on well into adulthood, avoiding his past and his responsibilities as the future king. Only after Rafiki gives him a rather creative lesson on facing his past does he decide to grow up and go back to reclaim his rightful throne.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' Nina is close to 30, still lives with her mother and is quite sexually naive. This makes her perfect to play TheIngenue White Swan in the production of ''Swan Lake''. But she must embrace her sexuality and grow up to be able to play the FemmeFatale Black Swan.
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin''. It's in the title--the question is rather who the truly mature person is: Andy or his partying friends?
%%* ''Film/PineappleExpress''. The protagonists do drugs and have sex, but they're still mentally about fifteen.
%%* ''Film/KnockedUp''.
%%* ''Film/Getting It Right''.
%%* A parody of this version of the trope seems to be found in ''Film/StepBrothers''.
* ''Film/FailureToLaunch''. Doubly subverted. Tripp is presented to the audience as a 35-year old who has failed to transition into adulthood, as are all his overgrown-child friends. By the end of the movie, however, we find that Tripp's apparently juvenile behavior is not "failure to launch" but because [[spoiler: his fiancee died]] and his friends' situations are also not as they seem.
%%* ''Film/GeorgyGirl'' is a female version of this.
%%* ''Film/GardenState''. Though isn't as comedic since a lot of drugs kept the main character very detached most of his life.
* ''Film/KickingAndScreaming'' by Creator/NoahBaumbach is about a group of recent college graduates who completely ''refuse'' to move on with their lives.
* The ''Film/IronMan'' movie is basically about Tony Stark going from an extremely rich manchild to an extremely rich man. By building a robot suit and fighting crime.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'': Holly Martins is something of a ManChild: the books he makes a living writing are {{Escapis|m}}t westerns with BlackAndWhiteMorality. His naive search for justice in the death of his best friend [[BigBadFriend Harry Lime]] forces him to come to terms with a WorldHalfEmpty.
* ''Film/GranTorino'': Walter Kowalsky, even when he is a senior who has raised a family, still lives emotionally as [[ShellShockedVeteran the young soldier that crossed]] the MoralEventHorizon at the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. He must [[HeelRealization acknowledge]] he is a GrumpyOldMan JadedWashout CrankyNeighbor RacistGrandpa who has alienated his own family and now that his wife has died is completely alone, so he can be a real BadassGrandpa PapaWolf.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' has a 16 year old girl at the start of the movie throwing tantrums like a 12 year old. It takes having to use her brain a bit and making some genuinely tough choices in order for her to appreciate what she has. Plus meeting David Bowie, that probably help the old hormones.
%%* ''Film/JeffWhoLivesAtHome'' has two such examples in the form of brothers Jeff and Pat.
* The film version of ''Film/FightClub'' is essentially this, in contrast with the DownerEnding of [[Literature/FightClub the book]].
* ''Film/FrancesHa'' features a 27 year old aspiring (and underemployed) dancer whose life is on autopilot, with her both revisiting her youth and trying to find greater certainty in her future. By the end of the film, her life seems to be on something resembling the right path, but she still has trouble wholly adapting to the adult world.
* In ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', Timmy has decided to keep acting like a child well into his twenties so he doesn't have to be separated from his fairy godparents. When he falls in love with Tootie, he ultimately has to choose between staying a ManChild or growing up so he can be with her. In the end, he grows up [[spoiler:but Jorgen allows him to keep his fairy godparents anyway since he loved them so much, as long as he no longer uses them for selfish wishes.]]
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' is about five men reuniting to finish a pub crawl they never managed to finish when they were young adults. Four of them have moved on... Gary King hasn't. He's still wearing the same old clothes, driving the same car and talking the same old crap. Luckily the events of the film force him to grow up a bit and starting taking responsibility for his shortcomings. [[spoiler: Well, MOST of his shortcomings.]]
* ''{{Film/Sirens}}'' has this happening to a repressed Edwardian housewife as she visits real-life artist Norman Lindsey, and meets his free-spirited models. The models engage in a CorruptTheCutie with her and a maid in the household - but it's shown as a sign of positive character growth.
* ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints'' constantly flashes back to the protagonist's life as a teenager, but his actual coming of age doesn't happen until he's in his thirties and finally revisits the father he ran away from.

%%* ''Literature/AdrianMole'', who basically went through an extended 20-year adolescence from age 13 to his mid-30s.
%%* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', arguably.
%%* Isabel Spellman from ''Literature/SpellmanFiles''.
%%* ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh'' for Art.
* ''Literature/{{Cerberon}}'' features the coming of age of the eponymous unicorn. While already an adult at around twenty years old, he learns through the course of the novel what it takes to be a real unicorn and not just a pretty, well-educated horse with a pointy thing on his head.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/TheWinner''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is one enormous coming-of-age story (only, you know, with monsters and superpowers) for Buffy, Willow and Xander, and the run of the series is structured to follow specific stages of adolescence.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is a sitcom focusing on young adults growing into their 30s and settling down with families. %%more, please
* In the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode ''Jaynestown'', the local magistrate, Higgins, has hired Inara to bed his timid son Fess, who is 26 and is not yet "a man". She reassures the naïve Fess that he need not be like his father, only to be himself, which will make him stronger. Afterwords, in Inara's shuttle, Fess expresses disappointment in not feeling different after losing his virginity.
-->'''Inara:''' You're very quiet.
-->'''Fess:''' I'm sorry. I just...I just thought I'd feel... different... after. Aren't I supposed to be a man now?
-->'''Inara:''' A man is just a boy who's old enough to ask that question. Our time together... It's a ritual, a symbol. It means something to your father. I hope it was not entirely forgettable for you.
-->'''Fess:''' No, it was...
-->'''Inara:''' But it doesn't make you a man. You do that yourself.\\
''[Fess ends up proving himself a man by defying his father's attempt to capture the "hero of Canton" who was traveling with Inara.]''
* The characters of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' are all in their thirties, but initially were fairly immature, despite being accomplished scientists. Over the course of the series they have slowly been transitioning to adulthood. The two standout exampels are Howard, who started out as a CasanovaWannabe living with his mother, and is now married with a child of his own, and Sheldon, who, over the course of the show, fell in love for the first time, lost his virginity, slowly began developing empathy and social skills, and moved in with his girlfriend.

[[folder: Music]]
* The ConceptAlbum ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' tells the story of the AntiHero protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia, as he matures from a rebellious youth to a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded adult]]. The musical version of the album [[AdaptationExpansion expands]] on this story by also telling the coming of age stories of Jesus' best friends, Will and Tunny.

* ''Theatre/AvenueQ''. Princeton is a college grad, but he's still not ready for real adult life.
* The {{Musical}} version of ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' does this with its three protagonists, Johnny, Will, and Tunny, who are in their early to mid-twenties.
* ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', for Bobby.
--> '''Joanne:''' You're not a kid anymore, Robby! I don't think you'll ever be a kid again, kiddo!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Big part of ''Literature/ReceiverOfMany'' is how Persephone changes from an already physically mature but still very sheltered and childlike woman into a powerful Queen of the Underworld, and how she learns to built more mature and healthier relationships with people around her – especially Hades and Demeter.

* In his commentary, Creator/DougWalker called ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' a coming-of-age story for ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', where he goes from impatient manchild to selfless adult.

* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has Kanan, who experienced [[ThePurge Order 66]] when he just began his Padawan training and deployment into the Clone Wars, and because of that, he never grew past the thinking process of a teenager until the events of the show. His defining trait is focus, but this also means that he cannot multitask without worrying that the task he is currently on will never work, leading him to become oblivious to others' opinions or more practical methods, like becoming unaware of Hera's worry when he has to leave for Malachor soon, or his {{Determinator}} [[PapaWolf behavior]] to keep Ezra under control and safe rather than putting faith in him. It usually takes for [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot someone to tell him about taking the obvious solution for him to snap out of it]].