[[folder:Comic Books]]

->In the end, High Command decided they wanted their new troops to fight, not study, so they reduced the steps from ten to eight to three. Three steps, Nautica: "From thaw to war in under an hour." Because who cares whether or not a warborn knockoff with a three-minute life expectancy can quote Dominus Ambus or notate the Grand Celestial Melody? So long as he can assemble a path-blaster with his brand-new eyes closed, everyone's happy. That's sarcasm, by the way. I dabble.
-->-- ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''

->Nothing is scarier than a twelve-year-old with a Kalashnikov.
-->-- '''Nightcrawler''', ''ComicBook/XMen''


[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
->You are asking a fourteen-year-old child to put his life on the line, going into combat against things that tear through divisions of crack troops.
-->-- '''Shinji''', ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''

->She walked side by side with her master down the hall of the hotel. The rugs were sodden, the walls were smeared, and the bodies separated.\\
She wasn't sure where to look anymore.\\
"M-Master... I... feel sick... why... why did we... these people...?"\\
He knelt down, grasping her by the shoulders while she shook from adrenaline and horror.\\
"[[PayEvilUntoEvil We did this because these people deserved it.]] They pack us into boxes and work us until we die, and then write us off as resources. Expenses. [[{{Dehumanization}} We're just data to them]] that they pore through while they sat in this hotel, drinking wine and sleeping with women. We taught them a lesson tonight. Tonight, we reminded them we're living people, who can't be taken lightly."\\
He held her close, pressing her face into his jacket, and he whispered close as he picked her up and walked.\\
"[[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters We're knights killing dragons. Farmers killing giants.]] [[FantasticRacism Our fight to be freed from these ruthless human rules... is a page in a story of history.]] We're making history, [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Blake]]."\\
In the folds of the master's clothes, smelling the scent of living people again, the child felt secure once more. Guided by the red of her master, she knew that, no matter what happened, at the end of the day, they were fighting evil. Enacting justice.\\
Making the world a better place.\\
She had the power to make the world a better place.
-->-- ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9859244/1/Tensile-Strength-Of-The-Soul Tensile Strength Of The Soul]]''

->"What am I supposed to do now?" Henry whispered. His body let go of itself and Henry fell right next to the immense rookie Franchise/{{Digimon}}.\\
"I know what they want me to do... they want me to just jump to the front line and take my friends to battle, as if we were soldiers willing to die for our country. Besides, they think it's so easy... that in the end, Daemon will be defeated, just like D-Reaper and the Nightmare."\\
The sound of Henry's fist crashing against the floor covered Jeri's gasp.\\
"Of course! If the kids do it, it's because it's easy, right?"
-->-- ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''


[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->You see [[AntiArmor that?]] See what a kid can do? That's your fault! That's your fucking fault! Next German you see with a weapon, you rake the dogshit out of 'em! I don't care if it's a baby with a butter knife in one hand and momma's titty in the other, YOU CHOP HIM UP!!!
-->-- '''War Daddy''', ''Film/{{Fury|2014}}''

->'''Andre:''' I can see what you are thinking. But we need every man we can get.\\
'''Yuri:''' Even if they're not men?\\
'''Andre:''' A bullet from a fourteen-year-old is just as effective as one from a forty-year-old. Often more effective.
-->-- ''Film/LordOfWar''



->If a grown-up soldier revolts, he can be hard to deal with. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He may very well turn the weapons you give him at you.]] Kids usually can be controlled by means as simple as threatening to deny them sweets.
-->-- ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture''

->It is often said that there is nothing more frightening than a teenager with an automatic weapon; this is even truer when the teen is [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a brainwashed madman]].
-->-- ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar''

->Fight the good fight, soldier-boy.
-->-- '''Colonel Glenn Stern''', ''Literature/TheDrownedCities''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->We are talking about innocent children! You would really leave these children on the street knowing what you do about Juma? Dammit [[JerkAss Frank]], they will be used as cannon fodder! Or slaughtered in the soccer stadium for entertainment!
-->-- '''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome Jack Bauer]]''', ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24: Redemption]]''

->'''Niles:''' Have you forgotten that when Hitler invaded Greece, [Aunt Zola] joined the partisans so she could strangle Nazis?\\
'''Frasier:''' I have never believed that. She would have been five at the time.\\
'''Niles:''' That's why the legend says they were strangled with jump ropes.
-->-- ''Series/{{Frasier}}''

-> '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler:''' Yes, join the Hitler Youth, and if you're lucky, we'll run so short of men that we'll send you off to fight und get killed for ze fatherland!
-> '''German Boy:''' But I'm only ten.
-> '''Hitler:''' ''[Gives Nazi salute]'' [[TalkToTheHand Talk to ze hand]], 'cause ze face ain't listening.
-->-- ''Series/HorribleHistories''



->I can't hold a glass of wine yet\\
But they think it's fine to\\
Have me hold a gun\\
Kill a man or kill his son
-->-- '''Company of Thieves''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc93b8mdE7M "Quiet on the Front"]]

->Think you gangsta, popped a few rounds?\\
These kids'll come through and murder a whole town\\
Then sit back and smoke and watch it burn down\\
The graves get deeper the further we go down
-->-- '''Music/LupeFiasco''', "Little Weapon"

->Some are eight or nine or ten\\
And they die like a fly, and no one knows\\
Who they are, they're smaller than the gun they load
-->-- '''U.D.O.''', "They Want War"

->On Shiloh's dark and bloody ground,\\
The dead and wounded lay;\\
Amongst them was a drummer boy,\\
Who beat the drums that day.\\
A wounded soldier held him up\\
His drum was by his side;\\
He clasped his hands, then raised his eyes,\\
And prayed before he died.
-->-- "[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Drummer Boy of Shiloh]]"

->To arms, oh citizens!\\
Form up in serried ranks!\\
March on, march on!\\
And drench our fields\\
With their tainted blood!

->We too shall enlist\\
When our elders' time has come \\
To add to the list of deeds\\
Inscribed upon their tombs\\
We are much less jealous of surviving them\\
Than of sharing their coffins\\
We shall have the sublime pride\\
Of avenging or joining them\\

-->-- "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

->Let no child be without a sword. We will all fight, for if we fail, we will certainly all die.
-->-- '''Oracel en-Vec''', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[http://magiccards.info/sh/en/125.html "Youthful Knight"]]

->Children, you call them? They can pull a trigger just as well as veterans, and they have the spirit of a bull [[HoldYourHippogriffs narthax]]. Call them children if you wish. I call them troops. Good troops.
-->-- '''Colonel Marus Cullen''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

->Do you know how they make [[[SuperSoldier Space Marines]]], Threlnan? No, of course you don't. They find some [[DeathWorld barbaric planet]] where children fight before they can walk, and they hunt down the most bloodthirsty killers. They recruit them when they're twelve, thirteen, fourteen, with all that hate and that arrogance, [[FearlessFool just at the age when you think you're bulletproof and nothing can kill you]]. Then they keep them like that, give them [[{{BFG}} a gun]] and some [[PoweredArmor armour]], and point them at the nearest enemy. They're not soldiers, colonel, they're maniacs.
-->-- '''Lord General Xarius''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''


[[folder:Video Games]]

->'''Shepard''': You've been killing since you were six?\\
'''[[ProfessionalKiller Thane]]''': Of course not. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I did not make my first kill until I was twelve.]]
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->Duck faces and death threats should never be paired ([[{{Narm}} doesn't one cancel out the other?]]). Yes, these are teenagers, but they're also tomorrow's soldiers and while it's easy to write these photos off as the stupid antics of kids who don't know better, it's hard to ignore the blitheness with which they pair bikini shots with the words "[[FinalSolution death to all Arabs.]]"
-->-- '''Jezebel''', [[http://jezebel.com/duckfaces-and-death-to-arabs-israeli-teens-call-for-et-1605467662/all "Duckfaces and Death to All Arabs"]]


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->We fight this battle not for ourselves, but for our children, and our children's children, which is why I'm forming a Children's Brigade.
-->-- '''[[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]]''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

->'''Franchise/WonderWoman:''' I shouldn't be surprised, since you indoctrinated ComicBook/{{Robin}} into crime-fighting at the ripe old age of nine.\\
'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' Robin ''needed'' to help bring the man who murdered his family to justice.\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' So he could turn out like you?\\
'''Batman:''' So that he ''wouldn't.''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''

->'''Mr. Twister:''' I was prepared to be challenged by a superhero. I was not, however, expecting children.\\
'''Robin:''' We're not children!\\
'''Mr. Twister:''' Objectively, you are. Have you no adult supervision? I find your presence here quite disturbing.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->I consider their existence our greatest failure.
-->-- '''UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan'''

->Or maybe it was because of something that impressed me in ''Carton's Army of the Potomac:'' that the soldiers were all so young and innocent... Even though it was a deadly game, and the suffering and fear were terrible and real, it was still a game played by children...
-->-- '''Creator/OrsonScottCard''', explaining why ''Literature/EndersGame'' [[TruthInTelevision is about children]]

->If it sounds fantastic to imagine German soldiers behaving so childishly in the days before the last stand of Hitler's Reich, consider their age: many of these "men" were indeed children, who laughed at the things children laughed at. They were adult only in their candidacy for death.
-->-- From ''Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45'' by Max Hastings